AddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713email@example.comJeff Falk713firstname.lastname@example.orgMiddle school students to learn about science and engineering of drone technology at Rice Aug. 11-13Technical sessions, team exercises culminate in Drone Project Pitch CompetitionHOUSTON — (Aug. 11, 2015) — A group of 20 Houston sixth- to ninth-grade students will participate in a free drone camp at Rice University Aug. 11-13. The camp is hosted by TrumbullUnmanned and Rice’s Center for Engineering Leadership.Credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice UniversityStudents will learn about the design, engineering and operation of drone aircraft as well as gain hands-on indoor and outdoor experience piloting drones, according to camp organizers. The intensive camp will also explore the ethical and socio-cultural implications of this emergent technology. Instructors include Air Force fighter pilots, drone industry experts and Rice faculty and graduate students.The camp is sponsored by BP.Who: Twenty students (sixth to ninth grade) from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds will learn about drones from Air Force fighter pilots and unmanned aerial-vehicle operators, drone industry experts and Rice faculty and graduate students.What: Student team drone project design, presentation and pitch competition.When: Aug. 11-13. Each day will include technical sessions, flight training and team exercises. (The schedule is available upon request.) Final group presentations and the drone project pitch contest will begin at 3 p.m. Aug. 13.Where: Rice University, Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, Abercrombie Lab, Room A102, 6100 Main St.The Rice Center for Engineering Leadership is dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in engineering education. “K-12 outreach offers a real-world opportunity for our engineering students to develop their leadership skills while making a positive impact on the community,” said Cesare Wright, a Rice lecturer and the center’s outreach/leadership specialist.“To prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, students need not only a quality education, but also a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),” he said. “A key element of our STEM strategy is to support curriculum-based programs that excite students in STEM pathways. Drones offer an ideal vehicle for sparking student interest and encouraging them to develop invaluable math and science skills.”Working with Houston Independent School District teachers, the center has aligned the camp’s curriculum with Texas education standards to ensure that the experience reinforces traditional classroom instruction, according to Wright. “The drone camp is designed to engage students in the applied practice and teamwork scenarios that are often difficult to replicate in a more conventional classroom setting,” he said.Throughout the camp, students will work closely with professional and academic mentors who will coach them on technical skills and provide individualized guidance to ensure that students take the academic steps necessary to become competitive at the college level and beyond.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at email@example.com or 713-348-6775.Related materials:www.rcel.rice.eduFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.
FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713firstname.lastname@example.orgJeff Falk713email@example.comRice U. expert available to discuss Trump in ChinaHOUSTON — (Nov. 7, 2017) — What should Americans expect from President Donald Trump’s visit to China this week? Rice University China expert Steven Lewis is available for interviews leading up to, during and after Trump’s visit to Beijing.Lewis, who is professor in the practice, research fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and associate director at Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, said the meeting between the two super power leaders is historic.“President Trump’s meeting with President Xi in Beijing this week will be historic in many ways,” Lewis said. “First, although this is their second face-to-face meeting, Trump’s visit in Beijing will be the first one where expectations on both sides are high and that real policy impact will result, particularly on U.S. and Chinese talks to find a way to persuade or pressure North Korea to drop its nuclear ambitions, and as emphasized by President Trump before he left the U.S. for Asia last week, important trade negotiations to redress the trade imbalance in China’s favor. Second, it will be Xi Jinping’s first meeting with a major world leader since his ascension to unrivaled powerat the 19th Party Congress last week, he said.“Also, the visit will be a chance for President Trump to demonstrate his bargaining savvy and improve the American strategic and economic position in Asia, thereby potentially improving his sagging popularity with the American people,” he said.To schedule an interview with Lewis, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-348-6327.Rice University’s Baker Institute has a broadcast interview studio with a HD television uplink and an ISDN line for radio.-30-Related materials:Steven Lewis biography: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/steven-w-lewis/Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Follow the Baker Institute on Twitter @BakerInstitute.Image for download:https://www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/expert/2ce6feb8/steve-lewis.jpgSteven Lewis image courtesy of Rice University’s Baker Institute.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.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.
RelatedWhat Should You Study? Finance Vs. Accounting MBAMost MBAs pursue one of the FAME subjects in their graduate studies—No, that’s not acting, modeling, or songwriting—it’s finance, accounting, management, and economics. Of those four subjects critical to business, finance and accounting are the most popular among MBAs thanks to the high demand and highly specialized nature of many…November 7, 2017In “Featured Home”Top 5 Paying MBA Careers: FinanceFinance, no surprise, is an extremely popular field among MBA graduates. According to Payscale, finance is 4.7 times more popular among MBA graduates than other fields. The reasons for this are rather uncomplicated: its pretty lucrative. The starting median salary for those with up to five years of experience is…June 19, 2019In “Amazon”MBA Job Types: Entry Level v. ExperiencedContrary to popular misconception, choosing to pursue an MBA degree is a decision that can be made at any point in your career. From programs that allow students to jump right in to their degree after undergrad to those that require over ten years of work experience, the wide variety…August 3, 2018In “Advice” In order to effectively complete these tasks and functions, financial directors must exhibit skills in financial management, strategic thinking, business acumen, ethical conduct, technical capacity and performance management.Financial Director SalaryAccording to Payscale, finance directors earns an average of $108,460 per year, and can expect pay raises as they gain more experienced workers. Pay raises begin to decline once an employee as more than 20 years’ experience under their belt. The highest paid financial directors live in San Francisco, Houston, Los Angeles and New York City.Educational RequirementsA minimum of a BA is necessary to break into this field, but an MBA/CPA or related degree is ideal, along with at least seven to 10 years of overall professional experience with six-plus years of broad financial and operations management experience. MBA should look into pursuing Finance MBAs or concentrations in finance to get even more insight and in-depth knowledge of the field.You can find Finance MBAs at many top business schools, including ones in the San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and London metros.What about a Master’s in Finance? We recently compared MBAs in Finance and a Masters in Finance and found that an MBAs offer a wider range of choices for their career post-graduation. They can seek a variety of different positions within the finance field and outside of the field.“The MBA, particularly those from elite schools, offer something else—exit options,” according to eFinancialCareers. “A lot of people take MBAs with the aim of advancing their finance career, but end up moving into another sector entirely, particularly if they attend an elite school where a range of employers swoop on MBA candidates during various networking and recruitment events. An MBA offers that unrivaled diversity of career options.” The finance industry is among the most popular destinations for MBAs to seek employment following graduation—finance and accounting make up 22 percent of all MBA jobs and more than 84 percent of finance and accounting firms planned on hiring MBA graduates in 2016.What type of jobs are available? We previously covered the Financial Manager career. U.S. News has ranked it as the fourth “Best Business Job” available today. Other popular post-MBA jobs in the area of finance include financial analyst, financial advisor and financial director.Financial Directors are very similar to Financial Managers. In short, finance directors are responsible for maximizing the return on financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems. They are responsible for leading managers of the division and indirectly responsible for all employees within the division. Financial directors oversee cost and general accounting, accounts receivable/collection and payroll and risk management and ensures the department is running legally and within regulations. Financial Director Job Roles and Essential FunctionsAccording to the Society for Human Resources Management, financial directors are responsible for the following essential functions:Guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring and enforcing policies and procedures.Protects assets by establishing, monitoring and enforcing internal controls.Maximizes return and limits risk on cash by minimizing cash balances and making investments.Provides status of financial condition of the company by collecting, interpreting and reporting key financial data.Ensures compliance with federal, state and local legal requirements by researching existing and new legislation, consulting with outside advisors, and filing financial reports. Advises management of actions and potential risks.Arranges for audits as required and appropriate.Manages budget and controls expenses effectively.Hires, trains, develops and appraises staff effectively. Takes corrective action as necessary on a timely basis and in accordance with company policy. Consults with Human Resources as appropriate.Keeps up-to-date on information and technology affecting functional area(s) to increase innovation and ensure compliance. How To Become A Financial Director After Earning An MBA regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC Last Updated Apr 24, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini
Meet Boston Questrom’s First Female Dean, Susan Fournier regions: Boston Last Updated Oct 17, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorKelly Vo Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo What does it take to be the first female dean at your business school? It takes a lot of experience, know-how, and pioneering research. That’s precisely why Boston University’s Questrom School of Business choose Susan Fournier to be the first female to lead the school. After 13 years as a marketing and management professor at BU and as a leading international expert on brand marketing, she was an obvious choice.“She brings a remarkable tool kit of experience and knowledge to this role—and a genuine connection to the students, faculty, and staff, who are the heart of Questrom,” Jean Morrison, BU Provost and Chief Academic Officer, told BU Today. “I am excited to welcome her to this role and to follow her success as she guides Questrom to continued excellence as a leading global business school.”Meet Susan FournierSusan Fournier, Questrom Professor in Management, will become the new dean of the Questrom School of Business, effective August 27. Fournier is an international expert in brand marketing / Photo by Dan WatkinsDean Fournier is well known at Boston University and in the field of marketing. She’s credited with pioneering brand relationships; a marketing field that explores the emotional relationships between consumers and brands. Fournier has written two acclaimed books on branding as well as participating in numerous best-selling Harvard case studies. Most recently, Fournier’s soon-to-be-published paper examines the pitfalls of celebrity-based branding, focusing on Martha Stewart’s 14-year career.Fournier’s research has received several awards including the JRC Long-Term Contribution Award from the Association for Consumer Research as well as Emerald Publishing’s Citation of Excellence Award for the top 50 articles in management. Other awards include being ranked among the Top 10 percent of authors on SSRN regarding all-time downloads. She also claims over 20,000 Google Scholar citations with five works garnering over 1,000 citations each. On her new role, Fournier sees a strong correlation between research specialties and her position as dean. They’re both about relationships.“I have deep knowledge in the psychology and sociology of relationships, how they develop, how they fall apart, what kind of flavors they come in,” she says. “The whole point of what I do is looking at why people connect with things, what role brands, products, organizations have for people in their lives. It’s not about selling a product, it’s about understanding people’s lives … and trying to help them.”Beyond her research, Fournier is a celebrated professor with over 24 years of experience in academia covering the gambit from teaching undergraduate courses to teaching in MBA and Executive classrooms at such prestigious schools as Harvard Business School, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, and Questrom.Before her new role as Dean, Fournier served as the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty & Research and Faculty Director of the Questrom MBA and Doctoral programs. During that time, she hired 22 tenure-track research faculty and 18 non-tenure track faculty across disciplines and departments.Outside of academia, Fournier worked as a market research consultant for companies such as Polaroid Corp., Altria, IBM, Coca-Cola, and Chick-fil-A, according to the Boston Globe.What To Expect“I will be the champion of the Questrom School of Business brand,” Fournier tells BU Today. “I will be looking out to make sure all the decisions we make are on brand and are going to build our equity as a preeminent academic institution, from every person we hire to every course we develop to every institute we endow.”Fournier has many exciting plans for Questrom. Not only will she work to increase interdisciplinary programming, but she’ll also ensure Questrom’s financial security and aligning coursework with student and employer needs. And her work has already begun breaking down outmoded silos in favor of interdisciplinary programming. She has helped eliminate boundaries in hiring, interfaces, and education in general.“I’m trying to further establish our reputation as a preeminent research and teaching institution and develop our reputation for research that matters and faculty who care,” Fournier says. “We need strong partnerships with industry and organizations both to provide data for research that matters but also to be in partnership with us in the development of courses and projects that students would work on for hands-on learning. I have a stakeholder perspective from having worked and lived on the other side.”Also, Fournier plans to focus on online and experiential learning, global partnerships, and practical and pragmatic research particularly in focus areas such as health, social impact, and digital technology. She sees these areas of the economy as important spaces to “double down” by hiring more faculty, building research institutes, and implementing new programs and concentrations.Fournier told The Daily Free Press that she also plans to build more partnerships between faculty and research tracks in those areas. “We already have what I would consider to be a fantastic culture, but let’s further enable the collaborative culture, and in particular … interdisciplinary work and ideas and projects and partnerships,” she says.High ExpectationsAs for what the Questrom School can expect its new dean? It’s an exciting time for the school, and University President Robert A. Brown gives her his enthusiastic support.“Susan assumes the role of the dean of the Questrom School of Business during an exciting time for the school, for business education, and the University,” Brown told BU Today. “I look forward to working with her to continue the journey of increasing the quality and impact of the school’s education and research programs.”And Fournier is excited as well, not just about being the first female dean at Questrom, but about being a great dean in general.“We’ve never had a woman dean, and it’s definitely notable and wonderful,” Fournier told The Daily Free Press. “But I also would say that at the same time, I want to be known as a great dean, not first and foremost as a woman who happened to get a dean role. I’m really looking forward to the day when that doesn’t even have to be a question anymore.”Find the original school press release about the Susan Fournier appointment here. RelatedNews Roundup – Bad Advertising at Questrom, Awarding-Winning Faculty at Johns Hopkins, and MoreLet’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from this week, including BU Questrom’s take on bad advertising, and more. Darden of Carey Faculty Receives Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award – JHU News The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School recently honored Associate Professor Michael Darden with a Catalyst…June 28, 2019In “Atlanta”5 Questions with the Senior Associate Dean of MBA Programs at BU QuestromIn our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Barbara Bickart, the Senior Associate Dean of MBA Programs at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Bickart talks about the qualities MBA candidates possess, unique opportunities for MBA students, and things to do in Boston. 1. Why…February 28, 2019In “5 Questions”Questrom Names 2 To Endowed ChairsBoston University’s Questrom School of Business recently named two faculty members to endowed chairs. Shuba Srinivasan has been named the Adele & Norman Barron Professor in Management, according to a press release from the school. Questrom also reported that Chris Dellarocas has been named the Richard C. Shipley Professor in Management. The…November 10, 2015In “Featured Home”
