TICKETS for Saints Round 14 Super League XVII match against Leeds Rhinos are still on sale.Monday night Rugby League begins for the first time at 8pm on Monday May 21 at the Headingley Carnegie.Standing is on sale for £20 adult, £13 concession (over 65 and students) and £12 juniors (under 16).Seating is £27 adult, £19 concession (over 65 and students) and £18 juniors (under 16).Coach travel, which leaves Langtree Park at 5.30pm is available for £11 for Season Ticket Holders and £12 for non.(Please remember you need to pre-purchase a coach ticket to travel).You can buy now from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
NATHAN Brown is hoping Saints’ tough end to the regular season will make them sharp as they enter the playoffs.His side faced games against Wigan and Warrington as well as tricky trips to Catalan, Hull and Wakefield in the last few weeks. That saw them secure eight wins from ten and fifth spot on the Super League ladder.It’s a far cry when a squad decimated by injury earlier in the season was struggling to be consistent.“We did it tough for a long period of time but we had enough good quality youngsters in the team to keep us ticking over,” Brown said. “At this time of the year you need your best and experienced players out there.“We were unlucky earlier in the year but now we are very fortunate to have Jonny Lomax, Sia Soliola, Willie Manu and James Roby all back playing. They know what works for them and we’ve had some really good wins too. We are confident and the last few fixtures have meant we are prepared heading into the match.“It helps as a lot of the players here know what is required to do well in the playoffs. That is definitely a benefit. We have numbers of blokes leaving who have contributed a lot to the club. Every week is a big week from here on in, but that has been the case for the past ten weeks because of where we were on the table.“The guys have responded well and we would like to think we have as much chance as anybody.”Saints take on Hull KR on Saturday having not beaten them this season.“We have played them twice with really depleted sides and in one of those games Franny got sent off, and we didn’t lose by much.“When we played our strongest side we played the worst and to Hull KR’s credit they beat us on merit.“They have recruited well from overseas, but have developed their own players too and have got a lot of big, local guys. They have creative players like Craig Hall, Michael Dobson, Lincoln Withers and have brought Greg Eden and Adam Walker in from Huddersfield, who have been great buys for them.“It will be a good game.”Tickets for Saturday’s match are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
Matty Costello grabbed a hat-trick in the win and impressive hooker Aaron Smith also grabbed a try. There were also a stand-out performance from young Jack Welsby.And Holbrook was delighted with how his young players seized their opportunity.“I am really happy with the boys today. Obviously we made some changes to give some boys an opportunity, but I was confident we were going to play well and we did that today.“I said after that Monday game that I would work with our performance and medical team to pick our best 17 to win the game and that is what we ran with. For us it was about giving some young guys the opportunity and playing fresh and it worked well today.“Yes it probably does [give me a selection headache] and that is why you need a good squad and it showed today that when you give some guys the opportunities they really want to be in the side and that is the most pleasing thing as a coach. We have a squad, not 17 players and everyone wants to be part of it and that is great for us.”Holbrook also singled out praise for Alex Walmsley and Zeb Taia as well as young Jack Welsby and hat-trick hero Matty Costello and impressive hooker Aaron Smith.“I thought Big Al really led from the front and Zebby really stepped it up. All the young boys were great. Jack Welsby was fantastic at full back and Matt Costello scoring a hat-trick at centre and Aaron Smith coming in was one of our best performers so everyone played well today which was great.”Emphasising on Welsby and Smith’s prospects, Holbrook added:“Welsby is an exciting young player and it was great to give him a start today. He is definitely a first team player for the future that is for sure and today he did a great job.“I knew before the season started what a great young player Aaron was. I knew he would be getting some games this year and he showed again today why he deserves it.”Holbrook also commented on the return of Theo Fages and the performance of Danny Richardson in his press conference below.
Something was missing. So she took it up a notch.“And so I did a talk show within’ the conference and I said, mmmmm, okay, we’re getting a little closer and I said this is this not it because we’re not hitting the people that I want to hit. I want to get people outside the church walls and I want to talk to everyone.”She did. Big time. Latoya Barrett took her idea to social media and television with a daily talk show based in Wilmington and airing on the Cape Fear CW.“I’m talking to more people on the streets,” Latoya said. “I love talking to the homeless, I love talking to the affluent, I love going through the gammit of people seeing what they think. And when I did that, I said, we have something, let’s talk and that’s what we did. To be free you have to live free.”It’s called ‘Live Free Talk Show‘. Latoya carefully put together the cast of four. “I said this would be funny to have a pastor on one side and a rapper on another and I thought this would make a great show because we can cover everything from far extreme to everything in the middle. I said this would be very good candid conversation and that’s how I found my cast,” described Latoya.It’s just the beginning. If the success continues, Latoya’s spotlight could create a stage with no boundaries.“I want to put to work young people in this city,” she said. “To work in film, to get to talking, to get to writing, publishing their work and being able to be creatives and thinkers at the same time and so my goal is to empower my community but talk nationally.”Latoya Barrett, you give the community something to talk about. To “be free you gotta live free” and that makes you, Extraordinary.Right now ‘Live Free Talk Show’ airs on the Cape Fear CW at 1pm, Monday-Friday.You can also follow their progress on the show website and Facebook page.Click here to see the debut show. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Talk shows are very popular. You get a group of people together to get different views on various topics. There’s one that just debuted in the Port City that is bringing everyday issues to the spotlight. WWAY’s Daniel Seamans sat down with the executive producer and host who is our Extraordinary Person of the Week.“At church, I did a conference, and I said this is not it,” Latoya Barrett told Daniel Seamans of the first attempt.- Advertisement –
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Stomping grapes at Duplin Winery started out as a way to make wine. Now, it’s just for fun!On Saturday, the winery is holding its 42nd Annual Grape Stomp celebration.- Advertisement – From 1-6 p.m., there will be live music from The Holiday Band, wine tastings and a grape stomping contest. Attendees get a chance to stomp grapes with their bare feet and some will have an opportunity to participate in a stomp-off for a prize.Special vineyard and production facility tours and exclusive wine tastings will also be available for attendees. Organizers recommend purchasing a wine tasting ticket in advance.There will be a food tent at the festival and the winery’s restaurant will be open on a first come first serve basis with extended hours.Related Article: Woman charged in deadly North Myrtle Beach hit-and-run motorcycle wreckBring chairs to sit in and dancing shoes for shag dancing!Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Wine tasting tickets are $10.For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
