Ryan Tedder Sarah McLachlan and Arkells Max Kerman Confirmed as Initial Celebrity

first_img(L-R) Ryan Teddar, Sarah McLachlan, Arkells’ Max Kerman, Scott Borchetta, Marie-Mai, and Liz Trinnear confirmed for Season 2 of CTV’s THE LAUNCH (CNW Group/CTV) Login/Register With: “I’m truly so excited to kick off Season 2 of THE LAUNCH! We have great artistic talent from all across Canada, a new permanent second-seat mentor with the amazingly talented Marie-Mai, and we’ve landed the host with the absolute most, Liz Trinnear,” said Scott Borchetta, Founder/President/CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and co-creator and Executive Producer of THE LAUNCH. “Ryan (Tedder) is coming back and is so fired up about producing another LAUNCH winner, Sarah McLachlan will be amazing to work with as will my new friend Max Kerman… LET’S. ROCK. THE. LAUNCH. S2!” Facebook Advertisement TORONTO – Days before production kicks off on the highly anticipated second season of its hit original series THE LAUNCH, CTV announced today the first wave of celebrity mentors on deck to guide this season’s round of hand-picked emerging artists vying for an opportunity to create a new hit single. Recording superstar Ryan Tedder, the creative force behind THE LAUNCH Season 1 certified platinum hit single “Ain’t Easy”, returns to the series in a dual role as celebrity mentor and producer, along with Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlanand Max Kerman, the 4x JUNO-Award winning frontman for Hamilton rock band Arkells.THE LAUNCH also announced today that Québec pop icon Marie-Mai (STAR ACADÉMIE, LA VOIX) joins the series’ as a permanent mentor on the weekly celebrity panel alongside music industry powerhouse Scott Borchetta. In addition, fan favourite entertainment reporter Liz Trinnear (ETALK) joins the show in a new hosting role. THE LAUNCH begins production on its second season Sept. 26 in Toronto. Audience tickets are now available; see details below.“Marie-Mai is an amazing artist and performer, and her vast industry know-how will provide a powerful counterpoint to Scott’s expertise, bringing a new and engaging dynamic for both artists and viewers,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “We also welcome the superb energy that Liz brings as a host as she guides the performers and the audience through the emotional journey of launching new artists and new songs each week.”center_img Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

18 New Contacts Discovered Between Trump Campaign and Russians

Rabat – Amid growing calls for impeachment proceedings to begin against US President Donald Trump, the allegations against him and his election campaign team just keeping coming.Thursday morning, Reuters revealed it has uncovered evidence of 18 previously undisclosed contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russians. These newly discovered contacts involve Michael Flynn, the disgraced former Secretary of State for Trump who was forced to resign over his non-disclosure of contacts with Russian officials leading up to the 2016 election.Perhaps most importantly, content of the contacts has uncovered evidence that Flynn was involved in an attempt to create a covert line of direct communication between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Indications are that, if successfully created, the communication avenue would have circumvented US National Security with whom Trump has been at odds since his inauguration. So far, people who have seen the information have said there is no sign of collusion between the Trump team and Russia but the new discoveries have heightened the call for full and public disclosure on the part of the Trump administration regarding any communications which occurred between campaign officials and Russia before and after Trump’s election to the presidential office.The calls took place between April and November of 2016, in the election campaign’s final and most heated moments. In January, the intelligence community claimed widespread Russian hacking of the election in an attempt to manipulate voting results in favour of Trump. Fake news stories have been alleged which US intelligence claims altered the outcome of the vote by discrediting democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the appointment of former FBI Director, Robert Muller, to head the inquiry now known as the Russian investigation. Muller brings to the table a widely-accepted reputation as a straight shooter, someone who is non-partisan and a thorough investigator.Peeved that neither he nor the White House had been consulted or informed of the decision before the announcement went public, an angry Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to denounce the probe as “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.”The White House has refused to comment on the revelations and Flynn’s attorney declined to comment when contacted for confirmation. read more

FAA Inspectors on Boeing Max planes are properly trained

DETROIT — The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration is telling a senator that safety inspectors who certified the Boeing 737 Max jet are properly trained.In a letter to the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Daniel Elwell says members of the Flight Standardization Board that evaluated the Max are fully qualified for their jobs.Committee Chairman Roger Wicker wrote in a letter to Elwell that whistleblowers had told senators the inspectors didn’t have all the training required by the agency.The FAA’s certification of the Max is under scrutiny after two crashes involving the jet in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed a total of 346 people.The Associated Press

UNs role in resolving Myanmar crisis should be strengthened says envoy

“The Myanmar authorities have said that they preferred to work with the UN. Now we have to test that to its limits in the high interest of the Myanmar people,” Ibrahim Gambari told reporters in Singapore.Mr. Gambari added that those who support the Secretary-General’s good offices role should encourage the Government of Myanmar to cooperate “fully, regularly and substantively” with the UN.While in Singapore, the Special Envoy has been meeting with regional leaders who have gathered for the annual summit of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN). He said that his visit had been “extremely worthwhile” and had provided a tremendous opportunity to meet so many delegations and leaders.Today he met with the Prime Ministers of Singapore, Thailand and New Zealand, the Foreign Ministers of Japan and Australia and the European Union Commissioner for External Relations.Mr. Gambari, who has visited Myanmar twice since the Government began its crackdown against demonstrators a few months ago, will now travel to Laos, Cambodia and Viet Nam for further consultations before returning to New York. 21 November 2007The United Nations Special Envoy for Myanmar said today that the good offices role of the Secretary-General would need to be “beefed up in terms of its effectiveness,” in case dialogue between the Government and the opposition in the troubled South-East Asian nation intensifies. read more

