New local media outlets crop up as traditional community papers close

first_imgTORONTO – Dave Bidini asks “what if” a lot.As in, what if the mainstream press didn’t care about George Clooney building a house on Lake Cuomo? Maybe, just maybe, he says as he sprinkles in a few profanities, communities would be better off.Next month, the prolific musician, author and general man-about-Toronto, will be trudging door to door delivering his most recent creation: a 20-page broadsheet newspaper called the West End Phoenix. It will be a community rag, served without advertisements every month or so, with a focus on a few west-end neighbourhoods.“We used to have a whack of really, really great community papers, but they’re all glorified flyer-mobiles now,” Bidini says, his voice rising.“Goddammit, we’re in Toronto, we’re in this amazing city and we’re in this catchment in the west end where there are so many stories and we need a paper that will focus on the community. And you know what, the lane is wide open for us.”Bidini is betting on the community where he lives to respond. He has budgeted about $300,000 for the first year for eight to 10 issues and says he’s raised about 40 per cent of the funds needed. The money comes from a mixture of what he calls patrons, those who have shelled out $500 to $25,000. Count artists Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel and Serena Ryder among the donors.He says he has about 1,100 subscribers thus far and is hoping for 5,000 within a year. He’s going local.“We, as of a society, have to punch open those front doors and roll open those garages,” Bidini says. “In our times, it’s important for us to better know each other.”There is a paucity of community newspapers in Canada, according to research by a Ryerson University journalism professor. April Lindgren runs the Local News Research Project that puts numbers to the mass extinction of news organizations. Her research has led her to dub the situation across Canada as “local news poverty.”Since 2008, 194 news organizations have closed in Canada, either outright or due to mergers, her research shows. Only 62 new ones have popped up over the same time period. She is continually updating the numbers, she says.“News is becoming a luxury item for a community,” Lindgren says.Someone like Bidini finds himself in the perfect position to launch a newspaper, she says.“You need money, education, background and contacts,” Lindgren says.Bidini can tick off some of those boxes and is using his contacts to find money.“I’m having dinners and coffees with potential patrons trying to shake the trees,” he says.Lindgren points to American research that shows people who live in more affluent communities tend to have more access to more local news than people who live in poorer communities.Yet she’s excited for any new news outlets, especially if it’s local.“Research shows the availability of local news is as important to a well-functioning community as a functioning sewer system, good roads, public health services and good schools,” she says.Nearly 700 kilometres north of Toronto, Jeff Elgie speaks of his burgeoning local news empire from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. He runs Village Media and his crown jewel is SooToday.com, a digital-only news organization based in the northern Ontario city.They have news sites in four other Ontario cities: North Bay, Barrie, Timmins and Guelph, and they’re expanding. They’ve built their own publishing software that powers their sites and they also license it to other news organizations in Sudbury and Thunder Bay where they take a cut of digital sales, he says.Elgie is bullish on local news. He says on an average weekday, SooToday.com sees about 90,000 hits and 42,000 unique visitors, totalling about 15 million hits a month. This from a community with a population 73,368, according to the 2016 census.He says about 97 per cent of traffic is from local stories.“What we’re just doing is what a community newspaper did 20 years ago,” Elgie says. “It’s not that brilliant, really, we’re just focusing on local.”He says he won’t go anywhere near Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, but is targeting small- to medium-sized cities with populations from 40,000 people to 200,000. He also targets areas that have their own distinct persona, learning from their struggles in Barrie, Ont.“Barrie seems to act a little differently and in some ways behaves a bit more like (a) commuter community where there is not as much interest in engagement in purely local news, so we struggle there,” he says.Another important factor is the competition. He’s looking for places with a weak media landscape. He points to Guelph as a good example. They had already planned to go in there because it fits the profile, but when the local paper, the Guelph Mercury, closed in early 2016, they raced to enter the market and opened up shop eight days later with two former Mercury reporters in tow.The next experiment is to test an even smaller market: Elliot Lake, Ont., with a population of 10,498.They’ll leverage SooToday’s site since it’s so close and they’re already covering issues like crime and health care. He says he already has commitments from companies to buy ads that have nearly covered the new operations launch costs.Like newspapers of yore, his company is making money off obituaries, which they post for free but make advertisement dollars off of their popularity, and classifieds.“In the Soo, we have more used vehicles than Auto Trader does,” Elgie says.Back in Toronto, Bidini already has a few shoestring budget stories to tell. An old high school friend “who’s done very well” will cover printing costs. There is no rent for the newsroom space because they are considered artists in residence at the Gladstone Hotel.He’s pumped for the first issue, which will feature “massive photos and massive illustrations” to go along with both short and long stories.“We do whatever we want to do,” Bidini says.Then it’s back to the what ifs. What if the West End Phoenix is no different than the scores of news outlets that died?“Who knows, maybe we’ll be that, man,” he says, “but we’re gonna try.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated the number of issues the West End Phoenix will publish per year.last_img read more

UN chief calls for peaceful polls in Togo

2 March 2010This week’s presidential election is a “crucial opportunity” for Togo to continue efforts to consolidate democracy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, appealing for the poll to be unscarred by violence. The 4 March election also provides an occasion to “foster national cohesion, stability and sustainable development,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“The Secretary-General calls on all political leaders and institutions to ensure that the election is credible and peaceful and reflects on the will of the people of Togo,” urging all segments of society to refrain from moves that could exacerbate tensions before, during or after the poll.He also reiterated the support of the UN for the electoral process in the West African nation.Hundreds of people died and thousands more were injured in violence which erupted after the sudden death of long-time President Gnassingbé Eyadéma and disputed elections in 2005, while tens of thousands of people escaped to neighbouring Ghana and Benin. read more

House adjourns over power tariff

Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachi then explained why the government was compelled to introduce higher electricity tariffs. Parliament sittings were adjourned this afternoon after UNP members took to the well and protested over the recent electricity tariff hike.UNP MP John Amaratunga initially asked for a clarification from the government over the reasons behind the price hike. Subsequently several UNP members took to the well of the House and continued to protest against the new electricity tariffs.The UNP also demanded a one day debate on the tariffs and as the situation continued Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa adjourned sittings till tomorrow. (Colombo Gazette) The UNP later got involved in a verbal feud with the government benches on the tariff issue. read more

Experts committee to be appointed on Glyphosate usage

An experts committee is to be appointed to decide on the usage of Glyphosate, Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake said.He said the decision to appoint the experts committee was taken by the cabinet today. Parliamentarian, the Venerable Athuraliya Rathana Thero and Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Navin Dissanayake and Duminda Dissanayake will serve as observers in the committee. (Colombo Gazette)

Stockholm orders 96 newgeneration Movia transit vehicles from Bombardier

Stockholm orders 96 new-generation Movia transit vehicles from Bombardier by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2013 9:26 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Bombardier Inc.’s rail division has won a US$771-million order from the Stockholm Public Transport Authority.The Swedish transit system has ordered 96 Movia driverless vehicles from the Montreal-based company (TSX:BBD.B) and has options for 80 more vehicles.It said deliveries of the new fleet of four-car rail vehicles will begin in November 2016 and carry its first passengers in early 2017.Bombardier says the Movia C30 model that Stockholm has ordered has advanced technical features to improve energy efficiency and reduce maintenance costs.Stockholm’s transit system currently operates Bombardier’s older C20 series metro cars.The new vehicles will be deployed along a rail line connecting Stockholm’s north-eastern and south-western suburbs directly with the city centre.Bombardier Transport announced the deal from its headquarters in Berlin. read more

