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Iraq sends mixed signals over closing camp for displaced

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first_imgQAYARA, Iraq (AP) — Iraq appears to have back-tracked on plans to close a camp for internally displaced Iraqis, many with links to the Islamic State group. This comes after a week of confusion and outcry from families unable to return home. Iraq’s minister of migration and displacement said this week that news that Jadah 5 camp in northern Iraq would close within the month was false and that it would remain open for the foreseeable future. A letter issued by the ministry’s provincial directorate in Ninevah province addressed to its sub-districts said closures would begin on Jan. 25, suggesting that the federal government reversed the decision.last_img read more

Prevent “Wet Feet”

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first_img Most root disorders can be prevented by providing good soil drainage. Follow these simple tips to keep your plants healthy and beautiful well beyond those first six months. C. Ness, UGA CAES If the crown or major roots are affected by root rots, the entire plant can wilt and die rapidly. If only the small “feeder” roots are affected, the plant may decline slowly and just look sickly and unproductive. Sick or damaged roots may be present only on part of a plant’s root system, resulting in a one-sided appearance of yellow, stunted leaves. An ounce of prevention PREVENTING “WET FEET” IS EASIER THAN TREATING IT Yellowing plants may not need nitrogen, but less water. Provide good drainage for your plants by building raised beds that allow water to drain quickly. center_img ÿGood planning in the design of beds and lawn areas can prevent surface drainage problems. Slope beds and lawns so water runs away from the house. ÿLow areas sometimes cause problems because they can’t easily be graded to provide for adequate surface drainage. In such cases, you may need to construct drainage channels or French drains. ÿRemember to take into account water coming off of roofs as well. Take care that gutter downspouts drain away from plants and don’t pool water. ÿProvide internal drainage by using raised beds (particularly for annuals and tender perennials). ÿAmending planting beds with 3 to 5 inches of a good topsoil or compost will help improve drainage. Using less organic matter than this won’t provide enough soil structure change to make a difference. ÿDon’t place soil amendments directly in the planting hole. When you use potted plants, till or spade the amendments into the entire bed. Dig single planting holes at least twice the width of the root ball. Make the sides of the hole rough and jagged. Check drainage conditions first by filling the hole with water. If water drains in 24 hours, you can assume there is enough drainage. If water stands in the hole, take corrective measures or use only plants tolerant of poorly drained sites. ÿWhen planting, never place a plant deeper than the top of the root ball. Remember that the soilÿ may settle some if you dig too deep and have to backfill. ÿFinally, avoid overwatering. Most plants need about 1 inch of water per week. Any more than this may cause root problems. Water plants near the drip line of their foliage. Many times we get excited about planting new shrubs and flowers in the landscape. Webuyÿ the plants, dig the hole, drop them in and sit back and admire their beauty. Butsix months later they sometimes turn a disappointing shade of yellow.Problem may not be what you think Many folks then throw out some fertilizer, thinking the plants need nitrogen. In reality, these plants may very well be suffering from a problem common in Georgia soils, called “wet feet.” ÿWet feet is the name given to a list of diseases and problems associated with poor drainage. Our heavy clay soils tend to hold moisture well, and this often causes the roots of a plant to rot. ÿlast_img read more

Supervisors to OK $10,000 reward in murder of Norwalk man

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first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH WHITTIER – The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday are expected to authorize a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who fatally shot a Norwalk man in December. The reward, to be voted on by supervisors at their regular meeting, is not the first to be offered in the murder of 21-year-old Paul Gomez, who was shot at an intersection in unincorporated South Whittier on Dec. 10, while he was riding in the passenger seat of a friends vehicle. Gomezs parents had offered a $1,000 reward in January. Paul Gomez was the second son the couple has lost to murder – both crimes so far unsolved, said his mother.last_img read more

NSS Labs: Internet Explorer Still Better At Blocking Malware Than Chrome, Firefox

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first_imgklint finley Tags:#enterprise#Products Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Of course, there are other tools that can help protect your users from socially engineered malware, such as end-point protection software. And there are other potential security holes in browsers (to say nothing about PDF viewers). Also, NSS Labs did not test the phishing protection capabilities of any of these browsers.What the results may indicate, however, is that Microsoft’s malware database is better than Google’s Safe Browsing data feed. Chrome, Firefox and Safari all use Google Safe Browsing data feed to block malware. But then why the discrepancy between those three browsers? NSS Labs speculates that the discrepancy could be due to differing implementations of the API, calling the API at different times or differing parameters used.Perhaps the most surprising result is that Opera’s AVG powered malware blocking function failed to block a single malware download in NSS Labs’ tests.The report indicates that NSS Labs found that Opera did not block malware that AVG’s Online Shield reputation system does indeed block. NSS Labs suggests that the integration of AVG’s technology into Opera is incomplete.Opera’s PR Manager Thomas Ford told us that Opera’s malware protection is a compliment to its Fraud Protection mechanism, which also protects against phishing and other security issues. “We have multiple providers for our Fraud Protection mechanism,” Ford says. “It’s unclear why NSS Labs did not manage to test our AVG feed, but it is very strange that they do not test results from any of our other providers, including Yandex, which performs very well in our tests.”But this was not a test of Opera and other browsers’ protection against phishing, it was a socially engineered malware protection test. (NSS Labs did a testing of phishing protection last year, and Opera fared much better in that test.)Ford also notes: “We would welcome hearing more from NSS Labs about their methodology, including the URLs used, so we could more fully evaluate their findings.”Representatives from AVG did not respond to requests for comment. We covered controversy surrounding NSS Labs’ testing in general, and around its testing of AVG in particular, in our article Antivirus Product Testing is Changing, Whether Vendors Like it or Not.It’s difficult to asses NSS Labs’ results without being able to access the company’s malware samples. In the past, vendors have complained that NSS Labs charges steep fees for access to its sample list. However, NSS Labs President Rick Moy has explained to us in the past that consulting is how NSS Labs makes its money since the company has moved away from commissioned testing. Other independent testers such as AV-Comparatives and AV-Test.org don’t tend to release malware samples either. That makes it very difficult for outside observers to evaluate the results of any of these tests. Update: Andreas Marx of AV-Comparatives tells me that both AV-Comparaties and AV-Test.org give vendors the malware samples they test with. Internet Explorer 8 and 9 both block more socially engineered malware than Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Safari. At least, that’s what the Web Browser Group Test Socially-Engineered Malware Q3 2010 report from NSS Labs says. The results are similar to NSS Labs’ previous reports on the subject. Past browser testing reports from NSS Labs were reported to have been commissioned by Microsoft. I’m no longer able to find any disclosure about this in these reports.So, should you scrap those plans to deploy Chrome in the enterprise you made earlier this evening? Not necessarily. These results are focused on the browsers’ native ability to block malware downloads – not the overall security of each browser.When navigating to a site known to contain malware, one should hopefully get a warning such as this one:Firefox warningNSS Labs tested several popular browsers against a list of sites known to contain malware. Here is a chart summarizing the results: Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

In Tucson, Solar Power on a Grand Scale

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first_imgBy the time all 45,000 solar panels are in the ground and another 36,000 are mounted on the roofs of the 900 or so houses in Soaring Heights Communities, the project’s total annual PV output will top 10 million kWh – enough to cover 75% of Soaring Heights’ electricity needs.That’s a lot of juice. The partners in this development – housing developer Actus Lend Lease, solar provider SolarCity, Tucson Electric Power, and financing parties National Bank of Arizona and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation – say the project will be the largest of its kind in the continental U.S., and with adjustments over time, could become a net-zero-energy operation.Once build-out is complete, Soaring Heights – which is part of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base – also will represent a 15% increase over Arizona’s current grid-tied solar capacity.Although the community includes existing homes, most will be new structures built to energy efficiency standards of Tucson Electric Power’s Guarantee Home Program, which provides rate guarantees for heating and cooling in homes that meet the standards.And because the ground and rooftop solar power systems will help Tucson Electric Power reach renewable-energy goals set by state regulators, the company also will provide incentives through its customer-funded SunShare program to reduce the long-term cost of Soaring Heights’ PV installation, whose systems will be designed and installed by SolarCity and interconnected by TEP.SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive called Soaring Heights “our largest installation to date. We expect this project to be a springboard for additional clean power development in Arizona, one of the best locations for solar in the world.”last_img read more

VA Rural Health Training’s Benefiting Professionals & Caregivers

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first_imgNEW RESOURCE–The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Rural Health (ORH) is now providing on-demand education credit, thanks to MyVeHU Campus. MyVeHU Campus provides ten interactive broadcasts that focus on rural health, including two that may be of interest to caregivers and professionals entitled Chronic Management: Meeting the Challenge in Rural Settings and Caregiver Resources for Aging Rural Veterans. These programs focus on getting your veteran the help they need in rural settings, whether it be pain relief or helping with older veterans in areas without up-to-date technology.In addition to Chronic Pain and Caregiver Resources trainings, professionals can find rural health specific content on:Post Deployment Care Integration for Rural OEF/OIF/OND Combat VeteransFacilitating Co-Managed Care for the Rural VeteranRural Community Collaborations and Veteran OutreachCultural Competence and Caring for the Rural VeteranAn Introduction to the VHA Office of Rural Health (ORH)RHPI: CBOC Operations and IssuesThe Rural CBOC PACT Implementation ExperienceRural and Veteran Culture – Times of Change ForumAccessing MyVeHUIf you are new to MyVeHUV Campus, you will need to enroll before accessing any training. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to access the system by clicking here. For more information on MyVeHU Campus sessions and support staff, visit Rural Health Training.last_img read more

Federer reaches 7th Australian Open final after Chung retires

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first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He didn’t let anyone down in a clinical disposal of the No. 58-ranked Chung, who won the Next Gen ATP Finals last November and had an attention-grabbing run through his first five rounds in Melbourne.Chung was the first Korean to reach the semifinals at a major and had taken out Djokovic and No. 4-ranked Alexander Zverev on his way to the last four.South Korea’s Hyeon Chung waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena after retiring injured from his semifinal against Switzerland’s Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Earlier, Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France became the first players from their respective countries to lift the Australian Open women’s doubles crown.Babos and Mladenovic combined to beat the Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-3.It’s the first Grand Slam title for Babos. Mladenovic won the 2016 French Open doubles with compatriot Caroline Garcia. Rain or Shine sends NLEX to fourth straight loss “I’ve played with blisters in the past a lot, and it hurts a lot. And at one point, it’s just too much and you can’t take it anymore — you can’t go on,” said Federer, who will be contesting his 30th major final. “That’s why this one feels bittersweet. I’m incredibly happy to be in the finals, but not like this.“He’s played such a wonderful tournament, so credit to him for playing so hard again today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFederer beat Cilic in the final at Wimbledon last year, when the Croatian player was hampered by blisters on his feet, too.This time, Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open winner, has had one more day off than Federer after his semifinal win over Kyle Edmund. MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena following South Korea’s Hyeon Chung’s retirement from their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer has moved to within one win of a 20th Grand Slam singles title after reaching a record seventh Australian Open final when Hyeon Chung retired from their semifinal on Friday night.Defending champion Federer was leading 6-1, 5-2 when Chung retired because of blisters on his left foot. Federer, who spent just over an hour on court, will play No. 6-seeded Marin Cilic in the final on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The 21-year-old Chung needed a medical timeout to re-tape his left foot after going down a break in the second set and only played two more games before he quit.Federer was utterly dominant until that point. After all, the 36-year-old Swiss star had the standing of the so-called Big Four to protect — there hasn’t been a final at Melbourne Park since 2005 that hasn’t featured Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray.Medical staff attend to the foot of South Korea’s Hyeon Chung during his semifinal against Switzerland’s Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Stan Wawrinka’s win over Nadal in 2014 was the only final since 2008 that didn’t feature two of the Big Four.Federer set a record by reaching his seventh Australian Open final — one more than Djokovic — and has lost only one of the first six, to Nadal in 2009.Cilic beat top-ranked Nadal in the quarterfinals and Chung stunned six-time champion Djokovic in the fourth round. And Murray, a five-time Australian Open runner-up, withdrew from the season-opening major to have surgery on his hip, leaving their collective reputation for dominance in Australia on Federer.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Nextlast_img read more

Photo: TCU Is Giving Free Beach Tank Tops To The First 200 Students At Tonight’s Game

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first_img"Beach" tank tops given out to students at TCU game.When you’re 16-11 overall and facing a 12-16 conference opponent, sometimes you have to get creative to attempt to draw fans. That appears to be what TCU is doing for tonight’s game against Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs are offering free beach tank tops to the first 200 students to show up at Wilkerson-Greines Athletic Center for the “Beach Bash.”Are there even any palm trees in the Fort Worth area?last_img

Little backpacks GPS used to track nighthawks from northern Alberta to Brazil

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first_imgEDMONTON – The whoosh of nighthawk wings is a familiar sound in the Canadian dusk.Now, scientists have figured out where those enigmatic wings whoosh off to for the winter.“We have identified where these birds actually go,” said University of Alberta biologist Elly Knight, co-author of a new paper in the Canadian Journal of Zoology.Nighthawks breed almost everywhere in southern Canada and as far north as central Yukon.“A lot of people really identify strongly with nighthawks, in a very nostalgic way,” Knight said. “There are a lot of folks from country landscapes that spend time on their back porch and the sound of the nighthawk, they associate with those warm summer nights.”Still, little is known about them, partly because they’re well camouflaged during the day and only active at dusk, when they’re hard to see.“They look a lot like a branch, or the ground,” said Knight.“But once they break that camouflage, they have these long wings with beautiful markings and when they open their mouths, they look a little bit like a dinosaur. They have this huge mouth that opens up.”Their greatest mystery, however, has been their breeding ground. Until now.Working with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre, Knight and her colleagues attached tiny, three-gram backpacks to 10 birds north of Fort McMurray. Those tags fed data to overhead satellites every 10 days, allowing the team to track their migratory path for the first time.The birds flew south over the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil, where they spent the winter hawking around in the Amazon rainforest and tropical savannah. Then they flew back from where they came — an annual round trip of 20,000 kilometres.“That’s about as much as most people put on their car,” Knight said. “This is an 80-gram bird that’s doing it fuelled by insects.”What’s more, the nighthawks are so good at navigating that after all that distance, most of them returned to within a kilometre of where they left.Knight notes the trackers are mounted with cords that decay after a time, releasing the birds from their burden.North America has 13 nighthawk populations. All but one are in decline and the species is considered threatened in Canada and several U.S. states.What’s behind the decline is poorly understood. Many nighthawks seem perfectly content to breed on agricultural land in the nesting range.Connecting all the dots on their migratory path is a big step toward understanding all the threats the birds face, said Knight.“Understanding that connection will help us figure out what conditions are they experiencing across what we call their annual cycle, where they’re up north to breed and they migrate through the U.S. through Central America and then overwinter in South America,” Knight said. “They’re declining across their range as a whole.”Most bird species are declining in North America. But birds that eat bugs on the wing are dropping particularly quickly.“That whole group of birds is declining faster than any group of birds in North America.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more