Raindrop life lessons

first_imgBy Wade HutchesonUniversity of GeorgiaWhat if raindrops had personalities? What if they got to knoweach other in the clouds before bailing out? Can you imagine theconversations?”Hey Ralph, you ready to go?””Yeah, Morty. Just give me a minute.””We’re over the fields in 30 seconds. Remember what you saidhappened the last time you were late. You landed in town.Heh-heh.”They bail out of the cloud, Ralph first, with Morty close behind.”Ball up tight,” Morty yells. “You’ll stay together better, andthe spin is incredible!”They land a mile apart, and only one is smiling.Ralph hits a hayfield and is immediately absorbed by the soil andgrabbed by grass roots. He will wait there until plant processesare completed and transpiration releases him back into the air.Morty, though, lands in town, in a well-watered, manicured yardthat’s just been fertilized and treated with herbicide. Theherbicide has chemically bonded to the soil, but the raindiminishes its effect. Most of the fertilizer runs off with thecollected raindrops into a pond, making the algae and other weedsflourish so the owner will have to use herbicides. Are you helping or hurting the water quality problem?Yes, my imagination ran wild. But the point is this: What we do,or allow to happen, in our landscape affects water quality. Waterruns downhill, and we all live downhill from somebody. Do yourbest to be part of the water quality solution and not theproblem.The solution isn’t always a pesticide or more fertilizer. Infact, if a gardener does his homework first, he can preventmany problems and save time and money.The best way to avoid plant pest and disease problems is startwith a healthy plant. That means matching the site and soilwith the right plant, properly planted, watered and fertilized.After that, make regular inspections. Get out and enjoy thelandscape at least once a week to know what’s going on with yourplants.By the time most people detect a disease problem, fungicidesaren’t going to help. Most bug problems don’t require apesticide, and there are other ways to handle weeds.The solution isn’t always a chemical. Did you ever stop to thinkthat something you did or didn’t do when that plant was plantedmight be the problem?I’m not saying never use chemicals. They’re one tool in thetoolbox. When you use them wisely, according to the label, theycan accomplish the desired result.But take the time to identify the problem, research your controloptions and take the route best suited to achieve control withthe least negative impact on our environment. And if the labelsays 1 ounce per gallon, 2 ounces per gallon won’t kill it anydeader.Again, I’m not saying chemicals cause all the water qualityproblems, but I’m writing to gardeners now, and many gardenersreach for a chemical first, no questions asked. Silt and sediment are the big culpritsThe biggest cause of water quality problems is silt and sedimentstemming from erosion. Like it or not, even our pets are a partof the problem. So are all the things, from cans to cars, thatpeople throw away, often into creeks and rivers.But we left Morty in the middle of the pond. The fertilizer wasall gone by the time he got there, but it was feeding weeds.Morty found his way into the pond’s spillway and then the creek,river and ocean. It took a while, but eventually he rejoined theclouds and was ready for another trip. He and Ralph, though, wereseparated forever. That happens when you’re a raindrop.That’s all I know about Ralph and Morty. To learn more about howyour gardening practices can contribute to improved waterquality, though, contact your county office of the University ofGeorgia Extension Service.last_img read more

Making an impact

first_imgAt the end of the day, if I had to list everyone that has made an impact on my life, my list could be endless. I’m constantly longing to make a positive impact in the world and I hope those around me are too. No matter where you are in life, it’s important that we work to be the best people we can, with a purpose in mind. If we do that, we’ll truly make an impact. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Katie Nehl A born and raised ranch girl from small town North Dakota, Katie started her credit union journey six years ago, with First Community Credit Union (FCCU). After working three years … Web: myFCCU.com Details A few weeks ago, I was visiting with a coworker and she told me I was the reason she stayed at her job. Confused and shocked, I asked for more details. “What do you mean I’m the reason you’re still working here?”, I asked. She went on to tell me, an article I wrote at my former job two years prior, about never giving up, was the reason she stayed at her job. After a streak of bad luck at that credit union and a tough few months due to an upcoming merger, she had her office all packed up, ready to quit that day. After hearing her tell this story, I was stunned. How could my words really make such a lasting impression? What are the odds that now we both work for the same credit union and are coworkers? If you’re like me, somedays you wonder if what you’re doing is worthwhile. I love my job and I truly feel like I’m making an impact, but on occasion, even outside the office, doubt can set it. With work duties, home responsibilities, spousal responsibilities and more, somedays life is just hard. I’m usually a glass half full type person, with a positive mindset, but we all have our bad days. However, in that moment, after hearing my coworkers’ story, I had no doubt life had led me to the place I am supposed to be. I think we all need those reminders now and then, that we are making an impact. Whether it’s an impact on our family, a positive impact in the lives of friends, strangers or even our credit union members. Here’s a few tips how you can live a life, making an impact at your credit union.Listen: Listening to the needs of those around you, to your members and co-workers can play a huge role in making an impact. Without takin the time to listen, how will you ever know what that member needs? How will you ever know your spouses or kids dreams and goals? Listening is a simple, yet crucial aspect. When we take time to sit, listen and get to know those around us, we can learn what makes them happy, what goals they have and how we can help impact their life. It’s a simple thing, that takes time, patience and practice to be a good listener. I encourage you to put the phone down, engage with those around you and listen to what knowledge others have to offer.Be Real: Being true to yourself sounds so simple, yet so hard. Do you wake up every day with passion and the fire under you to do what you love? Or do you wish for something different? When you’re not true to yourself, you abandon your goals, desires and dreams. You pass off bad emotions or vibes you get when being around certain people because you want them to like you, therefore, sometimes not acting like yourself. Being your real, true, genuine self is what can help you be happier and keep your integrity for what you believe. Being real and authentic can be a life-long practice, where you know and understand your strengths, don’t worry about the mistakes and dream big—not to mention you’re not afraid to laugh at yourself. This authentic self, can be contagious and make a positive impact for those around you.Work for a Cause, not Applause: We all know or have that one person in our lives that works for the glory, the applause and to add another achievement to their list, which is just fine. Har worker are good workers. However, sometimes, remember to work hard for a cause and not just the applause, is better. The hard part, might be finding your cause and what you want to work for. Is it your job? Your members? Your family? It’s important to remember, nothing in life comes easy, especially not without you giving it your all. When you’re questioning how to give more and work for a cause, try starting small. Give more of your time, give more of your love, give more of the money you spend going out on weekends to charity instead- the list goes on. You were put here on this earth for a reason, don’t forget to give more and use every ounce of that wonderful talent you were given, for a positive cause.Remain Positive: Growing up, if I missed a calf in breakaway or tipped a barrel, I’d often not only be mad at myself, but my horse, as well.  Nonetheless, I got a reality check quite often when I was constantly reminded by my father to have more of a positive attitude.  When I left the trailer, he explained that I needed to have a positive attitude, focus on my next task at hand and ultimately focus on my job at the time, rodeo.  If I let my negative thoughts get to me, I often did poorly in the rest of my events. The same is in life or at your office. If you think negatively, your actions will be negative.  Garbage in-garbage out. Conversely, if you think positively, your actions most times will be positive. Positive attitudes in the workplace can lead to improved communications, better teamwork, increased morale and high productivity. In addition, having a positive attitude, can make you more approachable and can be more impactful on those around you. Be Thankful: A simple thank you can go a long way. I’ve witnessed it, I’ve felt it and been impacted by the power of both getting and not getting a thank you. When we go through life expecting things, without being grateful and thankful, that’s when life can take a turn for the worse. I’ll be honest, there’s many days when a thank you, means more to me than the action I did to receive the thank you. A thank you can truly impact someone’s life, far beyond that moment, for many years, in fact. The point is, be kind to everyone you meet. You never know what they might be going through. A thank you, a congratulations to your coworker, an uplifting note and even a kind heart can make the biggest impact on someone’s life.last_img read more

