first_imgGeorgia's offense lined up against Alabama's defense.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: The Georgia Bulldogs line up against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first quarter in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ahead of the 2019 college football season, the Associated Press has released its Top 25 preseason ranking. While those rankings are subject to change throughout the season, a closer look at the poll seems to indicate who the real national title contenders are.According to Brett McMurphy of Stadium, the college football national title winner has been a preseason top 7 almost every year since 2004. The two exceptions were the 2010 Auburn Tigers and the 2013 Florida State Seminoles.But if the top 7 trend continues in 2019, that means we can whittle down the list of real contenders significantly.As of the preseason poll release, here is the top 7 for the 2019 season:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateLSUMichiganSince 2004, every national champ was ranked among AP preseason top 7 teams except in 2013 (FSU started at No. 11) & 2010 (Auburn started at No. 22).So who’s this year’s national champ?1 Clemson2 Alabama3 Georgia4 Oklahoma5 Ohio St6 LSU7 Michigan— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 19, 2019Each of those top five teams has appeared in the College Football Playoff at least once since the tournament’s inception. Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio State are four of the only five teams to play in the CFP National Championship Game.Meanwhile, LSU and Michigan have been knocking at the door in their conferences but unable to break through. But any slip-ups by Alabama and Ohio State respectively would give those two teams a window to get into the CFP.Are these seven teams all the most likely to win the national title in 2019?last_img read more

first_imgThis fact blew our minds; in 1980 America made 80% of its clothes in the U.S. Today that number is 2%. Serious sad trombone. Those factories fed families, paid mortgages and kept small towns alive. To bring some love back to these people, Victor is choosing to employ only rural American factories to make their clothing. They are also taking the idea a step further by giving 5% of their after-tax profit back to the factory to continue to invest in their workers and combat the impact of outsourcing.Check out their Kickstarter video to learn about Danny, a factory owner in Tennessee who once employed 150 employees back in the 80s and now only five of those employees remain. These are the kinds of people Victor wants to support.Related: Noble DenimAnd the product? Awesome organic hoodies, tees and joggers for both guys and gals. Another fact that had us spinning: While conventional cotton occupies only three percent of the world’s farmland, it uses 25 percent of the world’s chemical pesticides and fertilizers. It is the most pesticide-laden crop in the US. Buying organic cotton is a big help to Mother Earth (Hello, April 22nd is Earth Day!) The Best American Gin Editors’ Recommendations Finally, Victor is eliminating the middle man, so a well designed sweatshirt that could cost up to $125 at retail is selling for a cool $65.While we have total confidence this business model will be funded, we would encourage you to show them some love too. Shop here. A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care We are always hesitant to post Kickstarter ideas. Sometimes they don’t materialize and many of them are just too whacky. Victor Athletics, however, really resonated with us. First off, we are already pals with the team that launched Noble Denim. Second, it’s all about bringing work back to an American factory. Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Menlast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Under fire for the worst privacy debacle in his company’s history, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg batted away often-aggressive questioning Tuesday from lawmakers who accused him of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the U.S. election.During some five hours of Senate questioning, Zuckerberg apologized several times for Facebook failures, disclosed that his company was “working with” special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal probe of Russian election interference and said it was working hard to change its own operations after the harvesting of users’ private data by a data-mining company affiliated with Donald Trump’s campaign.Seemingly unimpressed, Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said Zuckerberg’s company had a 14-year history of apologizing for “ill-advised decisions” related to user privacy. “How is today’s apology different?” Thune asked.“We have made a lot of mistakes in running the company,” Zuckerberg conceded, and Facebook must work harder at ensuring the tools it creates are used in “good and healthy” ways.The controversy has brought a flood of bad publicity and sent the company’s stock value plunging, but Zuckerberg seemed to achieve a measure of success in countering that: Facebook shares surged 4.5 per cent for the day, the biggest gain in two years.In all, he skated largely unharmed through his first day of congressional testimony. He’ll face House questioners Wednesday.The 33-year-old founder of the world’s best-known social media giant appeared in a suit and tie, a departure from the T-shirt he’s famous for wearing in public as well as in private. Even so, his youth cast a sharp contrast with his often-elderly, grey-haired Senate inquisitors. And the enormous complexity of the social network he created at times defeated the attempts of legislators to hammer him on Facebook’s specific failures and how to fix them.The stakes are high for both Zuckerberg and his company. Facebook has been reeling from its worst-ever privacy failure following revelations last month that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which was affiliated with Trump’s 2016 campaign, improperly scooped up data on some 87 million users. Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour for most of the past two weeks, culminating in his congressional appearance Tuesday.Although shaky at times, Zuckerberg seemed to gain confidence as the day progressed. An iconic figure as a billionaire entrepreneur who changed the way people around the world relate to each other, he made a point of repeatedly referring back to the Harvard dorm room where he said Facebook was brought to life.At times, he showed plenty of steel. After a round of aggressive questioning about Facebook’s alleged political bias from Sen. Ted Cruz, for instance, Zuckerberg grinned and almost chuckled. “That was pretty good,” he said of the exchange with Cruz.For the most part, his careful but generally straightforward answers, steeped in the sometimes arcane details of Facebook’s underlying functions, often deflected aggressive questioning. When the going got tough, Zuckerberg was able to fall back on: “Our team should follow up with you on that, Senator.”As a result, he found it relatively easy to return to familiar talking points: Facebook made mistakes, he and his executives are very sorry, and they’re working very hard to correct the problems and safeguard the users’ data.As for the federal Russia probe that has occupied much of Washington’s attention for months, he said he had not been interviewed by special counsel Mueller’s team, but “I know we’re working with them.” He offered no details, citing a concern about confidentiality rules of the investigation.Earlier this year Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a plot to interfere in the 2016 presidential election through a social media propaganda effort that included online ad purchases using U.S. aliases and politicking on U.S. soil. A number of the Russian ads were on Facebook.Much of the effort was aimed at denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and thereby helping Republican Trump, or simply encouraging divisiveness and undercutting faith in the U.S. system.Zuckerberg said Facebook had been led to believe Cambridge Analytica had deleted the user data it had harvested and that had been “clearly a mistake.” He said Facebook had considered the data collection “a closed case” and had not alerted the Federal Trade Commission. He assured senators the company would handle the situation differently today.Separately, the company began alerting some of its users that their data was gathered by Cambridge Analytica. A notification that appeared on Facebook for some users Tuesday told them that “one of your friends” used Facebook to log into a now-banned personality quiz app called “This Is Your Digital Life.” The notice says the app misused the information, including public profiles, page likes, birthdays and current cities, by sharing it with Cambridge Analytica.In the hearings, Zuckerberg is trying to both restore public trust in his company and stave off federal regulations that some lawmakers have floated.Democrat Bill Nelson of Florida said he believes Zuckerberg was taking the congressional hearings seriously “because he knows there is going to be a hard look at regulation.”Republicans have yet to get behind any legislation, but that could change.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked Zuckerberg if he would be willing to work with lawmakers to examine what “regulations you think are necessary in your industry.”Absolutely, Zuckerberg responded, saying later in an exchange with Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, that “I’m not the type of person who thinks that all regulation is bad.”Ahead of the hearing, John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said, “This is a serious matter, and I think people expect us to take action.”At the hearing, Zuckerberg said: “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”He outlined steps the company has taken to restrict outsiders’ access to people’s personal information. He also said the company is investigating every app that had access to a large amount of information before the company moved to prevent such access in 2014 — actions that came too late in the Cambridge Analytica case.___Associated Press writers Richard Lardner and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report. Ortutay reported from New York. Hamilton reported from San Francisco.___For complete coverage of the Facebook privacy scandal, visit read more

Norfolk County OPP are investigating two separate instances of vehicles being stolen from driveways.A locked SUV was removed from a Concession 6 Townsend property in the early hours of August 13. The vehicle is described as a black coloured 2012 Ford Edge.In Delhi, a vehicle was stolen from a driveway on Second Avenue on Aug.12. The keys were left inside of the vehicle.Police say this incident occurred between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.The vehicle is a grey coloured 2006 Honda Civic.Police provided a list of steps to avoid car thefts:Do not leave your keys in your vehicle. Do not leave your vehicle running. Lock your vehicle. Treat your keys like cash – Don’t leave keys in places where they are easy to steal such as a gym locker, on your desk at work, in an open purse or unattended in a shopping cart. Never leave anything in your vehicle in plain view such as loose change, cell phones, cameras, clothing, gifts, cigarettes, medication, firearms or any other valuables. Install a remote car starter – Remote starters are designed to shut off if anyone attempts to drive the vehicle without a key. This will allow you to warm up your vehicle. read more

“Ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, much has been done to fill gaps in risk reduction, disaster preparedness and early warning systems,” Shamika N. Sirimanne, ESCAP’s Director of Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division said in a press release issued today.Ms. Sirimanne noted that a key lesson from the 26 December 2004 tsunami was the importance of early warning, and highlighted the establishment of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System in 2011 as an important milestone towards building greater resilience to disasters in Asia-Pacific.But Asia-Pacific remains highly disaster prone, despite progress being made in building resilience, she said at a panel discussion at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand last week marking the 10th anniversary of one of the deadliest natural disasters on record.Critical gaps remain in early warning and additional investments are required particularly at the local level, according to ESCAP.“Reaching the most vulnerable people and remote communities at the ‘last mile’ with timely warnings is critical,” added Ms. Sirimanne. “An efficient end-to-end system is yet to be realized.” ESCAP noted it plays a significant role in galvanizing regional efforts, promoting new technologies and supporting early warning projects through its Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness. The Trust Fund has made contributions to the establishment of regional mechanisms such as the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia, as well as to the strengthening of warning systems at the national and local levels, according to ESCAP. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBeware of “Wanna Cry” ransomware attack says Guyana cyber-security response teamMay 13, 2017In “Business”Global manhunt for WannaCry creatorsMay 15, 2017In “World”Experts warn of another large-scale cyberattackMay 17, 2017In “Internet” (BBC) A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world.Computers in thousands of locations have apparently been locked by a program that demands $300 (£230) in Bitcoin.There have been reports of infections in as many as 74 countries, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and Taiwan.Many security researchers are linking the incidents together.One cyber-security researcher tweeted that he had detected many thousands of cases of the ransomware, known as WannaCry and variants of that name.“This is huge,” said Jakub Kroustek at Avast.Another, at cyber-security firm Kaspersky, said that the ransomware had been spotted cropping up in 74 countries and that the number was still growing.Several experts monitoring the situation have linked the infections to vulnerabilities released by a group known as The Shadow Brokers, which recently claimed to have dumped hacking tools stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA).A patch for the vulnerability was released by Microsoft in March, but many systems may not have had the update installed.Some security researchers have pointed out that the infections seem to be deployed via a worm – a program that spreads by itself between computers.The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) was also hit by a ransomware outbreak on the same day and screenshots of the WannaCry program were shared by NHS staff.A number of Spanish firms were among the apparent victims elsewhere in Europe.Telecoms giant Telefonica said in a statement that it was aware of a “cybersecurity incident” but that clients and services had not been affected.Power firm Iberdrola and utility provider Gas Natural were also reported to have suffered from the outbreak.There were reports that staff at the firms were told to turn off their computers.Screenshots of WannaCry with text in Spanish were also shared online.In Italy, one user shared images appearing to show a university computer lab with machines locked by the same program.Bitcoin wallets seemingly associated with the ransomware were reported to have already started filling up with cash.‘Spreading fast’Another firm that confirmed it had been caught out was delivery company FedEx, though it did not clarify in which territories it had been hit.“Like many other companies, FedEx is experiencing interference with some of our Windows-based systems caused by malware,” it said in a statement.“We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible.”And Portugal Telecom also confirmed it was struck: “But none of our services were affected,” a spokeswoman told the Reuters news agency.“This is a major cyber attack, impacting organisations across Europe at a scale I’ve never seen before,” said security architect Kevin Beaumont.According to security firm Check Point, the version of the ransomware that appeared today is a new variant.“Even so, it’s spreading fast,” said Aatish Pattni, head of threat prevention for northern Europe. read more

first_imgProtecting games from being copied and distributed illegally is all but impossible, and DRM has been repeatedly proven to just annoy the users who paid for a game rather than stopping piracy. But publishers continue to insist on including some form of DRM on discs as a (useless) deterrent.Piracy of The Witcher 2 is sure to have those same publishers scratching their heads, though. The reason being, two versions of the game were released: a DRM-free download version through the popular CD Projekt-owned site The other was a boxed copy complete with DRM distributed by Ubisoft.Guess which version is being pirated?While the game is available right now without DRM from GOG, if you choose to download the game illegally the version you’ll most likely get is the Ubisoft release with the DRM cracked. It seems the GOG version has been left alone for the most part.So why pirate the more difficult DRM-protected version? CD Projekt and GOG have no idea other than guessing it offers no challenge to a pirate. CD Projekt CEO Marcin Iwinski suggests that the piracy scene is all about the “game and the glory.” In other words, if there’s nothing to crack, why bother?I’d also like to suggest that this is in some way support from those who pirate games for a title that removes the DRM barrier. Those cracking the game and distributing it may be after the glory, but they could also be doing it to get around the frustration of DRM. For example, the need to always have a disc in your drive to play, the requirement of a constant Internet connection for a single-player game, a game “breaking” due to it shipping with limited installs, or the performance hit your system takes due to the way in which the DRM works on your machine. None of those frustrations exist with a DRM-free game.The question piracy of The Witcher 2 poses is: if DRM was no longer used across all games, would piracy decrease? CD Projekt announced last year that The Witcher 2 had been pirated 4.5 million times, while 1 million legitimate copies had been sold. The company view that 1 to 5 ratio as not bad at all.via Forbeslast_img read more

