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Broadway Star Valisia LeKae Stars In Mount Sinais Ovarian Cancer Awareness PSA

first_imgA 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the Mount Sinai Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment program aired for the first time Thursday, May 1, on the iconic Toshiba Vision LED signboards in the heart of Times Square, New York City.Eddie Temistokle; Valisia LeKae; and Dr. David FishmanThe PSA will continue to broadcast every six minutes, 24-hours per day through May 15th. David Fishman, MD, Director and Founder of the Mount Sinai Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment Program, Valisia LeKae, Broadway actress and ovarian cancer survivor and Toshiba executives unveiled the PSA with a countdown.“With Toshiba’s help, we will create more awareness about ovarian cancer which will hopefully result in saving lives,” says Dr. Fishman, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science and gynecological oncologist at The Mount Sinai Hospital. “We are very excited to see our important message on one of the biggest screens in the world and I’m extremely grateful to my very talented patient, Valisia LeKae, a Tony and Grammy nominated actress and singer for sharing her story. “Ovarian Cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in American women. Approximately 22,000 women are diagnosed annually and 14,000 die from the disease. “Every day that passes without a cure for ovarian cancer means the suffering and death of countless women,” said Dr. Fishman. “Valisia is one of the lucky ones and she is a fighter.”“I want to thank Toshiba, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Peter Hapak and Spotco for joining forces to help broadcast the importance of ovarian cancer risk assessment and my personal journey to thousands of men and women who will see it daily,” says LeKae, the 34 year-old actress who played Diana Ross in Motown the Musical and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013. “Dr. Fishman and the Mount Sinai team helped to save my life, so I want to give back by helping to educate and encourage others about this disease and the fight against it.”last_img read more

Toronto Rock to partner with Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement The mission of the Downie Wenjack Fund is to encourage reconciliation between non-Indigenous and Indigenous people in Canada.Gord Downie was the lead singer of the rock band The Tragically Hip. He died from brain cancer on Oct. 17 at the age of 53. He dedicated the final year of his life to raising awareness of Indigenous issues and the destructive legacy of residential schools in Canada.Downie’s brother Patrick will address the crowd prior to the game.CANADIAN PRESS Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Gord Downie is presented with a Star blanket by Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde and his wife Valerie Galley during a ceremony honouring Downie at the AFN Special Chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que., Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53. (Adrian Wyld/CP)center_img TORONTO – The Toronto Rock have partnered with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund for the National Lacrosse League team’s home opener on Dec. 16 against the Saskatchewan Rush at Air Canada Centre.The Rock will donate $1 to the Downie Wenjack Fund for every ticket sold for the game.Representatives from the Downie Wenjack Fund will be on the Air Canada Centre concourse on game night accepting donations, selling merchandise and raising awareness. Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

The gangs of Winnipeg and the First Nations kids who shouldnt be

first_imgAPTN National NewsAt the beginning of the month a 20-year-old First Nation man was gunned down and killed in Winnipeg.He was mistaken for a gang member.Now organizations are coming together to find solutions to prevent youth from joining gangs.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has the story.last_img

Court of Appeal issues stay order against Sri Lanka Cricket polls

Ranatunga, who is also contesting for the post of President at the elections scheduled says Sumathipala is not qualified to hold the post of President.Ranatunga, the younger brother of World Cup winning former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna, was SLC secretary from 2009 to 2015.  (Colombo Gazette) The Court of Appeal today issued a stay order against holding the elections for the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board tomorrow.The stay order has been issued till June 14 when the court will rule on a petition filed against Thilanga Sumathipala from contesting the election. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket announced the indefinite postponement of SLC’s Annual General Meeting and the cancellation of the Extraordinary General Meeting, which it was planning to hold on the 31st May, 2018 (tomorrow) following the stay order issued by the Court of Appeal. Last week former Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board General Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga filed a petition in court seeking an injunction to prevent Thilanga Sumathipala from contesting the Sri Lanka Cricket board elections. read more

