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New screen design could extend smart phone battery life

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first_imgA brightly lit smart phone display looks good, but drains the battery quickly. Much of this can be blamed on a screen component called a polarizer. Light points in all directions, which can be mathematically broken down into two parts that are perpendicular to each other. A polarizer allows only one of the two to pass through, which is required for liquid-crystal display (LCD) screens to work but wastes at least 50% of the light. In practice, most polarizers waste much more. In a study published this month in Optica, researchers report a newly designed polarizer with much higher energy efficiency. The scientists etched a 3D nanoscale pattern on a piece of silicon, which enabled the polarizer to interact with and manipulate light. When they shone infrared light through their polarizer, the pattern on the silicon allowed light in one direction to pass through and rotated its perpendicular counterpart by 90°, thereby letting it pass through as well. The researchers achieved a maximum polarizer efficiency of 74%, they report. The technique needs to be extended to visible light before it can be utilized in LCDs and extend devices’ battery lives. But the team says that if it can optimize the approach, such displays could extend battery life and enable brighter screen settings in future smart phones.last_img read more

Clippers clinch playoff spot with win over Timberwolves

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first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Clippers: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.Timberwolves: Host the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Towns led Minnesota with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 and Dario Saric added 18.Montrezl Harrell helped the Clippers pull away after the Timberwolves got within single digits late in the game. Ten of his 18 points came after Minnesota made it a six-point game in the fourth quarter.“It’s going to be a different guy every night,” Williams said. “Trez was having a slow game, and then the last 5 minutes he made all the big plays that we needed to keep some distance there. I think that’s just a testament to how we’re built.”Los Angeles, which entered as the second-most accurate 3-point shooting team in the NBA, thrived from deep. The Clippers shot 16 for 32 from downtown. Gallinari hit a team-high six 3s, which matched his season high.“They might be playing the best basketball out of anybody in the league right now,” Timberwolves interim coach Ryan Saunders said.Minnesota was once again short-handed, as several key players — including Derrick Rose, Robert Covington and Jeff Teague — have been shut down for the remainder of the season.TIP-INSClippers: G Landry Shamet did not play due to an ankle injury. Shamet is averaging 11.2 points per game since he was traded to the Clippers in early February. Rivers said Shamet would’ve played if it were a playoff game. … Garrett Temple scored 15 points, his highest total since he was acquired by the Clippers in early February.Timberwolves: F Taj Gibson missed his third straight game with a calf injury. … Towns didn’t convert his first field goal until there was 4:53 remaining in the third quarter. Before that, he was 0 for 7 from the floor. … Towns’ double-double was his 50th of the season. … Minnesota was 20 of 33 from the free throw line.UP NEXT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Lou Williams added 20 points off the bench for the Clippers, who outscored Minnesota’s reserves 53-25. Williams had 45 points the last time Los Angeles played at Target Center.The Clippers have won six in a row, the longest active streak in the NBA, and are 11-1 in March.“It’s so hard to make the playoffs in the West,” said guard Patrick Beverley, who said he was fine after exiting the game with a hip pointer. “To be in the category with some of the teams that we’re in the category with, it’s truly a blessing.”Los Angeles led by 25 before Minnesota trimmed the deficit to 104-98 in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Karl-Anthony Towns. It was the closest the Wolves had been since the first quarter.“Something that I think has failed us in a lot of our losses is just our execution,” Towns said. “It hasn’t been the effort, and it hasn’t been the determination. It has just been the execution.”ADVERTISEMENT Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and Los Angeles clinched a postseason spot Tuesday night with a 122-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.Rivers’ club is back in the postseason after falling short a year ago. The Clippers finished 42-40 last season, missing the playoffs after making it six straight years — four under Rivers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’m just really happy for our guys,” Rivers said. “Before the year, we went through all the articles about us and how bad we were going to be. . I just told them, they don’t know us.”The Clippers (45-30) became the fifth Western Conference team to secure a postseason berth. With seven regular-season games to play, Los Angeles still has a shot at earning home-court advantage in the first round. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, left, eyes the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Dario Saric defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Minneapolis. Gallinari led the Clippers with 25 points in their 122-111 win. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Doc Rivers read the preseason predictions that said his team might win 35 games, at best. Neither the Clippers coach nor his players took much stock in all that.Now, they’re playoff-bound.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Column: Cleaning up the mess in boxing’s heavyweight class Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli’s Team India looks “very good”

