Area Homeowners Encouraged To Partake In Light Decorating Contest

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Cropped Photo: terren in Virginia / Flickr / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – In an attempt to help the community break away from the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is partnering with a local businesses to host a special light decorating contest.The contest, a partnership between JRC and Chautauqua Sign, is open to all residents of the City of Jamestown and Towns of Ellicott, Kiantone, and Busti.Entries are being accepted online between now and April 5. Entries will need to include one photo of the decorations. Online voting for winners will take place from April 8-14.Chautauqua Sign’s Kristie Voty first brought the idea to the cooperation as a way to help the community take a break from the virus. Chautauqua Sign has made a donation towards prizes, along with a contribution from Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and Jamestown Up Close. Currently there will be at least three local gift card prizes, but JRC is currently seeking more.For official contest rules and more information visit The event is also on Facebook as “Community of Lights.”last_img read more

Shopping centre crash pilot did not reveal nature of emergency

first_imgThe pilot of a charter aircraft involved in a fiery crash in a Melbourne shopping centre on Tuesday did not give details of the emergency as he called out “mayday’’ several times while the plane veered to the left.Initial reports indicated the aircraft suffered a catastrophic engine failure but air safety investigators are keeping an open mind about the reasons for the crash. This is because aviation accidents are often the result of a combination of factors rather than a single cause.Facing reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday, Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief Greg Hood said investigators would look extensively at all possible causal factors behind the accident. “That includes maintenance records, the history of the aeroplane, the history of the pilot, the weight and balance,’’ he said. “*It involves previous accidents in relation to the Super King Air, for example, so at this very early stage certainly we’re not going to speculate in relation to any specific part of the investigation.’’Five people died and freeways were closed after the plane exploded when it hit the closed DFO shopping centre next to Essendon Airport. Killed were veteran charter pilot Max Quartermain as well as US tourists and golfers Greg DeHaven, Glenn Garland, Russell Munsch and John Washburn, all from Texas.Whitehouse press secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged the crash during a Press briefing on Tuesday.”The president’s thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the US embassy and consulate are ready to provide necessary and appropriate assistance,’’ Spicer said.The ATSB on Wednesday had four investigators on the ground in Melbourne and Hood said the aim was to issue a preliminary factual report on the crash within 28 days.The investigators — whose backgrounds include aeronautical investigations, flight operations and mechanical engineering — are likely to remain on site for the next few days gathering evidence which will then undergo a forensic examination and analysis likely to take months to complete.They already have more than 100 people on their witness list and will be collecting evidence such as footage from dash-cams from cars on the highway that could show features of the aircraft such as whether the undercarriage was deployed.Hood said the Super King Air had taxied out to a southern runway out for a take-off at 8.30am and started a take-off roll at  8.59am.Not long after Quartermain issued a mayday as the aircraft veered left and hit the shopping centre.“My understanding is he didn’t refer to the specific nature of the emergency and he declared the mayday and said that word a number of times,’’ Hood said. “ Obviously, that can relate to a number of things that can go wrong in that aeroplane.’’Questions have been raised about why Quartermain did not continue to climb if only one engine failed and Hood agreed modern twin-engine aircraft were designed to do this.The plane also began veering to the left shortly after take-off and when asked if this would cause a loss in altitude that would have contributed to the crash,  Hood said he was not sure he would characterise it that way.“I’m not sure it was a sharp turn, in my observation it was a veer to the left rather than a sharp turn,’’ he said.The ATSB chief also acknowledged media speculation about the pilot and his involvement in a reported breakdown of separation at Mt Hotham in September, 2015.The ATSB investigated the incident but has yet to issue a report and Hood said he was not specifically aware of the pilot’s history or the timeline for the Mt Hotham report’s release.The Australian newspaper said at the time that a Sydney pilot had lodged an incident report that his plane and the King Air flown by Quartermain had come within 300ft vertically and one nautical mile of each other.  The report said that Quartermain was struggling with a faulty GPS in poor weather and did not appear to know where he was, saying he was in locations 20 nautical miles apart within a short period. CASA put Quartermain through an instrument proficiency check after the incident which he passed on the second attempt. CASA sent one of its own staff to conduct the check rather than rely on a third party.It also understood the aircraft recently underwent maintenance to correct a hydraulic problem.However, Hood cautioned against making early assumptions about the crash. “With any accident, particularly aviation accidents, we find that initially there are a number of factors which leap out at you,’’ he said. “The investigators are trained not to put any bias or any reliance on what is the obvious.  It’s really important that when you’re investigating an aviation transport accident, for example, that you remain completely objective.“So whilst in the initial walk through yesterday and the initial examination of records we’ve discovered some interesting facets, we really need to gather all the evidence and conduct the analysis before we would be able to say what might have caused the accident.’’last_img read more

