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  • PetSmarts Chewycom files to go public

    NEW YORK — Chewy, the online pet store owned by PetSmart, is going public.The company said it plans to raise about $100 million, but that is likely to change based on investor demand. It said Monday it expects its ticker symbol to be “CHWY.”Chewy, which was founded in 2011 and bought by PetSmart in 2017, has never been profitable. It reported a loss of $267.9 million last year on revenue of $3.53 billion.The company says it wants to grow its in-house brands, increase its pet pharmacy offerings and expand outside the U.S.Chewy has headquarters in Boston and Dania Beach, Florida, and has seven warehouses around the country where orders are packed and shipped to shoppers.The Associated Press read more

  • US probes inadvertent side air bag deployment on Mazda SUVs

    DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that side curtain air bags can inflate for no reason on some Mazda CX-9 large SUVs.Documents posted Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say two owners have complained about the problem. Four people were hurt in one of the cases.In both complaints owners told the agency that the left and right air bags went off for no reason while the SUVs were moving.The probe covers CX-9s from the 2010 through 2013 model years. Mazda sold just over 112,000 of the SUVs from 2010 through 2013.The safety agency says investigators will figure out how often the problem happens and determine the safety consequences. The agency could seek a recall.Messages were left Monday morning seeking comment from Mazda.The Associated Press read more

  • RJ Barrett leads record setting class of six Canadians picked in NBA

    BROWSE nba draft Virginia Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker of Toronto was selected 17th overall by the Brooklyn Nets, the second Canadian picked in the draft. Vancouver-born and Arizona-raised Brandon Clarke of Gonzaga was taken four picks later, going to the Oklahoma City Thunder at 21st overall.Mfiondu Kabengele of Burlington, Ont., who played for Florida State last season, was drafted by the Nets 27th overall. However, ESPN reported that Brooklyn had a deal in place with the Clippers that will send Kabengele to Los Angeles.Michigan forward Ignas Brazdeikis of Oakville, Ont., was drafted in the second round, 47th overall, by the Sacramento Kings to match the worldwide record. Several media reports indicated that the Kings had a deal in place to send Brazdeikis to the Knicks, where he will join Barrett.The Philadelphia 76ers took Ottawa’s Marial Shayok in the second round, 54th overall, making him the sixth Canadian drafted on Thursday night. That pick officially set the new benchmark for non-American selections in a single NBA draft.“I’d like to congratulate all our Canadian players on achieving their dreams after being selected during tonight’s NBA Draft,” said Basketball Canada president and CEO Glen Grunwald. “As a country, Canada continues to produce some of the top basketball talent in the world as a Canadian has now been selected in each of the last ten NBA drafts.”Arizona State guard Luguentz Dort of Montreal will sign as a free agent with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN.The evening was a continuation of a memorable week for Canadian basketball. A massive crowd cheered on the NBA champion Raptors during a parade and rally in downtown Toronto on Monday, four days after the team became the first squad from outside the U.S. to capture the crown.Canada’s previous record for most players taken in a draft was four, set in 2014. That year three Canadians were taken in the first round.R.J. Barrett was the highest Canadian picked since Andrew Wiggins went first overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. The younger Barrett wore a pink suit with black shirt, tie and pocket square. The lining of his suit was covered in red maple leaves.Anthony Bennett of Brampton, Ont., also went first overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013.On Thursday, the New Orleans Pelicans started the draft by taking Duke’s Zion Williamson. The Memphis Grizzlies followed by scooping up Murray State guard Ja Morant.The NBA champion Toronto Raptors entered the night without a pick in the first round. They selected centre Dewan Hernandez 59th overall.Watch CityNews reporter Stella Acquisto go one-one-one with Barrett back in 2015 R.J. Barrett was picked third overall by the New York Knicks in the NBA draft, kicking off a record-setting night for Canadian basketball.A native of Mississauga, Ont., and a star with Duke University, the six-foot-seven Barrett was the first of four Canadians selected in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday night, a new record for Basketball Canada. Two more Canadians were selected in the second round, setting a new record for most players picked from any country outside the United States in a single draft. France had five players drafted in 2016.“Today is a momentous day for all our Canadian players drafted into the NBA,” said Rowan Barrett, general manager of Canada’s senior men’s basketball team and R.J. Barrett’s father. “With a record number of Canadians selected in the 2019 NBA Draft, this exemplifies our players reaching for the highest levels in the sport.”“This growth has not happened overnight and is result of many years of planning, programming and winning.”In 2015, Barrett was featured as Athlete of the Week on CityNews read more

