Describing the ruling alliance, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and comprising two regional parties and two Independent legislators, as a “corrupt nexus,” Shiv Sena national spokesperson Sanjay Raut on Monday predicted that this government will collapse soon.“Manohar Parrikar came to Goa from the Defence Ministry to stabilise the government and stay in power. But he knows that he is not on firm footing and his feet will crumble soon in the near future. This is a corrupt alliance,” Mr. Raut said at a press conference here.The BJP, which had fallen from having 21 MLAs to 13 in the February 4 elections, thus ending up as the second largest party, nonetheless managed to form the government with the help of non-BJP parties and Independent legislators.Mr. Raut said the BJP had “stolen” a mandate, which was against the party. He also accused regional parties like the MGP and Goa Forward party, which had contested the elections on an anti-BJP plank, but later joined the BJP, as “traitors of the Goan electorate”.“Both these parties had contested the elections against the BJP, but did not lose time to join the BJP after the counting of votes. This is a betrayal of the Goan people and they will never be forgiven,” he said.In reply to a question, he said that despite the rout the Shiv Sena faced in the Goa polls, its work would continue in Goa. “We aren’t here for elections alone. Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena president) will be coming to Goa next month and a big meeting will be held where the future course of action for Goa will be announced,” he said.
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here, fuelling speculations in political circles.The Sena chief, accompanied by son Aaditya Thackeray, paid a visit to Ms. Banerjee in the afternoon at a south Mumbai hotel where she is staying.Both Shiv Sena and Ms. Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) have been at loggerheads with the BJP and the Narendra Modi government on a host of issues, including demonetisation.Ms. Banerjee, who is in the city since Tuesday and expected to return to Kolkata on Friday, met top industrialists and bankers here on Wednesday as part of a roadshow. This comes ahead of the fourth edition of the Bengal Global Business Summit, to be held in Kolkata in January. The Shiv Sena had last year teamed up with the TMC in a bid to take on the BJP over the issue of demonetisation.Mr. Uddhav had told mediapersons in November last year that if there was nothing wrong in Prime Minister Modi meeting (NCP chief) Sharad Pawar, then there was nothing wrong if the Sena held talks with Ms. Banerjee on a crucial issue.
Published on SHARE August 17, 2017 Barcelona sporting manager Pep Segura has said the club are “close” to signing Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.Speaking after Wednesday’s 2–0 defeat to Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup gave their arch rivals a 5–1 aggregate victory, Segura said Barcelona were discussing terms with the attacking duo.“We are close to Coutinho and Dembele, we are discussing their conditions but we do not know when they will be sealed,” Segura told Spanish television station TV3, adding, “We hope they will be Barcelona players this season.”Barcelona, who said on Monday they had agreed a deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Paulinho for 40 million euros ($47.19 million), are looking to fill the void left by Neymar after his world record 222 million euros transfer to Paris St-Germain.According to reports in British media, Coutinho has submitted a transfer request after Liverpool rejected a second bid worth 100 million euros from the La Liga club.Barcelona’s other reported target, Dembele, has been suspended by Borussia Dortmund after the 20 year-old France international skipped training amid speculation of a possible move to Spain.An initial Barca offer was rejected by Dortmund, with club bosses saying it was too low. German media have estimated the price of a move at more than 100 million euros.Barcelona are clearly in need of reinforcements after being outclassed in the Super Cup. After losing 3–1 at home on Sunday, Wednesday’s 2–0 defeat came at the hands of a Madrid side minus Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Isco. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS COMMENT
