Borough Assembly Set To Finally Vote On Bed Tax Ballot Measure

first_imgThe proposal went to the voters on the ballot for the October 3, 2017, regular election and ultimately failed. Bagley went onto write “I propose that we pass the temporary lodging tax ordinance and submit it to the voters for consideration in the next regular election. If approved it would be effective April 1, 2019 to allow time to properly implement it.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is expected to finally vote on the most recent attempt at instituting a bed tax ballot initiative at tonight’s meeting. If approved the proposal would go before the voters in the regular election on October 2, 2018. The proposal would establish a 6 percent areawide sales tax on temporary lodging and overnight camping facilities. It would also levy an up to 3 percent exemption on temporary lodging and overnight facilities within that boundaries of the borough that levy a similar sales tax. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman Dale Bagley introduced the ordinance over a year ago, in a memo put before the assembly:  “The borough is currently facing a budgetary shortfall of approximately $4,000,000. Ordinance 2017-17, which would have asked the voters to approve a bed tax, was defeated by the assembly on August 15, 2017 when the assembly decided to instead submit to the voters the option of increasing the sales tax cap to $1,000.”last_img read more

At the Intersection of HyperLocal Digital and Regional Magazine Publishers

first_imgImagine having more than 20 competitors spring up into your market over the course of the last two years. Now picture these competitors being backed by one of the largest digital media institutions on the continent. Welcome to the new city and regional magazine market.AOL’s collection of hyper-local news sites known as Patch have been popping up around the country at an incredibly quick rate, with more than 908 sites across 22 states which garner a total of more than 14 million monthly unique visitors. Patch sites cover all things local, plus comprehensive listings of businesses, events and more.The idea of starting a potential turf war with hyper-local sites over coveted digital ad dollars isn’t a reality—not yet at least—but city and regional publishers are still preparing themselves for the digital marketplace, and Patch is making an equally aggressive push.“I think it’s good that Patch has come to our county and we haven’t really seen any direct impact from them,” says Ralph Martinelli, publisher of New York-based Westchester Magazine. “However, it is a small sandbox we play in in Westchester County because there are only so many dollars out there. We’ve become very aggressive and just hired a few digital-only sales reps—more and more of our customers are asking us for packages that include print, digital and events.” Westchester covers an area of 450 square miles and has a population of about 1 million, according to the 2010 Census. In the past few years, has introduced more than 20 sites that cover the same communities as Westchester Magazine.“It’s not an either/or situation,” says Warren Webster, co-founder of Patch Media. “We like to look at Patch as an indispensable tool for realtime updates on news, events and as a place for conversation. We’re not trying to replicate traditional media, but in each market we’re trying to do something new and timely that you can’t live without on a day-to-day basis. To the extent we compete for advertising dollars, sure—small and medium sized businesses have ad budgets and we’re sharing some of the same clients.”Webster says local businesses usually segment their budgets to some degree, choosing to put dollars into both print media and hyper-local sites. Yet, new media has changed the attitude of the 55,000-circ Westchester.“Digital is top of mind,” says Martinelli. “Our goal is to grow our search so that when someone is searching for restaurants in a specific town, Westchester comes up. We’re investing dollars there because we see this as the growth area in our industry moving forward. We just changed the name of our parent company to Today Media because we see ourselves becoming more of a media company than a print publication.” generates about 100,000 uniques per month and more than 1 million page views. Martinelli estimates that the title has doubled its digital revenue over the last few years, though print is still its most profitable area.“More and more of our clients want digital programs, but a lot of them don’t understand how to do it,” says Martinelli. “I think they trust the brand of Westchester and we’ve seen tremendous growth in our digital revenue over the past few years, so it’s certainly a growing area for us.”As the publisher says, many small-to-medium sized local businesses are unsure of how to begin a digital ad campaign. Though the magazine now has a dedicated digital ad rep, Patch is taking support levels one step further.“We want to be helpful in terms of guiding small or medium sized businesses through this new world of digital advertising,” says Webster. “We have a program called Patch Partners—as a Patch advertiser you get access to valuable information and tips from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, which is a real perk for being a Patch advertiser. We’re trying to help small businesses grow and we’ve hosted over 2,000 local marketing events and over 50 seminars called Main Street University. We walk people through not just Patch, but how to navigate everything from a social media presence to advertising online. A lot of small business owners know they want to have a digital presence, but they’re not sure how and it can be a little bit daunting.”The majority of Patch advertisers are local and regional businesses and the strategy is complimented with some national partners as well, as long as they have a local message. Local and regional ad reps come mainly from Patch, but parent company AOL provides support in reaching national clients. Webster says the largest percentage of its digital advertising business comes in the form of display.Webster says e-letters have been successful for reaching both readers and ad clients. Similarly, Westchester reaches about 40,000 per month through e-letters, which also incorporate digital ads.“Most city and regional magazines are struggling to grow digital divisions because we’ve been print publications all along,” says Martinelli. “We’re expanding our digital division into a separate entity—one of our main goals is to do a tremendous amount of daily digital-only content that does not appear in print, and we’ve brought in digital-only editors. From a sales point of view, our digital-only reps partner with the print ad reps to present complete packages that includes print, digital and events.”PreEmptive StrikesThough Webster views city and regional magazines as a separate market, city and regional publishers that aren’t feeling the heat from hyper-local sites are increasing their Web presences. In Sacramento, CA there is no site that covers the city, but there are eight other sites within the county.“I don’t see hyper-local sites as competition,” says Mike O’Brien, president and co-publisher of Sacramento Magazines Corp., publisher of Sacramento Magazine. “We’ve made a serious digital push for several years. We’ve populated and it’s grown pretty nicely. We have editors and freelancers providing content for that and we do a couple of e-letters every week. We continue to grow, though the broader problem for any and all sites is monetization.”O’Brien says that the brand hasn’t made a very aggressive push into digital ad revenue quite yet because print is still the breadwinner.“However, we know we need to be in the space so we continue to be active and invest there and wait for monetization capabilities to grow,” he says. “We do package it in and we have one team that sells print and digital. We’re seeing more and more clients asking for it and we are growing revenue there.”Sacramento’s circ is about 30,000; the website attracts 75,000 monthly unique visitors and captures 200,000 monthly page views. While the brand isn’t making a strong push in digital monetization, O’Brien does see opportunities.“Readers want quality in terms of what they’re reading and viewing,” he says. “I think that’s where city and regional magazines have the trust of the marketplace. As we stay in the game, I think we’ll get better and better at monetizing that.”last_img read more

County Base Officials Update Joint Agreement for Addressing Encroachment at Pax River

first_imgSt. Mary’s County commissioners and the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Patuxent River last week signed a cooperative agreement calling for the two parties to work more closely to address projects that have the potential to interfere with operations at the base in southern Maryland.The agreement, which updates one originally signed in 2007, calls for:the county and the air station to hold twice yearly meetings;the county to invite a Navy technical adviser to review development proposals in the vicinity of the base;the county and air station to collaborate on public affairs campaigns regarding encroachment;the two parties to collaborate on analysis and data collection to “provide clearer quantitative measures of encroachment threats and the progress of mitigation and prevention measures”;the two to collaborate on threats beyond St. Mary’s County; andthe county and air station to work together to create Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ) recommendations for Webster Field, an outlying field located 12 miles southwest of the main base.St. Mary’s County is the first jurisdiction in the country to create an AICUZ through local zoning, said Robin Finnacom, deputy director of the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, reported officials and the air station have worked closely in the past to protect the base from encroachment. More than 3,000 acres in the county has been preserved in the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area south of the base, according to St. Mary’s County Agricultural Manager Donna Sasscer. Five parcels have been purchased using $3.9 million in DOD funds, helping to preserve 1,270 acres. Land near the base’s south gate will now allow waterfront park access. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Leadership Manager at Serur Group Financial ServicesPart-Time Crew Member at Dunkin DonutsPart-Time Shift Leader at Dunkin DonutsFull-Time Laborer at Packer Sanitation ServicesPart-Time Laundry Aide at CareOnePart-Time Housekeeper at CareOneFull-Time Assembly Operator at KochFull-Time Executive Assistant at Analog DevicesFull-Time EMC Lab Technician at Analog DevicesFull-Time Landscape Maintenance Crew Member at Garrick-Santo Landscape Co.(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of April 21, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton posts steady rise in organic growth

first_imgIn less than a month from now, luxury goods maker LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton will be announcing its decision on payment of interim dividend. The French conglomerate had posted an increase of six percent in organic growth sales for the third quarter (Q3) ended September 2016, up from three percent in Q1 and four percent in Q2, while overall sales came in at €9,138 million.The organic growth was led by perfumes and cosmetics segment that rose 10 percent, while the watches and jewellery segment grew by just two percent.For the nine-month period, the company’s sales stood at €26,326 million, up four percent from €25,288 million in the corresponding period last year.From an organic revenue growth perspective for the first nine months of calendar year 2016, the segments showed divergent trends.The wines and spirits business group grew seven percent, while the fashion and leather goods segment rose two percent. Its perfumes and cosmetics revenues increased eight percent and the watches and jewellery posted four percent growth, according to the company.Curiously, the company is not doing well in its domestic market, France.”Asia, excluding Japan, showed a significant improvement during the quarter. The United States remains well positioned, as does Europe, with the exception of France which continues to feel the impact of a decline in the number of tourists,” according to LVMH statement.At around 7.10 pm (IST), the share price of LVMH was trading at €163.45 per share.last_img read more

