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VIDEO: 15 years-old Russian handball girl Kristina Kotolup brutal foul

first_img3 Comments karol 16. March 2017. at 17:04 ShareTweetShareShareEmail ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe 15 years-old Russian handball girl Kristina Kotolup made something brutal at the match of her team Rostov Don against Moscow region in national Championship for generation 2001. After foul for 7-meter throw in the second half, nervous Kotolup stepped on face of girl from opposite side.She was immediately sent-off…. Kristina Kotolup – please – in view of your action… you should never be playing handball again in your life…!! Wait till you meet your maker…. Related Items: 3 Comments center_img Sick bitch. She should be banned for her actions. How brutal can anyone be – there is the answer ! DillerBob 26. March 2017. at 11:36 Anonymous 24. March 2017. at 16:29 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Largest Successful Mind-Over-Matter Experiments in History

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe first worldwide double-blind experiments to test the power of intention have produced extraordinary evidence that we can change the physical properties of plants and speed up their growth when we harness the power of ‘group mind’ over matter.The studies have involved thousands of “intenders” around the world sending intention to targets under strictly scientifically controlled conditions through the Intention Experiment website and during individual gatherings around the world.For these initial experiments, Lynne McTaggart, who has become an internationally recognized spokesperson on the science of spirituality as the author of the classic bestseller The Field, and, more recently, The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World, paired up with a team of scientists at the University of Arizona. The results of the glowing intention were so strong that they could readily be seen in digital biophoton photographs using powerful CCD cameras.Most recently, McTaggart, partnered with noted Russian physicist Konstantin Korotkov, carried out a successful Intention Experiment involving thousands of people from 80 countries around the globe, who were instructed to send love to a little vial of water in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Sophisticated equipment later showed that this experiment changed it essential properties, specifically its light emissions. This result has vast implications about the power of thought to clean up the world’s polluted water supply.McTaggart’s ‘global laboratory’ is now moving on to a ‘mini-Gaia’  which will involve constructing a little terrarium and asking readers to attempt to lower its temperature.“If we find we have a significant effect, the implications of it — that our collective thoughts could tackle global warming — will be extraordinary,” she says.She is also working with top scientists to design experiments to see if group intention can lower violence in certain hotspots in the world, raise the educational results in the US’s poorest districts and increase the availability of certain biofuels.“Although the first experiments have ‘worked,’ it’s important to understand that all we have at the moment is an intriguing demonstration of possibility, and not one single definitive statement,” says Lynne. “Each scientific experiment must be replicated many times to be accepted as fact.“But here is the first evidence that one good thought is all it takes to change the world.”Lynne McTaggart is the award-winning author of five books. Wayne Dyer called The Field “the most profound and enlightening book I have ever read.” She was also featured in the film What the BLEEP!? Down the Rabbit Hole. Learn more at TheIntentionExperiment.com.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore They decided to test whether thoughts could make seeds sprout earlier and grow faster.  In each instance the Arizona scientists prepared four sets of seeds — one set of seeds, and three controls — to eliminate chance findings.  Prior to each study, the lab emailed McTaggart photos of all four sets of seeds.McTaggart was scheduled to appear before many diverse audiences in a number of countries during the summer of 2007, which afforded her numerous opportunities to test this experiment in a variety of settings.  She also successfully carried out this study on the internet, inviting her readers from around the globe to send intention to one of the chosen set of seeds.Throughout the summer of 2007, the study was also run before audiences in Sydney, Australia, Rhinebeck, New York, and Hilton, Head, South Carolina, who were instructed, in each instance, to direct their thoughts to target seeds in the Tucson, Arizona lab.In one of the series of experiments, the intention of a group as small as 100 was powerful enough to affect the growth of the seeds, which were nearly 3000 miles away.The greatest effect of all occurred with the final study, which was conducted among a group of experienced Healing Touch healers. In this case, the seeds sent intention grew nearly twice as large as the controls.In an earlier study, Lynne, working with the University of Arizona team, demonstrated that group thoughts can alter a basic physical property of geranium leaves:  the tiny light — called biophoton emissions — emitted from all living things.last_img read more

Student hosts book drive to benefit Center for Homeless

first_imgSenior Bridget Meade looks to harness the power of the written word, fighting poverty with the power of fairytales and nursery rhymes. Meade is hosting a book drive at Saint Mary’s to create a preschool library at the South Bend Center for the Homeless. “Reading can be both enjoyable and powerful. Education is such a great way to fight poverty, and reading is one of the best ways to educate children,” she said. Meade is the founder of Mommy and Me, a literacy class at the Center. The program encourages and teaches parents to read to their children. The library will be made available to both the students in her class and other guests at the Center, she said. Meade said she was inspired to create this class because of her own love of reading. “Reading was such a huge part of my childhood that I thought it was a tragedy that some kids aren’t being read to,” she said. Reading is a beneficial activity for both children and parents living in poverty, Meade said. The Mommy and Me class will help parents learn to enjoy reading to their children. “Many parents in poverty were not read to as children, which makes it uncomfortable for them to read to their own children,” she said. The Mommy and Me class teaches parents reading to infants and toddlers is a powerful activity, benefitting a child’s cognitive development and overall life trajectory, Meade said. Some parents living at the Center are illiterate and too uncomfortable to read to their children, she said. The preschool library will provide illiterate parents picture books. Those parents can still read and interact with their children by creating stories based off the illustrations, she said, something crucial to their maturation. “Reading to preschoolers is about helping them interact and hear words that will help with their cognitive development,” Meade said. Meade said preschoolers enjoy classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes the most. “The best books to donate are the old school classics,” she said. Books will be accepted at a drop box in LeMans Hall through the end of the year, or contact Bridget Meade with questions about the book drive at [email protected] Contact Cailin Crowe at [email protected]last_img read more

Kids VT wins seven Parenting Media Association awards, gold for General Excellence

first_imgGold, News Feature for “Books Behind Bars” by Kathryn Flagg (March 2015) Silver, Front Cover Illustration “Need a Night Out?”In their explanation of why Kids VT stood out in the overall writing category, the PMA judges wrote: “When the managing editor leads off with a shame-faced account of her first failure as a new mother, you know this is a magazine that lives where its readers do. That sense of warmth and personality pervades each issue. This was a strong category, but those characteristics lifted the gold medal winner above other good writing.”This is the fifth year Kids VT has entered the competition after the magazine was purchased and redesigned by Burlington-based newsweekly Seven Days.“There are no syndicated columns or features in Kids VT, and no clickbait,” said Cathy Resmer, copublisher and executive editor. “Just articles, essays and reviews about family life in the Green Mountain State — each of them painstakingly crafted by local writers, editors and designers. We’re thrilled and grateful to be honored as one of the top parenting magazines in the country. And we feel lucky to live in Vermont, which is one of the best places in the country to raise a family.”The PMA, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., represents more than 100 parenting magazines and newspapers in the United States, Canada and Australia. Kids VT is distributed free each month at more than 600 locations in northwestern and central Vermont. Its comprehensive calendar and weekly email newsletter, the Wee-Mail, keep Vermont families up-to-date on the latest local events. Kids VT writers also appear on WCAX-TV to discuss parenting topics. Find all of Kids VT’s award-winning content at kidsvt.com(link is external).May 12, 2016 – Burlington – Kids VT Gold, Overall Writing — for the fifth year in a row Kids VT Family Newspaper,Seven Days,Vermont Business Magazine Kids VT, Vermont’s free monthly parenting magazine, took home the General Excellence award, as well as six other awards, in the Parenting Media Association’s 2016 Design and Editorial Awards Competition. The national competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design in regional parenting publications that are PMA members. The PMA announced the honors at its convention in Indianapolis, IN.Kids VT won the following awards in its circulation category:Gold, General Excellence Silver, Family Fun for the “Mealtime” column by Erinn Simon Silver, General Feature Writing for “Got Milk?: Burlington based Mamava aims to make breastfeeding and pumping easier” by Megan James (May 2015) Silver, Personal Essay for “Into the Woods: A mother and teenage daughter bond on the Long Trail” by Jennifer Lane (November 2015)last_img read more

Vermont to host national Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference in March

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont will host the 2018 Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference(link is external) on March 6-8. The Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Burlington Vermont with optional excursions planned at Hotel Vermont in Burlington, Trapp Family Lodge Bierhall in Stowe, and Sugarbush Resort in Warren. “Vermont is known worldwide for its exceptional craft beer, and has earned a reputation as a top-notch beer tourism destination,” said Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Wendy Knight. “This is precisely why Vermont is the perfect destination to host beer marketing and tourism professionals from around the country.”Conference planners expect 300+ professionals from around the country representing breweries, brewery guilds, destination management organizations, tour operators, members of the media, and bloggers to attend. The Agenda(link is external) for the for the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference includes sessions on best practices and partnerships to grow beer tourism, as well as multiple breakout sessions dedicated to marketers, tourism professionals, and tour operators.Marketing sessions at the conference will include information on database management and email marketing, advanced social media, and legal protection for brands. The sessions for tourism professionals include leveraging the craft beer industry to revitalize downtowns, selling to non-craft beer drinkers, enhancing visitors’ experiences, and telling a destination’s story to help attract visitors. Sessions for tour operators include insights on the International Beer Tour Operators Association, working with breweries, brewery guilds and DMOS, and marketing for beer tour operators.A Beer Expo & Opening Reception kicks off the conference. Registration also includes a welcome reception from the Vermont hosts and lunches showcasing Vermont craft beers. Attendees can also attend optional ticketed events, including a Beer Paring Dinner at Hotel Vermont, a Beer Tasting Dinner at Trapp Family Lodge Bierhall, and a Ski with the Brewers event at Sugarbush Resort.“We are excited to welcome craft beer enthusiasts and industry partners to Vermont to creatively engage in how to promote our thriving industry,” said Melissa Corbin, Executive Director of the Vermont Brewers Association. “We have many opportunities planned throughout the conference for our visitors to connect with our membership and sample world-class craft beer.” Elite Sponsors for the conference are the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, the Vermont Convention Bureau, the Vermont Brewers Association, and the Vermont Ski Areas Association. Magic Hat Brewing Company of South Burlington is a Premier Sponsor of the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference.Event Sponsors for the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference include 14th Star Brewing Co., Cabot Creamery Co-operative, Drop-in Brewery, Efficiency Vermont, Harpoon, Hermit Thrush Brewing, Hotel Vermont, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Long Trail Brewing Co., Mad River Distillers, Otter Creek Brewing Co., Prohibition Pig, Rock Art Brewery, SILO Distillery, Sugarbush Resort, von Trapp Brewing, and Woodchuck Cider.Registration is now open(link is external) for the Beer Marketing and Tourism Conference, with an early bird rate available for attendees through Jan. 31.last_img read more

Notice: Criminal instructions committee needs members

first_img October 15, 2007 Notices Notice: Criminal instructions committee needs members The Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases is now accepting applications for membership on the committee, for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2008, and ending December 31, 2010.The committee is charged with updating the criminal jury instructions based on changes made to Florida law or opinions issued by the Florida district courts of appeal, Florida Supreme Court, or U.S. Supreme Court. The membership of the committee is divided into three groups, each with a term of two years. The staggered terms help to avoid a majority turnover in any one year. The committee meets at least four times per year, most often in Tampa and usually for only one day. All appointments are made by the chief justice.Any lawyer licensed to practice law in Florida and any member of the Florida judiciary may apply for appointment. An application form for membership can be found at the Supreme Court’s Web site at www.floridasupremecourt.org/jury_instructions/instructions.shtml.The deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday, November 14. All interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter along with the application and resume to Judge Terry D. Terrell, Chair, Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases, c/o Les Garringer, Office of the State Courts Administrator, General Counsel’s Office, 500 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399-1900. Notice: Criminal instructions committee needs memberslast_img read more

Painkillers Might Also Dull Your Emotions

first_imgSmithsonian Magazine:Headaches, cramps and other painful twinges in your body can be relieved by popping an over-the-counter painkiller, but the aches of the soul are harder to treat. Yet studies show that the acetaminophen (sold as Tylenol) can actually dull emotional pain. However, don’t reach for the glass of water and the pills when you feel down—the painkiller can also dampen your feelings of happiness, reports Isha Aran for Fusion.  A study just published in Psychological Science had 82 people look at pictures meant to elicit an emotional response. Half took acetaminophen, and half took a placebo pill. Aran writes:After waiting an hour for the drug to kick in, the researchers made the participants look at 40 photographs that were meant to spark some kind of emotional response. Some were sad (“crying, malnourished children”) and others were quite joyful (kids playing with kittens!). And of course, there were neutral photos (a cow in a field. Might be the most neutral image out there).Read the whole story: Smithsonian Magazine More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Heinrich Secures Significant Advancements For National Laboratories, New Mexico Military Installations, Artificial Intelligence In Annual Defense Spending Bill

first_imgHeinrich’s amendments to strengthen national security and bolster New Mexico’s economy clear Senate Armed Services CommitteeWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, and co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, announced today provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Heinrich’s measures support New Mexico’s national laboratories, men and women in uniform, military installations, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), Artificial Intelligence and job-creating initiatives throughout the state. By a vote of 25-2, the Senate Armed Services Committee advanced the legislation to the Senate floor for consideration.“The people of New Mexico make tremendous contributions to our national security and work at the forefront of cutting-edge research and development,” Heinrich said. “This bipartisan bill supports our servicemembers and their families, and includes provisions I fought for to strengthen New Mexico’s military installations, national laboratories, WIPP, Spaceport America, and leadership in the future of technologies like Artificial Intelligence, directed energy, and space.”“This bill makes major investments to ensure our Armed Forces are equipped with the state-of-the-art technology needed to stay ahead of our adversaries. New Mexico is the center of excellence for small satellites and for directed energy weapons, and this bill increases funding and streamlines authorities to bolster those missions. I am also proud to have incorporated language that will advance the Department of Defense’s Artificial Intelligence capabilities, and ensure that America stays at the cutting edge of technological advancement. I will continue fighting to include language to maintain the independence of Kirtland Air Force Base’s Space Rapid Capabilities Office and placing a Space Training and Readiness command program in New Mexico,” Heinrich added.The NDAA sets the Department of Defense spending levels and policies for the upcoming fiscal year and authorizes funding for the U.S. Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons programs at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, as well as the Department of Energy’s environmental cleanup programs including the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).Heinrich continued, “I am also proud to have authorized funding to support infrastructure improvements at White Sands Missile Range and language that encourages the Air Force to continue investments at Holloman Air Force Base. Holloman trains the nation’s best and brightest and I will continue fighting for improvements to the MQ-9 training facility after funds were diverted from the FY20 NDAA to the president’s border wall. These provisions, among many others, benefit New Mexico’s economy, and advance New Mexico’s steadfast position as a leader in national security for years to come.”A list of many of the programs and provisions Sen. Heinrich advocated for during the bill writing process that were included in the FY21 NDAA is available as a PDF HERE and below.New Mexico’s National Laboratories and WIPPLos Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Environmental CleanupSenator Heinrich secured an increase of $100 million above the president’s request for soil and water remediation and removal of legacy radioactive waste at LANL. The president’s FY21 budget had proposed cutting funding for LANL cleanup from $220 million this year to only $120 million for fiscal year 2021. Restoring full funding will assure there are no delays in completing important cleanup milestones, including ongoing remediation of the hexavalent chromium and RDX plumes in groundwater in Los Alamos.NNSA Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD)At Senator Heinrich’s request, a legislative provision was included in the bill to permanently remove the overhead burden on NNSA labs for LDRD that currently double-taxes Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. LDRD is a strategic research and development program that is critical to maintaining the scientific vitality of the national laboratories. In last year’s NDAA Congress suspended the overhead burden on the labs’ LDRD through the end of fiscal year 2020. Senator Heinrich’s amendment this year permanently eliminates it for all NNSA nuclear laboratories and facilities.Funding for New Mexico’s National Security LaboratoriesSenator Heinrich supported full funding authorization for the NNSA’s nuclear weapons and security programs. For fiscal year 2021, the bill authorizes $2.6 billion for Sandia National Laboratories, an increase of $330 million over fiscal year 2020. For Los Alamos National Laboratory, the bill authorizes FY21 funding of $3.22 billion, up from $2.3 billion in fiscal year 2020. Within NNSA’s funding, Senator Heinrich supported full funding of $2.7 billion for modernization of the stockpile, including Life Extension Programs as executed by Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories. The increase of $550 million over FY20 for modernization will maintain the existing weapons stockpile and assure its safety and security.Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium MissionSenator Heinrich again supported full funding to secure Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) role as the nation’s Center of Excellence for Plutonium Research. The bill authorizes $1.1 billion for LANL’s ongoing plutonium operations and pit production programs. The funding supports personnel, equipment and other activities at LANL to meet pit production requirements by 2026; highlights include, $611 million for plutonium operations, $226 million to support pit production, $30 million to construct new fire-control panels in PF-4, $27 million for fire protection and equipment, power and communications improvements in PF-4, $37 million for a new transuranic liquid waste handling and $169 million for upgrades related to replacing the outdated Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) building at LANL.Emergency Operations Center for Sandia National LaboratoriesSenator Heinrich supported second-year funding of $36 million for a new emergency operations center at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). The construction project will provide a new 24,000-31,000 square foot facility to improve the labs’ ability to respond to emergencies and provide emergency assistance so that appropriate response measures and notifications are taken to protect workers, the public, the environment, and national security. Emergency Response Operations at SNL are currently housed in the basement of a substandard facility built in 1949. Construction is expected to begin next year and take two years. The full cost of the project is $40 million.Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)The bill authorizes full funding of $390 million to operate the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) to support disposal operations, regulatory and environmental compliance actions, the Central Characterization Project, transuranic waste transportation capabilities, and continued progress on repairing or replacing infrastructure, modernizing underground equipment to zero-emission battery-electric vehicles or very low emission Tier IV Final diesel powered equipment. The authorization includes $22 million for critical infrastructure repair and replacement projects and line-item funding for two capital asset projects: $50 million for a new utility shaft and $10 million for a new project to expand underground hoisting capability.NNSA Employee Recruitment and RetentionThe bill includes a provision to make permanent NNSA’s personnel management system that has been used successfully on a trial basis for over 10 years. The temporary personnel system has enhanced the recruitment and retention of federal employees of the Department of Energy’s NNSA. NNSA needs to attract highly technical employees to manage critical national security programs, including about 800 based in New Mexico. Key advantages of NNSA’s personnel system include helping attract and retain top talent by offering competitive salaries, reducing attrition rates, and properly rewarding high-performing employees.Independent Cost Estimating and Reviews for all New Nuclear Weapons SystemsDuring committee consideration, Senator Heinrich secured approval of an amendment that will require NNSA to submit to Congress an independent cost estimate at each phase of development for any future nuclear weapons system. Independent cost reviews at each stage, from feasibility through initial production, provide additional transparency, improve efficiency, and reduce costs. The required cost estimates will be prepared by an organization independent from NNSA’s program managers and the national security laboratories.Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety BoardSenator Heinrich supported the full funding request of $28.8 million for the independent Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) to support 114 staff members, including two resident inspectors based in New Mexico. Congress created the DNFSB in 1988 to provide oversight of public health and safety at the defense nuclear facilities managed by the Department of Energy, including Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories and WIPP. The bill also clarifies the board’s statutory responsibility for oversight, including full access to all DOE defense nuclear facilities, and directs DOE to work with the board to improve the interface between the agencies.Non-Department of Energy Items of Interest to New MexicoExtending Limits on Import of Enriched Uranium Fuel from RussiaSenator Heinrich led a successful bipartisan amendment that extends for 15 years the current 20 percent cap on Russia’s share of the U.S. domestic market for uranium fuel for commercial nuclear power plants. Extending the 20 percent cap until 2035 will help ensure Urenco USA’s commercial enrichment plant in Eunice, New Mexico, can continue to compete for the utility market without unfair competition from Russia’s government-supported defense complex. The current 20 percent cap was initially proposed in legislation in 2008 by then-Sen. Domenici (NM) and expires on December 31, 2020; however, the Russian government has continued to dump below-market uranium on the world market to expand its market share. Without Senator Heinrich’s amendment freezing the current 20 percent limit, Russia’s share of the US commercial market was likely to swell to as much as 40 percent. Urenco USA’s plant in Eunice is the nation’s only operating uranium enrichment plant serving the commercial nuclear power industry.DoD Energy Siting Clearinghouse for Wind and Solar PowerSenator Heinrich offered an amendment adopted in committee that clarifies the notification requirements for DoD’s Siting Clearinghouse, which must review and approve plans for all wind energy projects to prevent impairment of military operations. The Heinrich amendment ensures that if DoD’s Siting Clearinghouse determines that a proposed energy project will not have an adverse impact on military readiness, the Clearinghouse will promptly notify the project developer and the governor of the state in writing. The amendment will help improve coordination among the different federal and state-government entities that oversee siting of energy projects. Reducing or eliminating any potential impact of energy projects on military radar, training or operations will help protect the missions of New Mexico’s Air Force Bases and the White Sands Missile Range.DoD Long-Term Energy Storage Demonstration ProjectDuring committee consideration, Senator Heinrich cosponsored a successful amendment offered by Senator King that would authorize $15 million for demonstration of long-duration, on-site battery storage for military facilities. The goal of the program is to demonstrate promising long-duration energy storage technologies at different sizes and scales to promote energy reliability and resilience and to help new, innovative long-duration energy storage technologies become commercially viable.New Mexico Space MissionsSmall Satellite Manufacturing and Innovation CenterProvides $6 million to support follow-on funding for a Small Satellite Manufacturing and Innovation Center in Albuquerque that would be accessible by government agencies and cleared industry partners. New Mexico is home to leading small satellite innovators and critical space acquisition agencies for the federal government. The center will establish a manufacturing environment that encourages maximum collaboration between industry, academia, and the government and will include a shared satellite prototyping and software laboratory that enables access to capital equipment, industry, academia, and government with classified meeting capabilities. Senator Heinrich and Senator Tom Udall secured funding in last year’s defense spending bill to begin preliminary design work for the Center.Supporting Small Satellite IndustrySenator Heinrich supported a substantial increase of $130 million aimed at supporting the small satellite industrial base throughout New Mexico and the country. The targeted increase over the funding level requested by the Trump administration is aimed at taking advantage of the revolution in commercial space innovation by seamlessly integrating small satellite capabilities with existing and future government space systems. This blending of government and commercial capabilities is referred to as “hybrid space architecture” and will enable new capabilities to be added quickly, affordably, and in large numbers to improve U.S. resiliency in space.Space Situational AwarenessSenator Heinrich secured up to $3.5 million for the purchase of a new interferometric array at the Magdalena Ridge Observatory in Socorro County, New Mexico. As the number of spacecraft rapidly increases over the coming decade, it is vital that our nation develops the technology and the workforce needed to increase space situational awareness. Funding for this array will increase U.S. knowledge of the location, trajectory, and condition of spacecraft in orbit in order to help protect friendly space assets and monitor adversary assets.Small Satellite Mission Operations FacilitySenator Heinrich secured $3 million for the establishment of a Small Satellite Mission Operations Facility in Albuquerque. The number of national security and commercial small satellites in orbit has dramatically increased over the past several years, and that number is expected to grow exponentially in the coming decades. Currently, each small satellite program must invest in a mission operations capability charged with controlling the satellite and ensuring deconfliction in space. This amendment provides funding to provide small companies in New Mexico and their government customers with a cost-effective way to operate their satellite platforms at all classification levels.Maintain the Independence of the Space Rapid Capabilities OfficeSenator Heinrich included a provision that recognized the independent nature of the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (Space RCO, located at Kirtland Air Force Base) as the Space Force continues to lay out its structure and organization in the near-and-medium-term. Senator Heinrich led an effort in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to establish the Space RCO as an independent organization with unique acquisition authorities and a direct reporting chain to the Secretary of the Air Force. These characteristics have enabled the Space RCO to push the bounds of performance rapidly develop and field space capabilities at the best cost to the taxpayer.Establishment of the Space Training and Readiness CommandSenator Heinrich led a provision that encourages the Space Force to establish a Space Training and Readiness command. New Mexico, already a leader commercial and defense-oriented space innovation, stands to benefit from the establishment of the Space Force. As the new service continues to organize, this provision calls for the stand up of a Space Training and Readiness Command – similar to the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command – that would focus on space training and education, space warfighting concepts, and overall readiness. The provision further calls for the command to be placed in an area of the country resembling Albuquerque – one with proximity to leading space acquisition and management directorates and leading space industry partners.Satellite Power SourcingSenator Heinrich included a provision in the NDAA that directs the Secretary of Defense to outline the vulnerabilities and risks associated with foreign sources of satellite solar power technology and provide a set of recommended investments, policy changes, or other steps deemed appropriate to support this segment of the national security space industrial base. The provision responds to concerns that U.S. adversaries may be subsidizing satellite power sourcing technology as part of an effort to ensure their components are installed on U.S. national security satellites. Such critical components have the potential to disrupt national security satellites while in orbit. New Mexico is home to several companies leading the way in this important satellite technology.Addressing Satellite Cyber VulnerabilitySenator Heinrich secured a provision that would require the Air Force to provide a briefing on the cyber vulnerabilities of the Air Force’s Satellite Control Network which commands and controls a large array of national security space satellites. The network which was first deployed in the 1970s, well before there was a full understanding of the current cyber threats and necessary cyber security protections.New Mexico Test Range InfrastructureDirected Energy Test Range InfrastructureSenator Heinrich secured $15 million for White Sands Missile Range in order to improve infrastructure needed to accommodate the increase in demand for directed energy testing workloads. A lack of funding for increased directed energy testing is a serious issue, given that the workload and number of directed energy demonstrations and exercises have increased significantly since 1975. The projected directed energy workload for the coming years is growing, and has expanded to include high-powered microwave testing. Yet, for the ranges to meet this demand has remained flat. Senator Heinrich secured the funds necessary to meet the growing demand and support the appropriate test workloads.Establishment of Additional Joint Electronic Warfare Training RangesSenator Heinrich secured a requirement for the Secretary of Defense to develop a plan to establish one or more Joint Electronic Warfare (EW) Training Ranges. The military services use EW ranges to rapidly test and field new weapons systems and better understand how they would perform in a combat environment. Increased demand and spectrum encroachment at current EW training ranges have rendered these facilities inadequate to meet the needs of the department’s EW test and training workload over the next several years.The Air Force currently conducts EW training and testing at the Playas Training and Research Center in Playas, New Mexico. The Playas range stands to benefit from new designations of EW training ranges which could bring additional resources to Southwest New Mexico.Inland Spaceport Utilization and ImprovementsThe Senate Armed Services Committee included an amendment offered by Senator Heinrich that encourages the military services, in coordination with the Department of Defense’s Test Resources Management Center, to invest in the testing infrastructure that will be necessary to ensure inland spaceports like Spaceport America have the capability and capacity to test the military services’ next generation technologies. Inland spaceports have several important benefits for military testing including their remote location for sensitive national security missions.New Mexico Air National GuardIncrease Air Force Utilization of 150th Special Operations WingThe Senate Armed Services Committee included language that requires the Secretary of the Air Force, in consultation with the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, to report back to the committee with a plan to better utilize Air National Guard assets like the 150th Special Operations Wing stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base.New Mexico is one of three states – New Mexico, Virginia, and Washington – that have an operational flying mission, but due to the classic associate construct they lack ownership of aircraft. The Air National Guard enterprise is based on established Capstone Principles that notionally set the foundational framework for mission allocation in the 54 states and territories. One of those Capstone Principles is to allocate at least one unit-equipped wing and flying squadron to each state.The New Mexico congressional delegation is dedicated to working with the Air Force and the National Guard Bureau to ensure a unit-equipped flying squadron for the New Mexico Air National Guard (NMANG). New Mexico’s outstanding flying weather, airspace and ranges around Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) offer excellent training capabilities. KAFB’s location in central New Mexico allows for important co-training opportunities with Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases, White Sands Missile Range, and Fort Bliss, Texas. Having hosted aircraft for decades, appropriate infrastructure such as runways and hangars are already in place that can save taxpayer dollars and accommodate additional aircraft.Artificial IntelligenceThe Senate Armed Services Committee adopted three amendments led by Senator Heinrich aimed at advancing the Department of Defense’s Artificial Intelligence Capabilities. The provisions were recommended by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, a panel of leading AI experts from industry and government agencies. Specifically, the provisions would:Encourage that the director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center report directly to the Secretary of Defense in order to skip several layers of bureaucracy that stifles innovation. The JAIC is an internal DoD organization responsible for the adoption and incorporation of AI capabilities across the Department. The provision further requires DoD to report to Congress on future plans for the organizational structure of the CenterEncourage the Secretary of Defense to ensure that the JAIC is led by a three-star equivalent serving in the armed forces and ensure that the individual has operational experience in AI, machine learning, or relevant career fieldAdd an additional examination to the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test to better recognize recruits with exceptional computational skills relevant to military applications. Every potential recruit must take the ASVAB test before being accepted into the Armed Services, this provision will help ensure that these valuable skills are part of recruiting the best and brightest minds in AI from around the countryAI for Imaging and AnalysisSenator Heinrich secured a provision that would require the JAIC to provide a briefing that identifies military occupational specialties and capabilities across the military services and defense agencies that can better leverage AI to maximize effectiveness, mission goals, and cost savings to the federal government. The use of AI and machine learning technology to analyze image, video, and audio files has the potential to revolutionize the way militaries track threats and monitor developments around the world. Both technologies have the ability to learn and improve over time while freeing up human eyes for more complex tasks.New Mexico Innovation3-D Printed Electronics Army Innovation Hub for Next Generation Additive ManufacturingSenator Heinrich secured an additional $2 million for additive manufacturing (AM), which is already making innovative technological leaps that could yield major advances in more lethal and longer-ranged fires. New Mexico Tech and University of Texas at El Paso are leading entities in 3-D printing. This technology can combine existing and new materials into 3-D printed circuit architectures, producing smarter, lighter, and denser constructs to enable projectiles to double current ranges while achieving higher precision.Long-Endurance AircraftSenator Heinrich supported an increase of $33.5 million over the amount requested by the President to support a solar-powered long-range Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform capable of near continuous flight operations. The capability was one of the major requests of U.S. Southern Command. Additional funding will upgrade the existing aircraft’s solar panels, fuel cells, structures, sensors, batteries, and mission planning to address the military’s ever-growing requirements for persistent ISR. New Mexico is home to some of the world’s most innovative solar power innovators who are interested in collaboration with this long-range platform.Air Force Shelter UpgradesSenator Heinrich led an amendment to secure up to $4.7 million for the Air Force to upgrade the energy efficiency of their small shelter systems. Funding will be used to support the purchase of insulation systems and solar shades to increase the energy efficiency of the Air Force’s existing inventory of small shelters. Increasing the energy efficiency and reducing the fuel requirements of these small shelters decreases the Air Force’s footprint when deployed during training and combat environments.Next-Generation Display TechnologySenator Heinrich secured $3 million to fund the research and development of high efficiency and ruggedized computer display technology in improving “soldier lethality.” The technology is aimed at improving servicemembers’ mobility by reducing the weight burden with carrying extra batteries and displays.Counter-UAS TechnologySenator Heinrich secured a provision requiring the Secretary of the Army to provide a briefing on the advances in imaging sensors, stabilization components, microelectronics, and lasers that make it easier to track and target unmanned unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operated by our nation’s adversaries. New Mexico is home to companies that specialize in the research and development of compatible stabilized gimbal systems that are capable of providing target detection, identification, and designation.Counter-Drone Center of ExcellenceSenator Heinrich included a provision in the NDAA that encourages the Department of Defense to establish a counter-drone center of excellence. Currently, the nation faces a shortage of engineering graduates with the skills, clearances and education necessary to work on counter-UAS technology. Each military service is pursuing counter UAS research, development, test, and engineering activities that are independent of each other creating a need for a core team to bring all the efforts and partners (academic, industrial and government) together. The center would provide a centralized planning hub to better utilize scarce human and financial resources.Classified WorkforceSenator Heinrich led an amendment that would require the Secretary of Defense to provide a briefing on how it can partner with Hispanic-serving, land-grant institutions to create a talent development program that provides experiential learning through internship programs and co-op programs with the military services and the Department of defense. The briefing will include information on how such programs can include pathways for security clearances that would serve both DoD and the students upon their entry into the workforce.New Mexico Military Construction ProjectsSupport for the 512th Mission Operations SquadronSenator Heinrich secured a provision that expresses support for funding in the next fiscal year (Fiscal Year 22) for a planned Squadron Operations Facility for the 512th Rescue Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base. The 512th trains aircrew conducting search and rescue missions and is transitioning from the legacy UH-1N Huey helicopter to the MH-139 Grey Wolfe to improve mission performance. Construction of the Mission Operations Squadron is an integral part of ensuring Kirtland hosts a MH-139 Formal Training Unit, a development that would bring increased mission and resources to Kirtland.Holloman Air Force Base MQ-9 Training FacilitySenator Heinrich introduced a provision in the NDAA that encourages the Air Force to move forward with the construction of a new, $85 million military construction project that would host a Formal Training Unit (FTU) for MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators. Last year, the Trump Administration transferred over $3 billion in military construction funding, including all funding for the Holloman MQ-9 facility, to finance the costly and ineffective wall along the Southwest border. The current Holloman FTU trains 100 percent of our nation’s MQ operators and is structurally unsound for continued operations.Environment and Energy ResiliencyIncreased funding for Energy Resilience and Conservation Investment ProgramSenator Heinrich supported $155 million in additional projects for the Department of Defense’s Energy Resilience and Conservation Investment Program (ERCIP). The Department of Defense is the largest energy consuming organization in the world and the ERCIP was designed to fund projects that improve energy resilience, contribute to mission assurance, save energy, and reduce DoD’s energy costs. ERCIP accomplishes these goals through construction of new, high-efficiency energy systems and technologies or through modernizing existing energy systems.Senator Heinrich also supported an effort to increase funding for the Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative by $25 million. The REPI program is a key governmental tool that helps remove or avoid land-use conflicts near installations. From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:last_img read more

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Trademarks in toys and games – part two

first_img Hasbro owned the well-known ‘PLAY-DOH’ brand, and held a community trademark and several UK trademarks for the name in relation to ‘modelling compounds’. 123 Nährmittel produced an alternative edible product, in contrast to Hasbro’s product which was not intended to be eaten. It was branded in the UK as ‘YUMMY DOUGH – the edible play dough!’. The packaging also described the product as ‘EDIBLE PLAY DOUGH MIX’. The parties held initial discussions as to how they might do business together, but nothing came of it and Hasbro objected to Nährmittel’s use of the words ‘PLAY DOUGH’. In response, Nährmittel claimed that Hasbro’s trademark was invalid, or that it had a defence to infringement because the words were merely descriptive. On the evidence, there appeared to be some generic use of the term ‘PLAY DOUGH’ referring to the category of product. However, this was limited to home-made versions and most, if not all, of Hasbro’s competitors steered clear of the term. In any event, the court found that there was no requirement that the mark be exclusively associated with one undertaking – it was sufficient if only a proportion of the public regarded the mark as distinctive (although that would be assessed case by case). Furthermore, the fact that the mark ‘PLAY-DOH’ comprises two words which are, or are similar to, descriptive terms is only one of several factors to consider. The court also considered the market share, the intensity and length of the mark’s use, and the amount of investment in promoting it. On this basis, the court held that ‘PLAY-DOH’ was sufficiently distinctive and dismissed Nährmittel’s invalidity claim. As regards infringement, the words ‘PLAY DOUGH’ and ‘PLAY-DOH’ are phonetically identical and visually similar. Considering ‘PLAY-DOH’ is a household name, the court held that there was a likelihood of confusion. The court agreed with Hasbro that the use of the words ‘PLAY DOUGH’ in the phrase ‘YUMMY DOUGH – the edible play dough!’ was not necessary to describe the nature of the goods, and so the defence failed. A significant class of consumers would see the use of those words as an extension of the brand name. The court also felt that Nährmittel had not met the proviso to that defence by acting ‘in accordance with honest practices in industrial or commercial matters’, bearing in mind the initial discussions between the companies and the fact that members of the Nährmittel team had admitted that the name was too close to ‘PLAY-DOH’. Hasbro v 123 Nährmittel [2011] EWHC 199 (Ch) Jim McDonnell, DLA Piper A recent High Court judgment concerning the Scrabble ‘tile’ trademark highlights the tension between trademarks and the functional elements of toys and games. Below is part two of a two-part summary of a few key decisions in this area; claims with varying degrees of success. Part one was published on 27 May (see tinyurl.com/pcd4kk2).center_img JW Spear and Mattel v Zynga [2012] EWHC 3345 (Ch) The most recent case concerned Mattel’s Scrabble board game, and in particular its UK trademark for the shape of the letter tile (the ‘tile-mark’). The registration consisted of side, plan and perspective views of the tile, together with the description: ‘The mark consists of a three-dimensional ivory-coloured tile on the top surface of which is shown a letter of the Roman alphabet and a numeral in the range 1 to 10.’ Zynga, a maker of games for social media, developed a game called ‘SCRAMBLE WITH FRIENDS’, which incorporated a similar tile to the tile-mark. Mattel objected (it also claimed infringement of other trademarks which were not material to this decision). Among other things, Zynga counterclaimed that the tile-mark was not a sign capable of distinguishing Mattel’s goods or services and therefore not registrable as a trademark. This decision concerned Zynga’s application for summary judgment on that counterclaim. There are three conditions to be met in this context: (1) the subject matter must be an identifiable ‘sign’, and not merely a concept; (2) it must be capable of being represented graphically, so that the authorities and third parties can understand precisely what it is that is protected by the registration; and (3) it must be capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one undertaking from another, as this is ultimately a trademark’s purpose. Zynga argued that the tile-mark did not meet the first or second condition. It covered an infinite number of permutations of positions and combinations of letter and number; the precise size and shape of the tile was uncertain; and the colour ‘ivory’ was ambiguous (it did not, for example, refer to a recognised colour code). Mattel argued that each of the conditions were inter-related, and a finding that the tile-mark was distinctive (meeting the third condition) would support positive findings on the first and second conditions. At least for the purposes of this summary judgment application, Mattel had a realistic prospect of establishing acquired distinctiveness, and so Mattel said the application should be dismissed. The court held that the distinctiveness of a mark had no bearing on whether it was in fact a sign capable of being represented graphically. Even so, in this case Mattel would have to prove acquired distinctiveness across the whole breadth of the tile-mark. The court agreed with Zynga that there were an infinite number of permutations of which the tile-mark could comprise, and so doubted such a broad exercise would be possible. Given the many permutations, it was held that the tile-mark was not a ‘sign’, but ‘a mere property of the goods’ and furthermore was not sufficiently precise to allow others to perceive what it covered. The tile-mark therefore fell foul of the first and second conditions and Zynga’s summary judgment was granted.last_img read more