Early photogenic iceberg raises expectations for Newfoundlands season

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — This historic port city welcomed an unexpected early guest on Easter weekend: a sizable iceberg, a ridge of white framed between the hills of the Narrows leading into the city’s harbour.Visible from downtown, the photogenic ‘berg drew excited locals and tourists to trails along the city’s iconic Signal Hill on Sunday, and raised expectations for this year’s iceberg season.The ‘berg’s early arrival is a good sign for the lucrative industry that offers tourists a look at the frozen formations, most often seen drifting down the coast of the island from May through the summer months.Barry Rogers, whose Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours operates out of St. John’s and Twillingate off the island’s northeast coast, said there have already been upwards of 20 icebergs sighted in the Twillingate area, suggesting a rewarding few months ahead for iceberg chasers.“I’m very optimistic about this season now,” Rogers said. “It’s a darn good sign to have had this much ice around in our Twillingate area in particular.”The 2018 season brought relatively few ‘bergs close to areas with high tourist traffic, though local Facebook groups and Instagram pages documented sightings across Newfoundland’s coastal communities.Meteorologist Brian Walsh posted on Twitter that 2019 “should be a good tourist season for icebergs,” as wind patterns drive more of them closer to Newfoundland’s coast.Most of the ‘bergs floating down the east coast area known as Iceberg Alley come from Greenland after breaking off of 10,000-year-old glaciers and falling into the sea.Despite last year’s small showing, the island’s iceberg season has captured the word’s attention year after year, with striking images that show off the sheer scale of the icebergs against small boats and buildings.One towering iceberg drew a flood of onlookers to Ferryland, a town of about 500, in April 2017, and made headlines in global media including The New York Times, CNN, BBC, Time, The Guardian and Russia’s state-backed news channel.After being in business for over 10 years, Rogers said he doesn’t get tired showing off the beautiful natural phenomenon to tourists and locals who don’t seem to get weary of seeing the contours, changing light and reflections while out on the water. Some of the wonder comes from what’s left unseen, Rogers said, given that about 90 per cent of an iceberg’s mass is submerged under water.“You have to really let your imagination kick in to be able to think about that full volume,” Rogers said. “That intrigues a lot of people, the beautiful colourations and so on.”While onlookers gathered on land Sunday, St. John’s photographer Alick Tsui was down with Rogers and his team on the water for an up close and personal look at the floating spectacle.“From my estimate, the ‘Easter Berg’ is about 6 metres high and 60 metres in length. It is a beautiful flat tabular small berg,” Tsui wrote in a blog post.Tsui has shot many iceberg photos over the years but said he doesn’t tire of the chase — he was considering driving to Bonavista, about three hours up the coast, to shoot photos this weekend but was lucky enough to catch the St. John’s ‘berg by staying close to home.His iceberg chases have taken him up and down the island, and he said he recommends friends come to visit during iceberg season to catch the special sights known to arrive at many Newfoundlanders’ doorsteps.“In Twillingate two years ago, I sat down on a hill and watched an iceberg for three hours watching the boats pass by and seeing the waves cutting on the iceberg,” Tsui said.“If you are lucky enough you can see one of the icebergs that splits into little pieces and that will be amazing. The sound it made was so loud, I mean, you could never, never forget it.”Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

King Mohammed VI Reviews Healthcare Expansion Progress

Rabat- El Othmani and Doukkali informed the King of the first steps the inter-ministerial commission has made to improve the Medical Assistance Plan (RAMED) in a meeting at the Royal Palace of Rabat.The King noted the inconsistencies affecting RAMED’s implementation and the need to rectify the country’s ailing healthcare system.In his Throne Day speech, July 29, the King urged ministers to focus on RAMED, suggesting that they should collectively work to correct the country’s health system “characterized by blatant disparities and poor management” and bring positive change for Moroccans. Read Also: Macron to Visit Morocco Next Week to Launch LGV with King Mohammed VIThe King pledged to personally supervise the project and remove anything that might hinder its progress.The government plans to cover 90 percent of the Moroccan population with health insurance by 2021.RAMED, which has been in place for six years, and Compulsory Health Insurance (AMO) cover only 60 percent of Moroccans. More than 25 percent of Moroccans (8.5 million) do not have access to medical care, especially the poor who live in rural areas, according to the World Bank 2017 Economic Memorandum.The quality of healthcare is also affected by the many qualified doctors who emigrate because of the lack of proper infrastructure.In his speech on the opening of the legislative year, October 12, the King proposed that foreign investors in the Moroccan healthcare system share their professional expertise to benefit the country’s youth and increase employment opportunities in all sectors.The King said the proposal would be a win-win because the King suggested opening jobs which are “currently unlicensed for foreigners in the health sector.” In May, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pledged to support Morocco’s ambition to extend health insurance to low-income and disadvantaged people.The 2011 Constitution dictates equal access of citizens to health care, basic medical coverage, solidarity, health equality, and equal distribution of health resources. read more