  • Enes Kanter May Be One Of The Last Players To Cash In

    At a glance, Kanter is the kind of young post player whose services teams line up around the block to pay for. The list of big men who snagged at least 15 points and 8 rebounds a game as 22-year-olds, as Kanter did last year, is littered with Hall of Famers, to say nothing of players whose numbers Kanter matched (18.7 PPG, 11.0 RPG) after a midseason trade to the Thunder. Decades ago, Kanter would have been seen as one of the league’s rising stars.Today, though, players are judged on their advanced metrics in addition to per-game averages and the eye test. And few players benefit less from this development than Kanter.Granted, it doesn’t take supercharged data to suspect Kanter of playing poor defense. He has a reputation for ineptitude at that end of the floor, and his block totals are routinely anemic. But defense is also a complex area of the game that statistics have traditionally been ill-equipped to measure accurately. And without reliable data, defensive deficiencies were easy to deny or downplay as more opinion than fact.Modern advanced stats, though, help quantify the defensive inadequacies of players such as Kanter with far greater precision than was previously possible. Without Real Plus-Minus (RPM), for instance, you wouldn’t know that Kanter had the worst on-court defensive influence of any center last season. And without SportVU player tracking data, you wouldn’t know Kanter allowed the highest field goal percentage at the rim of any qualified1Minimum 500 minutes played. big man a year ago. The recent advent of deeper NBA data has made it tougher for poor defenders to hide their shortcomings.Surprisingly (at least to me), Kanter’s offense also suffers on the sabermetric front: He doesn’t appear to help his teams score as efficiently as would be expected from his basic statistics. Only a few players have scored as much, and with as much efficiency,2As respectively measured by usage rate and true shooting percentage. as Kanter has over the past three seasons, but it doesn’t seem to matter. During Kanter’s career, his teams have scored 1.5 fewer points per 100 possessions with him on the floor than without, and — perhaps not coincidentally — he had the second-worst offensive Box Plus/Minus (BPM) of any player in the aforementioned group, and the fifth-worst offensive RPM.The single most important component of a player’s on-court offensive influence3As measured by offensive RPM. is scoring efficiency, and that’s not a trouble spot for Kanter. But even more important (when taken collectively) are a player’s assist rate and his ability to get to the line and to take 3-point shots, and Kanter sets the team back in both areas.That may not seem important because Kanter is still personally scoring points, but basketball is a tricky sport that way. The fascinating thing that happens when you search for links between component categories and overall offensive performance is that unexpected relationships fall out of the data. A player’s passing can amplify (or diminish) the potency of the threat his scoring talent represents; his ability to stretch the floor or collapse defenses into the paint can open up opportunities for teammates. Kanter’s own numbers might not be affected, but his weaknesses show up in his team’s rates of shooting efficiency, turnovers and, ultimately, offensive success.The idea of players being hollow stat-stuffers is hardly new, but the ability to quantify it with enough certainty to resist the lure of the potential “20 and 10” guy4Kanter averaged 19.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per 36 minutes last season. at the negotiating table is a novel development. Too novel, in fact, since OKC did eventually cave and match Portland’s offer to Kanter, putting the Thunder above the luxury-tax line they’d traded James Harden to avoid less than three years earlier. But if the rapid acceptance of advanced metrics is any indication, Kanter might be one of the last of his kind.In other words, don’t be surprised if the days of a player cashing in on hollow numbers are, well, numbered. In the history of NBA free agency, there have been worse moves — particularly when you consider the crazy money that teams have shelled out to big men over the years. And through a certain prism (one that used to be the norm not so long ago), it even seems perfectly reasonable. But the Oklahoma City Thunder’s decision to match Portland’s maximum-level ($70 million) offer sheet to center Enes Kanter received mostly scorn from the Internet after it was announced late Sunday. read more


    first_img Pastors talk tough on more direct dealing with social woes Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Nov 2014 – The Turks and Caicos will see a carnival festivity next year to add to the summer events calendar of the country… Williams Entertainment is spearheading, what is called ‘We Carnival’ and is about to launch an opportunity for local fashion aficionados to be a part of the designing of the costumes for ‘We Carnival’… We Carnival to debut this weekend Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:We Carnival DESIGNERS DESIREDlast_img read more

  • New drug to treat people with OCD being tested in San Diego

    first_img KUSI Newsroom, 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)- Obsessive compulsive disorder Or OCD affects millions of people in the U.S. According to the National Institutes of Health,  1 in 40 adults struggles with the condition and one in 100 children.A new drug is being tested here in San Diego county to treat people with the condition.Here to tell us more is Dr. Charmaine Semeniuk, a neurologist and psychiatrist at Synergy Research Center’s clinics in Lemon Grove and Corey Bosvay, a patient whose battled obsessive compulsive disorder for years.To learn more: Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom New drug to treat people with OCD being tested in San Diego March 7, 2019last_img read more

