August 1, 2021

AG-elect makes appointments

first_img AG-elect makes appointments January 1, 2003 Regular News AG-elect makes appointmentscenter_img Attorney General-elect Charlie Crist recently announced the first appointments to the team that will manage the operations of the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Legal Affairs.In addition to the appointment of new managers, some current staff members were re-appointed.“I am excited by the quality of individuals who are willing to serve the public,” Crist said. “We are assembling an experienced, diverse team of talented leaders who aggressively will represent the interests of our clients — the people of Florida.”The appointments include: • George S. LeMieux, deputy attorney general and chief of staff. • Melinda M. Miguel, inspector general. • Allison K. Bethel, re-appointed director of civil rights. • JoAnn Carrin, director of communications. • Patricia R. Gleason re-appointed general counsel specializing in Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law. • Jerry L. McDaniel, responsible for areas including administrative services and information systems. • Kent J. Perez, re-appointed chief cabinet aide. • Betsy Seidel, senior executive assistant to the AG. • Robert J. Sparks, director of External Affairs. • Carolyn Snurkowski, re-appointed director of Criminal Appeals and Capital Collateral.last_img read more

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Astorino, Teachout Slam Absent Cuomo in Debate

first_imgTeachout, who faces Cuomo in the Democratic primary on Sept. 9, discussed her vision of New York as a leader in renewable energy infrastructure and as a high-tech center. She discussed the need to raise in the minimum wage and declared her unwavering opposition to fracking. Astorino and Teachout are polar opposites when it comes to most issues, specifically minimum wage and fracking. Astornio said a substantial increase of the minimum wage in upstate counties still reeling from the economic downturn would hurt businesses; Teachout advocated for $15 per hour minimum wage. “We need to ban fracking,” Teachout repeated several times. Astorino said he supports “natural gas exploration” in the state to boost job growth. Fracking consists of injecting a corrosive cocktail of chemicals, water and sand into the ground in order to release natural gas from shale rock buried hundreds of feet below the surface. Astorino believes fracking can be safe, and if done properly, it would not negatively effect the environment. Teachout, who recently visited a fracking site in Pennsylvania, vehemently disagreed, saying the technique would pollute the ground water. “I agree with the National Academy of Sciences on this,” Astorino said. “I agree with President Obama on this. Lisa Jackson, the administrator of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), said there is not one documented case of water being corrupted by this. Sens. [Chuck] Schumer and [Kirsten] Gillbrand agree. “Thirty-one states are doing this very safely,” he continued. “I’m not going to say, ‘Oh yeah, come on in. Do whatever you want and then leave.’ Let’s protect the water supplies around the Catskills and New York City’s drinking water. I have no problem [with that]—let’s set up a buffer zone around the Finger Lakes.” The scandal involving the Moreland Commission was a hot topic, with both candidates agreeing that disbanding the commission in charge of investigating corruption in Albany when its members started coming too close to Cuomo’s campaign contributors was self-serving at best, corrupt itself at worst.Astorino repeatedly accused Cuomo of overseeing the “highest tax state in America,” and he proposed tax cuts. Teachout gave examples of the state’s crumbling infrastructure despite all of the tax dollars collected, as well as a lack of social services, and poor performing schools. “You can feel that we have a tax-giveaway governor here,” she said.Both Astorino and Teachout voiced their opposition to the state’s education reform aligned with the federal Common Core Learning Standards. Astorino focused on his time spent at the kitchen table with his young children; Teachout spoke of her work in the classroom. Both believe that investment in public education is key.Although they had fundamental disagreements that fell along traditional party lines, Astorino and Teachout were united in their singular belief that Andrew Cuomo has to leave the Governor’s Office. But they couldn’t see eye to eye on who should replace him. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Governor hopefuls Zephyr Teachout, a Democrat, and Rob Astorino, a Republican, took to the airwaves on the Brian Lehrer Show Thursday on WNYC for their first head-to-head debate, two days after the incumbent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, infamously declared that debates can be a “disservice to democracy,” and essentially refused to give his Democratic primary opponent, Teachout, an opportunity to challenge him in public. So, they went ahead without Cuomo, attacking him from the left and the right, repeatedly railing against him for his allegedly failed policies and, in the case of Teachout, questioning his Democratic Party principles. Even moderator Brian Lehrer took a not-so-veiled jab at the absent governor after introducing Teachout, a Fordham Law professor, and Astornio, the two-term Westchester County Executive. “My job as host is to make sure that important issues get discussed this election season, so if the governor is lying low and refusing to debate in order to minimize public discussion as a political strategy, and if having Teachout and Astorino in a room together creates a little buzz around public discussion, I’m all for it,” he said. Astorino pulled no punches in his assessment of Cuomo, saying, “This governor has done nothing to turn the state around. In fact, on a good day, he’s just managing the decline. Overall, though, he’s accelerating our demise.”The Republican gubernatorial candidate laid out his vision of New York as a lower taxed, less regulated business climate, which uses hydrofracking as a means to create jobs and boost the economy.Teachout, a self-described “F.D.R. Democrat,” came out swinging, vehemently disagreeing with Astorino’s Republican views and likening him to Cuomo.“You said that Andrew Cuomo wasn’t here but in the last answer I felt like Andrew Cuomo was here,” she exclaimed. “This is an area where Andrew Cuomo’s vision of New York is very similar to Rob Astorino’s. It’s a real traditional, conservative, trickle-down Reagan approach to economic development.”Still, the debate was rather cordial, as the two candidates saved their salvos for Cuomo. last_img read more

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McGeever hoping to Commercials can get off to good start

first_imgCommercials are after putting a string of wins together including the Tipperary Senior and Under 21 titles as will as defeating Newcastlewest in the Munster quarter final.Charlie McGeever says the tight wins are character building but he’d be happier if they played well throughout matches rather than chasing other opposition.Today’s game throws in at 2pm at the Clonmel Sportsfield and Tipp FM will have live updates throughout the afternoon.last_img

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James stuns Nets with furious flurry

first_imgby Brian MahoneyAP Basketball Writer NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—LeBron James left the Nets stunned and their coach speechless.The only people who knew how to describe what they were seeing were the New Jersey fans.“MVP! MVP!” ONE MAN GANG—Miami Heat’s LeBron James gives his shoes to Daniel Smith, 7, at the end of the game against the New Jersey Nets, April 16, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) James scored Miami’s final 17 points in a furious one-man rally, finishing with 37 as the Heat pulled out a 101-98 victory over the Nets on Monday night.In a game the Heat never led until the final 51 seconds, James willed them to their 10th straight victory over the Nets. With Dwyane Wade resting, James scored those 17 points over the last 4:48 of a game that immediately goes into his personal collection of memorable finishes.“We were able to grind away and not let it go mentally, and that guy, No. 6, he was pretty good going down the stretch,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He was sensational. Obviously, he made every big play offensively. I believe it was 17 straight to close the game. That’s what an MVP does and we needed it at both ends. But also on a night like this, you can come up with a lot of excuses to not bring that type of performance, but that’s not the type of DNA he has inside of him. The Nets played well but we found a way at the end.”Actually, James did.He wasn’t sure he was going back in as the fourth quarter reached its midway point. But once he did, he pushed past the Nets with an array of layups, jumpers and free throws, pulling Miami within 2 ½ games of Chicago for the Eastern Conference lead.“We want to win every last game to close it out,” James said. “We don’t want to lose again the rest of the season. Ultimately we can to continue to get better.”Chris Bosh had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Heat, carrying them early in the fourth until James checked back in midway through the period and turned what appeared a certain loss into a stunning victory.“The guy’s just so big and strong. We attempted to double team him twice, and he just overpowered our guys, and then when the third defender came, he beat the third defender; and then, when we fouled him, he still scored. So just an…you know…I’m at a loss for words. I don’t know what to say,” Nets coach Avery Johnson said.Miami won for the sixth straight time in New Jersey, a road game in name only. James never thought he’d hear cheers on the road again after joining the Heat, but he earned all of them no matter where the game was.“I enjoyed it,” said Wade, resting his ankle while the Heat improved to 12-1 without him this season. “I am a fan of the game, so I enjoyed it. He doesn’t get any credit for his scoring ability. I enjoy watching him take over a game like that. It’s fun. Obviously being his teammates, it’s even funner.”The Nets led by 13 points in the third quarter and were still up seven with under 2-1/2 minutes left, but by then James was almost midway through his finishing kick.He finally gave the Heat a lead with a driving basket that made it 97-96 with 51 seconds left, then followed with a short jumper with the crowd chanting “Let’s go Heat!”“Good as I thought, good as a video game. He’s a good player, you know,” the Nets’ Gerald Green said. “I thought we had a great chance to beat them anyway even though he played great, but that’s just the nature of this game when you face guys like that every night.”last_img read more

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Head of Kootenay Christian Martial Arts School reaches Sixth Dan Black Belt level

first_imgAccording to World Taekwondo Federation statistics, there are only 130 – 6th Dan in Canada out of 42,831 registered black belts.GM Brenda Sell and GM Melanie Wyatt of the UCDKA headed the exam.Siminoff, head of the Kootenay Christian Martial Arts School in Nelson and Crescent Valley, also had an opportunity to compete as the USCDKA held its National Championships.”There were schools from all over the USA and just a hand full from Canada,” Siminoff explained.”In this division I competed in continuous free spar and came out with gold,” he added.This is an exciting time for Siminoff and his KCMA School. The Nelson-based training facility is moving to a new location near the Nelson Airport beside Nelson Home Building Centre.Siminoff has also been instrumental in founding a local-based Martial Arts For Justice chapter in the area.”Martial Arts For Justice is a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting “all” martial artists for the cause of justice,” Siminoff said, adding the cause has grown ten-fold since starting out.More information can be found on Siminoff’s Facebook Page. Crescent Valley’s Dean Siminoff joined an elite company after the local martial arts expert tested, and passed, his Sixth Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo.Siminoff achieved the feat during United States Chung Do Kwan Association (USCDKA) recently in Florida.”Florida was fantastic,” Siminoff said.”I tested alongside three other Masters and even though any testing is very intense and hard work there is extreme feeling of accomplishment when it is finished.”last_img read more

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FAVORITE HAVANNA BELLE TAKES $65,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 6 ½ LENGTHS UNDER FLAVIEN PRAT; D’AMATO TRAINEE GETS MILE ON THE TURF IN 1:35.88

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 7, 2016) – Sitting off pacesetter Hijra throughout, Havanna Belle relaxed well under Flavien Prat and the pair bided their time waiting until they approached the quarter-pole to overtake the leader en route to a 6 ½ length victory in Thursday’s $65,000 Santa Anita Allowance feature, covering one mile on turf in 1:35.88. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old Irish-bred filly by the Galileo stallion Teofilo notched her third stateside win.Sitting closer to the lead in both her most recent starts, Havanna Belle went off as the 4-5 favorite in a field of six older fillies and mares and paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.10.Owned by Michael House, Havanna Belle picked up $39,000 for the win, boosting her lifetime earnings to $151,158. Including six starts in Ireland, her overall mark now stands at 16-4-1-2.Ridden by Brice Blanc, Fasnacloich sat behind the leaders and was game for the place, finishing a nose in front pacesetter Hijra. Off at 4-1, Fasnacloich paid $4.60 and $3.00.Hijra, who was ridden by Martin Garcia, lead throughout but could not hold off Havanna Belle and runner-up Fasnacloich late and finished 1 ¼ lengths clear of All Star Bub. Off at 2-1, Hijra paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.51, 47.67, 1:11.61 and 1:23.58.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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49ers vs. Cardinals injury report: Sanders encouraged, Kittle doubtful

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders doesn’t sound like a veteran on the verge of missing his first 49ers game.Although a rib injury forced him out of Monday night’s loss and kept him from the 49ers’ ensuing practices, his “questionable” status comes with optimism for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. .“It’s getting better by the day,” Sander said Friday. “I’m going to try to battle it out. I have muscled it out before, though.“I don’t see it being that big of a problem, …last_img read more

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Caves Are Made by Bacteria

first_imgCaves seem like archetypes of slow, gradual, ancient processes.  Tourists have long been told that caves form slowly over many tens or hundreds of thousands of years by the slow dissolution of limestone by weak carbonic acid in water carried down from surface rainfall.  That explanation took a dramatic turn in the 1970s when scientists realized that a stronger agent, sulfuric acid, might enlarge subaerial chambers much more quickly. It was a revolutionary discovery to realize that sulfuric acid could be formed by oxidation of subterranean hydrogen sulfide.  Now, the same “type locality” where the initial studies were done, Lower Kane Cave in Wyoming, has produced another revolutionary discovery; bacteria make caves.    A trio of geologists from the University of Texas at Austin revisited Lower Kane Cave for a three-year research program.  They measured very little hydrogen sulfide emitting into the air able to dissolve limestone on subaerial surfaces.  Instead, they found two species of bacteria that feed on hydrogen sulfide produce more sulfuric acid.  Concentrated in dense microbial mats, these bacteria essentially focus the acid on the phreatic (groundwater) limestone surfaces.  “Our observations show that sulfur-oxidizing bacteria colonize subaqueous carbonate surfaces, localize dissolution by generating acidity, and therefore are integral to sulfuric acid speleogenesis,” they state in their revised model of sulfuric-acid speleogenesis (SAS; speleogenesis meaning cave formation).  Their paper is published in the May issue of Geology.1    Although some of the hydrogen sulfide is autocatalyzed, escaping into the cave atmosphere to contribute to dissolution of subaerial surfaces as previously suggested, it appears that most of it is biogenic – catalyzed by microbes that extract energy from hydrogen sulfide: “cave enlargement via dissolution of the cave floor is microbially mediated,” they theorize.  Because these bacteria concentrate sulfuric acid formation on the cave floor and are operative where subaerial dissolution would be kinetically limited, ”microbial catalysis extends the phreatic depths to which porosity and conduit enlargement could occur in carbonate systems, including oil-field reservoirs and aquifers.  The metabolic consequences of an active microbial ecosystem change the model for sulfuric acid speleogenesis.”    See a summary of this paper on Nature Science Update, which states, “Although the exact age of Lower Kane Cave is controversial, Engel says that it probably formed about 10,000 years ago.  That is relatively recent; caves formed by the more common action of carbonic acid grow considerably more slowly.”  They claim Carlsbad Caverns is 10-14 million years old; “They show just what the bacteria can achieve, given time.”1Engel, Stern and Bennett, “Microbial contributions to cave formation: New insights into sulfuric acid speleogenesis,” Geology, Vol. 32, No. 5, May 2004, pp. 369�372, doi: 10.1130/G20288.1.The authors do not give any indication of how rapidly this process would occur relative to other cave-formation processes or to the old SAS model, nor do they indicate that microbial sulfide oxidation would be the only or dominant process.  Nevertheless, if the dense microbial mats described by the researchers focus sulfuric acid on the rock surfaces, it seems plausible that cave formation, at least in some cases, could be much more rapid than usually assumed.  Despite NSU’s guesses, nobody was present even 10,000 years ago to tell us if conditions were the same back then; how much less for millions of years.  If enough bacteria and the right conditions were available, why could not even large caves form rapidly?  NSU claims that most caves form by standard carbonic acid solution, but look at how revolutionary the SAS model was in the 1970s.  Who knows what other mechanism might be discovered?    According to these researchers, an open-air environment is no longer required for sulfuric acid speleogenesis; cave enlargement by concentrated sulfuric acid could be occurring within groundwater-saturated regions.  It would be interesting to find out if this extends the temperature range in which cave formation could take place.  Enzymes are known to facilitate reactions that normally take much longer or require narrow temperature ranges.    Share this finding with the guide on your next cave tour right after the “millions of years” story.  It’s fun watching the summer hires get befuddled when something off the script happens.  Have the kid record it on the camcorder.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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What It’s Like To Write A Story With Microsoft’s New Surface Pro Stylus

first_img[Editor’s note: The unusual style of this article isn’t an accident. Read on to see why, if it isn’t obvious to you already.]I have never Been a fan of digital stylus pens. They are often frustrating and overly Complicated, especially in touch Screen environments. Devices that come with a Stylus tend to have different Settings and modes outside of the normal workflow that make a Stylus not worth the trouble of ditching the normal Swipe and finger approach.See also: With Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate The PC MarketMicrosoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet comes with a Stylus, so I was curious To try it out. For the surface pro, the stylus essentially acts liken mouse that is also a pen that can write and draw. The Pro Pen, as Microsoft calls it, can be both a navigational device and a digital input, giving it some of the most unique characteristics ever released in a Stylus.In case you can’t tell, I am writing this article with the stylus on the surface Pro 3. To account for accuracy, the article has been edited only lightly to show the errors of grammar and random capitalization as a byproduct of the accuracy of the pen (and, to be fair, my handwriting).The Surface Pro 3 has several different kinds of text input. It has the $99 Type Cover. The classic tablet-based screen keyboard (with two settings) and the Stylus. If You are using the Stylus, every time that the screen-based keyboard Would normally pop UP, you get a input section where you can hand write the text and the Surface will turn: into digital text. The Surface will attempt-to translate your handwriting, but, as you can see, something is often lost in the translation. That being Said, I have awful handwriting and always have.If you make q mistakable writing a word in the styles input field, you Can cross it out before inserting it into your document or app. If, once it has already seen inserted into your document, you Want to edit an error, you can highlight the word or just a letter and change it in the stylus input field. You can also tap on a word in the sellers input field to write it letter By letter for letter for better accuracy while also using Microsoft’s predicted test generator. Punctuation and numbers can be added through an option in the Stylus input field. (You think this bad, you should’ve seen it before I edited it with the Pro Pen.)As you can see, my a’s look like 9’ S or q’s and I can’t write a lower case B or S with the Pen to Save my life. Random words are capitalized and proper nouns can be difficult.Needless to say, this is not an input method for everything.I wrote this article using the desktop Word app for Windows 8. Word is probably not the app most conducive to the Pen. Microsoft touts the Surface Pro Pen with apps like Adobe’s Photoshop and its own OneNote app where writing and drawing are more natural behaviors. But, it is a novel input method and I was Curious to test out the Pro Pen in an extended Setting to test its accuracy. The first draft of this article (almost 500 words) took about an hour-and-a half.Perhaps the Pro Pen for the surface Pro 3 is not the best method for writing an article, I but it does Make for an interesting and useful mouse for the tablet-that-would-be-a-PC. Tags:#handwriting recognition#Microsoft#microsoft surface#Microsoft Word#stylus#Surface#Text#Windows#Windows 8.1 dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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