ACF submits report on Lanka

Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) and human rights initiative SPEAK are submitting a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in advance of the HRC’s review of Sri Lanka’s human rights practices in October 2012, a Reuters report said today.On 4 August 2006, 17 aid workers working for humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger (ACF) International were murdered in the town of Muttur, north-eastern Sri Lanka. The massacre accounts for one of the most serious crimes ever committed against a non-governmental organisation. Several legal proceedings were initiated in Sri Lanka, but ACF has been forced to recognise the failure of these procedures and the blatant lack of will of the Sri Lankan justice system to establish the truth and identify the perpetrators of the massacre. As a result ACF and human rights initiative SPEAK are submitting a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) condemning the obstructionism and flagrant failures of the Sri Lankan authorities. The report highlights that the search for the truth has been a casualty of obstructionism, the intrusion of politics into the judicial process, a lack of transparency and massive errors during the two years of investigations.ACF is calling on the Human Rights Council to launch a full international and independent investigation to obtain the truth and identify the perpetrators of the brutal massacre and officially recognise Sri Lanka’s violations of its international obligations. Following the Muttur massacre, ACF closely followed three national-level judicial proceedings. The proceedings, which spanned two years of investigations, were subject to continuous delays and have been riddled with errors. After the departure of international observers, ACF withdrew from the proceedings and left the country in March 2008 to advocate for a full international investigation into the crime to bring the guilty parties to justice.ACF considers that it is now the responsibility of the international community and the United Nations to address Sri Lanka’s failures to fulfill its duties under International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law. read more

Charles Saatchi to divorce wife TV chef Nigella Lawson after assaulting her

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Prominent art collector Charles Saatchi said Sunday he is divorcing his celebrity chef wife Nigella Lawson because she did not publicly defend his reputation after images emerged of him grasping her throat in a posh London restaurant.Tabloid newspapers last month published photos of the incident, which Saatchi described as a “playful tiff” during an intense debate about the couple’s children.The 70-year-old Saatchi was given a police “caution” after admitting assault.He told Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper that he was “sorry” to announce he will be divorcing Lawson, adding that they have become “estranged” and drifted apart over the past year.“‘I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way,” he said.In what the tabloid called an “exclusive statement” breaking the news to Lawson, Saatchi also suggested that Lawson had herself grasped his neck in a similar fashion in the past.The Mail on Sunday said that Lawson was not made aware of the divorce move prior to publication.Lawson and Saatchi married in 2003 and lived in London with Lawson’s son and daughter from her marriage to journalist John Diamond, who died of cancer in 2001, and Saatchi’s daughter from a previous marriage.Lawson’s spokesman Mark Hutchinson — who previously has confirmed that she and her children left the family home after the photos were published — declined to comment on Saatchi’s statement.Lawson is a well-known TV presenter and chef whose cookbooks are bestsellers in Britain and the United States.Saatchi, co-founder of the Saatchi & Saatchi ad agency, owns one of London’s biggest private art galleries. He was the main patron of the Young British Artists movement of the 1990s, which made household names of artists including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 7, 2013 8:43 am MDT Charles Saatchi to divorce wife, TV chef Nigella Lawson, after assaulting her at a restaurant read more

Most activelytraded companies on the TSX

Most actively-traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 5, 2016 2:50 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,648.77, up 119.99 points):Telesta Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:TST). Health care. Up 1.5 cents, or 30 per cent, to 6.5 cents on 9.8-million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down one cent, or 0.50 per cent, to $1.98 on seven-million shares. Bombardier reported a US$490 million net loss Friday and said one of its coveted CSeries orders was scaled back after a quarter that saw the aerospace giant deliver the first passenger jets. The company said it agreed to revise a 2013 order by Ilyushin Finance Co. for 32 CSeries 300 planes in response to the Russian firm’s market needs. Under the changes, the Moscow leasing company would now buy 20 CS300 and one Q400 aircraft. Revenue from all sources, reported in U.S. dollars, fell during the second quarter to $4.31 billion from $4.62 billion.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 26 cents, or 1.53 per cent, to $17.21 on 5.4-million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 16 cents, or 2.11 per cent, to $7.44 on 5.2-million shares.Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX:GCM). Miner. Down half-a-cent, or 3.45 per cent, to 14 cents on 5.1-million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down three cents, or 0.68 per cent, to $4.38 on 4.8-million shares.Companies reporting major news:Magna International (TSX:MG). Auto parts. Up $2.71, or 5.44 per cent, to $52.57 on 1.2-million shares. Magna is reporting net income of US$558 million in the second quarter, a slight improvement for the Canadian auto parts giant compared with the same quarter a year ago. The Aurora, Ont.-based company — which reports in U.S. currency — says diluted earnings per share were equal to $1.41, up from $538 million or $1.29 in the second quarter of 2015. read more