  • PBSO find 11yearold girl who went missing

    first_imgROYAL PALM BEACH (WSVN) — The West Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office has located an 11-year-old girl who went missing, Saturday night.Sara Saige Ornelas had last seen Saturday, leaving her residence near the 100 block of Sandpiper Avenue in Royal Palm Beach. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

  • David Byrne Preps For First Solo Tour Since 2009

    first_img David Byrne Ready For 2018 Solo Tour david-byrne-preps-first-solo-tour-2009 David Byrne Preps For First Solo Tour Since 2009 News Facebook Twitter Email The Talking Heads co-founder has planned a mini-tour to demo his new live stage conceptBrian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 13, 2017 – 5:35 pm Writer, multi-instrumentalist, art pop pioneer, and Talking Heads co-founder David Byrne has some big plans in store for early 2018 – namely a brand-new solo album, a handful of U.S. tour dates, and a number of international festival appearances.Byrne announced the tour in a blog post on his official website, and revealed that his upcoming tour will primarily feature Talking Heads hits alongside new songs from his forthcoming, as-yet untitled solo album.Although he hasn’t toured as a solo act since 2009, Byrne’s last big road trip was in support for his 2012 collaboration album with St. Vincent Love This Giant.Byrne also teased some details surrounding the new conceptual stage setup he has envisioned for the upcoming tour. “I had an idea that everyone in the band might be mobile,” he explains.  “So there would be no risers, drum platform or any of that stuff. I’d experienced a taste of this on the tour I did with St. Vincent, where all the brass players were mobile.”On top of cutting cables to let the instrumentalists roam freely about the stage, Byrne hoped to shroud or otherwise hide all amps, monitors, and other gear from sight, leaving the stage “completely clear.”  In a typical theater setting, these items could be shrouded using cloth draping, but this presented an obvious problem for the outdoor shows Byrne is scheduled to play, so his team has been experimenting with a drapery made of lightweight chain instead. Byrne’s intention for the upcoming tour dates is to conduct a live real-world test of the new stage setup.Byrne’s 2018 U.S. mini-tour will kick off on March 3 at New Jersey’s Count Basie Theater, and wrap up on March 10 in Kingston, N.Y. Tickets will go on sale on Dec. 15.  Further details regarding his new solo album – including the title – are still forthcoming.HBO’s ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’ Arrives January 2018last_img read more

  • John Prine And His Famous Friends Are Knockin On Your Screen Door

    first_img John Prine And His Famous Friends Are “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 27, 2016 – 11:02 am John Prine, Sturgill Simpson On Songwriting’s Myst Email John Prine Is Knocking, Let Him In john-prine-and-his-famous-friends-are-knockin-your-screen-door Twitter Joined by Dan Auerbach, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Sturgill Simpson, he’s introducing himself all over againPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 10, 2018 – 4:16 pm Legendary folk artist and multiple GRAMMY winner John Prine released The Tree Of Forgiveness this past April, his first album of original compositions since 2005’s Fair & Square, which won Best Contemporary Folk Album at the 48th GRAMMY Awards. On July 10, joined by some exceptional guests, Prine released a video for the first track, “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door.” A new generation of listeners just might answer that summertime call.His knock-knock is distinctively set in Nashville and his band includes GRAMMY winners Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Sturgill Simpson, as well as Elizabeth Cook and Margo Price. Favorite Nashville spots incorporated as settings include Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Ernest Tubb Record Shop and the Station Inn. Altogether the warm feelings are “down home” and inviting. News With just a couple more U.S. dates this month, Prine’s summer will take him abroad in August for a European tour, but he’ll be back in fall. As announced on July 9, joined by Simpson, Prine will be ringing in the New Year at the Grand Ole Opry. “I’m basically doing the same thing I’ve been doing over the years,” Prine said in an interview with The Tennessean. “Maybe people finally caught on to it.”The paper, a version of which began publishing in Nashville in 1812, dubbed him “the godfather of the exploding Americana music scene.” The way Simpson put it to their writer was, “John Prine is the coolest person in the room and he always has been.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

  • With Budget Changes Walker Boosts Ferry Community Jails Funding

    first_imgWith Wednesday’s deadline for changes, Gov. Bill Walker has sent his final amendments to the capital and operating budget to the Legislature.Download AudioThe governor partially restored funding for community jails. While Walker had initially cut the program entirely, the amended budget includes $7 million for their operation. The budget also shuffles $6 million in highway funding to the ferry system to cover already scheduled services. Walker also added a $9 million capital appropriation for homelessness programs, and he cut $20 million from Medicaid based on anticipated savings through expansion of the program.The changes also include a contingency provision that would allow the governor the discretion to transfer some funds between departments “to mitigate the unexpected consequence of budget cutting.”The net change from the last version of his budget is an increase of $350,000. The current budget spends $5.5 billion from the state’s unrestricted general fund.last_img read more

  • Economic Survey 2015 Adopt Direct Cash Transfer Overhaul Food Subsidies Says Report

    first_imgThe food subsidy bill India runs every year needs to be overhauled with the direct cash transfer mechanism to help control losses in the public distribution of dietary staples aimed at the poor, said the Economic Survey presented on Friday. The report, which acts as the basis for the Union Budget 2015-16, noted that food subsidy reforms needed more work. A watchman stands next to heaps of sacks filled with paddy at a wholesale grain market in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh November 15, 2014.ReutersIndia, which feeds 1.2 billion mouths, is the world’s largest rice and wheat producer, next only to China. The democracy is also home to a third of the world’s poorest people, some of whom live under conditions much worse than sub-Sahara nations, and runs a mammoth and expensive food welfare programme for the poor, which fails to live up to expectations.For the fiscal year ending 31 March 2015, India’s food subsidy bill totals $18.6 billion.A distribution network of 4.5 lakh ration shops disburse subsidised food to over 6.5 crore people, the stated beneficiaries of the often inefficient programme.The loss in subsidies for rice and wheat amounts to almost $2.98 billion, which the report said, “seriously” undermined the effectiveness of the distribution network. Pilferage is accepted and treated as a norm.”Leakages can be stopped by cash transfer of the subsidy amount directly to the bank account, but the biggest challenge is most of the poor in India do not have any accounts at all,” Karvy Comtrade research head of brokerage Veeresh Hiremath told Reuters. Pigeons eat grains from stacked sacks at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) market yard, on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad July 29, 2014.ReutersThe report called for a review of state-run grain procurement policies, particularly in the states that pay a higher price than the minimum support price level for subsidised food grains and impose high tariff barriers on the purchases.The Food Corporation of India (FCI), the government body which handles storage and distribution of grain, some of which goes to rot, is especially known for inefficient food grain management policies.The report recommended extending the food subsidy review to also cover stocking and distribution policies.last_img read more

  • These billionaires lost nearly 30 billion in stock market plunge

    first_imgA trader reacts as he watches screens on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on Feb 5, 2018.ReutersSmall investors aren’t the only ones hurt by the ongoing market turmoil. The world’s richest people saw losses in the billions, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.Global market selloff has aggravated in the last one week amidst speculation that central banks globally are likely to tighten policy more aggressively as inflation concerns ease.Hardest hit was Warren Buffett, who has lost a total of $8.4 billion since February 1, according to the index.Here’s a list of 12 individuals who bore the maximum brunt of Monday’s market rout along with their overall ranking in terms of world’s richest people, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index:12. Steve Ballmer, ex-Microsoft -$1.31 billion11. Alice Walton, Walmart -$1.76 billion10. Rob Walton, Walmart -$1.76 billion9. Bernard Arnault, LVMH -$1.76 billion8. Jim Walton, Walmart -$1.78 billion7. Larry Ellison, Oracle -$1.91 billion6. Bill Gates, Microsoft -$2.25 billion5. Sergey Brin, Alphabet/Google -$2.26 billion4. Larry Page, Alphabet/Google -$2.33 billion3. Jeff Bezos, Amazon -$3.26 billion2. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook -$3.62 billion1. Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway -$5.11 billionlast_img read more

  • Investigation of Local Priest St Lukes Appeals Loss of Medicare Funding Controversial

