AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“The people of Los Angeles should be very proud of their City Council. They’re going to have a world-class zoo.” The council voted 13-2 for the exhibit, with Councilmen Dennis Zine and Bill Rosendahl opposed. “When I look at what we’re doing to them in the zoo, I don’t think it’s appropriate,” said Zine, who recounted his experience seeing elephants in the wild while on a photo safari to Africa. “They belong in natural environment, not an enclosure.” The decision to build the new elephant enclosure comes after more than a year of scrutiny by animal rights activists, who claimed the zoo’s original plan for a two-acre preserve was too small. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa concurred, and ordered an independent review of the elephants’ health and living quarters. The elephant experts recommended against sending the animals to sanctuary, instead suggesting the zoo expand the animals’ current half-acre enclosure to more than three acres. On Wednesday, dozens of animal rights activists packed council chambers for the final vote, with half in favor and half opposed. Critics wore T-shirts printed with a quote from Villaraigosa: “A zoo is not an appropriate place for an animal as large as an elephant.” After the vote, Villaraigosa said he still personally opposes keeping elephants in the zoo but would not contest the council’s decision. “I won’t veto this. The council has spoken clearly with this 13-2 vote, and I’m going to accede to the will of the council.” The Elephants of Surin exhibit, to be completed by mid-2008, will be funded, in part, with $17.7 million in voter-approved park bond money, $4.5 million donated by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and $2.3 million from the sale of private property donated to the zoo association. The city will make up the rest of the cost with $14 million borrowed from the city’s Municipal Investment Corp. To repay the loan, the city will pay $1.12 million each year from the general fund for 20 years, which will add $8.5 million to the $14 million cost. Exhibit opponents complained the exhibit was too expensive and would not provide enough space, particularly if the zoo ever increases its display to six to eight elephants as the general manager has suggested. As the City Council voters were tallied, opponents yelled “Free the Elephants,” and Catherine Doyle with the Los Angeles Alliance for Elephants said the group will continue pushing the city to ship the animals to a sanctuary. “This is a big loss for taxpayers and an even bigger loss for the elephants.” But zoo supporters said the decision will maintain one of the zoo’s most popular attractions, and provide a healthier home for the elephants. Actress and L.A. Zoo volunteer Betty White regularly joins the elephants on their morning walks and she praised the City Council’s action. “Now we’re got to get it done as quickly as we can.” email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In pursuit of a “world-class zoo,” the City Council voted Wednesday to build a $39 million elephant exhibit – complete with grasslands and waterfalls – at the Los Angeles Zoo. Animal activists have urged the city for the last year to send the zoo’s three elephants – Ruby, Gita and Billy – to a sanctuary where the animals would have more space. But an overwhelming majority of the council was convinced the elephants are crucial to the zoo experience and that they would thrive in the 3.5-acre Elephants of Surin exhibit. “We have three elephants at the zoo… Right now we have to make it better for them, safer for them,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge, who has been the leading council proponent for the exhibit.
National Geographic News has reported the excavation of a possibly complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton at a “secret location,” a private ranch, in Montana. The curious can monitor the interactive dig at Unearthing T. Rex. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh has finally unveiled Samson, the best preserved skull of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, reports MSNBC News. The article says that this skull, discovered in South Dakota in 1992, “may challenge scientific beliefs about the dinosaur,” but does not elaborate. Maybe that’s because museum curator Chris Beard leans toward the interpretation that T. Rex was not a fearsome predator chasing jeeps, but a timid, opportunistic scavenger (see Carnegie Magazine).Tomorrow’s students may laugh at Jurassic Park like today’s laugh at old Godzilla movies: scary, but hokey.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#data#politics#wikileaks Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Three years after WikiLeaks shook up the international community by leaking more than 250,000 diplomatic cables, the organization is at it again. Yesterday, it unveiled 1.7 million documents from the era of Henry Kissinger in the form of a searchable database called PlusD. It’s the biggest leak of previously classified information in human history.The leak will undoubtedly make for some intriguing historical analyses and anecdotes, some of which pertain to people and organizations that still wield power. But it doesn’t say much for the continued relevance of WikiLeaks.With its leader under house arrest, its biggest source about to stand trial on capital charges and a financial blockade hamstringing its ability to raise money, it’s a wonder WikiLeaks can manage to get anything accomplished. With that in mind, the Kissinger cable leak is an impressive feat.How Far WikiLeaks Hath FallenYet for the most part, the things we’ll learn from this new trove of documents are based in the past. Three years ago, WikiLeaks was releasing data that had an immediate impact on things going on around the world. Prior to that, it made headlines by releasing the now-infamous video of a U.S. helicopter killing civilians in Iraq.Today, they’re putting out might be a gold mine for historians and academics, but it probably won’t impact the future as much as past data dumps have.It’s a radical departure from the rhetoric and expectations of late 2010. It was then that, emboldened by the impact of Cablegate and the Iraq War Logs, WikiLeaks proudly announced that it was in possession of a Bank of America executive’s hard drive, the contents of which would be released to the public. The leak, Assange assured the world, had the potential to “take down a bank or two.”Whatever Happened To That Hard Drive?And yet it never materialized. At least a portion of that data was allegedly destroyed by a former WikiLeaks collaborator with whom Assange had a falling out. It’s not clear what, if any, data remains. The data, the seizure of which caused Bank of America to launch an internal, preemptive investigation, has yet to see the light of day.Since those triumphant, headline-grabbing days, WikiLeaks has been considerably quieter, periodically releasing data that might be interesting, but which lacks the impact of earlier dumps. Last year, the organization leaked millions of internal emails from private intelligence firm Statfor. It revealed a few intriguing details, but the emails were mostly, as GigaOm’s Matthew Ingram put it, “underwhelming.” As Ingram pointed out, WikiLeaks was no longer working with the influential media partners it boasted in 2010. Instead of teaming up with journalists from the New York Times, Guardian and Der Spiegel, Assange was relying on the likes of Anonymous, a shadowy collective with an altogether different type of reach than the Grey Lady. Losing Partners and Data SourcesEven more so than it needs powerful media partners, an organization like WikiLeaks needs reliable, well-placed sources. It’s worth recalling that Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of handing WikiLeaks the Collateral Murder video and diplomatic cables, is about to stand trial on charges that could result in his execution.There’s a certain deterrent factor at play there. And on a more practical level, WikiLeaks no longer has a source quite as well placed as Manning now that he’s in jail. Meanwhile, the hacker who leaked the StratFor emails could face life in prison. Governments have little tolerance for the type of ruckus WikiLeaks has caused, and they’re making that clear to would-be collaborators by aggressively prosecuting the sources of past leaks. Combine these factors with the financial blockade, Assange’s legal woes and infighting within the organization and it’s easy to conclude that WikiLeaks has been rather handily marginalized.Sure, there’s still global fallout from past leaks, and the Manning trial, a historical event with huge implications, hasn’t even started. But WikiLeaks is clearly less nimble and impactful than it was three years ago. And short of a bombshell such as a Manning acquittal or another explosive leak on the order of the promised BofA disclosure, there’s little reason to think things are going to turn around any time soon. Lead photo courtesy of Wikipedia Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
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This interview is the fourth in a seven part series taken during the 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series held in Townsville from Friday, 11 to Sunday, 13 June. In this interview we speak with Garry Sonda.To view the video please follow the link http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865 or locate ‘MyTouch TV’ on the Touch Football Australia homepage www.austouch.com.au
Irish fixed and mobile broadband provider Digiweb has selected Cloudio TV to power its new cross-device, over-the-top TV service. Consumers are increasingly using internet to watch television and our customer base is no different, “ said Shane O’Reilly, product development manager of Digiweb,“We are very pleased to team up with Cloudio TV on their OTT TV service and premium international content offerings. This allows Digiweb to offer triple play TV, fibre speed broadband and voice to a growing number of new communities across Ireland.”The Cloudio TV service will be available on Android, iPhone, iPad, set-top boxes and connected TVs. The service is available to consumers as a subscriptions service and offers both linear and video-on-demand (VOD) content.
Set-top box maker Abox42 will show for the first time its latest generation M40 smart set-top box platform for IPTV, OTT and hybrid at ANGA COM. Abox42 said the new model in the M-series range supports HEVC / H.265 and that its product portfolio can now cope with third generation DVB-C, T/T2, S2 hybrid smart set-top box deployments with different feature and price sets.The company will also showcase the newest version of OPX TV, its TV application and backend solution, which is now available for IPTV, OTT and hybrid DVB projects.“OPX TV offers a variety of new features and functionalities, such as full HbbTV support, IP based or DVB based EPG and capability to run both IPTV, OTT and traditional DVB channels in a unified channel list,” said Abox42.Abox42 has also added Intertrust / Marlin’s Expressplay to its portfolio of DRM and software-based conditional access systems, allowing operators to run different security systems for different applications or services side-by-side on the Abox42 platform.“We are pleased to offer with our new M40 set-top box line for IPTV, OTT and Hybrid DVB an outstanding product line giving our customers the market requested and outstanding flexibility, “said Matthias Greve, CEO of Abox42.“Our comprehensive SDK, the broad experience with advanced operator projects and the ability to provide a total set-top box solution, is a unique proposition in this market. We enable our worldwide customers to build next generation services with an unbeatable user experience and a clear upgrade path to hybrid functionality thus giving them the essential competitive advantages in changing and growing new market.” Abox42 will exhibit at ANGA in hall 10.1, stand M17
Scottish broadcaster STV’s City TV channels will be bumped up the Freeview TV guide, following BBC Three’s move to online-only.Under the changes, STV Edinburgh and STV Glasgow, which are currently listed on the Freeview electronic programming guide (EPG) at position 23, will move up to channel number 8.STV’s planned City TV channels for Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee will also launch at this slot when they go live in 2017. STV claims the additional three license areas will result in some 80% of Scotland being served through the City TV Freeview footprint.“This is fantastic news – with our City channels in a more prominent position, new viewers from across Scotland will now get the opportunity to enjoy more of STV’s trusted local news and magazine programmes along with our great mix of new and classic drama and entertainment,” said STV’s director of channels, Bobby Hain.