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A brush fire burning in southwest Riverside County grew quickly and was pushing toward the community of Lakeland Village on Thursday afternoon, and had prompted evacuations in Wildomar by early evening.

The 350 acre Wildomar Fire burned in the Cleveland National Forest on Oct. 26, 2017. The OHV area is in a rugged part of the Santa Ana Mountains. after an 18 year old motorcyclist slammed into a tree, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a California Highway Patrol official.

The rider who came away from the crash with minor scrapes tried to extinguish the fire “using what was around him,” according to the Times.

Within 2 1/2 hours, the estimated acreage grew from 2 acres to 200 acres.

The Wildomar Fire leaves a scar as it burns through the Cleveland National Forest on Oct. 26,
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2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Evacuations were in place for the Wildomar community along Hixon Truck Trail, the Cleveland National Forest said on Twitter. About five residences were impacted by the order.

A care and reception center has been set up at the gym of Lake Elsinore High, located at 21800 Canyon Drive in Wildomar for those impacted by the fire. Small and large animals can be taken to the San Jacinto Animal Campus at 582 W. Grand Ave. in San Jacinto.

An evacuation warning was also in place for the Lakeland Village Community area west of Grand Avenue, north of McVicar Street and south of Akley Street. Motorists were also urged to avoid Grand Avenue because of traffic and emergency vehicles.

Cal Fire Riverside’s units were working with Forest Service firefighters on the blaze. Twenty fire engines were ordered to protect Lakeland Village as flames pushed east, the Cleveland National Forest said midafternoon.

A DC 10 drops Phos Chek at the edge of the Wildomar Fire on Oct. 26, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Aerial video from Sky5 showed fuchsia lines of Phos Chek fire retardant dropped along hillsides in an attempt to contain the blaze, and a DC 10 jet could be seen circling the blaze.

Smoke was towering above the mountains and was visible from miles away.

A heat wave that lasted through the early part of the week had begun to break by Thursday,
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but it remained in the mid 90s in the area when the fire erupted. A red flag warning for dangerous fire conditions in much of Southern California expired on Wednesday.

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GANZHOU, China After a month behind bars, three Chinese investigators who went undercover at a factory that made Ivanka Trump shoes walked freely out of the local police station Wednesday. But they still face an uncertain future and the threat of a trial. They were freed on bail, which is extremely rare for individuals who have been detained for alleged crimes, a possible sign they won be formally charged and put on trial.

But they not in the clear yet. Political dissidents and other activists who are released in China typically face restrictions on what they can do and say including comments to the media.

is a way of keeping people under pressure, under police control, without subjecting them to actual confinement, said Jerome Cohen, a law professor at New York University and a Chinese human rights expert. they are prosecuted depends on how they behave. of the activists, Hua Haifeng, was clearly relieved as he held his 3 year old son outside the police station in Ganzhou, a city in southeastern Jiangxi province.

appreciate the media following my case the last month, Hua told The Associated Press, I not ready to speak yet. they disappeared in late May, Hua, Su Heng and Li Zhao of the labour rights group China Labor Watch were preparing to publish a report alleging low pay, excessive overtime, crude verbal abuse and possible misuse of student labour at Huajian Group factories. Some of the factories produced Ivanka Trump shoes, among other brands.

Huajian Group has denied allegations of excessive overtime and low wages. It says it stopped producing Ivanka Trump shoes months ago. Abigail Klem, president of the Ivanka Trump brands company, said that its products had not been produced at a factory in Ganzhou since March but integrity of our supply chain is a top priority and we take all allegations very seriously. Cohen said he suspects the case now may follow the pattern of the one against Ai Weiwei, the dissident artist who was released on bail in 2011 and never faced trial.

think this is face saving way to get rid of the case, Cohen said. the case will exist for another year, then it will be dropped unless these people misbehave. Qiang, founder of China Labor Watch, said the Huajian factory in Ganzhou was among the worst he has seen in nearly two decades investigating labour abuses. His group says pay can be as low as a dollar an hour, in violation of China labour laws. According to China Labor Watch investigators, until recently workers might get only two days off or less per month.

China Labor Watch alleges the company forced workers to sign fake pay stubs with inflated salary numbers and threatened to fire them if they didn fill in questionnaires about working conditions with pre approved answers.

Separately, the AP recently spoke to three workers at the Ganzhou factory one current and two former employees who confirmed some of what the labour group has reported.

The three workers told the AP that beatings were not unheard of and that they had each witnessed a particularly gruesome scene one day: A worker with blood dripping from his head after an angry manager had hit him with a high heeled shoe.

was a lot of blood. He went to the factory nurse station, passing by me, said one of the former workers, who said he quit his job at the Huajian factory because of the long hours and low pay.

All three workers spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity, for fear of retribution or arrest. State Department to call for their immediate release. At the time, Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for China Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the men had been accused of using secret recording devices to disrupt normal commercial operations and would be dealt with under Chinese law.

nations have no right to interfere in our judicial sovereignty and independence, she said, adding, police found these people illegally possessed secret cameras, secret listening devices and other illegal monitoring devices. White House directed any questions about the detainees on Wednesday to the State Department. Anna Richey Allen, a department spokeswoman for East Asia and the Pacific, said: urge China to afford them the judicial and fair trial protections to which they are entitled. Fisher, which produces shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands, has said it is looking into the allegations. Ivanka Trump lifestyle brand imports most of its merchandise from China, trade data show.

The detentions came as China has cracked down on perceived threats to the stability of its ruling Communist Party, particularly from sources with foreign ties such as China Labor Watch.

Faced with rising labour unrest and a slowing economy, Beijing has taken a stern approach to activism in southern China manufacturing belt and to human rights advocates generally, sparking a wave of reports about disappearances, public confessions, forced repatriation and torture in custody.

As he left the police station Wednesday, Hua was surrounded by family members. happy to be out, he said. just want to spend some time with my family, said he had not been mistreated but declined further comment.
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Abusive father made our childhoods hell, recalls Gordon Ramsay’s sisterIT’S a scene that was to be played out repeatedly throughout Diane Ramsay’s childhood.00:00, 13 FEB 2009Updated14:44, 1 JUL 2012Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!

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IT’S a scene that was to be played out repeatedly throughout Diane Ramsay’s childhood.

Diane, along with her brothers Gordon and Ronnie and sister Yvonne, would sit cowering in one of their bedrooms.

Downstairs, they’d be able to hear their father also Gordon shouting.

Diane recalls: “You would hear mum saying ‘No, Gordon’, then you’d hear a slap.

Or a scream.

“Afterwards, we’d creep downstairs and the place would be a wreck things thrown up the walls. Mum’s face swollen her lip, her eye.

“Many times we feared he might kill her.”

Often, in the middle of the night, the children would be scooped out of bed and bundled into their father’s van.

One of the ways he controlled the family was to move around constantly, criss crossing the country. English towns to Glasgow, Glasgow to England again. “One night, we slept in the train station in Birmingham,” says Diane.

The abuse her father inflicted on the family physical, mental and financial went on for 25 years.

Diane added: “As a kid, you begin to understand that this is wrong but you daren’t tell anybody. He’d convince us it was our fault and if we, the kids, did something wrong, then mum would get it.”

It’s rare for sufferers of such abuse to talk about it.

After years of being told you’re worthless, if you do manage to break away, the last thing you’re inclined to do is tell everyone about it.

Diane is an exception. Her brother is more accustomed to media attention and has written about his childhood in his memoir, Humble Pie.

For Diane, a mum of three who works part time in a care home, being in the spotlight is nerve wracking.

Last year, she spoke at a fundraising dinner for Women’s Aid. Prime Minister’s wife Sarah Brown was in the audience, along with the likes of Elizabeth Hurley and Mariella Frostrup.

Diane remembers her legs trembling as she stood at the podium.

But she said: “If just one woman asks for help because of something I said, then it’s worth it.”

Following an early marriage, which didn’t work out, Diane saw a therapist for six months.

“For years, I’d bottled up what had happened to me,” she said. “The therapist was the first person I’d ever really talked to. He helped me see that everything wasn’t my fault, unlike what my father had always drilled into me.”

She has been with partner Trevor, a builder, for 13 years. The relationship, along with their three children Callum, eight, A lfie, five, and Molly, three, has been fundamental in helping her break away from her background bringing stability she never knew as a child.
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When BMW began competing against perennial archrival Daimler a hundred years ago, the company wasn’t building luxury cars but engines that powered World War I propeller planes. It was only in 1960, when the company was on the verge of collapse, that BMW was forced to sell its core airplane engine business to survive.

As the company prepares to mark its 100 year anniversary this month with a celebration in Munich’s Olympiahalle, it finds itself entering a disruptive digital age commonly called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. A resurgent Mercedes Benz, slowing China car sales and rising competition from tech juggernauts Google and Apple are just some of the challenges it faces.

Under former CEO Norbert Reithofer, BMW set forth a clearly defined mission statement to be the world’s leading premium automaker by 2020. And for the past 10 years, it succeeded, thanks in part to its crushing dominance of the compact segment symbolized by the 3 series sedan.

Yet BMW already is changing as it prepares for a time when it is no longer on top. “Volume is not everything,” said Reithofer, now BMW chairman, in a provocative statement last March.

Indeed, many analysts believe Mercedes, currently at the peak of its product cycle, could pass BMW in its anniversary year as the world’s best selling premium brand. The auto industry is set to change more in the next five to 10 years than the last 50, predicted General Motors CEO Mary Barra at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

If so, that means new BMW boss Harald Krueger will have a lot on his plate since his tenure could very well extend until 2025, when the still youthful CEO approaches the company’s maximum age of 60 for executives.

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As he prepares to reveal a new strategy for the group this month, Krueger knows he will need to find answers far beyond what kind of sporty sedans or luxury SUVs to develop and build.

“We see the future of mobility in an urban environment still with the car at the center,” BMW board member Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe. “But it is probably going to be autonomous to a greater or lesser extent, it is probably going to be shared, it is probably going to be zero emissions, and it is definitely going to be accessed by connectivity.”

Although Krueger took over in May, he largely has stayed out of the spotlight. He missed most of the 2015 Frankfurt auto show to recuperate from a minor health scare and skipped the Detroit show in January.

So far, his plans are a tightly guarded secret, with no volume targets or profit goals leaked in advance. Krueger, however, is expected to begin communicating his vision for BMW at the latest when the group publishes its annual results March 16.

Under BMW’s previous plan, dubbed Strategy Number One and announced in late 2007, BMW cut 6 billion euros in costs over five years and ultimately eliminated 8,100 workers at a company where job cuts were something that happened to other carmakers. “It was like an alarm bell went off within the organization,” one manager recalled.

Profitability became important again with new targets put in place to guarantee minimum returns on sales and capital spending over the cycle. Whether Krueger downgrades the target margin of 8 to 10 percent for the group’s core auto business given a cooling China and rising r costs is one of the key unknowns.

“We’re building upon Strategy Number One,” BMW finance chief Friedrich Eichiner insisted last September. “We’re not talking about a completely new strategy.”

Eichiner said BMW will focus on a number of key issues. Despite 12 year lows in crude oil prices, electromobility would be a major plank as CO2 regulations become increasingly stringent. Secondly, BMW would take a more direct and systematic approach to customer relations. And lastly, the CFO said brand management paired with design leadership would be leveraged much more forcefully.

So far, new CEO Harald Krueger plans for BMW have been a tightly guarded secret.

Lower profits in China

One thing Krueger cannot count on is the same tail wind from China that his predecessor enjoyed now that the country’s economy has cooled far more quickly than anticipated something sales chief Robertson illustrated vividly.

“I landed in the middle of [last] year in Shanghai in our company plane. The normal routine is the plane drops us off and then flies to a far flung airport to park because it’s always full. But when we landed, there wasn’t a single corporate jet on the ground not one,” he recounted in January.

Although volumes in China continue to grow, the juicy profit margins of the past have all but disappeared as pricing has normalized. To avoid becoming too dependent on China, BMW decided to open a plant in Mexico to better compete in North America.

The problem is that demand in China has helped finance the heavy investments BMW needs to make in future technology, contributing as much as half of group net profit when including vehicle and part exports as well as royalties paid by its joint venture with Brilliance China Automotive.

“There is no market to replace China,” Robertson admitted. “It’s not going to be India anytime soon, it’s definitely not going to be Russia, and it’s definitely not going to be Brazil.”

The latest trend costing BMW is finding a way to give a precious commodity time back to customers through connectivity solutions and autonomous driving. Mercedes already is debuting in the new E class a technology that allows vehicles to talk to other vehicles and their surrounding infrastructure.

Eventually, a BMW will be able to crunch traffic data, warm up the interior and drive in autopilot mode from its parking spot three blocks away to pick up a customer at the door. And it will arrive 15 minutes earlier if congestion is bad.

Owning a car may no longer even be necessary. Fully autonomous capabilities could feature heavily in a new vehicle the carmaker has confirmed is in the works, often referred to as the i5, under development by its so called “innovation” subbrand, or “i” for short.

Yet here BMW has two new competitors in Google and Apple that are attracted by the estimated 25 gigabytes of valuable data a connected car can generate every hour. Both Google and Apple are believed to be developing their own models even as they partner with manufacturers to bring their smartphone interfaces Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into a wide range of vehicles.

To usher in driverless cars while protecting customer data from what Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche calls their mutual “frenemies,” three German brands made an unprecedented move. BMW banded together with Mercedes and Audi to acquire Nokia’s high resolution mapping unit Here for 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) in December.

Warding off threats from well funded new competitors costs money, and Exane’s Pearson sees a chance that BMW could increase its targets for r and investment as part of its strategy review, citing Daimler’s decision to hike its annual development budget by nearly 10 percent and capex by about 40 percent.
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After completing a gruelling 1,000km cycling expedition from Sost in northern Pakistan to Hotan in Xinjiang last August, my friend Shahid and I thought it wise to switch to a more reliable means of transport to cross the dreaded Taklamakan Desert. We gifted away our bikes to two guides who had been of help in Hotan, and then booked our seats on what promised to be the best luxury bus service in Xinjiang. The bus terminal at Hotan was as elaborate as any airport terminal, with sparkling floors and stylish steel furniture.

Sooner the announcement of departure was made, we walked to the bus parked just outside the waiting hall. After stashing the luggage in the cargo hold, the passengers were handed polythene bags by the driver, which got us wondering if these were some kind of airsickness bags. As we were boarding the bus, the driver told us to take off our shoes, put them in the bags, and enter barefooted.

The excitement of entering a luxury cruise bus was rudely jarred by the sight of what we saw inside: There were 30 odd stretchers in three rows, with half of them slung from the ceiling. The passengers seemed unfazed by the queer accommodation and promptly lay down, ready for the journey. The driver asked everyone to fasten the stretcher belts, lest there were falling bodies and broken bones. To someone not used to such luxury ‘sleeper’ buses which are said to be common for inter city travel in China one could be excused for mistaking them for mortuary cadaver transports.

The nine hour journey to Kucha (or Kuqa) across Taklamakan Desert offered just one monotonous view of sand dunes and occasional shrubbery when not masked by a hanging blanket or a dangling leg from the upper berth.

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We had to go through police security check four times during the journey, with all passengers having to disembark and go through body scanners and scrutiny of documents. Inter city travel in Xinjiang involves formalities no less than those at international border crossings. Irritating as it was, the security check was also a welcome break from lying down continuously and staring at the upper berth occupants, who had nothing better to do than gawking down in a similar wide eyed fashion. Privacy as we know it, is little cared for, something we had noted during our stay all over Xinjiang.

