Tech companies find more signs of Russian election activity

first_imgWASHINGTON – Major tech companies plan to tell Congress Tuesday that they have found additional evidence of Russian activity on their services surrounding the 2016 U.S. election.Facebook, for instance, says a Russian group posted more than 80,000 times on its service during and after the election, potentially reaching as many as 126 million users. The company plans to disclose these numbers to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the testimony. The person declined to be named because the committee has not officially released the testimony.Twitter plans to tell the same committee that it has uncovered and shut down 2,752 accounts linked to the same group, Russia’s Internet Research Agency, which is known for promoting pro-Russian government positions.That number is nearly 14 times larger than the number of accounts Twitter handed over to congressional committees three weeks ago, according to a person familiar with the matter. This person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the new findings ahead of the hearing on Tuesday.And Google announced in a blog post that it found evidence of “limited” misuse of its services by the Russian group, as well as some YouTube channels that were likely backed by Russian agents.THREE HEARINGS IN TWO DAYSThe companies are set to testify at three hearings Tuesday and Wednesday as part of congressional probes of Russian election interference.Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, plans to tell the Judiciary panel that 120 pages set up by the Russian agency posted repeatedly between January 2015 and August 2017. The company estimates that roughly 29 million people were directly “served” posts in their news feeds from the agency over that time. Those posts then spread widely on Facebook, although Stretch’s prepared testimony makes clear that many of the 126 million people reached this way may not have seen the posts.These “organic” posts that appeared in users’ news feeds are distinct from more than 3,000 advertisements linked to the agency that Facebook has already turned over to congressional committees. The ads — many of which focused on divisive social issues — pointed people to the agency’s pages, where they could then like or share its material.On Twitter, the Russia-linked accounts put out 1.4 million election-related tweets from September through Nov. 15 last year — nearly half of them automated. The company also found nine Russian accounts that bought ads, most of which came from the state-backed news service Russia Today, or RT.Twitter said last week it would no longer accept ads from RT and Sputnik, another state-sponsored news outlet. It will donate the $1.9 million it has earned from RT since 2011 to support external research into political uses of Twitter.Google said that two accounts linked to the Russian group spent $4,700 on ads its platforms during the 2016 election. The company also found 18 YouTube channels likely backed by Russian agents. Those channels hosted 1,108 videos with 43 hours of material, although they racked up just 309,000 views in the U.S. between June 2015 and November 2016, Google said.PREEMPTING REGULATIONA bill unveiled earlier this month would require social media companies to keep public files of election ads and require companies to “make reasonable efforts” to make sure that foreign individuals or entities are not purchasing political advertisements in order to influence Americans.The companies haven’t commented on the proposed legislation, but say they’re at work on the problem. Last week Facebook said it will verify political ad buyers in federal elections and build transparency tools to link ads to the Facebook pages of their sponsors. Twitter has also said it will require election-related ads for candidates to disclose who is paying for them and how they are targeted.Google announced on Monday that it will also verify the identity of election-related ad buyers and identify these advertisers publicly via an ad icon. It will provide a public database of election ads detailing who purchased each one, and will publish a transparency report on election ads as well.The companies have been under constant pressure from Congress since it was first revealed earlier this year that Russians had infiltrated some of their platforms. Facebook has already spent more than $8.4 million lobbying the government this year, according to federal disclosure forms.All three firms are expected to face questions about what evidence of Russian interference they found on their services, as well as why they didn’t find it earlier. They will almost certainly do what they can to convince lawmakers that they can fix the problem on their own, without the need for regulation.BEYOND ADSThe issue goes far beyond ads. Fake news, fake events, propaganda and other misinformation spread far and wide on social media services in 2016 without the need for paid advertisements. But regulating online speech would be more difficult for U.S. lawmakers.In addition, analysts and online speech advocates have warned that policing internet election ads is not the same thing as doing so in print newspapers or on TV. Automated advertising platforms allow basically anyone with an internet account and a credit card to place an ad with little or no oversight from the companies.Facebook has said it is building machine learning tools to address this issue, but didn’t provide details.___Ortutay reported from New York. Ryan Nakashima in Menlo Park, California, contributed to this story.last_img read more

Not affected by criticism from opponents Sunny Deol

first_imgGurdaspur: Bollywood actor and BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate, Sunny Deol says he is focused on the task ahead and is not affected by his opponents dubbing him an “outsider”.The BJP has pitted the 62-year-old actor against sitting MP and Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar from Gurdaspur. “People keep asking me this question (on rivals dubbing him an outsider) and I say, I am not here to reply to what all is being said. “I have come here to work and serve the people, I have come here to do my job.My job is to understand my people, my constituency, Deol said during his campaign trail here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe son of veteran actor and former MP Dharmendra, Deol has been accused by the opposition of having no understanding about Punjab, and has been termed an “outsider” and a “parachute” candidate. Waving at crowds from the sunroof of a Range Rover or from atop a mini-truck, Deol has been attracting a large number of people at his roadshows. He is being accompanied by leaders of the BJP and its ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). He said, if elected, he will never let the people down, and “never betray their trust . Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe love they have shown towards me is just overwhelming. I am that kind of person who likes to take peoples’ sorrows and make them happy, this is my nature, said Deol, who is famous for his hit films like ‘Border’, ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Ghayal’ and ‘Damini’. I am a newcomer, but I am ‘Ziddi’ (stubborn) and I will go on to achieve what I set out for, said the actor.’Ziddi’ was one of his popular movies. I speak dialogues in films when I play a character in films, that is what I have been doing. In real life, I am what every person should be, which is truthful, hardworking and sincere in what one is doing. Rest, it is up to ‘Waheguru’, Deol said. Congress candidate Jakhar has accused Deol of having no understating of Punjab’s issues and asked him to share his vision for the Gurdaspur constituency, telling him that “politics is a serious business and not a time pass activity”. I am from Punjab and belong here, Deol said, adding that opponents may keep saying what they feel like but that does not affect him. There are many issues in Gurdaspur, mostly related to farmers and youth, he said and assured “I will look for solutions to these issues. When asked why he chose the BJP, Deol said: I chose this party because I like Narendra Modi quite a lot, he has taken the nation forward during the past five years, our country has progressed.” “India’s global prestige has increased under this government. We need a strong leader, he said. My father had connected with (the then prime minister, late Atal Bihari) Vajpayee ji and now, I got an opportunity to connect with Modi ji,” Deol said. The 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, including Gurdaspur, will go to polls in the seventh and final phase of polling on May 19. Jakhar won the seat in the 2017 bypoll, which was necessitated after the death of actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna of the BJP in April that year.last_img read more

ICE Futures Canada Friday morning Canola prices higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Friday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $3.20 higher $504.40; Jan. ’18 $3.60 higher $512.20; March ’18 $4.80 higher $517.80; May ’18 $4.90 higher $520.30; July ’18 $4.60 higher $520.90; Nov. ’18 $1.80 higher $492.00; Jan. ’19 unchanged $491.90; March ’19 unchanged $494.60; May ’19 unchanged $494.60; July ’19 unchanged $494.60 Nov. ’19 unchanged $494.60.Barley (Western): Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’19 unchanged $151.00. read more

Nalaka de Silva further remanded over assassination plot

He was arrested over an alleged plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) Former Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) DIG Nalaka de Silva was today ordered to be further remanded till January 16th.Nalaka de Silva had earlier been remanded till today by court.

DR Congo new cases of deadly Ebola virus as UN steps up

On Friday, WHO, the World Health Organization, said that there were 137 confirmed and probable cases and 92 deaths in the latest outbreak in the east of the country.UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, announced that “everything is being done” to ensure that the disease in controlled in Butembo “at this early stage”.Working with the communities, alerting them, informing them, and getting them to treat Ebola cases… is the challenge – Christian Lindmeier, WHOApart from widespread insecurity, one of the biggest challenges is overcoming communities’ hostility to strict health directives, that go against centuries-old cultural traditions, including burial practices.“I remember when I was going in West Africa a few years ago during the Ebola (outbreak) how dangerous it was to go to some villages,” spokesperson Christophe Boulierac said. “We know, based on our experience and our work, that it should never be underestimated, this community resistance. And it’s an incentive to work at a more deeper level,” he added.  “It’s an incentive to understand more accurately what people feel and why…What are the cultural beliefs?”He added that it was important to respond on that level, “using agents of change, using people who have some influence in the community.”Specialist help deployed in Ebola zoneIn a bid to help protect communities, UNICEF has dispatched a team of 11 specialists in community communication, education and psycho-social assistance, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene. The UN agency is also working with anthropologists specializing in local cultural beliefs and practices to help overcome possible concerns.“If we don’t do that, this resistance can really increase and can really cause serious obstacles to the fight against the disease,” Mr. Boulierac said. “It’s about knowing the people to whom we are talking.”More than 250 community leaders have also been alerted about the outbreak in Butembo, along with religious leaders and journalists. They have been told about prevention measures and an emergency number to call to treat anyone with Ebola-like symptoms.The current Ebola outbreak in the Kivus region is DRC’s 10th since 1976. It was officially declared on 1 August. More than 1,750 people are under active surveillance, according to World Health Organization, WHO, and more than 52 vaccination “rings” have been set up around known Ebola patients.“Working with the communities, alerting them, informing them, and getting them to treat Ebola cases or suspected Ebola cases in the right way, is the challenge,” said WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier. In total, more than 8,900 people have been vaccinated, including more than 2,000 children. Treating the sick and protecting people who have come into contact with them is complicated, because the vast Kivus area is home to more than 100 armed groups.The last Ebola outbreak in DRC was some 2,000 miles away, to the west, in Equateur province, which includes the Congo River. It was declared over in July after claiming 33 lives. read more

