CustomInk Kicks Off Bullying Prevention Campaign With Charlie Puth

first_imgCustomInk, the leading provider of custom apparel and accessories for groups and communities, kicks off its 6th annual Be Good to Each Other campaign today, calling attention to bullying prevention and honoring National Bullying Prevention Month throughout the month of October.Charlie Puth Be Good to Each Other t-shirtIn support of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the Be Good to Each Other campaign unites people of all ages by encouraging them to take a stand against bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. CustomInk has again partnered with a roster of prominent celebrities to support the campaign, who have each designed their own limited edition custom t-shirt.“At CustomInk, we’re all about bringing people together in positive ways and strengthening their sense of community through custom apparel,” said Lisa Macpherson, Chief Marketing Officer at CustomInk. “The Be Good to Each Other campaign not only promotes community inclusion, respect, and compassion, it is also an expression of the power of t-shirts to support the effort to collectively end bullying.”For the past five years, CustomInk has raised awareness of bullying prevention efforts through the sales of custom anti-bullying gear. This year, participating influencers were given the word – “Be” – and encouraged to create a positive and motivational message that reinforces self-worth while promoting acceptance in a personal, yet unifying way. Phrases featured in the campaign include “Be Daringly Different,” “Be Unbreakable,” and “Be Dynamic.”Charlie Puth, 2016 Billboard Music Awards winner and platinum Recording Artist, helped to ignite the campaign by creating a t-shirt showcasing the phrase “Be Unique.” Through the statement on his shirt, Puth is vocalizing his disapproval of bullying, asking people to take pride in what makes them unique, and encouraging his fans to rally behind this important cause.“It’s important for all of us to speak up and encourage young people to be good to one another,” said Charlie Puth. “I’m excited to stand alongside CustomInk and support the Be Good to Each Other campaign to help bring awareness to bullying prevention month and encourage people nationwide to put an end to bullying.”Other voices joining the cause have created their own bullying prevention t-shirts that will be on sale for the duration of the campaign. These individuals include: Elias Harger (Actor), Jackson Harris (Recording Artist), Jenna Ortega (Actress), Jordan Smith (Singer), Kennedy Raye (Influencer), Lilimar Hernandez (Actress), Lizzy Greene (Actress), Madeline Stuart (Fashion Model), Madison De La Garza (Actress), Michael Campion (Actor), and Milla “Star” Bizzotto (Athlete).“Since it was founded ten years ago in October of 2006, National Bullying Prevention Month has helped raise awareness of the effects of bullying and sparked conversations, community action and social media support,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER. “It’s important that we keep the momentum moving forward with campaigns, like CustomInk’s Be Good to Each Other, to help build safe and supportive schools, communities and online environments for students.”Through October 31st, CustomInk will donate profits from the sales of bullying prevention t-shirts, up to $100,000, to PACER in its effort to engage, educate, and unite communities nationwide. For more details on the campaign or to purchase the limited edition shirts visit www.customink.com/stopbullying.last_img read more

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Partner of man accused of killing Christine Wood testifies at trial in

first_imgChristine Wood and Brett Overby. Court file photo.Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe former common-law partner of the man accused of killing Christine Wood told a Winnipeg courtroom he asked her to lie to police for him.Shirley Houle says she received text messages from Brett Overby, who is on trial for second-degree murder in connection to Wood’s death, asking her to say she didn’t know anything about his online dating account.Houle was questioned by police on Feb. 1, 2017, shortly after Overby became a person of interest in the case.Copies of a series of messages sent between Houle and Overby were called into evidence on Wednesday.In one part Houle wrote, “Gotta go in tomorrow morning for a video statement.”Overby responded, “Oh shit really?? Wtf? Wonder why. Im actually really nervous about this whole situation. Im getting like anxiety and shit about it..I don’t even know her.” Later in the conversation Overby wrote, “Do me a favour, u don’t know about anything i do anymore k? I DIDN’T do anything, its just im really nervous and would like them to stop bugging me.”He went on to write, “U don’t know about POF either k.” Houle says the couple were together almost 10 years before they broke up in March 2016.She said they remained friends afterwards and Overby even asked her to help him with his profile for the online dating site PlentyofFish (POF).On Tuesday, the jury heard Wood met Overby through PlentyofFish in August 2016.The Crown argued Wood went to Overby’s home on Aug. 19, 2016 and that was the last place she was alive.Wood was visiting Winnipeg from her home community of Bunibonibee Cree Nation when she went missing.Her parents last saw her at a hotel. She told them she was going to meet up with friends.Two days later they filed a missing persons report with Winnipeg police.Read the complete court record of text messages: Houle Overby interactionCourt previously heard two messages sent from Wood’s Facebook account led them to Overby’s home in January 2017. Police were able to trace the IP address used as one belonging to Overby.Thomas Guenther, one of the detectives assigned to Wood’s case, testified on Wednesday police were eventually able to determine only one device – believed to be Overby’s cellphone – was connected to his WIFI on the night in question.Police executed a search of Overby’s house on Mar. 22, 2017 where he was arrested. He was later charged on Apr. 7.Wood’s remains were found in a shallow grave in a rural area outside of Winnipeg on June 1, 2017.Houle told the court she ended her friendship with Overby after he was arrested.At the end of her testimony the Crown asked her to identify a male in a series of photos.Houle appeared taken aback after opening the folder. She curtly responded, “that’s Brett.” She confirmed the photos were taken in Overby’s home.The Crown showed the same photos to Melinda Wood, Wood’s mother, on Tuesday. She identified the woman in the photo as Christine.The photos are undated and information about where they came from has yet to be disclosed.It appears the clothing Wood is wearing is the same clothing her parents last saw her in.Both Melinda and George Wood testified Christine bought a green bandeau top, a navy lacy top and dark denim shorts on the day she disappeared.Overby has pleaded not guilty.The trial is expected to run until May 17.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

