How ParentingWeekly Drove Online CPMs Over 30

first_img“When someone registers on ParentingWeekly, we provide a panel of different offers and the technology collects the data and sends it to the advertiser,” says Zephrin Lasker, co-founder and CEO of Pontiflex.The publisher side requires placing a piece of Javascript. “I’m no Web engineer but I could place the code in the page and get it up and running,” says ParentingWeekly program manager Marlyss Bird. “It’s transparent, we’re not sneaking subscriber names in.”Participating Pontiflex advertisers include brands such as Kimblerly-Clark. Pontiflex operates on a cost-per-lead model. While it won’t reveal the range, Pontiflex pays the publisher for the lead, takes a markup on that, and then passes it along to the advertiser.CPMs have since rise to $31 on ParentingWeekly. “This is not displacing any existing placement, we’re treating this as ‘found money,’” says Bird. Ad networks are an easy way for publishers to generate ancillary revenue online, but the ubiquity of those same ad networks is also driving down the price of online advertising. Geo- and demographic-targeting is all the rage, but forcing ads on readers who haven’t requested them can alienate an audience quickly.ParentingWeekly, a registration-based online destination for expecting parents with an audience of more than 1.9 million, has teamed with Pontiflex, an e-mail and social acquisition platform, to leverage its sign-up advertising technology. Users are able to sign up directly within the ad, while staying on the ParentingWeekly site. The Pontiflex-enabled ads appear on the registration “thank you” pages, sweepstakes sections and on the “Steals and Deals” page. Users can receive additional information on the products.last_img read more

Wilmington Yard Sale Listings October 2021

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is information on a yard sale happening in Wilmington this weekend:When: Saturday, October 20, 10am-2pm (may start at 9am if not raining)Where: 34 Shady Lane Drive, WilmingtonDetails: Multi-Family Yard Sale. Clothes, shoes, games, toys, household items, kitchen items, outdoor folding chairs, DVDs, DVD holders, Halloween decorations, Christmas decorations and much more. [Source: Wilmington Community Board Page]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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Yard Sale Listings (July 13-14)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (July 27-28)In “Community”Wilmington Yard Sale Listings (August 24-25)In “Community”last_img read more

Chariot the private bus startup for commuters to shutter operations

first_imgChariot has operations in 10 US cities and in London. Ford Chariot, the private bus startup, is going out of business.On Thursday, CEO Dan Grossman announced Chariot will cease all operations by the end of the March. The decision to close the service was made after “significant consideration,” he wrote in a blog post. It appears the company’s business model wasn’t viable.”It has become clear — through many indicators such as ridership — that the mobility services delivered by Chariot over the past five years will not be a sustainable solution going forward,” a Chariot spokeswoman said in an email.Chariot’s goal was to provide an alternative to public transportation for a slightly higher fee — usually between $1.50 to $3 more per ride. The service launched in San Francisco in April 2014 and has since spread to nine other US cities and to London. Ford acquired Chariot for $65 million in September 2016.The company focused on shuttling commuters from outer neighborhoods to downtown areas and financial districts using midsized vans. Grossman said Chariot provided more than 3 million rides over the past five years. Some urban planners have criticized the company for catering to affluent clientele and unfairly competing with cities’ public transit systems.The startup tussled with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency last year for running routes along city bus lines, according to the San Francisco Examiner. This caused the city agency to establish new regulations that barred Chariot from creating any more routes that mirrored public transit lines. “We are going to continue to do our work to provide and improve Muni [public transit] service for more than 730,000 riders a day across the city,” SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said of Chariot’s closure. “We will continue working to ensure that our service is easy, convenient and affordable for all San Franciscans across the city.”Chariot isn’t the only private shuttle startup to end operations. Competitor Leap, which launched a luxury bus service (complete with Blue Bottle coffee and cold-pressed juices) in San Francisco in 2014, also closed. Leap was forced to shut down in 2015 after not securing proper operating permits from the state of California.Grossman said Chariot will halt all of its bus routes in the UK on Jan. 25, followed by a US shutdown of service on Feb. 1. All other operations at the company will terminate by the end of March.First published Jan. 10, 3:21 p.m. PT. Update, 5:12 p.m.: Adds comment from a Chariot spokeswoman and from SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose.CNET Magazine: Check out a sampling of the stories you’ll find in CNET’s newsstand edition.The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. Share your voice Tags 1center_img Comment Mobile Roadshowlast_img read more

6 million voter email addresses left unsecured for 9 years researchers say

first_img Share your voice Tags More than 6 million email addresses that appear to have been collected by political campaigners were exposed online for almost a decade, researchers said Tuesday. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET A list of 6.2 million email addresses amassed by Democratic campaign organizers appears to have been exposed on the internet for nearly a decade. Researchers at UpGuard found the list on an unsecured cloud server that would have let anyone with an internet connection read it.The cache, which contains only email addresses and no other identifying information, was uploaded by a former staffer with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, or DSCC. The list appeared to include mostly personal email addresses, and the largest portion were AOL and Yahoo accounts. In a blog post Tuesday, UpGuard researchers acknowledged the scope of the information isn’t large, but said it should still be concerning.They said it shows that political campaigns are prone to collecting large amounts of information on voters and then failing to secure it. That can leave voter information exposed long after polls close and votes are counted. “If political data can be exposed for 10 years, the risk created by that data has an unknown half-life,” the researchers said. The DSCC confirmed that the data was uploaded by a former staffer, and that the spreadsheet has now been removed.”Since the 2010 cycle, the DSCC now has a centralized and secure management of assets to ensure accounts are following proper security best practices, and all users and staff go through security awareness training to prevent issues like this,” DSCC spokesman Stewart Boss said in a statement.Originally published Aug. 6, 12:41 p.m. PT.Update, 1:37 p.m.: Adds comment from the DSCC. Security Internet 2 Comments Hacking Privacylast_img read more

BSE closes points 1605 down on April 7

first_imgNew Delhi, April 7 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 16.05 points down to stand at 22,343.45. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed up 0.70 points up to stand at6, 695.05. Suzlon Energy and Strides Arco were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.40% and 8.02% along with Jaiprakash Associates and GMR Infrastructure with an increase of 5.40% and 5.38% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Jindal Steel and Future Retail with a decrease of 5.93% and 5.46% along with Prestige Estates and Crompton Greaves with a decrease of 4.90% and 3.72% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 13.96 points at 13,264.91 while the banking sector is down 56.91 points at 14,305.35 and the realty sector is down 20.89 points at 1,505.71. The Indian currency is down 0.17% at Rs 60.19 per dollar.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty consolidate gains on bullish Q3 earnings global cues

first_imgIndian stock markets extended their bull run on Friday, taking off from the 333-point Sensex rally and the 1.50 percent Nifty gain on Wednesday. At around 10.05 am, the Sensex was trading 167 points higher at 27,875, led by Axis Bank, GAIL (India), NTPC and ICICI Bank, while the NSE Nifty was up 47 points at 8,650.Read: Sector-wise analysis and stock picks by Motilal Oswal SecuritiesIT software services exporter Wipro was subdued with a loss of 0.64 percent at Rs 470 after declaring weak Q3 results on Wednesday though the Q4 IT revenue guidance was higher.On Wednesday, the US stock markets witnessed history when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) crossed the 20,000-mark for the first time. The index rallied 9.5 percent since President Donald Trump’s victory over his rival Hillary Clinton on November 8, 2016, reported Marketwatch.It also marked the second-fastest, 1,000-point rally on the DJIA, taking 42 days to climb from 19,000, enabled by expectations of of a slew of “pro-business policies, including a rollback of regulations, tax cuts and fiscal spending,” the Marketwatch report said.HDFC Bank was trading with marginal gains of 0.83 percent at Rs 1,298 despite news of India’s second-largest private sector lender reporting a fall in its headcount between Q2 and Q3 this fiscal.”Nifty has now rallied by about 9 percent in a month. Global cues have been quite strong as well. With expectations of budget getting built up and consumption scenario returning to normal, domestic consumption stocks, housing finance, infra stocks could continue to remain in focus,” Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note on Friday.Finance minister Arun Jaitley is set to create history by presenting India’s first unified budget, after the Modi government decided to scrap the 92-year-old tradition of having a separate budget for Indian Railways, the world’s fourth-largest rail network. Budget 2017 is scheduled to be presented on February 1 and will be the fourth by the Modi government; it will come amid expectations of tax incentives for individuals and a likely stimulus to revive a note ban-hit economy.Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), ITC and Sundaram Finance will be declaring their December quarter results today. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) have also turned bullish on Indian stocks; they were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 1,379 crore on Wednesday and “this could continue to fuel positive sentiment,” Motilal Oswal said in its note.last_img read more

Dear Comrade crashes big time on Tuesday earns less than iSmart Shankar

first_imgDear ComradeTwitterVijay Devarakonda’s Dear Comrade has hit the rock bottom at the box office in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (AP/TS) on Tuesday and collected lesser amount than last week’s release iSmart Shankar.Dear Comrade opened to a big response in the Telugu states on July 26 and word of mouth helped it remain strong on the following days. Having made a good collection, the movie recovered around 60 per cent of the distributors’ investment in its opening weekend. But considering its hype and promotion, its business was not up to the mark. The distributors hoped that it will earn well on weekdays.But to their shock, Dear Comrade witnessed a steep decline in its collection at the AP/TS box office on Monday and its business hit the rock bottom on Tuesday. Andhra Box Office tweeted, “#DearComrade : Huge Drop on 1st Monday. Not Looking Good!.” Today it added, “#DearComrade Crashes on weekdays with some areas reporting Nett Figures lesser than Rentals.”Dear Comrade has failed to collect even Rs 50 lakh gross at the AP/TS box office on Tuesday. According to buzz on social media, it has just added Rs 25 lakhs to the total distributor share of Rs 13.85 crore in the Telugu States. Telugu 360_BO tweeted, “#DearComrade went down further on Tuesday with a distributor share of 25 lakhs in the Telugu States. 5 days AP/TS Share : 13.85 Cr Breakeven : 22.60 Cr.” iSmart ShankarTwitterAnother buzz on social media is that Ram Pothineni’s iSmart Shankar has collected more money than Dear Comrade in the Telugu state on its 13th days. Sai (@saipspk1638) tweeted, “#iSmartShankar Day 13>#DearComrade Day 4 in APTG Shocking collapse by #DearComrade.”The distributors have spent Rs 22.60 crore on its theatrical rights for the Telugu states. Dear Comrade has recovered 61.28 per cent of their investment. What is shocking about its collection is that the movie has just returned 1 per cent of their investment on Monday and Tuesday together. Considering its present trends, the film is heading to be a disaster and likely to incur huge losses to its distributors.last_img read more

