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jueves, 11 de septiembre de 2014

Names of Thousands Read at 9/11 Commemoration

With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attack at the hallowed site that has been transformed into a bustling plaza. Family and friends of those who died read the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in New York, at the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Thelma Stuart, whose husband, Walwyn Wellington Stuart Jr., 28, was a Port Authority Police Department officer, said the nation should pray for its leaders, "that God will grant them wisdom, knowledge and understanding on directing them on moving forward." The sad roll call paused only four times: to mark the times when the first plane struck the World Trade Center, when the second plane struck, when the first tower fell and when the second tower fell. Adriana Fiori, reading her father Paul's name, wept. "You put me to bed 13 years ago not knowing it would be your last time," she said. "I miss you so much, Daddy." Joanne Barbara, whose husband of 30 years, Gerard Barbara, was a FDNY captain who died, urged all to feel for not only the lost but "those who continue to suffer from the aftermath." "May God bless America, and may we never, never forget," she said. Little about the annual ceremony at ground zero has changed. But so much around it has. For the first time, the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum — which includes gut-wrenching artifacts and graphic photos of the attacks — is open. Fences around the memorial plaza have come down, integrating the sacred site more fully with the streets of Manhattan while completely opening it up to the public and camera-wielding tourists. A new mayor is in office, Bill de Blasio, one far less linked to the attacks and their aftermath than his immediate predecessors. And finally, a nearly completed One World Trade Center has risen 1,776 feet above ground zero and will be filled with office workers by this date in 2015, another sign that a page in the city's history may be turning. But painful memories were still acute and lingering. Franklin Murray of New York wore a shirt with a photo of his brother, Harry Glen, who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the companies that lost the most workers. He said it gave him a "funny feeling" to know there was now a memorial. He has come to the ceremony before but "before it was getting harder, so I forced myself to get down here." "Coming down to the area is rough," he said. For some, the increasing feel of a return to normalcy in the area threatens to obscure the tragedy that took place there and interfere with their grief. "Instead of a quiet place of reflection, it's where kids are running around," said Nancy Nee, whose firefighter brother, George Cain, was killed in the attacks. "Some people forget this is a cemetery. I would never go to the Holocaust museum and take a selfie." But for others, the changes are an important part of the healing process. "When I first saw (One World Trade Center), it really made my heart sing," said Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles Burlingame was piloting the plane before it crashed into the Pentagon. "It does every time I see it because it's so symbolic of what the country went through." "I want to see it bustling," she said. "I want to see more housing down there; I want to see it alive and bursting with businesses." The memorial plaza will be closed to the public for most of the day and available only to family members. It will reopen at 6 p.m., at which point thousands of New Yorkers are expected to mark the anniversary at the twin reflecting pools where the towers once stood. The first ceremony at the site was held six months after the Twin Towers fell and was organized by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his aides. Bloomberg, who took office just three months after the attacks, remained in charge, acting as the master of ceremonies for the next decade. He attended on Thursday, along Rudy Giuliani who was mayor during the attacks, along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Read More:

miércoles, 10 de septiembre de 2014

Conoce los partidos mejor y peor evaluados en transparencia

Los partidos Igualdad, MAS y Humanista son los peores evaluados en el primer estudio del Índice de Transparencia de colectividades políticas elaborado por Transparencia Internacional y el centro Plural fundado por Andrés Velasco. La evaluación calificó con notas de 0 a 7 a los doce partidos políticos con reconocimiento legal en 22 factores de información entregada por cada conglomerado a través de sus páginas web y que es exigida por la ley a los organismos del Estado. De acuerdo con la información entregada, la peor nota por lejos es la del Partido Igualdad, que obtiene un promedio de 0,11 con nota 0 en 21 de los 22 factores. Lo siguen el Partido Humanista con un promedio de 0,84 y el MAS con un 1,09. El cuarto peor calificado es la UDI, que obtiene un promedio de 1,68 y queda por debajo de Renovación Nacional que lo sigue en escala ascendente con un 2,86. En el sexto lugar de los peor evaluados aparecen en empate el Partido Comunista, la Democracia Cristiana y el Partido Ecologista Verde con un 2,91. Con un 3,34 aparece el Partido Radical y el PPD alcanza un 3,5. Sobre ellos aparecen los únicos dos partidos que obtienen nota azul en este estudio: el Partido Progresista que logra un 4,6 y el Partido Socialista que es por lejos el mejor evaluado con un 6,5. Entre los factores que se exige informar están la estructura orgánica, el número de afiliados, las personas que dirigen el partido, los representantes en cargos públicos, el código de ética y conducta, el procedimiento para afiliarse, la declaración de principios, el balance financiero anual y las actividades públicas del partido. Read More:

The iPhone 6 Goes Big, as Apple Aims Small With a Smartwatch

CUPERTINO, Calif. — After three years as chief executive of Apple, Timothy D. Cook is starting to crystallize his vision for the company. Apple on Tuesday introduced a highly anticipated smartwatch, which combines health and fitness monitoring with mobile computer capabilities like maps. The company also introduced two iPhones with larger screens. The smartwatch, named the Apple Watch, is a miniature computer strapped around the wrist and is the first product made under Mr. Cook’s leadership that branches Apple into a new type of product: a device in the growing field of fitness-tracking computers that can be worn on or around the body. Although the Apple Watch is the company’s first wearable computer, it enters a crowded field. Samsung, Pebble and Sony lead the pack of companies producing these new devices, and sales are growing quickly. But the devices are nowhere near as popular as smartphones. IDC, the research company, estimates that 19 million smartwatches will ship in 2014, much lower than the 1.2 billion smartphones that it expects will ship this year.
And despite the fanfare with which the news media has greeted Apple’s first wearable device, analysts have expressed mixed views about its potential to become mainstream. Can the smartwatch be a late entrant to a market but eventually dominate as Apple did several times before under its former chief, Steven P. Jobs? “Jobs made that work with the iPod,” said Carl Howe, an analyst at the Yankee Group. “He certainly made it work with the iPhone. Question is, Are they going to be able to do the same thing with a watch? I wouldn’t bet against them at this point.” Mr. Cook said in an interview that the new watch indicated that the company was still innovative. “For us, it’s never been about being first. It’s been about being the best,” he said. “And I think we just launched the Apple watch that is sort of in a category by itself that will redefine what people expect of products in the category.
The new iPhones are significant upgrades for Apple’s smartphone lineup, still by far the company’s largest source of profit. They cater to a growing appetite among consumers for bigger screens, similar to what happened with televisions. And they are a rare instance of Apple’s following market trends instead of creating them; Samsung, Apple’s chief rival, has captured a major share of the smartphone market with large phones. Apple displayed the products in front of a packed auditorium here at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, the same spot where the company introduced the Macintosh in 1984. Apple said that to use the Apple Watch, someone must also use one of its more recent iPhones.
The watch will have a strong focus on health. An app called Fitness tracks statistics for different exercises, like bicycling or running, an accelerometer tracks movements and a heart rate sensor helps measure the intensity of workouts. The watch has a rectangular screen for a face with a flexible display and comes in two sizes. A crown on the side acts as a digital dial, which can be turned to zoom in; tapping the crown returns to the main menu. The watch can be attached to six strap styles, like stainless steel and leather. Continue reading the main story The smartwatch can run various apps, like a calendar, map navigation and a music player. The smartwatch will rely on so-called inductive charging to replenish the battery. Some consider it a form of wireless charging, but technically, it still requires a magnet that attaches to the back of the watch from another device.
The watch will take advantage of Siri, Apple’s tool for controlling the device with voice commands. Pushing on the crown activates Siri, and a command like “What movies are playing nearby?” will prompt the watch to load show times for nearby theaters. Apple also said it would release a tool kit for software developers to build apps for the watch. It said many companies had already made such apps, including W hotels, Pinterest and BMW. James McQuivey, a consumer technology analyst at Forrester Research, said the Apple Watch had already accomplished one thing, even though the device will not be in stores until 2015. “It has firmly established the smartwatch as a category, one with unique properties requiring a unique solution, as opposed to a miniature smartphone pushed down onto your wrist,” he said.
Apple said that there would be three versions of the watch — Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition — and that pricing would start at $350. Employees working on the project, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, have said that Apple wanted to introduce the product last year, but had to wait until this year to finish developing the hardware and software and to give developers time to make apps for the device. Mr. Cook said Apple took its time to figure out how to devise a software interface that made sense on a small screen, among other challenges. “You don’t want a phone strapped to your wrist. That’s not what the consumer wants,” he said.
The two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, measure 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally; the most recent iPhones measure 4 inches. Both iPhones have an aluminum back. Despite larger screen sizes, the bodies are thinner than those of past iPhones. To deal with concerns that a bigger phone will make using the phone with one hand difficult, Apple created the feature Reachability. Double tapping the physical button makes the picture slide down so that a user can reach over with one hand to tap something. The processor inside the new iPhones is about 25 percent faster than the previous version, Phil Schiller, Apple’s head of marketing, said. The iPhones have slightly better battery life than the previous iPhone, and they include new wireless capabilities to get faster Internet speeds from cellular networks. In addition, they support making phone calls over a Wi-Fi network and have an improved camera with a sensor that reads light and does quicker autofocus. The starting price of an iPhone 6 with a contract is $200, while that for an iPhone 6 Plus is $300. They go on sale Sept. 19. With the new iPhones and watch, Apple is moving deeper into the world of mobile payments. Apple demonstrated Apple Pay, a feature that allows users to pay for things in retail stores with the devices. The feature relies on near-field communication, or N.F.C., a technology that lets devices exchange information wirelessly over very short distances. After rising initially, Apple shares ended the day down slightly. The set of products should be the first of more to come this year. In May, Eddy Cue, Apple’s head of Internet services, said the products that the company planned to introduce this year made up the “best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25 years at Apple.” Read More: ple-aims-for-the-wrist-with-a-smartwatch-while-making-the-iphone-6-larger.html?hpw&rref=technology&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpHedThumbWell&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=5

domingo, 7 de septiembre de 2014

Osvaldo Andrade: "No hay actitud más antipatriota que generar un clima de incertidumbre"

El presidente del PS, diputado Osvaldo Andrade, acusó un intento de sectores de la derecha y el empresariado de generar "incertidumbre" para "impedir" las reformas promovidas por el gobierno de Bachelet. Andrade enfatizó que se trata de cambios que fueron anunciados durante la campaña presidencial, por lo que nadie “puede decir que aquí se sorprendió". Entonces -dijo el presidente del PS- "lo primero que hay que precisar que estas dificultades que se pudieran haber tenido en la implementación de las reformas y la incertidumbre que ha generado este proceso es natural a un proceso de esta envergadura”. “Pero distinto es cuando la generación de incertidumbre se constituye en una conducta política de parte de algunos actores tendiente a horadar que se realicen estas transformaciones", acusó. A juicio de Andrade, "no hay más actitud antipatriota que generar un clima de incertidumbre para evitar que se cumpla el programa de Bachelet, porque es un programa que tiene la legitimidad de haber sido respaldado por una inmensa mayoría de chilenos y chilenas". En este contexto, el presidente del PS aseveró que "como no se puede ir contra Bachelet, la incertidumbre ahora se transforma en una campaña contra su gabinete, todos los días hay un festival de declaraciones respecto a cambios de gabinete, los rumores y las especulaciones se han transformado en el modo de operar cotidiano, no se habla de otra cosa, la Presidenta tiene la facultad exclusiva y excluyente, tomará la decisión cuando haya que tomarla”. “No corresponde que se construya un ambiente de incertidumbre artificial porque eso atenta contra los intereses de la gente, no hay conducta más antipatriota que generar incertidumbre en un momento de desaceleración en el país”, enfatizó. En este contexto, Andrade rechazó las declaraciones del ex ministro de la anterior administración, Felipe Morandé, por “andar pidiendo la cabeza del Ministro de Hacienda” ya que -a su juicio- “no hay mejor manera de generar incertidumbre que pedir la renuncia de un ministro de Hacienda de un país, nunca esto ha sucedido". "Nosotros fuimos férreos opositores al gobierno del Presidente Piñera, pero jamás se me habría ocurrido haber pedido la renuncia del ministro Larraín, nos parecía una irresponsabilidad política”, concluyó. Read More: