first_imgRe “DWP’s rate hikes hit a snag” (Dec. 6): Thank goodness three Los Angeles City Council members are challenging the goings on in the DWP. Accountability! It’s about time. The leadership at the DWP just doesn’t get it. They continue to complain about outdated equipment, continue to request rate and pay increases, and allow the city of L.A. to use DWP-customer-paid funds to support other L.A. city projects. All this goes on while they remain among the highest-paid public employees. The comments attributed to the new general manager, H. David Nahai, seem to be completely ignoring these issues. When is he going to realign his operation and address the issues without tapping taxpayers to cover their imbalance? Perhaps the DWP needs to review or develop an ethics policy. – Jim Crowley Blacklisted Re “Blacklisted: 60 years later, memories still painful” (Dec. 16): Lisa Friedman stated that the stars of a generation ago who went to Washington, D.C., in support of the Hollywood Ten “returned deflated after two days of watching their fellow actors and actresses treated as criminals.” Not so! They were disillusioned and embarrassed by the pro-Stalinist rants they heard. Lauren Bacall said, “We were so naive it was ridiculous.” It is high time for us to grow up and stop making heroes and martyrs out of apologists for the worst mass murderer in history. – Rabbi Louis J. Feldman Van Nuys The lesson Re “Blacklisted: 60 years later, memories still painful” (Dec. 16): The substance of this article serves as a barometer for the current fear-mongering climate. Is there any question which side of McCarthyism Bush-Cheney neocons would have been on back in the day? We don’t have 60 years to figure out what is as obvious now as it was 60 years ago to Marsha Hunt and the noncowards who fought the fight for constitutional liberty. I can’t think of a better opportunity to learn – or an administration less likely to grasp the lesson. – Bill Pratt Northridge Thanking the CIA After looking at the cartoons on the Dec. 12 Editorial page, I want to first thank the CIA agents who tricked two captured al-Qaida terrorists, during their interrogations, into believing they were going to drown (even though their lives were never in danger) and to reveal the existence of several terrorist plots, which were then thwarted, saving thousands of lives. Second, I want to express my gratitude to the CIA agents who destroyed the videotapes of the interrogations, thereby preventing certain Democratic politicians (notably Harry “this war is over” Reid) from obtaining the tapes and turning them over to al-Qaida via leaks to The New York Times. – Matt Diederich Santa Clarita Bearing arms Re “Gun control” (Your Opinions, Dec. 18): The Second Amendment: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” This is the full content of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America. In regards to the phrase, a well regulated militia, it means a call to the people to bear arms for the preservation of freedom against all enemies. – Russell Taylor Valencia160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSanta Clarita Visitors Kudos to U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth for denying the appeal of the Bush administration to keep the White House visitor logs secret. Dick Cheney and George W. Bush are fighting to prevent the American people from knowing which arms dealers, lobbyists, energy executives, and others they’ve been powwowing with these past seven years. What I’d like to know is why did James Guckert, also known as Jeff Gannon the conservative Web log creator, visit the White House over 200 times? – Chuck Heinold West Hills last_img read more


first_imgIn an area next to Ulm University, a short drive away from Stuttgart, Germany, is a 130 year old abandoned fort occupied by a few sheep, some goats and a donkey named Paul.Paul the DonkeyIt was here on June 19th that local geocachers hosted Das Ulmer FORT – the Mega Event in Germany for 2010 (GC20002).Six months ago the local geocaching community started preparations for the event. The fort had been neglected for 30 years, so an army of volunteers had to dig out the, err, deposits left by the local residents. The electricity had to be rewired, sharp protrusions had to be cut down and sanded, repairs had to be made, rooms had to be swept out, and trash had to be removed. This was necessary to make the location capable of holding over 300 campers who resided in the walls of the fort for the weekend.Elias, Bryan and I, the three founders of Geocaching.com, had the privilege of attending the event this year.The founders of Geocaching.com posing with geocaching attendees. Jeremy Irish (second from left), Bryan Roth (second from right) and Elias Alvord (far right)Bryan Roth and Elias Alvord with the Queen of Fort UlmIn the course of four hours we were able to mingle with the local geocachers, visit the various rooms and corridors in the Fort, meet the lovely Queen of Fort Ulm and celebrate a successful day with the organizers by eating a delicious Signal cake.Signal was not harmed and was, in fact, also in attendanceIt’s not often that we can visit geocachers in Europe, so we used this opportunity to listen to feedback about the web site. High on the list was having better ways to rate and search for geocaches by their ratings, which has been a common theme in the US. As geocaches increase in numbers it gets harder and harder to find the best ones.Although geocachers in the world have far more similarities than differences, there were also some notable observations in how Germans play the game.Signal waves to a fan1. Many German geocachers enjoy finding terrain level 5 caches, or what are locally called “T5” caches. Many of these caches are located in trees, requiring special climbing gear. The event even had FORTgeschrittene, a T5 event for finding these extreme geocaches. In addition to a ropes course, you could dive into a freezing pool to find a cache. Fortunately you could enter a portable sauna to warm up afterward. Sadly I didn’t pack a bathing suit.Bryan Roth (almost) diving into pool to retrieve a geocache.2. According to the “Flashlight Pope” at the event, there are quite a few caches that require a black light. This is so you can see writing that takes you to the next location. As a gift he gave each of us a black light to use on our next geocaching adventure.3. Multi-Caches are far more popular in Germany (and in Europe) than in the United States. Many more geocachers seem to be willing to spend days on one puzzle cache there. There may be a lot of multi-cache fans in the U.S. but the ratios of multis in Germany to U.S. caches are significantly higher.Aside from the event we were able to locate unique geocaches in Germany, such as a cache in the center of Berlin with over 3,000 finds (GCTA4W), and a cache in the spire of the world’s tallest church (GCJ7E0), located in the city of Ulm.If the locals plan on having a FORTsetzung (sequel) next year you don’t want to miss it. Thanks to everyone who planned one of the best geocaching events that we have ever attended. I hope to see you again next year!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related5 Lackeys. Approximately 7,000 geocachers. Moin moin!June 25, 2019In “Community”Geocaching.com Co-Founder Celebrates Ten Years of Geo-LoveNovember 18, 2011In “Community”North American Edition of Geocacher of the Month: Comment NowMay 19, 2014In “Community” Mega-Event Cache Das Ulmer Fort GC20002last_img read more


first_imgGoogle is giving a small town in Oregon $100,000 for free Wi-Fi. It’s a town called The Dalles – a community with an interesting significance for Google. The Dalles is a city of 12,000 people along the Columbia River, about 80 miles east of Portland. Google owns a massive data center there. It’s a key Google operation, that’s powered by the cheap hydroelectricity that comes from a dam on the Columbia. Twin cooling towers stand four-stories high, keeping the servers from overheating as they continually crunch data and serve it back to millions of people online. This data center in The Dalles is what helps make Google’s cloud computing capabilities a reality. Sure, it’s connected to data centers around the world. But this one has special significance, In some ways, it symbolizes the emergence of the cloud computing era. The prospect of a data center in The Dalles had national significance. In 2005, Congress changed energy legislation so the Bonneville Power Administration, which runs the dam, would not be privatized. That meant BPA’s electricity prices would stay low. With that in place, Google went ahead with construction, knowing it could burn as much power as it needed to keep its servers humming. In that year, Harper’s Magazine published blueprints of the data center. The magazine used the diagrams as the center piece in a profile of Google and its quest for cheap electricity, and the emergence of cloud computing. In June of 2006, the New York Times ran a front page story about the data center. The headline: “Hiding in Plain Sight, Google Seeks More Power.” It, too, used the data center to tell a story about Google’s strategy and its lead in cloud computing over rivals like Microsoft and Yahoo!Today, The Dalles and its free Wi-Fi from Google has some interesting correlations to another announcement this week pertaining to Google’s efforts in creating an ultra-fast broadband network.This effort to provide broadband service to select cities is certainly designed to show what kind of opportunities come when people get an Internet connection that is 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today. It’s the kind of effort that makes sense as Google seeks to offer a whole new generation of applications that would be available in the cloud.As the New York Times points out:“In Google’s vision of the future of the Internet, the live streaming of 3-D medical images from a rural health clinic to a specialized medical center or the downloading of a full-length movie in a matter of minutes would become commonplace.”Google is only providing cash in the form of a grant to The Dalles for the Wi-Fi. It is not providing the kind of Internet access that will go to those who receive the ultra fast Internet connection. But The Dalles experiment does show Google’s interest in providing Internet access to rural communities.There are some other interesting correlations: Google made provisions with The Dalles that it would not be permitted to filter content. That’s a move we should also expect when Google lays its experimental fiber in cities around the country. Google alluded to this kind of spirit in its announcement this week:“Openness and choice: We’ll operate an “open access” network, giving users the choice of multiple service providers. And consistent with our past advocacy, we’ll manage our network in an open, non-discriminatory and transparent way.”Google gets final approval over the content and design of the splash page and the landing page for the free service in The Dalles. Will they seek that kind of control in other communities, too?Google will also help get the network up and running in The Dalles. Accordingto Wi-Fi Net News, Mountain View, Calif. is the only other town where Google operates a Wi-Fi network. Google tried to launch a network in San Francisco but the effort failed.Google also referred to Mountain View in its announcement this week about the fiber network:“Like our WiFi network in Mountain View, the purpose of this project is to experiment and learn. Network providers are making real progress to expand and improve high-speed Internet access, but there’s still more to be done. We don’t think we have all the answers – but through our trial, we hope to make a meaningful contribution to the shared goal of delivering faster and better Internet for everyone.”It’s a different task to lay fiber but The Dalles may serve as a miniature model for the complexities that come with developing a municipal network for accessing the Web.In the meantime, it’s great to see a small Oregon town play such an interesting role in the development and future of Google, the most significant Internet company of our time. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Cloud Providers center_img alex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_imgAmid the raging controversy over Padmavati, an education officer in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas district has issued a circular banning a song from the film from being played at cultural programmes in schools.However, the district collector on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of the circular with immediate effect and said a showcause notice has been served to the officer concerned to explain his action within three days.In the circular issued on Wednesday, Dewas district education officer (DEO) Rajiv Suryavanshi directed the principals and head masters of all government and private schools to stop using the film’s song, titled ‘Ghoomar’, during cultural programmes in their respective institutions.last_img


first_imgFreiburg Bayern consider Ralf Rangnick with Manchester United also monitoring Share on WhatsApp The court specified that “games are allowed on weekdays from 8am to 8pm and Sundays from 9am to 1pm and 3pm to 8pm”. Key kick-off times in the Bundesliga affected are currently Fridays at 8.30pm, Saturdays at 6.30pm, Sundays at 1.30pm and Mondays at 8.30pm, leaving the Freiburg with just Saturday afternoon kick-off times to stage fixtures.The ruling follows protests from nearby residents of Mooswald about anticipated levels of noise at the new 34,700-capacity stadium, which is slated for completion for next summer and at a cost of around €80m, according to StadiumDB.com.In May, the club, currently sixth in the Bundesliga after eight games, beat a legal challenge to halt construction after local residents had filed a lawsuit against the building permit, citing concerns over noise and increased traffic. Freiburg’s home since 1954 has been 24,000-capacity Schwarzwald-Stadion.On announcing the club’s plans had been granted a planning green light two years ago, Freiberg stated: “It should become a home, support identity and do justice to the high demands of design and functionality. There are already so many great ideas and so much passion, love and effort in this stadium – imagine what it will be like when it is brought to life by Freiburg fans?” Share on Pinterest Bundesliga Share on Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Freiburg have been delivered a huge blow after the Bundesliga club were told they cannot stage night games or matches between 1pm and 3pm on Sundays at their new €80m stadium, which is due to open next season, because of fears over noise.The administrative court of Baden-Württemberg has ruled that Freiburg will be prevented from holding matches at key times in German football’s schedule – deemed “daily rest periods” by the state authority and anxious local residents. Share on LinkedIncenter_img Read more Share on Twitter Share on Messenger European club football Share via Email news Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more


first_imgPhoto: Primary school aged children enjoy a game of silent touch football as part of the Silent Sport Challenge. (ABC News: Mark Moore) Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire said one in six Australians dealt with a hearing impairment.”It is unusual because of that lack of communication that is verbal, more looking at each other, having to utilise different ways of communicating,” he said about the game.Mr Maguire said there was no barrier to participation whether players were hearing impaired or not. By Adrienne Francis (Courtesy of ABC)Photo: Chloe Nash says the only thing that you are doing differently is communicating differently. (ABC News: Adrienne Francis) Check out the TFA video below, demonstrating there are no barriers to participate in Touch Football. Related Links2016 Silent Sports Challenge A unique game of touch football is closing the divide between the hearing and silent worlds. The Silent Sport Challenge began in 2011 and gives those with hearing the chance to experience what it is like to play the game without sound.Players wear ear plugs and instead of communicating with whistles and referees use flags to signal players.Twenty-nine-year-old Canberra woman Chloe Nash, who was born with profound deafness, has been playing touch since she was nine.”The only thing that you are doing differently is communicating differently and that you just need to break through other peoples prejudices, other peoples barriers that they are creating for you,” Ms Nash said.Ms Nash wants hearing health and wellbeing listed as one of the 10 national health priorities to attract and allocate funding to improve access to childhood Auslan education, increase availability of interpreters, improve captioning services and target specialised mental health and aged care.”It is not just Canberra, although we are in dire need. It is all over Australia,” she said.”Deaf people suffer from isolation and that impacts on their mental health.”Long-term exposure to excessive noise means the number of Australians who are deaf, hearing impaired or hard of hearing is continuing to increase.Game raises awareness of disability that affects millionslast_img read more


first_img​Real Madrid move forward with women’s teamby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have stepped up plans to launch their women’s team after members voted by a margin of 90.6 per cent to absorb CD Tacón into the club’s sporting infrastructure in time for the 2020/21 season.Tacón’s licence will now be transferred to Real, with the rebranded team to take up their place in the Liga Iberdrola, the domestic women’s top-flight. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img


first_imgMatthijs de Ligt now feeling settled at Juventusby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatthijs de Ligt now feels settled at Juventus.Juve splashed out €75m to sign De Ligt from Ajax over the summer.“I’m getting used to how the lads play. Beating Bayer was good,” he told Veronica after yesterday’s 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.“Right now, things are going well. I was Ajax’s captain and there I was able to have my say, whereas here I had to find my place. Now I feel like I’ve found it and I’m happy about it.“Italy is known as a country with defensive teams, but the trend is changing: just look at how high they defend.“We have a new Coach and I’m not the only one who has yet to adapt. Unfortunately, I started badly, but it’s about improving every day and every game.“It’s what I’m doing and it’s going well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgCarroll says Newcastle deserved win over Man Utdby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll says Newcastle United deserved their win over Manchester United.Debutant Matty Longstaff scored the only goal of the game.Carroll said, “We’re buzzing! I think we deserved it – we were the better team throughout. You couldn’t write Matty’s goal. It’s his first Premier League game alongside his brother against Man United at home and he’s scored the winner. You can’t ask for any better and I’m absolutely delighted for him along with the rest of the lads.“The lads are buzzing for him. Matty’s a great lad who has worked hard. He’s deserved his start today and kept his head down. He’s grafted since I’ve been here and he deserved his chance and taken it with both hands.“I think it just shows what we have got in the squad. It was terrible last week and we’ve bounced straight back. We’ve worked very hard all week in training, and it has shown today as we dominated the game.“It’s important to show what we are about after last week. When you play a top team like (Manchester) United, it’s always going to be a tough game but when you haven’t won at home and you’re struggling, like last week, I think it’s a great win all round.“The morale in the dressing room right now is great and we are buzzing heading into the international break. It’s nice that we can celebrate for a couple of weeks and it eases the pressure on us. It’s good going into the international break with a win rather than a defeat!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is to benefit from the provision of 16 computers, a smart board and other computer related equipment valued at $2.5 million from the Universal Service Fund (USF).The computers were officially handed over on Tuesday, April 2, to the Police National Computer Centre (PNCC), during a ceremony held at the Police Commissioner’s Office, Old Hope Road.In his remarks, Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, explained that the computer centre will be used as a hub to facilitate the training of police officers in information technology (IT), as well as issuing relevant information to stations across the island.“One of the things we hope to achieve is to cut significantly our consumption of paper and fuel. As a simple example, every week on a Friday morning there are police vehicles from all the divisions assembled here at the police registry to collect copies of the Force Orders to be distributed to every police station and formation. As of last weekend that would no longer be the case,” Mr. Ellington said.He informed that a gap analysis was conducted by the PNCC to determine the levels of training required for members of the police force. “They have scheduled all of that training,” the Commissioner noted.Mr. Ellington said the provision of the 16 computers will ensure that police men and women have access to the necessary IT equipment and facilities needed to undertake their jobs.“It is for this reason that I would like to single out the Universal Service Fund for coming to our assistance to purchase the equipment and to outfit the training room,” the Commissioner said.“We are ensuring that every police station is equipped with a computer and with connectivity, so that our members can have access to the internet and whatever is being published,” he said.For his part, Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, expressed his appreciation to the Universal Service Fund for the provision of the computers.“We have ongoing projects which we are putting to the Fund, and one such has to do with updating and extending the automated palm and fingerprint identification system. They have already made a substantial commitment of US$360,000 and there is an indication of more to come,” Mr. Bunting said.He pointed out that since the introduction of the automated palm and fingerprint identification system the police have been able to improve its service to the public, adding that the additional funding will facilitate expansion of the capabilities of the system.Meanwhile, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said that the donation will be the first in a series of interventions by the Fund.“We regard Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as the basis on which every aspect of our existence will be affected positively, whether in health care or education. We see ICT as playing a leading role in relation to the work that you do here and so we are committed to do more,” the Minister told the police officers. The USF, generated from incoming telephone calls, is used to accelerate the deployment of broadband services islandwide, in keeping with Government’s effort to enable more Jamaicans to access ICT. This includes the creation of an ICT platform in secondary schools, libraries, post offices, and at community access points.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more