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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Macy’s closing 125 stores

Macy's closing 125 stores

$480 million in restructuring costs and 2000 corporate jobs to be cut.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

What are the hazardous byproducts of burning naphtha, such as the fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, Texas

What are the hazardous byproducts of burning naphtha, such as the fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, Texas

Hazardous combustion products (by products of burning) are Carbon monoxide (CO), Carbon dioxide (CO2), Hydrocarbons, and Aldehydes.

An aldehyde is an organic compound containing a functional group with the structure −CHO, consisting of a carbonyl center (a carbon double-bonded to oxygen) with the carbon atom also bonded to hydrogen and to an R group. Aldehydes are considered toxic and poisonous.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

FEMA report finds local culture understanding, compared to top-down approach, is more important in disaster response

According to a FEMA report at 2-day workshop at Georgetown University:  Review of the last couple of decades of the federal government's approach to developing more disaster-resilient communities found that efforts have failed because of a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach that doesn't fit most communities. FEMA recommends development of 'individual cultures of preparedness' from the bottom up .

"We've achieved our national preparedness goals when it comes to first responders [as per Presidential Policy Directive 8] but when it comes to preparedness of individual households and communities, we've failed," said Laura Olson, a lead author of the report. "To say we've failed it putting it mildly. We really haven't been able to achieve any of our goals for two decades at least, which is the amount of time we've been tracking this." [PDF]

Monday, March 4, 2019

Generation of child web addicts becoming obsessed with the Internet as parents struggle to keep control of their online usage in UK

According to media watchdog Ofcom 83% of youth age 12-15 have a smartphone, and 50% have a tablet. Among 12-15 year-olds, 62% watch TV on other devices, such as a tablet; 99% spend 20.5 hours per week online. The annual report was based on 2,000 interviews. 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

CNBC: The future of cable may be no TV at all, but the murky industry of streaming video and bundled TV is not that simple

Almost every large media company has a direct-to-consumer TV streaming service that might negate the need for bundles of channels. Video revenue is declining, but today streaming is still not reliable enough to replace regular Cable TV — especially for live news.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Gypsy, female Gorilla, holding her first newborn at French zoological park Saint-Martin-la-Plaine

Historically, 8 babies have been born at the French zoological park Saint-Martin-la-Plaine. As of February 20,2019, there are 11 gorillas in Saint-Martin. Gestation for a gorilla is 8.5 months.

Digital Research Firm eMarketer Forecasts Digital Ad Spending Will Pass Non-Digital in 2019

Digital Research Firm eMarketer says advertisers will spend $129.34 billion on digital ads vs. 109.48 billion on traditional advertising (television, magazines and newspapers). The top three digital ad platforms in rank order are Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

More on the forecast from Forbes …

Mueller Russia Investigation Report Could Be Released Next Week

Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia two-year investigation — possibly as early as next week.

Attorney General Bill Barr has said that he wants to be as "transparent" as possible with Congress and the public, and "consistent with the rules and the law."

This is Barr's second round as AG. Barr previously served for the George H. W. Bush administration from 1991 to 1993, and served for the Trump administration beginning in 2019.

Covington Catholic High School Student Nick Sandmann Suing The Washington Post for $250 Million

The Nicholas Sandmann lawsuit claims that the Washington Post "engaged in a modern-day form of McCarthyism by competing with CNN and NBC, among others, to claim leadership of a mainstream and social media mob of bullies which attacked, vilified, and threatened Nicholas Sandmann ("Nicholas"), an innocent secondary school child."

Attorneys also claim that "in targeting and bullying Nicholas by falsely accusing him of instigating the January 18 incident, the Post conveyed that Nicholas engaged in acts of racism by 'swarming' Phillips, 'blocking' his exit away from the students, and otherwise engaging in racist misconduct."

Remains found of boy missing since September 2017; may have witnessed murder in Sarasota, Florida

Jabez Spann was 14 when he disappeared on Sept. 4, 2017, in Sarasota, Florida. A week earlier, another witness allegedly saw Spann at a fatal shooting scene.

Spann's remains were found along a fence line west of Interstate 75 in a rural Manatee County (north and northeast of Sarasota County) on Saturday afternoon, February 16, 2019.