first_imgThe North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging all North Carolinians to be aware of the risk of Zika virus infection before traveling to Central America, South America or the Caribbean.To date, no cases of Zika virus infection have been reported in North Carolina.“Pregnant women are urged to take note of the recent CDC travel recommendations advising that travel to areas with active virus transmission be postponed if possible,” said Randall Williams, MD, State Health Director. “Suspected cases of Zika are now required to be reported. Our State Laboratory for Public Health is currently coordinating testing of Zika virus with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and has a history of rapidly implementing testing for emerging threats.”Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infectious mosquito. Symptoms include rash and red eyes. Less common symptoms include fever, joint pains and muscle aches. Only about one in five people infected with Zika virus will show symptoms.A pregnant woman infected with Zika virus can pass the virus to her unborn baby. A serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly, and other adverse pregnancy outcomes have been reported in some mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory recommending pregnant women consider postponing travel to any area with active Zika virus transmission. Women who are trying to become pregnant should talk to their doctors about the risk of Zika virus infection before traveling.State health officials are in constant communication with local health departments to work with health providers, including obstetricians and gynecologists, to ensure they have the latest information, as well as access to guidance and testing. Testing for Zika virus should be done for anyone who displays signs or symptoms within two weeks of travel to an area with active Zika virus transmission. Pregnant women who have ultrasound findings of microcephaly or other abnormalities, and have reported travel to areas with Zika virus activity should also be tested.While the primary mosquitos that carry Zika virus are not believed to be widespread in North Carolina, individuals are always encouraged, as a routine precaution, to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, such as:Wear insect repellent registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.Use air conditioning or make sure window and door screens are in place.Again, no cases of Zika virus infection have been reported in North Carolina to date.last_img read more

first_imgOne of the main themes of discussion here at the Web 3.0 Conference in New York City is how Web content is being digested. With the shift from destination sites to syndication through multiple channels, the publishers that create all this content face a real challenge. They have typically relied on page views: the more page views, the more advertising revenue.But relying on page views is no longer an option. The lion’s share of revenue that publishers generate comes from advertisers, and advertisers are now demanding to see more actionable ROI on their advertising dollars. Publishers are feeling the crunch.This is a guest post by Steve Poland, who is currently focused on his stealth startup InSeconds.ReadWriteWeb’s own Bernard Lunn moderated a panel here that addressed a couple of the challenges that most publishers struggle with these days. Below are some of the salient points that emerged from the discussion.How to Reduce the Cost of Creating High-Quality Content A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Maximize your brand elsewhere.Andraz Tori, CTO of Zemanta, noted that not all media is monetizable. He believes that the consolidation of content and the creation of content via crowd-sourcing (e.g. Wikipedia) will ultimately drive the price of content to nothing. (Although some publishers will be able to charge for content, the way that D&B can still charge $10,000+ for profile reports on private companies). By spending time on in-depth content creation, you build your brand, allowing you to extend that brand to conferences, report sales, etc.Advertisers want engagement.Julie Nielsen of appssavvy said that so much inventory is available for advertisers to buy from, they don’t even know where to look. Advertisers want actionable results; they want to track their ROI, and a click is not revenue to them. Publishers need to sell to advertisers that are relevant to their audience and then educate advertisers to purchase differently, partly by offering advertisers data (beyond mere clicks) that tells a deeper story about their brand engagement.The panel obviously didn’t have all the answers, but it started a good discussion that we hope to continue here. What ideas do you have, and what opportunities do you see in this shift in publishing? Embrace better tools to make processes more efficient. It is a fact that too many publishers are clamoring for an ever-decreasing share of the advertising pie (revenue). Publishers need to be leaders in innovation. Two-thirds of the industry is waiting for someone to lead the way; most of these followers will fall by the wayside, and the others will work from the platforms that the leaders become.Get readers to write content. Look for the top commenters in your reading community. Some of them would likely contribute posts to your site. Reach out to them.Write content that readers want. Website logs show which topics and posts draw the most interest from readers. Use this information to understand what content your readers want.How do you profit from content that has depth but takes time to research and write? Bernard emphasized that publishers make money by selling ads, and this money is typically tied to page views. A publisher can run a quick post like, “Lindsay Lohan’s Twitter Meltdown,” which may take mere minutes to write and generates 200,000 page views, whereas an in-depth post on something technical, which could take several days and several interviews to write, may generate only 20,000 page views. So should you bother writing those quick posts that are inevitably regurgitated by a ton of other publishers? Content with longevity eventually earns more money (like films, it generates revenue for years). Refocus your content so that it has staying power or can be archived somewhere for future licensing.How to Increase Revenuecenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Events Guide#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market guest author 1last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Tags:#politics#web#YouTube Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The 2010 U.S. midterm elections are coming up. On November 2, 36 of the 100 Senate seats, 26 of the 50 gubernatorial and all of the House seats will be contested. As they did for the 2008 presidential elections, the Personal Democracy Forum is working with YouTube to ask voters to post videos of 10 Questions they have for the candidates in a race, or submit text versions.10Questions is focusing on what they consider the 46 most competitive of these races. For each of them, viewers can, via their website or an embeddable widget, anyone can upload videos of their questions, view those of other users and vote on whose questions should be asked. View uploading and voting widgets with videos after the jump.How It WorksOn September 21st the top 10 questions for each race will be given to the candidates involved and they will have two weeks to upload their answers to YouTube. Viewers will then vote on whether those candidates have actually answered the questions, or if their responses were just circumlocutions, legerdemain, spin and talking points. This time, 10Questions is going out with a host of media partners, from the Miami Herald to WNYC to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In addition to their site and widget, they are reaching out via Twitter and Facebook. I asked Daniel Teweles, VP of Business Development and Marketing at the Personal Democracy Forum to address the possibility that the system might be gamed by groups of users. “Votes are limited to one per Google Account, and the the top ten questions will have their votes audited to further guard against ballot box stuffing. On the answer side of things, it is certainly possible for people to rate the candidates rather than their responses when they vote on the answers. This is an experiment, and that phase is directed at creating a feedback loop that rewards substance over soundbites, which is a major difference between 10Questions and the pre-existing debate structure.”People in Glass HousesConversation is something that’s grown up with the social web, though it is never as perfect, or as imperfect, as its partisans and detractors insist. Teweles’s group isn’t alone in the attempt to create mechanisms intended to “(reward) substance over soundbites.” Another example is Glass House Conversations, an online version of the Philip Johnson Glass House salon that focuses more on design and architecture. “Each Monday, a host posts a provocation. People have only five days to respond . . . After comments have closed a “Final Word” is chosen from the replies.”Have you participated in a purpose-made online conversation series? What do you like about it? What needs to happen for this sort of conversation to reach its full potential? center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgTags:#APIs#hack#news joe brockmeier 1 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Bidelman has also included sample code, tests and a sample app for testing out filer.js. Currently, the HTML5 Filesystem API is only implemented in Chrome, so you won’t be able to make use of filer.js in other browsers. If you’re not familiar with the HTML5 Filesystem API yet, there’s Bidelman’s book as well as a tutorial on exploring the filesystem APIs on HTML5 Rocks. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Eric Bidelman, an engineer on Google’s Chrome team, has released a JavaScript wrapper library for the HTML5 Filesystem API. Called filer.js, the library is available on GitHub under the Apache 2.0 License.If Bidelman’s name is familiar, it’s because he wrote the book on the HTML5 Filesystem API, literally. Bidelman also worked on the Python Client Library for Google Docs.The idea, says Bidelman, is to make the HTML5 API “more approachable for developers that have done file I/O in other languages” as well as making common operations like renaming, moving and duplicating files easier. To that end, the library uses familiar UNIX-type commands (cd, cp, mkdir, mv, rm and others) and accepts entries in several formats. Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

first_imgThe Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court threw out the 2018 ballot initiative to:– impose an additional personal income tax rate of 4% on millionaires; and– earmark those revenues for certain public spending.A majority of the court ruled that the attorney general’s ballot certification did not satisfy the related subjects requirement under the Massachusetts constitution.What did the ballot initiative specifically propose?The ballot petition contained 3 provisions on 3 distinct subjects. It presented those subjects as a single ballot question. The petition proposed to amend the flat tax rate mandated by the Massachusetts constitution to impose the additional income tax rate on residents with income exceeding $1 million. The petition then proposed to prioritize spending by earmarking revenues from the new tax for:– quality public education and affordable public colleges and universities; and– the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and public transportation.Why did the ballot initiative fail to satisfy constitutional requirements?According to the court, the petition did not articulate a mutually dependent or common purpose between the spending proposals and the tax. It agreed with the attorney general that the subjects of education and transportation involve areas of public concern that can be characterized as socially beneficial and serve the common good. The court also agreed that education and transportation make up part of the many keys to inclusive growth. Nonetheless, the attorney general’s ability to articulate a “conceptual or abstract bond” between the petition’s diverse proposals did not satisfy the related subjects requirement. A common purpose, the court said, cannot be so overbroad as to render the related subjects limitation meaningless.The court admitted there is no single bright-line test for determining whether an initiative meets the related subjects requirement. However, its examination of the diverse subjects of the millionaire’s tax petition disclosed no operational relatedness among its parts. Therefore, it was unable to find a common purpose or unified public policy that the voters fairly could vote up or down as a whole. There was no relation between the earmarked revenue proposals themselves beyond the broadest conceptual level of public good. In addition, these proposals were entirely separate from graduated income tax proposal. A reasonable voter could not fairly accept or reject the petition as a unified statement of public policy. Including it on the ballot, the court said, would place a reasonable voter in the untenable position of casting a single vote on 2 or more dissimilar subjects. Consequently, the ballot petition for the millionaire’s tax did not meet the relatedness requirement set forth in the Massachusetts constitution.Anderson v. Massachusetts Attorney General, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, No. SJC-12422, June 18, 2018, ¶401-653Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Rickie Fowler birdies last 3 holes to take Phoenix Open lead PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid “This is a big win for us because this will give a very big boost in our confidence, I just hope that we won’t relax after this,” said FEU head coach Rey Diaz in Filipino.“I hope the players won’t be contented with this one win, because if you won’t excel if you’re already satisfied with this one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJohn Paul Bugaoan led the Tamaraws with 13 points while Jude Garcia and Richard Solis had 11 and 10 points, respectively.Reigning four-time MVP Marck Espejo had 12 points for Ateneo.center_img ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Far Eastern University stunned a seemingly invincible Ateneo side with a commanding three-set sweep, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Tamaraws dealt the Blue Eagles’ their first loss in the UAAP since falling to Adamson in a five-setter in the first round of Season 78.ADVERTISEMENT In the first game, University of the Philippines whipped University of the East, 25-22, 25-15, 25-13, to start its campaign.Jerry San Pedro had 12 points to lead the Fighting Maroons while Wendel Miguel and John Millette put up 11 points apiece.Geric Ortega and Noel Alba led the Red Warriors with seven points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_img Facebook Scaachi Koul didn’t set out to write One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter.She began working on her personal essay collection two years ago, at age 24, intending the book — which she refers to as “a catalog of misery” — to be a much lighter read. But when Koul’s editors at Doubleday Canada pushed her to dig deeper into her “garbage soul,” the underlying tenor of the book shifted.“It’s a lot about loneliness and trying to make a connection, and it’s a lot about how your history informs where you’re going,” Koul says. “I’m happy where it went, but sometimes you do need an editor to tell you that you don’t have to be glib all the time. That was a hard lesson for me.” Advertisement Advertisement Those who follow Koul’s work as an editor on BuzzFeed or on Twitter know that she’s an all-caps force who doesn’t suffer fools or anonymous online trolls gladly. The sly, cutting sarcasm — and the misery — still reverberate through One Day We’ll All Be Dead, but they’ve been tempered, leaving breathing room for Koul to share more vulnerable observations of her life and her roles as a young woman, a girlfriend, a best pal and a daughter of Indian immigrants. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA – Former Olympic rower Harold Backer received a 13-month jail sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty to fraud, but no answers were provided about his mysterious 18 month disappearance that sparked an international police search.Backer, 55, wearing a grey pinstriped suit and red tie, did not say a word during his sentencing hearing, choosing to let his lawyer, Joven Narwal, speak to the court on his behalf.Two of Backer’s children, his older brother, other relatives and a former rowing coach were in the courtroom to support him.“Mr. Backer wishes to express his deep remorse for his conduct through me,” said Narwal. “He does not wish to address the court.”Backer, a three-time Olympian and Princeton University graduate, had been facing two charges of fraud over $5,000 and had pleaded not guilty on both counts. He abruptly changed the plea to guilty on Wednesday in Victoria provincial court to a single charge of fraud over $5,000.Judge Carmen Rogers also gave the former investment dealer three years of probation. The sentence included credit for one month of time served in jail.In an agreed statement of facts, Backer promised to pay restitution of $161,900 to five people.Before he was led away from court, Backer hugged his children and brother, who declined to answer questions outside court.Backer disappeared on Nov. 3, 2015, when he failed to return home after telling his family he was going out for a bike ride. He surrendered to police in Victoria in April 2017 and his whereabouts while he was missing have never been explained.His disappearance was not mentioned during the sentencing hearing, where a joint submission was presented to the court by both Backer’s lawyer and Crown counsel.“The information that is of concern to the Crown is the period between May of 2013 and November of 2015, and that’s the period when these offences have been carried out, and that’s the period we’re concerned about with the prosecution,” Crown counsel spokesman Daniel McLaughlin said outside court.Narwal also said his client’s disappearance was not connected to the sentencing.“As you can assume, the answer to that question wasn’t relevant to today’s sentencing hearing and I won’t be answering that,” he said after the hearing.Victoria police said in a statement the department was offering no comment at this time.After his disappearance in November 2015, police in Port Angeles, Wash., said an officer who viewed video from a street security camera noted a man fitting Backer’s description was aboard a ferry from Victoria, a 90-minute trip away.Soon after he disappeared, financial crime investigators began looking into Backer and the company My Financial Backer Corp. after his investors received letters that concerned them.Narwal told the court his client often expressed remorse in terms of an athlete failing his team.“He’s let down the people who cared most deeply for him,” said Narwal. “In rowing, if you don’t perform well enough, you let down the team.”Backer never intended to defraud his investors, Narwal said.“The investments, and let’s say the optimism related to these investments, did not bear the fruit he was hoping for. And so loses occurred.”Backer was on the Canadian rowing team in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said talisman Harry Kane could be out of the rest of the season after he limped off injured in the second half of his team’s 1-0 Champions League victory against Manchester City on Tuesday. Kane appeared to roll his left ankle in a coming-together with City’s Fabian Delph and was replaced by Lucas Moura in the 58th minute. He was helped down the tunnel with the score still at 0-0. Son Heung-min put Spurs ahead in the 78th minute and they held on to win the match 1-0, putting themselves in pole position with the second leg of the quarter-final to come in Manchester on April 17. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It’s very, very sad. It’s going to be tough and we’re going to miss him — maybe for the rest of the season,” Tottenham’s Argentine coach told BT Sport. Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said he did not know the full extent of Kane’s injury. “Hopefully it is not too bad,” Lloris said. “I don’t know. You know the feeling when one of your best players is going off the field. “But we stayed strong and we finished the game in the right way.” Kane, who injured ligaments in his left ankle during Tottenham’s Premier League defeat against Manchester United on January 13, only returned in late February, missing seven matches. It was the third successive season the Spurs talisman has missed games due to an ankle injury. The 25-year-old, the winner of the Golden Boot at last year’s World Cup, has scored 27 goals for club and country this season. Tottenham are fourth in the Premier League, chasing a Champions League place for next season. England boss Gareth Southgate will also be concerned, with the Nations League Finals looming.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: More than 200 persons died in different incidents including fire, house collapse in the city in 2018-19, said the data of Delhi Fire Services (DFS).The data further that the calls regarding different incidents also increased last year. The data accessed by Millennium Post revealed that 297 deaths reported last year whereas 1,597 persons were injured in different incidents in which DFS received information to conduct rescue operation. Last year, the city witnessed 27 medium and four serious fire. In the year 2017, as many as 318 persons died in 2017-18 and 1,767 injured. Around 24 medium and four serious fire were also reported. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe fire service responded to 31,264 calls in the last year from 64 fire stations whereas in 2017-18, around 29,423 calls came to DFS. “Calls on garbage fire was one such reason behind the increase in the calls. Moreover, the increasing population, industrialisation, vehicles on the road were the other reasons. These calls include everything like house collapse, sewer deaths,” said Chief Fire Officer of Delhi Fire Service, Atul Garg. The fire services also responded to seven foreign calls last year. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe data further revealed that in 2016-17, as many as 30,285 calls came to DFS in which 1,987 persons were injured and 277 deaths took place. Around 20 medium and six serious fire were reported. In 2015-16, the fire services responded to 27,089 calls in which 339 deaths were reported and 2,099 persons were injured whereas in 2014-15 as many as 23,242 calls came to DFS in which 2,068 persons received injury and 291 died. “Last year, the inspections of buildings of all natures such as schools, guest houses, hospitals and nursing homes, industries, etc were conducted throughout the year to ensure the fire and life safety systems and issuance of fire safety certificates,” said DFS. The fire department claimed that in 2017, around 1,883 buildings were given fire NOCs whereas in 2018, 2,618 different types of structures were given the certificate. According to DFS, there are different reasons behind the fire which include inappropriate and illegal use of building infrastructure, poor wiring, improper staircases in factories and residencies cause casualties during any blaze. In many cases of sewer deaths, it was found that the deceased was not given proper safety equipment for going inside the sewer whereas in road accidents, negligent, drunk driving led to the incidents. Increase in manpower According to DFS, 500 fire operators, duly selected through DSSSB, have joined DFS and presently, undergoing basic fire fighting training and shall be inducted into the service very soon. One legal assistant, four fireman (Band) have also joined DFS. Further process of recruitment of 55 Radio Telephone Operators is in progress at DSSSB.last_img read more