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BREAKING: 830 Cases, 13 Deaths; PBC: 59, Broward: 180, Miami: 177

first_imgAs of 11 a.m. Sunday, there are 830 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our state, with 59 in Palm Beach County, 180 in Broward County, and 177 in Miami-Dade County. There are 13 confirmed deaths in the state, including the first one in Palm Beach County overnight.Gov. Ron DeSantis is scheduled to hold a press conference at noon Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, ahead of that site’s opening for coronavirus tests on Monday.On Saturday, the governor said state officials are considering the possibility of putting people who test positive for the virus in facilities such as hotels in order to help prevent them from spreading the virus to family members.DeSantis said hotel owners have offered their facilities.Stay with 850 WFTL on-air and online for the latest on the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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Mars Makeover Underway

first_imgAmazing claims about Mars are coming in almost too fast to fathom, reports Space.Com, especially from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter.  These include evidence for recently active volcanos, frozen ice beds, methane and vestiges of glaciers and waterfalls.  Activity is “only yesterday” in the standard geological timescale.  One said, “it could start up again tomorrow.”  Victor R. Baker (U. of Arizona) also talks about these findings in Nature.1.  See also “Mars still alive, experts agree” on the BBC News, and a New Scientist article that claims some of the activity may still be going on today.   The discussion about heat, methane and water is also triggering more verbal outgassing about possible life on Mars.  Though it is becoming less likely to find life at the surface, Leonard David on Space.com says, “it is not unreasonable to suggest that life on Mars not only emerged but could have survived to the present in underground niches.”1Victor R. Baker, “Planetary science: Picturing a recently active Mars,” Nature 434, 280 – 283 (17 March 2005); doi:10.1038/434280a.It would be very exciting to find active volcanos on Mars, and would raise new questions about the age of the planet: how could a smaller planet than Earth remain hot today?  The halitosis from the media about finding life comes from the Chef Charlie cookbook.  Recipe for life: heat rocks in a warm little pond till mud broth forms, sprinkle with meteorites, then store in a cave and wait a few million years.  When methane is emitted, it’s done.  Season with balderdash on a website.  Serves a million suckers.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Is there an App for everything? Listen to this audiocast for more information!

first_imgFlickr-CC-The-US-Army-The-UOfficial-Army-iPhone-app-Taken-on-January-12-2010.Discover the pros and cons of using nutrition apps in your practice and how to use them effectively.  Tune into this free webinar on September 21, 2016 at 11:00 am EDT.Mobile Apps for RDNs in Patient Care: What Does the Evidence Say?To register, go to the event page.For a preview, listen to this audio chat with our presenters.Audio Playerhttps://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/podcast-Kristen-Justine-Mobile-Apps-webinar.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audiocast with Dr. Karen Chapman-Novakofski, Kristin DiFilippo and Justine KarduckWhat nutrition apps are you using? This post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

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China on a peace offensive

first_imgThe Chinese are on a peace offensive now. In keeping with the precision with which they operate, the Chinese have sent three top military officers across the world to convey the message that China’s actions in South Asia and the South China Sea should not be seen as threatening by anyone. It is quite another matter whether their interlocutors will receive the message that China wishes to convey. But you can’t fault Beijing for not trying.China’s Defence Minister Liang Guanglie came on a four-day official visit to India on Sunday, at the head of a 23 member delegation. The delegation included Yang Jinshan, commander of the Tibet autonomous region’s military district. This was the first visit by a Chinese defence minister since 2004, but Liang had visited India as chief of the general staff in 2005.MovesSimultaneously, a PLA delegation, led by the deputy chief of general staff Lt General Ma Xiaotian, began a tour of Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore.India, of course, has a border dispute with China, and so do Vietnam and Malaysia.Lieutenant General Cai Yingting, deputy chief of the general staff of the PLA recently concluded a visit to the United States where he took the opportunity of reiterating Beijing’s position on the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands which are disputed between China and Japan, leaving the Chinese worried that the latter may invoke the US-Japan security treaty to protect their claim over the islands.And, we should be clear, as Meng Xiangqing, deputy director of the Strategic Research Institute at the National Defense University of the PLA told China Daily, despite the new diplomatic thrust Beijing “will not yield when sovereignty and territory are concerned”.In that sense, diplomacy, military or otherwise, is another weapon in assertive Beijing’s arsenal. In an interview to an Indian daily on the eve of his visit, General Liang sought to soothe Indian fears. He echoed what General Ma had told Prime Mminister Manmohan Singh in December 2011, that the PLA does not have a single soldier in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. He also commended the steps the two sides had taken to maintain peace and tranquility on the Line of Actual Control that marks the Sino-Indian border.In essence, what General Liang seems to be attempting is to ensure that the Sino-Indian relations remain stable, even as Beijing grapples with its more pressing problems-the US pivot to Asia and its maritime boundary disputes with various ASEAN countries and Japan.But while generals Liang, Ma and Cai, the diplomats, do the rounds of South and South-east Asia, their armies continue to plan and fight the next war better. Which is saying a lot for any military.Of immediate concern to India, for example, are the four major military exercises that the PLA has carried out in Tibet since March this year. These have included exercises relating to the movement of Chinese forces across the Tibet Qinghai plateau, as well as live air to ground fire drills conducted by the PLA Air Force.The Chinese are making a special effort to gear up their forces for high-altitude operations in cold areas, a field where the Indian armed forces have considerable experience and expertise.Earlier this month, a major exercise featured the movement of Chinese armoured columns across the Brahmaputra river (called Yalung Yangbo) in Tibet. Exercises have focused on fuel replenishment, food supply and ammunition transportation.Another area of tension between the two countries has been the South China Sea.India’s decision to withdraw from two exploration blocks earlier this year was seen as a withdrawal from the South China Sea dispute by New Delhi. However, since then, ONGC has said that it will continue to participate in Vietnam’s oil exploration.GoalsThe use of military diplomacy is a hallmark of the growing sophistication of Chinese foreign and security policy. The goal of the Chinese generals is to convince their principals-India, Vietnam, Japan and the US, that their military modernisation does not aim to destabilise regional equations.In other words, India should not get worked up over Chinese relations with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Pakistan is, of course, a special case.But there is a larger goal in view. Beijing is mortally afraid of being “contained” by the United States. For this reason, it is maintaining good ties with Russia, and backing it diplomatically on the issue of Syria. Likewise, China is conducting a complex policy through which it manages to maintain its “all weather” friendship with Pakistan and maintain a tough posture on its border dispute with India, even while ensuring that New Delhi, whose military modernisation is lagging, does not fall into the arms of the United States. The same goals mark its efforts with the ASEAN countries with whom it is locked in disputes over their maritime boundary with China.IndiaIndia has nothing to fear from China. This may be the 50th anniversary of our defeat at the hands of Beijing in 1962, but we are a world away from that era. The Indian armed forces modernisation may be lagging, but we possess sufficient forces to defend ourselves.More important, in contrast to 1962, we have a far greater “situational awareness.” In short, we know what is on the other side of the mountain-Chinese capabilities and their deployments are not a complete unknown as they were in 1962.Significantly, China itself stands at a delicate threshold. Its military may be strong, but its political and social situation is fraught. Growth is slowing and its political system is looking frail and antiquated in the light of the Bo Xilai affair. Despite decades of effort, Tibet remains an area of concern for Beijing.There should be no doubt that it remains in India’s interest to engage China without reservations. We must, however, be clear in our own minds that the only way to achieve peaceful and productive relations with our great neighbour is by maintaining a credible defence posture-both nuclear and conventional.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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NBA Draft Will Go Big Time

first_imgSmall ball was the story of the NBA Finals. It might seem temporarily forgotten at the start of the NBA draft.The first three players taken June 25 could easily be a trio of big guys. Karl-Anthony Towns seems the likely pick by Minnesota at No. 1, the Los Angeles Lakers would next figure to snare Jahlil Okafor at No. 2 and it wouldn’t surprise many onlookers if Philadelphia then took Latvian prospect Kristaps Porzingis with the third pick.Give or take an inch, they’re all 7-footers.So after a title series where Cleveland’s LeBron James and Golden State’s Draymond Green — both about 6-foot-8 — spent time at center and where the Warriors swung the series their way by going to a small lineup and forcing the Cavaliers away from what was working, all eyes when the draft starts will be on bigs once again.“I think big men still run the game,” Okafor said after a workout with the Lakers earlier this month. “When you have a dominant big man, that changes the aspects of the game. You can see that now, you can see the Golden State big men and the Cleveland big men doing big things for their teams. So we believe the big men still run it.”Not everyone would agree.The dearth of the NBA big man has been well-chronicled, although it seems to be making a bit of comeback with Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin all ranking among the league’s top eight scorers this past season.But in today’s league, small ball — the type of play where speed and shooting takes precedence over size and power — is clearly en vogue, because it’s working.“I understand the small ball,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said last week on a teleconference to discuss Towns and the Wildcats’ six other draft hopefuls.“Small ball is because a 6-7 guy can move his feet and hands like a guard, but now you’ve got a 7-footer that can do the same. In three years, if someone has two 7-footers that can move their feet, then we’re going back to the twin towers.”What Calipari is basically saying is that big men are trying to keep up with the times.The notion of tall guys being able to shoot from deep isn’t new — Chris Bosh, Kevin Love, Channing Frye and Dirk Nowitzki are all serious 3-point threats, and all stand at least 6-foot-10.Towns is working on his range, Okafor has been known to make 3’s in practice and Porzingis’ outside game is clearly ahead of his post skills.In the small-ball party right now, the big guys apparently don’t like being left out.“By necessity, the league has gone smaller and more spread,” said Fran Fraschilla, a former college coach who now is an ESPN analyst. “You’re seeing more, what I would call, small lineups. What we call the stretch four-man. In part, this is because there are just a handful of low-post scorers.”If the draft starts with Towns, Okafor and Porzingis, it would be a rare big-big-big opening.The last time three guys who were 7-footers led off a draft was 2007, when injury-prone Greg Oden, Kevin Durant and Al Horford went 1-2-3. And the last time more than two true post players — Durant wouldn’t count there, of course — led off a draft was 2001, with Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol and Eddy Curry were the first four selections.Chandler and Gasol have enjoyed great careers, Brown and Curry not so much. It’s a reminder that betting the franchise’s future on big men is always risky, with the most infamous example coming in 1984 when Hakeem Olajuwon went No. 1, Sam Bowie went No. 2 and the player widely considered to be the best ever in the game was still on the board.A lesser-known blunder from that draft was that 15 teams passed on John Stockton.“You go back to the Olajuwon-Bowie-Jordan draft,” Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. “In years past and maybe even today it makes sense to build around a big, but you don’t want to take a big because it’s a big and pass on the No. 3 pick — which turned out to be Michael Jordan.”Hence, maybe taking a guard the wiser move. “It can be argued in today’s game that maybe you should do that,” Kupchak said.Odds are, he won’t listen to that argument. Okafor wants to be a Laker and it’ll probably work out that way. Small ball isn’t everything — and Okafor wants to remind the league that’s the case.“I know what my bread-and-butter is,” Okafor said, “and that’s down in the post.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Lessons learnt from Chandrayaan are faith fearlessness says Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the two “greatest lessons” he learnt from the Chandrayaan-II mission are “faith and fearlessness” and also announced a quiz competition whose winners will get an opportunity to visit Sriharikota to witness the moment the spacecraft will land on moon in September.In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ address, Modi said the way scientists rectified technical issues, which caused ISRO to defer its launch by a few days, is exemplary and unparalleled. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”If you ask me what the two greatest lessons I have received from Chandrayaan II, I shall say they are faith and fearlessness. We should trust our talents and capacities; we should have faith in them,” he said. “We should feel proud of the fact that despite hindrances, there is no change in the arrival time. We should trust our talents and capacities; we should have faith in them,” he said. Hailing the indigenous project, he said it is “thoroughly Indian in heart and spirit. It is completely a swadeshi, home grown mission.” He hoped that the Chandrayaan II mission will inspire youth towards science and innovation, saying that science is the path to progress. “This mission has proved beyond doubt, once again, that when it comes to attempting an endeavour in new age, cutting edge areas, with innovative zeal, our scientists are second to none. They are the best, they are world class,” the prime minister said. Asking students to participate in the quiz, whose details will be out soon, he said space, and science and technology will be its key features. “And the most thrilling part is that students scoring the highest in their respective states will be invited to visit Sriharikota, with expenses borne by the government. There in September they will get an opportunity to witness the moment when Chandrayaan would be landing on the surface of the Moon. For these winners, it will be a historic event of their lives,” he said.last_img read more

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Scotia Bank Turks and Caicos to increase the spending power

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWith the holidays fast approaching, Scotia Bank Turks and Caicos says it wants to increase the spending power of its customers as they will be launching a one-time ‘Sale-a-thon.’ The bank will be offering lower interest rates for mortgages, motor vehicles, land purchases and personal lending products throughout the promotion which will start on November 25 and run through to November 29. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Email Is Not the Best Solution for Collaboration