Jobs range from sales, customer service, merchandising to inventory.Best Buy has been paying employees in Wilmington to volunteer while the store is closed. The company said earlier this month it plans to reopen by Thanksgiving in time for the holiday shopping rush. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington’s Best Buy store is ready to get back to business more than a month after suffering significant damage from Hurricane Florence, but first it needs to fill out its staff.The company says it is hiring thousands of people to work seasonal positions this holiday at stores across the country. It will host a hiring fair at its store at 309 S. College Road in Wilmington Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to a news release, you can apply online or in-person and participate in same-day interviews.- Advertisement –
Fine Fixtures (Photo: Fine Fixtures) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New York based supplier of bathroom furnishings is establishing an 80,000 square foot distribution center in Rocky Point.According to a news release from the NC State Port, Fine Fixtures Inc. will utilize the Port of Wilmington for imported shipments of its products.- Advertisement – “We wanted to be close to the Port of Wilmington,” said Joseph Ostreicher, co-founder and co-owner of Fine Fixtures.The company, established in 2005, had outgrown its warehouses in Brooklyn and New Windsor, New York.“The Port of Wilmington has a quick turn-around,” Ostreicher said. “Truckers don’t have to wait a long time.”Related Article: Hospital using drones to fly blood samples between buildingsFine Fixtures began moving into the space at Cape Fear Industrial Complex in early November and plans to commence with shipments from the property as early as late December. The company plans to employ 20 people at the Rocky Point site.“As the capabilities at our Port of Wilmington continue to grow, the at-port model becomes even more attractive to companies focused on logistics and distribution,” said Paul J. Cozza, executive director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority. “Global access is key for Fine Fixtures and many other projects that continue to consider locations in the Cape Fear Region. This investment complements our growth and showcases the port’s ability to service prime importers.”The State Ports Authority worked closely with officials at Wilmington Business Development and North Carolina’s Southeast in assisting Fine Fixtures in its site search.The company spent a year looking at possible sites in Virginia and North Carolina, according to Ostreicher.
Advertisement The Twitter.com site was unreachable for almost an hour, and continued to suffer intermittent faults thereafter.The service was still accessible via its mobile site and other applications.In a message to users, the company said: “Howdy folks, looks like we’re experiencing a small interruption of Twitter.com and some mobile clients.” – Advertisement – On its network status page, the company wrote: “Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue.”It is not yet known what caused the fault. Users that could access the service reported that shortened URL links included in tweets were not working properly.Twitter is expected to be one of the main social networks to be used by both fans and athletes during the Games.Sporting events regularly attract the service’s biggest audience.During Spain’s Euro 2012 win, there were over 15,000 tweets every second.For London 2012, there are over 2,000 verified Olympians – past and present – that are signed up to use the service.Downtime plagued Twitter during its early years, but subsequent investment meant the site has become more reliable.Last month, Twitter blamed a “cascading bug” for causing “turbulence” on the service which made the site slow or inaccessible for about two hours.At the time, Mazen Rawashdeh, the site’s vice president of engineering, apologised to users but praised the site’s recent reliability record.“For the past six months, we’ve enjoyed our highest marks for site reliability and stability ever: at least 99.96% and often 99.99%.“In simpler terms, this means that in an average 24-hour period, twitter.com has been stable and available to everyone for roughly 23 hours, 59 minutes and 40-ish seconds.” Source:BBC
Advertisement Facebook has joined the GSM Association in a bid to keep up with developments in the industry, and wants to be actively involved. The Social Media giants say their joining reflects their focus on Mobile development.It should be noted that Facebook has Hundreds of millions of people who access it around the world using mobile and its recent developments like Facebook Home confirm its interest in the Phone world.Facebook is the first social network to join the association and hopes working closely with carriers maintain its cozy relationships with carriers and understand their concerns.“Joining GSMA reflects our focus on mobile and our continued desire to work closely and collaboratively with partners in the industry” Dan Rose, vice president of partnerships at Facebook said. – Advertisement – Facebook previously tried to get Samsung to make Facebook phones, a request which Samsung said no to. Facebook phones which come installed with Facebook Home have not been as successful as Facebook expected with HTC selling less than expected devices.Joining the GSMA also gives Facebook a lot of options. In case it decides to venture in the Telcom industry, it will have the ability to reach to over 1 billion people worldwide.Credit: www.fiercewireless.com
Advertisement This week I finally watched Guardians of the Galaxy and I loved the movie because it not only brought back my childhood memories of owning a Walkman it also combined this with some of the futuristic technologies that we all want to see in our day to day lives from shoes that can help you fly to planes that take off vertically and I know the SpaceX Team must have enjoyed this movie.My best parts of the movie is when Peter Quill is listening to his Walkman and how he fights to get his Walkman back and I know some of you might think am crazy but here is why I liked these scenes.The Walkman brought back my childhood memories of how I listened to Music and how I played around with the cassettes tapes, while I was rewinding and forwarding manually with a pen. We don’t realize how fast technologies can do away with manual processes like this but if I was stuck on a planet, and you asked me which device I would be stuck with, a Walkman would probably be one of them. – Advertisement – This got me thinking about all the old hardware technologies that have been phased out from the GameBoys to the Walkmans these little device used to make our lives great, well until Steve Jobs came up with the iPods, then we thought they were not cool and dropped them.I personally believe innovators can work around hardware like the Walkman and the legendary floppy disks and come up with new innovations that can beat most of the new automated things we have today, Its a matter of making it look cool and do you know how many people would put on a Walkman? May be not so many but I would be one of them because we all grow up but there is that child in us and you can never take that away.The only caution I have however is that we need to keep these re-innovations so cool so that we don’t go below the standards the smartphones and iPods have and with the raise of hardware companies I will not be surprised if I see someone having a work around the Walkman or some of the past hardware devices.That is it for our throwback Thursday, if you have something to add to the story, let me know in the comments section.
