Cherokee County Man Arrested for Sexual Assaults Involving Child

first_imgCherokee County Sheriffs Office arrested  43-year-old Dennis James Lavender, of Murphy for Sexual Assaults involving a child.In March of 2015, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office began a joint investigation with the Cherokee County Department of Social Services pertaining to allegations that Lavender had committed sexual assaults of a minor child.  The investigative case was presented to the Cherokee County Grand Jury in April of this year.  The grand jury handed down indictments for First Degree Sex Offense as well as indecent liberties with a minor.He was arrested August 20th in the Martin’s Creek Community.Lavender is currently in the Cherokee County Detention Center under a $500,000 secure bond and is expected to be in Cherokee County Superior Court on November 7th, 2016.last_img read more

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Ask3D: Ask.com One-Ups Google Universal Search

first_imgBut to make sure, I decided to re-do my Uncle Lou query in Ask3D… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Ask.com has just announced the next stage in its evolution as a major search engine. It is called Ask3D, a name which had me expecting an amazing new leap in Web UI (3D search!!) and then got me reminiscing about the time I saw that Jaws sequel in 3D… Turns out Ask3D isn’t quite as innovative as its name suggests, but still it is an iterative improvement over the previous version, called AskX (more on that below).So what is Ask3D? It is essentially a synthesis of Ask.com’s technologies and it integrates content from various media types (web, news, blog, video, images, etc) onto one page. That is where the similarities to Google’s Universal Search come in. Ask.com itself says Ask3D is about synthesizing “across the three dimensions of search: Expression, Results and Content.”Further, the company says that Ask3D uses its “new Morph content-matching and ranking algorithm” and claims it “dramatically transforms the entire search results page based on your query by customizing sources, selecting content, ranking results and exposing tools differently for each different search you conduct.” There’s a bit of wordplay going on here, but essentially Ask3D is about unifying search results – as is the case of Google Universal Search. Apologies for poor screenshot (I need to increase the width of this blog!), but I can tell you there are subtle improvements between AskX and the new Ask3D. It seems slightly less cluttered, and has some neat features like being able to play Lou Reed songs with just 1 click on the results page (it automatically went to iLike and started playing the songs). Also I discovered some great Lou content I hadn’t seen before – like The Lost Lou Reed Interviews on YouTube! [note: it’s not the real Lou Reed, but a somewhat fatter gum-chewing New Yorker with a beard! perhaps indicating the shortcomings of semantic search :-)]ConclusionWhile Ask.com is using some artistic license to describe the changes, it actually does seem to offer more utility than Google Universal Search. At its heart Ask3D is, like Google’s upgrade, an integrated set of search results on one page. This is something that Ask.com has always tried to do – present search results that give a variety of content on one page, so users don’t need to go hunting around for it. So Ask.com has more experience than Google at doing this; and I think it shows. The amount of useful information you get on page one of an Ask3D search results page, and how it’s presented, is arguably better than what you’ll get on Google (forgetting for a moment the quality of the underlying algorithm, which I didn’t test).So this is a good move by Ask.com to improve its UI and search results presentation. Will it be enough to overcome Google? Unfortunately it isn’t that game-changing, especially as Google’s Universal Search is tackling essentially the same problem (how to unify different types of search results in one page). But for now Ask.com has the edge in UI over Google, so maybe they will grab some much needed market share. Certainly, as Techcrunch noted, Ask3D is the next step up from AskX, the next-generation search UI that Ask.com released in beta back in December. Ask.com told Read/WriteWeb that “we’ve changed a lot, especially in the technology, since our AskX experiment, so this is really a brand new release.”In its promotional literature, Ask.com says that it has re-defined the process of searching:“Before Ask3D, search required three separate and distinct steps: 1) composing a query, 2) reviewing search results, and 3) finding content. At each step, users were left to their own devices to iterate, investigate and navigate. After extensive development and live user testing, Ask.com has created a better way. Ask3D marries powerful new technology with innovative, patent-pending design to intelligently unify search, results and content into a single search application.”Ask.com is calling this “Instant Getification”, a rather awkward phrase. It all sounds great in theory. How does it deliver though? I tested a few queries out. A search on “Barack Obama” was one of the better examples: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus This query brought up a lot of very relevant info about Obama, including a short description of him, pointers to official and other relevant sites, images, news, info from Wikipedia, video, and shopping (you guessed it, “The Audacity of Hope [by Barack Obama]”). There are also lots of little ‘nice to have’ features, such as clicking on the binoculars bringing up a preview of the link: Comparing Ask3D to AskXAt first glance the results in Ask3D didn’t seem that different from my Lou Reed query of AskX last December: Tags:#news#search#web last_img read more

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Hanwha Techwin America Expands to New Facility

first_imgTo accommodate its recent growth and better serve its customers, Hanwha Techwin America is expanding its operations to a new state-of-the-art facility in Teaneck, NJ.“As a result of the rapid growth and tremendous support Hanwha has experienced over the last few years, we have outgrown our current location, which is a very good problem to have,” said Soonhong Ahn, president, Hanwha Techwin America. “We have designed this new facility to provide the space, capabilities and cutting-edge technologies necessary to meet the needs of and provide the best possible experience for our valued customers, installers and technology partners.”The new location features a large space for hosting corporate meetings and a dedicated lab area. In addition, Hanwha is installing cameras on the roof overlooking the nearby highways to enable customers and installers who visit the facility to view and evaluate their performance in real-world situations. They will also be used for training sessions Hanwha plans to host in the future.- Sponsor – Hanwha’s new U.S. headquarters is located on the fourth floor of the Glen Pointe Marriot in Teaneck, NJ. The company plans to begin operations in the new location on January 16. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Alaska ~ Severance Tax: Department’s Decision to Treat Separate Oil Fields as Single Entity Upheld

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Alaska Supreme Court upheld the Department of Revenue’s (DOR’s) decision to treat separate oil and gas oil fields operated by common working interest owners as a single entity for the purpose of calculating the oil production tax. As per the applicable statute, the DOR, in order to determine the effective tax rates, has discretionary power to aggregate two or more leases or properties that are economically interdependent. In this case, the DOR concluded that operations on several smaller oil fields were economically interdependent with larger operations on an adjacent oil field. The oil producers challenged this decision, arguing that the DOR, by erroneously interpreting the phrase “economically interdependent” , had in fact promulgated a regulation without following the required procedure under the Alaska Administrative Procedure Act. However, the court determined that the DOR was not required to comply with the rule-making requirement because the DOR’s decision was not a regulation but instead was a commonsense interpretation of an applicable aggregation statute.Chevron U.SA. Inc. v. DOR , Alaska Supreme Court, No. S-15891, December 16, 2016, ¶200-617last_img read more

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Abhinav Bindra releases autobiography, calls for facilities at basic level

first_imgOlympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra came down heavily on the government for not creating the kind of infrastructure that would nurture sporting talent in the country from a very young age.Bindra was speaking on Thursday evening at the release of his autobiography, A Shot At History, published by Harper Collins India, a joint venture with the India Today Group.No one knows what absence of infrastructure is all about better than the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal – he trained himself to be the ace shooter that he is in a shooting range at home financed entirely by his father.Even Sports Minister Ajay Maken, who released the book in the presence of the India Today Group’s chairman and editor-in-chief Aroon Purie and co-author Rohit Brijnath, said Bindra had achieved his Olympic laurels without any support from the government.The 29-year-old Olympian, who said in his usual wry style that he had taken up shooting because “it does not involve much movement,” came down heavily on the way the government mishandles sports.But he was also against the Chinese model of developing young talent in sports.”We are a democratic country,” Bindra said. “We cannot allow officials to haul off our kids to some coaching centre 200km away from their home at the age of five. We have to make our own path.”In India, however, “all our efforts are directed towards the elite athletes,” Bindra said. “That led to struggling young talent being ignored by the state-patronised sports machinery. The biggest missing link in sports in our country is the lack of a strong support at the base when the kids are starting out,” Bindra said.advertisementThe 252-page book shares some of the little-known yet amusing eccentricities of the Chandigarhborn shooter who was shattered by his failure at the 2004 Athens Olympics.The defeat changed his life and the way he approached his sport. “I wanted to prove myself that I could,” he said about his preparations for the Beijing Olympics. Speaking at a discussion moderated by senior sports journalist Sharda Ugra after the book release, Brijnath said what Bindra was all about: “What separates Abhinav from others is his sustained intensity to excel by going beyond the normal. He is a little crazy!” Bindra’s quirky side, in fact, drove him constantly to experiment with his sport, his lifestyle and even his dietary habits like a determined scientist bent upon making a Nobel Prize-winning discovery.From mapping his own brain to drinking yak milk (which he revealed was of not much help), to climbing rock walls, Bindra tried almost everything to win a gold at the Beijing Olympics. At times he would wake up at 3am to practice at his range at home if an idea suddenly struck him.”Once I even soled my shoes with rubber from Ferrari tyres hoping that it would help,” Bindra remembered. Being a winner extracts a lot out of a sportsman – Bindra’s life is a striking example of this fact.last_img read more

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22 days agoReal Madrid president Florentino willing to write off LaLiga campaign

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid president Florentino willing to write off LaLiga campaignby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Pérez is willing to write off their LaLiga campaign.El Confidencial says while the majority of directors are insisting on a better showing in the league, Perez is prepared to sacrifice it for a long Champions League run.Above all else, Perez believes their €300m summer outlay must translate into more success in Europe. Even more so as it’s the quickest way of earning back the summer spend.And should the team fall short of expectations, the president is likely to act on coach Zinedine Zidane.Real are already wobbling in Europe after this week’s 2-2 draw at home to Club Brugge. last_img read more

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Mbappe flattered to be compared to the legendary Pele

first_imgKylian Mbappe has described the comparisons that have been made between himself and Pele as “flattering” but he insisted that the Brazil legend is still in a whole other “category”Prior to Saturday’s game the focus was all on Lionel Messi with many people having expected the Argentine forward to overcome his group stage struggles and inspire his side at the knockout stages.But the Barcelona superstar was left in the shadows as Mbappe continued with his prominent rise in world football with a match-deciding brace that secured France a 4-3 win over Argentina.The 19-year-old’s pace proved a constant problem for the Argentine defence and his brace not only secured France the win but also made him the first teenager to score twice in a World Cup match since Pele for Brazil in the 1958 World Cup final against Sweden.Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…“I’m very happy and it’s flattering to be the second teenager [to score twice in a World Cup game] after Pele but let’s put things in context: Pele is another category, but it’s good to be among these people,” said Mbappe, according to The Express.“As I’ve already and always said, at a World Cup you have all the top-level players, so it’s an opportunity to show what you can do and what your abilities are. There’s no better place than a World Cup.”Mbappe was named the Man of the Match for his display on Saturday and also became the first teenager to score multiple goals in a World Cup since Michael Owen for England in 1998.last_img read more

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White House Nominates for Several Posts but Still No Secretary

first_imgThe White House formally nominated Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville this week to be Army chief of staff. President Trump wants to nominate the current chief of staff, Mark Milley, to chair the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Trump nominated Lt. Gen. David Berger to become the new Marine Corps commandant. He currently leads the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va.Trump nominated Air Force Gen. John Raymond to head the U.S. Space Command. He would also keep his current position running Air Force Space Command.The nomination Congress is waiting for is secretary of defense.“I would like to see that nomination come from the White House soon,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Tuesday.Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan is interested in the job but is under scrutiny for his ties to Boeing, as On Base has reported.Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii. Army photo by Sgt. Ryan Jenkins ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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