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first_imgSanta Barbara (US): A middle-of-the-night fire swept a boat carrying recreational scuba divers anchored near an island off the Southern California coast early Monday, leaving at least 25 dead and nine others missing. Five of six crew members on the Conception escaped by jumping into an inflatable boat they steered to a nearby vessel. Rescuers recovered four bodies about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles just off Santa Cruz Island. The Coast Guard says five others have been found but not recovered due to unsafe conditions under the boat, which sank about 20 yards (18 meters) from shore. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Authorities will search for the nine people still unaccounted for through the night. “We should all be prepared to move into the worst outcome,” Coast Guard Capt. Monica Rochester said at a news conference. The four bodies recovered initially had injuries consistent with drowning, said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll. It wasn’t immediately clear when the bodies on the ocean floor might be retrieved or when divers could search the boat for others. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “It’s upside down in relatively shallow water with receding tides that are moving it around,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said. Investigators have not yet determined a cause for the fire. The 75-foot (23 meters) Conception was on a three-day excursion to the chain of rugged, wind-swept isles that form Channel Islands National Park in the Pacific Ocean. The fire broke out around 3 a.m. in Platt’s Harbor off Santa Cruz Island. The five crew members who escaped took refuge on a boat called The Grape Escape, anchored nearby. Two had minor injuries, Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said. The Grape Escape’s owners, Bob and Shirley Hansen, told The New York Times they were asleep when they heard pounding on the side of their 60-foot (18-meter) fishing vessel about 3:30 a.m. and discovered the frightened crew members. They told the couple they fled when the fire grew out of control. “When we looked out, the other boat was totally engulfed in flames, from stem to stern,” Hansen said, estimating it was no more than 100 yards (91 meters) from his craft. “I could see the fire coming through holes on the side of the boat. There were these explosions every few beats. You can’t prepare yourself for that. It was horrendous. “The fire was too big, there was absolutely nothing we could do,” he added. Hansen said two of the crew members went back toward the Conception looking for survivors but found no one. Asked at a news conference if the crew tried to help others aboard, Rochester told reporters, “I don’t have any additional information.” The Conception, based in Santa Barbara Harbor on the mainland, was owned by Truth Aquatics, a Santa Barbara-based company founded in 1974. Dave Reid, who runs an underwater camera manufacturing business with his wife, Terry Schuller, and has traveled on the Conception and two other boats in Truth Aquatics’ fleet, said he considered all three among the best and safest. “When you see the boats they are always immaculate,” he said. “I wouldn’t hesitate at all to go on one again. Of all the boat companies, that would be one of the ones I wouldn’t think this would happen to.” His wife said Truth Aquatics crews have always been meticulous in going over safety instructions at the beginning of every trip she’s been on. “They tell you where the life jackets are, how to put them on, the points of egress, the exits, where the fire extinguishers are, on every single trip,” said Schuller, who goes on diving expeditions often with her husband. “They are the best, the absolute best.” Both said the sleeping area is comfortable but tight, however, with bunk beds stacked next to one another on the lowest deck. Coming to the top deck to get off requires navigating a narrow stairway with only one exit. If the fire was fast-moving, Reid said, it’s very likely divers couldn’t escape and the crew couldn’t get to them. “If there was an explosion in the engine area that could have gone right into the sleeping area,” Reid said. The Conception was on the final day of a Labor Day weekend cruise when the fire erupted and a mayday call was made. Rochester said that call indicated the boat was already fully ablaze. After hearing the call, Capt. Paul Amaral of the vessel assistance company TowBoatUS said a boat sped from Ventura Harbor some 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the island. “We launched that boat knowing that the vessel was on fire, lots of people aboard,” he told The Associated Press. A Coast Guard helicopter and a fireboat were on scene when he arrived around 5 a.m. He first searched the water and shoreline, then turned back to the Conception, which was going aground. Amaral said he attached a line and pulled it into deeper water where fireboats could reach. Brown said the elements of the tragedy were daunting for rescuers: The boat was in a remote location with limited firefighting capabilities, passengers were sleeping below deck in the middle of the night and there was a quick-moving fire. “You couldn’t ask for a worse situation,” the sheriff said. The Conception was chartered by Worldwide Diving Adventures, which says on its website that it has been taking divers on such expeditions since the 1970s. Coast Guard records show inspections of the Conception conducted last February and in August 2018 found no deficiencies. Earlier inspections found some safety violations related to fire safety.last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – An experienced appeal court judge will head a sweeping public inquiry into systemic issues at Ontario’s long-term care homes that may have contributed to the murders of eight seniors at the hands of a longtime nurse.The province announced Tuesday that Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Eileen Gillese will have a broad mandate to review policies, procedures and oversight of long-term care homes and will file a report to the Attorney General by July 31, 2019.The inquiry was triggered by the case of Elizabeth Wettlaufer, who pleaded guilty in early June to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.Her crimes, which took place over the course of nearly a decade in three Ontario long term-care facilities and a private home, have made Wettlaufer one of Canada’s most prolific serial killers.In all those cases, Wettlaufer — who is currently serving a life sentence with no chance for parole for 25 years — deliberately overdosed her patients with insulin.The judge who presided over her criminal case said the 50-year-old never would have been caught if she didn’t confess to the killings while at a psychiatric hospital in Toronto last September. Court heard she had access to insulin and covered her tracks when using the medication to harm her patients.“My team and I will do our utmost to determine how these events could occur and to make recommendations so that the tragedies of the past are not repeated in the future,” Gillese said in a statement.The inquiry was announced by Ontario’s Attorney General and the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on the same day Wettlaufer pleaded guilty.On Tuesday, the province provided more details on the probe.Gillese’s appointment as the inquiry’s commissioner takes effect immediately, the province said. Gillese has been an appeal court judge since 2002 and is a former dean of Western University’s law school.The inquiry’s final report will include recommendations that will improve the safety and well being of senior residents, the province said.The government has launched a website for the inquiry which states that investigative work has already begun and public hearings will be held in 2018.Doris Grinspun, the CEO of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, applauded the broad range given to the inquiry’s commissioner.“My colleagues are crying for an in-depth look at nursing homes to ensure that resources are put in place so that they can deliver the care that they want to deliver,” she said.The Ontario Health Coalition, a public health advocacy group, is concerned about the duration of the inquiry.“The government’s mandate for the inquiry gives it two years to conduct its work, pushing the final report and recommendations until well after the next election and media interest has died down,” Natalie Mehra, executive director of the coalition, said in a statement.“This is too long. It means that recommendations will not be forged and acted upon for years.”One of the areas likely to be scrutinized by the public inquiry is the role Ontario’s nursing regulator played in the Wettlaufer case.Some details of the College of Nurses of Ontario’s involvement came under the spotlight at a disciplinary hearing last week, where the regulator found Wettlaufer guilty of professional misconduct and revoked her certification.The college knew Wettlaufer was fired from the Caressant Care nursing home in Woodstock, Ont., for a medication error in 2014, but she continued to work — and harm patients — until she resigned as a nurse in September 2016.Caressant Care told the college about the firing, but the college said it decided not to conduct a formal investigation after interviewing the facility’s nursing director, who the college said identified no underlying issues with Wettlaufer.Caressant Care, however, said in a statement a day after the disciplinary hearing that it had no records indicating its leadership told the college Wettlaufer didn’t have any underlying issues.The home said it filed a 20-page report outlining its concerns to the college about Wettlaufer and never heard back from the regulator until Wettlaufer resigned as a nurse more than two years later. It said Wettlaufer was fired after making ten workplace violations over two-and-a-half years, with three violations that led to suspensions.A lawyer representing the college said the regulatory body was satisfied at the time that Wettlaufer had owned up to the errors at Caressant Care and that there was no evidence of intent to harm her patients.Mark Sandler also said that documentation that supports the college’s position will be provided to the public inquiry.By not doing an official investigation, the Caressant Care firing remained private, which meant the public, and other nursing employers, didn’t know about the termination.last_img read more


first_imgANTIGONISH, N.S. – Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court has dismissed a bid to continue an appeal of a sexual assault conviction by a taxi driver who has since died.William Roger MacLellan was convicted last year after a university student accused him of molesting her in his vehicle.The young woman alleged MacLellan put his hands down her pants after she got into his taxi on the early morning of Oct. 19, 2014.He was convicted of one count of sexual assault but had filed an appeal before his death last April.His lawyer applied to have MacLellan’s sister continue the appeal, arguing the case raised identification issues because MacLellan was of African descent.He was alternately described by witnesses as Latin, Filipino or Mexican. A police officer who knew MacLellan identified his slightly accented voice in the background of a recorded 911 call made by the victim just after the assault.The court dismissed the application to continue the appeal, saying the trial judge recognized and properly dealt with those issues.“The court must be extremely vigilant when dealing with this type of evidence because of the danger that it may lead to a wrongful conviction,” wrote Judge Timothy Gabriel for the Supreme Court.But he said the trial judge “was alive to the dangers inherent in identification evidence, particularly with respect to the recognition of Mr. MacLellan’s voice in the 911 call.”Moreover, the case did not solely depend on such factors, Gabriel noted.Video evidence confirmed that about 30 minutes prior to the victim’s 911 call, MacLellan was at a gas station near where she was picked up. He was seen in the footage with a dark coloured van and wearing a dark shirt that matched descriptions later provided by witnesses.On the whole, Gabriel said he was not convinced that continuing the appeal would likely lead to an acquittal.last_img read more


first_imgVANCOUVER — West Vancouver police and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the death of a man who was found lodged in a clothing donation bin.Police say an off-duty physician walking near Ambleside Park found the unresponsive man stuck in the bin’s opening on Sunday morning.The man couldn’t be resuscitated, despite efforts by a BC Ambulance Advance Life Support team and West Vancouver Fire crew members.A police news release says the 34-year-old Vancouver resident was pronounced dead at the scene.The man’s family has been notified and his name is not being released.While the cause of death hasn’t been confirmed, police say there’s no indication of foul play.The Canadian Presslast_img


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A month after Sri Lanka decided to scrap a coal power project involving the NTPC, in Trincomalee, India has offered to build a solar power plant in the port town, The Hindu newspaper reported.Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up the matter in his recent meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena in Goa, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit, highly-placed Indian government sources said. In September, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Power and Energy told the country’s Supreme Court that it had decided to drop the plan to build a coal power plant in Sampur, Trincomalee, due to “serious environmental concerns”. Last month, President Sirisena unveiled Soorya Bala Sangramaya (Battle for Solar Energy), an initiative aimed at adding 220 MW of solar power to the island’s energy grid by 2020. The President said he hoped that the project would add 1,000 MW by 2025.Following Sri Lanka’s shift towards renewable sources, India has offered to build a solar power plant in Trincomalee.The 900 MW, Chinese-built power plant in Norocholai, 140 km north of Colombo, helps the island meet its power demands. Following a recent breakdown in the facility, the government had imposed island-wide power cuts for a few days. The island has a total installed power generation capacity of 4,050 MW. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lankan government said it was instead considering options such as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), solar and wind power. read more


Plans to increase the speed limit for some HGVs in a bid to boost economic growth have been announced today by Roads Minister Stephen Hammond.The current speed limit on single carriageways for HGVs over 7.5t is 40mph. Under the proposals, this could be increased to 45mph or 50mph.The freight industry say this will help growth by improving journey times, cutting congestion and reducing costs to business and the cost of goods people buy. It could also reduce the number of collisions caused by other road users overtaking slower moving trucks.Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said, “The government is committed to doing everything it can to improve conditions for economic growth. We are consulting on increasing the single carriageway speed limit for certain HGVs after listening to industry experts who say that this will boost the UK economy and businesses of all sizes.“While this is likely to lead to more than £30 million a year in benefits for businesses through quicker journeys and reduced congestion, I want to make sure we have carefully considered the evidence of all of the effects on the economy, environment and – of course – road safety before we make a decision. I welcome views from all.”DfT statistics on monitored free-flow roads estimate that around 70% of HGVs currently travel over 40mph and it is argued that these HGVs have an unfair competitive advantage over those who stick to the speed limit.The speed limit for smaller HGVs (those between 3.5t and 7.5t) is 50mph. This will remain unchanged. This consultation does not cover any other speed limits.The launch of the consultation follows a commitment published in The Logistics Growth Review in November 2011.The consultation will run until 1 February 2013.The consultation is available on the DfT website: www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2012-34.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann announced Tuesday that redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich has been added to the roster for the 2017-18 season. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman originally reported that the 6-foot-2 guard would transfer from Michigan to Ohio State on July 17, reversing a previously made commitment to play his graduate season at Quinnipiac University.Michigan grad transfer Andrew Dakich told ESPN that he will be playing at Ohio State next season. Chris Holtmann needed help in backcourt.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) July 17, 2017“We’ve added Andrew Dakich (to our roster),” Holtmann said. “I’m going to leave out where Andrew came from. But we’re excited about the addition of Andrew. He’s already been to a couple of our workouts.”Dakich redshirted his senior season at Michigan to enable himself to play for his graduate season. He had previously requested to redshirt each of his sophomore and junior season, but instead opted to play on the team. Over his three year career, the Zionsville, Indiana, native has totaled 49 games played (no starts) and 203 minutes. He averaged 0.4 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game. He was thrice named a member of the Academic All-Big Ten (2015-17)Dakich’s basketball roots are deep as he is the grandson of Thomas Dakich (basketball player at Idaho State University and Bowling Green) and son of Indiana guard Dan Dakich who played under Bob Knight from 1981-85 and coached at Bowling Green and Indiana. Dan is now a college basketball analyst on ESPN.Holtmann will lead Dakich and the rest of the Buckeyes into their first game against Robert Morris on Nov. 10 with a yet-to-be-announced start time. read more


Ohio State freshman JJ Wolf returns a volley against Purdue on April 9. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsTwo teams with 15-plus-game winning streaks faced off in a matchup that would give one program its first ever men’s tennis national title.In the battle between the two hottest teams in men’s tennis, it was the Demon Deacons who came out victorious on their home court, ending Ohio State’s 22-game win streak with a 4-2 win.The win came at the hands of freshman Bar Botzer, who completed Wake Forest’s first-ever NCAA title in tennis when freshman Tim Seibert hit the net on a return, losing the match in two sets (4-6, 5-7).Ohio State earned points from redshirt sophomore Kyle Seelig and junior Martin Joyce, with each winning on straight sets to give the Buckeyes a chance after falling in two doubles matches by a 7-5 score.Senior Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State’s highest-ranked player, lost in his doubles match with freshman John McNally 7-5 against Botzer and junior Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest’s highest-ranked player.Chrysochos defeated Ohio State sophomore J.J. Wolf in two sets (6-1, 6-3) to help the Demon Deacons earn two points in the match.The victory gave Wake Forest its 16th straight win, and redemption after losing to Ohio State 4-3 a season ago after Torpegaard defeated then-No. 1 Chrysochos in the final match. read more


first_imgCrash diets may stop the heart pumping properly, a new study by Oxford University has found.Researchers at Oxford University said people suffering from heart problems should seek medical advice before adopting a low calorie diet.The new study used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the impact of eating fewer than 800 calories a day on heart function and the distribution of fat in the abdomen, liver, and heart muscle.Nutritionists recommend that men consume around 2,500 calories a day and women 2,000 calories to maintain a healthy weight. But many people now cut their daily intake by drinking diet-shakes to dramatically to lose weight or drastically cutting meals.“Crash diets, also called meal replacement programmes, have become increasingly fashionable in the past few years,” said lead author Dr Jennifer Rayner, clinical research fellow, Oxford Centre for Magnetic Resonance, at the Oxford University.“These diets have a very low calorie content of 600 to 800 kcal per day and can be effective for losing weight, reducing blood pressure, and reversing diabetes. But the effects on the heart have not been studied until now.” Dr Rayner said: “If you have heart problems, you need to check with your doctor before embarking on a very low calorie diet or fasting.“People with a cardiac problem could well experience more symptoms at this early time point, so the diet should be supervised. Caution is needed in people with heart disease.”The research was presented at CMR 2018, the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology. Around two thirds of Brits now say they are on a constant diet Credit:Blend Images / Alamy Stock Photo  Recent research found that two thirds of Britons are on a diet most of the time, but there are 800,000 people living with heart failure and nearly two million living with chronic angina. The research was carried out on 21 obese volunteers, of an average age of 52 and BMI of 37.Participants consumed a very low calorie diet of 600 to 800 kcal per day for eight weeks. MRI was performed at the start of the study and after one and eight weeks.After one week, total body fat, visceral fat and liver fat had all significantly fallen by an average of 6 per cent, 11 per cent, and 42 per cent, respectively,  accompanied by significant improvements in insulin resistance, fasting total cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose and blood pressure.However, after one week, heart fat content had risen by 44 per cent and there was a noteable deterioration in heart function, including the heart’s ability to pump blood.Dr Rayner said: “The metabolic improvements with a very low calorie diet, such as a reduction in liver fat and reversal of diabetes, would be expected to improve heart function. Instead, heart function got worse in the first week before starting to improve.“The sudden drop in calories causes fat to be released from different parts of the body into the blood and be taken up by the heart muscle,” she added. “The heart muscle prefers to choose between fat or sugar as fuel and being swamped by fat worsens its function. After the acute period in which the body is adjusting to dramatic calorie restriction, the fat content and function of the heart improved.” Around two thirds of Brits now say they are on a constant diet center_img The researchers warned that in people with existing heart problems crash dieting might exacerbate their condition – for example aggravating heart failure symptoms like shortness of breath or increasing the risk of arrhythmias. People with heart conditions should be careful when embarking on a low fat diet 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. People with heart conditions should be careful when embarking on a low fat dietCredit:Peter Dazeley Getty last_img read more


In front of 400 spectators in Lausanne, Beach Handball rocked the shores of Lake Leman, the biggest lake in Switzerland, announced IHF.In the presence of Dr. Hassan Moustafa, President of the International Handball Federation, Mr. Marc Vuilleumier, City Counsellor of the City of Lausanne  and Dr. Thomas Bach, the President of the International Handball Committee, the IHF in cooperation with the IOC, the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud organised a Beach Handball Exhibition match in order to present the sport to the international sports community.The spectators arriving in Lausanne from across Switzerland had a chance to witness a spectacular performance by teams composed of the best beach handball players in the world accordingly named by the most beautiful constellations of the night sky.In the women’s match, in a game not burdened by result, it was team Mira winning against team Vega 2:1. The girls showed a magnificent performance to the enthusiastic crowd and the it took amazing 12 series in the shoot out to decide the winner as Mira came on top 22:20.The men’s event was an equal affair just as well as both Sirius and Orion won a period each before going to shoot-out. The shoot was a magnificent demonstration of the attractiveness of Beach Handball. Spiced by a 720 degrees shot from Gil Pires, magical spinshots by Thigo Gusmao and a magnificent save by Jorge Oliva to decide the winner, Sirus won the match 2 periods to 1.Before the Main Event, the best beach handball teams in Switzerland in both men and women category also had a chance to show their skills to the crowd in Lausanne. The Beachqueens faced against the Luchadoras  while Copacabale played against Lloret Beach Espana.  To spice up the event and to demonstrate the grassroots work in the sport the International Handball Federation organized a Mini Handball Festival prior to the Event. ← Previous Story Who will stop this guy? Hombrados to play for Guadalajara! Next Story → The PanAm Games are on! read more


first_imgTHE HEINEKEN CUP returns next weekend and all four Irish provinces remain in the mix to qualify for the knock-out stages.This is how the sides are shaping up going into their crucial back-to-back December ties. Injuries to key players such as Nick Williams, Iain Henderson and Rory Best [out until February] may hinder hopes of securing bonus point wins against the Italians. Anscombe would trade the absence of Henderson and Williams against Treviso to get them back, and fit, for tougher tests to come in January.Craig Gilroy scores a try against Edinburgh. INPHO/Presseye/Darren KiddMUNSTER v Perpignan – 8 DecemberThe two-time Heineken Cup champions have started the season in winning, if not scintillating form. The summer retirement of Ronan O’Gara has been offset somewhat by Ian Keatley and, to a reliable back-up extent, JJ Hanrahan. Highlights of the season thus far have been home wins over Leinster [league] and Gloucester [HCup], and away to Glasgow.Munster’s European defeat away to Edinburgh, however, will loom large unless a double over Perpignan can be mustered. The Top 14 side lost 30-23 to Heineken Cup finalists Clermont on Friday and are floating mid-table after failing to impress away from home.Apart from Donnacha Ryan and Simon Zebo, Rob Penney’s men are close to full strength going into their two matches with the French side. Paul O’Connell and Keith Earls bought came through Friday’s win over Dragons unscathed and prop Dave Kilcoyne will have a point to prove to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt after sitting out the November Series.Toulouse v CONNACHT – 8 DecemberPat Lam’s beleaguered troops take on a Toulouse outfit third in their domestic league and averaging over 20 points per game. The French side, who can call on Maxime Medard, Louis Picamoles and Thierry Dusuatoir, edged Saracens 17-16 in their last outing [in October] and will see the Connacht games as steady stepping stones on their way to an unbeaten finish in Pool 3.A Robbie Henshaw try was the only Connacht highlight in their 43-10 loss in Scotland. INPHO/Russell CheyneConnacht snapped an annoying trend of narrow losses, this weekend, by losing 43-10 away to Edinburgh.John Muldoon, who has returned from a six-week injury lay-off, implored his teammates to make massive improvements ahead of a crucial period. “We can’t doll it up any way. We let ourselves down, we let the jersey down and we let our fans down,” declared Muldoon.VIDEO: Paddy Jackson creates classy try for Darren CavePenney hails Keatley’s ‘wonderful’ kicking game for Munster Northampton v LEINSTER – 7 DecemberMatt O’Connor’s men are well poised, having beaten Ospreys away and Castres at home. They have overcome a slow league start to secure some narrow wins and climb the Pro12 standings. Saints were briefly tested by Paul Warwick’s Worcester on Saturday before scoring three tries in the final 20 minutes to win 33-10.Leinster will hope to have international stars Sean O’Brien, Cian Healy and Jamie Heaslip back for their away trip to Franklin’s Gardens. The presence of Brian O’Driscoll [concussion/calf] and Rob Kearney [ribs] place them on their coach’s fitness wishlist.ULSTER v Treviso – 7 DecemberMark Anscombe’s side lost their opening Pro12 fixtures but recovered their senses, and 2012/13 form, to start scoring tries and winning ties. Paddy Jackson has grown in stature with each passing week and unsung heroes such as Darren Cave and Roger Wilson have kept the province ticking over.Treviso have underwhelmed in the league and lost out to Leicester and Montpellier to effectively end their European interests.last_img read more


first_imgEver since Apple introduced the MacBook Air in 2008, the laptop/netbook replacement has been doing swift business. Apple likes selling products that are minimalist in design, and it’s hard to deny how beautiful the machine is. Now, as has been rumored before, it looks as though the 11- and 13-inch Air models are set to be joined by a 15-inch version next month.As usual, Apple doesn’t talk about future products, but that doesn’t stop other manufacturers who support Apple’s devices from discussing details. At the UK CU Exposed tech show held at the London Film Museum yesterday, one well-known Apple accessory company stated the 15-inch MacBook Air will arrive in April.According to Electricpig, this company specializes in Mac docks, and is totally convinced the new laptop will appear next month. As for what this means for the MacBook Pro, Apple will only produce the 17-inch model going forward, with the 15-inch Air replacing the rest of the line-up.Introducing a 15-inch Air will be welcomed by many Apple fans. Combining the super-thin form factor of the Air with a larger display makes sense for a lot of users who enjoy/require the extra screen real estate. What will be lost is the optical drive, and apparently the Ethernet port is disappearing too. You can argue neither component matters much anymore with most software offered for digital download, and wireless connections being the norm.If the 15-inch Air rumor turns out to be true, Apple doesn’t even have to think about how to price it. The high end 13-inch MacBook Air costs $1,599, where as the 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,799 rising to $2,199. Apple can just match the Pro pricing for a 15-inch Air and likely increase profit margins significantly due to fewer components being required.Even if it doesn’t happen in April, the success of the Air coupled with Apple’s desire for ever “cleaner” designs, make it inevitable the MacBook Pro will be replaced eventually.Read more at Electricpiglast_img read more


first_imgA 56-year-old Vancouver man arrested last year during an underage sex sting was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 2 1/2 years in prison for attempted child molestation and possession of child pornography.Clark County Superior Court Judge Gregory Gonzales handed down a prison sentence of 29 months against David W. Collins, who had been charged in two separate cases — the first related to the child sex sting, and the second stemming from the discovery of child pornography on his cellphone and his online accounts.Court records show the sentence applies to both cases and will be served concurrently.Collins was arrested in February 2017, along with five other Clark County residents, when he tried contacting and meeting up with a minor for sex. The minor was a Washington State Patrol trooper posing as a 13-year-old boy, according to a probable cause affidavit.Collins was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted second-degree rape of a child and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.Then, in December 2017, the Vancouver Police Department’s Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit uncovered and tied dozens of images of child pornography to Collins.Dropbox Inc., a file-hosting service, contacted the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on Nov. 8, 2016, about an account being used to upload child pornography, according to a probable cause affidavit.Dropbox found that the account, which was later traced back to Collins, had been used to upload at least 10 video files depicting child pornography, the affidavit states.last_img read more


first_imgAndrea Ranocchia has warned Inter Milan that they shouldn’t focus on their rivalry with Juventus if they want to be successful this season.Inter Milan is the team expected to push Juventus all the way this season as they’ve been described as ‘anti-Juve’. However, Ranocchia believes their season priority shouldn’t be only about beating Juventus.“Beating Juve is always beautiful, but our path must relate to every match in the League, Champions League and Coppa Italia” Ranocchia told Sky Sports Italia, via Football Italia.“You can’t go far with just a single match. We have to improve after our first few games and prepare ourselves for some important events.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“We can take a maximum of six points off Juve. We need more than that if we want to go far.“The Champions League is a return that I’ve been waiting to make for a long time. We’ve achieved a crucial objective for a project that must keep going for years to come.“I’m happy to be back in it. It’ll be nice to face some great teams, and we’ll go for everything with calmness.”last_img read more


first_imgOn the Web:The Daily Show’s tongue-in-cheek segment featuring Phil Crochet, “Police sensitivity training in Austin,” is at http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/mz5mhc/police-sensitivity-training-in-austinWOODLAND — Police Chief Phil Crochet seemed to be a different man 29 years ago. With a pierced ear and permed hair grown past his shoulders, he strolled into high school every day just looking to score some drugs. Methamphetamines, cocaine, LSD, marijuana — in 1985, he bought it all.That year, Crochet enrolled at Waco High School, in Texas, as the school’s first undercover narcotics agent posing as a student. After a brief training period, the Waco Police Department threw the young-looking Crochet into his first law enforcement job, living out a real-life “21 Jump Street” scenario.“There really wasn’t a lot about how to be undercover, how to keep your cover and how to stay safe,” said Crochet, now 49. “So, I was kind of just flying by the seat of my pants most of the time.” It’s an experience few police can say they’ve had. “It was almost surreal being in school again,” he said. “But I was constantly reminded that I’ve got a job to do, and we really made some cases on some bad guys.”last_img read more


first_imgHow did you secure funding for Hunter?My producing partner Morgan Island and I started out thinking, how little could we make this for, to at least do a proof-of-concept version? So we started fundraising for around a $15,000 budget, which is absolutely nothing, just to see what we could get done. We did fundraising in bars, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, all the online funding things. And we made a decent dent. We raised a couple thousands dollars, and probably could have kept going.My day job at the time was working as a personal trainer, and the nice thing about that job is you know a lot of people with spare time and money. I was talking with one of my clients about the project, and she mentioned she knew somebody in Chicago who was helping fund independent features. At that point the script had won the top 50 best horror/thrillers at the South by Southwest Screenplay competition the previous year, so I was able to parlay my relationship and that accolade into a meeting with Canal Productions, who provided funding to way beyond the level we ever thought possible up to that point.What were some of the tricks you used to save money during the production itself?There’s a chase sequence at the end — it looks beautiful — where I’m running in front of cop cars. Normally, there would’ve been things like safety apparatuses and the cop car would have been on a green screen to make sure if I stumbled, I wasn’t going to get run over by a car. There would have been a safety harness or something that would’ve pulled me out of harm’s way.We just shut down the bridge, and did it, and instructed the production assistant driving the cop car that, if I stumbled, to swerve…We also had the benefit of David Tarleton [an associate professor of film at Chicago’s Columbia College] as our director. He got a large part of our equipment on loan from Columbia.The problem is, Columbia students use it during the week. That meant we shot solely on the weekends, with the exception of spring break. So as opposed to having a month-long production schedule, we had a total of six three-day weekends where we would pick up the camera equipment Thursday night; shoot Friday, Saturday, Sunday; and drop it back off; and that saved us tens of thousands of dollars not having to rent our own equipment. Did you have to make any sacrifices during the shoot to keep to your budget?One of the ways we saved a lot of money was by me and Morgan doing on-the-ground line producing work ourselves [managing the day-to-day physical production work]. I was playing the lead, and I was also driving the equipment trucks around everywhere. And this was in the cold of a polar vortex, so the trucks did not always behave the way you’d hope.In one instance, our production van lost an alternator at around 11 p.m. Our associate producer parked it in front of my house so I could drive it down to a location. It had all of our production equipment in it. We were cameras up six hours later, and if we don’t have this, we can’t shoot.A tow guy comes out and jumps it. I drive it maybe another 150 feet, and it dies again. I’m talking to the tow truck guy, and I say, “if you jump it again, it’s just gonna die again, right?” He’s like, “yeah, unless you keep the rpm’s above 2,000, then it might stay alive.”I ask how much would it cost to tow it. He quoted me something like $2,000 because he knew I was screwed. And I also made the mistake of telling him I was part of a film production, which everybody thinks means you have money, even if you don’t.So I had him jump it one more time and I drive this thing like a madman through Chicago. When I got to a stop sign, I slammed it into neutral and revved it to keep it above 2,000rpm and successfully parallel parked it, which was the hardest part. It almost died then in the middle of the street.I took a cab back home and got two hours of sleep before heading to set and filming a 12-hour day. Tell me about Hunter’s post-production troubles.The general wisdom is that you should save half of your budget — whatever your budget is for a film — for post-production. We found out that that is really very true. We had saved about a third of ours.We weren’t sure if we were gonna get Nick Searcy [known for Justified, The Shape of Water and other roles], so we kinda built the production budget before he came on. I made the contact through another personal training client, and he ended up liking the script, so that chunk came out of essentially our post-production money. The first editor we had was a very nice guy, but he just wasn’t a good artistic fit. It took us about six months to figure that out. Editing should take about a year, by the way. It took us another six months to find an editor who would do it for what we were offering. He edited it for three months and then got called away to work on The Walking Dead full-time and be paid a lot more than we could ever offer him. No hard feelings there — he’s got to make a living — but it kind of left us high and dry. Then, three months later, we found a guy who was able to finish it in three months, with [my partner] Morgan also helping out to get it over the finish line. It took forever. We were in post-production for two-and-a-half years, which is about a year-and-a-half longer than we should have been, simply because we didn’t have the cash to pay people to stay on the project or attract the talent that we needed to get it done.Let’s talk about distribution. You finally have a film, and it’s edited and it comes time to get people to watch the movie. How do you do that?The whole thing where everyone says the point of film festivals is networking — that is 100 percent the case. The film was accepted into six festivals. The first one was Manhattan Film Fest. Our distributor was there looking for films, really liked ours, and offered us a distribution deal.It can be pretty expensive, but it is definitely worth building into your budget or your personal finances that, if you have a film out and you get into festivals, go. Be there physically, go to the networking event. Show up.After you find the distribution partner, what’s the next step?When you put it on Amazon, unless you have a lot of people searching for it, the algorithms just bury it in their sea of content. Part of the reason to work with a distributor is so that doesn’t happen. They put it out on the front page so people can discover it.Luckily we’re gonna be out on more than 10 platforms and in DVD format to cast a wide net. We don’t have $100,000,000 to market the movie, so competing with Marvel movies is a pretty bad idea ‘cuz we’re just outgunned. The way that we’re approaching this is very much grassroots. We’re running a social media campaign that’s been really successful, putting out clips that introduce people to the world [of the film]. Any parting words of wisdom?If you have a story stuck in your head, tell it. Don’t wait for someone to tell you it’s good enough. Don’t ask permission. No one ever did anything thinking they couldn’t. Get it out, in whatever way you’re capable of. Jason Kellerman’s indie film Hunter debuts starting Tuesday, Feb. 12 on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and other streaming services. Post a comment Skyfire Productions In the winter of 2014, I stood on a bridge in downtown Chicago surrounded by the flashing lights of police cars. It felt like it was negative a billion degrees, and my cop outfit didn’t provide much warmth. I also had blood dripping down my nose and was yelling at one of my oldest friends to step back from the edge while a dozen other cops pointed their weapons at him. Strangely, I was having fun.It had been awhile since I’d last done any acting, but that night, I was playing a bit part in my buddy’s action film, Hunter. I’d seen Hunter grow from the nugget of an idea into a full production. In addition to the cop cars, I was surrounded by other extras, production assistants, lights, camera rigs and most of the stuff I’d imagine you’d find on a Hollywood set. Fortunately, the blood was also fake, but the lead actor handing out hand warmers reminded me of Hunter’s humble production values.gebhart-hunter-filmThe blood was fake, but the cold was very real.  Skyfire Productions My friend Jason Kellerman wrote, produced and starred in the movie, which was made for a fraction of what Hollywood considers “ultra-low budget” and a chunk of that went toward getting a single Hollywood name to play a small but important side character. A lot of the equipment was sourced from universities, and a lot of the people on the set were students or young artists looking to cut their teeth. Now, after several years in post-production purgatory, Hunter is finally being distributed starting Tuesday, Feb. 12 on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, PSN, Xbox Live and more. To commemorate the occasion, I talked with my friend Jason about how, exactly, a truly independent film gets made. The following is an edited transcript of our conversation.CNET: So without spoiling anything, what’s Hunter, and what was your role in the movie?Jason Kellerman: I’m the screenwriter, executive producer and lead actor in Hunter. The best summation I’ve heard of the movie comes from some press we received recently, which is “homeless ex-MMA fighter takes on supernatural death cult.” 2019 movies to geek out over 77 Photos Filmmakers 0 Share your voice TV and Movies Tags Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers. last_img read more


first_imgMorman photo: Harris County / Garcia photo: Adrian Garcia campaignRepublican Jack Morman is running for a third term as Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 2. Morman’s Democratic opponent is former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.This is Morman’s first challenge since he upset then-Commissioner Sylvia Garcia in 2010. He had no opponent in 2014. He’s now battling Adrian Garcia in a district with a large Hispanic population.“Although the Latino vote is not a monolithic vote, the fact that they’re likely to split more favorably for Democrats is a good thing for Sheriff Garcia,” says Brandon Rottinghaus, professor of political science at the University of Houston.“The other factor is that you’ve got Sylvia Garcia, who is also running in the [congressional] district that overlaps a great deal with this particular Commissioners Court district. So, you are likely to see a surge in support among Latinos for Democrats, because you’ve got multiple different Latinos running,” Rottinghaus says.Adrian Garcia is hoping to break a string of defeats. He lost a bid to become Houston’s mayor in 2015 and a primary challenge to Congressman Gene Green in 2016. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:56 Share Listen Xlast_img read more


first_imgNicolas Henderson/FlickrTexas State Capitol in Austin.Fixing school finance will be one of the major tasks facing Texas lawmakers in 2019. Governor Greg Abbott and incoming House Speaker Dennis Bonnen have both named it a top priority for the next state legislative session.Lawmakers tried, and failed, to overhaul school finance last year, following a decision by the state Supreme Court that found the system constitutional but effectively broken. The reform effort became a casualty of bad blood between outgoing Speaker Joe Straus and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. The Senate failed to act on a House-passed school finance bill, after Straus blocked passage of the Senate’s property tax reform bill, one of Patrick’s top goals.Republican Senator Paul Bettencourt said the odds of success are better with new leadership in the House. “Comprehensive school finance reform can take a couple sessions, but I think there’s going to be a lot of pieces that will come out and be passed in this session,” Bettencourt said.Representative Gene Wu, a Democrat, said support for the effort cuts across both party lines and the urban-rural divide. “What I always tell people is poor is poor,” he said. “When you have poor rural [school] districts. It’s not really any different than poor inner city districts.”The 86th Texas Legislature opens January 8. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /00:48 last_img read more


first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C Sportsnet looks to capitalise on global growth with the launch of its new media arm, Mummu Media Sportsnet Corporation has restructured its organisation, with a significant portion of its activities to be managed under the newly created entity, Mummu Media. Sportsnet, a pre-eminent dedicated sports travel group, transferred selected activities and rights to the new entity on 13 September 2010. Sportsnet CEO at the time, Adam Jacoby, stepped down from the position to assume the role of managing director of Mummu Media. Mummu Media will operate the global media, rights and advisory activity for the Sportsnet group of companies and assume independent commercial activities, particularly in the white label online travel sector, a statement from the company said. The white label and pipeline business activities of Sportsnet, which include: Polo World Travel, Racing World Travel, FuelTV World Travel, Eezego1, Phil Anderson Cycling Tours and UCI Travel, have been transferred to Mummu Media, as have major rights activity and a new advisory service for the media and sport industries.“The board of Sportsnet Corporation has made an insightful and exciting decision to allow the core business to run in parallel to its entrepreneurial and market leading media activities and both will now have the freedom and support to flourish in their own right,” Mr Jacoby said.last_img read more