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More cities sign up to UN initiative to reduce disaster risk in

1 June 2010Four more cities from across the globe today joined a new United Nations initiative designed to improve the capacity of urban areas to protect themselves and their inhabitants from the consequences of natural disasters. The Swiss city of Davos, Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, Santa Tecla in El Salvador and Baofeng in China became the latest to join the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction’s (UNISDR) campaign dubbed Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready.The campaign aims to guide the process of putting in place much-needed disaster reduction plans in cities and towns around the world and the signing up of the four cities is an indication that local governments are keen to make efforts to reduce risk in the event of natural disasters, according to UNISDR.On Sunday, leaders from eight cities – Bonn, Germany; Mexico City, Mexico; Saint-Louis, Senegal; Larreynaga-Malpaisillo, Nicaragua; Karlstad, Sweden, North Little Rock, United States; Durban, South Africa and Albay, Philippines – took part in the official launch of the UNISDR campaign at the First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change in Bonn.“We understand that there is an urgent need to come together in a campaign that will help us to better share ways to reduce urban risk, and therefore save lifes,” said Marcelo Ebrard, the mayor of Mexico City and chair of the World’s Mayors Council on Climate Change.The campaign is targeting more than 1,000 local government leaders worldwide to commit to sustainable development practices that increase their cities’ resilience to disasters. The desired practices include improving urban planning, infrastructure and building safety; reinforcing drainage systems to reduce floods, storm and health threats; installing early warning systems; conducting public preparedness drills; and taking measures to adapt to the increasing impact of climate change.“Poverty and vulnerability are not a fatality; people are not irreversibly condemned. Our predecessors fought to leave us with a heritage and it is our responsibility to preserve and promote it for the next generation,” said Cheikh Mamadou Abiboulaye Dieye, the mayor of Saint Louis.Enrique Gomez Toruño, the mayor of Larreynaga-Malpaisillo, said: “It is fundamental that we as local leaders are conscious about the risks. We learned a lot during the recent influenza epidemics and before that from Hurricane Mitch, floods and landslides. We learned we have to invest more time, more capacities to reduce our risks.”Mayors and local leaders from a number of Asian cities, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Colombo and Kathmandu, are also expected to sign up to the UNISDR campaign at a launch event on 8 June in New Delhi, sponsored by the Indian Ministry of Urban Development, the National Institute of Disaster Management and the SAARC Disaster Management Centre in New Delhi.“We are very encouraged by the positive response to the new campaign and the number of cities that are already engaged worldwide,” said Margareta Wahlström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction. “A resilient city and its citizens can benefit greatly from the opportunities presented by urban risk reduction actions,” she added.UNISDR is the overall coordinator of the 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign. UN agencies, including the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the UN World Health Organizations (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are key partners, along with city associations and organizations. read more

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Disappointment on Brook Street

