Dalí’s being dug up for a paternity test. But is his DNA intact?

first_imgIn the LabDalí’s being dug up for a paternity test. But is his DNA intact? Even if you didn’t take art history classes in school, you probably know Salvador Dalí’s work. One of the surrealist’s most famous paintings, “The Persistence of Memory,” is the one with the melting clocks.But memory is not the only thing that persists — a woman who has claimed to be Dalí’s daughter for over a decade has not given up. To support her contention, Pilar Abel has had two previous paternity tests performed — one with inconclusive results, another that allegedly never sent her results. Now a Spanish court has granted her request to have Dalí’s body exhumed from a crypt in Catalonia so a third test can be conducted.But Dalí has been dead for nearly 30 years. Can a sample of his DNA still give Abel a definitive answer?advertisement Related: Kate Sheridan Please enter a valid email address. Leave this field empty if you’re human: However, Dalí’s DNA may be in shorter fragments — which may mean this DNA profiling technique will be less reliable. In Poinar’s experience, the average length of a DNA fragment from skeletal remains is about 70 to 80 base pairs — so the average fragment would likely have only part of a satellite region. If many of these microsatellites are compromised, then the analysis loses a lot of statistical power.Instead, he and other ancient DNA experts working in more specialized labs prefer sequencing full genomes and comparing a collection of single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs (pronounced “snips”), which are variations in just one base pair.The burial environment — what kind of casket Dalí was buried in could have an effect, for example, or any kind of treatment his body received before burial — can have a impact on the condition of DNA. Only the people on the ground during the exhumation — and those who actually sequence the sample — will know what state the DNA is in, noted Reena Roy, an associate professor in the forensic science program at Pennsylvania State University. Without being there or using other techniques to determine how degraded the DNA actually is, she said, “one can only speculate.”Roy suspects Dalí’s DNA could be in decent shape — “it’s only 30 years old,” she said. She’d still use STR analysis first, but if that didn’t seem to work, she’d consider using miniSTR testing, which uses the same principles but focuses on smaller DNA segments.Bottom line: Though the circumstances around the particular paternity case may be a bit surreal, the techniques themselves are not; STR analysis is usually done in paternity cases, Roy said.“This is so routine these days.” General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. The researchers working with Dalí’s DNA will need to consider two main issues: contamination during the exhumation and working with degraded DNA afterward, Poinar said.Though Dalí died in 1989 — certainly not ancient history — “your DNA degrades the minute you die,” Poinar said. He and his students will often define ancient DNA as “anything that’s buried in the ground.”A sample will likely come from one of three places: hair, a molar tooth, or a small but very compact bone in the skull near the inner ear. Hair is pretty resistant to contamination, Poinar said, and the bone — called the petrous bone — has the most DNA per gram of any part of the skeleton.A standard forensics lab might take these samples, extract DNA, and look at a set of more than a dozen “microsatellites,” Poinar said. Each microsatellite can range from 100 to 400 DNA base pairs long and can vary in only so many ways —  in which DNA bases repeat and how many times they repeat. (These repeating sequences are called short tandem repeats, or STRs; looking for them is called STR analysis.)For comparison, the human genome is about 3 billion base pairs long. The possible patterns are numerous enough that determining if two samples come from the same person — or if the donor of one sample is likely related to the other — is very possible. Photo illustration: STAT; Photo: AFP/Getty Images Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Genetic fossil-hunters dig through HIV’s long history for clues to new treatments [email protected] About the Author Reprints @sheridan_kate “Yes and no,” said Hendrik Poinar, principal investigator at the McMaster Ancient DNA Center in Ontario, Canada. The success of the test will depend on a lot of factors — including, possibly, which kind of analysis is done.Poinar isn’t involved in the case, but he is trying to solve a mystery about another famous 20th-century artist. He’s analyzing the remains of poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda to determine if a bacteria was involved in his death in 1973.advertisement By Kate Sheridan June 29, 2017 Reprints Privacy Policylast_img read more

