Holly RobinsonPeete Leads National Women Build Week

first_imgActress and author Holly Robinson-Peete will join more than 10,000 women, including Lowe’s Heroes from across the country, to volunteer at Habitat For Humanity construction sites in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 4-12.Now in its sixth year, National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities.Peete, a mother of four, is the national spokesperson for National Women Build Week 2013 and a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity. She will join volunteers to help rehabilitate a Habitat home in Los Angeles.“I am delighted to support National Women Build Week and want to encourage women to get involved with Habitat this week,” said Peete. “Having a home provides such a strong foundation for families, and this week provides great opportunities for women to come together, learn new skills and help families in need of affordable housing.”National Women Build Week is a nationwide initiative of Habitat’s Women Build program developed in partnership with Lowe’s. Lowe’s donated $1.75 million to support this year’s National Women Build Week and will provide $5,000 gift cards to 300 participating Habitat affiliates.“Lowe’s has underwritten Habitat’s Women Build program since 2004, and we are proud to continue to bring together women from all walks of life to raise walls alongside local families in need,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “We thank our Lowe’s Heroes and the thousands of volunteers who will help strengthen communities throughout the country this week.”The U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 16 million children are living in poverty in the United States. Nearly 48 percent of the children reside with women heads-of-household. Since Habitat’s Women Build program was created in 1998, more than 2,100 Habitat for Humanity Women Build houses have been constructed in partnership with low-income families.“National Women Build Week demonstrates some of the greatest strengths of Habitat for Humanity—bringing people together, urging individuals out of their comfort zones and inspiring others,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are so grateful to Lowe’s and to women all across the U.S. who are reaching out a helping hand to help families build the foundation for a better future.”National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. Lowe’s conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach women construction skills and provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers to build homes with partner families across the country.Nearly 41,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered at the five previous events. For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, and to learn about Women Build projects in communities across the U.S., visit Habitat.org/wb or the National Women Build Week tab on Facebook.Source:Habitat For Humanitylast_img read more

SecretaryGeneral to give speech on nuclear disarmament at Harvard University

The event, which is scheduled to take place on 23 May, will be open to the public. Before becoming Secretary-General, Mr. Ban was a Mason Fellow who earned a Master in Public Administration at the Kennedy School in 1984. Earlier this month over 100 States completed a two-week meeting seeking to pave the way towards the review of the United Nations-backed Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forms the foundation of the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime. The UN serves as the Secretariat for the NPT. 13 May 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will deliver a speech on nuclear disarmament next week at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. read more

Drought and floods leave over half a million Cambodians in need of

A combination of drought and floods in Cambodia has left some 670,000 people there in need of food aid until the end of the year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, warning that global climate change could generate persistent food shortages in the years ahead.WFP Country Director Rebecca Hansen said the new food shortages must serve as a “wake-up call” about the erratic weather patterns that have sabotaged the Cambodian rice crop in affected areas for three years running.“We need to work intensively on ways to make people less vulnerable to these climatic anomalies,” she said, noting that nearly 10 per cent of all areas have seen either too little or too much precipitation.Instead of simply distributing food rations to the people in these areas, WFP is providing over 1,700 tons of food for disaster mitigation projects – food-for-work schemes to rehabilitate reservoirs, community ponds, dikes and dams for irrigation. “Water management is crucial to Cambodia’s future, and through food aid we can give thousands of people in rural areas more command over their water supply,” Ms. Hansen explained.Next year, WFP’s plans for Cambodia will include support for community rice banks and rainwater reservoirs. “It is vital to build these defenses against food shortages in the future,” Ms. Hansen said. “To ignore the threat of climate change is to gamble with people’s lives.” read more

UN agency calls on Balkan countries to assist over 500000 displaced people

The call by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) came in a joint statement with the European Commission (EC) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) that asked Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia to make more progress in implementing the Sarajevo Declaration.Under this Declaration, the four countries agreed to resolve the plight of over half a million people – almost 120,000 refugees and some 407,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) – who remain uprooted in the region after fleeing their homes to escape fighting in the Balkans in the 1990s.According to the agreement, the four countries should have finalised a comprehensive road map for returns and contributed to a joint implementation programme by the end of the year, the UNHCR said in a press release.UNHCR was designated the lead humanitarian agency in the emergency that followed the 1991 break-up of Yugoslavia and subsequent wars between former member states. The Dayton Peace Accords in 1995 gave it the pivotal role in helping some 2.2 million uprooted people return to their homes and rebuild their lives.The Sarajevo Declaration was the first refugee-related initiative adopted by the governments of the region. They agreed to try and end the outstanding humanitarian challenges by allowing voluntary returns or local integration. read more

