Charges dropped against owner, designer of Verruckt waterslide where boy was decapitated in horrific accident

first_imgABC News(KANSAS CITY, Kansas) — The owner and designer of what was billed as the world’s tallest waterslide have had all charges against them dropped on Friday in relation to the horrific death of a 10-year-old boy on the ride in 2016.Schlitterbahn Water Park owner Jeff Henry and designer John Schooley had been charged with second-degree murder after Caleb Schwab was decapitated on the Kansas City, Kansas, ride called the Verrückt. Operations manager Tyler Miles, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter, also had his charges dropped on Friday.The defendants issued a motion to dismiss the charges over what they called “improper evidence and testimony displayed to the grand jury.”The water park company, which has since closed its Kansas City location, hailed the decision to dismiss charges in a statement.“We welcome today’s decision which dismissed the charges against all defendents (sic),” said Winter Prosapio, corporate director of communications for Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts. “We are thankful for all the support and encouragement we’ve received.”The grand jury had returned an indictment against Henry, Schooley and Miles on March 21, 2018, in Wyandotte County, Kansas. But on Friday, the judge dismissed those charges saying the jury was shown “a highly dramatized” made-for-TV drama produced by the Travel Channel.The defendants lawyers also argued an expert who testified before the grand jury about American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards, even though they weren’t required by law at the time of the development of the slide. An expert also discussed the death of someone at a different Schlitterbahn Water Park, but that was an employee who was killed while performing maintenance.“The Court holds that the three areas of grand jury abuse cited by the defendants are credible and persuasive and must be considered illegal evidence that should not have been presented to the grand jury,” Judge Robert P. Burns wrote.The motion does say the state could still file a criminal complaint or take evidence before a different grand jury.Prosecutors have alleged that Henry and other employees of the water park attempted to hide from investigators documents detailing at least 13 injuries on the Verrückt waterslide leading up to Schwab’s death.“We are obviously disappointed and respectfully disagree with the court’s decision. We will review the ruling carefully, including the court’s observation that the ruling ‘does not preclude the possibility that the State could continue to pursue this matter in a criminal court,’ and take a fresh look at the evidence and applicable law in this tragic and troubling case to determine the best course forward,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a statement released Friday.Caleb Schwab’s parents, Michelle and Scott, who was a state representative at the time and is now Kansas’s secretary of state, spoke to “Good Morning America” about the accident in 2017.Caleb’s brother Nathan was waiting at the bottom of the slide while his parents were tending to the family’s other children.Michelle heard Nathan screaming, ‘He flew from the Verruckt, he flew from the Verruckt,’” Michelle Schwab recalled to “GMA.”Investigators said Caleb was somehow decapitated on the ride.“There was a gentleman who wouldn’t allow me to come close enough to see what was going on, and he just kept saying, ‘Trust me, you don’t want to go any further,’” Michele Schwab said. “I kind of knew in my mind that I shouldn’t see it, that I probably don’t want to see it.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

General Micro Systems bags US Navy ship displays deal

first_img General Micro Systems bags US Navy ship displays contract Share this article Authorities February 22, 2017 View post tag: General Micro Systemscenter_img View post tag: US Navy Facing end-of-life challenges, old displays on ships in the U.S. Navy fleet are being replaced by new ones that are to be delivered by General Micro Systems, the company announced in February.From an RFQ first seen in 2013, the SD19 SmartView display system is now in the deployment phase. General Micro Systems has been awarded multi-year contracts to deliver tens of displays per ship, with volume of several dozen ships per year.“Combined, all programs will exceed several million dollars in revenue to GMS per year. And it started with a long-time customer,” said GMS CEO Ben Sharfi. “They knew we were in the smart display business, and they knew we supplied VME-based single-board computers to the Navy’s fleet of ships.”Upon receipt of the system specification that required not only backwards compatibility with the existing display but also incorporated a ship data-management computer function, GMS quoted a smart display system that was a fraction of the cost, thinner and combined multiple functions into one.The technical challenge was maintaining one hundred percent backwards compatibility with the existing display system while still adding the complete computer subsystem within the same physical space. “The other guys were over 8-inches thick, used a technology that isn’t rugged, and required a fan,” said Sharfi. “We are around 3.5-inches thin, passively cooled, and run circles around the competing solutions.” Back to overview,Home naval-today General Micro Systems bags US Navy ship displays contract last_img read more