Law enforcement to determine accuracy of news

first_imgLaw enforcement to step up control of mediaLaw minister Anisul Huq and telecommunications minister Mustafa Jabbar on 19 April said, the Digital Security Act was not made to target the media. It would not affect freedom of expression or freedom of press either. The ministers said this at a meeting with cabinet members at the time.Legal experts, however, say if the bill is passed, the government law enforcement agencies like RAB, police, BGB and Ansar will eventually emerge as the ultimate ‘editors’ or ‘super editors’.“Which news content is right and which one is harmful- all of this will depend on their own logic and whims,” they said.According to the experts, the law enforcers will be able to use this act to request BTRC to block any digital media at any time.Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is an autonomous organisation. To be a member of BTRC, one has to have the criteria of a judge of the Supreme Court. Still, if they receive any ‘request’ from RAB, police or any other law enforcement agencies, they will ‘immediately’ respond.The law enforcement agencies were not even given such power in the IT Act of 2006. Law enforcers had to seek court permission to seize computers used to commit any alleged crime under that act.Under sub-section- 1 of section-8 in the current proposed act, it is possible to remove any news content published in digital media if it seems to be a threat to digital security.Sumon Ahmed, a member of the advisory committee of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, told Prothom Alo, BTRC can block any newspaper’s webpage containing standard Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (http), if they cannot remove contents of the page. BTRC, however, will not be able to remove or block the webpage where ‘s’ (secured) is added to the http.Apart from that, BTRC can block the newspapers’ webpage only in Bangladesh.Law enforcers to be more powerfulUnder section-43 of the act, if a police officer suspects any crime or evidence, he can register the incident in his office and conduct a search into any media office, seize computers, search and arrest anybody, without arrest warrant.In sub-section-2 of section-8, the law enforcement agencies can request BTRC to remove news contents that violate the country’s solidarity, affect economic activities, defence and security, religious values or public order and spread communal hatred among people.In sub-section 3, it is said that the contents will be removed or blocked by BTRC immediately upon receiving such request.Acknowledging these concerns, media experts said such rules would certainly violate the freedom of expression and instigate a hostile reaction towards media persons.Shahdeen Malik, a Supreme Court lawyer told Prothom Alo, “It seems we are going back to the Special Powers Act of 1974.”Another lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan thinks the definition of law enforcement agencies should be clarified, as the army also falls under the definition of law enforcement agencies.Under the act, a digital security agency is said to be created under a director general. An emergency response team will be formed for constant monitoring. Their work will be determined by a policy.So this bill is not the final word. There is scope to make the rules even more difficult.Digital act includes 8 ‘crimes’ from 1974 actThe eight definitions of the relevant 1974 act interpreted by justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman and Anisuzzaman in ‘Ain Shabdokosh’ (dictionary of legal terms), bears resemblance to the the law related to blocking websites.Also, the current digital act contains almost all the eight crimes mentioned in the 1974 act. The similarities in the digital act include, three in section 8 (defence, security, ethnic hatred), one in section 25 (intimidation), two in section 27 (foreign states and public order), and two in section 31 (related to security and community).Muhammad Habibur Rahman and Anisuzzaman recorded in eight points the reasons why newspapers were confiscated. This indicates that the special power of the law enforcing agencies to block online newspapers given in digital act is akin to the confiscation of newspapers in the 1974 act.The eight points are: 1. Sovereignty or defence of Bangladesh; 2. Having friendly relations with foreign countries; 3. Threat to the country’s security or public security or public order; 4. Instigating hatred or hostility among different communities and classes; 5. Intervention or incitement in law enforcement; 6. Obstructing supply of essential goods; 7. Creating panic or anarchy in society; 8. Causing or intending to cause financial and social damage of the state. No safeguard for editorsIn some of the instances, the terms used to define punishable crimes for online publication are severer than those in the much debated sections annulled in 2006.Many legal experts are surprised at the free access given to the law enforcement that will enable indiscriminate abuse of the law. They observe, it will add to the spree of arrests, filing of cases and harassment.The editors and journalists have to depend on the police for their online publications. But in the 1973 printing presses and publications act under CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) section 108, safeguards were provided for editors, publishers and presses. The 108 section still has the provision.It says, any charges could be filed against the owner, editor, publisher or printer of any newspaper registered under the 1973 presses and publications act alleging instigation of sedition, hatred, fear, if the concerned government authorities or officials issue an order in this regard.Though safeguards remain in place for the press for the same crimes, they are not ensured for online publications.The digital security act vests the power to determine objectionable content, with the police and Ansar, BGB and RAB. Such free license for the law enforcement is unprecedented in the country. This development implies that BTRC will become paper tiger.Deviation from 1974 actIn the 1974 act there were remedies for banning or forfeiture of newspapers. The digital act does not address this. This act does not specify any authority to approach for or record any appeal. The span of time for a website to remain blocked is not specified either. There was no provision to confiscate any newspaper on grounds of hurting religious sentiment in the 1974 special powers act nor in section 99 of the 1991 CrPC enacted by the BNP government.In the much-debated Act 57, there was provision for action against crimes of hurting ‘religious sentiment’. But Awami League has made the matter ambiguous by defining ‘hurting religious values’ as a crime under which online media can be blocked.Now police, Ansar, coast guard, BGB and RAB will determine the degree of religious values being offended and will search, arrest without any warrant, and block online publications without any trial.Section 17 of 1974 said, the government will inform the publisher, editor as soon as possible of the confiscation and will issue written orders to submit the printed copies, stop distribution, and file the writer’s name. The act also says that the government must state reasonable grounds in the order and let the accused editor and journalist to present an answer in response to the order. The government must also mention that the accused has the right to self defence.The government has not expressed any intention of adding such provisions in the new digital act. The law minister Anisul Huq and the information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar have said they would take all the concerns of the editors’ council into consideration.The 1974 act stated that a police official, not below the rank of sub-inspector, with a warrant and with the magistrate’s approval, can search a newspaper office. Any search was forbidden after sunset and before sunrise. But the digital security act lacks such safeguards.Notably, in the abolished section 18 under the 1974 act there was provision for any report on security, friendly relations with foreign states, public order to be cleared for publication within 72 hours of submission to the government.There was even provision for appeal to be filed within seven days of a certain report being banned. Another provision stated that the appeal should be disposed after hearing by a district judge. In the proposed digital act, the stated crimes are the same as in the 1974 act, but with no scope for seeking remedy. *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat and Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

3 more Bangladeshi women in Sri Lanka drug trafficking

first_imgHeroin packets in a Colombo flat. File PhotoDuring recent investigations by Sri Lanka’s enforcement agencies, so far 6 Bangladeshis have been found involved in drug smuggling there. On 31 December the Sri Lankan police had mentioned three Bangladeshis were involved in drug trafficking, including one woman. They are being held in custody in Colombo.Three more Bangladeshis have now been named as part of the drug smuggling scam. All three of them are women.The Sri Lankan authorities have informed Bangladesh than these Bangladeshi nationals have been travelling between Dhaka, Colombo and Kuala Lumpur. Sri Lanka’s law enforcement agencies believe that more Bangladeshis are likely to be involved in this smuggling.According to Colombo’s immigration authorities, the three Bangladeshi women are Shaheena Akhter, Rehana Akhter and Tania.Shaheena Akhter has visited Colombo at least 10 times between 30 March 2017 and 16 December 2018. She sometimes travelled from Kuala Lumpur to Colombo and then back to Dhaka or, at times, back to Kuala Lumpur.Or sometimes it was from Dhaka to Colombo and back to Dhaka. During those 19 moths she basically travelled around these three destinations by either  Sri Lankan Airlines or Malinda Air.The Sri Lankan authorities informed the Bangladesh high commission in Colombo that Shaheena Akhter was in regular contact over phone with a Bangladeshi in Australia. She is not in Sri Lanka at present and they do not know the present whereabouts of the other two women.Sri Lanka’s largest drug haul in the country’s recent history was last month, on 31 December. Two Bangladeshis were caught and arrested in the haul – Mohammed Jamaluddin of Bogura and Dewan Rafiul Islam of Joypurhat. When caught during the operation by the Sri Lankan police in Mount Lavinia in the suburbs of Colombo, they had 272 kgs of heroin and 5 kgs of cocaine in their possession, amounting to around 1.52 billion taka in worth. The flat where the huge drug haul was recovered had been rented for a year by Shaheena Akhter in January 2018.Previously, on 15 December last year, a Bangladeshi woman named Surjomoni had been arrested with 32 kgs of heroin from the same area in Colombo’s suburbs.In the meantime, Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force (STF) interrogated Rafiul Islam on 3 January in presence of a Bangladeshi diplomat.Before being caught in Sri Lanka, on 12 August 2017 Jamaluddin had been arrested in Bangladesh by Bogura district police detective branch (DB) in the town’s Rupkatha Housing area with 30 yaba tablets. He was charged under the narcotics control act and the case remains under trial in the Bogura court.After Prothom Alo published news on 2 January of Jamaluddin’s arrest in Colombo, police searched his house in Bogura.The Bangladeshi woman in Sri Lankan policy custody had told them during interrogations that she could only understand Bangla. However, it was later discovered she also could speak in English and Singhalese.Meanwhile in Bangladesh, the Foreign Ministry has called for an inter-ministerial meeting on Sunday to discuss what is to be done about the involvement of Bangladeshis in Sri Lankan drug trafficking.last_img read more

President Trump Gets A Head Start On Shaping The Federal Courts

first_img Share Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesPresident Trump has a large number of judicial vacancies to fill, since Senate Republicans held up President Barack Obama’s nominees.President Trump is moving quickly to put his personal stamp on the federal courts.On Monday the president nominated 10 people for federal judgeships. Thanks to an unusually large number of vacancies on the bench, there could be many more to come.“This is just a down payment,” said John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation. He noted there are more than 100 open seats on the federal district courts and appeals courts.“Starting with a Supreme Court vacancy, which has now been filed, President Trump certainly has a very good opportunity early on to have an impact on the federal bench,” Malcolm said.Indeed, Trump came into office with a chance to fill more than twice as many court vacancies as President Barack Obama had. That’s partly because for the last two years, the Republican-controlled Senate dragged its feet in confirming judges. The Senate confirmed only 20 of Obama’s judicial nominees during 2015 and 2016, less than a third the number that were confirmed in the last two years of the Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.“Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an awful lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeals,” said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution.At last month’s swearing-in ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump acknowledged that Senate stonewalling had given him a rare opportunity.“I especially want to express our gratitude to [Senate Republican Leader] Mitch McConnell for all that he did to make this achievement possible,” Trump said. “So thank you, Mitch.”The Heritage Foundation’s Malcolm cautions it wasn’t a risk-free strategy. Had Hillary Clinton won the election, she might now be packing the courts with a slate of more liberal judges.“So it took some guts and some daring on behalf of Sen. McConnell, and it paid off,” Malcolm said.Trump campaigned on the promise that he would appoint conservative judges to the bench — a key selling point for many Republican voters. He even released a list of potential candidates for the Supreme Court, which Malcolm and the Heritage Foundation had a hand in crafting.Two of the nominees announced Monday — Joan Larsen of the Michigan Supreme Court and David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court — are drawn from that list. Larsen was nominated to a seat on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati while Stras was tapped for the appellate court in St. Louis.All of the nominees appear to be cut from similar judicial cloth.“They are all highly regarded in conservative legal circles and by practitioners in the states where they reside,” Malcolm said.All presidents leave a mark on the courts, especially if they serve for two terms. But with so many early vacancies, Trump has a chance to accelerate his impact, quickly chipping away at the narrow Democratic advantage that Obama left on the federal bench.Wheeler says 51 percent of the current judges were appointed by Democrats, up from 36 percent on the appellate courts and 40 percent on the district courts when Obama took office.Partisan pedigree is not always predictive of how judges will rule. The Seattle judge who blocked Trump’s original travel ban, for example, is a George W. Bush appointee. But Trump has made no secret of the kind of judicial philosophy he’s looking for.“We can assume the Trump administration is going to continue to nominate judges, especially for courts of appeals, who have fairly strong conservative credentials,” Wheeler said. “A big variable is whether or not Democratic senators can put a brake on it.”Senate Democrats gave up the right to filibuster nominees for the lower courts. But there is still a tradition that nominees should not be confirmed over the objection of their home-state senator. Democratic senators from Michigan and Minnesota have promised to give close scrutiny to the nominations of Larsen and Stras, assuming that genteel tradition survives in today’s more rough-and-tumble Senate.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

MorinKougoucheff Salle Earn ACC AllAcademic Team Honors

first_imgIn doubles, Morin-Kougoucheff and Salle appeared in the ITA National Rankings twice throughout the season, earning the No. 90 ranking on April 2 and the No. 87 ranking on April 9. The duo combined for a 12-6 record in dual match action, including 11 wins on court one. The University of Louisville’s Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and Fabien Salle were named to the 2019 All-ACC Academic Men’s Tennis Team as announced by the league office Friday. Story Links This marks Morin-Kougoucheff’s third All-ACC Academic Team honor. The senior finance major from Capbreton, France posted a 13-12 overall record in singles including seven wins at No. 1. In doubles action, Morin-Kougoucheff tallied 13 wins with a 12-7 mark at the top seed. Additionally, he appearing in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings three times, reaching as high as No. 36. Following the completion of the season, he was named to the All-ACC third team, becoming Louisville’s first three-time all-ACC team selection.  Print Friendly Version Salle, a freshman from Geneva, Switzerland, posted a 22-17 record in singles including a 15-9 mark in dual match play at Nos. 2, 3 and 4. The finance major led the Cardinals with a 21-14 doubles tally, going 14-7 in dual matches. The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.last_img read more

DNA study shows Neolithic Europeans interbred with Anatolian migrants

first_img Sampling of petrous bone from a human skull. Credit: Balázs G. Mende © 2017 Explore further Citation: DNA study shows Neolithic Europeans interbred with Anatolian migrants (2017, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Middle Neolithic Collective grave of La Mina, Spain, excavation situation Credit: Manolo Rojo Guerra Geographic locations of the samples analyzed in the study “Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers” with a close-up of Hungary (based on figure 1a-b from Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017, Credit: Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017. More information: Mark Lipson et al. Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature24476AbstractAncient DNA studies have established that Neolithic European populations were descended from Anatolian migrants who received a limited amount of admixture from resident hunter-gatherers. Many open questions remain, however, about the spatial and temporal dynamics of population interactions and admixture during the Neolithic period. Here we investigate the population dynamics of Neolithization across Europe using a high-resolution genome-wide ancient DNA dataset with a total of 180 samples, of which 130 are newly reported here, from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods of Hungary (6000–2900 BC, n = 100), Germany (5500–3000 BC, n = 42) and Spain (5500–2200 BC, n = 38). We find that genetic diversity was shaped predominantly by local processes, with varied sources and proportions of hunter-gatherer ancestry among the three regions and through time. Admixture between groups with different ancestry profiles was pervasive and resulted in observable population transformation across almost all cultural transitions. Our results shed new light on the ways in which gene flow reshaped European populations throughout the Neolithic period and demonstrate the potential of time-series-based sampling and modelling approaches to elucidate multiple dimensions of historical population interactions.Press release (—A large international team of researchers has found that Neolithic hunter-gatherers living in several parts of Europe interbred with farmers from the Near East. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes comparing DNA from several early groups in Europe and evidence of interbreeding. The researchers found that there was a lot more breeding going on between the two groups than has been thought. They found that as the farmers moved in, interbreeding began almost immediately. It continued for approximately the next several hundred years at all of the sites under study, though the team reports a more rapid pace in Spain and Germany than in Hungary.The researchers note that their findings make sense logically, as well—it would seem far more likely that contact between the two groups would result in interbreeding, rather than one group simply out-reproducing the other to the point that the original group simply disappeared. An Early Neolithic grave from Bátaszék (Hungary), which was also part of the DNA analyses. Credit: Anett Osztás The Neolithic period, often described as the New Stone Age, was a period of human history from approximately 15,000 BCE to 3,000 BCE. It was a time defined by the development of settlements and the refinement of tools and the arts. Prior research has shown that people living in what is now Germany, Hungary and Spain were mostly hunter-gatherers during the early Neolithic period, but were “replaced” by farmers moving in from the Near East (Anatolia). In this new effort, the researchers suggest that interbreeding between the two groups led to the decline of the hunter-gatherers. The end result is that most modern Europeans are descended from the Near East immigrant farmers, but have remnants of hunter-gatherer DNA.To learn more about the early history of humans in Europe, the researchers obtained and analyzed 180 DNA samples of people from early Hungary, Germany and Spain dating from between 6,000 and 2,200 BCE. They used data from the DNA analysis to create a mathematical model, which was used to build a simulation of population interactions in the areas of study. Ancient DNA evidence shows hunter-gatherers and farmers were intimately linked Middle Neolithic Collective grave of La Mina, Spain, excavation situation Credit: Manolo Rojo Guerra Journal information: Nature Cave Els Trocs in the Spanish pyrenees with Early Neolithic burials, discussion between members of the excavation group. Credit: Kurt Werner Alt Geographic locations of the samples analyzed in the study “Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers” with a close-up of Hungary (based on figure 1a-b from Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017, Credit: Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017. 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.last_img read more

Memorabilia of music maestros

first_imgMusic expresses all emotions and acts the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. In order to present a collection of candid shots of musicians in the form a literary piece, Padma Shri Shobha Deepak Singh has compiled a rare anthology of 250 photographs of the great Indian music maestros, emoting the multiple emotions of Indian music through her coffee table book titled Musicscapes. Musicscapes, which follows close on the heels of Shobha Deepak Singh’s Theatrescapes (2014) and Dancescapes (2013), becomes a homage to her deepest and most long engaging love-music. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Musicscapes published by Roli Books, was launched by Sheila Dixit and Shekhar Sen, Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi, at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre on April 8. An exhibition of 60 photographs of the country’s music luminaries, which has been put up by the curatorial expertise of Dr Alka Pande, will be on till April 14 in the national Capital.Shobha Deepak Singh said, “Classical music liberates me and it leads me to a state where I feel I am truly elevated. What classical music does best and continues to do is to show a kind of transformation of moods, to show a very wide psychological voyage.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“When I did my first two books, I thought I covered the canvas of emotion and motion. But as I looked through many of these photos, I realised that there was so much unsung emotion that needs to be felt by others too. The book helps to accomplish that.” Dr Alka Pande, the illustrious curator of the exhibition said, “The book is a compilation of all those great artists who have contributed magnificently to the vocal and instrumental musicscape of India. This is a survey of Shobha’s work as she captures moments, iconic and unusual, rubbing shoulders with the greats.”last_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 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

Its business as usual Jamaicas Minister of Tourism says MoBay is safe

first_img Monday, February 5, 2018 “It’s business as usual”: Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism says MoBay is safe & secure Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — “There’s no need to worry, it’s business as usual,” says the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, who arrived in Toronto last week to ease concerns in light of the island’s current State of Public Emergency.The alert, which applies to Montego Bay and the surrounding St. James Parish, was implemented on Jan. 18 following a significant uptick in violent crime. In response, the Canadian government revised its travel advice for Jamaica, advising Canadian travellers to stay in resort areas, to not venture off-property, and to use organized tour operators for excursions and airport transfers.But despite concerns across the travel industry, Bartlett maintains that the State of Emergency, or the recent wave of violence, does not impact Montego Bay’s resorts.“Montego Bay is divided into two sections: the resort area on the coastal strip, and the residential area in the mountains where people live,” he tells Travelweek. “Montego Bay is situated on a hill; while security forces are up there, it has nothing to do with what’s down here.”Bartlett says the situation in the Parish is well under control, confirming that there have been no reports of violence in the last several days. In fact, ever since enhanced security measures were implemented due to the State of Public Emergency, the affected area has seen only one major incident.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“This tells us that it’s working,” says Bartlett, adding that the State of Public Emergency was intended primarily to cauterize the situation before it got out of hand and started affecting the wider nation. “Our security forces operate much like Canada’s with limited power. The State of Emergency is a mechanism to give them greater powers to act within prescribed geographical areas. They wouldn’t have had this power to do so unless a State of Emergency was enacted.”Bartlett says that “we’re far beyond that now”, reporting continued growth in tourism despite the ongoing situation. In fact, in January when the State of Emergency took place, Jamaica saw a 6.8% increase in arrivals; during the period when enhanced security was implemented, arrivals grew by 7.6%.Much of this growth can be attributed to the Canadian market, which has experienced significant growth in the last two years. To December 2017, Canadian visitation broke the 400,000 mark, representing a 9% uptick over 2016.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesNow, Bartlett has his sights on a new target: 450,000 Canadians in 2018, and 500,000 by 2020.“What we want to emphasize is that we regard the Canadian market as being very vital to us. It’s the second largest market for Jamaica (after the U.S.),” he says.To continue this growth, Bartlett notes that an entire series of market initiatives involving tour operators, travel agents and media will be implemented. Part of this will also include the cruise segment, which grew by 16.2% in 2017, from 1.6 million passengers in 2016 to 1.9 million.Moreover, Jamaica will welcome an additional 1,000 hotel rooms this year, with a projected 10,000 more by 2021.“The Canadian market has shown an enormous understanding for the current situation because they know Jamaica,” he says. “Jamaica is historically a safe and secure place that has been giving constant high value for the dollar.”To read the full interview, check out the upcoming Feb. 15 issue of Travelweek. Tags: Feature Story, Jamaica << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

State grant approved for Lumberman Park updates

first_img09Feb State grant approved for Lumberman Park updates Categories: News The Village of Wolverine is in line to receive a $289,500 state grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to help with renovations and improvements at Lumberman Park and Trailhead, state Rep. Peter Pettalia announced today.House Bill 4078, legislation that allocates the MNRTF grants, recently passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support and is now before the Senate. The funds come to the MNRTF through state-owned mineral resources development, largely oil and natural gas, and their use is restricted for public land acquisition, natural resource protection and public outdoor recreation enhancement.“The first step toward awarding the grants has been made in the House,” said Pettalia, R-Presque Isle. “Every slate of recreation and resources improvement projects that get funded each year improves the Pure Michigan experience for local residents and visitors across the state.“I congratulate the Wolverine officials and supporters whose hard work is making a difference at Lumberman Park.”The $393,700 project at Lumberman Park and Trailhead will modernize and make accessible this critical part of the North Central State Trail by upgrading toilet, shower and dump station facilities, and adding trail connections, signs, an accessible fishing pier and a looped walking trail with a pedestrian bridge over the Sturgeon River.MNRTF grants are provided through the development of state-owned oil, natural gas and mineral resources, and awarded to assist local governments and the Department of Natural Resources with public land acquisition, natural resource protection and public outdoor recreation.This year’s grants total more than $24 million and will be awarded to 69 projects in 40 Michigan counties.last_img read more

UK TV technical standards body the DTG has introdu

first_imgUK TV technical standards body the DTG has introduced support for the forthcoming Freeview Play connected TV service in the latest edition of the D-Book, the official document for digital-terrestrial TV technology guidelines in the UK. D-Book 8 includes a set of technology foundations for the new service, according to the DTG.Freeview Play is to be based on a technical specification that combines Freeview HD with the pan-European HbbTV standard for hybrid broadband-broadcast services. Elements include a consolidated cross-platform, enhanced metadata stream, rules and guidelines on the UI and presentation of content and players, navigation principles including one-click access to live TV and the prominent display of core content across both linear and non-linear environments and simple on-screen branding. According to Digital UK’s guidelines, it should also provide opportunities for Freeview broadcasters to launch on-demand services alongside those provided by public service broadcasters.The technology platform for the first profile of the platform is based on a common HTML5 application environment, a broadcast profile based on D-Book 7, including MHEG, the incorporation of DVB-DASH adaptive bit-rate streaming, an aggregated source of metadata providing forwards and backwards EPG with links to player content and a search API across both on-demand and broadcast content. The second profile is based on D-Book 8, includes HbbTV 2.0, Microsoft PlayReady DRM and other functionality.“The D-Book 8 is a milestone for digital terrestrial TV in the UK, laying the groundwork for a new generation of connected TVs and set-top boxes,” said DTG chief executive Richard Lindsay-Davies.”I’d like to thank the industry for its continued hard work on standards which will maintain the relevance of digital terrestrial TV to consumers through a changing spectrum environment and its evolution into a hybrid platform.”Jonathan Thompson, chief executive of Digital UK, the body originally set up to ensure a smooth digital switchover, said: “The DTG’s development of the D-Book has been essential to the success of the digital terrestrial television in the UK. As DTT evolves for the connected age and prepares for an era of increased spectrum sharing, this latest edition will ensure consumers choosing Freeview get the best possible viewing experience.”D-Book 4 also includes measures to protect user settings when scanning for channel and service changes and adds support for the evolution of digital terrestrial TV alongside many other minor updates, according to the DTG. Smart retuning in products compliant with D-Book 8 ensures that products will retain users’ favourite channel lists, region selection and recording schedules when they carry out a retune, according to the body.D-Book 8 also includes support for over the air signalling of software updates via broadband so manufacturers can instruct set-tops and TVs to get connected for large update files, or tell users to connect their products to receive the update.There is also a requirement for manufacturers to provide an industry-agreed standard method for displaying signal strength and quality, so that customer services can respond more effectively to reliable data, according to the DTG.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

Recommended Link

first_imgRecommended Link Recommended Link This Weird New Tech Is Disrupting The $7.8 Trillion Finance IndustryHe picked the #1 stock on the S&P 500 11 months in advance and saw a 1,000% return. Now he says this will be the #1 tech play of 2018… and Silicon Valley insiders are already investing millions in it… Click Here for the Full Story — Click here for the full story Why America’s “Second Confederacy” Could Begin Nov. 6, 2018California governor Jerry Brown says the feds are “basically going to war.” Cities and states are suing the federal government. Is it any wonder that 13 states—including Texas, New York, and California—could soon “secede” from America? One expert shows how they’ll “break” from the union, but not in the way you think… Not a single gunshot will be fired. And not a single soldier will be deployed. Instead, these states have found an ingenious way to reclaim part of their sovereignty. See what it means for you, even if you live outside these 13 “rogue” states… By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchOur destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security… When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space.Donald Trump said this in June. It was why he announced plans for a Space Force.The Space Force, as I’m sure you’ve heard, would be the newest branch of the military. Its purpose is—you guessed it—to defend space.Now, I’ll admit it. I didn’t take the Space Force seriously when Trump announced his plans for it three months ago. But I no longer feel that way.I say this because it’s now clear to me that conflict in space isn’t just possible… It’s probable. You could even make the case that it’s an immediate threat to America.That probably sounds like fearmongering. But consider this…• Russia launched a mysterious object into space last year.I’m talking about a satellite known as Kosmos 2519.At the time, the world didn’t know the purpose of this satellite. Only the Russians did.But recent intelligence now suggests Kosmos 2519 could be a weapon. Yleem Poblete, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, warned at a conference last month:We are concerned with what appears to be very abnormal behavior by a declared ‘space apparatus inspector.’ We don’t know for certain what it is, and there is no way to verify it.Poblete said that recent U.S. intelligence indicates that this satellite could be surveilling U.S. space assets (i.e. satellites), possibly in preparation for an attack. Quartz reported last month: Such a vehicle could be used for many purposes: To perform maintenance on or re-fuel older satellites, extending their lives, or to clean up space debris, even sending old satellites to storage orbits or to burn up in the atmosphere. It could also be used to spy on other satellites and attack them with lasers, robotic manipulators or simply by crashing into them.This sounds like something out of a James Bond movie. But regular readers know it’s only a matter of time before something like this happens. • Doug Casey recently told me that the militarization of space was inevitable… Here’s an excerpt from our conversation on the Space Force:Ever since the days of the cavemen, warriors have striven to control the high ground—and space is the ultimate high ground.So this is ramping up the arms race in a big way. And I don’t see how you can stop it. Governments get in wars with each other for a living; it’s their raison d’être. It’s been that way for thousands of years. No different from Game of Thrones, to use an analogy that’s more meaningful to the average sports fan.Of course, you’re probably wondering, “Why militarize space? What’s the motivation?” It’s quite simple, really.• Everyday life depends on space… Pull your smartphone out of your pocket.Can you imagine life without it? Most people can’t. They’d be completely lost without it, both literally and figuratively.This is because smartphones keep us in contact with our family and friends. They help us get from point A to point B. They make it possible to hail an Uber with just a few clicks.And that’s just one example of how dependent modern civilization is on space assets. Not to mention, the satellites in the sky also guide military missiles.To say they’re strategically important is a massive understatement. If we lost contact with our satellites, all hell would break loose.Unfortunately, it wouldn’t take much for that to happen. Strategic Investor editor E.B. Tucker explains:If just a few of the 24 active GPS satellites go offline, devices will lose the ability to triangulate. That means they won’t know where they are anymore. Planes won’t know where they’re going, ships will go wayward, your cell phone won’t work, and the bank machine won’t dispense money because it thinks it’s 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 1900.In other words, a coordinated attack on satellites could bring a country like the United States to its knees. Still, most people won’t take this seriously… that’s because this threat sounds like something ripped from a science fiction novel. But this would almost certainly happen if a major conflict broke out.The Office of the Director of National Intelligence warned in February: We assess that, if a future conflict were to occur involving Russia or China, either country would justify attacks against U.S. and allied satellites as necessary to offset any perceived U.S. military advantage derived from military, civil, or commercial space systems. — • The good news is that the U.S. government will do everything it can to prevent this… It’ll invest heavily in defense systems as well as capabilities to attack other satellites.E.B. agrees. He wrote in the latest issue of Strategic Investor:There’s a new space race.This race is for control of the air between Earth and outer space. Whoever wins will control world commerce. The U.S. knows the stakes. It also knows it’s facing more competition than it did in the race against the Soviets 50 years ago.E.B.’s absolutely correct. Every major country in the world will vie for control of space. Doug thinks so, too:The Chinese are space-capable. So, they’ll do it as well. The Indians are becoming space-capable. And, of course, the Europeans. Soon we’re going to have two, three, many different forces in space…This is just the way these things happen. Somebody does A and somebody else has to do B to counter A. Then somebody else does C to counter B.Unfortunately, there’s nothing the average person can do to prevent an all-out conflict in space. But you can turn this threat into huge profits. Be sure to read tomorrow’s Dispatch to learn how.Regards,Justin Spittler Kotor, Montenegro September 19, 2018P.S. As I mentioned, E.B. has been covering this opportunity and sharing specific ways to profit with his Strategic Investor readers. And he just recommended two new companies poised to soar in the years ahead as this new space race heats up. Subscribers can catch up on his recent issues on the opportunity here and here.If you’re not a Strategic Investor subscriber, I highly recommend signing up for a risk-free trial today. You’ll be able to access E.B.’s picks—and all of his other big money-making ideas—right away. Learn more here.Reader MailbagWhat are your thoughts on the new space race? Do you see it as a major threat to America today? Would you like to hear more about this idea—and ways to protect yourself and profit? Let us know right here.In Case You Missed It…Doug Casey is headed to Bermuda for the first-ever Legacy Investment Summit in the weeks ahead. And he asks you to join him…And it’s not just Doug.Some of your favorite Casey Research editors like E.B. Tucker, Nick Giambruno, Dave Forest, and Marco Wutzer will also be there.There’s still time to save a seat—and receive $1,000 in bonuses for joining us. Details here.last_img read more

