RODDICKTON, N.L. — Fisheries officials have rescued at least eight seals from a small Newfoundland town that’s been overrun by dozens of the blubbery mammals for over a week.Roddickton Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald says there are still plenty of wayward seals roaming the town, but she’s happy the Fisheries Department is working hard to catch and return them to the ocean.Located on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, Roddickton is at the edge of an inlet that has trapped a group of around 40 harp seals in the area after it froze over, leaving them hungry and disoriented.Fitzgerald says Fisheries officers with the help of the town are catching the seals and driving them out to Englee, a community about 20 kilometres south, where they are being released back into the ocean.While they may be cute, the seals have been posing a nuisance and drawing safety concerns from the town, Fitzgerald says, as they’ve been blocking roads, driveways, and doors, and residents were unable to move them because it’s illegal to touch marine mammals.She says Fisheries officials remain in town this weekend to continue their work rescuing the seals.The Canadian Press
One year after Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth launched Survival International’s campaign to save the Awá, Earth’s most threatened tribe, a large number of international celebrities have joined him and his wife Livia in backing the urgent campaign.Colin Firth Supports the Awá peopleCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalLivia Firth stands up for the AwáCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalHollywood star Gillian Anderson, British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, Californian rock band Allah-Las, actors Mark Rylance, Sophie Okonedo, Emilia Fox, Sinead Cusack and stars of the hit series Game of Thrones Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena and Finn Jones are among the celebrities photographed with the awáIcon, which reads ‘Brazil: Save the Awá’.Hollywood star Gillian Anderson brandishes the awáIcon which sends the urgent message, ‘Brazil: Save the Awá’.Credit/Copyright: Survival InternationalGillian Anderson told Survival, ‘We must as human beings collectively wake up and help save the Awá: the Earth’s most threatened tribe. We cannot have another people become extinct due to the negligence and greed of others. We all have a duty.’Davina McCall shows her support for the AwáCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalOther British celebrities backing the campaign to save the Awá include Olympic star and winner of Strictly Come Dancing Louis Smith, TV and radio presenters Davina McCall and Dave Berry, MTV presenter Lilah Parsons, human rights activist Peter Tatchell, artist Kurt Jackson and many others.The Awá in their forestCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalThe Awá of northeastern Brazil live under the threat of extinction due to violent attacks and the theft of their land by loggers and ranchers. Brazil’s authorities have done nothing to evict the invaders from the Awá’s heartland, despite experts warning of a ‘genocide’ if no action is taken.Destruction in the Awá homelandCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalPire’i Ma’a Awá, an Awá man told Survival International, ’We’ve been waiting too long. When the rains stop, the loggers will come back. The loggers will close in on us, here around our community. The police must be brought here!’Invasion of the forestCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalThe celebrities joined a worldwide movement to save the Awá which has seen over 50,000 letters sent to Brazil’s Justice Minister and the awáIcon photographed at famous landmarks around the world – from Brazil’s Sugarloaf mountain, to the Eiffel tower in Paris.Ross Thomas supports the AwáCredit/Copyright: Survival InternationalSurvival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘As celebrities join the campaign to save the Awá, Brazil must not ignore the growing number of voices being raised in support of the world’s most threatened tribe. Its reputation hangs in the balance.’Sophie Okonedo shows her support for the Awá.Credit/Copyright: Survival InternationalSee more of Survival International’s picture gallery of celebrities supporting the Awá here.To watch videos and learn more about the incredible lives of the “Earth’s most threatened tribe”, before and after contact with the outside world, visit SurvivalInternational.org/awa.Source:Survival International
LAS VEGAS — A public filing suggests Las Vegas Sands Corp. paid $96 million to settle a 15-year breach-of-contract dispute with a Hong Kong businessman who helped the U.S. company open its first casino in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.The amount was listed Wednesday as a “nonrecurring legal settlement” in a $582 million quarterly earnings report by the publicly traded company headed by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.Company executives didn’t say anything during a conference call with analysts about the single line-item among 15 pages of financial figures.No dollar amount was disclosed when the settlement between Sands and Richard Suen and his company, Round Square Co., was announced in a Las Vegas courtroom March 14.A company spokesman declined Wednesday to comment. Attorneys on both sides didn’t immediately respond to messages.Ken Ritter, The Associated Press
A fire behind a home on Hamilton beach has caused an estimated $30,000 worth of damage.The fire started Tuesday afternoon in a garage behind the house on Beach Boulevard.The road was closed while firefighters arrived on scene.Early reports suggest there were people cutting metal inside the garage.It is believed the metal shavings started the fire.
