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San Diego bike helmet giveaway prepares for Wednesdays Bike to School Day

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first_imgSan Diego bike helmet giveaway prepares for Wednesday’s Bike to School Day 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO – San Diego police and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition will give away helmets to student bicyclists who aren’t wearing one in preparation for Wednesday’s Bike to School Day.The event aims to emphasize issues such as cyclist safety and increasing physical activity among children. KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez was live at Pacific Beach Elementary School as the giveaway was happening. KUSI Newsroom, Elizabeth Alvarez, KUSI Newsroom, Elizabeth Alvarez May 7, 2018 Posted: May 7, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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I5 Publishing Buys Say Media Pet Properties

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first_imgI-5 Publishing is adding to its portfolio of pet brands by purchasing Dogster and Catster from Say Media.Terms weren’t disclosed.”As the world’s largest owned and operated online pet network, we want to bring a pet owner’s voice to our line of products, while executing on our commitment to growing our digital footprint, which is critical as we continue to evolve and expand our business,” says Mark Harris, CEO of I-5 Publishing, in a statement. “We look forward to integrating and leveraging the Dogster and Catster properties to bolster our company efforts and serve current and future pet owners and pet businesses across the globe.”The deal brings another 2.5 million unique visitors to I-5, doubling traffic to give the publisher the largest digital network in the $58-billion pet market. Much of I-5’s original portfolio (including Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy) came from the acquisition of BowTie Inc. early last year.For Say Media, which has 10 remaining titles primarily in fashion and tech verticals, the deal moves Dogster and Catster to more fitting company.”Taking them to the next level requires a company like I-5 Publishing where pets play a key part of the overall sales and editorial strategy,” says Matt Sanchez, Say Media CEO. “We’re thrilled to see Dogster and Catster find a home with a company that has a strong commitment to growing these brands and investing in the pet community.”last_img read more

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Ford adds 1M vehicles to Takata recall EcoSport SUV recalled separately

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first_imgBelieve it or not, automakers are still adding vehicles to the massive Takata airbag inflator recall. That’s one of the two new recalls Ford just announced, with the second affecting its new subcompact SUV.Recall the first: Adding to the Takata frayFord announced Friday that it is expanding its list of vehicles recalled for Takata airbag inflators for the fourth time. This planned expansion covers an additional 953,000 vehicles, approximately 780,000 of which are located in the US. The following vehicles comprise this latest expansion, which covers the passenger side front inflator:2010 Ford Edge2010 Lincoln MKX2010-2011 Ford Ranger2010-2012 Ford Fusion2010-2012 Lincoln MXZ2010-2011 Mercury Milan2010-2014 Ford MustangThe Takata recall kicked off when it was determined that hundreds of millions of its airbag inflator components lacked a moisture-absorbing desiccant. When exposed to humidity and high temperatures, the airbag inflators might fail, spraying the cabin with shrapnel instead of inflating the airbag as required. Both fatalities and injuries have been linked to Takata’s faulty parts, but Ford says no injuries are linked to the vehicles mentioned above.Upon receiving the recalled vehicles, Ford’s service technicians will replace the faulty component with one that will work as expected. Car Industry SUVs Sedans Share your voice Recall the second: EcoSport weld issuesFord also issued a recall for just 87 examples of the 2019 Ford EcoSport subcompact SUV. 63 of these vehicles are in the United States. A wonky weld is to blame for this recall. Apparently, an insufficient weld on the back of the front seat might reduce the structure’s overall strength, which could lead to an increased risk of injury in a crash. Thankfully Ford says it has no knowledge of injuries or accidents related to this recall.A simple part swap is all it takes to remedy this issue. Ford’s technicians will simply replace the front seats with new ones that have sufficient welds.  More about 2018 Ford EcoSport 1 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Preview • 2018 Ford EcoSport: Small dog with a big bark 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Recalls Lincoln Ford Tagscenter_img 60 Photos Comment 2019 Ford Edge ST: A practical performer More From Roadshow Review • 2018 Ford EcoSport: Better late than never Ford Is the 2018 Ford EcoSport too little, too late? 24 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

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Record 656m people displaced worldwide UN