    first_imgWednesday, September 19, 2018Top afternoon stories:Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office via APFather Manuel LaRosa-Lopez.Raid to investigate priest accused of sexual abuseThe Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Conroe Police Department and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant Wednesday at a rehabilitation facility located in Splendora where a priest who has been recently arrested for sexually abusing children was treated in the early 2000s.Conroe Police Sergeant Scott McCann said the raid took place at a facility called Shalom Center which describes itself as a “Residential Renewal and Treatment Center” on its website.The search warrant was conducted to collect evidence in the case against priest Manuel LaRosa-Lopez.LaRosa-Lopez is charged with four counts of indecency with a child and was released on a $275,000 bond last week, according to Tyler Dunman, chief of the Special Crimes Bureau at the Montgomery County DA’s Office.LaRosa was the priest at Conroe’s Sacred Heart Church when he committed the alleged sexual abuse.Twitter via @BCMHoustonBaylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.St. Luke’s appeals loss of heart transplant Medicare fundingBaylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is appealing the loss of federal funding for its heart transplant program.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) canceled reimbursement funding for the program after a Houston Chronicle and ProPublica investigation revealed high rates of patient deaths and other problems within the transplant program.“We do not believe CMS’ recent decisions reflect our ongoing progress and accomplishments to improve the quality of our care, and we look forward to presenting the facts so that heart transplant reimbursements can be reinstated,” St. Luke’s president Gay Nord said in a statement.The hospital said the loss of funding only affects its heart transplant program, but its kidney, liver, and lung transplant programs, as well as other heart surgery programs, remain funded.St. Luke’s appeal will be heard by a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appeals board.Onalaska Independent School DistrictLynn Redden, Superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District.Controversy over comment about Texans quarterbackAn East Texas school district says it regrets a critical comment about the Houston Texans quarterback made by its superintendent.After the Texans Sunday game and reflecting on how quarterback Deshaun Watson held the ball as time expired at the end of the game, Lynn Redden, superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District, wrote on the Houston Chronicle’s Facebook page “You can’t count on a black quarterback.”In a statement that was posted on social media, the school district categorized Redden’s comment as “inappropriate” and the superintendent argues he thought his comment was private.Onalaska is located about 90 miles north of Houston.Social media users have criticized Redden’s comment because they think it’s racist.The Texas Tribune (Marjorie Kamys Cotera: O’Rourke/Bob Daemmrich: Cruz)U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), is challenging Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.Conflicting polls about Cruz-O’Rourke raceA poll released this week regarding the race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke shows the Republican incumbent Senator leading by 9 percentage points, while the other one indicates the Democratic Congressman is ahead by 2 percentage points.Cruz, R-Texas, leads O’Rourke by 9 percentage points among likely voters, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, which conducted the survey through phone interviews.Released Tuesday, the survey found Cruz with 54 percent support and O’Rourke, an El Paso congressman, with 45 percent. Only 1 percent of those polled were undecided.The company Ipsos conducted the survey that has O’Rourke ahead. The poll was also conducted online among likely voters and was released Wednesday, in conjunction with Reuters and the University of Virginia.O’Rourke has been closing the gap over the last several months, but this is the first poll that puts him ahead of Cruz.Forty-seven percent of likely voters told Reuters they would vote for O’Rourke, while 45 percent said they would cast their ballot for Cruz. Three percent said they would vote for “Other,” and 5 percent said “None.” The margin of error on that portion of the poll was 3.5 percentage points. Sharelast_img read more

  • With Ongoing State Probe Houston School Board May Delay Superintendent Search

    first_imgHouston schools haven’t had a permanent leader for almost a year, when former superintendent Richard Carranza abruptly left in the middle of his contract to lead New York City public schools. Since last spring, Grenita Lathan has led the district.Skillern-Jones and Adams told News 88.7 they believe the district already has a good leader in Lathan.“She’s trucking on, she’s strong, she’s closed the achievement gap from 54 schools to 22 to 10 to four,” said Adams. “Right now, let’s clear the air, let’s suspend the search, and if we get cleared, then we can move forward.”Trustee Jolanda Jones also told News 88.7 she feels it’s an appropriate time to suspend the search.“If the board is taken over, then a new superintendent doesn’t matter,” Jones said in an email.State administrators notified the board in January that they were examining whether members violated the state’s Open Meetings Act and other governance issues. To some experts, a surprise motion in October to fire the interim superintendent provides strong evidence of a “walking quorum” — when public elected officials are conducting official business in private.In January, the consulting firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, held a series of community meetings to gather feedback on the next leader of the state’s largest school district.The HISD board is expected to vote on suspending the search at its next regular meeting on Feb. 14.  00:00 /00:50 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaIn October, Trustee Diana Davila issued an apology to the community on behalf of the Houston school board, for how they’ve behaved over the last 10 months.The Houston school board could suspend its search for a new superintendent, under a new proposal to table the search until a state investigation into the board is done.Three HISD board members have proposed the delay: Trustees Wanda Adams, Jolanda Jones and Rhonda Skillern-Jones.The board has already launched a search and had planned to have a finalist by the end of April. But now, those trustees are concerned that qualified candidates won’t apply because of the state investigation and the growing threat of a state takeover.“I don’t see where it would logically make sense to anyone to finish a search or conduct a search under the circumstances that we are under,” said Skillern-Jones.She said that if the state penalizes the Houston school board for violating open meetings rules or takes over the board, it’s not clear what effect that would have on a new superintendent. Listen Sharelast_img read more

  • Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday April 6

    first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: we wind down the 2017 legislative session in Annapolis, veteran reporter Charles Robinson of Maryland Public Television’s, “State Circle,” reviews some of the most compelling storylines of 2017. Also, Jackie Robarge, founder and director of Power Inside, an organization that advocates for vulnerable women impacted by incarceration and gender based violence, will discuss the group’s testimony about abuse of women by Baltimore City Police, at today’s consent decree hearing.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

  • Black Lightning Experiences an Oddly LowEnergy Return

    first_imgStay on target ‘Black Lightning’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Preparing for War’Black Lightning’ Season 2, Episode 15 Recap: With Great Power Black Lightning returned from its one-week break last night, and after watching it, I’m thinking maybe it could have used the extra week. We last left Black Lightning on the ground in a parking lot, suffering a debilitating headache brought about by his new gadget. When the episode begins, things get even worse. The cops have been tipped off about Black Lightning’s location, and are mobilizing to arrest him. Fortunately, this episode doesn’t begin with the superhero going to jail. Gambi gets to him first. He loads Black Lightning into the back of the van and drives off to get help. The whole time, all Black Lightning can say is that Tobias Whale is back in Freeland.Worse yet, Tobias knows about Black Lightning’s new weakness. When Black Lightning’s headache brought a premature end to the fight, he let Tobias’s henchman escape. That henchman reported back to Tobias, who’s already shaken by the ground-up albino bones Lady Eve sent him. With this new information, he’s extra-determined to put an end to Black Lighting. Thankfully, the superhero may get his problems fixed pretty soon. His powers mean he heals faster than normal, so whatever brain bleed was there is gone now. Later, Gambi retools his suit so it won’t happen again. According to him, the suit helps him direct the electricity without it overloading his nervous system. Last episode, the resistance was too high, causing painful feedback. That shouldn’t happen again.Eric Mendenhall as Joey Toledo and Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias (Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW)Now that Black Lighting is all the way back to his superhero ways, he’s going to work like he’s making up for lost time. Now that he knows Tobias is out there, he’s pushing himself especially hard. In episodes before this, Jefferson needed people to push him forward. Now, he’s has people trying to hold him back. The first is Lynn, who thought she was done having to stitch up his war wounds. That’s the exact reason she asked him to quit superheroing in the first place. Despite her objections, she takes some brain X-rays to work with her. There, she finds out his brain looks exactly like those of people who are on Green Light. Well, that’s interesting. Her lab assistant feels the same way. He sees her comparing the two X-rays and makes a call.The other person trying to get Black Lightning to slow his roll: Gambi. Early on, all the man was doing was convincing Jefferson to get back in the game. Now that he’s back in it, Gambi has to keep him from acting on his darker impulses. Black Lightning thinks something’s up between Gambi and Tobias because every time he brings the gangster up, Gambi changes the subject. That does seem suspicious, but Gambi insists it’s about not wanting Jefferson to become a murderer. There’s a fine line between superhero and villain, and that’s generally it. It’s understandable that Jefferson wants revenge on the man who murdered his father, especially when we see part of the brutal murder unfold in a flashback. But nobody wants to see a superhero become a killer, especially this one. It’s fine when the whole point is how morally compromised the hero is, but the reason we like Black Lightning is his hope and dedication to justice in an unjust world.Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias and Charlbi Dean Kriek as Syonide (Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW)He almost does too. He tracks down Tobias’s doctor and asks him to set up an appointment. When Tobias shows up, Black Lightning comes so close to killing Tobias and all his cronies. It’s only when Gambi persuades Lynn to call him that he pulls back. She tells him that she accepts who he is, but if he commits murder, that will change him. It’s a standard superhero trope. We’ve seen it play out thousands of times before this in other TV shows, movies and comics. Here, it works as well as it can. The time the show spent building up the relationship between Jefferson and Lynn pays off here. It elevates a cliche into something we can get a little bit invested in. It’s still the same rote superhero story, but the characters at least keep it from being boring.The subplots for once don’t land quite the way you want them to. Black Lightning is coming back from a week off, and it seems like they’re trying to pack too much into a single episode. That’s especially true for Jennifer’s story. This is a show that always feels like it has to have something to say, and that can work against it sometimes. In this case, it has a message in mind. Jennifer’s plot is all about her being cyberbullied. Comments are targeted at her for supposedly not being Black enough. And there is a good message in that story, but the episode doesn’t have enough time to find it. The scenes dealing with it are too brief, and it’s mostly resolved by some wisdom from Jefferson. This show does better when it dives deeper than that. The way the story was presented here rings a little hollow. It has some good points, but it doesn’t pay them much more than lip service.China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce (Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW)Of course, this was all meant to set up Khalil’s villainous turn. He’s been joining in on the mean comments, and Jefferson tells his daughter that it could just be his pain talking. Or it could be a sign of who he really is when things get tough. Jennifer decides to find out, and he blows up at her in person. He’s become completely disillusioned and blames her for his paralysis. This is the scene that starts to turn this subplot around. Starts to, anyway. You really do feel for Jennifer here. Remember their awkward teenage flirtations on the roof. When all we wanted was for them to keep being adorable together? Yeah, that really makes it sting now that Khalil’s turned into this guy. I just wish the show could have spent more time on how Jennifer is dealing with all this. As it is, the show can’t wait to get him into Tobias’ hands. We’ll be seeing supervillain Khalil soon.Anissa’s subplot works a little better, though it starts with a similar awkward rushed message. It involves a protest of a statue of a Confederate general, which sparks a white nationalist demonstration. One of the white nationalists runs over a counter-protester with a car, and the inspiration for this whole storyline is clear. Black Lightning can do the ripped-from-the-headlines thing well, but a story like this needs more time. The brief scenes it’s given weren’t enough. Even if it made excellent use of some powerful and scary imagery, like the racist mob chanting “you will not replace us,” this story really needed its own episode. Instead, it’s shoved off to the side of this one.China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce (Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW)At least Anissa’s story merges nicely with Jefferson’s in the end. After using her powers to destroy the offending statue, Anissa decides to come clean with her mother about what’s going on with her. She heads to Lynn’s lab to find her being attacked by some of Lady Eve’s goons. So that’s who her lab assistant was calling. Is there anyone in this town who isn’t on the take? When the men broke into the lab, Lynn was talking down Black Lightning, so now he’s here too. The two immediately assume the worst of each other, and we get a really awesome fight scene. This makes up for a mostly middling episode. Black Lightning shoots lightning at Anissa, who gets a few decent throws and punches in herself. Even though it’s a big misunderstanding, watching two superheroes fight each other is always fun. (*Remembers Batman v. Superman* …OK, it’s usually fun.) It’s only after Black Lightning gives Anissa a concussion that he realizes his daughter is behind the mask. Thankfully, Lynn’s a doctor. Anissa’s going to be alright. And now that she and Black Lightning know about each other’s powers, it looks like we’ll be seeing some father-daughter crimefighting before too long. That’s exciting.For the most part, the episode itself was muddled. While it handled it’s major plot beats well, it didn’t offer us anything we haven’t seen before. The biggest problem was that it weighed itself down with too many subplots. Jennifer dealing with her boyfriend going supervillain deserves way more screen time than it got. The same can be said for Anissa’s Confederate statue protest. If Black Lightning is going to address these issues, it needs to really dive into them and pick them apart. That’s what this show is good at. I mean, in addition to superhero ass-kicking. At least it all mostly came together at the end for an exciting finale. And hey, maybe this was the show speeding through set-up, for both Khalil and Anissa. If that’s the case, we can hope for something more focused next week.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

  • Mother should not discuss weight issue with daughters

    first_imgIf you want your daughter to shed a few pounds, better abstain from saying it in so many words and if you have to, do bring in your own weight concerns to the discussion, suggests new research.While discussing issues of diet and weight with their daughters, mothers would do better to raise their own weight-related problems, the study said.Aiming to figure out how mothers should discuss weight issue with their daughters, the study focused on a representative group of sixth- to eighth-grade girls and their mothers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Generally, we found that for the daughters who were being encouraged to lose weight by their mothers, outcomes were worse if their mothers were not also discussing their own weight concerns,” said one of the researchers Erin Hillard from University of Notre Dame in Indiana, US.“The daughters who were being encouraged to lose weight but whose moms were not also discussing their own weight concerns were more at risk for development of disordered eating, based on the higher scores on measures of dieting behaviour and drive for thinness they reported in eighth grade,” Hillard noted. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHillard acknowledged that the study findings as a whole suggested more about what mothers should not be talking about than what they should.“After all,” she said, “the best outcomes were found for daughters whose mothers were not engaging in either type of conversation.” “They do shed light on the complexity of the issue of talking to children about their weight in ways that don’t lead to poor health outcomes in the long run,” Hillard noted.The study was published in the journal Body Image.last_img read more

  • Winaero Tweaker 09 out with lots of new features

    first_imgWinaero Tweaker 0.9 out with lots of new features by Martin Brinkmann on November 16, 2017 in Software – 15 commentsWinaero Tweaker 0.9 is the most recent version of the comprehensive tweaking software for Microsoft’s Windows operating system.We reviewed Winaero Tweaker for the first time back in 2015 when its initial public version was released. It was a bit light on content back then, but Sergey Tkachenko, the developer of the program, pushed out updates ever since that first release that improved the program manifold.Winaero Tweaker is a free program for Windows. You can install it on the system or use the setup to only extract its content and use it as a portable application instead.The program is compatible with all versions of Windows starting with Windows 7, and has a size of just 2.19 Megabytes.Winaero Tweaker 0.9Winaero Tweaker 0.9 uses the same layout as previous versions. You have a search at the top to find settings quickly, and a two-pane layout that lists sections on the left, and the actual tweaks or information of the selected section on the right.So what is new in this particular version of Winaero Tweaker?Context Menu > Default Entries > Remove “include in library”Context Menu > Run with Priority — Add the option to run a program with the selected priority (low, below normal, normal, above normal, high, realtime) from the context menu.Context Menu > Shut Down > Shut Down Context Menu — Add option to the right-click (on desktop) context menu to shut down or restart (shut down instantly, shut down with warning, restart instantly, restart with warning).Context Menu > Power Options > Power Options Context Menu — Add option to the right-click context menu (on desktop) to access power related items (Power options, power and sleep, edit current power plan, advanced power options, choose what the power buttons do).Context Menu > Settings > Settings Context Menu — Adds links to Settings to the desktop context menu.Context Menu > App Mode > App Mode Context Menu — Switch between dark and light color schemes for Windows 10 Store apps.Network > RDP Port — Change the default Remote Desktop Protocol port.Behavior > Hibernation Options — Manage hibernation options (enable hibernation, disable hibernation, disable hibernation but keep fast startup, change the RAM percentage that the hibernation file is set to.File Explorer > Hide Drives — Option to hide drive letters in Explorer.Desktop & Taskbar > Pin More Contacts to Taskbar — Change the default number of contacts that you can pin to the Windows 10 taskbar.Settings & Control Panel > Add Personalization — Add personalization link back to the Control Panel.Behavior > Default Action for Shutdown Dialog — Set the default action for the shut down dialog.Behavior > Windows Installer in Safe Mode — Enable Windows Installer in Windows Safe Mode.Behavior > Enable Emoji Picker — Enable the Emoji panel for all languages on Windows 10.Closing WordsWinaero Tweaker has grown ever since its first release, and the feature set it comes with now is quite impressive. One thing that I’d like to see is an option to create System Restore points automatically before making any changes to the system.Now You: Do you use tweaking programs for Windows?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 3 votes Software Name Winaero TweakerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Illegal nets drown more than 300 sea turtles at Oaxaca

    first_imgSanta María Colotepec, Oaxaca — The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) says illegal fishing nets are responsible for the deaths of more than 300 sea turtles in waters off the coast of Oaxaca.The report came after hundreds of sea turtles were seen floating on the sea surface in front of the Barra de Colotepec in the municipality of Santa María Colotepec. Environmental officers say that the turtles became entangled in nets that stretched 120 meters long.Profepa staff and the Navy of Mexico (SEMAR) along with the Mexican Turtle Center, the Universidad del Mar, fishermen and personnel of the Municipality of Santa María Colotepec are working together investigating the deaths.Photo: La Procuraduría Federal de Protección al AmbienteThe sea turtles were all olive ridley species, who, according to officers, died by drowning and were dead for eight days before being discovered. They explained that the presence of the riparian fishing nets is likely due to irresponsible practice and the death of the turtles forced fishermen to abandon it.Profepa are reinforcing efforts toward fishermen to avoid bad practices, including the use of prohibited fishing gear adding that the Navy of Mexico along with inspectors of Conapesca and the respective committees will maintain permanent vigilance of both fishermen and inhabitants of the area.A criminal complaint has also been filed with the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) against whomever is responsible for the entanglement of sea turtles.In July, authorities in the municipality of Tonalá, Chiapas counted 105 dead sea turtles along Chiapas beaches after they began washing up on shore. There has not been any official determination as to the cause of their deaths.In August, more than 30,000 sea turtle eggs were confiscated by environmental officials in Oaxaca after federal police discovered a group of men selling them.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more