SeaWorld offers new inside look of animal exhibits

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- SeaWorld offers shows, rides and attractions but have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of their animal exhibits? SeaWorld’s new Inside Look gives guests the chance to see what the vets see, go where the rescuers go, and learn for themselves hoe San Diego’s premier marine-life park cares for thousands of animals every day.KUSI’s Allie Wagner was there to get a sneak peak of their new program. SeaWorld offers new inside look of animal exhibits KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Pet recovery specialist reunites lost pets with owners through nonprofit

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Millions of dogs are lost or stolen across the country every year, but there’s one woman in town using her gift to make sure every missing pet makes it home with their family.She called herself a Pet Recovery Specialist, but Babs Fry is like a detective.“It’s all about details,” said Babs Fry, Pet Recovery Specialist. “It is really no different than a private investigator. It is canvasing, gathering information and then taking experience.”She’s a detective that helps find lost pets and reunites them with their owners, like Anika, a 2-year-old Rottweiler. She was rescued in December of last year.It’s no job for the weary. She fields a dozen calls a day, some from across the country. She’s available at all hours of the day and night and she doesn’t charge her customers a dime.In town, she’s known as “Bring ‘Em Home Babs” and that’s what she does. She brings them home to their family.When a dog goes missing, she said you’ve gotta think like a dog.“A lot of times I’ll look at a map and collect data based on the location and where the dog was last seen or went missing from and add that into a plot from what I see on a geographical map,” said Fry.It might feel like you’re looking for a needle in a haystack, but she said don’t lose hope.Dogs like patterns. Fry will gather crucial details, like times the dog was seen, direction the dog went and recent sightings. That’s how she figured out Anika’s routine or her safe place.“She was running a specific way on a specific street and had been seen in lady’s yard at the bottom of the hill,” said Fry. “We were able to determine through watching and observation that she was ducking down on that hill from someone else’s hill.”Once this pattern is established, she strategically placed a trap to safely catch Anika. That’s when her secret came in handy — Rotisserie chicken. She said this is the key to luring a dog.“Place the trap where the wind would basically catch the smell of both food and the broth and carry that in her path, so she would get that smell and it would lure her to it,” said Fry.Now Anika gets a second chance at life. Fry is a volunteer and she does this for free. In the end when you look in Anika’s big brown eyes, she said it’s worth it. It always is.“I always get choked up,” said Fry. “I pay it forward. Somebody did this for me. That really is what makes this worth it. I’ve been on the tail end of the sleepless nights, of the not sleeping for days on end, of thinking there was no way I’d see a dog again.”Fry created a non profit and hopes to train assistants with her knowledge and skills so more pets and family members are saved.If you have a lost pet or need some advice, you can reach Babs Fry at 619-249-2221. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 20, 2019 Posted: February 20, 2019center_img Pet recovery specialist reunites lost pets with owners through nonprofit , last_img read more

Seward Woman Arrested For Credit Card Theft

first_imgIn an online trooper dispatch published on February 24 detailing the investigation,  Glenda Martin, age 62 of Seward, reported theft of credit cards and cash on February 15. Knafel was found in possession of several of Martin’s credit cards. Knafel was arrested on four counts of Theft 2 and remanded to the Anchorage Jail. Knafel’s vehicle was impounded. A search warrant was conducted on Knafel’s vehicle where additional items of Martin’s were located. At this time the investigation into the theft and recovery of items is still ongoing. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers released details of an ongoing investigation into the report of several stolen items including credit cards in Seward. Martin had previously reported a theft of several other items prior to this incident. On February 17, Deja Knafel, age 27 of Seward, was contacted near mile post 95.0 of the Seward Highway.last_img read more

The Struts Kaleo Announced As Openers For Rolling Stones 2017 Tour

first_img The Struts, Kaleo To Open For Rolling Stones Tour struts-kaleo-announced-openers-rolling-stones-2017-tour Twitter News Facebook The legendary classic rockers have tapped some unexpected young talent as supporting acts for their upcoming European tour.Brian HaackGRAMMYs Sep 6, 2017 – 3:28 pm The Rolling Stones need no introduction.Nearing the close of the 55th year of their astounding career, they’ve shown no signs of slowing, having recently headlined the opening night of AEG/Goldenvoice’s hugely talked-about rock nostalgiafest Desert Trip, and now readying to embark on a brand new European tour.  The reigning kings of classic rock have made it clear they do not intend to set aside their crowns any time in the near future.What they do seem to be exploring lately, however, is a comfort with leveraging their perpetual fame to exercise themselves as rock and roll king-makers, as well as dynastic rulers.Case in point: the ‘Stones have tapped some exciting young bands to be their supporting acts for their upcoming No Filter Tour, which will see them playing 13 shows across 12 European cities from Sept. 9 through Oct. 25.The tour will kick off in Germany and Austria with opening sets by Icelandic indie-rock rising stars Kaleo, whose breakout 2016 track “Way Down We Go” saw them conquer the Billboard Alternative Songs and Rock Airplay charts in the U.S., and nabbed a Gold certification from the RIAA.  Kaleo will be followed by GRAMMY-nominated American blues singer John Lee Hooker, Jr., for their final night with the Rolling Stones in Spielberg, Austria.Another especially exciting support act the Stones have picked up are “retro-fetishist” English neo-glam rockers the Struts, whose debut lead single “Could Have Been Me” shot to No. 1 on the Spotify Viral Top 50 chart, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and led the band to sell out a total of 20 dates on their first-ever trip to the U.S. Strut’s lead singer Luke Spiller has been called, ” the musical love child of Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger.”Additional supporting acts announced for the other legs of the tour include Los Zigarros, de Staat, Rival Sons, and the Hellacopters, with GRAMMY winning rockers Cage The Elephant joining the party for the tour’s final three-night victory lap in Paris.For their own part, the Rolling Stones have made it clear they plan to keep their own sets fresh and unpredictable, with assurances that they plan to include, “a couple of unexpected tracks each night and randomly selected surprises,” sprinkled in amongst their catalogue of hit songs and fan favorites.A limited number of tickets for the Rolling Stones ‘No Filter’ European Tour 2017 are currently still available from the band’s website.Charles Bradley Cancels Tour Due To IllnessRead more Email The Struts, Kaleo Announced As Openers For Rolling Stones’ 2017 Tour last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of November 18 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of November 18, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Thomas H. Deechan, Jr., 71Louise (Nardo) Russo, 87Previously Lived In Wilmington:Thomas Joseph Donahue, 75Michael O’Brien, 62Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

PCs continue their slow and steady decline says IDC

first_img Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 8 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Comments An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Chris Monroe/CNET Comments Tags Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. The Cheapskate Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice Best Buy $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See it Read DJI Osmo Action preview Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Computers Gadgets Tablets Computer Accessories,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See all the best laptops of CES 2019 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.center_img JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See at Amazon Now playing: Watch this: Turo Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Rylo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $520 at HP Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read the Rylo camera preview $299 at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read Google Home Hub review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Angela Lang/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay $999 See It $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It See It See at Turo HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Apple iPhone XS Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Boost Mobile Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $210 at Best Buy 17:56 Tags Well, that’s one PC out there, at least. Sarah Tew/CNET The long retreat continues for the PC market.In 2019, sales of computing devices, including desktops, laptops and tablets, are expected to drop 3.3 percent around the world, according to a new forecast from market researcher IDC. That continues a trend that’s been going on for years now.The computing device market will shrink to 372.6 million shipments in 2023, according to IDC’s release. Detachables, notebooks and mobile workstation will increase their market share in the next five years. “While the long-run [personal computing device] market remains in persistent decline, the constitution of the market continues to churn for the better,” said Linn Huang, research director for devices and displays at IDC, in the release. “And with ray-tracing ramping up and 5G-connected, dual-screen, and foldable devices on the not-too-distant horizon, consumers and professionals will likely find something compelling at the premium end.” Sarah Tew/CNET Amazonlast_img read more

Garmins new Fenix 6 GPS watch sports solar charging to extend battery

first_img HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Now playing: Watch this: See It The Cheapskate The best smartwatches and fitness trackers for new graduates Share your voice $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Wearable Tech Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. 0 $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 6 Amazon Garmin,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $60 at Best Buy Comments Best Buy Rylo $6 at Tidal $299 at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Garmin Vivosport melds the fitness band with the smartwatch Read Google Home Hub review 17 Photos hereO GPS Watch $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $59 at eBay Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET Turo Share your voice What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Boost Mobile Apple iPhone XS Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read the Rylo camera preview $999 The Fenix 6 series starts at $599. Garmin Garmin on Thursday introduced its new Fenix 6 series of multisport GPS watches. The watches in the collection have Garmin’s largest round display, a rugged design and features like Power Manager for longer battery life. The Fenix 6X Pro Solar also offers solar charging, with a transparent solar charging lens that can use the sun’s energy to extend battery life. Garmin says the battery on the Fenix 6X Pro Solar, in smartwatch mode, can last for 21 days, plus an additional three days when utilizing the solar charging. It has a 1.4-inch display, which Garmin says is 36% bigger than previous Fenix 5X watches.The Fenix 6 and 6X models appear to be largely the same, but with the 6X having a 1.4-inch display and the 6 with a 1.3-inch display. Sapphire editions are also available for these models, along with new nylon QuickFit bands and silicone color options.All of the watches come with topographic maps, ski maps for over 2,000 resorts, and maps of 41,000 golf courses, Garmin said. The Fenix 6 watches can also store up to 2,000 songs and come with Garmin Pay. In addition, the watches track heart rate, as well as underwater heart rate for swimming, and have a Body Battery energy monitoring feature. Garmin says Body Battery gathers data from stress, heart rate variability, sleep and activity to show your body’s energy level and help you decide when to schedule workouts and rest times. The Fenix 6 watches start at $599, with the final price depending on the straps and finishes you pick. The Fenix 6X Pro Solar starts at $999. Tags Chris Monroe/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It $210 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 1:51 Preview • Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsMore to come! Note: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See It $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Angela Lang/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See it Read DJI Osmo Action preview $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XRlast_img read more

Asian Stocks Weaken to 112 Year Lows on China Data

first_imgAsian shares fell within sight of a fresh 1-1/2 year low while commodity currencies such as the Malaysian ringgit fell further on Monday after Chinese data highlighted a deepening slowdown in demand in the world’s industrial powerhouse.News of another monthly decline in Chinese exports – its biggest fall in four months – and a collapse in producer prices shows how China’s faltering industrial demand has hit global trade and sent emerging market assets reeling.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged lower and held near a 1-1/2 year low hit last month. It has fallen 16 percent since May.”The markets are beginning to price in structurally lower growth in China and an end to the so-called commodity super-cycle,” said Yoshinori Shigemi, global market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management.While economists have long predicted a slowdown in the pace of China’s economic expansion after years of turbocharged growth, investors have been taken aback by the scale of the slowdown and the impact it has had on emerging markets.In the six months to May, world trade volumes have shrunk by around 4 percent annualized, a pace of decline that hasn’t been seen since the global recessions of 2001 and 2009, according to BNP Paribas economists. Much of that decline this year has been caused by a sustained slowdown in China.Emerging market equities have been among the hardest hit as companies struggle to deal with the China factor.Year to date, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan index is down nearly 7.5 percent in U.S. dollar terms compared to a flat performance from its U.S. counterpart, according to Thomson Reuters data.Though early days yet, corporate earnings in Asia have so far only confirmed that trend.Of the nearly 32 percent of the companies in MSCI Asia-ex Japan index reporting results so far, more than half have led to downgraded estimates for their earnings per share, according to Credit Suisse strategists.China’s slowdown comes at a particularly sensitive time for emerging markets as expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will end nearly a decade of its zero interest rates soon have gained momentum in recent weeks, dealing a further blow to emerging market currencies and commodities.Malaysia’s ringgit hit at a 17-year low as its foreign exchange reserves fell below the $100 billion mark while leveraged funds have increased their short bets on other commodity-linked currencies such as the Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar in recent days.Recent data have confirmed the economic recovery underway in the United States.The U.S. Department of Labor said on Friday employers added 215,000 jobs in July, only slightly below a Reuters poll while the unemployment rate held at a seven-year low of 5.3 percent, with signs that wages were beginning to pick up.On Wall Street the Dow Jones industrial average fell 0.3 percent, hitting a six-month low. The S&P 500 shed also about 0.3 percent.Prospects of higher U.S. interest rates have made the dollar more attractive to investors with the U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback’s performance versus a basket of currencies, rising after the U.S. jobs data o 98.334, its highest since late April, before turning lower. On Monday, it stood at 97.670.The euro traded at $1.0957 while the yen was 124.35 to the dollar.Oil prices kept sliding on the global slowdown, a U.S. gasoline glut and a rise in the U.S. oil rig count.Crude futures prices fell to fresh multi-month lows early on Monday. Brent fell to $48.26 per barrel, not far from a six-year low of $45.19 hit in January.The 19-commodity Thomson Reuters/Core Commodity CRB Index plumbed fresh lows not seen since 2003 with a year-to-date decline of nearly 14 percent.last_img read more

Sensex may see another year of high volatility in 2016

first_imgInvestors may witness another year of high volatility in stock markets in 2016 as a slew of negative factors could lead to further selling by overseas investors.Factors such as interest rate hike in the US, rupee depreciation and delay in reforms that resulted in aggressive of shares by foreign investors this year are also expected to rattle markets in the coming year.However, mid- and small-cap stocks will continued to be favoured by domestic investors next year until they realise the rally in the stocks is overdone.The sell-off, driven mainly by these factors, in domestic stock markets so far in 2015 has made benchmark indices head towards registering their worst yearly performance in four years. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have sold shares worth Rs 30,000 crore since June.Both the BSE Sensex and Nifty indices, which have hit all-time highs earlier this year, are mostly to end 2015 at nearly 5% below the closing levels on the last trading day in the previous year. The Sensex gained nearly 30% in 2014 when investors’ optimism on the Narendra Modi government was at its peak.Analysts expect FII selling to continue in 2016 largely due to concerns over additional monetary tightening in the US that could lead in weakening of rupee against the dollar.”We expect equity and currency markets to remain volatile in 2016 because of liquidity adjustment post US Federal Reserve rate hike and global economic slowdown,” The Economic Times quoted Rashesh Shah, chairman of the Edelweiss Group, as saying.Signs of slowdown in China and its authorities opting for yuan devaluation are also expected to weigh on investor sentiment. But passing of reforms by the government to boost business environment in the country may mitigate the impact of FII-selling in the markets.The Modi government was forced to delay the passage the Goods & Services Tax (GST) Bill in the past three sessions of Parliament, as it got struck in Rajya Sabha, where the BJP-led NDA does not have a majority.”If the GST Bill does not get passed within the first few months of the coming calendar (year), it will be a very bad sign and we would not want to increase our India allocation. But if it is passed, we would probably want to double our weight on India,” said Mark Mobius, executive chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group, Franklin Templeton Investments.”Stock-specific approach to markets will continue to work in 2016,” said Nilesh Shah, managing director at Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Co. “It’s not what the asset class is going to do, it’s what you do within that asset class in terms of picking stocks that’s going to give returns.”last_img read more

Abbott Says Hell Appeal Redistricting Ruling Heres What That Could Mean For

first_imgGabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUTGov. Greg Abbott plans to appeal to the Supreme Court a ruling that invalidated two of the state’s congressional districts.Texas Governor Greg Abbott told a radio program on Wednesday that he plans to appeal to the Supreme Court a federal ruling that could force state lawmakers to redraw two congressional districts in Texas before the 2018 elections.A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled Tuesday that two districts drawn by state lawmakers in 2013 intentionally diluted the voting power of minorities.The state has been using interim maps since 2013, because the original maps put into place in 2011 were also struck down by federal courts.Michael Li, a lawyer with the Brennan Center for Justice, said it’s hard to tell whether an appeal to the Supreme Court would affect impending changes to the congressional maps before the 2018 elections.“It’s possible that everything gets put on hold until the Supreme Court decides, but it’s also possible that the court lets that go forward,” said Li, who is part of a team representing plaintiffs in the cases. “I think everyone is sensitive with the close timing of the election and everything that it may make sense to go ahead and redraw the maps now.”Li said there are a lot of variables that could change how this plays out.“The question now is who redraws the maps,” he said.The court has asked state lawmakers to go into another special session to redraw the two districts that were invalidated: District 27, which is represented by Republican Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi, and District 35, which is represented by Democrat Lloyd Doggett of Austin.“So the normal practice is that a Legislature gets the first shot at redrawing maps,” Li said, “and the court has given the Legislature that shot.” If they don’t agree to hold a special session to redraw the maps, then the state and plaintiffs go back to court for a hearing in September to hash it out.The court also still has to rule on the statehouse maps, which could also delay a special session.Li said legislators will probably want to wait to see if they have to redraw both sets of maps before going into another session. He said it is possible, however, that all this could be sorted out in time for the 2018 elections.“If all the cards align, and the changes aren’t that massive, then it’s possible that maps could be in place by September or early October,” he said. “But right now everything is up in the air.” Sharelast_img read more

Congress To Take Up DACA Border Wall As It Advances On 2018

first_img Share Andrew Harnik/APPresident Trump, with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, speaks to reporters after a retreat where GOP leaders made plans for 2018.It may be a new year, but Congress plans to spend most of January wrapping up old business left over from 2017.Congressional leaders are promising to head off any chance of a government shutdown well before the Jan. 19 deadline, but a nearly yearlong fight over President Trump’s demands to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border could threaten those plans.Democrats want the upcoming spending bill to also permanently protect the roughly 700,000 immigrants who are in the country illegally after being brought to the U.S. as children. They stand to lose the protected status they were given under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.Trump rescinded that program last year, setting an expiration date in March, and congressional Republicans have agreed to work with Democrats on a new law to grant rights to those immigrants. Those talks appeared to be progressing over the holidays, but Trump’s demands that the deal include money to build a border wall could prevent an agreement.Trump repeated his demands Saturday during a news conference held during a weekend planning retreat with congressional leaders at Camp David.“We want the wall,” Trump said. “The wall is going to happen, or we’re not going to have DACA.”But Democrats are threatening to block any spending bill that includes funding for a wall — even if that means shutting down the government. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said Friday that Democrats would not accept the latest offer from Republicans because it included $18 billion to build a wall. “President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall,” Durbin said. “With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction.”Alabama Democrat Doug Jones was sworn in last week, which leaves Republicans with just 51 votes in the Senate. GOP leaders will need votes from at least nine Senate Democrats to pass any spending or immigration legislation. To do that, negotiators will have to balance Democrats’ calls for citizenship for all people protected under DACA against Trump’s demands for border security and the construction of a border wall.That standoff comes at a critical moment in the talks. Lawmakers are set to return to Washington on Monday with hopes of finalizing an immigration and spending bill while continuing talks to reauthorize a controversial wiretapping program, fully fund children’s health insurance and send billions in disaster aid to roughly half a dozen states and U.S. territories.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters on Thursday that he is confident that negotiators will reach a deal without the risk of a shutdown.“Nobody wants to shut the government down on either side,” McConnell said. “I’m optimistic we’ll get a resolution to many of those issues before Jan. 19.”Finishing that work in just two weeks would be ambitious under any circumstances, but the talks come as Congress is also gearing up for the start of an election season that will determine which party controls both the House and the Senate.Congressional negotiators were nearing an agreement in late December on the spending portion of the talks, but leaders have been unwilling to finalize any single portion of the deal until all other elements are complete.That strategy is based on a political bet that a big, broad deal will include so many elements that nearly every lawmaker will be able to find something in the bill that they can support. That plan is particularly risky if lawmakers on either side try to add in politically motivated provisions — like abortion funding restrictions or means testing for government aid programs — known as poison pills.The House plans to kickstart action on some parts of the broader agreement early next week with a vote to extend a controversial wiretapping program authorized by Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.Leaders are also in talks over plans to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is set to expire in March, though some states may run out of funding sooner. The program generally enjoys bipartisan support and could be added to a big spending bill in hopes of making it more appealing to lawmakers who might be skittish about other parts of the deal.One group that may need some extra convincing are conservatives who are frustrated with Democrats’ demands to increase funding for domestic programs as part of any eventual spending deal. Democrats want the upcoming spending agreement to uphold a recent pattern of funding domestic programs at the same rate as military expenditures.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters that cutting domestic funding would starve programs including health insurance for veterans and newly created initiatives to combat the opioid crisis. Schumer said there are a number of issues that have yet to be resolved, but like McConnell said he believes a deal is within reach.“Democrats are hopeful we can get this all done,” Schumer said. “We had very serious discussions with the Republican leadership in those areas, and now there will be staff discussions in the next few days trying to get those things done.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Anger over Harvey May Not Carry Through to Midterms

first_imgThere are still voters around Houston who were directly affected by Harvey and who haven’t yet recovered. Rice University political scientist Mark Jones said they’re likely to have a bad taste in their mouth toward all incumbents. But he said that, at this point, most voters are more fatalistic than angry, seeing little that any one politician can do against flooding.“So if Democrats such as Lizzie Fletcher and Lina Hidalgo were thinking that they’d be able to capitalize on Harvey to win votes in the Houston metro region,” Jones said, “they’re likely to find themselves being very disappointed.”Fletcher has made Harvey one of the central issues in her campaign against Republican incumbent Congressman John Culberson. Hidalgo is running against Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Jones said that Emmett won high marks for his handling of the storm and that, if anything, Harvey is likely to work in his favor. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharecenter_img 00:00 /00:53 Texas Military DepartmentTexas National Guard troops help rescue people from flooded homes in Houston during Hurricane Harvey.Numerous Houston-area Democrats running for office this year are blaming incumbent Republicans for the slow pace of action on Harvey relief and flood mitigation. It looked like a winning strategy in the months after the storm. Now, it’s beginning to look like a miscalculation. last_img read more

Ball lightning may sometimes be explained as hallucinations

first_img The scientists, Alexander Kendl and Joseph Peer from the University of Innsbruck, analyzed electromagnetic pulses of repetitive lightning discharges and compared them to the magnetic fields used in clinical transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Their results suggest the variable magnetic fields produced by lightning are in the same order of magnitude and frequency as those applied in TMS that stimulate hallucinations, such as balls of light known as cranial phosphenes. They postulate that balls of light known as ball lightning, which are occasionally reported during thunder and lightning storms, could often be hallucinations arising from lightning electromagnetic pulses affecting the brains of close observers.Ball lightning was first reported in St. Petersburg in Russia in 1754 by a Dr. Richmann, who was attempting to copy Benjamin Franklin’s kite-lightning experiment, and who was instantly killed by the lightning. It is rarely seen and photographic evidence is almost nonexistent. There are dozens of theories of how ball lightning could form, including the burning of hot silicon particles produced when a lightning strike vaporizes the ground.TMS is a non-invasive method of stimulating areas of the brain, and is used in psychiatric treatments and in studying the brain. It is known that when the visual cortex is stimulated by pulsed magnetic fields in TMS, patients will sometimes see hallucinations of luminous shapes in their visual field. With the stimulation coils attached to the head, the visions can occur with single or repeated pulses at frequencies of around 1-50 Hz. The cortical phosphenes appear as bubbles, lines, ovals or patches of either white or a variety of colors. When the stimulation coil is moved, the phosphenes also appear to move. Rare but natural long (1-2 seconds) repetitive lightning strikes produce electromagnetic pulses, which the researchers thought might produce currents within the brain in the same order of magnitude in terms of duration, strength and frequency as in TMS in observers 20-100 meters away from the lightning strike. They calculated the time-varying electromagnetic fields of various types of lightning strikes for observers at various distances from the strike.The calculations showed that only lightning strikes consisting of multiple return strokes at the same point over a period of seconds could produce a magnetic field long enough to cause cortical phosphenes. This type would account for around 1-5% of lightning strikes, but very few of these would be seen by an observer 20 to 100 m away, and of those the researchers estimate seeing the light for seconds would occur only in about one percent of unharmed observers. The observer does not need to be outside, but could be inside an aircraft or building. Kendl and Peer also said an observer would be most likely to classify the experience as ball lightning because of preconceptions. Citation: Ball lightning may sometimes be explained as hallucinations (2010, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-ball-lightning-hallucinations.html A New Kind Of Lightning Discovered Electric field transcranially induced at various observation points (from bottom to top: 20 – 100m distance from strike point) by the time derivative of the lightning magnetic field during the decline phase of an average negative cloud-to-ground subsequent return stroke. Phosphene perception can be expected for induced fields above 20 V/m. Long duration repetitive stimulation of phosphenes up to seconds can be caused by higher multiplicity strokes. See arXiv:1005.1153v1 paper for details. (PhysOrg.com) — Physicists in Austria have calculated the magnetic fields associated with certain types of lightning strikes are powerful enough to create hallucinations of hovering balls of light in nearby observers, and that these visions would be interpreted as ball lightning. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further More information: J. Peer, A. Kendl: Transcranial stimulability of phosphenes by long lightning electromagnetic pulses, arXiv:1005.1153v1 [physics.med-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1005.1153 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

Costa Ricas Luis Guillermo Solís to spend the New Year in Brazil

first_imgPresident Luis Guillermo Solís will resume work this week, traveling to Brazil on Dec. 31 to participate inPresident Dilma Rousseff’s second-term inauguration ceremony, scheduled for Jan. 1st.On Jan. 2 Solís will travel to China on an official visit, during which he will participate in the opening day of a meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) members with the Asian country.Solís will participate only in the opening ceremony of the meeting, which will bring together the foreign ministers from all 33 member countries of CELAC. Costa Rica is the current CELAC president pro tempore.During his trip to China, the President will also hold meetings to negotiate the final details for the construction of an oil refinery in the Caribbean province of Limón, as well as for the project to expand Route 32, the main highway connecting Limón to San José.The president’s agenda also includes meetings to discuss the terms of other cooperation projects between the two countries. He is scheduled to return to Costa Rica on Jan. 9, the Foreign Ministry reported. Facebook Comments Related posts:President Solís gets good grade from most Costa Ricans as first 100 days pass Costa Rica Supreme Court strikes down ban on clergy holding public office – except Catholics President Solís’ popularity declines as economy worsens, Costa Rica researcher tells Washington panel Central America leaders fail again to reach agreement on Cuban migrant crisislast_img read more

BILLY CALDWELLCHARLOTTE CALDWELLMEDICAL CANNABISSi

first_img BILLY CALDWELLCHARLOTTE CALDWELLMEDICAL CANNABISSinn Fein ShareTweet The road trip, which began this week, will also visit the Parliament in Dublin before leaving for Britain to visit devolved institutions in Wales and Scotland and before visiting Westminster.Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Health Councillor Patricia Logue said“Sinn Féin’s support for medicinal cannabis will always be based on clinical evidence. “We support the use of medicinal cannabis by patients where it is medically recommended.“Any draft legislation on cannabis to be considered for Ireland – north or south –must be robust, clear, rooted in clinical evidence and available for medical use only.“I commend the efforts of Charlotte and Billy Caldwell, and others like them, who are campaigning for legislation on the use of cannabis for medical purposes and I wish them the best on their road trip across Ireland and Britain.”SINN FEIN SUPPORT BILLY’S LAW ROAD TRIP – LOGUE was last modified: February 8th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Billy Caldwells mum Billy speaking at launch of the road trip campaign this weekSINN Féin says it is supporting the “Billy’s Law Road Trip” which will take Billy Caldwell and his mother Charlotte across Ireland and Britain to promote the need for legislation on the use of cannabis for medical use.last_img read more

New discovery confirms central importance of PINK1Parkin pathway in Parkinsons patients

first_img Source:https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/health-news/a-molecular-switch-links-a-scottish-mouse-a-finnish-patient-and-parkinsons-disease Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 7 2018Researchers at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, make an unexpected and vital contribution to an international collaborative effort in Parkinson’s disease research.An international team of scientists led by the University of Dundee, UK have verified that a molecular pathway that has been studied for years under laboratory conditions, is also disrupted in Parkinson’s disease patients.Parkinson’s disease is a relentless neurodegenerative disorder for which no cure currently exists. Mutations in two genes called PINK1 and Parkin are associated with early-onset forms of Parkinson’s. These genes encode distinct enzymes that are predicted to play a pivotal role in protecting the brain against stress.Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchScientists discover new drug target for chemically induced Parkinson’s diseaseResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairPrevious work established that PINK1 works by detecting damage to the cellular ‘power grid’, and prevents further damage by activating a critical “molecular switch” in Parkin called Serine 65. This finding published in 2012 was led by the laboratory of Professor Miratul Muqit FRCP, Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow at the MRC Protein Phosphorylation & Ubiquitylation Unit at the University of Dundee, UK. Although it remains the most cited study in Open Biology, the importance of this “molecular switch” in Parkinson’s patients has remained elusive.To further understand its importance, Muqit developed a genetically engineered mouse to study the Parkin switch in tissues, but researchers were unaware of its significance in humans. The ambitious project was spearheaded by Tom McWilliams, who recently relocated to Finland as a Tenure Track Assistant Professor and Academy Scientist at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki. Remarkably, through a collaboration involving Academy Professor Anu Suomalainen-Wartiovaara, Professor Pentti Tienari and Risto Pohjolan-Pirhonen, MD, at Molecular Neurology Programme of University of Helsinki, a Finnish patient was also identified to have a mutation in the same Serine 65 switch.Strikingly, both the mouse and the patient lack the ability of PINK1 to activate the Parkin enzyme. Thanks to the Progressive Parkinson’s Markers Initiative study coordinated by the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a second patient in the United States was identified. This discovery confirms the central importance of the PINK1-Parkin pathway in Parkinson’s patients and will likely prove vital for therapeutic development efforts in this area.Remarking on the discovery, McWilliams says: “It was particularly gratifying to see that findings from discovery-based science can have such unexpected relevance in Parkinson’s patients. The Helsinki team made an outstanding contribution to this work, and thanks to their collaborative spirit and expertise, we were able to make rapid progress in this area. It will be interesting to determine the mitophagy-independent roles of this pathway in vivo.”last_img read more

Facebook closes spam pages accounts helping Brazil presidential candidate

first_imgSocial media platform Facebook has closed 68 pages and 43 accounts linked to a marketing group believed to be promoting the chances of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Explore further © 2018 AFP 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. Facebook says it has closed down numerous pages and accounts for posting spam aimed at helping Brazil presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.center_img WhatsApp tells companies to stop spam amid Brazil elections Citation: Facebook closes ‘spam’ pages, accounts helping Brazil presidential candidate (2018, October 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-facebook-spam-pages-accounts-brazil.html Facebook issued a statement saying it had acted against the pages and accounts linked to Raposos Fernandes Associates (RFA) “for violating our misrepresentation and spam policies.””The people behind RFA created Pages using fake accounts or multiple accounts with the same names,” and then “used those Pages to post massive amounts of clickbait intended to direct people to websites that are… ad farms,” added the statement.It insisted that the pages and accounts were deleted for posting spam rather than because of “the type of content they were posting.”O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported 10 days ago that the RFA accounts formed a massive network of support for Bolsonaro, who faces leftwing candidate Fernando Haddad in a second round runoff on Sunday.Those pages generated 12.6 million interactions during the month leading up to the newspaper’s article, O Estado said, far more than the interactions recorded by international superstars such as footballer Neymar.Having taken top spot with 46 percent of the vote in the first round of elections just over two weeks ago, Bolsonaro leads Haddad by 18 points in the latest polls, thanks in no small part to an impressive social media presence.Unable to campaign since the beginning of September when he was hospitalized following a shocking public attack in which he was stabbed in the abdomen, Bolsonaro has conducted almost his entire presidential bid online, where he has 14 million followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, compared to just 2.8 million for Haddad.Last week, though, Folha de S. Paulo newspaper claimed millions of pro-Bolsonaro WhatsApp messages had been sent out just before the October 7 first round of elections with the complicity of various businesses.If proved true, that would be a crime as businesses have been banned from financing electoral campaigns since 2015.Brazil’s top electoral court and the federal police have opened an investigation, while Haddad has called for Bolsonaro to be disqualified.But the rightwing candidate’s loyalists have also accused Haddad’s Workers’ Party of publishing false information during the often bitter and polarized campaign.last_img read more

Bitcoin exchange presidents death puts millions out of reach

first_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. Cryptocurrencies: High volatility and returns A Canadian cryptocurrency exchange was granted bankruptcy protection on Monday after its president took passwords for accounts containing Can$180 million ($137 million US) to his grave when he died suddenly. © 2019 AFP Explore furthercenter_img An employee inspects machines for the production of Bitcoin and Lightcoin at the “Kriptounivers” (CryptoUniverse) mining center in Kirishi, Russia on August 20, 2018 Citation: Bitcoin exchange president’s death puts millions out of reach (2019, February 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-bitcoin-exchange-death-millions.html In a statement, QuadrigaCX said it sought protection from creditors after weeks of attempting to “locate and secure our very significant cryptocurrency reserves” following the death of its president Gerald Cotten.Nova Scotia’s high court granted the application made by Cotten’s widow Jennifer Robertson on behalf of the company, which has also stopped currency trading on its platform.Quadriga CX had announced mid-January that Cotten died of complications from Crohn’s disease on December 9 while volunteering at an orphanage in India. He was 30.In an affidavit, Robertson said the company has been unable to access an encrypted computer that he is believed to have used to store the cryptocurrencies owed to 115,000 users.”I do not know the password or recovery key,” Robertson said. “Despite repeated and diligent searches, I have not been able to find them written down anywhere.”An expert brought in to try to crack the encryptions “has had some limited success in recovering a few coins and some information on Gerry’s cell phones and other computer, but not yet from the main computer he used to conduct business,” she added.The company’s digital platform allows trading of Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum.last_img read more

Mamata accuses BJP of trying to tarnish West Bengals image

first_imgWest Bengal COMMENT Published on June 11, 2019 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Tuesday, alleged that attempts were being made to defame and tarnish the image of West Bengal.Critical of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the central government, she claimed “a plot was underway to turn the State into Gujarat.” “I respect the Governor but every post has its constitutional limit. Bengal is being defamed. If you want to save Bengal and its culture, come together. There is a conspiracy to forget the rich legacy of Bengal. A plan is being hatched to turn Bengal into Gujarat,” she said at an event in the city where she unveiled a statue of social-reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Her gibe at targeting West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi came after the latter met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi.Tripathi met them on Monday, a day after the Centre issued an advisory to the West Bengal government expressing “deep concern” over the deaths of people in post-poll violence. The BJP won 18 of the 42 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, and emerged as the principal opposition to Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Banerjee has since then upped the ante in attacking the BJP and the Centre. Inaugurating the bust of Bengali social reformer, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, at a city college marks one of the areas in which she is at loggerheads with the BJP. The bust was damaged 27 days ago during a rally by BJP party President Amit Shah. Both TMC and the BJP had accused each other of vandalising the statue. Later, Banerjee while inaugurating ITC’s Royal Bengal Hotel, reiterated the charge that the State was “being deliberately defamed”.Addressing industry captains present at the event, the Chief Minister claimed Bengal was amongst the “most stable States economically”. Moreover, the fact that no man were days lost indicate that there is a “sea change in its work culture” and bandhs were a thing of the past.“Remember what the State was 34 years back; and, what it is now. Politically, you can say anything; but fact is economically we are one of the most stable States across the country,” she said. state politics national politicscenter_img 0 SHARE SHARE EMAIL BJP SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more