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Are we going to play Alberta boy with rare illness no big

Are we going to play Alberta boy with rare illness no big

first_imgONOWAY, Alta. — Four-year-old Porter Stanley has some new pals at preschool.Russ stands beside him as they manoeuvre toy cars down and around a plastic parking garage. The newest kid in class, Mimi, offers her hand, patiently waiting for Porter to give her a high- five.They soon sit on a large carpet for circle time and belt out songs about a bumblebee, the weather and monkeys.Porter isn’t able to sing or speak, but claps his hands together with the help of an aide. His mouth turns up into a quick smile as a portable suction machine buzzes in the background.Porter is one of about 30 people ever in the world to have a reported diagnosis of Beare-Stevenson syndrome, a condition that caused the bone plates in his skull to fuse together before he was born.Doctors told his parents he would probably only live a few months. But after 10 surgeries and two years of medical ups and downs, Porter is doing well. He’s a big brother, an Edmonton Oilers hockey fan and loves watching “Paw Patrol.”And now he’s going to preschool.“It’s just opened up an entire world for him that he loves and he was missing out on,” his mother, Corine Stanley, explains after dropping Porter off with his new astronaut backpack at preschool in Onoway, a small town northwest of Edmonton.She says that when Porter started in the fall, she wondered how best to introduce him to his class.Porter’s head and face are misshapen. He uses a walker to get around. There’s a tracheotomy hole in his throat that helps him breathe, but leaves him only able to communicate by touching pictures on a computer tablet.His classmates watched a video about how Porter’s suction machine is used to clear his airway. And they listened to their teacher read a book about being different.In the end, Stanley says, Porter starting school was as normal as it could be.“He rolled in the first day and the kids were like, ‘OK, no big deal … Are we going to play or what’s going on here?’“They treat him like any other little boy. Because he is.”Instructor Vivian McDonald says Porter has the most medical challenges of any student. But his classmates have figured out that they have much in common.“It really shows that everyone can fit into the world and that we can respect our differences.”Porter’s pediatrician, Dr. Rehana Chatur, says she’s amazed by his progress.“If you were to ask any of us initially when Porter was born if he would be walking and in preschool, I don’t think any of us would have predicted that,” she says.At the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, where Porter has been featured in an ad campaign, Chatur regularly sees posters of his face and hears people talking about his appearance. She calls him a great ambassador.Chatur explains that the soft spot on top of a baby’s head allows room for the brain to grow and usually closes up by 14 months of age. In Porter’s case, parts of his skull had to be taken apart and pieced back together and shunts were also used to relieve pressure as his brain developed.Because of the way his skull was fused, parts of the brain that control balance and breathing still fit tightly at the base of his skull, causing his developmental delays.Porter was Chatur’s first Beare-Stevenson patient. And remarkably, considering the small number of cases in the world, she now has a second patient with the diagnosis. Chatur says she can’t reveal details other than the patient is a little girl.Most children with Beare-Stevenson live only a few months or until about age two, says Chatur. The oldest recorded patient with the syndrome was 13.The plan is for Porter to start kindergarten next year, says his mother. And because his hometown is small, he’ll continue on with the same group of friends.Socialization is important for his development and self-esteem, adds Chatur.And, in the end, Porter may be the one who is the teacher.“It’s important for kids to learn things like tolerance and patience and how to be inclusive,” Chatur says.“I think he’s teaching a lot of people, both kids and adults.”Chris Purdy, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada will feel oilpatch pain but likely wont be as bad as

Canada will feel oilpatch pain but likely wont be as bad as

first_imgOTTAWA — The head of the Bank of Canada says the negative impacts of low oil prices that have struck Western Canada will reverberate across the entire national economy.But governor Stephen Poloz says the sting of weaker crude prices will likely have a smaller impact across Canada than the 2015 oil-price crisis, which contributed at the time to a slight, technical recession.In prepared notes of his speech today in Toronto, Poloz says oil and gas production now makes up just 3.5 per cent share of Canada’s, compared to six per cent in 2014.Looking at the positive side, Poloz says the latest oil-price shock also arrives at a time when Canada’s economy is running close to full tilt and the unemployment rate is at a 40-year low.The central bank has been on a rate-hiking path to keep inflation from running too hot — but on Wednesday it left its trend-setting interest rate unchanged as it underlined negatives such as the recent drop in oil prices and an unexpected decline in business investment.Poloz says in his speech that economic data since October have been on the disappointing side and market watchers believe the developments will delay the timing of future rate hikes.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN refugee agency deplores deaths of hundreds bound for Europe off Libyan

UN refugee agency deplores deaths of hundreds bound for Europe off Libyan

31 March 2009The United Nations refugee agency today expressed its shock at reports that hundreds of people are missing off the Libyan coast as they sought new lives in Europe, as the smuggling season gets under way in the Mediterranean. Although details are sketchy, it has been reported that a number of vessels transporting several hundred people set sail for Italy in recent days, with one or more boats having gone down, Ron Redmond, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said.Egyptian authorities said that the incident occurred some 30 kilometres of the Libyan coast, with some Egyptian nationals having been rescued and bodies recovered. They also noted that those on board included people from North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.High Commissioner António Guterres voiced his great sorrow at the “tragic loss of life,” calling the incident a “tragic example of a global phenomenon in which desperate people take desperate measures to escape conflict, persecution and poverty in search of a better life.”According to UNHCR in Rome, two boats have arrived in Italy this week: one carrying 244 people in Sicily and one with 219 in the southern island of Lampedusa.Last year, 36,000 people arrived by sea to the country from North Africa, with 75 per cent of them applying for asylum and roughly half receiving refugee status or protection on other humanitarian grounds.Mr. Guterres stressed the fruits of globalization have not reach all equally, with money and goods moving ever more freely but with obstacles to the movement of people increasing. As a result, the distinction between economic migrants and bona fide refugees or asylum seekers becomes even more blurred, he said.This latest incident also underlines the need for stepped up global cooperation for sea rescues, the High Commissioner said. read more