A tranquil lot with mature trees sits at the dead-end of Brook Street in Simcoe south of Norfolk General Hospital.The Turnecliff family has dreamt of acquiring the lot since they purchased their home next door 18 years ago.That dream ended abruptly May 31 when they spotted a survey crew marking out a property line next to their garage. They were amazed to learn that Norfolk County has sold the property and that it was going to be the site of a modest home.Rob and Sandra Turnecliff were boggled because they have been after Norfolk County and the former Town of Simcoe before that to sell this land to them.In a presentation to Norfolk council Tuesday, Sandra Turnecliff said the family received several verbal assurances over the years that they had first right-of-refusal should the municipality declare the lot surplus.The Turnecliffs feel betrayed. The previous owner of 109 Brook Street looked after the vacant lot for 42 years for free while they have done the same since they arrived.“Try to imagine our shock and dismay when we found out this land – as well as the pine woods – had been sold behind closed doors for a house to be built there,” Sandra Turnecliff said.“As identified in the resolution from the May 7 in-camera session, council exempted itself from requiring the land to be declared surplus at a meeting open to the public.“We and our neighbours ask ourselves why so much secrecy? Where is the transparency that we all have been hearing so much about? We believe the definition of transparency does not include public unawareness or doing things in private.”Several neighbours accompanied the Turnecliffs to council. The Turnecliffs have collected 200 signatures on a petition objecting to the lack of public consultation.As it happens, the purchaser is Habitat for Humanity Brant-Norfolk. As well, this is not the first controversy to arise in this part of Simcoe stemming from a Habitat for Humanity project.The last time Norfolk tried to sell Habitat for Humanity a building lot, the county received pushback from residents in the area of Orchard Avenue. They objected to the idea of developing the vacant lot entryway to Holmewood Park near the intersection with Chapel Street.Norfolk council received that feedback in time to back out of the purchase agreement. Council promised Habitat for Humanity it would find the homebuilders a less contentious parcel.As with the Orchard Avenue transaction, the county agreed to sell the Brook Street lot for $15,000. This time however, council is standing by its decision.Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts said he found “spurious” the Turnecliffs’ claim that they had received verbal assurances of first right-of-refusal.“There is some conjecture there,” Rabbitts said Thursday. “There are allegations that weren’t made in writing that I can’t corroborate. I believe they were lied to.”Because this matter involves the disposition of county real estate, council was required, by law, to conduct its deliberations behind closed doors.After council made its decision, the Turnecliffs tried to approach council as a deputation twice but were refused. This occurred because of the in-camera nature of the transaction and council’s inability to comment or respond to questions in a public forum.Council, however, relented Tuesday at the urging of Vittoria Coun. Chris Van Paassen. Council heard the Turnecliffs out and then moved on to other business.Rabbitts said council acted as it did because the transaction is in the best interests of the municipality. Developing the lot, he said, is consistent with provincial policy in the area of densification, infilling and the efficient use of built infrastructure.As well, the lot will be developed into a home that will pay taxes so long as it is standing. Rabbitts added the decision is consistent with the county’s goal of providing affordable housing.Simcoe Coun. Ryan Taylor also stands by the decision. Wednesday, Taylor said council’s deliberations followed the rules and were above-board.“It was a difficult decision but the process has been followed,” Taylor said.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Security Council urges funding to bolster peace process in Sierra Leone

In a statement to the press following closed-door consultations of the Council, its President, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, cited steps being taken to transform the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) into a political party as well as progress in the country’s disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process. She said the members had noted that “this will lead to the need for additional resources, especially for reintegration.” The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) was now deployed in all provinces, according to the statement, which voiced the members’ appreciation to troop-contributing countries. At the same time, the Government of Sierra Leone had further extended its authority across the country in areas formally controlled by the RUF.Noting that preparations for elections scheduled for 2002 were under way, with the support of the UN and the international donor community, the members “emphasized the importance of funds not only being pledged but also being disbursed.” The donor community was also urged to respond positively to the shortfall in funding for the Consolidated Appeal Fund for Sierra Leone.Meanwhile, in Freetown, the Government and the RUF agreed today to take “immediate action to facilitate fast disarmament” in all districts by 30 November, according to UNAMSIL. The two sides agreed to collect such arms from 15 November to 31 December. They also agreed to carry out “a wide publicity and sensitization effort” to ensure the programme’s success. The agreements were reached during a meeting of the Joint Committee on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. During the gathering, participants observed a minute of silence in memory of UNAMSIL personnel who had lost their lives in yesterday’s helicopter crash. According to the UN operation, the meeting took place in “an unprecedented atmosphere of cordiality and constructive dialogue.” The next meeting of the Joint Committee will be held in Freetown on 13 December. read more

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Stock markets post solid gains amid strong employment data in Canada US

