TORONTO – A proposed law targeting distracted pedestrians will open up a broader debate about the risky behaviour, an Ontario politician advocating for a “zombie bill” said Monday.Liberal backbencher Yvan Baker said the bill — called the Phones Down, Heads Up Act — would impose fines for anyone caught using a cellphone or electronic device while crossing the street.Named after the shambling supernatural creatures, the “zombie bill” would encourage pedestrians to put down electronic devices by imposing fines ranging from $50 for a first offence to $125 for a third offence.“If you walk the streets, you see people on their cellphones crossing the road using their phones,” Baker said. “Experts tell us that if you are distracted as a pedestrian that you are more likely to get hurt.”In the first nine months of this year, 25 pedestrians died on Toronto streets. Last year, 43 pedestrians were hit and killed on city streets.According to Ontario’s chief coroner, 11 out of 95 pedestrian deaths in 2010 involved people distracted by a cellphone or electronic device. A 2015 Toronto Public Health report found inattentive pedestrians were 40 per cent more likely to be struck.“It’s about raising awareness about risky behaviour because limiting that behaviour will save lives,” Baker said.The bill would only allow exceptions for pedestrians calling emergency services, or when they’re continuing a phone call started before crossing the road and municipalities would have the ability to opt-out of the law.Rising pedestrian deaths have prompted other jurisdictions to pass laws targeting distracted walking. Earlier this month, for example, Honolulu became the first U.S. city to ban people from texting or using digital devices while crossing roads.In July, Toronto city council passed a resolution asking the Ontario government to amend the Highway Traffic Act to make it illegal to use a cellphone while crossing the street. Last February, the city of Montreal also called on the Quebec government to make it illegal for pedestrians to text while crossing intersections.Private member’s bills seldom become law and Premier Kathleen Wynne would not commit government support for the proposed legislation but called it an “interesting idea.” Crossing the street with divided attention is risky, she said, noting motorists are barred from driving while looking at their phones.“The number of people I see walking in the middle of a big intersection with their face down looking at their phone, I think it’s incredibly dangerous,” Wynne said.New Democrat Cheri Di Novo said the proposed law sends the wrong message and the government should instead beef up distracted-driving penalties.“It sends a signal that victims are to blame and not distracted drivers,”Di Novo said. “That’s an extremely dangerous signal to send.”Brian Patterson, president of the Ontario Safety League, said he’s not concerned the law would be too difficult to enforce.“I don’t see this as an opportunity for the police department…to man every intersection in this province,” Patterson said. “What we need to do is raise the awareness that this is a very high risk.”Dylan Reid, spokesman for pedestrian-safety advocacy group Walk Toronto, called the bill “bad and redundant.” Pedestrians should always pay attention to where they’re walking, but its up to drivers not to interfere with people as they use crosswalks with the proper right-of-way, Reid said.“Being hit by a car is a much bigger disincentive than a $50 fine,” Reid said. “Pedestrian inattention is a bit of a red herring. It distracts people from the things that will actually make a difference — which are better infrastructure and getting drivers to not look at their phones and pay attention.”— With files from Peter Ray in Montreal. read more
APTN National NewsJoe McLeod is an elderly Winnipeg First Nations man who was jailed last year after Winnipeg police charged him with assault.McLeod had pushed his wife, but didn’t realize it because he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.After spending nearly a month behind bars, and amid public outcry, McLeod was released from jail and placed in a personal care home.On Monday, McLeod was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pushing a fellow resident at the care home.The man was taken to hospital in critical condition and died Tuesday.It remains unclear whether McLeod will face an upgraded charge. read more