Score a goal for humanity says Mohammed celebrating winning link between sport

“Sport has the power to align our passion, energy and enthusiasm around a collective cause,” she maintained.  “And that is precisely when hope can be nurtured and trust can be regained”. Sport has played an important role in all societies throughout history – making it a natural focus for the UN system, to strengthen social ties and promote the ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice.Ms. Mohammed recalled stories of “soldiers climbing over the trenches on the first Christmas Eve of the First World War” to play football and bring about a momentary truce and “table tennis in the 1970s” that thawed Cold War tensions and gave birth to the term “ping-pong diplomacy”.   Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (at podium) opens the event to commemorate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (6 April)., by UN Photo/Mark Garten“It is in our collective interest to harness the tremendous power of sport to help build a better and more sustainable future for all” she stressed.Moreover, she pointed out that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development identified sport as “an enabler of sustainable development”. “Sport can help promote tolerance and respect, contribute to the empowerment of women and young people, and advance health, education and social inclusion”, she continued.Ahead of the international day on Friday, Ms. Mohammed cited the Secretary-General’s report “Strengthening the Global Framework for Leveraging Sport for Development and Peace” as recognition of the power of sport “to bring people together and achieve common goals. Affirming that “no institution or entity can do it alone”, she underscored the need for “partnerships between all parts of society, especially youth and local communities”, and elaborated on collaborations with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the international football association, FIFA, to, among other things, advance women in leadership.Ms. Mohammed also urged changing the day-to-day management of sporting events, so as to harness environmentally-friendly practices and socio-environmental-minded bidding proposals.  “Let us intensify our shared efforts to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and truly recognize the power of sport to change the lives of individuals, communities, countries and beyond”, she stated.“Thank you” concluded the Deputy Secretary-General “for helping the world score a goal for our common humanity”. read more

After falling in Big Ten Tournament semifinals Ohio State looks at whats

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) looks to fire a pass during the Big Ten Tournament semifinals against Michigan. OSU lost, 72-69.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — So what happens next?For the first time in six seasons, the Ohio State men’s basketball will spend the Sunday of the Big Ten Tournament watching — instead of participating.A 72-69 loss against top-seeded Michigan (25-7, 17-3) leaves OSU with a long bus ride ahead as they wait to see their fate in the NCAA Tournament.“I’ve never been there. I’ve never been in Columbus on Selection Sunday,” junior forward Sam Thompson said. “I’ve never left this tournament before the championship game, so it’ll be a little weird.”Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said even though it will be different not playing in the championship game — Michigan is set to take on Michigan State Sunday at 3:30 p.m. — he sees a bright future for his team.“Obviously this feeling I’m feeling right now, this is a change for me,” Smith Jr. said. “I haven’t won every game in my lifetime, and I’ve responded. I know my team is going to bounce back, we’re going to fight, but the pain and the hurt that we’re feeling right now is going to be ammunition for us going into the NCAA Tournament. I’m excited for that.”Smith Jr.’s backcourt teammate, senior guard Aaron Craft, added that the loss can be seen as a building block for the team moving forward.“It would be a travesty if we just took disappointment out of this weekend,” Craft said. “Obviously we’re upset, we’re disappointed, but it’s the way this has gone. We’re a better basketball team than when we got here. It’s about building off that. Get out of the Big Ten, get to play against a different opponent that you haven’t seen yet.”Although OSU is all but guaranteed an at large bid, the players will be heading into uncharted territory.For the first time since any of the current Buckeye players began their careers OSU will likely be lower than a two-seed, and could be an underdog as early as the third round.Smith Jr. said he thinks OSU put themselves into a good position heading into March Madness.“It’s not the best position we wanted to be in, but I’m pretty confident in the position we are,” Smith Jr. said. “With this loss everybody is hurting right here, so I expect that the pain that we’re feeling right now to carry on to the next game and we take it out on whoever we play and wherever we are. I expect them to reap what we’re feeling right now. So bad enough for them, whoever they are I feel sorry for them.”Thompson added that seeding doesn’t make a difference, as long as the team comes to play.“Seeds don’t matter. Wichita State beat us last year as a nine seed. Seeding doesn’t matter,” Thompson said. “What matters is the team that shows up to play when the tournament comes, and the Ohio State Buckeyes will show up no matter what seed we are.”Even though the ending to the Big Ten Tournament was not was what OSU (25-9, 12-9) wanted, the hope of the NCAA Tournament softened the blow that came with a loss.Starting next week though, there will be no such relief.“It’s on to the NCAA Tournament and we get another crack at it, and every game now, if you lose, you go home for good and we don’t want that to happen,” Smith Jr. said.The brackets are scheduled be announced Sunday at 6 p.m., with the NCAA Tournament’s second round — where OSU will likely begin — set to take place Thursday and Friday.Junior guard Shannon Scott said it doesn’t matter who OSU plays, they plan to give it their all.“We’ve got to play against whoever steps in front of us,” Scott said. “Bring our ‘A’ game no matter what.” read more