Image Credit: Nest Labs Advertisement Alphabet Inc’s Google and climate control systems maker Honeywell International Inc. yesterday announced that they have reached a long-term patent cross-license agreement reflecting the respective strength of the companies’ patent portfolios.Google and Honeywell believe that this patent accord promotes product innovation and consumer choice in the market for smart home products. The agreement fully resolves pending patent litigation between Honeywell and Nest Labs. Terms of the agreement are otherwise confidential.
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(Photo Credit: MacRumors) Advertisement Last year, Apple Inc. at their World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) event brought to the world a ‘Revamped’ iOS mobile OS; the iOS 10 which came with cool new awesome feature; multilingual typing (typing in more than one language), contextual predictions, Home app that lets you turn on lights, unlock doors, and even raise your window shades all at once if you like, adding a personal touch to your messages, and so forth.And for the music lovers, iOS 10 showed a whole intuitive redesigned music system, which made it easier to enjoy your favorite songs, and you could also view the lyrics and listening to the song at the same time.Notably, while iPhone users have enjoyed these changes/features for quite some time, looks like Apple decided to roll out an update for its Android Apple music app, and now Android users can now have what they didn’t have before with the revamped app. Android users were introduced to the Apple Music app in November 2015, and recorded over 10 million downloads in September of last year. – Advertisement – Having waited for two years, the update bumps the version to Apple Music v2.0 which has become much faster and simpler than the older version, adds more features like on-screen lyrics, a segregated navigation, more focus on album art, an option to download music to listen to offline, and so forth.[related-posts]Some online blogs claim that the update makes the Android version look pretty much similar to the iOS version, removing all the material design inspirations.Here’s the entire changelog:An all-new design brings greater clarity and simplicity to Apple Music:Now Playing. Read lyrics for songs as you listen.Library. Navigate your music easily and see the Downloaded Music you can play offline.For You. Get recommendations for playlists, albums, and more—based on music you love.Browse. Listen to new music first, plus playlists for any mood or activity.Radio. Tune in to Beats 1 shows or listen to stations for any genre.Editor’s Note: Apple Music is available for download on Play Store in case you wanna give it a try, and to those that already have the app, can simply update the app.
AddThis Share2Editor’s note: A link to a high-resolution image for download appears at the end of this release.Jeff Falk713firstname.lastname@example.orgMike Williams713email@example.comDioxane-chomping microbe has helpful gene Rice University discovery could lessen need for costly cleanup of some contaminated groundwater sitesHOUSTON — (Nov. 2, 2017) — Rice University researchers have discovered a bacteria-borne gene that helps degrade a form of dioxane, a groundwater contaminant and suspected carcinogen. The discovery could be the basis for a much-needed tool to decide how contaminated sites should be treated.Research by the Rice lab of civil and environmental engineer Pedro Alvarez found a novel gene cluster in Mycobacterium dioxanotrophicus PH-06, a mold-like bacterium capable of using 1,4-dioxane as its sole source of carbon and energy. The microbe was discovered in 2009 in the sediment of a dioxane-contaminated river in South Korea. Pedro Alvarez Return to article. Long Description http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/11/1106_DIOXANE-1-web-16zitr3.jpgPedro Alvarez (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Return to article. Long DescriptionRice graduate student Ya He, left, and Pedro Alvarez. Photo by Jeff FitlowIn an earlier study, the Rice team decoded the complete genome sequence of the bacterium. While it clearly fed on dioxane, it did not contain a well-studied gene found in another microbe known to initiate dioxane biodegradation.But the whole genome sequence revealed the presence of a novel propane mono-oxygenase gene cluster that expresses an enzyme the researchers said is also likely to initiate dioxane biodegradation. “This is important because it shows that dioxane-degrading genes are more diverse than previously appreciated,” Alvarez said.The new study appears in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters.Dioxane has been widely used as a stabilizer for chlorinated solvents and is commonly found as a co-contaminant at thousands of polluted sites, according to the researchers. The chemical is highly soluble in water, easily leaches into groundwater and is resistant to natural biodegradation, Alvarez said.He said the discovery should help environmental engineers find the best way to treat contaminated groundwater.“Current site remediation approaches like ‘pump and treat’ or in situ chemical oxidation are not suitable for large and dilute dioxane plumes that prevail at thousands of contaminated sites,” he said. “For such plumes, monitored natural attenuation (MNA) can be the most cost-effective approach.“However, MNA is underutilized at dioxane-impacted sites because we lack reliable analytical tools to support decisions to select it or reject it,” he said.The gene cluster could be employed as a probe to test for the presence of dioxane degraders in groundwater. If degraders are present, the site might be best left to eliminate dioxane naturally, though with continued monitoring. The gene cluster provides a basis for minimizing false negatives when looking for dioxane degraders at contaminated sites, Alvarez said.“There’s an urgent need for these molecular tools from an economic standpoint,” he said. “Our novel gene probe can enlighten judicious MNA selection and avoid significant expenses associated with costly and marginally effective remediation alternatives.”Rice graduate student Ya He is lead author of the study. Co-authors are research scientists Jacques Mathieu and Márcio Luís Busi Da Silva and postdoctoral researchers Yu Yang and Pingfeng Yu. Alvarez is the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Rice-based, National Science Foundation-sponsored Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment.The Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program sponsored the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00456DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00456This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/2017/11/02/dioxane-chomping-microbe-has-helpful-gene/Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Widespread distribution of soluble di-iron monooxygenase (SDIMO) genes in Arctic groundwater impacted by 1,4-dioxane: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23909410Whole-Genome Sequence of the 1,4-Dioxane-Degrading Bacterium Mycobacterium dioxanotrophicus PH-06: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5578833/Alvarez Lab: http://alvarez.rice.edu/alvarez-lab/Rice Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: http://ceve.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduImage for download: Rice graduate student Ya He, left, and Pedro Alvarez.
