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New York City skyline turns bright blue after transformer explosion

first_imgSimin Liu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A transformer explosion lit up the night sky in New York City on Thursday, turning the skyline bright blue for a moment and frightening residents in the process.The fire broke out at a Con Edison plant in Queens at around 9 p.m. and was under control within the hour, police said. There are no injuries reported.“The lights you have seen throughout the city appear to have been from a transformer explosion at a Con Ed facility in Queens,” the New York Police Department (NYPD) announced in a Twitter post.A subsequent NYPD tweet confirmed that the “incident in #Astoria was result of transformer explosion. No injuries, no fire, no evidence of extraterrestrial activity.”Con Edison blamed the massive flash on a “brief electrical fire” at one of its substations in Astoria, just 5 miles northeast of the Empire State Building. The power supplier said it is evaluating power outages in surrounding areas and investigating the cause of the fire.“There was a brief electrical fire at our substation on 20th Avenue & 32nd Street in Astoria shortly after 9 p.m. this evening, which involved some electrical transformers and caused a transmission dip in the area,” the company said in a tweet. “Con Edison has been in contact with officials at LaGuardia Airport, which switched to backup generation at the time of the transmission disturbance.”Nearby LaGuardia Airport grounded all flights for about 30 minutes in order to do an airport inspection, according to the FAA. An air traffic control tower at the airport was running on a generator as of late Thursday night and some terminals were without power, according to local and airline officials.“Due to a power outage in Queens, there is partial flight operations @LGAairport,” airport officials said in a tweet. “Many flights are departing, some are not. Please check flight status with carrier.”New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said crews were working to fully restore power “as soon as possible,” but he did not offer a timeline.“There are no active fires and no significant loss of power except to LaGuardia Airport, where crews are working to restore full power to the airport as soon as possible,” Cuomo said in a statement.The blue flash could be seen from as far as Manhattan — across the East River from the airport — and some residents said it appeared to be daytime for a moment, according to multiple social media posts.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

GO-TIME, Department of Aging, and WITF join Northeastern Senior Center for MindMatters

first_img GO-TIME,  Latest News,  Press Release,  Seniors York County, PA – Today, GO-TIME Director Sharon Ward, Pennsylvania Department of Aging Deputy Secretary Terry Barley, and WITF President and CEO Kathleen Pavelko joined seniors to highlight the MindMatters program at the Northeastern Senior Center in Mt. Wolf, Pa.The Pennsylvania Department of Aging, in partnership with WITF, delivers the MindMatters series, which is a monthly educational lecture presented by academics and experts on subjects ranging from history and current events, to politics and culture, to gardening and healthy living. Along with its educational value, the MindMatters program has resulted in a direct cost savings of over $39,000 for the Department of Aging.“The partnership between the Department of Aging and WITF is just one way that the Wolf administration is reimagining the way state government delivers services to the public,” said Director Ward. “GO-TIME is building relationships with universities, local governments and other external partners to collaborate on initiatives and share resources in ways that benefit us all.”In an effort to foster the participation of older adults in senior community center programs, the MindMatters segments are designed to be viewed in a group setting and streamed via the internet to senior community centers and continuing care retirement communities across the state.“The Department of Aging is committed to providing the opportunity for older Pennsylvanians to participate in life-long learning and self-management programs,” said Deputy Secretary Terry Barley. “The MindMatters series and our collaborative efforts with WITF illustrate how the commonwealth can continue to support senior benefits and programs while also identifying cost saving measures.”“We are honored to partner with the Department of Aging by bringing our programming and production expertise to support the department’s goal to enhance the social and intellectual lives of the clients,” said Kathleen Pavelko, WITF’s President and CEO.In addition to MindMatters, GO-TIME is working with Department of Aging and other state agencies on a total of 190 projects during this fiscal year to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and, most importantly, preserve and enhance services to older Pennsylvanian’s and the public. Last fiscal year, GO-TIME reported over $156 million in savings and expects to exceed that figure in 2016-17.Following comments, Northeastern Senior Center attendees participated in a viewing of the MindMatters segment titled, Be a Spring Chicken Stay Young Forever.For more information on MindMatters events, visit mindmatters.witf.org. GO-TIME, Department of Aging, and WITF join Northeastern Senior Center for MindMatters SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img March 20, 2017last_img read more

