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Test your football knowledge in quiz to win some top prizes

first_imgA FOOTBALL-themed quiz is on in Letterkenny this Thursday night as part of the National Football Exhibition.Proceeds from the quiz, which takes place at 9pm in Area 7, will go to Cara House, Letterkenny. Register your team of four by clicking here – https://www.fai.ie/domestic/national-football-exhibition-donegal-table-quiz  – and payment can be made at the event.For individual registration, please email exhibition@fai.ie.Teams of four cost €35 or entry fee of €10 per person.Prizes include signed Ireland jersey, tickets for senior, U21 and women’s national team games The free Exhibition, on show at the Regional Cultural Centre, which has attractions for all ages, welcomed a wide variety of visitors to date and has proved a hit for school groups and family outings.Anyone who visits the exhibition and signs the online visitors book will be in with a chance of winning some top prizes.The National Football Exhibition App which is available to download from the App Store or Google Play Store has a supplementary audio guide available in English or Irish, which gives visitors an extended insight into some of the items on display.The exhibition features some superb items of local interest, as well as Irish football memorabilia and European Championships history. The exhibition is part of a celebration of Euro 2020 coming to Ireland in June of next year.Donegal is the fifth of seven venues outside of Dublin hosting the National Football Exhibition and the exhibition runs until Sunday.Test your football knowledge in quiz to win some top prizes was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

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Figures show just how popular the Donegal GAA jersey is

first_imgTHE DONEGAL jersey has rarely been more popular than in the last two of years.At the launch of the new Donegal kit on Monday, it was revealed that Donegal’s jersey sales have been second only to Dublin over the last 30 months.All-Ireland champions Dublin led the way for kit sales by manufacturers O’Neill’s Sportswear, but Donegal’s winning of the Ulster title in each of the last two summers has clearly had a big impact. Donegal County Board Chairman Mick McGrath told Monday’s launch that 20,000 jerseys had been sold in the last two years.“They have been sold all over the world and all over Ireland and the UK,” Mr McGrath said. “There is a huge fan base out there. There is a big fan base in Donegal we are progressing. There is a huge amount of work going on and there are exciting things happening in Donegal.”Donegal’s deal with O’Neill’s includes royalties off each item sold meaning the sales of jerseys and other official team wear has the potential to be a good money spinner. McGrath said that the building at the Donegal GAA Training Centre in Convoy is almost ready for opening while the County Board have embarked on a big fundraising drive that includes a €100 ticket draw that has the first prize of a house in Dublin.The new jerseys are again emblazoned with the logo of main sponsors KN Group and tier 2 sponsors, Abbey Hotel.O’Neill’s Sportswear’s Kieran Kennedy said: “We’re looking forward to working together in 2020. O’Neill’s have a tradition of employing skilled personnel from across the north-west and we are embedded in this area. We have 736 people employed in Strabane and 950 on the island of Ireland. Our motto is to think global and employ local.”Figures show just how popular the Donegal GAA jersey is was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Declan Bonnerdonegal county boardDonegal GAAMick McGrathO’Neill’s Sportswearlast_img read more

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Migrating Birds Measure Longitude

first_imgMigrating birds are able to get back on course, even when released 1000 km east of their normal migration path.  This shows that long-distance migrating birds are capable of true bicoordinate navigation: the ability to make course corrections both in latitude and longitude.  The results of experiments, published in Current Biology,1 left the researchers baffled: how do they do it?    Measuring latitude is easy: just judge the height of the sun in the sky.  Longitude (east-west orientation), however, is much more challenging because it requires accurate timekeeping.  The difficulties sailors throughout history had in determining longitude has been described in Dava Sobel’s historical novel Longitude.  Somehow, a team of Russian and German scientists found, birds know the trick.  A flock of migrating Eurasian reed warblers was flown 1000 km to the east of their usual take-off point.  They found their way to their normal nesting ground by shifting their bearing northwest instead of the usual northeast.  “This finding is surprising and presents a new intellectual challenge to bird migration researchers, namely, which cues enable birds to determine their east-west position,” they said.    However it is accomplished, the skill must be learned, because a previous study by Princeton scientists showed that juvenile birds did not correct for longitude when flown off course (see 11/05/2007).  Still, it is unclear how the birds in this new study pulled it off.  Do they read the stars?  Do they gauge the earth’s magnetic field?  Did they measure their jet lag?  “To show what cues the birds use to determine their east-west location,” they said, “will be a big challenge for researchers in this field in the years to come.”1.  Chernetsov, Kishkinev and Mouritzen, “A Long-Distance Avian Migrant Compensates for Longitudinal Displacement during Spring Migration,” Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 3, 12 February 2008, Pages 188-190.Many wonderful and intriguing science projects remain to be performed.  These scientists did not mention evolution and had no need of it.  They saw an amazing phenomenon in present-day, observable nature and sought to understand the design behind it.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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CM: Number of Companies with CM Deployments Double

first_imgThe results of a 2006 survey by AIIM Europe of companies in the UK found that 29% of companies have an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system in place.  That number is nearly twice the number of companies using ECM in the 2005 survey.46% surveyed said their company plans to spend more or much more on ECM in 2007.  While only 13% of the respondents expected to spend less.Those numbers are now similar to that of the US.  Yet in the UK, only 16% rate their companies as very good or excellent in being able to manage, control and use electronic information.  The survey notes a strong correlation between a company’s business success with their ability to manage electronic data.  Those in the survey who rate their company high in data management are nearly twice as likely to score their company as being more profitable than their industry average.The most challenging aspect of bringing in a content management system is to be able to up-front justify the investment and to gain management buy-in.  27% found integrating change management capabilities into their systems to be the most challenging.last_img read more

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NFC in 2011: U.S. Bank Testing NFC in 20 Different Markets

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces This post is part of a series on NFC here on ReadWriteMobile which will serve to get you up to speed on what NFC is, what notable developments are underway and what commercial programs using NFC will arrive this year. You can follow this series by clicking the tag (or bookmarking the tag) “NFC 2011.”This post assumes you are familiar with the term NFC as well as the technology’s use in mobile payments. If you’re just starting to learn about NFC, you should begin here with the first post in the series to get caught up.NFC-Enabled Mobile Banking Apps What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#Trends sarah perez Also involved in the pilot program is payments processing provider FIS and the payments specialist Monitise, which the bank credited with the development of the mobile banking application. Actually, there are two mobile apps involved – one written for BlackBerry smartphones, while the other is an iPhone app. Both offer similar functionality, Venturo says.Using the apps, customers can perform balance inquiries, pay their bills, see their transaction history, and even switch on or off the NFC functionality. The balance inquiry, specifically, is updated in real-time, reflecting the transactions that were just made at checkout.Ironically, the on/off switch is provided to address customers’ fears regarding this new technology’s security, despite the fact that NFC, in truth, provides more security than the mag stripe standard used on credit cards today. That feature may or may not arrive in the commercial product, if one is to launch.Once enabled, these mobile phones can be used anywhere Visa has its contactless payment terminals in place. Merchants accepting these transactions exist in locations that range from pharmacies to fast food restaurants and even some convenience stores.How the System WorksCustomers participating in the pilot program receive the microSD card or iPhone case in the mail at the same time as their new credit card arrives. Included in the package are instructions as to how to insert the chip into the phone (or use the case), plus how to enable and use the mobile application.At point-of-sale, customers can switch on the NFC functionality within the mobile application (if it was not on already), then simply wave their phone in front of the Visa payWave terminal in order to complete the transaction.So far, the testers have found the process easy. “We’re really happy with the pilot program’s progress,” Venturo told us in March, while noting that U.S. Bank continues to refine the overall experience.Commercial Plans?The pilot was set to wrap up by the end of March 2011, after which U.S. Bank will determine what plans it has for making the program more widely available to non-employee customers. As of yet, the company has not made any announcements about its commercial plans.While the pilot program itself may have performed well, Venturo believes that there needs to be more than mobile payments alone before NFC technology really takes off. There needs to be more of value driver, he said, where customers receive other items, like coupons or loyalty discounts, when they perform mobile transactions.Right now, NFC technology is only popular among a highly mobile group of early adopters – a group which is not necessarily the youth market, Venturo explained. Meanwhile, others, when offered the ability to make payments with their phone ask “why would I do that?” He also said that adoption of NFC by merchants will ramp up at different levels across the U.S., noting especially there’s a lot interest in certain spots on the East Coast and west of Colorado.Image credit: Mobilecrunchcenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology U.S. Bank has been testing an NFC-enabled mobile payments service in 20 different markets, spanning several U.S. states, according to Dominic Venturo, Chief Innovation Officer for U.S. Bank Payment Services. The program was being trialed by bank employees who were also bank customers. However, the company won’t disclose the exact number of personnel involved.Like similar services from Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Chase, U.S. Bank’s payment solution lets customers make purchases with their mobile phone simply by waving their phone at select payment terminals at the point-of-sale. The service debuted in November 2010 in partnership with Visa, whose payWave technology is being used in the new solution. Using hardware made by DeviceFidelity, customers can NFC-enable their smartphones either by inserting a microSD card into their device, or by using a specially designed iPhone case which also includes a microSD card slot. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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When it rained stones in Darjeeling

first_imgOne dead as violence escalates in Darjeeling It was a beautiful cloudy morning in Darjeeling with the occasional drizzle that makes the hills look even greener. With shops, commercial establishments and schools remaining closed on the third day of the indefinite shutdown called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha ( GJM), it seemed like a day of usual protests. There was no hint of that the situation would spiral out of control and blood would stain the streets of Darjeeling.When I reached the GJM headquarters at Singamari, I observed that there was a modest deployment of security forces. At about 11.15 a.m., a group of about 200 women emerged, carrying a huge national flag and shouting pro-Gorkhaland slogans. Soon another group of several hundred women protestors joined them. As the chants for Gorkhaland became louder, it became evident that the security forces were vastly out numbered.As the situation began to turn violent, the police resorted to a lathicharge and then tear gas to control the crowds. The protest broke up with people running in panic. A tear gas shell exploded very close to where I stood, forcing me to join the running protesters. I managed to find a small alley to escape. The doors of all the houses were shut. I was joined with another journalist from an English daily.And that is when I saw the hundreds of young men and women with their faces covered, who had taken position on the undulating hill road above the party office. Armed with stones and other projectiles, they were attacking the trapped police contingent below. Police once again resorted to tear gas shelling and lathi charge. As smoke filled the locality, I could neither breathe nor see. Sounds of bricks falling on vehicles and the bursting of tear gas shells filled the air.Also Read  No mercyThe protesters were in no mood to show any mercy to anyone who was not on their side; not even to journalists. When a few tried to threaten me with bricks, another protester intervened. “Our fight is not with you,” he said. “It is with Mamata.” But rescue from the mob was not easy. The young man knocked on several houses, before a door opened and we were quickly pulled in. The house owners, who offered paying guest accommodation to students, allowed both of us to stay till the violence raged outside.Later, when we stepped out, the entire stretch resembled a war zone. Stones and bricks lay all over; cars stood with shattered windscreens and windows.Three overturned vehicles were burning.Another protester asked me who I was, and offered to take to me to safe place. He convinced a house owner, a young gym instructor, to offer us shelter for a while.“Please give us good coverage. We are not terrorists, you know. ,” the protestor kept repeating. After staying put there for half an hour, the gym owner opened a gate. As we left, and he quickly shut the gates.last_img read more

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Game Against Auburn Had Impact On Former Georgia Cornerback Josh Harvey-Clemons Choosing Louisville

first_imgRicardo Louis hauls in a touchdown off deflection against Georgia, in what is called the "Prayer at Jordan-Hare."Georgia doesn’t want to see a repeat of this in 2015.Louisville loses a number of defensive stars, including interception machine Gerod Holliman, from last year’s excellent defense, but a pair of Georgia transfers will look to pick up the slack. Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins both played for current Louisville defensive coordinator at UGA. Harvey-Clemons was directly involved in Georgia’s heartbreaking 2013 loss to Auburn. Nick Marshall’s 4th-and-18 heave deflected off of his hands into those of receiver Ricardo Louis for the game-winning touchdown. That’s the type of play that could haunt a guy for his entire career, but for Harvey-Clemons, the chance to play Auburn again was a major selling point that helped lock up his transfer to Louisville.When former Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was being recruited to Louisville, one of the unexpected selling points for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham — formerly at UGA as well — was who the Cardinals would play in Harvey-Clemons’ first eligible game with the new program. Auburn. “When he said that,” Harvey-Clemons said, “I just knew it was meant for me to come here, really. I’ve been waiting to play them again. I look forward to it.”With Jeremy Johnson at quarterback, Auburn may be a bit more pass-oriented than they have been in recent years under Gus Malzahn. Harvey-Clemons and Wiggins might have a few opportunities to get some revenge on the Tigers come September 5 in Atlanta. [Courier-Journal]last_img read more

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Predicting The Outcome Of Every College Football Game This Season

first_imgPredictions for Week 7 of the college football season.We’re officially three months away from college football’s first contest – Cal vs. Hawaii – so it’s time to start making some predictions. No, we don’t just mean for division winners, bowl matchups and the College Football Playoff field. We’re going to make predictions for every game. Every game that involves a Power 5 team, at least.Let’s get started with week one – which features a dozen big-time matchups. Week 1 Highlights:Tennessee looks like the most impressive team in the country, blasting Appalachian State.Stanford takes down Kansas State in an important non-conference matchup.UCLA hands Texas A&M a tough non-conference loss.Oklahoma holds off upstart Houston.LSU handles Wisconsin despite offensive struggles.Alabama crushes USC.Clemson downs Auburn on a last-second touchdown.Notre Dame has no problem with Texas.Florida State surprises Ole Miss with 21 fourth-quarter points.Here are the standings and the College Football Playoff outlook after week one:week 1 goodHere are the scores for every Power 5 game:California 33, Hawaii 7 Utah 43, Southern Utah 10 Minnesota 20, Oregon State 13 Wake Forest 20, Tulane 10 Louisville 45, Charlotte 23 Indiana 42, Florida International 17 NC State 55, William & Mary 10 Tennessee 65, Appalachian State 7 South Carolina 31, Vanderbilt 20 Colorado 31, Colorado State 30 Stanford 17, Kansas State 7 Syracuse 24, Colgate 20 Michigan State 31, Furman 0 Ohio State 31, Bowling Green 17 Penn State 45, Kent State 20 Iowa 20, Miami (OH) 17 Northwestern 24, Western Michigan 3 Purdue 10, Eastern Kentucky 9 Kansas 27, Rhode Island 20 TCU 45, South Dakota State 10 Texas Tech 45, Stephen F Austin 20 BYU 27, Arizona 20 Baylor 35, Northwestern State 10 Iowa State 35, Northern Iowa 31 Arkansas 45, Louisiana Tech 23 UCLA 31, Texas A&M 23 Mississippi State 40, South Alabama 20 West Virginia 45, Missouri 20 Kentucky 34, Southern Miss 31 Arizona State 51, Northern Arizona 13 Oregon 50, UC Davis 7 Washington 54, Rutgers 23 Washington State 34, Eastern Washington 20 Nebraska 40, Fresno State 13 Illinois 19, Murray State 11 Maryland 24, Howard 7 Georgia Tech 23, Boston College 7 Oklahoma 24, Houston 20 Michigan 70, Hawaii 7 Virginia Tech 34, Liberty 10 Pittsburgh 17, Villanova 9 Virginia 17, Richmond 7 LSU 30, Wisconsin 20 Georgia 27, North Carolina 13 Duke 30, NC Central 3 Miami 30, Florida A&M 7 Alabama 31, USC 7 Clemson 35, Auburn 31 Notre Dame 35, Texas 10 Florida State 24, Ole Miss 21 Oklahoma State 48, SE Louisiana 0 Florida 34, UMass 6Next: Week 2 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14last_img read more

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Messi and Suarez lead Barca to Rayo victory

first_imgMadrid: Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez might have been rested but instead both played and scored as Barcelona came from behind to beat Rayo Vallecano, ahead of their crunch Champions League second leg against Lyon. Raul de Tomas’ scintillating strike gave struggling Rayo a surprise lead at the Camp Nou but Messi converted a penalty and Suarez finished a brilliant passing move to seal a 3-1 win, after Gerard Pique had headed in an equaliser on Saturday. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWhen Barca kicked off, Atletico Madrid had just completed their own 1-0 victory over Leganes, although Diego Simeone was more cautious, resting Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata and Saul Niguez, with Tuesday’s trip to Juventus in mind. “It is normal when there is an important game on Tuesday,” said Simeone, who substituted Griezmann at half-time. “He was not injured, he had just given all that he had to give.” There was always a risk that La Liga’s top two might take their eye off the ball, given Barcelona’s last 16-tie with Lyon hangs in the balance after a goalless draw in France, while Atletico hold a 2-0 lead over Juve but can expect an onslaught in Turin. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”We have a crucial match on Wednesday,” Ernesto Valverde said. “We know the importance it has for many reasons — because of the opponent, the competition and because we have seen what has happened to other big teams already.” Yet both avoided slip-ups to leave Real Madrid even further adrift in La Liga before they play away at Real Valladolid on Sunday. Barca stay seven points clear of Atletico and, temporarily at least, move 15 ahead of Real. Even with a two-goal cushion for the final eight minutes, Ernesto Valverde kept Messi and Suarez on until the end, which may have surprised some, given he was accused of exhausting key players last season at the expense of success in Europe. Messi’s appearance was his 443rd for Barcelona in La Liga, moving him ahead of Andres Iniesta and behind only Xavi Hernandez, on 505, in the club’s all-time list. Samuel Umtiti started his second match in three months after recovering from a knee injury. “Little by little he is reaching his level,” said Valverde. But Philippe Coutinho was underwhelming again, despite being picked ahead of Ousmane Dembele. He poked an early chance wide after a Messi cross and De Tomas put Rayo in front soon after, driving at Pique before unleashing a sizzling shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Pique headed one Messi free-kick wide and then another in at the near post, nipping in front of Rayo goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski to nod in his sixth goal of the season. Dembele came on for Arthur Melo at half-time and Coutinho dropped deeper, but it was right-back Nelson Semedo that earned the penalty, after a foul from Jordi Amat. Messi made no mistake. Rayo’s belief, and energy, melted away and Barca’s third was their best of the night. Suarez freed Dembele down the right and he found Suarez again with a pull-back. Instead of shooting, Suarez bounced the ball off Ivan Rakitic in the area before finally tapping home. There was nothing as free-flowing at the Wanda Metropolitano where perhaps the greatest show of creativity came from Leganes, whose players wore shirts with the name of their mothers on their backs to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday. The first half was almost entirely forgettable but despite the absence of attacking punch, Griezmann came off at half-time for Thomas Lemar, with no visible sign of an injury. Griezmann would have taken the penalty soon after, won by Angel Correa with some quick feet in the area, which lured Kenneth Omeruo into a clumsy challenge. Saul stepped up and missed, but tucked in the rebound after Andriy Lunin could only push the ball back into his path.last_img read more

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Mallya takes swipe at NDA govt over PSU banks UK court pursuit

first_imgLondon: A day after a UK judge refused to dismiss an order freezing nearly 260,000 pounds (USD 337,730) in one of his London bank accounts, embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Thursday questioned the SBI-led consortium of public sector banks pursuing him through the courts to recover dues they claim are owed to them. In his latest Twitter intervention, the 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss made another reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview last month in which he had claimed that the government has recovered assets worth Rs 14,000 crores related to the now-defunct airline’s loan defaults. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Mallya is wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to an alleged Rs 9,000 crores. “None other than the Prime Minister of India specifically says in an interview that his government has recovered more money than I allegedly owe PSU Banks and the same banks claim otherwise in English courts,” reads Mallya’s Tweet. “Who does one believe? One or the other is lying,” he said. His statement came hours after Master David Cook, a judge in the Queen’s Bench Division of the Royal Courts of Justice in London, ruled on Wednesday that an interim debt order in favour of SBI and other banks seeking access to funds in Mallya’s ICICI UK bank account “should remain in force”. However, the application to make it final has been adjourned until after the hearing of Mallya’s pending bankruptcy petition, expected by the end of this year. The funds held in the account 258,559.79 pounds will meanwhile remain frozen as part of the worldwide freezing order in favour of the Indian banks last year.last_img read more

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Libyas Benghazi shuts down in protest at jihadist violence

first_imgBENGHAZI, Libya – Shops and schools closed across Benghazi Tuesday as residents of Libya’s second city responded to calls for civil disobedience to protest deadly clashes between radical Islamists and the army.The call by the city council came as a source said defence ministry officials were in talks with jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia on an offer of safe passage out of the city on condition its fighters leave their weapons behind.The army clashed with jihadists on Monday after one of its patrols was attacked near the headquarters of Ansar al-Sharia, a group blamed for the killing of the US ambassador in 2012. The health ministry said seven people were killed in the fighting and around 50 wounded.On Tuesday, the army deployed across the eastern city, taking control of key roads, an AFP correspondent reported.Troops were also in control of the Ansar al-Sharia headquarters in the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, which residents had attacked late Monday, forcing jihadists to flee, before handing it over to the army.Benghazi was the cradle of the 2011 uprising during which NATO-backed rebels toppled and then killed longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi.Since the end of the uprising, Libya has been hit by waves of deadly violence much of it blamed on heavily armed former rebels who have banded into militias each with its own ideology and allegiance.The government has been struggling to integrate the former rebels into a regular army and police, or make them surrender their weapons.Fed up by the government’s inability to rein in the gunmen, the city council called on residents to show their frustration through three days of “civil disobedience”, including strikes.The move brought Benghazi to a near standstill with schools, universities, shops, banks and public offices all closed, as residents mourned the dead.Earlier this month, residents of the capital Tripoli observed a similar campaign of protests against militias in response to deadly violence, prompting some of them to pull out of the city.Jihadists seek ‘safe’ exitDefence Minister Abdallah al-Teni said his ministry was in touch with Ansar al-Sharia to find a solution that would avoid further bloodshed.Ansar al-Sharia is requesting a “safe corridor” for its fighters to leave Benghazi but army chiefs are demanding they leave behind their heavy weapons, the minister said, according the spokesman of Libya’s top political body, the General National Congress.A GNC delegation also arrived in Benghazi on Tuesday at the request of the city council.Late on Monday Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, fresh from talks with US and British officials in London on the violence wracking his country, flew into Benghazi briefly for meetings with security officials.Last week, the US military said it hopes to train 5,000 to 8,000 troops for the fledgling new army, following a request from Zeidan.Zeidan met both US Secretary of State John Kerry and Britain’s William Hague in London on Sunday and after the talks the US top diplomat vowed to help stabilise Libya.The Benghazi violence comes as the authorities take steps to evacuate militias from Tripoli, on the back of popular discontent in the capital against armed groups.Less than two weeks ago, 46 people were killed and more than 500 wounded after militiamen opened fire on peaceful demonstrators in Tripoli prompting armed clashes.Ansar Al-Sharia advocates the implementation of sharia Islamic law and has systematically refused to recognise the authority of the central government or its security services.The group controls areas of Benghazi as well as Sirte and Derna, also in eastern Libya, and has been blamed for bloody attacks against foreign missions, judges and security personnel.The most daring attack, in September 2012, targeted the US consulate in Benghazi, killing ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Ansar al-Sharia denies any involvement.last_img read more

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Egyptian ambassador to Turkey returns home

first_imgCAIRO- Egyptian ambassador to Turkey Abdel-Rahman Salahuddin returned to Cairo on Saturday from Ankara.Last week, Egypt downgraded its diplomatic relations with Turkey to the level of charge d’affaires and declared the Turkish ambassador a “persona non-grata.”It linked the decision to statements made by Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Egypt’s domestic affairs and his criticism of Egyptian authorities.The Turkish Foreign Ministry responded the same day by downgrading diplomatic relations with Egypt to the level of charge d’affaires and declaring the Egyptian ambassador a “persona non-grata”.last_img read more

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Brandon Moore Says No to Dallas Cowboys

Brandon Moore is no longer going to play for the Dallas Cowboys.After a change of heart, just a day after Moore verbally agreed to a one-year contract with the Cowboys, he decided to retire from the game all together.At the old age – by NFL standards –  of 33 Moore didn’t want to quit, but after failed attempts to get his asking price of $3 million to $4 million, he decided it was time to move on with his life.“I was wrestling with it all night,” Moore told FOXSports.com’s Mike Garafolo on Wednesday. “I was excited, but when you start looking at all the personal factors that go into it and the commitment on the football side and you’ve been in a different mental state also the past three or four months because no action’s been happening, you kind of move on with your life.”He went on to say, “I was happy with that and fine with that. But when you get a call from a coach I care deeply for in (Cowboys offensive coordinator) Bill Callahan, you start to feel it, you get excited and you’re finally like, ‘I want to do it.’ But you map out the logistics of it all — the physical and mental commitment, the tear on your family.”Moore was rated fourth best guard in the NFL last season. A dominant run blocker and pass blocker protector for the Jets in 2012, he hasn’t missed a start since 2004. Moore still has a lot of play in him, and would have been a valuable addition to the Cowboys. It’s a shame he gave it all up. read more

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Commentary Wayward Ohio StateMichigan rivalry will be rekindled

There is evidence to suggest the Ohio State versus Michigan football rivalry does not possess the same venom it once did, but the 2011 installment of “The Game” could reignite a once-passionate shared hatred between the two schools.The Buckeyes and Wolverines matchup has lacked interest of late, with Ohio State claiming six consecutive victory against “that team up north.” Not included in the winning streak is OSU’s 37-7 drubbing of Michigan in 2010 which was later vacated as part of the Buckeyes’ self-imposed penalties for NCAA rules infractions.During a Tuesday press conference, OSU coach Luke Fickell was asked if OSU players still define their careers by their performances against Michigan as they have been in years past.“It’s still the Ohio State-Michigan game, still the greatest rivalry in all sports,” Fickell said. “We wouldn’t attack it any other way.”Whether Fickell is correct or not, the fact that the question was asked suggests that some are speculating about “The Game’s” true significance.Fickell, along with Michigan coach Brady Hoke, has resorted to name calling in a vain attempt to emulate the way former OSU coach Woody Hayes would exchange barbs with the late, former Michigan coach, Bo Schembechler.Hoke has taken to referring to OSU as simply “Ohio,” and Fickell said Tuesday that his team wasn’t planning on using “hokey” trick plays against Michigan.“No pun intended,” a smiling Fickell said immediately following the remark, which elicited laughter from reporters.Hayes and Schembechler are dead — let’s not pretend that mimicking the “Ten-Year War” between Hayes and Schembechler’s “Ten Years” smack talk is going to bring this rivalry back to life.Methinks these quips aren’t necessary in order to restore the rivalry. The 2011 installment of the game should do the trick.The Buckeyes are 7 1/2-point underdogs heading into Saturday’s showdown at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to a Tuesday listing on Vegas.com.It’s unfamiliar territory for Buckeye Nation to see its football team predicted by experts to lose to Michigan, but a possible result could be the revitalization of the lukewarm OSU-Michigan rivalry.Should Michigan win Saturday and reclaim bragging rights for the first time in eight years, that would surely get Buckeyes fans’ blood boiling in Columbus, Ohio.A Michigan win could also put a stamp on what has already been a successful regular season campaign in Ann Arbor. After all, Michigan can clinch a share of the Big Ten Legends Division title, should Michigan State lose to Northwestern.Michigan State will represent the division in the inaugural Big Ten Title game, though Michigan is also No. 15 in the Bowl Championship Series standings.A win by OSU, which would extend its winning streak against the Wolverines to seven games, would be considered an upset, a bitter disappointment to Michigan fans that would likely restoke the flames of this feud.A seventh consecutive victory against Michigan would improve OSU’s overall record against the Wolverines to 44-53-6.If there was ever a year when Buckeye Nation would appreciate beating Michigan, it would be 2011. After months of reading of the football program’s misdeeds and waiting to hear of the NCAA’s punishment, which still yet to be announced, OSU fans would savor every bit of an upset win in Ann Arbor.The two coaches can’t breath life back into “The Game” with hot air, but this weekend could and should.The stage is set, and either an OSU or a Michigan win figures to cure what ails the wayward rivalry.Game on, boys and girls. read more

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Ohio State athletic department issues counterfeit ticket warning to football fans

The Ohio State athletic department warned fans in need of tickets to OSU football’s homecoming game against Nebraska to beware of counterfeit tickets. The warning urged fans to purchase tickets from The Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office, OhioStateBuckeyes.com or Ticketmaster, the only authorized sellers of OSU athletics tickets. Tickets to the Nebraska game as well as all remaining home games can also be purchased through the Buckeyes TicketExchange at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/ticketexchange. TicketExchange is the only official ticket exchange site of OSU athletics and the only resale source that can guarantee the exchange of valid tickets, according to the Tuesday release. According to the message, fans that use any other source risk purchasing tickets that are “counterfeit, stolen or otherwise void, and as such will not allow the ticket holder admission into the event.” Dan Wallenberg, OSU athletics spokesman, said there have been no reports of counterfeit tickets this season, but there were some circulating toward the end of last year’s basketball season. “We realize it’s a big game and we’re just being proactive, making sure fans are aware that this could happen and to be wary of the possibility,” Wallenberg said. “Realizing the night game, the national TV, the demand for tickets for this particular game, we just wanted to get out in front of it.” OSU police chief Paul Denton did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Tuesday evening request for comment regarding counterfeit tickets. read more

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Silva Proud of Richarlisons debut display

first_imgEverton boss Marco Silva says he is delighted to see Richarlison scoring goals but was more impressed with his all-around performance in the gameRicharlison grabbed a brace for 10-man Everton, however, they settled for a draw at the end in Silva’s first competitive game in charge.“It was an excellent performance from a player I know can play like this,” added Silva.“It’s not just his goals. He works hard, makes runs and I’m pleased to see him score two goals, but the most pleasing thing is the team performance.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I’m very proud of my players… To play nearly 50 minutes with ten men and show the level of performance that we did against a good side is very pleasing.“After we went 1-0 up, perhaps we could have done more but the display in the second half was outstanding, and the team did well.“We could have won, but I think we can be pleased with how we played and go on from here for the rest of the season.”last_img read more

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Wilshere If Wenger had stayed I would have stayed at Arsenal

first_imgJack Wilshere revealed that Arsene Wenger’s departure from Arsenal in the summer led to his own exitThe 26-year-old midfielder signed for West Ham United on a three-year deal in July as a free agent after ending a 17-year association at Arsenal.Wilshere opted to leave the Emirates Stadium following talks with new manager Unai Emery over his role at the club.But Wilshere admits that Wenger would have convinced him to stay with the Gunners as the Frenchman would have ensured his place in the team.“If Arsene had stayed I would have stayed because of the influence he had in my career and the trust he had in me,” Wilshere told the Islington Gazette.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“He gave me the armband and respected me a lot. So, I had pretty much agreed to stay. And then he left and that changed things.“Arsene had said to me previously ‘stay and fight your way back into the team’. Because I knew Arsene and knew he had trust in me, I knew I could do that and fight my way into the team.“I knew that if I got myself fit and was training well that Arsene would put me in – and he did.“But things were changing at the club and they were going into a new era and maybe it was time for me to leave as well.”Wilshere, who has made four Premier League starts for West Ham, is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.last_img read more

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Internet Publisher Liability in the Age of Online Social Networking

first_imgCongress passed Section 230 of the Communications and Decency Act of 1996 (the “CDA”) in response to concerns over Internet service providers’ liability for editing third-party content on their Web sites. The CDA essentially gave providers and users of interactive computer services much needed immunity from claims of defamation and other torts arising from content created by others. However, the ever-increasing novelty and popularity of social-networking sites, and the real time sharing of user-generated content associated with such sites, have highlighted the limits of CDA protection. Publishers of user-generated online content should pay attention to such limits to stay clear of liability.Where Publishers Can Go WrongThe recent case of Finkel v. Facebook underlined the protections intended to be given by the CDA. In Finkel, a high school student sued Facebook for defamation after four fellow high school students posted derogatory comments on Facebook. The New York Supreme Court applied the CDA and dismissed Finkel’s defamation claims against Facebook because “there [was] no claim Facebook had any hand in creating the [allegedly defamatory] content.” The case turned on the fact that the content was created by the Facebook user, not Facebook. Satisfaction of this requirement will generally immunize Internet publishers from liability in such circumstances, and, in line with statutory intentions, that immunity will remain intact even if slight modifications are made to user-generated content. Where things get murky, however, is in trying to determine what acts can turn an otherwise-immunized service provider into a potentially liable content provider. For example, courts have refused to immunize defendants where a plaintiff alleges that the defendant created the content at issue. In Anthony v. Yahoo!, Anthony claimed that Yahoo! had created its own fake profile matches, and that the profiles were created to lure users into renewing subscriptions to Yahoo!’s Yahoo Personals and Yahoo Premier dating and relationship Web sites. Because the complaint alleged that Yahoo! created the content itself (not one of its users), and because Anthony claimed that Yahoo! used the profiles to commit fraud upon its users, Yahoo! could not dismiss Anthony’s claims under the CDA. The Court also highlighted an important point that should not be overlooked: that a defendant can be considered both a service provider and a content provider under the CDA depending on the extent of creation or development of allegedly harmful content.Danger: Intellectual Property ClaimsWhile the CDA generally immunizes Internet publishers for defamation and other tort claims, it does not protect against intellectual property claims, and publishers who also display individuals’ identifying information (such as name, likeness, etc.) should be aware of a recent trend whereby courts have expanded the scope of this exception.  In Doe v. Friendfinder Network, Inc., Jane Doe sued Friendfinder for distributing and failing to remove a member’s profile whose name and likeness was so similar to hers that other people mistakenly believed Doe to be a member of the adult dating site. Doe claimed that the “false profiles” were defamatory and violated her right of publicity under state law. The Court dismissed the defamation claims under the CDA because the problematic content was user-generated, but it refused to dismiss Doe’s state right of publicity claims for the alleged use of her name and likeness because such claims are classified as intellectual property claims and are not barred by the CDA.The problematic cases above involve defendants who created allegedly defamatory statements, added to user-generated content, or used postings in a way that improperly displayed an individual’s name and likeness—all claims that were not covered by the CDA. As social networking sites continue to evolve and gain staggering popularity, we will likely see more examples of courts not allowing CDA protection. Despite the broad protection the CDA affords to Internet publishers, the road ahead is still unpredictable and should be monitored closely.Camille M. Miller is chair of the intellectual property practice group in the Philadelphia office of Cozen O’Connor, a top 100 law firm.Aaron P. Georghiades is an associate in the intellectual property practice group in the firm’s New York office.last_img read more

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Kim fixed on Trump summit says North Korea

first_imgTrump & Kim Jong Un.North Korea on Sunday said its leader Kim Jong Un was ‘fixed’ on holding a summit with US president Donald Trump, raising hopes the historic meeting might still take place after a turbulent few days of diplomatic brinkmanship.The latest conciliatory declaration from Pyongyang came as the White House confirmed it was sending a team to Singapore to prepare for the 12 June summit-a further signal that both sides were moving to cool tensions following a rollercoaster few days on the Korean Peninsula.Trump rattled the region on Thursday by cancelling his meeting with Kim, citing “open hostility” from Pyongyang.But within 24 hours he reversed course, saying it could still go ahead after productive talks were held with North Korean officials.Trump’s unpredictability sparked a sudden and surprise meeting on Saturday between Kim and South Korean president Moon Jae-in-only the fourth time leaders from the two countries have ever met-as they scrambled to get the talks back on track.Pictures showed them shaking hands and embracing on the North Korean side of the Demilitarised Zone separating the two nations.Kim “expressed his fixed will on the historic DPRK-US summit talks” during the talks with Moon, the state-run KCNA news agency said in a report released Sunday, using the official abbreviation for North Korea.“Kim Jong Un told Moon Jae-in to positively cooperate with each other as ever to improve the DPRK-US relations and establish mechanism for permanent and durable peace,” the report added, saying South and North Korea would hold another round of “high-level” talks on June 1.The presidential Blue House in Seoul said the two sides discussed ways to improve ties “and to ensure a successful US North Korea summit”, adding Moon would give an update Sunday morning.Remarkable detenteThe surprise meeting came as Washington gave a strong hint the summit was back on.“The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.Trump’s original decision to abandon the historic summit initially blindsided South Korea, which had been brokering a remarkable detente between Washington and Pyongyang and is desperate to avoid conflict breaking out.Last year, Trump and Kim were trading war threats and insults after Pyongyang tested its most powerful nuclear weapon to date and missiles it said were capable of reaching the US mainland.Tensions were calmed after Kim extended an olive branch by offering to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, sparking a rapid detente that led to Trump agreeing to hold direct talks with Pyongyang.Moon won the election last year partly by vowing to be open to dialogue with Pyongyang and finding a solution to a Cold War-era sore that continues to blight the region.The flurry of diplomatic backslapping and bonhomie disappeared in recent weeks as the summit was thrown into doubt by increasingly bellicose rhetoric from both top US administration officials and Pyongyang.Trump eventually pulled the plug on talks in a personal letter to Kim on Thursday.But he left the door open to future meetings, and Pyongyang responded by saying it was willing to sit down “at any time”, prompting Trump to reply that the Singapore summit could still take place.‘Bold but risky’Saturday’s meeting between Moon and Kim took place on the North Korean side of Panmunjom, a heavily fortified village that lies between the two countries and marks the spot where the armistice ending the Korean War in 1953 was signed.Only last month, the two leaders met in the same village, with Kim famously inviting Moon to step briefly into the North before they both held talks in a building on the South’s side.Koh Yu-hwan, an expert on Korean relations at Dongguk University, said Saturday’s meeting between Moon and Kim increased the likelihood of the Singapore summit taking place as originally intended.“Today’s summit is aimed at resolving the misunderstanding caused by communication glitches between Washington and Pyongyang and lay the groundwork for the US-North Korea summit,” he told AFP.Adam Mount, a nuclear policy expert at the Federation of American Scientists, said it was a “bold but risky” move by Moon, describing the sudden summit as “a clear demonstration of how dangerous Trump’s temper tantrum was”.Unlike last month’s summit, which was held in front of live TV cameras, Saturday’s meeting took place in utmost secrecy, with reporters only being told later that the face-to-face had taken place.Footage released by the Blue House on Twitter, accompanied by a dramatic orchestral score, showed Moon arriving in a convoy of cars and first shaking hands with Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong, who has played a major public role in recent talks with the South.last_img read more

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Bowser Taps Dean to Lead FEMS

first_imgGregory Dean is the former fire chief of Seattle. (Photo/seattle.gov)D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) told residents on March 2 that Gregory M. Dean, the recent fire chief of Seattle, is her choice to lead the District’s fire and emergency medical services (FEMS) department. Despite his interest in being permanent, interim fire chief Eugene Jones was let go.“The safety and well-being of District residents is my top priority and FEMS is at the frontlines of this effort,” Bowser said. “Chief Dean is a proven, collaborative leader who led a department with an international reputation for its fire-based performance. I am certain that he will work with our emergency first responders and the community to move the department forward in exciting ways.”Dean, who worked in Seattle’s FEMS department for 44 years, said, “I look forward to working with Mayor Bowser and FEMS providers to deliver efficient and compassionate fire and emergency medical services to the residents of all eight wards,” Dean said. “We will build on the department’s strengths and bring a data-driven approach that will ensure that we are delivering top notch services 24/7.”In Seattle, Dean led a department of 1,150 employees with a $175 million budget for 10 years. Before becoming chief, he served in lower capacities for well over three decades.Dean has been credited with increasing the overall cardiac arrest survival rate from 26 percent in 2002 to 62 percent in 2014.Dean takes over a department that has been the source of controversy since 2011, when Kenneth Ellerbe took over it. During Ellerbe’s tenure, which ended in June 2014, critics of FEMS charged that employee morale was low, management’s relations with the firefighters union were abysmal and the department’s equipment was either outdated or malfunctioning.On Jan. 25, 2014, Medric Mills, a longtime District resident, died of a heart attack despite members of his family seeking help from FEMS employees at the Rhode Island Avenue Engine House 26. The fire house is across the street from Mills’ residence and his family members were told by FEMS employees that they should call 9-1-1 and didn’t seek to help Mills.Mills’ death generated widespread criticism of Ellerbe’s leadership style. Ellerbe retired in June to work in the private sector.Ellerbe praised Bower’s selection, “Gregory Dean has a long history of accomplishments and he believes in accountability,” Ellerbe told the AFRO. “He is the type of leader that D.C. Fire and EMS needs and should follow.”James Short, a former deputy fire chief, said that he admires Dean’s career and thinks he will bring the department together.“He is the type of chief that will go down to the station and sit down and talk with employees” Short, who worked for FEMS for 33 years, said.D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large) said that he “hasn’t heard anything negative about Dean.”“I do know that Seattle’ fire department and D.C.’s fire department are similar,” Orange said.The D.C. Council must approve Dean’s nomination and D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) chairs the Committee on the Judiciary, which will hold hearing on Dean in the near future.“I have not had the chance to speak with him yet but I hear that he has had a long career and he was very well respected in Seattle,” McDuffie said. “I’m looking forward to learning more about him.”Edward Mills III, the acting assistant FEMS chief, will run the department until Dean is confirmed.Short said that Dean should be confirmed and allowed to do what needs to be done to get the department operating in a smooth manner.“Our fire department is in a sad state with firefighters not wearing their uniforms while on duty and people dying in front of fire stations,” he said. “The people leading the department now are young and they have no common sense. Dean should be given a chance to prove himselflast_img read more

