Blog Post – Dave G Plus http://davegplus.com/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 20:26:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://davegplus.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default-138x136.png Blog Post – Dave G Plus http://davegplus.com/ 32 32 Food Truck Menu Announces September 2022 Blog Post Showcase https://davegplus.com/food-truck-menu-announces-september-2022-blog-post-showcase/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 20:26:00 +0000 https://davegplus.com/food-truck-menu-announces-september-2022-blog-post-showcase/ Food Truck Menu, one of the leading online website menu providers, is proud to release its list of blog posts for the month of September 2022. Food truck business owners are among the hardest-working people in the restaurant industry. The goal of the Food Truck Menu blog is to help them develop their business through […]]]>

Food Truck Menu, one of the leading online website menu providers, is proud to release its list of blog posts for the month of September 2022.

Food truck business owners are among the hardest-working people in the restaurant industry. The goal of the Food Truck Menu blog is to help them develop their business through advice, operational strategies »

—Kevin Kenealy

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, September 22, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — food truck menuone of the leading website menu providers online, is proud to release its list of blog posts for the month of September 2022. Every month the company writes and publishes a series of blog posts covering the food truck industry, how to market a food truck business, and tips on how to be found online through its personalized online website menu platform combined with a personalized QR CODE, and how to be found through old-school street-level gorilla marketing.

The list of blog posts published in the Food Truck menu for the month of September 2022 is as follows:

• Fire safety tips for food truck owners to follow
The Huge Benefit of Having a Website for Your Food Truck Business
• Top recurring issues that restaurants face on a daily basis
• Steps for determining food costs and menu prices
Food Truck Financing Steps
• Fire safety tips for food truck owners to follow
• Smart operational safety strategies for food truck owners to follow
• Start a Food Truck Business Not a Brick and Mortar Restaurant – Here’s Why

Food truck business owners are among the hardest-working people in the restaurant industry. The goal of the Food Truck Menu blog is to help them grow their business through advice, operational strategies and marketing ideas. —Kevin Kenealy – Marketing Director

About the Food Truck menu:

Food Truck Menu is an online restaurant business menu and business marketing solution that combines a mobile-friendly online menu that food truck owners can update in real time directly from their smartphone, combined to a personalized QR CODE for easy access to customers and for marketing on business cards. and marketing flyers. The company’s mission is to help food truck businesses across the United States grow their business to its full potential.

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Robert Velarde
Founder/Owner
Phone: 702-608-0231

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support the next wave of creative entrepreneurs https://davegplus.com/support-the-next-wave-of-creative-entrepreneurs/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 17:40:21 +0000 https://davegplus.com/support-the-next-wave-of-creative-entrepreneurs/ At the start of the YouTube Partner Program, YouTube had only one creative format: standard horizontal video and one source of revenue: ads. Fast forward to today, creators continually test the limits of expression, from 15-second vertical shorts to 15-minute videos to 15-hour live streams. And they build their businesses based on diverse revenue streams, […]]]>

At the start of the YouTube Partner Program, YouTube had only one creative format: standard horizontal video and one source of revenue: ads. Fast forward to today, creators continually test the limits of expression, from 15-second vertical shorts to 15-minute videos to 15-hour live streams. And they build their businesses based on diverse revenue streams, from fan funding to brand sponsorships.

YouTube now offers 10 ways our more than 2 million partners can earn money. But we are not done. Today, we’re expanding our Affiliate Program, which means more creators and artists will have the opportunity to earn money on YouTube across a variety of creative formats.

Starting in early 2023, short film-focused creators can apply for the YouTube Partner Program by reaching a threshold of 1,000 subscribers and 10 million short film views in 90 days. These new partners will enjoy all the benefits our program offers, including different ways to earn money like long-form ads and fan funding.

We also want to support creators who are even earlier in their YouTube journey, from gamers showing off their speed runs to trending do-it-yourself makeup tutorials. A new YPP tier with reduced requirements will provide faster access to fan-funded features such as Super Thanks, Super Chat, Super Stickers, and Channel Memberships. To reward creators across a range of formats, we’ll have paths for long-form, short, and live-action creators to join this new tier in 2023. Stay tuned for more details.

To be clear, nothing will change with our Criteria— Creators can still apply for the YouTube Partner Program when they reach 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours. But these changes reflect the diversity of our growing community of creators. Creators can choose the option that best suits their channel while maintaining the same level of brand safety for advertisers. You can find out more here.

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Australian authorities not ready to release cholera vaccine ‘via chemtrails’ in Queensland https://davegplus.com/australian-authorities-not-ready-to-release-cholera-vaccine-via-chemtrails-in-queensland/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 07:00:24 +0000 https://davegplus.com/australian-authorities-not-ready-to-release-cholera-vaccine-via-chemtrails-in-queensland/ Copyright AFP 2017-2022. All rights reserved. Social media and blog posts shared hundreds of times claim that Australian authorities have approved the release of a cholera vaccine “via chemtrails” in Queensland, the country’s third most populous state. The claim, however, is false. A US-based health expert who helped develop the vaccine told AFP it is […]]]>

Copyright AFP 2017-2022. All rights reserved.

Social media and blog posts shared hundreds of times claim that Australian authorities have approved the release of a cholera vaccine “via chemtrails” in Queensland, the country’s third most populous state. The claim, however, is false. A US-based health expert who helped develop the vaccine told AFP it is taken orally and there is “no scientifically plausible reason” to disperse it orally. Aerial. A representative of the vaccine’s maker said it had to be ingested to provide protection.

The complaint was shared on Facebook here September 13, 2022.

“They have been doing this for a long time… Please search all and add your own,” the post read.

It links to an article on a website called the Australian National Reviewa post on the social networking site LinkedInAnd one ABC News article.

Below these links is a screenshot of the Australian National Review article.

The title of the article reads “Australia has approved major pharmaceutical company PaxVax’s application for a license that will allow them to intentionally release a GMO ‘Vaxxine’ made up of live bacteria in Queensland, via chemtrails.”

A screenshot of the misleading Facebook post, captured September 18, 2022

Other instances of the claim appear on Twitter, Facebook and instagram.

The claim also circulated in published blog posts here and here in June 2022.

Messages refer to Vaxchora vaccine, manufactured by the American biotechnology company PaxVax. It protects against cholera in adults and children over two years old.

AFP has repeatedly denied the chemtrail conspiracy theory, which baselessly claims that the white trails left by planes spread chemicals or viruses.

The streaks are actually contrails which are created by water vapor from aircraft engines.

The claim that Australia has approved the release of a vaccine in Queensland “via chemtrails” is false.

“Never sprayed from airplanes”

Wilbur Cheninfectious disease physician and scientist who participated in the vaccine developmenttold AFP that it is taken orally.

“I know of no plans to disperse the vaccine by air; there is no scientifically plausible reason to disperse the vaccine by air,” Chen said.

A spokesperson for Emerging BioSolutions — the parent company of PaxVax – said the claim that the vaccine would be released “via chemtrails” is false and that the vaccine must be ingested to provide protection against cholera.

“Vaxchora has never been sprayed from airplanes to forcibly vaccinate Australians or anyone else. This claim is false,” the spokesperson told AFP.

The vaccine is not yet licensed in Australia and the company is currently applying for approval from Administration of Therapeutic Goodsthe country’s drug regulatory body, the spokesperson said.

Vaxchora, which is a genetically modified vaccine, requires approval of the Australian Office of Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR).

Between April 2014 and June 2015, its use was authorized in a clinical test and not released by air, according to an OGTR Web page at the time.

“The vaccine will be administered by trained healthcare professionals in clinical settings. Participants in clinical trials will receive the vaccine as a drink. The vaccine will not be injected into participants nor will it be sprayed into the air,” indicates the page.

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Adobe’s $20 billion Figma deal ranks as company’s biggest acquisition https://davegplus.com/adobes-20-billion-figma-deal-ranks-as-companys-biggest-acquisition/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 06:09:26 +0000 https://davegplus.com/adobes-20-billion-figma-deal-ranks-as-companys-biggest-acquisition/ Adobe Inc.’s planned acquisition of online design platform Figma Inc. is Adobe’s largest transaction to date. Adobe, based in San Jose, Calif., has agreed to acquire Figma in a cash and stock deal worth approximately $20 billion, according to a Sept. 15 press release. Figma shareholders will receive approximately $10 billion in cash and approximately […]]]>

Adobe Inc.’s planned acquisition of online design platform Figma Inc. is Adobe’s largest transaction to date.

Adobe, based in San Jose, Calif., has agreed to acquire Figma in a cash and stock deal worth approximately $20 billion, according to a Sept. 15 press release. Figma shareholders will receive approximately $10 billion in cash and approximately $10 billion in stock, subject to adjustments.

Adobe intends to finance the cash portion of the transaction using available cash and, if necessary, a term loan. The company will also issue approximately 6 million additional restricted stock units to Figma co-founder and CEO Dylan Field and employees over a four-year period after the transaction closes.

Field said in an official blog post that the deal has been in the works for the past few months. The exec said Figma would continue to run standalone under Adobe despite the “big change” to come.

The reported deal value is 2x Figma’s current valuation of $10 billion, which it reached in 2021 after raising nearly $200 million in a Series E funding round with the help of of several private equity investors.

Adobe’s largest acquisition before Figma was its $4.75 billion purchase of marketing software provider Marketo Inc. in 2018. The company’s recent acquisitions include work management platform Workfront Inc. in 2020 for $1.5 billion and cloud video software company Frame.io Inc. in 2021 for approximately $1.28 billion.

Adobe unveiled the Figma acquisition amid fiscal fourth-quarter revenue guidance that fell short of Wall Street expectations. The diversified software maker expects revenue in the quarter to hit $4.52 billion, below analyst forecasts of $4.60 billion.

Nonetheless, Adobe managed to achieve 15% year-over-year revenue growth at constant currencies for its fiscal third quarter to $4.43 billion.

Adobe Chairman and CEO Shantanu Narayen has expressed confidence in the company’s future after the Figma acquisition, even as Adobe deals with a growing customer base that includes students, creative and business professionals.

“We’re in the golden age of design, and we believe we have a unique opportunity to usher in a new era of collaborative creative computing,” Narayen said during the company’s May 15 earnings call. september.

Adobe is best known for its graphic design and video editing software, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Premiere Pro, which are part of the company’s Creative Cloud suite. Figma, with its collaboration capabilities, would be able to help accelerate the web delivery of Creative Cloud technologies.

San Francisco-based Figma offers a line of cloud-based products similar to digital whiteboards. Such tools allow designers and others in related professions to jointly create and share design iterations.

Adobe and Figma expect their deal to close in 2023, subject to regulatory clearances, Figma shareholder approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Adobe retained Allen & Co. LLC as financial advisor and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz as legal advisor for the transaction. Qatalyst Partners LP served as financial advisor to Figma, while the company engaged Fenwick & West LLP as legal advisor.

After the deal closes, Field will continue to lead Figma and report to David Wadhwani, president of Adobe’s digital media business.

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Replay Attacks: What to Consider Before Selling Your Post-Merger ETH Tokens https://davegplus.com/replay-attacks-what-to-consider-before-selling-your-post-merger-eth-tokens/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 07:12:00 +0000 https://davegplus.com/replay-attacks-what-to-consider-before-selling-your-post-merger-eth-tokens/ Ethereum, the blockchain behind the world’s second largest crypto asset of the same name, will almost certainly split, creating two separate coins running on two separate chains: proof-of-work (PoW) and proof-of-stake (PoS). Such a split, often influenced by differing views among members of the crypto community, is called a “hard fork.” Or just “fork”. Some […]]]>

Ethereum, the blockchain behind the world’s second largest crypto asset of the same name, will almost certainly split, creating two separate coins running on two separate chains: proof-of-work (PoW) and proof-of-stake (PoS).

Such a split, often influenced by differing views among members of the crypto community, is called a “hard fork.” Or just “fork”. Some Ethereum miners reluctant to get rid of the old consensus mechanism have now announced their intention to “fork” the blockchain once it “merges”.

Forge Ethereum

“The chain will separate. Ethereum will continue on PoS as normal, and miners will fork it and create $ETHW,” tweeted DeFi strategist pseudonym Olimpio.

What this means, Olimpio explained, is that the entire Ethereum blockchain will have two identical instances – all Ether tokens, ERC20 and transactions, and all DeFi positions will exist in proof-of-work and proof. of attendance.

Users who held Ethereum before the merger can automatically receive a token balance from the new proof-of-work forks in their wallets. The process for claiming these tokens will vary depending on the channel.

Assets on a centralized exchange such as Poloniex or Coinbase will likely receive the forked tokens without much fuss, should the exchange decide to list those specific tokens.

Olimpio warned that while forked tokens can be bought or sold, “it’s probably an unnecessary risk and probably not worth it.” He expects PoW Ethereum forks to crash right after the merger because “miners promoting PoW Ethereum don’t seem very competent.”

Or you could fall victim to unintended replays, he says.

What is a replay attack?

According to experts, a replay attack occurs when bad actors sneak onto a secure network connection and intercept it, giving them access to delay or resend another data transaction to subvert the receiver.

In the context of the merger, replay attacks are a realistic possibility. “Transactions signed and submitted to both PoS and PoW chains will be identical and can be executed on both chains,” Web3 security firm Quantstamp Labs explained in a statement. blog post.

This could have multiple consequences. Users can cede their non-fungible tokens or ERC20 tokens on decentralized exchanges (DEX) to an unaware attacker. Essentially any transaction on Ethereum could be affected, he said.

For example, imagine you send 100 proof-of-stake ether to an exchange like Poloniex to sell, Olimpio says a bot can send your 100 real ETH to the Ethereum mainnet at the same Poloniex address.

“In this particular example, what will happen is that the funds may not be lost forever (since Poloniex holds all the keys), but chaos and uncertainty will most likely occur, hijacking the attention to the real, tangible and important milestone accomplished that day. [the Merge],” he stated.

However, “attackers cannot freely remove assets from user accounts after the merger without users themselves creating suitable conditions for attackers.”

Quantstamp said this is a protocol-level issue, “regardless of whether the account’s private keys are managed by an active wallet (such as MetaMask), a hardware wallet, or a custodial provider. .”

How to avoid unintended replays

“I would 100% stay out of ETH proof-of-work,” Olimpio advised. However, for users who “insisted” on interacting with PoW fork tokens, it is possible to protect against unintended replays.

Ensure that transactions signed on one chain (PoW or PoS) will naturally fail if replayed on the other chain. To do this, Quantstamp Labs suggested moving all assets from both channels to new accounts dedicated to those channels. This is the most effective approach, he says.

Olimpio explained how.

“After the merger, send your proof-of-stake ETH from your primary wallet to a second wallet that you control. Now you send your proof-of-work ether to Poloniex to empty it. If someone tries to replay this on PoS, the transaction will fail since you already moved it before to your second wallet.

The transfer will have to take place on both the PoW and PoS chains. “If this happened on one channel, an attacker could replay the transfer on the other channel and execute the attack exactly the same way,” Quantstamp added.

He ruled out the use of nonces as a sufficient solution for replay attacks. A nonce is a number in the sequence of transactions sent by an account on the Ethereum network. The very first trade in an account has nonce 0. Each subsequent trade increases the nonce by 1, which means there can be no gaps.

Proponents of nonce divergence argue that if one chain advances the nonce for an account, the other chain will be late in the transaction sequence, and therefore the attempt to replay transactions would fail due to the discrepancy in the nuncios.

But “if the attacker is able to execute transactions on the other chain and match nonces on the account, replays would again be possible,” Quantstamp said.

What will the fork for ETH mean on layer two protocols?

“Nothing. All safe. Unaffected,” Olimpio claimed.

A layer two (L2) is a separate blockchain that extends Ethereum, meaning it helps scale the Ethereum blockchain by improving transaction speeds and reducing transaction costs.

There is a total of over $5.1 billion worth of ETH locked in layer two protocols, according to data from the Ethereum Foundation website.

“Most L2s have centralized components,” Fringe Finance CTO Brian Pasfield told Be[In]Crypto.

“Therefore, I don’t think many consider the risks posed by Ethereum’s move to PoS as it introduces additional attack surfaces for authorities…which will lead to transactions being censored,” he said. he added.

To be[In]Crypto’s Latest Bitcoin (BTC) Analysis, Click here.

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West Seattle Blog… | BIZNOTE FOLLOW-UP: After 18 years, last hours for Click! Design that adapts https://davegplus.com/west-seattle-blog-biznote-follow-up-after-18-years-last-hours-for-click-design-that-adapts/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 04:43:00 +0000 https://davegplus.com/west-seattle-blog-biznote-follow-up-after-18-years-last-hours-for-click-design-that-adapts/ (BMS photos by Patrick Sand) For decades West Seattle Art Walk nights, Click on! Design that adapts is full of artists, art lovers and buyers. Tonight, The Junction’s elegant space was nearly empty, with just a few “garage sale” items left as the shop prepared to close for good. Owner John Smersh (above with members […]]]>

(BMS photos by Patrick Sand)

For decades West Seattle Art Walk nights, Click on! Design that adapts is full of artists, art lovers and buyers. Tonight, The Junction’s elegant space was nearly empty, with just a few “garage sale” items left as the shop prepared to close for good.

Owner John Smersh (above with members of the Click! Adia and Diana) had hoped to sell the shop to a new owner, a year after the death of his wife Frances Smershwhose art of jewelry inspired the boutique they originally opened at North Admiral in 2004.

But as reported here, a potential new landlord couldn’t agree on “sustainable” rental terms with the landlord of the building, so John held a liquidation sale and told us tonight that almost everything had sold. A few jewelry and cards were pretty much all that was left when we stopped. All remaining office supplies and accessories will be offered to other merchants. During this time, the navigators continued to pass, as well as the sympathizers; one woman said to John, “You brought so much beauty to West Seattle. His next chapter? First, he told us, a few trips; then it opens up to possibilities.

PS On a personal note, we thank Click! for nearly 15 years of support as one of our premier WSB sponsors; local commercial advertising is our only source of operating revenue.

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Magnus puts the magnifying glass on cheating in chess https://davegplus.com/magnus-puts-the-magnifying-glass-on-cheating-in-chess/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 04:16:45 +0000 https://davegplus.com/magnus-puts-the-magnifying-glass-on-cheating-in-chess/ A huge controversy has erupted in the largely calm and quiet chess world over cheating and its prevalence. Just a few days ago, I wrote a blog post about how the younger generation (of teenagers, many of them Indians) were catching up with the older generation, noting wryly that by “older” generation, I meant the […]]]>

A huge controversy has erupted in the largely calm and quiet chess world over cheating and its prevalence. Just a few days ago, I wrote a blog post about how the younger generation (of teenagers, many of them Indians) were catching up with the older generation, noting wryly that by “older” generation, I meant the great masters in their twenties and thirties.

Over the past few weeks, Indian teenage GMs Dommaraju Gukesh (16), Ramesh Praggnanandhaa (17), Arjun Erigaisi (19) have produced spectacular results, beating several more established and well-known grandmasters. The golden race was dominated this week by Aravindh Chithambaram (who is 22 and older than the teenage cohort) winning the Dubai Open. A week earlier, Erigaisi had won the Abu Dhabi Open.

Well, across the globe in the United States this week, two more (non-Indian) teenage GMs joined an elite roster of eight GMs in two prestigious tournaments that are part of the Grand Tour of Chess (much like ATP in tennis). In the first event, 19-year-old Alireza Firouzja from Iran won a rapid + blitz tournament so convincingly (with four rounds to spare) that everyone shook their heads. The field included almost all of the top ten GMs except Magnus Carsen. Firouzja only lost one game out of 27. It was breathtaking.

Carlsen joined the fun for the Sinquefield Cup that followed, alongside Hans Moke Niemann, a 19-year-old from San Francisco who was beaten by Pragg (3/5-0/5) at the Crypto Cup in Miami last month, Although Niemann is ranked 49th in the world, his rise, like that of Gukesh, Erigaisi and Pragg, has been swift. He probably got a wild card entry or a special invite to compete in such a strong field, the same way Pragg got to play in Miami. Carlsen had also beaten Niemann 3-1 in Miami.

In St Louis however, Niemann convincingly beat Carlsen in the longer format of the game where the world champion is considered almost invincible. Niemann so vastly outperformed Carlsen, that too with black pieces (some analysts have said that Carlsen hasn’t lost a classic game with white pieces in four years; I’m not sure), that commentators have been amazed and tongues started to move.

A few hours later, Carlsen tweeted that he was withdrawing from the tournament without specifying a reason. His tweet read: I withdrew from the tournament. Always loved playing in the @STLChessClub and hope to be back in the future. Chess experts were shocked. It was unprecedented.

The sudden release and cryptic nature of the tweet threw the chess world into turmoil, especially after some commenters suggested Carlsen thought Niemann had cheated. Carlsen himself did not say that Niemann had cheated, but he remained silent on insinuations to that effect from other GMs, notably Hikaru Nakamura.

It is unclear how Niemann could have cheated. A video clip from the tournament showed Niemann being electronically scanned quite extensively (as they do at airport security) as he entered the tournament hall for his next match (against Firoujza; they matched bad). There have been occasional cases of GM being caught cheating during restroom breaks (one had a phone hidden in the restroom), but no one is accusing Niemann of smuggling a device.

Well, the fact is that computer programs – usually called chess engines – now play an important role in the game. With ever faster processing power, computers can calculate positions and best moves faster than the human brain, and can tap into vast databases to see which lines work best. All modern players (and commentators/analysts) use chess engines now, but you get the feeling that the younger generation (teenagers) use them even more. Much of the preparation is now spent on chess games and players study their opponents’ previous games and move extensively before a game, while researching new lines of attack and defense.

Some analysts suggest that Niemann had prepared extensively for his match against Carlsen, accurately guessing which opening lines the world champion would play and memorizing an engine’s response to a particular line – up to 20 moves. Typically in chess, the first eight to ten moves follow an established theory or line of play and the best grandmasters execute these moves. After that, towards the middle of the game, it gets complicated, with far too many variables, permutations and combinations. This is where human creativity, intuition and genius come into play.

Modern computers, however, can solve all of this in seconds, providing the best responses to every move throughout the game. So is it possible to study and memorize responses beyond, say, move 10 or 12 or 15…. ? And would that be cheating?

Yes, according to some. While it would be an incredible mnemonic feat to remember the engine’s response to the many variations Carlsen could have deployed, such “engine preparation,” they say, doesn’t test a player’s creativity and genius.

Some analysts have suggested that Niemann’s own career has been spotty when it comes to engine use. Others said it was unfair to convict the youngster without evidence of wrongdoing. Niemann himself responded to the insinuations on Tuesday, tweeting: “I’m not going to let chesscom, I’m not going to let Magnus Carlsen, I’m not going to let Hikaru Nakamura, the 3 arguably greatest entities in chess, just slander my reputation.”

The fact is, computers have made inroads into chess and they’ve steadily improved since IBM’s Deep Blue defeated world champion Garry Kasparov in New York in the late 90s, an event I I was lucky enough to be witness and covered. Today, a human chess player has no chance against the computer. Engines such as Stockfish, Rybka, Fritz and Houdini are so powerful that they can crush the strongest GMs.

So, increasingly, engines are being used as analytical tools rather than as adversaries, as happened in the 1990s when computers began to take over humans. The fact that many chess engines are now available on mobile phones and tablets makes them even more accessible. In tournaments you can often see players pull out their cell phones to check for “engine” suggestions after play (obviously not allowed during play) or on the sidelines (if they are spectating or watching two other players compete)

But here’s my question: Is it possible today’s teenage GMs have better mnemonic powers complementing the engine’s undisputed computing power? Is that what happened in the Niemann-Carlsen game, which the youngster overtook (before overtook) the world champion, who is now 31 and is considered the strongest player in the history of the Game ?

It would seem so. Some grand masters, notably Levon Aronian, spoke out in favor of Niemann. Brazilian General Manager Rafael Leitão noted: “I have carefully analyzed, with powerful engines, Niemann’s 2 wins in the tournament. I found NO indication of external help. He made mistakes in positions humans would. I am very curious about the ramifications of the insinuations launched today.

Interesting days are ahead in the world of chess beyond the board.



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Blog: Local journalists deserve recognition for their work (03/09/22) https://davegplus.com/blog-local-journalists-deserve-recognition-for-their-work-03-09-22/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 05:05:50 +0000 https://davegplus.com/blog-local-journalists-deserve-recognition-for-their-work-03-09-22/ Many of us are preparing to spend the Labor Day holiday with friends and family. Maybe you’re grilling, hitting the lake, or enjoying one of the many fall festivals that are about to kick off. The weekend weather certainly had us all thinking about cooler temperatures and the possibility of enjoying a variety of less […]]]>

Many of us are preparing to spend the Labor Day holiday with friends and family. Maybe you’re grilling, hitting the lake, or enjoying one of the many fall festivals that are about to kick off.

The weekend weather certainly had us all thinking about cooler temperatures and the possibility of enjoying a variety of less fun activities during the hot sticky days of July and August.

Part of your plans for the weekend might include hitting the grocery store for something at the deli or the bakery for snacks.

When you went to the retailer and picked out the products they carry, I wonder how many people would cheekily turn around and walk out without paying. What if they did and were arrested, then accuse the retailer of being greedy for demanding payment for their work?

One of the most frustrating parts of our job can be when people capture our photos and articles to give away, accuse us of being greedy for using a paywall system to share our content, or when another medium has grossly plagiarized our work by copying and pasting all or part of a story from our website onto their website and presenting it as original content.

That being said, we provide free access to items, including those related to public safety, requests for law enforcement assistance, emergency weather announcements, election advances, and certain other content.

The honest truth is that we would all love to make all of our content free. But newspapers tried this business model when they started putting their content online and it didn’t work. This was before my time and it’s not a debate I’m trying to start here.

Finding the balance between advertising and subscription revenue from our print products and our digital products is something that everyone still struggles with.

But at the end of the day, we need both advertiser and subscriber revenue to pay our employees’ salaries. They are parents with children in school, grandparents who help house and raise adult children and grandchildren, and daughters who support their parents, among others, just like employees of any other small business in our community.

We know we’re far from perfect, just like other businesses in our community, but our people work hard and they, like everyone else, deserve to be paid for their work.

We see the value of their work every day, both in the majority of readers and subscribers who buy our print products or click through to our digital products, and even in those who get upset because their free access is limited.

So the next time you click on an article about an arrest, a feature article that sounds interesting, or a meeting notice that interests you, if you get a pop-up that says full access to the Daily American Republic website only costs $7.50. per month, remember someone with a family and electric bills to pay made this content possible.

Thank you to everyone who reads and supports the small newspapers in our region.

Donna Farley is the editor of the Daily American Republic. She can be contacted at dfarley.dar@gmail.com.

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PS… Well, I thought I was done with this column of about 500 words, but then I read some other Facebook responses to an article and got fired up again. This will likely trigger another round of comments, probably what we’ve heard before, of the “you don’t deserve to be paid for what you do” type of comments, and more vitriol.

It saddens me to see how my staff are beaten day after day for doing work that helps protect our freedoms, shines a light on issues that need to be fixed, and shines a light on our community’s triumphs.

I know I missed my brother’s wedding rehearsal to attend a city council meeting at the Second Street complex on the site of a future city hall. This was at a time when it looked like the decision could easily have been made to leave the city center, something the public strongly opposed. I felt it was important for the DAR to be there and provide an account of what was going on. I missed a good chunk of Mother’s Day with my family to sit in my car in the parking lot and talk to a source who ultimately helped prove a former city manager was corrupt. I’ve spent countless weekends working on projects, like sifting through boxes of government documents to find information we could document regarding the mismanagement of an emergency management director who was eventually fired.

I know these stories best because they are mine, but I also know that all my colleagues can share the same. Like the writer who came over the weekend to spend hours chatting with a grieving family for an article about their loved one, the calls for fires, tornadoes and train derailments, and the many trips crisscrossing our region to follow the high school sports teams.

We are far from perfect. I know that. But no one here is in it for the money, greedy or putting money on lives.

The people I have worked with at the Daily American Republic are some of the hardest working, most generous, and most dedicated people I can imagine meeting. I’m proud every day of the work they do, and there are times – like most of us have at some point reading the sludge spread on social media – when I wish I could share these stories with each individual who spends his days trying to destroy the work of others.

Fortunately, I work in a newspaper and I have other outlets.

Thank you, friends, for allowing me to share this with you.

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Large hailstones kill at least one and injure dozens in Spain https://davegplus.com/large-hailstones-kill-at-least-one-and-injure-dozens-in-spain/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 19:05:00 +0000 https://davegplus.com/large-hailstones-kill-at-least-one-and-injure-dozens-in-spain/ Comment this story Comment A sudden hailstorm in Spain’s Catalonia region prompted people to take shelter on Tuesday, with nearly four-inch hailstones killing a toddler and injuring around 50 others, according to reports from Reuters. Softball-sized hailstones hit the Spanish village of La Bisbal d’Empordà. social media video shows the hailstones landing like missiles in […]]]>

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A sudden hailstorm in Spain’s Catalonia region prompted people to take shelter on Tuesday, with nearly four-inch hailstones killing a toddler and injuring around 50 others, according to reports from Reuters.

Softball-sized hailstones hit the Spanish village of La Bisbal d’Empordà. social media video shows the hailstones landing like missiles in a backyard swimming pool, launching large splashes into the air. Another one video shows the aftermath of the hailstorm with several broken car windows erased by falling ice.

Hailstones began falling as a band played on a canvas-covered terrace at a local hotel, causing chaos at the scene, musician Sicus Carbonell told Reuters.

“It was chaos, with little boys and girls running alone, some parents were able to grab their kids,” Carbonell said. Reuters. “Then a hailstone went through the fabric…and I told my group that either we walked into the restaurant or one of those tennis balls would fall on us and we wouldn’t make it.”

A storm brought massive hailstones to La Bisbal d’Empordà, Spain on August 30, damaging cars and injuring residents. (Video: The Washington Post)

Broken bones and bruises were the most common injuries from the sudden barrage. A 20-month-old girl was killed when one of the hailstones hit her in the head.

“We had the terrible case of the little girl who was hit by a stone,” the mayor of La Bisbal d’Empordà, Carme Vall, told Spanish national television channel RTVE on Wednesday morning, according to a report by the Guardian. “There wasn’t much to do for her and she died today. It was a terrible accident. »

Five things you need to know about hail, such as “yes, it happens in the summer”

Hailstones rarely kill or injure people, making Tuesday’s hailstorm in Spain highly unusual. Forecasts and warning systems generally allow people to seek shelter, which means that most hailstone damage is to cars and homes, which can be significant.

The hailstones that hit Catalonia on Tuesday were the largest measured in Spain since at least 2002, according to Catalan weather agency Meteocat tweeted. The thunderstorms that produced the hail were triggered by a cold front approaching Western Europe from the Atlantic Ocean.

Hailstorms can be billion dollar disasters, crushing roofs and shattering glass over a wide area. In 2022, at least two hailstorms caused more than $1 billion, according to the The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Remarkably, these hailstorms hit nearly the same region — parts of southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin — just 10 days apart.

In the country’s hail alley, severe storms and booming growth are on a costly collision course

But dangerous hailstorms have already caused deaths and injuries in the United States. In 2018, a destructive hailstorm hit parts of Colorado, killing scores of animals at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and injuring at least 14 people.

“One person’s watch exploded when it was hit by hail, and another was hit so hard in the head that his helmet was damaged,” zoo chief executive Bob Chastain said.

According to information from the weather blog, only three people were killed by hailstones in the United States. Category 6 in 2020.

The deadliest hailstorm on record occurred in Uttar Pradesh, India, in 1888. Hail the size of oranges fell, killing 246 people and hundreds of cattle, according to a report in the journal Météo, climat et société.

Argentina’s ‘gargantuan’ hailstorm in 2018 may have topped world record

The biggest hailstone ever recorded in the United States fell in Vivian, SD, in 2010. The hailstone measured an astonishing eight inches in diameter and weighed a record 1.9375 pounds, breaking previous records set in 2003 and 1970, respectively. The hailstone was likely even larger when it fell, as melting and sublimation caused the stone to shrink before it could be verified by the National Weather Service.

Some believe, however, that larger hailstones fell on Earth. A hailstone that fell in Argentina could have measured up to 9.3 inches in diameter, meaning it would break the record if verified. The storm produced at least one gargantuan 7.1 inch stone, which was safely stored in a freezer for official measurements.

“The hail lasted 20 minutes. It was a bit scary,” said Victoria Druetta, who grabbed the stone. “It hit and then exploded and melted some of it. It was probably even bigger.

Costly hailstorms multiply rapidly. Here’s what the weather community is doing about it.

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Blog: Award: Community buy-in is key for volunteer firefighters (8/29/22) https://davegplus.com/blog-award-community-buy-in-is-key-for-volunteer-firefighters-8-29-22/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 22:16:07 +0000 https://davegplus.com/blog-award-community-buy-in-is-key-for-volunteer-firefighters-8-29-22/ Chief Lee Price (left) demonstrates how to open a car hood with Madison Township firefighters during the Volunteer Service Extrication Training held Saturday. (Banner Graphic/SELVIA BRAND) Published as a column for the Tuesday, August 30, 2022 edition of the Banner Graphic._____________________________________________________________ An almost absolute feeling in the fire service is that volunteers are – and […]]]>

Chief Lee Price (left) demonstrates how to open a car hood with Madison Township firefighters during the Volunteer Service Extrication Training held Saturday. (Banner Graphic/SELVIA BRAND)

Published as a column for the Tuesday, August 30, 2022 edition of the Banner Graphic.
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An almost absolute feeling in the fire service is that volunteers are – and have been – a dying breed.

For Lee Price, longtime Madison Township volunteer fire chief, the problem is twofold: young people don’t want to volunteer and the rest are getting older.

What many may not fully understand is that a lot of it comes down to money. It’s not being cynical. All fire departments like ours are struggling with capital.

In a recent interview, Larry Curl, chief lobbyist for the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association, laid the groundwork as he sees it: volunteer fire departments need to improve their staffing, funding and training in general.

According to Curl, there are about 13,000 volunteer firefighters in Indiana, up from 17,000 just a few years ago. While this could be due to both older volunteers retiring or dying and younger volunteers exiting, this is a significant reduction.

Specifically, Curl says the volunteer fire department really isn’t free. It costs a lot to run voluntary services, including our taxes.

Locally, each of the volunteer departments received $50,000 of the county fund allocation through the American Rescue Plan Act. That’s a lot of money, right?

The ARPA money Madison Township VFD has received so far has been spent on new turnout equipment for approximately $21,000. Meanwhile, $12,000 was spent on new garage doors for the station to improve heating and cooling costs.

The department typically pays $1,600 a year to keep a tank full of fuel at its station. Depending on the weather, it’s $750 a month during the winter to heat the building with propane gas. Also include electricity and internet for race reports, record keeping and training.

Madison Township VFD will receive $22,500 per year under a contract with the township, of which approximately $10,000 will go towards insurance and general maintenance. He also gets an annual reduction of $9 to $10,000 to cover races at Lincoln Park Speedway.

Voluntary services may obtain disbursement from a cumulative fund by the township they serve. This covers various expenses, including pump testing, repairs, and purchases that are approved by the township trustee. Nevertheless, it can be completely used.

These funds are not, but should not be, equal at all levels. The Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department covers a large area as well as incidents on Interstate 70. The Madison Township VFD and other volunteer services will be making significantly fewer trips per month.

“People can see why fire departments are struggling as a whole,” Price told me recently about the costs. “We all have the same needs. You also need to think about the runtime volumes they perform.

(All volunteer department annual financial reports can be viewed on Indiana Gateway.)

Volunteers are no different from career firefighters in essence. Their equipment and apparatus, as well as their conduct on the fire ground, must be subject to the same standards.

Equipment must be replaced every 10 years, and a firefighter’s full gear, including helmet, gloves, Nomex, jacket, pants and boots, costs $4-5,000. Meanwhile, the air packs, at $5,000 each, must be replaced every 15 years. However, these purchases may be staggered.

Even so, Price opines that he doesn’t need high-tech equipment like battery-powered extrication tools or an aerial truck. This is because they are not essential in the jurisdiction of Madison Township.

In accordance with these standards, voluntary departments naturally struggle to obtain funding and buy-in from communities. Not all are their own entities and as such each will have its own dynamic.

Ultimately, fundraising remains vital for all volunteer departments. But community support is lacking for some efforts while a boon for others.

Events like Fillmore VFD’s Chicken BBQ and Cloverdale Township VFD’s Pancake Breakfast bring in significant dollars. But all of that revenue goes directly into the ongoing maintenance of their services.

Madison Township VFD stopped having monthly breakfasts because the small income was not justifiable. Along the same lines, members will invest their own money in the upkeep of the department.

“There are taxpayers out there who think, ‘Well, all you do is go fire-fighting,'” Price recounted. Looking strictly at government funding, taxes alone don’t go that far for fire protection.

It can hit the elephant in the room, and it can be attitudinal because it’s always financial. For Price, it’s about helping those who come to help volunteer services, including potential recruits.

One idea is that we should view our fire related taxes as investments. As Price said, to say his department needs a new engine is to want to make sure he can take care of the community. He relies on those who live in Madison Township for their contribution.

Ultimately, the reality with volunteer memberships as they exist is that most of my age don’t want to enter the fire department without compensation. Going through 200-300 hours of training makes it more of a diversion.

Seeing this up close as I have on the fires and wrecks, I have tremendous respect for our firefighters and what they do. Otherwise, Price’s message is that people can learn about and contact their local fire departments.

Although fire service volunteering can be disastrous, I and Price believe it can be revived. It is possible with our firefighters educating the public on what it takes.

Where this can be a priority, perhaps more would get involved. It’s more about public relations than publicity.

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