Mens swimming Buckeyes to face Michigan on the road

The Ohio State men’s swimming team practices ahead of its meet on Jan. 28 at Michigan. Credit: Sydney McNulty | Lantern reporterThis weekend is an important one for the Ohio State men’s swimming team, as they travel to Ann Arbor to take on rival Michigan.The Buckeyes will duel against the Big Ten’s top-ranked Wolverines in what is expected to be one of OSU’s toughest and most challenging conference meets on the road.“It’s a good time to get some quality racing in, prior to Big Tens,” junior Brayden Seal said. “If you can get some good races in, it boosts your confidence going into championship season.”With Michigan performing in its own backyard with an array of talented athletes, there will certainly be some challenges posed for the Buckeyes.“I know that the guy I’m going to be racing against is difficult, and I’m sure that they have got people in all events,” Seal said. “For distance guys, it’s going to be difficult and the breastrokers will have a big challenge too, but they have got a lot of great guys across the board.”For some of the young guys like sophomore sprinter Mossimo Chavez, the excitement to travel to Ann Arbor and face some of the best swimmers in the country is high.“I know they have a top sprinter nationally, so there is a chance he will take the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle”, Chavez said. “We just have to go into it like it’s a championship meet. I’ve never been to Michigan, so it’s more exciting than it is intimidating.”Along with Michigan’s talented team, the atmosphere in Ann Arbor is also an upper hand for the home team, Seal said.“The coach there, Mike Bottom, is really good at getting a big crowd there and obviously, they are all Michigan fans, so it’s pretty loud for the other side,” Seal said. “It will still be a lot of fun.”The Buckeyes are 6-0 in dual meets this season and are headed to Ann Arbor with confidence, sticking to the plan they have had all season: keep winning.“We just focus on getting ready with the team right before the meet and having the whole mentality of its one of the biggest rivalries in the nation, so you are going to need to be able to race,” Seal said.The meet is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Friday evening. read more

Why The Spurs May Have A Down Year

The 1997-98 NBA season had little in common with today’s league. There were teams in Vancouver and Seattle; the Warriors were lousy and won only 19 games; and the Utah Jazz shared the NBA’s best record while hitting just 3 threes per game. But the one thing that was the same then and has never changed: The Spurs won at least 50 games.San Antonio’s regular-season success has been so consistent, we’ve all largely come to assume it over time. The only year the Spurs didn’t win at least 50 games in the past 20 seasons was 1998-99, when there were only 50 games total because of a lockout: San Antonio won 37 games and the NBA title. And given the club’s relative roster stability this summer after last year’s 61-win campaign — one in which a legitimate superstar was born — it would seem prudent to expect another such year from the team in silver and black.But if there’s ever been a season to wonder whether the Spurs are due for a real regression toward normalcy, this may be the one.Player health could loom larger than usual this year for San Antonio. The team will begin the regular season without Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard, who was held out of the preseason and now will miss at least the season opener because of a right-quad injury sustained last season. A lack of athleticism on both ends of the floor, particularly if Leonard is forced to miss significant time, figures to stand out more this season than it did last year after a couple of free-agent defections.And it’s unclear how much longer the Spurs can keep finding moderate success with players who, at least in some ways, seem to go against the grain of the analytics movement that the club has been at the forefront of.Heading into the start of this season, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions1These are compiled by mixing team and individual-player ELO ratings. peg the Spurs at exactly 50 wins — tied for fourth with Minnesota, an up-and-coming team that may have its own growing pains, and just one game ahead of the Denver Nuggets, who are estimated to finish No. 6 out West. Only the Atlanta Hawks (projected to have 17 fewer wins) and Chicago Bulls (-14) — teams that started the rebuilding process this summer — are projected to have steeper drop-offs than San Antonio’s 11-game decrease. And if anything goes wrong for them, the Spurs could easily miss that 50-win mark.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has never been shy about resting his best players. But being down two starters to begin a season would be navigating uncharted territory. (No public timeline for a return has been set for Leonard.) As such, longtime Spur Manu Ginobili acknowledged that San Antonio might be a bit slower out of the gate this season while teammates try to develop a rhythm without two key players. “We are not going to start full-throttle,” he said. “We’re not going to start as ready to compete as in previous years. But we’ll figure it out.”The Spurs will have to learn how to create offense without two or three of their most aggressive scorers from last season. Parker, Leonard and Jonathon Simmons, who’s since joined the Orlando Magic, accounted for a whopping 68 percent of the team’s drives to the basket on a per-game basis.2Ginobili had the fourth-highest rate among Spurs’ regulars, at just 2.6 drives per contest. If both Parker and Leonard are simultaneously forced to miss considerable action, it would put a strain on their teammates, who, despite boasting some of the best 3-point shooting in the league, aren’t necessarily the best shot creators.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There’s also the question of whether some of San Antonio’s players are meant to play specific roles — ones that only work with teammates who accentuate their best attributes. Patty Mills, who had largely perfected his gig off the bench, is the best example here. Mills is a dangerous spot-up shooter off the bench, but he hasn’t proven capable of truly running an offense himself for more than a minute or two at a time.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Part of what sets Mills apart is the frenetic pace at which he plays. He ranked among the NBA’s top-five players in terms of how fast he moves around the court in each of the past four seasons. Yet the energy it takes to play as fast as Mills does — he basically plays a high-speed version of the playground game Tag in order to get open shots — can only be provided in spurts.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Because of how deep the Spurs have historically been, spurts were generally all they needed from Mills. But with Parker out another month or two, that will change this season.To be totally clear: None of this is to suggest that the Spurs won’t be a good team this year. They just may not be Spurs good. If there’s a team that can overcome these sorts of flaws, it’s one coached by Popovich, who regularly motivates his teams not only to play above their heads but also to adapt from year to year to the ever-changing NBA. (FiveThirtyEight’s preseason forecast had the Spurs winning 52 games last season; they blew that out of the water, winning 61 games.)The vast majority of their league-best defense is still intact. And the team’s basketball IQ — for example, its ability to know exactly who to leave open, evidenced by its league-best defense against corner threes — is uncanny, sometimes making up for what the Spurs lack in athleticism. While the Spurs didn’t land Chris Paul this summer, convincing Rudy Gay to sign on was a coup — he’s someone who can help fill in for Leonard if need be and reasonably match up as a small-ball power forward against teams like the Warriors and Cavaliers.The Gay signing fit a recent trend for the Spurs, one that both explains how they’ve remained contenders and illustrates what could end up making them mortal again at some point: San Antonio has developed a knack for picking up players who aren’t necessarily a perfect analytical fit based on where the league is headed.LaMarcus Aldridge, for instance, joined the Spurs in 2015, right after he’d fired up a league-high 11.1 shots per game from midrange — a look today that’s widely considered to be the most inefficient shot on the floor. Upon leaving the Trail Blazers, he said he didn’t want to play center exclusively, even as scores of power forwards have made that shift in light of the small-ball movement. Yet the Spurs got considerable mileage out of him despite his inefficiencies and did so by playing him often at the center position. A year later, they added Pau Gasol, who also seemed a dubious fit because of his lack of defensive mobility. But San Antonio, which deserves credit for allowing Gasol to let it fly from 3-point range, also managed to withstand his defensive shortcomings as the team logged the league’s best defense last season. (The Spurs surprisingly gave the 37-year-old Gasol a new three-year, $48 million contract this past summer.)Gay fits better than either Gasol or Aldridge did, both in terms of his contract and his playing style. But it’s also not clear yet whether he’ll be himself, given that he’s coming off an Achilles tear. He played well the past few years but did so for losing teams out in Sacramento. Before that, the analytics friendly Grizzlies and Raptors both dealt him away and then immediately saw their on-court product improve.The Gay signing is the type of head-scratcher that the Spurs have proved their doubters wrong about in the past. But at some point, going against the grain will stop working for the Spurs. And between those gambles and the injuries to Leonard and Parker, there may finally be enough loose strings to bring San Antonio’s amazing 20-year run to an end. After all, no team — not even the Spurs themselves — can be Spurs-level good forever.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

