Apple (Again) Promises To Fix iOS iMessage Bug

first_imgThe failure of Apple’s iMessage service is a major black eye for the behemoth maker of iPhones. Apple’s messaging service has been experiencing bugs where messages fail to send (or take a long time to send) since the release of iOS 7 last year. Recently, many users that have switched from Apple’s iPhone to Android smartphones have reported that their texts are still stuck in Apple’s cloud and not being delivered to the intended recipient. And the problem isn’t new. iMessage has been trapping user text messages since iOS 5 was released in 2011.The problem occurs after a user switches to another smartphone operating system but their phone number is still attached to an iMessage account on Apple’s cloud. Even though the user has a new smartphone, iMessage continues to recognize the users phone number as being tied to iMessage and then fails to deliver texts. Apple suggests that users disconnect their phone numbers from iMessage before buying a new smartphone. The iMessage bug does not affect texts between iPhone users.See also: Apple’s Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To AndroidApple is facing a class-action suit in California over the various iMessage failures. Apple has repeatedly attempted to fix the various problems plaguing iMessage, but new issues keep on cropping up. In October, 2013, Apple issued an update to iOS 7 that was intended to fix the problem that it said affected “a fraction of a percent” of iMessage users. According to Ina Fried from Recode, Apple’s iMessage problems were made worse by a server bug that Apple attempted to fix. Apple promises a fix in the future, but does not specify when the fix will be available for users.“We recently fixed a server-side iMessage bug which was causing an issue for some users, and we have an additional bug fix in a future software update,” Apple told Recode.  dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Apple#Google#iCloud#iMessage#instant messaging#SMS#texting The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Two Congress MLAs accuse Madhya Pradesh Health Minister of corruption

first_imgTwo days after a Cabinet Minister in the Congress-led Madhya Pradesh government alleged Digvijaya Singh was attempting to destabilise government, two of its MLAs accused Health Minister Tulsiram Silawat of corruption.“Whenever I ask him for help for a nurse or anyone poor, he sends them Indore where his son demands money in exchange for help. Then, I ask them to return and the work never gets done,” Gohad MLA Ranvir Jatav told The Hindu. “I have not seen such a level of corruption even in the BJP regime.”Asserting that he would stick to his statement, even as infighting within the State Congress rages on, as Mr. Silawat had created “an unfair system”, Mr. Ranvir said, “The position is so bad now that no one would give us votes in the name of Congress. We have not won the election on the back of the party. We won the seat based on the work we did in the area.”Ambah MLA Kamlesh Jatav said, “It’s not about the party but a personal matter. If Congressmen become middlemen, how will things work.”Alleging that Mr. Silawat had been taking money this way ever since the Congress came to power in the State, he said, “Whenever I seek help for a poor employee, Mr. Silawat says I am his younger brother, and the job will be done. But his son openly demands money sitting in Indore. I have been elected from my own seat after 35 years. If we are unable to work for the people, what is the use?“Once, My driver needed some help, and Mr. Silawat’s son demanded Rs. 50,000 openly,” alleged Mr. Kamlesh, who along with Mr. Ranvir, belongs to the Jyotiraditya Scindia camp. Even Mr. Silawat is considered close to Mr. Scindia.On Monday, Forest Minister Umang Singhar wrote to party president Sonia Gandhi alleging leader Digvijaya Singh was trying to destabilise the Kamal Nath government and establish himself as the power centre in the State.He even called Mr. Singh a “blackmailer involved in illegal mining and liquor trade” and demanded a CBI inquiry.Admitting there were fissures within the party, Mr. Scindia on Wednesday said, “It is the Chief Minister’s responsibility to resolve differences within the party after hearing all sides. There should be no interference in the government, there are no two ways about it.”last_img read more