Don Cyr steps up as new Dean of Goodman School of Business

Don Cyr has been appointed Dean of the Goodman School of Business.The Goodman School of Business has its first-ever full-time dean, and he won’t need any help finding his way to the office.Don Cyr has been interim Dean of Business at Brock for 16 months, and has now accepted an appointment as Dean of the Goodman School. The five-year appointment takes effect on July 1, and until then he will remain as interim dean.Cyr was named interim Dean of Business in January 2012, and remained at the helm last October when the faculty was renamed the Goodman School of Business to honour the family of University Chancellor Ned Goodman, which gave a major gift to the school.Cyr said he’s honoured to be inaugural Dean of the Goodman School, whose educational opportunities promote the success of businesses and not-for-profit organizations across the Niagara region.“The Goodman School of Business is not just on the move, it has arrived,” said Cyr. It is one of the top 10 business schools in Canada with the largest number of co-op and service learning opportunities for business students in Canada. With close to 100 faculty members and more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, it is a full range business school.“Going forward, with the transformational gift provided by Mr. Goodman and family, we will build on our strengths of providing high quality, student-focused, innovative business education opportunities. A new facility in which to house our growing operations is a critical element of this strategy.”The appointment was announced by Provost and Vice-President Academic Murray Knuttila, who said Cyr provides crucial leadership “to Brock, our students and our communities.”“This is an important time in the Goodman School’s development,” said Knuttila. “Don has an established record of community-relevant and academically sound research and scholarship. He will be an excellent role model for the school.”University President Jack Lightstone praised Cyr’s “wisdom, experience and commitment.”“I am confident that under his leadership the School will advance and innovate in teaching, research and its impact on the economic development of the communities around us and beyond,” said Lightstone.The school’s namesake also expressed his pleasure, with Chancellor Goodman saying, “I am thrilled that Don Cyr has accepted the position as Dean of the Goodman school of Business.”Cyr came to Brock in 1995 as an associate professor of finance, teaching courses in corporate finance, international finance and investments. He also served as chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance in 2001 and the Faculty’s Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research from 2002 to 2009. He holds a Master of Business Administration (University of Saskatchewan), a master’s degree in Economics (University of Alberta) and a PhD in Finance (University of Alberta).Throughout his career, he has received numerous teaching awards, authored many research articles in the area of finance, as well as several professional training programs for the investment industry. read more

Première photo du Nikon D800 DSLR

first_imgPremière photo du Nikon D800 DSLR ?Longtemps objet de rumeurs, le Nikon D800 DSLR se dévoilerait enfin à travers une mystérieuse photo circulant sur Internet.Le D800 aurait-il été dévoilé ? Une photo, révélée par le site Nikonrumors et relayée par Engadget semble l’attester. Assez proche de son aîné le D700, il garderait la même finesse et le même poids. Mais sa fiche technique, elle aussi publiée à l’insu de Nikon, montrerait que le dernier né du constructeur japonais en a sous le capot.À lire aussiOlympus annonce l’arrivée prochaine du SZ-31MR iHSLe D800 sera composé d’un objectif avec un capteur de 36 mégapixels, pour des clichés d’une définition de 7360 x 4912 pixels. Il pourra bien évidemment capturer de la vidéo en 1080p à une fréquence d’images modifiable (24, 25 ou 30 images par seconde) et même atteignant les 60 images par seconde en 720p. L’écran de 3 pouces à l’arrière, de définition inconnue pour l”heure, est promis, selon le document de présentation, “plus brillant et plus petit”.La date de sortie sur le territoire européen est encore un mystère pour l’heure mais les sources s’accordent pour le 24 novembre au Japon. Définitivement réservé à un usage professionnel, le Nikon D800 DSLR sera vendu à un prix de 3 500 dollars, soit 2600 euros environ. Le 21 novembre 2011 à 18:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le Yalta des mobiles prend fin avec le rejet du pourvoi dOrange

first_imgLe “Yalta des mobiles” prend fin avec le rejet du pourvoi d’OrangeLa condamnation à une amende de 534 millions d’euros destinée aux trois opérateurs mobile pour entente illicite a été confirmée. Prononcée depuis 2005, les opérateurs ont désormais épuisé toutes les voies de recours.L’affaire des ententes illégales entre opérateurs est désormais terminée. La cour de cassaction a publié hier un arrêt dans lequel elle rejette le pourvoi formulé par l’opérateur Orange. Aux yeux de la justice, les trois opérateurs SFR, Orange et Bouygues Télécom sont désormais déclarés coupable d’entente illicite et condamner à payer une amende record de 534 millions d’euros.Cette affaire avait commencé dans les années 2000, quand l’UFC-Que-Choisir avait saisi l’Autorité de la concurrence en dénonçant une entente entre les opérateurs. Cette entente leur aurait permis d’échanger des informations stratégiques entre 1997 et 2003 et de se répartir les parts de marché, selon des objectifs négociés entre eux, entre 2000 et 2002.En 2005, le verdict était tombé et l’Autorité de la concurrence avait requis une amende de 534 millions d’euros répartie différemment entre les trois opérateurs. Pour les échanges d’informations, Orange était condamné à 41 millions d’euros d’amende, SFR à 35 millions et Bouygues à 16 millions. Pour l’entente sur les parts de marché, Orange été condamné à 215 millions d’euros d’amende, SFR 185 millions d’euros et Bouygues Télécom à 42 millions d’euros.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais si les amendes ont été payées en 2005, les opérateurs ont éssayé pendant sept ans tous les recours possible et l’affaire a donné lieu à trois recours devant la cour d’appel de Paris et trois pourvois en cassation. En 2010, la cour de cassation a validé les amende de SFR et de Bouygues Télécom, mais des précisions supplémentaires avait été réclamées à Orange. C’est le 30 mai 2012 que la cours a tranché et a rejeté le pourvoi de l’opérateur, le condamnant à payer l’amende. Cette décision met fin aux voies de recours possibles et clos l’affaire surnommée le “Yalta des mobiles”. Selon Le Monde, l’Autorité de concurrence se félicite que “l’existence des pratiques relevées et sanctionnées par le Conseil ainsi que le montant des amendes prononcées de 534 millions d’euros, qui ont été versées au Trésor public dès le mois de décembre 2005, soient intégralement confirmés”. Le 31 mai 2012 à 13:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Get Early Black Friday Savings of 15 Percent Off on These Headphones

first_imgMore Deals on Geek.com:Black Friday 2018: Best Amazon Deals for Gaming, Tech, and Smart HomeEnjoy Pre-Black Friday Prices on These DronesSee Objects in Tiny Detail With These HD Wireless Digital Microscope Love music? Get more enjoyment from your playlist with Cowin E7 Active Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones. Score early Black Friday pricing and save an extra 15% off the already discounted price of $63.99 when you use code EBFSD15 at check out.These popular headphones stand out from the rest of the pack. They deliver breathtaking sound, offer advanced noise-cancellation technology, and boast an ergonomic fit so they stay comfortable for hours. They also feature a durable construction, an extra long battery life, and a host of other qualities that make Cowin E7’s the best option in their class.Cowin E7’s are so good, we think it’d be a challenge to find anything else in the same price range that comes close to measuring up. But don’t just take our word for it. Instead, we invite you to explore the more than 7000 reviews — with an average satisfaction rating of 4.3 out of 5 — that are currently posted on Amazon’s product page.Why pay more for elite headphones when you can get the same performance and features for less? Purchase Cowin E7 Active Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones now and receive early Black Friday savings of an extra 15% off our price of $63.99 with code EBFSD15. Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Cowin E7 Active Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones – $63.99See Deal Stay on targetlast_img read more

Youth Speak Out Event invites suggests on improving the community

first_imgSuggestions on the Youth Wall at the Northway Mall. Hillman/KSKAThe NAACP and Global Block are trying to get youth to speak up about their needs and what they want from the Anchorage community. They hosted an event Saturday at the Northway Mall.  Though icy streets and sidewalks kept the crowds small, forty youth posted ideas on a wall. They said they wanted things like more activities, youth centers, go karts, places to feel safe, and a clean environment.University student Joycelyn Weaver says kids need more things to do in order to keep them off the streets, but they also just need adults to listen to them.“I feel like sometimes when we speak to adults about what we think, it’s not all the way taken seriously. And it could be the way that we’re approaching it. I think it’s just finding the right adult to listen to you and hear your problems. It’s important because once that one adult hears you, they tell other adults and it becomes like a gang of adults who are willing to do something and make a difference.”George Martinez with the Global Block Foundation helped coordinate the event. “So what we were able to do is have some local artists, local DJs to create this celebratory environment really about framing the opportunity for young people’s voices to be heard and they can leave a mark on the city with their suggestions.”Martinez says the event was a continuation of the conversation started with the school district earlier this month on how to help young people of color succeed. He says they will host similar events in the future.last_img read more

Mollywood audience excited as action King Suresh Gopi makes a comeback

first_imgSuresh Gopi, the Mollywood action king, is all set to make a grand comeback in the industry with a new movie that will be directed by Nithin Renji Panicker. Even though no exclusive details about the plot has been released yet, sources close to the movie reveal that this flick will be a thriller, set in the backdrop of a forest.Apart from Suresh Gopi, veteran actor Lal is also playing a crucial role in the movie. Suresh Gopi and Lal had previously shared screen space in the blockbuster movie ‘Thenkasipattanam’. The audience believes that the duo will repeat the same magic in the upcoming movie too.Nithin Renji Panicker made his directorial debut with the movie Kasaba, which featured Mammootty in the lead role. Even though the film did not do very well in the box-office, critics praised Nithin for his uncompromising cinematic language and fast-paced storytelling style.After the release of Kasaba, Nithin Renji Panicker had planned to make Lelam 2 with Suresh Gopi. However, due to technical reasons, the filming of the movie got delayed. Suresh Gopi was also occupied by his political endeavours, which compelled Panicker to delay the big project.After he lost in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, Suresh Gopi has decided to become more active in the entertainment industry. He has already completed shooting the Tamil movie ‘Tamilarasan’, which features Vijay Antony in the lead role. The film is expected to be a high-voltage action thriller and Suresh Gopi is apparently playing the role of a doctor.In Malayalam, Suresh Gopi has already given the nod to play the lead role in a family drama that will be directed by Anoop Sathyan. Apart from Suresh Gopi, the makers have also roped in veteran actress Shobhana and Nazriya Nazim to play other crucial roles.last_img read more