BBC gender pay row hits Wimbledon as Martina Navratilova says John McEnroe is

first_imgMcEnroe Asked if she would take a case against the BBC over equal pay, she said: “If I find that I was entitled to have been paid at a different rate during the time I was there of course I would.”Fran Unsworth, the BBC’s director of news and current affairs, said the BBC is in a “big fight here for the best ideas, the best talent”.“We don’t think we have acted illegally in regard to equal pay,” she said.”That doesn’t mean, however, there won’t be instances and cases where there is inequality and we need to address those.”The gender pay gap has been in the headlines since the salaries of top BBC talent were revealed.Radio 2’s Chris Evans topped the list on more than £2 million, while the highest paid woman was Claudia Winkleman on between £450,000 and £499,999.A review commissioned by the BBC found a 6.8 per cent gender pay gap – but “no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making”.Its conclusions were criticised by BBC Women, a group that includes presenters such as Jane Garvey, Mishal Husain and Victoria Derbyshire.Panorama: Britain’s Equal Pay Scandal, airs  at 7.30pm on Monday on BBC1.  She said: “I do know that I have sat beside men on TV doing the same job, probably (with) the same experience or I might have been even more experienced, and I know they were earning more than me.” BBC Sport said McEnroe’s role was of “a different scale”Credit:Karwai Tang/Getty  “(I’m) not happy… It’s shocking… It’s still the good old boys network.”Navratilova, who was crowned Wimbledon ladies’ champion nine times, said that her agent will ask for more money in future.BBC Sport told the programme, to be broadcast on Monday that “John and Martina perform different roles in the team, and John’s role is of a different scale, scope and time commitment,” adding: “They are simply not comparable. John’s pay reflects all of this, gender isn’t a factor.” 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. Martina Navratilova JohN McEnroe “It was a shock because John McEnroe makes at least £150,000… I get about £15,000 for Wimbledon and unless John McEnroe’s doing a whole bunch of stuff outside of Wimbledon he’s getting at least 10 times as much money”, she said.Navratilova said that she was told she was getting paid a comparable amount to men doing the same job as her, adding: “We were not told the truth, that’s for sure…. Martina Navratilova, the tennis player and broadcaster, has accused the BBC of running a “good old boy’s network” which saw John McEnroe paid at least ten times the amount she receives for Wimbledon.Navratilova, who said she was “shocked” to discover the discrepancy after McEnroe appeared on the list of top-paid BBC talent, claimed the corporation had lied to her with assurances she was paid the same as men doing the same job.Saying she was “not happy” at the situation, she added: “The bottom line is that male voices are valued more than women’s voices.”McEnroe’s pay packet, which falls between £150,000 to £199,999, was revealed in a list of the BBC’s best-paid broadcasters last summer.Navratilova, 61, told the BBC’s Panorama programme she is paid around £15,000 for her commentator role at Wimbledon. Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon nine timesCredit:KAI-UWE WAERNER/AFP McEnroe is remembered for his “you cannot be serious” outburstCredit:Tony Duffy /Getty Panorama said it estimated that McEnroe, 59, who was crowned Wimbledon champion three times, appeared around 30 times for the BBC at Wimbledon last year, compared to Navratilova’s 10 appearances.The programme, which explores the pay gap at the corporation, follows damaging claims about unequal salaries paid to broadcasting stars. Carrie Gracie, who resigned from her role as China editor in protest at being paid less than male foreign editors and now works for the BBC in London, told the programme she may yet have to leave the corporation over the dispute.Former BBC news presenter Maxine Mawhinney said she is considering bringing a case against the broadcaster over pay.She had just left the BBC after 20 years when the pay list was published last summer.last_img read more

NRW Holdings to start work on Rio Tintos Koodaideri iron ore project

first_imgNRW Holdings has been awarded a bulk earthworks contract at Rio Tinto’s new ‘Intelligent Mine’, Koodaideri, in the Pilbara of Western Australia.The A$65 million ($46 million) work of works included bulk earthworks and drainage, the ASX-listed contractor said, adding that it was expected to run for 11 months, commencing on site in April.Koodaideri is set to deliver a new production hub for Rio’s iron ore business and is 35 km northwest of the Yandicoogina mine in the east Pilbara.In December, it was announced that Perth-based Pindan will build a 780-room construction camp at Koodaideri as part of a A$45 million contract award.Construction on Koodaideri Phase 1 will start this year with first production expected in late 2021. Once complete, the $2.6 billion mine will have an annual capacity of 43 Mt, underpinning production of the company’s flagship iron ore product, Pilbara Blend.In addition to mine infrastructure and the accommodation camp, an airport and mine support facilities will be built. Throughout the construction period, Rio expects to employ over 2,000 people with 600 permanent roles created once the mine is operational.last_img read more

Sony la PlayStation 4 serait en cours de développement

first_imgSony : la PlayStation 4 serait en cours de développementLe directeur financier du géant nippon a laissé entendre que la future PlayStation 4 était bien en cours de développement.Au milieu de tous les problèmes de piratage qui touchent le groupe Sony ces dernières semaines, la confidence donnée par Masaru Kato, le directeur financier du géant japonais, fait office de rayon de soleil. A un peu plus d’une semaine de l’E3 2011 de Los Angeles, le salon du jeu vidéo, qui verra Nintendo présenter sa dernière console, le projet “Café”, Sony a donc réagi… Interrogé par des investisseurs sur la hausse des dépenses en recherche et développement, Masaru Kato a expliqué que la conception de la “future plate-forme” de jeu vidéo était “déjà en cours”, rapporte Numerama. Autrement dit, la PlayStation 4…Ce développement ne signifie en revanche pas que l’actuelle PlayStation 3 est en fin de vie, puisque la console sortie en 2006 bénéficie de l’effet du PlayStation Move au niveau de ses ventes. La sortie de la PS4 devrait donc se situer aux environs de 2013-2014…Le 27 mai 2011 à 14:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Police search for husband of City Heights woman as person of interest