Action plan adopted at UN forum provides basis for tackling ageing issues

Action plan adopted at UN forum provides basis for tackling ageing issues

In a report on the follow-up to the Second World Assembly on Ageing, the Secretary-General says the Madrid meeting “served as a truly global forum on ageing,” with 159 countries participating. While aimed primarily at governments, the action plan adopted in April emphasizes the need for partnerships among national authorities, civil society and the private sector in its implementation, Mr. Annan stresses. “The successful implementation of the International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002, requires effective and timely measures by the United Nations programme on ageing to facilitate and promote the Plan,” he says. The Secretary-General says the Commission for Social Development, as the UN body responsible for follow-up and implementation of the plan, should begin discussion on how to integrate the dimensions of population ageing in its work. Meanwhile, the programme on ageing should prepare a road map aimed at implementing the Madrid Plan of Action, Mr. Annan says, to facilitate international collaboration and promote coordination of the implementation process at the international level. read more

Central African Republic militia leader and football executive transferred to ICC

Central African Republic militia leader and football executive transferred to ICC

In a statement, the Court, which is based in The Hague, the Netherlands, detailed an extensive list of some of his alleged crimes, including murder, torture, persecution, mutilation, deportation or forcible transfer, enforced disappearance and “other inhumane acts.”Mr Ngaïssona was arrested on 12 December last year in France, on a warrant for crimes allegedly committed in CAR during 2013 and 2014. In a press release, the ICC said that the date of his initial appearance before the court will be announced “soon.”Speaking on Wednesday to UN News, ICC spokesperson Fadi El Abdallah outlined the next steps in the case: “The Pre-Trial Chamber Two of the ICC found reasonable grounds to believe that Mr Ngaïssona is liable for these charges”, he said, adding that the pre-trial hearing would “confirm the identity of the suspect, ensure that he understands the charges and confirms the language in which the proceedings should be conducted for his understanding”.He said it would also set a date “to begin the confirmation of charges hearing, which is a pre-trial hearing allowing the judges to decide whether or not the case should move to a trial.”The ICC Registrar, Peter Lewis, thanked the French authorities, and those of the Netherlands, for their cooperation in the arrest and transfer of the accused to the Court.Mr. Ngaïssona, who was Minister of Youth and Sports under François Bozizé, President of the Central African Republic from 2003 to 2013, reportedly denies any involvement in the violence.According to news reports, he was the political coordinator of the Christian anti-Balaka militia, which rose to prominence after the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels, swept Mr. Bozizé from power. The militia has been blamed for numerous killings since 2013.Mr Ngaïssona was elected in February 2018 to the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football, despite the objections of some human rights groups. read more

Geek deals Dell S2740L 27inch LCD for 280 128GB SSD for 70

Geek deals Dell S2740L 27inch LCD for 280 128GB SSD for 70

first_imgThese last few weeks we have seen a number of great deals on high-end monitors. We’re not sure if it’s something in the water, but these are some of the best prices we have seen in a long time on some very nice displays.Joining those ranks today is Dell’s S2740L, a 27-inch model available for just $278.99 after 25% savings. One of the newer models in Dell’s lineup, the S2740L offers an impressive collection of features at a very budget-friendly price. While it doesn’t keep the top-notch 2560×1440 (WQHD) resolution that its cousins in the Dell Ultrasharp line offer, it instead offer 1080p resolution at less than half the price.While we have seen other 1080p 27-inch monitors in the lower $200 range, they don’t offer the IPS LCD panel found in the S2740L. IPS screens offer wider viewing angles and richer colors compared to other types, which is why Apple uses them in so many of their products.One of the most striking things about this monitor is its nearly frameless design, utilizing a super-thin bezel with edge-to-edge glass covering the front of the entire display. It will hook up to nearly any computer, game console, or video source you’ve got thanks to the VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs.The 1 year warranty Dell includes on the S2740L includes advance exchange, meaning Dell will send out a replacement first if you ever need service and you just return your unit in their packaging and on their dime. Head over to Dell.com to grab this impressive display with an equally impressive 25% savings.Dell S2740L 27-inch 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $278.99 + free shipping (reg. $369.99 | use coupn DMFVW8?GQ27MDX | ends Jan. 25 or sooner)Our other top deals:Panasonic DMP-BBT01 Compact 3D Blu-ray Player w/ WiFi, 7.1-Channel Sound, Touchpad Remote for $228 + free shipping (reg. $269.99)Toshiba Satellite L850-BT3N22 15.6-inch Core i3 Laptop (Customizable) w/Windows 8 (reg. $764.99 | use coupon EML85030 | ends soon)Sandisk 128GB 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s SSD for $69.99 + free shipping (reg. $89.99)last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Tuesday

The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Rita Kochmarjova Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 5:00 PM By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share Tweet Email Nov 29th 2016, 5:00 PM No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3109615 The 5 at 5: Tuesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #DENIS O’BRIEN: Businessman Denis O’Brien told a court today that TDs prejudiced his case against RTÉ.2. #UCD: Gardaí are investigating an alleged rape of a woman on the UCD campus.3. #INVESTIGATION: Bohemian FC has launched an investigation into former manager Roddy Collins’ claims that he told a senior club official he was concerned there was a paedophile working at the club nearly 20 years ago.4. #PLANE CRASH: 75 people have been confirmed dead, including members of a top flight Brazilian football team, crashed in Colombia early this morning.5. #JOBS: 700 jobs have been announced in three firms in Dublin. Image: Shutterstock/Rita Kochmarjova 6,217 Views last_img read more

