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Web.com announces second quarter results

  • Posted on March 31, 2019 at 2:00 am

Friday, August 18, 2006

Web.com, a web-hosting and online services company, has released its second quarter financial results and associated statements – and it’s clear that the company has experienced both the ups and downs of executing on its goals.

On the upside, the company achieved an industry-first achievement of securing a non-exclusive license agreement with Hostopia.com Inc. last month. The agreement granted Hostopia rights to two of Web.com’s patents over five years on a non-transferable basis. The specific licensed patents were U.S. Patent numbers 5,680,152 and 6,789,103 and broadly cover methods for website building and web hosting control panels. Importantly for revenues, the license agreement states that Hostopia will pay Web.com a royalty equal to 10% of their gross U.S. retail revenues for five years.

On the downside, the company failed to deliver on the expected and announced acquisition of Houston-based WebSource Media – a business offering “easy and affordable built-to-order websites”. The announced acquisiton was to have added about $9 million in annual revenue to Web.com.

However, according to published reports from Web.com, the company filed to rescind its acquisition of WebSource media just about one month after the announcement. This action was taken after the Federal Trade Commission filed a sealed action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas against WebSource Media, L.L.C. and its members – alleging unfair and deceptive acts and business practices prior to the acquisition.

In a press release issued by Web.com, President and CEO Jeff Stibel discussed the effects of the rescinded acquisition on the second quarter resutls, “Web.com continued to drive subscriber growth across its core website and web services plans by refining our sales and marketing efforts and working closely with strategic distribution partners. While we had unfortunate news about an acquisition we made during the quarter, the company has moved on and is working on further solidifying its position as a leader in the industry.”

On the financial side of the report, Web.com reported that total revenues for the quarter were $12.1 million, down from $12.3 million in the first quarter of 2006. The second quarter marked the last quarter of recognizing Verizon revenues (a deal that was initially cancelled in December 2004 and terminated in the second quarter of 2006).

On the organic customer acquisition side of the equation, the company reported that net subscribers totaled approximately 148,000 for the quarter, down from approximately 149,000 in the first quarter of 2006. The reduction in the second quarter as compared to the first quarter includes the loss of approximately 3,200 Verizon subscribers. Excluding the loss of Verizon subscribers, the company added approximately 1,600 subscribers in the quarter.

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Italian footballer Andrea Pirlo announces retirement

  • Posted on March 29, 2019 at 2:39 am

Thursday, November 9, 2017

On Monday, Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo formally announced his retirement from football. A 2006 FIFA World Cup winner with Italy, Pirlo had announced his intentions to end the 22-year-career last month, and his final professional game ended in a 2–0 win for New York City FC (NYCFC) against Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer play-offs at Yankee Stadium.

“As my time in NYC FC comes to an end, I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city”, 38-year-old Pirlo wrote on Twitter. Last month, the Italian told La Gazzetta dello Sport “You realise yourself that the time has come. Each day, you have physical problems and you can’t train as you would like to. At my age, it’s fine to say enough is enough.” ((it))Italian language: ?Ti rendi conto da solo che è arrivato il momento. Ogni giorno hai problemi fisici, non riesci più ad allenarti come vorresti perché hai sempre qualche acciacco. Alla mia età ci sta di dire basta.

Pirlo spent 20 years playing in Italy, making his professional debut for Brescia Calcio before moving to Internazionale in 1998. Three years later, in 2001, he made a switch to Inter’s local rivals, AC Milan. Pirlo spent a decade with Milan, and won two Serie A titles, and two UEFA Champions League titles — in 2003 and in 2007, just a year after Pirlo won the World Cup in Germany with Azzurri defeating France.

His contract with Milan expired in 2011, and then 32-year-old Pirlo moved to Turin and joined Juventus. He won four consecutive Serie A titles with the Old Lady. He was close to winning a third UEFA Champions League gold medal in 2015, but Juventus lost 3–1 against FC Barcelona in the final.

Having won six Italian league titles, two Champions League and Coppa Italia as well as a World Cup with the national team, Pirlo moved to Yankee Stadium in July 2015. Pirlo was substituted in during the 90th minute in his last match for NYCFC, losing 4–3 on aggregate in the MLS play-offs. NYCFC’s manager Patrick Vieira said, “He [Pirlo] had a fantastic career, not just on the field but off it because he’s a true gentleman. He’s a really good guy.”

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St. Anthony Foundation provides hope

  • Posted on March 29, 2019 at 2:14 am

Friday, September 23, 2005

On the corner of Golden Gate Ave. and Jones St. in the Tenderloin, San Francisco, right next to the Civic Center you can see a throng of low-income and homeless people lining up outside of St. Anthony’s Dining Room hall which opens up it’s doors everyday at 11:30 a.m. Volunteers dressed in St. Anthony Foundation shirts help keep the lines moving as hundreds of homeless and low income people shuffle their way towards the dining hall underneath the watchful eyes of a small statue of St. Francis of Assisi.

“There’s a lot of people who go hungry out here and it ain’t right.” says Jimmy Scott, a slightly brawny 44-year-old black man who has been living homeless in San Francisco for the past three years. “There are families out here with kids and everything and they have to walk around all night just to stay awake so they don’t get hurt or killed…Right here in the U.S. this is going on…it ain’t right.”

The dining hall, which has been open for the past 54 years, is owned by the St. Anthony Foundation which helps low income and homeless people and families in the Civic Center, Tenderloin, and SOMA areas with clothing, shelter, food, drug rehabilitation, and many other services. St. Anthony’s administrative offices are found at 121 Golden Gate Ave. with the majority of the foundation’s buildings on Golden Gate Ave. and Jones St.

“We are right in the heart of the homeless population of San Francisco,” says Barry Stenger, 55, who’s been working for the St. Anthony Foundation for one year, and is the Director of Development and Communications, “and people are pushed here because of the economic forces of San Francisco because it’s hard to be upper middle class in San Francisco.”

According to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, “San Francisco’s cost of living remains one of the highest in the country” with the average household income in San Francisco being around $76,400 and the average price of housing being $543,000. Average household income for the United States in 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, was $42,409 and the average price of housing for the United States according to the National Association of Realtors was $185,200 in 2004.

“We served our 32 millionth meal on Tuesday,” said Stenger, “and we serve 2,500 meals a day. Some of our people who work here actually get served [food] here because they spend all their money towards rent and medical costs.”

The St. Anthony Foundation was started by Fr. Alfred Boeddeker in 1950 one year after Fr. Boeddeker became pastor of St. Boniface church on Golden Gate St. where he was baptized as a child. During his lifetime, according to the foundation’s website, he was referred to as the “Patron St. of the Tenderloin” and had Boeddeker park named after him because of his, and his foundation’s, achievements with helping out the homeless and low income community.

“[St. Anthony’s] is a good thing,” said Jimmy Scott, “they provide a good service and they feed people and they clothe them and provide furniture when you get housing and give you groceries when you have AIDS. It’s a good little organization.”

“Our dining room is open 365 days a year.” Said Stenger. “Our other facilities are open seven days a week. We have a residence for senior women and our [free medical] clinic is open five days a week and we also have a furniture and clothing store. We have 12 programs all together.”

Some of those programs are the Father Alfred Center which provides 61 men two programs for getting out of drug and alcohol abuse, the Employment Program/Learning Center which helps participants in educational and employment opportunities and provides each one with a personal staff advisor, and a Senior Outreach and Support Services center which states its mission is to “promote independence, self determination, and alleviate isolation” for seniors who are 60 and older.

A few homeless people who were interviewed complained that St. Anthony’s had some staff who were rude and that they were kicked out of the dining hall; other homeless within the area refuted those claims saying St. Anthony’s has nice staff and only kicks people out who cause trouble.

“It’s a good place and good people. Everybody is so kind and so respectful and everything is under control.” Said John Henderson, a tall and skinny 57-year-old homeless black man who has only been living in San Francisco for close to two months because he recently moved there from Phoenix, Arizona. “It’s pretty cool because they’re under control because yesterday I saw at Glide [Memorial Church which also has services for the poor and low income] and they were handing out food boxes and people were just rushing in and the woman in charge there was freaking out and so she just sat down. That would never happen at St. Anthony’s.”

“And they clean too!” Henderson said laughing with a grin on his face referring to the fact that there are no drugs allowed in the premises. “Not that Glide ain’t clean if you know what I mean.”

“We [also] have a whole division that deals with justice education and advocacy to change the system that brings people to our doorstep.” Said Stenger. “We hear a lot of appreciation from the people we serve. We get a lot of testimony from our clients who have become clean and sober. Sometimes we have to push them a little to get them out the door because they love the [foundation] so much because it has changed their lives.”

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Signals indicate Texas economy continues to improve

  • Posted on March 29, 2019 at 2:11 am

Sunday, April 29, 2012

As many states across the US continue to struggle financially, many individuals, including some economists report multiple positive indicators for Texas.

The chief economist with Comerica Bank told media sources this week that most of the improvements are attributed to strong creations of jobs in both the energy and manufacturing and services sectors. More specifically, that report called the state’s recent job growth, “robust”.The state’s unemployment rate in March was more than 1% lower than the nationwide rate, according to recent data.

When asked her opinion about the state’s present economic trajectory, Chantal Woodhull, a middle school teacher in Tyler, Texas told Wikinews, “It’s getting better.” Other sources indicate slight improvements in the real estate sector.

According to a recent report, retail job growth in Houston outstretched all other states, increasing its number of workers by over 4%. Across the US, retail jobs are improving at a slow pace in many large metropolitan areas.

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Viktor Schreckengost dies at 101

  • Posted on March 29, 2019 at 2:10 am

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Viktor Schreckengost, the father of industrial design and creator of the Jazz Bowl, an iconic piece of Jazz Age art designed for Eleanor Roosevelt during his association with Cowan Pottery died yesterday. He was 101.

Schreckengost was born on June 26, 1906 in Sebring, Ohio, United States.

Schreckengost’s peers included the far more famous designers Raymond Loewy and Norman Bel Geddes.

In 2000, the Cleveland Museum of Art curated the first ever retrospective of Schreckengost’s work. Stunning in scope, the exhibition included sculpture, pottery, dinnerware, drawings, and paintings.

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Learn The Unique Process Of Enamel Inlay

  • Posted on March 29, 2019 at 2:02 am

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If it is decorative enamel, then it will be applied by hand using one of several techniques of Champleve, Cloisonn , Basse-Taille, Plique-a-Jour, Encrusted Enamel, or Painted Enamel methods for painting portraits. After the enamel is applied, the object is then to be fired at a consistent 1000 degree Celsius (1832 degree Fahrenheit), for reason of avoiding enamel variations. Champleve is an enamel process done by etching or scratching the object’s metal surface, resulting in dips and rises in the metal for pouring the hot enamel into. After cooled, the enamel is filed for smoothness and glossiness of both the enamel and the metal.

The exquisite art of enamel has been around for many centuries and has been used throughout many various cultures. The perfection of enamel art began to strongly show by the 16th century, but since then, there have been slight modifications of the original historical techniques. Over time enamel has come to be a big part in pottery, brick, glass and metals and is still very popular with so many various realms of artwork around the world today.

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The art of enamel is a vitreous consistency of a substance that may be fused to a variety of objects including metal, ceramic and glassworks of art. Fusing is done by a type of heating process though various techniques depending on what the enamel is being fused to and the final desired effect. Enamel has for centuries been used in decorative fashion on jewelry, vases, and many other items throughout time. But for current in home modern uses, there is a type of enamel used in bathrooms and kitchen areas of most homes. This type of enamel is chemically identical containing a mixture of silica, soda or potash and lead, and sometimes included are metallic oxides.

With the first enamel creations, there are the basic steps of the ingredients being formed into cakes or lumps. These cakes or lumps will be ground into a fine powder. The powder is then applied to the surface to be covered. This powder can be applied dry or mixed with water or with oil before application. If it is decorative enamel, then it will be applied by hand using one of several techniques of Champleve, Cloisonn , Basse-Taille, Plique-a-Jour, Encrusted Enamel, or Painted Enamel methods for painting portraits. When doing industrial enamel, the application is to be sprayed on or dipped. After the enamel is applied, the object is then to be fired at a consistent 1000 degree Celsius (1832 degree Fahrenheit), for reason of avoiding enamel variations. It is not uncommon to do more than one technique on an object or piece of art.

When looking at the various techniques of enamel art, the Champleve and the Cloisonn are very widely used methods. Champleve is an enamel process done by etching or scratching the object’s metal surface, resulting in dips and rises in the metal for pouring the hot enamel into. After cooled, the enamel is filed for smoothness and glossiness of both the enamel and the metal. The Cloisonn process is done by building up on the metal surface through thin metal strips being laid on top of the metal object in a pattern form. The pulverized enamel will then be applied between the thin metal strips and then filed and polished down for the end result.

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Study suggests Mars hosted life-sustaining habitat for millions of years

  • Posted on March 28, 2019 at 2:17 am

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

In a new study announced on Monday and available in the current volume of Earth and Planetary Science Letters, an international team led by scientists from Brown University in the United States said the planet Mars once had the right water and temperatures to host simple life forms — just not on its surface. Mars’s rocky, subterranean layer once, for some hundreds of millions of years, had enough water and reductants to support some of the same kinds of microbial communities seen on Earth.

“We showed, based on basic physics and chemistry calculations, that the ancient Martian subsurface likely had enough dissolved hydrogen to power a global subsurface biosphere,” reported lead author and current Brown graduate student Jesse Tarnas. The paper does not claim life on Mars did exist but rather that conditions suitable for life are very likely to have lasted for an extended time. This habitable zone, located beneath Mars’s then-frozen surface, would have reached several kilometers into Mars’s surface, potentially protected by ice above.

The study showed that, during Mars’s Noachian period (4.1–3.7 billion years ago), radiolysis, the process by which radiation splits water molecules apart, produced enough hydrogen gas (H2) for microbial organisms to live on so long as they remained within the area just beneath the cryosphere, the SHZ (subcryospheric highly-fractured zone). The concentration of hydrogen in the groundwater could have ranged from about 35 to about 55 millimoles per liter depending on whether ancient Mars was warm or cold, respectively, and higher if the subsurface medium also contained enough salt. The researchers determined this by establishing three factors. First, they examined data from the gamma ray spectrometer aboard NASA’s Odyssey spacecraft, from which they inferred how much of various radioactive elements would have been present in Mars’s crust during the Noachian, and therefore how much radiation would have been available to split water and so produce hydrogen. They then built on existing models of water flow on Mars to determine how much groundwater would have been present. Third, they used climate and geothermal modeling to determine how much of that water would have been in liquid form and at a suitable temperature for living things.

In subterranean environments on Earth called subsurface lithotrophic microbial ecosystems, or SLiMEs, ecosystems sustain themselves not on plants that harness sunlight through photosynthesis but on microbes that harvest electrons from nearby molecules. Molecular hydrogen is an especially good electron donor.

One of the study authors, Brown Professor John Mustard, is on the team designing the next Mars Rover mission, scheduled for 2020. He and Tarnas recommended the Rover examine the sites of meteorite crashes, which may have excavated rocks from this possibly habitable depth that may hold traces of ancient life.

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Mozilla, Creative Commons, Wikimedia Foundation announce Bassel Khartabil Free Culture fellowship following execution of open culture activist

  • Posted on March 28, 2019 at 2:04 am
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Monday, August 14, 2017

On Friday, several free knowledge, culture and open source oriented organisations — Creative Commons, Mozilla, and the Wikimedia Foundation, amongst others — collectively announced a three-year commitment for a free-culture fellowship to honour Bassel Khartabil’s continuing influence on the open web, during the Wikimedia’s annual conference Wikimania in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Palestinian-Syrian Khartabil was held in captivity under the Syrian government starting in 2012 and went silent in prison in 2015. Early this month his wife confirmed Khartabil had been executed in 2015.

Khartabil worked as a computer engineer and contributed to Mozilla and Wikipedia. A supporter of free access to knowledge and culture, Khartabil co-founded Syria’s first hackerspace, Aiki Lab, and led Creative Commons’ Syrian project.

The fellowship to honour Khartabil aims to promote free culture in various forms, including art, music, software, and community. On their official blog, Creative Commons said they would encourage applications from the Levant, Middle East, and North Africa.

Amazon Web Services is to act as a supporting partner and the fellows would receive a stipend of US$50 thousand over the course of ten months. The fellowship is to be awarded on a one-year basis, which could be renewed. Additionally, the organisations are to provide up to US$3000 for the candidates to purchase equipment and software.

Promoting candidates from “closed societies” from the countries with a history of oppression of freedom of expression and access to free knowledge, the fellowship laid three requirements for the eligibility. The applicants must have a history of contribution to the open source/access or free culture communities, and propose in their application an initiative promoting free culture values, and in which the fellowship would be their primary work focus. The fellowship applications are to be accepted from February, and the fellowship is to be awarded in April.

Apart from contributing to Mozilla and Red Hat, Bassel Khartabil developed “Aiki”, an open source framework which is currently used by Open Clip Art and Open Font Library. He was listed among Top Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, and given a Digital Freedom Award by the Index on Censorship.

Khartabil was arrested by the Syrian military in March 2012. Following time in a Syrian General Intelligence Directorate facility, nine months after his arrest he was transferred to Adra Prison, and permitted family visits. He was relocated to an undisclosed facility in October 2015, and executed soon after. His wife, Noura Ghazi Safadi, confirmed Khartabil’s death on August 1 via a Facebook post.

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Mouse makes nest in cash machine, eats money

  • Posted on March 27, 2019 at 2:35 am

Sunday, April 1, 2007

In Estonia, a mouse made its nest in a cash machine and spent the weekend eating tens of thousands of kroons in bank notes. The critter was discovered after a customer making a withdrawal got half-eaten bills from the machine.

At some stage over the weekend the chewed money jammed, and the mouse seems to have spent the rest of the weekend turning the notes into bedding. It probably was attracted by the warmth from the machine and decided to make itself at home.
 

Experts are now investigating how the rodent was able to get into the ATM.

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Question &Amp; Answers On Oral Health For Senior Citizens

  • Posted on March 27, 2019 at 2:26 am

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Q. Do I still need to get regular checkups if I do not have any dental problems?

YES! Older adults are at greater risk for getting cavities, gum disease and mouth cancer and these may not cause any pain or discomfort until they are advanced.

Dental checkups are recommended for everyone, twice a year.

Q. What if I lost all of my natural teeth, do I still need to get regular checkups?

YES! People with no natural teeth are at equal risk for oral cancer and gum disease. Those wearing dentures need to have their mouth and their dentures checked at least once a year.

Q. I still have most of my teeth; how can I keep them for the rest of my life?

YES! Older adults need to keep their mouths clean by regular brushing and flossing and visiting the dentist twice a year .

Changing Mouth

Q. Does your mouth change as you get older?

YES! Among other things, as we age, the nerves in our teeth can become smaller, making our teeth less sensitive to cavities or other problems.

Q. Are older people more likely to lose their teeth than younger people?

YES! Older adults are less likely to feel pain in their teeth which may dissuade them from getting care until it is too late to save the tooth.

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Q. Can older people still get cavities?

YES!

Q. How does this happen?

Exposed root surfaces and older fillings are prone to cavities. Medications that dry the mouth and their general preferance of softer, sweeter foods put them at greater risk of getting cavities.

Old fillings sometimes break down and pave the way for cavities.

Q. What about fluoride, how can it help older adults?

YES! Natural teeth can always be helped by fluoride

Periodontal Disease

Q. What is periodontal disease? Can older adults get it?

YES! Periodontal disease is an infection of your gums.Everyone with natural teeth is at risk .

Q. How can I prevent getting periodontal disease?

You can prevent periodontal disease by:

Brushing your teeth and gums daily.

Regularly scheduling dental check ups and following instructions of your dentist.

Q. What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Symptoms may be difficulty in eating, bad breath and pain.

Severe gum disease has also been linked several systemic illnesses like pneumonia in long-term care patients, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Dry Mouth

Q. My mouth feels very dry, is that because of my age ?

NO! Having a dry mouth is NOT a result of aging, but is often due to medication.

Q. What can I do in the case of a dry mouth?

Check with your dentist or physician to find out the cause of your dry mouth and treat it accordingly.

Q. What other options do I have to help in this condition?

You have several options to help dry mouth:.

Sip water throughout the day.

Have sugar-free gum or candies.

Mouth Cancer

Q.Are older citizens at risk for mouth cancer?

YES! As with many other cancers, older adults are at a higher risk of getting mouth cancer than younger people.

Risk of getting mouth cancer is more likely if they smoke, heavy drinkers or are repeatedly exposed to the sunlight.

Q. How do I know if I have mouth cancer? Does it cause pain?

Mouth cancer can be a red or white patch or any change in your mouth that lasts for more than 2 weeks. Regular dental visits for a complete oral examination are very important as all oral cancers in initial stages are painless and go unnoticed.

Q. What if I think I have cancer in my mouth?

See your dentist immediately to get a thorough oral cancer examination.

The earlier mouth cancer is detected and treated, the better the prognosis will be.

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