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Email has been used for decades as a simple collaboration tool by millions of individuals and businesses. Many of us, however, are growing disenchanted with what we see as an outmoded communications tool: We’re complaining about inbox overload, frustration and lost productivity.Related: A 5-Step Solution to Cut Down Time Spent on EmailResearch backs us up: McKinsey Global Institute estimates that the average employee spends 28 percent of his or her work week (13 hours a week) just reading and responding to email, and other studies have identified frustration with email as a top complaint. This is why we’re seeing a growing field of entrepreneurial companies that are radically rethinking email and how we communicate online.Business and social interactions as well as the technology platforms used to accommodate them have evolved. Today, businesses and consumers seek conversational tools that allow for better collaboration and information sharing. What’s news is that the next generation of communication software acts more like a private social network, helping people communicate more efficiently with friends, co-workers and customers.Email certainly has its strengths — short, limited or one-time communication. However, for communicating with a group or team, better solutions exist for facilitating group collaboration, organizing conversations and topics and quickly accessing files and adding or removing people from conversations.Challenges of email as a primary communication toolEmail is good for short communication where you expect an immediate response. However, if you are collaborating or working on a project, email breaks down.Organizing your emails is another, ongoing task that is time-consuming when you try using labels and folders.Other challenges include forwarding long email threads, which often have multiple topics and recipients; collaborating with work groups without always having to “reply to all”; on-boarding on to a project new team members who need access to past emails; and re-focusing after reading one email and then going to another topic.A study in 2007 revealed that a group of Microsoft workers took, on average, 15 minutes to return to serious mental tasks after responding to incoming email or instant messages. In short, email reflects the communications expectations of past generations, and isn’t the tool of choice for the millennial generation, who have grown up texting and using social media.Related: Stop Using These Words In Your EmailsCommunication now reflects the style of a new generation.Today’s best new collaboration technologies are ensuring that your conversations are organized before they even begin because you send messages only after first setting up the topic or channel.These technologies are also solving the problem of lost emails and shared files in your inbox. They’re encouraging the sharing of ideas, by sometimes using formats inspired by social media ideas such as the hashtag from Twitter, and the idea of posting shared comments from Facebook.Such applications are providing conversation platforms which allow teams and groups to communicate smarter. At Chooka we worked with a team of developers from around the world to create an application which integrates the social media concepts of posting, followers, and hashtags — already in the vocabulary of our generation – plus the new concept of the “ampersand,” the first symbol to designate a conversation.Overall, we’re experiencing a national trend in collaboration software that is rethinking email and how we communicate online; the trend includes household names like Google, Facebook and IBM. These new communication tools are no longer just for enterprise customers; small and medium-sized businesses, as well as start-ups, are turning to them to increase productivity.ConclusionThese new collaboration technologies won’t replace email, which is still useful for short communication, but they will complement it, for better collaboration. Both individual users and business users will continue to shape and adopt communications technologies to embrace a more natural, flowing and easily organized way of communicating. With the emergence of the millennial workforce, this trend will only continue to grow, making these new software and applications mainstream.Related: How Fortune 500 Leaders Spend Every Minute of the Day  Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read March 24, 2015 Register Now »last_img read more

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OpenSky is now a part of the Alibaba family

first_imgYesterday, Chris Keane, the General Manager of OpenSky announced that OpenSky is now acquired by the Alibaba Group. OpenSky is a network of businesses that empower modern global trade for SMBs and help people discover, buy, and share unique goods that match their individual taste. OpenSky will join Alibaba Group in two capacities: One of OpenSky’s team will become a part of Alibaba.com in North America B2B to serve US based buyers and suppliers. The other team will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alibaba Group consisting of OpenSky’s marketplace and SaaS businesses. In 2015, Alibaba Group acquired a minority ownership on OpenSky. In 2017, they collaborated with Alibaba’s B2B leadership team to solve the challenges faced by small businesses. According to Chris, both the companies share a common interest, which is to help small businesses: “It was thrilling to discover that our counterparts at Alibaba share our obsession with helping SMBs. We’ve quickly aligned on a global vision to provide access to markets and resources for businesses and entrepreneurs, opening new doors and knocking down obstacles.” In this announcement Chris also mentioned that they will be coming up with powerful concepts to serve small businesses everywhere, in the near future. To know more, read the official announcement on LinkedIn. Read Next Alibaba Cloud partners with SAP to provide a versatile, one-stop cloud computing environment Digitizing the offline: How Alibaba’s FashionAI can revive the waning retail industry Why Alibaba cloud could be the dark horse in the public cloud racelast_img read more

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