26 Oct

Kirk Herbstreit Proposes Major Change To The College Football Playoff

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit would like the College Football Playoff to make a significant change to its selection process.The longtime ESPN analyst discussed earlier this month an idea to change the College Football Playoff.Herbstreit first heard of the idea from former Nebraska star Adam Carriker.The idea: Play all of the major bowl games and then pick either the best two or four teams after the bowl games.“Eliminate the conference championship games-play the traditional bowls-pick best 4 AFTER those traditional match ups and have the playoff after. Would make bowls more exciting and easier to select ‘best’ 4,” he tweeted.Love this idea from @AdamCarriker94 And it makes a lot of sense. Eliminate the conference championship games-play the traditional bowls-pick best 4 AFTER those traditional match ups and have the playoff after. Would make bowls more exciting and easier to select “best” 4.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 2, 2019Herbstreit expounded on this idea while speaking to FanSided.com.I think I would go back to the traditional bowl matchups where you have … example, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 playing in the Rose Bowl and the SEC champ going to the Sugar Bowl, and so on and so forth. Then I would at the end of all those bowl games, I would take the best two, or the best four teams after the bowl games, and then I would play a championship.Before the bowl games were played, a lot of people, including myself, thought Georgia was a very deserving team. They obviously lost to Texas. Ohio State was able to win their bowl game against Washington. It’d be hard. I’m not saying you would have to pick four teams. Maybe it’s just two. Maybe you play all the bowl games and there are two obvious teams after the bowl games to pick and put ’em in the championship.That way the bowl games can keep their meaning. That way people would still be excited about the bowl game. You never know what can happen in the bowls. You never know. You might be the lucky team that might get picked to be in post bowl games to play for the championship, so that’s what I would do. Instead of looking at expanding it to four, or to eight, or keep it at four, go back down to two, I would get back to some of the history and tradition of the sport.It’s a cool idea, but it’s tough to see the conferences getting rid of their conference championship games – especially the SEC.You could potentially keep all of the conference championship games, play all of the bowl games and then just pick the best two games after the bowl season.Regardless, it’s tough to see college football making such a drastic change just a couple of years into its playoff format.The College Football Playoff national title game is set for 8 p.m. E.T. tonight. Alabama and Clemson will be playing on ESPN.last_img read more

11 Oct

UNbacked meeting on plant genetic resources opens in Rome

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources was adopted by the Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2001 to facilitate international cooperation and the fair exchange of genetic resources.The treaty’s Benefit-sharing Fund (BSF) was created to support poor farmers in developing countries to conserve and adapt to climate change the most important food crops.Opening the meeting, Giancarlo Galan, Italy’s Agriculture Minister, urged other governments to use the treaty “to overcome the ancient and harmful clash between peasant agriculture and modernity.”He said that since the agreement took effect in 2004, there have been more than 800 daily transfers of seeds and other plant material from a pool of more than 1.3 million samples. “This high-level forum has made more evident that the Treaty is able to address simultaneously several challenges, including biodiversity loss, global food crises, climate change adaptation and poverty alleviation, and agricultural development,” said Shakeel Bhatti, the Secretary of the Treaty.The Benefit-sharing Fund has been accepted as a key international instrument for adaptation to climate change by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), while the treaty has been recognized one of the four pillars of the new international regime on access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources.The Fund is so far supporting 11 high-impact projects for small-scale farmers in four regions of the world. In Peru, six indigenous communities have responded to climate change by re-introducing old native varieties of potatoes, and adapting them to higher altitude mountain terrains.In the next three months, $10 million will be devoted to helping ensure sustainable food security by assisting farmers to adapt to climate change. Delegates at the meeting stressed the need to work towards raising $116 million for the fund by 2014.FAO estimates that 75 per cent of crop diversity was lost between 1900 and 2000. A recent study predicted that as much as 22 per cent of the wild relatives of important food crops such as peanut, potato and beans could disappear by 2055 because of a changing climate. Awareness of the problem has, however, been growing rapidly. There are now some 1,750 gene banks worldwide, which together hold more than seven million samples. 8 December 2010Representatives from more than 60 countries gathered in Rome today for a United Nations-backed meeting to promote the international treaty considered essential for the conservation and use of the world’s threatened plant genetic resources. read more

3 Oct

Crown may proceed with BC logging auction against First Nations wishes court

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2015 4:07 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2015 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – A judge has refused to block British Columbia’s government from auctioning off 15 logging licences within the traditional territory of a First Nation in the province’s northeast.B.C. Supreme Court has dismissed an injunction application by the Blueberry River First Nations connected to almost 1,700 hectares of marketable timber in the upper Peace River Region.The application is part of a much broader lawsuit in which the First Nation alleges its treaty rights have been violated wholesale, in a region that will be home to the province’s controversial Site C hydroelectric dam.In applying for the injunction, the First Nation argued the Crown breached its treaty obligations with the cut-block auction, which is slated for August.However, the Crown says the First Nation has long known about the proposed logging, was consulted and didn’t object until a recent change in its leadership.The judge says the First Nation may be able to persuade the courts to put a wide-ranging hold on industrial activity until the broader lawsuit is heard, but he says the public interest is not served by dealing with the issue project by project. Crown may proceed with B.C. logging auction against First Nations’ wishes: court read more

2 Oct

UN expert welcomes Hungarys commitment to address impact of industrial pollution

“Justice is distorted when the victim pays for the conduct of the accused,” said the Special Rapporteur on toxic waste, Calin Georgescu, at the end of his information-gathering mission to Hungary – the first of its kind – in which he investigated the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management of hazardous substances and wastes.“I remain concerned that, without improved accountability of some of the highly polluting industries in Hungary, people will remain at the mercy of some of these companies that evade liability and instead it is innocent people who will bear the brunt of the impact and pay with their health, lives and property,” he added.The Ajka aluminium plant incident remains the country’s greatest industrial accident and ecological catastrophe, affected the communities of Kolontár and Devecser, with fatalities, injuries to residents and volunteers, and extensive environmental damage that so far has cost some $910million to remediate, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). During his mission, Mr. Georgescu focused on the consequences of the Ajka industrial incident, assessing its impact on health, housing, water and sanitation, safe environment, and adequate and effective remedy. He noted that despite the Government’s efforts to eliminate or mitigate the consequences of the incident, communities living in Devecser and Kolontár are still demanding reparations.“In this regard, I am satisfied to note that judicial proceedings brought by affected communities against the company responsible for the reservoir are currently undergoing,” Mr. Georgescu said.Since the incident, Hungary has modified laws, regulations and policies, but Mr. Georgescu stressed that more needs to be done including the strengthening of the Directorate for Disaster Management to have greater enforcement jurisdiction over the industries it now sees.“Hungary offers a test case of lessons learned, of gaps turned into opportunity. It is of the utmost importance that Hungary continues monitoring the state of the environment and the health of populations that are in close proximity to facilities that produce or use hazardous substances,” the expert said.He added, “Highly polluting industries and companies, in particular, must be held more accountable for their conduct in the infringement of the fundamental rights of innocent populations in areas where they operate.”Mr. Georgescu said he received concerns about metallurgic plants in the northern part of the country that are operating in close proximity to the population, as well as recycling plants that are emitting hazardous fumes, contrary to licensing agreements.“I raised these concerns with the Government during my visit and am pleased to share that it committed to looking further at these reports,” he said. During his eight-day visit, Mr. Georgescu also held meetings with a wide range of stakeholders, including Government officials and civil society organizations, and visited communities in Kolontár and Devecser.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Mr. Georgescu, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. Mr. Georgescu is scheduled to present his conclusions and recommendations to the Council in September next year. read more

28 Sep

What Betting Markets Think LeBron James Will Do

The big question right now is whether LeBron James will stay with the Miami Heat or return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite the fact that his departure from the latter in 2010 seemed to have burned a few bridges, some fans appear to have forgiven James and are hoping for his return.How likely is James to return to Ohio? That’s a difficult question, but we can try to get a rough sense from betting markets. The Cavs and the Heat aren’t the only contenders. Here’s an average of the latest betting lines on where James will play next season, converted into probabilities:Oddsmakers seem to think James is about a 50-50 bet to stay with the Heat. Cleveland has some hope, and the remaining teams not much. But if history is any indicator, both Miami and Cleveland might have reason to worry.James had to make a similar decision in 2010, and betting markets didn’t get that one right.Bettors thought James would stay put in 2010 as well. But the difference in spread is notable. Based on these numbers, bettors are 11 percent more confident in his loyalty than they were in 2010. The second most likely options in both scenarios make up for this difference, with the Chicago Bulls at a 24 percent chance in 2010 and the Cavs at a 16 percent chance currently.Just like these betting sites, we’ve had mixed success in predicting James’s moves. Until his announcement, it’s worth considering that maybe we don’t know the MVP quite as well as we think we do. read more

25 Sep

Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2017 set to be hottest non-El Nino year — UNNovember 6, 2017In “World”Last three years hottest on record — UNJanuary 18, 2018In “latest news”Global warming outpaces efforts to slow it — UNNovember 27, 2018In “World” By Matt McGrathEmissions from human activities have levelled off but concentrations in the atmosphere continue to grow (Getty Images)(BBC) Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).Last year’s increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years.Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove CO2 to a level not seen in 800,000 years.Scientists say this risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable.This year’s greenhouse gas bulletin produced by the WMO, is based on measurements taken in 51 countries. Research stations dotted around the globe measure concentrations of warming gases including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.The figures published by the WMO are what’s left in the atmosphere after significant amounts are absorbed by the Earth’s “sinks”, which include the oceans and the biosphere.2016 saw average concentrations of CO2 hit 403.3 parts per million, up from 400ppm in 2015.“It is the largest increase we have ever seen in the 30 years we have had this network,” Dr Oksana Tarasova, chief of WMO’s global atmosphere watch programme, told BBC News.“The largest increase was in the previous El Niño, in 1997-1998 and it was 2.7ppm and now it is 3.3ppm, it is also 50% higher than the average of the last ten years.”El Niño impacts the amount of carbon in the atmosphere by causing droughts that limit the uptake of CO2 by plants and trees.Emissions from human sources have slowed down in the last couple of years according to research, but according to Dr Tarasova, it is the cumulative total in the atmosphere that really matters as CO2 stays aloft and active for centuries.Over the past 70 years, says the report, the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere is nearly 100 times larger than it was at the end of the last ice age.Rapidly increasing atmospheric levels of CO2 and other gases have the potential, according to the study to “initiate unpredictable changes in the climate system… leading to severe ecological and economic disruptions.”The study notes that since 1990 there has been a 40% increase in total radiative forcing, that’s the warming effect on our climate of all greenhouse gases.“Geological-wise, it is like an injection of a huge amount of heat,” said Dr Tarasova.“The changes will not take ten thousand years like they used to take before, they will happen fast – we don’t have the knowledge of the system in this state, that is a bit worrisome!”According to experts, the last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration of CO2 was three to five million years ago, in the mid-Pliocene era. The climate then was 2-3C warmer, and sea levels were 10-20m higher due to the melting of Greenland and the West Antarctic ice sheets.Other experts in the field of atmospheric research agreed that the WMO findings were a cause for concern.Droughts related to El Niño, such as this one in Colombia, limited the ability of plants and trees to soak up carbon (Getty Images)“The 3ppm CO2 growth rate in 2015 and 2016 is extreme – double the growth rate in the 1990-2000 decade,” Prof Euan Nisbet from Royal Holloway University of London told BBC News.“It is urgent that we follow the Paris agreement and switch rapidly away from fossil fuels: there are signs this is beginning to happen, but so far the air is not yet recording the change.”Another concern in the report is the continuing, mysterious rise of methane levels in the atmosphere, which were also larger than the average over the past ten years. Prof Nisbet says there is a fear of a vicious cycle, where methane drives up temperatures which in turn releases more methane from natural sources.“The rapid increase in methane since 2007, especially in 2014, 2015, and 2016, is different. This was not expected in the Paris agreement. Methane growth is strongest in the tropics and sub-tropics. The carbon isotopes in the methane show that growth is not being driven by fossil fuels. We do not understand why methane is rising. It may be a climate change feedback. It is very worrying.”The implications of these new atmospheric measurements for the targets agreed under the Paris climate pact, are quite negative, say observers.“The numbers don’t lie. We are still emitting far too much and this needs to be reversed,” said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment.“We have many of the solutions already to address this challenge. What we need now is global political will and a new sense of urgency.”The report has been issued just a week ahead of the next instalment of UN climate talks, in Bonn. Despite the declaration by President Trump that he intends to take the US out of the deal, negotiators meeting in Germany will be aiming to advance and clarify the rulebook of the Paris agreement. read more

22 Sep

NAMA reports €222 million profit for halfyear

first_imgTHE NATIONAL ASSET Management Agency has recorded a net profit of €222 million for the first half of 2012.The agency published its second quarterly report for the year today, revealing a net profit of €89 million for the three-month period between 1 April and 30 June.NAMA said it has generated €8.1 billion in cash from borrowers since its inception.As of 30 June, the amounts due to NAMA were €72.4 billion. Of that, the ‘NAMA value’ or accounting value was €24.8 billion.According to the organisation’s filing, 19 per cent of its portfolio’s par value is performing. Senior management noted that as NAMA disposes of income-generating assets, the performance of the loan portfolio may deteriorate.In the three-month period, there was no money recovered from property sales.In its annual statement to government, NAMA said it will continue to be heavily focused on asset management in 2013. It will also concentrate on its management of debtors and on maximising the proceeds to be realised from its portfolio.The agency plans to invest at least €2 billion in Ireland in development capital over the next three years “in order to preserve, enhance and complete commercial and residential projects”.Over the coming months, the so-called bad bank believes its staff numbers will “increase moderately”. In addition to staff directly employed by NTMA for assignment to NAMA, about 550 employees at AIB, Bank of Ireland and IBRC have also been assigned to deal with NAMA debtors and its associated administrative work. The projected cost of this service for next year is €68 million.The agency projects its total direct costs for 2013 to be €140 million, about €27 million less than 2012.Another 180 houses now available through NAMA’s 80:20 schemeIreland to raise €500 million on bond marketslast_img read more

21 Sep

HTC announces the One VX for ATT

first_imgIn an attempt to refocus their efforts in the smartphone market, HTC’s plan for this year is to release a couple of “hero” devices as opposed to spamming the market with lots of new handsets. By focusing on a handful of iconic gadgets, HTC hopes to stand out and be recognized as a manufacturer of high quality smartphones.This is not always about releasing the device with the highest specs. There are plenty of consumers out there who want a nice smartphone without paying the premium price associated with the “best” phones on the market. With that in mind, HTC has announced the One VX for AT&T.The HTC One VX is designed to be a powerful phone in its own right, but in a price category lower than the One X+. The 4.5-inch 960 x 540 screen is the same LCD 2 panel we’ve seen in several devices recently. This is a slight increase in size and quality over the screen on the One S, which was released earlier this year. Under that screen HTC has included a dual core Snapdragon S4 processor that has been in almost every Android phone released or announced in recent history, but clocked at 1.2GHz. With 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot, the One VX is easily competitive with current generation Android “superphones.”NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 are included with the One VX as well, though as an added bonus the phone will support the apt-X audio codec. This will give the One VX the ability to send high quality audio over Bluetooth, keeping in line with HTC’s desire to wield Beats Audio as a major feature on their phones. The One VX will come pre-loaded with Android 4.0 and the HTC Sense UI, with an upgrade path to 4.1 slated for some unknown point in the future.The biggest detail missing from this announcement is price, which will be something AT&T announces as the phone gets closer to launch.last_img read more

21 Sep

It never goes away Parents make emotional plea on 21st anniversary of

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3279746 Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 7:30 PM Mar 9th 2017, 7:30 PM EVERY TIME DENIS Walsh snr reads a news report of a discovery of a dead body, be it in Ireland or anywhere else in the world, he rings his local garda station in anticipation it may be his missing son’s remains.Denis jnr, aged 23, left his family home in Caherdavin, Limerick, 21 years ago today, 9 March, 1996.“Every time I see a report of a dead body, I ring the gardaí. The bodies of five Irish men were discovered in London one time, but they were all identified,” said Walsh, (78).Speaking at their home, Walsh and his wife, Mary, made an emotional plea for help in tracing Denis jnr, their youngest of five children.With tears welling in his eyes, Walsh said: “We got up this morning and went to mass and said prayers for him. We have to keep going. If you just sit at home it plays on your mind all of the time.”Still holding out hope after over two decades of searching for their son, he made another desperate appeal for help: “Somebody knows something. Anyone with information could contact a garda station; or a priest; or a friend; a social worker…they don’t have to identity themselves in any way.”Mary Walsh described the family’s ordeal as “terribly hard”.“We think of him first thing in the morning and last thing at night. He’s always on our mind,” she said.It never goes away.In a direct appeal to Denis jnr, should he be reading this appeal, his parents said: “Just contact us whatever way you can, even if it is just to send a card…just to say ‘I’m happy’.”“We’d dearly love you to come home, but if that’s not possible we just want to know that you’re alive. We just want to know that you are out there,” Mary Walsh added.Denis Walsh broke down as he made the appeal: “Come home, come home, there is always a welcome…”The Walsh’s said their son suddenly “changed” from being sporty student who was holding a part-time job, to becoming withdrawn and depressed, after returning from a trip to Holland prior to his disappearance.Denis jnr began taking drugs, and his mental health deteriorated, leading to him being hospitalised several times, they said.“It’s the one regret we have; that he went out to Holland and he came back a changed young man. It’s unreal what (the drugs) did to him,” his mother added.There were positive sightings of Denis jnr in his native Limerick four days after he last left his home, and despite his parents traveling to Belfast, Birmingham, London, and the Isle of Man, after a number of reported sightings of their son, the trail has run cold.Walsh said: “I would take it that somebody knows something. We don’t know (if he is dead).”“If he was taking drugs and he owed drug money…you don’t know what goes on; but we’ve never heard anything like that. We’ve heard other stories about other people but we can’t confirm it.”His mother added: “We’ve nothing to go on now; There’s nothing.”We haven’t found Denis’s body and we have to assume the possibility that he is out there somewhere.Anyone with information is asked to contact Mayorstone garda station on 061-456980 or Henry Street garda station on 061-212400.Read: Steroids, growth hormones and erectile dysfunction pills worth €2 million seized in DonegalRead: Landlords express ‘absolute outrage’ at new rent control plans By David Raleigh 7 Comments Short URL Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Nuttapol Piriyasakjinda 16,718 Views ‘It never goes away’: Parents make emotional plea on 21st anniversary of son’s disappearance Denis Walsh Jnr went missing on this day in 1996. Image: Shutterstock/Nuttapol Piriyasakjindalast_img read more

19 Sep

Man in court in childgrabbing incident

first_imgA man who’s accused of grabbing a child at an area hospital and refusing to let him go told Clark County sheriff’s deputies that he thought the boy was his son, court records show.Clayton G. Closser, 37, of Lyle appeared Wednesday in Superior Court on suspicion of unlawful imprisonment stemming from the Monday night incident at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. He had cuts to his face and a black, swollen left eye. It’s unclear how or when Closser suffered the injuries.Deputies were dispatched about 8:15 p.m. to the hospital at 2211 N.E. 139th St., for a possible attempted kidnapping. The grandmother of an 8-year-old boy reported that a man in the emergency room grabbed her grandson. The man, later identified as Closser, repeatedly told the boy to tell people he was his son, according to a probable cause affidavit.The grandmother told responding deputies that she and her grandson were walking into the ER when Closser grabbed the boy and pulled him into the corner near the check-in desk. She told Closser multiple times to let go of her grandson, but he wouldn’t, the affidavit said.Eventually, several nurses and people in the ER started yelling at Closser to let go of the boy and get away from him, court records state.last_img read more

19 Sep

When Will the Debate Between Party Leaders Start on TV and

first_imgQuestion of the DayFOROYAA would want to advise Sarjo Barrow to stop presenting the political leaders in the Gambia as persons without integrity and dignity. This is undermining the image of the country.What he should do is to encourage people like Halifa Sallah and Buba I Sanneh, to face each other on Radio and TV and explain what they want to say to the people and open the lines for people to ask them questions. The new Gambia is interested in truth, clarity, transparency and accountability.last_img read more

10 Sep

Steve Jobs gets weird in new music video about a technobondage dream

first_img Share your voice GIF by Leslie Katz/CNET A new music video folds Steve Jobs and classic Macs into a song that makes hard drives and hotspots a lot more suggestive than they’re probably meant to be. “You know I got that Macintosh where you want it, so take your hard drive back me up on it,” rhymes Psycho Flower MC from the group Xia Xia Technique (X.X.T.), dressed in a black turtleneck, 501 jeans, New Balance shoes and wire rim glasses. “You can use my hotspot. I’m your Wi-Fi wifey type. Like it when you pinch and swipe.” Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Post a comment Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 0 Music Steve Jobs Applecenter_img Apple • Tags reading • Steve Jobs gets weird in new music video about a ‘technobondage dream’ The video also features David Dastmalchian, one of a small number of actors who’ve been in films and shows based on comic books from both Marvel and DC: Ant-Man, The Dark Knight and TV shows like Gotham and The Flash. In the video, Dastmalchian plays a “technobondage dream” Psycho Flower MC creates with a program on her old computer. He rises from a stretcher in the same signature Jobs getup Psycho Flower MC wears and at first seems like a scientific success. Then an old-school neon-green error message flashes on screen and he starts bumping into walls, tries to bash his inventor over the head with a keyboard and ties her up with computer cables. All ends well, however, as the computer detects empathy in Psycho Flower MC’s Frankenjobs creation.  Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See Alllast_img read more

2 Sep

Flooding Victims Advocacy Group Sue City Of Houston

first_img X 00:00 /01:24 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Florian MartinEd Browne and Cynthia Neely are with Residents Against Flooding. The group is suing the city, saying it isn’t doing enough to mitigate flooding.This story was updated from an earlier version.The federal suit is brought by the group Residents Against Flooding and several Memorial City homeowners. Besides the city, it names one of its redevelopment authorities as a plaintiff, the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 17.They allege the city isn’t stopping development that they say causes preventable flooding in Houston.“We haven’t put in proper ordinance-required detention and we look the other way when a developer doesn’t put in that detention,” Ed Browne, chair of RAF, said.He said the neighborhoods around TIRZ 17 in the Memorial area didn’t use to flood, but since new development went up, it floods regularly – including during last year’s Memorial Day flood and the recent Tax Day flood.The lawsuit isn’t seeking money, but for the city to provide flood protection, like detention ponds. It also asks for the appointment of a “special master” to oversee future development in that area.Representatives of TIRZ 17 didn’t respond to an email requesting comment in time for this story.Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city is doing what it can to address flooding, including appointing a flood czar, collaborating with the county and other entities, and seeking grants for flooding projects.“So I think even in a short period of time, we have taken some very definitive steps to move the dime as it relates to flooding,” Turner said.Browne doubts the city prioritizes flooding. He said his group has lobbied the city for years without any improvements, and the lawsuit is their last option.last_img read more

2 Sep

CenterPoint Energy Sending Resources To Florida Not Impacting Houston Recovery

first_img Share View the map on the CenterPoint Energy siteMore than 80 CenterPoint Energy linemen and support personnel are heading East Monday morning to assist a fellow utility with anticipated power outages resulting from Hurricane Irma.As the Houston area continues to recover following Hurricane Harvey, CenterPoint Energy says they have ample resources available to continue restoration efforts for customers in Houston who are able to receive power.CenterPoint Energy partners with other utilities in mutual assistance agreements to provide resources during widespread power outage emergencies.last_img read more

1 Sep

Geek deals Save big on Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 14

first_imgThanks to the massive smartphone adoption rate, we have more photos and videos than ever before. If you’re looking for an easy way to organize, edit, and share your media, Adobe’s Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 14 bundle is an affordable and robust option.Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 14 for $74.99 (List price: $149) On the Photoshop Element side, this app helps you take your photos (even the imperfect ones), and turn them into something you’ll want to share with the world. The built-in tools help you correct blurry photos, reduce haze in outdoor shots, and transform your photos into stylish greeting cards and scrapbooks.As for Premiere Elements, this editing suite gives you the power to assemble your video clips into something special. Effects that use to take hours for professionals to pull off are now at your fingertips, and the drag-and-drop interface is easy to learn. If you’re willing to put in some time and effort, you’ll have complete control over every meaningful aspect of your movies.While neither of these tools offer the same level of versatility as their professional counterparts, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck here. A single month of access to Photoshop and Premiere Pro on Adobe’s Creative Cloud platform can cost you up to $59.98, so sticking with the consumer-grade software makes a lot of sense if you don’t actually need the additional features.The list price for the Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 14 bundle is $149 on Amazon, but it’s nearly half-off right now. You can choose between the digital PC version, digital Mac version, and the physical version that offers support for both platforms. And if you pick up a physical copy, shipping is free — even without a Prime membership.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

29 Aug

Stalkscan look up public Facebook info

first_imgStalkscan: look up public Facebook info by Martin Brinkmann on February 16, 2017 in Companies, Facebook – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 17 commentsStalkscan is a free online service that enables you to look up any Facebook user’s public information using Facebook’s own APIs.Facebook removed, changed, and improved privacy controls several times over the last decade. Right now, information is divided into visibility groups. These groups are: only me, friends, friends of friends, and public.Public means that anyone may view the information. Since it is relatively easy to make public posts, or have friends expose posts, images or other content to the public, it is highly suggested to be very careful before posting anything on Facebook.StalkscanStalkscan, a service with a rather creepy name, may be used to look up all publicly available information of any Facebook user. At least some of the data is not accessible directly on Facebook, for instance when you open a user’s profile on the social networking site.Simply enter the URL of a Facebook’s user profile on Stalkscan, and hit the Enter-key afterwards. The service loads the public information, and displays them sorted by groups and type on the same page.There is an options menu at the top that you may use as a filter. It enables you to filter data by time, connection status, gender, age or relationship status.The following groups are supported right now:Profile: Public profile information including pictures, videos, posts, groups, past and future events, games, and apps.People: Family, friends, friends of friends, co-workers, classmates and locals.Interests: Pages, political parties, religion, music, movies, books and places.Tags: Videos, pictures and posts the user tagged, or was tagged in.Comments: Comments the user posted on Facebook.Liked: Pictures, videos, or posts the user liked.Places: Places the user visited including bars, restaurants, stores, outdoors, hotels and theaters.A click on an entry opens the page on Facebook. Not all entries may reveal information. Those that do may reveal the search string used by Stalkscan to reveal the information on Facebook.One of the main applications of the service is to test your own profile to see if it leaks information that you don’t want to share with the public. Anyone with access to Stalkscan or comparable services may look up the information.What you may want to do if you come across information that you want to change the visibility for is to open the content on Facebook, sign in to your account (if you are not already), and edit or remove your connection to the content.You may remove a like for instance, delete one of your comments, or change the visibility of items so that they are not publicly available anymore afterwards.If you have posted a lot on Facebook, you may also use a privacy tool that Facebook makes available to change the visibility of all posts you shared with friends of friends or the public in one go.To do that load https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=privacy in the browser, and click on the “limit past posts” option on the page. This allows you to bulk edit the visibility of those posts. (thanks Ilev)Now You: Do you care about the visibility of your data on Facebook, or the Internet?SummaryArticle NameStalkscan: look up public Facebook infoDescriptionStalkscan is a free online service that enables you to look up any Facebook user’s public information using Facebook’s own APIs.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

19 Aug

Court throws out exPresident Chinchillas social media defamation lawsuit

first_imgMi mayor preocupación es por el futuro de las redes sociales y quienes tan sólo las conciben para dañar o amedrentar. #LauraVsBaldi 2/2— Laura Chinchilla M. (@Laura_Ch) July 21, 2014 “Even though the ruling was not favorable to us and I don’t agree with it, the trial demonstrated that it was NOT true what [Baldi] wrote and published about me,” Chinchilla tweeted.In a second tweet, she said, “My greater worry is for the future of social networks and those who only conceive of them to harm or intimidate.” Aunque el falló no nos resultó favorable y no lo comparto,el juicio demostró q NO era verdad lo q se escribió y publicó en mi contra.1/2— Laura Chinchilla M. (@Laura_Ch) July 21, 2014 A three-judge criminal court in San José on Monday tossed out a defamation lawsuit brought by ex-President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) against a hotel owner who accused her on Facebook of misusing her public office for personal gain. While the court ruled in favor of the defendant, freedom of expression experts said the preliminary ruling does not necessarily signal a free-for-all when it comes to criticizing public officials.Judges Carmen María Peraza Segura, María de los Angeles Arana Rojas and Max Antonio Escalante Quirós unanimously absolved Alberto Rodríguez Baldi of the crime of defamation, which could have carried a fine of ₡100 million, some $185,000. After a week of testimony, the panel decided that there was insufficient evidence to continue with the hearing.The former Costa Rican president sued hotelier Baldi in June 2013 for defamation based on a Facebook post alleging Chinchilla illicitly benefitted from her public office in order to buy millions of dollars worth of land in Puntarenas and Guanacaste’s Nicoya Peninsula, supposedly slated for a wind power development project.Fittingly, both sides took to social media to voice their opinions of the decision. Baldi posted on Facebook:Infinite thanks to all the Costa Ricans who sent messages of support, which of the hundreds I was unfortunately unable to respond to individually, but in my heart in and my family, my undying thanks to the country’s solidarity. …I invite all citizens to denounce all examples of corruption and that we show that we are not afraid of influence peddlers, of those who abuse their power, and white-collar criminals.We express our outrage at the opacity of the Prosecutor of White-Collar Crimes, and we show with our individual actions that we do not need politicians to save the homeland, because Costa Rica saves itself with each of its children.Chinchilla responded on Twitter:center_img From the documents provided to The Tico Times by the court Monday, it was not possible to verify whether or not Baldi’s allegations were true.Freedom of expression experts agreed that the case had the potential to set a precedent for the limits of freedom of expression on social media in Costa Rica. While the ruling erred on the side of greater expression, experts stressed that there are limits to freedom of expression.Alejandro Delgado, president of the Press and Freedom of Expression Institute, told The Tico Times that the decision suggested a greater tolerance for freedom of expression, adding that “public officials must have a greater tolerance for criticism when it is truly a critique and not defamation.”“This decision does not give license to anyone to use social networks to disrespect other people, much less public officials,” Marlon Mora, president of the Costa Rican Journalists’ Association, told The Tico Times. “Freedom of expression should never be used as a shield to defame someone.”Both experts agreed that the preliminary ruling suggested that speech on social networks carries the same protections and responsibilities as any other media.Baldi still faces another lawsuit from former Public Works and Transport Minister Pedro Castro. Chinchilla’s lawyer has said they plan to appeal the decision.The court’s full ruling will be made public on Wednesday, July 23. Facebook Comments Related posts:Explainer: Why is Costa Rica’s former President Laura Chinchilla suing a hotelier over a Facebook post? Talk of ‘Yankee imperialism’ rankles US Embassy in San José Violence against women in the age of new technology Will we finally be able to dislike something on Facebook?last_img read more

15 Aug

Mortgage Rates Find Solid Ground

first_img February 14, 2013 412 Views in Data, Origination Fixed mortgage rates continued to hold steady this week, according to data from “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ and “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/.[IMAGE]Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the week ending February 14 showed no weekly changes in fixed rates: The 30-year fixed averaged 3.53 percent (0.8 point), while the 15-year average held at 2.77 percent (0.8 point).While fixed rates were unchanged, adjustable rates saw slight upward momentum. The 5-year adjustable-rate [COLUMN_BREAK]mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.64 percent (0.6 point) this week, up from 2.63 percent previously. The 1-year ARM averaged 2.61 percent (0.3 point), up from 2.53 percent.””Mortgage rates remain near record lows and continue to support housing demand, translating into a pick-up in home prices in most markets,”” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist for Freddie Mac. “”The median sales price of existing homes “”rose 10 percent””:https://themreport.com/articles/nar-end-of-2012-sees-gains-in-prices-sales-affordability-2013-02-11 between fourth quarter 2011 and 2012, the largest year-over-year gain in seven years. Among large metropolitan areas, 88 percent saw positive annual increases in the fourth quarter, compared to 81 percent in the third quarter and 75 percent in the second.””Meanwhile, Bankrate reported slight increases in fixed rates, though any movement was minor.According to Bankrate’s weekly survey, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) had a rate of 3.79 percent (up from 3.76 percent previously), while the 15-year FRM rate averaged 3.02 percent, up from an even 3.00 percent.Adjustable rates fell slightly, with the 5/1 rate averaging 2.75 percent–down a single basis point from last week. Sharecenter_img Mortgage Rates Find Solid Ground Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Freddie Mac Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates National Association of Realtors Service Providers 2013-02-14 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

10 Aug

FT LAUDERDALE FL — The Sacks Group Yachting Prof

first_imgFT. LAUDERDALE, FL — The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals announced they will be at their usual location for this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – A Dock / Dock 1 at Las Olas Marina. At press time, the following yachts had been confirmed as a part of The Sacks Group display: M/Y TOUCH – a 120′ custom motor yacht built in 2004 available for charter with The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals; M/Y QUIVIRA – a 116′ Tri Deck Classic Motor Yacht for sale and charter with The Sacks Group; M/Y LADY DI – a spacious 1998 84′ Monte Fino Custom Motor Yacht listed for sale by The Sacks Group; M/Y GOOSE BUMPS — a 2007 78′ Hargraves Custom Yacht listed for sale with The Sacks Group; and M/Y HEAVEN CAN WAIT, a 1985 Cheoy Lee, 66′ in length, for sale with The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals.Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine, will be on the high seas as one of The Sacks Group’s partners at the upcoming Show. Elite Traveler will once again use M/Y JAVA, a 121′ Broward, (for sale and charter) as their hospitality yacht for the duration of the Show.“We’re looking forward to this year’s Boat Show in Fort Lauderdale,” Jennifer M. Saia, President and Charter Specialist said. “Over the past year, we have expanded our marketing efforts and will be looking forward to meeting some new clients as well as spending time with many of our repeat customers.”Contact:954) 764-7742 or e-mail info@sacksyachts.com.last_img read more

9 Aug

Paphos again without buses on Friday

first_imgBy Lizzy IoannidouRenewed indefinite strike measures were launched on Friday by Paphos public transport company (Osypa) employees, after the company’s failure to pay November salaries, despite government promises on Tuesday that a solution would be found this week.Once again, thousands of students, pensioners, workers and tourists were affected, “but responsibility does not lie with the drivers,” their representative Christos Evangelou said.Misunderstanding has been an enduring issue for the past eight years between the ministry and the company, Evangelou said, but it is the workers who have been left unpaid for November, and will very likely remain without their December and 13th salaries as well.“The differences are between the ministry and the company and we are always in the middle,” Evangelou said, adding that no one is willing to work for free.Evangelou called on the ministry to renew efforts with the company so that a solution can be found, because if not, Paphos risks remaining without public transport, he said.If a solution is not found until Monday, Evangelou added, Osypa employees will resort to an escalation of measures outside the presidential palace.Meanwhile, the transport ministry told state broadcaster Cybc on Friday that it is drawing up a plan B to resolve all of the issues.The ministry’s plan is to provide alternative buses for public transport, with the transportation of students to school being a priority task, said the director general of the transport ministry, Stavros Michael.“We are willing to give Osypa one more opportunity for dialogue, but if a solution is not found in the next few days, we will have to move forward with plan B,” Michael said.Osypa CEO Constantinos Ioannides explained on Cybc on Friday that initially the company had officially requested the ministry draw up a new independent arbitration committee, suggesting that this committee be chaired a former judge of the supreme court.Ioannides said that this was rejected by the ministry, which requested that head-to-head discussions be launched between the two parties without mediators, a proposal which was then rejected by Osypa which asserted that this would not bring about fair results, and maintained that differences needed to be settled either through arbitration or court proceedings.Strike measures were launched by three out of the six bus companies on Monday in protest against not receiving their November salaries.Deliberations between the transport ministry and the bus companies of Larnaca and Limassol quickly reached an agreement with the government signing off on Monday on financial contributions allowing the companies to pay their employees who in turn called off strike measures.Osypa employees remained unyielding until Wednesday, when they returned to work after receiving government promises that a solution to the company’s problems will be found within the week.Friday’s renewal of strike measures comes after Osypa’s inability to come to an agreement with the ministry.Last March, the transport ministry said that all bus companies had received overpayments. The biggest chunk of overpayments made resulting from setting high the cost per kilometre for which the companies receive a government subsidy, was between 2010 and 2014.Bus companies were unable to pay salaries on time after the government announced that they must reclaim the money owed by the bus companies following a ruling of an independent arbitration committee that was tasked about a year ago to weigh in on the matter.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more