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first_imgKapil Dev is not losing sleep over the recent lean patch of Virat Kohli and is confident that the Delhi stalwart will bounce back into form in the ICC Champions Trophy commencing on June 1.”It (Kohli’s form) should not be (a worry). I know his ability and talent. He will bounce back. I don’t see any reasons (why) he will not be among the runs,” Kapil said in an interaction arranged by event broadcasters Star Sports and digital platform Hotstar on Wednesday.”He is an important player (for the team) and if he starts getting runs, then the whole team gets motivated. If your captain starts getting runs, it’s the best thing that happens,” Kapil added.Kohli, who hammered 973 runs last season in 16 matches, managed only 308 runs in 10 games in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League, with a highest score of 64, for the Royal Challengers Bangalore who were knocked out after finishing last on the league table.Defending champions India start their campaign in the tournament, being held in England, with the much-awaited group clash against arch rivals Pakistan on June 4 in Birmingham.Kapil, who led underdogs India to an unforgettable World Cup triumph in 1983, termed the present Indian bowling attack as the best and heaped special praise on young death-over specialist Jasprit Bumrah.”When I saw Bumrah for the first time, I never expected (that he will rise). He has such a strong mind! When your action is not so clean, it is difficult to manage to bowl such good bowling line and length, yorkers. He has the strength within himself. Whatever he wants to do, he can do,” said Kapil about the Ahmedabad-born bowler.advertisement”His mindset is better than anything else and I have started respecting him much more than what I had seen on the first day when he played a ODI match,” said Kapil, who had captured 434 wickets from 131 Test matches.”If I see all these players, I don’t think anybody else can fit in. Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) is very good, Umesh (Yadav) is very good, (Mohammed) Shami is extraordinary. (Ravichandran) Ashwin will be back and (Ravindra) Jadeja. This is the best bowlers we have in the country,” said the 58-year-old former India skiper, who scalped 253 wickets in 225 ODIs.Kapil emphasized that the Indian team for the Champions Trophy looks strong on paper.”On paper it (team) looks very good. Perhaps I know the team much better than other teams, so I can say, Indian team looks very good at this stage,” the cricket legend said.Asked whether yesterday’s half century for Rising Pune Supergiant against Mumbai Indians in the IPL Qualifier 1 here signalled Ajinkya Rahane’s return to form, Kapil said he was hoping the innings would boost the batsman’s confidence in the Champions Trophy.”Ajinkya Rahane has shown time and again that he has the ability and temperament (to score runs). Just sometimes one knock can change the thought process, and I hope he will be much confident now (after the fifty) than the day before.”Kapil welcomed the presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in the team and said the duo’s vast experience would stand the team in good stead.”Both of them have a lot of respect among the youngsters. They have to play to their potential. We can’t expect Dhoni or Yuvraj to be the same, as they were 15 years back. Their experience can come into the game,” he added.Quizzed about the epic India-Pakistan clash in Birmingham the former skipper said that Pakistan were the underdogs.”Indian team obviously looks far better and they are playing cricket which is among the best at this stage. So on paper our (Indian) team is far better,” Kapil said.”Pakistan at this stage has nothing to lose. They have everything to gain and they are the underdogs. They have ruthless players, but Indian team, on paper, looks far better,” he signed off.last_img read more

The Secret Weapon for Beating Razor Bumps is Here

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first_img How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster How to Grow and Maintain Stubble 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts We can all agree that utilizing high-tech solutions in life produces better results than ye olde alternatives (cellphone versus passenger pigeon, anyone?). This applies to the superficial, too. But while women were early adopters of anti-aging and cleansing innovations, it’s only recently that most dudes have discovered the literal beauty of battery-operated groomers. It helped that Clinique and Clarisonic introduced more masculine-looking devices that were specifically designed for your needs. The most recent addition to the grooming tool kit comes from The Art of Shaving and—no surprise here—its purpose is to set you up for the smoothest shave possible. Dermatologist Jared Jagdeo explains how the new Power Brush ($40) helps you get rid of razor bumps and ingrown hairs.Related: Products to Help You Banish Razor BumpsBumping Off Bumps“This brush looks similar to brushes on the market, but it’s the only one that’s clinically tested with men and evaluated for whether this brush can release trapped hair. In the clinical trial, 69% of men saw an improvement in razor bumps and 85% of men had trapped hair released. The smaller head allows you to get access to spots like naso labial folds and places where men are more likely to get irritation and razor bumps, like under the jaw.”Drop the Tweezers“Across all ethnic groups, those with thicker, fuller hair, sometimes associated with curly and wavy hair, are more likely to get razor bumps. It’s especially a problem for African-American men, 70% of whom experience ingrown hairs. This happens when the hairs curl back in and re-pierce the skin and it can lead to inflammation. But pulling out ingrowns can lead to scarring and other outcomes we’d like to avoid like darkening of skin and patchy hair growth. Sometimes if you pluck out a hair repeatedly, it can scar the follicle and that’s when you get patchy hair growth and loss of hair growth. Some guys are getting hair transplants to their beard. If you want nice beard distribution, you need to release those trapped hairs. This brush releases 85% of trapped hairs.”Smooth Moves How to Shave With a Straight Razor center_img The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About “It’s dual purpose so you can use it as a deep cleanser and preparation for a shave. It partners nicely with the pre-shave gel to provide a better glide and smoother shave. The more you exfoliate, the better results you get.” Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Minister Tours Brachytherapy Suite at Nova Scotia

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first_imgHEALTH–Minister Tours Brachytherapy Suite at Nova ScotiaCancer Centre Women are getting more comfortable and more efficient treatment for gynecological cancer in a new brachytherapy suite at Nova Scotia Cancer Centre in Halifax. The suite was made possible through a private donation and a partnership between the Department of Health, QEII Foundation and Capital Health. “This suite helps us provide better health care for Nova Scotian families while also living within our means,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald, who toured the facility today, July 22. “This will free up operating room time and reduce the number of patients that need to be admitted to hospital so it will indirectly reduce the wait times of other patients.” Dean and Evelyn Salsman donated $1 million to the QEII Foundation to establish the brachytherapy suite and the Department of Health provided just under $1 million. Brachytherapy is a specialized form of radiation therapy to treat cancer. Sherry Porter, chair of the QEII Foundation Board of Trustees, called the brachytherapy project a win-win situation. “When partnerships and the vision of donors like Dean and Evelyn Salsman come together like they have for brachytherapy here at the QEII, everyone wins, especially cancer patients,” said Ms. Porter. It is the first dedicated brachytherapy suite in Canada that combines the services and equipment necessary for a patient to be treated in one room. Before, a patient would need to go through three areas, including the operating room for general anesthetic, to receive treatment. “This makes for a much more efficient procedure for the staff and the patient,” said Dr. Paul Joseph, radiation oncologist for Capital Health. “Seeing patients going home after the procedure is exciting. Patients have complained for years about being confined to their beds for 5 days while undergoing brachytherapy treatments.” The suite opened in March and is set up to treat gynecological cancers, but can also treat prostate, breast and lung cancer. When not being used for brachytherapy, the equipment can be used for other radiation therapy activities. It also allows for outpatient treatment, freeing up more beds in the hospital.last_img read more

Land Purchases Support Rural Economy

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first_imgNova Scotians will soon have more green acres with the purchase of land in three counties, including a coastal property along the Northumberland Shore. More than 1,600 acres are being purchased. The province has invested $783,000 to buy 1,576 acres in Pictou County and 20 acres in Colchester County from Kenney Forest Holdings Ltd. through the Forestry Transition Land Acquisition Program. The province is increasing the amount of coastline it owns by purchasing 20 acres from a private landowner in Antigonish County. The $400,000 purchase also includes agricultural land. “The majority of these land purchases will support our rural economy, in particular the forestry industry,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “It helps rural employers by letting them sell assets that are no longer essential to their business.” Steve Talbot, executive director with Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia, was pleased to hear about the purchases. “The dollars invested in these types of land purchases show a multiple of returns on investment for all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Talbot. “More publicly owned lands that can be for multiple uses, including future production of forest fibre, is a bonus. “But more important to the industry, is the working capital for the forestry companies. It helps keep operations financially stable, which allows them to continue to buy from local suppliers and keeps people employed. It’s a good investment all around.” The land purchases support a number of provincial goals, including protecting jobs in the forestry industry, providing Nova Scotians with coastal access and recreational opportunities, and ensuring land is available for future generations.last_img read more

Doctors often called on to provide medical emergency aid on flights

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first_imgTORONTO – It’s a call for help that most physicians worry about when taking a flight: “Is there a doctor on board?”What it heralds is an urgent medical issue, usually involving a passenger, which can range from someone experiencing severe pain or passing out to having a heart attack.“Every health-care professional is likely to hear this call at some point while flying, but for most of us, treating patients on a plane is a completely unfamiliar scenario,” said Dr. Alun Ackery, an emergency physician at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, who co-authored recommendations aimed at helping medical professionals manage in-flight emergencies.Trying to treat an ill passenger in the dimly lit and cramped confines of a commercial aircraft at 11,000 metres in the air can be a daunting proposition, said Ackery, especially if a doctor is unaware of what in-flight medical equipment is available.“When you’re in a moment of crisis, you don’t really want to be learning about what you have to help you,” he said.The recommendations, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), were developed in collaboration with Air Canada and WestJet, which both carry comprehensive first aid kits on their aircraft.“Each airline’s kit is going to look different, and the contents aren’t always going to be familiar, which adds another layer of complexity to an already stressful situation,” said Dr. David Kodama, an emergency medicine resident at the University of Toronto and a co-author of the recommendations.The kits contain a number of medications, saline, a blood pressure cuff, stethoscope and other basic pieces of equipment to address on-board medical emergencies.But the authors say the cabin environment also changes how some of that equipment is used and how certain diagnostic results are interpreted. For instance, a patient’s normal oxygen saturation is lower at altitude than on the ground and aircraft noise may make getting an accurate blood pressure reading using the cuff and stethoscope difficult.“We want more physicians and health-care professionals to read this (CMAJ) article and gain some comfort in their ability to approach a medical problem on an aircraft,” said Ackery.He and Kodama have also prepared a video discussing Air Canada’s on-board medical kit, and its URL is listed in the CMAJ article and will be posted on St. Michael’s Hospital’s website.An estimated 2.75 billion passengers worldwide fly each year on commercial airlines, with about 133 million flyers in Canada in 2015, a 27 per cent increase over 2009, the article states.The increasing number of passengers is one reason for a rising incidence of in-flight medical emergencies. Estimates range from one per every 604 flights to one per 7,700 passengers.The top five causes of medical emergencies are lightheadedness/loss of consciousness, respiratory symptoms, nausea or vomiting, cardiac distress and seizures. Seven per cent of these emergencies result in the flight being diverted.In Canada, Quebec is the only province that imposes a legal duty on physicians to come to the assistance of a person in a life-threatening emergency, the authors say.So what is a doctor’s ethical and legal obligation to step forward when a call goes out for medical aid on a flight?Dr. Jeff Blackmer, vice-president of professionalism at the Canadian Medical Association, said physicians are encouraged under the organization’s code of ethics to provide “whatever assistance they can to any person with an urgent need for medical care.”“But there’s no law or regulation except in Quebec that requires a physician to do this,” he said from Ottawa.There have a been some cases of Canadian doctors facing lawsuits after trying to help a sick passenger on their flight, but Blackmer said the Canadian Medical Protective Association that provides legal defence and liability protection to physicians does not provide blanket coverage in such cases.Such protection is decided on a case-by-case basis and one of the issues doctors face is what country’s airspace is involved at the time.“And it’s very different if you’re in Canada versus, say, over Russian airspace or Sub-Saharan African airspace or American airspace what your liability may or may not be,” he said.“You have to make a judgment whether to participate and then sometimes make life and death decisions in a very less than optimal environment, with or without the necessary equipment.“And you can’t sort of stop to say which airspace are we in?”Blackmer, who flies a great deal in relation to his position with the CMA and has frequently responded to calls to help a fellow passenger in medical distress, said many doctors struggle with the issue of offering assistance.For instance, if a physician is on board a flight and has had a couple of alcoholic drinks and perhaps been awakened in the middle of the night, he or she may feel their judgment might be impaired and they could do more harm than good, he said.“So you can’t have a black-and-white statement that says doctors have an absolute ethical obligation to provide assistance during an in-flight emergency. It’s much more nuanced and complicated than that.”The Canadian Medical Association Journal is editorially independent from the CMA, the professional body representing more than 80,000 physicians across the country.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Blackface a wounded tiny horse and a wayward walleye InTheNews for Sept

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first_imgIn-The-News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Sept. 20.What we are watching in Canada …Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in Toronto today, hoping to take back control of his re-election campaign after spending yesterday apologizing for donning blackface when he was younger.He scrapped his plans on a visit to Winnipeg, instead using the time to call supporters and leaders in minority communities, after images came out of him as a dark-skinned Aladdin at a party when he was 29 and made up like Harry Belafonte at a talent show when he was a student.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is in Atlantic Canada, with plans to make an announcement at the University of New Brunswick and then make campaign stops with candidates there and in Nova Scotia.The Greens’ Elizabeth May is spending her day in Calgary, starting with a transportation announcement at a CTrain station and then a visit to a climate-change demonstration at city hall.People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier is trying to hold onto his own seat in Quebec and is spending today campaigning there, though he has a swing to Western Canada coming up next week.—Also this …Students in Canada are expected to participate in climate demonstrations beginning today, and some school boards are moving to allow — even encourage — them to miss class for the cause.The University of British Columbia, the Toronto District School Board and Montreal’s Dawson College are among the institutions taking measures to support students who plan to walk out of class as part of a global call to action.The TDSB, Canada’s largest school board, said it has asked its schools to avoid scheduling tests and other assignments next Friday to ensure students aren’t penalized academically for participating in a rally outside the Ontario legislature.The weeklong rallies — dubbed Global Climate Strike — are timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York next week.The movement is partly inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has staged weekly demonstrations over the past year under the hashtag #FridaysForFuture, calling on world leaders to step up efforts against climate change.—ICYMI (In case you missed it) …A miniature horse faces a long road to recovery after being mauled by two dogs on Vancouver Island.Eileen Stevens said her 76-centimetre-tall horse, Hali Berry, was attacked in its corral this week when two pit bulls broke out of a fenced, neighbouring property south of Nanaimo.Hali’s left ear was completely severed, and she suffered other deep bites and gashes,But Stevens said the little horse is doing well.“She’s so bright. She’s got her voice back. She’s talking to anyone who comes around at the vet’s hospital,” said Stevens in a phone interview from her hobby farm.As for the neighbouring farmer whose dogs attacked the horse, Stevens said he immediately surrendered the dogs to be euthanized and offered to pay all the vet bills.“He’s a very, very kind man, he’s a good man,” she said.What we are watching in the U.S. …Owners have pulled boats from the water and shopkeepers put plywood over windows and doors as tropical storm Lorena bears down on Mexico’s resort-studded Los Cabos area, predicted to arrive Friday at hurricane force.The storm is forecast to pass over or near the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula later in the day with heavy winds and soaking rains.In the Atlantic, hurricane Jerry has been gaining strength on a track that is predicted to carry it near the northern Leeward Islands on Friday and north of Puerto Rico on Saturday.In Texas, the slow-churning remnants of tropical storm Imelda that flooded parts of state left at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in homes.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that by Thursday night, floodwaters had started receding in most of the Houston area. Police Chief Art Acevedo said law enforcement officers planned to work well into the night to clear freeways of vehicles stalled and abandoned because of flooding.—What we are watching in the rest of the world …Iran says its president and foreign minister have received visas from the United States to attend next week’s UN General Assembly meeting in New York.A spokesman at Iran’s mission to the UN said Thursday that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would arrive in New York today, and President Hassan Rouhani on Monday.Their visit comes as tension between the U.S. and Iran has risen following the weekend attack on oil installations in Saudi Arabia, which says Iran is behind it.—On this day in 1867 …The first general election in Canada, won by the Conservatives under Sir John A. Macdonald, was completed.Confederation, achieved earlier in the year, had set out the mandate for the formation of a federal government to unite the four provinces in the Dominion at the time.Macdonald formed a coalition cabinet almost equally split between Liberal and Conservative ministers and representing different regions, religions and cultures.—Weird and wild …NORTH BAY, Ont. — Now that’s a fish fry. North Bay Hydro says a power outage Thursday morning was caused by a walleye that landed on a pole-mounted transformer.Hydro officials say the fish was likely dropped by a bird, though they joked that a strong-armed resident at loose ends might have also been throwing fish around.Crews restored power to the affected area within about an hour.—Your health …OTTAWA — Health organizations in Canada want urgent action on vaping. Eight leading Canadian health organizations are asking the federal government for an interim order to curb the marketing of vaping products, restrict the flavours available and regulate nicotine levels.Vaping products, the organizations say, should be treated the same way as tobacco products.“Youth vaping has become a public health crisis,” Dr. Sandy Buchman, president of the Canadian Medical Association, said at a news conference.The call comes after the news of a serious vaping-related illness in London, Ont., as well as hundreds of cases in the United States, including seven deaths.—Your money …TORONTO — As the immediate impacts of hurricane Dorian fade from the East Coast, its effects on home insurance profiles will linger on.The claims made by homeowners for storm-related damage are added to a long-term profile of their properties, which, like a credit report, creates an overall picture of risk that can sway how much they may have to pay in premiums or if they can get coverage at all.“I can tell you it’s a phenomenon from Halifax to Victoria, where there are sections of cities, or homeowners who have found themselves in a position that they can’t get insurance coverage for any amount of premium, because their probability for flooding is simply too high,” says Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo.For homeowners, the shifting risk profile means they need to be mindful of potential preventative measures, like making sure drain-spouts are directed away from the house, window wells are covered and sealed, and that their sump pump is working and has a backup power source.Such measures could lead to discounts for insurance premiums, which have been on the rise in recent years as claims increase. In just the last five years, premiums have gone up 20 to 25 per cent, with water damage accounting for about 60 per cent of that rise, said Feltmate.—Celebrity buzz …MONTREAL — Canada Post is set to honour the late singer Leonard Cohen with a new set of stamps to be revealed today.The three-stamp set — distinct designs celebrating the life and work of the beloved Montreal-born artist — will be unveiled at an event at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts this afternoon.Cohen died in Los Angeles on Nov. 7, 2016, at age 82.Canada Post says it will produce four million stamps, a number it believes will be sufficient for fans and collectors worldwide.The stamps will be available to the public as of Saturday — which would have been Cohen’s 85th birthday — with Canada Post hosting a special event at a downtown Montreal post office.—This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Staples and Jessica Alba Team Up to Prepare Students for a Successful

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first_imgStaples, the back-to-school specialty store, is teaming up with Jessica Alba to help students succeed in the upcoming school year with a scholarship sweepstakes and in-kind donations to support classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org.Together, Staples and Jessica Alba hope to spark the imaginations of the next generation of big thinkers.Staples plays a proud role in millions of teachers’ and families’ back-to-school shopping rituals providing the expertise they need to kick-start their year of educational discovery. As a busy mom of three, Jessica relies on Staples and its in-store specialists to help find the right tools for her kids’ backpacks and school supplies, and she values the quality time spent with her children during their annual back-to-school shopping trip.“What I love about Staples is they have incredibly accommodating in-store specialists that helps parents get their kids ready for the school year,” says Jessica. “Back-to-school is a special time for my kids because it signifies a milestone in their lives. It makes it even more meaningful that Staples is partnering with DonorsChoose.org because my children get to experience an important lesson in giving back while we shop for their back to school essentials.”“Jessica Alba represents the parents who are visiting our stores in search of the supplies their students need to succeed. Her influential voice will propel our charitable efforts and help us create a greater impact in the classroom,” says Steve Matyas, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Retail, Staples. “Teachers play a crucial role in motivating and inspiring the next generation and as the back-to-school specialty store, Staples is committed to supporting teachers and students through DonorsChoose.org and the Staples for Students scholarship sweepstakes.”“Staples has been a generous and valued partner for five years, and we’re so thankful for the brand’s continued support of our mission, which helps bring learning to life for thousands of teachers and students in classrooms nationwide,” said Charles Best, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of DonorsChoose.org. “We also appreciate Jessica Alba’s support, and thank her for calling on the public to help classrooms in need across the country.”Shoppers who make a purchase of $25 or more can enter the Staples for Students scholarship sweepstakes to win one of five education prizes: a $50,000 grand prize scholarship presented by Jessica Alba, or one of four $25,000 first-prize scholarships.This year, shoppers can donate to classroom projects in their local areas at Staples stores, and Staples will match donations raised during the back-to-school season.Together, Staples and DonorsChoose.org have funded more than 700,000 classroom projects for teachers and positively affected more than 18 million students across the country.Parents, students and teachers can visit local Staples stores or Staples.com to support a classroom project or enter to win the scholarship today.last_img read more

KMC increases ambulance service rate

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first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) recently enhanced the rate of its ambulance services. The rate of the service that wasRs 150 has now been raised to Rs 200. The revised rates has been made effective from April 1 after the decision of increasing the same was taken during the 2019-20 budget. The ambulance services of the civic body is restricted under the jurisdiction of the KMC that spans over 144 wards. However, the movement of ambulance beyond KMC’s jurisdiction for transporting a sick person to a hospital or nursing home is allowed with the special permission from the Mayor or Member Mayor -in- Council (Health). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe charge for ambulances going beyond KMC’s jurisdictional area has also been raised. The previous charge was Rs 8 per kilometre which has now been raised to Rs 10. It may be mentioned that KMC’s ambulance service caters to a large number of people in the city as the charges offered in private is much higher in comparison to that of KMC. The last financial year has witnessed a steep rise in the quantum of revenue earned by the Ambulance section of the civic body. There was a time before 2011 when ambulance service earned a paltry revenue of Rs 50000. It went up to more than Rs 4 lakh per annum in the last fiscal. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording a senior official in KMC’s health department there are seven ambulance centres in the city that is maintained by them. The head office located at Central Avenue near Mohammad Ali Park has eight vehicles. The other centres at Jadavpur, Garden Reach, Ekbalpore, Metiaburj, Garia and Behala have one service each. There are seven such ambulances that are lying defunct and work will soon be taken up for their repair. In June last year, the KMC had introduced three hearses. “The use of matadors for carrying dead bodies for last rites has possibilities of infection. This air conditioned hearses has been of immense help . The service is available at an affordable rate of Rs 200 for two hours and an additional Rs 50 per hour extra. The hearses are stationed at the existing office of KMC ambulance service adjacent to Mohammad Ali Park on Central Avenue. People can call at the number 2219-7202 for availing the hearse facility.last_img read more

Fate of Bombardier Incs lone Canadian CSeries order rests on federal election

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MONTREAL — The fate of Bombardier Inc’s lone Canadian CSeries order appears to hinge on the results of Monday’s federal election.Porter Airlines, which placed a conditional order in 2013 for 12 of the 110- to 125-seat planes, hopes to get permission to fly it on a lengthened runway at the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.However, both the Liberals and NDP oppose amending an agreement with the city of Toronto and PortsToronto that would permit jets at the island airport even though CSeries testing suggests it’s the quietest commercial jet in its class that is currently available.If I were Bombardier, I wouldn’t count on those ordersThe Conservatives said they would “consider a proposal” from the city and port authority once a formal request is made. It said the government approved a passenger tunnel that was previously scrapped by the Liberals.“This highly popular airport is a vital economic driver in this city,” a party spokesman said Friday. “Liberals just don’t get it.”Polls suggest the Liberals hold a slight edge and could form a minority government. The head of a local community group opposed to jets at the airport believes the proposal is “dead” if either of the opposition parties are victorious.“If I were Bombardier, I wouldn’t count on those orders,” said CommunityAir chairman Brian Iler.He said the issue could be resolved quickly if the new government in Ottawa quickly announces its unwillingness to reopen the agreement.Crunch time for Bombardier Inc: 5 ways the company can raise cash and boost confidenceBombardier Inc’s CSeries development enters home stretch with testing over 90% completeBombardier Inc’s Airbus talks signal ‘the beginning of the end’ for CSeries, experts sayRegardless of the election, PortsToronto said it will continue to work on studies requested by Toronto City Council and deliver them early next year.Porter wouldn’t comment on the electoral impact on its CSeries order, but Bombardier says it’s not concerned about the order.“They’re going through the appropriate channels; we’re following the due process and we’ll see what results,” said spokeswoman Marianella de la Barrera.The potential loss of a Canadian order comes as Bombardier scrambles to find a partner for the aircraft, after approaching Airbus, that helps to address its financial challenges. The company has booked orders and commitments for 603 CSeries aircraft, including 243 firm orders.Porter’s conditional order is valued at US$870 million, rising to nearly US$2.1 billion if it exercises options for another 18 aircraft.Bombardier says it is pitching the plane to several airlines around the world, including, reportedly, Air Canada.Analyst David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity isn’t counting on Porter getting a hold of the airplane because political developments are difficult to predict.“What they say now and what they do later could change but obviously (the opposition parties’ positions) would reinforce my view that I cannot count on this order,” he said in an interview.Montreal-based Bombardier said the commercial aircraft has undergone 90 per cent of the testing required to win certification this year before entering into service in the first half of 2016. read more

Publicity from Korean Air execs nut rage outburst gives Hawaiis macadamia industry

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FILE – In this Sept. 2014, file photo, Cho Hyun-ah, Korean Air’s vice president responsible for cabin service and the oldest child of Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho, answers reporters’ questions during a news conference in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea. Korean Air Lines apologized Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, for inconveniencing passengers after Cho ordered a crew member off a flight for serving bagged nuts in the first class cabin. A Korean Air Lines executive’s tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii’s $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HONOLULU, Hawaii – A Korean Air Lines executive’s tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii’s $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost.Cho Hyun-ah, an airline vice-president of cabin service and daughter of the company’s chairman, ordered a flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight from New York City after she was served macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate.The incident dubbed “nut rage” imploded her career, embarrassed her family and led to an unexpected boom in sales of macadamias in South Korea.Some producers told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://ow.ly/FZLIe ) that’s also helping Hawaii, home to more than 700 macadamia nut farms and eight processing plants.“Any type of publicity is good for the industry,” Hawaii Macadamia Nut Association President John Cross said. “Macadamia nuts are not well-known outside of Hawaii and the West Coast. If they were as well-known in the Central and Eastern U.S., there wouldn’t be enough nuts to supply demand.”Almost all of Hawaii’s macadamia nuts come from the Big Island. They are also grown in Australia, Central America and South Africa.“If anything should be served on a silver tray, it should be macadamia nuts,” Richard Schnitzler, president of Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co., said with a laugh, referring to the inflight outburst. “It’s a high-quality nut. It’s understandable how that can happen.”He said it would be difficult to track a recent surge in sales because sales are always up during the holiday season.Macadamias are now a household name in South Korea, and with curiosity about their taste piqued, sales are booming.South Korea’s largest online shopping retailer, Gmarket, owned by eBay, said macadamia nut sales jumped 20 times from one week to the next earlier this month.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com by The Associated Press Posted Dec 16, 2014 1:07 pm MDT Publicity from Korean Air exec’s ‘nut rage’ outburst gives Hawaii’s macadamia industry a boost read more