President Donald Trump signs executive orders in the Hall of Heroes at the Department of Defense in Arlington, Virginia on Jan. 27, 2017. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) Share this article The Latest: Judge Stays Enforcement of Trump Travel Ban By The Associated Press January 28, 2017 Updated: January 28, 2017 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON US Share A federal judge in New York has issued an emergency order temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to President Donald Trump’s travel ban.U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly issued the order Saturday evening after lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union filed a court petition on behalf of people from seven predominantly Muslim nations who were detained at airports across the country as the ban took effect.Cheers broke out in a crowd of demonstrators outside a Brooklyn courthouse as the decision, effective nationwide, was announced.The order barred U.S. border agents from removing anyone who arrived in the U.S. with a valid visa from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.It also covered anyone with an approved refugee application.It was unclear how quickly the order might affect people in detention. ___7 p.m.New York City’s Kennedy Airport became a scene of anguish Saturday for relatives of people detained after arriving in the U.S. from nations subject to President Donald Trump’s travel ban.Lawyers and advocates working at the airport say they didn’t have a hard count on the number of people taken into custody after getting off their flights.Yosre Ghaled was among about a dozen distraught people waiting at a terminal Saturday to see if loved ones would be released or deported.She says her mother-in-law’s sister had been detained.The 67-year-old Yemeni citizen had flown to the U.S. to live with family because she is sick from heart problems and diabetes.Two members of congress joined hundreds of protesters at the airport, demonstrating against the detentions. Show Discussion
Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 185 mph with higher gusts, is shown in this GOES satellite image in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, on Sept. 5, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo/Handout via REUTERS) President Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Florida Ahead of Hurricane Irma By Jack Phillips September 5, 2017 Updated: September 5, 2017 The U.S. Navy, meanwhile, will evacuate 5,000 personnel from stations in Florida. Show Discussion LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share (NOAA)The Commander of the U.S. Navy Region Southeast called for the “mandatory evacuation of non-essential personnel and dependents from NAS Key West to safe haven within 300 miles of Atlanta, Georgia,” Navy spokesman Bill Dougherty told CNN.Planes, helicopters, and other aircraft will be moved inland, officials told the network.The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said that Irma’s eye is slated to cross the Leeward Islands located east of Puerto Rico on Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning.It is on track to hit Florida on Saturday.Irma is a Category 5 storm—the highest designation from the NHC (there is no Category 6 or 7 hurricane, as some reports have claimed) with winds of 185 mph per hour, storm surges, and heavy rains. Forecast location of Hurricane Irma on September 9 based on a global NOAA model mapped by Ventusky using data available at 4 p.m. EST on Sept. 5, 2017.(NOAA/Ventusky.com)Highlighting the storm’s potentially devastating impact, the NHC said Irma is the most powerful Atlantic storm produced outside the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico in recorded history.The Leeward Islands—Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis—have hurricane warnings. U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic are also under hurricane warnings.“Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” the Hurricane Center said Tuesday.Florida residents are preparing ahead of Irma, it was reported.“Normally, people here don’t like to prepare,” said Gary Palmer, a 60-year-old deputy sheriff, told Reuters. “But what happened in Texas opened up everybody’s eyes.”“My wife is leaving the Keys today,” Monroe County Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt said in a statement, reported the news agency. “She would rather go to the dentist than sit in traffic. The sooner people leave the better. If ever there was a storm to take serious in the Keys, this is it.” President Donald Trump signed an emergency declaration for Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico ahead of “potentially catastrophic” Hurricane Irma, slated to slam the state in the coming days.Trump declared the emergencies for the respective areas on Tuesday night, according to the Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Associated Press. It comes after Florida Gov. Rick Scott mobilized the National Guard, suspended tolls on Florida roadways, and signed an emergency declaration.“If there is an evacuation order, follow it,” Scott said Tuesday evening. “We can rebuild your home, but we cannot rebuild your life.”Trump “offered the full resources of the federal government as we get ready for this major storm,” Scott told the Sun-Sentinel. US Share this article Puerto Rico’s governor is also saying that the effects of Irma could be catastrophic while calling the storm potentially more devastating and dangerous than Hurricane Harvey, which slammed southern Texas in August, killing some 60 people and causing tens of billions of dollars in property damage.
US News Share this article Ghant said he still remembers taking care of his younger brother when he was months old.“Feed him his bottles and change diapers,” Ghant told WFAA. “All of that ran through my head. All of that ran through my head immediately because that was my last memory of him.”The brothers are now thankful they can finally make new memories together again. Their biological mom was also overjoyed to see them reunited.“Although it’s been 20 years, there’s not one day you don’t think about him,” she told WFAA. Show Discussion Share His adoptive parents have been fully supportive of his journey. From NTD.tv Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Kennesaw State University. (Screenshot Via Google Maps) The niece I never knew I had pic.twitter.com/i6l5FlbZ55— kieron (@kc_graham) December 13, 2017 Graham also met Ghant’s 17-year-old brother, Christian, according to WPXI. All three of us ☺️ pic.twitter.com/6e6ceLCyP7— kieron (@kc_graham) December 15, 2017 They laughed, hugged, cried… couldn’t have asked for a better moment between my adoptive parents and birth mother meeting for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Gm79pYk2Zo— kieron (@kc_graham) December 19, 2017 The two brothers had no idea they were living close to each other.“We didn’t even know what to say at first,” Kieron said. “He was just kind of like is this real? You’re my brother.”Graham learned that his brother was married and had a daughter, according to his Twitter. Another update: I found my dads side of the family and my brother on his side. He’s also ecstatic that I found him. Life is truly amazing. pic.twitter.com/rw3kqs8qI3— kieron (@kc_graham) December 13, 2017 Graham now plans to meet with his father’s side of the family, and the brother on his side. A college student in Georgia made a heartwarming discovery—after finding out his long-lost biological brother had been attending the same school, with the exact same major.Kieron Graham, 20 is majoring in political science at Kennesaw State University. He made the find after his adoptive parents gave him an AncestryDNA test kit as an early Christmas present, NBC affiliate WPXI reported.His birth mom, Shawn Ghant, made the difficult decision to give up Graham for adoption when he was just 3 months old.“At the time I felt like I could not give him what he needed,” Ghant told ABC affiliate WFAA.Graham had always wondered about his birth family and last week, the test results came back. “I realized my number one match was a guy name Vincent,” Graham told WFAA. “He ends up living 15 minutes away from me.”Vincent Ghan, 29, is Graham’s older brother and after getting into contact, they decided to meet up.“Y’all I just found my birth brother. I don’t know what to think. I’m about to go meet him. Turns out we go to the same college and have the same major,” Graham wrote in a Dec. 12 tweet. Update: I met his wife, mother in law and my freaking beautiful niece I never knew existed. What an amazing night. pic.twitter.com/tEkHkau6QU— kieron (@kc_graham) December 13, 2017 Adopted College Student Finds out Long-Lost Brother Attended Same School By Bowen Xiao December 19, 2017 Updated: December 19, 2017
A statue of King Kamehameha I in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Balazs Barnucz/Wikimedia Commons) Multibillion-Dollar Private School Pays $80 Million for Covering Up Years of Child Abuse By Chris Jasurek February 17, 2018 Updated: February 17, 2018 US News Share this article LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON A lavish private school serving often poor children of Hawaiian ancestry has agreed to pay $80 million to settle a lawsuit to 32 victims of 27 years of sexual abuse, which school officials covered up.Kamehameha School in Honolulu, Hawaii, is valued at $11 billion, the Washington Post reported. It is named after the Hawaiian king who unified the islands and then they were endowed by the king’s last living relative. The school has been in operation since 1887.For the past two years the school has been negotiating with 27 former students, overwhelmingly male, who were sexually abused by the school-contracted psychiatrist between 1958 and 1985.The settlement was announced on Thursday, Feb. 15.Children were sent to the home of Dr. Robert Browne, chief of psychiatry at St. Francis Hospital. The children were told they needed psychiatric treatment and in some cases were threatened with expulsion if they refused. With the children trapped in his home for the weekend, Browne forced the children to submit to various sexual and psychological abuses.Some of Browne’s victims reported the abuse, but nothing was done.Some of the abuse victims were so traumatized they later committed suicide.“I spent 40 years of my life in shame and in hiding, thinking that it was my fault, when it wasn’t my fault,” plaintiff Alika Bajo told a news conference on Friday, Feb. 16.“This pain is never going to leave me,” he concluded. “I’m probably going to get therapy for the rest of my life.”Confronted, Browne Made the Ultimate EscapeBrowne held his job as the school’s psychiatrist until 1991, when one of his victims, now an adult, confronted him on the phone.Loy was one of six brothers who attended the school. His eldest brother Dr. Lambert Lee Loy, and at least one other were also assaulted, Hawaii News Now reported.Emmett Lee Loy, now an attorney and plaintiff in the lawsuit, called Browne at his home. Browne made no attempt to deny his actions.“I said, ‘Remember when you used to molest me from the time I was 12 years old, telling me it was therapy, remember that?’” Loy told Hawaii News Now.“He starts … breaking down and crying on the phone,” Loy continued. “‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m really sorry,’ doing this crybaby thing on the phone. I said, ‘You’re not sorry for what you did, you’re sorry for getting caught.’”Loy then told Browne, ‘People are going to know about this.”Sometime later that night, Oct. 30, 1991, Browne shot himself in the head. He was 65 at the time. #LIVE: Attorneys in Kamehameha Schools sex abuse case discuss $80M settlement; W: https://t.co/hHAhNHsuD7; M: https://t.co/nitVCPkLQ4— Hawaii News Now (@HawaiiNewsNow) February 16, 2018 Michael Chun was president of Kamehameha School when Browne died. When he heard about the abuse, he called the school’s principal, Anthony Ramos.“Basically,” Principal Ramos testified, “I said, ‘The man is dead. I don’t know what to do with this.’”Chun said he contacted the legal department and got no response. He said no effort was made to identify other victims, and all records of students being sent to Browne were destroyed.