Beetles almost never go extinct

first_imgThere are more species of beetle than of any other type of animal—so many, in fact, that one evolutionary biologist famously claimed that God has an inordinate fondness for them. Scientists have named more than 380,000 different species so far. Yet a new study of the fossil record may have researchers wondering not why beetles are so diverse today, but how they’ve been so doggedly persistent through time. The team considered more than 5500 fossils of beetles collected at more than 200 sites worldwide (including the 45-million-year-old fossil of a weevil unearthed in Colorado, shown). It grouped those beetles into families (the biological classification just above genera, which are groups of species) and then sorted them into bins of time that each lasted 25 million years. During the past 300 million years, there have been 214 families of beetles, but only 35 of those have completely died out, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Of the 179 families that remain, about 69% have at least one representative in the fossil record. The biggest surprise, the researchers note, is that some families of beetles, once they appeared, have never gone away—even surviving mass extinctions such as those that claimed the dinosaurs and many other species 66 million years ago. At first glance, the researchers say, the persistence of beetles can likely be ascribed to their wide range of dietary habits, their ability to move to find ecologically suitable habitat when necessary, and their adaptability in case environmental conditions have dramatically changed.*Correction, 18 March, 10:27 a.m.: The image that originally accompanied this article (a mislabeled stock photo of a bug, not a beetle) has been replaced.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

NBA fines Suns’ Jackson $35,000 for ‘menacing gesture’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Josh Jackson of the Phoenix Suns drives the ball against Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 20, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Lakers defeated the Suns 132-130. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX, Arizona — The NBA has fined Phoenix Suns rookie Josh Jackson $35,000 for “making a menacing gesture” on the playing court and “directing inappropriate language at a fan.”The incident occurred in the Suns’ 130-88 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles last Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brgy. Ginebra shoots for crown Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Video appeared to show Jackson forming his fingers as a pretend gun and pointing it at the fan, but Jackson disputed that characterization.Jackson said the fan had been heckling him loudly and aggressively throughout the game and that he wrongly decided to respond.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJackson said at first he intended to flip his middle finger at the heckler but decided against it and that indecision led to his hand appearing to be a pretend gun. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READlast_img read more

Federer done resting as he begins Wimbledon prep

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “I was hoping he was going to dominate the claycourt season like the olden days.”Having only played in four tournaments this year as he manages his workload, Federer said he would return to a full program for the rest of the season.“There are no more breaks now,” he told the ATP website.“I’ve had enough breaks. I’m a practice world champion now and that’s not who I want to be.“I want to be a champ on the match courts. So I’m going to be playing a regular schedule for the second part of the season.”ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Roger Federer of Switzerland said he has rested enough and will begin training for Wimbledon. APSTUTTGART, Germany — Roger Federer will begin his grasscourt campaign where he will bid for a record eighth Wimbledon crown at Stuttgart on Wednesday insisting that he’s rested enough.The Swiss veteran has taken the last two months off after what he described as a surprisingly successful start to the year that resulted in victory at the Australian Open and then the Indian Wells-Miami Masters double.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ No longer NBA champions, Cavaliers are now chasing Warriors Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I was terribly surprised to win the Australian Open and to back it up and win the sunshine double in Indian Wells and Miami was a complete surprise to me,” Federer said.Although 35, he has been in fine form during his limited activity this year, losing only once — a shock reverse to Russian Evgeny Donskoy, then ranked 116, in Dubai.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd while his own resurgence this year has taken him aback, Federer insists that Rafael Nadal’s return to claycourt dominance was not so unexpected.“I think Rafa winning the French Open is less of a surprise because he’d done it nine times before,” he said. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View commentscenter_img MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Federer begins his Stuttgart campaign against German veteran Tommy Haas, where victory would be the 1,100th of his professional career. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Nats Take Mets in 13, 5-3

first_imgWASHINGTON — The game-ending homer Mets reliever Carlos Torres gave up to Washington’s Bryce Harper in the bottom of the 13th inning was the latest example of the righty’s problems.In his last three appearances, including New York’s 5-3 loss to the NL East-leading Nationals on Aug. 7, Torres has a 22.50 ERA. That’s because he’s given up five runs on three hits — all homers — across his past two innings.“I know he’s real frustrated by it, and I know we all are, because he’s a huge part of our bullpen, a very big part of our bullpen,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “And right now, he’s struggling about as bad as I’ve seen him.”Torres (5-5) faced two batters, walking Ian Desmond to open the 13th, before serving up the 1-0 pitch that Harper drove to the opposite field for his fourth homer of an injury-interrupted season.“Wanted to put a two-seamer down and away,” said Torres, who struck out Harper on Aug. 6. “It didn’t move that much, unfortunately.”But Torres was bothered more by the free pass.“I just tried to do too much against Desmond. Got ahead real quick and then just tried to put him away, make him miss instead of making him hit it,” Torres said. “And so then I ended up throwing a couple out of the zone and sure enough, he walked.”Torres was New York’s eighth pitcher of the game. Washington needed seven, including Craig Stammen (2-4), who worked three innings to earn the win.After the game, Collins explained that he needed to take out closer Jenrry Mejia after only one inning of work, the 12th, because of a problematic right calf. Mejia said afterward the muscle was “just a little bit tight.”Washington won despite blowing a 3-1 lead. Desmond had a homer and three RBIs, and Jordan Zimmermann allowed one run through his first six innings. But the righty departed with two men on and one out in the seventh, and reliever Drew Storen proceeded to let both inherited runners score.The Mets tied it at 3 thanks to a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly by Eric Young Jr., and an RBI single by Curtis Granderson.Once Storen was lifted for lefty Jerry Blevins, Washington’s bullpen retired 15 consecutive batters.Mets rookie Jacob deGrom’s five-start winning streak ended. He gave up three runs in six innings.“I kind of struggled with my command,” deGrom said. “I was throwing strikes, but I wasn’t really locating as well as I wanted to. So it was kind of a mental battle today.(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England team profile

first_imgEngland’s relationship with the Cricket World Cup has been one of frustration, disappointment and even embarrassment but they host this year’s tournament as the top-ranked 50-over team and favourites to lift the trophy for the first time.From hosting the first three tournaments and reaching the final in 1979, 1987 and 1992, England slid downwards and reached its nadir four years ago when they unceremoniously exited at the group stage in Australia, the last straw being a humbling by an upstart Bangladesh.Since then, however, the limited-overs caterpillars have transformed themselves into white-ball butterflies, acquiring an enviable assortment of big-hitters who routinely post 300-plus scores. England SL All-Rounder Joe Root Joe Root Bowled – 10 1598 runs in boundries AFG Ben Stokes Ben Stokes 4s-284 6s-77 All-Rounder Total 50’s/100’s 17/7 Wicket Keeper STUMPED – 0 BAN Bowler Total runs in each powerplay Chris Woakes Chris Woakes Bowler SA Liam Plunkett Liam Plunkett Eoin Morgan Eoin Morgan Caught – 61 Team Profile 7 – WON Run Outs – 2 3 – Lost Batsman Adil Rashid Adil Rashid James Vince James Vincecenter_img Jos Buttler Jos Buttler 3183 Total runs scored Batsman 78 Total Wickets Tom Curran Tom Curran All-Rounder All-Rounder Wicket Keeper ENG NZ Batsman Moeen Ali Moeen Ali AUS LBW – 5 Bowler Liam Dawson Liam Dawson IND Jofra Archer Jofra Archer WI Mark Wood Mark Wood Jonny Bairstow Jonny Bairstow Bowler 11 Matches Played Jason Roy Jason Roy Batsman PAK Bowler The single group, round-robin format of this year’s tournament also substantially reduces the risk of an exit and should ensure the strongest teams reach the last four – good news for the game’s powerhouse India.Those two look nailed on to reach the last four but any fromSouth Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and even a revitalised West Indies could easily join them.With all 10 teams playing each other once to determine the four semi-finalists, the big teams will have plenty of opportunities to recover from any giant-killing act they may be subjected to by outsiders Bangladesh and Afghanistan.England’s spectacular rise is due to a change in their approach to one-day cricket and Jonny Bairstow reflected that when the opener was recently asked to choose between winning the World Cup and regaining the Ashes.”I am going (to pick the) World Cup because it’s been so long since we’ve had an opportunity to win one,” said Bairstow.advertisement”I think that the amount of work that has gone into this group of players over the last couple of years, building and building, I firmly believe we’ve put an amount of effort in that gives us the best chance.”With home advantage comes home expectation as Eoin Morgan leads arguably the strongest England side in the history of the tournament which has seen a co-host triumph in the last two editions.last_img read more

Surveillance Video Shows Will Smith In Possible Hit-And-Run Before Former Ohio State Star’s Death

first_imgWill Smith's Mercedes G Wagon.Will SmithA surveillance video from a New Orleans’ restaurant appears to show Will Smith in a possible hit-and-run with his alleged killer before the former Ohio State star’s death on Saturday night. Smith, 34, was shot to death in the Lower Garden District of the city. It had been reported that Smith was involved in a road-rage incident that led to him getting shot multiple times. A man has been arrested for the killing. The video shows a Mercedes SUV bumping the rear end of a Hummer near the intersection of Magazine Street and St. Andrew Street, a location about two blocks from where Cardell Hayes allegedly killed Smith. Smith was driving a Mercedes G63 SUV on Saturday night, while Hayes was driving a Hummer H2.Here’s the video. Hayes’ attorney said his client was involved in a hit-and-run. “Someone hit him,” John Fuller said. “The person failed to pull over. My client trailed behind this person in an effort to get their license plate number. My client also called 911.”Hayes was arrested on Sunday on a second-degree murder charge.last_img read more

Australian Seafarers Threatened by Foreign Workers

first_imgThe retention of the Tasmanian Freight and Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Schemes is a sensible decision that has been well received by ASA.But there are still concerns about any recommendation to deregulate access to coastal shipping services as this will result in the loss of strategic skills in the Australian maritime workforce.“Retaining the Equalisation Schemes recognises that Bass Strait is part of the national highway and is an appropriate fiscal policy. However, deregulating the coast and allowing foreign vessels unfettered access to carry Australian local cargo will undoubtedly result in the complete demise of Australian shipping companies and with them the skilled Australian seafarer. It would be ironic if Australia – the largest island nation – was left without professional maritime staff,” Teresa Lloyd Executive Director at the ASA said.“Australian seafarers will disappear under the regime recommended in the Productivity Report”“All our trading partners have entrenched coastal trading regulations and are not undertaking any debate on it. Australia, does not need to be the trailblazer in this area, instead we need to continue to invest in a strong Australian presence in coastal trade,” added Ms Lloyd.“This report is not about introducing competition, competition already exists. What this report is calling for is the substitution of professional Australian services with cheap foreign providers. Such a move would have significant consequences that reverberate well beyond the direct impact of shutting Australian shipping businesses down.”Australian seafarers will disappear under the regime recommended in the Productivity Report as the low paid foreign workers take those jobs.The Australian domestic shipping task has always been regulated and has always been met by a mix of local and foreign vessels. It is not in the long term national interest to open the coast.Press Release, July 3, 2014; Image: AMSA zoom The Australian Shipowners Association (ASA) has urged the Abbott Government to be careful in its consideration of the Productivity Commission Report into Tasmanian shipping and freight.last_img read more

Nissan recalls 13M vehicles to fix backup camera display

DETROIT — Nissan is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and other countries to fix a problem with backup camera displays.The recall covers most of the Nissan and Infiniti model lineups from the 2018 and 2019 model years.The company says in government documents posted Tuesday that owners can adjust the camera displays so the image isn’t visible. The displays will keep that setting the next time the vehicles are shifted into reverse. That violates federal safety standards. Documents say the lack of a backup camera image increases the risk of a crash.Dealers will update the backup camera software settings at no cost to owners starting Oct. 21.The Associated Press read more