Mens Basketball No 17 Ohio State bounces back with 7156 win against

Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) looks to make a move into the lane in the first half against Indiana on Jan. 30 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (19-5, 10-1) got back on track with a 71-56 win against Indiana (12-11, 5-6) to improve to 10-1 in conference play Tuesday night.The Buckeyes shot 56 percent from the field, compared to 36 percent from the Hoosiers. Though both teams struggled from beyond the arc with neither shooting above 33 percent from 3-point range, Ohio State dominated inside, outscoring the Hoosiers 40-26 in points in the paint.The Buckeyes went on a 10-0 run with 14:39 remaining in the first half, taking a 14-5 lead and never looking back. During that run, Indiana missed all of their five field goal tries and were scoreless for 3:22 until junior forward Juwan Morgan’s shot rolled around the rim and into the basket.For Indiana head coach Archie Miller, the physicality of the Buckeyes made it difficult for the Hoosiers to stay competitive in the game. “I thought defensively, they were very very tough. I know around the basket especially around the paint things were hard. That made it for a difficult night for us.”Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who entered the game leading Ohio State with 19.9 points per game, struggled in the first half, shooting only 3-for-7 from the field and missing both 3-point attempts. But a layup by Bates-Diop ended a 2:36 scoring drought for the Buckeyes with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. He finished the game with his ninth double-double of the season, scoring 13 points and led all players with 13 rebounds. Bates-Diop also led the game with a career-high five assists.Though he got off to a slow start, Bates-Diop was able to impact in other ways, demonstrating effective passes while also adding four blocks to his line score.“People continue to be really physical with him and he struggled with that at times. I think people are being extremely physical with him and he’s just got to handle it better,” head coach Chris Holtmann said. “But he still had a major impact on the game with his ability to as you mentioned, five assists, four blocks, 13 rebounds. That’s what good players do is they find other ways to impact the game and he did that.”The Buckeyes started the game hot, making 17-of-27 shots from the field in the first half.Ohio State was hitting shots from all over the court. The Buckeyes went on another 10-0 run over 3:17 with 8:35 remaining in the first half, starting with a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Andre Wesson and capped off by a shot-clock-beating jumper by senior forward Jae’Sean Tate. Tate finished the game with a team-leading 16 points and six rebounds. The Buckeyes held a commanding 38-23 lead heading into halftime. At the half, the Buckeyes totaled 16 defensive rebounds and three offensive rebounds. Ohio State finished the game with a 39-26 rebound advantage. With a made layup 47 seconds into the second half that put the Buckeyes up 42-25, Tate reached 1,400 points in his collegiate career. Tate tipped in a miss from junior guard C.J. Jackson that gave the Buckeyes a 56-37 lead and Tate his 700th career rebound. Freshman center Kaleb Wesson led the Scarlet and Gray with 10 points at halftime. He finished the game 7-for-7 from the floor and totaled 14 points and five rebounds. “It’s all great, but I just want to win. None of those really mean anything if you’re not winning games,” Tate said. “I think that’s just been my mindset all along. I’m a winner. Milestones are cool but I really want to get a ring this year.”Indiana sophomore guard Devonte Green finished the game pacing all players with 20 points off 6-for-10 shooting, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. read more

In NHL Playoffs Plan For a Quick Overtime

As the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings were locked in an epic double-overtime struggle Wednesday night, I wondered about the likelihood of such a prolonged NHL battle. What are the odds of an OT playoff game ending after a given number of minutes had elapsed?I dug into Hockey-Reference.com’s Game Finder tool (using goalie minutes to determine how long a game lasted) and gathered the numbers on all playoff games that went into sudden-death mode since 1988. Here are the results over that span, tracing the probability that a game will have ended by the time a certain duration into OT is achieved:Of course, the thrilling end-to-end playing style of Wednesday’s game would seem to make goal-scoring more likely, thereby increasing the chance of the game concluding earlier. To that end, I speculated that the amount of total scoring by both teams through the end of regulation might clue us in to the overall offensive environment of the game, and therefore play a role in whether “death” would come more or less suddenly.That hypothesis is true, although the difference is fairly small. The red curve in the chart above represents games where the total number of regulation goals by both teams was six or greater; the blue curve represents games with four or fewer combined goals in regulation. That the red line is higher than the blue for most of the chart means that, at a given number of elapsed minutes of overtime, a higher-scoring game was more likely to have ended than a lower-scoring one. (This isn’t exactly surprising, but it’s still interesting to prove it with data.) Whichever type of overtime game we’re watching, though, there’s a better than 50-50 chance that it will end less than 10 minutes into the extra frame, and more than a 75 percent probability it will end before double OT.And that’s another sense in which Wednesday’s Blackhawks-Kings game was a rare treat. Based on history, there was only about a 17 percent chance that an OT game between two teams that had been high-scoring in regulation would last 22 minutes before someone scored. It was exciting, unlikely extra hockey, and hopefully we see even more drama in Game 6 on Friday night. read more

Stonehenge builders used Pythagoras theorem 2000 years before Greek philosopher was born