Rujuta Diwekar: Heavy Hitter

first_imgRujuta Diwekar, 32, Sports Nutritionist She’s the sports nutritionist behind Kareena Kapoor’s size zero figure. She’s also the fitness specialist who made books fashionable for those who can’t read without moving their lips. Rujuta Diwekar helps the rich and famous lose weight and gain confidence. Her first book, Don’t Lose,Rujuta Diwekar, 32, Sports Nutritionist She’s the sports nutritionist behind Kareena Kapoor’s size zero figure. She’s also the fitness specialist who made books fashionable for those who can’t read without moving their lips. Rujuta Diwekar helps the rich and famous lose weight and gain confidence. Her first book, Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight, sold over two lakh copies and earned her a loyal following beyond the celebrity stratosphere. “Slimming is not about cutting calories, but improving nourishment, body composition and taking a holistic approach to health. Weight loss is a byproduct, not the goal,” says Diwekar. As fitness expert Leena Mogre says, she always knew what she wanted. “That’s the reason behind her success.”The Journey: Born to an engineer father and a professor mother, Diwekar chose to go against the grain, unlike her sister who is an IIM graduate. After post-graduation in sports science and nutrition from SNDT College in Mumbai, she set up her own gym in 1999. She’s all set to expand the Diwekar franchise with her second book on women and weight loss.The Chill Out Zone: Spends two months every year in the Himalayas or the US. Also did a teacher course from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Academy, Uttarkashi.The Muse: Her grandmother and mother for their healthy lifestyles. Anil Ambani for his discipline and Kareena for her work ethic.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The CBC has launched a new streaming service featuring live and on-demand programming for free as well as an option to upgrade to a premium membership for a monthly fee.The public broadcaster says CBC Gem has more than 4,000 hours of content and will offer original programming, including the upcoming drama series Northern Rescue. William Baldwin and Kathleen Robertson star in the family drama, which will launch exclusively on CBC Gem in Canada starting March 1.The CBC has also announced a partnership with Wattpad for emerging Canadian writers to create exclusive content for the streaming service. Facebook Tait said Gem is not trying to compete with Netflix. ‘They kind of have that one nailed,’ she told Tom Power, CBC Radio’s q host. (Eli Glasner/CBC) Meanwhile, a partnership with Telefilm Canada allows CBC Gem to offer more than 100 Canadian feature films. All the Canadian films are available ad-free, with additional titles from the National Film Board of Canada to be added in the coming year.All children’s programming is also provided ad-free within CBC Gem.Announced in September and launched Tuesday, CBC Gem replaces the public broadcaster’s previous app and offers the full programming slate, from drama to documentaries and sports. It’s available for free as an app for iOS and Android devices and online at, and on television via Apple TV and Google Chromecast. Twitter Included are current and past seasons of favourite shows. Canadian titles on the service include Kim’s Convenience, Baroness von Sketch Show, Schitt’s Creek, Murdoch Mysteries, Anne with an E, The Kids in the Hall and Being Erica.International titles include Fortitude, The Great British Baking Show, Luther, Portlandia and Top of the Lake. Films include Barney’s Version, Cairo Time, Mommy and Midnight’s Children.The free version also has the ability to live stream CBC TV at any time, with access to 14 of the public broadcaster’s local channels and their newscasts. CBC Gem, which is exclusive to Canada, also offers French-language programming from ICI Radio-Canada.The premium membership, available for $4.99 per month (with the first month free of charge), will offer all on-demand content ad-free and access to a live stream of CBC News Network 24/7. All content on CBC Gem is available with closed captioning, and described video is available for most on-demand content.Plan to expand with new partnersThe CBC said it plans to collaborate with new partners in order to expand the streaming library and offer additional Canadian and international content.center_img Acclaimed series Luther is among the international programs on offer at the moment. Some CBC originals currently on Netflix, such as Schitt’s Creek, will remain there dependent on the prior deals.(CBC) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Current and past seasons of favourite shows, like Kim’s Convenience, are among the TV offerings. (CBC) CBC original titles that are currently on Netflix, such as Schitt’s Creek, will remain there dependent on the deals that are negotiated with each production individually, said the public broadcaster.In addition, CBC/Netflix co-productions — including Anne with an E — have separate agreements in which they are available exclusively on CBC and CBC Gem in Canada for a specific window (and internationally on Netflix), before also becoming available on Netflix Canada.last_img read more

Man sentenced to 7 years for attempted kidnapping in Encinitas

first_img May 21, 2018 Man sentenced to 7 years for attempted kidnapping in Encinitas KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 21, 2018 VISTA (KUSI) — A man who tried to kidnap a 15-year-old girl as she waxed her surfboard in front of an Encinitas home was sentenced Monday to seven years in state prison.Jeremiah Owens, 28, was also ordered the defendant to register as a sex offender for life. He pleaded guilty in April to attempted kidnap for rape of a minor.During Owens’ preliminary hearing last October, the teenage victim testified she was waxing her surfboard in a driveway last July 26 when Owens ran up behind her, grabbed her by the neck and forced her to the ground.Owens tried to pull the girl toward a truck parked across the street, where his roommate was standing, but she fought him off and running inside her home, where she called her parents and the police.Police released sketches of Owens and his roommate, Christopher White, and a description of his truck.Over the next two days, community members and businesses in the area provided numerous tips to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, resulting in the arrest and positive identification of both men.White, also 28, pleaded guilty to being an accessory to kidnapping and will be sentenced to a year in custody on June 19. last_img read more

NCB arrests drug racket member with 850 gms of heroin

first_imgKolkata: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Eastern Zone has nabbed a person from English Bazar in Malda and seized 850 grams of heroin from his possession. Sources informed that the drug was about to be delivered by someone there, which would have been sent to Bangladesh later.According to NCB sleuths, they had recently got a tip-off that a racket is actively dealing in several drugs in North Dinajpur. Based on the tip-off, sleuths started gathering intelligence from the Domkal area of North Dinajpur. During the cover survey, NCB came to know that the racket is operating through South Dinajpur and Malda as well. Racketeers use the said corridor to deliver the drugs to Bangladesh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedRecently, sleuths came to know that one Suman Das was the leader of the racket in Domkal. Based on the information, sleuths were keeping a vigil on Das. On Tuesday, when he went to English Bazar with 850 grams of heroin, sleuths followed him there. After waiting for some time, no one came to receive the heroin worth Rs 2 lakh approximately. When Das was about to go away, NCB sleuths surrounded him. During search, a packet full of heroin was seized from him. According to NCB, the source of the drug was Dalkhola, Uttar Dinajpur and the destination was Kaliachak primarily. From there, it would have been smuggled to Bangladesh. Sleuths are also searching his house and other places for more clues.last_img read more

Discussing vast tourism potential in Assam

first_imgNo doubt Assam could be the best place for tourism, thanks to the green mountain ranges, tea gardens, rich culture, and the gigantic Brahmaputra. In order to make the state’s presence felt on a global level, the ongoing Rongali carnival in Guwahati hosted a seminar on ‘Assam as Tourist Destination’ recently, emphasising how rich heritage of the state could be used to woo the tourists.The seminar was attended by the various dignitaries from the tourism including PP Khanna, President ADTOI; Ranjit Das, President TOAA; Dipak Jalan, President HRAA among others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of Rongali, said that the idea of conducting Rongali is to make Bihu a tourism festival of the state. “Like West Bengal, has become a destination for Durga Puja, similarly our dream is to make Assam destination for Bihu.” It was also mentioned that the tourism ministry of NE is also thinking about making Assam and North East as tea tourism and adventure sports destination. Ranjit Das, however, feels that Assam can focus on the adventurous side of it to cash in on the young footfall, who are much into trekking and adventure sports. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”There is a renewed interest among the domestic and international visitors. Now, tourism here is not only restricted to wildlife. Rather, culture and cuisine are also high points. Recently, we had the opportunity of attending a workshop on eco-tourism policy, envisaged by the Forest Ministry, Government of Assam. If the policy is put in right perspective then many nature-based activities will open up for the tourists,” he added. PP Khanna believes that Assam has everything to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Rajesh Prasad in his keynote, addressed to Prime Minister’s effort in promoting the rich craft of Assam. Bhaskar Phukan, MD, ATC emphasised on various ways which have been taken to promote Assam tourism. Now, it should also focus on cultural tourism, golf amidst tea garden and more.last_img read more

Facebook introduces two new AIpowered video calling devices built with Privacy Security

first_imgYesterday, Facebook launched two brand new video communication devices. Named Portal and Portal+, these devices let you video call anyone, with more richer, hands-free experiences. The Portal features a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display, while Portal+ features 15-inch 1920 x 1080.  Both devices are powered by Artificial Intelligence. This includes a Smart Camera and a Smart Sound technology. Smart Camera stays with the action and automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view. Smart Sound minimizes background noise and enhances the voice of whoever is talking, no matter where they move. Source: Facebook Portal can also be used to call Facebook friends and connections on Messenger even if they don’t have Portal. It also supports group calls of up to seven people at the same time. Portal also offers hands-free voice control with Amazon Alexa built-in which can be used to track sports scores, check the weather, control smart home devices, order groceries, and more.  Facebook has also enabled shared activities in its Portal devices by partnering with Spotify Premium, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Facebook Watch, Food Network, and Newsy. Keeping in mind, it’s security breach that affected 50 million users two weeks ago, Facebook says it has paid a lot of attention to privacy and security features. Per their website, “We designed Portal with tools that give you control: You can completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap. Portal and Portal+ also come with a camera cover, so you can easily block your camera’s lens at any time and still receive incoming calls and notifications, plus use voice commands. To manage Portal access within your home, you can set a four- to 12-digit passcode to keep the screen locked. Changing the passcode requires your Facebook password. We also want to be upfront about what information Portal collects, help people understand how Facebook will use that information and explain the steps we take to keep it private and secure: Facebook doesn’t listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls. In addition, video calls on Portal are encrypted. For added security, Smart Camera and Smart Sound use AI technology that runs locally on Portal, not on Facebook servers. Portal’s camera doesn’t use facial recognition and doesn’t identify who you are. Like other voice-enabled devices, Portal only sends voice commands to Facebook servers after you say, “Hey Portal.” You can delete your Portal’s voice history in your Facebook Activity Log at any time.” In all the above, Facebook seems quite cryptic about audio data. It also doesn’t really explain how it will use the information it collects from users. The voice data is stored on the Facebook server by default, probably to improve the Portal’s understanding on the user’s language quirks and to understand the user’s needs from the data. But it does make one wonder, should this be an opt-in and not an opt-out by default? Another jarring aspect is the need for one’s Facebook password to change the device’s passcode. This just feels like the new devices are yet another way for Facebook to add users to Facebook, not to mention the fact that Facebook just had a data breach on its site, the repercussions of which they are still investigating. In an interesting poll conducted by Dr. Jen Golbeck, Professor at UMD, on Twitter, over 63% of respondents said that they will not trust Facebook to responsibly operate a surveillance device in their home. Read more about the devices on Facebook’s announcement. Read Next Facebook Dating app to release as a test version in Colombia. Facebook’s Glow, a machine learning compiler, to be supported by Intel, Qualcomm and others How Facebook is advancing artificial intelligence [Video]last_img read more