Fed likely to leave rates alone but signal readiness to cut

WASHINGTON — Jerome Powell has tantalized the financial world with the prospect that the Federal Reserve he leads may soon cut interest rates for the first time in over a decade.Probably not quite yet, though.When the Fed issues a policy statement Wednesday and Powell holds a news conference, the message will likely echo the theme the chairman struck in a speech early this month: That the Fed will act if it thinks the Trump administration’s trade conflicts are threatening the U.S. economy.Powell’s remarks were seen as a signal that the Fed will likely cut rates later this year, and the stock market surged in response.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

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Australian Navy told Lankan asylum seekers to go and die

The claims first surfaced in an Amnesty International report last year involving a boat believed to be heading to New Zealand. Two young Sri Lankan parents, who risked a dangerous high seas journey to escape conflict, say the Australian Navy gave them a message while allegedly paying off the people smugglers to turn back. The Australian Navy had told Sri Lankan asylum seekers to go and die after they were turned back at sea.Secret interviews with asylum seekers being held in Indonesia appear to confirm allegations that people smugglers were paid to turn back while trying to reach Australia, Tvnz.co.nz reported. Parent Kandiah Kayuran said the message was, “don’t come back this way, go and die” and he said, “were left like that”.British journalist Phil Miller secretly interviewed the couple and others being held at an Indonesian detention centre in Kupang City, West Timor. Most of them have applied for asylum and are hoping for a new life in New Zealand, but the process could take years.“This boat hit a reef off an island off Indonesia and sank. Fortunately they were rescued by local Indonesian fishermen,” Mr Miller said.Mr Miller says conditions at the West Timor camp are dismal and there are half a dozen children including Mr Kayuran’s six-week-old girl there. The Prime Minister says he hasn’t discussed how Australia turns back people smugglers.But Grant Bayldon of Amnesty International says,”if there are trans-national crimes going on here, which is what the evidence suggests, then that’s a issue for New Zealand”. John Key is meeting his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull on Friday but this issue won’t be on the formal agenda. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Pupils increasingly sceptical of importance of university poll finds

Figures published by Ucas in July showed that young people in England are more likely to apply to go to university than ever.More than a third (38.1%) of 18-year-olds across the country have applied this year, up 0.2 percentage points on last year. More than three in four (77%) of those surveyed this year said they were likely to go into higher education.Poorer pupils – those eligible for free school meals – are less likely to say they are planning to go to university than their richer classmates (67% compared with 79%), the Sutton Trust said.Girls are more likely to say they expect to study for a degree than boys (81% compared with 73%), the poll found. 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. Of the young people who said they they are unlikely to go into higher education, the most common reason was that they do not like the idea or do not enjoy learning and studying (58%), followed by finance (44%).More than a third (35%) said they feel they are not clever enough, while the same proportion said it was not needed for their job plans.Sir Peter Lampl, founder of the Sutton Trust and chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation, said: “It’s no surprise that there has been a fall in the proportion of young people who think it’s important to go into higher education.”Young people face a dilemma. If they go on to university they incur debts of over £50,000 and will be paying back their loans well into middle age. And in a number of cases they end up with degrees that don’t get them into graduate jobs.”On the other hand, degree-level apprenticeships are almost non-existent with less than 10,000 available each year compared with over 300,000 university places. There is effectively no viable alternative to university.” Young people are increasingly less likely to believe that getting a degree is important, according to a poll.It indicates that the proportion of secondary school pupils who think they need to go to university to do well in life has fallen steadily in the last six years.Despite this, the vast majority say they are likely to go into higher education when they are old enough.The findings, published by the Sutton Trust, come as sixth-formers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive their A-level results and learn if they have gained a university place.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The poll, which questioned around 2,300 children aged 11-16 in England and Wales, found that three-quarters (75%) think it is important to go to university, down from 78% last year and a high of 86% in 2013. The Ipsos Mori poll questioned 2,381 schoolchildren aged 11-16 in schools in England and Wales between February 5 and May 25.A Department for Education spokesman said “university isn’t for everyone” and the Government does not want one route to a career “to be considered better than any other”.”That is why we are transforming technical education in this country to put it on a par with our amazing academic system,” he said. read more

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Sex workers accused of robbing Presidential guards remanded for robbing another

With charges of armed robbery against two Presidential guards still pending, two commercial sex workers appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court once again on Monday, to answer to another robbery charge. Kevin Forester, 21, of Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD) and Godfrey Cox, 19, of High Street, Kingston denied the charge which alleged that on October 24, 2017, they allegedly robbed Virtual Complainant (VC) Victor Bess, at Croal Street, Georgetown of a quantity of cash totaling  GYD$158,000.Standing before Magistrate Judy Latchman, the duo accused law enforcement officials of mistreating them following their arrest. They complained that the police failed to disclose to them [accused] what they were being arrested for and also denied them telephone calls to their family – in breach of their fundamental rights.Police Prosecutor, Shawn Gonsalves objected to bail being granted citing the seriousness and prevalence of the offence and the penalty attached to same. Moreover, he reminded the court that the transgender duo were out on bail pending the outcome of an aforementioned robbery trial of two presidential guards. According to the prosecutor, the probability of the defendants committing further offences, or non-appearance in court during trial in the event that they are released on bail, are quite high in the circumstances.Bail was denied and duo were remanded to prison, scheduled to return on November 20, 2017.Prior to this charge, they had appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore in July of this year jointly charged with two counts of armed robbery against the aforementioned Presidential guards.Particulars of that charge alleged that on July 19, 2017 at Main Street, Georgetown, the duo while armed with a chopper, robbed Nicolai Reddie of a Samsung cell phone valued $54,000 and $800 cash. Moreover, on the same day and location, they robbed Akeem Haroon of a Samsung cell phone valued $60,000 and $400 cash.They were granted $25,000 bail on each of the charges. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan remanded for robbing male sex workersDecember 15, 2017In “Court”Vendor remanded to prison following robbery chargeApril 22, 2014In “Crime”Miner remanded for allegedly stealing gold chainsApril 30, 2015In “Crime” read more

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Darko Stanic to Metalurg Skopje

Stanic made an agreement with the German team, a few months ago. Germans were ready to buy Stanic from this season, but Slovenians weren’t ready to sell him under 100.000 EURO (FAG offered 70.000). At the end, it was realistic that Stanic, one of the hero of the first national title in the club’s history, will spend next season in the stands. Hot story about Serbian NT goalkeeper, Darko Stanic and Slovenian champion, Cimos Koper, is finished. He will play in upcoming season for the Macedonian champion, HC Metalurg Skopje, before he move to Frisch Auf Goppingen next summer. ← Previous Story Pelister Bitola reinforces – wants Lapcevic too! Next Story → Ante Kukrika to Tatran Presov read more

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Kiel Express to the Velux EHF CL TOP 8

← Previous Story Velux EHF CL TOP 16 begins: First battle in Plock! Next Story → Velux EHF CL TOP 16: Atletico Madrid with +9 from Schaffhausen! One of the best team in Europe, German THW Kiel showed fantastic form in Polish Plock, where Zebras began TOP 16 phase wih an easy win against Wisla 36:24.Orlen Wisła Płock – THW Kiel 24:36 (12:14)Orlen Wisła: Wichary, Dudek – Spanne 6, Wiśniewski 5, Kavas 4, Toromanović 4, Dobelsek 3, Eklemović 2, Kubisztal, Kwiatkowski, Syprzak, Twardo, Zołoteńko.Kiel: Omeyer, Palicka – Ahlm 6, Jicha 6, Andersson 5, Klein 5, Sprenger 5, Ilić 3, Palmarsson 3, Zeitz 2, Narcisse 1, Lundström. EHF Champions LeaguehandballPlockPolish HandballTHW KielWisla Plock read more