Lee County approves $250k for JetBlue Park emergency repairs

first_imgRed Sox-Orioles Opening Day game postponed due to weather April 2, 2021 LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Lee County commissioners approved emergency plans to spend $250,000 to repair cracks in the skywalk of the JetBlue Park stadium Tuesday morning. During a routine survey of the building, engineers discovered large cracks in the skywalk. The county immediately shut it down and began repairs to prevent it from collapsing, calling it a potentially catastrophic situation.The stadium opened less than ten years ago. It hosts the Boston Red Sox every year for spring training. “Spring training absolutely brings in money down here,” explained Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman. “Thats actually how these repairs will be paid for, the tourist tax for people who stay in hotels will actually pay for the repairs.” Canterbury baseball team lends helping hand to pair of MLB prospects April 12, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Boston Red SoxRed SoxSpring training Advertisement WATCH: LCSO Captain made one-handed catch at a Spring Training game March 15, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentscenter_img MLB tries to keep players safe with added COVID-19 protocols March 4, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementRepairs are expected to be finished by the end of the week. Red Sox spring training is scheduled to begin in mid-February. The equipment truck is expected to arrive on Thursday, Feb. 11. RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more

Hendry County offering COVID-19 shots to walk-ins

AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Tags: appointmentcovid-19 vaccinehendry county People who want a shot must be Florida residents. Those who are looking to get vaccinated will need to provide a valid Florida Driver License or a Florida Identification Card People can also prove residency by providing two of the following items:•A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement. (Copies of deeds can be found on the County Property Appraiser website)•A utility bill or utility connection/work order that is not more than 2 months old.•Mail from a bank or other financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, that is not more than 2 months old.•Mail from a government agency that is not more than 2 months old. (Mail from a government agency can include tax bills showing a Florida address. Tax bills can be found on the County Property Appraiser website). HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. — People who need their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can get their shot at the Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston today, March 25.Although walk-ins are welcome, supply is limited. It is recommended that people make an appointment by pre-registering at https://myvaccine.fl.gov/#/ or calling 866-201-6745.People who want to get their first dose can go to 1100 S. Olympia, Clewiston, 33440 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Those who need their first dose can arrive at the site at 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.People can also get their shot on Sunday, March 28, at the Harlem Civic Center from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Only first doses will be given on Sunday. Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 Mobile pediatric vaccination clinic happening in Cape Coral Friday June 11, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Cape Coral doctor offers medical marijuana discount as COVID-19 vaccine incentive June 11, 2021 AdvertisementIf you want to get vaccinated, you will need to fill out local health department paperwork on site. People who get their first dose at the site will be notified about their second dose appointment before they leave.Pets are not allowed at the vaccination site, only service animals are permitted.The Health Department will follow the Governor’s Executive order that allows those 50 years and older, long-term care facility residents and staff, health care workers with direct patient contact, and medically vulnerable people — with an official medical form signed by a doctor — to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Lee County COVID-19 vaccine site moving to North Fort Myers this month June 13, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Advertisement read more

Calls for ‘disgraceful’ illegal dumping in Laois bogs to end

first_img Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Council Twitter “Orla did state that Laois County Council would be making an application for funding to combat this.“This morning, Minister Naughtan announced that €2million was been made available to deal with this serious issue across Ireland.“So I want Laois County Council to put in a serious application for funding. I think we got €45k or €50k last year but I’d like to see that greatly increased.“Dumping in our bogs, ditches, towns and villages is disgraceful and has to be addressed.”Orla Barrett said: “These bogs have been the subject of large scale illegal dumping. Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Pinterest WhatsApp Cllr King and others survey dumping in bogs Laois County Council have been called to seek funding from the Department of the Environment to combat ‘disgraceful’ dumping in Laois bogs.Cllr John King says that there is a serious problem of rubbish being dumped in Lismurragh, Deegan and Ballagh bogs in Errill.He said: “On Monday last, Orla Barrett (senior engineer) came out and met with local people and a man from Coillte where we visited the bogs. TAGSIllegal dumping Facebook Facebook Twitter Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 15th February 2018 Community Previous articleExciting new development for age-old Laois establishmentNext articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, February 16, 2018 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Rugby WhatsApp Calls for ‘disgraceful’ illegal dumping in Laois bogs to end “In conjunction with the community and Coillte, Laois County Council will make an application for funding.“This would include clean up, CCTV, signange, enforcement action, gates and an educational programme to be run in school.”SEE ALSO – The best places for Laois people to get the shift back in the day RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home News Calls for ‘disgraceful’ illegal dumping in Laois bogs to end News Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

