Twitter Fleets stories released to all, will compete with Snapchat, Instagram

first_imgThe company on Tuesday also announced Spaces, a feature that will allow users to join virtual rooms where they can engage in real-time, audio conversations with others.Spaces brings to mind Clubhouse, a startup that quickly gained popularity earlier this year among venture capitalists. Clubhouse allows its users to join rooms where they can engage in real-time, audio conversations with others.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “People feel more comfortable joining conversations on Twitter with this ephemeral format because what they’re saying lives just for a moment instead of feeling like it’s around forever,” said Joshua Harris, Twitter design director. Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour said Spaces will allow Twitter users to have more thoughtful debate and exchanges.“It’s not a ‘Here’s an interesting startup doing something interesting. Let’s try and replicate it,’” Beykpour said. “It’s very fundamental for us. If we want Twitter to be a place where we can have thoughtful conversations, we need to support a wide spectrum of those conversations.”Spaces will roll out to select test users before the end of 2020. At the start of that testing, Spaces will only be available to users who are women or of marginalized backgrounds, the company said. Those are users who face a disproportionate amount of harassment on Twitter, said Maya Gold Patterson, Twitter staff product designer.“The team is interested and the company is interested in hearing first from this group of people on their feedback,” Patterson said. Twitter on Tuesday launched Fleets, its competitor to the stories features available in Snapchat and Instagram. It also announced that it will soon start testing a new audio feature similar to that of popular startup Clubhouse.Fleets lets Twitter users post full-screen photos, videos, reactions to tweets or plain text that disappears after 24 hours.Twitter began testing Fleets in March in select markets like Brazil, but it starts rolling out globally to iOS and Android Twitter users on Tuesday. The feature will show up at the top of users’ apps, above their feed. The company said it expects this feature to encourage more users to post content.- Advertisement – Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey gestures while interacting with students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on November 12, 2018.Prakash Singh | AFP | Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

FDA requests backup in hunt for Salmonella source

first_img “We’re getting as many resources online as possible,” he said. Tauxe emphasized that case-control studies continue to strongly suggest tomatoes, as more than 80% of those who were sick say they ate fresh tomatoes, about twice the rate among healthy controls. However, he said expanded case-control studies that the CDC conducted over the weekend clearly pointed to a need to look beyond tomatoes. He said the FDA is exploring the idea of forming an interagency task force to help coordinate the work of federal agencies and state health departments. The outbreak involves the relatively rare Salmonella enterica serotype Saintpaul. In early June the FDA warned consumers not to eat raw red plum, red Roma, or red round tomatoes, or products that contain any of those varieties, unless the growing areas are on a list posted on the agency’s Web site. Jul 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that it was activating an emergency network of laboratories to help out in the quest to determine if other food items commonly served with fresh tomatoes could be the source of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has now grown to 869 confirmed cases. Also, he said Congress still has not required food companies to build in food safety controls that the FDA requested last November when it released its food safety plan. David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s associate commissioner for foods, said at a news briefing today that the FDA has activated the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), a voluntary system that was established after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks to temporarily increase laboratory capacity. Acheson said 10 of about 100 labs in the system have already offered to help with additional food-product testing. FERN was previously activated during the spinach-related Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak and during the investigation of melamine contamination in pet food, he said. Jun 27 CIDRAP News story “Salmonella source still a mystery as cases top 800” Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, said the most recent illness onset among the confirmed cases was Jun 20, which he said suggests the outbreak is ongoing. Cases have occurred in 36 states and the District of Columbia, though large percentages are from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Several case clusters—groups of sick people who had the same exposure—have emerged in the outbreak investigation and could provide valuable trace-back clues, he said. The slow pace of the investigation and the FDA’s uncertainty about tomatoes as the source of the outbreak have upset some growers. On Jun 28, Tom Nassif, president and chief executive officer of the Western Growers Association, released a statement calling on the US House Committee on Agriculture to hold hearings on the Salmonella outbreak.center_img Outbreak stirs talk of changeAcheson acknowledged the difficulties in investigating the outbreak and said federal officials are already pondering ways to avoid similar problems the next time the nation faces a large outbreak linked to fresh produce. In past updates, federal officials have said fresh tomatoes are frequently consumed with other produce items in dishes such as salsa, pico de gallo sauce, and guacamole. Those recipes often include other fresh components such as finely chopped jalapeno peppers, onions, cilantro, and garlic. “The collateral damage inflicted on thousands of innocent producers in this country by FDA ‘blanket’ advisories such as with spinach and tomatoes cannot go unchallenged,” Nassif said. Advice to consumers unchangedThough the FDA is broadening the scope of the outbreak investigation, Acheson said the agency is not changing its advice to consumers or naming the other products it is now investigating. “We’ll update the message as needed, based on the science. It would be irresponsible to say where we’re expanding,” he told reporters. Some infectious disease experts have faulted federal investigators for not tracing the tomatoes consumed by controls to help clarify which products are contaminated and confirm that tomatoes are the source. However, Tauxe said today that officials have not yet requested that type of trace-back study. The produce industry has a role to play in avoiding a repeat of this difficult outbreak investigation by ensuring that its products are safe, Acheson said. One reason for the frustrating slowness of the trace-back studies is that most growers, packers, and distributors still maintain paper records. “Electronic record-keeping would enhance traceability,” he said. See also: CDC Salmonella updatelast_img read more

