NEW YORK, N.Y. – If you’re an investor who was lulled to sleep by the stock market’s calm, steady gains this summer, you’re wide awake by now.Stocks have swooned over the last three weeks as investors worried about a sea of troubles, including rising interest rates, the trade tensions between the U.S. and China and slowing economies outside the U.S. All of which could impair profit growth for U.S. companies.As of Thursday, the S&P 500 index had plunged 7.5 per cent in about three weeks, with two separate six-day losing streaks. It hadn’t had a streak of losses that long since right before the November 2016 presidential election. There have been a few big gains recently, including Thursday, but with four trading days left in October the index is on track for its worst month in seven years.Another big loss could push the index into what Wall Street calls a “correction” — a drop of 10 per cent or more from the latest high.The recent turbulence in financial markets is a contrast to what investors have grown accustomed to in a bull market that has lasted more than 10 years, the longest in history. A hallmark of the past decade has been ultra-low interest rates, which the Federal Reserve used to promote growth in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.The Fed has been gradually raising interest rates over the past two years, after not having increased them since the recession. Those higher rates have been one catalyst for recent selling.Market favourites like technology and consumer-focused companies have borne the brunt of the sell-off. Five of the six most valuable U.S. companies recently suffered a correction: Amazon, Microsoft, Alphabet, Berkshire Hathaway and Facebook are all down sharply from their recent highs, although some of those declines began this summer.The VIX, an index called Wall Street’s “fear gauge” because it measures how much volatility traders expect, recently reached its highest level since February.The current skid for stocks is the third big swoon for the markets this year. The first was a dramatic downturn in late January and early February, when the S&P 500 lost 10 per cent in just nine days as worries about a sharp slowdown in China’s economic growth rattled markets around the world. That was followed by a less severe stumble in March.But more recently stocks had been placid. Between late June and early October, the market didn’t rise or fall as much as 1 per cent in a single day. That was similar to the scenario in 2017, when the market drifted higher gradually and finished up 19.4 per cent.Soaring corporate profits, fueled by sweeping corporate tax cuts, powered the market’s recovery this spring and summer. S&P 500 companies delivered second-quarter earnings growth of 25.2 per cent, well ahead of forecasts. That helped send the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in September, erasing the losses from its correction in February.But now doubts are emerging that a similar surge in earnings growth will rally markets out of their latest skid.Companies began reporting their results for the third quarter last week. And while earnings growth for S&P 500 companies is expected to be around 22 per cent, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence, some companies are painting a less-than-rosy outlook.Several big companies, including Amazon, AT&T and Alphabet, have reported earnings or revenue this week that fell short of expectations. And some company executives are warning of rising costs related to the U.S.-China tariffs and inflation.The absence of a tax-cut boost and the likelihood of higher interest rates, which can raise borrowing costs for businesses, are also giving investors reasons to worry that company earnings growth will slow.That likely means more volatility for stocks.“The ability to repeat what we had this year is not going to happen,” said Terry DuFrene, global investment specialist at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. “We all agree about that.”___AP Business Writer Alex Veiga contributed to this report from Los Angeles.
9 February 2009Speaking at the launch of a plan to rebuild the lives of millions in Myanmar affected by last year’s Cyclone Nargis, the top United Nations official to the region today stressed that strong foundations need to be in place to move beyond emergency relief to restoring economies and social services. The three-year Post-Nargis Response and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP) provides the blue-print for the reconstruction of communities devastated by the cyclone, which battered the country in early May, leaving around 140,000 dead or missing and displacing 800,000 from their homes. “Strong institutions, effective mechanisms and accountable processes are needed to plan and orchestrate the various components of the recovery effort,” said Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).Noting that the process of recovery, from humanitarian relief to economic development, would take several years, Ms. Heyzer said the importance of the right “architecture” could not be overemphasized.“The PONREPP provides us with a framework for the medium- and long-term post-Nargis recovery effort, including the priorities of supporting food security and livelihood recovery, improving public health, restoring economic and social infrastructure, and integrating disaster risk reduction into the recovery process,” she said.The recovery plan was developed by the Tripartite Core Group (TCG) which consists of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Government of Myanmar and the UN.To ensure that the Plan translates into real support for the survivors of Cyclone Nargis, “the continued engagement of the international community is essential,” Ms. Heyzer stressed in her message delivered at ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok. read more
On being searched the navy found 5 spent bullet caps and 2 un-exploded RPG rounds. He was handed over to the harbor police yesterday after he was brought ashore, the police media unit said.The police said that the Chinese fisherman will be produced before court today. A Chinese man was arrested near the Colombo port by the navy and handed over to the police yesterday, the police media unit said today.The police said that the ethnic Chinese man who was on a fishing boat from Mauritius, was arrested after spent bullet caps were found in the boat. The navy from the Rangala base near the Colombo port searched the boat when it entered Sri Lankan waters on Saturday.
She had died 18 days after being poisoned by her husband.He was later arrested in Deraniyagala and charged over the murder. The Kegalle High Court sentenced a man to death today over the murder of his wife in 2006.The man had murdered his wife by giving her poison, the court was told. Judge Menaka Wijeysudera today sentenced him to death. (Colombo Gazette)
Susan Gamble Robyn Lightwalker posed by one of her first public murals with a theme of sustainability, painted at the entrance to an alleyway that’s been revitalized through community cleaning and painting. “My focus has been pulling in emerging artists and giving talent an opportunity to be seen large,” says Earls.The alleyway, which jigs around from Robinson, Peel and Kent Streets, is now bright and inviting with lights strung up to create an intimate urban performance space and more murals popping up.“The feedback has been great. The story is that people don’t come downtown because they say there’s nothing to do but the reality is far from that. We’re re-framing the perception and all of a sudden this place can breath again.”Nearby, another building-sized mural was going up on the side of Art With Heart and Earls said the BIA hopes to have more than a dozen murals throughout the downtown by the end of October.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble Sketchy, dangerous and stinky are just a few terms that used to describe the three-point alley behind Suzanne Earls’ art studio on Robinson Street in downtown Simcoe.The long lanes were overgrown with weeds and sumac trees gone wild. The ancient pavement was heaved and broken. Garbage, old mattresses and drug syringes dotted the area. There was poison ivy and stinging nettles.“It was treacherous,” says Earls.“It was not a place you would want to walk through and there were things painted on the walls and doors that you wouldn’t want your kids to see.”Earls, owner of Pieceful Arts, started cleaning around her property and got permission from her landlord to paint a mural on one of the walls.The Downtown Simcoe BIA and some neighbours got involved in August and a massive cleanup was accomplished with garbage hauled, gravel levelled and weeds whacked.“People loved it and they got excited about it,” says Earls.So over the weekend, she and a variety of artists – along with kids and community members – continued to beautify the alley and other spots as part of Norfolk Culture Days.Jen Snell watched her kids add to a community inspiration wall, recalling that she never would have walked through the alley in the past.“This is fun and they don’t get to paint on a wall every day,” Snell said watching Earls help Leah Snell put one of Leah’s dad’s favourite quotes on the wall: “We should consider each day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”Snell’s other daughters, Roxie, seven, and Poppy, eight, collaborated to paint a “love and hope” message with lots of hearts around it.Earls said she will complete the mural with butterflies and an anti-graffiti coating.Other murals in the alleys were done by Hamilton’s Robyn Lightwalker and Anthony Haley, Ojibway artist Joshua Pawis-Steckley and Aljarrean Ellis, a farm-worker from Jamaica who did a food-focused piece. Sharon Cosby, left, of Port Dover, was looking for something different to do on the weekend and found herself participating in Norfolk’s Culture Days by helping Leanne Zyba of Simcoe paint a mural on the side of the Art With Heart studio on Norfolk Street. Susan Gamble read more
Stocks end little changed after mixed corporate news and expectations of more oil supply AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is ending little changed as investors absorb a mixed batch of corporate news and anticipate lower oil prices.The Dow Jones industrial average rose eight points to close at 16,073 Monday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index eased two points to 1,802. The Nasdaq rose three points to 3,995.DaVita HealthCare Partners rose the most in the S&P 500 index. The dialysis services provider said that Medicare reimbursement rates won’t be as bad as expected next year. The stock rose $5.01, or 9 per cent, to $61.55.World powers and Iran reached a deal Sunday to curtail that country’s nuclear ambitions. One impact could be increased oil supplies.Traders anticipated more supply and lower oil prices, making the energy sector the biggest decliner in the S&P 500. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 25, 2013 2:30 pm MDT read more
Now you see them, now you don’t. Blink and they’re gone.This is the problem facing the Toronto Raptors as the NBA Finals shift back to the centre of power for the Golden State Warriors — Oracle Arena, where so many teams with aspirations of knocking them off have been humbled and often crumble.‘See ball and man’ is the fundamental precept of defending away from the ball but Warriors guards Klay Thompson and Steph Curry thrive in those moments — split seconds really — where their defenders have to turn their head, attend to a distraction or navigate around an obstacle.It’s the source of the Warriors’ magic. And why the news that Thompson is questionable for Game 3 with a hamstring strain could be a series-shifting development for the Raptors.“Their offence is built off that basically,” says Raptors guard Danny Green, who defends both Curry and Thompson. “Our offence at times is … you try to make a play for yourself or a teammate at the rim, kicking it and then finding space on the other end, and hopefully they fell asleep, just non-stop moving.“But their offence is based on that [movement]. All they do is try to find those two guys and run off screens and make sure if they don’t got the first shot, they’re going to try and get a second or third look somewhere on the other side of the floor.”At peak efficiency it’s two incredible shooters, running around, pausing, sprinting, setting up screens, looking for moments when the defence is distracted by the ball and relocating to a spot where the ball can find them and where all they need is a sliver of daylight to launch a three with a higher degree of accuracy than any backcourt in NBA history.Through two games in the NBA Finals the Raptors have had a taste of what they can do“They’re keeping everybody’s head on a swivel. They create so much space without having the ball. It’s not very many people that can do that,” says Warriors guard Shaun Livingston. “A lot of players in this league, including myself, we create our value based on having the basketball. Those guys are able to do it off of the ball. That’s kind of what makes us go.”The term that gets tossed around a lot is ‘relocate’ and it means just what it sounds like it means — Thompson and Curry especially start with the ball and the entire defence’s undivided attention, then give the ball up and use that instant when the defence has to reset to find some open space where the ball can find them.When it works well it looks like this:Or this:Or this:“With shooters like that, that’s what it’s about: relocating, finding your spot on the floor and getting to it,” says Kawhi Leonard about Curry, although he could be speaking about Thompson also. “He plays with some talented players, smart players that know how to give him the ball in his spots. He’s a crafty player. What I like to do is try not to relax. Stay locked in on him. Chase him as hard as you can. Put a hand up and see where it goes from there. That’s pretty much it.”On the whole the Raptors have more or less held their own against the so-called Splash Brothers through two games. Curry is averaging 28.5 points a game but is having to work for it as he’s shooting 36.8 per cent from the floor and 40 per cent from three, both well below his regular-season marks. Thompson is averaging 23 points a game but has been in a good rhythm, shooting 52.9 per cent from the floor and a scorching 58.3 from three.In particular, Fred VanVleet has proven himself able to stick with Curry as he sprints from side to side on the floor, typically through a maze of screens — in Game 2, VanVleet held Curry to just 1-of-4 shooting on 38 possessions and for the series Curry’s averaging 19.1 points less per 100 possessions when VanVleet is his primary defender.But all that effort and focus to press up on Curry and Thompson leaves a lot of space elsewhere on the floor and the Warriors are no less lethal in taking advantage of those opportunities also, as their teammates can find easy scoring opportunities with smart off-the-ball cuts into spaces left open as the defence gets pulled away from the basket.For example:On this play Draymond Green gets a lay-up because Curry sets a screen and no one wants to leave him in case he relocates for a threeOr:In transition, typically, the focus is on defending the rim first but in this instance Kyle Lowry gets distracted by Curry drifting to the three-point line and allows Green a clear path for a lay-up.Or:Curry draws two defenders, leaving the paint wide open, and he finds Andrew Bogut for the first of three dunks in his brief minutes subbing for an injured Kevon Looney.It works because the defence has to respect the omnipresent threat of Curry and Thompson from deep.What they do isn’t easy. This is not spot-up shooting or easy pull-ups in transition.“[It] takes a lot of [energy],” says Thompson. “It takes a lot of patience as well. You just have to know when to use your energy. You don’t want to be sprinting around the whole time, but you have just years of knowing how to rub your man off a screen or familiarity with the offence we’re in. It’s really an inexact science, but just to keep it simple. Go where the defence isn’t and make a decision from there, whether it’s rise up and shoot, hit your teammate.“But, yeah, it takes a lot of energy and it takes a lot of patience, because teams can do whatever they can to run me and Steph off the three-point line. You just have to adjust and make the right play.”But what happens when there is only one Splash Brother, and the defence’s attention isn’t divided?There were signs in Game 2 as Thompson didn’t play the final 7:59 of the game after straining his hamstring. The Raptors went to an unconventional ‘Box-and-one’ with VanVleet following Curry wherever he went and the other four defenders playing a zone, with the nearest defender doubling Curry when he did get the ball.Without the additional gravitational pull provided by the threat of Thompson, the Warriors’ offence stalled. The Raptors held Golden State scoreless for the 5:33 before Andre Iguodala knocked down his game-icing triple off a broken play with six seconds left. If the Raptors could have manufactured more offence than five free throws, Toronto might have been able to steal the game.Will Thompson be available in Game 3? If Thompson is out the Warriors aren’t quite the Warriors and the Raptors will need to strike. Blink and their best chance may be gone. BROWSE toronto raptors Game 3 of the NBA Finals takes place in Oakland. Tip-off is at 9 p.m.News that Thompson is questionable for Game 3 with a hamstring strain could be a series-shifting development.On the whole the Raptors have more or less held their own against the so-called Splash Brothers through two games. Summary read more
Neighbour Mohammed Mubarak, 18, said the bomber’s aunt and uncle live at the address along with around eight sons and daughters, who range from primary school age to their early 20s.Byron Gibbs, 79, who has run Gibbs Hardware next door to the barber shop for 33 years, said it had opened about 12 months ago. He said: “Everyone round here has noticed that the shop has not opened since Monday and they usually open every day, including Sundays.”Mr Gibbs said he had recognised Salman Abedi when he saw his picture on television. He said: “I have seen him a few times just walking past in the street. I don’t know if he used this barber shop or he is involved with anyone there.”A neighbouring newsagent spoke highly of Mr Forjani and expressed concern for his business and reputation, saying “it is unfair to tar Abs [Forjani] with the same brush just because he’s related. He is being roped in by association. He comes from a hard working family.”He continued: “I’m sure he will be released without charge but his name and reputation will be tarnished.”Abedi is believed to have practised making bombs in a one-bedroom flat he rented six weeks before the attack. He paid around £700 in cash to rent the 12th-floor flat in north-east Manchester. A cousin of the Manchester suicide bomber, who runs a barber shop, is being questioned in connection with the attack, as police said they were confident they had identified much of the terrorist’s network.Abdallah Forjani, 24, was arrested on Wednesday along with two other men at his home in the Fallowfield area of the city. Armed officers raided his Fade’Away barber shop in the early hours of Friday morning and took away a number of items of interest. Asst Commissioner Mark Rowley said: “They are very significant, these arrests.“We are very happy we’ve got our hands around some of the key players that we are concerned about but there’s still a little bit more to do.” Mr Elwafi is said to have gone to police on Wednesday after recognising Abedi’s face on the news but was arrested and remains in custody. His pizza takeaway in St Helens was raided on Friday and several items seized.Mr Elwafi’s business partner, Mohamed El-Hudarey, told The Mirror that Abedi rang Mr Elwafi in early April to ask about the flat, which was advertised on Gumtree.He said: “He didn’t hear from him again until around six weeks later, when he rang him at midnight. He told Aiman that he needed to leave right away. He left the key with neighbours.”He said Mr Elwafi found Abedi’s belongings and there was a “very strange smell”. Mr El-Hudarey claimed Mr Elwafi was innocent and the victim of “very bad luck” stating that he hoped he would be released within the next few days. Despite the country being placed on critical alert, police have urged people to go out and enjoy themselves. Mr Rowley told the public: “Enjoy yourselves and be reassured by the greater policing presence you will see.”We can’t let the terrorists win by dissuading us from going about our normal business.”The Duke of Cambridge and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are expected to head to Wembley on Saturday.In Hull US star Katy Perry will perform amid tight security at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, while in Manchester armed officers will patrol The Courteeners’ concert at Old Trafford cricket ground, where fans were warned extra security checks will be in place.On Sunday the Great Manchester Run will go ahead as planned, with defiant runners and spectators due to turn out in large numbers as the city recovers from the atrocity.Latest on the attackerOne unsubstantiated theory is that Salman Abedi may have used the shop to obtain hydrogen peroxide – a chemical used in the hairdressing industry which can also be used to build bombs. It is not suggested that Mr Forjani was complicit with Abedi and the attack.The devices used in the deadly 7/7 Tube bombings in London were made using large quantities of hydrogen peroxide and in the wake of the attacks measures were taken to restrict the chemical’s sale to only those who could show they had a genuine use for it. Policemen stand guard at a cordon around a house, which had been raided in a police operation in the early hours of the morning, at Cheetham Hill in ManchesterCredit:AFP When Aiman Elwafi, 38, who was subletting the council-owned flat, went to check on the property, he found a curtain cut into sections, and pieces of metal and bolts in the bathroom. The smoke alarms were removed and the electricity switched off. Activity in the Manchester probe is expected to continue throughout the weekend and investigators remained at at least 12 locations across the North West on Friday evening.A 44-year-old man was on Friday night dramatically arrested on a bus in the Rusholme area of Manchester.Witneseses described a commotion outside a theatre on Oxford Road as armed police boarded a bus at around 7pm. The bus was evacuated as police cordoned off the road.Mark Roberts, one of Abedi’s former teachers at Burnage Academy for Boys, described him as an “dislikable boy who displayed average laziness, mediocre rudeness and refused to complete his coursework on time”, but added there was nothing to suggest he was capable of such violence. The Manchester bomber, Salman AbediCredit:AFP The arrests were among a total of 13 that have been made in recent days.Early on Saturday morning, two men aged 20 and 22 were arrested on suspicion of terror offences after officers carried out a controlled explosion to gain entry to an address in the Cheetham Hill area of the city. Eleven people remain in custody after two people were released without charge.Security operationThe development came as a vast security operation gets under way to protect hundreds of Spring Bank Holiday events across Britain this weekend.More than 1,000 armed police are on standby as major spectacles, including the FA Cup Final at Wembley and the Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham, are expected to draw tens of thousands of people into public spaces on Saturday. Locals in Fallowfield said the barber shop was run by a Libyan family related to the Abedi family who live at a house that was raided on Tuesday. RaidsThe development came as Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer said the police had made “immense” progress in the investigation and had identified a “large part of the network”. One theory is that Abedi may have used the barber’s to acquire hydrogen peroxideCredit:Darren Staples/Reuters Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more
