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Source: Pistons finalizing deal to acquire Blake Griffin

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin hangs on the net after throwing the ball out of bounds while trying to pass it to guard Lou Williams with seconds left in an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 126-118. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons were finalizing a trade Monday night to acquire star forward Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced. The Pistons would send forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley and center Boban Marjanovic to Los Angeles, with the Clippers also receiving draft picks. Detroit also would receive forward Brice Johnson and center Willie Reed.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Heat complete another season series over Mavs with 95-88 win Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ESPN first reported the deal.Griffin is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 33 games this season, but the Clippers have been plagued by injuries and are ninth in the Western Conference standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDetroit is struggling as well. The Pistons have lost eight straight heading into Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland.pic.twitter.com/1uoIZ0Sxcc— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) January 30, 2018The 28-year-old Griffin has been the face of the Clippers while playing his entire career with the team. Last July, he agreed to a $171 million, five-year deal, ending a brief flirtation with free agency. He told his teammates, coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer, “I want my legacy to be a Clipper.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img The deal didn’t include a no-trade clause.The Clippers drafted Griffin first overall out of Oklahoma in 2009. However, he missed the 2009-10 season after surgery on his broken left kneecap, the first of several injuries that have marred his career.Griffin missed 21 games last season and 47 in 2015-16 because of injuries.As a rookie, he was an All-Star, won the slam dunk contest and was named NBA Rookie of the Year.He has averaged 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in his career.Detroit’s season was looking promising until a late-December injury to point guard Reggie Jackson. The Pistons have stumbled while he’s been out with a sprained right ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The addition of Griffin would give Detroit’s frontcourt another standout alongside Andre Drummond, but it also would represent a clear change in course from the roster that the Pistons had assembled. Detroit acquired Bradley in a trade with Boston last offseason, but he’s in the final season of his contract. Harris has been impressive for the Pistons this season, shooting a career-best 41 percent from 3-point range.Although neither team announced the deal Monday, there was plenty of reaction on social media. Harris had a message on his accounts thanking Detroit for its support. Griffin’s Twitter account had its own message with no words — just an image of actor Will Smith with a surprised expression on his face.For the Clippers, moving Griffin would continue a makeover of a franchise that has never made it past the second round of the playoffs.The Clippers traded All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Houston last summer. He had been credited with bringing respectability to the team that was once the laughingstock of the league. Without Paul, Los Angeles won its first four games to open the season, and then lost nine of its next 11. The team is one game above .500 going into Tuesday night’s game against Portland.Paul’s replacement, Patrick Beverley, has missed the entire season after right knee surgery. Also missing time have been DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increaseslast_img read more

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Couple, Others Wins FiBank “Save & Win” Campaign

first_imgThe deputy security director for Administration at the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Monrovia office, James S. Jallah, and wife, Hannah Jallah, with other customers won a “Save & Win” promotion campaign from the First International Bank (FIBank) in Monrovia over the weekend.“I haven’t participated in any raffle draw before or to have won a prize from somewhere, but this Fibank “Save & Win” Promotion has changed my experience when it comes to banking in Liberia.” These were the words of Mr. Jallah when he was presented a symbolic round trip ticket to the United States of America by the FIBank Management.Mr. and Mrs. Jallah clinched to the prize on Friday, February 13, 2015; following more than six months of deadlock after the presentation ceremony was marred by the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country.The couple and 14 others were on July 30, 2014, announced winners of the two-month promotion, which ran between June and July last year.There were 11 other winners of mobile phones and one each of a 32-inch LED television, 2.2KVA generator and a refrigerator.Mr. Jallah on behalf of the couple received the ticket before an audience of other winners, who received their prizes. The winners were accompanied by relatives and well-wishers inside the headquarters of the FI Bank on Broad Street in Monrovia.Mr. Jallah said he and his wife were happy to emerge as winners of the grand prize of the lottery and pledged the couple’s lifetime banking with FI Bank. Earlier in her mark, Monrovia City Mayor, Clara Doe Mvogo, said it was a good thing that FI Bank had found as a way to give back to its customers.“It is not every bank that wants to give back to our customers such valuable prizes,” she told the FIB management during the presentation ceremony.Also speaking, the deputy managing director of bank, Rhonda Von Ballmoos, said the bank was grateful that it had encouraged people to save with them.“I know that saving at the bank is good for all of us. We want to thank you for participating in our “Save and Win” promotion. We know that saving is very important for us. It is not everybody that can do it, but if you can, it is a good thing to do,” she emphasized.FI Bank recorded a 30 percent increment in their customer database as the result of the “Save & Win” promotion.Entry into the lottery was simple: customers were encouraged to keep a balance of US$500 and then US$100 or their respective Liberian Dollar equivalents.The winners were the luckiest of all 7,191 customers qualified to participate in the draw on Friday. The round trip ticket was provided by L’Aphie Travels and Tours, and one of the pairs could be traveling in two months from now to the United States of America.Charles Wiah of Sinoe County won the giant-sized refrigerator provided by Haddid Electronics, while Edward Kanneh secured the LED 32-inch Samsung television also provided by Haddid Electronics. Davida Bestman and Currina Toe finalized the last of the four grand prizes, when they won the 2.2 KVA generator that was provided by PowerTech.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Second Nurse to Contract Ebola from ‘Patient Zero’ Identified in Texas