Aspiring pilot who killed himself believed seeking help for depression would end

Speaking after the inquest, Kyle’s mother Michelle Tolley said: “From a young age Kyle showed he had above average intelligence and gained a place at a grammar school, King Edwards VI Aston in Birmingham which he thoroughly enjoyed. “Kyle had a real sense of loyalty. He was fun, loving, would do anything for anyone and had a great sense of humour and always wore a smile on his face.”His favourite subject was history, however, his real passion and ultimate desire was to fly and he wanted to do this from a very young age.”He focused on a degree subject to suit his future career of becoming a pilot, so chose Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies at Brunel University.”Whilst studying at Brunel, Kyle joined the University London Air Force Squadron (ULAS), where he immersed himself in all the activities ULAS organised.”He also continued to learn to fly with ULAS and undertook his first solo flight with them in 2015.”In 2015, ULAS awarded Kyle the ‘Most Promising Pilot’ award. After his passing they awarded him the ‘Best Pilot Award’.”He was actively applying to join the RAF and had already passed a number of stages.” An apiring pilot who killed himself believed seeking help for his depression would end his “dream career” in the forces, an inquest heard.Kyle Tolley, 22, was in his final year of Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies at Brunel University in west London at the time of his death in March 2016.His suicide note, read to the hearing at West London Coroner’s Court, described years of suffering from depressive episodes.The troubled student, originally from Birmingham, wrote: “My dream career has zero tolerance to living with depression or having suicidal thoughts.”I could have done my best to hide it and join it.”If I had gone to the GP, depression would be scrawled all over my medical records and bar me from entering a cockpit for my whole life.”The coroner heard he had never sought help from doctors or counsellors – as no medical records detailed any complaints or a diagnosis of depression.He had also been preparing his dissertation at the time of his death, and the inquest heard he had been at odds with his tutor who his family said may have “added pressure” to him.Recording a verdict of suicide, Assistant Coroner Dr Sean Cummings recorded a conclusion of suicide. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Doe Run attains ambient air quality standard in fourth quarter

first_imgOn January 23, The Doe Run Co announced that all eight of its air monitors near the company’s Herculaneum, Missouri, USA, smelter, successfully met the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for lead during the fourth quarter of 2008. This marks the third consecutive quarter of attainment since Doe Run completed installation of the 60-plus engineering and administrative control measures outlined in the 2007 State Implementation Plan (SIP). That plan was developed through long-term discussions among Doe Run representatives, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and multiple engineers and consultants. The SIP’s goal is to improve air quality and bring the area into consistent attainment with the NAAQS for lead.Currently, the EPA’s specified air quality standard for lead is 1.5 micrograms/m3 of air (averaged over a calendar quarter). According to data collected by Doe Run and reported quarterly, the company’s eight air-monitoring stations in Herculaneum ranged from 0.2 to 0.9 micrograms of lead per cubic metre of air in the fourth quarter.The SIP is a process used throughout the US to improve air quality and help achieve federal air standards. Doe Run’s 2007 SIP contained a number of diverse engineering and administrative control measures that took two years and more than $8 million to complete.last_img read more

AMC expanding its microseismic monitoring for mines that do not need a

first_imgIn the latest issue of its Digging Deeper newsletter, AMC’s Julian Watson, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, explains AMC began leasing seismic systems in Australia almost ten years ago in response to an increasing demand for installation of small-scale portable seismic systems in mines. The same seismic system leasing, event processing and analysis service will be available from AMC’s North American offices from August 2011. The service is based on reliable and relatively low cost smaller-scale portable or ‘stand-alone’ systems. Such factors make them attractive to operations that have started to experience minor seismicity, but which cannot justify the significant capital investment for a full mine-wide system. They are also cost effective for smaller operations with a relatively short mine life. Other applications where AMC has installed portable systems include: Operations with rapid vertical advance requiring regular relocation of the sensors to keep up with the mining frontSmaller satellite stoping areas that cannot easily be connected to an existing mine-wide systemPillars, including crown and ‘closure’ pillars subjected to increased loading.The service provided by AMC includes the leasing of the seismic box and sensors on a monthly basis. This will normally include the design and installation of the system and processing of the seismic data. However, this can also be done by mine personnel with some training and assistance from AMC. If required, AMC can also provide detailed analysis and reporting of the recorded events. This type of study is often integrated with numerical modelling, allowing the seismic activity in the mine to be related to stress changes due to mining.The Stand Alone GS (SAGS) unit used by AMC is a digital seismometer manufactured by the Institute of Mining Seismology Limited (formerly ISS), in South Africa. The SAGS unit is designed for use in applications where connection to central computer networks is not possible. The SAGS can determine its own timing (set from a GPS) and parameters without reference to a central computer. A maximum of six uniaxial sensors can be connected to a single unit. However, several SAGS units can be linked, allowing the addition of more sensors, which in turn provides greater flexibility and larger array coverage.Once installed, AMC can provide ongoing support for the system over the internet. This allows AMC to connect remotely to review and maintain the SAGS unit. Once implemented, remote support can be provided by AMC from any location around the world. The seismic data collected by the SAGS unit can be used in a number of applications, including:Seismic hazard assessmentDelineation of seismically active geological structures or pillarsMonitoring of rock mass instability, including the initiation and propagation of caving in caving operationsIdentification of the transition from low stress to high stress conditions where increased level of support may be requiredCalibration of rock mass properties for use in numerical modeling studies.AMC has many years of experience in the use of IMS seismic analysis software, which is capable of full waveform seismic source parameter analysis. All downloaded seismic events are manually processed to ensure accurate source locations and to remove any blasts or spurious events.AMC can provide a detailed source parameter analysis of the recorded seismic event population. This includes the use of AMC’s in-house software to group or cluster spatially similar events or to group events that are closely related in time.Types of analysis include:Temporal variations in seismic source parametersEnergy, Moment, Energy Index, Apparent VolumeMagnitude-frequency plotsEvent decay following blasts and re-entry timesSource mechanisms analysisAnalysis of ground motion parameters, including Peak Particle Velocity (PPV) and Peak Particle Acceleration (PPA).These analyses are used in the management of seismic hazard. Management options usually include upgraded support, exclusion zones and periods, or changes to the mining method and extraction sequence. All of these options involve expenditure and disrupt normal mining operations to varying degrees. To develop an effective, properly focussed seismic hazard management plan requires an understanding of the timing, magnitude and location of seismic events in the mine and the main controls on this seismicity.To aid in the assessment of seismic hazard, AMC routinely integrates numerical modelling with the interpretation of seismic data. The advantage of numerical modelling, assuming there is some model correlation between modelling and seismicity, is that it can be used to identify areas of elevated seismic hazard well in advance of mining, allowing sufficient time to take remedial measures or develop an alternate mine plan.last_img read more

Gold production imminent from JL vein Crater Mountain PNG

first_imgCrater Gold Mining Ltd reports from the HGZ gold mining project at Crater Mountain, Papua New Guinea that mining development on the 1930 level adit is now approximately 15 m from the southern extension of the JL vein. Recent mining has exposed gold bearing veinlets and splays and the JL vein is expected to be intersected mid to late next week.The company will develop an exploration drive along the JL vein and expects to have gold bearing ore to feed the processing plant from the end of next week. The main drive is some 34 m from the NV1 vein which is the primary planned stoping face for mining on the 1930 level.Crater Gold Managing Director Russ Parker said “We are fast approaching the ore bearing zone and anticipate commencing gold mining shortly with gold bearing ore initially from the JL vein.”Crater Mountain is located 50 km southwest of Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province of PNG. Gold mineralisation at the HGZ is confined to several narrow, highly oxidised veins that will be targeted by the small scale, underground mining operation.The company says “Crater Mountain is shaping up as PNG’s next large scale, gold and copper discovery.”The model is of a tructurally controlled, sub-volcanic intrusion related mineralisation widespread low sulphidation epithermal gold mineralisation, with small centres of younger high sulphidation epithermal gold mineralisation, overlying possible porphyry copper-gold source.A JORC compliant inferred resource of 24 Mt at 1.0 g/t Au using a 0.5 g/t Au cutoff for 790,000 oz has been defined in the Main Zone; this includes 9.4 Mt at 1.46 g/t using a 1.0 g/t Au cutoff for 440,000 oz (this inferred resource is open laterally and perhaps to depth, following down a possible steep plunge to the northeast).Main Zone relatively shallow lying 150 to 300m below the northern end of the Prospect ridge, which comprises low-sulphidation epithermal carbonate-base metal sulphide-gold mixing zone mineralisation in excess of 600 m long by 250 m wide by 150 m thick (with similarities to the Hidden Valley deposit in the nearby Morobe Goldfield).High Grade Zone (HGZ) high grade high-sulphidation epithermal quartz-pyrite-gold mineralisation, extending from surface to several hundred metres depth (possibly in excess of 500 m); local artisanal miners produced an estimated 15,000 oz from a small area of shallow workings (maximum 50 m depth) in the base of a steep mineralised spur from 2005 to 2012.A large porphyry copper-gold system identified by drilling at +800 m depth below the northern end of the ridge (“Golpu“ type from Wafi-Golpu in the Morobe Goldfield).A possible lead-zinc related quartz-carbonate-base metal sulphide-gold stockwork vein and breccia feeder zone (for the Mixing Zone mineralisation) at the margin of the deep intrusion (+600 m) which is causing intense baking and fracturing of the sub-volcanic basement shales underlying the Mixing Zone (Porgera “Waruwari” type).last_img read more

