first_imgzoom The government of Australia is seeking AUD 120 million (USD 92.1 million) for the damages made to Douglas Shoal in the southern Great Barrier Reef when a general cargo ship Shen Neng 1 grounded in the area in April 2010.Namely, the government is asking the owner of the vessel, China-based shipowner Shenzhen Energy Transportation, to pay for the clean-up operations following the grounding off Queensland.The incident “caused the largest known direct impact on a coral reef by a ship grounding,” a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority spokeswoman said, adding that the large concentration of toxic anti-fouling paint left on Douglas Shoal as a result of the grounding “also continues to represent a significant environmental risk.”According to the spokeswoman, the Commonwealth accepts that the shipowner “may be able to limit their liability, such that any amount payable for remediation works may be capped. However, the Commonwealth argues that at least three caps apply — the shipowner says each cap plus interest is equivalent to AUD 37–38 million.”Maritime insurer The London P&I Club, which represents the owners of the vessel, said that the Shen Neng 1 incident was the result of an error by the chief officer of the vessel, who was employed by an independent ship management company, but that the Australian Government has decided to pursue the owners for environmental remediation costs.While the Commonwealth’s estimates have ranged from AUD 70 million to AUD 194 million, The London P&I Club noted that the owner’s environmental experts said that the damage was not as significant as some suggestions by the Commonwealth.The results of the most recent survey in May 2016 show that there is evidence that large parts of the shoal are recovering naturally, and that going ‘all out’ with human remediation efforts, such as dredging as proposed by the Commonwealth, “would be environmentally counter-productive,” The London P&I Club added.It was estimated that the grounding caused damages to an area covering 0.4 square kilometres at Douglas Shoal, of which 115,000 square metres “were severely damaged or destroyed,” the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority earlier said, adding that the incident also left toxic anti-fouling paint on the reef and on substantial areas of loose coral rubble created by the grounding.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2017 – Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today endorsed the “Creative Canada” policy framework released by the federal government and reiterated its commitment to developing new Canadian cultural works for the global market.Audible is investing $12 million over the next three years in Canadian authors and voices, developing rich and authentic audio content for its subscribers in Canada and around the world. “Canada’s distinctive literary and theatrical tradition speaks for itself, and we are proud to be working with a growing number of outstanding Canadian actors, voice artists, technicians and studios to produce vibrant Canadian spoken-word content for English- and French-speaking consumers,” said Don Katz, Audible’s founder and CEO. Facebook On September 13th, Audible launched, a dedicated service for Canadians. will offer a broad selection of more than 300,000 audiobooks, original programs, lectures, comedy and more, including over 100 new titles from Canadian authors in English and French available at launch, as well as other long- and short-form local content specially curated by and for Canadians.ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.Audible, Inc., an, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ: AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio content, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 375,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Miami – The Daily Mail: “Welcome to East London: Muslim gang slashes tyres of immigration-raid van before officers showered with eggs from high-rise.”This is the title that caused a stir on July 25th, when the British Daily Mail posted unverified information and also omitted the “A” before ‘Muslim gang’ from its electronic version. The way the article read immediately pushed the wrong buttons with the Muslim community who felt the article was “Islamophobic”. According to, on July 30th Daily Mail’s Director offered written excuses to the Muslim community for the error and the alleged “incendiary and islamophobic” tone of the article. Yet, the apologies only came after Miqdad Versi, a management consultant denounced the article by sending a complaint letter to the Daily Mail. He also received an apologetic note for the incident.The Daily Mail has defended itself by saying, “the article is not completely inaccurate or insidious”.However, in the article in question an eye-witness is quoted saying, “I think they were local Muslims hoodies just doing a prank, but it’s not funny”. Journalism cannot be condoned by using unconfirmed sources, especially when they have the capacity to be offensive to an entire community. Let’s not forget the UK has a strong Muslim community of 2.8 million people. read more

Rabat – Pictures of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent holiday in Morocco are beginning to surface online.The pictures surface Following reports that Cristiano Ronaldo had flown onboard his private jet to Marrakech on Sunday night after Real Madrid’s win over Espanyol.The 30-year-old Portuguese international reportedly defied his clubs travel ban to make to short trip south, and it seems that he and his family are enjoying some  fun time as they explore the culturally rich city of Marrakech. The images, posted on popular social media site Instagram, include snaps of the star and his son taking a camel ride as well as posing with owners of a juice stall.Ronaldo has been in the country since the weekend, after the players were given several days off following their 6-0 thrashing of Espanyol in the league, and he is known to be a big fan of the country.It is reported that his constant visits last year forced club president Florentino Perez to stop players taking holidays mid-season. read more