Robin Heath claims important sites in Britain are also linked by triangles Credit:Robin Heath Robin Heath claims important sites in Britain are also linked by triangles  Stonehenge was a huge observatory aligned to the movement of the Sun, Moon and planets Credit:Patrick Eden / Alamy  Stonehenge in 2750 BC with the four marker stones picked out  Sites like Avebury also contain the triangles Credit:Will Gethin They also mark Imbolc, the ancient date for the beginning of Spring on February 1, Beltane, or May Day,  lammas, the start of the wheat harvest and Samhain, October 31 which traditionally marked the time when cattle were brought down from summer pastures and slaughtered for the winter which has become Halloween. A bird’s eye view of Stonehenge showing the rectangle and Pythagorean trianglesCredit:Will Gethin Consequently many stone ‘circle’ were not fully circular but have geometry derived from Pythagorean triangles often in whole numbers of Megalithic yards (2.72 feet)  which were probably laid out using ropes and pegs.Mr Heath added: “The phrase ‘a length of time’ may originally derive from an epoch when the length of a ruler, rope or set measure actually represented a time period—a technique manifested within many megalithic structures, which enshrine the time periods of the Sun and Moon.” Sites like Avebury also contain the triangles  Stonehenge was a huge observatory aligned to the movement of the Sun, Moon and planets  The huge stones of Stonehenge were also once surrounded by 56 wooden posts or stones  which could be used for predicting eclipses as well as showing the position of the Sun and the Moon and the lunar phases.And the bluestone horseshoe in the centre is thought to contain 19 stones to represent the number of years it takes for the Sun and Moon metonic cycle to go full circle and reset.The authors believe that much of the knowledge was lost following the rise of Christianity in Britain. Pythagorean triangles have also been found at Avebury, the inner ring of the Druid Temple in Inverness, Castlerigg in Keswick, Cumbria, Barbrook, in Derbyshire, Borrowston Rig, on the Scottish borders, and Daviot ‘B’, in Aberdeenshire. Contributor and editor John Matineau, said: “People often think of our ancestors as rough cavemen but they were also sophisticated astronomers.“They were applying Pythagorean geometry over 2000 years before Pythagoras was born.“We see triangles and double squares used which are simple versions of pythagorean geometry. And then we have this synthesis on different sites of solar and lunar numbers. “We think these people didn’t have scientific minds but first and foremost they were astronomers and cosmologists. They were studying long and difficult to understand cycles and they knew about these when they started planning sites like Stonehenge.“I do feel very sad that visitors to Stonehenge are not told anything about the astronomical alignments, even when they are very simple to explain.”Nearly two miles north-east of Stonehenge, stood Woodhenge, which was also constructed using a 12:35:37 triangle. The builders of Britain’s ancient stone circles like Stonehenge were using Pythagoras’ theorem 2,000 years before the Greek philosopher was born, experts have claimed.A new book, Megalith, has re-examined the ancient geometry of Neolithic monuments and concluded they were constructed by sophisticated astronomers who understood lengthy lunar, solar and eclipse cycles and built huge stone calendars using complex geometryOne contributor, megalithic expert Robin Heath has even proposed that there exists a great Pythagorean triangle in the British landscape linking Stonehenge, the site from which the Preseli bluestones were cut in Wales, and Lundy Island, an important prehistoric site.Pythagoras’ discovery that the sum of the areas of two squares on the sides of a triangle will add up to the area of a square on hypotenuse has been used for millennia to help builders attain perfect right-angles. A bird's eye view of Stonehenge showing the rectangle and Pythagorean triangles “These days it’s seen as hippy dippy or New Age, but actually it’s a colossal omission to the history of science that we don’t see these monuments for what they are,” added Mr Heath. The new book, published today to coincide with today’s summer solstice, shows how within one of Stonehenge’s earliest incarnations, dating from 2750BC, there lies a rectangle of four Sarsen stones which when split in half diagonally forms a perfect Pythagorean 5:12:13 triangle.The eight lines which radiate from the rectangle and triangles also perfectly align to important dates in the Neolithic calendar, such as the summer and winter solstices and spring and autumn equinoxes. Stonehenge in 2750 BC with the four marker stones picked out Credit:Will Gethin “People see the Neolithic builders of Stonehenge as howling barbarians, when they were very learned and it has been forgotten.”Megalith is published by Wooden Books. 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Opera is just like Love Island so new artistic director should watch

La Boheme performed by English National Opera at The London Coliseum “Appointing the right person is essential to ensure that people will continue to talk about our work with the same passion, obsession and love as they do with Fleabag, The Inheritance and Black Panther.” The next artistic director of English National Opera should watch I’m A Celebrity and appreciate Fleabag, the company’s chief executive has said, as he claims the art form is just like Love Island. Stuart Murphy, the CEO of ENO, said it would be “healthy” for the new director to be “aware of the pull” of popular culture such as superhero films in order to win over audiences to the opera. Claiming that those suffering from “Love Island withdrawal” should visit the opera instead, he claimed the ITV2 reality television show “echoes the drama we see on stage” with its “passion, lust, betrayal, glamour, love, friendship, silliness”. Murphy, who previously worked in television before joining the opera company, said that the search for a new artistic director to replace Daniel Kramer would require “someone who clocks how outward-facing opera, and ENO, needs to be”. “Someone who watches Sky Arts and BBC4, and knows theatre, opera and dance? Sure,” he wrote in the Evening Standard. “But it’s healthy that they also watch or are aware of the pull of I’m A Celebrity… and the Marvel films. La Boheme performed by English National Opera at The London ColiseumCredit:Alastair Muir The sentiment is likely to raise eyebrows among traditionalist opera-lovers, many of whom have objected to the perceived dumbing down of its promotion to new audiences. Saying ENO is a “gateway” opera house “for those sampling the genre for the first time”, Murphy said: “As my teenagers sat glued to the final of Love Island last week, it struck me how closely it echoes the drama we see on stage at English National Opera: passion, lust, betrayal, glamour, love, friendship, silliness. “Opera has that in spades, just with the world’s most beautiful music throughout. The only thing missing is a vote-off. I'm A Celebrity “People want good stories and always have. At ENO our role is to bring those stories to the stage in the most accessible, distinctive and beautifully operatic way possible.”He added: “At ENO we don’t mind how we get people hooked — we just want the artform to grow and thrive. That’s our public purpose.“It’s beholden on the company, and on me as ENO’s relatively new chief executive, to justify our public subsidy by reaching out to new people, young and old, of every background, to share the joy of opera. Last season 47 per cent of ENO’s audience were first-time bookers.   Stuart Murphy Stuart MurphyCredit:Rii Schroer “ENO’s balancing act is to ensure that longstanding opera fans understand we also have to help newcomers feel at home.”Tactics include free tickets for under-18s, offering on-stage introductory speeches and inviting celebrities and social media stars to shows in the hopes that fans will follow them.  I’m A CelebrityCredit:ITV The application process for a new artistic director is now open, and closes on Friday, August 23rd. A source said there had already been “significant interest” in the role, with the successful applicant due to start in the autumn.Kramer, who joined ENO in 2016 having never led an opera company before, departed at the end of July, but will continue as an “artistic consultant” for the upcoming Orpheus series. Ruper Christiansen, the Telegraph opera critic, described him as having “remarkable talent and a certain charisma: American by birth and upbringing and never quite at ease in the English arts establishment, he is mercurial in temperament, passionately opinionated and perhaps someone too sensitive to take easily to the compromises and collaborations that large-scale opera inevitably entails”. The announcement that Kramer was leaving was the latest challenge for ENO after a string of high-profile departures, during which the company was placed under temporary special funding measures by Arts Council England. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Sequel to WWE and ScoobyDoo crossover movie announced

