ICANN’s Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Process .sucks

first_imgThe plan to create and sell new generic top-level domains should have been a boon for the Internet and a gold mine for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It’s not turning out that way. At nearly every turn, the process has been hamstrung by mistakes and a lack of foresight. ICANN sells these new domains – the letters that go after the dot in a ULR, like .com or .org – for $185,000 a pop – so you’d think that the agency would be motivated to get the process right. But the interminable delays are making observers wonder who put these people in change of such a big responsibility.After the first round of applications this Spring, ICANN revealed a total of 1,931 applications for 1,409 gTLDs. Which if all goes well would net ICANN a cool $260.7 million up front and an annual take of $35.2 million in subscription fees.Only 1,000 gTLDs Per YearExcept there’s one not-insignificant problem: it now turns out that only 1,000 gTLDs can be added to the Internet per year. Which means that (presuming no applications are dropped) 409 gTLD applicants are going to have to wait at least another year to get their domains on the Internet.And that’s not counting the next wave of GTLDapplications that’s sure to come whenever ICAN gets around to opening up the window again.The new gTLDs, also known as strings, are part of a program conceptualized by ICANN in 2007 to supplement the existing 22 top-level domains. In January of this year, ICANN opened up the application process to submit new gTLDs, which requires each applicant to specify exactly how and why they plan to use them. gTLDs are not new: The original seven gTLDs (.com, .net, .org, .int, .gov, .mil and .edu) were established in the 1980s, prior to the Internet moving into general use. As you may know, .int is reserved for international organizations, and .gov, .mil and .edu are restricted to U.S.-based government, military and educational organizations. The remaining three (.com, .org and .net) are regarded as open domains, each managed by a registry organization.The problem ICANN now has is simple: process limitations prevent any more than 1,000 new gTLDs being added to the root Internet nameservers per year. Not only that, they can’t all be added at the same time.“This is because the primary challenge with maintaining root zone stability is controlling the rate of change to the root zone system and not the size of the root zone itself, meaning delegation should not occur at a rate of 1,000 delegations on a single day,” ICANN said in a recent statement.Which means some gTLDs are going to be added at the beginning of the year, and others during the year or at the end of the year. So, who gets to go first?Some Serious Business – And Some Not So MuchWith new domains like .inc, .art, and .book competing with the likes of .sucks, .wtf, and .unicorn, originally ICANN had set up the Digital Archery lottery system to determine the order in which domains would be added to the Internet. But on June 23, ICANN announced the suspension of Digital Archery, citing “[t]he primary reason is that applicants have reported that the timestamp system returns unexpected results depending on circumstances.”Meaning, yet another technical glitch in a process that already suffered a major snafu when personal contact information for ICANN applicants was initially revealed on the list of applicants back in June.ICANN Asks For HelpNow ICANN, bereft of a system to assign the order in which new domains will be activated, is asking the public what should be done. The request for community help “seeks input on requirements for an evaluation and delegation process consistent with previous root zone scaling discussions of smooth delegations, adding no more than 1,000 new gTLDs per year.”Specifically, ICANN is seeking commentary on how to properly meter the release of these domains in a fair and equitable way. Comments can be submitted to newgtld-input@icann.org by August 19, 2012 (midnight UTC) for consideration.All of this smacks of a serious lack of planning on the part of ICANN. The organization probably anticipated this many applications, since the Digital Archery system was created to begin with. But to not have a backup process in place for such a critical system seems to verge on incompetence.The gTLD process has been controversial from the start, with accusations leveled at ICANN for enabling Internet-naming blackmail schemes to force reputable brands to pay big bucks from getting associated with gTLDs such as .xxx, .sucks, and .wtf.But the continuing errors in process and technology are making a bad situation even worse, and the entire Internet ecosystem will be have to bear the brunt of the damage.Images courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#international#web brian proffitt Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

White to be captain of Australian T20 squad

first_imgCameron White was named the new captain of Australia’s Twenty20 side following the resignation of Michael Clarke.Clarke quit the international Twenty20 format, saying after Australia’s 3-1 Ashes series loss to England that he wanted to focus on Test and 50-overs cricket.Victoria state skipper White was appointed captain of Australia for two Twenty20 games against England next week, with Tasmania wicketkeeper Tim Paine his deputy.Injury-prone pacemen Brett Lee and Shaun Tait were named in Australia’s T20 squad, which also included international newcomers Aaron Finch and James Pattinson.The 12-man squad features just three test players: Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson and Steve Smith.Australia squad: Cameron White (captain), Tim Paine (vice captain), Aaron Finch, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Stephen O’Keefe, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, David Warner, Shane Watson.last_img read more

KSI vs Logan Paul sold almost as many PPVs as Jones vs Cormier 2!

first_imgAdvertisementKSI vs Logan Paul was billed as the biggest event on the internet, as the two youtube superstars from the United Kingdom and the United States went toe to toe with each other exchanging heavy leathers in front of a sold-out crowd of 21,000 fans at the Manchester Arena in London.The fight took place at the early hours of the morning as per IST and with millions of people watching the fight online through different means. This was truly a historic event for YouTubers and many also compared it to Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather of YouTube world and both guys collectively had over 37 Million subscribers.The fight, however, wasn’t free and came with a price tag of 10 USD or 7.5 GBP or ₹668.00. Although the price wasn’t insanely high like Mayweather vs McGregor which cost around $100, still many people were found watching the fights via illegal streaming channels.More than 800,000 people were watching the official live stream of the fight at its peak by officially purchasing the fight and others were found using illegal twitch and periscope streams. Just to give our readers a perspective, last year the biggest PPV fight in UFC which took place between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier sold around 850,000 PPV buys and that was a legitimate fight.Over 2 million people were watching the fight on Twitch and periscope combined and one of the twitch streams had around 400,000 people watching the fight card Live.KSI made his internet fame through playing and streaming FIFA on his youtube channel, whereas Logan Paul, the most controversial Youtube star made headlines only a few months ago as he was found vlogging a dead body Aokigahara forest, a notorious suicide spot in Japan, which resulted in him receiving massive online backlash. YouTube temporarily suspended Paul’s sponsored ads, and the star later posted a video apology and pledged $1m (£750,000) to suicide prevention charities.The 21-year-old Jake Paul meanwhile is a former vine star and a Disney channel actor and usually does prank videos on his channel.Also Read-Jake Paul knocks out Deji and shocks everyone by calling out Chris Brown Advertisementlast_img read more

Photo: Alabama Awarded Broadcaster Eli Gold With A 2014 SEC Championship Ring

first_imgEli Gold has been broadcasting Alabama football games since 1988. In that time, he has seen the Crimson Tide capture four national championships and six SEC titles. To many ‘Bama fans, he is an indelible part of the program. To thank him for his time broadcasting for the program, Alabama football awarded Eli Gold with a 2014 SEC Championship ring.Sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to the U. Of Alabama staff and players for the SEC championship ring. pic.twitter.com/JYazNIrJTL— Eli Gold (@EliGoldBama) August 21, 2015Gold is clearly very touched by the honor, and the response from the Alabama faithful. He responded to the dozens of fans who congratulated him on Twitter.eli gold thanks Congratulations, Eli. You deserve it.last_img read more

Walkers Place of Safety Wards Get Relief Supplies

first_img Portfolio Minister,  Hon. Shahine Robinson, presented the supplies to Chief Executive Office of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Grey at the Maxfield Park Children’s Home in Kingston (Jan. 19) where some of the children are being housed. A massive fire at the Lyndhurst Road location of the Walkers Place of Safety on Monday night (Jan.15) claimed the lives of two children and destroyed the facility. She said the Government will “seek to put in place whatever safety measures we can to ensure that incidents like these never happen again.  Whatever we can do from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security we will do. A massive fire at the Lyndhurst Road location of the Walkers Place of Safety on Monday night (Jan.15) claimed the lives of two children and destroyed the facility.A massive fire at the Lyndhurst Road location of the Walkers Place of Safety on Monday night (Jan.15) claimed the lives of two children and destroyed the facility. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security, on Friday (Jan. 19), handed over food, clothing and other relief items to benefit wards of the Walkers Place of Safety.Portfolio Minister,  Hon. Shahine Robinson, presented the supplies to Chief Executive Office of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Grey at the Maxfield Park Children’s Home in Kingston (Jan. 19) where some of the children are being housed.“We’ve brought toiletries, school bags, sheets, beds, canned goods, sachets of flavoured drinks, rice and a lot more,” she told JIS NEWS.“This is just a symbolic hand over as the bulk of the relief supplies will be delivered to the Duke Street offices of the CPFSA,” she informed.A massive fire at the Lyndhurst Road location of the Walkers Place of Safety on Monday night (Jan.15) claimed the lives of two children and destroyed the facility.The 34 wards, who have been displaced, are being housed at residential facilities in Kingston.Minister Robinson expressed sorrow at the incident and the loss of lives.She said the Government will “seek to put in place whatever safety measures we can to ensure that incidents like these never happen again.  Whatever we can do from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security we will do.”Minister Robinson commended persons, who have come forward with donations, and encouraged others to assist the children.“We look forward to even more expressions of generosity to help rebuild the home. We’re dealing with children here and whoever  can contribute, do so with a willing heart,” she urged.Mrs. Gage-Grey, in expressing gratitude, noted that the response to the relief and rebuilding efforts “has been tremendous.”“We want to say a big thank you to Jamaica.  It shows us that together, we really can build a better Jamaica for all our children. This support is really appreciated,” she told JIS NEWS. Story Highlights Prev 1of4 Nextlast_img read more

Trans Mountain granted injunction against pipeline protesters at two BC sites

first_imgParker was also unsuccessful in his request for an order requiring the removal of a structure called the Watch House, sayingit’s on a pipeline right of way and would cause significant safety risks.“I’m sensitive to the concern of those who created this Watch House, that it is of considerable significance to them,” Afflecksaid of the structure that was erected near the Burnaby Terminal on Saturday, when people marched against the pipeline. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Protesters must be restrained from obstructing the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, says a British Columbia Supreme Court judge who has granted the company an injunction aimed at preventing people from entering within five metres of two work sites.Justice Kenneth Affleck said Thursday he felt it necessary to make a decision on the second day of a hearing instead of issuing a written order involving outraged demonstrators who have blocked vehicles and workers at the Burnaby Terminal and the Westridge Marine Terminal.The injunction is indefinite, allowing Trans Mountain to continue work it’s legally entitled to do after the federal government approved the twinning of an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby in the belief it is in the best interest of Canada, Affleck said. Trans Mountain has said that while protests began last November, it sought an injunction after demonstrators began intensifying their blockades recently when trees were being cleared. It said construction at the sites in Burnaby, B.C., is expected to last until December 2020.Affleck agreed with lawyers for two of 15 named defendants in a notice of civil claim that a 50-metre perimeter as part of aninterim injunction he granted last week was too broad because it encroached on private property and trails.Trans Mountain’s lawyer, Shaun Parker, requested a structure called Camp Cloud near the Burnaby Terminal be removed, calling it a “hotbed of aggressive activity” for protesters who want to “destroy the project.”But the judge said it will stay.“In my view there has to be a means of allowing the protesters who object to this work to remain reasonably close to the site,” Affleck said. “The plaintiff is going to have to tolerate a certain amount of agitation.”center_img He said Trans Mountain would have to demonstrate any emergency need to remove the Watch House but would then have to replace it.Casey Leggett, a lawyer for one of the defendants, said citizens have a constitutional right to protest the expansion of the pipeline.“The inconvenience, which my friends call a blockade, hasn’t gotten to the level of establishing irreparable harm,” Leggett said.He read from affidavits presented in court by a Trans Mountain lawyer, saying the company’s security staff noted protesters have sometimes stood peacefully at or near access roads to two marine terminals in Burnaby without disrupting vehicles or workers and left after police arrived.He said in one case, a woman was seen praying on a road and didn’t engage with security staff while on another day a woman sat in a lawn chair as vehicles were guided around her at slow speed.Affleck said while the first protesters’ conduct was unobjectionable, the second woman had no right to sit in the middle of a public road and the police would be justified in removing her.The judge also suggested Leggett was cherry-picking incidents that did not involve blockades aimed at stopping work at the terminals.Leggett replied that Trans Mountain had done the same and also focused on blockades rather than inconvenience, which he said does not justify an injunction.Activists have said they will continue opposing the $7.4-billion project despite the injunction.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

So you wanna be SD60 Trustee visit the candidate information meeting tonight

first_imgThe five electoral areas are shown below:Area 1: Cecil Lake, Goodlow and Clayhurst – one trusteeArea 2: Prespatou, Buick, Rose Prairie, Doig RiverFirst Nation, Blueberry River First Nation, North Pine, Montney and Wonowon (east) – one trusteeArea 3: Hudson’s Hope, Upper Cache, Tsay Keh Dene Nation and Williston Lake – one trusteeArea 4: Taylor, Baldonnel and Two Rivers – one trusteeArea 5: Fort St. John, the Upper Halfway, Halfway River First Nation, Wonowon (west), Charlie Lake, Pink Mountain and north to Mile 225 on the Alaska Highway – three trusteesIn order to be eligible to run, you must be over the age of 18, have lived in B.C. for at least six months and be a Canadian citizen. Candidates don’t have to live in the electoral area where they’re running. School District #60 trustees receive an annual indemnity of $13,045 that is paid monthly.Voting day goes on October 20th. For more info click here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – So you wanna be an SD60 Trustee? Then visit the School District 60 candidate information meeting Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.The event will show residents exactly what it is like being a trustee for a district with approximately 6,000 students.During this year’s election, seven people will be voted in to represent five electoral areas.  Current board members Bill Snow, Erin Evans and Ida Campbell have all decided to run again while Candace Dow, Jarret Thompson and Linda Stringer will step down.last_img read more

GoFundMe account set up for Tony Brooks

first_imgAt the time of the incident, the detachment had received feedback from Vancouver Doctors who had inquired with the Doctor in charge of the Tactical Medical Program, to applaud the incredible work done by Cst. Brooks, who literally saved this man’s life, shared Sgt. Tyreman in July 2018.The GoFundMe account has almost reached half of its goal amount of $10,000 in three days.To view the GoFundMe; CLICK HERETo read more about Brooks saving a man’s life; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A GoFundMe account has been set up on behalf of Tony Brooks, the RCMP Constable that saved a man’s life last year in Fort St. John.Brooks has been diagnosed with Stage Two cancer and will be having surgery and receiving chemotherapy according to the GoFundMe account. The account goes on to say ‘financial help received will help take the stress off of his family so that they can focus on his recovery.’In July 2018, Brooks saved a mans life when he used his advanced medical training and managed to pack the wound to close off the artery inside the man’s arm and stop the flow of blood. The injured man was then airlifted to a Vancouver area hospital for treatment.last_img read more

Ohio State womens lacrosse beats Oregon 139 behind Katie Chase

Senior attackman Katie Chase (11) handles the ball during a game against Northwestern March 9 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 11-10.Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFrom the first drop of the ball, Katie Chase had one thing on her mind: scoring goals.The senior attackman for the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team turned in a career-high seven goals on her way to eight points as the No. 18 Buckeyes topped Oregon, 13-9, Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.High winds wreaked havoc on play throughout the entirety of the game, leading OSU coach Alexis Venechanos to attribute much of the team’s success against the Ducks (4-4, 1-0) to Chase’s work on and off the ball.Venechanos described Chase as a “special player” that had a “really strong game.”“She took over parts of that game in the draw control,” Venechanos said after the game. “Her teammates looked for her and she shot phenomenally.”The Buckeyes (7-4, 1-1) got off to a quick start, gaining possession of the ball off the game’s first draw. Chase set the pace for the match early by scoring the game’s first goal 23 seconds into the game.“We always want to score first,” Venechanos said. “That was important to start like that.”Chase said setting the tone early is a goal OSU has every game, and she felt they were able to do that with a quick goal from the start.“It gets the beat up for our attack and gets us in the flow of things,” Chase said after the win.The momentum from Chase’s quick strike didn’t continue, however, as the Ducks responded with two goals in just less than five minutes to take a 2-1 lead.But OSU, lead by Chase — who completed a hat trick before the half ended — struck back to take a 4-2 lead before Oregon evened the count with 11:06 left in the first half.OSU senior attackman Cara Facchina tallied her third goal of the season at the 2:29 mark in the first, though, to give the Buckeyes a one-goal advantage heading into the break.“They would answer, then we would answer,” junior goalie Tori DeScenza said on the first half. “But we really (hunkered) down knowing that they were going to swing the ball pretty fast.”Along with hard work on the offense, the Buckeyes gained their success with the defensive mentality around the field forcing numerous turnovers from Oregon’s strong attack.“We haven’t seen an attack like them,” Venechanos said. “We really had trouble with it.”The Ducks’ strong attack tested the OSU defense, but the Buckeyes maintained composure and were able to gain more possessions to help secure the victory.Part of that defense was DeScenza, who fought hard in the net all throughout the game and ended the game with 10 saves.The game was the first ever between the two programs.DeScenza credits Oregon with its good stick skills but was proud of how hard the defense worked to combat them.“It was a hard battle all the way to the final whistle,” DeScenza said.The Buckeyes head back to work to prepare for a match against William and Mary set for noon Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Lloris blamed Frances weak effort

first_imgFrance were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands away from home and the World Cup winners’ captain, Hugo Lloris, admitted that his team showed a really poor performance and they could have conceded even more goals.The Netherlands can win their group if they will manage to beat Germany away from home – and France will only have to hope that the Germans will be able to stand tall and deflect the Dutch attacks for the group win.Hugo Lloris admitted that the performance shown by his team was really weak and they didn’t deserve anything from this game, according to fourfourtwo.com:We played to the minimum of our potential and paid for it. The score could have been even more flattering for the Dutch.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“We have to hope that the Germans beat them on Monday.”“We knew what to expect, we knew the level of the Netherlands, they had demonstrated it against Germany and Belgium in October and they turned in a great performance.”“We did not live up to it. It’s disappointing, now we no longer have our destiny in our hands.“In the coming days, we will have to analyse it even if it is not easy to find the right words.”last_img read more

Real Madrid win their fourth Club World Cup in history

first_imgWith a dominant performance against Al Ain, Real Madrid becomes the only club in history to win three consecutive FIFA Club World Cups.During a season that has been as difficult as the one Real Madrid is experiencing at the moment, Los Blancos desperately needed the FIFA Club World Cup in the final against Al Ain to boost their confidence during the post-Ronaldo era.The Arab club surprised the world when they managed to defeat River Plate in the semifinals, which gave them the right to play this match against Santiago Solari’s squad, but this is as far as they were going to get.The truth is that Real Madrid was way too superior and the Arabs had absolutely no chances to defeat the Spanish giants, they did make them suffer during the first 60 minutes of the match and only a long distance screamer in the first half from Modric was able to keep them ahead in the scoreline before a full hour had passed.The shot that the Croatian midfielder took just before the 15-minute mark, was the perfect culmination to an already fantastic year he has as an individual player.However, Los Blancos still didn’t have a secured result and they required to push themselves further in order to get more goals that could make them feel more confident.¡REAL MADRID, TRICAMPEÓN DEL MUNDO!El momento esperado por los merengues: ¡Cuando levantan el título como campeones del #MundialdeClubesxFOX!Revívelo pic.twitter.com/gxd4dvESY6— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) December 22, 2018Already in the second half, it was a beautiful long-distance volley from Marcos Llorente what gave Los Blancos that confidence they needed.The Real Madrid product has been playing amazing football under Santiago Solari this season, this goal is a reward for that effort he’s been making in order to get noticed.But a Real Madrid final cannot be completed without a Sergio Ramos header during a corner kick, the magical moment happened just before the 80-minute mark after Luka Modric sent a cross straight into Ramos’ head.The skipper has now scored goals in two Champions League finals, two European Supercup final, and two Club World Cup finals as well.It was 3-0 already, Los Blancos had secured their result and another trophy for the museum inside the Santiago Bernabeu.But the final still wasn’t over, Al Ain did score a goal near the end of the match through Shiotani in order to at least find a little comfort in a very difficult night for them.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Los Blancos still got a fourth goal after the 90th minute, they got it through an own goal scored by Yahia Nader.EL CAMINO AL TRICAMPEONATO #MundialdeClubesxFOX Así fue la goleada del Real Madrid al Al Ain en la Final⚽ – Modric (14′) ⚽ – Llorente (60′) ⚽ – Ramos (79′) ⚽ – Shiotani (86′) ⚽ – Nader [AG] (90′) pic.twitter.com/dBoXAQYywx— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) December 22, 2018This 4-1 result was the final nail on Al Ain’s coffin, the one that sealed the result for Real Madrid and got them to claim the FIFA Club World Cup for the third consecutive time.Santiago Solari clearly stepped in with the right foot as the manager for this squad, he also reached a historic milestone that only four other managers have been able to accomplish it.The Argentine manager won the Intercontinental Cup back in 2002 as a Real Madrid player, today he wins the equivalent competition as a manager and writes his name next to the likes of Luis Cubilla, Juan Mujica, Carlo Ancelotti, and Zinedine Zidane.All five men were able to win the same competition both as players and managers.This result is worthy of celebration for Los Blancos, they will travel back to Spain and rest for the holidays but they will have to go back to reality soon after.This club is not doing so well in La Liga right now, maybe this new trophy can give them the boost they need in order to improve their results during the year of 2019.Congratulations to Real Madrid, they are the World Champions for the third consecutive year.🏆🎉 ¡CAMPEONES DEL MUNDO! #RMCWC | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/MCwui6I5Mw— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) December 22, 2018Who was the player you liked the most in the final between Real Madrid and Al Ain? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Pellegrini wants Hammers to never underestimate Wimbledon

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has warned his players not to underestimate AFC Wimbledon ahead of their FA Cup clash on Saturday.The Hammers are expected to field a lineup which will be a mix of both experienced players and their younger teammates when they visit Kingsmeadow.Wimbledon are on a poor run of form under new manager Wally Downes, but Pellegrini, who picked up his first win as West Ham boss at against the Dons in the League Cup, says they would be foolish to underestimate them.“All the teams when you start a competition must have that mentality to think you can do it,” he said, according to Evening Standard.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“I remember the year before I arrived at Man City, Wigan won the cup but were relegated. It’s a different competition, just one game, anything can happen, our mentality if to continue as far as we can.”“For us to continue in the FA Cup we will make a big mistake if we think we are going to beat Wimbledon because they are in a bad moment or because they lost their last game, FA Cup is a different competition, everyone wants to demonstrate that they are able to continue.”last_img read more

Cygnus Puts Heavy Construction Group on the Block

first_img“When I first came in, I said I’m here to get this company out of bankruptcy, grow value and sell it because we’re owned by the banks,” French tells Folio:.In that sense, this deal resembles last year’s divestment of the agriculture group, which kicked off Cygnus’s sale process almost a year to the day. And, like last year, the company has retained Corporate Solutions to broker the auction. French declined to offer revenue or pricing details, but says the group is profitable and doing a “very high” margin. According to a source, revenues are in the $10 million range. Digitally, the group has had 21 percent CAGR for the last five years, French says. Cygnus Business Media CEO John French announced to employees today that the company is putting its Heavy Construction Group up for sale, Folio: has learned. Included in the deal will be seven print magazines, two websites and an event.The Heavy Construction Group is one of three groups within the Construction division, which also includes the Residential Construction and Landscaping groups. The auction is the next step in a process that French undertook when he joined as CEO in 2009 right after the company emerged from bankruptcy protection: bring the portfolio back into shape and sell it off, in pieces or in aggregate. last_img read more

Alienlike creature that looks like elf caught on CCTV camera video goes

first_imgAlien like creature that looks like Elf caught on CCTV camera.Facebook video screenshotA video has gone viral on social media that shows an alien-like creature lurking outside a house somewhere in America. The strange looking creature that resembles Dobby the Elf from the Harry Potter series has since then become a hot topic on social platforms.A woman posted a CCTV video on Facebook that shows the alien looking creature walking bizarrely outside the house. The lady named Vivian Gomez posted the clip with the caption that read, “So I woke up Sunday morning and saw this on my camera and am trying to figure out…what the heck?? First I saw the shadow walking from my front door then I saw this thing….has anyone else seen this on their cameras?? The other two cameras didn’t pick it up for some reason”.The video has already garnered as many as 11 million views on Facebook, has been shared by over 1,55,000 thousand people and has got scores of reactions and comments.Not just on Facebook, the video has gone viral on Twitter as well. While some expressed shock and fear claiming it to be an alien intrusion, some others expressed doubts at the authenticity of the video. A few sceptical ones opined that it can be a prank as a second shadow is also visible in the video for a fraction of a second.”Oh wow. My first thought was that it’s an alien. Idk what that is. Dobby is a character….an elf..& like .. That is so creepy. It’s not human whatever that is,” one viewer commented.”Naaahhh… Just a skinny kid in a color block costume. The black strip along right leg blends effectively with shadow to pull it off but the left side gives it away because shadow is slanting right and yet you spot the moving black spot at ankle and thigh. Engaging child play,” wrote another.”It’s either a house elf or an alien or a puppet lol. I dunno. But it freaks me out and I wouldn’t want to see it walking towards me,” a worried viewer said.Watch the video below:Till date, many instances of alleged aliens being caught on camera have come up from across the world. However, the concept of aliens’ existence or their visit to the earth could never been fully confirmed.last_img read more

HISD Board Approves 20162017 Budget With 84 Million In Cuts

first_img X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Al OrtizFrom left to right: Ken Huewitt, HISD interim superintendent; board president Manuel Rodriguez and board member Wanda Adams during the public hearing held to vote on the budget for school year 2016-17.The Houston Independent School District board approved the budget for the 2016-2017 school year.Texas now considers HISD a wealthy district due to rising property values and that means the district has to reimburse the state approximately $162 million through a mechanism called recapture.The budget for the next school year contains $84 million in cuts to balance this situation, which is happening for the first time in HISD’s history.The cuts will result in the district eliminating 80 administrative positions, as well as doing away with the Apollo program and ending teachers’ bonuses.Some members of the board criticized the state’s system to fund public schools and interim Superintendent Ken Huewitt said reforms are needed.“We can kind of move forward and start dealing with this recapture issue because this is not something that we have to deal with every year, we’ve got to get this changed,” Huewitt said at the end of the public hearing held to approve the budget.The budget was passed by five votes to two.Trustees Manuel Rodríguez, Wanda Adams, Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Jolanda Jones and Michael Lunceford voted in favor of the budget, while Greg Meyers and Anna Eastman voted against it.Trustees Harvin Moore and Diana Dávila were not present at the time of the vote. Listenlast_img read more

Acting Head Of Border Agency Steps Down

first_img Share J. Scott Applewhite/APIn this May 15, 2019, file photo, acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders, left, joins Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sanders says he’s stepping down amid outrage over his agency’s treatment of detained migrant children.The acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday he’s stepping down amid outrage over his agency’s treatment of detained migrant children. John Sanders said in a message to CBP employees that he would resign on July 5.CBP is the agency that apprehends and first detains migrant parents and children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Lawyers who visited CBP facilities last week described squalid conditions: inadequate food, lack of medical care, and children trying to care for toddlers.Six children have died since late last year after being detained by CBP.Sanders pushed Congress to pass $4.5 billion in humanitarian funding. In an interview last week with The Associated Press, Sanders talked about how the deaths “impacted him profoundly.”Additionally, an official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that the “majority” of the roughly 300 children detained at a Border Patrol station located in Clint, Texas, have been placed in facilities operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Lawyers had reported children detained in Clint, about 25 miles southeast of El Paso, were caring for each other and had inadequate food, water, and sanitation.last_img read more

Typical Casino Patrons Have Solid Careers Better Education

first_imgThe HorseShoe Casino Baltimore will stage its grand opening, Aug. 26, welcoming an estimated 10,000 guests through its doors.Over time, however, the casino’s patrons will not be distinguished so much by race but by income and education, experts said.“There is not much data on the racial breakdown of casino-goers,” said gambling expert James KarmelIn terms of general gambling patterns, Whites are more frequent gamblers (92.5 percent), followed by African Americans (87.5 percent) and Hispanics (86.6 percent), according to a 2011 study by researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.However, when it comes to the subset of casino gamblers, there are much clearer distinctions based on education and income,Karmel added.“Casino-goers tend to be slightly more educated that non-Casino-goers. And, typically, casino gambling is associated with income.For the vast majority of people, gambling at casinos is a recreational activity; they’re doing it with disposable income, money they can afford to spend,” Karmel, a professor of history at Harford Community College, said.“You just don’t find a lot of poor people in casinos,” he added. “People at lower income levels can’t afford to lose $50; they need that for food.”However, poorer Americans—who tend to prefer gambling closer to home—are more likely to spend their income on lottery games, as are African Americans.“Lottery is more dependent on lower-income people [and] African Americans are somewhat more likely to gamble on the lotterythan Whites,” Karmel said.Those assertions were borne out in a 2010 study conducted by UMBC researchers.Published in The Journal of Gambling Business and Economics, the study titled “Who Pays for Maryland Lottery? Evidence fromPoint of Sale Data” married lottery terminal locations with Census tract data and examined the results using geographic information system maps to explore how racial and income groups contribute to state lottery revenues.The findings showed “the voluntary tax collected by the Maryland lottery comes disproportionately from census tracts populatedby African Americans and low-income residents,” specifically those “with less than a high school education, and people age 65 andolder.”Again, with regards to casino gaming, even as city officials, casino owners and gambling aficionados welcome the new parlor, African Americans are more vulnerable to some of the ills of gambling.According to the 2011 UMBC study, “Gambling Prevalence in Maryland: A Baseline Analysis,” which was commissioned by Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, African Americans are 12.5 percent at risk of becoming problem gamblersand have a 4.9 percent rate of pathological gambling.Comparatively, Whites are less likely to be at risk of developing problem gambling at 8.2 percent, and experience a mere 2 percent of pathological gambling concerns.last_img read more

Tyler Perry Steps in to Help 4 Children of Slain Single Mom

first_imgBy The Associated PressALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Less than a day after the family of a slain single mother of four launched a fundraising appeal, actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry has lent his support.News outlets report Perry offered to take care of the family’s rent to stave off eviction, arrange for 45-year-old Tynesha Evans’ body to be flown to Wisconsin for burial and cover her 18-year-old daughter’s tuition at Spelman College so she doesn’t have to drop out.In this Feb. 24, 2019 file photo, Tyler Perry arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Less than a day after the family of a slain single mother of four launched a fundraising appeal, Perry has lent his support. News outlets report Perry offered to take care of the family’s rent to stave off eviction, arrange for 45-year-old Tynesha Evans’ body to be flown to Wisconsin for burial and cover her 18-year-old daughter’s tuition at Spelman College so she doesn’t have to drop out.(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)Evans was killed Saturday morning outside a bank near Atlanta. Her boyfriend, 58-year-old Othniel Inniss, was arrested at the scene.Evans was an author and a full-time health care worker. According to the family’s GoFundMe, two of her four children are still minors.One of them, 14-year-old Shakemia Turner, called Perry “an angel on Earth.”last_img read more

KMC to conduct monthlong campaigns on environment protection in all schools

first_imgKolkata: Commemorating the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to take up a month-long awareness campaign on environment in all the schools across the city. The awareness campaign will not only cover KMC schools but also government and private schools in the city.”We have made elaborate plans for a month-long programme to mark the World Environment Day. We will take up awareness campaigns through documentary, magic shows and various posters to make it interesting for the students. The emphasis will be on curbing the use of plastic,” Member Mayor-in-Council (Environment ) Swapan Samaddar said.Sammadar feels that if students are made aware in a proper manner, they will inform their parents about the necessity of keeping the environment clean. The entire team of the Environment department of the civic body will be involved in the campaign and the MMiC himself will try to cover as many schools as possible. The Borough chairmans have been directed to take up awareness campaigns on environment at their respective boroughs. KMC has already prepared 3,000 banners and several hoardings for the campaign, which will focus on abstaining from the use of plastic, quitting of smoking, keeping the vicinity clean and planting of trees and saplings.”The use of plastic has turned into a menace in the city and awareness is the only way to prevent its excessive use,” a senior official of the Environment department of the civic body said. The campaign will kick off with a rally on June 5 from KMC office on SN Banerjee Road to College Square in presence of Mayor Sovan Chatterjee.The Environment department will hold a meeting with the Parks & Gardens department of the civic body in this regard on Saturday.last_img read more

Woman refuses to buy smart phone son sets her on fire

first_imgKolkata: A 17-year-old boy allegedly set his mother on fire by pouring kerosene on her at Sulunguri in New Town on Monday night.The victim was rushed to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition. Police have arrested her son under Sections 307 IPC (attempt to murder) and 326 IPC (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means). The boy was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board, Bidhannagar, and was sent to a home for 14 days. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe boy lived with his mother and the father lived separately. Locals alleged that he used to mistreat his mother. Recently, he asked for a smart phone which his mother could not afford. However, he kept forcing his mother to buy him a smart phone. On Monday night, when she strictly refused to his demand, he allegedly beat his mother. Later, he poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. The woman gave a statement at the hospital.last_img read more