Bill Murray to headline Royal Conservatory season gala

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement He’s the second Hollywood star to headline a gala, after Meryl Streep in 2015. His only other appearance with Vogler is scheduled for New York’s Carnegie Hall. Actor Bill Murray is headlining an event in Toronto in October, but it’s about classical music, not movies.The 66-year-old, beloved for films like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and The Grand Budapest Hotel, is to perform with his friend, cellist Jan Vogler, at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 2017-18 Season Gala, Oct. 13 at Koerner Hall.The conservatory says Murray “will read Mark Twain and dance a tango while Vogler plays works from Bach, Piazzolla, Ravel and Bernstein.” Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Asian shares fall as Huawei arrest risks ChinaUS fallout

first_imgSINGAPORE — Asian markets were broadly lower Monday after China protested the arrest of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei, who is suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 slid 2.3 per cent in early trading to 21,191.23, after revised data showed that its economy shrank by 2.5 per cent in the third quarter, more than expected. South Korea’s Kospi fell 1.2 per cent to 2,051.82. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 1.6 per cent to 25,660.76 and the Shanghai Composite was 0.8 per cent lower at 2,585.94. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was down 2 per cent at 5,569.90. Shares fell in Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.WALL STREET: Stocks tumbled on Friday on weaker-than-expected jobs growth and worries that the U.S.-China trade dispute will not be resolved within a 90-day timeframe. The S&P 500 index slipped 2.3 per cent to 2,633.08 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 2.2 per cent to 24,388.95. The Nasdaq composite tumbled 3 per cent to 6,969.25. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks dropped 2 per cent to 1,448.09.HUAWEI ARREST: China has slammed the “extremely egregious” detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou and demanded that the U.S. cancel an order for her arrest, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday. Meng, who is accused of attempting to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1. In a meeting with Terry Branstad, the U.S. ambassador to Beijing, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng urged Washington to “immediately correct its wrong actions” and vowed to take further steps based on its response, Xinhua said. The two countries recently agreed to hold off on further tariffs for 90 days while they attempt to resolve a range of issues from trade to technology development.ANALYST’S TAKE: Although the Huawei arrest “falls under the purview of independent courts, the timing of it is unfortunate and could jeopardize the truce that was just agreed,” Chang Wei Liang of Mizuho Bank said in a commentary. “Markets have correspondingly responded by reducing risk on the table, waiting to assess the extent of any political fallout.”SLOWING CHINESE EXPORTS: On Saturday, Chinese customs data showed that exports rose 5.4 per cent to $227.4 billion in November over a year earlier. This is a broad decline from the 12.6 per cent surge in the previous month. Imports gained 3 per cent to $182.7 billion, as compared to a 20.3 per cent jump in October. The numbers paint a picture of a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy, which could weigh on global growth.ENERGY: Oil futures settled after the OPEC cartel and other major oil producers agreed to reduce production by 1.2 million barrels a day starting from January. The cuts will last for six months. U.S. benchmark crude fell 3 cents to $52.58 a barrel. It gained $1.12 to $52.61 a barrel in New York on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 45 cents to $62.12. The contract added $1.61 to $61.67 a barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar weakened to 112.32 yen from 112.72 yen late Friday. The euro rose to $1.1435 from $1.1379.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The African Union Peace and Security Council Attacks Morocco

Rabat – The former headquarters of the African Union in the Ethiopian capital hosted a meeting Monday, March 20 of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) devoted to Sahara. On the question of the Sahara, the PSC was far from neutral.The meeting, presided by the Algerian Ismail Chergui, turned out to be an opportunity to lash out against Morocco, which it accused of being a “colonizing country.” The PSC published a 12-page document criticizing the Kingdom and called for the AU to control the human rights situation in the Sahara by establishing an office in Laayoune.In the communiqué, the PSC expressed its decision to “strengthen” the mandate of Former President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, and appoint him as AU High Representative for Sahara. Morocco does not recognize the authority of Chissano and has encouraged, in a letter addressed to the PSC to explain its absence at March 20’s meeting, the organs of the African Union to “support the UN resolution process regarding the Sahara.”Chergui, who refused to shake hands with King Mohammed VI during His speech in Addis Ababa last February, presided the meeting in which he, Chisano, and representatives from Algeria, South Africa gave free course to the claims of the Polisario Front. After failing to convince the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York of the illegal attitude of the separatist force in the buffer zone of Guergarate, Algiers is mobilizing its efforts within the African Union in the hopes of destabilizing Morocco, which has just regained its place in the pan-African body.Chergui thought it smart to convene a meeting of the PSC on the Sahara and to “invite” Morocco after setting the AU Constitutive Act.Morocco had naturally rejected the invitation to Monday’s meeting, seeing the PSC as being far from an example of neutrality on the Sahara issue. Morocco was not the only party to boycott the meeting. The room was largely empty, with the exception of representatives of Kenya and Niger, in addition to two separatist leaders and the “envoy of the AU In the Sahara”, and Chissano.The attitude of Morocco and its many African allies, making up the majority of the countries of the AU, is explained by objective considerations and by the clear will to rid Africa of toxic and fruitful conflicts at a time when the continent aspires for an integrated and sustainable development.It should first be noted that the return of Morocco to the African Union does not imply recognition by the Kingdom of any role of the AU in the solution of the Sahara conflict, the case being in the hands of the UN for a peaceful settlement of this issue. As Chergui appears to lack the neutrality required to properly examine this file, agreeing to take part in the meeting would have put Morocco in a defensive situation where it would have been subjected to the accusations of the anti-Moroccan group led by Algeria and South Africa. read more

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African countries underline problem of extreme poverty during addresses to UN debate

Rosemary Museminali, Rwandan Minister of State for Cooperation, reminded delegates at the Assembly’s annual debate that 40 per cent of the world’s population – or about 2.5 billion people – live on less than $2 a day, and more than 800 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition.“For sub-Saharan Africa, the statistics are even more staggering: in most cases 60 to 70 per cent of national populations live on less than $1 a day, while life expectancy at birth is less than 50 years,” she said.Mrs. Museminali said improving the standard of governance and raising the levels of official development assistance (ODA) from industrialized countries were critical if sub-Saharan Africa is to attain the eight MDGs, which were agreed upon at the Millennium Summit in New York in 2000.But she said the most serious challenge is the surging price levels of key fossil fuels and the burden that is placing on African countries that have to import these energy sources, a theme adopted by Youssouf Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister, in his address.Mr. Ouedraogo said the recent jump in oil prices had pushed Burkina Faso towards developing bio-fuel technology using by-products from its cotton industry.Calling for a revamp of the international trade regime, he said the current system was not free or equitable and punished Burkinabe cotton producers.Lamenting the lack of progress towards the MDGs, Navinchandra Ramgoolam, the Prime Minister of Mauritius, voiced concern that the world is relying too much on the trickle-down effect to reduce poverty, “instead of taking a bottom-up approach.”The result is that “globalization does not seem to be living up to its promises,” Mr. Ramgoolam concluded, insisting that it must be transformed into a wider process so that everyone can share in its benefits, and not just the few. read more

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Maurice Clarett Describes Life of Drugs Women Money In

