Auto driver held for robbing passengers

18 Oct 2019

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have arrested an auto driver from Sahibabad area for allegedly robbing passengers after keeping them hostage during the journey. Cops said that 3-4 accomplices of the driver used to board the auto as passengers and rob the passenger with valuables after stopping the auto at a secluded spot during the journey.According to police, the arrested accused has been identified as Naushad, a native of Ashok Vihar area in Loni. Police have recovered a .315mm illegal country made pistol, silver jewelleries and the auto-rickshaw used in crime from the possession of accused. Detailing over the Modus Operandi of gang, Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police (city), Ghaziabad said that the gang usually target commuters who had come to Ghaziabad from other districts and are not much aware of the city routes. “Upon interrogating the accused, he told police that while committing robbery one of their gang members drive the auto-rickshaw and picks up a commuter from posh crossings and bus stands in the city. While driving to the destination, they used to follow a route where three to four of their other gang members were kept waiting. These persons also board the auto posing as passengers and as they reach a secluded spot, they rob the passenger with his valuables at gun or knife point and fled away after dumping him,” said Kumar. The officer further said that gang was active in Ghaziabad since past few months and have committed robberies in Mohan Nagar, New Bus stand, Lal Kuan and Bhopura areas of Ghaziabad. “We are interrogating the arrested to know about the whereabouts of other accused persons who were involved in the robberies. We are expecting to make more arrests soon,” added Kumar. Meanwhile the Police have also given directions to all the auto drivers plying in the city to display the name and phone numbers of the owner of auto by August 27.last_img read more

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have arrested an auto driver from Sahibabad area for allegedly robbing passengers after keeping them hostage during the journey. Cops said that 3-4 accomplices of the driver used to board the auto as passengers and rob the passenger with valuables after stopping the auto at a secluded spot during the journey.According to police, the arrested accused has been identified as Naushad, a native of Ashok Vihar area in Loni. Police have recovered a .315mm illegal country made pistol, silver jewelleries and the auto-rickshaw used in crime from the possession of accused. Detailing over the Modus Operandi of gang, Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police (city), Ghaziabad said that the gang usually target commuters who had come to Ghaziabad from other districts and are not much aware of the city routes. “Upon interrogating the accused, he told police that while committing robbery one of their gang members drive the auto-rickshaw and picks up a commuter from posh crossings and bus stands in the city. While driving to the destination, they used to follow a route where three to four of their other gang members were kept waiting. These persons also board the auto posing as passengers and as they reach a secluded spot, they rob the passenger with his valuables at gun or knife point and fled away after dumping him,” said Kumar. The officer further said that gang was active in Ghaziabad since past few months and have committed robberies in Mohan Nagar, New Bus stand, Lal Kuan and Bhopura areas of Ghaziabad. “We are interrogating the arrested to know about the whereabouts of other accused persons who were involved in the robberies. We are expecting to make more arrests soon,” added Kumar. Meanwhile the Police have also given directions to all the auto drivers plying in the city to display the name and phone numbers of the owner of auto by August 27.last_img read more

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SNCLavalin cuts 100 jobs as politicians say it is vulnerable to takeover

13 Oct 2019

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:SNC)Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Inc. is eliminating about 100 positions in Canada at the same time as the Quebec engineering firm is being described by political leaders as being vulnerable to a foreign takeover.The Montreal-based firm says the workforce reduction is attributable to the completion of various projects across the country.“We are hiring employees based on the needs of our current projects and adjusting when they come to an end. This strategy is crucial to remain competitive,” said spokesman Nicolas Ryan.The eliminated positions represent a fraction of the 8,700 Canadian workforce.SNC-Lavalin is preparing to open a new office next year in London, the former headquarters of WS Atkins, acquired in 2017 for $3.5 billion. Ryan said no positions from the Montreal head office would be transferred to the British capital.Quebec Premier Francois Legault told a Montreal radio station Thursday that the government’s investment agency may have to get involved to protect the company from a foreign takeover.“In the future, when it comes time to protect head offices, I would like the leader to be Investissement Quebec,” he said in an interview.Montreal’s La Presse reported this week that the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec — which was already SNC-Lavalin’s largest shareholder — had increased its stake since the spring to about 20 per cent, valued at about $1.6 billion.SNC-Lavalin’s share price has dropped about 10 per cent since October, when federal prosecutors refused to set aside criminal charges against the company by approving a deferred prosecution agreement.The RCMP charged the company in 2015 with fraud and corruption for alleged actions in Libya. It has pleaded not guilty but could be excluded from federal tenders for up to 10 years if convicted.Some analysts have suggested that the current situation could result in the sale of some company assets or make it vulnerable to a takeover offer.“It puts the company in a difficult situation,” said Legault. “There is no controlling shareholder.”He added that other investors could be approached to ensure that any outside offer is blocked.last_img read more

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:SNC)Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Inc. is eliminating about 100 positions in Canada at the same time as the Quebec engineering firm is being described by political leaders as being vulnerable to a foreign takeover.The Montreal-based firm says the workforce reduction is attributable to the completion of various projects across the country.“We are hiring employees based on the needs of our current projects and adjusting when they come to an end. This strategy is crucial to remain competitive,” said spokesman Nicolas Ryan.The eliminated positions represent a fraction of the 8,700 Canadian workforce.SNC-Lavalin is preparing to open a new office next year in London, the former headquarters of WS Atkins, acquired in 2017 for $3.5 billion. Ryan said no positions from the Montreal head office would be transferred to the British capital.Quebec Premier Francois Legault told a Montreal radio station Thursday that the government’s investment agency may have to get involved to protect the company from a foreign takeover.“In the future, when it comes time to protect head offices, I would like the leader to be Investissement Quebec,” he said in an interview.Montreal’s La Presse reported this week that the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec — which was already SNC-Lavalin’s largest shareholder — had increased its stake since the spring to about 20 per cent, valued at about $1.6 billion.SNC-Lavalin’s share price has dropped about 10 per cent since October, when federal prosecutors refused to set aside criminal charges against the company by approving a deferred prosecution agreement.The RCMP charged the company in 2015 with fraud and corruption for alleged actions in Libya. It has pleaded not guilty but could be excluded from federal tenders for up to 10 years if convicted.Some analysts have suggested that the current situation could result in the sale of some company assets or make it vulnerable to a takeover offer.“It puts the company in a difficult situation,” said Legault. “There is no controlling shareholder.”He added that other investors could be approached to ensure that any outside offer is blocked.last_img read more

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Morocco’s UF Champion Ottman Azaitar Defeats Opponent by Knockout

12 Oct 2019

Rabat – Morocco’s ultimate fighting champion Ottman Azaitar defeated Finnish fighter Teemu Packalen by a knockout on Saturday, September 7 in Abu Dhabi.Azaitar defeated his rival in a lightweight fight at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), leaving no chances for his opponent. The 29-year old champion knocked out his rival with one punch in the ear during the first round.Azaitar is a world champion in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). In a statement to the press, Azaitar said he was delighted to have achieved this victory.All angles of Ottman Azaitar’s literally bone-chilling knockout. #UFC242 pic.twitter.com/z4Zjrdj3H5— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) 7 septembre 2019He expressed his thanks to King Mohammed VI for the support that the monarch continues to provide to the Azaitar brothers.Ottman has posted several photographs of him and his brother with King Mohammed VI on social media. Recently the champion expressed his gratitude to the monarch, writing: “We love him and appreciate him a lot! May Allah protect and support him.”Ottman’s brother, Abu Bakr Azaitar, was the first Moroccan to have signed a professional contract with the UFC.Ottman Azaitar was born in Cologne, Germany in 1990 to Moroccan parents. He competed in several competitions, including Cage Warriors, (KSW), and Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) before his signing with the UFC. read more

Rabat – Morocco’s ultimate fighting champion Ottman Azaitar defeated Finnish fighter Teemu Packalen by a knockout on Saturday, September 7 in Abu Dhabi.Azaitar defeated his rival in a lightweight fight at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), leaving no chances for his opponent. The 29-year old champion knocked out his rival with one punch in the ear during the first round.Azaitar is a world champion in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). In a statement to the press, Azaitar said he was delighted to have achieved this victory.All angles of Ottman Azaitar’s literally bone-chilling knockout. #UFC242 pic.twitter.com/z4Zjrdj3H5— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) 7 septembre 2019He expressed his thanks to King Mohammed VI for the support that the monarch continues to provide to the Azaitar brothers.Ottman has posted several photographs of him and his brother with King Mohammed VI on social media. Recently the champion expressed his gratitude to the monarch, writing: “We love him and appreciate him a lot! May Allah protect and support him.”Ottman’s brother, Abu Bakr Azaitar, was the first Moroccan to have signed a professional contract with the UFC.Ottman Azaitar was born in Cologne, Germany in 1990 to Moroccan parents. He competed in several competitions, including Cage Warriors, (KSW), and Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) before his signing with the UFC. read more

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UN seeks over 100 million to aid Nepals postconflict recovery development

12 Oct 2019

11 January 2008The United Nations has appealed for over $104 million to support humanitarian and development efforts in Nepal, which is seeking to recover from a decade-long civil conflict that formally ended in 2006. The United Nations has appealed for over $104 million to support humanitarian and development efforts in Nepal, which is seeking to recover from a decade-long civil conflict that formally ended in 2006 with the signing of a peace accord between the Government and Maoists.The Common Appeal for Transition Support (CATS) for 2008, launched last week, contains 61 projects to address urgent needs in the areas of food and nutrition, protection, health, disaster preparedness and response. It will also allow aid workers to assist internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and children affected by armed conflict.Although the conflict officially ended in November 2006 when the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) signed a comprehensive peace agreement, the country faces a number of challenges as it seeks to recover and rebuild.“Bombings, killings, abductions, demands for ransom and other forms of threats aimed at political opponents and civilian populations continue to hinder the ability of the state to deliver basic services in the country,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a news release.The focus of this year’s aid efforts will be assistance to refugees, IDPs and children affected by armed conflict, with nearly $29 million of the requested funds allocated for these groups. Recent studies by the UN Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicate that only 39 per cent of the country’s population have access to adequate toilet facilities, while 50 to 70 per cent of the drinking water in many districts is contaminated.In addition, the global acute malnutrition rates hover around 13 per cent, with children being the most affected group, especially in the hill areas where over 65 per cent of children are stunted and almost 50 per cent are underweight. The country also hosts some 107,000 Bhutanese refugees, who also require humanitarian assistance.Last year donors contributed some $72.6 million – over 70 per cent – of the total requested in the CATS 2007 for Nepal. The Appeal, an action plan developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) in Nepal with aid partners on the ground, will be revised in mid-year in response to changes in the humanitarian and socio-political situation in the country, OCHA said. read more

11 January 2008The United Nations has appealed for over $104 million to support humanitarian and development efforts in Nepal, which is seeking to recover from a decade-long civil conflict that formally ended in 2006. The United Nations has appealed for over $104 million to support humanitarian and development efforts in Nepal, which is seeking to recover from a decade-long civil conflict that formally ended in 2006 with the signing of a peace accord between the Government and Maoists.The Common Appeal for Transition Support (CATS) for 2008, launched last week, contains 61 projects to address urgent needs in the areas of food and nutrition, protection, health, disaster preparedness and response. It will also allow aid workers to assist internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and children affected by armed conflict.Although the conflict officially ended in November 2006 when the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) signed a comprehensive peace agreement, the country faces a number of challenges as it seeks to recover and rebuild.“Bombings, killings, abductions, demands for ransom and other forms of threats aimed at political opponents and civilian populations continue to hinder the ability of the state to deliver basic services in the country,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a news release.The focus of this year’s aid efforts will be assistance to refugees, IDPs and children affected by armed conflict, with nearly $29 million of the requested funds allocated for these groups. Recent studies by the UN Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicate that only 39 per cent of the country’s population have access to adequate toilet facilities, while 50 to 70 per cent of the drinking water in many districts is contaminated.In addition, the global acute malnutrition rates hover around 13 per cent, with children being the most affected group, especially in the hill areas where over 65 per cent of children are stunted and almost 50 per cent are underweight. The country also hosts some 107,000 Bhutanese refugees, who also require humanitarian assistance.Last year donors contributed some $72.6 million – over 70 per cent – of the total requested in the CATS 2007 for Nepal. The Appeal, an action plan developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) in Nepal with aid partners on the ground, will be revised in mid-year in response to changes in the humanitarian and socio-political situation in the country, OCHA said. read more

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The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

07 Oct 2019

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending September 22, 2019:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Spider-Man: Far from Home2. X-Men: Dark Phoenix3. Aladdin4. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum5. The Upside6. Rocketman7. MIB: International8. The Hustle9. The Secret Life of Pets 210. Avengers: EndgameiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. Can You Keep A Secret?2. The Dead Don’t Die3. Light of My Life4. After5. The Third Wife6. The Biggest Little Farm7. Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken8. Wild Rose9. Driven (2019)10. The Billion Dollar Bust__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Press

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending September 22, 2019:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Spider-Man: Far from Home2. X-Men: Dark Phoenix3. Aladdin4. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum5. The Upside6. Rocketman7. MIB: International8. The Hustle9. The Secret Life of Pets 210. Avengers: EndgameiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. Can You Keep A Secret?2. The Dead Don’t Die3. Light of My Life4. After5. The Third Wife6. The Biggest Little Farm7. Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken8. Wild Rose9. Driven (2019)10. The Billion Dollar Bust__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Press

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No injuries as fiery blast damages wood products mill in Quesnel BC

03 Oct 2019

QUESNEL, B.C. – Investigators remain at the scene of an explosion at a wood products mill in Quesnel, B.C.No one was hurt late Wednesday afternoon when a blast and fire damaged one side of the West Pine MDF mill, at the northern end of the Cariboo community, about 600 kilometres north of Vancouver.Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson says the mill employs about 100 people and all the workers on shift at around 5:30 Wednesday were safely evacuated.West Pine MDF, operated by Quesnel-based West Fraser Mills Ltd., (TSX:WFT) uses sawdust and other materials to manufacture plywood-like boards known as medium density fibreboard.Firefighters knocked down the blaze and spent the night dousing hot spots on the side of the plant where the sawdust is fed into the building.A cause of the explosion is under investigation and Simpson hopes the mill can resume operation in about a week. (CFJC, Global) by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 10, 2016 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2016 at 7:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email No injuries as fiery blast damages wood products mill in Quesnel, B.C. GOOGLE MAPS read more

QUESNEL, B.C. – Investigators remain at the scene of an explosion at a wood products mill in Quesnel, B.C.No one was hurt late Wednesday afternoon when a blast and fire damaged one side of the West Pine MDF mill, at the northern end of the Cariboo community, about 600 kilometres north of Vancouver.Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson says the mill employs about 100 people and all the workers on shift at around 5:30 Wednesday were safely evacuated.West Pine MDF, operated by Quesnel-based West Fraser Mills Ltd., (TSX:WFT) uses sawdust and other materials to manufacture plywood-like boards known as medium density fibreboard.Firefighters knocked down the blaze and spent the night dousing hot spots on the side of the plant where the sawdust is fed into the building.A cause of the explosion is under investigation and Simpson hopes the mill can resume operation in about a week. (CFJC, Global) by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 10, 2016 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2016 at 7:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email No injuries as fiery blast damages wood products mill in Quesnel, B.C. GOOGLE MAPS read more

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Rashid Khalikov veteran UN official from Russia named to senior humanitarian position

02 Oct 2019

Most recently Mr. Khalikov has served as Director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva since 2010, where he has played a leading role in building stronger partnerships, resource mobilization and emergency preparedness, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said. He brings a wealth of experience in engaging with partners, including with regional organizations, in particular in the Middle East and Asia, as well as the private sector. He became UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya in 2011 and co-led partnerships missions with the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the League of Arab States to Mauritania and Chad, in addition to visiting over 40 countries where OCHA maintains a field/regional presence.Mr. Khalikov joined the United Nations in 1993. In 2005 he became Head of the OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, and the Area Humanitarian Coordinator in the aftermath of the South Asia earthquake. As Director of OCHA New York from 2006 to2010 he oversaw policy development, information management, external relations, the Central Emergency Response Fund and other humanitarian financing issues. In 2009 and 2010, he led missions to Pakistan, Yemen, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Kyrgyzstan to evaluate in-country humanitarian conditions, developing recommendations on the UN’s humanitarian role in these crises. read more

Most recently Mr. Khalikov has served as Director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva since 2010, where he has played a leading role in building stronger partnerships, resource mobilization and emergency preparedness, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said. He brings a wealth of experience in engaging with partners, including with regional organizations, in particular in the Middle East and Asia, as well as the private sector. He became UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya in 2011 and co-led partnerships missions with the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the League of Arab States to Mauritania and Chad, in addition to visiting over 40 countries where OCHA maintains a field/regional presence.Mr. Khalikov joined the United Nations in 1993. In 2005 he became Head of the OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, and the Area Humanitarian Coordinator in the aftermath of the South Asia earthquake. As Director of OCHA New York from 2006 to2010 he oversaw policy development, information management, external relations, the Central Emergency Response Fund and other humanitarian financing issues. In 2009 and 2010, he led missions to Pakistan, Yemen, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Kyrgyzstan to evaluate in-country humanitarian conditions, developing recommendations on the UN’s humanitarian role in these crises. read more

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Ohio State football depth chart

28 Sep 2019

FANS OPINION Metalurg – PSG the best match of VELUX EHF CL

22 Sep 2019

RK Metalurg – PSG (59%, 259 Votes)MKB MVM Veszprem – RNL (32%, 140 Votes)THW Kiel – KIF Kolding (4%, 19 Votes)Dinamo Minsk – RK Vardar (4%, 18 Votes)Motor – C.O Zagreb (1%, 2 Votes)Total Voters: 438 handballhandball matchPSG HandRK Metalurg ← Previous Story Christian Sprenger two more years in THW Kiel! Next Story → SEHA announced “Best 7” of September After seven days of voting process, Handball-Planet.com visitors decided that the best match of VELUX EHF Champions League – Round 2 was clash between RK Metalurg and PSG Handball 28:26 in great atmosphere of “Boris Trajkovski” hall in Skopje. Big sensation of Macedonian team made the bigger impression than the clash of the titans in Veszprem…The best match of EHF CL Round 2?

RK Metalurg – PSG (59%, 259 Votes)MKB MVM Veszprem – RNL (32%, 140 Votes)THW Kiel – KIF Kolding (4%, 19 Votes)Dinamo Minsk – RK Vardar (4%, 18 Votes)Motor – C.O Zagreb (1%, 2 Votes)Total Voters: 438 handballhandball matchPSG HandRK Metalurg ← Previous Story Christian Sprenger two more years in THW Kiel! Next Story → SEHA announced “Best 7” of September After seven days of voting process, Handball-Planet.com visitors decided that the best match of VELUX EHF Champions League – Round 2 was clash between RK Metalurg and PSG Handball 28:26 in great atmosphere of “Boris Trajkovski” hall in Skopje. Big sensation of Macedonian team made the bigger impression than the clash of the titans in Veszprem…The best match of EHF CL Round 2?

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Apple replaces OS X Downloads page with Mac App Store

21 Sep 2019

first_imgWe’re still waiting for Apple to launch OS X Lion Lion–which we had heard would be released today in the Mac App Store–but we did discover some changes in the way we can download Lion, along with applications, widgets, and utilities.Until recently, Mac users have been able to access new software from the OS X Downloads page, but now page has been shut down by Apple and customers can download programs through the Mac App Store. Apple said back in December that it would be directing users to explore the apps available on the Mac App Store starting on January 6, but until recently, you could also find apps via the Downloads page.AdChoices广告The Mac App Store can be found at the same Downloads page URL, www.apple.com/downloads. The old URL for Mac OS X downloads, apple.com/downloads/macosx, will also send you to this page.Apple has been pushing the Mac App Store as the best way to get new software. If you own a Mac running OS X 10.6.6 and don’t have the Mac App Store installed on your computer yet, you simply have to update your Mac’s software by clicking the Apple icon in the upper right-hand corner, and selecting “Software Update”. Once it’s setup you just go to the Apple icon and then choose “App Store…” to visit the store.OS X Lion will be sold via the Mac App Store, so it’s no surprise that Apple has changed its Downloads page in advance of its release. There are still products available on the Downloads page, such as links to Safari Extensions, Safari 5, iTunes 10, and iOS Software Updates but it’s clear in what direction Apple is pushing users.via MacStorieslast_img read more

first_imgWe’re still waiting for Apple to launch OS X Lion Lion–which we had heard would be released today in the Mac App Store–but we did discover some changes in the way we can download Lion, along with applications, widgets, and utilities.Until recently, Mac users have been able to access new software from the OS X Downloads page, but now page has been shut down by Apple and customers can download programs through the Mac App Store. Apple said back in December that it would be directing users to explore the apps available on the Mac App Store starting on January 6, but until recently, you could also find apps via the Downloads page.AdChoices广告The Mac App Store can be found at the same Downloads page URL, www.apple.com/downloads. The old URL for Mac OS X downloads, apple.com/downloads/macosx, will also send you to this page.Apple has been pushing the Mac App Store as the best way to get new software. If you own a Mac running OS X 10.6.6 and don’t have the Mac App Store installed on your computer yet, you simply have to update your Mac’s software by clicking the Apple icon in the upper right-hand corner, and selecting “Software Update”. Once it’s setup you just go to the Apple icon and then choose “App Store…” to visit the store.OS X Lion will be sold via the Mac App Store, so it’s no surprise that Apple has changed its Downloads page in advance of its release. There are still products available on the Downloads page, such as links to Safari Extensions, Safari 5, iTunes 10, and iOS Software Updates but it’s clear in what direction Apple is pushing users.via MacStorieslast_img read more

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Why Foxconns Firefox OSpowered tablet is too big to ignore

21 Sep 2019

first_imgMozilla has already scored some pretty powerful partners for Firefox OS. Those have been enough to get us interested, but now there’s word out of Taiwan that Foxconn is joining the ranks. There’s going to be a product announcement on June 3rd where, some sources say, the company will unveil a Firefox OS tablet.This is big news for two key reasons. First, of course, is the fact that world’s largest manufacturer of electronic devices is going to put (some of) its weight behind Firefox OS.Foxconn remains Apple’s go-to OEM and puts together phones for Nokia and many others. It never hurts to hedge your bets in the electronics business, though, and Foxconn already sells plenty of products under its own name in Asia. Foxconn also think it’s time to get more Apple-y and start boosting its margins by increasing its retail presence. These steps, just like working with Mozilla, will further diversify the company’s portfolio so it does not grow too dependent on any one vendor.Secondly, there’s the fact that Focus Taiwan’s sources are saying Foxconn will unveil a Firefox OS tablet. Mozilla’s focus for Firefox OS is squarely fixed on affordable phones and attracting “the next billion” users, especially in emerging markets.Importantly, because Firefox OS (like all of Mozilla’s products) is open source, there’s really nothing stopping a company like Foxconn from flashing the code onto a 7- or 10-inch tablet and seeing how consumers react.Tablets are a substantial slice of the mobile browsing pie chart, and their share continues to increase. Would shoppers be interested in an inexpensive, browser-powered tablet from Foxconn? At the right price, absolutely.Though it’s slid to third place in global browser share, Firefox is still a widely-recognized brand. It’s also one of the most trusted on the internet, and its reputation will certainly help sell devices. Pair that with Foxconn’s unmatched ability to produce inexpensive devices at scale, and you’ve got a winning combination. If Foxconn can deliver, say, a $99 7-inch Firefox OS tablet, it’s going to sell.last_img read more

first_imgMozilla has already scored some pretty powerful partners for Firefox OS. Those have been enough to get us interested, but now there’s word out of Taiwan that Foxconn is joining the ranks. There’s going to be a product announcement on June 3rd where, some sources say, the company will unveil a Firefox OS tablet.This is big news for two key reasons. First, of course, is the fact that world’s largest manufacturer of electronic devices is going to put (some of) its weight behind Firefox OS.Foxconn remains Apple’s go-to OEM and puts together phones for Nokia and many others. It never hurts to hedge your bets in the electronics business, though, and Foxconn already sells plenty of products under its own name in Asia. Foxconn also think it’s time to get more Apple-y and start boosting its margins by increasing its retail presence. These steps, just like working with Mozilla, will further diversify the company’s portfolio so it does not grow too dependent on any one vendor.Secondly, there’s the fact that Focus Taiwan’s sources are saying Foxconn will unveil a Firefox OS tablet. Mozilla’s focus for Firefox OS is squarely fixed on affordable phones and attracting “the next billion” users, especially in emerging markets.Importantly, because Firefox OS (like all of Mozilla’s products) is open source, there’s really nothing stopping a company like Foxconn from flashing the code onto a 7- or 10-inch tablet and seeing how consumers react.Tablets are a substantial slice of the mobile browsing pie chart, and their share continues to increase. Would shoppers be interested in an inexpensive, browser-powered tablet from Foxconn? At the right price, absolutely.Though it’s slid to third place in global browser share, Firefox is still a widely-recognized brand. It’s also one of the most trusted on the internet, and its reputation will certainly help sell devices. Pair that with Foxconn’s unmatched ability to produce inexpensive devices at scale, and you’ve got a winning combination. If Foxconn can deliver, say, a $99 7-inch Firefox OS tablet, it’s going to sell.last_img read more

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Local women discuss their journeys after breast cancer diagnosis

19 Sep 2019

first_img This year, an estimated 5,820 women in Washington will be diagnosed with breast cancer. In Clark County, about 270 women receive breast cancer diagnoses each year.Here, three Clark County women share their stories of breast cancer diagnoses, treatment and recovery — in their own words.Every journey needs a partyGetting a cancer diagnosis is a journey of bad news. For some, it does not end until their last breath. For others, like me, it eventually ends (fingers crossed).My journey went from an abnormal mammogram to a proposed lumpectomy to a double mastectomy. I even had a surprise post-surgery when the biopsy on my “healthy breast” found an undetected cancer. The series of unfortunate news ended when it was determined I did not need chemo, and that I did not carry the cancer gene (I am a mother of two daughters).I believe that any journey, particularly into the unknown, needs to start with all your friends on board — and a party. So I threw myself a party, a “Bye Bye Boobies Party.”I invited all my female friends and coworkers, my daughters and even some of their friends. It was a potluck, and food needed to be “boob themed.” The ladies came through. The table was covered with cupcakes, doughnuts, cookies, deviled eggs, cheese and crackers — all bearing a strong resemblance to breasts. Robin Helm, 62, of Salmon Creek. Diagnosed with Stage 1 invasive lobular cancer in 2013.last_img read more

first_img This year, an estimated 5,820 women in Washington will be diagnosed with breast cancer. In Clark County, about 270 women receive breast cancer diagnoses each year.Here, three Clark County women share their stories of breast cancer diagnoses, treatment and recovery — in their own words.Every journey needs a partyGetting a cancer diagnosis is a journey of bad news. For some, it does not end until their last breath. For others, like me, it eventually ends (fingers crossed).My journey went from an abnormal mammogram to a proposed lumpectomy to a double mastectomy. I even had a surprise post-surgery when the biopsy on my “healthy breast” found an undetected cancer. The series of unfortunate news ended when it was determined I did not need chemo, and that I did not carry the cancer gene (I am a mother of two daughters).I believe that any journey, particularly into the unknown, needs to start with all your friends on board — and a party. So I threw myself a party, a “Bye Bye Boobies Party.”I invited all my female friends and coworkers, my daughters and even some of their friends. It was a potluck, and food needed to be “boob themed.” The ladies came through. The table was covered with cupcakes, doughnuts, cookies, deviled eggs, cheese and crackers — all bearing a strong resemblance to breasts. Robin Helm, 62, of Salmon Creek. Diagnosed with Stage 1 invasive lobular cancer in 2013.last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for June 12 An Actual Dumpster Fire Injured Bunnies Rescued

11 Sep 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, June 12, 2018:Police assisted the “Walking School Bus” on Marcia Road. (7:48am)Animal Control Officer transported two bunnies injured in Wilmington to Grafton vet hospital. (10:00am)Eastern Bank employee reported slow leak from fire hydrant on Main Street. Police notified Water Department. (10:58am)A 2-vehicle crash took place on Andover Street. No injuries. One of the operators received criminal application for unlicensed operation. (3:16pm)Fire Department responded to dumpster fire on Burlington Avenue. (4:50pm)Fire Department responded to smoking mulch at Burger King on Lowell Street. (5:26pm)A walk-in party reported multiple parties are following him. Police spoke with parties, who were playing Pokemon Go. (10:32pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 21: Vandalism At Wilmington Plaza & Wilmington Crossing; Driver ArrestedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, June 12, 2018:Police assisted the “Walking School Bus” on Marcia Road. (7:48am)Animal Control Officer transported two bunnies injured in Wilmington to Grafton vet hospital. (10:00am)Eastern Bank employee reported slow leak from fire hydrant on Main Street. Police notified Water Department. (10:58am)A 2-vehicle crash took place on Andover Street. No injuries. One of the operators received criminal application for unlicensed operation. (3:16pm)Fire Department responded to dumpster fire on Burlington Avenue. (4:50pm)Fire Department responded to smoking mulch at Burger King on Lowell Street. (5:26pm)A walk-in party reported multiple parties are following him. Police spoke with parties, who were playing Pokemon Go. (10:32pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 21: Vandalism At Wilmington Plaza & Wilmington Crossing; Driver ArrestedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Best Democratic debate memes night 2 Biden beatdown and the Asian man

10 Sep 2019

first_imgDemocratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden listens while Sen. Kamala Harris speaks during the Democratic presidential debate Wednesday night. Getty Images The second group of Democratic presidential candidates took the stage Wednesday night after 10 of their competitors did the same on Tuesday. And who knew Kool-Aid and Clorox should have bought ad time?Night two featured former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Jay Inslee, businessman Andrew Yang, Sen. Cory Booker, former HUD secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Michael Bennet. Tuesday night’s event featured Sen. Bernie Sanders telling Sen. Tim Ryan that “I wrote the damn bill!” and author Marianne Williamson earning social buzz for citing the “dark psychic force of collectivized hatred.” What grabbed people’s attention Wednesday? Here we go.  Chanting call-out During Sen. Cory Booker’s introductory statement, a chant could be heard from audience members at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. It was hard to make out what the chanters were saying. Journalist Josh Dawsey tweeted that the chant didn’t seem to be aimed at Booker.”Whole debate interrupted with “FIRE PANTALEO” chants aimed at de Blasio,” he wrote in a tweet. “Pantaleo is the Staten Island cop involved in Eric Garner death.” Biden was trying to direct people to a phone number, where they could subscribe and receive regular updates through text presumably, but it ended up being extremely confusing to all listening. #DemDebateBiden when Castro wasn’t letting him breathe pic.twitter.com/RrITRnLPdr— Kathiana (@iconkathiana) August 1, 2019 Gilibrand: “I will clorox the oval office”Lysol:#DemDebate pic.twitter.com/9w5hkEUbDx— Munir Kreidie (@KreidieMunir) August 1, 2019 I heard “fire canned tomatoes”— Syd (@sydtacular) August 1, 2019 Clorox cleans upClorox bleach earned a surprising bit of product placement during the debate when Sen. Kristen Gillibrand snarked that the first thing she’d do as president would be to “Clorox the Oval Office.” Social media quickly started scrubbing. Who DIPS in to kool-aid? 🧐— Thomas Holycross (@Tomtigger61) August 1, 2019 #Ahem @SenBooker OH YEAH #WeKnowTheFlavor #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/Xaq1bbFifB— Kool-Aid (@koolaid) August 1, 2019 And others were confused as to why the chanters chose to make their point during Booker’s time to speak, not de Blasio’s. Were they late? Booker was talking—Deblasio spoke like 10 damn minutes ago.— Matthew James Kiernan (@kujonicus) August 1, 2019 Like an Irish bat signal, @donie perked up when Joe Biden said “bunch of malarkey.”— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) August 1, 2019 Joe Biden to everyone during the commercial break #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/IKjGAoImT0— dan 🍿 (@manieldad) August 1, 2019 Some liked Booker’s use of the phrase, while others questioned it. Mathletes forever Entrepreneur Andrew Yang earned applause and laughter when he referred to himself as the “opposite of Donald Trump, an Asian man who likes math.” The description went over well on Twitter. Wrote Richard Cho, “I just learned that I am the opposite of Donald Trump.” kirsten going to clorox the oval office pic.twitter.com/IiAbongOyy— olivia (@meryssong) August 1, 2019 “The opposite of Trump is an Asian that likes math”#DemDebate pic.twitter.com/OkmTp2Wgqm— Mantis Toboggan M.D. (@KelleyCarter369) August 1, 2019 Malarkey has its moment  Biden used one of his favorite phrases Wednesday night, declaring that it was “a bunch of malarkey” to say opposition to Medicare for All was a Republican concept. Social media immediately loved the slightly vintage word “malarkey,” and ran with it. “We have our first ‘malarkey’ of the night, finish your drink,” one person tweeted. Joked another, “Peak shenanigans.” Why not do the chant during de Blasio’s intro? Why Booker?— Kristen Says 2 U (@kristensays2u) August 1, 2019 Whole debate interrupted with “FIRE PANTALEO” chants aimed at de Blasio. Pantaleo is the Staten Island cop involved in Eric Garner death.— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 1, 2019 Tags They could have done that when DeBlasio was talking.— D. (@Musing_Stranger) August 1, 2019 live look at the intern who told biden not to say “malarkey” for any reason during the debate: pic.twitter.com/a9JFl3S9pt— lizzie (@elizabethque) August 1, 2019 Biden didn’t get the Cory Booker Kool-Aid slam because he only drinks Krystal Light pic.twitter.com/iZjdZOH1mH— Gordon Klein (@_gdch_) August 1, 2019 The Harris/Biden show Former Vice President Biden and Sen. Harris clashed back at the first debate series in June, and to no one’s surprise, they were back at it Wednesday night. That left some wondering who else was on stage. Harris: PlanOthers: rabble rabbleHarris: More planBiden: Other guy’s plan.Harris: Plan plan. Math. Plan.Biden: MalarkeyGabbard: can I say my one line now? https://t.co/G6pRsu6xaw— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) August 1, 2019 Free Dan Quayle?— Chris Findlater (@FindSun7) August 1, 2019 YAS that is the opposite of 45! #DemDebate #MePolitcs enjoying this. pic.twitter.com/mWvoCRbV3S— Gorsayz (@sayzgor) August 1, 2019 Biden’s confusing websiteBeing beat down and ganged up on by the rest of the panel was bad enough for Biden, but there was one last faux pax. He garbled his attempt to plug his campaign website. Or was it a phone number? It was tough to tell.The internet was not gonna let that one slide. Live look in at Joe Biden trying to hold off the other candidates #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/rAUGeGcawX— Weston (@Weston25518862) August 1, 2019 5 cent tomato— judee (@judee_) August 1, 2019 Literally every other candidate waiting for this Harris-Biden conversation to finish. #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/Q2IQo15JnN— Mark Taylor (@MarkTaylorNBC4) August 1, 2019 Obsessively refreshing my feed to see someone explain what the protesters are chanting but everyone is just asking what the protesters are chanting. #DemDebate2— Diana (@DianaDaum) August 1, 2019 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has come under fire for “declining to support demands by Mr. Garner’s family for the Police Department to dismiss the officer,” the New York Times reported recently. Garner was allegedly choked by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo five years ago on New York’s Staten Island. Many debate viewers simply couldn’t understand what was being said. “I heard ‘fire canned tomatoes,'” one tweeted. Wrote another, “They were demanding Pluto be reinstated as a planet.” Twitter Everyone on the stage teaming up to sink Biden pic.twitter.com/16HlcK5sCU— Ira thee Third (@ira) August 1, 2019 OH YEAH!!! pic.twitter.com/lfxgxX30c1— Kool-Aid (@koolaid) August 1, 2019 “Clorox the Oval Office” has officially won the debate. #demdebate #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/8rjTXVVYEd— Jennifer (@JennJennRVA) August 1, 2019 “You want to compare records and frankly I’m shocked that you do.”And then he out-Bidened Biden with a folksy phrase about Kool-Aid.Cory Booker just bodied Joe Biden. Absolutely expertly done. Best moment of the night thus far, for anyone on that stage. #DemDebate— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) August 1, 2019 Googling the non-Kamala Harris and Joe Bidens like… . #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/rI2Wq1bB51— Cassidy Nolander (@cuteeptuti) August 1, 2019 Biden is getting his false teeth kicked in. And what sis booker say about Kool-Aid? #DemocraticDebate #CNNDebate pic.twitter.com/0oLxGn9lfR— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) August 1, 2019 Drink the Kool-AidSen. Cory Booker and Biden were arguing about criminal-justice problems when Booker invoked an iconic American drink.”Mr. Vice President, there’s a saying in my community: ‘You’re dipping into the Kool-Aid and you don’t even know the flavor,'” Booker said.Someone from Kool-Aid corporate’s social-media department was watching and responded with its pitcher mascot and his favorite saying: “OH YEAH!” “If you agree with me, go to joe biden dot angelfire dot net slash my folder slash about dot html”— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) August 1, 2019 Clorox social media manager wondering how to play this.— Buzz Andersen (@buzz) August 1, 2019 Your turn. The opposite of Donald Trump is _______ .#DemDebate— Ezra Temko (@ezratemko) August 1, 2019 Me trying to figure out Joe Biden’s website pic.twitter.com/580k0rIhFA— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 1, 2019 Waiting for the @Clorox endorsement for @SenGillibrand. #DemDebate2— Breeanne Walters (@breeannewalters) August 1, 2019 Someone shouted during his opening statement too— David Turnbull (@david_turnbull) August 1, 2019 Twitter quickly filled up with Kool-Aid pitchers smashing through walls and other related jokes. I will never see Clorox the same ever again. #DemDebate #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/aZ7eHG4n2b— Loveandtreasure 🍋 (@LovenTreasure) August 1, 2019 7 Biden, watch your backThe former vice president might be the best-known candidate, but that only made him the biggest target. He was hearing criticism from all sides, and Twitter users noticed. We have our first “malarkey” of the night, finish your drink— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) August 1, 2019 “The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math.” – Andrew Yang #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/4FBLwPzeKJ— Chiffon Dior (@ChiffonDior) August 1, 2019 watching the Biden/Booker exchange again, it will never not be endearingly corny the way Booker always smiles/laughs at his own jokes before he gets to the punch line. He was cheesing before he’d gotten the word Kool-Aid out— Wesley (@WesleyLowery) August 1, 2019 Peak shenanigans #DemDebate https://t.co/9M3cv2v3kW— Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) August 1, 2019 Comments Biden brings out the malarkey card. Paul Ryan just fainted and doesn’t know why.#CNNDebate— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) August 1, 2019 #DemocraticDebate2020 Tapper: “Vice President Biden, your closing remarks?”Biden: pic.twitter.com/0kd1HRYwwb— Zach Brenner (@RealLifeZach) August 1, 2019 They were demanding pluto be reinstated as a planet— edo. (@stupit_question) August 1, 2019 Moderator: BidenBiden: (addresses Harris)Moderator: HarrisHarris: Biden got it wrongModerator: BidenBiden: my plan…Everyone else: #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/S4coVKvIeg— Strength in Vibrators (@Feelmore510) August 1, 2019 Great Tweet. Cory, I’m born and raised on North 11th Street….. NO ONE, I say NO ONE every used that silly Kool-Aid line. Maybe they used in it in Haworth NJ— Robert Leslie (@RightSideRobert) August 1, 2019 I just learned that I am the opposite of Donald Trump. #DemDebate #AsianManWhoLikesMath— Richard Cho, PhD (@Richard_S_Cho) August 1, 2019 Someone, presumably not a Biden fan, quickly bought the borked web address and directed it elsewhere…I don’t know about you, but I feel bad for ol’ Biden. It reminds me of trying to set up a Facebook account for my dad.Originally published July 31.  Share your voice so, shorter #DemDebate then would be pic.twitter.com/cOfp4ONfYl— Celeste Katz (@CelesteKatzNYC) August 1, 2019 Note to Gillibrand: All good greenies, and progressives, know that Clorox (bleach) is bad for the environment. Please scour the Oval Office with something natural. #DemDebate— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) August 1, 2019 Kamala Harris and Joe Biden right now. #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/6NyUm4vpGe— RoChester (@rocsterr) August 1, 2019 Politics It wasn’t even supposed to be his name, it was supposed to be “join”. pic.twitter.com/PkKJRg0kqj— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) August 1, 2019last_img read more

first_imgDemocratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden listens while Sen. Kamala Harris speaks during the Democratic presidential debate Wednesday night. Getty Images The second group of Democratic presidential candidates took the stage Wednesday night after 10 of their competitors did the same on Tuesday. And who knew Kool-Aid and Clorox should have bought ad time?Night two featured former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Jay Inslee, businessman Andrew Yang, Sen. Cory Booker, former HUD secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Michael Bennet. Tuesday night’s event featured Sen. Bernie Sanders telling Sen. Tim Ryan that “I wrote the damn bill!” and author Marianne Williamson earning social buzz for citing the “dark psychic force of collectivized hatred.” What grabbed people’s attention Wednesday? Here we go.  Chanting call-out During Sen. Cory Booker’s introductory statement, a chant could be heard from audience members at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. It was hard to make out what the chanters were saying. Journalist Josh Dawsey tweeted that the chant didn’t seem to be aimed at Booker.”Whole debate interrupted with “FIRE PANTALEO” chants aimed at de Blasio,” he wrote in a tweet. “Pantaleo is the Staten Island cop involved in Eric Garner death.” Biden was trying to direct people to a phone number, where they could subscribe and receive regular updates through text presumably, but it ended up being extremely confusing to all listening. #DemDebateBiden when Castro wasn’t letting him breathe pic.twitter.com/RrITRnLPdr— Kathiana (@iconkathiana) August 1, 2019 Gilibrand: “I will clorox the oval office”Lysol:#DemDebate pic.twitter.com/9w5hkEUbDx— Munir Kreidie (@KreidieMunir) August 1, 2019 I heard “fire canned tomatoes”— Syd (@sydtacular) August 1, 2019 Clorox cleans upClorox bleach earned a surprising bit of product placement during the debate when Sen. Kristen Gillibrand snarked that the first thing she’d do as president would be to “Clorox the Oval Office.” Social media quickly started scrubbing. Who DIPS in to kool-aid? 🧐— Thomas Holycross (@Tomtigger61) August 1, 2019 #Ahem @SenBooker OH YEAH #WeKnowTheFlavor #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/Xaq1bbFifB— Kool-Aid (@koolaid) August 1, 2019 And others were confused as to why the chanters chose to make their point during Booker’s time to speak, not de Blasio’s. Were they late? Booker was talking—Deblasio spoke like 10 damn minutes ago.— Matthew James Kiernan (@kujonicus) August 1, 2019 Like an Irish bat signal, @donie perked up when Joe Biden said “bunch of malarkey.”— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) August 1, 2019 Joe Biden to everyone during the commercial break #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/IKjGAoImT0— dan 🍿 (@manieldad) August 1, 2019 Some liked Booker’s use of the phrase, while others questioned it. Mathletes forever Entrepreneur Andrew Yang earned applause and laughter when he referred to himself as the “opposite of Donald Trump, an Asian man who likes math.” The description went over well on Twitter. Wrote Richard Cho, “I just learned that I am the opposite of Donald Trump.” kirsten going to clorox the oval office pic.twitter.com/IiAbongOyy— olivia (@meryssong) August 1, 2019 “The opposite of Trump is an Asian that likes math”#DemDebate pic.twitter.com/OkmTp2Wgqm— Mantis Toboggan M.D. (@KelleyCarter369) August 1, 2019 Malarkey has its moment  Biden used one of his favorite phrases Wednesday night, declaring that it was “a bunch of malarkey” to say opposition to Medicare for All was a Republican concept. Social media immediately loved the slightly vintage word “malarkey,” and ran with it. “We have our first ‘malarkey’ of the night, finish your drink,” one person tweeted. Joked another, “Peak shenanigans.” Why not do the chant during de Blasio’s intro? Why Booker?— Kristen Says 2 U (@kristensays2u) August 1, 2019 Whole debate interrupted with “FIRE PANTALEO” chants aimed at de Blasio. Pantaleo is the Staten Island cop involved in Eric Garner death.— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 1, 2019 Tags They could have done that when DeBlasio was talking.— D. (@Musing_Stranger) August 1, 2019 live look at the intern who told biden not to say “malarkey” for any reason during the debate: pic.twitter.com/a9JFl3S9pt— lizzie (@elizabethque) August 1, 2019 Biden didn’t get the Cory Booker Kool-Aid slam because he only drinks Krystal Light pic.twitter.com/iZjdZOH1mH— Gordon Klein (@_gdch_) August 1, 2019 The Harris/Biden show Former Vice President Biden and Sen. Harris clashed back at the first debate series in June, and to no one’s surprise, they were back at it Wednesday night. That left some wondering who else was on stage. Harris: PlanOthers: rabble rabbleHarris: More planBiden: Other guy’s plan.Harris: Plan plan. Math. Plan.Biden: MalarkeyGabbard: can I say my one line now? https://t.co/G6pRsu6xaw— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) August 1, 2019 Free Dan Quayle?— Chris Findlater (@FindSun7) August 1, 2019 YAS that is the opposite of 45! #DemDebate #MePolitcs enjoying this. pic.twitter.com/mWvoCRbV3S— Gorsayz (@sayzgor) August 1, 2019 Biden’s confusing websiteBeing beat down and ganged up on by the rest of the panel was bad enough for Biden, but there was one last faux pax. He garbled his attempt to plug his campaign website. Or was it a phone number? It was tough to tell.The internet was not gonna let that one slide. Live look in at Joe Biden trying to hold off the other candidates #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/rAUGeGcawX— Weston (@Weston25518862) August 1, 2019 5 cent tomato— judee (@judee_) August 1, 2019 Literally every other candidate waiting for this Harris-Biden conversation to finish. #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/Q2IQo15JnN— Mark Taylor (@MarkTaylorNBC4) August 1, 2019 Obsessively refreshing my feed to see someone explain what the protesters are chanting but everyone is just asking what the protesters are chanting. #DemDebate2— Diana (@DianaDaum) August 1, 2019 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has come under fire for “declining to support demands by Mr. Garner’s family for the Police Department to dismiss the officer,” the New York Times reported recently. Garner was allegedly choked by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo five years ago on New York’s Staten Island. Many debate viewers simply couldn’t understand what was being said. “I heard ‘fire canned tomatoes,'” one tweeted. Wrote another, “They were demanding Pluto be reinstated as a planet.” Twitter Everyone on the stage teaming up to sink Biden pic.twitter.com/16HlcK5sCU— Ira thee Third (@ira) August 1, 2019 OH YEAH!!! pic.twitter.com/lfxgxX30c1— Kool-Aid (@koolaid) August 1, 2019 “Clorox the Oval Office” has officially won the debate. #demdebate #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/8rjTXVVYEd— Jennifer (@JennJennRVA) August 1, 2019 “You want to compare records and frankly I’m shocked that you do.”And then he out-Bidened Biden with a folksy phrase about Kool-Aid.Cory Booker just bodied Joe Biden. Absolutely expertly done. Best moment of the night thus far, for anyone on that stage. #DemDebate— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) August 1, 2019 Googling the non-Kamala Harris and Joe Bidens like… . #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/rI2Wq1bB51— Cassidy Nolander (@cuteeptuti) August 1, 2019 Biden is getting his false teeth kicked in. And what sis booker say about Kool-Aid? #DemocraticDebate #CNNDebate pic.twitter.com/0oLxGn9lfR— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) August 1, 2019 Drink the Kool-AidSen. Cory Booker and Biden were arguing about criminal-justice problems when Booker invoked an iconic American drink.”Mr. Vice President, there’s a saying in my community: ‘You’re dipping into the Kool-Aid and you don’t even know the flavor,'” Booker said.Someone from Kool-Aid corporate’s social-media department was watching and responded with its pitcher mascot and his favorite saying: “OH YEAH!” “If you agree with me, go to joe biden dot angelfire dot net slash my folder slash about dot html”— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) August 1, 2019 Clorox social media manager wondering how to play this.— Buzz Andersen (@buzz) August 1, 2019 Your turn. The opposite of Donald Trump is _______ .#DemDebate— Ezra Temko (@ezratemko) August 1, 2019 Me trying to figure out Joe Biden’s website pic.twitter.com/580k0rIhFA— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 1, 2019 Waiting for the @Clorox endorsement for @SenGillibrand. #DemDebate2— Breeanne Walters (@breeannewalters) August 1, 2019 Someone shouted during his opening statement too— David Turnbull (@david_turnbull) August 1, 2019 Twitter quickly filled up with Kool-Aid pitchers smashing through walls and other related jokes. I will never see Clorox the same ever again. #DemDebate #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/aZ7eHG4n2b— Loveandtreasure 🍋 (@LovenTreasure) August 1, 2019 7 Biden, watch your backThe former vice president might be the best-known candidate, but that only made him the biggest target. He was hearing criticism from all sides, and Twitter users noticed. We have our first “malarkey” of the night, finish your drink— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) August 1, 2019 “The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math.” – Andrew Yang #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/4FBLwPzeKJ— Chiffon Dior (@ChiffonDior) August 1, 2019 watching the Biden/Booker exchange again, it will never not be endearingly corny the way Booker always smiles/laughs at his own jokes before he gets to the punch line. He was cheesing before he’d gotten the word Kool-Aid out— Wesley (@WesleyLowery) August 1, 2019 Peak shenanigans #DemDebate https://t.co/9M3cv2v3kW— Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) August 1, 2019 Comments Biden brings out the malarkey card. Paul Ryan just fainted and doesn’t know why.#CNNDebate— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) August 1, 2019 #DemocraticDebate2020 Tapper: “Vice President Biden, your closing remarks?”Biden: pic.twitter.com/0kd1HRYwwb— Zach Brenner (@RealLifeZach) August 1, 2019 They were demanding pluto be reinstated as a planet— edo. (@stupit_question) August 1, 2019 Moderator: BidenBiden: (addresses Harris)Moderator: HarrisHarris: Biden got it wrongModerator: BidenBiden: my plan…Everyone else: #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/S4coVKvIeg— Strength in Vibrators (@Feelmore510) August 1, 2019 Great Tweet. Cory, I’m born and raised on North 11th Street….. NO ONE, I say NO ONE every used that silly Kool-Aid line. Maybe they used in it in Haworth NJ— Robert Leslie (@RightSideRobert) August 1, 2019 I just learned that I am the opposite of Donald Trump. #DemDebate #AsianManWhoLikesMath— Richard Cho, PhD (@Richard_S_Cho) August 1, 2019 Someone, presumably not a Biden fan, quickly bought the borked web address and directed it elsewhere…I don’t know about you, but I feel bad for ol’ Biden. It reminds me of trying to set up a Facebook account for my dad.Originally published July 31.  Share your voice so, shorter #DemDebate then would be pic.twitter.com/cOfp4ONfYl— Celeste Katz (@CelesteKatzNYC) August 1, 2019 Note to Gillibrand: All good greenies, and progressives, know that Clorox (bleach) is bad for the environment. Please scour the Oval Office with something natural. #DemDebate— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) August 1, 2019 Kamala Harris and Joe Biden right now. #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/6NyUm4vpGe— RoChester (@rocsterr) August 1, 2019 Politics It wasn’t even supposed to be his name, it was supposed to be “join”. pic.twitter.com/PkKJRg0kqj— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) August 1, 2019last_img read more

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A Viral Facebook Fundraiser Has Generated More Than 20 Million For Immigration

02 Sep 2019

first_imgRachel Zein for The Texas TribuneProtesters call for immigrant families to be kept together at a rally in Austin on Thursday, June 14, 2018.In December 2016, a Texas nonprofit called the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services welcomed more than 400 undocumented women and children to its shelter in San Antonio, after a judge ordered federal authorities to release the immigrants from a family detention center. The court ruling generated national headlines that helped RAICES raise $100,000, a sizable haul for the legal-aid group.“At the time, we were really blown away,” recalled Jenny Hixon, development director for RAICES.But that was nothing compared to the last two weeks. One night earlier this month — amid nationwide outrage over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which has forced more than 2,500 migrant children to be separated from their parents at the border — Hixon received an unexpected email from a married couple in the Bay Area, Dave and Charlotte Willner. A Facebook page the Willners had started just a few hours earlier to raise money for RAICES was taking off faster than expected as people across the country reacted with horror to photographs and news stories documenting family separations. With any luck, the couple predicted, the campaign might even break a million dollars.Over the next week and a half, the Facebook page quickly transformed from a promising online fundraiser into a viral phenomenon, generating around $20.5 million, three times RAICES’ annual budget and more than 40 times what the nonprofit raised in the entirety of 2017. The fundraiser has drawn support from celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, who made a donation to RAICES this week in Donald Trump’s name.“You could just sit there and watch the total change. It was incredible,” Hixon said. “At one point, I copied the number from the website and put it into a Word document to add commas. I really thought I was not reading the number correctly.”In addition to the funds donated on Facebook, RAICES has received $5 million in contributions through its official website, which briefly crashed last week because of increased traffic. The organization plans to use that money to pay for legal representation for separated families and to hire new attorneys to bolster its staff of 65 full-time immigration lawyers.“We’re doing the best we can to scale up quickly,” Hixon said. “We just want to be good stewards of the money and good stewards of the attention.”Hiring a lawyer to represent an immigrant with a claim to asylum typically costs between $1,000 and $10,000, according to Jason Finkelman, a Texas-based immigration attorney who is not affiliated with RAICES. More complicated cases lead to higher fees, Finkelman said, and those involving children and spouses often generate especially significant expenses. “There’s no such thing as a cookie-cutter immigration case,” he said.Still, Finkelman added, “$20 million can go a very long way in helping thousands of people who typically wouldn’t be able to afford legal representation.”RAICES is hardly the first nonprofit to receive an unexpected cash windfall with the help of social media. In 2014, the ALS Association — a group that raises money to support research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — generated more than $100 million through the viral “ice-bucket challenge,” in which participants posted videos on Facebook of ice-cold water being poured over their heads.As RAICES begins using its newfound resources, the nonprofit would do well to emulate the ALS Association’s example, said Tim Seiler, former director of Indiana University’s Fund Raising School.Before it spent the money generated by the ice-bucket challenge, the ALS Association solicited input on how to use the funds from a panel of advisors that included patients living with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Seiler said RAICES should copy that approach by seeking advice from local community members invested in supporting immigrants. “They need to stop and realize that this is probably a one-time thing,” Seiler said. “They have this huge influx of money, and they’re going to need to be very prudent about its use.”RAICES was founded by South Texas activists in 1986 as waves of Central American immigrants entered the United States. In its early years, the nonprofit — known at the time as the Refugee Aid Project — provided clothing and medical help to migrants, said John Blatz, an attorney who has worked for the organization for decades. RAICES now has offices throughout Texas, including three sites in San Antonio. That 30-year history of immigration activism should assure potential donors that RAICES is a trustworthy steward of the millions of dollars flooding its coffers, Hixon said.“We didn’t start speaking out on this issue because we just figured out it was important,” she said. “It’s always been important to us. We’re going to keep doing the work long after the attention is gone.” Sharelast_img read more

first_imgRachel Zein for The Texas TribuneProtesters call for immigrant families to be kept together at a rally in Austin on Thursday, June 14, 2018.In December 2016, a Texas nonprofit called the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services welcomed more than 400 undocumented women and children to its shelter in San Antonio, after a judge ordered federal authorities to release the immigrants from a family detention center. The court ruling generated national headlines that helped RAICES raise $100,000, a sizable haul for the legal-aid group.“At the time, we were really blown away,” recalled Jenny Hixon, development director for RAICES.But that was nothing compared to the last two weeks. One night earlier this month — amid nationwide outrage over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which has forced more than 2,500 migrant children to be separated from their parents at the border — Hixon received an unexpected email from a married couple in the Bay Area, Dave and Charlotte Willner. A Facebook page the Willners had started just a few hours earlier to raise money for RAICES was taking off faster than expected as people across the country reacted with horror to photographs and news stories documenting family separations. With any luck, the couple predicted, the campaign might even break a million dollars.Over the next week and a half, the Facebook page quickly transformed from a promising online fundraiser into a viral phenomenon, generating around $20.5 million, three times RAICES’ annual budget and more than 40 times what the nonprofit raised in the entirety of 2017. The fundraiser has drawn support from celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, who made a donation to RAICES this week in Donald Trump’s name.“You could just sit there and watch the total change. It was incredible,” Hixon said. “At one point, I copied the number from the website and put it into a Word document to add commas. I really thought I was not reading the number correctly.”In addition to the funds donated on Facebook, RAICES has received $5 million in contributions through its official website, which briefly crashed last week because of increased traffic. The organization plans to use that money to pay for legal representation for separated families and to hire new attorneys to bolster its staff of 65 full-time immigration lawyers.“We’re doing the best we can to scale up quickly,” Hixon said. “We just want to be good stewards of the money and good stewards of the attention.”Hiring a lawyer to represent an immigrant with a claim to asylum typically costs between $1,000 and $10,000, according to Jason Finkelman, a Texas-based immigration attorney who is not affiliated with RAICES. More complicated cases lead to higher fees, Finkelman said, and those involving children and spouses often generate especially significant expenses. “There’s no such thing as a cookie-cutter immigration case,” he said.Still, Finkelman added, “$20 million can go a very long way in helping thousands of people who typically wouldn’t be able to afford legal representation.”RAICES is hardly the first nonprofit to receive an unexpected cash windfall with the help of social media. In 2014, the ALS Association — a group that raises money to support research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — generated more than $100 million through the viral “ice-bucket challenge,” in which participants posted videos on Facebook of ice-cold water being poured over their heads.As RAICES begins using its newfound resources, the nonprofit would do well to emulate the ALS Association’s example, said Tim Seiler, former director of Indiana University’s Fund Raising School.Before it spent the money generated by the ice-bucket challenge, the ALS Association solicited input on how to use the funds from a panel of advisors that included patients living with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Seiler said RAICES should copy that approach by seeking advice from local community members invested in supporting immigrants. “They need to stop and realize that this is probably a one-time thing,” Seiler said. “They have this huge influx of money, and they’re going to need to be very prudent about its use.”RAICES was founded by South Texas activists in 1986 as waves of Central American immigrants entered the United States. In its early years, the nonprofit — known at the time as the Refugee Aid Project — provided clothing and medical help to migrants, said John Blatz, an attorney who has worked for the organization for decades. RAICES now has offices throughout Texas, including three sites in San Antonio. That 30-year history of immigration activism should assure potential donors that RAICES is a trustworthy steward of the millions of dollars flooding its coffers, Hixon said.“We didn’t start speaking out on this issue because we just figured out it was important,” she said. “It’s always been important to us. We’re going to keep doing the work long after the attention is gone.” Sharelast_img read more

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Yes Angry Birds Space really is coming to Windows Phone

01 Sep 2019

first_imgDespite a bevvy of new phones — both mid-range and high-end — and a much more full-featured OS in tow, Windows Phone continues to struggle in the mobile marketplace. Part of the blame has been placed on a lack of quality, high-profile apps — and Rovio has shed some light on what the problem is.According to them, “it’s a big undertaking to support [Windows Phone]” and getting the latest installment of their smash-hit franchise —  Angry Birds Space — on Microsoft’s mobile OS requires a “complete rewrite.”Blogger Henry Blodget had earlier stated that Rovio was giving Windows Phone the cold shoulder, but that turned out not to be the case. And really, it would’ve been a huge surprise to hear that Rovio wasn’t going to bring Angry Birds Space to Windows Phone.Rovio’s first release  currently sits at the number one position in the Marketplace. There’s been a tremendous amount of hype surrounding the new release, and there’s no way that Microsoft — who are fighting tooth and nail to make Windows Phone a success — would stand idly by if Rovio had actually said they weren’t interested in porting.It’s highly likely that Microsoft would have offered some sort of incentive (like a giant pile of cash) to get Rovio interested. Hey, if they’re offering up thousand-dollar laptops to people just for proving their phones beat a Windows Phone in a speed test, why would they not dangle a golden carrot in front of Rovio to keep their platform from looking like a black sheep?More at Reuterslast_img read more

first_imgDespite a bevvy of new phones — both mid-range and high-end — and a much more full-featured OS in tow, Windows Phone continues to struggle in the mobile marketplace. Part of the blame has been placed on a lack of quality, high-profile apps — and Rovio has shed some light on what the problem is.According to them, “it’s a big undertaking to support [Windows Phone]” and getting the latest installment of their smash-hit franchise —  Angry Birds Space — on Microsoft’s mobile OS requires a “complete rewrite.”Blogger Henry Blodget had earlier stated that Rovio was giving Windows Phone the cold shoulder, but that turned out not to be the case. And really, it would’ve been a huge surprise to hear that Rovio wasn’t going to bring Angry Birds Space to Windows Phone.Rovio’s first release  currently sits at the number one position in the Marketplace. There’s been a tremendous amount of hype surrounding the new release, and there’s no way that Microsoft — who are fighting tooth and nail to make Windows Phone a success — would stand idly by if Rovio had actually said they weren’t interested in porting.It’s highly likely that Microsoft would have offered some sort of incentive (like a giant pile of cash) to get Rovio interested. Hey, if they’re offering up thousand-dollar laptops to people just for proving their phones beat a Windows Phone in a speed test, why would they not dangle a golden carrot in front of Rovio to keep their platform from looking like a black sheep?More at Reuterslast_img read more

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Indium arsenide may provide clues to quantum information processing

31 Aug 2019

first_img“We’re not saying we’ve built a quantum computer,” Andreas Fuhrer tells PhysOrg.com, “but this is an important first step towards spin manipulation via the spin-orbit interaction.” Citation: Indium arsenide may provide clues to quantum information processing (2007, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-07-indium-arsenide-clues-quantum.html Fuhrer, a scientist with the Department of Solid State Physics/Nanometer Consortium at Lund University in Sweden, points out that one way quantum information processing might come about is through the manipulation of spin states. Fuhrer and his colleagues have directly measured spin-orbit interaction strength in a two-electron molecule along a nanowire made of indium arsenide (InAs). With the first example of tunable few-electron quantum dots in a material with strong spin-orbit interaction, they believe that spin-orbit based spin manipulation is a step closer to becoming reality.Fuhrer worked with Fasth and Samuelson, also associated with the Solid State Physics/Nanometer Consortium, and with Golovach and Loss from the University of Basel in Switzerland to understand the spin-orbit interaction of electrons in quantum dots along a nanowire. Their findings are published in a piece in Physical Review Letters titled, “Direct Measurement of the Spin-Orbit Interaction in a Two-Electron InAs Nanowire Quantum Dot.”“This is the first time tunable quantum dots with a single electron have been realized in indium arsenide nanowires,” Fuhrer explains via email. “While other material systems often require complex gate arrangements to confine the electrons in artificial atoms, the nanowire basically has the confinement in two directions built in due to its nanoscale crosssection.”The scheme set up by Fuhrer and his colleagues works fairly simply. Indium arsenide nanowires self-assemble during crystal growth into rods. “It’s not a bulk semiconductor like some other materials used for this purpose,” Fuhrer points out over the phone. “It is a really thin wire that is an ideal starting point for making quantum dots. You can induce as many of these artificial atoms along the nanowire as you like and couple them to each other.” In addition, the spin-orbit interaction might allow the spin states of quantum dots to be manipulated merely by applying pulses to the gates that confine the electrons. “Usually six gates, or sometimes more, need to be used.” In the paper, Fuhrer and his coauthors use four gates, but they have data to show that it would work with two gates per quantum dot. Additionally, most efforts to manipulate spin make use of conventional electron spin resonance, a technique that can be difficult to bring close to each individual quantum dot. “We expect that with our scheme it will be enough to pulse the gate.” Fuhrer then goes on to expound in greater detail through email: “When the gate is pulsed, you jerk the electron to one side along the nanowire, and by the movement of the orbital part of the electron wavefunction, also rotate the spin because of the spin-orbit coupling. This promises to be faster and easier than existing spin-manipulation techniques if we can demonstrate that spin states live long enough for computations to be feasible.”The main problem with this setup, Fuhrer admits, is that quantum information can be lost through decoherence. Typically, the idea is to decouple the spin from everything, including orbital motion, in order to avoid destroying the quantum calculations. “We’re hoping, though, that by strongly confining the electrons and by keeping track of the orbital energy levels, we can get around this.” Fuhrer says that realizing few-electron quantum dots in InAs is an important first step. “The next step is to measure the spin lifetimes and manipulate the spins.” He points out that within the next five to ten years efforts will be made to use such a setup for quantum information processing. “We still need to study this alternate option of spin state control. It could offer the possibility of manipulating qubits more easily.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img“We’re not saying we’ve built a quantum computer,” Andreas Fuhrer tells PhysOrg.com, “but this is an important first step towards spin manipulation via the spin-orbit interaction.” Citation: Indium arsenide may provide clues to quantum information processing (2007, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-07-indium-arsenide-clues-quantum.html Fuhrer, a scientist with the Department of Solid State Physics/Nanometer Consortium at Lund University in Sweden, points out that one way quantum information processing might come about is through the manipulation of spin states. Fuhrer and his colleagues have directly measured spin-orbit interaction strength in a two-electron molecule along a nanowire made of indium arsenide (InAs). With the first example of tunable few-electron quantum dots in a material with strong spin-orbit interaction, they believe that spin-orbit based spin manipulation is a step closer to becoming reality.Fuhrer worked with Fasth and Samuelson, also associated with the Solid State Physics/Nanometer Consortium, and with Golovach and Loss from the University of Basel in Switzerland to understand the spin-orbit interaction of electrons in quantum dots along a nanowire. Their findings are published in a piece in Physical Review Letters titled, “Direct Measurement of the Spin-Orbit Interaction in a Two-Electron InAs Nanowire Quantum Dot.”“This is the first time tunable quantum dots with a single electron have been realized in indium arsenide nanowires,” Fuhrer explains via email. “While other material systems often require complex gate arrangements to confine the electrons in artificial atoms, the nanowire basically has the confinement in two directions built in due to its nanoscale crosssection.”The scheme set up by Fuhrer and his colleagues works fairly simply. Indium arsenide nanowires self-assemble during crystal growth into rods. “It’s not a bulk semiconductor like some other materials used for this purpose,” Fuhrer points out over the phone. “It is a really thin wire that is an ideal starting point for making quantum dots. You can induce as many of these artificial atoms along the nanowire as you like and couple them to each other.” In addition, the spin-orbit interaction might allow the spin states of quantum dots to be manipulated merely by applying pulses to the gates that confine the electrons. “Usually six gates, or sometimes more, need to be used.” In the paper, Fuhrer and his coauthors use four gates, but they have data to show that it would work with two gates per quantum dot. Additionally, most efforts to manipulate spin make use of conventional electron spin resonance, a technique that can be difficult to bring close to each individual quantum dot. “We expect that with our scheme it will be enough to pulse the gate.” Fuhrer then goes on to expound in greater detail through email: “When the gate is pulsed, you jerk the electron to one side along the nanowire, and by the movement of the orbital part of the electron wavefunction, also rotate the spin because of the spin-orbit coupling. This promises to be faster and easier than existing spin-manipulation techniques if we can demonstrate that spin states live long enough for computations to be feasible.”The main problem with this setup, Fuhrer admits, is that quantum information can be lost through decoherence. Typically, the idea is to decouple the spin from everything, including orbital motion, in order to avoid destroying the quantum calculations. “We’re hoping, though, that by strongly confining the electrons and by keeping track of the orbital energy levels, we can get around this.” Fuhrer says that realizing few-electron quantum dots in InAs is an important first step. “The next step is to measure the spin lifetimes and manipulate the spins.” He points out that within the next five to ten years efforts will be made to use such a setup for quantum information processing. “We still need to study this alternate option of spin state control. It could offer the possibility of manipulating qubits more easily.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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The Orgiastic Drunken Spectacles of Viking Religious Ceremonies

30 Aug 2019

first_imgVikings prompt thoughts of huge, muscled warriors pillaging up and down the coasts of northwestern Europe. But who were they, really? They were Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes — mostly farmers, traders, blacksmiths, and craftsmen, according to History on the Net. The men who went on raids didn’t do it year-round: they took to their boats during the summers to do their raiding, while their wives kept the farms going. They were usually home for the harvest.Detail from runestone G 181 in the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm. The three men are interpreted as the Norse gods Odin, Thor, and Freyr.Vikings had law and government, and Viking women had more basic rights than most women in Europe at that time. They were a complex and colorful society… And they practiced human sacrifice.According to the National Museum of Denmark, there have been several long-standing and horrible accounts of sacrifice in the Viking Age.A goði leads the people in sacrificing to an idol of Thor in this painting by J. L. Lund.The 10th century holy man and jurist Ahmad Ibn Fadlan described the “violent, orgiastic, drunken spectacle” of Viking religious ceremonies. Ancient Origins goes on to say that in the Viking tradition, if a chief died, he was placed in the ground while his burial clothes were prepared for 10 days, during which his followers drank and had sex with doomed slave girls “purely out of love.”A German Bishop described how Vikings met every nine years at Lejre, on Zealand, Denmark, in January.He said they “offer to their gods 99 people and just as many horses, dogs, and hens or hawks, for these shall serve them in the kingdom of the dead and atone for their evil deeds”.Another German monk wrote a similar description in 1072 about the sacrificial tradition at Gammel Uppsala in Sweden, saying that, to ensure the goodwill of the gods, the Vikings met there in a holy grove every nine years to sacrifice nine males of all kinds of creatures. He said that horses and men hung from trees.The Royal mounds of Gamla Uppsala in Sweden from the 5th and the 6th centuries. Originally, the site had 2000 to 3000 tumuli, but owing to quarrying and agriculture only 250 remain. Photo by OlofE CC BY-SA 3.0How trustworthy these accounts are is a matter for debate. Neither man ever actually saw such activities occurring, and both were writing in the late Viking period and early middle ages, when Christianity was gaining an increasing foothold in Scandinavia, and human sacrifices were no longer considered acceptable. For this reason, some scholars have attributed these accounts to fabrication and propaganda.Check out 10 things you may not know about the Vikings:Recent archaeological discoveries, however, clearly establish that there was a tradition of human sacrifice among the Vikings. Real Clear Science relates the discovery of a gold neck ring which led to the discovery of what would become a major excavation site near Tisso in Denmark. That turned out to involve one of the largest Viking settlements in Northern Europe.Tissø, part of the Kalmargård excavations at Fugledegård. Photo by Västgöten CC BY-SA 3.0The site is thought to include a royal residence, and since its discovery in 1990, more than 12,000 items have been found that suggest that this was a very active and prosperous settlement. At this site, there is a wealth of ritual facilities and sacrificial sites around the chieftain’s residence.In 2011, scientists found a place at the highest point of the site where there was evidence that people ate ritual meals, and jewelry and human bones were found, suggesting ritual sacrifice. This had scholars revisiting old theories about some other peculiar sites at Trelleborg, Sweden.At Trelleborg a sacrificial site was discovered, in the form of five wells, each about 10 feet deep. Each well held the skeletons of animals and humans, along with tools and jewelry. Of the five human sacrifices that were found, four of them belonged to children between the ages of 4 and 7.Odin, in his guise as a wanderer, by Georg von Rosen (1886).It’s considered significant that the bodies were found in wells, as Vikings considered wells to have great importance. The Norse god Odin was said to have gained wisdom by drinking from Mimir’s well, although he had to sacrifice one of his eyes to do it. Imagine what sacrificing an entire person would say to their gods, instead of just one eye.Not all human sacrifices were made to the gods, either. Live Science reported that in Flakstad, Norway, the remains of 10 different people were found in multiple graves. There were two or three bodies in some of the graves, and some of them had been decapitated.Flakstad, Norway.Analysis revealed that those who had been decapitated ate a very different diet from the others. The scientists who made the discovery, including Elise Naumann, proposed that where there were people buried two or three to a grave, the bodies may have come from different strata of society, and that slaves could have been offered as grave-gifts during the burial.Vikings were known to keep slaves, or thralls, to help with farm work. The team analyzed mitochondrial DNA from the remains and learned that the bodies were not related, at least on the maternal side.Naumann said that analysis of the bones suggested that the beheaded bodies ate more fish, while the others ate more of a land-based diet, reinforcing the idea that they came from different classes.Read another story from us: It’s Hammer Time! The Viking Method of Rap BattlingNaumann further remarked that there have been other examples, elsewhere, of human sacrifice attached to burials, where there were bodies which had been tied hand and foot, beheaded, or showing other means of sacrifice, also appearing to be grave gifts.Human sacrifice was just one more facet of a very complex culture, one that was both brutal and civilized.last_img read more

first_imgVikings prompt thoughts of huge, muscled warriors pillaging up and down the coasts of northwestern Europe. But who were they, really? They were Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes — mostly farmers, traders, blacksmiths, and craftsmen, according to History on the Net. The men who went on raids didn’t do it year-round: they took to their boats during the summers to do their raiding, while their wives kept the farms going. They were usually home for the harvest.Detail from runestone G 181 in the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm. The three men are interpreted as the Norse gods Odin, Thor, and Freyr.Vikings had law and government, and Viking women had more basic rights than most women in Europe at that time. They were a complex and colorful society… And they practiced human sacrifice.According to the National Museum of Denmark, there have been several long-standing and horrible accounts of sacrifice in the Viking Age.A goði leads the people in sacrificing to an idol of Thor in this painting by J. L. Lund.The 10th century holy man and jurist Ahmad Ibn Fadlan described the “violent, orgiastic, drunken spectacle” of Viking religious ceremonies. Ancient Origins goes on to say that in the Viking tradition, if a chief died, he was placed in the ground while his burial clothes were prepared for 10 days, during which his followers drank and had sex with doomed slave girls “purely out of love.”A German Bishop described how Vikings met every nine years at Lejre, on Zealand, Denmark, in January.He said they “offer to their gods 99 people and just as many horses, dogs, and hens or hawks, for these shall serve them in the kingdom of the dead and atone for their evil deeds”.Another German monk wrote a similar description in 1072 about the sacrificial tradition at Gammel Uppsala in Sweden, saying that, to ensure the goodwill of the gods, the Vikings met there in a holy grove every nine years to sacrifice nine males of all kinds of creatures. He said that horses and men hung from trees.The Royal mounds of Gamla Uppsala in Sweden from the 5th and the 6th centuries. Originally, the site had 2000 to 3000 tumuli, but owing to quarrying and agriculture only 250 remain. Photo by OlofE CC BY-SA 3.0How trustworthy these accounts are is a matter for debate. Neither man ever actually saw such activities occurring, and both were writing in the late Viking period and early middle ages, when Christianity was gaining an increasing foothold in Scandinavia, and human sacrifices were no longer considered acceptable. For this reason, some scholars have attributed these accounts to fabrication and propaganda.Check out 10 things you may not know about the Vikings:Recent archaeological discoveries, however, clearly establish that there was a tradition of human sacrifice among the Vikings. Real Clear Science relates the discovery of a gold neck ring which led to the discovery of what would become a major excavation site near Tisso in Denmark. That turned out to involve one of the largest Viking settlements in Northern Europe.Tissø, part of the Kalmargård excavations at Fugledegård. Photo by Västgöten CC BY-SA 3.0The site is thought to include a royal residence, and since its discovery in 1990, more than 12,000 items have been found that suggest that this was a very active and prosperous settlement. At this site, there is a wealth of ritual facilities and sacrificial sites around the chieftain’s residence.In 2011, scientists found a place at the highest point of the site where there was evidence that people ate ritual meals, and jewelry and human bones were found, suggesting ritual sacrifice. This had scholars revisiting old theories about some other peculiar sites at Trelleborg, Sweden.At Trelleborg a sacrificial site was discovered, in the form of five wells, each about 10 feet deep. Each well held the skeletons of animals and humans, along with tools and jewelry. Of the five human sacrifices that were found, four of them belonged to children between the ages of 4 and 7.Odin, in his guise as a wanderer, by Georg von Rosen (1886).It’s considered significant that the bodies were found in wells, as Vikings considered wells to have great importance. The Norse god Odin was said to have gained wisdom by drinking from Mimir’s well, although he had to sacrifice one of his eyes to do it. Imagine what sacrificing an entire person would say to their gods, instead of just one eye.Not all human sacrifices were made to the gods, either. Live Science reported that in Flakstad, Norway, the remains of 10 different people were found in multiple graves. There were two or three bodies in some of the graves, and some of them had been decapitated.Flakstad, Norway.Analysis revealed that those who had been decapitated ate a very different diet from the others. The scientists who made the discovery, including Elise Naumann, proposed that where there were people buried two or three to a grave, the bodies may have come from different strata of society, and that slaves could have been offered as grave-gifts during the burial.Vikings were known to keep slaves, or thralls, to help with farm work. The team analyzed mitochondrial DNA from the remains and learned that the bodies were not related, at least on the maternal side.Naumann said that analysis of the bones suggested that the beheaded bodies ate more fish, while the others ate more of a land-based diet, reinforcing the idea that they came from different classes.Read another story from us: It’s Hammer Time! The Viking Method of Rap BattlingNaumann further remarked that there have been other examples, elsewhere, of human sacrifice attached to burials, where there were bodies which had been tied hand and foot, beheaded, or showing other means of sacrifice, also appearing to be grave gifts.Human sacrifice was just one more facet of a very complex culture, one that was both brutal and civilized.last_img read more

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A few travel questions answered

19 Aug 2019

first_imgNo related posts. Q: What are some of your go-to items to bring to hosts overseas?A: Consider interesting food products, such as peach cobbler mix from Atlanta, saltwater taffy from the Jersey Shore or Old Bay seasoning from Maryland. Just make sure that they’re allowed through customs and security. For a personalized gift, you could take photos of the Washington monuments and turn them into coasters, cards, mugs or other whimsical gifts. Or pick up some holiday ornaments featuring U.S. landmarks.— Andrea SachsQ: My husband and I are going to be in Boston in a few weeks. We want to see the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and may buy tickets to “Wicked” at the Opera House. What else would you recommend? Is there a hotel within walking distance of the Opera House?A: You should definitely check out the Institute of Contemporary Art, too, plus the Gardner Museum. Both are stunning. I’d try to see the Public Garden, Charles Street on Beacon Hill, some of the historic burying grounds, Trinity Church/Copley Square, the North End. You could stay at the Charlesmark at Copley and walk to all the above, including the Opera House, very easily. Also be sure to stroll along the Esplanade at the Charles River and take the train across the river — a gorgeous trip — to see Harvard Square.— Joe YonanQ: In November, I want to celebrate my 60th birthday in Virginia wine country. Please identify two wineries that would be great for wine tasting and lunch for six guests.A: Barboursville Vineyards in Charlottesville is wonderful. And Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg is attached to the fabulous Wedmore Place, where you could wine and dine your guests in (European) style._Zofia SmardzQ: The International Cruise Victims organization has a website describing numerous crimes committed aboard cruise ships. Many seem to be committed by ship staff. Do you have thoughts on how to be safe aboard a cruise ship?A: Taking a few common-sense precautions can significantly improve your safety, but they’re not a guarantee. Many of the onboard crimes involve excess alcohol consumption. Some cruise lines also have reputations for attracting a “party” crowd. Staying away from those will probably help you avoid most trouble. Also, stay in well-lighted public areas of the ship and go on the sanctioned shore excursions.— Christopher ElliottQ: Four adults will be in Costa Rica in February but don’t know which part of the country is ideal. We’d like beach and jungle, with some luxury mixed in.A: Tourism is centered along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Flying into Liberia rather than San Jose places you closer to most major resorts, although it’s more expensive and time-consuming to fly to Liberia. The Tamarindo area is close to the airport in Liberia and offers many resorts and hotels.— Carol SottiliQ: We plan to take our first trip to Hawaii next May. Is it too much to spend four nights at three different islands? What would be a reasonable airfare? Should we look into vacation packages rather than trying to book everything ourselves?A: Yes, that’s very ambitious. You’ll need at least a week to really explore each island, even the smaller ones. I’d focus on either Oahu or Maui if it’s your first visit to Hawaii. You might save some money by getting a package. I’d shop around.— Christopher ElliottQ: I got an email from US Airways about “gifting” my miles, so I looked into it. I currently have 40,000 miles, and they’d give another 40,000-mile bonus if I gifted the miles to my wife. However, the fee to do this is crazy! $1,400! Would you say this is a ridiculous rip-off or what?A: Yes, that’s a ridiculous rip-off. Then again, miles are not always worth collecting, as I’ve said numerous times in my Navigator column.— Christopher ElliottQ: I rented a Penske moving truck and drove to Boston. At the exit of the New Jersey Turnpike, I ended up in the E-ZPass lane instead of the cash lane and didn’t pay the toll. I called NJ E-ZPass to take care of this and avoid any penalties or interest and was told that there’s nothing I can do until E-ZPass mails a violation to Penske and Penske passes it on to me. It’s a $50 penalty, plus the toll. I asked for a customer service email address but was told that they don’t have any customer service email. Is that true?A: It’s possible that you won’t get dinged for the violation. Some toll authorities give you one “free” pass when you blow through a tollbooth, so if this is the first time the plate went through the gate without paying, you might be off the hook. Also, you should contact Penske before you resign yourself to paying a $50 penalty. It might have a toll tag system in place that covered the fee, and will pass the toll along to you. But I agree, this isn’t the best customer service.— Christopher ElliottQ: I’m planning a trip to Disney World in 2015 when my daughter turns 7. What months would you rate as the top three for a trip to Orlando? Also, how can you tell when they’ll put on fireworks? I think staying outside the park in a nice hotel will be better than inside, yes?A: Disney doesn’t like to tell guests when its parks are busy, but it inadevertently shows its hand on its blockout calendar for annual passholders. You can see fireworks every night at the parks. Stay on the property.— Christopher ElliottQ: Next month I’ll be headed to Montreal with family in tow. What area do you recommend staying in? Are most tourist spots within walking distance of one another, or would it be best to book a hotel near a metro station?A: I’d think about staying in the Plateau neighborhood, a good mix of residential and retail. It’s accessible by metro to the Old Port and other great areas. I often recommend Anne Ma Soeur Anne for lodging. It’s right on St-Denis. Book a room on the garden side, not the street side, or it’ll be quite noisy.— Joe Yonan© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. Q: What are some of your go-to items to bring to hosts overseas?A: Consider interesting food products, such as peach cobbler mix from Atlanta, saltwater taffy from the Jersey Shore or Old Bay seasoning from Maryland. Just make sure that they’re allowed through customs and security. For a personalized gift, you could take photos of the Washington monuments and turn them into coasters, cards, mugs or other whimsical gifts. Or pick up some holiday ornaments featuring U.S. landmarks.— Andrea SachsQ: My husband and I are going to be in Boston in a few weeks. We want to see the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and may buy tickets to “Wicked” at the Opera House. What else would you recommend? Is there a hotel within walking distance of the Opera House?A: You should definitely check out the Institute of Contemporary Art, too, plus the Gardner Museum. Both are stunning. I’d try to see the Public Garden, Charles Street on Beacon Hill, some of the historic burying grounds, Trinity Church/Copley Square, the North End. You could stay at the Charlesmark at Copley and walk to all the above, including the Opera House, very easily. Also be sure to stroll along the Esplanade at the Charles River and take the train across the river — a gorgeous trip — to see Harvard Square.— Joe YonanQ: In November, I want to celebrate my 60th birthday in Virginia wine country. Please identify two wineries that would be great for wine tasting and lunch for six guests.A: Barboursville Vineyards in Charlottesville is wonderful. And Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg is attached to the fabulous Wedmore Place, where you could wine and dine your guests in (European) style._Zofia SmardzQ: The International Cruise Victims organization has a website describing numerous crimes committed aboard cruise ships. Many seem to be committed by ship staff. Do you have thoughts on how to be safe aboard a cruise ship?A: Taking a few common-sense precautions can significantly improve your safety, but they’re not a guarantee. Many of the onboard crimes involve excess alcohol consumption. Some cruise lines also have reputations for attracting a “party” crowd. Staying away from those will probably help you avoid most trouble. Also, stay in well-lighted public areas of the ship and go on the sanctioned shore excursions.— Christopher ElliottQ: Four adults will be in Costa Rica in February but don’t know which part of the country is ideal. We’d like beach and jungle, with some luxury mixed in.A: Tourism is centered along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Flying into Liberia rather than San Jose places you closer to most major resorts, although it’s more expensive and time-consuming to fly to Liberia. The Tamarindo area is close to the airport in Liberia and offers many resorts and hotels.— Carol SottiliQ: We plan to take our first trip to Hawaii next May. Is it too much to spend four nights at three different islands? What would be a reasonable airfare? Should we look into vacation packages rather than trying to book everything ourselves?A: Yes, that’s very ambitious. You’ll need at least a week to really explore each island, even the smaller ones. I’d focus on either Oahu or Maui if it’s your first visit to Hawaii. You might save some money by getting a package. I’d shop around.— Christopher ElliottQ: I got an email from US Airways about “gifting” my miles, so I looked into it. I currently have 40,000 miles, and they’d give another 40,000-mile bonus if I gifted the miles to my wife. However, the fee to do this is crazy! $1,400! Would you say this is a ridiculous rip-off or what?A: Yes, that’s a ridiculous rip-off. Then again, miles are not always worth collecting, as I’ve said numerous times in my Navigator column.— Christopher ElliottQ: I rented a Penske moving truck and drove to Boston. At the exit of the New Jersey Turnpike, I ended up in the E-ZPass lane instead of the cash lane and didn’t pay the toll. I called NJ E-ZPass to take care of this and avoid any penalties or interest and was told that there’s nothing I can do until E-ZPass mails a violation to Penske and Penske passes it on to me. It’s a $50 penalty, plus the toll. I asked for a customer service email address but was told that they don’t have any customer service email. Is that true?A: It’s possible that you won’t get dinged for the violation. Some toll authorities give you one “free” pass when you blow through a tollbooth, so if this is the first time the plate went through the gate without paying, you might be off the hook. Also, you should contact Penske before you resign yourself to paying a $50 penalty. It might have a toll tag system in place that covered the fee, and will pass the toll along to you. But I agree, this isn’t the best customer service.— Christopher ElliottQ: I’m planning a trip to Disney World in 2015 when my daughter turns 7. What months would you rate as the top three for a trip to Orlando? Also, how can you tell when they’ll put on fireworks? I think staying outside the park in a nice hotel will be better than inside, yes?A: Disney doesn’t like to tell guests when its parks are busy, but it inadevertently shows its hand on its blockout calendar for annual passholders. You can see fireworks every night at the parks. Stay on the property.— Christopher ElliottQ: Next month I’ll be headed to Montreal with family in tow. What area do you recommend staying in? Are most tourist spots within walking distance of one another, or would it be best to book a hotel near a metro station?A: I’d think about staying in the Plateau neighborhood, a good mix of residential and retail. It’s accessible by metro to the Old Port and other great areas. I often recommend Anne Ma Soeur Anne for lodging. It’s right on St-Denis. Book a room on the garden side, not the street side, or it’ll be quite noisy.— Joe Yonan© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Lawmakers move forward with 135 million bailout plan for tourism sector

19 Aug 2019

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica hopes Chinese tourists will think pura vida for their next vacation Costa Rica’s lack of safety regulations comes into view after death of 6 tourists in January Madrid goalie Keylor Navas named Costa Rica tourism ambassador Costa Rica rises in global ranking of travel, tourism competitiveness Small and medium-sized tourism entrepreneurs hit by the global economic crisis of 2008-2009 likely will receive a boost to meet overdue debts and keep their businesses open.A special legislative commission on tourism last week approved the drafting of bill No. 19,650 that would create an assistance program to help the entrepreneurs. If passed by the full Legislative Assembly, the program would restructure the debt of more than 70 tourism businesses and provide them with administrative consulting.Eligible businesses are those in arrears for over 60 days or that already are facing sequestration proceedings in court.Funding for the bailout would come from the Banking Development System (SBD), which would donate $10 million, while the Costa Rican Tourism Board would add $3.5 million for eight-year loans.The proposal states that banks would be responsible for evaluating each case. Their assessment then would be used for outlining the specifics of debt restructuring, mostly by offering more favorable interest rates and extended periods.The plan states that the debt to be restructured cannot exceed 33 percent of the remaining amount, with a maximum for each debtor of up to $175,000.Lawmakers approved the draft of the bill at a Thursday evening session attended by Tourism Minister Mauricio Ventura and Economy Minister Welmer Ramos. Both officials said they are in favor of the initiative and endorsed the proposed measures for selecting companies that will benefit.The draft now heads to discussion at the full Assembly, “which is expected to approve it in an expedited process,” commission president Luis Vásquez Castro said.The bailout plan is part of a priority list of bills sent by the executive branch to be discussed in the Legislative Assembly this month. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica hopes Chinese tourists will think pura vida for their next vacation Costa Rica’s lack of safety regulations comes into view after death of 6 tourists in January Madrid goalie Keylor Navas named Costa Rica tourism ambassador Costa Rica rises in global ranking of travel, tourism competitiveness Small and medium-sized tourism entrepreneurs hit by the global economic crisis of 2008-2009 likely will receive a boost to meet overdue debts and keep their businesses open.A special legislative commission on tourism last week approved the drafting of bill No. 19,650 that would create an assistance program to help the entrepreneurs. If passed by the full Legislative Assembly, the program would restructure the debt of more than 70 tourism businesses and provide them with administrative consulting.Eligible businesses are those in arrears for over 60 days or that already are facing sequestration proceedings in court.Funding for the bailout would come from the Banking Development System (SBD), which would donate $10 million, while the Costa Rican Tourism Board would add $3.5 million for eight-year loans.The proposal states that banks would be responsible for evaluating each case. Their assessment then would be used for outlining the specifics of debt restructuring, mostly by offering more favorable interest rates and extended periods.The plan states that the debt to be restructured cannot exceed 33 percent of the remaining amount, with a maximum for each debtor of up to $175,000.Lawmakers approved the draft of the bill at a Thursday evening session attended by Tourism Minister Mauricio Ventura and Economy Minister Welmer Ramos. Both officials said they are in favor of the initiative and endorsed the proposed measures for selecting companies that will benefit.The draft now heads to discussion at the full Assembly, “which is expected to approve it in an expedited process,” commission president Luis Vásquez Castro said.The bailout plan is part of a priority list of bills sent by the executive branch to be discussed in the Legislative Assembly this month. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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