Actualidad breaking news Actualidad News Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:08:02 GMT ‘Life is a campaign': After a difficult first month, Trump returns to his comfort zone MELBOURNE, Fla. — As President Trump descended the stairs from Air Force One on Saturday evening, with a patriotic country song playing and thousands cheering, the 2020 election season officially began. <P><iframe width="320" height="180" src="ver.cfm?id=12622&tipo=9&vv=EsV37qiVBdE" frameBorder="0" scrolling="NO"></iframe> <P>Although the past several presidents have waited more than two years before jumping back onto the campaign trail, Trump's first four weeks in office have shown that he just can't stand too much time in Washington. One adviser calls political rallies the president's “oxygen" — and Trump seemed to direly need a deep inhalation following a week that included his national security adviser resigning and his top replacement pick turning him down, his nominee for labor secretary withdrawing from consideration and accusations involving his campaign and Russia.<P>“Life is a campaign,” the president told reporters aboard Air Force One. “Making our country great again is a campaign. For me, it's a campaign.”<P>The White House promised Thursday that the taxpayer-funded Air Force One would not be used as a “prop” at the political rally — yet Trump used the iconic plane to stage a dramatic arrival at a hangar filled with 9,000 of his supporters. The plane slowly pulled up as the theme song from the 1997 movie “Air Force One” blared, the same routine Trump used to perform with his personal plane.<P>For 45 minutes, Trump basked in the glow of the love of those who still believe in him and who interrupted him with adoring applause nearly 100 times. He reiterated his campaign promises, bragged about things he has already done, blamed Obama for leaving him with “a mess like you wouldn’t believe,” denounced the “fake news” media, pulled a fan onto the stage, referenced a terrorist attack in Sweden the night before that didn't happen, and compared himself to Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln. He couldn't hear the chants from hundreds of protesters stationed across the street who accused him of being a hateful dictator and Russia's puppet, among other things.<P>For 45 minutes, Trump existed in a world where there were no falling approval ratings, no calls for investigations, no criticisms from fellow Republicans, no leaks, no snarky “Saturday Night Live” impersonations, no legal challenges to his authority, no critiques of his Twitter grammar and definitely no questions shouted by reporters. For 45 minutes, everyone had to just listen to him.<P><br> <br> <a href="" target="_blank">Read full story</a> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Cleanup begins after powerful storm slams Southern California Cleanup was beginning across Southern California on Saturday after a storm that forecasters billed as the most powerful in years caused flooding on multiple freeways, triggered dramatic mudslides and downed hundreds of trees and power lines.<P>The storm was moving out Saturday after dumping record rain in some areas and leaving havoc in its wake. Preliminary 48-hour rainfall totals through 5 a.m. Saturday include 2.05 inches in downtown Los Angeles, 2.17 in Long Beach, 4.19 in Woodland Hills and 4.83 in Malibu Canyon, according to the National Weather Service. <P>Tens of thousands of Los Angeles County residents remained without power on Saturday, while road crews scrambled to repair sinkholes throughout the area, including one in Studio City that swallowed two vehicles Friday night. No one was injured in that incident.<P>Evacuation orders were lifted early Saturday in Duarte, where mudflows threatened dozens of homes Friday night. The city erected concrete and wood barriers to protect neighborhoods after wildfires last summer made the area vulnerable to mudslides. <P>All lanes were reopened on the 5 Freeway in the Sun Valley area after heavy flooding caused a shutdown that lasted through early Saturday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.<P>Also Saturday, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews were scrambling to restore service to about 50,000 customers, down from about 82,000 customers Friday afternoon. Some of the hardest hit areas that remain without power were Lincoln Heights, Koreatown, East Hollywood and Harvard Heights.<P>“There was a lot of downed wires, and that kind of operation does take time,” said L.A. Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Kim Hughes. “We’re working as quickly ... as possible, with safety in mind.”<P>In Ventura County, authorities recovered the body of an unidentified man who was swept away in the Arroyo Conejo Creek in Thousand Oaks on Friday. The man, described as being in his 20s, was hiking with three other friends along the creek when it began to swell, authorities said.<P>Three of the men were rescued about 2:45 p.m. Friday, and authorities continued their search for the fourth man until about 8:30 p.m. due to weather conditions, officials said.<P>The search resumed Saturday morning, with Sheriff’s Department aviation officers locating the man in the river bottom around 8:45 a.m., said Ventura County sheriff’s Det. Tim Lohman.