The main United Nations relief agency assisting Palestine refugees has launched an urgent appeal to the international community for $103 million to support its emergency activities in the second half of 2003.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the largest development and emergency relief agency in the Middle East, said the funds are needed to provide food aid, shelter, medical care and counselling for children who have been traumatized by violence.Launching the appeal in Geneva, UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, Peter Hansen, emphasized that even if the recently re-started peace negotiations are successful, the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian refugees will remain great for the foreseeable future.”The Palestinian population has suffered so much in the last three years that their distress will not quickly be reversed,” he said. “The Palestinian economy has been gravely damaged and poverty rates have tripled; hundreds of families have been made homeless and thousands of people have been killed and injured. If the international community wishes to encourage peace in the region it must continue working to ease the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.” With the funds requested, the Agency plans to provide basic food aid to 227,500 families – more than 1.1 million individuals – who have been plunged into dire poverty by the closures, curfews and violence of the last 32 months. Over $32 million of the appeal is earmarked for emergency food.To further support family incomes and put the unemployed into useful work, UNRWA also plans to use $26 million to provide over 830,000 work days through its emergency job creation programme. Since September 2000, more than 250,000 Palestinians have benefited directly or indirectly from this programme.The Agency also hopes to provide assistance to the very poorest refugee families to enable them to buy shoes and school clothes for their children. In addition, the Agency is asking the international community for $1.5 million to provide remedial education, vocational training and extra-curricular activities to help it keep refugee children and youths off the streets and away from violence.Children are also the target of the Agency’s ongoing psychological counselling programme in its schools. Other emergency health needs include mobile clinics for isolated villages and camps in the West Bank and increased staff and medical supplies to cope with the 61 per cent increase in demand for UNRWA medical services in Gaza.A key component of the Agency’s emergency work is to provide shelter for the more than 12,000 refugees who have been made homeless by demolition operations during the strife and to help the many thousands more whose shelters have been damaged by fighting. If funds are forthcoming, UNRWA plans to repair or reconstruct shelters for 4,200 refugee households. read more
More than 1.7 million people in Myanmar have been affected by widespread flooding and landslides as a result of heavy monsoon rains since early August.In a press release issued in Yangon, Myanmar, WFP said it is appealing for $12.3 million urgently required to meet flood needs.Emergency relief efforts began earlier this month within 48 hours of the President’s declaration of a state of natural disaster, WFP said, adding that with the provision of free transport by the Government and local airlines, more than 2,500 metric tons of food has been delivered to the flood-affected areas so far.“WFP has supported the Government of Myanmar to save lives with emergency food, including supporting many who are reachable only on foot, after floods and landslides destroyed roads across the country,” according to WFP Country Director Dom Scalpelli. “It is quite an achievement, and I would like to thank our funding and cooperating partners for their support.”WFP, working with the Government, other UN organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), aims to have reached more than 440,000 people with food assistance by the beginning of September.People affected by the flooding receive a one-month ration of rice, pulses, cooking oil, and salt. In some cases, they also receive a week’s supply of high-energy biscuits, the agency said.The emergency has forced WFP to temporarily suspend regular programmes such as school feeding nutrition assistance for pregnant women and nursing mothers, and the provision of food for people living with HIV and tuberculosis. The flood relief efforts have so far been supported through contributions from Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, European Union, Germany, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States as well as the Japan Association for WFP, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund and the private sector. read more
Ivica Zubac00002020-1.9+2.30.4 Paul George014022036+2.9+1.54.4 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Jerome Robinson021003-0.4-0.9-1.3 Mfiondu Kabengele000459-2.4+0.4-2.0 Maurice Harkless00711018-0.8+1.30.5 Expected wins:59.0 9Thunder+1.1+2.2+3.149.51587 Kawhi’s Clippers should be among the West’s bestProjected full-strength regular-season depth chart for the 2019-20 Los Angeles Clippers, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings Jerome Robinson0460010-0.4-0.9-1.3 Lou Williams12900021+2.4-3.3-0.9 Montrezl Harrell00032427+0.7+0.61.3 The new-look Philadelphia 76ers check in as the league’s most talented team, though the Houston Rockets (remember them?) aren’t far behind — assuming they aren’t torpedoed by their reported chemistry problems. The Clippers are firmly in the next tier of teams, those projected for roughly between 52 and 55 wins of talent, a group that also includes the Lakers, Warriors (remember them?), Bucks, Nuggets and Jazz.There are also reasons to think that the numbers above are underrating the Clippers’ true power.We’ll put aside questions about whether Los Angeles will really have a barely average defense — the metrics have disagreed with the eye test for years about the quality of Kawhi’s D — and instead focus on what might make these Clippers more formidable in the playoffs. For starters, we’ve added a new feature to CARMELO that accounts for players who routinely improve in the playoffs, and Leonard’s rating gets a major shot in the arm in that regard. Plus, many of the low-rated Clippers in the depth chart above see their minutes fall off in our playoff projection, rewarding L.A. more than most for having an extremely solid top seven in their rotation. Check out how many of their poorly rated players (in pink) see a major drop-off in minutes for the team’s full-strength playoff depth chart: Rodney McGruder6230011-1.1-1.2-2.3 Team total Team total 8Jazz+1.4+3.0+4.352.31615 Landry Shamet02090029+2.0-1.50.6 Rodney McGruder11400015-1.1-1.2-2.3 176ers+2.5+5.2+7.660.01700 Landry Shamet01690025+2.1-1.50.6 Ivica Zubac00002121-1.9+2.30.4 CARMELO’s way-too-early 2020 regular-season rankingsFull-strength regular-season rankings for the Top 10 2019-20 NBA teams according to FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO player projections and current depth charts 240+6.4+1.07.4 7Nuggets+3.9+0.6+4.552.61618 Patrick Beverley25000025+0.7+0.31.0 3Lakers+1.8+3.6+5.554.91643 10Pelicans-0.1+2.7+2.648.01572 6Clippers+4.6+0.6+5.354.21635 Terance Mann014005-1.7-0.6-2.3 4Warriors+2.7+2.6+5.354.51639 Dear NBA Diary,Well, so much for the speculation that Kawhi Leonard would join the Los Angeles Lakers (or stay with the Toronto Raptors). After the Los Angeles Clippers stunned the NBA by signing Leonard and trading a massive haul of picks for Paul George, everybody is still trying to figure out exactly what just happened to the NBA in the wee hours of Saturday morning.For starters, the Clippers vaulted themselves into the championship conversation thanks to the superstar combination of Leonard and George, plus the solid group of complementary players L.A. mostly retained around them. Here’s what our CARMELO projections (and depth-chart algorithm) think of their full-strength regular-season roster: EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Montrezl Harrell00012223+0.8+0.71.4 Team ratings have not yet been rescaled to account for an average offensive and defensive rating of 0.0. Lou Williams17700024+2.3-3.4-1.1 The better Clippers should play a lot more in the playoffsProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2019-20 Los Angeles Clippers, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings Paul George017915041+2.9+1.54.4 CARMELO thinks the Clippers will go from giving 60 of their 240 minutes per game to negative (below-average) players during the regular season to 42 during the playoffs, which means the Clippers will be rolling out at least four above-average players most of the time in the games that matter the most.That still isn’t enough to make them West favorites in the system’s eyes, but the Clippers are now solidly in the discussion — and give or take a few moments of peak Lob City hype, that hasn’t been true for this franchise basically ever before. Patrick Beverley25000025+0.6+0.30.9 240+4.6+0.65.3 That projected CARMELO rating of 1635 would be good for about 54 wins per 82 games, and it ranks sixth in the NBA. On the one hand, that’s a huge improvement over last season, when the Clippers finished with a 1496 CARMELO that ranked 17th in the league. Then again, it also might sound underwhelming compared with early reports that Vegas bookmakers had shifted their odds to make the Clippers 2020 NBA championship favorites.But in terms of regular-season projections (using full-strength rosters),1But excluding players such as Kevin Durant who are known to be injured for all or most of the 2019-20 regular season. things are just very wide-open at the top of the league right now: 2Rockets+5.5+2.2+7.859.81698 Expected wins:54.2 CARMELO team rating:1688 Terance Mann000000-1.7-0.6-2.3 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- 5Bucks+2.1+3.2+5.354.51638 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Keep track of the chaotic NBA offseason with our Free Agency Diary. Kawhi Leonard002210032+2.7+0.43.2 Mfiondu Kabengele000044-2.4+0.4-2.0 Kawhi Leonard002413037+3.2+0.94.0 RkTeamOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOTal +/-Exp. WinsCARMELO Maurice Harkless00217019-0.9+1.20.3 CARMELO team rating:1635 read more
OSU redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) defends during a game against Western Michigan on Sept. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU 38-12. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorYesterday, The Lantern began its two-part examination of what Ohio State’s starting lineups might look like during the 2016 season after an unprecedented amount of talent depart due to graduation or the NFL draft, which included 16 of 22 starters — eight on offense and eight on defense.The three offensive starters returning — redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, redshirt senior guard-turned-center Pat Elflein and redshirt junior guard Billy Price — will have to quickly integrate with the large number of offensive weapons asked to step up in a big way to keep the powerhouse program afloat.The same will have to be done on defense, which was often considered the bread and butter of coach Urban Meyer’s 2015 squad. The three returning starters there — junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis — started all 13 games in 2015. However, beyond that trio the projected starters next season ranged from players splitting snaps to seeing limited playing time to being in high school in 2015.Here is an early glance at OSU’s defense as it turns the page on the next era of talent.On the lineThe players occupying the two ends of the front four seems obvious enough, with Lewis returning to one end and redshirt sophomore Sam Hubbard, who was a key contributor off the bench in 2015 with 6.5 sacks, on the other.Hubbard will be asked to fill the shoes of Joey Bosa, though Hubbard actually registered 1.5 more sacks than the consensus top-10 pick.Almost as important as filling Bosa’s spot with Hubbard, however, is filling Hubbard’s role of picking up snaps on both end positions on the line when a starter gets a breather. The likeliest candidate for that job seems to be junior Jalyn Holmes, who received an extended look in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame after Bosa’s early ejection.Things get murkier up the middle, however. Both starters there, Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt, were lost to graduation, with not a ton of strong options waiting in the wings.Redshirt junior Michael Hill started a few games in 2015 that Schutt missed with various injuries, so it is reasonable to think he will step into a full-time role next year.But Meyer might have to get creative for the other spot in the interior. It is possible that lower-ceiling players like redshirt sophomore Donovan Munger or redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle could get the early nods as a placeholder, but don’t be surprised to see Meyer turn to a true freshman to occupy the role.Malik Barrow, a four-star recruit from Tampa, Florida, could be ready to step up from Day 1 if he performs well in spring and fall practice. Fellow Floridian Nick Bosa, the younger brother of Joey, is also a possibility. Recruited as a defensive end, some have thought the five-star recruit could project as a defensive tackle. The hitch with him is that he is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during his final year of high school, so health could hold him back from playing right away.In the middleAs one of the few returning starters, combined with his natural leadership role of the Mike linebacker, McMillan will be the unquestioned captain of the defense. There is a very strong possibility that his junior season will be his final one in college, so another strong season from the Hinesville, Georgia, product, who led the team with 119 tackles in 2015, should be expected.The other two starting linebacker spots, however, are not so easy to figure out.Expect one of them to go to redshirt junior Chris Worley, who would have likely been a starter each of the last two years had he not been beaten out before the 2014 season by the now-departed Darron Lee.The third seems to be an absolute toss-up. Junior Dante Booker and sophomore Jerome Baker could certainly be considered the favorites when camp opens, but a name to keep an eye on is redshirt freshman Nick Conner.Conner broke out with a very strong performance during the 2015 spring game, leading many to believe he could play a significant role as a true freshman. While a knee injury ended his hopes of contributing in 2015, Meyer has made it clear how much he likes the product of nearby Dublin Scioto High School.While Conner’s future will likely lie with inheriting McMillan’s Mike linebacker job, he could get an early head start should he be granted the outside or strong-side linebacker position in 2016.In the backAs with the first two defensive groups, the secondary features one returning starter in Conley. This unit arguably features more talent loss than any other, with safeties Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell and top cornerback Eli Apple saying goodbye with eligibility remaining.Opposite Conley at the cornerback position should be junior Damon Webb, who saw snaps in seven games as OSU’s nickelback in passing situations.Occupying Webb’s former role as the third corner, therefore, is up for grabs. Redshirt sophomore Marshon Lattimore is probably the leading candidate for the job, but sophomore Denzel Ward, who took the familiar Meyer route of getting his feet wet on special teams, could be keyed in on for a bigger role.The safety spots should be occupied by redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker and redshirt junior Cam Burrows, simply by process of elimination of the thinnest position on the team.Unless Webb or Ward shift from cornerback to safety, those two are really the only candidates on the roster with any experience. Hooker appeared in each game in some capacity in 2015, while Burrows was ahead of him on the depth chart before suffering a season-ending foot injury midway through the year.That projection, however, hinges on the health of junior Erick Smith, who should have a starting spot with his name on it should he recover fully from a torn ACL suffered in early November. But ACL injuries are no joke when it comes to both getting healthy and regaining effectiveness, so it’s a big question mark if Smith will be able to step into a large role when the season begins on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green. read more
“We are proud of our work increasing tree cover even further and last November we opened the £19 million Woodland Carbon Fund to encourage more large scale planting.”The figures come as concerns are raised about tree-felling by officials because of health and safety. In January residents of the area near the Boconnoc Estate, Cornwall, complained that a mile-long stretch of beech trees had been cut down amid concerns about branches falling in the path of passing drivers. Officials on the estate said Highways England had asked them to cut back the woodland because it was a danger to motorists on the nearby A38. And last month locals protested after 20 trees planted in 1919 to commemorate victims of the First World War were earmarked for removal by Sheffield City Council amid concerns about their overgrown roots.According to Confor, the UK is the third-largest net importer of timber in the world, after China and Japan. Just 13 per cent of the UK’s land is covered with trees, one of the lowest levels in Europe. England’s green and pleasant land is known for its great forests, from Sherwood to the Forest of Dean. But the future of the country’s woodland could be in doubt.According to new figures, so few trees were planted last year that just three people could have easily done the job.Forestry Commission figures show that just 582 hectares of trees were planted in 2016 – the lowest number since records began in 1976. By contrast almost 2,700 hectares were planted in 2013/14. According to industry figures, a professional planter can plant 1,000 trees each day. This means that three people, working full-time, could have planted the 887,000 trees which were planted over the course of the year. Figures fell to a new low in the final part of last year, when just 34,000 trees were planted – making it the poorest quarter in six years. The trend has continued into this year, with just 63,000 trees planted between January and March 2017. The figures mean that a Government pledge that 12 per cent level of woodland cover should be reached by 2060 is looking increasingly remote. Currently 10 per cent of England is woodland.Trees would need to be planted at around 10 times the current rate, or around 5,000 hectares a year, for the Government to hit this target.It also pledged that 11 million trees would be planted in England by 2020 – but the figures show that just 1.4m trees have been planted since the last general election. In March a damning report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee criticised the current regulation of forests as “not fit for purpose” and said it needed significant overhaul if the Government were to reach its targets.However, Thérèse Coffey a minister in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said she was “confident” the Government would “easily” fulfil the pledge.Landowners who wish to plant a forest must negotiate a “complex and bureaucratic” system in order to obtain a Government grant, the report said. Three agencies, the Forestry Commission, Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency administer the main grant available, the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. Stuart Goodall, chief executive of Confor, which represents the forestry industry, said: “The proof of policy failure is the disastrous year for tree planting in 2016 – the worst on record. 2017 looks little better and we face a real prospect of deforestation – something we associate with the Amazon, not England.” The group is pushing for the Forestry Commission to take on sole responsibility for approving the grants, which are designed to incentivise the planting of forests. Witnesses told the committee that the application process was “tortuous”,“bureaucratic”,“ overly complex” and “not fit for purpose”.A Conservative spokesman said: “Woodland cover in England is at its highest level since the 14th Century and between 2010 and 2015 we planted 11 million trees, including one million trees in urban areas. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more
