Funded through a $200,000 contribution from Linde’s Global Giving Programme, and in collaboration with Ivy Tech Community College, the Skills Pipeline programme will train students for careers in production and maintenance technology.“We are excited that these high school students have committed to developing these skills and are proud to provide the resources to encourage them. This programme helps students invest in their futures and allows us to help promote a more capable workforce long term,” said Dr. Anne Roby, Executive Vice-President of Linde.The new programme is the first in the Skills Pipeline family to offer formal training to dual-credit students finishing high school in Northwest Indiana and aligns with the state’s next level jobs workforce initiative.The Skills Pipeline programme features strong collaborations between industry, government and educators, providing students with a strong platform for success.“We are committed to educating the 21st Century workforce in a manner that equips it with the skills necessary to succeed,” said Louie Gonzalez, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Lake County campus.”“In order to do this, we need viable partnerships and investment of resources. This collaboration illustrates our commitment to the students of today and the workforce of tomorrow here in Northwest Indiana.”
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) – Wildfires fueled by high winds roared through parts of the Great Smoky Mountains, burning the doorstep of the Dollywood theme park, destroying a resort and chasing thousands of people from their homes.National Guard troops arrived Tuesday to help overwhelmed firefighters, and Mother Nature provided a little relief as the winds calmed and rain fell in some areas. Forecasters said it would not be enough to end the relentless drought that has spread across the South and set the stage over the past few weeks for wildfires in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina.The latest wildfires grew Monday night when wind high winds blew trees onto power lines, sparking new fires and spreading embers over long distances, officials said.“There were times last night that we had wind gusts in excess of 87 miles an hour. That is hurricane force. That is nowhere to be when trying to fight a fire,” Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller said at a news conference Tuesday.Hundreds of homes and other buildings, including a 16-story hotel, were damaged or destroyed by flames.Emergency officials ordered evacuations in downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and in other areas of Sevier County near the Great Smoky Mountains. About 14,000 residents and visitors were evacuated from Gatlinburg alone.About 1,200 people took shelter at the Gatlinburg Community Center and the Rocky Top Sports Park and several other shelters opened. TV broadcasts showed residents streaming out of town just as rain started to wet roads.At least a dozen people were taken to hospitals, including some with burns. No deaths were reported and officials said they had not received any reports of missing people.In downtown Gatlinburg, workers at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies had to flee because of the wildfires and left behind more than 10,000 fish and other animals. So far, the building appeared OK.“The aquarium, as far as we looked at this morning, was intact,” said Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters. “I understand that they had a generator so they were able to do what they needed to do to protect the animals.”Based on preliminary surveys, the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa in Gatlinburg “is likely entirely gone,” the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said in a news release. The agency had previously said it had reports that the Ober Gatlinburg amusement park and ski area had been destroyed as well, but later said resort officials had checked in and said the property was fine.Officials with Dollywood, the amusement park named after country music icon Dolly Parton, said the theme park wasn’t damaged, but more than a dozen cabins operated by the park had been.Dollywood suspended park operations at least through Wednesday. Its DreamMore resort will be open on a limited basis as a shelter and for registered guests.Just hours before the fires spread, the singer appeared in a video to urge people to prevent forest fires.Parton appears with Smokey the Bear in the 30-second video released Sunday by Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She tells people to avoid burning leaves and parking vehicles on dry grass, and warns that even a campfire can spark a wildfire.Parton is a native of Sevier County, which includes both Gatlinburg and nearby Pigeon Forge.In the mid-1980s, Parton partnered with the Herschend family who ran the park, then known as Silver Dollar City. It opened under the new name of Dollywood in 1986.Rain showers ended in the Gatlinburg area about 8 a.m. Tuesday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Sam Roberts. No more meaningful rainfall was expected until about midnight Tuesday, and would last through Wednesday.After weeks of punishing drought, any rain should be soaked up quickly, forecasters said. Rainfall amounts have been 10 to 15 inches below normal during the past three months in many parts of the South.