first_img NWA President Billy Corgan announces their first television tapings from Atlanta Courtesy of WWE.com:Scooby-Doo and the gang will join forces with WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan and an array of other WWE Superstars to crack another mystery crime full of hijinks and adventure. Stay tuned to WWE.com for more on the “Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery” sequel!WWE.com: WWE and Warner Bros. team up again for ‘Scooby-Doo 2’Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJoan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE RAW Results – 4/1/19 (Stephanie McMahon’s to make WrestleMania announcement) Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Ronda Rousey Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Roman Reigns featured in The Rock’s latest movie trailer Hobbs & Shaw Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Pinterestlast_img read more

IDBI Bank shares gain over 36 on reports of governments stake dilution

first_imgStock prices of IDBI Bank rose by over 6% to Rs 78.70 on Monday, posting an overall 36% gain in the past six trading sessions on the back of reports on dilution of its stake by the government to 49%.”The government has made up its mind to bring down stake in IDBI Bank. The Department of Financial Services is working on the details,” a top Finance Ministry official told The Economic Times last week.Currently, the Central government owns 76.5% stake in the bank.The government is looking to allow the bank function on the lines of Axis Bank, where it owns a significant stake indirectly “but has no role in day-to-day operations,” the official revealed.The government now indirectly holds a stake of 29.19% in Axis Bank through its fully owned entity, Specified Undertaking of the Unit Trust of India (SUUTI) and State-owned insurance company, LIC.Besides, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in an interview to CNBC-TV18 last week confirmed that the government may consider “an Axis Bank-like model for IDBI”.However, IDBI Bank said that it had not received any information from the government regarding the stake sale.Compared to other State-owned banks, IDBI Bank is governed by a separate law, the IDBI Act, which allows the government to reduce its stake to 49% without the approval of Parliament.”The Finance Ministry is of the view that IDBI Bank can also be run similarly if the government’s stake is brought down to below 50 per cent,” the report added.last_img read more

Wario Secret German

first_imgI hope Wario’s German roots come into play in some future game. In the next WarioWare, his game company crashes, and he returns home to find himself. And what if other Nintendo characters have hidden nationalities? What if Link is French, not Hylian? What if Donkey Kong named his island after himself after emigrating from war-torn Rwanda? What if Mario is secretly German, too?Waluigi, meanwhile, remains a man without a country. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs Stay on target A few months ago I wrote a feature about how Wario is so much more than a wacky, evil Mario. “He’s Nintendo outlet for self-parody and deconstruction. He’s the Watchmen of Nintendo franchises.” But it turns out there are depths to this gross, garlic-eating guy that we hadn’t realized. A recently uncovered YouTube comment dropped the bomb that Wario is, in fact, German.Or rather, Wario was originally intended to be German. Wario Forums(!) user Glowsquid translated a year-old YouTube comment by actor Thomas Spindler. A former Nintendo of Europe translation employee, Spindler voiced Wario in the Japanese versions of Mario Kart 64 and the first two Mario Party games. Few noticed at the time, but Spindler confirmed Wario speaks several lines in German in those games such as “So ein Mist!” or “Aw, crap!”“The concept behind Wario was that of a German character and those responsible for the voice-overs at Nintendo back then intended him to speak German,” said Spindler in the comment. Not to offend the fine people of Germany, when you look at Wario now, you can see how a German heritage may have been the original plan. Compare him to perhaps the most famous German Nintendo character, Von Kaiser of Punch-Out!!. It’s all in the mustache and bad attitude. At some point after these games, however, Nintendo changed its mind and made Wario Italian. He is Mario’s evil twin after all, so it makes sense they’d have the same national origins. Or maybe that’s the only accent Charles Martinet (Mario and Wario’s current voice actor) can do. Wario, in all his glory.<><>last_img read more