Brock research shows how Internet influences offline shopping

Reminding in-store consumers that information is available online makes them more likely to purchase products, a new research study from Brock University shows.Antonia Mantonakis, an associate professor of marketing at Brock’s Goodman School of Business and a Fellow at Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, recently co-authored a paper that will be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Marketing Research about the consumer behaviour theory behind consumers’ offline purchasing decisions.The research shows that reminders of the Internet influence offline purchasing behaviours in a somewhat unexpected way. The simple presence of a product website can affect in-store purchasing decisions even when the website is not actually visited by the consumer.Mantonakis says this is particularly true of complicated or little-known products where there is an overwhelming amount of information to absorb. Consumers’ confidence in a product is increased when they are reminded that product details are easily accessible to them.“Imagine you go into a winery and do a tasting of a Sauvignon Blanc. The staff tell you the aromas and flavours, what it pairs with, and the price of a bottle. Simply being told by the staff that ‘this information is also available online’ might make you more confident about the product details, leading to purchase,” she says.In research experiments involving products such as wine and melatonin sleep aids, Mantonakis and colleagues Rajesh Bhargave from University of Texas, San Antonio, and Katherine White from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business found that by simply including reminders of website information on in-store signage and labels, managers saw an increase in sales.In a field study at Riverview Cellars, managers saw an increase in sales whenever customers were reminded that the product, pairing and winery information was all online.This reminder that product data is available online is referred to as a “cue-of-the-cloud” and is in line with other research that shows people use their smartphones as an extension of their own memory.“You don’t have to remember phone numbers anymore. You don’t have to remember directions or product-related information. Virtually everything is stored in your phone or on Google. Previous research has shown that people think this is like a memory partner,” said Mantonakis.Consumers’ heavy reliance on the Internet and their ability to quickly access an array of data at any point in time works to the advantage of product managers who can use subtle reminders of this, especially when selling complicated or little-known products.Other research findings by Mantonakis and colleagues include other subtle signage and label changes that influence consumers’ behaviour and decisions, including the impact of winemakers’ signatures on wine labels, and purposefully choosing to feature wine awards versus reviews.Mantonakis recorded a Conversations with Goodman podcast about the research. Listen to the audio here:The full podcast is also available on YouTube: read more

Maccabi Le Zion with two Balkan shooter

← Previous Story Leszek Krowicki is new women’s Polish head-coach Next Story → IHF to establish Athletes’ Commission David Rašićmaccabi le zionRobert Markotic The Israeli vice-champions Maccabi Le Zion will built next season performance on two experienced Balkan players. Ambitious team who lost Play Off Final against Maccabi Tel Aviv, signed contracts with Serbian left back David Rasic and Croatian right back Robert Markotic.The 30-years old Rasic spent last season at Turkish Besiktas MOGAZ and Al Rayyan in Qatar.The 26-years old lefthander coming from Norwegian Arendal. He also played at RK Nexe Nasice, Meshkov Brest, French Aix… read more

Washington fostercare group homes fail to meet health safety requirements audit finds

first_imgUnannounced visits to 20 foster-care group homes in Washington in 2016 revealed that every one of them failed to meet at least one state licensing requirement aimed to protect children’s health and safety, according to an audit report released Thursday by the U.S. Office of Inspector General.None of the group homes fully complied with medical-safety requirements, and nearly all of them — 18 out of the 20 facilities reviewed — failed to meet one or more environmental-, space- or equipment-safety standards, the audit found.In addition, 16 of the group homes failed to conduct required background checks on some employees; 11 didn’t meet food-safety standards; and seven facilities ran afoul of fire-safety or emergency-practices requirements.The report recommended that Washington ensure all of the state-licensed group homes address the identified problems, as well as strengthen its supervision of such foster-care facilities, including by conducting more unannounced visits and running even more background checks than are now required.“The unannounced visits and the FBI fingerprint checks are the most important (recommendations) for protecting this vulnerable population of children,” Gopa Guha, an Office of Inspector General (OIG) senior auditor, said Wednesday.last_img read more

Monaco announce deal with Atletico Madrid for Lemar

first_imgAS Monaco have announced that they have agreed on a deal in principle with Atletico Madrid to sell Thomas Lemar in the summer transfer windowThe France international has been heavily linked with a move away from Stade Louis II for past year and was narrowly close to sealing a late move to Arsenal in the final day of last summer’s transfer window before opting to remain at Monaco.Lemar was expected to be one of Liverpool’s main transfer targets for this summer, but Atletico have now taken the lead in the race for the 22-year-old’s services.The Europa League winners had an initial bid €60m rejected earlier this month, but it appears that they have made a breakthrough in their negotiations with Monaco.“AS Monaco and Atletico Madrid announce that they have found an agreement in principle for the transfer of Thomas Lemar,” read a statement on Monaco’s Twitter account.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“The two clubs will continue to work in the coming days in order to find a definitive agreement.”L’AS Monaco et l’@Atleti annoncent avoir trouvé un accord de principe pour le transfert de Thomas Lemar. Les deux clubs vont continuer à travailler dans les prochains jours afin de trouver un accord définitif. pic.twitter.com/rinKA51Nbs— AS Monaco ?? (@AS_Monaco) June 12, 2018last_img read more

State Grant to Advance Redevelopment at Connecticut Engine Plant

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Connecticut’s Bond Commission is expected later this week to award a $500,000 grant to the developer of the former Stratford Army Engine Plant for planning and environmental analysis, a modest step in the effort to turn the site into a mixed-use redevelopment.“We worked very well with the governor’s office and the DEEP [the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] to make this grant a reality,” state Rep. Laura Hoydick told ctpost.com. “I know it’s been taking a long time, and it’s frustrating for everybody, but Stratford Point will be a huge economic driver for the region,” Hoydick said.Point Stratford Renewal was selected in 2013 by the Army to redevelop the 78-acre site. The partnership’s reuse plan calls for constructing 1,500 housing units, and 500,000 square feet of retail, hotel and office space.The primary hurdle to rejuvenating the former plant remains the remediation of decades of contamination leftover from aircraft manufacturing activities. The developer acquired the site for free, but is responsible for cleaning it up. The Army, however, retained responsibility for cleaning up the riverbed.“The big holdup, really, is how best to deal with contamination of the mud flats on the Housatonic River side,” said Marc Dillon, executive aide to Stratford Mayor John Harkins. The Army Corps of Engineers is assessing how to address that contamination, according to the story.“It is our hope and belief that the agencies reviewing cleanup plans for the tidal flats adjacent to the old Army Engine Plant are on the verge of reaching an agreement on the size and scope of the cleanup needed to move this project forward,” Harkins said.last_img read more

Ariana Grande Families Of Manchester Victims Receive Support

first_img Manchester Concert Victims Receive Support ariana-grande-families-manchester-victims-receive-support Ariana Grande: Families Of Manchester Victims Receive Support The fund was initiated immediately following the terrorist attack, raising more than $23 million from the public and via Grande, who hosted the One Love Manchester benefit concert on June 4. With performances from Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams, all proceeds from the One Love concert were donated to We Love Manchester. “The city and the world responded with such extreme kindness, generosity and solidarity in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack,” said Sue Murphy, the fund’s chair. “We will now spend some time looking at how we will distribute the rest of the funds. This will be a complex and sensitive process as we will need to assess the long-term impacts of the attack. We will issue an update as soon as we know more.”Grande also personally contributed to the cause through her music. The GRAMMY nominee re-released her Top 15 hit “One Last Time” and issued a cover of The Wizard Of Oz classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” with proceeds from both tracks benefiting victims of the concert attack.Hunter Hayes Celebrates Boys & Girls Club Recording Studio Twitter News Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 17, 2016 – 4:25 pm Ariana Grande: 58th GRAMMY Fashion Cam Families of the people killed at May Manchester concert receive financial support from the We Love Manchester Emergency FundTim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 16, 2017 – 9:03 am GRAMMY.comThe We Love Manchester Emergency Fund has announced that the families of the 22 people killed during the tragic May 22 Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, will each receive $324,000, according to a Billboard report. Facebook last_img read more

NOW HIRING Wilmington Public Schools Posts 6 New Job Openings

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools has posted the following SIX openings over the past week:Part-Time Substitute Licensed Practice Nurse (LPN/Educational Assistant at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Educational Assistant (Pathways Program) at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolFull-Time Educational Assistant at West Intermediate SchoolFull-Time Long-Term Math Substitute at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time 1:1 Educational Assistant at Wilmington Middle School2019-2020 Substitute Teachers & Educational Assistants Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”last_img read more

Search for crashed Indonesia aircraft widens

first_imgA rescue ship is seen near the location of the Lion Air flight JT610 crash during rescue operations off the north coast of Karawang regency. Photo: ReutersThe search for an Indonesian aircraft which crashed into the sea with 189 people onboard will expand on Wednesday to 15 nautical miles from the area where the plane lost contact, according to search and rescue officials.Ground staff lost contact with flight JT610 of Indonesian budget airline Lion Air 13 minutes after the Boeing 737 MAX 8 took off early on Monday from Jakarta on its way to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.It is now almost certain that everyone on the plane died, but relatives are desperate to find traces of their loved ones though so far only debris and body parts have been found.Indonesia has deployed teams of divers to search for the aircraft while also using “pinger locators” in a bid to zero in on its cockpit recorders and find out why an almost-new plane went down in the sea minutes after take off.A Reuters witness on a boat at the crash site on Tuesday saw about 60 divers scattered in inflatable boats over the slightly choppy waters entering the sea, which is about 35 metres (115 feet) deep. In all, 35 vessels are helping in the search.Only debris, personal items, including 52 identification cards and passports, and body parts have been found off the shore of Karawang district, east of Jakarta.President Joko Widodo visited Jakarta’s port on Tuesday where the pile of debris has been laid out on tarpaulins, examining the items including mangled seats, bags, shoes and flight attendant uniforms.Officials said human remains were collected in 37 body bags after sweeps of the site, roughly 15 km (nine miles) off the coast.Dozens of relatives of those on board gathered at a police hospital where body bags were brought for forensic doctors to try to identify victims, including by taking saliva swabs from family members for DNA tests.“I keep praying for a miracle although logically, the plane has sunk in the ocean,” said Toni Priyono Adhi, whose daughter was on the flight.“But as a parent, I want a miracle.”The pilot of the downed aircraft had asked to return to base shortly after take-off. Investigators are trying to determine why the pilot issued the request, which was granted.The deputy of the national transportation safety committee has said that the plane had technical problems on its previous flight, from the city of Denpasar on Bali island on Sunday, including an issue over “unreliable airspeed”.The accident is the first to be reported involving the widely sold Boeing 737 MAX, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer’s workhorse single-aisle jet.Privately owned Lion Air, founded in 1999, said the aircraft, which had been in operation since August, was airworthy, with its pilot and co-pilot together having amassed 11,000 hours of flying time.Lion Air said on Tuesday it would meet a team from Boeing on Wednesday to discuss the fate of its 737 MAX 8 plane that crashed into the sea minutes after takeoff from Jakarta airport. “We have many questions for them … This was a new plane,” Lion Air director Daniel Putut told reporters.last_img read more

Music reigns his heart

first_imgLeading the terrific trio for Dhruv Visvanath Trio, Dhruv is a young sensation on the music block. With Hemant Chona on bass, Ishaan Gandhi on drums and Dhruv Visvanath on lead guitar and vocals, the band is all set to wow the Capital this Thursday night.  At the age of 20, you have a band that performs on significant platforms. Share your journey with us, how did you get initiated into music.Well, I have two bands actually, one is my own trio, The Dhruv Visvanath Trio and the other is Cobbled Street. I have two very different roles in both the bands but it is a rather enjoyable experience. And I’ll take anything where I get to be a little silly on stage! Guitar featured in my life after 7 years of playing the piano. I loved the instrument a lot but it felt a lot more like an exercise towards the end. I really wanted to start with something new and there lay the guitar. I’ve been teaching myself for about 8 and a half years and the experience never ceases to grow old. As for the bands, well I play a lot of solo shows given my genre-guitar spanking, or percussive acoustic guitar as I like to call it. I formed the trio to let out the slightly more angry, and loud songwriter in me. The band is relatively young, in fact only 6 months or so. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With a performance round the corner, you are caught up in exams. How do you manage your two worlds? Haha! Well the thing is my mind is absolutely blank! I have no clue how this time has passed, but I try to divide my time between my work and my play. I tend to be very disciplined in terms of keeping my hands off the guitar during exam time, but for the show at Hard rock, I just can’t quite resist! I study Geography at the University of Delhi, and I’m 4 days away from completing my last year! This is a really busy time of year, but I want to go out with a bang!Three long years into a  music career already, do you plan to take it up professionally after college?It’s my dream to be a musician fulltime and travel the world with it. I’d really love to tour Europe and Oceania and South and South East Asia with my music! Although I’ve been very determined to be well educated before i embark on this risk, and i wish to complete my masters before following my dream all the way through!last_img read more

The Future of Collaborative Business

first_img 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 23, 2015 Enroll Now for Free I enter a room of futurists and listen. Airbnb this and Uber that; these companies are evolving the way business is conducted by reorganizing human potential in a way that is manageable, cohesive and (let us not forget) helpful to the remainder of society.It’s become obvious consumers, who also are our corporate customers, want to interact with technology. We’ve entered an era of technological ubiquity with no more silos for cloud, social, mobile and big data. These things now are merely part of being. They’re a portion of the balance which has transferred from work life to life work. Being connected is what we do. We connect, share and engage as we live our lives within the public world. Our fear of privacy is futile as the lines become blurry between us an individual and us an avatar. We’re human, singular and the world forever will be different because of this.Related: Why the Future of Work Is Already HereWorking in the future.Omni-channel is not merely a marketing ploy in which we tie people’s digital and physical experiences together. The future of work will be about countless connectivity. Mobile is bringing people to a place in which we’re able to achieve more than we ever have before in an office, from any place we have accessibility to information.It won’t possess a small impact on work; realistically it will cause companies small and large to rethink work. Think about this…Work in the future will not be performed in a place. Rather, it’ll be conducted from everywhere and anywhere. Businesses will be more nimble, smaller and more insistent upon matching the work to be done with the individual who is able to best do the work.Faith Popcorn, a futurist, shares within one of her discussions concerning the fast expansion of freelance workers. As a matter of fact, today 33 percent of Americans are freelancers and it is estimated that by the year 2020 it’ll be closer to 50 percent.This presents a seismic shift for small businesses and startups that will level the playing field and permit fast growth. Just consider applications such as Odesk and E-lance. An organization can have access to the top talent worldwide at a minute’s notice and deploy them to resolve the smallest and biggest issues they face within a day.To go above and beyond tools which assist us in accessing the top talent, we’re additionally witnessing change in the way we interact and engage inside the tools already used. Just recently, #NewWayToWork included the leading trending Twitter hashtag with the roll out of a fresh brand of email from IBM named “Verse.” While the next generation of email might be how the solution is explained, what’s truly happening here is that we’re witnessing the end of the inbox. The inbox, in the future, is going to encompass our whole connected ecosystem and prioritize it to be certain we’re as productive and efficient as possible.Related: An Entrepreneur Takes Aim at the Ubiquitous Bloomberg TerminalTech in the collaborative economy.For oDesk, Uber, Airbnb or any additional collaborative economy app to fulfill its purpose it depends on mobile, social, cloud and data to fill their roles. Individuals learn about those apps via social and leverage their powers via information and accessibility that must manage, organize and deploy to the consumer in a way which is easily comprehended. All this is powered using technology.Work reimagined won’t be about technology, but instead powered by it. The proof is directly in front of us, as every day we take to the Internet to share, engage and socialize. Our lives aren’t any longer defined by our work as they were at one time, and for the ones holding on to this demarcation, our resolve is going to soon become exhausted.In the future we’ll work smarter. We’ll use the tools to inspire and create progress which leads to better outcomes in business which solves greater challenges and if we allow it, develop an improved quality of life.Reminded: Zipcar Founder: Entrepreneurs Have to Build a Collaborative Economy, or Else Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

You Can Soon Buy an 8K TV But Theres a Catch

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now September 16, 2015 2 min read Japanese electronics company Sharp is planning to release the world’s first commercially available 8K television in October and it can be yours for 16 million yen ($133,000).8K refers to the television’s resolution, which is even sharper than 4K or ultra-high definition (ultra-HD). 8K delivers 16 times the resolution of full-HD (high definition).Sharp says the TV will go on sale on October 30 and will be an 85-inch set.But should you rush out and buy this future piece of tech? Probably not, as there is no 8K content to watch.Japan’s public broadcaster is testing long-distance 8K television broadcasts, but isn’t aiming to deploy it until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Most companies are only just discussing 4K. BT Sport, a U.K. bundle of television channels, broadcast a soccer match this year in 4K and has one ultra-HD channel that shows matches occasionally. Netflix and Amazon both have a small amount of content in 4K.And earlier this month, Samsung unveiled its first ultra-HD Blu-ray player. At the same time, Samsung announced that its current “SUHD” brand of TVs would begin supporting high-dynamic-range imaging (HDR) content. LG also unveiled a HDR-capable 4K TV – seen as the near-term future in the industry.Images shot in HDR essentially make the contrast between light and dark colors more prominent, so the white highlights are even brighter. The purpose is to make the image on screen look more realistic.Sharp’s 8K TV will also support HDR content. But Sharp has not announced any partners that it is working with to create 8K content, whereas both LG and Samsung have said they are talking to movie studios and streaming services to release 4K programming.Samsung has partnered with Fox so that all of its new movie releases will be brought out on ultra-HD Blu-ray. LG has struck a partnership with Amazon to allow users to stream some of the U.S. e-commerce giant’s original programs such as “Transparent” in HDR quality.Sharp showed off this 8K model at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, while Samsung took the wraps off a 110-inch 8K TV. Still, Sharp’s model is the first commercially available one on the market. This story originally appeared on CNBClast_img read more