VICTORIA – An investment dealer and former Olympic rower who went missing for nearly 18 months has pleaded not guilty to two fraud charges.Harold Backer was not in B.C. provincial court during a hearing Wednesday in Victoria, but his lawyer entered the not guilty plea on his client’s behalf.Backer has elected to be tried by judge alone in a trial that is expected to last up to two weeks.He was charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000 after he turned up at the Victoria Police Department’s headquarters on April 13.The 54-year-old man disappeared after he told his family he was going for bike ride on Nov. 3, 2015, and Crown prosecutor John Neal said outside court he doesn’t know where Backer was during those months.He said Backer has not told the Crown or police where he went.His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 17 to fix a trial date.Neal said Backer’s case remains an ongoing investigation.Defence lawyer Joven Narwal filed notices that he will make constitutional arguments in court.“We are alleging that in the context of the investigation there are charter breaches of his constitutional rights, and that may very well have an impact on the scope of the trial that may unfold,” Narwal said outside court.The notices were not immediately available to the public.Backer was on the Canadian rowing team in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.After his disappearance, police in Port Angeles, Wash., said an officer who viewed video from a street security camera noted a man fitting Backer’s description was aboard a ferry from Victoria, a 90-minute trip away.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the case was heard in B.C. Supreme Court.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – In addition to money disccused at the G7, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will also invest $15 million to help fight the fires in the Amazon.Jesse Firempong with Greenpeace Canada says people living in B.C. may think the disaster is so far way that it doesn’t affect them – but it does.“The emissions released from the Amazon, they don’t stay within national borders. Those emissions are going to be contributing to the climate crisis and we’re feeling the effects of that in B.C.,” she says. “Everyone on the planet is going to be affected in some way by these fires.”Fires are common in Brazil in the annual dry season, but they are much more widespread this year. Brazilian state experts reported nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year, up 85% over the same period in 2018.Firempong says climate aside, the level of deforestation in the Amazon has widespread impact.RELATED: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires“These fires and the threats driving them – they’re not only threats to biodiversity, but they’re also impacting climate change, they’re impacting Indigenous rights in some of the world’s most important areas. And these are things that are also really important to people in British Columbia and that we’ve seen them fighting for here at home.”So what can British Columbians do to help?“Protecting the Amazon means thinking globally and acting locally. We know that Canada is a top ten emitter of greenhouse gases. We need to do our part at home by reducing our use of fossil fuels and increasing our response to the climate emergency. That’s one way we can help the Amazon,” Firempong says.In addition to the money, Canada will also be sending waterbombers and other heavy equipment.With files from the Associated Press.
WASHINGTON — Uber is teaming with Volvo Cars to launch its newest self-driving vehicle.The ride-hailing company said Wednesday that it can easily install its self-driving system in the Volvo XC90 SUV. The vehicle’s steering and braking systems are designed for computer rather than human control, including several backup systems for both steering and braking functions and battery backup power. If the primary systems fail, the backup system will immediately act to bring the car to a stop.Various sensors will allow Uber’s self-driving system to safely operate and manoeuvr in urban areas.Uber and Volvo Cars partnered in September 2016. This is the third car they’ve developed together and the first production car to be capable of fully driving itself.Uber made the announcement at its third annual Uber Elevate Summit.The Associated Press
However 14 years later, even today, the editor and two women are still waiting for justice to be served. (Colombo Gazette) An injunction order was issued today against Prasanna Vithanage’s movie ‘Usaviya Nihandai’ (Silence in the Courts).In the movie, two women from a farming village about 100km away from country’s capital are raped within one year by court judge presiding over cases which involved their husbands as accused parties. A newspaper editor publishes the cover up of the incident and with the buildup peer pressure, three years after the incidents took place, the Judiciary Services Commission appoints a tribunal consisting of three high court judges to investigate the accusations made by the newspaper. The tribunal finds the judge to be guilty of all charges. Instead of dismissing the judge from duties, the Judiciary Service Commission sends him on compulsory leave with pay.
TORONTO – Canadians are saying “ole” when it comes to tequila, with more people expected to knock back shots of the spirit in the next few years, a new study suggests.Tequila tippling in Canada is predicted to be up 16.7 per cent by 2018, says the biannual study conducted by the British agency International Wine and Spirit Research.Xavier de Eizaguirre, chairman of the Vinexpo trade show which commissioned the study, points to the fact that tequila is a good base for cocktails.“The spirits business is really a fashion and fad. It was vodka for 10 to 15 years, now it’s tequila and tomorrow it will be something else,” he said Tuesday in Toronto where he released the study, which forecasts the wine and spirits market through 2018.“We’ve seen this year the phenomenon of mixologists and young barmen who are creating fancy cocktails … and now the mixologists are very much like the sommeliers in the wine business.”Canadians are also drinking more imported wines, hitting 32.7 million cases in 2014. One case represents a dozen 750-millilitre bottles.“Canadians produce a lot of very good wine but probably not enough for domestic consumption,” said de Eizaguirre.In fact, Canucks have a taste for New World varieties, including from New Zealand (up 17.7 per cent), the U.S. (up almost 10 per cent) and Chile (up almost five per cent).“It’s a lot to do with the globalization of the consumer,” de Eizaguirre said by telephone. “People travel, people experiment … and they want to get those products when they get back home.”The U.S. ranks first among the top 10 largest wine markets, with business totalling US$29.5 billion. Canada’s market is valued at US$6.1 billion, which analysts say should grow by 10.4 per cent by 2018.The top three countries in terms of consumption of still wines are the United States, France and Italy, with Canada ranking seventh. The outlook to 2018 hints at a 7.8 per cent increase in Canadians’ wine consumption, up to a total of 49.93 million cases.But de Eizaguirre said it’s interesting to note this country is slightly ahead of the U.S. when it comes to per capita consumption. Canadians drink 13.5 litres per capita a year versus 12.3 litres per capita for residents south of the border, “which is not surprising because Canada has a longtime European influence.”“This is obviously very low compared to European standards. France, Italy, Spain are more in the 45 litre per capita (range), but it is quite high when you look at New World consumption.”Canadians’ per capita consumption is expected to increase by 4.1 per cent to reach 16.4 litres per adult in 2018.The new wine phenomenon is rose, which is growing worldwide, and Canada is following the trend. Consumption of sparkling wine, too, is increasing, with Italian Prosecco and Cava from Spain dominating. In Canada, there’s been a 14.4 per cent increase in drinking of Italian sparkling wines since 2008, the study shows.“Sparkling means celebration, but Champagne is sometimes out of reach for some consumers, so obviously when they need bubbles they buy Prosecco or Cava,” he said.Bourbon and cognac also saw steady growth since 2009 in Canada.The 12th study looked at production trends in 28 countries and the evolution in consumption in 114 markets.Vinexpo, which takes place every two years, runs June 14-18 in Bordeaux, France.— Follow @lois_abraham on Twitter Vinexpo chairman Xavier de Eizaguirre was in Canada to release the results of an international study that shows Canadians are drinking more imported wine and tequila. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Alixandria Gould AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2015 2:48 pm MDT Canadians drinking more imported wines and tequila: study
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Kane Williamson’s half century led New Zealand to 112-4 in the third and final test as Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the quickest bowler to take 200 wickets in test cricket history on Thursday.Williamson was batting on a resilient 55 off 86 balls and Henry Nicholls was twice lucky to remain unbeaten on 20 off 54 deliveries at lunch on the fourth day.New Zealand, which conceded a 74-run first-innings lead, leads Pakistan by 38 runs with six wickets in hand.Shah (2-49) broke the 82-year-old record when he had nightwatchman Will Somerville (4) leg before wicket to achieve the feat in his 33rd test match after New Zealand resumed on 26-2.Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett held the previous record when he got his 200th wicket in his 36th test match while playing against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1936.Ross Taylor’s (22 off 14 balls) over aggressive approach ultimately led to his downfall when he was caught in the deep as New Zealand slumped to 60-4.Taylor smashed three boundaries in left-arm Shaheen Afridi’s (2-35) one over but was undone by Afridi’s pace in the next over and holed out at deep mid-wicket.Nicholls could have been out lbw on 3 but Pakistan didn’t go for the television review off Shah’s delivery with New Zealand still needing one run to wipe out the first innings deficit.The left-handed Nicholls survived another chance on 9 when he successfully overturned leg before decision against him off Shah’s sharp turning delivery.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
Last week, the NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games over an incident in which Rice was charged with knocking his fiancee (now wife) unconscious during an altercation in a New Jersey casino. Many have criticized this suspension as too lenient, particularly compared to the usual four-game suspension handed down for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Whether Rice’s punishment is fair touches on a number of delicate issues, including the NFL’s history and role in punishing off-field conduct, as well as its authority and obligations under the collective bargaining agreement.But Rice’s offense — he pleaded not guilty and instead will participate in a pretrial intervention program — is indicative of a larger pattern in arrests of NFL players; they have been particularly prone to domestic violence arrests.Although there seems to be an endless stream of stories about NFL player arrests and misconduct, this is largely because there are a lot of NFL players (and they’re famous). At the league’s peak (during training camps), there are about 2,560 players attached to NFL teams (limit 80 each). As I’ll show, arrest rates among NFL players are quite low compared to national averages for men in their age range — but there are some types of crimes that trail the pack significantly.This data was tricky to work with. For NFL arrests, the most comprehensive source I could find was the USA Today NFL Arrests Database, which goes back to 2000 and is updated through the present (I calculated rates based on the 2,560 players per year estimate). For national arrest trends, I used the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest Data Analysis Tool to find the arrest rates per 100,000 for the male population in the 25-to-29 age group (this group is the most similar to the NFL as a whole, where the average team age varies from 25 to 27 years old). The difficulty is that the two sources code offenses differently, so I had to make several grouping choices. There’s a full explanation of my methodology at the end of this piece.As you would expect from a much more affluent group (e.g. the poverty rate among NFL players is zero), NFL players have much lower arrest rates than average — basically across the board:The most common arrests among the general public are for drug-related offenses and DUIs. The most common among NFL players is DUI, with assault a distant second. Overall, NFL players’ arrest rate is just 13 percent of the national average. But this isn’t distributed evenly across crimes in the slightest:Note that murder scores relatively high, but the raw numbers are extremely low (there are two in the database, though a third case — domestic in nature — resulted in suicide). But there are 83 domestic violence arrests, making it by far the NFL’s worst category — with a relative arrest rate of 55.4 percent.Although this is still lower than the national average, it’s extremely high relative to expectations. That 55.4 percent is more than four times worse than the league’s arrest rate for all offenses (13 percent), and domestic violence accounts for 48 percent of arrests for violent crimes among NFL players, compared to our estimated 21 percent nationally.Moreover, relative to the income level (top 1 percent) and poverty rate (0 percent) of NFL players, the domestic violence arrest rate is downright extraordinary. According to a 2002 Bureau of Justice Statistics Report covering 1993 to 1998, the domestic victimization rate for women in households with income greater than $75,000 (3.3 per 100,000) was about 39 percent of the overall rate (8.4 per 100,000), and less than 20 percent of the rate for women ages 20 to 34. That report doesn’t include cross-tabs, and it’s a little out of date (more current data is harder to find because more recent BJS reports on the issue do not include income breakdowns), but that sub-20 percent relative victimization among high-income households is consistent with the NFL’s 13 percent relative arrest rate overall (arrest disparities between income levels are probably even greater than victimization rates).Indeed, perhaps the question of how the NFL should “police” its players is the wrong analogy entirely. This situation may be more akin to tort law than criminal law: If the NFL is capable of reducing any harm its players are causing — whether through harsher suspensions or other policies targeting behavior — it may have a legal (or at least moral) duty to do so.Methodology: Now, I’m not experienced working with crime data, so I apologize if I grouped things unconventionally:Assault: The BJS statistics make a distinction between aggravated assault and regular assault (the NFL data does not), but they don’t break out battery, attempted murder or manslaughter (NFL data does). So I’ve grouped all of these under “assaults” on both sides.Sex offenses: The BJS statistics break down sex crimes into rape and non-rape, while the NFL arrest data is broken down by assault and non-assault. Therefore, I’ve combined those categories on each side into “sex offenses.”Gun-related: Because the BJS data specifically says its gun data is of the carrying/possession variety, I’ve combined other types of gun offenses in the NFL data with their respective crimes instead of in their own group.Prostitution-related: The NFL data breaks out pimping and solicitation, and the BJS summary data doesn’t, so I’ve combined these into “prostitution-related.”Disorderly conduct: In the NFL data, it appears that some “disorderly conduct”-type crimes are listed individually, and some aren’t. I took my best guess and included everything that sounded like disorderly conduct, including: alcohol-related crimes, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, disturbing the peace, evading police and public intoxication.Drugs: There were 11 cases in which a player was arrested in connection with something nonviolent while in possession of both drugs and guns. Because it was unclear to me whether all of those guns were illegal or not, I grouped these as drug offenses.Domestic violence: The BJS summary data bunches domestic crimes with their respective counterparts. Because the vast majority of these are assault cases, I’ve broken down its assault data into domestic and nondomestic, based on another BJS report which states that approximately 21 percent of violent crimes are domestic. (How exactly that translates into arrests is very tricky; I tried calculating it from the huge National Incident-Based Reporting System data set myself and got a tentative number closer to 15 percent, but to be conservative, I’ve stuck with the 21 percent baseline for purposes of this analysis).Finally, note, of course, I’m not saying that all of the players arrested are guilty, and only a small number are ever prosecuted or disciplined (which is also true to varying degrees for the general public).
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Alpha Children’s Centre, a program of the Australian Greek Welfare Society, is this year celebrating 40 years of service to the community. The centre is an Early Learning Centre operating with an Integrated Kindergarten Program that offers an extensive range of programs including literacy, numeracy, and life cycle awareness. The centre also has a large multicultural program to teach the children awareness of the different nationalities attending the centre, as well as Aboriginal culture. The dance program also includes Greek dance. Recently, the children engaged in making masks and kites to celebrate apokries, which is the beginning of the Lent period and forty days before the Greek Orthodox Easter. The children also participated in activities celebrating the Chinese New Year. For more information on the various programs including the Greek Bilingual and Multicultural programs delivered at Alpha contact Kelly Ioannou on (03) 94291488.
Manger trop de riz blanc augmenterait-il le risque de diabète ?Selon une récente étude américaine, manger trop de riz blanc pourrait accroitre le risque de développer un diabète de type 2. Un effet négatif qui s’expliquerait notamment par l’effet qu’a la consommation de cet aliment sur la glycémie.Plus de deux millions de personnes souffrent aujourd’hui de diabète de type 2 en France. Un total auquel s’ajoutent plus de 500.000 personnes qui ignorent leur maladie. D’après les spécialistes, l’incidence de la maladie serait toutefois en constante augmentation et inciterait les équipes à multiplier les recherches pour identifier les facteurs de risque. Ainsi, des scientifiques viennent tout juste de révéler que le riz blanc pourrait justement augmenter le risque de développer du diabète de type 2. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, le Dr Qi Sun et ses collègues de la Harvard School of Public Health ont étudié les résultats de deux études effectuées en Chine et au Japon et de deux autres réalisées aux Etats-Unis et en Australie. Réunissant ainsi les données de plus de 350.000 individus, ils ont alors constaté que plus les gens mangeaient de riz blanc plus leurs chances de développer du diabète augmentaient. “Chaque portion supplémentaire par jour de riz blanc a été associée avec un risque de diabète significativement plus élevé. C’est probablement bien de consommer occasionnellement du riz blanc, une à deux fois par semaine, mais la consommation observée dans les pays asiatiques augmente substantiellement le risque de diabète”, commente le Dr Qi Sun cité par le Daily Mail. Toutefois, cette alerte n’est pas réellement une surprise, d’après les chercheurs, dans la mesure où le riz est déjà associé à un indice glycémique élevé. Cet indice est estimé en fonction de la vitesse à laquelle le taux de glucose augmente dans le sang après avoir mangé. Comparé au riz noir qui entraine une lente hausse de la glycémie, le riz blanc présente un effet rapide sur le taux de glucose dans le sang. En outre, l’aliment contient moins de nutriments tels que les fibres ou le magnésium qui aident normalement à prévenir l’apparition de diabètes. Des conclusions contestées À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Ces résultats publiés dans le British Medical Journal sont en revanche loin de convaincre tous les spécialistes qui indiquent n’avoir aucune preuve que consommer du riz blanc puisse réellement causer du diabète. Catherine Collins, diététicienne au St George’s Hospital de Londres explique ainsi que l’étude a bien permis d’établir un lien entre une forte consommation de riz blanc et le risque accru de diabète parmi les populations asiatiques. Mais selon elle, le schéma n’est pas applicable aux autre pays pour lesquels le riz ne constitue qu’une petite partie de l’alimentation. Pour ces populations, l’origine de l’augmentation de l’incidence de ce type de diabète serait plutôt à chercher dans d’autres facteurs de risque, d’après les spécialistes. Le 16 mars 2012 à 18:16 • Maxime Lambert
Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target Someone had a case of the munchies. A bear was captured on video attempting to break into — and then stealing — a dumpster from a cannabis shop in Colorado.In video posted by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) on Tuesday, the bear can be seen breaking through a wooden fence of the Bud Depot in Lyons, Colo., and then trying to break into the bear-proof dumpster. Lyons, Colo.A bear breaks through a fence, sniffs around for trash.The bear backs the trash dumpster out.The bear tries to get into the dumpster, but cannot.It tries to take the bear resistant dumpster home with him, but cannot.No reward for this bear #BearAware pic.twitter.com/jwTjnXWwhr— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) July 23, 2019When the bear couldn’t get into the dumpster, it decided to run off with the dumpster instead. The bear can be seen rolling the dumpster outside the fence and several yards through the parking lot.“A bear breaks through a fence, sniffs around for trash. The bear backs the trash dumpster out. The bear tries to get into the dumpster, but cannot. It tries to take the bear resistant dumpster home with him, but cannot,” the CPW posted on Twitter. “No reward for this bear.”Nikko Garza, manager at The Bud Depot, told FOX31 that the bear is a frequent visitors, and staff has nicknamed it “Cheeseburger.”The cannabis shop keeps its trash in locked dumpster behind a locked gate outside its back door, but this time the bear broke through the fence.“He’s all into the Rocky Mountain high and I don’t blame him. He knows the good stuff when he sees it, or smells it,” Garza said.The CPW used the video to remind followers to be “Bear Aware.”Bears follow their super-sensitive noses to anything that smells like food, and can follow scents from up to five miles away,” the CPW said on its website. “Don’t leave trash out overnight unless it’s in a bear-proof container or enclosure.”What to do if a bear gets close to a home or into a yard? The CPW suggests “doing yourself and the bear a big favor, and scare it away.”“A confident attitude plus loud noises like a firm yell, clapping your hands, banging on pots and pans or blowing an air horn sends most bears running,” the CPW says.More on Geek.com:Watch: Bear Tries to Break Into Coz Cabin in CaliforniaWatch: Fearless Dog Chases Black Bear From New Jersey BackyardPhotographer Captures ‘Best Bear Fight Ever’ in Wild Video
The Hockinson School Board approved two levy resolutions: One is a partial replacement, and the other is a new capital levy. Both will be up for vote on the February ballot.The proposed 2020-2022 replacement school programs and operations levy would partially replace a levy that is expiring in 2019, and is considered a partial replacement because new state funding legislation limits the amount districts can request from a levy to $1.50 per $1,000 assessed property value. The district estimates a levy rate of $1.50 per $1,000 would collect $2,685,000 in 2020, $3,005,000 in 2021 and $3,335,000 in 2022. The money would help fund transportation, special education and extra staffing, such as in nursing and security.The 2020-2022 capital levy for technology and school improvements requests $800,000 per year for three years. The district estimates the rate of that levy would be 45 cents per $1,000 in 2020, 40 cents per $1,000 in 2021 and 36 cents per $1,000 in 2022. Hockinson did not request a capital levy in 2016, because the bond was used to build the replacement Hockinson Middle School, update Hockinson High School and allowed for some technology upgrades at that time.
West Ham youngster Declan Rice has confirmed his decision to play his international football for England rather than the Republic of Ireland.Despite being born in London, Rice has represented Ireland all the way from U-16 level to the senior team due to his Irish grandparents.In fact, the 20-year-old midfielder had debuted for Ireland in March 2018 in a 1-0 defeat to Turkey and went on to make a further two appearances for the Boys in Green.But since last November, Rice has reconsidered his allegiance to Ireland and recently held talks with manager Mick McCarthy to discuss his long-term future.Now Rice has finally confirmed his plans to make an unusual formal written request to FIFA in order to represent England at international level.“This afternoon I telephoned both Mick McCarthy and Gareth Southgate to inform them of my decision to submit a written request to FIFA for the transfer of my international registration from the Republic of Ireland to England,” read a statement on Rice’s Twitter.“This has been an extremely difficult decision and, in all honesty, not one I ever expected to be making at this stage of my career.“So much has happened, so quickly, in the past couple of years, from progressing through the West Ham United Academy to making my Premier League debut at the age of 18 in May 2017 and then being named in a full international squad just two days later.“Like so many people around the world, I consider myself to be of mixed nationality. I am a proud Englishman, having been born and raised in London. However, I am just as proud of my family’s Irish heritage and my affinity and connection with the country.“I have equal respect and love for both England and Ireland and therefore the national team I choose to represent is not a clear-cut, simple selection. Particularly not for a young lad who never dreamed of being in this position.“Ultimately, it is a personal decision that I have made with my heart and my head, based on what I believe is best for my future.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I fully accept that some Irish supporters will be disappointed by my decision, and that everyone has different opinions in regard to the rules around international representation.“However, I hope that people can understand that I have made this decision with honesty, integrity and the full support of my family.“I would like to thank Mick McCarthy, Martin O’Neill, all of the coaching staff and everyone associated with the FA of Ireland (with special thanks to Mark O’Toole), not only for their support and understanding throughout this period but for the part they have played in my development as a young player.“My pride at wearing the Irish shirt was always 100 per cent genuine. It was a great honour for myself and my family, and something I will always cherish.“I would also like to make it clear that, in requesting to transfer my national team representation, I am not taking for granted a call-up to the England squad or making any assumptions about my future international career.“However, out of respect for the Republic of Ireland, I felt it was right to announce this decision now and put an end to the speculation.“In football, and in life, I have always tried to be completely honest and true to myself and my family at all times, and that is what I will continue to do.”pic.twitter.com/L6Du9X8wNd— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) February 13, 2019
