Bus hijacker leads police on chase, killed in shootout with officers

first_imgChiccoDodiFC/iStock(RICHARDSON, Texas) — Police shot and killed a man who allegedly opened fire inside a public transportation bus, hijacked the vehicle with people inside and engaged in a firefight with officers.The incident began on Sunday around 11 a.m. in Richardson, Texas, just north of Dallas, when the suspect allegedly entered the DART bus and fired shots, shattering several windows, according to police. The alleged gunman, who has not been identified, then ordered the bus operator to move, police said.There was one other passenger inside the bus during the incident. The bus drove through several neighborhoods on the President George Bush Turnpike including Garland, Rowlett and Rockwall, and officers engaged the suspect at multiple locations, police said.“You could not have asked for a worse situation,” Pedro Barineau, a spokesman for Garland police, told ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA-TV.The suspect allegedly shot a Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department officer and Garland Police Department member during the chase, but their injuries were non-life threatening, according to police. Police told WFAA that the suspect also hit a patrol car during the chase.Officers then set up spikes on the road in Rowlett, which forced the bus to stop on the northbound PGBT between State Highway 66 and Liberty Grove, police said.The suspect allegedly exited the bus, began a shootout with cops and was shot dead, according to police. The driver and the other hostage were not hurt, police said. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Position Yourself as an Expert Eco-Builder: Get Organized With a Homeowner’s Manual

first_imgRapid changes in the residential construction industry are providing new profit and diversification opportunities for builders. Those who see and understand these opportunities can position themselves as experts in the field and provide exemplary service to gain an important edge in the marketplace. Knowing where you stand in relation to your competition is paramount. Educating and communicating that position to prospective customers is equally important.Part 4 of a 7-part series4. Get organized with a homeowner’s manualA well-prepared homeowner’s manual should be a foundation of your customer service approach. The manual should educate the customer about what activities and services to expect from pre-construction to post-construction—yes, pre-construction to post-construction. This is a communication tool for the whole process, not just after occupancy. Everyone else treats a homeowner’s manual like a “How to Use This House” document, when in fact its benefits can extend much farther. Seize the opportunity to stand out from the pack by educating your customers throughout the construction process by integrating the homeowner’s manual into the home-buying experience. Introduce it up front during the sales process, and refer to it frequently during the course of planning and construction.Take sufficient time to walk customers through the manual in the first place, explain each section, answer their questions, and address their concerns from the start. Do you know how many thousands of headaches, misunderstandings, and unnecessary phone calls (during your kid’s birthday party) this could save you and your customers?Ask customers to bring the manual to all meetings during construction so that they can integrate any additional information provided during the meetings. This makes it a living document for them and acquaints them firsthand with the contents. Offering more information during these meetings will further emphasize the importance of the manual. Note: Have your legal adviser review your manual; this small investment could mean extra protection for you.Next week: Update your websiteAlso in this series: 3. Listen to your customers 2: Deliver great value 1. Identify your ideal customerlast_img read more

Is art the next frontier in the IoT revolution?