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter March 5, 2019 Posted: March 5, 2019 Sasha Foo Police search for husband of City Heights woman as “person of interest” 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego police are still looking for leads in the killing of a City Heights woman.On Monday, 36 year old Muna Kuri was found dead in the apartment she shared with her husband. Detectives said her husband is wanted for questioning.Kuri’s body was found by a younger sister on Monday morning, after Muna failed to answer their phone calls the day before.Born in Somalia, Kuri and her family immigrated to United States from Kenya in 2000. She was one of nine sisters. Amiina Salad said her older sister Muna was “funny, loud, and she forgives a lot.”Police said they are investigating Kuri’s death as a homicide and they described her husband, 45 year old Abdiaziz Kerow as a “person of interest.” Police said they have not been able to locate him for questioning.Salad said she would ask her sister’s husband to stop “being a coward.” “Stand in front of us, all of her sisters and you know, that ego you talk about, come show it. Come show us that you killed Tota (Muna’s nickname) today, if you’re man enough and you’re not running away.”In the City Heights neighborhood where the couple lived, the news of Kuri’s death came as a shock. The Somali woman was well known and operated a day care business that served many parents in the Somali community.Ahmed Olad who was a friend of the victim said that Kuri was almost like a second parent to the children. Ismail Nur runs a clothing store in City Heights where Muna Kuri often shopped. He said the news of her killing was so disturbing that he and other cried. Nur said he also closed his business early.Council member Georgette Gomez who represents the City Heights neighborhood said she supports the Somali community and wants to serve as a resource. She said she supports a full investigation into Kuri’s death.Anyone with information about the incident should call the police department’s homicide unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Sasha Foo, last_img read more

Kelso man dead after SWAT standoff

first_imgBelow is a press release from the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office: On March 7, 2011 at approximately 11:29 p.m. Kelso Police were dispatched to a report of a 31 year old Kelso resident, with a gun, making suicidal threats. Kelso Officers responded and attempted contact with the subject, who refused to cooperate. After Kelso officers assessed the situation, Lower Columbia SWAT, which is comprised Kelso Police, Longview Police and Sheriff’s deputies, was requested. Telephone contact with the suspect was established by a police negotiator. He was reportedly distraught over personal problems. Negotiations continued but the subject refused to come out. After a lengthy time of negotiation the subject was observed pointing a firearm at SWAT officers. The subject was then shot by a SWAT team member and was later pronounced dead.Due to the multi-jurisdictional make up of Lower Columbia SWAT, the Regional Major Crimes Team comprised of detectives with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Vancouver Police Department were requested to investigate, and are currently on scene.The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of family.The name of the SWAT officers involved is being withheld pending the investigation.last_img read more

