Niagara police issue Amber Alert for five children last seen near Lincoln

first_imgNiagara regional police have issued an Amber Alert for five children who were allegedly abducted by their father a week ago.Const. Phil Gavin says investigators are looking for Eska, Evalyn, Magnus, Mattias and Sovereign MacDermid, who range in age from five to 14 years.Police say the children, who are all Asian, were last seen in the community of Jordan in the town of Lincoln, Ont., with their father, 49-year-old Ian MacDermid.Investigators allege MacDermid took the children from their family home sometime between Sept. 19 and Sept. 25.Gavin says Ontario Child and Family Services investigated and found that the children may be in danger.He says the agency filed a missing persons report with police less than 24 hours before the Amber Alert was issued.He declined to say why it took so long for the children to be reported missing.Investigators say the children are the subject of a temporary custody order, which their father is allegedly contravening.He’s described as being white, six feet tall and 280 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.Police are looking for a gold or beige pickup truck.Gavin says their whereabouts is unknown, but the family used to live in the Toronto area so it’s possible that’s where they were headed.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

WWE Superstar Sheamus Fights Bullying, the largest organization for young people and social change, and Be a STAR, an anti-bullying initiative co-founded in 2011 by The Creative Coalition and global entertainment company WWE, are teaming up for The Bully Text: Superstar Edition, a campaign that uses an SMS text message game to get young people to take action around bullying.Video: The Bully Text: Superstar Edition – SheamusBeginning today, young people will be able to participate in the SMS text message experience that virtually walks them through a day in the life of a student giving them a chance to take action around bullying. For example, young people receive a text in the experience with the following scenario: “Seth teases Amy, ur lab partner, about her stutter & everyone laughs. Do u A) wait & comfort her after class or B) tell them to quit it.” Each scenario is designed to make young people think about what they would do in the face of bullying alongside some of their favorite WWE Superstars.“Both and Be a STAR are committed to giving young people the tools they need to combat bullying,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, Chief Marketing Officer, “Through’s expertise in using innovative SMS games to tackle important issues and WWE’s global reach and passionate fan base, this partnership is a no-brainer.”WWE Superstar Sheamus has joined forces to record a public service announcement to encourage participation in The Bully Text.“We are proud to partner with and their successful Bully Text Campaign, which has already provided thousands of young people with the education and resources they need to stop bullying in their communities,” said Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE. “Utilizing WWE’s global platforms will provide additional exposure for The Bully Text as well as new opportunities for young people to take a stand against bullying.”“Bullying is the unfortunate great equalizer. The Bully Text Campaign provides a direct and positive resource to the younger generation,” said Robin Bronk, Chief Executive Officer, The Creative Coalition. “Be a STAR aims to provide students with the best assets that help combat the bullying epidemic, and the Bully Text Campaign is something we want in every student’s anti-bullying toolbox.”To play the Bully Text, click here or text STAR to 38383.last_img read more

Tapestry offers downbeat outlook and its stock tumbles

NEW YORK — Tapestry Inc.’s shares lost nearly a quarter of their value Thursday after the upscale handbag and fashion company said that it would have an unexpected drop in profit and revenue in the current quarter.The New York-based company, which owns the Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman labels, said it expects its revenue in its fiscal first quarter will be slightly below the same three-month span last year and its earnings will decline. Its business is most notably being dragged down by the Kate Spade brand, which it bought in 2017 and has yet to see a turnaround.Tapestry’s stock was down $6.05, or 24%, at $18.95 in afternoon trading.During a conference call, Tapestry’s CEO Victor Luis said the company needs more time to revive the Kate Spade brand.“We acknowledge that there are opportunities and are addressing those areas with a sense of urgency,” he said.Kate Spade had sales of $332 million in the fiscal fourth quarter, compared to $312 million in the prior year. Global sales at stores opened at least a year fell 6%.Tapestry reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $148.9 million, down from $211.7 a year ago.On a per-share basis, the company said it had profit of 51 cents. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions and non-recurring costs, were 61 cents per share. That matched expectations of Wall Street analysts polled by Zacks Investment Research.The company posted revenue of $1.51 billion in the period, which fell short Street forecasts. Nine analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.53 billion.For the year, the company reported profit of $643.4 million, or $2.21 per share. Revenue was reported as $6.03 billion._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on TPR at Associated Press read more

