Borough Looks At Switching To Borough Manager

first_imgCooper: “This ordinance is something I have believed in for a very long time. We have had mayors in this borough that were very qualified and we’ve had mayors that were not. So this is not an attack on this administration solely.” A public hearing will be held at the borough meeting on Tuesday. If it passes the assembly the question would go on the fall ballot for voters to decide on October 1. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough has begun to scratch the surface on a debate on whether or not to move towards a borough management style instead of the current mayor style. In a ordinance put before the borough assembly, under a manager form of government, the mayor would still be elected areawide but no longer be the chief administrator of the borough. Instead, a borough manager would be appointed by majority vote of the assembly on the basis of administrative qualifications to serve as the chief administrator. center_img Currently, twelve of the state’s 19 boroughs employ a manager to administer day-to-day operations versus a mayor. The ordinance was introduced by Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper, and Assemblyman Hal Smalley. The mayor would serve as chair of the assembly, still be able to participate in assembly discussions, may vote on assembly actions in the case of a tie, and may veto assembly actions, according to the ordinance. last_img read more

OKs Jamie Lynn Issue Sells 13 Million Copies

first_imgOK! magazine’s Jamie Lynn Spears pregnancy scoop propelled the magazine to sell more than a million copies at the newsstand for the first time.The scoop—picked up by major news outlets around the world before the magazine hit newsstands—did not cannibalize sales. “We literally had to go back to press to satisfy the demand,” publisher Tom Morrissy wrote in an e-mail to advertisers. Morrissy projects total newsstand sales of 1.3 million, and a delivery of close to 1.7 million for the week. Morrissy says the magazine averaged 947,055 copies per issue during the second half of 2007, or a bonus delivery of 11 percent. OK!’s rate base is 850,000. “Our experience has been the more pickups we get, the more sales we have,” Morrissy told FOLIO: recently. “It’s not just the news we’re delivering [in print]—you’re going to want to spend time with the pictures.”According to OK!, the magazine ended the year with a 46 percent increase in advertising pages—the “biggest increase in the weekly market and the 4th biggest increase in publishing overall,” according to Morrissy.last_img read more

Woburn District Court HEAT Program Addresses Substance Abuse At 12th Annual Conference

first_imgWOBURN, MA — Hundreds of leaders in public health and law enforcement came together last month for the 12th Annual Woburn District Court Heroin Education Awareness Task Force (H.E.A.T.) Conference to discuss the latest trends and treatment surrounding substance abuse.On Friday, June 15, attendees gathered at the Hilton Boston/Woburn to learn more about drug use and ways to assist those struggling with addiction. The half-day meeting consisted of experts speaking about substance abuse treatment, prevention and enforcement.The H.E.A.T. program was founded by Vincent J. Piro and Michael P. Higgins, of the probation department of Woburn District Court, the police departments of the seven cities and towns under its jurisdiction: Woburn, Burlington, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wilmington and Winchester, the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and the AdCare Educational Institute. The program is designed to educate the public, especially families and friends of those suffering from addiction, about heroin use and abuse trends among young people.“To all the presenters and attendees who joined us for the 12th annual conference, thank you for making this year a success,” Piro said. “Every year, the Woburn District Court and our partner agencies work to provide life saving resources to those in need, and it is through these collaborations that we have been successful.”Over the last few years, overdose deaths have exceeded motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. More than a decade ago, H.E.A.T. recognized the growing problem between painkiller abuse and heroin use, and every year works to call attention to deadly synthetic substances in an effort to prevent addiction and deaths.“The H.E.A.T. program has been at the forefront of these issues for almost 13 years,” Woburn Police Chief Robert Ferullo said. “It is the belief of leaders at Friday’s conference that we must collaborate across agencies to provide education to the public on prevention, treatment for those struggling with addiction, and enforcement of the laws to make a difference in the opioid crisis.”To open the conference, Stephen Wood from Winchester Hospital spoke about the rise in popularity of vaping, new substances that are being taken for recreational use (everything from Morning Glory flower seeds to “Flakka” — a synthetic cathinone that causes a number of symptoms like hallucinations and violent behavior) and potential warning signs that a loved one may be using drugs.Britte McBride, Commissioner of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, informed attendees about the provisions and regulations that will be in place for the marijuana industry once legalized sales go into effect on July 1, including mandated advertisements to educate consumers and promote safe use of products, stringent security protocols at establishments and testing of products before they go onto the market.Billerica Town Manager John Curran shared his experience with the opioid crisis from a municipal level, using a proactive and reactive approach, while Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan spoke about the change in perspective that law enforcement must take to address the opioid epidemic.“We found that we couldn’t arrest our way out of the problem,” Chief Sheehan said. “We were really failing by not going deeper into the issue, and instead just going through the judicial system.”In Tewksbury, the mentality of solely relying on enforcement has been altered and officials are looking at education, collaboration with local agencies and counseling/treatment to address the root of the issue. Additionally, all officers carry Narcan, an opioid reversal drug, to save the lives of those who are overdosing.Michael McLaughlin and Pierce Aliberti, of Stoneham, closed the conference by sharing their experiences and journeys to recovery, thanking those who helped them along the way with resources and support.(NOTE: The above press release is from JGPR.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Attend Heroin Education Awareness Task Force (HEAT) ConferenceIn “Police Log”Woburn District Court H.E.A.T. (Heroin Education Awareness Task Force) Holds 11th Annual ConferenceIn “Government”Wilmington Police Department’s Substance Abuse Efforts Gets Boost From $100,000 Grant & Regional PartnershipIn “Police Log”last_img read more

BNP to hold human chains sitin hungerstrike programmes

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia being taken to jail on Thursday. Photo: CollectedThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will form human chains on Monday, stage sit-in on Tuesday and stage hunger strike on Wednesday across the country demanding release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia.Party’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the three-day programmes at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters on Saturday.The country’s main opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia landed in jail on Thursday after a makeshift court sentenced her to five years in jail in a graft case filed during the military-controlled regime in 2008.last_img read more

UPDATE Houston Firefighters Union To Meet With Mayor Turner To Parley Over

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen View Fullscreen X 00:00 /00:00center_img Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaPhoto, taken across the street from Houston City Hall, August 8, 2018Mayor Sylvester Turner has scheduled a public meeting tomorrow, Wednesday January 16, with the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA). The mayor wants to discuss the union’s ideas on how to implement voter mandated pay raises without busting the budget and the union has accepted his proposal to meet.Mayor Turner sent an open letter to firefighters’ union president Patrick M. “Marty” Lancton last week, inviting him to discuss the union’s ideas for implementing Proposition B. That’s the ballot measure that requires firefighters get the same pay as police of similar ranks.On Tuesday afternoon, Lancton said he wrote back a series of questions, but had yet to receive any answers. “And what we asked was, ‘Will you bring your own solutions, not simply demand that us or the people in the community not only negotiate against each other or we with ourselves?’” Lancton says. “That’s not constructive.”Lancton also asked whether the mayor would cease threatening to lay off workers. Both Mayor Turner and City Controller Chris Brown say the only way the city can afford the firefighters’ raises is by laying off hundreds of city workers – including firefighters.Later on Tuesday afternoon, the firefighters union said in a statement that Lancton and union attorney Troy Blakeney will meet with Mayor Turner Wednesday “to discuss implementation of Prop B and settlement of the City’s pending lawsuit against firefighters.”In the statement, the union also announced it is seeking a court order “compelling the city to begin paying firefighters equally with police officers on a rank-by-rank basis.”In a letter sent to Ron Lewis, the City of Houston’s Attorney, Blakeney wrote: “It is not our intent to have another public debate between Mayor Turner and HPFFA President Lancton” and added the union looks forward to “gaining a better understanding of the City of Houston’s proposals and options for implementing Prop B and discussing a possible resolution of the legal actions concerning this matter.”Note: The meeting will take place at the Houston City Hall Annex at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. It is open to the public, but seating is limited. Sharelast_img read more

