MIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Three vehicles being hauled by a car carrier truck caught fire in Miami Lakes.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded around 4 p.m., Monday, to the scene of the fire westbound on the Gratigny Expressway and just east of the Palmetto Expressway.Officials said the three vehicles on the truck’s carrier were fully engulfed by flames.Crews have since put out the fire with no injuries reported.The vehicle has been removed from the scene, which has been cleared.Traffic is backed up but moving along in the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
This year, the trend continues with the loss in sales in smaller retailers and the declining sales of smaller titles. This has a huge influence on the overall sales numbers; there were more than 8,000 fewer retail accounts being serviced in the first quarter of this year in contrast to last. The top ten chains in Q1 2015 represented 53.3 percent of total sales, compared to a collective market share of 51.8 percent in 2014. This is a trend that will likely continue as smaller retail stores exit the business. Although there will likely be no major turnaround in the foreseeable future, MagNet notes that decisions being made by publishers to reduce their allocations, partially driven by wholesaler demands for subsidies, are having a substantial impact on the steady sales decline. That comes in addition to the rise in social media and mobile technology in influencing how consumers view and absorb content. The Top 100 chains’ combined sales beat the overall business trends, which again indicates that the industry is losing smaller retailers. But the publishers who performed well in the first quarter all followed the same formula: more releases. Many of these publishers also tacked on higher cover prices, like Penny Press, which had 13 percent more releases, and an average cover price increase of about 23 percent. Time Inc.’s numbers benefitted from more book-a-zine releases under their THEI brand, as well as the higher cover price on People. Harris Publications also increased their number of releases and focused more on book-a-zine products. Overall, the average cover price of a unit sold in the first quarter increased by 36 cents (more than 7 percent). Two factors contributed to this jump: 1) higher cover prices on many of the weekly titles, and 2) the continued publisher focus on book-a-zines with cover prices startingat $9.99. These factors helped drive the average cover price on a unit sold to an all-time high, which is one of the few good signs for the industry—consumers are willing to pay higher prices for quality printed magazines. Although it’s easy to fall back on saying “social media is to blame,” publishers also need to reassess their releases—how often to distribute and how much are they going to charge according to MagNet’s 2015 Q1 Newsstand Sales Results. Magazine unit and dollar sales improved slightly in the first quarter to declines of 14.2 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, compared to drops of 15.6 percent and 9 percent in the prior quarter. The average dollar sales decline of the Top 25 titles was mitigated this quarter by the higher cover prices on the weekly titles. Even though the newsstand sales environment is bleak, decisions being made by publishers have a major impact. So keep producing quality content but perhaps release it in a higher quality product and quit reducing your allocations, as MagNet suggests doing the opposite has proven to only be beneficial.
High CourtThe High Court on Monday asked the authorities concerned to stop harassing supporters and agents of the opposition BNP’s mayoral candidate in Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election, reports UNB.The court issued a rule in this regard, less than 24 hours before the city near Dhaka goes to polls on Tuesday.Following similar arrests and raids during the recent election in Khulna city, as the BNP complained, its party leaders and workers who would have been agents of the BNP’s mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarker, were intimidated.The High Court on Monday issued the rule about arbitrary arrest and asked the authorities concerned to explain as to why they should not be directed to follow the Appellate Division’s guidelines and take measures to stop arresting the BNP men in Gazipur.An HC bench of justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and justice Md Iqbal Kabir came up with the rule following a writ petition.The home secretary, the election commission, the inspector general of police, the Gazipur police commissioner, the police superintendent and three others have been made respondents to the rule which is returnable in two weeks.The court also verbally asked attorney general Mahbubey Alam to make sure that the supporters and agents of BNP mayoral candidate in the GCC polls Hasan Uddin Sarker are not arrested arbitrarily ahead of and during the voting.BNP leader Moudud Ahmed along with Mahbub Uddin Khokon stood for the petitioner while the attorney general represented the state.Hasan Uddin Sarker, earlier in the day, filed the writ petition with the HC seeking its directives to stop harassing his supporters and agents violating the Appellate Division directives.
Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneEvacuees flee flooding in a boat with a nearly submerged Houston sign behind them, on Aug, 29, 2017. Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 miles per hour four days prior.A commission convened by Gov. Greg Abbott to focus on rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey issued a report Thursday saying the state should take a series of steps to prepare for the next big storm, including improving local disaster response procedures and considering major infrastructure projects designed to harden the state against future disasters.The 175-page report, which Abbott called a “roadmap” for the Texas Legislature and local communities moving forward, came more than a year after Harvey inundated parts of the Houston area with more than 60 inches of rain. It was compiled by the Commission to Rebuild Texas, which was overseen by Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp.“We knew when the hurricane hit, that Hurricane Harvey would deserve a Texas-size response,” Abbott said. “By following the recommendations in the report, Texas will be better prepared to deal with future disasters.”The report praised Texas’ response to Harvey, saying that “Texas is a national leader in responding to disasters.” But it also highlighted problems that arose, including uneven preparedness among local jurisdictions and communication problems among first responders. And it said that “Hurricane Harvey was a warning that we should heed.”“The enormous toll on individuals, businesses and public infrastructure should provide a wakeup call underlining the urgent need to ‘future-proof’ the Gulf Coast — and indeed all of Texas — against future disasters,” the report said in its executive summary.The plan identified more than 4,000 potential projects geared toward that future-proofing. One recommendation is to consider “buy-outs” of properties that are consistently or severely damaged, while underscoring that homeowners would need to request or volunteer for a buy-out. The report points to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which has already spent $555 million in Texas to acquire or elevate more than 4,000 properties.Another possible strategy the report identifies is the prevention of home building in “vulnerable locations in the first place.” In April, the Houston City Council approved changes to floodplain regulations to reduce future damage.The report also discusses the benefits of building a “coastal spine” to protect the greater Houston area from a hurricane’s storm surge. Depending on a given storm’s strength, the report identified savings of “$400 million to $7 billion” per storm if a coastal spine system was built. And it called for placing public infrastructure such as sewer and water lines in “the least flood-prone areas within a community.”But the report didn’t go into details for how to pay for each individual project, many of which would require federal or local funds.Sitting next to Abbott, Sharp talked about the importance of making sure someone in every county in the state was trained in disaster management. He also talked about institutionalizing the use of extension agents from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to better support the Texas Division of Emergency Management.Harvey made landfall in August 2017. It left more than 90 people dead and caused extreme flooding in Houston and other areas near the coast. The storm was the costliest U.S. disaster in 2017 and the second costliest in U.S. history.In November, an interim report from the Texas Senate’s budget-writing panel estimated that state government has already spent $2.7 billion on Harvey recovery. More than 80 percent of that came from federal sources.The report was released on the same day the Texas Water Development Board released a state flood assessment. The 54-page report, also compiled for the Legislature, identifies strategies like improved flood mapping and modeling, and recommended coordinated watershed-based planning, to prepare for future floods.While the assessment said Texas “does not have a systematic method for identifying and calculating flood mitigation costs,” it estimated a total need up to $36 billion for flood mitigation. Part of that cost, the assessment said, could be met using funding from local, state or federal programs.This article was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Disclosure: The Texas A&M University System has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.
Credit: CC0 Public Domain © 2018 Phys.org NASA is taking a new look at searching for life beyond Earth Explore further Journal information: arXiv Citation: A model that computes the fraction of the ‘haystack’ that SETI programs have collectively examined (2018, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-fraction-haystack-seti.html More information: How Much SETI Has Been Done? Finding Needles in the n-Dimensional Cosmic Haystack, arXiv:1809.07252 [astro-ph.IM] arxiv.org/abs/1809.07252 While it might seem to people who are not space scientists that humans have done an awful lot of work searching for signs of life on other worlds, the truth is quite the opposite. Back in 2010, well-known space scientist Jill Tarter compared the search thus far to peering at a glass of water looking for fish while standing next to the still unexplored ocean. In their new effort, Wright, Kanodia and Lubar have created a model that they believe better frames the effort to date. Their model uses inputs such as the number of searches conducted and amount of space covered, and compares them to estimates of the size and intricacy of the galaxy and universe beyond.In their work, the researchers focus on the more traditional types of searching methods—using telescopes and other advanced equipment to study signals that arrive here on Earth from other places. This, of course, rules out the possibility of extraterrestrial life already residing here on Earth or unexplained phenomena such as UFOs.The researchers have found Tarter’s analogy to be quite close to reality, though they would bump the sample size from a glass to a swimming pool. But they also note that another famous analogy might need modification. They suggest the search for extraterrestrial life might be more akin to searching for any one of multiple needles in a proverbial haystack, rather than just one. But they also note that all we really need to find is just the one. Why haven’t we found evidence of life anywhere but Earth? A trio of astrophysicists has revisited this question by taking a closer look at the “needle in a haystack” analogy. Their analysis involved creating a model to assess the amount of work that has been done searching for extraterrestrial life, the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project, compared to how much is required before scientists can rule out the possibility that there is none. Jason Wright, Shubham Kanodia and Emily Lubar have written a paper describing their efforts and uploaded it to the arXiv preprint server. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 7, 2013 2 min read The $100 bill just became a lot fancier. While many young techprenuers often debate what type of plastic to use for a big purchase, the U.S. government has decided to make the $100 bill smarter.With its new appearance, which includes an image of a holographic bell inside a copper inkwell, the Federal Reserve is taking anti-counterfeiting to heart. And, though good ol’ Ben will still feature prominently, the bill’s verdigris tones will fade into history — as more colorful hues surface.The new note was initially scheduled for release two years ago, but it was postponed due to production delays. The new bill, which is considered the most commonly counterfeited denomination, should be available to all tomorrow.In written statement following the announcement of the note back in 2010, Larry R. Felix, director of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, said: The redesigned $100 note has the most advanced security features of any denomination of U.S. currency. The new 3-D security ribbon and the bell in the inkwell add depth and complexity, providing another layer of protection against counterfeiting.The New Money website lists features of the $100 bill, including portrait watermark, color shifting 100, raised printing, symbols of freedom and more. In the years since the announcement of the new note, newfangled currencies like Bitcoin and others have become players in the tech world.How do you expect the new $100 to change your business?Related: With Shutdown and Shootout, Washington D.C. Businesses Report Significant Losses Register Now »
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Internet-connected toys are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they can offer access to a wealth of knowledge available online, but you need to trust such devices are secure before giving them to kids. In the case of the My Friend Cayla doll, that’s definitely not the case.In December last year, a complaint was filed with the FTC regarding the My Friend Cayla doll and i-Que robot. Due to an insecure Bluetooth connection included with the doll and robot, a hacker could listen in or even talk to a child through the doll. The doll is manufactured by Genesis Toys and distributed by the Vivid Toy Group in Europe. Apparently it’s possible for the dolls to be updated remotely, but this hasn’t happened and now official German watchdog the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) is advising parents in the country to destroy their My Friend Cayla dolls.As the BBC reports, under German telecoms law the Cayla doll is classified as a “concealed transmitting device.” Coupled with the very strict privacy laws in the country, the doll is basically illegal, hence the push to destroy them.Wherever you are in the world, the advice to not use My Friend Cayla dolls should be heeded. The only problem could be if it’s currently in the possession of a child who would be distraught to lose it. A visit to a toy shop to select a replacement may remedy that, though. 2 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 17, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag