Injured Calgary officer stable in hospital with family by his side police

first_imgCALGARY – A Calgary police officer was in hospital Tuesday with his family by his side after being shot by a suspect in a residential neighbourhood in the city’s northeast.Police Chief Roger Chaffin, who saw and spoke with the injured male officer, said the five-year constable was listed in stable condition in Foothills Hospital.“He’s an officer like many of our front-line people. These are young men and women who go out to police, they have families and they go out to do everything they can to create safety in this city,” Chaffin said. “In this case, he was confronted with a very violent situation and was seriously injured because of it.“These are not superheroes. These are average people who are very brave, who do what they can on a day-to-day basis to make sure this city is safe.”A lone suspect was found dead, Chaffin said.The call that led to the shooting started early Tuesday morning with a robbery at a convenience store, he said.“Following the robbery, brandishing a firearm, the suspect allegedly attempted to carjack a woman outside a home,” Chaffin said. “Our officers flooded the area and attempted to locate a suspect.”During that search, he said police received another report of an attempted break in and found a man matching the suspect’s description between two houses.“As officers entered the backyard, the suspect began firing shots,” he said. “It’s our understanding that a member or members of our service returned fire. One officer was shot and was taken to hospital.”No details were provided on the extent of the officer’s injuries and his name was not released by police.Chaffin said they were able to contain the area with the help of the tactical unit, which has a paramedic who attended to the wounded officer.As the officer got help, he said others noticed smoke coming from a garage and called in the fire department.The suspect — who also hasn’t been identified — was found dead inside the garage once the fire was put out, said Chaffin.A long line of police cars, including a large armoured SUV used by the tactical unit, rumbled out of the residential neighbourhood of Abbeydale earlier Tuesday afternoon.“I can tell you … we’re very lucky today because he took two rifle rounds, but he’s in stable condition,” said Les Kaminski, president of the Calgary Police Association. “So far, so good.”He said the shooting is a reminder of what police face on a daily basis.“This is what the work entails — dangerous people that we have to deal with that the rest of society don’t want to deal with,” said Kaminski.The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, which investigates police conduct, said it was reviewing the shooting.Police initially called it an “active situation” involving a firearm and advised people in the neighbourhood to stay in their homes. That order was lifted later in the day.Chaffin noted that Calgary hasn’t had a police officer shot on the street in decades.“It was probably 25 or 26 years ago,” he said. “It’s not something we’re conditioned to see a lot.“When it happens, we have to be able to stand tall to it and respond professionally and they did just that.”last_img read more

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Woodlands survivors left out of previous settlement promised compensation

first_imgVANCOUVER – Speaking from the site where a notorious school and psychiatric facility used to stand, one of its survivors says he finally feels a festering wound begin to close.Bill McArthur, who was sent to Woodlands in New Westminster, B.C. at age five, is among hundreds of survivors who had been left out from official compensation, because a legal loophole excluded them from a 2009 class-action settlement.That changed on Saturday, when provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix announced that all survivors who lived at the facility before 1974 — the year that it became legal to sue the provincial government — will receive $10,000 in compensation.“Justice has finally been done, after so many years of suffering,” said McArthur. “It’s finally brought closure to a festering sore.”Woodlands operated from 1878 until 1996, providing care for children and adults with developmental disabilities and some individuals with both developmental disabilities and mental illness.Abuse at the facility is well documented and in 2002, then-provincial ombudsperson Dulcie McCallum confirmed widespread sexual, physical and psychological abuse had occurred.After a class-action by former residents was certified, the then-Liberal government won a ruling in the B.C. Court of Appeal to exclude former students who lived at Woodlands prior to Aug. 1, 1974 from compensation. That was the date the Crown Proceedings Act came into effect, making it legal for citizens to sue the provincial government.McArthur, who had been the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit but left Woodlands ten days before that cutoff date, said the exclusion was one of the most painful things he has experienced in life.“Abuse is abuse is abuse. It doesn’t matter when it happened,” he said.McArthur spoke Saturday in front of plaques commemorating dozens of residents who died at the facility. He recalled the abuses he both witnessed and experienced at Woodlands, including rape, beatings and extended periods of isolation.Children were lined up naked in a hallway every morning “like cattle” to use the bathroom, he said. If they didn’t move quickly enough, they were beaten with brooms or fists to the head. McArthur described seeing residents pulled down hallways by the hair “like a sack of potatoes,” or forced to take icy cold showers for no apparent reason.“Other residents were deliberately burned with scalding hot water to the point where their skin would peel off in strips,” McArthur said. “This was deliberate action by the people who were charged with the responsibility of caring for us in a humane manner, and who failed to do so egregiously.”Another resident, Luanne Bradshaw, said she was sometimes heavily medicated or locked in a “control room” with no lights for up to two weeks over the course of her 12 years at Woodlands.“I’m very proud of how far I’ve come in just being a free person, living life as I see fit and making sure that my identity doesn’t get forgotten,” said Bradshaw.Dix said there are believed to be between 900 and 1,500 survivors of Woodlands, and the government expects to pay between $9 million and $15 million.More than 800 residents were eligible for compensation following the original class-action lawsuit, but it was a long and arduous process to establish claims after the fact, Dix said. The total amount already distributed through that process, which is complete, was between $4 million and $5 million.Recipients of the new compensation, which the province is offering voluntarily or “ex gratia,” will not have to prove abuse, he said.In addition to the pre-1974 residents, anyone who was eligible for a settlement as a result of the class-action lawsuit, but opted against coming forward for any reason, will also be eligible for the $10,000. And anyone who received less than $10,000 through the lawsuit will have their compensation topped up, Dix said.Dix noted that a significant number of the pre-1974 residents have died and their families will not be eligible for compensation.The province expects all monies to be paid out by March 31, 2019.“Most of the residents of Woodlands were the province’s most vulnerable people. Many were children, some were wheelchair bound, some had developmental disabilities, others had mental illnesses,” Dix said.“They were placed in a government facility with the understanding, for them and their families, that they would be cared for. That fundamental trust was severely breached.“We know, and I know, that no amount of compensation can make amends for what people such as (McArthur) have experienced — the struggle they’ve experienced and the abuse they suffered. But it’s important that we acknowledge what people went through and help, I hope, give residents the sense of closure they deserve.”last_img read more

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Govt took several measures to promote right to have access to

Rabat – The government has taken several measures to promote the right to have access to information, said, Tuesday in Rabat, communication minister, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi.Speaking at the house of representatives’ question time, El Khalfi said that the ministry elaborated a modern press and publishing draft law which does not provide for prison sentences, in the light of the results of the scientific committee in charge of consultations on bills on the press and publication.He added that the law has four legislative bills namely the draft bill on press and publishing, the draft bill on professional journalist, the press national council draft bill and the draft bill on press-related professions. He added that his department has also laid down legal provisions on the right of journalists to have access to information, in line with the provisions of the constitution of 2011.He recalled in this regard the national conference on the right to have access to information, held by the Ministry of Employment and administration modernization in June, with the participation of representatives of civil society, the private sector, the media and researchers. read more

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Locusts threaten Afghan wheat harvest FAO acts to protect the crop

An infestation of Moroccan locust (dociostaurus maroccanus) threatens the wheat harvest in northern Afghanistan, just as the country is struggling to recover from years of war and deprivation, FAO said in a statement released in Rome. The 30-40 day emergency campaign aims to limit crop damage to the lowest possible level until the harvest is well under way, when the threat will pretty much be over.So far, the campaign has yielded encouraging results, according to the agency. As of 4 May, 21,000 hectares of land had been treated with chemicals and another 81,000 hectares using a mechanical method, by which villagers dig ditches around recently hatched pods and chase the locusts into the ditches, burying them. Infestations have been reported in nine provinces.Despite the difficulties posed by mountainous terrain, FAO is reporting progress in meeting its objectives, with only few reports of damage received so far. When the emergency campaign is completed, it will give way to a medium-term plan aimed at prevention through the use of even more environmentally benign materials.The locust control campaign is being financed by FAO from its own resources, with major contributions from the US Agency for International Development and the British Department for International Development. Its efforts are supported by several NGOs, including the Irish NGO “Goal”, which is backed by the European Commission. read more

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Pascal Siakam leads Raptors to Game 3 win over Magic

Pascal Siakam had 30 points and 11 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors edged the Orlando Magic 98-93 on Friday, taking a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven opening-round playoff series.Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and 10 boards, while Danny Green chipped in with 13 points and Kyle Lowry had 12 points to go with 10 assists for the Raptors, who snapped Orlando’s nine-game win streak at Amway Center.Former Raptor Terrence Ross had 24 points, while Nikola Vucevic added 22 for the Magic, who hadn’t lost at home since Feb. 22.“I think it showed some toughness for us. I really thought this was going to be a tough atmosphere to play in,” said Raptors coach Nick Nurse.Picking up where they left off, particularly on the defensive end, the Raptors raced out to an early 11-point lead in front of an arena that was a sea of blue and white.The Magic clawed their way back, catching a break when Marc Gasol picked up two quick fouls early in the second half to make it four, and had to sit.“I liked the way we came out … we’ve got to impose our will in this game,” said Nurse. “And then I liked us, how we answered.”Vucevic, who’d been rendered a non-factor by Gasol through the series’ first two games, drained a three-pointer to give Orlando its first lead since early in the game with 6:58 to play in the third. But the Raptors responded with an 18-2 run – Siakam scoring nine of the points – and closed the quarter with a 21-6 run to take a 76-65 advantage into the final 12 minutes.Lowry, in a humorous moment late in the third quarter, raced onto the court during a time-out to vigorously rub Serge Ibaka’s knee when the big man went down hard.Lowry hit a three-pointer with 7:48 to play that gave Toronto a 17-point lead, but Ross followed up his three-pointer with a finger roll to cap a 21-10 Magic run that pulled Orlando to within four points with 1:55 to play.A Ross three cut the difference to three, but a pair of free throws by Leonard with 12.9 seconds clinched the victory for Toronto.Orlando had upset the Raptors to win Game 1, 104-101.Leonard had an off-night offensively. Coming off his brilliant 37-point performance in Game 2, the Magic started Jonathan Isaac on Toronto’s star, and the energetic 21-year-old didn’t give Leonard anything easy, holding him to eight first-half points on 3-for-11 shooting.Toronto coach Nick Nurse said after the game that Leonard hadn’t practised the last couple of days and hadn’t been feeling well.The Raptors dominated the first quarter, forcing seven Orlando turnovers, and Leonard’s dunk late in the frame had Toronto up 20-9. The Magic replied with a 12-4 run to pull within four points. The Raptors led 26-21 to start the second.Orlando continued to chip away at Toronto’s lead in the second, and pulled to within a point when Ross hit a three about five minutes before halftime. Then Ross threw up a shot from halfcourt at the buzzer. The crowd roared, and the Raptors went into the break with a narrow 48-45 lead.Game 4 goes Sunday in Orlando. The series goes back to Toronto for Game 5 on Tuesday. Game 6, if necessary, would be Thursday at Amway Center. read more

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Mens volleyball set to open season in Hawaii

Then-sophomore middle blocker Grayson Overman attempts to block an opposing spike during a match against Lewis March 4, 2011, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Cody Cousino / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team is set to start the 2014 season in a location where the climate is quite the contrary to what Ohio has been facing lately.The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Honolulu for the fifth straight year to take part in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational.In what marks the 20th anniversary for the tournament, No. 12 OSU is slated to take on top teams in No. 14 Hawaii, No. 7 UCLA and No. 11 Penn State.“The Outrigger Volleyball Invitational is one of the oldest non-conference tournaments in college men’s volleyball. It traditionally includes Hawaii and a team from the (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) and (Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) in its four-team field,” said Nancy Daniels, the director of public relations for Outrigger Hotel and Resorts.The Buckeyes have made five appearances, Penn State has made 19 appearances with two titles, UCLA has made 13 appearances with a record eight titles and Hawaii has played in all 20 tournaments, winning six times, Daniels said.OSU is set to kick off play Thursday facing the host of the tournament, Hawaii. Hawaii leads the overall series with OSU, 3-1. The Buckeyes picked up their first win over the Rainbow Warriors last year, beating Hawaii in five sets during the first round of the 2013 Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational. Friday, OSU is set to take on UCLA at 9 p.m. The Buckeyes are set to finish the invitational Saturday against Penn State at 9 p.m.The Buckeyes are coming off a 2013 season in which they finished 19-8 overall and 9-5 in MIVA conference play, good for third.OSU hosted the first round of the MIVA Tournament, falling in five sets to Grand Canyon. To end the 2013 season, OSU lost seven seniors, including experienced middle blockers John Tholen and Grayson Overman.In coach Pete Hanson’s 28th season at the helm, the Buckeyes are led by a pair of experienced redshirt juniors in setter Peter Heinen, opposite Andrew Lutz, junior outside hitter Michael Henchy and redshirt-junior middle blocker Shawn Herron.Upon returning from Hawaii, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Lees-McRae in Columbus, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. read more

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Nourrir les requins une attraction touristique écologiquement viable

first_imgNourrir les requins, une attraction touristique écologiquement viable ?Publiant leurs travaux dans la revue Functional Ecology, des chercheurs américains suggèrent, via une étude à grande échelle, qu’appâter les requins-tigres pour permettre aux plongeurs amateurs de les observer ne perturberait pas le comportement de ces prédateurs, contrairement à ce que l’on pensait. Nourrir régulièrement des requins en pleine mer pour les attirer et permettre aux amateurs de sensations fortes de plonger à leurs côtés : une activité fructueuse pour certains sites touristiques, mais dont beaucoup de naturalistes craignent l’impact sur le comportement naturel et sur l’écologie des squales. Pour en savoir plus, cinq chercheurs de l’Université de Miami ont marqué et étudié, via un système satellitaire, les requins-tigres de deux sites : l’un, situé aux Bahamas, où cette pratique est courante, et l’autre, en Floride, où elle est interdite.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ils donnent leurs conclusions dans un article intitulé : “Ne mordez pas la main qui vous nourrit – Évaluation des impacts écologiques de l’écotourisme de nourrissage sur un grand prédateur marin”. Contrairement à leur présupposé selon lequel les requins des Bahamas se contenteraient de se croiser dans une zone réduite autour de l’aire de nourrissage, les chercheurs ont constaté que ces squales occupaient une superficie de plus de 8.500 kilomètres carrés – près de 5 fois plus que leurs congénères du site de Floride.”(…) Nous avons découvert que l’écotourisme de nourrissage n’influait pas sur le comportement des requins-tigres (…). Étant donné les avantages économiques et de conservation, nous croyons que les gestionnaires [de l’environnement] ne devraient pas empêcher cette pratique tant que des données suffisantes ne démontrent pas le contraire”, a expliqué le Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, qui avait déjà montré, lors d’une étude publiée en 2011, que le tourisme de plongée d’observation des requins génère plus de profit pour les économies locales que la pêche pour les ailerons.Le 17 mars 2012 à 11:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Hurricane Maria devastates Dominica

first_img Former PNP Election candidate and businessman calls for swifter reconstruction for Capital, Grand Turk FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppDominica, September 19th, 2017 – Roseau – Devastation has hit the Caribbean region once again as Dominica became the newest victim to be caught in another hurricane’s wrought. At 9.15pm last night, Hurricane Maria, now a category 5 Hurricane, made its official landfall in Dominica. Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, via a Facebook post said, “We have lost all that money can buy.”According to the national hurricane center, Hurricane Maria is moving with winds at 160mph in a West Northwest direction. Strangely enough, the hurricane took its time through Dominica moving at a slow speed of only 9miles per hour. Official reports revealed that the eye of the storm passed over Dominica last night and has since caused widespread damage.Magnetic Media also understands that almost all the roofs have been swept off buildings, the island’s hospital, Princess Margaret hospital, has been destroyed and radio stations stopped broadcasting when the hurricane hit.Prime Minister Skerrit also revealed that he too had to be rescued from his own home as his roof was blown away and his house had been flooded. He said he feared the worst and begged countries for immediate help. He added, “My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.”Hurricane Maria has since skirted through islands such as Guadeloupe, Montserrat and St Kitts & Nevis before devastating Dominica. The national hurricane center predicts that it will hit the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico next. Like, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria is expected to grow to winds 180mph or higher.As a result, hurricane relief efforts in the British Virgin Islands, who were recently hit by Hurricane Irma, had to be stopped as a curfew is now in effect in preparation for Hurricane Maria. Foreign officials are also warning against persons traveling to islands such as the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and the Turks and Caicos as they are all vulnerable to the effects of Hurricane Maria. If Hurricane Maria remains a category 5 Hurricane, this will be the biggest storm to hit Puerto Rico in almost a century.Hurricane Maria quickly grew from a tropical storm last Sunday evening to a now category 5 storm as of Monday – less than24 hours – and is expected to remain a category 5 storm throughout the week.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher Related Items:#HurricaneMaria, #magneticmedianews, Dominicalast_img read more

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New TCI Corporate Black Card has 11 companies giving savings

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The Young Corporate Alliance is breaking ground in the Turks and Caicos and is expanding its support to younger business professionals and business owners between 18 and 40 with a BlackCard offer for significant savings and discounts among key companies which are signed onto the program.The Corporate Black Card was unveiled yesterday and executives of YCA, which was established in 2015 say, eleven companies are on board.   Up to 75% discount for some services from law firms in the program and those include TWA MarcelinWolf, StanbrookLaw and Savory&Co; there are marketing and media companies like OutsideoftheBox Marketing, CayaHicoMedia, Island Printing and RogerHarvey&Co.    Business services and supplies firms are on board like Business Solutions, Digicel, NW Hamilton and HLB.The Corporate Black Card of the YCA is for its Platinum membership tier only and President Dominic Rolle led a team which also explained that applying can happen at their website, the card is valid for one year and an Executive Board is established to oversee compliance related to the card.  The card is black and prominently features the YCA logo and the title Black Corporate Card in an elegantly sophisticated design.   The launch was called a pioneering positive step for the Turks and Caicos economy.#MagneticMediaNews#YoungCorporateAlliance#YCABlackCard Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #YCABlackCard, #youngcorporatealliance Young Business Leaders Travel to the Netherlands For Providenciales Incubatorlast_img read more

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Police locate missing elderly woman in Fort Lauderdale

first_img#FLPD. Noel has been located, Safe ThankYou! @FTLCityNews https://t.co/0ihZ28hASU— Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) July 21, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are have located an elderly woman who went missing in Fort Lauderdale.Fort Lauderdale Police were searching for 90-year-old Anne Noel, after she was last seen at 641 SW 28th Way, Thursday, at around 7 p.m.However, according to Fort Lauderdale Police, Noel was found safe, Friday.last_img

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Injured bald eagle recovering in South Florida

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – An injured bald eagle is now recovering in South Florida after it was found injured.The bird was brought to the South Florida Wildlife Center in Fort Lauderdale after he was found unable to fly in Palm Beach.The veterinary team at the facility tended to his injuries — wrapping his wing and giving him high-tech laser treatments so he can fly like an eagle again.“The prognosis is pretty good because he doesn’t have a wound or a fracture or any signs of infection,” said Amanda Grant from the South Florida Wildlife Center, “so at this point in time it’s good, but certainly he’s not out of the woods yet.”The veterinary team said the eagle is responding well to the treatment.Once he’s completely healthy, they plan to release him back into the wild.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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2019 Ram Heavy Duty contorts pavement with 1000 lbft of torque

first_img Share your voice 1 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value See All Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better A good lookin’ body, inside and outI have to give credit to Ram for building a heavy-duty truck that doesn’t look all that different from the Ram 1500. The Ram HD is properly handsome, and these days that seems like a weird thing to say, considering how “meh” the Ford Super Duty is, and how “oh heavens no” the Chevy Silverado HD is. The body is literally slick, too, with a decent drag coefficient of 0.409, which Ram claims is the best in the segment.If you want to look properly beefy, opt for the Power Wagon, which is the Ram HD’s most off-road-friendly variant. It’s taller than the standard Ram, with a special suspension for off-roading, locking differentials, a disconnecting sway bar and a 12,000-pound Warn winch. It also has a 360-degree camera to help navigate around obstacles. Despite the new kit, the truck is 28 pounds lighter than before.Under the body is a brand new frame made of 98.5 percent high-strength steel. It has six crossmembers, fully boxed rear rails and it’s ready for both fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitches. Despite all the beefiness, a good deal of which is necessary when your truck makes one thousand torques, use of lightweight materials results in a truck that’s up to 143 pounds lighter than before.The interior of the Ram HD borrows the same updates from its light-duty sibling. There’s a nice amount of layering on the dashboard, with plenty of storage space obvious as the eye moves downward. There’s still a healthy amount of physical switchgear, even when the infotainment screen expands to epic proportions.Enlarge ImageApparently, it is possible to make a heavy-duty truck that doesn’t look bad. Ram Good tech for a truckSpeaking of screens, the Ram 1500’s monster 12-inch Uconnect infotainment screen is available, but as with the 1500 before it, it’s not standard on every trim. The big boy can display either one page across the height of the screen, or it can run two applications simultaneously. Uconnect is one of our favorite systems across the industry, so this is definitely a good thing. A second, 7-inch screen in the gauge cluster is also available.The tech doesn’t end there. The interior rocks active noise cancellation and special acoustic glass designed to minimize unwanted noises — Ram claims this updated HD model reduces interior noise by 10 decibels. Even the HVAC system has been tweaked to deliver more air with less noise. Electric heating elements are tucked into the vents to deliver warm air faster in the winter.USB ports are all over the darn place, including Type-C ports. You can also kit out the interior with up to three 115-volt plugs, all of which can handle up to 400 watts for charging or powering various items.  On the safety front, the Ram HD can be optioned with automatic emergency braking, a 360-degree camera and a second rearview camera that looks into the bed. The truck can also monitor up to six tire pressures on the truck and an additional 12 tires for a trailer. The Ram 3500 has unique parking sensors designed to work with dually rear ends. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is manufactured in Mexico. Given the 2019 model year, it shouldn’t be too long before it goes on sale. Detroit Auto Show 2019 Ram 1:44 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 2019 Ram Heavy Duty has all the torque Detroit Auto Show 2019 Detroit Auto Show: See all the latest coverage.Trucks: Like truck stuff? This is for you. Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago More From Roadshow Ram just took the Torque Wars to a whole new level, one that finally stretches into four digits.A mind-blowing powertrainThe 2019 Ram Heavy Duty (2500 and 3500) is officially the first heavy-duty truck from the US’ Big Three to reach 1,000 pound-feet of torque. That monster output comes as part of an optional 6.7-liter Cummins diesel I6, which also makes 400 horsepower. Yet, the engine weighs some 60 pounds less than its previous iteration, thanks to a new cast-iron cylinder head, lighter pistons, new connecting rods and bearings, in addition to an all-new exhaust manifold and tweaked variable-geometry turbocharger.Of course, there are other engines on offer for the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty. The base engine is a 6.4-liter V8 putting out 410 hp and 429 lb-ft. If you’re after diesel, but not the full-bore kit, there’s another Cummins on offer with 370 hp and 850 lb-ft.In terms of transmissions, the big-boy Cummins mates to a six-speed Aisin automatic that’s built specifically to handle all that torque. The other, less powerful Cummins variant uses a different six-speed automatic, while the gas V8 hooks up to an eight-speed automatic. So what does that translate to in terms of capability? To put it brusquely, it has a crapload of capability. The Ram HD will haul up to 7,680 pounds in the bed, and it will tow up to 35,100 pounds. reading • 2019 Ram Heavy Duty contorts pavement with 1,000 lb-ft of torque Trucks May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend 2019 Ram HD brings a handsome face, 1,000 lb-ft of torque… Comment • Tags 99 Photos Ramlast_img read more