first_imgA Twenty-nine year-old nurse, Amber Jay Vinson, who was a member of a team of nurses that worked on Liberian Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, known as ‘Patient Zero’ in the US media, has been identified as the second person to contract the Ebola virus.  Ms. Vinson works at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and was one of the nurses when ‘Patient Zero’ was diagnosed with the Ebola Virus Disease.   She worked on him, according to information reaching the Daily Observer yesterday.  Ms. Vinson’s step-father who did not want to be named, told journalists, “Right now she’s doing OK. Her temperature is going down. We don’t want to do a lot of talking about it now. The main concern is for her to get better.” The victim’s grandmother, Martha Schuler, added that family members had made a mercy dash from their home in Ohio to be with her. Mrs. Schuler said: “I spoke to my son and he said that she works in that hospital and that she was exposed. Amber’s mother has flown down to be with her.” Nurse Vinson is a registered nurse and was one of 76 medical staff members who cared for Mr. Duncan in Dallas. Duncan holds the record as the first person to die from the virus on U.S. soil.  Ms. Vinson reported to Texas Presbyterian Hospital with a fever last Tuesday and was isolated within 90 minutes, according to reports.  Information said a preliminary Ebola test was run late on Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and results were received at about midnight.  Health officials later interviewed Miss Vinson to identify any contacts or potential exposures so that those people will be monitored.  Further testing was being conducted at the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, Daily Observer has learned.    Decontamination of Ms. Vinson’s Dallas apartment in the 6000 block, The Village Bend East began thereafter, as emergency responders surrounded the building and Dallas firefighters in hazmat suits were seen entering the home while it was still dark, according to reporters on the scene. City officials said they had contacted all 330 apartments in the complex where Miss Vinson lives.    Ms. Syad, a spokesman for the 6000 block apartment complex, known as The Village Bend East, told journalists that residents were appreciative that they were being kept informed of what was happening.   “We want them to be aware that if they see people in hazmat suits they know what is going on,” she said. “We are trying to get the message out as fast as possible” Within a four-block radius of Ms. Vinson’s apartment people had been alerted and given a leaflet warning them about the proximity of a victim carrying the Ebola virus.   The information sheet listing facts about Ebola had been distributed to residents and it is an attempt to quell fears among residents about the deadly virus, officials said. Precautions are already in progress to clean all known potential areas of contact to ensure public health.  Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins told a news conference on Wednesday morning: “No one wants to get this more right than our hospital… where this insidious disease has now attacked two of our own.”  CDC director Tom Frieden said on Tuesday that he regretted not bringing in a specialized emergency response team from his agency on the day that Ebola patient Thomas Duncan, 42, was diagnosed.  “I wish we had put a team on the ground the day the first patient was diagnosed,” he said.   Dr. Frieden said new guidelines would lower the number of people who have contact with Ebola patients. Health authorities still do not know how 26-year-old nurse Nina Pham was infected but they suspect a breach in the hospital’s protocol.  Health officials in Dallas are working around the clock not to be overwhelmed by an insidious disease that seems to be more stubborn to overcome anyone who might become a victim.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Traffic safety drill answers fire bell

first_img“We want to make sure we have experienced drivers who know how to drive these engines properly,” Tucker said. In some ways, emergency response drivers are fighting technology, Spencer said, noting that many late-model luxury cars effectively cancel outside noise, making intersection crossings that much more perilous. “In a lot of these newer cars, they might have a DVD playing or their radio cranked up and they can’t hear anything,” Spencer said. Spencer said he believes the simulated training is essential for preparing emergency-response vehicle drivers for real-life hazards. “It’s kind of small and it’s simulated, but what you get is a heads-up, and you’ve got to be heads-up when you’re going through an intersection,” Spencer said. “I think everybody driving (emergency-response vehicles) should do this.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – On one occasion, a pedestrian standing in a crosswalk waves his hands in disgust before reluctantly retreating back to the curb as a fire engine makes a right turn with sirens blaring. In another instance, a vehicle refuses to yield the right-of-way, darting through a crossing on the engine driver’s left as he passes a broken-down vehicle just before entering the intersection. Such hazards – which firefighters say are regular occurrences – were established Friday on an obstacle course set up on a Fox Airfield tarmac by U.S. Forest Service firefighters. The one-day training exercise was designed to simulate the experience of driving emergency-response vehicles through urban settings. The emphasis of the drill is safety, USFS spokesman Michael Tucker said, noting that firefighters are evaluated on their ability to analyze intersections, proper use of sirens, and fundamental driving safety – not speed. According to Tucker, firefighters are trained to keep their composure and obey all traffic laws, even if other drivers don’t. “Even though the lights and sirens are going, I just try to stay calm,” said Firefighter Paul Spencer, a San Diego resident who was among 30 firefighters from throughout the state participating in the training exercise. “When you’re going to an incident, you don’t want to create an incident,” Spencer said. Friday’s training exercise featured two emergency-response driving courses – an easier 2- to 3-minute course, and a more demanding 4- to 5-minute course that included bicyclists and a construction zone, among other hazards. last_img read more

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Fort St. John Chamber Joins Coalition regarding Caribou section 11 draft agreement

first_img1) Consult openly with ALL users, stakeholders, businesses, and local government2) Immediately begin economic and socio-economic impact studies on the North Eastregion3) Provide baseline data on populations and relevant science-based studies to supportclosures and recovery plans.In November 2018, the Concerned Citizens for Caribou Recovery group, led by the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce has been actively working to bring the issues identified with section 11 to the public, government and key stakeholders. The group has been actively working to bring to light the socio-economic impacts that section 11 (in its current form) could bring to the Province.Public Consultations did not happen until now when the Provincial Government (afterincreased pressure) opened up their consultation to public comment at the end of March 2019 with a deadline to submit comments by May 3rd, 2019. The public can submit their feedback through the government’s online feedback form found at engage.gov.bc.ca/caribou.Concerns regarding this online form have since surfaced by many Chambers, calling it cumbersome, very lengthy and convoluted. Some Chambers have taken the measures to offer open house events to walk participants through the online forms to ensure they are understanding them completely.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce has joined a list of BC Chambers in a Coalition to support the petition started by Dawson Creek Chamber.The FSJ Chamber of Commerce goes on to say that although the FSJ area is not directly affected by the current Caribou closure plans in section 11, it’s the unintended effects that will impact all communities within the region and all around the province that is of the greatest concern.Section 11 sets out the overall relationship between BC and Canada, and it gives a sense of where the recovery process may go. Section 11 currently identifies 54 herds across the province and leaves a lot of questions around what potential land management could look like shared the FSJ Chamber of Commerce.- Advertisement -“Meaningful economic and social analyses is critical to working with communities and sectors so that decisions are fully informed and reflect the entire scope of the impact. ” Says Christopher Flury, Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce, President.In November 2018 the Dawson Creek Chamber demanded socio-economic Impact Assessments for the North East region prior to finalization of Section 11 and Partnership Agreements on Caribou Recovery.On April 10th, 2019, the petition was delivered to the house with over 35,000 signatures demanding that all negotiations halt immediately and the Provincial Government negotiation teams and all government agencies:Advertisement “We stand with our Chamber of Commerce organizations throughout our province in appealing to the BC Government to hit pause on the negotiations. The debates in the public sphere over the proposed caribou recovery program have really highlighted that proper engagement with land users and other stakeholders has not been completed, and the process taken for consultation has not been communicated well. The consultation seems rushed. Without a full understanding of the depth of the issues, how can the residents of BC ensure that all the potential impacts of the program have been considered?” responds Julie Ziebart – Chair of the Advocacy Committee, FSJ Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

