first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn case you haven’t heard by now, a Babson College student from Massachusetts—and ex-Google employee—recently managed to buy the Google.com domain name for $12.On September 29, Sanmay Ved was searching for available domain names online when he came across “Google.com” available for purchase. He had been keeping an eye on the company’s internal domains and so, simply clicked ”add to cart”, and poof, there it was. He was the proud owner of the web address, Google.com.Sanmay Ved, LinkedInShortly afterward, he reported the incident to Google security, who began investigating the purchase.Google has a program to reward people who find “hiccups” or bugs in their system, and Ved asked that the money be donated to charity.“I don’t care about the money. It was never about the money. I also want to set an example that it’s people who want to find bugs– not always about the money,” he told Business Insider.After learning he would be donating the reward, Google offered to double his prize.The company, on Ved’s behalf, will donate over $10,000 to Art of Living India, a program that helps bring educational and humanitarian programs to 154 countries around the world.(Image by Carlos Luna, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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first_imgThe Long Island Pine Barrens Commission wants more information before it decides the fate of a controversial luxury 118-unit golf resort in East Quogue.The board members at a Riverhead Town Hall meeting February 19 gave Discovery Land Company until March 4 to provide it, although only having until April 20 to decide whether or not the project complies with strict regulations. A simple 3-2 majority is all that’s needed, and if Discovery Land does not receive approval, the battle will most likely end in court.“The Lewis Road planned residential development and its predecessor, The Hills at Southampton, are the biggest and baddest development proposals ever presented to the Pine Barrens commission,” Long Island Pine Barrens Society Executive Director Dick Amper said. “Long Island voters have put up more than a billion dollars to preserve the island’s premier ecosystem. What they’re doing is basically urbanizing our natural treasure.”Some environmentalists say the project would endanger trillions of gallons of pristine drinking water. On the 600 untouched wooded acres next to pastoral farmland — in the Pine Barrens core preservation area and its compatible growth area — Discovery Land is looking to build an 18-hole private golf course, a luxury clubhouse, baseball field, basketball court, four pickleball courts, a fitness center, and a pool in addition to the seasonal homes.While Discovery Land claims golf courses don’t pollute, “it’s almost impossible for them not to,” argued one speaker at the podium.“They spray a lot of stuff on there to control the grass and keep the fairways,” said another. “It’s a lot of pesticides.”The Arizona-based company, which owns 23 other luxury developments across the world, including Dune Deck in Westhampton Beach, has said it will leave more than half of the land in its natural form, comply with all with all regulations, and monitor and clean the runoff before it flows back into the ground.“We will apply the minimum amount of chemical usage,” Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC development consultant Chic Voorhis told the five-person commission made up of the town supervisors from Riverhead, Brookhaven, and Southampton, plus the county executive and a representative from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. “This project is net negative in terms of nitrogen.”Amper, who authored the 1993 Pine Barrens Protection Act, which limits permitted development, said Group for the East End presented a list of violations of state environmental law, including the State Environmental Quality Review Act. Group for the East End is a nonprofit that fights when lands, water, and wildlife are threatened.“There is a well-documented water quality crisis in the Town of Southampton and across Long Island,” Amper said. “Drinking water and surface waters have been contaminated in almost every hamlet in the town.”Toxic chemicals like perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) have been detected in drinking water supplied in Speonk, Westhampton, East Quogue, Hampton Bays, Bridgehampton, and surrounding areas.“Harmful algal blooms and depleted oxygen plague the surface water in these areas,” Amper continued. “These water quality issues are a public health threat and have also resulted in beach closures, fish and turtle kills, and flooding, which undermine our marine economy. Any new development is expected to increase nitrogen in the area threatening the already impaired water bodies of Weesuck Creek and western Shinnecock Bay.”Discovery Land has been trying to secure the necessary approvals to build for more than five years. Southampton Town already denied it once in 2017, when it was known as the Hills at Southampton. The project is now under a different zoning plan and a new name and has Southampton Town approval. In May 2019, the Pine Barrens Commission asserted its authority over what is now known as the Lewis Road PRD, kicking off a 120-day deadline that ends with a decision.Westhampton Beach resident Billy Mack said he’s seen firsthand the diligence and concern that Discovery Land applied while developing Dune Deck.“They create and maintain pristine properties,” he said. “They have gone out of their way to be sensitive to the local issues and concerns. I am a lifelong resident of the area and I consider myself an adamant protector of our natural environment, and I can say with complete confidence that I support this project. I think you will see very clearly hat this is not a ‘big bad development’ but that it’s what we all should be working toward, which is smart development.”Half those at last Wednesday’s meeting were in support of the project’s approval, including the Long Island Builders Institute, and Southampton Business Alliance, which said it could use the economic boost.“There’s a lot of environmental guidelines that they have to follow and they will follow because they’re going to have to,” Roses & Rice owner and East Quogue Citizens Advisory Committee Secretary Cathy Seeliger told CBS New York. “They will contribute to the lowering of taxes.”Those against also included the Southampton Town Civic Coalition, the Shinnecock Indian Nation, and assemblymen Fred Thiele and Steve Englebright, of Setauket, among others.“The Town of Southampton has taken numerous actions to protect drinking water, including up-zonings to reduce density and the intensity of land use,” added Thiele, a former Southampton Town supervisor and original Central Pine Barrens Commission member who assisted in the drafting of state legislation and the original comprehensive management plan for it. “From a perspective of water quality and open space preservation, it has long been understood that the subject property has special attributes worthy of protection,” Southampton Town Civic Coalition President Andrea Spilka said.Those opposed also fear the approval of the project will set a bad precedent.“It’s a natural forest that exists in very few places on Earth,” East Quogue resident Bill Kearns [email protected] version corrects the Southampton Town Civic Coalition President is Andrea Spilka Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Seeing the Ravens among the top offensive teams in the NFL is enough to make you blink twice after years of riding the coattail of the defense, but it represents a changing of the guard in Baltimore.Through the first four games of the season, the Ravens rank second in total offense and fifth in points per game while their defense has slipped to 23rd overall in yards allowed this season. Much of the offensive improvement falls on the shoulders of fifth-year quarterback Joe Flacco, who is on pace for his first 5,000-yard season when he has yet to even throw for 4,000 in a season.However, Flacco would be the first to tell you his expanded set of weapons in the passing game has helped him immensely as the addition of the speedy Jacoby Jones and the improvement of 2011 second-round pick Torrey Smith have led to a more dynamic passing game, which ranks fourth in the league in yardage. Baltimore leads the league with 26 plays of 20-or-more yards this season, with 24 coming through the air.“[Defenses] definitely have to decide how to play us,” Flacco said. “They’ve tried to take those guys away, and sometimes they’ve left them one-on-one out there. In either situation, I think we’ve done a good job of running routes underneath and winning underneath.”The one week in which the Baltimore receivers seemed to be outmatched came against the Philadelphia Eagles as cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie played press coverage with a single deep safety for much of the afternoon. Ravens wideouts were held to just six catches for 85 yards, with Jones catching a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter.Flacco attempted 42 passes against the Eagles but only targeted wide receivers 12 times as he instead looked at tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson and running back Ray Rice. He averaged only 5.5 yards per attempt in the Ravens’ 24-23 loss.Possessing the league’s 13th-ranked pass defense, the Kansas City Chiefs will employ a similar defensive style with their 3-4 alignment as opposed to the Eagles’ 4-3 scheme.“They are playing bump-and-run Cover 1, a lot of single-high coverage,” offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. “They feel good about their inside linebackers’ ability to cover. They like their ability to get edge pressure to help their secondary. So, I like the way they’re aggressive. Most teams that can play bump-and-run man-to-man play Cover 1, they can give you some problems.”Comparatively speaking, cornerback Brandon Flowers brings a physical presence similar to Rodgers-Cromartie while Stanford Routt is more of a speed coverage back like Asomugha. Neither is as talented as the tandem in Philadelphia, but the Chiefs also have one of the best young safeties in the league in Eric Berry to offer assistance in coverage.Going back through the last few seasons, receivers have struggled to beat press coverage and gain separation against more physical defensive backs and it’s a strategy the Ravens will once again encounter in Kansas City. If Flacco cannot find open targets, he will face heat from outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston coming around the edges.The Kansas City defense showed its potential last season in handing the 13-0 Packers their only loss of the regular season as they sacked quarterback Aaron Rodgers four times and held him to only 235 yards passing on 35 attempts while holding their talented wide receivers in check.“You better be able to run through those seven yards, get yourself free, get yourself clean, get some separation so Joe can get the ball out,” Cameron said. “These guys do an outstanding job rushing the passer. You saw last year when Green Bay went in there undefeated and they got a ton of pressure on Rodgers. The combination of their coverage and their pressure is the toughest part.”Pollard not feeling sentimentalStrong safety Bernard Pollard began his NFL career in Kansas City where he was a second-round selection in the 2006 draft.Playing for then-coach Herman Edwards, Pollard spent three seasons with the Chiefs and amassed 189 tackles, three interceptions, and one sack in his time there. However, the seventh-year safety says he doesn’t view the game with any special significance.“It’s not about me. A lot of guys on this team have been on other teams,” Pollard said. “It’s not about that individual. It’s about us as a team going into a hostile environment and getting a win.”However, Pollard went on to discuss how many of his former teammates remain in Kansas City, including running back Jamaal Charles as the two spent the 2008 season together before Pollard wound up in Houston a year later. That year, Charles was a rookie from the University of Texas.The Baltimore defensive player credited his former teammates for hanging tough in Kansas City after a rough start to the 2011 season that included season-ending injuries to Charles and Berry and the dismissal of head coach Todd Haley. Pollard is anxious to face the talented Charles, who ranks second in the NFL with 415 rushing yards.“It’s going to be fun being able to see him,” Pollard said. “Just to see him become the player that he is. When they drafted him in the third round, just to see him now, the guy is a very talented player. That’s what Herm wanted. You look at a lot of players that they have, Herm drafted a lot of those men that are key athletes on their team.”Injury reportCONTINUE >>>last_img read more

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first_img1 Jordan Henderson Liverpool’s captain-elect Jordan Henderson has called on players to assume more responsibility in the wake of Steven Gerrard’s departure.The England midfielder has worn the armband in Gerrard’s absence this season and is favourite to assume the role full-time when his team-mate ends his 17-year playing career next weekend at Stoke.With Gerrard heading for a new challenge in Major League Soccer with Los Angeles Galaxy there will be a huge hole to fill, and Henderson doesn’t underestimate the impact of the Reds’ skipper’s imminent departure.“I think it will be a huge loss for us not only as a player but as a person with his aura around the place,” said Henderson.“But it is up to us as a team to step up to the plate and take responsibility, and not one individual. There will never be another player or person like him in terms of everything he stood for and how good he was as a player.”Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers has assembled a promising young squad that have often showcased their naivety this season, and Henderson has demanded his team-mates to start turning that potential into results next season.He said: “I still feel we have a lot of great players here with a lot of potential and we need to start showing that potential next season.“We have hungry players who want to improve and do well and we have to make sure we are doing that next week [against Stoke] and pre-season.”last_img read more

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