Parents headed to court in college admissions cheating scam

first_img Posted: March 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter March 29, 2019 AP AP, center_img 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 SettingsBOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are due in court.They are expected to make initial appearances Friday in federal court in Boston.They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are charged in the case but are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. They have not publicly addressed the allegations.On Thursday, former Yale University women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the case.The admissions consultant at the center of the scheme has also pleaded guilty. Parents headed to court in college admissions cheating scam Updated: 10:40 PMlast_img read more

PM Modi threatens Mamata saying 40 of her MLAs are in touch

first_imgSrirampur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally in Srirampur, West Bengal on April 29, 2019.IANSPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday warned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that her MLAs will abandon her after the results of the Lok Sabha polls come and said 40 of them were already in touch with him.”When the lotus will bloom all over Bengal after May 23, Didi (Banerjee), you will see that your MLAs will also abandon you and run away. Forty of your MLAs are in touch with me even today,” Modi told an election rally in Sreerampur in Hooghly district.”It will be tough for you to save yourself. You have cheated the people of Bengal,” he said.PM Modi said that despite all the attacks and intimidation by the ruling Trinamool Congress, the people of Bengal had only one motto in this Lok Sabha election.”They have only one motto… chup chap kamal chap, booth booth se TMC saaf (silently vote for the lotus symbol, remove TMC from all booths),” PM Modi added. Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’BrienIANSThe Trinamool Congress hit back at PM Modi by calling it ‘horse-trading’. TMC MP Derek O’Brien called out the Prime Minister for his comments on Twitter. Calling the PM as ‘Expiry Babu PM’, O’Brien wrote that no one would go to him. Charging PM Modi with ‘horse-trading’, O’Brien tweeted, “Expiry Babu PM, let’s get this straight. Nobody will go with you. Not even one councillor. Are you election campaigning or horse trading! Your expiry date is near. Today, we are complaining to the Election Commission. Charging you with horse trading #LokSabhaElection2019.”These potshots have taken place just days after PM Modi’s interview with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar when the PM said that he has an amicable relationship with TMC president and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. PM Modi went on to say that she sends him Bengali sweets very often and also chooses and sends him kurtas too.last_img read more

Disaster Responders Say Ike Taught Them Debris Is Your Enemy

first_img 00:00 /03:24 Share X Listen Dave FehlingUS Army helicopter over Bolivar PeninsulaIt’s not long after sunrise at Sholes Airport on Galveston Island. Four Black Hawk helicopters from Fort Hood are being loaded-up with journalists and with officers from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers as well as officials from FEMA, the federal disaster agency.“We’re the busiest region in the nation and I think that’s what makes us better is to take all those lessons learned from all those different events. We have disasters every year, we face disasters every year,” says Laverm Young, FEMA’s deputy director for Region 6 that includes Texas and its four neighboring states.Dave FehlingNew homes on Bolivar PeninsulaThe lessons learned from Hurricane Ike eight years ago were the point of an aerial tour and a meeting that officials would attend the next day.The tour started by flying about a mile to where Ike damaged the Galveston Island Seawall, resulting in the first major repair to it in over a century. It then headed across Bolivar Peninsula where, if you didn’t know better, you might find it hard to imagine that Ike killed 15 people here and destroyed hundreds of homes.  Now, there are hundreds of new homes built along the beach.We cross over the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the canal that Ike clogged with debris but which on this day had a line of barges plying its waters.We then fly northwest, skirting downtown Houston until we’re on the far west side. Below us are the great, green expanses of the Barker and Addicks reservoirs. They’re mostly dry now, just big forests, but in April during the Tax Day floods, they broke records, holding back more storm water than they ever had since being built just after World War II.That flood and a couple other subsequent storms delayed by six months a $75 million project to replace the big gates on the Addicks and Barker dams.Dave FehlingConstruction underway on $75 million project at Barker and Addicks DamsLater after landing back at Sholes Airport, we talked with the U.S. Army Corps’ of Engineers Col. Lars Zetterstrom who said the dams are just fine until the project is completed.“We’re very confident in the capability of both of those dam structures,” Zetterstrom said.But he says the Tax Day Flood actually inspired the Corps to come up with a twist to its annual “table top exercise” that he and other emergency responders would tackle the next day. The point of exercise is to simulate a coastal disaster on paper.“Our division headquarters out of Dallas has designed what you consider an almost worst case scenario,” Zetterstrom said. A scenario in which floods fill up Addicks and Barker reservoirs and then a hurricane hits. “How would that impact the federal government, specifically the Army Corps of Engineers response and recovery?”What they learned from responding to Ike is that in the immediate aftermath of such a storm, one of the biggest challenges is debris. Tons of debris that piles up on roads and in waterways like the Intracoastal.“We talked on our aircraft about the volume of debris that was in the particular waterway after Hurricane Ike and we responded…with response capability to clear those channels,” said Brig. Gen. David Hill.   Dave FehlingBarge on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway near GalvestonOn land, the Army Corps says it helped remove some 100,000 cubic yards of rubble from major roads.FEMA’s Laverm Young says that’s what they found helped allow Galveston to begin recovering: “That’s one of the challenges we will always face …being able to get those critical resources on and off the island, there’s only so many ways to get on, so many ways to get off. “It’s one of many lessons learned from Ike that may help when the next storm hits the Texas Coast. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

As Port Covington Proceeds Affordable Housing is an Active Item on City

first_imgInclusionary Housing reform for Baltimore is in the pipeline at City Hall. This past week, the City Council’s Housing and Community Development Committee held its first public hearing on a new ordinance which would expand Baltimore’s Affordable and inclusionary Housing programs.City agencies, housing advocates and economic development representatives weighed in on the city’s first major attempt to expand the current inclusionary housing law passed in July 2007. Councilman Bill Henry, a co-sponsor of the new ordinance, has repeatedly noted the limitations of the current law, one that has yielded only 32 units of affordable housing.The first draft of Henry’s Inclusionary Housing ordinance includes the following: Reduces the affordable housing requirement from the current 20 percent to 10 percent for developments of more than 30 residential units that require major public subsidies. Eliminates the City’s legal obligation to provide additional subsidy to developers to meet inclusionary housing requirements and eliminates waiversCreates a Baltimore City Affordable Housing Fund, through a combination of general obligation bonds and an increase in the transfer and recordation tax.Replaces a developer’s option to substitute off-site inclusionary housing for on-site units and instead provides an option or payment of a substantial offset fee into the Affordable Housing fund if the developer chooses not to build inclusionary housing. Extends the time period for which affordable housing units provided under the new law must remain affordable from 30 to 40 years. Transforms the Inclusionary Housing Board into a Fair Housing Board.Both pro-development and affordable housing advocates expressed concerns about the proposed ordinance. Andrew Kleine, the City’s Budget Director said he opposes using an increase in transfer and recordation taxes to fund the proposed Affordable Housing Fund.Baltimore Development Corporation Vice President Kimberly Clark, who serves on the City’s Inclusionary Housing Task Force, submitted testimony expressing concern that the law should apply only to rentals and not sale housing.“While Baltimore Development Corporation has some concerns about the legislation in its current form, our objective is to work with the Task Force until we can establish a product that is supportive of development,” Clark told the AFRO.Also concerned about the proposed ordinance, however, were affordable housing advocates. “There are aspects of this bill that do plug some of the current loopholes,” said Barbara Samuels, Fair Housing Attorney with the Maryland ACLU, in testimony for the bill. “But it doesn’t plug all of them and in some ways takes a step backwards in lowering the percent affordable from 20 percent to 10 percent and omitting projects that benefit from zoning actions. Two steps forward and one step back.”Mary Pat Clarke, a co-sponsor of the bill, said she thought there was more work to do, but said the bill stood up to feedback expressed in the hearing.“It doesn’t sound fatal. It sounds like things we can work on in the next week,” she said.Henry said he wants the new inclusionary housing ordinance passed before this year’s council session is over. He wants to ensure the proposed Port Covington redevelopment project will have a legal mandate, rather than simply a memorandum of understanding, setting requirements for the inclusion of affordable housing as part of the project’s planned residential units.The city exempted the Port Covington Project from a requirement to build affordable housing because under current law, the city must purchase the affordable units built by developers receiving subsidies at market rate. Because the city’s Affordable Housing Fund can’t afford to pay for the housing, an exemption from the Affordable Housing requirement was given to the Port Covington project.Sagamore Development signed a memorandum of understanding with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake to voluntarily create a 10 percent goal for inclusionary housing if they can find funds from state or federal sources to pay for the housing.However, the Baltimore Business Journal, citing sources familiar with negotiations between the Sagamore developers and the city, reported Friday that Sagamore had agreed to provide 20 percent of the project’s residential units as affordable housing. The guarantee would be part of an updated memorandum of understanding with the city expected to be signed next week, the newspaper reported.last_img read more

Willow Garage spinoff debuts robot ripe for picking

first_imgUBR-1 Citation: Willow Garage spinoff debuts robot ripe for picking (2013, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 Robots learn how to arrange objects by ‘hallucinating’ humans into their environment (w/ video) Explore further 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.center_img More information: … … UBR-1 will be demonstrated at RoboBusiness 2013 in Santa Clara, California, later this week. As the title suggests, RoboBusiness is a business development event for the global robotics industry, and it runs from October 23 to 25. Oh yes, and the price. The UBR-1 will cost $35,000, which is a “selling” point that is not minimized by its creators. The newcomer, priced at a tenth of the cost of some other expensive robots, could possibly motivate businesses and labs that did not consider the use of robotics as helpers to take interest. “You’re now transforming a community that so far has had a hard time growing due to the sheer cost of the platform,” said company CEO Melonee Wise in an interview with the IEEE Spectrum.UBR-1 is three feet, two inches tall, has a seven degrees of freedom arm and pincer grip. The robot navigates with a laser scanner in its base. Its eyes are 3D sensors, developed by PrimeSense, for perception. The UBR-1 has a continuous run time of three to five hours and an idle run time of over 10 hours. Charge time is posted on the company site as 3.5 hours to 90 percent charge.The robot comes pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux LTS and ROS, and with applications such as MoveIt!, navigation, calibration, and joystick teleoperation. Wise, in the interview, also called attention to the benefit of the robot with MoveIt! in place, for realtime pick-and-place. For those doing vision research, for example, “they don’t want to know about robot arms; once they tell the robot where the object is, they just want the robot to pick it up.” Another core feature is that the robot can move around on a circular base with hidden wheels, anywhere in the building where wheelchairs can go. UBR-1 also has a smaller footprint, suitable for factory or store environments with limited space.Unbounded Robotics, formed in January this year, is a Willow Garage spinoff. Above all, the company engineers emphasize that the robot is not so much a product but a platform. The designers including Wise wanted this robot to be customizable. The gripper, for example, was created to be as modular as possible so that any customer wanting more fingers or suction cups or other features could fashion the gripper to their own requirements. Also, the customer can attach new sensors. Unbounded Robotics plans to start shipping the robots in summer 2014. ( —A mobile robot a little over three feet with one arm that can move around the building and watch where it’s going made its debut on Sunday with capabilities and a pricetag that could eventually earn the robot a place alongside humans in the workplace. The robot is called the UBR-1, suitable for manual labor tasks such as picking and stocking shelves. Created by a young startup called Unbounded Robotics, the robot carries a formal description as a “state of the art ROS based mobile manipulation platform designed for robotics researchers and business.” The ROS refers to the open source Robot Operating System that is the robot’s framework. The big deal about the debut is that this is a robot small enough, with a small enough footprint, to take its place more easily than big robots on factory floors, in service environments and in research labs.last_img read more

Free shore excursions shipboard credit offer with Regent Seven Seas

first_img Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Tags: Alaska, Promotions, Regent Seven Seas Cruises Posted by Travelweek Group MIAMI — Free and unlimited shore excursions are the norm while onboard an Alaska cruise with Regent Seven Seas Cruises.Its Seven Seas Mariner ship will sail Alaskan waters from late May through August 2017, providing passengers an expansive catalog of free and unlimited shore excursions for the best value. Plus, travellers can take advantage of Regent’s limited-time ‘Book Now Bonus’ offer to receive US$500 shipboard credit per new suite booking to apply toward select Alaska adventures while sailing aboard the ship.“Shore excursions are particularly important in order to experience the most of Alaska, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers up to 43 free, unlimited shore excursions on our seven-night Alaska voyages,” said Jason Montague, president and CEO of the cruise line. “And with our limited-time ‘Book Now Bonus’ offer, travellers receive a generous shipboard credit to apply toward some incredibly breathtaking, supplementary experiences while sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner.”More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckFor example, sample shore excursions on Seven Seas Mariner’s July 5 voyage include witnessing iceberg calvings atop Hubbard Glacier, panning for gold in Skagway, hiking at Tongass National Forest (the world’s largest temperate rainforest) in Sitka, cruising in George Inlet, and a catamaran sail in Juneau.Passengers can apply their $500 shipboard credit toward Regent Choice options, a curated collection of immersive experiences that are available at an additional charge.On the same July 5 voyage, guests can utilize their shipboard credits on a three-hour sport fishing excursion from Sitka, a rafting ride through the Valley of the Eagles, or a short floatplane ride to Prince of Wales to spot black bears in their natural habitat.The ‘Book Now Bonus’ offer is valid for bookings made from April 1 through May 31 on all 2017 Alaska voyages. It is combinable the doubled Ambassador Offer for 25th Anniversary voyages, public National Account promotions, and Seven Seas Society savings of up to $700 per suite for returning guests.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyCanadian and U.S. travel agents will receive up to a $200 gift card for each new booking they make for their clients in these regions. Guests must register the code ‘Book Now’ at the time of reservation in order to receive the offer. Travel agents must register for the gift card at by June 14.center_img Free shore excursions & shipboard credit offer with Regent Seven Seas << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharelast_img read more