Even though we reported earlier this month that Amazon stopped hosting WikiLeaks. It looks like the fallout from the site’s controversial leaked documents is still happening. This time to the European arm of Amazon which was hit yesterday for a short period of time, amid ongoing threats against major sites by pro-WikiLeaks activists.According to the BBC, British, French, German, Austrian and Italian Amazon sites were down for about 30 minutes during a peak pre-Christmas shopping period. A group of cyber activists, Anonymous, is said to be the main culprits behind the attacks, as they were hitting firms that withdrew services from WikiLeaks.However, Amazon reported that the outage was caused by a “hardware failure” and not an attack. A spokesperson at for the e-tailer stated:The brief interruption to our European retail sites last night was due to hardware failure in our European datacentre network and not the result of a [distributed denial of service] attempt (DDos) For those who don’t know, DDoS attacks involve overloading a website with high numbers of requests so it stops working. The outage follows a series of web attacks by Anonymous targeted at corporate websites that had withdrawn services from WikiLeaks. Anonymous had planned to mount a DDos attack on Friday, but publicly abandoned their plans and denied the attacks stating:After the attack was so advertised in the media, we felt that it would affect people such as consumers in a negative way and make them feel threatened by Anonymous. Simply put, attacking a major online retailer when people are buying presents for their loved ones would be in bad taste. Read more at the BBC and Netcraft
19,045 Views Irish people understand that the census is important. The data is available for every citizen in Ireland, not just the government.Cullen notes that all of the statistics are “very accessible” online or through calling up the CSO’s office.“It’s a national resource and available to everyone, whether that’s a local community group, a housing association or someone wanting to start up local bus route.”It’s also important from a historical perspective.“Genealogy is of enormous interest and importance in Ireland, particularly looking at emigration at end of the 1800s and right through the 1900s. Not just among Irish citizens, there’s a huge interest in it in general .“Making 1901 and 1911 data available online was an enormous success, every form is kept and will be made available in 100 years time. Cullen explains.Why can’t we fill out the form online?Cullen says the CSO has looked into introducing an online census form, but it might not happen. Ultimately, the office is not sure it’s worth the resources and money.“We’re looking very hard at the value for money aspect, we haven’t committed to anything,” she notes.The census forms can be completed in English or in Irish, but the CSO offers translation services in 20 other languages.Last year, the CSO employed a ‘temporary field force’ of about 5,000 people to carry out the census at local and regional level. File photo of Cork city Source: Shutterstock/M.V. PhotographyCensus enumerators delivered the form to every home and communal establishment (like hotels and hostels) in the weeks leading up to census day, before collecting the completed forms in the weeks afterwards.The CSO says it should take an average household less than 30 minutes to complete a census form.The census also collects details of people staying in emergency accommodation across the country as well as people in hostels and rough sleepers.Today’s report launch is the first of 13 summary and electronic reports of statistics from the 2016 Census. Themed releases on issues such as vacant houses, homelessness and diversity will be published in the coming weeks and months.Read: 9 questions you’ve probably had about filling out Census 2016Read: You’ve filled out your census – now it’s time to hand it in Apr 6th 2017, 12:10 AM Share79 Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/3324716 29 Comments File photo of people on Shop Street, Galway Source: Shutterstock/Anton_IvanovEVERY FIVE YEARS the Census of Population gives a detailed picture of Ireland.The most recent census – the 25th – was taken on Sunday, 24 April 2016, with the previous census taking place in April 2011.The first results from Census 2016, published on 14 July, show the preliminary total of the population counted on Census night was 4,757,976 – an increase of 169,724 people (3.7%) since 2011.Later today, the first part of the summary results from last year’s census will be published.The questionnaire covers topics such as age, marital status, gender, place of birth, occupation and housing characteristics.There were no new questions on last year’s census, but the question on marital status was updated to include registered same-sex civil partnerships. Example of census form Source: CSOThe survey is conducted by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to, in the office’s own words, “give a comprehensive picture of the social and living conditions of our people”.“The results are essential tools for effective policy, planning and decision making purposes.“Ireland has been conducting Censuses of Population since 1821. This enables us to track developments over a long period with considerable accuracy. The census is therefore a fundamental part of our national heritage and collective knowledge,” the CSO states.So, what is the information used for? Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician with the CSO, notes that the office will release data “over the coming weeks and months for every village in Ireland”.“This is important both nationally and at a local level.”Nationally, population statistics are needed to plan for the provision of areas such as healthcare, education and employment.Cullen says the information is essential as it gives a picture of, for example, how many elderly people and disabled people are living here, meaning services can be provided accordingly. File photo of Grafton Street, Dublin Source: Shutterstock/Rolf G Wackenberg“It also helps the Department of Education identify school planning needs,” Cullen states.She adds that the census is of huge importance to local authorities so they can identity the services that are needed in their area.The census also measures migration in and out of Ireland by comparing the results of successive censuses.It’s the lawAnyone who is present in Ireland on the night of the census is legally obliged to be included in it. Failure to fill out the form can lead to a fine of up to €44,440. In 2011, there were five successful prosecutions of people who refused to answer the survey.Cullen says the CSO gets “excellent cooperation from the the public” with regards to filling in the census form. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan Short URL Why do we have a census? Here’s what the statistics are used for Some of the summary results from last year’s census will be published today. 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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The government is preparing a bill that would decriminalise the use of drugs in a bid to help users kick the habit and ease overcrowding in Greek prisons. The possession and supply of drugs and the cultivation of cannabis will remain punishable actions. “We cannot send people to jail for two grams of hashish,” Deputy Justice Minister Giorgos Petalotis told state television NET this week, adding that those found in possession of drugs “will be treated as petty offenders”. There is no reference in the bill to the exclusion of hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin from decriminalisation, suggesting that the possession of any drugs – provided that they are deemed to have been destined for personal use – will no longer be a crime. According to Petalotis, the dual aim of the initiative is to help addicts and ease crowding in prisons. “We have prisons full of inmates for drug-related offenses. These are people who need help,” he said. Last week, Justice Minister Miltiadis Papaioannou said that under the new legislation, cultivating cannabis and the possession or use of drugs would be regarded as misdemeanours, provided that the actions do not impact on third parties. The bill also aims to reduce the workload of the police, who spend much of their time dealing with drug addicts, and to make it more difficult for drug dealers to avoid punishment by claiming to be users. The legislation requires addicts to be medically diagnosed so that those claiming to be users cannot exploit it. The bill also establishes that all drug addicts have the right to rehabilitation at a state clinic. The government has pledged to relocate units of the Organization Against Drugs (OKANA) away from the city centre as their presence is believed to have encouraged the widespread use and trade in various drugs. Source: Kathimerini
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Financial Review Magazine has put together a list featuring Australia’s wealthiest self-made citizens aged 40 years and under. The people on this list have not inherited their six or seven figure bank deposits. Determined to make it in the world of entrepreneurship and trade, they managed to put the stamp of success next to their names. Mostly comprised by start-up founders, the list – apart from many engaging resumes – provides another instigation factor on whether university education or coming from a well-off background are necessary pre-requisites in order to hit the business jackpot. The men and women featured in the magazine’s 22-page spread have all managed to embark on a long shot fortune-making journey, reaching their destination. Australian tech entrepreneurs Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes hit the first and second place of this year’s Young Rich with their $2.1 billion-dollar fortune. In the third and fourth place stands a shared $500 million worth hi-tech friendship of 30 years between Dave Greiner and Ben Richardson.George Nakas, 39, has been shortlisted as well in 10th place. Thus, he is the wealthiest self-made Greek Australian. The local businessman debuts on the 12th Young Rich annual list, along with his friend and partner Gavin Fernandez, 40. The duo co-owned an energy company, LEDified Lighting Corp, which they sold last year, closing a million-dollar deal, that helped them start a new, even more promising empire. Nakas and Fernandez are the masterminds behind both James Lane Motors, Dutton Wholesalebrands, as well as sellyourcarfast.com.auArguably, Nakas has made his point clear, opting to drop a successful business to aim higher, albeit with risk. With a personal worth of $188 millon, our fellow Melburnian has made it to 10th place amongst 100 golden Aussies, while Nick Georgalis from Canberra, ranked 77th, with a $27 million fortune.
No Man’s Sky, the grandest procedurally generated, astronomically massive open world game around, is here. In it, you’ll be mining and crafting (not unlike that other massive procedurally generated open-world game) so you can upgrade your ship, get better gear, and keep trekking the stars.With 18 quintillion planet-sized planets there’s a lot of ground to cover, and if you’re going to go trekking out to the black, you might need some tips to get you started. Here are our best suggestions for players who are just getting started on their own adventures into the great unknown. Upgrade your scanner1/11When you first start up the game, you’ll be dropped on some random planet with a crashed ship and little more than a basic mining laser to gather the materials you need to get it fixed up. This serves as basically the game’s only tutorial, but it should help impress upon you how important mining is. If your ship breaks, you need materials to fix it and you get them through mining. If you want to trade or buy a new ship or new tools, you’ll need to mine. The difference between No Man’s Sky and that other famous mining game is that No Man’s Sky gives you a scanner to isolate the most valuable deposits. Do yourself a favor and upgrade this as soon as you possibly can. You may need to find some blue prints before you can get a better scanner, so keep an eye out for old outposts or anything that looks like it’d have some fancy tech stashed away in a long-forgotten corner.<><>
One of the most controversial football figures over the past decade or so once against demonstrated his lucidity and audacity.After numerous sources reported that the Serie A heavyweights AC Milan consider a potential January swoop for Los Angeles Galaxy talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, former Sweden international reached out to the press with some statement.The United States-based news outlet, TMZ Sports, have broadcasted the words of the 37-year-old striker regarding the rumored interest of the Rossoneri.“There is always rumors. The whole world wants me. It’s okay.”It’s not the first time (and probably not the last) that the ex-Manchester United superstar came out with such a comment. Just a reminder – when Zlatan landed in Los Angeles, he welcomed the NBA bigwig LeBron James in “Zlatan way.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Now LA has a God and a King!Zlatan welcomes @KingJames pic.twitter.com/4gYooOpURD— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) July 2, 2018Although AC Milan sporting director Leonardo has recently stressed the 7-time Champions League winners won’t try to take Ibra back at the Stadio San Siro, anything could happen by January.
Posted: October 16, 2018 AP Stocks surge on earnings and economic data; Dow climbs 500 October 16, 2018 NEW YORK (AP) — World stock markets are rallying Tuesday, and U.S. stocks are on track for their second-largest gain in 2018 following strong earnings reports from major U.S. companies in finance and health care. Technology companies are also rising after their recent slump. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose as much as 502 points.Even with the big gains, major indexes are still broadly lower for the month following a two-day rout last week that erased nearly 1,400 points from the Dow.Investors were encouraged by some good news on the economy. The Federal Reserve said output by U.S. factories, mines and utilities climbed in September despite the effects of Hurricane Florence, and the Labor Department said U.S. employers posted the most jobs in two decades in August while hiring continued to increase.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index jumped 54 points, or 2 percent, to 2,805 as of 2:45 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow gained 494 points, or 2 percent, to 25,745.The Nasdaq composite climbed 192 points, or 2.6 percent, to 7,623 as technology companies reversed some of their outsize losses from the last few days. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 39 points, or 2.6 percent, to 1,592.Earnings for U.S. companies climbed about 20 percent in each of the first two quarters of 2018 as economic growth picked up and corporate taxes were slashed. Analysts expect similar results in the current period.Stocks have gyrated over the last three days following a six-day losing streak that included some of their biggest declines of the year. The S&P 500 fell 6.9 percent from its record high on Sept. 20 to its recent low on Thursday. It remains 4.3 percent below that record level.HEALTHY…: UnitedHealth, the largest U.S. health insurer and provider of privately-run Medicare Advantage plans, once again topped Wall Street forecasts and raised its projections for the year. The stock climbed 4.1 percent to $270.95. Other health insurers also rose. Cigna advanced 3.8 percent to $211.70 and Humana rose 3.4 percent to $327.90. Medicaid service company Molina Healthcare jumped 4.1 percent to $144.26.Health care products giant Johnson & Johnson added 1.4 percent to $135.89 after it said prescription sales jumped. Its results, too, were stronger than analysts expected.…AND WEALTHY: Morgan Stanley rose 5.7 percent to $45.94 and Goldman Sachs added 2.4 percent to $220.38 after the two investment banks did better than expected in the third quarter, helped by strong performance in their trading operations and better-than-expected revenue from stock underwriting. Morgan Stanley’s stock has fallen 12 percent this year and Goldman has lost almost 14 percent.TECH UPDATE: Technology companies rose. Microsoft jumped 2.8 percent to $110.65 and Adobe rallied 8.6 percent to $258.36 after it backed its fourth-quarter profit and revenue forecasts. The stock has jumped 47 percent this year, but had slumped in recent days. Internet companies also advanced. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, rose 2.4 percent to $1,128.80.Email delivery company Sendgrid climbed 14.8 percent to $35.50 after cloud communications platform company Twilio agreed to buy it for $36.92 per share in stock, or $1.7 billion. Twilio fell 3.4 percent to $73.56.SUSPENSE FOR NETFLIX: Netflix rose 2.7 percent to $342.04 ahead of its third-quarter report Tuesday afternoon. The streaming video company has struggled over the past three months and has fallen almost 20 percent since its second-quarter report, when it posted disappointing subscriber totals and gave a weaker forecast than analysts expected.It’s still up 78 percent this year, the third-best of any S&P 500 stock.O CANNABIS: On Wednesday Canada will legalize marijuana nationwide. While cannabis companies mostly traded lower Tuesday, the stocks have made huge gains this year in highly volatile trading. Tilray fell 5.7 percent to $156.27 while Canopy Growth shed 7.1 percent to $52.87.On Tuesday Benchmark Capital analyst Mike Hickey started coverage of Tilray with a $200 price target, saying its supply deals with pharmacies and a partnership with drugmaker Novartis will help make it an early leader in the market. Hickey valued the Canadian cannabis market at about $3.2 billion in 2019 and said it will climb to $8.1 billion by 2023.Tilray’s market value stands at $14.5 billion, up ninefold since it went public in mid-July, and Canopy Growth has more than doubled in value to $12 billion. Canopy announced a $4 billion investment from Corona beer maker Constellation Brands in August. The huge gains reflect investors’ view that that other countries will legalize marijuana in the years to come.ENERGY: U.S. benchmark crude oil added 0.2 percent to $71.92 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 0.4 percent to $81.14 per barrel in London.Wholesale gasoline rose 1.7 percent to $1.98 a gallon and heating oil picked up 0.6 percent to $2.34 a gallon. Natural gas lost 0.1 percent to $3.24 per 1,000 cubic feet.BONDS: Bond prices edged lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.17 percent from 3.16 percent.METALS: Gold rose 0.1 percent to $1,231 an ounce. Silver lost 0.2 percent to $14.70 an ounce. Copper slipped 0.3 percent to $2.78 a pound.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 112.27 yen from 111.88 yen. The euro fell to $1.1577 from $1.1584.OVERSEAS: France’s CAC 40 added 1.5 percent while the DAX in Germany jumped 1.4 percent. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.4 percent. Italy’s FTSE MIB jumped 2.2 percent after the government avoided last-minute delays in presenting a budget plan.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rallied 1.2 percent and the Kospi in South Korea was little changed. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index finished 0.1 percent higher. AP, Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter
A Portland attorney and Lewis and Clark College law professor has asked the federal government to rescind its approval of the Columbia River Crossing, saying the project’s shaky finances make the Record of Decision invalid.In a March 13 letter to the Federal Highway Administration, Tom Buchele says the key document — which allows for construction to start on the $3.5 billion project — is possibly illegal.Writing on behalf of his clients, Northwest Environmental Defense Center and the Coalition for a Livable Future, Buchele states that the highway administration violated its own rules when it gave the green light to the CRC.Federal law requires that a project’s funding must be “reasonably available” before bureaucrats may sign off on a final environmental impact statement. The plans the CRC sent to the feds show deadlines for receiving federal and state money, and also include a three-way split of financing among the federal government, vehicle tolling and the states of Oregon and Washington.However, only tolling has been approved, along with $39 million for light rail from the Federal Transit Authority.Buchele argues that with state and federal budgets in crisis, and with no official approval of construction money from either state, the federal Record of Decision doesn’t contain an expectation of funding that is reasonably available.
New Jersey-based Acrow Bridge found itself in the right place at the right time when it became subcontractor for construction of a temporary replacement bridge on the Interstate 5 crossing of the Skagit River near Mount Vernon.The bridge-building company had opened a one-person office in Camas and a large warehouse in Washougal this spring so it could more quickly respond to customers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and other western states. This week, it was able to quickly ship two truckloads of bridge parts from a Washougal storage site to the Skagit River, If the company hadn’t opened the site in Clark County, the parts would have had to come from facilities in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, said Bill Killeen, Acrow’s CEO.When the company opened in Clark County, “we wanted to be a storage facility where we could more quickly mobilize on the West Coast, so it was ideal,” Killeen said Thursday.Acrow expects to expand its staff presence in Clark County as needed, Killeen said.MOUNT VERNON — Nearly all the materials for a temporary Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River have arrived at the site and the Washington Transportation Department hopes to meet the governor’s goal of spanning a collapsed section by mid-June, officials said.Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson told a telephone town hall Wednesday night that work can begin as soon as the National Transportation Safety Board finishes its site investigation, The Skagit Valley Herald reported.
The median gender pay gap for full-time employees in the UK stood at 9.1% in 2017, according to analysis by The Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its Understanding the gender pay gap in the UK report, which uses data from its Annual survey of hours and earnings (ASHE) report published in October 2017, also found that the UK’s gender pay gap fell from 10.5% in 2011 to 9.1% in 2017. Over this period, men’s full-time wages increased by 10.4%, from £13.12 an hour to £14.48 an hour. In comparison, women’s full-time wages increased by 12%, from £11.75 an hour to £13.16 an hour.In 2017, men working full-time hours of more than 30 hours a week, or 25 or more hours a week for the teaching profession, were paid £1.32 more an hour than women. Men’s median hourly pay for full-time work was 65.4% higher than for men who worked part-time hours in 2017 while full-time female employees who earned 42.8% more than those working part-time.Male and female chief executive and senior officials, the highest-paid group included in the analysis, earned a median hourly salary of £48.53 and £36.54 respectively last year. Among managers and directors, men received a median hourly salary of £23.69, £2.62 more than the equivalent median hourly pay for women. Men working full-time in the highest-paid occupation group (chief executives and senior officials) earned 5.3 times more than men working in the lowest-paid occupation group (elementary occupations). For female employees, this figure was 4.5 times higher in 2017.The largest gender pay gap in 2017 was among the skilled trade occupation group, recorded at 24.8%. The smallest gender pay gap was 3.6% in sales and customer service occupations.Men had the highest employment share of 92% in skilled trade occupations, compared to women who had the highest employment share in caring, leisure and other service occupations (75.6%). Between April and June 2017, the employment rate for women with dependent children was 73.7%, compared to 92.4% of comparative men. Of this group, 51.8% of women were employed in part-time roles, while 90.1% of men were in full-time roles.Among employees who had been in the job for one year of less. the gender pay gap last year stood at 5.3% for employees. This increased to 11.9% for staff employed in the same job for 20 or more years.The median hourly pay for male employees in full-time roles who had held the same position for more than 20 years was £18.35, equating to 59.6% more than full-time men who had been in their job for less than one year. Female employees who had been in the same job for more than 20 years earned £16.16 an hour, which is 48.4% more than women who had been in their job for less than a year.
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – The city of Davie is making a few changes after a woman was killed by an alligator.The city is introducing a new public information campaign and putting up signs near open bodies of water, such as the lake at Silver Lakes Rotary Nature Park.The signs will warn of dangerous animals in the area.This comes after a 47-year-old woman was violently attacked and killed by an alligator while walking her dogs by the lake in Davie, Friday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, April 30, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, mainly after 9am. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.In The Community: GOOD LUCK to those participating in the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce’s Golf Tournament at the Tewksbury Country Club. The event is SOLD OUT. Event sponsors include Align Credit Union, Commonwealth Financial Network, and Lowell Five. Hole sponsors include Abundant Life, Align Credit Union, Escapology, JCW Title, Local Property Shop, Mark Kratman, Marshall’s Autobody Experts, PC Independent Consultant, Wamesit Lanes, and Wilder Construction.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Wildwood & Boutwell School Advisory Council meets at 9:30am at the Boutwell. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Middle School PAC meets at 6pm at WMS.At The Library: Domestic Affairs Discussion at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Quilting at 1pm. Wii Bowling at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: 5 Wilmington High School games are scheduled. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: Cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau of Airgoz Aerial Photography. What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 6, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 10, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Tags Spring is a great time to go exploring with your family. MonkeyBusinessImages/iStockphoto The season of snuggling up on your couch and sipping hot cocoa is coming to an end. Spring is here, so it’s time to come out of hibernation. Spending weekends cooking out, playing volleyball games in the park, driving with the top down, wearing shorts and making ice-cold lemonade is right around the corner.Use these apps to help you find something fun to do outdoors that everyone will enjoy. Oh, Ranger! ParkFinderTry a new park with your friends and family using Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder (download for iOS or Android). This app has a huge database of almost every national, state and local park in the United States. Choose the park you’re interested and see all of the activities they have to offer. The database also has descriptions of all the activities provided. Many locations offer sports, water activities, disc golf, playgrounds, camping and other possibilities.Oh Ranger! Parkfinder App Screenshot: Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Charity MilesHave fun outdoors and raise money for a good cause with Charity Miles (download for iOS or Android). Earn money for the charity of your choice by walking, running or cycling. Have a friend or relative join you to double the money you raise. Charity Miles will log your information using the in-app pedometer, run-tracker, walking timer, cycling meter and running stopwatch. Before you begin your workout, use the stopwatch provided in-app to start your timer. There are over 40 charities to choose from, so pick one and get moving!Charity Miles App Screenshot: Katie Conner/CBS Interactive GeocachingGo on a treasure hunt with the Geocaching app (download for iOS or Android). All around the world, these modern-day treasure chests are just waiting to be found. Geocaches are basically hidden containers that people fill with trinkets. You’ll receive hints, descriptions, recent activity and attributes for each geocache. You’ll find the geocaches by using the map, compass and driving instructions. Some geocaches will take longer to find, depending on how hard it is to find. Live Search will update the geocaches near you as you move around.This app is free, but you can unlock more features (like premium caches) with the premium upgrade for $6 monthly, $10 quarterly or $30 per year.Geocaching App Screenshot: Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Night SkyGaze at the stars with your loved ones with Night Sky (download for iOS). Try to find and identify planets, star constellations and satellites by pointing your phone camera toward the sky. The free app uses AR (augmented reality) to outline the objects in the sky.If there’s something specific you’re looking for, like Jupiter or the International Space Station, use the Night Sky Siri Shortcuts on iPhone. You’ll need iOS 12 to use this feature. The app is free, but you can upgrade to the premium version for $2 monthly or $10 yearly. Premium unlocks Planetary Portals where you can step onto the surface of other planets in AR. You’ll also gain access to Night Sky Tours for any location worldwide.Night Sky App Screenshot: Katie Conner/CBS Interactive YonderLet Yonder (download for iOS) help you plan your next outdoor adventure. Find activities near you that you love, like kayaking or hiking, and gather your friends for a fun experience. Use Yonder to help you find beautiful trails and share your experience with the community.Decide what you want to do and search in the app for places that offer that activity. Gain inspiration for your next hike by viewing other visitors’ photos and experiences in the area and find out what makes that destination special. You can even share your memories with others through photos and videos.Yonder App Screenshot: Katie Conner/CBS Interactive KomootFor the active family, use Komoot (download for iOS or Android) to organize your next cycling or hiking trip. The in-app planner details every trail with information about the terrain, difficulty, distance and elevation.Turn-by-turn voice navigation keeps your eyes on the trail and off your phones for a safe journey. Track your rides and hikes with GPS and add photos to remember your experience. Komoot gives you your first region (route) for free, and additional regions cost $4 each. If you’re a frequent traveler, consider buying the Complete Package for a one-time price of $30 to have access to all regions.Komoot App Screenshot: Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Download.com: Goya-Move blocks apps on kids’ phones until they meet a step goalCairnFor any outdoor adventure you go on, use Cairn (download for iOS) to keep you safe. Cairn lets you share your location with your friends and family, find spots with cell coverage, and download maps to use offline. Share your location with your friends in case you get separated while hiking. They’ll be able to use your GPS location to find you. You can also set up a “due back time” if your group decides to split up. If someone hasn’t returned by that time, you can search for them on the map. Before you go, however, check out the area to make sure cell coverage is available.Maps, trails and cell coverage are free, but you can also subscribe for more features for $5 per month or $27 yearly. You’ll get a 60-day free trial so you can try out all of the features.Cairn App Screenshot: Katie Conner/CBS Interactive BivySimilar to some of the other apps mentioned above is Bivy (download for iOS or Android). It has 17 different adventure types, like hiking, kayaking, skiing, rock climbing and cycling. There are thousands of fully mapped adventures and trails. Filter your excursion by type, difficulty and quality.Bivy will keep track of your pace, mileage, calories burned, top speed, resting time and ETA. Bivy will also alert you if you veer off the path. Share your location with your friends and family so they can see which path you’re on in case you get lost. The cost is $3 for one month or $30 for a year.Bivy App Screenshot: Katie Conner/CBS Interactive OroecoAdd some eco-friendly competition to your life this spring with Oroeco (download for iOS or Android). Use the app to track your carbon footprint and to see how your life connects to climate change. Oroeco shows you how you spend your money, your home’s energy consumption, your transportation decisions and your diet could be impacting the climate. You’ll receive tips on how to lower your impact on the environment and save money in the process.Oroeco encourages you to get out in the community and plant trees, walk instead of driving and spend more time outside. Invite your friends and family to join your journey this spring and see who can save more CO2e per month.Oroeco App Screenshot: Katie Conner/CBS Interactive 0 Post a comment Share your voice Top 5 spring-cleaning tech tips 3:01 Mobile Now playing: Watch this: Sky iOS 12
Acid drainage from the Tulsequah Chief Mine, northeast of Juneau, discolors a leaking containment pond next to the Tulsequah River in British Columbia in 2013. The U.S. State Department is addressing concerns that other B.C. mines will pollute Alaska rivers. (Photo courtesy Chris Miller/Trout Unlimited)Gov. Bill Walker is using his final weeks in office to urge his Canadian counterpart in British Columbia to toughen regulations on mines in transboundary watersheds. It’s a position fisheries advocates have been pushing for.Listen nowA mine can’t legally operate in Alaska unless the owner makes financial assurances it can pay for remediation. Basically, that’s cleaning things up to a point that satisfies regulators.“Here in Alaska we require that mines put up a full reclamation bond that shows that a mine can clean up its mess, and that is not required in British Columbia,” said Heather Hardcastle of Salmon Beyond Borders, a group that campaigns against transboundary mine pollution.Her group has been urging Alaska’s governor to demand the same from British Columbia.On Wednesday, she got her wish after Governor Walker penned a two-page letter to British Columbia Premier John Horgan demanding financial assurances.“This letter in multiple paragraphs mentions it multiple times so it makes it very clear that financial assurances are a priority for Alaska,” said Ephraim Froehlich, the governor’s senior adviser on fish and game.He said recent contacts between the Walker administration and British Columbia’s minister for mines made it apparent the province wasn’t enthusiastic about adding that requirement.“And so it made it very clear that the governor had to make Alaska’s position crystal clear for the other side,” Froehlich said.Salmon advocates applaud the new position.“It’s much more forceful in tone than previous letters,” Hardcastle said. “I think it perfectly encapsulates the frustration that all of us are feeling right now with British Columbia and Canada.”That frustration is also felt by some in the Walker administration. That’s because there’s precedent for mine operators in British Columbia going bankrupt and walking away.Just upstream from Taku Inlet near Juneau, the former Tulsequah Chief Mine across the border, has been leeching acidic runoff for decades. The Taku River is an important salmon fishery in Southeast. The Taku River Tlingit First Nation in Canada also wrote the premier in September demanding the mine be cleaned up.Meanwhile, there’s a booming Golden Triangle mining area in British Columbia with additional metals mines being proposed just over the border. And there are fears of the owner of the Red Chris Mine going bankrupt and being unable to finish what it started.“We’re not going to be able to have confidence in British Columbia’s reclamation abilities of these mines that they are permitting at a pretty high rate if we do not see Tulsequah Chief be remediated and be cleaned up and properly dealt with,” he said.The Walker administration’s days are numbered. Froehlich said the letter states Alaska’s position clearly for whomever occupies the governor’s mansion next month.“We would hope that whatever administration comes in next takes a strong stance,” he said.The British Columbia premier’s office referred questions to the province’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, which didn’t respond by Friday afternoon.Calls to the Mining Association of British Columbia weren’t returned Friday.Walker’s letter comes at a time that British Columbia is reviewing its mine reclamation laws. Province officials will accept public comments on recommended policy changes through Nov. 8.
New Delhi: The TDP expressed hope that the Bill to revoke Article 370 would help in rectifying the historical blunder that was committed 70 years ago. Participating in the discussion on the Bill in the Lok Sabha to scrap Article 370, TDP floor leader Galla Jayadev said the TDP and its president N Chandrababu Naidu strongly support the concept of one nation, one flag and one Constitution. He felt that with the bold decision of the Centre peace would prevail in the Valley. Women of the state will have greater freedom now in many areas, he said, appealing to the Centre to restore normalcy in J&K as early as possible so that the people can live in peace.
Indian school children prepare for their Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]As the students are eagerly waiting for their class 12 results, the Directorate of Higher Secondary Education (DHSE) is expected to declare the plus two results on May 8 at 11 am.The results of VHSE, THSE and AHSE will also be released along with HSE results. The students are advised to keep their admit cards/hall tickets ready on May 8 to quickly access their results.The results will be available on the following websites –dhsekerala.gov.inkeralaresults.nic.inwww.prd.kerala.gov.inThe students who have taken their state syllabus board exams (private and regular) for the year 2019 can also check their results on examresults.net and also from the app iExaMS, which can be downloaded from the Google playstore.How to Check the results for 2019 Kerala state Plus Two results:-Log in to official websites of theDirectorate of Higher Secondary Education (DHSE) at dhsekerala.gov.in, kerala.gov.in or keralaresults.nic.inFill in your details carefully (registration/hall ticket number)Click submitThe page will show your plus two resultsDownload and keep a print for further use
You should never, ever get wasted on tequila and get behind the wheel of your car. It’s totally cool to drive yourself home in a car made from tequila waste, however.Ford and Jose Cuervo have teamed up, and they definitely didn’t do it to remind you that drinking and driving is never a good idea (though it’s never a bad idea to drive that point home). No, the world’s sixth-largest automaker is working with the tequila distiller to make their vehicles a bit greener.Don’t expect this collaboration to result in something like The Homer rolling off Ford’s production lines. It’s not about Ford’s designers doing the whole lick it, slam it, suck it thing to get their creative juices flowing. Ford wants to use byproducts from the tequila-making process to make parts for their vehicles.AdChoices广告Agave bagazo — bagasse in EnglishTo make tequila, agave piñas are cooked in autoclaves or ovens. The fibers that remain when the cooking is done — called bagazo in Spanish– are normally discarded or used to fertilize the agave fields, but Ford wants to turn bagazo into bioplastic.In their press release, Ford notes that their vehicles average around 400 pounds of plastic content. They’re constantly looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact all that plastic makes, and finding sustainable sources is one of them.As the number one tequila brand on the market, the folks at Cuervo have plenty of bagazo to ship Ford’s way. They’ll be using this agave-based bioplastic along with things like rice hulls, soy, and coconut fiber to keep the vehicles rolling off their assembly lines as eco-friendly as possible.
© 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Influence of coastal vegetation on the 2004 tsunami wave impact in west Aceh, PNAS, Published online before print November 7, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1013516108AbstractIn a tsunami event human casualties and infrastructure damage are determined predominantly by seaquake intensity and offshore properties. On land, wave energy is attenuated by gravitation (elevation) and friction (land cover). Tree belts have been promoted as “bioshields” against wave impact. However, given the lack of quantitative evidence of their performance in such extreme events, tree belts have been criticized for creating a false sense of security. This study used 180 transects perpendicular to over 100 km on the west coast of Aceh, Indonesia to analyze the influence of coastal vegetation, particularly cultivated trees, on the impact of the 2004 tsunami. Satellite imagery; land cover maps; land use characteristics; stem diameter, height, and planting density; and a literature review were used to develop a land cover roughness coefficient accounting for the resistance offered by different land uses to the wave advance. Applying a spatial generalized linear mixed model, we found that while distance to coast was the dominant determinant of impact (casualties and infrastructure damage), the existing coastal vegetation in front of settlements also significantly reduced casualties by an average of 5%. In contrast, dense vegetation behind villages endangered human lives and increased structural damage. Debris carried by the backwash may have contributed to these dissimilar effects of land cover. For sustainable and effective coastal risk management, location of settlements is essential, while the protective potential of coastal vegetation, as determined by its spatial arrangement, should be regarded as an important livelihood provider rather than just as a bioshield. Citation: Computer model suggests tsunamis could be blunted by coastal trees (2011, November 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-tsunamis-blunted-coastal-trees.html (PhysOrg.com) — One of the biggest problems with tsunamis is that they are so hit or miss. Major ones only occur every ten years or so, and the likelihood of any one place being hit is extremely small. This results in very little preparation being undertaken for such occurrences by people in areas that could be hit. The end result is that when a tsunami does strike, it’s typically devastating. One solution suggested over the years is that coastal communities plant trees between the sea and the community; the idea being that the trees might slow or blunt the force of the waves. Unfortunately, not much work has been done to test this theory, mostly because it’s virtually impossible to predict when and where a tsunami will strike. Now however, a group of German researchers has designed a computer program, as described in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that suggests planting trees really might help lessen destruction and loss of life. Trees won’t stop tsunamis, scientists warn Explore further To get over the problem of not being able to study tsunamis directly, scientists have been turning more and more to computer modeling. Last year for example, a team from Ireland developed a model that helped explain the pendulum effect that can cause bigger waves in some tsunamis. In this latest study a German group working out of the University of Hohenheim has created a model to simulate the devastating tsunami that struck the Aceh part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra in 2004. They replicated both the geography of the area there and the tsunami that struck and then measured the effects of the tsunami, both with and without protective vegetation.As expected the model clearly showed a correlation between damage that resulted and distance from the sea shore i.e. those closest to the sea took the brunt of the force of the waves. When trees were added to the model between the community and the sea however, the model showed an average reduction in destruction of five percent. Smaller plants such as cacao or coffee plants provided less protection, just three percent.The model also showed that if trees are planted behind the community, the destruction tends to be worse as they appear to prevent people from escaping, and provide more dangerous flotsam. It also seems possible that if the trees blunt the force, some of that energy might be bounced back into the community.Unfortunately, despite these findings, it’s not likely that many communities will start covering their shores with dense tree growth, as it would spoil the view; a highly valued commodity in most coastal regions. Indian Ocean (Jan. 2, 2005). A village near the coast of Sumatra lays in ruin after the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. Image: Wikipedia 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.
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Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center The American has maintained that all his home sales were legitimate purchases by Americans, Canadians and Europeans looking to establish on the Nicaraguan and Costa Rican coasts. Moreover, he says authorities built an indictment against him based on lies.“There is no way for me to know why exactly… what motivation the police had to invent such horrible lies about me, without any evidence, without any reason,” he said. “I don’t know and I don’t know if I will ever know why I was put in this situation.”Puracal’s family flew to New York to meet him Sunday night after he arrived from Tegucigalpa. His sisters and mother had launched a campaign to release him and took out loans, spending more than half a million dollars. His sister Janis Puracal, a Seattle attorney, was key in the efforts to vacate the charges, Puracal said.“She has gone above and beyond what any family member would do. She has put in thousands of hours as an attorney,” he said.Janis Puracal says she devoted her life these past two years to free him so he could reunite with his family.“My world has been chaotic. We have exhausted every resource we could possibly have but at the end we would do it again to see him home,” she told The Associated Press. Quick workouts for men Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement _______Adriana Gomez Licon reported this story from Mexico City.Claudia Torrens is on Twitter http://twitter.com/ClaudiaTorrens (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) NEW YORK (AP) – In a story Sept. 17 about a U.S. man imprisoned in Nicaragua (topic), The Associated Press erroneously reported the date of a police raid as Nov. 11, 2012. It occurred on Nov. 11, 2010.A corrected version of the story is below:US man freed from Nicaragua jail back with familyAP Interview: Freed American endured nearly 2 years in Nicaraguan prison thinking of son, wifeBY CLAUDIA TORRENS and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON Despite living nearly two tough years, Puracal says he wouldn’t change his decision of moving to Nicaragua.Ten years ago, he traveled there in a Peace Corps mission and taught farmers about vegetable gardening. After ending his stint in 2004, he decided to stay and made San Juan del Sur his home, living in a three-bedroom house overlooking the bay. He started selling homes and then obtained a Re/Max franchise with three other Americans.On Nov. 11, 2010, masked police officers with AK-47s raided his office and arrested him. First, he shared a cell with between nine and 12 inmates who fought among them and prison guards, he says. Puracal says the cell was infested with insects and at times there wasn’t enough drinking water for inmates, which caused constant stomach pains.After human rights groups and congressmen complained about the conditions, he was moved to solitary confinement.The University of Washington graduate has plans to go back to school to study sustainable urban development.“I am just focused in being with my family and moving forward” he said. “I am not really interested in looking at the past. I am interested in looking at the future.” Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) _ The thought of his wife and 5-year-old son born with Down syndrome is what helped Jason Puracal endure two years in a crowded, bug-infested Nicaraguan prison serving a drug sentence that was later withdrawn when he won an appeal.Now, the 35-year-old Tacoma, Washington man feels ecstatic to be back in the United States a free man and able to see his mother, two sisters, his wife and son, he said in an interview with The Associated Press.“It was very overwhelming. It still is very overwhelming,” Puracal said. “The whole journey has been like a dream or a nightmare, I should say, and it still feels like it’s not real. Here I am back in the U.S., back home.”Before last week’s appeals victory, Puracal was an American serving a 22-year sentence in a Nicaragua maximum-security prison on money-laundering and drug charges that stemmed from a November 2010 arrest at his beachfront real estate office in the surfing town of San Juan del Sur, near the border with Costa Rica.Prosecutors charged that he used his business as a front for money laundering, selling farms on behalf of suspected drug traffickers. A judge convicted him of all charges in August 2011. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories “I am just so happy to be able to breathe some fresh air. Even New York fresh air,” he said.Puracal’s case drew the attention of human rights advocates and U.S. lawmakers who defended him and pushed for an appeal hearing after many considered the judicial process flawed with inconsistencies.Court documents say police had intelligence reports that Puracal and 10 other suspects were awaiting the arrival of a vessel containing drugs. Nicaraguan prosecutors charged that Puracal had used the money of suspected drug trafficker Manuel Ponce Espinoza to buy area farms, but didn’t explain how the two men were allegedly connected. Ponce testified in court that he didn’t know the American, and Puracal said he didn’t know Ponce or any of the other nine defendants.The appellate court ruled that the sentencing judge failed to carefully examine the evidence and explain the reasons for convicting Puracal and 10 others. Also, the court agreed the judge had violated the defendants’ rights by not allowing the defense to introduce evidence. Courts officials said the judge that convicted and sentenced Puracal was missing paperwork to be officially certified to oversee cases. In prison, Puracal says he was assaulted more than once and was hospitalized for poor nutrition. He lost nearly 30 pounds.“I was robbed several times,” he said, adding inmates would often steal his food.Conditions were harsh, but he endured them hoping to eventually go back to his son, Jabu, and his Nicaraguan wife, Scarleth Flores, who he met in 2006.“My son is my life. I was very worried with his development. He has Down syndrome,” Puracal said. “I was always thinking of him. I knew I needed to endure this to get out and reunite with him. He gave me hope.”The Tacoma man says the case against him isn’t closed yet. Nicaraguan authorities say they are studying the ruling by a three-judge panel announced last Wednesday before revealing if they will appeal with the Central American nation’s Supreme Court. Attorney Fabbrith Gomez could not be reached to speak about what’s next for Puracal’s defense.Puracal said the U.S. government had to negotiate with the country’s immigration authorities to let him exit the country on a long holiday weekend, instead of waiting until Monday.He left the prison Thursday afternoon hunched down in the back seat of a car being driven by his lawyer. They spent the night at a hotel in Managua, the capital, guarded by the country’s immigration police. Puracal and his attorney drove to Honduras the next night and then flew from Tegucigalpa to New York on Sunday. 0 Comments Share