26 October 2010Leaked classified United States documents on the war in Iraq point to serious breaches of international human rights law, including summary executions of a large number of civilians, as well as torture and ill-treatment of detainees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today. The files, according to a statement by Navi Pillay’s office, indicate that the US knew about the widespread use of torture and ill-treatment of detainees by Iraqi forces, but proceeded with transferring thousands who had been detained by US forces into Iraqi custody between early 2009 and July 2010.They also allegedly include information on many undisclosed instances in which US forces killed civilians at checkpoints and during operations.US and Iraqi authorities, Ms. Pillay said, should take necessary measures to investigate all allegations made in these reports and to bring those behind unlawful killings, summary executions, torture and other serious rights abuses to justice in line with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which both nations are parties, and other obligations.She called on Iraq to ratify the Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol, which gives a UN committee the right to visit all places of detention and examine the treatment of detainees.The official also urged the Iraqi Government to facilitate visits of human rights teams with the UN mission in the country, known as UNAMI, to monitor the rights situation in detention facilities so that advice and assistance can be given to Iraqi authorities. read more

A Buddhist monk strangled a policeman to death in Ratnapura when an attempt was made to arrest him.The Police said that the policeman had visited the temple in Galenda in Ratnapura to arrest the monk over an ongoing investigation. The monk had then strangled the policeman and killed him. (Colombo Gazette)

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Co.’s top executive is hopeful that President Donald Trump could ease government fuel economy requirements and reduce corporate taxes to help the auto industry grow and create jobs.The comments from Chief Executive Mark Fields came Thursday, two days after he and his counterparts at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors Co. met with Trump at the White House.Fields said on a conference call after Ford announced its 2016 earnings that they discussed emissions and gas mileage requirements that were finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in the waning days of the Obama administration. “We may see some actions on that which could be positive for our business,” Fields said.On Tuesday, Trump reiterated his warnings that companies making products such as cars in Mexico and shipping them to the U.S. could be hit with a tax. But he also said environmental regulations have gotten “out of control,” an indication he could implement less-restrictive fuel economy standards.Fields downplayed the potential impact of a border tax on Ford, saying it could actually help the company because a large percentage of its vehicles and parts are produced in the U.S. Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said Ford is in better shape than some competitors who ship more goods in from south of the border.A week before Trump was inaugurated, the EPA moved to cement strict fuel economy requirements that force the auto industry to make new cars and trucks significantly more efficient.The EPA completed a required midterm review of the standards put in place in 2012 and decided they should not be relaxed as requested by the auto industry. The action kept in place pollution reduction targets for the years 2022-2025. That means the fleet of new cars will have to average 51.4 miles per gallon by 2025, up more than 18 mpg from the 33.2 mpg requirement in 2015, the most recent year available.Fields said the CEOs and Trump discussed having one national fuel economy standard instead of different numbers from two federal agencies and the state of California, giving the first details of the meeting.Fields said there should be a balance between the cost of cars, creating jobs and protecting the environment. The auto industry contends that meeting the current EPA standards will add hundreds of dollars to the price of a vehicle.The EPA under Obama said that the technology is available to meet the pollution and gas mileage standards, which vary with the percentage of trucks and SUVs sold. It said the cost to consumers would be relatively small and be made up with savings at the gas pump.Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, also said Thursday that Trump’s economic policies should have a positive impact on his company. He’s hoping for reduced corporate tax rates but says he’s not sure what Trump plans to do. “If it does get executed, I think it will benefit us in the end,” Marchionne said on FCA’s earnings conference call.Fields spoke after Ford announced that net income fell nearly 40 per cent last year as a big pension adjustment and the cost of scrapping a new plant in Mexico outweighed an otherwise strong performance.The company posted $4.6 billion in net income, down nearly $2.8 billion from a year earlier. But Ford said its pretax profit for the year hit $10.4 billion, the second-best ever, while revenue rose slightly to $151.8 billion.Ford’s 56,000 U.S. hourly workers will reap the benefits. They’ll get average profit-sharing checks of $9,000 based on a pretax North American profit of just over $9 billion.But with slowing sales expected in the U.S., Ford’s most lucrative market, and big investments in electric and autonomous vehicles, the company said it expects 2017 profits to be strong but lower than last year.For the fourth quarter, the Dearborn, Michigan, automaker posted a $783 million net loss compared with a $1.9 billion profit a year ago.The loss was due largely to a $3 billion noncash adjustment of pension obligations and a $200 million charge for halting construction of the Mexican factory. by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2017 5:10 am MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ford CEO hopeful that Trump will ease gas mileage standards In this Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, photo, a potential customer looks at a 2017 Ford F-250 Lariat FX4 at a Ford dealership, in Hialeah, Fla. Ford Motor Company reports financial results Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) read more

Klay Thompson+11+10%+3.5 Shaun Livingston+31+17%+24.1 Stephen Curry+12-1%+4.3 Iguodala leads in plus/minus, and is the choice of some to repeat as MVP. But Livingston holds his own in those much more volatile stats while dominating the tracking metrics. And Curry trails across the board.Of course, the player-tracking doesn’t capture all value contributed, nor does MVP voting hew perfectly to value. If Curry puts up big numbers in a Game 5 victory, he will almost certainly win the award; the same may be true of virtually anyone with the race seeming so wide open. But at this moment, the balance of evidence suggests that Curry’s mid-range-shooting backup has been the most on fire so far. After beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 on Friday night, the Golden State Warriors are one win away from their second consecutive NBA championship. Moreover, regular-season MVP Stephen Curry finally had a big game, going seven for 13 on 3-pointers and scoring 38 points. In a series with few breakout performances, this may be enough to regain Curry the inside lane on the Finals MVP should the Warriors win in the days ahead.Now, don’t get me wrong: I think Curry is the most valuable player on the Warriors, and would be no matter what. But if there’s going to be a silly award for contributing “value” over a small number of games — and we’re willing to give that award to the Andre Iguodalas of the sport when they step up — Curry’s uneven performance so far still puts him in a pretty sizable hole, especially relative to his backup, Shaun Livingston.Granted, Livingston has averaged 10 points per game (compared with Curry’s 21.5), but he has done it on 16 of 25 shots, for an effective field goal percentage of 64 percent (the highest on the Warriors of anyone with more than 20 shots).More importantly, in his 89 minutes of play (Curry has 131), Livingston has also been an extremely effective defender, with his opponents’ effective shooting coming in at a team-low 28 percent.Livingston has been involved in fewer plays than many of his teammates, but his per-play contribution has more than made up for that deficit. Using qSI (amount scored above/below expectation for each shot) for shots taken and defended, we can sum up the total number of points added by each player on each side of the ball: SHOOTER+/-WPACOMBINED POINTS ADDED Andre Iguodala+54+19%+3.2 Warriors averaging at least 15+ minutes per Finals game.Source: NBA PLAYER-TRACKING DATA, espn, Inpredictable For all of his supposed offensive woes, Curry has a slight edge on total offensive contribution. But Steph has had an abnormally poor defensive outing. Thus, on a combined points-contributed basis, we can see that Livingston pretty much dwarfs the competition as it stands, having contributed 24.1 points to Steph’s 4.3 and Klay Thompson’s 3.5. Here’s a table with the combined points added for all the Warriors players who have averaged 15-plus minutes in the series, as well as their plus/minuses (from ESPN) and WPAs (per inPredict): Who’s done the most for the Warriors? Harrison Barnes0+18%-2.3 Draymond Green+36+11%+1.6 read more

first_imgFor a long time, finding a laptop under $500 meant you were getting a stripped-down, barebones unit that didn’t have the performance or features to meet your needs (at least for very long). While technology has advanced to the point that even the lowest-end processors are more than sufficient for the average user, budget laptops tend to lose other features that are key to keeping their functionality in the long-term.Today’s laptop deal is one that we have seen pop up from time to time and this is the lowest price we’ve seen, tied with the last occurrence in December. Not only are you getting a new-in-box 15-inch laptop for under $500, but it comes rather well equipped. The biggest bonus here is Intel’s Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor, which we typically see in laptops costing $600 or more.Dell also outfits this machine with 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, a nice boost from models we usually see in this price range. If all of this weren’t enough for just $499, the Inspiron 15R also comes loaded with an impressive list of standard features: four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and VGA video output, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, integrated webcam, 8-in-1 media card reader, and more.Putting the cherry on top of this deal are the no-cost additions of 15 months of McAfee security center, 1 year on-site warranty service, and 90 days of premium phone support. We very, very rarely see a combination of these features and technologies anywhere near this price point, especially when you consider the support bonuses.Dell Inspiron 15R (5520) Ivy Bridge Laptop for $499.99 + free shipping (reg. $688.99 | ends soon)Our other top deals:Sony Alpha NEX-F3K 16.1 MP Digital Camera (compact w/ DSLR quality & interchangeable lenses) for $498 + free shipping (reg. $598)Stargate 15th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray for $5 + shipping from Amazon (reg. $14.99)Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard for $80.74 + free shipping (reg. $94.99 | use coupon LB5?4$ZKQRCL21)last_img read more

first_img133 PC d’Archos : un ordinateur accessible, entre portable classique et netbookFrance – Archos commercialise un ordinateur portable 13,3 pouces pour 400 euros. Une initiative qui permet de concurrencer indirectement les netbooks.Le fabricant français Archos a décidé de se positionner en entrée de gamme avec un ordinateur portable à 400 euros. D’une dimension de 13,3 pouces, la machine est plutôt fine (2,7 cm d’épaisseur). Elle dispose d’un processeur Intel Atom D510 à 1,66 GHz allié à 1 Go de mémoire vive et à un disque dur de 160 Go. L’ordinateur est équipé d’une connexion Wi-Fi et Bluetooth et d’un écran d’une résolution de 1366×768 pixels. Le tout n’excède pas 1,6 kg. Le prix (400 euros) de cette nouveauté signée Archos lui permet de figurer en entrée de gamme et de concurrencer les netbooks, plus petits.Le 14 juin 2010 à 11:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK—Magazine publishers thinking they can build their own mini-Facebooks to tap the social networking buzz should stop now, says Owen Van Natta, Facebook’s chief revenue officer.His reason? Your audience already uses Facebook and isn’t going to migrate to your site. “I’m here to argue that will never happen,” Van Natta during a slightly contentious keynote interview at the Magazine Publishers of America’s Magazines 24/7 event today in Manhattan.“Magazines should figure out how to get their dialogue to happen at their place of presence on the Web,” said Van Natta. “Through message boards, e-mail and online conversations, Facebook is an aggregation of real dialogue among people.” While newspapers and bloggers have so far been “forward-leaning” in creating Facebook applications, magazines are now just catching on. “It’s been a challenge for magazines to figure out how to take their brands to where the online communities are happening,” Van Natta said. “It’s a no-brainer. Sites like Facebook help magazines engage with their readers, get new readers attracted to your content and even create buzz about their events.”According to Van Natta, social networking sites are initiating a “socialization of the Web,” and creating an undeniable need for magazines to take advantage of their massive communities. “Facebook has an intersection with peoples’ real-world lives. It’s authentic and that’s what people like,’ said Van Natta. “Having a presence on Facebook is a great way not only to increase your information flow, and find new readers, but to do it in a way that leverages an applied endorsement of products that you want to associate with.”FOLIO: @ MAGAZINES 24/7:YouTube Hunting for Magazine PartnersMPA Announces Digital AwardsFacebook to Magazines: Bring Us Your ContentCondeNet, Meredith, Time Inc. on E-Media RollercoasterNewsweek’s D.I.Y. Video Revolutionlast_img read more

first_imgKhammam: District Collector RV Karnan informed that the people who wanted to set up Ganesh pandals for the upcoming Ganesh Chathurthi festival must take the permission from departments concerned. On Thursday, he conducted a review meeting with the officials of police, revenue, power, health and fire departments in his chambers. Speaking on the occasion, he said, the committees installing the idols and pandals should take permission from the departments concerned. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Stating that the arrangements should not disturb people, the Collector added that every committee should follow the rules and take all necessary measures at the pandals. He appealed to the officials to encourage people install the clay Ganesha idols instead of the ones made of Plaster of Paris and harmful chemicals. Apart from ordering the Municipal and Panchayat staff to clean and sanitise the roads, and police, revenue and fire departments deploy separate staff for the immersion programme, the Collector directed the Health departments to keep the 108 vehicles stand by at the immersion points to meet any emergencies. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us He informed that a control room would be arranged at the Collectorate for monitoring the immersion process. The Collector also added that wine shops remained closed during the immersion programme in the district. Joint Collector Anurag Jayanthi, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Muralidhar Rao, Trainee Collector Sireesha, Khammam Municipal Corporation Commissioner J Srinivas Rao, Assistant Commissioner of Police Venkat Rao, Traffic Assistant Commissioner of Police Sada Niranjan, Revenue Divisional Officer Kalluru Division Sivaji, Excise Superintendent Somi Reddy, Fire Officer SK Kareem and other officials attended the meeting.last_img read more

first_imgChief justice SK Sinha gestures before talking to newsmen at the main entrance of his official residence while leaving for airport on Friday night. Photo: Zahidul KarimChief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on Friday dismissed reports of his ill health as he left his official residence for airport to fly to Australia.He, however, admitted that he is embarrassed at the criticism levelled at him by the prime minister, ministers, and political leadership over a verdict.While leaving his Hare Road residence for the airport to catch an Australia-bound flight on Friday night, the beleaguered chief justice revealed his position for the first time after the government claimed that the chief justice sought month-long leave on account of his illness and going abroad.The chief justice, however, said he is going abroad on his own and will return home for the sake of country’s judiciary, expressing his anxiousness over “the independence of the judiciary”.Read more: Chief justice being sent abroad by force: BNPSK Sinha got out of his car when it reached the main entrance and talked to waiting newsmen for about two minutes when he claimed that he is completely well and not fleeing the country.“I am going [abroad] temporarily so that the judiciary does not get blemished,” he told the media.Then he asked the newsmen to go through his letter to know his position. The letter written on the letterhead of the chief justice with an initial of SK Sinha was put up at the main entrance of the chief justice’s official residence shortly after he left the place.He along with his wife flew for Australia by a Singapore Airlines flight at 11:55pm Friday night. He left his residence around 10:00pm.Read more: President signs GO for CJ Sinha’s visit abroad“I am completely well. But I am really embarrassed at the way the political leadership, lawyers, especially prime minister and several ministers have recently criticised me personally over a verdict,” Sinha began his letter.“I strongly believe that a certain quarter in the government presented my verdict in a distorted manner before the prime minister and that’s why she [prime minister] got enraged at me in a fit of pique which, I believe, will be dissipated soon.“At the same time, I am anxious over the independence of the judiciary. Because, yesterday [Thursday] the law minister said, quoting acting chief justice, that he [acting CJ] will soon bring changes in the Supreme Court administration.“There is no convention of interference in the CJ’s administration either from acting chief justice or from the government. He [acting CJ] will carry out routine duties only. This has been the convention for long.Read more: CJ Sinha, wife get Australian visa“If the interference is made in the CJ’s administration, it can easily be assumed that the government is interfering in the higher court and it will strain the relations between the government and the judiciary. And this will in no way bring good to the state,” read the chief justice’s letter.Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and the ruling party leadership including the prime minister and the law minister were at loggerheads following the 16th amendment annulment verdict which scrapped parliament’s power to sack judges in July.Several ministers met the chief justice and rumours had it that the chief justice would be sent on leave.Read more: ‘Who wrote the judgment from where?’ HasinaRead more: AL adamant not to lose to judiciarylast_img read more

first_img Share Al OrtizFrom left to right: HPD Chief Art Acevedo, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and U.S. Senator John Cornyn during a meeting they had at HPD’s headquarters with other staff of the department to talk about Cornyn’s bill, the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act.As the Houston Police Department (HPD) is dealing with what some consider a critical shortage of officers given the size and growth of our city, the department is looking into new strategies to expand its workforce.One of them involves the help of a top member of the United States Senate.HPD currently has about 5,200 officers.Mayor Sylvester Turner wants to increase that workforce by adding at least 600 and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (Republican-Texas) is filing a bill that could help the department, specifically with hiring veterans.Through the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, HPD would receive 25,000 dollars for each veteran it recruited.“In thinking about the great experience and qualifications and training that men and women who served in the Armed Forces get, it just seems like a no brainer to make a transition from the military to law enforcement,” Cornyn said during a press conference held at HPD’s headquarters, located in downtown Houston, after a meeting with Mayor Turner and HPD Chief Art Acevedo.Acevedo agrees with the Senator in that veterans can make ideal recruits for local law enforcement agencies because they have learned values that are important when it comes to policing, like discipline and team work.“We’re excited about the opportunity with this legislation, should it pass, and with your leadership I’m sure it will,” Acevedo noted at the press conference “to increase our ranks from our typical 20 at each academy class and we’re hopeful for the next fiscal year to increase it to 33 percent.”Senator Cornyn, who is the Majority Whip –the second highest ranking position in the Senate Republican Conference— says he is confident there is bipartisan support for the bill. 00:00 /01:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Xlast_img read more

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comWith about two weeks to go before the midterm elections on Nov. 6, Andrew Gillum the Democratic candidate for governor of Florida moved out to a double-digit lead over his Republican rival in a recent poll.According to a CNN/SSRS poll, Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Fla. leads Ron DeSantis, a Congressman representing Florida’s 6th District by 12 points, 54 percent to 42 percent.Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum speaks to a packed music center during a town hall at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP)The poll conducted, Oct. 16 through Oct. 20, also indicates a massive gender gap between the two candidates. According to a report by CNN, women in Florida overwhelmingly support Gillum over DeSantis, 60 percent to 34 percent, a 26-point advantage for Gillum. DeSantis has only a seven-point advantage over Gillum with male voters in Florida, 52 to 45 percent.A CNN debate over the weekend produced several heated exchanges between Gillum and DeSantis.“Well, Ron is being Don and that’s Donald Trump, neglecting all sense of reason and facts. I preside over a city that is experiencing a five-year low in our crime rate on trajectory to be at a 20-year low in our crime rate,” Gillum said in response to a question about crime, which he said DeSantis distorted the record of the Tallahassee mayor.The contest between Gillum and DeSantis has been consistently contentious and at times downright ugly. As the two emerged from their respective primaries as the choice of their party, a comment by DeSantis sparked controversy. “The last thing we need to do is monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,” DeSantis said on Aug. 29, during an interview on Fox News, the day after the primary elections in Florida, in reference to a question about Gillum’s primary victory.If Gillum wins on Nov. 6, he would be the first Black governor in Florida’s history.last_img read more

first_img Citation: European style stone tools suggest Stone Age people actually discovered America (2012, February 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Archeologists and historians have long known that it wasn’t really Christopher Columbus who discovered America. Native Americans had been living all over North, Central and South America long before he arrived. And Native Americans came from Asia across the frozen-over Bering Sea in the west. But now, it appears Europeans might have been first to arrive on the scene after all. Stone tools found recently in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia in the eastern United States, all appear to bear a striking resemblance to tools used by Stone Age peoples in early Europe, and have been dated to a time between 19,000 and 26,000 years ago, a period during which Stone Age people were making such tools, and long before the early Asians arrived. It’s not an implausible theory, suggests Dennis Stanford, of the Smithsonian Institution and Bruce Bradley of the University of Exeter, because Stone Age people could have come from Europe by traveling across the ice-bound North Atlantic during the Ice Age. The evidence is further bolstered by the recent discovery that an ancient knife found in Virginia in 1971 was made of flint that originated from France. They two have coauthored a book on the subject, Across Atlantic Ice.Stanford and Bradley also point out the lack of evidence of any human activity in the north-east part of Siberia or in Alaska any earlier than 15,500 years ago. And the reason early Asians won out, evolving into the people now called Native Americans, was because their window of opportunity was much wider, 15,000 years versus just 4500 for the early Europeans. Thus the original Native Americans were either assimilated or killed by the large numbers of migrating Asians. Evidence that it was likely the former has been found in the DNA of skeletons of North American Native American people. Also, the language of several Native American tribes doesn’t seem to have originated from Asia.The two also say that it’s conceivable that Stone Age people could have traveled such a long way over ice from Europe to America because there would have been more than enough food to be had from the ocean. It all adds up the two say, to a compelling case for Stone Age travelers being titled as the people who truly did discover America. First Americans arrived as 2 separate migrations, according to new genetic evidence Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

first_imgFind out if an Android app supports custom shortcuts by Martin Brinkmann on November 26, 2018 in Google Android – 3 commentsWhenever you install an application on an Android device, an icon is placed on the home screen that opens it when you activate it.The application opens its default view by default; if you activate YouTube, YouTube’s homepage is loaded, and if you select eBay, eBay’s mobile homepage is loaded.While that is often exactly where you want to go, you may switch to another page often or even always when you open specific apps.If you are, for example, an eBay seller, you might select Selling whenever you start the eBay application on the Android device.Shortcuts, if supported by the application, may get you straight to the desired page or part of the application.The eBay application, to give an example, supports four additional shortcuts — Search, Watching, Selling, or Saved — that you may place on your home screen.Not all applications supports additional shortcuts; Google added the Shortcuts API in Android 7.1 and only some developers have integrated it into their applications. Custom shortcuts require Android 7.1 or higher as the functionality was introduced in that particular version of Android.Checking if an application supports custom shortcuts and adding them to the home screen if that is the case is a straightforward process.All you have to do is press on an icon for some time to display the available shortcut options. Some applications display nothing except for App Info when you do so; these don’t use the shortcuts API and don’t support custom shortcuts.Other applications may display one or multiple custom shortcuts. Tap on any of the shortcuts to open that particular page or feature at that moment, or long-press on the shortcut and drag the icon to another place on the home screen to create a custom shortcut.A tap on the custom shortcut opens the selected page or feature of the application on the Android device right away.There is no way, unfortunately, to find out if an app supports custom shortcuts or not other than long-pressing on the icon to display available shortcuts.Now You: Do you have another Android tip? Feel free to share it in the comments below.SummaryArticle NameFind out if an Android app supports custom shortcutsDescriptionSome Android apps support custom shortcuts that you can place on the Android Home Screen; use our instructions to find out about that.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. Dr. Bogarin, a pediatrician, provided his services at the Playa Grande Medical Clinic on Saturday, April 14, starting at 8 a.m. Dr. Bogarin received his medical training in Canada, is fluent in English and Spanish and is an endocrinology specialist.Several Costa Rican beaches received ecological blue flag awards on April 15, and playas Flamingo, Potrero and Conchal were among the recipients. Thank you to those who worked so hard for these important awards. According to the Ecological Blue Flag Program (PBAE) rating criteria, one star is given if the score is graded between 90 and 100 percent (Flamingo and Potrero earned one star) and two stars are given if the score is 100 percent (Conchal earned two). For two stars, a beach must also offer warning signals for national and international tourists, surveillance and first aid services during weekends and high seasons. Great job.Our condolences to Martin, who is from Potrero, over the recent passing of his wife, Martha of Casa Sunset. Martin and Martha had a property on the main road out of the Potrero plaza, and they bought a finca in Tempate, where they lived for several years.The Banana Kings will play on Saturday, at 7 p.m. There will be dinner and drink specials, so come and check it out. Also, Marie’s is hosting a pre-Mother’s Day celebration on Friday, May 11, from noon-6 p.m. There will be handmade items by local artisans for sale including clothing, leather bags, jewelry, hand-painted silks, paintings and more.       If anyone would like to participate, call   2654-4136 or email–Babe Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Business investment has suffered because of large cutbacks in the energy industry, which has reduced exploration in response to the drop over the past year in global oil prices.The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a meager annual rate of 0.2 percent in the January-March quarter, according to the government’s first estimate. That figure will be revised on Friday, and many economists believe it will show that GDP actually contracted in the first three months of the year.But economists expect a rebound in the April-June quarter, with many expecting growth to recover to a rate of 2 percent or better.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Orders in the business investment category rose 1 percent in April after a 1.5 percent increase in March. The gains followed a sizable 5.1 percent fall in February. Business investment has been hurt by a stronger dollar sapping exports and cutbacks in the energy industry.“The anticipated pick-up in the growth rate of business investment in equipment in the second quarter appears to be firmly on track,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.He said the solid gain in orders for business investment indicated that the economy was starting to return to stronger growth following a severe winter in the Northeast at the beginning of the year and the West Coast port dispute, which disrupted supply chains.Demand for commercial aircraft had surged 40.7 percent in March only to fall 4 percent in April. Orders for motor vehicles and parts rose a modest 0.3 percent last month. Orders for durable goods excluding transportation posted a 0.5 percent rise in the first back-to-back increase this year.Orders for primary metals fell 2.1 percent in April, and orders for computers dropped 3.4 percent. But demand for machinery rose 3.1 percent.U.S. factories have been struggling with weak exports, which have been clipped by a big rise in the value of the dollar. A stronger dollar makes U.S. exports more expensive in overseas markets. It also lowers the cost of imported goods, making them more attractive for American consumers. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell slightly in April. But a category that reflects business investment climbed for a second month, a hopeful sign that this key sector is starting to revive.Total orders for durable goods slipped 0.5 percent from March, when orders had surged 5.1 percent, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The big swing was driven by changes in commercial aircraft, an extremely volatile category that had jumped in March but fell in April. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

first_img5 Myths About Blockchain Debunked for the Mortgage Industry Blockchain 2017-10-17 Brianna Gilpin Myth #2: Blockchain may be a potentially “game changing” technology, but it doesn’t have everyday business applicationReality: The most powerful technology does change everyday business. And what happens next is like a ripple effect—by saving companies time and money on basic everyday problems that the mortgage industry faces like auditing, due diligence, and document verification, blockchain will become embedded within our business until we forget that we ever questioned it.Handling those administrative tasks and solving classic record-keeping problems with a simple solution may not command the same level of media interest as hot topics like security and the big-picture speculations of how blockchain could change the world. But the way that long-term industry improvements will come about is by consistently paying attention to the little things that blockchain influences in everyday situations in the mortgage ecosystem. Have you been holding back from implementing a blockchain solution? If so, you might be stuck in “myth mentality.” Though blockchain holds great potential for improvements that can be leveraged across the entire mortgage ecosystem—particularly when it comes to verification and preservation of sensitive documents—the utility of the technology is often misunderstood.I’ve noticed five myths in particular often surface about blockchain in the mortgage industry, so let’s bust through these common misperceptions to give your team the best chance of benefitting from this cutting-edge technology: in Data, Featured, Headlines, News Myth #1: It’s just a fad.Reality: Like the Internet, blockchain is here to stay. I just smile when I hear people say that blockchain is just a fad and won’t be around long. I heard the same comments from people when they say that the Internet would go away, that no one will ever shop for a home on the internet or that the fax machine is just fine to send documents around. Why would we need the Internet, web pages, email or integrated systems? I am pretty sure the technologist and business people who made these comments did not end up being the successfully kings and queens of the mortgage industry.Similarly, we can say this of blockchain’s advantage for the mortgage industry: if there’s now a way to have a basic source of immutable data to verify the integrity of mortgage documents, and that you can easily share throughout the mortgage ecosystem, why doubt that it has value? Whether or not blockchain becomes as world-changing as the Internet, this technology will without question change the way we think about storing and preserving our records. Myth #4: Blockchain is all about strange new cryptocurrenciesReality: Cryptocurrencies exist because of blockchain. It is the game changing technology within blockchain that has shaken the foundation of the financial systemsBlockchain is a tool, a tool for developing completely different recordkeeping and data exchange that, just like the Internet, will completely reshape all financial related businesses. The first business that is being shaken to its’ core is the currencies market. Bitcoin and other new currencies that have appeared thanks to blockchain tools are just the tip of the iceberg. Financial institutions have recognized this and have joined together to form the R3 Consortium, made up of over 70 of the world’s largest banks, raising over $100M to develop blockchain tools for banking. October 17, 2017 670 Views Myth #3: It’s too complicated to understand.Reality: Just because blockchain is a complicated concept doesn’t mean it’s a complicated implementation. The base technology that runs your email is significantly more complicated than blockchain, but that didn’t stop email from permeating every inch of the business world. Companies like Factom and others are developing tools, like an email application, that remove all the complexity from the technology and just let the users benefit.At the end of the day, you don’t need to understand exactly how blockchain works to reap great benefit from this tool. Blockchain-based tools like Factom Harmony are actually designed to keep things simple for users who need to solve record-keeping challenges. All you really need to know is that you can use API calls with this solution, which allows you to develop a set of routines and protocols that you can rinse and repeat. So it’s actually a speedy implementation that’s designed to do the job quickly and in conjunction with your existing platforms. There’s no need to overcomplicate it. Myth #5: Our existing systems managing audit logs and records verification just fine.Reality: The fax machine was also “just fine”. For every technology there was a time when it became obvious that it was no longer “just fine”. All technology eventually becomes obsolete. But in today’s world obsolescence happens incredibly fast. Before the mortgage crisis we all though our technology for lending and servicing and the associated controls and processes were “just fine”. We were wrong. So we spent a decade upgrading and improving our systems and processes but we did so with technology tools that didn’t represent any great leap forward. When we understand the power of blockchain and that having a trusted third-party store proof of digital documents or data is the only foolproof way to solve the mortgage industry’s potential compliance problems, then it becomes clear why blockchain will be the technology that makes what we spent the last decade creating, obsolete. It is time once again for a great leap forward.Factom Harmony enables organizations to better coordinate audits, interact with all loan documents and data across multiple sources, deliver final documents faster and utilize resources more efficiently – all through one platform. Remove the risk of missing documents using Factom Harmony. Find out more at or email Sharelast_img read more