JT Barrett cited for driving while intoxicated suspended

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OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to throw the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 20-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett was arrested by Columbus police early Saturday morning near campus for operating a motor vehicle while impaired.The 20-year-old was cited with a misdemeanor OVI and released Saturday morning. Shortly after, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Barrett would be banned from OSU’s next game, a Nov. 7 meeting at home against Minnesota.The arrest came a week after Barrett made his first start of the season in a 49-7 win at Rutgers. Against Minnesota, the keys to the offense will be handed back to redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones.According to multiple reports, Barrett’s suspension is for one game — not the mandatory two outlined in OSU’s student-athlete drug and alcohol policy when the student is underage — because the citation was for a misdemeanor.OSU athletic director Gene Smith told various outlets that the one-game suspension was fully at Meyer’s discretion.Kickoff is scheduled for the Buckeyes’ meeting against Minnesota for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Leicestershire County Cricket Club takes action over cricketer who was spared jail

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first_imgHe was given an 18-month prison sentence suspended for two years.Audley and Wood Lane cricket clubs confirmed that the minor-league cricketer had played for them in the past few years but expressed surprise at the suggestion Bashir had been offered a contract with Leicestershire. The CPS have already announced they are investigating the case following Leicestershire’s denial that they had ever offered Bashir a contract. MPs have also called for the Attorney General to review the case after the judge’s suggestion that Ms Karim was not “vulnerable” because she had friends and a university degree provoked fury from women’s rights campaigners. Bashir left the 33-year-old a broken woman after he repeatedly beat her, berated her for wearing westernised clothing, tried to turn her against her own family, and would call her a ‘slag” when she went out socialising with female friends.On one occasion he forced his wife to take tablets and drink bleach and told her to kill herself during a row over him going on a cricket tour to the Netherlands, Manchester Crown Court heard.Miss Karim told police her husband had left her fearing for her life. In a statement she added: “Before I met Mustafa Bashir I was a confident, active and humorous person. “I can’t see how I could trust another man again after what happened to me. I dreamt of being in a happy relationship and I do not feel now that that will ever happen with someone else.”A spokesperson for Leicestershire told the Telegraph: “After Monday’s widely reported claim by Mustafa Bashir in his plea of mitigation following his conviction of actual bodily harm against his wife, that he had been offered a playing contract by Leicestershire County Cricket Club, the club have taken immediate steps to bring to the attention of the authorities that Bashir’s claim was wholly false.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The club’s legal advisers emailed a letter to Bashir’s legal team reiterating that the club had never spoken or had any contact with Bashir or offered him a job.  “They also contacted the CPS to arrange for the club’s Chief Executive, Wasim Khan, to give a statement to the same effect. This has now been given to Manchester police and they and the CPS will now be taking this matter forward.”Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “Leicestershire CCC are appalled that Bashir could have invented a job offer from the club in order, it would seem, to evade a prison sentence. “The club are actively involved in the fight against domestic abuse and had already arranged a ‘Bowling Out Domestic Violence’ cricket match in September in support of the White Ribbon Campaign, set up to tackle domestic violence. “So Bashir’s claim was deeply disturbing for the club and we will continue to do what we can to support the authorities bring about justice.”center_img Leicestershire County cricket club is taking action over an abusive husband who was spared jail after claiming he was about to sign a contract with the club.Mustafa Bashir, admitted actual bodily harm against his wife but was freed by judge Richard Mansell QC after his lawyers told the court he had been offered a contract by Leicestershire as a professional player, on provision that he was not sent to prison.Today the cricket club announced that it was taking legal action over Mr Bashir’s claims, saying they were “wholly false”. Leicestershire’s legal team have contacted the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the police to complain. The club’s chief executive has also given a statement from their chief executive saying they are “appalled” that Bashir could have invented a job offer from the club “to evade a prison sentence”.Bashir, 34, from Manchester, claimed the three-time championship winning county club had offered him a contract shortly before his arrest for beating his wife Fakhara Karim with his own bat and forcing her to drink bleach.His lawyer Hugh McKee told a court hearing: “He has continued to play professionally in a local cricket league but of some importance certainly to him is if he is allowed to keep his liberty he will be employed by Leicestershire as a professional.”He was about to sign the contract when he was arrested. He has continued to work, and he has a second job and potentially a very good job doing what he has always done – ie playing cricket.”last_img read more

ViceChancellors should not be allowed to sit on remuneration committees universities minister

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Mr Gyimah said that the OFS will have a “laser-like” focus on the issue of vice-Chancellors’ pay  University bosses attend the committees which set pay in 95 per cent of cases, figures have shown.Nearly half of vice-chancellors are members of their university’s remuneration bodies, according to data collected by the University and College Union (UCU), and another 47 per cent are able to attend meetings. The new universities regulator has not made it a condition of registration that vice-Chancellors are banned from sitting on their own remuneration committees.In its regulatory framework, it says that universities must be prepared to “publicly explain [their] approach to the remuneration of senior staff” and also explain that “remuneration decisions are transparent”.Mr Gyimah said that the OFS will have a “laser-like” focus on the issue of vice-Chancellors’ pay and “bring it under control”. His comments come amid growing concerns over spiralling salary hikes for university chiefs. Vice-Chancellors should not be allowed in discussions around setting their own pay, the universities minister has said.Sam Gyimah said he wants to see vice-Chancellors kicked off remuneration committees to prevent them having a hand in setting their own pay.He added that FTSE 100 companies would never allow a director to sit on the firm’s remuneration committee and then claim they had left the room when their own salary is discussed.Speaking to the Commons Education Committee on Tuesday, Mr Gyimah said: “What happened before was that vice-Chancellors sat on the remuneration committee and they would obviously recuse themselves when their own pay was being discussed.”But even in FTSE 100 companies you can’t sit on a remuneration panel and say I wasn’t in the room so it’s nothing to do with me.”They should not be allowed to set their own pay and that’s action on pay, the second thing is that the Office for Students (OFS) has a real focus on top pay within our universities.” Mr Gyimah said that the OFS will have a “laser-like" focus on the issue of vice-Chancellors' pay  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Royal wedding Prince Harry and Meghan Markles order of service revealed English

