first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Two Mason City men were charged on Tuesday with harboring a runaway connected with a recent missing juvenile case in Clear Lake.Clear Lake Police Chief Pete Roth says 38-year-old Eric Anderson and 59-year-old Leroy Lomholt were arrested on a charge of harboring a runaway against the wishes of a parent.Both were booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail and were being held on $2000 bond. The missing juvenile is safe and was reunited with her family.Roth says the incident remains under investigation and no further information will be released at this time.last_img

first_imgThe construction company that was building a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University that collapsed and killed six people in March 2018 has won a contract extension for projects at Miami International Airport.According to The Miami Herald, Miami-Dade County commissioners this week unanimously approved the extension into next year for Munilla Construction Management.The vote extends MCM’s $50 million agreement, originally signed in 2011, to manage small construction projects at the airport. The extension makes the deal worth a total of $130 million.Airport officials expect to award a new contract by the end of this year. The bidding process will be open to MCM and other companies.MCM filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and is currently settling claims related to the bridge collapse.last_img read more

first_imgColumbia Basin Trust (CBT) Board member Kim Deane met with George Apel, Director of Biathlon BC and Director of the Hannah Creek Biathlon Society on Saturday, December 19 to announce a $60,000 grant toward the Society’s Hannah Creek Biathlon Enhancement Project.The project has seen the society expand trails, increase the number of lanes in the shooting range, establish a multi-sport stadium and acquire new equipment necessary to host national and international athletes for training, as well as competitions. Deane met with Apel during a BC Cup event, a competition that saw athletes come from across the province, Alberta and the United States. “We are happy to help the Hannah Creek Biathlon Society complete this enhancement project that will benefit Castlegar, Rossland and greater Trail as well as athletes from across the Basin as a regional service,” said Deane. Apel added that the Society was “extremely grateful for the support from Columbia Basin Trust,” and that they were eager to wrap-up the project with the anticipated arrival of the new equipment that the CBT funding supported, including Biathlon Union certified targets, mats, a new groomer and a snowmobile. Earlier this year CBT also supported Rossland’s Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club in its track and stadium enhancement with $75,000. Both projects have shown evidence that it will add to Rossland’s development toward becoming a four season resort destination, as well as making Rossland a desirable location by governing bodies of winter sports competitions.CBT delivers economic, social, and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.last_img read more

first_imgA guide to the correct usage of South Africa’s National Flag, compiled by the Southern African Vexillological Association.Treat your flag with respectThe National Flag must at all times be treated with dignity and respect. In the Regulations Regarding the Flying of the National Flag, published just before the flag was adopted in 1994, the dos and don’ts are clearly spelled out.The flag must never:Be allowed to touch the ground or floor.Be used as a table cloth, or draped in front of a platform.Be used to cover a statue, plaque corner stone etc. at unveiling or similar ceremonies.Be used to start or finish any competition, race or similar event.Be manufactured or used as underclothes, bath and floor mats or any similar demeaning application.Be used for any commercial advertising in a manner that will distort or show disrespect to the flag.Use of the flag in artefacts and products is subject to the approval of The Presidency and, in the case of manufactured items, the Department of Trade and Industry.Traditional rules for handling the flagThere are a number of traditional rules of respect that should be observed when handling or displaying the National Flag: The flag should always be hoisted at the start of the working day and lowered again before or at sunset. It is not to remain flying at night unless suitably illuminated. In South Africa, this rule still applies to government-designated flag stations, while through common usage the flag can be displayed 24 hours a day outside of official stations.  The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.  Whenever a person sees an official flag hoisting or lowering ceremony in progress, he or she should come to a halt and stand respectfully to attention for the duration. If a hat is worn, it should be removed and the right hand should be placed over the heart in salute. Persons in uniform should salute in the manner prescribed by their service. (The same rules apply when the National Anthem is being played or sung.)  The flag should never be depicted, displayed or flown upside down. Flying a flag upside down is the traditional sign of surrender! When displayed horizontally, the black triangle should be to your left and the red band uppermost.  When draped vertically, a flag should not merely be rotated through 90 degrees, but also reversed. In the case of the South African flag, the black triangle must be uppermost and the red band to your left. (One “reads” a flag like the pages of a book – from top to bottom and from left to right – and after rotation the results should be the same.)  It is also insulting to display the flag in a frayed or dirty state. The same rule applies to the flagpoles and halyards used to hoist the flag – they should always be in a proper state of maintenance. The flag may never be defaced by placing slogans or any writing or design directly on the field of the flag.Correct display of the flag When two flags are fully spread out horizontally on a wall behind a podium, their hoists should be towards each other with the red stripes uppermost.  When the flag is displayed on a short flag pole, this should be mounted at an angle to the wall with the flag draped tastefully from it.  When two national flags are displayed on crossed staffs, the hoists must be towards each other and the flags must be fully spread out.  The flag should never be used as a cloth to cover tables, lecterns or podiums, or be draped from railings. In company with other national flagsWhen the National Flag is flown outdoors in company with the national flags of other countries, the following rules apply: It must always occupy the position of honour. This means it must be the flag furthest to the right (observers’ left) of all the flags on display, with the flags of other countries being arranged alphabetically.  All the flags should be approximately the same size, with no flags being larger than the South African flag.  Each country’s flag should be on a separate pole, with no national flag being flown on top of another from the same pole.  The South African flag must always be hoisted first and lowered last.  If the South African flag is displayed on crossed poles, the South African flag’s pole should be in front and the flag to the right (observers’ left) of the other flag. In company with non-national flagsWhen the National Flag is displayed in company with other flags that are not national flags, such as corporate flags and advertising banners: If on separate staffs, the National Flag should be in the middle, or the furthest left from the viewpoint of the onlookers, or at least one flag’s breadth higher than the other flags in the group, or its flagpole must be in front of the other poles in the group.  If on the same staff, it must be the uppermost flag.  If carried in procession with other flags, it must be at the head of the marching procession.  If carried with a row of flags in line abreast, it must be carried to the marching right of the procession. Displaying the flag indoorsWhenever the National flag is displayed indoors in halls at public meetings or gatherings of any kind, it should: Always be on the right (observers’ left), as this is the position of authority. So when the flag is displayed next to a speaker in a hall or other meeting place, it must be placed on the speaker’s right hand; when displayed elsewhere in the hall, it should be to the right of the audience.  The flag should be displayed completely spread out with the red stripe on top. If hung vertically on the wall behind the podium, the red stripe should be to the left of the onlookers facing the flag with the hoist cord at the top. Parades and ceremoniesThe flag, when carried in a procession or parade or with another flag or flags, should be on the marching right or alone in front in the centre.The flag may form a distinctive feature of the unveiling of a statue, monument or plaque, but should never be used as the covering for the object.As a mark of respect to the flag, it should never be dipped to a person or thing. Regimental colours, organisational or institutional flags may be dipped as a mark of honour.During a ceremony where the flag is hoisted or lowered, or when the flag is passing in a parade, all persons present, except for those in uniform, should face the flag while standing at attention with the right hand over the heart. Hats should be removed and held in the right hand at the left shoulder with the hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should salute. The same rules apply when the National Anthem is played.Half mastingThe South African flag should be half-masted as a sign of mourning only on instructions from The Presidency, who will also give a date ending the mourning period. When the flag is to be flown at half-mast, it must first be raised to the top of the mast and then slowly lowered to half-mast.Before being lowered at sunset or at the appropriate time, the flag is first raised to the top of the pole and then lowered. ONLY the National Flag is half-masted. All other flags remain at normal height.DisposalWhen no longer in a fit condition to be used, a flag should be disposed of in a dignified manner, preferably by burning.Source: Southern African Vexillological Associationlast_img read more

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#Google#Motorola Google’s downsizing of Motorola continues.According to a report from the Associated Press, Google will cut another 1,200 jobs from the Motorola division, which it acquired in August, 2011 for $12.4 billion. Google announced in Aug. 2012 in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would lay off 4,000 of Motorola’s employees and close a third of its 90 worldwide facilities. The layoffs are a continuation of Google’s streamlining of Motorola. We noted last week that Google has had two longstanding goals with its struggling smartphone division: clear the rubble and build for the future. Here is more rubble to clear. Google has run up $1.1 billion in operating losses with Motorola since the deal was completed in May 2012, according to reports. The only smartphones that the MotoGoo combination have released since the acquisition became final have been three lackluster Droid Razr devices – HD, Maxx HD and M – that fell flat in the holiday shopping season against the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy devices and Apple’s iPhone line. What Lies AheadIn 2012, Google began the arduous process of cleaning up Motorola’s supply chain, a bloated and complex environment built up over decades of hardware manufacturing. Google’s plan was to simplify the supply line by using less key components (processors, etc.) by paring back the amount of devices that Motorola made. That included getting out of the feature (dumb) phone business and producing only one distinct series of smartphones. That goal is still in progress, but Motorola has cut back its entries into the market to just the Razr devices. As mentioned last week, Motorola still has about six months or more of product its pipeline to clear out before it can really focus its attention on creating next-generation smartphones inspired by Google’s software and aesthetics. As such, Google has replaced most of Motorola’s top executives and replaced them with their own hand-picked people such as former DARPA whiz Regina Dugan and former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki.As has been Google’s motto since it was founded, the company is collecting as many top minds as it possibly can and setting them on a task. This time, the task is not creating a better search engine or organizing the world’s information, but rebuilding a once-powerful brand that had become bloated and stagnant. It is a different type of problem for Google. Instead of building from a blank slate, it has to dissemble a mammoth organization while also keeping an eye out for the near term and long term future.It is hard to tell what type of device will come of the clear-and-build project. Knowing Google and Motorola’s particular strengths, it will likely be very thin, have a long battery life and be extraordinarily intelligent with Motorola’s “smart actions” (introduced with the last round of Razrs) and Google Now baked straight into the Android operating system.With all of Google’s amassed talent, it is hard not to get kind of excited about the first true release of a MotoGoo phone. But first, Google has to clear away the rubble. dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgMan City plan Sterling extension to warn off Real Madridby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaheem Sterling is eyeing a move to Real Madrid in the summer, per journalist Alex Kay-Jelski.The reporter, who has very good sources at City and with Sterling’s camp, believes that Real are serious about signing the English winger.Sterling is only 24 and has emerged as one of the best and most consistent players in the Premier League.He has come on leaps and bounds since manager Pep Guardiola took over at the club, helping them to two Premier League titles in a row.While Real are serious in their interest and Sterling would fancy the move, the source also claims that City will offer him a bumper new deal to convince him that his future lies in Manchester.City would loathe to lose Sterling, given he is one of their most prolific attacking players. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgCody Riley dunks so hard the rim breaks.YouTube/Marcus WilliamsFew basketball players have the raw power to destroy a basketball hoop with a dunk. Add 2017 power forward Cody Riley to that small fraternity. The 6-foot-7 five-star out of California went up for a big slam at this weekend’s 2015 Summer Block Party, and brought the rim down with him. Try not to be impressed by the raw power here—it is impossible. Riley is rated as a four star player by Scout and five stars by Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN. His impressive list of suitors includes offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, UCLA, and USC. He is also receiving interest from Duke and Kentucky.[Scout]last_img

first_imgjaron blossomgame seals win over Duke with a dunk.ESPNJust when you thought ACC basketball couldn’t be deeper, Clemson is throwing its name in the ring with an incredibly impressive win streak. The Tigers, picked to finish 12th in the league, have now won four straight against Florida State, at Syracuse, vs. Louisville, and now vs. Duke. Star forward Jaron Blossomgame led the way for the Tigers with 17 points, none bigger than the dunk which put Clemson up 66-63. Duke could not score on the ensuing possession, and Clemson held on for a 68-63 win.#SCtop10 Clemson ballin tonight #DidDukeWin.com pic.twitter.com/pt9xWRieDZ— Asher Lucas (@AsherLucas) January 14, 2016(Click here for a better video, via ESPN.)With a 4-1 record in league play, the Tigers are making some serious noise.Brad Brownell has now beaten Syracuse, Louisville, & Duke back-to-back-to-back. That deserves a free meal folks. Palpable buzz at Clemson.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 14, 2016The court rush left something to be desired, however.That moment when you watch Clemson beat Duke… @kendallsilvers pic.twitter.com/1eAQh7L9FF— James Mattos DeHart (@MattyIceBaller) January 14, 2016Clemson is now 11-6 overall, and seem to be improving by the game. This is not a bad year at all for Clemson Tiger fans.last_img read more

first_imgPrime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 19-25. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “NFL Post-Game Show,” Fox, 23.36 million.2. NFL Football: Atlanta at New Orleans, NBC, 21.73 million.3. NFL Football: Green Bay at Minnesota, NBC, 20.44 million.4. NFL Football: Kansas City at L.A. Rams, ESPN, 16.89 million.5. “NFL Pre-Game Show” (Thursday), NBC, 15.33 million.6. “NFL Pre-Game Show” (Sunday), NBC, 14.17 million.7. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12.96 million.8. “NCIS,” CBS, 11.95 million.9. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 10.71 million.10. “NFL Pre-Game Show, Part 2” (Thursday), NBC, 9.6 million.11. “FBI,” CBS, 8.92 million.12. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 8.23 million.13. “God Friended Me,” CBS, 8.09 million.14. “This is Us,” NBC, 7.92 million.15. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 7.884 million.16. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 7.883 million.17. College Football: Notre Dame at USC, ABC, 7.74 million.18. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 7.47 million.19. “Football Night in America, Part 2,” NBC, 7.32 million.20. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 7.2 million.___ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: With the Congress-CPI(M) proposed alliance falling apart in West Bengal, the stage is set for a four-cornered contest in which the main contenders — the Trinamool Congress and the BJP – are in an advantageous position to consolidate the voters in their favour. According to Trinamool Congress sources, the breakdown augurs well for the party, which would be in a better position to bag the nearly 30-per cent minority votes in the state in the absence of another credible “secular force” in the state. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The CPI(M)-Congress seat-sharing talks failed after the latter accused the Left of insulting it by unilaterally announcing 25 candidates in the state, which has 42 Lok Sabha seats. The cross currrents of the failure to clinch the Opposition alliance will be felt directly in 15 seats spread across north and south Bengal, a TMC leader said. “Although the breakdown of the Opposition alliance has its benefits, it has taken away the buffer from us. Now the maximum anti-TMC votes would be bagged by the BJP, which might alter lot of equations in various seats,” another senior TMC leader said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Had the alliance been there, the anti-TMC votes would have been divided between it and the BJP, which would have helped us,” he told PTI on the condition of anonymity. The TMC will now be directly pitted against the BJP in Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Raiganj, Balurghat, Malda South in north Bengal; and Murshidabad, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Basirhat, Barrackpore, Asansol, Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura and Midnapore seats in south Bengal, sources in the party said. “Had there been an Opposition alliance, we would have been in a comfortable position in most of these seats. But now things will be different. We have full faith in our leadership and things will change once the campaign starts,” a senior TMC leader of north Bengal said. The development has brought cheer to the BJP camp, which has emerged as the main challenger of the TMC in the past few years. The party will be in a better position to find favour with a sizeable portion of the refugee voters in the border districts following its efforts to bring in the citizenship bill. Besides, a section of the Hindu voters, who are unhappy with the “appeasement politics” of the TMC, will support the BJP, said a leader of the saffron party. The refugees have for the past several decades been a trusted vote bank of the Left. The Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who fled religious persecution from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and entered India before December 31, 2014. “Those voters who are disillusioned with the TMC will now vote for BJP as it is only the saffron party which can provide them with an alternative. If the TMC has Mamata Banerjee, we have Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” said Arjun Singh, a former TMC MLA who had recently switched to the saffron party. Singh is likely to be the BJP’s candidate in Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, which is held by Dinesh Trivedi of the TMC. Leaders of both the Congress and the CPI(M) agreed that the failure to clinch a seat-sharing deal would actually be a negative factor for both the parties and they might not win more than one or two seats in the state. “It is true that elections will now be more polarised between the TMC and the BJP. But the CPI(M) needs to understand that it has to be more flexible while working in an alliance,” state Congress president Somen Mitra told PTI. CPI(M) central committee leader Sujan Chakraborty, also echoed Mitra’s views but said the Congress should have been more active in order to seal the deal. “The people of the state will decide whether we were right or wrong (in breaking the alliance). Despite a lot of hurdles, we had tried to provide a secular alternative along with the Congress, but it had other plans,” Chakraborty said. The electoral history of Bengal shows that it is the ruling party and the main opposition which become the main beneficiaries in the event of a four-cornered contest. In 2014, the state again witnessed a four-cornered election in which the TMC won 34 seats, the Congress four and the Left and BJP two seats each. The TMC had then secured 39.05 per cent votes, the CPI(M)-led Left Front 29.71 per cent, while the BJP and the Congress had secured 17 percent and 9.5 per cent respectively. The CPI(M)-Congess seat sharing deal in the 2016 state assembly polls had failed to halt the return of the TMC to power, but it was successful in stopping the march of the BJP to an extent. But the alliance fell apart after the poll as the CPI(M) decided to part ways with the Congress since its central committee vetoed it. Since then the BJP has steadily taken over the Opposition space in various by-elections and has emerged as the main challenger to the ruling TMC. Mohammed Kamruzzaman, the general secretary of All Bengal Minority Youth Federation, told PTI that had there been a credible Left-Congress alliance, a percentage of minority votes in north Bengal would have swung in favour of it. “But now minorities would en bloc vote for the TMC to stop the march of the BJP”. Lok Sabha polls will be held in the state in seven phases from April 11.last_img read more