Gulliver Prep students develop straws that detect rape drugs

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first_imgCarolina Baigorri, one of the students involved, said she wanted to lower that statistic. “We decided that we really wanted to help change that,” she said. “This product could have such a big impact in the world and just using it could save so many people from really dangerous types of situations and becoming a victim.”The girls entered their straw into the Business Plan Challenge where they took home first place.The judges were impressed with the simplicity of the product, which may easily find a place of prominence in restaurants, nightclubs and college campuses.“We actually did a survey at Northwestern, and we received feedback from the sororities and fraternities that 85 percent of the people would use them,” Cappello said.The trio said they are even more encouraged to continue developing additional products.They even got a patent for their idea before others copied it.“Just taking the precaution, keeping it with you, at least just try,” said Victoria Roca. “It doesn’t affect you in any way, so just to feel safe. That’s our main goal: to help people feel safe.” PINECREST, FLA. (WSVN) – Three South Florida high school students have designed a smart straw that can detect date rape drugs in drinks.The three Gulliver Preparatory School students are too young to drink but aren’t too young to develop a product designed to combat rape crimes.Victoria Roca, Susana Cappello and Carolina Baigorri came up with the idea in one of their classes at school.The straw identifies whether the drug is in your drink. “If it is clear, then that indicates that there is no ketamine or GHB [gamma hydroxy butyrate] in your alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink,” said Susana Cappello.If the straw strip comes out blue, it means the drink was tampered with.Before developing the actual smart straw, the students did their homework. They learned that one in every five women is a victim of rape and that roofies, GHB and ketamine can be used to spike drinks.The straw detects all three drugs. All three students plan to study business when they get to college.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Santa Claus brings holiday cheer to Miami hospital

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Christmas came early for a group of children and families at the Miami Cancer Institute where Santa Claus stopped by for a special celebration, Wednesday.Santa Claus helped spread some holiday cheer to the young patients by handing out presents to all the little boys and girls.“This is so important for all of these kids. It provides them with so much happiness and joy in this environment,” said pediatrics nurse Alicia Depazos.The celebration took place in, what the hospital calls, the “Infusion-arium,” where children experience unique virtual reality activities during treatment. Activities include a virtual trip to outer space.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Photo shows BSO deputy praying over hospital bed of Stoneman Douglas survivor

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first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy has developed a special connection with one of the injured victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.A photo shows the very moment BSO deputy Brenda Louis prayed at the bedside of 15-year-old Kyle Laman, who had just come out of surgery.“It was so much sadness. You can feel it in the atmosphere,” Louis said.Laman was shot in the leg but escaped with his life from Stoneman Douglas High School.“We were all impacted by this tragedy,” she said.As a mother, the situation was tough on Louis.“Just seeing him lying there, it was just kept getting a reminder that could’ve been my son,” Louis said. She became overwhelmed with emotion, but she said her faith came through.“I actually kept hearing a voice that you need to pray, I just kept hearing that voice,” Louis said.Louis complied, and for 10 minutes straight, she said she prayed for strength, healing and better days.“I didn’t even know there was a picture taken of me,” she said.Though thousands have since viewed the candid photo, the private moment, is one the pair will share for a lifetime.“I think we are gonna be connected forever,” she said.Laman was asleep when the photo was taken last week — so the two didn’t get to talk. However, Louis has since returned to the hospital so they could formally meet and speak. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Miami Gardens vice mayor Feeding South Florida team up for food distribution

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first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A concerned community came together in Miami Gardens to help feed a need to those less fortunate.Almost a thousand people lined up for a food distribution at Grace United Community Church, off Miami Gardens Drive, Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.The event was hosted by Miami Gardens Vice Mayor Erhabor Ighodaro in collaboration with Feeding South Florida.Sixty volunteers handed out food to anyone who needed it. Ighodaro was among the volunteers.“There would not be a line if there’s no need. There’s need, and those that need, need help,” he said. “Those that don’t need come and help those that have need, so this is what we’re doing, and we’re doing this every month. It’s about helping others.”For more information on the monthly food distributions or if you’d like to volunteer, call 305-622-8000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Lemon City Cemetery receives historic landmark designation plaque in Miami

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Community leaders honored a part of Miami history by unveiling a landmark designation plaque at Lemon City Cemetery.Dating back to the early 1900s, the cemetery will now be preserved as a memorial park following Tuesday’s event.Lemon City Cemetery was rediscovered in 2009 when construction workers unearthed bones near Northwest 71st Street and Fourth Avenue.“Historic cemeteries are important cultural and archeological resources,” said local historian Dr. Enid Pinkney, whose grandfather is buried at the cemetery. “They provide us with information on the history of the community and are places that commemorate the dead and the past.”The location is recognized as one of Miami’s oldest cemeteries with 525 people buried there, including many black Americans of Bahamian descent.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sohi Freshman To Perform At Carnegie Hall

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first_imgThe Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue. In addition to the performance on stage, Katie will also be involved in music-based activities in New York City. Katherine Delker’s performance scheduled for Sunday, February 4th in New York City. Katherine Delker, a 9th grade student at Soldotna High School, has been selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Katie will perform Soprano 1 in February with the Honors Women’s Choir.  Participation is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the nation.The performance at Carnegie Hall is scheduled for Sunday, February 4th. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Many blessed with vocal talents envision the day when they can be on stage, maybe one of the grandest stages; how about Carnegie Hall.center_img Katie will join other performers from the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.  All will perform at Carnegie Hall. Katie Delker on nomination processAudio PlayerDecker-on-nomination-process.mp3VmDecker-on-nomination-process.mp300:00RPd Katie Delker on choir and tour eventsAudio PlayerDecker-on-choir-and-activities.mp3VmDecker-on-choir-and-activities.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Borough Landfills Once A Week Closure Starts Next Month

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first_imgThe FY2017 budget put forth a plan to close Borough landfills one day a week for the entire year. The Assembly ultimately compromised and decided it would keep landfills open seven days a week from May to September. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted back in 2016 to close Borough dumps on Sunday from October to May. Sunday October 7, will kick off the seasonal landfill closure. From October to May each year the landfill will be open 8am to 5pm, Monday-Saturday. The Central Peninsula Landfill and Kasilof, Kenai, Nikiski and Sterling Transfer Sites will be closed on Sundays for the winter beginning October 7 through April 28, 2019. Sundays will re-open for the summer season. Questions? Call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department (907) 262-9667.last_img read more

Soldotna Kaladis To Donate New Years Proceeds

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first_imgScott Heuiser, Soldotna Store Manager: “We are keeping the money local. 100% of our beverage sales on News Years day will go to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Soldotna.”  Baristas at Kaladi Brothers will be donating their wages, tips, and total sales towards the Boys and Girls Club of Soldotna. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kaladi Brothers employees at the Kobuk store in Soldotna will once again be spending New Year’s Day volunteering their time to support a local non profit. Last year the store donated over $1,000 towards Royal Family KIDS- Kenai camp. Heuiser: “It’s all about investing in the future of children so their futures can be brighter.” The Royal Family KIDS camp is a network of people giving up their time to make a difference in the lives of local orphaned and abandoned children.last_img read more

Donnelleys Offer to Buy Quebecor Bad Deal for Creditors

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first_imgAn analysis of the publicly-available documents centers on three or four potentially deal-breaking elements: •  Timing. Donnelley’s offer was made just weeks before creditors were to vote on the Quebecor reorganization plan, and two months before the scheduled emergence from bankruptcy. If the plan to emerge from bankruptcy is forestalled, creditors stand to go for weeks or even months past the expected mid-July exit without receiving any of the cash that may be coming to them as part of the restructuring. •  Costs. The costs of the Chapter 11 process are close to $100 million to date and are mounting at a rate of several million per month. Also, $750 million in reorganization financing expires on July 21st. If the reorganization and emergence from bankruptcy proceed on schedule by July 10, then that money will be used. If not, it needs to be refinanced at a cost of tens of millions of dollars. •  Terms. First, it appears there is no official binding offer, just a non-binding letter expressing interest. Second, Donnelley is proposing an asset sale, meaning that employees and liabilities such as unfunded pensions are not included.•  Government regulatory oversight. The merging of the two largest printers in North America will trigger what is likely to be a lengthy antitrust review.Interestingly, the Donnelley offer and the Quebecor reorganization plan have similar terms. Donnelley offered cash to creditors equal to what Quebecor World was offering—$700 million—plus cash on the balance sheet as of June 30, 2009, amounting to $257 million, plus 30 million shares of Donnelley stock. That represents about 15 percent of the total of Donnelley’s outstanding shares, with a value of about $394 million. Quebecor’s bankruptcy offer is valued at about $1.5 billion, including the $700 million in cash and the rest in stock. (The total number of $1.5 billion is different because of the valuation of post-bankruptcy Quebecor stock.) Donnelley’s stated assumption is that its publicly-traded stock is more attractive to Quebecor World’s  creditors than the newly-issued securities of a new standalone company. On the other hand, there is no acquisition premium other than that, making it the rough equivalent of the Quebecor reorganization plan and perhaps not providing enough incentive to the creditors. And premium becomes penalty when factoring in how creditors who are expecting to get cash in July are severely disadvantaged by having to wait weeks, or even months, to get paid. Offer Not Appealing for Creditors?QW’s creditors—mainly bank and bond debt held by a number of private equity firms—also would have to reconcile several massive new costs under the Donnelley offer. Because it is an asset sale, liabilities are not covered. A Quebecor World liquidation analysis shows a pension plan underfunded by some $392 million, a portion of which might be covered by the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, an agency similar to the FDIC. But some of the pension money will have to be picked up by creditors, reducing their payout in an asset-only acquisition by Donnelley. The Quebecor liquidation analysis also explores the exposure for the company should it have to terminate its 17,000 North American employees. Severance costs, the document indicates, would total about $360 million. That number would be roughly applicable in a Donnelley sale if one assumes that Donnelley won’t need Quebecor plants or people. And Donnelley possesses capacity in its existing operations to absorb perhaps as much as 80 percent of the Quebecor business without affecting its current schedules, and the rest with schedule adjustments. Quebecor creditors would be faced a major hit on severance in an asset acquisition by Donnelley. More than that, the Quebecor disclosure statement suggests that should many Quebecor plants be closed in an asset sale the company would face a high cost in customer-damage claims. This is especially true because Donnelley states in its letter of interest that it would only retain “specific” contracts from Quebecor.  Then too, if an asset sale goes forward, it would have to clear regulatory terms under the Hart Scott Rodino Act, which provides for FTC and Justice Department antitrust review of mergers and acquisitions, and provides a complex formula that looks at marketshare of combined companies. In the case of these two printing giants, geographic locations, plus markets including commercial print and publication printing, would come into play. Such a review could take six or more months.For Quebecor’s creditors, a six-month review with no guarantee of approval at the end would seem less than appealing.Those six months would be clouded with uncertainty, affecting sales and retention alike. SEE ALSO: Quebecor World to Change NameThe well-publicized letter sent by R.R. Donnelley to Quebecor World nearly a month ago expressing an interest in buying its assets has led to a cascading assumption throughout the industry that such a sale is a fait accompli.But a comprehensive review of documents in the Quebecor bankruptcy case (there are more than 1,700 documents) and analysis of the terms Donnelley is offering suggest that there is less to the offer than meets the eye, and that the $1.35 billion Donnelley offer is not the best deal for Quebecor creditors.  The review of the documents comes as the Quebecor World board of directors is expected imminently to vote on a response to the Donnelley letter. last_img read more

CNET Launches a WebtoPrint Quarterly

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first_imgAfter almost 20 years online, CNET is looking to print to expand its brand. Today the CBS Interactive tech website revealed its new quarterly magazine, which will feature exclusive content separate from the Web.The first issue rolls out with an introductory $5.99 cover price, which is priced a bit higher than several  newstand issues, but  lower than several quarterly or biannual SIPs. Readers also have the option to pre-order the winter issue, which arrives in March, but no other subscription options are available yet.The New York Times reports that CNET is guaranteeing advertisers a circulation of 200,000 for the initial release. It also reports that the rate card prices a one-time four-color full-page ad at $40,000.CNET is looking to capitalize on a Web-to-print trend that is becoming quite common as of late. WebMD, Pitchfork and AllRecipes are just a few brands that are leveraging the analog medium.last_img read more