England outclassed Sri Lanka again to win the final one-day international by a hefty 122 runs on Saturday, ensuring it didn’t lose a game to the Sri Lankans through the entire tour.Having won the five-match ODI series already, England made it 3-0 in the last game at Sophia Gardens to follow up a 2-0 Test series win.Joe Root made 93 to lead England to 324/7 batting first. Seamers David Willey and Liam Plunkett then shared seven wickets as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 202 in 42.4 overs for another heavy defeat.Root was backed up by a typically blistering 70 off 45 balls from Jos Buttler, who was in inventive form as he played sweeps and scoop shots on his way to seven fours and a six. James Vince responded to his call-up to the team with a half-century at the top of the innings. Vince and Jason Roy put on 67 for the opening wicket, and Root and Buttler combined for 109 for the fifth wicket.Root was out first ball of the final over seeking his century, but England was always in control after posting its big score.Sri Lanka struggled in the field after winning the toss and deciding to put England in to bat. Part-time bowler Danushka Gunathilaka had the best figures with 3-48 to underline Sri Lanka’s poor performance with the ball.Dinesh Chandimal made 53 and Gunathilaka 48 but they barely slowed England’s charge to victory.Plunkett, who finished with 3-44, picked up Gunathilaka lbw and Sri Lankan wickets tumbled regularly from there.advertisementChandimal was second-last man out as Willey beat him to knock back his middle stump. Willey also claimed Nuwan Pradeep’s wicket to seal the victory and give the seamer career-best figures in one-dayers of 4-34.The closest Sri Lanka came to winning a game on the tour was the tied first ODI. Sri Lanka should have won that, but Plunkett hit a six off the final ball to save a tie for England.
The poor air quality affected the players during the second day of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi as the cricketers were seen wearing masks at the post lunch session.Delhi in recent times has been notorious for having a high pollution level and hence the protection perhaps. Strangely though, some players aren’t covering their mouths and noses and are seen having the mask hanging on their necks. Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav were among the few Indian players who were also taking the refuge of a breathing mask.The play was held up close to 16 minutes, (India were 519/5 with Virat Kohli on 240) with players in deep conversation with the on field umpires. Here is what transpired:13:01 IST: Kohli throws his bataway in frustration as Gamage calls for the doctor again due tobreathing problem. Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav were also seen wearing masks.12:49 IST: Now the noise around the ground rises as the play is all set to get underway.12:48 IST: As the umpires are seen having an animated chat with Dinesh Chandimal, who seems furious because the players aren’t taken off the field, a huge cheers engulfs the Kotla. This is because Virat Kohli is seen taking off his helmet and lying on his back. 12:40 IST: More that the runs on the board it is about the players’ health. THE THIRD UMPIRE HAS CONFIRMEDTHAT THE SITUATION IS BEING MONITORED, informs Russel Arnold on air. Now even the match referee, David Boon, is involved in some discussionswith a doctor and Anil Chaudhary, the third umpire. advertisement12:36 IST: Now even the SriLankan team physio is seen having a word with the umpires. Chandimaldoesn’t look pleased to be playing in such conditions. But the umpiresshow no signs of halting play. Now they are taking the Indian battersinto the conversation as well.12:32 IST: Lahiru Gamage’sgingerly movements denote that he seems sick. He’s down on his hunches,even as the physio is seen rushing out quickly. This will raise thelevels of the talks about playing amidst the polluted environment. Theon-air commentators also inform us that such a scenario hasn’t happenedin the sport as yet – that of play getting abandoned or held up due topolluted environment.12:30 IST: Another chat. This timeNigel Llong, Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella are the men infocus. The air quality in the Indian capital isn’t at a decent level and this has the players concerned, perhaps.India captain Virat Kohli struck his second successive double hundred to power India to a commanding position against Sri Lanka on Sunday.The skipper’s majestic 225 not out at lunch included 23 boundaries, while fellow overnight batsman Rohit Sharma rubbed salt in Sri Lanka’s wounds with a fluent 65 before becoming Lakshan Sandakan’s third victim when lunch was taken.After scores of 104 not out and 213 in his previous two innings, Kohli, 29, becomes the first international captain to score six double centuries, all of which have come over the last 17 months.The national capital woke up to a cold-polluted Sunday morning with minimum temperature recorded at 8 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average and a “very-poor” air-quality.According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the sky will remain partly clouded with the maximum temperature likely to hover around 26 degrees Celsius.Meanwhile the major pollutant concentration PM2.5, or particles with diameter less than 2.5 micrometers across Delhi-NCR at 9 a.m. was 218 units — eight times more than the safe limit.According to the Central Pollution Control Authority (CPCB), the air-quality fell under “severe-plus or emergency” levels at Anand Vihar in west Delhi with PM2.5 reaching 433 in the morning — 17 times the safe limit, sector 125 Noida and Vasundhara in Ghaziabad.In Delhi, Delhi Technical University (DTU) in north Delhi and R.K Puram in south-west Delhi fell under “severe” air-quality.While monitoring agencies predict the air-pollution situation to worsen over days, respite is likely towards Tuesday with possibilities of light rains.”The national capital is likely to witness light rainfall on Tuesday, which may improve the air-quality,” an IMD official told IANS.The humidity on Sunday at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 92 per cent.Saturday’s minimum temperature was 7.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average while the maximum temperature was recorded at 26.4 degrees Celsius.(With inputs from IANS)
Indian motorcycle manufacturer, Bajaj Auto Ltd has introduced the Black Pack Pulsar edition across the Pulsar 150, 180 and 220F range. The uniquely styled edition has been launched to celebrate achieving 1 crore sales by Pulsar worldwide.Commenting on the introduction of the Black Pack Pulsar edition, Mr Eric Vas, President – Motorcycles, Bajaj Auto Ltd said, “Pulsar has been India’s No.1 Sports motorcycle brand in the country since its launch in 2001. Bajaj Pulsar is sold in over 25 countries worldwide and is market leader in most of them. We are proud to have achieved the milestone of 1 crore Pulsar customers around the world. To commemorate this achievement, we present the unique Black Pack edition.”The new edition combines premium black paint coupled with matte grey highlights and white alloy wheels offering a sporty, modern and aggressive look that appeals to the dynamic Pulsar rider.
Continue Reading Previous SMART Modular announces long-term support for DDR3 legacy memoryNext AAEON: AI Core X 12348 program comes to life at embedded world Corelis announced the availability of version 9.2 of its ScanExpress Boundary-Scan Tool Suite. The new software update features Teradyne HSSub, ScanExpress icons and ScanExpress JET.Featured enhancements to ScanExpress 9.2 include the Teradyne HSSub support with ScanExpress software which has been significantly improved. The HSSub can now be configured with up to four TAPs to support systems with multiple TAPs. A new fast flash programming feature has been added to significantly improve flash in-system-programming speed when using the HSSub. Additionally, the HSSub parallel IO channels can now be used as an additional boundary-scan IO device. Additional test coverage can be added by connecting HSSub parallel IO channels to boundary-scan pins on the unit-under-test (UUT).ScanExpress icons have been updated to provide an improved, consistent identity. Updates include application shortcuts, file icons, and more. The new icon set will be visible on installation of the ScanExpress software suite.ScanExpress JET can now support 64-bit ARM Cortex processors. The first in this series is Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, featuring basic RAM and Flash support. In addition to 64-bit CPUs, Microsemi SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are now supported. Existing Corelis customers with a valid maintenance contract can now access the new software version 9.2 through the Corelis support website.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
Iowa budget officials say the state budget will end its fiscal year for 2018 with a general fund surplus of about $127 million.That’s nearly $96 million more than state officials had estimated in March.The state’s 2018 budget year ended June 30.Iowa Department of Management Director Dave Roederer says Tuesday the boost came primarily from higher corporate income tax receipts.He says was likely due to federal tax reform that created more business activity than the revenue estimators anticipated in March.Personal income tax and sales tax receipts also were slightly higher than earlier anticipated.Governor Kim Reynolds says it’s a sign that the economy is growing.
Nate Silver, my dude.He’s one of the few that warned of a potential Donald Trump upset on Tuesday, and now he’s propping up my wild, absurd hopes that Oklahoma State could enter the pool house door (it’s more obscure than the back door) into the CFB Playoffs.His 538 site has created a tool that provides your team a path to the playoffs. It’s actually quite fun to mess around with. You can see how the percentages change based on future outcomes.Right now Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Washington all have a 50+ percent chance to make it into the playoff. Oklahoma State’s chances as of now are 3 percent according to 538.What if you punch OSU winning out? Boom, goes to 21 percent.And what if you punch a Washington loss in its next game. OSU goes to 26 percent.And what if you add in West Virginia beating Texas next? It gets you to 28 percent.You aren’t allowed to choose too many improbable outcomes or the model literally breaks, but if those three things happen (OSU wins out, WVU wins its next game and Washington loses its next game), here is what the percentages would look like.Normally I would laugh at myself, but again our current president elect was a 250-1 long shot when he entered so crazier things have literally happened.What you have to root for, I think, is total chaos in the Pac-12 that excludes them altogether. OSU (obviously) has to win out. You want Michigan, Clemson and Alabama to win out and for Ohio State, Auburn and Wisconsin to all lose. Of course a two-loss team has not made either of the first two playoffs, and I don’t foresee the first one coming from the Big 12 (of all conferences).Kirby Hocutt on OkSt loss to CMU on final play: “We’re viewing it as a loss. It’s not within our purview to decide wins and losses.”— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) November 9, 2016Louisville has to lose again. I don’t know — it’s completely improbably but not it’s not impossible which is sort of the game we’re playing at this point.And either way the tool is a fun one to play with as we hurtle towards the college football postseason and whatever bowl OSU eventually does end up in. We’ll be keeping an eye on this over the coming weeks.[h/t Eric Williams]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa boss Smith confident Grealish will find formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith has backed Jack Grealish to find some form.The midfielder and Villa captain has struggled to play at his highest level so far this season.”There will be more to come from Jack. He wants to get better. You end up sometimes dragging him off the training ground because he wants to get better. It’s a massive plus in his favour,” he said.”Jack’s a football person. He will train all day and go and find a room somewhere and fall asleep. Then he’ll wake up and go and do a gym session, that’s how he is.”He’s that sort of character – I’m surprised his girlfriend is still with him! He’ll go back home and he’ll be watching football as well. He’s a football nut.”Jack and John McGinn were probably our most influential players last season and to expect them to be as influential in the Premier League is asking a little bit too much straightaway. But they are getting better and better, that’s for sure.”What we want Jack to do is to be running at opposition players and hurting them like he did against Crystal Palace.”
South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has lost the contract for up to seven floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) from US-based Excelerate Energy.Following a Letter of Intent (LOI), which the parties signed in February 2017, the shipbuilder informed that the deal expired on May 8 without any contracts being agreed.The potential shipbuilding order was for 173,400 m3 capacity units with a baseload send-out capacity of 1 Bcf/d.Excelerate earlier said that the agreement was to provide the company with the ability “to respond to increasing market demand for natural gas”.Image Courtesy: Excelerate Energy
Kolkata: In a significant stride to prevent air pollution, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is taking strong measures to prevent piling up of construction material on roads and footpaths across the city.Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed has directed the Director General (Building) to take up regular drives against illegal stacking of building material on roads and footpaths. He has further instructed him to take legal action against the defaulters with the help of Licence department, Solid Waste Management department, borough executive engineers and local police stations. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”A number of complaints regarding illegal stacking of construction material on roads and footpaths causing harassment to general public and pedestrians have reached the office of the Commissioner and the Mayor. The National Green Tribunal has prodded the administration to take strong measures against defaulters. This has contributed to the civic body taking serious measures to address the issue,” a senior KMC official said. The Commissioner has also directed DG (Building) to submit action taken report against offenders to the Mayor and his office from time to time. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned that as per directions of West Bengal Pollution Control Board with regards to air pollution, KMC is keeping watch to ensure that all construction material meant for road, building or similar purposes are transported in covered condition. “We are trying to ensure that no construction material is left uncovered at roadside and the construction area is wrapped in geotextile fabric. Other actions as appropriate for the location are also being undertaken to prevent pollution due to building material. Sprinkling of water prior to levelling or any other earth movement activities is needed to keep the soil moist throughout the process,” the official added. The civic body is also taking steps to dispose debris from the construction site at the earliest, in consultation with the local authority following proper environmental management practices. “We also issue notices to owners of construction sites in different boroughs to maintain environmental norms. Follow-up action like stop work notice has been issued to different construction sites in the recent past,” the official added.
The long-range Unha-3 rocket was reportedly launched from a site on DPRK’s west coast just before 10:00 a.m. local time. According to media reports, it soared over Okinawa, Japan, dropping debris into the sea off the Korean Peninsula, the East China Sea and waters near the Philippines.The launch was “all the more regrettable because it defies the unified and strong call from the international community,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “It is a clear violation of Security Council resolution 1874 (2009), in which the Council demanded that the DPRK not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology.” That resolution imposed additional sanctions on DPRK after previous demands that the country not conduct any further nuclear or missile tests went unheeded. The 15-member Council is scheduled to meet this morning to discuss the latest developments. “The Secretary-General has been urging the leadership in Pyongyang not to carry out such a launch and instead to build confidence with its neighbours while taking steps to improve the lives of its people,” said the statement, adding that he is concerned about the negative consequences that this “provocative” act may have on peace and stability in the region. Mr. Ban is in close touch with the governments concerned. “He takes this opportunity to reaffirm his commitment to working for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula,” the statement added.The 15-member Council, which met behind closed doors to discuss the latest developments, also condemned the launch. Ambassador Mohammed Loulichki of Morocco, which holds the Council’s presidency for December, told reporters after the session that Council members will continue consultations on “an appropriate response in accordance with its responsibilities given the urgency of the matter.”
“Their implementation in prisons around the world would significantly improve the treatment of millions of detainees,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez in an open statement along with Med Kaggwa, the Special Rapporteur on prisons, conditions of detention and policing in Africa; the Rapporteur on the rights of persons deprived of liberty of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, James Cavallaro; and the Council of Europe Commissioner for human rights, Nils Muižnieks. The Rules are seen as the primary – and often the only – source of standards relating to the treatment of prisoners, and are part of a key framework to monitor and assess prisons. In the statement, the international human rights experts call the revisions an “historic step and one of the most significant human rights achievements in recent years.” Their applications would also aid prison staff to carry out “their important and difficult task in a professional and effective way, benefiting society at large,” according to the open statement. The Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners were adopted in 1957 and revised in 2015. The UN General Assembly “> unanimously adopted the revision on 17 December 2015, dubbing them the Nelson Mandela Rules in honour of the late President of South Africa, “who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle for global human rights, equality, democracy and the promotion of a culture of peace.” In the resolution, the Member States decided also to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day, observed annually on 18 July, to be also utilized in order to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service. “The revised Rules are premised on the recognition of prisoners’ inherent dignity and value as human beings,” said Mr. Méndez. The revised rules have more specific provisions on solitary confinement, defining it as the confinement of prisoners for 22 hours or more a day without meaningful human contact; restricting the scope for application of solitary confinement; and defining prolonged solitary confinement as solitary confinement in excess of 15 days. Also included – for the first time – is guidance on intrusive searches, including strip and body cavity searches, as well as recognition that independent healthcare professionals have a duty to refrain from participating in torture or other ill-treatment.
Centrex Metals Ltd has paid a 30% deposit of A$1.2 million to CDE Global for fabrication to commence on a turnkey start-up modular wet process plant for its Ardmore Phosphate Rock Project in North West Queensland. The start-up plant for the project will be a 70 t/h circuit and will produce premium grade phosphate rock concentrate to deliver large scale trial shipmentsto customers, in order to secure long-term off-take contracts for the project.The plant is expected to be commissioned in the first half of 2019 followed by customer deliveries.The 70 t/h modular start-up wet processing plant has been designed as an oversized module able to be readily upgraded to a 140 t/h circuit for the proposed full-scale 800,000 t/y of concentrateproduction.Optima Consulting has completed feasibility level mine designs and associated studies for Ardmore and is now preparing maiden Ore Reserve Statements for the project. GR Engineering Services have completed engineering design for the mine and processing operations, with WSP Global completing engineering design for associated off-site infrastructure. Cost estimations from the mining studies along with those from the engineering designs are now being compiled by GRES and are expected to be completed once some outstanding quotations have been received from vendors. Integer Research have completed a phosphate rock market review and pricing feasibility study for Ardmore to feed into revenue forecasts for the overall Feasibility Study. Write up of the Feasibility Study report has commenced and the results of the study are now expected to be announced to market in September once this is complete. Centrex will visit a customer’s single superphosphate plant in the local region next week to over see the second of the two 400 t paid trials of run of mine ore from the project. Centrex observed the first trial some weeks ago at another customers plant with positive feedback gained.
A MAN ACCUSED of the manslaughter of father-of-one James Humphries in Tallaght has been remanded in custody until 1 October, but granted bail.Trevor Corr of 16 Kiltatown Way appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with the manslaughter of James Humphries at the same address on Sunday.37-year-old Corr had applied for bail this morning, but Judge Anthony Halpin asked for time to consider the application. This afternoon, he granted bail with 13 conditions attached.This include the surrender of his passport, a curfew, two independent sureties and him staying with his brother.Corr was remanded in custody until a further hearing on 1 October. He was granted consent to bail.
La pierre ponce : un creuset pour l’apparition de la vie ?Dans un article publié récemment dans Astrobiology, des chercheurs britanniques et australiens suggèrent que la pierre ponce, issue des éruptions volcaniques et possédant de nombreuses particularités physiques et chimiques, aurait pu être le support de la vie il y a quelques milliards d’années.Selon Martin Brasier, de l’université d’Oxford, et David Wacey, de l’University of Western Australia, la pierre ponce possède des caractéristiques et des propriétés uniques qui pourraient bien avoir joué un rôle crucial dans l’apparition de la vie sur Terre, il y a environ 4 milliards d’années.À lire aussiLes abeilles seraient capables de compter avec seulement quatre cellules cérébralesD’origine volcanique, elle flotte sur l’eau grâce à sa faible densité, adsorbe (fixe à sa surface) facilement les métaux et les composés organiques et phosphatés, et accueille volontiers les biocatalyseurs (molécules organiques qui favorisent les réactions chimiques). Autant d’ingrédients des briques de la vie, ingrédients qui auraient alors pu réagir entre eux, bénéficiant de l’effet conjugué de l’eau environnante et des éclairs des ciels d’orage, stimulant encore les mécanismes moléculaires.”Une pierre ponce est potentiellement exposée à (…) la foudre associée à des éruptions volcaniques, aux hydrocarbures et aux métaux produits par les sources hydrothermales et aux rayons ultraviolets du Soleil. Toutes ces conditions ont le potentiel d’accueillir, ou même de générer, les genres de processus chimiques que nous pensons avoir créé les premières cellules vivantes”, résume Martin Brasier.Le 11 septembre 2011 à 10:28 • Maxime Lambert
KUSI Newsroom, 9-1-1 dispatchers serving as first line of defense for public safety December 13, 2018 Updated: 7:32 PM Posted: December 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)-Every hour of the day deputies are working to keep us safe and secure but they can’t do that without the help of some of the unsung heroes of public safety, 9-1-1 dispatchers.Here to tell us more is Jeff Hebert, a Communications Director for the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center of the Sheriff’s Department.For more information http://joinsdsheriff.net/ Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Adilene Miranda planned to drop out of high school when she got pregnant at 16. The whispers and stares in the hallway made school unbearable. But she wanted to do what her parents never did: graduate from high school.“My parents never finished high school,” Miranda said. “I want to change that for my family. I want my son to see that I graduated.”Desiree Barrera-Poulsen knew when she got pregnant nine months ago that she wouldn’t be happy with a General Education Development credential. She wanted a diploma, and she wanted it from Evergreen High School, where her dad received his diploma.Miranda and Barrera-Poulsen, along with a handful of other pregnant and parenting teens at Evergreen High School, will achieve those goals next week when they walk across the stage and accept their high school diplomas.As the teens wrap up their senior year, they’re also marking the end of their participation in the GRADS (Graduation, Reality and Dual-Role Skills) program at Evergreen, the magnet school for Evergreen Public Schools. The GRADS program not only keeps pregnant and parenting teens (male and female) in school, it teaches them about healthy pregnancies and babies, parenting skills, avoiding repeat pregnancies and providing for their families.
Snowboarder Flo Orley competing in Haines in 2015. (Photographer: David Carlier/Freeride World Tour)Download AudioAn international big mountain ski and snowboard competition is back in Haines. The Freeride World Tour tests the skills of alpine athletes from around the world, with stops in five countries. The athletes say the slopes in France, Austria and Andorra don’t compare with the mountains in Haines.Residents in Haines might be surprised to find out, the peaks that make up our daily backdrop have a towering reputation across the globe.“I don’t know if people from Haines know how famous their village is,” Austrian skier Eva Walkner said. “All over the world, skier and snowboarder, it’s probably the most famous place in the world. And it’s the big goal for each skier to come to Haines once in a lifetime.”Walkner took first place in the 2015 Freeride World Tour women’s ski category. She is leading her category again this year. She says the experience of skiing in Haines is different than the more crowded, built up, European stops that precede it.“Here it’s so open, it’s so wide, you just need the [helicopter.] It’s so much bigger. It’s amazing to stand at the top and it’s just mountains. Crazy.”What is it about the mountains here that make them so special? Swiss snowboarder Anne-Flore Marxer says, because the mountains are so close to the water, the snow sticks on very steep faces.“And the way it builds up to those beautiful, ice creamy spines makes it so playful. Especially maybe for us snowboarders. Just perfect shaped terrain, and exciting and really technical and impressive and a bit scary but so perfect. For us, the one place you find it, you know it’s in Haines. That’s why we’re so excited to come here.”“The mountains in Alaska are famous, especially the ones around Haines,” said Austrian snowboarder Florian Orley.Orley might be the athlete who has competed in the Freeride the longest – 16 years.“Before Haines was on the schedule, everybody talked about qualifying for the finals [in Verbier, Switzerland],” Orley said. “And now everybody’s talking about qualifying for Alaska. Because this is a dream for every freerider in the world, to ride these spectacular mountains where the snowpack is so safe you can ride the steepest faces of the planet.”The pool of athletes is cut by about half before coming to Haines. Only the 30 or so with the top rankings compete here. Orley says this will be his last time competing in the Freeride. He says he’s looking forward to that moment where he’s standing at the top of the mountain, about to descend.“The moment you leave the start gate and you do the first turn, you’re so caught up in the moment you don’t even hear the helicopter above your head anymore. You’re so focused on the riding, sticking your jumps, finding your line. It’s like you’re caught in a dream and only when you are at the very bottom you’re waking up again.”It’s not easy for the Freeride to include Haines in its roster of competition spots. It’s the most expensive destination for the tour because of the remoteness and lack of infrastructure in the mountains. All the athletes and crew need to be flown in, in helicopters.Snowboarder Marxer says it’s a tough spot, but it needs to be kept in the line-up.“For a competition tour being called the Freeride World Tour…For freeriding, it needs to stop here in Alaska, especially in Haines, for the terrain. I think it would make no sense to have a whole tour around the world competing in freeriding without stopping by in this amazing place.”Now, the organizers will wait for the perfect weather and snow conditions for the competition to take place. Last year, they had to hold off until the very last minute before taking on the mountains. But the athletes say the wait is worth it.For updates on when the competition will take place, go to the Freeride’s Facebook page or website. It will be livestreamed at freerideworldtour.com. The Haines library and restaurants and bars plan to carry the live stream.