first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. BILLINGS – A large harvest and high wheat prices added up to a state wheat crop worth a record $1.43 billion last year.The National Agricultural Statistics Service says Montana famers produced a record 215.3 million bushels of wheat in 2010 at a time when harsh weather killed crops across the globe.Lola Raska with the Montana Grain Growers Association tells The Billings Gazette that futures wheat prices spiked about seven months ago, and stuck. She says people are surprised the high prices have held.The cash price for the best quality wheat was $11.39 a bushel in the Billings region on Tuesday, while on Wednesday dark northern spring wheat with 15 percent protein was bringing up to 12.82 a bushel in Portland, Ore.last_img read more

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first_imgSteven Binnie, Director of Alpha Solway said” “At Alpha Solway we are working hard to get critical PPE products to front line workers and have been amazed by the community support we have received. One fantastic example are the Dumfries and Galloway school support and teaching staff who, co-ordinated by Ghislaine Duncan from the Council, have come together at Annan Academy to manufacture face mask fit test solutions critical for anyone who requires a respirator.They are directly contributing to the safety and wellbeing of countless healthcare professionals across Scotland.”Jeff Leaver, Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Education Committee said: “I am delighted to hear that we can be of service during this current emergency and that we can utilise our school and staff in such a positive way. I would like to pass on my thanks to all our volunteers and congratulate you for stepping in when needed. The Council’s Education department hope to keep the new partnership going once we have emerged from the current emergency, as we hope this could be beneficial to both partners.”Chair of Economy and Resources, Rob Davidson said: “I have said we will help local businesses in any way we can, and this is a great, innovative use of our resources. I would like to echo Jeff’s thanks to the volunteers and praise them for all their hard work. This is already a fantastic result and we hope to continue production for as long as is necessary.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDuring the current pandemic we all have to support each other where we can. It’s times like these that bring out the best in people, which is why a group of our Dumfries and Galloway Council school staff, scientists and technicians, have volunteered to step up to help local business, Alpha Solway.Based in Annan, Alpha Solway is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of PPE products, including protective clothing and disposable respirators. Their products are sold all over the world to protect people at work.Obviously, this type of equipment is even more vital during the current Covid-19 crisis and Alpha Solway are currently working full out to prepare face fit test kits for the NHS, which is stretching this already busy business. In need of help, the company approached their local school, Annan Academy, and asked if their Science Department could help.In an incredibly positive partnership, around 20 of our Council staff, scientists and technicians from across schools in the area, volunteered to utilise the chemistry department at the Academy to assist in the preparation Bitrex, a solution which is used to ensure Respiratory Protective Equipment is fit for purpose. Hopefully this will ease the burden on the company and will help to provide more of the vital equipment that our colleagues in the NHS need so desperately.We have made a hugely successful start: our scientists have already completed the first run of 40 litres of the solution, equivalent to 190 bottles, which are already on their way to the NHS.last_img read more

