New Highway Ramp to Provide Relief for Mark Center Commuters in Northern

first_imgTraffic relief promised to defense workers at the Mark Center, which opened in August 2011 to house thousands of DOD civilians kicked out of leased space in nearby Arlington following the last BRAC round, arrived last week after the Virginia Department of Transportation opened a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) ramp on I-395 in Alexandria.While the opening of the Mark Center did not disrupt commuters as much as originally feared, the addition of 6,400 workers in Alexandria has exacerbated congestion in the area.The reversible ramp will provide a direct connection for HOV drivers heading to and from the Mark Center, reported the Washington Post. Only buses and vehicles with three or more occupants will be able to use the ramp.The new ramp is part of a set of VDOT projects designed to ease congestion and provide easier access to the Mark Center. The final piece of the $76 million project is a pedestrian bridge over I-395, expected to open next month.State and local leaders had opposed the Pentagon’s decision to relocate workers to the Mark Center site due to its lack of access to Metrorail and accused the department of relying on flawed traffic data when it selected the location at the intersection of Seminary Road and I-395. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Wilmington Book Club Listings — January 2019

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Book Club Listings — July 2019In “Community”Wilmington Book Club Listings — August 2019In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a listing of book club discussions happening in Wilmington this January:Pints & Pages Book Group (Library’s Social Book Group For 20 & 30 Somethings)Thursday, January 3, 7pmPancho’s CantinaInstead of discussing a particular book this month, we’ll meet up to share your latest favorite reads, watches & listens! Plus get great recommendations from others. Bring along at least two (books, movies, series, podcasts, etc.) to share! If you don’t have it in hand, that’s okay! Just remember the title. Register HERE.Novel Ideas Fiction Book GroupThursday, January 17, 7pmWilmington Memorial LibraryFeatured Book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellEnjoy reading fiction? Join the library’s fiction book group led by Adult Services Librarian Kim Rowley.  Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book. Register HERE.Well Read Wednesday Book GroupWednesday, January 23, 10amWilmington Memorial LibraryFeatured Book: A Piece of the World by Christina BakerThis is book group discusses contemporary books both fiction and non-fiction led by Library Director Tina Stewart.  Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book. Register HERE.The Buzz Book ClubMonday, January 28, 1pmWilmington Senior CenterFeatured Book: Into The Water by Paula HopkinsMembers are asked to get their own book for this meeting.  No registration required.Have your own book club and looking for members? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:last_img read more