Maurice Clarett, the former Ohio State running back who was jailed for robbery, paints a picture of living in opulence — including cash, drugs and women — during his colleges years as a Buckeye.Deadspin obtained copies of the book, “4th and Goal: One Man’s Quest to Recapture His Dream” – a biography of former UFL coach Joe Moglia. The author, Monte Burke of Forbes, was present when Clarett spoke to the team about his life.A running back for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL, Clarett is quoted in the book as saying football was the focus of his early life, but he quickly found trouble and had a stint in a juvenile detention for breaking and entering. He overcame that to elevate to a star who attended Ohio State.In his first game as a Buckeye in 2002, Clarett gained 175 yards and had three touchdowns and helped lead the Buckeyes to the national championship. At the same time, he was living the high life.“I took golf, fishing, and softball as classes,” Clarett said, according to the excerpt. “Away from class, anything you can think of, I did in my 13 months at Ohio State.“I was living the NFL life in college,” he said in the book. “I got paid more in college than I do now in the UFL.”His off-field issues eventually derailed his playing career, as Clarett was suspended for receiving improper benefits, then filing a phony police report claiming $10,000 in goods had been stolen from him. He tried to flee to the NFL, but league rules prevented him from entering the draft after just one year in college. He sued, but lost.That’s when drugs and alcohol kicked in. “I would ride around in my car carrying life sentences, with pounds of weed and bricks of cocaine,” he said, according to the excerpt on Deadspin.Nonetheless, he was drafted by the Broncos in 2005. Partying too much at night, he was cut before the end of training camp. Back in Columbus, Ohio, he says: “I was popping pills and getting paranoid. I was robbing everyone I knew.”He was arrested in 2006 for allegedly robbing a man at gunpoint. He tried to pay the man off, but it didn’t work. He was headed to trial and faced time in prison.A desperate Clarett drank half a bottle of vodka one night, according to the book excerpt, put on a bulletproof vest, grabbed a loaded assault rifle and three handguns and headed off to the man’s house. He didn’t make it there. A missed exit and U-turn resulted in his arrest and a seven-year prison sentence.Clarett said that prison turned his life around. “I cleared my head, away from the drugs and drinking,” he said, according to the excerpt on Deadspin. “Suffering causes you to mature.” read more

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Metal sterilisation implant leaves women in suicidal pain and some requiring hysterectomies

first_img“I felt like I was dying, like something was killing me from the inside.”Another patient, mother-of-three Laura Linkson, said the coil left her “stuck in bed unable to move without pain, at some points being suicidal”. The implant is an option for those who cannot undergo key-hole surgery sterilisationCredit:Alamy The nickel and polyester coil is used to permanently sterilise women by aggravating the fallopian tubes so they are sealed by scar tissue, which then blocks eggs from reaching the womb.Known as hysteroscopic sterilisation, the procedure is used on women unable to undergo keyhole surgery.But it is feared some patients react badly to the nickel and plastic fibres.In other cases the device has perforated the fallopian tube and fallen out, embedding itself elsewhere in the body.Because of how the coils are attached, the only way to take them out is to remove the fallopian tubes, and often the uterus as well.Victoria Dethier, who received an Essure implant in 2012, told the Victoria Derbyshire programme: “There were moments where I couldn’t get out of bed I was in so much pain. I felt like something was killing me from the insideVictoria Dethier, patient However, senior obstetrician Ben Peyton-Jones, from Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust said Essure “has a place” for women unable to undergo keyhole surgery, providing the risks are carefully explained. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Essure was awarded a CE Marking, certifying the device conforms to European Standards, by the National Standards Authority of Ireland, who yesterday said it was suspending certification for 90 days.This means no further devices may be sold, although those already in the supply chain may continue to be used.The manufacturer, Bayer, insists the product is safe, but has asked UK hospitals to temporarily refrain from using it during the period.The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has the power to ban dangerous devices in the UK, but a spokesman said: “there is currently no evidence to suggest any increased risk to patient safety.”The organisation also refused to say how many reports of problems it had received, citing commercial confidentiality reasons.Carl Heneghan, an epidemiologist at the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine at Oxford University, criticised the MHRA’s lack of action, saying: “How much evidence to you need to say ‘let’s withdraw this from the market’?”The clinical trial that formed part of the evidence for the device being approved for use has also been criticised for not taking into account to the long-term effect of Essure on patients. Doctors Hospitals have been warned to stop using a metal implant to sterilise women after patients were left in agony and required hysterectomies to remove the devices.Recipients of the Essure implant have reported “suicidal” desperation and significant hair loss, as it emerged the product’s manufacturer has asked doctors to suspend its use.UK regulators have also faced criticism for failing to ban the device and refusing to reveal how many women have reported problems.last_img read more

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Men lose interest in sex during longterm relationships before women study finds

Men are the first to lose interest in sex during long-term relationships, a study has found.Men are put off of sex because they feel insecure and because they worry about losing their freedom within a relationship.An analysis of 64 studies on sexual desire conducted since the 1950s found that men also have unrealistic expectations of their appetite and their bodies as they get older.The study said that there are “clear assumptions in our culture that women have lower sexual desire than men” – but this isn’t always the case.The University of Kentucky study found that unlike women, men often lose interest in sex when they are unhappy or insecure. Previous studies have shown that one in three women experience a drop off in sexual interest, compared to one in five men. The research, published in the Journal of Sex Research, said men expect their appetite to stay at the same level and grow frustrated when it dips. They also feel pressure to always be ready for sex, and think they should always be the ones to initiate it.There may be physical issues as well like depression, mood disorders and erectile dysfunction. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Kristen Mark, associate professor of health promotion and director of the Sexual Health Promotion Lab at the University of Kentucky and lead author of the study, said: ” We expect male desire to always be high and to be simple, like an on and off switch, while we expect women’s desire to be a complicated switchboard, but they are both complex.” read more

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Stieber streamlines heavy duty brake specification with Twiflex partnership

first_imgBackstop, brake and clutch specialist, Stieber GmbH, part of the Altra Industrial Motion group, is now offering the complete range of heavy duty brakes from world leading brand Twiflex. Stieber can also provide local application engineering support and package bespoke mounting equipment and ancillary components to meet customers’ exact specifications.Heavy duty disc brakes are a vital operational feature of many different types of plant equipment, from cranes and elevators to grinding mills and conveyors, and a robust selection process is therefore critical when integrating these systems into a customer’s final design. For engineers specifying these brakes, this process can add time and complexity to design and engineering activities, and for end users it can complicate maintenance and upgrade planning.Now, Stieber has partnered with its sister company Twiflex to provide a range of commonly used brake designs from stock at its facility in Heidelberg, Germany. The company is supplying the brakes as part of a comprehensive offering that includes assistance in the design and selection of brake units, as well as the provision of discs and hubs, mounting brackets and other parts needed in the support of a complete braking system.The new offering greatly simplifies the purchase and installation of brakes for customers in the region, while Stieber’s close relationship with Twiflex means it can support even the most complex and unusual braking applications with custom-built options direct from the manufacturer.Twiflex brakes are further supported by the extensive international sales, logistics and service capabilities of the broader Altra group, the world’s largest manufacturer of industrial clutches, brakes and couplings, so customers can be assured of on-going support, whatever the final destination of their products.For more than 70 years, Twiflex products have been used in some of the most demanding power transmission applications in the world. As well as enjoying a global reputation for quality, Twiflex has incorporated a number of innovations into its designs to increase reliability and simplify assembly and maintenance. Included in the modular brake range, the ‘parked off’ feature, for example, permits simple installation, setting, and adjustment of a unit with no stored spring force and no hydraulic pressure present.“With this new offering, we are answering the needs of our customers in Germany, who continually seek to streamline procurement and improve the agility and responsiveness of their operations” says Uwe Walter, MD of Stieber Germany. “It is also very satisfying that we have put such a useful engineering function at the heart of German manufacturing, and continue to provide employment for skilled people.”“This new arrangement with Stieber is a great example of the way the Altra Industrial Motion group is working to improve service and support for customers worldwide,” adds Tony George, Product Manager at Twiflex. “Now our customers in Germany will be able to benefit from a shorter supply chain and easier local access to product expertise.”last_img read more

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MICROMINEs Mexico debut bolsters Fresnillo growth strategy

first_imgAustralian-based mining software solutions provider, MICROMINE, says it has secured a foothold in Central America – installing its fleet management and mine production solution, Pitram, at Fresnillo in Mexico.The introduction of the solution, Pitram, is a first for the company in the region and follows a robust six-month procurement process and three-month onsite implementation.Fresnillo, which is the world’s leading producer of silver and Mexico’s largest producer of gold, installed Pitram to enhance operations at its 465-year-old Fresnillo minesite and nearby Saucito operation. The sites produce approximately 37 Moz of silver and 108,000 oz of gold annually.Pitram Systems Specialist Team Lead Josue Fajardo said the software solution would help Fresnillo identify and achieve operational efficiencies across both of the vast sites.“Pitram’s real-time technology solution allows data capture and data review and management during each shift, so Fresnillo does not have to wait until shifts end to make production improvements,” said Fajardo.“At an operation like Fresnillo and Saucito, which are extensive, complex and involve thousands of machines and more than 1,800 staff and 3,500 contractors, the time and cost savings should be considerable.”Pitram records data from equipment, personnel and materials to provide an overall view of mine status and productivity. Greater information allows minesites to pinpoint opportunities to increase production, reduce costs and improve safety and business intelligence.At Fresnillo, all control rooms monitoring the mines have representatives from the Maintenance, Service and Operations team so they can make informed decisions as a group, in a timely manner, based on the information gathered and presented via Pitram.  “Fresnillo is able to manage a vast amount of information that comes from the mine operations in real-time and make immediate changes. They also benefit from increased business knowledge across the many sectors of the production pipeline,” Fajardo added.Following the successful implementation in January 2019, MICROMINE is currently working with Fresnillo to implement a second mobile Pitram solution, which will allow data to be captured directly from the field via tablets installed in equipment.Plans are also underway to implement Pitram at Fresnillo’s new brownfield project, Juanicipio, which is located in the same area of north-central Mexico.last_img read more

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Concerns that some embassies may be exploiting domestic workers

first_imgTHE MIGRANT RIGHTS Centre Ireland has raised concerns that there aren’t enough protections in place to ensure that workers aren’t being exploited or abused in diplomatic households here.That’s in spite of the 57 members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) recently signing up to measures aimed at protecting domestic workers in embassies and other diplomatic missions.The OSCE members agreed an addendum to their ‘Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings’, stating that nations should promote measures to prevent trafficking for domestic servitude, including servitude in diplomatic households and “to protect workers and inform them of their rights as employees and how to report abuses”.A case in New York made headlines around the world last month when it emerged a high profile Indian diplomat and women’s rights advocate was found to be paying her maid just $3.30 an hour, and the MRCI says similar exploitation is still taking place in Ireland.“We’ve encountered several cases of domestic servitude in diplomatic households in Dublin,” the MRCI’s Gráinne O’Toole said. “Workers are being trafficked to Ireland by diplomatic employees and made work in exploitative and even abusive conditions.”O’Toole said that in such cases, women had been brought to the country under false pretences, promised a decent job and a fair salary only to find themselves required to work “12-hour days, seven days a week, confined to the house and paid a pittance or nothing at all”.“We’re particularly concerned that some embassies are repeat offenders — although the Government is aware of previous exploitation of domestic workers in certain diplomatic households, they continue to allow new workers to be brought in under the exact same conditions.O’Toole highlighted two ongoing cases in which the MRCI was working to help former workers who had been exploited.In one of the cases, a 17-year-old girl travelled to Ireland to work for a diplomat’s family, having been told she would be allowed work part time and pursue her studies. On arrival, she found she would be required to be the sole carer of a child with severe special needs. Her day started at 5.30am, and her employer hit her when she asked to use the phone to call her family. She wasn’t paid for her three years of work, and hasn’t been compensated since.The other case involved three Asian women who were brought to Dublin as domestic workers for a diplomat and his family. They worked for an average 108 hours a week; two were paid €134 per month and the third around €160 per month, as she had been working for the family for longer.O’Toole said that despite repeated promises from the government to bring in protections, “there still are no measures or checks to ensure that workers are not being exploited or abused in diplomatic households in Ireland.”Read: Immigrant families will be ‘torn apart this Christmas’Read: Italy denounced for hosing down migrants in cold waterlast_img read more

