Turkey, Russia to begin monitoring Nagorno-Karabakh truce

first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s defense minister says a joint Turkish-Russian observation center to monitor a cease-fire deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh will become operational on Saturday. Hulusi Akar said in a statement on Friday that a Turkish general and 38 personnel, would be on duty at the center which aims to monitor possible violations of the truce. He did not provide further information. Turkey and Russia agreed to form an observation center shortly after the cease-fire agreement, reached in November, ended six weeks of intense fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Russia, which brokered the cease-fire, has separately deployed nearly 2,000 peacekeepers for at least five years to monitor the agreement.last_img read more

Dear Future Mum – World Down Syndrome Day

first_imgA heart-warming message from 15 people with Down syndrome to a future mom. Don’t let the law in NZ be used to allow these precious lives to be aborted before birth.www.chooselife.org.nzlast_img

Competitive Conservation Reserve Program signs up over 800,000 acres

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA and Farm Service Agency release the official number of acres recently signed up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The 800,000 acres chosen were among thousands of more acres that were offered up by farmers across the country. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins caught up with FSA Administrator Val Dolcini about the competitive program, if more acres will be added in the next Farm Bill and if this program is competing with younger farmers looking for more land to work.last_img read more

GE Jumps Ship on Compact Fluorescents

first_imgSome consumers never warmed up to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), no matter how many energy advantages they had over old fashioned incandescents. Now, GE is agreeing with them. In a post, the company said it would stop making CFLs for the U.S. market and concentrate its efforts for consumer lighting on LED lamps.CFLs were heralded as a much more efficient replacement for incandescent bulbs when they were introduced in the mid-1980s, and at one time accounted for 30% of light bulb sales in the U.S. They convert 15% to 20% of the electricity they consume into light, compared with just 5% for standard incandescent bulbs, and they last much longer. But by last year, their market share had declined to half of its peak.LEDs cost as much as $50 just a few years ago, the GE site said, but a 60-watt equivalent LED now sells for $3.33 at Sam’s Club, and GE expects LEDs will be used in more than 50% of all lamp sockets by 2020.“These LED lightbulbs are starting to replicate what the electrical filament has done for over 100 years — providing that look and warm ambience that people are used to,” GE Lighting chief operating officer John Strainic said. “The time for LED is now.”LEDs use solid-state parts to generate light, and unlike CFLs they do not contain any mercury. GE says a LED has a 22-year life span, meaning a single bulb can see a child from infancy through college graduation. The New York Times reported retailers including Sam’s Club and Walmart already are moving away from CFLs as they embrace LED technology, while Ikea made the switch last year by abandoning CFLs altogether.LEDs represent the digital future of lighting. GE’s started selling an internet-connected light bulb called LInk, which could be controlled with a smartphone through a hub, in 2014. Last fall, the company announced a new line of connected LEDs called C. According to the website Gizmodo, these bulbs work without a hub and change the temperature of the light based on the time of day. One version of the C bulb, the Sleep, is designed to help regulate the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that helps induce sleep.last_img read more

Owen Thomas Is A Shockingly Nice Fellow

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#ReadWrite 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Owen Thomas is actually a nice guy. The new editor-in-chief of ReadWrite has often been cited for his controversial and influential opinions on sites such as Business Insider, VentureBeat, Suck.com and, of course, Valleywag. Here are seven things you didn’t know about the man who’s been called “the Perez Hilton of the Silicon Valley.” When did you first hear about ReadWrite? In 2003, I first heard about a guy named Richard MacManus who started a site called ReadWriteWeb. This idea of two-way conversations was in the very first spec for the Web, but it’s ultimately larger than the Web itself. When you think about what ReadWrite was trying to do, it was all about building. You can read and consume content online, but you can also write to publish your own views. The third thing that was implicit there was execute, as in “execute code.” That’s all about action, and for me that’s the next big thing in ReadWrite’s mission.Where are you from?I’m from Northern Virginia. I come from a family of programmers. My mother was a programmer at IBM. My dad was a computer hobbyist. My brother was a serious programmer – he won a supercomputer for our high school the summer after he graduated. He also ran a bulletin-board service – a kind of precursor to Internet chat forums. For so many of us who grew up in this networked culture, it was so apparent to us how much better it could be – in a heartfelt way.Where did you work before coming to ReadWrite? I’ve worked at Business Insider, Suck.com, the Red Herring, Time Inc., Valleywag, VentureBeat and numerous other publications. I got my start as an intern at Mother Jones – I just met one of the current editors and regaled her with tales of what it was like to put one of the world’s very first magazines on the Web.What’s your favorite video game?I’m a big fan of classic strategy games, like Civilization. I also love the Sims. It’s all about building for me. We all want to build a better world. You’re known as one of the pioneers of “snark.” What does that word mean to you? I hate that word! I don’t think it means anything. But people have applied it to a lot of places I’ve worked at, going all the way back to Suck.com in the ‘90s. What people forget is the true spirit of Suck. It was a scathing critique of the Web, but not from a malicious perspective – it was all about the idea of the Web as a place for dreamers, where people had perfect freedom to express themselves and realize the greater vision of what the Internet could be. And how far short we fell from that vision. And how frustrating that can be.What do you do for fun on the weekends?My husband and I are actually pretty boring. I spend a lot of time going to the gym. I actually registered the site “fitnessdouchebag.com.” We’re gay, so we brunch. Otherwise, we really enjoy going to Crissy Field with our Jack Russell mix, Ramona the Love Terrier. What’s your favorite spot in San Francisco? I have a key to Jack Early Park right near our home. I had been walking Ramona there for so long that neighbors decided to give me the key to the park’s gate. I’m responsible for opening the park every morning. It’s a really beautiful spot. You can see everything from there. The Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate are both visible, fog permitting. I wrote about Jack Early on question-and-answer site Quora, and now wedding planners call me when they talk about planning engagements!   Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ReadWrite Sponsorslast_img read more

Children’s Homes to Benefit from $40-Million Fire Safety Project

first_imgSupreme Ventures Foundation is partnering with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to improve fire safety and security at 30 children’s homes at a cost of $40 million.A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the undertaking was signed on Wednesday (February 13) at the York Park Fire Station in Kingston.The project will be implemented over two years, with the first step to entail an assessment of the facilities by the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB).Thereafter, the recommendations will be implemented, starting with homes with the greatest needs.Former State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Floyd Green, thanked Supreme Ventures Foundation for partnering with the Government to “better meet the needs of children in State care”.He noted that child protection is a “massive priority” of the Administration and “we have to continue to do significant work” in this regard.“Children who enter the facilities come from very difficult circumstances… and part of our responsibility is to ensure that when they come into contact with our residential facilities, they are safe and come out as better persons,” Mr. Green said.Chief Executive Officer of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Grey, commended Supreme Ventures Foundation for its continued “investment in the lives of our children”, citing the entity’s $10 million pledge towards the rebuilding of the Walker’s Place of Safety.Chairman of the Foundation, Peter McConnell, for his part, said that the entity views childcare and protection as “very important”.He said that the decision to fund efforts to improve fire safety at children’s homes is based on data from audits carried out on the institutions, which indicate the need for such support.Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, and Chief Fire Prevention Officer, Julian Davis-Buckle, also endorsed the undertaking.last_img read more