Elizabeth Mays wedding dress a walk through a garden on Earth Day

first_imgVICTORIA — When Elizabeth May walks down the aisle, she’ll be dressed for her wedding along with Earth Day.The Green party leader and British Columbia entrepreneur John Kidder will exchange wedding vows Monday afternoon at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, and May will be adorning more greenery than just a bouquet.“She had an idea for a dress and she sketched it out for me,” said May’s dress designer Sue Earle of Salt Spring Island. “She wanted it to feel like spring. She said she would like to have some greenery on the bottom of it so it looked like she just walked through a garden.”Earle said she got to work on May’s dress over the winter. She said she used old bed sheets for a mock dress she used in a fitting with May that included the placement of handmade tulips, peonies and ferns on the dress.The two-piece, ivory-coloured dress also comes with a jacket with three-quarter-length sleeves, Earle said.Earle, a long-time Green party supporter, said May was pleased with her seasonally-themed wedding dress.“She was very happy with it, which made me very happy with it,” said Earle. “You want the person to feel like a million bucks, and that it embodies everything she is in terms of a goddess in the spring, celebrating love. That’s what I was aiming for.”She said the dress received a pre-wedding blessing on a recent ferry voyage from Salt Spring Island to Sidney as Earle delivered the dress to May.Earle said she and a few others held a moment of silence to bless the dress and ensure May has a full day of happiness.May announced her engagement to Kidder last November. She said she knew Kidder for about five years, but sparks flew at a Green Party convention last September.Kidder, 71, who is from Ashcroft, B.C., popped the question about a month later, May has said.Kidder has deep roots in the Green party, having run federally for a seat in B.C., and is a founder of the provincial party. May said he is a retired technology entrepreneur who operates a hops farm in Ashcroft, but also spends time in Vancouver.Kidder is the brother of the late actress Margot Kidder and has three children and four grandchildren. May has a daughter, three stepchildren and seven grandchildren.Wedding guests Monday are encouraged to arrive by bicycle, bus, train or ferry to minimize their carbon footprint. The newlyweds will then spend their honeymoon on the train from Vancouver to Ottawa.Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS DO YOU KNOW A MEMBER WHO DEMONSTRATES THE QUALITIES

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONSJAN-31-19 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Call for Nominations!The Sam Payne Awards.Do you know a Member who demonstrates the qualities of humanity, integrity and the encouragement of new talent?If so, submit them now!The annual “SAM PAYNE” Award and the Sam Payne “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” Award are named in honour of Sam Payne, a well-known, well-loved and consummate actor.The Sam Payne AwardThe annual “SAM PAYNE AWARD” has been presented to deserving members of the performing arts community in BC since 1984.  This award recognizes UBCP/ACTRA members who demonstrate these qualities ascribed to Sam Payne: humanity, integrity and the encouragement of new talent.To nominate a UBCP/ACTRA member who exhibits these above qualitiesCLICK HERE Advertisementlast_img read more

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Truck mows down TMC activists on NH60

first_imgKolkata: Two Trinamool Congress activists were killed in a tragic accident on National Highway 60 at Hasnabad in North 24-Parganas, on Monday morning.The incident caused traffic congestion in the area for some time. The situation was later brought under control by the local police. The victims, identified as Lalan Prasad and D Murli, were riding a motorcycle when a speeding truck hit them from behind. Police said that the victims were crossing the road on the motorcycle when the truck driver lost control over the vehicle and mowed them down. He then managed to flee from the spot along with the vehicle, immediately after the incident. It has been learnt that the victims were going to join an election rally of Trinamool Congress. Some of the local residents tried to intercept the vehicle but failed to do so as the driver sped up. Tension gripped the local residents after the incident, many of whom staged protest against the reckless driving of goods vehicles along the National Highway. The local residents rushed the injured victims to a nearby hospital, where the doctors pronounced them brought dead. They had critical injuries in various parts of their bodies. Vehicles plying through the area remained stranded for nearly half an hour as an agitated mob staged demonstration on the road. Police assured the local residents that surveillance would be conducted to check the vehicles that flout the traffic norms. Senior police officers later reached the spot and pacified the mob. They brought the situation under control. Traffic movement was restored soon as well. Police have subsequently started a detailed probe into the incident. They are also investigating to ascertain if there was any foulplay involved in the incident. Raids are being conducted to nab the truck driver.last_img read more

