Apopka Burglary Report

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 12/10 5:13 PMVEHICLE500 BLOCK OF COOPER COMMERCE DR  Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: Week Ending December 5thThe Apopka Burglary Report for the week ending December 12th shows nine burglaries reported in the city of Apopka.Chief Michael McKinley of the Apopka Police Department tells us that many vehicle burglaries could have been prevented if everyone remembers to do just two things:Remove all valuables from your vehicleLock your car doorsThe breakdown of the burglaries reported to the Apopka Police Department last week:1 – Business1 – Residential7 – VehicleHere is a list of the burglaries, along with their date, time, type, and location: 12/11 9:06 PMVEHICLE1300 BLOCK OF CONTREAU CT  Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate 12/14 7:08 AMVEHICLE1100 BLOCK OF PIN OAK DR  12/14 9:49 PMRESIDENTIAL1400 BLOCK OF FALCONCREST BLVD  You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSApopka Burglary ReportApopka Police DepartmentBusiness Burglary ReportResidential Burglary ReportVehicle Burglary Report Previous articleLet’s Talk About It: Amendment 4Next articleIf you recycled all the plastic garbage in the world, you could buy the NFL, Apple and Microsoft Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 12/14 7:36 AMVEHICLE1100 BLOCK OF PIN OAK DR center_img Please enter your name here 12/15 8:09 AMVEHICLE300 BLOCK OF S LAKE CORTEZ DR  12/13 2:11 PMVEHICLE600 BLOCK OF E MASON AVE  12/13 7:30 PMBUSINESS1100 BLOCK OF S ORANGE BLOSSOM TRL  Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! 12/15 11:02 PMVEHICLE1500 BLOCK OF SHEELER AVE  LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Legal Roundup

first_imgLegal Roundup January 1, 2006 Regular News Legal Roundup Law for Public Officials: The Clearwater Bar recently brought together elected and appointed municipal leaders and local attorneys who are experts in government and administrative law it its Law for Public Officials program, designed to provide training on legal topics important to the conduct of municipal business. Topics include intergovernmental conflicts, gift law and public ethics, Sunshine Law, public records, public meetings, First Amendment challenges, holiday displays, roadway regulation, §1983 liability, employment law, and dealing with the media. ABOTA Honors : ABOTA’s Palm Beach Chapter recently gathered to honor Judge Ronald Alvarez, who was selected as the chapter’s “Jurist of the Year,” and Ted Babbitt, who was selected as the chapter’s “Trial Lawyer of the Year.” The chapter also welcomed 11 new ABOTA members who received their membership plaques. Fifteenth Circuit Chief Judge Kathleen Kroll and 19th Circuit Chief Judge William Roby also spoke about the jury process from its inception to the present. Candle Lighting Celebration: Carlton Fields was the name sponsor of the fifth annual Hanukkah Community Candle Lighting celebration to kick off the eight-day Festival of Lights December 26 at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. This event is part of a series of community events produced by the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches to celebrate the Hanukkah holiday season. “Carlton Fields and I are pleased to be a part of the Hanukkah Candle Lighting festival again this year and to provide support to such a wonderful community- wide event that people of all ages continue to enjoy year after year,” said Jim Baldinger, who spearheaded the effort on behalf of the firm. Tulane Students to Raise Funds: Jeffrey Brooks, president of the Tulane Public Interest Law Foundation, is seeking help to raise funds to provide grants that enable law students to work in the public sector.“It is all the more imperative this year that PILF is able to provide grants to students,” he said. “Legal service providers throughout the Gulf Coast need the assistance our students can provide, and, further, many of our potential grant recipients have seen their own possessions destroyed and their finances strained.” The Tulane Public Interest Law Foundation, an independently organized, student-run, not-for-profit organization, exists to provide these enterprising students with the funding they need in order to devote their time and experience to providing legal services to individuals and organizations that typically suffer from a lack of legal representation. For more information e-mail Brooks at [email protected] or visit www.tulanepilf.org. Carlton Fields Provides Space: Carlton Fields has taken its commitment to pro bono work to a new level. The Florida Justice Institute and its Volunteer Lawyers Project for the Southern District of Florida moved this month into space on the 43d floor of the Bank of America Tower at International Place provided by the law firm in the Miami office. The institute has worked closely on pro bono matters over the years with several Carlton Fields attorneys, including Wm. Reece Smith, Sylvia Walbolt, and Benjamine Reid. “I believe this is another reflection of the firm’s long-term commitment to pro bono work and community service,” said Walbolt, chair of the board of directors of Carlton Fields. The Florida Justice Institute is a public interest law firm founded in 1978 to increase the statewide availability of legal services. The Florida Justice Institute administers the Volunteer Lawyers’ Project, created by the U.S. District Court for the South District of Florida to represent pro se civil litigants. Domestic Violence Seminar: The Put Something Back program, Greater Miami Jewish Federation Women’s Department, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Commerce & Professions Division, and the Dade County Bar Young Lawyers Section recently held a seminar on domestic violence at the office of Greenberg Traurig. The program featured Judge Deborah White-Labora and Rosemarie Roth. Palm Beach Bar Raises $20,000: The Palm Beach County Bar recently held its annual holiday party at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. More than 275 members attended and raised close to $20,000 during the silent and live auctions. The money will be used to support charity programs sponsored by the association’s Young Lawyers and North County sections. One of the many charitable projects will include a holiday party for more than 150 abused and neglected children in the guardian ad litem program.last_img read more

#ThisGirlGolfs Ð be inspired

first_img30 Jul 2015 #ThisGirlGolfs Ð be inspired There’s some great women players on the world stage – but all too often golf is seen as a game for men. Think again! A new video campaign, supported by England Golf, is setting out to shift this perception and inspire participation. #ThisGirlGolfs is being launched today at the Ricoh Women’s British Open and highlights women who are already playing the game at all levels. It spreads the message that golf is a game for all, with a unique handicapping system which allows people of different abilities to play and compete together, making it a great game for women and men alike. #ThisGirlGolf features a series of different women and girls of all ages and backgrounds, showing how they fit golf into their everyday lives and enjoy the game. It includes England Golf Ambassador Charley Hull and fellow tour professional Henni Zuël, alongside Ellie Lace, a 15 year old amateur golfer, and BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty. It shows tour players travelling to practice sessions on the tube, girls honing their skills at urban driving ranges, a young girl sneaking into her brother’s bedroom to borrow his clubs and a father taking the time to teach his daughter how to play. Charley Hull commented: “I have always had a love of golf, picking up my first club aged two. It’s a fantastic game to play with friends, a great way to relax and get outdoors. It’s been great to be part of #ThisGirlGolfs and I hope it will encourage girls to head down to their local driving range or golf club and give it a go.” England Golf is supporting #ThisGirlGolfs as part of its ‘Raising Our Game’ strategy which aims to increase the number of people who play golf regularly and reverse the decline of club members. Attracting more women and girls is key to this. David Joy, Chief Executive of England Golf, commented: “We are aware, that like many other sports, golf faces challenges and there are trends in declining participation that we would be foolish to ignore. As part of our strategy “Raising our Game” and by embracing #ThisGirlGolfs campaign, we hope to work together with the golfing community to encourage more women and girls into the sport and enjoy the benefits the game can give.” #ThisGirlGolfs is also supported by the PGA, Scottish Golf and Sports Publications, the official media partner of England Golf. Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of The PGA added: “Golf is actually a very accessible, welcoming and enjoyable environment and we want to get that message across to women who may not have considered golf as an option. “This is a great opportunity to both raise the profile of golf, break down myths and misconceptions and to actively encourage women of all ages to see golf as a realistic choice – whether that is for personal, professional, business or social reasons.” Hamish Grey, Chief Executive of the Scottish Golf Union, added:  “We are delighted to be supporting #ThisGirlGolfs which will be a key part of our own Get into Golf campaign to encourage more adult women into the game.” Eve Burton of Sports Publications, which has driven, managed, and delivered the campaign, said “Golf is an amazing game, it is a modern and vibrant sport played by women and men and consumed in a variety of different ways. #ThisGirlGolfs is not reinventing the sport it is merely presenting in the way it deserves to be.” Be inspired: visit #ThisGirlGolfslast_img read more