Napoli are keen to bring Karim Benzema to the club, according to Sports Mole.The Italian side have identified the Real Madrid number 9 as a summer target for the club.New Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen on a reunion with Karim Benzema.Ancelotti who replaced Maurizio Sarri at the dugout in Napoli at the end of the season wants the former France striker to move Naples this summer.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Benzema has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer as new Madrid Boss Julen Lopetegui looks to shape the squad in his own image.The former Olympique Lyon forward who joined Madrid nine years ago has been linked with moves to Italy and England, and Carlo wants the striker to lead the new revolution at Napoli as they seek to overthrow Juventus from the top of Italian football.Benzema has scored 182 goals for Madrid since he joined in 2009 but contributed only 10 goals last season and there’s believe the club is looking at other options.Ancelotti has asked the hierarchy at Napoli to make a move for the £40million rated forward who still has three years left on his current deal with Florentino Perez’s Madrid. read more
University of Alaska officials are working to prioritize programs as they face another round of cuts outlined in Gov. Bill Walker’s budget plan.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the statewide university system would receive about $330 million for fiscal year 2017 under Walker’s plan released Wednesday. The new figure would reduce university funding by nearly $16 million from the previous year.UA President Jim Johnsen says the cuts will have a long-term effect on students, staff and faculty.He told the board of regents that preserving the university’s rural campuses outside of Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau is a priority.Johnsen says his staff is compiling a list of programs based on their value that will go before the board for their final approval in June. read more
At least two workers were killed while 20 others injured following a blast at the heat chamber of a fan factory in Tongi, Gazipur, on Tuesday.The identity about the victims could not be known immediately.Confirming the incident, Parvez Hossain, medical officer of Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master General Hospital, said the injured were treated at the hospital.A fire broke out following the blast at ‘National Fan Factory’ around 11:30am, leaving two male workers dead on the spot and 20 others injured, said the duty officer at the Fire Service and Civil Defence station in Tongi.On information, a team of firefighters rushed in and brought the fire under control, he added. read more
AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteIn this May 10, 2017, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves a closed-door Republican strategy session at the Capitol in Washington, the day after the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump. Numerous Republican senators are questioning the timing of Trump’s firing of Comey. McConnell rejects Democrats’ demands for a special prosecutor to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election and ties with Trump’s campaign.1. GOP CONCERNS ON TRUMP AND COMEY POSE THREAT TO THEIR AGENDASeveral Republican senators question the timing of the firing of the FBI director, but most are dismissing Democratic calls for a special counsel.2. SENATE PANEL SUBPOENAS FLYNN DOCUMENTS IN RUSSIA INVESTIGATIONSens. Richard Burr and Mark Warner say the panel acted after Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, declined to cooperate with an April 28 request to turn over the documents.3. SAUDIS PAID US VETERANS WHO CAMPAIGNED AGAINST 9/11 LAWSUIT LAWThe veterans’ lobbying effort began within a month after Congress voted for the law, which allows Sept. 11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. court.4. WHY CHINA’S ‘NEW SILK ROAD’ PROJECT STIRS WORRIESGovernments from Washington to Moscow to New Delhi worry that Beijing is trying to build its own political influence and erode theirs.5. WHEN VETERAN HOMELESSNESS MIGHT ENDNew Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says the goal is achievable, but will take years longer than his predecessor predicted.6. EIGHT ARCTIC NATIONS MEET IN ALASKA AMID DRILLING WORRIESU.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are among those attending the gathering in Fairbanks.7. ONE KILLED, DOZENS INJURED IN ANOTHER DAY OF CLASHES IN VENEZUELANational guardsmen launch tear gas and a group of armed pro-government militiamen harass protesters as they try to march to the Supreme Court to demand elections.8. WHO WAS BOOED WHILE GIVING A COMMENCEMENT SPEECHEducation Secretary Betsy DeVos plows through her speech at Bethune-Cookman, a historically black university, through shouts of “liar!” and “just go” by graduating students.9. STALLED GROWTH FOR SNAPCHAT IN THE SHADOW OF FACEBOOKParent company Snap Inc.’s revenue fell below Wall Street’s expectations in its first quarterly earnings since its initial public offering of stock.10. WHAT ROBOCARS MUST LEARN BEFORE HITTING ROADWell-behaved, self-driving cars must learn how to share the road with human drivers who routinely speed and break other traffic rules. Share read more
