December 4, 2018

Chinese, Dominican business leaders in ‘milestone’ visits

Santo Domingo.- The first programmed delegation of Chinese business leaders visits the Dominican Republic where they attend meetings with Dominican counterparts looking to obtain domestics products such as cocoa, bananas, tobacco, rum and mining products.
“This is a milestone for the Dominican Republic. Just a month ago, a Dominican mission visited China with president Danilo Medina and we could feel the affection and all the warmth of all the Chinese people, mainly its president Xi Jinping. We made a round of business there and today less than a month since we have the first trade mission organized by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visiting the country in very specific sectors and that is going to be replicated during 2019,”said Dominican Republic Export and Investment Center director (CEI-RD) Marius De León.
He said the authorities will adopt all needed strategies to place Dominican products in the Chinese markets. “We will comply with the country’s corresponds quota and the Dominican Republic is strengthening the productive axis to have export capacity and meet the demands of those markets.”

December 1, 2018

George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, is dead at age 94

George Herbert Walker Bush, the nation’s 41st President who also was a fighter pilot, congressman, CIA chief and the father of an Oval Office successor, died Friday night. He was 94.

Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, suffered a form of Parkinson’s disease and late in life got around with a motorized scooter or a wheelchair.

On the day of his wife Barbara’s funeral April 21, 2018, Bush was front-and-center in his wheelchair in a photograph with fellow former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and his son, former president George W. Bush, along with their first ladies and First Lady Melania Trump. That day he wore a pair of socks decorated with pictures of books — his way of remembering Barbara Bush’s advocacy of literacy.

Barbara Bush was known in her family as “The Enforcer.” In a statement issued the day after she died, Bush said: "We have faith she is in heaven, and we know that life will go on -- as she would have it. So cross the Bushes off your worry list." The Bushes were married for 73 years.

A day after his wife’s funeral, Bush was hospitalized in Houston with an infection that landed him in intensive care. His spokesman said Bush was expected to make a full recovery. Citing ill health and his wife decided not to attend President Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017.

“My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas,” Bush wrote in a letter to Trump.

November 26, 2018

Man uses stolen credit card at Best Buy in Spanish Fort

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) -- The Spanish Fort Police Department are searching for a burglary suspect. Police say credit cards were stolen from vehicles in Spanish Fort on November 25th. The cards were allegedly used at a Best Buy in Spanish Fort. 
If you recognize the vehicle or suspect pictured please call Spanish Fort Police or use Facebook messenger. 

November 25, 2018

Coming off a week of heavy losses, bitcoin fell 10 percent and set a fresh low at $3,447.58 on Sunday, according to data from CoinDesk. This is the cryptocurrency's lowest level since September 2017.
Over seven days, bitcoin has now lost more than 35 percent of its value, according to CoinDesk. This marks its biggest one-week drop since April 2013, when the cryptocurrency fell more than 44 percent, according to CoinDesk.

November 20, 2018

Recreational marijuana sales begin in Massachusetts: Everything you need to know

Credits: WCVB5
The first legal pot shops in Massachusetts, and anywhere on the east coast, are located in small towns.
The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission authorized Cultivate Holdings LLC and New England Treatment Access (NETA) LLC to start selling marijuana and marijuana products starting Tuesday. Both opened at 8 a.m.
Cultivate is already a registered medical marijuana dispensary located on Main Street in Leicester. NETA's store is located at 118 Conz Street in Northampton.
They will have the distinction of being the first commercial pot shops to open east of the Mississippi.

November 17, 2018

Walmart passes Apple to become No. 3 online retailer in U.S.

Walmart has overtaken Apple to become the No. 3 online retailer in the U.S., according to a report this week from eMarketer. While Amazon still leads by a wide margin, accounting for 48 percent of e-commerce sales in 2018, Walmart – including also Sam’s Club and Jet.com – is poised to capture 4 percent of all online retail spending in the U.S. by year-end, totaling $20.91 billion.

November 7, 2018

CNN's Jim Acosta has press pass suspended by White House, Sarah Sanders announces

CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass to access the White House was suspended "until further notice" Wednesday, hours after he engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with President Trump.
"I've just been denied entrance to the WH," Acosta tweeted Wednesday night. "Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit."

November 5, 2018

Scientists say mysterious 'Oumuamua' object could be an alien spacecraft

By David Freeman
Maybe it's an alien spacecraft.
Scientists have been puzzling over Oumuamua ever since the mysterious space object was observed tumbling past the sun in late 2017. Given its high speed and its unusual trajectory, the reddish, stadium-sized whatever-it-is had clearly come from outside our solar system. But its flattened, elongated shape and the way it accelerated on its way through the solar system set it apart from conventional asteroids and comets.

November 2, 2018

Let’s appreciate this Nick Mullens moment, however long it lasts

Before Thursday, no quarterback in the illustrious history of the San Francisco 49ers had ever thrown more than one touchdown pass in their debut. Not Joe Montana. Not Steve Young. Nick Mullens did it by halftime.
By the end of his first NFL game, Mullens had 262 passing yards, three touchdowns, and a passer rating of 151.9.
Marcus Mariota’s four-touchdown performance and perfect passer rating of 158.3 is the only better debut start in NFL history. But Mariota was the No. 2 overall selection and a Heisman Trophy winner. What made Mullens’ first game particularly special is that it came completely out of left field.
Mullens, 23, went undrafted in 2017, despite smashing all of the passing records at Southern Miss — the alma mater of Brett Favre. This was how NFL.com described Mullens in a breakdown of his skills prior to the 2017 NFL Draft:
BOTTOM LINE Mullens is a productive college quarterback with good competitiveness and toughness, but lacking the minimum standards of size and arm strength. Mullens could make it into camp, but is unlikely to find a spot on a roster.
He landed a contract with the 49ers and did enough to show he was worth a spot on the practice squad, where he spent his entire rookie year. He probably would’ve stayed there for his second season too, had Jimmy Garoppolo’s torn ACL not forced the 49ers to put Mullens on the active roster at the end of September.
A little over a month later, he became No. 1 on the depth chart for the Thursday Night Footballgame against the Raiders due to a wrist injury for C.J. Beathard. And he balled the hell out.


October 24, 2018

Fortnitemares 2018: These are the spooky things coming to 'Fortnite' on Wednesday

Starting Wednesday, "Fortnite" is about to get a lot spookier.
Publisher Epic Games rolled out Fortnitemares 2018, a Halloween-themed event where players stumble across various creepy obstacles.
Among them: Cube monsters players must fend off while also trying to stay alive during the game's popular Battle Royale mode, where 100 players compete in a last-man-standing style match.
Players will gain access to new weapons such as a six-shooter and field hunter crossbow. The update also adds a Deadfire outfit, a Van Helsing-inspired ensemble featuring a cowboy hat and long trenchcoat.
Fortnitemares will also add extra challenges, which give away experience points when completed. During the event, players gain extra experience by destroying cube monsters or dealing damage to them with specific weapons.
Epic said the event has been temporarily disabled on Battle Royale while they look into issues with player matchmaking. 

We have disabled Fortnitemares in Battle Royale while we investigate issues with matchmaking. Watch for updates at https://status.epicgames.com
The update adding Fortnitemares will also add another key feature: The ability to redeploy your glider during a match. Typically, the glider is only available when players first descend on the island. Now, when in mid-air or greater than 10 meters up, players can press a button to use their glider again.