Big Sean, A-Trak to headline Springfest

first_imgUSC Concerts Committee has announced that rapper Big Sean, DJ A-Trak and the collaboration of Travis Barker (of Blink-182) and Mix Master Mike (of the Beastie Boys) will headline the Springfest music festival.Big reveal · Students gathered near Tommy Trojan on Thursday to hear Concerts Committee announce the names of the Springfest headliners. — Maddy Campion | Daily TrojanThe annual musical festival, which is set to take place on April 6 on McCarthy Quad, features seven other acts and bands, including Walk the Moon and Capital Cities. The other acts were revealed in two teaser videos posted online this week.Sean Michael Anderson, who performs under the stage name Big Sean, released his first studio album, Finally Famous, in 2011 to positive reviews. He has collaborated with many hip-hop artists, including Kanye West and Tyga.Alain Macklovitch, who performs under the stage name A-Trak, is an award-winning Canadian DJ and turntablist who has collaborated with artists ranging from Kid Cudi to Swedish House Mafia. Many of his mixes have been featured in movies, including Project X.Barker reached fame as a drummer in the rock band Blink-182 and released his first solo album, Give the Drummer Some, in 2011. In 2011, Barker teamed up with Michael Schwartz, aka Mix Master Mike, an award-winning DJ and turntablist who has won the DMC World Championships and rose to mainstream fame as a contributing member of acclaimed rap group the Beastie Boys.The executive of Concerts Committee Bryan Leong said the committee put much consideration into the selection of the headliners.“This year we wanted to go with something more diverse and cover all the main genres of music,” Leong said. “When we picked the headliners, we wanted to make sure we covered all these genres so that students will be able to experience and be exposed to different types of music. Big Sean brings in hip hop, Walk the Moon and Capital Cities represent the indie and Travis Barker and Mix Master Mike are two rock icons.”The rest of the lineup for Springfest includes Faith Tucker, Mora Mora, Y Luv, Culprit, Papa and SB Babyy.For the first time, Springfest will be held with the Black Student Assembly’s annual fashion festival and concert Gearfest, which currently features performers Rippy Austin and Rhyon Brown. The executive director of BSA Lamar Gary said they are expected to announce the headliners for Gearfest next week.Program Board is anticipating the largest Springfest attendance to date because of the merge, according to a press release.“We are turning Springfest into not just a festival, but a music and arts festival,” Leong said. “It’s amazing how Gearfest is going to bring a large daytime audience to Springfest. On top of that, since we’re going to save a lot on production costs by collaborating, Gearfest will have a much bigger musical headliner who hasn’t been announced yet.”The two festivals, which will begin at 11:30 a.m., will feature student activities, such as a how-to-DJ tent and a vinyl painting booth. Food trucks will also be present on the quad.Many students said they were excited for the headliners because the artists represented many genres.“As someone who loves all types of music, I am impressed that they got such a wide range of big-name performers,” said Jackson Mandelkorn, a junior majoring in international relations. “Mix Master Mike is one of the greatest turntablists ever and is still performing long after The Beastie Boys are over. Big Sean is a big-name pop/rap artist and also one of the best rappers out there — he is on Kanye’s label right now. A-Trak is a giant name in EDM, and his label Fool’s Gold is huge.”Though pleased with the Springfest headliners, other students said they felt the timing of the release dampened their anticipation.“The lineup came out so late — granted, it takes a lot of time to plan, I’m sure, but a lot of people still don’t even know [Springfest is] next week,” said Neriah Yue, a sophomore majoring in international relations. “I think more people would be excited about it if the lineup was released earlier.”The festival is free to students, faculty and staff and funding for the event comes from Program Board’s student-programming fees and sponsorships. Attendees must present university identification to enter the event. Because of the new security policies that went into effect in January, this is the first year the festival will be limited to USC students, faculty and staff.But regardless of charge, some said the concert remains a staple for student life.“I’m a senior and I’ve gone to Springfest every year,” said Nethika Ariyasinghe, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering. “It’s a really good program that USC puts on for us.” Rebecca Dancer and Yasmeen Serhan contributed to this report.last_img read more

North Pakaraima tournament kicks off in style

first_imgThirteen male and nine female teams are in contention for championship honours as the North Pakaraima Football Tournament 2018 kicked off on Sunday in Kato Village, Region Eight.This year’s tournament is historic since it is the first time that an official from Football Governing body FIFA is in attendance.Director, Vernon Masengio Omba made good on his promise to the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs to visit Guyana during the competition to see firsthand the commitment made by the respective teams participating.During remarks at the opening ceremony Omba commended efforts being made by the Ministry, more so, the commitment by Minister within the Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, towards the development of football in the hinterland.“We are certainly moved by her love and passion for football and the personal sacrifice you have made in travelling great distances so you can play the game. You reached after walking about two to three days to get here that alone is to show how passionate you are for the game of football and I believe from now we will be behind you, behind the GFF and behind the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs,” he is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Omba is in Guyana witness the level of play at the grassroots level, challenges experienced and document same in an effort to help local teams receive further support from FIFA. He said he is returning to Zurich with a better understanding of the need to support Hinterland football.Minister within the ministry Valerie Garrido-Lowe, who is also the patron for Women’s Football in Guyana, expressed pleasure with the level of participation and commitment teams continue to show towards making the tournament a success.The minister emphasised the Ministry’s commitment towards the region’s football endeavours and amidst a loud applause, handed over the cheque to organisers.Minister Garrido-Lowe also acknowledged the contributions it continues to receive from the Guyana Football Federation led by Wayne Forde. The minister remarked that since GFF President, Wayne Forde, came into office the ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and GFF have formed a partnership with the aim of developing hinterland talent so that the national team can be truly reflective of what a national team should look like.Meanwhile, Forde who accompanied the FIFA Director said: “the GFF has a mandate to develop football and the time is right, the time is now to make a meaningful contribution into the work that you have been doing over all these years”.Chronicling his experience in the Pakaraimas, Forde said he has a greater appreciation for players following an adventurous journey from Paramakatoi to Kato after the vehicle in which his team was travelling broke down halfway into the journey leaving them to travel for four hours by foot through mountainous terrain.Forde said the GFF remains committed to working in partnership with the Ministry to develop this beautiful game.This is the second official hosting for the tournament which began some twelve years ago.The teams participating are defending champions Itabac Male and Kanapang Female, Paramakatoi, Micobie/Campbelltown, Bamboo Creek, Chenapou, Kamana, Kanapang Male, Kopinang, Kurukubaru, Maikwak, Monkey Mountain, Tuseneng and host Kato.The tournament concludes next Sunday with the third-place playoff followed by the finals in both male and female competitions.last_img read more

Toll Brothers launches kitchen VR app for luxury home buyers

first_imgAmerican luxury home builder Toll Brothers has launched a virtual reality app that lets home buyers view all 360 degrees of their kitchen in high-definition and choose from thousands of configurations.The app, called Kitchen 360, provides buyers with a tour of the kitchen through a connected tablet or HTC Vive VR. While on the tour, buyers can look at different configurations, swapping out appliances, changing colours and prefered models — all changes take effect in real time.See Also: How universities are defining the future of VRToll Brothers has partnered with Marxent, an augmented and virtual reality solutions company, specializing in commerce. The company has developed apps for Lowe’s and American Woodmark.“Until now, the personalization process of buying a new home posed a challenge for home buyers to visualize their combination of selected materials using small material samples,” said Mark Bailey, President of Toll Brothers Colorado Division.“The Kitchen 360 experience enhances a home buyer’s ability to visualize their space with a level of quality that has never been available before. Using this VR technology in combination with the look and feel of those material samples, the buyer has a more complete idea of their vision. They get the chance to actually step inside the space they’ve created, and preview how that space will work for their everyday lives.”Customization will be limited to Toll Brothers Englewood Design Studio, where representatives will help plan out configurations in real-time. There are 420 configurations at launch.The app is similar to IKEA’s new AR app launching on iOS 11, which allows customers to fit furniture into their home, using defined parameters. The difference here is the customer is buying the entire kitchen. Tags:#Augmented Reality#HTC Vive VR#luxury home#Marxent#real estate#Toll Brothers#virtual reality#VR The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables Crucial Online Reputation Management Insights i… Related Posts center_img David Curry How to Manage Remote Sales Teams Steps to Building a Successful and Scalable Sal…last_img read more

Blaze kills 21 students at coaching centre in Surat

first_imgA massive fire in a four-storey commercial building in Surat on Friday afternoon killed 21 students at a coaching centre. At least three students are still missing.Seventeen students have been admitted to hospitals in the city, some in a critical condition.The fire, which broke out around 3.30 p.m on the ground floor of the building, soon engulfed the third and fourth floors of Takshashila Arcade in the Sarthana area of the city. The students mostly between the ages of 15 and 19, were attending preparatory classes for an architecture exam. The walls and roof of the coaching centre on the top floor were made of plastic. As the fire spread through the building, including the staircase, the victims on the higher floors were trapped.To escape the blaze, several students tried to jump to safety from the building, which did not have any fire safety systems installed. Four such students were among those killed.Ninteen fire tenders and two hydraulic platforms were pressed into service, said an official of the Surat fire control room.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who rushed to the spot, ordered an inquiry and announced compensation of ₹4 lakh for the families of each victim.Mr Rupani asked Principal Secretary, Urban Development, Mukesh Puri to submit a report in three days regarding the tragic incident.Following the tragedy, authorities have swung into action and ordered shutting down of all coaching centres and classes in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot and Vadodara.“As a precautionary step, all coaching class, dance class, summer camp and all such premises which houses children shall be closed until further notice and fire safety compliance certificate from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation fire department,” Ahmedabad Police said on the official twitter handle.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and BJP President Amit Shah and other leaders extended their condolences to the families who lost their loved ones.“Extremely anguished by the fire tragedy in Surat. My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly,” PM said on Twitter.last_img read more

Biado credits pool legends Bata, Django for gold medal win

first_imgCarlo Biado of the Philippines competes against Duong Quoc Hoang of Vietnam in the finals of men’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Biado prevailed, 9-5, to clinch the gold medal.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Carlo Biado knew his angles after he used to be a golf caddy.The 33-year-old Biado, who also worked a pool house hand, has come a long way after winning the gold medal in the men’s 9-ball individual title in the Southeast Asian Games here Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Their teachings, according to Biado, enabled him to be very confident facing anybody on the pool table.Indeed, he came here on the crest of his World Games triumph last July in Poland.He will also see action for the Philippines in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this September in Turkmenistan.It was his first SEAG individual gold but second if you count the doubles victory he had with Dennis Orcollo in the 2015 SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Orella falters in rhythmic gymnastics View comments READ: Carlo Biado wins PH’s 2nd gold in pool“I feel that I have my confidence,” said Biado, who has high praise for his coaches, Hall-of-Famer Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe said he learned a lot of things from the legends of world pool.“They taught me a lot of shots in training. They know a lot of shots that I can use in the competitions,” said Biado in Filipino. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more