Josh Homme Apologizes Again For Kicking Photographer: “I Was A Total Dick”

first_imgOn Saturday night, Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age made news after he intentionally kicked the camera of Shutterstock photographer, Chelsea Lauren, causing the to hit her in the face—Lauren was hospitalized for injuries. During the performance, Homme also caused a security guard in the pit to go to the medic after kicking him in the back of the head, cut his own face with a knife, yelled “Fuck Muse” to the crowd, and called the audience “retards.”  In the day since, the incident has caused an uproar.QOTSA’s Josh Homme Kicks Female Photographer, Slices Open Own Face At Christmas ConcertOn Sunday, Josh Homme issued a brief written apology via the Queens of the Stone Age Twitter. He justified his behavior because he was “lost in performance,” apologizing to Lauren and noting he would “never cause intentional harm to anyone working at or attending one of our shows.” However, many fans and industry folks found the apology lacking, particularly because of its short and impersonal tone and because man viewed its opening line regarding being “lost in performance” as an excuse.Today, Josh Homme issued yet another apology, this time in the form of a video blog. In the video, Homme admits that he “was a total dick” after noting “I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did.” During the apology, Homme directly apologizes to Lauren as well as to his bandmates, parents, wife, brother, and kids, explaining, “I don’t want them to ever be ashamed or embarrassed about being around me or knowing me.”On Sunday, Lauren told the press that though she initially was not considering pressing charges, she had been convinced to file a police report on Monday. Homme’s tone is reflective, closing the video with, “I’m gonna have to figure out some stuff,” before addressing Lauren for a final time, “I understand you have to do whatever you have to do.” pic.twitter.com/LUdxsTQE6P— QOTSA (@qotsa) December 11, 2017last_img read more

Delicate touch

first_imgChemists and engineers at Harvard University have fashioned nanowires into a new type of V-shaped transistor small enough to be used for sensitive probing of the interior of cells.The new device, described this week in the journal Science, is smaller than many viruses and about one-hundredth the width of the probes now used to take cellular measurements, which can be nearly as large as the cells themselves. Its slenderness is a marked improvement over these bulkier probes, which can damage cells upon insertion, reducing the accuracy or reliability of any data gained.“Our use of these nanoscale field-effect transistors, or nanoFETs, represents the first totally new approach to intracellular studies in decades, as well as the first measurement of the inside of a cell with a semiconductor device,” says senior author Charles M. Lieber, the Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry at Harvard. “The nanoFETs are the first new electrical measurement tool for intracellular studies since the 1960s, during which time electronics have advanced considerably.”Lieber and colleagues say nanoFETs could be used to measure ion flux or electrical signals in cells, particularly neurons. The devices could also be fitted with receptors or ligands to probe for the presence of individual biochemicals within a cell.Human cells can range in size from about 10 microns (millionths of a meter) for nerve cells to 50 microns for cardiac cells. While current probes measure up to 5 microns in diameter, nanoFETs are several orders of magnitude smaller: less than 50 nanometers (billionths of a meter) in total size, with the nanowire probe itself measuring just 15 nanometers in diameter.Aside from their small size, two features allow for easy insertion of nanoFETs into cells. First, Lieber and colleagues found that by coating the structures with a phospholipid bilayer — the same material cell membranes are made of — the devices are easily pulled into a cell via membrane fusion, a process related to that used to engulf viruses and bacteria.“This eliminates the need to push the nanoFETs into a cell, since they are essentially fused with the cell membrane by the cell’s own machinery,” Lieber says. “This also means insertion of nanoFETs is not nearly as traumatic to the cell as current electrical probes. We found that nanoFETs can be inserted and removed from a cell multiple times without any discernible damage to the cell. We can even use them to measure continuously as the device enters and exits the cell.”Secondly, the current paper builds upon previous work by Lieber’s group to introduce triangular “stereocenters” — essentially, fixed 120-degree joints — into nanowires, structures that had previously been rigidly linear. These stereocenters, analogous to the chemical hubs found in many complex organic molecules, introduce kinks into 1-D nanostructures, transforming them into more complex forms.Lieber and his co-authors found that introducing two 120-degree angles into a nanowire in the proper cis orientation creates a single V-shaped 60-degree angle, perfect for a two-pronged nanoFET with a sensor at the tip of the V. The two arms can then be connected to wires to create a current through the nanoscale transistor.Lieber’s co-authors on the Science paper are Bozhi Tian, Tzahi Cohen-Karni, Quan Qing, Xiaojie Duan, and Ping Xie, all of Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The work was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience.last_img read more

Landscape Workshop.

first_imgEven people who don’t bid directly on jobs will find the program useful in estimating labor costs, time and task data and cost comparisons.The workshop is limited to the first 28 people who register. The $60 fee includes a copy of the $50 software, lunch the first day, refreshment breaks, handouts and instruction.The deadline to sign up is Friday, March 15. To learn more, call the UGA Extension Service horticulture office at (706) 542-2340. Bidding strategies.How to estimate both fixed and variable costs, including overhead and labor.How to structure bids in the form of a contract for presenting to clients.How computers make the bidding and estimating process more efficient and accurate.How to tailor “Hort Management” for their own business. For landscape managers, job bidding is tough. Bids have to be low enough to get jobs and high enough to turn a profit after covering costs. That makes cost estimating even more critical, especially for beginners who have no benchmark data to base their estimates on.A University of Georgia workshop in Athens March 21-22 will introduce managers to “Hort Management,” a computerized cost-estimating and job-bidding module the UGA faculty has developed.Participants don’t have to know anything about computers. With hands-on instruction, they will learn:last_img read more

Melville Man Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 82-year-old man died in a car crash about a mile from his Melville home on Thursday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Sidney Stein was driving a Lexus northbound on Bagatelle Road when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed into the southbound lane and struck a tree near the corner of Hemingway Drive at 3:35 p.m.Stein was taken to North Shore LIJ Plainview Hospital where he was pronounced dead.Second Squad detectives impounded his vehicle for a safety check while the investigation is continuing.last_img

The #1 question your credit union team is asking when under pressure

first_img“Is it safe?”If you’ve ever seen the movie Marathon Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier, you know just how scary this question can be.It can be a scary question for your credit union team as well (although without the unpleasant dental work—watch the movie if you’re confused).When you’re leading your team through a high-pressure situation, they’re looking to you……to see what you’re going to do (how you’re going to solve the situation); and,…to see how they should behave (do they need to panic?).But really, they’re looking to you for the answer to the question: Is it safe? (Or, more accurately, “Am I safe?”)That’s why it’s so vital that you, when faced with a high-pressure situation (What?! In a credit union?! No way!!!), exude calmness and confidence. Yes, even if deep down inside you’re a neurotic mess!See, it’s really hard to produce great results when you’re panicking. I can prove this to you with the following quiz:When the pressure’s on, do you want your airplane pilot, or your heart surgeon, or your military commander to be:Calm and confidentA blithering idiot made of quivering Jell-O®How many of you chose B? I’m going to assume no hands are raised. That’s because you’re a smart person (you don’t get to be a credit union leaders otherwise), and you inherently know that the blithering idiot is not going to produce great results. And if your future well-being depends on that blithering idiot…well…you’re not going to feel very safe, are you?It’s the same with your team. When the pressure is on, they’re looking to you to see if you are, A) calm and confident (i.e., safe), or, B) a blithering idiot made of quivering Jell-O® (i.e., unsafe).If the leader panics, the team panics. And it’s really hard to produce great results when you’re all panicking.Here’s why this is particularly important—and it goes beyond the scope of the particular high-pressure situation. Because high-pressure situations come and go. You get through one, and before you know it, another one’s right around the corner. So your team may not remember—once enough time has passed—what specific decision you made for any particular situation.But they will never forget how you made them feel.Days, weeks, years after the fact, they’ll remember whether you made them feel like their future was in jeopardy…or if you made them feel safe. And that will determine how eager they’ll be to follow you into battle the next time the pressure’s on.Your credit union team wants to know if you can get them through the pressure situations safely. To a large extent, it’s your demeanor that will answer the question: Is it safe? 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bill Stainton Bill Stainton works with extraordinary leaders who want to produce breakthrough results with their teams. A 29-time Emmy® Award-winning producer, writer, and performer, Bill speaks frequently to Credit Unions and … Web: www.billstainton.com Detailslast_img read more

North Dakota man who died of Covid-19 wins seat in state legislature

first_img– Advertisement – North Dakota Covid-19 cases are rising sharply. Johns Hopkins University “He had a lot of feelings for his county … and wanting to make things better, and his heart was in farming. He wanted things better for farmers and the coal industry,” his mother, Pat Andahl, told The Bismarck Tribune at the time. State officials told the newspaper that it was not clear what would happen if Andahl won the election.“What we have found is most legal authority, the general rule is that the next person up (in the November election results) does not rise up,” Legislative Council Director John Bjornson told the newspaper. He added that it was “all new. We haven’t encountered this, that we’re aware.”North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said in an email Wednesday that the state would follow an opinion issued by the attorney general last month.That opinion indicated that Andahl could be legally elected but that his death creates a vacancy, which should be filled via an appointment from the state’s Republicans.The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in North Dakota, where the test positivity rate has climbed above 12%, according to local health officials. Nearly 50,000 people in the state of about 750,000 have tested positive and 555 have died.According to the unofficial tally, Nehring won 6,763 votes, or about 40% of those cast, and Andahl won 5,901, or about 36%. Voters could choose two candidates. Democrats Kathrin Volochenko and Linda Babb won fewer than 2,000 votes each, for about 12% and 10% of the vote. Voters enter a early voting site inside the Bismarck Event Center as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Bismarck, North Dakota, October 26, 2020.Bing Guan | Reuterscenter_img – Advertisement – A North Dakota Republican who died of Covid-19 last month has won a seat in the state legislature, according to unofficial results posted by the secretary of state’s office.David Andahl was one of two Republicans elected to represent the state’s 8th District in the North Dakota House of Representatives, earning more than triple the votes of the nearest Democratic candidate. Dave Nehring won the other seat.The Associated Press reported in October that Andahl had died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 55.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Nearly 200 schools burgled during S.Africa’s virus lockdown

first_imgSouth African authorities on Monday reported that close to 200 schools have being broken into in the first 17 days of a five-week anti-coronavirus lockdown.  Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said she was “horrified” after it emerged that 183 schools had been burgled since the lockdown came into effect on March 27.”It is extremely disappointing for criminals, … to randomly destroy the same infrastructure meant to provide decent spaces of learning and teaching,” said the minister in a statement. With 73 break-ins, eastern Mpumalanga province recorded the most incidents followed by Gauteng — seat of the capital Pretoria and the economic hub Johannesburg — with 55 robberies.The attacks have ranged from arson, to theft of computers, printers and even classroom chairs, according to local media reports.The rash of school attacks come just days after police minister Bheki Cele reported a dramatic fall in crime since South Africa imposed the coronavirus lockdown, crediting a ban on the sale of alcohol for the drop.In his weekly emailed note, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Monday that “it is a great indictment of our society that dozens of schools have been burgled, trashed or burnt to the ground”. Topics :last_img read more

What Christian Pulisic told Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Chelsea’s Europa League final vs Arsenal

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic were teammates at Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)‘We have bantered about that already. I have told him ‘you can score one goal in the Europa League Final, but you can’t win. That’s it!’ he told the Evening Standard.AdvertisementAdvertisementAlthough Pulisic was tipped to be a signing with the future in mind, he could have a key role to play at Stamford Bridge immediately should Eden Hazard move to Real Madrid.The United States international is confident that he can hit the ground running in English football, though, and admitted that he will be leaning on Aubameyang for advice.He said: ‘I knew that he’d do well in this country. He did it in the Bundesliga. He is just a guy that will always score goals. He will work hard and find that right spot. He is what a great striker can do.‘Does seeing how well he has done in the Premier League give me the confidence I can do the same? Yes, absolutely.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s going to be great for me because I will always have a guy like him to take advice from and to learn from.‘It’s great to still have that relationship even though we are not going to be friends when we play against each other.’Pulisic took a back-seat at Dortmund this season following Jadon Sancho’s remarkable emergence, although he still provided four goals and four assists in 20 Bundesliga matches as the club finished second to Bayern Munich.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment Christian Pulisic has joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has told Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that he is not allowed to win when the two clubs meet in the Europa League final next Wednesday.The pair were teammates together at Borussia Dortmund but they will be rivals next season after Pulisic completed a £58m move to join Chelsea back in January.Pulisic, 20, will be an interested spectator when his new team take on Arsenal in Baku, with Chelsea looking to add a trophy to their third-place finish in the Premier League.Arsenal’s leading goalscorer this season Aubameyang is likely to be the biggest threat to Chelsea’s defence on the night and Pulisic has said that he is allowed to score so long as Arsenal lose.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 May 2019 5:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares What Christian Pulisic told Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Chelsea’s Europa League final vs Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Final Go-Ahead for Port of Virginia Deepening Project

first_imgThe effort to make The Port of Virginia the deepest and safest port on the U.S East Coast continues to advance as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers yesterday issued its critical, final authorization to move ahead with the Wider, Deeper, Safer project.According to the Port, the Army Corps’ Chief of Engineers’ Report is the final federal review of the project and clears the way for the deepening and widening of the commercial shipping channels serving the Norfolk Harbor.The positive report allows the project to be included in the federal Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill, which is a larger list of projects eligible for federal matching funds. The projects in the WRDA bill that receive funding are determined during the federal budget process.The largest ships in the Atlantic trade are already calling Virginia, but the added depth will allow for even bigger vessels and their safe, uninterrupted passage to and from the harbor. The dredging project will take the channels to 55 feet deep and widen the channels in select areas to allow for two-way traffic of ultra-large container vessels.The project will be executed in two phases. The preliminary engineering and design ($20 million) is the first phase and is expected to take 18-24 months and the dredging phase ($330 million), which has a 2024 target completion date.last_img read more

Boskalis Scores €45 Million Dredging Contract in Maldives

first_imgRoyal Boskalis Westminster N.V. recently won a contract by the Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure, Republic of Maldives, in relation to the development of Gulhifalhu.The value of the contract is estimated at approximately EUR 45 million.According to Boskalis, the dredging activities are due to commence in the fourth quarter of 2019 and are expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2020.The development of Gulhifalhu, located about four kilometers from the country’s capital Malé, forms part of the Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure’s strategic plan to improve and develop the port infrastructure and will serve as a climate adaptive solution, making this part of the Maldives resilient to rising sea levels.As part of this program, the contractor will reclaim an area with an initial volume of six million cubic meters of sand using a mega sized trailing suction hopper dredger. Boskalis’ activities also include rock revetment work for shoreline protection.Since the turn of the century, Boskalis has successfully executed a number of climate change adaptive dredging and reclamation projects in the Maldives.Starting in 2006, the company reconstructed the island of Vilufushi following the devastating tsunami in December 2004. By doing so Boskalis increased the size of the island and raised it to 1.4 meters above mean sea level.This was followed by several subsequent projects including the initial development of Gulhifalhu in 2012 and land reclamation activities on four other islands in 2014.last_img read more