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“READERS FORUM” JULY 31, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Government shouldn’t do for people what they should do for themselves?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: New power to target hostile state activity

first_img We judge that it was highly likely that the Russian state carried out the appalling attack in Salisbury which demonstrates why the police need robust powers to investigate, identify and challenge those acting against our interests. This is a necessary and proportionate response to the threat and will, of course, be subject to strict safeguards and robust oversight to assure its proper use. amending certain terrorism offences to update them for the digital age, to reflect contemporary patterns of radicalisation and to close gaps in their scope strengthening the sentencing framework for terrorism-related offences and the power for managing terrorist offenders following their release from custody, including by increasing the maximum penalty for certain offences, to ensure that the punishment properly reflects the crime and to better prevent re-offending strengthening the powers of the police to prevent terrorism and investigate terrorist offences The bill will also amend the Reinsurance (Acts of Terrorism) Act 1993 so that the government-backed terrorism reinsurer, Pool Re, can extend its business interruption cover to include losses that are not contingent on physical damage to commercial property. The government has today introduced new legislation to Parliament to give police new powers to investigate hostile state activity at the border.The measure, announced by the Prime Minister following the attack in Salisbury, forms part of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill.Using the new power, the police or designated immigration or customs officers will be able to stop, question, search and detain an individual at a port, airport or border area to determine whether he or she is, or has been, engaged in hostile activity.Home Secretary, Sajid Javid said: The power will be subject to robust oversight by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner Sir Adrian Fulford and the bill includes provisions for safeguards to protect legally privileged and journalistic material.The UK faces a sustained threat from hostile state actors seeking to undermine national security in a variety of ways, including espionage and, as the attack in Salisbury made clear, violence against individuals.As announced in the government’s strengthened counter-terrorism strategy, the legislation will also introduce a variety of new laws to respond to the unprecedented terrorist threat, allowing earlier intervention to disrupt terrorism. These include:last_img read more

Gold Coast home snapped up in six minutes at auction

first_img19 Twenty Fifth Ave, Palm Beach.“They’ve been actively looking for quite a while and this one ticked a lot of boxes,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMr Powell said the couple were drawn to the property’s beach house feel. It was a feature that appealed to many prospective buyers, he said.Throughout the 30-day campaign, Mr Powell lead 53 inspections of the four-bedroom home and it had more than 4000 views on realestate.com.au. He said several offers had been made prior to auction.The dual-living home, which property records show was built in the 1960s, has undergone an extensive renovation during the past few years.Sellers Marcel and Jayne Maujean told The Gold Coast Bulletin last month they wanted to breath new life into the home without destroying its traditional beach house charm, which was what also drew them to the property five years ago. 19 Twenty Fifth Ave, Palm Beach. 19 Twenty Fifth Ave, Palm Beach.THE sale of a renovated Palm Beach house will be remembered as one of the quickest after it was snapped up in six minutes at auction on the weekend.Three bidders vied for the Twenty Fifth Ave property on Saturday morning.The auction, which was streamed live online, began at 10.16am with an opening bid of $830,000.That figure rapidly climbed to $985,000 when the hammer came down at 10.22am.Marketing agent Guy Powell, of Ray White Mermaid Beach, said 38 bids were made in that period in front of a crowd of about 20.He said a young Gold Coast couple were the new owners. 19 Twenty Fifth Ave, Palm BeachBut it proved a much bigger job than they anticipated.“If I did my time again I probably would have knocked it over,’’ Mr Maujean said.But the hard work had paid off, he said, and they were pleased with the result, particularly the main bedroom, which features a 100kg barn door and study nook. Mr Powell said the market had been steady in Palm Beach but he expected it to pick up during the next few months. “Winter was a bit quieter in (some) periods but it was still strong,” he said. “Coming into spring, I think we’re going to have a few good months ahead.”According to latest CoreLogic data, the media price for a house at Palm Beach is $812,000 and $450,000 for a unit. House prices have jumped 8.3 per cent in the past year while units have climbed 4.9 per cent. REAL ESTATE: 19 Twenty Fifth Ave Palm beachlast_img read more

June corn lookouts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Luke Schulte, Beck’s HybridsAs I am writing this, many corn and soybean acres have yet to be planted throughout the state. However, my hope is that by the time you read this, your crop will have emerged and will be growing vigorously.One thing that is certain for later planted corn is that the vegetative growth period will be expedited. By now, many of you have been made aware of the research conducted by The Ohio State University and Purdue University which has shown that, on average, a hybrid requires 6.8 GDU’s less per day to reach black layer or physiological maturity when planted after May 1. This is possible because of the accelerated accumulation of heat units or GDU’s. Instead of producing a new leaf every five to seven days prior to the V7 growth stage, later planted corn will more likely produce a new leaf every four to six days within this same period. Corn that is between the V7 and VT growth stage typically produces a new leaf every two to three days, and late-planted corn leaf production will likely occur even quicker.This is important for several reasons, but primarily for the timely completion of sidedress nitrogen (N) applications as well as post-application herbicide treatments. Sidedress nitrogenNitrogen is important to corn for several reasons; however, its role in photosynthesis and silk development is critical.In the process of photosynthesis, chlorophyll absorbs light energy to transform carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen. Chlorophyll is primarily comprised of N. While the process of photosynthesis is key to corn at any planting date, late-planted corn has an increased need to maximize light absorption due to its condensed growing season.Nitrogen is also a fundamental component to silk development and thus, pollination. Corn begins the rapid N uptake period around the V7 to V8 growth stage and initial silk development occurs at approximately the V10 growth stage. Nitrogen is a vegetative nutrient that helps to drive silk development. Corn plants absorb N from the soil as both ammonium (NH4+) and nitrate (NO3-) ions, but because nitrate N moves freely towards the roots as they absorb water, most N is taken up as nitrate. Because the process of converting ammonium to nitrate can take several weeks, sidedress applications must be made with enough time prior to the rapid N uptake period to ensure adequate soil nitrate N is available for the plant. This is even more important when utilizing anhydrous ammonia, urea, or ammonium sulfate sources of N in sidedress treatments. POST herbicide treatmentsLate-planted corn can grow extremely fast, deceptively outgrowing post-application herbicide height restrictions. See example herbicide labels below:Roundup PowerMAX: Broadcast through V8 or 30 inches, 30- to 48-inch corn requires drop nozzlesLiberty: Up to 24-inch corn or in the V7 growth stageWhile a portion of the labeled height precaution speaks to the ability of getting adequate weed coverage as the corn plant grows taller and develops more leaves, it’s also important to recall what is taking place with the development of the stalk at various growth stages. The number of rows per ear is determined between the V5 and V8 growth stages while the potential number of kernels per row is determined approximately a week before silks emerge. Even hybrids containing herbicide-tolerant traits must still metabolize any post-applied herbicides. Because of this, post-application treatments applied off-label, or too late in the season, have the potential to negatively impact ear size.Be careful when it comes to deciding whether to utilize growth regulator herbicides (those containing dicamba, Stinger, or 2,4-D) in post-applications as these products have the potential to make corn brittle. As referenced above, late-planted corn will progress through the vegetative growth stages very quickly, making it already more vulnerable to wind or mechanical injury.last_img read more

This Tiny Gizmo Could Be A Very Big Deal In 2013 – And Beyond

first_imgThe company is called Leap Motion, and if you want to get an idea of how much everyone in San Francisco is buzzing about them, consider this: A few weeks ago I was visiting a different hot new startup in San Francisco, and in the middle of their demo the executives said, “By the way, have you heard about Leap Motion?” Then they interrupted their own demo to show me a video showing what Leap Motion’s software does.That mindblowing video has been viewed more than 7 million times since Leap Motion put it on YouTube last May. Basically the engineers at Leap Motion have invented the 3D user interface of the future. You don’t use a keyboard and mouse; you don’t even use a touch screen. You just move your fingers in the air, and, as if by magic, with zero latency and pinpoint accuracy, stuff happens on your screen. Think of Microsoft’s Kinect controller, but way better. Leap Motion claims its device is 200 times more accurate than anything on the market and can track your finger movements down to 1/100th of a millimeter.The first version of the product will be delivered in a little plastic hockey puck that you connect to your laptop or desktop computer. This little device will start shipping early in 2013 at an incredible price — only $69.99 gives you a new toy that isn’t quite like the user interface from Minority Report, but it’s not that far off, either. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Welcome To The FutureWired called this “the best gesture-control system we’ve ever tested.” The Verge called it “the next big thing in computing.”Leap Motion has already received preorders worth tens of millions of dollars, says Andy Miller, the company’s president and COO.Miller, by the way, is a former top executive at Apple, and his team is packed with Apple veterans. Leap Motion was founded in 2010 by Michael Buckwald, a serial entrepreneur who serves as CEO, and David Holz, a former NASA engineer who previously was working at NASA. Holz’s official title is CTO but he lists himself on LinkedIn as a “mad scientist.” One of their first investors was Marc Andreessen, the founder of Netscape.Now do you see why everyone in San Francisco is so excited about these guys?By this time next year we might be reading stories not just about how Leap Motion was one of the hot products of 2013, but about how this product changed everything.Beyond ComputersBecause Leap Motion has big plans. Laptops and desktops are just the start. “The consumer is side a way of getting it out there, but the bigger business might be licensing deals,” Miller says. “We have been contacted by thousands of businesses that want to use this.”He reels off potential applications that range from robotic surgery to fighter jets, from semiconductor clean rooms to fast-food restaurant kitchens. “We’ve talked about seatback screens on planes,” he says. “Climate control systems. Set-top boxes and TVs and remote controls. Tablets. MRIs.”McDonald’s and Jack in the Box like the idea of putting Leap Motion controllers in their kitchens so that workers can manipulate screens without having to touch them.Others want to use Leap Motion in casinos, nightclubs and DJ booths to let people control huge video boards.“This is a big thing that really could change the way we interact with devices,” Miller says.Leap Motion won’t have a booth at CES, but will be present at the show. Miller won’t offer any more info as the deals have not yet been announced.Better Yet, There’s An SDKLeap Motion has created a software developers kit so that others can write apps for the device. So far the company has received more than 40,000 applications from developers. Leap Motion will send 10,000 free units to developers so they can start writing apps.Those developers will dream up ways to use Leap Motion that the company itself might never have imagined, just as happened when Apple threw open the iPhone to outside developers and spawned a huge new industry of apps-makers.One guy has already figured out how to use a Leap Motion controller to drive a quadcopter:  Image courtesy of Leap Motion. dan lyons 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple#gesture control#Kinect#Leap Motion Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

PBA D-League: Che’Lu, Marinerong Pilipino post third win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director GALLERY: Michael Dasmariñas, Samuel Salva earn world title shots at ‘Rising Stars’ PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Rey Suerte came through in the clutch to lift Che’Lu Bar and Grill over McDavid, 109-99, in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSO Gym in Cubao.Suerte scored six of his team’s last eight points as the Revellers withstood a late fightback by McDavid.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag The Skippers climbed to 3-2 in the Foundation Group.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES Suerte finished with 26 points as Che’Lu improved to 3-1 in the Aspirants Group.Chris Dumapig added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds while Robbie Manalang and Jessie Collado tallied 13 points apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the other game, Marinerong Pilipino bounced back with a 91-72 rout of Trinity University of Asia.Santi Santillan led the Skippers with 29 points, 13 of which came in the third quarter where Marinero pulled away. Santillan also grabbed 10 rebounds.last_img read more