first_imgThe Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) welcomes a report highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The Waiter, is that inclusion in my soup? A new recipe to improve business performance report released by Deloitte Australia and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, found workers in more diverse and inclusive workplaces are happier. ECCV chairperson Joe Caputo OAM said the results – that employees who perceive their organisation is committed to, and supportive of diversity are 80 per cent more likely to believe they work in a high performing organisation – show the benefits of having a diverse workplace in terms of innovation, productivity and employee satisfaction. “Workplaces and employers should take heed of this report, as it provides them with an outline of a successful model to implement,” Mr Caputo said. This report’s “recipe for success” includes an equal focus on diversity and inclusion, which in turn results in improved business performance. There are economic benefits from recognising and promoting cultural diversity.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgLast week witnessed another event telling one of the deeply personal stories connecting Greece, Australia, and New Zealand through the Anzac experience.New Zealand-born Richmond resident Peter Ford formally launched the personal memoir of his father’s service in Greece in 1941 and his life after the war back in New Zealand. The memoir is appropriately titled One Man’s Battle.And what better location for Peter to choose to launch his memoir than Melbourne’s magnificent Greek Centre. It was my pleasure to act as master of ceremonies for the launch.Central to the memoir is Peter’s recording of the stories that his father told him of his war service in Greece and the Middle East in WW2.Fred (Frank) Ford was born just weeks after the guns of war fell silent in 1918. When the Second World War broke out he enlisted in the 22nd Wellington Battalion of the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force. After his first battles in Greece in the shadow of Mount Olympus, Fred’s war was like the majority of Anzacs – a fighting withdrawal across central Greece and eventual evacuation to Crete.The memoir provides detailed account of Fred’s intimate experience of the battle of Crete, especially the battles to defend Maleme airfield and the famous Kiwi charge at Galatas, which saw the advancing Germans pushed out of the village. But soon the Allied defenders were overcome and in retreat, as Fred said, “courage and rifles are no match against planes.”His account is personal, and doesn’t shirk from re-telling the horrible reality of war. But he also recounts how he was hidden by a local family as he made his escape from Maleme and headed south to Sfakia. Like many other Allied soldiers, Fred arrived too late to be evacuated. But he was not deterred and had soon obtained a boat and successfully made it to Egypt.Suffice to say, the memoir is full of surprises for the reader. One detail recounts the day that Fred met Field Marshal Rommel who advised him and his men how to avoid capture by his forces!The memoir is also the journey of a son, telling the stories his father told him and of a son’s journey to Crete to follow in his father’s footsteps. And it is also a story of the personal impact of war. Fred passed away in 2007.The memoir will be welcome to all interested in learning more about how the Anzacs came to Greece in 1941 and how the war affected them.The launch included viewings of two audio-visual presentations on the return of New Zealand veterans to Crete in 1991, for the 50th anniversary commemorations held that year. The presentation of excerpts from TV New Zealand included moving footage of Fred Ford’s part in that pilgrimage.The second presentation was the documentary film by Philhellene New Zealand film-maker John Irwin titled In Rich Regard. The documentary focuses on the story of two New Zealand veterans who took part in the 1991 commemorations, meeting up with the local villagers who had hidden and helped them all those years ago. This footage is very moving and emotional. The strong bond created between the individual Anzacs and Cretans is palpable. A small excerpt of the documentary can be viewed online at This documentary definitely needs to be given a wider audience.All who attended the launch were moved by Peter’s dedication in re-telling his father’s story of war and peace. Many veterans of the Greek and Crete campaigns will soon no longer be with us. There is urgency in the need to document and capture these personal memoirs before it is too late. Peter has done his part in ensuring that his father’s story is available for future generations.* The memoir has been printed privately at Peter Ford’s cost. Copies are available for a gold coin donation by emailing him at Peter will apply these donations to the upkeep of memorials on Crete.The launch event is part of the Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council’s program of commemorative events schedule for 2017. For more information on future events, please contact council secretary Tony Tsourdalakis on Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgPlease contact your Members of the House of Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019 (HR 2089) introduced by Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA).  