Credible information reaching the Daily Observer has it that the Liberia National Police (LNP) is investigating an apparent suicide at the Monrovia Central Prison, after a man accused of armed robbery was found dead last Thursday, June 5.Augustine Kollie, no known permanent address, was allegedly discovered dead at the notorious Block ‘D’ cell on Wednesday, June 4, days before he was to be arraigned in Criminal Court ‘D,’ according to a source.Kollie has been held indefinitely without trial at the Central Prison.The source further hinted to the Observer that Kollie was discovered dead in his orange jump suit, standard prison attire.“Detailed evidence found in Kollie’s cell is yet to be released as investigation continues,” the source said.He was facing the charge of second-degree robbery, a crime that could have led to felony conviction with “significant jail time,” the source claimed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
CANYON COUNTRY – A fire gutted a home in Canyon Country on Wednesday, causing about $200,000 in damage to the structure and contents, a fire captain said. The man who lives at the Wagon Wheel Road house was not home when the fire broke out shortly before 1p.m., authorities said. The fire engulfed the house in flames and smoke. “They could see it from about six miles away,” Los Angeles County fire Capt. William Reimer said. The fire caused about $150,000 in damage to the house’s structure and $50,000 in damage to its contents, he said. The displaced resident is staying with his father. Twenty-eight firefighters battled the blaze, which they extinguished about 1:25p.m., department spokesman Inspector Sam Padilla said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire. A firefighter suffered minor burns, Inspector Jason Hurd said.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Benjamin Logan AFNR students participated in an odd but helpful soil test these past two months. The students each got a pair of white cotton underwear and they buried them around the Benjamin Logan land lab and field. The students left the underwear in the ground for two months. The object of this test is to see how healthy the soil is by seeing how much of the underwear are left. The less of the underwear that are left the healthier the soil. This is because of the microbial activity. This past week the students dug up their underwear and were able to evaluate the health of the soil. The area by the creek had the most microbial activity. This project was found on modern farmer (https://modernfarmer.com/2018/07/soil-my-undies-challenge-has-farmers-burying-underwear-in-their-fields/). This is a good test that the students can do back at home on their own ground.
An iPhone application released this week from a company called i-Doodz tracks those who have “defriended” you on the social networking site Facebook. Defriended, as the app is called, takes its name from the slang word that means “to remove from one’s list of friends (e.g. on a social networking site)”, according to Wikitionary, an open content dictionary that operates like Wikipedia for words.The Defriended app gives you an easy way to track these defriending events since Facebook itself doesn’t provide this feature – or at least that’s what the app did until Facebook blocked its operation. Apparently, the social network thinks defriending should be a private matter. As of now, the app is no longer available for download in the App Store.The way Defriended works – or rather, the way it used to work – was simple. Each time you launched the app, it would scan your Facebook friend list and compare that scan to the previous one. Any friends that went missing between scans were listed. Unfortunately, the little side project created by an i-Doodz developer was in violation of Facebook’s platform developer agreement. In section 2, Facebook warns developers that they may not circumvent the company’s “intended limitations” on core Facebook features. Specifically, it reads: “you must not notify a user that someone has removed the user as a friend.” In other words, Facebook doesn’t want you to know who doesn’t want to be your friend. Today, a message on the i-Doodz site states:Last week our developer was bored one evening, had an idea, and a few hours later uploaded the “defriended” iPhone app. it unexpectedly got a lot of attention, then subsequently Facebook blocked the app, causing it to stop working. We will be looking at how feasible it is to make the app work without a corresponding facebook app, but in the meantime if you’ve bought the app you should ask apple for a refund – and please do…we don’t really want to get money for an app you paid for and that doesn’t work. We apologise for the inconvenience.Tracking Defriending Events – A Bad IdeaWe suppose that if you were notified every time someone removed you as a friend, you might get angry or hurt – feelings Facebook wouldn’t want you to associate with their site. After all, social networking is supposed to be about making connections, not ending them… or is it? Even worse, you might contact the person doing the defriending and ask them, “Why?” This may force them to re-add you out of social politeness when really they had no longer wanted to retain the connection. Although it seems like a petty move to block Defriender from operating, it makes sense. Social networking connections are meant to mirror our real life friendships… at least that’s what Facebook thinks. As two people go their separate ways in life, friendships fade. They’re meant to. Very few people maintain a meaningful relationship with everyone they’ve ever met and became friends with throughout their life. In fact, if you tried to do so, it would be overwhelming. So while it may be nice to catch up with your best friend from junior high or your old college roommate via Facebook, after some time – and very little interaction after the first “How have you been?” – those connections should be able to fade away again just like they did in real life.Even though Facebook doesn’t alert users now when they’ve be defriended, the decision to thin the list is still a bit uncomfortable for some people. What if they notice?! Chances are, if you haven’t communicated with the person in months on end, they won’t. We promise. Still, to avoid the whole messy defriending situation in the first place, the best method is to simply not accept the friend request to begin with. That’s what the “ignore” button is for. However, if you slipped up and have contaminated your News Feed with these non-friends, it’s time to remove them. An article in the New York Times from January 2009 suggested that proper Facebook friend etiquette involves culling your friend list once per year to remove “total strangers and other hangers-on.” (We think heavy Facebook users may need to do that a little more often.) The article, an examination of our new social morals, shows how the act of defriending is just as much a part of social networking as the initial friending request is. Tracking these events via an iPhone app or any other service would be an unnecessary – and potentially painful – process. Let’s let the defriending continue quietly… the way it was intended to be. (Image credit: geek.com) Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Apple#Facebook#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perez
Google’s $35 Chromecast TV-streaming device remains in high demand. A month after launch, retailers still can’t keep the tiny gadget on its shelves, whether real or digital.Last week, Google Play showed a September 3 ship date for the product, but it has since pushed that back to 2 to 3 weeks. Best Buy showed some inventory for a brief, shining moment on Monday, and unlike Google Play, the retailer even promoted the rare offer of free Netflix for three months. Sadly, it too has vanished. And there’s still no joy on Amazon, with or without the Netflix offer. [Update 8/27: Appears that Best Buy has refreshed its stock.]If you’re a would-be Chromecast customer trying to get your hands on this elusive device, take heart: If you absolutely must have it right away, there are ways you can snag this streaming stick. Where To Buy Right NowSee also: 5 Cool Chromecast Hacks and WorkaroundsThings change on a moment-by-moment basis, but as of this writing, you’d be hard-pressed to find Google’s streaming media player at any of the usual suspects—i.e., major electronics retailers or Google Play.That’s no surprise. Whenever a new device grabs a lot of attention, people tend to stockpile them. Sometimes they hoard products for family and friends, but often enough, it’s a business move. High demand allows opportunistic types to sell inventory at an inflated cost.Indeed, a quick search on eBay reveals several Chromecasts for sale. Some even offer the Netflix deal, which means they were originally purchased early in the launch phase. A Craigslist search shows similar results in sub-sites all over the country. These sales aren’t necessarily a bad way to go, since the prices—which start at around $40 and go up to $50 or $60 and beyond—aren’t prohibitively expensive. But bear in mind that you’re likely doing business with an individual or small operation, not a large reputable company with customer satisfaction or return policies. So standard eBay and Craigslist cautions apply, like checking reviews/ratings and never sending cash or paying with a debit card.Why You May Want To WaitSee also: What You Can Watch On Chromecast And HowGoogle just sent out a software update that blocked AllCast (née AirCast), a popular Android app that allowed users to stream local media and other files to Chromecast.According to a Google+ post by Android developer Koushik Dutta, who created the AllCast app, Chromecast’s latest firmware update not only blocks the functionality, but does so on purpose. Heads up. Google’s latest Chromecast update intentionally breaks AllCast. They disabled ‘video_playback’ support from the ChromeCast application.Given that this is the second time they’ve purposefully removed/disabled the ability to play media from external sources, it confirms some of my suspicions that I have had about the Chromecast developer program: The policy seems to be a heavy handed approach, where only approved content will be played through the device. The Chromecast will probably not be indie developer friendly.Dutta seems to be accusing Google of going out of its way to block external streaming sources, though when I reached out to the company, a Google spokesperson flat-out denied that: We’re excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content. It’s still early days for the Google Cast SDK, which we just released in developer preview for early development and testing only. We expect that the SDK will continue to change before we launch out of developer preview, and want to provide a great experience for users and developers before making the SDK and additional apps more broadly available. So if streaming from an Android device is a make-or-break feature for you, just know that you may have to wait for it regardless of whether you buy the product now or not. (Streaming from a desktop, however, still seems to work fine via tab casting.) Ultimately, my advice is to go with Google Play and wait the couple of weeks for delivery. Unless you’re a savvy eBayer or Craigslist treasure hunter, sticking with an official channel will offer the most peace of mind and ensure that you’ll definitely get your goods. Plus, you won’t pay extra and you’ll have a warranty with your purchase. Your mileage may vary, but in my book, that’s worth waiting an extra week or two. Feature image by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite. UPDATE August 27, 2013: Best Buy appears to have gotten more inventory. How long it will remain in stock, however, is anyone’s guess, but it’s worth noting that the sale page does feature the Netflix offer for now. Hopefully this retail channel will remain open. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#cloud#connected TV#media#streaming Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting adriana lee How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…
IT + Project Management: A Love Affair While HP’s bleak outlook gets the biggest headline, up in the far right is a reminder of just how well the new breed of “technology vendors” is doing. Uber, chasing a potential venture capital round of $500 million and a valuation of $12 billion, isn’t a technology company, though its legal name is Uber Technologies Inc. It provides a service that matches available drivers to people in need of a ride. Yes, that service depends upon Node.js, Python and a range of other open-source software, but few would classify Uber as a technology company, at least not one in the same vein as an HP or SAP.After all, Uber doesn’t sell technology. It sells a technology-based service.The same is true of many other companies that depend heavily on technology but aren’t “technology companies,” per se. Google (advertising), Facebook (social networking), Amazon (um, everything), Netflix (entertainment) and many others all point to a trend captured three years ago by Marc Andreessen: Software is eating the world.As Andreessen wrote: More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services—from movies to agriculture to national defense. Many of the winners are Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurial technology companies that are invading and overturning established industry structures. Over the next 10 years, I expect many more industries to be disrupted by software, with new world-beating Silicon Valley companies doing the disruption in more cases than not.Over time, it is likely that Uber will get bigger headlines than HP as technology-fueled services become the norm for an industry that has depended for too long on cumbersome licensing strategies and expensive maintenance contracts.Does Software Stand A Chance?Are software companies doomed? Mostly, yes. While large enterprises persist in wanting to install and run software in data centers behind their firewalls, approximately none of them love the current enterprise sales model that has them dickering over massive discounts on overpriced license and maintenance contracts.So a new breed of software vendor is rising.While more software will move to a software-as-a-service model, both on the infrastructure (Amazon Web Services) and application (Salesforce.com) side, there will also remain companies like Red Hat. Red Hat now makes more than $1 billion each year selling services around Linux, JBoss middleware and more. Red Hat doesn’t sell software. It never has. Instead Red Hat gives away its software—all of it—under an open-source license. It makes money by selling an update service (Red Hat Network) that keeps the software patched and production ready, as well as support and ongoing certification of a host of third-party software that runs on or with its software. In the wake of the Big Data movement, we’re seeing vendors like Cloudera and Hortonworks achieve serious scale, growing up to challenge their more traditional peers.But even they aren’t the biggest winners.Every Company A Technology CompanyUltimately, as Cowen & Co. analyst Peter Goldmacher posits, the greatest financial beneficiaries of software aren’t those selling software at all, or even those selling SaaS offerings based on underlying open-source components. At least in the Big Data world, he argues, the biggest winners are those companies that have the necessary technical talent to use software to channel the value of data. At Uber, this means doing “crazy math and science” to connect drivers with riders and establish estimated pick-up times. At old-school retailer Sears, it means leveraging new-school Hadoop to deliver personalized coupons and other marketing collateral to drive sales. And for your company it will undoubtedly involve other foundational technologies, much of it open source for reasons expressed by Zohar Melamed in his Open Business Conference keynote earlier this month: Related Posts Tags:#Big Data#Credit Suisse#enterprise software#HP#Marc Andreessen#Open Source#Peter Cowen#Uber Matt Asay Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… It hasn’t been a good week for HP. On the back of lower-than-expected earnings, the tech titan also announced it would cut between 11,000 and 16,000 employees. Sadly, HP is in good (or bad, if you wish) company. Oracle has missed estimates more often than it has hit them the past few years, most recently missing third-quarter earnings. IBM, for its part, hit earnings but missed its revenue targets. Again.Clearly, the legacy IT vendors are struggling. But just as clearly, technological innovation is not. It’s just being developed and deployed in ways that challenge the very foundation of yesterday’s technology businesses.Today’s Software Isn’t Licensed—It’s DrivenTo get a sense for what I’m talking about, take a look at a recent edition of The Wall Street Journal: None of this bodes well for the technology incumbents, of course, but it bodes very well for the future of the software industry. It will become increasingly difficult to categorize and far more potent. That’s a trade-off worth making.Lead image by Flickr user Ken Funakoshi, CC 2.0 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
After a gap of around four years, Odisha government on Monday announced to revive the Shamuka Beach Project, which is being dubbed as India’s largest tourism project at a single location, in coastal town of Puri.The State government has already acquired 972 acres of land near Sipasarubali village on the outskirts of Puri to develop the area into a tourism destination of international standards.When trees were felled for the project in 2015, the National Green Tribunal directed the government to stop felling and construction activities in ecologically sensitive areas.Green activist Prafulla Samantara had moved NGT stating that the project was illegal as it had not got clearance as per Coastal Regulation Zone guideline and environment clearance under Environment Protection Act 1986.At a high level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy at Lokseba Bhawan on Monday, the progress made on the project was discussed in detail.As the land acquisition is almost complete, the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) has been asked to start construction of boundary wall around the project area immediately.“We have already formed a company — Shamuka Tourism Development Corporation Limited — in partnership between Odisha Tourism Development Corporation and IDCO. We have also received consent from Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Coastal Regulatory Zone Authority and Puri-Konark Development Authority for the project,” said State Tourism Secretary Vishal Dev.“In wake of fresh alteration noticed in coastal ecology, some changes were required in the master plan of the project. We have observed that sand mound have started forming near coast. Changes will be made internally without disturbing sand mounds. The new master plan will be prepared in next four months,” he said.As per the State government, the project would be ideal for tourists looking to relax in the lap of luxury in tranquility and to experience the beautiful bio-diversity, rich culture and traditions.It is envisaged that Shamuka Beach would be developed with establishment of star hotels, resorts, spa, exhibition complex, eco parks, Odisha Haat, museum complex, public park and residences.Located along Bay of Bengal between Puri and Chilika Lake, Shamuka Beach is 8 kilometers from Puri, 60 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, and 35 kilometers from the world heritage monument — Konark and 45 kilometers from Chilika Lake — Asia’s largest brackish water lake. Besides, tourists coming to project area could also go to Chandrabhaga beach as well as Raghurajpur, an artisans’ village.