End of Rishabh Pant Shikhar Dhawan Virat Kohli drops big hint about

first_imgThe Indian side led by Virat Kohli performed consistently good for two matches in the ongoing T20I series against West Indies. They have now sealed the series with another win in Florida in the second T20I.Captain Virat Kohli said post the win that new players in the side would not get an opportunity to prove their mettle in the upcoming match.”Winning is always going to be a priority. But sealing the series gives the chance to bring few guys in. Idea is always going to be to win first. But winning the first two games gives the cushion,” Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony.After the America sojourn, the teams will now head across to Guyana for the final match, which will be played at Providence Stadium on Tuesday.A number of young faces are waiting in the wings Rishabh PantAlbert Perez/Getty ImagesThere are a number of young faces who could be given a chance in the final match. Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar and leg-spinner Rahul Chahar could find a place in the side. Chahar can replace Ravindra Jadeja.After the twin failures, there will also be pressure on Rishabh Pant to keep his place as Kohli could include KL Rahul as the wicket-keeper.One of the biggest advantages for India has been the form of young Washington Sundar. He has been frugal at the top of the order and has chipped away at the wickets. He has also impressed captain Kohli with his fitness and then with his batting ability. Virat KohliGetty images”Starting with the new ball, the way Sundar has bowled against guys who come hard at the ball, he’s done a tremendous job. The composure he’s shown has been outstanding. He’s become fitter, leaner and is very handy with the bat as well. He is definitely going to be a factor for us,” Kohli said.The Indian side will play a 3-match ODI series after the T20I affair and hence, the fresh faces in the side need to be given a go-ahead as they could be important cogs in the middle order as well as in the bowling department.The management also needs to keep in mind workload management of different senior players in the side and rest or play them accordingly.last_img read more

Juba League expels Bogra rape accused Tufans brother Matin

first_imgMatin SarkerRuling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) youth wing Juba League on Tuesday expelled its Bogra town unit joint general secretary Matin Sarker over the rape charge against his younger brother Tufan Sarker.Tufan Sarker, also the Bogra town unit convener of  Sramik League, another affiliate organisation of the ruling party,  allegedly raped a girl student on 17 July, alluring her with assurances of ensuring her admission to an undergraduate college.Juba League general secretary Harunur Rashid confirmed Prothom Alo of Matin’s expulsion. He said Matin Sarker has been expelled for his involvement in various “immoral activities”.Read more: Two brothers control Bogra crime worldIt is to be noted that the daily Prothom Alo came up with a news report today, Tuesday, that the two brothers – Tufan Sarker and Matin Sarker – allegedly control the crime world in Bogra.Matin Sarker is also the general secretary of the Bogra District Truck Owners Association.Locals and party insiders said the two brothers have recently emerged as masterminds of various types of crimes like drug peddling, murder, extortion, and land grabbing in Bogra town and its adjacent areas and through various illegal means, they have become millionaires almost overnight.Read more: Ruling party’s Bogra leader rapes adolescent girlRapid Action Battalion (RAB) has listed Matin Sarker as a drug peddler and he is accused in nine cases – four of them are for murder. Matin was sentenced to imprisonment for 27 year in an arms case, but the verdict was stayed by the High Court.Police has also arrested Matin four times on different charges, RAB twice, and Joint Forces once.last_img read more

Interdistrict bus services suspended for 2nd day

first_imgA stationary bus is seen in Gabtoli bus terminal. File PhotoPeople continued to suffer in the capital and elsewhere in the country as long-route bus services remain suspended for the second consecutive day on Saturday protesting alleged vandalism of vehicles during the ongoing student movement for safe road.Bus owners on Friday stopped operating long-route buses in different districts protesting ‘vandalism’ during the ongoing demonstrations of students demanding justice for their two fellows who were killed in a road crash in the capital.Although the bus operators resumed the service at night they suspend it again during daytime, reports UNB.In Dhaka, no long-route buses left from Mahakhali, Gabtoli and Sayedabad bus terminals in the morning, said officer-in-charges of Darus Salam police station Selim-uz-Zaman, and Jatrabari police station Kazi Wazed.Besides, the bus services remained suspended in Chuadanga and Mymensingh for third the consecutive day while those in Khulna, Natore, Joypurhat and Chapainawabagnj for the second day.last_img read more

Trump campaign had repeated contact with Russia NYT

first_imgMembers of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before he won the White House, The New York Times reported Tuesday.Citing “four current and former American officials,” the Times report said that intercepted phone calls and phone records showed the repeated contacts with Moscow’s intelligence community.US “law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee,” the Times said citing three of the officials who spoke privately due to the ongoing investigation.The nature of the purported calls was not disclosed.The only Trump aide named was Paul Manafort.Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman for several months last year and a former political consultant in Russia and Ukraine, shrugged off the report.“This is absurd,” he told the paper. “I have no idea what this is referring to. I have never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers, and I have never been involved with anything to do with the Russian government or the Putin administration or any other issues under investigation today.”“It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m a Russian intelligence officer,’” he added.The Times said US intelligence was investigating “whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.”The officials interviewed by the paper had so far seen no evidence suggesting that cooperation had existed.In January, US intelligence officials said in a report that Russia intervened in the US electoral process at least in part to help Trump win. He has spoken often about the need for a closer relationship between the United States and Russia.last_img read more