Braves ad blocking eases your computers memory use

first_img See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Air (128GB, Gray, 2018) Software Internet $1,099 Walmart Ad-blocking Brave also gives you a memory advantage, tests show. Stephen Shankland/CNET You might run an ad blocker in your browser to cut website clutter and keep companies from tracking you online. But the ad-blocking Brave browser has another reason to intervene: to free up memory and preserve your battery life.Detailed tests comparing Brave to Google’s dominant Chrome browser, with and without the Adblock Plus and uBlock Origin ad-blocking extensions, show that blocking ads can help reduce browsers’ ever-heavier use of precious computer memory on ad-heavy sites. Brave cuts memory use by 33 percent to 66 percent compared with ordinary Chrome, the company said Friday.Memory is a precious resource on laptops and phones, critical to everything a device does. As browsers have increased in power, becoming full-fledged software foundations instead of just vessels for digital documents, memory usage has soared. But browsers are getting more assertive about displaying websites in ways that are good for those of us looking at them, not necessarily those publishing them.Reader mode, tracking protection and ad blocking are some examples of browsers taking more control. Ad blocking helps not just with memory use, but also with power consumption, Brave has found.”The primary savings come from blocking resource-hungry ads and trackers that popular sites are teeming with, especially news ones,” Brave Chief Scientist Ben Livshits told CNET in an exclusive interview. “In our research, we show that Brave consumes 40 percent less battery than popular browsers like Chrome, Edge and Firefox thanks to a combination of bandwidth savings and lower CPU pressure.”Brave Software, founded by JavaScript inventor and former Mozilla Chief Executive Brendan Eich, got its start with an ad-blocking browser. But it isn’t opposed to ads. In fact, its business strategy relies on showing its own ads with its own technology designed to protect privacy and share some of the ad revenue with anyone using its browser. In its first phase, now in testing on personal computers, ads are shown in notifications that have no tracking scripts, animation, audio or video.Brave Chrome ad-blocking memory testBrave testing showed its browser using less memory usage than Google Chrome, with or without the AdBlock Plus and uBlock Origin ad blockers. The four comparisons show results for a higher-end MacBook (W1) and less powerful MacBook Air (W2) making network requests from the US and UK. The test was on ad-heavy news sites where ad blocking saves memory and cuts power use. Brave Software Reducing memory use is a priority in the browser world. Google Chrome — whose open-source Chromium project is the foundation for Brave, Opera, Vivaldi and soon Microsoft Edge — is working on memory reductions. And Firefox has a whole project called MemShrink, a good thing since security improvements mean it won’t be as economical.Memory is preciousNew trends make memory even more precious. Websites are piling on ever more JavaScript code, and smartphones don’t typically have as much memory as laptops even though web developers want to build more advanced websites.If you want to stick with Chrome, you can get most of Brave’s advantages with the uBlock Origin extension, Brave’s test showed. The AdBlock Plus extension actually increased memory use. The company measured memory usage with a number of websites, mostly news sites, on a powerful MacBook Pro, but it said its results were validated with an older, feebler MacBook Air.Adblock Plus by default shows ads that comply with its “acceptable ads” policy. Disabling that reduces memory usage to about the level of Chrome and uBlock Origin, Livshits said. Adblock Plus developer Eeyo didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Google, Apple and Microsoft didn’t comment.”We’re very conscious of Firefox’s memory footprint, but efforts to decrease RAM must be balanced against features that make the browser faster, more responsive, and more secure,” Mozilla said in a statement. The upcoming Firefox 66, for example, will improve performance without requiring more memory. “We’ll continue to improve the resource efficiency of Firefox so it continues to run great for every user on whatever device they’re using,” Mozilla said.Advantage evaporates on sites without adsBrave’s memory advantages won’t carry over to websites that aren’t so heavily loaded with ads as those in the company’s test.”Pages that are clean, such as Gmail or Wikipedia, would currently use the same amount of memory as on Chrome,” Livshits said. And your mileage may vary: “Power users tend to see high memory use regardless of browser or ad blocker,” because browsers cache more information for quick access, he added.You could see websites get even easier on your hardware, too. Brave is working on a new SpeedReader mode — a more aggressive alternative to browser reader modes that show reduced-clutter views of websites. SpeedReader is designed to block ads and trackers long before they burden the computer, increasing website display speeds by a factor of 20. That’ll bring benefits for memory and power usage, too.”By focusing on allowing the least content possible for great content reading experience, it does not load any scripts (advertising or not) and even removes unimportant graphics,” Livshits said. “We haven’t run the exact same test to measure memory use in this scenario, but expect it to use a fraction of the memory of standard mode.” $1,199 Comments See It Apple News • Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro $899 Review • Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop Share your voice Preview • The MacBook Air is dead. Long live the MacBook Air 2 Tags Apple MacBook Air Microsoft Edge Advertising Brave browser Chrome Firefox Google See Itlast_img read more