Geely McCar Electric vehicle and scooter in one

first_imgOfficial word has not been given yet on when this car will be available to the public, what markets it will be made available to, or what the car will cost. It does not take a brain surgeon to figure out that the car will be available in China, but who knows what other markets the McCar will find its way into. (PhysOrg.com) — Geely, an automotive manufacturer that is based in China, has created a new vehicle called McCar. Aside from creating a lot of Batman movie comparisons and jokes, it truly is an amazing vehicle. The McCar, which is not named for a famous sandwich created by a fast food chain that uses a clown as it mascot, is a hybrid car that is paired with a scooter in the rear. While this combination is a bit unusual, it provides the maximum in driver flexibility. The McCar was recently shown off to the public at Auto Shanghai auto show this week. Toyota shows off its new iQ electric-car prototype The McCar electric version features a 12kWh battery, which has a range of roughly 93 miles. This car will no doubt be for mostly city driving, since it has a top speed of only 52mp. Recharge time on the McCar’s battery is roughly six hours, which puts it ahead of some larger electronic cars. The hybrid version features a 8kWh battery that can run roughly 31 miles on electric power and up to 373 miles on a combination of gasoline and battery life, with a top speed of 80mph, which makes it the choice for longer trips. The hybrid is also good for impatient chargers, since it takes only two hours to recharge. The cars scooter has a range of 18 miles and a top speed of 18 miles per hour. Like the hybrid vehicle the scooter takes two hours to charge. Since this part charges while you drive, you won’t really have to wait. Explore furthercenter_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com The McCar is an ultra compact, two-door model with four-seats. The folding scooter in the back is entirely electric and has three wheels. Storing a bike in a car is nothing new, what makes the McCar unique is the fact that it can actually generate electricity with the movement of the car. The electricity can then be used to charge the electric scooter while it is docked in the trunk of the car. So, how could car could be greener than this? Since the main vehicle gives drivers a choice of a gas-electric hybrid or fully electric car, it really can’t. Citation: Geely McCar: Electric vehicle and scooter in one (2011, April 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-geely-mccar-electric-vehicle-scooter.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mathematical framework offers a more detailed understanding of network relationships

first_img Unraveling biological networks (Phys.org)—A trio of math and computer scientists has developed a means for developing generalized frameworks that allow for clustering networks based on higher-order connectivity patterns. In their paper published in the journal Science, Austin Benson and Jure Leskovec with Stanford University and David Gleich with Purdue University outline their framework ideas and offer real life examples of ways their techniques can be applied to help understand complex networks in simpler ways. Nataša Pržulj and Noël Malod-Dognin with University College London offer an analysis of the work done by the trio in a Perspectives piece in the same journal issue. Journal information: Science Social network diagram. Credit: Daniel Tenerife/Wikipedia More information: A. R. Benson et al. Higher-order organization of complex networks, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aad9029AbstractNetworks are a fundamental tool for understanding and modeling complex systems in physics, biology, neuroscience, engineering, and social science. Many networks are known to exhibit rich, lower-order connectivity patterns that can be captured at the level of individual nodes and edges. However, higher-order organization of complex networks—at the level of small network subgraphs—remains largely unknown. Here, we develop a generalized framework for clustering networks on the basis of higher-order connectivity patterns. This framework provides mathematical guarantees on the optimality of obtained clusters and scales to networks with billions of edges. The framework reveals higher-order organization in a number of networks, including information propagation units in neuronal networks and hub structure in transportation networks. Results show that networks exhibit rich higher-order organizational structures that are exposed by clustering based on higher-order connectivity patterns. As the authors note, it is not difficult to make out patterns in very small networks, a person trying to do so need only watch the system at work for a period of time. It is when networks become bigger and more complex that they become unwieldy. Even in such cases, however, low-order patterns are often still easy to discern—counting nodes or edges for example, offers some degree of network size, though doing so tells you very little about what the network does and how—that is where high-order organizational principles come into play. Unfortunately attempts to create a means for providing more information or detail about such systems has to date, not met with much success. In this new effort, the researchers describe a framework they have developed that offers some of the pattern recognition seen in smaller networks, with more complex networks.They start, Pržulj and Malod-Dognin note, with one of the more common higher-order structures known as small network subgraphs, which they refer to as network motifs—those that are statistically significant can be used as building blocks for the building of a mathematical framework, which is of course what the researchers have done. Relationship identification among the motifs was done by applying clustering algorithms. The result is a framework that highlights and/or identifies which of the motifs are the most critical when a network is in operation.The trio tested their framework technique by using it to analyze part of the neuronal network of a roundworm, and report that it revealed the particular cluster of 20 neurons responsible for performing actions such as standing and wiggling its head. They also gained insights into air traffic patterns by using it to perform an analysis of airports in the U.S. and Canada. They suggest such frameworks may be used in a wide variety of applications.center_img Citation: Mathematical framework offers a more detailed understanding of network relationships (2016, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-mathematical-framework-network-relationships.html Explore further © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Two new massive planets detected around the star HD 27894

first_img Citation: Two new massive planets detected around the star HD 27894 (2017, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-massive-planets-star-hd.html Panels a) and b) illustrate the 3PKM signals of planets HD 27894 b and c, phase folded to their periods of about 18 and 36 days, respectively. Panel c) illustrates the Doppler signal induced by planet d, and panel d) shows the residuals of the 3PKM. Credit: Trifonov et al., 2017. Gas giant planet HD 27894 b appears to have at least two massive companions, according to a new study published June 1 in a paper on arXiv.org. One of the newly discovered alien worlds is a Saturn-mass planet, while the other one is a cold exoworld several times more massive than Jupiter. Located about 138 light years away from the Earth, HD 27894 is a non-active solar-type star of spectral type K2V approximately 20 percent less massive than the sun. In 2005, HD 27894 b was detected using radial velocity measurements conducted with the use of the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) at the La Silla Observatory in Chile.Given that HD 27894 has a low declination, visual brightness of 9.36 mag and a slow rotation period of about 44 days, it is an excellent target for HARPS observations. So after the discovery of HD 27894 b, researchers monitored the star using this spectrograph during three observational campaigns in 2006, 2013 and 2016.Now, an international team of astronomers led by Trifon Trifonov of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany has analyzed the available archival and new HARPS data in order to find additional planets in the HD 27894 system. The study detected the presence of two gas giant exoplanets, which received designations HD 27894 c and HD 27894 d.”In this paper, we present an updated orbital configuration for the HD 27894 system; according to our self-consistent N-body analysis of the RV data, the system is composed of three planets, the inner two likely in a 2:1 MMR (mean motion resonance),” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the research, HD 27894 c has a mass of about 0.16 Jupiter masses, an orbital period of 36 days and is circling its host at a distance of 0.2 AU. HD 27894 d is much more massive, with a mass of approximately 5.4 Jupiter masses. The Jovian planet is also orbiting the star at a much larger distance than the other two worlds in the system. It takes HD 27894 d over 14 years to complete one full orbit, as it is located almost 5.5 AU from the host. Moreover, the researchers noted that their new findings show that this planetary system has a unique configuration.”The co-existence of a massive, distant, and moderately eccentric Jovian planet and a possibly resonant inner pair of massive planets makes the HD 27984 system truly unique,” the paper reads.The authors reveal that such a configuration provides important hints about the formation and evolution of this system. They assume that the inner pair of planets has probably been trapped in a 2:1 MMR by smooth migration capture, while the outer planet migrated to its current distant position before the circumstellar disk evaporated, thus halting the migration.”The planetary system around HD 27894 is important for probing planetary formation and evolution scenarios and illustrates the importance of further follow-up of radial velocity planet hosts,” the astronomers concluded. Explore further More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1706.00509.pdf This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.org Astronomers discover ‘super-Earth’ planet orbiting nearby starlast_img read more

Epic victory with a fair twist

first_imgRam Bijoy- Ankia Naat was performed for the art and culture lovers of the city at Mavalankar Hall on 24 May. This is an endeavor by the Assam Tourism Development Corporation, Government of Assam in association with Raginee-a socio-cultural organization of Guwahati  to showcase the rich and glorious cultural legacy of the state Assam.Women performing an Ankia Naat which is considered to be a religious performance is self-explanatory of women empowerment and liberal culture of Assam. Till 1949 these Ankia Naataks were performed only by men. Thus the Capital witnessed this special treat that  had Assam’s best known actors gracing the stage.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Ram Bijoy was designed and directed by Madhurima Choudhury. Ankia Naat Bhaona is a traditional art form of the 15th century – A style of drama conceived by Srimanta Sankardeva (1449-1568) that displayed spiritual music encompassing a combination of dance and dramaturgy.Ustad Amzad Ali Khan and his wife Subhalakshmi, Actor Adil Hussain, Hemoprova Saikia were also present along with other dignitaries.Ram Bijoy – Ankia Naat performed by a group of women who are top actresses of Assam including  Moloya Goswami, Nishita Goswami, Madhurima Chaudhuri, Rasarani Chetana Das and Barsha Rani Bishaya. The play was performed in Brajavali – concoction of Assamese, Hindi, Oriya and Maithili. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Ankia Naataks were performed only by men, even the female characters were enacted by male actors till 1949.  Women performing an Ankia Naat which is considered to be a religious performance is self-explanatory of women empowerment and liberal culture of Assam.‘I wanted to turn the tables. These are the times of women revolution, this women driven performance aids in empowering us’, said Madhurima Choudhury, designer and director of the play who essayed the role of Lord Ram.‘After my marriage I got the opportunity to explore the music of Sankardev. There is a need to recognize his contributions across the country.’ Choudhury added.last_img read more

Bengal will not observe Surgical Strike Day Minister

first_imgKolkata: The UGC direction to universities to mark September 29 as “Surgical Strike Day” is a part of the BJP’s “political agenda” and educational institutes in West Bengal will not observe the day, state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said Friday. Chatterjee criticised the BJP-led central government for trying to “malign and politicise” the Army. The BJP said the TMC government has made it a practice to oppose each and every decision of the central government. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life On September 29 in 2016, the Indian Army carried out “surgical strikes” on seven terrorist launchpads across the LoC as a response to an attack on its base in Uri earlier that month. The Indian Army had said its special forces inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists waiting there to cross onto the Indian territory. “This is an agenda of the BJP and it is trying to push this agenda by using the UGC ahead of elections. It is a matter of shame that they are using the UGC to achieve their political agenda. We won’t abide by the directions of UGC,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The University Grants Commission yesterday directed varsities and higher educational institutions across the country to observe September 29 as “Surgical Strike Day”. Talk sessions by ex-servicemen about sacrifices by the armed forces, special parades by NCC and visit to exhibitions are among the prescribed events by the University Grants Commission for the celebration. Chatterjee said, “We would have understood it had they asked us to observe the day in the name of sacrifices made by our soldiers. We have full respect for our soldiers and their sacrifices.” “The Indian Army has always been kept above politics and controversies. But now we are seeing that the BJP is trying to malign and politicise the Indian Army. This is not right and we won’t support it,” he said. Reacting to the allegations, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said the TMC government has made it a practice to oppose each and every decision of the Centre. “Earlier also, we had seen Bengal government opposing directions by the UGC. This is not new,” he said.last_img read more

Rep Kahle invites residents to October indistrict office hours

first_img02Oct Rep. Kahle invites residents to October in-district office hours Categories: Kahle News,News State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, Oct. 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. U.S. 223 in Adrian.“I appreciate these opportunities to talk about ways to make Lenawee County an even better place to live and work,” Rep. Kahle said. “Come visit with me and discuss the issues that are most important to all of us.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov.#####last_img read more

FlixOlé the first homegrown Spanish subscription

first_imgFlixOlé, the first homegrown Spanish subscription video-on-demand service, focusing on Spanish movies, has officially launched and struck its first distribution partnership with Orange.The operator, which is engaged in a battle for TV subscribers with struggling Vodafone as well as market leader Telefónica in the Spanish market, has also launched its new Android-based set-top and a set of premium packages.FlixOlé, the brainchild of Spanish cinema mogul Enrique Cerezo, was officially launched at the end of last week. Cerezo, in addition to owning the rights to the majority of the back-catalogue of Spanish movies, also owns rights in Spain to the entire catalogue of classic RKO movies, as well as a wide range classic European movies of the last century.The service offers Spanish cinema titles such as Plácido, El Verdugo, Bienvenido Mr Marshall, Viridiana, Amanece que no es poco and Los Santos Inocentes as well as international titles such as Valkyre and The Others and the range of classic European and international films for €2.99 a month.Orange customers will be able to access the entire FlixOlé catalogue as an integrated part of the Orange TV offering via set-tops, mobile apps and smart TV apps, adding to Orange’s exisging orange TV Cine y Series, Orange TV Fútbol and Movistar Liga de Campeoines offerings.Customers will be able to subscribe to FlixOlé direct via a single click via the Orange TV interface. As a special promotional offering, subscribers will receive the service free of charge for the first month.Orange has also launched its new 4K HDR Android TV set-top, allowing subscribers to download apps from the Google Play Store for Android TV and giving them access to a wide range of OTT TV services.The Android TV user interface includes voice search capability and the integration of Chromecast, enabling users to view content from smartphones and other devices on the TV.The box also provides access to Orange’s advanced TV services such as cloud recording, seven-day catch-up and startover TV.The operator has also announced that it will introduce new functionality over the coming months including voice control of the TV, a new on-demand videogaming service, improvements in search and recommendation and personalized advertising.Orange has also introduced a raft of new premium packages.Millennial, for €5 a month, provides access to content targeted to a younger audience including Mediapro’s eSports channel U-BEAT and US music and lifestyle channel Havoc, exclusive to it in Spain.Infantil Max, for €3, provides a range of kids channels including LollyKids, an offering exclusive to Orange in Spain, while LifeStyle, also for €3, offers a range of lifestyle channels including, again exclusively in Spain, LGBT channel OUTtv.last_img read more