Report Finds Failures with DC Apparatus and Maintenance

first_imgDC News FOX 5 DC WTTG WASHINGTON (MyFoxDC) – A new consultant’s report is painting a very dim picture of the D.C. Fire Department’s fleet of vehicles and the way it has procured and repaired them over the years. The report, which two city officials said didn’t exist as of Monday night, is 214 pages long and validates long-standing complaints from the firefighters union.last_img

Trek Domane+ LT powers up Fazua drivetrain for sub 30lb e-bike for the road…

first_imgWhen the drive system is removed, there is an available cover that will keep the inside of the frame clean and will also make it look like there isn’t a large chunk of the frame missing.Built with a 250Wh battery, the Domane+ LT will provide assist up to 20mph, and has an average range of 65 miles. Road bike or e-Road Bike? What if you could have both in the same frame? That’s what the Fazua Drive system has promised, and now it looks like it’s coming to North America on the all new Trek Domane+ LT e-road bike. We’ve written about the Fazua system a number of times from Eurobike and on a number of different bikes, but according to Bicycle Retailer, their entry into the U.S. market was hindered by battery certification issues. Now, Fazua seems to have passed those tests and has teamed up with QBP as a service partner.What makes the Fazua system unique? Not only is the electric drive system impressively light, it can also be completely removed from the frame so that the bicycle can be used as a standard, human powered bicycle. That makes a 56cm Trek Domane+ LT a 29.9lb e-bike, or a 23.6lb road bike! Sure, that’s a slight weight penalty over a standard road bike, but for someone who might want electric assist some of the time and a standard bike the rest of the time, it’s an interesting option. The 500 Series OCLV Carbon frame itself includes Trek’s IsoSpeed front and rear to absorb road chatter, with the rear offering adjustability like you’d find on the regular Domane. Just behind the front IsoSpeed unit, you’ll find integrated controls for the Fazua system on the top tube – which keeps the handlebar area clean and uncluttered of any extra control units.Tire clearance is huge with room for 700c x 38mm tires, and of course disc brakes will slow you down when needed. Stock bikes will include Bontrager R3 Hard Case tires in 700c x 32mm.Available now, the Domane+ LT is offered for $6,499.99 with a Shimano Ultegra R8000 drivetrain and is available through Trek’s Project One custom program so you can customize the paint and spec.trekbikes.comlast_img read more

Code Ninjas franchisee in Leawood to open second learning center in Lenexa

first_imgCode Ninjas provides a learning space for children and adolescents ages 7 to 14 to learn coding skills.Code Ninjas, a learning space for children and adolescents to acquire coding skills, is opening a second facility in northeast Johnson County.Jason Hansen, owner and operator of the Code Ninjas facility in Leawood, said he plans to open the new learning center in Lenexa by Monday, Jan. 7, with a grand opening set for Jan. 21.The new Code Ninjas learning facility in Lenexa is set to open Monday, Jan. 7.Located at 12825 W 87th Street Parkway near Black Dog Coffeehouse, the new space is ideal for its proximity to I-35 as well as neighboring schools in the Shawnee Mission School District, Hansen said. Additionally, demographics data in the region indicate that about 10,000 children ages 7 to 14 live within three miles of the new space, he added.“Coding does several things for kids,” Hansen said. “It teaches them logic. It teaches them problem-solving skills. And it gives them a sense of confidence.”Hansen, a Lenexa resident himself, said he thinks his city is a “thriving community” and positive learning environment for children and adolescents to pick up coding skills. He hopes to fill any gaps in local children’s education by providing tools that he didn’t have when he was their age.“When I was a kid, I had a big interest in learning computers; there really wasn’t anything for me other than on my own,” he said. “So, when I saw this opportunity to bring this type of program to Kansas City, I was really excited about it.”For families wanting a sneak peek at the space before it opens, they can visit the Leawood learning facility at 3622 W. 135th St. Hansen said the Lenexa space will look identical to the space in Leawood, but flipped 180 degrees. At 2,500 square feet, the new space will be able to fit up to 50 students at a time, he added.At Code Ninjas, students can learn block coding through Scratch, type coding through JavaScript, 3D programming through Roblox Studio, 2D and 3D game design through Unity, and creating and releasing on app stores their own mobile applications. Hansen said all learning is self-paced in the studios.Preparing tomorrow’s workforce of codersJason Hansen (left), owner of the Code Ninjas learning facility in Leawood, and area director Sam Cook, who will oversee Lenexa operations, are prepping for the new learning facility to open later this month.Sam Cook, who will manage the new space in Lenexa, said he’s “super excited” to open the new space soon because they will be able to provide additional learning opportunities for more children and adolescents in the Kansas City metro area.“We have a family that comes from Liberty (Missouri); we have families that come from Independence and Blue Springs,” Cook said. “Some of those Independence families are going to switch to Lenexa because this is a quicker drive for them; it’s more convenient.“We have families that have been waiting for Lenexa to open since we opened in February (2018), that come here. And now, they’re switching to over there.”Hansen said skills children learn at Code Ninjas can better prepare them for the professional world that increasingly needs a workforce trained in coding and programming.Already, there could be as many as 500,000 unfilled computer-related jobs nationwide, he said, adding that he’s heard that 30 to 40 percent of jobs these children will do when they join the labor force as adults don’t exist today.“The state of Kansas does not have an educational standard for teaching kids to code,” Hansen said. “So, if schools choose to teach coding, it’s because they feel it’s necessary and they can provide it.”last_img read more

Quality hallmark for HSBC’s conveyancing mini-panel

first_imgHSBC has established a conveyancing panel of solicitors and licensed conveyancers to provide legal services to its residential mortgage customers. Solicitor member firms must have the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation. The panel, managed by Countrywide, will launch on Monday across the UK. Of the 43 members, 39 are solicitor firms and four licensed conveyancing companies. The panel is not closed and others can apply to join. HSBC has 5% of the UK’s mortgage market. It introduced the new panel in response to the Financial Service Authority’s recommendations for tackling mortgage fraud. Customers will continue to be free to use their own solicitor or conveyancer to act for them, but HSBC will use a panel firm for its own legal requirements. Where a customer chooses a non-panel firm, the new process will separate the two pieces of legal work, and the customer will pay for both. Where customers appoint a panel firm to act for them, work will be carried out for a fixed fee. They will be able to monitor the sale online and check to ensure the solicitor is carrying out the work in a timely manner. Head of mortgages at HSBC Peter Dockar said: ‘Our new panel arrangement will spare customers the time and hassle of searching for a firm to do the important conveyancing work on their new property. Customers who choose to use a firm on the panel can benefit from agreed conveyancing costs as well as valuable guarantees should the seller pull out. We also believe this will provide additional protection for our customers and HSBC.’ The Law Society welcomed the requirement that law firms on the panel have the CQS quality mark, but raised concerns over the small size of the panel. Chief executive Desmond Hudson said: ‘HSBC’s decision to appoint only CQS accredited firms to its panel is further evidence that the scheme is firmly establishing itself as an essential standard for lenders. Nevertheless, we are concerned that fewer than 43 firms will serve home-buyers who use HSBC for their mortgage in England and Wales. Does this provide sufficient consumer choice?’ Such a small number could restrict the choice available to consumers who prefer to use a local service, he said. ‘The disabled, those living in rural areas or even those wishing to simply use their family solicitor will either have little choice but to opt for the same solicitor as HSBC, one of their panel firms or pay twice over for their own solicitor as well as HSBC’s legal fees,’ said Hudson. He added: ‘It is disappointing that HSBC failed to consult the Society. I suspect they have made the calculation that the majority of their customers will opt to use the bank’s solicitor.’ He also raised the possibility of the bank being tempted to sell valuable places on the panel, thus putting up costs for house buyers. ‘This is not in the long-term interests of consumers. HSBC should reconsider.’last_img read more

Kambe’s New Owners Plan New Screens, Food, And Extreme Fun Center

first_imgSchweiger is also passionate about hosting local movie festivals… John Schweiger of Coming Attractions Theatres owns 18 cinemas and theatres along the west coast and says he only works in small markets, with a ‘community-oriented’ feel… Schweiger first came to Kenai on a fishing trip. He recently became an official Alaskan resident, with a cinema and ‘Extreme Fund Center’ in Wasilla. He has big plans for Kenai… Schweiger: “We like the smaller markets, we’re a smaller company, but yet we’re a big company, so the best description is we’re a big small company or a big little company, however you want to say it. We become a member of the community.” The Valley Cinema in Wasilla premiered movies like Moose The Movie and The Frozen Ground. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai’s Kambe Cinema has changed hands, but its new owners say movies are still showing, and they will continue to play even as the cinema undergoes significant renovations in the future. Their first task is to overhaul the snack bar and build an ‘Extreme Fun Center’ next door. But first, Schweiger plans to built an ‘Extreme Fun Center’ within the abandoned office building next to the cinema. The goal is to have it open by Thanksgiving this year, bringing the best of the activities in Wasilla’s Extreme Fun Center into the new, ‘scaled-down’ location. Schweiger: “There are a lot of people up here that make movies. They make all kinds of movies. We would like to be a source of being able to premiere those movies. As a matter of fact, we premiered three or four movies in Wasilla in the last 3-4 years and they have been, the theatre has been the largest grossing in dollars, ticket sales, from all over the country.” Schweiger: “We’ll bring in a different type of seating that people will enjoy as well, in a different sized auditorium.”last_img read more

Nail shine! Tsveti is in the round of 16 in…

first_imgTsvetana Pironkova shone in New York. The Bulgarian tennis player defeated the Croatian Dona Vekic in two sets 6: 4, 6: 1 in just over 1 hour and qualified for the eighth finals of the US Open. Pironkova continues to participate in the tournament without losing a set. She continues to be undefeated by this rival. This was the fourth match between the two.Tsvetana Pironkova continues to roll.The Bulgarian hasn’t lost a set into the Round of 16, follows up her win over Garbiñe Muguruza with a 64 61 win over 18th seed Donna Vekic.Not bad for your 1st tournament in 3 years.Faces Keys or Cornet. #USOpen— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) September 5, 2020Tsveti managed to equal her achievement from the 2012 season. 8 years ago, Pironkova defeated Camila Georgie, Ayumi Morita and Sylvia Soler-Espinosa, after which she lost to Anna Ivanovic in the round of 16.In the quarterfinals, Tsveti will expect the winner of the match between the American Madison Keys and Alise Cornet from France.Tsvetana Pironkova – Dona Vekic 2: 0 (6: 4, 6: 1)FIRST SETThe match on court number 5 began with a quick exchange of games. First, the Croat won his pass to zero. Pironkova did the same with a solid game. A rather difficult service game for Vekic followed. Tsveti kept to the result and reached 40:40. However, the Bulgarian could not get to a breakthrough point and the champion took the lead with a 2: 1 game in the first set. In the next game, Tsveti had difficulties. Pironkova even had to save a breakthrough point. She did it skillfully and held back. A quick game for Vekic followed and she took the lead with 3: 2. Pironkova was not startled and managed to equalize for 3: 3 after winning her pass to 30 points. A very strong game of Tsveti followed. The Bulgarian managed to break through Donna Vekic’s pass for the first time. She did it on 30 points and took the lead. Unfortunately, Pironkova could not confirm the breakthrough. Vekic pulled with 40:15 on Tsveti’s serve and at the second chance he managed to return the breakthrough. However, Tsveti did not allow herself to be shaken. She pressed her opponent the next time she passed. Fortunately, Pironkova took advantage of her chances and managed to lead again with a breakthrough – 5: 4. This time she solidified it, and that was enough to win the set with 6: 4.SECOND SET!Croatia’s Vekic started the second half well. She won her pass without any problems – 15 points. However, Tsveti continued with his strong performance and won his pass, although he lost a few points on his serve. In the next game, Donna Vekic fell on the court after a forehand. It was not clear if she was injured or slipped. In the end, Tsveti managed to break through to 30 points after two consecutive double faults of her opponent. A very stable game for Pironkova followed. Her service was going well, and Donna Vekic had no answer – 3: 1 for Tsveti. The double faults continued to harass the Croat, and Tsveti remained stable and focused. All this led to a new breakthrough and a 4: 1 lead in the second set. A new strong service game for Tsveti followed. She took it without any problems and took the lead with 5: 1. Vekic collapsed and Tsveti took advantage in the next game and managed to close the match.last_img read more

A Cross-Section of the Y Combinator Process

first_imgY Combinator founder and master essayist Paul Graham is an indispensable source of wisdom for startups whether they read his advice online or soak it in first-hand by attending YC. Recently, however, Graham felt that many misunderstood what exactly goes on at the unique entrepreneurial breeding ground, so he “wrote something explaining that in detail,” as he puts it. And by “in detail,” he means, “in the form of a massive, 8,000-word dissertation.” Here are some of the highlights from what he had to say about Y Combinator.One of the more interesting areas Graham covers in his essay has to do with the series of dinners which take place over the course of Y Combinator. At these meetings, startups are able to mingle with industry luminaries and founders of successful companies in a relaxed, off-the-record atmosphere.“Eventually we may hit some kind of limit on the number of people we can advise, but we haven’t hit it yet.”– Paul Graham“I didn’t consciously realize how much speakers at more public events censored themselves till I was able to compare the same people speaking off the record at YC dinners and on the record at Startup School,” writes Graham. “YC dinner talks are much more useful, because the details people omit in more public talks tend to be the most interesting parts of their stories. About half the interesting things I know about famous startups, I learned at YC dinners.A longer and equally interesting section (chapter?) of the essay detailed how YC deals with office hours. Throughout the year, it’s not just the companies in the current class that meet with the incubator’s advisors. With the exception of four weeks of the year, any YC member can schedule office hours at any point.“Eventually we may hit some kind of limit on the number of people we can advise, but we haven’t hit it yet,” writes Graham. “And untaken office hour slots show us that, as of now at least, we’re never so overloaded that we can’t satisfy the startups in the current batch.”Graham continues to outline what happens at Angel Day, Demo Day and other events, as well as the relationships with alumni, foundations and other groups. It’s interesting to see the ins and outs of such a successful startup accelerator program. If you’re considering applying to YC, reading Graham’s essay is a good place to start to get a feel for the program. Tags:#start#tips chris cameron Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

