The creators of Raglite have taken to crowdfunding to raise capital for their new fabric mounted LED light system.Raglite has been getting a lot of buzz on the ‘net since launching their recent Kickstarter campaign. Some of our favorite photo/video blogs have posted on it over the last few days: NoFilmSchool, PopPhoto, PetaPixel, SlashGear and FStoppers.Whereas each of these posts gives a general overview of the product and crowdfunding campaign, the comments on many of these posts show strong opinions from their readers. Some readers have brainstormed unique applications for the Raglite, while others are simply calling it “overpriced” and “a scam”.It is a simple concept: LED lighting that is ‘sewn’ onto a piece of fabric. The fabric backing means that it’s lightweight, flexible, portable, not heat generating and can be mounted on a variety of surfaces. We can see a ton of uses for this.But the Raglite’s price is the sticking point for many of these commenters – $75 for the small consumer accent light up to $2400 for the RagLite Cine, a ‘color accurate’ lighting panel for professional photo/video. The claim of 100% accuracy is a bold one – most professional lights only claim in the ballpark of 90% accuracy.If the Raglite is well built out of good materials and can stand up to it’s claims, we think it might be able to grab a unique spot in the market. However, if it’s poorly executed you could save your money and build a DIY version from eBay or Amazon parts…at a fraction of the cost.Check out Raglite on Kickstarter, where they’re well on their way to reaching the $25,000 goal.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES ‘Disappointed’ Amit says Centeno deserves the gold LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison of the Philippines battles Ardian Prayogo Dinggo of Indonesia in the finals of the men’s -74kg of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition. Morrisson prevailed to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine taekwondo team scored a gold through an emotional Samuel Morrison but lost one after a questionable decision on Arven Alcantara Sunday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games at KLCC Hall 1 here.Morrison, motivated by his promise to his deceased grandmother, didn’t hide his tears after blasting Dinggo Ardian Prayogo, 28-18, in the men’s 74-kilogram or lightweight division.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “Sorry,” said Morrison as he broke down before Filipino media at mixed zone. “I got very affected. I was thinking about her all day today.”Morrison said he went to the grave of his maternal grandmother, Rosario Barrios, before flying here promising to win the gold for her.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt had almost the same level of emotions as far as Alcantara is concerned after he was disqualified in the final against hometown bet Rozaimi Bin Rozali in the men’s -68kg or featherweight.The Philippine team were up in arms after the referee raised the Malaysian’s hand via “referee punitive declaration.” Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The score was tied at 17 and with only seconds left in the third and final round when the referee arbitrarily decided the fight, which drew uproar from the big crowd.But coach Japoy Lizardo said there were only eight ganyeums (violations) called. Ten would be automatic disqualification.“That’s why he went for turning long kick and then fall,” said Lizardo. A fall is meted with one ganyeum.Pauline Lopez, former champion in her division women’s -62kg, fell to Vietnamese Ha Thu Nguyen, 4-3, in the semis and settled for bronze.The Philippines, thus, garnered one gold, one silver and one bronze on the first day of taekwondo competitions. Three more jins will action on Monday including Olympian Kirstie Elaine Alora.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
An ankle injury forced Saina Nehwal to pull out of the Indian Open badminton championships, which got underway in Hyderabad on Wednesday. The Indian ace experienced pain in her right ankle after a practice session in the morning and subsequently withdrew.Saina confirmed that she had experienced pain on Wednesday. “Everytime I stretched on my right side, I felt a slight pain. I consulted Kiran Kumar (physiotherapist) and Pullela Gopi Chand sir and they were of the view that I should pull out,” said Saina.Saina added she had experienced similar pain in the third game of the Hong Kong Super Series final on Sunday, where she emerged victorious. ” I had felt the same pain when I was leading 17- 14 against Wang Shixian. But I continued as I was so close to winning,” she said.Speaking to Mail Today, Kiran Kumar said the injury was not serious. “It is not at all a serious injury. But then, seeing the tight schedule that she has ivn the coming year, we thought it was better not to take a chance,” he said.Elaborating on the injury, Kiran said Saina’s subtalar joint was at the root of the problem. ” One needs some massage and rest. I saw her ankle and felt that she needed at least a week’s break. Conversely, had she played, the injury could have been aggravated. It would have also put her out of action for five to six weeks,” Kiran Kumar said.But the bigger issue is with that with five to six weeks being the recovery period for her, the Indian ace is certain to miss the Super Series finals that are slated to be held in Taipei from January 5.advertisementWhen asked whether Saina would be able to play in the Taipei event, Kiran felt her chances were ” not too bright”. For his part, chief coach Gopi Chand said Saina was keen to participate but was prevented from going ahead. ” We did not want to take any risk by playing her here,” he said.Meanwhile, C Punnaiah Choudhary, the tournament secretary, admitted that Saina’s pull out came as a big disappointment.”The organisers and local fans were all hoping to see their star player win.Unfortunately that will not happen now,” he said.He also said that Saina will be fined for pulling out after the tournament had started. ” She will have to cough up the penalty of $ 250 for withdrawing so late,” Choudhary said.
The Indian men’s hockey team on Thursday qualified for its maiden Champions Trophy final and assured itself of a medal by virtue of Great Britain’s 3-3 draw against Belgium in London.The top two teams – Australia and India – will now meet in the summit clash on Friday.India have seven points from five games, while Australia, who have already qualified for the final, sit comfortably at the top with 13 points. Earlier, India were defeated 2-4 by a dominant Australian side in their last league match. This was India’s second loss in the tournament, while the Aussies are unbeaten so far.After a unproductive first half, Australia struck a brace of goals to stay 2-0 in their favour going into the half time.From there on, the Australians dominated and notched up yet another goal to take a 3-0 lead. But India woke up with a goal from Raghunath via a penalty corner conversion in the 44th minute to make it 3-1.India played their best game in the last minute before the third quarter and within first two minutes of last quarter, but were quiet in the second quarter, and allowed the Aussie forwards to sneak through their defence and score freely.
Mumbai, Jun 19 (PTI) RBI Governor Raghuram Rajans decision to not seek a second term is a “personal one” which everybody should respect, ICICI Bank MD & CEO Chanda Kochhar said today.”Rajans decision to return to academia is a personal one which we must respect. I wish Rajan all the very best for the years ahead,” Kochhar said in a statement today.In her comments, which come a day after Rajan surprised all by disclosing his decision to return back to the University of Chicago, Kochhar said under him, the RBI played a major role in steering the economy in a volatile world.There has been a widespread criticism about the governments inability to retain Rajan, who has been widely lauded for his leadership during the three-year stint at the central bank, for another term.Rajans decision, which came after sharp criticism by ruling BJPs Subramanian Swamy where the lawmaker also questioned the Governors patriotism, has been used by the Opposition to attack the government.”Today, India is the worlds fastest growing large economy with stable macroeconomic indicators…India will continue to remain on a very robust growth path,” Kochhar said. PTI AA DK MKJ BAS
Virat Kohli was named man-of-the-match after his record fifth double hundred helped India overcome Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs in the second Test in Nagpur.Kohli, on Sunday, equalled Brian Lara’s record for most double hundreds in Test cricket by a captain.Last season, Kohli became the only batsman to slam double hundreds in four successive series. Among the best batsmen in the modern day, game, Kohli has evolved over time and is now focussed on scoring big hundreds in Test cricket as India seek to maintain their domination as the number one side in the world.”The pitch was good to bat on. It was on the slower side, but there was nothing much happening from the pitch. I just wanted to bat the way I bat and how I wanted to.”I wanted to get into good positions and rotate the strike and score quickly so our bowlers have time to bowl the opposition out,” Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony.India will play Sri Lanka in the final Test of the series in Delhi next week but Kohli knows the major challenge for his team lies in South Africa. India, over the last several years, have struggled in places like South Africa, England and Australia and Kohli is desperate for course-correction.”We will need that (the ability to bat long) overseas so I was looking at doing that. I always wanted to better myself at scoring daddy hundreds, for the simple reason that the team benefits.”advertisementAnd the team has benefited for sure. All of Kohli’s five double hundreds have come in winning causes. His gritty 167 against England last year also helped India to an epic win while One of the main reasons India have not been able to do well overseas is because their batsmen have struggled to score big. Kohli wants to lead by example and ensure that does not happen when India play South Africa in a three-match Test series from January 5.”When you lose concentration after a hundred, maybe two wickets can fall quickly. A set batsman can play shots easier than a new batsman so I started thinking in that way and my fitness helps me bat for longer periods.”
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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. A title repeat for the Blues is not out of the question. Photograph: Michael Dwyer/AP Twitter NHL One thing to watch out for this season …Following some fairly disastrous calls (or non-calls) in the 2019 playoffs, the NHL altered both video review and the coach’s challenge. Refs will now be able to review major (non-fighting) or match penalties, and judge whether they should be reduced to a minor infraction. And this year, coaches can ask for a review of a goal they think resulted from a play that should have been whistled dead. There’s nothing necessarily controversial about either of these changes – for now. But give it a few months. CHThe Devils traded for one of the most recognizable players in the league and it wasn’t their biggest move of the offseason. PK Subban arrived to anchor the New Jersey defense, but center Jack Hughes, maybe the most hyped American prospect ever, is driving the excitement in Newark. Hughes, the top overall pick of the 2019 draft and six months from his 19th birthday, is a frontrunner for the Calder Trophy and expected to score around 60 points in his first NHL season. GBThe NHL has introduced a new face-off rule. Attacking teams can choose which side of the ice play will be restarted in the offensive zone in four situations: after an icing, at the start of a power play, on a shot from outside the red line frozen by the goalie and when a defensive skater unintentionally dislodges the net. In previous seasons, the face-off location was a judgment call made by officials after the play was blown dead. One of the league’s best face-off men, LA’s Anze Kopitar, said being able to choose face-off location is going “to be big.” Centers usually have a stronger side when it comes to winning face-offs. CRAfter the St Louis Blues broke their Stanley Cup drought, which of the following teams are likely to end their title-less streaks? Toronto (51 seasons), Buffalo and Vancouver (both 48), Philadelphia (43)?The most obvious answer here is Toronto, given the Leafs were the only team on this list to make the playoffs last season. But Toronto’s curse means that the next team to break their drought will inevitably be the team that’s closest to Toronto without actually being Toronto. So, an early congrats to the Buffalo Sabres. CHIt’s Toronto and it’s not particularly close. Buffalo and Vancouver are fairly safe bets to miss the playoffs and the Flyers were one of the 2018-19 season’s biggest disappointments. The Leafs have two of the game’s elite young forwards (center Auston Matthews and right wing Mitch Marner are 22) and a franchise center in John Tavares. Their firepower is remarkable. GBToronto, of course. The Leafs are investing more than $40m on their top four forwards this season, so they better have something to show for it. The Leafs weren’t happy with their third straight opening-round playoff exit, so they made changes. They traded the undisciplined Nazem Kadri to Colorado and picked up a good defenseman in Tyson Barrie. The young core of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Morgan Rielly are maturing at the same time and John Tavares is coming off a career-high 47-goal season. CROne bold prediction … Share on WhatsApp What if (and hear me out) having made the James Neal-for-Milan Lucic trade with divisional rivals, the Calgary Flames – a trade that, on paper, was essentially a washout – the Edmonton Oilers end up with a player who does next to nothing for them (Neal) and have to watch as the one they gave up (Lucic) finds renewed purpose and hope with his new squad, and does everything for the other team the Oilers hoped he might do for them? I know, I know. Impossible. CHCalgary’s Johnny Gaudreau eclipses 100 points for the first time in his career, finishes top-three in Hart Trophy voting and leads the Flames to their first Stanley Cup final appearance since 2003-2004. The legend of “Johnny Hockey” entrenches itself in the United States and his nickname becomes ingrained in the American sports lexicon, leading to widespread endorsements and marketing opportunities. GBToronto Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner is going to win the scoring championship. The contract pressure has been lifted and he can feel secure he will be a Leaf at least for the next six years. He is going into his second season with John Tavares as his center and they’ve been magic together. Marner finished 11th in scoring last season, and he’s only going to get better. He’s the closest thing to Patrick Kane as there is in the league (apart from Kane himself, of course). Kane was 27 when he won the scoring title in 2015-16. Marner is only 22, but he is more advanced than Kane was at his age. CRYour Hart Trophy winner is …Look, I know there are good choices out there. Plenty of options. Bunch of players who contribute. Guys who make a huge difference. Sure. Fine. But if you try to tell me that anyone right now is more of an asset to their team than Connor McDavid is to the Edmonton Oilers, I’m sorry but you’re just wrong. CHNathan Mackinnon, Colorado Avalanche. MacKinnon finished behind Connor McDavid after the 2017-18 season and sixth in last year’s voting. The 24-year-old’s evolution from hyped prospect into elite offensive talent is complete, and he’ll outlast McDavid in a heated race. GBEdmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, who remains the best player on the planet. Last season, McDavid became just the fifth player in NHL history to figure in on more than half his team’s goals. That’s a good measure of how valuable he is. CRMetropolitan Division playoff teamsCapitals, Devils, Penguins. CHHurricanes, Capitals, Penguins GBCapitals, Islanders, Devils. CRAtlantic Division playoff teamsBruins, Leafs, Lightning. CHBruins, Maple Leafs, Lightning GBLeafs, Lightning, Bruins. CRCentral Division playoff teamsAvalanche, Blues, Jets. CHBlues, Predators, Stars GBBlues, Jets, Predators. CRPacific Division playoff teamsFlames, Sharks, Golden Knights. CHFlames, Sharks, Golden Knights. GBFlames, Golden Knights, Sharks. CREastern conference wildcard teamsRangers, Panthers. CHDevils, Panthers. GBCanadiens, Rangers. CRWestern conference wildcard teamsCoyotes, Stars. CHAvalanche, Jets. GBCoyotes, Oilers. CREastern Conference finalsTampa Bay Lightning over New Jersey Devils. CHToronto Maple Leafs over Carolina Hurricanes. GBToronto Maple Leafs over the New York Rangers. CRWestern Conference finalsSt Louis Blues over Colorado Avalanche. CHCalgary Flames over San Jose Sharks. GBCalgary Flames over the St Louis Blues. CRThe Stanley Cup final winners will be… Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Johnny Gaudreau is a player to watch this season. Photograph: Sergei Belski/USA Today Sports Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Topics Facebook Facebook Share on Pinterest Twitter Reuse this content Pinterest features Share on LinkedIn Share via Email St Louis Blues 4-2 Tampa Bay Lightning. If we learned anything from the 2019 playoffs, it’s that whatever predictions we make – at the very end of the regular season, let alone before it even begins – will be wrong. I’m not actually convinced the Blues can repeat, and I’m equally unsure the Lightning can make the Cup Final. But a matchup between the team that was supposed to win in 2019, and the one nobody thought could ever, ever win in 2019 feels like cosmic justice. That said, if it comes to this, I still hope the Lightning choke. CHToronto Maple Leafs 4-3 Calgary Flames. O Canada! Not only does a Canadian team play in the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 2011, the nation is guaranteed its first championship since 1993. After surviving a seven-game showdown against the loaded Lightning, the Leafs finally overcome the cosmic forces inhibiting them for over 50 years behind native son John Tavares to defeat the Flames. GBToronto Maple Leafs, 4-3 Calgary Flames. Toronto’s defense has been their achilles heel, so they upgraded the blueline with Cody Ceci and acquired puck-moving defenseman Tyson Barrie and a third-line center in Alexander Kerfoot. Meanwhile, Calgary will be on fire with Matthew Tkachuk, who signed a three-year extension prior to the season. Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan are as solid a core as there is in the league. CR Pinterest Share on Facebook US sports
United States No Sauerbrunn, no problem: Three thoughts on the USWNT’s win over Germany Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 11:15 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kent Horner United States SheBelieves Cup Germany United States v Germany Opinion The inexperienced duo of Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson got the job done in central defense as the U.S. opened the SheBelieves Cup with a 1-0 win When U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis pencils in her lineup for a given game, it’s become safe to say Becky Sauerbrunn is typically the first name on that sheet.The statistics back up that notion: Sauerbrunn started all 16 matches the U.S. played in 2017, captaining the squad on six occasions. But you don’t need numbers to understand Sauerbrunn’s influence in central defense as an organizational presence, builder out of the back and master of the last-ditch tackle. Simply put, she’s indispensable.Sauerbrunn is so ever-present, in fact, that it has proven difficult for younger center backs to break through. While Abby Dahlkemper burst onto the scene to establish herself as Sauerbrunn’s first-choice partner in the second half of 2017, the options past those two have looked perilously thin. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player So when Sauerbrunn was omitted from Ellis’ squad for the SheBelieves Cup with a foot injury, the opportunity to test some new blood against top opposition emerged as a silver lining. As the top-ranked U.S. side opened the round-robin tournament against No. 2 Germany on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio, Ellis handed 19-year-old Tierna Davidson the assignment of starting alongside Dahlkemper in central defense.If the Stanford defender carried any shred of intimidation, she did well to hide it in a 1-0 U.S. win. Davidson played with poise beyond her years, holding her own in the back while moving the ball efficiently and making timely interventions when called upon. She may only have two caps, but Davidson appears to have already passed Emily Sonnett as the third center back on Ellis’ depth chart.Dahlkemper, meanwhile, was impressive in her own right. The 24-year-old misplayed one defensive header in the early stages, setting up a Germany opportunity, but eventually settled into the match. She saved a sure goal with a well-read interception at the near post in the 25th minute, and generally showed she can be trusted to manage the back line without Sauerbrunn as world-class safety blanket.Sauerbrunn’s eventual return to the lineup will of course be embraced. But U.S. fans can take solace in seeing the inexperienced duo of Dahlkemper and Davidson shut down one of the world’s most lethal attacks.Here are two more thoughts from the Americans’ SheBelieves Cup opener:Rapinoe and Pugh shine out wideThings @mPinoe just did: THATThe #USWNT strikes first in its #SheBelievesCup 2018 opener! pic.twitter.com/x0YnuVMh93— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) March 2, 2018The U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year in 2016, Tobin Heath earned just four caps in 2016 because of a back injury. Now the crafty playmaker is sidelined another 8 to 12 weeks after undergoing ankle surgery.While a fit and in-form Heath is one of the most dangerous players the game has to offer, the U.S. has gotten used to life without her services. Since last summer, that has typically meant seeing Megan Rapinoe on the left flank and Mallory Pugh on the right.After Pugh scored twice in a 5-1 win over Denmark in January to kick off 2018, it was Rapinoe who netted the lone goal Thursday. Connecting with a flick-on header from Alex Morgan, the 32-year-old slipped behind the Germany back line and buried the finish.The wingers caused problems for Germany throughout the night, as Pugh kept defenders guessing with her pace and control while Rapinoe offered her usual creative flair. Both players pressed with vigor as well, forcing the Germans into dangerous giveaways or careless long balls.So where does Heath fit in once she returns? It’s tough to see Ellis sitting Rapinoe or Pugh at this point, so perhaps Heath slots into central midfield or plays left back, like she did at times in the 2016 Olympics. Whatever happens, Ellis now finds herself with an enviable lineup quandary.Quiet night for LloydNow 35 years old and coming off a down year for club and country, Carli Lloyd is at a crossroads. She remains passionate about representing her country at the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympics, but it seems increasingly likely she’ll do so in a secondary role.Making her first start since Aug. 3, Lloyd went 65 minutes in attacking midfield Thursday before giving way to Morgan Brian. She showed flashes of brilliance, including a 54th-minute through ball to Alex Morgan that drew a foul on the edge of the box. But she couldn’t convert a couple chances that fell her way in what amounted to a quiet evening.With Julie Ertz locked in at the base of Ellis’ midfield trio, competition for the two advanced midfield spots is stiff. Samantha Mewis, an automatic starter in 2017, and Rose Lavelle missed on the SheBelieves Cup because of lingering injuries, and that still leaves Lindsey Horan, Savannah McCaskill, Allie Long and Brian to scrap with Lloyd for minutes.Don’t count out Lloyd for a starting spot. That said, she certainly has her work cut out.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wijnaldum happy Liverpool grinding out resultsby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum is delighted by the consistency shown by the Reds this season.They have managed to win their first seven games of the season, building a five-point cushion over Manchester City in the process.Wijnaldum is not too concerned if some of their wins are scrappy, such as the 1-0 success over Sheffield United this weekend.”We wanted to create a chance but I think they defended really good,” the 28-year-old told the club’s official website.”We were not at our best to create chances today. We had a few but it was more because they made mistakes.”But all that matters at the end of the day is we have the three points. Especially at the early stage of the season, you have to make sure that you collect as many points as possible because normally during the season you get better and better.”In the beginning of the season you are not at your best, so that’s why it’s good that we collect points.”
MADRID — Spanish club Athletic Bilbao has fired coach Eduardo Berizzo after the team won only two of its first 15 matches this season.The Basque Country club made the announcement on Tuesday, a day after a 3-0 loss at Levante in the Spanish league.The result kept the Athletic winless in 13 league matches, inside the relegation zone. Its only league win was against Leganes in the first round.Athletic’s other win this season was 4-0 against Huesca in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey last Wednesday.Berizzo, an Argentine coach who was in his first season, leaves the club in 18th place in the league standings with 11 points from 14 matches.Athletic said Gaizka Garitano, who had been coaching the club’s “B” team, will take charge of the main squad.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
http://jrnl.ie/3455297 Image: Virginia Mayo By Daragh Brophy Share21 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 4:40 PM 25,098 Views Short URL A Belgian Army soldier at the station this morning. Image: Virginia Mayo Jun 21st 2017, 4:40 PM Updated 4.40pmBELGIAN SECURITY FORCES have identified a man who set off an explosion at a Brussels train station before he was shot and killed, Interior Minister Jan Jambon said this morning.“The terrorist’s identity is known. We have been able to identify him,” Jambon told RTBF television.Authorities confirmed that the 36-year-old man, identified only as O.Z. detonated a nail bomb in a suitcase while among a group of passengers in one of the busiest train stations in Brussels yesterday.The suspect, from the largely immigrant Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek which has been linked to a number of previous attacks, was not known to police for terrorism offences.Belgian soldiers shot dead the suspected bomber, who set off the small explosion at Brussels Central.It happened at around 8.30pm (7.30pm Irish time) in one of the main corridors of Brussels Gare Centrale, or Central Station.“It could have been much worse,” Belgian federal prosecutor’s spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt told a news conference.It is clear that he wanted to cause more damage than he did.Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said a “terrorist attack has been prevented” in the city that hosts the EU and NATO headquarters.But he said that while security would be stepped up, the country’s terror alert level would be kept stable.“We are not allowing ourselves to be intimidated by terrorists,” he added.“Nails and gas bottles”He entered the station and twice approached a group of around 10 passengers, the second time standing in the middle of them, prosecutors said.According to a witness the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) before blowing up a wheeled suitcase. Belgian media also reported that he was wearing some kind of suicide vest, but this was later said not to be the case.Pictures on social media showed what appeared to be a small ball of flames.“He grabbed his suitcase while shouting and causing a partial explosion. Fortunately nobody was hurt,” Van Der Sypt said.“The suitcase immediately caught fire. The man then left his luggage burning and went down to the platform in pursuit of a station master. Meanwhile the bag exploded a second time more violently. This bag contained nails and gas bottles,” he added.Soldiers, who have been guarding the station following the March 2016 Brussels attacks, then shot the man, “neutralising” him, prosecutors said. He was later confirmed dead.There were no other casualties.Central Station is one of the three main stations in the Belgian capital, along with Gare du Midi and Gare du Nord.Belgium’s national crisis centre said it was keeping the country’s terror level at three out of four, adding that there was no immediate information to suggest that another attack was imminent and that it should be raised to the top level.Reporting by – © AFP 2017Read: Constable charged with having indecent images of children is dismissed from Met PoliceRead: Prime Minister demands ‘immediate answers’ as forest fires continue to rage in Portugal ‘It could have been much worse’: Authorities identify Brussels train station attacker Prime Minister Charles Michel said a “terrorist attack has been prevented”. 40 Comments A Belgian Army soldier at the station this morning.
Microsoft : le MarketPlace de Windows Mobile fermera le 17 mai Comme l’avait déjà annoncé Microsoft, le service dédié à la vente d’applications pour Windows Mobile sera fermé le 17 mai prochain. Il ne reste donc plus que quelques jours aux utilisateurs pour effectuer sauvegardes et mises à jour.C’est une triste nouvelle pour tous les utilisateurs de Windows Mobile qu’a annoncée Microsoft. D’ici deux semaines, plus précisément le 17 mai prochain, le MarketPlace dédié à ce système d’exploitation fermera ses portes et ne sera donc plus accessible à tous les propriétaires de terminaux Windows Mobile 6.x, rapporte Business-mobile.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Malgré cette fermeture, les programmes acquis avant cette date seront bien entendu toujours utilisables. Microsoft conseille donc aux utilisateurs d’installer toutes les mises à jour nécessaires des logiciels qu’ils ont installés mais aussi de réaliser des sauvegardes dans le cas où leur smartphone serait réinitialisé. Une fois le MarketPlace fermé, les utilisateurs pourront alors se tourner directement vers les développeurs pour obtenir de nouvelles applications sur Windows Mobile. Aujourd’hui, la firme de Redmond compte en effet miser sur Windows Phone, son nouveau système d’exploitation dont le MarketPlace a récemment passé la barre des 80.000 applications. Elle espère ainsi que les utilisateurs de Windows Mobile, déjà ancien, se tourneront vers les dernières versions les plus à jour de Windows Phone. Le 7 mai 2012 à 12:26 • Maxime Lambert
Holiday by the Bay to benefit USO San Diego November 26, 2018 Posted: November 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – This holiday season Hilton on the Bayfront is hosting the family friendly event Holiday by the Bay.Holiday by the Bay includes access to the event area and rides on the 100-foot long Reindeer Run Ice Slide. Guests can also enjoy our 30-foot tall Christmas Treeaccompanied by Shine, a world-class dynamic light show that will be featured hourly.One dollar from every paid admission ticket will be donated to The USO San Diego.For ticketing details click here Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Tags Periodic Table happenings There’s also poetic side to the elements. In 2017, Science posted a table linking each element to a haiku. Hydrogen kicks things off with this gem: “Your single proton/fundamental, essential./Water. Life. Star fuel.”The University of Nottingham in the UK took to YouTube to create a Periodic Table with videos explaining each element. It’s a perfect way to get up close and personal with everything from mercury to europium.And if you truly want to go old school, stop by the US Library of Congress image archive for a look at an early published version of Mendeleev’s table. Then you can enjoy our colorful modern versions even more. Share your voice Sci-Tech 13 Photos CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Element of mystery: Will periodic table get new resident? This periodic table shows you what your car is really made of Post a comment 0 13 ancient mysteries unlocked by modern science Enlarge ImageEnjoy the colorful and educational elements of Keith Enevoldsen’s illustrated Periodic Table. Keith Enevoldsen The Periodic Table is a thing of beauty, but it can also feel pretty mysterious, especially if the last time you studied it was back in grade school. Now is a great time to get reacquainted. The International Year of the Periodic Table celebration marks 2019 as the 150th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev’s discovery of the Periodic System, a way of organizing elements. The United Nations calls it “one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics and biology.”Enlarge ImageElement Collection can also hook you up with Periodic table posters and cards. Element Collection A world of hydrogen, fermium and darmstadtium await you online with some interactive, colorful and even poetic versions of the Periodic Table of the Elements.Element Collection offers up one of the most visually interesting takes on the table with a version that pairs images to each element. You may see a nugget of gold, a puddle of mercury or an image of Albert Einstein to go along with Einsteinium. The photos are striking.A pictorial Periodic Table from retired software engineer Keith Enevoldsen is geared for younger students, but it’s equally appealing to adults. The table matches up practical uses to the elements, so you can see how chromium is involved in your stainless-steel silverware or how iridium connects with your car’s spark plugs. This will help you connect the elements to the everyday world around you.
The National Transportation Safety Board took the unusual move last month of asking the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate the Ravn family of companies.Download AudioA report says Hageland failed to achieve safety outcomes, at the time losing operational control and launching flights without proper oversight. The company’s CEO says the report does not reflect the changes Ravn has made in recent months.Wreckage of the Cessna 208 that killed two pilots in April. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Troopers)The FAA says it already was looking into the companies before the NTSB issued its request. Still, the board wants a hard look at the airlines, citing 6 accidents over the past two years, including two fatal crashes in the Y-K Delta. Bob Hajdukovich is President and CEO of Ravn. He says the report is a step behind the company’s efforts.“Everything that is requested for in the letter has already happened or is in the process of happening, so really, what was the purpose of the letter?” Hajdukovich said.The NTSB says an inadequate risk assessment program may have played a role in the crash that killed four people in a Cessna 208 outside St. Marys in November. The agency says that flight is among many Hageland allowed to launch without knowing or addressing some risks.Hajdukovich says since January, that process of deciding whether it’s safe to fly was made in tandem with a central control center in Palmer. Before, flights were release based out of hubs like Bethel or Nome.“I think when you have a local control there is the potential for making more of an economic risk assessment as opposed to a pure risk assessment,” Hajdukovich said. said. “So in other words, that person on the ground in Bethel can be impacted by 300 people in the lobby, 20,000 pounds of mail, or bad weather. So there’s always a tension that’s there that you don’t want to be there when you’re truly trying to analyze the risk of the flight.”The NTSB held off on making their recommendation after the operational control center was in place. But after two pilots died on a training flight in April, the agency moved ahead.Hajdukovich lists millions of dollars in improvements at Era Aviation, now named Corvus Airline, which carries flights with 10 or more passengers. He adds Hageland is seeking 5-star rating in the Medallion Foundation safety program, which exceeds FAA regulations. In any case, Hajdukovich says safety is the top priority.“That’s not a long term strategy to hurt airplanes or certainly hurt our customers so we’re going to take every opportunity to improve our safety systems,” Hajdukovich said. “We have humans behind the wheel, and we have customers that can also be a part of our safety system. They should report that they were in bad weather and they didn’t think the pilot should be there. They should report that. They shouldn’t be so hungry to get home that they are part of that pressure pot, that pressure cooker,”The FAA says it will formally respond within 90 days. They report having increased surveillance since 2011 and had a team on site last week.
After the phenomenal success of Ranveer Singh starrer Simmba, the audience can’t help but desperately wait for Rohit Shetty’s next cop action – Sooryavanshi. Starring Akshay Kumar, the film is expected to have cameos by Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn.A number of A-list names were floating around as who would be cast in the film as the female lead opposite Akshay and the latest we hear is that Katrina Kaif has finally been zeroed in for the film. As per a report by Pinkvilla, Katrina Kaif has been brought on board on Akshay Kumar’s insistence, though Rohit Shetty was not totally in agreement with the whole idea. Yes, you read it right. Rohit Shetty wanted to cast some other actress for the part in the film but, Akshay Kumar, who has given a number of hit films with Katrina Kaif like Namastey London and Singh is King was adamant on Katrina being brought onboard.And, Rohit Shetty finally agreed. The report states that Rohit Shetty and Akshay Kumar even had a slight tussle over the matter but now all of that has been put aside to focus on the film.Prior to that, Katrina Kaif would be seen with Salman Khan in Bharat which also stars Jackie Shroff and Disha Patani. Earlier, Priyanka Chopra was supposed to play the part but owing to her sudden engagement and wedding, the diva had to back out of the project at the last minute.Reports of Salman Khan having paired up with Katrina Kaif for the third instalment of the ‘Tiger’ franchise was making news recently. On the other hand, Akshay Kumar’s Kesari has been raining moolahs at the box-office and has been declared a hit by critics and audience alike.
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(RNS) — On a Tuesday evening under the roof of a public picnic shelter, a group of women ages 20 to 55 groaned through a series of high-intensity exercises in the 88-degree heat and humidity.Cheered on by their leader, who yelled, “you’re getting stronger,” and, “you’re going to feel like Popeye,” the women press on with jumping jacks, burpee box jumps and a set of other cardio exercises with inventive names: “dying cockroach,” “ski moguls,” and “sparky crabs.”But the intensity of the boot-camp-like drill ended on a quieter, more reflective note 45-minutes later as the women came into a circle, their faces still flush from working out, to close with a prayer: “Lord, thank you for the time we’ve been able to be together and just exercise,” said Julie Swift, one of the women. “Please bless all these ladies and sustain them through their week. In Jesus’ name we pray.”After a unison “amen,” they roll up their mats, give each other a hug and head home — until the next workout.A host of modern exercise groups have sprung up in the last decade that aim to create fitter bodies, minds and hearts: CrossFit, SoulCycle, Pure Barre, Orangetheory. Stephanie Walton demonstrates a plank exercise for Females in Action workout participants in Apex, N.C. RNS photo by Yonat ShimronAll promise to empower, strengthen and transform while creating a sense of community.The latest is Females in Action, a Southern-style fitness program designed to make women stronger and develop friendships. The FiA brand is the female equivalent to F3 — its larger male counterpart, which aims to build men up through fitness, fellowship and faith.But unlike the for-profit studios that cater to urban millennials willing and able to pay $40 a class, Females in Action (like F3) is free. Workout sessions are peer-led. They most often take place outdoors, in public parks or school fields. And they typically end with a spiritual high five.“We are focused on fitness, but it goes beyond that,” explained Catherine Butler, who leads one of three Charlotte, North Carolina, FiA groups. “We are a community of women that lifts each other up.”Started six years ago, FiA has grown to 53 regional workout groups spread across multiple states but heavily concentrated in North and South Carolina. Many are located in the suburbs and appeal to churchgoing working women whose husbands oftentimes participate in the male counterpart. FiA estimates 5,700 women work out at its exercise sessions, and many say the biggest draw is the camaraderie and support the women offer one another.“There’s nothing ever negative here,” said Caroline Uenking, 20, who accompanied her mother, Heather, to a recent workout. “It’s all positive.”Caroline, who has some problems with her calves, and Heather, who has a hard time touching her toes, are never singled out, they said. Instead, they’re encouraged to do what they can, altering a particular exercise to meet their abilities.Like the F3 male-only version from which it borrows extensively, the workouts have a certain military style that stems from one of its founders, David Redding, a former member of the Green Berets. Although some workouts incorporate yoga and others running, the typical session features aerobic exercise sets in which participants push themselves as hard as they can, rest and repeat.In keeping with military nomenclature, participants are required to have nicknames, too. Stephanie Walton, the leader of the Apex group, is known as Peachtree; Janice Azeveda, who leads a group that meets in Cary, is known as Van Gogh.But although the exercises are hardcore, the female-only environment makes it more inviting for some women.A list of exercises drawn up by Stephanie Walton who leads the Females in Action workout in Apex, N.C. RNS photo by Yonat ShimronSwift, 55, said she felt overwhelmed attending gym classes alongside men.“I would prefer women who can influence each other,” she said.The gender restriction may be part of FiA’s more traditional appeal. If some of the newer fitness center brands draw millennials with no particular faith, FiA draws people who tend to be more religiously conventional.Though not explicitly Christian, FiA promotes the idea of a belief in a higher being, whatever that might be called (a formula that also echoes the second Alcoholics Anonymous step, “We came to be aware that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity”).Walton, a mom now studying for a degree in health and fitness science, said FiA made her a better person.“Since I’ve been doing FiA I’ve been going to church more,” she said. “I’ve been doing more soul-searching. It’s just part of it. You start caring about people. You see their children being born. You do things for their husbands when their husbands are sick.”Not everyone in F3 is religiously devout, and not all sessions end in prayer. But the group leader, called a “Q,” is expected to end each workout with what’s called a “Circle of Trust,” intended as a short time to reflect.Azevedo, who leads a 5:30 a.m. workout in nearby Cary, tends to keep things strictly nonsectarian. She concluded a recent session by reading a quote from personal coach Cheryl Richardson about the importance of self care. A 58-year-old preschool teacher, Azevedo said she nearly fainted the first time she attended a FiA workout. She was never very athletic, she said, and gyms did nothing for her. “If you decide not to go, nobody at the gym is going to say, ‘Hey, I missed you. Where were you?’” she said. “With this particular group, if you’re not there, somebody checks in with you and asks, ‘Are you OK?’ That’s a beautiful thing, having relationships of support. That’s really important.”Through FiA, she’s lost weight and gained muscle. Best of all, FiA empowers women and cheers them on.“It’s a life-changing group,” she said. “Physically you change because you’re taking care of your body. Mentally you change because you’re meeting new people and establishing new relationships and spiritually you change because you’re taking time out to reflect on your life. It’s a good thing.” Share This! Boy’s removal from church service spurs debate in UK on welcoming those with aut … Share This! Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment
One reVision case manager reconnected a detained minor with his mother who had lost everything and temporarily relocated to a county more than 150 miles away. The group was able to get her a bus ticket so she could attend his court hearing last week, and he was released to stay with his adult brother. If she hadn’t been able to make the hearing, her son would have stayed in the detention center, Rotramel said.“If we cannot reunify these families, then there’s no path for the judge or probation department to release them because there’s no one to release them to, and so that will lead to longer-term incarceration as well as just an unknown path,” Rotramel said, adding that minors are sometimes released to Child Protective Services when guardians can’t be reached.But Rotramel hasn’t seen that happen with his Harvey clients. Judges and probation officers have been pretty lenient amid the chaos caused by Harvey, he said. They’re more likely to go easy on a minor who missed a couple days of school or a meeting with a probation officer if the child’s family is suddenly homeless.Gonzales of the probation department agreed that probation officers have been understanding about the extenuating circumstances. And though hearing deadlines were probably missed in the days before floodwaters receded, judges and prosecutors have been pushing to get more minors released from detention faster after the storm, said Hans Nielsen, who heads the juvenile division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.“I know that the judges all worked to try to get as many kids out of detention afterwards because of the situation,” Nielsen said. “Once we got back to having court, [prosecutors] said, ‘Look, we just need to … prioritize the cases and not hang on to certain cases that are less serious.’”Jolie McCullough / The Texas TribuneDiane McCoy and her mother, Janice Stubbs, talk to their reVision case manager in a Days Inn hotel room they have been living in for a week on Oct. 17. The family’s home was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and McCoy’s 13-year-old son is on juvenile probation.Stubbs, her daughter, and her three grandsons — the youngest of which is on probation — left her family home the day before the storm hit and are now living in a Days Inn, about a 10-minute drive away.They all moved in a couple weeks ago when federal aid money came through. Even though it’s hard, Stubbs’ daughter, Diane McCoy, said it’s at least better that the family is together again. Before they checked into the hotel, McCoy’s youngest sons were staying with friends. “It’s best for me and my boys because … I’m all they got, me and their grammy,” she said, lounging on the hotel bed while her sons were at school. She was surrounded by random belongings spread throughout the room — a TV in a chair, an iron on the sink. Share Jolie McCullough / The Texas TribuneRon Williams, an outreach worker at Houston reVision, pulls supplies from a stockpile of donations to bring to a Harvey-displaced teen on probation on Oct. 17, 2017.Jolie McCullough / The Texas TribuneWalking through the shell of her Harvey-damaged house, Janice Stubbs choked back tears while talking about how her 13-year-old grandson was handcuffed and escorted out of her home this year.When he was 11, he had busted the nose of another student at school, his mother said, and the police got involved. The courts took a while to resolve the case, but he was picked up in May, held overnight and placed on juvenile probation.“That was so hard. I almost burst out crying,” Stubbs said last week as she surveyed her torn-up floors and exposed wall beams in the eastern Harris County house she has called home for 57 years.On top of dealing with sudden homelessness, the family still has to make sure Stubbs’ grandson attends school every day, goes to a weekly workshop and regularly checks in with his probation officer. Otherwise, he could face increased supervision or be held at the juvenile detention center. Her reVision case manager, Ron Williams, had come by to drop off some supplies. He handed over a bag filled with clothes for her sons, canned food, toiletries and a jug of water. He doled out a couple of gift cards so she could buy more necessities. The hope is this short-term stability will help keep McCoy’s son on the right track. The next step is to get him a mentor, Rotramel said. McCoy said reVision has helped her a lot, but life post-Harvey is still hard. Several times she mentioned how she wanted to be able to cook for her family.“It’s miserable. We’re staying in a room, can’t cook, can’t do none of that, clothes have to go to the wash,” she said. “We’re used to doing this at home.”In the van after leaving the family’s hotel room, Williams pondered her cooking problem behind the wheel.“I’m thinking about getting her a hot plate,” he said. “I’m not a shopper myself, but I’m just going to go up to WalMart. Do they sell them there?” The teen is one of dozens of minors in the county’s juvenile justice system who has been labeled severely affected by Hurricane Harvey, a storm that dumped up to 50 inches of rain in parts of southeast Texas and flooded much of the region. Staff and detainees were stuck for days. Many in detention lost contact with evacuated family members. Some on probation lost their homes.It can be harder to get to school when you’ve lost your home and belongings, and it can be difficult to control your frustration when you don’t know what happened to your family. For reasons like this, a local youth mentor group has paired up with the Harris County juvenile justice system to offer support for kids both in detention and on probation. They’re working to connect kids to their displaced families, get guardians to court hearings and hand out food and clothing to families who are starting over.“Our ultimate concern is these kids are set up now to fail,” said Charles Rotramel, CEO of the mentor group, Houston reVision. “If they were already struggling, they were already on the edge, and now … they lose everything … you’re adding risk factors onto other risk factors. They’re likely to get locked up again and end up in prison.”The Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, which also oversees the juvenile detention center, referred to reVision 65 children who have been deeply impacted by the storm. The department’s assistant executive director, Henry Gonzales, said reVision’s help was key in the storm’s aftermath.“Our concern was more of the kids’ safety during all of this, and not really realizing how it was impacting the kids with them not knowing or hearing from their family,” he said. “ReVision’s willingness to step in and do stuff like that was wonderful.”Jolie McCullough / The Texas TribuneJanice Stubbs holds back tears speaking of the day her 13-year-old grandson was taken away in handcuffs from her house — the same house that flooded months later during Hurricane Harvey and displaced her family.Support came in different ways for each kid, Rotramel said. The faith-based nonprofit collected enough clothing, food and other necessities to fill multiple rooms at their southwest Houston headquarters, and case managers have been dropping off care packages and department store gift cards to the children’s families who have been displaced.
Share Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTTexas school administrators and law enforcement leaders meet for a round table discussion with Governor Greg Abbott and other state politicians to kick off a three-day series of round table discussions at the State Capitol focusing on school safety in response to the recent Santa Fe High School shooting.Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said he would donate ten more metal detectors to improve security district-wide at Santa Fe Independent School District in addition to detectors offered by one company after the shooting that left ten dead in May.Parents asked the Santa Fe school board to install detectors last week at the first board meeting since the shooting, but the district still has yet to decide if it will use the machines. Along with the donation, Patrick said the Texas Senate would create a matching fund program for other schools that want to install their own metal detectors. In a press release, Patrick said schools that install detectors or buy detection wands before next legislative session will be reimbursed retroactively through that program.Those new security protocols will be in place before the start of the school year, pending district approval, Patrick said.Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneLt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks at the Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antonio on Friday, June 15, 2018.“Santa Fe parents have asked for immediate action to secure the entrances to their schools and I want to make sure that if the Santa Fe ISD School Board wants to install metal detectors they can do so,” Patrick said in a statement.Patrick’s announcement fits with a broader strategy from Texas Republicans, who in the wake of the fatal May 18 shooting and a fall 2017 shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs have focused on making schools and other public venues less vulnerable as targets. In May, Gov. Greg Abbott laid out a 40-page plan for protecting schools; his pitches ranged from increased mental health screenings to new emergency safety measures to a few, narrow gun-related proposals, including consideration of a “red flag” law in Texas that would allow local officials to seize weapons from individuals declared dangerous by a judge.Patrick, who presides over the Texas Senate, also pledged Monday that in the next legislative session, the upper chamber would create a matching fund program to support installing metal detectors in other school districts. That program will include reimbursements for school districts that purchase such protections before the next session begins.In the immediate wake of the shooting, Patrick drew rebukes and mockery for saying “there are too many entrances and too many exits” to Texas schools. Experts said that schools have long been designed with such safety concerns in mind.“On the day of the shooting in Santa Fe, I made securing the entrances and exits to our schools a top priority,” Patrick said Monday. “Santa Fe parents have asked for immediate action to secure the entrances to their schools and I want to make sure that if the Santa Fe ISD School Board wants to install metal detectors they can do so.”Patrick also said Monday he supports increasing funding for an existing state program that arms school personnel. He has also charged a select committee within the Texas Senate to study school safety.
D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) recently introduced the Community College for All Scholarship Act.D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) on Feb. 3 introduced the “Community College For All Scholarship Act of 2015.” The legislation establishes a program to provide free tuition and fees at the University of the District of Columbia Community College, informally known as UDC-CC. Orange’s bill mirrors President Obama’s Jan. 9 proposal offering free community college to students maintaining a 2.5grade point average and studying at least half-time.“President Obama has already made the goal of a community college education a national agenda,” the council member said. “Access to a quality education should be inclusive, not exclusive. All District residents should have access to a quality college education.”The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is the only public higher education institution in the city. The university consists of the community college, undergraduate, graduate, and the David A. Clarke School of Law, educating approximately 5,500 students.Orange’s bill states that students could attend UDC-CC free if they maintain a 2.0 GPA, complete their studies in two years, and engage in community service and mentoring. Tennessee, under its landmark Tennessee Promise program, and the city of Chicago, with its Chicago Star Scholarship initiative, have instituted free community college programs for qualified students. New Jersey’s NJ Stars program, offers up to five quarters of a free community college education in the state for students who graduate in the top 15 percent of their high school class. In Maryland, there are no bills before the Maryland General Assembly supporting free community college in the state, but Sen. Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore) has legislation permitting graduates of Baltimore City high schools to attend Baltimore City Community College free.Dr. Bernie Sadusky, executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC), embraces Obama’s idea. “The fact that 80 percent of all future jobs in Maryland will need workers with the education levels that community colleges provide, coupled with economist’ assertions that high student debt levels can limit local economic growth, mean that it is time for new approaches to developing Maryland’s 21st century workforce,” Sadusky said. “Community colleges are uniquely positioned to meet this challenge. Moreover, the MACC is ready to work with state and federal agencies to design a free post-secondary tuition program that would achieve state and national educational and workforce development goals.”Orange’s bill was co-introduced by D.C. Council members Elissa Silverman (I-At Large), Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), Anita Bonds (D-At Large), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), and Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1). “Today’s introduction by a majority of the council signifies that this council is dedicated to educating our residents,” Orange said.D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) referred the bill to the Committee of the Whole and a hearing date had not been set at AFRO press time.Michael Rogers, the vice president for institutional advancement at UDC, said that while university officials are aware of Orange’s bill, they have not responded to it, yet. “We are going to look at the bill and talk it over with our board of directors to see what happens next,” Rogers said.Jacque Patterson, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 8, engaged in the city’s educational issues, said free community college would be great for residents. Patterson notes that the city is financially sound with its latest projection of a $203 million surplus by the Fiscal Year 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report released last month, and some of those funds could be used to pay for Orange’s program.“The city can definitely afford it,” Patterson said. “When people are educated, it helps our economy grow.”Patterson said there are other ways the city could fund the program. “The D.C. Chamber of Commerce could possibly get behind a small tax on businesses that would pay for free community college,” he said. “I think our business community can afford a two percent tax increase when they will be getting well-trained workers in return. We tax businesses in the city to pay for stadiums, why not pay for an education for residents?”