FIFA Gate implicates Bahamian Banker

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jun 2015 – Also from the region: A CIBC First Caribbean banking executive in The Bahamas is alleged to have hopped onto a plane to go and collect a cheque, reportedly for a quarter of a million dollars as an alleged bribe… more harrowing reports coming in the aftermath of arrests in the FIFA Gate scandal. This one is reported in the Bahamas Tribune newspaper. Related Items:bahamas tribune, CIBC First Caribbean bank, fifa gate scandal Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CIBC First Caribbean Bake Sale for the Curelast_img read more

Kayak Adventure turns deadly for American man

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#Kayakadventureturnsdeadly, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 6, 2017 – Providenciales – An American visitor today died after complaining of a headache when the kayak he and his wife was on flipped over in the waters of Thompson Cove in Provo.   Police reported that the man was pronounced dead at 1:03pm.  Magnetic Media had been contacted by family friends of the man out of California, asking if there was any news of  his death.Police responded to our query and confirmed that “He and his wife was out on a kayak in the area of Thompson Cove.   The Kayak flipped over and when he got back on he complained of headache and later lost conscious.”It was also said an autopsy will be carried out to determined the exact cause of death.#MagneticMediaNews#Kayakadventureturnsdeadlylast_img read more

Bahamas Congratulates India on the Celebration of its National Day

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 17, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has congratulated the Government and people of the Republic of India on the celebration of its National Day.   The Government of The Bahamas looks forward to continuing the friendly and cooperative relationship that has existed between the two countries since the inception of Diplomatic Relations in 1975.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a formal Diplomatic Note of congratulations to the Government of India to that effect.Release: BISlast_img read more

San Diego County Gun Owners respond to shooting at Del Mar Fairgrounds

first_img DEL MAR (KUSI) – The San Diego County Gun Owners PAC has published an official statement in response to the shooting incident that took place during the Ice Cube concert at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.RELATED STORY: Armed suspect shot by deputy outside Del Mar FairgroundsTheir statement reads:“In response to the shooting at the Ice Cube concert at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC calls on the 22nd Agricultural Board to discontinue events that invite violence and, instead, support events that promote family, safety, and law-abiding San Diegans, such as the Crossroads of the West gun show.“Where’s the moral outrage towards the Del Mar Fairgrounds and the Agricultural Association board of directors? The Agricultural Board permitted a rap concert performed by an artist with a history of glorifying violence, drug dealing, gang culture, and degrading women. Guess what happened? Sure enough, violence breaks out with a gun. Yet, the board is entertaining the idea, based on so-called moral grounds, of discontinuing the gun shows attended by thousands of law-abiding San Diegan families who learn gun safety. The board wants to close down or demand additional security for family-oriented events, but then they allow Ice Cube concerts.“Their hypocrisy is obvious: The fairgrounds board has lost all moral authority. We call on the board to realign their priorities with the rule of law and support events that promote safe, legal, responsible activities for families to enjoy, such as the annual county fair and the gun shows.”Michael A. SchwartzExecutive DirectorSan Diego County Gun Owners PAC Mike McKinnon III, San Diego County Gun Owners respond to shooting at Del Mar Fairgrounds Mike McKinnon III Posted: September 4, 2018 September 4, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

City Council approves law that makes it illegal to provide marijuana to

first_img KUSI Newsroom, The addition of marijuana and controlled substances to the Social Host Ordinance gives law enforcement a tool to deter conduct that puts our kids at risk. Working with @ChiefNisleit, we’ll educate the public about this ordinance, and hold accountable those who choose to ignore it pic.twitter.com/tdeXtQkxbO— SD City Attorney (@CityAttorneySD) March 5, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last week, San Diego City Council approved an amendment to the city’s social host ordinance. It is now illegal to host a gathering where minors can have access to marijuana substances.City Attorney Mara Elliot discussed the new amendment and why she supported it on Good Morning San Diego.RELATED STORY: San Diego City Council OKs amendment focusing on underage marijuana use March 12, 2019 Posted: March 12, 2019center_img City Council approves law that makes it illegal to provide marijuana to minors in social settings KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Mara Elliot, Marijuana FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

PIC Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh lock lips onstage picture goes viral

first_imgInstagramBollywood’s power couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have been flying high and how! The duo not only has given probably their career-best performance last year (Ranveer Singh as Khilji and Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini in Padmaavat) but, also have established themselves as the most sought after stars in the filmy world.Right when their films had released, the industry had predicted that this year all the awards would belong to the two of them and rightly so! As the award season has begun so has the two taking home some shining awards.At the recently held Vimal Filmfare awards, Ranveer Singh won the best actor award. Deepika Padukone handed him the trophy to which, Ranveer Singh said, “This Black Lady (award) is very special to me, but this lady (Deepika) is the most special lady to have ever happened to me, I love you, are you proud of me?” He further added, “I dedicate this award to my nani as it was my nani as favourite character. One day I called my sister and asked what nani is doing, she said that nani is on terrace doing her favourite thing that is watching Padmavaat.”Ranveer won the award for playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat which went through a lot of controversies before its release. Ayushmann Khurrana won the Best Actor (Critics) award for Andhadhun. Despite a superlative performance, Deepika Padukone lost out to Alia Bhatt who won the Best Actress award for Raazi. Neena Gupta won the Best Actress award (Critics) for Badhai Ho.Alia Bhatt too proclaimed her love for Ranbir Kapoor while accepting the award. Bhatt called Ranbir her ‘special one’ and blew a kiss at him. Ranbir was left blushing with Alia’s special gesture of love.last_img read more

Google CEO Sundar Pichai to announce new initiatives for small Indian businesses

first_imgGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai will start the new year with major announcements for small businesses and startups in India on January 4. He is currently touring India on a personal holiday with his family. Also read: Google features PM Modi among ‘top 10 criminals,’ served court noticePichai landed in India on Sunday and arrived in Jaipur in a private jet from Chennai. The local administration doesn’t know about his whereabouts, but it is known that he is staying in a top hotel in his wife’s home state. The event in New Delhi will be attended by Union Minister of IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and senior Google officials. Pichai is expected to announce Google’s further inroads into India’s Start Up India and Digital India initiatives. “As Indian small businesses chart their journey, technology is playing a pivotal role in helping them explore new markets, engage different audiences and compete more effectively. At Google, we are excited about partnering with small businesses to help them unlock exponential growth through the power of digital…We invite you to join senior leaders from Google, the industry and business owners like yourselves, as we shine the spotlight on the Indian SMB ecosystem and delve into how digital can be a game changer for your business,” reads the Google invite, according to India Today. He had said in December 2015 he wants to help 20 million small and medium enterprises in India get online by 2017. This will be Pichai’s second public event in India since taking up the position as CEO. He had announced the Google My Business tool in December 2015, which allows businesses to update information regarding business hours, phone numbers and other particulars on Google. Last month, Google had announced that seven Indian startups will be part of its third batch of ‘Launchpad Accelerator’.  Google has also partnered with RailTel to bring high-speed internet to 100 railway stations. Their aim is to bring internet to at least 400 railway stations.last_img read more

IndianAmerican businessman found dead in Delhis Taj Palace

first_imgGetty ImagesAn Indian man was found dead in his room at the Taj Palace in New Delhi on Saturday morning.Munni Jaitely, a 35-year-old Indian-born US citizen, travelled frequently to India due on business needs and had landed in the national capital on Thursday. His father felt something amiss when his calls to Munni went unanswered. His father then called the hotel reception and asked them to check, reported IANS.”His father called the hotel reception and requested them to check his son’s status. The hotel staff tried to connect with Jaitely through the landline, but didn’t succeed,” Eish Singhal, the Additional DCP, was quoted as saying by IANS.Singhal said that the manager went to Munni’s room on the sixth floor and knocked on the door. Upon getting no response, the manager used his master key card and opened the door to find Munni lying unconscious.Munni was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. Due to the uncertainty surrounding Munni’s death, the police were informed and an investigation was launched.The preliminary investigation revealed that there was no foul play since no one, including the hotel staff, was in the vicinity of Munni’s room between Friday night and Saturday morning, according to the CCTV footage.”A medical board would conduct an autopsy on Monday to ascertain if he consumed any drug, causing the death,” said the Additional DCP.last_img read more

Stubborn Turnbull seeks second leadership vote

first_imgAustralian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during a media conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 23 August 2018. Photo: ReutersAustralian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull stubbornly clung to power on Thursday as senior ministers deserted him, saying he would hold a second leadership vote on Friday only if he received a letter signed by the majority of the ruling Liberal party.Turnbull narrowly won a leadership vote on Tuesday against former home affairs minister Peter Dutton. Dutton and senior ministers on Thursday called for a second ballot.Key Turnbull supporter finance minister Mathias Cormann said Turnbull no longer had majority party support and that Dutton was now the best person to lead the conservative government to the next election, due by May 2019.Several ministers have tendered their resignation. The leadership crisis saw the government adjourn parliament on Thursday until September.Turnbull said if he received a letter requesting a fresh vote with the signatures of 43 Liberal Party lawmakers, he would call a party meeting for midday Friday (0200 GMT). If a leadership spill motion was then passed, he would not stand in the vote.Australian media reported on Thursday that Treasurer Scott Morrison would be a surprise challenger for the top job.Morrison has been a Turnbull supporter, but has reportedly long held ambitions on the prime ministership.Whoever emerges as Australia’s next prime minister, they will become the country’s sixth prime minister in less than a decade. None of those, which includes two stints for Labor leader Kevin Rudd, have served a full term in office.”Australians will be rightly appalled by what they are witnessing in their parliament,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.The political revolving door has angered and frustrated voters and the business sector.The political uncertainty clouded the outlook for investors who punished the Australian dollar, sending it 0.9 percent lower to $0.7283. The Aussie was the worst performing major currency on Thursday.Australian shares slipped 0.2 percent.”For everybody in the country what is happening in Canberra is disappointing and frustrating. Business likes certainty and confidence in what happens in the future. Anytime we see uncertainty like what is happening in Canberra it is not helpful,” said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.Liberal SplitTurnbull said the leadership crisis was an “internal insurgency” to move the Liberal party to the far right.”A minority in the party room, supported by others outside the parliament, has sought to bully, intimidate others into making this change of leadership,” he said.”It’s been described by many people…as a form of madness.Turnbull sort to raise doubts over Dutton’s ability to continue sitting in parliament, with reports he has financial interests in daycare centres which receive government funding.Australia’s constitution bans lawmakers from receiving commonwealth money.Turnbull said he asked Australia’s most senior legal officer to provide advice on Dutton’s eligibility on Friday morning.”I cannot underline too much how important it is that anyone who seeks to be prime minister of Australia is eligible to be a member of parliament,” said Turnbull.Adding pressure on rebel lawmakers, Turnbull said he would resign from parliament if he loses the leadership, threatening the government’s one-seat majority.Turnbull came to power in a party-room coup in September 2015. A social liberal and multi-millionaire former merchant banker, Turnbull has struggled to appeal to conservative voters and only narrowly won an election in 2016.The ruling Liberal-National coalition government has consistently trailed the opposition Labor party in opinion polls, but Turnbull has remained the voters’ preferred prime minister over Labor leader Bill Shorten.Shorten said the “cannibalistic behaviour” over the Liberal leadership was eating the government alive. “Australia no longer has a functioning government,” he told parliament.last_img read more

Will March For Our Lives Influence Politicians–Particularly In Texas– And Why That

first_imgThis is the latest Politics 101 episode with our political experts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer , with the highlights of the week:  Sharelast_img

Apple Music Unveils Its Top 100 Songs and Albums for 2018

first_imgApple Music today unveiled its most-streamed songs and albums of 2018 — and not surprisingly, Drake was at the top of both lists (and had 3 of the Top 5 songs). Just an unsurprisingly, both lists are dominated by hip-hop, pop and R&B. The company also included its editorial selections for artist, breakout artist, song and album of the year.The lists appear in full below.Apple Music’s Top 100 Global Songs 41Camila CabelloNever Be the Same 48Gucci ManeMr. Davis 3Post Malonerockstar (feat. 21 Savage) 77Ariana GrandeGod is a woman 5Post MalonePsycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) 37Charlie PuthVoicenotes 9BlocBoy JBLook Alive (feat. Drake) 65Jay Rock,Kendrick Lamar,Future & James BlakeKing’s Dead 52French MontanaUnforgettable (feat. Swae Lee) 47Original Broadway Cast of HamiltonHamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) 67The Weeknd & Kendrick LamarPray For Me 38THE CARTERSEVERYTHING IS LOVE 54Post MaloneCandy Paint 14Post MaloneBetter Now 45Imagine DragonsThunder 51A$AP RockyTESTING 11Lil Uzi VertLuv Is Rage 2 77French MontanaJungle Rules 94Nicki MinajChun-Li 93Kodak BlackPainting Pictures 32A Boogie wit da HoodieThe Bigger Artist 96HalseyBad at Love 13Lil BabyHarder Than Ever 92A$AP FergStill Striving 16BazziMine Popular on Variety 29GunnaDrip Season 3 3Cardi BInvasion of Privacy 18Kendrick Lamar & SZAAll The Stars 50DJ KhaledGrateful 53OzunaOdisea 32Cardi BBartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage) 35Bruno Mars24K Magic 34Maroon 5Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B) 4XXXTENTACION? 36The WeekndCall Out My Name 39DrakeI’m Upset 1DrakeGod’s Plan 98benny blanco,Halsey & KhalidEastside 40NFLet You Down 47KhalidYoung Dumb & Broke 42XXXTENTACIONFuck Love (feat. Trippie Redd) 13Juice WRLDLucid Dreams 44MarshmelloSilence (feat. Khalid) 76J. ColeKOD 6Cardi B,Bad Bunny & J BalvinI Like It 87Kendrick Lamar,The Weeknd & SZABlack Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By 71Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman EnsembleThis Is Me 49Marshmello & Anne-MarieFRIENDS 30Luke CombsThis One’s for You 68Frank OceanBlonde 19Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia LineMeant to Be 53XXXTENTACIONchanges 9J. ColeKOD 23Nicki MinajQueen 56Post MaloneBall For Me (feat. Nicki Minaj) 805 Seconds of SummerYoungblood 16SZACtrl 59Cardi BBe Careful 89Maroon 5What Lovers Do (feat. SZA) 60Meek MillWins & Losses 62DrakeMob Ties 63G-Eazy & HalseyHim & I 78YoungBoy Never Broke AgainOutside Today 11Lil Baby & DrakeYes Indeed 66Hailee Steinfeld & AlessoLet Me Go (feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt) 17Dua LipaDua Lipa 68Kendrick LamarLOVE. (FEAT. ZACARI.) 38Khalid & NormaniLove Lies 86FutureDS2 (Deluxe) 36Shawn MendesShawn Mendes 64MiguelWar & Leisure 69Lil Uzi VertXO TOUR Llif3 39LogicBobby Tarantino II 98Lil PeepCome Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1 8Various ArtistsThe Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 79Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans 5Travis ScottASTROWORLD 31Rich The KidThe World Is Yours 75Kendrick LamarHUMBLE. 87Shawn MendesIn My Blood 96Anne-MarieSpeak Your Mind 91Adele21 7Chris BrownHeartbreak on a Full Moon 62Chance the RapperColoring Book 73EminemRiver (feat. Ed Sheeran) Apple Music’s Best Music of 2018 – Editorial SelectionsArtist of the year: DrakeBreakout Artist of the Year: Juice WRLDSong of the Year: I Like It – Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J. BalvinAlbum of the Year: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves 8821 SavageBank Account 10Offset & Metro BoominRic Flair Drip 815 Seconds of SummerYoungblood 84Ed SheeranPerfect Duet (with Beyoncé) 976LACKEast Atlanta Love Letter 97ZAYNDusk Till Dawn (feat. Sia) [Radio Edit] 49BazziCOSMIC 15Juice WRLDGoodbye & Good Riddance 41H.E.R.H.E.R. 34Travis ScottBirds in the Trap Sing McKnight 82Imagine DragonsWhatever It Takes 58Lil PumpGucci Gang 2DrakeNice For What 43Lil YachtyLil Boat 2 40Playboi CartiDie Lit 95Bryson TillerTrue to Self 100Lil SkiesRed Roses (feat. Landon Cube) 25Lil SkiesLife of a Dark Rose 85Kanye WestAll Mine 37Ed SheeranShape of You 33MigosCulture 24G-EazyNo Limit (feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B) 266ix9ineFEFE (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz) 64Dua LipaIDGAF 15Migos,Nicki Minaj & Cardi BMotorSport 55J. Cole2014 Forest Hills Drive 56Bryson TillerT R A P S O U L 1421 Savage,Offset & Metro BoominWithout Warning 846ix9ineDAY69: Graduation Day 60Post MaloneCongratulations (feat. Quavo) 92Selena GomezBack to You 18Camila CabelloCamila 6Ed Sheeran÷ 79MiguelSky Walker (feat. Travis Scott) 99DJ KhaledWild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller) 83MacklemoreGEMINI 17DrakeNonstop 28Lil WayneTha Carter V 2Post Malonebeerbongs & bentleys 26G-EazyThe Beautiful & Damned 21MigosWalk It Talk It (feat. Drake) 24Kanye Westye 27Calvin Harris & Dua LipaOne Kiss 52Imagine DragonsEvolve 74Luis Fonsi & Daddy YankeeDespacito (feat. Justin Bieber) 85Various ArtistsLove, Simon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 90Famous DexPick It Up (feat. A$AP Rocky) 7XXXTENTACIONSAD! 82Mac MillerSwimming 35Bruno MarsFinesse (Remix) [feat. Cardi B] 63Justin TimberlakeMan of the Woods 25XXXTENTACIONMoonlight 28Ed SheeranPerfect 1DrakeScorpion 45Lil PumpLil Pump 59Kane BrownKane Brown Apple Music’s Top 100 Global Albums 44RussThere’s Really A Wolf 57Rae Sremmurd,Swae Lee & Slim JxmmiSR3MM 46Daniel CaesarFreudian 43XXXTENTACIONJocelyn Flores 30Dua LipaNew Rules 89Sam SmithThe Thrill of It All 48Selena Gomez & MarshmelloWolves 70The ChainsmokersMemories…Do Not Open 95YGBIG BANK (feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj) 91Post MaloneRich & Sad 5421 SavageIssa Album 20The WeekndMy Dear Melancholy, 31TygaTaste (feat. Offset) 55Ella MaiBoo’d Up 58YoungBoy Never Broke AgainAI YoungBoy 42Future & Young ThugSUPER SLIMEY 12KhalidAmerican Teen 61FutureBEASTMODE 2 83Logic1-800-273-8255(feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid) 27EminemKamikaze 72Imagine DragonsBeliever 74BeyoncéBEYONCÉ (Platinum Edition) 78Taylor Swiftreputation 51Sam SmithToo Good at Goodbyes 67Calvin HarrisFunk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 70Gucci ManeI Get the Bag (feat. Migos) 93Rich The KidNew Freezer (feat. Kendrick Lamar) 71Bebe RexhaAll Your Fault, Pt. 2 – EP 72P!nkBeautiful Trauma 76Little MixGlory Days: The Platinum Edition 22Kodak BlackProject Baby 2: All Grown Up 75Trippie ReddLIFE’S A TRIP 90Ty Dolla $ignBeach House 3 10XXXTENTACION17 21Ariana GrandeSweetener 86Drake & Michael JacksonDon’t Matter To Me 19YoungBoy Never Broke AgainUntil Death Call My Name 81FutureHNDRXX 65Lil Baby & GunnaDrip Harder 73FutureFUTURE 61Travis ScottButterfly Effect 80RudimentalThese Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen) 69Wiz KhalifaRolling Papers 2 4DrakeIn My Feelings 29Cardi BBodak Yellow 33MigosStir Fry 46Rich The KidPlug Walk 57Kodak BlackRoll in Peace (feat. XXXTENTACION) 66PnB RockCatch These Vibes 88Adele25 50Lil DickyFreaky Friday (feat. Chris Brown) 23Zedd,Maren Morris & GreyThe Middle 20Ariana Grandeno tears left to cry 94NAVRECKLESS 12Post MaloneI Fall Apart 99YGSTAY DANGEROUS 100Einstein Baby Lullaby AcademyBaby Lullaby: Relaxing Piano Lullabies and Natural Sleep Aid for Baby Sleep Music 22Travis ScottSICKO MODE 8Camila CabelloHavana (feat. Young Thug) ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Chicago Installs Solar Powered Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

first_img Tucson closer to having network of electric-car chargers Is Chicago leading the way for solar-powered EV charging stations? When you think of advances in making electric vehicles easier to use, you do not normally think of Chicago. San Francisco or Portland often come to mine. Both cities are working to install EV charging stations throughout the city in order to make “filling up” with electricity almost as convenient as filling up with gasoline. But Chicago has gone one better. Not only will Chicago provide EV charging stations, but the city will do so using renewable energy. Solar power will be used to provide electricity, negating the need for fossil fuels altogether if you drive an electric vehicle in the Windy City.There is a tree-like canopy that holds the solar panels. These panels collect the sun’s light and facilitates the transformation into electric energy. Storage of the electricity is underground. The station was built by Carbon Day Automotive. The company hopes that other cities will follow suit, allowing them to build solar-powered EV charging stations for other American cities.For now, the City of Chicago is likely to be the biggest user of the EV station. The city has a fleet of electric cars, and the charging station will be used daily to make sure that the cars have the electricity that they need. It’s a great idea, and proof that innovation and technology can move us into a more sustainable future — one that doesn’t require fossil fuels to keep us going.© 2009 PhysOrg.com 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. (PhysOrg.com) — One of the biggest arguments that some have made against plug-in electric vehicles is that they still promote the use of fossil fuels. When you have to plug in a car for a charge, the electricity used to charge the battery often comes from a power plant that gets its energy from oil. Chicago is hoping to change that as it becomes the first city to install an electric vehicle (EV) charging station powered with solar energy. Citation: Chicago Installs Solar Powered Charging Station for Electric Vehicles (2009, April 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-chicago-solar-powered-station-electric.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Study finds aboriginal hunting technique causes increase in number of prey

first_img More information: Niche construction and Dreaming logic: aboriginal patch mosaic burning and varanid lizards (Varanus gouldii) in Australia, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 23 October 2013 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2297AbstractAnthropogenic fire is a form of ecosystem engineering that creates greater landscape patchiness at small spatial scales: such rescaling of patch diversity through mosaic burning has been argued to be a form of niche construction, the loss of which may have precipitated the decline and extinction of many endemic species in the Western Desert of Australia. We find evidence to support this hypothesis relative to one keystone species, the sand monitor lizard (Varanus gouldii). Paradoxically, V. gouldii populations are higher where Aboriginal hunting is most intense. This effect is driven by an increase in V. gouldii densities near successional edges, which is higher in landscapes that experience extensive human burning. Over time, the positive effects of patch mosaic burning while hunting overwhelm the negative effects of predation in recently burned areas to produce overall positive impacts on lizard populations. These results offer critical insights into the maintenance of animal communities in the desert, supporting the hypothesis that the current high rate of endemic species decline among small animals may be linked to the interaction between invasive species and mid-century removal of Aboriginal niche construction through hunting and patch mosaic burning. Goanna (Varanus varius). Credit: Wikipedia Citation: Study finds aboriginal hunting technique causes increase in number of prey (2013, October 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-aboriginal-technique-prey.html (Phys.org) —A team of American researchers led by anthropologist Rebecca Bliege Bird of Stanford University has found that a bush burning hunting technique used by aboriginal hunters in western parts of Australia leads to an increase in the number of sand goannas—their main prey. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes a decade long study of the Martu Aboriginal people, their hunting techniques and the impact the people have on their environment. 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. Hunting with fire appears to benefit Australia’s small-mammal populations, researchers say The common assumption in field studies is that when humans hunt, the number of prey falls—it just seems to be common sense. In this new effort, Bliege Bird and her colleagues have found that may not always be the case. In studying how the Martu people hunt, the researchers learned they use controlled small fires to burn away brush that allows them to find the dens of sand goannas—a type of monitor lizard. Their controlled small burns are in stark contrast to the wildfires that race across the bush due to lightening strikes in areas where the Martu don’t live and hunt. Once the dens have been located, the hunters (all women) use sticks to prod the lizards into revealing themselves. Once killed, the lizards are cooked and eaten—they make up a substantial portion of the Martu diet.Aboriginal people have been living in the Australian Outback for thousands of years, and until recently, were allowed to continue their hunting practices without interference by modern people that have migrated to the country. Believing that the people living in the outback were depleting the numbers of animals that lived in the bush, the government began attempting to move them towards a more modern way of living. Unfortunately, that move appears to have backfired as the numbers of indigenous animals has been declining with several groups going extinct altogether. This new research suggests that because the Aboriginal people have been living in the environment for such a long time, they have become an integral part of its existence.center_img Play A burning approach mixing practical philosophy and knowledge leads to a near doubling of lizards and improves habitat, according to a study by Rebecca and Doug Bird, researchers affiliated with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. The fire makes it easier to spot burrows from longer distance, and, by removing grass, improves the ability to locate the animal in its burrow. Credit: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Over the years, the research team has conducted extensive surveys of sand goannas both near where the Martu live, and in distant places. In so doing, they have found that there are on average twice as many of the lizards in the areas where the Martu hunt, than in those areas where they don’t. They attribute this to the localized burning that is used to hunt them. They believe it leads to a more varied environment that allows for more diversity, which in turn means more food for to the lizards, causing growth in population. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B © 2013 Phys.org Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenlast_img read more

How experienced buyers can mitigate economic bubbles

first_img More information: Retrading, production, and asset market performance. PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print November 9, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1517038112AbstractPrior studies have shown that traders quickly converge to the price–quantity equilibrium in markets for goods that are immediately consumed, but they produce speculative price bubbles in resalable asset markets. We present a stock-flow model of durable assets in which the existing stock of assets is subject to depreciation and producers may produce additional units of the asset. In our laboratory experiments inexperienced consumers who can resell their units disregard the consumption value of the assets and compete vigorously with producers, depressing prices and production. Consumers who have first participated in experiments without resale learn to heed their consumption values and, when they are given the option to resell, trade at equilibrium prices. Reproducibility is therefore the most natural and most effective treatment for suppression of bubbles in asset market experiments. © 2015 Phys.org Commodity market volatility more perception than reality Other examples include the so-called dot-com bubble of 1995-2000, the stock market bubble of 1922-1929, and there was even a bubble in the uranium market in 2007. Often, speculative bubbles occur in the markets for durable goods, defined as an asset that does not quickly wear out. By contrast, studies have demonstrated that price-quantity equilibrium prevails in markets for goods that are immediately consumed, like milk shakes and haircuts; this is because the buyer and the seller never trade places, and the consumption value of the good is very high.A group of economics researchers at Chapman University in California, curious about production and trade in a stock-flow market for durable assets, treated the issue as a pure abstraction in a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They developed a model of a reproducible durable asset with several conceptual elements: First, the asset provides use value to its owner (dividends) through use.The asset depreciates over time. And suppliers can profitably sell newly manufactured units if the price is below the market price.They tested this model in two conditions: In the baseline treatment (BL), they suppressed the asset units’ option risk by requiring units to be held until they depreciated. The second condition was the resale treatment (RS), in which consumers were allowed to freely sell their units to each other, thereby competing with the manufacturer. The researchers found that the RS condition hindered prices from converging to equilibrium and degraded market efficiency. Additional sessions under the RS condition used participants who had prior experience in the BL. These sessions with experienced participants were referred to as RSX.The researchers found that there was much less resale in RSX than RS, and that resale in the RSX increased market efficiency more frequently. Consumers in the RS condition failed to optimally specialize as buyers, competing with the manufacturers by reselling their units. Resale was much more efficient when the consumers were experienced. The reason? Experienced buyers understood the consumption value of the asset. “Our statistical analysis gives us strong confidence that consumers were more focused on the consumption value of their units in the RSX than in the RS and consequently captured more gains from exchange,” the authors write. “This affected price and production convergence, as well as efficiency…”Other results: Prices converged to the short-run equilibrium in the BL and RSX, but diverged from it in RS. Production converged to the steady state in BL and RSX, but diverged in the RS. And the efficiency was the lowest in the RS, according to a measure of global efficiency for each period. The researchers conclude, “Resale alone—although destabilizing—does not generate price bubbles. Over the past quarter century, numerous real estate bubbles have occurred around the world, with serious economic consequences. Our design with reproducible assets suggests that these markets should be stable unless other factors such as credit, cash infusions, and limitations on production disrupt market equilibrium.” Citation: How experienced buyers can mitigate economic bubbles (2015, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-experienced-buyers-mitigate-economic.html 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further (Phys.org)—Over the last decade, many people got a tough primer on the effects of economic bubbles, as the bursting of the 2007-2008 housing bubble sent shockwaves through most of the major world economies. But property isn’t the only asset class that experiences economic bubbles; any asset valued at a price or a range that deviates sharply from its intrinsic value is said to be experiencing a bubble.last_img read more

The Best Software Tools to Run a Startup

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 20, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. There’s never been a better time to start your own company, and the explosion of online tools has gone a long way toward reducing startup costs.But they can also be a huge time suck, a deep rabbit hole that gets you lost in maximizing process at the expense of product.We’ve been down a few rabbit holes launching NerdWallet, a media startup focused on finanical tools, to find the right software tools to get the job done. The process is ongoing — we try, discard and try again. And while there are some amazing applications out there, we have also learned that sometimes a trusty spreadsheet can do the job rather than an online tool that over promises and under delivers.When judging what software is right for your startup, think about these questions:1. Does it meet our business needs? Don’t get more than you need. With the profusion of products, it’s easy to pick up a case of “tool-itus.” Keep tools to an absolute minimum to avoid death by a thousand pinpricks.Related: 6 Tools Your Business Should Invest in for 20142. Does it save money and time? We generally think about using software tools in terms of time saved. If we are spending a lot of time working admin on a no-cost tool is that time really worth it’s “free cost?” It’s important to manage expenses, but ultimately, you have to grow the top line — and spending a little cash on a better tool may be worth it in the long run.3. Does it make employees’ jobs easier? Software tools are only as good as an employee’s adherence to using it. If they don’t use, or feel resentful using it, then it’s both hurting productivity and morale.As a media startup, here are the products we’ve tried (some we’ve dropped, others we continue to use) but all have been essential in our learning curve and scaling needs. While these were specific for media, many (if not all) can be used at other types of companies.Publishing tools. When starting out, content providers usually choose among one of the “Big Three” free content-management systems: Drupal, WordPress and Joomla. We chose WordPress, because of its off-the-shelf ease and ubiquitous presence. (The company powers one in every six webpages.)With its dominance, WordPress has far more ways to customize your site with more than 31,000 plug-ins. That’s both good news and bad news: How do you sift through them all for what’s right for your site? It can be tricky. To get a sense of which of the “Big Three” is right for your company, there is a great comparison tool on WebsiteSetup.org.Project and product management. Keeping track of collaboration on various projects and product development becomes essential when you grow from more than a dozen employees. Fortunately, there are a number of project management tools out there.We started with Trello, a project-management platform with a free option (can upgrade to “business class for $500”). It was easier to use when starting from scratch, but as we grew, we started bumping into problems with customizing it to our needs. After the engineering team began using Kanban Tool, the rest of the company began using it as well. We found its flexibility for the disparate areas of our business worth its nominal price: between $5 and $9 per user per month.Related: Most Essential Social Media ToolsCustomer-relationship management. We use Salesforce, which can cost anywhere between $5 and $300 per user per month, to manage and track our customer relationships. To be honest, it was more software than we actually needed. While Salesforce has the flexibility to customize almost every single element of the system, the more options often increases complexity, rather than reducing it. For new users, it can be intimidating, and small startups rarely have the resources for comprehensive training right off the bat. This means that users self-select into those willing to invest to learn vs. those who revert to their original ways (read: manual) we were trying to move away from in the first place. That said, for larger, more complex companies, it may be worth the investment. There are lighter weight and cheaper CRM tools that we could have used, among them Nimble, Streak — a free tool which touts itself as “CRM inside Gmail” — and Relate IQ, which will run you $49 to $99 per user per month and claims to build better “relationship intelligence.”Related: Tools to Keep Remote Employees Motivated and ProductiveOur PR team is experimenting with Nimble (free for personal use and $15 per user per month for businesses), which aggregates contacts from Gmail and social-media accounts like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Like our migration to project-management tool Kanban Tool, this highlights an effective way to pilot a new tool: Have one team use it and if it proves to be useful implement company wide. Traffic acquisition and on-site analytics. The first step in most online businesses is getting traffic to your site in the first place. When you think about how traffic arrives at places, a common starting point is organic search traffic. SEMRush (a service that runs between $70 to $150 per month) and MOZ (one that will set you back $49 to $99 per month) are tools that both help to see how you rank for key search terms and how to better capture users. SEMrush is a SEO keyword search tool that helps to better capture organic search traffic. MOZ is not only great with SEO but also emulates Google’s domain-authority ranking and gives you a sense of what competitors are doing better than you.Once the traffic arrives, you need to know what it’s actually doing there. Are they leaving because your signup form is too complex? Or abandoning their shopping carts because of expensive shipping charges?Google Analytics is an obvious tool every online startup must master. It’s free, gives you a ton of insight and helps you figure out what is actually happening on your site. There are a host of tools out there that help you to make better sense of people coming to your website. As KISSmetrics (a service costing between $150 and $500 per month) puts it: “Google Analytics tells you what’s happening. KISSmetrics tells you who’s doing it.” Which is a fair statement of what it does. It gives more insight at a personal user level of the behavior of users.Related: 5 Tools For Entrepreneurs to Grow Their Online Presence in No Time Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min readlast_img read more

Orange had 87 million TV customers as of the end

first_imgOrange had 8.7 million TV customers as of the end of June, up 7% year-on-year, boosted by strong growth in Spain.The group’s Spanish pay TV numbers leapt by 42.2% year-on-year to 541,000. Orange’s broadband base in Spain grew by 4.4% year-on-year to 4.2 million, with the fibre base growing by 60% to reach 1.9 million.In its domestic French market, Orange’s TV base grew modestly, from 6.51 million in June 2016 to 6.74 million at the end of the second quarter of 2017.Orange also grew its TV base in Belgium and Luxembourg, where its launch of the Love convergent mobile, broadband and TV offering attracted 64,000 customers following the operator’s debut as a convergent player in the market. TV customers numbered 68,000 at the end of June, up from 13,000 a year earlier.In Romania, Orange’s TV base grew by 15.3% year-on-year to reach 351,000, including satellite customers, while its broadband base stood at 124,000.In Moldova, the local unit’s TV service had 98,000 customers at the end of June. Orange had 45,000 for its broadband service.However, in Poland, Orange’s TV base declined from 803,000 to 792,000.last_img read more