How to Get More Followers on Instagram

first_imgjohn paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting What makes an Instagram user worthy of thousands of followers? Already being famous in real life doesn’t hurt, but for the rest of us, mobile photography stardom requires a mix of quality, skill and social prowess.One year ago, we outlined six effective ways to get new followers on Instagram.  Since that time, the company has launched an Android app, been acquired by Facebook and grown its user base dramatically. We thought it was as good of a time as any for a refresher. Quality Over Quantity  Tags:#Photo Sharing Services#web On the Web and certain social services, it’s possible to optimize one’s way to a bigger audience. Instagram is different: There are no bots to trick or algorithms to game. As a distinctly visual medium, it demands that the content published there actually looks good. That could mean a smartly composed photograph of the utmost artistic integrity or a young woman who happens to be attractive. Or perhaps a puppy. Instagram isn’t about creating a frame-by-frame documentary of one’s life. Instead,the service is best used by carefully selecting the most visually interesting, funny or otherwise sharable moments and then gradually sending them out into the streams of one’s followers. The temptation to post a rapid-fire series of photos at a sporting event or concert, for example, should be ignored. Not only does this dilute the quality of one’s photo stream, but it has a tendency to annoy followers. As a square image, an Instagram photo takes up much more screen real estate than a tweet or Facebook status update. Dominating people’s screens with repetitive, uninteresting images forces them to plough through the visual noise in a way that feels more laborious than it does on other social networks. It may also serve to discourage potential new followers. When other users look at your profile, keep in mind that they’re going to see a block of the most recent photos posted to your account. You’ll do a better job of convincing them to tap the “follow” button if what they see is diverse and of high quality, rather than a flood of shaky concert photos snapped from a distance. Pay Attention to What Works (and Mimic It) For a better idea of what kind of imagery works best on Instagram, there’s no better place to look than the “Explore” tab (now designated by a compass icon). There are lessons to be learned here, but a few caveats are worth mentioning. First, there’s definitely a correlation between the number of one’s existing followers and the amount of “likes” their photos tend to garner. Thus, many of the “popular” photos win that designation in part because they came from popular accounts, not necessarily based solely on the merits of the image itself. Instagram is a lot like the Web itself in that people using it love sexy ladies and cats. The Explore tab offers irrefutable evidence of both facts, should there be any doubt. So yes, posting pictures of attractive women (and in many cases, men) and cats will always do well on Instagram. But those aren’t the only things. If you can get beyond the ooh-yeah-sexy-ladies and just-because-they’re-popular factors, the Explore tab does offer a few clues about what kinds of legitimate, less shallow qualities can get people’s attention on Instagram. Many of the service’s most popular photos share one of a handful of qualities: Bright colors, unique angles, effective use of contrast and subtle humor all seem to do well.  center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As with any other form of publishing, it helps to look at analytics to see what does well. Instagram doesn’t offer this feature natively, but third-party services like Statigram let users take a closer look at how their photos perform. In a series of color charts and graphs, Statigram breaks down a ton of metrics in thorough detail. This includes things like most liked and most commented photos, as well as habitual details like favorite filters, tag usage and which days of the week one is most likely to post photos. You can even see when users unfollow you. Statigram has an “optimize” tab that suggests optimal posting times and shows you correlations between photo filters and number of likes. On my account, photos given the “Rise” filter were most popular among my followers, for instance. Who knew?  Using Statigram, you can not only get a clear picture of what’s popular, but you can also dig into the depths of your Instagram account’s history to see which photos were least popular, which may offer a clue or two about what doesn’t work. Take Advantage of Tags Like other popular social networking tools, Instagram uses hashtags to tie together posts with common subjects or attributes. Strategically tagging photos, especially using the most popular hashtags on Instagram, can lead to a flood of new likes and followers. Geotagging is another powerful but underrated feature on Instagram. Tagging a photo with its location adds that image to a little psuedo-archive of photos taken in that particular place. In many cases, this has a way of building up a sort of crowd-sourced visual representation of that location, be it a historical landmark or local hangout. Contributing something visually worthwhile creates a new opportunity to attract new followers. This is true of places you may be visiting temporarily, but its effectiveness is especially potent where you live and at venues you frequent on a regular basis. Geotagging a photo taken at the neighborhood bar is bound to grab the attention of other locals who use Instagram, many of whom will naturally want to follow their fellow natives.Actively Interact with OthersOne of the most effective ways to get noticed on Instagram is to engage with other users. It is, after all, a social network. As on Twitter, following others can result in return follows, presuming they like what they see on your account. Another easy way to grab the attention of like-minded Instagrammers is to generously “like” the photos that catch your eye. If you have a compliment or comment to make, don’t be shy about it.  Just don’t get spammy. 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2011 NYC Most Valuable Players

first_imgThe players were presented with their awards in the lead up to the 18’s Girls finals on Saturday at Stockland Park. Australian Capital TerritoryGirls – Jacinta WilliamsBoys – Rob McCarthyBrisbane City CobrasGirls – Sharni KaatzBoys – LJ WaddupsCentral Queensland BullsBoys – James WesternHunter Western HornetsGirls – Tamika FullerBoys – Daniel EvansNorth Queensland Tropical CyclonesGirls – Maggie StylesBoys – Clint ConwayNorthern EaglesGirls – Liz SkillenBoys – Sam MurrayNorthern TerritoryGirls – Caitlyn CostelloBoys – Shaun LeyNew South Wales Combined Catholic CollegesGirls – Laura PeattieBoys – Luke TonegatoNew South Wales Combined High Schools Girls – Ashleigh QuinlanBoys – Jake PickeringNew South Wales Combined Independent Schools Girls – Grace StrawbridgeBoys – Jarrad McCarthyQueensland Secondary Schools Touch Girls – Charlotte CaslickBoys – Jason NorfordSouth Australia HeatGirls – Kelly RoweBoys – Matt ForesterSouth Queensland SharksGirls – Jess AlderBoys – Kevin HuggettSouth West QueenslandGirls – Ashleigh KearneySunshine Coast PineapplesGirls – Emma BlanchBoys – Brennan GriffinSydney RebelsGirls – Talia YardenSydney ScorpionsGirls – Hollie TurnerBoys – Ciaran TonerTasmaniaGirls – Erin BatchelorBoys – Michael BarrettVictoriaGirls – Megan LorkinBoys – Morgon DummettWestern TigersBoys – Matt Leddylast_img read more

Schools Equipped with Metal Detectors

first_imgStory Highlights It is being undertaken over two years with the USAID contributing US$3 million and the Government of Jamaica US$1 million. A total of 130 schools have been equipped with hand-held metal detectors and walk-through devices installed in five institutions under the US$4 million Improved Safety and Security in Schools Project. The initiative, launched in June 2017, involves partnership between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is being coordinated by the National Education Trust (NET). A total of 130 schools have been equipped with hand-held metal detectors and walk-through devices installed in five institutions under the US$4 million Improved Safety and Security in Schools Project.The initiative, launched in June 2017, involves partnership between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is being coordinated by the National Education Trust (NET).It is being undertaken over two years with the USAID contributing US$3 million and the Government of Jamaica US$1 million.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (August 14), Project Manager, Yvonne Brown, explained that the objective is to transform schools and surrounding areas into safe zones, and reduce violence among students and youths ages 10-29. She noted that a “multilayered and multi-sectoral approach” is being undertaken aimed at engaging communities, parents, and public and private sector partnerships.“We have been focusing on school activities and out-of-school activities, therefore, both unattached youth and those in the formal school system are targeted,” she said.The provision of metal detectors is part of the physical infrastructure component of the project, which also includes the installation of perimeter fencing.Other components include upgrading the Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) Curriculum to entail anti-bullying as well as aspects of the Child Care and Protection Act; guidance and counselling to involve the roll-out of the School Wide Behaviour Change Modification Programme; and co-curricular activities with emphasis on uniformed groups.Ms. Brown told JIS News that there is collaboration with the Jamaica Combined Cadet Corps and the Caribbean Merchant Marine Cadet Corps for the establishment of uniformed groups.She said that at the end of the project in July 2019, the aim is to have over 300 new uniformed groups within schools, with each institution to have at least one functioning body.A key part of the project is the establishment of ‘parent places’. Through collaboration with the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), several facilities have been set up to provide training and other support to improve parenting skills.last_img read more