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Geek deals 549 Dell UltraSharp U2711 WQHD monitor

first_imgA fully-loaded 27-inch premium monitor with WQHD resolution and 3 year warranty for just $549 is definitely a “wow” deal. We saw this same offer on the U2711 last week, but it ended abruptly and you may have missed out on it. This deal is back, but only for a limited time.If you aren’t familiar with the U2711, then you have been missing out. We here at Geek Deals are big fans of quality displays and the U2711 has nearly everything we would want in one. It’s 27-inch expanse is filled with 2560×1440 pixels, letting you really take multi-tasking up several notches. There’s enough desktop real estate on this beast you could replace a bulky two monitor setup with this single one.The 27-inch LCD uses In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology, which allows for extra-wide viewing angles and deep, rich colors. A special CCFL backlight is also used to ensure wide color gamut support with 1.07 billion colors. The top-notch image quality and color reproduction are a must for anyone who works professionally with graphics, but any enthusiast can definitely appreciate the step-above experience you get with a display like this.Even the little touches of the U2711 are top-notch. The stand is fully adjustable for tilt, swivel, pivot, rotation, and height. You get a built-in media card reader and four port USB 3.0 hub. Every possible video input you could want is included and the whole thing is protected by a 3-year warranty. Not just any warranty though, Dell ships you a replacement monitor straight away and you return yours in their box and on their dime.While the U2711 is a little long in the tooth, ready to be replaced by the U2713H that is already available, you simply can’t beat the quality and features found in this monitor for the price. Snatch this deal up before it disappears permanently.Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch 2560×1440 LCD monitor for $494.10 + free shipping (reg. $999 | use BOTH coupons SDW7RZ4J1P20BM and G4DSC4?667FMDJ) Update: The price has dropped further thanks to a new coupon. Apply both coupon codes above to receive new price of $494.10.last_img read more

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Objectif 250000 volontaires pour létude NutriNetSanté

first_imgObjectif 250.000 volontaires pour l’étude NutriNet-SantéL’étude NutriNet-Santé se penche depuis 2009 sur les comportements alimentaires de “nutrinautes” et en compte déjà près de 180.000 sur la Toile. Mais ce n’est pas encore suffisant et d’autres profils sont recherchés pour cette grande enquête. Ainsi, du 7 au 15 mai, NutriNet-Santé organise une campagne de recrutement sur le thème “Objectif 250.000 volontaires”.L’étude NutriNet-Santé a été lancée en 2009. A terme, elle souhaite recruter plus de 500.000 personnes, pour ensuite en suivre 300.000 pendant au moins cinq ans, indique l’AFP. Une méthode qui permettra d’analyser les relations entre nutrition et santé (maladies cardiovasculaires, hypertension, obésité, diabète, qualité de vie…).À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?NutriNet-Santé souhaiterait donc passer le cap des 250.000 Nutrinautes cette année et lance, pour ce faire, une campagne de recrutement le mois prochain. Ainsi, pour trouver de nouveaux profils à Paris, elle attend près de 10.000 personnes les 7 et 8 mai dans les jardins du Trocadéro. Seront présents à ce rendez-vous l’équipe de NutriNet ainsi que des scientifiques, des diététiciens, des sportifs et des cuisiniers. Le programme va sans aucun doute attirer de nombreux Nutrinautes : ateliers du goût, cours de cuisine, initiation au judo ou encore à la mise en forme. Pour rejoindre l’étude, il est possible de s’inscrire sur place à ce moment là mais également de le faire en ligne. Des questionnaires sur ce que vous mangez ou votre état de santé vous seront alors soumis, pour aider la recherche.Le 28 avril 2011 à 12:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les chasseurscueilleurs et cultivateurs ont coexisté plus de 2000 ans en Europe

first_imgLes chasseurs-cueilleurs et cultivateurs ont coexisté plus de 2.000 ans en EuropeSelon une étude récemment publiée, les peuplades de chasseurs-cueilleurs et de cultivateurs sédentaires de l’Europe centrale ont coexisté pendant plus de 2.000 ans. C’est donc bien plus qu’on ne le croyait jusqu’ici.Contrairement à ce qu’on croyait jusqu’à présent, les chasseurs-cueilleurs et les cultivateurs d’Europe centrale pourraient avoir coexisté pendant plus de 2.000 ans. C’est du moins ce qu’affirme une nouvelle étude tout juste publiée dans la revue Science. Or jusqu’ici, “on estimait le plus souvent que les peuplades de chasseurs-cueilleurs en Europe avaient disparu peu après l’arrivée des cultivateurs”, explique Ruth Bollongino, de l’Institut d’anthropologie de l’Université Mainz en Allemagne. En effet, on a retrouvé relativement peu d’indices archéologiques prouvant une interaction entre les cultivateurs immigrants et les chasseurs-cueilleurs locaux. On pensait donc que ces peuplades de chasseurs avaient été absorbées dans celles de cultivateurs. Mais selon des anthropologues européens et australiens, chasseurs-cueilleurs et cultivateurs ont longtemps cohabité, les chasseurs devenant peu à peu sédentaires. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les scientifiques ont analysé l’ADN et des isotopes d’ossements trouvés dans une caverne près de Hagen en Allemagne. La datation au carbone 14 a montré “que les descendants des premiers Européens ont maintenu leur mode de vie de chasseurs-cueilleurs et vécu aux côtés des immigrants cultivateurs au moins 2.000 ans en Europe centrale, les premiers ayant disparu il y a environ 5.000 ans, soit beaucoup plus tard qu’on ne pensait jusqu’alors”, explique Ruth Bollongino, principale auteur de l’étude reprise par l’AFP.D’étroits contacts À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?On savait que “jusqu’à il y a environ 7.500 ans, tous les habitants d’Europe centrale étaient des chasseurs-cueilleurs. Ils descendaient de la première vague d’humains arrivés en Europe il y a 45.000 ans”, souligne de son côté Mark Thomas, professeur de génétique à l’University College de Londres. Néanmoins, l’étude “montre que ces chasseurs-cueilleurs ont également survécu à la vague initiale des cultivateurs venus du sud du continent européen il y a 7.500 ans et qui se sont répandus ensuite à travers toute l’Europe”. “Nos travaux montrent que ces deux groupes de population sont restés en étroits contacts pendant des milliers d’années, enterrant notamment leurs morts dans les mêmes cavernes”, conclut ainsi Mark Thomas.Le 12 octobre 2013 à 09:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Police search for second suspect involved in Fort Lauderdale gas station shooting

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is searching for another suspect tied to a gas station shooting.Emmanuel Watts was murdered on Christmas Day in the area of Northwest Seventh Avenue and West Broward Boulevard.One suspect was arrested in the murder, but new surveillance video provided by police shows a second suspect connected to the case.If you have any information on this man, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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State Rep Ken Gordon To Hold Office Hours In Wilmington On July 21

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington, will host the latest of his office hours on Saturday, July 21st from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., at As Good As It Gets Cafe (35 Lowell Street) in Wilmington.Representative Gordon will be available to answer questions and to listen to concerns and ideas from constituents of the district.Representative Gordon can be reached at his State House office number, (617) 722-2575, and at Kenneth.Gordon@mahouse.gov.(NOTE: The above announcement is from State Rep. Ken Gordon’s Office.)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… RelatedState Rep. Ken Gordon To Hold Office Hours At As Good As It Gets On September 7In “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon To Hold Office Hours On June 15 At As Good As It GetsIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On State Budget; New Shuttle Bus Service; Hanscom Air Force Base & MoreIn “Government”last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Monday July 8 2019

first_imgChildren rejoice as roaches invade Ketchikan Public Library Maggie Wall, KMXT – Kodiak Conditions improve in fire containment for Shovel Creek Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan Alaska legislature split on budget vetoes, dividends — and even where to meet Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau Following boat explosion, Coast Guard searching for missing man in Whittier The Swan Lake fire has been burning on the Kenai Peninsula for more than a month and has now covered nearly 100,000 acres. As the fire continues to move east, efforts are shifting away from the Sterling community and toward Cooper Landing. Katmai National Park unveils new permanent Brooks River Bridge Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau On Sunday evening, Denali Park Service Rangers found a man dead after barricading himself in a tent, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna The Coast Guard continues to search for a man missing from a fishing boat after an explosion and fire last night that has caused major damage to Whittier’s number one salmon loading dock. Constituents use Wasilla special session to lobby Alaska lawmakers on Gov. Dunleavy’s budget vetoes Juneauites turn out to protest budget cuts on first day of special session Barricaded man commits suicide in Denali National Park Sage Smiley, KDLG – Dillingham Dan Bross + Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna More than 750 protesters packed the street in front of the Alaska Capitol on Monday, calling for the state Legislature to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes. Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Alaska legislators gathered in two different places today, with different messages about state law, permanent fund dividends and Governor Mike Dunleavy’s line item vetoes. The following is the latest update on the Malaspina and Montana Creek Fires from the Alaska Division of Forestry. Monday’s special session in Wasilla gave road-system Alaskans a chance to offer their opinions about the huge budget dilemmas facing state lawmakers right now. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Malaspina and Montana Creek Fire update for July 8th Efforts shift away from Sterling as crews battle Swan Lake blaze Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai They’re creepy, they’re crawly, they’re about two-inches long – not including feelers – and they recently invaded the Ketchikan Public Library, much to the delight of about 100 kids and parents. Burn out operations resumed last night on the Shovel Creek wildfire northwest of Fairbanks. Heavy smoke prevented helicopters and planes from flying for much of Sunday, but conditions improved late, allowing for safe ignition of back burns along a fuel break protecting neighborhoods from the over 11,000-acre fire. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks For years, Katmai National Park has had a problem with “bear jams.” On June 30, the park opened a new, permanent, elevated bridge aimed at fixing the problem for good.last_img read more

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Government Hill residents seek connectedness community through new trail

first_imgA volunteer removes stumps from the new West Bluff Trail on Government Hill on July 9, 2019. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) “So I know that my grandchildren’s grandchildren will have it,” Cowden said.  While a nearby group brushes a section of the trail to get it ready for more digging, Gerlek and a few others chop off stumps and roots with pulaski axes. By the end of the evening, they’ve cleared most of the stumps from the portion of the trail.  Now, neighborhood residents are teaming up with a local nonprofit to construct the West Bluff Trail, a path among several they say used to bring Government Hill residents together.  She now leads the crew of residents and other volunteers to finish the job. After a quick safety meeting where Mrozowski usually circles up with the teenagers, she divides Gerlek and others into crews to start brushing, filling in, and widening different parts of the trail.  But a century ago, trails connected the homes of federal workers to Ship Creek and the buildings below.  Within a few minutes the crews spread out along the bluff and the constructed path demarcated with orange flags. Mrozowski says it’s been unusually dry this year. That’ll make the material hard to compact. This trail is less ambitious. The idea is to rebuild the path along the west side of the hill from Brown’s Point Park to Suzan Nightingale McKay Park. In all, it’s just three-quarters of a mile.  “This type of trail uses a method called full bench construction, so you’re actually excavating a bench cut out of the side slope rather than building up the trail,” Mrozowski said. But others like crew leader and returning volunteer Loogpla Cowden do it to learn a new area, play, and build for the next generation.  Leggett doesn’t know whether the trail Gerlek and others are currently restoring was once a part of that system, which was used all the way up until World War II according to the historian. Last year, things finally lined up. The community council got a $32,000 grant to pay for materials, landscaping and the labor of two dozen teenagers from Youth Employment in Parks. Mrozowski says one thing’s for sure: once you experience the hard work that goes into building a trail, “you’ll be cursed to ever see them the same way again.”  Youth Employment in Parks teens clean up the West Bluff Trail in June (Photo courtesy of Youth Employment in Parks) “This is the oldest neighborhood in Anchorage,” Gerlek said. “These houses up here were built by the railroad back at the turn of the century for workers who worked in the railroad yards down here on Ship Creek.” That’s why on July 9, about a dozen residents gathered at Brown’s Point Park to continue the work along the trail about 50 feet down the steep slope.    Long-time resident Steve Gerlek is among those taking the lead on the project. center_img Gerlek says the trail was part of the first transportation corridor in Anchorage. People would walk or drive on it to get to work or a social club and reading room below near the railyard. That’s according to an Alaska Railroad map of the Anchorage rail system that dates back to January 1921.   As crew leaders paired volunteers with hard helmets and a McLeod or Pulaski axe for the day, Gerlek explained that the process extends much further than the physical labor involved in building the trail. He says the paperwork took years, but the stakeholders for the land all signed off on the project. The neighborhood applied for a federal grant through the Alaska DNR with the help of a National Park Service planner. And two designers came down from Denali National Park to set the alignment for the new trail — as close to its original location as possible — according to Gerlek. In all, he says it took about four years.  The Alaska Railroad yard separates the Government Hill neighborhood from downtown Anchorage. And Aaron Leggett, Dena’ina historian and curator of Alaska history and culture at the Anchorage Museum, says the area had an extensive trail system long before, when primarily Dena’ina from the village of Eklutna would go up in the uplands in the area to berry-pick and hunt, or set up fish camps closer to the creeks.  “So my kids grew up here and they used to play down here on the bluff and when I would go down and get them, we would find these stitches, parts of old trails that are established down here,” Gerlek said. Here Gerlek removes tree roots from the new trail on July 9, 2019. (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) But Gerlek says it’s a good start. Maybe later they could do the same on the east side, so that they can go all the way around the hill without having to step on a single road. A cropped section of the map showing Government Hill in January 1921, as found in the Alaska Railroad archives, now a part of Alaska State Archives. (Photo courtesy of Bob French) A map of Anchorage’s railroad system dating back to January 1921, as found in the Alaska Railroad archives, now a part of Alaska State Archives. (Photo courtesy of Bob French) Mrozowski says the trail should open sometime this fall.  The next volunteer work event is set for August 13th.  The view from a portion along the new West Bluff Trail on Government Hill (Photo by Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage) The 16-19 year olds dug the main trail into the slope over a period of two weeks, according to Kristen Mrozowski.  Mrozowski is the trails technician for Alaska Trails, a nonprofit that coordinates labor on projects like this.  “In our lifetime, we don’t expect to be connected to the Coastal Trail, so this is our initiative to create our own set of trails that we can enjoy here,” Gerlek said.  “Once Government Hill was built up, they probably weren’t going through the neighborhood,” Leggett said. “But the trails existed from Ship Creek up through Government Hill onto Elmendorf, Fort Ridge and then to Eklutna. They followed the coast.”  For Gerlek, building the trail is about making his neighborhood better. Correction: an earlier version of this story stated Kristen Mrozowski works for AllTrails. Mrozowski actually works for Alaska Trails. The story and audio have been updated.last_img read more

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Pope okays probe into US bishop

first_imgThis handout photo taken on September 13, 2018 and released by the Vatican Media, shows Pope Francis (C) posing with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houst (2ndR), who leads the US Conference of Bishops, Cardinal Sean O`Malley (2ndL) of Boston, who advises the pope on sex abuse issues, Archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Horacio Gomez (R), deputy president of US Conference of Bishops, and Monsignor Brian Bransfield (L) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, general secretary of US Conference of Bishops, prior to a private audience at the Vatican on September 13, 2018. Pope Francis meets with US bishops and cardinals on on September 13, 2018, to discuss the Vatican`s response to a new wave of devastating claims of sexual abuse by clergy. The US Catholic Church has been shaken by the publication of a report on sexual abuse by clergy in Pennsylvania and by the resignation in July of US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. AFPPope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of a West Virginia bishop, Michael Bransfield, and at the same time authorised a fellow bishop to investigate allegations that Bransfield sexually harassed adults, Vatican officials said.The development, announced just as a highly anticipated meeting between Francis and US cardinals and bishops was getting under way, lent a dramatic twist to the emergency gathering, called to address another scandal involving an ex-US cardinal.Bransfield had been implicated in 2012 in an infamous Philadelphia priestly sex abuse case, but he denied ever abusing anyone and claimed vindication years ago. He continued with his ministry until he offered to retire, as required, when he turned 75 last week.The Vatican said Francis accepted his resignation Thursday, announcing the decision at the exact moment that the US delegation was arriving at the Apostolic Palace for the meeting with the pope.Francis appointed Baltimore Bishop William Lori to take over Bransfield’s Wheeling-Charleston diocese temporarily. Lori said in a statement that Francis had also instructed him to “conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults against Bishop Bransfield.”Lori set up a hotline for potential victims to call, and vowed to conduct a thorough investigation into what he said were “troubling” claims against Bransfield.The revelation was the latest development in an incredible turn of events in the US that began with the June 20 announcement that one of the most prestigious US cardinals, Theodore McCarrick, had been accused of groping a teen-age altar boy in the 1970s.Francis removed McCarrick as a cardinal in July after a US church investigation found the allegation credible. After news broke of the investigation, several former seminarians and priests came forward to report that they too had been abused or harassed by McCarrick as adults.The McCarrick affair – coupled with revelations in the Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing decades of abuse and cover-up in six dioceses – has fueled outrage among the rank-and-file faithful who had trusted church leaders to reform themselves after the abuse scandal first erupted in Boston in 2002.The outrage has also been directed at Francis and the Vatican and has fueled conservative criticism of Francis’ pontificate.The head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, had requested the papal audience last month following revelations that McCarrick had risen through church ranks even though the allegations of sexual misconduct were known in US and Vatican circles.DiNardo requested a full-fledged Vatican investigation into the McCarrick affair, and said he also wanted answers to allegations that a string of Vatican officials knew of McCarrick’s misdeeds since 2000, but turned a blind eye.The Vatican hasn’t responded to allegations by its former ambassador to the US, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, that Francis effectively rehabilitated McCarrick from sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict XVI over allegations McCarrick would routinely invite seminarians to his beach house and into his bed.Francis has, however, responded to the overall scandal with a series of initiatives aimed at trying to convince the faithful that he “gets it” and is prepared to take measures to put an end to what he has called the “culture of cover-up” in the church.On the eve of the US audience, Francis announced he was summoning the presidents of bishops conferences around the world to a February summit to discuss prevention measures and protection of minors and vulnerable adults.The surprise announcement was largely dismissed as a belated damage control effort by victims’ advocates. Church historians questioned why such an urgent problem was being scheduled for discussion six months from now with the very bishops who are blamed for much of the scandal.”Where are the laity and others who might provide both new and uncomplicit voices and insights into the process?” asked Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history at Syracuse University.Even DiNardo’s own record on protecting children has now come into question. On the eve of his audience with Francis, The Associated Press reported that two victims in Houston had accused him of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges.The archdiocese issued a statement Wednesday confirming that both people had come forward to report abuse by the priest, the Rev Manuel LaRosa-Lopez, one of them in 2001. The priest is now the pastor at St John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond while also serving as the archdiocese’s episcopal vicar for Hispanics.The delegation of US bishops announced no plans to speak to the media after their audience.last_img
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Turbografx 16 console cloned on an FPGA

first_imgWhen you’re a really hardcore retro gaming enthusiast, or you’re a DIY master and just like getting your hands dirty, this is the kind of project you take on. One such enthusiast decided to build his very own Turbografx 16 clone using a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) that he configured all by himself. After three months of hard work, his efforts paid off, and he now has a working – albelit unstable – version of the console that he’s programmed himself.An FPGA is a special kind of circuit that’s designed to be configured and programmed by the end-user. This means that you get a box of components, boards, chips, and circuitry that you can – with the right knowledge and other equipment – turn those components into anything you want them to be. Modern FPGAs come with embedded processors like ARM CPUs and IBM‘s PowerPC chips. Best of all, most of them can be reprogrammed from their original designs to do virtually anything, providing you have the know-how to do it.Gregory, the man behind the FPGA-based Turbografx 16 clone, struggled for three months to get the gear working the way he wanted. Now that he’s largely finished, he can render and play any Turbografx 16 game he can get his hands on. The clone loads ROMs in on-board flash memory, and you can supply ROMs to the system using SD card. He hasn’t managed to get sound working just yet, but he does say he has plans for that in the near future.This isn’t the first of Gregory’s FPGA console revivals. Last year he managed to build an FPGA clone of a Sega Genesis console. Both clones use the Altera DE1 FPGA board, which would set you back about $160 at retail, and connect to a standard VGA monitor for video. The amount of programming required for a project like this is impressive enough, but the reward – being able to fire up your favorite 16-bit games and play them like the old days, knowing you did it all yourself – is quite an accomplishment.Project page, via Hack a Daylast_img read more

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Chamberlain Group acquires Lockitron and Tend for its myQ smart garage

first_imgChamberlain Group, which owns several security and access brands including the myQ smart garage hub, has added two new companies to its portfolio: connected door lock maker Lockitron and wi-fi home security camera startup Tend.In a press statement, Chamberlain Group CEO JoAnna Sohovich said Tend and Lockitron’s produts will be integrated into myQ. “We know families enter and exit their homes through their garage doors multiple times a day. Our myQ technology allows homeowners to monitor and control access from their smartphone,” she said. “Adding video, connected locks, and enhanced artificial intelligence to our access solutions will provide even further peace of mind as homeowners connect to their homes and loved ones.”(Blogger Dave Zatz first spotted signs of the deal two weeks ago, including updates to Lockitron’s privacy policy).Lockitron was one of the first smart lock brands, shipping its first connected lock in 2010. Its flagship product is the Bolt, a smart lock that is accessed by smartphone. The Bolt launched in 2015 and was the first smart locks available for under $100. The Chamberlain Group will integrate Lockitron’s technology into myQ so users can control their garage and residential doors with one app.In an email to TechCrunch, Cameron Robertson, who co-founded Lockitron with Paul Gerhardt, said they began looking for potential buyers in order to have the resources to scale up and meet retail and e-commerce demand. Chamberlain Group was the best fit because it will support existing Lockitron users, and Lockitron’s technology can also be integrated into other products besides myQ. The transaction was an asset sale of the Lockitron product line from its parent company Apigy. Robertson and Gerhardt are now advising Chamberlain on a part-time basis, as well as working on new projects not related to Apigy, which Robertson says will eventually be wound down.Tend’s video and functionality, including facial recognition, will also be integrated into myQ, so users can add a Tend camera and see video of their garage doors opening and closing through myQ’s app. The company was launched in 2008 and its co-founder and CEO Herman Yau will continue on as Tend general manager, leading its video and AI platform as part of Chamberlain Group.last_img read more

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Water supply total failure – WHY

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite With hundreds of homes entering their third day without water, the question on everyone’s lips is: When will the water be back on and WHY did the system fail?The WHEN is rather easy to answer: Water should be restored late this afternoon or during the evening, according to uThukela.Read also: Water Wednesday: All you need to know about water affairs this weekRead also:  Update: uThukela struggles to restore water to hundreds of homesRead also: Watch: uThukela explain what went wrong with the water supplyThe WHY requires a more in-depth and longer explanation. Let’s start with what we actually know. uThukela’s Ezakheni Clean Water Pump Station went down sometime during the late parts of Saturday night. The pump station sends water to the Abattoir Hill reservoir, which supplies water to Acaciavale and surrounding areas.In total, the pump station has 4 pumps which work in a configuration to provide sufficient water pressure to allow the water to reach all the areas.Technicians are at the pump station busy working to repair an electrical fault which blew the switch gear and conductor on the control panel.The repair is a highly skilled operation being carried out by private technicians from Newcastle. uThukela staff don’t have the skill set to repair such a complex failure at the station. The root cause of the failure is unknown at this stage.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_imgErrorOK ErrorOK ROBERT HUGHES:He’s the fullback. Twenty years ago, he’d be considered a great player because he does everything. In Bruce Arians’ offense, the fullback doesn’t exist but Hughes has forced the hand of the organization. He was a star of blitz pickup during the first few weeks of practice. Tuesday, Hughes was in a two-back set with Andre Ellington, something we didn’t see last year.JONATHAN COOPER:Out with knee trouble. Earl Watford did well but didn’t have a “WOW” moment as Cooper’s replacement. You’ll know how Cooper stands with the coaches at the beginning of the Texans/Cardinals game. I love Cooper’s potential. He’ll be fine eventually, but the Cardinals don’t have “eventually” to wait. TEMPO:Practice has been played at a fast and physical tempo. Tuesday was the first practice where the pace was gone.DARREN FELLS:Every year I pick a player that I love to watch and believe he’ll surprise. Within a few days, Fells was my guy. This pick was difficult because it appeared Fells had no chance to make the team. With each passing day, his opportunities increase and he’s continually impressing coaches. The problem is he’s 28 with only one year of experience. I spoke to a member of the Cardinals front office who told me that Fells has “an outside shot” at making the team. Although that doesn’t sound like much, that’s a dramatic difference from the beginning of camp. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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