The House appears to have sufficient support from defense hawks, Democrats and mainstream Republicans to pass the two-year budget deal during a planned Wednesday vote.The primary opposition to the agreement — which would increase discretionary spending by $80 billion over fiscal 2016 and 2017 and extend the nation’s debt limit through March 2017 — is from conservatives who object to lifting the caps set four years ago by the Budget Control Act.“I think every Democrat will vote for it and there will be enough Republicans in the conference that ultimately the deal will be passed. That doesn’t mean I agree with it,” said Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), a veteran conservative.“It will be a big bipartisan vote,” Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told the Hill.Several snags Tuesday night, however, threatened to delay the House vote. Some Republicans criticized the bill after the Congressional Budget Office determined it only includes about $75.7 billion in spending cuts to offset $89.7 billion in spending increases.The other sticking point was a reduction in crop insurance payments added to the bill to offset higher spending. Farm state lawmakers objected to the cut, which would raise $3 billion over 10 years.Senate Republicans also appeared to favor the budget deal, reported the Washington Post. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) praised the agreement for adding money for defense without raising taxes.“I’m hopeful and optimistic that that bill will come over to the Senate, and when it does, we’ll take it up,” McConnell said. A Senate vote would follow one in the House, and may not take place until next week.The deal was negotiated largely in secret by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), along with White House officials.The $80 billion in spending increases would be offset through savings from changes to the Social Security Disability Insurance fund and Medicare payments to doctors and other health care providers. New revenue would be raised by auctioning off portions of the federal broadcast spectrum, selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and by efforts to increase tax compliance by large business partnerships, according to the Post. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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Dan Cohen AUTHOR The local utility next month will begin installing a microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in southwestern Arizona that will serve as a backup power supply for the installation as well as the surrounding community in the event the commercial grid goes down.“On a hot summer day, if customers are using a lot of electricity in Yuma and we need more power, we can turn on the generator to serve customers in Yuma. So it improves reliability for the area,” Jenna Shaver, a spokeswoman for Arizona Public Service (APS), told the Yuma Sun. Microgrids are small, self-contained electrical grids which can run in conjunction with or independently of the main power grid.The microgrid, which will be installed next to the base’s existing power station, will use diesel fuel to generate up to 25 megawatts of electricity, which is expected to be enough to meet its future energy needs. Diesel was selected because of its low impact on the environment, and because it allows the microgrid to be fired much more quickly than other energy sources, according to the story.“It can start up in seconds, that’s one of the reasons we chose that,” Shaver said. “Whereas natural gas might take minutes, this takes seconds to start up and provide power.”She said the project will make the installation the first military base in the country to have 100 percent backup power.“This is a historic moment for the Marine Corps, Department of the Navy and Department of Defense. We are moving towards an energy secure future, and we are proud that MCAS Yuma has made such a significant step towards that goal,” Col. Ricardo Martinez, the installation’s commanding officer, said in a statement.The microgrid is expected to be completed by June. APS will operate and maintain the system for the base during a 30-year lease, and solar panels may be added in the future. Shaver would not reveal the project’s cost.
Jennifer Lopez Announces It’s My Party Tour jennifer-lopez-announces-its-my-party-north-american-tour Twitter News The It’s My Party tour will then bring her killer moves and infectious energy to other huge venues across North America, including the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on June 13, the American Airlines Center in Dallas and the United Center in Chicago on June 29. She will make two stops in Canada, in Toronto on July 7 and Montreal on July 10, followed by a July 12 show at the historic Madison Square Garden in New York. She will hold the final two concerts of the tour in Florida, in Orlando on July 23 and closing out in Miami on July 25.In the video accompanying her social media announcement, Lopez shared her vision for the tour: “I know I’m going to give them a good show, I know I’m going to make sure that the music feels great, and the flow is right and the set is right. That’s what I do…It’s a party, baby!”A press release emphasized that nothing will be held back for J. Lo’s birthday extravaganza. The shows will be “a nonstop party mix of Jennifer’s new and classic anthems, show-stopping choreography and dancers, dazzling wardrobe, jawdropping technology and set design, and all of the glamour and wow-factor fans have come to expect of Jenny from the Block,” it said.In addition to the excitement of celebrating J. Lo’s birthday with the icon herself—fans are already freaking out on Twitter—the tour itself is a big deal. It is her first one since her first major solo tour, the Dance Again World Tour in 2012. Prior to that, she had a joint tour with Marc Anthony in 2007. Lopez’ most recent concerts were during her Las Vegas residency, dubbed All I Have, from January 2016– September 2018, during which she performed 120 shows. The multifaceted pop star’s last LP was her eighth studio album, 2014’s A.K.A. She released several singles last year, including the Spanish language “Te Guste” with rising Latin trap star Bad Bunny in November and the bilingual “Dinero” featuring DJ Khaled and Cardi B last May. She has teased a new track, “Medicine,” featuring rapper French Montana, due out April 5. Tour tickets go on sale Fri., March 29 at 10:00 am local time, with presales beginning March 26; more info here.Rosalía Announces First Solo North American TourRead more The 25-date trek kicks off on June 7 in Los Angeles and wraps up the day after her birthday, July 25, in MiamiAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 22, 2019 – 1:11 pm GRAMMY-nominated pop powerhouse and dancer extraordinaire Jennifer Lopez fittingly wants to celebrate her upcoming 50th birthday, July 24, with music, dancing and all her fans. The Bronx-born star has announced a 25-date tour, her first trek in seven years, kicking off on June 7 in Los Angeles. https://twitter.com/JLo/status/1109145719347265537 Facebook Jennifer Lopez Announces It’s My Party North American Tour Email
The focus on all that made Stranger Things great is strong. Netflix Season 1 was an overwhelming commercial success, season 2 didn’t quite hit the same heights, but Stranger Things is back. The good news: Season 3 is potentially the best one yet.With a tighter, slightly shorter run of eight episodes that manages to tap every emotional vein of childhood (even for those who didn’t grow up in the ’80s) while leaking more monsters from the Upside Down, season 3 is a roller coaster that never lets up. With a refreshing helping of humor and summer sunshine, this time round Stranger Things focuses on what the show does best. It’s a smart return to form for creators the Duffer Brothers, despite a creeping yet evident strain on upping the terrors for the kids of Hawkins, Indiana.Billy has a big role to play. Netflix As with the two previous seasons, a threat looms from the murky and generic science-lab world. Men in white coats have ill-advised designs on the small town of Hawkins. Meanwhile, those who remember the lasting shot of the second season will know that the gigantic spider-like Mind Flayer remains trapped but intact in the Upside Down. While it threatens the poor people of Hawkins yet again, Billy, our favorite mullet-sporting bully, does what he does best: Terrorize while looking cool. 2:33 Related stories Stranger Things 3: The tiny, beautiful references to season 1 and 2 Stranger Things season 3: Our biggest WTF questions Stranger Things 3 ending: Post-credits scene, Hopper, season 4 Comments While different, this season’s threats don’t benefit from the fear of the unknown — the Demogorgons and their variations just aren’t as scary as they used to be. However, our heroes Mike, Will, Dustin, Lucas, Max and El are entering new territory. It’s called becoming a teenager and the shock of seeing the young heroes stretched out and deeper voiced quickly gives way to hilarity as they attempt to navigate identity and love. Now playing: Watch this: Through the well-timed placement of banger after ’80s banger, a message of embracing your nerdiness is loud and clear. But while the smart kids constantly prove their worth to the bumbling adults, there’s still no escaping a few helpful coincidences.This season’s sense of fun, along with its relationship drama and multiple odd pair-ups bring humor and touching moments that recall Game of Thrones at its best. While the story flows in tighter spaces and everyone has a part to play in grander events, the conspiracy is simply a side project. It’s a fun excuse to spend the summer in the warmer-than-ever world of Stranger Things.Watch the third season of Stranger Things on Netflix July 4. 59 Photos Culture TV and Movies The ever-expanding cast introduces Maya Hawke, daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, as Robin, an ice cream scooper working a summer job with Steve Harrington, who’s recently graduated and down on his luck. Their prodding and poking fun at each other, along with the glowing Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin and last season’s MVP Priah Ferguson as Erica, form the backbone of a party of misfits we never knew we needed.Surprisingly, many of the most touching moments come from a hard-drinking and eating Hopper, who turns to Joyce for parental advice. His willingness to move on from everything that’s happened — including the loss of his daughter to cancer — carries his stubborn and bad-tempered police chief beyond his well-established Rambo machine gun-toting territory. David Harbour needs to take yet another bow. See all the Stranger Things season 3 photos 3 Stranger Things season 3: Everything to know As season 3 kicks off, El appears to be on shaky ground. Her world largely revolves around being Mike’s girlfriend: The boy and the sense of home he provides, which she tried so desperately to return to throughout season 2. Now their constant kissing causes Hopper deep disdain. Swiftly and for the better, though, her world opens up, along with a new shopping mall setting that seems to be an overflowing gateway to ’80s references.El and Max form a welcome friendship. Netflix A highlight is El’s relationship with Max. They overcome their initial misunderstanding and jealousy as Max provides some much-needed guidance for El. Some of El’s new vocabulary leads to standout El moments, including the word “bitchin'” used to golden effect. Tags Share your voice
$228 at Amazon Best sound under $100 See at Walmart Read Jabra Elite 65t review Now playing: Watch this: While Klipsch’s T5 True Wireless earbuds don’t ship until mid-August, I’ve been testing an early review sample and have been impressed with the sound — it’s nicely detailed with natural-sounding mids and punchy, well-defined bass. The only caveat is you really have to jam the tips into your ear to get a tight seal and the design may not be for everyone. While the Zippo-inspired case is somewhat heavy for its relatively compact size, it’s sleek and sturdy and features USB-C charging. Battery and battery life are also a highlight: The buds themselves can run for up to 8 hours on a single charge at moderate volume levels and the case with its built-in battery provides three additional charges on the go. The T5 Wireless uses Bluetooth 5.0 and has support for both AAC and aptX.Water-resistant: Yes (IPX4 rating — splashproof) See It Apple Apple AirPods (2019) Audiophile sound Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Read Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review AirPods on steroids Read Anker Soundcore Liberty Air review $179 at Best Buy Read Jaybird Vista review Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $199 at Amazon Read Apple AirPods 2019 review $250 at Amazon Most compact — and top-notch for calls Anker Soundcore Liberty Air Jabra Elite 65t CNET $229 Beats Powerbeats Pro The second-generation AirPods add a couple of small but key improvements to the original, including always-on voice recognition and a wireless charging case option. They’re also a top-notch headset for making calls, indoors and out. The base model remains at $159 (£159, AU$249)while the version with the wireless charging case lists for $199 (£199, AU$319). However, you can often find both models for slightly cheaper online.Water-resistant: No (lacks IPX certification) Read: Best over-ear headphones Crutchfield Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors If you’re someone whose ears are a good match — and fit — for the AirPods, Apple’s true wireless earphones do have some small performance advantages, particularly when it comes to making calls. But the Liberty Air earbuds sound as good, if not better, than AirPods, and I find they fit my ears better. In short, as long as you’re OK with a noise-isolating design, the Anker Liberty Airs are an excellent AirPod alternative that happens to cost half the price.The Liberty Air earbuds list for $80 but Anker seems to run regular discounts on Amazon that drop the price a bit. Water-resistant: Yes (IPX5-rated) $60 at Amazon $229 $228 Best value Sarah Tew/CNET See it See All Sony hasn’t been much of a player in the true wireless (AirPod-style) headphone arena, but its new WF-1000XM3 model may change that. While this pair of headphones isn’t cheap at $229, it’s the best-sounding set of truly wireless earbuds at this price, matching and perhaps even exceeding the performance of pricier competitors from Sennheiser, Beats, Master & Dynamic and Bang & Olufsen. It also has a feature that those wireless earbuds don’t have: active noise cancellation to reduce ambient noise.The only drawback is the WF-1000XM3 earbuds aren’t rated as sweat- or water-resistant. That said, I’ve used them for light workouts at the gym without a problem. They use Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC but not aptX.Water-resistant: No (lacks IPX certification) Mentioned Above Sony WF-1000XM3 (Black) In terms of numbers, Apple’s AirPods have dominated the market for true wireless headphones the last couple of years. But with plenty of new models arriving that deliver improved performance and better sound, there are now many appealing totally wireless earbuds to choose from, with even more on the way.We’ve got lists of the best cheap true wireless earbuds and best-sounding true wireless earbuds. This list is, simply, the best true wireless earbuds. Remember that to get optimal performance earbuds tend to need to fit right and feel comfortable, with a tight seal. If you can’t get a snug fit with in-ear headphones, you’ll be sadly disappointed and think you got ripped off, which is why I suggest buying from a store with a decent return policy, such as Amazon. Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Read more: Best cheap true wireless earphones Impressive sound Sarah Tew/CNET Strong all-around game Sarah Tew/CNET Read M&D MW07 preview Yes, the Powerbeats Pro’s jumbo charging case with its built-in battery is a notable drawback. But incorporating all the features that make Apple’s AirPods great while delivering richer sound and better battery life in a design that won’t fall out of your ear is a winning proposition. Just make sure you buy them somewhere that has a good return policy in case you’re in the small minority that has ears that aren’t quite a match for them. They use Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC but not aptX.Water-resistant: Yes (IPX4 rating — splashproof) See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy New Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds will make you never want… 1More Stylish True Wireless Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless 12 Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Sony WF-1000XM3 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Walmart Read Beats Powerbeats Pro review Read 1More Stylish True Wireless review $229 At $300 (£279, AU$499), Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless are more expensive than Apple AirPods, Jabra’s Elite 65t true wireless earbuds and the Elite Active 65t and Bose SoundSport Free wireless earbuds. But they sound superior to those models, with better bass and cleaner, more detailed audio. They also feature very good performance for making phone calls, with solid noise cancellation, and offer a generally comfortable fit, though they’re bigger than the Jabras and stick out of your ear a little more. Their only significant downside is that they gradually lose their charge in the charging case and can end up completely dead after four days or so if you don’t recharge the case.I’ve used these wireless earbuds in the gym, but they don’t fit quite securely enough in my ear for running. Battery life is rated at 4 hours, and you get two extra charges from the carrying case. These use Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC and aptX and a firmware update has improved their performance and slightly.Water-resistant: Yes (IPX4 rating — splashproof) Good sound, strong battery life Sarah Tew/CNET Read Klipsch T5 True Wireless review $150 at Amazon Mobile Accessories 5:17 Best noise-canceling The Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless earbuds may not fit everyone’s ears equally well, but they certainly have a distinct look, as well as very good sound if you can get a tight seal. These in-ear headphones are known for more of an audiophile sound profile, with smooth, well-balanced sound and well-defined bass, and the MW07 delivers that kind of sound. Available in a variety of color options from $250 to $300, these earbuds include a swanky chrome charging case that comes with a secondary pouch for safekeeping (yes, the case can get scratched up if you leave it in a bag). Battery life is rated at 3.5 hours, which is a little on the short side, and the case with its built-in USB-C chargeable battery gives you an additional three charges. These use Bluetooth 4.2 with support for AAC and aptX and have an extended range of more than 20m, according to Master & Dynamic.Water-resistant: Yes (IPX4 rating — splashproof) Adorama Sarah Tew/CNET $100 at Amazon The Elite 65t ($170, £150 or AU$300) and slightly enhanced Elite Active 65t ($190, £170 or AU$350) are our current top picks in the true wireless category because they sound better than AirPods, they offer just as good or even better performance for making phone calls and they fit a lot of ears securely.Their sound isn’t quite as rich or clean as the more expensive earphones above them on this best wireless headphones list (the bass lacks a little kick), but it’s still a very good-sounding set of true wireless earbuds, and the battery life is decent. Since they’ve been on the market awhile, they’re frequently discounted, so wait till you see a deal before buying.These use Bluetooth 4.2 (AAC but no aptX).Water-resistant: Yes (IP56 rating — can withstand heavy sprays of water) See It Review • Sony WF-1000XM3 true-wireless review: Top-notch sound with active noise cancellation Good for runners Klipsch T5 True Wireless reading • The best true wireless earbuds of 2019 Jaybird got off to a bumpy start in the world of true wireless — that’s “AirPod-style headphones” — when it released its Jaybird Run workout earbuds back in October 2017. Updated to the wireless in-ear Jaybird Run XT earlier this year, the Jaybird Run earbuds were well designed but had some small performance issues that held them back from being great. But their wireless successor model, the Jaybird Vista (cue the Windows Vista jokes), includes design, battery life and performance improvements that make it the product I’d hoped the Jaybird Run would be.At $180 (£160, AU$280), the Jaybird Vista earbuds are a little more expensive than they should be, but they’re among the better true wireless headphones to hit the market in 2019. They’ll appeal to those looking for a more discreet set of totally wireless sports earbuds that offer full waterproofing.Water-resistant: Yes (IPX7 — fully waterproof) Sarah Tew/CNET Jaybird Vista News • AirPods 2 vs. Sony WF-1000XM3: The best wireless earbuds are… • I don’t really know how stylish the 1More Stylish True Wireless earbuds are (yes, that’s their name), but they do sound good. With a list price of $100, they’re the least expensive of any of the models on this list. 1More made a name for itself with its wired earbuds, the Triple Drivers, which sound great and were a good value when wired headphones were still a thing. The same clear, balanced sound is present in 1More’s first true wireless earbuds; they don’t sound as good as the Triple Drivers, but they sound very good for true wireless.These have more of an audiophile sound profile, with more “accurate” sound, so bass lovers may be a little disappointed, but I liked them. Of course, it helped that I was able to get a tight seal with one of the included sets of ear tips. However, the stabilizer fin did nothing for me — I just jammed the tip into my ear to get a secure fit. Their battery life is rated at up 6.5 hours (expect closer to 5 if you’re listening to your music at higher volumes), with an extra 17 hours or so of battery life available from the charging case. These use Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC and aptX.Water-resistant: No (lacks IPX certification) Share your voice Read Sony WF-1000XM3 review Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sony WF-1000XM3 Bang & Olufsen Bose Sennheiser Sony Apple
It’s not just Bollywood movies where we get to see the dreamiest of proposals, in real life too, celebrities have often surprised their loved ones with their unique proposals. The way business magnate, Mukesh Ambani proposed to the love-of-his-life Nita Ambani, will remain one of the sweetest celebrity proposals ever.Even back then, Nita Ambani was a renowned Bharatnatyam dancer. Her beauty coupled with her immaculate grace and poise had impressed Dhirubhai Ambani and Kokilaben. Even before meeting her in person, they both had made up their mind to bring her home as their daughter-in-law. In a rendezvous with Simi Garewal, Mukesh Ambani had revealed that it was Dhirubhai Ambani who made the first call to Nita’s home and when he introduced himself, she found it hard to believe. Later, Dhirubhai spoke to Nita’s father, the families met and both the families agreed to the holy matrimony.A confident and highly passionate Nita Ambani, wanted to continue her passion of teaching kids and dancing, post marriage. And the Ambanis were more than happy to oblige. Even till date, Nita Ambani is an active member of the Ambani school apart from being a philanthropist. Nita and Mukesh met a couple of times before their wedding date. Both, Nita and Mukesh had a hectic life hence, finding some quality time to spend with each other was not that easy for the two.Nita was never smitten by the amount of wealth or property the Ambanis had. All she wanted was a husband who could share her thoughts with her and support her in moving ahead in life and doing something for the society. Once, Mukesh Ambani even travelled with Nita in a local bus on her demand. This was the moment that touched Nita’s heart. It was Mukesh Ambani’s simplicity and love for her that moved her completely and she fell in love with him too.In a true-blue filmy style, Mukesh Ambani was once driving Nita around town in his car when he stopped the car and popped the question. Nita, taken aback by the suddenness of the situation, took a few seconds to reply but in the meantime Ambani said, “Tell me now or I won’t start the car.” This gesture not only made Nita say yes but also left a hearty smile on her face.So many decades later, the couple is still head-over-heels in love with each other and their chemistry can still give many other celebrity couples a run for their money.
Nach BaliyeTwitterThe ninth season of the celebrity dance reality show Nach Baliye will see a change in its format wherein ex-couples will reunite as pairs along with married/in relationship partners for the competition. The idea of getting ex-lovers together is to add some spice to the show.Salman Khan, who turned a producer with The Kapil Sharma Show 2, will produce Nach Baliye 9 as well.And now, the latest buzz is that Salman is not just the producer but will also take the judge’s seat. Joining him as co-judge will be his Bharat director Ali Abbas Zafar. The filmmaker told In.com: “We are still in talks. I have no idea how I will be able to judge the celebrity dancers, but it is going to be exciting.”It was reported earlier that Salman has been involved in the creative aspect of the show. Confirming the new format of the popular show, the Bharat star had told Mumbai Mirror: “Nach Baliye this year is going to be all about entertainment with our new concept of getting not just couples but ex-couples under one roof.”Meanwhile, rumour has it that Naagin 3 lead actor Pearl V Puri and Kundali Bhagya lead actress Shraddha Arya are likely to be part of the show. Both the actors will be participating along with their ex-partners. While Pearl will be seen with his former girlfriend and actress Hiba Nawab, Shraddha will shake a leg with her ex-partner Alam Makkar.Besides them, other ex-couples Urvashi Dholakia-Anuj Sachdev and Madhurima Tuli-Vishal Aditya Singh have already shot for promos of Nach Baliye 9 as exes.Other couples who are expected to get groovy as partners of the dance reality show are Prince Narula and Yuvika Chaudhary, Rubina Dilaik and Abhinav Shukla, Divya Agarwal and Varun Sood, Anita Hassanandani and Rohit Reddy, Drashti Dhami and Neeraj Khemka, Rohan Mehra and Kanchi Singh, Sana Khan and Melvin Louis, Sumedh Mudgalkar and Mallika Singh, Siddharth Nigam and Avneet Kaur. Nach Baliye 9; Salman Khaninstagram
Pictured: Mallika SherawatReutersMallika Sherawat recently opened up about not featuring in many movies after becoming much popular for her sizzling avatar in Murder. The actress said that she was thrown out of many movies for not being the concerned actor, director of producer’s girlfriend.In an interview with Spotboye, the diva while speaking about #MeToo movement in India, said that though no one in the industry ever asked her for sexual favours, she thinks the movement is a right step towards ensuring comfortable working atmosphere for women in the industry.”I have never been asked for a sexual favour. I am such a bold personality, who will dare to ask me? But on a serious note, I think that it is a very positive step in a very positive direction because at least now there is an open window for discussion. And I think a safe working environment is the right of every man and woman. But along with #MeToo also comes a huge responsibility and everybody has to be very responsible,” she told the entertainment portal.Talking on the same line, Mallika said that she had lost many films since the concerned actors, directors and producers wanted their respective girlfriends to be the films’ heroines.”See, lot of times I have lost roles because I wasn’t dating the hero. There have been instances when I was thrown out of films because the actor, director or producer preferred their girlfriend to be the heroine,” she added.Mallika will soon be seen alongside Tusshar Kapoor in a horror-comedy web series produced by Ekta Kapoor.
If you are a minority or woman business owner in the Baltimore market area and your company is not a City-certified MBE or WBE, or if you are interested in the requirements for certification, attend the MBE/WBE Certification Workshop on Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the War Memorial Building, Paul C. Wolman Assembly Hall, 101 N. Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. The workshop will be presented by Courtney M. Billups, Chief of the Law Department’s Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Office, the City’s official certification office. The workshop will cover requirements for City MBE/WBE certification as well as how to avoid common errors. The workshop is free to attend and seating is limited.For more information, call the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development at 410-396-3818.
(Phys.org) —Adam Falkowski, a physicist working at CERN, on his Particle Physics Blog, is claiming that researchers on the BICEP2 team that uploaded a paper (First direct evidence of cosmic inflation) to the arXiv preprint server this past March have acknowledged to some in the science community that there may be a problem with their methodology. Members of the BICEP2 research team are denying Falkowski’s claim, but the assertion has led to rumors on the Internet that the team may not have found evidence of cosmic inflation after all. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Cosmologists cast doubt on inflation evidence The Big Bang theory suggests the universe as we know it came to exist as the result of a giant explosion, approximately 14 billion years ago, followed by a rapid thrusting of material from the point of the explosion out into what we now observe as the universe around us. That thrusting has been dubbed the theory of cosmic inflation—it describes the rapid expansion of the universe. Adherents contend that during the initial phase of cosmic inflation, gravitational waves would have been generated, and should be still visible today. Last March, the BICEP2 team claimed in their paper that they had found evidence of such gravitational waves, giving cosmic inflation theory a huge boost.But now, some have suggested that there might have been a problem with the way the observations were made—a map the team used which was created by the ESA’s Planck team might have been interpreted incorrectly. To spot gravitational waves, the team had to rule out other signals it received based on data from a variety of sources. One of those sources, the map created by the Planck team included several possible sources of light, but the researchers at BICEP2 thought it only charted dust or ashes from exploding stars. This bit of news leads to a little bit of doubt about the results the team found, and now places them at the mercy of an update of the map by the Planck team.In the meantime, members of the BICEP2 team have been responding to the rumors and claim they are still confident in their results and that any gossip suggesting they have begun to doubt their work is wrong. Whether they believe their work is in jeopardy or not, is, of course, not really what’s important—finding out if what they reported is correct is what matters, and that is going to take some time. Journal information: arXiv Citation: Blogger claims BICEP2 team acknowledging possible error in discovery of evidence of gravitational waves (2014, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-blogger-bicep2-team-acknowledging-error.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 6 min read March 28, 2018 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Recent news of a massive data breach has made some Facebook users wonder: What does Facebook know about me, and how can I control it?In 2013, a third-party app developer named Aleksandr Kogan had access to 50 million Facebook users’ data for academic research, and without permission, he distributed it to a consulting firm with ties to the Trump Administration, Cambridge Analytica. The Guardian reported that Cambridge Analytica had possession of the data in 2015, at which time Facebook asked Cambridge Analytica to delete it all. The problem is, now in early 2018, with the 2016 U.S. general election in the rearview mirror, it seems Cambridge Analytica didn’t comply with that request.This problem resulted from old, less strict rules about data collection by developers that Facebook updated in 2014, but Facebook shared the data with Kogan before that. Today, despite the fact that Facebook has promised further crackdowns, many still fear that Facebook and all of the apps connected to it know too much about them. Despite Facebook’s best efforts, some users worry, the company might not be able to secure information they share on the platform or keep it anonymous.Related: 20 Revelations From Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Apology TourLast week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg fielded questions from news outlets about whether he would testify before Congress about Facebook’s collection and distribution of user data. Zuckerberg answered that he would be open to the possibility, and on March 27, CNN and other outlets reported that he is preparing to do so as a result of mounting pressures. These reports followed news that Zuckerberg would send deputies to speak with British lawmakers on behalf of Facebook regarding privacy issues.Also on March 27, a group of Facebook users filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the social media giant’s Messenger app collected information about their phone calls and text messages.A range of prominent individuals and brands have hopped on the #DeleteFacebook train since the Cambridge Analytica news broke a week and a half ago, from Elon Musk to WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to actor Will Ferrell to Playboy magazine.Amid this controversy, Facebook is reportedly putting the brakes on a smart home speaker it’s been developing — such devices that recorded users’ speech in their homes and send it to cloud servers for processing are often suspect of spying and data misuse.On the other hand, Facebook is ramping up efforts to clarify privacy controls and help users find exactly what information Facebook knows about them. On March 28, Facebook published a blog post titled, “It’s Time to Make Our Privacy Tools Easier to Find,” in which it laid out plans for a new Privacy Shortcuts menu that will allow users to add two-factor authentication, delete records of their past activity, control the ads they see and more. It also explained a new section called Access Your Information, a more user-friendly interface for finding, downloading and deleting personal Facebook data. The platform’s general settings menu will also be streamlined.There are still more changes yet to be announced. “In the coming weeks, we’ll be proposing updates to Facebook’s terms of service that include our commitments to people,” the post’s authors wrote. “We’ll also update our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it. These updates are about transparency — not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data.”For those who don’t want to delete their Facebook accounts, but also don’t want to wait for the new-and-improved menus to become available in app updates, here is a step-by-step guide to finding, downloading and deleting your Facebook data.Your data might include photos about your family, locations you’ve visited, posts that reveal your political ideology, search queries you’ve typed into Facebook and more.To access all of this information and more, log onto Facebook via a web browser — you can’t yet do it via the Facebook app. Under “General Account Settings,” at the bottom of the list, underneath the boxed-in options, you’ll see a link that says, “Download a copy of your Facebook data.” Click that, then click the green button on the next page that says “Download archive.”From there, type in your password (this step is just to verify your identity). Wait a few minutes until you receive an email (at the email address connected to your Facebook account) with a Facebook link to your data.It took 15 minutes for NBC News journalist Jeff Rossen to receive this email. He then downloaded years’ worth of private Facebook messages, records of friends he’d deleted, events he’d attended, photos of his children that he’d forgotten even existed, and even a list of contacts from his phone — including phone numbers of contacts that he is not Facebook friends with or do not have Facebook accounts.Having all of this info in one place, in your possession, is one thing. But if you want to delete it, you can. You can do this in the Facebook app. On the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a row of icons on a white background. Tap the one on the bottom right-hand corner that is three lines stacked vertically. Scroll down and tap Settings, then tap Activity Log from the options that pop up.In your activity log, you can select a year, dating back to the first year you had a Facebook account, then by month. Or you can filter based on the category of activity, including posts, posts you’re tagged in, photos and videos, photos you’re tagged in and others’ posts to your timeline.Tap “clear” to delete things, or tap the down arrow to the right of any post or photo to delete it individually.Just note that once you delete something, it takes 90 days to disappear from Facebook’s servers.Related video: To Avoid Distractions and Stay off Facebook, This Entrepreneur Uses a Special App That Limits His Internet Use Enroll Now for Free
The BBC reported a “record-breaking” 66.8 million live and on-demand requests on BBC iPlayer and BBC sport for this summer’s Russia World Cup, which concluded at the weekend.The BBC said that England’s quarter-final match against Sweden became the BBC’s highest online-viewed live programme ever with 3.8m (3.9m including on-demand) live requests on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport.Across the whole tournament, the UK public broadcaster achieved a record 56.3m live-stream match requests – up from a total of 15.9 million during the Brazil 2014 World Cup.Unique browser numbers for the BBC’s World Cup web pages also climbed from 32.3 million UK unique browsers in 2014 to 49.2 million this summer.Other stats revealed by the BBC were that its VR app was downloaded more than 400,000 times, and more than 2.5 million people signed up for a BBC Account – a requirement for watching live and on-demand content via the iPlayer.“This World Cup has seen a huge increase in people following the action over the internet, through BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer,” said Neil Hall, head of sport product, BBC Design and Engineering.“We continue to improve things behind-the-scenes and create new experiences that make these major events even more engaging for our audiences.”In total the BBC said that audience reach for its World Cup coverage – at 15 minutes or more watched – came to 44.5 million people. This was up from 40.7 million for Brazil 2014.“We have just witnessed one of the most memorable World Cup tournaments ever which has captivated football fans across the United Kingdom,” said Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport.“The interest in the tournament and the achievement of England winning through to the semi-finals has been proven in the record-breaking figures for TV and online. It shows the impact that top quality sport can have when made freely available to everyone.”