Small brush fires in San Ysidro causes road closures

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Small brush fires in San Ysidro causes road closures Posted: April 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN YSIDRO (KUSI) — Multiple small brush fires in San Ysidro Sunday forced authorities to shut down lanes and connector ramps of two freeways before firefighters could get the situation under control.The brushers were first reported at 2:35 p.m. near Via de la Bandola, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesperson Monica Munoz. The street runs adjacent to the eastbound lanes of State Route 905, just west of its junction with Interstate 805.California Highway Patrol officers began shutting down eastbound SR-905 about 10 minutes later and also closed transition roads from Interstate 805 and Picador Boulevard onto SR-905.The fires were knocked down by 3:25 p.m., Munoz said.No structures were threatened and no one was injured, she said.Munoz said there was no word on what may have caused the fires. A CHP incident log indicated that officers made contact with a possible suspect, but it’s unclear if anyone was arrested.All lanes were reopened by 4:12 p.m., according to the CHP. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 22, 2018last_img read more

Consumer Tech Bad for Business

first_imgIn theory, partnering with Apple and Google should pay off in another way: allowing publishers access to information collected by these companies about potential customers so that the publishers can use it for marketing purposes. Here again, reality falls short of the dream. Apple doesn’t share any information with its publisher partners. And regardless of what the industry hype says Google has actually turned out to be a bit rubbish at the data collection lark.You Want Targeted Solutions, Not MassI would even argue that these services’ most persuasive selling point—their ability to reach hundreds of millions of potential subscribers—is all wet. Yes, they reach vast swathes of the planet’s population. But as a publisher of b-to-b minutiae you don’t want to reach vast swathes— you want to reach the teensy-weensy swathette of the population that (1.) Gives a crap about your minutiae and (2.) Has the money to pay for it. Using Google to do this is like trying to fill a cup by peeing into it from a zeppelin—impractical, if unintentionally amusing.Factor in the cost of working with these companies (Apple charges publishers an outrageous 30 percent of anything it sells) and the case for these services is anything but clear.Countdown to RealityAll of this shouldn’t be earth shattering analysis for those who have tried to exploit other consumer Internet technologies to support their publishing business; for every company that claims to have used Twitter or Facebook to drive revenue there are at least another 99 who haven’t.But this raises another interesting fact about the latest Internet technology: It takes an awfully long time for people to admit when it doesn’t live up the hype (half a dozen years, from 1993 to 1999, in the case of the first Internet bubble). So who knows, maybe the Apple/Google syndication programs will attract b-to-b publishers in 2011—just be prepared for fallout sometime after that. Stephen Saunders is the Managing Director of DeusM (www.deusm.com), a marketing services company specializing in the creation of online communities targeting any combination of industry, geography, or profession. He can be reached at saunders@deusm.com On the face of it, Internet technology should be a b-to-b publisher’s best friend. Sure, the Internet effectively put an end to the long and lazy golden age of publishing (1493—1993, RIP) when we used “ink” and a composite of mulched tree to disseminate information. But that same Internet is making our lives as publishers easy in so many other ways, right?Take recent efforts by Google and Apple to resell e-subscriptions to publications (in case you missed it, Google is rumored to be launching a digital newsstand, an attempt to one-up Apple’s iTunes subscription service). These offerings will supposedly provide publishers with an exciting and ubiquitous new sales channel for their products.Except… they won’t. And b-to-b publishers wondering which company to work with should go with choice C: Neither.Let’s say you sell a subscription to a reader via iTunes. Ostensibly that’s one (1) new subscriber for you. But really, it’s one new subscriber for Apple. By going through an intermediary you have ceded direct control over the subscriber relationship, never a good idea if you base your business on subscriber relationships (and you value things like controlling price and customer information).last_img read more

Turn iPhone Pixel or Galaxy phone displays into 3D with this screen

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this: Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice See It Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone 2:07 Apple iPhone XS Mobile World Congress 2019 Holoscreen can turn your iPhone’s display, or any phone for that matter, into 3D. Angela Lang/CNET In a corner conference room, Han Jin, the CEO of Lucid, places an old iPhone 7 Plus on the table. He swipes through pages of apps, showing me what looks on all counts to be a normal iPhone with a screen protector on it. Then, he opens the Lucid app and plays a clip from Avatar in 3D. I look at him astonished, realizing he just made the iPhone 3D.This isn’t some magic trick, but rather a screen protector that can make the iPhone’s display, or pretty much any phone for that matter, show 3D. It works by using a special lenticular screen protector called the Holoscreen along with Lucid’s app. See It $999 Best Buy • 28 Photos See All Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Mobile World Congress 2019 Boost Mobile Mobile Accessories Phonescenter_img $999 Originally published Feb. 26, 12:01 a.m. PT.Updated, 10.30 a.m. PT. $999 May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 4 reading • Turn iPhone, Pixel or Galaxy phone displays into 3D with this screen protector See it Comments MWC 2019: All the phones and gadgets we cared about Holoscreen is a screen protector that makes any phone… The screen looks normal when not using Lucid’s app. Email and texts are sharp and crisp. But with the app, I can view photos and videos in 3D, and the effect looks very smooth. I didn’t see the banding or ghosting that you see from some 3D screens such as those on the Nintendo 3DS.I can even take my own 3D photos and videos and share them using the app, too. The one caveat here is you need a phone with two rear cameras like the iPhone 7 Plus to do so.The two companies behind the Holoscreen are Holitech and Lucid. Holitech makes and supplies displays for midrange phones and Lucid makes AI-based 3D and depth capture software for phones. Notably Lucid partnered with Red on the 3D camera functionality on its Hydrogen One phone.lucid-3d-screen-protector-2The Holoscreen looks like a regular old screen protector and works as one. But when used with Lucid’s app, it turns your phone display into 3D. Angela Lang/CNET What’s remarkable is that really the only other phone with anything like this 3D-wise is the Red Hydrogen One, which sells for $1,295. One of the criticisms I had about the Red Hydrogen One was that you could only share 3D videos and photos with people who had their own Hydrogen One.The Holoscreen’s price is much less and will be around $30 to $40 — not much more than a normal screen protector. This affordable price should allow many people to try 3D out on a phone for the first time. The Holoscreen aims to be to 3D content what Google Cardboard is to VR.I don’t think the Holoscreen will transform anyone’s deep-seated beliefs or hatred for 3D. But for many people who are curious about 3D, this seems to be an affordable way to test the waters. And if you don’t like the 3D effect or stop watching content over time, the Holoscreen still works as a screen protector.The Holoscreen protector will go on sale this summer. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags $999 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Sprint See Itlast_img read more

Eyssa Hassoun to be featured in an Untitled Web Series on Fitness

first_imgEyssa Hassoun is aknown face when it comes to boxing and mixed martial arts. He has carved his niche hard in this field for being the successful boxer in Brooklyn NYC from where he belongs. One thing that makes him successful is his impeccable fitness and enthusiasm to remain the fittest and healthiest athlete not just in his city or state but in his huge country. This has made him passionate about helping other people in remaining fit and healthy. Thus he also had embarked upon with a fitness venture where people like celebs of entertainment domain seek his professional help on fitness.He has also helped stars from Indian entertainment industry as well to remain healthy and fit. Many of his mantras for fitness have helped stars from the entertainment domain to keep their bodies in the right shape. This has made him popular with the passing time and the number of people from film and TV world kept on adding in his list of clients. It is, therefore, no surprise to see a filmmaker approaching to make a web series on fitness in which Eyssa Hassonun would remain the part as the leading man in it.As per reports, the filmmaker has sniffed enough stuff from his life and other events in the real world of fitness and health-giving a decent script to make a web series. When the filmmaker and documentary maker Mike Lang met Eyssa Hassoun and shared the idea of making a web series with the boxer as the leading man, he was simply ecstatic and joyfully accepted the offer. He has checked the script and liked it. The sources close to Eyssa Hassoun suggest that the web series is likely to hit the floor soon and soon we see him on the digital platform soon.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Texas state workers fear fallout from changing math on pensions

first_imgThousands of retired Texas state workers are essentially stuck in 2001. Though health care, food and pretty much everything else keep getting more expensive, their monthly pension checks haven’t budged. [Full story] The House unanimously approved a Dallas pension bill aimed at preventing first responders’ retirement fund from becoming insolvent within a decade. [Full story] The House passed a controversial Senate version of a Houston pension bill, angering firefighters. But in Dallas, leaders appear to have coalesced around a bill that once divided the mayor and first responders in that city. [Full story] Read related Tribune coverage:center_img Share Illustration by Todd Wiseman | Texas TribuneTexas state workers fear fallout from changing math on pensions, illustration from Texas Tribune for a story on August 22nd, 2017.Jerry Wald retired early after 21 years of state service and left behind the stresses of his supervisor role at the Department of Aging and Disability Services. But a decade after he stopped punching the clock, the 67-year-old has a different sort of anxiety: watching the buying power of his monthly state pension check shrink.“Every year I’m alive, I’m losing money,” said Wald, who lives in Houston.Though health care, food and most everything else keeps getting more expensive, the monthly pension checks for thousands of retired state workers haven’t increased since 2001. An amalgam of factors, including chronic legislative underfunding that’s only recently been addressed, has kept the Employees Retirement System of Texas from adjusting its payments for the rising cost of living. And now a looming vote by the retirement system’s board of trustees has retirees even more worried. On Wednesday, the board will consider lowering its earnings assumption for the $26 billion trust fund and changing its predicted rate of return from 8 percent per year to as little as 7 or 7.25 percent, based upon the recommendations of a financial firm hired to perform a broader study of the system.The move may sound innocuous, but it could have major implications for the state budget and the retirement system’s beneficiaries.Labor advocates fear the Legislature would respond to the change by shifting more financial burden onto the system’s beneficiaries, either by forcing current employees to chip in more for their future pensions, cutting benefits or closing off the fund to future retirees.Lowering the expected rate of return wouldn’t affect how much money flows into the retirement system, but it would dramatically alter its long-term balance sheet. Under current assumptions, the fund is projected to grow large enough to cover its liabilities within 35 years. Under a 7 or 7.25 percent expected rate of return, the fund would never be expected to grow large enough to provide full benefits to retirees into the future.“We’re very, very concerned about it,” said Seth Hutchinson, vice president of the Texas State Employees Union. “The Legislature in recent years has made a lot of progress in investing money to shore up the pension fund, and state employees have done the same. Lowering the assumed rate of return will just undo that progress and just move the goalposts further back for state retirees.”The Employees Retirement System handles benefits for about 240,000 active and retired state employees, elected officials, law enforcement and prison officers and judges. On average, the system’s beneficiaries receive $1,600 per month — which now buys what less than $1,200 would have in 2001, a 25 percent drop in purchasing power.Doug Danzeiser, who directs an office at the Texas Department of Insurance and is one of three appointed trustees of the retirement system’s six-member board, said he has received hundreds of emails from retirees concerned about the upcoming vote.  “It’s a difficult situation,” said Danzeiser, who added that he trusts the analysis of the board’s hired experts. A host of other states already have lowered their predicted rates of return for state pension funds, a change some financial analysts say is needed, largely because low interest rates have limited earnings for the type of low-risk investments that pension funds generally favor.“The days of very high returns with an acceptable level of risk are just behind us,” said Tom Aaron, a vice president and senior analyst at Moody’s Investors Service.Reducing the rate to 7 percent would give Texas a more conservative expectation than most state pension funds, but the move would be in line with states that have most recently switched. California, which runs some of the nation’s largest public pension funds, recently voted to lower the expected return rates of its employee and teacher retirement funds from 7.5 percent to 7 percent. If Texas were to follow suit, Moody’s might view it as a positive for the state’s credit ratings, Aaron said.“What it ends up doing is typically forcing the governments to pay more into the fund and sooner – and fit that into their ongoing operations,” he said. “And it also allows the fund to take on less investment risks.”Proponents of the change point to the fact that over the past 20 years, annual returns for the trust fund have hovered at 6.9 percent, and the 25-year return rate is 7.4 percent.Seeking to protect the status quo, labor advocates point to the retirement fund’s healthier 8.3 percent annual returns over the previous 30 years.“I definitely think [returns] should be looked at in the long term — that’s what we’re all about,” said Janice Zitelman, a retired social worker who served as an elected retirement system trustee from 1989 to 2001. “I think they can wait to lower it.”Folks on both sides of the debate agree a lower rate would eventually prompt action from the Legislature, either by putting more cash into the fund or asking beneficiaries to make a fresh round of sacrifices.Texas law says state pension funds can’t adjust for cost of living unless the funds are actuarially sound — that is, they have enough money available to cover all liabilities even after increasing retiree payments. As it stands, the Employee Retirement System is expected to reach that threshold in 35 years, which is actually an improvement compared the past two decades.Texas tended to fully fund the Employees Retirement System throughout the 1990s. But a turn-of-the-century recession triggered a long streak of chronic legislative underfunding that strained the system. In 2015, lawmakers sought to shore up the retirement system by increasing state and employee contributions by roughly 2 percent each.State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, who chairs the House Pensions Committee, said he preferred the conservative 7 percent figure, but “I’m comfortable going with whatever [trustees] think is best.”Not every lawmaker is completely comfortable with the proposed move.Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin and a member of the Senate’s powerful budget-writing committee, said he worries a vote to lower earnings projections — merited or not — would prompt lawmakers to reach for simplistic fixes that could harm retirees.“I’m not yet convinced that everyone fully understands that those are the repercussions of this,” Watson said. “This is an issue that the Legislature has created, and we need the Legislature to live up to its own constitutional responsibility to state employees.”last_img read more