Jaffna students boycott classes TNA to protest

Meanwhile the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) announced that a demonstration will be held on Monday in Jaffna to protest against the incidents. The TNA said that the demonstration will be to protest against the attack on the students who attempted to commemorate the LTTE ‘heroes day” anniversary as well as against the attack on Jaffna TNA MP  E. Sarawanabavan. Jaffna university students have decided to boycott classes both today and tomorrow over the clashes with the police and army over the LTTE “heroes day” ceremonies.The Jaffna university students union said that they had called for the boycott to ensure the safety of the students after some of them were injured in the clashes over the past two days. read more

MR warns proposed new law a threat to Sri Lanka

“When such a request is made, the government of Sri Lanka is obliged to inform the foreign country of the measures it intends taking to prosecute or extradite that person. Clause 21 empowers the executive arm of the State to oversee the full implementation of this international convention in Sri Lanka and Clause 23 states that this new law is to override all other written law. Articles 10 and 11 of the International Convention against Enforced Disappearances empowers any member State to arrest anybody, even a foreigner present within its jurisdiction on suspicion of having been involved in enforced disappearances in any other country. The State that carries out such an arrest can prosecute the suspect without extraditing him to his own country. Most significantly, a suspect arrested in that manner, can be handed over to an international criminal tribunal even if the suspect’s own country does not come under the jurisdiction of that international tribunal,” Rajapaksa said. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says a Bill has been gazetted to incorporate into the law of Sri Lanka, the provisions of the ‘International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances’ which was hurriedly signed and ratified by the present Government.He warned clause 8 of this Bill enables foreign countries to seek the extradition of a Sri Lankan who is suspected, accused or convicted of having caused enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka. He said no one who is prosecuted in the courts of a foreign country or by an international criminal tribunal which is funded and maintained by interested foreign Governments in relation to a crime allegedly committed in that person’s home country, can really expect justice. “Such prosecutions are always politically motivated. All the elements that relate to an enforced disappearance – abduction, illegal confinement, murder and the illegal disposal of dead bodies etc are more than adequately covered by the Penal Code and the existing criminal law in Sri Lanka. The only real purpose of this proposed law will be to give interested foreign parties an opportunity to interfere in the justice system in Sri Lanka. Fortunately, according to our legal system and the judgement given by the Supreme Court in Nallaratnam Singarasa v. The Attorney General (2006), even an international convention that is signed and ratified does not become law in this country unless it is expressly incorporated into local law by Parliament,” he said.Rajapaksa said that even though the Government in its folly has signed and ratified an international convention that wiser nations have steered clear of, Parliament can reduce the damage to some extent by not passing the legislation to incorporate it into local law. He says the proposed law is an attempt to subject the armed forces to international war crimes prosecutions without using the term ‘war crimes’ and rephrasing it as ‘disappearances’.Rajapaksa says all Members of Parliament should be mindful that passing this Bill into law will be a clear case of betraying the country to the pro-LTTE Diaspora and the interested foreign parties backing them. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Discovery Innovation

We’ve been hearing for years about how much of a hard time many college and university graduates are having finding jobs in their areas of expertise…But now, some students are graduating and becoming their own bosses — becoming entrepreneurs at an early age.Cindy Csordas was at an innovation event known as “Discovery” run by Ontario Centres of Excellence Monday and she has the story…00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Hard Rock Café opens in Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGCCI, PSC tour MovieTowne Plaza ahead of its opening this yearJune 12, 2018In “Business”Guyana Goldfields makes first saleOctober 29, 2015In “Business”Guyana Goldfields transitioning from surface to underground miningFebruary 5, 2018In “Business” Hard Rock Café, an international franchise, has opened its doors to Guyana at the Movietowne Mall, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown.The restaurant, famous for its wide-ranging memorabilia collection, promises an unforgettable experience.Patrons can indulge in mouth-watering dishes and cocktails prepared by the trained and enthusiastic staffers, in an atmosphere decorated with musical instruments and garments associated with legends such as Elvis Presley and Bon Jovi.“We saw the potential in Guyana and we thought now is the moment. This country is about to blow up. We think it’s gonna be very successful economically and I think this is the time for the brand to come,” Vice President Tom Perez explained why the company decided to establish a presence here.So far, 75 locals have already been hired and are being trained to offer the best service. read more

Multotecs SX10 low density spiral opens up coal separation options

first_imgMultotec Gravity Division says its new SX10 low density spiral further extends the benefits this innovation offers in fine coal beneficiation, with the technology able to produce both thermal and coking coal on one spiral.The Multotec SX10 low density spiral’s reduced cut point of 1.55 g/cm3 delivers considerable advantages over the cut points of between 1.6 and 1.8 g/cm3 typically achieved in the coal industry today, according to Multotec Technology Manager, Faan Bornman.The result, he says, is cleaner coal with less waste being achieved in a single stage. This helps achieve savings on capital costs as no further spiral stages are required for cleaning down the line.“The approach taken with the Multotec SX10 spiral is to remove the gangue, or mineral containing particles, from the trough in two off-takes,” Multotec said.The first off-take removes ash, opening up the available separation surface of the spiral and allowing the remaining material to separate more easily. This separates clean coal from less-clean coal.“The low density spiral is essentially a primary and secondary stage on one centre column,” Bornman said. “Rejects are discarded into the centre column and the remaining product is re-pulped before being sent to a secondary off-take.”Facilitating the two off-takes is a longer spiral on the Multotec SX10. This increases the residence time and gives the particles sufficient time to separate, according to the company.Depending on the setting of the product box splitters, this new spiral has the ability to produce both thermal coal and coking coal on one spiral, Multotec claimed. Bornman said this was proven through test work done in the US where the two offtakes enable the removal of most of the gangue leaving a middlings and cleaner coal products to be collected at the dart splitters.Experimental work was carried out using coal from two South Africa collieries as well as doing site test work in the US. Promising results were obtained leading to the first order for Multotec SX10 spirals from a North America-based mine, it said.last_img read more

HandballPlanetcom TOP 50 countries in 2018 Hungary No1 Germany and Spain win

14. Poland 38. Hungary 7. 50. Austria 21. 49. 1. 28. Luxembourg Turkey Bosnia & Herzegovina Macedonia (FYROM) 8. Lithuania Australia 10. Slovakia Bulgaria 23. Slovenia 3. Sweden 13. Czechia Qatar Handball-Planet.com 2018 in numbers. We had about 630.000 visits by 350.000 unique visitors who opened 1.550.000 pages.The country where HP is the most popular is Hungary like in a year before (Budapest is No.1 city). At the second place is Germany, than Spain, Denmark and Romania.Here is Handball-Planet.com TOP 50 countries. Malta United States 9. Canada 37. Brazil Belarus 39. Denmark Spain 41.Estonia Montenegro Greece 16. Handball-Planet.com TOP 50 countries 32. 34. Argentina 22. 43. 26. Serbia 44. Switzerland 27. Portugal 20. Russia ← Previous Story TOP 100 HP cities in 2018: Budapest still “unbeatable” – Zagreb, Skopje, Bucharest and Warsaw in TOP 5 Next Story → Handball-Planet.com: TOP 15 handball articles in 2018 Italy 46. 24. 31. Israel 12. Romania 29. France 33. United Arab Emirates 18. 6. 36. Belgium 40. Ukraine Netherlands India United Kingdom Croatia 17. Japan 11. 42. Peru 30. 5. 35. Finland 45. Norway 25. 2. 47. Germany 48. 15. 19. Latvia 4. Iceland Tunisia Egypt read more

Dublin Lord Mayor calls for task force to tackle inner city addiction

first_imgDUBLIN LORD MAYOR Christy Burke has called for all organisations involved in tackling addiction and homelessness issues in Dublin city centre to come “under the one umbrella”.He speaking in the wake of widespread criticism of the levels of begging and visible drug use in the city, with articles in the Sunday Times and The Irish Times, as well as the issue being discussed on Liveline.Earlier this morning, Temple Bar restaurant owner and President of Irish Restaurant’s Association Pádraic Óg Gallagher  said that begging is becoming “in your face, it’s not just passive”.“If you’re standing outside looking at the menu, you’d have people coming up and pushing cups up in your face,” he told The Marian Finaunce Show.“There’s probably maybe only 100, a small cohort of professional beggers,” he said.It’s the concentration of drug treatment centres in the city, it’s wrong.Burke is now calling for a task force consisting of community and Government representatives, led by either the Taoiseach or the Tánaiste, to be formed.“We also need representatives of that people in recovery, who know what the person on the street needs,” he explained on RTÉ’s This Week programme.“I’m a big believer in rehabilitation… the habit can be arrested.”Burke described as “unacceptable” that people are dealing drugs openly on the streets of Dublin, and said it “can not be tolerated”, saying that more action is needed to tackle this:I believe, and this is my personal belief, that certain senior politicians don’t see any votes in addiction, so they don’t see it as a priority.“They’re begging to wake up to see that it’s a problem.”Read: 39 families were made homeless in July in Dublin alone >More: Touching comic tells story of homeless man who saved rabbit from Liffey >last_img read more