first_imgFollow the Puck Tags:#art#featured#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Lightswarm#Meural#public spaces#spacemaking#Tilt Brush#top Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Internet is a tool of connection. We share photos, videos, ideas—all at the click of a button, or the tap of a screen. The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution has further transformed our lives, allowing our devices to fully integrate with our world in ways unimaginable even five years ago. The very concept of IoT has even forced us to rethink traditionally staid cultural mores. In the last few years, the art world has seen an immense impact as a result of this trend. However, its prevalence remains under the radar.We all know about the conveniences of IoT devices—Nest’s popular Wi-Fi thermostat comes to mind, a tool that can learn about its users habits and program your home’s temperature accordingly. The world is now awash in items that perform various functions using a similar concept. Leveraging smart homes for art’s sakeThese interconnected and interactive gadgets have helped make “smart homes” a reality. But in the process, they’ve become little more than the sum of their parts. They certainly have great utilitarian use, but the vast majority of them have done little to add value beyond that. This reality has created a bit of a tech overload, with multiple products competing for attention, seemingly tripping over themselves in the process. The clutter effect is palpably felt, and has led some users to doubt whether a bit of added convenience is really worth the costs.See also: How 5 artists use PinterestThankfully, this is not the case with all aspects of connected tech. While most devices, as previously mentioned, seek to create a hive mind among the various wearables and gadgets that incessantly pervade our daily lives, there has been a thriving subculture of technologists, designers, architects, and more that have uncovered a wealth of opportunity to subvert the traditional artistic approach by integrating IoT very carefully into their work. These groups have set out to make IoT more than a robotic afterthought, and instead infuse it with same warmth and emotion that permeates the great artistic masterpieces from the past and present.There are tons of examples of innovative takes by way of intricately developed installations that use technology to create all sorts of wonders—everything from weather simulations, proximity-based interactive lighting structures, and pieces that react through sensors to the changing conditions of the sea via connected buoys. In each of these cases, the masterminds behind each installation used sensors as the proverbial ‘paint brush’ for their creations.Art adds a deep, personal touch to otherwise cold techArt has effectively added a deep and intimate personal touch to the tech world—one that has largely been lacking. With the advent of IoT, people have the ability to customize and express themselves in brand new ways, all the while being enabled by intuitive new products that allow us experience the world with unique perspectives. Like the IoT revolution, art is an examination and reassessment of the space we inhabit triggered by an intense emotional reaction to the creations in front of us. This makes the marriage of the two concepts inherently natural and organic.Already, products like Lightswarm have become integrated into homes. Lightswarm tracks the movements of people in a room and adjusts the lighting to match where they are and what time of day it is; it is both useful while also adding to the ambience of the environment. The concept has been adapted to various other fixtures, both for private homes, as well as public spaces. These pieces of technology, while utilitarian on the surface, actually hide a creative subtext beneath their layers, which makes them aesthetically pleasing, as well as fundamentally functional.Of course, the intersection of art and technology goes much further than just simple lighting. It has also radically democratized the nature of the art world itself. Years ago, you needed to live near a big city to be able to explore visual culture through museums or galleries. That paradigm has greatly shifted as people now have the ability to view and appreciate art from anywhere, sometimes with just a few taps on their phone, or by exploring art in 360 degrees through Google cardboard. It doesn’t stop there. Google is also adapting the IoT revolution to give people the chance to create artistic works in a whole new plane of “reality” through the Google Tilt Brush, which will effectively make it possible to render the entire concept of a dedicated studio space as obsolete. Virtual reality will be the prospective artist’s new canvas. These are perfect examples of innovations that can break down the barriers to accessibility and understanding of art while making the world at large your studio.Ultimately, art has brought a much-needed breath of fresh air to the IoT revolution—one that’s all too often hidden from the spotlight. Connected technology shouldn’t just be about convenience or fulfilling a certain task, not when it’s possible to rise above utility and make it an integral part of the human experience. Art has always occupied that space, but as it continues to exist hand-in-hand with technology, the door is always open for pushing the envelope and tapping into a part of the human condition that, as a result of the digital age, might have become buried within us over time.The author is the co-founder and CEO of Meural, a digital art company. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img Vlad Vukicevic What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: Man Utd players have clean slate – to a point

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Man Utd players have clean slate – to a pointby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the players have a clean slate – to a point.Predecessor Jose Mourinho fell out with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba, but Solskjaer says he is prepared to take a fresh look at every player.He told MUTV in his first interview: “Playing games is the best time of your life!”The more games you get, the better it is. For me as a manager now it’s great because you have to rotate, so you’ll get to see many players; they’ll get that chance and everyone in”Everybody in the squad knows ‘I’ve got a chance now’ because whatever’s gone, whatever’s happened has happened.”Now it’s just about from here everybody starts with a clean slate and we want players to perform and to give them a chance.”Asked whether that meant everybody in the squad had a ‘blank piece of paper’ going forward, Solskjaer said: “Well you’ve got to start somewhere.”Of course you look at a couple of performances I’ve seen the last few games, but you look at the merits, you look at the team, you pick a team now and you move on; they’ll all get chances.” last_img read more

Ontario Childrens Aid Societies apologize for harm done to Indigenous Peoples

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies has apologized for harm done to Indigenous children and families in the province.The association says it made the apology Tuesday during a gathering at Rama First Nation.Association CEO Mary Ballantyne acknowledged and apologized for the harmful role child welfare has played historically, and continues to play, in the lives of Ontario’s Indigenous children, families and communities.Indigenous participants — including survivors of the ’60s Scoop and residential schools — spoke to the gathering about the devastating impact the child welfare system has had on their communities.Following the acknowledgment and apology, leaders and elders from Indigenous communities across the province were invited to respond.The association says the apology was met with strong emotion and insistence that the words be matched by action and accountability.“We apologize to the children, mothers and fathers who have been hurt by the ’60s Scoop, which saw thousands of Indigenous children taken from their home, families and communities across Canada,” Ballantyne said.“The ’60s Scoop and many current practices have resulted in cultural genocide for the Indigenous people of Ontario,” she said.Chief Marcia Brown Martel, lead plaintiff in the ’60s Scoop lawsuit, Renee Linklater, and Rodney Howe all shared their experiences of being apprehended by child welfare and Brown Martel called the apology “encouraging.”Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon of Mushkegowuk Council said he recognized the “good intention” behind the apology.“At this time, I cannot accept the apology,” Solomon said. “How do you say sorry to parents who saw their child come home in a casket?”last_img read more

