NTSB cancels meeting on Indiana crash that killed 3 siblings

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest By Associated Press – March 26, 2020 0 262 Facebook Google+ (“31932 2011 Blue Bird 77 Maximum Passenger School Bus” by Bill McChesney, CC BY 2.0) ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says that in light of the coronavirus pandemic it has canceled an April meeting to determine the probable cause of a 2018 crash that killed three siblings crossing a rural northern Indiana highway to reach their stopped school bus.The agency said Tuesday that in place of the April 7 meeting in Washington, D.C., NTSB board members will use an online link to vote on the staff’s investigative report, which includes the crash’s probable cause.The date of that vote has not been scheduled. The three Rochester, Indiana, siblings were killed on Oct. 30, 2018, when they were struck by a pickup truck. WhatsApp Twitter Facebook IndianaLocalNews NTSB cancels meeting on Indiana crash that killed 3 siblings Previous articleChanges made to free meal programs at PHM, Mishawaka and South BendNext articleBomb Squad called to detonate pipe bombs discovered inside Detroit Avenue home Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

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Giants overmatched in Atlanta, watch Braves clinch division with ease

first_imgATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves arrived at SunTrust Park on Friday with the expectation there would be a postgame party.The San Francisco Giants appeared to do everything in their power to ensure the celebration would go on.Braves players had ski goggles tucked away in lockers and clubhouse attendants had champagne on ice. All Atlanta needed to do was beat the Giants to clinch the National League East.The Giants didn’t exactly make things challenging. Braves center fielder Ronald …last_img read more

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SETI Researcher Writes Children’s Poem

first_imgFor a feature called “SETI Thursday” at Space.com, Dr. Laurence Doyle has written a childish poem about how life brought itself up from nothing to galactic explorers.  It begins, “When the Earth was young, and the Moon nearby, in a cometary sea, prokaryotic thoughts arose, what fun it is to be!”  The idea of evolving being fun is a motif throughout the poem.  One excerpt: Trilobites now filled the sea, and oxygen the air, “What say we all crawl up on land?  And have a picnic there!”“We’ll bring amphibians and trees, and Oh, it will be fun!  And bring some extra ozone to protect us from the Sun.”So off we went, and partied on, from cynodont to ’saur.  Time flies when one is having fun.  Then from a distant shore,We saw a comet hit the ground, the best I’ve ever seen.  It turned the Moon a pretty blue, the Sun a shade of green.“Now that’s a party!” we all sang, and went to mammals be.  The ’saurs became a little flock of ornithology.From there, it wouldn’t be long till primates spread their partying from inner caves to outer space:The trees were great, but it was late, so onto two we strode.  And chipped some stone and built some fires to warm the cave abode….Next—to another sun!  A galaxy to party in.  I said it would be fun!There’s another place on the planet where talking animals party all the time: Disneyland.The Imagineers at Disneyland have actually gotten together with the Darwin Party on numerous occasions.  The Magic Kingdom is loaded with reference to evolution.  Darwinists love to party there, because when you wish upon a star, anything can happen.  Prokaryotic thoughts can even arise.  Just don’t ask, “from where?”(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA’s first gay & lesbian bookstore

first_img13 March 2003It’s probably the only bookshop in town that has on its shelves books such as “Holy Hell” and “What The Bible Really Says About Homosexuality”. It’s the only bookshop of its kind on the continent, the first specialist gay and lesbian bookstore in Africa.The Ultra Violet Book Cafe opened in mid-November last year in Melville, Johannesburg, at 2nd avenue, corner Main Road.The owner, Michelle Kniesel, says the main goal in opening a gay store is to create a safe space for gay people to interact and buy books in a comfortable environment where they are able to ask questions about gay literature without any reservations.On the shelves there are fiction and non-fiction books, the kind of gay books that are rarely stocked by mainstream bookstores, says Kniesel. Gay romance books and non-fiction that discusses what it means to be gay are some of the books on display. Second-hand books are also on offer.All the books are written by gay authors and have gay themes, except for a small esoteric section and books on stress and depression.Kniesel says she wants to focus on developing the local section, which, at the moment, is predominantly Afrikaans. She hopes to find local gay books that are written in other South African languages, not just English and Afrikaans, but has not sourced any so far.The store also sells local and international magazines, such as Womyn, Lesbians on the Loose and Gay Times, and a Pride paraphernalia section which offers T-shirts, flags, stickers, jewellery and key-rings.The store might stock gay products, but with customers “I’m straight-friendly with everyone”, says Kniesel. Straight customers come to the store to buy gifts for friends or a member of the family who happens to be gay, she says.As the name of the place suggests, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee at the store – from filter coffee to cappuccino and espressos. Kniesel says she is planning to include cakes in the store’s menu.As for the future of the store, she says, “I envisage that it will become a central point for the gay community”. Source: City of Johannesburg web sitelast_img read more

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Research & Analysis

first_imgSouth Africa’s global reputation is shaped by perceptions of investment, immigration policies and environment, exports, people, culture and heritage, governance, and tourism.In order to understand domestic trends, and how these shape international perceptions of South Africa and its global reputation, Brand South Africa commissions and subscribes to several research instruments. Our Research Notes and Working Papers intend to inform Brand South Africa’s stakeholders and partners on South Africa’s reputation and competitiveness.Find out more:Reputation Research – South Africa IncorporatedResearch & Reports – Working papersIn keeping with Brand South Africa’s international and domestic mandates, the working papers provide insight into issues that impact on the South African psyche, national pride, and international reputation. The research notes are essentially analytical pieces that highlight trends in reports on South Africa generated by external agencies, institutes and multilateral organisations. The research notes also aim to highlight key findings, and to share research from studies commissioned by Brand South Africa with stakeholders and the nation.For more information contact:Dr Petrus de Kock, General Manager: Research, Brand South AfricaEmail: [email protected]: +27 (0)11 712 5000last_img read more

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Twitter Bans In-Stream Ads

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#advertising#NYT#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification frederic lardinoiscenter_img Twitter just announced that it will soon update its terms of service for developers and prohibit third-party advertising networks and developers from inserting ads into a user’s stream. This could mean the end of a number of third-party advertising networks like Ad.ly and 140 Proof, both of which created their businesses around in-stream ads. According to Twitter’s COO, Dick Costolo, the company decided to take this step in order to “preserve the unique user experience Twitter has created” and ensure the “long-term health and value of the platform.”Twitter’s ReasoningTwitter argues that it wants to create “a platform of enduring value.” To do so, Costolo says, Twitter has to ensure that the platform remains valuable for its users. In-stream advertisers, however, are only interested in short-term revenue opportunities – which come at the expense of the long-term health of the Twitter platform. Costolo also argues that these in-stream advertising networks are simply not innovative enough, and “the basis for building a lasting advertising network that benefits users should be innovation, not near-term monetization.”The real reason for banning in-stream ads, however, becomes obvious after reading this paragraph:“It is important to keep in mind that Twitter bears all the costs of maintaining the network, protecting the Tweet stream against spam, supporting user requests, and scaling the service. Indeed, Twitter will bear many of the support costs associated with any third-party paid Tweets, as Twitter receives support emails related to anything a user sees in a tweet stream. The third-party bears few of these costs by comparison.”Twitter simply doesn’t want to bear the cost of supporting these advertising networks that don’t bring the company any direct value and revenue. Prohibiting in-stream ads isn’t so much about fostering innovation and preserving the integrity of the platform. Instead, it’s about ensuring that advertisers flock to Twitter’s own Promoted Tweets.Shutting Down the Most Natural Way to Monetize Twitter ClientsIt will be interesting to see how third-party developers will react to this. Just a few weeks ago, Twitter began launching its own official Twitter clients, and now the company has prohibited the most obvious method of monetizing unofficial clients. Instead of being able to insert ads into users’ streams – the most natural place for these ads – developers will now have to show ads outside of the stream. As Costolo puts it, “There will be all sorts of other third-party monetization engines that crop up in the vicinity of the timeline.” Starting today, however, the stream itself is off-limits for all advertisers besides Twitter itself. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts last_img read more

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How 50 Billion Connected Devices Could Transform Brand Marketing & Everyday Life

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#conferences#CTIA 2011#Internet of Things#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Web-connected devices, not just mobile phones and 3G tablets but everything from home electronics to consumer packaged goods instrumented to transmit data to the Web, have become a part of every major speech here at the wireless industry’s giant conference in Orlando, CTIA. “All devices that can benefit from connectivity will be connected,” Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, said in a keynote, predicting that the world’s nearly 5 billion mobile phone subscribers today will be surpassed by 50 billion connected non-phone devices in 10 years.Some people think that may be a conservative estimate of the possible impact of what’s called The Internet of Things. Chetan Sharma is one of the most respected analysts in the wireless industry; his original research is cited everywhere from the world’s biggest business and technical publications to the CTIA leadership’s opening adress at this, the wireless industry’s leading conference. I sat down with Sharma today and listened to him describe what he thinks a future of ubiquitious connectivity will look like. We write about the Internet of Things frequently here, but Sharma’s vision of how it will unfold (especially in the marketing world) is one of the most compelling articulations I’ve seen yet. It’s a rich vision of the future – and it’s quite simple at the same time.Chetan Sharma was educated as an electrical and biological engineer, then worked in early mobile startups, did consulting in wireless R&D strategy and has now had a private mobile analyst practice for 10 years. I admire his work a lot, follow him closely on Twitter and was very honored to get to talk to him.“There are so many things we don’t do or don’t think about because we don’t think of our objects as network connected and it takes too much energy to make them connected,” Sharma says, “but if the embedded connectivity is there in a plug-and-play way…then you go beyond 3 screens and look at controlling everything inside a house, outside a house, controlling your surrroundings.”Disrupting Industries & Everyday LifeSmart Utility Grids or Smart Homes are the most familiar vision of this kind of connectivity. They may have hit mainstream consciousness before they were really ready to hit the market, but vision and reality are coming together quickly now.“A few years back I was working with a company that makes blinds, the idea was to control blinds with a cell phone,” Sharma says. “For a home it doesn’t make that much sense, but if you think about buildings, the touch of a button can be huge energy savings.“I think education is just dying for innovation. Kids can interact with more than just books and reading about history, imagine transforming that where you are using augmented reality instead of just reading. Learning about planets, instead of just looking in a book, imagine the solar system around you where you can touch and feel the planets. “Information about energy use in a house, where energy might be leaking, that’s interesting. All these things can be done now but it takes too much energy to figure them out. If we can get all that info coming at you and just think about how to process it, it’s a no brainer.“This work is already underway in healthcare, automotive and other industries. V2V, or vehicle to vehicle communication, is in the works – cars communicating between eachother to say you are too close to me, stay away. The roads could communicate with the cars and say ‘it’s too congested, take a different route.’ “This is where it needs to go and will go in 10 years, making everyday experiences much better and friction free. If a person has a desire to learn or shop or engage in social interaction… you’ll be able to do these things on a wall anywhere. It’s about reducing friction.”“This is where it needs to go and will go in 10 years, making everyday experiences much better and friction free. If a person has a desire to learn or shop or engage in social interaction, it’s right there. Beyond just doing things on televisions and cell phones, you’ll be able to do these things on a wall anywhere. It’s about reducing friction. You can accomplish any given task today with 50 different steps but this future of connected devices is all about making things much easier.”How Realistic is This Vision?That sounds awfully futuristic, doesn’t it? The proccess of instrumentation, turning something quantifiably trackable, requires deployment of a new interface for every object that would become networked.“All these sensors that will need to be deployed? That’s tenable,” says Sharma, calmly. “If you’re talking about 50 billion connected devices, that’s seven sensors per human being. We probably already have seven sensors with us right now. Imagine a house having 50 or 100 sensors, using different technologies obviously, cellular is just one part of it.“It sounds trivial but the fact of connectedness, interconnectedness and high bandwidth availability, I think that’s transformative in nature. TV experiences are familiar, but if we can connect TV and tablets and mobiles, that creates new ways of experiencing and sharing.”Marketing Will Drive AdoptionGadgets and gee-gaws sound like fun for some, but how will there ever be enough demand to make this real? Isn’t this ubiquitous computing stuff just for super-nerds from the 1980s and 1990s?Mobile broadband and super-low cost sensors could enable brands to interact directly with consumers, for marketing and order fullfilment, from the objects themselves, through the web, with the retail middleman (and obfuscation) cut out. “Mobile internet has been around since ’98 but broadband wasn’t,” Chetan Sharma explains.“The experience was lowsy, but with LTE coming, and latency low, that has a multiplier effect on usage. The fact is that connectedness is going to be there across multiple types of objects. “It’s not just electronics, it’s cereal boxes, all kinds of objects will have intelligence and the ability to communicate. Connectivity is a significant multiplier. P&G ships 40 trillion some objects per year, imagine them all connected.”What do you do with a connected cereal box?“With a cereal box? You’ll communicate about health related issues, add social elements, easy ordering. A brand can build a direct relationship with the consumer without relying on retail stores. Look at the aftermarket, 30% of the diapers ordered are now ordered online. There’s no reason why that can’t happen on other objects. I think the chance for the brand to interact with consumers directly is huge.“Brands have been losing direct relationships with consumers over the year, they want to get back in the game. When you have that many devices in the market of course every cent counts, but there are a number of things in development in the market working on dropping those costs.”Is this environmentally tenable, I asked? Are there enough minable minerals to pull this off?“When you say 50 billion devices, a lot of people think of tablets and smart phones,” Sharma said. “It’s true that’s going to be a constraint and new thinking may be required. If you look at companies like Kovio, NFC, printed electronics. Over the next five or 10 years new forms of electronics will come into play. If there is a need and a big enough market, humans are good at figuring things out.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Advani opens gold account, Alok creates history

first_imgStar cueist Pankaj Advani provided the first gold for India in the 16th Asian Games by clinching the title in billiards singles while Alok Kumar claimed a bronze in 8-ball pool event and the shooters accounted for a silver and bronze on the second day of competitions in Guangzhou on Sunday. MEDAL TALLYDefending champion Advani kept his reputation intact with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Myanmar’s Oo Nay Thway in the billiards final as India pushed their medals tally to one gold, three silver and two bronze to retain their fifth position on the table.Hosts China continued to rule the roost and maintained the top position on the medals table with a tally of 37-14-12 while South Korea (13-10-12) and Japan (8-20-15) were in the second and third spots respectively.The shooters were again in the spotlight with Heena Siddhu, Annu Raj Singh and Sania Rai claiming the silver in the women’s 10 m air pistol team event and Vijay Kumar bagging the bronze in the men’s 10 m air pistol at the Aoti shooting range.Alok became the first Indian to win an Asian Games medal in pool events by bagging a bronze though he lost his semifinal contest 5-7 against Kuo Po-Cheng of Chinese Taipei.Under rules of the event, both the losing semifinalists are awarded a bronze each instead of playing a third-place play-off.India’s men’s tennis team also assured itself of a bronze medal by securing a place in the semi-finals against top seed Chinese Taipei but the performance in other disciplines such as weightlifting, judo, swimming, cycling and triathlon left much to be desired on a day of mixed fortunes.advertisementThe day clearly belonged to the 25-year-old Advani who showed nerves of steel under severe pressure to clinch the first gold medal for India when he came twice from behind to edge out Myanmar’s Oo Nay Thway 3-2 and retain his title after a bitterly fought billiards singles final.Advani was down 1-2 after losing the first and third frames, but fought back in dogged fashion to clinch the fourth to take the match into a nerve-wracking final frame.A beaming Advani, who has won the world professional and IBSF titles in the past, said this was the biggest title of his career.”This feels great. This is Olympics for me as unfortunately we are not there in the Olympics. This time I made it a point to win the first gold for the country. It’s an absolutely emotional moment for me. I cant’t ask for more,” he said.After Narang’s exploits on the opening day, the Indian women shooters Heena Sidhu, Annu Raj Singh and Sonia Rai had their moment of glory as they won the silver medal in the 10m Air Pistol team event.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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