Over 70 Women Participate in Global Mentoring Walk

first_imgMore than 70 Liberian women last Sunday participated in the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk launched as part of the International Women’s day celebration at Cooper’s Beach near ELWA hospital in Monrovia.The theme was: Make it happen,” intended to empower women by mentoring them.Speaking at the program, Dr. Nina Bowen, Team Leader, Democracy Rights and Governance, USAID/Liberia and US Embassy, urged the participants’ to focus on what they want to achieve in life.She described mentorship as a key factor because it helps one to find the right way in life.“If we walk alone, we walk faster but when we walk together you can go far and achieve that which you want,” Dr. Bowen said.The resident Chief Judge Eva Mappy Morgan, who is one of the mentors, said peer mentoring begins with the participants and they must be careful in choosing the kind of peers to achieve their goals.“If we must mentor you, you must follow your mind in whatever you have a passion to achieve in life,” Judge Mappy said.She urged women to work together and build self-esteem in achieving their goals.For her part Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah asserted that in order for Liberian women and girls to achieve their goals in life, they must focus on their dreams.“Everyone must have a dream of becoming what they want to become and your dreams must be clearly defined and have a time limit,” she said.According to Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk flag bearer, Nancy Ijeoma Obi, the launch of the program is to bring positive impact into the lives of women and girls women by assigning mentors in various fields like nursing, engineering, geologists, judges etc, to guide them on to achieve their life time goals.She also disclosed that the project will last for six months during which there are plans to take the program to other parts of Liberia.Cecilia Davis, Secretary General of Society for Women Engineers of Liberia (SWEL), said the program has enlightened the participants on how to go about achieving their goals by having passion and gaining self esteem.She said her organization also mentors women and girls to impact society, adding “We want our women and young people to work with passion.  Some complain of being maltreated by their spouses because they are now taking bold steps to become what they want to be.”Meanwhile, the Global Mentoring Walk has set up women leaders and emerging women leaders’ groups to walk together in their communities to mentor others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

L.A. story: richer and poorer

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On one hand, Francisco Martinez and Paige Rodriguez aren’t so different. They both live in the San Fernando Valley. They’re both around 30. They both work with cars. But the similarity ends there. Rodriguez customizes high-end automobiles and sells them to celebrities. Last year, his 101 Automotive Group grossed $2.5 million. The Toluca Lake man drives a tricked-out Mercedes-Benz S550 he estimates is worth $150,000. “I’m really blessed,” he said. “I still don’t have a Lamborghini, though. And I need one.” As Rodriguez marveled at the sleek, red Italian sports car, Martinez washed it. For the past seven years, that’s been his living, earning minimum wage plus tips. He has an apartment on Victory Boulevard in Valley Glen with his wife and two kids. He makes $300 to $400 a week. “It’s hard,” Martinez said. “I don’t have a lot of money but compared to Mexico, it’s good. There, $5 is a day’s work.” Rodriguez considers himself well-off; Martinez considers himself poor. And according to a report released today by the UCLA Anderson Forecast, Los Angeles has a growing number of people just like both of them and not so many in the middle. While the local economy has adapted in recent years to accommodate more middle-class jobs, the report, titled “Richer and Poorer: Income Inequality in Los Angeles,” warns that the next generation of workers could find itself ill-prepared to labor its way from poor to rich. The current educational model is not well-suited to the economy of tomorrow, and if it isn’t changed radically, “we could see the middle class hollowed out again,” said Jerry Nickelsburg, an economist with the Anderson Forecast at the University of California, Los Angeles. To illustrate the income gap, economists use a scale in which zero is for a utopian society with wealth evenly distributed, and 100 is for a society in which a few mega-rich individuals hold all the dollars. In the United States, the index has slowly inched up to somewhere near 50 in the past 35 years, meaning wealth is distributed somewhat evenly between rich and poor. In L.A., however, it’s above 60 percent, meaning the wealthy control a disproportionate share of the money. According to the most recent Census Bureau data, the mean annual household income in Los Angeles stood at $66,364. On the wealthy side, nearly 60,000 households made more than $200,000. On the poor side, more than 140,000 made $10,000 or less. Things aren’t as bad as they were in the 1990s, when high-wage manufacturing jobs evaporated by the tens of thousands and the index soared well above the national average. Nickelsburg said the economy had evolved, so high-wage service jobs paralegal, graphic design, communications and audio-visual gave workers a better shot at working their way into the middle class. But the key difference then, he said, was that someone also could land a manufacturing job right out of high school with no special training. And if assembly-line workers got laid off at General Motors in Van Nuys, they could often take a short trip to Burbank and get hired at Lockheed with the same pay. Graphic designers, on the other hand, can’t just apply to be nurses if their firm closes. And without a more comprehensive employment-development and training strategy throughout the region, economist Jack Kyser said, the middle-class jobs of today can easily evaporate tomorrow. “When you have a two-tier economy with a rapidly shrinking middle class, you’ll have some social problems like crime and homelessness,” he said. “You need a balanced economy with a good job ladder so if people want to work hard, they can get ahead.” Jos? Torres, 21, of Sylmar wants to work hard and get ahead. The first isn’t so difficult, he said, but the latter is a challenge. Torres makes $9.25 an hour, plus commissions, answering phones in customer service. He brings home around $285 a week. He rents a room from his mother, has credit card and cell phone bills and makes payments to a friend who lent him money to buy a 1991 Toyota Celica. To try to get ahead, Torres sought assistance from Communities In Schools, a North Hills agency that helped get him into vocational training. He plans to study to get into real estate and to save for a home. “It’s pretty difficult,” he said. “You need a little pile of money to get started, but it’s hard. Everything’s going up rent, gas, everything. You’re not going to get that pile unless you starve yourself.” — Brent Hopkins, (818) [email protected]last_img read more

Spurs aim to gun down new-look Arsenal

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring the team’s fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 3, 2018 © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 9 – Tottenham host Arsenal at Wembley this weekend aiming to crush the optimism created by the Gunners’ new-look forward line while the absent Riyad Mahrez will be missed by both teams at the Etihad.Elsewhere, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea welcome West Brom with the Italian manager’s job looking precarious following embarrassing back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth and Watford. Leaders Manchester City host Leicester, who will again be without Mahrez after he failed to force through a move to the Premier League leaders, while Manchester United travel to Newcastle and Southampton welcome back Virgil van Dijk in a Liverpool shirt.AFP Sport picks out three major Premier League talking points this weekend.Spurs to smother high-octane Arsenal?Excitement coursed around the Emirates last weekend as Arsenal’s club-record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on his debut and Henrikh Mkhitaryan conjured three assists in a 5-1 demolition of Everton.A tougher task awaits at Wembley on Saturday against a high-flying Tottenham side, who have not lost in 11 games.Spurs are currently in fifth but would climb into third — at least temporarily — with victory and move seven points ahead of sixth-placed Arsenal.Mauricio Pochettino’s squad looks in fine shape to handle the demands of three competitions in the coming months with the return of Erik Lamela, Victor Wanyama, Harry Winks and Serge Aurier from injury to complement the arrival of Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain.“Now we are 24 players and it will be tough to find a place in the starting XI for everyone — 24 players that fight to be on the starting XI every single game,” said the upbeat Spurs boss.Mahrez missed by both City sidesRiyad Mahrez could have been lining up for Manchester City this weekend and he should certainly be playing for Leicester.Saturday’s match at the Etihad will be the third consecutive league game the winger has missed since Pep Guardiola’s City failed to get their man on January 31, transfer deadline day.Mahrez, 26, has not even trained with the mid-table Foxes since his dream move to the Premier League leaders collapsed.“Riyad is not available for Saturday’s game,” said Leicester boss Claude Puel, adding that he hoped the player could “get his head right” and return to the fold.Guardiola’s men could also do with extra numbers in attack as they prepare for a run of four games in four different competitions before the end of the month.Guardiola named just six substitutes for last weekend’s draw at Burnley, protesting that he did not have the numbers due to an injury crisis, particularly in attacking areas, with the club forced to deal with lengthy layoffs for Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus.Conte’s last stand?Antonio Conte said he would not lose sleep over the possibility of losing his job following a 4-1 defeat at Watford and he has a great chance to turn the corner with a match against bottom club West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Monday.With a series of ominous-looking ties looming, failure to win could see a new boss put in charge for the business end of the season at a club used to dispensing with their managers just months after winning silverware.Chelsea face Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on February 20 before visiting both Manchester United and Manchester City in the league and then making the return trip to the Camp Nou on March 14.Rafael Benitez, Avram Grant, Roberto di Matteo and Guus Hiddink (twice) have been drafted in to tide Chelsea over during the Roman Abramovich era.Di Matteo won the club’s only Champions League title in 2012, Benitez bagged the Europa League in 2013, Hiddink claimed the 2009 FA Cup and Grant was a penalty shootout away from winning the Champions League in 2008.Fixtures (6pm unless stated)SaturdayTottenham Hotspur v Arsenal (3:30pm), Everton v Crystal Palace, Stoke v Brighton, Swansea v Burnley, West Ham v Watford, Manchester City v Leicester City (8:30pm)SundayHuddersfield Town v Bournemouth (3pm), Newcastle United v Manchester United (5:15pm), Southampton v Liverpool (7:30pm)MondayChelsea v West Brom (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Twitter Kills the API Whitelist: What it Means for Developers & Innovation

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos mike melanson Tags:#Analysis#Data Services#news#twitter#web Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Last night, Twitter made official what many members of the developer community had long suspected – there would be no more whitelisting for data-hungry apps. For some developers, this either means that they have to come up with creative work-arounds or, for others, that their projects are dead in the water. So why did Twitter kill the exception to the rule and what does it mean for the future of Twitter apps and the developers who create them?What Is Whitelisting?First, a quick primer on whitelisting. Whenever you use a third-party service that integrates with Twitter, it likely uses the API (application programming interface) to get data – to get your @replies, direct messages, tweets and so on. To make sure that these apps don’t overrun the servers, however, Twitter imposes a rate limit, which means they can only make so many requests per hour. For more data intensive services – think Klout, Hootsuite or Twitalyzer, for example – these limits are far too low for them to operate. That’s where the whitelist comes in. The “whitelist” is simply a list of services that are allowed to make a much higher number of requests per hour. By much higher, we mean 20,000 compared to 350. So, What Has Changed?Yesterday, Twitter platform lead Ryan Sarver announced on the Twitter Development Talk group that “Twitter will no longer grant whitelisting requests.” Sarver describes the feature as a holdout of a time before Twitter offered other methods to access its data.Twitter whitelisting was originally created as a way to allow developers to request large amounts of data through the REST API. It provided developers with an increase from 150 to 20,000 requests per hour, at a time when the API had few bulk request options and the Streaming API was not yet available.Since then, we’ve added new, more efficient tools for developers, including lookups, ID lists, authentication and the Streaming API. Instead of whitelisting, developers can use these tools to create applications and integrate with the Twitter platform.The real change, however, comes a bit further down into Sarver’s announcement when he notes that “there are going to be some things that developers want to do that just aren’t supported by the platform.” Instead of granting whitelisting to make advanced research and analytics possible, writes Sarver, developers will need to contact Gnip, a reseller of Twitter data.Why Get Rid of Whitelisting?According to Abraham Williams, a “Hacker Advocate” and developer at Q&A startup Answerly, Twitter is getting rid of whitelisting to push developers onto its streaming APIs. That, and keeping Twitter up an running, of course.“They’re essentially saying if you can’t get your data in real time or in less than 350 requests in an hour, find something else to do,” said Williams. “Every API has some kind of rate limit and a lot of them don’t have whitelisting.”Twitalyzer founder Eric Peterson agreed that it was likely a matter of necessity. “Is this a reasonable thing for Twitter to do? It is. This is about their growth and stability as a platform. Developers are secondary,” said Peterson. “It’s probably just a natural part of their growth. They must have hit the wall from a technology perspective.”What Does This Mean for the Twitter Ecosystem?When Twitter started out in 2006, it was a simple, SMS-based service that allowed a small group of users to communicate with each other and put that content on the Web. A short six months after the service was born, the Twitter API was introduced. Ever since, developers have been creating apps around the microblogging system, using the data to analyze individuals social influence online, communications habits, and even worldwide trends. Those ideas that needed access to more data were able to requisition the company for whitelisted access. Now, whitelisted companies will be grandfathered in, but the doors are closed to everyone else. So who will this move affect, first and foremost? According to Twitalyzer founder Eric Peterson, the most affected will be “everyone who for the last three months has been building stuff on the API” and waiting to hear back on their whitelist application.“You can’t really do a ton without that whitelist,” said Peterson. “We would have run into rate limits in the first couple months and probably have said forget it.”One developer notes in response to the announcement that he needs around 800 requests per hour and that “This and a few other ideas I had just died.”Williams explained that the changes affect some developers (and ideas) more than others. He said that sites could use the streaming API and collect data moving forward, but gathering historical tweets will be a problem.“The people who are up in arms about it are the people who need access to historical data,” said Williams. “If I wanted to build an app that would search the tweets of people you follow and you followed more than 20 people, I wouldn’t be able to pull your entire Tweet history.”That Leaves Us With…What’s Next?Of course, what’s a limit without finding a clever way around it? The party line from Twitter on this one is that, if a developer needs more data than allowed, they’ll need to pony up the bucks to Twitter data-reseller Gnip. As Ed Borasky, a data scientist who does work in text mining, journalism and social media, notes on the Google Group discussion, this squeezes out the little guy. [Gnip is] a non-starter for small consultants, startups or non-profits. We simply will find problems to solve that don’t require subscriptions to a high-volume and high-priced source of *raw*, *unstructured* data. There are plenty of large corporations who can sell “business intelligence” to other large corporations, but that’s not a game that a small business can play. I am not a qualified prospect for Gnip’s service and you shouldn’t be pitching it to me. 😉From here, two are two distinct possibilities. First, developers will find a way over the wall and create alternative methods to get data, through nets of fake accounts or other methods. The second possibility – one requested in the conversation by Twitter API consultant and trainer Adam Green – is that an open market open up for Twitter data.Now the next step in opening up this marketplace is to create multiple resellers of Twitter API data, and let them compete on price. Giving Gnip a monopoly over this market makes no sense. Twitter’s biggest problem is the huge volume of requests. By blocking whitelisting you are forcing some developers to cheat by creating multiple accounts and distributing their requests across them. That can never be stopped. What you have to do is make it inefficient, by letting multiple resellers complete and drive the price of Twitter data down. Then the strongest reseller will take the load off of you and offer enough value added that developers will be willing to pay for data. That will never happen when only one reseller sets the price.Twitter has benefited over the years by all of the additional value added by its developer community and hopefully the end of the whitelist won’t aversely affect this same community. Green ends his note with a well-wishing to Twitter and we’ll end with the same.“You are riding a tiger. Good luck, and try to stay open and honest. This is a good step on that path,” writes Green. “As long as you tell the truth, you will succeed.”last_img read more

TNT blasts Gins, up 2-0; Pivotal Game 3 duel for San Miguel, Star

first_imgPBA IMAGESRarely do coaches say that they have resorted to prayers to ask for help during games.Nash Racela was man enough to admit that and Anthony Semerad rose from among TNT KaTropa’s superstars with four fourth quarter triples that propelled the Texters to a 107-103 win and a 2-0 lead over Barangay Ginebra in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four series at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The last time the TNT franchise had Ginebra buried in a hole this deep didn’t end well for the Texters, as they eventually walked out in Game 4 of the 2010 Philippine Cup’s quarterfinal stage before losing the rubber match.The Final Four series between San Miguel Beer and Star goes into its third game on Wednesday, also at 7 p.m.The Beermen and the Hotshots slugged it out in the lowest-scoring playoff game here on Monday and San Miguel was lucky to escape with the win, by coach Leo Austria’s admission, as Paul Lee barely missed a running jumper in the waning seconds.“Star knows our weaknesses and strengths,” Austria said. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img LATEST STORIES “To be honest, I don’t know which part of the fourth period, when the referees were calling consecutive fouls on us and we were about to lose focus as a team, I just prayed on the sidelines,” Racela said after the gut-wrenching triumph that put him on the cusp of a first title series appearance.And Semerad, never known to be an offensive player, was the answer to his prayers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe last of Semerad’s treys gave the Texters a 105-103 lead, before Joshua Smith sealed the deal with a putback of a Jayson Castro airball as the series many saw will go the distance could have an ending on Thursday when Game 3 is played at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We need to guard against complacency,” Racela said. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Bali Pure sets aside distractions after car trouble to forge Finals decider MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Top Chefs Gather For City Harvest

first_imgCity Harvest’s 35th Anniversary Gala is set to take place at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 24th. José Andrés, Bill & Wendy Mills, Robin Hood, and Chrissy Teigen will be honored during the evening.The gala raises funds to support City Harvest’s work rescuing good food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to New Yorkers in need.The 35th Anniversary Gala Benefit Committee includes Alex Guarnaschelli, Anita Lo, Bill Telepan, Dana Cowin, Dominique Ansel, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Marc Murphy, Margaret and Geoffrey Zakarian, Rocco DiSpirito, Ron Ben-Israel, Scott Conant, and Ted Allen.last_img read more

Hypertension Week activities begin in North Middle Caicos Tuesday

first_img PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute Agriculture Police consultation meeting announced Related Items:hypertension week, middle caicos, North caicos Recommended for you New Government contracts mean new clinic for Kew in North Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 May 2015 – North and Middle Caicos the activities begin with you tomorrow when it comes to Hypertension awareness from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. There will be a presentation, diet and nutrition ideas including low sodium recipes. Brochures will be handed out by the Ministry of Health team and there will be free blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screening. These sessions will take place in the morning at the Conch Bar Clinic and the afternoon at the Community Center in Kew. As is the trend in North Caicos; a separate and second educational and free testing session is planned for Bottle Creek at 10am at the clinic there on Wednesday. By Thursday the hypertension mobile team moves into Providenciales, at the Smart Grocery store from 10am to 2pm; this will include free screenings and free dietary advice as well. See the full schedule when you follow Magnetic Media. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Facebook shut 583 million fake accounts

Facebook may remove content, add warnings if content may be disturbing to some users while not violating standards, or notify the police in case of a “specific, imminent and credible threat to human life” Responding to calls for transparency after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Facebook said those closures came on top of blocking millions of attempts to create fake accounts every day.Despite this, the group said fake profiles still make up 3-4 percent of all active accounts.It claimed to detect almost 100 percent of spam and to have removed 837 million posts assimilated to spam over the same period.Facebook pulled or slapped warnings on nearly 30 million posts containing sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech during the first quarter.Improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017.In 85.6 percent of the cases, Facebook detected the images before being alerted to them by users, said the report, issued the day after the company said about 200 apps had been suspended on its platform as part of an investigation into misuse of private user data.The figure represents between 0.22 and 0.27 percent of the total content viewed by Facebook’s more than two billion users from January through March.”In other words, of every 10,000 content views, an estimate of 22 to 27 contained graphic violence,” the report said.Responses to rule violations include removing content, adding warnings to content that may be disturbing to some users while not violating Facebook standards; and notifying law enforcement in case of a “specific, imminent and credible threat to human life”.Improved IT also helped Facebook take action against 1.9 million posts containing terrorist propaganda, a 73 percent increase. Nearly all were dealt with before any alert was raised, the company said. Explore further Sarcasm needs human touch”It may take a human to understand and accurately interpret nuances like… self-referential comments or sarcasm,” the report said, noting that Facebook aims to “protect and respect both expression and personal safety”.Facebook took action against 2.5 million pieces of hate speech content during the period, a 56 increase over October-December. But only 38 percent had been detected through Facebook’s efforts—the rest flagged up by users. The posts that keep the Facebook reviewers the busiest are those showing adult nudity or sexual activity—quite apart from child pornography, which is not covered by the report.Some 21 million such posts were handled in the period, a similar number to October-December 2017.That was less than 0.1 percent of viewed content—which includes text, images, videos, links, live videos or comments on posts—Facebook said, adding it had dealt with nearly 96 percent of the cases before being alerted to them.Facebook has come under fire for showing too much zeal on this front, such as removing images of artwork tolerated under its own rules.In March, Facebook apologised for temporarily removing an advert featuring French artist Eugene Delacroix’s famous work “Liberty Leading the People” because it depicts a bare-breasted woman.Facebook’s head of global policy management Monika Bicket said the group had kept a commitment to recruit 3,000 more staff to lift the numbers dedicated to enforcing standards to 7,500 at the start of this year. © 2018 AFP Facebook apologised in March for temporarily removing an advert featuring French artist Eugene Delacroix’s famous work “Liberty Leading the People” because it depicts a bare-breasted woman Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content It attributed the increase to the enhanced use of photo detection technology.Hate speech is harder to police using automated methods, however, as racist or homophobic hate speech is often quoted on posts by their targets or activists. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Facebook shut 583 million fake accounts (2018, May 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-facebook-million-fake-accounts.html Facebook axed 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant said Tuesday, detailing how it enforces “community standards” against sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech. read more