Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police responded to a shooting at Mint Restaurant & Lounge in Garden City on Sunday, March 16, 2014 (Photo by Paul Prince)A gunman fired a shotgun into a crowd of people inside a restaurant near Roosevelt Field Mall over the weekend, seriously injuring two men, Nassau County police said.An altercation between a group of patrons at Mint Restaurant & Lounge on Ring Road in Garden City escalated when an unidentified suspect pulled out a shotgun and opened fire at 3:26 a.m. Sunday, police said.The men, ages 21 and 23, were taken to the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. One suffered a head wound and is listed in critical condition while the other was listed in stable condition with an injury to his leg.There is no description of the gunman.The incident comes after a gunman shot two people, killing one at a lighting company near the mall in September and a falling display rack at the mall on Christmas Eve sparked scares of a shooting.Detectives request anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
Government officials have expressed their concern over a regulation issued by the General Elections Commission (KPU) that allows crowd-pullers, including music concerts, to be held during the campaign period for December’s elections. The regulation has been deemed counterproductive to the country’s efforts to curb COVID-19 infection, which has included restrictions on mass gatherings. The Home Ministry’s politics and government affairs director general, Bahtiar, slammed the commission for allowing concerts to be held during campaigns. “Concerts are banned everywhere in the world, it’s odd that Indonesia still allows [concerts] for the upcoming elections,” Bahtiar said during a press conference on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.He said virtual concerts would not be a problem, but that Article 63 of KPU Regulation No.10/2020 on the staging of the regional elections stated that physical concerts were also allowed.Read also: KPU approves twist on campaign props amid pandemicIn addition to concerts, art performances, harvest festivals, walk and bike events, competitions, bazaars, blood donation drives and commemoration of parties’ anniversaries are among the activities permitted during campaigns.Meanwhile, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BNPB) deputy head of system and strategy, Wisnu Widjaja, pointed to Article 59 of the KPU regulation on public debate.“The article stipulates that a public debate may be attended by as many as 50 people. That’s too many, the regulation needs to be evaluated,” he said on Tuesday during a webinar held by the national COVID-19 task force.The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and election activists and experts have called on the government to postpone the elections, which are set to take place on Dec. 9, because of public health risks and possible low voter turnout, particularly as 45 of 270 regions that will host elections have been declared high-risk areas.Even during the early stages of the elections, the Elections Supervision Agency (Bawaslu) has recorded more than 240 violations of health protocols by election candidates. Most of the violations involved the candidates bringing large numbers of people when they registered to run at local election offices. (aly)Topics :
SANTA CLARITA – Authorities urged residents Wednesday to remain alert to strangers in their neighborhoods following the arrests of three burglary suspects who targeted several homes in the area. Parvin Tanner, 20, Allen Brooks, 19, and a third suspect who was not named because he is a juvenile were arrested March13, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff’s officials called the suspects “door knock” burglars. They are suspected of being part of an Antelope Valley gang that goes to high-income neighborhoods and knocks on doors to determine if residents are home, according to the Sheriff’s Department. If someone answers, the burglar pretends to ask for directions or gives some pretext for knocking, but if no one is home, the burglar sneaks inside, authorities said. Stolen property the three suspects tried to pawn was traced to several burglaries that happened in the Santa Clarita Valley the day the three were arrested on suspicion of burglary, according to the Sheriff’s Department. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Embed from Getty ImagesAlong the Kura River Embankment is the cultural center of the Georgian capital – Rhike Park, Peace Bridge over the Kura River and Shangri La, the best Tbilisi Casino.One of the buildings that attracts attention is a complex shape building, resembling two connected glass corridors. Designed by Italian architects and designers, this building houses a concert hall and spaces for organizing exhibitions and other events. Once in this glass and metal structures building, you can simultaneously enjoy a theatrical production or a concert and views that open behind transparent walls.The new concert hall forms a modern architectural complex with another building made in the future architecture style – the Bridge of Peace. The Bridge of Peace is spread over Kura and leads from Herakli II Street in Rhike Park to the new concert hall building. The bridge is only for pedestrians. Its length is 156 m. The steel frame is hidden under a spectacular dome of glass of a complex asymmetric shape.Bridge of Peace construction was carried out in 2008-2010, designed by Michele de Lucca – an architect from Italy. From the Bridge of Peace, you can admire Kura, a beautiful city located on its two banks, and the mountains tops.The lighting system at the Bridge of Peace was designed under the guidance of a French engineer and designer Philippe Martino. Like many architectural sites in Tbilisi, the Bridge of Peace looks spectacular in the sunlight and at night.Tbilisi, like many modern capitals, is a city of contrasts. In the center along the Kura River there are modern buildings, life boils, and on the mountain slopes there are magnificent antiquity monuments, which preserve the great history memory of the Georgian people. From the Bridge of Peace, we see the medieval temples domes and the Mother Georgia sculpture.From the picturesque green promenade stretched up the Old City quarters, the ancient Narikala walls. Above the quarters is a funicular connecting the past and the present.The Bridge of Peace is a popular object, actively visited by tourist groups and wedding processions, which after passing over the bridge begin the road to a bright and beautiful future.The Bridge of Peace backlight is unique. The lighting system is designed to transmit the chemical elements names that form each person body in the Morse code signals form into outer space. This is a symbolic call for peace and harmony — after all, regardless of belonging to a nation or race, all people are the same, which means they should not fight.Shangri La Tbilisi, which is run by Michael Boettcher’s Storm International, is a casino that is located near the Bridge of Peace and fits into the style of modern Tbilisi architecture thanks to the glass walls of a round building. The casino attracts visitors with an interior decoration wealth, a high level of service, and a comfortable atmosphere.In the casino of Tbilisi, you can have a good time, having experienced yourself in classic gambling, as well as visit a restaurant with exquisite national and European cuisine. The restaurant attracts not only those who like author’s dishes, but also panoramic windows. Through them it is pleasant to observe the city center and the river, and of course the Bridge of Peace in full view.Atmospheric places connoisseurs will appreciate Shangri La not only from the inside but from the inside. This is a stylish European casino with a great service. Art Deco interiors look elegant and expensive. At the same time there is no feeling of superfluous pathos, only comfort and refinement. Naturally, there are all kinds of classic games here: roulette, blackjack, poker, dozens of slots, said Darren Keane, Storm International CEO.You can stay in the casino for a week or even more by ordering a junket tour. For the chips price, guests receive all the game features, room and board at the 5-star level, excursions and entertainment. A great option to spend a vacation in Tbilisi in its very center, to get acquainted with the main city beauties. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youFood Eat SafeThe Foods To Eat To Prevent CancerFood Eat SafeUndo10LikesTop 10 Smartest Interior Design Secrets10LikesUndoActive Feel8 Skincare Tips Your Dermatologist Doesn’t Want You to KnowActive FeelUndoNinjaJournalist35 Resignation Letters Giving Everyone InspirationNinjaJournalistUndoEliteGadgetInsiderIs This the Solution To Hong Kong’s Mosquitos We’ve All Been Looking For?EliteGadgetInsiderUndoFood PreventSix Best Foods to Promote Hair GrowthFood PreventUndoMiss Penny StocksWho’s Wesley Snipes’ 14 Year Long Partner?Miss Penny StocksUndoRelocation Target7 New Cars You Could Buy Cheap in Hong KongRelocation TargetUndo
Evolutionists love Darwinism – except when it threatens their funding. Daniel Clery complained in Science1 this week that it means the demise of physics and chemistry in UK universities. “Survival of the fittest” seems to be favoring the departments that provide lucrative careers. The funding shortfall for traditional chemistry and physics is due partly, of course, to the perpetual mismatch between government stinginess and scientists’ insatiable appetites…But other forces are at work, too. Demand for physics and chemistry classes has been steadily falling as students are lured into more career-specific courses such as sports science, forensic science, and media studies. And the once cozy world of British academia is now a competitive marketplace in which universities must vie with each other for government research money and attract as many students as possible to maintain their income. Some researchers suspect that current funding policies are designed to weed out the weak and concentrate resources in a smaller number of superdepartments. “It’s a Darwinian exercise,” says [Philip] Kocienski [Leeds U. School of Chemistry]. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Clery suggests that university departments need to stop competing and start cooperating.1Daniel Clery, “‘Darwinian’ Funding and the Demise of Physics and Chemistry,” Science, Vol 307, Issue 5710, 668-669, 4 February 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5710.668].Sorry, Charlie, you can’t have it both ways. If the law of the jungle is right for biology, then what is, is right. After all, don’t the physicists say nature selected the universe we were born in? And don’t the chemists say nature selected the building blocks of life? So even if it means philosophical suicide, you can choose your path, but you can’t choose the consequences. You can’t appeal to the nobler motives, because they are illusions in your view, so give it your best shot on the Malthusian dogpile (see 02/03/2005 entry).(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
On Saturday, 21 October, Brand South Africa partnered with Bidvest Rally to Read and other sponsors to rally to the Western Cape in efforts to improve literacy and education in the province.The purpose of visiting the schools was to deliver educational materials such as box libraries, school shoes, stationery, soccer balls as well as meet the learners and educators, who will benefit from the training. (Image: Supplied)Cape Town, Friday 27 October 2017 – On Saturday, 21 October, Brand South Africa partnered with Bidvest Rally to Read and other sponsors to rally to the Western Cape in efforts to improve literacy and education in the province.Rally to Read is an initiative that was originally launched by the McCarthy Motor Group and is now led by Bidvest, to help improve education in rural South Africa. Every year, Rally to Read travels across ten school districts, in nine provinces to distribute reading and educational resources to disadvantaged schools.Over the years the Rally to Read has had a positive impact on the lives of many communities and schools:• Over R91-million raised for rural education• 1025 – schools have been on the programme since 1998• 179 – rallies have been executed to date, covering all parts of rural South Africa (1998 – 2016)• 54 – Different areas/school clusters have been supported• 18 – Series of Rallies have been completedMcCarthy Toyota Table View, general manager Gary Scholtz said, “we are very proud to be part of this initiative, we have had an opportunity to travel to schools far and wide in order to positively impact the lives of many children. The rally is always received very well in the Cape. I am always very impressed with the attendance of the parents at the schools we visit”.The purpose of visiting the schools was to deliver educational materials such as box libraries, school shoes, stationery, soccer balls as well as meet the learners and educators, who will benefit from the training.The visits further reaffirm to the schools that they are not alone and to remind the teachers of the importance of their task at hand. Upon arrival, sponsors were welcomed by school’s pupils showing off their reading skills.The visits further reaffirm to the schools that they are not alone and to remind the teachers of the importance of their task at hand. Upon arrival, sponsors were welcomed by school’s pupils showing off their reading skills.“I am very happy that our school is getting all these nice things for us to carry on learning. My favourite story is Oupa se ‘bril and I like it when we act out the stories in class”, said a pupil from Noordhoek Primary.“The Rally to read initiative is very important, I think the fact that we personally deliver to the “end user” is of vital significance to me. It’s easy to just donate money to a cause and ease your conscience, it’s another experience when you come face to face with the individual who will benefit from the sponsorship – things become very personal. Reading is essential to everyone…someone commented on the weekend that if you can’t read you can’t use a computer, public transport and many of the basics we take for granted every day”, concludes Mr ScholtzWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report was a good news, bad news situation. Andy Lang is a DuPont Pioneer Account Manager for Wood, Hancock and Hardin Counties and he said that planting progress is still lagging and many farmers are switching acres to soybeans. On the other hand, growers in his area are all smiles as they drive by their wheat fields. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.
