Report 19 US tourists suffered symptoms after visiting Cuba

first_img(WSVN) – New details have been released about the number of people who say they’ve been mysteriously injured while visiting Cuba.The Miami Herald reports a total of 19 US tourists have suffered dizziness, headaches and other symptoms since late last year.That number is in addition to the 24 US diplomats who complained of similar problems.The State Department said it’s still unclear if a sonic attack is to blame.Cuba has denied any wrongdoing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Child hospitalized following incident at Gator Park in West MiamiDade

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews transported a child and his mother to the hospital following an incident at Gator Park in West Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene at the 24000 block of Southwest Eighth Street, Tuesday afternoon.7Skyforce hovered over the scene as the child was treated and placed on a gurney with his mother.They were riding on an airboat.Officials said the child had somehow injured his hand on a dock. The extent of the child’s injury is unknown, but his hand was bandaged at the scene.Rescue crews first received reports of a gator bite, but the call was cancelled.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Former Everglades High School student in custody after allegedly making threats to

first_imgA former Everglades High student has been arrested for threatening to “shoot up” his former school. Although no credible threat exists, we have increased police presence in & around our high schools to help ease concerns & provide a greater sense of security for students/staff. pic.twitter.com/bu7RgkBG0O— Miramar Police (@MiramarPD) March 11, 2019The school, located near Southwest 172nd Avenue and Bass Creek Road, has increased police presence for the school day.It is currently unclear what charges Meriwether will face.He’s expected to appear in bond court on Monday afternoon. MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have one man in custody after the former student of Everglades High School allegedly made threats to the school in Miramar.Twenty-eight-year-old Javary Meriwether was arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot up the campus, but Miramar Police tweeted just before 9:30 a.m. on Monday that the threat was not credible. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Boil water notice issued for parts of Lauderhill after water main break

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – City officials have issued a precautionary boil water notice for parts of Lauderhill after a water main ruptured.Officials said Florida Power and Light crews working in the area accidentally caused the break in the area of Northwest 26th Street and State Road 7, Sunday.Homes at risk include the following areas:Northwest 41st Avenue from the 2300 block to the 2500 block.Northwest 26th Street from State Road 7 to U.S. 441.State Road 7 from the 2400 block to the 2700 block.Officials advised residents in the affected areas to bring all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes to a roiling boil for at least a minute.The boil water notice will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected and bacteriological tests show the water is safe to drink.Residents may call 954-730-4225 for additional information.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Plastic Bag Ban ReOpened By Homer City Council

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer City Council, with the passage of Ordinance 18-43, will again address a ban on thin, single-use plastic bags within the city of Homer. Public hearings on the ordinance will be held October 8 and October 15 with a second hearing and vote scheduled for October 22. Homer’s council approved an initial ban on retailers providing plastic bags of 2.25 mils in 2012 and the language in the most recent Ordinance 18-43 is essentially the same with provisions added to allow exceptions such as plastic bags used for frozen food and/or produce. A citizen’s initiative to overturn the city’s bag ban in 2013 was successful by a sizable margin of 56 to 44 percent, resulting in the removal of the city-wide, plastic bag ban. The Homer City Council approved Ordinance 18-43, stating:An Ordinance of the City Council of Homer, Alaska Prohibiting Sellers from Providing Buyers with Single-Use Plastic Disposable Shopping Bags. Council person Caroline Wenuti introduced and sponsored the current ordinance and voicing environmental concerns and the growing research on microplastics on seafood. The Homer City Council approved moving forward with public hearings on the proposed ban of plastic bags on Monday at the city council meeting; electing to re-open an issue which has generated a ban and a repeal initiative, all in the past six years.last_img read more

Borrowing in a Time of Credit Crisis

first_imgThe credit crunch, which began in July 2007 as a result of the subprime fallout and subsequent fallout in liquidity, is pinching the magazine industry well beyond just magazine M&A. “You’ve got to spend money to make money” or so the old saying goes, and at a time when publishers are trying to reinvent themselves by investing in online staff, technology and even new media companies themselves, loans are necessary to fund the growth. But getting those loans at a favorable rate is much harder than it was two years ago. “Lending levels and terms are much less liberal,” says Ray Shu, media team leader for GE Media, Communication and Entertainment Group, part of GE Capital Markets Inc. “Funded leverage (on both a senior and total basis) has dropped meaningfully.” Previously, financing was available at up to 5.5x senior debt and up to 7.5x with a second lien or subordinated debt tranche for many publishing deals of scale ($15 million+ EBITDA companies), according to Shu. Average equity-to-total capital levels were typically in the 25 percent to 30 percent range. In today’s market, senior debt leverage levels are in the 3.5x to 4.0x range with total debt levels topping out at 5.0x to 5.5x. Average equity-to-total capital requirements are typically in the 45 to 55 percent range, says Shu.“Gone are the days when the senior first lien piece is up in the fives and maybe a little bit more with the second lien or mezzanine,” says Chris Mangan, managing director and head of U.S. media finance with Stamford, Connecticut-based Bank of Ireland. “If you consider we’re a year into this credit crunch, leverage multiples are off at least a full turn at the senior and mezzanine levels.” Publishers with multiple adjustments to their financial statements won’t have much wiggle room. “Lenders are looking for clean financial statements—free adjustments and/or add-backs, particularly for acquisition targets—and consistent, solid financial performance from the existing company,” says Tom Flynn, chief financial officer at Summit Business Media (which completed its last major refinance last July right before the credit market soured). “There is not as much flexibility in the marketplace on terms and conditions as there was in prior years.”No More “Covenant Lite” DealsPublishers not only have to contend with higher lending terms but also stricter covenants on loans. “At the height of market activity, many of the larger deals (over $250 million in facility size) were getting done with no maintenance covenants on term loans and typically one covenant on the revolver upon incurrence of additional indebtedness (so-called “Covenant-Lite” deals),” says Shu. “To the extent deals had more than one covenant, cushions were typically large (over 30 percent). Other items such as Equity Cures were also commonly negotiated into credit agreements.” Now covenant-lite deals are coming back to haunt some lenders. “As GE generally avoided Covenant-Lite deals, we’re able to remain very active in today’s lending environment while others that had larger exposure to those types of deals are being kept at bay,” says Shu. “For the most part, we’re seeing the market return to more conventional covenant types and thresholds.”“Covenants are being set with a little less headroom than in recent history,” says Mangan “It wasn’t uncommon to see a covenant set with a 20 percent to 25 percent cushion against operating plan. Now we’re seeing 20 percent is the high end of the range, normally it’s probably closer to 15. The biggest change is pricing. We’ve been in this situation now for 13 or 14 months where the pricing has continued to move against issuers. It’s not uncommon to see first lien senior debt priced 500 or 600 basis points over libor.”Publishers are held to much stricter covenant terms. “Tighter covenants mean the margin for error is much less than it was just a year ago either in your base business or just your acquisition targets,” says Flynn. What Lenders Look ForStill, publishers that have positioned themselves with multiple revenue streams and emerging new media models are more likely to receive favorable terms which have always been differentiated depending on business model, scale of the company, competitive positioning, and other factors. An established publisher with a category-leading product offering and scale is generally going to receive more favorable financing terms and conditions than a smaller, less-seasoned publisher with developing product offerings. In the current environment, lenders and investors are placing more value on publishing companies with successful e-media and event businesses as part of their total company mix and, as such, are more willing to provide more favorable financing terms. Subscription-based and usage-driven revenue sources in particular are considered a valuable component, especially in the weaker advertising environment. “Generally, in the b-to-b space, we look for companies with either the #1 or #2 position in their category that can deliver their content to audiences in a variety of ways, from print to online to in-person events,” says Shu. “The #1 or #2 position is important since in a slower economic environment, advertisers or sponsors with a smaller budget will typically gravitate toward the market leaders. A seasoned management team that has operated through various economic cycles is critical as well.”Mangan says the most important consideration is diversity of cash flow. “Properties with single titles are the toughest to finance,” he adds. “Diversity of flagship titles and a complement of events and trade shows demonstrate that diversity of collateral, for a lack of better phrase. With the loss of eyeballs on the print side, you want to see the Web bridging that gap.” Agreements Are Subject To ChangePublishers with existing loan agreements shouldn’t feel that their terms are locked in. “I have noticed that, for existing credit agreements—especially those that were negotiated prior to the credit markets becoming much more challenged—the lenders are holding you ‘to the letter,’” says Flynn. “There is a general feeling that banks are much more inclined to charge not just fees for changes and amendments but also implement a repricing for what, in the past, may have been a rather minor change to an existing agreement. This can be frustrating to a business even with an existing agreement.”But being a proven performer can go a long way toward a favorable relationship with your lenders. “You must continue to deliver the financial results as agreed to in your financing agreements,” says Flynn. “You have to focus on having your existing assets perform and continue to invest in assets with upside potential and take advantage of areas for consolidation to mitigate risk in the sluggish economy. Everybody is feeling it. Once the market settles a bit, you want to be a proven performer whom the lending partners want to continue to do business with and help grow your business.” And at the end of the day, the banks need you almost as much as you need them. “Banks are in the business of lending—if they don’t lend, they don’t make money,” says Jeff Reinhardt, managing director at Berkery Noyes. “Right now, the private equity folks are having a tough time and they’re putting more of their own money into the businesses they’re buying. When the credit terms loosen up, they will sell off or take on greater debt. But in the meantime, they want their money to stay working.”last_img read more

In Praise of the Flat Fee

first_imgWith the explosion of devices and platforms for distributing content to, pricing and packaging has become a major strategy for most publishers. However, at Reed’s Variety, a flat fee for access to content on any platform has been the way to go. And not just for subscribers—advertisers pay one price for display across the brand’s various platforms as well.“We don’t mind how people consume our content, just so long as they do,” says Neil Stiles, Variety’s president. “One subscription price buys you access to everything.” New visitors to Variety’s website have gradually decreasing access to content. They get five free pages on the website before they hit the paywall. “We are currently experimenting with the kinds of content that we can put in front of the paywall that ultimately ends up in a subscription,” adds Stiles. “All of the experimentation is based around that metric, not how we can build traffic and so on. It’s simply how we can attract new subscribers.” That tactic has emerged from the limited audience numbers of Variety’s market, says Stiles, which is becoming increasingly fractured across different content platforms. “We’re not looking to pry another 150,000 music and film executives. It’s the same group, just consuming content on multiple devices.” A $329 annual subscription fee gives a customer full access across any device or platform. Users are asked to register first, giving up some demos for a bit more access. From there, Variety can turn up the marketing heat. “For every 100 new subscribers, 20 of them would have come through some kind of paywall registration process,” says Stiles. Advertisers are treated much the same way. A flat fee sends creative across Variety’s content models—print, digital, mobile, newsletters and so on. “You pay one price and we put the ad on all platforms simultaneously. If you take a cover slot with Variety, there is an equivalent online product,” says Stiles. According to publisher Brian Gott, pricing was arrived at by averaging the vagaries of CPMs. “Before we pursued this strategy, we were averaging a CPM rate in the $75-$85 range. Depending on the time of year, particularly during the awards season, our CPM was coming in at upwards of $200-$300. So, we changed our strategy at a moment when quite frankly we didn’t have to change our strategy.”last_img read more

MSLO Has First Profitable Q2 Since 2008

first_imgMartha Stewart Living Omnimedia shed more than 10 percent of its revenue, but managed to turn a profit in the second quarter for the first time since 2008.Overall, the company generated $37.6 million in revenue and a $2.2 million profit, or $0.03 per share, from April through June, according to its earnings report released Tuesday.Publishing, the company’s largest line of business, mirrored the results of MSLO as a whole. Though it wasn’t profitable, operating losses shrunk to $1.8 million—a 70-percent reduction from last year’s Q2. The division reported $22.2 million in revenue, down just 8 percent, crediting an uptick in mobile visitors—up 18 percent over last year—and growth in digital advertising—up 9 percent from 2013. “For the past several months, we have been focused on managing our costs and expenses without in any way sacrificing our high quality content and designs,” says Dan Dienst, MSLO’s CEO, in a statement. “We saw the efforts of many of our talented staff pay off this quarter, which is the first profitable second quarter our Company has achieved since 2008. With the business stabilized, our business unit realignments behind us, and efficiencies and productivity measures being rigorously monitored, we are now keenly focused on the many growth opportunities ahead of us across all verticals and all geographies.”As Dienst’s alludes to in his comments, cost cutting was a major contributor to the operating profit last quarter. The company laid off about 100 staffers, or 25 percent of its workforce, in mid-December, in a move that was expected to save MSLO $10 million over the course of the year.Martha Stewart Living has seen ad pages plummet 25 percent through August, according to min boxscore figures.last_img read more

The Onion Sells Controlling Stake to Univision

first_img For Univision, meanwhile, the aquisition is the latest in a string of recent moves aimed at broadening its aging Latino audience, as U.S.-born hispanics—rapidly outpacing the arrivals of those born outside the country in population growth—increasingly turn to English-language media.  Most notably, Univision teamed with ABC in 2013 to launch Fusion Media Network, a multi-platform media company targeting young, English-speaking hispanics—a sizeable slice of the millennial pie. Disappointing initial returns led Fusion to then switch its focus to a “young, diverse and inclusive” audience made up of millennials of all backgrounds, according to Mark Lima, VP of news. The Spanish-language media giant is set to acquire a 40 percent stake in Onion Inc., which includes satirical media site The Onion as well as pop culture-focused sister site The A.V. Club and BuzzFeed parody ClickHole, reports NPR.  Univision is raising the stakes in its quest to reach English-speaking millennials. Perhaps inspired by decidedly youth-oriented media entities like The Daily Show, Univision sees humor as key in attracting millennials to news content, according to ABC. “So what does this mean for us as a company? Good things,” says McAvoy. “Univision is excited to help Onion Inc. grow, and to provide the resources to both support our long-standing mission and fund new initiatives. They’ll help us keep the foundation strong and to build great new things on top of it.”center_img And Fusion is exactly where The Onion will fit in under the Univision umbrella, writes McAvoy in a staff memo obtained by NPR. The satirical news site that fools legitimate media outlets—and government officials—on a seemingly-regular basis, The Onion originated in 1988 as a Madison, WI-based weekly newspaper before folding its print operations in 2013 to focus on digital and its newly-minted branded content studio, Onion Labs. Since then, rumors about The Onion seeking a buyer have abounded, including but not limited to two separate rounds of informal talks with Viacom, according to NPR. Longtime CEO Steve Hannah resigned last June, allowing president Mike McAvoy to take over. Layoffs and management changes soon followed, focused on revamping the branded content arm that accounts for 80 percent of Onion Inc. revenues, according to Digiday. Univision says that it will maintain oversight of Onion Inc., but that the company will remain free to operate independently, and its headquarters will stay in Chicago, reports NPR.More on this topic The Atlantic and Univision Go Live with CityLab Latino Folio: Week in Review – January 23, 2016 ‘Funny’ is Money: How The Onion Transformed Its Business Time Inc. Buys Jane Pratt’s xoJane and xoVain Time Inc. Launches Extra Crispy, a New Brand All About Breakfast screen-shot-2015-02-02-at-6-06-42-pmJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonights Meeting June 27

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will have an initial discussion on a proposed new homework policy for the district.The School Committee will review revised student handbooks for the Middle School and High School.The School Committee will recognize recent WHS graduate Robert Sica with a Perfect Attendance Award during his entire Wilmington Public Schools career.The School Committee will fill its secretary vacancy after Peggy Kane’s resignation.The School Committee will take its annual vote regarding excess equipment and textbook disposal.The School Committee will receive a report from the Superintendent, plus subcommittee reports and any public comments.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-G — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon.  The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

Wilmington Kids Can Bowl FREE at Wamesit Lanes ALL SUMMER LONG

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Wamesit Lanes (434 Main Street, Tewksbury) invites Wilmington children to bowl for free all summer long!Wamesit Lanes is participating in the nationwide annual ‘Kids Bowl Free’ program. The program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.Participating children (15 and under) are eligible to register for two FREE games a day, all summer long, at Wamesit Lanes.Sign up for this FREE program HERE.The Kids Bowl Free Program is valid Monday-Friday (10am-5pm) and Sunday (5pm-11pm) from June 3 to August 31, and is based on lane availability.  The program cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.  Not good for use with daycare outings, camps, business or club outings, or birthday party celebration. All participants must wear bowing shoes, with rental shoes available. Read more about the terms and conditions HERE.(NOTE: The above information is from Wamesit Lanes.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Kids Can Bowl FREE at Wamesit Lanes ALL SUMMER LONGIn “Business”Wilmington Kids Can Bowl FREE at Wamesit Lanes ALL SUMMER LONGIn “Business”Wilmington & Tewksbury Police Departments To Hold Benefit For Cops For Kids With CancerIn “Community”last_img read more

Ahead of Uber IPO drivers plan strike over wages job losses

first_img Uber Uber and Lyft drivers are planning a strike Wednesday.  Getty Images Drivers for Uber, Lyft and other rideshare apps are planning to go on strike Wednesday ahead of Uber’s initial public offering.Participants in cities including Los Angeles, New York City and London will join the strike from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, according to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. Drivers will also hold a rally at Uber’s and Lyft’s New York headquarters at 1 p.m. ET.”Wall Street investors are telling Uber and Lyft to cut down on driver income, stop incentives and go faster to Driverless Cars,” Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, said in a statement. “With the IPO, Uber’s corporate owners are set to make billions, all while drivers are left in poverty and go bankrupt.”Last month, Uber filed for what could be one of the largest tech IPOs ever. The company is expected to go public this week.  The New York drivers’ demands include greater job security, higher incomes and regulated fare for rides. “Don’t use Uber, don’t use Lyft,” the New York Taxi Workers Alliance tweeted. “Log off of all the apps! Support app drivers demanding job security and livable incomes!” An Uber representative said the company will continue to work with drivers to improve their experience. “Drivers are at the heart of our service — we can’t succeed without them — and thousands of people come into work at Uber every day focused on how to make their experience better, on and off the road,” the representative said.A Lyft representative said drivers’ hourly earnings have increased in the last two years. “We know that access to flexible, extra income makes a big difference for millions of people, and we’re constantly working to improve how we can best serve our driver community,” the representative said. STRIKE STRIKE STRIKE! We are calling on all people of good conscience in NYC to log off of the apps in 7 AM to 9 AM Wednesday, May 8th to support our strike. Don’t use Uber, don’t use Lyft. Log off of all the apps! Support app drivers demanding job security and livable incomes!— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) May 3, 2019 Share your voice Tags 0 Mobile Post a commentlast_img read more

NASA Mars rover selfie shows off Curiositys drilling prowess

first_img Share your voice Curiosity explores Mars Enlarge ImageThe Curiosity rover collected the images for this selfie, which corresponds to Sol 2405 on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill We’ve seen quite a few Mars selfies from NASA’s Curiosity rover since it landed in 2012, but they never get old. The latest masterpiece shows the rover sitting pretty in an area called Glen Torridon on May 13. Kevin Gill, a NASA software engineer who also dedicates his talent to processing all sorts of space images, shared the fresh selfie this week.  0 Tags The rover has been making some short drives since its selfie and currently has its eyes on another possible drilling site, a potassium-rich rock nicknamed “Hallaig.”Curiosity is NASA’s only functional Mars rover at the moment. The Opportunity rover mission officially came to an end early this year. If all goes well, Curiosity will be joined on the Red Planet by NASA’s Mars 2020 rover in early 2021 and we’ll get to enjoy double the Mars selfie action. Gill processed the image to show natural colors and applied contrast enhancement and sharpening to polish up the mosaic. At first glance, you’ll see the rover with a gorgeous Mars backdrop all around it. Look closer on the ground in front of the machine and you’ll see something special hiding in plain sight: twin drill holes. These are the spots where the rover was taking a closer look at the chemistry and geology of this intriguing clay-rich region of Mars.  The latest selfie from @MarsCuriosity taken on Sol 2405 (May 13th) – https://t.co/taytyRYafZ pic.twitter.com/5fjTiMhTdr— Kevin M. Gill (@kevinmgill) May 21, 2019center_img 17 Photos NASA rover Curiosity fulfills dream, drills into Mars clay NASA Mars rover Curiosity glitches again, switches ‘brains’ Mars rovers NASA Space Post a comment Sci-Tech NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Marslast_img read more

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Breaking up social network wont help fix its

first_img Politics Tech Industry Post a comment Tags 0 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. James Martin/CNET Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that breaking up the social network will make policing harmful content, such as hate speech and violence, more difficult for the company. The tech mogul’s remarks come amid growing calls to curb the company’s enormous power. Lawmakers and even one of the social network’s co-founders have called for US regulators to rein in Facebook. Some critics have called for Instagram, a photo-sharing site, and WhatsApp, a messaging service, to be split from the company. Facebook has come under fire for a long list of problems, including its failures to protect user privacy, prevent election meddling, and stop the spread of hate speech and terrorist messages on its platform. Chris Hughes, who co-founded Facebook with Zuckerberg while they were students at Harvard, argued in an op-ed published by The New York Times this month that the CEO has so much power that it’s both “unprecedented” and “un-American.” Earlier this week, Alex Stamos, who used to run security at Facebook, called on Zuckerberg to resign.During a conference call on Thursday, Zuckerberg pushed back against the idea that breaking up the company will solve its biggest woes. “I don’t really think that the remedy of breaking up the company is going to address those [problems],” he said during a conference call. “I actually think it’s going to make it a lot harder.”Zuckerberg didn’t say why, but a Facebook spokesman said earlier this month that having Instagram and WhatsApp under Facebook helps the company fight spam, election meddling and crime. That’s because when the social network pulls down an offensive post on Facebook, it can also use artificial intelligence to flag the same content if it pops up on Instagram and WhatsApp.Zuckerberg also argued that Facebook has competition, such as TikTok, Snapchat and Twitter, and is part of a “very competitive and dynamic environment where new services are constantly coming up.”Instead, Zuckerberg suggested that regulation was part of the answer. The tech mogul has called for more regulation including setting “baselines” for what content is prohibited and requiring companies to keep offensive content off their sites. Some advocacy groups and the Federal Communications Commission’s chief of staff have raised concerns about a “one-size-fits-all solution” for content moderation.Facebook also released a report on Thursday that included data about how much hate speech, violence, nudity and other offensive content it pulled down from October to March. The report showed that the company removed a record 3 billion accounts during those six months. Share your voice Mark Zuckerberg Facebooklast_img read more

The Taco Bell hotel is real and for 169 you can reserve

first_imgEnlarge ImageWait, can I buy that pillow?? What about that art? Taco Bell It sounds silly, but the thing I’m most excited for is the Taco Bell hotel this summer. (And yes, my friends and family have warned me about the dangers of my TBell love.) While staying at the hotel, exploits, and I’m sure hella ‘grammable, activities will include the brand’s Freeze Lounge, “dive-in movies” (which I assume means watching classics from the pool), live performances from artists on TBell’s Feed the Beat list, a salon offering “taco-inspired nail art” and more unannounced events.If the brand’s pop-up at Comic-Con for the Demolition Man anniversary was any indication, we can expect this hotel to be fully decked out. And if the sheer number of money spent giving away Taco Bell-inspired Xboxes is any indication, I’d say no expense will be spared here.The best news is that now we know it truly exists! We have pictures, we have an address and we have dates. Share your voice 3 Can’t stop thinking about this, and I must find a way to stay here 🌮🛎 pic.twitter.com/xFxR4Ab7Ab— cait petrakovitz 👑 (@misscp) May 17, 2019 Commentscenter_img When: The hotel opens oh-so briefly, from Aug. 8 through Aug. 12.Where: Palm Springs, California. The hotel will have 70 rooms you can book with either one or two queen or king beds, some with a pool view. Pricing starts at $169 (about £133, AU$244) for one night.What to eat: We won’t know till July, but I’d assume tacos and burritos, quesadillas and maybe even some nacho fries.How: You can officially make reservations for the mythical hotel next Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m. PT.Why: Because Taco Bell is decking out the hotel, duh? It’s unclear what more reason you could need to bookmark the site and set a million alarms for what will now be referred to only as TBell Day 2019.the-bell-a-taco-bell-hotel-resort-pool-viewSeriously, are those pool floats on sale? What else can I buy here? Taco Bell Tags Culturelast_img read more

US government awards General Motors 2M for solidstate battery research

first_img See what your new electric car needs to break it in right More From Roadshow 79 Photos General Motors Ford 4:33 Comment 2020 BMW Alpina B7 first drive: Big, bad, Bavarian ‘bahn-burner Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Ford Explorer ST review: A midsize SUV with a focus on fastcenter_img 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar Tags 1 The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a balance of power and practicality Share your voice Electric Cars Car Industry Inside this building, GM engineers are working on some wild stuff. General Motors The US Department of Energy on Friday announced its 2019 fiscal year award funds for what it calls “advanced vehicle technologies research” and both General Motors and Ford received healthy sums of cash.The government awarded GM a total of $9.1 million, of which $2 million is explicitly related to research and development for solid-state batteries. The industry often regards solid-state batteries as a holy grail of sorts for electric powertrains. Not only do they leapfrog modern lithium-ion batteries due to their smaller packaging size and higher energy density, but they’re also far more reliable and less prone to overheating. Not to mention that charging times can take a few minutes, rather than hours.Today, solid-state batteries are incredibly expensive to manufacture, but the federal money will likely help solve that problem at GM. Specifically, $1 million is for the “fundamental understanding of interfacial phenomena in solid-state batteries” and the other $1 million will go to research into “hot pressing of reinforced all-solid-state batteries with sulfide glass electrolyte.”It’s this latter part that’s most intriguing. According to a 2014 study, sulfide glass electrolyte performed very well in battery test cycles at room temperature and could be a key material to help bring solid-state batteries to the real world. Keeping batteries cool and ensuring they can offer repeat performance is, obviously, a key pillar when implementing the technology in vehicles.The DOE’s announcement declared the solid-state battery research will take place in Warren, Michigan, presumably at GM’s Warren Technical Center. Meanwhile, the other $7.1 million will be spent at GM’s Global Propulsion Systems center in Pontiac, Michigan, formerly called GM Powertrain.2019 Chevrolet Silverado 6500HDCould a more efficient engine find its way to Chevy’s medium-duty trucks? Chevrolet The larger sum of money from the DOE will go toward research of a “low-mass and high-efficiency” engine for medium-duty trucks. GM’s stable of medium-duty trucks currently includes the Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD. These Class 4, 5 and 6 trucks boast a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8 engine. Clearly, GM is banking on its medium-duty truck line after it was absent from the segment for years.Roadshow reached out to General Motors to learn more about both of these projects but the automaker did not immediately return our request.Across town, GM rival Ford received $7.5 million that will go toward “next-generation high-efficiency boosted engine development.” If we’re taking the word “boosted” in a rather colloquial sense, it sounds like Ford may have a new turbocharged engine family in the works. Roadshow also contacted Ford to learn more information about this project but the company did not respond immediately.In total, the DOE said it awarded $59 million to 43 projects that largely revolve around electric powertrain components. Other research areas set to receive funding include alternative fuel and mobility services in rural America.last_img read more

Sand Point Post Office Burglars Sentenced

first_imgTwo men have been sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve 21 months in federal prison for burglarizing the post office in Sand Point.Download AudioTwenty-one-year-old Sheldon Wilson Shuravloff, and Keith Lee Wilson, Jr., 19, both of Sand Point, previously pleaded guilty to burglarizing the Sand Point post office in the early morning hours on December 28, 2014.The burglary caused more than $15,000 in damage to the post office and shut down the facility for a week while the investigation and repairs were completed.The shutdown meant residents in Sand Point were without medicine, baby formula and household items that arrive by mail.In a statement to the court, Sand Point’s Postmaster, indicated that the vandalism also delayed delivery of fishing permits and gear essential to the operation of the Sand Point fishing fleet.Upon release from prison, both Shuravloff and Wilson will remain under court supervision for three years. During that time, both men will be required to complete 250 hours of community service and pay nearly $16,000 dollars in restitution to the United States Postal Service.During the sentencing, US District court Judge Timothy Burgess called the burglary an extremely serious crime that had a tremendous impact on the Sand Point community as a whole. Judge Burgess specifically noted the intangible harms suffered by the community as a result of Shuravloff and Wilson’s actions.According to Judge Burgess, both men have amassed lengthy criminal records that stretch back to their early teens.last_img read more

President Obama Alaskans Are On the Front Lines Of Climate Change

first_imgAlaska is ground zero for climate change — that’s the message of a new video issued by the White House detailing president Obama’s upcoming visit to the Last Frontier.“In Alaska, glaciers are melting.  The hunting and fishing upon which generations have depended—for their way of life, and for their jobs—are threatened,” the president says. “Storm surges once held at bay now endanger entire villages.  As Alaskan permafrost melts, some homes are even sinking into the ground.  The state’s God-given natural treasures are at risk.”President Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Alaska Arctic. He will also be visiting Anchorage, where the U.S. has called a summit to discuss climate change with representatives from other Arctic nations.last_img

15yearold in custody for double homicide

first_imgA 15-year-old boy is in custody in connection with the shooting deaths of a mother and daughter Tuesday in a south Anchorage home.Download Audio“Last night, just before 7 p.m., our dispatch received a call from a male stating that he had just gotten home to his residence off of Spinnaker Drive, and when he went home, he found his wife and daughter deceased inside.” Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro said.Police identified the shooting victims as 40-year-old Shannon Duke and 18-year-old Chloe Duke.After responding, APD began searching for a truck, belonging to one of the victims, which was missing from the residence. The truck and the suspect, were found in the Big Lake area just after 8 p.m. by Alaska State Troopers.Castro says the suspect was a resident at the house where the homicide occurred.“Our further investigation determined that the 15-year-old male was a suspect in this homicide case,” she said. “Charges were referred over to the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice.”The suspect’s relationship to the victims is unclear. Due to his age, Castro says the suspect cant be further identified by authorities.The suspect has been remanded to McLaughlin Youth Center in Anchorage.Castro says the investigation is ongoing, but at this point there is no information suggesting there are any additional suspects.last_img read more