Backroom deals speeches key to AFN national chief victory

first_img(Former AFN natioal chief Matthew Coon Come (left) walks beside AFN national chief candidate Pam Palmater during the grand entry Tuesday. Coon Come, Grand Chief of the Cree, is backing Palmater in her bid. APTN/Photo)By Tim Fontaine and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsTORONTO–With less than 24 hours until chiefs begin electing a new leader of the Assembly of First Nations, it’s make-or-break time for the eight candidates.For many chiefs in attendance, this will be their first opportunity to meet one-on-one with those vying for the position of national chief.As of Tuesday, 314 chiefs and proxies had registered for the Toronto AFN gathering, but officials said they expected more to register by tomorrow, the day of the vote. A total of 1400 people had registered to attend the gathering by Tuesday morning.There are about 634 chiefs who are eligible to vote for the national chief. The winning candidate needs to garner at least 60 per cent of the vote.Eight candidates are in the race for national chief.Four women are vying for the job, including Ellen Gabriel, a Mohawk from Kanesatake, who rose to prominence during the Oka crisis, Joan Jack, an Ojibway lawyer from the Berens River First Nation and former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly, a lawyer from Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, and Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaq lawyer and professor at Ryerson University.The field of candidates also includes incumbent National Chief Shawn Atleo, George Stanley, Alberta AFN regional chief from the Cree First Nation of Frog Lake, Bill Erasmus, Dene Nation chief from the Northwest Territories and Terrance Nelson, the five-time former chief of Roseau River.Much of this politicking takes place in caucus rooms. Over the next day and during the voting process, chiefs from each region will meet in these private rooms to discuss amongst themselves where each candidate stands.“Usually they’ll have an idea on who they want to vote for on the first ballot. And then after that what happens is that the candidates will go around to the various caucus rooms and find out if they can pinpoint specific items that they need to work on to gain support for that caucus. Because after the first ballot everything can change very quickly.” says John Beaucage, who ran unsuccessfully for national chief in 2009.Bob Watts,chief of staff to former AFN national chief Phil Fontaine, said each of the camps would also spend Tuesday working furiously to shore up their existing support and try to peel support away from the other candidates.“Right now it’s about shoring up votes, making sure supporters are still supporters and finding ways of networking out in the other camps and seeing where there is help and where there is no help,” he said. “There is a lot of work in the backrooms.”Perhaps the most formal and visible election event is the all-candidates forum. Traditionally held the night before voting begins, candidates have the opportunity to address the chiefs in attendance in a strictly timed and structured format.Beaucage says this will be crucial for incumbent Atleo.“They’re looking at the past record for National Chief Atleo. They’re seeing what was promised three years ago and they’re seeing how that promise was delivered and they’re trying to determine if Chief Atleo deserves another term.”Watts said speech preparation plays a big part of what is happening in the backrooms of each camp.“(Atleo) has probably gone over his speech this afternoon a hundred times to make sure that he is going to hit everything they expect of him. This is going on in all the camps,” said Watts. “This is big politics and people take it really seriously.”While it might be easy to assume that the level of applause is an indication of support, that’s not always the case. At the 2009 AFN election in Calgary, Nelson received the most applause at the all-candidates forum, yet was eliminated in the first round of voting.The speeches will be playing a decisive role in this year’s outcome as many chiefs have still to make up their minds as to who they will support. It appears Atleo has a lock on a large part if not all the B.C. votes making Ontario, which has the second largest block of chief, as a key battleground. Many Ontario chiefs say they are waiting to see how the speeches unfold before deciding where to turn.Talk among chiefs and observers indicate that if Atleo emerges from the first ballot in a show of strength, his opposition will melt away. It seems there is little appetite for the marathon voting sessions from 2009.Watts said this year’s election is probably one of the most important in recent memory.“There is a lot at stake. There is probably more at stake in this election than in any other election,” said Watts. “Just with the way things are going with free prior and informed consent, the focus on resource development, the alternative that the government seems to be presenting that, ‘we’ll go ahead and do stuff and worry about it later,’ versus First Nations saying we want processes, we want to be involved, we want high standards in terms of how things are being done. So these are contrasting visions of the country of how development will happen.”And the high stakes have brought out some of the big hitters in First Nations politics.Former AFN national chief Matthew Coon Come, who is Grand Chief of the Cree, has publicly backed Palmater’s candidacy. He walked next to her as they entered during the grand procession to open the AFN gathering amid drums and singing.Coon Come, however, refused to comment Tuesday on why he backed Palmater.Another former national chief Ovide Mercredi, who is now a band councillor for Misipawistik Cree Nation in Manitoba, has thrown his considerable influence behind Atleo.“(Atleo) is the only guy that can lead,” said Mercredi, as he walked into the Toronto Metro Convention Centre where the AFN vote will be held.This year’s election has also seen a level of criticism directed at the incumbent not usually seen in AFN contests.Palmater has strongly rebuked the work of the AFN and Atleo, accusing the incumbent national chief of being too close to the Conservative government and enabling the assimilation of First Nations people.While her blunt talk has earned her a large following on social media, some chiefs believe that she has crossed the line.Snuneymuxw Chief Doug White, whose community is on Vancouver Island, said the rhetoric employed by Palmater has been “destructive” and done little to advance the cause of First Nations people.“It is a destructive form of politics that destroys the dignity…of the AFN,” said White, who is supporting Atleo. “Throwing rocks doesn’t serve our people.”White also said he was “deeply disturbed” by Nelson and his decision to use a planned trip to Iran as part of his campaign.“It attacks the dignity of the AFN for a candidate to be sidling up to such a repressive regime,” said White. “No social movement in history has ever advanced by peddling ignorance and allying with oppressors.”Rumours have also circulated that some chiefs from the prairie regions may consider leaving the AFN if Atleo again wins the post.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has openly criticized Atleo for ignoring the direction of chiefs who want the AFN to take a stronger position on enforcing treaty rights.Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox has publicly accused Atleo of pushing the assimilation policies of the Conservative government. Fox nominated Atleo for national chief in 2009.FSIN vice-chief Morley Watson, however, dispelled talk of treaty chiefs walking away from the AFN if Atleo wins.“Whoever (the chiefs) decide to back, we will work with them,” said [email protected]@aptn.calast_img read more

Mens Lacrosse Ohio State selected as No 3 seed in NCAA Tournament

Ohio State senior attack Eric Fannell scored five goals in the Buckeyes dramatic comeback 11-10 overtime victory over Maryland on April 22 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsComing off their 10-9 loss to No. 1 Maryland in the Big Ten tournament finals, Ohio State (13-4) has been selected as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament. The Buckeyes will host Patriot League champion Loyola (Md.) (10-5) on Sunday. This is the sixth NCAA tournament appearance for OSU, third under coach Nick Myers.The Buckeyes received three goals from freshman attacker Tre Leclaire on Saturday, but the team lost to Maryland in the finals of the Big Ten tournament. Junior midfielder Connor Kelly had five goals for the Terrapins.Loyola is coming off its third Patriot League tournament title in four years, and its third regular-season title over that same time span. The Greyhounds will be making their 20th appearance into the tournament and sixth since 2010. The game will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday in Ohio Stadium. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Johns Hopkins/Duke matchup. read more

Outbound passenger count crosses 4000 at Bagdogra Airport

first_imgKolkata: The outbound passenger load at Bagdogra Airport has crossed the mark of 4,000 on Sunday.With a sharp increase in the passenger load at Bagdogra Airport, the outbound passenger count on Sunday was 4,011.It may be mentioned that recently, the announcement of two additional flights of AirAsia from the airport had come and it had taken the total number of flights to 26. The two additional flights are connecting Bagdogra directly with Delhi and Kolkata. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to the experts, the passenger load is expected to go up further with the summer vacation approaching, as people will choose to visit Darjeeling and Sikkim with schools and colleges remaining closed. It may be recalled that the Mamata Banerjee government has waived the tax on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) and it has helped increase the number of flight operations from Bagdogra. Moreover, the development of necessary infrastructure for tourism in North Bengal has also ensured a constant flow of tourists in the region. A large section of tourists now prefer flights to reach their destination, as it saves time. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt was on February 23 that Bagdogra Airport set a new record of crossing the 2 million passenger count in the last fiscal. Moreover, the Chief Minister herself was the 2 millionth passenger, when she took a flight from Bagdogra Airport to return to Kolkata after her North Bengal tour.Bagdogra Airport had witnessed a record increase of passengers by 53 percent in April-December in 2017, compared to that of the corresponding period in 2016, when around 10.61 lakh passengers had availed flights from the airport from April to December. In 2017, the figure went up to 16.28 lakh, which is an increase of over 50 percent. With the increase in passenger count, better passenger amenities have also been ensured at the airport.last_img read more

Ranveer Singh honoured to do Bajirao Mastani

first_imgActor Ranveer Singh says it is an honour to star in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, a love story of Maratha Empire’s Peshwa Baji Rao-I and his second wife Mastani. The film will see actress Deepika Padukone in the role of Mastani, while Ranveer’s Dil Dhadakne Do co-star Priyanka Chopra will play Kashibai, Baji Rao’s first wife.The 30-year-old actor on Tuesday took to Twitter to express his feelings about portraying the Peshwa, whose 315th birth anniversary falls on Tuesday. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“It’s Peshwa Bajiraos 315th birth anniversary today. Such an honour to be a part of the telling of His love-story ….#HappyBirthdayBajirao,” Ranveer posted.He also shared a still from the film, which saw him in his on-screen character, riding a horse with a sword in his hand.Bajirao Mastani will clash with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dilwale on the box-office this December 18.last_img read more