Kavanaugh confirmation hearing captivates the nation, world

first_imgRonnie Polidoro/ABC News(WASHINGTON) — There was only so much space for members of the public to attend Christine Blasey Ford’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee but her words resonated across the country and around the world.Ford testified for hours in Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.People were seen watching on their phones or gathering at local bars to tune in.Federal employees, like the rest of Washington, D.C., were so glued to their computers that the Department of Housing and Urban Development at one point directed its employees to stop watching the hearing on their work computers because it was overwhelming the agency’s networks.Others stopped what they were doing to watch televisions in buildings like the ABC News headquarters in New York.Televisions in restaurants and bars that usually show sports or scripted shows instead aired the hearing.Students in high schools, colleges and law schools were pictured watching the hearing as Ford testified.The hearing was a top story on many international news sites and was carried live on British television stations BBC and Sky News.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Flash flooding closes Florida airport overnight on busy travel day

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — As flooding and gusty winds slam the Southeast, Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport temporarily closed Monday morning because of severe weather. The airport closed shortly before 4 a.m. due to severe rain and flooding, stopping travelers in their tracks as they rushed to reach their holiday destinations. Sections of the airport were not accessible and flights weren’t operational, airport officials said. Parts of the Fort Lauderdale area have been soaked with more than 1 foot of rain since Sunday.Flights were resuming by 6:30 am, though six flights were canceled and over 100 were delayed, according to the airport.That storm will slowly move through the Carolinas by Monday evening with drier conditions expected for Florida. Up to 5 inches of rain is possible in South Carolina through the next 24 hours.A rainy Christmas for CaliforniaA western storm is bringing very heavy rain to Southern California on Monday morning, including Los Angeles and San Diego, with some flooding possible.A flood advisory was issued overnight for the region.In the mountains of Southern California, some areas could see up to a foot of snow. In the Los Angeles area and San Diego, as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible. Heavy rain will also spread into Arizona later on Monday and into the nighttime hours, with some areas seeing up to 1 inch of rainfall. Snow will spread into the southern Rockies from Utah to Colorado, where locally some areas could see more than a foot in the next 36 hours.Christmas thawOutside of the two travel trouble spots in the Southwest and Southeast, it will be a very mild, spring-like Christmas for most of the eastern U.S. Temperatures will reach the 50s close to Chicago and the 40s into the Great Lakes and the Northeast.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Manny Bowen Commits to Utah Football

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY—Manny Bowen, a graduate transfer linebacker from Penn State, has signaled his intention to play for Utah by signing a financial aid agreement with the Utes. Bowen has one season of eligibility remaining and his scholarship will go into effect for the 2019 spring semester.The 6’2”, 231-pound native of Barnegat, N.J., played three seasons for the Nittany Lions from 2015-17, participating in 35 games with 21 starts. Bowen had 134 tackles (12.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks) over the course of his PSU career, including a 68-tackle season in 2016 when his 8.5 tackles for loss (2.0 sacks) tied for second on the team. In nine games as a junior in 2017, he recorded 51 tackles with 3.5 TFL and 1.5 sacks. He played as a true freshman in 2015, earning ECAC FBS Rookie of the Week honors against Army when he made six tackles and recovered a fumble.Bowen, a 2016 Academic All-Big Ten selection, did not participate in football this fall while completing his undergraduate degree in communications media effects, which he will receive in December.The early signing period for football begins on Dec. 19, but Bowen could sign a financial aid agreement early since he is a graduate transfer. Tags: Graduate Transfer/Manny Bowen/Utah Utes Football November 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local Manny Bowen Commits to Utah Football Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Most Read News, Mar 30 – Apr 5, 2015

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: 2015 View post tag: News by topic April 5, 2015 US Navy Vessel to Take Part in Exercise Joint WarriorTwo U.S. Navy ships, the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, departed Norfolk, Va., for Scotland, March 27, to participate in Joint Warrior 15-1.USS Peleliu to Retire after 34 Years of ServiceThe amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is scheduled to be decommissioned after more than 34 years of service in a ceremony on Naval Base San Diego, March 31.HII Launches Future USS John FinnThe future USS John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard March 28.Ingalls Shipbuilding Bags USD 604.3 Mln DDG 121 DealHuntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $604.3 million contract modification to fund construction of the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Aegis guided missile destroyer DDG 121 for the U.S. Navy.Exercise Joint Warrior ApproachesA large bi-annual military exercise is set to take place across various UK locations next week, involving the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Airforce. View post tag: Navy Most Read News, Mar 30 – Apr 5, 2015center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Most Read News, Mar 30 – Apr 5, 2015 Authorities View post tag: Most View post tag: Read Share this articlelast_img read more

Suicide attempt at charter school in Jersey City

first_imgJERSEY CITY – A 13-year-old student allegedly tried to attempt suicide in the bathroom at Beloved Charter School on Jan. 21 according to Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, spokesperson for the Jersey City Department of Public Safety.Wallace-Scalcione said Jersey City police officers responded to the school at 508 Grand St. at about 2 p.m. on the report of an attempted suicide.“A school official advised police of a 13-year-old student who had attempted to harm herself in the girl’s bathroom,” she said. “The student was conscious and talking when she was taken by ambulance to the Jersey City Medical Center.”The suicide attempt follows a series of reports concerning suicides that have taken place as the Hudson County Correctional Facility, and the murder of an 18-year-old Jersey City high school student this week.last_img read more

Veggie brand Cranks to highlight healthy credentials

first_imgVegetarian brand Cranks has given its products and website a facelift to emphasise its healthy credentials.Its range of premium products, including sandwiches, bread and salads, now display a ‘Real Feel Good Recipes’ strapline, using black and bright-coloured packaging.The products, which are sold in coffee shops and supermarkets, have been repositioned, and Cranks’ new website includes recipes for all its products, which it actively encourages consumers to make at home. Charlotte Dewhurst, product manager of Cranks, said: “The new look and website brings our cookery book heritage to life and engages with consumers. We even invite consumers to send us their recipes and post them on the website.”last_img

News story: Search for leader of Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation launched

first_img We are determined to be the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business while ensuring safe, ethical and innovative uses of data-driven technologies. Our Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation will be crucial in helping us achieve this aim by building public confidence, providing certainty for business and helping maximise the exceptional potential of AI and data. Today we’re launching a call for a chair to lead the interim centre. This is a fantastic opportunity to shape its early work and establish the permanent centre on a firm and credible footing. Government is investing £9 million in the centre as part of plans to make the UK the best place in the world for businesses developing artificial intelligence (AI) to start, grow and thrive.It will advise on the measures needed to enable and ensure safe, ethical and innovative uses of data-driven technologies.The UK already benefits from a world-class regulatory regime and the centre will build on this by making sure we understand and respond to the rapidly evolving ways in which data is impacting our lives.The centre will make sure we have a governance regime which fully supports both ethical and innovative uses of these technologies. It will deliver its work through extensive engagement with industry, regulators, civil society and the public.Digital and Culture Secretary Matt Hancock said: It is essential to get the design of the permanent centre right and a public consultation on its exact remit and functions will be launched in due course.Expression of Interest: Chair of Interim Centre for Data Ethics and InnovationThe interim Chair will have a unique opportunity to shape the early phase of the Centre’s work, as well as help to establish the permanent Centre on a firm and credible footing. Read information about the opportunity and how to apply.last_img read more

Cornish Pasty Heritage Centre wants your help

first_imgBritain’s first Cornish Pasty Heritage Centre is asking the public to donate artefacts to help tell its story.The centre, which will open in St Austell early next year, has been described as the ‘pasty museum’ and will form a component of the wider Cornish food and drink visitor attraction, Cornucopia.Sam Healy, from WMC Retail Partners, the company leading the development, said: “With all of the connections to Cornish mining and links overseas, we have a fascinating and rich story to tell.”It’s important that we include genuine artefacts from Cornish producers to sit alongside our multimedia displays and demonstration kitchen.”Plans for the pasty museum were first announced last October and will offer the public the chance to browse interactive exhibits, make retail purchases and enjoy the on-site food and drinks service.At the moment, the only pasty museum is in Mexico, which opened in 2011. Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall paid it a visit in 2014.last_img read more

Lola’s Cupcake opens in Birmingham Selfridges

first_imgLola’s Cupcakes has opened a new kiosk, in Birmingham department store Selfridges. Located in the Bullring, the store will sell an array of cupcakes, cakes and milkshakes as well as mini cheesecakes, including its recent Halloween selection.This represents Lola’s third site outside of London, having returned to Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, earlier this month. It also has a shop in Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent.Earlier this year, the business opened its first bakery site – Lola’s Bakery – in West Hampstead, London. The all-day menu available specialises in gluten- and dairy-free products, vegan and refined sugar products, as well as sandwiches, pastries and cupcakes. It forms part of Lola’s expansion plans to have 20 to 30 stores in London.last_img

Gauging forest changes

first_imgHarvard scientists are leading a new international collaboration that is working to match up a global network of forest plots with a similar network created in China, to provide scholars with more comprehensive information about the planet’s changing forests.The effort kicked off earlier this month, when scientists from the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS), a collaboration between the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, participated with Chinese scientists in a 17-day workshop, followed by a three-day symposium.Leading the effort is Stuart Davies, director of the Arboretum’s Asia Program. According to program manager Liz Delaney Lobo, the collaboration became a reality largely because of a five-year National Science Foundation grant that will help to finance workshops, travel, and other costs. In addition to the workshops, the grant provides for 10 graduate students or early-career researchers from the United States to visit China for scientific exchanges.The project ties the efforts of center researchers managing 41 similar plots in forests around the world to a similar effort underway in China. The plots in both networks are exhaustively documented using the same methodologies so that information can be compared and used to better understand both the basic functioning of the forests and how their diversity affects their resilience in the face of global climate change.Though led by Smithsonian and Harvard botanists, the center’s effort involves hundreds of scientists around the world. Harvard Professor Peter Ashton, the Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry Emeritus, helped to create the network during the early 1990s. The plots are between 25 and 50 hectares in size and hold about 4.5 million trees, from 8,500 species. All trees with a diameter larger than a centimeter on the plots are identified, documented, and tracked in recurring censuses every five years. Though the center network’s first plots were tropical, in recent years concerns about climate change have prompted researchers to expand the network to temperate sites, such as the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass.In recent years, scientists affiliated with six institutes that are part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have begun their own network of forest plots. Called the Chinese Forest Biodiversity Network, it involves researchers using the same methodology as the center, allowing them to compare data between the two networks, furthering their understanding of forest dynamics.Delaney Lobo said the grant will help to support annual 20-day workshops involving both groups of scientists. The first workshop, just concluded, took place in China. Future sessions will take place at the Harvard Forest, at Michigan State University, and at two Chinese botanical institutes.“Without this grant, it would be very difficult for such a large group of scientists to collaborate this comprehensively or effectively on such an enormous scale,” Delaney Lobo said.last_img read more