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Jet Airways bailout plan Lenders to become largest shareholders Goyals stake may

first_imgAn aircraft of India’s Jet Airways lands during rain showers in Mumbai on September 20, 2017PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesTroubled carrier Jet Airways seems to be doing everything it can to come up with a plan that will avert its much-speculated collapse. And on Thursday, February 14, the airline approved a bailout plan, which will see its lenders becoming the largest shareholders in the company.Jet Airways said that its board has approved a rescue plan, through which a consortium of banks — led by the State Bank of India — will convert a part of their debt into equity. As per the plan, the banks will convert the debt at a price of Re 1, mandated by a circular of the Reserve Bank of India. In order to meet a funding gap of about Rs 8,500 crore, the airline said that it would allot 114 million shares to the banks, but did not reveal how much debt would be converted to equity or how fresh amounts would be raised.The bank-led resolution plan (BLRP) is “to meet a funding gap of nearly Rs 8,500 crore which is to be met by an appropriate mix of equity infusion, debt restructuring, sale/sale and leaseback/ refinancing,” Jet Airways said in a statement.The proposal seems to have brought a new ray to hope to many and an independent consultant told the Economic Times that this would be a good step for the airline. “Jet is saved. The government is really working to ensure the airline survives and 23,000 jobs are protected.”However, this plan will now have to receive the final seal of approval at the shareholders’ meet scheduled for February 21. The proposal will also require a nod from the Securities and Exchange Board of India and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.Meanwhile, experts in the know have said that the debt to equity conversion is one of the few steps that Jet is taking as part of its rescue plans. Later, it is likely that Etihad, which already owns a 24 percent stake in the carrier, will subscribe to new shares issued and increase its stake to about 45 percent, reported ET.Drop in Naresh Goyal’s stake in the airline With this, founder and promoter Naresh Goyal is set to lose control of Jet Airways as his stake is likely to drop from the current 51 percent to about 25 percent.Speaking of this drop, Santosh Hiredesai of SBI Caps said in a note thus: “Naresh Goyal’s share will come down to 25.5%, Etihad to 12% and lenders will have a majority stake of 50.1%. While this will effectively transfer control of the airline to lenders, the press release is silent on how much of the debt will be converted under the exercise, which remains a key unknown for now, and also who is to bring in potential equity funding that is required to sustain operations and deliver a turnaround.”Earlier, it was said that Goyal was not very keen on giving up his stake and had reportedly even turned to Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata for help. the Tata Group has shown an interest in bailing out Jet Airways, but it depended on Goyal and his willingness in giving up his controlling stake. ReutersJet’s fourth quarterly consecutive loss On February 14, the beleaguered airline also reported its fourth consecutive quarterly loss. The loss was recorded at Rs 588 crore for the quarter ended December 31. The carrier has been reeling under the pressures of high fuel cost and cutthroat competition and is also known to have delayed the salaries of its employees. And on Thursday, chief executive officer Vinay Dube thanked the employees for their work.”We are indebted to our employees who, despite our interim challenges, have worked tirelessly to ensure the highest levels of operational reliability and customer services for our guests, in line with our core values,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

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Cop Cars Targeted in Sex Assault Case

first_imgBy Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROThe Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is investigating a sex assault allegation within their own department.In a written statement, police spokesman Matt Jablow confirmed 115 of the department’s patrol cars have been put out of service while the investigation continues.More than 100 Baltimore City Police cars have been taken out of commission during the investigation of a sexual assault within the department. (Photo Credit: Pinterest)Jablow also confirmed that a woman reported the assault on June 2, but did not say that the act occurred in a patrol car. Jablow did acknowledge the woman was in a patrol car at some point.Police would not say when the assault occurred or the specific allegations that were reported but according to a memo sent to officers within the department and obtained by local television station WJZ, the victim reported that she was picked up by a man named “Rick” who appeared to be a police officer.The woman said she was picked up near the Charles Village Pub and taken to a residential area near Camden Yards- where she was forced to have sex-before being taken back to the Charles Village Pub.The woman then went into a hospital and reported the sex assault.According to Jablow, Investigators will not be processing all of the cars for evidence, but are holding them. Jablow said he expected many to be released back into service “relatively soon,” and that the department has 415 patrol cars in total.Until cars are released upon processing, “some officers will have to double up,” meaning there would be two officers to one car so that patrol efforts would not be affected.Dozens of patrol vehicles sat unused in the lots of multiple police district stations Monday morning blocked off by yellow tape. Jablow said the department was processing vehicles all across the city.Some advocates in the city believe the investigation should be conducted by a third party as to keep the case transparent and make sure there are no cover up’s.“When the police engage in sexual violence, be that sexual harassment, coercion or outright sexual assault, the power dynamic is such that it adds extra consequences should the police officer be rebuffed,” said Jacqueline Robarge, head of Power Inside, to WJZ.“The victims are least likely to be believed and most likely to be highly vulnerable.”“It’s a particularly devastating trend, she said, given the power dynamics at play, which make victims fear reprisal if they talk, from the very people meant to protect them.”Police did not say how long the investigation will take but they are “trying to get patrol vehicles back on the street as soon as possible.”last_img read more