Deadly, Destructive Wildfires Ravage Tennessee Tourism Town By The Associated Press November 30, 2016 Updated: November 30, 2016 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share this article US Show Discussion Share GATLINBURG, Tenn.—In the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, a Tennessee tourist mecca emerged from the smoke, charred and vacant after a swift-moving wildfire. Many buildings were burned to their foundations. Hotel fire alarms echoed through empty streets lined with burned-out cars.The fire picked its spots as it tore through the Gatlinburg area Monday: It destroyed at least 150 buildings but left others intact. Three people were killed and more than a dozen were hospitalized. Burned out frames side-by-side utility vehicles sit at the side of the road in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)By Tuesday evening, almost nothing remained of the Castle, perhaps the largest and most iconic home overlooking Gatlinburg. Entire churches disappeared. So did the Cupid’s Chapel of Love wedding venue, though its managers promised to move scheduled weddings to a sister venue, Chapel at the Park.Officials surveying early damage said the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa, with more than 100 buildings, is likely entirely gone.“I’m just astonished this is my town,” Marci Claude, a spokeswoman for the city and for Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, said as she saw the destruction for the first time on a media tour Tuesday.Fanned by hurricane-force winds Monday night, the flames reached the doorstep of Dollywood, the theme park in nearby Pigeon Forge named after country music legend and local hero Dolly Parton. The park was spared any significant damage.Related CoverageRaging Wildfires in South Force Evacuations in TennesseeLocal officials offered reassurance that the worst was over Tuesday. More rain was in the forecast overnight and through Wednesday, though high winds were expected Tuesday night.Much remained uncertain for a region that serves as the gateway into the Great Smoky Mountains, the country’s most visited national park. Search and rescue efforts continued through the night in areas that had been unreachable because of downed power lines and trees.A somber reality set in for Gatlinburg, a city of just 3,944 residents that draws more than 11 million visitors a year. But even Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner, who lost his home in the fire, remained steadfast that his city will recover. Burned structures are seen from aboard a National Guard helicopter near Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)“It’s a devastating time for us and for Gatlinburg,” Werner said at a news conference Tuesday. “As I said earlier this morning, we’re strong. We’re resilient. And we’re going to make it. We’re going to pull it together and continue to make Gatlinburg the premier resort that it is.”In all, more than 14,000 residents and tourists were forced to evacuate the tourist city in the mountains, where some hotspots persisted and a curfew was in effect overnight Tuesday.Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who flew in to see the damage caused by a fire he called the largest in the state in the past 100 years, said he was struck by how some buildings were burned to the ground while others — including most of the downtown entertainment cluster — were untouched.“It just could have been so much worse,” he said.The governor said work would begin quickly to repair the damage to what he called “a special place in the state of Tennessee.”Though wildfires have been burning for several weeks across the drought-stricken South, Monday marked the first time any homes and businesses were destroyed on a large scale.Rain forecast for Wednesday should help the area after weeks of punishing drought, but the bone-dry ground should soak up the moisture quickly, forecasters said. Rainfall amounts have been 10 to 15 inches below normal during the past three months in many parts of the South. Destroyed buildings sit among burned trees after a wildfire swept through the area on Monday near Gatlinburg, Tenn, on Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)The Gatlinburg area wildfires spread when winds blew trees onto power lines, sparking new fires and shooting embers over long distances. Hundreds of homes and other buildings, including a 16-story hotel, were damaged or destroyed.The fires spread quickly Monday night, when winds topping 87 mph whipped up the flames, catching residents and tourists in the area by surprise. Police banged on front doors and told people to get out immediately. Some trekked 20 minutes to catch lifesaving rides on trolleys usually reserved for tours and wedding parties.“There was fire everywhere. It was like we were in hell,” said Linda Monholland, who was working at Park View Inn in Gatlinburg when she and five other people fled on foot. “Walking through hell, that’s what it was. I can’t believe it. I never want to see something like that again in my life, ever.” A structure and vehicle are damaged from the wildfires around Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Nov. 29, 2016. (Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)
Share US Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes part in a flying display at the Farnborough Airshow, south west of London, on July 12, 2016. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) Share this article Show Discussion Boeing Hails Trump Visit to Plant After Workers Vote Against Union By The Associated Press February 16, 2017 Updated: February 16, 2017 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON COLUMBIA, S.C.—Boeing workers’ overwhelming anti-union vote at the aviation giant’s 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina is a big victory for Southern politicians and business leaders who have lured manufacturing jobs to the region on the promise of keeping unions out.It’s also a win for the company that will host President Donald Trump at its North Charleston facilities Friday.Nearly 3,000 workers were eligible to vote Wednesday on representation by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers. According to Boeing, nearly 74 percent of the more than 2,800 votes cast were against representation.It was a massive victory for union opponents, in line with longstanding Southern aversion to collective bargaining. At 1.6 percent, South Carolina maintains the lowest percentage of unionized workers in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Its neighboring states, North Carolina and Georgia, hover slightly higher but still in low territory, at 3.0 and 3.9 percent, respectively.Other largescale Southern unionization efforts recently haven’t met with success. In 2014, Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, turned down representation by the United Autoworkers. For years, organizers have campaigned for representation among Nissan workers in Canton, Mississippi, but no vote has been scheduled. President Donald Trump (R) greets Boeing Chairman James McNerney at the beginning of a policy forum in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington on Feb. 3, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Boeing came to South Carolina in part because of the state’s minuscule union presence.“I think a failed vote isn’t that big of a deal because that’s frankly the norm in the South,” said Jeffrey Hirsch, law professor who specializes in labor relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The culture here, at least in recent memory, has not been pro-union.”Politicians such as former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley have directly and, via her labor secretary Catherine Templeton, adamantly spoken against the need for unions there.Related CoverageBoeing Chief Says He Can Trim Air Force One Cost“We’ll make the unions understand full well that they are not needed, not wanted and not welcome in the state of South Carolina,” Haley said in a 2012 address. She has since been appointed ambassador to the United Nations by President Donald Trump.During her 2014 re-election campaign, Haley said she and others “discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don’t want to taint the water.”Union opposition in this heavily Republican state is tied to politics, given Democrats’ longstanding ties to unionized labor. Any lenience toward unions could be seen as giving Democrats a toehold in the state, where both legislative chambers and the governor’s office have long been controlled by Republicans.“If they were successful it would be huge, I think,” Hirsch says. “The numbers by themselves are not going to move the dial nationally in a substantive way, but the symbolism of it would be quite large.” International Association of Machinists organizer Mike Evans speaks to the media at the IAM’s office in North Charleston, S.C. on Feb. 15, 2017. (Wade Spees/The Post And Courier via AP)Boeing workers will have to wait at least a year before voting again, and Machinist organizers have said they’ll wait and see about their next steps. Despite more manufacturing jobs coming to the state, South Carolina saw the largest drop in union members as a percentage of employed workers over the past decade, according to BLS data.Boeing’s massive win gives the company a boost for Friday’s visit from Trump, who blasted the manufacturer during last year’s presidential campaign for the cost of building a new Air Force One.Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016“Costs are out of control,” Trump tweeted in early December. “Cancel order!” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg met with Trump two weeks later.Trump’s visit will also be his first since naming law school dean R. Alexander Acosta as his pick to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, following the withdrawal of troubled nominee Andrew Puzder. Acosta has served on the National Labor Relations Board and as a federal prosecutor in Florida and was an assistant attorney general for civil rights under President George W. Bush.In a statement on the union election, Boeing vice president and general manager Joan Robinson-Berry looked past the decisive vote to Trump’s visit.“It is great to have this vote behind us as we come together to celebrate that event,” she said.
During a Hell Week surf drill evolution, a Navy SEAL instructor assists students from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) class. (Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Eric S. Logsdon/U.S. Navy via Getty Images) The first woman applicant ever to try out for the Navy SEALs has dropped out. She was in the training pipeline since July 24 before her decision to quit. Only since 2016 have women been permitted to apply for the SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) program, as Task & Purpose reported.Her identity is being kept secret by the Navy. The three-week course she dropped out of was the initial process to beginning the Navy’s notoriously grueling advanced training program.The initial stages include physical screening evaluations. The applicant completed just half of them. Had she completed the evaluations she could have been reviewed to go into a 24-week Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training course. That course has a 73 percent drop out rate, as reported by NTD.tv.“People try and fail on their own merits, and we respect the individual for the risk,” said an unnamed Navy official to Task & Purpose. “And whatever happens, they’re doing it to serve and protect their country.”To pass the Physical Screening Test and be considered for the more advanced training, an applicant needs to meet the following standards:500 yard swim in 12.5 minutes50 push ups in 2 minutes50 curl ups in 2 minutes10 pull up in 2 minutes1.5 mile run in 10 minutes 30 seconds Those are just the starting points. The optimum fitness standards are a bit harder to reach:500 yard swim 8 minutes 50 seconds100 push ups 2 minutes100 curl ups 2 minutes20 pull up 2 minutes1.5 mile run 8 minutes 50 secondsOnly 160 applicants are selected and 100 SEAL spots filled for the class she applied for, as Military.com reported. The Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in San Diego is where the training takes place. There are still two females trying to make it through training in the Navy’s Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman, another elite Navy program.Arguments in the comments section of Task & Purpose articles are intense and many of the article’s commenters purport to being in the military or having served before. Comments range from worries about the military lowering its requirements so women can join men in combat, to the loss of battlefield effectiveness by bringing women full-scale into roles traditionally held by men. There are also worries about the psychological impact of men and women fighting side by side, and if women should be allowed in any combat roles at all. Commenters recall previous instances of the military lowering standards to suit women entrants. “When you have to reduce standards—as you would have to do, you would have to do it—and when you would mix, you know, when you mix eros, when you mix affection for one another that could be manifested sexually, I don’t care if you go anywhere in history, you will not find where this has worked. Never has this worked,” said United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, in a report by NTD.tv.The Navy has not stated it will lower its standards to make it capable for more women to succeed in more elite forces roles.From NTD.tv Share this article Share US Show Discussion First Female Navy SEAL Applicant Drops Out of Training By NTD Television August 12, 2017 Updated: August 12, 2017 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON
The U.S. health regulator approved GW Pharmaceuticals Plc’s epilepsy treatment on Monday, making it the first cannabis-based drug to win approval in the country and opening floodgates for more research into the medicinal properties of cannabis.The drug’s approval permits its use in patients aged two years and older with Dravet Syndrome (DS) and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), rare childhood-onset forms of epilepsy that are among the most resistant to treatment.“This approval serves as a reminder that advancing sound development programs that properly evaluate active ingredients contained in marijuana can lead to important medical therapies,” said Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.The drug, Epidiolex, is made up of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the hundreds of molecules found in the marijuana plant, and contains less than 0.1 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component that makes people high.GW Pharma grows its own supply of cannabis in specialized glass houses in the United Kingdom to ensure uniformity in the genetic composition of the plants, which are then processed into a liquid solution of CBD.Although THC can induce paranoia, anxiety, and hallucinations, CBD has the opposite effect and has been cited by scientists as a potential treatment for mental health issues. While supporters of legalizing marijuana say the decision is a step in the right direction, businesses reliant on the plant must contend with the federal government’s ban on its use.Based on the potential for abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) categorizes chemicals into five schedules, with Schedule 1 substances—like marijuana and heroin—considered the most deadly and deemed to have no medical benefits.As a result, Epidiolex’s launch remains at the discretion of the DEA, which must now evaluate the drug and consider reclassifying it as a substance that has medical properties, so as to allow GW to begin selling it.GW said it expects the reclassification to occur within 90 days. The company has not yet set a price for the drug and said it would work with insurance providers to ensure the medicine would be covered under health plans.GW’s Nasdaq-listed shares marginally fell in afternoon trading. The stock has run up nearly 50 percent in the past 12 months.Most patients with LGS and DS require multiple seizure medications and the majority are resistant to currently approved anti-epileptic drugs.The two epilepsy forms are severe and associated with high rates of mortality. Some LGS patients have to wear helmets to avoid brain injuries from “drop seizures,” where muscles suddenly become limp and cause standing patients to collapse.Epidiolex would also be the first approved therapy for DS, treatments for which are currently limited to a combination of seizure medication and drugs to prevent emergencies.Treatments available for both disorders are far from perfect and some patients resort to buying “self-prescribed” CBD online or from unregulated vendor sites, Dr. Pavel Klein, founder of the Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center, said.“I hope patients have conversations with their physicians about whether this product (Epidiolex) provides them with [the] treatment they have been looking for with other unapproved products,” said Douglas Throckmorton, deputy director of regulatory programs at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.By Tamara Mathias and Manas Mishra Share this article Watch Next: A Mother Shares the Story of Her Son’s Heroin Overdose QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON A flowering marijuana plant. (Reuters/Chris Wattie) US News Share US Approves First Marijuana Plant-Derived Drug for Epilepsy By Reuters June 25, 2018 Updated: June 25, 2018 Show Discussion
“Intent is rarely proved by direct evidence,” Elia added, reported The Mercury News, noting that it’s typically based on circumstantial evidence. “You can’t surgically remove things and look at them separately.”Turner, 22, was found guilty in March 2016 of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person as well as penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person. The crimes took place outside a Stanford fraternity in January 2015.Turner served three months in jail despite facing up to 14 years in prison. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner. He was recalled from the bench in June, reported USA Today. The sentencing also led to Governor Jerry Brown signing a bill that mandates tougher penalties for the crimes that Turner committed.The appeal is Turner’s attempt for a new trial, which could lead to him not being designated a Tier III sex offender for life. California law required Turner to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life because of the convictions.Deputy Attorney General Alisha Carlile also appeared in front of the panel, arguing that the conviction should stand.The panel is expected to rule on the appeal within 90 days.From NTD.tv Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Lawyer for Former Stanford University Swimmer Convicted of Attempted Rape Makes ‘Outercourse’ Argument By Zachary Stieber July 26, 2018 Updated: July 26, 2018 Brock Turner in a Sept. 2016 file photo, registering as a sex offender in Ohio, where he now lives after moving from California. (Greene County Sheriff’s Office) Share this article An attorney for former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner claimed his client practiced “sexual outercourse” during an appeal following Turner’s conviction of attempted rape.Turner’s appellate attorney said that Turner never intended to rape the woman, arguing he was instead engaged in “sexual outercourse,” a version of “safe sex.”The attorney made the case, arguing the jury made “unreasonable inferences” leading to the conviction, in front of a three-justice panel on Tuesday in an appeals court in California, reported Dayton Daily News.“The record lacks sufficient evidence to support the three convictions in this case,” attorney Erick Multhaup argued, saying the “sexual outercourse” argument referred to his client having his clothes on when he was caught on top of the victim.He said that because Turner was fully clothed and his private parts weren’t exposed, the prosecution’s case fell short of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Turner intended to rape the woman, reported ABC.“I absolutely don’t understand what you are talking about,” responded Justice Franklin D. Elia, adding that the law “requires the jury verdict to be honored.” Brock Turner, Stanford student convicted of rape, practiced ‘sexual outercourse,’ attorney says https://t.co/I8OS7n6IVC pic.twitter.com/LzXDWPhtHE— Dayton Daily News (@daytondailynews) July 26, 2018 Share US News Show Discussion
LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Show Discussion Hurricane Michael: Merchant Vessel Captures Big Waves By Jack Phillips October 10, 2018 Updated: October 10, 2018 QualityAuto 360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video A merchant marine ship captured Hurricane Michael-spawned waves in St. Andrews Bay on Oct. 10.Nick Darling captured the footage, showing high waves rocking his vessel.Michael is moving toward the north-northeast near 14 mph, and a turn toward the northeast is expected this afternoon or tonight, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center.“A motion toward the northeast at a faster forward speed is forecast on Thursday through Friday night. On the forecast track, the core of Michael will move inland across the Florida Panhandle this afternoon, and across southeastern Alabama and southwestern Georgia tonight. Michael will move northeastward across the southeastern United States through Thursday night, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday,” the agency said. Waves from Hurricane Michael in St. Andrews Bay. (CNN)NOAA and Air Force aircraft obtained data, showing that the storm has 155 mph winds with higher gusts. A Category 5 hurricane has 157 mph winds. “Michael should weaken as it crosses the southeastern United States. Michael is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone on Friday, and strengthening is forecast as the system moves over the western Atlantic,” said the agency.“It feels like you don’t know when the next tree is going to fall on top of you because it’s blowing so ferociously,” said Port St. Joe Mayor Bo Patterson in a Reuters interview. “You just don’t know when the next one is going down. It’s very, very scary. We have trees being uprooted, heavy, heavy rain.”The storm could bring sea water levels as high as 14 feet above normal in some places, the NHC said. US News Share this article Share
LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON US News Share this article Amid Progress Against California Blaze, Number of Missing Soars By Reuters November 16, 2018 Updated: November 16, 2018 Share QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video PARADISE, Calif.—Family members and survivors on Nov. 15 sought news of the 630 people considered missing after the deadliest wildfire in California history reduced much of the town of Paradise to ash and charred rubble, and killed 63.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, said the blaze, named the Camp Fire, was now 45 percent contained, up from 35 percent on Thursday, even though it had grown slightly to 142,000 acres.With nearly 12,000 homes and buildings burned, refugees from the fire have taken up residence in tents or their vehicles and filled evacuation centers to overflowing. Search teams, meanwhile, are in burned-out areas looking for bodies, or anything else that might carry human DNA for identification purposes.Cal Fire said the Camp Fire death toll held at 63 overnight, but Miranda Bowersox, spokeswoman for the Butte County Sheriff’s office, warned the number of missing people would fluctuate.“The overall number will go down but in the short term we expect will see new reports of people missing,” she said.In some cases, those unaccounted for have likely survived but not yet notified family or authorities that they are alive, or relatives may not yet have reported people missing. Poor cellphone coverage after the fire has also made communications difficult. Last weekend, the Butte County Sheriff’s office initially put the total of missing people at 228, many of whom have now been accounted for. But as fresh reports from relatives caused the list to rise to 130 from 103 late Wednesday, 297 by Thursday morning and 630 as of Thursday night.The fire, which roared through Paradise, a town of 27,000 people in the Sierra foothills 175 miles north of San Francisco, on Nov. 8, is among the deadliest to have hit the United States over the last century.Authorities attribute the death toll partly to the speed with which flames raced through the town, driven by wind and fueled by desiccated scrub and trees.Weather conditions now are helping the firefighting effort, Nick Pimlott, a Cal Fire engineer, told KRCR TV. He said the winds had died down, allowing crews around Lake Oroville to the southeast of Paradise to construct fresh lines to contain the fire.Many on the missing list are over the age of 65. Local officials and realtors have long sold Paradise as an ideal place to retire.Brandon DuVall of Seattle said he last communicated with his retired father, Robert DuVall, in July after his father had bought a new pickup and camper. He received a call earlier this week that his father’s remains might have been found and now will go to California to provide a DNA sample.Relatives of retired U.S. Navy veteran David Marbury, 66, are waiting to hear from him. No one has managed to speak with him since the wildfire began.On Thursday, Marbury’s landlord confirmed to relatives that his duplex in Paradise had burned down. Sheriff’s officials told them his car was still in the garage.“I really hope he’s still alive and we’re going to be able to see him,” Marbury’s niece Sadia Quint, 30, told Reuters by phone. “We just hope that he’s still with us.”‘Why Am I Here?’ A sign is seen outside of Paradise Cinemas in the aftermath of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, on Nov. 14, 2018. (Reuters/Terray Sylvester)Some in Paradise were experiencing survivors’ guilt. “You’re like, ‘Why am I here?’” Sam Walker, a pastor at the First Baptist Church of Paradise, told WBUR radio. “‘Why is my family all here? Why are our churches still standing?’ I don’t know. My house is gone, like so many others.”Thousands of additional structures remain threatened as firefighters, many from distant states, try to contain and suppress the flames.More than 300 California National Guard troops are in the area searching for remains, as well as filling logistical, medical and administrative roles. Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Angle said seven soldiers from his battalion lost their homes in the fire, including one woman who asked to help with the recovery effort because it was “better for her piece of mind to be part of it.”There have been other smaller blazes in Southern California, including the Woolsey Fire, which is linked to three fatalities and has destroyed at least 500 structures near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles. It was 57 percent contained.Scientists say two seasons of devastating wildfires in California are attributable to drought that is symptomatic of climate change.President Donald Trump is due to visit the fire zones on Saturday to meet displaced residents.Smoke from the Camp Fire has spread broadly. Public schools in Sacramento 90 miles to the south, and as far away as San Francisco and Oakland, canceled classes for Friday due to poor air quality.Some of Paradise’s older residents who had lost their homes were concerned about where they would live.“I’m just very hopeful I can work something out for the future,” Norris Godsey, 82, told the San Francisco Chronicle at a church evacuation center in Chico. “If that’s not possible, I don’t know what I’ll do.”By Terray Sylvester Show Discussion
Show Discussion Southeast Asia Needs to Choose Between the US, China on Principles, Experts Say By Jennifer Zeng November 27, 2018 Updated: November 27, 2018 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share this article US News Share U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang leave the stage after posing for a group photo before the start of the 13th East Asia summit plenary session on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on Nov. 15, 2018. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images) WASHINGTON—With the intensifying rivalry between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, Southeast Asian countries can no longer sit on the fence, and have a tough choice to make. That choice should be made based on worldviews and principles, experts say.John Lee, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, who worked for the Australian government as a senior national security adviser until April, said that with the discussion of Southeast Asia’s tough choice between the United States and China, recent comments by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s could very well reflect the situation.“If you are friends with two countries, which are on different sides, sometimes it is possible to get along with both. Sometimes, it is more awkward when you try to get along with both. I think it is very desirable not to take sides, but the circumstance may come when the Association of Southeast Asian Nations [ASEAN] may have to choose one or the other. I am hoping that it will not come soon,” the prime minister said Nov. 14, during the final day of the annual ASEAN summit, which was held in his city-state. John Lee speaks at a panel discussion on “U.S.-China Rivalry: Southeast Asia’s Tough Choice” at the Hudson Institute in Washington on Nov. 19, 2018 (Wu Wei/NTD)John Lee said at a panel discussion on the “U.S.–China Rivalry: Southeast Asia’s Tough Choice” at the Hudson Institute on Nov. 19, that when he met with people from Southeast Asian countries, he always made three points.First, “Southeast Asian nations must live in a world they find for themselves. And it is time for Southeast Asian nations to choose. But is it not [an] inherent choice between two countries, the U.S. and China, It is a choice between two different worldviews. And more specifically, a choice between two different sets of principles which should rule and govern the region,” he said. Second, “as an organization which seeks diplomatic centrality, ASEAN centrality will be lost. Its relevance will decline if it continues to remain silent on alternative sets of principles with which it chooses to endorse and engage.”Third, “if ASEAN does not choose between principles, ASEAN will itself begin to fracture, to the point where several of its own members will begin to abandon ASEAN centrality in substance, and pay minimum lip service to ASEAN centrality.”Reaffirmation of PrinciplesHudson Institute’s Lee said that while many political officials in Southeast Asia are uncomfortable with the Australian, Japanese, and U.S. notions of a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” it is, in his view, essentially a “reaffirmation” of economic and security principles that have evolved after World War II.He said, in terms of economic affairs, the “free” part should include freedom from economic coercion, and from the use of debt to acquire leverage over another country’s decision-making process.“In short, economic relations in ‘free and open’ Indo-Pacific should not entail the diminishing of a country’s sovereignty,” Lee said.Lee said that while the Southeast Asian countries were sitting on the fence, things were not standing still.“The grounds are shifting to their disadvantage, especially in the South China Sea. So in my mind, a ‘wait and see’ approach—the so-called ‘small target’ approach—is actually a guaranteed strategy for them to lose,” Lee said.“I grant that there are key Southeast countries working hard behind the scenes to support the U.S. and ally countries strategically and militarily, but the refusal to overtly choose and support a set of principles gives China diplomatic cover to do what it does.“The other side of the coin is that support for the principles of a free and open Indo-Pacific will make it easier diplomatically for the U.S. and allies to give meat to the bones of this free and open Indo-Pacific concept.” Amy Searight speaks at a panel discussion on “U.S.-China Rivalry: Southeast Asia’s Tough Choice” at Hudson Institute in Washington on Nov. 19, 2018 (Wu Wei/NTD)Positive MessageAmy Searight, senior adviser and director of the Southeast Asia program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, said that while the U.S.–China strategic rivalry is intensifying, both countries in recent years have been sharpening the differences between their visions for Asia.Unlike Lee, Searight sees continued room for Southeast Asian countries not to make a definite choice between the United States and China’s differing visions.“For many of these countries, hedging these two powers and other regional players is really an attractive and reasonable option. And I don’t think hedging, for the most part, is necessarily problematic, as long as countries that are hedging do two things,” Searight said. “First, they stand up for their own interest, and make decisions that are good decisions, that are informed, that are transparent, that will lead to good outcomes for the country.”Searight said the second thing the countries need to do is “not to accept Chinese bribes, to accept a financing package from China that will lead to unsustainable debts.” Patrick Cronin speaks at a panel discussion on “U.S.-China Rivalry: Southeast Asia’s Tough Choice” at Hudson Institute in Washington on Nov. 19, 2018 (Wu Wei/NTD)Patrick Cronin, director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, said that although China swore that it wasn’t going to be a hegemon, it would never be hegemonic, the Beijing regime was already acting in that way. And the region understands that.Cronin said what the United States needs to do is to show to the region that it will support them.“For Southeast Asia, at the end of the day, we have to have a positive message about their future, and about why we are committed to their future. And it’s not their future as a means for us to get to China; it’s their future for us to both have better, brighter, prosperous, more secure tomorrows.”Cronin said the world should guard against China’s attempts to export its model to other countries.“This is why that the Xinjiang detention is such a warning sign for the region. If China were to export its domestic policy, what would it mean?” Cronin said.“Just this weekend, they were lecturing the Europeans that because of their lassitude on dealing with terrorism and jihadism in Europe, they should look to China’s model of detention camps in Xinjiang. No, we reject that.” A panel discussion on “U.S.-China Rivalry: Southeast Asia’s Tough Choice” at Hudson Institute in Washington on Nov. 19, 2018 (Wu Wei/NTD)
Strong winds such as these can topple high-profile trees and bring down trees, causing power outages. While #AtmosphericRivers are beneficial and necessary for California’s water supply, too much water too quickly can cause problems. Learn more about Atmospheric Rivers: https://t.co/LPnUo0q2J3 #CAwx pic.twitter.com/ObDCTjlW9V— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) February 12, 2019 Rainfall, they said, can trigger mudslides, floods, rockslides, and debris flows.The NWS said the risk will last until Friday morning.“Snow,” the agency said, “ can be expected for this area in the higher elevations where winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings have been issued.”The rainfall and flood could be an issue for parts of Arizona on Friday, the weather agency said.Records?ABC News reported that the top rainfall total was recorded in Venado, California, which saw 9.04 inches of rain on Wednesday.San Francisco also set a daily record of 2.5 inches, the report noted.Meanwhile, the northern Central California city of Redding saw 10 to 14 inches of snow, which is the most in 31 years. Share Share this article A massive stream of moisture is hitting California and has been dubbed an “atmospheric river” by meteorologists. It was bringing heavy rain and snow on Feb. 14.An atmospheric river is when a “plume of tropical moisture in the atmosphere that can result in heavy rainfall or snowfall in a narrow swath,” says AccuWeather.“Use of the term is most common along the West Coast of the United States, but the setup can occur anywhere that persistent winds can transport moisture from the tropics to a mid-latitude location.”The weather phenomenon has brought mudslides and flooding to California, and it has set all-time rainfall records in some cities. LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON A massive stream of moisture is hitting California, and has been dubbed an “atmospheric river” by meteorologists. It was brining heavy rain and snow on Feb. 14. (NWS Castro Valley: Somerset Ave is closed between Santa Maria & Redwood Rd due to a water main break. One vehicle got stuck in the sinkhole & the driver was able to safely exit w/ the help of firefighters. Firefighters, @ebmud & @CHPcastrovalley remain on scene. pic.twitter.com/2BNx550CEu— Alameda County Fire (@AlamedaCoFire) February 13, 2019 Peak Wind Gusts at selected locations. #sacwx #CAwx pic.twitter.com/9MJRScarnQ— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) February 14, 2019 The weather is forecast to continue into the weekend in the West Coast to the Rocky Mountains.Meanwhile, an additional 4 inches of rain could fall along the coast with several feet of snow falling from the Sierra Nevada to the Rockies, ABC noted.More DetailsAccording to AccuWeather, the storm will also bring harsh winds, and some gusts have reached 60 mph in Southern California and 100 mph in the Sierra Nevada mountains. US News ‘Atmospheric River’ Brings Heavy Rain, Snow to California By Jack Phillips February 14, 2019 Updated: February 14, 2019 An atmospheric river is bringing heavy rain and mountain snow to #California. Check out the conveyor belt of clouds and moisture heading toward the West Coast in this loop from our newly operational #GOES17 (#GOESWest) satellite. Learn more: https://t.co/DhXRshmtyJ pic.twitter.com/fix8G2myrO— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) February 13, 2019 The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said a storm system is unleashing an “anomalous surge of tropical moisture” across the state“Several inches of rainfall is expected across much of southern California, with the highest totals for the coastal mountain ranges,” the agency said on Feb. 14. “There is a high risk of excessive rainfall on Thursday for the southern California mountains, capable of causing flash flooding and mudslides.”Flash flood warnings were issued across the Golden State, and forecasters have called on locals to stay clear of areas that have recently burned in fires, including the devastating Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire. Show Discussion
Show Discussion Texas Share this article SARITA, Texas—Hundreds of Border Patrol agents, sheriffs, and law enforcement officials joined the family of slain Border Patrol agent Javier Vega Jr. on March 20 to dedicate a checkpoint in Vega’s honor.Vega’s K-9 partner, Goldie, was also present. Goldie, who was Javier Vega Jr.’s K-9 partner, was at the ceremony for the newly renamed Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint in Sarita, Texas, on March 20, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)“That day, he did what his heart told him to do—the very same thing he was trained to do. The very same thing he loved to do,” said Vega’s mother, Marie, in an emotional speech. “The very same thing he took that oath for—the oath to defend and protect.” Marie Vega, mother of slain Border Patrol agent Javier Vega Jr., speaks at the renaming of the Sarita Border Patrol checkpoint to the Javier Vega, Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint in Sarita, Texas, on March 20, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)Vega was shot and killed on Aug. 3, 2014, while out fishing with his wife, children, and parents near Santa Monica, Texas. As two illegal aliens approached the family and attempted to rob them, Vega attempted to draw his weapon, but was shot in the chest. His father was also shot and wounded.Both assailants fled the scene and were arrested a short time later.In 2016, Vega’s murder was re-determined to have been in the line of duty. Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Chief Rodolfo Karisch at the naming of the Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol checkpoint in Sarita, Texas, on March 20, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol Chief Rodolfo Karisch thanked Border Patrol officials and Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).“Their efforts in reclassifying agent’s Vega’s murder as a line-of-duty death, and in moving legislation forward to rename the checkpoint in [his] honor, are greatly appreciated,” Karisch said. “The dedication of this checkpoint today will preserve his legacy for generations of agents who will continue to serve this great nation.” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) at the newly renamed Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint in Sarita, Texas, on March 20, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)Cornyn sent a letter to the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner in 2015 to request Vega’s death be reclassified as line-of-duty, allowing his family to receive the benefits of such a classification. A year later, he sent another letter, along with Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and John Carter (R-Texas), and was that time successful. Border Patrol agents at the newly renamed Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint in Sarita, Texas, on March 20, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)In 2017, a bill introduced by Cornyn and co-sponsored by Cruz to rename the Sarita checkpoint in Vega’s honor passed the Senate.“Everyone in law enforcement knows you never truly go off-duty. Once you’ve taken the oath, it doesn’t end at your front doorstep. Harvey truly represented the best of Texas,” Cornyn said, using Vega’s nickname. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at the newly renamed Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint in Sarita, Texas, on March 20, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)Cruz said Vega spent his life defending others, first as a Marine and then as a Border Patrol agent.“He tragically gave his life doing what he had spent his entire life doing, which is defending others, defending his family, from two criminal illegal aliens who had been deported previously,” Cruz said. “We’re today with a moment of sadness, but also with deep, deep gratitude.”Vega’s widow, Paola Andrea Brown, said Vega’s fellow Border Patrol agents have been by the family’s side since day one.“We’re grateful for each and every one of you,” she said. “My boys lost their father, I lost my best friend. Everyone tells me that I’ve done such a great job in raising these boys, but little do they know, these boys have raised me.” Paola Andrea Brown, wife of slain Border Patrol agent Javier Vega Jr., at the newly renamed Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint in Sarita, Texas, on March 20, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)“I know your father is so proud of all three of you.”The Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol checkpoint is situated on U.S. 77 in southeast Texas, between Brownsville and San Antonio. The newly renamed Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint in Sarita, Texas, on March 20, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times) Border Patrol agents and a K-9 inspect vehicles at the Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol checkpoint in Sarita, Texas, on March 20, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times) Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share L-R: Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost, Marie Vega, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Chief Rodolfo Karisch, and Paul Perez, vice president National Border Patrol Council, stand by the new sign at the Javier Vega, Jr., Border Patrol checkpoint in Sarita, Texas, on March 20, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times) Texas Checkpoint Renamed to Honor Fallen Border Patrol Agent By Charlotte Cuthbertson March 21, 2019 Updated: April 2, 2019
Share Show Discussion LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON PARIS—A Quaker and pilot from Edinburg, Texas, 1st Lieutenant Joseph Heacock refused to bear arms for religious reasons, but he flew a P-38 on missions as a member of the 33rd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron—including on D-Day.A former elementary school teacher from Morrisville, Pennsylvania, Tec 5 Mary Schulyer had what might seem to be a mundane job at a mail-sorting post, but the letters she helped deliver proved key to propping up the morale of homesick GIs.Heacock and Schulyer are both buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery in England, along with more than 3,800 other U.S. soldiers who lost their lives during World War II. Across the English Channel, another American military cemetery, the Normandy American Cemetery, provides a final resting place for more than 9,000 people, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day invasion and subsequent battles.Cambridge and Normandy count among the 26 U.S. military cemeteries and 30 memorials in more than a dozen countries administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), a U.S. government agency. Most commemorate the service of Americans in World War I and World War II. (L-R) 1st Lt Joseph Heacock; Tec 5 Mary Schulyer. (Courtesy AMBC)The ABMC is focusing more on telling the stories of individuals such as Heacock and Schulyer, and groups such as black engineering units, and the 32 neighbors from Bedford County, Virginia, who are all buried at Normandy. Bedford was the place that “suffered the most on D-Day, proportionally speaking,” said Anne-Sophie Navet, an interpreter at the Normandy American Cemetery. “It remains a symbol.”The focus on storytelling represents a shift in the agency’s mission and its “target audiences,” said Jerry Lefler, deputy director of cemetery operations. “ABMC is making a transition from a mourning to a commemorative agency.” History Interpreters Keep Alive Memories of Fallen D-Day Soldiers By Bill Hinchberger, Special to The Epoch Times June 5, 2019 Updated: June 5, 2019 Share this article QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video The original target audience for ABMC cemeteries consisted primarily of veterans and family members. “It is still our first mission,” said Flora Gueguen, another interpreter at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Relatives come here, and we escort them to the graves. It is always a special moment.”With the passage of time, the number of people on personal pilgrimages has naturally dropped. “Most of the direct relatives of people from World War I and World War II have passed away,” said Lefler. “How do we keep our cemeteries, our story, and the stories of those buried there relevant?”About a dozen years ago, the ABMC began to recognize the need to add an educational element to its program to introduce younger generations to some of the history behind all the casualties. The agency began collecting stories and artifacts, including photographs. The first visitors center was inaugurated at the Normandy American Cemetery in 2007. A half-dozen others have since been established. A soldier reads names on a wall of remembrance at the Cambridge American Cemetery in Madingley, UK, on Nov. 11, 2011. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)The ABMC also invested in telling stories in an engaging way. Many local staff members received training according to the guidelines of the National Association for Interpretation, a membership organization based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Now retired, Bill Gwaltney was hired as an interpretive coach. He made the rounds of European sites to work with “interpreters,” who he insists are much more than mere guides. He argues that they help provide context and meaning by using a combination of “social science, education, and storytelling.”He compared their work to “arranging a musical score.”Here’s how it works in practice, according to Constant Lebastard, cemetery associate at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, a World War I site in France: “We speak to people for about an hour,” she said. “We don’t only talk about the cemetery but we also focus on the men. We use them to tell a story.”Lebastard added, “We are not teachers. We give people an idea of what happened and make people think.”At the Cambridge American Cemetery, Suzie Harrison, an interpretive guide, provides context about the “friendly invasion” of England by troops from the United States and elsewhere in preparation for D-Day.“If you think about it as a narrative, we are chapter one, and Normandy is chapter two,” she said. “People don’t realize what happened here over the course of two years.”Harrison tells visitors about racial segregation in the U.S. military—black engineering units built airfields that were essential to the D-Day operation. What happened in the military during World War II served as “a precursor to the Civil Rights movement,” she said. “There is a lot to talk about.”Visitors often ask if anyone famous is buried in the graveyard, Harrison said. Many sites feature a Wall of the Missing with names of people whose remains were never recovered or identified. The list at the Cambridge American Cemetery includes big band leader Glenn Miller and Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., the brother of President John F. Kennedy.Fame depends on the audience.“There is no point in telling the story of Glenn Miller to a group of 10-year olds,” said Harrison. “When [visitors] ask about famous people, we say they are all famous.” U.S. D-Day veteran Leonard Jindra, 98, speaks with his daughter following a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on June 2, 2019. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images) US News
A study of dictators over the past 150 years shows they are rarely associated with strong economies, and quite often with weaker onesA study of dictators over the past 150 years shows they are rarely associated with strong economies, and quite often with weaker ones.Autocratic leaders are often credited with purposefully delivering good economic outcomes, such as the late Lee Kuan Yew, who is widely credited with Singapore’s prosperity.But new research published in the Leadership Quarterly journal by researchers from RMIT University and Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, challenges that long-held assumption.RMIT University economist Dr Ahmed Skali said robust analysis of data on economic growth, political regimes and political leaders from 1858 to 2010 found dictators rarely oversaw strong economies.- Advertisement – “We also examined whether autocratic leaders were good at implementing measures which mainly benefit the less well-off in society, such as reducing unemployment or spending more on health and education. That was not the case,” Skali said.“We also looked further into whether growth-positive autocrats, although infrequent, really do deserve the credit for turning around their country’s economic fate.”There was no evidence to suggest dictators had a positive influence over growth trajectories in the five or ten years after taking power.“Therefore, it appears that even the rare growth-positive autocrats largely find themselves at the right place at the right time and “ride the wave” of pre-existing growth,” Skali said.The same analysis, carried out on dictators overseeing poor economies, to see if they had merely found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, found instead that economic growth dropped significantly after the entry into power of an economically ‘bad’ autocrat. – Advertisement – In short, dictators were shown to have little influence in driving economies up, but often more influence in driving them down.How could we be so easily fooled into thinking otherwise?Co-author and Victoria University behavioural economist Stephanie Rizio said humans were hard-wired to perceive agency: the tendency to ascribe conscious intentions to phenomena that are not guided by any such intents.“In the wild, this is a successful evolutionary strategy, even if it leads to false positives,” she explained.“It is better to interpret rustling in a nearby bush as caused by a predator or an ill-intended rival tribesperson, and be incorrect, than to ascribe it to the wind and be incorrect. This tendency has remained with us into the present day.” “In an era where voters are willingly trading their political freedoms in exchange for promises of strong economic performance to strongman figures like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin or Recep Tayyip Erdogan, it’s important to understand whether autocratic leaders do deliver economic growth,” Skali said.“Our empirical results show no evidence that autocratic leaders are successful at delivering economic growth in any systematic way.”Autocrats whose countries experienced larger than average economic growth were found only as frequently as you would predict based on chance alone.In contrast, autocrats overseeing poor economic growth were found significantly more frequently than chance would predict.“Taken together, these two results cast serious doubt on the view that autocratic leaders are successful at promoting economic growth,” he said.The study looked at other important outcomes beyond just economic growth. As social primates, Rizio explained, we’re also inclined to accept the authority of a single individual, the alpha primate.“Perhaps this is why we routinely attribute group-level outcomes to the actions of leaders, even when leaders have no control over outcomes, which may lead us to be accepting of autocratic leadership styles,” she said.The leadership literature has recently shown that, in times of uncertainty, the order and predictability provided by a strongly hierarchical system can make the idea of autocratic leadership more attractive.Skali said the research was not only interesting for economic development and political leadership theory, but also a timely question as the rise of ‘strongman’ figures is becoming more and more prevalent. -/TISG- Advertisement –
