Planetary Pursuit Rescue Mission has launched

first_img SharePrint RelatedPlanetary Pursuit launch support (aka FAQ)February 27, 2018In “News”Planetary Pursuit Starthilfe (aka FAQ)February 27, 2018In “Deutsch”Lists will power you through your galactic journeyMarch 26, 2018In “News” Planetary Pursuit Rescue Mission has launched. To give geocachers more time to complete their missions, Planetary Pursuit has been extended for an additional week. Please make sure to log all your finds before Monday, April 16, at noon UTC to earn your Friend League points and Planetary Pursuit souvenirs.  Since launching Planetary Pursuit three weeks ago, tens of thousands of Geocaching Explorers have blasted into space to log new geocaches and conquer extraterrestrial geocaching adventures. But Signal, we had a problem. Due to the overwhelming popularity of Planetary Pursuit, Geocaching.com, the Geocaching® apps, and API partners experienced intermittent outages. We know many of you were counting on geocaching and logging your finds, especially during peak weekend times. We hope extending Planetary Pursuit for another week gives you the opportunity to achieve your Official Space Explorer badge. Thank you for all the stellar feedback—good and bad—regarding Planetary Pursuit and accompanying technical issues. We received thousands of comments, suggestions, and questions from enthusiastic geocachers all over our planet. We thank you and wish you well in completing your mission. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Twitter is Not An Emergency Broadcast System

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img You might think that Twitter is a great way to spread important information quickly, including perhaps emergency notifications. Law.com reports today on a lawsuit from a Texas-based emergency broadcast technology company alleging that by designing its system in a way that allows Twitter to be used for emergency broadcasts, Twitter has violated the litigant’s patent.Sorry RedCross, sorry Center for Disease Control, sorry protesters in Iran – by alerting people to life and death situations over Twitter, you’re party to piracy of intellectual property. You ought to be ashamed, and sign up for the services of TechRadium Inc. right away!The SuitTechRadium, according to Tresa Baldas on Law.com, “argues that it has patents covering the process for simultaneously notifying large numbers of people about emergencies through multiple communication gateways, such as cell phones, pagers and e-mail. The company develops and sells the technology to schools, businesses, governments and the U.S. military but not Twitter.”Twitter Could ChangeTwitter co-founder Evan Williams said specifically in one of the meetings that TechCrunch posted notes from that “Twitter is not an alert system.”Those same documents made it clear that the Twitter Terms of Service are subject to extensive revision as well. It wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see those Terms changed to prohibit use of Twitter for emergency broadcast purposes. Everyone would assume it’s for liability concerning the verification of such emergency broadcasts, but it could put a stop to the lawsuit the company faces as well.Emergency Broadcast Systems Are a Social GoodIn the meantime, perhaps we can use Microsoft’s beta emergency broadcast system Vine. Perhaps TechRadium should go sue Microsoft instead.It’s a real shame; Twitter has always seemed like it would make a good emergency broadcast system. The logic of intellectual property really doesn’t make sense here. Typically patents are said to be important because they protect the profit of innovators, giving them an incentive to innovate and the rest of us the benefits of their innovation. Emergency broadcast systems get built for reasons other than just profit, though. See the US federal government’s several alert systems, for example. For what it’s worth, it sure seems like it would be a good idea if Twitter was another tool available for emergency broadcasts, among its many other uses. You can find ReadWriteWeb on Twitter, as well as the entire RWW Team. But don’t expect us to alert you to anything really important! (That might be illegal.) Please follow: Marshall Kirkpatrick, Bernard Lunn, Alex Iskold, Sarah Perez, Frederic Lardinois, Jolie Odell, Dana Oshiro, Steven Walling and Lidija Davis. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Information Minister says Violence Against Women Must Stop

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, has asserted that violence against women has to stop, emphasizing that there is an urgent need for a broader national dialogue and engagement to tackle the issue. “Violence against women happens too often…I am sure everyone has had a friend or an acquaintance who has been a victim of intimate personal violence (IPV) and it has to stop,” the Minister emphasized, as she addressed the launch of the report: ‘Violence Against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean’, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on March 26. Stressing her intolerance to violence, especially against women and children, the Minister expressed the hope that increased dialogue and broad involvement will generate the urgently needed solutions to the issue. “We will never be able to build and support enough shelters to give refuge to battered women who are desperate to break free of the shackles imposed on them by the men who feel it is their right to perpetrate violence. The dialogue must begin, the dialogue must be broad, the dialogue must be intense,” Senator Falconer emphasised. She noted that not enough has been done to tackle the issue, but the Government has made some progress through the Bureau of Women’s Affairs and through programmes in the Ministries of Health, Labour and Social Security and the Office of the Prime Minister. [RELATED: PAHO/WHO Report on Violence Against Women Launched]The Minister cited one such intervention as a high level multi-sectoral consultative committee commissioned by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, late last year, to address violence and sexual crimes against women and children.She said this committee, which she chairs, is charged with developing a holistic approach to tackling the problem by assessing and streamlining measures, recommendations and activities so that national action will be better co-ordinated, more comprehensive and effective in utilising limited resources.The areas being focused on include public education, institutional strengthening, shelter services, and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods.“In addition, pieces of legislation have either been introduced or strengthened. These steps have allowed for the establishment of a Sex Offenders Registry, increasing remedies available to women and girls who are victims; the ability to give evidence via video link; and increased penalties on some perpetrators,” she said.“We believe that purposeful measures like these are required to combat violence against women and girls wherever it persists,” the Minister added.Citing a 2008 Reproductive Health Survey conducted in Jamaica, which reveals that 35 per cent of the women surveyed, aged 15 to 49, reported that they had suffered intimate personal violence, the Minister contended that “this takes on frightening dimensions when one considers that those incidents occur within the home.”“That has implications for children who are exposed to violence as often times it determines the choices they make as adults,” the Senator said.The Minister lamented that there is a culture of impunity that seems to operate in the minds of the perpetrators of intimate personal violence, who believe that it is okay and even justifiable to mete out such violence.“Then there is the acceptance by some victims that this is normal, this is what they deserve,” she added.“From the standpoint of conditioning and exposure, the data indicate that one in five of the young men surveyed, aged 15 to 24, feel that it is okay for a man to beat his woman. Put another way, 22 per cent of our young men believe ‘woman mus’ get lick’,” the Minister said.She further stressed that greater intervention is needed to begin to change the mindset of all involved.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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ABP Thor Shipping Ink New 10Year Contract

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced a new agreement which sees Thor Shipping & Transport commit 10 years to the Port of Hull.In addition, ABP has invested GBP 6 million (around USD 7.7 million) into Thor’s 10-acre leased terminal, allowing substantial infrastructure improvement works and an additional 2.5 acres of container storage space.As part of this investment, a hybrid GBP 3.5 million Liebherr harbor crane will arrive in March 2019 to bolster eco-friendly operations, the port said.Since July 2014, Thor has trebled its tonnage through the two-berth terminal on King George Dock. It has a regular container and breakbulk service from its own shortsea operator – Sunline – connecting the UK with the East Coast of Sweden twice a week.The company also facilitates vessels three times a week to Zeebrugge and a breakbulk liner service every fortnight from Finland and Iceland.“This agreement shows that both ABP and Thor are confident in committing to support the Humber region for a substantial amount of time, so much so, it’s double the length of the previous contract agreed in 2014,” Chris Green, ABP Port Manager for Hull and Goole, commented.This year, Thor hopes to see its strongest performance yet and expects to handle one million tons of cargo. In addition to containers, Thor’s other core business concerns steel and timber which boost the efficiency of the operation and reduce carbon footprint.“We look forward to continually building upon our international trade and transport links, helping to put the Humber on the map as a key gateway for trade. It will enable us to realise and sustain future growth opportunities,” Thomas Bryan, Thor Shipping and Transport Managing Director, said.last_img read more

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