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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. When Meghan Markle enters St George’s Chapel to begin the last steps in her journey to join the Royal family, the state trumpeters will sound a fanfare that has accompanied its brides for generations. FOLLOW LIVE COVERAGE OF THE ROYAL WEDDING HERE Read on for full details of the order of service for today’s wedding Saturday’s Royal wedding ceremony, with each detail chosen by the couple, will blend the best-loved elements of British pageantry with a modern outlook that reflects the Prince… Before long, as she says her vows to Prince Harry, that time-honoured tradition will give way to striking modernity, with the soaring voices of a gospel choir singing music from Ben E King and Etta James. read more

Teen charged for killing drinking partner

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A drinking spree, which turned deadly last week saw a teenager being remanded to jail after he was charged with the capital offence of murder.Ronell Henry, 19, of Koriabo Barima, North West District of Region One (Barima-Waini) appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The prosecution is contending that on February 5 at Koriabo Barima in the North-West District, he unlawfully killed Orlando Joseph, 26, using an arrow and bow.According to Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, Henry was in company of his mother and others imbibing when an argument ensued between the Henry and Joseph at about 15:30h. The prosecutor contended that the argument escalated, and Henry armed himself with a bow and arrow, and shot the farmer in the upper region of his body.Joseph was taken to the Mabaruma Public Hospital where he was treated but later that day succumbed to his to his injury. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBarima man killed by bow and arrow; Cops hunting suspectFebruary 6, 2019In “Crime”Suspect in “arrow and bow” murder arrestedFebruary 7, 2019In “Crime”Man jailed for killing father-in-lawMarch 21, 2017In “Court” read more

Funeral of Martin McGuinness expected to bring Derry to a standstill

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first_img By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share69 Tweet Email1 Mar 23rd 2017, 12:05 AM Image: PA Wire/PA Images Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 12:05 AM https://jrnl.ie/3301464 61 Comments center_img MARTIN MCGUINNESS WILL be laid to rest in Derry City Cemetery today after a funeral that will be attended by world leaders past and present.Sinn Féin’s former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland died on Tuesday after a short illness.Former US President Bill Clinton is expected to be among those in attendance at the funeral with Irish President Michael D Higgins also attending the mass.Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will also be in attendance at the funeral.The funeral mass will be held at St. Columba’s Church in Derry at 2pm and will follow another high-profile funeral, that of Ryan McBride, captain of  Derry City Football Club.Since his death at Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital on Tuesday, McGuinness’ body has been lying at his home in the Bogside area of the city.It is expected that McGuinness’ body will be brought from his home towards the church at about 1.20pm.Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, will preside at the mass.Taoiseach Enda Kenny will also be in attendance at the funeral and the Irish tricolour will fly at half-mast over Leinster House for today.Read: Large crowds turn out in Derry, Dublin and Belfast to remember Martin McGuinness >Read: ‘An IRA leader turned peacemaker’: How Martin McGuinness is being remembered internationally > 18,838 Views The coffin of Martin McGuinness is carried past Free Derry corner in his home city. Short URL Funeral of Martin McGuinness expected to bring Derry to a standstill The city is also mourning the loss of Derry City FC captain Ryan McBride The coffin of Martin McGuinness is carried past Free Derry corner in his home city. Image: PA Wire/PA Imageslast_img read more

iPad 3 un meilleur capteur photo en tête des souhaits des consommateurs

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first_imgiPad 3 : un meilleur capteur photo en tête des souhaits des consommateursC’est demain, le 7 mars, que le tant attendu iPad 3 sera enfin dévoilé. En attendant, les consommateurs ont été invités à rêver, et une liste des souhaits les plus cités a été réalisée. En tête de ce classement, se hisse le désir d’un capteur photo amélioré.Les adeptes de l’iPad, qui attendent avec impatience la présentation de la troisième tablette d’Apple, espèrent découvrir un appareil photo plus performant que celui de l’iPad 2. C’est ce que révèle une liste des attentes des consommateurs alors que l’iPad 3 doit être dévoilé demain. Un classement réalisé auprès de 918 personnes par le site MyVoucherCodes.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Après l’appareil photo, c’est un plus grand espace de stockage pour les films, la musique, les photos et les applications, qui est espéré par les consommateurs. Une plus longue durée de vie de la batterie arrive en troisième position des souhaits. Vient ensuite une meilleure connexion Internet via la 4G, puis un écran affichant une meilleure résolution. Les personnes interrogées espèrent également que l’arrivée de l’iPad 3, ou iPad HD,s’accompagnera de la sortie du nouvel OS d’Apple, iOS 5. En septième position arrive le souhait d’un plus grand écran, suivi d’une plus grande finesse pour la tablette. L’intégration de l’assistant vocal personnel Siri, et enfin un port USB, achèvent le top 10 des attentes de consommateurs. Ils sauront demain si l’iPad 3 les comblera…Le 6 mars 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Guitarist Katie Toupin releases new album

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first_imgGuitarist Katie Toupin releases new album KUSI Newsroom June 20, 2019 Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO ( KUSI) –  Guitarist Katie Toupin has released a new album called Magnetic Moves and has been playing the guitar for 12 years.Toupin will be performing at the Soda Bar tonight!For information on tickets and more click here. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 20, 2019last_img read more