– / 2The sudden closure of a Houston company has caught some local schools by surprise. According to the Better Business Bureau’s website, Parker School Uniforms, LLC is out of business. The company has not yet released an official statement on why they’ve closed. However, the BBB has listed some 85 complaints against the company, many came this fall regarding a failure to deliver on orders. Local schools were not made aware of the closing and are now working on finding a new uniform provider for the next school year.Screenshot of BBB website overview of Parker School UniformsA former employee’s LinkedIn page says Parker Uniforms served over 30 schools in greater Houston. The company also had fourteen retail locations across the city. Share read more
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Wikipedia CommonsAstronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon during Apollo 11 in 1969. Share 00:00 /15:46 Listen This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.Most people recall the space race was largely motivated by a desire to eclipse our Cold War enemies, the Soviet Union. But, in our current political climate, it might be hard to imagine an American president successfully galvanizing an entire nation toward a single, monumental goal as John F. Kennedy did in the 1960s.That included his famous “we choose to go to the moon” speech, delivered at Rice University on Sept. 12, 1962.NASAPres. John. F. Kennedy delivers his famous “We Choose to Go to the Moon” speech at the Rice University football stadium on Sept. 12, 1962.Historian and Rice University professor Douglas Brinkley documents the strategic political maneuvering and the Herculean scientific effort that took us to the moon in his book, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race.In the audio above, Brinkley tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty just why Pres. Kennedy was so convinced that America needed to go to the moon.Brinkley will discuss the book at a Brazos Bookstore event on April 8.Danny TurnerPresidential historian and Rice University professor Douglas Brinkley. X read more
“The current media environment has created an ever increasing appetite among marketers and media owners for innovative video data and measurement solutions,” Raine Group’s Hodge said in a statement. “Of the emerging companies in the space, VideoAmp stands out for its product and technology team – led by an extremely talented and dedicated entrepreneur, Ross McCray.”VideoAmp’s customers and partners — encompassing global advertising holding firms, agencies, and media companies — include WPP’s GroupM, Omnicom, CBS, A+E Networks, AMC Networks and Tubi.The L.A.-based company claims that it optimizes over $10 billion a year of marketing spend. VideoAmp provides a view into advertising performance across TV and digital video platforms, using proprietary software that recommends optimal return on investment. Its system matches a marketer’s first-party sales data with ad-impression data from multiple pay-TV providers, smart TV makers, OTT services, mobile apps, and content providers.“By optimizing marketing investment to sales versus eyeballs, everyone wins,” Ross McCray, co-founder and CEO of VideoAmp, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to complete this round of financing and to have the Raine Group and Ankona Capital as partners, which will allow us to rapidly expand our footprint as the leading independent platform that the industry needs right now.”Founded in 2014, the company doesn’t disclose financials but claims its revenue has grown over eightfold over the past two years. Currently, VideoAmp isn’t profitable on a P&L basis. “We’ve had months where we had EBITDA positive results but we’re going back to invest heavily in people,” Prasad said.Prasad said the new funding will help strengthen its position as an independent company in the advertising ecosystem, one that can bring together the buy side, sell side and data side together without any conflicts of interest. “Media giants are creating walled gardens with their advertising marketplaces,” he said. “If you are a brand, you want to participate in a marketplace efficiently.” In conjunction with the funding, media executive Peter Liguori, former CEO of Tribune Media and head of FX and Fox Entertainment, will join the company’s board and will serve as a senior adviser. (Liguori is not an investor in VideoAmp.) Erik Hodge, managing director and head of the Raine Group’s L.A. office, also will join the board. Related VideoAmp Acquires TV-Data Startup IronGrid, Sets Inscape Partnership VideoAmp, a company focused on optimizing cross-platform advertising, has raised $70 million in new funding led by investment bank the Raine Group.The funding brings total funding to about $106.6 million. Raine Group invested $50 million in the round with venture-capital firm Ankona Capital contributing $20 million. Previous VideoAmp investors include Mediaocean and RTL Group.VideoAmp said it will use the new capital to build out its enterprise sales and data science teams. The company currently has about 150 employees and plans to expand headcount by one-third — to 200 staff — by early 2020, according to chief strategy officer Jay Prasad. In addition, “we’ll continue to be opportunistic with acquisitions,” he said, noting VideoAmp’s deal last year to buy IronGrid, a TV data processing startup. × Ad-Optimization Startup VideoAmp Raises $21.4 Million Led by Mediaocean Popular on Variety read more