Over 10000 fans at charity match in Cairo

handball gameIHF ← Previous Story 18 TEAMS, ONLY ONE DREAM – Doha, Qatar, January 2015! Next Story → Norwegian No.1 Erevik to miss clash with Austria? More than 10.000 fans attended the spectacular charity match between the IHF World Selection and the Egyptian national team in the Cairo Stadium in Egypt on Friday night 13 June.Coached by the current Croatian national team coach Slavko Goluza (World and Olympic Champion as a player) the team won the game by 33:31 after a 16:17 deficit at the break.Best scorers for the IHF World Selection were the Croats Igor Vori (6 goals) and Zlatko Horvat (5 goals). Mohamad Hashan and Mohamed Alaa netted in six times for the Egyptian national team.All revenues of this match will be donated to the 57357 Cancer Hospital for Children in Cairo, one of the world’s leading hospitals specialized in the fight against child cancer.source: IHF read more

Head of Michigan health department charged with manslaughter over a citys leadcontaminated

first_imgHead of Michigan health department charged with manslaughter over a city’s lead-contaminated water Nick Lyon is accused of failing to alert the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area. By Associated Press Short URL Image: Kimberly P. Mitchell No Comments Source: TNS/ABACASome experts also have linked the water to Legionnaires’ disease, a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria that thrive in warm water and infect the lungs. People can get sick if they inhale mist or vapor, typically from cooling systems.There were nearly 100 cases in the Flint area, including 12 deaths, in 2014 and 2015.Lyon was personally briefed in January 2015 but “took no action to alert the public of a deadly” outbreak until nearly a year later, Seipenko said.Lyon has admitted that he was aware of Legionnaires’ for months but wanted to wait until investigators in the Health and Human Services Department finished their own probe.He told state lawmakers that experts likely wanted to “solve the problem” before they raised it with senior officials in the Snyder administration. The investigation, he said, “wasn’t one that was easily solved.”Read: ‘He was going after elected officials’: US congressman one of five shot at baseball practice http://jrnl.ie/3443749 Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 3:15 PMcenter_img THE HEAD OF the Michigan health department has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in a criminal investigation of the city of Flint’s lead-contaminated water.Nick Lyon is accused of failing to alert the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area, which has been linked by some experts to poor water quality in 2014-15.The state’s chief medical officer, Dr. Eden Wells, was charged with obstruction of justice and lying to a police officer.Lyon’s failure to act resulted in the death of at least one person, 85-year-old Robert Skidmore, special agent Jeff Seipenko told a judge.The charges were read in court by Seipenko, a member of the state attorney general’s team. Lyon and Wells were not in court. A message seeking comment was left for Lyon’s attorneys. Wells’ lawyer was not immediately known.Flint began using water from the Flint River in 2014 but didn’t treat it to reduce corrosion. Lead from old plumbing leached into the water system. Share24 Tweet Email Image: Kimberly P. Mitchell 7,672 Views Jun 14th 2017, 3:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Méthode Dukan au bac évitons dinfantiliser les ados

first_imgMéthode Dukan au bac : “évitons d’infantiliser les ados” Isabelle Mallet est nutritionniste et travaille quotidiennement auprès de publics variés, consommateur comme professionnels. Pour Maxisciences, elle réagit à l’actualité et prodigue ses conseils en matière de nutrition. Aujourd’hui, elle passe au crible la fameuse proposition du docteur Dukan d’instaurer une option “poids” pour le bac.  “Depuis le début de l’année, le docteur Dukan a lancé une véritable polémique en proposant une option poids d’équilibre au bac. En clair, vous gagnez des points si vous n’êtes pas en surpoids. Si vous prenez le temps de lire la lettre ouverte du Dr Dukan, cette proposition n’est qu’un élément d’un ensemble de recommandations. S’il est certain qu’il semble convaincu pas ses propositions, je laisse au lecteur le soin de juger de leur intérêt. Pour ma part, je me permettrai quelques interrogations, car si son premier objectif est louable -baisser le nombre de Français en surpoids ou obèses- les moyens d’y arriver ne sont pas tous très limpides.La proposition “Option Poids équilibre au Bac” permet de gagner des points au Bac si l’IMC (l’indice de masse corporelle calculé par le poids/taille au carré) est compris entre 18 à 25, en clair ne pas grossir pendant les années de Première et Terminale. Petit détail… si je compte bien, tout en restant dans la norme, le bachelier peut grossir, non ? En effet, une adolescente pesant 61 kg pour 1,75 aura un IMC de 20 ; la même adolescente avec un poids à 71 kg aurait un IMC à 23. En restant dans la norme proposée l’adolescente pourrait donc prendre 10 kg… ce qui n’est plus cohérent avec la démarche de limiter la prise de poids des Français.Au-delà de cette critique facile, Monsieur Dukan prône une éducation à la nutrition et l’activité physique avec 6 heures de cours sur 2 ans d’éducation (1ere et Terminale). Est-ce vraiment raisonnable de penser transmettre l’art de l’équilibre et de la nutrition en 6 heures ?  Par ailleurs, Monsieur Dukan a-t-il déjà pris le temps d’interroger ces chers adolescents ? Peut-être découvrirait-t-il que les notions d’équilibre et de nutrition sont connues, (grâce notamment aux enseignements de l’éducation nationale et l’implication des enseignants) et comprises par la plus grande majorité d’entre eux et le poids est déjà, pour les filles et les garçons, un sujet qui fâche ! Le roi du marketing Alors partant de leur réalité, cette fois-ci, n’est-ce pas d’autre chose dont ils auraient besoin ?  Une oreille attentive, des conseils avisés plutôt que des cours et de nouvelles règles à suivre et s’imposer. Il ne faut en outre, pas oublier tous ces adolescents qui subissent leur poids, conséquences de maladies/pathologies sur lesquelles ils n’ont pas toujours “la main”. Dans ces cas précis, le sevrage alimentaire et la mono alimentation ne sont pas du tout préconisés.Si vous prenez le temps de lire un peu plus loin ses propositions, il est difficile de ne pas réagir quand le Dr Dukan s’arque boute contre le marketing ou la communication des industries agro-alimentaires, qui pousseraient les consommateurs à acheter leurs produits… Sans en faire leur procès, n’est-ce pas justement les méthodes marketing et commerciales que le Dr Dukan utilise dans la si belle administration de son nom et de sa Marque de produits alimentaires. A moins que… le marketing utilisé par un médecin ne soit pas si marketé… tant il est vrai que son objectif n’est pas celui du chiffre d’affaires. L’Alimentation de demain, bienvenue à Gattaca D’ailleurs, le docteur Dukan n’a pas qu’une idée pour nos générations futures. Pour l’aider à atteindre son véritable objectif, il nous explique avoir créé un corps d’élite composé de médecins généralistes pour prendre en charge la plupart des pertes de poids des Français, la croisade est lancée. Mais que fait-il du rôle des nutritionnistes ? Et sur quelle alimentation base-t-il son projet ? Celle des arômes naturels ou artificiels, cela n’est pas précisé. Une alimentation sans goût à laquelle on ajoute quelques arômes pour retrouver des saveurs, celle que vous choisissez parmi sa large gamme (c’est pratique) du roquefort au rhum en passant par la crème brulée… et le tour est joué, sans calorie (ouf ?!) À lire aussiBaccalauréat, l’alimentation à la rescousse !Un peu plus j’embarquais pour “le Soleil vert” ou pour “GATTACA”. Est-ce vraiment cela la cuisine à la Française ? Il est important de ne pas oublier ce qui fait l’alimentation : des plats préparés avec envie et gourmandise, de bons ingrédients, variés et beaucoup de convivialité, à la française. Avec la création d’un Bac Dukan, d’une chaine de restaurant, d’une Marque alimentaire à son effigie, d’un énième livre sur le bonheur (les dix piliers) et d’un corps d’élite d’ambassadeurs pour prêcher la bonne façon de maigrir ; voici tous les ingrédients pour le changement du décor alimentaire, puisqu’il “faut donner du choix à nos enfants”… A nous donc de les avertir et leur donner les moyens de mieux comprendre leur décor alimentaire, plutôt que de les infantiliser et leur imposer une seule façon de penser, de manger. Évitons le prochain voyage à Gattaca.”Isabelle Mallet Le 3 février 2012 à 13:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fisherman reels in marijuana bale off Pompano Beach

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A fisherman made a “high” catch while celebrating his birthday on the water off Pompano Beach.Jorge Bustamante said he hooked in a bale of marijuana, Monday morning.The fisherman notified the Coast Guard. A crew came to pick up the bale, nicknamed “square grouper” by officials.However, before it was taken away, Bustamante took pictures. He also jokingly called the unusual catch his “Pablo Escobar birthday present.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Air Force Wish List includes Funds for Installation Support End Strength Increase

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force’s unfunded requirements list for fiscal 2017 includes $1.2 billion for installation needs and $145 million to increase its active-duty end strength by 4,000 personnel.The service’s total “wish list,” which will be sent to Congress later this month, totals $7.2 billion, reports Air Force Times. About $2.9 billion of that amount would buy back capability the service stripped out of its FY 2017 budget request due to resource limitations.Almost $900 million of the installation requirements would go toward facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization (FSRM) for the service’s three components. The Air Force’s FY 2017 budget request focused on military construction recapitalization investments and maintained FSRM at minimal levels, a list obtained by Breaking Defense explains. As a result, the budget requires the service to adopt a “worst first approach” to address commanders’ facility priorities.The additional FSRM funding would allow the Air Force to invest about 2 percent of its plant replacement value, up from 1.6 percent otherwise.The remaining infrastructure requirements, totaling $331 million, would pay for IT upgrades.The funds to grow the force would increase the number of personnel to 321,000. The Air Force’s active-duty end strength is slated to reach 317,000 by the end of the current fiscal year. The FY 2016 defense authorization bill approved an end strength of 321,000, but officials only asked for funds to pay for an end strength of 317,000 this year because they did not believe the personnel system could “responsibly” attain the higher level.An end strength of 321,000 “mitigates undermanned units caused by force structure buy-backs, address[es] maintenance manpower stressors tied to transitioning from the A-10 to F-35 and expands training capability to ‘right-size’ the pipeline,” the list explains.The Air Force’s wish list separately includes $1.5 billion to improve readiness and $481 million for installation support, including 31 military construction projects, according to Air Force Times.last_img read more

Superintendent Woes at HISD Boys Lost in Galveston Waters And More

first_img Share HISD goes back on decision to hire new interim superintendentThe Houston Independent School District will not go forward with plans to replace interim superintendent Grenita Lathan with former superintendent Abelardo Saavedra. Saavedra was HISD’s superintendent from 2004 to 2009, and has recently served as superintendent of South San Antonio ISD. In a 5-4 vote last week, the board tapped Saavedra to take over. The move came as a surprise to several board members and prompted backlash.HISD board members announced Sunday night they would no longer be hiring Saavedra and would address the issue at a press conference Monday.  How pay parity could harm Harvey recovery@HoustonISDHFD helps with rescues during Harvey flooding.With Election Day just over three weeks away, the fight over a ballot initiative giving Houston firefighters pay parity with police continues to heat up. For the firefighters’ union, and for many Houstonians, Proposition B is a matter of fairness. Many firefighters put their lives on the line last year during Harvey, but their pay has lagged that of police since 2001. Opponents argue the city can’t afford it. Galveston boys lost in waterAuthorities with the Coast Guard say two children are missing after they were lost in the water near 17th Street and Seawall Boulevard in Galveston, Sunday.Galveston Island Beach Patrol says crews began looking for the children just after 6:30 Sunday night.Two boys, ages 16 and 11, were in the water but authorities are not providing any other details.The search is underway on land, by air, and on the water. Study: Sperm counts in Houston and other cities are decreasingResearchers from medical schools in California and New York analyzed more than 124,000 specimens of 2,586 healthy sperm donors between the ages of 19 and 38 in six different cities from 2007 to 2017.They found men in Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, Palo Alto and Indianapolis showed declining sperm counts. Only New York had no change.The study was presented at the Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine last week.last_img read more

The Best Fan Tributes For Jack Kirbys 100th Birthday

first_img ‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast UniverseDamon Lindelof Starts Beef With Alan Moore Ahead of HBO’s ‘Watch… Stay on target It’s inarguable that Jack Kirby is the most important figure in American comics history. His endless imagination gave birth to some of the most enduring concepts in the superhero world – Captain America, the X-Men, the Hulk, the New Gods, Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy… the list could go on forever.Today marks his 100th birthday, and cartoonists around the world are picking up their pencils to pay tribute to him. We trawled Tumblr, raided Deviantart and generally explored the whole Internet to find the coolest fan tributes of all sorts to Jack “The King” Kirby, from unknown artists to comic book legends.Long Live The King Artist Paul Sizer captures the muscularity of Kirby’s vision in this multimedia collage. The powerful pencil of Jack Kirby imbued every scene he drew with power and tension – even a simple conversation was loaded with energy. The idea of Kirby as a God in the universe of comics is one that several creators have experimented with, and it makes sense to picture his cosmic brain constantly pumping out creations into existence.Kirby Meets KirbyKate Willaert’s comic strip (click here to read the whole thing) imagines what would happen if Nintendo’s all-devouring pink blob sucked in the King of Comics and absorbed his incredible imaginative powers. August 2017 also marks 25 years since Nintendo released Kirby’s Dream Land in this country, so it all makes sense.Colleen DoranKirby was always more progressive than his era, and he was a longtime proponent of strong female characters with their own personalities and desires – Big Barda (who he modeled on his wife Roz) is a great example, but there are dozens of others. Artist Colleen Doran (known for A Distant Soil) is one of many female artists who was inspired by Kirby in her own work, and her portrait of the King with colors by Mark Farmer is lovely.Orion & DarkseidArtist Nick Derington has devoted his Twitter feed today to sketching some of Kirby’s incredible creations, and the whole thing is worth a look. If we had to pick just one image to share with you, it’d be this shot of father and son from New Gods, Orion and Darkseid. Their struggle was Kirby’s magnum opus, a universe-shattering saga that upended the DC universe just as he’d created one for Marvel.Alex Ross CelestialIt’s a little absurd to call Alex Ross just a “fan,” but compared to Jack Kirby we’re all just fans. Ross knocked out this evocative painting of the King of Comics as one of his Celestials for the King’s 100th birthday. It’s interesting to see how Ross’s realistic watercolor technique melds with the abstract nature of Kirby’s visual style, and it somehow works really well.Fin Fang FoomBefore he created the Marvel superheroes, Kirby busied himself in a bunch of other genres, from romance and Westerns to giant monsters. One of the latter is Fin Fang Foom, a massive dragon who later moved into the mainline Marvel universe and battled Iron Man and Nextwave. This slick piece by Duncan Fegredo does a little more morphing by throwing Mike Mignola’s Hellboy into the mix.Forever PeopleOne thing that I love about Kirby is that his insane body of work means that everybody can have their own favorite creation. Case in point – DC Comics Bombshells artist Sandy Jarrell‘s take on the Forever People, Kirby’s early 70s interpretation of the hippie lifestyle filtered through bonkers science fiction. The group came to Earth to combat Darkseid’s designs on our world and only lasted 11 issues in its original incarnation.Silver Surfer & GalactusOne of the keys to good design is understanding the power of a bold silhouette, and Kirby was a master at that. This minimalist drawing by Street Angel artist Jim Rugg captures the majesty of Galactus and his reluctant herald the Silver Surfer without any surface detail at all – just an ocean of black ink in those classic Kirby forms.Bill SienkiewiczOne of the best things about Jack Kirby’s work is that not only did he lay the groundwork for the “default” modern style of comic book illustration, but he also gave other artists the freedom to push the envelope and experiment with depictions beyond the border of conventional depictions. One of the best examples is Bill Sienkiewicz, who started out aping the realism of Neal Adams before becoming one of the most innovative and idiosyncratic creators to ever work for the Big Two. His Kirby portrait is a sharp mixture of the two men’s distinctive styles.Fantastic FourDean Haspiel is one of the contemporary cartoonists who echoes Kirby’s angular, muscular style, but he brings a new sensibility to it as well. For Kirby’s 100th birthday, Haspiel produced this unique depiction of perhaps his most famous creation, the First Family of modern superheroes – the Fantastic Four. He throws in a came from OMAC just to remind us that the King’s inventive genius spanned multiple eras of comic book history.Out The WindowThis illustration by Spanish artist Alvaro Martinez Bueno, who has done work for both Marvel and DC, shows why the early Marvel age was so compelling – even though Kirby’s heroes battled cosmic forces beyond human understanding, they did so in a realistic and believable New York populated by ordinary Joes. It’s totally feasible to picture Kirby at his drawing desk looking out his window to see Galactus the world-eater striding down Broadway en route to the Baxter Building.At The Drawing BoardOne of the most staggering things about Jack Kirby’s working process is that he wouldn’t go in and lightly rough in his pages before doing more detailed pencils. Instead he’d just start at the top left corner of the page and draw everything in one go, so confident in the mastery of the art form that he just let it flow like water. This illustration by Richard A. Fuscia Jr. captures the magic in action.Comics Will Break Your HeartFor all that Jack Kirby gave the comics industry, it also took a lot away from him. The legal battle he had with Marvel over the return of his original art is the stuff of legends, with the company looking pretty bad in the process. One of the best-known Kirby quotes is illustrated here by Dylan Horrocks, when he told artist James Romberger to steer clear of the industry and stick to the fine art world.Had Enough?Artist Peter Kothe spent the month of August on his Tumblr drawing all of the Kirby creations he could think of that started with each letter of the alphabet. For a lesser creator, that would be an arduous task, but the King’s imagination made it easy. Kothe capped off his project with this awesome 100th anniversary drawing of the King and some of his heroes standing victorious over the Red Skull, Darkseid and Dr. Doom.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Data Miners Discover 135 Gen 3 Pokémon in Pokémon Go