These Smaller Titles From E3 2017 Deserve Your Attention

first_imgStay on target The Xbox One X Looks Nice, But Twice as Nice as the Xbox One?Super Mario Odyssey and Other E3 Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda E3 is the place where gaming’s most powerful publishers and developers get together to show off their biggest titles. While the focus is decidedly on the giants of gaming, E3 is also a place where smaller developers spotlight their creations.While preparing my E3 coverage, I always make sure to schedule appointments for games and studios that may not get as much attention as the big dogs. Below are some of the coolest games I played at E3 which deserve more attention.The Talos Principle VRThe Talos Principle is one of the best puzzle games I’ve had the pleasure of playing. When I heard it was getting the VR treatment, I had to check it out. While I wouldn’t exactly consider myself a proponent of VR, I felt that this title would lend itself well to that interface. I was both right and wrong.For the demo, I used an HTC Vive headset. This is the most expensive VR headset in the market for a reason: it feels extremely comfortable, and its graphics were far beyond those of the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. Because of that, I was able to adjust to playing The Talos Principle with the full 360 field of view. Instead of a traditional controller, I was given two HTC Vive controllers to use. The controllers themselves were responsive, but they were a bit odd to use.Because of the different interface, I wasn’t able to play the game as easily as I did on PS4. Not only did I have mind-bending puzzles to contend with, but I also had to fight against the controls. But when I managed to overcome these hurdles, I found The Talos Principle VR to be an enjoyable, and somewhat chill experience. A release date is TBD.IndivisibleI got to check out Indivisible a couple of years ago around the time the first demo was released. This game is notable because all of the main characters and many of the smaller enemies are hand-drawn. This is made by the same team who gave us Skullgirls which explains why it looks so great. For me, Indivisible feels like a spiritual successor to Guardian Heroes. I don’t know if that’s what the developers were going for, but that’s what I got out of it. Whatever the case may be, it’s pretty amazing.In this demo, I got to go through a bad-ass Mayan-looking temple. As I ventured forth, I met characters who joined my party. I was told the game would have a great deal of party members to pick and choose from. Each character is assigned to a face button on the controller. This makes it easy to pull off multi-character combos. But since this is an RPG, you have to be smart about when to attack or defend. If you have to sit through the cooldown phase when you desperately need to heal, you could be in big trouble.This particular demo was difficult, and I wasn’t able to defeat the dungeon’s boss. Since the game is still in development, I’m sure the team is busy tweaking the difficulty. Brutally challenging bosses aside, this game is shaping up nicely. Fans of action RPGs or those who just like pretty-looking games should keep Indivisible on their radar when it releases sometime in 2018.Outcast: Second ContactThis was one of my personal highlights of E3. When I made the appointment, I thought I was going to be playing a sequel. Boy, was I wrong. Outcast: Second Contact is a remake of the original PC game from 1999. It retains the original core gameplay but with graphics suited for a 2017 title. I had never heard of this game before but was told that it is considered a cult classic by many.In the demo, I walked around a small settlement on an alien planet. I talked to the locals and got into gun battles with the bad guys. Since this is an older game, there is no cover system. One has to constantly be on the move and strafe around enemies in order to survive. I’m partial to old-school strafe shooters like the original Doom so playing this way came naturally. I also enjoyed the variety of weapons since they felt different from one another.Outcast: Second Contact is set to be the first in a trilogy of games. It was a wise decision to go back and polish up the original. This way, people can start the new saga from the beginning without having to deal with outdated graphics. Expect the game to drop this Fall on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.The Last Day of JuneThe Last Day of June was easily the most visually unique game I played at E3. Its art style is like a stop-motion animated film filtered through an expressionist painting. I wasn’t able to play too much of the game, but that was fine because I enjoyed just looking at it. The title is also unique because instead of being focused on action, it was about telling a personal story of two characters who experience a terrible tragedy. The Last Day of June is a great example of why people gravitate toward indie titles. Expect The Last Day of June to release later this year.Serious Sam VR: The Last HopeSerious Sam VR: The Last Hope is basically an old-school arcade shooter. Using HTC Vive controllers, I shot at endless hordes of crazy monsters who came from every direction. Truth be told, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of enemies that popped up on screen even on the easier settings. Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope is not a game for the squeamish, and you’ll need excellent reflexes to master it. It’s tough but definitely enjoyable.Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

Bird excrement may be cooling the Arctic

first_imgMosaic of images of the Arctic by MODIS. Credit: NASA Explore further As the researchers note, millions of birds migrate to Arctic regions during the warmer months, covering much of the local landscape with guano. Until now, however, no connection between such droppings and temperature changes was ever made. During a trip to the Canadian Arctic two years ago, the researchers collected air samples for study. In analyzing those samples, the researchers found that during certain times of the year (when it was above freezing), there was a noticeable rise in ammonia levels. They report that they initially thought the ammonia was coming from the sea, but after some testing, found that was not the case. The next most obvious candidate was animals that live in such places—the logical choice for study was migrating birds because of their huge numbers.The researchers ran some calculations and fed the data into computer models that simulated the Arctic environment both with thousands of tons ammonia emissions into the air and without. They noted first that when guano was broken down by bacteria, ammonia was released, accounting for the rise they observed in their air tests. They also found that when the ammonia mixed with sulfuric acid and water molecules, both from ocean spray, airborne particles were formed that made their way into the atmosphere, contributing to cloud formation. Such low-lying clouds, the team explains, can reflect heat from the sun back into space, leaving the area cooler—the model showed by as much as 1W/m2 during the warmer months.The researchers are not suggesting that coaxing more birds to migrate to the Artic each year might slow melting of the ice, but they do suggest their work highlights just how complex our global ecosystem actually is, and how many factors contribute to its current state. (—A team of researchers with members from Canada, Sweden and U.S. has found that bird excrement may be playing a role in cooling the Arctic during its warmer months. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the team describes how they found higher than expected seasonal levels of ammonia in the air during trips they took to Arctic sites, how they traced it to bird feces and then modeled the impact it might be having on the local environment. Seabird guano releases more ammonia at tropics Citation: Bird excrement may be cooling the Arctic (2016, November 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Nature Communications More information: B. Croft et al. Contribution of Arctic seabird-colony ammonia to atmospheric particles and cloud-albedo radiative effect, Nature Communications (2016). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms13444AbstractThe Arctic region is vulnerable to climate change and able to affect global climate. The summertime Arctic atmosphere is pristine and strongly influenced by natural regional emissions, which have poorly understood climate impacts related to atmospheric particles and clouds. Here we show that ammonia from seabird-colony guano is a key factor contributing to bursts of newly formed particles, which are observed every summer in the near-surface atmosphere at Alert, Nunavut, Canada. Our chemical-transport model simulations indicate that the pan-Arctic seabird-influenced particles can grow by sulfuric acid and organic vapour condensation to diameters sufficiently large to promote pan-Arctic cloud-droplet formation in the clean Arctic summertime. We calculate that the resultant cooling tendencies could be large (about −0.5 W m−2 pan-Arctic-mean cooling), exceeding −1 W m−2 near the largest seabird colonies due to the effects of seabird-influenced particles on cloud albedo. These coupled ecological–chemical processes may be susceptible to Arctic warming and industrialization. © 2016 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.last_img read more

