Month: November 2020

  • Bildits construction toy teaches kids how to build a home through real processes » Gadget Flow

    first_img– Advertisement – The Bildits construction toy is more than just a fun thing to do—it’s actually educational! This kids’ toy teaches children how to follow construction and engineering practices to actually build a home. Available in three levels, the Red Beginner option is great for anyone ages six and older, and it takes about three hours to construct the model. Next up is the Yellow Intermediate level, which suits children who are at least eight years old. And your kids can spend about seven hours building with this option! Finally, the Blue advanced level takes about 20 hours and is great for kids who are 10 or older. Each option comes with detailed instruction manuals so you’re never lost. Give your child a hands-on construction experience with real mini tools using Bildits.last_img read more

  • Twitter, Facebook Flag Donald Trump’s US Election Posts as ‘Potentially Misleading’

    first_imgWe are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020Facebook also flagged a Trump post that said: “We are up BIG.” The social media company said, “Final results may be different from initial vote counts as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks.”In a separate post, Trump said he would make a statement and added: “A big WIN!” Facebook said “Votes are still being counted. The winner of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election has not been projected.” According to a report by Engadget, shortly after Twitter had put up the label on Trump’s post, the social media company confirmed that it had broken its rules around “making a potentially misleading claim about an election.”Twitter and Facebook recently suspended some news accounts that were posting information about voting in the hotly contested US election for violating their policies.Twitter said the accounts had been suspended for violating its policy against “coordination” by posting identical content while appearing independent or engaging in other covertly automated behaviour.- Advertisement – “We placed a warning on a Tweet from @realDonaldTrump for making a potentially misleading claim about an election,” Twitter said early Wednesday. Trump said without evidence that “They are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it.” Users are also blocked from retweeting the post, however, can still share the same with Quote Tweet. One of those suspended, SVNewsAlerts, had more than 78,000 Twitter followers, after adding more than 10,000 in the past week. Other accounts suspended by Twitter included FJNewsReporter, Crisis_Intel and Faytuks. Some of the accounts in the past suggested that readers follow the others. Facebook also suspended several accounts behind US-based pages called SV News and FJ News, citing inauthentic behaviour. The SV page had more than 20,000 followers.© Thomson Reuters 2020Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Twitter and Facebook early Wednesday flagged President Donald Trump’s comments on the US presidential election, that remained too close to call.Twitter said a Trump tweet alleging an effort to steal the election was potentially misleading.- Advertisement – I will be making a statement tonight. A big WIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Marty, Longtime Mascot of Mount Washington Observatory, Dies

    first_imgMarty is survived by dozens of meteorologists and interns who work at the observatory, a nonprofit organization that collects weather data at the summit every hour of every day. “I want to say his eyes were green — I’m pretty sure they were green,” said Ms. Scholand, the summit operations manager for the observatory. “Nice long fluffy tail.”“There were days when he would want to rub up against your leg and sit in your lap when you were doing your work,” she said. Other times, she added, he would greet people “with his tail up in the air, just flaunting the fact that he was the highest cat in New England.” Though as many as a quarter of a million people visit the summit during the summer, by winter it turns into an “arctic island,” Ms. Scholand said. At the observatory, housed inside a large concrete structure built into the side of the mountain, winters are intense. “If you’ve ever watched ‘The Shining,’ it hits a little too close to home on the summit,” she said. During the winters, “we typically see hurricane-force winds about every three days, and usually get 100 mile-per-hour wind gusts at least once a week,” Ms. Scholand said, adding, “We can have visibility as low as you really can’t see anything” as well as “supercooled water droplets that freeze on contact.”Those frozen water droplets can be destructive and disrupt instrumentation. “That’s really the main reason we have such a huge human element on the summit,” she explained, “because we’re there to keep our instruments de-iced to make sure things are working operationally.”- Advertisement – She said details of selecting Marty’s successor, and whether there would be an election, had not yet been finalized. At 6,288 feet above sea level, Mount Washington in North Conway, N.H., is known to countless travelers and bumper-sticker aficionados as the highest point in the Northeast, and, according to meteorologists who work there, “home of the world’s worst weather.” And for nearly nine decades, there has always been a cat in residence. The latest one, a black Maine coon named Marty who arrived at the summit in 2008, died on Saturday of an “unexpected illness,” Rebecca Scholand, an official at the Mount Washington Observatory, said Monday night. Marty was 14, she said. Or 15.- Advertisement – Ms. Scholand, a native of Long Island who arrived at the summit in 2010 as an intern, said Marty would dole out his affections in a uniquely feline way. “He might love you one week and the next week, he wouldn’t come near you,” she said. “Typical cat.” – Advertisement –center_img “You’re very disconnected from people” during long stays at the summit, Ms. Scholand said. “You really rely on internet connections and phone calls to connect with people.” And, as anyone who has quarantined and attended a Zoom party can tell you, that doesn’t quite cut it.Hence, the cats.Ms. Scholand said having a cat around transforms the summit from a place “where you live and work to somewhere where you work and call home in those weeks that you are there.”The origin story of cats at the observatory, which began operating in 1932, is slightly less glamorous. “Back in kind of our beginning stages they were mostly working cats,” Ms. Scholand said; they would help keep the mice out of the food that was stored there for workers and visitors.Over time, the cats became a sort of mascot of the observatory. Before Marty — who won the mascot position in a 2008 election in which more than 8,000 visitors to the observatory’s website voted — there was Nin, who was featured in a children’s book, “Cat in the Clouds.” (The summit is so high that there are days when “we’re actually above the highest level of cloud,” Ms. Scholand said, explaining the book’s title.) Before Nin, there was Inga. Ms. Scholand said cats “retire” from the observatory when they start to falter. Marty was preparing to retire in 2021.Ms. Scholand, who has two kittens that were found on the side of a road (Miss Katie and Dan), a cat (a Himalayan named Yetti) and a dog (a Great Dane named Sully), said of Marty’s temperament, “In some ways it’s that aloofness that lets you know they still love you.” So, as teams of workers hunker down in the summit for a week straight of work — monitoring the weather, protecting the equipment — they try to maintain some connection to the outside world. – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Nate McMillan: Atlanta Hawks confirm appointment of assistant coach | NBA News

    first_imgThe Atlanta Hawks have confirmed the appointment of Nate McMillan as an assistant coach.McMillan was sacked as head coach of the Indiana Pacers in August following their first-round exit from the NBA playoffs, with the decision ending his four years with the team.- Advertisement – Atalanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce issues instructions from the sidelineImage:Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce has welcomed McMillan’s appointment The 56-year-old joins Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff, with Atlanta looking to end a playoff drought that has now reached three seasons.“I reached out to Nate after he became available and we’ve had extensive conversations centering around the value, expertise and experience he would add as we look to progress next season,” Pierce said. The Pacers made the playoffs all four years but never once got out of the opening round.McMillan also was a head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics from 2000-01 to 2004-05, producing a 212-183 record, and of the Portland Trail Blazers from 2005-06 to 2011-12, logging a 266-269 mark.Only once, in his final year with the Sonics, has McMillan taken a team to the second round of the postseason. With a 661-588 overall regular-season record, McMillan ranks 22nd on the all-time NBA coaching wins list.McMillan was a two-time All-Defensive second-team performer during his playing career, spent entirely in Seattle from 1986-87 to 1997-98.He averaged 5.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, four assists and 1.9 steals in 796 games (373 starts).The 2020/21 NBA season will begin on December 22 – around two months later than usual due to the previous campaign only finishing in October following delays caused by coronavirus.Want to watch even more of the NBA and WNBA but don’t have Sky Sports? Get the Sky Sports Action and Arena pack, click here. “This is a unique opportunity that will benefit me, our coaching staff and our entire roster.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “In his 16 years as a successful NBA head coach, his teams have emulated his playing style and personality. They’ve always been disciplined, competitive, played together and won at a high level.“I have great respect for Nate as a man and as a coach, and I feel fortunate to welcome him to our staff and to the Hawks.”Indiana went 45-28 in the abbreviated 2019-20 season, leaving McMillan with 183-136 record in his four seasons running the team.- Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Happy Sailed Ruffle Dress Has a Gorgeous Surprise in Back