first_img Battle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update‘Pokemon Sleep’ Puts Pocket Monsters in Your Dreams Stay on target Outside of the disastrous Pokémon Go Live event, there hasn’t been much in the way of news about Niantic’s extremely profitable mobile game. Today, something was revealed that should make those still playing the title very happy.The latest patch for Pokémon Go didn’t exactly add much to last summer’s hit game. On the surface, at least. A collection of Pokémon Go trainers calling themselves The Siph Road dove into the patch’s data and discovered something special. Namely, the names of all 135 gen 3 Pokémon species.As pointed out by Kotaku, this also happened just before the release of Gen 2 Pokémon. As is likely the case here, data for each creature was added weeks before the new species became available. Though all 135 gen 3 Pokémon are in the game, there is no audio data or move sets for any of them. However, since the data is already in Pokémon Go, it is only a matter of time before the creatures are rolled out.AdChoices广告The Siph Road also discovered other upcoming features. These include an update to the Raid system that will support an upcoming exclusive Raid mechanic, a new “super” incubator to hatch eggs faster, and some minor bug fixes. It is likely we’ll see these features go live around the same time the gen 3 Pokémon begin to show up.Including Gen 3 Pokémon into Pokémon Go should go a long way to restoring life into the once-popular title. There are many fans of Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire (where these Pokémon originated), so I’m sure they will jump on board when this update goes live. With this update, there will be 380+ Pokémon in the game. New folks who are just starting out will have a ton of creatures to find and capture. Hopefully, Niantic’s servers can handle the sudden influx of people when this update goes live.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Both sides claim victories in threeday BA strike

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1e37e/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Both British Airways and Unite, the union representing its cabin crew, have this weekend claimed success over the first three-day strike, after last-minute talks which ran right up until Saturday fell apart.While the union has claimed that London Heathrow has turned into a “ghost town” British Airways is claiming that more staff than expected has shown up for work and as such will be able to operate more flights than expected.Eye witness reports in Heathrow seem to contradict the unions’ claims of a “ghost town” though passenger numbers were down over the weekend.  Delays of flights that hadn’t been cancelled were reported to be around an hour. “Our contingency plans are continuing to work well on Sunday morning around the world,” said British Airways in a statement.“We have added additional flights into our schedule at both Heathrow and Gatwick and customers can now book onto these flights.”As British Airways looks to emphasise that London City and Gatwick remain largely unaffected, the union in concentrating on services at Heathrow, where it claims that British Airways now has 140 planes “parked”.“Only nine crew turned up for work today out of 1,100.  Company claims that over 1,000 have reported for work are a distortion.  This includes those who are flying back to the UK from a trip which took them out of country before the strike,” says Unite.Efforts by the volunteer strike-breaking, cabin crew pieced together by British Airways have also been slammed by the union.“Early reports suggest a strike-breaking volunteer crew has broken an exit.  They are said to have “blown a slide” i.e. broken the function needed when the doors go from automatic to manual on landing. This means that the emergency services need to attend to make the plane fit to fly,” they add.Willie Walsh, British Airways CEO, issued an interim statement over the weekend, watch the full video below. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

Ethiopian named Africas first Airbus A350 XWB The Simien Mountains

first_imgEthiopian Airlines continued its aviation technology leadership with yet another first African Airbus A350 XWB. Named as ‘The Simien Mountains’, the A-350 XWB will be the first airbus aircraft in Ethiopian fleet and the first of its kind in Africa.All seats are fitted with the latest high-definition touch screen personal monitors and a higher selection of movies, Television series and audio channels. In-flight Wi-Fi connection will be made available on this aircraft in the future.Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, said, “Operating the youngest fleet in the industry with modern and comfortable customer features in cabin is one of the four pillars of our ‘Vision 2025’ 15 years strategic road map and the introduction of the A-350 is one component of this strategy. The Airbus 350 XWB will enable us to further expand our service quality especially on our long-haul flights and strengthen our connectivity.”Ethiopian has ordered 14 Airbus A350 aircraft and will continue receiving the remaining 13 soon constantly raising number of Airbus aircraft in the fleet ensuring the extra comfort.last_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Paul Schraders religious thrille

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Paul Schrader’s religious thriller “First Reformed” is the leading nominee for the 28th annual Gotham Awards, including nods for best feature and best actor for star Ethan Hawke.The Independent Filmmaker Project announced nominations for the 28th annual IFP Gotham Awards on Thursday.The period drama “The Favourite” snagged two nominations and its actresses, Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, will receive a special jury prize for their performances.The other nominees for best feature include: “If Beale Street Could Talk,” ”Madeline’s Madeline” and “The Rider.”Schrader was also nominated for best screenplay.The hit Mr. Rogers film “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” was nominated for best documentary.The awards will be handed out Nov. 26 in New York. ‘First Reformed’ leads Gotham Awards nominees by The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2018 7:07 am PDT Last Updated Oct 18, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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