The best website builders for 2019

first_img 14 days ‘unlimited’ w/ ads Duda Best for basic e-commerce: Shopify Weebly flies under the radar relative to Wix with 50 million websites created, but offers some excellent options depending on your needs. If you want a simple and easy-to-use editor, a large site (more than 25 to 30 pages), unlimited storage, site portability and affordable yet powerful online store capabilities, Weebly plays a good David to Wix’s Goliath. The editor is one of the easiest to use, and the low learning curve still nets great-looking sites. That ease-of-use means the editor is more limited in terms of add-ons and design flexibility, and it doesn’t have the range of options or mobile customization that a builder like Wix has. Still, in our testing, we never came to a point where we found those constraints to be limiting. For a high-octane designer, though, it could come up.   Weebly’s prices are similar to competitors like Wix or Squarespace, but its free plan option is one of the most generous, and for just $5 a month you can get up and running with your own domain name (albeit with Weebly ads). Its $12-per-month plan will give you an ad-free site with analytics and commerce capabilities, while the $25 plan gets you more store tools, like tax and shipping calculators, inventory management and discounts. Weebly is a good option for those who may be more limited in terms of their time investment, and its commerce options outshine competitors like Wix and Squarespace. For those who are wary of committing to a website builder knowing that you won’t be able to pick up and leave later on, Weebly also offers the ability to download site files so you can move to another host, a rarity in the site builder landscape.  GoDaddy Comments See at Shopify Best prepackaged design WordPress 14 days Software Laptops Applications Computers Best website builders compared Best prepackaged design: Squarespace Share your voice Best for basic e-commerce Most customizable Best for building a customized experience: Duda Building a website has come a long way since the neon-text-on-black-background days of MySpace and Angelfire. Now you can easily and professionally present your business or services without knowing HTML, having coding skills or looking like a middle schooler’s online manifesto. The website builder industry has grown a lot over the last 10 years and can be overwhelming for first-timers. But that growth and complexity also means that you have more choices than ever and can find a site builder tailored to your needs. It’s true that a few clear favorites have emerged — and those sites are usually a good place to start — but even the frontrunners aren’t ideally suited for every scenario. To make it easy for you, we’ve compiled all the information you need to make a good decision and get to the fun part of designing your site. Squarespace WordPress Squarespace Target See at GoDaddy Best overall website builder (and best free option): Wix Duda is a smaller player compared to the other builders above with around 15 million websites built, and it focuses on a specific market segment: designers and design agencies. It caters to individuals and groups that make a lot of sites, but with a powerful and easy-to-use builder and a number of differentiated offerings, it’s emerged as a good option for anyone looking to develop an online presence.Duda’s builder boasts a number of features that set it apart, including mobile site customization, detailed data analytics (e.g. advanced metrics like form submissions, time on page and bounce rate), and user personalization so you can easily display specific messages or offers to users based on the time of day, their location or their browsing history. It’s also known for its multilanguage support and a free e-commerce add-on that allows you to sell up to 10 products. Duda’s pricing is a little bit higher than its main competitors like Wix and Weebly, starting off at $14 per month for the Basic plan. At $22, you can add up to four editors for your site (instead of only one with Basic), access advanced analytics, and begin using Duda as a white-label/custom-branded builder, another one of Duda’s selling points. Its “Agency” plan at $74 per month is geared toward web designers who are building pages for multiple clients, and includes eight websites and the ability to download site files for portability.  Duda is a little expensive, but fills some of the voids that the main players have, like analytics, multilingual capabilities and better personalization and mobile customization. 30 days Tags Shopify $6/month $13/month 15 days Best for bigger stores Weebly When most people talk about WordPress, they’re usually referring to the free open-source software available through WordPress.org. That’s very powerful, but it takes some time to learn and still requires that you find a website host and domain name. If you’re interested in going the advanced route of WordPress.org, we recommend you check out a tutorial or guide such as those you can find on WPBeginner or WebsiteToolTester to learn how it works.The WordPress.com website builder is something else. It’s similar to the other builders listed above and is primarily geared toward bloggers and writers. The editor is fairly limited compared to other services, but is easy to set up and has everything you need for blogging. We should also note that it’s not an intuitive drag-and-drop editor like Wix or Weebly.Its pricing is fairly cheap, starting off at $5 per month to remove WordPress ads and giving you 6GB of storage. From there it goes to $8 for 13GB of storage and online selling capabilities, and finally a $25 option that allows you to use custom themes and add-ons. The $8 option seems like the best deal if you’re setting up a blog and thinking about monetizing it at some point.Overall, WordPress caters to bloggers who don’t want or need to spend a lot of time on website design, but it feels very limited for most other use cases. That said, anyone who’s looking for more robust off-the-shelf CMS (content management systems) options should consider Joomla and Drupal. Both are arguably less user-friendly than WordPress, but offer more customization options. At least one CNET editor also felt that Drupal and Joomla also offered faster page loading speeds. Best overall website builder (and best for free) $12/month *Starting price doesn’t include cheaper plans if they are ad-supported. Some vendors offer free domain hosting for the first year on some plans as well.These services are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. To compile the list below, we researched the prices, plans and features of over 12 different website builders and scoured reviews from several review sites, including PCMag, Wirecutter, WebsiteToolTester, SiteBuilderReport, WPBeginner and more, to see where there might be any consensus. We also surveyed the CNET staff, and ultimately spent time building some test sites using the tools below (if we weren’t already users). We paid particular attention to the categories that not only differentiate one site from another, but that actually matter to business owners, artists and creators. If, by the end of the list, you’re still not sure which direction to go, we’ve included a guide at the bottom, including key questions you should be asking yourself as you start your online venture. Finally, if you already have a website and just need a host or you’re interested in building a WordPress site, check out our list of best web hosting services. Jump to: How to choose a website builder If Wix is the clear favorite for most website building needs, Shopify fills that role for e-commerce. The platform offers an easy and user-friendly way to get a store up and running online, and it supports business owners throughout the process with their e-commerce tools. Shopify is a safe place to start for most “e-tailers,” though similar to Wix, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect for every scenario. Like most other commerce-focused builders, Shopify’s platform is geared toward your product and sales details. Fortunately for those without a ton of experience setting up a retail operation, Shopify’s process ensures you won’t miss an important step as it guides you through inventory, customer information, and tax and shipping rates. And if you still have a question, Shopify provides 24-7 phone and chat support and an active online community forum.Given that its user base is fairly defined, Shopify doesn’t offer a plethora of plan options, and its prices come in above the market average. The “Basic Shopify” plan is $29 a month and covers most of the basic needs for an online store, while the $79-a-month plan offers gift cards and more staff accounts. From our perspective, it was hard to rationalize the $50 jump from basic to standard, but if you factor in the reduced transaction fees and shipping discounts, it might make sense. If you’re running a bigger operation, they also offer a $299-a-month plan.The main drawback of Shopify is probably its pricing model. If you want the support, guidance and a builder that will take care of most of the technical details, the extra costs are worth it. And the many apps available are enticing, but can also add up if you’re using those that cost extra. If after considering the different e-commerce features you’re still on the fence, we recommend you calculate the total cost of additional add-ons and transaction fees based on your sales, and then compare with competitors like BigCommerce, which offers more product variants and combinations and lower fees. center_img Wix is the clear frontrunner in the race for website builder dominance. It’s the biggest player, with over 110 million websites built, and boasts the greatest quantity of tools, capabilities, and freedom.  Wix covers the full ease-of-use spectrum by offering an AI-fueled automatic website builder on one end (“Wix ADI”) that requires minimal effort from the user, all the way to Wix Corvid, an open development platform for advanced applications like Javascript, databases, and data-driven dynamic pages. To maximize the experience, we do recommend choosing one lane (e.g. Wix ADI, a specific template or design-from-scratch), since it can be difficult to maintain consistency across your website design if you, for example, start with a template but then decide you want to totally customize it. Like many competitors in this space, Wix offers a basic free version that lets you create a starter site with ads. If you like what you see, you can spend up for a premium, ad-free site. Pricing falls within industry standards with a $13-per-month “Combo” plan that covers most needs for a personal website, up to a $49-per-month “Business VIP” e-commerce plan. Those prices do not include a domain, so you’ll need to account for that separately. And if you’re interested in stats and analytics, you’ll either need to get a paid Google Analytics account or another third-party tool, as Wix doesn’t have its own.Despite being the clear favorite among most reviewers, Wix does have a few drawbacks. Wix was one of the few builders that has data limitations for each of its plan tiers, so if you want to upload endless photos and videos, or expect more than 5,000 visitors a month to your site, make sure you do the math before choosing a plan.  Also, the editor’s freedom and range of options can be overwhelming for folks who don’t have the time or inclination to make lots of little decisions, and the design flexibility means you’ll need to be more hands-on with the format and layout, as opposed to more structured or limited editors where you can’t draw too far outside the lines. $29/month Weebly $14/month 30 days GoDaddy Squarespace strikes us as being the cool kid in high school — flashy and hip on the surface but lacking substance underneath. We found it to be in between Wix and Weebly in terms of ease of use, though it did get consistently positive marks from reviewers for the quality of design. Where we think it really might shine is for small- to medium-size businesses who want a nicely designed page and room for e-commerce growth with lower transaction fees. The Squarespace editor isn’t as intuitive as Wix and Weebly, requiring a little bit of work until you get the hang of it. It has a fair amount of add-ons, templates and tools, and the universal style editor and strong photo editing are helpful. The responsive editor means that your site will always look good on mobile, but you won’t be able to make mobile-specific edits like with Wix or Duda. We also found consistent high marks for helpful and responsive customer support, which should put business owners’ minds at ease.Squarespace starts off with a $12-a-month “Personal” plan, which includes unlimited storage, bandwidth and a domain, and offers an $18 “Business” plan that includes unlimited contributors, a Gmail pro account, and e-commerce capabilities. If you go for an “Online Store” plan, you can choose between $26 and $40 a month, the latter of which includes a few final touches like abandoned shopping cart recovery and gift cards. It’s important to note that the $26 store plan, while maybe slightly above the market rate for e-commerce, comes with no transaction fees. So depending on your sales volume on a given month, those savings could really add up. Overall, Squarespace’s website is a good analog for what you get with its products: clean, professional and inviting design, but without the layers of design power or freedom you get from other builders.  ‘unlimited’ w/ ads Best for bigger stores: BigCommerce Free trial? BigCommerce Duda GoDaddy is best known for its custom domain names and web hosting services, so it makes sense that it also offers website builder software. The problem is that it very much feels like an ancillary service — it doesn’t seem like it’s put in the development time and effort that some of the mainstream players like Wix, Duda and Weebly have. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for simplicity, and a user-friendly interface, GoDaddy could be a good option. The GoDaddy “GoCentral” builder is one of the simplest tools available, but it’s also the most restrictive. You can build a website and get it live in an hour or two, and the rigid structures and lack of customization options means it will look good, if not dramatically unique. It is challenging to make specific site edits, as you’re generally restricted to adding a content “block” that has preset text, image and formatting, instead of being able to add, drag or drop individual elements. The editor is more of a Madlibs-style fill-in-the-blank instead of a responsive, free-flowing experience.It’s slightly ironic that it doesn’t include a domain name in its prices, given its core product offering, but other than that there aren’t too many surprises. The $6 monthly plan is straight-up basic; $10 gets you a PayPal option and SEO help; $15 tacks on email marketing and social media integration, and its $20-per-month plan is for online store capabilities, which are actually pretty impressive. You get abandoned cart recovery, inventory management, discounts and promotions, and Amazon, Etsy and eBay integrations — most of which are usually only available at higher prices. GoDaddy is a well-known name, but not for its website builder. Still, we like that there’s a super simple and not-too-expensive option out there for those who don’t care about specific style placements and nuanced themes. See at Duda Starting price* See at Squarespace See at Weebly See at WordPress BigCommerce lives up to its name — it’s best for medium- to large-scale online stores that can cash in on the lack of added transaction fees and unlimited product variants. The store builder might not be quite as easy to use as Shopify’s, but the amount of time you spend getting used to it could save you a lot of money down the road. The editor has a lot of features and flexibility when you’re getting set up, but similar to Wix, that can be overwhelming for newcomers. If you have a little experience, however, those features and tools — like product variants and tax rates — will probably come in handy as you grow or if you’re already at scale.  BigCommerce’s price tiers are identical to Shopify’s at $29 (Standard), $79 (Plus), and $249 (Pro), but what you get at each level differs. Even the lowest BigCommerce plan at $29 gives its clients unlimited users, unlimited bandwidth and storage, unlimited products, and no added transaction fees. You can even link your e-commerce site to eBay, Google Shopping and Amazon. Where the pricing gets a little tricky is with the sales thresholds: The Standard plan only supports annual sales of less than $50,000, while Plus supports up to $150,000 and Pro up to $400,000. So basically you save a lot of money on transaction fees the more sales you rack up, but if you have enough sales, you have to upgrade to the next plan tier. As with all the online store builders, it’ll be worth it to do a little math based on your product inventory and expected sales. No transaction fees — they even have a discount deal worked out with PayPal where you can save an additional 0.5% to 1% — strikes us as a major deal-maker depending on your size, so if you’re a bigger operation, take advantage of the 15-day trial and give BigCommerce a shot.  Best For basic, no-frills websites: GoDaddy $29/month See at Wix Best for writers and bloggers Wix Shopify How to choose a website builder Wix Given the wealth of options and the fact that many website builders don’t allow you to pick up and move later on, it’s important to enter the fray with a clear idea of what you need. By first establishing your priorities and direction, it will be easier to find a match and avoid buyers’ remorse down the road. In terms of pricing, most builders offer two to four different price tiers, each with a different set of features. This can make comparing services difficult, since they don’t make it easy to line up apples-to-apples, but that’s a big reason why we’ve created this handy guide!   Generally speaking, you can get a good individual website built for around $8 to $10 a month with an annual subscription. Most e-commerce plans range between $20 to $25 per month, and if you need an enterprise-style plan with multiple editors and VIP-level support, prices can go up to $300 per month.   Storage and bandwidth are usually unlimited, but there are exceptions like Wix, which scales its storage capacity according to the plan tier. And even its lowest tier plan has a decent amount (3GB of storage and enough bandwidth to support up to around 5,000 visitors per month). After the big questions like price and storage, it all comes down to what you’re looking for. Below are some guiding questions to help ensure you’re ready to shop like an expert and find the best website builder for your needs. What is the purpose of your site?screen-shot-2019-05-14-at-3-10-23-pm Squarespace Your first step should be to determine the primary goal of your web presence. Do you want to sell a product? Attract potential customers for your services? Build a portfolio page? By first establishing your raison d’etre, you’ll be able to prioritize the tools and capabilities you want in your builder and not get pulled off track by a fancy add-on that isn’t actually helping you achieve your goal. If you’re primarily interested in racking up sales, start by looking at the e-commerce specialists, like Shopify and BigCommerce. If you’re a photographer or designer who wants a beautiful portfolio site, Wix and Squarespace are good places to start. Wix might edge Squarespace if you want more control over the design, while Squarespace might be better if you just want a stylish frame for your work. If you just want something easy to use, Weebly and GoDaddy both offer intuitive builders, with Weebly offering more features and design finesse, while GoDaddy is much simpler and more limited. If you’re setting up a site or store and you want to present a customized experience to users or you have something specific in mind for the mobile version of your site, Duda offers the most customization capabilities. And if you’re a wordsmith who can’t be bothered by design decisions and fancy editors, WordPress can help you get your blog up and offers good ways to reach your readers. How much time do you want to invest in building your website? This obviously will vary depending on a number of factors, not the least of which is how clear of a design vision you have and whether you have experience building a website. That being said, each editor has a different level of usability or ease-of-use based on the features, flexibility and intuitive design of the editing interface. On one end of the spectrum you have a builder like Wix, which is very easy to use but also comprehensive — the sheer number of options and tools makes it hard to whip up a site quickly. On the other end, you have a builder like WordPress or GoDaddy, each of which doesn’t provide you with a ton of options when building your pages. Most people will want to devote enough time to their site that it serves its purpose of representing you online in a good light, so we generally recommend you take the time to learn your editor and take advantage of the many options available. How much design control do you want?screen-shot-2019-05-14-at-3-11-53-pmWix offers a pretty comprehensive suite of site editing tools.  Wix This goes hand-in-hand with time investment, since the more control you have, the more choices you have to make. There are builders like Squarespace that have a fairly rigid design structure, but still let you customize fonts, colors and content, and on the other end of the spectrum you have a site like Wix, that lets you place objects anywhere on your site (at your own risk!), or Duda, which allows you to customize the mobile experience or create custom user experiences based on browsing history.   How big is your site?   Certain editors are more geared toward large site structures (40-plus pages) than others, so it’s important to know whether you will have a ton of pages and sections, or whether it’s more in the realm of a glamorized digital business card or fancy work portfolio.   The number of navigation levels, for example (which you can think of like file folders (or Inception): a page within a directory within another directory would represent three levels of navigation), can be an important consideration. Most pages probably use two levels — sections and the pages within each section, but online stores and other types of sites might need more. Weebly and BigCommerce are probably the best examples of builders that support large site structures, while Squarespace and Wix limit you to two levels of navigation. How important is e-commerce?screen-shot-2019-05-14-at-3-35-11-pm Shopify Every builder we researched has an e-commerce option available, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all up to the task. A site like WordPress isn’t really what you want if your plan is to sell products online, while a site like Shopify or BigCommerce is expressly focused on online sales and has lots of e-commerce features. If you really just want to have a clean and easy-to-use online storefront, one of the dedicated e-commerce builders makes the most sense, but if it’s more of an ancillary service or simply nice to have, you can go with the builder that feels the best and sign up for its e-commerce option. There are even builders like Duda, which allow you to sell up to 10 products for free using another plan. How big is your sales operation? screen-shot-2019-05-14-at-3-38-32-pmMany website builders support Square’s payment solutions. Square Transaction fees: While we’re not small business owners, we do like math, and this variable struck us as particularly important. If you sell $10,000 of products in a month with a 3% vendor processing fee, you’re spending an extra $300 every month. If you’re paying your website host an extra 1% to 3%, that’s another $100 to $300. Those numbers greatly eclipse the monthly rate you’re paying, and add up even more if you’re selling significantly more. So before you choose a builder, make sure you read the fine print about transaction fees. Many builders don’t charge on top of the Square or Paypal rate (usually 3%), but some do. Shopify charges extra if you don’t use Shopify Payments, but if you do use its services, you can get a rate below 3%. Then there are sites like BigCommerce that doesn’t charge extra and even has a PayPal discount, but has sales limits for each plan.   We know you’re a smart and savvy business owner who pays close attention to the books, but we thought it would still help to remind you: do the math before signing up. How flexible do you want to be with the host? As we mentioned at the top, many builders lock you into their hosting service, but not all. If you’re afraid of commitment or think you might want to switch as your business or services evolve, go with a service like Weebly or Duda that allows you to download your website files for easy use on another host.   The other big factor here is the free trial period. The industry standard is around 14 days, but some go up to a month, and others don’t have a trial period but will give you your money back within 30 days if you’re not happy.   Editor’s note: This story was originally posted earlier in June. It has been updated to better reflect the free option available at Wix. Easiest to use: Weebly ‘unlimited’ w/ ads Best for writers and bloggers: WordPress See at BigCommerce BigCommerce Wix 5 $5/month Easiest to use Best no-frills option $12/monthlast_img read more

Disha Patani ups the fashion game with her stunning floral print dress

first_imgDisha PataniPR HandoutHailed as Bollywood’s ‘Jawani Jaaneman’, Disha Patani never fails to grab the attention of the world with her impeccable sense of style and her stunning sartorial choices!Recently, the actress was seen wearing a pretty white strappy maxi dress with a dark blue floral print, taking all inspo from Chinese classic motifs. Disha completed her outfit with gold duster earrings and her long wavy hair. Her eyes were highlighted with a purple and blue shaded eyeliner and her nude lipstick was an add on to her gorgeous look.Disha is no less than a fashion icon and she always succeeds in capturing all the eyeballs with her sartorial picks, each time. Always carrying confidence with her enviable figure, Disha is the one who is setting the style statement straight up high.Recently, the actress was witnessed essaying the role of a trapeze artist in the blockbuster ‘Bharat’ which entered the 100 crore club at the box office. Also, her bodacious dance moves in the hit song ‘Slow Motion’ is receiving all the appreciation and she has taken over the world like a storm.Disha is well known to be one of the fittest actresses in Bollywood and the actress is loved and adored by film-makers. She is the face of several international brands and the constant sneak peeks of her dance and fitness videoes are a treat to the fan-frenzyAfter the back to back success of M.S. Dhoni -An Untold Story and Baaghi 2, which earned more than Rs 100 crore at the box office, now Bharat is galloping towards the Rs 200-crore mark. The talented actress will be seen next in Mohit Suri’s Malanglast_img read more

Missing Marine Engineer found dead in Dhaka

first_imgPolice recovered the body of a marine engineer from an under-construction building at Shukrabad in Dhaka early Monday, two days after he went missing from Elephant Road, reports news agency UNB.The deceased is Rafiqul Hasan Rimon, 42, a resident of Uttara.Rimon went missing after had come out from one of his relative’s house on Saturday night.On the following day, his family members filed a General Diary (GD) with New Market police station.Later, a team of police found his body from the ground floor of the 10-storey under-construction building around 1:35 am, said New Market police station sub-inspector Mahbubur Rahman Sarkar.The body was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.last_img read more

4 policemen 30 villagers injured in Faridpur clash

first_imgMap of FaridpurAt least 30 people including four policemen were ion Wednesday njured and 20 houses were vandalised during a clash between two groups in Fukra village of Saltha upazila of Faridpur.Police managed to disperse the mob after spreading 24 tear gas shells and firing 32 blank shots in the area, said Md Delwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Shaltha police station.Local people said the clash ensued following an altercation between Lal Mia and Ruhul Molla of the village, creating a skirmish in the area that continued sporadically up to Wednesday afternoon.On information, police rushed to the spot and managed to bring the situation under control.Four policemen were also injured during the clash as the agitating mob also attacked them as well, the OC added.“Police have arrested seven people for their alleged involvement in the clash.”last_img read more

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Administration from Ending TPS Protections

first_img Share Courtesy of Dennis AguiluzThis file photo shows Teodoro Aguiluz (center), founder and executive director of Houston-based Central American Resources Center (CRECEN, by its Spanish acronym), speaking at a meeting organized to advocate for maintaining TPS.The more than 16,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries that live in Houston are breathing easier for now after a federal judge ruled this week to maintain protections for people from Haiti, El Salvador, Sudan and Nicaragua. TPS beneficiaries came to the United States after natural disasters and many have lived in the country for decades. The Trump administration is trying to end Temporary Protected Status for thousands of people.U.S. District Judge Edward Chen blocked on Wednesday the administration from ending the TPS protections arguing that it would cause “irreparable harm and great hardship.”The judge said there is evidence that “President Trump harbors an animus against non-white, non-European aliens which influenced his … decision to end the TPS designation.”The ruling cited Trump’s 2015 campaign speech in which he characterized Mexican immigrants as drug dealers and rapists, his call to bar Muslims from entering the United States and his vulgar reference to African countries during a meeting about immigration at the White House in January.The ruling said the government failed to show the harm of continuing the 20-year-old program and that the plaintiffs established how uprooting those immigrants could hurt the local and national economy.“Beneficiaries who have lived, worked, and raised families in the United States (many for more than a decade), will be subject to removal,” Chen wrote.The lawsuit from immigrants who have received the protections alleges the administration’s decision was motivated by racism.Federal government reactionJustice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said the ruling “usurps the role of the executive branch.”“The Justice Department completely rejects the notion that the White House or the Department of Homeland Security did anything improper. We will continue to fight for the integrity of our immigration laws and our national security,” O’Malley’s statement said.Attorneys for the plaintiffs praised the ruling and issued statements from some of those involved.“I was so happy when I found out about the judge’s decision,” said Crista Ramos, 14, whose Salvadoran mother was in the program. “Ever since the TPS terminations were announced, I have been wondering how I can live a normal life if I am about to lose my mom.”Chen questioned the administration’s motives at a hearing last month. He cited a memo that he said suggested the decision was driven by the administration’s America First policy.He asked an attorney for the U.S. Justice Department to respond to plaintiffs’ allegations that America First meant excluding immigrants who are not white.Adam Kirschner, a government attorney, said the memo showed then-Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke grappling with what to do about temporary protected status. Kirschner said input from the White House was expected on an issue like this, but the final decision was Duke’s.Chen repeated Trump’s vulgar comment about African countries while responding that any influence the White House had on Duke could be relevant to the claims that the administration’s moves were discriminatory.Chen ruled Wednesday that evidence shows Duke’s decision “may have been done in order to implement and justify a pre-ordained result desired by the White House.”El SalvadorEl Salvador was designated for the program in 2001 after an earthquake, and the country’s status was repeatedly renewed. The Trump administration announced in January that the program would expire for El Salvador in September 2019.The administration concluded that El Salvador had received significant international aid to recover from the earthquake, and homes, schools and hospitals there had been rebuilt.The Trump administration ended the program for the other three countries as well.More than 200,000 immigrants could face deportation because of the change, and they have more than 200,000 American children who risk being uprooted from their communities and schools, according to plaintiffs in the lawsuit.A full hearing on protections is supposed to take place later this month. last_img read more

Rumor Doctor Who SpinOff Class Cancelled After 1 Season

first_imgSchool’s out for winter, but is it out forever?British tabloid the Daily Mirror last week suggested that, due to low online and on-screen ratings, Doctor Who spin-off Class has been canceled.The eight-episode series premiered on BBC Three in October to a positive reception from critics—but a measly 660,000 initial views, according to the Mirror. To put that number into perspective, the least-watched episode of the Doctor’s ninth season (“Sleep No More”) racked up 5.61 million views.Even in syndication on BBC One early this year, the program fared poorly—figures quickly dropped from 1 million to 300,000, the Mirror reported.Created and written by author Patrick Ness, Class follows students and staff at Coal Hill Academy. The London-based secondary school served as a backdrop to the first Doctor Who episode and appeared again 50 years later as the workplace of companion Clara Oswald (and her love interest, Danny Pink).From left: Vivian Oparah as Tanya, Greg Austin as Charlie, Sophie Hopkins as April, Fady Elsayed as Ram, Katherine Kelly as Miss Quill (BBC)Under the reluctant leadership of physics teacher Miss Quill, five very different students must band together to fight monsters and save the Earth—at the behest of the Twelfth Doctor, who makes a cameo appearance in the first episode.An angsty teenage romp for modern viewers, the show (produced by Who showrunner Steven Moffat and exec producer Brian Minchin) pulls no punches when it comes to navigating high school while battling aliens.But Class struggled to live up to the hype and doesn’t appear to have caught on as easily as spin-offs like K-9 and Company, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and Torchwood.While Patrick Ness did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment, the Beeb told us that “No decision has been made.”Not for fans’ lack of trying: An online petition for the BBC to renew Class for a second season has already racked up more than 2,110 supporters.Class series one is available digitally in HD from the UK iTunes Store, and on Blu-ray and DVD from Amazon.co.uk. All eight episodes aired in Canada and Australia over the fall; the US release is scheduled for April 15, immediately following the season 10 premiere of Doctor Who on BBC America.last_img read more

SSC to conduct third phase counselling on March 19 and 20

first_imgKolkata: The School Service Commission will conduct the third phase of counselling for wait-listed candidates for recruitment of assistant teachers for Classes XI and XII in state-run schools on March 19 and 20.The third phase counselling for wait-listed candidates for recruitment of assistant teachers for Classes IX and X will be held on March 26, 27, 28 29 and April 1. The state level selection test for recruitment of teachers was held in 2016. However, the Hill region will not come under the aegis of this counselling. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Commission issued a notification on Friday stating that the schedule of counselling and details of vacancies will soon be made available on the School Service Commission website — www.westbengalssc.com. The SSC chairman had announced in January that 42,000 vacant posts of teachers, non-teaching staff and Group D employees from upper primary to the higher secondary level will be filled up in various schools by March 2019. According to a source in the Commission, the upper primary level has the highest number of vacant posts for teachers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAbout 13,080 teachers are required at the upper primary level and the vacancies for Classes IX and X stands at 12,905. “At the higher secondary level, the number of vacant posts for teachers is 5,711. There are about 1,034 vacancies for the subject of physical education, 1,099 vacancies in work education, 2,057 posts for clerks and 3,955 posts for Group D staff. Most of the vacancies have already been filled up in the initial phases for counselling and the rest will be completed by early April,” the source said. The vacancies exclude 10 per cent that would be filled up by para-teachers as per directions of the court.last_img read more

Fix Thunderbird wont let you sign in to Gmail

first_imgFix Thunderbird won’t let you sign in to Gmail by Martin Brinkmann on August 29, 2016 in Email – Last Update: April 28, 2019 – 46 commentsAs you may know, I use Thunderbid as may main desktop email program. I use it with various email providers, including Gmail.Everything worked fine up until this morning. I received mails to the Gmail account and was able to browse mails and compose them as well.About an hour ago I started to get a popup informing me that I had to sign in to the Google account again.The dialog did display the URL the request came from, it was a Google URL, so I knew it was legitimate. Also, checking to see if I could still access Gmail content in Thunderbird, I noticed that I could not.I entered the Gmail email address and password, and was redirected to a “cookies disabled” page instead of the second verification step of two-factor authentication.I tried again and same result. That was quite puzzling as I did not make any changes to Thunderbird.When I checked the cookies setting in the email client, I noticed that cookies were disabled. That was the reason for me not being able to sign in and authorize the Gmail account for use in Thunderbird.Note: While I experienced this with Gmail, you may experience it with other email services that rely on cookies for authentication.Here is how I fixed the issue:Open the Thunderbird email client.Select Tools > Options > Privacy.Check whether “Accept cookies from sites” is enabled, or if the mail server is listed as an exception.The accept cookies from sites preference was disabled in Thunderbird. I did not do it, and I’m not sure how it reset itself on its own.Anyway, I enabled the option again, and made sure that third-party cookies are not allowed. I entered the Google account information again and it worked this time. Got the second authorization step and regained full access to the Gmail account in Thunderbird.Note that you may also add the Google server to the list of exceptions (imap.googlemail.com) if you prefer to keep cookies disabled for all other services.The same method works for any other email account, and also for calendar syncing. If you have added Google Calendar to Thunderbird for instance, you may run into the same issue. You may also use the same fix to correct the issue.SummaryArticle NameFix Thunderbird won’t let you sign in to GmailDescriptionFind out what you can do if Thunderbird displays a Google sign in popup but won’t sign you in to the account because of blocked cookies.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Act Fast 180 Off LG Gaming Monitors

first_imgIt’s a good day for cash-strapped PC gamers. In addition to the Best Buy gaming PC sale, Amazon is discounting a handful of LG gaming monitors. The retailer is taking up to $180 off select LG monitors with prices starting at $115.99. That’s one of the best sales we’ve seen on LG gaming monitors. It includes 24- to 34-inch gaming monitors, many of which offer fast 1ms response times. Shop Amazon’s entire LG Freesync monitor saleLG 24″ 1080p Gaming Monitor: was $157 now $115 @ AmazonThe LG 24MP59G-P boasts a 1ms response time to reduce blurring and ghosting when playing games. Its Black Stabilizer mode senses dark scenes and helps make them brighter, so you can find enemies easier. It’s $41 off. View DealLG 34″ 1080p Gaming Monitor: was $400 now $249 @ AmazonThis LG Monitor supports HDR10 and features FreeSync technology to eliminate tearing and stuttering. Its 21:9 UltraWide aspect ratio delivers a premium viewing experience whether you’re streaming movies or gaming. For a limited time, it’s $150 off.View DealLG 32″ 4K Gaming Monitor: was $500 now $319 @ AmazonWith its 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) display, FreesSync technology, and advanced gaming features, the 32-inch LG 32UD60 monitor delivers an immersive gaming experience. It’s $181 off its normal retail price.View DealAs part of its sale, Amazon has the LG 34WK650-W 34-inch UltraWide Gaming Monitor for $249.99. Normally priced at $400, that’s $150 off and the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this gaming monitor. It features a 21:9 aspect ratio with 2560 x 1080 resolution, HDR10, and FreeSync support. Combined with its massive panel, it’s a great monitor for gaming or watching movies. Amazon’s one-day sale ends on August 13 at 2:59am ET, so act fast to score a PC monitor on the cheap.last_img read more

The Galaxy ZFold Is Samsungs Latest Ridiculous Foldable Phone Patent

first_imgTech This Out: New Nintendo Switch Battery, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, iPhone 11 LaunchMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTech This Out: Samsung Galaxy Note 10, GamesCon and Disney+03:24OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0003:1603:16 (Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)Then there’s the patent for the wraparound phone that uses a foldable display all around the phone but doesn’t really fold. OK. Cool.(Image credit: USPTO)And then Samsung got this one for a foldable phone that actually has detachable screens because, why the hell not, right?(Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)But wait, we are not done yet, because we have a foldable phone made for gamers with physical Nintendo DS-like controls.(Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)Not happy with that, Samsung also patented a rollable Galaxy that made its screen expand sideways (perhaps the best concept of them all).(Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)And if that weren’t enough with rollables, there’s also this vertically rollable galaxy (maybe the weirdest concept yet).(Image credit: Samsung Central)Don’t stop me now, people: Here’s one that is a cool clamshell design too, just like the incoming foldable Motorola Razr.(Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)And this patent of a foldable with wings too, basically a straight copy of Xiaomi’s foldable prototype.(Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)That’s basically it — nah, just kidding. Because the company also patented a foldable phone with an outward screen design like the Mate X.(Image credit: Let’s Go Digital)Now I think we may be really done — if we don’t count Samsung’s foldable wristband phone. I understand that companies need to protect themselves from other companies copying them and that Samsung previously committed to release one new foldable per year, but this is getting ridiculous. Especially when Samsung is actually aping other manufacturers in these patents.So perhaps, Samsung needs to concentrate on releasing phones that don’t break within a day. Or a Galaxy S10 that can actually fight against the photographic power of the Huawei P30 Pro.Come on, Samsung. I know Apple is sleeping, but you can do this.All the Incoming Foldable Phones of 2019 Behold the Galaxy Z-Fold, yet another potential foldable phone by Samsung. This foldable tryptich phone unearthed by Dutch tech patent archaeologists Let’s Go Digital expands from a standard candy bar to a large tablet display thanks to a triple-folding display.How many different foldable formats has this company patented after failing to release the regular Fold and pushing it back multiple times? I’ve lost count. Let’s see.There was the patent for an improved folding mechanism on the Galaxy Fold 2, which was filed before the Fold came out and will hopefully solve all the problems in the incoming Galaxy Fold. I know, confusing.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

FCC Retesting iPhone And Galaxy Phones For Radiation Following Investigation

first_imgA new investigation into the radiofrequency radiation levels popular smartphones give off has put some smartphone makers on the defensive.The Chicago Tribune and a team of scientists conducted studies on a variety of iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices, including the iPhones 7, 8, 8 Plus, and X, as well as a the Galaxy S8, S9, and J3. In the testing, which also included phones from Motorola and BLU, the scientists examined whether the phones were emitting more radiofrequency radiation than allowed by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidelines.Radiofrequency radiation is a type of low-energy radiation that’s given off by electronic devices such as radios, TVs and microwave ovens in addition to smartphones.The FCC guidelines are used to measure safety with a ratio called the specific absorption rate (SAR). According to the guidelines, any phone that has an absorption rate of 1.6 watts per kilogram of human tissue is considered unsafe.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. Tech This Out: New Nintendo Switch Battery, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, iPhone 11 LaunchMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpThe 2019 Kindle Oasis01:26OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0003:1603:16 It’s worth noting, however, that the FCC has made clear that even at 1.6 watts, that absorption rate won’t cause any harmful health effects.Best iPhone XR CasesStill, the SAR matters. And in the testing, the Chicago Tribune scientists found that the iPhone 7 performed among the worst in the roundup, with absorption rates that in some cases were up to two times greater than the FCC’s SAR guideline level.It was a similar story for Samsung’s Galaxy phones, which also saw absorption rates higher than the standard. The Galaxy S8 had a whopping 8.22W/kg reading, according to the testers.But before anyone panics, there are some pretty major caveats in this testing. For one, even the Chicago Tribune acknowledged that the testing was a “worst-case scenario” and the same radiation levels likely wouldn’t happen in real life. Moreover, the FCC said that the testing information it gets from manufacturers is more comprehensive and therefore probably more accurate.That’s an important component in this. Despite the Tribune testing, the phones have been certified by the FCC as having safe levels of exposure that fall in line with its guidelines. On its own website, Apple lists the exposure levels for its iPhones. The apparently offending iPhone 7 has an exposure level of 1.19, according to Apple. The iPhone 8 has secured an exposure level of 1.2. Either way, they’re below the guidelines.According to AppleInsider, which spoke to an Apple spokesperson on the matter, the company believes the Tribune’s testing is “inaccurate due to the test setup not being in accordance with procedures necessary to properly assess the iPhone models.” The company added that it’s confident it’s in compliance with standards.Of course, the word “radiation” is bound to spark concern. High doses of radiofrequency radiation can have harmful effects, which is why the FCC guidelines are in place.The FCC said that it takes all matters related to radiation and its policies seriously. The agency said it will investigate the findings in the coming months to determine whether initial radiation exposure levels are indeed accurate.last_img read more

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first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | April 23, 2015 Cancer Scan Could Remove Need for Radiotherapy for Cured Patients A UK National Cancer Research Institute trial led from The University of Manchester and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust has suggested that in patients with early stage Hodgkin lymphoma, the late effects of radiotherapy could be reduced by using a scan to determine those who actually need it.In a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the scientists show that a positron-emission tomography (PET) scan immediately after treatment with chemotherapy can identify patients who have a very good outcome without additional radiotherapy.Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout the body. Around 1,900 people a year, many of whom are teenagers and young adults, are diagnosed in the UK.The current standard treatment is for all Hodgkin lymphoma patients to receive chemotherapy, followed by radiotherapy. However, this radiotherapy comes with undesirable late effects, such as cardiovascular disease and other cancers – despite the fact that they have already been cured of Hodgkin lymphoma.The 602 patients who agreed to take part in the ‘RAPID’ trial had a PET scan performed after their chemotherapy. Patients who tested positive received radiotherapy. Those who tested negative were divided into two groups – one group of 211 patients received no further treatment, while the other group of 209 had the standard radiotherapy. After three years of regular check-ups, the proportion of patients who were alive and free of disease was 94.6 percent in the radiotherapy group, and 90.8 percent in the group which hadn’t received further treatment.Lead researcher, Professor John Radford, is based at The University of Manchester’s Institute of Cancer Sciences and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust. He said: “This research is an important step forward. The results of RAPID show that in early stage Hodgkin lymphoma radiotherapy after initial chemotherapy marginally reduces  the recurrence rate, but this is bought at the expense of exposing to radiation all patients with negative PET findings, most of whom are already cured.”Despite the findings from this study the researchers stress that a longer follow-up period is needed in order to determine whether this approach will ultimately lead to fewer late side-effects and improved overall survival.The research was funded by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Matt Kaiser, M.D., head of research at the charity, said: “This groundbreaking clinical trial shows that, by using scans to predict an individual’s risk of relapse, many patients can remain disease-free with just chemotherapy alone. Radiotherapy can cause a range of long-term problems like heart disease and hard-to-treat second cancers. As many Hodgkin lymphoma patients are relatively young, it is particularly important to avoid using intensive treatment when it is unnecessary.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more last_img read more

The low dollar – and Trump – are adding to the Canada

first_img Wednesday, June 7, 2017 The low dollar – and Trump – are adding to the Canada 150 momentum Travelweek Group Posted by Sharecenter_img Tags: Canada, Trend Watch << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — So many millions of marketing dollars are poured into attracting international travellers to Canada, it’s easy to forget that 80% of travel in Canada is by Canadians.And while most Canadians rely on their travel agent for trip bookings outside the country, rather than within Canada, many Canadians are looking to book special trips in Canada this year to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary and are on the lookout for unique vacation ideas that require an agent’s expertise.At yesterday’s Best Western Leisure Travel Summit, industry representatives weighed in on how the busy summer travel season is shaping up for both inbound and domestic travel in this landmark year. So much is riding on the Canada 150 celebrations. Can they live up to the hype?Dorothy Dowling, Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Best Western Hotels & Resorts, says that while Best Western has seen 2.4% in this market, most inbound tour operators and wholesalers she’s spoken to are reporting record years so far, “with very high double-digit growth for inbound travel”.Last year was very close to a record year for Canadian tourism, with some 20 million visitors.Credit: Liz Szynkowski.“Canada is topping a lot of must-visit lists. There’s a lot of buzz. We haven’t hit high season yet but we’re expecting it to be a really good year,” said Charlotte Bell, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC).Is it the Trump effect? In addition to all the excitement about Canada’s 150th anniversary, are international travellers deciding it’s time for a little Canada rather than risk what they might see as a less-than-warm welcome in the U.S.?More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsDowling says it’s mostly a cost – and currency – issue. “It has a lot to do with the currency valuation and the strength of the U.S. dollar. So many international travellers book their travel to Canada as a package and the conversion factor is extraordinarily noticeable this year. There are a lot of conversations about politics but it really comes down to cost and money.” Compared to the U.S. these days, Canada is a bargain.However Susie Grynol, President of the Hotel Association of Canada, said HAC’s annual Travel Intentions Survey showed that 35% of Canadian travellers who switched their travel plans from the U.S. to Canada attributed that decision as a direct result of President Trump’s election and his government’s policies.Well over half (58%) of Canadian travellers say they’re planning to take 2 – 4 trips this year, a 7% increase, added Grynol.While Canadian hotels are reaping the benefits from this year’s travel boom – properties in Alberta and Newfoundland are charting growth for the first time in three years – sharing economy disruptors like Airbnb continue to be a thorn in the side of the hotel industry.“People renting out their basement and making some money, that’s a great thing. But we’re also seeing the emergence of commercial players, who buy entire buildings and rent out the units on Airbnb. When you’re dealing with that size and scale, you’re running a hotel, aren’t you? But it’s an illegal hotel.”More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerHAC and other hotel associations have long argued that Airbnb and other sharing economy rental companies need to be subject to the same taxes and standards as traditional hotels. “We just want a level playing field … [and then] we’re happy to compete.”Also at the event, Laurel Greatrix, Director, Communications at TripAdvisor, said that while searches for Canada are up this year on TripAdvisor.com, long-time favourite sun and fun destinations are also strong, from Cuba and the D.R. to Las Vegas. Also popping up are ‘new’ destinations like Colombia, and more niche (relatively speaking) spots like South Africa. Both offer good value for money right now, says Greatrix. Travel this summer “is all about making the Canadian dollar work hard for you and finding value.”Also trending: learning holidays. “About 15% of Millennials have taken a learning holiday and I think we’ll see more of those experiential trips,” said Greatrix. “It can be anything from surf holidays in Bali to sushi making classes in Tokyo.”There are now 500 million reviews on TripAdvisor.com. Reviews on everything from travel to consumer goods have changed the way people shop, she noted. “Travel reviews offer transparency. And travel reviews mean travellers can spend smartly.” TripAdvisor users post nearly 300 reviews per minute, she said. Some 390 million people come to TripAdvisor to check out reviews.last_img read more

Climate change could leave sharks unable to hunt

first_imgRelated posts:The Guardian names Costa Rican journalist among ‘young climate campaigners to watch’ ahead of Paris 2015 World failing to meet emissions level required to stave off disastrous global warming, analysts say Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís nominated for ‘Shark Enemy of the Year’ award Dealing with climate change in Costa Rica’s treasured Monteverde cloud forest As more and more carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere, the ocean is acidifying too quickly for sharks to keep up. For at least one species, the cost could be the vital sense of smell. Without its ability to detect the odors of prey, the smooth dogfish could be left high and dry. And chances are that the smooth dogfish isn’t the only marine life that will see this effect.The finding, in a study published last month in the journal Global Change Biology, continues lead author Danielle Dixson‘s work in clownfish. “We found that the acidification of their water disrupted the fish’s ability to perceive different chemical cues — or their sense of smell,” said Dixson, an assistant professor in the School of Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. “But we wanted to test other organisms, especially ones that, like sharks, rely so much on their sense of smell. They’re practically swimming noses.”In the experiment, the sharks were exposed to the smell of squid — a dogfish delicacy — in pools with different levels of carbon dioxide, which makes the water more acidic. At today’s levels, the sharks swam to the side of the pool that smelled like prey and attacked the odor-emitting objects as expected. At levels that we’re predicted to reach in 50 years, they swam to the correct side but attacked less aggressively. At carbon dioxide levels that the ocean is expected to reach by 2100, the sharks basically stopped being attracted to the squid odor.In clownfish, this effect was caused by the fish’s natural defense mechanisms. To protect themselves from acidic water, the fish produce more bicarbonate — a base — to buffer it. But this interferes with a receptor that controls many of the sensory systems in vertebrates. Dixson believes that the same mechanism causes the change in sharks.Dixson had hoped that sharks would be more resilient to the change in carbon dioxide levels: After all, they once swam in waters that were much more acidic than today’s oceans. “They’re pretty much living fossils — they haven’t changed much, in an evolutionary sense, for a really long time,” she said. “They were around when ocean acidification levels were quite high, so I sort of thought they might have the ability to cope.”Unfortunately, sharks have had a very long time to adapt to the relatively low carbon dioxide levels of our day. At the rate that our oceans are acidifying, there’s no way they’ll be able to adapt back in the other direction in time. “They’ve seen this level, but it’s never happened this quickly,” Dixson said.It gets worse: The predicted carbon dioxide levels that Dixson and her colleagues used are based on a “business as usual” scenario, in which acidifcation continues at a fairly steady rate. Recent research suggests that we may reach those levels much more quickly, and the situation could be much more dire by 2100.Dixson and her colleagues will continue to examine this effect in dogfish and other sharks, as well as expanding the experiments to observe more marine life.© 2014, The Washington PostRecommended: The plight of the Costa Rican manatee Facebook Commentslast_img read more

West Side Birth Story Isla arrives at CIMA

first_imgRelated posts:Giving birth through Costa Rica’s public health care system Caja to offer emergency care only on Holy Thursday, Friday Welcome, baby ocelot: It’s Mother’s Day at Zoo Ave, too Arts, culture and Mother’s Day: the week ahead in Costa Rica In honor of Mother’s Day and in hopes of providing useful information to moms and families, The Tico Times is proud to share the first-person accounts of two of our writers who recently gave birth in Costa Rica. Here, freelancer Gabriela Díaz Musmanni recounts her experience at the Hospital CIMA in Escazú.I found out that I was pregnant last year while living in the town of Mysore in southern India. Although a dusty pregnancy test with a disturbingly vintage appearance offered a negative result, I felt pregnant, and a second, less disturbing- looking test confirmed it.Every pregnant couple is faced with the decision of where and how to give birth, and my partner and I had to start by choosing a country. We could have stayed in India, where medical care, like mostly everything else, was dirt cheap – we’re talking 3 USD for a visit to the gynecologist. However, the smells, sights and tastes of India, which normally filled me with awe, made me unbearably nauseous while pregnant, and after a first trimester of hurling at the mere mention of curry, I was desperate for some gallo pinto.Like sea turtles that navigate across oceans to lay their eggs in the exact same spot where they were born, and in spite of not having been born in Costa Rica, I knew that I wanted to give birth surrounded by familiar faces, in my mother tongue and in the country that I called home. My partner Marco fully supported my decision, and four countries later, we arrived in San José ready to nest and design our birth plan.Having heard wonders about the benefits of birthing tubs, we decided to explore this option. We found out that babies born in birthing tubs are apparently soothed by the warm water as they enter the world, which also relaxes the mother’s muscles and eases the pain of contractions. In Costa Rica, water births can happen at home, under the guidance of midwives and doulas, at birthing centers, or at CIMA Hospital in Escazú or Clínica Católica in San José. Dr. Adam Paer is famous for directing water births in Costa Rica, and after meeting this jolly, laid-back gynecologist at his office at Mediplaza in Escazú, we were game.We decided to go for CIMA because it was close to home and my medical insurance covered 80% of the costs, which for Costa Rica, and particularly when compared to India, are certainly not cheap.Right from the start, Dr. Paer was adamant that anything can happen at the moment of birth, so, as in life, it was far better not to stick rigidly to a plan. Water births could turn into C-sections, C-sections into natural births, contractions could disappear with a magical epidural shot.Although his words floated around in my head for the rest of our pregnancy, my partner and I are yogis and we were clear on one thing: we wanted our daughter to be born as naturally as possible. C-sections can be life-saving and are the only way to go in many cases, but we were alarmed to find out that most babies born at private hospitals in Costa Rica are delivered surgically. Why? Were perfectly healthy women being led to believe that this was their only option just to feed a money-making industry? I was ready to fight CIMA physically if it tried to force surgery on us unnecessarily.With the help of a doula named Ansu Coto who teaches a wonderful prenatal course, we crafted an exceedingly naturalistic birth plan that included many details, such as incense and candles, which were completely forgotten once we entered birth mode.At the end of week 41 of our pregnancy, our daughter, Isla, who cooperated by staying in the right position and remaining low-risk, decided it was time to make her entrance into the world. At 2:20 a.m. I realized that I had not been struck by the most excruciatingly painful diarrhea pains of my life, but that I was, in fact, finally having contractions.At around noon that day my family and I made our way to the hospital, and we were greeted by a team of nurses at the maternity ward. My partner gave them our birth plan and we informed them that we were having a water birth with Paer. Through tears of pain I believed I could see “C-section” written all over their faces. They led us to the privacy of our room, where I comfortably howled at my boyfriend every time I was struck by a contraction.  At some point I asked to be drugged because I couldn’t stand the pain. He reminded me that I could do it.Over the next few hours, until our daughter popped out at 5:30 p.m., the CIMA staff morphed from unwanted C-section-inducing enemies to some of the kindest, most helpful hospital staff I have encountered.They respected our natural preferences and seemed genuinely compassionate and caring. I was unable to have a water birth because I was fully dilated before Dr. Paer, who was busy tending to other births, could make it to our room to install the tub, so I just pushed. The nurses patiently told me how to push and as I tried several positions, they cheered us on and held my hand.Dr. Paer helped my boyfriend catch our daughter as soon as her body slid out of mine and after the umbilical cord stopped pulsating, Marco snipped it, just as we had envisioned. He placed Isla on my chest, and I experienced the greatest bliss of my life.Later, a nurse explained how to breastfeed and made sure that I could do it properly. Throughout the night we spent there, nurses on guard kept dropping by to make sure that Isla and I were all right.The next day a nurse explained how to give Isla a sponge bath and clean the piece of umbilical cord that dangled from her belly button. We were treated to a courtesy lunch that included pasta, wine and chocolate ice cream, and after our doctor gave us the go-ahead, we went to pay and go home. Our bill came to around 2,700 USD including doctors’ fees.Giving birth at CIMA exceeded my expectations. Our experience made me comfortable enough that if we choose to make a sibling for Isla, we will most likely attempt it at home.See also: Giving birth through Costa Rica’s public health care system Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThere are many pets at the kennels in dire need of good homes.Chubby is a docile crossbreed male who is great with children. His family moved away and could not take him with them. He is very friendly and would love to be part of your family.There are also two Labradors who need a place to call home; a black male and a golden female. There are many other pets who need to be adopted, so please visit the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) kennels to pick up the best friend you will ever have. Saving an animal won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one pet.A female Boerboel cross was found in Diamana Road. Please collect her if she belongs to you.Thanks this week goes to Pierre Massyn, Farmer’s Butcher, Best Buy and Egerton Primary School for all that was raised for the league during their annual Polar Bear Swim.We are still in need of blankets and pet food. Please find it in your heart to help the animals in these cold winter months. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Sustainable Tourism Course for Small Island PolicyMakers

first_imgRegister Now Are you a policy-maker or destination manager in a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) interested in learning more about sustainable tourism management? Then be sure to join us for the upcoming online learning course “Sustainable Tourism for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) – Policy-Maker edition” which will take place from April 25th to June 13th 2019!About the CourseThis free, 7-week course developed by Sustainable Travel International and offered by Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU) aims to:Enhance participant understanding of sustainable tourism development and managementInspire learners to think carefully and critically about current SIDS’ tourism issues and related tourism policiesEnable participants to assess the opportunities that sustainable tourism strategies offer for SIDS in particularUnderstand how policy-making can improve tourism in small island statesThe course seeks to form a truly global SIDS learning community, facilitating peer-to-peer interaction and cross-destination knowledge sharing; while drawing from concrete experiences in the Caribbean, Pacific, West African, and Indian Ocean regions. A number of qualified tutors will guide learners along the way, to clarify any issues and provide academic supervision. The post Sustainable Tourism Course for Small Island Policy-Makers appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog Join our global SIDS learning community! Participant registration for this course is open now at www.dl4sd.org. Registration Course Details To view the full course details, follow this link or click the button below.last_img read more

Atlantis the Palm selects Dell for technology overhaul

first_imgNewerSwiss-Belhotel International opens latest Indonesia property OlderBritish Airways cancels Cairo flights for a week Atlantis, the Palm, has selected Dell Technologies’ industry leading virtualisation tools to help effectively manage the availability, reliability and serviceability of its mission-critical hospitality applications. With plans to transform its customer experience, this deployment aims to help Atlantis, the Palm, break the physical boundaries of traditional IT and offer greater simplicity to boost business agility and innovation.Atlantis, the Palm, welcomes people from over 200 different countries and serves 4.4 million dining guests every year. This has resulted in a consistently growing large volumes of transactional data, which highlights the critical importance of a truly consolidated and integrated IT environment to better support and manage rapidly expanding customer base and improve business outcomes.In addition, as competition in the hospitality and entertainment sector increases, this majestic five-star luxury hotel has pushed the boundaries of industry excellence and has taken a global lead on one of the most important aspects of travel and tourism – quality customer experience. ADVERTISEMENTMaintaining this momentum of business success to stay relevant in a highly digitized business landscape requires the resort to ensure greater utilisation of infrastructure investments, lower infrastructure, energy, and facility costs and enable its IT staff focus on business innovation rather than time-consuming administrative tasks.To this end, Atlantis, the Palm chose to adopt Dell Technologies’ best in class VxRail and leverage its purpose-built capabilities to move and respond at the speed of business, differentiate its business and safeguard its brand.Unlike the resort’s traditional IT environment which impacted the efficiency of mission critical applications and hampered Disaster Recovery solutions and strategies due to its complexities, Dell Technologies’ VxRail enables Atlantis, the Palm to ensure delivery of continuous innovation with future-proof performance. This new solution is designed to provide next-generation simplicity and higher operational efficiency and enhanced security – resulting in low administrative overhead costs.More InformationAtlantis, the Palm, recently took five titles at the World Travel Awards including recognition as the Middle East’s Leading Resort and Dubai’s Leading Hotel Suite.last_img read more

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