Kickstarter hacked Change your password immediately

first_imgAdvertisement Over the weekend, Kickstarter announced that it has been hacked, and private customer information on Wednesday night had been accessed.The company says that no credit card information was accessed by hackers, but is advising all users of the service to reset their password immediately and ensure that any other accounts that use the same password be changed as soon as possible.Other personal information including email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords were compromised in the attack. – Advertisement – Kickstarter has “since improved our security procedures and systems in numerous ways and is working closely with law enforcement.”Source: TNWlast_img read more

Rice University software helps ID terrorists carrying out attacks

first_imgShare1CONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduRice University software helps ID terrorists carrying out attacksRice University researchers have created a sophisticated new computer program that rapidly scans large databases of news reports to determine which terrorists groups might be responsible for new attacks. During the Thanksgiving Day attack in Mumbai, India, for example, researchers used the program to rapidly identify the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as the most likely culprit. Rice researchers say the U.S. intelligence community and foreign intelligence agencies no doubt make good use of sophisticated computing tools in sifting through the massive amount of information available on terrorists, but a problem remains in the human capacity to absorb all of that information. ”There’s an enormous amount of value in using computing to profile conflicts,” said Christopher Bronk, fellow in technology, society and public policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and development team member. ”While experts on conflict are essential, they need new tools for coping with information overload. That’s what we’re trying to provide.” Bronk said even the best-funded intelligence operation cannot watch everything all the time. The Rice project demonstrates that information technology may help determine where to look. From that, human effort can be directed to make more complete assessment and analysis. Bronk said he hopes to perfect a system that can assist the government in identifying future ”hot spots” of activity before violence occurs. The new software, which was designed using the latest techniques from artificial intelligence, takes advantage of the open-source database at the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups (ISVG) at Sam Houston State University. The program culls thousands of news stories reported throughout the world. Mumbai attackOn Thanksgiving Day, as the attacks unfolded in Mumbai, India, Sean Graham, an undergraduate program assistant at Rice, ran a series of queries based on the information reported by television networks. By entering the weapons used (machine guns, grenades and explosives), the target (public structures) and tactics (raid, direct fire and ambush), and without respect to any geographic or ideological bent, he essentially asked, “Who in the world has done this sort of thing before?” The answers were the expected ones, with al-Qaida at the top of a list that also included the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Palestinian militant group Hamas, a Chechen independence group and the India-based United Liberation Front of Assam. This query provided a simple answer to the question of who might be able to pull off such an attack, regardless of geographic location. Researchers then focused on groups known to be active in South Asia. Keeping the query open to territory beyond India, including Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, they generated a list of names that included Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the Bangladeshi Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen and Al-Mansoorian, a group active in Kashmir. By running extremely simple queries against the large, detailed ISVG database, which had no new content added in the immediate period before the Mumbai attacks, the research group came up with the same groups mentioned as likely suspects in Indian, U.S. and other international media.  When they ran the queries against a second database constructed by researchers at the University of Maryland, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba was returned as the most likely culprit. ”We designed the software to better assign attribution in terror attacks, and it appears to have worked,” said Bronk. ”It allowed us to match signatures and say, with some confidence, what groups had the requisite experience, resources and coordinating factors to pull off the Mumbai attacks.” To read the complete paper, visit Rice University group includes Bronk, political scientist Richard Stoll, computer scientist Devika Subramanian and students Derek Ruths and Sean Graham. To speak with Bronk, contact Franz Brotzen at 713-348-6775 or AddThislast_img read more

Googlers Stage Walkout to Protest Trumps Immigration Ban

first_img Image credit: turtix / Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Associate Editor The coordinated protest is happening now across eight campuses. This story originally appeared on Engadget Politics 2 min read Add to Queue –sharescenter_img Next Article Andrew Tarantola Googlers Stage Walkout to Protest Trump’s Immigration Ban Numerous technology companies have already voiced their opposition to the Trump administration’s executive order from Friday banning the immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Today, Google employees from eight campuses have staged a work stoppage and walkout to protest the order as well.Super proud of all my fellow Googlers who showed up in a display of solidarity #NoBanNoWall #GooglersUnite— Mike Doherty (@mikedoherty_ca) January 30, 2017The employees are coordinating and documenting their protest using the #GooglersUnite hashtag. Google does not have an official comment on the situation but a source within the company did state that the company supports the employees’ rally.This is @google right now. #googlersunite— PGK (@patrickgage) January 30, 2017There are at least 187 Googler families affected by there #MuslimBan. Today we stand with them. #Googlersunite #NoBanNoWall— Bri Connelly (@bricon5) January 30, 2017According to company reps, Google Assistant project manager Soufi Esmaeilzadeh acted as the keynote speaker for the Mountain View campus. Esmaeilzadeh, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen who has lived in the U.S. for 15 years (and employed by Google for the last five), was on a plane from San Francisco en route to Zurich when Trump’s executive order took effect. After conferring with Google’s legal team, she returned to the U.S. via Boston and arrived back in the Bay Area yesterday. In addition to Esmaeilzadeh, other employees affected by the order spoke out as well as Alphabet CEO, Sundar Pichai and company co-founder, Sergey Brin. The company estimates more than 2,000 employees participated in total.Update: That didn’t last long. According to eyewitnesses, the San Francisco branch of the protest has apparently already headed back to work.Aaaaaaaaand the Googlers are done. Protest duration: less than an hour— Blake Montgomery (@blakersdozen) January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more