Shrinking Lake Chad could trigger humanitarian disaster UN agency warns

15 October 2009Lake Chad, once one of the world’s largest water bodies, could disappear in 20 years due to climate change and population pressures, resulting in a humanitarian disaster in central Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. Lake Chad, once one of the world’s largest water bodies, could disappear in 20 years due to climate change and population pressures, resulting in a humanitarian disaster in central Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.The lake – surrounded by Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria – has shrunk by 90 per cent, going from 25,000 square kilometers in 1963 to less than 1,500 square kilometers in 2001.The 30 million people living in the Lake Chad region are being forced into competing over water, and the drying up of the lake could lead to migration and conflicts, FAO cautioned.Fish production has recorded a 60 per cent decline, while pasturelands have been degraded, resulting in a shortage of animal feed, livestock and biodiversity.“The humanitarian disaster that could follow the ecological catastrophe needs urgent interventions,” said Parvis Koohafkan, Director of FAO’s Land and Water Division. “The tragic disappearance of Lake Chad has to be stopped and the livelihoods of millions of people living in this vast area should be safeguarded.”The agency collaborates with the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), founded in 1964 which brings together countries in the region regularly to discuss regulation and control of water use.A radical change in water management techniques is needed to stem the diminishing flow of water into Lake Chad, according to the body.Together with the LCBC, FAO will hold a special event – “Saving Lake Chad: A System Under Threat” – in Rome tomorrow during World Food Day in a bid to raise awareness about the disastrous situation in the lake. read more

PhD student trades plant science for neuroscience

Jonathan SimoneAs a horticulturist, Jonathan Simone is familiar with the principle of grafting, in which you take a shoot from one plant and connect it to another to create new growth.That’s what he’s done on a personal level to go from a career in the nursery and landscape business to doctoral studies in neuroscience and physiology in Brock’s Department of Biological Sciences.The grafting seems to have taken quite well.Simone, who is originally from Vaughan, is among six Brock graduate students to be awarded NSERC funding that was announced Monday by the federal government. In a very competitive funding environment, Simone has been recognized with a prestigious 2015 NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship. The scholarship will provide him with $35,000 per year for the next three years to support his research.Simone works under the supervision of Dr. Cheryl McCormick and is part of her research team focused on developmental, social and behavioural neuroendocrinology.“Working in the retail nursery business, I gravitated towards an interest in the science behind how plants grow,” explains Simone. “I went back to school at Fanshawe College with hopes to one day take a plant science program, but while there I was introduced to neuroscience through a couple of courses. That led me to come to Brock in 2009 for an undergraduate degree in neuroscience. I moved into the master’s program and then rolled directly into my PhD studies, which is what I wanted to pursue from the get-go.”Simone’s research will contribute to a growing understanding around the medicinal use of cannabis in the treatment of anxiety disorders.His research is focused on how the endogenous cannabinoid system (the system in the brain through which cannabis exerts its effects) regulates emotional behaviours, such as fear and anxiety.Simone hopes to come away with new information about how the system behaves, and how it contributes to anxiety. His secondary interest is to compare the system in males and females.“While there is a lot of research under way in this area, there isn’t a strong focus on identifying the differences between males and females,” he says. “I think that I can make an important contribution in this respect given the greater prevalence of anxiety disorders in women than men.“My research is fundamental in nature with the goal of understanding how the endocannabinoid system works so that others can take it forward with a more applied approach.“It’s fascinating work. The deeper I dig, the more I realize we are just scratching the surface.”Other Brock graduate students to receive 2015 NSERC funding are:Doctoral – Postgraduate Scholarship ($21,000 per year for three years)David Awde, Biological Sciences“The reproductive ground plan hypothesis in primitively eusocial sweat bees”Travis Hodges, Psychology“Epigenetic modifications in response to repeated social experiences in adolescent and adult rats”Master’s – Canada Graduate Scholarship ($17,500 for one year)Devon Day, Applied Health Sciences“The effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation on human balance control”Kari Lustig, Psychology“The role of sleep and hormones in processing emotional information”Ramona Rat, Mathematics & Statistics“Extreme Value Theory: Rogue waves, heat waves, and cold waves” read more

Ban welcomes start of GuineaBissau talks as first step in regionled effort

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban welcomed the dialogue, under way in neighbouring Guinea, as “the crucial first step” in implementing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) roadmap to end the political crisis, which political leaders agreed to in Bissau on 10 September 2016. The Secretary-General in the statement thanked the ECOWAS Mediator for Guinea-Bissau, Alpha Condé, President of Guinea, for hosting the parties and leading the regional effort to swiftly implement the roadmap. He further encouraged all parties to engage in constructive discussions and seize this opportunity for a favourable outcome in the interest of the people of Guinea-Bissau.“He calls on all parties to jointly achieve decisive progress within the coming days, in order to break the political impasse that has prevailed in the country since August 2015,” the statement said.Mr. Ban has requested his Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), Modibo I. Touré, to continue to work closely with all stakeholders in Guinea-Bissau.This, he will do in close collaboration with ECOWAS, the African Union and other key partners, including the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries and the European Union as they work towards political stability in Guinea-Bissau, according to the statement. read more

Even After the First Round We Wont Know Much About Who Will

Even After the First Round We Wont Know Much About Who Will

Bill Haas shot a 68 in the first round of the Masters on Thursday, grabbing a one-stroke lead over a trio of former major championship winners: Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson. But how likely is an early lead at Augusta to hold up?For leaders after a single round, not very. I gathered data from Yahoo’s golf scoreboard for every Masters since 2002, when the website started listing round-by-round scores for every player in the field (including those who missed the cut). After feeding the data into a logistic regression predicting the eventual winner, I found that a player’s first-round score isn’t necessarily the deciding factor in whether he can make a run for the green jacket. Instead, it’s all about how many players are in front of him. And even then, there are no guarantees after just one round of play.Obviously, no players are starting the second round in front of Haas. Based on the regression model, that gives him an 8.6 percent probability of winning the tournament come Sunday afternoon. Scott, Oosthuizen and Watson have only Haas in front of them, so their probabilities are about 7.7 percent apiece. But even someone like pre-tournament co-favorite Rory McIlroy, who finished the first round with 11 players ahead of him, still has a 2.4 percent chance of winning — not too much lower than Haas’.Here are the odds of winning based on the number of competitors a player trails after one round:As we move into the weekend, things will start to become clearer.I ran another regression, this time looking to predict the eventual Masters winner based on the scoreboard after the second round. Once again, a player’s score (relative to the leader, the field average, or the field median) doesn’t have much bearing on his probability of winning the tournament. But the number of players between him and the top slot means a great deal. The leader after two rounds has a 17.5 percent probability of winning, more than double the leader’s expected chance of winning after only one round.More important, the number of remotely plausible winners is cut drastically after two rounds. Look how much more steeply the probability curve drops off based on how many people are in front a golfer after the second round ends:After one round, as many as 40 players had a nonzero probability of eventually winning the tournament (although, granted, the majority at this right tail of the distribution was extreme long shots). After the second round, only 20 have a nonzero probability of winning.Still, it’s important to keep in mind that the leader through two rounds still has less than a one-in-five chance of winning. In other words, while these early rounds certainly matter, when play ends Friday evening we still won’t have much of an inkling about exactly which player will be the eventual winner.But we will have a pretty good idea of the general group of players from which the victor will emerge. There’s better than a 73 percent chance he’ll be in the top 10 after the second round ends, and roughly a 50 percent probability that he’ll be in the top four. Golfers have mounted charges from deeper in the pack than that, but the odds are good that the green jacket will go to somebody near the top of the scoreboard Friday. read more

MAN FROM THE SHADOW Xavi Sabate Focus on thing under my control

MVM VeszpremXavi Sabate handballXavier Sabate The EHF CL 2015 Finalist MVM Veszprem sacked Antonio Carlos Ortega two months ago, after three successful years. Wtihout significant reason in the first month of the season, Hungarians stayed without head-coach who brought them to EHF FINAL4 final just four months earlier in Cologne. The biggest question in handball world became “who will replace Ortega?”, but the work of just interim solution, Ortega’s first assistant – Xavier Sabate (39), made all the rumors much quieter. “The man from the shadow” showed constancy, tenacity in every-day work under pressure, provided the highest level of performance and results in situation with some injured  players like Nagy and Zeitz, but also proved that the system in which he worked with his friend and colleague in the past was good.Xavi Sabate talked for Handball-Planet.com about specific role in the last two months…How do you satisfied with the first part of the season in EHF CL Preliminary Round? Could team make more in the opening seven matches?– We lost only in Paris, in match where our team deserved more. Every match is very tough in the new EHF CL system. There are seven matches more and I haven’t doubts that the team will fight to try to win the group. The team must live the present and looking forward to the future. These guys always give their maximum.How will be Veszprem biggest rivals in the battle for the Place No.1 in the Group?–  The competition is very tough and all the teams can beat everyone. We must be focused on our team and our matches, to try to prepare every match as better as we can. We have to focus on things which we can control. In this moment, it seems that the first place could win Paris, Flensburg, Kiel or Veszprém. All the matches are like final.NO ONE LIKE LASZLO…How do you see individual progress of your players? Nagy and Ilic are still the „bosses“ of the team.– The team is in normal progress for this period of the season. Like in the last three seasons, the team is getting better and better. The new players are adapting on time to their team-mates, system, Club and country. All the players in MVM Veszprém are top, for me the best, but Nagy László is special. He is not only one amazing complete player, he is a real team-leader, sport player and an incredible person. He is an example for everybody and he is playing at his best level. There aren’t another player in the world who can compare with Laszlo’s skills.ARON AND IVAN ARE VESZPREM’S PRESENT AND FUTURE Could we expect more from Aron Palmarsson? How do you see Ivan Slisković progress?– Newcomers (Palmarsson and Sliskovic) are adapting very fast and well to the team. All the players need time. All the players are important for the team. They are young and they are the present and the future of the Club. Palmarsson has incredible skills. He can surprise you in every moment with something. About Sliskovic, he is very, very complete player, worker, he wants to learn. He is hungry to be better and better. I haven’t doubts that he will be soon the world’s best left back.CARLOS IS TOP COACH AND MY FRIENDYou stayed in the club to replace Carlos Ortega on some period of time. How tough was to keep team’s motivation and approach on the highest level in situation when you, players and the fans are aware „that every next day could be your last in the club“?– Carlos Ortega is a top coach. I know him from 1994 when he arrived to FC Barcelona. He is my friend and my mate during 10 seasons. One coach like him will be soon in a TOP team fighting for Final4. I only can speak from my side. For me, it was really hard and very difficult situation. However, we are professionals and must try to give the best even in difficult situations.Did you change something radical in training process after Ortega’s departure? How do you see Veszprem after Carlos and what will be his legacy in Hungarian team?– No. I worked with Ortega the last 10 seasons. I like this system. I didn’t change anything because I believe in that and another reason – there were no time for that. Trainings are very similar. Of course, every coach has his own ideas. Maybe I changed small things, but basically are very similar.FOCUSED ON THINGS UNDER CONTROLHow you „defend“ from the piles of gossips about the coaching names – candidates for Veszprem’s bench. There were a lot of them – Schwalb, Červar, Goluža, Zovko, Johanesson, Vujović, Dujshebaev, etc…– The team must be focused in the things that can control. This is out of my control. I’m focused in try to prepare the team for the next match. Match by match.BEST FANS DESERVE TROPHYAt the end, how far is Veszprem from the EHF Champions League trophy in 2016?– Firstly, there is a group of eight teams- who can play at FINAL4. We will see how will these candidates arrive in the crucial part of the season. There are more injuries this season than ever. Every match is like a final. How will teams look like in April and May, it is the most important. In Cologne, everything can happen in two matches for 24 hours. I’m sure that MVM Veszprém will fight for the trophy. The players work very hard for this. And here are the best supporters in the world! They deserve it! – concluded Xavi Sabate his interview for Handball-Planet.comPHOTO:[Fotó: Melczer Zsolt] / ← Previous Story EHF CL: Kadetten keep fighting for TOP 16 Next Story → FAST AND FURIOUS: Rivera scores 16 in HBC Nantes win! read more

Poll Should politicians be allowed a free vote on upcoming abortion legislation

first_img Jun 16th 2018, 10:00 AM Share7 Tweet Email Short URL Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 10:00 AM 18,016 Views 95 Comments Yes (5159) Poll: Should politicians be allowed a free vote on upcoming abortion legislation? Sinn Féin members will vote on a motion that will allow members to vote in accordance with their conscience today. I’m not sure (313) Poll Results:center_img http://jrnl.ie/4074371 No (2590) A SINN FÉIN motion calling for members to be allowed vote on the issue of abortion according to their conscience is due to be voted on today.The party is holding a special Ard Fheis in Belfast today, where two of the key motions in relation to the party’s position in relation to the upcoming legislation which will give effect to the recent Eighth Amendment referendum result.One of the motions will ask that members be allowed “articulate and vote” in accordance with their conscience.So, today we’re asking: Should politicians be allowed a free vote on the upcoming abortion legislation? Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie By Hayley Halpin YesNoI’m not sureVote Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Wrestler Kenny Omega on Gaming Inspirations and Gamers Choice Nomimation

first_imgProfessional wrestler Kenny Omega was recently announced as a nominee Favorite Celebrity Gamer (Athlete) in the inaugural 2018 Gamers’ Choice Awards. Among others like Ronda Rousey, Austin Creed (AKA Xavier Woods), and Gordon Hayward, Omega has been chosen for his undeniable spirit for gaming and absolute passion for the medium.From his signature “One Winged Angel” move from the Final Fantasy series to his love for fighting games, Omega has always been an indomitable force in the world of gaming, Geek.com had to pick his brain. Here’s what Kenny had to say about his favorite Smash character, his inspirations, and his game of the year.Geek: What are your thoughts on being nominated for Favorite Celebrity Gamer (Athlete)?Kenny Omega: It just goes to show how accessible everything and everyone is. I spend most of my time in Asia, but no matter what stream I turn up on, people from around the world can see me. It’s a wonderful thing and I’m glad I can be amongst the rest of these other famous dudes from all walks of life.Geek: What do you think about Kirby being the One True Smash Hero?KO: Much like the conclusion of the last Avengers movie, I never could have prepared for shocking events to precede ‘World of Light’’s story mode. As a huge Kirby fan, however, I’ve always believed in his infinite power and it really makes the most sense for him to be the chosen one. If not him, then Sonic (which would have been cool in a different kind of way).Geek: Which games are you rooting for out of the various award categories?KO: I make a yearly top 10 for Giant Bomb, so I’m kinda biased towards the entries on my list. Rooting for Monster Hunter World, Dead Cells, Spider-Man, Celeste, and The Missing.Geek: Who are your video game heroes?KO: Wow, now that you mention it, most are in Smash Bros.! Kirby, Ness, Luigi, Mega Man, Zack Fair, maybe Sans!Geek: What video games inspire you the most? You’re obviously a Final Fantasy fan, but which others have truly set your soul alight?KO: For wrestling, I had some obvious Street Fighter ties. Most of them might be from Street Fighter, actually. Hmm, but there are actually a few moves based off of Mother as well. I take inspiration from all sorts of games though –Resident Evil for example. Even though it’s a horror game, I’ve found inspiration in Albert Wesker’s character. Persona and Chrono Trigger too. I tend to try to draw inspiration from games that are timeless,  so that way when I apply it to matches they may (hopefully/luckily) end up that way too.Geek: Is there a certain game you’re playing right now that you can’t get enough of?KO: Right now it’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!Geek: What’s your top game of 2018 so far?KO: Undertale – but if that’s cheating, Monster Hunter World.Geek: Could we ever look for Bullet Club/Elite members in Tekken in the future given the Tekken DLC/merch collab?KO: I think we’ve unfortunately moved on to Soul Calibur 6, but you never know if the demand gets high enough!Geek: Gaming has a bit of a stigma attached to it still (sadly), but you set a great example that you can do anything you put your mind to. What advice do you have for your fans who want to break into wrestling who look up to you, see your love for gaming, and think they can do the same thing you can do even if they think they’re viewed as “lame” by their peers?KO: Once you focus on your dreams, really home in on your goal, the negativity around you just becomes faint background noise. The journey may be lonely at first, but you’ll meet new friends with the same motivations and the world of ridicule and doubt that you came from won’t even exist anymore.Geek: Who’s your Super Smash Bros. Ultimate main?KO: It was always Kirby, but the new characters really excite me, especially King K. Rool, Incineroar, and Joker.last_img read more

Education budget gets varied response from local officials

first_imgLocal officials’ reaction to the governor’s education budget, which was unveiled this week, ranged from praising his proposal as ambitious to slamming it as insufficient. Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan includes implementing full-day kindergarten statewide and reducing class sizes to 17 for kindergarten through third grade in the 2016-17 school year. The proposal also called for increasing cost-of-living adjustments for teachers and freezing tuition hikes at public higher education institutions. The plan doesn’t, however, detail how additional teachers and new programs would be paid for. On Thursday, the governor is expected to released a detailed revenue package. “I love the idea he wants to spend $2.3 billion on education,” said Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver. “I love the idea of not being in contempt of court anymore. The fact is, we have to see where the money is going to come from.” The Legislature is under court order to adequately fund the state’s public schools. Battle Ground Superintendent Mark Hottowe said he appreciates the governor’s effort to put “together some fairly significant resources toward the effort of fully funding education.”last_img read more

Teen electrocuted by using cellphone while taking a bath

Teen electrocuted by using cellphone while taking a bath

first_img(WSVN) – A Texas teen was electrocuted while using her cellphone in a bathtub, according to reports.Madison Coe, 14, died Sunday while taking a bath at her father’s home in Lovington, New Mexico, Fox News reports.Relatives said the accident occurred either when she plugged her phone while in the bathtub or grabbing the phone as it was being charged.The 14-year-old had recently graduated from eighth grade at Terra Vista Middle School in her hometown of Lubbock, Texas.“It is with heavy hearts that Frenship Independent School District mourns the loss of Madison Coe. We wish to share our heartfelt sympathy with her family and friends as we carry the burden of this tragedy together,” district officials said in a statement.Friends of the family created a GoFundMe page Sunday to raise money for her funeral.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

VIDEO Vintage Martha

first_imgAt her induction into the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame last week, the MPA rolled a tasty video montage of some of vintage Martha Stewart footage (no footage—nor any mention for that matter—of her stint in the clink, or her triumphant release wearing that cool poncho).Below, one of the more interesting clips in the video—Stewart on Charlie Rose, July 26, 1995 …last_img

Wilmingtons Jennifer Langone Receives Coldwell Banker Presidents Circle Award

Wilmingtons Jennifer Langone Receives Coldwell Banker Presidents Circle Award

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England, New England’s leading residential real estate brokerage firm, is pleased to announce that Jennifer Langone, a real estate agent affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Tewksbury, has been recognized with the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle award.Jennifer Langone was honored during a special celebration and reception in March at Park Plaza, Boston. Invited guests enjoyed food, music and dancing. Each year, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage recognizes the exceptional accomplishments of affiliated agents and sales teams through its distinguished awards program.With more than 13 years of experience, Jennifer has been successfully meeting the needs of homebuyers and sellers in Middlesex County, including the towns of Wilmington, Tewksbury, Billerica, Burlington, Lowell, North Reading and surrounding towns. She has earned the professional designation of Relocation Specialist. Jennifer is also a member of Greater Boston Association of Realtors, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.“I would like to congratulate Jennifer for earning this prestigious award. She is widely respected by clients and colleagues alike for her srong commitment and professionalism and the remarkable service she continues to provide to homebuyers and sellers,” said Merit McIntyre, president Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England. “I appreciate Jennifer’s efforts and I’m very proud that she is affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.”Jennifer is affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Tewksbury, located at 1201 Main Street, Suite 1, Tewksbury, MA, 978-851-3731. Jennifer can be reached directly at 20 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA, 978-423-4446.About Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage In New EnglandColdwell Banker Residential Brokerage is the largest residential real estate brokerage company in New England. With more than 4,000 affiliated real estate agents and staff in approximately 90 office locations, the organization serves consumers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. For more information, visit ColdwellBankerHomes.com.Jennifer Langone(NOTE: The above press release is from Coldwell Banker.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington Native Erminio Grasso Named COO At Coldwell BankerIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Sue Rogers Joins Tewksbury’s Coldwell BankerIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Tewksbury’s Coldwell BankerIn “Business”last_img read more

Wilmington Police Launch Police Explorers Program For Young Adults Interested In Law

Wilmington Police Launch Police Explorers Program For Young Adults Interested In Law

