Court Approves Sen. Sherman’s Medical Travel to U.S.

first_imgSenator Varney Sherman, Grand Cape Mount County – Advertisement – Two letters in the possession of the Daily Observer have established that Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, the Justice in Chambers at the Supreme Court, mandated Criminal Court ‘C’ to approve defendant Varney Sherman’s medical trip to the United States.Justice Bank’s action was prompted by a letter dated May 18 from lawyers representing Cllr. Sherman and signed by both Counselors Cyrus Jones and Moses Paegar that partly reads, “The John F. Kennedy Memorial Center administration and attending physicians have advised our client Varney Sherman to seek urgent advanced medical intervention abroad.”The  letter further reads, “Accordingly, and predicated upon the attached report/communication from the said hospital, we hereby requesting for permission from this Supreme Court to enable Sherman to travel to the US for urgent foreign medical intervention.”In a letter of approval, the Criminal Court ‘C’ granted Cllr. Sherman’s request but stated that he must “return to the country after the medical intervention.”The two letters were as a result of a medical report from the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center where Sherman was taken after he collapsed at the Capitol Building on May 11.The medical reports were signed and approved by three medical doctors, Ian Wachekwa, Senior Medical Resident; Prof. Joseph Njoh, Head of Internal Medicine Department; and Billy Johnson, Chief Medical Officer.In their report they said Sherman was admitted on May 11, after he slumped to the ground at a meeting and probably had a seizure.“He vomited once prior to admission. He appeared to be well prior to this incident and he had not complained of any symptoms prior to the incident. There was no prior history of seizure,” the report indicated.“On admission he was noted of comatose with an elevated blood pressure and slightly constricted reactive pupils,” said the report.The report also said that on May 17, Sherman was flown to the Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Tapita, Nimba County for a brain CT scan which revealed “a huge intracranial mass in the left frontal lobe with compression of the left anterior horn of the left lateral ventricle and a midline shift as well as oedema around the mass.”The report also said Sherman was noted to have “impaired memory and had great difficulty comprehending simple instructions.”“He, however, left the hospital against medical advice in the company of his relatives and security details. His wife and relatives were advised to have him taken abroad immediately for further evaluation and management,” the report maintained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Update: Weekend Apartment Fires

first_imgAgain in this case, all of the building’s residents were safely evacuated, without any serious injuries reported.They’ve been asked to contact Li-Car management for updates at 250-785-2662…and, police continue to take public information assistance calls at 250-787-8140 and 1-800-222-8477. Sterling Management offices on 100th street are closed to the general public today, as the company continues to focus on helping displaced residents of the 93rd avenue apartment complex, which for all practical purposes was destroyed by a Friday night fire.About 60 tenants are looking for a new place to live, and Sterling believes it has enough vacancies at other locations in the city to accommodate them all.However, since many of the fire victims did not have tenant’s insurance, donations are continuing to be accepted at the Toten Mall drop off location behind the Staples outlet set up during the weekend.- Advertisement -As for the fire, there’s a chance the cause may never be known because the structural damage…particularly at the north end of the complex, facing 93rd avenue…is so severe, Deputy Fire Chief, Curtis Redpath, has speculated a safe on-site inspection of the ruins may not be possible.As reported earlier, this fire followed another one associated with an explosion at an apartment complex on 102nd avenue between 100th and 98th streets, at about 7 o’clock on Friday night.The RCMP has said drug activity in one of suites may have been the cause, but that has not yet been confirmed.Advertisementlast_img read more

High-living Nuñez loses his middle-class credentials

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City STATE Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez seems perturbed by scrutiny into his lavish spending of the millions he received in campaign contributions. Fancy restaurants, jaunts to Europe and swanky shopping sprees aside, he insists he’s just living the middle-class lifestyle. Doesn’t everyone drop thousands of dollars at Louis Vuitton for office expenses? That’s the big lie, of course, of all elected representatives – on city councils, in Congress, etc. – who say that they’re just like us. Once they are accepted into the folds of big power and big political contributors, with luxury travel and entertainment as the norm, they cease to resemble the people they represent. Nuñez, once a working-class boy from San Diego, knows this as well as anyone. And if he won’t say how his spending furthers his job, or where the money came from, then he should at least stop trying to feed us the same big lie. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Drake at Air Force Postgame Notes

first_imgTEAM NOTES SERIES NOTES INDIVIDUAL NOTES Drake improved to 7-0 all-time against Air Force and 3-0 on the Falcons home floor. The win was the Bulldogs’ second in the last decade against Air Force as the teams last met in 2011 in Des Moines.Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Drake finished its non-conference season with 10 wins to mark the second-straight season the team won 10 or more none conference games and the fifth time in the last 30 years the Bulldogs have done so. The win was Drake’s first road win of the season. Drake has won 23 of its last 29 games. Drake’s 85 points were its second-most of the season against a Division I opponent. Drake is 4-0 this season and 13-0 over the last two seasons when scoring 80 or more points. Drake made eight three-pointers in the first half and finished with 13 three-pointers, its second-most of the season. The team averaged 4.6 three-pointers in its previous three outings.  Drake held a 30-23 advantage in rebounding and improved to 7-1 this season and 25-3 the last two years when outrebounding its opponent. Drake made its first six shots from the field. The Bulldogs didn’t miss a shot until the 5-minute mark when Anthony Murphy had a shot blocked at the rim. Drake had 44 first-half points, its third-highest first-half output of the season. The Bulldogs have averaged 48.5 points in their last two opening halves. Roman Penn scored a career-high 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting and a career-high three three-pointers. He also matched a season-high with nine assists. D.J. Wilkins buried three three-pointers in the first eight minutes of the game. It was his first outing with multiple three-pointers in the month of December. He came into the contest shooting 2-of-14 from the arc in the previous seven games. Liam Robbins made four of his first six shots and finished the first half with 10 points to mark his fifth-straight game in double-figure scoring. He ended up scoring 16 points and five offensive rebounds. Garrett Sturtz was held scoreless but led Drake in rebounding for the fifth time this season with six boards.last_img read more


first_imgThis mystery is just one aspect of the fascinating story of this town that is explored in a new book called ‘Visions of the Past: Scowders, Stirabout and Slipping Bogs’.Produced by the Castlefinn and District History Group, who bring together a myriad of captivating historical nuggets of information about the area in a new book.This unique book will be unveiled at the start of a week-end extravaganza to celebrate the publication of the town’s first-ever local history study. With over 120 pages and packed with an incredible collection of photographs, articles and interviews which bring the past vividly to life, the book-launch will take place in the beautiful setting of the White House Garden venue at the Castlefinn Partnership Initiative Centre at 7.00pm, Friday November 8th with Special Guest – Aussie Bryson doing the honours.Don’t panic if you can’t make it on the night because the focus then shifts to St Mary’s Hall, Main St, Castlefin, where an Exhibition of Old Photographs with Coffee and Cake refreshments will be held on Saturday-Sunday, November 9th -10th between 11am-5pm.Copies of the book will also be on sale. Priced at a very modest €10 it is great value and the ideal Christmas present for your loved ones at home or abroad and guaranteed to create many a fond memory around the world and, no doubt, the odd tear as well!If you would like a little taste of what’s in ‘Scowders, Stirabout and Slipping Bogs’ then visit the Castlefinn and District History Group website: For more information contact Mary Catterson. Tel. 0876327189 email HOW DO YOU SPELL ‘CASTLEFIN’ – ONE ‘N’ OR TWO?! was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefinhistorical societylast_img read more

56 new vans added to Irish Water fleet in Donegal

first_imgIrish Water has announced an investment into a new fleet of water services vans for staff in Donegal.Six new work vehicles were delivered to Donegal County Council last week. A total of 56 new vehicles will be delivered to Donegal over the coming three months.Irish Water said the upgrading of the fleet in Donegal is part of an ongoing strategy to improve the service delivered to customers. The new vehicles will be operated by Donegal County Council on behalf of Irish Water, and will be used for the maintenance and upkeep of the water networks across the county, in routine, reactive and emergency situations.(L-R): Kevin Love, Irish Water; Paul Lyons, Donegal Co Co; Martina Fox, Irish Water; Donal Carron, Donegal Co Co; Kevin McGinty, DMG Motors; and Paul Mahon, Ervia Fleet Management.Kevin Love, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead for Co Donegal, commented: “We are delighted to be in a position to hand over these new vehicles to Donegal County Council. This investment in modern, efficient vehicles will enable personnel to carry out their work in a safe and efficient manner, ultimately improving the service we offer to our customers.”Paul Lyons, Senior Executive Engineer with Donegal County Council added: “We are very pleased to take delivery of these new service vehicles. Having efficient, modern vehicles will ensure that our staff can continue to provide top class delivery of water services to the people of Donegal.”56 new vans added to Irish Water fleet in Donegal was last modified: July 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Irish Waterwater services vanslast_img read more

Few Mutational Pathways Lead to Darwinian Evolution

first_imgMutations may not be as helpful for neo-Darwinian evolution as expected, say researchers from Harvard.  Let’s say five mutations need to occur for a bacterium to gain resistance to an antibiotic, and there are 120 ways to get these mutations.  They found that only about 10 of the pathways could be selected by natural selection.  Since natural selection would have to confer better fitness at each step, most of the pathways are dead ends.    Although the team studied only one particular kind of resistance, “this finding likely applies to most protein evolution,” they said.  “Although many mutational paths lead to favored variants, only a very small fraction are likely to result in continuously improved fitness and therefore be relevant to the process of natural selection.”    See also Science Daily, EurekAlert.  The original paper was published in Science.1  The abstract states:Five point mutations in a particular beta-lactamase allele jointly increase bacterial resistance to a clinically important antibiotic by a factor of 100,000.  In principle, evolution to this high-resistance beta-lactamase might follow any of the 120 mutational trajectories linking these alleles.  However, we demonstrate that 102 trajectories are inaccessible to Darwinian selection and that many of the remaining trajectories have negligible probabilities of realization, because four of these five mutations fail to increase drug resistance in some combinations.  Pervasive biophysical pleiotropy [i.e., one modification causing a cascade of effects] within the beta-lactamase seems to be responsible, and because such pleiotropy appears to be a general property of missense mutations, we conclude that much protein evolution will be similarly constrained.  This implies that the protein tape of life [sic] may be largely reproducible and even predictable.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The last sentence about what this implies is purely a speculation.  They elaborate slightly in the last sentence of the paper: “It now appears that intramolecular interactions render many mutational trajectories selectively inaccessible, which implies that replaying the protein tape of life might be surprisingly repetitive.  It remains to be seen whether intermolecular interactions similarly constrain Darwinian evolution at larger scales of biological organization.”  If those larger scales are random and require multiple steps, it would seem the same principle applies.1Weinreich et al., “Darwinian Evolution Can Follow Only Very Few Mutational Paths to Fitter Proteins,” Science, 7 April 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5770, pp. 111-114, DOI: 10.1126/science.1123539.It wasn’t going to work anyway, so this just makes it harder.  They are’t talking about adding new genetic information or function, but rather losing function (susceptibility to the antiobiotic) in such a manner that each stage doesn’t kill all of the organisms in one fell swoop.  If this principle applies, as they suggested, to larger scales of biological organization, then the neo-Darwinian gig is, for all practical purposes, over.  Try getting a whale from a cow against these kinds of constraints.  This makes “the protein tape of life” predictable?  In whose Tinker Bell tale?(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Video Editing Quick Tip: Dynamic Trimming in Premiere Pro

first_imgThis quick tutorial covering dynamic trimming in Premiere Pro will help you achieve more precise playback while editing in the timeline.Top image via ShutterstockOne of the most frustrating aspects of video editing is noticing a mistake (or finding something specific you want to examine) in the middle of your timeline. Controlling playback dynamically as you cut is a great skill set to add to your Premiere Pro arsenal.Step 1: Play AroundFirst you want to hit the Play Around option (or Shift+K). This takes you back a few seconds.To change that number of seconds, choose Premiere Pro CC > Preferences > Playback. If you’re working on a PC: Edit > Preferences > Playback and then edit the amount of time under PreRoll and PostRoll. Just remember — Shift+KStep 2: LoopingAfter you’ve figured out what Play Around does, you can loop this action by going to the Wrench Tool on the program monitor and picking Loop.Hitting Shift+K now will take you back a few seconds, play through to a couple of seconds after, and then loop back around and play it again. This saves you from having to manually go back to where you want to begin your edit.Step 3: TrimmingFirst, hit the shortcut T to highlight the cut you want to play with, then hit Option+Left Arrow or Option+Right Arrow. If you’re working on a PC, Alt+Right Arrow or Alt+Left Arrow.This shifts the point where your Play Around starts and moves the cut backwards. This is perfect for trimming your clip frame by frame to exactly the right moment.Another helpful hint: Option+Shift+Left Arrow. This moves it back five frames at a time. For additional tips/tricks/techniques, check out the Premiere Pro section of the PremiumBeat blog!Have you made use of dynamic trimming in the past? Know of any other quick editing tips? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Royalty Free Music for YouTube: What You Need to Know

first_imgWorried about getting a copyright strike on your YouTube channel? Make sure you’re using the right copyright-free music and following these rules.Music is an integral part of any video. It’s important for engaging your viewers, conveying emotion, and driving momentum.  But just because a track is perfect for your video project, that doesn’t mean you’re free to use it. Chances are, you’re not.YouTube’s own video about copyright basics, albeit overly simplified. YouTube has recently run into copyright struggles with content creators getting “strikes.” Most of the content is lawfully used under “fair use” and “parody” laws, but since so much content is going up on YouTube all the time, the algorithm sometimes misses instances of fair use, and it just throws a strike at the creator. Strikes come with pretty severe penalties — they can limit your rights to upload videos. Ultimately, YouTube might even take down your channel.Now trust me, I’m not siding with YouTube on this one. Their system is broken, and many great creators out there are getting bullied by big corporations with takedown notices and strikes — and YouTube isn’t doing anything about it. When a content creator disputes a strike, it’s up to the person who issued the strike to rescind it (which doesn’t seem very fair). So until the platform changes its copyright policies, you need to know how to protect yourself and your channel.When it comes to music, using copyrighted music is a surefire way to stop monetization on a video — or even put yourself at risk of a takedown notice. The copyright algorithm will track the music in your video, and it will automatically place ads on your video that pay out to the copyright owner — even if you only used a small amount of the music.Royalty-free music for YouTube provides a cost-effective, legal alternative. Once you purchase a royalty-free music license, you will never have to pay additional fees to use the track in your online videos. Many royalty-free music libraries allow you to use their tracks in your YouTube videos, even if you’re monetizing them. This is especially important for YouTube power-users who rely on the ad income from their channels. Many pro YouTube and Vimeo users already rely on royalty-free music as a stress-free way to get quality music into their projects. After all, once you’ve spent all of that time preparing, shooting, and editing a project, the last thing you want is to get banned from sharing it due to copyright infringement.Now obviously, we’re a royalty-free music website, and we sell some great tracks. If you’re looking for royalty-free music for YouTube videos, check out the library, which includes thousands of tracks representing a variety of moods, genres, and styles. All of PremiumBeat’s royalty free music is cleared for use on YouTube, Vimeo, and social networks like Facebook — even when you’re monetizing your content. Avoid the legal headaches and copyright violations. Discover the benefits of royalty-free music for YouTube — engaging, cost-effective, and totally legal.Looking for more on how to work with royalty-free music? Check out these resources.Discover Cinema-Quality Royalty-Free Music with MasterworksRoyalty-free Music to Power Your Sports VideosLevel-Up Your Gaming Videos with the Perfect Royalty-Free SoundtrackOutrun: Royalty Free Synthwave Tracks with a Retro VibeRoyalty Free Music for Unforgettable Unboxing Videoslast_img read more

SAD plans protest against distortion of history

first_imgShiromani Akali Dal president (SAD) Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday said the party would start a “struggle”’ against the ruling Congress government for allegedly distorting history related to the Sikh faith and Sikh gurus by misrepresenting facts through the newly released chapters of the Class XII history book of the Punjab School Education Board.“We would start the struggle to force the Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and the Congress government in the State to apologise to the ‘Khalsa Panth’ for repeatedly and deliberately insulting the Sikh Guru Sahiban,” he said.Mr. Badal said a 48-hour long protest “”=dharna” would commence in Amritsar on November 1. “I will sit for the first 24 hours and then the SGPC chief Jathedar Gobind Singh Longowal would sit for the next 24 hours,” said Mr.Badal.He said the next phase of the “’struggle”’ would be announced at the conclusion of the “dharna” in case the Congress government did not apologise.Mr. Badal asked for exemplary punishment to all those responsible for casting insults against the great Gurus through blasphemous versions of history. “Mere withdrawal of the repeatedly sacrilegious text-books was not enough to atone for the grave sin of casting insults against the great Gurus,” he added.last_img read more

Midas Displays introduce range of HDMI TFT displays

first_img Continue Reading Previous AI experts address key questions about AI fairnessNext Cervoz: ultra-thin NVMe storage for industrial embedded application Display manufacturer and supplier, Midas Displays, has announced the introduction of a range of plug and play HDMI TFT display modules. The new displays are available in three different size and resolution options, have excellent brightness and contrast performance, and feature a fully integrated interface PCB.With the addition of a Raspberry Pi SBC, the Midas Displays HDMI TFT display module becomes a fully functional, easy-to-use LCD monitor. The integrated interface PCB has a 40-pin GPIO interface and a standard 19-pin type-A HDMI interface connector, enabling direct connection of a Raspberry Pi SBC. The HDMI TFT modules can also easily be used with many other single board computers. These key features enable the HDMI TFT displays to be used with any external HDMI input source.Midas Displays also supports interconnect solutions to enable enhanced connectivity of the Raspberry Pi to the HDMI TFT display module. A bespoke HDMI to HDMI interconnect board connects the HDMI output of the Raspberry Pi to the display mounted interface PCB, and a Type-A USB to Micro-B USB cable enables touch-screen functionality to be implemented.  All three display modules feature excellent optical performance which ensure bright, clear and concise images, high brightness white LED backlights, and a 16:9 Landscape aspect ratio. The operating temperature range of -20 to +70°C enables reliable operation in extreme temperature environments.For applications that require a dedicated graphical user interface, capacitive and resistive touch-screen options are available for all modules. The new Midas Displays 5.0″, 7.0″ and 10.1″ HDMI TFT modules have outstanding optical performance and compact mechanical dimensions, enabling these displays to be used in a wide range of industrial equipment and embedded applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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If you don’t get out now, we’ll ask for wheelchairs: An Aussie player once sledged Pujara

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara was a constant thorn in the flesh for Australia during the four-Test series Down Under. He buried the Aussies with his hundreds and frustrated them with the balls he faced. Eventually Nathan Lyon asked Pujara if he wasn’t bored, having batted hours and hours against them.Pujara led the charge for India with scores of 123, 71, 24, 4, 106 and 193 in a historic Test series triumph in Australia. During his marathon 193 in the final Test in Sydney, Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon asked Pujara “Aren’t you bored yet?”. Pujara smiled and continued to bat.But that wasn’t the first time the Australian cricket team got frustrated with their nemesis. Back in 2017, Pujara had grinded the Aussie attack in Ranchi,Pujara said he did not expect Lyon to say such a thing but recenty revealed there was something funnier he had heard during the 2017 Test series against Australia.”I never thought that he’ll say such a thing. And then when we were playing against Australia in the third Test in Ranchi in 2017, one of the players came and told me ‘Now if you don’t get out, we’ll have to ask for wheelchairs.’ I was batting on 170-plus. That’s the best sledge I remember from an Aussie player,” Pujara told the Times of India.”There were many instances but I remember the first Test. Nathan Lyon and Tim Paine tried to sledge me. They almost felt that the game was over when we were 40 for four, they thought that we’ll be bowled out for 150-160.advertisement”And even later on, I think in the third or fourth Test, they were trying to sledge me but at the same time, they started laughing in the end. Lyon came and told me: ‘Aren’t you bored of batting now? You’ve scored so many runs'” he said.Also Read | 521 runs. 1258 balls. 30 hours. Does Cheteshwar Pujara feel bad for bowlers?Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara thanks Team India physio after batting for 1258 balls in Australia serieslast_img read more

Kroos ‘rued’ signing new Bayern Munich deal in 2010

first_imgToni Kroos says he “rued” signing a contract extension at Bayern Munich in 2010 after returning from a loan spell and believes he went underappreciated during his early years at the club.The Germany international spent 18 months on loan at Bayer Leverkusen between 2008-10 having struggled to win a regular place in the Bayern first team.He signed a new deal on his return to the Allianz Arena and went on to establish himself as pivotal member of the team that won the 2013 Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He left Bayern for Real Madrid the following summer, and angered fans of his former club by stating on his arrival in Spain that Real were “a cut above” the German champions.And in a new film documenting his life and career, Kroos says he often felt undervalued and underappreciated during his early years at Bayern.”I was often told how great I was and how I was doing everything right,” said Kroos. “Still I did not play. I was convinced I deserved more.”Originally I did not want to return [from Leverkusen]. When I signed my extension, I rued it ten minutes later.“While I signed the contract, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented: ‘Wow, you have got a great contract now.’ It was like he told me: ‘So now you have to play a little better.'”The film, titled ‘Kroos’ and set for release in Germany on July 4, canvasses opinion and insight from people who have been close to Kroos during his career, including officials at his former club Bayern.Uli Hoeness, Bayern’s vocal club president said: “Toni is a great player. But there is not one player in the world who can do everything all by himself.“A club sometimes has to make hard decisions. This decision [to let him go to Madrid] was a hard one and maybe a wrong one, no doubt.”Since signing for Real, Kroos has enjoyed a trophy-laden five seasons, winning three Champions League titles as well as the 2017 La Liga crown.He signed a new deal at Santiago Bernabeu in May which will keep him at the club until 2023.last_img read more

The gorgeous Billie amplifier packs a wallop for your eyes and ears

first_imgWhile surround sound, wireless, and multiroom audio tend to generate the biggest buzz these days, many audio enthusiasts still swear by a relatively simple amp with two channels — preferably analog.The Billie amplifier — named after Billie Holiday — aims to combine the precision of digital components with the analog magic of tubes into one package, and is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. We’ve seen plenty of other amplifiers created with that same goal, but the striking minimalist appearance of this amplifier, combined with its high-grade components make it worthy of a closer look.Related: Astell & Kern unveils gorgeous hi-res player for the cheap(er) seatsThe Billie amplifier is well-equipped to drive just about any speakers you throw at it, combining a tube preamp featuring JJ ECC99 tubes with one of Bang & Olufsen’s touted ICEpower Class D amplifiers that delivers a claimed 125 watts per channel. The unit can also function as a headphone amp, making it a good fit for your high-end headphones. Amplifiers can consume a fair amount of electricity and generate heat, so the Billie automatically shuts itself off after 45 minutes of inactivity.A total of three analog inputs are available, with one dedicated turntable input. Two optical SPDIF inputs are available as well, allowing for digital input from components like a PC, CD player, or high-res audio player. The ESS Sabre DAC supports up to 32-bit/384kHz audio, while wireless audio is available via Bluetooth connectivity.Plenty of amplifiers aimed at audiophiles make a point of looking like they belong in a ’70s-era recording studio, with wobbling V/U meters and plentiful shiny metal knobs. The glistening tubes atop the Billie will show that it’s working as intended, but otherwise it presents a decidedly sleeker approach than most nostalgia seekers, with a brushed metal body available in black and silver complemented by two simple sculpted wooden knobs: one for volume and the other for switching inputs.If this pretty package doesn’t exactly sound cheap, it’s because it isn’t. The Billie Amp in silver goes for roughly $650, and if you want it in black it will cost you just under $690. A number of Early Bird specials are currently available, but they’re quickly running out, with the earliest and cheapest deals already gone.At the time of this publication, Heaven 11 Audio has crossed the halfway mark of its $70,000 goal, with plenty of time left in the campaign. Assuming the amp gets funded, the company expects to begin manufacturing units by November of this year and shipping by December — as long as there are no snags in the final testing, which can and does happen with Kickstarter projects.See the Billie campaign page on Kickstarter for more information.A version of this post was first published on our “brother site” Digital Trends. The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Fall Foliage Forecast: Where and When to See the Leaves Change in 2019 Editors’ Recommendations Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany Sound of Lapland Captures the Pristine Beauty of Finland on a Mixtapelast_img read more