Many of us now live fast-paced, urban lifestyles, and those of us who have children will understand the restrictive nature of the buggy… it just isn’t fit to keep up with our demanding and ever-changing needs! This is where Upp2 comes into play! Upp2 may just be the perfect mobility concept for active parents and their toddlers; this extremely dynamic and flexible method of transport adapts to cater to whatever demanding need its faces.Upp2 takes on a multitude of forms which suit a range of ages and tackle an array of environments. The stylish and dynamic buggy features a slim and agile design that makes it perfect for zipping through narrow streets, whilst providing a secure seating position for its little passenger! The harness can be lifted off from the buggy in a fluid action; this makes tackling obstacles like steps and tricky terrain an absolute breeze!Designers: Tassilo Eissing & Daniel FarmerSharePinShareFlipSharePocket899 Shares
Imagine having an army-knife-style multitool, but instead of a corkscrew, it has your car-keys. Instead of a fish-scaler, you’ve got your house-keys, and in the place of a butter knife lies your work USB drive. Imagine a multi-tool that’s pocket-friendly, and just like a Swiss-army-knife, it has all the essentials… but they’re YOUR essentials.Developed in Australia, this is the Jibbon, a customizable key-organizer that uses a specially designed enclosure that snaps open and closed to hold all your keys and other EDC. Designed to hold anywhere from one to 9 keys, the Jibbon comes with a swivel-to-reveal design that’s reminiscent of a Swiss army knife. When you need a specific key, swivel it open… when you’re done, swivel it back into its safe, leather-clad enclosure that gives the Jibbon a touch of class, while preventing your metal keys from accidentally scratching your phone’s display or periodically poking against your thigh through your pocket lining (honestly the real problem here!)The Jibbon doesn’t just hold keys, it works with other pocket-friendly tools too. Available as separate accessories, you can even store Jibbon’s USB drive and metal multitool along with your keys, giving all your important pocketables one true home. You can choose between adding a 16gb or a 32gb pen-drive to the mix, while the multitool gives you a knife, flathead screwdriver, nail-file, and bottle opener, all in one, compact form-factor that practically occupies as much space as one of your keys. Just like your keys, the attachments snap right into Jibbon’s enclosure thanks to their proprietary mechanism that allows you to swap keys, drives and multitools with incredible ease, eliminating the need for any screwdrivers, coins, or fingernails to access individual elements.Jibbon may have the soul of a multi-key multitool device, but it comes clad in premium Italian leather… a material choice that not only gives it a touch of finesse and class, but protects your phone’s display from the pointed keys stored within the Jibbon. Sourced from the most revered tanneries in Italy, the Jibbon comes in 4 tanned color options, and organizes all your highly functional keys, tools, and drives within a form that’s truly flawless… and even backed by a 3 year warranty!Designers: Jack Graham & Matthew SherwenClick Here to Buy Now: $31 $43 (28% off). Hurry, less than 24 hours left!About JibbonA minimalist, anti-scratch key organizer made from genuine Italian leather and marine grade stainless steel.What’s Different with the Jibbon?The patented locking mechanism allows for easy micro-adjustment. No tools or coins are required to change the keys.Adjust On The Go & Guaranteed Not to LoosenThey wanted to put an end to the noisy, sharp key bundle. Most people carrying keys find it uncomfortable in their pockets. It scratches their phone and wears holes.Protect Your Gear and DevicesCan’t stand having your keys and phone in the same pocket? Your phone screen will love the genuine Italian leather covering the metal parts. Your phone and other belongings will stay protected.No Loose PartsUnlike other key organizers, Jibbon doesn’t include any loose wave washers, springs or spacers.Made With 316 Stainless SteelHigh quality, corrosion resistant stainless steel is used for all metal parts. We have strength tested each element to meet the needs of the user. Every part of the design has been refined to eliminate unnecessary parts, ensuring reliability.Customize Multi-tool & USB OptionsEach key organizer includes an extension, allowing you to fit between 3 to 9 keys.Add in the multi-tool when traveling – TSA safe.Include the 16GB USB when you need files on the go.Removable D-ring with a matte PVD finish.Monogramming – up to 3 uppercase characters.Italian Leather Sourced DirectSourced directly from tanneries in Italy, the leather is top grain, dyed by skilled artisans. Traditional processes are used to enhance the rich color and soft texture.Available in 4 distinct colors, choose the perfect match for you, your loved one or friends.The Design ProcessEach element of the Jibbon Key organiser is designed by them. There are no “off the shelf” parts.Click Here to Buy Now: $31 $43 (28% off). Hurry, less than 24 hours left!SharePinShareFlipSharePocket1.2K Shares
Imagine if Annie Leibovitz designed her own camera, or Christopher Nolan constructed his own movie theater, or Steve Vai built his own electric guitar from scratch. You wouldn’t second guess the quality of the product, would you? It would HAVE to be spectacular. Everdure comes from the mind of one of the most innovative and decorated chefs of our time, UK’s own Heston Blumenthal. Practically a master, nay, a wizard of the culinary sciences, Heston built Everdure to be the kind of equipment HE would use to cook mind-numbing, physics-defying dishes.Dubbed the 4K, Everdure’s outdoor grill is a culmination of 4000 years of grilling and cooking with fire in a controlled environment. A first of its kind, the 4K allows you to light your charcoal with the push of a button, while numbered dials on the base and the top give you complete, calibrated control over the air-flow, both into the 4K grill’s base and out of the top. 6 sensors on the inside allow you to monitor the grill’s internal temperature, as well as the temperature of the meat or fish you’re cooking, while the 4K also packs two enamel grills, two stainless steel grills, a heat deflector, and water container, allowing you to absolutely master your cooking experience.Beautiful too look at both inside as well as out, Everdure’s 4K comes made from thick-gauge metal and die-cast aluminum with a unique insulation design that lessens heat transfer. Perhaps the only grill advanced enough to have its own digital control panel, you can calibrate your cook using 4K’s UI, as well as measure your grill’s temperature using 4K’s companion app over a bluetooth connection, so that you get perfectly cooked food everytime, from steaks to vegetables, burgers, pizzas, to even the occasional delectable pot roast on a cold winter afternoon!Designer: Everdure by Heston BlumenthalSharePinShareFlipSharePocket802 Shares
Nobody wants to experience a home disaster & it’s not like you can predict when one will happen. If you were to experience a fire, flood, earthquake or other home disaster, would you be able to name every single valuable in your home? If not, you need to create a home inventory list of all your valuables.Preparing a home inventory can be a large task, but taking the time to do so can make a difference of thousands of dollars when it comes to your claims settlement as well as simple ease of processing your claim.For many of us, where we live symbolizes us and what is in that house symbolizes our lives. Our belongings represent our memories, personal style and even investments that hold significant value such as art. When you add up how much all of your personal items are worth, it can be a substantial figure into the many 10s of thousands of dollars or more.Home insurance claims from disasters such as flood or fire are traumatic. A home inventory checklist can help you remember quickly what items you had. Would you recall exactly how many pairs of jeans you had and what brand they were? Would you recall how many pairs of shoes you had or what brands they were? What about art? Could you recall the name of the artist and how much you paid for it?The Easiest Way to Create Your ListTaking the time to inventory your home can be useful in the event of theft or damage to the contents of your home.Take pictures of every room in your home. Then, take pictures of each valuable in the room.Take a video of every room in your home.Note: be sure to store these pictures or video in the cloud as a backup so you don’t lose it in the fire or flood too!If you were to experience a home disaster, having this list will significantly cut down on how much time and stress you deal with when it comes to your claim settlement.What Valuables in Your Home Need a Separate Endorsement?Remember, valuables like art, furs, comic books, antiques and jewelry need an endorsement on your current home, condo or renters insurance policy.The good news is your insurance agent likely gave you sufficient coverage for your personal property. If you feel like you need more, be sure to tell your agent. Home, renters and condo insurance policies typically come standard with this coverage but you might need more.