City of Dawson Creek optsin on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw

first_imgAccording to the City, the findings from the review has Council concerned about the elevated levels of bacteriological contaminants such as fecal coliforms and E.coli in multiple locations throughout the watershed.As a water purveyor, the City has an on-going legal responsibility to monitor water quality and respond to source water protection concerns.The City has requested that the Province address these water quality concerns by encouraging the adoption of beneficial management practices on both private and crown land. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek has made the decision to opt-in on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw Watershed.Back in December 2018, the Province requested Dawson Creek’s comments on the impacts of direct cattle access in the Kiskatinaw River Watershed to assist with the development of Livestock Watering Regulations.In response to that request, the City’s Watershed Stewardship Program completed a full review of past reports and management plans.last_img read more

After Trump request Lockheed keeps helicopter plant open

COATSVILLE, Pa. — Lockheed Martin has decided to keep its Sikorsky helicopter plant in Pennsylvania open following a request from President Donald Trump.Wednesday night’s announcement comes little more than a month after the company told the Coatesville facility’s 465 employees the plant would close by the end of the year. The company planned to relocate production work and hoped to move many of the affected employees.In a statement, Lockheed Martin chairman and CEO Marillyn Hewson said at Trump’s request, she reviewed the decision and decided to keep the plant open while the company pursues additional work.Trump tweeted his thanks , calling Lockheed Martin “one of the USA’s truly great companies.”Major programs at the plant included Sikorsky’s S-92 and S-76D helicopter completion work, as well as Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program modifications and upgrades.The Associated Press read more

US wholesale stockpiles fell 02 per cent in June but sales posted

US wholesale stockpiles fell 0.2 per cent in June but sales posted 0.4 per cent increase AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesalers cut their stockpiles in June for a third straight month even as their sales rose again. The combination suggests businesses have underestimated demand, a trend that could lead to stronger economic growth in coming months.The Commerce Department said Friday that wholesale stockpiles fell 0.2 per cent in June from May. That follows a 0.6 per cent drop in May — the biggest in 20 months — a modest 0.1 per cent decline in April.Wholesalers haven’t shrunk their stockpiles for three months or longer since September 2009, which was three months after the Great Recession ended. The decline shows that many remain cautious and are keeping inventories lean, despite three straight months of solid sales growth.In June, sales at the wholesale level rose 0.4 per cent. That followed a 1.5 per cent increase in May and a 0.8 per cent gain in April.Stronger sales could lead to more restocking in the July-September quarter and drive more economic growth. Faster growth in stockpiles means companies are ordering more goods from U.S. factories.The government reported last month that the economy grew at a lacklustre 1.7 per cent annual rate from April through June.Economists expect the growth rate to be revised much higher after a report this week showed U.S. companies exported a record number of goods in June.Earlier this week, some analysts predicted that second-quarter economic growth could be as strong 2.5 per cent at an annual rate. But the weaker inventory growth may now reduce those more lofty estimates, albeit only slightly.Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, said he now expects overall economic growth will be revised up to a rate of around 2.3 per cent.Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors, said that some of the reduction in wholesale stockpiles might have been involuntary, as businesses underestimated sales demand and had to draw down stockpiles more than they had expected.He said that with auto sales remaining strong, inventory gains should rise in the coming months and help support economic growth in the second half of the year.In June, stockpiles at the wholesale level were $499.7 billion. That’s up only 2.9 per cent from a year ago but 29.3 per cent higher than the recession low in 2009.Auto stockpiles fell 1.5 per cent in June from May, while inventories of metals such as steel declined 0.4 per cent.The sales gain was led by a 1.5 per cent increase in furniture and a 0.5 per cent rise in auto sales by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Aug 9, 2013 10:06 am MDT read more

Justice Department goes to bat for beleaguered Dodgers fans

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 2, 2016 2:14 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Justice Department goes to bat for beleaguered Dodgers fans LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The U.S. Department of Justice is suing AT&T because its DirecTV unit allegedly orchestrated a backroom deal with competitors to not carry the sole channel that broadcasts Dodgers baseball in Los Angeles.The civil antitrust lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court accuses DirecTV of swapping information with cable companies Cox Communications Inc., Charter Communications Inc. and AT&T — before it acquired DirecTV — during negotiations to carry SportsNet LA, the network owned by the Dodgers.The complaint says the companies made the agreements to prevent competitors from offering the channel to lure customers. Dodger fans were bitter they could only watch games through Time Warner Cable — now owned by Charter — the past three seasons.The government says DirecTV was the ringleader because it was the only company that unlawfully talked to multiple rivals, and says that DirecTV executives acknowledged that the satellite-TV company would be in a stronger position if competing TV providers also did not carry the Dodgers channel.David McAtee, the general counsel for AT&T, which bought DirecTV in July 2015, said in a statement that cable and satellite TV providers chose not to carry the channel because the companies did not want to pass inflated prices on to customers for a channel devoted only to the Dodgers. He said AT&T looked forward to presenting its side of the case in court.The Justice Department’s suit comes as it also needs to evaluate the telecoms giant’s proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner, the owner of channels including HBO, CNN and TBS as well as film and TV studios.AT&T’s CEO has said that he expects that any concerns regulators have regarding its Time Warner deal could be addressed with conditions on the merger.But John Bergmayer, of public-interest group Public Knowledge, said in a statement Wednesday that the Justice Department’s complaint illustrates that it is difficult for the government to monitor companies’ behaviour and enforce any restrictions on behaviour that result from deal conditions.___Tali Arbel contributed to this report from New York. read more

