Here’s what happens when you combine science with hip hop, comic books, and zombies

first_imgSAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA—Remember when the first life was cells in soup? Now they’re everywhere from my brain to the chicken coop. Those were lyrics a middle school science teacher threw down at “Comics, Zombies, and Hip-Hop,“ a session today at the annual meeting of AAAS (which publishes Science). The teacher, Tom McFadden of the Nueva School in Hillsborough, California, explained how he builds enthusiasm for science by having his students write hip hop lyrics and then make videos. In a packed room at the meeting, he danced through an evolution song his students wrote, “This is How Life Builds from 3.5 ’Til,”—a send up of hip hop act Souls of Mischief’s “’93 ’Til Infinity.” McFadden chanted:So there’s this is little theory, some people fear it,Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But if you want to know the history of life, you gotta hear it.McFadden, who had the audience rap with him, says students are always interested in music and watching YouTube videos. “As a teacher you’re always trying to connect with students,” says McFadden, who says he has a lot of love and respect for hip hop himself. “If that’s common ground for you, that’s the common ground.”In another presentation, Judy Diamond, a curator at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln, explained how she has led a project that used comics to engage kids in science. In the book World of Viruses, which exists both in print and in an interactive incarnation, students meet viruses portrayed as a buxom vixen (human papilloma), thuggy prisoners (foot and mouth), and a green monster (emiliania huxleyi). In one sketch, different viruses flag down taxis.“OK virus, where to?” asks the cabbie. The feet, says one. The hands, says another. The genitals, says a third. “OK, mind if I tag along and watch?” the cabbie asks.A third presenter, Julius Diaz Panoriñgan, described a game called zombie tag that he uses to teach science at 826LA, a nonprofit that offers after-school writing and tutoring lessons in Los Angeles, California. Students run around and try to put stickers on each other to spread a “zombie” pathogen. “Some students naturally figured out that, ‘Hey, if I isolate myself I’m not going to get infected with zombie-ism—or measles or whatever,’ ” Panoriñgan says. He adds that there are a lot of connections between zombies and the science, technology, engineering, and math agenda. “By the end of it, students just want to do it more and more.”At the session, audience members had a chance to write hip hop songs about the definition of life, which several performed at the end, including one who broke it down like this:Cells are a molecule, live in every thangWhen you think about what goes on, it is just insane.The session ended with some mad props to all the presenters.Check out our full coverage of the AAAS annual meeting.What message would you send into space? Tell us on Twitter and Vine with #msgtospace!last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Sweden vs. South Korea Review

first_imgAlso read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Sweden vs South Korea PreviewFIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium vs Panama Preview AdvertisementSweden’s Andreas Granqvist(left) celebrates after scoring a penalty; photo credits: Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesThe second Group F match saw European underdogs, Sweden take on Asian giants, South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod. It was an important match for both teams as each wanted to secure 3 points early on in the group stage. However, in what seemed to be an evenly balanced match between these two in the turf, it was Sweden who got the last laugh thanks to a VAR penalty which Swedish defender, Andreas Granqvist made full use of.Advantage #SWE💪#SWEKOR pic.twitter.com/XwCHazXoTN— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 18, 2018 #SWEKOR | That was the first #WorldCup goal for #SWE since Henrik Larsson scored against #ENG in 2006… pic.twitter.com/IX05YL4vbw— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 18, 2018 The first half of the match was not at all tense or action-packed but was rather forgettable which saw players of both the team missing a lot of sure-shot opportunities. Also, this Sweden side was obviously lacking in speed as is evident with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence in this World Cup. But they came back in the second half and made most of their opportunities and grabbed the goal to win the game.Sweden now joins Mexico at the top of the table while Korea joins Germany at the bottom. Sweden will face group favourites Germany next Saturday while South Korea will face Mexico on the same day. With this World Cup already looking to be an uncertain one, it remains to be seen which two teams will qualify from this Group for the Round of 16. Advertisementlast_img read more

Bishen Singh Bedi feels “sorry” for former coach Anil Kumble, blasts BCCI for his ouster

first_imgFormer captain Bishen Singh Bedi today said he felt “sorry” for Anil Kumble for having to quit as India head coach due to differences with skipper Virat Kohli, and slammed the BCCI for allowing this to happen.Bedi found fault with BCCI officials for allowing such a situation to develop in which the coach had to step down.”I feel it was most avoidable situation. It is not between who is boss on the field and who is boss off the field. They both serve in the game in their own capacity. The need to agree to disagree is seldom followed. We are all grown up adults and we can have a difference of opinion. But we cannot have different path,” Bedi told reporters here on the sidelines of an event.”You have allowed this to develop in the first place. Who allowed this? They (the BCCI) allowed. They are disqualified people, disqualified as far as Lodha panel is concerned, these BCCI officials,” he said.Hailing Kumble as one of the finest cricketing brains in the country, Bedi said he felt sorry for him.”In this particular case, I feel sorry for Kumble. He is not given his fair due. If this can happen to Kumble, with the performance that he has had as a coach, can you imagine what is in store for who is stepping into his shoes?” he asked.When told about Sourav Ganguly’s remarks that the episode was badly handled, Bedi said, “By whom? They were as much party to it. You cannot get away. You cannot wash your hands off from this particular ugly situation.advertisement”Who has handled it badly? What message are you trying to convey? Who is it who has handled it badly? That is important,” he said.Asked about reports that Kumble and Kohli were not on talking terms for six months, Bedi said it was only a rumuor.”That is only a rumour. How can you survive six months without talking to each other? Considering the success story of the last one of year of the Indian team, you cannot do away with the contribution of Kumble.”He is to my mind, most intelligent cricket analyst in the country. He is not a qualified coach. But, he knows what the game is all about,” he said.Bedi also discounted the committee formed by the BCCI to look into the Lodha panel’s recommendations.”Is there anyone qualified to be in that committee? And they are the ones who are going to talk about Lodha panel recommendations, when Lodha has clearly mentioned, you don’t stand a chance to be there in the first place,” he said.last_img read more