A Beginners Guide to Starting and Marketing an App

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. September 13, 2013 If you’re building a mobile app for the first time, you no doubt have many questions: Is it worthwhile? Does it make sense? How will people know about it?I’ve helped build more than 100 apps in categories ranging from utility to social networking, so I field a lot of questions on the process from entrepreneurs. Here are the most common queries — and the answers. Related: How to Make an App When You Can’t Code: a Step-by-Step GuideI have many app ideas. Which one should I pursue?Most successful entrepreneurs have built their business through multiple ideas, so don’t limit yourself to a single app idea. Building an app is like aiming to release a hit single in the music industry: You generally never know which single will make it. Give each app four to six months after the launch, and if you don’t see a growing user base by then, move to the next idea.I have an app idea, but where do I start?Start by putting your idea down on paper as clearly as possible. Look for prototyping tools on the Internet and create a detailed, screen-by-screen mock-up or wireframe of your app. Once you’re clear about your requirements, seek out a company that can design and develop it for you.How do I know whether the customer wants my app?Get to market fast with a prototype. Don’t wait to create a complete app with all the features. Build the app’s core features, and see if the customer is ready to buy. If they do, you’ll receive a lot of important feedback from your paying customers.Should I build a mobile website or a native app?There are close to a million apps each on iOS and Android app stores, and you’re competing against the best for visibility and engagement. Mobile websites generally don’t offer a unique user experience, nor do they add as much value to the customer, in my eyes. Apps are to mobile what websites are to desktop computers. Don’t mix the two.Should we build the app in-house or outsource?Some of the most popular products today were outsourced in their initial days, including Alibaba,, Digg and Skype. When creating the first iteration of your product, keep the costs low and go with an outsourced provider that understands your requirements best. Your first priority should be placing the product in the hands of consumers — and fast. Once you see a real demand for your product and it begins to gain traction, then you can then take over the development and maintenance in-house.How do I submit an app to the Apple App Store or Android Market?Create developer accounts with Apple and Google by registering through their websites and paying the annual app store fees of $99 for Apple and $25 for Google. The process of uploading to the app stores should be taken care of by your developers.Should I offer my application as free and then figure out how to make money later?There’s a one-in-a-million chance (maybe even less) that you could be the next Facebook or Twitter. The choice is yours. If you want to build a business, I believe it’s important to have a clear monetization strategy from the get-go.I’ve built my app. Now what?Products don’t sell themselves — you need to go straight to the customer and make it easy for them to access the item. It’s the same for an app. While app-store optimization can help you a great deal in your ability to be discovered, it is not enough to get significant traction for your app to make it a sustainable business. You need to market your app to get visibility.How do I market my app?The best form of publicity for your application, as for any business, is a third-party endorsement. Reviews from tech bloggers, press coverage and word of mouth are all great avenues, and it’s important to sustain these if you begin to see traction. Also, pay keen attention to reviews posted by the users of your application, and work doubly hard to reverse any negative reviews.Should I create a cross-platform app?Cross-platform apps seldom offer rich experiences for users because they’re often riddled with bugs, and it’s difficult to offer consistent experience across platforms. There’s a reason why there are different coding languages for different platforms, which have their own software development kits (SDKs). How much does it cost to develop an app?This question is akin to asking what it costs to buy a house or a car: The answer depends on many factors. Development costs can range anywhere between $3,000 to $100,000 or more depending on the app’s complexity and overall features involved.What if my app doesn’t work?Like many business ideas, many app ideas are non-starters. Successful people make terrible decisions all the time, but they also get right back up and try other pursuits with fresh learning from their failures. Move on to the next app idea if the current one doesn’t get results.If you have more questions about building an app or have an experience to share, post it in the comments below.   Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 5 min readlast_img read more