Geek deals 27inch IPS monitor for 309 ThinkGeek coupon more

first_imgFor those of us that don’t have a lot of money lying around, but desire a quality monitor, the mid-range field can be a little disappointing. There are relatively few options for a quality display in the $300 to $500 range, and even fewer from a quality manufacturer. That’s why we were excited to see this new model emerge from Dell a few weeks ago, and even more excited when it went on sale this week.The P2714H is a 27-inch display that serves up a relatively low 1920×1080 resolution. I know many will decry such a poor PPI on a 27-inch screen, but the simple fact is that WQHD and higher resolutions jack up the cost significantly. You will also find that a 27-inch monitor at 2560×1440 yields surprisingly small text; depending on your uses, such resolution truly may be overkill. As a text-heavy user, I relish my 27-inch 1080p monitor.While there are plenty of 27-inch 1080p monitors around, few have the glorious combination of an IPS LCD panel and anti-glare finish. IPS technology allows for extra-wide viewing angles and deeper, richer colors; the unfortunate side effect is that you won’t ever want to use another type of monitor. We’ve also found that many competing displays use a glossy coating, which tends to cause glare issues in various environments.The stand is also fully adjustable for height, tilt, and rotation — another feature not found in most consumer-grade displays. Connectivity is well-covered with VGA, DisplayPort, and DVI, and it even has a four port USB hub. A three-year advance exchange warranty with premium panel guarantee is included at no extra cost. Effectively, you’re getting all of the premium features of the pro-grade UltraSharp monitors except for the higher resolution and wide color gamut support, and at a killer bargain too.Dell P2714H 27-inch 1080p IPS anti-glare LED-backlit LCD monitor for $309.99 plus free shipping (reg. $399.99 | use coupon 5QN?BJC9RDTW3K)Our other top deals:Microsoft Office365 home premium [DL] plus one-year Xbox Live Gold for $99.99 (reg. $159.99 | via Microsoft Store)Back in stock: Google Chromecast HDMI streaming media player for $35 plus free shipping (via Amazon)ThinkGeek coupon: extra 25% off Halloween itemslast_img read more

Enrol by Monday 12 August to vote

first_imgThe Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia is urging people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to register in order to make their vote count on Election Day on September 7.

FECCA Chairman, Mr Pino Migliorino said, “each and every eligible Australian has the opportunity to cast their vote and shape the political and social landscape of our nation on Election Day. “It’s vitally important that CALD Australians appreciate this responsibility and have the knowledge and understanding to formally cast their vote.
“Unlike many other countries, voting in Australia is compulsory and it’s vital that Australians from CALD communities are given assistance and support to play their part in our democracy by voting on 7 September.

 Mr Migliorino emphasised the need for those not already enrolled on the election register to do so before the deadline of 8pm on Monday, 12 August.

“Whilst it is compulsory that all eligible Australians cast their vote, it’s important to highlight that voters can only participate in the election if they’ve previously enrolled to vote.” The Australian Electoral Commission publishes information for CALD communities on its website to help people understand the voting process.

Those whose first language is Greek are encouraged to visit the website: http://www.aec.gov.au/About_AEC/Translated_information/greek.htm Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

En images une tempête de neige record aux EtatsUnis

first_imgEn images : une tempête de neige record aux Etats-UnisEtats-Unis – Une grande partie de l’est des Etats-Unis a été victime, tout au long de ce week-end, d’une tempête de neige.”Snowpocalypse” ou “snowmageddon”, en référence aux blockbusters américains, est le nom donné à la tempête de neige qui a sévi de l’est de l’Indiana jusqu’en Caroline du Nord, en passant par la Pennsylvanie, le Maryland, la Virginie, le Delaware et le New Jersey. New York a également été ensevelie sous 50 cm de neige. Le record est détenu par le Maryland, avec une épaisseur de 96 cm de neige dans une ville située près de Baltimore (un record absolu d’après les scientifiques).Cette tempête a provoqué une panne d’électricité en Virginie pour 350.000 personnes. On déplore également deux décès dus à un accident de la route : un père et son fils, arrêtés sur le bord de la route afin d’aider un motard ont été violemment heurtés par un semi-remorque.Les transports ont été totalement gelés, les citoyens ont dû troquer leur voiture ou leur moyen de transport en commun contre des raquettes et des skis. Pour ce qui est des transports aériens, tous les vols ont été supprimés au Reagan National Airport samedi, de même dans les aéroports de Dulles et de Baltimore-Washington, d’où aucun avion n’a pu décoller.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageCependant, une partie de la population a pris cet évènement du bon côté. Une bataille géante de boules de neige réunissant plusieurs milliers de personnes a ainsi été organisée par Facebook à Dupont Circle, dans le centre-ville de Washington.Découvrir les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/neige/tempete-de-neige-record-a-washington_art5725.html Le 8 février 2010 à 12:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Free et Hadopi quelles sont les évolutions possibles

first_imgFree et Hadopi : quelles sont les évolutions possibles ? France – Le fournisseur d’accès Internet Free campe sur ses positions en refusant de transmettre à ses abonnés soupçonnés de téléchargement illégal les e-mails d’avertissement de la Haute autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet (Hadopi). Comment cette situation peut-elle à présent évoluer ?Pour la présidente de l’Hadopi Marie-Françoise Marais, “la position actuelle de Free porte atteinte aux droits de ses abonnés : en ne recevant pas le premier mail d’avertissement, ils n’auront pas l’information à laquelle ils pourraient prétendre, ce qui pourrait être fort désagréable pour eux”.  À lire aussiHadopi en 2013 : la riposte graduée sur le téléchargement des jeux vidéo ?Si l’Hadopi conserve ce point de vue, elle pourrait décider de résoudre le problème en envoyant elle-même ses messages d’avertissement aux abonnés du FAI récalcitrant. Un ultime recours qui, s’il n’a encore jamais été vraiment envisagé par la Haute autorité, est tout à fait possible puisque l’Hadopi évoque elle-même cette possibilité sur son site en cas d’observation d’un “manquement à l’obligation de surveillance de l’accès à Internet”. Pour les internautes récidivistes, la riposte graduée prévoit dans tous les cas l’envoi d’un second avertissement par e-mail et lettre recommandée “dans un délai maximum de six mois” à compter de la réception du premier courrier électronique. Leur identité étant malgré tout connue, ces derniers pourraient donc recevoir directement un courrier recommandé, sans avoir jamais été mis en garde au préalable par voie électronique. Mais comment fixer une date pour le second avertissement si le premier n’a jamais été reçu par l’internaute accusé de téléchargement illégal ? L’Hadopi pourrait bien devoir revoir sa copie, pour ne pas être coincée dans les méandres de sa propre procédure, dont les rouages risquent de se retrouver coincés par le refus d’obtempérer de Free.  Le 6 octobre 2010 à 16:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Turns out Vidal is angry at Barcelona after all

first_imgChilean midfielder Arturo Vidal confirmed that he is not happy with not playing a single minute at Barcelona, but he has no problems with Valverde. Just this weekend we saw how Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said that he doesn’t think Arturo Vidal has a problem with him, but the Chile international only took a few hours after he left Barcelona to show something very different.The midfielder who arrived this summer from Bayern München, confirmed that he is angry for not playing any minutes but he doesn’t have a problem with the manager.He also clarified a message he wrote on social media where he spoke about a certain ‘Judas’, which was taken as a direct attack to the Barcelona manager by the press.A Arturo Vidal se le ha borrado una publicación de instagram… pic.twitter.com/ll3n9CaABY— Jaume Naveira (@JaumeNaveira) October 8, 2018“I am not happy but if I have a problem with the coach I will say it to his face,” said Vidal in a press conference quoted by Marca.“How am I going to be happy if I don’t play and me of all people. I am someone that has always fought, that has been in the best teams in the world, that has won everything and who wants to continue winning at Barcelona.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I am fine physically and happy. In the past few games I have been a little irritated but that’s how it is, we will keep battling, there are a lot of important games ahead and we will see.”NEVER GIVE UP!!!💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼😉😉 The Best is yet to come!! Lo mejor aún está por venir!!!💪🏼💪🏼🤙🏼🤙🏼👑 pic.twitter.com/urdv2Rbjgt— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) October 4, 2018“When I have a problem or I am angry then I go straight to the coach and I speak to him,” he added.“You can have various reasons for doing these things. It (The Judas message) was nothing to do with anything sporting and I took it down to stop people speculating. There are personal things, jokes which you can put on social media and people take the wrong way.”.@FCBarcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal is reportedly fuming over his peripheral role at the club since his off-season transfer from @FCBayernEN. https://t.co/ZyEDnrJ02b #KickOff pic.twitter.com/6ptEt8e8iF— Kick Off (@KickOffMagazine) October 5, 2018last_img read more

CamasWashougal fire merger endorsed

first_imgA proposed six-month merger of the Camas and Washougal fire departments received a “green light” this week from a Vancouver-based private consultant whose financial assessment of the move showed it would have little discernible economic impact on the agencies.Paul Lewis concluded consolidation could “enhance service delivery with minimal increase in staffing expenses” and would likely lower overtime costs. But he cautioned, “Cost savings are difficult to estimate.”Lewis shared his report with Camas and Washougal fire officials during a closed-door meeting Tuesday at the Washougal fire station on 1400 A St. “It passed the threshold test,” Camas City Administrator Lloyd Halverson said, referring to the merger. Lewis’ findings — while neither glowing nor dour — ensured the cities would stick to their merger plans, Halverson added.Earlier this week, Washougal council members approved a temporary merger between the fire departments as part of a proposal designed to drastically reduce a $310,000 deficit to the EMS system used by Camas, Washougal and East County Fire & Rescue.Declining tax revenues resulted in the shortage, officials said. As part of a decades-old agreement, the Camas Fire Department provides paramedic services to residents in Camas and Washougal, plus those living in the East County Fire & Rescue district in parts of unincorporated Clark County. Residents pay a property tax for these services.last_img read more

Report Government collecting phone records of millions of Americans

first_imgClick here to read The Guardian’s article on the NSA’s collection of phone recordsWASHINGTON — The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency’s need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told reporters Thursday that the court order for telephone records, first disclosed by The Guardian newspaper in Britain, was a three-month renewal of an ongoing practice. The records have been collected for some seven years, according to Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.“I think people want the homeland kept safe to the extent we can,” Feinstein said at a Capitol Hill news conference. “We want to protect these privacy rights. That’s why this is carefully done in federal court with federal judges who sit 24/7 who review these requests.”And the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, said the NSA search of telephone records had thwarted an attempted terrorist attack in the United States in the past few years. He said it was a “significant case” but declined to provide further details.last_img read more

State health care exchange down again with new glitches

first_imgWashington healthplan finder: www.wahealthplanfinder.orgHealth Benefit Exchange: wahbexchange.orgThe website for Washington’s health insurance exchange was down again Monday with new technical issues after problems last week took the site off line for four days.Problems at the Washington Department of Social and Health Services forced wahealthplanfinder.org to shut down Monday morning, said Bethany Frey, spokeswoman for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which runs the website and the program. The health services agency was having problems with its own system that helps determine whether people are eligible for free or reduced-cost insurance. Without the DSHS site, the health insurance site can’t process applications, Frey said.The health benefit exchange site came back online Saturday morning after four days of maintenance for other technical problems. Frey said the site was working fine over the weekend and the new problems are unrelated.“I’m still working with my IT team to get an analysis to see what the issues were,” she said.Washington residents have until Dec. 23 to sign up and pay for health insurance through the exchange if they want to be insured on Jan. 1. Uninsured people have until the end of March to enroll in some kind of health insurance and avoid paying a fine when they file their federal income taxes.last_img read more

Terryberry acquires CottrillsReward

first_imgGlobal recognition provider Terryberry has acquired UK-based reward and recognition organisation CottrillsReward.Following the merger, the business will be known as TerryberryReward in the UK and will provide organisations with reward and recognition programmes that are designed to engage and stimulate employees to achieve business objectives. This includes initiatives such as long-service awards and targeted incentives.The Macclesfield-based organisation will continue to serve its current corporate clients, including AstraZeneca, Ford Motor Company, Marks and Spencer, Network Rail and Tesco.Paul Calnan has been appointed as TerryberryReward’s managing director, and his focus will be on developing the organisation’s strategy in the UK and Europe. He will be based at the business’ new combined office site at Beech Lane, Macclesfield to take over from Karl Massey, founder at CottrillsReward.Calnan said: “Joining with US-based Terryberry allows us to offer clients an expended selection of reward and recognition offerings, including more fantastic online tools and administrative features than ever before. We now offer a global support network with multi-lingual functionality and additional capabilities to equip us with more resources to assist our clients with bespoke projects. This is an exciting new era for our customers and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring even greater value and impact to our clients.“We are eager to announce a variety of new recognition and reward offerings at Employee Benefits Live in London this autumn, which we expect to be enthusiastically received by the marketplace.”Mike Byam, chief executive officer at Terryberry, added: “We are delighted with the merger of these great businesses. Our combined strengths mean we can provide clients in the UK and worldwide with new and innovative reward products to support their business ambitions and engage all employees.”last_img read more

Panic When Will the Layoffs End

first_imgThe numbers are staggering: 22 at American Express Publishing; 30 at Southern Progress; 111 at Rodale; as many as 600 at Time Inc.; an unspecified number at Condé Nast, where a 5 percent across the board budget cut was implemented; and just yesterday more cuts were announced at Hearst.It’s no longer just alarmists who are doing the panicking over the industry’s recent spate of layoffs. It’s everyone.At a conference last week, Ann Moore, Time Inc.’s normally bullish CEO, was uncharacteristically reticent: “By October it was looking like 1931,” she said. “[Time Inc.] has never had so many advertising clients in trouble at the same time. The declines are stunning.”As one senior staffer at a major consumer magazine told me at Radar’s Halloween party-turned-funeral in New York, “It’s like a perfect storm: hemorrhaging of print advertising, crashing stock prices and panicked CEOs.” So the question on everyone’s minds in magazines these days is this: When will the panic—and layoffs—end?Back in March, when FOLIO: published its annual magazine job report, Eliot Kaplan, editorial talent director at Hearst, said it’s a “great time to enter the industry,” as job descriptions broaden and employees gain marketable experience well beyond the printed page. But he admitted Hearst was “not adding a lot of bodies” and trying to achieve growth with existing staff. “We try to get fewer people touching the page without affecting the quality and making it as good as or better than ever,” Kaplan said.Not surprisingly, virtually all of the executives at these companies and others contacted by FOLIO: this week refused to talk on the record about the layoffs or the associated panic within their organizations.But that doesn’t mean you can’t talk.So, let’s get this discussion started: When will the layoffs end? Add your thoughts in the comments section below. I’ll kick things off …last_img read more

A strange deepsea shark gets a name almost 30 years after discovery

first_img Share your voice 0 Sci-Tech A smooth lanternshark, not too dissimilar to Laila’s lantern shark. SEFSC Pascagoula Laboratory; Collection of Brandi Noble, NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC University of Rhode Island shark researcher Bradley Wetherbee discovered a new type of Lantern shark while doing his doctorate in the 1990s, but it’s only in the last few years, almost 30 years later, that he’s been able to give that shark a name.And he named it after his daughter.Wetherbee called the shark “Laila’s lantern shark” (Etmopterus lailae) after 17-year-old Laila Mostello-Wetherbee. That’s right: Wetherbee has known the shark longer than the daughter he named it for.Laila’s lantern shark is a three-foot long, bioluminescent shark that’s normally found 1,000 feet deep. Its main point of difference: A longer snout than other lantern sharks.”It’s not uncommon for it to take many years for a new species to be recognized as new to science and then properly described and named,” said Wetherbee, a professor in the URI Department of Biological Sciences. “This one just took a little longer than usual.”But if Wetherbee found the shark in the ’90s, why did it take so long for it to officially get a name?According to a press release, Wetherbee found Laila’s lantern shark among 150 frozen shark specimens gathered in 1988 by scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service. At the time their research was focused on hammerhead sharks, so they weren’t interested. Wetherbee sorted the sharks according to species, but a broken-down freezer meant all but 15 of the sharks eventually had to be thrown out.Those 15 sharks were sent to another researcher, David Ebert at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, who was interested in the classification of lantern sharks. After five years, Ebert discovered that Wetherbee’s sharks were actually a brand new species.The definitive paper, identifying the new species, was published years later. And Ebert was happy to let Wetherbee name the shark after his daughter.”There are only 500 species of sharks and only a handful of people in the world have a shark named after them,” Wetherbee said.”People often ask me what my favorite shark is, and I used to say the tiger shark. But now I say it’s Laila’s lantern shark.”center_img Post a comment Tagslast_img read more

Officials Consider Another MexicanAmerican Studies Textbook

first_imgThe board will also hear public testimony on a Jewish studies book Wednesday. The publishers have several opportunities to respond to any critiques or fix any errors, before the board votes on both books this November. A preliminary deadline for Texas Education Agency staff to provide board members with reports about the books was pushed to next week, because of Hurricane Harvey.Because of a new law the state Legislature passed in June, board members can vote to reject a book if they don’t believe it is “suitable” for a specific subject or grade level. The law does not specifically define what criteria members can use to determine a book unsuitable. The liberal watchdog Texas Freedom Network warns that board members could use the law to “censor” materials based on personal or political beliefs.Board chairwoman Donna Bahorich, R-Houston, said the law allows the body to reject textbook submissions that are error-free but poorly written or developmentally inappropriate.”We could [reject them] but we’d be risking possible suit” before this law came into effect, she said.If the publishers fail to persuade board members to approve these textbooks in November, advocates will have to see if the board decides to issue another call, or just drop the matter altogether. In the meantime, school districts wanting ethnic studies courses will need to do more work to find their own textbooks and develop their own curricula to meet state standards.National support for teaching ethnic studies to high school students swelled after 2010 when Arizona state legislators banned public school classes that “promote the overthrow of the United States government,” “promote resentment toward a race or class of people” and are “designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.” A federal judge ruled the law violated students’ constitutional rights, but has not yet issued a final judgment.In 2015, the Texas State Board of Education voted to put ethnic studies, including Mexican-American, African-American, Asian-American and Native American studies, on a list of social studies textbooks it would ask publishers to develop for Texas schools, giving schools a list of state-approved resources if they chose to offer ethnic studies courses.The only publisher to respond to the call for proposals in 2016 was Cynthia Dunbar, CEO of Momentum Instruction Inc. and a former state board member, with a textbook called “Mexican American Heritage.” A committee of professors and high school teachers found more than 140 errors in the book. In one of the most controversial passages, removed in a later draft, the textbook’s authors wrote, “Stereotypically, Mexicans were viewed as lazy compared to European and American workers.” Dunbar argued that her critics were not accurately representing the book’s content, and she threatened to sue the Board of Education for rejecting it.The same week the board voted to reject Dunbar’s proposal last November, it unanimously voted to accept more bids for ethnic studies textbooks for 2018. Renewing the call for textbooks was an unusual move for the state, though it has happened a few times before, said Debbie Ratcliffe, State Board of Education spokeswoman.Diaz, working with Iowa-based publishing company Kendall Hunt, was the only person to submit a Mexican-American studies textbook proposal this time around. “Some of the scholars who were helping refute [Dunbar’s] textbook were trying to get a book together, but it was too short a time frame,” said Diaz, director of intercultural initiatives at Lone Star College-North Harris. The 261-page “Mexican American Studies Toolkit” is intended to “dispel the illusion that Mexican American history and culture is foreign,” according to its introduction.  It is not a linear historical account, but rather a compilation of chapters on aspects of Mexican-American culture and politics, including first-person essays and narratives from prominent Hispanic scholars and advocates, several by Diaz himself.In one first-person selection, Diaz profiles a Mexican-American civil rights activist, starting: “We register on the American Imagination in three phases. First, we are invisible. Then, we are vilified. Then, we are accepted, but only as a consumer group. We are never imagined as Intellectuals. This step is key to fully entering the American Imagination.”He ends the selection: “We will not allow Texas to become the next Arizona. We will defend our history from the classroom to the courtroom.”Diaz says his textbook, unlike Dunbar’s, includes input and guidance from Mexican-American studies experts and educators. “I feel it’s going to be different than most textbooks,” he said. During his time protesting Arizona’s ban on ethnic studies, starting in 2012, he built a national network of scholars he could call on for help.Despite the short time frame he had to work on the book, he said he managed to consult teams of professors, high school teachers and conservative activists, to get feedback. He said he is open to hearing concerns from the board and public Wednesday. “How can we put it in a light that is fair, is accurate, and at the same time shows students how this material is relevant?” he said.Three people are signed up to testify on Diaz’s textbook Wednesday, including Diaz.Board member Barbara Cargill, R-Conroe, said she does not anticipate a controversial hearing, based on a scan through the book and the fact that constituents are not reaching out in fury. She said she will look through the book to “make sure there’s nothing demeaning or nothing radically said,” unlike Dunbar’s textbook, which “used a lot about stereotypes.”Though all board members voted against the controversial textbook last November, some protested during an initial debate in 2014 on whether Texas should allow or require schools to offer Mexican-American studies. Supporters of a required class argued that adding a Mexican-American studies class was necessary because the majority of students in public schools are Hispanic; opponents argued the class was divisive.“We’re not about Hispanic history; we’re about American history,” board member Patricia Hardy, R-Fort Worth, said at the time about a required course. “We’re not taking each little group and saying, ‘You’re the majority, so we’re going to teach your history.’ We’re Americans, United States people.”On Tuesday, Hardy said it was better to allow passionate teachers to choose their own materials for an optional ethnic studies class than to have the board fight to try to adopt a Mexican-American studies textbook.“It would keep this controversy down,” she said. “It causes tension and a negativity I don’t think is necessary.” She has not yet read Diaz’s book, but she is “worried a little about someone putting in a political bias.”Board member Ruben Cortez Jr., D-Brownsville, said Monday he had not yet finished reading Diaz’s entire textbook but he doesn’t see anything “offensive” or “racially charged” in it. “History is what it is. If a member of the board finds that offensive, I really can’t change that,” said Cortez, who has argued that Texas students should have to take a Mexican-American studies course to graduate, instead of just using it as an optional elective.“I’d be interested to know where some of the board members are going to take issue with some of the passages.” Liana LopezTony Diaz wrote the only Mexican-American studies textbook submitted to the Texas State Board of Education’s request for ethnic studies materials last November.Protesting a 2010 Arizona law prohibiting ethnic studies in the classroom, advocate and professor Tony Diaz once led a caravan of cars through Arizona that “smuggled” books removed from school shelves into “underground libraries” across the state.Now he’s following the letter of the law to get Texas to approve his proposal for the first state-adopted Mexican-American studies textbook, which would be used next school year.“It takes a major publisher with grassroots and major knowledge on the local level to get this through,” he said. “We have gone from being librotraficantes [book smugglers], to now we’re going to be the publishers.”The Texas State Board of Education is hearing public testimony Wednesday on Diaz’s book “The Mexican American Studies Toolkit,” one of two ethnic studies textbook proposals submitted in response to the board’s request last November. Last year, the board rejected a different proposal for a Mexican-American studies textbook after advocates and academics vehemently decried it as error-ridden and racist, putting Texas in the national spotlight yet again for textbook-related controversy. Sharelast_img read more

UN Raises Probable Death Toll In Migrant Boat Sinking To 64

first_img Share Twitter via @Citi973Boat sinks off Libya, killing at least 31The UN migration agency has raised the probable death toll to 64 in the weekend sinking of a smugglers’ rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya.The Italian coast guard, hours after the boat started sinking Saturday due to a puncture, rescued 86 people from it and retrieved the bodies of eight dead women.Flavio Di Giacomo of the International Organization for Migration says Monday that according to survivors, interviewed by the agency in Catania, Sicily, after they arrived on a rescue ship, there were 150 persons aboard the overcrowded rubber dinghy went it took off from Libya.Rescue agencies had expressed fears shortly after the tragedy that dozens could be missing. The Italian coast guard launched a search but didn’t find any more survivors or bodies.last_img read more

San Antonio Teacher Placed On Leave After Assigning Students To List Benefits

first_img Share CREDIT ROBERT LIVAR / CONTRIBUTED PHOTOA San Antonio teacher issued an assignment, asking eighth-grade students to list the positives of slavery.Eighth graders at Great Hearts Monte Vista North charter school Wednesday were assigned homework that suggested there is a positive side to slavery.The students were told to give a balanced view of the life of slaves by listing the pros and cons.Robert Livar’s son was one of the eighth-graders given the assignment. He left the positive side of the homework blank, and showed it to his parents.“It seemed unexcusable (sic). It seemed indefensible that students would be tasked with the mental exercise of having to think of pros when it comes to one human owning another human,” Livar said. “I just couldn’t understand what the end result of that could even be other than revisionist history and slavery apologists.”Great Hearts Texas Superintendent Aaron Kindel issued a statement Thursday calling the assignment “very inappropriate and entirely inconsistent with Great Hearts philosophy and culture.”CREDIT GREAT HEARTS MONTE VISTA NORTHA letter of apology from Great Hearts Monte Vista North charter school.The teacher who assigned the homework has been placed on leave while the school investigates, and Great Hearts is replacing its American history textbook, “Prentice Hall Classics: A History of the United States.”Kindel said Great Hearts Texas has been using the textbook for four years, but didn’t realize it used “insensitive language” until they examined it after Livar posted the homework assignment on Facebook.“Frankly, it was just not properly vetted at the time,” Kindel said.“We’re sincerely sorry that this incident happened. We absolutely agree that it’s unacceptable,” he added.Livar gives Great Hearts credit for responding quickly after he contacted the school.“We woke up the next morning to a statement from the superintendent,” said Livar, who spoke to administrators later in the day. “I’m hoping that actions follow words in this instance and that the organization becomes stronger for it.”Camille Phillips can be reached at camille@tpr.org or on Twitter @cmpcamillelast_img read more

Houston Nonprofits Air Concerns Over Government Shutdown

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: “We hold the mortgages for our Habitat homeowners and if they are government employees then definitely they’re going to be affected,” said Denise Bates, communications consultant for the Houston chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The organization will try to aid federal employees that haven’t been able to make a payment, according to Bates. They hold some 880 mortgages in the area.“We don’t want them to worry about how they are going to make payments and not have late fees or lose their homes or anything,” Bates said.The organization may also have to stall some Harvey-related home repairs because of a delayed release of Community Development Block Grant Disaster funds. A survey of Texas nonprofits by Your Part Time Controller also found that leaders from the organizations Rebuilding Together Houston and Women’s Health & Planning Association of Texas –among others– expressed concerns over the shutdown as well. X Listencenter_img 00:00 /00:57 Brien Straw | Houston Public MediaHabitat for Humanity home in Harrel Park being repaired after being flooded by Harvey.Leaders of local nonprofits have voiced concerns over how the government shutdown could impact their organizations, especially if it continues for months. At Houston Habitat for Humanity, workers are calling homeowners to find out whether federal employees are able to pay their mortgages. Sharelast_img read more

Bowser Takes Control of the District

first_imgMuriel Bowser takes the oath of office while family members watch. (Photo by Rob Roberts)District residents and political leaders from across the country gathered Jan. 2 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to witness the inauguration of Muriel Bowser as mayor of the nation’s capital. Inauguration activities spanned the first weekend of the year with several events for residents of all ages.Bowser, 42, took the oath of office from District of Columbia Court of Appeals Chief Judge Eric Washington. Her family was with her. Bowser said she is humbled to take the helm of the city. “It is the greatest honor of my life to be sworn in as the mayor of my hometown,” she said. “Today as we begin a new year, we come together to renew our commitment to this city. It’s a new day in Washington – a fresh start for all of the families that call D.C. home.”Karl Racine was sworn in as the city’s first elected attorney general, and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) and council members Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), Anita Bonds (D-At Large) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) took their oaths of office to start another term. Charles Allen of Ward 6 (D), Brianne Nadeau of Ward 1 (D) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) took their oaths to start their careers as D.C. cuncil members, too.Former D.C. Mayors Anthony Williams and Adrian Fenty were in the audience as well as Alexandria, Va., Mayor William Euille, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter,and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Bowser noted Rawlings-Blake in her speech. “You probably know that there are a handful of women-Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Anise Parker (Houston), and Aja Brown (Compton, Calif.), among them who run big cities and today because of you I am one too,” she said.Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D), Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker (D), Montgomery County Executive Isaiah Leggett (D), Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks (D), and Prince George’s County Council member Karen Toles (D-District 7) were also in attendance.Other events to commemorate the change in administration for the city included: a Freshstart 5k Fun-Run at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, 2801 Calvert St. NW; an Interfaith Service at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G Street NW; a DC Proud Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW; and an Inaugural Kids Party at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Avenue SE.Bowser won the April 1, 2014 Democratic Party mayoral primary over incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray and defeated two independent challengers in the Nov. 4, 2014 general election. As a result of the general election vote, Bowser said that she has a mandate to “reaffirm our Democratic values.”While it is generally known that the District is booming economically and its population is growing, Bowser acknowledged that “our city is facing challenges that threaten our progress.”“A quarter billion dollar budget deficit . . . stalled big ticket transit projects, ballooning construction costs and shrinking borrowing capacity that will force us to make tough decisions about our priorities,” she said. “But we will confront our challenges head on. Not tomorrow, but every day.”Bowser said that she did not run for mayor “for the kicks or to see my name in lights” but because she understands the responsibility of leading the city at a time of great opportunity and great distress for some. “It is my duty to focus on our men and boys of color and find hope where it is missing and the path to opportunity where it has been lost,” Bowser said.Bowser said her administration would encourage “creativity, risk-taking and innovation.” Accountability will be a priority, she said. “It is my pledge to sometimes take the road less protected, to see jobs and opportunities when others see only the costs, and to praise my staff when they get it right and to let them know when they get it wrong,” she said.Bowser pledged during the campaign that she would appoint a deputy mayor for greater economic opportunity and during the speech noted that its office would be located in Southeast Washington’s Ward 8. “Ward 8, you will not be forgotten,” she said to cheers in the audience.She promised to fight homelessness, transform the city’s middle schools academically, improve workforce development programs, invest $100 million in affordable housing, increase funds for the summer youth employment program, and to stop violence in the streets and in homes.Bowser ended her speech with her well-known moniker: “Let’s get to work.” That sounded fine to E. Faye Williams, the national president and CEO of the National Congress of Black Women. Williams said, “She supports equality and justice and we [NCBW] will help her in any way. When she succeeds, we all succeed.”last_img read more

Sony PSN running costs are too high to keep it free on

first_imgThe PS4 may be $100 cheaper than the Xbox One when it launches later this year, but using Sony’s console is going to be a little more expensive than the equivalent experience gaming on PS3. That’s because Sony has shifted online multiplayer to be a feature of a PlayStation Plus subscription rather than being a free service.That means if you want to play against others online, you need a $50 per year Plus account. However, access to streaming services such as Netflix will remain a freely available feature of the console. But why did Sony choose to start charging for multiplayer?According to Shuhei Yoshida, Sony’s Worldwide Studios boss, it simply came down to a matter of cost. Running the servers that power the PlayStation Network isn’t cheap, and continuing to offer multiplayer for free would have cost too much, to the point where Sony would have had to lower the quality of the service to compensate. I imagine that would mean fewer dedicated servers or locations around the world, leading to higher latency and a poorer overall experience.By making this change Sony is embracing a paid model that Microsoft has been using for a while on Xbox 360. However, Sony isn’t putting a pay wall in front of third-party services and it already offers a PlayStation Plus account that includes a tremendous amount of value. By paying for access to multiplayer, you are going to gain access to those other benefits, too, e.g. new free games to download and play every month.We’ve already looked at the true cost of the PS4 compared to Xbox One, and I doubt an extra $50 for a Plus account is going to make a big difference to gamer’s choice to purchase or not. As long as Sony continues to offer the value current Plus subscribers enjoy, it’s worth the subscription cost.last_img read more

Sonys PlayStation Now saved game streaming says Gaikai

first_imgSony’s PlayStation Now open beta is a success — not because it may be generating money, or even because people are talking about and using it, but because it actually works. Long before (in internet years) PS Now, both Gaikai and OnLive attempted game streaming, and it was a mess. Games would stream, sure, but the lag would often make the games unplayable, and compatibility requirements severely limited the catalog.PS Now was (and still is) met with a ton of skepticism, mainly because people aren’t sure if the service can actually deliver a response time that won’t lessen the reactive experience that is gaming. So far, PS Now works, and that’s why Gaikai thinks Sony saved the very idea of game streaming.Gaikai founder David Perry states that before Sony purchased Gaikai back in 2012, game streaming was becoming a nightmare for his company, thanks largely to compatibility issues. Gaikai was a PC game streaming service, and as we all know, PC games are made for an open platform that can be composed of a wide variety of hardware, making it difficult to ensure that software runs well across the board. Moving its game streaming efforts over to the Sony ecosystem greatly reduces the variety of hardware on which a game needs to run, and made it easier for Gaikai to achieve that goal.What also helped Gaikai make PlayStation Now so smooth is that Sony’s network is much bigger and more complex than the one Gaikai used as a PC game streaming startup.For now, PS Now is running well. Perry says a lot of people are using the service to buy and play games, and the service will only expand from here on out. To check out the rest of the interview, such as Perry’s feelings on the Vita, head on over here.last_img read more

SPICE geoengineering project delayed due to critics issues

first_imgDiagram of test. Copyright Cambridge University Engineering Department. © 2011 PhysOrg.com 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. Citation: SPICE geoengineering project delayed due to critics issues (2011, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-spice-geoengineering-due-critics-issues.html British team set to field test gigantic balloon and water hose geo-engineering experiment More information: www.nerc.ac.uk/press/releases/2011/22-spice.asp (PhysOrg.com) — Last month it was announced that a group of researchers had come together to start a geoengineering project called Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering (SPICE). Its aim was, and still is, is to find out if it would be possible to simulate the planet-wide cooling effects of volcanoes by sending a giant balloon up into the stratosphere so as to pump aerosols (via a very long hose) into the atmosphere that would reflect back some of the sun’s heat, thus cooling the planet slightly; this to offset the global warming that has resulted from the constant pumping of carbon emissions into the air. The team had originally planned to test a much smaller version of their balloon/hose experiment this month spraying only water at a lower altitude. Now however, the group has bowed to criticism from various sectors and has postponed the initial test until sometime in April. Explore further The project, sponsored by several United Kingdom research councils (meaning government money) most prominently the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) though lauded by some, has also been deemed a waste of money. Others thought it a bit premature for one small group of people to choose to undertake a project that could impact people the world over without so much as please or thank you. In the end though, it was the sponsors that wound up putting a hold on the project.Dr Matt Watson of Bristol University, the team lead for the project, has told the BBC that he endorses the decision to put off testing the project until all voices have been heard, but freely admits to being surprised by all the criticism. He insists the project is simply to test the viability of the concept, and no one in the group has ever proposed going ahead with the full scale project without approval of some governing body.What’s missing in the current news cycle though is information on whether the group has been conducting ground based testing of the concept or whether construction of the test balloon and/or giant hose has begun; and if so, how that testing has gone. Also apparently missing from the debate thus far are voices pointing out that as of yet, no other real workable alternatives for solving the problem of global warming have been offered, which to some might mean that emergency projects such as this one should be undertaken whether critics agree with the plan or not. After all, this one isn’t like the debate about stem cell research or cloning food. While all of them may have moral or ethical underpinnings, only one of them might one day be used as stop-gap measure to ensure our very survival.The whole point of the experiment is after all, to find out if it would work, not put it into action. Or in other words, to add to our knowledge bank in case we fail to find other means to prevent further global warming and wind up needing to take drastic action at some point. Looked at that way, it seems foolish to not allow projects to proceed, even if some of them seem rather harebrained.last_img read more

Quantum measurement carries information even when the measurement outcome is unread

first_img Explore further The physicists, Amir Kalev at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, along with Ady Mann and Michael Revzen at the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, have published their paper on the unique features of quantum measurements in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.When a measurement is performed but not read, it is called “nonselective.” The difference between classical nonselective measurements and quantum nonselective measurements is that the latter cause an inevitable disturbance to the measured system. By tracking this disturbance, the physicists here have shown that it can be used to carry and communicate information.The proposed protocol involves two parties, Alice and Bob. First, Alice prepares two entangled qudits (D-dimensional quantum systems) and sends one to Bob. Bob performs a measurement on his qudit using an instrument with a certain alignment of his choice, does not read the outcome, and then sends the qudit back to Alice. Finally, Alice measures the resulting two-qudit state, which allows her to deduce Bob’s choice of measurement. At no point do Alice or Bob read the outcome of Bob’s measurement, but the two parties can still use the measurement to communicate information.The protocol relies on the uniquely quantum features of the system, since performing nonselective measurements on classical systems cannot carry information.”In this protocol, we use a non-selective measurement in different bases (different alignments of the measurement apparatus, if you like) to transmit information,” Kalev told Phys.org. “To the best of our knowledge, this protocol is the first protocol which uses the disturbance on the system caused by the measurement in different bases, regardless of the actual outcome (!), for a communication task. It seems that, in classical mechanics, one cannot use a similar protocol for communication since there is no notion of ‘different’ or ‘complementary’ bases, and moreover a non-selective measurement on a classical system is equivalent to not making a measurement at all.”As the physicists explain, the protocol suggests a novel way to view quantum measurement as consisting of two stages. The first stage involves performing the measurement, while the second stage involves reading the outcome. In the first stage, the state of the system is mixed (i.e., undetermined), but a particular set of variables associated with the choice of the measurement do have a determined value. In the second stage, when the measurement is read, the state of the system is determined. Classical measurement can be thought of as consisting only of the second stage; the first stage is a uniquely quantum component.The proposal that nonselective quantum measurements carry information is not only of fundamental interest, but could potentially have applications for information tasks. As the scientists explain, Bob’s sending of his qudit to Alice can be viewed as a form of dense coding. Although the protocol in its present form cannot be used for secure communication, the physicists are now investigating whether variations of the protocol might be useful for cryptography applications. More information: Amir Kalev, et al. “Choice of Measurement as the Signal.” PRL 110, 260502 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.260502 (Phys.org) —Some tasks that are impossible in classical systems can be realized in quantum systems. This fact is exemplified by a new protocol that highlights an important difference between classical and quantum measurements. In classical mechanics, performing a measurement without reading the measurement outcome does not carry any information and is therefore equivalent to not performing the measurement at all. But in the new protocol, a quantum measurement that is performed but not read can carry information because the information can be encoded in the choice of the type of measurement that was performed. Citation: Quantum measurement carries information even when the measurement outcome is unread (2013, August 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-quantum-outcome-unread.html Playing quantum tricks with measurements Journal information: Physical Review Letters In the communication protocol, Bob performs a measurement on a particle from Alice but does not read the outcome. After he sends the particle back to Alice, she can deduce Bob’s choice of measurement, which carries information. Image credit: Kalev, et al. ©2013 American Physical Society 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