Fans pay big money for Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor tickets

first_imgFight fans attending the much-hyped boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor will have a chance to rub shoulders with the stars in Las Vegas — but it won’t come cheap.The cheapest ticket listed on reseller StubHub is going for an eye-watering $1675 with two weeks to go until the August 26 fight which pits undefeated boxer Maywearther against the UFC’s lightweight champion in a 12-round super welterweight match-up.”Usually for these large events it’s comparable to a Super Bowl. There’s going to be a lot of stars at these events, especially in the high-priced ticket range, the ringside seats,” StubHub spokesman Cameron Papp said.Reuters Photo”This is a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket-list event, so the die-hard Mayweather and McGregor fans are usually going to find their way to the event.”The fight has not yet sold out, with high face values and a lack of access seeming to have slowed down demand.Yet Leonard Ellebre, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, dismissed concerns about the fight’s popularity earlier in the week.”This isn’t a damn Rolling Stones concert. They’re the only thing that sells out in seconds, he told reporters at Mayweather’s media workout in Las Vegas on Thursday.Reuters Photo”Right now we have over 60 million (dollars) in ticket sales – what part of that remotely looks like ticket sales are slow?”We’re talking about tickets that go form $500 to $10,000. That’s an expensive ticket.”last_img read more

Starc, Hazlewood doubtful for Australia’s limited-overs tour of India

first_imgLeft-arm quick Mitchell Starc is a doubtful starter for Australia’s brief limited overs tour of India, starting February 24 in Bengaluru, with the paceman down with a soft tissue injury.With Cricket Australia (CA) expected to name the touring party for the two-match T20I and five-match ODI series against India on Thursday, Starc is likely to be sidelined after the quick suffered a soft tissue injury in his upper body.Starc’s absence will hit Australia’s preparations for the upcoming ICC World Cup in England and Wales.Australia’s problems were compounded with Starc’s fellow pacer Josh Hazlewood also expected to miss the tour as he recovers from a back injury picked up in the Test series against India.But on a positive note, former skipper Steve Smith may return to the national side after serving his ban.Smith, who underwent a surgery on his elbow last month, is required to spend six weeks with his right arm in a brace, according to his manager Warren Craig.”Until the brace comes off we don’t know for sure but all current opinion is that he’ll then have about three and a half weeks (before being ready to play),” Craig told cricket.com.au.”The intent is that he will play in the IPL and then the World Cup and then the Ashes.”Smith and his former deputy David Warner will become eligible for international selection again on March 29 after serving their year-long bans.Having lost their past six bilateral series, the Kangaroos last won an overseas series in mid-2016 when they beat Sri Lanka.advertisementAlso Read | Mohammed Shami key to India’s chances at the World Cup: Karsan GhavriAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant’s failure in Wellington: Anybody can fail in one matchAlso See:last_img read more

9 months agoCallum Hudson-Odoi & Bayern Munich: Why quitting Chelsea would be career mistake

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi & Bayern Munich: Why quitting Chelsea would be career mistakeby Chris Beattie9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: A move to Bayern Munich? In January 2019? Well, for Callum Hudson-Odoi, that would be a career mistake.Fresh from a first Cup semifinal. A first Wembley appearance. For all that at just 18 years of age. Hudson-Odoi still appears to be leaning towards jumping ship and quitting Chelsea for Bayern.Even the most cynical inside his camp must acknowledge, Chelsea – to a man – are doing all they can to convince the kid to stay. The manager is playing him. The coaching staff are praising him. His senior teammates – those who boast league winner’s medals – are telling him to stick with them and stay. Even an 18 year-old Wayne Rooney, before skipping out on Everton, never was afforded such treatment. Yet with Bayern now reaching the threshold set: £40m – a fourth offer inside ten days. The Germans have also shown Hudson-Odoi how much he is wanted in Bavaria.And having seen the success of good friend Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund. Having been charmed by Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern’s sporting director. And excited by the career path Bayern have mapped out. The good money is on Hudson-Odoi quitting Chelsea and ‘re-launching’ his first team career in Germany.For this column, such a decision would be a mistake. Not a career killer. But definitely one to set the winger’s progress back. The word is Salihamidzic has convinced Hudson-Odoi with assurances he’ll arrive to replace the departing Arjen Robben. He can even have the Dutchman’s No10 shirt if wants it.Dortmund did something similar when convincing Sancho about leaving Manchester City. The England starlet, at the time still yet to make his first team debut, handed the coveted No7 shirt vacated by Ousmane Dembele after his bitter split to Barcelona.And having watched from afar as Sancho has lit up the Bundesliga this past year, you can understand the attraction. Growing up with Sancho. Regarding him as a friend and a peer. Of course Hudson-Odoi is going to want the same – and fancy himself to achieve just that.But Bayern and BVB are two very different clubs. Two clubs with different demands of their players. And very different expectations. At Dortmund a title challenge is a bonus. At Bayern, it’s a must. The simple argument to be made (and yeah, we’ll throw it in here for the sake of it) is if James Rodriguez, of Real Madrid, the captain of Colombia… if he can’t get a game at Bayern, then just what is going on between Hudson-Odoi’s ears to believe he can?But to be fair, Bayern are undergoing a phase of major transition. Robben will leave in the summer. As will Franck Ribery. And emerging to take their places are the rapidly improving Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman. Youth. Pace. Excitement. Indeed, those in Hudson-Odoi’s corner would cite former Arsenal winger Gnabry as a clear indicator that Bayern will back young players in the mode of both attackers.But Gnabry’s success has been a slow burn. As he even stated before Christmas, “I’ve always had to take two steps back for one step forward”. Five years Hudson-Odoi’s senior, the impact made by Gnabry this season has only come after serving a two season apprenticeship at Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim. And of course before that, there were his problems with Tony Pulis at West Brom…Gnabry has been through the wringer and come out the other side. All that went before has prepared him for the demands of Bayern. For Hudson-Odoi, to leave everything he’s established at Chelsea, to just start again from scratch makes little sense. A foreign country. A foreign language. Where no time is granted a young player to make and learn from his mistakes. Hudson-Odoi would be taking a huge – and unnecessary – gamble.He’ll be leaving a career at Chelsea which is suddenly in motion. A locker room where he has the respect – even admiration – of senior players. Title winners. Leaders of nations. At 18 and at a club the size of Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is the envy of his peers. Is he really going throw all that away at the risk of becoming the next Renato Sanches…? TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jalen Hurts Appears To Still Be Unavailable For Alabama

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a touchdown against the Washington Huskies.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a touchdown against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Alabama is set to take on Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon, and it looks like it won’t have the services of its second-string quarterback. Jalen Hurts does not appear to be warming up with the rest of the players at his position before the contest.Hurts, who is dealing with an ankle/foot injury, was not available against LSU last week. It looks like he’s going to be missing his second straight contest.Mac Jones will presumably be the backup quarterback to Tua Tagovailoa as a result. Hurts had appeared in every game this season until the contest against the Tigers last week.Alabama hasn’t given out many details about Hurt’s injury – but clearly it’s serious enough that he’s not playing.Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones and walk-on Layne Hatcher are doing all the throwing as the QBs work with the WRs.Jalen Hurts (ankle) is watching.— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) November 10, 2018#Alabama backup QB Jalen Hurts (ankle) is dressed out and taking pregame snaps with the other QBs, but still appears to be trying to work out his injured right ankle. He’s still not moving that well. Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the emergency QB once again today.— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) November 10, 2018Alabama, at 9-0, is the top-ranked team in the country in every poll – including the College Football Playoff rankings. Mississippi State, meanwhile, comes in with a 6-3 record.Hurts, in eight games this season, has thrown for 589 yards and five touchdowns against just two interceptions. He’s played well in limited action.Tagovailoa, meanwhile, is the Heisman Trophy favorite. He’ll look to continue his dominance against the Bulldogs.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Called Tennessee One Of The “10 Best Jobs” In America

first_imgTennessee's mascot running with a Tennessee flag.KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 08: Tennessee mascot Davy Crockett carries the flag across the end zone during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers at Neyland Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennesee won the game 59-3. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)Tennessee football is a disaster right now — and that’s putting it lightly. The once-storied program has suffered back-to-back horrific losses.First, Georgia State pulled off what’s bound to stand as the biggest upset this year. Then, BYU beat the Volunteers in double-overtime. To make matters worse, both losses came at home.What’s going on in Knoxville?Many had faith in current head coach Jeremy Pruitt. But belief is dwindling. Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is one of many who can’t explain Tennessee’s decline.“I’m just shocked,” Meyer said. “Tennessee, you see the facilities, you see the investment of the program, I’m not sure what’s going on. You’re talking about one of the 10 top jobs in America.””You’re talking about one of the top 10 jobs in America” – Urban Meyer pic.twitter.com/5Zzgxs99wS— gmannVOLS (@gmannVOLS) September 8, 2019Is Tennessee a top 10 job in America? Recent win-loss history — including the pressure of the position — suggests otherwise.Since Phillip Fulmer’s last season in 2008, UT has seen little success, leading to several coaching changes. In the last decade alone, five coaches have tried to right the ship, but to no avail.Now, with Pruitt in his second season, there are high expectations. But losses to Georgia State and BYU were not part of the plan, especially given the upcoming schedule.After a game with Chattanooga this upcoming Saturday, Tennessee has to play Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama and South Carolina all in a row (bye week after Florida game).If anything is going to change for the Volunteers, it needs to happen fast. But in reality, things can’t get much worse than they already are.last_img read more