Serious violent crash in Norfolk

Six people, including three young children, were taken to hospital after what police are calling a “serious violent crash” at Brantford and Burford-Delhi Townline roads in Norfolk County on Tuesday.Norfolk OPP said that, at about 9:15 p.m., a minivan northbound on Brantford Road collided with a westbound minivan on Burford-Delhi Townline Road.One driver, a 26-year-old Norfolk man, suffered “life-threatening” injuries, said police, adding that his passenger, a 26-year-old Norfolk woman, suffered “life-altering” injuries.The vehicle they were in rolled over into a corn field. Both were extricated from the van and transported to hospital in Hamilton.Police said the other driver, a 29-year-old man, and his three children —  boys, aged 1 and 3, and a four-year-old girl — were taken to hospital as precautionary measures.“We are going to try to piece together the puzzle for exactly what happened here,” said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.Burford-Delhi Townline Road is controlled by a stop sign, said Sanchuk.The intersection is about two kilometres southwest of Scotland.Brantford Road reopened before 8 a.m. Wednesday after being closed for the police investigation.The investigation is continuing.Violent crash at Brantford Rd and Burford Delhi Townline Rd sends 3 adults and 3 young children to hospital. Road closures in effect for several more hours. #NorfolkOPP @NorfolkCountyCA^es— OPP West (@OPP_WR) July 17, 2019 read more

Canadian dollar inches higher while commodity prices are mixed

Canadian dollar inches higher while commodity prices are mixed by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2012 9:16 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved slightly higher Monday as commodity prices were mixed and some progress was made south of the board toward avoiding the so-called “fiscal cliff.”The loonie edged up 0.06 of a cent to 101.45 cents US before stock markets opened.Budget negotiations inched forward over the weekend as House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner reportedly told President Barack Obama that he could be flexible on raising taxes on some wealthy earners in exchange for cuts to popular benefit programs cherished by Democrats.Meanwhile, commodity prices were mostly weaker.The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 25 cents to US$86.96 a barrel.But March copper was down two cents at US$3.66 a pound while February gold bullion dipped 50 cents to US$1,696.50 an ounce. read more

Brazil SupergasbrasUNCConcórdia Ends unbeaten first phase

The team from Santa Catarina closed the classification stage by winning the classic regional against Blumenau / Furb by 34-23.Concordia has ten wins in ten games and is ready for the semifinals of the competition.By group A competition Metodista/São Bernardo and Vila Velha face off on Wednesday seeking a further step towards the semi – finals of the league.Santo André leads the group with 5 wins in 5 games.text: Luiz Gustavo da S. Machado brazil handball ← Previous Story Darko Stanic suspended by Metalurg! Next Story → Argentinians in France: Gallardo invites 7 players from Europe read more

Economic Development Administration destroys keyboards and mice to get rid of malware

first_imgAll Americans are free to grumble about where their tax dollars are going without irony today. The internet is abuzz over a story of monumental government waste with a technological slant. Back in 2011, a small-ish agency within the Department of Commerce known as the Economic Development Administration (EDA) had a malware problem on its computers. So it broke them. It tried to break all the computers — including mice — to stop the malware issue.The bizarre chain of events was brought to light in a Department of Commerce audit released last month. The incident occurred when the Department of Homeland Security notified both the EDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of a possible malware infestation on their systems. NOAA mopped up the issue without incident, but the EDA wanted to be really super-sure it got all the nasty malware.The EDA started by cutting itself off from the internet, which prevented workers from accessing the necessary databases resources and email servers. The agency’s CIO went on to hire a high-priced external contractor to clean up the computers — he found six compromised boxes. The CIO wanted an ironclad guarantee that the malware was gone forever, but the contractor refused to do that. At that point, the great computer purge began.The EDA destroyed $170,500 worth of computer equipment including PCs, monitors, printers, cameras, keyboards, and mice. You never know where those sneaky hackers are hiding viruses. The only thing that stopped the massacre was the agency running out of money to pay for the destruction of its own computers.Between the cost of the consultants, lost hardware, and expense of disposing of the shredded bits of IT hardware, the taxpayers were out $2.7 million. This gross overreaction caused by a poor understanding of technology cost one agency millions of dollars. If you’re wondering what the Economic Development Administration does, its purview is to promote economic development in regions with depressed job markets, low growth, and assorted other economic problems. This is the agency that tossed millions of dollars at six malware-infected computers.$2.7 million would have paid for a lot of job training programs.last_img read more

Poetry afternoon at Antipodean Palette

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As part of the art exhibition Antipodean Palette 2013, the Greek Australian Cultural League organised an afternoon of bilingual poetic compositions last Saturday, 30 June, in its mission to promote the written word. The event, taking place at Steps Gallery in Carlton, was well attended by both the youth and senior members of the community. Proceedings were inaugurated by the President of the Greek Australian Cultural League, Cathy Alexopoulos. Speeches were also given by the Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Eleni Lianidou, who stipulated the importance and promotion of emerging Greek Australian poets and literature, and Paul Kiritsis, the Vice President of the League. Mr Kiritsis gave a discourse on the mythological milieus of pre-800 BCE that spawned and proliferated ancient Hellenic literature. Those who attended bore witness to the diversified concerns and interests of contemporary Greek Australian poets, all of whom gave recitations in their distinctive manner.last_img read more

LinkedIn deuxième réseau social aux EtatsUnis

first_imgLinkedIn, deuxième réseau social aux Etats-UnisLe réseau social destiné aux relations professionnelles a pris la deuxième place du secteur outre-Atlantique, juste derrière Facebook, selon une étude du cabinet ComScore publiée vendredi dernier.Avec près de 34 millions de visiteurs uniques au mois de juin, soit un bond de 63% en l’espace d’un an, LinkedIn se hisse à la deuxième place des réseaux sociaux aux Etats-Unis. Celui-ci se retrouve, sans surprise, très loin derrière Facebook, qui compte 160,9 millions de visiteurs uniques (+2,3% en un mois). Mais LinkedIn, dépasse MySpace (33,5 millions, -4%), qui a longtemps été au top du classement, ainsi que le site de microblogging Twitter (30,6 millions de visiteurs, +13,5%). La Tribune précise que le nombre de visiteurs uniques sur LinkedIn augmente depuis deux mois d’affilée, soit depuis l’introduction du réseau social à Wall Street, en mai. Une information importante pour comprendre cette ascension.  À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteCes chiffres ont été livrés par le cabinet ComScore, qui indique que les données calculées pour le mois de juin ne sont pas encore disponibles pour le reste des pays du monde. Toutefois, d’après les informations fournies par LinkedIn à la fin du mois de mars, une majorité des 100 millions d’inscrits réside hors des Etats-Unis.Le réseau social professionnel ne doit toutefois pas se reposer sur ses lauriers. La concurrence dans ce domaine est croissante. Monster, site Internet spécialisé dans les annonces d’emploi, est particulièrement pointé du doigt. Il a lancé fin juin un nouveau service intégré au réseau social Facebook, qui compte à ce jour plus de 700 millions d’inscrits. Un adversaire de taille, donc, pour le réseau professionnel.Le 11 juillet 2011 à 14:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Facebook vatil soffrir Facecom

first_imgFacebook va-t-il s’offrir ?Si l’entrée du réseau social en Bourse n’a pas été un succès, Facebook espère redresser la barre avec l’acquisition de nouvelles applications et notamment  Facebook ne compte pas s’arrêter dans sa politique d’acquisition des applications qui marchent, malgré son entrée en Bourse difficile. Partenaires, via l’application Facebook Photo Tagger et l’application iOS KliK, Facebook et la société pourraient ainsi voir cette alliance encore renforcée par le rachat de cette dernière, expliqueécialisée dans la reconnaissance faciale, a tous les arguments pour convaincre Facebook. La rumeur explique d’ailleurs, que des discussions ont commencé en ce sens mais qu’elles n’auraient pas encore abouti. L’offre du réseau social, entre 80 et 100 millions de dollars, n’a pas été jugée suffisante par les dirigeants de Voilà sans doute un problème qui devrait se poser de façon insistante désormais pour Facebook, la somme de 1 milliard de dollars dépensée pour le rachat d’Instagram ayant aiguisée l’appétit de nombreux dirigeants d’applications.  Le 1 juin 2012 à 15:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Study County fares slighter better than state average in distracted driving