Visit the Soy Action Center here. Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide a two-year extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. This is a “marker” bill that mirrors the biodiesel tax incentive provision in Senate legislation introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). The Senate legislation (S.617) would provide a two-year extension of expired temporary tax incentives, including the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. Those that have already agreed to co-sponsor include: Abby FinkenauerIA Mike KellyPA John LarsonCT Dave LoebsackIA Brett GuthrieKY Steve WatkinsKS Danny DavisIL Bill PascrellNJ Rosa DeLauroCT Ron KindWI Jackie WalorskiIN NameState Emanuel CleaverMO Terri SewellAL Vicky HartzlerMO Cheri BustosIL Cindy AxneIA Darin LaHoodIL Frederica WilsonFL Adrian SmithNE Dusty JohnsonSD Angie CraigMN Mike PenceIN Lucille Roybal-AllardCAlast_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Upperclassmen at Miami-Dade County Public Schools are taking part in a college readiness program with Columbia University.Girls that are juniors and seniors in high school are getting a chance to participate in sessions to prepare them for college in subjects ranging in science, technology, engineering and math.Students also had a chance to speak with a group of female students at Columbia via Skype.“It’s more interactive, more hands on,” said student Arselyne Chery, “and it’s nice being able to learn all these things from women themselves ’cause then it makes us feel that we’re important, and that we can do a lot of things.”Miami is one of just three school districts in the country that is taking part in the inaugural program.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgMira Rajput, Shahid KapoorVarinder ChawlaShahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajput had faced heavy criticism when she had spoken at length about women empowerment and embracing motherhood on International Women’s Day in 2017. She had said that she has no qualms in being a homemaker and being there for Misha at home, as her daughter is not a puppy that she can just spend one hour in a day with and rush to work.Many working women across the country had slammed Mira for her insensitive statements and even today, people have not forgotten her particular choices of words she had used to describe their children at the public event. People have again trained their guns on Mira for stepping out of her house leaving her ‘puppies’ (children) at home.It so happened that Mira along with her husband Shahid were recently spotted by the paparazzi outside a gym in the city. But as soon as Mira’s picture went online, people vented out their anger over her 2-year-old ‘puppy’ remark.”I had a tough pregnancy, I went through those 5 months of difficult times to bring my daughter into this world. So now I want to spend every moment that I can with her and I think there is a set of responsibilities around my plate and I feel at my age I have a lot more energy, I have my future ahead of me, so I can finish all of my responsibility and I have nothing in my way. I can raise my daughter, I can be a good wife. Nothing will stop me after that. I love being at home, I love being a mother to my child, I wouldn’t want to spend one hour a day with my child and rush off to work, why did I have her? She is not a puppy; I want to be there for her as a mother,” Mira had said during an event on International Women’s Day in 2017.Some online users started asking Mira about who was looking after her children – son Zain and daughter Misha (referring as puppies) – at home when she was sweating out at the gym along with her husband Shahid.Take a look. Mira Rajput again gets trolled for her puppy remarkInstagramlast_img read more

first_imgTwo Special Police Officers who joined Jaish-e- Mohammad outfit were killed within 24 hoursTwitter/ Aakash HassanTwo Special Police Officers (SPOs) Shabir Ahmad and Suliman Ahmad, who joined militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed on Eid were killed within 24 hours. They were among four JeM militants killed in a joint operation by J&K Police and CRPF in Lassipora, Pulwama, on Friday morning.The SPOs were reported missing from their homes on Thursday and all the efforts to trace them went futile. Acting on a tip-off, the J&K Police and CRPF conducted a cordon and search operation in the Lassipora area and found the militants holed up in a house. The SPOs had decamped with AK-47 rifles which was later on recovered by the police. The police said that they also found one AKM (Modernized Kalashnikov Automatic Rifle) and one self-loading rifle (SLR) from their possession.The encounter happened a day after an Army soldier, Manzoor Ahmad, was gunned down by the militants in the neighbouring Anantnag district. Manzoor had come home on Eid holidays. Manzoor was a territorial army jawan (162TA) posted at 34 RR Shopian. Incidentally, another trooper, Aurangzeb, was also killed in the Poonch region of J&K last year when he was on Eid holidays.Threats on local police officers, soldiers looming large?Security experts view the fresh spate of attacks as a comeback sign by the militants particularly that of JeM outfit which witnessed massive damage in the form of the loss of its top rank militant commnaders as well as weaponry since last year.In 2018, the militant outfits led by the Hizbul Mujahideen had warned the local youth who joined the J&K police force and the Indian Army of dire consequences if they did not resign from their respective positions. There were reported en masse resignations of the SPOs who were recruited under a special drive by the J&K Police fearing risk for their lives and families. Encounter underway between terrorists and security forces in Panzgam village of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.Twitter/ANIHizbul Mujahideen’s chief in Kashmir, Riyaz Naikoo, who is also one of the most wanted militants from the valley, had said that many of these SPOs were acting as secret informers and were a key to the increased casualties suffered by the militants in the recent past.The militants had also kidnapped the relatives of the SPOs and warned them of death if they continued to support the police forces.last_img read more

first_img Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Stay on target We’ve been making films depicting the inevitable war between artificial intelligence and humans for decades, but most of the time we’re the victims. In the short film Rise, it’s quite the opposite.Soon audiences will get to see more of this future. The five-minute short, which starred the late Anton Yelchin, will be adapted into a feature-length film.The short was written and directed by David Karlak, who has signed on to direct the full version. The screenplay was also written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who both worked on films in the Saw franchise. Dunstan and Melton are returning to write the film.Rise depicts a world where robots have gained something akin to human emotions, which cause the humans to attempt a “recall.” Yelchin plays a robot who has a way to give his kind the upper hand in the war, which has left them the target of a violent genocide.Watch the full short below.The plan is to use the idea and set the film up for a possible franchise. Producers Johnny Lin and Brian Oliver are fully financing it.“Brian and I are extremely excited to have an opportunity to build a film franchise based on David Karlak’s wildly popular short,” said Lin. “I hope this is the start to a long-lasting financing and producing relationship.”Details are scarce beyond the announcement. There’s no word on who will replace Yelchin in the lead role since the actor died last year following a freak car accident. The short also stars Rufus Sewell, who most recently starred in Man in the High Castle, and it’s unclear if he’ll be returning (we hope he does).The short film, which is still up online, is only five minutes long but manages to pack a lot of exposition into its short runtime. The short often feels like a trailer for a much larger idea, with multiple scenes and quick cuts showing robots (called “sentients”) getting rounded up by men in uniform. Some are ripped away from families. Others are taken right off the streets and shot execution style.The tense scene between Yelchin and Sewell’s characters is one of the few full ones, but it packs a punch once you get a glimpse of the payoff. It’s possible to make a feature-length film just talking about the aftermath of that one action.With certain events filling the news as well, including raids on immigrants and an uptick in hate crimes, a story about a war that targets a group of people is always relevant.last_img read more

first_imgIn a unique initiative Women and Child Development minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi and People For Animals have organised an exhibition on Elephant Art – a fundraiser for Wildlife SOS to support the Elephant Rescue Centre and the care of the rescued elephants in India. Renowned artists in the country including SH Raza, Subodh Gupta, Binoy Varghese, Seema Kohli, Rini Dhumal, Thukral & Tagra, Jayasri Burman, Anjolie Ela Menon, Paresh Maity and several others, work will be on display. Also celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan have painted fibreglass elephant statues which will be on display and sale. The exhibition is curated by Sunaina Anand of Art Alive Gallery. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first Elephant Conservation and Care centre in India has been started by an NGO Wildlife SOS that was established in 1998. All the funds raised from the Elephant Art event will be given to Wildlife SOS who run the “Elephant Conservation and Care Center” (ECCC) in Mathura which is near to the Agra Bear Rescue Facility.  Wildlife SOS provides treatment and care for 18 elephants. The ECCC is in the middle of natural vegetation with open fields around for their daily walks and trees to scratch themselves, making it close to the natural habitat of the elephants. Water pools have been provided to the elephants with free access for them to bath and play in the water. The ECCC is flanked by 215 acres of forest on one side and a river on the other side.Historically the elephant is animal which is worshipped across the world. They are folk divinities in three major religions – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. In fact Gautama Buddha descended in the form of a white elephant. This fundraiser will be inaugurated on November 28 at 7 pm onwards and the exhibition will continue till 30th November 2015 at Le Meridian Hotel in the national Capital.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The State Finance department has issued a notification, increasing the retirement age of nurses from 60 years to 62 years.It has been stated in the notification that the move has been made to ensure proper healthcare to the people of Bengal through government hospitals, health centres, etc. The step has been taken up after it was noted that “there is acute shortage of nursing personnel in the state which would be difficult to make up through fresh recruitment, as the existing nursing training schools of the state will not be able to provide the required number of such personnel, with their current infrastructure”. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSo, in order to overcome the situation to some extent and considering all aspects of the matter, the age of retirement of all categories of nursing personnel, who are holding regular appointment and are in service as of September 1, shall be enhanced from 60 years to 62 years. It has also been stated that necessary amendments in this connection in the West Bengal Service Rules Part 1 shall be made in due course. This comes at the time when there are around 84,000 beds in the state-run health centres and there is a requirement of around 50,000 nurses. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to a senior official, recruitment of nurses takes a long time as there are matters related to their training, involved in the process of filling up the vacant posts. So, the step to increase the age limit of retirement for nurses has been taken to ensure that health services do not get hampered due to the lack of nurses. Common people will be benefitted with the step taken by the state government in this connection. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken several measures in the past seven years to create infrastructure for providing better health services to the common people.last_img read more