Where The US Women Are Likely To Play In The World Cups

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Let’s begin with a confession …This article is 100 percent a selfish undertaking to determine if I will get to see the U.S. women’s national team play live at the Women’s World Cup, which begins Saturday. You see, I blindly bought tickets to “Match No. 49,” a semifinal matchup June 30 in Montreal. As a 27-year-old woman looking to relive her experience as an 11-year-old fanatic during the 1999 Women’s World Cup, I want nothing more than to see the USWNT play in that game.That’s what brings me to this article — a guide to following the USWNT.Below you’ll find the chances of seeing the U.S. in Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton in each knockout-stage round, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.For example, FiveThirtyEight projects that the U.S. has a 65 percent chance of making the semifinals. Based on the U.S.’s most likely path, there is a 51 percent chance that the Americans will participate in the semifinal game in Montreal (Match No. 49) and a 14 percent chance that they will participate in the game in Edmonton. read more

The DAntoni Basketball Revolution Goes To College

Marshall basketball coach Dan D’Antoni was angry. His team had been down 20 points at halftime during a late December non-conference game against Pittsburgh (“We looked like we were running in mud,” he said), had exploded in the second half, scoring 1.45 points per possession on a variety of back-breaking 3-pointers and half-court cuts that led to easy layups, and still lost. Any team that can drop 68 points in 20 minutes should win the game, but the final score was 112-106 in favor of Pittsburgh. “We booted it,” he said. When a reporter questioned whether the team’s high number of 3-point attempts might explain the loss, he got testy.Decked out in his customary Marshall basketball t-shirt and a dark blazer, D’Antoni unspooled what he referred to as his “daggone analytics story”: “The last two championships have been Cleveland and Golden State,” he said, talking about the NBA. “What did they do? You don’t see anybody post up. They just spread that thing out and go.”D’Antoni became an overnight exemplar of analytics. But can an NBA blueprint remake a mid-major team with subpar talent in the NCAA?When I asked D’Antoni about his quote, he said that he didn’t mean to embarrass the reporter but, “I could’ve said, ‘Of all those five players on the floor, how many of them do you think we had rated higher for college play than [Pittsburgh] had?’ And we’re within a few points of them. That’s like going to the playground and giving the other team the first five picks, saying, ‘Let’s play,’ and then when they win, saying they outcoached us. Give me a break.”This is D’Antoni’s third season at Marshall, after roughly a decade as an NBA assistant, where he coached alongside his younger brother, Mike, in Phoenix, New York and Los Angeles. Thus far, his tenure has mostly been a success. Before he arrived in Huntington, Marshall had been known more as a stepping stone for rising coaches, such as Billy Donovan and Donnie Jones, than for any on-court successes: the team had finished under .500 nine times since 2001-02. The Herd won 17 games in 2016 (the record marked Marshall’s fifth-highest win total in the 2000s) and quickly notched 14 wins this season before a three-game losing streak the past two weeks sapped some of the squad’s momentum. Now tied for fifth in Conference USA, the Herd have an uphill climb to make it to the NCAA tournament. They face arguably the conference’s toughest February slate — UAB, Old Dominion, and Middle Tennessee all loom during this next week; they’ll likely need a run through the CUSA tournament to make it to the dance.D’Antoni isn’t your usual coach. As I prepped for our interview, I read an article about D’Antoni that mentioned he once said he hugged a tree in his front yard each morning. When I asked D’Antoni about it, he said, “I believe there is a connection between here and somewhere else, and since the tree is a living thing, I connect through it and thank it for everything I have been fortunate to have.” But perhaps even more compelling is his attempt to transform Marshall, a team composed of borderline DI players, a walk-on, and an ex-DII player, into one of the nation’s most analytically efficient offenses.“If you do just the ordinary, you’ll lose, so you have to do something unusual to beat people more athletically gifted than you,” D’Antoni said.For the Marshall coach, that means streamlining an offense so that his players are executing each possession with the intent of taking the most efficient shot possible. And D’Antoni knows all of the percentages. “I’ve told our players the numbers forever,” D’Antoni said. “When you look at offense, it’s not about the overall scheme — it’s about the actions within an offense, and you have to know the best odds for scoring.” Using data culled from the NBA, which D’Antoni contended still applies to the college game, a corner 3, which is worth 1.27 points per shot, is the best shot in basketball. The next best shot? “Any other three,” he said. A lay-up — “a clean lay-up,” D’Antoni stresses — is even better: 1.8 points per shot.1According to the NBA’s most recent data, a shot in the restricted area is worth 1.21 points per shot, while a 3-pointer