first_imgAfter monitoring intersections around the state last year, researchers estimated 9.2 percent of all drivers spotted were somehow distracted, and most of them were fiddling with their phones. Clark County fared slightly better: 7.4 percent of observed drivers were not paying attention.Throughout one day in May, teams of survey-takers with the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission went to a proportional selection of intersections, out of 300, in each county and recorded what they saw. They recorded the behavior of more than 22,300 drivers.Researchers with the commission chose their intersections randomly, from the 23 counties in the state with 50 or more (there are 6,279 intersections in the state’s incorporated areas). Many things can distract a driver, but the researchers were watching for cellphone use, specifically.Most of the distracted drivers the monitors saw, 5.6 percent of them, were holding a cellphone. Another 1.3 percent were holding one to their ear, according to the study.The survey methods were based on seat belt-use monitoring surveys the commission has conducted for years, said Angie Ward, program manager at the commission.last_img read more

Cyclists participate in 9th annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge

first_imgAll funds raised by the event will go toward research at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.“This is the most important day of the year for us because this is the day that we actually gather funds, raise funds, so we can do that fundamental cancer research,” said Dr. Gilberto Lopes.The research will eventually lead to critical progress in the fight against cancer.Events like the Dolphins Cancer Challenge directly impact the search for a cure that could come sooner than some may think.“We are seeing so many new developments over the last few years that we are sure that there are going to be many cancers that we are going to be able to cure or make into chronic diseases in the next five to 10 years,” said Lopes.The progress is encouraged by many survivors who attended who are living proof of what critical cancer treatment can do.“It’s really about the community coming together for a really great cause,” said one participant. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Thousands of cyclists raced against cancer in Miami-Dade County during the 9th annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge.The cycling charity, hosted by the Miami Dolphins, featured several different bike routes, with all cyclists crossing the finish line at the Hard Rock Stadium, Saturday.“It’s a great day to fight cancer. It’s a great day to raise money. That’s the big why we’re here,” said one participant.For many involved, including Dolphins players themselves, the cause is personal.“My grandfather actually passed away in 2012 from throat cancer,” said Dolphins linebacker Raekwon McMillan, “so I was able to ride in his name and bring light to the whole situation.”From players to leaders of the Dolphins organization, the event was a team effort.“It’s pretty special what we do here as an organization with all of our events, honestly, and this is another big one for us, so it’s great to see the amount of people that come out and the support that we have,” said Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Dancing KGH doc lands in soup

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Joining a dance floor to entertain nursing students, staff and hospital staff landed dermatologist, King George Hospital (KGH), Suryanarayana in soup on the Independence Day. Anyone taking a glimpse of the video that went viral on August 15 will be awestruck by the bubbling enthusiasm and energy exhibited by the doctor. However, it eventually landed him in trouble. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us An ardent admirer of yesteryear actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao, the assistant professor entertained the audience with his energetic performance for a while. After showcasing his dancing prowess for a couple of patriotic songs, Suryanarayana then switched to a popular track of ANR ‘Nenu puttanu ee lokam mechindi’ in Prem Nagar. A few minutes later, Sankara Rao, a sanitary staff of KGH, joined the dance floor as well. The duo’s dance went viral on social media platforms, including WhatsApp. The doctor and the sanitary staff were in a jovial mood when they were dancing. But little did they know that it would land them in trouble. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us Since they danced to an inappropriate song for the occasion, it has raised many eyebrows, including the KGH higher authorities. Apparently, KGH Superintendent G Arjun issued a memo to both of them. According to KGH officials, the doctor identified to be a fan of ANR and danced to the actor’s peppy numbers on various occasions in the past as well.last_img read more

Gibson Bates Never Won a Murder Case

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comIvan Bates, the defense attorney and candidate for Baltimore City State’s Attorney has saturated the media airwaves for weeks making the claim, “I never lost a murder case.”However, the woman Bates wants to unseat, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Thiru Vignarajah, who is also a candidate for State’s Attorney, as well as Larry S. Gibson, a veteran attorney and University of Maryland law professor, argue Bates’ claim of `never losing a murder case is’ is dubious at best.Ivan Bates’ opponents are challenging his claims of never losing murder case while a prosecutor. (Courtesy photo)“Ivan Bates, a candidate for State’s Attorney, has repeatedly claimed in political commercials and speeches that he “never lost” a murder case,” said Gibson in an email. “The public record shows that Bates “never won” a murder case.”Gibson said that when Bates worked in the homicide division of the State’s Attorney’s Office (Bates worked in the SAO from 1999-2002), Bates participated in eight murder cases, but was the lead prosecutor in none of them. “Five of the cases were dismissed. One case was plea bargained. One case was transferred to Juvenile Court,” Gibson said. “The final case ended with an acquittal, after Bates left the prosecutor’s office. He never tried a single murder case.”“Friends of Marilyn Mosby” issued a statement on Bates’ record June 11. “The truth is that Mr. Bates has never won a conviction in a murder trial and has limited prosecutorial trial experience. His claims of being `undefeated’ are an outright lie,” the statement read.Vignarajah, a former deputy attorney general for Maryland, echoed Gibson and Mosby’s findings saying his record of zero murder prosecutions as a lead attorney proves “Bates failure as a prosecutor,” according to a report in the Baltimore Sun. In that same Sun story Bates seems to argue Mosby and Vignarajah are teaming up to defeat him on June 26. “It shows what we all thought is that they’re in this together and this is a concerted effort,” Bates said.With about two weeks to go before the Democratic primary on June 26, several prominent Baltimore attorneys are rallying their support for Mosby.“I appreciate her courage in the Freddie Gray case, I’m sticking with her,” said veteran defense attorney A. Dwight Pettit. “I think she set a national example, especially with police issues and particularly in Baltimore City.”The AFRO has learned two other accomplished veteran defense attorneys are also throwing their support behind Mosby; Billy Murphy, the attorney for the family of Freddie Gray, who also endorsed Mosby when she initially ran for State’s Attorney in 2014, and Warren Brown, one of the attorneys representing Dawnta Harris, the 16-year old charged as an adult with first degree murder in the killing of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio.Gibson points to the racially charged Baltimore County case as an example of one of a litany of attacks by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) against Mosby, a group Gibson claims, Bates is “beholden to.”“The FOP’s most recent and most malicious act was their May 25 letter to The Sun, “FOP – Mosby’s failure led to Baltimore County officers death.” The FOP falsely accused Mosby, even though the FOP knew that a judge, over the objection of the prosecutor, had ordered the defendant’s home release and that the responsibility to supervise was with the Department of Juvenile Service,” Gibson stated in an email. “In no way was Mosby responsible for the accused young man being at large – and the FOP knew it.”Gibson added, “The…FOP is trying to take over the State’s Attorney’s Office with a lawyer beholden to the police union. FOP dominance would mean more police corruption, more excessive force, and more resistance to court-ordered police reform in Baltimore,” he stated.During a phone conversation, Gibson outlined what he believes is perhaps the most important distinction between Bates and Mosby.“Marilyn Mosby has proven she is competent, courageous, independent and honest,” Gibson said.“In this era of police corruption scandals and police community tensions, the last thing Baltimore needs is a dishonest prosecutor.”last_img

Intel Wants To Cram 1PB of SSD Storage Into a 1U Server

first_imgStay on target Best External Hard Drive For Xbox OneBest External Hard Drive For PS4 Half a petabyte in a 4U rackmount server? That’s pretty cool, but Intel wants to be able to jam a full petabyte into a slim 1U server… and they think a long, skinny SSD is up to the task.This is Intel’s new “ruler” form factor. The long, slim shape takes full advantage of the increased depth typically provided by a rackmount case. Ruler SSDs aren’t something that exists yet, but Intel says that when the 3D Nano-based drives are ready for market, they’ll be capable of storing around 300,000 HD movies in a single unit of rack space. Or loads of surveillance footage or incredibly detailed advertising profiles. Whichever.Intel figures it’s high time for a new form factor for drives. The company also says these new drives will reduce power consumption and cooling requirements. The ridiculous storage density already makes ruler SSDs attractive for data center use, but cutting back on power and reducing heat are two big bonuses.I can’t help but look at Intel’s long, skinny SSDs and think back nearly two decades to when I got my hands on my Quantum Bigfoot drive. For those who don’t remember them, Quantum stretched a hard drive out to 5.25 inches to deliver more capacity at a lower cost. The trade-off was that seek times could be painfully slow as the heads had to seek across a much larger surface area than they would have on a 3.5-inch drive.That’s highly unlikely to be a problem with Intel’s ruler SSD. They should be blazing fast — and incredibly resilient to boot.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Tips to minimise indoor air pollution

