Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of “net neutrality’ rules mean to you?In the short term, the answer is simple: Not much. But over time, your ability to watch what you want to watch online and to use the apps that you prefer could start to change.Your mobile carrier, for instance, might start offering you terrific deals for signing up to its own video service, just as your YouTube app starts suffering unexpected connection errors. Or you could wake one day to learn that your broadband provider is having a tiff with Amazon, and has slowed down its shopping site in order to extract business concessions.All of which would be perfectly legal under the new deregulatory regime approved Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission, so long as the companies post their policies online. Broadband providers insist they won’t do anything that harms the “internet experience” for consumers.WHAT HAPPENEDOn Thursday, the FCC repealed Obama-era “net neutrality” rules, junking the longtime principle that all web traffic must be treated equally. The move represents a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight.The big telecommunications companies had lobbied hard to overturn the rules, contending they are heavy-handed and discourage investment in broadband networks.“What is the FCC doing today?” asked FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican. “Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence.”Under the new rules approved Thursday, companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T would be free to slow down or block access to services they don’t like. They could also charge higher fees to rivals and make them pay up for higher transmission speeds, or set up “fast lanes” for their preferred services — in turn, relegating everyone else to “slow lanes.”Those possibilities have stirred fears among consumer advocates, Democrats, many web companies and ordinary Americans afraid that the cable and phone giants will be able to control what people see and do online.WHAT HAPPENS NEXTIn the near term, experts believe that providers will stay on their best behaviour. In part, that’s because inevitable legal challenges to the FCC’s action will keep the spotlight on them.Public-interest groups such as Free Press and Public Knowledge have said they’ll be involved in litigation against Pai’s rules. New York’s attorney general vowed to lead a multistate lawsuit; the attorneys general of Massachusetts and Washington state also announced plans to sue.“The fact that Chairman Pai went through with this, a policy that is so unpopular, is somewhat shocking,” said Mark Stanley, a spokesman for the civil liberties organization Demand Progress. “Unfortunately, not surprising.”Rep. Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat, said he would introduce legislation to overturn the FCC’s action , restoring the previous net-neutrality rules. That move, however, could face tough opposition, given that Republicans control both houses of Congress.ONCE THE KLIEG LIGHTS FADEThings could be different assuming the rules survive legal and congressional challenges.AT&T senior executive vice-president Bob Quinn said in a blog post that the internet “will continue to work tomorrow just as it always has.” Like other broadband providers, AT&T said it won’t block websites and won’t throttle or degrade online traffic based on content.But such things have happened before. The Associated Press in 2007 found Comcast was blocking some file-sharing services. AT&T blocked Skype and other internet calling services — which competed with its voice-call business — from the iPhone until 2009.Thursday’s rule change also eliminates certain federal consumer protections, bars state laws that contradict the FCC’s approach, and largely transfers oversight of internet service to another agency with relatively little experience in telecommunications policy, the Federal Trade Commission.Angelo Zino, an analyst at CFRA Research, said he expects AT&T and Verizon to be the biggest beneficiaries because the two internet giants can now give priority to the movies, TV shows and other videos or music they provide to viewers. That could hurt rivals such as Sling TV, Amazon, YouTube or startups yet to be born.
Rajapaksa says the city of Colombo where the majority of the population does not belong to the majority community in the country is an example to the entire world of the co-existence of religions and ethnic groups.“In Sri Lanka Hinduism also finds acceptance within the fold of popular Buddhism. Every Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka features shrines to certain Hindu Gods particularly Lord Vishnu who is seen as one of the guardian deities of Sri Lanka,” he said. He says the majority of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka permanently live outside the north and east, among the Sinhala people and the tolerance and the peaceful nature of Buddhism gives the nation this strength.Rajapaksa also noted that the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has gone on record opposing any move to deprive Buddhism of the foremost place accorded by the constitution and to turn Sri Lanka into a secular state.He says apart from being the religion of the vast majority of the population, the ethos of Buddhism also keeps the country together by providing all other religious faiths an environment of tolerance and coexistence. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says Tamils overseas are not investing enough in the North and East of the country.Speaking at an international Buddhist conference in India, Rajapaksa said that many high rise residential buildings have come up in Colombo in the past two decades. “Even after the war, the Tamil people resident overseas have not invested in the North and East to the extent they have in Colombo. I see this as a case of voting with one’s feet. The condominiums in Colombo are not cheap. Property values in Colombo are almost the same as in some Western capitals and nobody would invest large sums of money in Colombo if they thought it was not possible to live among the majority Sinhala Buddhist population,” Rajapaksa noted in his speech. He says the condominium boom in Colombo was in fact started by Tamil people resident overseas, who spent enormous sums of money buying up flats in Colombo even at the height of the war that was waged to carve out an independent Tamil state in the North and East.
cabling.jpg Cat 5 specifies four-pair cable consisting of twisted-pair conductors used mainly for digital transmission. Cat 5 cable is typically deployed for full-duplex Ethernet networks running at 10 or 100 Mbps. See All in Enterprise Networking » If you’re looking to the future, Cat 6A will deliver the best performance at the full distance. If, however, you have no cable length requirements over 120 to 150 feet, then Cat 6 will support 10 Gbps.Tags:News & ViewsCat 6AWi-Fi 6Enterprise NetworkingNews & Views Articles You Might Like ‘Snowflake’ Networks: Putting a Freeze on Automation Terry Slattery June 26, 2019 Snowflake networks may sound as pretty as a new snowfall, but they create real challenges for automation. Wired vs. Wireless: A Closer Look J.R. Simmons September 18, 2019 As enterprises configure their networks to meet the demands of a connected workforce, the debate over wired vs. wireless network has come into focus. Cat 6 has a tighter twist in the cables, which supports two-way communication on each pair of wires. Cat 5e doesn’t support this feature. Cat 5e and Cat 6 support 1-Gbps networks. Cat 5e may have a longer delay, which makes it seem that it’s running more slowly. Especially as they build up their Internet of Things environments, businesses will need three things in the near future: greater LAN speeds, higher power levels for PoE ports, and more connections. Greater speed and higher PoE means new cabling technology — enter Category 6A twisted-pair copper cabling. Knowing the Difference in Cabling StandardsCat 3 cable, also known as voice-grade, or VG (as in 100BaseVG), is an unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cable used to connect legacy telephones. It’s one of the copper cabling standards defined and specified jointly by the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and published in TIA/EIA-568-B. Cat 3 can reliably support data rates up to 10 Mbps for Ethernet connections. Businesses can expect Cat 6A cabling to cost at least about 20% more to implement than Cat 6, but when you consider the growth in devices powered by PoE and in the number of wireless users, it’s more difficult than ever to make a case for implementing anything lower than Cat 6A. Not selecting Cat 6A could put businesses at risk of needing to replace Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling in order to support 802.11ax APs. 5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Extreme Networks Zeus Kerravala May 17, 2019 The company, whose existence was being questioned just a few years ago, has risen from the proverbial ashes. Introduction to 802.1axIEEE 802.11ax, marketed as Wi-Fi 6 by the Wi-Fi Alliance, is one of the two Wi-Fi specifications standards of IEEE 802.11. The other is 802.11ay, which has more problems penetrating surfaces like walls than does the ax version (see related No Jitter post, “Cisco Goes Big with Wi-Fi 6.” Cat 5E cable is designed to support full-duplex Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps) operation, as well as Gigabit Ethernet. In addition, Cat 5e has stricter specifications for crosstalk, attenuation, and return loss than Cat 5. Here Comes Cat 6ATo reduce crosstalk, Cat 6A has additional and tighter twists and insulation than previous versions. Cat 6A is backwards-compatible with Cat 6 and Cat 5E; the speeds are limited, and will perform to the lowest-category cable or connector installed in the link. Cat 6A is the cabling expected to support the new Wi-Fi 6 APs. 802.11ax access points (APs) are designed to operate in all-band spectrums between 1 and 7 GHz, when they become available, in addition to the existing 2.4- and 5-GHz bands. Device vendors have demonstrated a top speed of 11 Gbps. Throughput speeds are four times higher than they are for IEEE 802.11ac, even though the nominal data rate is about 37% faster at most with latency down 75%. Connecting the new APs will require higher-speed cabling (10 Gbps) and new LAN switches. 8 Disruptive Forces Reshaping Networking Sorell Slaymaker September 05, 2019 Change is in the air, and not all long-held assumptions will prove valid. Cat 6 cable provides higher performance than Cat 5e and features more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise. To transmit complying with Cat 6 specifications, jacks, patch cables, patch panels, cross-connects, and cabling must all meet Cat 6 standards. For example, if connectors in use comply with Cat 5e but not Cat 6 specs, then the Cat 6 cable can’t operate at 1 Gbps. The Changing Face of Network Strategy Scott Murphy June 19, 2019 Applications are changing the face of the network. Is your infrastructure ready? Cat 6A uses 16- to 20-gauge wires. Thicker wire translates onto higher PoE. Cat 6A cable is considerably thicker then Cat 6, which in turn is thicker than Cat 5. Cabling space may limit the number of cables that can be run in a conduit. Cat 6A supports 10 Gbps for the full distance of Ethernet (328 feet). Cat 6A also reduces the crosstalk among the wire pairs, which reduces the cable delay. You’ll have to verify if the Cat 6A cable can support PoE standard 802.3bt with power delivery of 60 and 100 watts. Selecting Cat X CableThe 10-Gbps network on Cat 6 cables is limited to 164 feet, including patch cables. Beyond this distance, the speed is the same as Cat 5e or 1 Gbps. The Cat 6 cable primarily uses 23-gauge wires, and sometimes Cat 6 may have a plastic piece in the middle of the cable that splits the pairs apart, making the cable thicker. The purpose of this design it to limit crosstalk. Log in or register to post comments
According to the World Malaria Report 2015, released today, more than half (57) of the 106 countries with malaria in 2000 had achieved reductions in new malaria cases of at least 75 per cent by 2015. In that same time frame, 18 countries reduced their malaria cases by 50-75 per cent.“Since the start of this century, investments in malaria prevention and treatment have averted over 6 million deaths,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. “We know what works. The challenge now is to do even more.”An estimated 663 million cases of malaria have been averted in sub-Saharan Africa since 2001 as a direct result of the scale-up of three key malaria control interventions: insecticide-treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying and artemisinin-based combination therapy, the report said.The new estimates from WHO also show that across sub-Saharan Africa, the prevention of new cases of malaria has resulted in major cost savings for endemic countries.New estimates presented in the report show that reductions in malaria cases attributable to malaria control activities saved an estimated $900 million in case management costs in the region between 2001 and 2014.And for the first time since WHO began keeping score, the European Region is reporting zero indigenous cases of malaria.In 2014, 16 countries reported zero indigenous cases of malaria: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, Iraq, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Oman, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.Despite the progress, there is “still a long road” towards elimination, the report said.“Globally, about 3.2 billion people – nearly half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria,” WHO said. “In 2015, there were estimated 214 million new cases of malaria, and approximately 438,000 deaths.”The report said 15 countries, mainly in Africa, account for most global malaria cases (80 per cent) and deaths (78 per cent) with two countries, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), accounting for more than 35 per cent of global malaria deaths in 2015.According to the report, these high burden countries have achieved slower-than-average declines in malaria incidence (32 per cent) compared to other countries globally (53 per cent). “In many of these countries, weak health systems continue to impede progress in malaria control,” the agency said.Approximately one third of people at risk of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa lived in households that lacked protection from mosquito nets or indoor residual spraying.WHO noted that the “progress has resulted, in large part, from the massive deployment of effective and low-cost malaria control interventions.”For example, since 2000, nearly 1 billion insecticide-treated mosquito nets have been distributed in sub-Saharan Africa, and by 2015, about 55 per cent of the population in this region was sleeping under mosquito nets, up from less than 2 per cent coverage in 2000.Rapid diagnostic tests have made it easier to swiftly distinguish between malarial and non-malarial fevers, enabling timely and appropriate treatment, the agency also note.But even as progress was being made WHO warned of “new challenges” on the horizon.“In many countries, progress is threatened by the rapid development and spread of mosquito resistance to insecticides,” said Dr. Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme. “Drug resistance could also jeopardize recent gains in malaria control.”
“I met with residents who are living in completely substandard housing and yet paying exorbitant rents,” said Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, at the end of a 10-day visit to the Republic of Korea.In a statement on Wednesday, she said that some were “forced to live in tiny spaces no more than 5 square metres, on short term leases and at the mercy of landlords’ arbitrary decisions to raise the rent”.While acknowledging the Government’s “massive effort” to improve housing conditions for the bulk of its population, she said she is “deeply concerned” by the continuation of “massive reconstruction projects” resulting in the destruction of neighbourhoods and displacement of individuals and families.She also expressed alarm at how urban areas have become unaffordable for young people and low-income households; although that is an observation which has been made frequently about expanding cities in other developed countries such as London, Tokyo and New York.Ms. Farha pointed out that the country’s current legal framework for urban redevelopment and reconstruction does not comply with internationally recognised human rights standards and continues to result in forced evictions.She said that South Korea, formally known as the Republic of Korea, now leads the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) list, in terms of household debt and “security of tenure is a real issue,” she added.“The shift from housing being treated as a commodity to housing being understood as a human right, is not yet complete”, she said, adding that “The Government should adopt a comprehensive human rights-based national action plan on housing”.
No matter who you feel won Tuesday’s blockbuster Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade — the likes of which were unprecedented in NBA history — there is an irony worth considering in all this.After years of making win-now moves, the Cleveland Cavaliers began straddling the line between immediate contention and considering the future — a must, given Irving’s messy trade request last month and the threat of LeBron James’s pending free agency. In beginning to walk that tightrope, the Cavs effectively switched places with the Boston Celtics, who, until now, had been stingy with future assets, wanting to win the East while also playing the long game.At its core, this all-star point-guard swap was one of survival for the Cavs, even if it did net them a sizable haul. Irving made it known he wanted out, limiting any sort of leverage for the team. And Cleveland had to thread the needle here by not only getting a good, if not great, player to replace a chunk of Irving’s impact, but also landing something for the future in case James bolts next summer.Thomas, who averaged almost 29 points per game last season, and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick clearly checked off those two boxes. But for all the similarities Irving and Thomas share — they’re both undersized, top-flight scorers who struggle on defense — the way they go about generating offense is a bit different. Thomas should be able to shoulder just as much ball-handling responsibility as Irving did. But he played in a free-flowing offense with the Celtics, who boasted the league’s second-best assist percentage. Boston utilized handoffs more than any NBA team — about seven a game, according to Synergy Sports Technology — seeking to take advantage of Thomas’s quickness off the dribble.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ithandoffblur.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.By contrast, James and the Cavs — 20th in assist percentage — used the second-fewest handoffs in the NBA, with fewer than three per night. Only 22 percent of Irving’s 2-pointers were assisted last year, which suggests that he’s a bit more more self-sufficient from close range than Thomas (34 percent) is.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/irvingisojazz.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/kyrieiso.mp400:0000:0000:16Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Picking up Ante Zizic and Jae Crowder, a solid wing player who can both defend and shoot, should be viewed as icing on the cake for the Cavaliers.1Even more reason for celebration if you’re Cavs owner Dan Gilbert? According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the team saved more than $29 million in luxury taxes Tuesday by trading Irving. Probably not championship-level icing, though.Yes, Crowder gives Cleveland an additional perimeter defender, something the club badly needed in last year’s finals against the Warriors. That’s paramount, since Golden State might be more difficult to guard than any team in league history, given all the weapons they boast, and the highly unusual way they use off-ball screens to spring shooters open. But for all the ability Thomas possesses as a scorer — including the disappearing acts he performs around the basket — he stands 6 inches shorter than Irving, and, thus, is even less capable than Irving of stopping anyone on defense. A troubling omen: The Warriors feasted on Thomas’s lack of defense the past three seasons, scoring 108.6 points per 100 plays against the Celtics with Thomas on the court. For context, they only managed 87.2 points per 100 plays against Boston with Thomas on the bench, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.2In 170 minutes on court and 69 minutes off court over those three seasons with Boston.Besides being a liability on one end of the floor, Thomas, a 28-year-old who figures to want a max contract next summer, is still slowly working through the hip injury that sidelined him for the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals last postseason. If he isn’t right physically, and can’t get there next season, that figures to leave James overburdened offensively in a year when the Cavs are hoping to leave a positive lasting impression ahead of their superstar’s foray into unrestricted free agency.Should the Cavaliers get out to a hot start amid these changes, they could opt to go all-in to take greater aim at the Warriors by dangling the Nets’ pick in hopes of landing a player like DeMarcus Cousins. That would carry an absolute ton of inherent risk, though, given James’s status.The safer choice, of course, would be to hold onto the pick in case James decides to walk. If and when that happened, Cleveland — in hopes of bottoming out and rebuilding through the draft — might decide it makes sense to let Thomas do the same as opposed to signing him to a rich, long-term contract.For the Celtics, who got the best player in this deal, the calculus is more clear-cut: They got a better, younger and taller version of what Thomas was, and one who’s under contract at a reasonable dollar figure for a longer time. (The Celtics — who traded stud defender Avery Bradley to shed salary for Gordon Hayward’s max deal — were already facing cap challenges. Trading for Irving eliminates the max-or-no-max decision on Thomas and gives the Celtics an extra year to take stock of where they are before Irving hits the market.)3ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that the Celtics are confident that Irving will stay in Boston long term.It’s fair to wonder whether Boston may have handed over a future No. 1 overall pick in this deal for Irving, though that seems a bit more unlikely this season, given that the Nets have a halfway respectable roster, albeit a young one.4D’Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and Trevor Booker are on the roster, among others.But beyond the players who were dealt, the teams seemingly swapped their long-term outlooks. The Celtics have reached a new stage — one where they finally felt they were within striking distance of LeBron. Only time will tell whether the gamble works out in their favor. The Cavaliers, showing Celtic-like prudence, found a way to replace their disgruntled No. 2 star — while also building an escape hatch should they lose their biggest star.
During this NFL preseason, the media spotlight has shined brightest on the quarterback competition in Cleveland between incumbent Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. Although Browns coach Mike Pettine officially named Hoyer his starter Wednesday (a decision coming, not coincidentally, after Manziel made an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins’ bench during the Browns’ 24-23 loss Monday night), the attention paid to the rivalry — and to Manziel in general — has reached crazy levels.But why?Why are we acting like the Super Bowl is riding on the outcome of Hoyer vs. Manziel? This is, after all, a team Vegas has winning the fourth-fewest games in football. Manziel is a rookie whose bona fides are far from established; Hoyer has four career starts to his name and has been a significantly below-average passer when he has played over the past two seasons.Montana vs. Young this ain’t.But preseason quarterback controversies have long captivated football fans. Who could forget J.T. O’Sullivan and Alex Smith dueling in San Francisco for the 49ers job in 2008? Or Jon Kitna’s struggle with Gus Frerotte in 2002? Or even the Browns’ own 2003 skirmish between Kelly Holcomb and Tim Couch?If you’re sensing a trend, it’s that August QB controversies usually involve a pair of equally dismal options. And, no matter who wins, he tends to produce pretty uninspiring results come the regular season.Going back to 2000, I used LexisNexis to search news reports for variations of phrases such as “quarterback competition” or “QB controversy” during the summer months, when NFL teams open up training camp and play preseason games (aka prime time for hyped-up QB rivalries). I came across 88 cases of the media discussing a competition for an NFL starting quarterback role, from Kordell Stewart vs. Kent Graham (2000 Pittsburgh Steelers) to Terrelle Pryor vs. Matt Flynn (2013 Oakland Raiders).And indeed, teams featuring preseason QB competitions tended to be mediocre-to-bad clubs. Since 2000, they averaged a shade under seven wins during the subsequent regular season, with an average adjusted net yards per attempt index, or ANY/A+, of 92.3 (100 represents the overall NFL average, and the replacement level is somewhere between 90 and 91). Among those who ended up getting at least 100 attempts during the regular season, only 22 percent of the quarterbacks involved in these controversies were average or better by ANY/A+. As a rule, teams are dealing with pretty bad passers in these situations, no matter who “wins” the competition.What’s more, it doesn’t seem to matter which quarterback a coach picks as his No. 1 coming out of the preseason. Limiting our data to the 40 cases in which both of the combatants had at least 100 pass attempts (to give ourselves a reasonable sample upon which to judge the preseason decision), teams picked the QB with the higher eventual ANY/A+ only 51.3 percent of the time. And in fact, statistically, there was no significant difference in performance between the preseason-quarterback-competition winners and losers.This suggests that picking the right horse in a preseason QB derby practically comes down to a coin flip.Now, a potential concern in the methodology outlined above is that we could have biased our results toward evenness because of the playing-time criteria. (Barring injury, the odds are low that a clear-cut quarterback competition winner would end up sharing regular-season snaps with his backup.) But we can check our results against a control group of teams with a similar distribution of passing attempts (but no reported QB controversy). In the controversy group above, the average difference between the opening-day starter and his backup was -2.0 ANY/A+; in the non-controversy group, the difference was +3.2 ANY/A+.That’s not quite a statistically significant difference (p=0.08), but it’s close. So the biasing effect could still be masking the true difference between the groups. But to some extent, it does suggest the underappreciated (yet obvious) truth about QB controversies: There isn’t going to be much difference in performance, no matter which option a team goes with as its starter.And, as a corollary, it means we’ve probably spent entirely too much time worrying about which of two generally equivalent, below-average quarterbacks will get a chance to start for a bad team.
Swastikas spray-painted in San Diego communities February 12, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Just this past week swastika symbols were found scattered in San Diego’s beach communities. One was engraved on the hood of family’s car in Bird Rock and another was sprayed on the street in front of a Pacific Beach home.KUSI’s Dani Ruberti sat down with Tammy Gillies with the Anti-Defamation League and she says this is more than just vandalism.“It’s not just targeting one person, but it’s meant to instill fear in an entire community and that’s what really brings it to a level of a hate crime vs just a vandalism” says Gillies.She says it happens in our community more than you think. She sees these hateful symbols defacing homes, cars and streets weekly.Gillies comments, “We would like to think in San Diego we’re immune to that, but this shows that we’re not and it should give all of us pause to think about our actions during the day and what we’re teaching our children about.”The ADL is still offering a three thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest after a swastika was painted on a Jewish family’s home in Poway back in December.“It’s about saying San Diego should be no place for hate. We need to be a community that comes together, whether its a hate incident towards the Jewish community, or towards any other community, we need to stand together and say we’re not going to tolerate this here” says Gillies. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 12, 2019 ,
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. VALLEJO, Calif. (WSVN) — The family of a California man who was shot dead by police said he was asleep in his car moments before his death.According to Vallejo Police, officers received a call from Taco Bell employees regarding a man slumped over in the driver’s seat of a car at their drive-thru. Two officers responded to check on the driver and upon walking up to the car, they said they found an unresponsive man with a handgun on his lap.Investigators said the two officers decided not to wake the man and waited for additional officers to arrive on the scene.Once other officers got to the scene, they said they elected to have an officer try to open the door and quickly take the gun while another officer covered him, but that plan fell apart after officers discovered the door was locked. However, police said they noticed the car was in drive, so they positioned a marked patrol vehicle right in front of the car to prevent “forward or erratic movement” while they called for a patrol supervisor to respond to the scene.However, while officers were positioning the patrol unit, they said the driver suddenly began to move and saw the officers. Police said officers told the man several times to put his hands up, but he did not comply and “instead he quickly moved his hands downward for the firearm.”“Fearing for their safety, six officers fired their duty weapons at the driver,” investigators said in a statement. “Officers continued to yell commands at the driver and ultimately reached through the broken glass of the driver’s window to unlock the vehicle.”Police said they pulled the driver from the vehicle and began medical assistance, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. I got this picture from Willie’s cousin David (left) he said Willie was an aspiring rapper and was talented. Family wants more answers from the #Vallejo police department about the shooting. @KTVU pic.twitter.com/NTv6OlWiWm— Sara Zendehnam (@szendehnam) February 11, 2019The man has not been identified by officials, but 48-year-old David Harrison told the Los Angeles Times the victim was his cousin, 20-year-old Willie James McCoy.Harrison said his cousin was an aspiring rapper and actor.Harrison also said McCoy had been to a studio recording session earlier in the day before dropping off his girlfriend and going to get food at Taco Bell. Harrison believed McCoy was simply exhausted after a long day.“My little cousin was asleep in the car, and they shot him 20 [expletive] times,” Harrison said in a Facebook Live video.The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.
The sisters are now releasing a memoir titled High School that will recount the beginning of their music career, but also their upbringing, including their parents’ divorce, growing up during the ’90s rave and grunge culture and their experiences with their sexuality.The GRAMMY-nominated twin singer/songwriters and musicians from Calgary, Alberta, Canada have become not only one of the most successful and well-known duos in the indie pop scene—selling over one million records and releasing eight studio albums—but also icons in the LGBT community as both have been open about their queer identity.”How did you start your band? When did you know that you were gay? What were you like before Tegan and Sara? We have spent twenty years answering those complicated questions with simple answers,” said Tegan and Sara in statement. “Writing High School gives us the opportunity to tell the intricate stories that shaped our relationship as sisters, musicians, and queer girls.” Email The memoir will be written as alternating chapters from both Tegan and Sara’s perspectives and will cover love, drugs, music and friendship during the years that shaped them the most.The two artists began playing music during a time where indie artists didn’t have the internet as a platform to share. Post high school, Sara remembers not knowing music could be a career. She reminisced with the Recording Academy:”We were graduating in 1998, so this is very pre-internet, kind of days for us. I didn’t even really realize that there were bands, like indie rock bands or whatever, making a living, so it really only started to happen maybe when I was in my early 20s, maybe 23, 24, 25 that I started to think, ‘Oh my God, like, this is our career, like we’re actually doing this, we don’t have to go get another job now.’ So, we sorta fell into it and I don’t think there was as much pre-meditation as people have these days.”The book is scheduled to be released in Fall 2019. Their ninth studio album will begin to be recorded in 2019 also.Selena’s Life And Musical Journey Gets Scripted SeriesRead more Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Dec 11, 2018 – 4:14 pm “In my final years of high school, I recognized that there was a passion. Music was so interesting to us, the culture of music was very interesting to us,” Sara from Tegan and Sara told the Recording Academy in 2014 about a time way before they saw success as indie artists. “We just didn’t know anybody that made music for a living.” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 24, 2014 – 5:20 pm Tegan And Sara On Tiësto And Being Bi-Coastal “Answering Complicated Questions With Simple Answers”: Tegan And Sara Recount Music & Identity Facebook Twitter Tegan And Sara Unpack Music & Identity answering-complicated-questions-simple-answers-tegan-and-sara-recount-music-identity News
Download AudioThe Big Thorne Timber Sale lawsuit has been dismissed by a federal judge in Anchorage.Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline granted summary judgment on Friday in favor of the defendants, and rejected every argument brought forward by the plaintiffs.The lawsuit isn’t necessarily over, however. The plaintiffs could appeal the decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and seek an injunction pending the outcome. The lawsuit was filed last summer shortly after the U.S. Forest Service made a final decision to move forward with the timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.The proposed timber harvest would include about 6,000 acres of old-growth rainforest. Environmental organizations say that acreage is critical habitat for deer and wolf populations.The Forest Service is moving away from old-growth logging, but the switch to second-growth will take time.Federal officials and pro-logging groups say old-growth harvests will need to continue during that transition for mills to survive.In his decision today, Beistline ruled that the plaintiffs failed to show that the Forest Service didn’t follow proper procedure before making its final decision.
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaFor many, when there’s mention of singer Monica Brown, her hit songs like “The Boy is Mine,” and “Miss Thang,” might come to mind first.For others, her stellar acting career with small and big roles in “New York Undercover,” “Living Single,” and the 2018 reality television show “T.I. and Tiny Family and Friends Hustle,” also come to mind.But, it’s Brown’s other profession that – until recently – received little fanfare.Singer Monica Brown works as a mortician. (Courtesy MadameNoire)“When I’m there, I’m not ‘Monica the artist,’” Brown said on a recent broadcast of her reality show. “I’m a mortician.”The 38-year-old Grammy and Billboard Award winner is among a growing number of women who are beginning to overshadow the typical “man in the black suit” funeral director.“It’s far more than a job, it’s all-day, it’s emotional and it’s far more than you just go to work and come home and that’s it,” said Alyssa George, who just finished her internship on her way to becoming a funeral director.George works under Patricia Marchesani, the funeral director, owner and supervisor at McCausland, Garrity, Marchesani in Glenolden, Pennsylvania.She’s one of several in Delaware County.“I definitely think the profession is changing. It’s more female than it’s ever been, and I really can’t tell you why; maybe it’s because we didn’t have a way in earlier, but it seems like we’re doing a lot of good work now,” George said.(Woman in front of car) The number of women funeral directors are on the rise. (Courtesy btls.com)Funeral directors, also sometimes referred to as undertakers or morticians, help families plan funeral services. They then carry out those services, according to a job description on study.com.Most funeral directors are practicing embalmers, which means that they prepare and preserve the body before internment.Common duties of funeral directors include meeting with families, helping families plan services, embalming and preparing bodies, planning and organizing wakes and memorial services, placing obituary notices in newspapers and handling paperwork.To become a funeral director, individuals need to complete a 2- or 4-year program in mortuary science. Typical courses in such a program include physiology, anatomy, embalming techniques, pathology, restorative art, accounting and client services.All 50 states also require funeral directors to be licensed, which generally requires at least two years of education, one year of apprenticeship and a passing score on a state examination, according to study.com, which notes that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment to grow in that field by 7 percent through 2024.Because funeral directors, whose median income is $48,490 annually, interact with the families of the deceased, it’s important that they are compassionate and empathetic.“You have to be able to put yourself out there and understand that you have to put other people’s needs before your own,” George said. “It’s not to be taken lightly where you can just jump into the profession just because it might be a steady career or a good job because there’s so much more.“You have to understand your community and be a huge part of that community and you have to be giving by nature because that’s what you’re doing, giving.”In a published interview earlier this year, Jan Smith, a funeral director in Indianapolis and a spokeswoman with the National Funeral Directors Association, said she’s been in the business 20 years and recalled that there were just a few women then.“Today… more than 60 percent of students are female,” Smith said.“Women bring a level of compassion. For me to sit down with a mother who lost her child, I can connect on a different level than a man can, just being a mother myself,” she said.Elizabeth Fournier of Cornerstone Funeral Services in Boring, Oregon, has served as the one-woman funeral service in that town for 13 years although she started in the industry nearly 30 years ago.“When I first stepped into this industry, I was a 22-year old woman and no one else in the place resembled me. It was very uncommon to find a young woman in this profession as it was primarily men or sons of funeral home owners who followed in the footsteps of their father,” Fournier said.“As you are aware, this has changed throughout the years. Our local mortuary college had nearly every seat filled by a female student. And it is the females who are getting a hold of me to apprentice or to learn from a woman who has been in this industry since the old boy network,” she said.The reason for the shift is because of where we are as a culture, Fournier continued.“I happen to be in Oregon where the cremation rate is 80 percent. This means a woman doesn’t have to go to school to become an embalmer; she can just meet with families and stay in the funeral home,” she said.“Also, a lot of funeral homes are no longer the large homes owned and ran by families. The business has morphed into small lease-owned spots inside strip malls, as well as licensed funeral directors working out of their own homes because they can outsource most items needed. This also allows a lot of women to be involved because this industry is no longer a business handed down from fathers to sons.“It’s very rare to see that lineage in a funeral home any longer.”Further, Baby Boomers are gravitating away from traditional funerals, favoring cremations and celebrations of life, said Alison Johnston, the CEO and co-founder of Ever Loved, a website where individuals can plan funerals and memorials.“This shifts the role of the funeral directors away from body preparation tasks, like embalming, and more toward event planning and family support, two areas that women have traditionally gravitated toward,” Johnston said.Women are also finding themselves drawn to this world as something that may at first seem natural to them, and finding that there is now space for them to get into it, said Amber Carvaly of Undertaking L.A., a funeral home in Los Angeles.“They have taken care of children or parents and see funeral directing as something they may be good at because of their past experience. However, after running my own business I can tell you that the women that succeed do so because they are marvelous women of determination and are healthy whole humans with good boundaries and the ability to not take grief personally,” Carvaly said.Finally, Funeral Celebrant Pam Vetter said the days of expensive cookie cutter rent-a-minister and insert-a-name funeral services are hopefully nearly over as families are demanding more personal, caring service from funeral homes.“If funeral homes want to stay in business, they’ve realized that they need to diversify their staff. They’ve also realized that they’ve needed to diversify funeral service offerings by making the experience of saying farewell to a loved one both personal and honorable,” Vetter said.Spending time with a family, listening to stories, playing favorite music, and adding an overall personal theme that connects to the deceased makes all the difference in the world to grieving families, she said.“Families will remember a funeral service for decades to come because you never forget the day you say goodbye. The funeral service needs to be memorable and part of that effort is connecting with your families. That need is being met by bringing in and training a more diverse staff.”
Elon Musk is coming to the rescue.The tech leader, along with SpaceX and Boring Company engineers, have been working with cave experts in Thailand to rescue the boys’ soccer team of 12 that’s been stuck in a cave system since June 23.On Saturday, Musk tweeted an updated rescue plan, which essentially involves constructing “a tiny, kid-size submarine” that he plans to fly to Thailand.Musk began his Saturday updates by discussing an “escape pod design” and “an inflatable tube with airlocks.” But as the day progressed, he settled on the idea of a mini-submarine. Musk was sure to share his admiration for the brave kids trapped in the cave and the team of divers that’s been working to rescue them and provide them with oxygen over the past few days. In another tweet Musk went on to describe more of the submarine’s features, which include four handles on the front and rear and several air tank connections. “Primary path is basically a tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket as hull,” Musk tweeted. He claims that two divers will be able to carry the creation, and its size will allow it to fit through narrow gaps to navigate the cave system. Got more great feedback from Thailand. Primary path is basically a tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket as hull. Light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps. Extremely robust.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2018 Continue to be amazed by the bravery, resilience & tenacity of kids & diving team in Thailand. Human character at its best.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2018 Elon Musk and SpaceX are working to rescue Thai soccer team trapped in cave.Image: Joshua Lott/Getty ImagesBy Nicole Gallucci2018-07-07 22:07:59 UTC Construction complete in about 8 hours, then 17 hour flight to Thailand— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2018 When asked about the timeline of submarine construction, Musk, who was in Los Angeles working with the SpaceX team, explained he plans to complete construction in around eight hours and fly the sub to Thailand, which will take another 17 hours. Some good feedback from cave experts in Thailand. Iterating with them on an escape pod design that might be safe enough to try. Also building an inflatable tube with airlocks. Less likely to work, given tricky contours, but great if it does.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2018 4 handles/hitch points on front & 4 on rear. 2 air tank connections on front & 2 on rear, allowing 1 to 4 tanks simultaneously connected, all recessed for impact protection w secondary cap seal if leak develops.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2018 In true Elon fashion, he also joked that he would add an MP3 player to help reduce stress. Though honestly, you can never truly tell when this man is joking, can you?Musk has been following the story of the soccer team, tweeting his thoughts and offering to assist the Thai government in any way he could over the past week.But time is ticking. One rescue diver, Petty Officer Saman Gunan of the Royal Thai Navy, died on Thursday. In addition, intense rain that could contribute to further flooding is expected to continue.If Musk’s past social media updates are any indication of what’s to come, we have faith he’ll keep us all posted about the submarine’s progress.Way to step up, Elon.
Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories The often frugal Cardinals have plenty of money, but they are hoping to save a little of it as well.According to a tweet by Kent Somers, the Cardinals are preparing to cut Joey Porter if he is unwilling to take a pay cut. The Cardinals want Joey Porter to take a pay cut from $5.75 million salary. If he doesn’t, Cardinals likely to release him.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet ReplyKent Somerskentsomers Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation In his one year as a Cardinal, Porter accumulated 50 tackles and five sacks. He did not perform bad, but did not live up to his contract either.Arizona could use Porter’s veteran presence on defense, but only if a pay cut is accepted. Porter’s production does not warrant $5.75 million as the Cardinals could sign a free agent linebacker for a lot cheaper.While Arizona does have money under the cap, they need to sign some more players to fill out their 90 man training camp roster and they will also need money to sign Kevin Kolb, if acquired, to a long-term deal. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share
While it remains to be seen what Jones’ exact role will be in Arizona, the pass-rushing philosophy on his new team varied greatly from his old team in 2015. No team blitzed more than the Cardinals (45.1 percent of the time) last season, yet they ranked just 20th in sacks per dropback.The Patriots, meanwhile, blitzed less (19 percent) than any defense, yet they had the second-best sack rate (7.3 percent).Jones’ former teammate, Tom Brady, joined Palmer, the Bengals’ Andy Dalton, the Panthers’ Cam Newton and the now-Texans’ Brock Osweiler as the NFL’s five best quarterbacks against the blitz.Here’s what Kapadia wrote about Palmer:The 36-year-old has had success against the blitz. He led all quarterbacks, averaging 8.45 yards per dropback against pressure looks last season. Palmer completed 65 percent of his passes (second) and averaged 9.35 yards per attempt (third). Over the last three years, no quarterback has produced a better average yards per dropback (7.62) than Palmer. His success hasn’t stopped opposing defensive coordinators from sending pressure. Only three quarterbacks were blitzed more than Palmer in 2015.Palmer registered a 4.4 sack percentage last year, and once was the league leader in that category with the Bengals in 2005. The Arizona Cardinals, a team that loves to blitz, happen to also have a quarterback who performs well against the blitz.That’s what ESPN staff writer Sheil Kapadia pointed out in an article on Tuesday that lists the five best and five worst quarterbacks against the blitz. He notes that Carson Palmer – an excellent blitz QB – plays for a Cardinals team that now boasts Chandler Jones and led the NFL in blitz rate last year. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He’ll face Brady’s Patriots for Week 1 on Sept. 11, though Brady himself may not play due to a pending appeal of his Deflategate suspension. – / 19 Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer drops back during the first half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share
18Mar Rep. Hughes invites all area residents to fourth annual veterans job fair Tags: #SB, jobs, Veterans Event to feature local employers looking for talented employeesState Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, vice chair of the House Military and Veterans Committee, encourages veterans and non-veterans alike to attend the Fourth Annual Veterans Job Fair on Friday on May 15 in Muskegon.The event, started in 2012 by Rep. Hughes and Dave Eling, Muskegon Veteran Center director, has helped to place hundreds of veterans with employers since its inception. Last year, over 90 employers, employers from various industries were on hand to meet with prospective employees. To date, 39 employers have already signed up.“Returning veterans face many challenges, including higher rates of unemployment,” said Rep. Hughes. “This event is designed to be a one-stop shop for bringing together our talented veterans with our wonderful area employers in a relaxing and stress-free environment. Last year, of those seeking employment, a third were veterans and two-thirds were not.”The Veterans Job Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St. in Muskegon.For more information, contact Rep. Hughes at 877-633-0331, via email at HollyHughes@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Featured news,Hughes News,News
Lawmaker recognizes most successful,long-term federal program in historyLANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Jason Sheppard today gave tribute to the Michigan Head Start Association (MHSA) in honor of the overwhelmingly successful federal program’s 50th anniversary.“Not only does Head Start provide academic help, but it also provides living-wage jobs in our most needy communities,” Rep Sheppard said. “Congratulations to Head Start and MHSA on 50 years of making a meaningful difference in the lives of Michiganders. Here’s to serving for another five decades and thank you for your service to the Great Lakes State.”Head Start is the nation’s leading child and family growth program ensuring school readiness by providing development skills to low-income children. MHSA is dedicated to helping Michigan’s poorest children achieve school readiness and family self-sufficiency, aiding 34,000 children and their families. Categories: Sheppard News,Sheppard Photos 21May Rep. Sheppard pays tribute to Head Start on 50th anniversary
Categories: VanSingel News 27Dec Making life better for Michigan residents Representing the people of Lake, Oceana and Newaygo counties in the Michigan House was my top priority in 2017.To keep Michigan moving forward, I will continue to hear residents’ ideas and make sure their voices are heard back in Lansing.Improving the safety and quality of life for Michiganders is always on my mind when voting and I want to do what is best for the people I represent.Here are some of the accomplishments of my first year in the Michigan House:• Voted to prevent local governments from imposing taxes on food and beverages. Taxing such a vital necessity as food could mean tough choices for some families.• Prioritized Michigan’s transportation system by voting for record funding for roads, bridges and underground water systems.• Voted for record funding for K-12 education and increased funding for public safety by adding more than 100 more Michigan State Police troopers.• Supported a grant recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund to purchase 354 acres in Newaygo County. The property will be used for hunting, fishing and wildlife observation.• Sponsored legislation to give property managers more flexibility in determining attorney representation in legal disagreements.I encourage residents to join me for office hours held regularly each month. I look forward to discussing questions and concerns regarding state government. I look forward to the New Year and will continue to support the people in our communities.I can be reached via email at ScottVanSingel@house.mi.gov or by phone at (517) -373-7317.###
12Jun Rep. Kahle secures state funding to improve roadway access to Adrian College, city Categories: Kahle News,News Rep. Bronna Kahle has helped secure $450,000 to assist a key road project benefitting Adrian College and the entire community.The money – included in a state budget approved today by the Michigan Legislature – will help complete construction of an access road from U.S. 223 to the college.“This project is critically important for the thousands of students, employees and visitors who drive to and from Adrian College and the surrounding area every day,” Kahle said. “It will benefit the campus, downtown Adrian and the entire city. This is a good example of bringing the contributions of our hard-working taxpayers back home to benefit the entire community.”The project to improve traffic flow and provide a gateway into the college and city has been a high priority for roughly a decade. It will help connect motorists to a key medical center and many other businesses.The state’s plan for the budget year starting Oct. 1 also includes record funding for K-12 schools and skilled trades workforce development programs. Most school districts in the Lenawee County area will receive an additional $240 per student.The budget also includes more money for roads, seniors, mental health services and public safety without increasing overall state spending.House Bill 5579 and Senate Bill 848 advance to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration. ###
Categories: Lucido News,News Legislation from state Rep. Peter Lucido addressing the growing and troubling trend of cyberbullying is one step from state law after a vote of final approval today in the Michigan House.“A fundamental duty of state government is to keep residents safe,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “Intimidation and threatening behavior online impacts life for people in our schools and businesses in a time where we are seeing a rise in suicide and depression. It’s time to put a stop to it and hold online bullies accountable, just as we would if the intimidating or threatening behavior were being carried out in person.”Current state law does not explicitly cover cyberbullying. Lucido’s plan defines it within law as clear intent to communicate fear of bodily harm or death – aligning Michigan with several other states that have formal online anti-bullying statute.A person charged with misdemeanor cyberbullying could be punished with up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine for the first offense, with added violations carrying penalties of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.If the online intimidation escalates to an assault or serious injury, offenders may be charged with a felony and face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. If the offense leads to a fatality, the felony could be punishable up to 10 years behind bars and a $10,000 fine.According to the National Center for Education, about one of every five students within the ages of 12-18 experience some form of cyberbullying. Close to 800,000 worldwide people die from suicide every year, according to data from the World Health Organization.“Real penalties are needed for real problems and we’re seeing around the country that this is a real problem,” Lucido said. “Talking to someone over the computer or through a text message is a legitimate form of communication today. If you are using that line of communication in an unacceptable fashion, there should be consequences for those actions. This legislation updates the law and will serve as a deterrent.”House Bills 5017-18 will now be sent to the desk of the governor. 19Dec Rep. Lucido’s cyberbullying plan receives final legislative approval