But the number of deaths would be cut to 2 million if the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of cutting child mortality by two-thirds by 2015 is achieved, according to a new statistical analysis released by UNDP’s Human Development Report Office.”These preliminary figures are based on trends…But the numbers speak for themselves: business as usual will carry a high price in terms of lost lives and lost human potential for Africa,” Kevin Watkins, Director of the Human Development Report Office, told a high-level forum on development cooperation, which opened in Berlin earlier today.The preliminary report also noted that sub-Saharan Africa currently accounts for 1 in 3 people living in absolute poverty and by 2015 the share would increase to almost 50 per cent. It goes on to point out that 45 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa are not enrolled in primary education. This total is just over one-third of the 115 million children worldwide who do not go to school.”These numbers should serve as a wakeup call for G8 leaders,” Watkins said. “Africa cannot afford to see the world’s richest countries sleep walk their way to heavily signposted – and easily avoidable – human development disaster,” he added.The full analysis will be featured in the forthcoming 2005 edition of the UNDP’s Human Development Report, which will be launched in September at UN headquarters in New York.
An Inuit musher and dog team in Uummannaq, Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tries his hand at ice fishing with a Inuit fisherman. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mrs. Ban and Prime Ministers of Denmark and Greenland with an Inuit family. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tours a whaling museum in Uummannaq, Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten A scene from the town of Illulissat, Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten Designated a World Heritage site by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the fjord is the mouth of a glacier which has been studied for more than 250 years and has contributed to better understanding of climate change.Mr. Ban’s two-day visit to Greenland provided him with an opportunity to see first-hand the impacts of climate change, where the melting of ice sheets is accelerating. Yesterday, Mr. Ban visited the town of Uummannaq, which is several hundred kilometres above the Arctic Circle, along with the Premier of Greenland, Aleqa Hammond, and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. The UN chief expressed his deep concern at the fast-moving glaciers and by the fast-melting ice cap which raises the sea level, affecting the entire international community’s environmental system.“It’s not only Greenland’s people – it’s the people of the whole world [who] are threatened because of this rapidly changing climate change,” he said on Wednesday at a joint press encounter with the two officials. “There may be still many studies to make, the nature and the impact of the climate change, but [there is] one, simple plain fact: climate change is happening much, much faster than we might think.”The climate summit planned for 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York comes ahead of a conference scheduled to take place next year in Paris to agree on a global, legal climate change agreement. Mrs. Ban checks out a couple new Inuit dog sled puppies. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs the media about his experience on the ice in Uummannaq, Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tries out an Inuit dog sled ride in Uummannaq, Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten ‹ › Mr. Ban has invited leaders of Government, business, finance and civil society to bring bold announcements and actions to address climate change to the summit, which will focus on solutions that demonstrate how early action can result in substantial economic benefits.“We cannot negotiate with nature. A lot of disasters, natural disasters, have happened,” he stated. “We have to take action now. The time is now, and I’m very much committed to working with world leaders.”Following his return to New York, Mr. Ban will travel next week to Brussels, Prague and Kigali. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt take a tour of Uummannaq, Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond of Greenland take a look at the ice. UN Photo/Mark Garten Members of the Uummannaq community await Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s arrival. UN Photo/Mark Garten School children and other members of the Uummannaq community await Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s arrival. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon receives a gift from a local artist in Uummannaq, Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten Indiginous Inuit women in the Uummannaq community await Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s arrival. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s delegation with a local church pastor. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon disembarks the plane on arrival in Uummannaq, Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gets a first-hand view from above of the worlds fastest moving glacier in Uummannaq, Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon motions for the world to see what is happening to the environment after touring the ice in Uummannaq, Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gets the honour of hoisting the UN flag at the town hall in Uummannaq, Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten
Virtual reality coverage of mines is already well known in the sector in terms of training simulators from the likes of Immersive Technologies, ThoroughTec and others. However, a market for VR in mining that has been less explored is a more basic one – for visualisation of the mining property for the purposes of helping mining analysts, mining investors, the media, regulatory officials, even mining staff from other parts of the company, to be able to “walk” around and experience the setting of a mining site, and explore key areas and assets without having to physically go to site.Reality Check Systems Ltd (RCSL) is a UK-based start-up that is soon to launch its 360 degree video tours offering, following a concept launch at PDAC 2017 in Toronto. The company states “Using our tools and methodology you can quickly and cost effectively create an immersive virtual tour experience of your operation and seamlessly distribute the production to your audience of stakeholders, potential investors and regulatory bodies. The cloud infrastructure comes ready built to store, optimise and distribute your 360° HD video, still images and 3D Models, which together with our data augmentation tools create a useful and engaging site visit experience for your audience. We help you to showcase what is there at site today as well as what your site could look like in the future. Carefully constructed with input from both the mining industry and investment community, we provide a professional customised platform to our clients emphasising the critical components of your operation. Our consistent involvement with the investment community provides an established audience of institutional and retail investors waiting to view your content. Such a cost effective, scalable and virtually instantaneous way to give your audience a deep understanding of your assets has never existed, until now.”Founder and CEO, Johnny van Eeghen told IM: “Where we differentiate ourselves is that we can take 3D models of anything, from surface and underground infrastructure to orebody and drift models, photographs and pop-ups of production and performance stats, and have all these combined and accessible in the 3D platform. It gives interested parties a good initial understanding of the minesite layout and a sense of the mine day to day operation, without having to visit what is often a remote area. We are not looking to replace analyst and similar visits, but it gives a good alternative when they are not possible due to cost and time constraints.”Following preliminary meetings with Barrick at PDAC 2017, RCSL was asked to deliver a fully immersive, data augmented tour of the Pueblo Viejo gold mine in the Dominican Republic for Barrick’s sustainability day on May 9. A screenshot of the mine entrance, visualised from a VR headshot is shown attached, with some company info also being accessed by the user.Van Eeghen adds: “Despite the tight turn-around we were able to work with Barrick’s head office and local management team to plan, execute and deliver to schedule. Reality Check were able to advise, plan and guide the client through the creation of their first VR site visit project, ensuring zero operational impact to their day-to-day business. Our highly professional production unit worked efficiently to gather the data needed for the project which was essential given the tight time schedule of only five days and limited weather windows that the job dictated.”The client was also very satisfied. “Reality check executed very well,” said Peter Sinclair, CSO, Barrick Gold. This was a pilot project, but Barrick has since commissioned a full visualisation of a second gold mining site.And there has also been good initial feedback from mining investment groups. “I would love to go on one of these tours for every company I own,” said Scott Winship, former PM, Investec Gold Fund. “It makes the due diligence process smoother and more time efficient,” said Pim Kalisvaart, PM, Hawkes Point.The commercial launch of the RCSL to the mining industry is imminent, and will be featured in the January print issue of International Mining.
GMG, in partnership with Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), has published the much-awaited second version of their Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) guideline.The BEVs Guideline aims to drive technological development to enable diesel-free underground mines. BEVs can reduce both a mine’s operating costs and impact on the environment, but they also require mines to make many infrastructural and procedural changes. “The health risks of diesel vehicles are considerable, especially underground,” says Heather Ednie, GMG Managing Director. “In fact, diesel emissions have been classified as a Group 1 carcinogenic by the World Health Organisation.”Responding to an urgent need for standardisation, the first edition of the guideline, published in April 2017, contained only the most critical information for meeting this need. The second edition includes new content that adds valuable context to the topics covered in the first edition, presents new information based on recent technological developments and incorporates suggestions from those who used the first edition.This edition adds an entirely new section on operations covering topics such as requirements for emergency response, maintenance and operator training. It also introduces new material to help those creating a business case for BEVs. The new version also expands the existing charging section to reflect recent technological developments, adds considerations for extreme environments and provides further discussion on e-stops, master disconnects and use of dynamic braking.Over 100 industry experts participated in developing this edition, and their collaboration has proved how the industry can work together to drive positive changes. Tom Guse, Infrastructure Lead, Mining Projects at Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (a Glencore company) describes the guideline development process as “a great catalyst to bring the industry together to push the development of underground BEVs.” He highlights that many positive results came directly from discussions that “uncovered the challenges that both equipment manufacturers and operators face,” which resulted in “more clarity on many of the technical aspects” for all.Jeff Anderson, Senior Mechanical Designer at MacLean Engineering, a BEV supplier, also praises the guideline development process, calling it “a tangible example of global collaboration in the mining industry.” The process, he explains, “has produced a practical reference document that will support the drive towards emissions-free mining the world over.”
If you’ve ever wanted to turn your iPad into an alarm clock that stands next to your bed, or position it next to your workspace where you can use it without having to get a stand or clear off a place on your desk for it, the iProp is perfect for you. The iProp is a completely flexible, 36-inch stand with a weighted base that will let you swing your iPad over you if you’re sitting on the couch or lying in bed. The base weighs 6 pounds and can support your iPad anywhere you place it. Granted, the iProp is built to be the perfect lazy way to hold up your iPad and use it without you having to support it with your hands, but it works just as well as an accessory that keeps your iPad close at hand if you’re sitting and working at your desk. Remember that when you drop the $79.95 list price to buy one, and try to remember to use it in other places than your bed.
Noms de domaine : les extentions personnalisées sont disponiblesL’Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), l’organisme de gestion des noms de domaine au niveau mondial, accepte depuis ce jeudi 12 janvier les demandes de suffixes formés d’un mot entier. Une nouvelle qui inquiète certaines entreprises, craignant l’usurpation.Les possibilités de noms de domaines s’élargissent considérablement, et deviennent presque illimitées. Après avoir accepté en juin dernier d’autoriser des mots entiers comme suffixes, l’Icann, autorité mondiale des noms de domaine, basée en Californie, a annoncé ce jeudi 11 janvier être prête à recevoir les demandes. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Maxisciences pourrait ainsi faire une demande pour l’extension, .maxisciences, et les grandes entreprises pourront faire de leurs noms un suffixe. Mais celles-ci n’accueillent pas toute la nouveauté, la plus importante apportée au système des noms de domaine au cours de ces vingts dernières années, avec enthousiasme. Elles sont en effet nombreuses à craindre l’usurpation. Un risque contre lequel l’US Federal Trade Commission avait mis en garde l’Icann.Mais ces noms de domaines personnalisés ne sont pas accessibles à n’importe qui. Pour s’en offrir un, il faudra compter quelque 185.000 dollars, et y ajouter 25.000 dollars de frais annuels, indique Stratégies. Un prix contre lequel s’insurgent les associations et autres organismes sans but lucratif, qui devront débourser cette somme pour éviter que leur nom soit utilisé par un autre. Une autre nouveauté à récemment été introduite par l’Icann, et a également sucité l’inquiétude : les domaines en .xxx pour les sites pornographiques. Universités, organisations et grands groupes ont préventivement déposé leur nom de domaine en .xxx pour éviter que d’autres le fassent.Le 12 janvier 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambert
England managed to win their last preparation game for the upcoming World Cup in Russia as they beat Costa Rica 2-0 at home and Marcus Rashford was the main star as he scored the winner.The Manchester United attacker put a great performance in this last friendly match before the team will head to Russia – and he admitted that the expectations will be really high this year on the national team.Rashford spoke about the upcoming tournament as he said, according to Sports Mole:Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I feel in good physical form leading up to the tournament. I still need to get in the box a bit more to finish off chances. It means a lot to be involved but going to the World Cup and playing a major part in my main aim.”“We have got a good chance. Anything is possible and we have to go there with the highest expectations.”
WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities carried out a massive search in a wooded area of the Everglades, Monday afternoon, in connection to the disappearance of a mother and her daughter, but they did not find anything.7Skyforce hovered above the area in West Miami-Dade as Florida Fish and Wildlife officials, Miami-Dade Police officers and Florida Highway Patrol troopers searched for possible bodies, between 177th Avenue and Southwest Eighth Street. The search went as far east as 137th Street.Investigators said Liliana Moreno and her 9-year-old daughter, Daniela Moreno, went missing just over a week ago.An officer from Florida Fish and Wildlife said he noticed, in his words, something unusual. He said he spotted dozens of buzzards concentrated in a specific area. In this area as well, he said, he noticed the appearance of some kind of trail where someone could have been dragging an object.The search of the wooded area came up empty, and it was canceled at around 4 p.m. However, the search for the missing mother and daughter remains active.Lawyer: Father of missing girl and her mom lost eye when police tased himEarlier Monday, the father of the missing girl, Gustavo Castaño, made the news when, his lawyer said, he lost his right eye after Miami-Dade Police discharged a Taser at his client’s face. “My client no longer has a right eye. He was tased,” said attorney Michael Grieco. “The Taser prongs actually went though his eyeball.”Last Friday, Castaño was threatening to commit suicide with a box cutter when police used a Taser to stop him. He was in a vehicle parked outside a Home Depot in Hialeah Gardens. “I can’t think of a circumstance, or I can’t think of any protocols that would allow an officer to shoot somebody in the face with a Taser,” said Grieco. “You know, there’s a big difference between trying to control a situation — there are proper protocols.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Grieco said his client also suffered superficial wounds to the neck area from the box cutter.Castaño’s attorney released a photograph of Castaño’s bruised face and sealed-shut right eye. “When he went to the hospital, the Taser prong was still in his eye,” said Grieco.The attorney indicated Castaño has cooperated with investigators. “After four or five days of pretty much unfettered grilling from the police, the family thought it was appropriate to retain counsel at this point to make sure their rights are protected,” he said. “He’s given up his phone. He’s given up all sorts of things.”Grieco said investigators have zeroed in on Castaño because of his relation to the missing. “He’s the father of the girl. If you watch any of these shows, any of these things play out, it’s always the dad or the husband that they look at first,” he said. “With some of the actions that he took right before he was tased, it doesn’t help matters, but he has nothing to do with this. We’re focused on just trying to find these two.”Meanwhile, Liliana and Daniela’s family said they are focusing their efforts on ensuring their loved ones are found. “Well, at this moment, obviously, we’re looking everywhere,” said Carolina Moreno, Liliana’s sister and Daniela’s aunt, through a translator. “We are grateful to the media after the news broke out. The ideal thing is to still find my niece as soon as possible. We have eight days [since their disappearance]. For me, it’s too much time. I still have faith, and I know that they are fine.”Castaño remains at Kendall Regional Medical Center in recovery as the investigation and search continue.If you have any information on the missing mother and daughter, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital kicked off a week-long camp for patients with cancer with a party, Saturday.The camp is called United Order True Sisters and is a celebration of food, games and music.Patients, parents and medical staff joined in on the festivities. “When you come here, you’re worried about having fun,” said cancer survivor Erik Rodriguez. “You’re not worried about anything else. Everything else is off your mind.”“They have this unique opportunity to be away from the hospital, away from home, away from all the pain, fear and anguish but still be safe,” said camp director Athena Pefkarou.During the trip, campers will visit Orlando Theme Parks and even get a chance to swim with the dolphins.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
GRAMMY winners and nominees announced to play ACL in Zilker Park, Oct. 5–7 and 12–14Philip MerrillGRAMMYs May 1, 2018 – 4:10 pm GRAMMY winners Childish Gambino, Paul McCartney and Metallica lead the headliner lineup for this fall’s Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park, which will take place over the weekends of Oct. 5–7 and 12–14.Announced on May 1, this year’s lineup also features 60th GRAMMY Awards winners The National and Residente, who shares the lead on the list of the top Latin GRAMMY Award winners of all time.The Recording Academy was on-site for ACL 2017 — based on last year, festivalgoers this fall are sure to be grateful for the incredible musical selection. Other GRAMMY winners set to perform at the 2018 installment are David Byrne, Justice and St. Vincent. Recently, St. Vincent gave the Crystals’ classic “Then He Kissed Me” a same-sex twist for the LGBTQ-affirmative album Universal Love — Wedding Songs Reimagined, in the form of “And Then She Kissed Me.” Austin City Limits 2018 Lineup: St. Vincent, Paul McCartney, Metallica & More Grace VanderWaal On Singing With Her Hero Jay ZPhoto: Gary Miller/FilmMagic Jay Z Brought The Hits For ACL 2017 Email Photo: Daniel Mendoza/Recording Academy ACL 2017: Get Ready For A Big Weekend MusiCares Devin Dawson Talks “Dark Horse” Origins MusiCares’ Hearing Health At Austin City Limits Facebook Jay ZPhoto: Gary Miller/FilmMagic Devin Dawson Talks “Dark Horse” Origins Joseph Talk New EP, Tears For Fears Cover ACL 2017: Get Ready For A Big Weekend Austin City Limits Festival Austin City Limits Festival Photo: Daniel Mendoza/Recording Academy Devin Dawson Talks “Dark Horse” Origins Prev Next News Jay ZPhoto: Gary Miller/FilmMagic Grace VanderWaal On Singing With Her Hero Joseph Talk New EP, Tears For Fears Cover MusiCares’ Hearing Health At Austin City Limits Past GRAMMY nominees on the lineup include Arctic Monkeys, Brandi Carlile, Sylvan Esso, Father John Misty, Highly Suspect, Hozier, Khalid, Janelle Monáe, Odesza, and Travis Scott. Janelle Monáe’s latest album Dirty Computer just dropped April 27, and Father John Misty let it be known last month his latest LP is expected on June 1.Several artists appear on the first or second weekend, only, including Asleep At The Wheel, the Austin-based band with eight GRAMMYs who will perform during the first weekend. Tickets are now on sale at the ACL Festival website. Lukas Nelson On “Find Yourself,” Lady Gaga Jay Z Brought The Hits For ACL 2017 Photo: Getty Images Who’s Playing Austin City Limits 2018? austin-city-limits-2018-lineup-st-vincent-paul-mccartney-metallica-more In the meantime, check out our dive into must-have festival essentials because you might remember something you won’t want to be without, if you’re fortunate enough to be in Austin.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Photo: Getty Images Jay Z Brought The Hits For ACL 2017 Joseph Talk New EP, Tears For Fears Cover https://twitter.com/aclfestival/status/991331482110226432 MusiCares Grace VanderWaal On Singing With Her Hero Lukas Nelson On “Find Yourself,” Lady Gaga MusiCares’ Hearing Health At Austin City Limits Lukas Nelson On “Find Yourself,” Lady Gaga Photo: Daniel Mendoza/Recording Academy Twitter Photo: Getty Images ACL 2017: Get Ready For A Big Weekend MusiCares
Download AudioDallas Seavey is the winner of the 2015 Iditarod. This is his third win in four years. The 27-year old musher says he’s not the only young member of his team. Many of his dogs are only three years old.Some sled dogs can race beyond the age of eight. Seavey says his team has a long future of competitive mushing ahead.“You’re going to see these guys coming back again and again and again,” Seavey said. “That’s our focus is consistently being in the top.”The repeat champion says he has enjoyed his previous wins, but he says this year’s championship is particularly meaningful.Other top finishers included: Mitch Seavey, Aaron Burmeister, and Jessie Royer. Photo courtesy of KNOM, Nome.
James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr. was named president of the Walters Art Museum Board, Oct. 16., making him the first African American to hold the position.He succeeds Ellen N. Bernhard, who was named chair of the board. Both will serve three-year terms.James H. DeGraffenreidt is the first Black president of the Walters Art Museum. (Courtesy Photo)“It’s gonna be a lot of fun,” DeGraffenreidt told the AFRO. “I’m looking forward to it.”DeGraffenreidt, and his wife Dr. Mychelle Farmer, moved to Baltimore in 1979. He grew up in New York, visiting museums in the area.“The Walters can go toe-to-toe with any of the best museums in New York, including the Met,” Degraffenreidt said referring to the world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art.The Walters board, under his leadership, wants to establish a larger role in the Baltimore community, DeGraffenreidt said. The museum is already admission free and its entire collection is available to view online.“Our big objective is to broaden the sense of ownership of the Walters that the wider Baltimore community feels,” Degraffenreidt said.To build this sense, DeGraffenreidt said he is looking to continue building “personal connections” in a place that enables visitors to tell their own story reflecting on artifacts from centuries of civilization.“My personal connection is, I enjoy the variety of art that’s there and the serenity of the space,” DeGraffenreidt said. “I brought all four of my kids through the museum on a regular basis and they all did school projects based on visits to the museum throughout the course of their years growing up in Baltimore. Our connection to the museum is long standing and pretty deep.”From 2006 to 2016, DeGraffenreidt served on the Maryland Board of Education. He was president from 2008 to 2011.During his time with Maryland’s Board of Education, DeGraffenreidt said that he recognized the connection between teachers, classrooms and curricula, and the educational work that the Walters provides and supports, especially in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County.“Our education department works closely with principals and teachers and superintendents on how to integrate what the Walters has to offer; to breathe additional life into the curricula that the students are learning, and to enrich the teacher’s’ depth in those areas so they recognize opportunities to present that material,” said DeGraffenreidt.DeGraffenreidt hopes to strengthen that relationship in the future so that personal connections stay with young visitors into their adult years.From July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017,150,000 visitors attended the Walters, of those hundreds of thousands, 58,388 were visitors who participated in Walters on-site education programs, 23,673 were students and teachers participating in K-12 school tours at the Walters. 8,600 of those visitors were students and teachers from Baltimore City schools, said Becca Seitz, The Walters Director of Marketing and Communication.“People will understand that there’s a lot of scholarship that resides in the museum that is useful in everything that they do,” DeGraffenreidt said. “But it’s gotta be personalized for them, because everybody’s experience is different.”While Dr. Farmer was in medical school at Yale, she along with other Yale interns, and residents were taken to museums to sharpen their observational skills, DeGraffenreidt said.“Coaching people through the experience of observing a painting, or a piece of sculpture and describing what is going on, based on what you see, without making assumptions, but deriving conclusions based on the information on the canvas or that the object gives you, is just one small example of how people can have a personal, professional or educational experience, using what is available to them in the museum,” DeGraffenreidt said.While the particulars of the Walters mission have changed, the spirit hasn’t, Degraffenreidt said.“We’re trustees, literally, and in the highest sense of the word, trustees of a major gift that belongs to the citizens,” DeGraffenreidt said. “We’re trying to make sure that we maximize the benefit that was intended by the Walters, even as they probably couldn’t envision what Baltimore City would look like almost a hundred years since they initiated the gift.”
By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterMayor Muriel Bowser spoke on Tax Day about filing for taxes and some of the credits and services the FY 2020 budget would provide for residents, particularly seniors and working families.“We know what today is right? It’s tax day,” Mayor Bowser said during a press conference held at the United Planning Organization (UPO) Petey Greene Community Service Center. “And this means two things for D.C. residents. It’s the day before Emancipation Day and it’s the day that people in Washington, D.C. are paying their federal taxes without the federal representation that goes with it.”Mayor Muriel Boswer spoke on Tax Day about plans to assist D.C. seniors and working families with tax relief, in a city that is taxed without official representation in the Federal government. (Courtesy Photo)“So despite the fact that we don’t have a single vote in the Congress, Washingtonians will join millions of Americans across the nation in submitting our tax payments and or filing our tax returns by midnight.”