first_imgMiramar police say the truck belonging to a missing mother has been found in Hollywood.Leila Cavett’s son was found wandering alone in Miramar on Sunday morning, but she was nowhere to be found.Miramar police say Cavett had recently traveled to Florida from Alabama, and that her last known location was possibly in the area of Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. Highway 441.Police are actively searching for Cavett and are concerned for her safety and well-being.Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the Miramar Police Department at (954) 602-4000 and press 0 for communications.last_img


first_imgBy John BurtonASBURY PARK – Song­writer/producer/musician Jon Leidersdorff saw a need in the local music business and education scene and began working to fill it.Now about five years later, Leidersdorff is putting the finishing touches on his Lake House Music Academy.Jon Leidersdorff, left, owner of the Lake House Musiccomplex in Asbury Park, and manager Scott Engel stand in front of the 619 Lake Ave. business.Leidersdorff, 44, who lives in Interlaken with his wife and two young children, has been on the music scene for much of his life. He realized that for he and his musician friends, “the only place to connect was at venues” where they played and went to see and hear each play.As he traveled extensively, he realized how other cities that had “places with scenes for people to communicate and come together are the most successful for music,” he said. When he looked around the Asbury Park area, he saw “there are so many musicians here, so many artists here, but there was a lack of infrastructure here to support the scene.”With that in mind, Leidersdorff took over a vacant and deteriorating 1930s former warehouse at 619 Lake Ave. and began the five-year process of restoration to create spaces for a variety of businesses centered around music and music education programs.His Lake House Music Academy cost “millions.” He has had to completely redo everything in the aging space. “It wasn’t even a shell” when he started, he said. “We had to do absolutely everything.”The three-story, approximately 15,000-square-foot location, with its exposed brick walls and newly varnished wood floors, is almost completed. It houses a retail space on the first floor for musical instruments – the walls are lined with hanging guitars of every variety – and sundry items and Russo Music, a café formerly on Cookman Avenue.The building’s second floor will be used by an Internet radio station; two recording studios, with available lodging for traveling bands; and rehearsal space that is available for rent by the hour. The studio space was designed by John Storyk, an architect, acoustician and a leader in his field, Leidersdorff said.Space on the third floor is designated for a business called Bands on a Budget, which helps band merchandize and sell souvenirs. “They’ll get your T-shirts ready,” was how Leidersdorff explained the business.The building’s upper floors also have office space and a conference room that will be used by a music lawyer, a graphic design artist and a web developer.A professional music manager, Brian Nelson, who represents among others, the British singer/songwriter Joss Stone, a “humongous artist,” Leidersdorff said, will also occupy the office.“Different businesses in­ter­acting creates opportunities that wouldn’t exist if we weren’t in the same space,” Leidersdorff said.One of the location’s main features is its music academy, featuring group performances and individual lessons.According to Leidersdorff, there are programs available for those as young as 6 months to adults of all ages. One of the liveliest groups, he said, is an over-40 group that comes to perform and learn.Stepping back and looking at his work, Leidersdorff said, “I see potential. I see a lot of possibility. Now it’s important to invite people who want to be creative and participate in this space.”last_img read more


first_imgHarvard prof doesn’t back down from claims that alien spacecraft may be zipping past Jupiter orbit (Fox News). Avi Loeb should know better. He should know that making such an inference requires assuming that intelligent design is a valid scientific theory. Others think that Oumuamua asteroid is just a floating conglomerate of cosmic dust (Fox News). Who admits to going to the funny pages first in the big Sunday paper? Darwin always delivers a good laugh.T. rex evolved into a monster predator by dumbing down its brain (New Scientist). This article claims T. rex had a smaller relative brain size than an ancestor. “The change could be a consequence of growing so large” (see non-sequitur). And yet it was a monster predator, reporter Yvaine Ye admits. Conclusion: it dumbed down its brain in order to eat. But in the limit, what if a mighty hunter forgets what to do with the prey? If this were a law of nature, why don’t the best hunters perform the best clown acts?Chickens Peck Intruder Fox to Death, Because They’re Dinosaurs (Live Science). This may be the worst headline ever on the “birds are dinosaurs” meme. Fox enters henhouse. Darwin takes over:But chickens, like all birds, are the descendants of dinosaurs. And this particular coop held 3,000 hens. As soon as the sun set and the light-controlled, automatic hatch door closed behind the fox, the birds channeled their inner Tyrannosaurus rex and attacked the fox.Last we checked, T. rex didn’t have a beak, or hunt in packs, or fly with those puny arms. Kentucky Fried T. rex, anyone?Aliens Might Shoot Lasers at Black Holes to Travel the Galaxy (Live Science). “An astronomer at Columbia University has a new guess about how hypothetical alien civilizations might be invisibly navigating our galaxy: Firing lasers at binary black holes (twin black holes that orbit each other).” Yeah, they might.The women too scared of climate change to have children (BBC News). Think, ladies. Even if you believe in man-caused climate change, refusing to enjoy one of the greatest benefits of life—having a family—is not a good strategy. The ones who couldn’t care less about climate will just out-breed you, harming the climate faster than ever before.  Even the pro-warmist site Medical Xpress admits that the way to save the planet is to “stop trying to be its friend.”Lemmings, by JB Greene. Used by permission. (Visited 398 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgA new AU-UN agreement will improve peacekeeping operations and security challenges in Africa. The Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhancing Partnership on Peace and Security will improve co-ordination and co-operation between the bodies.Senegalese peacekeepers in Darfur, part of a joint AU/Un operation in 2011. (Image: Albert Gonzalez Farran – UNAMID)Sulaiman PhilipAfrica remains a place of hope and potential, despite the challenges faced by African Union (AU) peacekeepers on the continent. Speaking alongside union president Moussa Faki Mahamat, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: “We are witnessing, in Africa, as around the world, changes that force us to have a strategic review of the way peace operations take place.”The leaders were speaking at a press conference to announce the signing of the Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhancing Partnership on Peace and Security. The new agreement will allow the world body and the AU to better respond to security challenges on the continent.Keeping the peace in AfricaThe decision by the AU’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) – the body responsible for the maintenance of continental peace and security – to intervene in Burundi in January 2015 was seen as a coming of age moment by Africans and global leaders. Critics, some of whom are UN member states, had always considered the AU to be a club of dictators unwilling to censure each other.Although the Burundian government ultimately denied the AU permission to station 5,000 troops and police in its country, the union had shown itself ready to deal with human rights violations and abuses during conflict and crisis.As a representative body, the AU has set itself a target of silencing all guns on the continent by 2020. This has strengthened its desire to promote and protect human rights throughout Africa.Across the globe, by a World Bank measure, conflict is considered the primary cause of suffering and poverty. In underdeveloped Africa, suffering becomes far greater: in Somalia more than half the population is in need of food assistance because of violence; conflict with Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria has displaced 1.8-million people, farmers are unable to grow food and 4.8-million people need help to stave off malnutrition.The union has come to understand that more food aid is not a solution; it is simply a Band Aid. Aid gets to those who need it, so a lack of food is not the cause of these problems. They exist because violence and conflict make it difficult for Africa to feed itself.Africa is not looking for ongoing handouts — as it rises it is also trying to find ways to be more self-sufficient and to be able to produce enough food to feed itself. Africans want to be able to stay at home, and of course they desperately want to live on a peaceful continent.However, keeping the peace is a challenge. AU peacekeepers face attacks from terrorists, hostile host governments, floods of illicit weapons and, sometimes, being deployed for periods that extend beyond their mandate.Guterres explained: “Peace operations are at a crossroads. Our task is to keep them relevant with clear and achievable mandates, and the right strategies and support. And above all, we look to the [Security] Council for unity, and for clear, achievable mandates.”The newly signed framework will strengthen the relationship and collaboration between Africa and the UN in matters of peace and security. It will also ensure that the AU and UN have shared and clear mandates. “That is our objective for every peacekeeping mission: to do the job entrusted to it. To save lives. To prevent mass atrocities. To set the stage for stability and sustainable peace. And, from start to finish, to be cost effective.”This agreement goes a long way to ensuring the AU meets its target of silencing all guns in Africa by 2020. (Image: AU-UN IST PHOTO /Stuart Price)A new understandingThe new agreement will better align the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to the AU’s Agenda 2063. Mahamat explained that the new agreement would strengthen co-operation in areas ranging from good governance to human rights and sustainable and inclusive development. “The time has come for the AU to critically assess the security challenges in the region and work with the UN to ensure peacekeeping operations on the continent are more effective.”The agreement was signed after the first Joint UN-AU Annual Conference, where leaders discussed co-operation in the fight against terrorism and the financing of AU-led operations. “The decision of the United States administration to reduce its contributions to peacekeeping operations will affect the effectiveness of the operations. But the AU is working to increase peacekeeping funds [from] African countries,” Guterres explained.The agreement is further acknowledgement that no single organisation will succeed in addressing security challenges stretching across Africa. AU and UN leadership have stressed the importance of co-operation in maintaining peace and security on the continent.This treaty builds on the Ten-Year Capacity Building Programme for the AU signed in 2006, and it should ensure more efficient and effective peace and security operations on the continent.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  2 CommentsOhio Farm Bureau Federation has pledged its support to member and Wood County farmer Mark Drewes, who today filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality and legal status of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights. Toledo voters yesterday approved creation of LEBOR during a special election. Drewes’ suit was filed in the Federal District Court for Northern Ohio.  LEBOR grants rights to Lake Erie and empowers any Toledo citizen to file lawsuits on behalf of the lake. It gives Toledoans authority over nearly 5 million Ohioans, thousands of farms, more than 400,000 businesses and every level of government in 35 northern Ohio counties plus parts of Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York and Canada.  LEBOR was passed despite the prevailing legal opinion that many of its provisions are unconstitutional. Drewes is a long-time member of Ohio Farm Bureau and is on the board of directors for The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. Drewes Farm Partnership is a family crop operation in Custar, Ohio with a significant history of being dedicated to improving water quality. “Mark’s farm is an example of the right way of doing things” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “He’s employing a variety of conservation practices, water monitoring systems, water control structures and uses variable rate enabled equipment and yet he’s vulnerable to frivolous lawsuits. We are proud that our member has stood up against this overreach, and his efforts will benefit all Farm Bureau members, farmers and protect jobs in Ohio.”OFBF has historically engaged in precedent setting court cases that potentially affect its members. Farm Bureau will actively assist Drewes and his legal team throughout this litigation to ensure our members’ concerns are heard. OFBF’s legal staff will monitor developments, lend agricultural expertise and provide supporting information about agriculture’s efforts to protect water quality. Drewes is represented by the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, which has extensive experience fighting against onerous government action.Thomas Fusonie, a partner at Vorys and one of the counsel for Drewes, explained, “The Charter Amendment is an unconstitutional and unlawful assault on the fundamental rights of family farms in the Lake Erie Watershed – like the Drewes’ 5th generation family farm. The lawsuit seeks to protect the Drewes’ family farm from this unconstitutional assault.”The suit argues LEBOR violates federal constitutional rights, including equal protection, freedom of speech and is unenforceable for its vagueness. A request for preliminary and permanent injunction was also filed seeking to prevent enforcement of the law.“Farmers want and are working toward improving water quality, but this new Toledo law hurts those efforts. Mark Drewes understands this, and it’s Farm Bureau’s job to back his important actions on behalf of Ohio farmers,” Sharp said. This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230.  2 Commentslast_img read more


first_imgTags:#AR#Augmented Reality#Internet of Things#IoT#Ultrahaptics#virtual reality#VR Fei Zhao Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… With the rapid development of VR and AR technologies, we have experienced fascinating virtual environments, but in terms of haptic feedbacks and vivid feelings, the market still lacks practical and mature solutions. Ultrahaptics, which was founded in 2013 based on technology originally developed at the University of Bristol, has developed technology that uses ultrasound to virtually create 3D objects and real-life sensations so that users can get feedback from touchless buttons by seemingly gesturing in midair. Its technology will enhance user experience so that VR and AR-related products look just like what we have seen in sci-fi movies for years.Truly unique technologyUltrahaptics launched a development kit called UHDK5 TOUCH last year, which included a complete hardware and software package that can be used in product designs and test results. According to TechCrunch writer Lucas Matney, who tried the kit a couple months ago, despite Ultrahaptics still being “in the early stages of finding use cases for its tech,” the technology it’s offering is “definitely an interesting solution to some tired problems.”With such unique and sci-fi-like technology, Ultrahaptics draws attention from many investors in related fields, and on May 4, Ultrahaptics announced on its official blog that it had raised $23 million in just its B round of funding. Dolby Family Ventures and Cornes both participated in this round, along with Woodford Investment Management and IP Group, who already invested in Ultrahaptics in its $15.6 million A round of funding. This recent funding marks not only a large milestone for the firm, but also for the landscape of user input relating to haptics. According to the data provided by VB Profiles in their “User Input – Haptics” market, Ultrahaptics’ B round makes up almost a fourth of all investments — $101 million — in this market. In fact, the money raised by Ultrahaptics in all its funding rounds makes up 41% of all funding in User Input – Haptics with the heavy majority of the remaining funding being raised by Immersion. Immersion, a publicly traded company, is one of Ultrahaptics’ strongest competitors in the User Input – Haptics market; it has raised the most money in the market thus far — over $50 million. However, Immersion has had nearly no headcount growth in the last two years, while Ultrahaptics has experienced nearly 300% growth according to LinkedIn data.Shifting to smart vehiclesBecause of its gains in virtual technology, funding from investors and rapid extension, Ultrahaptics is now shifting its focus more to smart vehicles, hoping it can implement its ultrawave technology and midair gesture feedback system in drivers’ dashboards. With this technology, drivers can release their hands from controlling infotainment and audio systems, all while paying more attention to the road.During the CES in Las Vegas early this year, it was revealed that the firm’s solution was used in BMW’s new virtual touchscreen system, HoloActive Touch. In February, Harman, which was acquired last year by the Samsung Group, partnered with Ultrahaptics to develop a better midair haptic feedback system and to enhance the driving experience with smart cars.The positive effects from Ultrahaptics’ new funding will drive its developing process more smoothly, and as a result, we should expect more practical and useful solutions for VR and AR related fields in the near future.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Related Posts last_img read more


first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonThe Personal Finance team is honored to be presenting a workshop at the 2015 AFCPE Symposium on Friday, Nov. 20. Our 50-minute presentation, Best Practices for Conducting Web Conferences, Writing Blog Posts, and Using Social Media to Increase the Capacity of Financial Counseling and Education Professionals, will give attendees a chance to see “behind the scenes” of our webinar and programming delivery. Dr. Barbara O’Neill will discuss best practices for delivering financial education through online webinars. I will discuss blogging techniques and Jerry Buchko will cover social media strategies.From left: Jerry Buchko, Molly Herndon, Dr. Barbara O’Neill & Dr. Michael GutterOur team, directed by Dr. Martie Gillen, is eager to engage with our community in a live presentation, so we hope you’ll be in attendance and share with us your own experience of being in one of the more than 50 webinars we’ve presented over the past 4 years, reading one of our blog posts, or connecting with us on social media.If you’re unable to attend the AFCPE Symposium this year, or just unable to make it to our workshop, check out the resources we’ll share here:Presentation SlidesWebinar HandoutHave a question about our workshop? Share it here!last_img read more


first_imgThe Odisha government would compensate 8,000 fishermen families who would bear losses due to the fishing ban imposed for protection of the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.The annual fishing ban would be in force from November, 2019 to May 31, 2020 during which lakhs of turtles would arrive at the Odisha coast for mass nesting. The fishermen families would be paid a compensation of ₹7,500 per month.On Thursday, the high power committee for protection and conservation of Olive Ridley sea turtles, chaired by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy directed officials not to harass small traditional fishermen who carry out fishing without power boats.According to the guidelines, trawlers with 30 HP or more are banned up to 20 km inside the sea, particularly in Olive congregation area and their buffer zones in three river mouths, namely Dhamara, Devi and Rushikulya.The State government will set up 66 offshore patrolling camps this year to keep a close watch on fishing ban violators.“Babubali, Agarnasi, Devinasi and Purunabandha will be bases for sea-going patrol. Seized vessels will be kept at Barunei, Gupti, Sanapeta and Krishnapriyapur,” said Hari Sankar Upadhyay, Principal Chief Wildlife Warden of Odisha.Each patrolling camp would be provided with VHF communication devices and mobile phones. There would be regular intelligence sharing among the Indian Coastguard, patrolling ships, and various camps and marine police.last_img read more


first_imgCommonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi and secretary general Lalit Bhanot were on Monday sacked by the sports ministry. File photo of former Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi.New Sports Minister Ajay Maken signed the file for their removal. He said the OC would not be dismantled until completion of investigation of various corruption charges related to the conduct of the 2010 Games and were completed and all the dues were cleared. “Soon after receiving the advice from the attorney general both, the chairman and the secretary general, have been removed. The reason is first of all CBI had made some strong observations against both of them and it had said that they are trying to impede the investigation and intimidate the witnesses which was something very serious,” Maken said. “We have asked the organising committee to thoroughly verify all the works which have been done and make legitimate payments which was important at that time. No person should have been there in the organising committee against whom the CBI has made such strong observations,” he added. Both Kalmadi and Bhanot have been directed to hand over their charges to Jarnail Singh, the CEO of the CWG OC. The government would take further action after the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) probe. The CBI had been demanding the removal of Kalmadi and Bhanot saying they were obstructing it from carrying out investigations in the cases related to corruption involving the 2010 Games. The matter had reached Attorney General Goolam E. Vahanvati. He had opined that Kalmadi was appointed the OC chief before it got registered as a society and had said that the sports ministry can sack Kalmadi. advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Zidane tells Man Utd: Don’t call meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has no interest in talks with Manchester United.Zidane is among the favourites for the United post after yesterday’s dismissal of Jose Mourinho.However, Sport says Zidane has no interest in the job – particularly in midseason. The Frenchman is enjoying his time out of the game as he tours the world for sponsors.Interestingly, it’s suggested Zidane hasn’t ruled out returning to Real in the future.Meanwhile, Molde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be confirmed United caretaker manager today. last_img