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Winnipeg Transit accused of failing to attend to unconscious passenger

first_imgThis video obtained by APTN shows the bus continued on its route while a man lay unconscious on the floor.Alward said she called 9-1-1 for help.“I had to tell the bus driver to stop. He said that everything was OK, that he had already called his supervisor,” she said.“I told him everything wasn’t OK, and that I was on the phone with 9-1-1 right there and then. And that he needed to stop the bus so the ambulance could come and get this guy.”James Favel, co-founder of Winnipeg’s Bear Clan Patrol, which helps the city’s poor and vulnerable, was outraged to hear Alward’s account.“That’s absurd that Transit would value its schedule over a person’s life,” he said Tuesday.“They need some sensitivity training or something.”Favel confirmed Bear Clan had been in talks with the drivers’ union – Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505 – to supply bus passes and training to his members to be public ambassadors onboard. But he said Transit officials rejected the proposed pilot project.Alward said the incident has her fearing for her own welfare because she, too, is an Indigenous person.“What if I fell for whatever reason and they said, ‘Oh, it’s just a drunk Indian that fell over.’”She said she’s still wondering why the driver didn’t respond more positively.“He had a really cavalier attitude. When the bus stopped a woman came back there and she thanked me. She said she was really nervous about everything and that man had been on the floor like that since she got on.”To top it off, she said the driver complained about the delay.“He said something about being late and I said, ‘No, this is more important than you being late for your route.’”Alward said a fire truck arrived within minutes followed by an ambulance. She said she left when first responders started attending to the man.“I was too upset and I had to leave,” she said.kmartens@aptn.ca This man was unconscious on a Winnipeg Transit bus. (Submitted photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsWinnipeg Transit is investigating after a bus driver allegedly ignored an unconscious Indigenous man lying on the floor as he continued picking up passengers.“People were just supposed to step over him,” said an upset Sandra Lee Alward after riding the No. 18 bus.Alward, a nurse, said the disturbing incident occurred June 28. She said she boarded the bus and spotted the man she estimated to be in his late 20s lying on the floor near the back.“His shirt was missing and there was a $5 bill half-way sticking out of his back pocket. I didn’t smell any liquor.”Alward says she couldn’t believe the driver carried on like no one was in trouble.“I just went straight back there to see how he was and why he was on the ground. I didn’t touch him because the bus kept moving,” she said.“He had shallow and rapid breathing – he wasn’t sleeping. There was something wrong with him.”A spokesperson for Winnipeg Transit said Tuesday it was investigating the incident described by APTN.“Winnipeg Transit takes these matters very seriously and is currently investigating the incident,” said spokesperson Alissa Clark in an email.last_img read more

Halifax firm suspends Old Harry oil exploration in Gulf of St Lawrence

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax-based Corridor Resources Inc. (TSX:CDH) says it has suspended exploratory work on the Old Harry project in the Gulf of St. Lawrence for the foreseeable future.In a news release issued Monday, the company says it has completed a geotechnical analysis and has determined that it wouldn’t be “prudent” to continue with additional capital spending, and as a result is suspending all further technical work and expenditures.The Old Harry site is located about 80 kilometres off the southwest tip of Newfoundland in an area that straddles the Newfoundland and Labrador-Quebec border, and has been previously thought to hold significant oil and gas reserves.But Corridor says its analysis has determined more complexity than previously suggested.The company says it now believes the prospect could be more “gas prone than oil prone” and the overall quantities could be less than originally estimated.Corridor says it has determined that a three-dimensional seismic survey should be conducted before an exploration well is drilled, and adds that it has been unable to attract a joint venture partner.“As a result of the foregoing, Corridor has determined there is no longer a viable path to drilling an exploration well on the prospect before the current exploration licence on the Newfoundland side expires in January 2021,” the news release states.“Corridor has not received interest in the Old Harry prospect from many international companies. In our view, this was due to a higher cost environment related to uncompetitive taxes and an increasingly cumbersome and unpredictable regulatory approval process in Canada.”In past years the exploration work has been the subject of protests by environmental groups opposed to potential drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.The Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition and other environmental and First Nation groups have called for a moratorium to prevent offshore oil drilling over concerns of the potential effects a spill would have on the area’s sensitive ecology.The company still holds exploration licences with both the Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec governments.last_img read more

Suspects arrested over Wanniyakulam murder remanded

Sujeewa Prasanna Kumara Hettiarachchi was hacked to death recently following an alleged incident where he had assaulted some men who had allegedly attempted to sexually abuse his daughter at a wedding. The suspects arrested over the murder of a father in Wanniyakulam in Anuradhapura have been remanded till the 23rd of July.The main suspect and a few others had been arrested over the crime over the weekend. The main suspect was identified as 37-year-old Mampatidewahelage Chaminda Pushpakumara alias Pulleyar Chaminda. The family of the victim said that Sujeewa Prasanna had been killed as an act of revenge.The wife and daughter of the victim had reported that they had received death threats following Sujeewa Prasanna’s murder and they have now been given police protection.(Colombo Gazette) read more

Site of Calgary mass murder for sale

The house that was the site of Calgary’s worst mass murder is up for sale.Five University of Calgary students were killed there at an end-of-school party in April. It’s listed for $490,000. The real estate listing promises a great location but adds it “needs some work to turn it into the gem it can be.”Matthew de Grood is undergoing a psychiatric assessment to determine if he can be found criminally responsible. He’ll back in court on August 29.

UN envoy to Central African Republic voices deep concern over renewed fighting

“There is a feeling of helplessness,” Margaret Vogt, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General told reporters in New York yesterday. “Without a strong response from the international community there is no future,” she said.She cited reports of widespread rape, looting, recruitment of children and risk of starvation as residents of villages hide in the bush out of fear of the violence and neglect to sow their crops.The CAR has a history of political instability and recurring armed conflict, which flared again in December 2013 when an alliance of rebel groups known collectively as ‘Séléka’ launched a series of attacks.The fighters took control of major towns and were advancing on the capital, Bangui, before agreeing to start peace talks under the auspices of the regional group known as the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).A peace agreement was reached on 11 January, resulting in a ceasefire agreement and a shared governance arrangement in which opposition figures were given key posts, but the rebels claim the Government is failing to live up to its commitments, Ms. Vogt said.In the latest attacks, she said, the Séléka rebels have overrun a wide swathe of the country’s territory, and on Tuesday took the major town of Bangassou, the gateway to the south-east of the country and critical refuelling stop for humanitarian workers.The rebels were not engaged in making arrangements for humanitarian access, Ms. Vogt said, while atrocities were taking place. “At the best of times, the humanitarian situation is not good, but now the population is completely cut-off,” she added.She said it was critical to strengthen the capacity of the region to enforce agreements. In addition, the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office (BINUCA) was trying to assist mediators to get the parties back to the table. The African Union is engaged as well, she said, adding “We should all be more engaged.” Her strongest feelings concerned the civilian victims and their abusers, however, expressing anger over women being raped and children deprived of education. “Angry that people who… used to live decent lives – poor yes, but at least they have their lives – have to run into the bush just to escape these atrocities. It is not fair,” she told UN radio in a separate interview. BINUCA’s work to facilitate the implementation of the agreements is part of its mandate to help consolidate peace in the long-troubled nation, including support for security reform and reintegration of ex-combatants. read more

IRL advises that Rajasthan government initially approves Aravalli project mining lease

first_imgIndia Resources Ltd has advised that the Government of Rajasthan has administratively approved the Aravalli lead-zinc Project Mining Lease (ML) in favour of IRL’s 100% owned subsidiary, Crown Mining Private Ltd (CMPL). It has also cancelled one ML and two Prospecting Licence applications from Hindustan Zinc Ltd, and one ML application from Terramine Developers Pvt Ltd that overlapped with CMPL’s ML application. IRL has already been engaged in contract mining at Hindustan Copper’s Surda mines in Jharkhand since 2007.The Government of Rajasthan will now request the Director of Mines and Geology (DMG) Udaipur to prepare a new ML proposal for CMPL for more than 2,000 ha, representing around 90% of the original application in this highly competitive mining area. IRL said it was “very thankful that the Government of Rajasthan has taken this historical decision to recognise CMPL’s preferential rights to the Aravalli lead-zinc project.”The DMG will scrutinise all the facts and obtain landowner consent in developing its proposal for CMPL, and then an area is expected to be offered to CMPL for its acceptance. CMPL will then be scrutinised regarding the broad parameters of the ore body, its mine and investment planning, technical skills and financial position prior to the DMG presenting this matter to the Government of Rajasthan and then the Central Government in Delhi. Once approved by both governments a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Mining Lease can be issued to CMPL. Once the LOI has been given, CMPL will need to undertake an extensive drilling campaign to produce a detailed Mining Plan that can be approved by the Government of Rajasthan. CMPL will also need to obtain environmental clearances, forest clearances, a mine closure plan and acquire the required land for the project. Once everything is in order, an agreement can be executed with the State Government and the ML issued to allow the commencement of mining activity.“The decision by the Government of Rajasthan is a very significant, hard fought and long awaited step for IRL. Aravalli is a world class project, and accordingly a tremendous amount of work and challenges will need to be met to achieve its development, but clearly the project is a unique opportunity for the company.”The Aravalli project is located in the Indian State of Rajasthan and contains a significant lead-zinc occurrence. IRL has previously reported an exploration target in the range of 95-135 Mt at between 2.2-4.5% zinc and 0.7-1.8% lead. The Aravalli Exploration Target was updated to JORC 2012 compliance in the report entitled “Aravalli Project – Supplementary Update” lodged on July 23 2014. The potential quantity and grade is conceptual in nature, and there has been insufficient exploration as yet to define a Mineral Resource, and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the determination of a Mineral Resource. Further drilling will be required to establish JORC standard estimates of Resources.The deposit is of a SEDEX style similar to Mount Isa in Australia. There is potential to upgrade the target substantially in both tonnes and grade by further drilling and higher grade zones can be identified within it. The mineralised zone is essentially continuous with the adjacent Sindesar Khurd and Rajpura Dariba mines where grades in excess of 10% lead plus zinc are being mined by Hindustan Zinc.last_img read more

Official anthem and video for Womens EHF EURO 2012 released

Women’s EHF EURO 2012 ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2014 Qual (Round 1): Ten matches – ten victories of home teams! Next Story → Biegler’s first win on the Polish bench – Netherlands was too weak! Official Women’s EHF EURO 2012 anthem “Never forget” and VIDEO are released by organisers:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-_CtIvCBKE[/youtube]

HP shows off new TouchSmart 610 and Elite 9300 allinones

first_imgA new year means new computer models, so it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that HP has announced the latest in its popular TouchSmart series. The TouchSensitive all-in-one computers didn’t just get new processors and graphics for 2011 though, the revision brings a significant chassis overhaul.The old leaning “easel” design was too limiting for HP’s design team so they’ve moved to a something much more adjustable: a base with an upright neck holding a mounted display. The display can be angled from -5 degrees to 60 degrees, so it can fit anywhere from a mall kiosk to your kitchen counter. In addition to much more adjustability this base has a smaller footprint than before and it can lean forward. The display that base holds is a 23-inch, LED-backlit, multi-touch capable one.The new new models announced are the consumer-focused TouchSmart 610 and the business-focused TouchSmart Elite 9300. They are essentially the same machine but the business model gets an upgraded webcam (from 1.3MP to 2MP), DisplayPort out, and an SSD option. Security is increased with the business model as well–it can have the webcam removed, any or all of the USB ports disable, and it can run disk encryption (SED).The HP TouchSmart 610-1030f will be outfitted with with an Intel Core i3-550 processor, 4GB RAM, 750GB storage, and Intel HD graphics. The 610-1050f will bump things up to the Core i5-650, 6GB RAM, and 1TB storage (still with Intel HD graphics though).The TouchSmart 610 will have Beats Audio, the option of AMD or Intel processors, and optional Blu-ray upgrade, and some models will even include the touch-friendly RTS game RUSE. It will start at $899.99 and be available on February 9th. The Elite should arrive some time in May.Release:HP Redesigns the TouchSmart PC ExperienceHP TouchSmart PCs offer high style and performance with reclining display for exceptional comfortPALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 7, 2011 – HP today unveiled its first touchscreen desktop PCs to feature a 60-degree reclining display, enabling users to adjust the display’s position for a comfortable user experience.With a sleek, clean appearance, the new HP TouchSmart610 Consumer PC and HP TouchSmart 9300 Elite Business PC recline from upright to almost flat, providing consumers and business users increased comfort for longer-term use and making it easier for businesses to engage customers.“As a leader in touch computing, HP has made each iteration of the TouchSmart PC more intuitive, resourceful and fun for users,” said James Mouton, senior vice president, Desktop Organization, Personal Systems Group, HP. “The latest generation is no exception with a new design that makes it easier and more comfortable to use, and it allows businesses to integrate the TouchSmart where convenience, space constraints and appearance matter.”Ergonomic design enables users to do more and share moreFrom creating art projects, to playing games, to enabling natural front- desk interaction where eye contact is important, the new HP TouchSmart PCs offer consumers and businesses increased range of motion, superior viewing and an intuitive touch experience.Both the TouchSmart610 Consumer PC and TouchSmart 9300 Elite Business PC feature a 23-inch diagonal high-definition (HD) display(1) that reclines up to 60 degrees and tilts forward up to five degrees.The wide-angle, LED backlit LCD screen provides optimal viewing angles, even when reclined, while advanced multitouch technology allows for an accurate response.The TouchSmart PCs’ simple one-cord setup and slim, all-in-one design save space and allow them to fit into any room or business environment. For a clean and uncluttered appearance, control features are conveniently located to the right and left sides of the display.Intuitive software, Beats Audio for immersive, personalized entertainment With its refined industrial design and the latest version of HP TouchSmart software, the TouchSmart610 consumer PC makes it easier and more comfortable than ever to surf the web, edit photos or access social networks.In addition to touch- optimized applications from Hulu, Netflix, Rhapsody and Twitter, as well as HP’s exclusive RecipeBox and webcam applications, users can add new applications via the TouchSmart Apps Center. The TouchSmart610 also features Beats Audio. A high-performance technology developed by HP and Beats by Dr. DreTM, Beats Audio allows listeners to hear music the way the artist intended it – just as it sounds in the studio.For the gaming enthusiast, select models of the TouchSmart610 are available with Ubisoft®’s real-time strategy game, R.U.S.E.TM – a $49.99 value. Users will enjoy using multitouch navigation to deceive and manipulate enemies as they lead their nation to victory.The TouchSmart610 also features the new HP LinkUp application, which allows users to wirelessly link a notebook PC to the TouchSmart using a home network. Accessing and viewing applications, files and content from a notebook on the TouchSmart’s large HD screen creates a more comfortable and productive experience.(1) Changes are saved directly to the notebook so there are no file transfer hassles.Innovative touchscreen PC technology for businessesIdeal for customer-facing environments in hospitality, retail and healthcare, the HP TouchSmart 9300 Elite Business PC combines HP’s powerful touchscreen technology with essential business benefits. Businesses can configure the TouchSmart 9300 to meet a variety of workplace preferences, including desk or counter positioning, wall mount or kiosk placement.The TouchSmart 9300 delivers superb computing performance with second-generation Intel Core processors and a choice of Windows® 7 operating systems. It also offers up to 16 gigabytes of memory and an optional 160 GB solid-state drive to enhance productivity and interaction with touchscreen applications. In addition, employees can log in using the HP TouchSmart Elite 9300 Business PC’s high-resolution, adjustable webcam with facial recognition software for enhanced security.The HP Interactive Solutions Partner Program for independent software vendors (ISVs) delivers touch-based customer solutions to businesses. Tikatok, a division of Barnes & Noble, has piloted several interactive kiosks as part of Barnes & Noble’s new Educational Toys & Games department. The kiosk, designed as a life-size book, features an interactive demo of Tikatok’s proprietary online application. The demo is hosted on HP TouchSmart PCs and allows children to try out the book creation module or read books that other children have created at Tikatok.com.Chico’s FAS, which offers women’s clothing and accessories through Chico’s, White House|Black Market and Soma Intimates stores, has rolled out HP Business TouchSmart PCs in almost 1,100 stores. The PCs provide one-touch application access, enhanced employee training sessions with full-motion video and a technology platform for management packages.Pricing and availabilityThe HP TouchSmart610 Consumer PC is expected to be available on Feb. 9 in the United States at a starting price of $899.99. The HP TouchSmart 9300 Business PC is expected to be available in May in the United States; pricing will be provided closer to availability.Additional information is available at www.hp.com/personal.24/7 service and supportHP PCs are backed by HP Total Care, the company’s award-winning service, solutions and support, both in and out of warranty. With HP Total Care, consumers can reach support agents 24/7 by phone or online support options like the HP consumer support forum, which features mobile functionality that allows visitors to browse content and post questions or comments from any mobile device, no download required.HP PCs also come with built-in support through the HP Support Assistant, a simple software application that allows PCs to run smoothly right from the start. The software maintains PC performance and resolves problems with automated updates and tune-ups, onboard diagnostics and guided assistance.last_img read more

NASAs Mars 2020 Rover Gets Its Space Legs Wheels

first_img NASA Attaches Helicopter to Mars 2020 RoverNASA Now Accepting Names for Mars 2020 Rover Stay on target NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is one step closer to the Red Planet.Well, six steps, technically.Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory last week installed two starboard legs and half a dozen wheels—the mobility suspension—on the vehicle.“Now that’s a Mars rover,” David Gruel, the Mars 2020 assembly, test, and launch operations manager at JPL, said in a statement.Both legs are composed of titanium tubing, formed with the same process used to make high-end bicycle frames.All six wheels, each with its own motor, are aluminum—with “grousers” or cleats built in to provide traction on the planet’s soft sand and hard rock. The two front and rear tires also have individual steering motors, enabling the vehicle to turn a full 360 degrees.The wheels pictured here will not make the trip to Mars; these engineering models will be swapped for flight models sometime next year.Engineers prepare the starboard legs and wheels for integration onto NASA’s Mars 2020 rover (via NASA/JPL-Caltech)“With the suspension on, not only does it look like a rover,” Gruel said, “but we have almost all our big-ticket items for integration in our rearview mirror—if our rover had one.”A bit like the cars we drive on Earth, the vehicle’s suspension system maintains a constant weight on each wheel. And while drivers avoid terrain that would cause a tilt of more than 30 degrees, the rover can withstand a 45-degree tilt in any direction without tipping over.With the mobility and port suspensions in place, the team expects to install the device’s robotic arm and mast-mounted SuperCam instrument within the next few weeks.Also ready for placement is the Sample Caching System, which includes 17 separate motors, and will collect samples of Martian rock and soil that will be returned to the Earth by a future mission.Mars 2020 will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida next July. It is scheduled to land at Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021.Want to be part of NASA’s 2020 mission? There is still time to fly your name—etched onto a microchip—on the rover. Sign up before Sept. 30 to receive a downloadable souvenir boarding pass.A live-stream from a JPL clean room last week gave fans a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes work that goes into assembling and testing a Mars rover.More on Geek.com:NASA Scientists Install HD ‘Eyes’ in Mars 2020 RoverNASA Puts Mars 2020 Rover to the TestNASA Spots ‘Star Trek’ Starfleet Logo ‘Dune Footprints’ on Marslast_img read more

Clark County logs 4th straight month of solid growth in jobs

first_imgFebruary marked another strong month for job growth in Clark County, peppered across various industries.According to a report from the state Employment Security Department released Tuesday, Clark County added 700 jobs, adjusted for seasonal trends. The hiring was spread across many sectors, said regional economist Scott Bailey.Without adjusting for seasonal trends, the county added 1,100 jobs that were mainly buoyed by construction, professional services, business services and education. General merchandise stores lost 200 jobs.February’s showing marks the fourth consecutive month of strong job growth, adding on to the 1,000 jobs added in January. Bailey said that may slow down a bit, however.“It’s been near 4 percent (job growth) the last few years. We might be closer to 3 percent this year, but still pretty solid,” he said. “Especially when unemployment is low.”Clark County has added 5,900 jobs over the past 12 months, amounting to 3.8 percent job growth. The Vancouver-Portland metro area — which includes Clark and Skamania counties with five Oregon counties — added 20,500 jobs for 1.8 percent growth. Job growth over that same time has been 1.6 percent nationwide, 3 percent in Washington and 2.3 percent in Oregon.The unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 5.6 percent in February, but Bailey noted that the rate does not adjust for seasonal trends, either.last_img read more

DNA fails to secure seats but urges unity among Bahamians

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 11th 2017: The Democratic National Alliance, described as the spoiling vote in the lead up the 2017 polls, failed to secure any seats in the elections.DNA Candidate for Killarney, Arinthia KomolafeWith the FNM securing the major portion of the electoral pie, the DNA is still expressing confidence in bringing the change its supporters hope to see in Bahamas one day. Following the results last night, the DNA took to its Facebook page together with many of its candidates, to thanks its supporters for their votes and support during the campaign. Its official page read “Fighting for what you believe in is never wrong. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to all of you who voted #forabetterlife. May God Bless the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the new incoming Government of The Bahamas, and all of our people”.Its Killarney Candidate, Arinthia Komolafe, who lost to Prime Minister Elect, Dr.Hubert Minnis, counted it a privilege in running against Minnis, and extended heartfelt congrats to him and his party. She says her work within the Constituency will continue, as she intends to implement the plans that laid out in her platform.DNA Candidate for Golden Isles, Stephen GreensladeDNA Candidate for Garden Hills, Youri KempYouri Kemp, candidate for Garden Hills also thanked voters who supported him and campaigned along his side this year. Kemp urged residents to trust in God at this time, as he has allowed the people to see what they needed to see for them to cast their vote for who they wanted to govern our country. In response to the DNA’s numbers, Kemp says “Massive election losses like this are nothing to do with regard to the quality or calibre of persons of anyone who did not win, but it had to do with glaring factors that the Bahamian people saw fit to deal with as a priority for them at this time”.Golden Isles Candidate, Stephen Greenslade called on the people to focus on moving our country forward by positively contributing in whatever small way to that effort, as we must work together as a nation to reach higher heights.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasGeneralElections2017#DNACandidatesReactToLoss Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Citing sarin use US seeks Congress OK for action

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Obama administration geared up for the biggest foreign policy vote since the Iraq war by arguing Sunday that new physical evidence shows the Syrian government used sarin gas in a deadly August attack. With its credibility on the line, the United States must respond, the country’s top diplomat said.Members of Congress, deadlocked on just about everything these days and still on summer break, expressed sharply divergent opinions about whether to give President Barack Obama the go-ahead he requested to retaliate with military force against the Assad regime, and what turning down the commander in chief could mean for America’s reputation.Presenting Obama’s case for military action, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a series of interviews on Sunday news shows outlining the latest information the administration has received about the Aug. 21 attack in the Damascus suburbs that the U.S. says killed 1,429 civilians, including more than 400 children. He said samples collected by first responders added to the growing body of proof that Syria’s government launched a chemical weapons attack.“Samples of hair and blood have been tested and they have reported positive for signatures of sarin,” Kerry said. “Each day that goes by, this case is even stronger. We know that the regime ordered this attack. We know they prepared for it. We know where the rockets came from. We know where they landed. We know the damage that was done afterwards.”Sarin, which affects the nervous system and is toxic in liquid or gas form, can be delivered in missiles, bombs, rockets or artillery shells. The gas is outlawed under international rules of warfare. The reference to hair and blood samples were the first pieces of specific physiological evidence cited by any member of the administration, which previously spoke only about an unnamed nerve agent.last_img read more

Fivemember gang busted stolen mobiles recovered

first_imgHyderabad: North Zone Task Force busted a robbery gang and arrested five persons on Saturday. The arrested are K Abilash (19), Venkatrao Shinde (20) and Patan Salman Khan (19), besides two of their associates. The police claimed to have recovered three mobile phones and an auto-rickshaw from the possession of the arrested persons. According to the police, the accused are friends and residing in Jeedimetla village. In a bid to lead luxurious life, the suspects had hatched a conspiracy to steal mobile phones and sell them to earn easy money. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us As per the plan, the suspects had engaged an auto-rickshaw and snatched a mobile from a complainant U Vittal (22) near Agrasen Bhavan at Begumpet. The police registered a case on the basis of a complaint. The police nabbed the culprits with the help of footage obtained from a CCTV camera. The suspects with the seized property were handed to Begumpet police for further investigation.last_img read more

Mayor Wants Another New Study On Houston Fire Department

first_imgAl OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he wants member of his staff involved in another study about the Houston Fire Department.Houston City Council members are reviewing a new study that says the Houston Fire Department takes too long to respond to fires and other emergencies, but Mayor Sylvester Turner says he is not satisfied with the study’s findings in terms of funding options for HFD and will order another study.Phoenix-based Facets Consulting got the green light for the study in 2015, when Annise Parker was still mayor.The study paints a picture of a fire department that is extremely busy, with more than 300,000 emergency incidents just last year. It also notes that 90 percent of the time HFD exceeds the four-minute response goal set by the National Fire Protection Association.Turner says he agrees with the study when it points out the fire department needs more money, but he’s frustrated there are no suggestions in the report on ways to cut costs.“We need to take a more definitive look on what additional efficiency measures we can implement, what additional cost saving measures we may need to implement and that’s going to require further review and further evaluation,” Turner said at the customary press conference held after the council meeting.Turner wants another study, one that he says should involve his own staff.Alvin White, president of the Houston Professional Firefighters Association, says the mayor shouldn’t just dismiss the study.“I can assure you that had this report been delivered to the city with savings, to where the department had to make other cuts, that the mayor and council would have been touting this report,” White notes.White says the HFD can’t afford any more budget cuts and that the three new fire stations the study recommends are vital.Turner says he wants to hear more about sources for additional funding and potential cost saving measures by the end of March. 00:00 /01:34 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more

How Will the Exelon Pepco Merger Affect Customers

first_imgChicago-based Exelon Corporation along with District of Columbia-based utility service provider, Pepco Holdings, Inc. are currently under going a process to merge. But, what does the $6.5 billion merger mean to customers? According to Dave Velazquez, executive vice president and leader of the power delivery business at Pepco, absolutely nothing accept better reliability and a larger investment in the community.“Nothing changes, but it gets better,” Velazquez told the AFRO during a meeting with AFRO Publisher John J. Oliver, Jr., President Benjamin Phillips and other paper executives. Also in attendance was Myra Oppel, regional communications vice president at Pepco Holdings, Melissa Sherrod, vice president of corporate affairs at Exelon and Valencia McClure, director of communications and corporate relations at BG&E, an Exelon subsidiary in central Maryland.After the merger, Velazquez will become president and CEO of the Pepco Holdings’ utilities. Donna Cooper will also remain with Pepco as regional president.A fact sheet on the merger said there would be no net involuntary merger-related job losses at Pepco and Delmarva Power for at least two years after the merger and Maryland’s economy would gain as many as 7,000 new jobs and up to $623 million in benefits.Velazquez said the only thing changing is ownership with the merger, which is more of a cash transaction where Exelon is buying all of Pepco’s stock. “Bills will still have Pepco on them,” he said, noting that Exelon logo would be added at the bottom.The combination of the companies will bring Exelon’s three top-performing electric and gas utilities together, including Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E) Company, Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison Company and Philadelphia-based PECO along with Pepco Holding’s electric and gas utilities – Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco.In order to complete the merger, the companies need approval from six regulatory agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Delaware Public Service Commission, the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the Maryland Public Service Commission and the Virginia State Corporation Commission. Files for approval were submitted in August. The Virginia commission approved the merger in October. The full merger process is expected to take at least 12 months to complete, the executives said.If all agencies approve the merger, Exelon will then become the largest utility in the mid-Atlantic, serving approximately 10 million customers, according to the Washington Business Journal.  Exelon’s website said that it expects to complete the process in the second or third quarter of 2015.The merger would also introduce a new tool to Pepco Holdings’ community outreach with a Customer Investment Fund. According to a benefit fact sheet, Exelon would provide an aggregate amount of $43 million for a Customer Investment Fund in Pepco Holdings’ service territory. Of that amount, $14 million would be available for the Customer Investment Fund in D.C., which would be based on the number of customers in the District. According to Exelon’s website, the fund would help support low-income customers and provide funding for bill credits, and energy efficiency measures.Exelon executives conveyed that the company shares Pepco Holdings’ commitment to the local communities it serves. The company is committed to exceeding Pepco’s 2013 $1.6 million in charitable contributions and local community support. “It is part of our responsibility to make sure these communities are healthy,” Sherrod said.According to Exelon’s fact sheet, the company is willing to face financial penalties if Pepco and Delmarva Power do not meet their planned reduction targets.last_img read more

Facebooks Oculus TV Is a HalfBaked Smart TV App for VR

first_imgThere’s a reason Facebook is building a dedicated app for this kind of fare. Video viewing has proven to be immensely popular on mobile VR headsets, with Samsung reporting early on that 80 percent of the users of its Gear VR headset were watching video with the device on any given day.Video providers like Netflix and Hulu have also seen the sign of the times, and built dedicated apps for VR headsets, offering users a chance to browse their catalog and stream movies and TV shows in virtual living rooms. Media center app maker Plex is even giving users virtual popcorn to spill on their virtual couch.But while the virtual living room is a pretty good metaphor, there no real reason why each and every video provider should have to build one on their own. After all, you don’t have different rooms in your actual house to watch Netflix and HBO either.With Oculus TV, Facebook tried to build a kind of shared living room with a virtual TV that displays a smart TV-like interface, complete with app shortcuts for Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, Pluto TV, Newsy, Facebook Watch and Red Bull TV. The result really does look and feel like a smart TV of sorts. Albeit, a pretty clunky one.At launch, Oculus TV only offers two rows apps and content to navigate: The first row is a pretty generic showcase of some of the content featured on Pluto TV, Hulu and Red Bull TV, and the second one offers shortcuts to installed and suggested video apps.Red Bull TV, Facebook Watch and Pluto TV play directly in the Oculus TV living room interface, whereas Netflix, Hulu and Showtime all open up their own dedicated apps. Some of these dedicated apps do offer deep linking, and Oculus TV does for instance list a few viewing recommendations for Hulu content. However, the Oculus Go headset takes its sweet time loading up these shows. In one test., it took 23 seconds before a Hulu show selected in Oculus TV actually started to play.The Netflix VR app doesn’t offer any deep linking at all — which makes visiting Oculus TV a bit redundant in the first place. After all, why not just launch the Netflix VR app when you want to watch Netflix? There is also no universal search across the apps and services available on Oculus TV, and some just don’t work very well with the interface. Pluto TV in particular has largely adopted the same TV-guide-like UI it also offers on PC, TV and mobile. But what makes sense on other devices turns out to be really hard to navigate with a VR controller that only offers imprecise scrolling.Even more striking about Oculus TV is everything that’s missing: Oculus is promising additional apps and services, including ESPN, for the coming months. But at launch, there are really just a handful of apps available, which pales in comparison to your typical smart TV. Executives from two video services, who spoke with Variety on the condition of anonymity, said that the number of users of the Oculus Go simply didn’t warrant building apps for the device at the current time.With Oculus TV, Facebook really is building a smart TV platform for VR from scratch. As such, it is dependent on content providers to embrace its platform, and it is struggling with some of the very issues that traditional smart TV makers have been grappling with for years. This includes big players guarding their data, and smaller players struggling with resources to build compelling interfaces. In other words: Facebook is learning the hard way that building smart TVs isn’t easy. Facebook released a new app for its Oculus Go virtual reality (VR) headset Monday: Oculus TV is meant to be a one-stop-shop for watching streaming video content in VR. However, during a test over the past few days, it became clear that Oculus TV is still very much a work in progress.When Facebook’s VP of virtual reality (VR) Hugo Barra first announced Oculus TV in early May, he likened it to a smart TV, but for your VR headset. “It works just like the best smart TVs out there,” Barra promised, adding that the app would launch later that month on the Oculus Go headset.It took Facebook three extra weeks, but on Monday, Oculus TV finally launched. The app is meant to be a kind of shortcut for Oculus Go users looking to watch traditional 2D videos on the headset: Content from Netflix, Hulu and elsewhere — think videos that aren’t optimized for VR headsets, but would also stream on your phone, computer or TV. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

iPhone5 may release midAugust

first_img Rumor: Unlocked iPhone 4 to come to USA A job posting put on an employment website targeted towards job seekers in the United Kingdom, Reed, has stirred rumors that the iPhone 5 could be released earlier than the tech community had originally thought. The iPhone, which was expected to be released in September of this year, may actually come out a little bit earlier than expected, in mid-August. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The job posting that started this rumor is in search of “full-time iPhone Sales Staff for an exciting project to work 5 days a week (Tuesday-Saturday) for the period 16th August – 29th October within key retail stores”. The post, which was put out by Gekko Ltd a staffing firm in the UK, shows up several different sections of the site, with each one for a different area of Great Britain. Gekko has previously been employed to do retail hiring for Apple in the past, though it has mostly been in the Apple sections of larger stores and not in the actual Apple stores themselves. The posting implies that Apple believes that they will have a need for more sales staff during this period, which some people have taken to mean that they have a big launch on tap for that week. Of course, since this is all speculation and Apple is not big on giving out information about the release of products before the day of the launch only time will tell if the speculation is true or not and an August launch would be a welcome surprise for end users that have been salivating over the idea of a iPhone 5 for months. Citation: iPhone5 may release mid-August (2011, July 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-iphone5-mid-august.htmllast_img read more

The origins of polarized nervous systems

first_imgComb Jelly from phylum Ctenophora. Credit: ctenophore.wikispaces.com (Phys.org)—There is no mistaking the first action potential you ever fired. It was the one that blocked all the other sperm from stealing your egg. After that, your spikes only got more interesting. Waves of calcium flooding the jointly-forged cell stiffened its glycoprotein-enhanced walls against all other suitors and kicked off the developmental program ultimately responsible for constructing your brain. Unlike the nervous systems of the lower forms of life, our neurons have a clearly polarized form—a single output axon projecting far to parts unknown is charged by input dendrites feeding on the local metabolic soup de jour. The origins of this polarity in neurons, and therefore in nervous systems in general, are written in the primitive body plans of the mostly gelatinous organisms still hailing intact across deep time. Journal information: Journal of Experimental Biology 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. Citation: The origins of polarized nervous systems (2015, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-polarized-nervous.html Complex nerve-cell signaling traced back to common ancestor of humans and sea anemones How a blunt multipurpose neuronal toolkit that originally evolved to nourish was morphed into the precise cellular utensils we now use to mince the world is the subject of a new special issue in the Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB). The story of the acquisition of polarity, or rather the loss of universality, in the flow of resource through crude nerve nets is the story of our brains. Last year,Tim Jegla from Penn State published work showing that the human Erg potassium channels that are tuned to repolarize the long action potentials underlying the strong muscular contractions of our hearts have their origins in the earliest nervous systems ever evolved. Since then he has been piecing our brains together by tracing the evolution of related channels like the EAG potassium channels, and the so-called Shaker potassium channels in various primitive organisms. The creatures that have been the most informative mostly fall into taxonomic groups of typically radially-symmetric animals named with a strange variation on the letter C. The ‘cnidarians’ are animals like hydras and the true jellyfish, while the ‘ctenophores’ are the comb jellies that swim with cilia. In an article on polarity written together with Melissa Rolls, Tim explores how the positioning of different kinds of channels by the cytoskeleton (at places like the axon initial segment, nodes, and dendrites) is crucial for establishing directional signalling in neurons. So I asked him point blank if he could nail down when polarity first evolved. He said it was likely in an ancestor of the parahoxozons, a group defined by their possession of at least one of the Hox/ParaHox genes associated with the the specification of the body axis. With genetic experiments now in progress in his lab Jegla is looking for indications that polar neurons exist, contrary to the current literature, even in the lowly sea anemone. As cnidarians, anemone are privy to the benefits of parahoxozoans, something the ctenophores cannot claim. More information: Journal of Experimental Biology, jeb.biologists.org/content/current © 2015 Phys.org In looking for larger developmental trends in which to anchor the idea of increased polarity, or loss of flexibility in neurons, ctenophores may have other secrets to tell. One author writing in the special issue of JEB suggests that recent whole genome data puts ctenophores as a sister group to all other animals, placing them at the earliest branching lineage—a move which would make them a more basal metazoan than even SpongeBob himself. Two factors which complicate such analysis are convergent evolution and the loss of genes and function. We might imagine that the possibility of having at least two independent origins for neural systems exists regardless of which lineage was prior.It has been known since the work of Chun in 1880 that when ctenophore blastomeres are separated at the two-cell stage each half-embryo develops exactly half of adult structures. It seems that this high degree of determinism at the organism level, which fades in the progression of species, contrasts with the aquisition of specification at the cell level. Among the important proteins known to exist in these primitive organisms are various kinds of G-protein coupled receptors and gap junctions. Originally it looks like these proteins played important roles in cell adhesion and communication, and therefore in early development and specification of the body plan. Enzymes to synthesize and transport neurotransmitters were also present early on. A trend in moving to more advanced body plans, and neurons, is the restriction of the expression of these transmitter systems to specific cells. On top of this there is an inexorable refinement of multipurpose symmetric synapses into asymmetric synaptic diodes, with concommitant exclusivity of transmitter profile in both dense core and clear vessicles. In creature like planarians, worms, or flies, the percentage of neurons we might call ‘polar’ becomes an increasingly important thing for us to take account of. In C. elegans for example, many neurons, with the exception of the elaborate and highly branched sensory neurons that span the whole body, are fairly simple with just a few processess containing synapses that can be both pre and post synaptic. The neurons of many insects, like drosophila, are conspicuous for their dense regions of idiosyncratic branching where the terms dendrite or axon would seem to have little meaning. While the neurons of higher and larger vertebrates are expected to in a sense ‘feel’ every spike they might pull off throughout the whole neuron, it paradoxically seems that tiny invertebrate neurons none-the-less are more likely to contain isolated domains of protected metabolic and electrical activity. The details of all this are to be found at the molecular level, which at this time in the history of neurobiology means the the directions of the ‘plus’ and ‘minus’ ends of various cytoskeletal proteins, and the preferences of the motors that ride them in either direction. Like vertebrates, drosophila have axons that exclusively use plus-end-out microtubules. However, although their dendrites similarly are distinguished by the presence minus-end-out microtubules, one surprise was that almost all of their dendrites were this way. The kicker is that they start out with a even mix like vertebrates do, but over time somehow weed them out. An important element in any potential theory of neurons would be the role of the cell body (the nucleus, centriole and primary cilium) in the ongoing specification of the larger tree of axons and dendrites. A cell body that stands largely aloof from them, whether transiently or permanently, would appear to lose some of the authority it might have if interposed instead between them.The unique geometry of the pseudounipolar neurons of our dorsal root ganglion has been known for a while, but only more recently has the frequent presence of axons sprouting from dendrites in our hippocampus and cortex been appreciated. In seeking explanations for the structure of such neurons the influences of mitochondria in various states of performance and lifecycle should not be underestimated. In fact, mitochondria figure importantly in the entire evolutionary curiosity we have tried to lay out here. The same article above which stirred up question surrounding the primitive phylogeny of sponges also explored newly identified trends that emerge in looking at the sizes and contents of the genomes of mitochondria across metazoans—but that is probably a topic sufficient for another post. 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