above the break — that is, an attempt either atop the perimeter or on the wing — is 1.06 points and a corner 3 is 1.21 points.Which is why Marshall never stops shooting. Roughly 43 percent of the team’s attempts are from beyond the arc, squaring Marshall within Division I’s top 50 (per Ken Pomeroy), and according to Synergy Sports, Marshall scores 1.08 points per spot up (1.17 points per catch and shoot), which is bested by only 23 other DI squads. “I don’t know if there is another team in the country that does as many shooting drills as we do,” said Austin Loop, a junior guard with the third-best overall offensive rating in Division I and who has converted 49 percent of his 3’s. Perhaps not coincidentally, Marshall scores at one of the country’s most efficient clips, dropping 1.11 points per possession, which is the highest ever for a D’Antoni-coached team (and good for the top 60 nationally).“We go over every stat that the coaches keep,” Ryan Taylor, Marshall’s senior stretch-4, said. That includes game-by-game plus/minus reports, which are presented to the Herd via a white board in their locker room, as well as intensive film sessions and Synergy analysis (provided by D’Antoni and the rest of the coaching staff). “Coach D’Antoni wants us to make at least 36 percent of our 3’s, which equates to 52 percent on 2’s,” Taylor elaborated.2If Marshall were to connect on 36 percent from deep, it would actually equate to 54 percent of their 2’s. “Taking 3’s is easier for us — since it is farther away from the basket, it isn’t contested, and then it opens up our offense even more.”D’Antoni didn’t naturally warm to this style of play. During his initial years as a high school coach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he coached conservatively: “My teams were constantly posting up and taking contested 2’s, which are essentially worthless. Those shots only count for .78 points and are the worst shot in basketball.”His thinking didn’t change until a late-1980s conversation with Mike, then playing in Europe, who relayed the revolutionary impact of the 3-point shot overseas. Dan began to eliminate post ups and mid-range jumpers, and he emphasized 3-point attempts and pick-and-rolls. He continued to fine-tune his offensive approach after he ditched the high school ranks and followed his brother to Phoenix as an assistant, where the two coined the phrase “athletic ball,” a concept D’Antoni brought with him to Marshall: “Instead of a player creating a scoring opportunity, you move the ball quickly so that the ball creates the opportunity. That way, a player who isn’t as athletic but is skilled can play against anybody. As long as the ball is free flowing, it’ll get to the place where that guy is capable of making that shot.”As Mike explains, “Something has to be athletic enough on the floor if your players aren’t, and the ball zipping around accomplishes that.”That’s being put to the test at Marshall. D’Antoni arrived at the college game at a fitting moment. Since 2002, DI’s 3-point field goal attempts rate — the percentage of shots taken beyond the arc — has jumped from 32.1 to 36.2 percent, the highest it has ever been. What works for Cleveland, Golden State and the majority of the NBA — spacing the floor through the 3-pointer — has finally begun to saturate the DI level, and thanks to the years D’Antoni spent on the NBA sidelines, Marshall has been a leader in this strategic shift (the Herd’s 3-point attempts rate jumped from 34 to 42 percent in his first season).As the team’s 14-11 record makes clear, though, change takes time. What D’Antoni is preaching clearly works at the NBA level, but his players are not of that caliber, and the learning curve — even 90 games into his tenure — is still much steeper.During Marshall’s recent losing streak, the Herd made just 30 percent of its 3’s and scored an anemic 1 point per possession. D’Antoni spends each practice teaching his players what constitutes a good shot from a bad shot in his free-flowing and fast-paced offense, but the line separating the two is still very much open for interpretation when the players take the court.“If you watch us play, we still take a lot of bad shots,” said former assistant coach Chris Duhon, who spoke with FiveThirtyEight before he resigned in January after an arrest for driving with a license revoked stemming from a DUI. “We haven’t mastered that process yet.”“Obviously they take some bad 3’s, but heck, if I coached any other way, they’d take some bad 2’s,” D’Antoni said. “But I don’t want players looking over their shoulders to see what is a good shot or not. Our offense gives them a freedom to play the game and use their own smarts to create good shots. Let them choose.”This is the only way D’Antoni knows how to coach, and as a self-described “gunslinger,” the only way he believes Marshall will succeed is through what he calls his ‘organized chaos’ offense. “There is more to it than just saying, ‘Here’s an analytic game plan, let’s do it,’” he said. “I may have opened up how the game is played, but I never want to stand pat.”He continued, “I am a big believer in risk. You have to know how to bet, know the odds, and have a feel for everything. How far along I am with my coaching and whether it’ll work, I don’t know. I tried to figure out the odds, and I just know what I’m coaching at Marshall presents us the best odds for winning.” read more

Queen beams in car mirror as she drives herself from Royal Windsor

first_imgAfter the Duke of Edinburgh announced his retirement from his Royal duties last week, the children and grandchildren of the Queen have embarked on a new phase of public duties, as “Team Windsor” rallied round to fill the his shoes.The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Royal and Earl of Wessex each stepped up a day after the Duke announced his retirement, in a very visible sign of a new collaborative Royal era. 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 Queen is well wrapped up with wooly gloves as she watches her horse 'Tower Bridge' compete in The cuddy Heavyweight Hunter Class on the first day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show While she has multiple vehicles and a chauffeur for Royal events, she is most frequently seen in her trusty Range Rover.At the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Wednesday, the Queen was filmed sharing a joke with Alan Titchmarsh, the television gardener, while watching one of her entries. She is known for her love of driving, having learned while serving as a mechanic during the Second World War.And the Queen’s fondness for motoring shows no sign of having been diminished as she is pictured beaming in her car wing mirror.The Monarch was photographed in her Range Rover as she drove herself from the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Wednesday afternoon.She and the Duke of Edinburgh were attending the five-day equestrian event, which takes place in the grounds of Windsor Castle. In his first interview since he announced his retirement, the Duke of Edinburgh joked how the rough and tumble of carriage driving left his “Balmoral dog cart” smashed up.Prince Philip told how he took up the sport of carriage driving when he gave up polo aged 50.center_img The Queen watches her horse Tower Bridge compete on the first day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show on WednesdayCredit:James Whatling Having learned to drive while serving in the Women’s Auxillary Territorial Service, the Queen is still often seen in her cars on the Sandringham estate and was pictured behind the wheel of her Jaguar as she returned from service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Park on Sunday.The 91-year-old Monarch is the only person in Britain who is allowed to drive without a licence.She is also the only person apart from park rangers who is allowed to drive down the 2.6-mile Long Walk in Windsor. Philip was instrumental in helping to establish the sport and took part well into his 80s but gave up competitions some years ago.He said: “I started driving because I’d been playing polo, and I decided I’d give up polo when I was 50.”I was looking round to see what next, I didn’t know what there was available. And I suddenly thought, well, we’ve got horses and carriages so why don’t I have a go.”So I borrowed four horses from the stables in London, took them to Norfolk and practised and thought – why not?” Speaking to Misdee Wrigley Miller, a US contestant in the horse show, the Duke said: “All the carriages were antiques and we had a thing called the Balmoral dog cart, it’s still in the stable, it had to be rebuilt every year because it got smashed up regularly.”last_img read more

Trump to announce climate decision Thursday

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he will announce his decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord during a Rose Garden event Thursday afternoon.Trump promoted his announcement Wednesday night on Twitter, after a day in which U.S. allies around the world sounded alarms about the likely consequences of a U.S. withdrawal. Trump himself kept everyone in suspense, saying he was still listening to “a lot of people both ways.”The White House signaled that Trump was likely to decide on exiting the global pact — fulfilling one of his principal campaign pledges — though top aides were divided. And the final decision may not be entirely clear-cut: Aides were still deliberating on “caveats in the language,” one official said.Everyone cautioned that no decision was final until Trump announced it. The president has been known to change his thinking on major decisions and tends to seek counsel from both inside and outside advisers, many with differing agendas, until the last minute.Abandoning the pact would isolate the U.S. from a raft of international allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions in nearly 200 nations. While traveling abroad last week, Trump was repeatedly pressed to stay in the deal by European leaders and the Vatican. Withdrawing would leave the United States aligned only with Russia among the world’s industrialized economies.last_img read more

Week of teacher strikes in a class all its own

first_imgUPDATE: Evergreen Public Schools and the Evergreen Education Association reached a tentative agreement early Sunday morning. A contract vote is set for 3 p.m. Sunday. If the contract is ratified, schools in Evergreen will resume Monday. A pact was also reached at Longview, which could put students in that district back in classes on Tuesday.It was a dizzying week for teacher strikes in Clark County.Southwest Washington remained the busiest hub of union activity in the state, marked by midnight settlements, continued picketing and, on Friday, the largest demonstration of educators and their supporters thus far.As of press time Saturday, teachers in two districts — Evergreen Public Schools and Battle Ground Public Schools — remained on strike, while five settled contracts early this week. In Longview, meanwhile, a Cowlitz County judge ordered educators back to school Friday, issuing a preliminary injunction to teachers, secretaries and classified staff, according to The Daily News in Longview.Here’s the latest on contract negotiations in Clark County:Evergreen Public SchoolsEvergreen Public Schools and the Evergreen Education Association reached a tentative agreement early Sunday morning. A contract vote is set for 3 p.m. Sunday. If the contract is ratified, schools in Evergreen will resume Monday. A pact was also reached at Longview, which could put students in that district back in classes on Tuesday.The county’s largest district has 26,000 students, meaning nearly a third of Clark County’s 80,000 public school students have been out of school for nearly two weeks. The most recent salary scale known as of Friday offers new teachers in the district at $51,288. After 16 years with a master’s degree and 90 continuing education credits, teachers would top out at $98,279. According to the district, teachers would see an average salary of $80,687.last_img read more

24yearold woman shot and killed in Oceanside apartment

first_img Posted: July 20, 2018 24-year-old woman shot and killed in Oceanside apartment Updated: 11:04 PM KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom center_img July 20, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — A 24-year-old woman was shot and killed Friday inside an Oceanside apartment building Friday and a person of interest was being questioned, according to police.The shooting took place at a building at 550 Los Arbolitos Blvd. around 4 p.m., Oceanside police said.Responding officers found the woman shot. Paramedics tried to save her but she was pronounced dead at the scene.No arrest had been made as of Friday night.Anyone with information about the homicide was asked to call Oceanside police detectives at (760) 435-4832 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Pridemore hired as CEO of mental health services nonprofit

first_imgFormer state senator and recent Clark County commissioner candidate Craig Pridemore has landed a new job as the chief executive officer of Columbia River Mental Health Services. The nonprofit is one of the county’s largest providers in the region of mental health services. In the past, Pridemore has served on its board of trustees and as its interim director. “He has a lot of familiarity with the organization and the issues,” said Jamie Howsley, president of the board of trustees. “The board wanted someone with a strong financial background and also strong ties to the public and political world.”He said the nonprofit is facing changes that will likely impact how it is funded, and Columbia River Mental Health Services needed a “forward-thinking, strategic person that could not only forge relationships within the organization but outside” to face those challenges. Howsley said the whole system of mental health funding is undergoing changes. The nonprofit currently relies on money that comes from the state and is then sent to the county, which doles out contracts to providers. Howsley said that could change, though, and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding what the new funding structure will look like.last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale hitandrun driver out on bond

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The driver accused of hitting a tourist and leaving the scene is now out of jail on bond.Twenty-five-year-old Regina Goodrich is out on $75,000 bond.She was taken into custody Thursday accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident that occurred, in July.Related: Tourist killed in Fort Lauderdale hit-and-runAccording to prosecutors, Goodrich was drinking for hours before she struck and killed 58-year-old tourist Migel Soler, right after he posed for a picture along Las Olas Boulevard.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday May 22 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 22, 2019:#1) Free Ice Cream Truck At New England Dental GroupNew England Dental Group (206 Ballardvale Street) is hosting an Ice Cream Truck Event from 11am to 3pm with free ice cream and a chance to enter a free teeth whitening raffle.#2) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#3) Wilmington School Committee MeetingThe Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Music & More At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting Music & More at 6:30pm. Bernadette Baird presents music and movement for toddlers and young children through age three. Sing, play musical instruments and dance. Ages 1-3. Register HERE.#5) Teen Board Game Club MeetingThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Teen Board Game Club Meeting from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Looking to learn, play, or create fun board games? Bring your favorite game or latest prototype and we’ll play together. Students and their adults welcome. Limited space. Grades 6 – 12. Register HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 31, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

OnePlus 7 Pros screen replacement isnt going to be cheap Heres a

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … OnePlus is going to officially take the wraps off its 2019 flagships, OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, on May 14. While rumours are rife about new details of the soon-to-be-launched OnePlus smartphones, the company and some of its top execs have left no stone unturned in adding more to the hype. If you’ve been enjoying the early leaks and teasers of the OnePlus 7 duo, the latest offer on the device is going to make you super-excited.If you’ve made up your mind on purchasing the OnePlus 7 Pro as soon as it is launched, regardless of it being the company’s priciest smartphone to date, here’s some good news. OnePlus has already confirmed that the OnePlus 7 Pro’s display will bring the best experience of “fast and smooth,” hinting at a 90Hz refresh rate panel. In addition, leaks have already pointed out at a curved display on the premium phone, and together it means the repair cost isn’t going to be light on the pockets of those with butter fingers.If you’re sure you will drop your new phone and refuse to shell out a premium repair cost for a screen replacement, OnePlus has just the solution for you. Pre-booking the OnePlus 7 Pro by purchasing an Amazon e-gift card worth Rs 1,000 will guarantee buyers a one-time screen replacement worth Rs 15,000 for free. The insurance is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase and the pre-booking amount of Rs 1,000 can be redeemed during the purchase of the phone. OnePlus 7 Pro prebooking offerAmazon.inIf you’d prefer walking to a physical store, OnePlus, Croma and Reliance stores will let you pre-book the OnePlus 7 Pro at Rs 2,000, which can be redeemed on the purchase of the device later. The one-time screen replacement warranty of 6 months will be applied here as well.It’s worth pointing out that the free screen replacement will attract a processing fee of Rs 750. If the OnePlus 7 Pro’s screen replacement is to cost Rs 15,000, then paying Rs 750 to claim the warranty is a steal. OnePlus 7 Pro display gets highest ratingOnePlusWhile the pre-booking offer is a suitable one for most buyers, the concerning factor is the rising repair cost of OnePlus phones. OnePlus 7 Pro’s price is already turning out to be a huge concern for consumers and critics have been vocal about their opinions. But OnePlus is trying to justify the price hike with features comparable to Samsung, Apple and Huawei flagships. Seeing flagships are now breaching $1,000 easily, OnePlus has a very little margin to remain disruptive without crossing the four-figure mark. Closecenter_img OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Review: Fashionable and classylast_img read more

Dutch Queen Maxima hails Bangladeshs progress over financial inclusion

first_imgQueen Maxima speaks at a views-exchange meeting with development partners and financial technology (Fintech) sector at the UN offices on Wednesday. Photo: UNBUN secretary-general’s special advocate for inclusive finance for development (UNSGSA) Queen Maxima on Wednesday said financial inclusion can empower women and accelerate Bangladesh’s progress as she noted significant progress made so far in the country.”Financial inclusion has increased from 31 per cent in 2014 to 50 per cent in 2017 and so this is actually very exciting,” she said, adding that she is excited with Bangladesh’s progress during the two and half years from her last visit.The visiting Dutch Queen made the remarks at a views-exchange meeting with development partners and financial technology (Fintech) sector, organised and hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the UN offices in the city.She said: “This is primarily has happened through mobile financial services, so basic technology has played a very important role. Just to give an idea, it went from 2.7 per cent in 2014 to 21 per cent in 2017.””So of course, given the high-density population of Bangladesh, it’s actually very good because with that amount of people, all the distance you need to move to actually have any access is a lot higher than other countries,” said the Dutch queen.However, Maxima also pointed out a number of issues that are holding Bangladesh back in terms of full financial inclusion, or financial inclusion that ‘affects’ all of the Sustainable Development Goals, with gender disparity on top of the list.”Sixty-five per cent of Bangladeshi men have accounts, compared to only 36 per cent of women. Bangladesh’s gender gap in financial access grew a staggering 20 percentage points from 2014 to 2017,” she added.Earlier Sudipto Mukerjee, resident representative of UNDP, welcomed the queen and thanked her for visiting Bangladesh twice as the UN secretary-general’s special advocate for inclusive finance for development.He said Queen Maxima’s second visit shows her commitment to improving women’s access to financial services and supporting women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh.Representatives of the Fintech stakeholders and development partners pointed out their observations, suggestions and areas of development to increase financial inclusion and lower inequalities to aid Bangladesh in its progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.Members of key Fintech organisations like Grameen Phone, bKash, Brac Bank, Bank Asia, Surecash, D Money, Shop Up, IFDC and regulators Bangladesh Bank were present in the roundtables.Key development partners like DFID, IFC, Swiss Embassy, World Bank, UNCDF, Nathan Associates, USAID, IMF, GiIZ, Swisscontact and Helvetas were also present.Sudipto urged all to finalise and implement the people-centric National Financial Inclusion Strategy soon, to reduce the inequality and fight poverty.Following the roundtable, the Queen met the beneficiaries of UNDP’s strengthening women’s ability for productive new opportunities (SWAPNO), which is a social transfer project for ultra-poor women to be engaged in public works essential for the economic and social life for rural communities.One of Swapno’s key agenda is financial inclusion so that the beneficiaries – ultra poor women who were widowed, divorced, abandoned or left with a disabled husband – can reap the benefits of financial services to make their lives and that of their children more secure.In a pilot initiative of the project, more than 2,700 beneficiaries got access to bank accounts and more than Tk 120 million in wages have been disbursed. Around 1,000 women were given financial literacy training.Afterwards, the queen visited UNDP’s Access to Information Programme (a2i)’s union digital centre at the union parishad office of Narsingdi’s Zinardi union and learnt of how it provides services to the people specially women through its digital centre.The union digital centres have revolutionised financial inclusion in Bangladesh by bringing banking services to the people at the union level.Queen Maxima arrived here on Tuesday evening to promote people’s access to financial services and see the financial inclusion progress in Bangladesh.Bangladesh is currently developing a national strategy to improve people’s access to financial services.Queen Maxima, who was appointed UNSGSA in 2009, visited Bangladesh in her capacity as UNSGSA in November 2015.In her capacity, she advises the UN secretary-general and works worldwide to make safe and affordable financial services available to all, including low-income groups and small and medium-sized enterprises.She has been honorary patron of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) since 2011.last_img read more

What Will Joe Straus Do With His 10 Million In Unspent Campaign

first_img Share Many who completely cease campaigning donate their balances to charities or other political campaigns.Last year, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, who left office in early 2015, tapped her roughly $5 million in campaign leftovers to start a nonprofit geared at empowering women and donate to a political group called Texans for Positive Economic Policy. She also paid her now-dissolved political action committee’s staffers and federal taxes, according to her July Texas Ethics Commission filing. And former Republican Rep. John Otto, who retired ahead of the 2017 legislative session, reported donating thousands of dollars in campaign cash to an assortment of charities and political campaigns. He still had nearly $396,000 on hand through June, according to his latest filing. “I’m going to aggressively work in the ’18 cycle. I have a commitment to other Republicans who I think are responsible and have done a good job and deserve to be re-elected,” he said in an interview. “I’ll aggressively be involved in races, as I have in the past.”State ethics laws grant elected officials wide latitude on how they use their political contributions while in office — as long as purchases somehow relate to campaigning or state businesses and aren’t for “personal use,” an often ambiguous term.Straus has 14 months left in his term, meaning he could also keep spending campaign cash on items in his official capacity, such as on office supplies, staff gatherings, housing in Austin and transportation to and from meetings or conferences. Former Texas elected officials often continue to use the funds on their way out of office.If Straus chooses to run for another state office — and he did not rule out that option Wednesday — he could also roll over funds into that effort. If he were to choose to run for Congress, he would not be able to easily use his current campaign account toward that effort, according to the Federal Election Commission. Officials who have completely stopped campaigning must dispose of their campaign funds within six years, and how they have done so varies.When a candidate leaves office, what’s permissible narrows — at least on concrete purchases, ethics experts say. For instance, an official can’t keep office furniture or other equipment after retiring. Nor can they keep the benefits of a country club membership, even if they purchased it with campaign funds before leaving office.center_img Texas TribuneA maelstrom of questions swirled in the Texas Capitol Wednesday when House Speaker Joe Straus announced he would not seek re-election to his House seat.  Among them: What will he do with his enormous war chest?Straus, a powerful moderate Republican who has served as speaker for five terms, reported nearly $10 million in unspent campaign cash through June, according to a filing with the Texas Ethics Commission.On Wednesday, he told The Texas Tribune he would spread the wealth to Republicans who are running in 2018. last_img read more

Harvard sued for racial profiling and targeting AsianAmericans

first_imgStudents for Fair Admissions says Harvard limits the number of Asian Americans it admits while giving preference to other races, according to the Project on Fair Representation (PFR), a legal defense fund supporting the lawsuit. ‘The university is engaging in a campaign of invidious discrimination,’ PFR said in a statement.‘White, African American and Hispanic applicants are given racial preferences over better qualified Asian Americans,’ it added, accusing Harvard of breaching civil rights laws and undermining the Fourteenth Amendment to the US constitution. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenPlaintiff the SFFA alleges that Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill violated the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling on ‘strict scrutiny’ standards which says admissions should be conducted on ‘race-neutral’ grounds to end ‘race-based affirmative action policies,’ according to the PFR statement.The director of PFR vowed further action on race-based admissions policies at other universities in the United States.‘These two lawsuits are the first of what are expected to be several similar challenges to other competitive colleges that continue to unconstitutionally use racial preferences in admission decisions,’ said Edward Blum. SFFA said its members include ‘highly qualified’ students that have been rejected from Harvard and Chapel Hill, and their parents.last_img read more

Great Deal Fire HD 10 Now at Lowest Price Ever

first_imgQVC is putting Amazon to shame once again.The shopping network is offering the Amazon Fire 10-inch HD Tablet for $99.96. Even better, new customers can use coupon code “TEN4U” to drop the price further to just $89.96.Buy on QVCMacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/fire-hd-10-lowest-price-ever?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 That’s $60 under Amazon’s current price and $10 cheaper than Amazon’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday price. In fact, it’s the best price we’ve ever seen for Amazon’s 10-incher. The Fire HD 10 offers snappy performance and a bright, vivid screen — the best among Amazon’s tablets. It features a 10.1-inch 1080p Full HD display, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity, a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.The Alexa-enabled tablet also lets you message and make video calls to family and friends, hands-free. You can also use your voice to pause videos, play music, open apps, show sports scores or display the weather. This Fire HD 10 QVC deal includes a personalized case and a voucher for reading, productivity, and TV streaming services. The entertainment suite includes Audible 2+ Audiobook credits, 3-months of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Family, 2-months of Amazon Kindle Unlimited, 1-year of OfficeSuite Personal, 3-months of Mailstrom.com basic, and a $10 promo for Sling TV. This deal ends on Dec. 3, so act fast to if you want this top-rated tablet at its lowest price ever.   Best Cyber Week Sales 2018 Best Tablets 2018 by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Bullied lesbian teacher in California receives support from students

first_imgAmy Estes | Photo: Facebook/Amy Estes Amy Estes, a California middle school teacher, is receiving support from students across the state after she faced bullying for her sexuality. Estes teaches 8th grade English at Spring View Middle School. Earlier this year, she took a mental health leave after her students found out she was gay and began harassing and bullying her for it.‘They posted photos online and it became the talk of the campus,’ she described in a Facebook post. ‘While it is dehumanizing and painful to be outed, my hope was that it would die down. Instead, it escalated to the point that I was being harassed in and out of the classroom.’She further said the school administration did not support her either.She continued: ‘As most gay people will tell you, there is a significant amount of shame around being gay, even in 2018. I have ALWAYS felt like the classroom was my place to shine, and instead, it became another place I felt shamed.’Now she is working with a lawyer from the union to find a solution, whether with the school district or a new job.In an interview with ABC 10, she said students began following her on YouTube. One person commented with an altered quote from the Mel Brooks comedy The Producers: ‘Don’t be stupid, be a smarty. You can join the Nazi Party. Now accepting dykes.’Amy Estes, a middle school teacher in the Rocklin Unified School District, says she was bullied by her students after they learned she is gay. Amy is now on mental health leave. We’ll have her full story at 11pm on @ABC10. pic.twitter.com/r5YUxPJeEk— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) June 8, 2018Another student said in a presentation on her idea of a Utopian society that one of the laws would be no gay marriage.LGBTI students come out in supportLGBTI students in the Rocklin school district are now coming out to support Estes.At the district’s school board meeting, many stepped up to share their own experiences with discrimination and bullying at school. They also expressed their sympathy and support for Estes. Former student Connor Cook, who says he was bullied for being gay throughout high school, is speaking now at the Rocklin Unified School District’s school board meeting. He said he felt compelled to speak tonight to show support for the teacher who was bullied for being gay. pic.twitter.com/887N4OVCiF— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) June 14, 2018‘A huge range of bullying took place at Rocklin High School not just to me but a lot of people,’ said Connor Cook, who graduated last year.‘This ranged from small comments of saying, “That’s gay. You’re gay. That’s gross.” All the way up to to being threatened with violence… and just at some points being told to kill yourself before they do it for you.’Another student said she brought a pride flag to school. When she did, a yard monitor compared it to a Nazi or Confederate flag.Other students and parents, however, defended their beliefs.Averee O’Connor, who did the Utopian society project, and her parents said their beliefs are not hate speech. Rather, they don’t want things ‘pushed on’ students.Parents whose daughter had the Rocklin teacher who went on mental health leave after being bullied by students when they learned she was gay are now sharing their side of the story. They say they support the district & believe LGBTQ issues should not be addressed in school @ABC10 pic.twitter.com/yRy9lzPT4q— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) June 13, 2018Bullying can happen anywhere. A gay teacher in Kansas ended up moving states after receiving threatening letters.In a more recent Facebook post, Estes wrote: ‘I am focused on remaining committed to the work ahead, to keeping true to being a voice for change, & to staying on the high road no matter how badly I want to unload.’H/t: ABC 10Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Education campaigner says LGBTI teachers should stay in the closet, gets called ‘a dinosaur’Oklahoma school district shuts down after parents threaten trans studentA third of LGBT teachers stay in the closetRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bullied-lesbian-teacher-california-support-students/last_img read more

London UK — Global jewelry house Garrard introd

first_imgLondon, UK — Global jewelry house, Garrard, introduces Fire of London, the first collection by new Creative Director Stephen Webster. With his inaugural collection for the legendary British brand, Webster took inspiration from the Great Fire of London and the new beginning it represented for the city. Webster’s exquisite designs mark the designer’s debut as he fuses his creativity and passion for fine craftsmanship with Garrard’s deeply-rooted history.Fire of London features pendants, rings, earrings and cuffs made from 18kt white and yellow gold, white and black diamonds, red and black spinel, orange sapphires, garnets, and citrines crafted into beautiful flame-like designs. In an elaborate cocktail ring the black spinel center stone is set against black and white diamonds creating a stunning contrast while highlighting the rare, reflective nature of the gem. A white diamond and white gold flame cuff is timeless and elegant in its pave diamond design. Earrings are offered in a drop, stud or hoop style with a pave diamond flame design.Within the collection Webster has also created one-of-a-kind white gold and white diamond pieces including, long drop earrings that total 11-carats, a bracelet set with pear shaped and round Eternal Cut™ diamonds totalling 24-carats and a stunning necklace in a full flame design that is set with over 51-carats of marquise, pear and round Eternal Cut™ diamonds.Fire of London launches at Garrard boutiques worldwide this spring. The designs range in price from $3,300 to $500,000.www.garrard.comlast_img read more