SELECMTEN NEWS 5 Things That Happened At Last Weeks Board Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at last week’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting:#1) Town Manager Jeff Hull notified Selectmen that Michele Kincaid, Bernard Nally and Kevin Stokes were all reappointed for 3-year terms to the Finance Committee. Additionally, Hirak Shah was appointed to the unexpired term of former Finance Committee (and current Selectman) Jonathan Eaton. Shah serves as Legal Counsel for State Senator Bruce Tarr’s office. Other candidates for the seat included Thomas Attura, Eric Flynn, Lori Tibbetts, and Joseph Tierney. The appointments took place on June 19. The Appointing Committee consisted of Town Moderator Robert Peterson Jr., Selectman Chair Kevin Caira, and Finance Committee Chair Theresa Manganelli.#2) Selectmen approved the request of Wilmington Health & Recovery Coordinator Samantha Reif, on behalf of the Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition, to use the Town Common and Gazebo for a Candlelight Vigil on Monday, September 17, 2018, from 5pm to 10pm.  Selectmen also approved a request to illuminate the Town Common purple during the month of September in observance of National Recovery Month.#3) Town Manager Jeff Hull notified Selectmen that the state’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) unanimously approved Analog Devices’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement with the Town. Hull attended the EACC’s meeting with company officials on June 20 at Worcester City Hall. After the success of the TIF agreement with Analog — the town’s first — Hull notes he hopes to establish guidelines for future potential TIF agreements and will bring a draft TIF policy to Selectmen for its consideration within the next few months.#4) Selectmen approved the request of Jessica Weaver for an exemption to work as a summer lifeguard at Town Beach. Weaver was recently employed by the school system as an Educational Assistant. For the past several years, she has worked as a summer lifeguard at Town Beach, which she wanted to continue. In order to continue, she needed a waiver from the conflict of interest law for being employed by the town in two different capacities.  Town Counsel also okayed the request.  Town Manager Jeff Hull noted the Recreation Department is having particular trouble finding lifeguards for Town Beach this summer. Selectman Greg Bendel encouraged residents to contact Recreation Director Karen Campbell if they know  anyone who may be interested in serving as a lifeguard.#5) Selectmen approved the request of Sheri Palmisano for residents of Lucaya Circle to have a Neighborhood Block Party on Saturday, August 11, 2018, from noon to 10pm.Additional news from the meeting:Selectmen Seek To Keep Dan Deutsch As Special Counsel On Olin & NET Issues, But Appoint New Firm As General Town CounselPolice & Fire: North Wilmington MBTA Train Crossing Is Endangering LivesSchool Committee Vacancy To Be Billed On August 13; Letters Of Interest Due July 27Town Manager Jeff Hull’s Contract Is Up September 30, Negotiations To Begin SoonRetired Wilmington Teacher Bequeaths $50,000 To Town Scholarship FundTown Accountant Mike Morris Announces RetirementVerizon Announces Price Increases For Wilmington Fios CustomersLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 MORE Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Fords LaneKeeping Bed keeps mattress bogarts on their side

first_img Comment The inspiration comes from lane-keep assist, which uses light steering effort to guide a vehicle away from the lines on either side of the road. It’s another interesting adaptation of road-car tech outside the car, following in the footsteps of the Quiet Kennel, which uses noise-canceling tech to placate pups during fireworks shows or thunderstorms. And just like the kennel, the Lane-Keeping Bed’s design would look right at home in any newish house.Of course, it’s just a concept, so don’t expect Ford to bring these into production. But for those of us who are constantly being encroached upon over the course of a good night’s sleep, something like this could truly come in handy.Enlarge ImageIf the whole car thing doesn’t work out, there’s always bed design. Ford’s already proven its chops with this one. Ford Europe More about 2019 Ford F-150 Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ford Ford Europe likes taking inspiration from its driver-assist systems and adapting them to tackle problems outside the car. After building an impressive dog kennel, the automaker has turned its attention to mattress hogs.Ford’s Lane-Keeping Bed was built to keep each half of a couple on their respective side of the bed. Pressure sensors determine if one person crosses over the mattress’s centerline. When that happens, a set of integrated conveyor belts shifts the whole bed, putting each person back on their respective sides. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshowcenter_img Ford Preview • 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor: Detroit hustles harder 1 Review • 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Share your voice Car Culture Auto Tech 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

WATCH Sunil Grover makes a comeback as Rinku Bhabhi in Bali

first_imgSunil Grover as Rinku Bhabhi (left)InstagramThere is no denial that Sunil Grover, who carved a niche for himself in small screen by playing the much-loved characters Gutthi, Dr Mashoor Gulati and Rinku Bhabhi in Comedy Knights With Kapil and The Kapil Sharma Show is a star with a massive fan following. Such is his popularity that when he quit Kapil’s show, fans were extremely upset. There were several efforts made by the channel, his colleagues and fans to make him return on show but Sunil stayed determined.But another chance for the fans to see Grover play Rinku Bhabhi yet again has arisen. Sunil recently got into the character of Rinku Bhabhi to entertain the guests at the wedding in Bali, Indonesia.In a video, which has now gone viral, Sunil, dressed as Rinku Bhabhi is seen crooning to his popular song, “mere husband mujhko pyaar nahi karte” and leaving the guests in splits. Thereafter, he asks one of the guests, “Rakhi apne husband ko kaise pyaar karte hain please bataye (Rakhi, please tell us how do you love your husband)”. The guest replies, “mujhe bahut sharam aati hai ( I am very shy)”, to which Sunil says, ‘bus yehi hai joh mujhe nahi aati…(This is the only thing which I don’t know)”.For the uninitiated, Sunil and Kapil Sharma got into a mid-air brawl in March 2017, post which the former left the show. Although the dust has settled down now and both are happy in their respective professional front, Kapil and Sunil are apparently not comfortable with each other’s presence but seem to be cordial on social media.  Meanwhile, Sunil recently revealed his inspiring journey, how harsh life was and how he managed to survive in Mumbai before ‘Gutthi’ happened to him through a post for social media blog Humans Of Bombay.The actor-comedian said that despite being good at acting, he would earn around Rs 500 a month during his initial year in Mumbai.”I was always good at acting & making people laugh. I remember in 12th grade I took part in a drama competition–the chief guest said that I shouldn’t participate, because it was unfair to the others! After I finished my masters in theatre, I came to Mumbai to act. But for the first year, I only partied. I lived in a posh area, using my savings & some money from home. I’d only earn around Rs.500 a month. But I thought I’d be successful soon,” he said.last_img read more

Rohingya aid truck crash kills 9

first_img.At least nine people were killed and 13 others injured after a relief-laden truck for Rohingya people had fallen into a roadside ditch near Chhadkhola BGB border post in Naikhyangchhari upazila on Thursday.The deceased are day laborers, said district superintendant of police Sanjit Kumar Roy.Bandarban Red Crescent Society secretary AKN Jahangir said driver of a relief truck for the Rohingya refugees of Shonkhola temporary Rohingya camp lost his control over the streering and the truck veered off the road.The truck fell into a roadside ditch in the area around 7:45am, leaving six people killed on the spot and eight others injured, he added.Local upazila health complex resident physician Salman Karim Kahn said some 16 injured were admitted in the hospital and three of them succumbed to their injuries. Another injured was sent to Cox’s Bazaar Sadar hospital as his condition deteriorated.Bandarban deputy Commissioner (DC) Dilip Kumar Banik confirmed the incident.last_img read more

N Korea names delegates for interKorean talks

first_imgNorth Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a New Year`s Day speech in this photo released by North Korea`s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on 1 January, 2018. Photo: ReutersNorth Korea has named its delegation for a rare high-level meeting with the South this week, the unification ministry in Seoul said Sunday, as Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe cautiously welcomed the talks.The two Koreas agreed Friday to hold their first official dialogue in more than two years and are expected to discuss the North’s participation in next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.The North Korean delegation for Tuesday’s meeting in the border truce village of Panmunjom will be led by Ri Son-Gwon, head of the North’s agency handling inter-Korean affairs, the ministry said.Pyongyang informed the South that four other officials will accompany Ri, it added, including those in charge of sports.The tentative rapprochement comes after the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un warned in his New Year speech that he had a nuclear button on his desk, but also said Pyongyang could send a team to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.Seoul responded with an offer of talks and last week the hotline between the neighbours was restored after being suspended for almost two years.The message comes a day after South Korea suggested unification minister Cho Myoung-Gyon would lead its delegation for the upcoming talks.Kim said in his New Year speech that his country wished success for the Olympics, to be held from February 9-25, while Seoul and Washington have decided to delay their annual joint military drills — which always infuriate the North — until after the Games.The Japanese prime minister voiced cautious hopes for the talks but stressed that having a meeting for the sake of a meeting would be a waste.”The Olympics is a celebration of peace. I want to recognise that change,” Abe said in a recorded interview aired Sunday on national broadcaster NHK.His comments came as US President Donald Trump went a step further and said he was open to holding direct talks with Kim under certain conditions.The two Koreas have been separated by the world’s most heavily militarised border since the Korean War ended in a stalemate in 1953.In recent months, the North has held multiple missile launches and its sixth and most powerful nuclear test — purportedly of a hydrogen bomb — in violation of UN resolutions.Abe, who long has taken hawkish stance against the hermit state, said Japan must upgrade its defence capacity in the face of the North’s missile threats.He reiterated the importance of “maximising pressure” on Pyongyang in order to force Kim’s regime to change its policies and said North Korea had violated past agreements designed to stop its nuclear programmes, adding: “We cannot afford to be fooled again.”last_img

Cold Weather To Continue Through Wednesday National Weather Services Forecast

first_imgNational Weather Services Share Cold temperatures can be expected Wednesday and Thursday and another Hard Freeze Warning might be needed. A warming trend can be expected at the end of the week and over the weekend.NWS Houstoncenter_img There will be some accumulations of sleet and ice on structures and vegetation. Where temperatures are below freezing longer, impacts to roads and possibly power lines are expected with icing. Precipitation will end from north to south beginning this afternoon, so portions of the warning may be cancelled early. The area will see breezy north winds, gusting to 25 to 35 mph and even higher at the coast. There will also be hazardous wind chills falling into the teens areawide by this afternoon. Hard Freeze Warnings and Wind Chill Advisories will likely be needed tonight through Wednesday morning.last_img read more

Texas DPS 2018 Report On Gangs Notes MS13 Uses Houston As Hub

first_img Share Edgard Garrido/APThe Texas DPS says the gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) is increasing its membership in Texas and using Houston as a “hub” for criminal activity.The Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), one of the most violent and feared gangs in the world, is increasing its criminal activity in Houston, according to the Texas Gang Threat Assessment for 2018, which the Department of Public Safety has released this week.MS-13 is involved in drug and human smuggling, prostitution, murder and extortion, among other illegal activities. It was founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s by immigrants from El Salvador and later spread throughout the United States, Central America, and Canada.The report describes MS-13 as a Tier 1 threat and notes the gang has historically used Texas as “a transitional area or as a location to hide from criminal charges in other states or countries.” However, recent intelligence indicates Houston has gained relevance in the Mara Salvatrucha’s activity, so much that is has become a “hub.”The report adds that trend “is likely the cause of increased membership in Texas.” It also highlights MS-13’s relationship with drug cartels and its practice of recruiting juveniles.One of the findings of the report is that MS-13 is refining and changing techniques to evade law enforcement detection, for instance by changing the gang’s long-standing rules on clothes and tattoos.Citing the U.S. Department of Justice, the report gives an example of a local crime that occurred in 2018 when an MS-13 member who lived in Virginia instructed gang members based in Houston to shoot rival gang members who allegedly killed an MS-13 member.The report highlights that law enforcement agencies participating in the Texas Anti-Gang Centers (TAG) have made over 9,000 arrests since the first TAG center opened in Houston in 2013.last_img read more

Black Chaplain of the US Senate Addresses DC Ward 8 Faith Leaders

first_imgThe Rev. Barry Black, chaplain of the U.S. Senate, told a group of District of Columbia faith and community leaders that humility is important to serve people and God. Black was the keynote speaker for the Ward 8 Faith Leaders Network Breakfast on Dec. 9 at the Matthews Memorial Baptist Church.The Rev. Barry Black, chaplain of the U.S. Senate, recently told a group of D.C. faith leaders to be humble. (Courtesy photo)“We must choose: be humble or stumble. We have to be honest about ourselves, Black-on-Black crime,” said Black, who added that while he grew up on welfare and surrounded by gangs in Baltimore, there was a woman who took him into her home and served him hot meals. Black said, during his 45-minute address, whatever people do, they should do it with humility.The event was sponsored by the Anacostia Coordinating Council, an organization focusing on the revitalization of Anacostia and its adjacent neighborhoods; the East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership, an organization focusing on community wellness and public safety; and the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, which works on building the Ward 8 community. Black was introduced by the Rev. Donald Isaac, chairman of the Ward 8 Faith Leaders Network. The theme of the program was the title of one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s books, “Where Do We Go From Here – Chaos or Community.” But, Black focused on being spiritually low before God and others.Black, a native of Baltimore, became the 62nd chaplain of the U.S. Senate on June 27, 2003. Before becoming a chaplain on Capitol Hill, he served in the U.S. Navy for more than 27 years, rising to become an admiral, and was known as the chief of the Navy Chaplains.With his appointment, Black became the first Black, Seventh Day Adventist chaplain. He was also the first military chaplain to get the post. His duty is to minister to the 6,000 people who work in the Senate as lawmakers, staffers, or their spouses.Even though Republicans control Congress and have been pushing a conservative agenda, Black said he remains “optimistic,” about the future on Capitol Hill because he convenes a weekly bi-partisan group of lawmakers who have Bible study together and pray.“How you travel is just as important as your destination,” Black said.  “Be humble or stumble. Pride goes before destruction . . . nonviolent, direct action is a humble approach, it’s not a suicide approach.” Philip Pannell, interim chairman of the board and the executive director of the Anacostia Coordinating Council, told the AFRO: “We asked him to focus on the theme of Dr. King’s last book and he did that… Barry talked briefly about how good it is Black churches in Southeast are trying to stay in the city instead of going out to the suburbs and how important it was that the faith leaders reach out to young people, saying that if they did, fewer of them would get in trouble with the criminal justice system.”last_img read more

Baltimores Clergy Response to Denigrating Remarks About Baltimore City

first_imgDr. Kevin Daniels, Special to the AfroIn light of the recent comments made about our great city, the Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity (MCBV) will continue to coalition build with its communities, faith-based institutions, developers, investors, as well as local and state elected officials, to make improvement in such areas as economic, education, public safety, in particular police and community engagement.  While others have chosen to speak ill of our city, for the past year MCBV has engaged the above mentioned stakeholders in a city and statewide process to develop a holistic approach and grassroots strategic action plan and movement to address Baltimore’s issues. Given that these issues did not develop overnight, we understand neither will its resolve and we intend to remain focused on building a better Baltimore, while understanding such criticism is par for the course. MCBV celebrates all citizenry and stakeholders of our great city and state that have participated in this process and would like to continue to extend an open invitation to those who would like to join us.  Dr. James L. Carter, and Dr. Kevin Daniels (Courtesy Photos)In this hour of our city’s social need and redevelopment, we are clear on the importance of the church leading and fully intend to continue leading this effort until we achieve our goals of making Baltimore a greater place to live, work, worship, and raise strong families in safe communities. To that end, MCBV looks forward to sharing more about this initiative in the near future. Dr. James L. Carter, President of Minister’s Conference (Baltimore & Vicinity), Pastor of The Ark Church.Dr. Kevin Daniels, Chair of the Civic Action Committee (Minister’s Conference Baltimore/Vicinity).*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“Baltimore is a great city with a rich history. Many Baltimoreans, such as Rep. Cummings, have devoted their lives to making Baltimore the greatest city that it can be. Instead of casting aspersions and using our city as a scapegoat, the president could leverage his authority to help Baltimore improve infrastructure, education, and public health. Instead we, Baltimoreans, will continue to work together, will continue to fight, and will continue to rise.”Danielle McCray, Baltimore City Councilwoman. (Courtesy Photo)Baltimore City Councilwoman Danielle McCray – District 2*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“Once again, Mr. Trump reminds us of the embarrassment that he continues to be to the citizens of this proud nation. While challenged, Baltimore is a great American City whose contributions to our country both past and present are noteworthy and well documented. The challenges that Baltimore faces are consistent with those being confronted daily by major cities across the nation. These are real national concerns like unemployment, affordable housing, public education and the opioid crisis, all of which warrant the sober and committed attention of the nation’s Chief Executive. Baltimore City Councilman Leon Pinkett, III, District 7I wonder how far we could go to address those issues if we had leadership in the White House that was more invested in building up the infrastructure of our cities rather than hanging a “curtain” across our southern border. I wonder how better off our families would be if there was leadership in the Oval Office that saw black and brown people as significant contributors to the vibrancy of our country rather than just potential employees at Mar-a-Lago.Congressman Elijah Cumming’s record of public service is beyond reproach and not even worth comparing to the undistinguished career of private frivolity exhibited by Mr. Trump. It’s worth noting that since the America that Mr. Trump wants to make great again doesn’t include the majority of black and brown U.S. citizens that call Rep. Cumming’s district home, we’ll do fine making Baltimore great again without this president’s help.”Baltimore City Councilman Leon Pinkett, III – District 7*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“President Trump’s comments and tweets reinforce what we already knew—his administration has no concern for urban cities like Baltimore. As one of the six State Senators for Baltimore City, I recognize that the real work to rebuild our cities will fall to State and Local governments. Those of us in these roles must resist the temptation to become distracted by the negative and offensive rhetoric of the Trump administration. “I am proud of the work we have already done to raise the minimum wage, restore voting rights to those who are disenfranchised, and to direct capital dollars to neglected neighborhoods. But our work is far from finished. Cory McCray is a member of the Maryland State Senate, representing the 45th District, which encompasses Northeast and East Baltimore City.(Courtesy Photo)“Our next priority is to focus on the $245 million in the state budget that Governor Hogan has refused to release. This money will provide an immediate impact to eliminate food deserts, increase green space in Baltimore, and provide more jobs for our city’s young people. “If we channel this energy and remain focused on moving our city forward, we can build on the great work that is happening in Baltimore and change the trajectory for our youth, seniors, and struggling neighborhoods.”Sen. Cory McCray – District 45*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***You are evidently Clueless about Baltimore!It is a miserable day in history when you can daily depend on the President to divide the States of America instead of Uniting the “State” of America.How can we articulate to our kids to dream big, when they wake up every morning to a nightmare produced by ego and political gamesmanship, one who cares more about Political points than Progress for the people?Tiffany Majors, President & Chief Executive Officer Greater Baltimore Urban LeagueAs a leader, I rise to add my voice to those who are proud to live in and honor Baltimore, those from Baltimore and those who credit Baltimore for assisting them to be who they are today. Mr. Trump, if you’d like to make a statement, let’s talk about strengthening the middle-class in Baltimore, merely acknowledging the lower-class in Baltimore, let’s talk about supporting those who work tirelessly on the frontlines to make our city great, let’s talk about ways the federal government can better incentivize minority owned businesses and entrepreneurs to innovate and open businesses in Baltimore. If we are going to talk about Baltimore, let’s do more than just TALK. Let’s ensure that the children have increased opportunities, mere equity in opportunities to become productive citizens, as other Baltimoreans who have changed the globe utilizing what they have cultured in “Charm City.” Charm City has ultimately made America a better and more inclusive place. Make PEOPLE the POINT not politics!Tiffany Majors, President & Chief Executive Officer Greater Baltimore Urban League*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“I have never been more shocked or disappointed that a president representing these UnitedHouse Majority Whip Talmadge Branch (D-45), (Courtesy photo)States would say such horrible things about a District and area that he is supposed to be representing. His comments are unacceptable as a president and a citizen on this country I am devastated.”Del. Talmadge Branch – District 45last_img read more

Lawmakers Push for Kill Switch to Deter Smartphone Theft

first_img How Success Happens 3 min read Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.center_img Chances are, you’re carrying a mobile phone on you right now. You might even be reading this very post on your smartphone. Chances are also increasingly high that your smartphone will, at some point, be stolen. One out of every three robberies in the U.S. involve the theft of a smartphone, according to research by Consumer Reports. Now, two prominent lawmakers have created a coalition of police, political officials and consumer advocates to deter the theft of smartphones.New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón have launched the “Secure Our Smartphones” initiative. The goal is to encourage smartphone makers to develop technologies, such as a “kill switch,” that make mobile devices unusable if stolen. The idea is if smartphones can’t be used again, thieves will be less inclined to steal and try to re-sell them.New York City saw a 40 percent increase in mobile thefts in 2012, according to a recent Time magazine article. And in San Francisco, approximately 50 percent of all robberies last year involved some type of mobile communications device, a statement announcing the initiative says.Related: Congress to Google: Glass Privacy Issues Must Be Taken Seriously”The cell phone industry cannot ignore that smartphone theft is a crime that can be fixed with a technological solution,” says Gascón in the statement.The coalition will aim to accomplish the following tasks, among others:Analyze patterns, causes and trends behind the growing and increasingly violent problem of device theft.Work with device manufacturers to make a kill switch, or equally effective technology that would enable stolen devices to be permanently disabled, a standard feature of their products.Raise public and shareholder awareness about industry practices in this area.Currently, smartphone and tablet users are able to encrypt data and lock their devices with security passwords, but devices haven’t included built-in features to permanently shut them down if lost or stolen. Paid apps and services like Lookout Mobile Security can provide tools the help locate missing devices and remote wipe and lock functions.At its Worldwide Developers Conference this week in San Francisco, Apple said it will equip new iPhones and its other mobile devices with a kill switch that allows users go online and deactivate the devices if they are lost or stolen. Also, Samsung is working with a company called Absolute Software to provide a kill switch — among other security features — on the Samsung Galaxy devices.Related: Tech Startups That Are Strengthening Real-World Security June 14, 2013last_img read more

This New Technology Will Let You Make Purchases Directly From Your TV

first_imgJanuary 7, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global LAS VEGAS — During this year’s Super Bowl, clothing retail giant H&M will debut a commercial with something a little extra in it: the ability to make a purchase directly from your TV.The ad will be the first to hit the airwaves with a new technology by Delivery Agent that allows purchases to be made over the air using your television remote without interrupting the programming on your screen. While the H&M ad will be the first to hit the air, several more ads are in the works using the technology as well.”We started with the simple notion that consumers will want to buy products that they see while they’re watching TV shows,” says Delivery Agent Chief Executive Mike Fitzsimmons. Delivery Agent’s technology originally debuted in 2005 with shows like Will & Grace and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, where it simply offered an online portal where customers could purchase a character’s outfit or an item they saw in the program.It has expanded the service to provide contextual commerce for more than 500 shows on the air today. So, when you shop FOX.com for something you saw on this week’s episode of New Girl, that’s powered by Delivery Agent. The company announced its new t-commerce (television commerce) enabled ads at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas.”[What’s] really transformative about what we’re doing is we’re not only enabling you to buy something from the show, but this is our first foray into buying something directly from a commercial,” says Fitzsimmons.Related: New From CES: Improve Videos on Your Smartphone With This Smart AppAs you’re watching an ad, a small overlay will appear on the screen and ask “Do you want to buy something from this ad?” If you say yes, you’ll be able to either click and buy the item directly from your television set using your remote, or push the offer to your mobile device where you can finish the purchase.Things like your phone number and address are added once and then saved into your television for future purchases. Delivery Agent also recently announced a partnership with PayPal that allows you to complete the purchase with your PayPal credentials rather than entering payment or shipping information.Brand advertisers purchase their TV media through normal channels (like networks and agencies). Separately, Delivery Agent charges a fee for the added engagement, transactional functionality and media analytics suite, the company says.Samsung is an investor in Delivery Agent, and the one-touch purchasing will initially be available in 2012 and 2013 Samsung televisions.Fitzsimmons sees the new technology as a game-changer for the advertising industry. Whereas several years ago experts might have discussed the power of being able to buy a sweater they see on a character in a TV show, now advertisers can make their ads actionable and measure in real-time sales that a particular ad generates.”We are collectively redefining the power and effectiveness of television advertising,” he says. If it catches on with advertisers, it could also redefine how consumers shop.Related: A Tech Entrepreneur’s Insider Tips for Exhibiting at CES Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

React Native 057 coming soon with new iOS WebViews

first_imgWebView is used to display web content in your iOS applications.Yesterday, React Native announced a new native iOS backend to the WebView component that uses WKWebView. This WebView component will be available in the upcoming React Native 0.57 release. Apple has discouraged the use of UIWebViews for a long time. This is due to its being formally deprecated in the upcoming months. It is advised that you use the WKWebView class instead of using UIWebView for the apps that run in iOS 8 and above. You can use the useWebKit property to opt into this implementation: What problems does WKWebView solve? Earlier, to embed web content in our applications we had two options, UIWebView and WKWebView. UIWebView is the original WebView introduced in 2.0. It is known to have some pitfalls and problems. The main drawback is that it has no legitimate way to facilitate communication between the JavaScript running in the WebView and React Native. The newly introduced WKWebView aims to solve this problem. Other benefits of WKWebView over UIWebView include faster JavaScript execution and a multi-process architecture. What to consider when switching to WKWebView? You must avoid using the following properties, for the time being: Using automaticallyAdjustContentInsets and contentInsets may result in inconsistent behavior. When we add contentInsets to UIWebView, the viewport size changes (gets smaller, if the content insets are positive). In case of WKWebView, the viewport size remain unchanged. If you use the backgroundColor property there is a chance that WKWebView may render transparent backgrounds differently from UIWebView and can also flicker into view. Per React Native community, WKWebView doesn’t support the scalesPageToFit property. Hence, they couldn’t implement this on the WebView React Native component. To know more about the new WebViews, check out their announcement on React Native’s official website and their GitHub repository. Read Next Apple releases iOS 12 beta 2 with screen time and battery usage updates among others React Native 0.56 is now available Apple releases iOS 11.4 update with features including AirPlay 2, and HomePod among otherslast_img read more