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first_imgDisplaced Iraqis arrive at a temporary camp in the compound of the closed Nineveh International Hotel in Mosul. Photo: AFPDevastating conflicts, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan had left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016, the UN said Monday.That number marks a jump of just 300,000 from the end of 2015, but is more than six million higher than at the end of 2014, according to a fresh report published by the UN refugee agency.This is “the highest figure since we started recording these figures,” UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi told reporters ahead of the report launch.“By any measure, this is an unacceptable number, and it speaks louder than ever to the need for solidarity and common purpose in preventing and resolving crises,” he said.The figures released ahead of World Refugee Day showed that a full 10.3 million of the world’s displaced people fled their homes last year alone, including 3.4 million who crossed international borders to become refugees.‘Every three seconds’“This equates to one person becoming displaced every three seconds-less than the time it takes to read this sentence,” UNHCR pointed out in a statement.Most people who have been forced from their homes flee within their own country, and are defined as internally displaced people, or IDPs.At the end of 2016, there were some 40.3 million IDPs in the world, down slightly from 40.8 million a year earlier, with Syria, Iraq and Colombia accounting for the greatest numbers.Another 22.5 million people-half of them children-were registered as refugees last year, the UNHCR report showed, pointing out that this is “the highest level ever recorded”.Syria’s six-year conflict alone has sent more than 5.5 million people seeking safety in other countries, including 825,000 last year alone, making it the world’s biggest producer of refugees.Along with the 6.3 million Syrians displaced inside the country, these numbers show that a nearly two thirds of all Syrians have been forced from their homes, the report said.As the Syrian civil war rages on, desperately needed funding for humanitarian aid in the country has begun to dwindle, Grandi said, lamenting that very little of the billions promised at an international donor’s conference in Brussels in April had so far materialised.Forgotten crisis?The Syrian conflict, which has killed more than 320,000 people, “is becoming a forgotten crisis,” he warned.The UN refugee chief meanwhile voiced most alarm over the rapidly deteriorating situation in South Sudan, which he said was currently the world’s “fastest growing refugee crisis and displacement crisis.”South Sudan’s civil war, which began in December 2013, has left tens of thousands dead and forced a total of 3.7 million people from their homes-nearly a third of the population.Overall, the refugee population from the world’s youngest country swelled 85 percent last year to reach 1.4 million by the end of 2016, the UNHCR report showed.And that number has ballooned by a further half million people since then, the agency said, stressing the most of the refugees had left since the “disastrous breakdown of peace efforts” last July.Syria and South Sudan were far from the only countries where people were being uprooted en masse, with Monday’s report also pointing to large-scale displacement in Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan, just to name a few.And nearly 70 years after Palestinians first fled today’s Israel, some 5.3 million Palestinians are currently living as refugees-the highest level ever recorded, UNHCR said.Monday’s report also pointed out that, despite huge focus on Europe’s migrant crisis, it is poorer countries that host most of the world’s refugees.A full 84 percent of refugees are living in low- and middle-income countries, UNHCR said, blaming this “huge imbalance” on “the continuing lack of consensus internationally when it comes to refugee hosting and the proximity of many poor countries to regions of conflict.”last_img read more

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Famed Vegas Casinos Could Be Hobbled As Thousands Of Workers Authorize Strike

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first_imgBloomberg via Getty ImagesSome 50,000 hospitality workers could walk off the job as early as next month, potentially jeopardizing the Las Vegas tourist industry.Tourism helps keep the wheel of Las Vegas’ economy spinning, but a hitch could slow the spokes as tens of thousands of hospitality workers are preparing to strike as early as next month.The Culinary Workers Union, Nevada’s largest labor organization, voted Tuesday to authorize a citywide strike for 50,000 members once their contracts expire June 1 — if their demands are not met.About 25,000 members weighed in on the measure, with 99 percent approving a walkout, according to the union.The contracts cover some of the biggest players on the Las Vegas Strip — nearly three dozen casino resorts including Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and MGM Resorts International.The union says it is seeking guarantees “to provide (a) greater measure of security for members including workplace safety, sexual harassment, subcontracting, technology, and immigration.”Higher wages are also on the table, with the union arguing casinos are not adequately spreading profits among those who keep their facilities running.The union represents many of those who work in the front of the house as well as many of those who work behind the scenes including cooks, servers, porters and guest room attendants.Jose Licea, an on-call kitchen worker at Planet Hollywood Resort, has worked on the Strip for 25 years. He tells The Las Vegas Review-Journal that workers need to make more money to cover the rising cost of living.“Everything is going up: gas, food, supplies,” he says. “We need to raise salaries.”And in a city where a majority of the workforce works in the service sector, a growing reliance on automation has some worrying about their jobs being outsourced. The Review-Journal notes that employers on the Strip have already begun to use delivery robots and self check-ins — even drone-delivered-drinks are becoming a thing.Lewis Thomas, who works as a utility porter at the Tropicana Las Vegas, voted in favor of the strike. He tells the Review-Journal that he wants company-sponsored training to ensure that workers are not made redundant by the technological advances.“We are ready to walk if we don’t get the contract,” Thomas says. “Even if it means striking one month, two months or a year.”In 1984, thousands of casino and hotel workers launched a major strike lasting for more than two months and dealing a blow to the local economy, before new contracts were settled. Union members lost some $75 million in wages and benefits, reports The Associated Press, while Las Vegas lost a similar amount in tourism dollars.In the days ahead of the June 1 deadline, union negotiators and employers are working to avoid a similar outcome as they seek to solidify new five-year contracts.“A strike is a last resort,” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer for the union, said in a statement. “We want to come to an agreement.”MGM Resorts International told NPR in a statement that it has scheduled talks with the union this week and into next.The company says it is confident it can resolve the outstanding contract issues, “and will come to an agreement that works for all sides.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Selfpowered ewatch is powered completely by wrist movements