Dawn grows fudge icing selection

first_imgDawn Foods has extended its range of toppings. Orange, lemon, strawberry and coffee fudge icings join Dawn’s existing portfolio of icings and frostings. The new fudge icings contain no artificial flavours or colours and are available in 7kg pails.Marketing manager, Jacqui Passmore commented: “As we continue to add to our ready-to-finish products, such as cupcake bases and sheetcakes, as well as our Baker’s Select range of premixes, we are working hard to offer our customers the range of toppings in frostings and icings that provide ease-of-use, great tastes and the flexibility to offer novelty products that shout from the shelf.”last_img

News story: Combating food shortages: apply for funding

first_img enhance food and nutrition security be sustainable in the face of current environmental challenges, such as climate change minimise negative effects including pollution, waste and food loss comply with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s guidance on the use of animals partner with organisations from eligible African countries The UK is home to ground-breaking industry and research at the forefront of environmental and agricultural management to tackle food scarcity. Find out more about the Industrial Strategy Transforming Food Production challenge. Crop Production Livestock and Aquaculture Food Systems and Nutrition Find out more about this competition. reducing food loss on the farm and through the value chain control of crop pests, weeds and diseases food safety issues through the supply chain Applicants may want to focus on DFID funding priorities, including: Competition information the competition opens on 1 April 2019, and the deadline for registration is at midday on 29 May 2019 UK-based organisations of any size are eligible to apply Online brokerage events will be held on 5 April, with a focus on: briefing events will also be held in Birmingham on 22 March 2019, and online on 9 April 2019 Food and resource scarcity are among the defining challenges of the 21st century. Global estimates for undernourishment rose from 775 million people in 2015 to 821 million in 2017, with African countries seeing the highest prevalence, estimated around 20% of the population in 2016. This risk is made greater by the growing threat of climate change to crops.Up to £3 million of funding is available through Innovate UK and the Department for International Development (DFID), for organisations looking to boost the rate and scale of food systems innovation in Africa.The competition is part of the Agri-Tech Catalyst, which provides funding to projects that have a positive impact on poverty through agricultural technology and innovation.Picking up the paceProjects must look to increase the rate and scale of development in ground-breaking agricultural and food systems technology in Africa across the supply chain.They can be based within any sector or discipline, and must:last_img read more

Spelt boom prompts non-organic Sharpham Park retail launch

first_imgSharpham Park has rolled out its first non-organic retail spelt flours following soaring demand during the coronavirus outbreak.The Somerset-based business, which grows and mills organic spelt on site, said interest in spelt had been growing ahead of the Covid-19 crisis but had soared tenfold in the months immediately following lockdown.“We grow our organic spelt on the farm and with our growers at least a year ahead,” explained Sharpham Park founder Roger Saul.“Over the last six months, even before Covid, we have been milling three times as much a month. In order not to run out before the new harvest we have supplemented our retail range with British-grown conventional spelt.”Historically, the business would have only supplied this in bulk to bakers but has developed 2.5kg wholegrain and white varieties to supply retail customers.“This is a great addition to our existing online product range, offering the same versatility as our organic products,” added Saul, who said consumers were increasingly turning to spelt for health benefits including being a source of fibre, protein, iron and vitamins.Spelt is an ancient grain that has been cultivated for more than 7,000 years. It fell out of favour in medieval times, according to Sharpham Park, and had a brief revival in the 19th century but interest waned in the 20th century as crops producing higher yields took over.Recently launches containing spelt include a Glorious Grains loaf from Hovis and a Spelt, Golden and Brown Linseed Seed Bread from Lovingly Artisan.Sharpham Park has also launched a 24-hour online booking platform for ordering its products, which also include spelt cereals, pasta and grains.last_img read more