Messaging app Telegrams updated Privacy Policy is an open challenge

first_imgSocial media companies are facing a lot of heat presently because of their privacy issues. One of them is Facebook. The Cambridge analytica scandal had even prompted a senate hearing for Mark Zuckerberg. On the other end of this spectrum, there is another messaging app known as Telegram, registered in London, United Kingdom, founded by the Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov. Telegram has been in the news for an absolutely opposite situation. It’s often touted as one of the most secure and secretive messaging apps. The end to end encryption ensures that security agencies across the world have a tough time getting access to any suspicious piece of information. For this reason Russia has banned the use of Telegram app on April 2018. Telegram updated their privacy policies on . These updates have further ensured that Telegram will retain the title of the most secure messaging application in the planet. It’s imperative for any messaging app to get access to our data. But how they choose to use it makes you either vulnerable or secure. Telegram in their latest update have stated that they process personal data on the grounds that such processing caters to the following two goals: Providing effective and innovative Services to our users To detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud or security issues in respect of their provision of Services. The caveat for the second point being the security interests shall not override the space of fundamental rights and freedoms that require protection of personal data. This clause is an excellent example on how applications can prove to be a torchbearer for human rights and basic human privacy amidst glaring loopholes. Telegram have listed the the kind of user data accessed by the app. They are as follows: Basic Account Data Telegram stores basic account user data that includes mobile number, profile name, profile picture and about information, which are needed  to create a Telegram account. The most interesting part of this is Telegram allows you to only keep your username (if you choose to) public. The people who have you in their contact list will see you as you want them to – for example you might be a John Doe in public, but your mom will still see you as ‘Dear Son’ in their contacts. Telegram doesn’t require your real name, gender, age or even your screen name to be your real name. E-mail Address When you enable 2-step-verification for your account or store documents using the Telegram Passport feature, you can opt to set up a password recovery email. This address will only be used to send you a password recovery code if you forget it. They are particular about not sending any unsolicited marketing emails to you. Personal Messages Cloud Chats Telegram stores messages, photos, videos and documents from your cloud chats on their servers so that you can access your data from any of your devices anytime without having to rely on third-party backups. All data is stored heavily encrypted and the encryption keys in each case are stored in several other data centers in different jurisdictions. This way local engineers or physical intruders cannot get access to user data. Secret Chats Telegram has a feature called Secret chats that uses end-to-end encryption. This means that all data is encrypted with a key that only the sender and the recipients know. There is no way for us or anybody else without direct access to your device to learn what content is being sent in those messages. Telegram does not store ‘secret chats’ on their servers. They also do not keep any logs for messages in secret chats, so after a short period of time there is no way of determining who or when you messaged via secret chats. Secret chats are not available in the cloud — you can only access those messages from the device they were sent to or from. Media in Secret Chats When you send photos, videos or files via secret chats, before being uploaded, each item is encrypted with a separate key, not known to the server. This key and the file’s location are then encrypted again, this time with the secret chat’s key — and sent to your recipient. They can then download and decipher the file. This means that the file is technically on one of Telegram’s servers, but it looks like a piece of random indecipherable garbage to everyone except for you and the recipient. This complete process is random and there random data packets are periodically purged from the storage disks too. Public Chats In addition to private messages, Telegram also supports public channels and public groups. All public chats are cloud chats. Like everything else on Telegram, the data you post in public communities is encrypted, both in storage and in transit — but everything you post in public will be accessible to everyone. Phone Number and Contacts Telegram uses phone numbers as unique identifiers so that it is easy for you to switch from SMS and other messaging apps and retain your social graph. But the most important thing is that permissions from the users are a must before the cookies are allowed into your browser. Cookies Telegram promises that the only cookies they use are those to operate and provide their Services on the web. They clearly state that they don’t use cookies for profiling or advertising. Their cookies are small text files that allow them to provide and customize their Services, and provide an enhanced user experience. Also, whether or not to use these cookies is a choice made by the users. So, how does Telegram remain in business? The Telegram business model doesn’t match that of a revenue generating service. The founder Pavel Durov is also the founder of the popular Russian social networking site VK. Telegram doesn’t charge for any messaging services, it doesn’t show ads yet. Some new in app purchase features might be included in the new version. As of now, the main source of revenue for Telegram are donations and mainly the earnings of Pavel Durov himself (from the social networking site VK). What can social networks learn from Telegram? Telegram’s policies elevate privacy standards that many are asking from other social messaging apps. The clamour for stopping the exploitation of user data, using their location details for targeted marketing and advertising campaigns is increasing now. Telegram shows that privacy can be achieved, if intended, in today’s overexposed social media world. But there is are also costs to this level of user privacy and secrecy, that are sometimes not discussed enough. The ISIS members behind the 2015 Paris attacks used Telegram to spread propaganda. ISIS also used the app to recruit the perpetrators of the Christmas market attack in Berlin last year and claimed credit for the massacre. More recently, a Turkish prosecutor found that the shooter behind the New Year’s Eve attack at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul used Telegram to receive directions for it from an ISIS leader in Raqqa. While these incidents can never negate the need for a secure and less intrusive social media platform like Telegram, there should be workarounds and escape routes designed for stopping extremists and terrorist activities. Telegram have assured that all ISIS messaging channels are deleted from their network which is a great way to start. Content moderation, proactive sentiment and pattern recognition and content/account isolation are the next challenges for Telegram. One thing is for sure, Telegram’s continual pursuance of user secrey and user data privacy is throwing an open challenge to others to follow suite. Whether others will oblige or not, only time will tell. To read about Telegram’s updated privacy policies in detail, you can check out the official Telegram Privacy Settings. 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Visitors advised against festive behaviour during Thai Kings mourning

first_imgVisitors advised against ‘festive’ behaviour during Thai King’s mourning Tags: Thailand, Travel Alert BANGKOK — Concerts and colossal beach parties in Thailand have been cancelled. An annual festival meant to placate the country’s goddess of water with lanterns that float into the sky will not take place.And closed for the first time in years: red-light districts in the heart of the Thai capital filled with seedy go-go bars so irrepressible they managed to stay open even through past military coups.No foreign government has suggested its nationals to cancel trip plans, but several have issued advisories. Canada called on its citizens to “refrain from any behaviour that may be interpreted as festive, disrespectful or disorderly,” Britain urged its nationals to “wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public,” and the U.S. called on Americans to maintain “decorum during this extended period of profound mourning.”The death Thursday of Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej has plunged this Southeast Asian nation into an unprecedented period of mourning like nothing it has ever seen, and it’s likely to stay that way for some time.But calm – not chaos – prevails, and the closures and cancellations are unlikely to last more than a month or have any serious long-term impact on tourism.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has declared a one-year mourning period and urged people to refrain from organizing entertainment events for 30 days. But he has also made clear that life must go on, and urged businesses to remain open to ensure the nation does not “lose its credibility.”More than 30 million tourists visit Thailand every year, accounting for about 10 per cent of government revenue. The industry is one of the few bright spots in an economy that has slumped since the army ousted a democratically elected government in 2014.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalIn a statement late Friday, the Tourism Authority of Thailand confirmed that tourist attractions will remain open with the exception of Bangkok’s gold-gilded Grand Palace, because it “will be the venue of the royal funeral rites.”Bhumibol’s body was transported by royal procession to the palace’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or Wat Phra Kaew, on Friday as thousands of people lined the roads. Widely seen here as a unifying figure and the father of the nation, Bhumibol served as monarch for 70 years – so long that most Thais have known no other.The subdued atmosphere that has engulfed the country since his death is unmistakable, visible in the black or white dress worn by millions of Thais in a massive show of mourning that has been displayed even on mannequins in luxury shopping malls.In Bangkok, the neon-lit dinner cruise ships that ply the majestic Chao Phraya River every night have turned off their booming music.Even some of the capital’s most prominent red-light districts have shut down. Nana Plaza, a three-story complex of go-go bars filled with scantily-clad women announced it was closing temporarily to “pay respect and mourn the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great.”“It doesn’t bother me,” said Australian tourist Darren Turner, who was standing outside the all-dark plaza. “This is a man who stood on the throne unopposed for 70 years. He did a lot for his country and his people, and it’s good to show a mark of respect for his passing.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe neon lights of another red-light district nearby, Soi Cowboy, abruptly switched off Friday night after police and soldiers paid a visit and asked bar managers to close to show respect of the king.Hours after Bhumibol’s death on Thursday, Richard Barrow, a Bangkok-based travel blogger, tweeted that many tourists were “asking if they should cancel their holiday.” His is advice: you should not.No foreign government has suggested its nationals to cancel trip plans, but several have issued advisories. Canada called on its citizens to “refrain from any behaviour that may be interpreted as festive, disrespectful or disorderly,” Britain urged its nationals to “wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public,” and the U.S. called on Americans to maintain “decorum during this extended period of profound mourning.”While Thailand’s stunning beaches and resorts remain open, some tourists’ plans to see particular events may already be ruined.In the northern city of Chiang Mai, the city government announced the annual Yi Peng Festival set for mid-November – in which tens of thousands of lanterns float into the sky – has been cancelled.On the island of Koh Phangan, organizers of the renowned “Full Moon” party, which had been set to begin Oct. 17, called the event off.And in Bangkok, a sold-out concert featuring British singer Morrissey, the former frontman of The Smiths, was also cancelled.Khaosod English, a local media outlet which reported numerous cancellations in the capital, offered prudent advice to its readers for upcoming events: “Call ahead first.” The Canadian Press Posted bycenter_img Share Monday, October 17, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Crispin Odey The finance company owned by Rupert M

first_imgCrispin OdeyThe finance company owned by Rupert Murdoch’s formerson-in-law, Crispin Odey, has agreed to sell almost all of its minority stake in the Sky Deutschland.Odey and Odey Assett Management had initially resisted BSkyB’s offer to buy the outstanding shares in the German pay TV platform. However, it has now confirmed that it will offload 97% of its shareholding – of about 8% – in the company, which is now part of the wider BSkyB-backed Sky Europe operation.Ahead of the Sky Europe deal, Odey’s holding in Sky made it the pay TV firm’s second largest shareholder, behind 21st Century Fox.In July Odey said BSkyB’s offer for its shares undervalued the business, but has now relented.“Odey Asset Management LLP has agreed to tender at least 97% of its shareholding in Sky Deutschland AG,” the finance firm said in a statement.last_img read more

In This Issue   Japan goes all in   Job talk

first_imgIn This Issue..*  Japan goes all in *  Job talk *  ECB saves the day *  BOE stays putAnd, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Draghi uses another lifeline.Good day.and welcome to Friday morning. Since Chuck and Chris are on the set list at the Global Currency Expo, I’ll be at master control today. Well, it’s been exactly one week since my last visit with you and the market is singing somewhat of a different tune. It was one of the more action packed days yesterday, at least for the currency market, that we’ve seen in a while so there’s no shortage of stuff to talk about. At times, it reminded me of a suspense novel with a few good plot twists that keeps you on seat’s edge.As Chris reported yesterday, it all started in Japan when the central bank announced its goal of attaining 2% inflation within two years by doubling the monetary base through buying government bonds and other securities. In other words, the BOJ is going all in and then some by expanding QE to an monthly $77.8 billion figure. I don’t know if this shift in attention from interest rates to the monetary base is their last bullet, but I would say it has to be close. This action mirrors the Fed with a current inflation target of 2% and then the intended consequence of a weaker currency along with a rising stock market.The BOJ said this policy will probably result in the central bank buying about 70% of the government bond issuance and probably ending up somewhere in the 150 trillion yen figure by the time its said and done. It’s a shame this thought even came to mind, but I had to ask Siri what came after the trillion mark. So, you’re trivia night tip of the day is quadrillion. Anyway, they are more than tripling the balance sheet increases from their last two measure but where does it end. Like anything else, there’s plenty of support and opposition, but I think Bill Gross made a good point by saying much more depreciation of the yen has to take place to get anywhere close to 2%, and he’s not sure the other G7 nations are willing to permit that.When I came in yesterday morning, the yen was down about 2.5% and the dollar was up across the board on the news out of Japan. Next up on the playlist was the economic data here in the US, which didn’t do anything to turn the tide. In fact, we saw another disappointing day in the report department as the jobs data wasn’t encouraging. Chris touched on this as well, but the Challenger job cuts report did reveal that layoffs in March were up 30% compared to this time last year. According to the report, announced layoffs were about 145k in the first quarter, which is the most since third quarter 2011. The report also went on to say that federal spending cuts could cause more damage down the road.The weekly jobless claims gave us yet another move in the wrong direction. Those who filed for unemployment benefits last week increased to 385k, which was the highest since Nov. 24. The Labor Department said that claims from California and the Virgin Islands were estimated and the Good Friday holiday were factors that needed to be taken into consideration. That’s fine and everything but I have a difficult time rolling past this one, especially taking into account the other data reports showing similar results. For example, let’s take a look at the ADP employment report from Wednesday, which many economists use as a preview to the national employment number.The experts were forecasting a job increase in the neighborhood of 200k, but instead, we only saw 158k. The disappointing result was primarily attributed to a subdued showing from the construction industry, but nonetheless, it was the smallest increase since October. I thought this sector would have actually led the way since we usually see a pickup in construction projects once spring hits, including home building, but maybe we’ll see that jump in April. Also going back to Wednesday, we saw a measure of the service industry that raised some eyebrows.The ISM non-manufacturing index unexpectedly fell to a 7 month low in March as it slid down to 54.4 from the previous reading of 56. While manufacturing is important to the US economy, the services sector is the lifeblood as it accounts for just about 90% of the economy. If we take a look under the hood, the employment gauge of this index saw its largest decline in about four years and we also saw a pullback in the new orders component. Neither report yielded a horrible outcome, but the markets are starting to interpret these results as a slowdown heading into the second quarter.Getting back to jobs, we do have the March jobs jamboree number right out of the gate this morning, so we won’t have to wait long before things heat up. The experts are prognosticating a figure of 190k and the unemployment rate to remain at 7.7%, but the infamous adjustments made to the bottom-line by the BLS makes it an educated guess at best. There can be a fairly large disparity between the ADP number and the official report, so take it for what you will, but it’s what we have to work with. Take last March for example. The ADP number came in at 129k while the gov. report was 205k.I glanced at both reports over the past year and noticed the ADP report, more times than not, yielded a lower number so if that logic remains, I would say 190k is within reach. But, let’s see what the BLS has to say about it. With the slower economic numbers, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a disappointing outcome. Looking ahead to next week, it’s shaping up to be light in the data department. There’s only a handful of reports, but the March budget statement and minutes of the last Fed meeting on Wednesday will hold some weight. Other than that, we’ll see the March retail sales report on Friday, which is expected to slow.The dollar index shot up right after the US data report and the euro fell to 1.2746. It was shaping up to be one of those days where you wished that you had stayed in bed, but in a matter of minutes, the market turned on a dime. I actually had to do a double take as the euro was back trading well into the 1.28 handle. I’m sure you’re thinking, well what happened. It was Mario Draghi to the rescue. He once again rode in on his white horse while yelling out whatever we need to do as he galloped by. As Chris mentioned yesterday, the ECB had their monthly meeting and it couldn’t have come at a better time.Draghi, who is the ECB president, said monthly policy stance will remain accommodative for as long as needed. He went on to say they will assess all of the incoming data in the coming weeks and they will stand ready to act. He also said they are considering both standard and non-standard measures to increase stimulus, but he didn’t reveal any specifics. Some gov. officials hinted that a rate cut and additional long term loans to banks could be on tap soon, but a rate cut to 0.5% looks to be the next order of business.Since inflation is well below the 2% target, the ECB has plenty of capacity to ramp up the stimulus, much like the Fed and BOJ. The market wanted to get that reassurance from Draghi that he’s still willing to do whatever it takes to not only keep the European economy afloat but also maintain the integrity of the euro. Confidence took a big hit in conjunction with the whole Cyprus deal, so I would say that he was forced to show his hand. If he didn’t reiterate his do whatever it takes stance, it most likely would have been a much different story.I ran across two interesting headlines on the Bloomberg, one of which said Greek March economic sentiment rises to the highest level since 2009 and the other read Cyprus economy might shrink 13% in 2013. I think we can sort of call this the before and after picture. A Cypriot gov. official said the recession may not be 8.7% as is currently estimated, but instead, my reach 13%. In Greece, we’ve seen some increased investment activity and a return of bank deposits going a long way in giving the feeling that things are at least progressing, even though recession remains firmly in place.The BOE also met and decided to maintain their current stimulus measures as well as keeping rates on hold. There was some chatter that we may see British officials join the party and turn up the stimulus a notch or two, but they’re in a bit of a different situation. You see, inflation is actually running above target and is projected to rise in the coming months, so policy makers don’t want to pour gas on an open flame. The pound actually ended the day as the best performing currency with nearly a 0.7% gain.Taking a look at the other currencies, it ended up being a decent day. That is, except for the Japanese yen as it lost nearly 3.5% and was trading into the 96 handle. Other than that, the Aussie and Swedish krona were the only others to finish the day in negative territory. It would have only taken a few basis points in the other direction to get them into the black, but like I said earlier, it was a totally different picture right out of the gate yesterday morning. I mean, the euro was trading at 1.2930 as I walked out the door last night.As I came in this morning, things are pretty much where they were last night as the euro is still sitting in 1.29 land and the yen is trading in the 96 handle. We did see Feb retail sales in the euro area fall 0.3%, led by a 2.2% drop in France, but we also had German factory orders increase twice as much as expected in Feb, so they sort of offset. Other than that, it’s been a fairly quiet morning so far as everyone is holding their breath until we see that big jobs report here in the US. Gold and silver have stopped to take a breather, but depending on the jobs number, we could see the volatility continue.Then There Was This.There is a report rising to the surface that two former top officials at the Bank of Cyprus may have deleted e-mail messages relating to the bank’s disastrous decision to invest heavily in Greek government bonds. In this report commissioned by the central bank, forensic experts are examining the computers of former CEO Andreas Eliades and Christakis Patsalides, a high ranking executive in the bank’s treasury department, as wiping software normally not installed on the bank’s computers were found.To recap.Japan is throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, at trying to get inflation moving toward a goal of 2%. As a result, the yen turned in the worst performance of the day with over a 3.5% loss from the enormous monetary expansion plans. All eyes now shift toward the March jobs number in the US this morning, which is expected to rise by 190k. Recent jobs data and a slowdown in the service sector have some lowering expectations heading into the second quarter. Draghi saves the day with his pledge to remain accommodative for as long as needed, so he played the do whatever it takes card once again. The BOE met and decided to keep things status quo, so the pound turned in the best performance of the day.Currencies today 4/5/13. American Style: A$ $1.0417, kiwi .8393, C$ .9862, euro 1.2923, sterling 1.5224, Swiss $1.0629. European Style: rand 9.1614, krone 5.7650, SEK 6.4924, forint 232.77, zloty 3.2347, koruna 19.9232, RUB 31.58, yen 96.06, sing 1.2397, HKD 7.7655, INR 54.8550, China 6.2609, pesos 12.3352, BRL 2.0150, Dollar Index 82.70, Oil $93.05, 10-year 1.74%, Silver $26.96, Gold. $1,554.55, and Platinum $1,529.00.That’s it for today.Well, it’s yet another week in the history books and I’m glad to see that it’s Friday. It’s supposed to be nice this weekend, so I desperately need to get outside and do some yard work. I did get the green light from the doc to put the crutches away and start walking on my healing broken ankle. It still needs some tlc, but I can at least walk on two feet again. We’ll find out who gets to play for the NCAA championship this weekend, so the best of luck if your team remains. My bracket blew up long ago, so I’m just hoping for good games. Speaking of a good game, the Blues were able to edge past the Blackhawks last night in an exciting shootout win. And with baseball in full swing, I can finally say spring has sprung. So until next time, Have a Great Day! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

The Next Dimension

first_img Need to breathe some life into your business? Going virtual can open up a whole new world. Heather Clancy Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Technology –shares 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. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img 2 min read Next Article The Next Dimension November 1, 2007 If you’ve got a product that’s hard to show off in person or your customer demographic skews thirtysomething, start thinking in 3-D. While skeptics write off virtual worlds on the web as arcades for young folk, research firm Gartner Inc. estimates that by 2011, 80 percent of active internet users will have an identity in a virtual web world. At any given moment, roughly 35,000 people visit the most hyped of these communities, Second Life. Linden Lab, which hosts the environment, estimates that 35 percent of Second Life visitors are 26 to 35 years old and approximately 75 percent are male.Adam Broitman and Raman Kia, directors of New York City marketing agency Morpheus Media, paid $1,700 last year to buy a Second Life “island” so they could experiment on behalf of their entertainment and fashion clients. One test involved a simulcast of a live rock concert in New York City to avatars visiting their island. Another New York City agency, TMP Worldwide, uses Second Life to host job fairs and help clients such as eBay and Sodexho interview recruits.Branding consultant Janet Schijns, CEO of The JS Group, says it will cost you about $50,000 to hire designers who can develop a virtual-world presence, although a less substantial presence can cost you half as much. But if you’re not willing to dedicate human resources to interact with visitors, it’ll be money wasted. “It’s not an event. It’s not a world,” she says. “It’s an experience.”Brian Haven, an analyst with Forrester Research Inc., cautions entrepreneurs not to think of virtual worlds as just another place to sell products or services–at least not yet. Second Life in particular is hard to navigate, and the number of avatars that can visit an island at the same time tops out at about 80. Still, larger companies in the retail, travel and automotive industries–American Apparel, General Motors Corp. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, to name a few–have fostered goodwill with customers and business partners alike by testing products and selling virtual products in Second Life.The web is a brave new world for marketing.Heather Clancy, a freelance journalist and consultant, has been covering the high-tech industry for close to 20 years. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Deep breath New rebreather helps navy divers beneath the waves

first_img Navy scientists develop prototype for diver life support 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. Fellow divers connected his diving suit to an “umbilical” hose pumping in breathing gas and establishing communications with the surface. After receiving approval to hit the water, the diver descended into a large test pool at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (NSWC), Florida—home to the Navy Experimental Diving Unit.The diver’s mission: demonstrate the effectiveness of the MK29 Mixed Gas Rebreather—a new prototype system that’s the first of its kind within the Navy diving community, developed by NSWC Panama City.The technology is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) TechSolutions program. TechSolutions is ONR Global’s rapid-response science and technology program that develops prototype technologies to address problems voiced by Sailors and Marines, usually within 12 months.”This rebreather system is an awesome opportunity to enhance the capabilities of Navy divers and accelerate their deployments,” said ONR Command Master Chief Matt Matteson, who heads up TechSolutions.Navy diving missions include underwater rescues, explosive ordnance disposal, ship hull maintenance, recovery of sunken equipment, and salvage of vessels and aircraft.Beneath the waves, Navy divers breathe a careful mixture of oxygen and nitrogen. Below 150 feet, however, nitrogen becomes toxic—leading to nitrogen narcosis, a drowsy state that can dull mental sharpness severely and jeopardize safe return to the surface. The solution is to replace nitrogen with helium. However, helium is expensive and hard to obtain because of recent worldwide shortages. And the Navy needs a lot of it for missions and training exercises, requiring canisters of the gas to be transported on accompanying ships or planes.The MK29 rebreather solves these problems. Used oxygen-helium is filtered through a carbon dioxide scrubber—which removes carbon dioxide and recycles the breathable gasses back to the diver.The result? Very little venting (giveaway bubbles)—or wasted helium.”The MK29 decreases helium requirements by approximately 80 percent,” said Dr. John Camperman, a senior scientist overseeing the development of the MK29 at NSWC Panama City. “Divers can perform more dives with the same amount of gas, or bring less helium.” The muscular U.S. Navy diver hoisted a 60-pound life-support regulator onto his back, then donned a 30-pound metal helmet. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Deep breath: New ‘rebreather’ helps navy divers beneath the waves (2018, May 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-deep-rebreather-navy-divers-beneath.html A US Navy diver gives the okay sign following his dive using the Office of Naval Research Global TechSolutions-sponsored MK29 Mixed Gas Rebreather system, which was developed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division. The new system will conserve helium, which is a valuable natural resource, accelerate the deployment of Navy divers, and increase safety. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released Test results suggest this system will be a major asset to Navy divers—who can not only perform more dives, but also stay underwater longer if surface supply gas is interrupted.The MK29 even reduces breathing noise and fogging of helmet viewports. It’s also the first piece of Navy diving equipment to feature 3-D-printed titanium tubing that connects hoses from the helmet’s breathing manifold to the regulator backpack. That titanium reduces the risk of breathing hoses being sliced by sharp or jagged underwater objects.The idea for the MK29 came from a NSWC Panama City master diver, who contacted TechSolutions seeking a way to reduce helium consumption while using newly available rebreather technology. Recognizing the expertise of Camperman and his team, TechSolutions asked them to develop the MK29.Camperman’s research team will conduct further MK29 tests this year—and hope to see the rebreather issued throughout the fleet by next year. Provided by Office of Naval Researchlast_img read more

Huntsman Spider Devours Possum in Viral and Terrifying Photos

first_img Goliath Birdeater: Images of a Colossal Spider In Australia — where else? — a large spider recently demonstrated the dominance of arachnids over puny mammals, as it chowed down on an unfortunate pygmy possum. Southern Tasmania resident Justine Latton shared her husband’s photos of the gruesome meal on June 14 in the Facebook group Tasmanian Insects and Spiders. He captured the images at a lodge in Tasmania’s Mount Field National Park while doing light repair work, Latton said yesterday (June 18) on the radio program “Tasmania Talks.” Members of the Facebook group identified the arachnid as a huntsman (also known as a giant crab spider); these large, long-legged spiders in the Sparassidae family live all over Australia. In the photo, the huntsman hangs head-down from a door hinge and grips its prey by the neck. The dead marsupial — which appears to be a pygmy possum, according to commenters — dangles limply from the huntsman’s mandibles. [In Photos: A Tarantula-Eat-Snake World]Advertisement The animal commonly known as a possum in North America (actually an “opossum,” which belongs to a different order) can grow to be as big as a cat; were that the case here, the spider would easily be the size of a large dinner plate. But pygmy possums (Cercartetus lepidus) are the smallest possums in the world, measuring about 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7 centimeters) long and weighing about 0.2 ounces (7 grams), according to Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service. On average, a huntsman spider’s leg span can reach up to 6 inches (15 cm), while their bodies measure about 0.7 inches (2 cm) long, the Australian Museum reported. In Photos: Tarantulas Strut Their Stuff Latton’s husband was conducting repair work at the lodge when he noticed the spider lurking on the door just above his co-worker’s head, Latton told “Tasmania Talks.” The two captured the spider in an empty ice-cream container and released the huntsman outside the lodge; the arachnid skedaddled and left its possum meal behind, Latton said. Huntsman spiders are ambush predators, and they use their large and powerful fangs to deliver venomous bites. Spiders are commonly thought to suck the liquids from their prey; in reality, they vomit digestive fluid onto their meals, chew the saturated flesh and then slurp up the dissolved nutrients, Rod Crawford, curatorial associate of arachnids at the Burke Museum in Seattle, wrote on the museum website. Huntsman spiders’ usual prey includes many types of insects, reptiles and even other spiders. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise that small mammals are also occasionally on the menu. Numerous spider species worldwide are known to eat bats, and researchers recently recorded the first evidence of tropical spiders preying on mouse opossums, in the Peruvian Amazon, Live Science previously reported. Amazon Spiders Hunt Frogs, Fish, Lizards…And MammalsFor small animals in the tropics, spiders and their arthropod cousins are responsible for “a surprising amount of death,” scientists say.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65746-possum-eating-spider-australia.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:0601:06Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭  In Photos: The Amazing Arachnids of the World Eight-eyed huntsman spiders in the Sparassidae family deliver venomous bites with their sharp fangs, paralyzing small prey. Credit: Courtesy of Justine Latton Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndohear.comThese German hearing aids are going viralhear.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndolast_img read more

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