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 4, 2013 5:05 pm MDT Stock markets post solid gains amid strong employment data in Canada, U.S. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market racked up a solid gain Friday at the end of a positive week amid strong jobs data and relief that the U.S. economy avoided a combination of government spending cuts and tax increases that came to be known as the “fiscal cliff.”The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 70.37 points higher to 12,540.81 as Statistics Canada reported the economy created 40,000 jobs last month. Economists thought that only about 5,000 positions would be turned out in December after job creation surged by 59,000 in November.Canada’s unemployment rate edged down to a four-year low of 7.1 per cent from 7.2 per cent in November and 7.4 per cent in October.The Canadian dollar came back from early declines to move up 0.1 of a cent to 101.31 cents US.The TSX Venture Exchange was ahead 2.05 points to 1,228.22.New York indexes ran ahead as the U.S. economy cranked out 155,000 positions. That was in line with heightened expectations after payroll firm ADP reported Thursday that the U.S. private sector cranked out 215,000 jobs last month.The Dow Jones industrials rose 43.85 points to 13,435.21, the Nasdaq inched up 1.09 points to 3,101.66 while the S&P 500 index closed at a five-year high, up 7.1 points to 1,466.47.Indexes ended the first week of 2013 trading with solid gains after U.S. lawmakers reached an 11th hour deal to avert big tax hikes and spending cuts that were due to kick in at the start of the year.The TSX gained 1.82 per cent this past week while the Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 3.84 per cent.Traders also looked ahead to the start of the fourth-quarter earnings season in the U.S. next week with resource giant Alcoa Inc. reporting after the close on Tuesday.The information technology sector led TSX advancers, up 1.38 per cent with Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) ahead 50 cents to $11.85.The energy sector also helped support the TSX, up 1.07 per cent as the February crude contract on the Nymex came well off session lows, closing up 17 cents to US$93.09 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) improved by 61 cents to C$30.15 while Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) was up 62 cents to $43.05.March copper fell two cents to US$3.69 a pound and the metals and mining sector was up 0.74 per cent. Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) jumped 20 cents to $4.27 and Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) climbed 12 cents to $3.19.Financials were also positive as Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) gained 13 cents to $27.14 while Royal Bank (TSX:RY) advanced 37 cents to $61.07.The gold sector finished up about 0.25 per cent after spending most of the session in the red amid speculation over just how long the U.S. Federal Reserve will continue with its economic stimulus program that involves the purchase of bonds to keep interest rates ultra low.The minutes of the latest Fed policy meeting released on Thursday showed a split over how long to continue the purchases amid concerns that the continued bond purchases, known as quantitative easing, would destabilize the economy.The Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program has involved printing more dollars to buy up bonds. The program has been supportive of gold prices since bullion looked attractive as an inflation hedge.“Basically, the Fed came out and tested the waters with the concept of perhaps the economy is improving at a sufficient enough pace that we can start to remove some of the stimulus,” said Phillip Petursson, director of institutional equities at Manulife Asset Management.“And with gold being the beneficiary of QE, basically you’re printing money and driving inflation higher and therefore gold should move higher — you take that away and all of a sudden there’s a much less reason to want to own gold.”The February bullion contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange came off the worst levels of the morning after the U.S. jobs report but was still down $25.70 at US$1,648.90 an ounce.Gabriel Resources (TSX:GBU) rose five cents to C$2.37.In corporate news, Lululemon Athletica Inc. shares fell 4.55 per cent to $70.88 after Credit Suisse downgraded the stock to neutral from outperform citing a likely slowdown in comparative sales momentum and the risk of further merchandise margin pressure.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) says it will spend $400 million to expand the capacity of its pipeline system between Hardisty, Alta., and the U.S. border. Enbridge says the project involves increasing pumping horsepower and that no new line pipe construction is involved. It expects to increase capacity by 230,000 barrels a day when the upgrade comes on line in 2015. Enbridge shares gained 14 cents to $43.16. read more

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Grain futures beef prices fall

CHICAGO – Grains futures fell Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery fell 22.25 cents to $6.8375 a bushel; May corn fell 20.50 cents to $6.8850 a bushel; May oats fell 4.5 cents to $3.8425 a bushel; while May soybeans slipped 0.50 cent to $14.66 a bushel.Beef prices fell, while pork prices were flat on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.April live cattle fell 0.82 cent to $1.2880 a pound; April feeder cattle fell 1.35 cent to $1.4225 a pound; April lean hogs were flat at 79.25 cents a pound. Grain futures, beef prices fall AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2013 3:47 pm MDT read more

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Yemen Raging violence displaces more than 85000 civilians says UN refugee agency

Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with more than 22 million in need, fuelled by ongoing conflict, a breakdown in public services and a collapsing economy.“We are particularly concerned for those that remain in areas close to hostilities in Taiz and Hudaydah governorates,” said Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.“As a result of prolonged fighting in those two governorates, conditions continue to deteriorate, exposing people to violence and disease without access to basic services,” she added, noting that the agency was “alarmed” as hundreds of people are forced to flee their homes each day, due to increasing military operations, particularly on the west coast.Most of those displaced in these two governorates are trapped inside their homes or in caves as ground clashes, aerial bombardment and sniper fire rage around them.In addition to new displacements from those fleeing the coast, UNHCR is also observing a spike from other frontline areas, including Yemen’s border governorates.Meanwhile, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched an appeal for $96.2 million to fund its 2018 response for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.“Three years of conflict have inflicted suffering on millions, affecting every Yemeni – man, woman or child,” said William Lacy Swing, the UN migration agency’s Director General, from its headquarters in Geneva.“With armed conflict ongoing, a stalled peace process and an economic blockade, Yemen is in the grips of a devastating protracted humanitarian and developmental crisis,” he added. read more

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Womens soccer Ohio State picks up pair of victories over weekend

In the 52nd minute, OSU senior forward Nichelle Prince was fed a ball through Purdue’s defense to face off 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper, ultimately resulting in a score for the Olympian.  This upped the Buckeye’s lead to 3-0.  Two minutes later in the 54th, Prince’s shot again found the back of the net, making it a 4-0 lead.  Strong defense continued throughout the game, but ultimately could not be perfect, as Purdue senior midfielder Milaro Gianna snapped the shutout, scoring Purdue’s only goal of the day.OSU prevailed with a 4-1 victory in the end. The Buckeyes hit the road Thursday, first traveling to College Park, Maryland to face off against the 4-9-1 (1-5-0 Big Ten play) Terrapins.  OSU began with a powerful and quick attack, where senior forward Lindsay Agnew scored the first goal in the first minute to propel the Buckeyes to the lead.  Less than a minute later, junior midfielder Emma Firenze netted her first goal of the season, doubling the Buckeyes’ lead to 2-0. Quick goal-scoring was a common theme on the weekend, as the Buckeyes had a fiery start again versus the Boilermakers, with a goal in the eighth minute by Edwards.  This marked her third goal within the two weekend matches.  Near the end of the first half, senior midfielder Nicole Miyashiro assisted a goal by redshirt senior forward Morgan Wolcott to put the Buckeyes up 2-0. OSU’s shots doubled that of Purdue’s at the end of the first half, with 10 shots to five.   The Buckeyes improved to 9-4-2 on the season (3-2-2 Big Ten play), recording a total of eight goals in two games while maintaining strong defensive play, only conceding one goal.  OSU’s next game is against the Indiana Hoosiers at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Thursday. Sunday, OSU made its way to West Lafayette, Indiana, to play the 3-10-1 (1-6-0 Big Ten play) Purdue Boilermakers.   OSU senior defender Nicole Miyashiro battles a Northwestern defender for the ball on Oct. 1, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Aaron Tomich | Lantern reporterA week of practice that constantly emphasized finishing offensive attacks led to a frenzy of goal-scoring this weekend for the Ohio State women’s soccer team.   OSU entered the second half versus Maryland having nine shots against 5.  Agnew created multiple scoring opportunities, including two crosses connecting with junior forward Sammy Edwards, both resulting in goals.  This put the Buckeyes up 4-0 after 58 minutes.  The Buckeye defense held strong, closing the game with a shutout over Maryland, earning the team’s eighth win on the season. read more

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Caterpillar and Trimble to expand mining technology collaboration

first_imgAiming to transform the way mines manage their business, Caterpillar and Trimble are extending their collaboration to bring mining customers improved operational decision-making capabilities. The collaboration will leverage Caterpillar Global Mining’s industry expertise and combine its in-pit operational execution system, Cat® MineStar™, with Trimble’s portfolio of technology-enabled mining information solutions. This expanded collaboration in mining will include product integration and development, marketing, distribution and support of Trimble® Connected Mine™ solutions. The companies have signed an agreement that outlines areas for increased engagement to begin in early 2017. Caterpillar Global Mining is anticipated to become the primary sales, marketing, distribution and support channel for Trimble’s Connected Mine platform. In addition, Cat MineStar and Trimble’s Connected Mine platform will be integrated and collaboratively developed. The expanded Caterpillar-Trimble collaboration will enhance both companies’ efforts to serve global customers with technologies and services across a mine’s entire operation and equipment fleet, regardless of brand, language or location. “Caterpillar and Trimble have enjoyed a very successful relationship for decades and we are pleased to be working more closely to better leverage the products and capabilities in both companies for our mining customers,” said Tom Bluth, Caterpillar Vice President with responsibility for the Surface Mining & Technology Division. “Whether it’s the mining pit supervisor or a corporate operational analytics teams, Caterpillar Global Mining continues to go beyond the iron by providing the technologies and expertise to help customers improve productivity and lower their cost per tonne.”  “This collaboration demonstrates our mutual commitment to provide mine professionals with complete visibility from the mine to the mill,” said Bryn Fosburgh, Vice President at Trimble. “As a result, mine operations can leverage accurate production, fleet and spatial data to optimize their workflow and control costs.”Cat MineStar (runner up in the voting for the 2016 inductee into the Mining Software category of the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame) is a mining operational execution system purpose built to help miners boost productivity, enhance safety and improve equipment availability, regardless of equipment manufacturer. The system consists of five capability sets:  Fleet, Terrain, Detect, Health & Command, which can be configured to suit the unique needs and capabilities of any mine, both surface and underground. Cat MineStar has been a critical part of the digital transformation in mining since 1996 when it was first introduced. Today it is installed at more than 200 mine sites around the world. Using improved interoperability, the Cat MineStar platform is uniquely positioned to help customers connect data and decision-making across the mining value chain, from the mine plan to plant processing or from an individual machine to across an enterprise.  Trimble Connected Mine provides an integrated and complete view of mine data to improve and accelerate operational and strategic decision making. Visual Intelligence is an optional module that enables the 3D visualization of Trimble Connected Mine data. With a proven track record of enterprise-level implementations in some of the largest mines worldwide, Trimble is transforming the way mines work by combining mining expertise, spatial technology, business analytics, visualization and decision support tools to enable mining companies to fully optimize their resources for safe, productive and profitable mining. Caterpillar and Trimble have been collaborating in mining since 1996, when the two companies jointly developed a best-in-class machine control and guidance product, known today in the marketplace as Terrain. Today, Terrain is a leading guidance system for mining, with many of the world’s largest mining companies improving their productivity through use of this technology. The companies’ first collaboration evolved into a joint venture in 2002 with the formation of Caterpillar Trimble Control Technologies (CTCT). Today CTCT develops machine control and guidance products for both the mining and construction industries, for any make or model of equipment regardless of manufacturer.  Trimble positioning technologies, such as GPS and inertial navigation systems, are also used in many of Caterpillar’s semi-autonomous and autonomous systems.last_img read more

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This is spider skin at 12000x magnification

first_imgAs humans with inherently imperfect vision we know that everything looks different up close. What we might not realize, or at least think about very often, is that the closer you look, the most different things get. The above image is a perfect example, it might seem like some sort of strange papercraft, or maybe a clever movie set, but the truth is much different. This is a picture of a spider’s skin at 12,000x magnification.You don’t pull off 12,000x with a DSLR and a stack of carefully placed macro lenses, you need special equipment and serious expertise. Case in point, this image was taken by Maria Carbajo, of the Electron Microscopy Unit of the University of Extremadura (it’s in Spain) using a Quanta 3D FEG electron microscope. The price for one of these bad boys is hard to track down but it’s one of those things that’s “affordable” but only in comparison to the budget of a major university or science-focused organization. (From the best I can tell, a solid used unit will run you about $175,000. [Only suckers buy retail.])The spider skin image was taken for an electron microscopy image contest held by FEI, the company that makes the Quanta 3D DualBeam, as well as other electron microscope/nanotech tools.The Quanta 3D FEG is an SEM (scanning electron microscope), specifically one that uses a field emission gun (FEG) in order to produce an electron stream that is as small as possible, and thus maximizing image quality. Some of these models feature up to 1,000,000x magnification so, amusingly enough, 12,000x is pretty pedestrian under the circumstances. (Note: this Quanta model is actually capable of 1280 kX magnification.) At this level the resolution of the electron microscope becomes a pretty important metric, so you might want your FEG-SEM to be capable of something like 3nm while operating at 1kV.As for the resulting image, as you can see, it’s amazing. The striations on the skin are unreal and those huge columns are actually hairs and their roots. FEI identified the small spherical structures as pollen, but some scientifically-inclined commenters noted that they are too small. It’s more likely that they are brochosomes, perhaps leftover from a grasshopper dinner.last_img read more

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Preparations underway for 2017 Winterfest Boat Parade

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The 2017 Winterfest Boat Parade is shaping up to be a holiday treat, and this year promises to celebrate the Great White Way.Fans were excited Friday night at the Winterfest White Party at the Marriott Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale.Country music stars Big & Rich will serve as grand marshals for the 46th Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade.This year’s theme is “Broadway on Parade.”Dozens of boats decorated with holiday spirit are set to put on the greatest show down the 12-mile parade route through Fort Lauderdale.The parade takes place Saturday, Dec. 9.For more information, click here. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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VIDEO Watch 2019 Wilmington Pops Concert

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School held its annual Pops Concert on Saturday, April 6, 2019 in the WHS Joanne Benton Memorial Auditorium.  The concert featured the Wilmington High Jazz Band, the Wilmington Middle School Junior Jazz Band, and WHS Soundscape.Watch the concert, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/2434e635-ecd5-463c-9480-45c1c859f3c3/video.original.mp400:0000:0001:00:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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… RelatedVIDEO: Watch ‘The Back Track Band’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 2017 Wilmington Pops ConcertIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch The Hospital Bed Race From Fun On The FourthIn “Videos”last_img read more

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Anchorage Mayoral Candidate Paul Bauer

first_imgWith Anchorage’s local election just around the corner, KSKA and Alaska Public media are bringing you a look at those running for mayor. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, candidate Paul Bauer plans on bringing fiscal prudence to the office.Bauer retired from the Army after more than two decades of service, and for the last 14 years has been in the private sector as a branch manager for a company working with airlines at Ted Stevens International Airport. When it comes to city finances, Bauer doesn’t think new sources of revenue should be on the table. He expects the state’s current financial difficulties to improve. For now, he think it’s important right now to find existing budget items to trim.Paul Bauer. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)“My view is that if elected mayor the first thing I’m gonna do is set up citizen committees and pose that question to the people,” Bauer said. “Of course privatization is an option. There could be some areas where we could privatize businesses instead of government handling it.”Bauer’s past political experience includes one term on the Anchorage Assembly from 2005 to 2008. The experience informs his understanding of what a mayor realistically can and cannot do in city politics. On community-level issues like affordable housing, Bauer sees the mayor’s office as a position of influence, but he says solutions need to come from the Assembly and residents.“It’s gonna take time the housing that we [en]vision developing. And that means helping developers, there’s less buildable land out there, that means the price of housing is gonna cost,” Bauer said. “So I don’t see how we’re really gonna get affordable housing unless the city does come into some tax incentive breaks somewhere. Again, it’s back to the community people to bring it all up and propose it to them to come to a possible solution.”Another on-the-ground proposal from Bauer is increasing the number of Community Service Officers to handle lower lever public safety issues, freeing up officers for more dangerous incidents.“Policing today is mainly a reactive force, and I would like to move towards a more proactive department in certain areas, especially in specialized units like gang units, drug units, street crime,” Bauer said. “And that goes along with community policing as well.”last_img read more

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Lanka villages bear the brunt of Godavari flood fury

first_imgRajamahendravaram: The people residing in lanka areas downstream of Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage are in the grip of fear though the flood water level is receding as 7.27 lakh cusecs of water is being discharging from the barrage by Thursday evening. Meanwhile, widespread rains that have been lashing the district are also posing problem to them. Lanka villages in the mandals of Mummidivaram, I Polavaram, P Gannavaram, Razole, etc., are still reeling under floods. At Sanapallilanka railway line, pillars of under-construction bridge on River Gowthami were submerged in the flood water and the construction works came to a standstill. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The officials stopped ferrying people at various ferry points of Vasishta, Gowthami and Vynateya rivers and Amalapuram revenue divisional officer Ramana is monitoring the situation in Konaseema area. The paddy fields in Konaseema have been submerged in the flood water.. In Rajamahendraavaram, the bathing ghats were closed as a precautionary measure. Sewage water overflowed on to the roads in the city following two hours of continuous rain on Thursday. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Meanwhile, the in the Agency area, relief operations are under progress with the government providing food to the tribals put up in the relief camp at Devipatnam. All necessary facilities have been provided to them in the place. Around 30 tribal habitations are still in flood water. Roads were badly damaged and in many areas, sections of roads were washed away in the agency area in the flood. Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) Rampachodavaram project officer Nishant Kumar is supervising the relief operations at Devipatnam mandal. Advertise With Us According to the officials of Central Water Commission and water resources department, the water level at Polavaram is 11.55 metre and it slowly coming down along with level at Bhadrachalam. Meanwhile, at Kaleswaram, the water level is increasing to some extent and it will also come down shortly and situation is not alarming. All the 175 gates of the barrage were lifted to discharge flood water and the water level will come down completely by Friday.last_img read more