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Muhammad Ali Jr Detained at US Airport for Second Time

Toronto – For the second time in one month, Muhammad Ali Jr. was detained at a US airport and forced to proved his identity, according to the Associated Press.This time, Ali Jr. was trying to make his way back to Florida, after spending time in Washington. He was reportedly meeting with lawmakers to discuss the Trump administration’s latest version of the travel ban and his previous detention at another US airport last month.Although he was held up for only 20 minutes this time, Ali Jr. still had to speak with the Department of Homeland Security on the phone, show his passport and his driver’s license before he was free to board his flight home. The family’s attorney, Chris Mancini, described the family’s theory on the recurring event; “To the family, it’s crystal clear that this is linked directly to Mr. Trump’s efforts to ban Muslims from the United States.”Democratic Representative, Debbie Wasserman, was on the flight back with Ali Jr. and tweeted the following: “On way home on DOMESTIC FLIGHT Muhammad Ali Jr. detained AGAIN by @DHSgov. Religiously profiling son of ‘The Greatest’ will not make us safe.” read more

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IRS data shows refunds down 2 under new law

IRS data released Thursday shows that while the average refund fell, the tax filing season was largely unchanged by the massive tax overhaul.The Tax Cut and Jobs Act, pushed by President Donald Trump, lowered the tax rate for most Americans. This year was the first time taxpayers filed under its changes. It overhauled many of the rules surrounding the process — such as roughly doubling the standard deduction and limiting many popular itemized deductions.That led to surprises for some taxpayers when it came time to file. The season also got off to a rocky start as it opened amid a partial federal government shutdown that had some worried about the agency’s ability to manage.IRS data released Thursday though shows that as of April 19, the number of returns received and processed was on par with last year, increasing 0.2%. The average refund fell 2% to $2,725.The size of refunds was a focus of much attention because of its financial importance in the lives of many Americans. And the way the law was implemented led to many people seeing small increases in their paycheque throughout the year but changing what they got in terms of a return or amount owed.The U.S. government paid out $260.9 billion in refunds, about $4.4 billion less than last year.The data reflects filings as of the traditional tax filing deadline of April 15 or April 17, the deadline for Maine or Massachusetts. The full picture of the tax year won’t come until much later after the agency adjusts for tax filings, payments and refunds that occur after those dates.Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press read more

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Lead poisoning continues to affect many in Nigeria – UN

The World Health Organization (WHO), which has been assisting the Government in managing the situation, called for Nigerian authorities to increase their commitment to combat lead poisoning by strengthening its capacity to diagnose, treat and manage it, as well as ensuring that all areas have been de-contaminated.In a news release, WHO warned that lead poisoning cannot be successfully eliminated without significant changes to mining practices, including the relocation of ore processing activities and storage of ore materials away from villages.Other necessary measures recommended by WHO include the adoption of processing methods that produce less dust, and hygiene measures such as removing contaminated clothes and washing before returning home.Lead poisoning damages the nervous system and causes brain and blood disorders. Treatment is time-consuming and expensive as it involves undergoing long-term therapy with chelating agents, which remove heavy metals from the body.Treatment also involves persuading people to adopt new practices and behaviours, something which requires an ongoing effort from authorities to continuously raise awareness and make sure the population follows preventive measures.According to WHO, children in seven villages in Zamfara state require chelation therapy. This is in addition to the residents of seven other villages who have already received treatment. In these villages the combined effects of removing children from lead exposure and providing chelation therapy caused the child mortality rate to drop from 43 per cent to 1 per cent in one year.Since the problem was discovered last year, $1.9 million has been provided by the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to WHO and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which have been used to provide treatment, train doctors, provide quick diagnoses, and raise awareness about the hazards of lead. 11 November 2011At least 43 villages in Nigeria continue to present cases of lead poisoning, 18 months ago after cases were first discovered in the region, the United Nations reported today, calling for an increase in preventive measures in the African country. read more

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CIBC latest lender to hike mortgage rate on some products Responding to

TORONTO — CIBC has become the latest among the big Canadian banks to increase some of its mortgage rates.[np_storybar title=”Mortgage deals are going, going, but not gone: Why it may not be time to lock in just yet” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/mortgages-real-estate/going-going-but-mortgage-deals-may-not-be-gone-for-everyone”%5D Banks have started shaving the discount available on variable rate mortgages, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to lock in your mortgage just yetRead more [/np_storybar]The bank said Tuesday that it had raised its special offer, three-year fixed rate by 10 basis points to 2.59 per cent.Meanwhile, its special offer, four-year fixed rate has also gone up by 10 basis points, to 2.84 per cent.The changes to CIBC’s special offer rates, which are discounted rates available only to qualified borrowers, came into effect on Jan. 9.In an email, CIBC spokeswoman Caroline Van Hasselt said the bank is “responding to the market.”The move comes after similar rate increases from other lenders, including Royal Bank and TD Bank.RBC said on Jan. 6 that its special offer, five-year fixed mortgage would rise by one-tenth of a point to 3.04 per cent.Why homeowners and buyers can expect more mortgage rate hikes from the big banksForget the $1M home — the hottest part of the housing market is $4-million-plus, report saysOn Dec. 18, Toronto-Dominion Bank increased its one-year closed and four-year closed special rate, both by one-tenth of a point, or 10 basis points.Scotiabank, meanwhile, increased its variable mortgage rate by 10 basis points on Jan. 8, while leaving its fixed rate unchanged.Robert McLister, a mortgage planner at IntelliMortgage and the founder of RateSpy.com, says there are a host of reasons why both fixed and variable mortgage rates have been ticking higher.Among them are investor perceptions about increasing levels of risk in the housing market and the financial sector, which has increased the cost of capital for banks.Recent changes from Ottawa aimed at reducing risk in the country’s housing market may also be playing a role, McLister said.The rule changes include an increase in the fees charged to lenders looking to securitize their government-backed mortgages and a proposal that could force lenders to hold more capital against some insured mortgage loans.“It’s going to be more expensive for banks to hold mortgages,” McLister said. “They have to put aside more capital and when you put aside more capital then you can’t do other things with it, and that costs you money, so that gets baked into pricing.”McLister says banks may also be moving their rates higher to brace for the possibility that the Bank of Canada will cut its benchmark lending rate again, which would put on pressure on the banks’ lending margins.“I think there is a bit of banks positioning themselves for potentially lower rates in 2016,” McLister said.Lastly, short-term interest rates have been climbing higher, a major factor in the pricing of variable-rate mortgages, McLister said.The Canadian Press read more

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More regain power as cleanup continues

Thousands of people around the Golden Horseshoe are still without power in the wake of the weekend ice storm.The buzz of chainsaws could be heard across much of our region yesterday. From the Niagara region through Hamilton and into Halton, Toronto and beyond, thousands of trees and limbs have cracked and crashed down, leading to a massive clean up.As hydro crews continue working around the clock, they’re getting more and more power back on.

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UN and Singapore agree to develop information management tool for peacekeeping operations