first_imgAdd more plants to your decor and keep a tab on your appliances to keep a check on the indoor pollution at your home, say experts. Plants not only brighten up a space, but also are a source of fresh air. These Indian plants: Areca Palm, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue and Money Plant (all common names) will actually grow fresh air for you indoors.No smoking should be allowed inside homes. Smoking and second hand smoke are the biggest contributors of air pollution indoors. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEnsure you use low VOC (Volatile organic Compounds) paints in your home, which ensure that toxic gases and substances are not released indoors during hot/cold variations in temperature indoors.A common problem that is not addressed indoors is fixing your water leakages. Very often, we ignore water leakages into the home, which then allow the growth of fungus, mould, and mildew, which causes or worsens conditions such as asthma, wheezing, and sinus. Taking precautions such as fixing of leakages, maintenance repairs to prevent loss of heat/ cold indoors, will ensure better air quality inside. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKeep a tab on your appliances. Appliances like your refrigerator and oven can emit harmful gases without regular maintenance. Make sure you take up the scheduled services and have a professional look at your devices at regular intervals.Regular dusting is important. Every home is prone to dust and dirt accumulation. While you clean your floors and upholstery regularly, you might miss out on the nooks and corners and also the roof of tall furniture sets. In this scenario, a deep cleaning can reduce the risk of dust particles that can become irritants. Open the windows. The air at home can be more harmful as it can high concentration of pollutants compared to the outdoors. Keep your windows open for 5-10 minutes daily or strategically place ventilation ducts to tackle the issue. Sunlight and ventilation can go a long way to keep you and your family healthy.Another good idea is to minimise the use of pesticides at home. Use bio-friendly products instead. Limiting the number of toxic products you introduce in to your indoor air will also make the space as less polluted as possible.Make sure your gas stove is well-ventilated. While cooking at home, it is important to ensure the gas stove is well ventilated to limit the production of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons produced due to incomplete combustion. These gases are not healthy indoors and pose serious health risks in the long-term.Install exhaust hoods or fans in the kitchen and bathroom to reduce humidity. Humid air in the kitchen and bathroom increases the exposure of the indoor occupants to mold and mildew. Molds carry tiny particles that can enter the body and result in serious illness such as colds, persistent coughs, and even fungal infections. The installation of exhaust hoods and fans in the kitchen and bathroom will help reduce exposure.Get rid of odors; don’t mask them. Most people usually try to avoid indoor odors by masking them with artificial fragrances and air fresheners. It simply worsens the problem because the artificial fragrance or air fresheners contain VOCs and phthalates which can harm your health even more. Instead, find the source of the odors and eliminate, and clean the area with homemade cleaners or with baking soda.Remove carpeting if possible. Carpets act as a harbor for small dust particles and pet dander which increases indoor air pollution. The dust particles from carpets are associated with chronic lung problems such as asthma and persistent coughs. Removing the carpeting is a sure way of reducing indoor air pollution.Keep trash covered. Covering trash aids in keeping away pests and insects. It is part of critter management which will reduce the need for the use of pesticides and other artificial critter elimination chemicals. As a result, it will reduce indoor air pollution by reducing toxic substance emission from the artificially manufactured critter management products.Minimise clutter. By minimising clutter, it is easier to manage the accumulation of dust that carry bacteria, mold, mites and fungi which significantly reduces indoor air pollution from these sources.last_img read more

Spinach Leaf Transformed Into Beating Human Heart Tissue

first_imgScientists have found a way to use spinach to build working human heart muscle, potentially solving a long-standing problem in efforts to repair damaged organs.Their study, published this month by the journal Biomaterials, offers a new way to grow a vascular system, which has been a roadblock for tissue engineering.Scientists have already created large-scale human tissue in a lab using methods like 3D printing, but it’s been much harder to grow the small, delicate blood vessels that are vital to tissue health.“The main limiting factor for tissue engineering is the lack of a vascular network,” says study co-author Joshua Gershlak, a graduate student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, in a video describing the study.Now, scientists have used plant veins to replicate the way blood moves through human tissue.“Cellulose is biocompatible [and] has been used in a wide variety of regenerative medicine applications, such as cartilage tissue engineering, bone tissue engineering, and wound healing,” the authors write in their paper.The team then bathed the remaining plant frame in live human cells, so that the human tissue grew on the spinach scaffolding and surrounded the tiny veins.Once they had transformed the spinach leaf into a sort of mini heart, the team sent fluids and microbeads through its veins to show that blood cells can flow through this system.The eventual goal is to be able to replace damaged tissue in patients who have had heart attacks or who have suffered other cardiac issues that prevent their hearts from contracting.Like blood vessels, the veins in the modified leaves would deliver oxygen to the entire swath of replacement tissue, which is crucial in generating new heart matter.The study team says the same methods could be used with different types of plants to repair a variety of tissues in the body.“Adapting abundant plants that farmers have been cultivating for thousands of years for use in tissue engineering could solve a host of problems limiting the field.”Sourcelast_img read more

Brave adblocker gives 69x better performance with its new engine written in

first_imgLooks like Brave has also jumped on the bandwagon of writing or rewriting its components in the Rust programming language. Yesterday, its team announced that they have reimplemented its ad-blocker in Rust that was previously written in C++. As a result, the ad-blocker is now 69x faster as compared to the current engine. The team chose Rust as it is a memory-safe and performant language. The new ad-blocker implementation can be compiled to native code and run within the native browser core. It can also be packaged in a standalone Node.js module. This reimplemented version is available on Brave’s  Dev channel and Nightly channel. How does this new ad-blocking algorithm work? The previous ad-blocking algorithm relied on the observation that most of the requests were passed through without blocking. It used the Bloom filter data structure that tracks fragments of requests that may match and rules out those that do not. The new implementation is based on uBlock Origin and Ghostery’s ad-blocking approach, which is tokenization specific to add-block rule matching against URLs and rule evaluation optimized to the different kinds of rules. What makes this new algorithm faster is that it quickly eliminates any rules that are not likely to match a request from search. “To organize filters in a way that speeds up their matching, we observe that any alphanumeric (letters and numbers) substring that is part of a filter needs to be contained in any matching URL as well,” the team explained. All these substrings are hashed to a single number that results in a number of tokens. The tokens make matching much easier and faster when a URL is tokenized in the same way. The team further wrote, “Even though by nature of hashing algorithms multiple different strings could hash to the same number (a hash collision), we use them to limit rule evaluation to only those that could possibly match.” If a rule has a specific hostname, it is tokenized too. If a rule contains a single domain option, the entire domain is hashed as another token. Performance gains made by the reimplementation For the performance evaluation, the team has used the dataset published with the Ghostery ad-blocker performance study that includes 242,945 requests across 500 popular websites. The new ad-blocker was tested against this dataset with different ad-block rule lists including the biggest one: EasyList and EasyPrivacy combined. The team performed all the benchmarks on the adblock-rust 0.1.21 library. They used a 2018 MacBook Pro laptop with 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 CPU and 32GB RAM. Following are performance gains this new ad-blocker showed: The new algorithm with its optimized set of rules is 69x faster on average as compared to the current engine. When tested with the popular filter list combination of EasyList and EasyPrivacy, it gave a “class-leading performance of spending only 5.7μs on average per request.” It already supports most of the filter rule syntax that has evolved beyond the original specification. This will enable the team to handle web compatibility issues better and faster. The browser does some of the work that can be helpful to the ad-blocker. This further reduces the overheads resulting in an ad-blocker with the best in class performance. Head over to Brave’s official website to know more in detail. Read Next Edge, Chrome, Brave share updates on upcoming releases, recent milestones, and more at State of Browsers event Brave introduces Brave Ads that share 70% revenue with users for viewing ads Chromium-based Brave browser shows 22% faster page load time than its Muon-based counterpartlast_img read more

Cathay Pacific offering savings on VancouverHong Kong flights until Sept 14

first_img Travelweek Group Share Tags: Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong, Promotions Tuesday, September 6, 2016 Cathay Pacific offering savings on Vancouver-Hong Kong flights until Sept. 14center_img Posted by VANCOUVER — To commemorate the launch of three additional A350 non-stop flights between Vancouver and Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways has announced introductory savings of up to 27% off from Canada to over 40 destinations in Asia.For a limited time, the airline is offering savings up to 20% off select roundtrip Economy Class airfares and up to 27% off select roundtrip Premium Economy Class airfares. This offer is available until Sept. 14, 2016 for departures between March 28-May 31, 2017, inclusive.With this offer, Economy Class roundtrip airfares from Vancouver-Hong Kong are priced at $874, and $952 from Vancouver-Singapore. Premium Economy Class roundtrip airfares from Vancouver-Hong Kong are priced at $1,704, while Vancouver-Bangkok fares are priced at $1,792.Departures from other Canadian cities are available for an additional fee. Pricing is for Monday through Thursday departures (weekend fares available) and include taxes and fees (exact amount will be quoted once flights and dates are selected). Seats are limited and other rules and restrictions apply.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongLast week, Cathay Pacific announced the addition of three new nonstop flights between Vancouver and Hong Kong starting March 28 on Airbus 350-900XWB aircraft. The three extra flights will be added to its existing twice daily nonstop service, increasing the frequency from 14 to 17 flights per week.For more details go to << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

A gardeners guide to the Costa Rican rainy season

first_imgSee also: Why you should plant this multitasker in your tropical garden todayAt last the rains have returned after a scorching dry season, and the landscape is beginning to turn green again. For gardeners, the start of “winter” in Costa Rica also means the beginning of a new gardening season. I hope you’ll join the gardening party this year. It can be so rewarding in many ways.For me, there’s such a wonderful feeling that comes from preparing the soil, planting the seeds and tending the plants as they grow, and of course, preparing food that comes right from the garden. Those fresh garden greens, tomatoes, corn, beans and squash seem to taste so much better than store-bought produce. Perhaps it’s just in my mind; however, organic home-grown food has been shown to contain more mineral salts, which contribute better taste and nutritional value.Another reason for a home garden stems from the fact that Costa Rican farmers have a notorious fame for overuse of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. The residues of these chemicals in the food are now linked to a higher risk of health problems.Then there are the benefits of getting some good exercise while working in the garden, which can keep you in shape. Health seekers have also discovered the benefits of “grounding.” Walking barefoot in the grass or getting your hands in the soil eliminates a buildup of excess electrons and return the natural flow of electro-magnetic energy in our body.I hope this little pitch for gardening will inspire readers to join in on the fun of gardening this year.So, where to start? Well, from the ground up. Healthy soils are the key to healthy plants and people. Preparing your soil with compost fertilizer is the best way to ensure you will have good crops. Fortunately, leading nurseries around the country now offer different types of organic compost fertilizers. Adding this black gold to your garden beds and ornamentals will boost your yields.You can also begin to make your own compost at home. Each year during the dry season the sky turns gray with smog from farmers and homeowners burning organic matter, instead of returning it to the soil again. So bury it, don’t burn it. Dried leaves, grass clippings and food scraps can all be used to create fertile soil. You’ll find loads of tutorial videos online that can help you succeed in making your own black gold.Next, find a place to start your seeds in flats. A table located on the sunny side of the house under the eve of the roof is a great place. Most garden greens, tomatoes, peppers and herbs get a better start in flats which can then be transplanted to the garden when they are hardy. You’ll also find that nurseries and farmer’s markets sell seedling vegetables all ready to transplant into the garden.If you are just beginning, start small with one or two garden beds. If you have limited space you can also try growing a Mediterranean potted kitchen garden on a patio or balcony. Most vegetables take about three months before you begin to harvest, and if you plant a new flat of seeds each month, you’ll have a continual harvest all year.We are coming up on Arbor Day on June 15, so make a special effort to plant a tree this year to help restore our critically damaged environment. Nurseries have a wide variety of fruit and ornamental trees you can select for your home. The coastal regions and mid-elevations are perfect for planting mangos, avocados, coconut palms, citrus and many more exotic fruit trees. Highland regions are ideal for the Haas avocado, apples, apricots, and the delicious annona.Here’s my Arbor Day prose for this year: The pied piper of today masquerades as artificial intelligence luring our children with high tech marvels toward to the precipice of environment collapse and Death. Listen to the flute of Pan awakening all to the ancient wisdom of natural intelligence. Turn around, children, and tend the Tree of Life, which gives us health and peace.Read more of Ed Bernhardt’s monthly Home Gardening columns here.For more information on tropical gardening – naturally – visit Ed at or contact him at  Related posts:Cassava: tropical staple, drought-friendly… cancer-busting? Costa Rican plants for aches and pains Hydroponic gardening in Costa Rica: How to get started Moringa: small leaves with big nutrition Facebook Commentslast_img read more