Under the new fund, child care spaces created by child development centres or Indigenous communities remain eligible for 100 percent of the cost of their projects, up to a maximum of $500,000. Not-for-profit organizations will be supported to create new child care spaces under the new fund, with these organizations remaining eligible for up to 90 percent of the total cost of their projects, up to a maximum of $500,000. Private child care providers remain eligible for 75 percent of the total cost of their project, up to a maximum of $250,000.Conroy said that the government will adopt a streamlined application process with a continuous intake, rather than fixed application dates. Boards of education will have 100 percent eligibility of the total cost of their project up to a maximum of $500,000 for child care spaces they create.“Too many parents are dealing with a lack of good options when it comes to child care, and that’s only made worse as spaces close due to financial pressures on child care operators,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “With our Childcare BC plan, we’re letting operators and parents know that government is on their side, and investing in their future. Creating these new spaces is the latest step in making child care more available and affordable for more families.”More information on these changes will be available later in the coming months. COQUITLAM, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that it will be funding 22,000 new licensed child care spaces coming over the next three years.The new spaces will be created through a $221-million investment in the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, which replaces the Child Care Major Capital Funding Program. Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy said that the government will be looking to leverage existing facilities – such as those on school grounds, in churches, at recreation centres, and other public places – to expand child care for B.C. families. Creating new infant and toddler spaces will be a priority.“Parents are struggling to find quality, affordable child care, and it’s time we made the investments that are good for families, and for our economy,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development. “Creating more licensed, affordable child care spaces is a key part of our new Childcare BC plan, so parents can have the peace of mind they need and quality care they can rely on.”
Rabat – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made a rare public appearance on Tuesday, following a weeklong trip to France for medical reasons. The North African leader sat with Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, the Deputy Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates (UAE), during the Gulf leader’s one-day trip to Algiers.The government-run Algerian news channel showed footage of the 79-year-old head of state speaking with the Emirati official on joint economic development projects.Bouteflika returned from Grenoble last Tuesday after completing “routine” health checks in the French city. The president’s shaky health condition has been the concern of Algerians, especially after the stroke he suffered in April 2013. Bouteflika was transported to a hospital in Paris for treatment.After a three-month stay in the European country, the leader fulfilled most of his duties via letters to the Algerian people and private meeting with his closest political allies.Since then, Bouteflika, who took power in 1999, has made several rounds to French and Swiss hospitals for check-ups and treatments related to his mental and physical health.Sources from Algiers say a power vacuum formed in 2013, leaving the largest country in Africa by landmass without clear political vision.After global oil prices took a dive two years ago, the country has struggled to pay wages to its massive public sector workforce. As pointed out by the International Monetary Fund earlier this month, the country’s weak private sector would make it difficult for Algerians to find work if recommended austerity measures and economic reforms were to be carried out.
Rabat- Spanish authorities discovered two Moroccan migrants hiding inside the engine compartment of a tourist bus.After a three-day trip in Morocco, Spanish tourists stopped their tour bus in the mountains about an hour after arriving in Spain at Algeciras when the tourists heard voices speaking Arabic from inside the bus.The tourists informed the police, who discovered the source of the voices to be two Moroccan minors, Spanish news outlet La Razon reported on Monday. A video of the incident shows the two boys, exhausted and covered in engine oil, barely making their way outside the bus engine and lying down defenselessly on the ground.Spanish authorities placed the two undocumented migrants in custody, pending their admission to a temporary internment immigrant center.Recently, a video of a young Moroccan trying to get to Spain by crossing the Mediterranean sea on a tube went gone viral on social media.The young man was rowing just with his hands before he was saved by a Spanish fishing boat and offered a banana, water, and a jacket.Spain and Morocco are continuously cooperating to combat undocumented migration. Morocco, a transit country for migrants, has thwarted more than 54,000 undocumented immigration attempts to Europe in 2018.In 2017, Morocco stopped more than 65,000 migration attempts to Europe, a number that is up from 32,000 the previous year, according to Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi.Moroccan authorities are also overseeing security at the Morocco-Spain border, where hundreds of migrants try to jump the high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. On July 26, more than 600 sub-Saharans successfully crossed the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Dozens of migrants were injured along with border guards during the incursion.Video Playerhttps://www.moroccoworldnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Vido-Espagne-deux-mineurs-marocains-cachs-dans-le-moteur-dun-bus-H24info.mp400:0000:0002:30Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 10.09 points to 15,212.46, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 101.24 points to 21,714.67. The S&P 500 index was up 1.37 points to 2,478.50 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 9.26 points to 6,421.44.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.79 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 79.96 cents US.The September crude contract was up 40 cents to US$48.28 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was down three cents to US$2.90 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was down $4.40 to US$1,247.70 an ounce and the September copper contract was up two cents to US$2.87 a pound.
The United Nations Security Council today condemned the spike in Somalia’s weapons trade and extended the mandate of a group of experts monitoring the flow of arms for an additional six months.Acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows for the use of force, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution stressing that States must comply with the arms embargo against Somalia.It condemned “the significant increase in the flow of weapons and ammunition supplies to and through Somalia” and said it would “consider specific action to improve implementation of and compliance with measures” which were imposed in 1992, a year after President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled. The country has had no functioning national government since then and has been wracked by factional fighting.The Union of Islamic Courts, which controls the capital Mogadishu, and the Transitional Federal Parliament, which is based in Baidoa, are scheduled to hold peace talks in mid-December, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia François Lonsény Fall told the Council earlier this month. Describing the current situation in Somalia in its latest report to the Council, the monitoring group says, “The contest is overwhelmingly military in nature, with rampant arms flows to both sides. The arms flows are a premier part of a deliberate, ongoing and broader military build-up taking place on both sides.”To stem this deadly trade, the group makes a number of recommendations for tightening the embargo, including a total border surveillance and interdiction effort involving a combination of sea, air and land military forces as well as a financial-assets freeze on all Somali-owned and -operated businesses located inside and outside Somalia that are connected to either side.The group also calls for a “concerted and immediate international political and diplomatic initiative” aimed at underscoring “the very real possibility of an extended war and military conflict in the Horn of Africa” while working towards disengagement. It also urges “encouraging the involvement of all essential Somali actors in meaningful political dialogue leading towards a political solution to the Somali situation.”
The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps have opted to let go of nine players, including starting goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic.The club announced Monday that it will not exercise options on the contracts of three defenders (Jose Aja, Roberto Dominguez and Aaron Maund), three midfielders (Marvin Emnes, Aly Ghazal and Brek Shea), a striker (Myer Bevan) and two goalies (Marinovic and Spencer Richey).Seven other players have had their contracts extended, including Canadian defenders Doneil Henry and Brett Levis, midfielders Nicolas Mezquida, David Norman Jr. and Yordy Reyna, striker Erik Hurtado and ‘keeper Sean Melvin. The ‘Caps still have 10 other players under contract, although one — captain Kendall Waston — has publicly stated his intention to leave the organization.Newly minted head coach Marc Dos Santos says in a statement that the decisions on options are the “first of many off-season moves for the club.”The Whitecaps will have an opportunity to make more moves on Dec. 9 during Major League Soccer’s half-day trade window. Free agency will begin on Dec. 11.
OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) looks to pass while Purdue junior guard Ashley Morrissette defends her in a game on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorWith first place in the Big Ten on the line, Purdue came to Columbus, looking to defend its top spot.No. 5 Ohio State (13-4, 5-1) and Purdue (14-3, 5-1) are both oiled machines offensively and defensively, but when the final buzzer sounded, it was the Buckeyes that came out with the 90-70 victory.The Boilermakers’ transition defense has been one of their specialties the entire year, limiting their opponents to just 2.7 fast break points per game. On Sunday, however, Purdue had a bit of trouble keeping that statistic intact, as it allowed the up-tempo Buckeyes to score 12 points off fast breaks, with a majority of them coming off their nine steals.Putting on a shooting clinic from behind the arc, splashing shots from all over the perimeter, OSU finished the game shooting 57 percent and 13-of-23 from downtown.“We shot the ball really well today,” said coach Kevin McGuff on his team’s shooting performance. “That was the difference in the game. It was a great win versus a very good team.”Both teams applied pressure early with all types of defensive schemes. The Boilermakers, who are known for the execution of their half-court offense, had troubles finding the gaps in OSU’s defense, forcing the officials to blow their whistles three times for shot clock violations.Although the Buckeyes were able to make the stop on the first shot that went up from Purdue, they allowed 19 offensive rebounds, giving Purdue many second-chance opportunities.The game began going back and forth, but the Buckeyes were able to take advantage of their stellar shooting performance, gaining a nine-point lead going into the locker room at halftime.In the second half of play, OSU got its hands on loose balls and forced turnovers, which resulted in clean looks on the other end. Also continuing its shooting success, Purdue was unable to match the Scarlet and Gray’s efficiency.Sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell, who continues to make impressive strides in her collegiate career, finished the game with 27 points. Mitchell’s scoring is definitely the strong point of her game, but sometimes her ability to get others involved gets overlooked. When the Boilermakers began to close the open window for her shots, she found her teammates, dishing out a total of six assists.OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper (32) pulls up for a long 2-pointer in a game against Purdue on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Photo EditorThe other half of the Buckeye backcourt, senior guard Ameryst Alston, acted like a defensive back in football, intercepting a multitude of Boilermaker passes, then converting them on the other end. Alston added 25 points and tallied three steals.Being one of the more experienced players on the team, acting as a leader, Alston was a lot happier with her team’s performance Sunday rather than last Thursday in its upsetting loss to Northwestern.“We came out with a lot of intensity,” Alston said on the comparison between the two games. “When you start the game off with high energy and great intensity, it carries on.”When the Mitchell and Alston both score more than 20 points, it is usually a sign of good things to come for OSU, as it is 9-1 this season when the duo eclipses that mark.The depth of scoring OSU has helped the team tremendously down the stretch, and it normally begins with junior forward Shayla Cooper, a 6-foot-2 versatile player who knows how to score the ball in a profusion of ways. Although not typically known as an outside shooter, she did not miss one 3-pointer Sunday, going a perfect 4-for-4 from deep. Purdue did not have a strategy to defend Cooper’s outside shooting, allowing her to end the game with 16 points.“Ameryst (Alston) gets mad when I pass up those shots when I was wide open,” Cooper said after the game. “A lot of teams tend to play off of me for the drive, so I knew that I would have a lot of open shots.”For Purdue, senior guard April Wilson was the leader, dropping 19 points and distributing six dimes to her fellow Boilermakers.On deck for the Buckeyes is “that school up North,” as they are set to travel up to Ann Arbor, Michigan, Thursday in hopes of continuing their winning streak against the Michigan Wolverines.
Sandvik continues its development of equipment for longwall mining with the launch of its next generation Sandvik MB670-1 bolter miner. The company says this new MB670-1 “increases productivity, reduces total cost of ownership and improves safety and ergonomics for operators.”Developed out of the proven and reliable Sandvik MB670, it is purpose-built for longwall mining. The fully automatic cutting cycle results in constant and faster advances, shortening panel development times in stable ground conditions by up to 30% and ensuring smoother mine floor conditions. The machine itself suffers less wear and tear. All of this will help increase productivity and lower total cost of ownership.“Our new Sandvik MB670-1 bolter miner has an innovative sump frame mechanism that incorporates cutting and bolting, allowing coal cutting and ground support installation simultaneously,” says Bruno Reumueller, Product Line Manager, Underground Coal and Minerals, Sandvik Mining. “While the machine is stabilised for installing the ground support, the sump frame mechanism continues to move forward to cut out the next cycle.“This enables our customers to get more out of their mine. Sandvik initiated invention of the bolter miner concept 25 years ago, and we are rapidly approaching 300 bolter miners in operation today. Our patented design is proof that our range of bolter miners helps our customers drive down their total cost of ownership and improve productivity. The new Sandvik MB670-1 is no exception.”Sandvik offers customers everything they need for longwall development — from excavation, support and loading products to transportation and logistics. Sandvik bolter miners simultaneously cut, support, gather material and convey it into shuttle cars, coal haulers or a continuous haulage system so that it’s ready for transport.This, coupled with a comprehensive parts and service offering, helps customers remove risk from their operations. Highly trained, expert engineers from Sandvik provide the right parts and service for safe operation, low operating costs and long service life.
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File photo of train tracks Image: Shutterstock/FotograFFF Sep 5th 2019, 9:01 PM https://jrnl.ie/4797682 Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 9:01 PM 17,646 Views Share Tweet Email No Comments Image: Shutterstock/FotograFFF Man charged after €105,000 worth of heroin seized at Cork train station Gary Cambridge was released on bail, with a number of conditions imposed. A MAN HAS been charged in connection with the seizure of over €100,000 worth of heroin at the train station in Cork city.Gary Cambridge (34), of Mount Brosna, Mayfield, Cork, appeared before Cork District Court today. He was charged with two offences, arising from the seizure at Kent railway station yesterday. Cambridge was charged with possession of €105,000 worth of diamorphine or heroin for sale or supply.Detective Garda Paul Leahy of the Cork City Divisional Drugs Squad gave evidence of the arrest, charge and caution.Judge Con O’Leary heard that Cambridge made no reply to either charge when they were put to him after caution.Bail and legal aid Inspector Jason Lynch said gardaí had no objection to bail provided that a number of conditions were met.Eddie Burke, the solicitor representing Cambridge, said the bail terms sought by gardaí were acceptable to the accused.Judge O’Leary remanded Cambridge on bail on his own bond of €5,000 to appear again at Cork District Court on 2 October.A number of bail conditions were imposed in the case.Cambridge must reside at Mount Brosna, Mayfield, abide by a 11pm to 8am curfew and sign on three days a week at Mayfield Garda Station.Burke applied for free legal in the case. His client is on disability allowance.Judge O’Leary deferred his decision on whether to grant free legal pending the submission of a statement of means.Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. By Olivia Kelleher Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL File photo of train tracks
Stay on target In case you didn’t find snakes scary enough, researchers have discovered a new species of stiletto snakes with unusual skulls and venom delivery systems that allow them to attack and stab sideways with a fang sticking out of the corner of their mouths.Three specimens of the newly described Atractaspis branchi or Branch’s Stiletto Snake were discovered during recent surveys in north-western Liberia and south-eastern Guinea.While most of these burrowing snakes are not venomous enough to kill a human — even though some are able to inflict serious tissue necrosis — this unique sideways-striking behavior makes them impossible to handle using the standard approach of holding them with fingers behind the head. In fact, they can even stab with their mouths closed.The first discovered specimen of the newly described species (Atractaspis branchi or Branch’s Stiletto Snake) in its natural habitat. The snake lives in primary rainforest and rainforest edges in the western part of the Upper Guinea forests. (Photo Credit: Mark-Oliver Roedel)The team of researchers, led by Dr Mark-Oliver Roedel from the Natural History Museum in Berlin, Germany, collected the first specimen of the new species from a steep bank of a small rocky creek in a lowland evergreen rainforest in Liberia.Upon picking it up, the snake tried to hide its head under body loops, bending it at an almost right angle, so that its fangs were partly visible on the sides. Then, it repeatedly struck.According to researchers, the snake also jumped distances almost as long as its entire body. The other two specimens used for the description of the species were collected from banana, manioc, and coffee plantations in south-eastern Guinea, about 16 miles apart.The first specimen of the newly described stiletto snake was found at night, moving along the steep slope on the left bank of this small creek in a lowland evergreen rainforest in Liberia. (Photo Credit: Mark-Oliver Roedel)The new species lives in primary rainforest and rainforest edges in the western part of the Upper Guinea forests. Branch’s Stiletto Snake is most likely endemic to this area, a threatened biogeographic region already known for its unique and diverse fauna.The discovery, described in an article published in the open-access journal Zoosystematics and Evolution provides further evidence for the status of the western part of the Upper Guinea forest zone as a center of rich and endemic biodiversity.According to the researchers, “further surveys are needed to resolve the range of the new snake species, and to gather more information about its ecological needs and biological properties.”More on Geek.com:Scientist Discovers Jellyfish-Like Creature With ‘Transient Anus’ That Only Appears When It’s NeededNew Tarantula With Bizarre Horn On Its Back Discovered in AngolaNew Dinosaur Species With Spiny Backbone Discovered in Patagonia Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists
The Monaco footballer believes the team needs to continue fighting hard to get as far from the relegation zone as possibleFor AS Monaco player Kamil Glik, this is a very important time to get out of the relegation zone in the French Ligue 1.“We won a very important match on the pitch of Amiens but we must continue. We always need points,” he told the club’s official website.“All matches are important especially in this context but it is true that the derby, we can be well prepared mentally. We miss winning at home. We will try to get it Friday.”Report: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football. In…“These are never easy matches, both teams give everything to win and there is a lot of commitment. I will try to recover well to prepare well for this meeting,” he added.“Benoît Badiashile has been with us for a short time, he is a boy who has a lot of talent. He had a very good match in Amiens, as did the whole team.”“We played well defensively. We must try to keep this balance. Everyone gave the effort, from the goalkeeper to the attackers. I hope we will continue in this direction,” he concluded.
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ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Global Based Initiative and Market Access Program, brought four participants from South Africa, Uganda and Kenya to Utah this week to receive training at Utah State University.Training participants learn about techniques to incorporate soy into meat-based products. The group spent one week at Utah State University and will travel to St. Louis for additional training. (WISHH photo)The course, titled “Applications of Soy Proteins in Structuring Technologies, Meat Replacement, and Meat Extension for the Meat Industry,” focuses on meat science, structuring technology and brines and marination technology. CHS will present to the team on Friday to provide an overview of CHS’s products and give the group an opportunity to ask questions.The team will travel to St. Louis to meet with Solae early next week for a capabilities training on utilizing soy in meat products.
Aug 26 • Activists challenge 2020 candidates to sign net neutrality pledge Net Fix Apr 9 • Mitch McConnell: Democrats’ net neutrality bill is ‘dead on arrival’ in Senate Apr 10 • Democrats’ net neutrality bill passes House Post a comment Jun 11 • Net neutrality has been dead for a year: What you need to know • Net neutrality FCC Internet Sarah Tew/CNET Most of the FCC’s staff may be furloughed because of the government shutdown, but the agency’s lawyers are still expected to show up in court next month to defend its repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules. On Thursday the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the Federal Communications Commission’s request to delay oral arguments in the case, which is scheduled for Feb. 1. The Republican-led agency voted a year ago last month to repeal the rules adopted in 2015, which were designed to ensure that all traffic on the internet was treated equally. Attorneys general from 22 states, along with several activist groups and tech companies like Mozilla, filed a lawsuit accusing the FCC of arbitrarily rolling back the rules and overstepping its authority to ban states from passing their own protections.The DC Circuit, which has twice before heard cases involving net neutrality, is expected to render a decision sometime this summer. The court confirmed this week on its website that the government shutdown wouldn’t affect its schedule. It said it has enough funding to hear cases through January and February. But the FCC, which has only about 20 percent of its staff working, filed a motion yesterday asking the court to postpone oral arguments in the net neutrality case. The FCC said in its filing that because of the “lapse in funding for the FCC and the relevant component of the Department of Justice, the Commission believes that, in an abundance of caution, it should move for an extension to ensure that attorneys may fully prepare for argument.”The FCC said that the Department of Justice has advised all “government attorneys to request that active [civil] cases be postponed until funding is available.” But the agency said it would be prepared regardless. The FCC didn’t respond to a request for comment.The issue over the net neutrality rules has become a lightning rod for controversy. The FCC, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, an appointee of President Donald Trump, has argued that the “heavy-handed” rules deterred internet service providers’ investment and innovation. (Read Pai’s op-ed on CNET here.) Large internet service providers, like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon agree with Pai’s argument.But supporters of net neutrality say the internet as we know it may not exist much longer without the protections. Big tech companies, such as Google and Facebook, and internet luminaries, such as web creator Tim Berners-Lee, fall into that camp. Since the repeal, they’ve been working in Congress and in state legislatures to reinstate the rules.Congressional Democrats last year tried to undo the the rollback of the popular rules through the Congressional Review Act. The Senate passed its resolution in May. But the effort failed to get enough votes in the House of Representatives by the end of the year as is required by the act. Now the fight heads to the courts. The heated legal battle could eventually end up at the Supreme Court, where all eyes would be on newly appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who questioned the FCC’s authority to adopt the original net neutrality protections. That position was expressed in a dissent he wrote last year that challenged the rules.The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter.5G is your next big upgrade: Everything you need to know about the 5G revolution. 0 Tags reading • No delay for net neutrality lawsuit in spite of government shutdown Net Fix See All Share your voice
Comments The Cheapskate Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Smart Speakers & Displays 2 Tags 2:00 Amazon’s Echo for kids likes when you say ‘please’ Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! The Echo Dot Kids Edition normally costs $70, but it’s only $1 if you subscribe to Prime Book Box for at least a month. Sarah Tew/CNET Say what you will about humanity; we invented books, and books are awesome. They’re especially awesome for kids, who, let’s face it, need a break from screens.Amazon’s Prime Book Box is a subscription service that delivers age-appropriate titles to your youngster every one, two or three months. Each box costs $20.Read more (literally): Join Book-of-the-Month Club for only $5 For a limited time, Prime subscribers who sign up for Prime Book Box can purchase an Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition for just 99 cents. That version of the smart speaker normally costs $70 (though it’s currently on sale for $35).See it at AmazonAll you have to do is sign up for any Book Box subscription between now and March 26. (This is for new subscribers only.) After your first box ships, you’ll receive an email with the code and instructions needed to purchase the 99-cent Dot.Speaking of which, the Kids Edition is more than just a Dot with a colorful color (though it is that: You can choose from red, green and blue). You also get one year of FreeTime Unlimited (an $83 value), which affords access to kid-friendly books, audiobooks, movies, apps and more. Amazon covers the unit with a 2-year warranty as well.As for Book Box, it comes with either four board books (for the baby set) or two hardcovers. You’re not on the hook for more than one box, so you could walk away with everything for $21. But of course I recommend you keep the books coming, because well-read kids are happier and smarter.Read more: 21 benefits every Amazon Prime member gets
Comments Josh Miller/CNET Once upon a time, Sprint offered a pretty amazing deal: One year of unlimited phone service for free. All you had to do was bring a compatible phone and port your number from another carrier.Of course, all good things must come to an end: Back in April, Sprint replaced the free-year offer with Unlimited Kickstart, which costs $25 per month — a reasonable rate, to be sure, but that’s only for newcomers activating a new line of service. Read more: The best phones of 2019So, what happens when you get to the end of your 12 free months? Do you have to continue on with Sprint at the full $60-per-month rate?Thankfully, no: There are cheaper options, many of them much cheaper than what you’d pay any of the Big Four carriers for a single line of service.To find them, start by using this tool. Just choose “BYOP (Sprint Network)”, then select how much data you need (or think you need — the average user consumes around 5GB per month). Keep in mind, though, that you might not be limited to Sprint-powered carriers (such as Ting, Tello and TextNow). If your phone is unlocked and supports GSM networks, you can expand your search to include carriers such as Metro, Mint Mobile and US Mobile.The rock-bottom cheapest carriersOK, let’s get down to brass tacks: You can’t get free service anymore, but you can get pretty cheap service. Tello, for example, recently lowered prices across the board. A plan with 100 voice minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of high-speed data costs just $7 per month.See it at TelloBump up to, say, 300 voice minutes and 4GB of data and you’ll pay just $17. If you’re looking for rock-bottom pricing, Tello is definitely a good place to start.Likewise, newcomer Hello Mobile also offers dirt-cheap plans: $10 per month with 1GB of high-speed data, $15 for 2GB, $17.50 for 3GB, and so on.See it at Hello MobileIf your phone can indeed “hop the fence” (meaning it supports networks other than Sprint’s), check out Mint Mobile. The company offers some very competitive rates when you prepay for 3, 6 or 12 months at a time.For example, a 3-month plan with unlimited calls and texts and 3GB of high-speed data costs $45 — an amortized rate of $15 per month. Stretch that out to 12 months and you’ll prepay $180, which, again, works out to $15 monthly.See it at MintNow, if you’re thoroughly spoiled by Sprint’s unlimited-data plan, what’s the cheapest alternative? Hello Mobile has one of the best deals I’ve seen: Unlimited everything (including high-speed data) for $25 per month. And thanks to a current promotion, you get one month free when you pay for your first month.None of these options are free, but they’re certainly cheaper than paying $50 to $60 per month to a Big Four carrier.If you’re approaching the end of your gratis year of Sprint, where do you think you’ll go next? Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mobile Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Best cheap phones to try now Tags The Cheapskate 2:02 Sprint
Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Post a comment Tesla 0 49 Photos Car Industry Electric Cars Now playing: Watch this: 2:47 Share your voice Enlarge ImageTesla’s Chinese Gigafactory 3 is practically rocketing up, with estimates now placing it as being at least partially operational by the end of 2019. VCG/Getty Images Tesla has been toiling away trying to get its third official Gigafactory near Shanghai online and ready for production, and the work has gone at an almost shockingly quick pace. So quick in fact, that Morgan Stanley’s Chinese automotive team said that it should be ready to start building cars by the end of the year, according to a report published Wednesday by Electrek.The cars being built in that time wouldn’t be like the cars from the company’s Fremont factory, though. Instead, they’d be built from what are called complete knockdown kits or partial knockdown kits. This means that the cars are partially assembled elsewhere and Shanghai would be responsible for final assembly.This is relatively standard practice throughout the industry. Many manufacturers, such as Ford and others, have done it to get models such as vans or SUVs into the US without having to pay the “Chicken Tax” on imported light trucks and SUVs.Morgan Stanley’s team estimates that Tesla’s Shanghai facility should be able to produce 35,000 to 40,000 vehicles in 2020 and that number could increase to as many as 60,000 cars in 2021. That’s not anywhere near the level of Fremont’s output, but that’s also likely just a starting point. Fremont’s production rate didn’t happen overnight.”Our China team’s view of Tesla’s ability to ramp domestic production and to take commercial share in the domestic Chinese market is more bullish than the forecast implied within our earnings model,” said Morgan Stanley’s analyst, in a statement. “We have allowed for a greater level of execution risk in our assumptions, given the complexity of bringing an all-new plant with all new workers and many new suppliers on line within the Chinese market.”Elon Musk’s estimates for production in China are predictably more grand, with his estimates placing the figure somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 Model 3s per year by the end of 2019. Tesla offered no official statement regarding Chinese production estimates, or Morgan Stanley’s report. 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best More From Roadshow Tesla’s Model 3 Performance subtly adds the power 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Watch the Tesla Model 3 ace european crash tests Tags Tesla
© 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved. (Phys.org) —With the rise of social media, it is possible to organize public demonstrations on larger scales and in less time than ever before. In response, some governments are trying to decide how to regulate and impede the organization of these demonstrations, in order to maintain safety, order, or for other reasons. But very little is known about exactly how repressive legislation affects social media networks and their users. New research now suggests that social networks may be surprisingly resistant to such legislation. “Our work shows that social media are very powerful tools to spread information,” Marcoux told Phys.org. “The reason for this is because of the scale-free and hierarchical structure of social media networks, in which some highly connected individuals act as hubs to transfer information. In such a network, it only takes a few steps for information to travel between two individuals at extreme locations on the network. Also, the overall structure of the network of interactions on Twitter did not change after the passage of the Bill. Thus, information could still travel quickly after the passage of the Bill. It demonstrates nicely the resilience of big scale-free and hierarchical networks to perturbations.”Because the network structure was not significantly affected by the legislation, information about the protests continued to flow through the network like before. Individuals were still able to organize mass protests, despite some changes in user behavior. Overall, the researchers concluded that this natural experiment shows the power of social media to connect and mobilize a large number of individuals, as well as the resilience of social networks to changes in individual behavior. As the researchers note, a better understanding of networks is already helping policymakers in other areas.”Policymakers can use network knowledge to influence social changes,” Marcoux said. “For example, in a vaccination campaign, a better understanding of the social structure of a community might help to identify key individuals (highly connected hubs) that could speed up the spread of positive information about vaccination.”Currently, the researchers are working on other projects, although they explain that more work could be done in this area.”This project was a side to my other research projects, but I would love if someone took over to look at the content of messages that were sent before and after the legislation,” Marcoux. On the other hand, the network structure was relatively the same before and after the legislation. The structure was hierarchical and followed a scale-free distribution, in which a few Twitter users had very high rates of tweet exchanges while most users had low rates of exchanges. The few individuals with high connectivity were positioned between cliques, while users with low connectivity tended to be part of highly connected cliques. The number of tweets per day related to the 2012 Quebec student strike changes before and after the passage of Bill 78. Despite this change in user behavior, however, the scale-free hierarchical network structure remained the same. Credit: Marcoux, et al. ©2013 EPLA Study examines best methods for gaining Twitter followers Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) The largest connected cluster in the network of tweet exchanges related to the 2012 Quebec student strike (a) before and (b) after the passage of Bill 78. Importantly, the network’s structure does not significantly change. Credit: Marcoux, et al. ©2013 EPLA Explore further In a new paper published in EPL, Marianne Marcoux and David Lusseau at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, UK, have analyzed millions of tweets from Twitter users in Quebec, Canada, who were protesting an increase in college tuition in 2012. That winter, 300,000 students—about 75% of all college and university students in Quebec—went on strike for several weeks. The strike and related protests were organized primarily with Twitter.On May 18, after 14 weeks of the strike, the Quebec government passed special emergency legislation called Bill 78 in an attempt to block the organization of the protests. Bill 78 requires that any organizer of a demonstration involving more than 50 people must provide the local police with an itinerary of the demonstration at least 8 hours before the event, and also ensure that the demonstration follows the itinerary. Individuals and organizations that did not follow Bill 78 were severely fined, and the government also considered fining any individual who transferred information about illegal demonstrations.To determine what effect Bill 78 had on Twitter users, the researchers compared the behavior of Twitter users who were involved in the protests, as well as the structure of their interaction network, before and after the passage of the bill. They analyzed nearly 200,000 tweets sent from February 12 to June 4, 2012, that contained relevant hashtags, using Twitter data that was made freely available by O. H. Beauchesne at olihb.com. The researchers’ main result was that the legislation changed the behavior of Twitter users, but not the overall structure of the network in which they interacted. In terms of behavior, although the number of tweets posted per day was higher on average after Bill 78 was implemented than before, the rate of increase dropped. Twitter users also showed an increase in “cliquishness” by limiting the tweets they sent to users within tight clusters to which they belonged. The researchers suspect that this change in behavior may indicate that the students became more cautious regarding who they sent tweets to. More information: Marianne Marcoux and David Lusseau. “The influence of repressive legislation on the structure of a social media network.” EPL, 104 (2013) 58004. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/104/58004 Citation: Anti-protest law changes Twitter users’ behavior, but not network structure, physicists show (2014, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-anti-protest-law-twitter-users-behavior.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
On August 24, 2018, the Spanish government took a step closer to exhuming the remains of former dictator Francisco Franco and removing them from the memorial near Madrid where they have lain since he died in 1975. The memorial has long been a subject of debate.To some surprise, socialist Pedro Sánchez came to power as prime minister in June, replacing Mariano Rajoy and his conservative administration.Within days of taking office, Sánchez announced that his government wanted to move Franco to a more modest burial place, as part of an effort to atone for the civil war that tore Spain apart and the brutal repression that followed the conflict.Flowers above Franco’s tomb.The memorial, a basilica and its giant stone cross, dominate the Valle de los Caídos, or Valley of the Fallen. They were built by Franco to honor those who “fell for God and Spain” in his 1939 victory in the Spanish Civil War.But some say the memorial was built using forced labor from political prisoners between 1940 and 1958.Francisco Franco.Exhumation of Franco has aroused protests from right-wing parties and the Franco Foundation. While Friday’s approval was a victory for Sánchez and his new government, the Senate must approve the decree before it can be implemented.“The government has approved a decree that modifies two aspects of the 2007 [Historical Memory] law,” said Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo at a press conference Friday following the cabinet meeting.Tombstone of Gen. Francisco Franco, Caudillo of Spain, buried in the Shrine of the Valley of the Fallen.“The decree will permit the exhumation of the remains of the dictator Francisco Franco from the place where the victims of the conflict lie,” she said, referring to the Valley of the Fallen monument.“Having the tomb of Franco there means a lack of respect and peace for the victims who are buried within,” Calvo said. “Democracy is not compatible with a state tomb that honors the memory of Franco.”Top 5 Female Spies of WW2The Franco family will be given 15 days from August 31st to propose a new burial site, and should they fail to do so, the Spanish government will choose a “dignified and respectful” place for him to be reinterred, Calvo said.Asked why the government has chosen to do this now, Calvo answered: “We are late with this, we are all late with this, us too, but this government headed by Pedro Sánchez will not be late.”Valley of the fallen church, the place where the dictator Francisco Franco is buried.The site is near the town of San Lorenzo de el Escorial, about an hour’s drive northwest of Madrid, and is one of Europe’s largest mass graves, housing the remains of at least 33,000 people.According to The New York Times, “Most had fought for Franco, but the monument also contains the bones of many of his Republican opponents who were anonymously dumped there, some of which were allegedly gathered from mass graves across the country in order to swell the numbers.”Some families are demanding that their loved ones be returned to them for proper burial. This could lead to mass exhumations.A statue of Franco in Santander that was removed in 2008Paul Preston, a British historian and biographer of Franco, told The New York Times that Spain was an anomaly in Europe in keeping a “place of pilgrimage for its fascist dictator” — there are no monuments to Adolf Hitler in Germany or in Austria and no memorial to Benito Mussolini in Italy.Among the more than 250,000 visitors to the Valle de los Caídos each year, Mr. Preston said, many are devotees of Franco “brought up to believe that he was a benefactor for Spain.”San Lorenzo de El Escorial, SpainThe right-wing Franco Foundation, which promotes a positive interpretation of the Franco regime, has long opposed any plans to move the leader’s remains. Juan Chicharro Ortega, president of the foundation, said that the past should be left alone by politicians.A banner reading ¡No pasarán! Madrid will be the graveyard of fascism from the Siege of Madrid. Photo taken by Soviet journalist Mikhail Koltsov.In a Facebook post, the Franco Foundation pledged to take legal action against the government if it passes and implements the decree, which it believes violates Spain’s constitution.Read another story from us: John Lennon’s Assassin Denied ParoleThe military general governed the country from 1939 until his death in 1975 after leading nationalist forces to victory in the Spanish Civil War, a conflict in which half a million people lost their lives.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.