Related Items:banana, Derrick Kellier, Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, Feb. 19 (JIS): Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says major developments are to take place shortly in the Jamaica banana industry, with an emphasis on production for the export market.Addressing the opening of the Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show in Falmouth, Trelawny, on February 18, Mr. Kellier said the developments would include putting more lands into banana cultivation, in order to take advantage of a thriving market in the United Kingdom.Mr. Kellier said while on a recent visit to the United Kingdom, discussions were held with major stakeholders with a view of getting more Jamaican produce, mainly ripe and green bananas, into that market. “I can report very good news. Coming out of our trip to England, there are expressions of interest from three major importers of bananas, ripe and green, to which we have started to respond,” the Minister said.He added that emphasis will be placed on getting more idle lands into banana production, with over 381 hectares of land being targeted. “We will provide input assistance through the All Island Banana Growers Association (AIBGA) from a special credit scheme. The Banana Board will be intensifying its programme geared towards training farmers to increase their traceability and certification standards in the 2015/16 fiscal year,” the Minister said.He noted that St. Mary is currently Jamaica’s leading banana-producing parish, and that efforts will be made to bring sections of western Jamaica back into banana production.“We urge farmers to be a part of this development and to work with us to ensure that we have the productive capacity and the output to serve these markets that are emerging,” he told the gathering.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, January 20, 2019:A jeep crashed into a snow bank on Richmond Street. Driver suffered a “medical issue,” but no injuries from the crash. Driver was transported by the Fire Department. DPW cleaned roadway. Vehicle was towed. (9:35am)A Marion Street resident reported a town plow truck struck and damaged her fence. Snow was pushed into the fence, causing the plastic to buckle. Homeowner will work with town to rectify issue, as fence may be too close to street. (11:33am)Police notified that a plow struck a large rock in front of a Woburn Street residence. Rock was creating a traffic hazard. DPW responded to push back off roadway. (1:47pm)A caller stated a plow took off the man hole cover on Main Street, near St. Dorothy’s. DPW notified. (2:44pm)Police noted the stop sign and and road signs at Route 62 and the 93 North Exit 40 ramp were flattened by a plow. (10:18pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 12: 2 Juveniles Laying On Train Tracks; Motorcycle Crash; Tractor Trailer vs. PoleIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 23: Break-Ins on Ballardvale Street; Ride-On Lawn Mower vs. Parked Car; Erratic DriverIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for March 10: Jeep vs. Hydrant; Car vs. Pole; Homeowner vs. Plow Driver; Trash Barrels StolenIn “Police Log”
Fitbit Charge HR Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Mentioned Above Fitbit Charge HR (black, large) The 17 best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • One year later, Fitbit Charge HR stands out as the best Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 3:49 Now playing: Watch this: Fitness trackers could have a flaw, according to Stat. Sarah Tew/CNET Since their debut, fitness trackers and smartwatches have become a common sight on people’s wrists. As of February, Apple, Samsung and Fitbit made up 88% of smartwatch unit sales in 2018, the Smartwatch Total Market Report said. However, the gadgets might not work as effectively for people of color or those with tattoos, according to findings published Wednesday by Stat, a health and medicine publication. Users have complained on Fitbit forums and on Reddit about the smartwatches having trouble giving readings on people with darker skin. Fitbit replied in the community forum and said the Charge HR tracks “heart rate on every complexion” and directed users to a support article. “Fitbit takes accuracy very seriously and continuously performs studies to rigorously test the accuracy of our products among diverse groups of users,” a Fitbit spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.The company said its PurePulse technology performs to industry-standard expectations for optical heart rate on the wrist. The company said it designed its optical system to emit green light at a sufficient strength to effectively penetrate darker skin and its detector is sensitive enough to accurately detect the heart rate signal.Fitbit, Samsung watches, Garmin devices and other wearables use green lights, which are cheaper than infrared lights, to take readings. Stat’s report said that green light has a shorter wavelength and is “more readily absorbed by melanin.” This makes it harder for people with darker skin tones to get accurate readings. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple told Stat that it also uses green lights to continuously monitor, but uses infrared light to take readings every five minutes. The company’s support page says its watch measures a user’s heart rate using photoplethysmography. PPG is a low-cost optical technique that illuminates the skin and measures changes in light absorption, according to the US Library of Medicine. Apple’s support page says this works because your blood reflects the red light and absorbs the green light. Samsung and Garmin didn’t immediately respond to request for comment. Tags Share your voice Fitbit Versa 2 and Fitbit Premium promise to revamp my… reading • Fitbits might not track your heart rate right if you’re a person of color • Originally published July 24.Update, July 25: Adds comments from Fitbit and more background information on the Apple Watch. See it Wellness Gadgets Mobile Apps Mobile 18 Photos 8 Fitbit Garmin Samsung Apple $94 Apple See All
Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) and Aircel Ltd may soon sign a binding agreement to close the merger deal announced in December 2015, reported the Mint.In a filing to the stock exchanges, RCom said that the two companies will sign a binding definitive documentation and will soon announce the proposed transaction for the combination of the two companies’ wireless business.”Any transaction will be subject to regulatory, shareholders’ and other third party approvals. Hence, there is no certainty that any transaction will result,” RCom said, as reported by PTI.The Mint noted in the report that the merged entity will be unlisted and have a new brand name. The two companies which will own 50 percent stake each in the new firm will also start off as the country’s third biggest telco by subscriber base.Their combined operational efficiency will help save them Rs. 2500 crore a year and will have Ebitda (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) of Rs. 5,000-6,000 crore and revenues of Rs. 25,000 crore in the next financial year, added the daily.The deal will see RCom separating its wireless telephone business and merging it with Aircel. PTI reports that the combined entity would hold 19.3 percent of the total spectrum allotted to the industry. The new company will hold frequency bands of 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2300MHz offering all 2G, 3G and 4G services. The new entity will see strategic investment of about Rs. 3000 crore and both RCom and Aircel each would transfer Rs. 14,000 crore in debt to the new entity. Aircel Ltd’s shareholders include Maxis Communication and Sindya Securities and Investments.Rohan Dhamija, partner at consulting firm Analysys Mason, told the Mint the merger would shoot up the valuation of the combined entity by 20 to 40 percent as against their standalone valuation.He added that India’s telecom industry would witness further consolidation in order to keep up market shares between companies. New entrants and technological disruptions are expected to play up the merger exercises especially for telcos showing heavy debts on their balance sheets.On Wednesday, the government of India also cleared a proposal to sell a record 2,300 MHz of spectrum in seven frequencies through auction. To ease pressure on telcos that invested huge amounts in previous auctions but have failed to put existing spectrum to complete use, it also tweaked the lock-in period for trade in spectrum to 3 years from the previous 1 year. The move, analysts have observed, will also push for faster consolidation across India’s many telcos.
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.
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
Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of blockchain platform Ethereum, posted a paper on a new kind of consensus algorithm last week. This algorithm requires only 1% of the nodes to be honest for the network to be secure. This results in 99% fault tolerance, increasing the security greatly. How can Ethereum achieve 99% fault tolerance? The new consensus algorithm introduces a new kind of validator nodes—“independent observer nodes”. These observer nodes observe the chain in real-time to filter any inconsistencies in the network. This original idea was published in 1982 by Turing award winning computer scientist, Leslie Lamport. The new algorithm to be implemented in Ethereum is Vitalik’s attempt to reformulate Leslie’s algorithm in a simplified form. The new algorithm adds one’s own signature as a bump on the timeout of a message. This ability guarantees that an honest node saw the message on time. This can ensure that every other node sees the message on time as well. The definition of on time increments more than the network latency with every added signature. On implementation, the algorithm will render 51% attacks useless. What are the benefits? Ethereum developer, Conrad Barski states that there are several benefits of introducing this new protocol: “Usually, all blockchain consensus[algorithms] care about is what the validators (i.e. miners) of a chain do. Vitalik is proposing that if an independent observer of the network traffic (i.e. just the blockchain client a user is running, not a miner/validator) watches what’s happening in real time and pays attention to when messages appear, they can detect ‘foul play’ by miners performing a 51% attack and this can provide additional safety guarantees that can protect against such an attack. This is somewhat similar to how merchants are already checking for 51% attacks themselves, only Vitalik’s version is more large-scale and complex.” As of now, the Ethereum blockchain works on proof-of-work (PoW). This new protocol is expected to be set in action when Ethereum is shifted to proof-of-stake (PoS). The exact timeline for the PoS switch is not known, it might happen next year. In PoS, the more the number of coins/tokens a user has, the greater is his/her mining capacity. PoS will reduce the Ethereum reward by 80%; 0.6 ETH from the existing 3 ETH per block. With the implementation of this consensus network, Ethereum might become the most secure blockchain network in the public domain. You can read Vitalik’s paper for a detailed explanation of the implementation. Read next Microsoft Azure’s new governance DApp: An enterprise blockchain without mining How to set up an Ethereum development environment [Tutorial] Everything you need to know about Ethereum