“I was really focusing on making no further harm, OK?” Chun said in a recorded deposition on Hawaii News Now.For 25 years, nothing was done to help any potential victims.An attorney asked him, during the deposition, “You could have done something?”Chun replied, “Doing nothing is doing something, right?”From NTD.tvRecommended Video: Emotional Footage Shows Overjoyed Family After Being Reunited With Missing Dog Show Discussion Ongoing CoverupThe lawsuit mentions specifically four Kamehameha employees—a dorm supervisor who later became the school’s principal, two other principals, and a school doctor.Middle School Principal Diana Lord, was a personal friend of Browne, who let the doctor use her home for some “therapy sessions.” One victim told Hawaii News Now that he told Lord he was being molested in 1966. Nothing was done.Kamehameha Schools physician Dr. George Mills had done his residency with Browne. Mills oversaw all the referrals of children to Browne for “special treatment.”Former Kamehameha Principal Gladys Brandt had a grandson in the school—and in Browne’s treatment. When her grandson, Christopher Conant, told her he was being abused, she took him out of the school. She did nothing about the abuse.Anthony Ramos, who was the principal when Browne killed himself, started his employment at Kamehameha as a dorm counselor.Abuse victim Gerald Carrell said Ramos had to have known about the abuse.“Everybody in the dorm knew,” Carrell told Hawaii News Now. “He had to know. All of the dorm advisers had to know. They were like sitting right there when he was saying this.”One victim went to the school health center after being abused because he was bleeding. he reported the assault to everyone up to the director of dormitories. Nothing was done. Kamehameha Schools reaches settlement with victims in sex abuse scandal https://t.co/aRdFoWzpy1 #HNN— Hawaii News Now (@HawaiiNewsNow) February 16, 2018 Share
Share this article Keith Raniere is highlighted in this undated photo. (Courtesy of Mark Jackson) Watch Next:“I Was a Communist Slave”A story of tragedy, faith, and resistance in the face of brutal totalitarianism, Memoir of a Communist Slave is one man’s journey to uncover what he believes has held him and his people hostage for too long. NEW YORK—Exclusive interviews from five former school classmates of Keith Raniere—one of them an Epoch Times staff member who sat next to him all through 5th grade and rode the school bus with him for four years—paint a picture of a young boy’s childhood and how he wound up on a path to becoming the founder of an execrable secret society known as NXIVM (pronounced Nex-ee-um.) Raniere was indicted on sex trafficking charges in April along with Allison Mack, the ‘Smallville’ actress who held the second highest position in NXIVM. Raniere remains behind bars amid an ongoing court trial while Mack was released on a $5 million bond. Actress Allison Mack, known for her role in the TV series “Smallville”, departs after being granted bail following being charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy in New York, U.S., April 24, 2018. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)The interviews, almost all from female classmates of Raniere, evoke memories of a bright, charismatic, and good-looking boy of short-stature who, on the surface, didn’t seem to stand out. But, as The Epoch Times explored these recollections reaching back 50 years, a more sinister picture formed. For fear of being tracked down by the NXIVM network, most have opted to use their first name or initials only. Raniere’s classmates reveal how his immoral descent could have stemmed from a deep resentment of girls and women he developed after experiencing rejection in his youth. This hatred of the opposite sex, coupled with a probably Napoleonic complex and the need to be adored, hint at what he would later become.From the late 1960s to early 70s, Raniere and his classmates attended a Rudolf Steiner grade school in New York. The specific school can’t be named for privacy reasons. Steiner schools, (also known as Waldorf schools), focus on teaching holistic education often through myths, legends, and Bible stories (Annie Lenox of the Eurythmics is a former Waldorf student, as are Julianna Margulies, Sandra Bullock, and Jennifer Aniston). However, the school’s moral-centric teachings seemed to have had little effect on Raniere, despite his young age. “Some kids are born evil. Keith was born evil,” Jessica Plaut, who knew him between grades two to four, said. Need to Be WorshippedAll four women described Raniere similarly. They said he was charismatic to some degree but arrogant and always wanted to show off his intellect. Academically, Raniere excelled in math and was quite bright, at least in his pre-adolescent years.“His ego was through the roof. There were after-school times… I guess Keith was waiting to be picked up and he was in his martial arts outfit and would do all his moves in front of me, trying to impress me,” recalled Tracy McCarren, who chose to use her maiden name. “He was sort of a show-off, he would always try to outdo someone,” a former Grade 1 to 4 classmate, J.S., said. Keith Raniere in an interview with his NXIVM subordinate, actress Allison Mack, of “Smallville” fame. (Keith Raniere Conversations/YouTube)Raniere’s classmates remember him as a kind of loner who possibly only had one friend in grade school, a boy named Ronald. He was similarly unpopular at high school and didn’t seem to belong to any particular social group. “He’s a sociopath, a narcissist. Everything was always about him, he was always bragging about how smart he was, how much better at math. He walked around like he was a miniature professor,” said L.M., who was in the class above Raniere, but rode the school bus with him for many years.Mark Jackson, an Epoch Times writer who sat next to Raniere during 5th grade said his “need to be special” reached new heights after he came back to visit their school for one day in grade 12. Raniere had left their school in grade 7 to attend a public junior high school.“When he came back for a visit, he bragged non-stop about all these girls that he’d fooled around with at parties,” Jackson said. “He was also preternaturally hirsute—he’d grown a 12th-grade beard (that none of the rest of us could grow), and kept sticking his chin out, and pointing to it.