I am reminded of novelist Margaret Thien’s observation about the people in China, that “you learn a lot from what they don’t tell you”.

We reached Kucha at night and checked in at the Kuche Grand Hotel. Well rested by next morning, we sauntered around the neat little city that was once a populous metropolitan centre of the northern Silk Road. The afternoon was spent at the rather decrepit mosque and tomb complex of Maulana Arshad ud Din Khan, a revered Sufi saint of the 14th century. The Maulana is famous for converting the first ruler of the Moghul Khanate, Tughlugh Timur Khan along with his nomadic subjects to Islam. This Mongol tribal confederacy held sway around the Tarim Basin and the steppes further north, for over two centuries starting 1347 AD. Before the advent of Islam, Kucha was an important Buddhist kingdom on the northern Silk Road.

Entrance portal of the Maulana Arshad ud din Mosque in Kucha.

Imams at the Maulana Arshad ud din Mosque in Kucha.

We had several hours to spend at leisure, as our train to Urumqi was to leave late at night. After a late lunch at the aptly named Maulana Restaurant, we idled in a small peaceful park. We noted that the farther east one went from Kashgar, less conservative the Muslim Uyghur lifestyles became, as was quite evident on the streets of Kucha; this was perhaps due to the growing influence of the more secular and worldly Han Chinese (the majority ethnic group in China) whose numbers in Xinjiang have continued to increase over the years.

Late in the evening, we left for Kucha Railway Station to board the train for Urumqi. After collecting snacks from shops outside the station, we queued up for scrutiny of our tickets, and passports followed by a thorough luggage and body scan. The waiting hall was jampacked with passengers of many hues Kirgiz, Kazakh, Uyghurs, Han Chinese, Europeans, Japanese, and the two of us from Pakistan.

After waiting for two hours, the announcement about arrival of the train was made. Almost 200 passengers shuffled up the stairway to the elevated platform. Used to our chaotic multitudes storming the railway stations, we were surprised to see not a soul on the platform, no hawkers selling snacks, let alone any busy looking railway officials. Before the crowd could break off into disorderly flocks, a young uniformed policewoman emerged from nowhere, and ordered everyone to form up in a perfect square, pointing at the painted lines on the platform.

Next, she started a harangue on her cordless microphone which blasted her voice on loudspeakers in the middle of the night. We could not understand a word, but going by her vociferous commands for everyone to stay quiet and not to use cell phones, we knew she meant serious business. Her instructions would take a menacing tone every now and then much like that of a drill sergeant. The high pitched lecture continued for a good 15 minutes, and we figured that she was probably telling the passengers about the do’s and don’ts of travelling on train, much like the cabin crew do on airliners.

We heaved a sigh of relief when she finished her sermon on spotting the arriving train’s gleaming headlamp at a distance. All was quiet when another young policewoman with a red band on her peak cap, marched across the platform right up to the edge, and stood at attention next to the railway line. As the train slowed down to a walking pace, the engine driver craned his neck out of the window and saluted the lady, who reciprocated with a crisp salute. When the train halted, about 20 odd uniformed conductors alighted, one from each compartment, and helped the passengers board the train.

In precisely five minutes, over 200 passengers had boarded, the engine driver and the policewoman again exchanged salutes, and the train was on course to Urumqi.

We had a very comfortable night in the deluxe train a far cry from the ‘sleeper’ bus that we had travelled in, two days earlier. We woke up to the view of Tian Shan Mountains in the distance, which was much better scenery than the uninteresting Taklamakan Desert. Windmills for power production could be seen for miles before we neared Urumqi’s industrial zone on the city’s suburbs. As the train closed in on Urumqi, we could see a riot of skyscrapers in the modern capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

No building older than 50 years remains, we were told by a local contact who had come to pick us up at the station. Winding his way through thick morning traffic, Mr Liu dropped us off at the Tamaris Grand Hotel, popular amongst the Uyghur community for its halal food and central location.

With no business meetings to attend, nor financial deals to cut, Urumqi offered us little by way of sightseeing. For starters, we chose the Regional Museum, which showcases local ethnography under the theme of ‘one China, many faces’. The famous Tarim mummies dating from 1800 BC to the first century AD were also on display. The mummies are said to belong to speakers of the defunct Tocharian language, who purportedly came from the Bactrian (Balkh) region. Colourful mannequins of all ethnic minorities of Xinjiang depicting scenes of daily life, were also on display.

In the evening we made a round of the International Grand Bazar within walking distance of our hotel. An attractive brick mosque with a green dome stands out in the middle of the bazar, in a scene reminiscent of Timurid Samarkand or Bukhara. The wares sold at the bazar include clothing, jewellery, carpets, and handicrafts. Roadside eating stalls run mostly by women promise mouth watering skewered kebabs and laghman (noodles), while street hawkers sell everything from almonds to watermelons, to all purpose potions.

A mosque in Urumqi Grand Bazar.

For the better part of next day, we were guests of a well heeled Pakistani businessman. The gentleman is well connected too, for he is married to a once famous Uyghur actress. He enriched us with his knowledge of local customs, culture and society. We learnt that there are more than a hundred Pakistanis in Urumqi who bring in handicrafts and sundry items, and sell them at a profit. Friday prayers at a nearby mosque were widely attended with Pakistanis outnumbered only by the local Uyghurs. We were surprised to learn that the Hui Muslims (converted Han Chinese) do not pray alongside Uyghurs, and have their own mosques.

Together, the Uyghurs and Hui Muslims form less than a quarter of Urumqi’s population while the Han Chinese are in majority making up for three fourths of the total. The Uyghurs seem to be outsiders in their own capital city.

Nearly a month had passed since we had started our cycling expedition into China. It was time to pack up and go, by yet another means of transport the airplane. After a most memorable adventure, we were soon on our way to Islamabad, overloaded with stories of discovery that have been told and retold, ever since.

I am reminded of novelist Margaret Thien’s observation about the people in China, that “you learn a lot from what they don’t tell you”. It was just as well that we could not communicate in their language; for we would have been told much less than what we discovered all by ourselves!
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WASHINGTON A lawyer, a teacher who just moved to the state, a guy who sells running shoes and a Klingon dressed up as Mark Twain walked into a Southern Tier congressional race, and it’s no joke.

The lawyer, Eddie Sundquist, 28, of Jamestown, Wednesday became the fourth candidate to announce that he’s seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Tom Reed, R Corning, in 2018.

In other words, Reed is drawing something that Rep. Chris Collins, R Clarence, is not: a plethora of potential challengers who have already thrown their hat, or Klingon battle helmet, into the ring.

Rick Gallant, a Painted Post teacher, who announced his candidacy last month only to see it quickly followed by revelations that he had been living in Pennsylvania for most of the past two decades.

Ian Golden, who owns the Finger Lakes Running and Triathlon store in Ithaca, who promises a “Golden Age of Politics” in the Southern Tier.

John G. Hertzler, who played the Klingon warrior General Martok on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and who is, at times, campaigning dressed as Mark Twain.

Reed’s campaign manager, Nicholas Weinstein, didn’t seem worried about any of the challengers.

“We are confident that our record of accessibility and bipartisan leadership will continue to resonate and earn support from voters on Election Day,” Weinstein said. “As we work hard every day to represent our region, we are confident that our values better represent the district than any of the four Democrats running against us.”

Sundquist, the latest candidate in the field, is among the more conventional of the bunch. He grew up in Jamestown, moved to Philadelphia to teach after college, then went to the University at Buffalo Law School and returned to his hometown in 2015 to join the local law firm Lewis and Lewis.

Returning to his hometown, he found the Southern Tier appearing like “the land that time forgot,” without the kind of economic growth that’s evident in Buffalo, Sundquist said.

He said that if he gets elected to Congress, his primary goal will be to change that to focus on local economic development issues, as well as the sprawling agriculture industry of New York’s 23rd Congressional District.

“Time and time again we’ve seen our representative vote against the interests of his district,” Sundquist said of Reed.

The two candidates have vastly different views on health care. Whereas Reed supports the GOP health care bill that’s projected to cost New York billions in federal funds, Sundquist said he would consider hearing from experts about the possibility of a single payer health care system.

In addition, Sundquist, who is gay, said, “I’m deeply concerned about the rights of LGBT people and the increased wave of intolerance in this country. We need to step up and oppose it.”

Gallant, who announced his candidacy in The Buffalo News last month, lived in Ohio before moving to Wellsboro, Pa., in 2000.

A longtime teachers union activist, Gallant has been picking up support from across the district despite having just moved there. For example, the Chautauqua County Council of NYSUT Teacher Presidents endorsed him on Wednesday.

He said he appreciated the endorsement, adding: “I’m committed to the fight for real change. I will be a strong voice for education and a tireless advocate for the residents of our district.”

Meantime, Golden, 40, said on Facebook that his main reason for running for Congress is his concern about the influence of money in politics.

“I feel that it is virtually impossible for our legislators to listen and work for the people when they choose, or are forced by the system, to spend most of their time pandering for huge sums of money and with it bowing to the wishes of private entities, profit and power,” he said.

Golden’s social media posts make clear that he would be a strong progressive in Congress. He’s a loud critic of President Trump and his proposed tax cuts, saying they would mainly benefit the wealthy.

Golden and Hertzler both make “Medicare for all” a single payer health system a priority.

And like Golden, Hertzler called the current campaign finance system the biggest problem with politics today.

But Hertzler stands out in other ways. He’s the only candidate to play a character from the fearsome Klingon Empire in “Star Trek,” and he’s the only one to don a straw hat and white suit to portray Mark Twain as a part of his campaign routine.

“To me, Mark Twain represents what is the heart of the American spirit,” said Hertzler, who lauded Twain’s early support for a woman’s right to vote. “He was 100 years ahead of his time.”

Tom Reed, in contrast, represents a step backward, said Hertzler, a town board member in Ulysses, in Tompkins County.

Hertzler vowed to make the fight against climate change his key issue in Washington, saying the government has to push the country off fossil fuels and onto clean energy as soon as possible.

It’s too soon to know which of the four candidates will be able to raise the funds and appeal to enough voters to wage a serious campaign, but Hertzler has one advantage: a worldwide cadre of “Star Trek” fans.

But on his Facebook page, Hertzler warned that his foreign fans might go a bit too far.

“You must be an American citizen to contribute to a political campaign here,” he said. “Wish I could bring in the entire Alpha Quadrant but alas . I cannot. So if you are one of my Facebook friends or ‘Star Trek’ friends living in Germany or France or Bellaria! . don’t send money. Do send me good vibes and a hearty handshake!”
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Shoe donations will also support micro enterprises in developing nations and reduce what goes into landfills

Access Community Action Agency is conducting a shoe collection drive now through January 27, 2017, to raise funds for Access programs that help support individuals and families in Windham and Tolland Counties. The public is invited to participate in the Access shoe drive. Donations of gently worn, used and new shoes of all sizes will be accepted. The amount of money raised is determined by the total weight of the shoes collected.

All donated shoes will be redistributed to microenterprise partners through Funds2Orgs, a for profit social enterprise, and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start their own businesses. Access will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods. Those dollars will benefit programs that help support individuals and families in Windham and Tolland Counties. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes of all sizes in drop boxes located in both Access office locations: 1315 Main Street, Willimantic, CT and 231 Broad Street, Danielson, CT. in both locations.

All donated shoes are redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations. Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families.

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Kathleen Krider, Community Engagement Senior Director. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets and donating them to Access will help those less fortunate become self sufficient as well as clean out a closet. It’s a win win for everyone,” added Elisha Sherman, Communications and Development Coordinator.

In the US alone, over 600 million pairs of shoes are thrown away per year. The materials used to manufacture a pair of shoes are created from chemical compounds that will create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills. By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the Access Shoe Drive, your shoes are given a second chance to make a difference.
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ADATA XPG SX8000 3D MLC NAND NVMe SSD Aimed At Gamers

If you are looking for a new M.2 PCIe NVMe you are in for a treat today as we will be looking at the ADATA XPG SX8000 512GB M.2 form factor Solid State Drive (SSD) that utilizes the super fast PCIe Gen3x4 interface with NVMe 1.2 support. Building a new system and using a SATA III (6Gbps) interface is sacrilege as who wants to be bottlenecked at 560 MB/s speeds. The new ADATA XPG SX8000 SSD series blows that away with sequential read speeds of up to 2,500 MB/s (2.4GB/s) and up to 1,100 MB/s sequential write speeds. If you haven upgraded your storage drive in years and are still running a traditional hard drive, building a new platform and embracing a M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD like this model will really give you a night and day performance difference.

The ADATA XPG SX8000 series features Intel/Micron 3D MLC NAND Flash memory, so it has respectable endurance ratings of up to 640TBW (1TB model) and all are backed by a 5 year warranty. Some enthusiasts are concerned with TLC NAND based Flash drives and that isn a concern with the SX8000 series. The Random Read/Write IOPS is also respectable with up to 160,000 IOPS Random Read and up to 140,000 IOPS.

The ADATA XPG SX8000 is offered in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and a soon to be released 1TB capacity. We do find it slightly odd that this drive bares the Xtreme Performance Gear (XPG) product series branding by ADATA, but is available in such low capacities. XPG products are said to consist of high performance PC hardware that it targeted at gamers and overclockers and we don know too many gamers getting a 128GB drive here in 2017 as that would be good for basically just a boot drive. Many tier 1 games titles these days are over 40GB each, so you could only install two games along with Windows 10 on the 128GB model. We also don recommend the SX8000 128GB drive as the performance ratings are half that of what we talked about earlier due to less NAND chips being used and therefore there are less lanes connecting the NAND to the 8 channel controller.

ADATA XPG SX8000 SSD SeriesStreet Pricing:That said,
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ADATA offers the SX8000 SSD in two ways. You can either get the bare drive (original version) or a more recently added version that features a custom heatsink bearing the XPG logo. Some new motherboards come with a M.2 heat spreaders, so you might want to look into the motherboard you might be buying to see if you really need one. Is a M.2 heat spreader needed on the ADATA XPG SX8000 series? Absolutely not, but they do look neat if you can see the M.2 drive in your built.

ADATA XPG SX8000M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Specifications:

SMI 2260 Controller

3D MLC NAND Flash L06B128GB: 256MB

1TB: 1GB

Operating Temperature 0 70C

MTBF: 2,000,000 hours

4K Aligned Random Read:

ADATA went with the Silicon Motion SM2260 8 channel controller on this that has four 8Gbps lanes for data flow and has eight NAND channels. This controller has been around for some time and is generally one that we classify as being a mainstream client controller for PCIe NVMe drives. So, ADATA high end SX8000 series should perform as a mid range M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD in our performance charts.

The drive that we be reviewing today today is the original ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD that is 512GB in capacity and sold under part number ASX8000NP 512GM C. This model doesn have a fancy heat spreader, but the SM2260 controller does have s thin copper layer over it for better heat distribution. The black PCB doesn look bad and on most boards the M.2 slot is located under a video card and can easily be seen through a case window.

Flipping the drive over you find two more 13D MLC NAND Flash chips and a spot for more memory, but itis actually populated and being used!

The 3D MLC NAND Flash chips are labeled ADATA, but they are actually Intel / Micron L06B parts.

The SX8000 does not require special NVMe drivers to work properly on a PC, but the bad news it thatthe ADATASSD ToolBoxdoesn fully support thisNVMe drive. ADATA says that the SSD Toolbox utility will be updated in early April 2017 to include a secure erase function for Windows 10 8.1 users. Right now thesecure erase command only works with the utility on Windows 7 platforms.
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