Chicago Police Department(CHICAGO) — Two men arrested by Chicago police police earlier this week in the alleged racial attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett were released on Friday night.Police clarified that the two men were placed under arrest Wednesday night after police met them at the airport.But in a statement issued Friday night, Chicago Police Department officials said that “due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questions by police in the Empire case have now been released without charg[es], and detectives have additional investigative work to complete.”The two are no longer being classified as suspects.The release of the two men followed hours after police told ABC News they were classifying them as potential suspects.They also shut down any reports that there was evidence to classify the alleged attack as a hoax.“While we haven’t found any video documenting the alleged attack, there is also no evidence to say that this is a hoax,” police added. “The alleged victim is being cooperative at this time and continues to be treated as a victim, not a suspect.”Chicago PD had confirmed Thursday that they identified and were questioning the two “persons of interest” in the alleged racial attack. One of them has previously appeared on “Empire,” according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.Police say they were tracking the two suspects and were aware of who they were “for a while,” and that investigators learned that the two individuals were returning to Chicago on Wednesday from Nigeria.The two suspects are U.S. citizens of Nigerian descent, they added.Detectives also questioned Smollett Thursday, the official said.Attorney Gloria Schmidt, who is representing the two persons of interest, told Chicago CBS station WBBM that her clients were detained at O’Hare Airport Wednesday evening and were unaware of the attack on Smollett.“When they first learned what happened to him, they were horrified,” Schmidt said. “This is someone that they know, this is someone that they work with, so they don’t want to see somebody go through that. … They really don’t understand how [police] even got information that linked them to this horrific crime, but they’re not guilty of it.”Late last month, Smollett, who portrays a gay musician on Fox’s “Empire,” told police he was brutally attacked in what authorities are calling a suspected hate crime.He said the attackers put a noose around his neck, poured an unknown substance, likely bleach, on him and used their hands, feet and teeth as weapons in the assault, according to police. Smollett said the attackers also yelled “This is MAGA country” during the attack.He was subsequently hospitalized and released, local authorities said.Jussie Smollett heartbroken over criticism after attack: ‘You don’t even want to see the truth’In his first interview since police say he was attacked last month, the singer and actor said on “Good Morning America” that he was heartbroken when he found out that people questioned the details of his story.“I have to acknowledge the lies, and the hate. And it feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more. A lot more,” Smollett, 36, told ABC News’ Robin Roberts. “And that says a lot about the place that we are in our country right now.”Prior to the police identifying and interviewing the two persons of interest, Smollett said he believes the two men in the photo released by police in the days after the attack are the perpetrators.“I don’t have any doubt in my mind that that’s them,” Smollett said. “Never did.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Spafford and Mungion are in the midst of their first-ever spring tour together, and it’s off to a smashing success. Last night hitting the Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO, fans were treated to an exciting double bill that kept the room rocking and rolling in the right direction.With high energy performances, showcasing their top level musicianship, Mungion never stray too far away from each other and display impressive interplay between members.With a style that is laden with heavy grooves and easily danceable, Spafford is creating improvisational highlights on a nightly basis that are simply extraordinary. Together, they deliver an exciting new direction that gives the jam scene hope for a bright future.Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Tara Gracer.Setlist: Spafford | Old Rock House | St Louis, MO | 04/05/17Set: Windmill, Minds Unchained, Leave the Light On > Weasel*, Slip & Squander, All In, Into the Mystic^, Electric Taco StandE: Shake You LooseNotes: *Red’s Jam tease / ^Van MorrisonSetlist: Mungion | Old Rock House | St Louis, MO | 04/05/17Hung Daddy, Schlingo, Qremake, Sir Duke, Ferris, Makanda, Shallows Load remaining images
During the 2018 Global Partner Summit Keynote, our commitment to the channel was clear. Make it easier for our partners to do business with Dell Technologies is Priority #1.Part of that includes powerful new marketing tools, trainings and materials, created with you—our partners—in mind and based entirely on your feedback, as announced here on Direct2DellEMC by Cheryl Cook.“In today’s fast-changing world, your customers know they need to embrace Digital Transformation and evolve to stay competitive—it’s not a question of if, but when. IT Transformation is a key enabler of wider Digital Transformation,” Cook said. “And as Dell EMC partners with access to solutions across the Dell Technologies family, you are uniquely positioned to guide your customers through this transformation and become their “go-to” technology consultant.”One of the latest of those solutions partners can access is the new Dell EMC IDPA DP4400 which earned us a spot on CRN’s “5 Companies That Came To Win This Week” list, where they noted that nothing is being allowed to distract us “from delivering innovative products to its channel partners and customers.”Making our commitment to be easier to do business with real, however, often falls to the operations team behind the scenes, and they are all over that commitment.Darren Sullivan, senior vice president Global Partner Strategy and Business Operations, and Stephanie Mims, vice president Channel Operations are leading the way. Sullivan is a business transformation professional with a 25-year track record, and Mims is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years experience in strategic and operational line roles.They joined me in the Global Partner lounge at Dell Technologies World 2018 with some updates on what is happening, and how their four focus areas all tie to our #1 priority “Make it easier for our partners to do business with Dell Technologies.”Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
Jan 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An H5N1 avian influenza virus recovered from a Turkish patient has a mutation that may enable the virus to spread more easily from birds to humans, though the finding’s significance for human health is not yet clear, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.Viruses recovered from the first two Turkish children to die of avian flu have been analyzed in London, the WHO said. A sample from one of the patients has a mutation at “the receptor-binding site,” a reference to hemagglutinin, a protein that enables flu viruses to attach to and enter host cells.”One of the mutations has been seen previously in viruses isolated from a small outbreak in Hong Kong in 2003 (two cases, one of which was fatal) and from the 2005 outbreak in Viet Nam,” the WHO said. “Research has indicated that the Hong Kong 2003 viruses bind preferentially to human cell receptors more so than to avian cell receptors. Researchers at the Mill Hill [London] laboratory anticipate that the Turkish virus will also have this characteristic.”What the finding may mean for human health will depend on clinical and epidemiological data now being gathered in Turkey, the agency said. It added that it has found no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus in any country so far.In a Washington Post report today, the WHO’s Michael Perdue called the finding “a little concerning because the virus is still trying new things in its evolution.” Perdue is overseeing the WHO’s response to the Turkish outbreak from agency headquarters in Geneva, the story said.The WHO statement did not suggest whether the mutation could be a factor in the rapid increase in reported human cases in Turkey since the first two were revealed Jan 4. The number reached 18 today with the report that three more Turkish children have tested positive for an H5 avian flu virus, a finding that usually points to H5N1. The tests were done in a Turkish lab.The cases include two children, aged 4 and 6, in Sanliurfa province in southern Turkey and in Siirt province in the east, the WHO reported. Both had contact with sick birds. The other patient was a 12-year-old girl who died Jan 7 in eastern Turkey and was the sister of two teenagers who died of avian flu earlier.The WHO so far has officially recognized just four cases in Turkey on the basis of confirmation by outside labs.The analysis by the British lab showed that the viruses from the two Turkish children were very similar to H5N1 viruses recovered from birds in Turkey, the WHO said. The viruses were also closely related to viruses isolated from migratory birds that died at the Qinghai Lake nature reserve in China last spring.The WHO said the studies also indicate that the Turkish viruses are sensitive to both classes of antiviral drugs used against flu: oseltamivir (a neuraminidase inhibitor) and amantadine (an adamantane). H5N1 viruses are usually described as insensitive to adamantanes, though some strains have been susceptible.”WHO and collaborating experts will review the data on amantadine sensitivity. Oseltamivir remains the drug of first choice recommended by WHO,” the agency said.The agency said its pandemic alert level is still in phase 3: “human infections with a new virus subtype are occurring, but the vast majority of these infections are acquired directly from animals.”See also:Jan 12 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_12/en/index.html
Batesville, IN—The Ripley County Community Foundation is continuing to award COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants as local businesses and organizations get back on their feet. The recent recipients of this grant are as follows:*The Ripley County Economic Development received $2,500 to provide resources for local businesses.*The Southeastern Indiana YMCA received $2,500 to support the Summer Food For Kids Program, which provides food for children who do not have a consistent source of food during the months away from school.*Safe Passage received $240.00 for operating support.*The Batesville Area Ministerial Association received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*The Sunman Food Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*The Ripley County Food Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*The Holton Food Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*The Milan Food Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*Feed My Sheep Food Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.*The Raider Pantry received $691.25 for the betterment of the food pantry and the community members they serve.RCCF has granted a total of $42,055.50 to local organizations in response to COVID-19 hardships. This grant continues to positively impact Ripley County’s residents through the generous donations of donors. Fund contributors include First Financial Foundation, Global Atlantic, the Todd and Diane Rynn Fund, Duke Energy, Hillrom, Bull Fork Honey, Darlene Gerster, Carl and Katherine Taul, and Bobbie Brandes, who are greatly appreciated by the foundation and the community it serves.To learn how you can also help those affected by COVID-19, contact the Ripley County Community Foundation, 13 E. George Street, Suite B, Batesville, (812) 933-1098, or donate online by clicking here.
Fernando Torres and Adel Taarabt have surely got to find the net soon.We have a match bet on who will score first in the Premier League and bet:Will Torres score before Taarabt?Torres: 8/11Taarabt: EvensIt was no surprise to see Andre Villas-Boas leave Stamford Bridge after Chelsea’s lamentable performance at The Hawthorns, but who will be in charge of the side on the opening day of the 2012/13 season?Jose Mourinho is 2/1 favourite at BetVictor with Rafa Benitez 4s and Pep Guardiola and Roberto Di Matteo 6/1.The manager of the German national side Joachim Lowe has been supported into 10/1 from 33s and refused to comment on the speculation earlier in the week.Chelsea manager for opening fixture of 2012/13 season:Mourinho: 2/1Benitez: 4/1Guardiola: 6/1Di Matteo: 6/1Capello: 10/1Low: 10/1Moyes: 12/120s BarChelsea entertain Stoke this weekend ahead of their vital Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday night. Arsenal came close to pulling off a shock earlier in the week and the Blues are 9/4 to progress to the quarter-finals with the Italians 1/3 to make the last eight.6/1 to be Chelsea boss next season.Chelsea (2/5) should have too much for Stoke (17/2) with the draw at 15/4.It will be interesting to see how many of the senior players are returned to the starting line-up and Didier Drogba is 19/4 to grab the opener with Torres 5s and the in-form Mata 7s.Rangers are first up when they travel to the Reebok for Saturday’s early kick off.Bolton are 6/4 favourites with the R’s 2/1 and the draw at 12/5.Djibril Cisse (13/2 to score first) has served his three-match ban and is available for a game that Rangers simply cannot afford to lose.The Trotters would leapfrog Rangers if they land all three points and it now looks as if relegation will be fought out by the bottom five.QPR are 5/6 for the drop and 5/6 to survive ahead of the six-pointer.Fulham travel to Villa Park with man of the moment Pavel Pogrebnyak looking to add to his impressive start to life at Craven Cottage.The striker is 6/1 to net the opener and 7/4 to score any time during the 90 minutes.The Villa Park faithful have never taken to Alex McLeish who must do without Darren Bent. Fulham look overpriced at 21/10 with the hosts 6/4 and the draw 23/10.The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the racing year and our Festival microsite is up and running with all the offers, market movers and news at your fingertips: http://cheltenham.betvictor.com/Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
After watching Klay Thompson light up the Knicks for 43 points Tuesday night, maybe it’s time for Steve Kerr and his staff to deliver a pointed message to the Warriors star: Don’t dribble the ball.We were reminded what a devastating weapon Thompson can be when his offensive game just consists of moving, catching the ball and shooting it. He dribbled the ball just four times while making 18 of his 29 shots in the Warriors’ 122-95 win over the Knicks.That’s not a typo. Four. Dribbles.Can’t …
BREAKING NEWSAustralia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Thursday afternoon that a Royal Australian Air Force Orion was being diverted to check on two objects that may be the wreckage of MH370 which disappeared on March 8 on a flight to Beijing.Mr Abbott said that three more aircraft including the P8 would be over the area later on Thursday.Mr Abbott said he has informed Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak of the developments.However he warned against drawing any premature conclusions or hopes on the search. “We must keep in mind the task of locating these objects will be extremely difficult and it may turn out that they are not related to the search for flight MH370,” Mr Abbott said. One of the objects is 24m in length.Here is the statement from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority:The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is coordinating the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, with assistance from the Australian Defence Force, the New Zealand Air Force and the United States Navy. AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre Australia has received satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search for the missing aircraft, flight MH370. RCC Australia received an expert assessment of commercial satellite imagery on Thursday. The images were captured by satellite. They may not be related to the aircraft. The assessment of these images was provided by the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation as a possible indication of debris south of the search area that has been the focus of the search operation. The imagery is in the vicinity of the search area defined and searched in the past two days. Four aircraft have been reoriented to the area 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth as a result of this information. A Royal Australian Air Force Orion aircraft arrived in the area about 1.50pm. A further three aircraft have been tasked by RCC Australia to the area later today, including a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion and United States Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft. The Poseidon aircraft is expected to arrive at 3pm. The second RAAF Orion is expected to depart RAAF Base Pearce at 6pm. The New Zealand Orion is due to depart at 8pm. A RAAF C-130 Hercules aircraft has been tasked by RCC Australia to drop datum marker buoys. These marker buoys assist RCC Australia by providing information about water movement to assist in drift modelling. They will provide an ongoing reference point if the task of relocating the objects becomes protracted. A merchant ship that responded to a shipping broadcast issued by RCC Australia on Monday is expected to arrive in the area about 6pm.
Enough complaining — down to the nuts and bolts of the standardThe WELL Building Standard Version 1.0 is applicable to new construction, major renovations, tenant improvements, and “core and shell developments.” Pilot programs are available for educational buildings, multifamily residential buildings, sports facilities, retail stores, and healthcare facilities.The standard is a set of 102 individual metrics, sorted into seven categories: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind.Depending on the building type, there are between 27 and 41 requirements (called “preconditions”) for certification. The remaining items (called “optimizations”) provide points to move up to silver, gold, or platinum certification. I guess everyone has to stake a claim, but why does each program use different terminology? Is there really a difference between a prerequisite and a precondition or a credit and an optimization?There is a rather obtuse calculation to determine your certification level, but I won’t worry about that unless I end up working on a project. According to the executive summary, “The WELL Building Standard focuses on the people living in the building.” It claims to be “The first standard of its kind that focuses attention solely on the health and wellness of building occupants.”I accept that this is a worthy goal, but I am having trouble believing that another comprehensive program, designed to work “alongside” LEED and the Living Building Challenge (LBC) is necessary. We need to think about reducing the different options for the building industry instead of creating even more of them. We are rapidly approaching “green fatigue,” a term coined by my friend Jim Hackler, and while more programs make give green geeks the jollies, I think they only serve to alienate the average building professional. When I first heard about the WELL building standard, in a New York Times article, I was both amused and offended, and trashed it appropriately in a blog. Since then, WELL has created the International Well Building Institute (IWBI), affiliated with both the Living Futures Institute and USGBC, and has released Version 1.0 of the WELL Building Standard.Given that there is now an official document rather than a journalist’s interpretation to review, I think it only fair that I give the standard another look.I recently sat down and dug into the 218-page document and was amused, surprised, and confused — and ultimately decided that while it has some good things in it, I can’t see where it makes much sense in the real world of building development and construction. RELATED ARTICLES Get Your Own Healthy Green Home for Only $15 MillionThe EPA’s Indoor AirPlus Program Asthma and Poor Indoor Air QualityHealthy Child Healthy World, Part 1Healthy Child Healthy World, Part 2Healthy Child Healthy World, Part 3Ventilation Rates and Human HealthHelping People With Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Things I don’t quite understandThe requirements for lighting and glare control make sense, but when they started talking about circadian lighting and “equivalent melanopic lux” being present for four hours, I was clearly above my pay grade. I expect that some highly paid lighting consultants will get a lot of work out of WELL building projects.And not being an acoustical engineer, I was somewhat lost trying to decipher the acoustical requirements, leading me to believe that those consultants will also benefit from WELL projects. Things I don’t like about itOne precondition that I think is a lost opportunity is moisture management. Buildings must have either a free-draining space (vented rainscreen) between the WRB and the building cladding or a capillary break between the foundation and walls. These are both good practices, but in wet climates, the rainscreen will make a huge difference; the other option gives builders an easy out that shouldn’t be there.And although WELL requires a continuous air barrier, air leakage testing is optional. Many buildings struggle with envelope leakage issues, often leading to air quality problems. If WELL wants to be a real leader, the standard should require testing and set strict limits.One requirement requires a 10-foot-long walk-off mat at building entrances; that’s a good idea, but maybe a bit excessive. They do, however, allow installation of carpet tiles inside. I would think that a program devoted exclusively to air quality and wellness would have the guts to keep all carpet out. Tiles are definitely better than wall-to-wall, but still pose a challenge to air quality. Things I like about itFirst off, I appreciate that in the official standard they did not include aromatherapy, vitamin enrichment of water, and posture supportive flooring.Much of what is in the new standard refers to well established criteria in LEED, LBC, and common air quality, HVAC, and lighting standards documents. They have put forth some interesting ideas, many of which are, to use the correct terminology, “preconditions.” Smoking, including use of e-cigarettes, is banned indoors and restricted outdoors.Only safe pesticides that meet the San Francisco integrated pest management criteria — including coyote urine — can be used. (Oh, those Californians!)Building-wide plumbing leak detection system are required. Potable water must be tested and be within limits for numerous pollutants. Projects that have four stories or less must encourage stair use through stairway location, stair width, and amenities such as windows, artwork, and lighting.The Nourishment section really pushes the envelope, and while I truly appreciate their goals here, I am skeptical that it will gain much traction. If food is sold in the building, fresh, non-fried, fruits and vegetables must be featured; flours must be whole grain; food cannot contain trans-fats; added sugar is limited in drinks; all food containing a long list of allergens must be labeled; and there must be an express checkout line for healthy foods.As I said, great goals — but this is ’Merica, folks. What are you expecting? And yet more letters to put after our namesThe IBWI is planning to create a professional accreditation program, the WELL AP, scheduled for launch in 2015. They are “committed to designing the WELL AP program to work harmoniously with AIA, ASID, LEED AP and other credentials.” People working on the current class of WELL buildings will be the first APs. Then, I assume, there will be a training and testing process to obtain the accreditation. I disliked the LEED AP Homes test enough that it’s not likely that I will seek out WELL AP certification for myself — although if opportunities arise, I may change my mind.Overall, I am pleased that the WELL standard got rid of some of the wacky things that were noted in the original article. The standard is reaching very high, and we may find that the standard both makes inroads into construction and has a lasting effect on building practices.I remain skeptical that it will gain much traction, either as a stand-alone program or “alongside” other programs. Time will tell.
Microsoft officially released a preview of Windows 8.1 this morning, coinciding with the opening of Microsoft Build, the company’s annual developer to-do here in San Francisco.The preview release (get it here) offers no major surprises. Codenamed Windows Blue, Windows 8.1 smooths out some of the rough edges of Windows 8, most notably bringing back the one feature users missed most when Windows 8 was released: the Start button.(See also: 5 Ways Microsoft Can Fix The PC — And Windows 8) The Start button’s return is part of Microsoft’s tacit acknowledgement that the Windows 8 Metro interface isn’t for everyone. Windows 8.1 will feature the capability to boot into Metro Start screen or a more traditional-looking Windows interface with the Start menu.(See also: Microsoft Confirms Return Of The Start Button)Adaptability seems to be a core principle of the preview release. Users can configure their lock screens, customize windows and tiles and, ideally, use the new Windows on whatever device they choose.Windows 8.1 will also include unified searching, so you can search for applications and files in one tool, rather than in separate search bars. Bing, naturally, will play a front-and-center role in the refreshed operating system, given that search is becoming a bigger feature in Windows.Microsoft has spent a lot of time integrating Internet Explorers 11 into Windows 8.1 and optimizing the browser for touch, a feature that may give it a slight edge against competitors Chrome and Firefox.Tighter integration with the cloud will play a key role in Windows 8.1, with smoother paths into Office 365, SkyDrive and the aforementioned Windows Store.Windows 8.1 isn’t exactly a game-changer. But it is going to make right a lot of what some users thought was wrong with Windows 8.Images courtesy of Microsoft. brian proffitt Tags:#Microsoft#search#Windows 8 Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…