McPhee gains ground in ‘Idol’ contest

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sherman Oaks songbird Katharine McPhee clung to her spot Wednesday on “American Idol” as Mandisa was booted off, becoming the first of the apparently well-liked contestants to leave the record-breaking show. As judge Simon Cowell explained, it’s all down to the song choice. And this week’s contest, which saw the “Idol” hopefuls crooning country tunes as Kenny Rogers stood by, revealed serious performance flaws. Mandisa went with Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine,” a song that, as Rogers pointed out, has a heckuva lot of words. It didn’t work well for her. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event McPhee, 21, a graduate of Notre Dame High School, landed in the bottom three last week, but has now regained ground, oozing fun and sex-appeal with an odd number titled “Bringing Out the Elvis.” Instead, she brought out the fans. Another popular contestant, Chris Daughtry, showed a soft side with his version of “Making Memories of Us.” Eight contestants remain. Winner of the mega-hyped talent show will be crowned May 24. Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676 and fred.shuster@dailynews.comlast_img read more

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It’s not just Antonio Brown; 49ers’ Staley also made ‘a big stink’ over new helmet

first_imgAntonio Brown, you’ve got a sympathizer.At least where helmets are concerned.In an interview before his team’s exhibition game at Denver on Monday, 49ers left tackle Joe Staley told James Palmer of the NFL Network that he had his own issues when he switched helmets before last season.49ers LT Joe Staley had worn the same helmet as AB since 2003, with a very short unsuccessful switch in 2012, and said he loved the helmet and to a degree understands why AB doesn’t want to switch. Staley wasnt …last_img

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Ojibway teen sleeping in Ottawa mall stairwell after aging out of group

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsAn Ojibway teen is sleeping in the stairwell of the Rideau Centre parking garage in downtown Ottawa after aging out of his group home.It’s better than the shelters says the 18-year-old.He was dropped off at the Ottawa Mission shelter a few weeks after he turned 18 on March 1 by staff of the Ottawa group home he was living in operated by Mary Homes.The teen said he didn’t stay at the Mission long before finding a little nook on the top floor of the Rideau Centre’s parking garage.“Ever since then I have been coming here to sleep,” said the young man, who APTN National News can’t identify because he is on extended care with his child welfare agency. For this story APTN is calling him Jason.When it gets too cold at night Jason might go to the Salvation Army shelter a few blocks away but prefers his perch in the stairwell that overlooks Nicholas Street.“It’s a nice spot, overall,” he said.During the day he hangs out in the Rideau Centre using the mall’s free WiFi to stay connected with friends as APTN learned the mall is a popular spot for kids living in group homes in Ottawa.He knows them and they know him – not just because he was once one of them but because a couple months ago he saved the life of a 13-year-old girl who ran away from her group home.That girl was Amy Owen who has been in the news recently for being one of three First Nations girls to die Ontario group homes in the last six months.Amy Owen, 13, is suspected of dying from suicide at an Ottawa group home on April 17.Owen was living in Mary Homes group home when she died in the east end of Ottawa.It’s also the same home where a 16-year-old Ojibway girl had been living at when APTN spoke to her at Rideau Centre on Thurday.“Amy and I were really close. We were like sisters,” said the girl who APTN can’t identify as she is ward of the state.Owen’s room was right above hers.Each morning she would knock on the ceiling and Owen would knock back to let her know she was awake. They’d come out of their rooms and meet at the stairs and hug.The day after Owen is suspected of dying by suicide in the home the 16-year-old knocked on the ceiling like she always had.She had forgotten Owen had died.“I burst into tears,” she said, adding she ran away shortly after that.This is the 16-year-old girl who says she ran away from the group home after Amy Owen is believed to have died by suicide.APTN confirmed with Ottawa police a missing person’s report was filed in her name but she was located a day later.She said she talked to her social worker and told her she is staying with a friend until they find a new group home.She remembers when Jason saved Owen’s life.Owen had ran away and Jason tracked her down on Montreal Road near St. Laurent Blvd. where she was running into traffic trying to commit suicide.“It is true. He found her and took good care of her,” said the 16-year-old.“I stopped her from jumping in front of a car,” said Jason. “I told her if she killed herself she would be hurting people around her rather than just herself.”He said he saw Owen a couple weeks later and she thanked him for saving her.It was the last time he saw her. She died April 17.Owen, Jason and the 16-year-old are all from the Kenora area, near the Ontario/Manitoba border. Each were placed in Ottawa group homes by Indigenous child service agencies that operate under the Ontario government.APTN spoke to Jason’s former child worker with the Weechi-it-te-win Family Services in the Kenora area.Andrew Letander said he traveled to Ottawa about a month ago to see if Jason would return back to Kenora but he refused.“I did go there and he did not want to go back with me,” he said. “He said he had it all planned out.”Letander said he is aware that Mary Homes dropped Jason off at the Mission.Letander said it was explained to Jason that the group home needed his bed for other children, as most kids in the home were much younger than Jason.Letander said Jason is on what’s called “extended care maintenance,” which he will be on until he’s 21 unless he decides he doesn’t want to be, which he’d then need to follow steps to do.Jason up on his perch in the Rideau Centre parking lot stairwell.When he turned 18 he got a new worker that specializes in youth transitioning out of group homes but that worker has been on sick leave for a month said Letander.“I gave him a heads up about what was going to be happening when he turned 18 and Mary Homes gave him a heads up on that, (too),” he said.Letander said Jason is supposed to receive food assistance funding every month but they don’t have an address to send the cheques.Jason has no parents to go home to. Both his parents died when he was a young child – his mom from suicide and his dad from cancer.“He’s been bounced around from group home to group home all his life,” said Letander. “I am worried about him.”As for Jason he said he’d like to finish school, as he only has his Grade 9, and go to college.But that seems like a million miles away from his perch in the Rideau Centre mall.He went to go get a Social Insurance Number Friday so he could at least get a job but was told he needed his birth certificate.Service Canada wouldn’t accept only his status card.He’d also like to do something else.“I’d like to shut group homes down,” he said.Mary Homes didn’t respond to questions by the time this story was published.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Police Investigates latest robberies issues tips

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are seeking information about incidents reported between Tuesday of this week and yesterday where a large sum of cash and electronics were stolen. The police in continuing its investigations into crimes committee has laid four charges against a 17-year old male of Kew Town on Providenciales namely Malicious Damage to Property, Using an Offensive Weapon to cause fear, Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting arrest. The charges are related to an incident which took place between October 30 and November 15, 2013. The 17-year old was offered bail and was set to appear before the Magistrate’s court.And more from the Police… with the festive season fast approaching, officers say and there is a trend for increased robberies and criminal events during this time. The Police Force is suggesting measures be taken by businesses and individuals to safe guard themselves. Some of which are: Stay calm and don’t attempt to be heroic if approached; never assume a firearm is fake or a toy; follow the instructions of the offender; make observations of the assailant and following the incident one should immediately call 911. Related Items:last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for April 20 Serious Car Crash With Injuries Car vs

first_imgHopkins Street is closed to through traffic due to a serious motor vehicle crash just before the #Billerica Line. Seek alternate routes. #WilmingtonMA pic.twitter.com/D4Gp5PLWrj— Wilmington MA Police (@WilmingtonMAPD) April 20, 2018—(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log” WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, April 20, 2018:A Fitz Terrace caller reported a male party was fishing on private property. Police responded and moved the man along. (8:03am)A vehicle stroke a pole on Grove Avenue. No injuries noted. RMLD notified. (1:45pm)Police was flagged down by passerby complaining there was a dog on town beach. Police advised the dog owner and moved them along. (5:49pm)A walk-in party reported she was the victim of a fraud. (5:52pm)A bad 2-vehicle crash, with injuries and an entrapment, took place between a black 2005 Honda Civic and blue 2008 Toyota Prius at Hopkins Street and Dorchester Street. One driver was unconscious, the other was entrapped. Road was shutdown. A mailbox was damaged due to the accident. A dog, which was in one of the vehicles, was transported to the vet. Tewksbury, Billerica and Burlington Fire Departments also responded and/or provided mutual coverage. Police filed an immediate threat against the operator of the Honda and faxed the paperwork to the RMV.  (6:30pm)—last_img read more

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IBM sacks 300 employees from services dept may hire talent in automation

first_imgAn employee speaks on a mobile phone as she eats her lunch at the cafeteria in the Infosys campus in the southern Indian city of Bangalore September 23, 2014.Reuters fileTech giant IBM recently laid off 300 employees from its software services division to make room for people with upgraded skills in automation, machine learning and cloud computing. The development comes days after US-based Cognizant cut off at least 200 mid-senior level positions from its India offices creating ripples in the IT industry. IBM has taken the decision “to reinvent itself” and meet the changing needs of customers.”This in accordance with IBM’s strategy to re-invent itself to better meet the changing requirements of our business and to pioneer new high-value services. IBM “remains committed to being an essential part of its (India’s) growth,” the company’s official statement said, according to Economic Times.The entire IT industry is currently doing away with the traditional software roles and undertaking training employees or hiring fresh talent which has upgraded skillset on emerging technologies. IBM said that it took the decision after a reassessment of the current workforce and an increasing demand of adding workforce to the cloud, artificial intelligence and other evolving areas. It added that several employees are even being re-trained to be able to meet the new challenges.Notwithstanding the claims made by multinational as well as India-based IT firms of increased hirings, a report by the McKinsey & Company suggested that nearly half of the workforce in the IT industry will become irrelevant in next two years. This poses a serious challenging to India’s IT industry which employs nearly 3.9 million people.The fact remains that new technologies will also add 14 lakh new jobs to India alone by 2027 but for that, the firms would have to retrain its existent workforce to cater to the demands of their clients.  ReutersEven as the IT firms have been reluctant to state that automation is slowly replacing the human workforce in the sector, the companies are looking for a replacement of basic jobs such as in services sector that no longer addresses their needs. The retraining of a majority of the existent employees could be an extensive exercise which is not preferred by the tech giants in India or elsewhere.last_img read more

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Texas Transportation Nonprofit To Advocate For Toll Roads

first_img Share An advocacy group troubled by scarce funding to ease traffic congestion in Texas’ metro regions is taking on tea party activists who oppose toll roads.The Dallas Morning News reports that business groups, local elected officials and highway industry interests have formed Texans for Traffic Relief. The group targets commuters to raise awareness about the lack of funds needed to ease traffic in North Texas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin.The nonprofit plans to educate commuters on toll roads, projects that relied on private companies or government toll agencies to put up capital or take on debt for up-front construction costs. Drivers’ tolls are then used to repay those costs over time.The tea party has opposed both tolls and what it says is excessive state debt.___Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.comlast_img read more

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Intel Unveils Platform to Simplify Connectivity of Products

first_img 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Intel Corp on Tuesday unveiled a new platform to make it easier for companies to create Internet-connected smart products using its chips, security and software.Intel’s platform is like a set of building blocks based on the chipmaker’s components and software for companies to create smart, connected devices, Doug Davis, head of Intel’s Internet of Things business, said at a launch event in San Francisco.It also aims to make it easier to connect to data centers in order analyze data collected from devices’ sensors.”We’re creating compute capability in end-point devices that scale from our highest performance Xeon processor to the Quark family of products,” Davis said, referring to Intel’s chips.After moving slowly in recent years to adapt its personal computer chips for smartphones and tablets, Intel is determined to make sure it is on the leading edge of future computing trends, industry experts and company executives have said.Adding processors, sensors and web connectivity to devices from soccer balls to industrial machinery, an emerging trend dubbed the Internet of Things, has become a new battleground for Intel, rival Qualcomm and other technology companies.The install base of wireless gadgets will more than double by the end of the decade, with most of the growth coming from smart devices other than PCs and smartphones, according to market research firm ABI Research.Intel’s Internet of Things Group had $530 million in revenue in the September quarter. That accounted for just 4 percent of Intel’s total revenue in the quarter, but it grew 14 percent over the previous year, which was faster than the company’s PC business. Dell, SAP, Tata Consultancy, Accenture and other companies are working with the new reference model, Davis said.(Reporting by Noel Randewich; Editing by Alan Crosby) December 10, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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The One Certainty About the Future Is the Pace of Change Will

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A new generation with new way of doing business is now upon us. It’s the most rapid time of technological transformation ever, as far as information goes. The Chinese developed the printing press many centuries before Johannes Gutenberg created the European printing press within the middle of the 1400s and came out with his first Bibles. Few could afford these printed books made available by presses for an additional several centuries. In contrast, the adoption and invention of digital technologies by over a billion individuals around the world has happened in a couple of decades. In spite of this digital technology saturation in multiple cultures, no generation has yet to live from cradle to grave within the digital age.No major element of modern-day life is untouched by the method in which most of us currently utilize information technologies. For instance, business may be done over greater distances and more quickly, oftentimes with a lot less capital needed to start running. Politicians email constituents, provide video presentations to campaigns upon their websites and give volunteers sophisticated digital tools to organize events. Even religion now has been transformed: Pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, gurus and Buddhist monks reach their audiences through weblogs.With this generation on the scene, how are businesses going to be running for the next five years?Faster innovation.Successful businesses often are well-known for innovating, but a new addition to this might be how quickly you’re able to innovate. It’s because innovation oftentimes takes a big cost. Not all businesses, particularly the small-to-medium enterprises, are able to afford the cost. However, you can’t say “no” to innovation. According to Steve Jobs, if we don’t cannibalize our products, somebody else will. Therefore, you must innovate. Most importantly, you must innovate quicker to save money.Related: Act Now, Assess Later: One Company’s Real-Time TransformationTransparency.It might be a huge game changer within the coming years. Whether you’re planning your strategy for marketing or strategy for employee management, in 2015 and beyond, transparency must be provided the highest priory. The upcoming generation like to work with smart managers who are transparent and honest. Similarly, consumers want honesty and transparency.In 2015, real time data in marketing will out compete fictional stories. As it’ll come to engaging Gen Z workers born from 1994 to 2010, the ideal method of making things run smoothly includes making friends with them.Customer engagement.More and more businesses in 2015 and beyond will be open to feedback from their employees and customers. As an employer, you must understand that you can’t be right all the time. Likewise, as a marketer, you must listen to the consumers’ voice. As a matter of fact, requesting feedback might be a critical strategy for business for 2015 and beyond, according to the experts. Some businesses might utilize their digital marketing platforms, like email marketing and social media, to gain precious feedback from customers. Most importantly, companies must utilize this feedback to identify their drawbacks and then take the appropriate measures to rectify them.Related: Why Big Data Is Your Key to Beefing Up Customer EngagementDigital technology.More businesses are investing in digital technologies to improve profitability and productivity. Some more popular technologies include collaboration and virtual meeting technologies, data mining and analysis, private cloud, mobile application, public cloud infrastructure and data visualization.This trend will increase within the next year. With a boost in laptop and smartphone use, most employers are encouraging the concept of “bring your own device” (BYOD). Organizations will utilize mobile technology to engage and educate their customers, gather data about consumers, promote and sell services and products. The usage of analytics for various business functions, like making a strategy, managing risks, and marketing also is expected to further increase in the coming years.Lastly, with the skill gap widening, it might be challenging to find qualified and trained individuals for high profile jobs. Some companies, as a result, might think about working with colleges to develop new talents.Digital Natives will move marketplaces and transform global politics, education and industries. Changes they bring about while moving into the work place may have a positive effect upon the world in which we live. The digital revolution, by and large, already has made the world a better place. Digital Natives possess every opportunity of propelling society further ahead in many ways — if we allow them to.Related: Don’t Ignore the Cultural Perks Millennials Crave on the Job January 9, 2015last_img read more

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