Zero hundreds, bowlers shine as India continue overseas domination in ODIs

first_imgZero hundreds, bowlers shine as India continue overseas domination in ODIsIndia vs New Zealand: Not a single batsman scored a hundred in the New Zealand-India ODI series and a pacer (Mohammed Shami) was named man-of-the-series. India’s 4-1 triumph was a tribute India’s bowlers.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta WellingtonFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 19:39 IST Mohammed Shami turned it around for India with his nine wickets in four matches (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShami and Chahal were India’s most successful bowlers in the series with 9 wickets eachBhuvneshwar Kumar played all 5 ODIs and had 7 wickets to show for his effortsNo batsmen from India or New Zealand managed to score a hundred in the five-match seriesThree batsmen came close to scoring hundreds in the New Zealand-India ODI series but by the end of five matches across Napier, Mount Maunganui, Hamilton and Wellington, the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson managed none.Virat Kohli played the first three ODIs before taking a break. Rohit Sharma scored 87 but fell short of his 23rd hundred. Ross Taylor fell seven short of a hundred in Mount Maunganui while Ambati Rayudu came within 10 runs of a well-deserved hundred in the final match in Wellington.Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma scored 11 hundreds between them in ODIs last year. Both men scored a hundred each in Australia but not even two of limited-overs cricket’s biggest stalwarts could break the hundred drought in New Zealand.The India-New Zealand series was expected to be a high-scoring affair but it was India’s bowlers who stood out. Ambati Rayudu (190) and Shikhar Dhawan (188) were the top scorers in the series while Ross Taylor (177) finished as the top scorer for New Zealand.Mohammed Shami turned it around for India with his nine wickets in four matches. He was named man-of-the-series and stood out with his pace and consistency. Trent Boult was the highest wicket-taker in the series but 8 of his 12 wickets came in the final two ODIs and the series was already India’s by then.India’s wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav had another big say in another big win for India in an overseas ODI series triumph. The duo had rocked South Africa with their guile last year. Against the Black Caps, Chahal played all 5 ODIs and snared 9 wickets; Kuldeep took 8 wickets from 4 ODIs.advertisement Chahal and Kuldeep had another big say in another big win for India in an overseas ODI series triumph (AP Photo)Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is happy to play the supporting role to both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, played all 5 ODIs and had 7 wickets to show for his efforts.Besides the regular bowlers, India were well served by their all-rounders. Kedar Jadhav picked 3 wickets but conceded only 103 runs in 19 overs.Hardik Pandya, who flew back to join the Indian team after his suspension, played the last three ODIs and bowled his heart out. In 21 overs, Pandya gave away 110 runs and picked 4 wickets.India won the series 4-1 and their triumph gave them a glimpse into what to expect at the World Cup. For the last few years, India have been overly dependent on the top-three: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. To see Rayudu emerge as the top run scorer in the series should be encouraging.Looks like the “JOSH” in the squad is “HIGH SIR”‘HOWS THE JOSH’ – @vickykaushal09 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/bzsB5EelBdBCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019The series really belonged to the bowlers, who have been India’s heroes in their long overseas journey which started in South Africa in early 2018.Shami, Bhuvneshwar, Chahal and Kuldeep were relentless and they were well supported by Pandya and Jadhav.If the ODI series triumph in South Africa was highlighted by Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, the victory in Australia was a tribute to MS Dhoni’s fitness and the victory in New Zealand was a teaser on what India’s bowlers can do even against some of the most aggressive batsmen in world cricket.Also Read | Why MS Dhoni ran from Yuzvendra Chahal after India clinched ODI series 4-1 vs New ZealandAlso Read | Watch: MS Dhoni advises Kedar Jadhav in Marathi as India trounce New ZealandAlso Read | Watch: Shikhar Dhawan does the bhangra as Bharat Army play the dhol after India win 5th ODIAlso Read | MS Dhoni moves up 3 places in ICC ODI rankings after sensational run in AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Wellington ODIlast_img read more

Fleet Buildup Drives Bahri’s Q2 Profit Surge

first_imgzoom National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has more than doubled its second-quarter results recording SAR 342.48 (USD 91.2 million) in net profit, the company said in its business report for the first six months of the year ending with June 30.This is a considerable increase compared to SAR 130.4 million from the corresponding period in 2014. The company’s gross profit amounted to  SAR 440 million also a hike when compared to the same period of the previous year when the profit amounted to SAR 136.9 million.The increase in the net income was mainly attributed to the increase in VLCC fleet from 17 to 31 VLCCs, 5 product tankers and 1 floating storage as a result of completing the merger of Vela Marine International Ltd. assets and operations.Bahri said that the hike was also due to the increase in average Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) rate in crude oil transportation spot market during the current quarter compared to the corresponding quarter of 2014.However, when compared with the previous quarter a 14.4% decrease is reported in net profit as the net profit for the previous quarter totaled in SAR 398.4 million.Bahri added that the dip in the net income on quarterly basis is mainly due to the decrease in average TCE rate in crude oil transportation spot market compared to the previous quarter and the decrease in company share in profit of Petredec Limited by SAR 41.8 million (current quarter: SAR 8.1 million vs. previous quarter: SAR 41.9 million.)The results have been published on the back of Bahri’s order with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries to build five additional VLCCs at the yard increasing the orderbook to a total of ten ships.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Premier Promotes Clean Energy Opportunities in Boston

