Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson and his brother Andrew Thomson were rushed to the hospital this morning after an altercation involving knives broke out. Both brothers were reportedly drunk when officers arrived. They each sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries, most notably a stab wound in the back of Mick’s head. The incident took place at Mick’s home in in Clive, Iowa.The band is scheduled for a headlining tour this summer kicking off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, FL. There is no word on whether tour dates will be affected at this time.[Via Billboard.com]
“I’m setting up this GoFundMe to let Quaden know that bullying will not be tolerated, and that he is a wonderful human being who deserves joy,” Williams wrote on the campaign page.“This isn’t just for Quaden, this is for anyone who has been bullied in their lives and told they weren’t good enough,” he added. “Let’s show Quaden and others, that there is good in the world and they are worthy of it.“I have been in touch directly with Quaden’s mother. So I will have their information to book the flights. Funds raised will be spent on two airplane tickets for Quaden and his mother from Australia to Los Angeles, as well as providing a hotel, food, and tickets to Disneyland Park in Anaheim for multiple days.MORE: Once Bullied For Her Love Of Bugs, 8-Year-old Co-Authors Scientific Paper“After all the flights, hotel, tickets, and food is paid for, any excess money will be donated to anti-bullying/anti-abuse charities.”Within 24 hours of creating the campaign, it surged past its original goal of $10,000 and garnered roughly a quarter-million dollars in donations. [Update: By Sunday, February 23, the fund has reached $460,000.]“This is the best of humanity,” wrote Williams in a Twitter update. “I promise every penny donated will be put to good use. It will go to help Quaden and to make sure no child goes through what he went through. YOU ALL ARE AMAZING!” Be Sure And Share The Inspiring Story Of Kindness With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore RELATED: Dad Confronts Bully by Treating Him Like a Son – Now the Homeless Boy Has Money and FriendshipThe video did indeed have a powerful response; since it was uploaded on Tuesday, it has been viewed more than 20 million timesHundreds of thousands of people have sent the family messages of love and support. Sports teams and celebrities such as Hugh Jackman have recorded video messages of encouragement for the youngster.Furthermore, Australian comedian Brad Williams—who also lives with a form of dwarfism—started a GoFundMe in order to raise money to send Quaden and his family to Disneyland. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThousands of people from around the world are rallying behind a 9-year-old Australian boy who was ruthlessly bullied for his dwarfism at his school.Yarraka Bayles was heartbroken to pick up her son Quaden from school in Queensland this week only to find the youngster in tears from being taunted by some other students.Bayles posted a video of Quaden’s emotional response to social media in hopes that it would show kids—and parents—just how devastating bullying can be for a boy.
Vermont Business Magazine The Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Office received the investigation regrading former VTrans Aviation Program Manager Guy Rouelle’s expenditures as a state employee for review on August 17, 2017. The allegations regarding Rouelle were possible misappropriation of state funds. Having completed the review of the matter, the Attorney General’s Office announced today that it declines to prosecute due to insufficient evidence of criminal conduct. This matter was investigated by the Vermont State Police with assistance from the Attorney General’s Office and VTrans.The findings of the Attorney General include the following:Guy Rouelle, May 2015. VBM photo.Guy Rouelle, during his time as VTrans Aviation Program Manager, took helicopter lessons and received a commercial pilot’s license through a combination of Vermont and federal grant funds. Mr. Rouelle also rented helicopters on three occasions following his licensure. Two of these occasions were confirmed to be “fly-in” type events in which local youth flight enthusiasts could meet pilots and view aircraft. A third occasion involved a site visit of a proposed helipad in which individuals were purportedly testing the sound pollution of a helicopter takeoff and landing.Based on the evidence provided to the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Rouelle’s conduct did not violate any explicit and established expenditure rules laid out by VTrans at the time of the alleged offenses. Additionally, Mr. Rouelle appeared to be truthful, though obscure, regarding the purpose of some of the expenditures. Given the lack of evidence of an obvious violation of the expenditure rules and no provable misrepresentation, there is not sufficient evidence on which to base a criminal charge. Therefore, the AGO declines to prosecute.Secretary of Transportation Joe Flynn said: “Once the Governor’s administration took office and began to review practices in the Aviation Division of the Agency of Transportation, numerous concerns were flagged. As a result of these concerns changes were made to improve policies and procedures regarding state purchasing card use, procurement, travel reimbursement and internal controls such as prior approval for purchases and management signoff of expenses forwarded for payment. Our focus was on improving oversight and accountability – which had been undermined – establishing greater transparency and accountability to the Secretary. We greatly appreciate the time the Vermont State Police and the Attorney General’s Office took to evaluate this important matter. While there is insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges, it is clear the agency’s previous internal controls were abused and our changes are intended to prevent it from occurring again.”Source: Vermont AG 2.8.2018
Related Expanding on its commitment to triathletes for 2014, Quintana Roo (QR) will begin a bike rental program geared around the Ironman race series in North America, beginning with the Ironman Texas race on 17 May 2014. QR will make its full range of tri-specific bikes available at a dozen Ironman events via an online reservation system at RentQR.com or a link through the individual Ironman race sites.The rental service as provided by QR will address the concern of many athletes who wish to ride a pro-grade race bicycle at a destination event but face the dual challenges of travel expense and logistics with their current bikes. QR staff will also be on-hand at all Ironman events where the rental service is available to service and fit bicycles.“We’ve had requests for this at almost every race we’ve attended over the last three years,” said Peter Hurley CEO of American Bicycle Group, the parent company of QR. “When you look at the cost of traveling with a bike, the need for a bike case, and the confidence necessary to pack it safely, this is a great solution.”QR will increase its presence at Ironman events for the next three years with an increased footprint and expanded service offerings to triathletes. The rental program is positioned as an easy way for an athlete to ‘upgrade their bike for race day without having to spend US$7,000 or more for the latest gear.’“There are a bunch of different ways for athletes to transport their bike to a race,” added Mac McEneaney, Director of Sales and Marketing for Quintana Roo. “But I think a lot of athletes don’t want to be without their bike for the two weeks it typically takes to ship. Additionally, we have had dozens of international athletes approach us at race expos asking for this option. We think it will be a success.”Triathletes who visit RentQR.com will have the chance to review bike choices and place a reservation. Each confirmed registration will be accompanied by a fit review session with a certified QR staff member to confirm the size of bike and fit requirements of the athlete prior to the event.Quintana Roo was the first company to create a triathlon-specific wetsuit over 25 years ago, and then a tri-specific bike two years later. QR notes that it ‘remains the only company in the world wholly committed to triathlon by focusing solely on creating the best fitting and most aerodynamic, functional triathlon bikes in existence.’www.quintanarootri.com
New Shawnee Mission superintendent’s contract includes same car allowance, tax-sheltered annuity as Hinson’s. Incoming Shawnee Mission Superintendent Michael Fulton’s compensation package will be roughly the same as what Jim Hinson received his final year in the district. KCUR’s Sam Zeff reports that in addition to the $250,000 base salary announced when the board hired him earlier this month, Fulton will receive a $1,000 a month car allowance and a $24,000 per year tax-sheltered annuity. Those were perks that were part of Hinson’s contract when he retired from the district. Hinson was making $254,280 in base salary his final year with the district. [Shawnee Mission Reveals Details Of Superintendent’s $250,000 Salary —KCUR]Shawnee Mission will accept transfer applications starting March 1. Families interested having their children attend a Shawnee Mission school outside their neighborhood boundaries can put in a transfer application March 1. The district has announced that the following schools will not be open to transfer students “due to enrollment adjustments and/or high enrollment”: ApacheIS, Briarwood, Broken Arrow, Christa McAuliffe, Corinth, East Antioch, Mill Creek, Overland Park, Rhein Benninghoven, Rising Star, Shawanoe and Sunflower. You can find out more about the application process here.
Gary was joined on today’s podcast by Intel’s VP and General Manager, Jason Goecke, and Intel Unite Worldwide Director of Sales & Technical Enablement, Dave Buchholz to talk about the new Unite Cloud platform, Unite release version 4.1 and the development around the Intel Unite plug-in community. Intel will be at the ISE Show in Amsterdam next month in Hall 11 stand A170 so listen to this podcast and make plans to see the new features demonstrated. We believe its new classroom management and teacher-control features could make Unite the premier higher education collaboration platform in 2020.Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS
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Governor Martin O’Malley joined Vice President Joseph Biden at the Port of Baltimore to highlight the $10 million in federal grants given to Maryland through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), which will improve the infrastructure and strengthen the economy for middle class families.During the event, the two were joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes, U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings, and other elected officials.The TIGER grant program allows for the Port of Baltimore to increase its cargo handling capacity and provide rail access at its Fairfield Marine Terminal.“With today’s announcement, we are rebuilding our infrastructure in order to compete in a modern economy,” said Governor O’Malley.“Together, with the Obama Administration and our federal partners, we’re moving the Port of Baltimore forward, creating jobs and connecting our State with cities and ports half a world away.”With the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, Maryland is activating long-term strategies to invest in Maryland’s transportation systems, and supporting 57,200 jobs with $4.4 billion in new investments in the next six years.[mappress]Press Release, September 11, 2013
Deep Casing Tools has announced the signing of a frame agreement with Statoil Petroleum AS.The company says that the contract covers the supply of Deep Casing Tools’ revolutionary drillable casing and liner reamer technology, including its high-speed, drillable reaming system, the Turbocaser™ Express, already deployed by Statoil. The agreement applies to the Norwegian Continental Shelf and has a contract life of two years with three option periods of two years each.Deep Casing Tools CEO Lance Davis said: “This very significant multi-year agreement cements the foundation of our Norwegian and North Sea business as we continue to build our track record.“The opportunity in Norway, as in other arenas, is to provide solutions to some key industry drivers: risk reduction when running tubulars to total depth, reducing flat time and trouble zone costs, and improving well bore conditions for cement placement and integrity.“In answer to growing industry demand, we have now supplied more than 200 tools globally.”[mappress mapid=”714″]
After initial talks between the owners of both companies, Columbia and Marlow have confirmed that they are now “well into investigations” into a future equal partnership of the two parties.The companies recently established a joint venture aimed at developing enhanced IT solutions for digitalised ship management and crew training at Marlow’s training centre in the Philippines.Columbia Shipmanagement is part of the Schoeller Holdings group, along with multipurpose vessel operator AAL Shipping.www.marlow-navigation.comwww.columbia-shipmanagement.comwww.aalshipping.com