Zoo creates panic with missing cougar alert

first_imgiStock(INDEPENDENCE, Kan.) — An hour after causing public panic by saying a cougar escaped from a zoo in Kansas on Monday, officials said the animal never actually left the grounds and has since been captured.Initially, officials in Independence said the cougar escaped from the Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo and that local law enforcement, along with park officials, were searching the area for any sign of the animal.But a short time later, city officials said the cougar had been captured and, in fact, had never left the zoo grounds.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Mission to change Boeing’s image in Europe

first_img“We want to make sure that Europe understands the Boeing presence, and thefact that there are 90,000 jobs a year because of Boeing sub-contracts.Last year, we finished with 58% of the market here with orders worth around7.2 billion ecu.”Europe and Boeing’s interests do converge on some issues. But it takes onlya few questions to encourage Woodard to attack his company’s main rival,the indisputably more European Airbus Consortium, over everything fromgovernment subsidies to its launch programme for new aircraft types.Rightly or wrongly, most Europeans will miss the subtlety of Boeing’smessage and read an attack on Airbus as an attack on one of the continent’sfew industrial success stories.Nevertheless, Boeing, Airbus and just about everyone else in the aviationindustry can find common ground when it comes to discussing the issue ofcongestion in the sky.The inability of Europe to deal with its air traffic control (ATC) problems- which are leading to increased delays for airlines, threaten to brakemarket growth and add to environmental problems – are a shared concern. Some of the misconceptions which surfaced around the deal are still beingput right, such as the idea that Boeing also wanted to move in on aircraftmaintenance activities. “We never wanted to compete head-on with airlinessuch as Lufthansa,” says Woodard.Airbus’ plans to launch a new, large passenger aircraft attract onlycriticism from Woodard as he sums up all that he regards as worst about theEuropean consortium.“We were unable to find a market for a very large aircraft. We believefirmly that if you are in private business trying to make money, you willnot make that aircraft,” he says. “I think the Europeans do not understandthe cost of development. They are talking about an 8-billion-ecu programme.I think it could be running into twice that.”If Airbus is so confident about the market for the new aircraft, arguesWoodward, then it should be able to convince banks to come up with thedevelopment funds and not need to rely on the traditional formula ofrepayable government loans.“We would support our government in any attempt to renegotiate the currentEU-US agreement on aviation subsidies so that it creates a levelplaying-field,” he adds. In practice, however, it only takes a few minutes with plain-speaking RonWoodard, president of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, to realise that heis on what amounts to a mission impossible.Woodard wants to change Boeing’s image of being as American as apple pie.“We have 436 suppliers in Europe and are the main customer of Frenchaero-engine company Snecma,” he said on a recent round-Europe tour whichtook him to Brussels, London, Paris, Munich and Cologne.center_img “There are much greater environmental benefits to be made from tackling ATCproblems than by looking for improved efficiency from aero engines,” saysWoodard.Boeing, like its counterparts on this side of the Atlantic, would welcomeEuropean action on the much-mooted issue of creating a single regulatoryauthority similar to the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) for approvingnew types of aircraft and investigating safety problems.“At the moment, it is still individual European countries that takecertification decisions. It adds considerable costs and complexity to theprocess. Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities just act as a clearing pointfor individual national issues,” says Woodard, adding: “This is a highpriority for the UK presidency and for Transport Commissioner NeilKinnock.”Waving its European credentials, Boeing also believes that it should beallowed easier access to EU research and development programmes. “NASAresearch is open to everyone regardless of their origin. Research in Europeis not open to people outside Europe,” complains Woodard.Last year – the regulatory rumpus over Boeing’s take-over of McDonnellDouglas apart – was a good one for the Seattle-based firm. The Asian crisisis likely to wipe out 20 new orders annually for the next three years fromthe region, but that should hardly make a dent in the company’s hugebacklog of orders.Boeing would like to put the battle over McDonnell Douglas behind it, butEurope’s response still raises questions. “On the civil side, I was justamazed by the reaction. Douglas was such a small percentage of thebusiness, just 3%. The initial reaction was an okay from Airbus. Then itbecame a cause celebre,” says Woodard, adding: “I was surprised there wasnot more made of the military side.”last_img read more

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Amber Rudd returns to UK Cabinet as work and pensions secretary

first_imgRudd, a prominent Remain campaigner in the Brexit referendum of 2016, is a close ally of the prime minister.She replaces Esther McVey, who resigned Thursday in protest at May’s Brexit deal. LONDON — Amber Rudd was appointed as the U.K. government’s work and pensions secretary on Friday, the BBC reported.Downing Street wouldn’t confirm Rudd’s appointment.She returns to Theresa May’s Cabinet after being forced to resign as home secretary in April. Rudd admitted she had “inadvertently misled” MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants.last_img read more

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Keller Williams Announces New Project, KWahtro, And 20+ Date Winter Tour

first_imgOne of the hardest working men in show business, the one-man jam band, “K-Dub” Keller Williams will hit the road again in early 2016 for a Winter Tour that features Williams’ new project, The Keller Williams KWahtro, ft. Gibb Droll, Danton Boller & Rodney Holmes. The full tour schedule features shows with The Keels and, of course, some solo dates.The tour kicks off January 14 at the Cox Capital Theatre in Macon, GA and runs through early March, with an additional two-night run at Alyeska Resort At Zitsmark Bar & Grill in Girdwood, Alaska in April. Complete tour dates are listed below.Fan club tickets are on sale now and available here.last_img read more

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Viva Dead & Company! Night One In Las Vegas Brings Out The Best

first_imgFor those of you who are just tuning in, the story of this fall has been John Mayer. The once-pop-star has found himself a role as the lead guitarist of Dead & Company, and his soulful bluesy style has been turning heads left and right. Complete with Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir, the latest incantation of the Grateful Dead continues to fill fans with a renewed sense of vigor.Dead & Company kicked off the first of a two-night run at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, which also marks the end of their storied fall tour run. With only a four-night New Years run in San Francisco and Los Angeles left on the books, fans are beginning to wonder what the future holds for this band. When we spoke to Burbridge about future shows, the bassist said “If they want me around, I’m definitely coming back!”As Deadheads crossed their fingers in hopes of further Dead & Co, the fans rejoiced with an resounding “Shakedown Street” to open the show. The set continued with a folky theme, with tracks like “Uncle John’s Band,” “Althea,” “Row Jimmy,” “Black-Throated Wind” and “Casey Jones.”Set two opened with a psychedelic “Dark Star” that seemed to set the tone for musical exploration ahead. That segued into “Playing In The Band,” featuring a lengthy segment of improvisation. “Let It Grow” and “St. Stephen” kept the energy high, while the band dove even further into the cosmos with “Drums/Space.” “Wharf Rat” and “Sugar Magnolia” ended the second set, and an emotional “Ripple” closed out the show.Dead & Company will conclude the two-night run, and their tour, tomorrow night for an MGM Grand finale. Full setlist below:Setlist: Dead & Company At MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV – 11/27/15Set I: Shakedown Street (BW), Uncle John’s Band (BW), Althea (JM), Jack Straw (BW), Row Jimmy (JM), Black-Throated Wind (BW), Casey Jones (JM)Set II: Dark Star (BW) > Playing in the Band (BW), Let It Grow (BW) > St. Stephen (BW, JM) > Drums > Space > Wharf Rat (BW) > Sugar Magnolia (BW)E: Ripple (BW)Check out the full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Erik Kabik: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Eddy Merckx 525 balances aerodynamics, weight, & comfort for ultimate all ’rounder

first_imgThe front of the bike is also focused on stiffness with a squared tubing profiles and a massive head tube. Available in rim or disc brake models and mechanical or electronic drivetrains, the bike will fit up to 700c x 28mm tires. Along with the Stockeu69, AG2R La Mondiale will be racing this bike in the coming season. Pricing starts at €4,999.00 for the rim brake model or €6,499.00 for disc.  525. That’s the number of victories in Eddy Merckx’ storied career. Let that sink in for a moment. Even compared to today’s best riders, Eddy seems to be on another level. Because of that, 525 has been chosen for the name of their newest top end model. And just like Eddy, the bike seeks to strike a near perfect balance of speed on the flats, climbing ability, and comfort to tackle the worst cobbles. Starting at the front, a stunning integrated bar and stem starts the 525 down its path to aerodynamic efficiency. Any hoses and wires are completely hidden in the bar, through the stem, and down into the aero spacer stack where they route through the frame and fork. In contrast, the back of the bike is heavily slanted towards comfort with pencil thin seat stays and two flex zones to smooth out the rough stuff.center_img Available in rim and discAvailable with electronic and mechanical groupsetsStock collection is available in the Ultegra Di2 and Ultegra. The MyMerckx Dream Builder is available for the 525 (other groupsets can be configured)Tyre clearance up to 28 mmChoose your own unique colours and design through MyMerckxeddymerckx.com Available in sizes XS to XLHandlebar – stem combinations available from 38 cm to 44 cm and 9 cm to 14 cmThree balance designs: the two stripes were chosen deliberately. The front line is clearly wider than the rear. The front therefore represents the strength and stiffness that the bicycle has at the front, while the left, rear line underlines the comfort of the rear stays. Available designs:Glossy Black / Matt Black / RedBurgundy Red Metallic / Gunmetal Grey (glossy finish)AG2R Replica Design SpecsWeightRim: 860 grams (frame size SMALL, painted) and 330 grams (fork, painted)Disc: 925 grams (frame size SMALL, painted) and 360 grams (fork, painted)last_img read more

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TRORC receives $40K water quality grant

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pass-through funds for Water Quality Management Planning.  Funding will allow TRORC and other Regional Planning Commissions to conduct data collection, prepare stormwater master plans, conduct outreach, and work with municipalities on possible support for reclassification of surface waters, wetlands, and Outstanding Resource Waters.All efforts lead to more informed and effective basin plans. These basin plans document surface water quality, identify threats and impairments, and identify projects to maintain and improve water quality. Regional Planning Commissions have been key partners in water quality efforts with the State, watershed groups, conservation districts, and municipalities.TRORC provides professional planning, mapping, facilitation, grant writing, and project management services for its thirty member towns in east-central Vermont.Source: (Woodstock, VT)—The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission 2.13.2018last_img read more

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Momentum swings sharply in favor of Hawklets in Rockhurst-SM East rivalry

first_imgLancer guard Jay Guastello looks to make a pass through the defense of Rockhurst players Will Bazzle (left) and Patrick Geha. Tight defense from the Hawklets prevented the Lancer from establishing any kind of flow on offense throughout the night.If the finale of the undercard was any indicator, perhaps SM East’s varsity boys basketball team on Friday could have sensed that the pendulum was swinging sharply in the favor of their chief rival Rockhurst.The Lancers walked away from the teams’ past two meetings with dramatic one-point wins that gave the spirited SM East student section bragging rights over their spirited counterparts from Rockhurst. But Friday, the only last-second thrill came in the junior varsity game, when Rockhurst sophomore Scotty Thompson drained a mid-court buzzer beater to give the Hawklets a 64-62 win.The varsity game, on the other hand, saw no back-and-forth dramatics — just a steady 70-44 beat down of the Lancers by a fired up Hawklets team.Rockhurst jumped to an early 9-2 lead in the first quarter, prompting SM East coach Shawn Hair to call a time out. His Lancers appeared to settle in a bit after the break, and brought the score to 14-8 at the end of the first quarter after a steal let senior Gunnar Englund put in a layup before time expired.But that was the closest the Lancers would get. The Hawklets extended their lead to 34-14 at the half, and things just went downhill from there for the Lancers in the second half. The Lancers couldn’t find a way to contain Rockhurst senior Patrick Geha throughout the night, allowing him to score a team leading 19 points. Senior guard Cartier Dean proved pesky throughout the second half, and finished the night with 13 points.For the Lancers, senior Lucas Jones and sophomore Zeb Vermillion led scorers with 15 points each. The Lancers clearly felt the loss of junior Joey Wentz, who left the team earlier this month.SM East will have a challenge when they look to rebound against a tough 10-2 Olathe North on the road next Friday.SM East coach Shawn Hair was looking for answers at his alma mater Friday.That about sums it up…last_img read more

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Giving Meaning to ‘Art’

first_imgThe New York Times:The psychologist George E. Newman of the Yale School of Management studies how people use “quasi-magical thinking” to intuitively determine the value of certain objects. By analyzing celebrity auctions of John F. Kennedy or Marilyn Monroe’s personal effects, he has shown that the price of a piece of memorabilia is connected to how often it was thought to be used or touched by a famous person — as if there’s a kind of real-world value placed on a celebrity’s “essence.”Recently, Mr. Newman has switched his attention to the art world. In his latest paper, published last month in the journal Topics in Cognitive Science and co-authored by Daniel M. Bartels and Rosanna K. Smith, he staged a pair of experiments that show how flimsy or essential the term “art” can be.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Everyone is Watching ‘Contagion’ Right Now. A Psychologist Explains Why It’s Healthier to Watch That Than the News.

first_img… Read the whole story: Insider More of our Members in the Media > … One of the most puzzling phenomenons to happen during the coronavirus is the sudden popularity of Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion.” The 2011 thriller mirrors with uncanny realistic scenarios what’s going on right now as it depicts a world that is struck by a global pandemic. “It makes us feel we’re not alone, and there’s a resolution to these stories so we can express our anxiety that way,” Dr. Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, told Insider. “Whether it’s zombie movies or ‘Contagion,’ any thriller ramps up a lot of anxiety and fear that then gets resolved by the end.” “Movies are now that steady presence for us,” she said. “There’s closure.” Rutledge said movies are just one aspect of coping with this unprecedented situation we are living through, which can lead to depression.center_img … But the one thing Rutledge feels you shouldn’t spend a lot of time doing is watching the news. “There’s research on the impact of quarantine, there’s research on the impact of a society-wide crisis, but there’s no research on a pandemic outside of the Spanish flu,” she said. “We don’t understand what all these factors mean together but the intersection makes it pretty clear what we are facing is a level of trauma.” Rutledge feels watching movies, TV shows, and especially meeting with friends over Zoom are great ways to deal with what’s going on because “for the human brain, seeing eyes and expressions allow us to experience interaction as if they were face to face.”last_img read more

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