Hotshots rule

first_img“We had a great start [and] we sustained it,” said Victolero. “Still, hats off to Alaska. It was a great series. My boys just wanted it more.”The result was Magnolia clinching a 14th franchise victory—the first since the 2014 Grand Slam season of the squad—and completing a triple crown of sorts for the San Miguel Corp. conglomerate. San Miguel Beer won the Philippine Cup, followed by Barangay Ginebra’s conquest of the Commissioner’s Cup.Mark Barroca, who got into a bit of a controversy in Game 4 after a hit on Alaska’s Chris Banchero that cost him a P50,000 fine, was named Finals MVP after averaging 11 points, 3.2 rebounds and a little over three assists per game in the series.“I wouldn’t have won this if not for my teammates,” Barroca said in Filipino. “I thank them for their efforts and this award is also for them.”Barroca had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists in Game 6 to backstop Travis and embody the kind of effort Magnolia put into the series.ADVERTISEMENT “We always talked about going ahead, 1-0, and before this game, we said this was going to be the last 1-0,” Barroca added. “I have to commend my teammates and their efforts because that’s what we talked about, making sure we put in the effort to get those 50-50 balls.”Barroca, Paul Lee, Ian Sangalang and Jio Jalalon took turns providing a local flavor to the Magnolia offense, shutting the door on every Alaska rally.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening It seemed all over from that point, with the Hotshots, intent on shutting down the series, repulsing every rally the Aces could muster to ice a 4-2 series victory.“I didn’t know that this is how it feels to win a championship in the PBA,” said head coach Chito Victolero in Filipino above the din of the celebration at center court. Victolero snared his first title as a PBA coach in his second Finals stint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I think the chemistry was the biggest factor,” added Victolero. “This has the best among the teams I’ve been in.”Romeo Travis came up huge for Magnolia, which got big contributions from its locals when things got sticky. Back in the venue where he came up with a dramatic 50-point performance that knocked Ginebra out of its throne in the semifinals, Travis finished with 32 points and 17 rebounds this time around. Azkals foes bolster their buildup MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Closeout games are the hardest ones to play. Magnolia simply made it look easy.Unloading 12 straight points right after tip-off, the Hotshots gave the Alaska Aces no glimpse of hope and carved a 102-86 victory Wednesday night in Game 6 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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UASC, Burgan Bank Sign $190 Mln Facility

first_imgMay 26, 2014 zoom United Arab Shipping Company S.A.G. (UASC) has announced the conclusion of a bilateral, USD 190 million facility with Burgan Bank’s Corporate Banking Group to finance the acquisition of two 14,000 TEU vessels.The facility is a part of UASC’s new building order of seventeen ships, among which are eleven 14,000 TEU vessels and six 18,000 TEU vessels.UASC has ordered these ultra large container ships from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. shipyard in South Korea. The giant box-ships, which are state of the art vessels capable of running on conventional fuel LNG, are scheduled for delivery starting in fourth quarter of 2014.Mr. Basil Al Zaid, Chief Financial Officer at UASC, said: “Our established strategic relationship with Burgan Bank, further cemented through this transaction, demonstrates the close co-operation between UASC and Burgan Bank.Burgan Bank has shown strong support for the project from the initial stages working alongside other stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of UASC’s financial strategy and expansion plans to offer comprehensive and cost competitive shipping solutions to clients worldwide.”Mr. Raed Al-Haqhaq, Burgan Bank’s Chief Banking Officer – Senior General Manager, said: “We at Burgan Bank are committed to support a reliable partner such as UASC on their growth journey. Burgan Bank’s corporate banking group continues to expand its finance deals with its corporate clients to support them in executing their strategic plans at every stage of the business cycle.”last_img read more

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Government Launches Nova Scotias First Culture Action Plan

first_img promote Mi’kmaw culture promote creativity and innovation strengthen education partnerships and understanding advance cultural diversity excellence in cultural stewardship drive awareness and economic growth of the culture sector Government will focus on the province’s cultural sector, creative economy and diverse communities with Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan: Creativity and Community, launched today, Feb. 22. Nova Scotia’s first comprehensive Culture Action Plan, focuses on six themes which provide government with specific actions, strategic priorities and criteria to help guide decision-making. “Our culture is what makes us unique. It is a competitive advantage we must celebrate, invest in, expand and export,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Culture connects us as people, it makes us stronger and helps us to build a province where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.” The themes are: The plan will bring to life the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage’s mandate of contributing to the well-being and prosperity of Nova Scotia’s diverse and creative communities through the promotion, development, preservation and celebration of the province’s culture, heritage, identity and languages. “Culture is driving economies and communities around the world,” said Pamela Scott-Crace, chair of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council. “Across this province we have an abundance of cultural resources, and this plan is a great step forward for our work with government to elevate cultural vibrancy for the benefit of all Nova Scotians.” “The Mi’kmaq have a very rich and distinct culture; we hold the founding culture of what is now Nova Scotia,” said Chief Wilbert Marshall, lead chief of Culture, Heritage and Archeology for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “It was important that we were engaged and involved in developing the Mi’kmaw components of this plan.” The plan will rely on the co-operation, commitment and mutual support of government departments, stakeholders and Nova Scotians to move forward the outlined actions. Some actions are already underway, while others will begin this year, as well as next year, and continue for years to come. “Government realizes that a vibrant culture has its own rewards in all of our lives,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “Culture can play an even greater role in economic growth and prosperity in every corner of the province.” Government connected with thousands of Nova Scotians and 188 culture organizations around the province, as part of the consultation process for the plan. Culture contributes $949 million to Nova Scotia’s economy and provides almost 14,000 jobs, representing 2.7 per cent of the provincial gross domestic product and three per cent of all jobs in Nova Scotia. For more information and to see the full plan, visit .last_img read more

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Drunk driving guilty plea dogs Sask chief

first_imgAPTN National NewsControversy continues to swirl around a Manitoba grand chief’s drunk driving conviction.Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Grand Chief Guy Lonechild recently pleaded guilty to drinking and driving.Lonechild was charged by police a month before he was elected grand chief. The drunk driving charge, however, was kept secret.Despite the conviction, Lonechild has refused to step down. Lonechild has also repeatedly rejected requests for an interview.APTN National News spoke to activist and journalist Tyrone Tootoosis about the issue.last_img read more

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Scotts helping hand sparks newlook Buckeyes

Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Marquette on Nov. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 74-63.Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographerIn the first two games of the 2013-14 season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team tallied 27 assists.Through two games this season, Shannon Scott has 25.The No. 20 Buckeyes — playing without their top three scorers from last season — are 2-0 and shooting 63.3 percent from the field in those two games.After OSU’s 74-63 win against Marquette on Tuesday, Scott — who had 14 of the team’s 23 assists in the game — said his teammates have a different offensive mindset than they did a year ago.“I think last year, we would play the same way at times, but players didn’t know if they wanted to shoot the ball or not,” Scott said. “I think this year everybody knows that when they touch the ball, it’s gonna be their shot, and they gotta make the shot.”Against the Golden Eagles, making the shot is exactly what the Buckeyes did, and what they have done consistently through 80 minutes of basketball this year. With five new players contributing to the scoring output, the shooting — and making — has come on the shoulders of a variety of players.Including a true freshman, a redshirt-freshman and a redshirt-senior playing in their first seasons at OSU, six different Buckeyes have scored in double figures at some point this season. Four of those six players have averaged double digits through two games, and two of those four didn’t take the court last season.The distribution of scoring has led to all 10 OSU players who have taken the court this season scoring on both games.With senior forward Sam Thompson, senior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald, redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee, sophomore forward Marc Loving, redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams, freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, freshman forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate and himself all contributing points, Scott said the Buckeyes already have a good idea of how they each fit into the team dynamic.“Just the simple fact that everybody came in and contributed in some aspect of the game is just a great feeling,” Scott said Tuesday. “And I think everybody has a better understanding of what their role is.”The wide range of contribution has helped Scott excel as a distributor, as he picked up 11 assists in the opener against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell last Friday before his 14 helpers against Marquette.Those 14 assists are tied for the second most in a single game in school history, but Scott attributed the big numbers to his teammates and not his own play.“I just have so many weapons around me, it makes the game a lot easier,” he said. “Kam came into the game, played great. Amir played well.“Sam, Marc, D’Angelo, Jae’Sean, Kam, Keita, Trey, Anthony, everybody played well. So having so many weapons around me, it makes the game a lot easier for me.”After the Buckeyes’ hot hand from 3-point land carried them to a seven-point halftime lead against the Golden Eagles, they moved inside and scored 32 points in the paint in the second half. Coach Thad Matta credited Scott’s ability to push the team for the second-half switch on offense.“I think Shannon was able to open things up a little bit and obviously Sam running in transition,” Matta said after the game. “I think our bigs are really doing a good job of getting down the floor as well which opens things up.”Scott said the team’s mindset has changed from a year ago, allowing for the more free-flowing offense OSU has run so far this season.“I think everybody just has the mindset this year that we’re not gonna take any plays off on the offensive end,” he said. “We played so hard on defense the last couple years that we kind of forgot about offense.”Perhaps contributing to his recent success passing the ball, Scott added that the Buckeyes have more of a plan on offense than they did last year as well.“This year we know when we get the ball we’re gonna attack every time,” Scott said. “You can ask Kam and Amir the same thing, we’re all attacking every time we touch the ball, and that makes it a lot easier for all of us.”Apart from the new-look offense, Amir Williams said the Buckeyes have benefited from a change to their defensive philosophy as well after switching to a zone look.“We have so much length and quickness on defense,” he said after the Marquette game. “It allows us to attack our opponents better than last year. We have guys doing a great job of covering the gaps, and we’re definitely still working out the kinks, but so far it’s been working very well for us.”As the team transitions its mindset on both sides of the ball, Scott has helped lead a high-flying young roster to a fresh start to begin a potential-laden season. But with the rest of the year an unknown, one thing is for sure. If Lee had flown just a little higher on one dunk attempt, Scott would have made his mark in the records books, and not just on recent box scores.Amir Williams and Kam Williams combined to let out a long “oooh” when they found out Scott was just a Lee-missed-dunk away from tying former Buckeye Aaron Craft’s program record of 15 assists, but the fourth-year veteran took it in stride, and instead looked ahead to another chance.“It’s OK, we’ll just try to get it again, another game or something,” Scott said.OSU is scheduled to return to the court on Sunday against Sacred Heart at the Schottenstein Center. 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Aircell announces their first business class Android smartphone

first_imgAircell, a provider of in-flight communications (Virgin America and private jets have Aircell systems installed), has decided to up the stakes by releasing an in-cabin handset that is based on Android OS (version unknown).The phone is primarily aimed at business users who want to make and receive voice calls and is said to offer the same, if not better, call quality than land-based mobile phones.AdChoices广告In terms of the Android experience, we assume it has propriety UI on-board, but it’s unclear if it will have access to all of the Android core features. It does provide a series of multimedia services to support the 3.8-inch touchscreen so you will be able to watch films and listen to music. Sadly we have no idea of what memory or processor this handset has, however it should be sufficient enough if it is designed for multimedia use.Additionally, it has an integrated audio jack which can work with headsets or standard headphones and it also supports hands-free connections via Bluetooth.As for connectivity the handset is compatible (wired or wirelessly) with their upcoming Gogo Biz Voice service via Aircell’s own ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 in-flight communication systems.Average download and upload speeds are unknown, as they will vary with these types of services. Mainly because it depends on coverage, altitude and how many users are in the plane at the same time.Aircell hope to launch the handsets later in the year, but at this time we do not have any information on price.Read more at Electronistalast_img read more

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Japan ignoring traditional temples as rentamonk service surges in popularity

first_img Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 11:30 AM By AFP Image: Shizuo Kambayashi AP/Press Association Images 11,539 Views Feb 5th 2017, 11:30 AM Image: Shizuo Kambayashi AP/Press Association Images 14 Comments Share Tweet Email2 Short URL IN A QUIET room thick with the smell of incense, Buddhist monk Kaichi Watanabe chants sutras to commemorate the one-year anniversary of a woman’s death.The 41-year-old may look like a traditional holy man in Japan, but he wasn’t dispatched by a temple.Instead, the family ordered him through a fast-growing rent-a-monk business that has angered traditionalists who warn it is commercialising the religion.Watanabe’s employer, Tokyo-based firm Minrevi, said demand for its monk delivery service has spiked since it started in May 2013, as more and more Japanese lose their ties to local temples – and lose faith in an opaque donation system.The monk later rings a small traditional bell and bows to relatives as the 30-minute ceremony winds down at the grieving family’s home near Tokyo.“There are many temples in the neighbourhood, but I didn’t know where to call,” said the deceased woman’s middle-aged son, who asked not to be named.“Also, I have no idea how much I should donate. But this has a clear pricing system.”At the click of a mouse, customers can hire a monk from Minrevi from 35,000 yen (€285) depending on the ceremony.Retailing giant Aeon sent shockwaves through Buddhist circles in 2010 when it started a service that had a price list for introducing customers to temples for funeral services.The open pricing flew in the face of longstanding system in which monks collect donations, known as ofuse, in return for performing ceremonies.But there has been growing unease about the murky system which leaves the amount up to families, who have to make several more donations after a funeral for more than a decade.‘Commodified donations’Japan’s Buddhist temples count on donations to do renovations, which can cost several million euro, but there has been criticism that they’re more interested in raising revenue than offering spiritual guidance.Chiko Iwagami, an executive member of the Japan Buddhist Federation, acknowledged that some monks have improperly demanded specific amounts of money at memorial services, hurting public trust.“That ignores the spirit of donations,” Iwagumi said, noting that monks are not supposed to expect financial rewards for performing their duties.Aeon’s fledgling operation outraged the federation, which demanded it take down the price list. The company complied but still runs its service.Earlier this year, the federation also blasted online retailer Amazon for listing Minrevi’s monk-renting service.“They have commodified donations. This is extremely unfortunate,” Iwagami said.But Minrevi’s vice-president Masashi Akita brushed off the criticism, saying the company is just offering a “platform” to connect customers with monks.The firm has a roster of about 700 monks nationwide with business on track to grow by 20 percent this year, he added.Akita, who grew up in rural community where his neighbours regularly visited a temple, said the business is just a sign of the times.“I was shocked when I first learned that some people didn’t know how to contact a monk,” he said.“So I wanted to be that bridge.”Community tiesThe Japanese government does not keep track of the religious identification of citizens, but participation in rituals related to both Buddhism as well as native Shintoism – the two major religions in the country – is common across the nation.Some firms also offer Shinto priests’ services.But attachment to religion has fallen into decline.As the population rapidly ages and small rural communities shrink, some 30% of Japan’s 75,000 Buddhist temples are at risk of closing by 2040, said Kenji Ishii, a professor of religion at Kokugakuin University in Tokyo.“Japanese have maintained ties with temples because of funerals and other types of commmunity-related events, not for religious reasons,” he added.“Buddhist leaders now have to think how they’re going to run their sects with shrinking revenues. But it seems like they don’t want to look at the reality.”Watanabe, who conducted the service near Tokyo, doesn’t see a clash between the business and spiritual aspects of his job.“I want to spread the teachings of Buddhism,” he said.“This service gives us more opportunity to visit homes. I think it’s meaningless if we cannot be there to help.”- © AFP, 2017Read: A businessman in Japan has paid over €600,000 for a single fishRead: Japanese PM offers ‘everlasting condolences’ but holds back from full apology at Pearl Harbor Japan ignoring traditional temples as rent-a-monk service surges in popularity Demand for the monk delivery service has risen sharply since 2013. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Why is the government arguing to let UK boats fish off Irelands

first_img 12,879 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha I’m speaking in the #Seanad shortly on a new sea #fisheries bill from the government. I and my @SeanadCEG colleagues have concerns about the— Grace O’Sullivan (@GraceOSllvn) March 8, 2017 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Grace O’Sullivan/Twitter Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 7:00 AM The bill is being put through in light of Supreme Court judgement that found Northern Ireland vessels were fishing for mussels in Irish waters, as the amendment would now make their actions legal.Why?The reason why they want to do this is because Irish law is out of sync with a fishing agreement called the Voisinage arrangement which have been in place as part of the London Fisheries Convention 1964.The Supreme Court found that these arrangements were valid but that there’s insufficient provision for them in our laws. Mar 11th 2017, 7:00 AM Image: Eamonn Farrell/ 12 Comments THE GOVERNMENT HAS proposed amending the Sea Fisheries Act to allow boats from Northern Ireland to fish very close to Irish shores.The amendment, which is only one-page long, would allow fishing vessels registered in Northern Ireland to fish up to 6 nautical miles of the Republic of Ireland’s coast.The Sea Fisheries Amendment was originally meant to pass all stages in Seanad yesterday, which includes debate, amendments, a final vote, and changes.But due to time constraints, there was no vote and the bill proceeded to next stage. The only amendment that was suggested was by Fianna Fáil, who wanted to limit the size of the ship to 15 metres (50 feet), which is still quite large but would exclude super trawlers.Although it’s not unusual for a short amendments to go through all on the same day, it is unusual that it proceeded before a vote.Grace O’Sullivan, a Green-party senator, voiced her concern that there was no consultation before the bill moved to the next stage. Share Tweet Email Why is the government arguing to let UK boats fish off Ireland’s coasts? Fishing limits could become a contentious issue after Brexit, as quotas and fishing territories are renegotiated. According to the Department of Agriculture, these long-standing reciprocal arrangements “allow fishing boats from Northern Ireland to fish for all fish stocks within the 0 to 6 nautical mile zone of the territorial waters of the State and vice versa“.The Supreme Court described the arrangement as a sensible recognition at official level of practice and tradition, where fishing boats traditionally fished neighbouring waters.According to the Department:The Bill will, if enacted, fulfil Ireland’s obligations and ensure that the Voisinage arrangements are given a proper legal footing.“In light of the Supreme Court judgment, fishing by Northern Ireland vessels in the territorial waters of the State under the Voisinage arrangements is not permitted by law.However, Irish-registered fishing boats continue to be provided with access to fish in coastal waters around Northern Ireland under the arrangements.The Department said that there was “regular and positive engagement” between Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and the corresponding agriculture minister in the North, Michelle McIlveen.Brexit issueBrexit has the potential to make the fishing industry in Ireland even more complicated. When the UK leaves the EU, it will be in a different fishing zone to Ireland, so there will be a complicated renegotiation on where the two countries’ vessels will be allowed to operate.It’s also unknown whether some Dutch vessels which are registered in Northern Ireland, will be allowed to fish along Irish shores if the amendment is brought in.The Seanad is in recess next week. The bill is expected to undergo Committee stage in the coming weeks.Read: Irish fishermen will be able to catch more fish next year (but less cod and pollock)Read: Call for more monitoring of super trawlers after dolphin deaths Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

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Learn about Mycenea

first_imgThe Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA) presents Dateline 1180 BC: The Palace of Nestor after the Collapse of Mycenaean Society. Professor Jack Davis, Carl W. Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology & Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, is a visiting professor for the AAIA. Whilst in Australia Professor Davis will be giving a series of lectures and seminars on a variety of topics including Nestor’s palace, Illyrian Apollonia, and the Peloponnese under Ottoman Greece. This lecture will take place at University of Adelaide, Napier Building (Room GO4), on Tuesday 30 August at 7.00 pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Lilacs bring scents of spring to Woodland

first_imgWhat: Lilac Days at Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. Lilacs on nearly 4 acres of wheelchair-accessible paths, 1880s Victorian farmhouse with antiques and historic tea sets, water tower, windmill, benches and a gift shop.When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, through Mother’s Day. On Mother’s Day, author Jane Kirkpatrick will be signing her book, “Where Lilacs Still Bloom,” based on the life of Hulda Klager.Where: 115 S. Pekin Road, Woodland. Follow signs from downtown Woodland.Cost: $2 admission; children younger than 12 are free. Lilacs sell for $6 to $30.Information: 360-225-8996 or Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.WOODLAND — Need an idea for Mother’s Day?Lilac Days awaits you with its 4 acres of flowers and lilac plants.Oh, and there is something else.“It smells good,” said Elizabeth Tindall, 32, of Vancouver, who was lazing through the lilacs Sunday with her husband, Ryan, 32.The couple visited the famed Palace of Versailles in France two years ago, where they toured its lilac garden.“I want to go where it smells like it did in Versailles,” Elizabeth told Ryan.Albina Paliy, 23, of Battle Ground felt the same way.Her opinion of the garden: “Love it. It’s peaceful and it smells good.” She was with her friend, Tanya Shalagon, 24, of Vancouver.Open through Mom’s DayMother’s Day ends the festival put on by the dedicated volunteers of the Hulda Klager Lilac Garden Society. But the festival is open every day until then.“We had over 1,000 people here on Saturday,” Ruth Wendt of Woodland said on Sunday. She’s been a volunteer for some 20 years and is chairwoman of the lilac sales.With a mild winter and warm temperatures, Wendt said, “The lilacs are blooming early. The late ones are coming on like gangbusters.”Those late bloomers that some people never see include “Miss Canada,” a red-pink variety, “Prophecy,” a pale pink and “Donald Wyman,” which is lavender.last_img read more

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Nikiski Fire Department Is Working To Rebuild Its Ice Diving Program

first_imgStephen Robertson with the Nikiski Fire Department and owner and operator of Aquatic Adventures in Nikiski: “Nikiski has been actively rebuilding our dive program for emergency response, so this is the first year we have done ice diving.”The training spans over three days, and is being administered by a well known ice diver in Alaska, Mitch Osborne, from Test the Water in North Pole. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Nikiski Fire Department is currently undergoing PADI ice diver training through Aquatic Adventures in Nikiksi. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Nikiski-Ice-Dive.mp3VmJennifer-on-Nikiski-Ice-Dive.mp300:00RPd According to Robertson after this year NFD will conduct quarterly dives for normal training, and ice dives at least once a year in order to remain efficient and prepared for ice related incidents.center_img Robertson: “Any time, especially out here with all the lakes in Nikiski and everybody doing outdoor activities and running around,  there is always a chance for people to go through the ice. The Nikiski dive team is building our dive team and training, so we are mission ready, and able to repsond to those calls in a quick and efficient way.” Nikiski Fire Department is conducting day 2 out of 3 of the training program out on Island Lake, in Nikiski, this afternoon.last_img read more

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Woman dies in Sterling Highway headon crash

first_imgA 19-year-old Soldotna woman died Monday in a head-on crash on the Sterling Highway.Alaska State Troopers say Raquelle Reynolds was alone in sport utility vehicle that crashed about five miles south of Soldotna with a pickup driven by 59-year-old Randolph Carlyle of Soldotna.Carlyle was transported to a hospital with injuries.The cause of the crash is under investigation.Troopers at 5:35 a.m. took a call of the crash at Mile 90.Troopers diverted traffic around the crash scene to side roads.last_img read more

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Omnibus crime bill makes it safer for sex workers to report crimes

first_imgLate last month a woman who had been brutally murdered was found in the vehicle of 34-year-old Benjamin Wilkins of Anchorage. The deceased, 30-year-old Jacqueline Goodwin, was laid to rest beside her mother in Kotzebue. Police are still investigating the relationship between Wilkins and Goodwin, but court records show in the past she was charged with prostitution.Listen nowUnder current law, if a sex worker witnesses or is the victim of a crime, the person cannot report the crime without fear of being charged with prostitution or sex trafficking. But Senate Bill 91, the omnibus crime bill that passed this session, would change that.Sex workers “can come forward, and they’re not going to be charged with prostitution for coming forward,” explained advocate and former sex worker Terra Burns.”And they’re not going to be investigated based on any information that was gained as a result of them making that report.”Burns says the changes make it safer for both sex workers and the entire community because sex workers will be able to help police identify violent criminals. They will also be able to report things like sexual abuse of minors and distribution of child pornography without fear of reprisal.“When you can catch those people right away [with the help of reports from sex workers] you can prevent so much other violence,” Burns said.SB 91 has not been signed by Governor Bill Walker yet. He has until July 13 to sign the bill, let it become law without his signature, or veto it in its entirety. His staff said they are still reviewing the 125-page piece of legislation and are looking into concerns over Sections 39 and 40, which are related to sex trafficking.Burns said she hopes that when the bill is signed, people will provide more information about crimes and about Wilkins and his past. He’s currently been indicted on charges of murder in the first degree, kidnapping, sexual assault, and other charges.last_img read more

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Apple Confirms Cyber Attack on Developer Website

first_imgApple Inc confirmed that its website for software developers has been hacked and some information about users might have been compromised.In an email sent to users, Apple said its website experienced some downtime caused by outside interference and the company is working to overhaul the developer systems, update the out server software, and rebuild the entire database. It did not divulge any details on how much of developers’ information might have been breached by the attack. The website is used by registered developers to access latest versions of iOS and Mac OS versions and to deal with other issues related to apps.The website was down since Thursday and Apple did not explain the reason for the downtime till Sunday. Apple did not rule out the possibility of information being stolen, but assured that “sensitive” personal information on the site was encrypted and could not be lost.Apple is yet to give a timeframe of when the site would be accessible to its users.Below is a full statement from Apple on the hack attack:We’ll be back soon.Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website. Sensitive personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed, however, we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed. In the spirit of transparency, we want to inform you of the issue. We took the site down immediately on Thursday and have been working around the clock since then.In order to prevent a security threat like this from happening again, we’re completely overhauling our developer systems, updating our server software, and rebuilding our entire database. We apologize for the significant inconvenience that our downtime has caused you and we expect to have the developer website up again soon.If your program membership was set to expire during this period, it has been extended and your app will remain on the App Store. If you have any other concerns about your account, please contact us.Thank you for your patience.last_img read more

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Physicist proposes method to teleport energy

first_img Report: Scientists ‘teleport’ two photons © 2010 Explore further Masahiro Hotta’s energy teleportation scheme. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Masahiro Hotta. “Energy-Entanglement Relation for Quantum Energy Teleportation.” arxiv.orgvia: Technology Review ( — Using the same quantum principles that enable the teleportation of information, a new proposal shows how it may be possible to teleport energy. By exploiting the quantum energy fluctuations in entangled particles, physicists may be able to inject energy in one particle, and extract it in another particle located light-years away. The proposal could lead to new developments in energy distribution, as well as a better understanding of the relationship between quantum information and quantum energy. Citation: Physicist proposes method to teleport energy (2010, February 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Japanese physicist Masahiro Hotta of Tohoku University has explained the energy teleportation scheme in a recent study posted at, called “Energy-Entanglement Relation for Quantum Energy Teleportation.” Previously, physicists have demonstrated how to teleport the quantum states of several different entities, including photons, atoms, and ions. Researchers predict that the principles of teleportation could also extend to molecules, viruses, and other more complex objects. Over the past year, physicists have also been exploring quantum energy teleportation, and Hotta’s latest paper builds on these studies.In quantum energy teleportation, a physicist first makes a measurement on each of two entangled particles. The measurement on the first particle injects quantum energy into the two-particle system, which is possible because there are always quantum fluctuations in the energy of any particle. This energy can then be immediately extracted at the second particle by making a second carefully chosen measurement on that particle. Throughout the process, the energy of the overall system remains the same. As in previous examples of teleportation, the actual particles aren’t teleported since they’re basically identical at the quantum level. Rather, the information they carry is the important part. For this reason, physicists can simply send the information within a particle and not the particle itself. A receiving particle accepts the information from a sending particle, taking on the identity of the sending particle.Hotta’s paper marks the first example of the energy-entanglement relation for the smallest kind of quantum energy teleportation model. As he explains, the findings could enable scientists to explore the foundations of physics: specifically, the relationship between quantum information and quantum energy.“These energy-entanglement inequalities are of importance because they help in gaining a profound understanding of entanglement itself as a physical resource by relating entanglement to energy as an evident physical resource,” he writes. As a story in MIT’s Technology Review explains, these new ideas about entanglement and information could have far-reaching implications: “There is a growing sense that the properties of the universe are best described not by the laws that govern matter but by the laws that govern information. This appears to be true for the quantum world, is certainly true for special relativity, and is currently being explored for general relativity. Having a way to handle energy on the same footing may help to draw these diverse strands together.”last_img read more

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Showcase Realty Adds Six New Agents to Its Team

first_img Renee KingCharlotte, North Carolina-based real estate company Showcase Realty has made new additions to its roster of agents. This month, the company’s team has grown with the signing of six new real estate professionals—Renee King, Lucius Fulks, Rachael Ba, Nancy Sherwin, Rachel Norton, and Kelly Feeley.A graduate of Mingle Real Estate School and Central Piedmont College & Superior Real Estate School, Renee King previously worked as a Broker and Property Manager before signing with the company. As a Property Marketing Specialist at Showcase Realty, her job is to connect families, renters, corporate housing and businesses to their desired properties.King grew up in Wilmore community within the Historic South End of Charlotte. Having witnessed the growth of the city herself, she is excited to help people find their dream properties in the area. “I have witnessed the city grow and thrive, it’s been awesome to experience it firsthand. I never saw the growth coming so quickly. I love the new feel of my city,” said King.Lucius FulksFellow newcomer, Lucius Fulks, is just as pleased with the development of the city. Asked about his favorite thing about Charlotte, Fulks said, “I love that the real estate market in Charlotte is doing very well.”Fulks is currently completing BA in Communication at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte. He previously worked in the Loss Mitigation Departments of big companies like Wells Fargo, CitiGroup and Bank of America, with knowledge in bankruptcy, foreclosure, deed in lieu and short sale process.Rachel BaAlso joining Showcase Realty’s agent team is Rachael Ba, a licensed real estate agent operating in North Carolina and South Carolina. Ba completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Michigan. Prior to working as an agent, she worked at a healthcare consulting and informatics firm, where she assisted in running their member center and managed a book of member accounts. She also served as a health volunteer at the Peace Corps, Morocco after college.Ba’s favorite thing about Charlotte is the weather. “I enjoy the four seasons. I’ve found the majority of people who live here to be warm and welcoming,” she said. Nancy SherwinLikewise, newcomer Nancy Sherwin thinks that the weather is Charlotte’s best feature. “Charlotte is a beautiful city with many things to do. The weather is the best feature to me, since I came from the snowbelt,” she said.Sherwin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. As a REALTOR®, she is committed to delivering outstanding customer service and assisting buyers and sellers in marketing and purchasing properties for the right price and under the best terms. She has 30 years of experience under her belt, with focus on designers, architects, and builders. She has been licensed in homeowners and life insurance for the past eight years.Rachel NortonMeanwhile, Rachel Norton, another new agent, completed B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. She works as an outside sales agent who strives to help buyers and sellers in South Carolina.Norton obtained her real estate license in 2017. She previously worked at Keller Williams Greenville Central Brokerage, where she gained most of her knowledge in real estate and experienced working alongside many other real estate professionals. Norton also served as an intern for a real estate marketplace called, where she worked closely with the company’s HR, Marketing and Sales Departments.Kelly FeeleyCompleting Showcase Realty’s new batch of agents is Kelly Feeley, a long-time resident of the University Area in North Carolina. She obtained her North Carolina real estate license in 2003 and currently has a full broker status. Asked why she decided to join Showcase Realty, Feeley said, “I chose Showcase Realty mainly for the great team environment and Nancy’s proven success. Technology is also very important and Showcase is utilizing systems that will help me be a successful agent.”Owned and run by Nancy Braun, Showcase Realty seeks to provide the highest quality, most innovative and exceptional real estate service in Charlotte. The company boasts of its team of over 50 agents, who are all committed to serving their clients based on honesty and integrity. One of their happy clients wrote in his review, “I recently purchased a home in Charlotte in Sedgefield area and Showcase Realty with Nancy Braun and her team were very knowledgeable about the area, but what really set them apart were their negotiation skills with the buyer. I was also impressed with the contractors that they recommended to me for some enhancements that I did with the place.”Shirley Brice, another happy client, also wrote, “Nancy Braun and Showcase Realty have done an amazing job with selling my house. They’re extremely reliable, personable, and honest. They also help you troubleshoot when problems arise. They take a different approach to real estate and it’s a much more effective model—exposing properties and buyers to numerous digital platforms. We have bought and sold a lot of real estate over the years and there’s no one better than Nancy Braun and Showcase Realty!” Showcase Realty Adds Six New Agents to Its Team in Headlines, journal, News, REO November 2, 2018 538 Views center_img Company News Nancy Braun Showcase Realty 2018-11-02 David Wharton Sharelast_img read more

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Winter wow bargain offpiste ski holidays

first_img2. Yongpyong, South Korea If you want to combine a culture-jammed city break with some action on the slopes, you can’t beat the Norwegian capital. Oslo is a compact city – something visitors really appreciate in -12 temperatures – and it’s possible to spend your morning wandering the picturesque old town, exploring the regenerated harbour area, perusing art in the sleek, modern Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art – before hopping on the metro to ride out to the slopes. Less than an hour out of central station on Line 1, you reach Frognerseteren, where you can scoff apple cake and coffee in the chalet restaurant before tobogganing or skiing down the slopes. Spectacularly showcased in the 2018 winter Olympics, Yongpyong is one of South Korea’s best-loved ski resorts, with an average of 2.5 metres of snow every year, some 30 slopes and 15 lifts. On a particularly clear day, skiiers can glimpse the East Sea from the slopes. For European visitors accustomed to Alpine twee, the architecture is unquestionably charming; even the modern Dragon Plaza ski house is intensely instagrammable. Search flights to Oslo Banff and Whistler tend to get most of the column inches and crowds, but Golden is up there with the best ski locations in North America. A bona fide winter playground, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort offers world-class skiing, as well as tubing, snowshoeing and direct access to snowmobile tours and heli-skiing. Kicking Horse can also lay claim to the fourth highest vertical drop in North America, at 4,133 feet. Throw in over 2,800 acres of skiable lift-served terrain, and you have a beyond-the-beated-track powdery paradise. If you’re the sort of skier who prides themselves on getting off the beaten track and into the backcountry, Powder Mountain is your place. Despite easy transport links – it’s just 55 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport), there are over 7,000 skiable acres, meaning it regularly feels like you have the world to yourself. Around half of Powder Mountain’s skifields are lift-served by four chair lifts, and there is night skiing (and spectacular stargazing) until 10pm. In recent seasons Powder Mountain has seen a growing number of in-the-know Silicon Valleyites, but for now it retains a small-town, unpretentious feel. Comprising four interconnected resorts on the eastern side of the mountain, totalling more than 800 hectares of skiable terrain, Niseko is a world-class resort that leaves European and North American aficionados slack-jawed. A diverse, sophisticated and thoroughly international dining and drinking scene is the cherry on top. Niseko is most definitely a splurge, but now might just be the time to do it…  Still looking for winter inspiration? Search flights to Sapporo Search flights to South Korea 1. Oslo, Norway Search hotels in Powder Mountain Search hotels in Yongpyong Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island, near the (blessedly dormant) Mt Yotei volcano, has recently risen to the top of any intrepid skier’s bucket list. With the surrounding mountains populated with hot spring resorts (or onsen) and the white-water-rapids of the Shiribetsu River performing as a backdrop, Niseko is one of the most photogenic ski resorts on the planet. Search hotels in Golden 4. Powder Mountain Utah, USA Search flights to Calgary Search hotels in Oslo Related5 flights for under £45: bargains of the weekOur pick of the best bargain flights on the web this week, from Palma to Ljubljana.Essential guide for travelling with ski and snowboard equipmentSo you’ve waxed your skis, purchased your insurance and pre-booked the lift pass. All that’s left to do is throw everything in a suitcase and head for the airport, right? Big mistake: taking a careless approach to packing ski and snowboard equipment is a recipe for disaster. Brush up on…World’s cheapest ski resorts: where to ski cheap this seasonWorld’s cheapest ski resorts: where to ski cheap this season Search flights to Salt Lake City ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Niseko, Japan 5. Golden, Canada Search hotels in Niseko Escape the regular crowd this winter and slope off to a ski trip further afield. Now’s the time to book to save money on flights in the high season when the snow is at its best. Save your pennies for the après-ski! Here’s our pick of the coolest snow destinations the world has to offer. last_img read more

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