On an island of plenty, a community tempered by waves braces for rising seas

first_imgFor generations, the indigenous Papuans on Indonesia’s Auki Island have depended on rich coastal ecosystem around them for sustenance and livelihoods.But when an earthquake and a tsunami struck the area in 1996, they realized they needed to do more to protect these resources to sustain their way of life.A decade later, they enshrined practices such as sustainable fishing in a local regulation, which to date has already shown positive results for the islanders and the environment.But the threat of another disaster — rising sea levels as a result of global warming — looms over the community. This time, they’re preparing through mitigation programs, including protecting mangroves. AUKI, Indonesia — “We ladies have eyes on our feet,” Susanti Maryen says after a morning spent collecting saltwater clams and snails at a beach in Auki, an islet off the northern coast of Papua, in Indonesia’s far east.She’s only half joking: clamming here, a way of life for generations, involves traipsing the beach and finding, just by feel, the small crustaceans hidden in the sand underfoot.While the women of Auki forage for the community’s food along the shore, the men are taught to fish from a young age. What they don’t eat, they sell; Susanti says a plate of saltwater clams can fetch 50,000 rupiah ($3.70), or double that during the off-season.In this sense, the Papuans of Auki are like the myriad other coastal communities spread out across the thousands of islands that make up Indonesia, each hewing to age-old traditions of subsistence that revolve around the bounty of the sea. The waters and coasts of Cenderawasih Bay, where Auki is located, are home to 95 species of coral, 155 fish species and seven types of mangrove.The inhabitants of Auki Island in Indonesia’s Papua province have for generations depended on the rich resources of the sea and coastal ecosystem around them. They have a regulation in place to manage these resources in a sustainable way. Photo by Ridzki R. Sigit/Mongabay-Indonesia.But foraging for clams hasn’t always been easy for the women of Auki. Susanti, now 50, remembers when a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the region on Feb. 17, 1996. It was followed by a tsunami that washed over parts of Auki and nearby islands.The twin disaster not only destroyed many houses there, but also laid waste to the coastlines the residents had always been able to depend on; for a period after the quake and tsunami, there were no shellfish of any kind to be found on the devastated beaches.“The earthquake and tsunami caused erosion; the coastlines changed, and even new coral islands emerged,” says Matheus Rumbraibab, the chief of the indigenous council in Auki.But the disaster also brought with it a valuable lesson for the people of Auki: that they needed to better protect the natural resources, in the sea and on the coast, that were so central to their lives.In the years since, they learned how to adapt to the new conditions wrought by the quake and tsunami. In 2006, 10 years after the disaster, they decided to formalize those practices in a regulation governing the protection of Auki’s coastal ecosystems, which today covers mangroves, seagrass and coral reefs, among others.In Auki, it is forbidden to cut mangrove trees, which the islanders realize are crucial to help mitigate the rising sea levels spurred by global warming. Photo by Ridzki R. Sigit/Mongabay-Indonesia.The regulation includes prohibitions on fishing in certain areas of the sea around Auki, to allow fish stocks to replenish; in other areas, fishing is permitted, but catches are capped. Beyond these zones, Auki’s fishermen can operate freely, but may not use destructive methods such as blast fishing or poison fishing.The system in force here is a miniature of the Indonesian government’s own policy of staking out and managing marine conservation zones, but with a key difference: here in Auki, the people get to discuss and decide on the zones.The women, for instance, are responsible for monitoring the population of marine animals along and just off the coast every six months. They submit the figures to local authorities, who use them to compile routine reports. These reports, in turn, serve to warn the fishermen of any decline in the population of a particular species.“We wanted the population of saltwater clams, snails and reef fish to recover, that’s why we decided to regulate fishing and collecting,” says Frans Wandosa, the Auki village chief.A magnitude-8.2 earthquake 22 years ago devastated the islands in Papua’s Cenderawasih Bay, including Auki. Image courtesy of the USGS.Faithfully practicing this sustainable way of life for the past two decades has borne fruit for the people of Auki, particularly over the last three years, when saltwater clams have bloomed beyond the restricted zones.Residents of nearby islands have also adopted similar regulations, Frans says. But he’s also aware that despite the success in protecting local marine resources, the people of Auki and the other islands face a threat more relentless than a one-off earthquake and tsunami: rising sea levels as a result of global warming.“I think a portion of Auki’s coast will end up underwater,” Frans says. “That’s why we’ve established a program to gradually move people’s houses to higher parts of the island.” The villagers have gone along with the program; many still remember losing their homes to the tsunami.They also have plans in place to protect the coastal vegetation to mitigate the impact from rising sea levels or tsunami waves. The 2006 regulation bans the felling of mangroves, and also requires residents to report first before cutting any other trees on the island.“We keep asking the village authorities, representatives of indigenous communities and religious leaders to remind the people not to cut down trees,” Frans says.Susanti Maryen is one of the women on Auki who depend on the natural resources from its coastal ecosystems. Photo by Ridzki R. Sigit/Mongabay-Indonesia.At her home on a January evening, Susanti cooks the saltwater clams gathered earlier that day. A small portion will be for dinner; the rest she will sell at the local market the next day.Even here, on the stovetop of her kitchen, the sea is ever-present.“The trick to getting the clams to open up,” Susanti says, “is to cook them in seawater.”This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published here, here and here on our Indonesian site on Jan. 28, Feb. 9 and Feb. 10, 2018.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Adaptation To Climate Change, Climate Change, Coastal Ecosystems, Community-based Conservation, Conservation, Environment, Fisheries, Global Warming Mitigation, Indigenous Communities, Mangroves, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Mitigation, Seagrass Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Basten Gokkonlast_img read more