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first_imgPlanet image of fires in the Amazon on August 22, 2019 at GPS point -6.35, -53. Planet image of fires in the Amazon at GPS point -10.61, -57.84. Planet image of fires in the Amazon at GPS point -9.61, -64.08. Planet image of fires in the Amazon at GPS point -9.5, -64.41. While many of the images currently being shared on social media and by news outlets are from past fires, satellites can provide a near real-time view of what’s unfolding in the Amazon.With near-daily overflights and high-resolution imagery, Planet’s constellation of satellites is providing a clear look at some of the fires now burning in the Brazilian Amazon.Beyond dramatic snapshots, those images also provide data that can be mined for critical insights on what’s happening in the Amazon on a basin-wide scale. High-resolution images from satellite company Planet are revealing glimpses of some of the fires currently devastating the Amazon rainforest.While many of the images currently being shared on social media and by news outlets are from past fires — some from as long as 15 years ago — satellites can provide a near real-time view of what’s unfolding in the Amazon. With near-daily overflights and high-resolution imagery, Planet’s constellation of satellites is providing a clear look at some of the fires now burning in the Brazilian Amazon.Fires burning on the margins of forest and cleared agricultural areas in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso on Aug. 20, 2019. Image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc.Beyond dramatic snapshots, those images also provide data that can be mined for critical insights into what’s happening in the Amazon on a basin-wide scale, according to Greg Asner, the director of the Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science at Arizona State University, whose team is using Planet’s data to assess the impact of the fires on carbon emissions.“Planet data provides unprecedented detail in mapping forest change down to individual trees which allows us to assess the damage from these kinds of large scale disturbances,” Asner told Mongabay. “Our Planet Incubator Program is currently tracking forest carbon emissions all over the world — including the Amazon — using Planet Dove and SkySat imagery.“If you took all of the carbon stored in every tropical forest on Earth and burned it up, you would emit about five times the carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that is already there. The Amazon rainforest represents about half of this forest carbon to give you an idea of how serious this current situation is and the kind of impact it will have on climate change.”Fires burning in the state of Pará, Brazil, on Aug. 20, 2019. Image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc.This Planet image shows a fire burning in an area of recent forest clearing in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The utility of Planet’s data has spurred speculation that its constellation could be used by the Brazilian government to replace INPE’s deforestation monitoring system. But Planet has denied negotiating with the Brazilian government on such a plan. Image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc.Planet wouldn’t comment what the images show specifically, but there are strong indications from other sources that many fires are burning near areas of recent deforestation. Analysis released this week by IPAM Amazônia, a Brazilian research group, shows that the 10 Amazonian municipalities that had the most fire outbreaks this year were also the ones that had the highest deforestation rates.“These municipalities are responsible for 37 percent of the hotbeds in 2019 and 43 percent of recorded deforestation through July,” states the IPAM report. “This concentration of forest fires in newly deforested areas with mild drought represent a strong indication of the intentional character of the fires.”In other words, fires are being set to clear lands for agriculture, most likely cattle pasture, which accounts for 70 to 80 percent of forest conversion in the Brazilian Amazon. Typically a landowner will cut and harvest valuable timber trees before slashing and burning the remaining trees. The resulting ash provides a temporary source of nutrients for pasture grass, but the soil degrades quickly without careful management.Planet images showing Nova Bandeirantes in Mato Grosso before and after a fire on Aug. 21, 2019. Images courtesy of Planet Labs Inc.While old-growth Amazon rainforest doesn’t typically burn naturally outside droughts and El Niño years, fires set intentionally in degraded forests and agricultural lands can burn hot enough to spread deep into otherwise untouched forests. That seems to be what’s happening this year, which, as IPAM noted, isn’t especially dry.However that may soon change — for the worse.With climate models forecasting a much hotter Amazon due to rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, a growing chorus of scientists are warning that the combination of continued deforestation and climate change could tip the wet Amazon rainforest toward a much drier, savanna-like ecosystem. Since the trees of the Amazon generate much of region’s precipitation, such a shift could be devastating for the region’s water supplies. The agricultural heartland of South America is predicted to be particularly hard hit by water scarcity, but diminished rainfall would also affect cities’ electricity supplies, which are disproportionately dependent on hydropower. Drier conditions would exacerbate fire and air pollution risk as well.Fire map showing active fires for the week starting Aug. 13, 2019, in the Brazilian Amazon using VIIRS and MODIS satellite data. Image courtesy of Global Forest Watch (GFW).Fires and deforestation up in 2019Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has been trending upward since bottoming out in 2012 at 4,571 square kilometers (1,765 square miles), but the issue didn’t get a lot of public attention until this week, when the skies of São Paulo, one the world’s largest cities, were blackened midday by smoke from the fires. The shocking descent into darkness prompted an outpouring of concern across social media, with the #PrayforAmazonas hashtag garnering more than 300,000 tweets in two days.But while the fires in the Amazon have indeed increased significantly over last year, they aren’t off the charts relative to the past 20 years.MODIS fire data presented by Global Forest Watch.The difference this year is that weather conditions led the smoke from the fires to blanket densely populated urban areas. A similar phenomenon is seen in Southeast Asia: Indonesia’s peat fires get the most attention when winds blow the resulting haze over Singapore, the regional financial hub, as was the case in 2015.However, to environmentalists worried about the anti-environment rhetoric from President Jair Bolsonaro, the Armageddon-like conditions in São Paulo and sharp rise in deforestation seem be playing out like a worst-case scenario for the Amazon.According to the country’s national space research institute, INPE, forest loss in the world’s largest rainforest is already pacing 57 percent ahead of last year. And the region is only halfway through the peak deforestation season that runs from May to October. Data from Imazon, a Brazilian NGO that independently tracks deforestation in the Amazon, is expected to confirm the trend when it releases the latest numbers next week.Monthly deforestation alerts and long-term deforestation data in the Brazilian Amazon, last updated August 23, 2019. Line chart labeled ‘TTM avg’ reflects the moving average over the previous 12 months. Data aggregated from INPE and Imazon. Background photo by Rhett A. Butler.Stung by criticism over rising deforestation, Bolsonaro has asserted INPE is manipulating deforestation data and fired the agency’s director. INPE has not released any deforestation updates since the firing. Bolsonaro also claimed, without evidence, that NGOs are responsible for starting the fires as a fundraising strategy, although he backtracked on those remarks today.Bolsonaro, however, hasn’t been able to effectively refute the satellite data coming from places like Planet and NASA. Scientists and civil society groups are now poring over that data to look for links between Bolsonaro’s policies — including weakened environmental laws, relaxed law enforcement, and amnesty for illegal deforesters — and what’s happening on the ground in the Amazon.“While links between Brazilian government policy and these wildfires are unknown, the unprecedented data coming from Planet will allow us to help evaluate the extent to which their policies need to be reexamined,” Asner said.Slideshow: These Planet images of fires in the Amazon were taken Aug. 21, 2019, and processed by the Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science at ASU. Images courtesy of Planet Lab Inc. and CGDCS. Planet image of fires in the Amazon at GPS point -6.69, -55.14. Planet image of fires in the Amazon at GPS point -6.59, -55.04. Article published by Rhett Butler Planet image of fires in the Amazon at GPS point -6.35, -53.55. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Planet image of fires in the Amazon at GPS point -10.04, -62.51. Planet image of fires in the Amazon at GPS point -9.55, -63.75. Climate Change, Conservation Technology, Deforestation, Environment, Featured, Fires, Forest Fires, Forests, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Remote Sensing, Satellite Imagery, Technology, Technology And Conservation, Tropical Forests, wildfires, Wildtech 12345678910 read more

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first_imgRESTORATION: The project took 11 years and cost $2.5 million. By The Associated Press A massive cupola was restored to the earthquake-damaged downtown church building that once served as the cathedral of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. The return of the 3,500-pound dome and steeple to the former St. Vibiana Cathedral on Wednesday capped an 11-year campaign to save the historic landmark. “I was expecting lightning bolts to strike,” joked developer Tom Gilmore, who spent $2.5 million on the cupola’s restoration. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the structure was targeted for demolition by the archdiocese, which decided that it would cost too much to repair and hoped to build a larger cathedral in its place. But preservationists prevailed in a state appeals court ruling that kept the archdiocese from quickly demolishing the now 131-year-old building. Church officials sought a new location and eventually agreed to a land swap that allowed them to build the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels less than a mile away. Gilmore bought St. Vibiana – now simply called Vibiana’s – in 1999 for $4.6 million and renovated it for use as a venue for special events and concerts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgSpencer/Columbus to host Level 1 game; Stratford, Marshfield, Auburndale hit the roadBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAll four local high school teams have qualified for the WIAA football playoffs, which will begin with Level 1 games on Oct. 20.Play in seven divisions continues Oct. 27, Nov. 3, and Nov. 10 and will end with the 2017 WIAA Football Championships at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Nov. 16-17.Marshfield (6-3) is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2013, earning a No. 5 seed in one of the four Division 2 brackets.The Tigers, co-champions of the Valley Football Association West Division, will play at Holmen (7-2), one of three teams that tied for the Mississippi Valley Conference title. The game will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and The victor will play the winner of No. 1 Menomonie vs. No. 8 La Crosse Central in a Level 2 game Oct. 27.Stratford (7-2) and Spencer/Columbus (8-1) are both in the same Division 5 bracket.Spencer/Columbus is the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 Oconto (7-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Spencer High School.Stratford is the No. 5 seed and will play at No. 4 Bonduel (8-1) at 7 p.m. Friday. Bonduel finished second to two-time defending Division 5 state champion Amherst (8-1) in the Central Wisconsin Conference Large Division.Amherst is the No. 2 seed, and Stanley-Boyd (9-0), the only team to defeat Spencer/Columbus this year, is the top seed in the bracket.Auburndale (5-4) is back in the playoffs for the second year in a row and is the No. 6 seed in a Division 6 bracket. The Apaches will play at No. 3 Crandon (7-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. Crandon was the undefeated (7-0) champion of the M&O/Packerland/Northern Lakes Small Conference.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of WIAA Football PlayoffsLevel 1All games Friday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.Division 1No. 8 Eau Claire Memorial at No. 1 Bay PortNo. 5 Stevens Point at No. 4 HudsonNo. 6 Wisconsin Rapids at No. 3 NeenahNo. 7 Green Bay Preble at No. 2 Appleton NorthNo. 8 Milwaukee Riverside University/Golda Meir at No. 1 KimberlyNo. 5 Oshkosh West at No. 4 Milwaukee MarquetteNo. 6 Milwaukee Samuel Morse/Marshall/Carmen Northwest/Juneau/Languages at No. 3 Hartland ArrowheadNo. 7 Milwaukee King at No. 2 Fond du LacNo. 8 Madison Memorial at No. 1 Sun PrairieNo. 5 Kettle Moraine at No. 4 VeronaNo. 6 Sussex Hamilton at No. 3 Madison WestNo. 7 Madison La Follette at No. 2 MiddletonNo. 8 Milwaukee Hamilton/Aubudon at No. 1 Racine HorlickNo. 5 Oak Creek at No. 4 MuskegoNo. 6 Kenosha Bradford/Reuther at No. 3 Lake Geneva BadgerNo. 7 Janesville Craig at No. 2 FranklinDivision 2No. 8 La Crosse Central at No. 1 Menomonie (at UW-Stout)No. 5 Marshfield at No. 4 HolmenNo. 6 Pulaski at No. 3 Appleton WestNo. 7 Ashwaubenon at No. 2 Green Bay SouthwestNo. 8 Beaver Dam at No. 1 WaunakeeNo. 5 DeForest at No. 4 SlingerNo. 6 West Bend East at No. 3 HartfordNo. 7 Watertown at No. 2 MenashaNo. 8 Wilmot at No. 1 Monona GroveNo. 5 Burlington at No. 4 WaterfordNo. 6 Oregon at No. 3 StoughtonNo. 7 Germantown at No. 2 Waukesha WestNo. 8 Milwaukee Reagan at No. 1 Brookfield CentralNo. 5 Greenfield at No. 4 Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong LearningNo. 6 Menomonee Falls at No. 3 Brookfield EastNo. 7 Milwaukee Washington/Academy of Science/Collegiate Academy at No. 2 Mequon HomesteadDivision 3No. 8 Medford at No. 1 AntigoNo. 5 New Richmond at No. 4 West SalemNo. 6 Mosinee at No. 3 OnalaskaNo. 7 Merrill at No. 2 Rice LakeNo. 8 Seymour at No. 1 West De PereNo. 5 Berlin at No. 4 Fox Valley LutheranNo. 6 Luxemburg-Casco at No. 3 Green Bay Notre DameNo. 7 New London at No. 2 KewaskumNo. 8 Monroe at No. 1 New Berlin EisenhowerNo. 5 Jefferson at No. 4 PewaukeeNo. 6 Evansville/Albany at No. 3 Mount Horeb/BarneveldNo. 7 East Troy at No. 2 Waukesha Catholic MemorialNo. 8 Milwaukee Lutheran at No. 1 Whitefish BayNo. 5 New Berlin West at No. 4 PlymouthNo. 6 Port Washington at No. 3 WhitnallNo. 7 St. Francis at No. 2 GreendaleDivision 4No. 8 Nekoosa at No. 1 OsceolaNo. 5 Ellsworth at No. 4 BloomerNo. 6 Northwestern at No. 3 Gale-Ettrick-TrempealeauNo. 7 Mauston at No. 2 St. Croix CentralNo. 8 Peshtigo at No. 1 WrightstownNo. 5 Wautoma at No. 4 Appleton XavierNo. 6 Omro at No. 3 Little ChuteNo. 7 Winneconne at No. 2 FreedomNo. 8 Mayville at No. 1 LodiNo. 5 Beloit Turner at No. 4 PlattevilleNo. 6 Lakeside Lutheran at No. 3 Lake MillsNo. 7 River Valley at No. 2 Racine St. Catherine’sNo. 8 Milwaukee Obama SCTE at No. 1 Sheboygan FallsNo. 5 Chilton at No. 4 Two RiversNo. 6 Martin Luther at No. 3 University School of MilwaukeeNo. 7 Kohler/Sheboygan Area Lutheran/Sheboygan County Christian at No. 2 KielDivision 5No. 8 St. Croix Falls at No. 1 GrantsburgNo. 5 Durand at No. 4 CumberlandNo. 6 Spooner at No. 3 Chetek-WeyerhaeuserNo. 7 Mondovi at No. 2 Elk MoundNo. 8 Wittenberg-Birnamwood at No. 1 Stanley-BoydNo. 5 Stratford at No. 4 BonduelNo. 6 Oconto at No. 3 Spencer/ColumbusNo. 7 Colby at No. 2 AmherstNo. 8 Brookfield Academy at No. 1 ClintonNo. 5 New Glarus/MonticelloNo. 6 Westby at No. 3 LancasterNo. 7 Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic Academy at No. 2 Lake Country LutheranNo. 8 Horicon/Hustisford at No. 1 Cedar Grove-BelgiumNo. 5 New Holstein at No. 4 KewauneeNo. 6 Valders at No. 3 Howards GroveNo. 7 Laconia at No. 2 Southern DoorDivision 6No. 8 Lake Holcombe/Cornell at No. 1 Melrose-MindoroNo. 5 Webster at No. 4 UnityNo. 6 Fall Creek at No. 3 Eau Claire RegisNo. 7 Whitehall at No. 2 Spring ValleyNo. 8 Mishicot at No. 1 Iola-ScandinaviaNo. 5 Crivitz at No. 4 Wabeno/LaonaNo. 6 Auburndale at No. 3 CrandonNo. 7 Niagara/Goodman/Pembine at No. 2 MarathonNo. 8 Darlington at No. 1 MarkesanNo. 5 Pecatonia/Argyle at No. 4 FennimoreNo. 6 Brookwood at No. 3 Mineral PointNo. 7 Pardeeville at No. 2 Cuba CityNo. 8 Reedsville at No. 1 Fond du Lac St. Mary’s SpringsNo. 5 Dodgeland at No. 4 Johnson CreekNo. 6 Cambridge at No. 3 Manitowoc LutheranNo. 7 Belleville at No. 2 Racine LutheranDivision 7No. 8 Elmwood/Plum City at No. 1 Clear LakeNo. 5 Hurley at No. 4 Turtle LakeNo. 6 Frederic at No. 3 AbbotsfordNo. 7 Owen-Withee at No. 2 LoyalNo. 8 Athens at No. 1 EdgarNo. 5 Wisconsin Rapids Assumption at No. 4 PittsvilleNo. 6 Hillsboro at No. 3 Independence/GilmantonNo. 7 Royall at No. 2 BangorNo. 8 North Crawford at No. 1 Black HawkNo. 5 Iowa-Grant at No. 4 IthacaNo. 6 De Soto at No. 3 Wauzeka-Steuben/SenecaNo. 7 River Ridge at No. 2 Potosi/CassvilleNo. 8 Cambria-Friesland at No. 1 Wild RoseNo. 5 Hilbert/Stockbridge at No. 4 Almond-BancroftNo. 6 Deerfield at No. 3 Oshkosh 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first_imgTags:#news#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market It looks like either Twitter or a third-party Twitter service was hacked today by an adult webcam site. Chances are that you have seen the following message in your Twitter stream at some point in the last few hours: “hey! 23/Female. Come chat with me on my webcam thingy here” The constant stream of messages just stopped as we were writing this story. We have asked Twitter for a response and will update this post as soon as we hear more.Update 1: According to security firm Trend Micro, the webcam site serves up “an obfuscated JavaScript that loads up porn related advertisments on the browsing computer.” It is still not clear how the Twitter users’ accounts were compromised, however.Update 2: Here is Twitter’s reaction. Apparently, about 750 accounts were compromised in this attack. Twitter has reset these users’ passwords and deleted the webcam tweets. Still no news about how the hackers got a hold of the passwords.For now, we recommend that you check your updates to see if this message appears in your stream. If it does, you’ll probably want to change your password immediately. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Twitter itself has a decent track record when it comes to security (though some celebrities’ accounts were hacked a while back), so we assume that this hack originated somewhere else, but for now, it is not clear how these hackers managed to get a hold of all of these users’ accounts.The last Twitter ‘hack’ turned out to be relatively benign and just exploited a well-known security hole but didn’t actually steal users’ passwords or direct them to an adult site. Until Twitter’s oAuth implementation goes fully live however (Twitter is testing it with a select group of developers right now), users have to hand over their full Twitter credentials to every third-party Twitter service, which could allow a malevolent programmer to easily create a huge database of logins and passwords. Update 3: looking a bit more into this, it seems like the same scam has appeared on IM services like MSN Messnger and also on Facebook. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinoislast_img read more

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first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… People in the U.S. now spend 40 minutes per day on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on the company’s Q2 earnings call on Wednesday.He qualified that statement by saying people spend about nine hours total on digital media, mobile use and television included. But 40 minutes is still four percent of your waking hours.Some of that time spent might eventually turn into sending your friends money via Messenger, Facebook’s mobile messaging app. On the call, Zuckerberg said there will be “some overlap” between messaging and payments, but that likely won’t happen anytime soon. The social network recently hired David Marcus, former PayPal president, to become vice president of the company’s messaging products. See also: PayPal’s David Marcus Is Headed To FacebookZuckerberg said that people are now sending 12 billion messages each month.Other notable numbers from today’s earnings call include Facebook’s 1.32 billion monthly active users, an increase of 14% year-over-year, and its mobile monthly active users increased 31% year over year to 1.07 billion. Mobile advertising revenue accounted for 62% of the company’s overall ad revenue. Yes, a lot of people are still using Facebook, and advertisers like it. The company’s stock price was up almost four percent in after hours trading on Wednesday.Lead image courtesy of Maria Elena on Flickr The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img selena larson Tags:#earnings#Facebook A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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first_imgAccording to a study and blog by Enterprise Strategy Group, over half the organizations surveyed will increase their security budgets in  2012.  Spending more does not equate to spending  smarter.  There is not a guaranteed relationship between security spending and risk reduction.  Investment is an important indicator that infers organizations are not satisfied with their current or future stance on security and risk management. But it is just as important to wisely spend those dollars for a meaningful benefit.Organizations should ensure they have a solid security strategy, are tracking effectiveness by measuring tangible results, and focused on maintaining an optimal level of security, one which achieves the right balance of spending and risk reduction resulting in an acceptable level of residual risk.According to the report, some will increase security budgets by 8% or more.  This can be a significant windfall to strapped security departments, but will likely come with lofty expectations.  Before committing to a long term resource increase, executives should review the security strategy.  Ask the tough questions.  Here is a good start.Security practitioners will need to justify the spending and more importantly show results.  Metrics, although difficult in the security world, are necessary and should be focused on tangible improvements.  Here are a few measurement methods which may be considered.  For those using the Threat Agent Risk Assessment (TARA) methodology, show how spending will reduce risks of loss for the most critical threat agents and be sure to update your baselines accordingly.  This will help in determining the positive cascade affects in other risk assessments. Lastly, it is a good time to remind security teams and especially senior management that the goal of security is not to be impervious to loss.  Rather it is to achieve and maintain an optimal balance of security to manage the risk of loss to an acceptable level.  Be forewarned, at some point before the end of the year, don’t be shocked if management comes calling to scrutinize how the investment will pay dividends.  Expect some iteration of the dreaded four dirty security value questions and be prepared with sound answers for next year’s justification of budget.last_img read more

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first_imgThe award winning picture captured by Atul Kamble for Mid DayA picture capturing cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar taking his final walk from his dressing room to the crease to play his last Test match the Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium has been given the Picture Of The Year award 2013.The photograph was clicked by 41-year-old photojournalist Atul Kamble and was published in Mid Day. The Mumbai journalist bagged the award at the fourth MFI-Yes Bank National Press Photo Contest 2014.The Mumbai photojournalist clicked the historic moment in November 2013 when the master blaster played his final Test innings and his fans enthusiastically jostled to capture it.The picture was unanimously selected as the winner from over 8,000 images submitted by more than 240 photojournalists across India, reported IANS, making Kamble win a prize money of Rs 75,000. The picture was also judged the best in the sports category. The awards ceremony will be held here next month.Here is the list of 22 other photojournalists, who won prizes in six categories:Spot News – First Prize: Raju Shinde/Mumbai Mirror, Second: Ravi Sahani/Freelancer, and Third: Manvender Vashist/PTI.General News – Ronny Sen/Freelancer, Raul Irani/OPEN magazine and Vijayanand Gupta/Hindustan Times, Honourable Mention – Arindam Dey/Agence France PresseDaily Life – Anindito Mukherjee/Thomson Reuters, Biswaranjan Rout/Associated Press and Harish Tyagi/European Pressphoto Agency, Honourable Mention – Sanjeev Syal/Freelancer.Arts and Culture – Second Prize to Raj K. Raj/Hindustan Times, Third Prize to K.R. Deepak/The Hindu, Honourable Mention – Ajit Solanki/Associated Press.advertisementSports – Atul Kamble/Mid Day, Amit Chakravarty/Indian Express and Divyakant Solanki/European Pressphoto Agency, Honorable Mention – Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times.Best Photo Story – Harikrishna Katragadda/Fountain Ink, Abhijit Patil/Freelancer and A. Raja Chidambaram/The New Indian Express, Honorable Mention – Subrata Biswas/Hindustan Times.The jury comprised Pablo Batholomew, Arko Datta and Rafeeq Ellias and the awards were announced in the presence of Yes Bank CEO and managing director Rana Kapoor here Wednesday evening.They will be awarded cash prizes of Rs.50,000, Rs.30,000 and Rs.20,000.last_img read more

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