A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Tags:#Location#social networks#web guest author 1 The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos With interest in location-based social networks (LBSN) hitting an all-time high with Foursquare’s recent funding announcement valuing the company at $115 million, a new type of social networking has emerged that borrows some of the mechanics and incentives from location-based services: event-based social networks (EBSNs).While LBSN users notify their personal networks where they are physically located by checking in to the service (and earning virtual badges in the process), EBSN users earn their virtual rewards by also using check-in mechanics, but without actually being physically present at a location.Alex Calic (@alexcalic) is currently working on an undisclosed start-up having spent the past 10 years at several tech companies. After starting at Assal and Coremetrics, Alex was most recently VP of [insert title of whatever needed to get done that quarter] at Clearspring Technologies. Prior to that he was VP of Corp. Dev. at InPhonic where he helped take the company public, launch Wirefly and acquire a dozen mobile and e-commerce companies.The network effect caused by the interest of the most engaged fans is bringing indifferent audiences that are connected to these fans off of the sidelines and into the viewing experience.We see from studies and personal experiences that recommendations from social networks do influence our television viewing habits. Combined with the abundant, on-demand nature of information available on the Internet, it’s easy to understand how the changing content consumption habits – from the day after to the day of – have affected the media industry.While much of the demise of print news media can be attributed to these changing habits (and explained nowhere better than on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), it has actually had the opposite effect on live television event broadcasts. Here is audience data from some of the most widely-known live-broadcast sports and entertainment events from this year.Golden Globes (January): This year’s television audience was 17 million, 14% higher than in 2009.Grammy Awards (January): Almost 27 million viewers tuned in, a 35% increase over last year’s broadcast and the highest TV ratings for the event since 2004.Super Bowl XLIV (February): This became the most-watched television program in U.S. history, beating the finale of the TV show “M*A*S*H” with a total audience of over 150 million and an average of over 106 million viewers.Academy Awards (March): The Awards had over 41 million viewers, up 14% over the 2009 Oscars.NBA Finals Game 7 (June): The deciding game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics pulled in a viewership of over 28 million, the largest basketball audience since 12 years ago, when Michael Jordan won his last of six NBA championshipsWorld Cup Final (July): The finals between Spain and Netherlands became the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history with over 24 million viewers, topping the previous record of 19 million viewers during the United States’ match against Ghana in the elimination round only weeks earlier.Some might argue that there are better explanations for this renewed interest in live television programming. The economy, for instance, means people stay home more often for entertainment purposes. Or it’s due to a wide range of content quality: the offensive-minded Super Bowl match-up; the popularity of Lady Gaga for the Grammys and Avatar for the Golden Globes and Oscars; the deciding game of a classic NBA finals match-up; the final of the World Cup, the most-followed sporting event in the world. But the fact is most of these events are leveraging social media hubs like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube more and more as part of their tune-in marketing campaigns to engage with fans and would-be viewers.And it’s working. The network effect caused by the interest of the most engaged fans is bringing indifferent audiences that are connected to these fans off of the sidelines and into the viewing experience. The real-time nature of information flow on the Web, along with the ability to extend social connections through Facebook and Twitter, has made it increasingly difficult for people to avoid watching or hearing about live television event broadcasts – or even attempt to try to watch them in a non-linear, time-shifted manner without having the outcome spoiled by social media channels. Combined with the social pressures around participation, additional audiences are being influenced to engage in these events via social networks.Some recent engagement figures from Facebook and Twitter seem to confirm this. Facebook has shared that about 30% of all status updates on the site during the U.S. versus England match included a World Cup-related term. More impressively, Twitter saw the number of Tweets per second (TPS) it handles top 3,000 as a result of the Lakers beating the Celtics in the NBA Finals. This record was broken a week later on the heels of two World Cup matches that generated almost 3,300 TPS. To put this into context, Twitter’s normal activity is 750 TPS, which is a big reason why the service has experienced over six hours of downtime since the beginning of the World Cup.With live television event broadcasting benefiting greatly from social networking, can EBSNs become the next big opportunity in social media?More Than Virtual Badges and Threaded Conversations Even though the most well-known companies in this segment of social networking have positioned themselves in a slightly different manner from one another. At the most basic level, services like Fanvibe (formerly Fanpulse) sporting sporting events, GetGlue by AdaptiveBlue (home entertainment like movies, books and music), Hot Potato (general events), Miso by Bazaar Labs (TV shows and movies) and Tunerfish from Comcast (online video and TV shows) all address some type of live event participation through their services.As ReadWriteWeb points out in its recent coverage of some of these apps, their current lack of users adversely affects the social value of their respective networks. With Facebook and Twitter already driving the lion’s share of social media status updates and check-in functionality becoming a commodity, these EBSNs will need more than virtual badges and threaded conversation capabilities around events to drive adoption.The solution is partnering with the leagues and organizations behind these events, as well as the television networks with the broadcast rights. Being promoted by the events or built into the digital experiences of the broadcasts is the ideal way to drive mindshare and user growth. For this reason Tunerfish is best positioned of the group to succeed, since it comes out of Comcast, which has the largest television subscriber base and is in the process of acquiring one of the biggest network TV broadcasters in the U.S.Being part of Comcast helped Tunerfish land its first promotional partnership with HBO when the service went live last month. Owning NBC could bring a lot more of these types of opportunities to Tunerfish. With an iPad app also in the works from Comcast, adding Tunerfish’s functionality to the application could automate the check-in process for millions of TV viewers across every television show and network available in the U.S., creating an enviable interest graph.There is hope for some of the other services as well. AdaptiveBlue, which has been around the longest, probably has the most robust underlying platform. The company leverages semantic technologies to generate social recommendations for its users based on their check-ins and ratings. By covering a broader range of interests than just TV shows and movies, and with strong platform usage resulting from its recently launched GetGlue iPhone app, AdaptiveBlue can create a much deeper interest graph than some of its competitors.Hot Potato could find early success among sports leagues, as its founding team comes from MLBAM, the digital media arm of Major League Baseball. That being said, MLB, which is the most tech savvy of all the major sports leagues, did announce it has integrated its own check-in functionality into its iPhone app just last week.Miso’s best opportunity for success is tied to the investment it took from Google Ventures last month. With the announcement of GoogleTV earlier this year, Miso should have the inside track in doing for GoogleTV what Tunerfish could do for Comcast – integrating directly into the television guide and discovery experience for set-top boxes.Over $400 billion in television advertising and on-demand video revenues exist worldwide, according to a recent report published by media researcher Futurescape. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts and tweets, live TV event programming – such as sports championships and entertainment award shows – will only increase in value to broadcasters as produced series-based programming becomes more accessible on demand in a non-linear viewing experience.For EBSNs to succeed, they will need to leverage Facebook and Twitter’s platforms as distribution channels – much like Foursquare did initially – in order to drive utility for its users and interest for their own services.Live television represents the best opportunity for advertisers to find and connect with an engaged audience in the present. Combined with real-time status updates, event producers and advertisers can receive immediate feedback from users on their TV viewing experience. This social feedback loop will be critical in delivering better television programming and advertising in the future.With nearly half of Facebook users simultaneously watching television while on the site, and Twitter showing its impact during the recently concluded NBA Finals and World Cup, it’s those companies’ game to lose at the moment as each brings a respective interest and sentiment data set that can add tangible value to traditional TV audience metrics.For EBSNs to succeed, they will need to leverage Facebook and Twitter’s platforms as distribution channels – much like Foursquare did initially – in order to drive utility for its users and interest for their own services. By becoming the interface between users and their Facebook and Twitter accounts, ESBNs have an opportunity to get users to build subnetworks within their respective platforms that are unique and more valuable to those on Facebook and Twitter – something Foursquare is also starting to do with its own LBSN.The ultimate benefit in evolving a platform in this manner is that an event-based social network can become the audience- and data-provider to event creators and distributors, as well as advertisers, while delivering better programming recommendations and socially targeting advertising to its users in the process.Whatever the eventual outcome, it will unfold live.Photo by gerard79.
Heavy and incessant showers in the catchment areas in Pune district over the past 72 hours have filled up the Khadakwasla dam — the city’s potable water lifeline — to full capacity, prompting a massive discharge of water into the Mutha river by the irrigation department.The other three dams supplying water to the district — Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar — too are filling up rapidly, helping reduce the city’s water woes.Authorities said that while Khadkwasla had filled up to its capacity of 1.97 tmc (thousand million cubic feet), the four dams had recorded a collective storage of of 11.5 tmc, which is 40% of the cumulative storage capacity.“We have opened five sluice gates of the Khadakwasla dam and have discharged 3,500 cusecs of water into the Mutha river till Thursday. The continuous rainfall led us to begin the process of discharge from Wednesday itself. If the rain continues like this, all four dams will soon fill up to their cumulative capacity of 29.15 tmc,” said Pandurang Shelar, Executive Engineer, Khadakwasla Irrigation Division.Mr. Shelar further said that the present storage capacity in Khadakwasla was enough to fulfil the city’s needs for the next eight months.The irrigation department had alerted the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) before the discharge so that the civic body could take requisite safety measures for those living along the river front and for commuters using the roads and bridges over the Mutha for travelling.While the Khadakwasla dam is 100 % full, the Panshet dam has filled up to 45% of its capacity while the Varasgaon and Temghar dams are filled to 32% and 17% of their total capacities respectively.Soaring mercury levels in the summer months had seen reserve water stocks plummeting in these four dams, causing it to fall below 3.25 tmc of their cumulative stock. The water crisis had led to more than 1,000 tankers servicing the Pune and Nashik divisions throughout the summer months and in June with the water crisis prolonged by the delay in monsoon.