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Top Belgian football rocked by fraud, match-fixing probe

first_img0Shares0000Investigators enter the premises of Belgium’s football club Club Brugge, where they undertook searches as part of a larger investigation on tax evasion, money laundering and possible match-fixing © BELGA/AFP / KURT DESPLENTERBRUSSELS, Belgium, Oct 10 – Police raids across Europe on Wednesday sent shockwaves through Belgium’s top football league as prosecutors targeted the country’s biggest clubs over alleged fraudulent transfers and match-fixing.A total of 220 police officers carried out 44 house searches across Belgium and in France, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia, Belgian prosecutors said. “A great number of persons have been deprived of their liberty and taken in for a thorough interrogation,” said a statement from investigators.The arrests focused on well-known football agent Mogi Bayat, the former manager of Sporting Charleroi, who was arrested in his home on suspected links to crooked transfer deals.Club Brugge coach Ivan Leko, whose team is playing in the Champions League this season, was also arrested on Wednesday, a source close to the investigation said.The headquarters of Club Brugge, Standard Liege, Anderlecht and KRC Genk, the current leader of the Belgian Premier League, were searched in the operation, the source added.– Cyprus arrest –At Standard Liege, according to a report in the daily Le Soir, police seized contracts involving players Obbi Oulare, Michel Preudhomme and Dino Arslanagic that were all linked to Bayat.Club Brugge and Anderlecht said they will fully cooperate with the investigation.“Club Brugge has nothing to hide,” chairman Bart Verhaeghe told the daily De Morgen.Police seized contracts at Standard Liege involving Obbi Oulare (2R, pictured August 2015), Michel Preudhomme and Dino Arslanagic that were all linked to Bayat © AFP/File / JOHN THYSAnderlecht “gives its full cooperation and makes no further comments”, said spokesman David Steegen.The house searches outside Belgium were mainly connected to the suspect transfer schemes, said prosecutors.Cypriot police told AFP Wednesday they arrested a 52-year-old foreigner on a European warrant in connection with the case.The offences were mainly committed in Belgium, but also in Cyprus and other European countries between 2012 and 2018, said Cypriot police.Legal procedures are now underway to extradite the man to Belgium and evidence collected will also be handed over to the Belgian authorities.Suspicion of match-fixing emerged during the fraud investigation, with a focus put on matches played in the 2017-18 season, prosecutors said.The investigation started in late 2017 as a result of a report drawn up by the Sports Fraud Cell.That entity had received a complaint from Westerlo football club, which currently plays in Belgium’s lower division 1B, following a Kortrijk-Mouscron match in March 2017, club president Herman Wynants told AFP.Mouscron won the match and remained in the top league, relegating Westerlo.According to media reports, Bayat had several players from Kortrijk and Mouscron in his client portfolio with another match involving Mouscron and Qatar-owned Eupen also under suspicion.“I am asking for full transparency and cooperation from the football world to this investigation,” said Philippe Muyters, sports minister from Belgium’s Dutch-speaking Flemish region.“The athletes and especially the numerous supporters are entitled to a fair sport,” he said.– Number one in world –Football agent Mogi Bayat, pictured September 2018, is a major playor in the Belgian football scene and has been accused of links to crooked transfer deals © BELGA/AFP/File / YORICK JANSENSBayat and his brother Mehdi are both major players in the Belgian football scene, an ascent that began when their uncle bought the Charleroi football club in 2000, local reports said.Belgium’s national squad top the FIFA rankings and finished third at this year’s World Cup in Russia, but its national league is considered second-tier.Top English Premier League star Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City rose to prominence at Genk, while Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku was a young star at Anderlecht.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Civic responsibility