Hybrid energy harvester generates electricity from vibrations and sunlight

first_img More information: Dae-Yeong Lee, et al. “Hybrid energy harvester based on nanopillar solar cells and PVDF nanogenerator.” Nanotechnology 24 (2013) 175402 (6pp). DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/24/17/175402 (a) Diagram of the silicon nanopillar solar cell. (b) Diagram of the hybrid energy harvester consisting of a piezoelectric nanogenerator integrated on to of a silicon nanopillar solar cell. Credit: Dae-Yeong Lee, et al. ©2013 IOP Publishing Ltd The researchers, Dae-Yeong Lee, et al., from Sungkyunkwan University and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, both in South Korea, have published their study on the hybrid energy harvester in a recent issue of Nanotechnology.”By using the hybrid energy harvester, two different energy sources can be utilized in one platform,” coauthor Hyunjin Kim at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology told Phys.org. “Thus the total output power from the hybrid harvester can be increased compared to each separate harvester. Furthermore, by harvesting two energy sources in one device, continuous output can be generated even when only one energy source is available.”To design the harvester, the researchers turned to silicon nanopillar solar cells for the sunlight harvesting half of the device. Previous research has shown that silicon nanopillar solar cells are promising candidates as photovoltaic devices due to their low reflection, high absorption, and potential for low-cost mass production. After fabricating the cells using a plasma etching technique and annealing processes, the researchers coated the top of each cell to prepare it for placement of the piezoelectric generator, which was stacked on top using a spin coating method. Last, top and bottom electrodes sandwich the device.The entire harvester has a height of just a few hundred nanometers, with the bulk of the height coming from the 300-nm-tall nanopillars in the solar cell. In tests, the energy harvester could generate electricity from the solar cells with a 3.29% conversion efficiency. At the same time, the harvester could generate 0.8 V of output voltage when exposed to a 100-dB sound. The hybrid device suggests that harvesting both solar and vibration energies can enable more efficient harvesting in certain environments compared to a device that harvests just one kind of energy. “This energy harvester can be very useful where there is no electric grid connected,” coauthor Won Jong Yoo at Sungkyunkwan University said. “For example, this device will be useful in moving vehicles such as moving boats, trains, automobiles, etc. The output of 0.8 V is just preliminary data. If we optimize the device structure and fabrication condition, the output power will be increased significantly.”In the future, the researchers plan to fabricate all-flexible hybrid energy harvesting devices using plastic substrates in order to harvest mechanical energy more efficiently. Citation: Hybrid energy harvester generates electricity from vibrations and sunlight (2013, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-hybrid-energy-harvester-electricity-vibrations.html (Phys.org) —Devices that harvest energy from the environment require specific environmental conditions; for instance, solar cells and piezoelectric generators require sunlight and mechanical vibration, respectively. Since these conditions don’t exist all the time, most energy harvesters don’t generate a constant stream of electricity. In order to harvest ubiquitous energy continuously, researchers have designed and fabricated a hybrid energy harvester that integrates a solar cell and piezoelectric generator, enabling it to harvest energy from both sunlight and sound vibration simultaneously. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Explore further Journal information: Nanotechnology Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. IMEC reports 40 microwatt from micromachined piezoelectric energy harvesterlast_img read more

Strong action will be taken against those spreading rumours Top cop

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma on Friday reiterated that strong action will be taken against those who are spreading rumours to disturb the law and order situation in the city and the state.”Some people are spreading rumours in order to foment trouble for their petty political or personal interests. They are trying to disturb the law and order situation of the state. We are strongly dealing with the situation and will continue to do so. We have already located such people and will take strong action against them,” Sharma told reporters at a Press conference in Nabanna. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAdditional Director General of Police (Law & Order) Siddh Nath Gupta said that 22 cases of violence have been registered across the state in the last few days following rumour mongering, in which 40 people have been arrested. Kolkata has registered six cases of mob violence, out of which eight people have been arrested in three cases. According to Sharma, police have stumbled upon certain videos on social media that have been circulated for spreading panic among people. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We are keeping a close watch and people involved in such acts would be booked under the law and strong action will be taken against them,” he asserted. Gupta said their probe has revealed that some outsiders are involved in such incidents. “There are some individuals and some groups involved in these acts. We have also found in our investigation that some people are instigating such incidents but not venturing to the scene. We will locate them as well,” he said. The police are using public address system at various places to alert people and advising them not to pay heed to any kind of rumour. Leaflets are also being distributed to ensure that people stay updated regarding the same. Lalbazar has already issued strict orders to all the 70 police stations in the city, asking them to launch a special vigilance and round up anyone spreading false information.last_img read more

