first_img Jalen Hurts was the last #Sooners player off the practice field today on the first day of practice— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) August 3, 2019Two #Sooners post-practice notes:• Tre Norwood was seen on crutches. Not a good sign. Lincoln Riley wasn’t available to comment. He’ll speak to reporters Friday.• Jalen Hurts was last to leave practice field again. Has been the case each practice media’s been at this camp— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) August 7, 2019Jalen Hurts was the last one on the field after practice last night. Music to @OUBarstool’s ears. (via @GeorgeStoia) pic.twitter.com/QTfZ322UWh— Comeback SZN (@ComebackSZNshow) August 7, 2019Jalen Hurts the last one on the field tonight. pic.twitter.com/ovb83uihB4— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) August 7, 2019Hurts started for Alabama for his first two seasons, but got benched at halftime of the national championship game against Georgia during his sophomore campaign. Tua Tagovailoa assumed the starting role for the 2018 season.It’s assumed that Hurts will be Oklahoma’s starter when the season begins, but head coach Lincoln Riley has yet to make it official.Regardless, it appears that Hurts is all-in on earning the role. The Sooners open with Houston on September 1. former alabama quarterback jalen hurtsTUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks the field between quarters against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts brings a winning pedigree to his new program, but he’s still going to have to earn the respect of his Sooners teammates. It looks like he’s doing a pretty solid job of that so far.According to a number of reporters who cover the Sooners, Hurts has been the last player on the field at every practice thus far.Hurts, who played at Alabama for three seasons before transferring this past offseason, appears to be trying to get on the same page as his new receivers as the season gets closer and closer.Check it out:last_img read more

first_imgzoom Nine people have been charged with negligence within the framework of an investigation into the deadly explosion that occurred ten days ago at South Korean STX Offshore and Shipbuilding yard in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province.The blast took place on board a petrochemical product tanker Persepolis which is under construction at the yard, while the workers were paint-spraying the inside of the vessel.Following the order to stop work at the yard, the construction of the tanker, which is reportedly being built for a Greek shipping company and had been scheduled for delivery in October, will be delayed.As informed by the country’s Ministry of Employment and Labour (MOEL), the ministry has arranged for a compensation to the deceased workers’ families. The ministry is also investigating the cause of the incident and potential breach of law that might have led to the blast.Meanwhile, the shipbuilding company has obtained clearance from the ministry to resume operations at the yard, Yonhap added.The approval relates to the construction of a naval vessel ordered by the country’s defense department.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgzoom Pascagoula-based shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, a company of Vision Technologies Systems, has launched construction on America’s first liquefied natural gas articulated tug and barge (LNG ATB) unit.VT Halter Marine won the construction contract in November 2017 from Q-LNG Transport.The vessel is part of a long-term contract between Q-LNG Transport and Shell Trading (U.S.) Company and it will be employed in delivering LNG as a fuel source to various ports in Florida and the Caribbean.The LNG-bunker barge will also support growing cruise line demand for LNG marine fuel.“We believe that this is a significant step towards the USA becoming the premier supplier of LNG as the environmentally friendly maritime fuel source of choice,” Rob Mullins, Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine, said.The ATB Tug will have 5,100 horsepower, GE 6L250 MDC EPA Tier 4 main engines, with Z-drives, and is designed to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG.As informed earlier, the bunker barge will be capable of loading LNG from big or small terminals.It is designed to meet the requirements of American Bureau of Shipbuilding (ABS) and the International Gas Carrier (IGC) code as an LNG bunkering barge.Anticipated delivery of the vessel is in the first quarter of 2020. Once delivered, the bunker barge will be operated by Harvey Gulf International Marine.last_img read more

first_imgThe federal government has proposed accepting British Columbia’s rules to cut methane emissions that cause climate change despite an independent report that says the regulations would be weaker than Ottawa’s.Some environmental groups fear the same could happen in Alberta and Saskatchewan, which they say would make it harder for Canada to meet its greenhouse gas commitments.“It’s a weak first step,” said Jan Gorski of the Pembina Institute, a clean energy think-tank. “If they’re willing to approve regulations that are subpar in B.C., then it really puts the opportunity to meet the climate goals at risk.”Methane is a greenhouse gas between 30 and 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Almost half of Canada’s methane emissions leak from oil and gas facilities and the governing Liberals have announced targets to reduce them by 45 per cent.On the weekend, the federal government announced the start of a consultation period for accepting B.C.’s proposed regulations instead of those developed in Ottawa.“(The B.C. proposal) will result in methane emission reductions that meet the expected impact,” says a government document.But in February, an independent scientific review of fracking commissioned by the B.C. government concluded the province’s proposed rules weren’t as stringent as the federal ones.Under B.C.’s proposals, a leaking well could emit more than twice the amount of methane than Ottawa will allow when its rules come into effect next year.“Potentially, a leaking well can exceed the federal limit,” the review says.The review also points out that the province would reduce the amount of inspection and leak detection that federal rules require.Federal rules will require inspections at least three times a year. British Columbia would require them once yearly.The energy industry supports methane reduction goals. But it has said the best way to achieve them is to let producers focus on an overall target instead of requiring standard testing for all facilities.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers argues that focusing on the largest emitters instead of imposing across-the-board inspections would give the biggest bang for the buck.“The incremental volume of leaks detected and repaired with a survey frequency of three times per year … has not been high and,consequently, may result in much higher abatement costs,” the association said in a letter to B.C.’s regulator.The problem, said Gorksi, is that it’s tough to measure how much methane escapes from large emitters.“What they’re proposing is an outcome-based regulation. For that kind of regulation to work, you need really good data.”Alberta and Saskatchewan have proposed similar outcome-based approaches for methane reduction. Gorski said rules drafted by both provinces would fall short of Ottawa’s reduction costs.Previous studies using aerial measurement suggest industry estimates of methane emissions from oil and gas fields — especially heavy oil fields — are far low of the mark. The B.C.-commissioned review quotes similar evidence.“Leakage incident rates are strongly influenced by reporting standards rather than actual well failure rate,” it says.An Environment Canada spokeswoman said the government has published an analysis of why it thinks the B.C. proposal would reduce methane by the same amount as the federal rules.“We think B.C.’s regulations could deliver equivalent reductions,” Sabrina Kim said in an email.The federal analysis relies on the same estimates that aerial measurements have questioned.Gorski said requiring producers to use best practices everywhere is the surest way to meet the reduction targets.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe son of revered First Nations leader Elijah Harper is in a coma at a B.C. hospital following an attack by three people, APTN National News has learned.APTN spoke with Harper by phone, and Harper says that his son Grant was in Kelowna studying diving dynamics when the attack occurred. Police and family aren’t sure who was behind the attack, or if it was racially motivated.Elijah Harper is best known for saying “No” to the Meech Lake Accord when he was a member of the provincial legislature in Manitoba.last_img read more

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is reporting a large outage west of Dawson Creek.  The power went out at approximately 9:40 p.m. and there is no estimate as to when power will be restored.The outage is affecting approximately 1,200 customers south of the Braden Road between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd.As of 9:55 p.m., a crew from B.C. Hydro has not been assigned to repair the outage. For more updates on this outage and other small outages in the B.C. Peace, visit www.bchydro.com/outages.last_img read more

Rabat – Morocco received 8.7 million tourists from January to August, according to statistics released Thursday by the Ministry of Tourism.Tourist arrivals in Morocco rose 8 percent for the eight month period from the same period last year. Foreign tourist numbers were up 14 percent while returning Moroccans increased by 2 percent, Chinese outlet Xinhua reported.Tourist arrivals from Italy made the most considerable increase between the first eight months of 2017 and 2018, rising 14 percent. German tourist numbers increased 10 percent, French 7 percent, and Dutch 6 percent. Morocco earned $4.88 billion in tourism revenue in the period, compared to $4.82 billion during the same period in 2017.Counting overnight stays at hotels and guest houses, Marrakech, Casablanca, and Agadir were tourists’ top destinations.Along with the traditional European market, the number of Asian visitors, mainly from China, hiked significantly. The increase follows Morocco’s exemption of Chinese travelers from needing to apply for visas in 2016. Morocco’s 2020 vision, presented by King Mohammed VI in 2010, aims to double the tourism sector and set the country among the top tourist destinations in the world. read more

China had discussions today with President Maithripala Sirisena on issues which have arisen over some Chinese funded projects in Sri Lanka.A Chinese delegation led by the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan, met the President for talks today. The steps which need to be taken to resolve the issues on some Chinese funded projects were discussed during the meeting, the President’s office said. Both sides reviewed the progress on the Chinese funded projects in Sri Lanka as well as possible future Chinese investments in Sri Lanka. President Sirisena had assured the Chinese delegation that he will take steps to immediately resolve any issue which has arisen from the projects which are beneficial to Sri Lanka.Officials from the President’s office, Finance Ministry and National Economic Council also attended the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) read more

by The Canadian Press Posted May 1, 2014 8:54 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Goldcorp reports US$98 million Q1 profit, revenue down from year ago VANCOUVER – Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) said Thursday it earned US$98 million in its latest quarter as its gold production costs fell sharply compared with a year ago.“2014 is a year of significant forecast growth for Goldcorp, and solid first quarter production and lower all-in sustaining costs represent a strong start toward the achievement of our guidance,” Goldcorp president and chief executive Chuck Jeannes said in a statement.“Our low-cost production profile will benefit from an infusion of new gold production from our three gold projects, starting with expected first production at Cerro Negro in just a few months. With initial gold production at Eleonore and Cochenour following closely behind, Goldcorp remains well-positioned for accelerating cash flow.”The company’s average realized gold price for the first quarter of this year was $1,297 per ounce with an all-in sustaining cash cost of $840 per ounce. A year ago, Goldcorp received an annual realized price of $1,622 per ounce, but paid an all-in sustaining cash cost of $1,134 per ounce.The lower costs as well as more gold sold helped offset the lower prices as the gold miner, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said its profit amounted to 12 cents per diluted share in its latest quarter, down from $309 million or 33 cents per diluted share a year ago.Excluding one-time items, Goldcorp reported a lower adjusted profit of $209 million or 26 cents per share, compared with an adjusted profit of $253 million or 31 cents per share in the first quarter of 2013.Revenue totalled $898 million, down from $964 million.During the quarter, Goldcorp produced 679,900 ounces of gold and sold 684,000 ounces. That compared with production of 614,600 ounces and sales of 595,100 ounces in the first three months of 2013.In its outlook, the company reconfirmed production guidance for 2014 of between 2.95 and 3.10 million ounces at all-in sustaining costs of between $950 and $1,000 per gold ounce.Capital spending guidance was also reconfirmed at between $2.3 billion and $2.5 billion for this year.The company said it hopes for the first gold production at its Cerro Negro project in Argentina to come around the middle of this year and commercial production to begin in the fourth quarter.Meanwhile, its Eleonore project in Quebec is on track for its first gold production by the end of 2014 and commercial production in the first quarter of next year.Last week, Goldcorp ended its hostile takeover attempt for Osisko Mining (TSX:OSK) after the smaller company signed a deal to be acquired by Yamana Gold (TSX:YRI) and Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM). read more

“Vanuatu is used to disasters but the indications are that Cyclone Pam has caused unprecedented damages, said President Baldwin Lonsdale in a press release issued on his behalf by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The leader of the island nation noted that following a direct hit from the Category 5 storm on Friday, at least two deaths have been confirmed and over 30 injured people are being treated in the Central Hospital in the capital, Port Vila where many people are now homeless and torrential rain has led to severe flooding. He also said bridges which link the capital with the rest of the island have been destroyed. Mr. Lonsdale made his appeal from Sendai, Japan, where he has been attending since Sunday the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The Conference has drawn thousands of Government and civil society delegations to craft a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and curb economic losses. In opening remarks to the Conference over the weekend, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that while the impact and scope of the disaster in Vanuatu is not yet clear, he feared the damage and destruction could be widespread. Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam, one of the strongest storms seen in the South Pacific in years, left a trail of mass destruction in Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. Photos: Alice Clements/UNICEF Pacific ‹ › Mr. Lonsdale reported through UNISDR that Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office is coordinating an aerial survey today of the affected areas the Government would then have a better idea of what has happened in the outlying islands. “We are particularly concerned about the province of Tafea. However, I can say from past experience that there will be severe damage to schools, health facilities, roads and public utilities,” he said, adding that there will also be significant humanitarian needs as large numbers of people have lost their homes in the capital Port Vila. “This is a major calamity for our country. Every year we lose 6 per cent our GDP (gross domestic product) to disasters. Calling the cyclone “a huge setback” for the country’s development, Mr. Lonsdale added that it would also have severe impacts for all sectors of economic activity including tourism, agriculture and manufacturing. The country is already threatened by coastal erosion and rising sea levels in addition to five active volcanoes and earthquakes. “This is why I am attending this Conference and why Vanuatu wants to see a strong new framework on disaster risk reduction which will support us in tackling the drivers of disaster risk such as climate change.” Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that perhaps half the population of Vanuatu, It is estimated that at least half the population of Vanuatu has been affected by cyclone Pam. Of these, at least 54,000 are children. Many homes in Vanuatu have likely been destroyed as they are built with natural and local materials such as thatched and corrugated roofs that are vulnerable to strong winds and floods. UNICEF also reports that schools, churches and community halls are being used as emergency shelters. Many of these buildings are likely to have suffered structural damage. Lifeline facilities like hospitals, electrical utilities, water supply and telephone systems are most likely severely damaged. Other Pacific Island countries have been severely impact as well, including the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati. In Vanuatu, health centres have likely sustained severe damage and will need rebuilding and restocking with medical and nutrition supplies. Plans are under way to support the Government to do a major measles immunization campaign, given recent cases. Schools are being used as evacuation centres, and UNICEF will be supporting children’s education, including providing school in a box kits. Child friendly spaces will be set up in evacuation centres to provide children with psycho-social assistance. UNICEF’s immediate needs to assist the affected countries is at least $2 million, initially covering support to water, sanitation, hygiene, health, education, nutrition and protection services, and including support for the high costs of logistics across this vast geographic area. Just yesterday, Sune Gudnitz, Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Regional Office for the Pacific said Vanuatu had accepted OCHA’s offer to deploy staff to support the coordination of the response.<>P> A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team was expected arrive in Port Vila late yesterday. OCHA was also expected to deploy three staff with information management, public information and humanitarian coordination as well. read more

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is tackled during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs Oct. 27 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Browns lost, 23-17.Courtesy of MCTThe Drive, The Move, The Decision.Do I need to continue?These moments are painfully seared into the memories of Cleveland fans everywhere and the pain still lingers long after they were made.While I myself have only experienced a few of these heartbreaks as a native Clevelander, the sting of past failures is still felt by people like my father, who experienced The Drive, John Elway and the Denver Bronco’s 98-yard touchdown drive to tie the game in the AFC Championship game in 1987, firsthand.Let’s start with the Cleveland Browns, shall we? A franchise that has never once been to the Super Bowl and has made just one appearance in the playoffs since returning to the shores of Lake Erie in 1999.Being a Browns fan is a lot like believing in Santa Claus as a child. You hope and pray he is real, but deep down you know you will be disappointed when you see a family relative dressed up as Santa giving you a 4-12 record instead of the 11-5 record you asked for multiple times.Disappointment comes with the job description when cheering for the brown and orange. And yes, it is a job trying to cheer for a team that has started 20 different quarterbacks since the 1999 season. Imagine going to a job where your boss is fired every few weeks and a new one is brought in. Imagine this continuing for 15 years, and each year, your product becomes worse to the point where you quit.That is exactly what my father did when the Browns left Cleveland in 1995. He had been a season ticket holder for the Browns for years and when they left, he had just about given up hope. But being the proud Clevelander that he was, he returned for the opening game of the 1999 season when the new Browns made their return to city of rock ‘n’ roll. The brown and orange fell to the hated Steelers that day 43-0 and my dad has not attended a Browns game since. Can you blame him?But while the Browns have struggled for years, it wasn’t until The Decision, LeBron James “taking his talents” to Miami, that the Cleveland Cavaliers fell from the ranks of the NBA playoff regulars.The Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick in 2013, a player who averages only 4.1 points per game in 12.7 minutes played. In the words of Forrest Gump, “And that’s all I have to say about that.”The one team that seems to be Cleveland’s only hope of being a successful sports town anytime soon is the beloved Cleveland Indians. The franchise that has not won a World Series since 1948 came within three outs of bringing the trophy back to Cleveland in the 1997 World Series before Jose Mesa and Charles Nagy quite literally threw the game away, allowing the Florida Marlins to celebrate a championship in just their fifth year of existence.But there is room for optimism at Jacobs Field in 2014 (I know, I know its “Progressive Field” now, but if you are any kind of Tribe fan it is still “The Jake” to you) coming off of an appearance in the playoffs in 2013. Although their berth in the American League Wild Card Game ended in defeat as the Tribe fell to the Tampa Bay Rays last season, the likes of former Buckeye Nick Swisher and 2013 All-Star Jason Kipnis have given Tribe fans a reason to cheer again and get excited about a team that has been so close to a title for so long.So to all you non-Cleveland fans out there who are disappointed when your team loses in the postseason or doesn’t bring home a title, don’t despair. Be happy you don’t cheer in a city that hasn’t won a major championship since 1964 — when the Browns won an NFL championship in the pre-Super Bowl era. And to all of my fellow Clevelanders out there who are desperate for a winner, remember our mantra as the Indians take the field this week:“There’s always next year.” read more

first_imgINDEPENDENT TD MATTIE McGrath is not necessarily advocating a ‘No’ vote in the upcoming Court of Appeal referendum but has expressed concern about possible political influence on the court system as a result of its acceptance.McGrath has said that there is a debate needed on the make-up of the court system if the referendum is successful. He says that the increase in judges and scheduled retirements could lead to the court being ‘stacked by the political allies of this Government’.“I would have serious reservations that we are at the same time allowing for the creation of an institution which would be stacked by the political allies of this Government,” he said.It has already been pointed out, but not highlighted very much that the two new appointments which would be created – in addition to the retirements of two current judges, over the next two years – will give the Government the chance to significantly alter the profile of the institution.The Court of Appeal is planned to sit in between the High Court and the Supreme Court and was proposed as a way of reducing the backlog of cases in the Supreme Court.All four main political parties are seeking a ‘Yes’ vote in the Court of Appeal referendum and McGrath himself is “not explicitly advocating a ‘No’ vote”.Despite this he says that, in the context of the vote on the Seanad’s abolition on the same day, a debate is neccessary to ensure that the country does not ‘sleepwalk into a position where we may unwittingly be giving this Government more unaccountable power’.Read: Alan Shatter and The Supremes: New judges to deal with courts backlog >Column: ‘The current situation of the Supreme Court is unsustainable’ >last_img read more

first_imgIf you have a device capable of displaying 3D video, and you’ve been hurting for a place to put it to good use, look no further than YouTube. YouTube and Nvidia have partnered to start posting and hosting 3D videos that can be viewed on any 3D capable device, like the Nintendo 3DS, the T-Mobile G-Slate 3D, the LG Optimus 3D, and others.Of course, in order to view 3D videos, you’ll need the right browser, the right graphics hardware, and a pair of 3D glasses, all of which Nvidia is more than happy to provide you with if you’re interested. For example, if you want to watch the 3D videos on your desktop computer, if you’re not already 3D-equipped you’ll have to buy an Nvidia GeForce GPU, a 3D Vision capable monitor or projector, 3D Vision glasses, and a 3D Vision IR emitter. You’ll also have to use Firefox 4 or higher, and have up-to-date Nvidia graphics drivers.AdChoices广告If that seems like a lot of gear just to watch 3D videos on YouTube, you’d be absolutely correct. Nvidia makes the case that more and more 3D video is making its way on the Web, and if you want to watch any of it, you’ll need the right equipment. 3D video and 3D devices aren’t just a passing fad, they say. Plus, even if you don’t always use the 3D gear, if you have an Nvidia GPU in your system and the equipment on standby, you can enjoy it when you want it.Most analysts have already said that 3D TV and Blu-Ray will probably stick around, even if they turn into “checkbox” features that no manufacturer would come to market without. The jury is still out on whether the 3D trend will carry to PCs and stick, especially since there aren’t terribly many major supporters of the technology aside from Nvidia. YouTube, for its part, knows it has the capability to stream 3D videos, and is likely looking at it as a way to offer streaming video to even more customers on more devices, nothing more.Read more at Nvidialast_img read more

first_imgIn its first eight years of existence, the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association helped create an estimated 4,458 jobs and aided in the arrival or expansion of dozens of local businesses, netting more than $6 million in new revenue for the association’s three participating government agencies.That’s according to the results of an recently-released “interim report card” for the association, authored by Vancouver consulting firm E.D. Hovee & Co.The association was founded in 2011 by the Port of Camas-Washougal and the two cities, and is headed by former Camas Mayor Paul Dennis. The agency’s mission statement is to “help existing businesses succeed and bring new businesses and jobs to the area.”The association’s initial task was to help the area rebuild from the economic damage inflicted by the Great Recession, Dennis says, but its job creation record has consistently exceeded its own internal targets, allowing the agency to push beyond raw business growth and start to play a greater role in shaping the community.“The initial time frame was just about getting wins,” he says. “This time frame is more about assisting in helping the communities to realize their goals.”last_img read more

Special Report Immersive care center for dementia and Alzheimers patients opens this

first_imgSpecial Report: Immersive care center for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients opens this month May 4, 2018 Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — When Dail Slingsby, who was diagnosed with dementia enters the doors of Town Square, he is stepping into a different world that recalls San Diego in the 1950’s.The trip back in time is an innovative approach to helping people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Town Square in Chula Vista which opens later this month gives those patients an immersive and interactive experience that helps them to recover memories from their past.Reminiscence therapy helps to prompt recollections from the past when a person’s memories are the strongest. At the facility operated by Glenner Family Centers, there are 14 different storefront locations including a diner, a pub, a City Hall office, a department store, a barber shop and a garage with a 1950’s Thunderbird.With period furniture, posters and other items, they may look like quaint decoration, but the storefronts have a therapeutic purpose. Participants in groups of five will spend 45 minutes to an hour in each place. With a therapy aide, they can engage in activities geared to their cognitive levels and their interests.Dail, a former maintenance crew chief who worked on Navy aircraft enjoyed the mini-museum, curated by the San Diego Air & Space Museum. He began to tell us about his days working with drones and seemed to recognize most of the aircraft models on display.The car buff also brightened when we stopped to look at the Thunderbird, which brought back his memories of repairing and racing cars. Town Square also offer caregivers like Dail’s wife, Marie, a brief respite from her responsibilities.Marie noted that Dail seems to become happier and more talkative during the visit. Like other senior care centers, there is a charge for participants. It’s $65 for half a day, and $95 for a full day, which amounts to less than $12 dollars an hour.For families who are affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s hard to put a price on the experience.“It lifts your spirits,” Marie said.Although the care center is the first of its kind in the nation, Glenner Family Centers is working with a partner to make franchises available in other cities. center_img Posted: May 4, 2018 Updated: 10:04 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Force Structure Changes Reflect Air Forces Greater Reliance on Reserve Components

first_imgChanges in force structure planned under the Air Force’s fiscal 2017 budget request leverage all three components of the total force to support ongoing operations while ensuring the service is prepared to face future threats, officials announced Friday.The proposal continues the Air Force’s plans to transfer aircraft and flying missions to Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve locations that would otherwise have no mission due to fleet divestments. The active-duty force would remain at 317,000 personnel, with Guard and Reserve manning remain constant as well, according to a press release.“We are using the strengths of our total force team while we continue to balance readiness today and tomorrow,” said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. “In this budget, we will transfer some strategic airlift capability from active-duty to Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve locations, maintaining critical surge capability in the reserve component,” James said.The service’s FY 2017 budget calls for delaying retirement of the first A-10s until FY 2018 to align with the F-35 Lightning II bed down, keeping the A-10 in the Air Force inventory until FY 2022.“This plan will allow us to maintain vital fighter capacity as we transition to the F-35 and deal with a resurgent Russia and a protracted counterterrorism war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh.The plan would retire 28 C-130H Hercules aircraft between FY 2017 and FY 2019 to reduce excess capacity and free up resources. A small number of F-16 aircraft would be shifted to formal training units to increase the rate of pilot production in an effort to fill critical fighter pilot shortages.An illustration of planned aircraft retirements and relocations is available on the Air Force website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_img TV and Movies Digital Media Share your voice 77 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Oscars 2019 Netflix Post a comment 2019 movies to geek out over Tags 0 For some filmmakers, getting a shot at the silver screen or Oscar gold is worth more than a check from Netflix. The streaming giant itself has been trying to remove some of its perceived filmmaking faults, but landing prestigious Oscars has been one of the hardest boxes for Netflix to check. A big night at the Oscars for Netflix could mean more top-notch movies for you to stream down the line.   A win data can’t buy Nothing guarantees an Oscar, particularly for best picture, but Netflix has been going all-out to put Roma in the best position for a win.  center_img Emmys? Netflix has them by the caseload. But big-category Oscars, like Roma’s nomination for best picture, have been Netflix’s unrequited yearning for years. Yalitza Aparicio plays Cleo in Roma, Netflix’s film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón.  Alfonso Cuarón The streaming giant was finally united with Oscar on Sunday, when Roma — hailed by critics as director Alfonso Cuarón’s masterpiece — won three awards and contended in 10 Academy Award categories.   And Roma’s categories are a high-end bunch. The film, a black-and-white ode to the domestic workers in a middle-class Mexican family in the early 1970s, won for best director, cinematography and foreign language film. Though it fell short of a best picture win, Netflix’s lifetime Oscar haul just tripled in a single night.  Netflix’s wins at Sunday’s awards show could last longer than one night of Oscar glory. Their prestige could trickle down to the future films you’re able to stream there. Netflix’s resume as a distributor of original films may be meaningless to viewers: You probably don’t care about Netflix’s attitude about theatrical release, its cold streak at the Oscars or its giant catalog swallowing up smaller titles. But what are just quirks to viewers can be irredeemable liabilities to some in the upper echelon of filmmaking (or to up-and-comers aspiring to get there).”Theater chains are attacking Roma as being a made-for-TV movie because of its limited theatrical release,” BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield said in a note Wednesday, referring to cinema chains protesting Roma’s film award wins so far. “Yet, we do not hear any consumers complaining about being able to watch Roma or Bird Box at home at no extra cost.” But it means your Netflix membership has missed out on some movies you’d probably love to stream. Crazy Rich Asians? Its creators turned down a “gigantic payday” at Netflix to ensure the film had a traditional theatrical release. Amazon has been able to swipe projects like The Big Sick away from Netflix for the same reason.  Netflix hauled in Oscars but couldn’t quite land best… 2:06 More on Roma GOOD MORNING, BEAUTIFUL WORLD. I’m very excited to share that ROMA has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director – @AlfonsoCuaron, Best Actress – @YalitzaAparicio, Best Supporting Actress – @MarDeTavira, and Best Original Screenplay! pic.twitter.com/cHPJYBQq7o— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) January 22, 2019 Netflix has reportedly spent as much as $30 million on an awards-season promotional blitz for Roma. That’s a squishy estimate that Netflix hasn’t publicly confirmed, but it would represent twice what the movie cost to make and possibly the most expensive campaign of this kind ever. (Netflix declined to comment for this article.) The push was presaged last year, when Netflix hired Lisa Taback, a top Hollywood awards strategists who ushered Moonlight and Spotlight to best picture Oscars. Netflix’s head of content, Ted Sarandos, said at the time that the company wanted “to expand and deepen our efforts to celebrate the incredible creators and talent who bring their dream projects to Netflix. Why such great lengths? Netflix is battling against its own history of pissing off traditional Hollywood.  Since the beginning of its original film ambitions, Netflix has been unapologetic about releasing its movies “day-and-date.” That means Netflix debuts its movies in theaters and on its streaming service at the same time. Day-and-date rankles theater owners, who see it as a threat to the traditional “windowing” schedules that give theaters months to screen films without any competition from home viewing.  When Netflix released Beasts of No Nation on its streaming service the same day as big screens in 2015, movie chains revolted. The four biggest US operators — AMC, Carmike, Cinemark and Regal — refused to show it. Despite star Idris Elba winning awards known as precursors to an Oscar nomination, Beasts of No Nation failed to garner even one Oscar nod. It was one of the snubs that galvanized the #OscarsSoWhite backlash in 2016, as the film’s entire cast is black. It was also a symptom of Netflix’s alienation from traditional film institutions like the academy that runs the Oscars.  Actor Idris Elba stands as a warlord in a crowd of gun-toting soldiers in Beasts of No NationNetflix’s Beasts of No Nation received no Oscar nominations in 2016, widely perceived as a snub. Netflix Netflix’s initial strategy for luring Hollywood’s biggest names was to to wave a giant check at them, but piles of cash haven’t always been enough. As Netflix began losing out on movies like The Big Sick and Crazy Rich Asians, it has been relaxing its resolve about day-and-date release. Late last year, Netflix released Roma in theaters for more than three weeks before it began to stream; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs from the Coen Brothers and Bird Box ran in theaters for about a week before streaming. The move didn’t go far with theater owners. Major cinema chains are still doggedly opposed to Netflix films. Many refused to screen Roma alongside other best picture nominees in special Oscar showcases this year. But Netflix’s move may be more successful as an overture to filmmakers, demonstrating that it’s willing to concede the importance of screening in a darkened theater to the people who make the movies themselves.  birdboxNetflix has said Bird Box was watched by more than 80 million households in its first month of streaming.  Netflix Bird Box also played a role in quieting another criticism of Netflix movies — that titles get lost in Netflix’s seemingly infinite rows of content. In its first month of streaming, more than 80 million households watched Bird Box on Netflix. With multiple people watching Netflix from a single account, and Netflix claiming that Bird Box has “high repeat viewings” on individual accounts, its message to creators is clear: Make movies with us and they’ll get seen.But the Oscars’ chilly attitude to Netflix has been one of the lingering sticking points.  The Oscars haven’t totally overlooked Netflix. The streaming giant’s documentaries have netted the company a feature documentary nomination every year since 2014. Netflix took home its first feature-film Oscar last year for Icarus, its documentary about doping among competitive cyclists. The company also won an Oscar for documentary short film in 2017 for The White Helmets, about volunteer rescue workers in bomb-ravaged Syria. Mudbound, a period drama about one black family and one white one in rural Mississippi, received four Oscar nominations last year. But Mudbound won none. Overall, Netflix’s Oscar track record is pretty paltry for a company releasing about 90 movies every year, making it the second-biggest movie studio after Disney by production budget, according to Barclays. Not all top filmmakers are put-off by Netflix’s dearth of film awards. Obviously, Cuarón entrusted Netflix with a film he cherishes so much he delayed tackling it until he felt he’d developed enough emotional maturity. Martin Scorsese, one of the most celebrated directors of his generation, is releasing his next two films through Netflix. (It’s worth noting that Scorsese was snubbed by the Oscars for more than 30 years until 2007’s best director statue for The Departed.) Guillermo del Toro, director of last year’s best picture winner, and Steven Soderbergh also have movies coming out on Netflix. But others among Hollywood’s elite filmmakers remain resistant — Steven Spielberg, for example. With Roma on Sunday, Netflix may finally enter filmmaking’s most hallowed winner’s circle. That could quiet one of the last remaining points of hesitation for filmmakers of all stripes and could trickle down to the very selection of future films Netflix can score for your binge-watching pleasure.First published at 11:15 a.m. PT. Update, Feb. 24., 8:36 p.m. PT: With awards results.  Beautiful Roma sparked my own childhood memories Roma the Netflix movie you should see on the biggest screenlast_img read more

first_imgEnvironmental activists in Portland are protesting the arrival of the Fennica, a vessel that Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to use in its Arctic offshore drilling project after it’s repaired.The damaged ship, a 380-foot icebreaker, arrived at a Swan Island dry dock about 3 a.m. Saturday. The icebreaker is a key part of Shell’s exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska’s northwest coast. It protects Shell’s fleet from ice and carries equipment that can stop gushing oil.The Fennica was damaged earlier this month in the Aleutian Islands when it struck an underwater obstruction, tearing a gash in its hull.About 75 “kayaktivists” and other protesters in boats were on the water Saturday afternoon, near where the Fennica is docked, holding a peaceful on-the-water rally against arctic offshore drilling, activist Mia Reback said. No arrests have been made.last_img read more

23 killed as cloud burst causes flood in Poks Neelum Valley

first_imgIslamabad: At least 23 people were killed and several others are missing after a cloudburst caused flash flood in the Neelum Valley of the Pakistan occupied Kashmir, officials said. A large number of homes in the Laswa area of the Valley were damaged and dozens of people were swept away in the flooding caused by relentless rainfall after the cloudburst over night. “The Laswa area of the valley was badly hit where many house were swept away. There were also reports of landsliding in some areas. A total of 23 people have been killed,” Syed Al-Rehman Qureshi, Director of Operations, State Disaster Management Authority, said. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us He said several people, including women and children, are still missing. Landslides were also reported in the area and officials said many structures in the Laswa’s main market, including two mosques, were completely destroyed. Traffic flow in the area has been severely disrupted, while cell phone and internet services are also affected. Teams including officials from the district administration, disaster management authority and local police are conducting rescue operations in the area. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us Last week, a flood hit several villages in Golen Gol area of Chitral district after a glacial lake burst its banks overnight, toppling electricity poles and inundating roads and farmlands, the Express Tribune reported. The glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) occurred after the Jam Ashpar glacier – a popular tourist destination in Chitral – exploded overnight, it said.last_img read more

first_imgKarnataka dy CM Laxman S SavadiTwitterThe government of Karnataka has three deputy chief ministers in power in the cabinet headed by the state chief minister BS Yediyurappa. But, there are some uncertainties when it comes to the appointment of Laxman S Savadi, who failed during the 2018 elections.The 59-year-old Savadi is BJP lawmaker from Athani constituency of Belgaum district and belongs to Lingayat community. He has been inducted as one of the three deputy CM’s along with Dr Ashwath Narayan and Govind Karjol and has also been granted with the cabinet portfolio of Transport Ministry.Laxman Savadi is not a new face to controversies. In 2012, he along with two other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, CC Patil and Krishna Palemar, were caught red-handed for watching pornographic content in his mobile phone during an assembly session. They were caught by the media and caused a major embarrassment to the saffron party. The BJP leaders were using mobile phones inside the state legislature when it is prohibited inside.The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah has criticised the saffron party over the induction of Savadi at such a reputable post. “BJP has no shame and has appointed Savadi as the deputy CM, who was caught watching a blue film in the Assembly,” he said.Not just opposition, several party leaders have also showcased their displeasure over Savadi’s appointment. BJP MLA and Yediyurappa’s close aide MP Renukacharya has protested against Savadi’s inclusion asking what was the necessity or urgency to induct him into the ministry, even when he is not an elected representative.It is alleged that Savadi has been rewarded by the central leadership for helping in sabotaging the Congress-Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) coalition in Karnataka. He is a close friend of disqualified Congress MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi, who persuaded many Congress party leaders to revolt against the party and destabilise the government.last_img read more