Vermont Public Radio wins seven regional Edward R Murrow Awards

first_imgVermont Public Radio,Vermont Public Radio has been honored with seven regional Edward R Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). VPR received awards in the following categories: news series, breaking news coverage, sports, documentary, use of sound, newscast, and writing.”These awards truly represent a team effort, particularly the coverage of Tropical Storm Irene,’said John Van Hoesen, VPRâ s vice president for news and programming. “As a public broadcaster, we are accountable to the community we serve.  We are honored to receive these awards because they go to the heart of VPRâ s mission to provide an essential and trusted independent voice for news and information in our region.âThe winning coverage includes:UVM At  A Crossroads (News Series)A collection of news pieces in the days following Tropical Storm Irene (Breaking News)A profile of the pitcher from Stowe who inspired the Bruce Springsteen Hit â Glory Daysâ  (Sports)The Irene Effect (Documentary)A primer on how to call an auction (Use Of Sound)A newscast from the morning after Tropical Storm Irene (Newscast)A story about the theremin, an obscure musical instrument, and one manâ s work to renew appreciation for it(Writing)In all, 14 awards were made in the small market radio category for the region, which includes all of the New England states. Vermont Public Radio will be honored at a ceremony this spring and it will now be entered in all of these categories for the national awards.The RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 3,000 news directors, news associates, educators and students. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, the association is dedicated to setting standards for newsgathering and reporting. Although news techniques and technologies are constantly changing, RTDNA’s commitment to encouraging excellence in the electronic journalism industry remains the same. VPR. 4.12.2012last_img read more

Shawnee Mission students show strong at Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair

first_imgStuti Dalal receiving her award at this weekend’s Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair. Photo via Twitter.Two Shawnee Mission West students will advance to the Kansas BioGENEius Challenge finals later this year after taking Grand Awards in the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair over the weekend.Register to continuelast_img

Want to Learn More About the Industry’s Only Proposed AV-over-IP Standard, IPMX?

first_imgThe Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) launched a new website Monday dedicated to the alliance’s Internet Protocol Media Experience (IPMX) proposed set of open standards and specifications.“The IPMX website makes it easy for anyone to learn more about this exciting approach to AV over IP,” said David Chiappini, working group chair, Pro AV Workgroup at AIMS. “In addition to outlining the fundamentals of IPMX and the benefits it enables, the website provides up-to-date information on related events and presentations by industry experts. The site is a one-stop shop for those interested in finding out more about IPMX and how it can be implemented within their operations.”Implementing a standards-based approach built on SMPTE ST 2110, IPMX proposes open standards and specifications designed to enable carriage of compressed and uncompressed video-, audio- and data-over-IP networks. The proposed IPMX roadmap also includes specifications beneficial to ProAV installations, such as AMWA NMOS IS-04 for discovery and registration and AMWA NMOS IS-05 for connection management and others for copy protection and security.The new AIMS website details the proposed IPMX road map, provides further information about the standards on which it is based and offers educational and reference materials including AIMS presentations, news and white papers focusing on IP for the media and ProAV industries.last_img read more