Firefox 53 exclusive content process for local files

first_imgFirefox 53: exclusive content process for local files by Martin Brinkmann on November 27, 2016 in Firefox – 21 commentsMozilla enabled a new security feature in Firefox 53 recently that moves local file access to a new content process in the browser.Firefox’s new multi-process architecture Electrolysis is making big leaps. Mozilla started to roll out the new architecture in Firefox 48 Stable. While the roll out is still on going, Mozilla is already planning ahead in Firefox Nightly, the cutting edge development version of the web browser.The stable versions of Firefox that have the multi-process architecture enabled by default use one content process only currently.This means that the browser is using two processes: one content and one for the browser core. Users who use NPAPI plugins may see a third container for plugin content.Firefox 53: Content Process for local file accessFirefox Nightly on top of that uses a process for GPU tasks powered by the browser’s new Quantum Compositor technology.Plans are underway to enable a second content process in Nightly for instance.The improvement in Firefox 53 Nightly adds another new content process to Firefox that is only created when local files are accessed.Any request to access local files using the file:// protocol uses an exclusive process for that request starting in Firefox 53 provided that the multi-process architecture is enabled.The main reason for doing so is security. Mozilla notes that moving local file requests to their own process would block compromised Firefox processes from accessing local files.The new local file access content process has only read access on the system Firefox is run on on top of that.If we only have file:// URLs processed is a separate content process, then a compromised normal content process would not be able to use them to read files.The file:// URL content process, would have read only permissions.The new security feature is already enabled on Firefox 53 Nightly. It is not clear yet if it will land in Firefox 53 Stable.The new feature is controlled by a a Boolean preference.Type about:config in the Firefox address bar and hit the Enter-key afterwards.Confirm that you will be careful.Search for browser.tabs.remote.separateFileUriProcess.Set the preference to true (default) to enable the new content process for local file access, or set it to false to disable it.You can check out the Bugzilla@Mozilla listing to read up on the development of the feature. (via Sören Hentzschel)Closing WordsMoving file access processes to their own content process makes sense from a security point of view. Since this process is only launched when file:// requests are made, and killed when the request end, it should have little to no impact on the browser from a performance point of view.Now You: Do you run a browser with multi-process architecture?SummaryArticle NameFirefox 53: exclusive content process for local filesDescriptionMozilla enabled a new security feature in Firefox 53 recently that moves local file access to a new content process in the browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Government environmental groups agree to temporarily postpone approval of waste gasification

first_imgRelated posts:Municipalities challenge moratorium on solid waste gasification projects Citizen group voices support for government moratorium on thermal conversion of solid waste to electricity Costa Rica to sign loan with Japan for expansion of geothermal energy projects San Ramón public school receives landmark solar panels Representatives of environmental groups asked President Luis Guillermo Solís to maintain a moratorium on waste gasification and to refrain from signing into law a new regulation that would allow the controversial waste treatment in Costa Rica.Leaders of citizen groups “Hacia Basura Cero Costa Rica” (Towards Zero Waste) and Red CONCERVA, along with lawmakers Franklin Corella Vargas from the ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC) and Edgardo Araya Sibaja of Frente Amplio (FA) sent Solís a written request to put the regulation on hold until further analysis can be conducted on the effects of gasification on the environment and on alternative energy generation methods.Leaders of the environmental groups met with government officials at Casa Presidencial on Tuesday evening and handed them the request, Corella said. The lawmaker also confirmed they reached an agreement with officials from the Presidency, Health and Environment ministries to continue the discussion on waste disposal before signing gasification into law.Supporters of gasification say the process, which consists of heating waste at high temperatures and then burning the waste gases for electricity, emits fewer toxins and is potentially more efficient than traditional incineration.Opponents of gasification say it’s just as damaging to public health, air quality and the environment as conventional waste incinerators.During his presidential campaign Solís promoted and signed an agreement called “PACto Ambiental” (Environmental Pact) in which he vowed to, if elected president, “reject any form of thermal processing of solid waste until it is proven by scientific studies that it does not harm the environment.”However both the Health and Environment ministries in July approved the regulation authorizing gasification in the country, despite a moratorium signed last year by those same ministries.“The approval of gasification here is only pending President Solís’ signature and its publication in the official newspaper La Gaceta to enter into force,” Corella told The Tico Times on Wednesday.“We are now demanding that before moving forward with its approval the government submit the proposal to public consultation so that it can be properly debated. We want to talk about other options such as creating recycling centers. We believe alternative waste disposal options are the only ones that can help the country achieve its carbon neutral goals,” Corella said.If gasification is approved, opposition groups are asking the president to maintain strict environmental controls to ensure gasification plants fully comply with provisions of Law #8839 on Solid Waste Management. Corella said opponents are also insisting that the government comply with a specific provision of Law #8839 stating that “before approving a new waste disposal method, the government must provide sufficient proof that it has all the required technical infrastructure and staff.”Environmental groups also say there aren’t any reliable local studies on air streams or other environmental variables that must be taken into account during waste incineration.Corella noted that, according to official data, 58 percent of waste in Costa Rica is organic, making possible more environmentally-friendly waste disposal solutions, such as composting, a method for decomposing and converting waste into fertilizer.“Waste composting has very low costs and it is currently being successfully used in various communities here. And producing fertilizer is just one option, there are people here using waste to fabricate plastic roof tiles and shingles,” he said.According to the legislator, most PAC lawmakers support the environmental groups’ opposition to gasification and support their request to the president. PAC lawmakers will meet on Monday to reach a consensus in order to send a similar petition to the president, Corella said.FA’s Edgardo Araya on Wednesday said that all his party’s lawmakers oppose gasification and that they’ve already demanded Solís follow through with his campaign promises.Recommended: Canadian entrepreneur gives water bottles new life as roof tiles Facebook Commentslast_img read more

International tourist arrivals reach a record 12 billion in 2015

first_imgInternational tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1,184 million in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.Some 50 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled to international destinations around the world last year as compared to 2014.2015 marks the 6th consecutive year of above-average growth, with international arrivals increasing by 4% or more every year since the post-crisis year of 2010.“International tourism reached new heights in 2015. The robust performance of the sector is contributing to economic growth and job creation in many parts of the world,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.“It is thus critical for countries to promote policies that foster the continued growth of tourism, including travel facilitation, human resources development and sustainability.”Demand was strong overall, though with mixed results across individual destinations due to unusually strong exchange rate fluctuations, the drop in oil prices and other commodities which increased disposable income in importing countries but weakened demand in exporters, as well as increased safety and security concerns.“2015 results were influenced by exchange rates, oil prices and natural and manmade crises in many parts of the world. As the current environment highlights in a particular manner the issues of safety and security, we should recall that tourism development greatly depends upon our collective capacity to promote safe, secure and seamless travel,” Mr Rifai said.“In this respect, UNWTO urges governments to include tourism administrations in their national security planning, structures and procedures, not only to ensure that the sector’s exposure to threats is minimised but also to maximise the sector’s ability to support security and facilitation, as seamless and safe travel can and should go hand in hand.”Growth in advanced economy destinations (+5%) exceeded that of emerging economies (+4%), boosted by the solid results of Europe (+5%).By region, Europe, the Americas and Asia and the Pacific all recorded around 5% growth in 2015. Arrivals to the Middle East increased by 3% while in Africa, limited data available, points to an estimated 3% decrease, mostly due to weak results in North Africa, which accounts for over one third of arrivals in the region.Positive prospects for 2016Results from the UNWTO Confidence Index remain largely positive for 2016, though at a slightly lower level as compared to  the previous two years. Based on the current trend and this outlook, UNWTO projects international tourist arrivals to grow by 4% worldwide in 2016.By region, growth is expected to be stronger in Asia and the Pacific (+4% to +5%) and the Americas (+4% to +5%), followed by Europe (+3.5% to +4.5%). The projections for Africa (+2% to 5%) and the Middle East (+2% to +5%) are positive, though with a larger degree of uncertainty and volatility.China, the USA and the UK lead outbound travel growth in 2015A few leading source markets have driven tourism expenditure in 2015 supported by a strong currency and economy.Among the world’s top source markets, China, with double-digit growth in expenditure every year since 2004, continues to lead global outbound travel, benefitting Asian destinations such as Japan and Thailand, as well as the United States and various European destinations.By contrast, expenditure from the previously very dynamic source markets of the Russian Federation and Brazil declined significantly, reflecting the economic constraints in both countries and the depreciation of the rouble and the real against virtually all other currencies.As for the traditional advanced economy source markets, expenditure from the United States (+9%), the world’s second largest source market, and the United Kingdom (+6%) was boosted by a strong currency and rebounding economy. Spending from Germany, Italy and Australia grew at a slower rate (all at +2%), while demand from Canada and France was rather weak. World Tourism OrganizationSource = The World Tourism Organizationlast_img read more

Hyatt announces plans for first Hyatt Centric Hotel in Australia

first_imgHyatt Centric HobartHyatt announces plans for first Hyatt Centric Hotel in AustraliaHyatt Hotels & Resorts today announced it has entered into a management agreement with Elizabeth Tasmania Pty Ltd. for a Hyatt Centric hotel in Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, Australia. The 221-guestroom hotel will be the first Hyatt Centric hotel in Australia, and will include one restaurant, a bar and meeting facilities. With a cosmopolitan vibe that will invite exploration and discovery, Hyatt Centric Hobart will be located in the center of the action, close to the bustling Hobart Waterfront.Hobart, known for its great food, wine galleries and boutiques, has been one of the strongest performing hotel markets in Australia in recent years – fueled by a strong economy and strong tourism arrivals from China, the United States and the U.K., as well as domestic visitors from elsewhere in Australia. Taking advantage of the hotel’s prime location in the commercial and tourism center of the city, Hyatt is committed to working with Elizabeth Tasmania Pty Ltd. to develop a hotel that caters to the millennial-minded traveler, providing guests with everything they need while still feeling simple and welcoming.“We are delighted to be working with Elizabeth Tasmania Pty Ltd. to bring our first Hyatt Centric brand hotel to Australia,” said David Udell, group president – Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “The Hyatt Centric brand offers an upscale, cosmopolitan experience that was created for millennial-minded travelers. With hotels placed in the center of the world’s most unique destinations, this brand provides our guests with a launchpad to explore the best a city has to offer – which in the case of Hobart includes the breathtaking surrounding countryside.”Elizabeth Tasmania Pty Ltd. has engaged a high-quality team of consultants to develop the new Hyatt Centric Hobart, including Hobart-based JAWS Architects, and are also in the process of working with Dreamtime Australia Design, a leading Sydney-based interior designer, to create bespoke, artisan and inspired interiors.Hyatt Centric hotels captures the spirit of a city’s surrounding culture and environment, and collaborate with local partners to connect guests with authentic experiences related to the area. This includes working with regional food and beverage partners to provide both guests and city residents with cuisine crafted by in-demand chefs.With construction planned to start mid-2017, Hyatt Centric Hobart is expected to open in early 2019, joining Hyatt’s Australia portfolio of hotels including Park Hyatt Sydney, Park Hyatt Melbourne, Hyatt Hotel Canberra Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Hyatt Regency Sydney, Hyatt Regency Perth, and Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields, solidifying Hyatt’s presence and demonstrating its strong growth plans for the country. Hyatt Hotels & Resortsfor more information, visitSource = Hyatt Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

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