“We pay our taxes today and tomorrow we will continue to fight for statehood and or the votes in congress that we deserve.”UPO, located at 2907 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue S.E., “is one of the many sites across Washington, D.C. where District residents can access free tax preparation services,” Bowser said. “I’m grateful for organizations like UPO that are providing free tax preparation services because it’s one more way that we can help D.C. residents, especially seniors and working families who are feeling the pinch.”Commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking Stephen Taylor also made note that April is also Financial Literacy Month. “This month the District can take advantage of free educational programs resources and services that promote inclusive prosperity economic growth and personal financial well being,” Taylor said.For more information about their services please go to www.disb.dc.gov.The FY2020 budget proposal includes $5.2 million to expand the Schedule H tax credit for both homeowners and renters. This investment would make it possible to increase the maximum credit to $1,200 and effectively, expanding eligibility to approximately 3,000 new people, according to the mayor’s office.The proposal would also increase the income ceiling thresholds for D.C. residents under 70 to $65,000 and to $80,000 for residents 70 years of age and older.In addition, the plan to make a $20 million investment in workforce housing, to provide workers like teachers, social workers and hospitality workers access to housing; the $30 million boost to $130 million in total to the Housing Production Trust Fund and an additional $5 million boost to $15 million for the Housing Preservation Fund, are all efforts to provide D.C. residents with a “Fair Shot.”Bowser was also flanked by Carolyn Matthews, vice chair on the Commission on Aging, Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz, acting executive director of Capital Area Asset Builders and Polly Donaldson, director of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development.For those seeking an extension on filing federal taxes please go to https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-4868. For information about federal taxes go to www.irs.gov. For information on local taxes go to the DC Office of Tax and Revenue at https://otr.cfo.dc.gov/ To see the full FY 2020 budget proposal and capital plan click here.
(Phys.org) —A recent study paid for by the European Commission, and conducted and published by (the non-peer reviewed site) Science-Metrix, has found that more than half (approximately 55 percent) of peer-reviewed research articles that were originally published between the years 2007-2012 can now be accessed free of charge somewhere on the Internet—a marked increase over last year when papers from just one year reached that mark, Nature blog has reported. Researchers with the study also found that approximately 13 percent of peer-reviewed research papers were published directly to open access sites in 2012. Papers first published behind paywalls make their way to open access sites only after a certain time delay, usually, the researchers report, due to authors archiving their papers themselves. More information: Report: science-metrix.com/en/publicat … ewed-journals-at-thevia Nature blog © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Study shows more than half of peer-reviewed research articles published during 2007-2012 are now open access (2014, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-peer-reviewed-articles-published-access.html Study group claims free access to research papers has reached a ‘tipping point’ Explore further The study was conducted as part of what is being called “open access” week, where proponents of open access use various methods to urge authors to go the open-access route. One such venture was the “Open Access Button” where users could press a button on a website to find open access papers on a topic of their choice. The idea, such proponents suggest, is to open a dialogue between authors and those who would like access to their papers without having to pay for them.The research team used special software to scrape the Internet looking for published research papers as listed by the Scopus database for the period 1996-2013. Science-Metrix officials note that the numbers are of course estimates, as their software can’t possibly find every instance of a paper. They believe the software misses approximately 5 to 6 percent of papers available. Advocates of open access suggest the numbers found by the researchers don’t mean much as the majority of articles originally published behind paywalls typically undergo a one to two year delay before being carried to open access sites—a lag that can prove important in fast changing fields.The researchers also found that open access publication tended to vary by both region and subject area—Brazil and the Netherlands, for example both had very high rates of initial open access publication—76 and 74 percent respectively and biomedical papers were shared on average, freely, far more often than chemistry papers—71 and 39 percent respectively. 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.
No related posts. Lawmakers on Monday night approved in a first round of debates two bills to help ease Costa Rica’s fiscal woes. The two bills, which aim to increase fiscal transparency and strengthen tax management, are part of a reform package of three bills that are an alternative to President Laura Chinchilla’s failed fiscal plan.If passed in a second round of voting and signed into law by the president, the Fiscal Transparency Bill would allow authorities to lift banking secrecy for individual account holders and businesses if authorities suspect tax evasion or money laundering.The Strengthening Tax Management Bill seeks an amendment to the Tax Code to streamline customs procedures and improve collection processes from private companies.A third piece of legislation, known as the Euro Bonds Bill, would allow the executive branch to accrue up to $4 billion in bond debt to curb rising interest rates, mostly for personal loans.Lawmakers could vote on that bill Tuesday afternoon, as it is first on the legislative agenda for today’s session. Facebook Comments