[Photos] Cheering squad emphasizes unity to the end

first_imgNews Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Even after the game ended at 11:20 pm, the North Korean cheerleading squad stood up and kept chanting slogans like “We are one” or “Unification of our homeland,” and sang “Our Wish is Unification.” When they left one by one 20 minutes later, they waved to the South Korean audience members who remained to watch them, exclaiming, “Let’s meet again!” Mr. Kim (35), who came to the game with his family, said, “I feel like we are one step closer to unification, and I hope this serves as a stepping stone to North and South Korea becoming one.” Following the match the cheering squad members wave goodbye and say, “Let’s meet again!” Three North Korean players participated in the game. Since this was the first unified Korean team in the Olympics, the audience showered the players with cheers and chants, but the team ended up losing 0:8. Although the results were disappointing, the audience clapped and cheered for the players who did their best. Hyukgyo Jung (30s), a South Korean from Gangneung city, said, “I went out of my way to buy tickets for the first unified Korean team’s game.” He added that “although it would have been great to have scored even a single goal, they fought well and I hope they win the next game.”  Ilkwon Kim (46), a South Korean from Sejong City, added, “I bought tickets for this game before the unified Korean team was created, so I’m delighted to have this unexpected opportunity to see them.” He hopes that “unified Korean teams will be created four and eight years down the road too, with even better results.” On the afternoon of February 10 at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in the city of Gangneung, the first match for the unified Korean female ice hockey team took place. The stadium was filled with the chants of the North Korean cheering squad and the cheers of the audience. The North Korean cheering squad – wearing matching red outfits with white fur hats – entered the stadium at 8:30 pm, 40 minutes before the game started. Groups of approximately 20 cheerleaders sat in seven different sections. Ten minutes before the game started, they began singing North Korean songs (including “Welcome” and “Whistle”), as well as traditional Korean folk songs (like “Ong Heya”). They also clapped to slogans like “We are one!” “Unify our homeland!” and “Among our (Korean) people!” The North Korean cheerleading squad all brought the same blue plastic bag carrying cheering accessories. Flags that appeared to be North Korean were seen in the plastic bags, but they were not used during the game.  [Photos] Cheering squad emphasizes unity to the end News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% News News Cheerleading accessories brought by the North Korean cheerleading squad to the unified Korean female hockey team¡¯s game at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in the city of Gangneung. North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) On the afternoon of February 10 at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in the city of Gangneung in Gangwon Province, the North Korean cheerleading squad cheers for the first game of the unified Korean female ice hockey team against the Swiss team. A little after 9 pm when the names of each player of the unified Korean female hockey team were called out, there was big applause from the audience. The North Korean cheerleading squad brought out their unified Korean flags and waved them to greet the players. As soon as the game started, the North Korean cheerleading squad shouted in unison slogans like “Go team!” and “Let’s win!” Other audience members began to join in on these. The North Korean cheerleading squad could be distinctly heard even from the top of the third floor. When they shouted “Let’s win, let’s win!” the rest of the audience followed their lead and chanted with them.The North Korean cheerleading squad had smiles on their faces and sat upright throughout the game. But when the Korean players got close to scoring, they were like any other audience members in their excitement as they shifted in their seats and shouted out. In particular, the North Korean cheerleading squad’s colorful performances during the break times caught the audience’s attention. Some members of the cheerleading squad that wore traditional Korean yellow jackets and green skirts appeared in front of the audience to perform a fan dance, while those in white flared pants performed a very energetic dance. The cheering squad also held the unified Korean flag in both hands and sang “Our wish is unification.” They also lifted up their hands and moved their bodies left to right and sang familiar children’s songs like “Spring in My Hometown” and “New Year’s Day.” They also sat up and down and lifted up their arms to create so-called “cheering waves.”Audience members approached the North Korean cheerleaders to takes photos of them using their mobile phones. Some audience members tried to greet them or ask them questions–their age, for example– but the North Korean cheerleaders only smiled politely and refused to answer. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2018.02.15 5:39pm SHARE On the afternoon of February 10 at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in the city of Gangneung in Gangwon Province, the unified Korean female ice hockey team played its first game as part of Group B,against Switzerland. AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] last_img read more

