December 16, 2019

Valdez lauds Morado’s leadership in Creamline’s strong start

first_img“That’s the kind of setter, with that kind of attitude, that you want on your team.”READ: Balse returns to action, set to suit up for Creamline After two games under Creamline’s name, Morado is averaging 53.5 excellent sets a game while Valdez leads the league with 25 points a match.ADVERTISEMENT SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsValdez had 37 points, her most since putting up 39 points when the PVL was still called the Shakey’s V-League, while Morado had a head-scratching 71 excellent sets.“Jia is really the one leading the team, and whatever happens she will always put her trust in you and as a spiker that’s a really big help,” said Valdez. Morado and Valdez’ partnership was in full swing during the game as the two put up astounding numbers to lead the 2-0 Cool Smashers.READ: Creamline overcomes gutsy Bali Pure in extended fourth setFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline skipper Alyssa Valdez was in full awe of setter Jia Morado Wednesday after the diminutive playmaker led the Cool Smashers to a four-set win over Bali Pure, 25-19, 28-30, 25-19, 31-29, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.“Your confidence is on another level whenever you’re able to score and that is thanks to Jia because she’s very composed despite high pressure situations,” said Valdez.ADVERTISEMENT Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Cignal holds off Batangas for 6th straight win LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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Behind Karl-Anthony Towns’ huge night, Minnesota turns back Miami

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Heat: Chris Bosh was back in the stands for a second consecutive game, plus was with Miami at practice on Saturday. … Miami missed its first eight shots. … Whiteside got three stitches over his left eye in the first quarter. He returned to the game. … James Johnson missed the game with an illness. Jones Jr. started in his place, giving Miami its 15th starting lineup in 35 games.WAITERS CLEAREDHeat guard Dion Waiters returned after two days of practice with Miami’s G League affiliate in Sioux Falls, complained about how cold it was there, but more importantly declared himself ready to play again. “I feel great. You ask those guys out there, I don’t think I missed a shot. I’m talking about a lot of deep shots, too,” Waiters said. He hasn’t been in a game for the Heat since Dec. 22, 2017 — but may make his season debut Wednesday in Cleveland.TWO POINTSMinnesota was without its two primary point guards: Derrick Rose missed the game with a right ankle sprain, and Jeff Teague missed his seventh consecutive game with left ankle inflammation. Rose hasn’t appeared in a game at Miami since Dec. 6, 2016. Also out for Minnesota was Keita Bates-Diop, who was ill.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Visit New Orleans on Monday.Heat: Visit Cleveland on Wednesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Evan Fournier’s buzzer beater lifts Magic past Pistons MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) reacts after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Miami. The Timberwolves won 113-104. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI  — Karl-Anthony Towns scored 34 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, leading six Minnesota players in double figures as the Timberwolves defeated the Miami Heat 113-104 on Sunday night.Towns added seven assists and six blocked shots for the Timberwolves. The only other player in NBA history to have that many points, rebounds, assists and blocks in the same game was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, for the Los Angeles Lakers against Phoenix on Nov. 14, 1975. Abdul-Jabbar had 35 points, 19 rebounds, nine assists and eight blocks in that game.ADVERTISEMENT Robert Covington scored 16 and Taj Gibson added 14 for Minnesota. The Wolves also got 13 apiece from Andrew Wiggins and Dario Saric, while Tyus Jones scored 12.Dwyane Wade led Miami with 21 points. Josh Richardson scored 17, Derrick Jones Jr. added 16 and Hassan Whiteside grabbed 13 rebounds for the Heat — who ended the 2018 calendar year with a 43-43 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionMiami led only once, and that was for all of 25 seconds. But Minnesota was never exactly running away with this one — the Wolves’ lead was merely 55-54 at halftime, 86-77 after three quarters and was up to 90-79 early in the fourth.That’s when Miami went on its last-gasp attempt to steal one. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments A three-point play by Wade, and 3-pointers by Olynyk and Tyler Johnson added up to a 9-0 run that got Miami within 90-88 and put the Heat in position to win down the stretch.Towns was having none of that.He ended the Minnesota scoring drought with a short hook, added a three-point play and his 3-pointer with 4:06 left put the Timberwolves up 103-92.TIP-INSTimberwolves: It was the 13th time Towns has posted at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in a game. Minnesota, somewhat surprisingly, is now only 6-7 in such contests. … Minnesota forced 19 turnovers, while committing only 10.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Kanpur likely to host only one IPL match instead of two,Kanpur likely to host only one IPL match instead of two

first_imgA view of the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.   –  The Hindu A view of the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.   –  The Hindu April 18, 2016 COMMENT The city would host the May 19th match between Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders. cricket Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium is likely to host just one match in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) instead of two due to pressing logistical issues.Kanpur has showed a lot of eagerness to host at least two IPL games this season but it now has to be satisfied with only one.First and foremost reason being there is just one five-star hotel in the city and secondly, the nearest airport to Kanpur is situated in Lucknow, which is about 71 kms from the city.According to an Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) official, the city, in all likelihood, would host the May 19th match between Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders.There was a proposal to hold the May 21 game between Gujarat Lions and Mumbai Indians here as well but limited number of rooms available in just one five-star hotel in the city to accommodate three teams at the same time has diminished the chances.The official said that IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, whose hometown is Kanpur, is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that the people of Kanpur can witness a day-night game at the Green Park stadium here.However, there are some issues with the brightness of the floodlights also and the authorities have asked for another week’s time to fix up the problem.But the venue getting the green light to host an IPL match would depend on the report of the BCCI’s technical team, which will land here to inspect the ground.The date of inspection is yet to be decided. × COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on IPL 2016 SHARElast_img read more

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Google’s Pixel smartwatch is coming & Apple should be really worried

first_imgGoogle seems to be quite in rush to up its hardware game, and that should make Apple (really) nervous. First it was the Pixel, and now reports suggest that Google is silently working on as many as two ‘smart’ watches. Much like how third-party OEMs use its wearable platform to launch up to two versions of a smart wearable — take the Moto 360 and Moto 360 Sport for instance — and much like how it itself is in the habit of launching two phones (in one go) Google’s move to launch two smartwatches isn’t very surprising. Also Read: Google is reportedly readying two Android Wear 2.0-based smartwatches, launch expected early 2017 What is surprising is how very quickly Google is joining the hardware bandwagon and how it is being so very gung-ho about it. It’s trying to pull an Apple, for the first time, and Apple should be really worried. Of course, Google is yet to make its reported smarwatches official but, at least we know what will definitely be in store whenever the Pixel watch (es) — or whatever Google decides to call it — comes out. Android Wear 2.0 should make WatchOS nervousGoogle’s Pixel smartwatch will be the harbinger of its freshly-baked rendition of Android Wear, aka version 2.0, and judging by the book by its cover, the update has lots in store. Heck, the update could bring Apple’s WatchOS to shame, primarily because it would (for the first time) allow iPhone users to buy and use watches based on Wear 2.0.This is because Wear 2.0 will, for the first time, allow for stand-alone apps that can be downloaded, installed and used on watches based on the OS (through a Multi-APK delivery method) without requiring compulsory tethering with compatible phones. Previous versions of Wear did not support this functionality. This means, most apps wouldn’t require to be installed on an Android phone first for access. Wear 2.0’s stand-alone apps wouldn’t necessarily be mirroring their versions on compatible phones, which also means, users will be able to interact with most of these apps independent of the phone. In simple terms, no matter which phone you have — Android or iOS — Wear 2.0-based smartwatches would be compatible with it by default. The Watch Series 2, in contradiction, is only compatible with iOS-based devices. The biggest takeaway from Android Wear 2.0, without a doubt, is the fact that watches based on it would invariably be compatible with Apple’s iPhone.advertisementIn addition, Android Wear 2.0 will also include a stand-alone Play Store to browse and download apps directly to a watch. If that wasn’t enough, Android Wear 2.0 will be supporting lots and lots of new watch face widgets. Interestingly, Google is also calling them Complications now.Moreover, Google Assistant would most likely play a crucial role, in some way or the other, considering how Google seems to be giving it lot of mileage this year.Pixel smartwatch (es) should make Apple, other OEMs nervousGoogle’s new Pixel and Pixel XL phones sound alarm bells for Apple’s iPhone, as also all other OEMs that depend on it for Android OS. This is because, Google joining the (premium) hardware race means its phones will always hold an edge as far as software updates are concerned. Moreover, since Google will be responsible for both hardware and software side of things, its phones (the Pixel and Pixel XL) will be at the end of the day better optimised than phones that include custom third-party skins based on Android.The same fate awaits the Pixel Watch as well. Now, Google has been relatively slow in pushing out updates for Android Wear, but this could change with Wear 2.0 as its hardware will depend on it. Now that it will be making its own watch, it is only obvious it would want its software to be fine-tuned with it, at all times.The made by Google smartwatches, codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, will reportedly be unveiled sometime in Q1 2017. That’s possibly one reason why Google stalled the release of Android Wear 2.0 to early 2017.Of the two smartwatches, the Angelfish is said to be the bigger and more feature rich version, while the Swordfish will reportedly be the smaller, and more minimalistic version.The Angelfish would be the high-end rugged smartwatch, with a larger crown button and smaller shoulder buttons above and below it. It’s said to be thicker and chunkier with full-on standalone capabilities including LTE connectivity, GPS, and heart rate sensor. Also Read: Google Pixel, Pixel XL available in India but don’t buy them. Not yetThe Swordfish on the other hand would be the smaller and more affordable offering with support for custom Google Mode Android Wear watch bands. It is said to have only the crown button and come sans LTE, GPS or a heart rate sensor. advertisementlast_img read more

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Tribunal to rule on Monday on ex-FIFA head Sepp Blatter’s soccer ban

first_imgFormer FIFA president Sepp Blatter will discover on Monday whether he has won his appeal against a six-year ban from football imposed for ethics violations amid the biggest corruption scandal ever to shake the world soccer body.Blatter led the global soccer body for 17 years until he resigned in June last year after several dozen football officials, including former FIFA executive committee members and entities, were indicted in the United States on graft-related charges.Blatter, 80, was not among those indicted but himself became embroiled when he was banned from all football-related activity the following December by FIFA’s ethics committee, along with the then UEFA president Michel Platini.  (Also read: Sepp Blatter appeals against six-year ban)As a result of the scandal, FIFA has been forced to implement wide-ranging reforms to make itself more transparent and accountable, as have regional governing bodies in South America (CONMEBOL) and North and Central America and the Caribbean.Meanwhile, Swiss prosecutors are investigating the decision made in 2010 to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.The bans were imposed on Blatter and Platini for ethics violations related to a payment of two million Swiss francs that FIFA made to Platini with Blatters approval in 2011 for work done a decade earlier.Both men, who have denied wrongdoing, were initially banned for eight years, later reduced to six by FIFAs appeals committee.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), sport’s highest tribunal, said on Friday it would announce its verdict in the case at 1400 GMT.advertisementPlatini has already taken his case to CAS, which rejected his appeal but reduced his ban to four years.last_img read more

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Greece Still Alive, Ties Japan, 0-0

first_imgNATAL, Brazil (AP) — Greece promised goals that didn’t come. Japan pressed for a victory that eluded it yet again.The ultimate result of what has turned out to be a rarity at this World Cup — a 0-0 draw — is that Colombia is guaranteed to move on to the knockout rounds and Greece and Japan are still clinging to life in Group C.Reduced to 10 men after captain Costas Katsouranis was sent off in the 38th minute with his second booking, Greece held on for a critical result in the group by returning to the rock-solid defense that Colombia had blistered for three goals in an opening loss.“My players were brilliant,” said Greece coach Fernando Santos. “They worked hard after the red card. Without the red card we probably would have won the game.”Both teams inserted new strikers in search of goals and a first victory, but ultimately the main objective was survival and both achieved that with one match left in group play. Japan would have been eliminated with a loss.Once Katsouranis was sent off after a rough challenge on Makoto Hasebe, Greece withdrew into a defensive setup and held firm. Even short-handed, Greece was better organized against Japan and avoided any critical mistakes.Japan defender Atsuto Uchida said he could sense Greece building a wall around the goal as soon as Katsouranis was sent off.“I had a bad feeling about it. It happens a lot in soccer, when a team goes down to 10, they know exactly what they need to do. And that also happens to be exactlyGreece’s way to fighting — to fight by defending,” Uchida said.Japan pressed forward after halftime and had several chances to score.The best came in the 68th minute when Shinji Kagawa played a long pass over the top to Uchida, who sent it back across the middle to Yoshito Okubo, who blasted the volley over the net.Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis also was forced to make a diving save in injury time to preserve the draw and the point for Greece.Greece came in determined to turn around its dismal scoring history in the World Cup — 18 goals conceded against just two scored — inserting Kostas Mitroglou up front. Greek players had even promised goals against Japan.But Mitroglou’s best effort was an early volley that spun off his foot and he didn’t even make it to halftime.After taking an elbow in the side in the 30th minute, Mitroglou collapsed to the ground. He got up and walked off under his own power but soon determined he couldn’t continue and was taken off for Theofanis Gekas in the 35th minute.Things got worse for Greece just moments later when Katsouranis was sent off. Greece retreated into its half of the field for most of the second half. Japan had 68 percent of ball possession.Katsouranis will be suspended for Greece’s final group match against Ivory Coast.“It was a terrible start, losing a man,” Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos said. “But we have a point and we have hope … if things go well, let us get four points with a win in the next game — and if God decides that we are eliminated because of the other result, so be it.”Japan, which had been beaten up in a physical matchup with Ivory Coast in a 2-1 opening loss, once again had to deal with a bigger, stronger and much taller opponent.Coach Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni dropped Kagawa from the starting lineup in surprise move, putting veteran striker Okubo up front with Europe-based star Keisuke Honda.Okubo had one of Japan’s best chances to score in the first half but sent his header over the crossbar in the 33rd minuteZaccheroni was frustrated Japan didn’t use its speed to exploit the spaces left by Greece being short a player. A win over Colombia won’t guarantee Japan moves on to the next round. If Ivory Coast beats Greece, Japan will go home.“We played too slowly,” Zaccheroni said. “This is not a positive result. We absolutely needed to win.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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dSPACE: TargetLink 4.4 with new functionalities

first_imgdSPACE now offers Version 4.4 of TargetLink, its industry-proven production code generator. The main new feature of TargetLink 4.4 is controller modeling with MATLAB code. The software also provides a range of new functions, improved usability, and optimizations that allow for more efficient and faster processes when testing production code.With a new optional module, under license from MathWorks, TargetLink 4.4 now meets developers’ requirements to describe algorithms and behavior directly with MATLAB code in a Simulink model. The TargetLink Module for MATLAB Code can be used to map exactly this modeling process. For the first time, production code developers are able to generate TargetLink’s highly efficient C production code directly from control functions described with MATLAB code in Simulink models. In addition to using predefined blocks and state machines, developers can thus use another resource for modeling systems to implement using TargetLink.Another new feature is that production code generated with TargetLink can be easily validated and tested on a dSPACE real-time system supported by the ConfigurationDesk implementation software. This allows users to immediately verify how the developed code works in a real-world environment.TargetLink 4.4 complies with the AUTOSAR standard 4.3.1 and offers optimized options for designing AUTOSAR software components. For example, AUTOSAR splittable elements can be used to better separate the roles of software architects and developers during ARXML export. In addition, the visual representation of model libraries in the user interface has been improved, which also simplifies collaboration in distributed development. For processor-in-the-loop simulation, TargetLink 4.4 now supports instruction set simulators (ISS) from Lauterbach, so compiled production code can be executed and validated directly on an ISS as the target, and no hardware is required.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous TRINAMIC: incremental encoders for BLDC motors and stepper motorsNext ETAS and NI set-up joint venture to meet needs in automotive electronics software validationlast_img read more

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Former AFL star Glenn Archer convicted of assault at son’s junior football match

first_imgFormer AFL star Glenn Archer has been convicted of assaulting a runner at his son’s junior football match in Melbourne and ordered to pay compensation to replace the victim’s broken glasses.Despite pleading guilty to assault the dual North Melbourne premiership player said he would appeal the penalty, claiming he was not judged on the full story.Archer admitted in Heidelberg magistrates court on Friday to assaulting runner Jamie Chilcot at the suburb’s football ground on 25 June.The 44-year-old was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay $955 to replace the victim’s prescription glasses that broke in half during the clash. Read more Share on WhatsApp “It is an abhorrent thing to do,” magistrate Cathy Lamble said as she convicted Archer. “It sets such a bad example for children playing sport.”Archer was watching his son Jackson play in the under-15s for Park Orchards Sharks and ran onto the field when a scuffle broke out between two players. About five minutes later, when players and officials left the ground at half time, the North Melbourne board member clashed with Chilcot, whose job it was to deliver instructions from the opposition coach during the game. “The accused punched Chilcot, striking the right side of his face, which startled him and the force of the blow caused the arm of the glasses he was wearing to break off,” prosecutor Matt Toohey told court in an agreed set of facts.Archer appeared frustrated he did not get to share his side of the story.“Don’t I get to defend myself? You haven’t got the full story,” he said at the end of the hearing.“The decision’s been made, Mr Archer,” the magistrate replied.Parents should never run onto the field at their children’s sporting events, Lamble said.“They should leave it to the umpires and other officials on the ground.”Outside court, Archer, wearing a navy suit and glasses, said he would appeal against the penalty. “I actually find it crazy that someone can read out 3% of a story and then you’re judged on that,” he told reporters. Archer was named in North Melbourne’s Team of the Century and won the 1996 North Smith Medal. Share on Twitter Are ‘non-competitive sports days’ really better for school kids? Share via Email news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Australia news Reuse this content Australia sport Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Topics Since you’re here… Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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Expectations High for Development of Transshipment Hub

first_imgIndustry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon.  Anthony Hylton, says expectations for the development of Jamaica’s global logistics and transshipment hub are high among stakeholders in the business and trading community worldwide. Speaking at the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) Breakfast Forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, on December 18, Mr. Hylton said this resonated among stakeholders in Europe, Asia and Panama, with whom he and members of the Ministry have been meeting, in recent weeks, to discuss the matter. Development of the hub, which is estimated to cost between US$8 billion and US$10 billion, is being spearheaded by the Government in an effort to position Jamaica to take advantage of the anticipated increased maritime activities, expected to result from the expansion of the Panama Canal by 2015. Central to the development are: dredging of the Kingston Harbour; expansion of the Port of Kingston; development of the Caymanas Economic Zone, a transshipment commodity port, and Vernamfield in Clarendon as an air-cargo and passenger facility; and establishment of a dry dock facility. Development of the hub would make it the fourth such facility globally, along with those in Singapore; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Jamaica is deemed ideally positioned for the establishment of the hub, based on its location, midway between North and South America, and in relative proximity to the Panama canal Mr. Hylton said the feedback suggests that the stakeholders deem the hub to be “critically needed” to ensure that trade “moves efficiently and effectively as it can” across the region. He further pointed out that with the recognition of this opportunity that Jamaica has, the stakeholders are “looking to us to step up and to deliver.” “This project is of a global scale. The standards we are setting are along the lines of those in Singapore, Dubai, and Rotterdam. That is a tall order, but that’s the scope of opportunity that we have (to take advantage of); therefore, the scale of that opportunity must be matched by our efforts. It requires significant up-scaling in almost every aspect of how we do business,” the Minister said. Meanwhile, Mr. Hylton informed that the Ministry will be collaborating with the JCC to stage a series of consultations and public education activities with local stakeholders, to further enlighten them on the opportunities for investment in the hub’s development.   These consultations are expected to complement similar efforts undertaken overseas, which have yielded expressions of interest by a number of foreign investors, in participating in the project.     “We will be utilizing the Chamber’s network throughout the country, beginning in January in Montego Bay. Thereafter, we will identify a list of chambers in the various parishes that we will be utilizing to speak to this very critical issue for Jamaica’s growth and development,” Mr. Hylton said.last_img read more

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Classaction lawsuit initiated over potentially defective cardiac defibrillators

first_imgTORONTO – Two Toronto law firms have launched a Canada-wide class-action lawsuit against the manufacturers of implantable defibrillators that can fail with little or no warning because of potentially defective batteries.About 8,000 Canadians were implanted with the cardiac defibrillators with the brand names Fortify, Fortify Assura, Fortify Assura MP, Unify, Unify Assura, or Unify Quadra, which were manufactured between January 2010 and May 23, 2015. Those made after that period are not affected by the defect.U.S.-based manufacturer St. Jude Medical Inc. and subsidiary St. Jude Medical Canada Inc. are named as defendants in the multimillion-dollar class-action suit, which has been filed with Ontario Superior Court, said Paul Miller, a partner in the law firm Howie, Sacks & Henry.Miller, whose company teamed up with law firm Waddell Phillips to launch the legal action, said the court has to first certify the case as a class-action, which he hopes will occur by late fall. He said a similar class-action suit in the U.S. is also in preliminary stages.Both Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have issued warnings about the St. Jude devices, which automatically shock the heart into normal rhythm in people who have potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias or heart failure.Those warnings were in response to the discovery that some of the devices’ batteries developed a lithium cluster formation, causing them to short-circuit and their power to rapidly deplete, leading to premature failure.Two European patients who had the defibrillators implanted in their chests died when the batteries failed, one of them just days before a planned surgical replacement. In Canada, there have been more than two dozen reports of patients losing consciousness due to lack of blood to the brain after their devices faltered.St. Jude Medical was purchased in January by Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories for about US$25 billion.In an emailed statement Thursday, an Abbott spokesperson said the company plans to “defend its position” in the pending Canadian class-action lawsuit, and noted that “the safety and quality of Abbott’s products is our top priority.”The representative patient plaintiff in the suit is Shirley Houle of Port Hope, Ont., who had a Fortify Assura defibrillator implanted in January 2014. According to the statement of claim submitted to the court, Houle was informed by doctors about the potential for her defibrillator to fail in October 2016, leaving her “enormously distraught and anxious” and fearful to drive by herself or to travel outside Canada.Her husband Roland is named as the representative plaintiff under the Family Law Act for damages suffered as a result of injuries and losses suffered by his wife, the statement of claim says.Houle’s defibrillator, which was not supposed to require replacement for another four years, was surgically removed in March and replaced with a different model.“You are causing someone to have a surgery at an earlier stage and at least an extra surgery,” said Miller. The lawsuit claims St. Jude Medical breached its duty of care in failing to warn patients, doctors and government regulators about the potentially serious defect in the devices.The defibrillators, introduced in 2010, are meant to last for at least seven years before their batteries deplete and the products need replacing. They are designed to vibrate at regular intervals once power begins to decline, a signal that patients should see their doctors about a replacement within 90 days.“Obviously, if you have an implanted device and you can have the battery deplete without any warning, it could be a serious problem,” said Miller.Last October, St. Jude Medical notified doctors about the defective battery in some of their defibrillators, which had been implanted in almost 400,000 patients worldwide. Following a recall of the products, 841 were returned to the company because their batteries had unexpectedly failed.But in an April 12 letter to St. Jude Medical, the FDA said the company had played down the battery failure and continued shipping the defibrillators from its Sylvan, Calif., plant for years before the devices were recalled last fall.The FDA also said the device maker had not shown it was taking sufficient action to repair the defects and ordered the company to provide a new reporting plan.However, Abbott’s spokesperson said Thursday the company has “worked to provide consistent updates to regulatory authorities and our global customers around ongoing analysis of performance data from the affected device population.“Recently, the company analyzed affected devices that were returned for product analysis due to premature battery depletion. Importantly, the rates of patient impact remain low and to date, the adverse event rates have shown no indication of acceleration.”– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

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What is the future of the car And who builds it

first_imgYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at General Motors announced the impending closure of its Oshawa, Ontario plant yesterday, a move that will eliminate almost 3,000 jobs. In explaining its decision, the company said it was refocusing on the future of the automobile, looking at electric, self-driving and connected options. So, what does that future look like? We’ve seen glimpses so far, and big promises, but nothing like the pivot that requires a massive change of direction from traditional automakers.We’ve been hearing about self-driving vehicles for years, but they’re not on streets yet, except as tests that sometimes go horribly wrong. Electric cars are here already, but haven’t exactly achieved critical mass or a price point that works. And everything is connected now, so of course cars will be. What, then, is the car of the future, exactly? What sells it? And more importantly, who builds it? How does the industry change in the decade to come? Is GM’s move a sign of a shift away from Southern Ontario by car makers, or is GM just behind its peers and hoping to catch up?THE BIG STORY PODCAST GUEST: Tim Dimopoulos, Automotive SpecialistToday’s Podcast – What is the car of the future? And who builds it?Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Troops Ring In The New Year With Beyonce And Jay Z

first_imgIt was a New Year’s Eve to remember for approximately 2,000 troops stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan as they were treated to USO screenings of HBO’s “ON THE RUN TOUR: BEYONCÉ AND JAY Z,” courtesy of the couple themselves.Troops stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan pose for a photo on New Year’s EveThe USO screenings, which took place during the countdown to 2015, were attended by servicemen and women stationed at Camp Arifjan and Camp Buehring in Kuwait, and at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The New Year’s-themed concert events kicked off with a pre-taped, heartfelt message from Beyonce – who thanked troops for their service and sacrifice, and wished them (and their families back home) a happy new year. Throughout the first full week of 2015, photos, video and New Year’s Day messages from troops poured into the USO reflecting the moment-filled experience.Troops from all branches united as one and brought in 2015 simultaneously at all three overseas military installations. Brought together by the USO and their love of music, the screenings were designed to bring a touch of home to troops during the holidays and serve as a welcomed distraction from day-to-day challenges and responsibilities. To do this, the USO Camp Arifjan center hosted the New Year’s Eve screenings on multiple screens throughout their facility and passed out fruit and coffee flavored holiday mocktails to troops in attendance. Not too far away, the USO Camp Buehring center hosted the special screening at its annual, festive Glow Party – complete with laser lights, glow sticks and a midnight balloon drop.“It was awesome to see the message from Beyonce before the show, it made me feel special,” said LT Cross at Bagram Airfield. Echoing Lt Cross’ sentiments was SPC Johnson of the 101st BSB 1st Brigade 1ID at Camp Buehring who said, “the message was heartfelt and it is amazing that someone at her level has the awareness and appreciation for what we do. The concert is (also) exquisite… the attention to details, the precision, and the energy is the same thing we try to bring into our training.”Meanwhile, more than 2,000 miles away at Bagram Airfield, hundreds of troops poured into two of the base’s new MWR Coalition Theaters at 8 p.m., counted down to 2015 and danced-in the new year. They swayed in their seats and rocked out to such mega hits as “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Crazy in Love,” “Tom Ford” and “Part II (On the Run),” among 40 other memorable hit performances. An encore USO screening was shown on January 1st; so that more troops could experience HBO’s “ON THE RUN” USO screening in a movie-style setting, similar to that from back home – complete with surround sound and plush seating.“Watching the ‘ON THE RUN’ concert made me forget I was in Afghanistan for the holidays… thank you,” said SSGT Ferguson, who is stationed at Bagram Airfield.As the world celebrates another new year, the USO once again invites Americans to join them – as well as USO supporters Jay Z and Beyonce – in showing their gratitude to our nation’s troops and military families. Moments like HBO’s “ON THE RUN” screening is just one example of how the USO is working to create, share and thank troops for their service in 2015. Last year, the USO created nearly 11 million special moments for our nation’s military community and is setting out to deliver another 11 million moments worldwide this year. For more information about the Every Moment Counts campaign, visit or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter using #USOMoments.last_img read more

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Remembering Rwanda Ban Kimoon calls for global partnership against genocide

9 April 2007Thirteen years after some 800,000 Rwandans were murdered by their compatriots in an orchestrated criminal campaign, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for “a global partnership against genocide” and pledged to strengthen United Nations mechanisms to ensure that such an event never happens again. The post of UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide – currently held by Juan E. Méndez of Argentina – will be upgraded to a full-time position, Mr. Ban said in a message marking the anniversary of the start of the genocide. The UN Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention will also be boosted, the Secretary-General said, adding that Africa has taken its own steps as well, such as the proposed Pact on Security, Stability and Development for the Great Lakes Region, which contains measures on genocide prevention and punishment. “Preventing genocide is a collective and individual responsibility,” Mr. Ban said. “Everyone has a role to play: governments, the media, civil society organizations, religious groups, and each and every one of us. “Let us build a global partnership against genocide. Let us protect populations from genocide when their own government cannot or will not.” Mr. Ban paid tribute to both the victims of the 1994 genocide and the survivors, whose “resilience continues to inspire us.” The Security Council established the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to prosecute individuals responsible for committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during 1994, when Hutu militias and others killed Tutsis and moderate Hutus, often using machetes or clubs. Noting that Member States have agreed in principle to the “responsibility to protect” populations in danger of genocide or war crimes, Mr. Ban said the “challenge now is to give real meaning to the concept, by taking steps to make it operational. Only then will it truly give hope to those facing genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing.” Mr. Ban gave a signed copy of his message this afternoon to Joseph Nsengimana, Rwanda’s Permanent Representative to the UN.Mr. Nsengimana thanked the Secretary-General and pledged the support of his Government to the UN as it worked to strengthen its anti-genocide mechanisms.“We take this opportunity to once again appeal to the international community, including the United Nations system, to provide assistance and support to survivors of the genocide,” he said. read more

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Tighter laws on people smuggling

The government is looking at strengthening laws against people smuggling by amendments the Immigration and Emigrants Act.Top officials from Australian and Sri Lanka have already participated in a round-table discussion on harmonising Australian and Sri Lankan people smuggling laws to assist efforts to combat people smuggling. “The need for continued discussions on harmonising people smuggling laws with international instruments and best practice was identified as a priority at the inaugural Sri Lanka – Australia Joint Working Group (JWG) on People Smuggling and Transnational Crime in Colombo on 17 December 2012. The roundtable discussion demonstrated Australia’s and Sri Lanka’s commitment to this work,” the Australian High Commission in Colombo said. Representatives from Australia’s Attorney-General’s Department, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian High Commission participated in the roundtable.Australia and Sri Lanka have been working together to strengthen and harmonise people smuggling legislation to prevent criminals exploiting gaps in legal frameworks under the Australia – Sri Lanka Memorandum of Understanding concerning Legal Cooperation against the Smuggling of Migrants signed in December 2009. (Colombo Gazette) The roundtable discussion included an update on the status of Sri Lanka’s people smuggling amendments to the Immigration and Emigrants Act, Australian people smuggling laws, sharing experiences in legislating against people smuggling, and a focus on areas where Australia and Sri Lanka may be able to collaborate to further harmonise people smuggling laws. read more

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Brock mourns death of thirdyear student

Michelle Raby-BeauchampThe University regrets to inform the Brock community of the death of Michelle Raby-Beauchamp, who died in a traffic accident on the QEW in Fort Erie on Oct. 25.Michelle was a third-year student pursuing a degree part-time in Sociology. She was also employed by the Canada Border Services, where she had worked for five years.The University extends its condolences to Michelle’s family and friends. She is survived by husband Danny and daughters Annette, Julie and Adelle.The funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. at l’Église Sacré Coeur on Empire Street in Welland.The family has asked that donations be made to breast cancer research.• Obituary at • Funeral for QEW crash victim Sunday — Welland Tribune read more

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Auto sales hit record pace in August DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says

Auto sales hit record pace in August, DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says by Romina Maurino and Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 4, 2013 5:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian auto sales hit a record pace last month as they jumped 6.5 per cent compared with last year, according to data compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.Total light vehicle sales amounted to 159,004 for the month, up from 149,301 and besting the previous record for August of 158,400 set in 2007.“Building on strong sales over the year’s first seven months, Canadian consumers drove the light vehicle market to its best August result ever,” DesRosiers said in a report.The record came as car sales jumped 7.2 per cent from a year ago to 70,836, while light truck sales climbed 5.9 per cent to 88,168.For the year to date, sales totalled 1.2 million, up from 1.16 million at the same point last year.Canada’s Big Three automakers all reported increases in light vehicle retail sales for August as General Motors, Ford and Chrylser combined for a 4.7 per cent increase.Import nameplates gained a combined total of 7.9 per cent.Ford Canada said it sold 27,268 cars and trucks last month, while Chrysler put its light-vehicle sales at 21,932 for the month — both up seven per cent.Meanwhile, General Motors said Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers delivered 21,091 vehicles in August, an increase of 0.1 per cent compared to last August.Retail sales were up five per cent overall, as the Chevrolet Cruze posted a 16 per cent increase in sales for the month, Buick sales increased 18 per cent thanks to the Verano and the Buick Encore, and Cadillac sales increased by 54 per cent in August.Chrysler said its sales figures mark the 45th consecutive month of growth year-over-year, as passenger car sales saw an increase of 20 per cent, with sales of 36,761 in the calendar year-to-date.The Ford Fiesta saw sales climb 84 per cent year-over year, and Fusion had sales jump 57 per cent in August, led the increase for Ford.The company also reported healthy increases for a number of other models, including the Ford Focus, Mustang and Taurus, up 16, 13 and 40 per cent respectively.Several other auto makers reported their August sales figures Wednesday, with Honda logging combined sales of 16,208 vehicles by their Honda and Acura divisions in Canada, a 19 per cent increase over last year’s sales.Toyota sales were down slightly at 16,077 compared with 16,125 a year ago, while Lexus sales were up nearly 10 per cent at 1,570 compared with 1,431 in August 2012.Nissan sales were up almost a third at 7,279 compared with 5,549. Infiniti sales totalled 913, up from 780 a year ago.Subaru Canada also posted increases, marking six consecutive months of growth as it sold 3,339 units in August, a 24.6 per cent increase over the same period last year.Kia Canada Inc., meanwhile, said it sold 7,502 cars and trucks in August, a decline of 2.3 per cent compared with the same month last year. read more

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Polk data shows worldwide new registrations up 4 in May over the

YTD 201024,631,252 Asia-Pacific/Middle East21,51525,74025,30928,481 Total Industry200955,257,517-3.3% Change in % May 2011 Total Industry Forecast2011 63,158,0453.2% Based on data which is preliminary in some cases, global demand for passenger vehicles (NAFTA: including light trucks) was up about 4% in May over the year before, as the uptrend we have seen in recent months continued, albeit at a weaker pace than the year before. Central and Eastern Europe3,0473,5884,1554,511 25,964,2435.4% Africa9241,0391,0581,158 NEW REGISTRATIONS OF CARS by region (NAFTA region including Light Trucks) (in 1,000) 2012 69,391,3129.9% 5,234,1174.1% May 20105,030,236 Latin America3,5573,9954,3484,617 201061,196,62810.7% Western Europe13,66412,97312,81813,149 2009201020112012 World Car New Registrations The strongest growth came in Eastern Europe, where demand was up 33%, driven by the positive trend in Russia. New registrations in Russia were up 46% over the year before as a result of the stabilizing economy and the continuing strong success of the scrappage scheme, which has been extended once again and which will have a positive impact on new registrations in Russia through autumn. The Asia/Pacific region was down once again, as new registrations in this region fell by almost 4% according to preliminary data. The main reason for this decline is of course the situation in Japan, where new registrations were down 33% from the year before. China was also down by almost 2% as a result of strong anticipated sales at the end of last year, as well as the fact that the government incentives have now expired.The NAFTA region once again posted results which were better than the year before in May, with new registrations up by 2.5%. New registrations in Latin America were up 19% from the year before, coming after a steep loss two months ago, as the Brazilian passenger vehicle market grew by a good 15%. New registrations in Western Europe were up almost 8% from the year before, an increase which was primarily attributable to the fact that May 2011 had more workdays than May 2010. Nevertheless, the UK and especially Spain were down significantly. After adjusting for the additional workdays, it is still not possible to make out a positive overall trend for Western Europe.The global passenger vehicle market continues to grow, but the rate of growth is getting smallerGlobal new registrations will once again set a new record this year, growing by a good 3% over the year before. Expectations were hardly changed since the last forecast.New registrations in the Asia/Pacific region will be down about 2% from the year before in 2011 as a whole. This decline is attributable to the situation in the Japanese passenger vehicle market, where new registrations will be down 26% this year from the year before, to about 3.1 million units. New registrations in China will also be down this year, although this downturn is due not to the general weakness of the market but to the extremely high new registrations at the end of 2010 as a result of the impending expiration of the government incentives. In addition, new registrations in the Beijing area have been subject to increasing restrictions since the start of 2011. The strongest growth is expected in the NAFTA and Eastern Europe regions. Both of these regions will post double-digit growth in 2011 due to an improvement in economic conditions. In Eastern Europe, growth will be further boosted by the Russian scrappage scheme, which has been extended through autumn of this year. YTD 2011 Western European passenger vehicle demand is expected to take a very uneven course in 2011 as well. Some markets will be affected by the expiration of scrappage schemes, as well as by tax increases and government austerity measures in response to budget deficits, and new registrations should be down from the year before in those countries, a group which includes France, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, other countries will see growth in new registrations as a result of positive economic conditions, including Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. The possibility of a Greek bankruptcy poses a threat to this region. If the situation worsens, the stability of the Euro and the economic recovery could be at risk.Data: Copyright R.L. Polk Europe Holding Ltd, all rights reserved. No reproduction allowed without prior written consent from Polk – more detailed data on the UK vehicle market, contact SMMT Automotive Information Services (AIS).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) NAFTA (incl. Light Trucks)12,55013,86115,46917,476 World55,25861,19763,15869,391 read more

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Clarett returns to Ohio State for classes

Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett has enrolled in classes at the university for the second summer session, which began on Monday. “Maurice Clarett has been granted reentry into The Ohio State University, following a review by the College of Education and Human Ecology, where he was originally enrolled,” OSU director of media relations Jim Lynch said in a statement.Clarett was released from the Toledo Correctional Institution in April after serving on 3 ½ years of a 7 ½ year sentence for aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon.In negotiation with his early release, Clarett was ordered to spend four to six months at a dormitory step-down center on Alum Creek Drive. Inmates are permitted leave to work or attend classes.Clarett was quickly recognized on campus. “This is a surreal feeling to be back at Ohio State in such a supportive environment,” Clarett said in a statement. “I have looked forward to being back in school and I’m doing my best to fit in with other students. I don’t want to be a distraction or nuisance to the football team or to students on campus.”Clarett might be back in the classroom, but he won’t be making an appearance on the field. After the Buckeyes’ 2002 National Championship, Clarett signed with an agent, forfeiting any remaining eligibility. read more

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5 charged for New Amsterdam gas station robbery

-2 teens remanded while others receive bail Two teenagers were on Tuesday remanded to prison by Senior Magistrate Alex Moore after they admitted that along with others, they used a firearm and cutlass to rob a gas station in New Amsterdam, Berbice.The teenagers, along with three others, including a fifteen-year-old, appeared before Magistrate Moore in the New Amsterdam Court on an armed robbery charge.A 16-year-old (name withheld) of Ogleton Dam, Angoys Avenue; and Ivan Sinclair, 18, of New Amsterdam pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on Saturday August 19, at Main and King Streets, while being armed with a dangerous weapon, which is to say a firearm and an offensive weapon, they robbed Prakash Seenarine of $140,000, property of Feroz Ally.Police Officers escorting the five accused to court on TuesdayThe two, along with three others – a 15-year-old old (name withheld) of Savanna Park, New Amsterdam; Raymond Samaroo, 22, of Ogleton Dam, Angoys Avenue and Delon Johnson of King Street – are jointly charged with the offence and pleaded not guilty.The 15-year-old, Samaroo and Johnson were granted bail in the sum of $75,000 each, while Sinclair and the 16-year-old who pleaded guilty have been remanded.They will all have to return to court on October 2 when the Police are expected to make a disclosure.Police Prosecutor, Inspector Godfrey Playter told the court that on the day in question, at about 20:15h, three men approached Seenarine who was one of two attendants at M Ally Gas Station situated at Main and King Streets. One of the men held a gun to Seenarine while another took away the money which he had in his hand and made good their escape.However, surveillance footage of the robbery was provided to the Police and the suspects were arrested. (Andrew Carmichael) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAccomplice in botched ECD robbery remandedSeptember 5, 2017In “Court”Trio charged for armed robbery in New AmsterdamNovember 21, 2015In “Crime”Man who allegedly stabbed wife fifteen times remanded on murder chargeJanuary 4, 2017In “Man who allegedly stabbed wife fifteen times remanded on murder charge” read more

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National Air Space Museum Welcomes First Female Director

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Ellen Stofan is the first female director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.And it’s about time.Opened in 1976 as part of America’s bicentennial celebration, the Washington, D.C., a staple is among the most-visited in the US, and features historic highlights like the Apollo 11 command module, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, and the Wright brothers’ plane.Fresh from her position as consulting senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Stofan will lead a major renovation of the galleries.“Through the transformation of our building here on the National Mall, we’re really going to be able to inspire that next generation,” she said of the remodeling project.Meet the National Air and Space Museum’s new director (via Smithsonian Institute)Raised by a literal NASA rocket scientist and elementary-school science teacher, Stofan found her calling at a young age. While earning her bachelor’s degree in geology at the College of William & Mary, she interned in the Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.Stofan later completed her master’s and doctorate in geological sciences at Brown University.On the long and winding road to this milestone, Stofan served as NASA’s chief scientist, developed plans to bring humans to Mars, and worked on science policy for President Obama.She is also a member of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and became deputy project scientists for the Magellan Mission to Venus. Stofan continues to act as an honorary professor at University College London.“I love what I do—I love space, I love aviation,” Stofan said in a statement. “Trying to convey to the public why we explore, why we’re always trying to leave the ground and get up into the air and out into space, it’s something that I’m passionate about.”The researcher, lecturer, author, and Cassini groupie succeeds Gen. J.R. Dailey, who retired in January after 18 years as museum director.“Ellen’s scientific background, leadership skills, communication acumen, and strategic thinking have positioned her superbly to lead the National Air and Space Museum,” Smithsonian secretary David Skorton said in a statement.“Her passion for science coupled with her love of education will ensure that the museum will continue to be a global treasure and world leader through its extensive programming, exhibitions, and scholarship,” he added.Boasting the world’s largest collection of artifacts, archival materials, and works of art related to aviation, spaceflight, and the study of the universe, the Air and Space Museum joins its Smithsonian siblings as one of the most magical places on Earth.It’s Stofan’s goal to inspire visitors just as she was.“They’ll see the Spirit of St. Louis, the Viking spacecraft, the Apollo capsule, and they’ll say, ‘You know what, I can do that!’” she said. “I want them to come here and just be inspired to be that next generation of explorers and innovators. That’s what this place did for me.”last_img read more

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