LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Four players from the University of Lethbridge women’s hockey team are suing the school, its sports director and the team’s coach.A statement of claim filed on Tuesday in Court of Queen’s Bench names Olivia Alexander, Alannah Jensen, Chelsea Kasprick and Brittney Sawyer as plaintiffs.The women claim in court documents obtained by Lethbridge News Now that they were harassed and intimidated while playing for the Pronghorns.They allege coach Michelle Janus made abusive remarks to players and allowed bullying on the team.The women also allege the university and sports executive director Ken McInnes did not do enough — namely firing Janus as head coach — when multiple concerns were raised as early as 2015.None of the allegations has been proven in court and the university has said it will not provide any comments specific to the lawsuit.The statement of claim says the players were “subjected to the harassing and demeaning conduct, representations, omission and/or negligence of McInnes and Janus.”“The defendants harassed and bullied the plaintiffs by engaging in threatening and intimidating behaviours, not providing them proper care, calling them names and suggesting they were mentally unstable on a daily basis,” the document says.The players also allege the university breached its contracts with the players by failing to maintain an environment free from discrimination, bullying and harassment.A list of damages alleged by the players include physical, psychological and emotional harm, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, headaches, insomnia and loss of interest in playing sports, specifically hockey.A list of 21 complaints were submitted to the university in May by six players, including the four who have filed the lawsuit. They outlined concerns with Janus under the university’s harassment and discrimination policy and asked for her termination.That resulted in the university launching an investigation. It concluded with a response from acting chief human resources officer Nancy Walker on July 31.“The conclusion relating to the harassment complaint was that the policy on harassment has been violated,” wrote Walker.“The investigation conclusion in regards to discrimination was that based on the balance of probabilities and findings of fact, the policy on discrimination of different treatment on the basis of protected grounds has not been violated.”She went on to outline steps that would be taken to address the situation, including improved communication, counselling and more in-depth training for Janus.In response to the lawsuit, the university said it has already begun implementing many of the suggestions in the investigation’s report.“The women’s hockey coach has committed to the actions recommended in the report to ensure the continued growth and development of the women’s hockey program and to provide a positive experience for student athletes both in and out of the classroom,” the university said. (Lethbridge News Now)
VANCOUVER — The day after one of his closest friends died alone in his bedroom from an opioid overdose, Brandon Bailey started sharing his cellphone number across social media.The recovered drug addict from Windsor, Ont., has a message for other users: If you’re going to use, call me.“I will come to you and make sure that you are safe,” Bailey wrote in a Facebook post.Bailey, who is also a member of the Windsor Overdose Prevention Society, said he’s been frustrated by a lack of overdose prevention services like safe consumption sites in the city, and he wants to ensure the overdose-reversing drug naloxone is within arms reach for anyone at risk.Since his November post on Facebook, he has also distributed his cellphone number on flyers.“We need to be doing something,” he said.The overdose crisis has devastated communities across the country and is being credited with slowing the progress of life expectancy, which had risen three years between 2000 and 2016.Opioids killed an estimated 9,000 people between January 2016 and June 2018, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. About 94 per cent of those deaths were deemed accidental and almost three-quarters involved the powerful opioid fentanyl.But access to overdose prevention services vary geographically, prompting some advocates to say that a person’s chances of surviving an overdose depends on where you live.There are eight approved supervised consumption sites in British Columbia, nine in Ontario, six in Alberta, four in Quebec, and none elsewhere, according to Health Canada.Supervised consumption sites allow people to use their drugs under medical supervision, many of which provide testing for fentanyl contamination and access to sterile equipment.Naloxone is now available for purchase at pharmacies in every province and territory except Alberta, Yukon and Nunavut, the Canadian Pharmacists Association said.Access to the free, take-home naloxone kits is more varied, with Quebec offering the nasal spray to anyone over 14 through pharmacies, New Brunswick giving naloxone to other sites like health and social services, and British Columbia offering free access to people at risk of overdosing, those likely to witness an overdose and to First Nations. Jordan Westfall, executive director for the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs, said rural and remote areas are particularly underserved.“There are large parts of the country that don’t have these services pretty much at all. These are lifelines for people at risk of overdosing that aren’t accessible to people,” Westfall said.A lack of education and political will have been the biggest challenges to preventing overdose deaths, he said. Unlike other health-care decisions that are based on data, the question of allowing services like supervised consumption sites is often put before the public, he said.“In a lot of cases, we’ve put human lives up for public consultation. That’s kind of a metaphor for how we treat the health care of people who use drugs, which is stigmatized in society,” Westfall said.He said harm reduction could go further by providing a safe drug supply to users, given that so many deaths appear related to drugs contaminated with fentanyl.“Everybody else in the country, when they take a sip of beer they don’t have to worry that they’re going to drop dead. We need to see the same safety for everyone in the country using drugs on the streets,” he said.Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has been at the centre of the overdose crisis in British Columbia and it’s also where some of the most accessible harm-reduction services are located. Last month, Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart announced he would direct staff to look for a site where drug users can get safe opioids to prevent overdoses.Sarah Blyth, co-founder of the Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver, said supervised consumption sites and naloxone save lives every day. On the day of the interview, she said three people had already overdosed at a nearby safe injection site but they survived because they were surrounded by people who understood drug use and overdose prevention.But Rebecca Jesseman, policy director for the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, said there are some good reasons for variation in available services: dominant drug problems also vary geographically.The opioid crisis is more pronounced in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, she said, while the central provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan are more concerned with fighting a methamphetamine problem.“Part of the reason for different levels of response is the fact that the problem is different across Canada, so we do need to respond in a way that is specific to the local context,” she said.Health Canada said in a statement that the federal government allocates funding based on the severity of the opioid crisis and the population size in each province or territory.Jesseman said mobile units have begun providing support to places without permanent overdose prevention services, she said.But beyond geographic variations, she said services often fail to meet the needs of the individual, especially as they relate to language, gender, age and culture.“The system often looks at people who need help as being treatment resistant, rather than looking at what is wrong with the system and how we can meet their needs,” Jesseman said.“We wouldn’t accept this variation in service quality and availability for health conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, so why is it the norm for substance use?”Amy Smart, The Canadian Press
12 December 2009The top United Nations envoy to Iraq met today with parliamentarians from the Kurdish Alliance Bloc to discuss the recently brokered electoral laws that allow for national elections expected to take place early next year. The compromise in the electoral law centres on the allocation of seats in parliament, which the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Ad Melkert and the Kurdish lawmakers reaffirmed would be used exclusively for the 2010 Council of Representatives election.Since the Council of Representatives finalized the amendments to the law by 6 December, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) – which Mr. Melkert heads – has advised all parties that it is feasible to hold the elections on 27 February 2010.National polling was originally slated for January, but the electoral law was vetoed by the Sunni member of Iraq’s three-member Presidency Council last month and was sent back to the Council of Representatives.In today’s meeting, both sides stressed the importance of gathering census data in 2010 to support long term planning for the rebuilding and prosperity of Iraq, agreeing that the census data should be used for the development of proper civil and voter registries. Mr. Melkert also underscored the international community’s commitment to providing the necessary support to Government institutions conducting the census.In addition, he voiced willingness to meet with the officials of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to continue discussing issues between the Federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, including Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution, which deals with conditions for holding a referendum in the region regarding its geographical make up. Mr. Melkert reiterated the UN’s support to reach a satisfactory and sustainable political agreement on these issues in order to promote security, stability and democracy in Iraq.
The CARAT series began at sea in Sri Lanka, where U.S. Sailors and Marines join the Sri Lanka Armed Forces to conduct partnered training focused on building interoperability and strengthening relationships, along with sharing best practices. The US has consistently raised concerns over the Hambantota Port saying it maybe used by China for military purposes. CARAT, the U.S. Navy’s oldest and longest continually-running regional exercise in South Asia and Southeast Asia, strengthens partnerships between regional navies and enhances maritime security cooperation throughout the Indo-Pacific. The week-long exercise at the Hamantota port will offer Sailors and Marines a chance to conduct underwater diving sessions, combat lifesaving training and practice small boat maneuvers. Navy Seabees will also be working with the Sri Lankan Navy civil engineering branch to renovate an elementary school in the nearby area, the US Navy said.Sri Lankan Sailors will have the chance to serve aboard Navy vessels for hands-on learning during the at-sea phase of the exercise to increase interoperability between the two countries. U.S. assets participating include the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 90), Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) and a P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol craft. The US Navy today began a military exercise at the Hambantota Port which is managed by China.Commander, Task Force 73 announced the beginning of the 25th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of partner nations.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell controls the ball during the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Idaho on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team had to ferociously compete in its 85-64 win against No. 14 Stanford and in its 95-90 overtime loss to No. 5 Louisville, but its road to victory against Idaho proved to be much easier.Behind a 59-35 rebounding advantage, No. 9 Ohio State (2-1) defeated Idaho (1-1) 99-56 to pick up the program’s 1,000th victory Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center.Redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper tallied a team-leading 18 points and 18 boards. Ohio State a 22-4 advantage in offensive rebounds and 5-foot-8 Harper, who started in the Buckeyes’ four-guard starting lineup, led the team with six offensive boards.“I’m just trying to be whatever the team needs me to be,” Harper said. “Yeah, I think it’s very versatile, but I think it requires a very mental, disciplined focus from me to be able to switch back and forth.”Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga had 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added 14 rebounds. She struggled in the Buckeyes’ second game of the year against Louisville after corralling a school-record 26 rebounds against Stanford in the season opener. “She gives that inside presence,” head coach Kevin McGuff said. “What it does is it gives us more balance. We can get shot-happy from the perimeter. If we can get the ball to her around the basket, just get a little more balance in what we’re doing.”Mavunga and Harper each had double-doubles before halftime. The Buckeyes held a 19-0 edge in second-chance points and 36 of their points came from inside the paint. Ohio State’s 59 rebounds were more than it had in any game last season.The Buckeyes trailed 7-5 to begin the game, then redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun drained a jumper and they went on an 18-point run fueled by impressive ball movement. The Vandals, who made 18 3-pointers in their season-opening 83-69 win against Colorado State, had open looks, but failed to convert them into points. Idaho made six of its 32 3-point attempts.“We defended it well in practice and that just carried over to the game,” Harper said. “We just tried to focus on that and make sure that we kept them off the line because they’re a very great 3-point shooting team.”The Buckeyes connected on 13-of-34 shots from beyond the arc. Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell led Ohio State with four 3-pointers and scored 16 points while adding four assists.The Buckeyes ended the first half on an 11-1 run in the final 3:04 of the second quarter and entered halftime with a commanding 49-24 lead. Idaho never came within 23 points of Ohio State the remainder of the game.Calhoun rebounded from her 2-for-14 performance last game and made 6-of-13 shots for 15 points. Sophomore guard Jensen Caretti scored double-digits for the first time in her career, connecting on 5-of-9 shots for 14 points.“Tonight was really valuable for her and hopefully she can continue to gain confidence as we aspire to expand our rotation a little bit more,” McGuff said.Guard Mikayla Ferenz and forward Geraldine McCorkell led the way for Idaho, scoring 17 and 14 points, respectively.Ohio State will next take the court at 7 p.m. Friday against Quinnipiac.
A teacher who moved his family 8,000 miles to the South Atlantic, after landing a job as deputy head at the Falklands Island school, has been charged with child sex offences. Paul Barton, 41, is currently on bail in Stanley awaiting trial and last month was refused permission to fly back to the UK to attend his father’s funeral. He was appointed deputy headteacher at the Community School in Stanley and recently celebrated with the pupils as they enjoyed… A former Captain in the Territorial Army, Mr Barton relocated to the Falklands in January 2016, with his wife, two children and three dogs after leaving his job as acting assistant principal at the De Warenne Academy in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. 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.
The international workshop devoted to prevention and management of emergencies in the Arctic region including environmental emergencies starts its work today in Dudinka. The workshop is organised by the Russian Ministry of Emergencies and the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group of the Arctic Council. Norilsk Nickel provides assistance in the workshop organisation and takes an active part in the discussions. The workshop is attended by the experts of the Russian Ministry of Emergencies and representatives of the Arctic Council member states including Sweden, Norway, USA, Canada and Finland. This is a pilot event organised in the framework of a joint project which is implemented by the Ministry of Emergencies and the Arctic Council with the aim to improve security support systems for project development in the Arctic regions. Implementation of the project is based on the state-private partnership. On the part of private business it is supported by leading Russian companies including MMC Norilsk Nickel whose key production facilities are located in the Far North. According to the General Director of MMC Norilsk Nickel, Vladimir Strzhalkovky, “The Arctic is not a theoretical but a practical issue to us. Here, in the Taimyr Peninsula, our operations are united in one industrial centre that includes production plants, power supply facilities and transport infrastructure. Given the remoteness and isolation of the Norilsk Industrial Region from ‘the mainland’, MMC Norilsk Nickel has assumed responsibility for securing reliable power supply to the production site and the city”. He also explained that Norilsk was always looking for innovative solutions ensuring the efficient operation of its production facilities in the Far North. For example, in order to avoid any interruptions in the transportation of production supplies to this industrial center, which may be accessed only by water or by air, Norilsk decided to create its own sea fleet of five Arctic-type vessels. Two vessels are already in operation, and after the commissioning of remaining three ships in 2009 the company will become logistically independent. The availability of the company’s own fleet will guarantee the reliability of metal delivery to our consumers and the environmental safety of cargo transportation. One of the long-term goals set out in Norilsk’s development strategy consists in enhancing the environmental safety of metal production in line with environment protection laws. In 2007 the company’s expenditures in the environment protection measures at its Russian operations amounted approximately to RUB9 billion. Further steps were made to diminish air pollution, as provided for by the appropriate Action Plan. Norilsk implements a large-scale environmental program worth RUB36 billion. The company maintains working contacts with a number of environmental organizations and operates in close co-operation with Putorana State Biosphere Reserve. According to Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, “operation of Norilsk Nickel proves that Arctic does not mean just problems and challenges, but this region opens unique opportunities for development. I am sure that joint efforts of the state and private businesses, as well as experience sharing among all interested parties, will allow our country to develop the potential of these Arctic territories to the maximum extent”.The workshop time-table includes presentations and discussions, a visit to the Oktyabrsky mine and a trip to Putorana Nature Reserve. Norilsk’s key production units in Russia are the Polar Division and OJSC Kola Mining and Metallurgical Co.