    first_img– Advertisement – If you’re going to shop for yourself this holiday season, this dress is just the thing to put the biggest smile on your face. It’s ruffle central, though they aren’t over the top or overwhelming. The concept is brilliantly executed, with a ruffle trim on the neckline, hem, lantern sleeves, tiers and flattering seams of the dress. It’s like people always say, the more (ruffles), the merrier!This swingy chiffon dress is short, but it has a wondrous flow to the skirt. Up top, you’ll find a deep V-neckline. It’s not such an ultra-deep plunge that you’ll need to worry about a wardrobe malfunction, but it’s still a sizable one. If it’s a little deep for you, you can always layer a bandeau bra or cami underneath — they won’t look out of place. Promise!Happy Sailed Ruffle Layer Backless Swing Mini DressAmazonSee it!- Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.There’s already so much talk of holiday shopping and gifting, and we’re obviously getting in the spirit, but there’s one negative that always pops up around this time of year. Everything is labeled as a gift, but what if you still want to shop for yourself too? Are you supposed to feel guilty for wanting to buy yourself a cute piece just because it’s November or December?- Advertisement – Get the Happy Sailed Ruffle Layer Backless Swing Mini Dress starting at just $22 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.We’re all here to learn about the back though, right? The back of this dress could be simple with no special accents and we’d still be adding it to our shopping cart, but what it actually has going on is going to capture any shopper’s heart. This dress has a large triangular cutout in back, adding a notable elegance and charming allure to an already adorable piece!This dress comes in 15 variations, with designs ranging from leopard print, to floral, to solid hues. You’ll find a couple with drawstrings and a closed back too if those suit your style better. Go check them out! See it!Get the Happy Sailed Ruffle Layer Backless Swing Mini Dress starting at just $22 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.Not your style? Check out more from Happy Sailed here and more dresses here! Don’t forget to shop through all of Amazon’s Daily Deals for more great finds!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at ShopWithUs@usmagazine.com. Happy shopping! We don’t believe in strict rules like that. Sure, we’re all about putting together the holiday gift guides — but we’re not fans of putting restrictions on your personal shopping just because of the time of year. If you see something on a gift guide you like, buy one for yourself! And if you spot an adorable ruffle dress on Amazon you don’t want to go another day without? You buy it without reservations!happy-sailed-ruffle-dress-green-leopardAmazonSee it!Get the Happy Sailed Ruffle Layer Backless Swing Mini Dress starting at just $22 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.- Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Federal prosecutors resist, tell Barr to drop his efforts to find election fraud that doesn’t exist

    first_imgThey wrote that in their jurisdictions, there was no evidence of the kind of fraud Barr had called out in his order. “The policy change was not based in fact,” the assistant U.S. attorneys wrote in their letter. It was signed by “Assistant U.S. Attorneys in 15 different federal court districts: Western Pennsylvania, Western North Carolina, New Mexico, Maryland, Southern Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, Southern Iowa, Western Arkansas, Southern New York, Eastern New York, Oregon, Kansas, Northern California, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Marianna Islands. Two signers were from Oregon.”This follows the statement released Thursday by a group of federal, state, and local elections officials that flatly stated the election “was the most secure in American history” and that “there is no evidence” any voting systems were compromised. At any level, foreign, domestic, in hardware or software failure or human interference. “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should, too,” the officials said. “When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The possibilities for Trump to find any kind of institutional support to continue his claims have basically been shut off. He’s losing badly and embarrassingly in the courts. All he has left is Barr and congressional Republicans, and some of them have been wavering. It’s time for him to go and it’s time for every elected Republican to tell him so.last_img read more

  • Pandemic triage plan addresses tough ventilator decisions

    first_imgDec 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian infectious disease and critical care experts, working on behalf of Ontario pandemic planners, have developed one of the first triage plans for pandemic influenza.The protocol is designed to guide clinicians’ triage decisions for patients with and without influenza during the first days and weeks of a pandemic when the critical care system is overwhelmed and resources are scarce. The report was published in the November issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).In developing a protocol for pandemic influenza triage, the group used components from other types of triage plans, such as severity scoring systems. The pandemic triage plan has four components: inclusion criteria, exclusion criteria, minimum qualifications for survival, and a color-coded prioritization tool.The inclusion criteria identify patients who may benefit from critical care treatment, focusing on respiratory failure.Exclusion criteria place patients in three different categories: those who have a poor prognosis despite critical care, those whose care demands resources that can’t be provided during a pandemic, and those who have underlying advanced medical conditions such as malignant cancer or end-stage organ failure that complicates their critical influenza status.The authors write that they struggled with the decision to put an age cutoff in the plan’s exclusion criteria. They did not include one in their original protocol draft because they claim age may not strongly predict critical care outcomes. “However, we received strong and consistent feedback from both expert and stakeholder consultations that an age criterion should be included,” they wrote. Age above 85 is listed among the exclusion criteria, but the authors suggest that the topic of age cutoff requires more research and community input.The “minimum qualifications for survival” component attempts to place a limit on the resources used for any one patient. “This is a concept foreign to many medical systems in developed countries but one that has been used in war zones and refugee camps,” the authors write. In the triage protocol, patients are reassessed at 48 and 120 hours to identify early those who are improving and those likely to have a poor outcome.A tool for prioritizing patients for admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) and access to ventilation is based on a color scheme used for disaster triage plans: blue or black, red, yellow, and green. Patients in the red category have the highest priority for ICU care and ventilation, if needed. Those at the lowest category—blue or black—may receive expectant care or palliative care on the medical ward.The prioritization tool incorporates the Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA), which allows emergency department personnel to assign patients a score on the basis of physiologic parameters and simple laboratory tests. The authors write that SOFA scores are easy to calculate and have been validated for a variety of critical care conditions.”The goal is to optimize the effectiveness of the triage protocol so that every patient who receives resources will survive,” say the authors.Though they consulted a bioethics guide, Stand on Guard for Thee, produced by the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, to develop the triage protocol, the authors note that limited resources during a pandemic will mean not all patients receive the intensive care they need. Communities should review, discuss, and refine the protocol before it is implemented in a pandemic setting, they say.In an editorial in the same issue of CMAJ, two bioethicists from Dalhousie University in Halifax say it isn’t clear how bioethics principles shaped the development of the pandemic triage protocol, which they say gives the document a utilitarian focus. “We must be clear why certain values are privileged and others not. This paper contributes to the project, but there is much tough work yet to be done,” the editorial states.They commend the protocol developers for calling for more community involvement but say the document does not address how to accomplish this goal.John Hick, MD, a disaster medicine expert and emergency medicine physician at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, told CIDRAP News that the pandemic triage report contributes to the growing discussion about the decision tools clinicians need in order to make tough decisions about allocating ventilators during a pandemic. He said that while the authors’ use of SOFA scoring is justified because it is easier to use than other systems, there are little data about what difference in SOFA score warrants taking one patient’s ventilator to give to another who might have a better prognosis.”Is a difference of 1, 2, or 5 enough to justify such action? At this time, we do not have good guidance,” Hick said. “Pandemic-specific epidemiological response to treatment will also have to inform these types of systems,” he said, adding that clinicians may have to account for overwhelming mortality for certain age-groups as they use the triage tools.Hick said it would be useful to know how the authors chose the cutoffs for the triage categories and why they included refractory hemodynamic instability in their inclusion criteria in addition to respiratory failure. “The combination of these two factors alone results in a very high mortality, and the limited inclusion criteria may not ‘include’ enough patients to aid decisions when many patients require ventilatory support,” he said.Another component of pandemic triage that would be helpful, Hick said, is an assessment of a patient’s response to a trial of mechanical ventilation. Such an assessment would help clinicians decide if the patient should remain on the ventilator when resources are scarce, he noted.Hick said this and other papers that address pandemic triage are useful for helping shape triage decisions and spur more discussion. “There is clearly a need to improve the science of triage and to establish institutional and governmental processes that will facilitate these decisions, regardless of the actual tool or criteria that may be most appropriate for the event.”Christian MD, Hawryluck L, Wax RS, et al. Development of a triage protocol for critical care during an influenza pandemic. CMAJ 2006;175(11):1377-1381 [Full text]Melnychuk RM, Kenny NP. Pandemic triage: the ethical challenge. (Editorial) CMAJ 2006;175(11):1393 [Full text]See also:University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics report on ethical considerations during a pandemichttp://www.jcb.utoronto.ca/people/documents/upshur_stand_guard.pdfFebruary Academic Emergency Medicine article on ventilator triage during an epidemiclast_img read more

  • Great interest in state-owned hotel companies going into privatization

    first_img1HOTELI MAESTRAL dd Dubrovnik355.52071.104.00068,94 The call for the privatization of the last state-owned hotel companies – Dubrovnik’s Maestral, Hotel Makarska and Crikvenica’s Jadran – has resulted in record investor interest.According to the Business diary, The Center for Restructuring and Sales (CERP) received as many as 88 non-binding offers in public tenders for the sale of majority packages in these companies, which were received, as it is unofficially heard, from a large number of renowned domestic and foreign hoteliers.The greatest interest, as expected, was shown for the Maestral Hotels, in which the state is offering its 75,32 percent share for sale, and for which a total of 40 potential buyers will be invited to the second round. 70,54 candidates applied for a 26 percent share in Hotels Makarska, and a total of 75,81 investors want Jadran’s 22 percent. The final price and other conditions under which the majority packages of the tourist portfolio will be offered in the second binding round, as Poslovni dnevnik has learned, will be determined in a few days at the session of the CERP Board of Directors. Interested bidders will be provided with in-depth filming of companies, and the submission of binding bids is expected by the end of this year. The conclusion of these latest privatization processes in the tourism portfolio, along with Club Adriatic, in which 15 candidates who expressed interest in the first round are currently conducting in-depth filming, should mark the final exit of state ownership in hotel companies, and Maestral, Jadran and Makarska, and Club Adriatic , would enter the next tourist season with new owners.Source: Poslovni dnevnik 2HOTELI MAKARSKA dd Makarska621.086124.217.20055,48center_img 3.JADRAN dd Crikvenica34.754.768347.547.68070,74 Order. no.SOCIETYNumber of sharesTotal nominal value of shares in HRK% in share capitallast_img read more

  • Growth of border passenger traffic in November

    first_imgThe total border traffic of passengers at the entrance to the Republic of Croatia in November 2017 amounted to 4,6 million, which is 8,1% more than in November 2016, when 4,2 million passengers entered. The entry of domestic passengers increased by 12,5%, and foreign passengers by 5,3% compared to November 2016, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.Compared to November of the previous year, the data for November 2017 show an increase in passenger entries at road and air border crossings. Passenger entry at rail, sea and border crossings on inland waterways is declining.In November 2017, the entry of passenger vehicles in road border traffic increased by 10,9%. Of that, the entry of personal vehicles increased by 10,9%, and the entry of buses by 6,7% compared to November of the previous year. Of the total number of passengers entering the road border crossings, almost 2,0 million entered through the Croatian-Slovenian border, which is 3,7% more than in November 2016. 1,8 million passengers entered through the Croatian-Bosnian border, which is 16,4% more than in November 2016Road border crossings with a higher number of foreign passengers entering the Republic of Croatia in November 2017, which show an increase compared to the same month last year, are Bregana (7,4%), Bajakovo (6,5%) and Kaštel (3,6%) .Source: CBSlast_img read more

  • CERP reiterates Public Invitation for sale of Hotel Maestral and Club Adriatic

    first_imgCERP has again issued a Public Invitation for the collection of binding offers for the purchase of shares in a company owned by the Republic of Croatia and the Center for Restructuring and Sale.This is a repeated Public Invitation for Hotels Maestral in Dubrovnik, which accounts for the sale of 355.000 shares or 68,94% of the share capital, as well as CLUB ADRIATIC in the full amount of share capital. The deadline for submitting a binding offer for Hoteli Mastral dd is October 22, 2018 by 14:00, and for Club Adriatic until September 21, 2018 by 14:00.Side dish:Public invitation for collecting binding offers for the purchase of business shares CLUB ADRIATIC doo, ZagrebPublic call for binding bids for the purchase of shares HOTELI MAESTRAL dd, Dubrovniklast_img read more