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter returned today, Nov. 5, from the U.S.-Canada Energy Trade and Technology Conference in Boston where he found significant interest in Nova Scotia’s clean reliable energy opportunities. “The northeastern United States is Nova Scotia’s most significant export market, said Premier Dexter. “This conference was an opportunity to build on New England’s growing interest in our clean energy, which means good jobs and more investment in the province.” Premier Dexter gave the keynote speech at the energy conference. It is only the second time a premier has addressed the group. “This is a major event in the energy sector in North America, drawing more than 200 industry and government leaders,” Premier Dexter said. “As the premier, I make it a priority to seize every opportunity to get the message out about our vast potential to create clean, reliable energy for our province, and beyond.” On the first day of the conference, the premier participated with Nova Scotia business leaders in the conference’s first executive forum on clean energy. Scott Travers, president of Minas Basin Pulp and Power, Reuben Burge, president of RMSenergy, and Robin McAdam, executive vice- president of sustainability for Nova Scotia Power, spoke to a packed room about the exciting opportunities available in Nova Scotia’s renewable energy sector. Minas Basin made history in 2008 when the company was awarded the responsibility of building North America’s first tidal demonstration facility C Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy helping to promote Nova Scotia as a world leader in tidal power. “By connecting the vast natural resource found in the tides of the Bay of Fundy with the impressive human resources in Nova Scotia, we developed a facility of which we can all be proud, and one that will advance tidal energy in North America,” said Mr. Travers. “Perhaps of most importance is the fact that we also have a government that wants to make it work, and has created a clear regulatory process to follow.” While in Boston, Premier Dexter had several business development meetings, and also met with Pat Binns, Canada’s Consul General in Boston. Some of the issues highlighted at the conference, including energy and the environment, will also be discussed at the 35th annual New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers meeting in Halifax July 10-12.last_img read more

City tax rates rising this year due to overall property value drop

first_imgLooking at tax rates, Joy showed that residential tax rates as budgeted will be increasing from $4.76 to $4.86 per $1,000 to make up for the drop in home values. In fact, tax rates for all property types will be increasing this year to make up for the drop in residential properties, save for Utilities properties, which are subject to a rate of $40 per $1,000 assessed value. Major industrial property owners will pay $26.97, light industrial owners will pay $24.64, businesses will pay $13.67, recreational properties will pay $10.24, while farm owners will pay $1.45.Joy said that the rate increase is needed to keep revenues the same as in 2017 in order to maintain the same services the City provided last year. He explained that homeowners whose properties dropped in value by the average of seven percent will actually pay less in property taxes this year, while those whose property values were unchanged will see a $40 increase this year.Joy also looked at how recommendations on the 2009 Hamilton Report that examined the City’s tax rates would apply to the City today. That report observed that the City’s light industrial tax ratio was high, and that the tax ratio on businesses was near the top, though within a reasonable range. The ratio of taxes paid by heavy industry was found to be in the mid-range with other cities in B.C.Joy said that the 2009 report recommended lowering the business tax ratio from 2.97 to 2.7 over four years, and to lower the light industry ratio from 5.56 to 3.0 over three years, with the cost of those reductions to be made up by residential owners. However, Joy noted that residents would currently pay between $11 and $42 extra per year to make up for the drop in revenue from commercial and industrial owners. He added that the report was written nearly ten years ago, during a time of economic prosperity, while the local economy is currently on the tail end of a steep recession.Mayor Lori Ackerman mentioned the possibility of having some of the City’s Peace River Agreement annual grant money used to make up for the shortfall, since the terms of the agreement are different than the former FairShare agreement with the Province. Councillors Bolin and Evans said they weren’t opposed to the possibility. City Manager Dianne Hunter said that the City’s current policy of how much of the Peace River Agreement money is allocated to operating and capital costs would best be discussed ahead of the 2019 budget. Council voted in favour of a resolution to review the PRA’s allocation policy and how it would impact the 5-year financial plan. Meanwhile, the City’s Budget Bylaw is due to be passed at the next Council meeting in early May. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John is one step closer to officially setting municipal tax rates for this fiscal year after the 2018 Tax Rates Bylaw passed first three readings at Monday’s council meeting.The City’s General Manager of Corporate Services David Joy gave a presentation of this year’s tax rate review at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday. Since 2013, Joy showed that the City’s revenues from residential property taxes have decreased from 45.6 percent to 42.1 percent. In that same timeframe, revenue from businesses has increased from 47.2 percent to almost 60 percent. Major and light industrial taxes combined represent less than 4.5 percent of revenues, down from nearly 6.5 percent in 2013.Joy explained that after Assessment BC finalized property assessments earlier this Spring, the value of property assessments in Fort St. John actually decreased an average of seven percent compared to last year, while business property assessments increased just over three percent. Overall, the city saw property values drop by roughly $200 million, from $3.8 billion to $3.6 billion. last_img read more

UN humanitarian chief kicks off firstever visit to Asia

11 June 2007United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes today embarked on his first mission to Asia since taking office in March. Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, will stop in the Republic of Korea and Japan.Tomorrow in Seoul, Mr. Holmes will open the regional meeting of the Donor Support Group for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Also while in the Republic of Korea’s capital, he is scheduled to meet with Government authorities and representatives of Korean non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in emergency relief operations. He will also give a lecture at Kyung Hee University on 13 June.During a two-day visit to Tokyo from 14 to 15 June, Mr. Holmes will hold discussions with Japanese Government ministers and senior officials including Sadako Ogata, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees and current President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.He also plans to confer with a group of Japanese parliamentarians on diplomatic affairs and human security, and will also meet with UN representatives based in Japan. Also on his agenda is an address at the Japan Foundation to academics, students, NGOs and private sector representatives.The focus of Mr. Holmes’ trip will be on bolstering humanitarian partnerships and he will hold strategic and policy discussions in both countries on natural disaster management, climate change and its implications for humanitarian aid and disaster risk reductions, among other issues, according to OCHA.Both the Republic of Korea and Japan are important donors to humanitarian operations and in have contributed to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), a landmark resource which rapidly provides funds following disasters and finances underfunded emergencies. read more

TREB wins extension days before deadline to publish home sales data online

by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 29, 2016 8:07 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TREB wins extension days before deadline to publish home sales data online TORONTO – A Federal Court judge has decided the Toronto Real Estate Board doesn’t have to comply with a Competition Tribunal ruling that would allow its realtor members to post home-sales data online — for now.Judge Mary J.L. Gleason made the order on Wednesday, days before TREB’s Aug. 3 deadline to make sales figures, pending sales and broker commissions more widely available.Several realtors have said the data release would enable consumers to be better informed and make better choices when buying or selling a home.Gleason said TREB shouldn’t have to change its practices until the court can hear its pending motion for a longer-term stay, one that would remain in effect until a ruling on the board’s appeal of the Competition Tribunal’s ruling.TREB CEO John DiMichele said in a statement that this temporary stay provides it with breathing room until its motion can be heard.It’s unclear when Gleason will make a decision on the longer-term stay. She said next week’s compliance deadline would lapse before the court could consider the motion.On June 3, the Competition Tribunal ruled TREB must loosen its restrictions on making home-sales data available online. The tribunal gave the board 60 days to comply with the ruling.The tribunal had determined in an April decision that TREB stifled competition and digital innovation by preventing its realtor members from posting this information on their websites.In July, TREB appealed the tribunal’s decision and asked for a stay, arguing the ruling violates the privacy of homebuyers and sellers.The case has been ongoing since 2011, when the competition commissioner filed an application with the tribunal challenging restrictions that TREB imposed on its members.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly attributed a comment by John DiMichele to Mary Gallagher. read more

Ohio State mens soccer falls to Notre Dame in 2nd round of

OSU sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell (12) battles for possession of the ball with Notre Dame senior forward Vince Cicciarelli (21) during a Nov. 23 game in South Bend, Ind. OSU lost, 2-1. Credit: Kevin Sabitus / The ObserverA valiant effort against the No. 1 seed and defending champions came up short Sunday night, as the Ohio State men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.OSU (9-8-5) battled Notre Dame (12-4-4) for all 90 minutes, but ultimately the firepower of the Fighting Irish was too much for the Buckeyes to handle. OSU outshot Notre Dame, 12-10, but fell by a final score of 2-1 in rain-soaked South Bend, Ind.OSU came out firing, looking to build an early lead against the defending champs. Five different Buckeyes fired the first five shots of the game, including two that came in on Notre Dame redshirt-senior goalkeeper Patrick Wall. The Buckeyes were unable to break through with their early attacks, though.The Fighting Irish did not register their first shot of the game until the 23nd minute, when OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov knocked away a chance with a dive.However, about seven minutes later, it was a penalty kick that put OSU in a 1-0 hole.Junior defender Kyle Culbertson was whistled for a foul in the box, earning him a yellow card and Notre Dame a penalty shot. The penalty was then converted by Notre Dame sophomore defender Brandon Aubrey, for his third goal of the season.Refusing to back down, OSU made sure that deficit did not last long.About three and a half minutes after Notre Dame took the lead, OSU sophomore forward Danny Jensen netted his sixth goal of the season.Jensen received the ball in front of the net off a corner kick from freshman defender Hunter Robertson, and put it past Wall to knot the game at one.OSU appeared to take the lead just before the half with a goal off a free kick, but it was waved off because of a handball. Jensen was then issued a yellow card, and the game went into the break tied at one.For the opening half, OSU outshot Notre Dame, 7-4, controlling the action throughout. Wall made three saves for the Irish, while Ivanov contributed two of his own.OSU continued to control the pace to open the second half, and had two close calls with shots from senior midfielder Yianni Sarris and Culbertson within the first 10:09.However, that trend turned around in the 69th minute, when Notre Dame freshman forward Brandon Gallagher received a through pass and beat the OSU defense and Ivanov, depositing the shot into the far corner of the net to put the Irish up, 2-1.OSU attempted to answer right away, but sophomore forward Christian Soldat’s shot about 90 seconds later was saved by Wall.The Buckeyes tried one last desperate measure to find the equalizer in the final minutes, as OSU coach John Bluem substituted the defender, Robertson, in favor of an extra attacker. Notre Dame clamped down defensively, however, only allowing OSU one shot in the final 10 minutes, despite four OSU corner kicks.Rain poured down throughout the entirety of the contest, with large puddles forming all over the Alumni Stadium pitch.Aubrey’s goal marked the third-consecutive game for the Buckeyes in which a penalty kick broke a tie. On Nov. 14, a late penalty kick won the game for Indiana in the Big Ten semifinals, and Akron went up 1-0 with a penalty kick Thursday.Notre Dame advanced to take on No. 16 seed Virginia with the victory.The loss concluded a successful season for OSU after going 5-8-4 last season. The Buckeyes received an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2010, after being picked to finish last in the Big Ten in the conference’s preseason coaches poll. read more