Monday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgName the place! See how many of these five Chelsea-rated questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-68]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

NFL picks, Week 12: 49ers top Packers, Jets upset Raiders

first_imgLong story short, we’re putting this week’s NFL picks out as an appetizer for next week’s Thanksgiving feast:Jets 20, Raiders 19: Derek Carr lost his 2014 rookie debut at the Jets, and, 88 games later, he surprisingly falls in his return visit. Line: Line: Jets +349ers 33, Packers 20: Neither Aaron Rodgers nor Aaron Jones can stop the 49ers defense from grading out A+. Line: 49ers -3Texans 33, Colts 24: Houston has yet to lose back-to-back games, and this is a welcome homecoming after …last_img

Dry weather taking its toll on Ohio crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The rain this weekend was much needed, but the extended dry conditions in many pockets around Ohio created lasting damage in some fields. Corn is showing the signs of drought stress in a growing number of fields around Ohio. This Union County corn is showing signs of the dry weather. Corn rolled tight in Union County Shelby County has been suffering from an extended dry period. Shelby County cornlast_img

iPhone to Android: Making the Nexus S Do Your Bidding

first_imgMany weeks have passed since my iPhone met its unfortunate end thanks to a dive into a pond that left it, even after i-Hospitalization, without Wi-Fi, a functional USB port (it charges, but does not sync) and with a flaky Bluetooth connection. Now, the Mute switch has stopped working, too. Who knows what will fail next?In the meantime, I’ve made the switch to the Nexus S, and have been documenting that process here, in a series of posts, with the hopes that other iPhone users curious about the world of Android may learn something through my trials and tribulations. This week, I’m starting to delve into the power of Android automation, and I’ve found that this may be the key selling point for Android. Or alternately, the the one area that has you running back to the iPhone for good.If you’ve haven’t been following my transition, you can start here with my one-week review, then check in again here when I hit one month. I’ve now reached a month and a half. This is an ongoing series.Automating the EverydayEarlier this month, I complained about the battery life issues of using this particular Android phone. From what I’ve heard, the Nexus S has a better battery than some other Android phones out there, but it still doesn’t compare to what I was used to from the iPhone world.To prolong battery life, you can use a widget that ships with many Android devices. This widget provides easy access to some of the phone’s functions from the homescreen, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Location services, Brightness and Sync. When battery life is a concern, turning off unneeded functions can give your phone a bit of extra juice. iPhone or Android? Ask Yourself ThisBut Tasker’s very existence is a perfect example of the Android/iPhone disparity. It provides you with the control and freedom to hack away at your phone, while making it just hard enough that the average user won’t bother. This is typical Android. (At least, Android as I know it now).A good many Android app designs tend towards the engineering side of things, not the design. In doing so, unfortunately, some of Android’s capabilities becomes less accessible to all users.  That’s a shame. Related Posts sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#Product Reviews#web Note: not my phone – image credit: Business InsiderBut this attempt to maximize your battery can quickly devolve into a time-consuming effort. Turn on location, check-in on Foursquare, turn off location. Arrive home, turn on Wi-Fi, leave home, turn off Wi-Fi, etc.Of course, as pointed out by many commenters, you don’t actually have to perform all these tasks manually – this is Android, after all. Any of its perceived or real shortcomings can be shored up with an app, I’m told.Introducing Tasker, the App that Does it AllOne such app is Tasker, an automaton’s dream.Granted, this app isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a bit overly complex for your average user, I’ll admit. But you can get your phone to do almost anything if you’re willing to brave its documentation, read the online wiki and experiment. With Tasker, you can automate the switching on and off of various functions, such as Location services or Wi-Fi, but you can do so much more, too. The way Tasker’s website describes it is that the app lets you perform tasks (actions) based on contexts (application, time of day, location, event, gesture) in user-defined profilesor in clickable or timer-based homescreen widgets.A few (really, just a few!) of the things Tasker can do:Passcode-lock sensitive applicationsChange phone settings by:Application: long screen timeout in a book readerTime: screen brightness lower in the eveningLocation: ringer volume high at the office, turn off ke yguard at homeWake up with a random song from your music collectionText-to-speech; read out loud: incoming SMS/ phone number, WiFi/Bluetooth status, when it’s time for an appointment, when the battery is low etc etc (Android OS 1.6+ only)Launch a music application when your music SD card is insertedChange all your home icons and wallpaper every day, or in particular locations (like work)Turn the phone upside down to return to the home screen, tilt 90 degrees to the left and back to toggle speakerphone during a callRemap camera buttons to other applicationsDecrypt/encrypt and/or zip/unzip application data on the fly when an application is launched/exitsPause music playback while in a particular application, restart on exitChange the Home icon for any applicationTake a time-lapse photo series (possibly ‘secretly’)Make a regular backup of a file on the SD cardTrack your phone