“In view also of the recommendations of the Working Group I mandated last winter to look into the uses of technology that we can indeed maximize the use of current high end technologies to improve our awareness of the situations that we handle,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous said of the argeement after signing the MOU.At the event, organized by the UN Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC) and the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations, Mr. Ladsous also noted that the agreement is “terribly important” in light of the framework of all the recommendations set by the High-Level Panel on UN Peacekeeping Operations.Under the MOU, Singapore will partner with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Department of Field Support to co-develop an information management tool that will add GIS (Geographic Information System) capabilities to existing situational awareness tools.Mr. Ladsous said that another piece of software called ‘SAGE’ is in the process of development, but has many limitations and does not allow users to make real-time changes and inject new data. The new information management tool that is the focus of today’s MOU can provide the ability to visualize and analyze multiple layers of data on a map interface and is also expected to enhance the situational awareness, trend analysis and early warning capacities in peacekeeping missions, according to the UN.“I thank the Republic of Singapore for helping us to create a new tool that will be very important, both on the ground for our Special Representatives, Force Commanders and others, and also for us in Headquarters, especially in UNOCC, which is playing a major role in consolidating all the information,” Mr. Ladsous emphasized.He also noted that while “some cannot contribute many boots…there is such a thing as intellectual contribution and there, you stand at the very top.”Reiterating Singapore’s significant contribution, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support Anthony Banbury said countries such as Singapore that are “very committed to the issue of peace and security have much to offer,” especially at a time when the demand for peacekeeping has driven the need for creative ways to respond to threats and challenges.Ambassador Karen Tan of Singapore emphasized that the challenges faced in peacekeeping missions “require thinking outside the box to adjust to new challenges and conditions, as well as to stay ahead of the curve.”“As pointed out in the report by the Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping and the High-Level Panel on Peacekeeping Operations, instantaneous access to information, particularly in crisis situations, is one of the assets that top technology has brought to our lives. We need to bring that to peacekeeping as well,” said Ms. Tan.She added that the new information management module can “significantly enhance the way we plan, monitor and conduct peacekeeping operations, which in-turn will translate to safer an effective mission execution.”Lastly, she stressed that Singapore is “extremely pleased” with its meaningful and practical contribution and expressed hope that this model of cooperation will encourage other Member States that are able to do likewise to step forward as “technology-contributing countries.” read more

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Central African Republic Three UN peacekeepers killed following helicopter crash

The four crew members onboard were all part of the Senegalese contingent, flying a Mi-24 helicopter providing air support to an ongoing MINUSCA security operation in Nana-Mabere province, before they were reportedly forced to make an emergency landing due to bad weather, near Bouar, not far from the Cameroon border. Secretary-General António Guterres offered his “heartfelt condolences to the families of the peacekeepers, as well as to the Government and people of Senegal” in a statement issued in New York by his Spokesperson.  He “reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to supporting the people and Government of CAR in their efforts to consolidate peace”, the statement continued. UN Special Representative and Head of the Mission, Mankeur Ndiaye, said the incident “is another example of the risks that peacekeepers face in their engagement on the ground, often at risk of their lives.”  MINUSCA currently has nearly 13,000 uniformed personnel serving the country’s five-year-old peacekeeping mission, aiming to restore security, and provide support for human rights efforts, following years of political upheaval. read more

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Ohio States John Simon named quarterfinalist for Lott Award as Wisconsin looms

Ohio State junior defensive lineman John Simon was named one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. The trophy, named after former University of Southern California safety Ronnie Lott, “recognizes college football’s Defensive Player of the Year who best exemplifies integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity,” according to the award’s website. Simon has been a force for the Buckeyes this year, recording 26 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks for the season. He also has three pass breakups and three passes defended. He recorded 8.0 tackles and 4.0 tackles for loss during OSU’s 17-7 victory over Illinois on Oct. 15. The performance earned him Lott IMPACT player of the week honors in addition to being named College Football Performance Award’s national defensive lineman of the week. Nebraska’s Lavonte David, Wisconsin’s Aaron Henry, Purdue’s Joe Holland, Michigan’s Jordan Kovacs, and Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy join Simon on the list as members from the Big Ten. The Big Ten leads all conferences with six players on the list. The SEC was second with four. Simon and the Buckeyes take on Wisconsin Saturday. In 2010, Simon had six tackles against the Badgers, but despite his performance, Wisconsin handed the Buckeyes their only loss of the season, 31-18. Freshman Braxton Miller will start at quarterback for the Buckeyes, but if Miller has to leave the game for any reason, sophomore Kenny Guiton will be the man to replace him according to OSU offensive coordinator Jim Bollman. Although previously implied, Bollman confirmed Wednesday that Guiton has officially passed senior Joe Bauserman as the team’s No. 2 option at quarterback. Kickoff for Saturday’s game against the Badgers is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. read more

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AI Is Already One of the Largest Industries on Earth and Its

first_imgStay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Major tech companies are investing in AI and machine learning at an alarming rate. According to a new report, companies spent between $26 and $39 billion on AI research (with giants like Google, Facebook, and Baidu contributing more than two-thirds of that) in 2016 alone. While that’s not nearly on the scale of, say, global oil trade (which cracks a trillion most years), it’s still enough to make it one of the largest sub-industries on Earth. That’s put it well above many very large numbers like Hollywood’s box office takings from last year ($11 billion) or the GDP of Iceland ($16 billion).On its face, this isn’t too surprising. Silicon Valley’s wealth is among the greatest in the world, easily dwarfing whole regions (and it’s kinda messed up how that isn’t even an exaggeration), of course, they’d invest a sliver of that money into hyper-advanced autonomous software. What this shows, though, is that the race for AI has officially kicked off. Contrast this figures, for example, to those from 2013, and we find that investment in AI has more than tripled. It’s also shifted almost entirely to research, development, and, most importantly, deployment.Those sectors adopting AI fastest are, of course, the automobile, tech, and telecom industries. The McKinsey Global Institute for Artificial Intelligence concludes that these are the industries that have the most to gain. Each of these areas (as well as finances and health care) benefit tremendously from AI adoption, with the earliest consumers of machine learning tech in those fields yielding profits that can be 10% or more higher than the industry average year-on-year.Now, I know all that sounds super-boring, but, in short: smart businesses are making billions thanks to AI. And that’s going to get faster and faster as things go. As those businesses employing AI out-compete their rivals over the next few years, we’re going to start seeing the beginning of the end of us. Higher profits are awesome, and all, but a good chunk of that is coming from human workers who are becoming obsolete. Obviously, we should keep using AI to make our lives awesome, but even the Patron Saint of wacky Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Elon Musk, is certain that the day will soon come when we need to change up how we conceive of our entire economy if we want to keep the world intact.Amazon might be the best example of a modern business profiting by cutting out humans. The tech company bought Kiva, a robotics company that specializes in automated packaging. The investment and subsequent deployment of Kiva’s tech has decreased the time it takes from the moment the customer clicks to the moment the package ships down from about an hour to just 15 minutes. And that’s with a boost to inventory capacity and a massive operating cost drop. With that kind of advantage, it’s not hard to see why rumblings of an Amazon-dominated retail future are so prevalent.It’s not quite all doom and gloom though. Netflix has dramatically improved their algorithms for helping users find movies they might like. The algorithm was already pretty great — enough that I recall wanting to punch the sun anytime my roommates would “like” random shows or movies on my account. But that, and many other minor issues have been smoothed out, and Netflix projects that this has helped that save $1 billion in subscription cancellations annually.I guess, though, if you think about it, Netflix is really just the replacement for brick-and-mortar movie rental shops and the clerks who would give you recommendations there. So I guess there is no silver lining. We’re all going to be funemployed in a decade or two. Better hope we figure out our collective shit.last_img read more

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Texas Surf Resort Closed for BrainEating Amoeba Testing

first_img Share A landlocked surf resort in Central Texas closed on Friday after a man who visited died from what is commonly known to as a “brain-eating amoeba.”The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing BSR Cable Park’s Surf Resort for Naegleria fowleri, a rare but highly deadly ameba colloquially known as a “brain-eating amoeba.”BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. said it will continue to comply with requests related to the investigation of Fabrizio Stabile’s death. The 29-year-old man died in New Jersey earlier this month after falling ill with Naegleria fowleri. Parsons said Stabile had been in the park’s wave pool. Officials are investigating the source.An obituary in The Press of Atlantic City describes Stabile as an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, surfing and snowboarding.“Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this difficult time,” Parsons said. He said the surf resort, which operates an artificial man-made wave, is in compliance with the CDC’s “guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri.”The surf resort has closed pending the test results from the CDC, he said. It’s unclear if the park remained closed Sunday morning and the CDC did not immediately respond to a call seeking information on whether others who visited could have Naegleria fowleri.The CDC says people are typically infected when they go diving or swimming in warm freshwater places. Normally, people are infected when contaminated water enters through their nose, according to the agency.last_img read more

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Days Felt Like Years What Morgan Spurlock Found When He Tried to

first_img 5 min read Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald’s slop for 30 days straight and didn’t die. Surely he can live on bitcoin alone for a week and survive.That’s what the Super Size Me director and star attempted to do in last night’s installment of Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, his docu-series on CNN. And, for the most part, he succeeded, give or take a missed meal or a few.Related: ‘Super Size Me’ Filmmaker Is Producing a New Web Series on Entrepreneurship“I’m pretty much like everyone else,” the handlebar-moustached host said at the top of the episode, filmed last year when a single bitcoin was still worth around $630. “I’ve heard the news stories of bitcoin, but I really don’t know what it is.” The 44-year-old documentarian is far from alone there. A full three-quarters of Americans still don’t know what the world’s first digital currency is and they have zero interest in using it, a recent study found.Of course, before Spurlock could use bitcoin, he had to get his hands on some first, which he quickly accomplished at the buzzing Bitcoin Center NYC, not accidentally “just a stone’s throw from the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street.” There, in a “sweaty” throng that he described as a “really smart guys’ frat party,” he acquired his first bitcoin using an Android phone and a bitcoin wallet app called Aegis Wallet. (Oddly, the app’s website is now MIA.) Spurlock forked over what looked like $630 for one BTC. Man, those were the days. One bitcoin is now worth around $242, per CoinDesk.Related: Why This Internet Pioneer Believes Bitcoin Has the Power to Break the Cycle of PovertyNext, with a new “invisible” chunk of virtual cash burning a hole in his pocket, Spurlock sets out to “see what it can do.” But first he explained, aided by cool animations, that bitcoin is “just like any other currency,” except it requires no middle man and is anonymous, “well, sort of.”But back to spending that fresh, hot BTC…starting with a fresh, hot slice of margherita pizza and a bottle of water. With a scan of his bitcoin wallet QR code on his smartphone screen, Spurlock scored both forms of sustenance from a bitcoin-friendly neighborhood pizzeria. The meal total: $5.27 or .0083 BTC. Success. “It was so easy! Look at that. Pow! I’m the king of bitcoin,” he boasted before digging in. Given its cheesy bitcoin history, pizza was an apropos first purchase.  Related: 50 Insane Facts About Bitcoin (Infographic)Spurlock’s mellow bitcoin odyssey then takes him to a Brooklyn bodega, where he bought $42.72 worth of groceries in the cryptocurrency. The store owner said he clocks about 1,000 bitcoin transactions at his produce shop per month and that he prefers bitcoin payments to credit card payments. Why? Because they’re cheaper, safer and there’s no chargebacks, the shopkeeper said.Not all shopkeepers are so keen on the virtual money, though. Several Spurlock tried to pay in bitcoin had never heard of it before. He also comes up cold when trying to pay his Time Warner cable bill and several other bills in bitcoin.Midway through the show, Spurlock gets around to digging into the seedy underbelly of bitcoin and the growing fears of fraud plaguing the controversial currency in the wake of the fall of Mt. Gox and Ross Ulbricht’s recent conviction. To get some answers, he talked with legendary white-hat hacker Dan Kaminsky, Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), bitcoin booster Andreas Antonopoulos and Chris Tarbell, a former FBI agent who assisted in the takedown of Silk Road. With a reluctant guiding hand from Tarbell, Spurlock scored a “Faux-lex,” a fake Rolex Submariner, on the now defunct Silk Road 2.0. The illegal knockoff, “possibly taken from someone’s house earlier today,” Tarbell mused, totaled about .45 BTC (or about $285), express shipping and handling from Hong Kong included.Related: Bitcoin in 10 Years: 4 Predictions From SecondMarket’s Barry SilbertSpurlock’s journey eventually lands him at Coinminer, a bitcoin mining operation. He traveled to the startup’s Geneva, N.Y. factory, after buying a plane ticket to nearby Rochester with BTC on Expedia (and showed his entire bitcoin wallet address to the world in the process). He put together bitcoin mining processors at Coinminer for about a $200 day’s pay, paid out in, yep, bitcoin. By the end of his shift, he knew the basics of bitcoin’s blockchain backbone and his stomach was growling, but his hunger would not be satisfied in Geneva. Highlighting bitcoin’s continued lack of mass adoption, Spurlock wasn’t able to find one restaurant in town that accepted the nascent crytpocurrency.Related: U.S. Marshalls to Auction 50,000 Bitcoins From Silk Road“OK, so maybe I overestimated the popularity of bitcoin just a little bit,” he admitted, “and, in time, some of these restaurants might start accepting bitcoin, but not until it becomes immensely more popular…All I wish is that I could actually, like, eat bitcoin because I’m starving.”In the end, Spurlock said trying to live off of bitcoin for a few days felt like years. Hey, at least he didn’t gain 25 pounds and nearly blow out his liver like he did in Super Size Me. Check back with him after the world super sizes bitcoin, which could be a few decades, at least.Related: 16 Startup Trends That Will Be Huge in 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. February 20, 2015center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

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Sinkhole swallows stretch of street in San José

first_img Facebook Comments Like the saying goes: September showers bring October…sinkholes.The rainy season finally started in earnest in these last few weeks and the arrival of heavy rains has municipal authorities scrambling to address the flooding and sinkholes that have become a seasonal headache for drivers and pedestrians alike. The National Meteorological Institute announced Monday that heavy rains were expected this week and the next for the Central Valley and the Pacific coast.The latest sinkhole to appear this year was a 6-meter wide, 11-meter deep sinkhole that opened up over the weekend on the street near the Transportes Costarricenses Panameños bus station in Plaza Víquez. City workers started repairing the gaping hole that opened between Avenue 20 and 5th Street on Tuesday.The Tico Times was not able to reach San José Public Services Director Marco Corrales for comment after several unanswered calls to his cellphone, but the Municipality of San José released a brief statement explaining that the aging sewer infrastructure and the heavy weight of vehicles passing over the high traffic stretch of road all contributed to the hole that opened over the weekend.News website CRHoy.com reported that it would take between four and six weeks to complete the repairs to the busy road. Corrales told the news website that the sinkhole was on the municipality’s list of pending repairs before Mother Nature forced it to the top of the list. Corrales said that the repairs could cost as much as ₡5 million, or roughly $9,400.Aging infrastructure, lacking maintenance and trash that blocks drains and backs up sewers caused another sight last month. On Sept. 25, a sudden downpour flooded San José’s Chinatown when a sewer line backed up.Sinkholes and flooding are a pain, but there is a silver lining: memes. Related posts:Costa Rican capital hit by heavy rains, flash floods Why Waze is so incredibly popular in Costa Rica Costa Rica’s popular Highway 27 to Pacific at risk from rains After last year’s flooding, San José officials say city is prepared for the rainy seasonlast_img read more

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4 dead 4 injured in horror crash

first_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 3 adults including a 1 -month-old baby died on Wednesday night between Colenso and Cornfields in a horrific accident. 4 others were also injured in the collision.2 light motor vehicles were involved in the collision.2 died on scene, 2 were critically injured (including the baby) and were transported to Ladysmith Provincial Hospital. Both the critically injured died.last_img

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Virgin must enter Tiger Jetstar price war analyst

first_imgAs Tiger Airways increases its Australian operations, the added competition will force Virgin Blue to fight for its place in Australian skies.Despite announcing its closure of Tasman services, Tiger Airways wants to grow its share of the Australian market by three per cent, analysts told the Sydney Morning Herald.According to the newspaper, Virgin Blue depends largely on the cost-sensitive leisure market and is thus thrust into competition with other low cost carriers that service the region. ”It is therefore likely to get dragged into the discount price war with Tiger and Jetstar, even while it attempts to push up into the corporate market,” Royal Bank of Scotland analysts told the newspaper.With Jetstar to fight at the price-sensitive end of the market, Qantas, who have a stronghold in premium and business travel, have covered their bases. Analysts reported that discount leisure fares had fallen 36 per cent since Tiger began flights in Australia in 2007, with Tiger’s fares, on average, 35 per cent lower than Jetstar’s, 44 per cent lower than Virgin Blue’s and 52 per cent lower than Qantas’. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

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Public Safety calls K9 Unit for assistance

first_imgPublic Safety are on scene in Carbineer Road, where there are two vehicles full of illegal immigrants.The officers searched the vehicles and asked the occupants for identity documents, which they did not have.There are evidently more than 10 illegal  immigrants at the scene.Two bakkies are overloaded with clothes, furniture, buckets and many other belongings.Public Safety have called K9 officers for assistance.Related stories:Illegal immigrants in Carbineer Road WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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