“Everything that was sort of in germ form in grade school, had started to blossom,” he added. “It was magnified; the competitive nature, the needing to be worshipped and envied was starting to become visibly pathological.” Keith Raniere’s childhood home. (Courtesy of Mark Jackson)Jackson also remembers that on that particular day, Raniere had brought along another former classmate of theirs, Matthew, who’d taken to acting as Raniere’s servant of sorts.“Now, he had this valet, this guy, like a sidekick that was setting the stage up for ‘Master.’ Like ‘please, Master, tell us how you did this thing, how you did that thing, what’s the record and the fastest thing that you did, all that stuff,’” he said. “It had clearly become a court jester-king, servant-master relationship.”This servant-master dynamic played out in full as Raniere later founded a secret society within NXIVM called DOS or “The Vow” in around 2015. DOS, a Latin acronym for “dominus obsequious sororium” translates loosely as “master over the slave women.” The secret society operated as a pyramid with levels of slaves headed by masters. Slaves were then expected to recruit their own slaves, thus becoming masters themselves. In all of this, Raniere was at the top, the highest master who was referred to as “The Vanguard” by members, according to a recent court complaint filed in New York’s Eastern District court. The New York-based NXIVM masqueraded as a self-help company that ran “executive success programs” and other similar curriculums. Raniere’s need to always feel superior could explain his targeting of vulnerable women who had low self-esteem and were easier to manipulate. Even during grade school, he displayed these characteristics. “He knows how to find your weak spots and poke at them. He had a really gentle voice and gentle approach, it was deceptive, it could draw you in,” said L.M., who knew him for a few years at the Waldorf school, and about a year and a half in high school.“He’s the kind of person who could sell ice to an eskimo,” J.S. said. “That combination of his intelligence or his vision mixed with vulnerable or desperate people, he’s a real salesman. He abused his power and intelligence. “It’s like the devil took over him, very ugly,” she continued. Jessica Plaut. (Provided)Jessica Plaut, who has had special needs since childhood, said that Raniere tormented her and teased her because she was an easy target. She said he would just isolate peoples’ weaknesses, and use his “superior intellect” to nail people.One incident which Plaut calls the “microscope incident” took place in grade 3 and stuck with her. Her friend, Matthew, and Raniere were looking at flies under a microscope, but when she asked Raniere if she could look, he secretly took the flies away.“I said ‘I don’t see anything Keith, there’s nothing there.’ And he goes ‘There is but you’re just too stupid to see what it is.’ I said I’m not stupid and then he goes ‘oh yes you are, you’re one of the stupidest people I’ve ever met. You’re so stupid nobody wants to be your friend. And Matthew just stood there with his mouth open.’” Raniere’s targeting of vulnerable women appeared to pay off around 2009, when he pursued two wealthy and influential sisters, Sara and Clare Bronfman, heiresses of Seagram, a billion dollar Canadian liquor company. The sisters have since donated $150 million to NXIVM. Former insiders told VICE in April this year that Clare is currently leading the secret society.One thing Jackson observed was that Raniere could never get the attractive girls in class, though he tried mightily, to the point of making a fool of himself. L.M. added, “I think girls who had a lot of self-esteem would have seen through him. I think they would have just told him to get lost.”Blackmail and ObsessionAs the master of the DOS society, Raniere was known to have sexually preferred women who were “exceptionally thin.” He maintained a rotating group of about fifteen to twenty women with whom he had sexual relationships. Some of the NXIVM teachings also touted the need for men to have multiple sex partners and for women to be monogamous. “A number of the slaves’ assignments required them to adhere to extremely low-calorie diets and to document every food they ate,” according to notes from the recent court filing. Tracy McCarren says Raniere’s skinny fetish may have originated with her after he developed a crush on her during the second grade. But she stressed how Raniere could never get her attention back then. “He had a crush on me, this was the time that someone started calling me ‘Twiggy’ then all the other boys followed with that nickname,” she said. “That was during the age of puberty and boys are starting to fixate on their likes and what not.” McCarren continued: “My daughter, Sarah, had seen a couple of news clips about Keith, about how he likes his cult women exceptionally thin and starves them—Sarah looked at me and said, ‘Oh my God, mom! What if that’s because of you?’”Jackson was also a witness to what he calls an “ongoing crush” Raniere had on McCarren. “We called Tracy ‘Twiggy’ because she was extremely pretty and rail-thin, like the supermodel, Twiggy, of the 1960s.” Raniere’s obsession with and inability to get her may have left a deep mark on him and caused him to, ever after, starve women to try to get them to look like Twiggy/Tracy.Raniere was also highly persuasive and his blackmail and collateral tactics can be traced back to his childhood. Schoolmate L.M. said that whenever she looks back on Raniere, she remembers the “bottle incident.”L.M. recalls being on the bus with Raniere when she unwittingly gave up something compromising on one of her sisters. But since they were all friends, she thought no one would tell. Later, Raniere approached her and said “you know it’s like I have this little bottle of poison I can hold over your head,” L.M. said. “I said ‘what do you mean?’ and he said ‘Well I don’t know. I just don’t think your parents or your sister would be very happy if I told them.’” She said Raniere did not specifically ask for anything in return, only that he wanted her to know he had this “power” over her. “He would call me sometimes and say ‘little bottles, little bottles,’’’ L.M. added. After she finally confessed to her parents about what Raniere was doing, her mom intervened and stopped Raniere from taking it any further. She said looking back now, his collateral tactics started when he was about 9 or 10 years old. “It was basically the same thing,” she added.Similarly, NXIVM members were recruited on the condition that they gave up private information on themselves, including compromising images or videos. Once inside, they were regularly required to provide additional materials as “collateral” so as to ensure that they kept secret the society’s inner workings. Raniere would often stretch the truth to benefit himself. Jackson suggests he may have even studied Hitler’s work around telling big lies—he told them until people started to believe them.