location via SMS in case of theftShow a popup when an SMS arrives from a particular phone numberSetup a birthday SMS to be sent months before it happens so you don’t forgetRecord battery levels over time to a file on SD cardMake automatic recordings of what you say during phone calls to SD cardDuring the night, turn on airplane mode to conserve battery/reduce radiation, but turn it off every 15 minutes to check for SMS/voicemail.Setup a vacation SMS message, with different messages for different callersLaunch a music application when headphones are connectedIt’s a powerful, powerful application. And more than a little intimidating.Not only to you have to configure these tasks, you have to think about overlap and precedence. You have to think about how you’ll manage your profiles, and what sorts of tasks will be assigned to them. Will you have profiles for “Work” and “Home,” times of day, locations, or all of the above?But despite a fairly non-intuitive user interface, I understood, after playing around with it, how Tasker works. An I.T. background probably helped, too. Also, all those years of creating Outlook email rules (if this, then that…). It’s the same concept for Tasker. If I’m sleeping, turn notifications sounds off. If I plug in my headphones and launch MOG, turn the volume to the maximum setting. You get the idea.Tasker BasicsHere’s how it works, in short:Tap “New” on the launch screen for a new profile and name it.Pick a “First Context” on the screen that pops up (options are application, time, day, location, state, or event). Configure that context (what app, what time, what day, what location, what state or event), tap “Done”Create a task by tapping “New Task” on the screen that pops up (or pick one you’ve already made from the list)Name the new taskClick the plus sign to add an action. Select the action category (e.g. Alert, Audio, App, Dialog, File, Phone, Media, etc.)Select the action from the list that appears and configure it.Tap “Done”There’s a lot more to it than that, of course, but those are the basic steps.It’s robust, it’s genius, it’s…well, kind of nerdy.Becoming a Power Android User…A Tech Nerd Rebirth?Calling the app “nerdy” actually has a lot of appeal to some Android users out there, let’s face it. Many of Android’s power users are attracted to the platform because of capabilities like these. The deeper you get into becoming a power user yourself, the more often you find yourself turning to forums, how-to articles, wikis, user manuals and the like. You start becoming a bit of tech nerd yourself.The process reminds me very much of my days in I.T. where the typical end user sat in front a powerful machine, capable of doing so very many things, but was baffled as how to perform the simplest task. Only the tech elite really understood computers, and would disdainfully, begrudgingly fix yours for you if you asked nicely. The fact is, the problems surrounding the complexities of technology were never really the end user’s fault – it was the interface. Apple proved that even the so-called “mainstream” users could embrace technology and understand how to use it – you just had to make it simpler. That’s what the iPhone is. Simpler.And that either appeals to you or it does not. It’s that easy.With the iPhone, you would never find an app like Tasker, and many users would never want to. If you don’t want to be bothered by notification pings, you flip the Mute switch on the side of the iPhone. If you want a different profile for work than for home…well, too bad. You don’t really need that, do you? Nor do you really need the hundreds of other things Tasker lets you do, right?Ask yourself that question. Your answer will tell you a lot about what phone is right for you.It’s a question I’m debating myself right now.I’m busy, I have a full-time job and a toddler. I realize that giving up control for simplification is a trade-off, but one I’ve been willing to make for years with iPhone. Control, as much as I thought I needed it, was less of a selling point for me than the other things I love about Android (see the previous post in this series for more on that).But it’s still possible for iPhone to win me back. I just want more of the good stuff from Android on the iPhone: better notifications and alerts, multiple homescreens with widgets, more customization options and new technology like NFC (near field communication, a mobile payments enabler). Will a future iPhone provide? Will I one day return? Maybe. But for now, only Android gives me the things I want. So for now I’ll stay here. I can see the same parallels forming among the Android user base. There are the tech elite, the nerds who can – oh, I don’t know – set up your Tasker for you, maybe? And there’s everyone else – the regular folks who just want to browse the Web, text their friends and run apps. The power of Android – that is, power on this level – escapes them. Or it’s only accessible via rooting.And rooting a phone? Really? For the mainstream, it’s just not going to happen. The rooting process on Android is considerably more challenging than jailbreaking an iPhone, a task where, in true Apple spirit, even the hackers themselves provide end users with simple, DIY hacking tools. But rooting is also largely unnecessary for the mainstream Android user because the platform is not as locked down as iPhone is from the get-go. You don’t have to root to make dramatic changes to your Android, you just have to download an app or change a setting.While I personally applaud the initiative it took to create an app like Tasker, and can revel in the control it gives you over your phone, I can firmly attest that’s it’s not for everyone. (And yes, I realize there are simpler apps that can do a subset of these things. For example, search for “profile” apps in the Android Market. I was checking out the plainly named “Settings Profile” app myself for a more basic profile switcher option). Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

10 days ago​Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov: Critics can go f*** themselves!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov: Critics can go f*** themselves!by Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has hit back at critics of his style of play.The now retired Bulgarian was always a polarising figure among fans of the club, as some felt his style was too lazy compared to forwards Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney.But Berbatov considers himself “an artist on the pitch” and had a profanity laden response to his critics.”It is probably because I didn’t play like Rooney or Tevez,” Berbatov told Goal.com.”I didn’t like that because I can show you six or seven current world-class players who run less than me back then. When you label something like that, it sticks. Even if it isn’t true.”People can go f*** themselves. People don’t understand and try to look smart. “I would check my stats after every game and I was running 10-11km every game. It doesn’t make any difference for me. I was more bothered how I move and make space.” last_img read more

Bombardment kills 20 civilians in northwest Syria monitor

first_imgBeirut: Bombardment by the Syrian regime and its Russian ally killed 20 civilians including five children Wednesday in the latest violence to hit northwest Syria.The Syrian regime and Russia have stepped up their deadly raids on the Idlib region since late April, despite an international deal intended to prevent a full-scale offensive on the area of some three million people.In almost three months, 730 civilians have been killed there in air strikes and ground-to-ground fire by the Damascus government and its allies. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe bombardment has also hit two dozen hospitals in the opposition area, which is made up of most of Idlib province as well as slivers of adjacent governorates.On Wednesday, Russian air strikes killed 10 people from the same family, including three children, on a farm near the town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Ten others lost their lives in regime air strikes and artillery fire in other parts of the jihadist-run bastion, the Britain-based monitoring group said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAmong these, regime war planes killed five civilians including two children in the town of Ariha in Idlib province, it said.A rescue worker in the town lifted the limp body of a toddler out of the rubble and rushed the child to an ambulance, according to footage shared by his White Helmets organisation.His team members hurriedly worked through the debris and twisted sheets of corrugated iron, finding a young man on his back covered in grey dust — but still alive. On Monday, air strikes killed at least 50 civilians in various parts of the bastion.The Observatory said the majority were killed in Russian air raids on a busy market, but Moscow has denied any involvement.The monitor, which relies on sources inside Syria, says it determines who carries out air strikes according to flight patterns, as well as aircraft and ammunition involved.Mark Cutts, UN deputy regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, this week described a worsening “nightmare” unfolding in Idlib.He said Monday’s aerial onslaught was “one of the deadliest attacks on civilian areas that we have seen since the upsurge in fighting”.The Idlib region has since January been administered by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — a group led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate — but other jihadists and rebels are also present in the area bordering Turkey.A September accord struck between Moscow and Ankara was supposed to set up a buffer zone around the region, but it was never fully implemented after jihadists refused to withdraw from that planned security cordon.The recent violence has forced more than 330,000 people from their homes, the United Nations says, many seeking shelter further north in camps or olive groves along the Turkish border.Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.last_img read more