Man charged after claiming to be a Premier League footballer in a

first_imgGREATER MANCHESTER POLICE have charged a man with credit card fraud after he ran up a tab worth thousands of pounds at a nightclub in the city, while impersonating a Premier League footballer.Medi Abalimba, 25, of Burton Street in London, is also suspected of trying to buy £20,000 worth of clothes elsewhere in the city.Over the course of one weekend in June, Abalimba – who claimed to actually be Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta – allegedly used “compromised credit card details” to run up a £5,000 tab (€6,271) at a nightclub in Manchester city centre.Between 1 and 3 July, the 25-year-old raised the suspicions of staff at a at a retail outlet in the city’s Trafford Centre, when he attempted to purchase clothing worth £20,000 (€25,000).He was charged today with several credit card fraud offences, and appeared Manchester and Salford magistrates’ court before being remanded in custody, according to a statement by Greater Manchester Police.French footballer Gael Kakuta himself hit the headlines in 2009 after becoming embroiled in a controversy surrounding his transfer from French club Lens to Chelsea.He is currently on a season-long loan from the London club to Spanish side Rayo Vallecano.last_img read more

Eurobarometer Greeks dont think their voice counts in the EU

first_imgA significant increase in young people with a pro-European mind-set cast a vote in the 2019 European elections, according to an in-depth Eurobarometer survey across all 28 member states. Conducted in the weeks after the elections, nearly 28,000 citizens throughout the EU answered questions about their participation in the European elections and the issues that motivated them to vote.A full report will be published by the European Parliament in September 2019, however the results have already been released.The survey shows that while 68 per cent of EU citizens felt that their country had benefitted from membership in the EU, 60 per cent of Greeks said they had benefitted – an increase of 3 units since the last tally. The other three countries that saw the least rise in the benefits were Britain (59 per cent), Bulgaria (57 per cent) and Italy (42 per cent).Only 30 per cent of Greeks felt that their voice counts in the EU, coming last in the survey along with Latvia and Estonia, well below the EU average of 56 per cent.READ MORE: Survey shows Greece is the least satisfied nation in the European UnionWhile most countries showed an increase in the turnout of voters to the recent European elections, the number of Greek voters dropped by one unit but the turnout at 59 per cent was still above the EU average (51 per cent). Only 14 per cent of Greeks said they voted because they were in favour of the EU, and 22 per cent said they voted in order to show their disagreement. Among all EU members, Greek citizens were the ones most concerned about the state of the economy (75 per cent).CLICK HERE to see the full results of the survey.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

New book reveals Greeces role in Australias Anzac legend

first_imgThe Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee is launching its publication of historian Jim Claven’s major new definitive account of Greece’s role in Australia’s Anzac legend this weekend.Commissioned by the committee, Lemnos & Gallipoli Revealed – A Pictorial History of the Anzacs in the Aegean 1915-16 is an important addition to the literature linking Australia and Greece.The 350 page book features lavish reproductions of over 300 photographs taken by the Anzacs themselves as they arrived on Lemnos’ shores during the Gallipoli campaign, the vast majority of which have never before been published.They capture the transformation of Lemnos into an armed camp, the establishment of its soldiers’ rest camps, field hospitals and supply bases and other infrastructure, but most importantly the interaction of these young Australians with local villagers with locals being tended in the Australian hospitals, the Anzacs traversing the kafenios, thermal baths, local churches and villages.The photographs are placed in context with the words of the diggers and nurses themselves, including Matron Grace Wilson and Staff Nurse Lucy Daw of the 3rd Australian General Hospital and many others who through letters, diaries and memoirs describe how they experienced the island. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The book also tells the story of the war cemeteries created on Lemnos, the young Australians buried there and how this Anzac legacy has been remembered in both countries.Adding to the richness of the book are original maps drawn by Mr Claven, revealing the key sites connected with the Anzacs on Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign, as well as reproductions of some of Mr Claven’s contemporary full colour photographs of Lemnos and its Anzac connection.A trained historian with both Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Melbourne’s Monash University, Mr Claven brings a wealth of experience to the project. He has been researching the Hellenic link to Anzac since 2011, combining academic research with extensive field trips to the sites connected with the Anzacs on Lemnos, Imbros, Tenedos, as well as Gallipoli itself and beyond.READ MORE: Lemnos-Gallipoli story comes to the Victorian ParliamentHistorian Jim Claven.Historian Jim Claven.‘Lemnos & Galllipoli Revealed’ by Jim Claven costs $80.00. It will be available for purchase from the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemoraitve Committee at its annual commemorative service at the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial at Lemnos Square (Albert Park, VIC) on Saturday 10 August from 11.00 am. Those unable to attend the service can obtain a copy by emailing Committee President, Lee Tarlamis OAM at leetarlamis@hotmail.com. Proceeds from the sale will go towards furthering the Committee’s work in commemorating the Hellenic link to Anzac, including creating Lemnos’ Gallipoli Heritage Trail.RELATED ARTICLE: Anzac Day: Lemnos’ Role Remembered in Greece and Australialast_img read more

New prehistoric and Classical Era discoveries unearthed on Greek islands

first_imgGreece’s Ministry of Culture announced on Friday that two important discoveries have been unearthed on Evia and Tinos islands with the support of the Institute for Aegean History (INSTAP) and the University of Athens respectively.Following a two-year excavation near the town of Karystos on Evia (Euboea) an important prehistoric settlement dated mainly to the Late Neolithic Age was discovered.ALSO READ: Five major ancient shipwrecks discovered off small Greek island in the AegeanThe settlement presents evidence of habitation and use both during the Late Neolithic and in the beginning stages of the Early Bronze Age, while it is believed to be able to provide valuable information to archaeologists about the details of human life and the technology used during that time.Parts of the foundations for the walls that were unearthed near Karystos, on Euboea. Photo: Greek Ministry of Culture and SportsAccording to the report the buildings have stone walls, stone tables and desks, and there appears to be an oven alongside an array of portable objects. The excavation team, whose project is funded by the Norwegian Institute of Athens, has uncovered two clay anthropomorphic figurines, several polished and cut-stone tools, artifacts made of different types of stone as well as human and animal bones.Tiled roof of the 5th century. B.C. Photo: Greek Ministry of Culture and SportsMeanwhile, a grave steles site dated back to the Classical Years were discovered during another excavation conducted at a Classical era cemetery in Xobourgo on the island of Tinos.The steles are considered to be of high importance as they will provide information on the classical sculpture history of the island. These high quality works, several still intact, are the link between the history of ancient sculpture and the tradition of modern Tinos sculpture.Grave stele depicting a man with his slave (4th century BC) Photo: Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports“The cemetery is situated at the southeastern foothills of Xobourgo and was the main cemetery of ancient settlement that developed in the Classical era,” the Greek Culture Ministry’s announcement wrote.“The settlement, established just before 1,000 BC, was surrounded by huge walls and was initially used as ‘refuge settlement’. Later, it developed into the most important settlement of Tinos which constituted the main economic and political centre of the island until its abandonment at the end of the 4th century BC.”ALSO READ: The ancient past of Peristeri will soon be open for exploration! Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Increased road accident risk for visitors to Greece study finds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In an effort to raise awareness on the importance of road safety for tourists and tourism, Make Roads Safe Hellas (MRSH) run a study on road safety in Greece.The study was made possible and prepared by the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST), Make Roads Safe Hellas, the National University of Athens, the University of Macedonia, the University of the Aegean and the Hellenic Open University.It appears that infrastructure development and specifically road development works actually contribute to travelers being at greater risk for getting in motor vehicle crashes than local residents. Of the 1,500 international tourists surveyed 60 per cent reported dissatisfaction with the road safety conditions in Greece.Greece has an overall worse death and injury rate that other Mediterranean destinations like Spain, Italy, Portugal and Croatia; it is also the country with the highest rate of motorcyclist fatalities.ALSO READ: Your survival guide to driving in Greece“Greece presents two contrasting pictures,” Evangelos Bellos, the report’s lead author and vice president of Make Roads Safe Hellas, told Forbes. It’s a prime tourism destination, hosting almost 30 million tourists per year, “and one of the worst performing countries in terms of road safety in the European Union”.According to the research, almost one in five visitors to Greece experienced a serious safety incident on the roads. In the list, the most common occurrences were not staying in designated lanes, speeding and dangerous overtaking followed by violating red lights and driving while under the influence of alcohol.Meanwhile, two in five of those that chose to drive to Greece admitted to feeling less inclined to follow traffic rules while on holiday, and one in eight admitted to driving while under the influence of alcohol. This number increased to one in five for drivers under the age of 25.ALSO READ: Find out what’s new in Greek travel“International Tourism and Road Safety in Greece: Findings of research on tourists’ perceptions of road safety in Greece,” was released earlier this year at the Sixth Global Meeting of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety in Chania, Crete. It was a collaboration between Make Roads Safe Hellas, the National Technical University of Athens, the University of Macedonia, the University of the Aegean, the Hellenic Open University and the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST).“The tourism industry has paid scant attention to one of the major risks faced by tourists – road death and injury,” said Saul Billingsley, executive director of the FIA Foundation (London-based nonprofit partnered with EASST).“Unless these risks are better recognised and addressed, the numbers of tourists killed and seriously injured will continue to rise, fuelled by growing vehicle ownership in destination countries and the expansion in tourist arrivals,” he added. “The report should be a wake-up call for the tourism industry everywhere.”You can read the report here and here.last_img read more

Quelle est la différence entre le format propriétaire et le format ouvert 

first_imgQuelle est la différence entre le format propriétaire et le format ouvert ?Format propriétaire et format ouvert, rares sont ceux qui connaissent ces termes s’ils ne sont pas informaticiens ou passionnés de technologies. En effet, ces deux types de formats définissent une manière de développer un logiciel et son format de sortie, d’où le terme format. Rassurez-vous, nul besoin d’être geek pour comprendre ce procédéSi vous utilisez un ordinateur, alors vous avez forcément eu plusieurs interactions avec le format propriétaire et le format ouvert. En effet, ces deux formats sont essentiels au fonctionnement d’un ordinateur. Mais qu’est-ce donc ? La réponse est simple, encore fallait-il se poser la question, c’est Maxisciences qui vous l’offre sur un plateau.Qu’est-ce que le format propriétaire ? Le format propriétaire, aussi appelé format fermé en opposition au format ouvert, est un format de données.  Le propriétaire de ce format possède ainsi un avantage de taille, il est seul à en posséder les secrets de fabrication. Concrètement pour l’utilisateur, cela signifie qu’il est obligé d’avoir le logiciel adéquat pour ouvrir le document. Par exemple, Word avec le format fermé .doc pour un logiciel de traitement de texte.Qu’est-ce que le format ouvert ? Le format ouvert, comme son nom l’indique est un fichier dont le code est transparent, accessible à tous puisque faisant partie du domaine public. Pour ce type de fichier, on parle d’interopérabilité. Cela signifie qu’il peut être utilisé à l’aide de logiciels différents. Le format ouvert présente donc deux avantages essentiels, il peut facilement être partagé et les données ne seront jamais perdues.  En quoi ils se ressemblent / sont différents ? À lire aussiLes scientifiques appellent à l’utilisation globale des données pour comprendre la planèteLe format ouvert et le format fermé se ressemblent, car ils remplissent une même utilité, celle de rendre accessibles des fonctionnalités à des utilisateurs. Cela a permis à l’informatique de se développer pour devenir l’allié que l’on connaît si bien aujourd’hui. Autre point de convergence, certains formats fermés ne le sont pas vraiment. Lorsque le format fermé devient un standard utilisé par tous alors il y a de fortes chances que le format soit rendu libre pour en faciliter l’usage.Les deux formats se distinguent sur un point essentiel, la volonté de leurs créateurs. Ceux qui codent leur logiciel en format ouvert cherchent à améliorer l’expérience utilisateur. Lorsque les créateurs utilisent le format fermé, ils cherchent plutôt à protéger leurs logiciels.Le 15 octobre 2018 à 14:50 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

1 dead 2 transported after car crash in Opalocka

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – One victim has been confirmed dead while two others were transported after a car crash in Opa-locka.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene in the area of Northwest 22nd Avenue and State Road 9 just after 11 a.m, Tuesday.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where Florida Highway Patrol and MDFR officials could be seen near a heavily damaged black car that wound up in some bushes.According to rescue officials two patients suffered traumatic injuries.One victim was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center while the other victim was transported by ground to Jackson North Medical Center.Police have not released the name of the deceased victim.The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. last_img read more

Web 20 and the Heartbreak of Algorithmia

Nevertheless, I have to confess some discomfort with the digital revolution as it has unfolded to date, and with those who take delight in all its works.  At some of the forums on interactive media at the recent South by Southwest Conference, the air was thick with self-congratulation, and the phrase “careless plunder” kept coming to mind.There is obviously a great deal to celebrate about the Internet and the promise of digital broadband, especially a vast increase in access to knowledge, global communications and opportunity. But there is much that should give us pause as well, including the absence so far of a healthy business model for content creators and publishers. “How long is too long to wait?” Jaron Lanier asks on behalf of Internet-starved musicians in his new book, You Are Not a Gadget. “Isn’t 15 years long enough to wait before we switch from hope to empiricism?”The most promising new business models for journalism are not promising at all. Consider “content farms” like Demand Media, a factory of drive-by, slave-wage piecework on such enervating nano-topics as the best way to unbend knitting needles or scour a soiled hubcap. Why such subjects? There is an algorithm for that: Simply mine billions of search results, match keyword results to ad-adjacency rates, then cross-ruff the likeliest terms with their search rankings and assign the result to reporters ($15 per piece), videographers ($20), a copy editor ($2.50) and a fact-checker ($1). Demand Media publishes 4,000 articles and video clips every day. Their goal for next year is a million a month.Demand Media started out doing its work the usual way, but its editors lost their jobs when it was discovered that the algorithm could do all the assigning while delivering almost five times the revenue and 20 times the profit. Presto: “You can take something that is thought of as a creative process,” the algorithm’s inventor told Wired, “and turn it into a manufacturing process.”A New Social DiseaseWhat we have here may be the early symptoms of a new social disease—call it algorithmia—in which the magic of literally unthinkable, computer-enabled mathematics can mesmerize the culture, just as it dazzled the best minds of Wall Street and nearly took down the U.S. economy.The Internet’s principle effect on commerce has been disintermediation, a fittingly clinical term for cutting out the middle of the supply chain between producer and consumer.  But the holy algorithms of Web 2.0 enable an even more fateful and ugly disruption: the disintermediation of content and meaning.We can comfort ourselves with the thought that more people are reading more “news” than ever before, but in fact most real news is still being reported by our increasingly enfeebled newspapers, and our common wealth of information is declining as their staffs do. What has really increased is dissemination and opinion, a lot of reheated rephrasings meant to thicken the aggregatorial stew.It is difficult to see the way from here to a more humane digital world, but it is not hard to see some aspects of the business model that will get us there: It will place the power of granting significance back into human hands, reward the pursuit of truth and beauty and put digits to the work of hearts and minds. James R. Gaines is the founder of Story River Media, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher devoted to interactive multimedia story-telling across all digital platforms for corporate, government, non-profit and publishing clients. He is the former managing editor of TIME, Life and People magazines, and was corporate editor of Time Inc. “On the one hand, information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable…On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other.” [Emphasis added]So said Stewart Brand at the first Hackers’ Conference, in 1984. In its entirety, the statement was true and far-sighted, but most of it has been forgotten. That famous italicized fragment, taken out of context, became the call-to-arms of an ideology loosely known as Web 2.0, embracing a broad challenge to principles of copyright, the concept of intellectual property and the usefulness and viability of “old media.” The fight that Brand predicted now verges on cultural war.Despite my long background at Time Inc., I have sometimes sided with those who blithely blame “old media” for their own distress, faulting them for blindness, arrogance and failure to adapt. As someone who has moved into digital publishing myself, I have a stake in the success of the new models that threaten their existence.Online Arrogance read more

What To Expect At Wilmington Polices National Night Out On August 6

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The below announcement is from the Wilmington Police Department:National Night Out is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. At the Wilmington event, we have representatives from not only the WPD, but also from local, county, state, & federal law enforcement agencies on hand to speak with community members and explain each of their agency’s role.National Night Out 2019 will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 5pm to 8pm at Rotary Park, located across the street from the Wilmington Public Safety building. We will have police & fire vehicles displays, equipment displays, demonstrations, crime prevention information, food, & bouncy houses.The following agencies are scheduled to be present:Wilmington Police DepartmentWilmington Fire DepartmentFederal Bureau of InvestigationBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & FirearmsUnited States Postal Inspection ServiceVeteran’s Affairs PoliceFederal Reserve PoliceMassachusetts State PoliceMassachusetts Environmental PoliceReading Police DepartmentMassachusetts National GuardLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: What To Expect At TONIGHT’S Wilmington Police’s National Night OutIn “Police Log”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”VIDEO: Watch Highlights Of Wilmington Police Department’s National Night OutIn “Videos”last_img read more

Mercedes XClass pickup might be ready to kick the bucket report says

first_img 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class puts some fancy trim on your cowboy boots 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Enlarge ImageGood night, sweet prince, we hardly knew ye. Mercedes-Benz If you live in the US and don’t pay particularly close attention to car and truck models that aren’t sold here, you could easily be forgiven for not knowing that Mercedes-Benz makes a pickup truck. It’s called the X-Class, and it’s actually pretty cool.Unfortunately, it may not be long for this world if a report published Tuesday by Automotive News Europe is to be believed. The reason for the possible demise of the X-Class is the current worldwide sales slump for new vehicles. The X-Class, being kind of a niche product — and a badge-engineered one at that — is an easy target for cost savings. Yep, we said badge-engineered. The X-Class is based on a Nissan pickup (that we also don’t get in the US) called the Navara. Obviously, Mercedes being what it is, it changes a ton of stuff, so it’s not quite as bad as say, Volkswagen rebadging a Grand Caravan as the Routan.In any case, the X-Class (which has been around since 2017) hasn’t exactly been flying off of dealer lots. Automotive News Europe pegs the global sales for the model at just 16,700 units. By comparison, Mercedes shifted around 15,000 S-Class models in 2018 in the US alone.When you consider that the S-Class costs more than twice as much as an X-Class (based on German market prices) and sedan sales are in the proverbial terlet here, the model’s discontinuation starts to make some real sense.Now, we’ll shed no tears for the X-Class if and when it goes away, but we do like the idea of a Mercedes pickup. We just need to convince the folks back in Stuttgart to do some really wild stuff like make a Jeep Gladiatoresque version of the G-wagen and sell it in America. 0 Share your voice 48 Photos Mercedes-Benz Nissan 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Tags 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box 8:42 Now playing: Watch this: Trucks Car Industry Post a comment 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car Mercedes-Benz More From Roadshowlast_img read more

BP Plans Alaska Layoffs

first_imgBP plans to cut its Alaska workforce by 17 percent by early next year.The oil company announced on Monday that it will reduce its staff by 275 employees and full-time contractors to match a “reduced operational footprint” in the state. BP will offer early retirement and severance packages to employees who choose to take a buyout option.Spokesperson Dawn Patience attributes the layoffs to the sale of four North Slope assets to Hilcorp, a smaller oil company with a growing presence in Alaska. The deal, which was announced in April, includes the Endicott and Northstar fields, along with 50 percent interest in the Milne Point and Liberty fields. BP is transferring 200 field workers to Hilcorp as a result of the agreement, in addition to the 275 support staff they plan to lay off.Patience describes the 275 positions as “overhead” that is no longer needed with a smaller presence on the North Slope. She says the company intends to focus more on oil production in Prudhoe Bay and development of a natural gas megaproject. “BP’s operations may be shrinking in Alaska, but we announced $1 billion of additional investment in Prudhoe Bay, and the addition of two rigs –- one this year and one the year after — and those commitments stand,” says Patience.BP informed Hilcorp of their additional staff cuts on Monday, after they told employees. Hilcorp spokesperson Lori Nelson says the BP announcement was unexpected because only 250 employees were directly associated with the purchased assets and Hilcorp agreed to absorb most of them.“The number today was a bit of a surprise, but that’s BP’s decision,” says Nelson.The layoff announcement arrives less than a month after Alaskans narrowly voted to maintain a capped tax rate on oil production. As one of the three major players on the North Slope, BP contributed nearly $4 million to fight the ballot referendum on Senate Bill 21.Sen. Bill Wielechowski, an Anchorage Democrat who advocated for repeal of Senate Bill 21, calls the BP’s announcement “disturbing.” He notes it comes just as fellow North Slope producer Exxon is projecting a continued decline in oil production in Alaska.“We were promised a lot of things during the [Senate Bill 21] debate, and one of the most powerful things was jobs,” says Wielechowski. “And here we are, a couple weeks after the people of Alaska voted on this, thinking they were going to get a lot more jobs [and] thinking they were going to get a lot more production. And we’ve already had sworn testimony by Exxon that we’re getting less production and then we’ve got BP saying they’re laying off hundreds of Alaskans and contractors.”Wielechowski also finds the timing of BP’s announcement “suspect.”“Had the referendum passed, they probably would have blamed these layoffs on the referendum passing,” says Wielechowski.In a press release, Gov. Sean Parnell also stated he “extremely disappointed” by the announcement, and noted that oil and gas employment in the state was otherwise strong with 15,000 working for the industry.last_img read more

The Seahawks the latest reminder that dynasties arent guaranteed

first_imgAlso:– Colin’s 9 teams that can win the NCAA Tournament– Not having an owner has made Green Bay complacentGuests:Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio talking Tiger expectations and potential LeBron destinations.Ric Bucher – Bleacher Report Senior NBA Writer and Sirius XM host joins the show to talk Steph’s injury, and the chemistry problems with OKC.John Middlekauff – Former NFL Scout and Host of the 3 and Out Podcast joins the show to talk free agency, and why the Rams moves may not be as good as they look on paper.Mark Few – Gonzaga Men’s Basketball Head Coach joins the show to talk about his team heading into the NCAA Tournament, and why it’s impossible for any program to be 100% clean. The Seahawks are further proof that dynasties aren’t guaranteedAfter blowing out the Broncos to win the Super Bowl in 2014, the Seahawks looked like a dynasty in the making, but 4 years later they haven’t won any more titles and are headed into an offseason that will be spent rebuilding their roster.From the Celtics Big 3 to the Seattle is just the latest reminder that no dynasty is guaranteed and of how quickly the championship window can close in professional sports, especially the NFL. Nothing is guaranteed. NFL teams need to stop fearing the QB draft bustThe Browns need a quarterback and have the first pick in the draft, but their reluctance to pull the trigger on a QB has cost them the chance to land Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in the last 2 drafts. Now, some reports say they’re considering taking Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with this year’s first pick.Colin thinks teams like the Browns need to stop being afraid to pick a QB for fear of drafting a bust because 1.) the bust rate for college QB’s entering the league is far lower than it was 10 years ago, and 2.) Even if a pick doesn’t pan out, the new CBA allows teams to move on rather than being paralyzed by a massive rookie contract.In a QB league, teams need to stop overthinking it and take the leap until it pans out.last_img read more

Firefox 630 Release Information

first_imgFirefox 63.0 Release Information by Martin Brinkmann on October 23, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: October 24, 2018 – 140 commentsThe Firefox 63.0 release date is October 23, 2018. Our Firefox 63.0 release overview provides you with extensive details on changes, improvements, removed features and known issues of the new browser version.All Firefox channels are updated on October 23, 2018: Firefox Stable to version 63.0, Firefox Beta to version 64.0, Firefox Nightly to version 65.0 and Firefox ESR to 60.3.Executive SummaryMozilla removed the option to disable automatic updates in Firefox 63.0.Mozilla plans to disable all legacy add-ons on Mozilla AMO this month.Firefox 63.0 download and updateFirefox users can select Menu > Help > Check for Updates to run a manual check for update on October 23, 2018 or later. Firefox should pick up the new version and either install it directly or prompt the user for installation depending on the browser’s update settings.Downloads are also provided on the Mozilla website. If you prefer to download Firefox manually, use the following links that point to Mozilla to do so.Firefox Stable downloadFirefox Beta downloadNightly downloadFirefox ESR downloadFirefox unbranded builds informationFirefox 63.0 ChangesImprovements for Windows and Mac OS X usersFirefox 63.0 includes performance and visual improvements on Windows PCs and performance improvements on Mac machines.Windows users who run Windows 10 will notice that the browser supports the operating system’s Dark and Light mode feature by default.Users who set the operating system to dark mode will notice that Firefox 63.0 abides by that by painting the browser’s user interface using the dark theme that it includes by default.All users may change the theme by selecting Menue > Customize, and on the page that opens one of the available themes.The move to the Clang toolchain should improve the performance of Firefox Windows builds. Mac OS X users should notice improved reactions and faster tab switching, and performance improvements on multi-GPU systems.Top Sites Search ShortcutsMozilla added search shortcuts to the list of Top Sites in the United States in Firefox 63. A click on the Google or Amazon search shortcut focuses the address bar of the browser and displays one of the new search keywords that Firefox supports.Users may use @google or @amazon directly as well to run searches using these providers. The functionality mimics the ancient keyword functionality that Firefox supports for bookmarks and search engines.Keywords associated to search providers give Firefox users options to run searches directly from the browser’s address bar. If you, for example, map sp to Startpage Search you may search from the address bar using “sp keyword”, e.g. sp ghacks.Why Google and Amazon? The answer seems to be revenue related. Google is Mozilla Firefox’s default search provider in most regions and an increase in searches will give Mozilla more leverage when the deal is up for renewal.Amazon on the other hand appears to be an affiliate link that earns Mozilla money whenever users who follow it buy something on the Amazon store.All default search engines that Firefox includes by default have search keywords associated with them.Never check for updates removedThe option to set Firefox to block automatic update checks has been removed. Firefox users who open about:preferences#general will  notice that the option to never check for updates was removed.The only two options as of Firefox 63.0 are to “automatically install updates” or “check for updates but let you choose to install them”.Mozilla made the change because the setting is “easy to enable and forget about”. The organization added a policy to Firefox that administrators may enable to prevent Firefox from updating.Other changesOut-of-process extensions enabled for Firefox on Linux.Content blocking added to block third-party tracking cookies or block all trackers.Network Monitor highlights known trackers with a new icon.System add-ons are not shown on about:debugging anymore. You can change that by setting devtools.aboutdebugging.showSystemAddons to true on about:config.A site’s favicon honors existing Content Security Policy directives.Firefox throws a warning when a user attempts to quit the browser if multiple windows and tabs are open.Firefox uses the operating system’s accessibility settings to reduce animation if they are set.Mozilla resolved an issue that prevented bookmarks from being suggested by the browser under certain circumstances (when they were not visited or when the visit count was reset).Mozilla removed the Open in Sidebar feature of the Library for individual bookmarks.The Ctrl-Tab shortcut displays previews of tabs when used by default for new Firefox profiles and installations.Firefox 63.0 known issuesThe Quick Heal software program may crash tabs in 32-bit versions of Firefox running on Windows. Quick Heal users may resolve the issue temporarily by disabling the Browser Sandbox feature under Internet & Network until the developer of the program releases an update that fixes the issue.Developer ChangesWebExtensions can use official W3C draft spec APIs for clipboard operations.WebExtensions gain access to new APIs that deal with multi-tab selections.Extensions may “enumerate and access search engines built-into Firefox” to run searches.Themeing API improvements, e.g. sidebar theme support and theming the new tab page.Extensions get new options to work with the context menu in Firefox.Media Capabilities API implemented.SecurityPolicyViolationEvent is supported.Visual Style of Developer Tools updated.Developer Tools Accessibility Inspector enabled by default.Firefox 63.0 for AndroidOnly a handful of changes in Firefox 63.0 for Android:Firefox for Android supports Picture-in-Picture mode.Use of notification channels.Added support for English from Canada and Ligurian.Application targets Android O for security and performance improvements and support for new features.Users may experience duplicate letters in “some” Latin keyboards and duplicated glyphs in Korean words. Mozilla suggests to use the Google keyboard as a workaround for affected users.Security updates / fixesMozilla published the security advisory for Firefox 63. Click on this link to open a page with the list of security fixes in the new Firefox release.OutlookFirefox 64.0 and Firefox ESR 60.4 will be released on December 11, 2018 if the schedule is not changed. The versions will be the last major Firefox release of 2018, the next major release will be released on January 29, 2019.Additional information / sourcesFirefox 63 release notesFirefox 63 Android release notesAdd-on compatibility for Firefox 63Firefox 63 for DevelopersSite compatibility for Firefox 63Firefox Security AdvisoriesFirefox Release ScheduleSummaryArticle NameFirefox 63.0 Release InformationDescriptionThe Firefox 63.0 release date is October 23, 2018. Our Firefox 63.0 release overview provides you with extensive details on changes, improvements, removed features and known issues of the new browser version.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more