High yield companies well positioned to weather uncertain economy: Moody’s

High-yield bonds face Covid-19 fallout High-yield companies appear to have the liquidity necessary to weather the ongoing economic uncertainty, Moody’s Investors Service says in a new report. The rating agency reports that its Liquidity-Stress Index (LSI), which measures corporate liquidity, continues to hold at historically low levels. The index, which falls when speculative-grade corporate liquidity appears to improve and rises when it appears to weaken, declined in mid-July after rising a bit from an all-time low in May. James Langton U.S. high-yield default rate on the rise: Fitch Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canada’s high-yield firms bested U.S. counterparts in pandemic: Moody’s Moody’s says that with the index sitting at historic lows, it is indicating that high-yield companies are well-positioned to manage in an uncertain economic environment for the next 12-18 months. John Puchalla, a Moody’s vice president and senior credit officer notes that the index is below the level it finished the year at, and remains far below levels that have warned of danger in the past. “Sovereign-debt concerns, a growth downshift in developing markets and tighter credit market conditions present a risk to corporate earnings and liquidity but companies are managing these headwinds,” he said. Moody’s says that companies with high-yield debt are keen to avoid a replay of the 2008-2009 downturn when deteriorating liquidity led to a spike defaults. And, it notes that, so far, corporate earnings growth and a receptive debt market “have allowed most speculative-grade companies to proactively manage liquidity and, where necessary, refinance pending maturities at a manageable cost.” Additionally, Moody’s index for assessing companies’ ability to comply with their financial covenants remains low, suggesting that companies “have adequate cushion” to adhere to their covenants over the next 12 to 15 months, it says. Keywords High yield bonds Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

PM Says Independent Body Needed to Restore Trust in Security Forces

first_imgRelatedPM Says Independent Body Needed to Restore Trust in Security Forces FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding has paid tribute to the police’s intervention which led to the find of a cache of guns and ammunition in the Mountain View area of Kingston, recently.However, Mr. Golding says that even these successes, with preliminary indications of police involvement, do not remove the need for an Independent Commission of Investigations to probe criminal allegations against members of the security forces.Mr. Golding was opening the debate on the Independent Commission of Investigations Bill, which seeks to replace the Police Public Complaints Authority and the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) with an independent body to investigate abuses by members of the security forces, including the JCF, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), the Correctional Department and Jamaica Customs.“I commend that team of police personnel who happened to have been travelling along Mountain View Avenue and who had reasons to be suspicious,” Mr. Golding said.He explained that he commended them because it was his understanding that they insisted on pursuing the matter, despite realising that colleagues, including senior officers, could have been involved.“There are some police personnel who might have felt, ‘boy, don’t go there’. In this case they said, ‘we are doing our duty,’ and I commend them for that,” he said.Mr. Golding explained that he was not suggesting that the BSI has not made some impact on corruption and brutality within the JCF. He noted that the Bureau’s investigations have led to the arrest of 231 police officers since its inception in 1999. However, he felt that there was still a need to respond to public resentment of the police force investigating itself.Debate on the Bill, which was one of the issues in the Government’s pre-election manifesto, will continue in the House of Representatives next Tuesday (Feb 16). RelatedPM Says Independent Body Needed to Restore Trust in Security Forces PM Says Independent Body Needed to Restore Trust in Security Forces National SecurityFebruary 12, 2010center_img Advertisements RelatedPM Says Independent Body Needed to Restore Trust in Security Forceslast_img read more

Concept designs for Mitcham Hills corridor upgrades released

first_imgConcept designs for Mitcham Hills corridor upgrades released The Morrison and Marshall governments have released concept designs for vital junction upgrades along the Mitcham Hills corridor that will improve road safety and traffic flow through the Adelaide foothills.The Australian Government has committed $20 million to works on the Old Belair Road and James Road T-Junction and improvements along Old Belair Road between Sheoak and Blythewood roads.The South Australian Government is funding $20 million in upgrades to the Russell Street, Main Road and Sheoak Road junction.Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said around 17,500 vehicles pass through the T-Junction every day and there were 50 crashes on Old Belair Road between Sheoak and Blythewood Roads from 2015 to 2019.“Delivering safe and efficient roads is a key priority of the Australian Government, because even one crash is one too many,” Minister Fletcher said.“That’s why I am proud to see these $40 million in upgrades progress, with works to deliver vital safety benefits for motorists while supporting around 115 full time jobs during construction.“This is fantastic news as we continue to drive South Australia’s recovery by delivering lasting infrastructure projects that provide jobs, economic stimulus and long-term community benefits.”South Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Corey Wingard MP, said the projects teams are now seeking feedback from the community on the designs.“The Marshall Government is delivering its plan to keep South Australia safe and strong, by creating jobs, backing business and building what matters,” Minister Wingard said.“These notorious junctions have been a constant source of frustration for hills communities and these upgrades will provide commuters with safer and more reliable journeys.“The feedback from the community on these designs is an important part of the process and we want to hear what you have to say. All feedback will be reviewed and considered – our aim is to deliver the upgrades that the community wants.”Federal Member for Boothby, Nicolle Flint MP, said ensuring commuters have a safe and quick journey is a key priority and encouraged locals to participate in the consultation.“Our local residents know their roads best, which is why their feedback is so important,” Ms Flint said.“This stretch of road is incredibly unsafe and I am so pleased to have secured funding to fix this problem.“Alongside other upgrades to the Mitcham Hills Road Corridor, this project will deliver a safer and quicker journey for thousands of locals every day.”Early works on the upgrade to the Old Belair Road and James Road T-junction and improvements along Old Belair Road (between Sheoak Road and Blythewood Road) are expected to commence in mid-2021, with main works expected to commence in late 2021.Further details on dates for works on the Russell Street/ Main Road / Sheoak Road junctions will be provided following the community feedback process.Detailed planning continues for the Shepherds Hill Road, Brighton Parade and Waite Street intersection upgrade, with a concept design expected to be released early this year.For more information on the project visit: www.dit.sa.gov.au/mitchamhills. /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Adelaide, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Brighton, communications, community, economic stimulus, Federal, Government, infrastructure, Morrison, road safety, Russell, SA Government, South Australia, Transportlast_img read more

Canada and Ontario invest in improvements for Toronto’s Downsview Arena

first_imgCanada and Ontario invest in improvements for Toronto’s Downsview Arena From: Infrastructure CanadaCanadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods, and their way of life. Together, Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.Today, The Honourable Judy Sgro, Member of Parliament for Humber River-Black Creek, on behalf of The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Stan Cho, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance and Member of Provincial Parliament for Willowdale, on behalf of The Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and His Worship John Tory, Mayor of the City of Toronto, announced joint funding for improvements to the Downsview Arena in Toronto.The Government of Canada is investing $704,429 in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $586,965 while the City of Toronto is contributing $469,678.The project includes state of good repair works to building components such as the rink pad surface, refrigeration plant, roof, exterior stair, retaining wall, and windows, in addition to accessibility improvements. This work will extend the lifespan and improve the quality of the Downsview arena, and will also allow residents to have better access to skating programs, youth ice sports, and public skating for years to come.All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when needed most.Quotes“Community recreational facilities play a vital role in community wellbeing. Today’s investment for upgrades to the Downsview Arena in Toronto will provide residents with an accessible and modern recreational facility where they can enjoy many more years of great skating activities, and programs, while also maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”The Honourable Judy Sgro, Member of Parliament for Humber River-Black Creek, on behalf of The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“Downsview Arena has been a community recreational hub for generations, and in recent weeks, it has taken on an important role as the temporary home of Humber River Hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination site. I am confident we will soon get back to skating, hockey, and other recreational programs, and today’s investment will ensure this facility can deliver those activities for generations to come.”Stan Cho, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance and Member of Provincial Parliament for Willowdale“We’ve learned over the last year how critical recreation is to the wellbeing of Toronto residents as an outlet for them to get physical activity and fresh air. This joint funding project will allow us to renovate and improve the Downsview Arena, a valued asset in the community and will help us ensure that our amenities can continue to serve future generations. This funding and work will extend the lifespan and improve the quality of the arena, allowing the community to have better access to skating programs, youth ice sports and public skating for years to come.”His Worship John Tory, Mayor of the City of TorontoQuick factsThrough the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $8.3 billion in over 2,880 infrastructure projects.Across the province and over the next ten years, Ontario is investing approximately $320 million and Canada is investing approximately $407 million under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This stream supports the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities that improve community infrastructure (community centres, libraries), recreational venues (arenas, recreational spaces) and cultural spaces (theatres, museums).Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Accessibility, Canada, community, federal government, future generation, Government, health and safety, hospital, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, pandemic, parliament, physical activity, vaccination, wellbeinglast_img read more

Tesla Model X in California crash sped up prior to impact

first_img The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also investigating the case of a Model S driven by a 28-year-old woman that struck a stopped fire truck on a South Jordan, Utah, roadway on May 11. Autopilot was engaged and didn’t brake for the truck as the driver was looking at her phone, according to police. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Walter Huang, a 38-year-old engineer who worked at Apple Inc., died in Mountain View, California, in the March 23 crash when his Model X struck the barrier as he was using the driver-assistance system known as Autopilot. The car’s computer didn’t sense his hands on the steering wheel for six seconds before the collision, according to NTSB.The preliminary report didn’t include conclusions about what caused the crash. “All aspects of the crash remain under investigation as the NTSB determines the probable cause, with the intent of issuing safety recommendations to prevent similar crashes,” the report said.A Tesla spokeswoman declined to comment on the NTSB’s report and pointed to a March 30 company blog post. In the post, the company said the driver had about five seconds and 150 meters of unobstructed view of the highway barrier but took no action to avoid the collision, citing vehicle logs.“Tesla Autopilot does not prevent all accidents — such a standard would be impossible — but it makes them much less likely to occur,” the company wrote in the post. “It unequivocally makes the world safer for the vehicle occupants, pedestrians and cyclists.”Huang was using Tesla’s Autopilot system continuously for nearly 19 minutes prior to the crash. The system made two visual and one auditory alert for the driver to place his hands on the steering wheel, but those occurred more than 15 minutes prior to the crash, according to the report.The NTSB didn’t report any alerts in the moments leading up to the crash.The Tesla was following a lead vehicle at about 105 km/h roughly 8 seconds prior to the crash. A second later, the car began to steer left while still following the lead vehicle. Four seconds before the crash it was no longer following the lead vehicle, the NTSB said.The Model X then accelerated from 99 km/h to 114 km/h in the final three seconds before impact. The Autopilot’s cruise control system, which is designed to match the speed of a slower vehicle ahead of it, was set at 120 km/h.The Tesla collided with a so-called crash attenuator, a device covering the concrete barrier that’s designed to absorb a vehicle impact to lower risks of damage and injuries. The attenuator had been damaged 11 days earlier in a previous accident and hadn’t been repaired, according to NTSB. The barrier is in the median of the highway where it splits into two different directions.No pre-crash braking or evasive steering movement was detected, according to NTSB’s summary of performance data recorded by the car.Huang, found belted in his seat after the crash, was removed by bystanders before being transported to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries. The impact was so violent it tore off the front section of the vehicle.While Tesla tells drivers they must keep their hands on the steering wheel and monitor the semi-autonomous system, the car can follow traffic, steer and control speed in some situations.Tensions in the NTSB Mountain View probe boiled over on April 11 when Tesla released information about the accident without first clearing it with investigators, prompting the agency to take the unusual action of removing the car company from official participation.Tesla had issued comments blaming the driver of the Tesla SUV. “While we understand the demand for information that parties face during an NTSB investigation, uncoordinated releases of incomplete information do not further transportation safety or serve the public interest,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said in a statement.Musk hung up on Sumwalt as he explained the removal, according to the NTSB chief.The NTSB is also investigating two other incidents involving Teslas: An accident near Los Angeles in January in which a Model S struck a fire truck parked on a freeway while the car was on Autopilot and a Model X that crashed into a garage in August in Lake Forest, California, and its battery caught fire. 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RELATED TAGSTeslaNews The Tesla Model X that crashed in California earlier this year while being guided by its semi-autonomous driving system sped up to 114 km/h in the seconds before the vehicle slammed into a highway barrier, investigators said Thursday.The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report on the March 23 crash showing that the driver’s hands were detected on the steering wheel only 34 seconds during the last minute before impact.The investigation is the latest to shine a spotlight into potential flaws in emerging autonomous driving technology. Another NTSB probe of a self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian March 18 in Arizona found that the car’s sensors picked up the victim, but the vehicle wasn’t programmed to brake for obstructions. Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The Tesla Model X.  Tesla Buy It! 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