Several wounded in Munich rail station shooting

first_imgPolice officers secure the area around a commuter rail station in Unterfoehring near Munich, southern Germany, where shots were fired. Photo: AFPSeveral people were wounded when shots were fired at a commuter rail station near the southern German city of Munich on Tuesday and one person was detained, police said.“Several people were injured by shots. A female police officer was badly wounded” at an S-Bahn station in Unterfoehring, a northeastern suburb of the Bavarian city, police tweeted, and that the scene was now “secured”.A Munich police spokesman, Marcus da Gloria Martins, later told reporters there was no indication of a “political or religious” motive behind the incident.“The sole male perpetrator was motivated by personal reasons,” he said.Martins said that the unidentified man had tried to push at least one police officer in front of an incoming train, leading to a scuffle during which he took the female officer’s gun and fired.“The police officer was shot in the head and critically injured,” Martins said.Two other people at the station were seriously injured but their lives were not believed to be in danger. They were being treated in local hospitals.“The assailant was arrested. He was also injured. There are no indications of further perpetrators,” according to another police tweet.“The area around the suburban train station Unterfoering has been cordoned off.”Last July, an 18-year-old, David Ali Sonboly, shot dead nine people at a Munich shopping mall before turning the gun on himself, having spent a year planning the rampage.Police said the German-Iranian teen was “obsessed” with mass murderers such Norwegian right-wing fanatic Anders Behring Breivik and had no links to the Islamic State (IS) group.And in March, an axe-wielding attacker wounded nine people in a bloody rampage at a railway station in the western city of Duesseldorf.The 36-year-old Kosovan national had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic with a history of high anxiety and self-harm, police said, ruling out a terrorist motive.Instead, they suggested he might have carried out the attack at the station to end his own life.The suspect was taken into custody after jumping off a bridge.German authorities have been on high alert since a series of attacks claimed by IS.The most deadly came last December when a Tunisian rejected asylum seeker rammed a truck into a crowded Berlin Christmas market in an attack that killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others.last_img read more

India for enacting law against lynching if needed

first_imgRajnath SinghReiterating that 1984 Sikh riots was the biggest incident of lynching, Indian union home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the central government is taking the incidents of lynching “very seriously” and might bring a law, if necessary, to stop it.”I want to make it clear that the government is not just concerned but has taken lynching incidents very seriously,” Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha after opposition members raised the issue days after a cattle farmer was killed allegedly by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar.Rajnath Singh said the biggest incident of lynching had occurred in 1984 when thousands of Sikhs were killed in the aftermath of the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi.”But, the incidents of lynching should not be politicised. The Supreme Court has also given its observations on lynchings,” he said.The home minister said the government on Monday set up a high-level committee and a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by him to check mob lynchings and suggest measures to stop mob violence in the country.He said the Home Secretary-led committee would give its recommendations to the Group of Ministers within four weeks.”After deliberations, we will take a decision as to what needs to be done to take strong action against the incidents of lynchings. We will also bring a law if that is required,” he said, adding that such incidents have been happening for the past many years.In the officials committee to be headed by home secretary R K Gauba, the Secretaries of the Departments of Justice, Legal Affairs, Legislative and Social Justice and Empowerment will also be members.External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari, Law and Justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and social justice and empowerment minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot are members of the GoM.The GoM will submit their recommendations to the prime minister.During the discussion, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge demanded that the government should appoint a sitting Supreme Court judge to probe the incidents of lynchings.Referring to the Alwar lynching case, Kharge said: “There was a direct involvement of police in the death of the victim (Rakbar Khan). The Gau Rakhshaks who lynched the victim were followers of the local MLA (Ramgarh MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja).”Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan interrupted and said no allegations should be levelled as the investigation was on.”Since the state (Rajasthan) government is not responding, we demand that the Centre should also appoint a sitting Supreme Court judge to probe the incidents of lynchings apart from the high-level committees,” he added.Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambi Durai said even though law and order is a state subject, the states need the support of the Centre to modernise the police staff in order to tackle such incidents.CPI(M) MP Mohammed Salim said a trend of mob justice on the streets is increasing based on rumours, cow protection or child-lifting.”Such an environment has been created in the country for the past 10-12 years and the situation is worsening. We need to accept the fact. Such incidents of hatred are spreading across the country and it is very dangerous. It is not just a Hindu-Muslim issue or a matter of cow protection, even Swami Agnivesh was attacked.”If we garland the convicts in mob lynching case and protect them… such incidents are also happening in West Bengal and Tripura, which had never occurred earlier,” said Salim.last_img read more

Should You Do Business in the Cloud

first_imgMarch 11, 2010 Register Now » By now you’ve probably heard the term “cloud computing” mentioned in the press, thanks to the PR machines of Microsoft, Sun, Google and Salesforce.com, among others. But what exactly is cloud computing, and what does it mean for small businesses?Simply put, it’s computing that is done on the Web. Rather than installing software on a computer that sits in your office, the applications that you need to run your business are stored on servers in data centers owned by the software company–“in the cloud” so to speak. You access your software and your business data via a Web browser–from any computer that is connected to the internet anywhere in the world. Some of the benefits to this approach include:Lower initial cost: Instead of buying software, you essentially rent it. You pay a monthly fee for each user. You also avoid the expense and hassle of paying for software upgrades. There is only one copy of the software running on the servers “in the cloud” and every time you log in you access the latest and greatest features without having to do anything extra.Lower overhead: Your IT infrastructures needs are greatly reduced with cloud computing. The company that “hosts” your software and data maintains the hardware, upgrades the software and keeps the service running. You can focus on running your business rather than on maintaining your computers. All you need is a computer with a fast and reliable web connection.Maximum mobility: Because your programs and data reside “in the cloud,” you can run your business from anywhere you can reach the Web. With today’s wireless laptops and smart phones, you don’t even have to sit behind a desk. You can check inventory while on a job site or run payroll while lounging poolside.Easier collaboration: Cloud computing makes it easier for you to collaborate with your clients, customers and employees while avoiding the logjam caused by sending large files. Instead of passing around a bulky digital file, such as a spreadsheet or a presentation, and hoping that all parties are looking at the most current version, you can all go to a Web address to view and work on a given project in real time.Increased safety: Cloud computing offers two key safety advantages. First, having your anti-malware software in the cloud generally means better, faster protection against the swarms of viruses, worms and other digital threats floating around out there. Rather than downloading the latest virus signatures to your computer to protect it at the endpoint, your security vendor can zap the bugs while they’re in the air.Second, having your business records backed up in the cloud better protects your data from losses due to catastrophes like a server meltdown. If your hard drive simply takes a nosedive, your data are backed up automatically and continuously at one or more remote locations. Of course, you are counting on the software company to take care of the data, but in almost all circumstances they are going to much greater lengths to double and triple protect your data because their entire business depends on it.What to Look for in the CloudSome key features to look for when shopping for cloud-based business software and services include:Interoperability: Your applications should work together in harmony, not alone in individual silos. For example, your accounting software should mesh with your customer relationship management software. You should not have to toggle back and forth between separate CRM and financial programs when talking with a customer or the phone or when planning a new marketing campaign. Once captured, data should flow freely between these critical business applications.Reliability: Because you are putting your business records and processes in the hands of a third party, you want to make sure that the vendor has a proven track record and will stay with you for the long haul. Choose carefully. If your cloud vendor suddenly goes dark, your business could do the same. Make sure the company you use has a good track record and is going to be around for the long haul.All in all, I’m a huge fan of applications “in the clouds” and recommend it over desktop software to almost all of the small businesses I talk to. The ease, affordability, mobility, accessibility and safety of cloud computing make it one less thing you need to worry about so you can focus on growing your business instead. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Indias government pushes back against calls for samesex marriage

first_imgIndia Supreme Court sets July deadline in battle to legalize gay sexWill Cambodia be the next Asian country to get same-sex marriage?What is Section 377? Everything you need to know about India’s anti-gay lawRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/indias-government-pushes-back-against-calls-for-same-sex-marriage/ ‘Same-sex marriages are not compatible with norms of nature, so we don’t support them. Bharatiya society doesn’t have the tradition of recognizing such relations,’ an RSS spokesperson said.Biggest decriminalization verdict in historyThe historic decision to repeal Section 377 was met with elation by LGBTI rights supporters throughout the world.In a country with a population of 1.3 billion and an estimated LGBTI population of 78 million, the ruling by India’s Supreme Court was the biggest decriminalization verdict in history.The court ruled that Section 377 on the grounds that it was was unconstitutional and violated rights to privacy. The law, which had been introduced when India was still under British colonial rule, prohibited ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal.’Moves to repeal Section 377 have been ongoing for decades, though in recent months the calls to repeal the law had gained increased momentum. Numerous celebrities and public figures had also added their voices calling for the repeal of the law and in support of LGBTI rights.However, there had been calls from animal rights activists had called for the law to be modified rather than fully repealed as it protected animals from sexual abuse.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- India’s government has indicated that it will push back against attempts to legalize same-sex marriage.center_img Photo: @scroll_in/Instagram This comes after the country’s Supreme Court made history by repealing Section 377, a law which had effectively criminalized homosexuality in India.The court’s decision on Thursday (6 September) thereby decriminalized same-sex relationships in the world’s most populous country.In response to calls to legalize same-sex marriage, an anonymous government official said: ‘Decriminalisation of same-sex acts was fine but the government would oppose any demand to legalize same-sex marriage,’ The Hindustan Times reported.‘Equality is a fundamental right’LGBTI activists have been celebrating the ruling to repeal Section 377, a goal which some had spent decades working towards.But some activists felt that this was not enough, and that by recognizing LGBTI rights then the court’s ruling should also entail full equality for India’s LGBTI community.‘If equality of LGBTQ persons is now a fundamental right, then right to marry, bequeath property, share insurance (medical and life) are all part of this. We are asking for rights respect and dignity and it is unconstitutional and impudent to deny that,’ said LGBTI rights supporter, Sunil Mehra.However, the government were quick to make clear that there were no plans to legalize same-sex marriage.Following the repeal of Section 377, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the hardline and ultra-nationalist wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), dismissed the idea of marriage equality in India. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Adobe Acquires Allegorithmic a popular 3D editing and authoring company

first_imgYesterday, Adobe announced that it has acquired Allegorithmic. Allegorithmic is the creator of Substance, and other 3D editing and authoring tools for gaming, entertainment, and post-production. Allegorithmic’s customer base is diverse ranging across gaming, film and television, e-commerce, retail, automotive, architecture, design and advertising industries. Popular Algorithmic users include Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Ikea, BMW, Louis Vuitton, Foster + Partners among others. Allegorithmic’s Substance tools are used in games, such as Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, and Forza. Allegorithmic’s tools have been used for visual effects and animation for some of the popular movies like Blade Runner 2049, Pacific Rim Uprising, and Tomb Raider. Adobe will help in accelerating Allegorithmic’s product roadmap and go-to-market strategy and further extend its reach among enterprise, SMB, and individual customers. Sebastien Deguy, CEO and founder at Allegorithmic will take up a leadership role as the vice president and handle Adobe’s broader 3D and immersive designs. With this acquisition, Adobe also wants to make Creative Cloud (a set of applications and services from Adobe Systems that gives users access to a collection of software used for graphic design, video editing and more) the home to 3D design tools. How will Creative Cloud benefit from Allegorithmic Adobe and Allegorithmic previously worked together three years ago. As the result of their work, Adobe introduced a standard PBR material for its Project Aero, Adobe Dimension, Adobe Capture, and every 3D element in Adobe Stock. Now, Adobe will empower video game creators, VFX artists, designers, and marketers by combining Allegorithmic’s Substance 3D design tools with Creative Cloud’s imaging, video and motion graphics tools. Creative Cloud can benefit from Allegorithmic’s tools in gaming, entertainment, retail and even for designing textures and materials that give 3D content detail and realism. Creative Cloud tools such as Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Dimension, and After Effects are already in use and are of great significance for content creators, the addition of Allegorithmic’s Substance tools to Creative Cloud would turn out to be more powerful. In a blog post, Scott Belsky, chief product officer and executive vice president at Creative Cloud, said, “Our goal with Creative Cloud is to provide creators with all the tools they need for whatever story they choose to tell. Increasingly, stories are being told with 3D content. That’s why I’m excited to announce that today Adobe has acquired Allegorithmic, the industry standard in tools for 3D material and texture creation for gaming and entertainment.” Sebastien Deguy, said, “Allegorithmic and Adobe share the same passion for bringing inspiring technologies to creators. We are excited to join the team, bring together the strength of Allegorithmic’s industry-leading tools with the Creative Cloud platform and transform the way businesses create powerful, interactive content and experiences.” In future, Adobe might focus on making Allegorithmic tools available via subscription. Some users are concerned about the termination of the perpetual license and are unhappy about this news. It would be interesting to see the next set of updates from the team at Adobe. Read Next Adobe set to acquire Marketo putting Adobe Experience Cloud at the heart of all marketing Adobe glides into Augmented Reality with Adobe Aero Adobe to spot fake images using Artificial Intelligencelast_img read more

Chinchilla meets with new Assembly chief

first_imgFrom the print editionPresident Laura Chinchilla on Wednesday met with new Legislative Assembly President Victor Granados for the first time since his May 1 election. At Casa Presidencial, the two discussed their priorities for the Costa Rican Congress, which includes pushing bills about security and finances. According to Radio ADN, Chinchilla wants to pass bills on the issues of human trafficking, guns and regulating casinos and bookmakers. Also on the table are bills discussing free trade agreements with Peru, Singapore and China, reforms to the transit law and fiscal transparency. The government does not consider controversial bills including same-sex unions a priority. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img

Fed agency blames giant hack on neglected security system

first_imgChaffetz said the two breaches “may be the most devastating cyberattack in our nation’s history,” and said OPM’s security policy was akin to leaving its doors and windows unlocked and expecting nothing to be stolen.“I am as distressed as you are about how long these systems have gone neglected,” Archuleta said, adding at another point, “The whole of government is responsible and it will take all of us to solve the issue.”Archuleta and the other witnesses offered few new details about the breaches in the public hearing, deferring most questions about methods and damage to a later, classified session.After that session, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the committee’s ranking Democrat, demanded that the committee hear testimony from two OPM contractors, KeyPoint and USIS, that fell victim to hacks last year. Earlier, Cummings and other lawmakers questioned whether the OPM network was compromised first through hacking of the contractors, and OPM officials declined to answer.During the open hearing, Donna Seymour, the agency’s chief information officer, confirmed that personnel information on 4.2 million current and former federal employees had been stolen, not just accessed. Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories FILE – In this April 22, 2015 file photo, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. When hackers broke into a database filled with the private information of U.S. security clearance holders, they likely got access to the names of foreign relatives of some of those officials who are living abroad. “It may be the single biggest breach of data that our government has ever had,” said Chaffetz on teh C-SPAN Newsmakers program, calling the stolen data “the most sensitive information we have.” (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Comments   Share   ___Follow Ken Dilanian on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KenDilanianAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The number of security clearance holders whose data has been taken is not yet known, she said. But the records go back to 1985 and include contractors as well as federal employees. Some government officials estimate the number could be up to 14 million.And because their security clearance applications contain personal information about friends and family, those people’s data is vulnerable as well.Seymour also disclosed that any federal employees who submitted service history records to OPM, whether or not their personnel records are kept by the agency, likely had their information stolen. That raised the specter that intelligence agency employees who were not kept in the main personnel system for security reasons may have been exposed anyway.Another fear is that covert intelligence officers working undercover as government employees may have been made vulnerable. If their names are not in the federal employee database, that could be revealing to foreign adversaries; there also could be holes in any bogus employee record built for spying cover purposes.Andy Ozment, a top Department of Homeland Security cyber official, said the hackers gained access to OPM’s network using stolen credentials.center_img That was important because many lawmakers and outside experts had criticized OPM for failing to take the obvious step of encrypting sensitive data, including Social Security numbers. Ozment said attackers with network credentials could have accessed encrypted data, anyway.Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican and former covert CIA officer, said he didn’t doubt the good intentions of the OPM witnesses, but “the execution has been horrific.”China denies involvement in the cyberattack, and no evidence has been aired publicly proving Chinese involvement although the government says it has “moderate confidence” China was involved.Lawmakers voiced fears Tuesday that China will seek to gain leverage over Americans with access to secrets by pressuring their overseas relatives and contacts, particularly if they happen to be living in China or another authoritarian country.“China now has a list of Chinese citizens worldwide who are in close contact with American officials and they can use that for espionage purposes,” said Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Florida Republican.In the cyberattack targeting federal personnel records, hackers are believed to have obtained the Social Security numbers, birth dates, job actions and other private information on every federal employee and millions of former employees and contractors. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall In the other attack, which the Obama administration acknowledged on Friday after downplaying the possibility for days, the cyber spies got detailed background information on millions of military, intelligence and other personnel who have been investigated for security clearances.Applicants for security clearances are required to list drug use, criminal convictions, mental health issues, and the names and addresses of their foreign relatives.“The ‘friends and family’ dataset is ultimately the most useful for a hostile intelligence service,” said Richard Zahner, a retired lieutenant general and former top NSA official. Tie the information to what’s publicly available, and other intelligence the adversary has already collected, “and you have insights that few services have ever achieved.”The personnel records hack comes in a long line of other cyber breaches linked to China and targeting the personal information of Americans, including one in January against health insurer Anthem.“The United States of America is under attack,” Cummings said. “Sophisticated cyber spies, many from foreign countries, are targeting the sensitive personnel information of millions of Americans. They are attacking our government, our economy, our financial sector, our health care systems and virtually every single aspect of our lives.” Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The criticism came from within, as well. Michael Esser, the agency’s assistant inspector general for audit, detailed a yearslong failure by OPM to adhere to reasonable cybersecurity practices, and he said that that for a long time, the people running the agency’s information technology had no expertise.Last year, he said, an inspector general’s audit recommended that the agency shut down some of its networks because they were so vulnerable. The director, Katherine Archuleta, declined, saying it would interfere with the agency’s mission.The hackers were already inside her networks, she later acknowledged.“You failed utterly and totally,” said committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican. “They recommended it was so bad that you shut it down and you didn’t.”Archuleta, stumbling occasionally under withering questions from lawmakers, sought to defend her tenure and portray the agency’s problems as decades in the making as its equipment aged. She appeared to cast blame on her recent predecessors, one of whom, John Berry, is the U.S. ambassador to Australia.Offered chances to apologize and resign, she declined to do either. WASHINGTON (AP) — The agency that allowed hackers linked to China to steal private information about nearly every federal employee — and detailed personal histories of millions with security clearances — failed for years to take basic steps to secure its computer networks, officials acknowledged to Congress on Tuesday.Democrats and Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee spoke in unison to describe their outrage over what they called gross negligence by the Office of Personnel Management. The agency’s data was breached last year in two massive cyberattacks only recently revealed.last_img read more

High Rents May Force Buyers Into the Market

first_img May 31, 2016 575 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News High Rents May Force Buyers Into the Market Rents have been on the rise for several months now as demand for rental housing has increased due to a short supply of homes for sale, particularly among starter homes, and high down payments. A recent survey showed that the pendulum may be swinging in the other direction, however.According to a survey of 975 homebuyers conducted by Redfin in May among 36 states and Washington, D.C., one in four homebuyers reported that it was the high cost of rent that prompted them to go hunting for a house—a substantial increase from the share reported last summer. First time buyers drove the increase, with more than 50 percent of them citing high rents as the reason they were looking to buy a home—more than double the 25 percent reported in August.The change is attributable to first-time buyers. In the most recent survey, more than fifty percent said high rent led them to the market, compared to only 25 percent of first-timers in August.“Though enticed by high rents and low mortgage rates to begin a home search, first-time buyers face a number of obstacles in today’s competitive market,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “In many cities, starter homes have seen the largest price increases because the supply of affordable homes on the market is so low and the demand for these homes is so high.”Even so, the most common concern among homebuyers was still affordability, with one in four survey respondents naming that as the chief worry. One in five named competition as the most common concern when buying a home, an increase from one in 10 in November’s survey.“Though enticed by high rents and low mortgage rates to begin a home search, first-time buyers face a number of obstacles in today’s competitive market.”Nela Richardson, Redfin Chief EconomistWith mortgage interest rates at historically low levels (currently under 4 percent), if homebuyers can get past the down payment obstacle, now is an excellent time to buy, according to a Zillow report late last year.“(Rates) are currently hovering near all-time lows,” said Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Gudell. “This helps keep monthly mortgage payments low. Renters can’t take advantage of mortgage financing each month. Additionally, while home values dropped steeply during the most recent recession and remain below their pre-recession peaks in most areas, rents have been on a slow, steady, upward climb for much of the past decade. Finally, income itself—while showing signs of picking up in recent months—isn’t growing sufficiently to keep pace with growth in rents and is growing far more slowly than it was prior to the recession.”While high rents may be causing people to search for homes, it remains to be seen how many will actually be able to purchase a home, because the down payment remains a huge obstacle. Zillow reported that consumers are spending an average of twice as much of their monthly income on rents compared with the percentage of income they are spending on mortgage payments—which makes it difficult to save for a down payment.“There are good reasons to rent temporarily—when you move to a new city, for example—but from an affordability perspective, rents are crazy right now,” Gudell said. “If you can possibly come up with a down payment, then it’s a good time to buy a home and start putting your money toward a mortgage.”Click here to view the complete Redfin survey results.center_img Share First-Time Homebuyers Housing Market Rents 2016-05-31 Seth Welbornlast_img read more