<P><br> <br> <a href="" target="_blank">Read full story</a> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Good News For Youtubers; Google Will Remove Youtube 30-Seconds Unskippable Ads Google is finally responding to Youtubers' frustrations and making huge changes starting in 2018. The search giant will be removing the Youtube 30-seconds ad that cannot be skipped including TrueView. This move will not please advertisers, but given the rising popularity of video services, it desperately needs to keep their users engaged.<P><iframe width="320" height="180" src="ver.cfm?id=12620&tipo=9&vv=7E-n6qgE12E" frameBorder="0" scrolling="NO"></iframe><P>Youtube depends heavily on the revenues provided by third-party advertisers. For this purpose, Google has employed varying lengths for Youtube ads to be featured. Two years ago, the search giant also announced that it will be supporting 360-degrees ads to entice more advertisers. So it comes as a big surprise the announcement made by Google yesterday regarding stopping a particularly lengthy ad.<P> Google has officially announced that it will be removing the 30-seconds unskippable ads, which will take effect in 2018. Instead, it will be exploring and experimenting with other formats that will suit both users and advertisers. As to why Google has made the decision has not been disclosed but it has been speculated.<P>Observers say that advertisers may have complained that users are skipping videos with longer Youtube ads, which cost advertisers more. It could be because many users have voiced out their frustrations of having to go through the ads that do not interest them just to watch a video. It could also be that Google is panicking at the plans of Facebook to feature more videos as part of its core roadmap as expressed by Andrew Peake, managing director of an integrated creative agency, the VCCP.<P>Peake adds that removing the Youtube 30-seconds unskippable add may be the price Google is willing to pay just to keep people to continue posting and watching videos as reported by Campaign. It is a known fact that Google has been hard-pressed to monetize the platform.<P>Last October, Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki revealed that video site is far from lucrative and is in still "investment mode." Advertisers may still make use of other formats like the 15 and 20-seconds Youtube ads. Youtubers may also see more of the 6-seconds unskippable ads that were rolled out for mobile less than a year ago according to BGR. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Scientists Say They’ve Discovered a Hidden Continent Under New Zealand Scientists say they have identified an underwater continent two-thirds the size of Australia — and they are calling it Zealandia.<P><iframe width="320" height="180" src="ver.cfm?id=12619&tipo=9&vv=VAtbe80Z230" frameBorder="0" scrolling="NO"></iframe> <P>This newly proposed continent is about 1.74 million square miles in size and 94 percent submerged. But at its highest points, it protrudes above the ocean surface in the form of New Zealand and New Caledonia, according to a paper published in GSA Today, the journal of the Geological Society of America.<P>The proposed recognition of the continent of Zealandia does not represent the discovery of a new land mass. Rather, the paper argues that the geological evidence suggests the land mass should be classified not as a collection of islands and fragments but as a bona fide continent.<P>"If we could pull the plug on the oceans, it would be clear to everyone we have mountain chains and a big, high-standing continent above the ocean crust," Nick Mortimer, a geologist at GNS Science in Dunedin, New Zealand, told Reuters.<P>Mortimer was the lead author of the paper, "Zealandia: Earth's Hidden Continent."<P>New discoveries about the geology of the region prove what has long been suspected, he said.<P>"Since about the 1920s, from time to time in geology papers people used the word 'continental' to describe various parts of New Zealand and the Catham Islands and New Caledonia," Mortimer said.<P>"The difference now is that we feel we've gathered enough information to change 'continental' to the noun 'continent,'" he added.<P>The land mass meets the geological definition of a continent, according to the paper. It has high elevation compared to the ocean crust. It has certain geological components, including a crust thicker than ocean crust. And it has well-defined limits around an area large enough to be considered a continent rather than a fragment.<P>Zealandia is believed to have broken away from Australia about 80 million years ago and sunk beneath the sea as part of the break-up of the super-continent Gondwanaland.<P>By contrast, modern human beings are believed to have emerged only about 200,000 years ago.<P>Mortimer recognizes that the paper at this point represents the making of a geological case — the opening of an argument rather than its resolution.<P>"The litmus test will really be if Zealandia appears in maps and atlases in five or 10 years time," he said. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT