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22 KPBSD School Sites To Host Budget Development Forum

first_imgAt 6:00pm, on Tuesday, October 30, KPBSD school principals will meet with site-councils and the public after a live video-streamed presentation from the district to all 22 school sites in the district. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The process is rolling forward for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget planning process for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Participant input will be synthesized and presented to the KPBSD school board during future board meetings and work sessions.Link: KPBSD Finance Department Pegge Erkeneff, KPBSD Communications Liaison: “This year in particular we’re really focusing on site councils and everybody that has any interests in ours schools, or concerned about our school remaining high quality schools should come out to one of our site councils.” center_img Erkeneff: “We will video stream from the district office, and then after the video stream locally at each site the principal will be meeting with the community that is gathered there for that school.” According to Erkeneff, the meeting will provide an opportunity to learn about reductions which have been considered in the past—some implemented, some not—as well as potential new or additional revenue will be explored.last_img read more

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One Injured In Four Vehicle Collision On KBeach Rd

first_imgEach of the vehicles sustained major damages and all were towed from the scene except the minivan. The pickup continued after hitting the sedan and struck a Chevy pickup driven by Casey Ellis, 30, of Kenai.  A Dodge minivan, driven by Marisa Mack, 27, of Soldotna, went into the ditch trying to avoid the other vehicles in the roadway. According to an online Trooper dispatch, Sydney Giver, 32, of Kenai, was driving her Chevy pickup when she lost control and struck a Volkswagen sedan driven by Garrett Fronk, 28, of Soldotna. One occupant was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.  All occupants reported wearing seatbelts.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers and Central Emergency Services responded to a four vehicle collision near mile 17 on K-Beach Road, around 7:50am, on Wednesday. Traffic was halted for roughly two hours while crews remained on scene.last_img read more

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North Fork and Caribou Lake Fires On Kenai Peninsula Showed Little Growth

first_imgThe Caribou Lake Fire was reported Monday. It is 23 miles northeast of Homer. The 100 acre fire is a little over a mile to the northwest of Caribou Lake and is burning in the area of the 2007 Caribou Hills Fire. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two fires burning on the southern Kenai Peninsula are receiving a strong response. The Zigzag Hotshot crew from Oregon is reporting this morning to the North Fork Fire burning six miles northwest of Homer. The hotshots will join the Chugachmiut’s Yukon Wildland Fire Crew, an initial attack crew of Palmer, to complete a hose lay on the dozer line that encircles the fire. There was no reported growth overnight and is estimated to be 59 acres. A “Ready” alert is NOT a notice to leave. This alert means that people must be ready for potential evacuation. This includes assisting family members with special needs, arrange to move mobile property (boats, trailers, ATV), and prepare pets or livestock. There are no road closures associated with this fire; however, traffic is restricted to local and fire traffic only. Residents living along North Fork Road north of the fire and in communities along the Diamond Ridge Road to the south were placed on a Level 1 “Ready” notice due to the proximity to the fire.center_img A load of smokejumpers parachuted near the fire and started building fireline along the southern perimeter with the assistance water scooping Fire Boss aircraft, two heavy airtankers, and the local Alaska Division of Forestry helicopter. There are no cabins or structures immediately threatened by the fire. This morning firefighters have been joined by a dozer to construct fire line on the south end of the fire. Residents should not access the area by ATVs for their safety as local traffic in this area will impede fire operations. Air operations cannot fly when civilians are in the affected area.last_img read more

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JJ Abrams may inject a little Stephen King horror into Apple TV

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors J.J. Abrams (seen with musician Sara Bareilles) is reportedly producing a Stephen King-adaptation for Apple’s upcoming video streaming service. Michael Short / Getty Images Apple TV Plus is reportedly getting a third J.J. Abrams-produced show, with the latest jumping into Stephen King horror.The Cupertino, California, company ordered an eight-episode adaptation of Lisey’s Story, King’s 2006 horror-romance novel for its upcoming TV streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Apple likely paid a tidy sum for the show, since it reportedly sparked a bidding war involving several companies.Oscar winner Julianne Moore will reportedly star as Lisey Landon, who’s trying to move on two years after her novelist husband’s death. As you’d expect from horror master King, she ends up facing some dark, repressed realities about her husband and has to deal with one of his fans stalking her. 26 Photos • King will apparently write all the episodes, which are being produced by Abrams and his production company Bad Robot. It’ll be executive produced by Moore, King, Abrams and Bad Robot TV boss Ben Stephenson, Hollywood Reporter noted.Neither Apple, Abrams, Moore nor King immediately responded to requests for comment.Star Wars: Episode 9 director Abrams is already involved in two shows that’ll appear on Apple’s streaming service — the Sara Bareilles romantic comedy Little Voice and Jennifer Garner-starring drama My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.First published at 3:26 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:06 a.m. PT: Adds more details. Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Apple 0 See All reading • J.J. Abrams may inject a little Stephen King horror into Apple TV Plus Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 CNET editors break down Apple’s TV Plus event Apple Celebrities show off their new series on Apple TV Plus Now playing: Watch this: 6:58 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? TV and Movies Digital Media Internet Services Post a commentlast_img read more

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Goldberg is back But he should not have been heres why

first_imgGoldberg is making another comeback to WWEWWE official websiteThere is a lot of excitement about the announced comeback of professional wrestling’s superstar Bill Goldberg to WWE. The former World Heavyweight Champion is scheduled to take part in the special event of the company on June 7 in Saudi Arabia.Fans of Goldberg are ecstatic. The highly-decorated superstar was last seen in action during Wrestlemania 33 when he took on Brock Lesnar in the Universal Championship title match. In his farewell address to the WWE audience, Goldberg did say that a return to the ring can’t be ruled out.And he proved right, because more than two years after that event, he is scheduled to have another match. At the moment, indications are that it would be against Bobby Lashley. The latter put out a tweet mentioning the return of the former WCW champion and even got a response from him, in the form of a clenched fist emoji.Whether it’s Lashley or anyone else, the return of the WWE Hall of Fame member is confirmed. But is it a good thing? Well, the honest answer is no! Even if you are a big fan of the formerly retired superstar, it may not seem like a good idea.Why he shouldn’t have?When Goldberg returned in late 2016, there was massive anticipation about his taking on Brock Lesnar. On his arrival, he looked in great shape. After their embarrassment of a match at Wrestlemania 20 in 2004, this was an opportunity for fans to see the pair redeem themselves with a top-class contest. Goldberg didn’t have a substantial match last timeWikimedia Commons / Marine Corps Community ServicesThe actual match turned out to be a squash. The match lasted less than one-and-a-half minute with a win for the returning hero. Goldberg followed this victory with a brief appearance in the Royal Rumble followed by another squash victory over Universal Champion Kevin Owens (in 22 seconds) to gain the title. It was clear by then that he was simply too old to sustain a long match and hence, WWE kept him restricted to brief contests.His latest stint in WWE culminated with the title match at Wrestlemania where Lesnar and Goldberg kept hitting each other with their signature moves and eventually the former won. To be honest, despite the clearly visible restrictions of Goldberg, it was an entertaining fight.If two years ago, the 52-year old was unable to have a substantial match, how can we expect anything better now? Yes, he may keep himself in good shape but without any in-ring experience and advanced age, how can he be expected to produce a good contest, be the opponent Lashley or anyone?It’s not surprising though, that WWE is still trying to bank on his popularity. They kept bringing The Undertaker back to wrestle despite him having been past his time. They even brought back Shawn Michaels after years of retirement for a tag-team match last year in Saudi Arabia. Watching these wrestlers struggling to put up a decent show while clearly being past their date is a painful experience.So, if you are a Goldberg fan and have enjoyed watching him in his prime, what you don’t want is to see him like the proverbial ‘Lion in winter.’ Much better to remember him as the dominant superstar who had great matches in WCW and WWE than witness him compete in below-average contests. Alas, that’s not how WWE’s sees things these days.last_img read more

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Watch Frozen juice box eggs hard like rock this is how Indian

first_imgscreengrabThe Indian Army stationed at Siachen glaciers have to break their meals, which includes frozen juice, vegetables and eggs, everyday. At minus 50 degrees Celsius, the soldiers live and operate in some of the harshest conditions.In a video posted by the Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun, three army officers posted at Siachen can be seen unpacking a frozen juice bottle and trying to defrost eggs that have become hard like a rock along with other vegetables due to the harsh climatic conditions.The video has gone viral on social media that shows the soldiers struggle to make the frozen food supplies usable at the high-altitude base. The soldiers can be seen trying to break the frozen juice with a Ghurkha knife and hammer. The soldier tells that the juice brick has to be heated up and melted in order to drink it. One of the soldiers throws the eggs at a solid slab but the egg does not break.Even though the video is fun to watch, it shows the extreme conditions through which a soldier in the glaciers have to fight not just with the enemy beyond the lines but also with Mother Nature herself to stay alive. Frostbites, avalanche, landslides are the other things the soldiers are fighting in their everyday life.Siachen, located in the eastern Karakoram Range of the great Himalayas, is the longest glacier in the Karakoram and second-longest in the world’s non-polar areas making it one of the coldest battlefields in the world. These are one of the most hostile terrains in the world where the Indian Army has posted its finest men to guard the nation with high spirit and valour.last_img read more

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Heres Why Its Hard For Texans To Get Alcohol Shipped Directly To

first_img Share Graphic by Ben HassonToday’s Texplainer is inspired by a question from Texas Tribune reader Richard O’Dell.Hey, Texplainer: Can liquor be mailed into or around Texas? Liquor stores outside of my area say they aren’t able to send their products to me. I would also enjoy joining out-of-state wine clubs, but they can’t send me their merchandise. What is the issue?Texas liquor laws are infamously complex, and the reason dates back to the end of Prohibition.That was when states began creating their own regulatory structures to administer the production and sale of alcohol — and when Texas, in an effort to stop manufacturers from cozying up to retailers, opted for a system that separates the process into three tiers:Manufacturers that make the product — wineries, breweries and distilleries.Wholesalers and distributors that buy from manufacturers and sell it to retailers.Retailers that sell the product to consumers.Texas law — specifically, the Alcoholic Beverage Code — only allows businesses with an appropriate permit to sell alcohol to consumers. So if you want to buy booze, you need to get it from a retailer (e.g., a grocery store, convenience store, bar or restaurant).The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission oversees all three tiers — and issues separate permits and licenses for each. This is where the confusion starts.Only TABC-licensed carriers can transport alcohol, and only permitted businesses — including those out of state — can sell alcohol to Texas consumers. Without a permit, liquor can’t be shipped directly to Texas consumers, and there currently is no permit that would allow out-of-state liquor stores to sell products directly to Texas consumers.Here are some of the licenses and permits that stores, carriers and manufacturers need to move booze into and around the state:To ship alcohol into, out of or within Texas, businesses must have a carrier’s permit.Licensed wineries in Texas may ship their products to people in the state.Stores that want to make deliveries within their city limits need a local cartage permit. TABC spokesman Chris Porter said most stores have this permit because it allows them to transport alcohol within a city, both to customers and between store locations.Legally, distilled spirits can’t be shipped from a store to a Texas consumer who lives outside of the city where the store is located — instead, they have to be shipped from a package store in the same county as the consumer, said Dick Wills, the CEO of the Gerald Franklin Agency, a liquor licensing business.If a company has multiple liquor stores in cities around the state, each of those stores could deliver liquor to customers living in the cities where the stores are located.“The company could accept orders online, then forward the order to one of their stores in the customer’s city, which would then fulfill the order and deliver the product to the customer,” Porter said.So what about those out-of-state wine clubs?“The wine clubs likely don’t have a TABC out-of-state winery direct shipper’s permit, as that would be required to ship wine directly to consumers in Texas,” Porter said. “Most wine clubs would fall into the category of ‘retailer,’ and there’s no law which allows an out-of-state retailer to ship alcoholic beverages directly to Texas consumers.”For any other out-of-state liquor manufacturer that wants its product in the hands of Texans, a nonresident manufacturer’s license allows them to sell products to Texas distributors that, in turn, sell to Texas customers.Another thing to note: Alcohol cannot be shipped via the U.S. Postal Service. Only TABC-licensed common carriers, which includes most commercial shipping companies, can ship alcohol.The bottom line: Legally, distilled spirits can’t be shipped directly to Texas consumers. They have to be shipped from a package store in the county you live in. Any any out-of-state wine club needs an out-of-state winery direct shipper’s permit to ship wine directly to Texas consumers.last_img read more

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British ornithologists track cuckoo birds migration route

first_img Society warns cuckoo bird in danger of extinction The group not only tagged the birds with backpacks, which cost about £2,000 each, but also named them (Lyster, Chris, Clement, Martin and Kasper) and allowed others to track their journey via Google Maps. Unfortunately, only two of the group managed to survive the journey (Lyster and Chirs, though there is still some hope for Kasper) from Norfolk in England to the Congo and back, but the collars did provide a clear map of the migration routes of the birds, which oddly, were quite different for each bird, even as they all ended up in nearly the same place for their winter stay. Citation: British ornithologists track cuckoo birds migration route (2012, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-british-ornithologists-track-cuckoo-birds.html All of the birds made it to the Congo, it was in coming back that they ran into trouble. To do so, they have to stop and fill up twice; once before crossing the Sahara desert, then again before crossing the Mediterranean Sea. And though the test was of just of one small group migrating once, BTO members are already hypothesizing that it’s possible the birds might be finding it more difficult to fill up properly before crossing the big hazards, than in years past, which would account for fewer of them surviving the trip north.One surprise the group found was that the cuckoos all veered slightly west, towards Cameroon, before heading due north, for the return trip, which shouldn’t have been a surprise after all, as that allows for traveling over the narrowest part of the desert. There are other hazards as well though, they found, one bird, Martin apparently met his demise after wandering into a violent hail storm.Despite the losses, the team views the study as a success. Much more is now known about the migration of the cuckoo bird and because of that, some efforts might begin to help more of the birds survive the round trip each year, thus preventing them from disappearing altogether. Lyster, pre-migration. Image: BTO More information: www.bto.org/science/migration/ … yster/finding-lystercenter_img (Phys.org) — Nowhere it seems, are bird watchers more enthusiastic than in Britain, where groups congregate to watch and discuss the most intimate details of their favorite fowl. Of consternation to such groups however is the decline of several favorite species, one of which is the cuckoo, which has seen a nearly fifty percent drop in numbers in just the past couple of decades. Making matters even more frustrating has been the lack of data on the birds which might offer clues as to why their numbers are dropping. Now, one group, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has taken matters into its own hands by capturing and fitting five wild cuckoos with tiny radio backpacks to allow for tracking of the birds during their annual migration. The hope is that by tracking the birds to see where some die, efforts can be made to help them survive. © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Bengal tops employment generation in rural areas

first_imgKolkata: Bengal has emerged as the number one state in the country in terms of employment generation in the rural areas, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday. The state has topped the list by generating 30.98 crore person-days till March 31 under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).The Chief Minister tweeted: “I am very happy to share with all of you that Bengal has emerged No.1 in the country in rural employment generation. Under 100 days work scheme, as on 31 March 2018, Bengal has generated 30.98 crore person-days, which is the highest in the country.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsExplaining the expenditure that has been carried out for the project in the last fiscal, she maintained in the tweet: “Moreover, West Bengal reported the expenditure of Rs 8007.56 crore under this scheme in 2017-18, which is again the highest in the country. In terms of average person-days per household, West Bengal with 59 days in 2017-18, is the best performer among the major states.”As per the data of the state Panchayats and Rural Development department, the Bengal government has not only become successful in scoring the first rank in the country in terms of job creation but it has even crossed the target set by the Centre for 2017-18 Financial Year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Centre had set a target of 23 crore person-days for Bengal in the 2017-18 fiscal. The state government had become successful in creating 24 crore person-days by the end of December 2017 itself.In the last three months of 2017-18 fiscal, the state government has also become successful in creating another 6.98 crore person-days jobs and the figure total reached to 30.98 till March 31.It may also be mentioned that the state government had created 21 crore person-days in 2016-17 Financial Year while in the 2017-18 fiscal it has reached to 30.98 crore that marked an increase by around 43 percent. This comes at the time when the state Panchayats and Rural development department has set a target of creating 25 crore person-days in 2018-19.There was also a meeting in this connection between senior officials of the state Panchayats and Rural Development department, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), Siliguri Mahakuma Parishads and authorities from all districts. It would also ensure the livelihood of around 10 lakh families which would essentially mean that every Gram Panchayat will have to provide jobs to around 300 families.last_img read more

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Bangladesh High Commission pays homage to martyrs

first_imgThe Bangladesh High Commission celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Victory Day recently in the national Capital paying homage to the martyrs of the 1971 War of Liberation and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman under whose leadership Bangladesh gained independence after a nine-month war against Pakistan.The day’s events were marked by hoisting their national flag at the chancery compound and reading out of Victory Day messages from President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali MP and State Minister for Foreign Affairs  Md Shahriar Alam MP, offering special prayer seeking divine blessings for the martyrs of the Liberation War and Bangabandhu and his family members killed along with him on the tragic night of August 15 in 1975. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfActing High Commissioner Salahuddin Noman Chowdhury, accompanied by officers at the mission, hoisted the national flag as the national anthem was played. A cultural function in the evening, presented by students and teachers of Dhaka’s Govt Music College, at the Maitree Hall of the mission enthralled the audience, which included Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, war veterans, foreign diplomats, academics, journalists and family members of the mission’s officers and officials. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMoshararraf Hossain and Maya, both valiant freedom fighters, described about the heroic Mukti Bahini’s fight against the Pakistani military, equipped with most modern and sophisticated war machines.Welcoming the guests Salahuddin Noman fondly remembered the supreme sacrifices the freedom fighters had made at the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib against the brutal Pakistani soldiers who carried out one of the history’s worst genocide killing three million unarmed civilians. He said Bangladesh remains grateful to India and its citizens for extending military, economic, diplomatic and moral support to Bangladesh’s War of Liberation. Officers of the mission also attended a seminar on Bangladesh liberation war organised by India Foundation in association with War Veterans Association, Babu Jagjivan Ram Trust and Nehru Memorial Trust at Nehru Memorial Museum in the morning.Mofazzal Hossain Maya and Bir Bikram spoke at the seminar as chief guests, while Indian State Minister for External Affairs V K Singh presided as the special guest.last_img read more

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San Francisco legislation proposes a citywide ban on governments use of facial

first_imgSan Francisco will be the first city in the U.S. to ban the government from using facial recognition technology, if a legislation that was tabelled yesterday, stands approved. The ‘Stop Secret Oversight Ordinance’, will be proposed by Supervisor Aaron Peskin. The legislation seeks to do the following: Departments in the city will have to seek approval from the Board of Supervisors before using or buying surveillance technology The legislation would implement annual audits of surveillance technology in order to ensure that the tools involved are properly used. A blanket ban will be issued that stops departments from purchasing or using facial recognition technology. The legislation, which would also apply to law enforcement, will be heard in committee next month. It has already obtained support from civil rights groups like the ACLU of Northern California. The legislation also makes a strong point that ‘surveillance efforts have historically been used to intimidate and oppress certain communities and groups more than others, including those that are defined by a common race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, income level, sexual orientation, or political perspective. The propensity for facial recognition technology to endanger civil rights and civil liberties substantially outweighs its purported benefits, and the technology will exacerbate racial injustice and threaten our ability to live free of continuous government monitoring’. The news comes at a time where facial recognition technology stands at the realms of debate between various privacy and security personnel. While the tech has been put to good use by various organizations, we can’t help but notice the negative impacts it can have on citizens. Take for instance the WEF 2019 talk that pointed out the role of governments and military in the use (and potential abuse) of today’s technology. Users on Twitter displayed reactions along the same line, expressing their relief that the government will no longer be able to “invade and micromanage the privacy of others.” Some also have called Facial recognition used by the government as ‘Dangerous’. Head over to The Verge for more insights on this news. Read Next Four IBM facial recognition patents in 2018, we found intriguing Google won’t sell its facial recognition technology until questions around tech and policy are sorted Australia’s Facial recognition and identity system can have “chilling effect on freedoms of political discussion, the right to protest and the right to dissent”: The Guardian reportlast_img read more

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Shane ONeill president of Chellomedia and chief

first_imgShane O’Neill, president of Chellomedia and chief strategy officer of Liberty Global, was last night awarded the Digital TV Europe Lifetime Achievement award.The award, which recognises the exceptional achievements of an individual who has contributed to the success of the pay TV or broadband industry over the course of their career, was awarded to O’Neill for his service to the cable industry over the last 12 years.During last night’s award ceremony, which was held in central London, a video was played featuring messages from various friends and colleagues of O’Neill, including Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, chairman John Malone and Bob Geldof.As well as his work in the European cable industry, O’Neill has established a charitable foundation that funds the education of 5,000 children in Africa who have been orphaned by Aids.The other awards handed out last night were:Digital TV Europe award – Simon Calver, CEO LovefilmIndustry Leader – Hans-Holger Albrecht, president and CEO, Modern Times GroupMarketer of the Year – Asanga Gunatillaka, head of commercial and strategy, TV, Virgin MediaContent Executive – Jesús Perezagua, president, Fox International Channels Europe and AfricaNew Media Executive – Holl Knill, head of Sky Player and mobile TV, BSkyBTechnology Leader – David Wood, deputy director, EBU Technical, European Broadcasting Unionlast_img read more

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Amazon has launched its muchanticipated TV stream

first_imgAmazon has launched its much-anticipated TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, taking on the likes of Apple TV and Roku with its own internet-connect set-top.Available to order now in the US, the small US$99 (€72) box makes it easy for viewers to access Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service from their TVs – as well services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Watch ESPN and Showtime.Among the features of the device is voice search, which users can activate by pressing a button and speaking into their remote. The box can also be paired with an Amazon Fire Game Controller, letting users play video games from major firms including EA, Disney and Ubisoft.“Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price—people are going to love Fire TV,” said Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos. “Our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. On Fire TV you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards.”Amazon claims that the set-top includes a quad-core processor that has three times the processing power of Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku 3 devices.It also comes with 2GB of memory – four times the memory of these rivals, allowing content to load faster and games to run smoother, according to Amazon.At launch Amazon said that the device will offer more than 200,000 movies and TV episodes from Amazon Instant Video alone. More than 100 games are also available with “thousands more” coming in the next month.A feature called ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) will also help to predict which movies and TV episodes viewers will want to watch and pre-buffers them for playback so that they will start instantly.Users can also use Amazon Fire TV to view their own photos and personal videos on their TV, and to access music streaming services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.Fire TV is being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and supports 1080p HD video as well as 7.1 Dolby surround sound.last_img read more

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I made 17 trades during my first six weeks as a tr

first_imgI made 17 trades during my first six weeks as a trader. Every single one was a winner.Going 17 for 17 was a remarkable feat for a rookie trader—especially since I wasn’t using any sort of fundamental or technical analysis. I was just going with my gut.But I was careful not to put more than $1,000 or $2,000 into any single trade. And I still managed to turn my $5,000 brokerage account into $50,000 in just six weeks…And then I decided it was time to get serious. No more tiny trades. I was too good for the small stuff. For whatever reason, I had figured out a way to beat the market.Heck, I had just rattled off 17 straight triple-digit winners. So I decided to take the $50,000 in my account, add to it my $25,000 in savings, and put it into a handful of options trades.You can probably guess what happened next.The stock market has a habit of humbling folks who think they’ve figured it out. For me, the humbling started right away.At first, the positions started slightly moving against me. It was nothing to be concerned about. One good day would put everything back in the profit column.But then, one by one, each position blew up on me. It was too painful to watch. I kept the television off and avoided reading the newspaper for fear I’d see something bad about the stock market and my positions. — Geologist Uncovers Incredible Resource Opportunity in IdahoDave Forest, a professionally trained geologist, has visited over 23 countries, but one of his most stunning finds is here in America. Dave discovered a rare fuel source buried in the ground in Idaho that he calls “Brandt Oil,” and it could change the energy landscape in the U.S. for good… We’ve asked Dave to give you complete access to everything he’s uncovered about “Brandt Oil.” Just click here for details. Recommended Link When I finally got up enough courage to call the branch manager and check on the status of my account, I learned all the gains I had built up over the previous six weeks were gone.“Just sell everything,” I said.That was an expensive lesson to learn. But it’s one every options trader learns at some point. I was just fortunate it happened to me early in my career.You see, that experience changed how I looked at trading. Instead of using options as vehicles for speculation—a way to juice my returns and get more bang for my buck—I started using them the way they were intended to be used: as a way to reduce risk.Today, I still do my fair share of speculating. But I’m not focused on how much money I can make. I’m focused on how little I can lose.That’s a huge difference. It has allowed me to trade options successfully for nearly three decades. And it allowed me to retire at 42.Best regards and good trading,Jeff Clark Editor, Market MinuteP.S. Like any honest trader will admit, this is far from the only horror story that has occurred over my career. But my favorite story, which started out just as scary… ended quite differently.You see, I’d learned from my previous mistakes… and turned what was almost a devastating loss into one of the biggest wins of my career. Click here to hear all about it.Reader MailbagToday, another reader writes in about Doug Casey’s recent piece on the Alex Jones ban…Thanks Doug, for your comments about Facebook, Alex Jones and free speech. Makes me see this in a different light. —EdAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…Recently, President Trump signed an executive order that mandates the Interior Department begin mapping the country to locate America’s “Brandt Oil” reserves.“Brandt Oil” is a new, clean super fuel that’s so powerful, less than two gallons’ worth contains enough raw energy to power your house for nine years. So it’s no surprise “Brandt Oil” applications are going mainstream.Get the full story right here… Justin’s note: Regular readers know I read master trader Jeff Clark’s Market Minute every morning. It’s a quick way to see everything I need to know about the coming day’s market action… and get expert trading advice—for free.Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite essays from him. If you’re interested in becoming a better trader, the following essay is required reading. In it, Jeff shares one of the most important lessons of his career…By Jeff Clark, editor, Market MinuteI was only 19 years old when I made my first options trade.I had a gut feeling the market was going to go higher… so I bought four S&P 100 call options at $1.50—a total investment of $600. A few hours later, the options were trading at $4.50. I sold and took the $1,200 profit—a 200% gain. And I was hooked on options forever.My next trade was in IBM. I bought 10 calls for $1. This time, it took a couple days to double my money. Next, I bought Digital Equipment put options… which nearly tripled in just a few days. This Illinois Farmer Made $2.5 Million (so can you)He didn’t touch stocks or bonds. The profit wasn’t from his farm, either. Rather, it’s from an idea Ronald Reagan had wanted all Americans to have. Recommended Link —last_img read more

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Walter Mischel a revolutionary psychologist with

first_imgWalter Mischel, a revolutionary psychologist with a specialty in personality theory, died of pancreatic cancer on Sept. 12. He was 88. Mischel was most famous for the marshmallow test, an experiment that became a pop culture touchstone. But, he said, the thrust of the experiment and its results were often misinterpreted. (You can hear Mischel explain why in the video by Marcie LaCerte at the top of this page).Born in Vienna in 1930, his family fled to the United States when Mischel was only 8 years old. After graduating from New York University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology, he went on to get a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1956. Mischel’s education left him frustrated with the orthodox research models of the time, many of which were influenced by the likes of Freud. Mischel believed these models failed to adequately consider context, both the particular experimental situation and people’s internal goals. So, he set out on different path in 1960, using preschoolers from Stanford University’s Bing Nursery School as his study subjects. His idea, which you’ve probably heard of, was simple enough. First, you sit a kid in front of a delicious marshmallow. Then, you tell her she will get two marshmallows if she can resist eating the marshmallow while you leave the room. His experiment was a test of delayed gratification and, over the years, the test epitomized the idea that there are specific personality traits that we all have inside of us that are stable and consistent and will determine our lives far into the future. Despite some follow-up studies that failed to replicate the results, the lesson our society has drawn from the marshmallow test is that children who are able to delay their own gratification are destined to be more successful as adults than those that can’t. There was just one problem with that conclusion, as Mischel himself explained to Alix Spiegel, in an episode of the podcast Invisibilia called “The Personality Myth.” He told her: “That iconic story is upside-down wrong — that your future is in a marshmallow — because it isn’t.” So why does this myth seem to persist? Well, it seems one crucial detail was left out of conversation. Some kids were given strategies to help them resist the tempting treat, such as closing their eyes, while others were not. And, it was the kids who were best at deploying these strategies who had greater success in later life. “People can use their wonderful brains to think differently about situations, to reframe them, to reconstrue them, to even reconstrue themselves,” Mischel said.Nearly fifty years after the publication of his early iconic work, Mischel was still on the forefront of correcting the entrenched orthodoxy of static personalities, as well as the psych myth that his famous study had become. In 2014, he wrote The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control. “What my life has been about is in showing the potential for human beings, to not be the victims of their biographies — not their biological biographies, not their social biographies,” he said. “And to show, in great detail, the many ways in which people can change what they become and how they think.”Julie Carli is an intern with Invisiblia. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Mediafly Unveils New Sales Enablement Platform Experience for the Future of Evolved

first_img B2B buyerscontent managementMarketing TechnologyMediaflyNewsSales enablement technologySAP App Center Partner Previous ArticleGlobal Customer Adoption Accelerating for 8×8 Contact Center SolutionNext ArticleFor Highly Reputable Senders, 91 Percent of Emails Reach Their Intended Audience—Compared to 70 Percent or Less for All Other Senders Mediafly, a provider of sales enablement technology, content management, and advisory services that create interactive, value-based selling experiences, presents a brand new platform interface and added functionality to meet the needs of sellers across the globe. In addition to the updated user experience, new capabilities include Mediafly Workspaces, Story Mapper and Tool Builder, which provide users the ability to customize in-app experiences on their own, without incremental coding resources, including designing custom ROI calculators. As part of the new platform experience, Mediafly is introducing a new iOS app – Mediafly Next.While companies have the best intentions when unveiling new sales enablement solutions, many of these deployments fail. According to one study, U.S. organizations wasted $30 billion on unused software over the course of four years. Often times, this is due to technology not meeting the expectations of its users. For sellers, lack of customization and legacy solutions leave them scrambling to find relevant content and value-based evidence to provide the personalized sales interactions that modern buyers require. Admins and leaders of these teams are left to figure out how to design and organize the information that sellers need to succeed. Unfortunately, for many organizations, the process of designing an intuitive presentation app experience with interactive content that gains positive feedback and ultimately, a purchase, requires an unrealistic investment of time and budget.“Sales enablement technology should be flexible, easy to use and allow for customization,” said Jason Shah, CTO at Mediafly. “Our customers want to personalize their solutions so they can provide the best experience to their buyers. With the new Mediafly, users can continue to feel well equipped in their sales conversations, providing value to their buyers at a faster rate, helping to increase revenue and exceed quotas.”Marketing Technology News: ON24 Empowers Marketers with a 360-degree View of Customer EngagementTo help sales teams evolve from traditional content management portals and presentation tools like PowerPoint and guide them on how to improve sales, Mediafly gives users access to a modern, sophisticated, consumer-like presentation app experience across desktop and mobile. Now admins and sales reps can easily self-author and experience an interface with animations, customizable layouts and navigation, and interactive content without added support from Mediafly or IT.Mediafly’s release includes three new capabilities: Mediafly Workspaces, Story Mapper and Tool Builder. With Workspaces, admins have the power to create a mobile presentation interface with the navigation and content they want the sales teams to leverage, and sellers can find the content they need with ease for their unique sales presentation. Through Story Mapper, sellers can instantly pivot to relevant content in their presentation to better address buyers needs and questions. This allows them to create buyer-focused conversations through an interactive and value-add interaction.Value-add experiences are increasingly important as B2B buyers become more budget restrained and risk-averse. In fact, six in 10 buyers want to discuss pricing on the first call. Mediafly’s Tool Builder gives sellers the flexibility to customize interactive tools such as ROI and TCO calculators in an easy-to-use environment, saving the user time and energy. Sellers can provide buyers with meaningful value messaging, compelling insights and credible financial justification that is unique to that specific buyer in every sales conversation.Marketing Technology News: Vyond Announces End of Beta for Vyond Studio, Enhanced Security Features“Since we started using Mediafly, our customers have rated their experience higher, citing things like the ability of reps to give them the best information in the moment,” said Tom Stubbs, Sales Capability Communications Manager at PepsiCo. “Mediafly gives us the ability to design a modern sales experience customers value.”Mediafly’s latest sales enablement technology updates are just a few of the ways Mediafly helps sellers and marketers create, deliver, and analyze engaging sales presentations. Mediafly’s continued focus on enhancing how brands engage prospective buyers was recently recognized by G2. The sales enablement platform was named a Leader in G2’s Spring 2019 Grid Report for Sales Enablement. The grid, which is based on customer satisfaction and market presence, highlights that 96 percent of Mediafly users rated the platform 4 or 5 stars and 90 percent of users would recommend Mediafly’s platform. Additionally, Mediafly was recognized as a SAP Finalist for SAP App Center Partner of the Year. The award recognizes SAP partners with world-class solutions, contributing a significant amount to SAP revenue, a solid track record of customer success and a solid business plan for continued partner success.Marketing Technology News: Malicious and Disruptive Ads Account for 1 in Every 100 Impressions According to New Confiant Research Mediafly Unveils New Sales Enablement Platform Experience for the Future of Evolved Selling MTS Staff WriterMay 23, 2019, 4:55 pmMay 23, 2019 last_img read more

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Swrve Helps KeyPoint Credit Union Achieve 248 Growth in Monthly App Usage

first_img customer engagementKeyPointMarketing Technologymobile member engagementNewsswrveValley-based full-service Previous ArticleHow to Use Interactive Quizzes as a Marketing Medicine to Jumpstart Campaigns?Next ArticleLeading YouTube Multi-Channel Network Announces Launch of its Development and Investment Division, Yoola Ventures Award-Winning Silicon Valley Credit Union Sets New Bar for Finance Engagement, Retention and Loyalty with Global Leader in Real-Time Customer EngagementSwrve, the world leader in real-time, relevant customer engagement announced that KeyPoint, a Silicon Valley-based full-service, not-for-profit credit union, has chosen Swrve to elevate member experiences and drive significant mobile member engagement. As one of California’s largest credit unions with over $1.3 billion in assets and more than 60,000 members, KeyPoint uses Swrve to send hyper-relevant push notifications, geo-triggered campaigns, and informative in-app messages.This has translated into a 248% growth in monthly fast balance usage—a tangible return on relevance. Swrve’s real-time marketing and customer engagement platform enabled KeyPoint to achieve:INCREASED FEATURE USE AND ENGAGEMENT248% increase in fast balance usage, allowing members to quickly view their balances in the app via Touch ID34% increase in payment feature usage, making payments faster and more convenient17% increase in the money transfer feature and a 17% increase in the account detail feature, saving mobile users from an unnecessary trip to the branch, which ultimately helps branch staff focus their efforts on larger, more complicated transactions and operate at greater speed and efficiencyMarketing Technology News: Unmetric Adds Image Analytics for Branded Social Content to its PlatformOVERALL RETURN ON RELEVANCE (ROR)20% growth in monthly active users (MAU) within a year of deploying campaigns29% increase in day 30 app retention, measurably decreasing churn and improving the frequency of app usage in users that were sent Swrve campaigns, all achieved by successfully delivering relevant, real-time engagement, improving individual experiences and demonstrating the value of their app to new customers10% increase in multiple app opens per week, due to relevant member messaging deployed in real time.Marketing Technology News: Etsy Names Ryan Scott Chief Marketing Officer“We’ve found great success using Swrve in our campaigns,” said David Greene, Marketing Manager at KeyPoint Credit Union. “We’ve asked Swrve to elevate KeyPoint member experiences on mobile, and they’ve done exactly that. I’m excited to take our use of Swrve to the next level by incorporating more location-based campaigns that will be totally personalized to our members. We’ll deliver even more value exactly when it’s most relevant to them.”“KeyPoint Credit Union was able to drastically increase app engagement and retention rates by incorporating Swrve’s marketing and customer experience platform into its messaging strategy,” said Tom Aitchison, CEO of Swrve. “KeyPoint Credit Union have demonstrated the potential for financial institutions to offer each customer unique, real-time value by optimizing the relevance of their app’s user experience in real time.”Marketing Technology News: Credorax Launches Smart 3D Secure Solution in Partnership With Netcetera Swrve Helps KeyPoint Credit Union Achieve 248% Growth in Monthly App Usage MTS Staff WriterJune 6, 2019, 7:12 pmJune 6, 2019 last_img read more

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Young adults shying away from alcohol

first_img Source:https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-018-5995-3 Related StoriesRecreational cannabis legalization could impact alcohol industry, research showsAlcohol reduction associated with improved viral suppression in women living with HIVExcess grey matter in the brain can predict escalating drinking behavior in teensThe study found that teetotallers among the 16 to 24 year olds has risen from 18 percent in 2005 to 29 percent in 2015 and abstinence from alcohol is gradually becoming “mainstream”.The team of researchers from the University College London conducted a survey and noted that nearly 50 percent of the participants had not touched alcohol in the past week.This number was around 35 percent in 2005, they noted. The information for this study was derived from the annual Health Survey for England where 10,000 young adults were included.The team found that “lifetime abstainers” from alcohol rose from 9 percent in 2005 to 17 percent in 2015. Binge drinking too declined from 27 percent to 18 percent over these 10 years. Similarly harmful drinking declined from 43 percent in 2005 to 28 percent in 2015.The study concluded that young adults today were drinking less than their parents did but alcohol consumption rates failed to decline among smokers, those with mental health conditions and also among certain ethnic minorities.Dr Linda Ng Fat, who led this study said in a statement, “Increases in non-drinking among young people were found across a broad range of groups, including those living in northern or southern regions of England, among the white population, those in full-time education, in employment and across all social classes and healthier groups.The increase in young people who choose not to drink alcohol suggests that this behaviour maybe becoming more acceptable, whereas risky behaviours such as binge drinking may be becoming less normalised.”According to Dr. Fat these results are also consistent with other findings such as a decline in smoking and recreational drugs abuse along with other risky behaviors. Image Credit: milias1987 / Shutterstockcenter_img By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDOct 11 2018A new study has found that more young adults in England, aged between 16 and 24 are turning away from alcohol consumption and this has made the current generation one of the most sober in recent times. The study was published in the recent issue of the journal BMC Public Health.last_img read more

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Water fluoridation contributes to urinary fluoride levels in pregnant women in Canada

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 11 2018A new study led by York University researchers has found that fluoride levels in urine are twice as high for pregnant women living in Canadian cities where fluoride is added to public drinking water as for those living in cities that do not add fluoride to public water supplies.The study “Community Water Fluoridation and Urinary Fluoride Concentrations in a National Sample of Pregnant Women in Canada” was published today in  Environmental Health Perspectives. It is the first study in North America to examine how fluoride in water contributes to urinary fluoride levels in pregnant women. The research was conducted as part of a larger study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) investigating whether early life exposure to fluoride affects the developing brain.”We found that fluoride in drinking water was the major source of exposure for pregnant women living in Canada. Women living in fluoridated communities have two times the amount of fluoride in their urine as women living in non-fluoridated communities,” said Christine Till, an associate professor of Psychology in York’s Faculty of Health and lead author on the study.The Maternal Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) study recruited 2,001 pregnant women between 2008 and 2011. The women lived in 10 large cities across Canada. Seven of the cities (Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Sudbury, Halifax, Edmonton and Winnipeg) added fluoride to municipal water while three (Vancouver, Montreal and Kingston) did not.Urine samples were collected during each trimester of pregnancy for over 1,500 women. Fluoride levels in municipal water treatment plants that provided water to each women’s home were obtained. Information about each woman’s demographics, lifestyle and medical history was also collected.Related StoriesResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionStudy offers clues about how to prevent brain inflammation in Alzheimer’sStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingIn addition to fluoridated water, sources of fluoride can include toothpastes, mouth rinses, as well as processed beverages and food, especially those made with fluoridated water. Beyond water, products such as tea have previously been found to have high concentrations of natural fluoride.In this study, fluoride level in water was the main determinant of fluoride level in the women’s urine. Higher consumption of black tea was also correlated with higher levels of urinary fluoride in pregnant women.The levels of fluoride among pregnant women living in fluoridated communities in Canada were similar with levels reported in a prior study of pregnant women living in Mexico City where fluoride is added to table salt.”This finding is concerning because prenatal exposure to fluoride in the Mexican sample has been associated with lower IQ in children. New evidence published today in Environment International also reported an association between higher levels of fluoride in pregnancy and inattentive behaviours among children in the same Mexican sample,” said Till.The research team, including experts from Simon Fraser University, Université Laval, Indiana University, University of Montreal and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, is investigating whether prenatal exposure to fluoride in Canadian children results in IQ deficits, similar to the Mexican study.Fluoride has been added to public drinking water in Canadian and American communities since the 1940s as a means of preventing tooth decay. Today, about 40 per cent of Canadians and 74 percent of the U.S. population on public water supplies receive fluoridated water. Source:https://www.yorku.ca/last_img read more

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