Residents of Kvarner and Istria sent a public appeal to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia

first_imgAfter Istrian counties and cities, and residents of Kvarner and Istria with their Slovenian friends sent a public appeal to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia to change the approach to measures related to the entry into Slovenia of Slovenian and other citizens coming from Croatia. We socialize and cooperate in a way that preserves our health, but also our good relations. Please consider the possibility of monitoring and classifying the Kvarner and Istria regions separately, regardless of the situation in the whole of Croatia. Stay in Kvarner and in Istria can be checked in the e visitor registration system and via the mobile application “Stop Covid -19”. Finally, they conclude that omitting Istria and Kvarner from mandatory measures related to high-risk areas will help its citizens, our friends connected with Kvarner and Istria, and add a new “wind in the back” to better relations between Slovenia and Croatia now and in the future. “In these regions, the prescribed anti-epidemiological measures are conscientiously implemented, people are responsible and disciplined. That’s why we all feel safe here. Kvarner and Istria border directly with the Republic of Slovenia, the people who live here are firmly connected on both sides of the border. Families live in our two countries, people travel to work across the border every day. The traffic to Slovenia of the inhabitants of Kvarner and Istria is intensive due to the purchase of various goods, due to the use of various services as well as the traffic of the inhabitants of Slovenia to Kvarner and Istria for the same reasons. Joint EU projects from various spheres of interest are also being implemented in this area. Slovenians have their own houses and boats in Kvarner and Istria, together with friends from Croatia they go fishing, sailing, arranging the maintenance of real estate and movables. Finally, we are aware of the dangers and conscientious and responsible people who adhere to mandatory anti-epidemiological measures. All this is confirmed by the results of positive for Covid 19 virus in Kvarner and Istria and disease transmission on both sides of the border. We hold that there is no valid reason for Kvarner and Istria to be included in the red zone of danger of infection with the Covid 19 virus.”State in their public appeal the residents of Kvarner and Istria, which is spreading on social networks. In their appeal, they believe that the classification of the whole of Croatia in the red zone is not correct or justified, especially the Kvarner and Istria regions, since the entire duration of the Covid 19 virus pandemic recorded low numbers of infected people and added: Photo: Kvarner.hrlast_img read more

Axxis Geo Solutions Inks Middle East OBN Survey Contract

first_imgAxxis Geo Solutions (AGS) has signed the contract for the 3D ocean bottom node (OBN) seismic acquisition survey in the Middle East, following a Letter of Intent issued earlier this year.“This contract will secure activity for the company and contribute with revenues through most of the winter season. “In addition, this contract is a sign of seismic activity re-emerging in the region through advanced OBN seismic and imaging technology with potential demand for OBN seismic in years to come.“With AGS’ track record of safe and efficient operations and a scalable business model, we believe we are well positioned for future contracts in the region,” said CEO Lee Parker.The work is expected to start in early January 2020 and will continue through most of the first quarter 2020.As a consequence of the delayed contract award and the start of the work, the company is considering various options to strengthen its working capital position.last_img read more

Emmagene L. “Em” Sellers

first_imgEmmagene L. “Em” Sellers, 94 of Dillsboro passed away January 1, 2017 at the Waters of Dillsboro.  Em was born May 5, 1922 at home in Dillsboro the daughter of Louis and Clara (Brandt) Knigga.  She married Robert Sellers June 8, 1964 and he preceded her in death August 16, 1984.  She was a former employee of Carter’s 5 &10, David Jewitt’s General Store, and had been a caterer for Romana Lanvermeyer.  Em was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Dillsboro.  She enjoyed working on the family farm, dropping out of school to help.  She also took care of her mother and wouldn’t marry until after her mother’s death.  In later years, she enjoyed going to Reds games and loved working outside.  Although she had no children of her own, she enjoyed them very much.Em is survived by Niece, Vicki (Doug) Rassi of Jeffersonville, In; great niece Lauren (Matthew) Evanczyk, great nephew Matt (Samara) Rassi, great great nieces and nephews Emma, Jack, Lilly, and Everett, several cousins, and very special friends Daryl and Sherri Cutter and their children Greta, Bryston, and Maggie. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, mother-in-law Thelma Sellers and brother Warren Knigga.Funeral services will be at 2PM Wednesday January 4, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dillsboro with Pastor Richard Kolaskey officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery at Dillsboro.  Visitation wlll also be Wednesday 12-2PM at the church.  Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, Dillsboro Rescue, Dillsboro Fire Dept. or to the Donor’s Choice.  Arrangements have been entrusted to DeVries Funeral Home of Dillsboro.last_img read more

Lukaku marks comeback with winner

first_img The on-loan Chelsea forward will also be looking for it to give his form a lift as it was his first goal since the end of December which gave his side a 1-0 win. He was on target for the Toffees on his debut at Upton Park back in September, prompting a run of eight in nine games. Substitute Romelu Lukaku marked his return from a month on the sidelines through injury with a late winner against West Ham to breathe much-needed life into Everton. With the hosts coming up against a barrier – both physical and mental – in the final third, it seemed both sides were happier counter-attacking. But when Carlton Cole flicked on a ball to Nolan, exploiting a space between the centre-back pair of Sylvain Distin and John Stones, deputising for the injured Phil Jagielka, Barry appeared to have both arms around the Hammers captain’s midriff before he went to ground on the edge of the area, although Moss waved play on. The introduction of Andy Carroll, on for an injured Carlton Cole, saw West Ham raise their game as they started to dominate the physical battle. Steven Pienaar came closest to scoring less than two minutes into the second half when Leighton Baines teed him up for a low shot from the left of the penalty area, but Adrian did enough to tip it on to the post and then recover to claim Deulofeu’s rebounded effort. Pienaar did not do so well with Baines’ next pass, looping a shot over the crossbar, while Carroll forced Howard to tip over a rasping left-footed effort from distance after Stone’s poor touch and drilled over another powerful half-volley. Lukaku finally made his return on the hour and Aiden McGeady arrived 10 minutes later, but they struggled to add any life to Everton up front. That was until eight minutes from time, when Baines’ cut-back picked out Lukaku on the penalty spot and he rammed home left-footed. Energised, the Belgian was narrowly over with a volley on the turn but he had already done enough. Since then the well has run dry with just that single goal four days after Christmas, but manager Roberto Martinez insisted this week the player’s enforced break with an ankle injury sustained in the Merseyside derby had given the Belgium international chance to rejuvenate himself. Surprisingly he did not start the match and was held back for an hour by Martinez, but he proved his manager’s pre-match assessment was not just empty words with a first-time strike in the 81st minute. It was perhaps fitting a striker should decide what was, in the majority, a rather turgid affair on the 34th anniversary of the death of Goodison’s greatest goalscorer Dixie Dean. With his loan spell due to end in three months, and no prospect of a permanent stay so far, Lukaku will never match Dean’s record of 383 goals in 433 appearances, but this strike was an important one as the Toffees had failed to score in three of their last four league matches and had won just twice since the turn of the year. That run has seen them drop well off the pace for Champions League contention but this result will give them a much-needed lift. Up to the goal being scored, the major talking point was referee Jon Moss’ assessment that Gareth Barry had not fouled Kevin Nolan just as the West Ham captain looked to be clean through on goal in the first half. A red card at that point may have changed the outcome, especially with West Ham having won their last four and with four clean sheets in their last five games, and manager Sam Allardyce was visibly aggrieved at the decision. Everton, who have lost once in 21 league games at home, struggled to trouble goalkeeper Adrian, with only Steven Naismith’s angled strike and Gerard Deulofeu’s weaving run through the Hammers’ massed ranks to shoot narrowly wide genuinely threatening. Press Associationlast_img read more

Head Coach Lawrence says T&T need change in mentality

first_imgCLEVELAND, Ohio, (CMC) – Head coach Dennis Lawrence has called for a change of mentality in the Trinidad and Tobago side following their heavy 6-0 drubbing at the hands of giants United States last weekend.They trailed just 1-0 at the half-time break but capitulated in the second to concede five goals in their Group D encounter of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at FirstEnergy Stadium.“How can you be so good for 65 minutes and so awful for the last 25 minutes, which is a bit of a surprise,” a stony-faced Lawrence complained.“But that’s our mentality, we have to change the mentality and we have to learn to stand up and fight. So 65 minutes [of good football] but not good enough.”He continued: “I thought we lost concentration, we started to go gung-ho to see if we could get back into the game. That’s not the way we do things. You have to stay organised and believe that what you were doing, which was working, is going to get you back into the game and we just lost all focus. “People started to go gung-ho, leave runners and in the end we paid the price.”T&T were solid in the first half and had a couple of chances to take the lead but spurned them. The misses chances came back to haunt the Caribbean side with half-time approaching when Aaron Long scored in the 41st to put the USA in front.In the second half, Trinidad held their own inside the first 20 minutes, Levi Garcia shooting over after finding himself in an excellent position to equalise.Yet again, T&T paid dearly as the USA then scored five goals in a devastating 24-minute period to run out easy winners.“At half-time I said to the boys ‘we’re right in this’ because that’s the way I felt in the first half,” Lawrence pointed out.“We showed good energy, good enthusiasm, I thought we were well organised, we kept some of their key players off danger positions – we didn’t allow (Michael) Bradley to get on the ball, we didn’t allow Christian (Pulisic) to get into good spaces and we did our job.  “So at half-time I was very confident that we had a chance in the game. Like I said before, up until the 65th minute, everything was going fine and then we just totally collapsed, lost concentration and that’s our mentality we have to change.”The defeat was T&T’s second following their opening loss to Panama last Tuesday in St Paul’s, Minnesota.Already eliminated and with one match remaining against fellow Caribbean Football Union side, Guyana, Lawrence assured there would be changes for the encounter in Kansas City on Wednesday.“I think when you lose a game in that manner you have to expect changes, so there’s definitely going to be changes,” he stressed.“We need to now start thinking forward and put this behind our backs as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Barnwell fireworks keep Jaguars in contention for semi-final spot

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Veteran all-rounder Chris Barnwell struck his second straight half-century as Guyana Jaguars stayed in contention for a semi-final spot with a four-wicket victory over struggling Windward Islands Volcanoes here Friday night.In pursuit of a challenging 259 in a contest reduced to 42 overs per side at Queen’s Park Oval, Jaguars reached their target with four balls to spare, with Barnwell hammering 89 off 84 deliveries.West Indies all-rounder Raymon Reifer struck 45 from 49 balls while opener Chandrapaul Hemraj gathered 40 from 42 balls and captain Leon Johnson, a breezy 34 off 33 balls.Another veteran had earlier taken centre stage, left-hander Devon Thomas top-scoring with an up tempo 93 off 94 deliveries as Volcanoes put together a strong effort to reach 258 for five.Emmanuel Stewart chipped in with 51 from 52 balls while Keron Cottoy extended his good form with a cameo 28-ball unbeaten 45.With the win – their third in four games – Jaguars moved to 12 points, joining West Indies Emerging Players and hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on a similar number of points.However, Emerging Players top the charts, courtesy of net run rate with Red Force lying second.Sent in, Volcanoes received their early impetus from Smith, who stroked 10 fours and a six, as he put on 36 off 32 balls with Desron Maloney (17) for the first wicket before adding 73 for the second wicket with Kavem Hodge who made 24.When Hodge and captain Kirk Edwards (0) perished in the space of seven balls, Volcanoes were 110 for three at the end of the 22nd over but Smith inspired another half-century stand when he helped post 77 for the fourth wicket with Stewart.Smith was eventually fourth out in the 34th over becoming the second of left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul’s two wickets, but Cottoy arrived to play a blinder, smashing one four and four sixes as he added a quick-fire 60 off 32 balls in an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership with Shane Shillingford (16 not out).The Jaguars’ run chase received an early blow when Kemol Savory fell cheaply for four in the fourth over with eight runs scored but Barnwell masterminded three successive half-century stands to turn the tables on Volcanoes.The 32-year-old, who punched half-dozen fours and three sixes, put on 75 for the second with Hemraj, 53 for the third with Johnson and a further 65 for the fourth with Reifer.By the time he departed in the 34th over, Jaguars still needed 58 runs from 42 balls but Reifer belted two fours and sixes in a 35-run, fifth-wicket stand off 30 balls with Jonathan Foo (17 not out) to formalise the win.With the knock, Barnwell pushed his aggregate for the tournament up to 229 runs at an average of 57.last_img read more

Stenson Hopes to Win Nine More Majors to Surpass Ibrahimmovic

first_imgIbrahimovic recently signed for Manchester United after scoring 50 goals in 51 matches for French champions Paris St-Germain last season.He also won 12 trophies in four seasons with the French club.Stenson has little time to savour his Open win given the fourth major of the year, the USPGA Championship, starts at Baltusrol on 28 July.“This is huge back home and it has been quite chaotic with all the media, but it’s all good and I’m just going to try to recharge,” he said.The world’s top four players – Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson – have all withdrawn from next month’s Rio Olympics.They have cited concerns over the Zika virus, which has been linked to defects in newborn babies and also found to cause Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological syndrome that leads to temporary paralysis in adults.Stenson, now fifth in the world rankings, said he is looking forward to competing in Rio in what is golf’s first appearance at the Olympics for 112 years.“I’m a huge sporting fan in general and to see an Olympic Games from the inside and participate is going to be huge,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.“If I can do myself and my country proud by bringing home a medal, that would be awesome. I’ve got a Claret Jug now and any Olympic medal would be quite nice to put next to it in the trophy cabinet.”Stenson birdied four of his final five holes at Royal Troon and had 10 in total in a round of 63 to finish three shots clear of American Phil Mickelson.“I was so zoned in the last five holes I didn’t know how many birdies I had made in that round,” said Stenson.“I was so focused on getting the job done, it was not until I had that birdie putt at the last that I could let go and realise I’ve done the achievement of my career.“It was just an added bonus for that putt to drop and set a new Open record, but it was all about bringing that Claret Jug home to Sweden and be the first Swedish male to win a major championship.“It’s huge and it’s going to get better and better with time I’m sure.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Open golf champion, Henrik Stenson, has said that he may need nine more majors before he can be compared to another Swedish sporting legend – footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Stenson won his first major last Sunday with a record-low total at Royal Troon.Compatriot Ibrahimovic, 34, is one of sport’s most iconic figures and has won trophies in Spain, Italy and France.“I think I said I needed to win 10 majors to get up to his recognition,” said Stenson, 40. “Maybe five will do it. We’ll see! One at a time.”last_img read more