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CarbonNanotube Toxicity Test Tricks Scientists

first_img Citation: Carbon-Nanotube Toxicity Test Tricks Scientists (2006, September 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-09-carbon-nanotube-toxicity-scientists.html Recent research has revealed that a standard cell-viability test may be causing carbon-nanotubes to “fake” toxicity. This work may explain why some studies have concluded that carbon nanotubes – which are being studied for their potential to improve building materials, drug-delivery systems, and electronics, to name a few applications – are dangerous to human health while others have not. 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.center_img Researchers from the Institute of Toxicology and Genetics at the Karlsruhe Research Center in Karlsruhe, Germany, exposed human lung cells to single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) – large cylindrical carbon molecules – and conducted several tests to determine the nanotubes’ effect on the cells’ viability. Three tests showed the nanotubes to be non-toxic, but a fourth curiously produced the opposite result.“Each of the four tests gauges the toxicity of the SWCNTs in a different way, using different indicators, but we would expect them to yield the same result,” said the study’s lead scientist, Harald Krug, to PhysOrg.com. “The fact that one test appears to produce a ‘false positive’ in terms of toxicity suggests that past carbon-nanotube toxicity studies may be flawed.”The first test, known as the MTT assay, works by measuring how a salt, methylthiazol tetrazolium (MTT), is chemically converted to formazan, a purple dye, after being applied to nanotube-exposed cells. This conversion only takes place when certain cell mitochondria enzymes are active – that is, if the cell is alive and well. According to the results of the MTT assay, the nanotubes compromised cell viability.Krug and his colleagues attempted to verify the results of the MTT assay using another salt-based viability test, the water-soluble tetrazolium (WST) assay. According to this test, the nanotubes had no negative effect on the cells. Two other tests also showed no reduction in cell viability.Why the discrepancy between the MTT assay and the other tests? The answer seems to be due to the non-soluble nature of MTT and formazan. Using an electron microscope, the researchers saw that MTT-formazan crystals had covered the nanotubes, clumping everything together. The nanotubes were reacting with the MTT, causing the formazan to withdraw from the assay. This made the formazan undetectable and, as a result, made the nanotubes appear toxic. Several attempts to dissolve the crystals, as well as heat treatments, were unsuccessful.“In these studies, the viability assay of choice really needs to be double-checked, since interferences and disturbances are likely,” said Krug. “Further, we think our work demonstrates that standards should be established when testing the toxicity of carbon nanotubes and other nanomaterials.”An in-depth paper on this work can be found in the June 2006 edition of Nano Letters.Citation: Nano Lett., Vol. 6, 1261-1268 (2006)By Laura Mgrdichian, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Inventor of Email Ray Tomlinson Dies at 74

first_img This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Ray Tomlinson, the man credited with founding email, has passed away at the age of 74, according to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald. According to the report, Tomlinson died of a heart attack.Tomlinson was a part a team of computer programmers at research and design company Bolt Beranek and Newman (now BBN Technologies) in Cambridge, Mass., and had begun experimenting with internal messaging in 1971. Tomlinson had an idea to send a text message between computers using a new network (and a predeccesor to the Internet) called Arpanet, routing it using an “@” symbol.He recalled the first email sent in an interview with NPR from 2009: “The keyboards were about 10 feet apart … I could wheel my chair from one to the other and type a message on one, and then go to the other, and then see what I had tried to send.”By the 1980s government and military personnel were actively using the system. And by the 1990s email had become one of two pillars of the budding consumer Internet, alongside the World Wide Web.Tomlinson was subsequently inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012.Tomlinson told NPR that he had a feeling that what he had discovered with the “@” symbol would have some impact.“What I didn’t imagine was how quickly that would happen,” he said. March 7, 2016 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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A serverless online store on AWS could save you money Build one

first_imgIn this article you will learn to build an entire serverless project of an AWS online store, beginning with a React SPA frontend hosted on AWS followed by a serverless backend with API Gateway and Lambda functions. This article is an excerpt taken from the book, ‘Building Serverless Web Applications‘ written by Diego Zanon. In this book, you will be introduced to the AWS services, and you’ll learn how to estimate costs, and how to set up and use the Serverless Framework. The serverless architecture of AWS’ online store We will build a real-world use case of a serverless solution. This sample application is an online store with the following requirements: List of available products Product details with user rating Add products to a shopping cart Create account and login pages For a better understanding of the architecture, take a look at the following diagram which gives a general view of how different services are organized and how they interact: Estimating costs In this section, we will estimate the costs of our sample application demo based on some usage assumptions and Amazon’s pricing model. All pricing values used here are from mid 2017 and considers the cheapest region, US East (Northern Virginia). This section covers an example to illustrate how costs are calculated. Since the billing model and prices can change over time, always refer to the official sources to get updated prices before making your own estimations. You can use Amazon’s calculator, which is accessible at this link: http://calculator.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html. If you still have any doubts after reading the instructions, you can always contact Amazon’s support for free to get commercial guidance. Assumptions For our pricing example, we can assume that our online store will receive the following traffic per month: 100,000 page views 1,000 registered user accounts 200 GB of data transferred considering an average page size of 2 MB 5,000,000 code executions (Lambda functions) with an average of 200 milliseconds per request Route 53 pricing We need a hosted zone for our domain name and it costs US$ 0.50 per month. Also, we need to pay US$ 0.40 per million DNS queries to our domain. As this is a prorated cost, 100,000 page views will cost only US$ 0.04. Total: US$ 0.54 S3 pricing Amazon S3 charges you US$ 0.023 per GB/month stored, US$ 0.004 per 10,000 requests to your files, and US$ 0.09 per GB transferred. However, as we are considering the CloudFront usage, transfer costs will be charged by CloudFront prices and will not be considered in S3 billing. If our website occupies less than 1 GB of static files and has an average per page of 2 MB and 20 files, we can serve 100,000 page views for less than US$ 20. Considering CloudFront, S3 costs will go down to US$ 0.82 while you need to pay for CloudFront usage in another section. Real costs would be even lower because CloudFront caches files and it would not need to make 2,000,000 file requests to S3, but let’s skip this detail to reduce the complexity of this estimation. On a side note, the cost would be much higher if you had to provision machines to handle this number of page views to a static website with the same availability and scalability. Total: US$ 0.82 CloudFront pricing CloudFront is slightly more complicated to price since you need to guess how much traffic comes from each region, as they are priced differently. The following table shows an example of estimation: RegionEstimated trafficCost per GB transferredCost per 10,000 HTTPS requestsNorth America70%US$ 0.085US$ 0.010Europe15%US$ 0.085US$ 0.012Asia10%US$ 0.140US$ 0.012South America5%US$ 0.250US$ 0.022 As we have estimated 200 GB of files transferred with 2,000,000 requests, the total will be US$ 21.97. Total: US$ 21.97 Certificate Manager pricing Certificate Manager provides SSL/TLS certificates for free. You only need to pay for the AWS resources you create to run your application. IAM pricing There is no charge specifically for IAM usage. You will be charged only by what AWS resources your users are consuming. Cognito pricing Each user has an associated profile that costs US$ 0.0055 per month. However, there is a permanent free tier that allows 50,000 monthly active users without charges, which is more than enough for our use case. Besides that, we are charged for Cognito Syncs of our user profiles. It costs US$ 0.15 for each 10,000 sync operations and US$ 0.15 per GB/month stored. If we estimate 1,000 active and registered users with less than 1 MB per profile, with less than 10 visits per month in average, we can estimate a charge of US$ 0.30. Total: US$ 0.30 IoT pricing IoT charges starts at US$ 5 per million messages exchanged. As each page view will make at least 2 requests, one to connect and another to subscribe to a topic, we can estimate a minimum of 200,000 messages per month. We need to add 1,000 messages if we suppose that 1% of the users will rate the products and we can ignore other requests like disconnect and unsubscribed because they are excluded from billing. In this setting, the total cost would be of US$ 1.01. Total: US$ 1.01 SNS pricing We will use SNS only for internal notifications, when CloudWatch triggers a warning about issues in our infrastructure. SNS charges US$ 2.00 per 100,000 e-mail messages, but it offers a permanent free tier of 1,000 e-mails. So, it will be free for us. CloudWatch pricing CloudWatch charges US$ 0.30 per metric/month and US$ 0.10 per alarm and offers a permanent free tier of 50 metrics and 10 alarms per month. If we create 20 metrics and expect 20 alarms in a month, we can estimate a cost of US$ 1.00. Total: US$ 1.00 API Gateway pricing API Gateway starts charging US$ 3.50 per million of API calls received and US$ 0.09 per GB transferred out to the Internet. If we assume 5 million requests per month with each response with an average of 1 KB, the total cost of this service will be US$ 17.93. Total: US$ 17.93 Lambda pricing When you create a Lambda function, you need to configure the amount of RAM memory that will be available for use. It ranges from 128 MB to 1.5 GB. Allocating more memory means additional costs. It breaks the philosophy of avoiding provision, but at least it’s the only thing you need to worry about. The good practice here is to estimate how much memory each function needs and make some tests before deploying to production. A bad provision may result in errors or higher costs. Lambda has the following billing model: US$ 0.20 per 1 million requests US$ 0.00001667 GB-second Running time is counted in fractions of seconds, rounding up to the nearest multiple of 100 milliseconds. Furthermore, there is a permanent free tier that gives you 1 million requests and 400,000 GB-seconds per month without charges. In our use case scenario, we have assumed 5 million requests per month with an average of 200 milliseconds per execution. We can also assume that the allocated RAM memory is 512 MB per function: Request charges: Since 1 million requests are free, you pay for 4 million that will cost US$ 0.80. Compute charges: Here, 5 million executions of 200 milliseconds each gives us 1 million seconds. As we are running with a 512 MB capacity, it results in 500,000 GB-seconds, where 400,000 GB-seconds of these are free, resulting in a charge of 100,000 GB-seconds that costs US$ 1.67. Total: US$ 2.47 SimpleDB pricing Take a look at the following SimpleDB billing where the free tier is valid for new and existing users: US$ 0.14 per machine-hour (25 hours free) US$ 0.09 per GB transferred out to the internet (1 GB is free) US$ 0.25 per GB stored (1 GB is free) Take a look at the following charges: Compute charges: Considering 5 million requests with an average of 200 milliseconds of execution time, where 50% of this time is waiting for the database engine to execute, we estimate 139 machine hours per month. Discounting 25 free hours, we have an execution cost of US$ 15.96. Transfer costs: Since we’ll transfer data between SimpleDB and AWS Lambda, there is no transfer cost. Storage charges: If we assume a 5 GB database, it results in US$ 1.00, since 1 GB is free. Total: US$ 16.96, but this will not be added in the final estimation since we will run our application using DynamoDB. DynamoDB DynamoDB requires you to provision the throughput capacity that you expect your tables to offer. Instead of provisioning hardware, memory, CPU, and other factors, you need to say how many read and write operations you expect and AWS will handle the necessary machine resources to meet your throughput needs with consistent and low-latency performance. One read capacity unit represents one strongly consistent read per second or two eventually consistent reads per second, where objects have a size up to 4 KB. Regarding the writing capacity, one unit means that you can write one object of size 1 KB per second. Considering these definitions, AWS offers in the permanent free tier 25 read units and 25 write units of throughput capacity, in addition to 25 GB of free storage. It charges as follows: US$ 0.47 per month for every Write Capacity Unit (WCU) US$ 0.09 per month for every Read Capacity Unit (RCU) US$ 0.25 per GB/month stored US$ 0.09 GB per GB transferred out to the Internet Since our estimated database will have only 5 GB, we are on the free tier and we will not pay for transferred data because there is no transfer cost to AWS Lambda. Regarding read/write capacities, we have estimated 5 million requests per month. If we evenly distribute them, we will get two requests per second. In this case, we will consider that it’s one read and one write operation per second. We need to estimate now how many objects are affected by a read and a write operation. For a write operation, we can estimate that we will manipulate 10 items on average and a read operation will scan 100 objects. In this scenario, we would need to reserve 10 WCU and 100 RCU. As we have 25 WCU and 25 RCU for free, we only need to pay for 75 RCU per month, which costs US$ 6.75. Total: US$ 6.75 Total pricing Let’s summarize the cost of each service in the following table: ServiceMonthly CostsRoute 53US$ 0.54S3US$ 0.82CloudFrontUS$ 21.97CognitoUS$ 0.30IoTUS$ 1.01CloudWatchUS$ 1.00API GatewayUS$ 17.93LambdaUS$ 2.47DynamoDBUS$ 6.75TotalUS$ 52.79 It results in a total cost of ~ US$ 50 per month in infrastructure to serve 100,000 page views. If you have a conversion rate of 1%, you can get 1,000 sales per month, which means that you pay US$ 0.05 in infrastructure for each product that you sell. Thus, in this article you learned the serverless architecture of AWS online store also learned how to estimate its costs. If you’ve enjoyed reading the excerpt, do check out, Building Serverless Web Applications to monitor the performance, efficiency and errors of your apps and also learn how to test and deploy your applications. 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Competition Bureau takes action to strengthen competition in travel industry

first_imgCompetition Bureau takes action to strengthen competition in travel industry Share Travelweek Group OTTAWA — After an investigation, Canada’s Competition Bureau has issued a press release advising that it has taken action to strengthen competition and innovation in Canada’s travel industry.As per the release, Softvoyage will not enforce several types of exclusionary and restrictive contract terms in its contracts.John Pecman, Commissioner of Competition, stated: “We commend Softvoyage for its collaboration in resolving our concerns. We believe that today’s agreement will promote greater competition and innovation in the travel industry, resulting in better choices for Canadian travellers.”To read the full press release go to canada.ca/en/competition-bureau/news/2018/01/competition_bureautakesactiontostrengthencompetitionandinnovatio.html. Thursday, January 18, 2018 center_img Posted by Tags: Softvoyage << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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The editor of the BBC News Channel Kevin Bakhurst

first_imgThe editor of the BBC News Channel, Kevin Bakhurst, has left the UK public broadcaster’s news channel for its Irish counterpart RTÉ.Bakhurst has been at the BBC since 2005 and will become managing director of news and current affairs at RTÉ and a member of the broadcaster’s executive board. He joins the Irish broadcaster in September.last_img

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Microsoft is expanding its Xbox entertainment offe

first_imgMicrosoft is expanding its Xbox entertainment offering to 222 countries, up from 35 today, and is enhancing its TV offering with multiscreen delivery.The new version of the service will take the Xbox entertainment service to phones, tablets and PCs, according to Microsoft. Via the Xbox SmartGlass downloadable app, users will be able to convert tablets, PCs, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android devices into second screens to view its entertainment offering. For Xbox Video, users will be able to start a TV show or movie on their Windows 8 tablet and finish it on the TV screen through Xbox 360.The enhancements coincide with the launch of the Windows 8 operating system, to be followed shortly by the launch of Windows 8 for Mobile.last_img read more

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In This Issue… Currencies stuck in a rut… Go

first_imgIn This Issue… * Currencies stuck in a rut… * Good bond auctions in Spain and France… * N.Z. unemployment rises… * Central Banks get weaker currencies… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Hung Out On A Line… Good day… And a Tub Thumpin Thursday to you! Well… I’ve been here for a week now, I have another conference to speak at starting tomorrow, and into the weekend, and then back home for a week before I head to Las Vegas… Before we get into the goings on today, I want to make this your first reminder that Mother’s Day is May 13th… Which is only 10 days away… If your mom is around, this is your chance to say thank you for being your mom… I lost mine in 1998… and each year at Mother’s Day, I find myself thinking of her… OK… just your first reminder, I’ll try to remind you again as we draw closer to May 13th… The currencies are still in rut, VS the dollar this morning… they haven’t lost more ground, just stuck in a rut… The euro, should have gained on the news that Spain was able to auction bonds this morning and meet their target, while France sold bonds and saw their yields drop. These two auction results should have eased the minds of those fearing the Eurozone countries will struggle to finance their borrowings.. Well, at least for now… I find this new very encouraging, in that the European Central Bank (ECB)’s 1 Trillion-euro LTRO (3-year loans), is fading, and therefore the demand you see for these bonds from Spain and France is “real demand”… not the kind where yields were held low because they were previously artificially held down by EB buying… But the euro is being hung out on a line this morning, waiting to hear what ECB President, Mario Draghi, is going to say in the press conference following the meeting where he will announce no change in rates… Euro traders are waiting to see if Draghi pulls a rabbit out of his hat of Central Bank tricks… So… for the euro today, it’s a case of you can’t do anything right as far as the markets are concerned… and I am concerned about what Draghi has to say, for he has really thrown the euro under the bus, to promote growth, which is exactly what we all expected when a Club Med President (Italian central bank) was put in the position of ECB president! In a case of “this should have been better for us than that”… The New Zealand dollar / kiwi, was the worst performer of the night, moving downward VS the U.S. dollar and the Aussie dollar (A$), in response to a very weak labor report. New Zealand 1st QTR unemployment rate jumped to 6.7%, from the previous quarter’s 6.4% figure… So, that was not so good for kiwi… but in reality, I think it was a knee jerk reaction to the number, for N.Z. unemployment has remained in a range of 6-7% for over two years now… On the side of “this should have been better for kiwi than the labor report”… The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), who used to be what I would call a “prudent Central Bank”, but kind of lost their way, brought some of that prudency back last night when they introduced a number of prudential policy changes, based on lessons from the global financial meltdown, in order to further strengthen the New Zealand financial system… For instance, the RBNZ seeing that financial institutions are more vulnerable than previously thought to contagion effects from financial shocks, due to the likelihood of liquidity contraction, decided to “up the game on bank liquidity requirements”, including their Core Funding Ratio, and they also address the Capital Requirements under the new Base III framework. Another thing the RBNZ announced was a framework to remove the tax payer funded bail-outs when banks fail… and there were more responses… See? Now, isn’t insuring that their financial system will remain viable during the next financial meltdown better for kiwi than a labor report? Or at least it’s a tie! This is the kind of stuff that I really get the hair on the back of my neck to stand up for… Central Banks doing what they should be doing, and not financing 61% of Treasury Auctions in one year, or running the printing press 24/7, or implementing stimulus packages that have been shown to not really work in the long run (see Japan, circa 1995-2012)… The sun is rising on the ocean this morning… I’m sitting on a deck overlooking the ocean, while I write the Pfennig… Now this is the way to write! I have my I-Pod playing. I’m even drinking coffee while I write today, normally I wait until I’m finished writing before I partake in a cup of coffee, as I want what I write to be pure Chuck! But not today… I’m actually having a good time writing this morning! Ok… sorry for that commercial break! Back to the tape! Don’t you just love it when someone always has a better way to do something than what you’ve chosen? Or a better idea, or a better anything? Well, I do… and to that is why I dislike any U.S. official that goes to China and tells them “how to do things better”… For instance, yesterday, U.S. Treasury Sec. Geithner told the Chinese that “a stronger, more market-determined currency would … blah, blah, blah… the thing that catches my eye, is that Geithner tells the Chinese they need a stronger currency, when the one he is somewhat responsible for is worth about 3-cents, and will someday trade to its intrinsic value… If having a strong currency is so important, then why doesn’t the Treasury Sec. go back to Washington and sit down with the President, Big Ben Bernanke, and Congress… He’ll get about as much reaction to that thought as he did in China! On sidebar… I participated in a CFA poll this week… 926 people responded, and 60% of them said that “hedge funds impact on the financial system can best be characterized as: Destabilizing… 21% said immaterial, and 19% said stabilizing… I voted as destabilizing… as their use of shorting, leverage and derivatives cause an outsized impact on the financial markets… Size matters, and when large amounts of money come into a market the market moves… that can be good, or bad… depending on what side of the trade you reside! OK… back to regular programming… yesterday we saw another regional manufacturing index print weaker, the NY ISM index printed at 61.2 falling from 67.4 in March… So, once again I say, Riddle me this Batman, how can the national ISM print an increase when all the regionals have printed weaker? The ADP Employment Change data that is supposed to give us an indication of the Jobs Jamboree which will print tomorrow, showed that in April, the country added 119,000 jobs… Which was much weaker than the forecast of 170,000.. Today, we’ll see another labor report called the Challenger Jobs Cuts… of course, none of this really gives us an indication of the Jobs Jamboree, because of all the “adjustments” the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) makes before printing… And of course with it being a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday, we’ll see the latest Weekly Initial Jobless Claims for last week… look for 380,000 Gold & Silver have traded down this week… I shake my head in disgust at the things going on behind the curtain with these two… The demand for the two metals remains strong… Last week at the Casey Conference, every person that stopped by our table, eventually wanted to know about our Gold & Silver offerings… Eventually, the demand will win out over the price manipulators… In the category of Central Banks that have deep sixed their currencies besides the Fed and the dollar… we see the Brazilian real, and the Indian rupee… nasty moves these two have made in recent weeks, and it all comes back to the Central Bank’s moves to get their currency weaker… I told you a few weeks ago, that it appeared to me that the markets had given up on the Brazilian real, and that has really played out since… I had a Casey Conference attendee stop by the table on numerous occasions last week, and kept asking me if I was sure about the Swiss franc being pushed lower by the Central Bank… Seems the attendee only wanted to buy francs… I said, “that’s fine, but you need to be aware that the Central Bank did a defacto devaluation of 10% last September, and are talking about more”… I probably said that about a dozen times last weekend! Then There Was This… OK… yesterday, I talked about the future price of Oil… and said that well respected analyst, Porter Stansberry, had forecast a $40 price of Oil in the next year… I then went on to talk about what a great country we are, and why that shouldn’t be something we can’t get to… I then talked about the CPA… what a dork! I meant the EPA! A lot of you thought I was agreeing the Mr. Stansberry… Well, I wasn’t agreeing with him, I was saying “why can’t we do that”? and then gave a few examples of why it will be difficult to get to… Marin Katusa over at the Casey Research team, wrote a long article about how this will be difficult… You should try to go to www.caseyresearch.com and find that report… Marin does a great job! To recap… the currencies are stuck in a rut… the euro is being hung out on a line by the ECB meeting today, after seeing some very good results from bond auctions in Spain and France this morning… The New Zealand dollar / kiwi is the worst performer overnight, as their unemployment rate gained in the 1st QTR, and that has put the kyboshes on the hopes of reversing the emergency rate cuts from last year. U.S. data continues to be weaker, except the National Manufacturing data, which still is puzzling to Chuck… Currencies today 5/3/12… American Style: A$ $1.0295, kiwi .8030, C$ $1.0170, euro 1.3135, sterling 1.6180, Swiss $1.0930, … European Style: rand 7.73, krone 5.7435, SEK 6.7540, forint 215.20, zloty 3.1675, koruna 18.9690, RUB 29.53, yen 80.35, sing 1.2420, HKD 7.7590, INR 53.41, China 6.3053, pesos 12.94, BRL 1.9220, Dollar Index 79.26, Oil $104.85, 10-year 1.93%, Silver $30.48, and Gold…. $1,646.70 That’s it for today… running a bit later this morning… the sun in my eyes, and all that! HA! My beloved Cardinals thumped the Pirates last night.. A day game at Busch today, and I’m 1,100 miles away! UGH! Our Blues take the ice again tonight in L.A. Good Luck Boys! Skate, boys skate! Have you ever heard The Buckinghams song Mercy, Mercy, Mercy? It really gets me moving on the bench here on the deck! I know another 60’s song… from 1965 to 1977, most of the best rock & soul music was created… Alex scored 5 goals in his Water Polo game last night, as his team won… and I missed that too! UGH! When Andrew played in High School, I never missed one of his games, but that was before I began to travel and speak at Conferences… Ok… running late, so let’s get the ejection process started! I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

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Microsoft Adds Read Aloud Feature to Word

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Microsoft Adds Read Aloud Feature to Word August 1, 2017 Image credit: Drew Angerer | Getty Images Matthew Humphries Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. –shares This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img This week Microsoft rolled out a number of new features heading to Office 365. The stand out addition is a feature called Read Aloud in Word, which you’ll eventually find available under the Review tab on the Word menu.Microsoft offers a range of tools that come under the heading of Learning Tools in Word. They exist to “help you improve your reading skills by boosting your ability to pronounce words correctly, to read quickly and accurately and to understand what you read.” Read Aloud falls squarely into the “read quickly and accurately” category.When enabled, Read Aloud allows you to hear any given Word document being read out loud while each word is highlighted simultaneously. By going through this process, Microsoft believes it is easier to recognize and correct errors. And because Read Aloud happens within the existing work flow, it’s easy to rectify each error as soon as it becomes apparent.Microsoft also views Read Aloud as beneficial for users with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. It should allow for improved reading and accuracy, and ultimately more error-free documents.Other new features of note include the ability to turn text into timelines in PowerPoint and support for 3D objects in Office apps. PowerPoint Designer tracks any times, dates and associated topics placed in slides and can intelligently create professional-looking timelines using that information. As for 3D support, Word, Excel and PowerPoint will all accept 3D objects from the Remix 3D catalog. In PowerPoint, you can even create cinematic animations using Morph on those objects.For now, these new features are being made available to Office Insiders, but Microsoft says they will “reach general availability later this year” for all Office 365 users. Senior Editor 2 min read Microsoft Have documents read back to you with simultaneous word highlighting to help find errors and better support users with learning disabilities. Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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DEA Chiefs Congressional Testimony About Legal Marijuana Angered Some Baffled Many

first_img –shares DEA Chief’s Congressional Testimony About Legal Marijuana Angered Some, Baffled Many 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Green Entrepreneur App Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Cannabis Guest Writer dispensaries.com Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. May 18, 2018 Download Our iOS App Image credit: Aaron P. Bernstein | Getty Images It’s hard to know what to make of the testimony on legalized marijuana from Robert Patterson, chief of the Drug Enforcement Agency, before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month.He attributed deaths to marijuana use but offered no information to back that up. He said he didn’t see “mass incarcerations” of marijuana users, even though FBI numbers show they increased in 2016 (the last year numbers are available). He said he was unaware of the many studies showing that opioid use has dropped in places where marijuana is legal.For example, in Canada, where medical marijuana is legal at the federal level, a recent study showed a “significant reduction” in opioid use in just six months.The House Judiciary Committee held the meeting to discuss the opioid crisis. Both prescription opioids and street drugs account for about 115 overdose deaths each day in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those deaths, about 40 percent involve prescription drugs.While opioids were the topic, marijuana repeatedly came up during Patterson’s testimony (available here online in its entirety). Here are some of the highlights on marijuana that many have taken issue with or at least found very curious.Related: Racial Injustice and the Legal Marijuana IndustryUnaware of StudiesThe DEA currently lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value. In his testimony, Patterson said that marijuana remains a Schedule I drug “because of the science.”However, when asked by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, Patterson said he was unaware of the often-referenced 2017 study by the National Academy of Sciences that found “conclusive or substantive evidence” that marijuana effectively deals with chronic pain issues.Patterson also did not know about state studies from Minnesota and New Mexico about decreased use of opioids where marijuana is legal, or the similar findings of a study from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Gaetz appeared baffled that the head of the DEA would be unaware of such studies. However, Patterson did eventually say he is in favor of more study, although he also said he believes legalized marijuana is contributing to the country’s substance abuse problem.Related: To Touch the Plant or Not: What Type of Cannabis Business Should You Start?Not Seeing Arrest IssuePatterson also noted that he hears repeated references to arrests of marijuana users. “I don’t see a huge enforcement presence but I hear this statistic all the time about this mass incarceration of users…and I don’t see it,” he said.Those numbers come from the federal government itself. The FBI released data last year showing that the number of people arrested for marijuana increased in 2016, and accounted for more arrests than murder, rape, aggravated battery and robbery combined.Overall, the number of arrests for marijuana increased 12 percent to about 653,000 arrests nationwide. While the FBI numbers did not break out possession vs. other charges, historically possession of small amounts  makes up the majority of marijuana arrests. A detailed study of marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010 by the American Civil Liberties Union found that 88 percent of all arrests were for simple possession of marijuana.Patterson also said he knew of marijuana-related deaths, but when pressed on the issue he had no information on-hand to back that up.Related: New Study Will Explore Medical Marijuana as a Treatment for Autism“Dangerous Environment”Patterson did say he supports more research into marijuana. However, research is stymied because the federal government currently only allows marijuana grown at one location at the University of Mississippi for use in study.However, Patterson said personally he thinks the country is in a “dangerous environment” when it comes to legalizing marijuana given what he now knows about what fuels addiction issues in the United States. He did not elaborate.He also said, under questioning from Gaetz, that he believes legalized marijuana adds to the substance abuse problem in the country. When asked what studies show that medical marijuana would increase the use of opioids, Patterson said, “I don’t know.”In an opinion piece for The Hill, Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, wrote that when thousands of Americans are dying from opioid overdose “it is almost inconceivable that the DEA would willfully and publicly maintain such a Flat Earth position with regard to the use of medical cannabis as a potential alternative.”To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook The nation’s top drug enforcement officer was unflinching in his opposition to legalizing marijuana and apparently not embarrassed by his complete ignorance of the relevant science. Add to Queue Next Article last_img read more

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Whats Push EMail

first_img Add to Queue Technology Push e-mail is coming to a mobile device near you. Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Amanda C. Kooser –shares December 1, 2006 Magazine Contributor What’s Push E-Mail? Everybody’s doing it: messaging on their phones and PDAs. Push e-mail, which automatically synchronizes your messages with your wireless handheld as soon as they land on your mail server, is taking off like IM. The heavy lifting is done by a server that syncs your office and away inboxes so you don’t have to do it manually, or continuously check for new messages. It’s a small service that was quite difficult and expensive to execute when Research in Motion introduced it on its BlackBerry devices several years ago.Now, push e-mail is getting cheaper and reaching a wider audience via BlackBerry web services. And solutions like Good Technology’s Good Mobile Messaging and Visto bring push e-mail to smartphones and devices other than the BlackBerry. Seven Networks also has several affordable push solutions for internet-based e-mail.And Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphones will benefit from Microsoft’s new Direct Push Technology. A great example is Hewlett-Packard’s Windows Mobile 5.0 iPAQ hw6900 that sports cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth links and built-in GPS navigation. Microsoft’s Mobile 5.0 Messaging and Security Feature Pack not only handles e-mail, but also updates tasks, contacts and calendar items.More push is good news for mobile entrepreneurs. Just be sure to check with your cellular service provider to see which devices and services it supports.Safety FirstGet extra security at lower prices with new Wi-Fi gear.Lots of growing businesses buy their Wi-Fi gear at the same stores consumers do. Small-office networking equipment is low-cost, easy to set up and easy to get your hands on. But a little more security, flexibility and bandwidth couldn’t hurt. In fact, several manufacturers have come out with Wi-Fi gear with the features businesses need at only slightly higher prices than consumer hardware.High-end security features are especially important if you’re transmitting sensitive financial data or accommodating telecommuters and other mobile employees. The inexpensive Linksys WRV200 Wireless-G VPN Router with Rangebooster supports VPN encryption for communications with remote workers. This $80 (all prices street) router can also deliver quality voice and video to multiple SSIDs and VLANs. For $230, Linksys’ newest small-business router will add intrusion prevention to VPN.The WRVS440N Wireless-N Gigabit Security Router also supports faster and farther draft-n transmissions and comes with four gigabit Ethernet ports. Business buyers can even pick up wireless access points equipped with Power Over Ethernet to power their devices through the cable rather than an outside power cord. Entrepreneurs don’t necessarily have to spend a lot to upgrade to Wi-Fi gear with extra business features and more advanced security. 3 min read This story appears in the December 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

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Just Add Water Powdered Alcohol Approved by the US Government

first_img –shares Just Add Water: Powdered Alcohol Approved by the U.S. Government 2 min read Alcohol April 21, 2014 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » Kate Taylor Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Is alcohol in its liquid form is too limiting? Be on the lookout for “Palcohol” – a powdered alcohol that could hit stores by fall.The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau recently approved seven versions of Palcohol, created by wine entrepreneur Mark Phillips. The product comes in rum and vodka form, as well as in powdered mixed-drink flavors like “Powderita” and Cosmopolitan.Once the products hit liquor store shelves, one pouch will be equal to one shot of alcohol. The company’s website – which once included edgier references to sneaking Palcohol into venues where alcohol is famously expensive or snorting powdered alcohol – attempts to showcase Palcohol as a convenient take on familiar liquors.Related: Like It or Not, ‘Pizza Cake’ Could Soon Be a Thing”Think of Palcohol as liquor….just in powder form,” reads the site. “It will be sold anywhere where liquor can be sold and a buyer must be of legal drinking age to buy it.”While the patent is still pending for Palcohol, if and when the product is released it will be a game changer not just for college students trying to get drunk cheap, but also for retailers and lawmakers. Just as Four Loko, nicknamed “blackout in a can,” raised concerns regarding caffeine in alcoholic beverages that resulted in the drinks ban in several states in 2010, Palcohol promises to open discussion on the issues and dangerous of powdered alcohol.Amazingly, some state governments saw this coming – almost 40 years ago. In 1978, California passed a law stating that alcoholic tax laws will “apply with respect to powdered distilled spirits in the same manner and to the same extent as with respect to other distilled spirits.”  Related: 8 Totally Weird Fast-Food Items That Everyone Is Talking About Reporter Add to Queuelast_img read more

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Google expansion plans helping to turn NYC into tech hub

Explore further “That would never happen in San Francisco,” she said. When she lived in the city by the Bay, “everyone I knew was in tech.”Argyros said there’s “a little bit of groupthink in Silicon Valley. There’s a lot of people who have similar jobs, they read similar things. But New York is really too big to be dominated by one industry.” As New York City waits to hear whether it’s been chosen as the site for Amazon’s second headquarters, recent moves by another tech giant, Google, to expand its footprint in the city are helping to legitimize New York’s claim to be Silicon Valley East. Google is reportedly close to a reaching a $2.4 billion deal to add a landmark Meatpacking District building to its already substantial New York campus.The building, a block-long former Nabisco factory named after its ground-floor upscale food mall, Chelsea Market, sits across the street from Google’s current New York City headquarters, a massive, art deco, former shipping terminal that also occupies an entire city block.Google already leases space in Chelsea Market, which also contains offices for Major League Baseball and the local cable news channel NY1, among other tenants.If the sale goes through, it would be among the priciest real estate transactions for a single building in city history. It would also give Google a remarkable Manhattan campus to supplement its still-growing main headquarters in Mountain View, California.Representatives for Google did not respond to requests for comment about the company’s New York expansion plans.Google already occupies another former Nabisco cookie factory just west of Chelsea Market. And, across the street from that factory, it has also announced plans to lease another 320,000 square feet of space at Pier 57, an office and retail complex built on a pier over the Hudson River. This March 2, 2016, file photo shows the Google office building on Ninth Avenue in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. Google has been quietly expanding its footprint in the city and is reportedly close to reaching a $2.4 billion deal to add the landmark Chelsea Market building in the Meatpacking District to its already substantial New York campus. It’s the latest example of a big-name tech firm expanding in New York City, which has, for years, been trying to stake a claim as Silicon Valley East. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, people walk by the the Google office building on Ninth Avenue in New York. Google has been quietly expanding its footprint in the city and is reportedly close to reaching a $2.4 billion deal to add the landmark Chelsea Market building in the Meatpacking District to its already substantial New York campus. It’s the latest example of a big-name tech firm expanding in New York City, which has, for years, been trying to stake a claim as Silicon Valley East. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) A report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that New York City had 7,600 tech firms in 2016, an increase of 23 percent since 2010. The report found that the average salary for tech employees in the city was $147,300. Julie Samuels, executive director of TechNYC, a trade association of New York tech companies, said the presence of large companies like Google and Amazon has created “a robust ecosystem” where young engineers and others move to New York to work for the large companies and then leave after a few years to found startups.Tasso Argyros, the founder of three-year-old startup ActionIQ, agreed. “One of the best things that happened for New York was when Google opened up their office here,” he said.Argyros said people in Silicon Valley told him he was “a little bit crazy” when he moved to New York in 2013. This May 15, 2012, file photo shows the landmark Chelsea Market building in New York’s Meatpacking District. Google, which has an office building across the street on Ninth Avenue, is reportedly close to reaching a $2.4 billion deal to add the Chelsea Market building, which stretches to 10th Avenue, to its already substantial New York campus. It’s the latest example of a big-name tech firm expanding in New York City, which has, for years, been trying to stake a claim as Silicon Valley East. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) This March 2, 2016, file photo shows the Google office building on Ninth Avenue in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. Google has been quietly expanding its footprint in the city and is reportedly close to reaching a $2.4 billion deal to add the landmark Chelsea Market building in the Meatpacking District to its already substantial New York campus. It’s the latest example of a big-name tech firm expanding in New York City, which has, for years, been trying to stake a claim as Silicon Valley East. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) A New York Post real estate writer this week dubbed Google’s slice of Manhattan “Alphabet City,” a reference to the name of both Google’s parent company and a neighborhood on Manhattan’s east side.The pending Chelsea Market deal was first reported by the real estate publication The Real Deal.The Google expansion comes as other tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook and Spotify, are also growing in the city. In addition to considering New York among the 20 finalists for its new eastern U.S. headquarters, Amazon recently signed a deal to bring 2,000 employees to a building, formerly occupied by The Associated Press, on Manhattan’s far west side.New York has been pitching itself as an alternative to Silicon Valley for years. And while tech many never rival financial services and Wall Street as the most important private-sector employer and economic driver in New York, it has established a legitimate footprint that goes beyond a few big-name companies. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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. Citation: Google expansion plans helping to turn NYC into tech hub (2018, March 4) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-google-expansion-nyc-tech-hub.html But his data-focused marketing company seeks to attract big companies as clients and it’s helpful to be in the New York area with its high concentration of Fortune 500 companies.”It’s much easier to be close to your customers,” he said.Samuels and Argyros said another advantage to New York is that tech isn’t the only game in town.Samuels said she was pleased to learn that she and her husband are the only parents in her 3-year-old son’s preschool class who work in tech. In this May 15, 2012, file photo, visitors walk through archways carved out of the brick walls at New York’s landmark Chelsea Market building in the Meatpacking District. Google, which has an office building across the street on Ninth Avenue, is reportedly close to reaching a $2.4 billion deal to add the Chelsea Market building, which stretches to 10th Avenue, to its already substantial New York campus. It’s the latest example of a big-name tech firm expanding in New York City, which has, for years, been trying to stake a claim as Silicon Valley East. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) Google to offer public Wi-Fi in NYC neighborhood (Update) read more

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NC PDP may move court against Centres decision to amend a clause

first_imgJammu and Kashmir SHARE SHARE EMAIL Constitution mandates the concurrence of an elected State govt, says Abdullah state politics March 01, 2019 COMMENTS The National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said on Friday that they were mulling moving court against the Centre’s decision to extend the 77th and 103rd Amendments of the Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir in the absence of an elected government in the State.The reactions come after the Union government on Thursday gave its nod to the promulgation of an Ordinance for giving reservation benefits to the SCs and the STs in Jammu and Kashmir by amending a clause of the contentious Article 370, which gives special status to the State. “It will serve the purpose of application of relevant provisions of the Constitution , as amended through the Constitution (77th Amendment) Act, 1995, and Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019, for Jammu and Kashmir, by issuing the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019, by the President under Clause (1) of Article 370,” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said.In a series of tweets, NC leader Omar Abdullah said, “Article 370 makes concurrence of Government of Jammu and Kashmir a condition precedent for extension of a Constitutional provision not falling under three subjects.”Abdullah said his party will consult eminent lawyers to explore how the decision can be challenged in the court of law.“The Government means an elected government. President cannot seek the concurrence of Governor who is a representative or agent of President. Same will apply even where only consent is required,” he tweeted.“It is for this reason that @JKNC_ will consult eminent lawyers tomorrow (Friday) to see how best we can challenge this blatantly unconstitutional order in court,” he added.‘Sinister move’PDP President Mehbooba Mufti said the Centre using the Governor’s office for extending the amendments to Jammu and Kashmir seemed to be a “sinister” move aimed at “disempowering” the State.“Ostensibly, using the Governor’s office seems to be a sinister move to further disempower the State. This will not be tolerated & the entire State will fight against this criminal and illegal move of GoI,” she said in a tweet.She questioned the intentions of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, asking why people of Kashmir were being pushed to the wall?Ban on Jamaat-e-IslamiMeanwhile, the PDP chief also condemned the Centre’s decision to ban the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was another example of “muscular approach” of the Centre to deal with the political issues of the State. “Democracy is a battle of ideas, crackdown followed by banning of Jammat Islami (JK) is condemnable, another example of high-handedness and muscular approach of GOI to deal with the political issue of J&K,”she tweeted. Published on COMMENT SHARE courts and legallast_img read more

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Chennai Special water train to reach on Friday

first_img Indo-Asian News Service ChennaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 09:10 IST The train was flagged off from the Jolarpettai station in the morning. (Image: ANI)HIGHLIGHTSThe special 50 wagon train will reach Chennai on Friday afternoonEach wagon has capacity to carry 50,000 litres of waterThe train was flagged off from the Jolarpettai station in the morningA special 50 wagon train carrying water from Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district will reach Chennai on Friday afternoon, a Southern Railway official said.According to the official, each wagon has capacity to carry 50,000 litres of water. The train was flagged off from the Jolarpettai station in the morning.State Ministers were likely to be present at the inauguration of the unloading of the water at Villivakkam station here.Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami had announced the state government’s plans to transport 10 million litres of water daily by rail from Jolarpettai to meet the needs of parched Chennai.He said a sum of Rs 65 crore had been allocated for this purpose.Currently the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Chennai Metro Water) is supplying about 525 million litres per day (MLD) in the state capital. The water from Jolarpettai will augment the existing supply.While the Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft) and Redhills (full capacity 3,300 mcft) reservoirs and Chembarambakkam lake (full capacity 3,645 mcft) that supply water to Chennai have run dry, 16 mcft water is left in the Poondi reservoir (against a full capacity of 3,231 mcft), according to the Chennai Metro Water.Also read | Tamil Nadu CM announces water train to help parched ChennaiAlso read | Water woes: Running out of time | India Today InsightAlso watch | Black, muddy sewage water for Chennai residentsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow ChennaiFollow Tamil NaduFollow Water tankFollow Chennai water crisis Next Chennai: Special water train to reach on FridayEach wagon has capacity to carry 50,000 litres of water. The train was flagged off from the Jolarpettai station in the morning.advertisementlast_img read more

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