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Icecream sandwich spicy food Food to avoid during summer

first_imgDuring the season of heat waves, it’s best to avoid certain edibles that can not only upset your stomach but also cause some or the other infection. Try not to consume a lot of spicy food and avoid overdose of non vegetarian food. Experts have listed food that must not be consumed in the summer season:Ice-cream sandwich: This treat usually packs nearly 500 calories and gets a 60 per cent of its flavour from saturated fat. A better idea: Make your own ice cream sandwiches using lower-fat sorbet. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfToo much spice: Spice powders can certainly liven up a meal, but spices also can heat up the body as spices boost the rate of metabolism.Rich non-vegetarian fare: Summer is not the time to tuck into rich meat gravies or tandoori, fish and chicken, or even seafood. In fact, this makes a person sweat more and causes digestive problems. It can also lead to diarrhea.Oily junk food: You must avoid burgers with meat patties, fries and other oily fare.Salty snacks: Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThese contain MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), a harmful additive that’s been linked to an increased appetite and weight gain. Avoid sauces: A cheese sauce is very avoidable too. It has close to 350 calories and it leaves you feeling bloated and sluggish. Some sauces also have too much MSG and salt. Instead, keep the meal nutritious and natural.Deviled eggs: The risk of Salmonella (infesction) is highest in deviled eggs when they are not held at the right temperature (at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit). Salmonella can live on both the inside and outside of eggs and the egg can still appear perfectly normal. Deviled eggs are cooked, which should kill any germs in the eggs. But because you combine a bunch of eggs together for the filling, and then it’s at room temperature, bacteria can grow to dangerous levels if an egg is undercooked or contaminated after cooking. Buy eggs only from stores or other suppliers that keep them refrigerated at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and serve deviled eggs on ice at all times.Leftovers: Leftovers should be handled properly as well. Once everyone has eaten, put the food in its appropriate hot or cold environment. Food left out becomes a problem because it enters the temperature danger zone, between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Count how many hours the food has been left out overall. If it is close to or over four hours, trash it. Do this especially if the food was left out a good part of the day, and at the hottest part of the day, just get rid of it.last_img read more

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More than 680 in South Korea isolated over MERS virus fears

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More than 680 people in South Korea are isolated after having contact with patients infected with a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East, health officials said Monday.South Korea has reported 17 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome since diagnosing the country’s first MERS illness last month in a man who had traveled to Saudi Arabia. South Korea’s cases have connections to the first patient, either medical staff who treated him or patients who stayed near the man at the hospital before he was diagnosed and isolated. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Also, the son of one of the patients ignored doctor’s orders to cancel a trip to China, where he was diagnosed as that country’s first MERS case last week. China isolated the South Korean man at a hospital, and Hong Kong authorities said Sunday that 18 travelers were being quarantined because they sat near him, but they were not showing symptoms.South Korean Health Ministry official Kwon Jun-wook told reporters Monday that 682 people who had close contact with the patients, such as their family members and their medical staff, were isolated at their homes or state-run facilities to prevent the spread of the disease.Ministry officials said the number could rise.MERS was discovered in 2012 and has mostly been centered in Saudi Arabia. It belongs to the family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold and SARS, and can cause fever, breathing problems, pneumonia and kidney failure. The virus has spread primarily through contact with camels, but it can also spread from human fluids and droplets.There have been 1,167 cases of the virus worldwide and 479 of the patients have died, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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Freddie Mac Ekes Out Profit Despite Derivative Losses

first_imgFreddie Mac Ekes Out Profit Despite Derivative Losses Freddie Mac Profits Quarterly Earnings 2015-02-19 Tory Barringer Freddie Mac reported another profitable quarter to end 2014, even as losses stemming from derivatives put heavy drag on the mortgage giant’s earnings.For the last three months of 2014, Freddie pulled in $227 million in net income, the company said Thursday, a drop of nearly $2 billion from Q3. The sharp drop came from derivative losses, which totaled $3.4 billion for the quarter as interest rates fell.Freddie’s fourth-quarter profit only make up a fraction of what it will pay to the government in March. Per the terms of its bailout agreement, the company will hand $900 million over the Treasury, bringing its total payback to $91.8 billion—nearly $20 billion more than what it was forced to draw to keep from going under.The agreement, which was amended in 2012, stipulates that both Fannie and Freddie must continue paying Treasury dividends based on their net worth, even after they’ve repaid taxpayers in full. It remains a source of consternation for politicians, who are still grappling with how to separate the government from the mortgage market, and shareholders, who have brought suits against the government for their share of the companies’ profits.For all of 2014, Freddie Mac reported $7.7 billion in net income, a drop from $48.7 billion in 2013. 2013’s results were boosted by an accounting charge and benefits from securities settlements.All things considered, 2014 “marked another year of solid financial and operating performance” for Freddie Mac, said CEO Donald Layton.”We made tremendous progress in materially reducing taxpayer exposure to risk, increasing market share between the GSEs through improved customer focus and service, and making our operations better through innovation and efficiency,” Layton said in the company’s earnings release.Credit quality continued to improve at the GSE, with post-2008 vintages making up 60 percent of its single-family credit guarantee portfolio as of year-end. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Marketcenter_img Share February 19, 2015 609 Views last_img read more

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