Powerball Pokemon Prince among 2016 top Google searches

by Patrick Mairs, The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2016 7:04 am MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2016 at 3:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email “Pokemon Go,” the iPhone7 and Donald Trump are among Google’s top trending searches globally of 2016. But, in the U.S., no subject ranked higher than Powerball.The multi-state lottery’s record $1.6 billion prize in January and $429 million payout in June had ticket holders Googling winning numbers and gave Powerball the No. 1 spot on Google’s top 10 list in the U.S. this year.Prince’s death in April made him the second-highest trending overall topic in the U.S. and top-trending globally on the list of celebrities who died in 2016.The wild popularity of “Pokemon Go,” the mobile app game that had millions glued to their smartphones this summer, was the top searched trending topic around the world. And people also wanted some hints on how to play it. Gamers frequently Googled tips on how to catch Pokemon and how to battle them as well.In other categories, Hillary Clinton again finished runner-up to Trump on the list of top-searched people globally and in the U.S. The presidential election also prompted one of Google’s trending “how to” searches of the year in the U.S.: “How to move to Canada” was ranked No. 5.Netflix’s binge-worthy programming led the TV list in the U.S. “Stranger Things,” ”Making a Murderer” and “Fuller House” grabbed the top three spots. In music, Beyonce had a big year on stage and online. She was the top trending search in the U.S. on Goggle’s musicians list and her “Formation” was the top trending song. Celine Dion took the top spot globally.If searches for recipes are any indication, Americans were looking to make alcohol by the pitcher alongside comfort food in 2016. Sangria, a punch made with wine and fruit, was the top search for cocktails. Green bean casserole took the top spot for food recipes.After “Pokemon Go,” the top 10 trending searches globally were iPhone7, Trump, Prince, Powerball, David Bowie, Deadpool, Olympics, Slither.io, and Suicide Squad.In the U.S., following Powerball and Prince, the top trending searches were Hurricane Matthew, “Pokeman.Go,” Slither.io, Olympics, David Bowie, Trump, the election, and Clinton. FILE – In this July 25, 2016, file photo, a fan maneuvers his smartphone as he plays “Pokemon Go” in Hong Kong. “Pokemon Go” is among Google’s most-trending searches of 2016. The search engine giant released its year end trending searches list on Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File) Powerball, Pokemon, Prince among 2016 top Google searches read more

UN Middle East envoy calls for swift action on unresolved West Bank

“The brutal killing of toddler Ali, and his parents Reham and Sa’ad was a tragedy that has angered Palestinians and shocked Israelis,” said Mr. Mladenov in a statement issued by the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO).He added the only surviving member of the family, four-year-old Ahmed, is still being treated for his wounds at the Sheba Medical Center.Mr. Mladenov noted that the incident, which was widely condemned by leaders on all sides, regrettably, has still not been resolved.“Amidst the current escalation of violence, it is essential that all firmly and consistently reject terrorism and act decisively to stop hatred and incitement,” the statement concluded. read more

GR Engineering gets EPC contract for Carrapateena mine water wellfield

first_imgGR Engineering Services has announced the award of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with OZ Minerals for the design and construction of the Northern Wellfield for the Carrapateena Project located approximately 160 km north of Port Augusta in South Australia. GR Engineering’s scope of work includes the detailed design, survey, supply, transportation, construction, testing and commissioning for the development of the trunkline and transfer pumping stations associated with four wells to enable water to be supplied to the Carrapateena mineral processing plant, currently under construction.The contract price is approximately A$16.3 million, with the works to be delivered under a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) model. Work is intended to commence immediately, with completion to be achieved in the third quarter of calendar year 2019. Commenting on the award, GR Engineering’s Managing Director, Geoff Jones, said: “The award of this work demonstrates GR Engineering’s credentials in the supply of process infrastructure and performance of ancillary project works on a turnkey basis to support broader project delivery. Carrapateena is a globally significant copper-gold development project and our team is looking forward to working with OZ Minerals to make a meaningful contribution to its safe and successful delivery.”last_img read more

PSG Handball strongly on 55 – Montpellier stay in the race

3.Aix5401152:1298 ← Previous Story Rhein Neckar Lowen routine win over PPD Zagreb Next Story → VIDEO: RK Gorenje “ice-cream” surprise for 9-years old fan Luka SARAN: Kocic (9 saves), Poirier. Guillaume, Drouhin (7/9), Lamazaa-Parry (0/2), Diaw (0/1) , Muyembo Nshoh (1/4), Gheysen (2/2), Rodriguez, Acquevillo (5/7), Kolle (4/4), Ramond (2/2), Eymann (2/6), Jallamion (2/3), M’Bemba, Bordier (1/4).PARIS: Corrales (7 saves), Omeyer (4 saves). Gensheimer (7/11), Mollgaard, Stepantic (1/4), Sagosen (6/6), Kounkoud (2/2), Damjanovic (1/1), Rémili (1/3), Abalo (8/8), Karabatic L. (1/1), Hansen (3/3), Narcisse (2/3), Nielsen, Karabatic N. (1/5), Nahi (3/6).Results of Round 5:Aix 29 – 28 Chambery SavoieCesson Rennes-Metropole 23 – 28 MontpellierDunkerque 30 – 22 NantesIvry 24 – 24 Massy EssonneSt. Raphael 31 – 35 NimesToulouse 31 – 29 TremblaySTANDINGS: 11.Massy Essonne5023103:1392 10.St. Raphael5113132:1353 12.Cesson Rennes-Metropole5014126:1411 5.Dunkerque5311132:1267 14.Chambery Savoie5005116:1390 LIDL Starligue handball 8.Ivry5212126:1355 9.Saran5203154:1674 4.Nimes5401144:1288 1.Paris SG5500160:11910 Paris Saint Germain don’t go under standards at the start of the Lidl Starligue. The French champions showed TOP class in away match against Saran 36:28 (17:11) who weren’t capable to give more serious resistance. 7.Toulouse5302144:1456 2.Montpellier5500143:11710 13.Tremblay5005128:1440 6.Nantes5302141:1376 read more

Mediator un fonds dindemnisation aux victimes créé par la loi

first_imgMediator : un fonds d’indemnisation aux victimes créé par la loiLe ministre de la Santé, Xavier Bertrand, a annoncé ce jeudi 7 avril qu’un fonds Mediator serait créé par la loi avant cet été dans le but d’indemniser les victimes du médicament.Invité sur France-Info ce matin, le ministre de la Santé Xavier Bertrand a confirmé ce que les victimes attendaient : “Un fonds Mediator va être créé par la loi avant l’été”. Il s’agit là d’un fonds visant à indemniser l’ensemble des victimes du médicament des laboratoires Servier. Pour autant, le ministre précise que la mesure n’est pas destinée à “payer à la place” du laboratoire incriminé.À lire aussiLe texte de loi sur la carte d’identité biométrique adoptéLe fonds Mediator devrait être géré par l’Office national d’indemnisation des accidents médicaux (ONIAM). Ainsi, Xavier Bertrand a expliqué : “A partir du moment où il y a bien sûr un préjudice, dans ces cas-là, il y aura intervention […] L’ONIAM va recevoir la demande d’une victime du Mediator” avant de se tourner vers “le premier responsable” (les laboratoires Servier) et ainsi “demander une indemnisation de cette personne pour un montant précis”. Dès que la demande d’indemnisation sera formulée auprès du laboratoire Servier, celui-ci aura la possibilité de régler l’indemnisation ou bien de refuser. S’il refuse, l’ONIAM aura alors la charge de saisir la justice afin de demander le remboursement des sommes qu’il aura versé aux victimes. Xavier Bertrand précise : “Dans ce cas, le responsable pourra se voir appliquer une pénalité pour ne pas avoir accepté la demande initiale”. Au micro de France-Info, le ministre de la Santé a admis que la police du médicament avait failli à sa mission, tout en constatant que le groupe pharmaceutique avait “en tête la protection de ses intérêts financiers”. L’Etat cherche aujourd’hui un moyen d’indemniser l’ensemble des victimes. Entre 1976 et 2009, cinq millions de personnes auraient pris du Mediator en France, médicament qui aurait entraîné la mort de 500 à 2.000 personnes selon les différentes études. De plus, le Mediator aurait provoqué des atteintes cardiaques chez de nombreux patients aujourd’hui traités pour de lourdes pathologies.Le 7 avril 2011 à 11:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ford GT picks up historic liveries for its final hurrah at Le

first_imgEnlarge ImageVintage liveries never get old, despite the fact that they are, in fact, quite old. Ford When Ford returned to Le Mans, it wanted to win its class, and it did. Now, a few years later, as the automaker is preparing to leave the series, it’s preparing some proper vintage liveries for its final factory outing.Ford on Tuesday unveiled a series of “Celebration Liveries” for the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans. Each of the four Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs will wear a different outfit, each celebrating one of Ford’s various Le Mans milestones. The #68 will wear perhaps the most familiar livery of all, because it’s the same look the car sported when it won Le Mans in 2016. Tags 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: Everything is better with 707 horsepower 9:53 More From Roadshow Car Culture Performance Cars The remainder will be dedicated to older affairs. The #66 car will sport a black livery based on the one Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon rocked as they won Le Mans in 1966. The #67 GT wears a red-and-white getup based on the 1967 GT that won Le Mans with A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney behind the wheel. Finally, the #69 GT is clad in an opposing livery based on the GT that finished second at Le Mans in 1966. There will be a fifth GT at Le Mans, as well, but it’s not part of Ford’s factory effort — it’s running in the GTE Am (amateur) class with Keating Motorsports.”The Ford GT was created to take Ford back to the world of GT endurance racing,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, in a statement. “This factory Ford GT program has been a great success for our brand and we have enjoyed the many challenges that have come our way during this four-year program.” More about 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Fastback Ford 2019 Jeep Wrangler review: First-place performance Now playing: Watch this:center_img 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV 2019 Ford GT Gulf Heritage is powder blue and orange royalty Share your voice First drive in the epic Ford GT on road and track 13 Photos 1 Preview • 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Comment Fordlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday April 18 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowState House and Senate agree on a school funding planAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska House took a major step today toward preventing layoff notices from going out to teachers and other school workers this spring.Murkowski suggests taxing outdoor rec gear to help fund park projectsDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksSenator Lisa Murkowski used a mudslide prone stretch of the Denali National Park Road to point to the need for more funding to address major maintenance at parks.State announces businesses joining the China Trade MissionRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauAn Alaska delegation will explore new trade opportunities in China at the end of May. The group includes a baby food maker, several seafood processors and officials from the Mat-Su Borough.Anchorage officials certify vote-by-mail resultsZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAbout 79,295 ballots were cast, pushing turnout to just over 36 percent, a high figure relative to Anchorage’s normal local election returns. The vote certification upholds preliminary results.Kodiak jig fishermen explore other markets during poor cod seasonKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakKodiak processors and fishermen are seeing the effects of the 80 percent cut to cod quota in the Gulf of Alaska.Biologists predict early start for Togiak sac roe herring fisheryIsabelle Ross, KDLG – DillinghamNo herring biomass was spotted during the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s aerial survey of the Togiak district on Monday. But biologists are still predicting an early start for the Togiak sac roe herring fishery.New charges are filed in case of Petersburg teens hitting deerAngela Denning, KFSK – PetersburgNew charges have been filed against two Petersburg teenagers accused of hitting deer with their vehicle this winter.Five Juneau residents ordered to pay fines, restitution for deer poachingMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauMost of the defendants — including the operator of Moore Charters in Auke Bay — have pleaded guilty or no contest to the charges and must pay fines and restitution.An Alaskan abroad wins international reporting PulitzerCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageClare Baldwin and two of her colleagues with the Reuters news agency won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for their series on a brutal, ongoing drug war in the Philippines.HAARP readies for busiest research season in three yearsTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksThe High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program or “HAARP” facility is gearing up for its busiest season since the University of Alaska Fairbanks acquired the Gakona-area atmospheric experimentation station from the Air Force.last_img read more

Motherson Sumi to acquire Finnish truck wire maker PKC for 609 million

first_imgMotherson Sumi Systems Ltd (MSSL), the flagship company of the Samvardhana Motherson Group, will acquire Finnish truck wire maker PKC Group for 571 million euros ($609 million).India CV industry outlook FY2017: Pre-buying ahead of BS-IV emission norms to partially offset slump after note banMSSL has offered 23.55 euros per PKC share, representing a 51 percent premium to PKC’s closing price on Thursday. MSSL and PKC entered into a combination agreement on January 19, wherein MSSL will make a voluntary, recommended public tender offer to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares and option rights in PKC. The shares of PKC are currently listed on the Nasdaq, and Helsinki stock exchange.Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, PKC is a global tier-1 supplier of wiring harness and associated components to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the heavy and medium duty commercial vehicles and locomotive segments across North America, Europe, Brazil and China.”Combining the two companies will create a leading supplier of wiring systems and components for the worldwide transportation industry,” PKC said in a statement. The transaction, subject to the completion of closing conditions and receipt of necessary regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed by end of March 2017. The acquisition will be made through a 100% subsidiary of MSSL to be setup for the purpose.Motherson Sumi is an India-based car parts maker and engineering group.Commenting on the acquisition, MSSL chairman Vivek Chaand Sehgal said: “Wiring harnesses are ever more important to the products of our customers and hold a special place within our hearts at MSSL, because it is our company’s genesis.” MSSL has appointed Motilal Oswal Investment Advisors Pvt. Ltd and Nordea Corporate & Investment Banking as financial advisers and White & Case as the legal adviser in connection with the transaction. Reacting to the news, shares of Motherson Sumi were up more than 3 percent to Rs 335.80 from their previous close, while the NSE Nifty was down 30 points at 8,405 on Friday.last_img read more

Authorities Search Houston Archdiocese As Part of Investigation About Conroe Priest

first_img Share – / 6Investigators from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement agencies including the Texas Rangers and the Conroe Police Department conducted Wednesday a search warrant at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, located in downtown Houston, in connection with the investigation of Father Manuel LaRosa-Lopez.LaRosa-Lopez was arrested in September and charged in Montgomery County with four counts of indecency with a child.The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said the primary purpose of the search warrant was “to gather documents, records, electronics, and other evidence.”The Archdiocese said in a statement that it “continues to cooperate, as we have since the outset, with this process” and added the information authorities were seeking was already being compiled.According to the Archdiocese, the reporting of “secret archives” is “merely a Church term pertaining to confidential documents kept in a secure manner for the protection of the privacy of individuals — not unlike medical records.”Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who leads the Archdiocese, is also head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.Two people who have cooperated with police have accused DiNardo of not doing enough to stop La Rosa-Lopez. Both have told The Associated Press that they met with DiNardo but felt he didn’t take their complaints about LaRosa-Lopez seriously.Houston Public Media’s Davis Land told Houston Matters that Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said Wednesday’s search warrant was focused on the investigation about LaRosa-Lopez, but added that if evidence pertaining to other cases –or implicating other people– is found, it will be turned over to the proper jurisdiction.Wednesday’s search warrant was the fourth executed in the joint law enforcement investigation of LaRosa-Lopez. Law enforcement agencies previously executed search warrants at the St. John Fisher Catholic Church (Richmond, Texas) on September 12, 2018; Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Conroe, Texas) on September 17, 2018; and the Shalom Treatment Center (Splendora, Texas) on September 19, 2018.The Houston chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) released a statement praising Texas authorities for conducting the search warrant and added: “Perhaps if Cardinal Daniel DiNardo had reported the allegations against Fr. LaRosa-Lopez to law enforcement when he first heard of them this raid would not have been necessary.”LaRosa-Lopez’s four felony cases are pending in the 435th District Court in Conroe. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 10, 2019.last_img read more

Celebrating Dr Kings Legacy

first_imgBy Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROIn January, we pause and take a moment to reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  His birthday is January 15th, and we celebrate the national holiday of his birth every third Monday in January. His legacy is one we should never forget.  Huber Memorial Church in East Baltimore is doing their part to ensure their members and the community always remembers Dr. King.This month, Huber Memorial hosts The Martin Luther King, Jr. Revival.  “The Martin Luther King, Jr. Revival’s purpose is for those of us who are baby boomers and who were alive at the time of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ministry, that we would remember and never forget his legacy,” said Huber’s Pastor P.M. Smith. Our generation has an obligation to the future generations to introduce them to Martin Luther King, Jr., his life, his leadership, his civil rights ministry, and his sacrifice – because if we don’t tell them, they won’t know.”  Smith hoped attendees left the worship experience “with a greater sense of appreciation for the generation that was a part of those who served our people so well, those who opened doors of opportunity for us, and who built bridges to a greater future for us.”Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.January 15 was opening night for the revival.  The choir sang with power, and the guest revivalist, Pastor James Perkins from Detroit, Mich., preached from the theme “The Social Justice Agenda of the Church”. Members of Huber Memorial have been praying for this revival in early morning prayer on Wednesdays and evening prayer on Fridays.   Ernestine Jones, who handles PR for the church said there are numerous programs the church has implemented for the community including mentoring male teens, a young entrepreneurship program, a food co-op program, a substance abuse program, among others.Huber Memorial Church worships every Sunday at 9 a.m. in their beautiful, new Community Life Center located at 5700 Loch Raven Boulevard.  They can also be seen on Sunday mornings at 6:30 a.m. on WMAR-TV on The Living Hope Broadcast.  The final night of the revival is January 17. Service begins at 7 p.m.If you are looking for other ways to celebrate Dr. King this weekend, there are plenty options.  New Psalmist Baptist Church is hosting a service in honor of Dr. King entitled “Let Freedom Ring”, at their church on January 20 at 4 p.m.  The Baptist Ministers Night Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity are hosting a Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on January 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Faith United Baptist Church.  This is a ticketed event.  Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts celebrate the 19th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on January 21 at noon.  The parade begins at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Eutaw St.last_img read more

Birds can see webinspired Ornilux glass

first_img About 300 species of birds can be found on the island at certain times of the year.In nature, the orb-weaver spider’s web reflects UV light that protects it from being destroyed by birds. The birds can see it and do not fly through. Similarly, the protective glass coating that is being used in the UK helps birds see the glass. Otherwise, they just see sky and landscape but are not aware of any glass barriers. The Ornilux glazing reflects ultraviolet light that they can see but humans cannot unless standing up close to the glass. The special protector was developed by German company Arnold Glas and the result is called Ornilux Bird Protection Glass. The glass has a patterned, UV reflective coating, a web of lines coated on to the surface of the glass. The pattern looks like scattered sticks. Standing very close to the glass at a certain angle the human eye can see the fine veins running through it and this is what the birds see if they fly near the tower. 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. Tests suggest the coating works and the special glass can cut bird strikes. The company tested the Ornilux glass at a flight tunnel at a US nature reserve. Birds were encouraged to fly to the end of the facility which was covered with two types of glass – one containing the special coating, the other without. A net was used and no birds were injured. The experiment suggested that the innovation would prevent birds flying into coated glass in 66 to 68 percent of cases. Other Ornilux users include a wildlife center in Canada, a zoo in Germany, a mountain railway building in Austria, and a school in the U.S. An Arnold Glas source said she hoped more developers and architects look for ways to be more bird-friendly with their designs.Arnold Glas plans to work up a next-generation product to add solar controlling properties to the coating to help reflect heat.An estimated 250  million birds in Europe die by flying into glazing in homes and office blocks. Among the various research bodies, estimated numbers are quite remarkable. The commonly quoted toll is estimated to be from 300 million to I billion birds that die each year from collisions with glass on buildings, ranging from skyscrapers to homes. Even if a collision temporarily stuns a bird that soon flies off, scientists say that many times these birds die later from internal bleeding or hematomas, especially on the brain. © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — A special type of glass that can prevent birds from flying into it has been put to use in the UK at a lookout tower off the north-east coast of England. The special bird stopping glass was developed by a German company and is inspired by nature’s own spiders and the webs they weave—in particular, the orb-weaver spider. The lookout tower at Lindisfarne has installed the special glass to protect the hundreds of species that flock to the island. The human population witnesses a massive increase in bird population at certain times of the year. Authorities wanted to do something to avert the dangers of birds flying into glass. Bird-friendly glass looks like spider web to birds Explore further Citation: Birds can see web-inspired Ornilux glass (2012, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-birds-web-inspired-ornilux-glass.html More information: www.ornilux.com/last_img read more

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