Vanguardia owns up to Phoenix failed quarterfinals bid

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES Phoenix, potentially, has the fourth pick in the draft and Vanguardia says they’re looking to add Filipino-German big man Christian Standhardinger.The 6-foot-8 bruiser, however, won’t play in the PBA in the first six months of the season as he is under contract with the Hong Kong Eastern Lions in the Asean Basketball League.“The first three teams may not like him [Standhardinger], because he’s not going to play for the first six months,” said Vanguardia. “We’re willing to wait.”Vanguardia also looks at NCAA standouts Rey Nambatac of Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Beda’s Robert Bolick and Davon Potts to fill up their backcourt spots.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “This is all part of the journey and we are really humbled by this experience,” said Vanguardia after Phoenix lost to San Miguel 109-107 at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.“I take full responsibility. We will learn from this and we’ll move on to become a better team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhoenix was able to enter the playoffs in the first two conferences of the season finishing as the sixth seed in both the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups, but it was in the Governors’ Cup that Vanguardia’s team took a dip.And with the 2016-2017 season over for Phoenix, Vanguardia now looks at the future with a eye on the upcoming draft. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. #KicksStalker: Adidas tries to woo Antetokounmpo with a van of sneakers Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix had a decent start in the PBA Governors’ Cup winning its first two games, but everything went downhill when the Fuel Masters strung together nine straight losses, effectively dashing any hope for a spot in the quarterfinals.The team’s 11th-place finish was the worst since head coach Ariel Vanguardia took over, and he knows there’s no one to blame for their dismal finish but himself.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Rafael Nadal virtually assured year-end top ranking

first_imgA hoped-for fight to the finish for the year-end number one ranking at next month’s ATP World Tour Finals in London will likely be a coronation for Rafa Nadal, who is virtually guaranteed ending 2017 top of the pile.Roger Federer’s eighth Swiss Indoors title on Sunday reduced the points gap on the Spaniard to 1,460 points, but his subsequent withdrawal from this week’s Paris Masters means Nadal is poised to finish top for the fourth time in his career.With 1,500 points available in London for winning the title, having won all three round-robin matches, the 31-year-old Nadal needs to win just one round in Paris to put himself out of reach of the 19-times grand slam champion.It is a far cry from last year when the year-end ranking was decided in the last match of the season at London’s O2 Arena when Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic to seal it.”My body is asking for a break,” 36-year-old Federer, who beat Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in Basel to claim his 95th career title, said of his decision to give up the chase of Nadal.”Basel takes a lot out of me emotionally. I had five matches in six days. I feel sorry and sad for Paris.”I’d like to be fully fit for London (the World Tour Finals) and for 2018.”I did think about the ranking, but I’m so far back in the points race that it was almost out of the question.”Nadal, who shared this year’s grand slam titles with Federer, winning a 10th French Open and third U.S. Open title while the Swiss took the Australian and Wimbledon titles, starts his Paris campaign against either German serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev or young South Korean Hyeon Chung.advertisementFederer has finished the year as number one five times, one less than record-holder Pete Sampras.Reuters Photo The current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 10,465 points2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 9,0053. Andy Murray (United Kingdom) 4,7904. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 4,4005. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 4,1856. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 3,9357. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 3,7658. Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 3,6509. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 3,36010. David Goffin (Belgium) 2,975.last_img read more

PV Sindhu extends support to the Pro Volleyball league

first_imgMumbai, Nov 2 (PTI) Rio Olympics silver medalist and current world No 2 badminton player PV Sindhu will be the brand ambassador of the inaugural edition of Pro Volleyball League along with legendary American spiker David Lee. The inaugural season of the Pro Volleyball League will start in February 2019. “I have grown up to stories of my parents playing volleyball and representing their teams and country at various events.. It is a very high-energy and spectator-friendly sport,” said Sindhu. “The Pro Volleyball League will be a much-needed shot in the arm for the sport and with the likes of David Lee coming on board it will be a great opportunity for all the players here to learn from their experience,” Sindhu added. Two-time Olympic medallist Lee has been a household name in the sport of Volleyball. He has played the sport professionally in over seven countries, and has won multiple championships. With a height of 6ft 8 inches, the Alpine-born player is well known for his blocking abilities. “I think the league will help grow the sport in the country and improve the skill set of the players by leaps and bounds. I have played professional volleyball across the globe and I am really looking forward to a new challenge here in India,” said Lee. The Pro Volleyball league will also witness the participation of some of the top Indian players like Mohan Ukkrapandian , Ranjit Singh, Akhin Jas, Deepesh Sinha, Gurinder Singh and Prabhagarn to name a few. Mohan, current captain of the Indian Volleyball Team, is one of the best setters in Asia and has been part of the Indian Team for almost a decade now.advertisement “I would like to thank the organisers of Pro Volleyball League and the Volleyball Federation of India for setting up this professional league in India. This is going to be a great platform for all players to match footsteps with some top talents from across the globe,” said Mohan. PTI KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

Smash Hit | The Sports Stars

first_imgBadminton is in Lakshya Sen’s genes. At four, he picked up the racquet to play with grandfather Chandra Sen, a national-level player. It helped that father Dhirendra Kumar was a coach at the Sports Authority of India in Almora and that he had a training partner in elder brother Chirag.,Badminton is in Lakshya Sen’s genes. At four, he picked up the racquet to play with grandfather Chandra Sen, a national-level player. It helped that father Dhirendra Kumar was a coach at the Sports Authority of India in Almora and that he had a training partner in elder brother Chirag. “As a kid, I never thought it would be a career,” he says. “I just loved the sport, so I started playing.”While playing in a junior level tournament in Bengaluru, the Sen brothers were spotted by former national champion U. Vimal Kumar, now director at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy. Kumar recalls that Chirag was selected from a trial camp while Lakshya, then 10, was deemed too young to be parted from his parents. But the kid had a mind of his own and the brothers finally moved to Bengaluru to avail the better facilities and learn from the legendary Padukone himself. “From a young age, he had the ability to keep the shuttle in play,” says Kumar. “He doesn’t give away easy points.” Olympic Gold Quest has been supporting him since the age of 11. Their investment has paid off. Sen had a standout 2018 where apart from being crowned Asian Junior champion, he won silver at the Youth Olympic Games and bronze at the World Junior Badminton Championship. All eyes are now on whether he can transition seamlessly to the senior level. “I am excited and a bit nervous,” says the teenager. Foremost on his mind is building stamina to play longer matches to keep up with more experienced and stronger players.advertisement”We won’t push him,” says Kumar. “We will give him the opportunity to compete and if he is able to perform and qualify (for 2020), it’ll be a bonus. But we have to be realistic. If everything goes well, he should be contesting and medal ready for 2024.” Sen, though, is eager and has set his sights on 2020.Indians will get their first glimpse of Sen’s stylish play at the Premier Badminton League where he makes his debut with Pune 7 Aces. “I am very excited about watching Carolina Marina and Mathias Boe (Danish doubles player) up close and playing in the same team,” says Sen. Even as he sets his sights on senior glory, Sen also hopes to feast on momos every Sunday. After all, you can move a boy from the hills but you can’t change his tastes.last_img read more

Arsenal team news vs Everton: Alexis & Ozil back

first_imgEverton v Arsenal Arsenal team news vs Everton: Alexis and Ozil return for Wenger’s side Goal Last updated 2 years ago 19:37 10/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Getty Images Everton v Arsenal Premier League Everton Arsenal Arsene Wenger has named a strong side to face the Toffees at Goodison, though Jack Wilshere has not been named in the starting XI Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have returned to Arsenal’s starting line-up to face Everton on Sunday, lining up in attack alongside Alexandre Lacazette from the start for the first time.Alexis had missed last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Watford, while Ozil hasn’t started a match for the Gunners since September 9.Here’s how we line up for #EFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/gjYfYnG2AG— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 22, 2017Repeated calls have been made for Jack Wilshere to return to Arsene Wenger’s starting XI, but the in-form Englishman must settle for a spot on the bench this afternoon, with Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka preferred in the centre of the park. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal one again line up with three centre-backs, with Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin taking up the wing-back positions in a 3-4-2-1 formation.The Gunners can go level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea with a win at Goodison Park, while defeat for the hosts will undoubtedly see fans calling for the sacking of Ronald Koeman with the Toffees hovering just above the relegation zone.Everton XI: Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Gueye, Vlasic, Sigurdsson, Rooney, Calvert-LewinEverton Subs: Robles, Mirallas, Martina, Niasse, Klaassen, Davies, LookmanArsenal XI: Cech, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Lacazette, AlexisArsenal Subs: Macey, Holding, Coquelin, Wilshere, Iwobi, Walcott, Giroud Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

10 months ago​Man Utd veteran Mata thanks Mourinho: But it’s time for optimism

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd veteran Mata thanks Mourinho: But it’s time for optimismby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United attacker Juan Mata has thanked Jose Mourinho for all he did at the club.With the Portuguese boss now gone and replaced by club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a few United players have been saying their piece on Mourinho’s departure.The Spaniard remained his classy self in his comments about his former boss.He wrote in his personal blog: “Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I’d like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future.He added: “As you will all be aware, the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is our new boss and we couldn’t have started off upon his return to the club in a better way.”It was a convincing win against Cardiff and it will raise morale going into the end of 2018 and the rapidly approaching new year.”It is time for be optimistic, to look ahead and keep working hard to climb up the table. We are really motivated to do so while entertaining our fans, who deserve so much.” last_img read more

