Florida man shoots at man who threw banana at truck during road rage incident May 21, 2021 AdvertisementIt is unknown if the breach happened from someone locally, nationally or even outside of the United States.“This is somebody who is trying, as it appears on the surface, to do something bad. It’s a bad act. It’s a bad actor,” Gualtieri said. “This isn’t just ‘Oh, we’re putting a little bit of chlorine or a little bit of fluoride, or a little bit of something,’ we’re basically talking about lye that you are taking from 100 parts per million to 11,100.”Symptoms of sodium hydroxide poisoning include breathing difficulties, lung inflammation, throat swelling, burning of the esophagus and stomach, severe abdominal pain, vision loss, and low blood pressure, according to the University of Florida Health System. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Water conservancy groups urge Florida regulators to set water-quality standards May 21, 2021 Advertisement Long-term effects of poisoning depend on how fast the poison is diluted or neutralized in the system. Damage to the esophagus and stomach can continue to occur for several weeks after the poison was swallowed. Death can occur as long as a month later.The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, FBI and Secret Service are jointly investigating the breach, Gualtieri said. The FBI’s field office in Tampa is working with Oldsmar and the sheriff’s office, offering resources and assistance in the investigation.Oldsmar, a city home to about 15,000 people in Pinellas County, is located about 17 miles west of Tampa.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementTags: OldsmarPinellas CountyWater Cape Coral canals experiencing low water levels, residents say June 8, 2021 Inmate accused of killing 9-week-old son escapes from Pinellas County jail June 13, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. / CNN — A hacker was able to get into the water treatment system of Oldsmar, Florida and tried to increase the levels of a potentially poisonous chemical.The incident happened on Friday when an operator noticed the security breach and watched as the hacker remotely manipulated the water treatment system.The hacker had adjusted the level of sodium hydroxide — often referred to as Lye — in the city’s water. The Pinellas County Sheriff, Bob Gualtieri, said the level was adjusted to more than 100 times its normal levels.The operator immediately reduced the level back, there was never a threat to the city’s water supply or the public.
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Advertisements RelatedFSC Boss Implores Investors to Choose Wisely FSC Boss Implores Investors to Choose Wisely Finance & Public ServiceMarch 24, 2011 RelatedFSC Boss Implores Investors to Choose Wisely RelatedFSC Boss Implores Investors to Choose Wisely By LATONYA LINTON, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON – Executive Director of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), Rohan Barnett is imploring investors to be selective in choosing where they invest their money. He also pointed out that long term investments tend to be less volatile and more growth oriented. “If you are being promised a guarantee with extremely high short term returns that sound too good to be true, they probably are,” Mr. Barnett said. The Executive Director was speaking at the FSC’s 10th anniversary investor briefing, held on March 23 at the Terra Nova Hotel, in Kingston. Mr. Barnett explained that a regulatory framework impacts the attractiveness of the financial market. “The action of a regulator can either stimulate or dampen the demand and supply of financial services. Enhancing public confidence and understanding of financial markets can increase the demand for financial products, but our function cannot replace the responsibility of the prudent institution or individual investor,” he said. Meanwhile, Managing Director, National Commercial Bank (NCB), Patrick Hylton noted that there is need for corporate governance reform to reduce the likelihood of a financial crisis or systemic institutional failures. “Institutions, industry associations and regulators must collaborate to ensure effective and strong corporate governance regimes,” he argued. Mr. Hylton said characteristics of corporate governance include the appointment of independent Directors and Audit Committees. “The establishment of appropriate business practice for corporate governance by our regulators is something that I think is very useful, as it sets the tone and outlines the principles on which these corporate governance rules should be based,” he added. The Managing Director said that the adoption of proper corporate governance facilitates early recognition and response to emerging problems, which can stem institution specific and systemic industrial wide failure. “Within the context of developed capital markets, it had been found that good corporate governance translates into higher institutional valuations. So, this should serve as an incentive for institutions to implement robust corporate governance regimes,” Mr. Hylton said. He also emphasised that there is a need to push towards increased transparency and global standardisation of accounting best practices. The Managing Director stressed that institutions must abide by accounting reforms and best practices, and that credit rating agencies and independent analysts should raise the red flag on questionable accounting practices and insufficient transparency in the financial sector. “Auditors themselves must abide by best practices, and understand industry changes, so that institutions themselves are not driving the decision regarding accounting treatment of new products or services,” Mr. Hylton said. The Managing Director said that the government, regulators and institutions have a role to play in capital market development, adding that a good capital market is a complement to the banking sector, as it helps to remove some of the risk, provide liquidity support and long term effective capital to facilitate business growth. The investor briefing was held under the theme: ‘Does financial regulation prevent institutional failure?’
Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more US coalition calls for FCC spectrum shake-up The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extended financial relief to a handful of operators offering broadband service on tribal lands, allowing them to recoup a larger amount of their operating costs through federal funding.In its order, the commission recognised tribal lands are often located in remote areas and present significant obstacles for mobile and fixed operators which increase the cost of entry and reduce the profitability of providing service. Accordingly, it raised the limit on the amount of operating costs those companies can recoup from the Universal Service Fund.Under the new rules, the refund limitation was raised so a provider with $20,000 in operating expenses, which was formerly eligible for reimbursement of 58 per cent of those expenses, can now seek support for 89 per cent of its output.However, the move is only expected to benefit a total of five operators, none of which are tier-one providers, in 2018 due to restrictions on eligibility for the higher refund.Not enoughAll five FCC commissioners voted to approve the order, but chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn all said the measure should have gone further. Both Clyburn and Rosenworcel noted the eligibility restrictions mean some operators providing service on tribal lands won’t receive any relief. Clyburn said the exclusion “does not promote fully a rapid and sustainable broadband service deployment on these lands.”The measure comes as the FCC aims to encourage broadband deployments in rural areas to close a persistent digital divide in the US. In February, the FCC issued a report noting more than a third of citizens on tribal lands (around 1.2 million people) lack access to LTE broadband speeds of 10Mb/s download and 3Mb/s upload.Later this year, the FCC is expected to kick off its Mobility Fund Phase II auction, which will make up to $4.53 billion in support available over ten years to help providers in primarily rural areas expand LTE service. FCC moves on China Unicom block AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 APR 2018 Home FCC lets tribal operators recoup more opex Related Diana Goovaerts Tags Web companies renew US net neutrality campaign Previous ArticleVerizon expects CBRS deployments in 2018Next ArticleSamsung set for strong start to 2018 Author Federal Communications Commission (FCC)rural broadband
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The IMF itself has yet to despatch a mission to meet Ukraine’s new leadership. But the speed with which money could reach Ukraine from the IMF may depend principally not on the IMF’s technical procedures, but on what reforms Ukraine’s interim government feels able or willing to commit itself to before snap presidential elections on 25 May.In the meantime, Ukrainians will have to hope that the bond markets remain willing to provide money at a lower cost and that the devaluation of the hryvnia in early February will help exporters. There is a third hope: paradoxically, in the last quarter of 2013, Ukraine’s output actually increased by 3.3%. Åslund attributes this to the protests, which, he argues, stifled the “cronyism” of Yanukovych’s associates. Political uncertainty may spook the markets, but may not always be bad for the economy. Also On POLITICO The lessons learned By Andrew Gardner New political battles By Toby Vogel Key players By European Voice Staff Where might a Russian backlash strike? By Andrew Gardner Quite how much money will be needed is an open question. Ukraine’s interim government is certainly not playing down the needs. The acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, said on Monday (24 February) that the economy was “heading into the abyss”, while the interim finance minister, Yuriy Kolobov, put a figure on the money needed to fill that hole – $35 billion (€25.5bn) over two years, more than twice the estimated (and now suspended) $15bn support that Yanukovych secured from Russia in December. This is a grim picture for a country that entered a recession in mid-2012.The economist Anders Åslund, a former economic adviser to the Ukrainian government, puts Ukraine’s total financing need for one year at $15bn (€11.0bn), of which the IMF could probably provide $10bn-$12bn (€7.3bn-€8.8bn).The EU’s institutions are not saying how much they could provide. The only official figure is €610 million in macrofinancial assistance; in the EU’s institutions, there is also a document – seen by European Voice in December – suggesting that the EU as a whole would be capable of providing Ukraine with long-term support valued at €19.1bn, the vast bulk of it through loans linked to an IMF emergency package.ResourcesThe EU is now seeking to mobilise the resources of its bank, the European Investment Bank (EIB), which at the height of last week’s bloodshed suspended its activities in Ukraine. In addition, Štefan Füle, the European commissioner for the neighbourhood, held talks with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on Monday (24 February).But it may be that the EU’s member states will end up as the critical sources of European backing.So far, a number of them, including the UK, Germany and Poland have emphasised their willingness to provide funding, but channelled through the IMF, which is another way of saying that money will be linked to far-reaching reforms. Ukraine’s political earthquake – and swift moves by the political elite to fill the vacuum opened up by the departure of President Viktor Yanukovych – brought an immediate financial dividend for the country, with the bond markets lowering the costs of borrowing for the Ukrainian government.The markets’ relief, though, was fed by the hope that Ukraine’s new leaders will reform the economy and by the expectation that the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Union, European governments, and the United States will act on their promises to help Ukraine find emergency funding.But even if those expectations are met, the markets face two major questions: Will there be enough money? And will it come in time?
Move over, Archimedes. A researcher at Harvard University is finding that ancient Greek craftsmen were able to engineer sophisticated machines without necessarily understanding the mathematical theory behind their construction.Recent analysis of technical treatises and literary sources dating back to the fifth century B.C. reveals that technology flourished among practitioners with limited theoretical knowledge.“Craftsmen had their own kind of knowledge that didn’t have to be based on theory,” explains Mark Schiefsky, professor of the classics in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “They didn’t all go to Plato’s Academy to learn geometry, and yet they were able to construct precisely calibrated devices.”The balance, used to measure weight throughout the ancient world, best illustrates Schiefsky’s findings on the distinction between theoretical and practitioner’s knowledge. Working with a group led by Jürgen Renn, director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Schiefsky has found that the steelyard — a balance with unequal arms — was in use as early as the fourth and fifth centuries B.C., before Archimedes and other thinkers of the Hellenistic era gave a mathematical demonstration of its theoretical foundations.“People assume that Archimedes was the first to use the steelyard because they suppose you can’t create one without knowing the law of the lever. In fact, you can — and people did. Craftsmen had their own set of rules for making the scale and calibrating the device,” says Schiefsky.Practical needs, as well as trial and error, led to the development of technologies such as the steelyard.“If someone brings a 100-pound slab of meat to the agora, how do you weigh it?” Schiefsky asks. “It would be nice to have a 10-pound counterweight instead of a 100-pound counterweight, but to do so you need to change the balance point and ostensibly understand the principle of proportionality between weight and distance from the fulcrum. Yet, these craftsmen were able to use and calibrate these devices without understanding the law of the lever.”Craftsmen learned to improve these machines through productive use over the course of their careers, Schiefsky says.With the rise of mathematical knowledge in the Hellenistic era, theory came to exert a greater influence on the development of ancient technologies. The catapult, developed in the third century B.C., provides evidence of the ways in which engineering became systematized.With the help of literary sources and data from archaeological excavations, “We can actually trace when the ancients started to use mathematical methods to construct the catapult,” notes Schiefsky. “The machines were built and calibrated precisely.”Alexandrian kings developed and patronized an active research program to further refine the catapult. Through experimentation and the application of mathematical methods, such as those developed by Archimedes, craftsmen were able to construct highly powerful machines. Twisted animal sinews helped to increase the power of the launching arm, which could hurl stones weighing 50 pounds or more.The catapult had a large impact on the politics of the ancient world.“You could suddenly attack a city that had previously been impenetrable,” Schiefsky explains. “These machines changed the course of history.”According to Schiefsky, the interplay between theoretical knowledge and practical know-how is crucial to the history of Western science.“It’s important to explore what the craftsmen did and didn’t know,” Schiefsky says, “so that we can better understand how their work fits into the arc of scientific development.”Schiefsky’s research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.
Vermont Business Magazine Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) is offering no-cost flu vaccines to all individuals in need of the vaccination this season. The free service is available in all 12 PPNNE health centers across Vermont. Individuals using their insurance at PPNNE are likely to receive the vaccine for free under their plan. For those who are uninsured, paying out of pocket, or who have a plan that does not cover the flu shot, PPNNE will absorb the cost. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) anticipates that the flu virus and the virus that causes COVID-19 will spread during the same time this winter. It is possible that emergency rooms and hospitals may become overwhelmed in treating both. The flu vaccine not only keeps individuals from getting sick with the flu, it also reduces the burden of flu-associated hospitalizations on our health care system. “During COVID-19, we know that the flu vaccine is more important than ever in protecting ourselves, the people we care about, and our health care resources,” said Donna Burkett, PPNNE Medical Director. “But we also recognize that the cost of the flu vaccine is a barrier for some of our patients. No one should have to go without this important vaccine due to an inability to pay.”To make an appointment for a flu shot or any other service at PPNNE, individuals can book online at www.ppnne.org(link is external) or call 1-866-476-1321, Monday through Friday. In Vermont, PPNNE has 12 health centers in Barre, Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury, Newport, Hyde Park, Rutland, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, White River Junction, and Williston.Last year, 65% of PPNNE’s patients had low incomes, as defined as less than twice the Federal Poverty level, or $24,980 for a household of one. PPNNE provided more than $8 million worth of discounted or free health care to its patients in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. About PPNNE: PPNNE is the largest sexual and reproductive health care provider in northern New England. In 2019, PPNNE served more than 44,000 patients, for more than 65,000 visits, and provided more than $8 million worth of free and discounted health care in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. www.ppnne.org(link is external) Source: Colchester, VT — Planned Parenthood of Northern New England 12.7.2020
Minnesota falls 23-19 at Iowa in first defeat of the seasonThe Gophers have not won in Iowa City since 1999 Nick JungheimNovember 17, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint Last week, the Gophers upended No. 5 Penn State’s perfect season with a 31-26 victory at TCF Bank Stadium. On Saturday, Minnesota was on the receiving end of an upset.A perfect season was not to be as No. 7 Minnesota (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) fell to No. 23 Iowa (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) 23-19. The Gophers dropped their fifth consecutive game in the battle for the Floyd of Rosedale against the Hawkeyes and still have not won at Kinnick Stadium since 1999. “We fell down early and it took us out of our rhythm,” said head coach P.J. Fleck. “It came down to the blocking, tackling and execution of plays and they did a better job of that than we did.”After receiving the opening kick, Iowa running back Tyler Goodson ripped off a 26-yard run on a well-designed misdirection play, fooling the Minnesota defense. Five plays later, following a fourth-and-one conversion, redshirt freshman Nico Ragaini took a pass from Hawkeyes quarterback Nate Stanley 21 yards for the game’s opening score.Trailing 6-0, Minnesota responded with a 12-play drive, but came up empty after redshirt freshman Brock Walker missed a 50-yard field goal attempt. Iowa then marched back down the field, adding another score by way of a Goodson rushing touchdown.Both teams’ offenses drove the ball with ease in the first half. The difference was the Gophers stalled in the red zone while the Hawkeyes managed to convert for touchdowns. Behind by two scores, the Gophers moved the ball 87 yards in 12 plays, but had to settle for a Walker field goal.On Iowa’s third drive of the game, Stanley led the Hawkeyes to their third touchdown. The senior quarterback passed for 58 of the drives 69 yards, capping it with a five-yard touchdown to junior Ihmir Smith-Marsette making the score 20-3.“It was just not us being prepared,” senior Thomas Barber said of the defense’s slow start. “They just came and hit us in the mouth.”The teams traded punts, giving the ball back to Minnesota with 39 seconds left in the first half. Working with no timeouts, Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan completed two passes to get the Gophers inside the Iowa 10-yard line. Once again though, Minnesota failed to reach the end zone. A Walker field goal bounced off the upright and through the goal posts to cut the deficit to 14 points at the break. “Things weren’t necessarily going great for us,” Fleck said. “Going into halftime with the ball, I felt like my message would be way different if we got the points.”It took the Gophers just 3:25 to finally break through after receiving the ball to start the second half. Receiver Tyler Johnson found a seam through the Iowa defense and Morgan found him on a play action pass for a 28-yard score. Johnson finished the game with nine receptions for 170 yards to lead the team.“[Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca] did a great job with the game plan,” Johnson said. “We were able to get receivers in the right spots. Tanner did a great job stepping up in the pocket and putting us in the right positions.”After an Iowa punt, Johnson played a crucial role on the ensuing Gopher possession. With a chance to tie the game Johnson hauled in a 30-yard reception on a third-and-six to get Minnesota into the red zone. However, he dropped what would have been a fourth-down conversion four plays later to turn the ball over on downs.“That was on nobody but me,” Johnson said of the drop. “Tanner did a great job, the offensive line did a great job protecting. I was able to create separation. I just have to make that play, that’s it.”Early in the fourth quarter, Minnesota’s offense got another chance to tie the game after the defense forced a punt, but could make nothing of the opportunity. A fair catch interference penalty on the punt gave Iowa a short field. Taking advantage, the Hawkeyes tacked on a field goal with 7:13 remaining to restore their lead to two scores.The Gophers went down fighting, adding a one-yard touchdown run from redshirt senior Rodney Smith. Minnesota got one last possession with 1:52 remaining but consecutive Iowa sacks on first and second down sealed the game.Despite the defeat, Minnesota still maintains a one-game lead in the Big Ten West standings. With a victory at Northwestern next Saturday and a Wisconsin loss to Purdue, the Gophers would clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship game.“This is one game, that’s all that means.” Fleck said. “Everything we want is right in front of us. Nothing has changed.”
EUROPE: The Technical University of Madrid’s Railway Technology Research Centre (Citef) will host the first World Congress on Railway Training on April 6-8.Entitled ‘From Strategy to Performance’, the congress has been organised at the behest of UIC with the support of its network of regional rail training centres. The event is intended to highlight nine key issues facing the railway industry: current challenges in railway training; training as an investment; trainers’ experience and skills; knowledge management; ‘skills fade’ and competence retention; use of simulators and related tools; e-learning opportunities; demographic challenge; benchmarking studies. Through analysis of these subject areas, delegates will be able to explore examples of best practice from around Europe and take away ideas based on practical examples used elsewhere in the industry. The organisers are particularly targeting human resource managers and training directors from across the industry. An exhibition supported by training providers and technology specialists will be held alongside the three days of plenary sessions and workshops. Citef is also planning to offer a number of technical visits during the event.