Day: December 28, 2017

Beloved Atlanta TV Anchor Dies of Stroke While at Airport – TIME


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Veteran Atlanta television news anchor Amanda Davis, whose achievements included launching a segment encouraging foster children adoptions and an in-depth series about her alcoholism, has died. She was 62. Davis, morning news anchor at CBS affiliate
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Camping World Bowl 2017 score: Updates on Virginia Tech-Oklahoma State –

While the bowl game has always been played in Florida since its first game in 1990, it has not always taken place in Orlando. From 1990-2000, the game was played at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens. The game was first played in Orlando in 2001, and has been played at Camping World Stadium ever since.

Over/Under: 63

The Camping World Bowl between Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State will kick off at 5:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

On the other side, Virginia Tech is coming off a strong season of its own, finishing with an overall record of 9-3 (5-3 in conference). The Hokies hold the third best overall record in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and were ranked No. 22 in the final CFP rankings. Virginia Tech is coming off a 10-0 win over Virginia on Nov. 24.

Virginia Tech will be making its second appearance in this bowl game, while Oklahoma State will be playing in the game for the first time. The Hokies won the 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl by defeating Rutgers, 13-10, in overtime.

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Ben Saunders: British explorer abandons historic trek across Antarctica – The Independent

He aimed to spend 65 days travelling more than 1,000 miles across Antarctica, but was forced to cancel the trip when he arrived at the South Pole on Thursday, after 52 days.

Lt Col Worsley, inspired by Edwardian explorers Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen, aimed to be the first person to cross Antarctica on foot without assistance.

“I made a promise to Henry to get home in one piece,” he said. “As much as I am determined to finish this trip for him, I need to make my decision based on safety and not let my own determination cloud my judgment.

Mr Saunders said he had just 13 days of food for the remainder of the expedition, which he expected to last 17 days, but only with near perfect conditions and unhampered skiing.

At 27, Sears is believed to be the youngest person to complete the trek.

Energous Still Has Much to Prove, Including Its Relationship With Apple –

This is hardly the first time that Energous missed deadlines. During its August 2016 earnings call, the company forecast licensees would ship its Mini WattUp transmitter (meant for wearables and IoT devices) by late 2016 or early 2017. It also forecast a mid-sized transmitter would ship in late 2017, and a full-sized transmitter in early 2018.

In Energous’ case, speculation (never confirmed) that Apple  (AAPL) is among the firms interested in its technology, which promises to transmit power to devices over the air via radio frequency (RF) signals, has added fuel to the fire.

And if one dials the clock back to 2014, it’s possible to find quite a few press releases announcing partnerships with Asian manufacturers to commercialize Energous’ technology, as well as a forecast that “general availability” of the first consumer products featuring the technology “is scheduled for Christmas 2015.”

For now, Energous says it’s engaged with two unnamed tier-1 consumer electronics firms, and is hoping for the first consumer product shipments related to the engagements to happen during “the latter part of 2018.” That’s also the ETA that Energous is giving for commercial shipments of its mid-field transmitter.

In 2016, Energous shares flew higher on Apple-related hopes, but gave back most of their gains in 2017, prior to the recent surge. In January 2016, reported that Apple was working with unnamed partners on a wireless charging solution that could work at a distance, and that the technology could be included in 2017 iPhones. Energous, which had already been talking about a partnership with an unnamed “tier-1” consumer electronics giant, jumped in response.

On Dec. 26, Energous announced it had finally received FCC approval for a transmitter that can send RF-based power at a distance. The company notes the transmitter, whose range is a modest three feet, was the first of its kind to be certified under Part 18 of the FCC’s rules. Unlike the less demanding Part 15 of those rules, Part 18 traditionally covers industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) devices.

Earlier this week, Energous gave bulls a fresh reason to hope for an eventual payoff, and has seen its shares skyrocket in response. But between the fine print accompanying Energous’ latest announcement, and the company’s history of missing deadlines, it’s probably best to tread carefully.

Come on, Arsene, show Wilshere the money! Arsenal ace proves worth at Palace –

And that he’s worth a new, improved pay packet. Over to you, Arsene…

Shkodran Mustafi Arsenal Palace

The academy product, who will turn 26 on New Year’s Day, recorded the best passing accuracy percentage of any starter (93.8 per cent), won as many fouls (7) as the entire Palace side combined, while no player regained possession more times (11).

Arsenal’s defensive frailties have been on show all season yet only Manchester United have kept more clean sheets then Wenger’s men this season. If they could cut out their sloppy defensive errors and take more of their chances, then they would certainly have been involved in this season’s title race.

Alexis Sanchez may have struck twice but it was Wilshere who was central to everything positive that Arsenal did on a freezing cold night at Selhurst Park.

The arguments for keeping Wilshere are usually echoed across social media after every game he’s involved in: he’s an Arsenal boy, a homegrown talent who always works tirelessly’ no matter the opposition.

On Thursday, Wilshere significantly strengthened his bargaining position with an imperious display in the middle of the park, as Arsenal claimed a crucial 3-2 win that moved them to within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool in the Premier League standings.

Cowboys’ Dez Bryant played through tendinitis without treatment, report says – Sporting News

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Rolly: Two historic Salt Lake City churches fear new alcohol law puts them in development crosshairs – Salt Lake Tribune

The old law banned liquor-license holders from selling booze within 600 feet of a church, school or park. HB442, which passed overwhelmingly, reduces the distance to 300 feet.

Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, who sponsored HB442, said the distance rule was just one part of the overall bill, which included removal of the controversial “Zion Curtains” for restaurants and addressed many other alcohol policies.

Before the legislation, a 150-page bill that sought to clarify, simplify and improve Utah’s liquor laws, the two churches had some leverage to negotiate with the developer to protect their worship services and community activities from being swallowed up by a project that envisions high-density housing, commercial space and a restaurant.

They worry that because the planned restaurant must be at least 300 feet from a church, it will be built on the south side of the project, near 200 South, and the rear of the development, which will contain the loading docks for delivery trucks and the garbage pickup area, will be across the street from the Japanese Church of Christ on 100 South.

“Businesses were obliterated and residents were dispersed,” state Sen. Jani Iwamoto, D-Holladay, wrote in a summary about the devastation suffered by the community.

Now, there are no variances. Wilson said the goal was to make the law more understandable and simple.

But because of HB442, the Japanese Church of Christ and the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple west of the Salt Palace are facing serious encroachment from a planned mixed-use development that will take up most of the block between 100 South and 200 South from 200 West to 300 West

In addition, the two churches, between them, hold about six festivals a year and have been allowed by the city and the Salt Palace board to close the street between 200 West and 300 West for their festivities.

“The developer has shown reluctance to go along with that,” said Kubota, who worries worshippers will be discouraged from attending services and the community celebrations.

Come on. Do I REALLY need trip insurance? – Miami Herald

There are two other key factors. One is pre-existing conditions — whether you’re covered if your diabetes flares, or your previously examined cranky knees just plain give out. (Most policies will cover pre-existing conditions if you buy insurance within one or two weeks of your first trip payment.)

Of course, if you’re traveling on air miles and got a really cheap deal on your trip, travel insurance might not matter to you. But you do want to check it out.

Another consideration: whether you want primary medical insurance — it pays first no matter what — or secondary insurance that pays only after your regular insurance ponies up. (And that can be a long wait. )

A few years ago, I had a heart-breaking letter from a man who had booked a cruise for 30 as a family celebration. Hi young son had been diagnosed with cancer and the family needed to stay home to deal with his treatment. He had not taken out travel insurance and wanted the cruise line to reschedule his trip, though the terms of booking clearly stated that would not be the case without insurance. And while he felt the company should understand his situation, the company had been clear in advance on the terms. Bottom line: He was out thousands of dollars.

When it comes to tour companies and cruise lines, most of them offer policies through third-party insurers. Airlines do as well — though the circumstances they cover can be very, very limited. Before you buy, read details closely and shop around., and are great websites for comparing policies and prices. Most of the comprehensive policies offered include emergency medical and emergency evacuation, along with lost luggage, trip delays and cancellation for covered reasons.

That last factor is critical. Be sure the reasons that concern you most are covered. Some policies define grandparents as immediate family, for instance, but not Uncle Charlie. Others include getting laid off from your job while others don’t. Only a handful will let you cancel your trip if a hurricane is heading this way — and most of those fall under “cancel for any reason” clauses.

Katie, Santa Monica, Calif.

Sorry Katie, but without that travel insurance, if something goes awry in your life you’re out of luck. First there’s the airfare. Plus you’ve got the tour cost. If you’re willing to risk all that, then go bare. But here’s my tale of caution:

Q: I’m booking a Europe trip with my family. The tour operator is pushing me to buy a travel insurance policy. Do I really need this? If we can’t go, won’t they just reschedule us on another trip?

North Korea WARNING: Anthrax could be Kim Jong-un’s latest weapon – ‘they mean business’ –

Speaking to , Mr Chen warned it was “very” easy for any country to switch from making pesticides to making biological weapons. 

It is believed Pyongyang could once again be gearing up for a missile launch, whether it be an ICBM test or an attempt to put a satellite into orbit.

“In other words, they’ve either been vaccinated against Anthrax or been exposed to the Anthrax virus or Anthrax bacteria rather, this a very serious situation.

Anthrax has been used a biological weapon throughout the 20th Century as it is spread easily by breathing in spores in the air. 

“It’s simply too soon to say exactly what the North Koreans may be up to.”

“Now the interesting things about this is that it’s very easy for North Koreans, it’s very easy for actually any country, to flip the switch and go from manufacturing pesticides to manufacturing biological weapons.

There has been renewed attention on North Korea’s biological and chemical weapons this year after Kim Jong-un’s half-brother was assassinated in Kuala Lumpur airport with nerve agent VX earlier this year. 

“One that clearly indicates that they mean business.”

A report by researchers at Harvard University, published in October, said “accurately assessing the threat from North Korea’s biological weapons program is challenging,” as unlike its nuclear and missile tests it can be carried out in secret behind-closed-doors.