Insomniac always seems to be expanding its Electric Daisy Carnival festival to new cities leading up to their massive, flagship Las Vegas festival. Last year saw EDC’s pop up in New York, Puerto Rico, and Orlando. This year, EDC Chicago joins the party, as it has been confirmed that EDC will debut at the Chicagoland Speedway between May 24-26.Tickets go on sale January 23rd at 12pm CT. Three day GA tickets will start at $175 while VIP tickets will start at $299. This will be the first EDC that will allow on-site camping, albeit for an additional fee.The timing of this festival may be a little awkward – the Spring Awakening festival, thrown by React Presents, takes place just three weeks later – between June 14-16, at Soldier Field. Early bird tickets for that have already sold out.For more information about EDC Chicago, cheek out their official website, here.
Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.New Jersey is one of the most biologically diverse states in the country, with hundreds of species of animal wildlife. Its many ecosystems, from pine forests to coastal marine areas, provide ample habitat for critters — not all of them friendly. Your pet may face many new outside dangers, among them raccoons, possums, skunks, snakes, bats and even bears. To reduce the chance of encounters at home, keep rabbits and cats inside, and if dogs or cats are fed outside, do so only during the day and remove uneaten food immediately. Whether camping or just around your home’s trash bins, food items can attract black bears, raccoons and coyotes. Put food scraps in secure compost or trash containers. It is illegal to feed bears in New Jersey. When hiking, stay on established trails, make noise to alert animals to your presence and keep your pet on a leash at all times.Animal ServicesNew Jersey Division of Fish & WildlifeWildlife Control 609-259-7955Mosquito Control 609-292-3649www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw The division manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, especially as humans continue to encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips about living with the more than 800 species across the state.Burlington County Animal ShelterCounty Facilities Complex35 Academy DriveWestampton, NJ 08060 609-265-5073www.co.burlington.nj.us/168/Animal-Shelter The Burlington County Animal Shelter serves as the rabies control point for the 40 municipalities of Burlington County, operating within the Disease Prevention and Control Division of the Burlington County Health Department. The county-supported facility shelters stray dogs, cats and other small animals under a no-kill philosophy, providing low-cost adoptions, microchipping and other services. Check the website for details about fees and other information.Toms River Animal Control and Services255 Oak Ave.Toms River, NJ 08753732-341-1000, ext. 7300http://tomsrivertownship.com/index.php/animal-control-and-services This department operates the municipal shelter serving Toms River Township. The facility provides care for pets awaiting adoption and offers low-cost spay and neutering services. For available pets and more information, including fees, visit the department’s website.Veterinary ServicesVeterinary services in Burlington and Ocean counties are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. A good place to start looking is the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, which allows you to “Find a Veterinarian” at http://njvma.org.Pets for Patriotshttps://petsforpatriots.org Pets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.
iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday that a suspected chemical attack in a Syrian town was a “consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.”“Today’s attack is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world,” Spicer told reporters. “These heinous actions by the Bashar al Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he’d establish a red line against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing. The U.S. stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable act.”The alleged gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in northern Syria killed at least 58 civilians, including 11 children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group.The attack appeared to involve a gas that caused victims to choke and faint, according to the observatory, the Syria Civil Defense and residents. Warplanes later struck the same town again, hitting a hospital where some of the victims were being treated.“What moved us most was when we entered a house and saw a whole family — a father, a mother and four children killed because of the chemical attack,” Abdullah al Hussein, a Syria Civil Defense volunteer, who was at the scene, told ABC News in a voice recording in Arabic. “They had been asleep. They were in their beds. The truth is that what happened today was painful in all meanings of the word.”He said that many were still asleep when the attack happened. He saw more than 100 injured and at least 20 bodies of children, women and men at one of the hospitals tasked with treating the wounded, he said.Muneer, a school teacher who lives in Khan Sheikhoun, said he was alone at home when he heard the attack.“I hid in the corner of the room,” Muneer, who asked that his last name not be published for security concerns, told ABC News via a messaging app in Arabic. He said he lives in the center of the town and the attack took place in the northern part. When he later tried to approach the area that was struck, people told him not to go any further.“They warned me that I would faint if I came close,” he said, “so I stopped walking.”He said schools were closed on Tuesday.“The hospital in Khan Sheikhoun was filled with injured, children, women and men and a smell of chlorine was filling the place,” Mohammad Alshagel, a media activist with the Aleppo Media Center who visited the hospital, told ABC News. “The injured had heavy choking symptoms and some of them died five minutes after arriving even though medical staff tried to help them.”He said the hospital was attacked after he left.Alshagel said he has witnessed the aftermath of several chemical attacks in Aleppo, but they were not as bad as this one.“It was a horrible scene. Children were crying, asking for their parents who had died and women were screaming,” he said.Raed al Saleh, the head of the White Helmets, told ABC News that five rockets also hit the volunteer group’s center in the town, destroying equipment.On Monday, an airstrike hit a hospital near Khan Sheikhoun, injuring at least one patient and one nurse, according to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS).Tuesday’s attack comes after two other recent suspected chemical attacks in Syria. On March 30, barrel bombs containing chemical agents injured 166 civilians and seven medical staff in Hama in western Syria, according to SAMS. On March 25, two people were killed, including Ali Darwish, a specialist orthopedic surgeon, in another chemical attack on a hospital in Hama, said SAMS.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
A Donegal county councillor has gone on trial charged with assaulting causing harm to two men in two separate incidents.John O’Donnell, from Kilmacrennan, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today. He is charged with assault causing harm to Emmet Gallagher, now aged 22, at the Sultan Takeaway in the early hours of the morning of February 23rd, 2015.He is also charged with assault causing harm to another man Seamus O’Donnell, aged 29, at Gortlee, Letterkenny.Mr O’Donnell, aged 37, replied ‘not guilty’ when arraigned on both charges.Prosecution barrister, Ms Patricia McLaughlin outlined the case to the jury.She alleged that the jury will hear that Mr O’Donnell allegedly punched Mr Gallagher in the face in the takeaway.She further alleged that it will be claimed that at a later stage in the evening, John O’Donnell then attacked Seamus O’Donnell in the Gortlee area by punching him and then allegedly kicking him in the face.The first witness in the case was called and he was one of the alleged victims, Emmet Gallagher.However, when Mr Gallagher got into the witness box he said that he wished to withdraw his statement.He said on a number of occasions that the incident happened three years ago.The jury was excused on a number of occasions while legal argument in the case took place.Judge John Aylmer finally said he was adjourning the case until tomorrow (Thurs).The trial is due to last three days.County councillor denies assaulting men on night out was last modified: December 14th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultcourtdonegalJohn O’Donnellletterkenny
Much has been said about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, whose come-from-behind victories during the 2011 NFL season have been chronicled far beyond the sports pages. The second-year player out of the University of Florida makes exceedingly public displays of his Christian faith. That bothers some people. But aside from that divisive issue, one important question about the Tebow saga carries significance for the business world: Is Tim Tebow a great leader? We all know that we can’t manage what we can’t measure. There are several ways to look at Tebow’s numbers: Quarterback rating is one way; Tebow falls below even the average score in the NFL. Passing yards, rushing yards, points scored: Same story. But what about his won/loss record? He won seven of his first games as a starter, after beginning the season as the team’s fourth-string quarterback. Everyone loves a winner, whether in sports or business. Whether Tebow can continue his nearly miraculous run of comeback victories and march toward a Superbowl appearance remains to be seen. Certainly, his team’s defense is helping. A football cliché holds that “winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” But how one wins is important. Remember all those great home run hitters in baseball who turned out to be pumped up with steroids and hormones? Know any business executives whose companies have increased their bottom lines by laying off employees just to please shareholders, moving jobs overseas to save a few dollars, working people like slaves and polluting our air, water and soil? Not exactly role models, even if they do win. So winning doesn’t always equate to leadership. I followed Tebow’s college career, even attending one of the Southeastern Conference championship games in which the young man drove his team to victory. [By the way, here’s my test to determine if you’re a southerner: When you hear or read the letters “SEC,” do you think of the Southeastern Conference or the Securities and Exchange Commission?] I was rooting for the other team that day. I didn’t like Tebow. Not sure if I do now. But you can’t deny that he has had remarkable success. The fact Tim Tebow wears his faith on his sleeve, the fact that he kneels in prayer on national TV, the fact that he thanks God in sideline interviews–all these factors are not really illustrative of what’s going on in this drama. What’s going on is that Tebow is taking risks by exposing his heart and character to his teammates and by drawing attention—and pressure–away from them. When he bulls forward for three needed yards on third down, dragging tacklers with him, he is in effect telling them: “I can take whatever hits the other guys can provide. And you can too.” Many coaches dislike Tebow because he is an “option” style player, which many football experts say works only in college ball. But the word “option” is a perfect one to describe Tebow phenomenon. It suggests that there are many ways to achieve goals. Everyone has a role. That role changes from play to play, and even during the few seconds of each play. In business, that’s called agility. It’s called inspiration. It’s called engagement. It produces results. Sounds like leadership to me.
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mouscron GM Allaerts confirms plans to re-sign Liverpool striker Awoniyiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMouscron general manager Paul Allaerts admits they’re eager to sign Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi.Awoniyi has struggled for playing time on loan at Gent this term, appearing 16 times but making just five starts. He has also failed to net in the Belgian Pro League.“We are very interested in Awoniyi,” Allaerts told Voetbal Krant.“The club need a striker and the player himself does not play too often at Gent.”Awoniyi spent last season with Mouscron and scored nine goals in 29 appearances.
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Emery reveals plan for Arsenal trio Tierney, Holding and Bellerinby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has spoken about his plans to integrate recovering defenders Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin into the team.Each of them has suffered injury problems in recent months, but they have stepped up their recovery and are ready to claim a place in the first eleven.However, Emery wants to ensure he does not cause them to suffer any further problems, while he must maintain the balance of his side.Speaking about the trio of Tierney, Holding and Bellerin, Emery told the club website: “It’s one process with them. Kieran and Rob are closer to playing.”I think Rob Holding can play 90 minutes with a good performance. Now we are also working with David Luiz and Sokratis, but really, I am very happy. He is going to have a chance to play a lot of matches. “Kieran Tierney is closer to us, he played on Thursday and today he was on the bench if we needed him. Hector Bellerin needs a little more time, more matches and more training. “This international break is going to be important for him. I think he will be closer to starting for us in the next matches in the Premier League.”
Duke Fantasy Camp Buzzer BeaterDreams came true today for one Duke fan attending Mike Krzyzewski’s fantasy camp, K Academy, in Durham, North Carolina. K Academy, which hosts some die-hard fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium every year, allows Blue Devils’ faithful to experience what it’s like to be part of one of college basketball’s best programs. Today, an epic buzzer-beater was hit in OT in one of the games. That man will be talking about that shot for the rest of his life.
zoomYarden Gross, CEO of Orca AI Shipowners seem to be hesitant to relinquish control of their vessels in favor of autonomous solutions, as they trust their captains and crews more than smart technology.In general, the shipping industry’s approach to new technologies has been described as “conservative“, especially when it comes to autonomous solutions that could theoretically replace the crew.This has led to the slow adoption of solutions that are vital to reducing collisions, Yarden Gross, CEO of Orca AI revealed in an interview with World Maritime News.In order to overcome the maritime industry’s fear of new technology adoption, the company has designed the Orca AI system to be “a tool that the crews can use, not to replace the crew.”Established in 2018, Orca AI has the vision to reduce human-caused errors through intelligent automated vessels. The company was founded by Yarden Gross and Dor Raviv, who both have served in the navy and know the industry and its needs.“We realized that despite the technological advances being adopted for other modes of transport, the shipping industry is lagging behind. This is due to a variety of factors, including that the maritime environment requires navigation and collision avoidance technology, which need to be specifically suited to the industry and that’s what we seek to provide,” Gross said.“We want to help create an ecosystem that will lead us to autonomous ships while keeping in mind that we’re not quite there yet.”He added that there are things that need to be done to improve safety now — providing collision avoidance technology that works for ships.As informed, 3,000 marine collisions occur each year and more than 75% are due to errors in human judgment. According to Gross, this is alarming as current navigational tools require a significant reliance on human judgment, which leaves room for costly error.“Our immediate goal was to create a solution that would help ships use AI safely navigate zero and extremely low visibility conditions and crowded waterways, where the majority of collisions take place. Our solution minimizes the opportunity for errors in judgment, thereby reducing the chances of collisions.”Orca AI systemSpecifically, the Orca AI system uses sensors already on board a vessel and adds separate ones as well, such as thermal and low-light cameras, and feeds the information into an AI-powered navigation system.The system was designed to be easy to use and intuitive, given that the crew manning the bridge is occupied with a myriad of responsibilities, so the system enables them to make smarter navigation decisions more easily. There is no training required to operate the system and it doesn’t add extra work for the crew, Yarden said.As visibility issues are common and a big contributing factor in naval collisions, Orca AI founders said they decided to tackle that issue right from the start with sensors designed for situations with poor visibility. Orca AI is currently operational and providing crews with crucial information in piloted installations on board vessels. Those pilots are continuing as the company develops new versions of the system.InstallationOrca AI has been installed and piloted onboard several car carriers owned by Ray Carriers, the company’s first client and key investor.Data from the voyages that have been taken since the system installation are still being analyzed, but so far everything is looking promising, Orca AI’s co-founder said.The Orca AI system can be used on any vessel – size is not an issue, as the sensor payload is not very large or intrusive. However, the company is focusing on larger vessels first, as the challenges of collision avoidance and costs of collisions are most pronounced for this class of ships.“Orca AI’s navigation system is fit for all types of vessels, using information from sensors already on board and supplementing them with cameras of their own in a relatively small payload. We are looking forward to working with different classes of ships, helping them safely navigate crowded waterways and avoid collisions in hard-to-see situations where their difficulty in rapidly adjusting course makes early detection of other ships a priority,” Gross told WMN.When asked what are the prerequisites for the installation of the Orca AI solution, Gross pointed out that there are no impediments to installing the system on any ship type. The installation is said to be straightforward and the system is easy to integrate on the bridge, so the age of the ship has no impact on the process.AI and the maritime industrySeveral autonomous ship projects are currently being developed around the world. As informed, Orca AI is in discussions with the large technology providers that are building the eco-system for the future of autonomous ships. Gross noted that these companies understand that they cannot build everything by themselves, so they are seeking partners to collaborate with.“An autonomous ship is like a puzzle, there are many crucial pieces that all need to fit together, and we are trying to build the best technology in the world for one of the most important pieces of the puzzle,” according to Gross.Artificial Intelligence, which has been the buzzword over the recent time, is becoming increasingly important for the maritime industry as well.“AI is a tool for solving problems that have been hard to solve until now. For the maritime industry, it is enabling us to tackle issues such as detection of ships and other items on the water, and alerting and assisting the captain and the crew with the navigation of the ship,” Gross said, adding that AI is also helping solve many more problems in the industry such as logistics, predictive maintenance, internal operations, etc.“I think that for certain use cases AI is already able to provide real value, and as the maritime industry continues to adopt AI solutions and develop them, we will see increased efficiency and safety, as well as seeing a reduction of costs across the board,” Gross concluded.At the end of January 2019, Orca AI closed a funding round, raising USD 2.6 million. With the help of the new funds, the company plans to grow its engineering ranks and establish an office in Europe this year.Orca AI’s key steps for moving forward will be to continue installation of the company’s system onboard more ships, which has so far proved to be a major success. Additional partnerships with other shipping companies are currently in the works and Orca AI is ramping up production to meet the growing demand.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Orca AI.