KAMLOOPS, B.C. — An evacuation order has been downgraded to an alert as crews in north-central British Columbia make progress battling a significant wildfire.The blaze broke out Saturday near the community of Lejac, about five kilometres east of Fraser Lake, and flames had scorched more than two square kilometres of bush within hours.Quick work by the BC Wildfire Service means the fire is now classed as held, meaning it’s not expected to grow.Efforts are underway to fully contain it while the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has rescinded the state of emergency declared Saturday.The blaze was one of several sparked over the weekend, including a nine-hectare fire in northeastern B.C., about 30 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John.The wildfire service website says that blaze, spotted Saturday in the Coffee Creek subdivision outside Charlie Lake, has been completely contained and a cause is under investigation.Road closures are possible east of Kamloops as an out-of-control wildfire has charred about 19 hectares after breaking out Sunday, but no structures are immediately threatened by the suspected human-caused fire.The fire danger rating across most of B.C. is now listed at moderate to high, but it has already climbed to extreme in several pockets of the central and eastern Interior.A recent heat wave dried out much of the province but Environment Canada is calling for cooler temperatures and showers this week.The Canadian Press
LG Electronics USA, Official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, is pleased to donate $20,000 to The Battier Take Charge Foundation’s scholarship program as a result of the brand’s tweet-to-give social campaign and “Beyond the Arc” trivia event in New York City earlier this week.LG launched the tweet-to-give social campaign with former NCAA champion and Naismith College Player of the Year Shane Battier, and pledged to donate each time #LGTrivia was used during the live trivia event. Fans were encouraged to help drive donations by playing the trivia game on LG’s NCAA fan engagement site, www.LGGameDayHub.com, and tweeting their scores using the hashtag. The Battier Take Charge Foundation awards four-year college scholarships to deserving young leaders from the greater Miami, Houston and Detroit areas.“One of the biggest rewards of my career has been the opportunity to affect change in peoples’ lives,” said Battier, co-founder of The Battier Take Charge Foundation and former Duke University standout. “I can’t think of a better way to honor the spirit of the tournament than for sponsors like LG to support deserving students.”“Seeing the engagement and excitement of NCAA fans at the “Beyond the Arc” trivia night to raise money for a worthy cause brought our ‘Do Game Day Right’ mantra to life,” said David VanderWaal, vice president of marketing for LG Electronics USA. “We are honored to work with Shane Battier and his foundation to help future athletes fulfill their dreams both on and off the court.”LG’s “Beyond the Arc” campaign was created to celebrate game changers. Just as the three-point shot has added a whole new level of excitement to college basketball, the unique curved designs of LG’s flagship products – the curved LG OLED TV, the curved LG G Flex2 smartphone and the curved LG UltraWide computer monitor – have taken the game day viewing experience to a whole new level through color, clarity, contrast and detail.The LG 55EC9300 OLED TV features a curved form factor for a heightened sense of immersion, coupled with incredible picture quality with perfect blacks, amazing contrast and incredible color, for the best game viewing experience at home. As an added bonus for fans this championship season, LG has made the 55EC9300 available at a reduced price of $2,999 through April 4. Consumers can check their brackets while watching the game online with the extra screen real estate available on the LG 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97), featuring a 34-inch (33.7-inches measured diagonally) class display that delivers immersive wide viewing angles, ideal for gaming. The G Flex2’s contoured shape is a 5.5-inch Full HD P-OLED display that delivers an incredibly sharp and vivid viewing experience from every angle, while providing a sleeker look with enhanced durability. The G Flex2’s state-of-the-art camera allows consumers attending the games capture true-to-life memories with its 13-megapixel camera with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus producing images that are clear and shaper every time.LG Electronics USA is an official Corporate Partner of NCAA and the agreement runs through August 2018. LG’s mission for March Madness is to help fans “Do Game Day Right” – from products that improve the game day experience at home to actually bringing fans to games. Go to www.LGGameDayHub.com to learn how LG helps fans “Do Game Day Right” and participate in a variety of games, contests and sweepstakes.“Do Game Day Right” is a trademark of LG Electronics, Inc.NCAA, Final Four and March Madness are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
WILMINGTON, MA — Two Wilmington youngsters — Anthony and Jack LaVita — are holding their annual car wash fundraiser this Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 10am to 2pm at 17 Heather Drive in Wilmington. $10 per vehicle. All proceeds will be donated to the National MS Society. If you cannot make the car wash but would like to make a donation, click HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”THIS WEEKEND: Car Wash For WHS Field Hockey, Farmers Market, Free Concert & Voter Registration Drive ALL At Town Common On Sept. 8In “Community”Wilmington High Field Hockey Teams To Hold Car Wash On September 8In “Community”
A college student, who had gone missing around four months ago, was found blindfolded near a college in Kaliganj upazila headquarters in Jhenaidah district on Thursday.The victim is Maksudur Rahman Rana, a student of Kotchandpur Pouro College, and son of a certain Aminur Rahman of Harindia village in Kotchandpur upazila, reports UNB.Rana’s family members said he remained missing since 12 October last year after some miscreants picked him up in a vehicle from his village.Later, Rana’s family filed a general diary with the Kotchandpur police station and held press conference demanding safe return of Rana.Kotchandpur police station officer-in-charge Biplob Kumar Saha said Rana called his family members over phone from near Mahtabuddin Degree College in the town.Meanwhile, after his return Rana told his family members that he was picked up for interrogation.
People of a community movement that want solution to waterlogging in Jashore’s Bhabadah area on Tuesday urged the authorities concerned to implement the tidal river management (TRM) immediately to save several thousand people of Bhabadah from stagnant waters, reports UNB.The Bhabadah affected areas are – Abhaynagar, Momirampur, Keshabpur and Jashore sadar upazila in Jashore and Phultala and Dumuria in Khulna and Tala upazila in Satkhira districts.The leaders of the community at a press conference at its office in Jashore town said at least 1 million people of 200 villages were directly affected by the water stagnation problem.Ranjit Bawali, convener of the Bhabadah’s water problem mitigation committee, read out the written statement at the conference where Iqbal Kabir Jahid, polit bureau member of Workers Party of Bangladesh, Baikuntha Bihari Roy, Gazi Ahdul Hamid, Abdul Majid Gazi, Chaitanya Kumar Paul and other leaders of the committee were present.The committee announced to hold protest rally between 25 July and 20 August to press home their demand.
In this file photo taken on 8 May White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks to the press in the driveway of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump on Thursday announced the surprise departure of his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, after a combative tenure that saw her all-but-kill off traditional White House briefings to journalists.Sanders has been one of Trump’s most loyal foot soldiers, almost constantly at his side during his tumultuous two and a half years at the White House and during the campaign before.Trump announced her exit in a tweet and did not name a replacement.”After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump said, adding that he hoped she would run for governor of her state.Sharp, sometimes acid-tongued, Sanders has not been prone to the almost comic slip-ups that embarrassed predecessors in the job, such as short-lived Trump spokesman Anthony Scaramucci.But she has earned a reputation for bruising clashes with journalists whom she finds over-critical — often echoing her boss’s attacks on unfavorable coverage as “Fake News.”At a White House event Thursday on reintegration into society for ex-prisoners, Trump interrupted proceedings to summon the “warrior” Sanders from the audience and lavish praise on her record.Calling her “a friend, a woman, a great, great magnificent person,” Trump said, “she’s very popular.”In fact, Sanders, 36, has a sometimes bitter relationship with the White House press corps and is seen as responsible for the demise of the formal daily briefing — practically an institution under previous presidents.Pressed during one particularly combative briefing to distance herself from Trump’s characterization of the media as the “enemy of the people,” Sanders refused.The last time she took to the podium for a back-and-forth with reporters in the White House briefing room was 11 March. Instead, she communicates largely through interviews on the president’s favorite TV network Fox News and short, informal briefings with other journalists outdoors.She has also been accused of telling repeated lies to reporters, although she denies this.Despite Sanders’ damaged reputation in media circles, there had been no hint from the administration that her exit was imminent.Sanders’ father Mike Huckabee is a former Republican governor of Arkansas, making her something of a member of conservative royalty.No tearsCalled up to the microphone by Trump at the ex-prisoners’ event, a visibly emotional Sanders said she would “try not to get emotional, because I know crying can make us look weak.”In a brief address, the spokeswoman praised Trump and her colleagues at the White House, saying she “loved every minute” of the job.”I’m going to continue to be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda and I know he’s going to have an incredible six more years and get a lot more done,” she said.She made no mention of the media or the role of journalists at the White House.Although Sanders is often blamed for the White House’s killing off of the press briefing, she has been serving a president who from the start decided to tear up the media playbook.With Trump communicating directly via Twitter and other social media to tens of millions of people every day, the traditional role of a press office putting out statements has become partly redundant.And while journalists now rarely hold the administration’s feet to the fire in the calm, organized setting of the briefing room, they have extraordinary access to Trump himself.Weekly, the president holds his own impromptu briefings in the Oval Office or out on the South Lawn before boarding his Marine One helicopter. In contrast to real press conferences, these occasions can be chaotic and are rarely carried on live television.Sanders may not speak much, but she is always there — in the background.
Thanks to global warming; your morning cup of coffee could be a lot more pricey in the years to come. Researchers have estimated that climate change could reduce coffee growing areas in Latin America – the world’s largest coffee-producing region – by as much as 88 per cent by 2050. The study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers climate change’s projected impacts on coffee, and the bees that help coffee to grow. “Coffee is one of the most valuable commodities on earth, and needs a suitable climate and pollinating bees to be produce well,” said study co-author Taylor Ricketts, Professor at University of Vermont in the US.”This is the first study to show how both will likely change under global warming – in ways that will hit coffee producers hard,” Ricketts said. While other research has explored climate – coffee scenarios, no other study has explored the coupled effects of climate change on coffee and bees at the national or continental scale. The study was conducted with advanced modeling, spatial analysis and field data. It forecasts much greater losses of coffee regions than previous global assessments, with the largest declines projected in Nicaragua, Honduras and Venezuela. The scientists projected a slight increase in coffee suitability in Mexico, Colombia and, mainly in mountainous areas.
The Apple Watch lacks a key feature other devices from the company have that help deter theft, one tech website found.Apple’s iOS devices have a feature called Activation Lock that basically prevents a person from completely wiping the device without the Apple ID and password of the original owner. This function is aimed at helping dissuade thieves from stealing a device in the first place because they can’t completely reset it.However, the Apple Watch OS 1.0 does not currently have this feature. So if someone gets their hands on your Apple Watch they are capable of completely resetting the device so that it can be paired with a new iPhone.As first mentioned in idownloadblog.com, this isn’t necessarily a problem from a data standpoint, but rather it’s a security problem because it makes the already highly desired smartwatch even more of a target for thieves since it can be easily wiped and resold clean.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment.Read the full report on idownloadblog.com. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 15, 2015 This story originally appeared on CNBC 1 min read
Financial technology has been all the rage these days, and there’s no shortage of fintech startups popping up across the globe. However, investments have been slowing down, indicating that the industry is reaching saturation for certain verticals. As such, startups should expect stiff competition.In addition to increasingly fierce competition and possible consolidation in the horizon, many fintech first-timers fail to take data seriously, especially when it comes to the many question marks surrounding the booming industry. One of the elements fintech actors should consider is of course data and its plethora of applications.Writing in a blog post about the importance of analytics, Hagit Ben Shoshan, VP of customer success at digital intelligence platform CoolaData, encourages startups to embrace analytics early on. “Don’t wait until your startup is big to start implementing analytics. Understand your user behavior as early as possible to be better prepared for your next high stage of growth.”Businesses must ensure that they are making smart and guided decisions in order to be competitive. Today, such a level of decision-making is made possible through big data.”Today’s data-driven professional needs the ability to navigate a wide variety of disparate data sources in a self-service environment, and derive insights before making a decision,” notes Sisense CEO Amir Orad in a recent blog post. “Enterprise data tools should empower business units to be data-driven in this sense, rather than retroactively justifying decisions with canned reports,” he added.Indeed, analytics isn’t some buzzword or novelty anymore, and data advocates believe that tech startups must be making data part of their organization’s foundation. Data has proven capable of revealing potential areas of both risk and opportunity that aren’t overtly noticeable.Data’s importance is even more amplified in industries that revolve around numbers such as finance. The large volumes of data that can be tracked and analyzed in fintech should prove a very rich resource that fintech companies would surely benefit from. This need for analytics cuts across verticals.Related: What Fintech Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Big Tech CompaniesHere are five fintech verticals where smart analytics are crucial to success.1. TradingThe emergence of data and machine learning has given rise to robo-advisors where artificial intelligence is used to provide customized investment advice to individual users. Fintech ventures such as Betterment and Wealthfront both leverage analytics in order to track user behavior and improve their customer experiences. Betterment cites how analytics helped it introduce a tax impact preview feature that allows users to see their potentially incurred taxes in advance.Other trading platforms are integrating analytics as well. Recently, CoolaData introduced an integration with the MetaTrader platform that allows brokers to track performance and generate reports quickly. This allows brokers to readily monitor their performance and provide interventions when necessary.Related: 7 Things to Consider Before Launching a Fintech Startup2. InsuranceInsurance has always been a numbers game. Insurers base the price of insurance premiums on actuarial tables. With the explosion of data, insurance companies can now factor in more information in generating their tables. For insurers, implementing smart analytics allows them to be on top of trends.The increased connectivity of smartphones, internet of things devices and cars allows for more data about customers to be gathered and used for risk analyses. For instance, geolocation and telemetry data can be used by auto insurers to identify higher risk motorists. A Deloitte paper sees this use of big data and analytics as good for consumers since pricing would better reflect risk.3. PaymentsPayments is possibly the most competitive fintech segment today. More markets are aspiring towards going cashless, and companies from traditional institutions such as banks, tech giants like Google and Apple, incumbents like PayPal and up-and-coming startups are now competing for relevance. There is much demand for real-time transactions in B2C, B2B and even peer-to-peer segments. Forty-three percent of small- and medium-sized businesses around the world claim that receiving real-time payments is crucial to their organizations.Related: How Fintech and Payments Innovations Will Disrupt Global EcommerceBut, beyond speedy transaction, merchants are actually looking for other potential sources of competitive advantage. Payment providers can offer value-added services such as transaction data reports for use in monitoring market trends and creating spending profiles. Merchants and marketers can use these for marketing campaigns and personalization efforts.4. Real estateReal estate appears to be one of the less talked about verticals in fintech but it is a major vertical nonetheless. Real estate is a $217-trillion industry worldwide, and 75 percent of that is from residential property. New ventures could very well explore this as a blue ocean market for fintech.Like many other industries, analytics has steadily changed the real estate game. It isn’t enough to go by the age-old real estate adages of “location, location, location.” Analytics now allows smarter ways for homebuyers to locate their perfect investments. Services such as Zillow and Trulia have been using information such as census data, property listings, crime statistics and geographic information systems data (GIS) to generate accurate information about properties.Related: Access to Data is Great, but It’s How You Communicate It That Matters5. SecurityFintech is a prime target for cybercriminals due to the nature of the information and assets that it handles. As such, fintech companies must put security at the core of their operations. Use of stolen credit card information still plagues many payment processors and merchants. This year, there has been a 200 percent rise in testing or using card information to purchase cheap items to confirm that they work. There’s even a rise in the use of stolen bank account information to purchase goods and pay bills online.Behavioral analytics play a very large role in fraud detection. Through the combination of analytics, algorithms and artificial intelligence, fraud prevention systems can identify fraudulent behavior with a fair degree of accuracy. These systems can even use historical data from existing consumers to flag unusual activities that are usually attributable to fraud.Moving aheadWhile fintech is still some time away from global breakthrough and dotcom bubbles are a constant threat, the industry enjoys the benefit of data and smart analytics. With that said, fintech can avoid the many pitfalls of other industries thanks to advancements in data collection and the consequent ability to understand consumer behavior. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read Register Now » July 7, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
Yesterday, Reddit raised $300 million in new Series D funding from investors led by China’s Tencent. The company now values at $3 billion, in the lines of tech giants like Google and Facebook. Until now, Reddit has received $550 million in total funding. Other investors include Sequoia, Fidelity, Andreessen Horowitz, Quiet Capital, VY and Snoop Dogg. Reddit CEO Steve Huffman, in an interview with CNBC said, “One of the things that’s been very important to us is that we can now assure advertisers that you are going to have a positive experience on Reddit and potentially even a new experience, a new way of connecting with customers.” The investment makes sense because video game is one of the more popular categories at Reddit, and Tencent invests a lot in video game makers. Currently, Tencent owns 40 percent of “Fortnite” creator Epic Games. “They are investors in lots of video games companies,” Huffman said. “And video games are one category that’s really popular on Reddit.” With this investment round, Huffman said he hopes to compete in online advertising with Facebook and Google. “When we are talking about competing for ad dollars, of course, we are talking about Facebook and Google, who take up the vast majority of ad spend.” Not all is good however, as some Redditors are already protesting the funding by Tencent, considering it is Chinese, and Reddit is blocked in China, for allowing users to have a free, unedited speech. People are also speculating how China might have a chance to take over the US in the cold war. A comment on Hacker news reads, “Tencent, a Chinese firm has meaningful ownership of American youth. 12% Snap 7.5% Spotify 40% Epic Games 100% Riot Games 100% Supercell 5% Reddit. Hollywood has also been moving in this direction, with a lot of Chinese investment in the studios, and blockbusters adding special scenes with Chinese actors and locations. What does it mean for America when it’s no longer the owner or creator of culture? It’s historically one of our largest (and most important) exports. I’m not sure if that claim to fame is a net positive for the world, but the changing of this guard will certainly have a local impact.” Some other users expressed concerns, if this move may slowly start to repress anti-China content on Reddit. “The only issue I can see from ownership is if they start to censor the platform. I doubt they’ll do any overt censoring (eg. “no talking about what happened at Tiananmen Square in 1989), but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do subtle manipulation like silently deemphasizing anti-China content, or emphasizing anti-western content (eg. infighting, failure of western democracy). The latter probably would even be good for the site (in terms of engagement) as outrage drive clicks.”, reads a comment on Hacker News. Read Next Reddit posts an update to the FireEye’s report on suspected Iranian influence operation Reddit takes stands against the EU copyright directives; greets EU redditors with ‘warning box’ What the US-China tech and AI arms race means for the world – Frederick Kempe at Davos 2019.