Refugees not welcome in Japan

first_imgIt has been a decade since Liliane last saw her little girl. She fled Africa in fear for her life, leaving behind everything she knew and loved in the hope of a fresh start in Japan.Today, she scrapes a living from dead-end jobs, and what Japanese she knows has been snatched from television shows. There is little government help for people like her: free language courses are limited, social housing is hard to find, discrimination is rife.Yet Liliane is regarded as one of the lucky ones — she was granted refugee status in Japan, a country which refuses more than 99 percent of cases.”It has not been easy,” she tells AFP, speaking under a pseudonym.She adds: “Here they do not pay for your studies, they do not help you to get bank loans, or give you social housing… we are left to ourselves, we have to fight alone.”Anti-refugee sentiment is rising in Europe and the United States but in Japan those seeking haven from tyranny and war have long faced daunting legal and social gauntlets.One of the world’s wealthiest countries, Japan accepted just 28 refugees in 2016 — one more than the previous year — out of the 8,193 applications reviewed by the Immigration Bureau.Officials defend the low number, saying applicants are mainly from Asian countries seeking access to Japan solely for economic reasons.”The number of applications from regions which generate lots of refugees, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, is small,” said Yasuhiro Hishida, spokesman for the Immigration Bureau.- Fleeing persecution -Assisted by the UN, Liliane was able to claim asylum on arrival in Japan stating that her life was in danger due to tribal conflict back home. It took two years for officials to accept her as a refugee, a period during which she received assistance from the Catholic Church and charities.But she feels the status brought few benefits. She is no closer to reuniting with her child — now a teenager, her daughter has repeatedly been denied a permit to even visit.For Liliane, further education and a stable life, seem out of reach.She explains: “Japan is a very difficult country for foreigners. The language is really a handicap for us. You need to do absolutely everything to try to speak in Japanese but you don’t know where to find free lessons.””Sometimes I think refugee status has no meaning,” she sighs.But for Nonnon, being awarded refugee status would at least give her a sense of belonging.She fled military persecution in her native Myanmar 25 years ago but remains in frustrating legal limbo, accepted only on a humanitarian stay visa, which allows for residence and work but traditionally only on annual temporary permits subject to anxiety-riven renewal.”It’s like I have no nationality,” said the 47-year-old, who only gave her childhood nickname.She has tried to forge a life in Japan, she married a man from Myanmar who was also claiming asylum and they have a son and a daughter. But their children are effectively stateless — not recognised in Myanmar, nor as Japanese citizens.Refugee advocates say Japan’s system is too harsh.Lawyer Shogo Watanabe is helping a woman from Myanmar’s Kachin minority who says she risks sexual assault by soldiers fighting ethnic minority militias if she goes home.”To me, the risk of getting raped by someone who is a member of the military is a legitimate reason to be a refugee,” he said of her plight.”But immigration officials say you need to prove that she is actually targeted by the military.”- ‘Closed doors’-Critics also say current government policy ignores the country’s need for immigrants as the population shrinks.”Japan has kept a mindset of closing doors to foreigners as it is an island nation that until recently had ample population,” said Hidenori Sakanaka, a former Justice Ministry official who heads a pro-immigration think tank.The population is set to decline to 87 million by 2060 from 127 million today.He added that Japan must “accept more migrants, which would make society more open to multiple cultures and… to accepting more refugees”.The first Justice Ministry survey into discrimination against foreigners, released in March, found that 30 percent said they had been on the receiving end of discriminatory remarks.One in four of the respondents that had sought employment, believed they did not get the job because they were not Japanese.”For us with our black skin, it is a bit difficult. Sometimes when I sit on the train, some Japanese switch seats,” Liliane reveals, though she adds she has never feared for her safety, which is a major concern for asylum seekers in Europe.She says she was overlooked for teaching work, despite her fluency in English, when employers realised she is African.Nonnon, who currently works in a nail salon, recalls being paid less than Japanese workers for doing the same job. She contrasts her situation to that of family members who escaped to other countries.”My relatives in America and Australia were given refugee status and they are naturalised. They can get a job, buy a house and travel overseas,” she said, adding: “They can live as normal people. I want to live like a normal person.”last_img read more

Mattis makes surprise Afghanistan visit

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 9 November, 2017 US defence minister James Mattis delivers a press conference during the second day of a defence ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Photo: AFPUS defence secretary Jim Mattis met with top Afghan leaders during an unannounced visit to Kabul on Friday, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.His trip comes a little more than a year after president Donald Trump unveiled a revamped strategy for Afghanistan that saw him commit thousands of additional US forces to the war-torn country on an open-ended basis.Mattis, on his fourth visit to Afghanistan since becoming defence chief in January 2017, has met with president Ashraf Ghani and the new US commander for American and NATO forces, general Scott Miller.His arrival in Kabul comes at a sensitive time in the 17-year war.The grinding conflict has seen little progress by Afghan or US forces against the Taliban, the country’s largest militant group.Six US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, the most recent happening on Monday in an apparent insider attack.Ghani told Mattis that preventing so-called “green-on-blue” attacks, in which Afghan soldiers turn their weapons on international troops with whom they are working, was a “top national priority”.They also discussed other issues including the peace process, security reforms, upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, and Pakistan, according to a statement from the presidential palace.Afghan and international players have been ratcheting up efforts to hold peace talks with the Taliban, which was toppled from power by US-led forces in 2001.An unprecedented ceasefire in June followed by talks between US officials and Taliban representatives in Qatar in July fuelled hopes that negotiations could bring an end to the fighting.Battlefield setbacksBut a recent spate of attacks by the Taliban and the smaller but potent Islamic State group that left hundreds of people dead has severely dented that optimism.A twin bomb attack on a wrestling club in a Shiite neighbourhood of Kabul on Wednesday was just the latest in a long line of devastating assaults, killing at least 26 people and wounding 91.The attack underscored the challenges facing Afghanistan’s beleaguered security forces, which have been beset by corruption and low morale.Trump’s strategy, announced in August 2017, increased the US troop presence in the country and now includes a renewed push to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.Speaking to reporters as he headed to Asia this week, Mattis said he had reason to hope the Taliban may be ready for talks.There’s “still hard fighting, but right now we have more indications that reconciliation is… no longer just a mirage”, he said, adding that Afghan security forces were now taking the fight to the enemy.But there are fears that Trump is growing frustrated with the pace of progress in the country, spurring US diplomats and other officials to intensify their efforts.The Taliban have long insisted on direct talks with Washington and refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, which they see as illegitimate.There is speculation that another meeting between US and Taliban representatives could be held this month.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Islamabad on Wednesday where he said he was “hopeful” of resetting the troubled relationship with Pakistan, a key player in the Afghan conflict.He made the remarks after confirming that Zalmay Khalilzad, a high-profile former US ambassador to Kabul, Baghdad and the United Nations, would be appointed to lead peace efforts in Afghanistan.Miller, who took command of US and NATO forces at a handover ceremony in Kabul on Sunday, replaces General John Nicholson, who rotated out of the role after a more than two-year deployment.Nicholson told reporters last month that the warring parties now had an “unprecedented” opportunity for peace, and insisted Trump’s strategy for the country was working.But his positive outlook belied recent setbacks on the battlefield, including last month’s extraordinary raid by the Taliban on the provincial capital of Ghazni-just a two-hour drive from Kabul.Militants held large parts of the city for days and Afghan forces needed US air power to push them back.last_img read more

Recent Deadly Attacks Mean Tight Security For NYC New Years

first_imgPhoto via FlickrPolice are promising a bigger security detail than ever before in Times Square for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration, which will cap off a year that saw a number of deadly attacks, including a vehicle rampage at the very spot where revelers will ring in 2018.In addition to its usual army of snipers, bag-inspecting officers and metal detectors, the department this year is relying on help from a growing corps of “vapor wake” dogs, which are trained to sniff out trace amounts of explosive particles that trail behind someone carrying a bomb.All 125 parking garages in the vicinity of Times Square will be emptied in advance of the celebration and sealed off, so no one has a chance to sneak in a car bomb, police said.Detectives already have been assigned to all of the dozens of high-rise hotels in the area, with the aim of preventing the type of attack that happened in Las Vegas in October, when a gunman firing from a casino hotel killed dozens of people at an outdoor concert below. Police wouldn’t discuss whether guests at area hotels would be screened in advance of the celebration, but Police Commissioner James O’Neill said officers already are working with hotel security.“This is going to be one of the most well-policed, best-protected events at one of the safest venues in the entire world,” O’Neill said.The extra precautions follow two recent terrorist attacks in the city. A man detonated a bomb in the city’s subway system on Dec. 11, injuring only himself. On Halloween, an Islamic State-inspired attacker drove down a bicycle path, killing eight people before he wrecked his truck and was shot by police.Times Square itself was targeted in May by a man, said by police to be high on drugs, who drove through crowds of pedestrians for more than three blocks, killing an 18-year-old tourist from Michigan. The speeding vehicle was eventually stopped by one of the squat metal barriers that have been installed around the square’s pedestrian plazas.Those attacks were reminders that New York City’s massive security apparatus can only do so much, but city officials insisted they will be able to keep people safe on New Year’s Eve.“The fact is, they will absolutely be safe,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat.The police department doesn’t reveal the strength of its security force for the event, but it gave some details about the operation at a news conference Thursday. Share Officers will have help from roughly 1,000 security cameras installed in and around Times Square.An area roughly 22 city blocks long and three long blocks wide will be sealed off from both vehicle and pedestrian traffic with cement blocks, sand-filled garbage trucks and other vehicles blocking the streets leading into the area.Partygoers entering that secure zone will be screened at a dozen access points where they will encounter metal detectors, the vapor wake dogs and officers with portable radiation detectors. Large backpacks are not allowed. All small bags will be searched.From there, people go through a second round of security screening when they enter spectator pens where they are essentially confined for the night. People who leave the pens aren’t allowed to re-enter — so no bathroom breaks.Those who make it through will get to see live performances from Andy Grammer, Nick Jonas and Mariah Carey. A cascade of confetti and fireworks will ring in the new year when the Waterford Crystal ball drops.In addition to the officers at the scene, dozens of analysts will be combing Islamic State propaganda and deciphering data.Police also will be out in force at Coney Island, where live music and fireworks were expected to draw large crowds, and at a midnight event for runners in Central Park.“The takeaway from our preparations is this: People will be safe, and they should feel safe, too,” O’Neill said. “Because the NYPD and our partners are well-prepared.”last_img read more

Governors Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Maryland State Fair

first_imgGov. Martin O’Malley extends an invitation to all Marylanders involved in volunteer service to spend a fun-filled Sunday at the Maryland State Fair on August 24. The Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day is presented by the Governor’s office on Service and Volunteerism and the Maryland State Fair.“Each year Maryland’s volunteers give over 190 million hours of their time to our communities and we thank them for their service,” said Gov. O’Malley in a statement. “I invite every volunteer in the State to come to the Maryland State Fair on August 24 to celebrate the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day.”To thank Maryland’s volunteers for their countless hours of service, Gov. O’Malley is offering them  discounted admission, $2, to the Maryland State Fair on August 24. Each pass allows admission of up to five (5) people who have volunteered in Maryland during the past year. The pass will also entitle the patron to discounts on the purchase of food tickets and ride packages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 24 only. The discounted food and ride passes will be good until closing. In case of inclement weather that forces the closing of the Fair on that date, the Governor’s discounts will be honored on August 31. To request passes, visit www.GOSV.maryland.gov.last_img read more

Maryland Hispanic Business Conference

first_imgThe 14th annual Maryland Hispanic Business Conference is on September 8 in Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd. Bethesda, MD 20852. The conference provides tools, strategies and resources to better support Hispanic and minority businesses. For more information call (301) 947-6619 or visit www.mdhbc.com.last_img

Fiberwireless FiWi to provide ultrahighspeed shortrange communication

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. “Mm-wave frequency allocation around 57-66 GHz can deliver bandwidths in excess of 1 Gb/s compared to few Mb/s offered by current third generation mobile systems or 100 Mb/s offered by Wi-Fi systems,” Lim told PhysOrg.com. “There are even higher mm-wave frequencies which have much larger bandwidths available. However, the technologies for these are not yet matured and over time, the mm-wave band could be exploited to give bandwidths in excess of 10 Gb/s over short-range wireless.“Due to the short transmission distances associated with mm-wave frequencies, applications in personal area networking would be the most appropriate,” she said. “Providing fast wireless connectivity between your hi-def display screens and video content on a storage device, for example, or connecting a range of devices such as laptops, media storage and displays for entertainment and business interactivity applications, to name a few, will soon require bandwidths in excess of 100 Mb/s connectivity.”Transportation and integration optionsRegarding the basic architecture of a Fi-Wi system, the researchers looked at three possible approaches for transporting mm-wave wireless signals over optical fibers. The simplest scheme, called RF-over-fiber, involves directly transporting the wireless signals, so that no frequency translation is required at the base stations. The second method involves downconverting the mm-wave wireless signals to a lower intermediate frequency (IF) at the central office before optically transmitting the signals to the base station where they are upconverted, which is called IF-over-fiber. The third method, called baseband-over-fiber, involves transporting the wireless signals as very low-frequency baseband signals over optical fibers from the central office to the base station, and then upconverting the information to the mm-wave frequency at the base station. Ultimately, there is a tradeoff between simplicity and robustness in the three methods: while the RF-over-fiber method is the simplest, the signals are more susceptible to various impairments as they propagate along the optical fiber. Many research teams have been working on a number of strategies to overcome these impairments. The authors of the current study emphasize that these improvements are necessary for achieving good signal quality and overall system performance. Another requirement is for fiber-wireless systems to be integrated with the existing optical infrastructure. The engineers explain that the rising level of optical fiber infrastructure deployment close to residential premises provides an ideal opportunity to interconnect the wireless with fixed wired networks. This integration would enable fiber-wireless systems to take advantage of current technologies such as wavelength-division-multiplexing (WDM), which combines multiple signals on a single optical fiber by using different wavelengths. Previous research has demonstrated that WDM can significantly increase the capacity and success rates of fiber-wireless systems. In addition, research has shown that there are a range of technology options that support such integration cost-effectively without compromising the performance required of these very high-speed networks.Overall, mm-wave fiber-wireless technology has the potential to open up the wireless spectrum as the use of small, portable communication devices continues to grow. Serving as a short-distance technology, the wireless portion can cover the “last mile” of data transmission to customers, as well as in-building networking, with the potential for faster speeds and lower costs. For these reasons, fiber-wireless systems would make the most sense in densely populated areas, and also for disaster recovery environments where wired communication lines are unavailable. As Lim explained, fiber-wireless could be deployed in the near future.“We feel that fiber-wireless could be commercially ready in 3-5 years with immediate applications to new base station installations,” she said. “The adoption of Fi-Wi technologies to 3G and 4G wireless will be the most likely market in the immediate term. As the fiber deployment extends to buildings and premises, mm-wave Fi-Wi will take off.” This congestion problem was not unanticipated by electrical engineers, who, for the past two decades, have been developing new wireless technologies that use different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Specifically, these wireless technologies are exploiting the large, unused bandwidths of extremely high frequency (EHF) microwaves in the millimeter-wave (mm-wave) frequency region. One particular area of interest is the unlicensed 60 GHz frequency band, which has 5-mm wavelengths. (In contrast, the heavily burdened lower microwave regions have frequencies of 2-4 GHz, corresponding to wavelengths of 7.5-15 cm.) However, the 60 GHz frequency band is not without challenges, either. Since wireless signals at 60 GHz frequencies have inherently high propagation losses, they are targeted toward short-range, in-building, high-speed applications. To maintain strong incoming wireless signals for buildings, many antenna base stations must be built near customers. These base stations, in turn, would receive broadband signals from a smaller number of distant central offices. The signals between central offices and base stations would be transmitted through long-range optical fibers. Since such a system uses both optical fibers and mm-wave wireless transmission, the technology is called “fiber-wireless” (Fi-Wi). The advantage of bimodal Fi-Wi systems is that they can enjoy the strengths of both optical and wireless technologies – specifically, the inherently large bandwidth of optical fiber and the large, unused bandwidth in the mm-wave wireless spectrum. For this reason, a hybrid system has the potential to provide very high data transmission rates with minimal time delay.Recently, a team of electrical engineers working on fiber-wireless technologies has analyzed the progress made in this field over the past two decades. In a paper published in the Journal of Lightwave Technology, Christina Lim, from the University of Melbourne, and her coauthors have presented an overview of the many different techniques proposed to optically transport mm-wave wireless signals and overcome some of the challenges involved. (PhysOrg.com) — By looking at the latest electronic communication devices that have emerged over the past few years, it’s clear that the trend of smaller, portable devices is strong and expected to continue. Yet while all these notebooks, netbooks, and tablet PCs are becoming more and more popular, their explosive growth also poses a problem: these wireless devices are hogging the already congested lower microwave frequency region of the wireless spectrum. CSIRO designs world’s best mm-wave chips for communications and securitycenter_img More information: Christina Lim, et al. “Fiber-Wireless Networks and Subsystem Technologies.” Journal of Lightwave Technology. Vol. 28, No. 4. February 15, 2010. Doi:10.1109/JLT.2009.2031423 Citation: Fiber-wireless (Fi-Wi) to provide ultra-high-speed, short-range communication (2010, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-fiber-wireless-fi-wi-ultra-high-speed-short-range.html Explore further A mm-wave Fi-Wi network. An optical fiber backbone (red) provides broadband connections between the central offices and antenna base stations. Then, the base stations wirelessly transmit 5-mm-wave (60 GHz) signals to customers. Within buildings and homes, the short-range wireless signals can provide high-speed connectivity (faster than 1 Gb/s) for a variety of wireless, high-bandwidth communication devices. Credit: Lim, et al.last_img read more

Viruses found to attack ocean archaea far more extensively than thought

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further How the motility structure of the unicellular archaea is fixed to their surface Citation: Viruses found to attack ocean archaea far more extensively than thought (2016, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-viruses-ocean-archaea-extensively-thought.html Archaea, short for archaebacteria, are microorganisms similar to bacteria, but which have different molecular structures. Many of them exist in the oceans alongside bacteria living off organic matter.The researchers began their study by focusing on viruses that infect prokaryotes, which include both bacteria and archaea—they started with the assumption that most prokaryote deaths in the ocean are due to viral infections, and that, they note, would make the viruses responsible for the release of approximately 0.37 to 0.63 gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere every year. To learn more and to back up their assumptions, the researchers obtained 500 sea bottom soil samples from multiple areas around the world, each of which was rife with prokaryotes. Prior research has shown that bacteria are more common than archaea both on land and in shallow waters, but archaea become much more numerous in deeper water—the researchers found they made up approximately 12 percent on average of prokaryotes in such areas—though in some regions they ran as high as 32 percent.To learn more about the impact of viruses on prokaryotes, the researchers studied the infection rates of prokaryotes using a variety of methods, one which of which was a molecular analysis that revealed genes released by viruses when causing infections. They found that bacteria were infected at an average rate of 1 to 2.2 percent per day, while archaea were infected at nearly double that rate—2.3 to 4.3 percent. This shows, the team claims, that archaea are far more susceptible to viral than bacterial infection. They then calculated that archaea deaths due to viral infection accounted for approximately 15 to 30 percent of all carbon emissions from prokaryote deaths. They sum up their analysis by suggesting that archaea play a more vital role in the life-cycle of the deep sea than has been thought. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from Italy, Australia, the U.S. and Japan has found that viruses are the main culprit in killing archaea in the deep sea. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the researchers describe the techniques they used to study archaea in soil samples from multiple deep ocean locations, what they found and what it could mean for global warming.center_img More information: R. Danovaro et al. Virus-mediated archaeal hecatomb in the deep seafloor, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600492AbstractViruses are the most abundant biological entities in the world’s oceans, and they play a crucial role in global biogeochemical cycles. In deep-sea ecosystems, archaea and bacteria drive major nutrient cycles, and viruses are largely responsible for their mortality, thereby exerting important controls on microbial dynamics. However, the relative impact of viruses on archaea compared to bacteria is unknown, limiting our understanding of the factors controlling the functioning of marine systems at a global scale. We evaluate the selectivity of viral infections by using several independent approaches, including an innovative molecular method based on the quantification of archaeal versus bacterial genes released by viral lysis. We provide evidence that, in all oceanic surface sediments (from 1000- to 10,000-m water depth), the impact of viral infection is higher on archaea than on bacteria. We also found that, within deep-sea benthic archaea, the impact of viruses was mainly directed at members of specific clades of Marine Group I Thaumarchaeota. Although archaea represent, on average, ~12% of the total cell abundance in the top 50 cm of sediment, virus-induced lysis of archaea accounts for up to one-third of the total microbial biomass killed, resulting in the release of ~0.3 to 0.5 gigatons of carbon per year globally. Our results indicate that viral infection represents a key mechanism controlling the turnover of archaea in surface deep-sea sediments. We conclude that interactions between archaea and their viruses might play a profound, previously underestimated role in the functioning of deep-sea ecosystems and in global biogeochemical cycles. © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Science Advances Credit: Tiago Fioreze / Wikipedialast_img read more

End of life dreams common and comforting Study

first_imgEnd-of-life dreams and visions (ELDVs) are an intrinsic and comforting part of the dying process, new research has found.“These dreams and visions may improve quality of life and should be treated accordingly,” says James Donnelly, associate professor of counselling and human services at Canisius College in New York.The 66 patients in the study were receiving end-of-life care at the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Cheektowaga, New York. Donnelly and his colleagues interviewed the patients daily about the content, frequency and comfort level of their ELDVs. The researchers found that “the most common dreams and visions were of deceased relatives or friends.” Dreams and visions about the deceased were “significantly more comforting” to patients than other kinds of ELDVs, and became more frequent as the person approached death. “This study demonstrates that ELDVs are commonly experienced and characterised by a consistent pattern of realism and emotional significance,” Donnelly said.The study noted that some medical professionals tend to discount pre-death dreams and visions. “If they are seen as delusions or hallucinations, they are treated as problems to be controlled,” Donnelly pointed out. But there is an important distinction between ELDVs and delirium. “During a delirium state, the person has lost their connection to reality and ability to communicate rationally. Delirium is distressing and dangerous, and must be treated medically,” the study said.“In contrast, our study shows that ELDVs are typically comforting, realistic and often very meaningful, highlighting a critical difference,” the researchers noted.The study appeared in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.last_img read more

Yoga for a healthy respiratory system

first_imgSmog, the choking threat which has landed the national capital in a pollution emergency, has been the cause of many respiratory problems in children and adults. When your daily commute feels like living on the edge, what are your other outdoor activities supposed to feel like? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is dangerous to breathe when there is too much smog. Smog contains ozone particles, and elevated ozone levels can have a variety of negative effects on your lungs. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile it is advised to stay indoors when the air is toxic outside, a more practical solution would be to establish a habit of cleansing your respiratory organs through Yoga.If Yoga has been shown to improve the quality of life of lung cancer patients, it could definitely do wonders against other respiratory issues. Here are a few asanas – by Akshar, founder and course director of Bengaluru’s Akshar Yog – you could try to give you relief from chest congestion, respiratory flues and discomfort in breathing. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePranayama: This has proved beneficial for those suffering with bronchitis or lung congestion.How to do it:1. While performing pranayama one should make sure that his or her back is straight and should concentrate on the breathing.2. Sahaj Pranayama, which is also called easy breathing, involves breathing a few times deeply.3. Inhale through the nostrils for five counts and hold the breath for 10 counts.4. Exhale through the mouth for 10 counts; this has to be repeated 10-12 times. Adho Mukha Svanasana: This posture strengthens the chest muscles and expands the lung region, increasing its capacity.How to do it:1. From table top position, tuck your toes, straighten your legs and lift your hips towards the ceiling.2. Adjust your hands forward a bit, if necessary, and spread your fingers.3. Keep your spine long, and your head and neck in line with your spine. Hold for one minute.Bhujangasana: This asana opens up the heart and lungs and gives them a good stretch.How to do it:1. Lie on your stomach; engage your back muscles in lifting your head and upper torso.2. Align your elbows underneath your shoulders for support.3. Open your chest and relax your shoulders away from your ears.4. Look straight ahead and hold for one minute.Sukhasana: This heavy breathing seated position relieves yourself from stress, anxiety and exhaustion.How to do it:1. Sit erect, with the feet stretched out towards the front.2. Now cross the legs in such a way that the knees are wide, shins are crossed, and each foot is placed under the knee. Knees must be bent, and legs should be tucked into the torso.3. Feet must be relaxed, and the outer edges must rest on the floor while the inner edges must arch on the shins. Look down on your legs, must see a triangle formed by shins that are crossed and both the thighs.4. Back must be balanced in such a way that the tailbone and the pubic bone are at equal distance from the floor.5. Place the palms stacked up in your lap. Or you can also lay them on the knees palms up or palms down.6. Elongate the tailbone, and firm up the shoulders. But make sure the lower back is not arched in such a way that it pokes the lower ribs forward.last_img read more