A Syracuse Recruit Had The Best Commitment Announcement Of The Day

first_imgSyracuse fans cheer on their team.SYRACUSE, NY – FEBRUARY 4: A general view of fans of the Syracuse Orange cheering in the stands during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Carrier Dome on February 4, 2013 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images)The best commitment announcement of college football’s early signing period came from Syracuse prospect Cooper Dawson.Dawson, a three-star defensive end out of Charleston, South Carolina, got the help of a friend to announce his commitment this morning.“Hanahan’s Cooper Dawson picks Syracuse- but does it by first telling close friend Kingsley Feinman. Kingsley announces the decision- Dawson adds that Kingsley taught him the only disability is a bad attitude,” tweeted Scott Eisberg of WCIV.Check it out:This is one of the greatest signing days you will ever see. Hanahan’s Cooper Dawson picks Syracuse- but does it by first telling close friend Kingsley Feinman. Kingsley announces the decision- Dawson adds that Kingsley taught him the only disability is a bad attitude. @ABCNews4 pic.twitter.com/3OGJzJmlXg— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) December 19, 2018Cooper Dawson will certainly be a college football player everyone roots for in the years to come.He’s joining a college football program on the rise, too. Syracuse was one of the most-impressive teams in the country this past season and has signed head coach Dino Babers to a longterm extension.last_img read more

Friends don’t pee on friends: how to treat jellyfish stings

first_img Kia Telluride Is the Perfect Road Tripper for All Two- and Four-Legged Friends Being stung by a jellyfish can be a fairly painful experience. While only a handful of species are deadly, there are thousands of others drifting about the oceans capable of delivering a pretty nasty sting. As is the case when administering first-aid in most emergency situations, the faster you treat a jellyfish sting the better. Using these helpful tips on how to treat jellyfish stings, you ought to be able to limit both the severity of the initial symptoms as well as the lingering side effects.Related: Trail First-AidThe pain from a jellyfish sting is often instantaneous. In true fight or flight fashion, most people react to a jellyfish sting by attempting to remove themselves from the situation immediately. Panicking however may only make matters worse. Once stung, the best thing to do is to remain calm.By simply heading for shore you may be putting yourself at risk of more stings from other jellyfish or swimming into other tentacles from the same jellyfish. First, look to identify the location of the jellyfish. This is not always possible as some species are exceptionally small and nearly translucent.Note: If this is a sting from a Box jellyfish or a Man o’ War, seek medical attention immediately. An anti-venom is necessary to prevent injury and/or death.The next step is to remove any tentacles or nematocysts (these are the microscopic barbs on the tentacles themselves) from the affected area. Do not use your bare hand to do so. Using an ID card, the backside of a knife, or any other flat surface gently wipe over the sting and surrounding area. This will prevent further injury.Thanks in part to Friends, the vast majority of people believe the next step is to neutralize the sting by either personally urinating on the sting, or having a dear comrade do so. The idea being, the ammonia in the urine will actually help neutralize the sting. This is wildly incorrect. This approach will only leave you soaked in urine and potentially in even more pain for no real reason. Urine can actually trigger the embedded stingers to release even more venom, so — for a bevy of reasons — just don’t.Instead, rinse the area thoroughly with salt water–this is what will be predominantly within the individual stings themselves and will prevent any unnecessary pH fluctuations.Once the area is neutralized, the best solution for treating jellyfish stings is vinegar. Just rinse the area with vinegar directly, repeating this process as needed. Do not rub the vinegar into the wound. Scratching and rubbing will only increase the risk of more venom being released.Related: 7 Beach EssentialsTo treat stings around the eyes, pour vinegar onto a damp towel and dab the stings gently, avoiding contact with the eyes. Afterward, soak the area in hot water for approximately 30 minutes. If the area cannot be soaked, take a hot shower with the faucet aimed directly at the sting.Next cover the sting in an antibiotic cream and apply a bandage. These bandages will need to be changed throughout the day. Ice packs, antihistamines, hydrocortisone creams, aloe, and pain killers can be used to treat continuing discomfort and inflammation. Other popular topological treatments include meat tenderizer, ethanol, and gasoline although none of these have been scientifically verified.In the event you or a friend run into a bloom jellyfish you’ll know exactly what to do. And fortunately, this in no way involves spritzing anyone in urine.Photo Credits: Feature, Rick Sargeant via 123rf.com/profile_Sgtphoto, Sting image, Thomas Quine via Flickr How to Identify, Treat, and Survive a Spider Bite Editors’ Recommendations Beers, Shots, and Friends: Why Everyone Needs a Dive Bar in Their Life What to Do When Your Friend Comes Out to You How to Treat a Snake Bite When You’re Stuck in a Worst-Case Scenario last_img read more

GC Rieber Shipping to Sell Its Stake in Reef Subsea AS

first_imgzoom GC Rieber Shipping ASA has entered into an agreement to sell its stake in Reef Subsea AS to HV V Invest Golf AS and HV V Invest Golf II AS, two investment companies of the private equity fund HitecVision V, LP. The agreed purchase price is NOK 175 million (approx. USD 28,5 million), which will be settled by a combination of cash and seller’s credit.Adjusted for share of loss from Reef Subsea in the fourth quarter 2013, the sale will have a negative effect of NOK 83 million for GC Rieber Shipping in the fourth quarter. Negative effect on earnings from the investment in Reef Subsea amounts to NOK 156 million for 2013.The sale of the stake in Reef Subsea is a consequence of GC Rieber Shipping’s strategic decision to focus on its core business and expertise within ownership, development and management of advanced vessels within the offshore market.“GC Rieber Shipping aims to focus on the three areas defined as our core business. We see exciting opportunities in ice/ support, subsea and also within seismic. We have to exploit our strong financial position, by selectively pursue growth opportunities we believe will provide the best return”, comments CEO Irene Waage Basili.Closing of the transaction is expected to take place as soon as the Norwegian Competition Authority has approved the transaction, or the deadline for intervention has expired. This is expected to take place in the middle of March 2014.GC Rieber Shipping, January 29, 2014last_img read more

Video Donald Trump Rushed off Stage at Nevada Rally

New York – The video posted on Twitter tonight shows US Secret Service agents rushing Presidential candidate Donald Trump off a stage during a campaign speech after an incident in the crowd near the front of the stage.The situation was quickly brought under control and Trump returned to speak to the crowd. The Republican candidate thanked the Secret Service before finishing his remarks, saying that “they did a fantastic job.”“Nobody said it was going to be easy for us but we will never be stopped. I want to thank the Secret Service. They don’t get enough credit. They’re amazing people,” Trump said. According to CNN, a Secret Service spokesperson said in a statement there was a commotion in the crowd and an “unidentified individual” shouted “gun,” though no weapon was found after a “thorough search.”

Wigneswaran says hes unfairly portrayed as bogeyman

If he had time to prepare his speech, he could have given more information on the Seneviratne episode as it is well described in Tarzie Vittachi’s book Emergency ’58 the Chief Minister said.Wigneswaran then spoke in Sinhalese from a written script to enable the Chief Guest, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Governor Reginold Cooray and other Sinhalese, to understand what he was saying correctly.The Chief Minister urged Sri Lankans to learn English so that there could be better communication across linguistic barriers and greater acquisition of knowledge. He said he had begun to learn Sinhalese at the Royal College school in Colombo from the Sinhalese teacher Ellawala, but gave it up in anger because in 1956, Prime Minister  SWRD Bandaranaike made Sinhalese the sole official language of Sri Lanka. He appealed to his critics and detractors in the South not to spread falsehoods about him based on a misreading of his Tamil speeches, and create ethnic differences with dangerous consequences. Indirectly referring to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his followers, Wigneswaran said misinterpretation of his speeches is helping some people who have been defeated in elections and who should be in jail for their deeds.Giving an example of the dangerous consequences of misinterpretations and spreading falsehoods, he recalled how the 1958 anti-Tamil riots were triggered by a false story that one Seneviratne ,a Sinhalese man, had been cut into pieces by Tamils and that his body parts were put in boxes. The story was proved wrong eventually, but not before many Tamils lost their lives or property, Wigneswaran said. He claimed that people were making adverse comments about his utterances without getting his Tamil speeches properly translated into English and Sinhalese. The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province on Sunday regretted that people in South Sri Lanka are portraying him as an “undesirable”, a “ghost” or a bogeyman, the New Indian Express reported.Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 42 nd. Sri Lankan National Games at the Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna, Wigneswaran pointed out that, initially, the organizers had not put him on the list of speakers and had included him only at the last moment. This was perhaps because in the South, people have  portrayed him as an “undesirable” or a “ghost” (bogeyman), he said. The Chief Minister, whose speeches and demands voiced constantly through the media, have been very controversial in the Sinhalese-dominated South, said that he is a much misunderstood man. Wigneswaran took the opportunity to praise President Sirisena saying that he is a man of the people, who can interact with the common man, having come from a rural agricultural family. The Chief Minister, however, declined to accept an invitation to be the Chief Guest at the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations held at the Indian Consulate General in the morning, citing a religious observance as the excuse. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ohio tea party turning IRS to advantage in Medicaid expansion battle

Ohio tea party turning IRS to advantage in Medicaid expansion battle by Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2013 3:03 pm MDT COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tea party activists in Ohio want to turn an enemy — the Internal Revenue Service — into an ally as they fight continued efforts to expand Medicaid.In a confidential email sent to fellow Ohio tea party leaders and obtained by The Associated Press, Tom Zawistowski laid out a strategy for invoking a little-known IRS provision that allows citizens to challenge executive salaries and the non-profit statuses of charitable hospitals.In a phone interview Tuesday, Zawistowski called it “hilarious” that tea party groups that came under extra scrutiny by the IRS are now using an IRS law to target others.Zawistowski identifies the hospitals as big backers of expanded Medicaid. His email said tea party groups will “make Medicaid personal” by publicizing large salaries of those seeking federal money to help the poor.“I think it’s hilarious, and I think it’ll be fun to get some other groups who have maybe been on the sidelines and questioning us to see how they like being investigated,” he said.The effort follows a Sunday veto by Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich of a provision in the state budget that would have blocked his administration from expanding Medicaid to additional low-income residents.In a news conference ahead of that veto, Kasich and Republican House Speaker William Batchelder, whose chamber backed the vetoed roadblock, said they hoped to settle differences on a broader Medicaid expansion by year’s end.“The goal is to change the narrative,” Zawistowski wrote. Rather than have people wondering why tea party groups don’t want to help the poor, they should wonder why hospitals need more federal tax dollars to care for the poor when they’ve got plenty of cash on hand, he wrote.Not-for-profit hospitals are under constant IRS scrutiny and do not fear the effort, said Ohio Hospital Association spokesman Scott Borgemenke.“For years and years, the law hasn’t changed and the status hasn’t changed,” he said. “We continue to be within federal law. From that standpoint, we’re not worried our status is in jeopardy at all.”Zawistowski recognized the irony even in the email. Tea party groups have blasted the IRS, complained to Congress, rallied and sued over the agency’s targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. Multiple investigations into the practice are causing a political firestorm in Washington.“I think you are going to love this,” Zawistowski told tea party leaders in his email.Zawistowski said by phone that Kasich has “hauled out” hospital CEOs at pro-Medicaid rallies that are making millions of dollars. In his emails, he singles out the $2.5 million salary of Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, whose non-profit hospital had more than $9 billion in assets in 2011.“This guy’s making $2 million a year, pleading poverty to help poor people,” he said. “It just seems a little disingenuous to us in the tea party who volunteer for nothing. We’re curious to see their definition of poverty.”Borgemenke said hospital CEOs’ salaries are decided by community boards, which weigh the performance of the institutions, look at similarly situated businesses, and sometimes run nationwide searches.“The old axiom is the hunted become the huntees, right?” he said. “We’ve got billions of dollars of uncompensated care” that isn’t covered by Medicaid reimbursement. He said hospitals even sustained a $500 million cut in this year’s budget.Roughly 366,000 Ohioans would eligible for coverage beginning in 2014 if the state expands Medicaid, a key component of Democratic President Barack Obama’s federal health care law.Kasich’s push to take advantage of the law was among reasons Zawistowski, executive director of the Portage County TEA Party, tried in April to take over the Ohio Republican Party. His bid against a Kasich-backed candidate was unsuccessful — but Zawistowski and his backers vowed to continue their fight.Kasich opposed the federal health care overhaul, but has said expanding Medicaid is the best way to make sure Ohio gets back federal tax dollars to help the needy. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Computer Destroys Humans at Jeopardy

first_imgBad news for all those rooting for a come from behindvictory for the fleshy mammalian underdogs. IBM‘sWatson trounced Jeopardy’s top all time winners, pulling in a cool $77,147 in winnings over three days. KenJennings and Brad Rutter ended the tournament with a respectable (in humanterms) $24,000 and $21,600, respectively.All three contestant managed to correctly guess the FinalJeopardy answer, Bram Stocker (Answer: William Wilkinson’s “An Account of thePrincipalities of Wallachia and Moldavia” inspired this author’s most famousnovel)–Jennings even snuck a winking Simpsons homage into the response,writing, “I for one welcome our new computer overlords.”Nice try, Jennings.Everyone knows that it’s the giant ants that get us in the end.last_img

Person of interest sought in Kissimmee officers shooting

first_imgKISSIMMEE, Fla. (WSVN) — Authorities are searching for a person of interest in Friday’s fatal shooting of two Kissimmee Police officers.Investigators said Maribel Gonzales is a frequent visitor of the area where the law enforcers were shot while on patrol.Detectives said Gonzales is not a suspect in the crime.Police arrested Everett Miller as the suspect in the double fatal shooting. He faces a first-degree murder charge.Kissimmee Police Sgt. Sam Howard died Saturday in the hospital after his colleague, Officer Matthew Baxter, died the night before.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

HOT OFF THE PRESS Wilmington Recreation Announces Dine Wine Trip

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department presents A Day of Fine Dining & Wining on Saturday, April 27, 2019.The motor coach will depart and return to the Town Common Parking Lot (142 Middlesex Avenue) at 9am and return at 5pm.The trip includes Motor Coach Transportation; Pickity Place Luncheon; Averill House Tour & Tasting; Trip Leader; and all taxes, tips & gratuities (except driver).The trip costs $95 for Wilmington residents and $100 for non-residents. A $25 deposit is due at registration. Final payment is due by March 25, 2019.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Wilmington Recreation Offers Trip To MGM Springfield & Abba Tribute ShowIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Wilmington Recreation Announces A Johnny Mathis ChristmasIn “Community”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”last_img read more

Predicting marine heatwaves can have economic implications

first_imgScientists around the world are trying to predict these events, but there are economic implications to forecasting the future.Scientists around the world are working to understand the impacts of marine heatwaves as they become more common. They also want to predict when and where the world’s oceans will heat up.“If I gave you this information about the future, what would you possibly even do with it?” Alistair Hobday said. “And people’s first reaction is, ‘nothing, I don’t know what I would do.’”Hobday is a research scientist with Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Hobday said the predictive models for marine heatwaves are about 60 percent accurate currently, slightly better than a flip of a coin.He wants to boost that number to 80 percent, and he said marine heatwave forecasts have practical applications.“In Australia, we do forecasting for the salmon aquaculture industry. If you get information that there is going to be a heatwave, you might choose to harvest your fish early. You might choose to provide more oxygen directly by aerating the water so that it has more oxygen in warm water,” he explained. “You might choose to move your cages to a slightly cooler part of the coast.”Here in Alaska, the Department of Fish and Game wants to provide more predictability in one of Alaska’s most valuable fisheries. Fish and Game biologist Richard Brenner is working to use sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Alaska to predict when sockeye will return to their natal streams.“With warmer water temperatures, sockeye salmon sometimes have a difficult time finding adequate prey items,” Brenner said. “Their range where they would they find those prey items can be restricted and it takes them longer to feed and to sexually mature and therefore return to their natal spawning areas in Cook Inlet and elsewhere.”Brenner said accurate run timing predictions would help Fish and Game better manage sport, subsistence and commercial harvests, but processors and fishermen may also benefit.Nate Berga is the fleet manager for Pacific Star Seafoods. Berga explains that Pacific Star typically purchases all the packaging and equipment it needs before the season begins. It also hires roughly 250 workers that need to be fed and housed.Run timing predictions could allow Pacific Star to purchase supplies as it needs them and hire those employees in stages, significantly reducing the upfront financial cost every season.“You’re sitting there waiting for the fish. People get discouraged and they may want to leave,” Berga added. “That’s happened some seasons where crew starts to go and all of a sudden fish starts to come in late and now you don’t have an adequate crew size to handle the volume.”Berga adds sockeye runs in northern Cook Inlet have been returning late in recent years. Fish and Game’s work may also allow sockeye managers around the state to provide more opportunity if they know a run is late.“I think if Fish and Game knew what was coming and felt pretty certain about that, my wish list would be that they would let us fish instead of letting all of the fish go up the river and we’re on the sideline watching that happen,” Berga said.However, similar temperate-based forecasts have caused tension elsewhere.Maine’s lobster fishery kicks off every summer as warmer waters cause the valuable crustaceans to molt. But a marine heatwave in 2012 caused the lobster population to shed their exoskeletons early, throwing a glut of lobster onto the market.Annie Tselikis is the Executive Director of the Maine Lobster Dealers Association. She said the lobster supply chain wasn’t ready and prices dropped.“So the Gulf of Maine Research Institute tried to time the molt so that they could say, ‘Okay industry, this is when you should expect this product to arrive at your shores,’” she explained.Researchers at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute thought they were providing a service to the industry, but Tselikis said grocery and restaurant wholesalers began using those predictions to haggle for lower prices.“They just saw a report that said, ‘well the quantity is going to be high and the timing is going to be later, and so why would I buy lobster from you right now? Why wouldn’t I wait and wait for you to get me a better price?’” Tselikis explained.After pressure from lobster dealers and fishermen, the research institute stopped publishing its work in 2017. It will be a year or more before Fish and Game decides whether it can reliably predict sockeye run timing in Cook Inlet on a day-to-day basis.Those like Berga say the tool would benefit everyone in the sockeye industry, but he said processors and fishermen would likely wait a few years before hedging any bets on those predictions.After all, he said, mother nature has been known to throw a curveball or two. Sea Surface temperature map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Courtesy of NOAA)The Gulf of Alaska is once again experiencing a marine heatwave. This follows the infamous warm-water event known as the “blob,” that formed back in 2014, which scientists have tied to seabird die-offs and declining Pacific cod stocks.last_img read more

Huawei P30 Lite with four cameras is going on sale Should you

first_imgClose Huawei P30 doesn’t fall too far from the P30 Pro Huawei P30 Lite goes on sale in IndiaAmazon.inHuawei P30 Lite comes with a 6.15-inch Full HD+ LCD display with extremely slim bezels and it weighs 159gms. Under the hood, it packs a Kirin 710 processor, which is paired with 4GB or 6GB RAM depending on the model you choose. There’s 128GB built-in storage in both variants, which also come with dual 4G SIM card support, 3.5mm headphone jack, and EMUI 9.0 out of the box. Finally, the P30 Lite is powered by a 3,340mAh battery with 9V/2A fast charger in the box.center_img Huawei P30 Pro is stealing all the limelight from its rivals and some of its own phones, but those who are looking to be a part of the P30 bandwagon without breaking the bank, there’s some good news. Huawei P30 Lite is for those who cannot spend Rs 72,000 on a phone, yet get the latest features and design of a premium flagship.Huawei P30 Lite was launched alongside P30 and P30 Pro, but the budget-friendly handset failed to get much attention due to the P30 Pro’s publicity. Nevertheless, Huawei gave ample time to commence the sale of its P30 Lite, so there’s enough time to celebrate P30 Pro’s success and enjoy a succession of a “Lite” variant to meet the demands of budget shoppers.Huawei P30 Lite will finally go on sale exclusively on Amazon.in starting Thursday, April 25. There are two variants with 4GB and 6GB RAM, priced at Rs 19,990 and Rs 22,990. There are some launch offers, but not as appealing. There’s up to Rs 2,000 off on exchange, no cost EMI for up to 6 months and a bundled offer with Reliance Jio, where users can avail over 2.2 Terabytes of data and a cashback of Rs 2,200 in the form of 44 vouchers worth Rs 50 each. You can only redeem one voucher at a time. Huawei P30 Lite goes on sale in IndiaAmazon.inBut the launch offers aren’t really the reason why the P30 Lite stands out in the crowd. There are various features that make this smartphone well worth its budget, but the design aspect is worth considering it has an uncanny resemblance to the coveted P30 Pro.Huawei P30 Lite comes in Midnight Black and Peacock Blue colours, with the latter offering a gradient finish between purple to blue. The vertical camera set up at the back and the water-drop notch display on the front is taken straight out of P30’s playbook.The biggest highlight of the P30 Lite is its triple camera setup, which combines a 24MP 120-degree wide-angle f/1.8 lens with Triple AI, an 8MP ultra-wide f/2.4 lens and a 2MP depth-sensing lens. The rear setup comes with support for wide angle shots and different modes like Night, Portrait, Pro, Slow-mo, Panorama, Light painting, HDR, Time-Lapse, 3D Panorama and more. On the front, there’s a powerful 32MP f/2.0 aperture lens with features like Panorama, AR lens, Time-Lapse, Filter, 3D Panorama, Stickers, Capture smiles, Mirror reflection, Audio control and timer.last_img read more