The Agency asks for proposals to develop former IBM Country Club

first_imgThe Agency shared on it’s Facebook page Thursday that it is requesting proposals “for the purchase and redevelopment of the site”. “This property has prime proximity to a number of professional, educational, cultural and recreational opportunities”, the project summary states. “This includes UHS Hospital and Medical Services, and the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Decker College of Health Sciences.” Pictures of the vacant site formerly known as the “IBM Country Club” (Source: The Agency) The 9.33-acre site is located near the business district of the Village of Johnson City, located between Traditions at the Glen’s golf course and Interstate 86. The property is being sold “as is” and is currently vacant. Anyone interested in the property is asked to submit an RFP and statement of qualifications for the purchase by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — Sitting “in a very active and visible corridor in Broome County”, the former IBM Country Club building located at 4301 Watson Blvd. in the Town of Union could be sold and redeveloped. “I am excited to pursue the redevelopment of this site which sits in a very active and visible corridor in Broome County,” said Executive Director Stacey Duncan. “I’m confident that we can create a dynamic public-private partnership to provide increased tax revenue to the community.” To learn more about the project, click here.last_img read more

Comcast’s Brian Roberts eyes explosive takeover of 21st Century Fox

first_img StumbleUpon Ben Keith, Star Sports: racing must be diverse, fun, and welcoming January 22, 2020 Brain L Roberts the Chairman and Chief Executive of US telecoms and media giant Comcast has made a power play move for 21st Century Fox assets, challenging the agreed $52 billion deal between Rupert Murdoch and Walt Disney Co.Valued at $200 billion, Comcast the US’ largest cable operator and internet services provider is set to propose an alternative ‘all cash package’ to 21st Century Fox shareholders.Leading Comcast’s bid, Roberts believes that his cash offer can stump Disney’s proposed all-share transaction, delivering greater value for Fox investors.Mirroring, Disney’s bid Comcast seeks to takeover 21st Century Fox Studios, Fox Entertainment assets and Fox’s 39% stake in Sky Plc, allowing the media giant to enter the European sports market.The deal would further see Comcast acquire leading Asian sports broadcaster Star Sports, extending its US sports verticals within the region.Competing in the US market, Roberts and Murdoch have clashed several times in relation to NBC and Universal Studio properties, and Comcast’s failed 2015 merger with Time Warner.It is believed that Roberts will seek to freeze-out any Murdoch interest in a Comcast-Fox combination, whereas Disney’s offer delivers the Murdoch family a 5% stake in the enlarged enterprise.In December 2017, Rupert Murdoch accepted Disney’s $52 billion offer, seeking to create the ‘world’s largest entertainment company’.  Media news sources reported that Murdoch was keen to depart the entertainment and movie sectors, with the media mogul returning to being a ‘traditional newsman’ operating a controlling stake in Fox News, News Corp UK and The Wall Street Journal.Richard’s bold offer has shocked business insiders, who now detail that a new media and entertainment turf war has kicked-off between Comcast and Disney.Nevertheless, US business commentators believe that both Comcast and Disney are prepared to stockpile entertainment assets in order to counter the all-encompassing threats of tech giants’ Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, who are advancing their media, sports and entertainment agendas. On-course bookies rail against ‘severe’ age-verification penalties January 29, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Share Countdown to Cheltenham: Star Sports on why they ‘do not bet on an opinion’ March 10, 2020last_img read more


first_img4 Lanterns USL Results & Reports 06.04.14Knockalla Cup Q-finalsLetterkenny Rovers 5 1 Milford Utd. Swilly Rovers 1 1 Glenea Utd.AET – Swilly won on pens.Drumkeen Utd. 0 0 Derry City Res.AET – Drumkeen Utd. won on pens. Glengad Utd. 2 3 Cockhill CelticSemi-final drawTies to be played on Sunday, May 4thLetterkenny Rovers v Drumkeen Utd.Swilly Rovers v Cockhill Celtic Match Report: Drumkeen Advance in Penalty Shoot OutDrumkeen Utd. 0Derry City Res. 0Drumkeen edged Derry City Res. 4-3 on penalties after normal time and extra-time failed to produce a goal in this Knockalla Cup quarter final, played at a very windy St Patrick’s Park. The first half was scrappy enough with both teams working hard to close each other down and very few chances were created, Darren Cassidy put one over the bar and at the other end Michael Barr had an effort saved by Steven Conroy, the game was delayed just before half time when one of the young Derry players became ill and had to be taken to hospital, Derry began the second half brightly and forced an early corner which was well dealt with by keeper Conroy, then Georgie Kelly had a shot saved by Conroy, Derry had the ball in the Drumkeen net on 51 minutes but Nathan Boyle’s effort was disallowed for offside, Drumkeen had a couple more efforts Conor Carlin shot was saved by Ciaran Gallagher and then Shovlin also had an effort straight at the keeper as well. The wind was very strong in the second half which made it difficult for both teams and in extra time there were very few chances. Conor Carlin had a shot saved and Derry forced a couple of corners which no one could get on the end of and so we went to the dreaded penalty shoot-out, Steven Conroy saved the third penalty and Derry’s last penalty went over the bar, Ciaran Gallagher also saved a penalty so it ended up 4 – 3 to Drumkeen on penalties and they advance to a semi-final meeting with Letterkenny Rovers. Overall not a great game but played in a good sporting manner, referee Stephen Toner handed out four yellows, two on each side but none were for bad tackles. We wish a speedy recovery to the Derry player. Drumkeen Utd: Steven Conroy, Michael Carroll, Dean Bonner, Ryan Gildea, Philip Whyte, Darren Cassidy, Darren McCready, Eunan Kelly, Conor Carlin, David Shovlin. Subs: Benny Bonner on for Ryan Gildea at half time, Ronan Coyle on for Eunan Kelly 70 mins, Peter McNamee on for Benny Bonner 75 mins, Jordan Duffy, Justin Deasley.Derry City Res.: Ciaran Gallagher, Shay Dunlop, Lee Toland, Conor Barr, Caolan McLaughlin, Luke McCloskey, Michael Barr, Conor McDermott, Georgie Kelly, Conor Harkin, Tony McNamee. Subs: Nathan Boyle on for Luke McCloskey on 36 mins, Rory Holden on for Georgie Kelly, Dylan McCallion, Ronan Curtis.Ref. S. TonerFixtures4 Lanterns USLFriday, April 11th in Maginn Park at 8pmDerry City Res. v Cockhill Celtic Ref. V. McLaughlinSunday, April 13th at 2pmDrumkeen Utd. v Bonagee Utd. Ref. P. DuddyFanad Utd. v Finn Harps Res. Ref. P. CollLetterkenny Rovers v Swilly Rovers Ref. S. Toner4 LANTERNS USL: DRUMKEEN KNOCK CITY OUT OF KNOCKALLA CUP was last modified: April 6th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Derry City Reservesdrawdrumkeen unitedKnockall Cuplast_img read more

Origin 150th: Time to Mock the Creationists

first_img51; With the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s Origin just around the corner (Nov. 24th), Evangelist Ray Comfort and actor Kirk Cameron and volunteers are invading some 50 universities today to hand out free copies of Darwin’s magnum opus.  These, however, are spiked with a critical introduction that criticizes evolutionary theory and presents the Christian gospel.  Amanda Gefter at New Scientist is trying to pre-empt the effort.  She wrote an editorial mocking Comfort and trying to make the messenger look ridiculous.  Typical words in her article: outdated, wrong, bizarre, pseudo-scientific, ignorance, laughable, bananas.  Cameron says, “All we want to do is propose the opposing and correct view.” The Origin into Schools Project website elaborates:A gracious man once said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”  However, it seems that some contemporary atheists don’t share such honorable convictions.  When they found out that I was writing an Introduction to this book, they threatened lawsuits, tried to organize themselves into gangs with the intent of tearing the Introduction out of the book, and have even talked about book burnings.The site also cites Darwin’s own words from his Introduction to the Origin: “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”  Richard Dawkins allegedly told students to rip out Comfort’s introduction.  Comfort responded, “It seems very strange that Professor Dawkins would say that my Introduction didn’t worry him at all, and in the next breath tell university students to rip it out.  If, I am, as he says, an ‘ignorant fool,’ then what I have written will be nothing but ignorance and foolishness.  So why is he so concerned?  I think the man protesteth too much.”You can read Amanda’s hot air if you want to (remember, she’s the one whose motive-mongering piece was pulled by New Scientist – see 02/26/2009, but two months later described her vertigo when she was slain in the spirit of Charlie, 04/11/2009).  Notice that something different happens here at Creation-Evolution Headlines.  We give you the original sources and quote extensively from the evolutionists’ best champions.  Then we set apart our editorializing which, though spicy and satirical sometimes, is directly related to things just said by the champions in the body of the article.  It critically examines their own specific statements and logic.  You can check it all for yourself.  Gefter, and her henchmen at New Scientist, by contrast, hand you predigested us-vs-them, either-or verdicts like this:As for the creationist Origin, I see no need to seriously worry about it.  The arguments in Comfort’s introduction are so outdated, wrong and at times downright bizarre that anyone with a half a brain will realize immediately that it is bogus; meanwhile, Darwin’s well-reasoned, evidence-based text that follows shines with added brilliance by comparison.We respect our intelligent readers too much to hand them such shallow rhetoric full of loaded words.  Here is a link to the Introduction Gefter swept into the trash, hoping you wouldn’t look at it: Introduction (PDF).  Go ahead and read it yourself and form your own opinion.  Gefter then appealed to authority by calling in the Darwin Dobermans, Eugenie Scott and Ken Miller, hoping you would fear them instead of forming your own opinion.    Our commentary should not be construed as an endorsement of Comfort or his approach, but his website at Living Waters is completely up-front, honest and open about what he is trying to do.  He certainly has the right in a free country to present his point of view with his ministry’s own money.  If you think some of his arguments are weak, you can judge for yourself.  Some of them might be strong.  Keep in mind that one strong, true argument can overcome a thousand volleys of mudslinging.  Our readers are intelligent enough to discern valid arguments on their own.    The Darwin Party already has complete control of the universities, the textbooks, the media, the courts and the government.  Why are they so paranoid about one man handing out free material that is 90% Charlie and 10% critical analysis?  Who is really going bananas here?  They retort and deride; we report so you can decide.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The key to securing your data

first_imgEvery company has sensitive information that it needs to protect. If that information falls into the wrong hands, companies can often suffer serious legal consequences which can ruin their image or sometimes even close their doors.Enter the SD Key. It’s a locally produced encryption device for IT security and the first of its kind to be sold in South Africa.The unique, encrypted serial number stored on the key’s chip is embedded in a solid injection mould and physical attempts to access the chip will destroy it. The serial number is attached to an application (any file type) making nearly impossible to open without using the correct key.The robust product functions with a 128Kb encryption program and does not require a password. One key can be used for multiple tasks.The SD Key is based on a European product but has improved features, including the tamper-proof mould.Product improvements will be available to download, at no extra cost, to registered users. The token authenticates the user and replaces the password.SD Key (Pty) Ltd, a Proudly South African company, will export its limited range of products to Europe, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and South reporterlast_img read more

New slogan for Brand South Africa

first_imgBrand South Africa’s new slogan hasbeenapprived by the Cabinet. (Image: Brand South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry Hiles  Brand South Africa  Digital content manager  +27 11 483-0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Building a thriving African brand • Brand South Africa hosts global media • SA is Africa’s top nation brand • South Africa: open for businessSource:“South Africa: Inspiring New Ways”, the new slogan for championing the country locally and internationally, has been approved by the country’s Cabinet following extensive development and consultation by Brand South Africa.Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane made the announcement on Thursday following the Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting in Cape Town on Wednesday.Brand South Africa, the organisation charged with marketing South Africa at home and abroad, will drive the popularisation of the new slogan, Chabane told reporters in Pretoria.The new slogan replaces the previous “Alive with Possibility”.“It’s a description of the best of our national character, our values and the fabric of our people,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola in a statement.“It is a challenge to all South Africans, from business, government and civil society, to build on our reputation for inspiration and innovation.”As part of the development process, Brand South Africa consulted broadly and held discussions with all interested parties, including the government, business, civil society and the general public, said a statement released by the organisation.Research and surveys helped to ensure that the process was going in the right direction.The final slogan was chosen from a shortlist of five, each of which was thoroughly tested locally and internationally.Championing SA at home and abroadBrand South Africa is best known locally for its Play Your Part active citizenship campaign, and its precursor, the hugely successful Football Fridays campaign that inspired the nation in the build-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Internationally, Brand South Africa lobbies and networks extensively among global opinion leaders to shift perceptions about the country and the continent.Most recently, the organisation teamed up with London’s Financial Times to host a roundtable discussion on the future of mining in Africa at last month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town.The month before that, Brand South Africa partnered with Time magazine in bringing global business and political leader together to discuss the role of Africa in the global transformation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.The organisation also regularly brings groups of international journalists to the country to give them the chance to contact South African government and business, experience local life and culture, and learn about the country’s latest technological developments.SA climbs in the brand rankingsIts efforts have not gone unrewarded. In the latest release of the prestigious Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brand Index, made in October, South Africa moved up one spot to 36th out of 50 countries measured, confirming the steady improvement in the country’s brand reputation.The index is based on an annual online survey conducted among respondents from 20 “panel” countries in which the 50 competing nations are ranked along six dimensions: tourism, culture, people, exports, governance, and investment/immigration.While expressing satisfaction with South Africa’s ranking, Matola pointed out that different branding indices tended to come to different conclusions. What mattered most for a nation brand was its “key differentiators”.For Brand South Africa, this meant continuing to focus on positioning the country more as a business destination and an attractive emerging market on the African continent, Matola said.last_img read more

South Africa’s mining minister settles into new portfolio

first_img2 October 2015Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who was sworn in as mineral resources minister just over a week ago, will meet key stakeholders in mining over the next few days, including organised business and organised labour, to get their views on the challenges and opportunities in the sector.“I am well aware of the critical role that this sector plays in the economy, and the challenges it faces not only locally, but globally as well,” he said.Zwane takes over the important portfolio at a time when the industry is at its lowest ebb, with prolonged low commodity prices.He said he appreciated the cyclic nature of mining and remained positive. These difficult times presented opportunities to find innovative ways of thinking to continue sustainable growth, while catalysing broader development in the country.This is consistent with the objectives of the government-led Mining Phakisa, which begins later this month.“I am confident that with the support and collective wisdom of the leadership of the industry, we can work together to move the mining industry, and indeed the South African economy, forward,” Zwane said.According to the department, mining plays a key role in the country’s economic development. It has transformed South Africa into the most industrialised country in Africa, and has driven infrastructure growth and created employment.Zwane was sworn into office on 23 September. Watch the ceremony:SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Solar Panels Near Break-Even Point

first_imgAn Introduction to Photovoltaic SystemsGood News, Bad News: A Glut of Solar PanelsTesting a Thirty-Year-Old Photovoltaic ModulePV Systems Have Gotten Dirt Cheap RELATED ARTICLES Manufacturing efficiency is improvingResearchers found that PV modules manufactured today are responsible for an average of 20 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour of electricity produced over their 30-year life span. That’s a decrease from the 400 to 500 grams per kWh in 1975-era panels. The break-even point — when energy output equals manufacturing energy input — has fallen from 20 years to just two years.Each time the world’s solar capacity doubled, the energy required to make a PV module fell by about 12%, The Economist said, while carbon dioxide emissions associated with the process dropped by 17-24%.Still, the global break-even point remains vague. Because of uncertainties in the computer model as well as photovoltaic performance, researchers said that the break-even point could have occurred as early as 1997. At worst, the industry will reach that milestone next year.Over that 40-year period, cumulative installed PV capacity grew from less than 1 megawatt to about 180 gigawatts, with a compound annual growth rate of 45%, the study said. China was expected to surpass Germany as the country with the most installed PV capacity in 2015.center_img More efficient manufacturing processes have steadily reduced the amount of energy required to make photovoltaic (PV) modules, cutting the amount of time it takes for a panel to produce as much energy as was used to manufacture it to two years or less, a new study concludes.Writing in the journal Nature Communications, Wilfried van Sark and his colleagues find that the break-even point for all of the PV panels manufactured worldwide between 1975 and 2015 falls no later than 2018, and could even have already occurred, as early as 1997.The study may help settle a debate over the net environmental benefit of solar panels. Skeptics note that the large amount of electricity needed to melt and purify the silicon used to make the PV cells comes mostly from power plants burning fossil fuels, a recent article in The Economist says. That produces a lot of carbon dioxide, meaning that PV panels have a large “carbon debt” that must be settled before the panels are able to make a genuine environmental contribution.Van Sark and his fellow researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands used data from the International Energy Agency to calculate the number of PV panels installed worldwide over the last 40 years. They relied on dozens of published studies to estimate the amount of energy required to make them, and consequently the amount of carbon dioxide emitted during the process.last_img read more

Why Apple’s iCloud Doesn’t Just Work

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jon mitchell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#apps#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts “It just works,” the Apple marketing slogan goes. But for the syncing features in iCloud, that promise has proven too good to be true. On Thursday, the first iOS app launched that eschews iCloud in favor of a new third-party service called Simperium. If you use an iPhone or iPad, you’ll want to know why.iCloud is not a discrete thing. It’s actually an ad hoc bundle of different syncing technologies, and they’re just buggy enough to be unsettling to users. We take Apple at its word that “it just works,” but every so often, an app that syncs with iCloud takes five or ten painful seconds to open. This only has to happen once in a hundred times to shake our faith in the system.Our instinct is to blame the app when it’s actually iCloud’s fault. Greg Pierce, the developer at Agile Tortoise released Drafts 2.0 and Drafts for iPad Thursday, and he decided to avoid this problem.Drafts (which I love) is the quickest way to jot anything down on the iPhone, and now it syncs to the iPad version. But rather than take the heat for iCloud’s problems, Pierce decided to make Drafts the first app to sync via third-party provider Simperium.Building Drafts 2.0“Drafts is designed around speed and simplicity,” Pierce says, “so I knew the right sync solution would have to be fast and simple.”Dropbox is a proven option for syncing whole documents, but that’s not how Drafts works. Drafts saves all your notes in one database, which makes the app faster, but Dropbox sync would be much slower than a solution that can just sync little changes to the one big database.So Pierce initially considered iCloud’s Core Data syncing, which is designed for exactly this. “Many of the initial setup steps were deceptively easy,” Pierce says, “but as I dug deeper into providing a complete implementation, it became clear to me that I was going to find many rabbit to chase.”The first problem was speed, which is pretty much the selling point for Drafts. iCloud sometimes slows an app’s launch to a crawl, a deal-breaker for Drafts.The other problem Pierce found with iCloud was more philosophical. iCloud syncing is restricted to apps sold within Apple’s App Stores. As of now, there’s no way for Web-based apps to sync with iCloud, nor for Mac apps sold outside the App Store or on other platforms. While Pierce has no specific plans for Drafts to sync more widely, he wanted to give himself the flexibility to build it later.So when you first launch Drafts 2.0 on your phone or Drafts on your iPad, you’ll be prompted to sign up for Simperium if you want syncing features. All you need is an email address and a password, and you’re likely to see Simperium in more apps in the near future.What The Heck Is A Simperium?Simperium is actually the in-house syncing service for the beloved note-taking app Simplenote, but the company has decided to abstract it and make it available for other developers to implement.“You can think of Simperium as a post-PC circulatory system for data,” co-founder Mike Johnston says. It’s built to speak to all kinds of devices and services and be easy to implement. “The result is that developers can use Simperium like a Lego brick,” snapping together different applications and devices with data that fits, allowing “pretty much any feature where data needs to move quickly and reliably from one place to another.”Why Is Sync So Hard?The short answer for why syncing doesn’t “just work” is that conflicts in the data always pop up. “Conflicts happen a lot more often than many developers realize, especially at scale,” Johnston says. “The symptoms are duplications, corruption, or in the worst case, outright data loss, all of which are unacceptable.”iCloud handles the headache of resolving conflicts, but it does so at great cost, such as preventing the app from loading while it sorts things out. “It pains us to see apps, some of them very prominent, with bad syncing, or no offline support, or interfaces that block the user while waiting for network data,” says Johnston. “These are inexcusable user experience blunders.”Sync was one of Pierce’s most requested features for Drafts after it launched on the iPhone. It sure is convenient for our data to sync everywhere. But the implementation of that magic is much more delicate than meets the eye. Pierce found a solution that works, and if you check out the new Drafts, it surely won’t be the last time an app asks you to log into Simperium.last_img read more

Rep Graves votes to protect Michigans children

first_img25May Rep. Graves votes to protect Michigan’s children Categories: Graves News,News Landmark bipartisan plan approved by state HouseState Rep. Joseph Graves, of Argentine Township, today issued the following statement after the state House approved a 28-bill bipartisan plan to strengthen Michigan’s response to criminal sexual conduct by penalizing sexual predators, helping survivors and protecting Michigan’s residents:“The problem of sexual assault goes beyond what Larry Nassar did to hundreds of girls and young women, because it’s a problem at colleges, our neighborhoods and even within families. As a member of the House Law and Justice Committee, I joined my colleagues in listening to several Nassar survivors, along with parents, teachers, retired judges, advocacy organizations and subject experts who testified before the committee.“This legislation may not satisfy everybody, but each bill and the package as a whole address the problem of sexual assault in our society. I was pleased to vote ‘yes’ for each bill in committee and again on the House floor. Our committee’s work may not be done, but after a dozen hearings and nearly 20 hours of testimony on this legislation, I know our children and grandchildren will be safer because of the efforts of so many.”#####last_img read more