Coast Guard rescues boaters along Intracoastal Waterway

first_img It happened near Channel Marker 71A near Shallotte River around 10:30 a.m.The coast guard says the boaters are out of the water and are safe.No word on how many people were on board.Related Article: Florence floods parts of Columbus Co. left alone by Matthew BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The US Coast Guard Station Oak Island rescued boaters who were in the water after an accident along the Intracoastal Waterway.According to Brunswick County dispatch, the call came in that a boat hit the channel marker post.- Advertisement – last_img

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Small Business Administration lowinterest loans available to homeowners renters

first_imgA small business owner places an “Open” sign in his window. (Photo: USAF) PENDER COUNTY, NC (Press Release) — Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profit organizations of all sizes that were affected by Hurricane Florence.SBA offers disaster assistance loans up to $200,000 to homeowners for the repair or replacement of disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are also eligible to borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. Automobiles that were damaged by the disaster are also eligible for disaster assistance loans.- Advertisement – Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, the SBA offers the Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by Hurricane Florence. Economic Injury disaster loans are available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.The disaster loans interest rates are as low as 2 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.5 percent for non-profit organizations and 3.675 percent for businesses and economic injury, with terms up to 30 years to repay the disaster loan. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.Related Article: Belville town leaders update storm damage relief efforts at open forumThe application filing deadline is Nov. 13. To apply, go online to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.last_img read more

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Double Homicide son possible killer father also killed in the past

first_imgThe corpses of the two women that have been reported missing on Tuesday have been found in field limits of Għaxaq. Marija Lourdes and Angele Bonnici, who are mother and daughter, have been reported missing earlier this week.The field is situated in Triq Santu Kristu and is close to the victims’ residence. Police stated that they have found the dead bodies following an an investigative exercise on the possible whereabouts of the two women.Reports are surfacing that the son of one of the victims has admitted of killing his mother and sister.Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo is leading the inquest and has appointed a number of experts to assist her in the case.Like father like son? The victims of the double homicide have had their fair share of tragedy in the past. The husband and father of two victims had killed the neighbours in a heated argument.Paul Bonnici was sentenced to 31 years in jail after he was found guilty of killing his neighbours Joseph and Carmela Dalli in front of their home in Għaxaq following a heated argument back in 2000.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Linux alternatives to popular Windows Software

first_imgAdvertisement Are you new to Linux, are you finding it hard to adjust to the Linux environment  and are wondering where you can get an application for Linux that is similar to the XYZ program on Windows.Sit back and relax, today we present yo you programs that could be considered roughly equivalent to certain popular Windows applications.The Linux programs might not have all the features which can be found in Windows proprietary software, but again some may actually have more features than the windows software.Windows AppLinu AppDescriptionMicrosoft Office, OpenOffice.orgOpenOffice, KOffice, Siag Office, Libre OfficeOffice packageWordOOWriter, KWord, LaTeXWord ProcessingNotepad, Wordpad, TheGun, EditPlus, SciTEKWrite, Kate, BlueFish, Gedit, JoeText EditorsAccess, dBase, Foxpro, ParadoxKexi, OOBaseDatabaseExcel, Lotus123, QuattroProOOCalc, KSpreadSpreadsheetVisioKivio, yedDiagrammingPowerPointOOImpressPresentation softwareMicrosoft Project ManagerImendio Planner, Kplato, MOOS Project Viewer, MrProjectProject managementOutlook, Thunderbird + Lightning, SunbirdKontact, BALSA, Thunderbird +Lightning, SunbirdPersonal information managersAlcohol 120%, Discjuggler, Easy CD Creator, Nero Burning ROMK3b, XCDRoast, moreCD burningQuicken, Microsoft Money, TurboTaxGnucAsh, KMyMoney, CrossOverOffice with Quicken, lazy8ledgerAccountingActiveSyncSynCESynchronization with Windows Mobile devicesWinEdt, TeXnicCenterKile, Texmaker, LyXLaTeX IDEsVeritas Backup Exec, Cobian BackupUniSon, Veritas Netbackup, moreBackupGoogle DesktopBeagle, Recoll, Google DesktopDesktop SearchNorton GhostPartition Image, g4u, Mondo, ddDisk imagingNorton Partition MagicQTparted, GPartedDisk partitioningDisk Size ExplorerFile Light, KonquerorDisk usage analyzersFilemon, Regmonsyscalltracksystem call tracking (file monitor & others)WinMerge, SyncToyMeld, Unison, Synkron, rSyncFile synchronizationWindows Update, Add/Remove programsapt-get, Aptitude, portage, rpm,urpmi, yast, yum, SynapticEvery Linux distribution has an infrastructure to manage installed software which is quite different from Windows. For instance, all updates are handled by a single program. See package management.WinRunnerxautomationautomating interactive applications7-Zip, Winzip, WinrarKarchiver, File Roller, ark, hjsplit;command line toolsArchiverschkdskfsckcheck your file system (and the hard disk beneath it) for errorsDaemon Toolsmount, GMount-ISOISO mountingDisclibgWhereDisk cataloging programsDreamweaver, NVU, KompoZerOOWeb, moreWeb DesignQuark, Quark Express, Microsoft PublisherScribusDTP softwareAdobe Acrobat PDF ReaderAdobe Acrobat Reader, Xpdf, Kpdf, Ghostview, Evince; morePDF readersAdobe Acrobat Distiller, PDFCreatorCUPS-PDF, OpenOffice.org, kprinter — can convert to pdf. morePDF authoringAdobe Acrobat PDF editorpdftk, pdfedit, pdfjam, pdf studio, morePDF editing toolsSilverFastxSane, VueScanscanningFinePrintpage-crunch, mpage, Kprinter, psnup/PSutils, pdfnup/PDFjamDocument printing/reformatting toolsWindows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere Elements,MultiquenceCinelerra, KDenlive, LiVES, Kino, AviDemuxVideo EditorsWindows Media Player, PowerDVDMPlayer, Xine, Totem, Kaffeine, VLCVideo PlayersWinamp, Sonique, iTunes, aTunesamaroK, aTunes, XMMS, noatun, RhythmBox, xine will play aac and wma,BansheeMusic PlayersVideorathinliquidfilmVideo converterTMPGEnc DVD Author, Roxio DVDitBombono DVDDVD authoring softwareSIA Smaart LiveBRP-PACUSound analysisOTSAV, OTS Turntables, Serato, Traktor, Virtual DJ, PC DJ,Mixxx, UltraMixerMixxx, UltraMixerAudio & video play out (DJ/presenter)NoteWorthy Composer, MuseScore, LilyPondMuseScore,LilyPondMusical score typesettingMicrosoft Paint, Kid Pix, Tux PaintTuxpAint, KolourPaintBasic raster painting programsIrfanview, ACDSeeXnView, GQView, Mirage, GThumbImage viewersGuitarPro, TuxGuitarTuxGuitarGuitar tablature editorsCorel Draw, Adobe IllustratorInkscapeVector graphics editorsCakewalk/Sonarkmid, kmidi, RosegardenMIDIAudio Catalyst, dbpoweramp, CDexGrip, AudacityAudio EditorsAudacity, Cubase, CoolEdit, GoldWave,Cakewalk/SonarArdour, Rosegarden, Audacity, GNUsound, BeastDigital audio workstation softwareAdobe Photoshop,Corel Photo-Paint, GIMP, GIMPShopGIMP, GIMPShop, Krita, Pixel (non-free high quality), LightZone (non-free high quality)Raster graphics editors3D Studio MAX, Blender, MayaBlender, Maya, Softimage, K-3D3D modeling software – Advertisement – Credit: Linux Questionslast_img read more

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Tech firms on alert as US top court takes up class action

first_imgGoogle Inc, Facebook Inc, eBay Inc and Yahoo Inc filed court papers backing Spokeo, a people search website. Image Credit: WashingtonPost Advertisement The U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Monday whether to nip in the bud a class action lawsuit against online search service Spokeo Inc in a case closely watched by Silicon Valley companies that face similar claims.If the court rules for Pasadena, California-based Spokeo and finds that a consumer lawsuit cannot proceed when the plaintiff cannot show he is being harmed, it could curtail a recent wave of class action cases against online companies.Google Inc, Facebook Inc, eBay Inc and Yahoo Inc filed court papers backing Spokeo, a people search website. – Advertisement – If similar cases are allowed to proceed against other companies, any user of their services who alleges a legal violation based only on a technical violation of a federal statute could “pursue a multi-billion dollar statutory damages claim despite the lack of injury,” the brief said.The case gives the conservative-leaning Supreme Court another chance to limit class action litigation as it has in a series of rulings including a major 2011 victory for Wal Mart Stores Inc.“We think this case presents the opportunity … to close the door on non-injury class actions,” said Jason Matthes, Spokeo’s general counsel.Facebook, Google and Yahoo have all faced similar lawsuits over violations of different federal laws. As many online companies have millions of users, a case can quickly snowball into a multimillion dollar class action.Without class action status, a case involving an individual plaintiff presents a much smaller risk to a company.Kate Todd, an attorney with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s legal arm, called the Spokeo dispute an example of plaintiffs’ lawyers “pushing the boundaries” of the types of cases that can be pursued.[related-posts]In the Spokeo case, plaintiff Thomas Robins sued in California on behalf of himself and a potential class under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which requires consumer reporting agencies to provide correct information. There is a maximum $1,000 penalty per violation.Robins, who was unemployed when he sued in 2010, had claimed his Spokeo entry had damaged his job-seeking prospects because it contained inaccurate information. The entry, for example, said Robins has a graduate degree, which he called incorrect.“In today’s age, consumers are increasingly concerned about their online reputation,” said Robins’ attorney, Jay Edelson, whose firm specializes in suing tech companies for privacy violations.The high court is currently considering two other class action cases. One involving claims against advertising firm Campbell-Ewald Co was argued last month.The other, concerning a lawsuit against food producer Tyson Foods Inc, will be argued on Nov. 10.[Reuters]last_img read more

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Taxify Launches Taxify Go For Drivers With Lower Fuel Consumption Vehicles

first_imgCustomer using a Taxify Taxi. Advertisement With the growing tension in the ride-hailing business, we’ve to say ride-hailing firms are doing all their best to have customers take their side. From expanding to more markets, to affordable prices and discounts, to convenience, and so forth. Recently, moto-taxi hailing firm; safeboda was reported to have expanded its market to Kenya, however there was no official mention/comment from the company.As of today, Taxify Uganda has launched a new service dubbed Taxify Go, that will allow drivers with smaller, lower fuel consumption vehicles an opportunity to access earnings. It has been rumored multiple times, how these drivers of these ride-hailing firms are largely affected by the cost of fuel which end up resulting into a strike by the drivers.Taxify Go is Taxify’s economy category with pocket friendly fares. The category consists of smaller 4-seater cars with 1300cc engines that consume less fuel, resulting in lower operational costs to drivers and therefore more affordable fares for riders. – Advertisement – The Operations Manager of Taxify Uganda, Julian Byamugisha, in a statement said, “We’ve recognized that as our customer base expands, and they grow accustomed to using the ride hailing service, people are now moving to a point where they want more options on how they can get around the city. There is also a rising number of drivers who want to use smaller engine capacity vehicles. This category serves the needs of both the drivers and riders.”The Taxify Go option launches at a 15% off discounted price. The Base Fare will be UGX800, UGX400 per km, UGX70 per minute, and a minimum Fare of UGX3000. The company says its drivers will be compensated by bonuses to ensure their earnings are not affected by the price discount.“The pricing for this category has been developed carefully so as to appeal to riders desiring a more affordable way to move around as well as driver-partners who would like to gain access to more earnings. Drivers will be able to take more trips with this new category,” Julian said.Unlike Safeboda, and DailJack who only looked at the moto-taxi industry, Taxify took both options for hailing a taxi or a moto-taxi, with its biggest competitor being Uber who also have both taxi and boda hailing options. Taxify launched its taxi services in October, 2017 in Kampala, and their moto-taxi in February this year while their competitors Uber, launched in June, 2016 then their moto-taxi option in March this year.[related-posts]last_img read more

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DAVY RUSSELL Naas Saturday

first_imgThe much needed rain has arrived at last. I can certainly vouch for that having got soaked riding work this morning! The rain was torrential but a bright spot was that Paloma Blue jumped well when I schooled him over fences.Also news in the last 24 hours that Presenting Percy is set to make his seasonal reappearance in the John Durkan Memorial at Punchestown on 9th December. He’s well in himself and it looks the perfect comeback race for him over two and half miles as he bids to step up in trip further on in the season. It’s always a great race and I’m already looking forward to it.The jumps season really warms up this weekend in Ireland with excellent cards at Naas on Saturday and Navan on Sunday. I’ll be back with a new blog on Saturday evening with my thoughts on Sunday’s rides which include Dortmund Park in the Lismullen Hurdle and Doctor Phoenix in the Fortria Chase.Despite the downpour on Friday and more rain forecast I can’t see the ground at Naas being any worse than yielding, which just goes to show had badly it’s been needed.I’ve got four booked rides on the card. I’m not involved in the Grade 3 Poplar Chase at 12.30 but it looks a race to savour with Footpad and Saint Calvados set to renew rivalry. They last met in the Arkle when it went firmly the way of the Willie Mullins trained runner.SATURDAYNAASMASTERMIND (1.05pm Fishery Lane Hurdle)A tough ask for my fella here in a race deep in quality if not quantity. Saldier, Espoir D’Allen and Mr Adjudicator are hard to split and a lot will simply come down to the one that’s the most forward. Mastermind does enjoy a fitness edge, given he ran really well in Galway when a close up fourth 12 days ago but the balance of his hurdles form would suggest he’s in at the deep end and would probably need a career best.DALLAS DES PICTONS (1.40pm)Looks a lovely prospect but a lot of Gordon’s (Elliott) have been needing the run as we have struggled to get work into them on the faster ground. Dallas Des Pictons joins the stable from France where he won a couple of races and hopefully he’ll run a big race for us in a race that doesn’t look too deep a contest on paper at least.NICOLE’S MILAN (2.15pm)Has had a wind op since his last flight fall in Cork and often they can need a run after that procedure. He’s been working well at home but does carry a bit of condition. He’s got some solid form but we need everything to be be sound in the jumping department. This looks an open race.BURREN LIFE (3.25pm)21 runners in a beginners chase so we’ll need our fair share of luck! It’s a very competitive one too with classy hurdlers Bacardys and Any Second Now in opposition. Burren Life gave me a good spin the last day at Tipperary when he finished second over 2m 7f and drops back in trip today. That should have blown the cobwebs off him but this is much tougher.DAVY YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

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Rice Professor Named to National Academy of Engineering

first_imgShare Contact: Philip Montgomery Phone: (713) 831-4792 Rice Professor Named to National Academy of Engineering The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) elected Riki Kobayashi, a Rice University professor of chemicalengineering, as a member of the academy. He was one of 77 engineers in the United States elected to the NAE during the annual February induction. The NAE is a national advisory body of the federal government. Election to the body isconsidered one of the highest honors conferred on engineers. The letter announcing the elections said the academy elects members based upon their “important contributions to engineering theory and practice including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice and those who have demonstrated unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new anddeveloping fields of technology.”“I am delighted that Riki has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, a well deserved honor,” said ClarenceMiller, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rice. “For many years, he has been a central figure in the department’s research program in thermodynamics, which is widely recognized for its excellence. Riki and his coworkers have designed and built many novel types of equipment to allow improved measurements of properties of a wide range of fluids over a wide range oftemperatures and pressures.” George Hirasaki, a Rice professor of chemical engineering and a member of the NAE, said, “Perhaps more than any other living individual, Professor Kobayashi has provided the engineering database for the natural gas industry. The Gas Processors Association recognized this outstanding lifetime accomplishment in their first Donald L. Katz Award. His work was characterized in a 1987 AIChE symposium in his honor as `one of the century’s most prolific and lasting efforts in thermodynamic and transportproperties.’” Hirasaki said Kobayashi had the vision to pioneer the measurement of hydrocarbon vapor-water-gas hydrate equilibrium; the use of gas chromatography to measure vapor-liquid and vapor-solid equilibria, phase transitions and molecular diffusivity; and the useof laser light scatter to measure properties in the critical region. Some recent industrial applications of Kobayashi’s work include the design of CO2 processing facilities for enhanced oil recovery and design criteria for dehydrating natural gas in North Slope andNorth Sea production to prevent hydrate formation. Most recently, Kobayashi along with two research associates, Fouad Fleyfel and Kyoo Song, have submitted a paper for publication announcing their discovery of the mechanism that allows gas and water to form an icy mixture called hydrates. Hydrates plague the natural gas industry by forming icy plugs that prevent thetransmission of gas through pipelines. Rice University is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian private university dedicated to undergraduate teaching and graduate studies, research and professional training in selected disciplines. It has an undergraduate student population of 2,584, a graduate and professional student population of 1,489 and a full-time faculty of 448. ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img
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Breakthrough method in growing replacement cartilage

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share CONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Breakthrough method in growing replacement cartilage Rice bioengineers pioneer techniques for knee repair A breakthrough self-assembly technique for growing replacement cartilage offers the first hope of replacing the entire articular surface of knees damaged by arthritis. The technique, developed at Rice University’s Musculoskeletal Bioengineering Laboratory, is described in this month’s issue of the journal Tissue Engineering. “This has significant ramifications because we are now beginning to talk, for the first time, about the potential treatment of entire arthritic joints and not just small defects,” said lead researcher and lab director Kyriacos Athanasiou , the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering . Athanasiou’s new self-assembly method involves a break from conventional wisdom in bioengineering; almost all previous attempts to grow replacement transplant tissues involved the use of biodegradable implants that are seeded with donor cells and growth factors. These implants, which engineers refer to as scaffolds, foster the tissue growth process by acting as a template for new growth, but they always present a risk of toxicity due to the fact that they are made of materials that aren’t naturally found in the body. In the newly reported findings, Athanasiou and postdoctoral researcher Jerry Hu, using nothing but donor cells, grew dime-sized disks of cartilage with properties approaching those of native tissue. In a follow-up study due for publication soon, graduate student Christopher Revell refined the process to produce disks that are virtually identical to native tissue in terms of both mechanical and biochemical makeup. In a third, and perhaps most impressive breakthrough, Athanasiou and Hu used the self-assembly approach to grow the entire articular surface of the distal femur. Each of these unbroken samples were tailored three-dimensionally to fit a specific rabbit femur. “If you told me 10 years ago that we would be making entire articular end caps via self assembly I would have said you were crazy,” said Athanasiou. “The fact that we can do this is an indication of how far the discipline of tissue engineering has progressed.” Unlike cartilage, most tissues in our bodies – including skin, blood vessels and bone – regenerate themselves constantly. Tissue engineers try to capitalize on the body’s own regenerative powers to grow replacement tissues that can be transplanted without risk of rejection. Donor cells from the patient are used as a starting place to eliminate rejection risks. Most tissue engineering involves honeycombed plastic templates or hydrogels called scaffolds that are used to guide colonies of donor cells. Donor cells can be either adult stem cells or other immature cells. Athanasiou’s latest work was done using chondrocytes, or cartilage cells. Athanasiou, a former president of the international Biomedical Engineering Society, helped pioneer the development of coin-sized scaffolds in the early 1990s that are now the state-of-the-art clinical option for repairing small defects in articular knee cartilage. His lab is also working on techniques to grow replacement knee menisci, the kidney shaped wedges of cartilage that sit between the femur and tibia and absorb the compressive shock that the bones undergo during walking and running. Over the past 18 months, he and his students Adam Aufderheide and Gwen Hoben have perfected methods of growing meniscus-shaped pieces of cartilage, but they are still trying to perfect the mechanical strength of the engineered meniscus tissue, which must be able to withstand up to an astounding 2,400 pounds per square inch of compressive pressure. Athanasiou’s research is funded by Rice University and the National Institutes of Health. High-resolution images are available at http://www.rice.edu/media/cartilage.html . last_img read more

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Scholar to discuss rise of the United States in the 19th century

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Howe received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.The event is sponsored by the Rice Department of History.Members of the news media who want to attend should contact Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775. ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775EMAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduScholar to discuss rise of the United States in the 19th century at April 15 lecture at RiceDaniel Walker Howe, professor of history emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles and author of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, “What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848,” will speak at Rice University April 15. The lecture is free and open to the public.Howe’s presentation begins at 4 p.m. in Sewall Hall’s room 309 on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.The lecture is titled “What Hath God Wrought: The Communications Revolution of the 1840s.” It will reflect Howe’s argument that improvement in transportation and communications technologies like the railroad and telegraph drove the major social, political and economic changes that took place in the United States during the period.“What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848,” was published by Oxford University Press in 2007 as part of the prestigious series the Oxford History of the United States.In addition to his position at UCLA, Howe is also the Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University. He is also the 2011 Lewis P. Jones Visiting Professor of History at Wofford College.last_img read more

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