For the first time in 14 years, the wreckage of the Titanic has been seen and surveyed. And it’s not a very pretty picture. Of all the stories of man-made disasters, the sinking of the Titanic is one of the most well-known. The RMS Titanic left on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England for New York City on April 10, 1912. Despite the ship’s size, which was massive for its time, it was fitted out with all the latest technology and safety measures and was widely considered to be unsinkable. Unfortunately, that belief was shattered, along with the Titanic, herself, just a few days later when the liner had a collision with an iceberg and sank over the course of April 14-15.RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912.The mighty ship has sat at the bottom of the sea ever since, around 13,000 feet below the surface of the Atlantic. Along with many of the people, it also brought down many artifacts of the time, and has been has had numerous visits from divers who have brought up many items from the submerged ship, many of which were remarkably well-preserved. That remarkable preservation is reaching its end.It’s been over 14 years since the last people went down to where the ship lies, according to the BBC. An international team of deep-sea explorers recently made a series of submersible dives down to what remains of the Titanic. What they found was that, although much of the ship is still in reasonably good shape, parts of it are being steadily reclaimed by the sea.Atlantic Productions are pleased to announce they have recorded the first ever 4K images of RMS Titanic for a new Documentary. The images reveal the state of the wreck on the first manned dive for 14 years. #titanic pic.twitter.com/oxuEugs2N6— Atlantic Productions (@AtlanticProds) August 21, 2019 The worst damage is reported to be on the starboard side of the officers’ quarters. Parks Stephenson, a Titanic historian, said the entire deck house on that side of the ship is collapsing and taking staterooms with it. He said that the decay will only continue to progress. In addition to the officers’ quarters, other areas were also reported to be suffering from increasing damage, such as the bow of the ship (Think of the “I’m king of the world!” from the movie.), which is being eaten away by bacteria.The damage is being caused by erosion from the salt water, metal-eating bacteria and strong ocean currents. It’s not too surprising that the hulk is being broken down, since it’s been there for over 100 years.BBC News – Titanic sub dive reveals parts are being lost to sea https://t.co/JjnFmU1nIk— Atlantic Productions (@AtlanticProds) August 21, 2019The site, some 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, was discovered in 1985 and the first salvage expedition occurred two years later. The last time it was visited by humans was in 2005 when two submersibles went down to the wreck.These most recent dives were undertaken to get film footage of the Titanic, which will be used for a National Geographic documentary, according to the Today show, and also to develop computer imagery to make 3-D models of the ship. One of the things the models will do is to allow experts to make their best projections about how long it will likely take before the wreckage is consumed completely.Check out the footage below captured by Atlantic Productions of the state of Titanic today:Scientist Lori Johnson says it’s a natural process. There are several different kinds of bacteria working in symbiosis and slowly eating the Sulphur and iron in the structure. The fact that there are several strains working together means that the decomposition happens faster than if there was only one type of bacteria doing the work.Scientists used the expedition as an opportunity to study the sorts of organisms that live on the wreckage, despite the dark, the tremendous pressure of the water, and the freezing temperatures. The bacteria living there consumes the metal, creating ‘rusticles’, which are the stalactites of rust that can be seen hanging off the ship.Related Video:The rusticles are much more fragile than the previous form of the metal, and can crumble away quite easily if they’re disturbed, causing the erosion. The scientists were studying the ways that different types of metal erode under deep-sea conditions, which, along with the computer models, will help give them an idea of how much longer it will be before the ship is completely broken down.Related Article: Photographs Suggest Human Remains Could Still be Inside the TitanicPeople involved with the dives have said that it’s important to document the state the liner is now in, since what remains of it is the only thing left to bear witness to the terrible tragedy the wreck represents. read more
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