Department asks Europe to set a date for when motorists travelling to

Department asks Europe to set a date for when motorists travelling to

first_img By Christina Finn Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 6:00 PM Department asks Europe to set a date for when motorists travelling to Northern Ireland will not need green cards The government is working on a bilateral arrangement between the EU and the UK, but that has yet to be agreed. Share568 Tweet Email3 Updated Mar 6th 2019, 6:00 PM TRANSPORT MINISTER SHANE Ross has said his department has asked the European Commission to set a date for when motorists travelling to Northern Ireland will not need a green card.He said the government is currently in talks with the EC about reaching an arrangement on the cards, stating that this is not something Ireland wants to be in place. In January, motorists were told they would require an insurance Green Card to drive in Northern Ireland and the UK in the event of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal. Last month, green card forms and electronic application templates have been issued to insurance providers by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) in preparation for a potential no-deal Brexit. The MIBI has advised motorists who plan on driving in Northern Ireland and the UK immediately after 29 March to begin applying for their green cards in case a no-deal scenario materialises. Those who plan on travelling after that period have been advised to contact their insurance company or broker one month in advance of their expected travel date.Currently, Irish-registered vehicles that travel within the EU are covered by the terms of the EU Motor Insurance Directive. However, a no-deal Brexit would see the UK withdraw from this directive, meaning Irish motorists will require a Green Card to travel there.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed today that those based in the North but travelling by car over the border to the south will not need a green card. He told the Dáil that understands that there are concerns around the issue of green cards, adding that the vast majority of those with motor insurance will be covered if they driving over the border.However, he added that drivers will need to prove they have insurance in the form of a green card.Speaking about drivers from the North who are travelling to the south, he clarified there will be a “grace period” in effect post-Brexit. Transport Minister Shane Ross, stated “this is not something that the government wants to see, rather it is another consequence of a decision by the UK people”.“As part of its contingency planning, the Government has raised this matter directly with the European Commission seeking agreement from it to set a date from which green cards would not be required as is possible under the EU’s Motor Insurance Directive.“The Commission has not given agreement to date and the Government continues to pursue the matter with it,” said Ross. Ross went on to say that the preparation by MIBI and insurers is an example of ‘prudent advance planning “in preparing for a possible no-deal Brexit”.The department has requested, and continues to do so, that the EU Commission set a date where green cards would not be required, he said. ‘Asleep at the wheel’Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty today called on the Taoiseach to directly intervene in the situation, accusing Transport Minister Shane Ross of being “asleep at the wheel” in relation to drivers needing green cards to travel over the border after Brexit. Doherty said confusions continue to reign as people are unaware of the consequences of not applying for the card, stating that people are concerned about their insurance not being recognised in the North, and cars being impounded if stopped. The Donegal deputy questioned how the transport minister allowed the situation to get where it is today just a couple of weeks away from 29 March. He added that some countries outside of the EU, have arrangements in place where such green cards are not required.Doherty asked why such a deal wasn’t already in place for Northern Ireland, stating that due diligence on the issue should have been done months ago, and not left to the last minute. Bilateral arrangement neededVaradkar said the government is continuing in its work in a bid to get an arrangement bilaterally between the EU and the UK, but that has yet to be agreed.Fianna Fáil’s Lisa Chambers said the government needs to provide assurances to people as to what might happen and what drivers need after the drive over the border post 29 March. Ross “needs to get his act together,” said Chambers, who said the transport minister should be less concerned about the passage of his judicial appointments Bill and more concerned with the “bread and butter” work of his own department. Speaking about whether her party had been briefed about what will happen to the border if there is a no-deal scenario, Chambers said the government have been far from transparent on the issue. Chambers said the Tánaiste has said the government is not planning for a hard border, adding that the most Simon Coveney has stretched to is suggesting the border would be somewhere in the sea.“He really hasn’t provided more detail than that,” she added. The “best insight” given by government on the border issue was when a private conversation was recorded between Ross and Coveney at a press briefing.The Tánaiste was recorded as telling the transport minister “we don’t want to be the government that introduce a border on this island” and Ross replied, “well, I just didn’t know what to say”. She said that suggests there is a “Cabinet within the Cabinet” where not all ministers are being briefed on the contingency plans for the border. However, she said it is not credible to suggest that the Tánaiste and the Taosieach have not had the conversation about what would happen in a no-deal scenario, though she doubts there are any discoverable notes written down on paper.  Dáil told that confusion still reigns over the green card drivers need post-Brexit. Image: Eamonn Farrell https://jrnl.ie/4526528 As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL Dáil told that confusion still reigns over the green card drivers need post-Brexit. Mar 6th 2019, 2:51 PM 48 Comments Image: Eamonn Farrell 33,438 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Trump Proposes Space Force to Fight Intergalactic Enemies

Trump Proposes Space Force to Fight Intergalactic Enemies

first_img President Donald Trump this week proposed a new branch of the military—and it sounds like the plot to a J.J. Abrams film.Addressing an audience of service members at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Trump floated the idea of launching a “space force” to fight cosmic enemies.“My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a warfighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea,” he said.The US already boasts an Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force. There’s plenty of room and funding for another division, right?“We’re doing a tremendous amount of work in space,” Trump continued. “I said, ‘Maybe we need a new force. We’ll build a Space Force.’ And I was not really serious. And then I said, ‘What a great idea. Maybe we’ll have to do that. That could happen. That could be the big breaking story.’”This isn’t exactly a novel idea: The House Armed Services Committee last year voted to create a U.S. Space Corps, which would absorb the Air Force’s current celestial missions.“In fact, this idea for a space corps as one of the solutions to Air Force space came from the Rumsfeld Commission in 2001,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) said in June.Moments before unveiling his idea for “Space Force,” Trump announced the largest military build-up “since Ronald Reagan,” including $700 billion in defense funding this year and the highest pay raise in more than a decade.“In space, the United States is going to do Col. Glenn proud,” the president said, namechecking former Marine Corps pilot John Glenn, the first person to orbit Earth. “We are finally going to lead again.“You see what’s happening; you see the rockets going up left and right. You haven’t seen that for a long time. Very soon we’re going to Mars. You wouldn’t have been going to Mars if my opponent won. You wouldn’t even be thinking about it. You wouldn’t be thinking about it.”(Sorry, Mr. President, but I don’t think White House politics would have stopped Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos from reaching the Red Planet.)“So think of that: Space Force,” he repeated. “Because we’re spending a lot, and we have a lot of private money coming in. Tremendous.”If approved, the Space Force—or Space Corps, or Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, or whatever it’s called—would become the nation’s first new military service since 1947.“From the very beginning, many of our astronauts have been soldiers, and sailors, airmen, coast guards, and marines. And our service members will be vital to ensuring America continues to lead the way into the stars,” Trump said. “We’re gonna lead the way in space. We’re way, way behind. And we’re catching up fast. So fast that nobody even believes it.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. White House Bans Flavored E-Cigarettes Amidst Vaping-Related DeathsTrump Reestablishes 30-Year-Old U.S. Space Command center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Scientists Wake Up Ancient Woolly Mammoth Cells in HighTech Experiment

Scientists Wake Up Ancient Woolly Mammoth Cells in HighTech Experiment

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target Scientists in Japan have “awakened” 28,000-year-old cells from a woolly mammoth that lived on our planet years ago, and their observations could provide a better understanding of extinct animals’ lives.The team, which published their findings in Scientific Reports, recovered cell nuclei from the remains of Yuka, a preserved mammoth that was discovered in Siberia’s permafrost nine years ago, Phys.Org reported. While there won’t be any woolly mammoths rising from the grave soon, the experiment could help scientists explore alternative resurrection methods in the future.Researchers observe biological activity after transplanting cell nuclei from Yuka the woolly mammoth (dead for 28,000 years) into mice oocytes. Whoa! Paper: https://t.co/3kVI5uiGso pic.twitter.com/D6x3TH84zq— Steve Hurst (@hurst_sj) March 12, 2019For the experiment, the scientists inserted muscle cell nuclei from the woolly mammoth carcass into mouse cells, and observed for “signs of biological activity,” Newsweek noted.Mammoth moves: frozen #cells come to life, but only just @SciReports https://t.co/N45GMjTdJF— Phys.org (@physorg_com) March 12, 2019First, an analysis showed that nucleus-like structures were present in the animal’s muscle tissue and then, additional tests revealed that its remains were not contaminated for 28,000 years. The team collected 88 nucleus-like structures from the creature and then placed them into mouse oocytes (the cell that can split to form an ovum in the ovaries). With a live-cell imaging technique, the team watched to see what would happen to the “awakened” cells.Yuka surrounded by exhibition staff at an exhibition in Yokohama, Japan. (Photo Credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)“The mammoth nuclei showed the spindle assembly, histone incorporation and partial nuclear formation; however, the full activation of nuclei for cleavage was not confirmed,” the team wrote in their study.“We are yet to see even cell divisions,” Kei Miyamoto, a member of the team at Kindai University in western Japan, told AFP. “I have to say we are very far from recreating a mammoth.”Even though the team couldn’t generate cell division needed for a woolly mammoth rebirth, the team aims to try new approaches to bring the creatures back to life down the line. However, they’ll need better preserved nuclei and additional experiments to reach this key biological milestone.“The results presented here clearly show us again the de facto impossibility to clone the mammoth by current NT [nuclear transfer] technology, our approach paves the way for evaluating the biological activities of nuclei in extinct animal species,” the scientists concluded in the study.More on Geek.com:New ‘Starry Dwarf’ Frog Belonging to Bizarre Ancient Lineage Found in IndiaThis New Species of Snake Can Stab Sideways With Its Mouth ClosedProof Is In the Honey: Urban Bees Can Help Monitor Pollutionlast_img read more

Sampling finds mixed numbers of Columbia sturgeon

Sampling finds mixed numbers of Columbia sturgeon

first_imgOver the decades, the sturgeon population of the lower Columbia River often has bedeviled Washington and Oregon biologists tasked with its management.Well, 2017 is here and it’s more of the same.The legal-size population between the ocean and Bonneville Dam has increased in the past year from about 144,000 to either 156,000 or 224,000 — depending on the scientific sampling method used, Pat Frazier, fish policy coordinator, told the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in Vancouver on Saturday.“It’s not an exact science,’’ Frazier said. “These critters are challenging for us…We’re not saying one is necessarily right over the other.’’However, Frazier said an increase of 57 percent in a year is puzzling.“We struggle a little bit with where this increase in the legal population came from,’’ he said.Brad James, sturgeon biologist for the department, told the Columbia River Recreational Advisory Group last week, he thinks the population is closer to the 156,000 number than 224,000.“Such a significant jump is difficult to understand where all those fish would have come from,’’ James said. “It doesn’t match modeled projections and is not supported by catch-per-unit trend in gillnet and setline tagging fisheries.’’last_img read more

NOW HIRING Wilmington Seeks Finance DirectorTown Accountant

NOW HIRING Wilmington Seeks Finance DirectorTown Accountant

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington is hiring an a Finance Director/Town Accountant. The job ad can be found below:The Town of Wilmington (population 23,000: budget $119 million) seeks qualified applicants for the position of Finance Director/Town Accountant. The position is responsible to the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen, serves as Town Accountant and Chief Financial Officer, and oversees the Town’s financial activities which include accounting, assessing, collections, treasury, financial systems and purchasing. The position advises the Town Manager on revenue projections, serves as the Town Manager’s technical advisor on departmental budgets and management, and has oversight of the preparation of the Town’s annual operating and capital budgets. Successful candidate should have five (5) years’ experience in Massachusetts municipal finance at a department head level; bachelors or masters (preferred) degree in business administration, finance or accounting; a thorough knowledge of Massachusetts municipal finance (UMAS) and budget management. MMAAA certification preferred. For a full job description visit www.wilmingtonma.gov or contact 978-658-3311. To apply, submit required application, resume and cover letter to the Town Manager’s Office, Attn: Assistant Town Manager, 121 Glen Road, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to jobs@wilmingtonma.gov. If submitted by email, please use “Position: Finance Director/Town Accountant” in the subject line. Position open until filled.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Finalists For Town’s New Finance Director Position Revealed; Public Interviews ScheduledIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen Consider Creating “Finance Director/Town Accountant” PositionIn “Government”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Finance Director Bryan PerryIn “5 Quick Questions”last_img read more

Lyfts COO reportedly stepping down just four months after IPO

Lyfts COO reportedly stepping down just four months after IPO

first_imgLyft has gone through an executive shakeup since its IPO. Lyft It’s been four months since Lyft became a public company and now it appears to be losing its chief operating officer. Jon McNeill is reportedly stepping down from the role, according to CNBC, which cites a person familiar with the situation. Lyft declined to comment.The ride-hailing company has experienced a bumpy ride since its debut on the stock market at the end of March. After a strong first day of trading, it’s been a downhill journey. Two sets of stockholders have sued the company for misrepresenting the strength of its business. Lyft’s market value has also dropped from $22.2 billion in March to $18.6 billion today.  Tech Industry Roadshow Lyft isn’t the only ride-hailing company to be having a hard time going public. Rival Uber has also seen flat trading and a loss of top executives. Along with three board members stepping down from Uber’s board over the last two months, the company’s Chief Operating Officer Barney Harford also left. Both companies have also seen the departures of their chief marketing officers.McNeill joined Lyft as COO in February 2018. He came to the ride-hailing company from Tesla, where he served as the president of global sales and service.Separately on Monday, Uber reportedly laid off 400 people in its marketing department, according to The New York Times.  Related stories Comment Uber rings in its IPO Share your voice 0:47center_img Originally published July 29, 12:05 p.m. PTUpdate, 1:47 p.m.: Adds report of layoffs at rival Uber. Lyft Uber Now playing: Watch this: 1 Lyft posts big loss in first quarter as a publicly traded company Lyft adds two new execs to its roster amid IPO woes Uber loses two top execs one month after the company’s rocky IPO Tagslast_img read more

Baylor Hires 1st Female President Amid Sex Assault Scandal

Baylor Hires 1st Female President Amid Sex Assault Scandal

first_imgAP Photo/LM Otero, FileFILE – In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Baylor helmets on shown the field after an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas. Baylor University will look to rebuild its reputation and perhaps its football program after an outside review found administrators mishandled allegations of sexual assault and the team operated under the perception it was above the rules.Baylor University selected a new president to guide the nation’s largest Baptist school on Tuesday, picking the first female leader in its 172-year history as the campus wades through a sexual assault scandal that chased out her predecessor and led to several lawsuits and investigations.Linda Livingstone comes to Baylor from George Washington University, where she is a dean and professor of management. Her academic career includes previous administrative and teaching roles at Pepperdine University and Baylor.Livingstone returns to Baylor at a time the school faces federal lawsuits from more than a dozen women who contend that school officials ignored or suppressed their sexual assault claims and fostered a culture of rape within the football program. The school also faces a state criminal investigation and civil rights probe by federal education officials.A Baylor investigation report in 2016 found the school mishandled sexual assault claims for years and the football program operated as if it was above the rules. Football coach Art Briles was fired and former President Ken Starr was demoted and later resigned. David Garland had been acting as interim president.In a statement released by Baylor, Livingstone said she is “humbled and honored” to come back and said the 16,000-student school is “committed to excellence in all aspects of University life, while strengthening the Christian mission.”Baylor has also has been criticized by state lawmakers and wealthy alumni as being too secretive in how the school conducted its investigation and selectively releasing details of what it found.Baylor initially released a 13-page “Finding of Facts” summary that found “institutional failure at every level,” but it didn’t include details of this failure. Months later, Baylor officials acknowledged that 17 women had reported being sexually assaulted by 19 football players.In one of the lawsuits against the school, a woman who alleges that she was raped by two football players in 2013 said she knows of more than 50 sexual assaults by 31 players over a four-year period. The university and the law firm that conducted the internal review, Pepper Hamilton, are fighting subpoenas seeking the firm’s investigation records.As a private school, most of Baylor’s records and its top-level meetings are exempt from the state’s public information laws. Sharelast_img read more

Muzooka to Provide Artist Assets for iHeartRadio Music Charts

Muzooka to Provide Artist Assets for iHeartRadio Music Charts

first_imgMuzooka will provide artist assets including photos, videos, bios for the iHeartRadio Music Charts, powered by Mediabase, iHeartMedia announced today.Muzooka.com will allow artists and their representatives to update asset in real time and across multiple platforms.The platform also automates live setlist reporting to performing rights organizations, facilitating proper payments to songwriters when their work is played onstage.“We are committed to helping artists maintain their professional portfolios and assets to the highest quality, providing music fans the latest information about their favorite artists,” said Alissa Pollack, EVP of global music marketing at iHeartMedia. “Muzooka is artist-oriented and our partnership with them is a one stop shop, giving artist teams’ immediate access to control and update their talent’s information on our charts at their fingertips, making the process efficient and convenient.” Popular on Variety Added Shawn Wilson, Muzooka founder and CEO: “Muzooka has always been an artist-focused company. Asset management and setlist reporting are what we focus on, and both are major priorities for artists in the music industry. This partnership with iHeart is a giant step toward in supplying solutions worldwide.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Eight of the weirdest game controllers of all time

Eight of the weirdest game controllers of all time

first_img 1 2 The Nintendo Wii U controller is definitely unique, but it’s by no means the craziest input device ever made. For as long as people have been gaming, hardware designers have been trying to reinvent the way they do it, and that has produced a long line of strange experiments. Some of them fell flat. Others weren’t great, but innovated in ways that made a lasting impression. A few were even pretty good on their own. No matter how well they succeeded, all of them were unusual enough to earn confused expressions at first glance. Here are some of the most bizarre controllers ever, and why they’ve got a place in gaming history.NeGcon – PlaystationThe first question most people ask when they see the Namco NeGcon is “why?” And indeed, why would anyone want a gamepad that twists in half? The surprising answer is that, at the time, it was one of the best ways to play racing games. The original Playstation controller didn’t have the thumbsticks that are so common today, which meant no analog steering. Making a really precise turn required carefully pulsing the left and right directions on a D-pad, or else buying a racing wheel.The NeGcon’s unusual design offered a different solution. By twisting the halves of Namco’s controller in opposite directions, players could fine tune the amount of turn they wanted. Meanwhile, the two analog buttons on the face, another unusual feature at the time, allowed for more precise acceleration and braking. As strange as it looks now, the NeGcon was a favorite among fans of the early WipEout games.Nintendo 64 controllerThe Nintendo 64 controller (pictured at the top) is perhaps the most refined experiment on this list. In some ways, it was even ahead of its time, as its analog thumbstick and trigger didn’t become standard controller features for years. The problem was that, in order to use them, players had to awkwardly grasp the middle and side of the controller, one hand higher than the other. Looking back, it’s clear that this is where Nintendo truly fell in love with making unusual controllers.Sidewinder Strategic Commander – PCBefore the Xbox 360 controller became the go-to gaming device on the PC, Microsoft’s Sidewinder gamepad was the gold standard that many games were pre-configured for. The other entries in the Sidewinder family, however, weren’t as universally loved.The Strategic Commander was designed with RTS games in mind, the idea being that it could replace the keyboard for a player’s left hand. The entire top portion slid around on the base for moving about a map, and twisted for zooming in and out. The buttons under each fingertip could be programmed with long strings of keys for quickly setting up build queues or issuing common commands. Despite some clunkiness to the movement scheme, the Strategic Commander had dedicated fans who felt it was an under-appreciated RTS tool.Sidewinder Dual Strike – PCI can’t bring up the Sidewinder line without mentioning Microsoft’s other strange experiment from that period, the Dual Strike. As with the Strategic Commander, the Dual Strike was an attempt to rethink the usual mouse and keyboard scheme used on the PC, but this time for the FPS genre. The knob that divided the two sides allowed the right section of the controller to pivot around for aiming, while the D-pad handled the ASDW functions of moving and strafing.Many reviewers found that the Dual Strike actually worked well, even if it took a lot of adjusting to. If the D-pad hadn’t been so prone to break, it might have gathered more of a following.Next page: Four more controllers that seemed like a good idea at the time…last_img read more

Fixing Tiny Text in Windows

Fixing Tiny Text in Windows

first_imgFixing Tiny Text in Windows by Martin Brinkmann on July 17, 2016 in Tutorials – 17 commentsIf you are running your Windows computer on a high resolution display, for instance one of those brand new 4K displays, you may have noticed that some text does not scale well.While most programs and apps should work well on high resolution displays, others display text so small that you can barely read anything without binoculars.Basically, these issues may occur on any device that is connected to displays with a resolution greater than Full HD (1080p).The “tiny text” issue is caused by programs that are not optimized for high-DPI resolutions, and programs that don’t scale well.While old programs make the bulk of programs with display issues, you may also run into issues when running newer applications on Windows.Fixing Tiny Text in WindowsNewer Windows versions do a good job at adjusting settings automatically when they recognize a high resolution display.One of the methods increases the size of text to 200% automatically so that everything looks bigger on screen.If all windows and text looks tiny when you run Windows, you may want to check that setting first to make sure that it is set up correctly.Generally speaking, Windows 8.x and 10 do a much better job at scaling for high DPI displays than previous versions of Windows.Option 1: Adjusting scaling propertiesIf you are running Windows 10, you may do the following:Right-click on the desktop and select Display Settings from the context menu.The Settings application displays the current scaling of text, apps and other items on the screen that opens.You may use the slider to change the scaling value. Please note that the recommended value takes display size into consideration automatically. The value is usually set to 100% on Full HD displays and displays with lower resolutions, and to a larger value, say 200% on high DPI displays.The scaling is automatically adjusted when you move the slider, but some apps may not respond to the new value immediately. If that is the case sign out and in again, or restart the PC to complete the process.You may also click on “Advanced display settings” to adjust the screen resolution if necessary. Windows gets it right usually though.If you are running Windows 7, do the following instead:Right-click on the desktop and select Screen Resolution from the context menu.Select “Make text and other items larger or smaller” when the Control Panel window opens.Use the options to switch to another text scaling value. The operating system highlights the default value on the screen.Hit the apply button once you have made the adjustment, and use the prompt to log off and on again.You may also try the “set custom text size (DPI)” setting on the page before you sign out. This allows you to scale text by making it larger.Note that doing so may mess up some programs in the process.Option 2: Fixing programs that don’t scale well, or at allEven if you make adjustments to how text scales in Windows, you may run into programs that don’t display well on high DPI displays.If you notice that a program does not work well with high DPI settings, you may want to disable display scaling for it when you run the program.Doing so is rather easy:Right-click on the program’s icon, for instance on the desktop, and select Properties from the context menu. If the program is displayed on the taskbar, right-click on it, and then right-click again on its name that opens in the menu.Switch to the Compatibility tab. It lists settings to improve an application’s compatibility when running. Locate “disable display scaling on high DPI settings”, and check the box.You find other options on the page that you may want to experiment with, for instance to run it in a lower resolution, or disabling desktop composition.Once you make the change, Windows will enforce the compatibility settings that you have enabled in the properties.Doing so may lead to problems of its own though. Probably the biggest issue that you may experience afterwards is that the program interface, and text, are tiny.Some programs allow you to adjust that while others don’t. If you notice issues after enabling the setting you may want to disable it again if you cannot work with the program anymore as a consequence.Option 3: Manifest filesYou may use manifest files to improve a program’s compatibility with high resolution displays. Manifest files work similarly to the compatibility dialog as they may change certain program properties when available.There is a lot that you can do with application manifests, including disabling a program’s DPI awareness. Basically, programs may “tell” Windows when started that they support different DPI settings which may sometimes result in text being very tiny when you run those programs.You may disable that using manifest files. I have uploaded a sample manifest file for Photoshop which you may adjust for other programs as you see fit: photoshop.exe_.zipYou don’t need to edit the file itself, only its name. Replace photoshop.exe.manifest with the name of the program that you want to disable DPI awareness for, and place it in the program directory.You need to tell Windows to prioritize external manifest files. This is done by adding a key to the Windows Registry:Tap on the Windows-key, type regedit.exe and hit enter.Confirm the UAC prompt.Use the sidebar hierarchy to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SideBySideRight-click on SideBySide and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.Name it PreferExternalManifest.Double-click the newly created Dword and set its value to 1.Exit the Registry Editor and reboot your system.Other optionsThe options listed above should fix tiny text issues in Windows most of the time. You do have a couple of options at your disposal though that you may want to explore as well.Make sure you install the latest driver package for the graphics card.Application updates may introduce better compatibility with high DPI displays.The Magnifier tool may help you out if you run into display issues less frequently. To launch it, tap on the Windows-key, type magnifier and hit enter.Now You: Have other tips on how to make tiny text more readable on Windows?SummaryArticle NameFixing Tiny Text in WindowsDescriptionFind out how to fix tiny text display issues in Windows when your Windows PC is connected to a high resolution (high DPI) displays.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Strong temblor jolts Costa Rica

Strong temblor jolts Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica registers increase in seismic activity this week 2 temblors jolt Costa Rica; no initial reports of injuries 23 temblors shake Cartago starting Monday night Earthquake in Cartago damaged dozens of houses A  strong temblor was felt in several areas of Costa Rica Wednesday morning at 10:16 a.m.The University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network reported the magnitude-5.7 quake as having an epicenter 100 kilometers south of David in Panama.According to the National University’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica, the temblor was a magnitude-6.3 and originated at a depth of 15.3 kilometers in the Pacific.Social media users reported the temblor was “moderate to strong” and was felt mostly in San José, Heredia, Cartago, Alajuela and the southern region of Puntarenas, among other communities.Currently there are no reports of significant damage or injuries. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Located on the citysi

Go back to the enewsletter Located on the citysi

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLocated on the city-side of Darling Harbour, the contemporary PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney is an urban sanctuary in the heart of the city with stunning views and state-of-the-art facilities to guarantee Mum a memorable experience.With new Head Chef Anthony Naylor at the helm of the kitchen, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant ABODE has put together indulgent gourmet menus for high tea, lunch, and dinner, with a complimentary glass of champagne for all Mums.Savour a decadent high tea menu featuring a selection of savoury bites, delectable desserts and traditional high tea favourites, complemented with exquisite Villa Jolanda Prosecco and Jansz sparkling wine. Experience a modern twist on classic favourites with prosecco cured salmon roulade or blueberry and vanilla scones with rose scented Chantilly cream, all served on stunning Villeroy & Boch China. All Mums will be treated to a complimentary glass of champagne.Available on Sunday 8 May in two sittings from 12pm to 2pm and 2pm to 4pm. Prices are $45 per adult (12 years and over), $30.00 per child (four to 12 years old inclusive) and infants (not requiring a seat) are complimentary.Just minutes away from the Parramatta city centre and popular Church Street, PARKROYAL Parramatta is another perfect sanctuary to kick-start your Mother’s Day celebration in style.Treat Mum to a sensational buffet breakfast at the hotel’s chic restaurant TABLE:30. Experience an enticing selection of flavours from around the world, as breakfast creations are whipped up right before your eyes at the live cooking station. Enjoy an exquisite range of hot and cold dishes, fresh fruit juice and real bean coffee. All Mums will be treated to a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival.Breakfast seatings are available on Sunday 8 May from 7am to 10.30am. Prices are $30 per adult and $16 per child (five to 12 years old inclusive).Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Former residents eyeing return to Varosha homes

Former residents eyeing return to Varosha homes

first_imgOn Tuesday evening, refugees from Varosha (Famagusta) will gather at the Golden Bay Hotel in Larnaca to discuss a novel idea: going back to live in their ancestral homes in the north, whether under a comprehensive political settlement or not.It’s a drive spearheaded by the well-known Lordos family, particularly Andreas Lordos, who ran for Famagusta mayor – but did not get in – in the recent municipal elections.So far, the notion of returning to Varosha had been doing the rounds on social media. Tuesday at 7pm will be the first post-election and in-the-flesh meeting of Lordos supporters.“The purpose is to gauge response to this idea, listen to people, and take it from there,” Lordos tells the Sunday Mail.“We’re tired of 50 years of negotiations with no solution in sight. If we can go back and live in our homes without a settlement, we will.“We’ve got to make an explicit statement that we don’t accept the status quo,” he adds.Lordos, the go-to-guy for this movement – “unfortunately” he qualifies, not wishing to be seen as a leader – proposes that for starters a small number of people could return to their homes just off Deryneia Road, which runs exactly along the fence put up outside Varosha.The group hope that authorities and the military in the north can be persuaded to push back the fence a few meters, allowing some Greek Cypriots to occupy a dozen or so abandoned residences in the vicinity.They’ve even earmarked the precise location: the neighbourhood around the Ayia Zoni church.When the Turkish army gained control of the area during the 1974 invasion, they fenced it off and have since barred admittance to anyone except Turkish military and United Nations personnel. The people of Varosha hoped to return to their home when the situation calmed down, but the resort was fenced off by the Turkish military.UN Security Council Resolution 550 of 1984 called for Varosha to be handed over to the administration of the United Nations, and was to be resettled by the inhabitants who were forced out.The first homes suggested for resettling are very close to the lineDuring the 2016 election campaign, Lordos says he polled some 400 of his supporters, people from Varosha, 30 per cent of whom said they wanted to return to live and/or work. Forty per cent said they did not, and the rest were undecided.Lordos, an architect by profession, explains: “No more of this business of keeping Famagusta as a bargaining chip in the negotiations. The way the negotiations have been set up, it’s been all or nothing. But it doesn’t have to be that way.”Politics aside, the logistics of returning are feasible, says Lordos. The area is supplied by electricity and water, the infrastructure is there.On the legal status of refugees returning to Varosha without a political settlement – given that authorities in the north might grant Greek Cypriots permission to go back but subsequently change their mind – Lordos said: “I hope that wouldn’t happen.At any rate, these are all subjects we’ll be discussing at our upcoming meeting.”Asked why now, Lordos, 49, said the idea has been gaining traction over the past couple of years as first-generation refugees grow old.“In a way, it’s either now or never, before we completely lose touch with our land. A few of us, like myself have some memories of Varosha, others not at all.”Kyriacos Hadjiapostolou, also from Varosha, fled his home town in 1974. He was 16 at the time.He echoes others’ frustration with the lack of progress for reunification.“Even if a solution were agreed, that wouldn’t be the end of it. We’d still have a referendum, and we saw what happened on our side the last time round. Maybe it’s time to take matters into our own hands,” he said.Andreas LordosBack to Lordos who, citing a contact he has in the north – a Turkish Cypriot real estate agent with links to the land registry – says that an estimated one-third of Greek Cypriot properties there have not been allocated.According to him, the trickle of Greek Cypriot refugees moving back north began after the opening of crossing points in 2003.Since then, a small number of people have moved back to their homes in the Maronite villages of Kormakitis, near the northernmost tip of the island, and Ayia Marina Skylloura.Louis K, in his early 60s, hailing from Ayia Triada village in the Karpas peninsula, told the Sunday Mail that around half a dozen people have resettled there over the past couple of years.Mostly folks in their 50s and 60s, they rejoined parents and relatives living as enclaved persons since 1974. The Greek Cypriot enclaved in Ayia Triada reside harmoniously side by side with Turkish settlers, mostly from Trabzon, said Louis.But these cases are somewhat different to what Lordos is proposing. People wishing to live in the north as enclaved have to apply through the office of the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots.If approved, they are required to live permanently in the north, but may obviously travel to and fro and work in the south.Enclaved persons qualify for a small benefit from the state, usually around €400 per person a month.Humanitarian Affairs Commissiner Fotis Fotiou said almost all persons returning to the north post-1974 have moved into four villages – Rizokarpaso, Ayia Triada, Kormakitis and Karspasha.All four villages were previously inhabited by 1974 enclaved persons, which is why younger people are allowed to return at all, in a sort of family reunion programme.Currently, there are approximately 300 Greek Cypriot enclaved persons living in Rizokarpaso and Ayia Triada – including the newly-arrived.A further 150 enclaved live in the Maronite villages of Kormakitis and Karpasha.And another 120 applications from returning-enclaved persons are currently pending. These applications were submitted over the past six to eight months.According to Fotiou, the trend can be chiefly attributed to the ‘younger’ generation wishing to join their ageing enclaved parents in the north.“Many people are thinking, ‘When my parents die, the house will be uninhabited and liable to be taken over by the authorities in the north’.”Famagusta mayor-in-exile Alexis Galanos declined to comment when asked about Lordos’ Varosha plank, although he was aware of stirrings on Facebook.“The issue of Famagusta will be addressed as part of a comprehensive agreement. All I can say is that if Mr Lordos or anyone else has a suggestion, they are welcome to bring it to the official municipality organs.”Information on the Varosha move can be found on the Andreas C Lordos Facebook page and at http://www.andreaslordos.org.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Yale Doctor: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more