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The below press release is from the Wilmington Police Department:Chief Joseph Desmond is pleased to announce that the Wilmington Police Department is currently in the process of organizing a Police Explorers Post. Exploring is a nationwide career-oriented program for young men and women ages 14 through the age of 20. The program provides young people with an opportunity to learn about a career in law enforcement and a chance to network with sworn police officers in the community. Exploring offers them a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.Made possible through a grant from the Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, the program will involve monthly meetings as well as field trips and opportunities to assist the Police Department in a non-law enforcement capacity at certain community events. The program will be run by Wilmington Police Officers using the national curriculum created by Learning For Life, a non-Scouting subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America.Officers will be on hand at our National Night Out event on August 6 to discuss the program and answer any questions you may have. For more information or to sign up, please visit the Explorers page on our website at http://www.wpd.org/explorers.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Department’s New Explorers Program Now Accepting ApplicationsIn “Police Log”Lt. Brian Pupa Named Wilmington Deputy Police ChiefIn “Police Log”Wilmington Police Chief Joe Desmond & Deputy Police Chief Brian Pupa Sworn InIn “Police Log”last_img read more

PM thinks police have regained public trust

PM thinks police have regained public trust

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said people are now getting back their trust and confidence in the police force as they are discharging their responsibilities with utmost honesty, sincerity, devotion and dedication to ensure their security.“Now, the people’s confidence and trust in the police have returned, which is very important, I think,” she said, reports UNB.The prime minister said this while inaugurating the newly established Rangpur Metropolitan Police (RMP) and Gazipur Metropolitan Police (GMP) through video conferencing from her official residence Ganabhaban in the capital.She said the police personnel are discharging their duties with honesty and they have been able to ensure security of the mass people. “To develop a country, maintaining the law and order is very important.”Sheikh Hasina said she witnessed that sincerity, honesty, cordiality and devotion among members of the police force while performing their responsibilities. “This is great.”The prime minister thanked the police for their strong role in containing militancy and terrorism in the country. “The police force has taken timely steps to curb militancy and terrorism and that’s why we’ve been able to attain the success,” she said.Hasina said the duty of the government is to serve people. “We want people to get quick service from the police,” she said adding that the government has formed the RMP and GPM for that purpose.She said whenever Awami League comes to power it always works for the development of the police force, and briefly described various development programmes taken by her government for its development.“We’ve worked to make the police force stronger and developed it through using modern technologies so that they could properly discharge their public duties,” she added.Inspector General of Police Mohammad Javed Patwary and public security division secretary of the home ministry Mostafa Kamal Uddin also spoke on the occasion.Later, the prime minister talked to newly appointed RMP commissioner Md Abdul Alim Mahmud and GMP commissioner YM Belalur Rahman through the videoconference.The government published a gazette notification on 10 December 2017, creating 1,185 posts for formation of RMP as per the commitment made by the prime minister during her visit to Rangpur on 8 January 2011.The RMP is constituted with 239.72 square kilometres of land and six police stations — Kotwali, Porshuram, Hajirhat, Haragachh, Tazhat and Mahiganj — and several police outposts.Kotwali police station with its headquarters at Mulatol in the city is constituted with 16 wards (13 to 28) of the city as its operational jurisdiction.Porshuram police station is constituted with four wards (3 to 6), while Hajirhat with five wards (1, 2, 10, 11 and 12) and Haragachh with three wards (7, 8 and 8), Haragachh municipality and Sarai union of Kawnia upazila.Tazhat is constituted with five wards (15, 28, 29, 31 and 32), while Mahiganj with three wards (29, 30 and 33) of the city and Kallyani union of Pirgachha upazila, the RMP commissioner said.A total of 470 police personnel, including one commissioner, two additional commissioners, two deputy commissioners and one additional deputy commissioner have joined the RMP, while 295 others are ready to join their respective posts.Besides, Gazipur City Corporation was formed on 16 January 2013, with 330 square kilometres of area combined with six unions and Gazipur and Tongi municipalities.Around 1,100 police members will perform duty in eight police stations of the GMP.last_img read more

Spider dragline silk as torsional actuator driven by humidity for applications as

Spider dragline silk as torsional actuator driven by humidity for applications as

first_imgIn the study, Liu et al. used dragline silks from the pictured spider species Nephila eduli, Nephila pilipes and Argiope versicolor. Image credit: Spider ID (spiderid.com/pictures/?fwp_attributes=webs) Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9183 Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle , Science Liu et al. then compared the results from the second protocol of cyclic humidity changes in which the spider dragline silk showed torsional response sensitive to humidity, providing a method to control twist deformation. As the number of RH cycles increased, the twist speed and angular acceleration of the dragline silk decreased, indicating that torsional deformation was reaching a state of saturation. The scientists recorded that all silks elongated by approximately 5 to 10 percent after each test. Since humidity-induced twist is a unique characteristic of spider dragline silk, the scientists investigated the molecular structure and the morphology of the material to reveal the underlying mechanism of this behavior. They also analyzed the specific secondary structures and hierarchical structural organization of the molecule. Liu et al. showed that the presence of proline in the MaSp2 protein produced a more pronounced unidirectional twist at the scale of the single molecule. The scientists therefore assumed that the striated linear proline ring orientation may have forced the molecule into a twisted pattern. Using molecular simulation protocols at the protein level, they explained the observed glass transition behavior of spider silk at high RH. Spider silk is a self-assembling biopolymer with hydrogen bonds underlying its chemical structure, yet despite weak chemical bonding it outperforms most materials relative to mechanical performance. The biopolymer is produced from the spider major ampullate gland and is an extraordinary fiber that can surpass most synthetic materials in mechanical toughness by balancing strength and extension/flexibility. Properties of spider dragline silk include high thermal conductivity, peculiar torsion dynamics and the potential for exceptional vibration propagation. To add more distinction to the natural fiber, spider dragline silk display a giant shape-memory effect upon exposure to water; in an effect known as supercontraction. The unique and remarkable properties of spider dragline silk are attributed to its hierarchical structure and morphology. In a recent study, now published in Science Advances, Dabiao Liu and co-workers at the multidisciplinary research fields of engineering, physics, molecular mechanics, biomedical engineering and life sciences, report on the new feature of humidity-induced torsional behavior of spider silk. They demonstrated the impact of spider dragline silk and possible structural origins of the torsional response in the study with potential to engineer a “whole new class of materials”. Understanding the structure-property relationship of spider silk can benefit materials scientists by providing an impression of the precise physical nature of the biopolymer. New biomaterials based on the significant mechanical properties of spider silk can be engineered to translate the structure-property relationship of the material into practical applications. Spider dragline silk material is sensitive to water and can shrink up to fifty percent in length with radial swelling. Water can disrupt hydrogen bonds at high humidity to rearrange the nanocrystalline molecules to lower energetic configurations, resulting in supercontraction. In applied sciences and engineering, supercontraction can find original applications as artificial muscles or tensile actuators. For instance, spider silk from Nephila clavipes and Ornithoctonus huwena can display a reproducible shrink-stretch behavior due to water and humidity, allowing cyclical weight lifting to occur. Recent examples of such applications include engineered torsional artificial muscles with synthetic polymers, carbon nanotubes and graphene-made fibers. Left: SEM images of the fibers and the responses to environmental humidity stimulus. (A) B. mori silk (7.7 ± 0.3 μm in diameter). (B) Human hair (68.7 ± 2.5 μm in diameter). (C) Kevlar fiber (10.7 ± 0.2 μm in diameter). (D) Torsional responses of the representative fibers to environmental humidity: B. mori silk fiber (65.1 mm in length), human hair (69.5 mm in length), and Kevlar fiber (86.9 mm in length). A negligible twist driven by humidity can be seen in these fibers. Right: Torsional actuation of spider dragline silks by increasing the RH from 40 to 100%. (A) Torsional actuation of N. pilipes spider dragline silk (121 mm in length, 3.1 ± 0.1 μm in diameter). (B) Rotation speed (blue line) and angular acceleration (red line) of the torsional actuation of N. pilipes spider dragline silk. (C) Torsional actuation of A. versicolor spider dragline silk (87.9 mm in length, 6.7 ± 0.1 μm in diameter). (D) The rotation speed (blue line) and angular acceleration (red line) of A. versicolor spider dragline silk. Inset shows the SEM images of representative silks. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9183 In this way, Liu et al. showed that spider dragline silk can generate a huge twist (up to 2550/mm for N. pilipes and 1270/mm for A. versicolor spider dragline silks) under 70 percent RH. The scientists showed that torsional actuation of the material could be controlled simply by tuning the level of the RH. The observed power generated in dragline silk was not passive but an active change of state in response to the driving force of humidity. The humidity-induced twist turned the dragline silk to act as a torsional actuator. These research findings will have applications in the development of humidity-driven soft robots, novel sensors of precise humidity, smart textiles or green energy devices. , Journal of the Royal Society Interface Schematic diagram of the apparatus used to measure torsional actuation of silks or other fibers driven by the relative humidity (RH). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9183 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: Spider dragline silk as torsional actuator driven by humidity for applications as artificial muscle (2019, March 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-spider-dragline-silk-torsional-actuator.html Torsional actuation of dragline silks to RH cyclically changing from ~40 to ~100%. (A) N. pilipes dragline silk (98 mm in length, 3.1 ± 0.1 μm in diameter). (B) A. versicolor dragline silk (87.9 mm in length, 6.7 ± 0.1 μm in diameter). (C) N. edulis dragline silk (82 mm in length, 2.8 ± 0.1 μm in diameter). The horizontal dashed lines indicate the RH thresholds to trigger the twist. The vertical dashed lines indicate the start and end of the induced twist. Note that the rotation direction of clockwise direction observed from top to bottom paddle is consistent for all silk samples. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9183 Using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), the scientists first characterized the morphology and structure of spider silks. They conducted screening tests on three control fibers; B. mori silk, human hair and Kevlar fiber. The experiments revealed the torsional responses of the representative fibers to environmental humidity. They then observed humidity-induced cyclic contractions/relaxations of dragline silk from different spider species to understand torsional actuation driven by humidity in dragline silk. After the tests, the surface of the dragline silk became rougher than at the initial stage. The spider dragline silk of N. pilipes achieved torsional deformation approximating 2550/mm in one direction, a value greater than that generated by carbon nanotube artificial muscles (2500/mm) powered by electricity. The value was also 1000 x greater than those reported for other actuators based on shape-memory alloy and conducting polymers with twist deformation ability. For the A. versicolor dragline silk, the torsional actuation started at 70 percent RH, this value was lower than that of N. pilipes dragline silk but still comparable to carbon nanotube muscles. Although previous studies have investigated torsional properties of spider dragline silk, structural origin of its torsional behavior remains to be explored in depth. In this work, Liu et al. observed the unique behavior of spider dragline silk in comparison to control fibers such as Bombyx mori silk, Kevlar fiber and human hair. The scientists designed the experiments to reveal the stepwise personal response of dragline silk to increased humidity. They conducted atomistic simulations of the two-component proteins MaSp1 and MaSp2 to understand the mechanism of structural twist behavior at the level of the molecule. They then proposed a possible relationship between the observed twist deformation driven by humidity and the molecular structure of dragline silk. Journal information: Science Advances Mechanisms for humidity-induced torsion in dragline silks on a molecular level. (A) Representative angle displacement curve for MaSp2, showing consistent and negative angles traveling down the strands, which corresponds to clockwise twist. Inset shows molecular model of MaSp2. (B) Representative angle displacement curve for MaSp1, showing alternating positive and negative angles. Inset shows molecular model of MaSp1. (C) Hydrogen bond density scaled by the number of those residues present in the MaSp2 sequence. Proline shows the lowest hydrogen bond density compared to other residues. (D) Hydrogen bonds (shown in blue) within a 3-Å radius around (i) glutamine (Gln), (ii) glycine (Gly), and (iii) proline (Pro). (E) Hydrogen bond density scaled by end-to-end molecular length within a 3-Å radius around amino acids Glu, Gly, Ser, Tyr, and all amino acids in sequences MaSp1 and MaSp2. (F) Hydrogen bonds shown in blue in (i) MaSp1 and (ii) MaSp2 molecules. (G) Secondary structure content in MaSp1 and MaSp2. (H) The location of proline residues (with proline rings shown in red) in MaSp2 depicts a striated, linear ring orientation. Zoomed panel shows dotted guiding lines representative of linear proline ring orientation. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9183 Explore further Liu et al. used dragline silks from Nephila pilipes, Nephila eduli and Argiope versicolor spider species by successfully replicating a previous method for silk sample collection. They used an apparatus based on image processing to study humidity-driven torsional actuation of the thin fibers. In the experimental setup, the scientists used a torsion pendulum made of a single fiber enclosed in a humidity cabinet and recorded the motion of the pendulum using a video camera while increasing or decreasing the relative humidity (RH). They designed two different protocols to understand the response of spider dragline silks to the changing humidity; one protocol increased the RH stepwise to maintain high values for a long period of time. In the second method, they cyclically changed the RH from 40 to 100 percent and returned to 40 percent five times. © 2019 Science X Network More information: Dabiao Liu et al. Spider dragline silk as torsional actuator driven by humidity, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9183Sinan Keten et al. Nanostructure and molecular mechanics of spider dragline silk protein assemblies, Journal of The Royal Society Interface (2010). DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2010.0149J. Foroughi et al. Torsional Carbon Nanotube Artificial Muscles, Science (2011). DOI: 10.1126/science.1211220last_img read more

Stranger Things 3 will be moving unexpected says David Harbour

Stranger Things 3 will be moving unexpected says David Harbour

first_imgLondon: Actor David Harbour says the new season of ‘Stranger Things’ will examine his character, Chief Jim Hopper’s relationship with his adopted daughter, Eleven. Harbour said season three will explore their dynamic and how it is changing now that Eleven is growing up, reported Digital Spy. “Eleven is growing up and I think that’s the terrifying thing for Hopper. He doesn’t like the idea of his baby daughter hanging out with boys. So the season starts with him a little bit uncomfortable. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”His daughter is becoming a teenager and beginning to find herself, so that’s scarier for Hopper than any Demogorgon creature that he’s going to have to deal with,” Harbour said at MCM Comic-Con. The actor teased that the episode eight of the new season is something to look out for. “You get to see a lot of that throughout the season and it’s very unexpected what happens in the end and it’s very, very moving. I think episode eight is the most moving thing we’ve ever shot,” he said. The series has received 31 Emmy Award nominations, including for Outstanding Drama Series, four Golden Globe Award nominations, and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2016. ‘Stranger Things 3’ will launch on Netflix on July 4.last_img read more

Independence Not Marriage Prompts Millennials to Move Homes

Independence Not Marriage Prompts Millennials to Move Homes

first_img Home HOUSING Millennials Movements Renting Trulia 2018-01-31 Radhika Ojha January 31, 2018 583 Views In 2017, 34.9 million Americans changed residence. At 10.9 percent household mobility rate, that the lowest moving rate that has been seen around the U.S. since the Census Bureau began keep track of migration trends, according to a research released by Trulia.The research, which analyzed the reasons why people move with an eye on the millennial age-group found that 38.4 percent of 18 to 34 year olds lived with their parents or relatives, up from 28.7 percent in 1962. However, it noted that this slow movement has been seen across all age-groups and not only with millennials.In fact, when it came to millennials it was independence, rather than traditional factors like marriage that made them think of moving out. Young women were closing the gap for job related moves, with young women moving for a job rising 5 percentage points in 2017, compared to 2000.The research found that the proportion of moves made by each age-group has remained relatively constant over the years. It said that people under the age of 35 made up for the largest proportion of moves in 2017 and were 19 percent more likely to move than Americans aged 35 to 54 and 32 percent more likely to move than Americans aged 55 or older.The study found that 18 percent of millennials wanted to move to establish their own households, while 16.1 percent wanted new or better housing. Around 11.9 percent millennials moved because of a new job or job transfer. At around 7 percent each, easier commute and cheaper housing ranked as one of their least likely reasons to move. Pointing out that young Americans were twice as likely as their older counterparts to move because they wanted to establish their own households, the study said that in 2000 young adults moving to establish their own homes moved 2.5 times more frequently than they did because of getting married. This number had risen to 4.2 times in 2017.The report also found that millennials are rebounding from the effects of the recession and moving for positive reasons such as to own instead of rent, or for better housing.To learn more about the trends in millennial home movements, click here. Independence, Not Marriage Prompts Millennials to Move Homescenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more