BELLINGHAM — Bellingham police say a computer repairman traded cocaine for Apple products.The Bellingham Herald reports that the 36-year-old repairman sold small amounts of the drug to an undercover detective three times in the past month. He was arrested Friday.Bellingham Police Sgt. Keith Johnson says police had taken several drug-related complaints about the repair shop earlier in the year. So over the course of about four months, a detective built up business rapport with the man by selling him iPods and iPhones for resale.The man hasn’t been formally charged by county prosecutors.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are stepping up their search for a shooter who, they said, gunned down a man in Northwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Police, Robert Henton was killed in a drive-by shooting along Northwest 24th Avenue and 56th Street, on April 30. Detectives said the victim was standing outside a home with two other people when someone pulled up in a car and opened fire.Henton, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene.If you have any information on this drive-by shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR As the Army continues to reduce its end strength as it draws down from two wars and complies with stringent spending caps, efforts to help service members enter civilian life have become increasingly important.“We see ourselves as a retention and a transition tool both,” Mark Brown, human resources director at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., told military.com.A key element of the transition program is helping soldiers figure out if they are financially ready to leave the military, Brown said. “In many cases, the soldiers will realize that they’re not ready and decide to stay in,” he said.Officials at the installation have made tremendous strides in partnering with local businesses, schools and unions on transition, according to Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander of I Corps. Lanza considers the transition programs at Lewis-McChord “the best in the Army.”The community has demonstrated an overwhelming amount of support for separating personnel seeking to start civilian careers, Brown said. “Usually the partner reaches out to us. We don’t really have to solicit, they come to us,” he said.The installation and community may be able to do a better job of collaborating in light of the number of new organizations that are being formed, Brown said. “Literally every day, I learn about a new organization that’s working in this space that I didn’t know about the day before,” he said.
Twitter ‘Deep Heart’: Carlos Vives Exhibit Opening Soon new-exhibit-spotlighting-life-career-carlos-vives-headed-grammy-museum The influential Colombian singer/songwriter will also be present for an intimate performance and Q&A on the exhibit’s opening nightBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 26, 2017 – 6:00 am The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live is launching a new exhibit on Nov. 13 celebrating the life and creative output of one of Latin music’s most influential artists: Colombian singer/songwriter Carlos Vives.A two-time GRAMMY winner, as well as one of the winningest artists in Latin GRAMMY history, Vives pioneered the integration of indigenous and vallenato sounds from his home country into popular music.”Carlos Vives helped shape the new Colombian and Latin American sound,” says GRAMMY Museum Curator Nwaka Onwusa. “We are thrilled to share his incredible story with our visitors.”Included in the exhibit, which is titled DEEP HEART: Roots, Rock & The Music Of Carlos Vives, will be handwritten notes and lyrics from his acclaimed Latin GRAMMY-winning album Corazón Profundo; hand-painted props used in the music video for “La Bicicleta,” his Latin GRAMMY-winning collaboration with Shakira; Vives’ Latin GRAMMY Award statuette for Best Contemporary Tropical Album for El Rock De Mi Pueblo; and his GRAMMY Award statuette for Best Traditional Latin Album for Dejame Entrar.”Carlos Vives has had an enormous impact on music both in Colombia and here in the United States,” said Scott Goldman, GRAMMY Museum Executive Director. “While his work as a singer, composer, actor, and entrepreneur has touched millions, his commitment to music education as part of his Rio Grande music school continues to inspire future generations of music creators. We hope this exhibit will be just as inspiring.”DEEP HEART: Roots, Rock & The Music Of Carlos Vives will remain on display through November 2018. To commemorate the exhibit’s opening on Nov. 13, the GRAMMY Museum will host An Evening With Carlos Vive at the museum’s Clive Davis Theater, featuring an intimate performance by Vives and discussion hosted by David Fricke, senior writer for Rolling Stone.Tickets to An Evening With Carlos Vives are $35 and can be purchased by GRAMMY Museum Members and American Express cardholders beginning Thursday, Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m. PST. Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, Nov. 2 at noon PST. For tickets and more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org.New Exhibit Spotlighting John Coltrane Headed To GRAMMY MuseumRead more Email New Exhibit Spotlighting Life, Career Of Carlos Vives Headed To GRAMMY Museum Facebook News
Microsoft pretty much owns the market at the moment for motion controllers that don’t require you hold a device. The Kinect controller has sold in the millions, and continues to help Microsoft shift Xbox 360 consoles. But Kinect is about to get some serious competition.Leap Motion has started showing off its Leap 3D motion controller. It sounds too good to be true until you watch the videos included here. It takes the form of a USB device a little bigger than a flash drive, costs $69.99, and claims to offer 200x the accuracy of anything else on the market. That equates to an accuracy of 0.01mm.Plug the Leap 3D into your PC and it is accurate enough to detect even slight finger movements. That allows you to write in midair, perform very accurate pinch-zoom actions, and lets game developers use very specific hand gestures as input for their games.Leap Motion claims that its technology offers a more accurate input method than a mouse or touchscreen, while at the same time opening up the possibility to take interaction beyond just movement and button clicks.If you’re wondering why Kinect isn’t this accurate, apparently it has nothing to do with hardware advances and availability. Leap 3D exists due to a software breakthrough, and more specifically Leap Motion figuring out the math to allow for such accurate motion tracking. The underlying hardware is nothing special, hence the $70 price tag.Leap Motion still has some work to do so we won’t be seeing Leap 3D until early next year (although you can pre-order it right now). However, this won’t be like Kinect and closed off to certain platforms. Leap Motion wants everyone to have access to Leap 3D and is even planning an app store to allow developers to sell their Leap 3D-compatible software to anyone who owns the motion controller.Read more at Leap Motion and CNET
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“Like Coach always says, you accelerate and adjust,” Nelson said. “So if the ball is overthrown then you have to accelerate. If the ball is underthrown then you must adjust. I always go back to that coaching.”Overall the receiver made his first really big play, while the quarterback responded well to the first bit of adversity of the preseason.“Not perfect, not perfectly clean. We’ll look at it, clean it up, keep marching forward,” Palmer said. – / 28 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “It’s just good to get those out of the way and get your body acclimated,” he said.The hits just got Palmer going.He finished with 77 yards through the air and a touchdown pass to John Brown. Palmer first hit a home run play by connecting a 57-yard deep ball with speedy rookie receiver J.J. Nelson, and he then twice connected with Brown as part of a touchdown drive in the first quarter.It was the bomb to Nelson that got all the attention.“When I let it go, I thought I had overthrown him,” Palmer said of the completion. “I can’t wait to watch it on film. He must’ve hit the nitrous button ’cause he took off and got out there underneath that thing. He displayed that 4.2, fastest 40(-yard dash) at the combine right there.”Nelson admitted he too thought the ball may have had a bit too much on it.“I definitely thought it was overthrown at first,” he said. “I guess a little nitrous had to kick in. It was a pretty good play.”It’s kind of funny, when you think about it. Palmer is known for having a strong arm, but the idea that he could overthrow someone with the kind of speed Nelson possesses? Well, anything’s possible, but at least on this night, with this throw, the rookie was able to make the play. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer throws against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Carson Palmer’s first game action since suffering a second ACL tear went as well as it could’ve in Week 1 of the preseason.When the Arizona Cardinals quarterback followed that 4-for-4 performance with a 3-for-7 Saturday night in a 22-19 loss to the San Diego Chargers, it wasn’t all bad.The Chargers did get several hits on Palmer in the pocket while the quarterback worked behind an offensive line adjusting to a few absences. Palmer welcomed the physicality he faced against San Diego. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories