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The ROI of Interactive Whiteboards: 3 Pitch Points   

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The classroom can be a goldmine for interactive technologies like interactive whiteboards in the classroom that can keep students and employees engaged, make it easier to collaborate, and save your school on technology costs. When used correctly, interactive whiteboards and displays can bring a considerable return on investment in both educational and corporate office settings. […]

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How CBD Can Help Prevent Hair Loss?   

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Using cannabis can possibly land you in legal trouble in some places but it can't be denied that cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for a long time. But the need of the hour is to find other medicinal uses from the whole plant itself rather than from just one of its parts. Enter Cannabidiol (CBD). This cannabis component has shown signs that it could be beneficial in many areas and one of these is  hair loss. It has been seen that CBD oil and edibles could halt hair loss.
          

10 Secrets about Kratom That Nobody Will Tell You   

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Do you ever have some questions that you are left to wonder why people are not talking about? Most kratom users tend to use kratom in such a way that you might be left to wonder whether they know what they are doing or not. There are many websites where you can find the right information about kratom. The sites are basically managed by kratom vendors to help you know which kratom strain you need, how effective it is, and the dose you should take among other issues. 
          

Financial Services Representative II - CIBC - Whitehorse, YT   

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Benefit from an open and approachable culture that provides the flexibility and support you need to integrate your life at work and at home.
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Bushes on the entrance to Whernside owned by No10 have overgrown onto the road and outside of their boundary., 23rd January   

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No10 Whernside has allowed their bushes to grow to the point that they are obstructing trafic views coming and out of this bit of the close. A driving instructor had also commented on this obstructing view. We have also had numerous near misses. The photos show the extent of the overgrowth (the first one is google and the 2nd more recent showing extent of the growth and inability to see through the corner). Added are copies of the boundary showing the bushes are outside of the house boundary by 3-4 feet. The owner has been asked to take them back to the correct boundary position to improve visibility and is refusing.

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 10 Whernside, Wellingborough
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Used Ford Edge Grand Rapids MI 49418   

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Ford Edge SEL

You can expect a lot from the 2019 Ford Edge. With fewer than 3,000 miles on the odometer, this 4 door sport utility vehicle prioritizes comfort, safety and convenience. Under the hood you'll find a 4 cylinder engine with more than 200 horsepower, and all wheel drive keeps this model firmly attached to the road surface. Well tuned suspension and stability control deliver a spirited, yet composed, ride and drive A turbocharger further enhances performance, while also preserving fuel economy. It's equipped with tons of terrific amenities, but it won't break your budget. Such as remote keyless entry, a blind spot monitoring system, power front seats, front fog lights, tilt steering wheel, lane departure warning, a roof rack, and more. Safety equipment has been integrated throughout, including: dual front impact airbags with occupant sensing airbag, head curtain airbags, traction control, brake assist, ignition disabling, an emergency communication system, and 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS. You'll never lose visibility with rain sensing wipers, which activate automatically when the drops start to fall. We pride ourselves in the quality that we offer on all of our vehicles. Please don't hesitate to give us a call.


          

Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Grand Rapids MI 49418   

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Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ

Here's a great deal on a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. Smooth gearshifts are achieved thanks to the powerful 8 cylinder engine, and for added security, dynamic Stability Control supplements the drivetrain. Four wheel drive allows you to go places you've only imagined. A wealth of standard features means that you no longer have to sacrifice. Like power windows, mirrors, and seats, front and rear reading lights, a built-in garage door transmitter, a rear step bumper, telescoping steering wheel, heated door mirrors, a trailer hitch, and cruise control. Features such as automatic climate control and leather upholstery prove that economical transportation does not need to be sparsely equipped. Passenger security is always assured thanks to various safety features, such as: dual front impact airbags with occupant sensing airbag, front side impact airbags, traction control, a panic alarm, onStar, and 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS. Brake assist technology provides extra pressure when applying the brakes. We pride ourselves in the quality that we offer on all of our vehicles. Stop by our dealership or give us a call for more information.


          

New Ford Transit Connect Grand Rapids MI 49418   

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Ford Transit Connect XLT

Familiarize yourself with the 2020 Ford Transit Connect. It features an automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, and a 2 liter 4 cylinder engine. The following features are included: a rear window wiper, adjustable headrests in all seating positions, an outside temperature display, front fog lights, power windows, cruise control, and remote keyless entry. Storage solutions are integrated throughout the interior, demonstrating thoughtful attention to detail. Ford ensures the safety and security of its passengers with equipment such as: dual front impact airbags with occupant sensing airbag, front side impact airbags, traction control, brake assist, ignition disabling, an emergency communication system, and 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS. With electronic stability control supplementing mechanical systems, you'll maintain precise command of the roadway. We know that you have high expectations, and we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding them! Please don't hesitate to give us a call.


          

Junior Construcion Project Manager | CBRE   

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Memphis,, Thank you for your interest in CBRE. This position is being published in an effort to build our candidate pipeline for our upcoming opportunities. If an opportunity opens that matches your qualificat
          

New Ford Transit Connect Grand Rapids MI 49418   

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Ford Transit Connect XLT

Come test drive this 2020 Ford Transit Connect. It features a front-wheel-drive platform, an automatic transmission, and a 2 liter 4 cylinder engine. It's equipped with tons of terrific amenities, but it won't break your budget. Such as remote keyless entry, delay-off headlights, adjustable headrests in all seating positions, front bucket seats, telescoping steering wheel, power door mirrors and heated door mirrors, lane departure warning, and air conditioning. Storage solutions are integrated throughout the interior, demonstrating thoughtful attention to detail. Ford also prioritized safety and security by including: dual front impact airbags with occupant sensing airbag, head curtain airbags, traction control, ignition disabling, an emergency communication system, and 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS. Brake assist technology provides extra pressure when applying the brakes. Our sales reps are knowledgeable and professional. We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Stop by our dealership or give us a call for more information.


          

Detroit Lions can look to 49ers' template and see how Senior Bowl played into it   

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The 49ers went 4-12 in 2018, found two key contributors while coaching at the Senior Bowl and used that experience to fuel this year's Super Bowl run
       

          

Tag 20 auf La Gomera: Mit einem treuen Freund hinauf zum Roque Blanco   

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Auf den weißen Felsen | Heute machte ich die Wanderung, die ich am Sonntag nicht machte, als meine Schuhe starben. Eine super Tour – auf den ganzen vierzehneinhalb Kilometern hatte ich einen tollen Ausblick ins Tal von Vallehermoso und in die Seitentäler. Außerdem hatte ich Begleitung: Während des Aufstieg begleitete mich ein Hund. Ich war […]
          

Used Ford Five Hundred Grand Rapids MI 49418   

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Ford Five Hundred Limited AWD

Take command of the road in the 2007 Ford Five Hundred. This 4 door, 5 passenger sedan provides exceptional value! Under the hood you'll find a 6 cylinder engine with more than 200 horsepower, and load leveling rear suspension maintains a comfortable ride. Ford prioritized practicality, efficiency, and style by including: an automatic dimming rear-view mirror, heated seats, fully automatic headlights, tilt steering wheel, heated door mirrors, remote keyless entry, and power front seats. Features such as automatic climate control and leather upholstery prove that economical transportation does not need to be sparsely equipped. Premium sound drives 7 speakers, providing you and your passengers a sensational audio experience. Ford also prioritized safety and security by including: dual front impact airbags, head curtain airbags, traction control, a security system, and 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS. When road conditions become unpredictable, rely on all wheel drive to maintain outstanding control. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service. Stop by our dealership or give us a call for more information.


          

Associate Project Manager, New Construction | CBRE   

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Memphis,, Thank you for your interest in CBRE. This position is being published in an effort to build our candidate pipeline for our upcoming opportunities. If an opportunity opens that matches your qualificat
          

Used Ford F-150 Grand Rapids MI 49418   

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Ford F-150 XLT

You can expect a lot from the 2017 Ford F-150. It features an automatic transmission, 4-wheel drive, and 5 liter 8 cylinder engine. It distinguishes itself from the competition with features such as: delay-off headlights, a tachometer, variably intermittent wipers, a rear step bumper, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, and a split folding rear seat. Ford ensures the safety and security of its passengers with equipment such as: dual front impact airbags with occupant sensing airbag, head curtain airbags, traction control, ignition disabling, and 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS. Brake assist technology provides extra pressure when applying the brakes. We pride ourselves in the quality that we offer on all of our vehicles. Please don't hesitate to give us a call.


          

Used Mazda Mazda CX-9 Grand Rapids MI 49418   

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Mazda Mazda CX-9

Sensibility and practicality define the 2008 Mazda Mazda CX-9. A 3.7 liter V-6 engine pairs with a sophisticated 6 speed automatic transmission, providing a smooth and predictable driving experience. Top features include power windows, delay-off headlights, front bucket seats, air conditioning, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, an overhead console, rear wipers, and a split folding rear seat. Third row seats provide an even greater maximum passenger capacity. Mazda ensures the safety and security of its passengers with equipment such as: dual front impact airbags with occupant sensing airbag, front side impact airbags, traction control, brake assist, ignition disabling, and 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS. For added security, dynamic Stability Control supplements the drivetrain. Our team is professional, and we offer a no-pressure environment. We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Stop by our dealership or give us a call for more information.


          

Judge orders man charged with killing estranged wife to strict home confinement amid questions he removed items from her memorial   

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HARTFORD, Conn. — A judge ordered strict home confinement for Fotis Dulos, charged with killing his estranged wife Jennifer Farber Dulos, after questions surfaced that he meddled with a memorial for the New Canaan, Conn., mother.Judge Gary White issued a harsh warning to Dulos, saying if violates the conditions of release again, White will double the bond to $12 million."What he did was stupid," White said during a hearing Thursday in Superior Court. "Don't do it again. [...]
          

New Ford Escape Grand Rapids MI 49418   

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Ford Escape Titanium

Load your family into the 2020 Ford Escape. It features all-wheel drive versatility, an automatic transmission, and a 2 liter 4 cylinder engine. A turbocharger is also included as an economical means of increasing performance. Top features include rain sensing wipers, a trip computer, power moon roof, turn signal indicator mirrors, a power rear cargo door, an overhead console, a trailer hitch, and power seats. Features such as automatic climate control and leather upholstery prove that economical transportation does not need to be sparsely equipped. The unique heads-up display projects vehicle information onto the windshield, including speed, gear selection and engine speed. Drivers benefit by not having to take their eyes off the road. Audio features include an AM/FM radio, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and 10 speakers, providing excellent sound throughout the cabin. In the event of a rollover collision, side curtain airbags provide additional protection for outboard seated passengers. We know that you have high expectations, and we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding them! Please don't hesitate to give us a call.


          

New Ford Explorer Grand Rapids MI 49418   

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Ford Explorer ST

Introducing the 2020 Ford Explorer. Under the hood you'll find a 6 cylinder engine with more than 300 horsepower, providing a smooth and predictable driving experience. Four wheel drive allows you to go places you've only imagined. Turbocharger technology provides forced air induction, enhancing performance while preserving fuel economy. It's equipped with tons of terrific amenities, but it won't break your budget. Like leather upholstery, adjustable headrests in all seating positions, heated and ventilated seats, front and rear air conditioning, fully automatic headlights, lane departure warning, a trailer hitch, and a blind spot monitoring system. Curtain airbags combine with standard stability control in creating a comprehensive safety network. Our experienced sales staff is eager to share its knowledge and enthusiasm with you. We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Stop by our dealership or give us a call for more information.


          

New Ford Explorer Grand Rapids MI 49418   

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Ford Explorer XLT

Take command of the road in the 2020 Ford Explorer. Smooth gearshifts are achieved thanks to the 2.3 liter 4 cylinder engine, and for added security, dynamic Stability Control supplements the drivetrain. Four wheel drive allows you to go places you've only imagined. The engine breathes better thanks to a turbocharger, improving both performance and economy. Top features include front bucket seats, front and rear reading lights, front dual-zone air conditioning, fully automatic headlights, a power liftgate, power windows, remote keyless entry, and a blind spot monitoring system. Third row seats provide an even greater maximum passenger capacity. Audio features include an AM/FM radio, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and 6 well positioned speakers. Ford ensures the safety and security of its passengers with equipment such as: dual front impact airbags, head curtain airbags, traction control, brake assist, a security system, an emergency communication system, and 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS. Our sales staff will help you find the vehicle that you've been searching for. We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don't hesitate to give us a call.


          

Alek Razdan & The A-Train Orchestra Tonight~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 1.23.2020   

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Dave Sag “Thursday at the Rhummie: A-Train Orchestra! That’s the genetic father/son combo of Rick Razdan and his genius son Alek. With many more surprises. folks, we’re gonna have a great time screwing around with some tin pan alley toons, some blooze and much Alek Razdan-inspired jazzy madness. Quite a few sit-ins are expected, too. … Continue reading Alek Razdan & The A-Train Orchestra Tonight~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 1.23.2020
          

New Ford Explorer Grand Rapids MI 49418   

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Ford Explorer ST

Climb inside the 2020 Ford Explorer. Smooth gearshifts are achieved thanks to the 3 liter 6 cylinder engine, and for added security, dynamic Stability Control supplements the drivetrain. Four wheel drive allows you to go places you've only imagined. A turbocharger further enhances performance, while also preserving fuel economy. A wealth of standard features means that you no longer have to sacrifice. Such as cruise control, 1-touch window functionality, a leather steering wheel, a power seat, automatic dimming door mirrors, heated and ventilated seats, a power rear cargo door, and a blind spot monitoring system. Third row seats provide an even greater maximum passenger capacity. Take assurance in side curtain airbags, providing head protection in the event of a severe collision. We pride ourselves in consistently exceeding our customer's expectations. Please don't hesitate to give us a call.


          

ACLU sues R.I. over continued imprisonment of convicted murderer granted parole   

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PROVIDENCE — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections arguing that an inmate is being unlawfully held despite the Parole Board's decision to release him.Robert McKinney was sentenced in June 1997 to life in prison for first-degree murder, plus a consecutive 10 years for conspiracy. By the time he was sentenced, he had already served approximately 18 months.McKinney was one of five men who were charged and tried on a [...]
          

Man admits defrauding seniors through relative-in-jail scam   

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PROVIDENCE — A Boston man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to scheming to defraud senior citizens by telling them their relatives had been arrested, and persuading them to send cash to get them released from jail, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman.Julio Feliciano, 32, admitted that between April and October 2019, he and others contacted senior citizens in at least four states — North Carolina, Delaware, Illinois and Tennessee — [...]
          

Radio Geek – Rise of Skywalker Review   

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The Force wasn’t with us in this installment as I had to give myself the Oliver Reed/Carrie Fisher treatment and insert my audio in at a later date, but hopefully that won’t detract from your listening pleasure as you listen to Honkey Donkey, La Reine Blanche, and Sal’s Master Shake discuss their thoughts on the […]
          

Impeachment, day 2   

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As if by design, the Senate trial of President Trump looked more farcical than serious yesterday. But contra popular belief, David Ignatius argues that impeachment actually bolsters our brand overseas:

A consistent theme through the Nixon and Clinton dramas, and now with Trump, is the presidents’ conviction that they didn’t commit any impeachable offenses and that the process is a partisan political sham.

Nixon wrote: “I never for a moment believed that any of the charges against me were legally impeachable.” Clinton declared in his memoir that his impeachment was “a politically motivated action by a majority party in Congress that couldn’t restrain itself.”

And so it goes. Impeachment is an inherently political process for resolving allegations of abuse of power, as the Founders intended. But past evidence suggests that it helps break the fever, rather than making it worse.

Meanwhile, Frank Bruni suggests we all take a moment to comfort the Whiner in Chief:

He’s always right and yet always wronged. He demands that we marvel at his invincibility even as we tremble at his degradation. He can vanquish any enemy — and his enemies are legion! — but look at how he’s pushed around. Trump takes a textbook oxymoron and gives it presidential form. Behold, at the Resolute Desk, a jumbo shrimp.

It’s disgusting. It’s also part of his political genius. He has turned himself into a symbol of Americans’ victimization, telling frustrated voters who crave easy answers that they’re being pushed around by foreigners and duped by the condescending custodians of a dysfunctional system.

Thanks to Republicans in the Senate, he’s poised to evade punishment again. We should all be such victims.

Yes, thanks to Republicans in the Senate, particularly those in diverse states who face election in a few months.


          

Three cheers for the Department of State   

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I mailed in my passport renewal application on the 7th and got both my new passport and my passport card yesterday. I still haven't gotten my old passport back, but that's OK for now.

Two weeks and $200, start to finish, without using Express Mail. Nice job, guys.


          

How many lies can one man tell?   

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As of yesterday, the 3/4 mark in his term, President Trump has told 16,241:

In 2017, Trump made 1,999 false or misleading claims. In 2018, he added 5,689 more, for a total of 7,688. And in 2019, he made 8,155 suspect claims.

In other words, in a single year, the president said more than total number of false or misleading claims he had made in the previous two years. Put another way: He averaged six such claims a day in 2017, nearly 16 a day in 2018 and more than 22 a day in 2019.

The president added to his total on Sunday evening with more than 20 Trumpian claims — many old favorites — during a triumphant speech at the annual conference of the American Farm Bureau Federation. He incorrectly described trade agreements — suggesting Canadian dairy tariffs were eliminated and an agreement with Japan to reduce tariffs on $7 billion of farm products was “a $40 billion deal” — and also falsely asserted that “tough” farmers and ranchers were crying as he signed a repeal of Obama-era regulations. A video of the event shows no one crying.

In 2018 and 2019, October and November ranked as the months in which Trump made the most false or misleading claims: October 2018: 1,205; October 2019: 1,159; November 2019: 903; and November 2018: 867.

So, as of today, only 365 days remain in his term. And the election is closer still.


          

Forget the president. Focus on the Senate   

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Josh Marshall says we should hold Republican senators accountable for their handling of President Trump's impeachment trial—especially vulnerable ones up for re-election this year:

We know what Trump did. What remains to be seen is whether Senate Republicans will back his behavior. Monday evening we got a big part of the answer.

When we say that it’s Senate Republicans who are on trial, that’s not just rhetoric or wordplay. It’s the reality and understanding it is a guide to political action.

I’ve already seen a number of statements from Senate Democrats “hoping” that “Republican moderates” will force McConnell to backtrack. This is all wrong, not least because it prospectively credits the good faith of these supposed “moderates” who are in fact operating as McConnell’s foot soldiers in shutting the trial down. In other words, this is vouching for the good faith and good intentions of senators who deserve to be driven from office in November. Start making the case against them right now. If any of them think they are unfairly accused the solution is ready at hand.

Only 227 days until the election.


          

Coyote and child both recovering   

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Wildlife authorities captured the coyote that attacked a 6-year-old boy in Lincoln Park earlier this month, and have taken it to a rehabilitation center:

With help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, local officials tested the animal and said it was the same one that on Jan. 8 attacked the child near the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, biting the child on his head.

The results of the testing that were promised at the time of the coyote’s capture were released Sunday, and authorities now say the animal was limping because it had been shot with a BB gun, according to a statement from city spokesman Patrick Mullane.

Mullane also said testing confirmed the animal did not have rabies.

It looks like everyone, including the injured coyote, will recover.


          

What we know so far about Harry and Meghan’s new life   

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Starting in the spring, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will start a new life away from their duties as senior royals.
          

Puppies!   

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I'm visiting one of my oldest friends in Durham, N.C. She is fostering Lexi, who had nine puppies on the 5th:

So, it turns out that puppies under two weeks old (a) smell horrendous, no matter how often you change their bedding, and (b) don't do a lot. But in the 18 hours I've been here most of them have opened their eyes for the first time. And they are really cute.

This morning we took a short hike at the Museum of Life and Science, which encourages John Cleese to visit:

It helps that while Chicago basks in its tropical -12°C January heat, here in Durham it's a chilly (to them) 12°C.


          

What we know so far about Harry and Meghan’s new life   

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Starting in the spring, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will start a new life away from their duties as senior royals.
          

On time within the usual delays   

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This looks very familiar to me:

As does this:

And it means that my 10:20 flight connecting through Charlotte is now a 12:06 flight connecting through Washington. Welcome to travel from O'Hare in January.

At least I'll have some time to nap. Or read. Or nap while reading...


          

Instalar WhatsApp no Mi Box S   

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Instalar whatsApp no Mi Box S Saiba como obter o maior mensageiro na tela de sua TV! Mi Box, é um dispositivo Android que permite transformar sua TV convencional numa smart TV.  Nele é possível instalar diversos aplicativos com sistema operacional Android. Não importa se sua TV for uma Smart, ele poderá complementar com diversos …

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About that JET-A raining down on a schoolyard...   

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I'm not the only one who questioned whether a Delta B777 dumping fuel over Los Angeles made a lot of sense:

Fuel dumps occur only to reduce planes' weights for unexpected landings because some of them have maximum takeoff weights higher than their landing weights, said John Cox, a former US Airways captain who runs Safety Operating Systems, an aviation safety consulting company.

While the procedure is standard for an emergency landing, it can be accomplished more safely if it is done at a high altitude, allowing the fuel to evaporate before it reaches the ground, and it can be done over designated secluded areas.

"The question investigators are going to ask is that if you're going to dump fuel, why didn't you advise air traffic control, and why didn't you go where fuel dumping is approved, which would not be over a highly populated area?" Cox said. "If you had an on-board fire or something like that, it makes absolute sense to do that. But this was not that case."

The crew of Delta Flight 89 did not inform air traffic control that it was going to dump fuel, according to a review of communications, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. Typically, air traffic controllers direct planes to appropriate fuel-dumping areas, the agency said in a statement.

Apparently the airplane suffered a compressor stall, which doesn't usually affect the safety of flight. Fun fact: Boeing 777 airplanes meet ETOPS-207 standards, meaning they can safely fly for 207 minutes—up to about 4,000 km—on one engine. So even if the compressor stall took the engine offline, they could have flown back out over the Pacific to dump fuel.

Again, I'm looking forward to the NTSB report.


          

Too many things to read this afternoon   

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Fortunately, I'm debugging a build process that takes 6 minutes each time, so I may be able to squeeze some of these in:

Back to debugging Azure DevOps pipelines...


          

Hottest decade in history   

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Data released today by NOAA and NASA confirm a frightening fact scientists had already guessed:

The past decade was the hottest ever recorded on the planet, driven by an acceleration of temperature increases in the past five years....

According to NOAA, the globe is warming at a faster rate than it had been just a few decades ago. The annual global average surface temperature has increased at an average rate of 0.07 degrees Celsius (0.13 Fahrenheit) per decade since 1880, NOAA found. However, since 1981, that rate has more than doubled since.

Alaska also had its hottest year on record in 2019. It included an alarming lack of ice cover during the winter in the Bering and Chukchi Seas, and in the summer the temperature at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport hit 32°C for the first time.

Still, even as millions of protesters have taken to the streets to demand action, world leaders have so far shown little ability to move as fast as scientists say is necessary to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

In a bleak report last fall, the United Nations warned that the world had squandered so much time mustering the willpower to combat climate change that drastic, unprecedented cuts in emissions are now the only way to avoid an ever-intensifying cascade of consequences. The U.N. report said global temperatures are on pace to rise as much as 3.2°C by the end of the century, and that emissions must begin falling by 7.6 percent each year beginning 2020 to meet the most ambitious goals of the Paris climate accord.

But hey, the President wants to make sure your shower and dishwasher waste more water, so that'll help.


          

Happy Y2K20!   

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Remember Y2K? Oh, boy, I do, especially as I had to spend part of New Year's Eve in a data center on 1 January 2000.

Apparently, some of the fixes people made to their software back then solved the problem...for a time:

Register reader, having sold a vehicle, filled out the requisite paperwork and sent it off to the agency, which is responsible for maintaining a database of drivers and vehicles in Blighty. An acknowledgement was received, which helpfully noted that it been printed in 1920.

Sadly, we doubt Doc Brown was involved in this one. A spokesperson for the agency told us that "it looked like a blip when printing the date on the letter", although we're mindful of the quick and dirty solution to the Y2K problem a large number of engineers opted for back in the day.

Rather than rewriting code to handle a four-digit year, many opted for a windowing approach, where systems would treat the 20 years from 00 to 19 as being from the 2000s.

New York parking meters stopped accepting card payments as the year turned, and some Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) sold by Trimble (formerly PeopleNet) threw a wobbly as 2020 arrived and a disconnect between GPS and server clocks left gear in a continuous reboot cycle.

In the case of the latter, it meant some US truck drivers were forced to switch to paper-based methods for logging until borked units could be dealt with.

A windowing approach also caused problems for a hardware manufacturer back in 2016...and will again in 2032, apparently...which will give them plenty to do before the 2038 problem ends civilization.


          

It was 20 years ago today   

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...that I finally passed my private pilot checkride and got my certificate.

I finished all the requirements for the checkride except for two cross-country flights for practice on 18 July 1999. Unfortunately, the weather in New Jersey sucked on almost every weekend for the next six months.

I finally took a day off from work in early December, took my checkride...and failed a landing. (I was too far off centerline to pass, but otherwise it was a perfectly safe landing.) It then took another six weeks to take that one part of my checkride over, on 15 January 2000.

Someday soon, I hope to get back in the air. Probably this spring. But as any private pilot can tell you, life sometimes interferes.


          

Fuel dumped on a schoolyard? Really, Delta?   

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A Delta 777 en route from LAX to Shanghai declared an emergency and had to dump thousands of kilograms of fuel to land under the safe landing weight. Planes, particularly heavy transport-class aircraft, do this so they don't destroy their landing gear and the runway itself when landing in an emergency situation.

Now, if you know LAX, you know that generally planes take off over the ocean. In those rare cases when they have emergencies and need to circle back, they dump fuel over the ocean.

Not this guy:

A Delta flight injured more than 50 people after dumping fuel on a Los Angeles schoolyard and school buildings when it declared an emergency shortly after departing for China from the Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday.

At least 20 children were were treated for minor injuries after being exposed to the jet fuel, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The department said it had a total of 44 patients from four schools: Park Avenue Elementary, Tweedy Elementary, Graham Elementary and San Gabriel Avenue Elementary.

Another 16 people were treated from two schools, Jordan High School and 93rd Elementary, which were also exposed to jet fuel, the Los Angeles City Fire Department said.

Here's the plane's track:

Going by the track log, the plane had a relatively normal climb out for about two minutes to 5,000 feet, then started a turn to the north and leveled off at just below 8,000 feet. The diversion occurred nine minutes into the flight over Simi Valley. I suppose they needed to get him back into the approach path over land because there weren't any good alternatives once he got over land again.

The fuel dumping occurred about halfway between the final turn southwest and landing. At that point the plane was level at 2,400 feet and in no position to do much else but land. But Jet-A (aka kerosene) doesn't evaporate completely from that altitude. So kids got covered in it. Yuck.

The L.A. Times has more:

Ross Aimer, chief executive officer of Aero Consulting Experts, said fuel dumping is very rare and is used only in case of emergencies or if pilots have to lessen the load of the plane to land.

“Most pilots choose not to dump fuel unless the emergency really dictates it,” Aimer said.

Among the emergencies would be landing gear that is not functioning and would make it hard to control the plane.

Aimer said that without knowing what Flight 89’s emergency was, the pilot may have been in the final stage of dumping fuel as it was heading toward LAX, resulting in today’s controversial fuel dumping incident.

The L.A. Times also believes the world is flat, as both articles about the incident by staff writer Matt Stiles insist that the plane diverted over Santa Monica Bay, rather than over Hidden Hills, as the track shows. The great-circle departure vector from LAX to PVG is 312°, or northwest. And the flight plan as filed called for the plane to fly 336° (nearly north) and intercept today's westbound route over the Pacific, which it would probably have picked up some distance due north over California or Oregon.

I can't wait to read the NTSB incident report. And I do wish reporters knew aviation better.


          

Large Jeffco Invite showcases local teams’ swim talent   

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Evergreen’s Remi Gucker competes in the 200-yard individual medley in the Jeffco Invite finals on Saturday at the George J. Meyers Swimming Center on Saturday.

ARVADA — Evergreen, Conifer and South Jeffco girls swim teams got the chance to gauge their talent levels at the massive Jeffco Invite at the George J. Meyers Swimming Center on Saturday.

The meet included all the Jefferson County schools, no matter what size or classification, and added in teams as far away as Montrose.

Given the size and scope of the meet, area schools saw mixed results.

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Jean Johnson’s artistic career speaks volumes as she shattered ‘glass ceilings’   

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Jean Johnson, 97, sits in her room at Elk Run surrounded by her watercolors and oil paintings.

Working as an artist and illustrator in the 1940s and 1950s wasn’t easy — especially for women — but an Evergreen woman helped pave the way for others in that profession.

Jean Johnson, 97, a resident of Elk Run in Evergreen, made a career of being an artist — illustrating books for publishing companies and creating beautiful paintings in both oil and watercolor.


          

Enmeshed Emotional Covert Incest: The Physical, Sexual Aspect   

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In this series on the cringeworthy topic of enmeshed, emotionally incestuous parents (EEIPs for short), this will be the most bleeeeh article. So far, we’ve assumed in this series that the EEIPs are “only”

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CO2 Einsparung durch optimierte Beleuchtung   

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So verbessern Sie Ihre CO2 Bilanz – durch eine optimierte Beleuchtung Die Bundesregierung hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, die Treibhausgasemissionen in Deutschland bis zum Jahr 2020 um 40 Prozent und bis 2050 um 80 bis 95 Prozent zu reduzieren. Neben dieser Initiative haben Firmen oft eine eigene Klimaschutzstrategie mit Vorgaben, wie die CO2 Bilanz stetig […]

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Enmeshed Emotional Covert Incest: Boundaries Just Don’t Exist   

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“I bet you didn’t have any boundaries,” my friend said the other day.

“Boundaries? What are those?” I responded, sarcastically.

But it’s true.

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Evergreen Fire to hire investigator to examine HR issues   

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Evergreen firefighters are satisfied with the Evergreen Fire Protection District board’s plan to hire an outside consultant to investigate personnel complaints, hoping an impartial set of eyes will help fix issues that have been festering for 18 months.

However, according to Connell O’Brien, president of Evergreen’s volunteer firefighters association, the volunteers still plan to discuss and take a no-confidence vote regarding Fire Chief Mike Weege at their meeting on Jan. 27.


          

County preparing for 2020 census   

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Jefferson County is gearing up for the 2020 census — a population count that occurs every decade.

In addition to being required by the Constitution, census results determine how much federal funding states receive annually. In Colorado, that’s about $13 billion. Furthermore, it’s a catalyst for redistricting, the process of drawing electoral district boundaries in the United States.


          

Bus driver shortage affecting schools   

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Bus routes to Evergreen and Conifer high schools, Evergreen and West Jefferson middle schools and Marshdale and Parmalee elementary schools have been affected by a driver shortage.

Due to the shortage, some routes were combined, while others were added to existing routes that were staffed.


          

Speedvagen Announces New Surprise Me Program and Design   

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For five years, Speedvagen has designed elaborate Surprise Me paint schemes, offering them for a short window before closing their orders for good. Starting this year each Surprise Me year will be available until the day the following year’s scheme is released. That widens the ordering window for everyone who would like one of these […]
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