Dropbox serves as a rock-solid cloud storage service for millions of personal and business customers. The 2GB of free storage that it offers is enough for most casual users, but what about those users who have tons of content? They can upgrade to a premium plan, but they run $100 per year for 50GB, or $200 annually for a 100GB plan. Those free 2GB are nice, but after that, Dropbox ain’t cheap.A new promotion that Dropbox is running may be able to help with that. With the service’s latest beta desktop software, it has added an automatic photo import feature. Plug in a camera or smartphone, and you’ll have the option to automatically import those pictures to your Dropbox account. If it reminds you of Apple’s Photostream, that’s no coincidence: it’s likely designed to directly compete with the iCloud service.To help promote the new feature, Dropbox is throwing us all a bone. Anyone who uses the photo import tool — even once — will get some extra Dropbox storage. On your first import, you automatically get an extra 500MB added to your account. For every 500MB of photos you import after that, you get another 500MB of storage added to your account. The fun gets cut off after 4.5GB of uploads, for a grand total of 5GB of free storage if you use the new service enough.This is a great deal for customers who don’t want to pay extra for Dropbox storage. You can triple your Dropbox quota without paying a dime. Additionally, the photo import feature is pretty handy. Dropbox hasn’t yet added this tweak to mobile apps, but it’s only logical that it eventually would. There are already hacks in place on both iOS and Android that allow you to automatically import all new photos to Dropbox.Those who use Apple products probably won’t see any reason to abandon iCloud’s Photostream syncing, as it already serves the same function. But for those who prefer other platforms — or those who like Apple but don’t want to be locked into their ecosystem — this is a nifty way to have your images always ready and waiting in the cloud. That it rewards you for trying it only sweetens the pot. You can do just that by visiting the source link below, and downloading the beta Dropbox client for Mac, Windows, or Linux.via Dropbox
Everyones favorite villainess might be playable in the upcoming zombie shooter, Resident Evil 6.Players of the Resi 6 demo have decrypted the code to see if there were any secrets hidden within. Sure enough they found a list of all playable characters, which includes everyone we know about; Sherry, Jake, Leon, Helena, Chris, and Piers, and two new ones we didn’t — Ada and Helper.Helper seems to indicate a co-op partner for Ada, which could turn out to be almost anyone who isn’t already starring in Resi 6. The evidence seems to indicate it could be a woman called Carla Radames, though. Carla was first mentioned in January 2012 when some information about the game leaked. The leak mentioned a list of characters we did not know about at the time so many believe she could well be Ada’s co-op partner.Ada is also seen looking at Carla’s files in the E3 Resi 6 trailer, but it’s shown so quickly you’d easily miss it. We’ve captured the image you can see below of the young blond haired woman pictured with a man called Derek C. Simmons who appears in the trailer talking to Leon and Helena. Leon accused Derek of being the one who infected the president and it’s possible he’s the man behind the creation of the new C-Virus.Ada Wong has always been on the very edge between being a good character and a bad one. Her role in Resi 6 seems to be as a very dangerous, unpredictable woman. It’s unclear how her campaign will fit in between the three main heroes campaigns. Perhaps hers will be unlocked after you complete the main game – giving a different perspective to the story. It’s not the first time players have played as Ada after all; she had her own mini campaign in Resident Evil 4 which you unlocked after completing the main story.via ShackNews
The way we view apps has evolved rapidly over the last few years. What started as a convenience item for most companies is now a requirement, often more important than a well built website. A side effect of this rapid evolution is missing some critical steps to avoid abuse, which lead to a settlement Apple just agreed to involving apps targeted at selling to children.In app purchases are an incredibly powerful tool. In a world where we can impulse buy something small and have it be delivered immediately, making sure there are fewer and fewer steps in the micro transaction will guarantee more sales. Apple’s in-app purchasing system nets them a percentage of every dollar made in every app across their ecosystem, so they have a vested interested in making sure there are very few steps in a given transaction. This works well as long as you are dealing with adults, but when you aim this system at children you are bound to run into problems.Many games for iOS resorted to using in-game currency to purchase things needed to easily progress in each game. Downloading and playing the game is free, but you can progress much faster if you’re willing to pay for an item or accessory to help out. If you want in-game currency, you pay real money through Apple’s in-app purchasing system.It’s not a bad idea, especially if you’re up to the challenge of trying to play without the aid of in-game money, but if you’re not careful those in-app purchases can rack up quickly. If you’re a child, and it’s not obvious that you are spending your parents money to get fake money for your game, their bank account can quickly suffer.Obviously parents were upset about this, and a class action lawsuit was created to try and address the problem with Apple. In-app purchasing systems were quickly adjusted to require a password, and game developers now clearly state when real money is changing hands, but the damage was already done. Many users were out hundreds of dollars as a result of these games, often with no idea that the transactions were taking place until they were long done. There’s no record of how many users were involved in the class action suit, or how Apple plans to handle extreme cases, but if you are able to prove that you were a victim of this system you can get some money back.GigaOm reports that Apple is expected to send an email to over 23 million iTunes users who may have made purchases that fall under the list of infringing apps. Apple will issue anywhere from $5 to $30 in iTunes credit to anyone able to prove that a minor used their account to buy things with in-app purchasing. For users who have more than $30 in purchases that qualify, a request can be made that the money be returned in cash instead of credit. It’s unclear exactly when this is expected to start, as the settlement has yet to be approved by a federal judge, but once that happens the emails are expected to follow shortly after.
Game of Thrones’ final season won’t air until April, but the show’s fans in New York will have to wait for another surprise: Season 8 transit MetroCards.HBO recently collaborated with Grand Central Station and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for a major Game of Thrones promotion, according to Newsweek. On Tuesday, Grand Central Station was set to feature Game of Thrones decor and distribute 250,000 limited-edition Game of Thrones MetroCards.However, this plan never took place. In response to a Newsweek tweet, the MTA wrote that the plan to debut Game of Thrones MetroCards is delayed and that there isn’t a set “release date at this time.” MTA also advised to check its Twitter account for updates.@MTA What’s going on with the Game of Thrones metro cards at Grand Central tomorrow? What time will they be available?— detective psyduck (@AndWhalen) November 26, 2018 ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Good afternoon. We do not have a firm release date for this promotional MetroCard at this time and the cards will not be coming out this week — please check back for details as they become available. ^BD— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) November 26, 2018HBO and MTA’s Game of Thrones MetroCards aren’t the only products focused on the series’ last season. In October, Diageo’s Johnnie Walker and HBO unveiled a limited-edition White Walker by Johnnie Walker scotch whiskey and the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Collection. For those that love Game of Thrones and board game nights, the HBOShop has a Game of Thrones Monopoly game, which is available for pre-order on its website.Winter is coming, and Throneheads can collect awesome fan merchandise from now until the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere next year. Over the next few months, fans will have to wait for more details on what’s to come for Westeros.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ is Coming Back to HBO in April 2019Dragons Make ‘Game of Thrones: Conquest’ a Real ScorcherHulu and George R.R. Martin Are Developing New ‘Wild Cards’ Shows
You’ve heard of an economic splash? A new, brick apartment complex hopes to jump into uptown Vancouver like a cannonball.The Uptown, a premium-priced apartment block in the Hough neighborhood, will welcome its first tenants in two weeks, and nearby businesses and city officials expect a wave of activity to follow.Vancouver-based Cascadia Development Partners wouldn’t say how much of the 167-unit building is already rented, but said demand is clear.“There is an incredible waiting list for more than 50 percent of the project,” said President David Copenhaver.Both in style and price, the six-story apartment complex would be at home in Portland’s Pearl District. Retail and commercial space will line Main Street, and prices for rooms will range from $1,515 to about $2,600 for studios, one-bedroom, one-bedroom-plus and two-bedroom units. Commercial tenants have not yet been announced.The $45 million development also includes street-level apartments on three sides and comes with a second-floor courtyard and a sixth-floor terrace for barbecues and the like. It is bounded by McLoughlin Boulevard and West 17th, Washington and Main streets.The Washington Street side will include a “pocket park” and an art installation.Copenhaver, who sits on the city of Vancouver’s City Center Redevelopment Agency and its Downtown Redevelopment Authority, called the area a bridge between downtown and uptown. More and more people want to live and work there, he said, and city and local businesses stand to benefit.“I think we’re delivering a product that everybody wants,” he said.The Uptown will offer surface parking, beneath ground parking and parking on the first floor, combining for about 160 spaces. There will be bicycle racks and a tuning station as well. Copenhaver added they are pursuing LEED certification. click to enlarge
Photo: Ridg Downs GRAMMY U members had the opportunity to visit X Ambassadors at Serenity West Studios for an exclusive MasterClass. The band discussed topics ranging from their humble beginnings to how they have evolved through creating music. GU members also got the chance to play their own original content for X Ambassadors and received insightful commentary. Facebook Photo:Nicole Brown GRAMMY U members met with Sasha Sloan at the Troubadour on the Los Angeles leg of her tour for a SoundChecks. Members got to observe Sasha’s process of preparing for a show as well as spoke with her about her career and passion for songwriting. GRAMMYs Feb 21, 2019 – 5:44 pm Julia Michaels joined Chicago GRAMMY U members at House of Blues on April 28 for an incredibly engaging SoundChecks program.Photo: Matty Vogel Twitter Photo Gallery: GRAMMY U Spring Semester 2019 GRAMMY U members attended SoundChecks and Q&A With LANY on April 28 at the Ryman Auditorium. GRAMMY U memberswere able to listen to the band play three of their hit songs and ask questions about their career and recent album, Malibu Nights. GRAMMY U members met with Wallows at the Fonda Theatre on the Los Angeles leg of their tour for a SoundChecks. Members got to observe the band’s process of preparing for a sold out show along with chatting about the tour overall. Photo: Darick Thomas News Photo: Recording AcademyGRAMMY U SoundChecks with Ben Platt in New York was a blast! GRAMMY U members attended SoundChecks With The 1975 on May 15 at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tenn. After listening to the band play some of their hit songs, students were able to ask questions about the The 1975’s recent album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, life on an international tour, and how the band handles addressing political issues in their music. Email Photo Gallery: GRAMMY U Spring Semester 2019 photo-gallery-grammy-u-spring-semester-2019 GRAMMY U Nashville Events Spring 2019 Photos: Josh BehmNashville GRAMMY U members participated in GRAMMY U Week leading up to the 61st GRAMMY Awards. From January 28 to February 1, each day of GRAMMY U Week highlighted a different aspect of the music industry. Members attended events focused on “Behind the Artist”, “Behind the Studio”, “Behind the Video”, “Behind the Song”, and “Behind the GRAMMY Awards” which took place at Nashville universities and industry sites around Music City.Read more
TV and Movies More Netflix shows 50 Photos Share your voice 0 Post a comment Netflix’s upcoming Ultraman anime series has a new hero — and new villains to battle. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET Monsters and aliens beware. A new Ultraman is ready to take on any bad guys coming this way in the upcoming Netflix anime series. In the new trailer released Monday, we see high school student Shinjiro Hayata — son of Shin, the original Ultraman — who’s forced to take over his father’s heroic role 12 years after the events of the original series. “Shin Hayata’s son Shinjiro seems to possess a strange ability, and it is this ability, along with his father’s revelation that he was Ultraman, that leads Shinjiro to battle the new aliens invading the Earth as the new Ultraman,” according to the Netflix description. The new footage also reveals that the reptile-like monster Bemular and a new threat called Pseudo-Man, among others, will come up against Ultraman.Ultraman is known for its unusual-looking monsters that make Godzilla and his buddies look like harmless Sesame Street residents. Here’s hoping we’ll see past monsters like Pestar, Guesra, Zetton and Pigmon in the new Ultraman series. Netflix’s The OA Part II trailer has an alternative universe twist Netflix mind-bender Altered Carbon gets Marvel actors for season 2 Take a five-hour bubble bath with Big Mouth’s Hormone Monstress Tags Directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), the new storyline is based on the Ultraman manga created by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi and published back in 2015.The new Ultraman anime series debuts worldwide on Netflix on April 1. 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Netflix
5:47 Toyota 22 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The 2019 Toyota Prius adds all-wheel drive without much… 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Enlarge ImageToyota and Denso are partnering up once again, this time to develop semiconductors and other automotive-grade components for self-driving cars. Toyota Toyota has been all about teaming up lately, and the latest instance of that comes in the form of a new joint venture with one of its leading suppliers, Denso. This time out, the JV will be focusing on creating next-generation, automotive-grade semiconductors and other components that will power future self-driving cars, according to a report published Wednesday by Reuters.The plan is for Denso to own a slim majority of the company, with Toyota keeping the rest. The company is planned to start up in April of 2020, but that date could change. The company wouldn’t be huge — just 500 employees to begin with — but combined with the other Toyota-Denso joint venture that includes Aisin, it could be a big leg up for the company in the race to autonomy.This new joint venture wouldn’t stop at self-driving cars either, since many of the components necessary to generate the computing power for autonomy could also be leveraged for something only slightly less adventurous — connected vehicles.Toyota didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.We’ll be interested to see what Toyota does next. Its efforts to develop an autonomous car seem to have intensified significantly over the last year, and its resources are considerably greater than many other major automakers. More From Roadshow Tags Toyota Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Toyota e-Palette concept debuts at CES 2018 Share your voice 0 Post a comment
Pipelines stretch twoards the horizon on NPR-A land leased by ConocoPhillips. The company announced it has found 300 million barrels of recoverable oil nearby. (photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The state gets the bulk of its royalties from oil produced on the North Slope in the form of oil rather than in payments from the producers.Listen nowThis week, lawmakers are considering a contract to sell some of that royalty oil to the Alaska-owned refinery and fuel marketing company Petro Star.Jim Shine, commercial manager for the Division of Oil and Gas at the state’s Department of Natural Resources, said the state makes more money if it receives its oil “in kind” — or in oil — rather than “in value” — meaning in cash.“When the state elects its royalty oil in value, the producer ships the oil and sells it alongside their own production, on the state’s behalf,” Shine said.That means the state has to pay what it costs to move that oil from Valdez to the West Coast. On average, that’s about $3.50 per barrel.So, for the last 38 years, the state has kept its royalty oil and sold it. Usually, the state sells to in-state buyers, dodging that transportation cost. Currently, the state is in a five-year contract with Tesoro. It sells between 20,000-25,000 barrels per day to the company.By contrast, Petro Star — a subsidiary of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation — will be able to draw 18,800-23,000 barrels per day this year. That number will drop over the next five years based on state estimates of lower flow in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.“In the past, the state has had maybe a little bit more comfort in our royalty shares over a longer period of time. For instance, we’ve had 10 year contracts for royalty sales before,” Shine said.But as volume in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline drops, so does certainty in the amount of oil the state will have to sell.These kinds of contracts do carry some risk. If Tesoro or Petro Star were to default on paying for the oil or taking it from the producers on the North Slope, the state could be left with thousands of barrels of unsold oil. Currently, the state has a $46 million bond from Petro Star to cover the costs of the company defaulting on payment – or the state having to re-sell the oil.This year, the state expects to get 50,000-55,000 barrels per day of royalty oil from North Slope production.
Delhi may not be the heart of the Durga Puja Festival but the celebrations are not far behind! Following the success in the inaugural year, the 2nd Edition of the ‘Pre-Puja Promotional Sale and Exhibition of Bengal Handloom and Handicrafts’ – bringing together the best of the creations of master craftsmen and weavers of rural areas of the State – was opened in the national capital today.Around 25 artisans from various districts of West Bengal, including Bankura, Bardhaman, Nadia, Kolkata, Hooghly, North 24 Parganas and Birbhum, will take part in the event, which is aimed at promoting the rich and glorious tradition of Bengal handicrafts and handloom and also ensuring commercial benefits to the weavers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The fair was inaugurated by Nitish Sengupta, Chairperson of the Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises in the gracious presence of Bhaskar Khulbe, Principal Resident Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal and Archana Datta, Director General, All India Radio, News Services Division, at Dilli Haat, INA.The exhibition, being organised by the Government of West Bengal with support from Development Commissioner for Handicrafts, follows a string of events held as part of the grand Chalo Chalen Bengal campaign, an initiative for promoting West Bengal as an attractive tourism destination, especially during the upcoming Durga Puja carnival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition offers a range of products, including diversified jute items, terracotta costume jewellery, Tangail and Jamdanee Sarees. Embossed leather goods from Shantiniktan, Nakshi Kantha, Dhaniakhali, Shantipuri and Baluchari Sarees, all of which have received Geographical Indication (GI) registration and being especially promoted by Government of West Bengal, will also be available. Special soirées are being organised with Chhau and Raibenshe folk forms and colourful performances bringing out the rhythm and tunes of Bengal. In keeping with the pre-Puja festive spirit, delectable Bengali street food will be available at the venue.WHERE: DILLI HAAT, INAWHEN: On till 6 October
Kolkata: State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay inaugurated two solar trees with the capacity of producing 6.5 MW power at the office of West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd (WBPDCL).”Land is gradually becoming scarce in our state. 4 acres of land is required for producing 1 MW of power through conventional methods. However, solar trees require much less amount of land. So, we are setting up such solar trees as an alternative. If we find that these solar trees work out well for us, we will be setting up more such trees in the state to harness solar power,” Chattopadhyay said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe solar trees have been named Sourashree by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The total cost of setting up the infrastructure has been Rs 8.5 lakhs. Chattopadhyay maintained that the solar tree is strong enough to withstand a storm and needs minimum maintenance.”The panel should be washed with water from time-to-time for maintenance,” the minister said. A similar type of solar tree of 10 MW capacity has already been set up at Keoratala crematorium in South Kolkata a few days ago. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedScientists at Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) in Durgapur, have developed this ‘solar tree’, made out of photovoltaic panels. The ‘tree’ that requires less than 4 sqft of space, can power about five households.The state government under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Aloshree project is gradually lighting up all state government offices, municipalities, corporations, panchayats, schools, state-run public sector undertakings and all other autonomous bodies of the state government and offices, by installing solar panels on the roof of these buildings. The PDCL office, as well as the office of Paribesh Bhavan, have solar panels on their roofs.”Such solar panels contribute to slashing of crippling power bills and promote green energy,” a senior official of the state Power department said. According to the official, the solar panels to be set up on the roof of the buildings will range from 20 KV to 60 KV. Installation cost varies from Rs 10,00,000 to Rs 60,00,000 for each panel.
Related posts:Following historic World Cup performance, coach Jorge Luis Pinto decides to leave Costa Rica national team Jorge Luis Pinto meeting with Costa Rican Football Federation this week to determine future with Ticos Costa Rica dominates Nicaragua, 3-0, in national team’s first match since World Cup Paulo Wanchope named new coach of Costa Rica national soccer team This was not how it was supposed to end.The greatest two months in Costa Rican football history just came to a close with the departure of head coach Jorge Luis Pinto. And his final press conference has set off controversies that will linger for months or even years.The press conference started out amicably enough with Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefut) President Eduardo Li saying that after a couple days of serious talks, Pinto and the organization failed to agree on terms for a new contract. Li — sitting next to the Colombian coach — said the doors remained open to a possible return for the 61-year-old coach in the future.That might no longer be the case. When it was Pinto’s turn to speak to the media, he blasted Fedefut and members of his coaching staff (without revealing names) for the way they treated him. His most furious allegation accused an assistant coach of trying to get him fired before the team qualified for the World Cup. Pinto, who’s well-known for his explosive temperament, has sparked a firestorm.Li, in comments made after the press conference, sniped back at Pinto by calling his tenure “anarchic.” He said players, coaches and Fedefut officials had issues with the way he ran the national team. He added that Pinto wanted to fire his coaching staff and bring in four or five Colombians to replace them.Pinto — who previously was fired as coach of Costa Rica’s national team in 2005 — now leaves the Ticos on his own accord after taking them to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time in the country’s history. His exit was expected as he’s a likely candidate for a trio of head coaching jobs in South America. But nobody could’ve predicted the fiery last press conference, including Fedefut. Li said Pinto brought up topics they had agreed to not mention to the press.Still, the coach leaves Costa Rica as a hero. The majority of fans certainly take his side in the early-goings of a discussion that likely is far from over.Fedefut faces enormous pressure to name a manager who can build on Pinto’s success. Li said the organization will make a decision on Pinto’s replacement in some 90 days. Until then, the coaches that Pinto bashed will lead the team at the Central America Cup in September. How Costa Rica performs there can help quell the controversy or inflame it.Here are the best quotes from Pinto’s final day as head coach of La Sele:1. “I slept with the enemy for a year and a half.”-Jorge Luis Pinto, on how he worked with assistants and Fedefut members who were out to get him.2. “If we had not demanded committed players, I am sure that we would not have gotten where we did.”-Pinto, on how his methods might be demanding, but they work.3. “Yes I’m fussy, and I keep an eye on everything, and I’m not going to change. I have won, and we went to the World Cup quarterfinals.”-Pinto, on how the ends justified the means.4. “With the coaching staff, I have had differences. They don’t share my style and form. I am demanding. And they don’t share my style.”-Pinto, on the issues with his assistant head coaches.5. “I would never ask for a coach’s head.”-Assistant head coach Luis Marín, in an interview with La Teja, denying that he was the member of the coaching staff who “betrayed” Pinto and asked for him to be fired. Pinto and Marín have a relationship that goes back more than a decade. Pinto coached Marín to multiple national championships in the early 2000s as a member of Alajuelense. For that reason, many speculate that it was the other assistant head coach, Paulo Wanchope, who clashed with Pinto. Wanchope is arguably the greatest Costa Rican football player in the country’s history. Late Thursday evening, he denied the accusation.6. “We gave him the opportunity to work things out, but I’m not going to talk anymore about this topic. If he wants to get rid of five people so that he can bring in foreign staff [from Colombia], of course we’re not going to be happy. It’s not fair to Wanchope that he’s getting blamed.”-Li, after the press conference, on Pinto’s unfair demands. The Fedefut president said he felt backstabbed by Pinto.7. “I hurt because we have done important work here.”-Pinto, on his bittersweet exit.8. “If I couldn’t pick my own assistants, ones I could trust, I couldn’t continue.”-Pinto, on the main issue that led to his departure.9. “We never talked about money, and we never will.”-Pinto emphasizing that money was not a factor in his decision.10. “I promised Costa Rica the first option. Beginning today, I start to look at my future.”-Pinto on if he knows where he’ll go next.11. “We have suffered, we have fought, we have won. A big hug for the people of Costa Rica.”-Pinto on what he wants to say to fans, adding that the team has great players and La Sele can succeed without him. Facebook Comments