first_imgIn 2000, a team of scientists, led by Ethiopian paleoanthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged, discovered the skull and bones of a toddler ape-girl from 3.3 million years ago. The fossil was named Selam, meaning “peace” in Ethiopian. Selam belongs to the same species as Lucy, Australopithecus afarensis, and was unearthed just a few miles from the location where the famous female adult was discovered in 1974.Since it is the second complete skeleton from that species, Selam is quite often called Lucy’s baby even though she lived some 120,000 years before Lucy.Selam. Photo by Highrey CC BY-SA 3.0The fossilized remains were found in Dikika, Ethiopia, in the north of the Great Rift Valley of Africa, a region famously known as the Cradle of Civilization since it was once the home of some of our distant relatives and also some now-extinct species of animals such as types of elephants and hippos.Lucy skeleton, reconstruction, Cleveland Natural History Museum. Photo by Andrew from Cleveland CC BY-SA 2.0During the exploration, a fossilized piece of a cheekbone was spotted in a chunk of sandstone, and Alemseged immediately felt that there was more to it. Soon, the team of scientists found an intact skull and a nearly full set of teeth. It took a couple of years to recover all the fossil remnants that were embedded in the hard sandstone.“This is something you find once in a lifetime” were the words of Alemseged.WORLD’S OLDEST WILD BIRD HATCHES CHICKSelam is of great scientific importance because her remains reveals numerous insights into our early human relatives. According to Alemseged, the most exciting and important find is the spine, which was adapted for walking upright — something completely unexpected from such an early hominin.‘Lucy,’ the most complete example of the species, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, August 28, 2007, in Houston, Texas. The exhibition is the first for the fossil outside of Ethiopia and has generated criticism among the museum community and others who believe the fossil is too fragile to be moved from it’s home country. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images)The lower part of the skeleton is also perfectly adapted for walking upright and the pointy canines that distinguish apes from early humans are missing from the teeth. Only the upper body of the fossil reveals more primitive similarities with the apes such as the gorilla-like shoulder blades and the curved chimpanzee-like fingers which served for clinging and climbing trees.Zeresenay Alemseged. Photo by Gerbil CC BY 3.0In 2006, six years after the discovery of Selam’s fossil, the findings were presented in the journal Nature. The discovery set off a debate whether the species walked upright: Some of the scientists believed that the upper body wouldn’t have been so ape-like if they didn’t move in the trees while others argued that it was an evolutionary inheritance not yet lost at the time.“Selam” (Australopithecus) or DIK 1-1. Photo by Jlorenz1 CC BY-SA 3.0National Geographic describe the remarkable fossil find as “Found in sandstone in the Dikika area, the remains include a remarkably well-preserved skull, milk teeth, tiny fingers, a torso, a foot, and a kneecap no bigger than a dried pea.”Read another story from us: For centuries, some Buddhist monks followed self-mummification, which meant a rigorous diet followed by lying in a tomb, ringing a bell each day they were still aliveThe specific reasons that caused Selam’s death couldn’t be determined, but there are indications that the child died suddenly, perhaps in a flood. According to Zeresenay, the child was buried “just after it died,” and as he continued: “That’s why we found an almost complete skeleton, so maybe [drowning] could be the cause of its demise.”last_img read more

first_imgResize videos for Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter online by Martin Brinkmann on November 17, 2017 in Companies, Facebook – Last Update: February 06, 2018 – 1 commentKapwing’s Resize Video tool is an online video resizer that you may use to create optimized videos for the popular services Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.While you can upload any captured video directly to any of the services, doing so may cut off part of the video. The services use different video ratios, and if your video happens to be in a different one, you may end up with black bars or parts of the video that are not visible after uploading it to one of the services.Note: The videos that you create using the service have a watermark. You may remove it my linking your Google or Facebook account to the service, and by paying money for that.The Resize Video editor works pretty much as you would expect it to. Upload a video to the service or point it to a video URL instead. Information about supported file types or the maximum video file size is missing unfortunately. You do get an error message however when you try to upload videos that are larger than 25 Megabytes.The resize editor is loaded automatically after the video has been uploaded. It lists the supported services and the ratios of these services on the left.You can only pick one out of the following services:Instagram — ratio 1:1Instagram Snap Story — ratio 9:16Youtube — ratio 16:9Facebook or Twitter Portrait — 4:5Facebook or Twitter Landscape — 5:4The preview changes automatically when you select one of the available presets. You may also switch from the default “fit” option to “crop” instead. Crop ensures that the video is without black bars, but some of it may be removed in the process.If you keep the fit option, you may furthermore select a black or white background for the image.Once you are satisfied with the selection, click on create video. This opens another page that highlights the processing progress in real-time. The processing itself was fast, and did not take longer than a minute for a 17 Megaybte video file.The application displays options to download the video, or to open it directly in the browser.Closing WordsThe video resizing works really well, but Kapwing needs to work on the informational side of the service. Information such as the maximum upload size and supported file types, and that the video is watermarked, need to be visible on the starting page of the service.SummaryArticle NameResize videos for Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter onlineDescriptionKapwing’s Resize Video tool is an online video resizer that you may use to create optimized videos for the popular services Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgGitHub has become a widely accepted and integral part of software development owing to the imperative features of change tracking that it offers. It was created in 2005 by Linus Torvalds to support the development of the Linux kernel. In this post, Alex Magana and Joseph Muli, the authors of Introduction to Git and GitHub course, discuss some of the best practices you should keep in mind while learning or using Git and GitHub. Document everything A good best practice that eases work in any team is ample documentation. Documenting something as simple as a repository goes a long way in presenting work and attracting contributors. It’s more of a first impression aspect when it comes to looking for a tool to aid in development. Utilize the README.MD and wikis One should also utilize the README.MD and wikis to elucidate the functionality delivered by the application and categorize guide topics and material. You should Communicate the solution of the code in the repository avails. Specify the guidelines and rules of engagement that govern contributing to the codebase. Indicate the dependencies required to set-up the working environment. Stipulate set-up instructions to get a working version of the application in a contributor’s local environment. Keep simple and concise naming conventions Naming conventions are also highly encouraged when it comes to repositories and branches. They should be simple, descriptive and concise. For instance, a repository that houses code intended for a Git course could be simply named as “git-tutorial-material”. As a learner on the bespoke course, it’s easier for a user to get the material, compared to a repository with a name such as “material”. Adopt naming prefixes You should also adopt institute naming prefixes for different task types for branch naming. For example, you may use feat- for feature branches, bug- for bugs and fix- for fix branches. Also, make use of templates that encompass a checklist for Pull Requests. Correspond a PR and Branch to a ticket or task A PR and Branch should correspond to a ticket or task on the project management board. This aids in aligning efforts employed on a product to the appropriate milestones and product vision. Organize and track tasks using issues Tasks such as technical debts, bugs, and workflow improvements should be organized and tracked using Issues. You should also enforce Push and Pull restrictions on the default branch and use webhooks to automate deployment and run pre-merge test suites. Use atomic commits Another best practice is to use atomic commits. An atomic commit is an operation that applies a set of distinct changes as a single operation. You should persist changes in small changesets and use descriptive and concise commit messages to record effected changes. You read a guest post from Alex Magana and Joseph Muli, the authors of Introduction to Git and GitHub. We hope that these best practices help you manage your Git and GitHub more smoothly. Don’t forget to check out Alex and Joseph’s Introduction to Git and GitHub course to learn how to create and enforce checks and controls for the introduction, scrutiny, approval, merging, and reversal of changes. Read Next GitHub addresses technical debt, now runs on Rails 5.2.1 GitHub introduces ‘Experiments’, a platform to share live demos of their research projects. Packt’s GitHub portal hits 2,000 repositorieslast_img read more

first_imgTasmania should focus its tourism efforts on visitors from the Middle East, a growing market to Australia. According to NRG Tourism chief executive Nicole Randall, Australia attracts up to 30,000 visitors from the Middle Eastern region every year and a hidden treasure city like Hobart could help boost those numbers, The Mercury reported. “A lot of my clients are from the Middle East and have, therefore, done many of the traditional parts of the world,” Ms Randall said.”They are now looking further afield and this is the next big city for them.” Ms Randall said the state should promote itself through its nature and outdoor activities.”They have come from a desert, they want the lush and the green and the nature-based activities,” Ms Randall said.”What they are after is something completely different to what they have got at home.” Ms Randall added that although 30,000 visitors was a relatively small number in tourism, the spending that comes from Middle Eastern visitors is high.NRG Tourism was among 20 other companies from around the country in Hobart late last week to discuss marketing and promotional tools to increase the state’s tourism. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more