State warns drivers of Red Light Ticket scam

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSFraudRed Light CameraScam Previous articleTrader Joe’s recalls apple sauceNext articleApopka Burglary Report and Map Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DHSMV Warns Of Traffic Citation ScamThe Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is warning consumers that they may be targeted by a company representing itself as the DHSMV demanding payment for fraudulent citations. The company, which is not associated with the DHSMV in any way, will send emails to consumers requesting payment of a citation within a certain timeframe and if the payment is not received on time, the company will falsely require a daily late fee payment.The email sent to consumers includes a linked payment page and email address. While the linked payment page appears to be inactive at this time, the DHSMV is warning consumers that this is a scam and no payment should be made. If a consumer has made a payment, they should refute the charge and take the appropriate security measures with their financial institution.Use this link to see the fraudulent email.Consumers should note the following:The DHSMV and Clerks of Court DO NOT email citations to customers;The DHSMV and Clerks of Court DO NOT require citation payment via email;Citation numbers are always seven alpha-numeric digits;If a consumer receives a notice regarding a suspicious citation, they should contact the local Clerk of Court or call the DHSMV immediately.DHSMV first warned Floridians about the scam in December after hearing reports of the fake citations.The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. DHSMV is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook. For safe driving tips and techniques, download the official Florida Driver License Handbook. Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more

Asian roundup: Malaysia’s EPF, Temasek, Ardian

first_img“Over the last few years, we have begun to focus on real estate and infrastructure investments that meet our risk/reward criteria while also progressively stepping up our participation in the private equity space,” the EPF said.The fund said it allocated an additional 1bnMYR (€221m) to external fund managers in 2013.With the added funds, total book value of its assets with external fund managers reached 72.5bnMYR, or 13.46% of the total, up from 56.3bn in 2012.Last year total assets increased by 11.4%.“Our global exposures are also beneficial during periods of ringgit weakness as they provide a buffer to our earnings,” the EPF said.“On the regional and global fronts, the financial landscape is anticipated to take an interesting turn, though possibly fraught with challenges.”The fund added that rising bond yields caused by the gradual withdrawal of the US quantitative easing programme will impact the domestic bond market. More than 40% of Malaysian government securities are held by foreign participants.In other news, Singapore’s Temasek Holdings has joined six institutional investors, including Paris-based Ardian, to launch a fund of funds that focuses on private equity investments.Astrea II has holdings in 36 private equity funds, the state-owned investment company said in a statement.Temasek is the fund’s single largest investor, with a 38% stake.Ardian, formerly known as AXA Private Equity, will manage Astrea II.An active investor in private equity funds globally for over two decades, Temasek had earlier sponsored Astrea I in 2006.Astrea I is similar to Astrea II and comprises a portfolio of private equity funds that are “balanced across vintages, geographies and sectors”.“Our strategy for investing in private equity funds is, and will continue to be, an important complement to Temasek’s direct investing activities,” it said. Malaysia’s Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has increased its overseas investments to one-fifth of the fund’s total assets and rebalanced its portfolio, cutting its holdings of bonds and boosting its allocation in real estate, infrastructure and private equity.The $180bn (€130bn) retirement fund said its annual return on investment (ROI) reached 6.97%, last year helped by “an increasingly globally diversified portfolio”.In 2012, ROI was 6.87%.Investments abroad accounted for 21% of total assets in 2013, compared with 17% a year ago, according to its annual report.last_img read more

Andre Onana eager to honour Cameroon’s rich goalkeeping heritage

first_imgBlood relations aside, Cameroon’s knack of consistently producing top goalkeepers in uncanny.“It’s something innate in this country,” laughed Onana. “On a more serious note, it’s a good question! When you look at the history of Cameroon, it’s incredible all the same. We’ve had Bell, Nkono … It’s thanks to the work put in by these people.”– Strong Ajax influence –For a former student at the Samuel Eto’o Foundation who passed through the Barcelona academy (2010-2015), the relaying of this know-how by former greats has played a decisive role in the spawning of a new generation.“I was lucky enough to work with ‘Tommy’ Nkono (goalkeeping coach at Espanyol) with whom I learned a lot of things, Fabrice as well. We did little training camps and everything. It’s normal to progress, especially when you play at the top level and you know the right people,” he said.In the national team, Onana can call on a pair of Ajax legends to continue his development in Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert. The duo were appointed Cameroon’s head coach and assistant respectively last August.With three Ajax representatives in their ranks, it begs the question whether there is a temptation for Cameroon to adopt the Dutch giants’ famous philosophy.“It’s difficult. It’s clear we want to control the game, but African football has its own realities. It’s hard to stay true to this philosophy because the state of pitches is not too favourable to that system,” said Onana.“But we will go to Egypt with our own way of playing, our ‘winner mentality’,” he added. It’s certainly proved a recipe for success in the past with Cameroon triumphing in Africa’s most prestigious competition five times, in 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 and 2017.Share on: WhatsApp Ajax’s Cameroonian goal keeper Andre Onana catches the ball during the UEFA champions league semi final second league football match between Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham HotspurIsmailia, Egypt | AFP |  Following in the footsteps of Joseph-Antoine Bell, Thomas Nkono and Jacques Songo’o as the latest in a line of acclaimed Cameroon goalkeepers is no minor task, but the Indomitable Lions are placing their faith in Andre Onana, one of the season’s revelations in Europe, as they bid to defend their title in Egypt.Remarkably, his season which started with Ajax last July in the second Champions League qualifying round is still not over.Throughout a campaign equally gruelling as unforgettable, Onana has experienced it all — from an epic European adventure, featuring memorable matches against Real Madrid, Juventus and Tottenham, to a league and cup double.But that’s not enough to satisfy the 23-year-old who is craving further success at the Africa Cup of Nations, as Cameroon look to defend their continental crown on July 19.“Our goal is to bring this title back to Cameroon once more,” he told AFP, ahead of his team’s opening 2-0 victory against Guinea-Bissau in Ismailia.“It’s true it’s complicated and difficult, because we’re going to play against very good teams. But I think we’re going to succeed,” he said.– ‘Something innate’ –Unlike his cousin Fabrice Ondoa, a major architect behind Cameroon’s run to the 2017 title, Onana wasn’t in Gabon, a tournament played in its traditional January and February time slot, having preferred to focus on his club.A fan favourite, Ondoa has since lost his place in goal, but he did earn the right to a song penned in his honour to celebrate his achievements.“Fabrice and me, it’s family! We’re different … I don’t need a song, the most important thing is the title, both individually and collectively,” Onana said, refusing to draw comparisons between the two stoppers.“If we bring it back to Cameroon, it will be something good for the country. Sporting victories form part of the stability of our country,” he added, with Cameroon, the original hosts of this year’s edition, stripped of the tournament last November after falling behind in preparations.last_img read more

Politics chose me – Powell

first_imgHaving championed the West Indies cricket team’s cause for seven years, former fast bowler-turned politician Daren Powell contends that he is ready to bowl the People’s National Party (PNP) to victory and unseat incumbent J.C. Hutchinson as member of Parliament for North West St Elizabeth.Powell took 85 Test wickets and 71 one-day international wickets in 37 and 55 matches, respectively.He believes that his “love for people” has destined him to represent them and is ready to deliver.”It’s not me who chose it (politics). Based on what I used to do in the community as a cricketer, people always loved me and showed me respect. People always ask me why I don’t go into representational politics and represent them,” he shared with The Gleaner.”In 2012, South East St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Richard Parchment was passing through on a motorcade and the people stopped him and appointed him their new representative,” Powell recalled.”It is not based on anything – just how I live with the people. I have a passion for people and my community. I always do a lot for people and I have a passion for youth,” he shared.”I am weak for people who are very sick,” Powell said of a recent visit to the Black River Hospital in St Elizabeth.While being respectful of his challenger, who has seen as many as 6,438 persons voting for him in 2007 and 5,689 in 2011, Powell said that he has no fear of the political veteran.”He has been around for some 20-odd years. He is not somebody easily beaten, but that constituency is lacking in many things – infrastructure, growth, and opportunities for the youth. One thing is for certain, I am more confident now about winning than when I just started,” stressed Powell.The PNP last won the seat in 1993 when Melford Brown was voted as MP. Since then, it has been the Hutchinson show.”Victory for the PNP! Victory for North West St Elizabeth and those who support change! I will take it home for the PNP,” Powell predicted.last_img read more

The power of rest: Warriors stars reaping benefit of conservative minutes plan

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – During those forgettable regular-season games in the middle of the winter, the Warriors’ itinerary usually played out this way.The Warriors’ star players usually played no more than 35 minutes a night. They missed games over minor injuries. They spent more time at practice receiving treatment than actually scrimmaging.A few months later, the Warriors …last_img read more

Automatic Turnstiles Found in the Cell

first_imgOne of the things students learn about in high school biology classes is active transport: the ability to control flow through a semi-permeable membrane.  Contrary to osmosis, in which the flow goes naturally from high concentration to low concentration, cell membranes employ active mechanisms to push or pull the molecules through their membranes according to what they need – even against the concentration gradient.  Students were often presented these concepts as simple facts of life, but only in the last decade or two have researchers developed the tools to see how cells do it.  The results are amazing.  Cells have whole families of transporters that employ a variety of mechanisms to shuttle cargo through their membranes.  The structure of one of the last “transporter” machines has finally been cracked and reported in Nature.1  Although many questions remain, it appears to act as a rocking turnstile activated by a flow of cations (positive ions).    This transporter, called NorM, a member of the MATE family (multidrug and toxic compound extrusion), exists in all domains of life, from simple bacteria to humans.  “Cellular export of toxins and substrates is a fundamental life process,” the authors said.  Its importance is profound: in plants, it determines crop yields according to its ability to pump toxins out from the soil.  In the liver of animals, as well as in microbes, it pumps toxins out of the body.  It does such a good job that, unfortunately, it confers multi-drug resistance on some germs we would like to destroy by allowing them to pump out the medicine, or prevents targeted medicines from reaching good cells doctors would like to help.  Understanding this transporter gateway enzyme is therefore of crucial importance.     The team’s findings, using X-ray crystallography, show NorM to be made up of 12 intermembrane helices of amino acids, arranged in two groups of six to form a cup-shaped V pattern facing outward.  When a sodium ion (Na+ enters the cup, it binds to a particular site that has “three evolutionarily conserved amino-acid side chains that can carry a negative charge due to the presence of a carboxylic acid group.”  Somehow, this binding causes the cup to flip into an inward-facing conformation just long enough for the toxin inside the cell to bind to the cup.  When the sodium ion is released, the cup flips back out, tossing the toxin outside the cell.    Hendrick W. van Veen, commenting on this paper in Nature,1 said that this automated turnstile can pump anywhere from 14 to 1,500 molecules out per minute.  Try to imagine this little cup flipping over up to 25 times per second, each time shuttling out its unwanted cargo.  Even that, though, is slow compared to some other specialized transporter families that can pump 100,000 ions per minute, he said.  The difference is that NorM and other MATE transporters have to shuttle a wide variety of larger molecules.  The sodium ion gradient indicates that this little machine, what’s more, runs on an electrical current.    A number of questions still remain about how NorM achieves its mechanical effectiveness.  He et al said nothing about evolution – nothing about how this mechanism came to be.  Hendrick van Veen said very little: “Over the past decade, crystallographic evidence has been obtained supporting the general concept of alternating access for a variety of membrane transporters, demonstrating that this mechanism has been evolutionarily conserved” (i.e., unevolved).  Such a statement clearly begs the question of evolution.  It also leaves unanswered the question of how the first primitive microbe could have avoided death by poison without the ability to actively, effectively, pump toxins outside its protective walls.1.  He, Szewczyk et al, “Structure of a cation-bound multidrug and toxic compound extrusion transporter,” Nature 467, pp. 991?994, 21 October 2010, doi:10.1038/nature09408.2.  Hendrick W. van Veen, “Structural biology: Last of the multidrug transporters,” Nature 467, pp. 926?927, 21 October 2010, doi:10.1038/467926a.Cell biology needs evolution like a king needs a jester.  The jester may not win wars or feed the peasants, but provides some comic relief, standing there juggling balls and telling jokes about where the leopard got its spots (10/20/2010).  Bring it on, Chuck: tell us how an unguided, purposeless process arranged twelve precisely-arranged intermembrane helices of amino acids into a cup shape, provided a precise pocket for a sodium ion, figured out how to invert the cup to the inside just long enough to recognize and bind a toxic molecule, and then flip over and shuttle it out, and do this 25 times a second.  Did this all happen in a single chance miracle or a string of chance miracles?  Tell us also how all the other tens of thousands of molecular machines essential for life “emerged,” like the topoisomerases that fold DNA into compact shapes and separate the chromosomes, the winches that pull chromosomes apart, the molecular highways that transport the good cargo all throughout the cell, the DNA repair molecules, and much, much more.    Neo-Darwinism is utterly incapable of standing up to these findings about precision molecular machines in the cell.  The Old Guard Darwinists are like the old guard communists in the former Soviet Union, who clung to their worn-out Marxist-Leninist talking points when it was clear to everyone that they didn’t work.  The Darwinist talking points, with their ridiculous notions of conservation and convergence, are a ball and chain to molecular biology.  This is the age of systems biology, reverse engineering, nanotechnology, biomimetics, information science, machine language.  Take off the ball and chain.  Run toward the future with intelligent-design gusto.(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

NTL Referee Coach Appointments 2016-2017

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has undertaken the process of Referee Coach Appointments for the 2016 and 2017 National Touch League. TFA concurrently have been undertaking a review and update of our Referee Coach pathway and education in alignment with the introduction of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) FTEM framework of athlete development – www.ausport.gov.au/ftem. TFA have aligned this framework in both our coach, referee and athlete development programs. This specifically commenced with the Foundation Referee Coach Course which was piloted late in October and December 2015, and will continue into the Talent, Elite and Mastery areas in 2016.The appointment process included and expression of interest and ranking assessment, followed by a suitability interview. The process highlighted the following findings: – The process unearthed new talent to support the direction of renewal in the referee coaching area.– The separate functions of Upgrade and Appointment are still relevant at the NTL, but the refereecoaching within those functions also need to mirror the requirement, and the expectations communicated to the referees in either category. – Clear and direct organisation communication promoting a unified message in relation to expectations is paramount to the success of the discipline.– An improved approach to coaching appointments is required and committed to by the coaching group. This will result in less games for coaches to improve quality of feedback, more resources to improve coverage and pathway of the coaching and/or coaching to suit the purpose/goals of the referees.– The behaviour and conduct, and expectations of all members of the contingent must be set to reflect that of a national event. – To supplement the requirements of referees and assist with self and peer analysis we will look to identify and allocate referee mentors (injured, retired, or international referees) to events.TFA congratulate the following individuals who have been appointed to the Referee Coaching Panel for the 2016 and 2017 National Touch League. Related Files2016-17_ntl_coach_appointment_-_roles_and_responsibilities-pdfRelated LinksNTL Referee Coacheslast_img read more

Shea Moisture Pulls Controversial Ad After Twitter Backlash We Really F–ked This

first_imgShea Moisture is under fire for its latest campaign after viewers felt the brand was turning its back on its roots in the black community.The ad opens with a black woman who says she was mocked for her natural curls. It later transitions to a blonde woman saying she didn’t “know what to do” with her hair and a redheaded woman complaining about dyeing her locks. The message was for people to “break free from hair hate.”SheaMoisture is CANCELLED pic.twitter.com/T4Dru1JgAq— NANA JIBRIL ??️‍? (@girlswithtoys) April 24, 2017 Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The company, which was founded by Richelieu Dennis, who came to the U.S. from Liberia, has always focused on women of color. Some felt Shea Moisture was excluding its core customer base with its latest ad. Twitterlast_img read more

Tesla chief accounting officer resigns after a month

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Tesla’s chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, is resigning after a month on the job because of the public attention and fast pace the post entails.In premarket trading, Tesla shares slid 7 per cent to $261.In a regulatory filing Friday, the electric vehicle maker reported that Morton has no disagreements with Tesla’s leadership or its financial reporting.Morton said in the filing he still believes in Tesla’s mission and prospects.The Palo Alto, California-based company said its chief financial officer and its corporate controller will oversee accounting functions.last_img read more

Extreme cold to last at least through Monday

first_imgThe extreme cold warning also remains in place for the Alberta Peace and a number of areas in Northern Alberta.  For a full list of the current weather warnings, click here.Warnings9:46 AM PST Sunday 03 February 2019Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverA period of very cold wind chills continues.Cold Arctic air remains settled over the Peace region. The cold air combined with light winds will continue to produce wind chill values below minus 40 until warming slightly to the mid minus 30s by this afternoon. Wind chill values will dip below minus 40 again tonight.Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An extreme cold warning remains in place across the B.C. Peace.The temperature should start to warm up in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John on Tuesday when the temperature should reach a high of minus 20.  Until then, the wind and cold temperature will make things feel more like minus 40 and colder.For Sunday night the temperature should drop to minus 32, but with the wind, it will feel more like minus 44.  Things should start to warm up on Monday to a high of minus 25, but the wind will continue to make it feel even colder near minus 33.last_img read more