Phoenix has added more construction jobs than all other metros

first_imgThe Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area added the most construction jobs of any metro area in the nation during the past twelve months, according to an analysis released by the Associated General Contractors of America today. As local construction firms expand their payrolls, the national association and its local chapters are taking steps to prepare the next generation of construction workers amid significant construction worker shortages.“Phoenix has gone from being the poster child for the construction depression to the best job market for construction workers in the country,” said Brian Turmail, national spokesman for the Associated General Contractors of America. “Yet the construction industry in Arizona and across the country faces significant and costly workforce shortages.”Turmail noted that the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area added 13,800 new construction jobs between March 2018 and March 2019, an 11 percent increase. He added that the area added the most construction jobs among the 358 metro areas the association tracks. There are 134,900 people working in construction in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area today, up from a post-recession low of 80,000 in March 2011.The association spokesman said the Phoenix area was not alone when it comes to adding construction jobs. Nationwide, 218 out of 358 metro areas added construction jobs during the past year, including the Tucson, Prescott and Flagstaff metro areas. But he cautioned that the 2019 Construction Hiring & Business Outlook the association released earlier this year found that 78 percent of contractors report having a hard time finding qualified workers to hire.Turmail noted that construction employment is expanding in most parts of the country at a time when many older workers are retiring and too few young adults are considering high-paying careers in construction. He noted that one reason for that is that public investments in career and technical education have declined significantly for much of the past several decades. That is why the association released its new Workforce Development Plan, which outlines a series of steps federal officials should take to make it easier to establish construction training programs, he added.The plan calls for doubling federal funding for career and technical education programs over the next five years. It also calls on federal officials to evaluate schools based on how many students graduate into high-paying jobs like those available in construction, in addition to how many enter college. And the plan calls for comprehensive immigration reform that allows more individuals with construction skills to legally enter the country, a path to legal status for workers already in the country and measures to secure the border.Turmail added that the association is also working to recruit more young adults in the construction industry. He noted that the association recently launched a targeted digital advertising campaign in Phoenix and other fast-growing metro areas designed to attract a broad range of younger people into the industry. And he noted that the association’s local chapters, the Arizona Chapter, AGC and the Arizona Builders Alliance, as well as the broader local business community, are taking steps a range of steps to address workforce shortages.“Phoenix would be adding even more new construction jobs if our member firms could find people to hire,” said David Martin, the president of the Arizona Chapter, AGC. “Yet one of the surest paths to a good career and middle class life style is working in the state’s construction industry,” he added, noting that construction jobs pay 10 percent more than the average job nationwide. “Arizona’s education system is not producing enough builders,” said Tom Dunn, the president of the Arizona Builders Alliance. “But too few people appreciate the many benefits of pursuing construction careers, which is why we are working with a broad business coalition to launch a new region-wide construction recruiting campaign later this year.“Unless we can find a way to encourage more young adults to pursue high-paying careers in construction, contractors in Arizona and across the country will face significant workforce shortages,” the construction association spokesman added.last_img read more

MTT 420RR Turbine Hyperbike – 420hp & 810Nm of MADNESS!

first_imgThe creators of the Y2K turbine-powered motorcycle is back with a bigger project which has been dubbed the MTT 420RR.Using a Rolls Royce Allison – 250-C20 Series Gas Turbine engine, Marine Turbine Technologies is planning for their upcoming MTT 420RR to produce 420hp and 810Nm of torque!No news on when the bike will be officially introduced but with the specs stated by MTT, it’ll probably be the fastest road-going production motorcycle of all time. The creators of the super manic turbine-powered Y2K superbike are back with a bigger and more “off the charts CRAZY” project. Like most manufacturers, they too felt that they can and should do better than their previous 320hp turbine-powered Y2K superbike which was built back in 2000.Just when you thought that having around 200hp on the standard road-going superbikes that are available in the current market to date, the folks over at Marine Turbine Technologies feel that bigger is always better and their next project is a BEAST.After 17 years of success with their larger than life Y2K motorcycle that produces 320hp and goes up to 227mp/h (around 365km/h), they’re turning everything up to 11 with their upcoming MTT 420RR turbine-powered monstrosity.Using a Rolls Royce Allison – 250-C20 Series Gas Turbine Engine usually used for powering helicopters of the face of the Earth, MTT is tuning it to churn out a massive 420hp at 52,000rpm and 810Nm of head-decapitating torque as low as 2,000rpm.All that firepower is transferred down to the rear 17-inch carbon fibre Dymag wheel via a 2-speed automatic gearbox and a final chain drive. Together with its aluminium alloy frame and a fuel tank capacity of 34 litres of diesel and kerosene, the MTT 420RR sits roughly at around 226kg which is roughly around the average weight of a cruiser.Of course, just talking about it won’t probably make much sense considering how crazy it sounds right about now. That’s why MTT has released a short snippet to turn all the doubters into believers. Check out the soundtrack in the video below! To add a bit of class into the mix, the new 420RR will come with a colour dash monitor and control screen make sure that all the information regarding the helicopter engine sitting right in between the rider’s legs are functioning as it should.All in all, we’re confident that once this baby is up for sale, it will be the most powerful and fastest road-going motorcycle to world has ever seen. All we can do now is wait or if you’re interested to know the complete specs of the MTT 420RR, CLICK HERE.Source: Marine Turbine Technologies–Ads–last_img read more

West Point graduate Chris Rowley wins MLB debut

first_img Related Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chris Rowley, a former first lieutenant in the Army, won his first career start for the Toronto Blue Jays.The 26-year-old right-hander made his debut against Pittsburgh on Saturday and won 7-2. He allowed one run and five hits in five and a third innings.Rowley is the first graduate of the United States Military Academy to reach the Majors.He was undrafted after graduating from West Point in 2013 and signed with Toronto. Rowley played for Toronto’s Rookie League affiliate in 2013. He then missed the 2014 and 2015 minor league seasons while on active duty, including a stint in Bulgaria.In the minor leagues this season, Rowley was 6-6 in 27 games, 11 starts, with an earned run average of 2.29.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Washington Nationals Minor League Report: April 23

first_imgFrom staff and wire reports: On DeckThe final game of the three-game series and five-game Senators homestand is Wednesday at noon against Altoona. Harrisburg sends RH Sterling Sharp to the mound against RH Scooter Hightower for Altoona.  On Capitol HillThe pitching staff combined to strike out 16 batters led by Erick Fedde‘s 11 strikeouts. Fedde went 5.2 innings and allowed eight hits but just two earned runs, one on a home run. Taylor Guilbeau followed by retiring all three batters he faced spanning two innings. Mario Sanchezfaced one hitter and struck him out. Dan Jennings made his Nationals’ organization debut and pitched one inning allowing the tying run to score but also stranding the go ahead run at second with a strikeout. He also picked up the win when the Sens scored in the last of the eighth. James Bourque pitched a perfect ninth inning including striking out the final two batters to earn his third save. Not only did the five pitchers combine to strike out 16, they didn’t walk a batter. With the GavelIan Sagdal delivered the big blow, a three-run home run in the fifth inning to give the Senators a 4-2 lead. Adrian Sanchez had two hits including a triple leading off the eighth inning. Tyler Goeddel tripled and scored a run. Drew Ward and Erick Fedde both had RBI singles with Ward’s giving the Sens the lead in the eighth. Luis Garcia started the game with a single to right.  Fresno (AAA Pacific Coast League): OFF. The game will resume Wednesday, April 24 at 5:05 p.m. The two squads will finish the nine inning game with KJ Harrison  starting at third and Jamori Blash at the plate. Approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game, the two teams will begin a seven inning contest.Please follow and like us: Potomac (High-A Carolina League): For the fifth time in April, the Potomac Nationals (8-11) failed to plate a run, as the Salem Red Sox took the series opener 2-0 on Tuesday night. RHP Jackson Tetreault (L, 2-1) allowed just one run over six innings in his second straight quality start for Potomac, but LHPJhonathan Diaz (W, 1-1) tallied his best start of the season for the Red Sox. Diaz allowed just three men to reach scoring position over six-shutout innings, while the Salem bullpen faced just one over the minimum over the final three frames. Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns and Greenville Drive were suspended in the bottom of the third inning with two outs with Greenville in front 4-3 at Municipal Stadium Tuesday night.  First pitch at Northwest Federal Field on Wednesday night is set for 7:05pm. center_img Freeman led off the sixth inning with a single for Potomac, but was caught stealing for the first time in eight attempts on the season. In the home half of the seventh inning, RHP Joan Martinez hit SS David Masterswith a pitch with two outs, but Masters was stranded at first base. CF Armond Upshaw drew a leadoff walk in the eighth inning, but was caught stealing by C Nick Sciortino. After Monge’s single made it 2-0 Salem in the ninth inning, RHP Jake Cosart (SV, 2) struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning, which closed out Salem’s victory. Off of the shutout, Potomac will turn the page to Wednesday night, when they’ll face Salem RHP Bryan Mata (1-0, 0.54). The Red Sox’s right-handed starter hasn’t allowed an earned run since his season debut (4/6) and has 17 strikeouts over 16.2 innings in his second trip around the Carolina League. The P-Nats will counter with LHP Nick Raquet (1-2, 6.43) in an effort to level the series. Raquet allowed five runs on 10 hits in a loss to Winston-Salem on Thursday night. The first four innings were fairly uneventful for both teams, as neither side put a runner past second base. Tetreault ran into trouble in the fifth frame, as DH Joseph Monge drew a leadoff walk. Monge, in his first game with the Red Sox after he started the season at AA Portland, scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly from RF Jagger Rusconi, and then drove in a run in the ninth inning. Monge plated SS Ryan Fitzgerald with a two-out single off of RHP Jeremy McKinney in the final frame. Turning PointTrailing 2-0 against Cam Vieaux into the bottom of the fifth inning, Tyler Goeddel tripled with one out which brought to the plate Erick Fedde. Fedde had one RBI in his minor league batting career prior to the at bat, but with the infield in, he singled to right to drive in Goeddel. The single ignited the Sens offense and later in the inning, Sagdal hit his three-run home run.  Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): On Tuesday night, the Senators rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Altoona 5-4 for their season-high seventh consecutive win. The Senators are 16-2 on the season while Altoona is 8-10. Ian Sagdal capped a four-run fifth inning with a three-run home run to give the Sens a 4-2 lead. After Altoona rallied for runs in the sixth and eighth innings, Drew Ward singled to drive in Adrian Sanchez with the go ahead run in the eighth. Dan Jennings earned the win for the Sens and James Bourque his third save with a perfect ninth inning.  FilibustersThe seven-game win streak is a season high. They’ve already had a six-game and now seven-game winning streak.The Senators are a perfect 16-0 on any day but Sunday.After 18 games, this is the best start in modern Sens history (since 1987). The 14 games over .500 is the most over .500 since the final day of the 2011 season when the Senators finished 80-62.The Senators came into the game having committed just six errors on the season but committed four in the game.Harrisburg is a perfect 5-0 against Altoona.  Potomac’s offense scuffled against the league’s third ranked pitching staff. DH Cole Freeman double with one out in the fourth inning, but was stranded at second base. The P-Nats then loaded the bases with two outs on a single and two walks in the fifth inning, but 2B Osvaldo Abreu flied out to right field on the first pitch he saw from Diaz.last_img read more

Aurora, Denver metro brewers, distillers rally against possible retail initiative

first_imgDENVER | About a dozen craft brewers and a smattering of liquor store owners from across Colorado gathered at Denver’s Ale House at Amato’s Wednesday afternoon, May 27, marking one of the first public displays of support against a possible 2016 ballot initiative.Under the moniker Keep Colorado Local, the Front Range beer masters were rallying in opposition to potential changes to state liquor laws. The group tapped the first-ever batch of Keep Colorado LocALE, a new beer made from Colorado-grown ingredients intended to act as a conversational launch pad for bartenders and patrons. Nearly a dozen regional breweries will be serving the beer in their taprooms in the coming months, and the recipe will later be shared with other Colorado suds slingers in hope of widening the scope of dialogue.At issue is whether grocery and convenience stores should be allowed to sell full-strength beer and liquor. Currently, grocery stores in Colorado cannot sell beer that contains more than 3.2 percent alcohol by volume and franchise liquor licenses aren’t permitted for grocery and conveniences stores, though franchises are allowed one full-strength alcohol outpost in the state. “Only the future will tell, but it could definitely put us in a precarious situation and, I think, a lot of breweries (as well),” said Tim Evon, head brewer at Dry Dock Brewing Company’s South Dock in Aurora.Proponents of a change toward allowing harder beverages in retail outlets argue that the current laws are decades old and that consumers should have more of a choice in regards to where they can purchase full-strength booze. Opponents — largely made up of professionals in the brewing, distilling and liquor distribution industries —argue that changing the law will largely wipe out the state’s independent liquor stores, which could decimate Colorado’s craft beer industry.“It would be completely devastating to my business,” said Carolyn Joy, owner of Joy Wine and Spirits on East Sixth Avenue and Marion Street in Denver. “We wouldn’t be able to have the variety we’d like, and distribution would be disrupted for sure.”This is not the first time this topic has reared its head, however, as several attempts to change current liquor laws have been made at the state Capitol in recent years. Each attempt was snuffed, so grocery executives are aiming to get the question on the 2016 general election ballot.“The liquor stores, of course, love the Prohibition-era laws that give them a monopoly, and there’s no amount of silly spin and gimmickry they won’t use to protect it at the expense of Colorado consumers,” said Rich Coolidge, spokesman for Colorado Consumers for Choice, the organization vying to get the issue into the hands of Colorado voters. “We congratulate the liquor store monopolies on the launch of their new beer. Wouldn’t it be great if you could pick it up while you’re shopping for dinner?  When this debate runs its course, we believe Colorado beer and wine consumers will have exactly that choice, the same choice that consumers already have in 45 other craft-brew-loving states.”There are currently just under 300 breweries and 1,600 independent liquor stores in the state, according to Keep Colorado Local. The coalition kicked off its opposition effort with a meeting at Argonaut Wine & Liquor in Denver on March 19.“If you were trying to define the exact opposite of a monopoly, you’d only have to look at Colorado’s current liquor system with nearly 1,600 independent businesses competing against each other,” Denise Baron, spokeswoman and organizer with Keep Colorado Local said in response to Coolidge’s comments. “We have a level playing field that allows each person to own one liquor store. That means anyone from the mom-and-pop store around the corner to Wal-mart have the same opportunity.”In order to make the ballot, Colorado Consumers for Choice must file a petition with at least 98,492 verified signatures with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office by Aug. 8, 2016. The organization’s Facebook page had more than 43,000 likes as of May 27. Tim Evon, head brewer at Dry Dock Brewing Company’s South Dock in Aurora, raises a glass of Keep Colorado LocALE in Denver on May 27. Image Courtesy of Keep Colorado Local.last_img read more