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Willcom announces the smallest phone in the world the Phone Strap 2

first_imgWe’re aware that with current smartphone trends blurring the line between phone and tablet, phones have become much bigger. There was a time before smartphones, perhaps too long ago to even remember, that it was cool — even desirable — to make a phone small. Japanese phone company Willcom remembers those days, and now that hardware has gotten much more powerful since then, decided to pack all that hardware into what it is billing as the world’s smallest and lightest phone.The phone, dubbed the Phone Strap 2, weighs just 32 grams, and measures in at 32 x 70 x 10.7 millimeters. The iPhone, which weighs in at around 112 grams, is four times heavier than Willcom’s tiny phone. Almost hilariously, the Phone Strap 2 sports a one-inch display — dwarfed by current smartphones. Among its most touted features, the phone is capable of text-based email, and has a moveable antenna, reminiscent of the long-forgotten days of extending the antenna with your teeth as you answer your phone.The battery, which has to be small in order to fit inside the phone, can stand by for 300 hours, but can only talk for two. The phone, as the name suggests, comes with a strap, as well as a microUSB jack for earphones. According to the press release, the phone can contain up to 1,000 contacts in the address book, which to be fair, is probably more than the amount of contacts you have in yours. The little phone will come in three different colors, pink, black, and white. Just 12,000 units will be produced, but we aren’t sure of a release date or price, as the pricing chart seems to only include contract subsidies. Whatever the price may be, we’re pretty sure you’d rather stick with your smartphone, and just marvel at the Phone Strap 2 from afar. Perhaps right here over the internet.last_img read more

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Mediator Servier va indémniser les victimes

first_imgMediator : Servier va indémniser les victimesLe laboratoire Servier ayant commercialisé jusqu’en 2009 le médicament Mediator qui fait polémique, a annoncé sa volonté d’indemniser les victimes du produit, en proposant une première dotation de plusieurs millions d’euros.Servier est aujourd’hui dans une bien mauvaise posture. Alors que l’affaire du Mediator ne cesse de faire la Une des journaux, le laboratoire et son patron doivent faire face à de nombreuses plaintes de la part des victimes du produit, mais également des familles des personnes décédées des suites de la prise du médicament. Alors qu’une première convocation devant la justice a été formulée à l’encontre du laboratoire pour demain, ce dernier a annoncé aujourd’hui être prêt à faire une première dotation de 20 millions d’euros aux victimes, rapporte Europe 1.Cette dotation devrait alimenter un fonds d’indemnisation unique pour l’ensemble des victimes du coupe-faim. Servier va même plus loin en expliquant vouloir prendre une part active dans les procédures aujourd’hui mises en place “afin que les patients ne pouvant entrer dans le cadre de la procédure d’indemnisation des accidents médicaux puissent aussi bénéficier d’une procédure simple et rapide permettant une indemnisation”.  Le Mediator aurait provoqué le décès de 500 à 2.000 personnes en France. Le 10 février 2011 à 15:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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San Diego City Council contemplates allowing cannabis lounges

first_imgSan Diego City Council contemplates allowing cannabis lounges KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego is considering allowing cannabis businesses to open lounges where customers can smoke or eat the product on site, it was reported Monday.Some members of the San Diego City Council’s economic development committee said they were open to the proposal but wanted more information, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Councilman Chris Ward, chairman of the committee, asked the city’s independent budget analyst to conduct an analysis of consumption lounges and provide the results to the committee, reports say.Councilwoman Monica Montgomery told the newspaper that she wants to see the specific regulations in other cities that allow consumption lounges, and she would like to see if they would have any challenges regulating them.Cannabis industry leaders also want expanded hours at dispensaries, with city regulations limiting operations to between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. while state regulations allow operations between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., according to the Union-Tribune.Industry leaders also urged city officials to consider expanding the number of dispensaries.City regulations approved in 2014 allow a maximum of 36 dispensaries in San Diego, but five years later 21 dispensaries have been approved and only 14 of those have opened. Posted: March 18, 2019 March 18, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 10:01 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Camas Washougal begin trial fire service merger

first_imgOn Wednesday, Camas and Washougal firefighters and medics performed their duties the same way they have for decades. Yet, unbeknownst to most observers, a small piece of history was being made.Camas and Washougal’s fire departments began their six-month trial consolidation Wednesday. As part of the merger, fire officials from both departments held a joint meeting and firefighters and medics from each department rode with their counterparts on emergency calls. “We’re building a new team,” Camas Fire Chief Nick Swinhart said. “We’re going to be a family now. We’re going to work between departments.”Fire officials expect the temporary merger will lead to quicker response times and lower costs, particularly overtime expenses. The results of the six-month trial will likely decide whether Camas and Washougal make the merger permanent in 2012.“If it works like we theorize it will, it will represent a way to keep services solvent for the future and be able to provide the same services residents expect,” said Swinhart, who replaced acting fire chief Monte Brachmann last week.last_img read more

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Boston police 3 more suspects in custody in bombings

first_imgBOSTON — Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested and accused Wednesday of removing a backpack containing fireworks emptied of gunpowder from Tsarnaev’s dorm room three days after the attack to try to keep him from getting into trouble.In court papers, the FBI said one of them threw the backpack in the garbage — it was later found in a landfill by law enforcement officers — after they concluded from news reports that Tsarnaev was one of the bombers. Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice by concealing and destroying evidence. A third man, Robel Phillipos, was charged with lying to investigators about the visit to Tsarnaev’s room.A court appearance for the three was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Their lawyers refused to comment ahead of the hearing.Three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the finish line. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gunfight with police days later. His younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, was captured and lies in a prison hospital.Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev, who are from Kazakhstan, have been held in jail for more than a week on allegations that they violated their student visas by not regularly going to class at UMass. All three men charged Wednesday began attending UMass with Tsarnaev at the same time in 2011, according to the FBI.last_img read more

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KISS Announce End Of The Road World Tour

first_img Twitter KISS Announce End Of The Road World Tour Facebook The band says, this time, it’s really goodbyeJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 29, 2018 – 1:35 pm KISS is having one more farewell tour and this one may really be their last. The band announced on Oct. 29 that the first leg of the KISS: End Of The Road World Tour will begin in North America in early 2019. So far, the tour has dates in Europe, South America and Japan. The GRAMMY-nominated group did a farewell tour in 2000, but say this tour is different, as guitarist Paul Stanley told Rolling Stone.”The [2000] farewell tour was at the end of the time that we had brought back the two original members [guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss] and it was such drudgery and so difficult and so unhappy that it just seemed like ‘let’s put the horse down,'” he said. “After the tour was over, it didn’t take me very long to realize I didn’t want to say goodbye to the band; I wanted to say goodbye to two members.”Earlier this month, Frehley released Spaceman, his third solo album in four years and eighth overall. He told Revolver he’s ready to join them if asked, although it doesn’t look likely, saying, “I only see good things in the future, even without a KISS reunion,” he says. “Who knows what’s going to happen?”The band said of the reunion, “All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable.”Keep up with KISS’ tour dates here.Ringo Starr Looks Ahead To Continued Touring: “That’s What I Do”center_img News KISS Announce End Of The Road World Tour kiss-announce-end-road-world-tour Email last_img read more

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Ten of the biggest science and technology stories of 2014 on Physorg

first_imgThis tiny slice of silicon, etched in Jelena Vuckovic’s lab at Stanford with a pattern that resembles a bar code, is one step on the way toward linking computer components with light instead of wires. Credit: Vuckovic Lab (—This past year was an exciting time for science researchers—new discoveries and advances were made and more was learned about space, sub-atomic physics, speeding up computers and historical accomplishments, to name just a few. Below, we highlight what we feel were ten of the biggest stories of the year: © 2014 , Nature Explore further Astronomer confirms a new “Super-Earth” planet , Nature Nanotechnology A radio-burst discovery deepened an astrophysics mystery—Scientists working at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico reported in a paper published in The Astrophysical Journal, that they had recorded a split-second radio wave burst that appeared to come from deep in outer space. The discovery was the first to corroborate reports of similar bursts recorded by researchers at the Parkes radio telescope in Australia. Neither team has been able to identify the source of the bursts, but possibilities include: flares from magnetars, evaporating black holes or mergers of neutron stars. Researchers achieved ‘holy grail’ of battery design: A stable lithium anode—Last summer, researchers at Stanford announced that they had taken a big step toward the design of a pure lithium anode. As they noted in a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, an anode of pure lithium would be a huge boost to battery efficiency. Lithium is believed to hold the greatest potential for reaching the “holy grail” of batteries, because of its light weight and high density. They suggest that some additional engineering and new electrolytes might make it possible to create a practical and stable lithium metal anode that could be used to power the next generation of rechargeable batteries. Quantum physics got less complicated—Just this past month, an international team of researchers working at the National University of Singapore reported that they had found evidence that wave-particle duality is actually the quantum uncertainty principle in disguise, reducing two mysteries to just one. In a paper published in Nature Communications, the team describes how they were able to prove that the two concepts were one and the same, and suggest their finding could lead to a deeper understanding of quantum physics and possibly new applications of wave-particle duality. The first possibly habitable Earth-sized planet was confirmed—Researchers working at NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope last spring reported sighting the first exoplanet roughly the size of the Earth, orbiting within what has become known as the “habitable zone” of another star—the sighting was subsequently verified by teams working at the Gemini and Keck Observatories. Because of its proximity to its star, the planet, dubbed Kepler-186f, could feasibly harbor water, the team explained in a paper published in the journal Science. The newly discovered planet is part of the Kepler-186 star system located in the constellation Cygnus. Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest—A small team of theoretical physicists working at Imperial College in London developed a method to test whether smashing two photons together to create an electron and positron will result in the formation of matter—thereby proving correct a theory first proposed back in 1934 by Breit and Wheeler. The team reported in a paper published in Nature Photonics that they developed the idea while chatting over coffee. They will be leaving it up to other researchers working at an accelerator to actually carry out the experiment to prove the idea sound once and for all. “Sailing stones” of Death Valley mystery solved as they were seen in action for the first time—After centuries of conjecture, a small team of researchers has solved the mystery of how the “sailing stones” move across the desert floor, leaving evidence trails behind them. As they describe in a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers set up a camera at just the right time and fortuitously caught the action in progress. Turns out the stones were moved by ice that had formed from a thin layer of water on the desert floor and then by wind pushing the ice against them.To learn about other exciting news in science and technology, we have set up a page that allows for easy reading of all of the top stories of the past year. Superheavy element 117 was confirmed by a research team in Germany—The periodic table of elements grew bigger by one as an international team of researchers working at Germany’s GSI laboratory artificially created atoms of element 117 using an accelerator. The group published its findings in Physical Review Letters, outlining how they caused the atoms to come about and describing it as 40 percent heavier than lead. The new element will get a formal name only after formal review by the International Unions of Pure and Applied Physics and Chemistry. Engineers took a big step toward using light instead of wires inside of computers—A team working at Stanford designed and built a prism-like device able to split light into its separate colors and then to bend each of the different components at right angles. They described their “optical link” in a paper published in Scientific Reports. It is a very small slice of silicon etched with a specific pattern that looks a lot like a bar code. The team believes the device could lead to using optics rather than electricity to carry data around inside of a computer. Superconductivity achieved without the need for cooling——a team of researchers from across the globe working at the Max Planck Institute and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, succeeded for the first time in achieving superconductivity in a material without having to cool it down first. As the group explained in a paper published in the journal Nature, they used short infrared laser pulses to cause a piece of ceramic to become superconductive, if only for a few millionths of a second. Excitingly, the team was able to offer a plausible explanation as to why it worked. Ancient Egyptians likely moved pyramid stones over wet sand—Physicists working at the University of Amsterdam and the FOM Foundation discovered through experimentation that ancient Egyptian workers likely added water to the sand over which sledges bearing heavy stones meant for use in the pyramids were pulled, to make it easier to slide. The team reported in a paper published in Physical Review Letters that using just the right amount of water in the mix would have reduced the number of men needed to pull the sledge by half. The idea was supported by a wall painting dating from that time showing water being added to sand just ahead of a pulled sledge. , Nature Photonicscenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. 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