Kamasi Washington To Release New EP, Details North American Tour Dates

first_imgBreakout jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington is following up his 2015 debut masterpiece, The Epic, with a brand new EP due out September 29th (via Young Turks). Harmony of Difference features six movements, including “Truth,” the first single from the album, which features the star and his band in fine form on the 14-minute number. The entire piece was featured alongside A.G. Rojas‘ film at this year’s Whitney Biennial, which takes place at the Whitney Museum in New York City and features contemporary art from young and lesser known artists each year.Washington has also announced an entire Fall Tour run of dates around North America in support of the EP, including a few previously announced European dates. The Fall Tour is set to begin on Nov. 7th in Milwaukee, and will see the jazz artist make stops in Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Asheville, and more, with a tour-ending performance in Memphis on December 11th.A vinyl version of the record will be made available, and will come with a concertina booklet that includes some of Amani Washington‘s (Kamasi’s sister) artwork and stills from Rojas’ film itself. Harmony of Difference pre-orders are currently being held here. Check below for a full list of Kamasi Washington tour dates.Harmony of Difference Tracklist:DesireHumilityKnowledgePerspectiveIntegrityTruthKamasi Washington 2017 Tour Dates:08/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight Concert Series08/04 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre08/23 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl08/25 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery09/03 – Detroit, MI @ Detroit Jazz Festival09/24 – Yokohama, JP @ Blue Note Jazz Festival10/28 – Great Live Oaks, FL @ Suwannee Hulaween11/01 – Zurich, CH @ JazznoJazz11/02 – Torino, IT @ Club To Club11/03 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival Paris11/04 – Eindhoven, NL @ So What’s Next Festival11/07 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom11/08 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre11/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue11/10 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre11/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom11/14 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club11/15 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre11/16 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth11/17 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground11/18 – Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre11/20 – Boston, MA @ Royale11/22 – New York, NY @ Terminal 511/24 – Washington, DC @ MGM National Harbor11/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer11/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre11/28 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre11/30 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater12/01 – Richmond, VA @ The National12/02 – Raleigh, NC @ Duke Energy Center12/03 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel12/05 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn12/06 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre12/08 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse12/09 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works12/10 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall12/11 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre[cover photo courtesy of Lou Montesano Photography – STILLROCK]last_img read more

Two Elderly German Men Escape Nursing Home, Are Found Raging A Metal Festival At 3am

first_imgThis past weekend, Wacken Open Air festival took place in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The annual event, billed as the largest heavy metal festival in Europe, brings in tens of thousands of fans young and old from around Germany and beyond each year. However, this year, two particular attendees have captured the attention of the media on a global scale.According to a report from German public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, on Saturday, police in the area were alerted that two elderly residents of a local nursing home had gone missing. Later that night, around 3:00 a.m. local time, police found the two escapees on the grounds of Wacken Open Air enjoying the festivities along with the gathered masses. According to police, the two men were “disoriented and dazed” when they were found at the festival, but were nonetheless reluctant to leave and head back to the home. As police spokeswoman Merle Neufeld told German broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk, “They obviously liked the metal festival.” Authorities had to escort them back with the help of a taxi and a patrol car.In the hours since the nursing home escaper caper, the story has spread through the global media, with die-hard music fans around the world tipping their metaphorical hats to the ballsy senior citizens for their determination to get in on the party. Sure, their plan was foiled and they were returned to the home, but in the meantime, they got to rage Wacken Open Air into the wee hours. If you’ve ever had to go to great lengths to get to a concert, you’re surely well acquainted with the feelings of elation and “worth it”-ness you experience once you’ve finally made it to the show. You can be sure that these well-aged metalheads were feeling pretty fantastic on Saturday night.Here’s hoping you guys had the time of your lives on Saturday night. We can only hope we’re as cool as you when we grow up.[H/T NY Post]last_img read more

Widespread Panic Summons The Kraken In Scorching St. Augustine Opener [Videos]

first_imgOn Friday night, in the wake of a three-night blowout at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheatre, Widespread Panic took the stage at St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine FL, the oldest city in America. The city is known throughout the world for its historic landmarks and pirate mythology, including Ponce De Leon’s search for the fabled “Fountain of Youth.” Since Nashville, it appeared the boys had taken shelter in an abandoned pirate fortress and drank nothing but Caribbean rum, trading gold doubloons while shooting dice to pass time. Hurricane Florence knew better than to mess with St. Augustine this year, as many refugees from the Carolinas took shelter from the storm with the protection of Jimmy Herring’s six-stringed Neptune trident, John Bell’s mystical incantations, and Dave Schools‘ seismic pulses.To kick off the first set in a classic “Panic in the Streets” style, the band nailed a lively “Disco” before following with a smooth “Wondering.” John Bell remained outstanding as the band picked up a fiery version of “Glory” featuring some sizzling organ provided by JoJo Hermann (“Anytime we dance takes us closer to glory!”). Jimmy Herring took the helm of this pirate ship’s one-way trip next, his electric sawblade cutting out the lightning riffs of “Action Man”, which recounts the tale of the legendary horse Man-O-War’s only defeat—to a horse appropriately named Upset.Keeping the tone fiery with a hint of brimstone, the Panics executed a coup de grace with a nasty “Junior” (an ode to Junior Kimbrough) featuring an intensely built-up jam that transitioned softly into a sentimental “C. Brown”. (“And you can walk on home with me…You don’t even need to think a word. You don’t have to worry… “) The slow and steady instrumental “Party at Your Mama’s House” incorporated JoJo’s pristine piano playing, Jimmy Herring’s wizard fingers, and a percussive beatdown by Duane Trucks and Sonny Ortiz.As the song wound down, John Bell stepped back to the microphone to destroy a modern take on Robert Johnson’s “Stop Breaking Down” before a murky wave full of “Fishwater” crashed over the Amphitheatre’s walls. At first, it seemed that Hurricane Florence was coming closer for a listen but, in truth, it was the band’s powerful music summoning the salty sea to churn in accompaniment to JoJo’s swirling synthesizer and Herring’s maelstrom guitar licks. The song descended through the depths of the ocean right through the gates of the underworld as each member of the band contributed to the musical mayhem. John Bell and Schools “Mo, Mo Mo’ed” in a whirlpool descent until finally hitting rock bottom and capsizing, at which point the boys temporarily abandoned ship and left the audience to tread water until their return.The band of swashbucklers returned after set break aboard a commandeered galleon and busted out a beautiful tribute to fallen fan Pace Taylor with “Don’t Wanna Lose You”. The Ball original had not been played since Panic en la Playa Tres in 2014. The music continued straight into Jerry Joseph’s jagged reggae tune, “Chainsaw City”, Dave Schools backing Bell’s squawking vocal ad libs. Steve Lopez joined the stage to lend a percussive hand before another smooth segue marooned the festive audience on the island of Jorma Kaukoken’s “Genesis”.The band took their only pause of the set before acing an extended “Up All Night” and taunting the passing Hurricane with a defiant “Hatfield”, the true story of the rainmaker who got paid ten grand by the city of Los Angeles to end a drought. John Bell dazzled with his off-the-cuff raps about Hatfield’s mama (“a big, beautiful German woman!”), “cold beer in the summertime,” “cowboys and Indians,” “Batman and Robin,” “apple pie smells coming from the window,” and “three-stringed banjos,” all culminating spectacularly with “rain for L.A.”Widespread Panic played one for the bilge rats next with a heavy “You Got Yours”, buoyed by Herring’s sacrificial riffs to Poseidon and Schools’ thumpin’ and shadowing backup vocals. JoJo’s synthesizer lifted the band into J.J. Cale’s “Ride Me High”, which led into a lengthy and flexible jam. The band transitioned into a sexy “Tie Your Shoes” and, at some point during the weighty jam in between, it seemed the mythical Kraken was summoned from the briny deep to groove on some Panic tunes.A mixed medley kept the audience (and the Kraken) guessing until the band finally settled into an appetizing “Contentment Blues”, with John Bell declaring proudly, “I Lerv mah Chicken!” To end the second set, Panic played a fiery tribute to Tom Petty with their third-ever rendition of “You Wreck Me” and their first since it capped this year’s three-night Red Rocks run.For their encore, Widespread Panic reemerged from the shadows to nail a cover of Vic Chestnutt’s “Expiration Day”, with JoJo tinkering a forlorn piano line. As a grand finale, the boys brought the swampy Georgian farmland to the beaches of St. Augustine with stomping “Love Tractor”. The song featured some lively call and response, raucous “Yee-Haws!”, crashing percussion by Ortiz and Trucks, and a Herring solo that had everyone’s feet (and tentacles) swaying in jolted rhythms.The boys dismounted from their musical positions and shuffled offstage, riding out of the amphitheatre, over the waves, and toward the horizon on the back of the high-seas tall tale they’d summoned with their weekend-opening performance. No need to worry, though. These swamp scoundrels are set to return to the shore today for their first of two remaining evenings in St. Augustine.You can listen to an audio stream of Widespread Panic’s first night in St. Augustine via PanicStream here.Below, check out a selection of crowd-shot videos from the performance:Widespread Panic – “Fishwater” Widespread Panic – “Genesis” [Jorma Kaukonen cover][Video: Fred Ramadan]Widespread Panic – “You Wreck Me” [Tom Petty cover][Video: rofred09]Setlist: Widespread Panic | St. Augustine Amphitheatre | St. Augustine FL | 9/14/18Set 1: Disco, Wondering, Glory, Action Man, Junior, C. Brown, Party At Your Mama’s House > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Fishwater (65 mins)Set 2 Don’t Wanna Lose You^ > Chainsaw City* > Genesis, Up All Night > Hatfield️ > You Got Yours, Ride Me High > Jam > Tie Your Shoes > Contentment Blues > You Wreck Me (88 mins)Encore: Expiration Day, Love Tractor (13 mins)Notes * w/ Steve Lopez on percussion^ LTP 3/17/14 Playa Tres (264 shows) ~ RIP Pace Taylorlast_img read more

Heavy Metal Reportedly Fastest-Growing Genre In Music

first_imgAs mainstream rock continues its ongoing identity crisis, heavy metal and hard rock have found a place as one of, if not the fastest-growing genres in the music industry, according to a new report that Billboard shared last week.According to TuneCore, a popular independent digital music distributor, a record earning of $1.5 billion in download and streaming revenue was earned by songwriters and copyright holders around the world in 2018. The report, which breaks down the revenue statistics by both genre and country of publication, heavy metal of all genres saw a notable 154% increase in streaming in 2018, out-earning a 133% increase seen by J-Pop, and 68% increase in R&B/Soul genres. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, TuneCore copyright holders across all genres earned $83 million in the first financial quarter of 2019, marking a 21% increase over the first quarter of 2018. And who says there’s no money in recorded music these days?Related: Tool Debuts First New Music In More Than A Decade At Welcome To RockvilleWith new albums on the way from high-profile hard rock acts like Tool and Slipknot expected later this year, those numbers will only grow as fans of the hard-hitting genre continue to prove they’re arguably the most dedicated in the global music community.Hard rock fans around the country also continue to headbang and mosh in celebration of new festivals set to take place later this year, including the inaugural Exit 111 Fest and Sonic Temple Festival both scheduled for this summer.[H/T Loudwire]last_img read more

Carpenter bees

first_imgTiny piles of sawdust found in random spots are likely caused by large wood-drilling insects called carpenter bees.Carpenter bees are large, black and yellow bees often seen flying around the wooden eaves of houses, wooden decks and wooden fences. They are often mistaken for bumblebees, but unlike bumblebees they have a black shiny tail section. Drilling half-inch holesThe carpenter bee got its name because of its ability to tunnel in wood with its jaws. The bees make half-inch round holes in wood.Sawdust can be found on the ground or on the surface of an object beneath the hole. The holes go a short distance into the wood and run horizontally with the grain for at least six inches or more.Several bees may use the same entrance hole and branch off in different directions from the main tunnel. The tunnels may go for several feet in the wood if the same entrance hole is used for several years.Trusses, overhangs, wooden decks and other exposed wood on houses attract the bees. Wood that is treated or painted is less preferred but still susceptible to attacks. They don’t eat woodUnlike termites, carpenter bees do not consume the wood as food. Instead, they gnaw tunnels to create nesting sites.Carpenter bees overwinter in tunnels. They emerge from these tunnels in early spring. Female bees lay eggs in the tunnels until the tunnels are full. Male bees do not drill tunnels, but they are protective of their territory. The male is distinguished from the female by a white spot on the front of the face. Female carpenter bees seldom sting but will if disturbed or handled. Male carpenter bees cannot sting, but they often become aggressive and frighten people by flying about their heads. Carpenter bee larvae are large and noisy. The noise they make may attract woodpeckers. The woodpeckers do further damage to wood when hunting for the larva. Woodpeckers seen on the eave of homes are more than likely in search of the carpenter bee larva.Adult bees die within a few weeks.Three control methods recommendedAt least three methods can be used to control carpenter bees: 1) aerosol treatments of insecticides applied directly to adult carpenter bees, 2) residual surface and gallery treatments with insecticides and 3) preventive treatments such as painting wood with thick coats of oil based or latex paints.Several days following the preferred treatment, after carpenter bee activity has ceased, plug holes with dowel rods, plastic wood, caulk or with other suitable materials. If carpenter bees continue to attack the wood, additional residual insecticide treatments may be required at weekly or twice weekly intervals. Painting the wood with an oil base or polyurethane paint will discourage the bees, but will not make the wood bee-proof.For more information on handling urban pests, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more