VIDEO Your weekend movies Oldboy and Kill Your Darlings

first_imgWHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Oldboy(TheHour/YouTube)For fans of: Thrillers, violence, intrigueAvoid if: You think the original is always best(Yes, the above video is an interview with Spike Lee about the film, as it was nigh on impossible to find a version that wasn’t NSFW. If you’d like to watch it though, click here. Like we said: NSFW.) This is a remake of the Korean film, considered a masterpiece by its fans… but viewers of the new version of the thriller, which stars Josh Brolin as a man who escapes from solitary confinement, aren’t rating it too high. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 75 per cent. Audience rating: 74 per centFrozen(disneyanimation/YouTube)For fans of: Funny snowmen, comedyAvoid if: You think winter isn’t funnyWhen a kingdom gets trapped in an eternal winter, who’s going to save it from destruction? This animated film looks pretty hilarious, and with Kristen Bell as a kooky princess and Josh Gad voicing a gas snowman, it should be a rather funny watch indeed. Kill Your Darlings(movieclips trailers/YouTube)For fans of: The Beat Generation, Kerouac, GinsbergAvoid if: Daniel is forever Harry in your eyesDaniel Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsberg – he being the Beat Generation icon – in this film that looks at the poet’s time at Columbia University and how he got caught up in a murder investigation. Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs can also be found in this intriguing film. RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 43 per cent. Audience rating: 47 per cent RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 85 per cent. Audience rating: 91 per centlast_img read more

Wetherspoons has confirmed plans to open a pub in Waterford City

first_imgWetherspoon’s has confirmed plans to open a pub in Waterford City The pub chain currently operates five pubs in Ireland, four in Dublin and one in Cork. Nov 29th 2016, 2:18 PM By DailyEdge.ie 31 Comments 13,310 Views Short URL Source: Allsopp IrelandPUB CHAIN JD Wetherspoon’s looks set to be expanding its empire in Ireland, having received conditional approval to open a premises in Waterford City.The pub giant submitted a planning application to Waterford City and County Council to develop a premises at two adjoining buildings situated on 17-18 Broad Street and 7-9 Arundel Square, Waterford, and received conditional approval to follow through with the development.The application mentions plans of amalgamating the buildings and building a new “customer garden area” on the first floor. Share132 Tweet Email center_img Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 2:18 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article In a statement to DailyEdge.ie, Wetherspoon’s confirmed their intentions to open a pub in Waterford City, but noted that “the site still needs a licence”.Likewise, they could not confirm when we can expect the pub to be open.JD Wetherspoon’s, which is renowned for its low-cost alcohol prices, currently operates five branches in the Republic of Ireland – four in Dublin and one in Cork.In addition to the proposed pub in Waterford City, there are currently plans afoot to open a branch on Dublin’s Camden Street.DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! Written by Amy O’Connor and posted on DailyEdge.ieRead: Here’s how to watch the Late Late Toy Show from anywhere in the worldRead: The last person alive born in the 1800s celebrates her birthday today Add us: dailyedge http://jrnl.ie/3109336 last_img read more

La sonde Dawn livre la première photo de la face sombre de

first_imgLa sonde Dawn livre la première photo de la face sombre de l’astéroïde VestaLe 16 juillet dernier, la sonde Dawn de la Nasa s’est placée en orbite autour de l’astéroïde Vesta, un corps qui avec un diamètre de 530 kilomètres, est le deuxième objet le plus massif de la ceinture d’astéroïdes située entre Mars et Jupiter. Quelques jours plus tard, Dawn a pris sa toute première photo de la face sombre de Vesta.Le 23 juillet, la sonde Dawn a pris la toute première photo de la face cachée de Vesta, le deuxième plus gros corps de la ceinture d’astéroïdes. Cette image, publiée sur le site Internet de la Nasa, a été prise à une distance de 5.200 kilomètres. L’hémisphère nord de Vestaest en plein hiver,sonpôle nord est donc dans l’ombre en ce moment. Grâce à cette première photo de la face sombre de l’astéroïde, l’Agence spatiale américaine entend déterminerl’importance descaractéristiques distinctssur l’image, comme les larges rainuresou les crêtes qui s’étendent surde vastes distancesautour de Vesta, explique le communiqué de la Nasa.La sonde Dawn doit rester en orbite autour de l’astéroïde pendant un an. Elle prendra d’autres images, sous plusieurs angles, afin de permettre aux scientifiques de réaliser des cartes topographiques de Vesta. Dans quelques mois, la sonde s’approchera encore plus de l’objet, à 200 kilomètres seulement, pour prendre des mesures et des photos plus précises de la surface de l’astéroïde. Une fois cette mission achevée, Dawn se dirigera vers sa seconde destination, Cérès, l’objet le plus massif de la ceinture d’astéroïdes. Elle devrait l’atteindre en 2015. Si la Nasa s’intéresse tant à ses deux corps, c’est parce que situés entre Mars et Jupiter, Vesta et Cérès pourraient offrir de nouvelles données aux scientifiques quant à la façon dont ils se sont développés, et celle dont le système solaire s’est formé voilà 4,6 milliards d’années.Le 1 août 2011 à 17:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

BPLs theft total continues to rise now at 7M

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#BPLTheftTotalRisesTo$7Mcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 12th 2017: Bahamas Power and Light’s theft toll continues to mount, with the latest figure coming in at $7M. Reports say forensic accountants have uncovered “much more missing money than anyone originally thought”. The latest development comes after senior members of staff were placed on leave last week.Works Minister, Desmond Bannister is assuring this move does  not mean that persons sent on leave are culpable of anything, however, deemed the action necessary for the auditors to have free movement and full access to all the BPL files without interference. Though no official word has been released on the exact figure, the minister has assured the public that the final tally will be revealed in due course. He says he is unsure how long the investigation will take, but added that no time limits were placed on the investigation. Reports say auditors from Ernst and Young were flown in from the US to conduct the investigation.last_img read more

San Diego Swift Water Rescue teams will not be deployed to Houston

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 123 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — 8:30 p.m. — San Diego’s swift water rescues teams will not be deployed to Houston to assist in the aftermath of the storm.San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy released a statement Wednesday night saying representatives from the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) held a conference call with fire agency chief officers representing all of the CalOES designated and available swift water rescue teams.”CalOES informed those on the conference call that they had not received, nor do they anticipate receiving an EMAC request from the State of Texas for more than two of the CalOES sponsored swift water rescue teams. The CalOES sponsored San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) Swiftwater Rescue Team is not one of the two teams that have been identified to deploy if, in fact, CalOES receives a formal request from another state for assistance,” Chief Fennessy said.”For decades, SDFD has actively participated in local, statewide and federal mutual aid. It’s important to note that the fire chief of any department retains the authority to approve or disapprove mutual aid requests. I am prepared to honor and approve federal or state emergency mutual aid resource requests for assistance to any of the areas impacted by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.  However, it is my sworn duty to NOT honor or approve any outside agency mutual aid request for resources if doing so would cause the department to unreasonably deplete its resources, facilities, and/or services which would then represent an unacceptable risk to the residents and visitors of the City of San Diego,” Chief Fennessy added.11:00 a.m. — A San Diego Lifeguard Swift Water Rescue team — at the center of a dispute over San Diego’s emergency response to Hurricane Harvey — will likely be sent Wednesday to aid the search and rescue efforts in the wake of the storm’s devastation, officials said.Lifeguard Sgt. Ed Harris, the head of the lifeguards union in San Diego and a former interim city councilman, had accused the fire chief of blocking the team’s deployment, but the chief said Tuesday that assistance from the lifeguards had not been requested.That changed later Tuesday.President Trump visited Texas (Tuesday) afternoon, and shortly thereafter there was a call for the deployment of 100 swift water rescue teams from around the country to help with recovery efforts,” San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said Tuesday night. “(The California Office of Emergency Services) is still waiting for the formal request but expects to order its 13 swift water rescue teams, including one based in San Diego, to head to Texas.”That team will be led by a SDFRD battalion chief and consist of two addition Fire-Rescue personnel and 11 lifeguards.In an open letter to Texas Governor Gregg Abbott and in a news conference early Tuesday, Harris accused SDFRD chief Brian Fennessy of blocking the lifeguard team’s deployment after the lifeguards packed and readied several boats as Harvey approached the Gulf Coast.”We are sickened that Chief Brian Fennessy has blocked our response,” Harris wrote in the letter also addressed to Houston’s mayor and residents. Fennessy responded with a news conference of his own at which he explained that San Diego already sent rescuers — Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 8, which specializes in large-scale urban disasters — and deployment decisions were being made by FEMA and state emergency services offices.”There is a system that provides the resources during these types of disasters,” he said. “I can’t just send them down there because they want to go.”Harvey, now a tropical storm, first made landfall Friday over Texas. Flooding from the rain has displaced thousands, caused at least 30 confirmed or suspected deaths and dropped more rain than any previous storm in U.S. history, with more than 50 inches in some areas. It moved back over the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall again this morning in Louisiana. Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: August 29, 2017 August 29, 2017center_img Show Caption Hide Caption San Diego Swift Water Rescue teams will not be deployed to Houston to assist in storm aftermath Show Caption Hide Caption KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, San Diego Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 8 in transit just outside of San Antonio. Eager to join the rescue effort. So proud of you all! pic.twitter.com/xfZHXo4eT4— Chief Brian Fennessy (@SDFDChief) August 29, 2017Harris said in his letter that even when asked to stand down Saturday, his team remained prepared.”Our team stayed packed and readied more boats and asked to go,” Harris wrote in the letter he released Monday night. “We have plenty of staff to send, but we are blocked.”Fennessy said he was “profoundly, profoundly disappointed in lifeguard Sgt. Harris,” who he accused of lying about the response and “politicizing his own agenda.”The dispute was not the first time Harris has squared off publicly with the fire chief and the fire department. Earlier this year the lifeguard union, which is part of Teamsters Local 911, filed a grievance in opposition to the change in dispatching procedure for inland water rescues. And last month Harris filed a lawsuit against the city of San Diego accusing Fennessy of “purposefully and recklessly manipulating public-safety data and procedures in order to rationalize an expansion of the fire department’s personnel.”City officials countered that reassigning calls to the SDFRD dispatch instead of lifeguard dispatch was a necessary move because the lifeguards’ system, which only allows for two calls to be answered at a time, tended to be quickly overwhelmed, forcing some 911 calls to go unanswered during high-volume periods, such as in severe storm conditions. last_img read more