One of the neatest things to happen in gaming lately is very meta. As computers become speedier, the mod community becomes more sophisticated and the in-game languages used for creating modifications becomes more robust, we’ve started seeing an increasing number of working computers built within video games.One particularly notable example of this trend was accomplished in the amazing voxel-based world building indie game, Minecraft: one resourceful fan managed to build a gigantic, labyrinth sized 16-bit computer in the game, which was actually capable of performing mathematical calculations in real-time.That was plenty impressive, but it was really slow, which is why it doesn’t hold a candle to the latest in-game computer: someone’s used the robust abilities of Valve‘s Source engine to build a working CHIP-8 emulator in Half-Life 2.What’s CHIP-8? It was an interpreted programming language from the mid-1970sthat runs ports of games like Pong, Space Invaders and Tetris. Really impressive stuff… I just wonder when the day comes when the recursive meta-ness goes through the roof, and we’re seeing Half-Life 2 emulated in the Half-Life 2 engine, ad infinitim.Read more at Wiremod (via Engadget) read more
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:13 PM Ten local gun owners ordered to surrender firearms after courts determined they were at risk of harming themselves and others Posted: February 16, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Ten San Diego gun owners have been ordered to surrender their firearms after courts determined they were at risk of harming themselves or others as part of an effort launched in January by the City Attorney’s Office to obtain such restraining orders.A state law that took effect in 2016 allows police or family members of gun owners who show signs of wanting to cause harm to request a court order that can prohibit the person from possessing or buying a gun or ammunition and require they turn in their guns and ammunition to the police or sell them to a licensed dealer.California’s gun violence restraining orders are among laws in a handful of states that gun violence prevention advocates say could have been used to stop this week’s killing of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida.The admitted killer, Nikolas Cruz, 19, was expelled from that high school last year after being accused of bringing knives to school and posting on social media about wanting to be a “professional school shooter.” The family with whom Cruz lived knew he owned a gun and noticed signs that he was depressed.The FBI was aware of his online behavior, which also included Instagram posts of him brandishing weapons, according to media reports.City Attorney Mara Elliott at the beginning of the year launched a policy in collaboration with the police department of seeking gun restraining orders against those who present “serious risk of harm.”Among those ordered to surrender their weapons are a 23-year-old former Marine who developed paranoia and walked into an auto parts store with a loaded handgun but called police before shooting anyone; a 60-year-old man who grabbed a gun and fled his home after family members said they discovered he was molesting his grandchild; and a 35-year-old man with a “small arsenal” and a history of domestic violence against his wife, according to Elliott’s office.The orders last for 12 months, during which time those subjected to the orders may seek counseling and treatment for their problems. Courts can authorize an extension of the orders if deemed appropriate.“Our federal government is inexcusably ignoring the growing problem of gun violence in our schools and communities. The city of San Diego will not tolerate federal inaction,” Elliott said. “We’re doing everything in our power to respond to this epidemic of senseless killing by removing guns from the hands of unstable and irresponsible gun owners.”The National Rifle Association has opposed legislation to enact laws like this one and similar ones in Washington, Connecticut and Indiana, due to what it says is the potential for the orders to be abused and the restriction of Second Amendment Rights.The NRA, the Firearms Policy Coalition and San Diego County Gun Owners did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Wendy Wheatcroft, who leads the San Diego chapter of anti-gun-violence group Moms Demand Action, said Elliott’s policy takes a major step toward preventing shootings.“We fully support Mara’s efforts,” she said. “If a law like this had been in place in Florida, they would have been able to do something (to prevent the shooting), I think.”Several experts agreed with Wheatcroft in media reports published after the shooting.On the national level, she said Congress should enact a policy of expanded background checks for those wishing to purchase guns. read more
WILMINGTON, MA — The following events are FREE and OPEN TO ALL (regardless of age) at Windsor Place of Wilmington (92 West Street) this June:Lecture on Daniel Ellsberg & The Pentagon Papers by Gary HylanderFriday, June 15, 11am, Activity RoomGary Hylander holds a Doctorate in Presidential History and is a scholar entirely impassioned by his subject matter. This month’s topic is: Daniel Ellsberg: The Pentagon Papers. Secretly directed by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Daniel Ellsberg (along with other policy analysts) were asked to prepare a full review of American military and political involvement in Vietnam since the end of World War II. What followed was a 7,000-page expose revealing that American policymakers had systemically lied to the public, journalists and Congress about America’s involvement throughout all of Indochina since 1945. “As a responsible citizen,” said Ellsberg, “I believed it to be my moral responsibility to leak the Papers to the press to end a wrongful war.” Ellsberg was subsequently charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 for conspiracy, espionage and theft of government property.The Creature Teachers Animal Program with Rick RothTuesday, June 19, 2:30pm, Activity RoomThe Creature Teachers is a family-owned live animal business specializing in environmental and animal education. Their goal is to fascinate their audiences with the wonders and diversity of the animals that share our planet. At The Creature Teachers, they take great pride in making sure their animals have the best care possible. Every animal at The Creature Teachers is captive born and raised. This ensures less stress and health problems. Their state-of-the-art facility allows them to provide both physical well-being and mental enrichment for all of their creatures.(NOTE: The above information is from Windsor Place of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWindsor Place Of Wilmington Offers FREE Programs This February (Public Welcome)In “Business”Windsor Place Of Wilmington Offers FREE Programs This November (Public Welcome)In “Community”Windsor Place Of Wilmington Offers FREE Programs This April (Public Welcome)In “Community” read more
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are five quick questions with Wilmington writer Mark Ryan.BackgroundRyan is a member of one of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s writing groups. Ryan contributed to the groups’ brand new anthology, “The Writers Next Door.”A book launch event is taking place on Monday, August 20 at 7pm at the Wilmington Memorial Library. At the launch, the book’s writers will participate in a panel discussion and a book selling/signing. Refreshments will be served. All proceeds from book sales will be donated to Friends of the Library.#1) What is the story you contributed to the anthology called? What is it about? Why did you write it?The book “The Writers Next Door” is an anthology of poems, and prose of fiction and nonfiction. Ten writers contributed different parts.My story is fiction and is titled “The Mysterious Baghdad Battery.” It is part of a series called “The Adventures of the Romeo Gang” (Ten Short Stories), available on Amazon.com under “Mark Ryan.” The Romeo Gang (Retired Old Men Eating Out) are retired school teachers who meet each month for lunch. After eating in a Portuguese Restaurant, they visit the Harvard Museum of Archeology where an artifact has been stolen. It turns out to be a piece of pottery that was once a battery and a mysterious time-machine. They follow the thief back in time to the Pyramid days and try to recover the battery. I got the idea from eating lunch with the real Romeos at a restaurant in Cambridge near the museum.#2) Why did you join the library’s Writing Group? Do you find it beneficial?I joined the Writers group several years ago to share my stories with other writers and pointers on how to writer better. Each of the writers has a unique background that helps me identify strengths and weakness in my writing and how to make it better.#3) Have you written anything else outside the group? Where can my readers find your other works?I have written several books all self-published which are available on Lulu.com and Amazon.com. All are works of fiction where I let my imagination take me. You can find out more about me and my writing at my website: http://markryanbooks.com. I also produce a podcast called Marks Musings at WCTV here in Wilmington at http://wctv.org/podcast.#4) What advice would you give to other aspiring Wilmington writers?If you like to write, do it every day. The joy of writing is for your own self worth and gratification. You may never make a lot of money but the joy comes from your accomplishment.#5) What are you looking forward to the most regarding the Book Launch Event on August 20?I hope the Book Launch will provide an avenue for the contributors to show their works and demonstrate their creativity to the town and beyond. There are so many talented writers in the group who deserve the opportunity to share their creativity with others.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington Writer Amber KovachIn “5 Quick Questions”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington Writer C.V. BlaisdellIn “5 Quick Questions”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington Writer Arnold PetersonIn “5 Quick Questions” read more
5:36 The Oppo Reno 5G is an affordable 5G phone, but it isn’t available in the US. Ian Knighton/CNET 5G, the next generation of wireless technology, promises to do a lot of things. It’ll allow you to download big games and movies in a flash. It’ll connect all sorts of devices around you, from street lamps to self-driving cars. It’ll enable new fields such as streaming VR experiences and telemedicine. There’s at least one more potential impact coming: a hit to your wallet.Wireless carriers rarely like to give anything away for free. And given the hype and excitement over 5G, it seems like a perfect time to tack another charge onto your mobile plan. My advice to carriers? For once, lay off the fees. CNET’s test of 5G services around the world, encompassing four countries, 11 cities and seven carriers, found a mixed bag of incredible speeds and wildly inconsistent coverage. In short, 5G is going to be a shaky experience for anyone looking to make the leap, and we advise that you exercise a little patience before buying a 5G phone. Growing pains are inevitable as new networks spring up, and that’s all the more reason for carriers to resist the urge to charge extra fees for the privilege of accessing 5G services. Early adopters shouldn’t be taxed for the work-in-progress nature of these networks. Verizon, for instance, waived the $10-a-month fee for 5G for customers who bought 5G Moto Mod or Galaxy S10 5G — a smart move considering how small a footprint is available. But the company should go the extra mile and eliminate the fee altogether. A Verizon spokesman declined to talk about what the company has in store. Now playing: Watch this: 5G AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Share your voice Comments The promise and peril of new 5G networks (The 3:59, Ep…. 97 15 Photos Phones Sprint doesn’t charge a fee, but requires you to sign up for its $80 “Unlimited Premium” plan.T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray told me back in March that he didn’t think carriers should charge extra for 5G, a point reiterated by CEO John Legere. “You can’t go to a US consumer and charge them a big premium and it works on three street corners,” Ray said.Hopefully, that won’t change once T-Mobile and the rest of the carriers build out their 5G networks to the point where those growing pains go away. Given the rumored price locks T-Mobile and Sprint are willing to agree to in order to get their merger completed, that’s likely the case. Verizon’s 5G tests were fast, but the coverage was limited. Robert Rodriguez/CNET AT&T, which launched its 5G network for businesses in December but hasn’t made it available to consumers, didn’t provide specifics about the pricing plans for its business customers.”Our focus is on providing the best experiences at competitive prices,” said a company spokeswoman.Beyond fees, the carriers should remove the data limitations that call for throttling once you’ve consumed a certain amount of data. Under 4G, Verizon’s $60-a-month “AboveUnlimited” plan, for instance, gives the carrier the right to limit you if you’ve hit 75 gigabytes of data. T-Mobile’s $50 “Magenta Plus” plan has a throttling limit of 50B before the carrier can slow you down during heavy congestion periods. The carriers have been doing the right thing initially. Verizon, for instance, doesn’t have any restrictions when you’re on its 5G network. This is something every carrier should consider. If you’re going to be enjoying 5G speeds regularly, you’ll hit those limits pretty quickly. It’s a problem CNET editor Daniel Van Boom faced during his 5G speed tests in Australia. Sprint offers lower speeds, but better coverage under 5G. Robert Rodriguez/CNET These requests aren’t radical. When the carriers introduced 4G LTE service, they didn’t charge an extra fee. They didn’t have throttling limits in place either. Of course, 4G’s enhanced speed spurred an explosion of data usage — something the carriers have had to manage over the last decade. And 5G will serve as the catalyst for new services and applications. But in order to get to that bright future, we need to ensure a wide highway that’s free of tolls. That’ll make the little speedbumps we’ve been encountering along the way that much easier to tolerate. Originally published July 5 at 5 a.m. PT.Update, 6:25 a.m.: To include a comment from AT&T. The Oppo Reno 5G is smoother than actual 5G Tags read more
Alaska State Troopers have taken a man into custody after he barricaded himself inside a home in the village of Selawik. One person was found dead outside the residence.Troopers say the man was taken into custody at about 2:30 p.m. Monday. Troopers flew to the village earlier in the day after receiving a report shortly after 4:30 a.m. that a man was shooting a firearm in the village.No other details were immediately released. Troopers say they are working to positively identify the person who died, as well as the suspect.Download Audio
The remains of a person who died in a fire at a Kodiak lodge last week have been identified.Download AudioThe U.S. Coast Guard and emergency medical personnel transfer patients from a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to an ambulance in Kodiak, Alaska, June 2, 2016. The helicopter crew responded to a report of a fire at the Park’s Cannery near Uyak Bay on Kodiak Island. (Courtesy photo by U.S. Coast Guard)According to Alaska State Troopers, Silvana Sutanto, a 59 year old Indonesian national, died when fire gutted the main guest cabin of the Spirit of Alaska Wilderness Lodge at Uyak Bay.Four guests of the Lodge were sleeping in the cabin when the fire broke out. Shaun Gozali, a 30 year old Indonesian national, and Taeri Kim, a 33 year old South Korean national, were able to escape through a window. Danielle Gozali, a 22 year old Indonesian national, was pulled out of the burning structure by the owner of the lodge.The three survivors were transported to the Kodiak hospital for treatment of their injuries by a Coast Guard helicopter early that morning.Shaun Gozali and Danielle Gozali were then flown to Seattle for further treatment. Taeri Kim was treated at the hospital in Kodiak. The Indonesian and Korean Consulate were contacted and notified of the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation. read more
Stay on target Pooping Baby Video Scams Twitter UsersEmail Scam Targeting Millions of Netflix Customers ‘Tis the season to avoid family conflict by holing up with Netflix and binging trashy Christmas flicks, all three seasons of The Good Place (do it!), and Ellen’s new stand-up special.But between episodes of Schitt’s Creek (I swear it’s worth it), keep an eye on your email inbox.The Federal Trade Commission this week issued an alert about a phishing scam designed to steal personal information.AdChoices广告In a Wednesday warning, the FTC described fake Netflix messages claiming the customer’s account is on hold because the service is “having some trouble with your current billing information.”A screenshot of the email, captured by Ohio police, initially appears credible.Look closely for clues (via Federal Trade Commission)But look closely, and you’ll notice the impersonal “Hi Dear” greeting (all of my Netflix emails are addressed directly to me, by name), British-English spelling of “Help Centre,” and foreign phone number (easy tip-offs for US consumers).The message invites unsuspecting users to follow a link to update their payment method.“Scammers often use familiar company names or pretend to be someone you know,” according to the FTC. “They … use phishing emails to get access to your computer or network. If you click on a link, they can install ransomware or other programs that can lock you out of your data.”Netflix will “never ask for any personal information to be sent to us over email,” the Help page said. The company may, however, ask users to update their data with a link to its website.“But be cautious of fake emails that may link to phishing websites,” Netflix suggested. “If you’re unsure about a link in an email, you can always hover your cursor over [it] to see the linked URL at the bottom of most browsers.”A similar phishing expedition cropped up around this time last year: Netflix subscribers received emails threatening to suspend their account because the firm was “unable to validate your billing information.”If you believe you’ve received a phishing email from any organization, forward it to email@example.com (the FTC) and firstname.lastname@example.org (the Anti-Phishing Working Group). You can also report it at ftc.gov/complaint.And, in this case, be sure to pass the message along to Netflix directly at email@example.com.More on Geek.com:Test Your Scam Smarts With Online Fraud QuizNetflix Sued by Detective Over ‘Making a Murderer’ DocuseriesNetflix Reveals First Look, Voice Cast of ‘The Dark Crystal’ Series read more
Scientists found evidence of an ancient plague in the bones of a woman buried among 77 other people from her village in western Sweden. (Credit: Cell Press)Buried among 77 other people from her village in western Sweden are the bones of a 20 year-old woman. Now an analysis of DNA extracted from her teeth reveals what likely killed her. An international team of researchers has discovered the woman, who died some 5,000 years ago, had the oldest known case of the plague.The finding suggests the world’s first plague epidemic took out her community and vast swaths of the Neolithic farming population in Europe. If confirmed, the notorious pathogen might be what allowed for the massive human migrations that followed.“These events had major consequences for the history of humanity,” said Nicolas Rascovan, a bioinformaticist at Aix Marseille Universite in France, who led the new research. The migrations of peoples from the steppe of what is now Russia and Ukraine into Europe in the Bronze Age overturned the European gene pool.“This is actually when the genetic makeup of the modern European is created,” said Simon Rasmussen, an evolutionary and systems biologist at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark who led the new study with Rascovan.The migrations also likely brought in significant cultural changes, including the forerunners of half the languages spoken around the world today.Unprecedented PlagueRascovan and Rasmussen teamed up with archaeologists to figure out why huge Neolithic farming villages of 10,000 to 20,000 people were suddenly abandoned and burned. The large population density and subsequent population collapse gave them a clue.“The settlements are the classic, textbook examples of a how a new pathogen can emerge or evolve,” Rasmussen said. Thousands of people lived close together with poor sanitation in near proximity to livestock and other animals. So, the team went in search of disease-causing bugs in publicly available ancient human DNA datasets.What they found was a surprise. Unambiguous evidence for the bacteria, Y. pestis, that causes plague. When the team compared the DNA sequences of the newfound plague to other known strains and a related bacterium, Y. pseudotuberculosis, they discovered it is the most evolutionary ancient version, they report today in the journal Cell.The variety of plague the researchers discovered was not kind that causes the bubonic plague, the scourge thought to be responsible for the Black Death—an epidemic that took out 30 to 60 percent of Europe’s population in the mid-1300s—but its far more evil twin, pneumonic plague. In contrast to the bubonic plague, which spreads via flea-carrying rodents, the pneumonic plague infects the lungs and can spread from person to person through saliva droplets. It is the deadliest form of the plague.The team suspects trade networks, newly established thanks to the advent of wheels and other technologies, spread it. If confirmed, “it will have great impact because it will show a single bacterium had such a massive effective on our history,” Rascovan said. read more
Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Men’s health affects baby’s health too How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Parents, stop beating yourself up BAMAKO, Mali (AP) – A spokesman for one of the radical Islamist groups controlling northern Mali says their fighters have cut off a thief’s hand in the former tourist hotspot of Timbuktu.Oumar Ould Hamaha told The Associated Press the robber had been caught after breaking into a store, from where he had stolen merchandise worth $2,000. His hand was cut off Sunday afternoon.It was at least the seventh amputation carried out by the Islamists since they seized control of the territory in April. It comes after last Monday’s gruesome double amputation of five highway robbers in the northern city of Gao. According to the strict form of Shariah practiced by the rebels, armed robbery requires the cutting off of both a hand and a foot. read more
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