first_imgRe “500,000 rally in L.A.” (March 26): Showing civic responsibility, the undocumented and their supporters demonstrated with restraint as they filled the streets of downtown L.A. and streets across America on Saturday. At a time when the White House faces civil war in Iraq, a politically driven U.S. Congress deliberates policies that could lead to civil unrest here at home. Twelve million Mexican citizens are here because the U.S. government failed to enforce laws to keep them out. Now that they are here and with unemployment very low, it makes more sense to give them an opportunity to become citizens and pay taxes; the cost of the bureaucracy required to do otherwise would be totally obscene. Using a portion of that money, the border could be sealed so as to eliminate future problems. – Philip Wilt Van Nuys Wrong country Re “500,000 rally in L.A.” (March 26): Instead of protesting this country’s policies, why aren’t these people protesting and working for change in their countries? They should be working to change the corrupt governments in their countries. In addition, they should be working to upgrade, (and where needed install) the infrastructures in their countries that will create jobs so that they won’t have to depend on this country to survive. At this rate, eventually, they will kill the goose that’s laying the golden eggs. – Irving Leemon Northridge Years of inaction Re “Immigrant rallies stun even organizers” (March 27): Our elected leaders refuse to deal with reality when it comes to illegal immigrants. The years of inaction have produced a booming subculture of low-wage workers (nearly 5 percent of our population) and the drain on public resources has reached critical mass. This was allowed to happen, even encouraged by both parties with a little wink at American business. Illegal immigrants are here because business is allowed to hire them. Reality requires you hold American businesses’ feet to the fire on hiring practices and stop providing free public financial support. Passing laws without enforcement is a little like passing out empty condom packages – it looks good but really just causes the problem. – Brett Papworth Palmdale Send them back Re “500,000 rally in L.A.” (March 26): Rep. Tom Tancredo is right, illegal immigrants should be tracked down and sent back to from where they came – starting with him. – Abe Walking Bear Sanchez Canon City, CO Character counts Re “500,000 rally in L.A.” (March 26): Those demonstrating are to be commended for behaving so well; it is testimony to the character of the majority of immigrants that are trying to make better lives for themselves and their families. But if a family of seven, say, were to come to my home demanding a place at my dining room table to be fed, and that I pay to educate their children and also pay to hospitalize an invalid parent, does my refusal make me a racist? – Al Kholos Winnetka L.A. is flooded Re “500,000 rally in L.A.” (March 26): Half a million illegal immigrants gathered on our streets to protest new laws that will keep them from entering illegally. The fact this is the largest protest gathering in L.A. history really underscores the problem: L.A. is flooded with illegals. The federal government has refused to lift the economic burden from L.A. taxpayers even though the burden should not be ours. The only way this will stop is to prevent them from reaching our city. – Loretta Kemsley Sylmar Cold comfort Re “500,000 rally in L.A.” (March 26): It was comforting to see the mayor of Los Angeles standing before those who were protesting the new proposed congressional legislation. To hear him say that no one has the right to break the law, and that crossing into this country illegally is a slap in the face to all those who did it legally – too bad he never said it. I guess once La Raza, always La Raza. – Lawrence A. Calabro Northridge Political agenda Re “500,000 rally in L.A.” (March 26): Your photo on Sunday’s front page displayed the real motivation behind opposition to immigration reform. Signs reading “This is stolen land” and “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us” are not carried by “tired and poor” refugees, but by people with a political and economic agenda. It is not a question of ‘mercy,’ but of sovereignty. – George W. Harris Thousand Oaks Trash pilferers Re “Antonio to speed up recycle goal” (March 24): Antonio wants to speed up his recycle goal … surely, he jests. Here in my Silver Lake neighborhood,recycling is a joke. Starting early on the day before trash pickup and into the late night we have a virtual parade of trash pilferers rummaging through our blue recycle barrels. All the bottles and cans are long gone before the city trash trucks arrive to pick them up. Driving anywhere in the city, who hasn’t seen people pushing shopping carts filled with bottles and cans going from one barrel to the next? I guess the good news is the trash is getting recycled … but not by the city who is paying the bill. – Joyce Peyton Silver Lake Gas money Re “Gasp prices return” (March 24): Another vacuous, ho-hum article justifying gas price increases. The watchdog media should follow the money. “Big Government,” not “Big Oil” makes out the most on gasoline increases. Last time I looked, 18.4 cents on every gallon goes to the feds and 18 cents goes to the state, with an additional 8 percent state sales tax. Do the math. Big government has revenue for everything without asking for tax increases. Ingenious! There is money for war, for education and health services to the estimated 15 million living illegally in our country; and most importantly, “lifetime” politicians are not accountable for monetary waste. – Paul Strickland Newhall Animal welfare Re “Biting back” (March 23): Let’s hope new Animal Services GM Ed Boks does not fall into the trap of clich?s and feel-good programs to placate critics before carefully studying the Los Angeles animal environment, which differs markedly from Arizona and N.Y. Giving away “free” animals, leaving cats in the street (even if sterilized), allowing unlimited animals per household may be quick-fix shortcuts to statistical “no kill” but fail to provide long-term solutions to the constant flow of tragically starved, abused, neglected, abandoned and criminally exploited animals into our shelters. Boks has the knowledge and he must have iron-clad resolve that animal safety/welfare and humane laws are relentlessly enforced, so that “no kill” means more than just reduced euthanasia but also guarantees a quality life for the pets we save. Phyllis M. Daugherty Director, Animal Issues Movement Los Angeles Clean money I literally punched the newspaper when I read the headline: “Wealth Gives Westly the Leg Up on Angelides” (March 23). As if money was the only thing that mattered in determining who our next governor should be. Whatever happened to character? To merits? To issues? All seemingly washed away in an ever-escalating tide of campaign contributions. Things need to change. California needs clean money through full public funding of election campaigns. With clean money, candidates for office can spend their time out in the community listening to the needs and concerns of voters, instead of incessantly courting big money donors. – Eric Tang Venice AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘Manchester United are a total shambles’, blasts talkSPORT co-host

first_imgRed Devils players were booed off the pitch by the unhappy Old Trafford faithful after another lifeless display, one which has further increased the pressure on Mourinho after weeks of drama.The manager did himself no favours as he again criticised his players following the 0-0 stalemate, saying they lack the ‘technical quality’ to build attacks from defence – as so many of their Premier League rivals do.There have been many reports about the current state of the United dressing room, with some claiming Mourinho’s relationship with his players is at an all-time low and that his rift with Pogba is basically irreparable.And, speaking on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Saunders said: “This is Manchester United!“I just think Pogba and Mourinho are embarrassing the club. 2 Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders has slammed Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba for ‘embarrassing’ Manchester United, telling talkSPORT: ‘the whole place looks a shambles!’United are suffering their worst start to a season in 29 years, which continued as they played out a bore draw with Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday night. 2 “There are too many things on the back pages that are nothing to do with football. Every time you pick up the newspaper it’s about those two arguing.“United are not playing very good football. I’m looking at their team and thinking, ‘how many of those players are getting in the Liverpool or Man City teams’?“The answer? Not many!“Manchester United have spent around £900million since Sir Alex Ferguson left.“The whole place looks a shambles to me.” Mourinho appears at his wits end in the Old Trafford dugout Mourinho’s deteriorating relationship with Paul Pogba seems to be the crux of his problems last_img read more

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South African firms ‘becoming more energy-savvy’

first_img10 March 2014The rising cost of electricity and increased demand on the national grid, along with the government’s introduction of a National Energy Efficiency Strategy, are encouraging South African businesses to implement energy-efficient initiatives and technologies, US-based business consultancy Frost & Sullivan said last week.New research from Frost & Sullivan, titled Energy Efficiency and Large South African Commercial Businesses, finds that South African companies are becoming more aware that reducing energy usage will lower operating expenditure, improve profit margins, and enhance both their brand image and their competitiveness in a country that is striving to become a carbon-neutral economy.In the 2013/14 financial year, according to the study, peak demand savings by large South African corporates grew to 141 megawatts (MW), from 22 MW in 2012/13.“The introduction of the National Energy Efficiency Strategy (NEES) by the South African government to achieve certain social, environmental and economic targets by 2015 is promoting energy efficiency and sustainable practices among businesses,” Frost & Sullivan’s head of energy and environment, Cornelis van der Waal, said in a statement.“The NEES aims to improve energy efficiency by 15 percent in the commercial sector, which currently uses nearly 10 percent of the country’s energy.”Van der Waal said South Africa’s commercial sector could begin by implementing simple measures such as monitoring lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning use, installing technologies like variable speed drives that have shorter payback periods, and using default energy-saving settings on computers.“There is already a growing interest in the replacement of halogen light bulbs with more efficient light-emitting diodes,” he said, adding that power utility Eskom was offering financial incentives for saving energy, real-time metering, training staff on energy efficiency, and planning energy management projects effectively.Large commercial businesses in South Africa could further cut down on energy consumption by investing in efficient motors, water heating systems, proper building management, and regular maintenance. Conducting energy-saving audits would also help companies establish benchmarks and identify other areas in which they could save energy, the researchers said.They noted, however, that the of lack of staff with the requisite skills, as well as the high capital cost of energy-efficient equipment, was preventing companies from implementing energy management projects. In addition, most businesses still did not consider energy efficiency as a core function of their brand and operations.“To ensure that energy efficiency becomes a culture in South Africa, large commercial businesses should invest in initiatives that positively influence the perception of energy consumers and encourage the adoption of sustainable practices,” Van der Waal said. “They could then implement projects that will optimise resources and be most profitable for their particular business.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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A Blueprint To The Internet Of Things: Bump’s David Lieb

first_imgAsk David Lieb, the founder of Bump, one of the top 25 best-selling iPhone apps of all-time and, coincidentally, one that illustrates just how an Internet of Things could really work for us.Lieb, a now-rusty programmer, has been getting it for years now—four years, actually. In the early days of iOS, Bump was a way to swap contact info through a literal “bump” between two iPhones. Run into someone who you might like to get in touch with in the future, swap info effortlessly and be on your way.Now Bump has blossomed into hands-down the most seamless service I’ve ever used for sharing files between devices—and as it turns out, we smartphone users need to do that a lot. The app doesn’t discriminate. These days you can share any kind of file—photos, videos, text files, MP3s, you name it—between any two devices by “bumping” them together. You can literally whack your laptop with your smartphone and have a whole album of photos appear on the screen. I do this a lot. I’ve perfected the “Bump bump.”The thing is, Bump doesn’t use Bluetooth or NFC or any other irritating proprietary wireless standard. Instead it aggregates a cascade of mobile sensor data from the devices in question, all triggered by a jolt that gives, for instance, a phone’s  accelerometer its cue to kick off a file transfer up to the cloud and then down to an opposite device.No muss, no fuss—and most important, no need to fiddle with settings to tell the devices exactly where to send the data or how. They just know. Smart. And it’s a perfect example of how the Internet of Things should work. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Making Devices Share Like PeopleLieb’s Y-Combinator-fueled pet project was conceived as many great ideas are: to fix something that was both really specific and really, really annoying. Namely, how to make moving a chunk of data from point A to point B dead simple. Lieb’s app works like everything should, so when he talks about the future, I listen. I want to know how his brain works—and I wouldn’t mind learning the secret recipe behind his app’s killer formula while I’m at it.ReadWrite: At a conference last year, I sat down to dinner at a table with about 10 other tech journalists from the Wall Street Journal, PC World, et cetera. In conversation, Bump came up and the group couldn’t even figure out how the app works. We even tried to mess the process up by all “bumping” our phones together at once like crazy people. But, much to our chagrin, it still transferred files perfectly. So, um, how does Bump work?David Lieb: Bluetooth is available, but it’s really hard to get it to work between devices. There’s wi-fi but everyone’s got to be connected to the wi-fi network. So we basically have built this really sophisticated system to make the user experience what we wanted. And the sophisticated system is that we monitor a bunch of sensors on the phone: where you are, the accelerometer … there’s this laundry list of six or seven other sensors or [kinds of] data that we can get our hands on.[Taken alone] any one of those isn’t enough, but if you group them all together, the full set of sensor data is enough [to uniquely identify the devices involved in any given transfer]. And it’s dynamic. So we use whatever we need to know to get really good confidence. And it works really well, as it turns out. Very rarely do we mess up.RW: Aha, so the data set is more than the sum of its parts. Very cool.When it comes to wireless [peer-to-peer] connectivity, we just keep waiting for “the one.” And of course, a couple of years ago, we thought that NFC was the one….DL: As a technology [NFC] is great. But as a solution to a problem it doesn’t make any sense. As it turns out, you need a lot more than a chip in a phone to make something work really well. You need design, you need user experience, you need technology that achieves the goal rather than technology for technology’s sake.The Near (And Far) Future ReadWriteBuilders is a new series of interviews with developers, designers and other architects of the programmable future.Today, we know what the future looks like—or we have a pretty good cheat sheet, anyway. More than half of the people in the U.S. are carrying around computers smaller than a deck of cards. Devices have started studying their owners like an alien race, jotting down observations about their habits, crunching the numbers. At the stuttering dawn of the Internet of Things, those same devices are talking to each other and comparing notes But why aren’t they doing it better? Tags:#apps#Builders#Future Tech#Internet of Things#Mobile Ecosystem#smartphones Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud taylor hatmaker RW: So what’s next?DL: The biggest shift that we’re going to see is just starting now. It’s going to be way bigger than touchscreens and way bigger than apps.If you look at the history of computing for the last 50 years … the computer is this tool that you can use. It’s like a screwdriver. You need to do something so you grab your tool. As we go forward, phones know so much about us that they can predict what we want to do before we even think about it. This is just the beginning of what I call ‘the age of inference,’ where every app is going to flip from an intent-based app where I open it and say ‘I need to do these things now’ and turn into an inference-based app where it tells me ‘hey, you need to do this now’ or ‘here are some options of things you [might] want to do.’And that will allow us to do so much more. Because the human brain can only hold so many things at once.RW: How do you think this “age of inference” is coming along? Inference and prediction sounds a lot what’s Google’s up to with Google Now. And of course Google Glass is a hardware vessel for that kind of data delivery prescience.DL: I think that Google is doing interesting things with Google Now—I would summarize their work so far as “predicting what information I may want to see” as a supplement or replacement to existing behavior of searching for that information. But I see that as just the beginning—there is far more that computers can do beyond predict information to display to me. What about interactions with services, other people, or places or businesses? I think we’ll start to see predictive computing or “inference” emerge more in these areas over the next several years.Google Glass is a nice way to deliver information in a more contextual way, so I see it as an enabler for some of these higher level ideas on the future of computing. But to me the bigger shift is that from “I command the computer to do something for me” to “the computer infers what actions I’d like it to do for me.” I see that as the biggest shift in computing since the abacus.In the last couple months, both Google and Apple have announced more sophisticated API support for developers for contextual awareness in apps. Phone platforms now are beginning to provide classifications such as “the user is riding a bike” and “the user is walking” which will greatly improve developer’s ability to focus on the application layer, rather than the tech layer.RW: So what do you think is next next?DL: Well, the future is always a bit hazy, but a few trends that are happening that I expect to continue.More devices: 30 years ago, people shared access to a single computer. 20 years ago people started getting their own family computers. 10 years ago everyone got their own computer. 5 years ago people got a mobile device in addition to a computer. 3 years ago people got a tablet too. In the future, I think the number of computing devices people have will continue to grow.More intimacy with those devices: 30 years ago you wouldn’t dare leave any personal info on a computer. 20 years ago you started saving your documents and files on them. 10 years ago people began keeping all their photos and videos on their computers. 5 years ago people began carrying their phones with them and using them for all of their communications and personal data.I expect this to continue, to the point that our devices will know (and analyze) all the intimate details of our lives—who our friends are, who we should connect with, who we should meet, how healthy we are, etc.Beyond Bump: Meet FlockLieb touts his second app as a model for this next era, the one in which devices make correct guesses about their users. For his next trick, Lieb created Flock— an app that address the Sisyphean task of regularly sharing the mobile photos we take. (I for one am guilty of snapping photos with my phone constantly … and then watching them accrue virtual dust.) Flock was designed to nudge people into sharing those photos that didn’t quite make it into a #latergram with the people who will actually care.I’ve had Flock since I hung out with Lieb back in January at CES. The app is way rougher around the edges than Bump, unfortunately, but its conceptual purity remains. Like Google Now, a bold herald of the anticipatory systems trend, Flock wants to know you better than you know you.When Lieb launched the photo sharing app, everyone likened it to Color (remember that hype?). But Lieb thinks Color, unlike Flock, never had a core user issue that it was trying to solve—and that was its downfall.DL: An app has to have one brand for a user. If Bump did like three other things, people would be like “oh what is that app I wanted to use?” Keeping things really focused, especially on mobile, is super important.I think one of the most important things that Apple did when they came up with the iPhone [user interface] was that they had this spatial grid of icons. What it allows is the user to spatially recognize ‘when I want to do this, I go here.’ Your thumb is going to that place before you even think about where it is.RW: So you “bump” with Bump and you “flock” with Flock.DL: It’s really interesting, because there are more seamless ways to do it. But because the cognitive hurdle is lower with Bump—I don’t have to think about anything, I just bump the phones together and it works—that’s what’s allowed Bump to get so big. It’s just dead simple. “I don’t want to think about how it’s working. I just want it to do what I want.”Bumping Our Way To The Internet Of ThingsExactly.As it stands, we’re still wrestling with what should be relics of a bygone technological era: battery life woes, wired connections, wi-fi deadzones, dropped calls—the list of would-be anachronisms goes on. How do we let our imaginations expand infinitely when we still can’t move information from point A to B without wrangling with USB cables and flickering signals?If devices are all going to be chattering away to us and each other everywhere we go, then we better puts our heads down and get to work. Because it’s tough to build the future without a foundation of solutions to the problems plaguing us now. And those solutions, elegant workarounds like the ones Lieb builds, will pave the way. last_img read more

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