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first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—Researchers have created a self-powered electronic watch that harvests energy from the wearer’s wrist movements for continuous operation. By combining two different energy conversion mechanisms (electromagnetic and triboelectric) in a single hybrid nanogenerator, the device can harvest significantly more energy than previous harvesters that use only a single mechanism. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Rapid wrist movements can charge a capacitor connected to the watch (which is not ticking in the beginning of the video) to 1.6 V, after which the watch begins ticking. Credit: Quan, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society The researchers experimented with the way that different wrist movements can charge and power the watch. They found that the best wrist movement is a twisting motion that can generate a current of up to 12 mA, which means that thirty-nine seconds of this twisting motion can power the watch continuously for about 7.5 minutes. By adding a homemade Li-ion battery to store the energy produced by the hybridized nanogenerator, the researchers found that 32 minutes of the twisting motion can generate enough energy to continuously power the watch for more than 3.5 hours. Based on this data, the researchers calculated that 3.6 hours of wrist movement can generate enough energy to power the watch for one day of continuous operation.Since the current prototype is rather large in size, the researchers attempted to reduce the dimensions by replacing the magnetic ball with a thin magnetic sheet. However, they found that the magnetic sheet does not move as easily as the ball, and so in the future they plan to investigate other methods of miniaturizing the nanogenerator. They also hope to eliminate the need for the battery.”The future plan is to solve the power source issue of the wearable electronic device, so that these devices can work sustainably without being charged by the external power source,” Yang said. “Ideally, the motion of human-body-induced energy will be enough to power these devices.” Citation: Self-powered e-watch is powered completely by wrist movements (2015, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-self-powered-e-watch-powered-wrist-movements.html Journal information: ACS Nanocenter_img More information: Ting Quan, et al. “Hybridized Electromagnetic–Triboelectric Nanogenerator for a Self-Powered Electronic Watch.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b05598 (Top) The hybridized nanogenerator contains a magnetic ball inside an acrylic box with six coils on the sides of the box. The watch strap is made of nylon and PDMS-PVB nanowires, connected to copper electrodes. (Bottom) Photos of the nanogenerator and twisting wrist movements. Credit: Quan, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society The scientists, led by Ya Yang at the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in China, and Zhong Lin Wang at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, have published a paper on the hybrid nanogenerator in a recent issue of ACS Nano.”This kind of nanogenerator can also be utilized to power other wearable electronic devices, such as a wireless smart pedometer for reading data on walking steps, distance, and energy consumption,” Yang told Phys.org.The hybrid nanogenerator consists of a small box (3.6 cm x 3.6 cm x 3 cm) with a magnetic ball inside. When the wearer moves their wrist, the ball’s motion generates electricity by both the electromagnetic and triboelectric effects. Due to the electromagnetic effect, when the ball collides with six metal coils on the sides of the box, the ball’s mechanical energy is converted into electricity. The triboelectric effect occurs when two materials are rubbed together, similar to how rubbing a balloon on a person’s hair creates static electricity. Here, the watch strap serves as the triboelectric component. The strap is made of two materials with different triboelectric polarities, nylon and a polymer composite, which are attached to the bottom of the box and to two electrodes. When the moving magnetic ball presses down on the watch strap, the nylon and polymer come in contact with each other, generating triboelectric charges and causing electrons to flow between the electrodes. United States, China team explore energy harvesting © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Has Mobility Become a Must

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first_imgMarch 16, 2009 1 min read This story appears in the April 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals You know you need a mobile work force when . . .You arrive at the office every day to a full voice mail box and 200 new e-mails.Your sales team’s idea of regional turf is the 10 square miles around your office.Your employees start asking to take their desktops, keyboards, mice and monitors home with them over the weekends.The last trade show your company attended was back in 1998 at the Holiday Inn downtown.You pass up potential employees with killer resumes and experience because they live out of state.A freak snowstorm brings your company to a complete standstill until the roads thaw. It’s the business equivalent of freezing your tongue to a light post.Your ideal clients live across the country–and you don’t even know they exist.You return from a two-week vacation to discover that your three best employees left, your five biggest clients switched to the competition and your office was painted mauve. Register Now »last_img read more

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ACV has more capacity and a brand new route for Winter 201819

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first_img Monday, July 9, 2018 ACV has more capacity and a brand new route for Winter 2018/19 Posted by Tags: Air Canada Vacations, New Routes Travelweek Group center_img Share MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations has revealed its new lineup for winter 2018/19 sun destination flights onboard Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge.The schedule includes a new route, new 737-MAX aircraft, increased frequency on most-requested routes and increased capacity in the fall.Here’s a look at what ACV will be offering for winter 2018/2019:NEW ROUTEACV’s brand new route, between Vancouver and Lihue, Hawaii, starts Dec. 15, 2018 and operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and SaturdaysNEW 737-MAX AIRCRAFTAir Canada says its new 737 MAX aircraft feature technological advances for quiet, efficient and environmentally-friendly air travel. The following flights will be flown on the new aircraft: Vancouver and Calgary flights to Hawaii, Vancouver flights to Mexico and Calgary flights to CancunMORE FLIGHTS TO THE SUNFor winter 2018/2019 ACV will offer 58 new flights to the sun.From the West:29 additional flights per week, consisting of 20 to Hawaii (including double daily flights from Vancouver to each of Honolulu and Maui), three new flights from Vancouver to Lihue, two additional flights from Vancouver to Kona and one additional flight from Calgary to Maui.There are nine additional flights to Mexico including three additional flights from Calgary to Puerto Vallarta (now four flights weekly), two additional flights from Calgary to Los Cabos (now three times weekly) and 2 additional flights from Vancouver to each of Ixtapa (now three times weekly) and Cancun (now four times weekly).More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesFrom Ontario:19 additional flights per week including three additional flights from Toronto to Liberia (now daily service), three additional flights from Toronto to Cancun (now 17 flights per week), two additional flights from Toronto to Los Cabos and one additional flight from Toronto to each of Cartagena, Curacao, Grenada, St. Vincent, Belize City, Honolulu, Aruba, Bermuda and Kingston.From Ottawa, Air Canada will feature an additional flight to each of Punta Cana and Cancun.ACV will also be resuming service from Toronto to St. Maarten on Dec. 15 and San Juan on Oct. 28.From Quebec:10 additional flights per week including 2 additional flights from Montreal to each of Cancun (now 14 flights per week) and Liberia (now three times per week) and one additional flight from Montreal to each of Curacao, Montego Bay, San Jose, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel and Martinique. Air Canada Vacations will be resuming service from Montreal to San Juan on Dec. 15.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTEARLY FALL PROGRAM:Three routes will commence in November this year, rather than mid-December:Montreal to Liberia will start Nov. 3Vancouver to Ixtapa will start Nov. 1Toronto to St. Kitts will begin Nov. 3In addition, nine flights will start in late October (Oct. 28 or 29) including:Vancouver to Cancun & Los CabosCalgary to Los CabosMontreal to Cayo Coco, Cozumel & Puerto VallartaToronto to Cozumel, Liberia & Los Cabos“Air Canada Vacations is pleased to demonstrate its commitment to the travel trade by offering consumers the ability to access our packaged vacations with so many more flight options from our top gateways across the country,” says Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, Air Canada Vacations. “We know the travelling public wants options, and we are excited to be able to provide them.” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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