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Nearthreshold computing could enable up to 100x reduction in power consumption

first_img Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. In a recent study, a team of researchers, Ronald Dreslinski, et al., from the University of Michigan, have investigated a solution to the power problem by using a method called near-threshold computing (NTC). In the NTC method, electronic devices operate at lower voltages than normal, which reduces energy consumption. The researchers predict that NTC could enable future computer systems to reduce energy requirements by 10 to 100 times or more, by optimizing them for low-voltage operation. Unfortunately, low-voltage operation also involves performance trade-offs: specifically, performance loss, performance variation, and memory and logic failures. Continuing Moore’s lawAs the researchers explain, reducing power consumption is essential for allowing the continuation of Moore’s law, which states that the number of transistors on a chip doubles about every two years. Continuing this exponential growth is becoming more and more difficult, and power consumption is the largest barrier to meaningful increases in chip density. While engineers can design chips to hold additional transistors, power consumption has begun to prohibit these devices from actually being used. As the researchers explain, engineers are currently facing “a curious design dilemma: more gates can now fit on a die, but a growing fraction cannot actually be used due to strict power limits. … It is not an exaggeration to state that developing energy-efficient solutions is critical to the survival of the semiconductor industry.” In the past, technologies that required large amounts of power eventually became replaced by more energy-efficient technologies; for example, vacuum tubes were replaced by transistors. Today, transistors are arranged using CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) circuitry design techniques. Since beyond-CMOS technologies are still far from being commercially viable, and large investments have been made in CMOS-based infrastructure, the Michigan researchers predict that CMOS will likely be around for a while. For this reason, solutions to the power problem must come from within. Using Moore’s law as the metric of progress has become misleading: starting around the 65-nm node, improvements in packing densities no longer translate to proportional increases in performance or energy efficiency. Researchers predict that near-threshold computing could restore the relationship between transistor density and energy efficiency. Credit: Dreslinski, et al. ©2010 IEEE. “NTC is an enabling technology that allows for continued scaling of CMOS-based devices, while significantly improving energy efficiency,” Dreslinski told PhysOrg.com. “The major impact of the work is that, for a fixed battery lifetime, significantly more transistors can be used, allowing for greater functionality. Particularly, [NTC allows] the full use of all transistors offered by technology scaling, eliminating ‘Dark Silicon’ that occurs as we scale to future technology nodes beyond 22 nm where ’more transistors can be placed on chip, but will be unable to be turned on concurrently.’”Operating at threshold voltageNear-threshold computing could be the key to decreasing power requirements without overturning the entire CMOS framework, the researchers say. Although low-voltage computing is already popular as an energy-efficient technique for ultralow-energy niche markets such as wristwatches and hearing aids, its large circuit delays lead to large energy leakages that have made it impractical for most computing segments. So far, these ultralow-energy devices have operated at extremely low “subthreshold” voltages, from around 200 millivolts down to the theoretical lower limit of 36 millivolts. Conventional voltage operation is about 1.0 volts. Meanwhile, near-threshold operation occurs around 400-500 millivolts, or near a device’s threshold voltage.Operating at near-threshold rather than subthreshold voltages could provide a compromise, enabling devices to require less energy while minimizing the energy leakage. This improved trade-off could potentially open up low-voltage design to mainstream semiconductor products. However, near-threshold computing still faces the other three challenges mentioned earlier: a 10 times performance loss, five times increase in performance variation, and an increase in functional failure rate of five orders of magnitude. These challenges have not been widely addressed so far, but the Michigan researchers spend the bulk of their analysis reviewing the current research to overcome these barriers.Part of the attraction of near-threshold computing is that it could have nearly universal applications in high-demand segments, such as data centers and personal computing. As the Web continues to grow, more data centers and servers are needed to host websites, and their power consumption is currently doubling about every five years. Personal computing devices, many of which are portable, could also benefit from increased battery lifetime due to reduced power needs. Dreslinski notes that previous studies have shown that the impact of NTC on devices will vary based on a particular consumer’s usage. “A user who only uses their device for making phone calls won’t see much impact because most of the power is consumed outside the CPU,” he said. “However, users who utilize music/video players and other compute-intensive tasks on their phone could see significant battery life improvements and reduced heat generated by the device. Quantifying these numbers is difficult based on the varying workloads of users coupled with parallel advances in battery technologies. My unofficial estimate would be a 1.5x to 2x improvement in battery lifetime, although some users could see significantly more or less.”Near-threshold computing could also be useful in sensor-based systems, which have applications in biomedical implants, among other areas. While these sensors may have a size of about 1 mm3, they often require batteries that are many orders of magnitude larger than the electronics themselves. By reducing the power requirements by up to 100 times in sensors, near-threshold computing could open the doors to many possible future designs. (PhysOrg.com) — While electronic devices have greatly improved in many regards, such as in storage capacity, graphics, and overall performance, etc., they still have a weight hanging around their neck: they’re huge energy hogs. When it comes to energy efficiency, today’s computers, cell phones, and other gadgets are little better off than those from a decade ago, or more. The problem of power goes beyond being green and saving money. For electrical engineers, power has become the primary design constraint for future electronic devices. Without lowering power consumption, improvements made in other areas of electronic devices could be useless, simply because there isn’t enough power to support them. 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.center_img Explore further Nanotech SRAM for battery devices unveiled Citation: Near-threshold computing could enable up to 100x reduction in power consumption (2010, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-near-threshold-enable-100x-reduction-power.html More information: Ronald G. Dreslinski, Michael Wieckowski, David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester, Trevor Mudge. “Near-Threshold Computing: Reclaiming Moore’s Law Through Energy Efficient Integrated Circuits.” Proceedings of the IEEE. Vol. 98, No. 2, February 2010. Doi:10.1109/JPROC2009.2034764last_img read more

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Accused held from Chandigarh involved in Kolkata ATM fraud case

first_imgKolkata: One of the three Romanians, who was arrested in Chandigarh, is found to be involved in the ATM fraud case that took place in Kolkata.It may be recalled that Chandigarh police had arrested three persons including one 37-year-old Miclea Lecian Lonut a few days ago in connection with a separate ATM fraud case.Officers of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that was formed to probe into the incident received information about the arrest of the three persons. Later, they found that one of them is also involved in the ATM fraud cases that took place in Kolkata. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA team comprising police officers of the SIT has left for Chandigarh in this connection. It may be recalled that details of several bank account holders were collected by installing skimming machines at different ATM counters across the city.They used to prepare cloned cards using the collected details, which were later used to withdraw cash from ATMs in Delhi.Sources said the investigating officers found his photographs while going through footages of the CCTVs installed at the ATMs in Delhi. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe was found withdrawing cash from an ATM in Delhi and the investigating officers suspect that he had withdrawn money using a cloned card.The police are now going to record his statement in this connection. They would try to know about his connection with those arrested in Kolkata in connection with the ATM fraud. It is suspected that they are from the same gang and operate in small groups in different parts of the country. Cops are trying to find out about the counterparts in other parts of the country. Meanwhile, four persons have been arrested in connection with a case in which they used to replace new expensive mobile phones with cheaper ones before delivering them to actual owners.A 25-year-old youth, Subho Acharya, who is a resident of Shyampukur, and Mahesh Kumar Hela (23), a resident of Gariahat, were arrested with two others in this connection.They used work in a goods delivery company. Investigation revealed that they used to replace the original expensive mobile phones from sealed packets with cheaper ones.A few days ago, a complaint was lodged with Kasba police station in this connection by the company where the duo worked. It was alleged that their activity led to a loss of Rs 2,76,080 for the company.last_img read more

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Help Me Laptop Are MacBook Pro Upgrades Worth the Money

first_imgAny Apple product will happily burn a hole in your pocket, but once you’re coaxed into that lovely OS, there’s no turning back. So when you know which premium product you want, is it worth getting an upgraded version of it? User sdhakal96 had this very question about the 8th Gen, 13-inch MacBook Pro.sdhakal96 writes, “Hi guys, I’m planning on buying the 2018 MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar and Touch ID soon. My question is regarding the upgrades that are possible. I’m considering the memory upgrade, but there’s also a processor upgrade. I’m leaning towards the [RAM] upgrade, [but] I wanted to ask you guys if you think it will even be useful for me. I wouldn’t consider myself an intensive user, I mostly stick to Microsoft applications [like] R and STATA, [but] I’d also like to get more into steam games. Thank you for reading this post.”MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-macbook-pro-configuration-2018?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 All right, sdhakal96, let’s go on a MacBook Pro config tour and we’ll see what’s best for you. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,799 and comes with a 2.3GHz quad‑core 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and an Intel Iris Plus 655 GPU. It costs an additional $300 for a Core i7 processor, and an extra $200 to upgrade to 16GB of RAM.Considering you’re running light programs, and the base processor and RAM should be able to handle most Mac-enabled Steam games, you probably don’t need to upgrade those two things. I would consider getting a storage upgrade instead. There’s the 512GB ($200 plus), 1TB ($600 plus) and 2TB ($1,400 plus) SSD upgrade. The 512GB is an affordable choice, and it would be useful especially if you’re downloading a lot of games.But, if you happen to be stuck between the choice of the CPU and RAM, a better processor would be more beneficial, since 8GB of RAM can handle most of your tasks (except a modded- out Minecraft server). Seriously though, if you’re playing modded Minecraft, get the 16GB of RAM.MORE: Best Apple LaptopsWhile there are  some notable games for the Mac, like Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Rise of the Tomb Raider, the biggest issue with your request is that there is still a very limited selection and the Mac’s graphics card won’t be able to handle as much as a high-end GPU. If you aren’t tied down to a Mac OS, then I would highly recommend getting a more powerful Windows gaming laptop for a similar price point. Or, if you want to save a few bucks, you can even check out our best sub-$1,000 gaming laptops.The most suitable replacement I can think of for a MacBook Pro, that matches it in size and display, is the Alienware 13 R3 OLED (starting at $1,599). While its 7th Gen Core i5 processor is a little behind the times, it can be upgraded to a powerful Core i7. It also comes with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD like the MacBook Pro. The GPU starts with a lower-end Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, but you can upgrade it to a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of VRAM, which is powerful enough to handle VR.We hope these suggestions helped you in your quest for a premium laptop. Let us know if you decided to go to the dark side of the OS.Credit: Laptop MagWhich Laptop CPU is Right for You?Laptops with the Longest Battery LifeThe Best Laptops for Every Need by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comCrazy Rich Asians for RealForbes.comUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman now accepting reservations

first_img Travelweek Group Share Thursday, January 19, 2017 Posted by Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman now accepting reservations << Previous PostNext Post >> GRAND CAYMAN – Reservations are now open for Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman, the multi-million-dollar renovation project situated on Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach.Nightly rates start at US$229, depending on room type, for stays beginning after Feb. 4. Each of the 285 rooms will feature a work desk, walk-in shower or tub, 55-inch LCD television, high-speed Wi-Fi, Keurig coffeemaker and more.Other hotel amenities include the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill, now open during the resort’s soft opening phase. Following shortly thereafter will be License to Chill Bar and Margaritaville Coffee Shop. A complete soft opening will also include 109 guestrooms, the resort’s main pool and a signature steakhouse called YARA.Once complete, Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman will feature an activity pool with a waterslide, a large pool with swim-up bar, a zero-entry kiddie pool area, an adult-friendly pool, live entertainment, retail shops, complimentary kids club, 24-hour fitness centre, flexible meeting and event space, an on-site Red Sail Sports Desk, and six food and beverage venues.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“We have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months to create an incredible, one-of-a-kind island getaway and we are thrilled to celebrate this milestone, opening reservations,” said Michael Evans, executive vice president of HHG Holdings, the ownership group for Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman. “We look forward to welcoming guests for what we know will be an unforgettable Caribbean escape featuring warm, authentic Caymanian hospitality and of course, the Margaritaville lifestyle!”For more information go to MargaritavilleResortGrandCayman.com.last_img read more

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Travel Indochinas brand transition to Insider Journeys

first_imgAfter 21 years as Travel Indochina, the Asia travel specialist has announced it will undergo a major rebrand, including changing its name to Insider Journeys.Effective from 2nd February 2015, the newly named Insider Journeys and its accompanying new brand aspects, including a new website and brochures, will better reflect the company’s philosophy and core focus, as well as tapping into the romance of travel.“With 21 years’ history and experience, we feel we’ve ‘come of age’ and the time is right to make this major change, capturing the notion of richer, more intimate travel experiences in the style we offer,” Travel Indochina managing director and co-founder Paul Hole said.The new slogan “Imagine the stories”, further supports the key messaging that travel is as much about the memories and shared stories as it is about the journey itself.“Insider Journeys illustrates our ‘Insider’ knowledge and insights into the communities we visit and the depth of experience and understanding we share with our travellers, while the ‘Journeys’ component clearly explains our core focus within the business of delivering escorted small group journeys.”Travel Indochina general manager, customer experience and marketing, Joe Ponte, says rebranding is an especially huge step for a company established in a particular market, and the change was treated with careful consideration.“The decision to rebrand has been underpinned by a very rigorous and deliberate strategic process over the past 18 months, including consumer research and working closely with our creative agency for many months, to arrive at where we are today,” Mr Ponte said.The result will see newly branded brochures bringing the brand to life through rich textures, evocative wording and improved layouts to inspire and assist travellers in choosing the best journey.Since it began operating small group journeys and tailor-made holidays in 1993, Travel Indochina has gone on to become one of the leading travel experts of the Indochina region, and has in recent years expanded further throughout Asia to include Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.“I’m exceptionally proud of the company we’ve built and would like to give people a better sense of what it is we offer so they can share in the journey and the stories too,” Mr Hole said.Travel agents can expect the “Asia Guru” online training portal to receive an update while the new Insider Journeys brochures, which will replace current Travel Indochina brochures, will showcase extra insights into a region in the new ‘Insider Experiences’ boxes. Source = ETB Travel News: Lana Bogunovich Joe Ponte and Paul Hole present the new ‘Insider Journeys’ 2015-16 travel brochurelast_img read more

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Author Ursula Le Guin is seen in a 1972 photo Le

first_img Author Ursula Le Guin is seen in a 1972 photo. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, died peacefully Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Portland, Oregon, according to a brief family statement posted to her verified Twitter account. She was 88. (The Oregonian via AP) by Gillian Flaccus And Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2018 3:25 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2018 at 11:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ursula K. Le Guin, bestselling science fiction author, diescenter_img PORTLAND, Ore. – Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88.Le Guin died suddenly and peacefully Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, after several weeks of health concerns, her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin said Tuesday.“She left an extraordinary legacy as an artist and as an advocate of peace and critical thinking and fairness, and she was a great mother and wife as well,” he said.“Godspeed into the galaxy,” Stephen King tweeted, saying Le Guin was a literary icon, not just a science fiction writer.Le Guin won an honorary National Book Award in 2014 and warned in her acceptance speech against letting profit define what is considered good literature.Despite being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 — a rare achievement for a science fiction-fantasy writer — she often criticized the “commercial machinery of bestsellerdom and prizedom.”“I really don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river,” Le Guin said in the speech. “We who live by writing and publishing want — and should demand — our fair share of the proceeds. But the name of our beautiful reward is not profit. Its name is freedom.”Le Guin’s first novel was “Rocannon’s World” in 1966 but she gained fame three years later with “The Left Hand of Darkness,” which won the Hugo and Nebula awards — top science fiction prizes — and conjures a radical change in gender roles well before the rise of the transgender community.The book imagines a future society in which people are equally male and female and also dramatizes the perils of tyranny, violence and conformity.Her best-known works, the Earthsea books, have sold in the millions worldwide and have been translated into 16 languages. She also produced volumes of short stories, poetry, essays and literature for young adults.Le Guin’s work also won the Newbery Medal, the top honour for American children’s literature. Last year, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.“I know that I am always called ‘the sci-fi writer.’ Everybody wants to stick me into that one box, while I really live in several boxes,” she told reviewer Mark Wilson of Scifi.com.Neil Gaiman, a fellow Newbery, Hugo and Nebula recipient, mourned her death on Twitter and called Le Guin “the deepest and smartest of the writers.”“Her words are always with us. Some of them are written on my soul,” he wrote.A longtime feminist, Le Guin earned degrees from Radcliffe and Columbia. Her 1983 “Left-Handed Commencement Address” at Mills College was ranked one of the top 100 speeches of the 20th century in a 1999 survey by researchers at the University of Wisconsin and Texas A&M University.“Why should a free woman with a college education either fight Machoman or serve him?” she told the graduates. “Why should she live her life on his terms? … I hope you live without the need to dominate, and without the need to be dominated.”Born in Berkeley, California, on Oct. 21, 1929, Le Guin described a well-off childhood even during the Depression, with summers in the countryside. Her success followed an early setback: At age 11, she had her first offering rejected by Amazing Stories, the pioneering science fiction magazine.“During the Second World War, my brothers all went into service and the summers in the Valley became lonely ones, just me and my parents in the old house,” she told sfsite.com, another science fiction website.“There was no TV then; we turned on the radio once a day to get the war news. Those summers of solitude and silence, a teenager wandering the hills on my own, no company, ‘nothing to do,’ were very important to me. I think I started making my soul then,” she said.She married Charles Le Guin in Paris in 1953. They moved to Portland and had three children.Her themes ranged from children’s literature to explorations of Taoism, feminism, anarchy, psychology and sociology to tales of a society where reading and writing are punishable by death and of a scientist who battles aliens to save the world.Critic Harold Bloom placed her in the pantheon of fantasy writers along with JRR Tolkien.“Sometimes I think I am just trying to superstitiously avert evil by talking about it,” she told sfsite.com. “Throughout my whole adult life, I have watched us blighting our world irrevocably … ignoring every warning and neglecting every benevolent alternative in pursuit of ‘growth.’”____Italie reported from New York.____Follow Gillian Flaccus on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/gflaccus___This story has been corrected to reflect the correct title for “Rocannon’s World.”last_img read more

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