“I think we racked up deficits that are going to be too much to overcome with just one storm system,” said Mark Svoboda, director of the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.In Mississippi, trees were reported downed Monday in nearly 20 counties across the state. Sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph – with gusts of more than 50 mph – were reported and more than 2 inches of rain fell in some areas.Power outages peaked at more than 23,000 in Mississippi. Powerlines downed by winds sparked grass fires in four counties, said Greg Flynn, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Published: November 29, 2016 8:46 AM EST Updated: November 29, 2016 5:24 PM EST Author: AP Wildfires in South force evacuations in Tennessee Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE
–Ads– In an effort to celebrate their “iconic” partnership, Mercedes-AMG and MV Agusta collaborated and unveiled a one-off F3 800 sports bike at the 2015 IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show.Inspired by the Mercedes-AMG GT S, the F3 800 features an AMG solarbeam yellow exterior paint job with black accents and AMG / MV Agusta badging. The bike also has a black leather seat with yellow contrast stitching.As much as the technicalities are concerned, the MV Agusta F3 800 is powered by a three-cylinder 12-valve 798 cc engine which produces 148 PS at 13,000 rpm and 88 Nm at 10,600 rpm. The engine is paired to a six-speed gearbox with MV EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift).While the bike’s combined fuel consumption stands at 9.4l/100km, CO2 emission is pegged at 224-216 g/km.Weighing at 173 kg, the motorcycle is priced at 15,190 Euros (RM73,252) for the version equipped with EAS and ABS.
Speculative render of rumoured new Yamaha YZF-R6 gives us an idea how the supersport may look like. Rumours of a new Yamaha YZF-R6 supersport have been around for quite some time now. It even reached point where some have speculated the possibility of it adopting a triple-cylinder engine derived from the groundbreaking MT-09 streetfighter too.But as the months passed, much of these rumours haven’t panned out accordingly and remained as here say. However, this render penned by Japanese magazine Young Machine that was published recently has restarted the rumours and speculations once more.The featured render sees the next generation Yamaha YZF-R6 envisioned as a ‘baby’ YZF-R1 of sorts. Given the fact that most of the Japanese power players tend to have their middleweight supersport models resemble their flagship litre-class siblings’ looks closely – examples include the Kawasaki ZX-10R and its smaller ZX-6R sibling, not forgetting the Suzuki GSX-R line too – it seems plausible.But, if you know Young Machine as well as we do, you’d know of their reputation for poor accuracy when it comes to their renders. Still, it is a sight to behold nonetheless, and it has brought out more questions for us to wonder.Since Yamaha went through the trouble at giving its flagship but ageing litre-class superbike the full makover it deserved last year, could we see house Iwata granting the same treatment for its ageing 600cc supersports model too?And if it does, what can we expect from the next generation Yamaha YZF-R6? At the top of our list is perhaps a full revolution with its on board electronics. Weather an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) will make its way here or not remains to be seen, but we are certain it will benefit with Traction Control at the very least.The supersport segment has seen a huge revolution of late, but leading here are non-Japanese marques such as Ducati and MV Agusta. However, Ducati’s 899 Panigale and its 959 Panigale successor aren’t exactly middleweights anymore as capacities edge closer to the magical 1,000cc mark. And we need not mention the beleaguering state of MV Agusta’s finances to keep producing its F3 675 – the most advanced supersport available today.Closer to home, rivals Honda has yet to replace its flagship CBR1000RR and its CBR600RR supersport sibling whilst Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000 is only entering markets late next year with its smaller-sized siblings – GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 – only expected in the following years.With these in mind, it is easy to see that the Yamaha YZF-R6 is primed for a full revamp should house Iwata wish to seize the initiative. Realistically, the new Yamaha YZF-R6 only has one bike to meet and exceed, which is the rivalling Kawasaki ZX-6R that was updated in 2012 with traction control.Source: Asphaltandrubber–Ads–
Two fine goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a comfortable 3-0 win over last season’s Champions League finalists Juventus at the Nou Camp.Messi struck right on half-time, drilling his shot in off the post after a brilliant one-two with Luis Suarez.Ivan Rakitic scored Barca’s second after Messi’s shot was cleared off the line.The Argentine then wrapped up victory with a superb left-footed goal from 20 yards.Running in from the right wing, he beat several Juve defenders before placing the ball past goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.