Massive rift in Kolkata Knight Riders Andre Russell slams bowlers KKRs decisionmaking

first_imgNothing is going right for Kolkata Knight Riders, a campaign which started so well has gone downhill, and it seems as if there is nothing the side can do to arrest this slide. Six consecutive losses – their worst run in the tournament since 2009 has put them on the brink. They need to win all their remaining matches if they have to even think about making it to the playoffs.Andre Russell, who has been one of the stars of the season, minced no words in slamming the tactics of the side and even conceded that the atmosphere in the camp was far from healthy.”We have a good team. But having a good team and making bad decisions, that way we are always losing. And that’s what we’ve been doing. I could pinpoint a few games where if we’d just looked to bowl tighter, and bowl bowlers who would restrict the game – the right bowlers at the right time.” Russell said.Blasts bowling and fielding effort of KKR Andre RussellIPLThe Jamaican all-rounder defended his batting and said that the bowlers have been sloppy and the fielders have been poor all season and hence, they have not been able to defend totals.”They say our batting has been struggling but our batting hasn’t been struggling really. We get to totals that we should defend, we should restrict teams to lesser totals and going and get those runs,” he added.Lashing out at the fielding unit, Russell said that they have been the worst fielding side in the league and have been playing bad cricket and hence, have losing many matches almost identically which has been infuriating and disappointing. Dinesh KarthikIANSSpeaking about the defeat against Rajasthan, the all-rounder said that with their bowling attack they should have been able to restrict a relatively weak Rajasthan Royals batting order and that if they bowl similarly, they will struggle against a stronger Mumbai Indians.”We played Rajasthan Royals recently and we were defeated by weak batting order. If you cannot restrict them under 170 with our bowling, against a strong team like Mumbai, we will need miracles. We have to count on our beliefs,” Russell said.His batting position has also been a topic of intense debate but the all-rounder said that the management looks at him as a floater who will be used depending on the situation.”So tomorrow maybe you will see me bat a bit earlier or maybe coming at the lower order. But it all depends on what happens tomorrow. You can’t predict the future,” he said.last_img read more

Nusrat murder case transferred to Women Repression Prevention Tribunal

first_imgThe case over the murder of Feni Madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi has been transferred to Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal, reports UNB.Senior judicial magistrate Jakir Hossain passed the order on Thursday morning and fixed 10 June for next hearing.Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa principal Sirajuddoula and 15 other accused, who were charged with the murder, were produced before the court today.Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted the 722-page charge-sheet against 16 people to the court on Wednesday 53 days after the madrasa student was set on fire.The accused are- madrasa principal SM Sirajuddoula,Awami League leader Ruhul Amin, Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Nur Uddin, Imran Hossain Mamun, Hafez Abdul Quader, Iftekhar Uddin Rana, Councillor Maksud Alam alias Moksud, KamrunnaharMoni, Saifur Rahman Mohammad Zobair, Javed, Umme Sultana Popy, Mohiuddin Shakil, Mohammad Shamim, Abdur Rahim Sharif and Absar Uddin.Nusrat had accused the principal of sexually harassing her. She was set on fire at an examination centre in Sonagaziupazila on 6 April allegedly by people loyal to Sirajuddoula. She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

Venezuelans protest as Guaido declares escalation of pressure

first_imgVenezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country`s rightful interim ruler, attends a rally against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro`s government in Caracas, Venezuela, on 6 April 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday launched what he promised will be a “definitive” escalation of pressure to force the country’s embattled leftist leader from office.Addressing a giant anti-government rally in Caracas, Guaido — whose claim to be interim president is supported by around 50 nations — kicked off what he called “Operation Liberty,” his plan to oust president Nicolas Maduro.”Everyone to the streets, let’s start the final phase of the end of the usurpation!” he told supporters, speaking from the back of a pickup truck.He called for a huge nationwide turnout on Wednesday, and urged his followers to redouble their efforts to maintain pressure in the streets.”The greatest escalation of pressure we have seen in our history” has begun, Guaido said.The call comes amid massive blackouts and the collapse of water supplies affecting the nation, further exacerbated a growing political crisis.The United States meanwhile has stiffened its economic sanctions against Maduro, and one top US official warned Venezuela’s military that it must protect the rights of peaceful protesters.At the rally, Guaido also warned Cuba’s president Miguel Diaz-Canel that the supply of subsidised Venezuelan oil to the Caribbean communist island nation was over.Venezuela`s president Nicolas Maduro gives a speech during a rally in support of his government in Caracas, Venezuela on 6 April 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela has been sending cheap oil to Cuba in exchange for labour from Cuban doctors and teachers, but Guaido said the oil was actually financing a Cuban intelligence group known as G2 that was cracking down on Maduro opponents in the Venezuelan military.”The exploitation of Venezuelan oil is over, so Mr Diaz-Canel… Venezuelan oil will not be used to submit and investigate our military officials” through the G2, he told the crowd.Pro-Guaido protests drew thousands in rallies across the country on Saturday.A pro-Maduro counter-demonstration in Caracas, with supporters dressed in red, drew a large crowd that gathered at the Miraflores presidential palace.”Together, permanently mobilised, let’s keep defending national peace and independence; no more interference!” Maduro tweeted.Later, he called upon Mexico and Uruguay to relaunch their proposal for dialogue to resolve the crisis without foreign intervention. The two countries had first introduced that idea in January.Two opposition deputies were detained at an anti-government demo in the western city of Maracaibo, but a few hours later Guaido announced that the two had been released.Elimar Diaz, a lawmaker who marched in Maracaibo, told AFP the protest there had encountered “brutal repression,” including tear gas canisters dropped from helicopters, the use of National Guard armoured vehicles and attacks by members of the pro-government militia, known as “colectivos.”Diaz said people in Maracaibo had gone “days without electricity” amid “inhumane rationing” by the government.Maduro has blamed US-backed sabotage for the massive blackouts that have deprived millions of power. The opposition blames a failure to maintain critical infrastructure.Abrams an ‘assassin’Facing intense pressure at home and abroad, the Maduro government has sought to weaken Guaido.The government has stripped his parliamentary immunity, authorised his prosecution for proclaiming himself acting president, and banned him from holding public office for 15 years.Guaido said earlier this week he feared that he could be abducted by government agents.Speaking to the pro-government Constitutional Assembly, Maduro’s top lieutenant Diosdado Cabello slammed the US point man on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, as an “assassin.”Venezuela`s president Nicolas Maduro attends a rally in support of his government in Caracas, Venezuela on 6 April 2019. Photo: Reuters”It is Abrams who should be in prison, condemned in the United States for genocide in Central America,” said Cabello, referring to the US official’s controversial role in the Central American conflicts of the 1980s.Washington meanwhile kept up the international pressure on Maduro to step down.Vice president Mike Pence on Friday announced fresh sanctions against 34 vessels belonging to Venezuela’s state oil company and two companies that ship crude to Cuba.”This is only a first step,” US national security advisor John Bolton tweeted on Saturday in reference to the sanctions.He cautioned the Venezuelan defence minister in a separate tweet of the official’s “constitutional responsibility to protect innocent civilians who are peacefully demonstrating,” adding: “Do not let the Cubans or the ‘colectivos’ inflict violence against Venezuelan patriots.”Security Council to meetMaduro is supported by the Venezuelan military, China and Russia.Washington and its allies view the socialist president as illegitimate since he took office in January for a second term following elections widely seen as deeply flawed.Washington has convened a UN Security Council for Wednesday to discuss the Venezuelan crisis.Since Venezuela’s massive blackout of 7 March, the country has been subject to repeated power cuts, with electricity being rationed outside of Caracas.The blackouts have knocked out water supplies as well as transport and communications, forcing many people to trim their work days to six hours.last_img

Disney World Adds Trump Animatronic Figure But Likeness Is Lacking

first_img Share A new president in real life means a new president at Magic Kingdom, too.Specifically, a new animatronic figure in the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World, where every former leader of the republic is depicted in an “audio-animatronics show.”The exhibit is currently closed for updates and maintenance, but Disney has released a sneak peak of the new addition.It’s not the presence of President Trump in this lineup that’s raising eyebrows.It’s … well, let’s face it.It’s the face.Do you see Donald Trump? Or Jon Voight playing Donald Trump?Disney gave the job of Trump in the Hall of Presidents to Jon Voight and I can’t stop laughing. pic.twitter.com/dtu4PnqPv4— Wil Spillane 🚀 (@2xUEss) December 19, 2017Or a certain doll from a horror franchise?Trump robot in the Hall of Presidents looks like a 71-year-old Chucky doll. pic.twitter.com/yLCBmhpNvG— John Cohen (@JohnCohen1) December 19, 2017Or — and we’re very, very sorry to keep bringing back the 2016 election, like we are all caught in some vicious space-time vortex, or like our reality exists inside a demented computer simulation currently experimenting with a rewind button — but …Doesn’t it kind of look like Hillary Clinton?Here me out on this. Clearly Disney had Hilary’s robot ready to go and then they had to try and make it look like Trump. Don’t hate me. This is just a necessary and painful fact we all need to deal with. pic.twitter.com/biSirfwE59— Shannon O’Neill (@spotastic) December 19, 2017 no joke, that Donald Trump robot at Disney’s Hall of Presidents looks like the child of him, Hillary Clinton, Jon Voight, and Roger Ebert. kill it before AI gives it more than two terms.— Nowhere. Near. Berlin! (@vodkasnowflake) December 19, 2017Then there is the robot’s outfit, with an unbuttoned suit and long tie — some call it embarrassing, while others say it’s true to life.So many embarrassing & humiliating details about the animatronic:* The disheveled, hobo hair* The fleshy jowls & turkey neck* The huge gut resulting in the unbuttoned jacket* The idiotic facial expression& the coup de grace,* The ill-fitting suit & tie -a Trump pet peeve https://t.co/mUvJTUSna5— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) December 19, 2017There are a few important things to note here.First, while some corners of the Internet are amused by the face of robot Trump, the president’s supporters are neither laughing nor particularly concerned.President Trump has officially been added to Disney’s Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom. I love it! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/W7ns9zqozH— Alex 🇺🇸 (@SoCal4Trump) December 19, 2017Some Trump fans were disappointed that his tie was blue and white, instead of red, but overall, there was great enthusiasm among his base for the animatronic impression of the president.Several supporters expressed surprise that Trump was even added to the lineup, based on a theory that Disney was run by liberals who would never respect the president enough to add him to the exhibit, as it had for every president before him.Gene Duncan/Walt Disney WorldAn animatronic figure of President Obama was unveiled at Disney World’s Hall of Presidents attraction in 2009.Second, while some Trump opponents have theorized that the president’s animatronic figurine was designed to look atrocious on purpose, as an insult to the president, there is no evidence whatsoever that this is the case.The Hall of Presidents has a long history of unsatisfying, unsettling or inadequate figurines. Disney’s official history of the attraction notes that the initial concept was “too ambitious for the technology of the time,” and the first figures “didn’t quite look and act as Walt Disney had originally envisioned.”When the exhibit was finally launched in 1971, with new technology, the presidents still looked far better from a distance than in a close-up.Even Barack Obama’s figure in the Hall of Presidents, which debuted in 2009, is far from a picture-perfect portrait.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The day of love made happening and trendier

first_imgDiamond rings, disclosed to be associated with divorce and other failed relationships, are sold at lower prices than rings without a negative history, the study into the re-sale of diamond engagement rings has revealed.That suggests previous academic research that claimed a single, clearly-defined market category is associated with a product’s success, is not the whole story, said the study’s researcher Anne Bowers, associate professor at Rotman School of Management University of Toronto in Canada. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The assumption there is that consumer expectations are fully met when an item cleanly fits into a category. “In some sense, these findings are the exact opposite,” Bowers noted.“Here’s a product that technically speaking, fits exactly the criteria for an engagement ring, and yet you still have problems,” Bowers said. Two parts to the study revealed similar findings. Analysis of data from 1.5 million eBay listings of diamond solitaire engagement rings over a 13-month period showed rings with no disclosed negative history were most likely to sell and at a higher price.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRings, where sellers disclosed a divorce or other failed relationship – marked by comments such as “not going to happen,” or “right ring wrong guy”, were less successful.A separate attitudinal survey showed that even though participants believed a diamond ring from a divorce was most likely to be authentic – compared to the same one from a happy marriage or a jewellery store – it was the opposite when it came to how much they’ would be willing to pay for it.  The study was published in the journal Advances in Strategic Management. Along with this, gifting personalised goodies seems to be a new fad, with couples taking to “print” their love for their beloved this Valentine’s Day. Lovers are not only investing time and creativity to impress their loved one but are also ready to spend a lot to make them feel special and loved.“Valentine’s is the week of lovers and they leave no stone unturned to impress their bae (lover). People go for scrapbooks, love cards, t-shirts, explosion box and love jars to pamper their partners,” said Radhika Aggarwal, co-founder, Go Grab Gifts (G3).“Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd and there is no better way to show how much a person means to you than a unique personalised gift. In earlier days, we used to manually invest time and resources in personalising gifts for our loved ones and now we are enabling people to impress their love in minutes,” said Bipin Narang, co-founder and global CEO, Printvenue.“Our biggest consumers are people whom other printers/sellers find unprofitable. We provide our consumers the choice to order single quantity, at world-class quality, and at affordable pricing,” said Narang.“In the last one year, our business has grown significantly as more customers are discovering the convenience, choice and quality,” he said.Accoring to Narang, the current market size was close to $20 billion and around 5-10 per cent of the total market is addressable to Printvenue.Printvenue offers over 600 products to customise and thousands of design templates to choose from so that people can express love uniquely in as less as Rs 200.“The joy of seeing your loved one appreciate the effort behind your personalised gift has to be experienced because the efforts put in personalising goodies show how much a person means to you,” said Aggarwal.According to the survey, men clearly understand what women want and are planning to gift what women desire.Since Valentine’s Day, this year, is on a Sunday, 33 per cent respondents were planning to relax at home, while only 16 per cent were planning a trip.While most people resort to conventional romantic dinners to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the more adventurous choose to take their beloved on a helicopter ride, said a recently conducted study.According to the survey by deals platform Nearbuy of about 3,000 people, “45 per cent of the respondents opted for the option of taking their partners on romantic dinners, 39 per cent preferred to give a personalised gift and about 18 per cent people chose to take their special someones on a helicopter ride!” However, the survey showed that most people preferred to stick to a budget ranging anything between Rs3000 to Rs 5000 and not splurge mindlessly on the occasion. While 40 per cent Indians are willing to fork out an average of Rs 3,000, just about 10 per cent would go over the Rs 5000 bracket to buy presents for their partners. “People today are ready to spend and are yet not spend thrift when it comes to Valentine’s. They are online-savvy and are always on a look-out for great offers,” said Ankur Warikoo, CEO and Co-founder, Nearbuy.last_img read more

Why do women fall prey to eating disorders

first_imgA woman’s desire to diet and seek a slim body may depend on the attractiveness of a romantic partner, a study has found, highlighting the fairer sex’s risk of developing eating disorders. The study showed that women who were evaluated as less attractive were more motivated to diet and be thin if their husbands or partners were attractive than them.Conversely, this extra motivation to diet did not exist among the women who were more attractive than their husbands. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs for men, their motivation to diet was low regardless of their wives attractiveness or their own, the researchers said.”The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive,” said Tania Reynolds, doctoral student at the Florida State University.The study offers productive insights about relationships in which a woman fears she will fall short of her partner’s expectations.Understanding the predictors that increase a woman’s risk of developing eating disorders and other health problems could lead to earlier assistance.”It might be helpful to identify women at risk of developing more extreme weight-loss behaviours, which have been linked to other forms of psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and dissatisfaction with life,” Reynolds said.last_img read more