A 6-month-old girl was among those saved from the inferno by firefighters.
A 6-month-old girl was among those saved from the inferno by firefighters.
The philanthropists, who have donated $1.75 billion to coronavirus research, argued that global health needs to be a top priority.
TORONTO — Canadian cricketer Nitish Kumar has made the Leeward Islands Hurricanes'15-man roster for the 2021 CG Insurance Super50 Cup. The Hurricanes are one of six Caribbean teams in the 2021 edition of the annual Cricket West Indies 50-over tournament that runs Feb. 7-27 in Antigua. The other teams competing are the Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Jamaica Scorpions, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, and the Windward Islands Volcanoes. Kumar is the only non-Caribbean-based player on any of the tournament rosters. He made the Hurricanes squad after attending a pre-tournament camp earlier this month in Antigua. The Hurricanes open Feb. 7 against the Windwards Volcanoes at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua. Teams will play a round-robin with the top four advancing. The 26-year-old Kumar made his one-day International debut in 2011, becoming the second-youngest-ever ODI player. A right-handed batsman and right-arm off-spinner, he most recently represented Canada at the 2019-20 Caribbean Regional Super50 Tournament, where he was the team's leading run-scorer with 265 runs in eight matches. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 27, 2021 The Canadian Press
Ronald Chaluisan, the executive director of the nonprofit think thank Newark Trust for Education, says the digital divide is the modern-day version of redlining, the discriminatory practice that puts services, financial and otherwise — out of reach for residents of specific areas based on race or ethnicity. Chaluisan joined Yahoo Finance to discuss the three things needed to bridge the chasm.
Stoicheia launches a revolutionary nanotechnology-based materials discovery company.
EA has formed a new studio called Full Circle to develop the next Skate game.
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Partnership unlocks the power of IP contribution from anywhere with the MediaCentral platformBURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today announced a partnership with Haivision (TSX: HAI), a leading provider of mission-critical, real-time video streaming and networking solutions, to enable the ingest of incoming IP streams for television news and remote live TV production scenarios in both on-premises and cloud-based production workflows. This is the first of several partnerships building on the launch of MediaCentral® | Stream to simplify workflows and provide an unparalleled level of openness for broadcasters and content providers. The partnership between Avid and Haivision provides clients with a complete solution for live IP video ingest and editing. As part of the partnership, Avid will resell and integrate Haivision products, including the Makito X4 video encoder and Haivision Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) Gateway. This new capability significantly simplifies remote IP contribution by streamlining workflows and making remotely generated content delivered via IP quickly available for production. Users can now ingest live content from anywhere with MediaCentral | Stream and Haivision’s Makito X4 low-latency video encoder. The Makito X4 streams live HD and UHD content over any mobile or fixed IP network using the open-source protocol SRT originally developed by Haivision for delivering high-quality video over IP networks. “Historically, it has been difficult and expensive for broadcasters to get live feeds from remote locations into their production environments,” said Raul Alba, Director of Product Marketing - Media and Cloud at Avid. “Our partnership with Haivision is enabling tested, verified and cost-efficient IP contribution into Avid production environments from anywhere, while reducing costs for media companies who can now leverage secure SRT IP contribution using standard internet. Together we are helping broadcasters simplify their workflow and open up new revenue opportunities.” “Haivision’s partnership with Avid enables cost effective live video acquisition over IP networks into any Avid production environment,” said Peter Maag, CMO and EVP Strategic Partnerships at Haivision. “Media, news, and sports organizations can now take advantage of Avid’s powerful MediaCentral platform combined with Haivision’s live video networking solutions to streamline costs, cover more events, and reduce time to air without compromising quality.” For more information on Avid’s broadcast and media production workflows and solutions, visit https://www.avid.com/mediacentral-stream. Also, register in North America and EMEA for Avid and Haivision’s “IP Workflows for News in Avid Environments” webinar taking place on February 10th. About AvidAvid delivers the most open and efficient media platform, connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution, and consumption. Avid’s preeminent customer community uses Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and monetize the most watched, loved and listened to media in the world—from prestigious and award-winning feature films to popular television shows, news programs and televised sporting events, and celebrated music recordings and live concerts. With the most flexible deployment and pricing options, Avid’s industry-leading solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Avid NEXIS®, MediaCentral®, iNEWS®, AirSpeed®, Sibelius®, Avid VENUE™, FastServe®, and Maestro™. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid Blogs. © 2021 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Avid, the Avid logo, Avid NEXIS, FastServe, AirSpeed, iNEWS, Maestro, MediaCentral, Media Composer, Media Composer | First, Media Composer | Ultimate, Pro Tools, Avid VENUE, and Sibelius are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Product features, specifications, system requirements and availability are subject to change without notice. PR Contacts:AvidDave Smith978.firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago Public Schools should allow students back into classrooms in no more than 100 facilities and then gradually reopen others, an organization of school principals proposed Wednesday, saying most of them doubt the nation’s third-largest school district can safely handle a mass reopening. Troy LaRaviere, the president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, said during a news conference that a survey revealed its members don't believe there will be enough staff at schools to safely reopen, or enough safety supplies to guard against the spread of COVID-19. On Tuesday, the city scrapped plans for thousands of teachers to report to schools this week after the teachers union overwhelmingly voted to reject in-person learning due to coronavirus safety concerns.
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Happy the elephant remains alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo while the NhRP urges the New York Court of Appeals to hear arguments in support of her right to libertyNEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) filed a Motion for Permission to Appeal with the New York Court of Appeals today in the landmark Happy the elephant case. The move comes after New York’s First Department Appellate Court dismissed the case in December 2020. Happy is a 50-year-old Asian elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. In November, the exhibit closed for the winter, with Happy held in an industrial cement structure lined with windowless, barred cages (the zoo’s “elephant barn”) until the exhibit reopens in May. Happy made history in 2005 as the first elephant to demonstrate self-awareness via the mirror test, and in December of 2018 she became the first elephant in the world to have a habeas corpus hearing after the Orleans Supreme Court issued the NhRP’s requested habeas corpus order. In early 2019, the Orleans Supreme Court transferred her case to the Bronx. The NhRP looks forward to the possibility of appearing before the Court of Appeals, including Judge Eugene M. Fahey, who reflected on the legal issue of nonhuman animal rights in 2018 in response to two of the NhRP’s chimpanzee rights cases: “Does an intelligent nonhuman animal who thinks and plans and appreciates life as human beings do have the right to the protection of the law against arbitrary cruelties and enforced detentions visited on him or her? This is not merely a definitional question, but a deep dilemma of ethics and policy that demands our attention … Can a nonhuman animal be entitled to release from confinement through the writ of habeas corpus? Should such a being be treated as a person or as property, in essence a thing? … The question will have to be addressed eventually.” Approval from at least two of the seven New York Court of Appeals judges is needed for the Motion to be granted. “We welcome this opportunity to present our arguments to the Court as to why they should hear our appeal,” said Nonhuman Rights Project Founder and President Steven M. Wise. “The issues in Happy’s case are novel and deeply important at the local, state, national, and international levels, and the First Department committed numerous, serious legal errors in its decision to dismiss.” This is the fourth time the NhRP has asked the Court of Appeals, which only hears about 5 percent of the cases that request to be heard, to decide whether its autonomous nonhuman animal client should be released pursuant to habeas corpus. As the NhRP writes in its Motion, “The Nonhuman Rights Project respectfully submits that the time to address this question [in the New York Court of Appeals] has arrived.” The NhRP’s Motion also details how courts outside New York and around the world have begun to grapple with the broader issue of nonhuman animal rights, most famously in the cases of Kaavan the elephant and Sandra the orangutan, both of whom were imprisoned alone in zoos and released to sanctuaries. If the Court of Appeals decides to hear Happy’s case, the NhRP would argue that it “can and should now put an end to the injustice of Happy’s decades-long imprisonment at the Bronx Zoo and grant her freedom.” As world-renowned elephant expert Dr. Joyce Poole has written in support of Happy’s case, “Simply put, the Bronx Zoo’s exhibit is too small to meet the needs of Happy or any elephant. Happy deserves to live the rest of her life at [a sanctuary] where the utmost care will be given to her individual needs and she’ll have the space and conditions needed to heal and to form psychologically necessary bonds with other elephants.” The NhRP expects the Court of Appeals to rule on today’s Motion within 6 to 8 weeks. Lawyers for the Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the Bronx Zoo, have until January 29th to respond to the NhRP’s Motion. About the Nonhuman Rights ProjectThe Nonhuman Rights Project is the only civil rights organization in the United States working through litigation, legislation, and education to secure fundamental rights for nonhuman animals. In 2015, the NhRP secured the world’s first habeas corpus hearing on behalf of a nonhuman animal in its chimpanzee rights case on behalf of Hercules and Leo, who were used in locomotion research at Stony Brook University. For more information, please visit www.nonhumanrights.org. Press Contact:Stacey Doss, APRSagon-PhiorStacey.email@example.com Lauren ChoplinNonhuman Rights Projectlchoplin@nonhumanrights.org856-381-9447CASE NO./NAME: THE NONHUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT, INC. on behalf of HAPPY, Petitioner, v. JAMES J. BREHENY, in his official capacity as Executive Vice President and General Director of Zoos and Aquariums of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Director of the Bronx Zoo, and WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY (Appellate Case No. 2020-02581)-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------More About Happy’s Case In addition to Dr. Joyce Poole and other experts in elephant behavior cognition and behavior, Happy’s elephant rights case has received support from experts in philosophy and habeas corpus, including world-renowned legal scholar and Harvard Law School Professor Laurence H. Tribe. In July 2020, Professor Tribe filed an amicus brief in support of the habeas corpus petition filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) on behalf of Happy. For over 10 hours spread across two days in September and October of 2019, the NhRP argued in the Bronx Supreme Court for recognition of Happy’s right to liberty and release to a sanctuary. Both the duration and substance of these hearings were unique for arguments on preliminary motions. Justice Alison Y. Tuitt scheduled a third court date in January 2020 to provide ample time to delve into the most pressing issues in Happy’s case, such as who counts as a legal person with rights and why Happy must be released to a sanctuary. Alongside the NhRP’s litigation, its grassroots advocacy campaign on behalf of Happy has gained significant momentum, drawing the support of influential public figures such as Queen guitarist Brian May, elected officials such as New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson who publicly endorsed sending Happy to a sanctuary, and animal advocates in New York and around the world. A Change.org petition calling for Happy’s release from solitary confinement has nearly 1.4 million signatures and continues to grow. In October 2019, Mayor Bill de Blasio commented on Happy’s plight, telling WNYC “something doesn’t feel right” about keeping Happy in the Bronx Zoo. In June 2019, Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Thanks for bringing Happy’s situation to my attention! The team and I are looking into what we can do.” The oral argument in Happy’s case before the First Department has been viewed on YouTube almost 2,000 times. Since late 2018 alone, when this case began, there have been hundreds of items of media coverage in diverse local, state, national, and international media outlets about Happy and the NhRP’s efforts to free her. The NhRP is urging Happy’s release to either The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee or the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in California. To learn more about Happy and her case, visit her court case page.
Targeting the fast growing $60 billion asset performance management (APM) market, manufacturing AI analytics leader BISTel, says its expanded global sales footprint, together with enhanced cloud, Internet of things (IoT) and AI technologies will power a wave of new intelligent AI manufacturing applications in 2021. "The expansion and deployment of our award-winning GrandView APM framework will spark continuous improvement programs across the pharmaceutical, petrochemical and industrial manufacturing sectors as the deployment of digital transformation technologies gains traction worldwide," said W.K. Choi, CEO, BISTel.
By now, it’s no secret that the North Face Nuptse coat is one of fashion’s most popular winter staples. This season alone, the puffer jacket, which was first introduced in the ’90s, has been spotted on Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid, among many others. That, and it was revised for two popular designer collaborations, with Gucci and MM6 Maison Margiela — the former appearing on J.Lo, Jodie Turner-Smith, and A$AP Rocky; the latter endorsed by Hadid and Hailey Bieber. But while the popularity of the jacket has long been public knowledge, now, it has officially become the “hottest product in the world.” According to fashion search engine Lyst’s Q4 Index, a data-driven report based on the shopping habits of more than 100 million people, both the women’s and men’s versions of the North Face signature were the top products on the site. This finding was based on the volume of social media mentions, searches, page views, interactions, and sales across thousands of online stores. The report also states that this is the first time in Lyst history that the same exact item was in the top spot for both men’s and women’s categories. These results follow a report by Lyst in November, in which it stated that search for the North Face puffer jackets was up 150% month-over-month, while demand for the Nuptse puffer, in particular, grew by 71%. Though this winter was especially good for North Face with the aforementioned designer collaborations, the Nuptse jacket has always had a place in fashion. Not only was it popular in the ’90s with rappers like LL Cool J and Method Man and, in later years, with celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, and more, but, in the three decades since it came out, it has become a favorite with just about everyone who lives in a colder climate. But while the Nuptse never left, this year has seen more interest in the jacket than ever before, whether because we’re spending more outdoors, as a result of the pandemic, or the highly anticipated collaborations that put the jacket back in the spotlight. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) Speaking of collabs, also included in Lyst’s Q4 Index was Gucci. Just like in Q3, the Italian fashion brand was named the hottest brand of the quarter, with GucciFest, Harry Styles’ Vogue cover, and the North Face partnership being noted as the reasons for its top placement. Unfortunately, getting your hands on a Gucci x The North Face puffer might be tricky — currently, they are not available online — not to mention, expensive — the puffer jacket worn by Lopez and Turner-Smith retails for $2,500. Snagging the even more popular Nuptse jacket, however, is easy. Shop our favorite colors of the world’s “hottest product” below — if you don’t have one already, that is. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?North Face x Gucci Collab Is A Maximalist's DreamJ.Lo Wore The North Face Jacket Everyone WantsThe North Face Jacket That We Can't Seem To Quit
Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday they have uncovered a group of hackers who stole data from banks in the United States and several European countries causing an estimated $2.5 billion in damage. The prosecutor-general’s office said the hackers were based in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. It said in a statement that the hackers stole passwords and payment data from private and state banks in the U.S., the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Lithuania.
The hit period drama has been renewed for a second series.
The NFL has selected three people who have served during the coronavirus pandemic as honorary captains for the Super Bowl along with inaugural poet Amanda Gorman for an original poem. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that educator Trimaine Davis, nurse manager Suzie Dorner and Marine veteran James Martin will take part in the coin toss on Feb. 7 in Tampa, Florida. The trio was picked for embodying the NFL's message of ''It Takes All of Us'' this season.
WINNIPEG — Manitoba health officials say they plan to start having COVID-19 vaccines available for the general population, starting with the elderly, in March. The government has laid out its vaccine distribution plan with general timelines, and warns a lot could change depending on national supplies. So far, the vaccines have been targeted to health-care workers in high-risk settings and people living in personal care homes. Dr. Joss Reimer, a member of the province's vaccine task force, says that in March the province plans to offer vaccines in to a broader range of health-care workers and all Manitobans over 95. The age minimum will be reduced quickly by one-year increments, and people in their 50s could be eligible by April or May. The province says it will lay out vaccine plans for First Nations in the coming days, and is looking at whether to have a plan for essential workers separate from the general population. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 27, 2021 The Canadian Press
As California lifts its stay-at-home order, the chief medical officer at University of Southern California's Verdugo Hills Hospital answers some of the key questions about reopening.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — A Canada Post worker at a Mississauga, Ont., facility hit by a major virus outbreak has died from COVID-19. Canada Post confirmed the death Wednesday. They say the individual had tested positive for the virus and last worked at the Gateway facility on Jan. 19. The postal service says it will support employees grieving their colleague while also following guidance from Peel Public Health as it deals with the outbreak. More than 4,500 people work at the Mississauga site and as of Tuesday, 224 people had tested positive for COVID-19 since Jan. 1. Canada Post said on Sunday that workers who typically work afternoon shifts at the facility were told to self-isolate for two weeks to avoid further spread. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 27, 2021. The Canadian Press
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., Jan. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA are gearing up for a new phase of RS-25 hot-fire testing that will validate new components for the engine, which powers the core stage of the agency’s Space Launch System super heavy-lift exploration rocket. The Retrofit-2 test series, consisting of seven tests at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, is expected to begin Jan. 28 and run through June. Each hot-fire test will last up to 500 seconds on the A1 Test Stand. “This new hardware will significantly reduce the cost of the RS-25 rocket engine by leveraging important advances in design, materials and manufacturing technology,” said Eileen P. Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president. Aerojet Rocketdyne is under contract to build 24 new engines, and the components being validated in this test series will be introduced in this production set. This new configuration will result in a 30% cost reduction in the RS-25 engine from the version that flew on the Space Shuttle. Some of the components being demonstrated in the Retrofit-2 series were featured on the previous Retrofit-1B test campaign. These include a combustion chamber built using a high-tech brazing technique called Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), and an additively manufactured Pogo Accumulator Assembly, a beach ball-sized component that damps out liquid oxygen system pressure oscillations. This test series will put a second HIP-bonded main combustion chamber through a comprehensive series of tests. Aerojet Rocketdyne chose a HIP-bonded design because it eliminates difficult and time consuming plating processes, reduces welding defects and costly rework. Development and certification models of the HIP-bonded combustion chamber have been completed and six production units are being assembled at Aerojet Rocketdyne. The Retrofit-2 series will also continue to test the same Pogo hardware that was previously tested to further verify its durability. The additively manufactured Pogo assembly has already been tested 13 times, accumulating 5,400 seconds of total firing time. The additively manufactured Pogo design eliminates more than 20 parts, more than 100 welds and reduces fabrication time by more than 50%. Retrofit-2 also will test two RS-25 high pressure fuel and oxidizer turbopumps built from simplified designs using modern techniques as well as 3D printed valves and redesigned actuators. About Aerojet Rocketdyne: Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion systems and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, and tactical systems areas, in support of domestic and international customers. For more information, visit www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com. Follow Aerojet Rocketdyne and CEO Eileen Drake on Twitter at @AerojetRdyne and @DrakeEileen. Media Contacts:Mary Engola, Aerojet Rocketdyne, 571-289-1371Mary.Engola@rocket.com Todd McConnell, Aerojet Rocketdyne, 561-882-5395Todd.McConnell@rocket.com
Council for the MD of Pincher Creek held its first regular council meeting of 2021 Jan. 12. Moment of silence The meeting began with Reeve Brian Hammond calling for a moment of silence to honour the memory of Pincher Creek town councillor Sussanne O’Rourke, who passed away in December due to complications related to Covid-19, and Calgary police officer Sgt. Andrew Harnett, who was killed on duty during a New Year’s Eve traffic stop. Road closures A public hearing was held to close two unused sections of road allowance adjacent to a landowner’s acreage. The landowner offered to purchase the area to incorporate into their property. The sections of road are located at NE 6-6-1-W5 and NW 5-6-1-W5. Second and third readings for the closure will be held at a council meeting in the near future. First reading of a proposed road closure between NW 31-7-1-W5 and SW 6-8-1-W5 was also passed. The section is an underdeveloped road allowance traversing steep terrain that would require two bridges should the MD ever want to construct a road. A public hearing for the road closure will be held Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. Land for dog park An amendment to the MD’s land use bylaw was passed to redesignate MD land adjacent to Lundbreck’s hamlet boundary to permit the formation of a dog park. The land was originally designated as urban fringe but is now included within the Lundbreck boundaries under the classification of parks and open space. Emergency structure The Pincher Creek Emergency Management Organization has played an important role in gathering and distributing information to the public during the pandemic. To improve functioning and streamline administration, council voted to amalgamate the organization with the Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission. The motion follows Pincher Creek town council’s decision to merge the organizations. Next meeting MD of Pincher Creek council will next hold its regular meeting online on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. Online agenda packages are available at https://bit.ly/MDcouncil, and the link to attend virtually is available at www.mdpinchercreek.ab.ca. Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze