Tour helicopter with 7 people aboard missing in Hawaii: US Coast Guard

first_imgiStock(HONOLULU) — Authorities in Hawaii are searching for a tour helicopter carrying seven people that hasn’t been heard from in more than 12 hours, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.The chopper, which had six passengers, including two children, and the pilot aboard, was off Nā Pali Coast and scheduled to return Thursday at 5:21 p.m., according to the Coast Guard. It did not report back to the base, however.The owner of the helicopter contacted the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu, which coordinated crews to search the scene, according to a press released issued early Friday morning by the U.S. Coast Guard’s 14th District Hawaii and the Pacific.The helicopter is equipped with an electronic locator, but officials said that no signals has been received. Nearly 80 percent of Kauai is uninhabited, and much of that is a state park that most helicopter tours include as a point of interest.Officials said weather conditions in the area may factor into the search, but trained crews are on the scene searching for any signs of the helicopter and the seven aboard, said Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Cox, Coast Guard Joint Rescue Command Center Honolulu.There is reportedly 4 miles of visibility in the area because of clouds and rain. Winds are at 28 mph and Friday’s forecast predicts that the winds will diminish slightly with wind waves at 6 feet and scattered rain showers.The company that conducted the tour was not identified by officials.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Western Conference leader Utah and Houston meet

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHOUSTON (AP)-Utah Jazz (43-15, first in the Western Conference) vs. Houston Rockets (15-43, 14th in the Western Conference)Houston; Wednesday, 6 p.m. MDTBOTTOM LINE: The Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz take on the Houston Rockets.The Rockets have gone 10-23 against Western Conference opponents. Houston averages 42.4 rebounds per game and is 5-33 when outrebounded by opponents.The Jazz are 20-9 against Western Conference opponents. Utah has a 42-13 record when scoring 100 or more points.The two teams square off for the second time this season. The Jazz defeated the Rockets 114-99 in their last meeting on March 12. Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 28 points, and Kevin Porter Jr. paced Houston scoring 27 points.TOP PERFORMERS: Armoni Brooks is second on the Rockets averaging 2.2 made 3-pointers, and is scoring 8 points per game while shooting 40.6% from beyond the arc. Christian Wood is averaging 2.3 made 3-pointers and 20.9 points over the last 10 games for Houston.Jordan Clarkson is second on the Jazz averaging 17.4 points while adding 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Joe Ingles is averaging 3.1 made 3-pointers and scoring 12.8 points over the last 10 games for Utah.LAST 10 GAMES: Rockets: 2-8, averaging 111.3 points, 43.8 rebounds, 25 assists, seven steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 46.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 120.8 points on 48.7% shooting.Jazz: 6-4, averaging 117.5 points, 48.2 rebounds, 23.8 assists, 5.9 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 47.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109 points on 43.8% shooting.INJURIES: Rockets: D.J. Augustin: out (ankle), Dante Exum: out (calf), David Nwaba: out (wrist), Sterling Brown: out (knee), Eric Gordon: out (groin), Danuel House: out (ankle).Jazz: Ersan Ilyasova: out (hamstring), Donovan Mitchell: out (ankle), Udoka Azubuike: out (ankle). April 21, 2021 /Sports News – Local Western Conference leader Utah and Houston meet Associated Presscenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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Volunteer Faculty

first_imgRowanSOM seeks to invite physicians and providers serving aspreceptors to students and residents at our affiliated partnerhospitals to apply for academic appointment as members of thevolunteer faculty. Qualifications guidelines for academicappointment are:• Clinical Instructor: Shall be appropriately degreed and/orlicensed and have developed the skills required for their clinicalfield. The candidate shall demonstrate a high level of ability inclinical practice and teaching in their field of expertise.• Clinical Assistant Professor, community-based: Shall hold aterminal professional degree, either MD, DO or PhD, and hascompleted all appropriate postdoctoral training and in addition,shall be certified by the appropriate specialty and/or subspecialtyboard. The candidate shall demonstrate a high level of ability inclinical practice and teaching in their field of expertise.Appointments for academic rank above Assistant Professor must beapplied for separately by contacting the Rowan SOM Office ofFaculty Affairs either by phone at 856-566-6870 or email [email protected]: Dec 27 2018 Eastern Standard TimeApplications close:last_img read more

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Student Soapboax

first_imgFor many of us (second year lawyers in particular) last term was punctuated by corporate events in which representatives of the leading firms came to aid the decision of precisely to whom we should be selling our souls.The flyers which inundated our pigeon holes received a mixed reception. The firms can’t have been too mystified to discover that those which offered us the perfect opportunity to attend glamorous drinks parties at the Randolph and long lunches at Brown’s were actually oversubscribed, whereas the dryer sounding talks were apparently not. We can’t be said to be doing much to alter the image that students are to be won over on superficial grounds!However, we must endeavour not to conform to all student stereotypes. Instead, we must present ourselves as mature, professional ,and socially adept, and must be memorable for the right reasons. Application forms, which are so readily available (although not always accessible), do not appear to be sufficient, nor are many of the coveted firms relying solely on interviews. Increasingly, assessment takes the form of an open day, where one is invited to spend an entire day being tested relentlessly in multiple situations under a variety of guises. The conscientious applicant will be aware that these are not merely ‘informal drinks’, providing the opportunity to chat with the partners and trainees, but constitute a further opportunity for the firms to scrutinise our behaviour and ascertain how we respond to a long day of rigorous assessment.   Naturally, this will be useful to them, as they are looking to recruit people who are capable of maintaining a chirpy demeanour after a challenging day. However, the interview process is unusually stressful as there is the added component of being in an unknown, often intimidating environment, which would be absent from normal working life. The firms ought to take this into account when testing our social skills, which will clearly be completed after the intensive procedures involved in the days.Another area where the firms demonstrate their great expectations is the testing of commercial awareness. We are told that it will suffice to have the level of knowledge of what is going on in the business world that may be obtained through religiously poring over the Financial Times. After all, can we really be expected to have the same degree of commercial prowess as current trainees?It would seem that for some partners the answer to that question is ‘Yes’, even though it is not clear how most people could possibly have developed such awareness whilst ticking all the other boxes in terms of results and extra curricular activities.  And so, it could appear that all work and no play could lead to unemployment, but that depends upon your definition of ‘work’! Laura McPhee is Social Secretary of the Middle Temple Society.last_img read more

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Bionic leaf turns sunlight into liquid fuel

first_img New technique could open door to producing alternative-energy devices more cheaply <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> The days of drilling into the ground in the search for fuel may be numbered, because if Daniel Nocera has his way, it’ll just be a matter of looking for sunny skies.Nocera, the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University, and Pamela Silver, the Elliott T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, have co-created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels.The paper, whose lead authors include postdoctoral fellow Chong Liu and graduate student Brendan Colón, is described in a June 3 paper published in Science.“This is a true artificial photosynthesis system,” Nocera said. “Before, people were using artificial photosynthesis for water-splitting, but this is a true A-to-Z system, and we’ve gone well over the efficiency of photosynthesis in nature.”While the study shows the system can be used to generate usable fuels, its potential doesn’t end there, said Silver, who is also a founding core member of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.Bionic Leaf Turns Sunlight Into Liquid Fuel A leap for ‘artificial leaf’ A cross-disciplinary team at Harvard University has created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. The system can convert solar energy to biomass with 10 percent efficiency, far above the one percent seen in the fastest-growing plants.“The beauty of biology is it’s the world’s greatest chemist — biology can do chemistry we can’t do easily,” she said. “In principle, we have a platform that can make any downstream carbon-based molecule. So this has the potential to be incredibly versatile.”Dubbed “bionic leaf 2.0,” the new system builds on previous work by Nocera, Silver, and others, which — though it was capable of using solar energy to make isopropanol — faced a number of challenges. Chief among those, Nocera said, was the fact that the catalyst used to produce hydrogen — a nickel-molybdenum-zinc alloy — also created reactive oxygen species, molecules that attacked and destroyed the bacteria’s DNA. To avoid that, researchers were forced to run the system at abnormally high voltages, resulting in reduced efficiency.“For this paper, we designed a new cobalt-phosphorous alloy catalyst, which we showed does not make reactive oxygen species,” Nocera said. “That allowed us to lower the voltage, and that led to a dramatic increase in efficiency.”The system can now convert solar energy to biomass with 10 percent efficiency, Nocera said, far above the 1 percent seen in the fastest-growing plants. Related In addition to increasing the efficiency, Nocera and colleagues were able to expand the portfolio of the system to include isobutanol and isopentanol. Researchers also used the system to create PHB, a bio-plastic precursor, a process first demonstrated by Professor Anthony Sinskey of MIT.The new catalyst also came with another advantage — its chemical design allows it to “self-heal,” meaning it wouldn’t leach material into solution.“This is the genius of Dan,” Silver said. “These catalysts are totally biologically compatible.”Though there may yet be room for additional increases in efficiency, Nocera said the system is already effective enough to consider possible commercial applications, but within a different model for technology translation.“It’s an important discovery — it says we can do better than photosynthesis,” Nocera said. “But I also want to bring this technology to the developing world as well.”,Working in conjunction with the First 100 Watts program at Harvard, which helped fund the research, Nocera hopes to continue developing the technology and its applications in nations like India with the help of their scientists.In many ways, Nocera said, the new system marks the fulfillment of the promise of his “artificial leaf,” which used solar power to split water and make hydrogen fuel.“If you think about it, photosynthesis is amazing,” he said. “It takes sunlight, water, and air — and then look at a tree. That’s exactly what we did, but we do it significantly better, because we turn all that energy into a fuel.”This work was supported by the Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund is supporting ongoing research into the bionic leaf platform.last_img read more

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Band joins with Ugandan choir

first_imgWhen 2012 graduates Brian Powers and Nick Gunty traveled to Kkindu, Uganda, last summer, the pair gained much more than expected from their experience. Powers and Gunty, who comprise the band Frances Luke Accord, spent 18 days recording an album with the community’s Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir to raise money for members of the group. “During our stay, we were touched by the many people we met living in rural poverty, who at the same time abound in human potential and an unparalleled spiritual wealth,” Powers said. “Through our interaction with the children and with village leaders, it became apparent that many of these children face hardships that none of us would ever encounter in our lives.” Powers said one of the hardships for the 28 children in the choir is the lack of access to free, public education. “They are not prevented from attending school, but they cannot sit for the necessary exams unless they pay their school fees,” Powers said. “The costs associated with these school fees, including a school lunch and uniform, totals only 70 dollars a year.  But with an average annual income in Uganda of only 511 dollars per capita, many cannot afford even this modest amount.” To raise funds for the children to advance grade levels, the choir and Frances Luke Accord collaborated to record an album entitled “Kandote,” a Lugandan word meaning “I dream.” “All money from the sale of this CD is going directly towards paying these school fees,” Powers said. Kevin Dugan, an operations assistant for Notre Dame men’s lacrosse and the former manager of Youth and Community Programs for Notre Dame Athletics, developed the idea for the project. Dugan is also the founder and director of Fields of Growth International, an organization that uses athletics as a community and human development tool in rural villages in Uganda. “The project was also funded in large part through grants from Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement as well as some private donations,” Powers said. “Thanks to these generous grants, we had the unique opportunity to spend 18 days in the wonderful country of Uganda doing what we love: listening to, writing, performing and recording music -and bridging a wide cultural divide along the way.” Powers said the band sent the choir a CD before the trip so the children could learn the songs. Approximately 40 takes of each song were recorded before Frances Luke Accord selected the best one for the album. Kandote can be purchased at any online music store or at the band’s website, For fans to gain further access into the production of the album, the band uploaded a YouTube video entitled “Kandote” that details the group’s trip to Kkindu and its interaction with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir.last_img read more

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Vermont Teddy Bear Company names John Gilbert President & CEO

first_imgThe Vermont Teddy Bear Company, a leading provider of direct-to-consumer gifts, today announced that John Gilbert, 52, has been named president and chief executive officer.John Gilbert most recently served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for The TJX Companies, Inc., where he was responsible for marketing functions worldwide including brand management, advertising, and comprehensive consumer strategies. Mr. Gilbert has extensive experience in the consumer product industries, having held senior marketing positions with such companies as Dunkin’ Donuts, YUM ! Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, and PepsiCo, Inc.In his new role, Gilbert will manage the Company’s significant position in the direct-to-consumer gift market, including the flagship Vermont Teddy Bear brand as well as PajamaGram and Calyx Flowers.”At TJX, Dunkin’ Donuts, KFC, and Friday’s, John demonstrated that he is an expert at building great consumer product businesses and brands,” said Bob Crowley, chairman of Vermont Teddy Bear’s Board of Directors. “John is a natural choice to help lead Vermont Teddy Bear’s next chapter of growth and innovation.”Gilbert stated, “I am delighted to join The Vermont Teddy Bear Company with its great brand and position as a leader in the gift business. I look forward to working with the team in taking the company to its next level of growth. It is an exciting time for the Company and we have many opportunities to expand in all aspects of our business.”The Vermont Teddy Bear Company has been handcrafting Bears in Vermont for more than 25 years ( is external)). Along with its sister companies The PajamaGram Company ( is external)) and Calyx Flowers ( is external)), Vermont Teddy Bear has grown to become one of the most recognizable direct-to-consumer companies in the world.SHELBURNE, Vt., March 2 /PRNewswire/ –SOURCE The Vermont Teddy Bear Companylast_img read more

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Brazil Police Scour Sewers for Druglords

first_img Police scoured sewers under Rio’s sprawling slums Monday for hundreds of drug traffickers who fled an unprecedented military onslaught on the favelas that netted Brazil’s biggest seizure of marijuana but few arrests. With Rio’s World Cup and Olympic hosting duties looming, some 2,600 paratroopers, marines and elite police backed up by helicopters and armored personnel carriers led a pre-dawn assault Sunday on the traffickers’ bastion of Grota, a lawless city within a city with a population of 400,000. Grota is just one of 15 favelas that make up the Complexo do Alemão. But of the 500 drug dealers thought to be hiding in the maze of slums, only 40 have been arrested. Officials said the dealers may have escaped through a large network of sewers before the police arrived. “Several dealers were arrested as they tried to escape dressed in religious or municipal employee uniforms,” police special operations chief Paulo Henrique Moraes told reporters. He said the sewers had been built by different companies and that the construction was halted and restarted numerous times, meaning that no single engineer knows their exact layout and dimensions. But police proudly displayed the cache they seized: five rifles, two grenades, pistol magazines, body armor, calculators and a booklet filled with accounts of drug sales. And they touted the record seizure of 40 tonnes of marijuana, packaged for delivery, from several houses in Grota Sunday. Police had formed a long human chain, snaking down narrow, steep streets, passing the drugs along to awaiting trucks in a main street below. Another 200 kilograms of cocaine were also seized in the area, media reports said. By Dialogo December 01, 2010last_img read more

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Americans are saving more than ever for college

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In case you haven’t tuned in to a presidential debate in the last six months, here’s a news flash: People are increasingly alarmed about the rising cost of higher education in America. But hundreds of thousands of parents are doing something about it. In fact, 400,000 Americans opened new college savings accounts in the last year.That’s one of the findings in a new report from the College Savings Plans Network. In December 2015, the total number of 529 college savings plans in America reached 12.5 million, up from 12.1 million the year before.The total amount invested in these plans rose as well, hitting $253 billion in 2015. That’s up $5.3 billion from the year earlier, and it represents an increase of more than $100 billion compared to a decade ago. continue reading »last_img read more

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Open office or private workspaces? Why not both!

first_imgThere’s a debate raging across the professional world from boardrooms to LinkedIn comment sections: “Are open offices good or bad?” And you’ve likely seen some passionate replies both for and against, as each type of working environment triggers pain points for different types of workers. Both settings have their benefits and drawbacks. Open offices reduce the footprint and therefore cost of a workplace and enable more open collaboration, but they can have a disastrous effect on productivity around focused work. Traditional workplaces offer privacy and the ability to focus and get work done, but they also have an isolating effect that dampens collaboration and strengthens silos. Yet in between these option lies an ideal solution.We propose a paradigm shift – focus your thinking on the work that is taking place within your walls rather than on the walls (or lack thereof). Instead of choosing between two absolute philosophies towards space, an innovative concept called Activity Based Working (ABW) combines the strengths of both while leaving their weaknesses behind. The idea behind ABW is to gain a deeper understanding of the work that your employees are doing and design a workplace that uniquely supports them with a balance of Me Spaces and We Spaces.Your workforce is made up of a diverse group of people who perform very different types of work. Take an HR employee who spends most of his time on sensitive phone calls, emails, and in-person conversations. In an open office environment, the lack of privacy is inappropriate for the work they are doing. Their ideal workstation is a private office. Conversely, an employee who travels or works with others the majority of the day may find a fixed, private workstation restrictive while thriving in an open office.Many employees will fall in the middle of these two extremes. Consider a content writer, someone who spends half her day discussing ideas, interviewing other staff members, and developing outlines collaboratively, then half of her day writing marketing content. Ideally, she would thrive for half the day in an open and informal setting with others, while the rest would be spent in a quiet space where she would be free of distractions to dig in and focus on writing.By surveying your employees and developing a strong understanding of their working style, you can design a workplace that mixes private offices, cubicles and open office workspaces with assigned and hot seats, unassigned focus spaces, and other types of spaces that support the work your team is doing and minimize friction and stress at an individual level.The key to successful Activity Based Working is breaking away from cookie-cutter solutions and top-down design to develop an understanding that your organization has unique needs to be met with unique solutions.Gallup’s employee engagement tracking shows that only about 30% of employees are actively engaged at work, and our research with Leesman to better understand credit union workplaces shows that only about a third of credit union employees feel that their physical workplace supports the work that they are doing. This isn’t a coincidence, but rather a consequence of the fact that the nature of work has dramatically evolved while the physical workplace and workplace policies have struggled to catch up.The real reason that employers like Google attract the best of the best through their workplaces isn’t the bean bag chairs and napping pods, it’s their ability to understand and support their employees. With the right mindset, this type of workplace is well within your reach. By breaking away from the false dichotomy of the open office debate and developing a solution that uniquely supports your employees through Activity Based Working, you have the ability to take advantage of this situation and create an innovative workplace that not only unlocks a higher level of productivity but attracts the type of high-end talent looking for a place that supports their best performance. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: Detailslast_img read more

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