“He said that he is the world’s smartest man but then you find out he took some little IQ test and wasn’t recognized. All this stuff, like how he taught himself to be a world-class pianist at a young age—that’s nonsense, he was not a good musician. He takes everything that he did and said I was the best at it.”“I have a feeling he studied hypnotism and used it on women. What strikes me the most though, is that if you look at his eyes in photos now, he’s not really there; I don’t see Keith in there. It almost looks like something demonic took over,” Jackson added. Actress Allison Mack (C) departs the United States Eastern District Court after a bail hearing in relation to the sex trafficking charges filed against her on May 4, 2018, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)After the arrests of Raniere and Mack, the secret society started to collapse. “It is with deep sadness that we inform you we are suspending all NXIVM/ESP enrollment, curriculum, and events until further notice,” the company’s homepage states as of 27 May, 2018. LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON EXCLUSIVE: ‘Keith Was Born Evil,’ Classmates Recall Early Days of NXIVM Leader By Bowen Xiao May 28, 2018 Updated: September 27, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 US News Share Show Discussion
US News Phil Evans, a research scientist in the Quantum Information Science group at the U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory fabricating quantum photonic circuits for future quantum communications, sensing, and computing technologies. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) U.S. policymakers are looking to speed up American development of quantum science, a highly experimental field that could make revolutionary changes to computing power, providing strategic advantages. China’s race for supremacy in quantum science has been particularly singled out, as fears grow that the United States soon may be surpassed in this critical field of technological competition.Congress has been urged by experts to step up the drive for quantum-related research and development, as many say that the United States currently lacks a coherent national strategy.In response, H.R.6227, the National Quantum Initiative Act, was introduced on June 26 in the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and was promptly approved by the committee the following day.“As other nations are rapidly developing their own quantum programs, the U.S. faces the risk of falling behind. This legislation provides a path forward to ensure that the U.S. secures its influence in the next generation of science and technology,” said committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) while introducing the bill.Quantum science has “immense economic and national security implications,” said John Thune (R-S.D.), chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Thune said that the House bill seeks to keep the United States ahead of competitors, including China, in developing technological breakthroughs based on quantum.The bill would establish a National Quantum Coordination Office within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. It would also mandate certain budgets to support quantum research activities, such as requiring the secretary of commerce to devote a total of $400 million from 2019 to 2023 to support quantum research activities at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It would also direct the secretary of energy to devote a total of $625 million in five years to establish and operate up to five National Quantum Information Science Research centers. The amounts of funding specified in the bill would have to be approved by congressional appropriators, however, and it is unknown whether Democrats will support the passage of the bill through the House and Senate.Quantum has been among the hot topics of discussion in Washington as scientists and national security experts have repeatedly warned that quantum computing could provide revolutionary advantages once key breakthroughs are made. Traditional encryption, for example, could be easily overwhelmed by quantum computing, which provides dramatically increased or even a virtually infinite amount of computing power.“We expect quantum computing to enable a variety of new methods for solving hard computational problems, including those that impact national security,” said Travis S. Humble, director of the Quantum Computing Institute at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.Humble also said that the United States is still the home for leading academic and industrial efforts in quantum technology, though leading groups in Europe, China, Japan, Australia, and other countries are racing to advance as well.The Chinese regime has embarked on a massive drive to surpass the United States in quantum technology. For instance, it invested $10 billion in a new quantum laboratory in Anhui Province in 2017 and publicized an alleged breakthrough test the same year that involved using a quantum satellite to transmit data that could theoretically be impossible to hack.The concerted strategy by the Chinese regime to race for quantum supremacy, coupled with the U.S. government’s inconsistent and unstable level of funding and support for its own quantum developments, have led to China rapidly closing the gap, according to the 2017 U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) annual report on China.Quantum-based technologies could enable China to negate several existing U.S. advantages in intelligence collection and communication encryption, according to the USCC report. Chinese patent applications in recent years have shown that Chinese researchers have indeed focused their attention on encryption, as they race to harness the massive computing power of quantum to defeat American encryption systems, according to the South China Morning Post. Share this article Share Challenged by China, US Steps Up Drive for Quantum Technology By Paul Huang July 3, 2018 Updated: July 4, 2018 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Show Discussion