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DMK not to press noconfidence motion against Speaker

first_imgChennai: DMK President M.K.Stalin on Friday said his party will not press for a no-confidence motion against Speaker P. Dhanapal owing to the changed circumstances. Speaking to reporters here, Stalin said: “We will not insist on taking up the no-confidence motion. The situation has changed now. We have given a letter to the Speaker not insisting on the notice for the no-confidence motion.” The DMK chief had written to the Secretary of Tamil Nadu Assembly proposing a no-confidence motion against Dhanapal after the latter sent show-cause notices to three All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MLAs — A. Prabhu (representing Kallakuruchi), Rathinasabapathy (Aranthangi) and V.T. Kalaiselvan (Virudhachalam) — in April seeking explanations for their anti-party activities. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah In the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, the ruling AIADMK has 123 members (including the Speaker), DMK 100, Congress 7, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and Independent one each and two vacant seats. Meanwhile, the opening day of the Assembly session on Friday was adjourned after adopting obituary references for two lawmakers — R. Kanagaraj of AIADMK and K. Radhamani of DMK — who died recently. The House will meet on July 1 to take up the demands for grants for various departments.last_img read more

Alberta judge denies BCs bid to block Turn Off the Taps bill

first_imgThe legal battle is part of the fallout over the TransMountain pipeline expansion.In response to B.C.’s legal measures against the pipeline, Alberta passed legislation that would allow it to shut off oil shipments to the coast.B.C. had asked the Alberta court to both declare the law unconstitutional and grant an injunction preventing its implementation.Hall has declined to do either.The Canadian Press CALGARY — A Calgary judge is denying British Columbia’s attempt to block Alberta’s so-called Turn Off the Taps bill.Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall says that B.C. doesn’t have the right to take Alberta to court in Alberta over legislation passed by the Alberta legislature.In a decision released Friday, Hall says the dispute between the two provinces should be resolved in Federal Court.last_img read more

UN assisting Afghan authorities to respond to diarrhoea outbreak

According to the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, the outbreak is located mainly in five provinces – Nangarhar, Nuristan, Laghman, Samangan and Faryab – with a few cases also reported in seven others. Twenty-two people have died out of the almost 4,000 cases reported so far. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) says the authorities are managing the outbreak well and have taken all necessary steps. The situation seems to be largely under control, the agency added. Nevertheless, it is urging anyone who becomes ill to go to a clinic immediately.“Those who have gone to the clinic have received life-saving treatment that they need. It is very important to go to the clinic in time and not delay,” Rana Grabar Kakar, WHO Technical Officer, told a news conference in Kabul today.In light of the current outbreak, Dr. Kakar emphasized the need to ensure the use of safe drinking water by either boiling it or using chlorine tablets. People should also be careful about the foods that might become contaminated by bad water. She stressed the need to peel raw fruits and vegetables or cook them thoroughly before eating. “We hope everyone will take responsibility to use clean drinking water for themselves and their families and wash hands thoroughly before eating. By taking these simple steps, you can help prevent this disease,” she said.By washing hands with soap, families and communities can help reduce child mortality rates from diarrhoeal diseases by almost 50 per cent. This is one of the key messages being highlighted across the country as part of the observance of the first ever Global Handwashing Day, which is 15 October. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is also assisting efforts to tackle the outbreak by digging wells, providing safe drinking water and distributing basic health kits, particularly in remote areas.The struggle for water is one of the themes depicted in a series of photographs by Afghan women currently on display in New York. Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that “right now we need a major humanitarian push to ensure that immediate assistance reaches all Afghans who need it.At the same time, we have to work for long-term development. And above all, we must secure lasting peace in Afghanistan,” he stated.In a related development, the Assistant Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today wrapped up a three-day visit to Afghanistan, where he discussed strengthening support for the country’s development efforts and its capacity to deliver services to its people. In his meetings with Afghan officials, Ajay Chhibber discussed a range of areas of joint cooperation, including voter registration, community empowerment, economic growth, rural development and girls’ education. 13 October 2008United Nations agencies are helping authorities to respond to a diarrhoea outbreak in Afghanistan, where only about a quarter of the population has access to safe drinking water and 20 per cent of child deaths is attributed to the easily preventable disease. read more

Sony threatens to sue over publishing its corporate secrets revealed in hacker

FILE – In this Oct. 10, 2014 file photo, attorney David Boies is seen in Washington. Lawyers representing Sony Pictures Entertainment are threatening news organizations not to publish details of company files leaked by hackers in recent days, following one of the largest digital breaches ever against an American company. Boies, a prominent lawyer hired by the company, demanded Sunday that Sony’s “stolen information” _ publicly available on the Internet by the gigabytes _ should be returned immediately because it contains privileged, private information. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) by Jack Gillum, The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2014 12:57 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – A lawyer representing Sony Pictures Entertainment is warning news organizations not to publish details of company files leaked by hackers in one of the largest digital breaches ever against an American company.The Sony materials include studio financial records, employment files and what already has been revealed as salacious gossip by Hollywood executives about President Barack Obama and some of the industry’s big stars and upcoming films.Attorney David Boies, a prominent lawyer hired by the company, demanded Sunday that Sony’s “stolen information” — publicly available on the Internet by the gigabytes — should be returned or destroyed immediately because it contains privileged, private information. Boies said the studio could sue for damages or financial losses related to Sony’s intellectual property or trade secrets.Sony “does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of the stolen information, and to request your co-operation in destroying the stolen information,” according to one letter sent to the Hollywood Reporter newspaper and obtained by the website Gawker, which also received a letter.Boies hinted at legal action if organizations “used or disseminated” the material “in any manner.” The New York Times also received a letter, the newspaper reported Sunday.Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet said on the newspaper’s website Monday that it was a “disservice” to pretend the Sony documents weren’t revealing and public. But he nonetheless said their newsworthiness didn’t rise to the level of the Pentagon Papers or WikiLeaks affairs. Both resulted in disclosures of classified documents about U.S. government activity.Boies did not immediately return emails requesting comment Monday.Other highly sensitive material from the Sony hacking is being leaked almost daily, including exchanges between Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin and Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal that contained a frank assessment of Angelina Jolie’s talent and racially offensive jokes about Obama’s presumed taste in movies.The leaks also included an early version of the screenplay for the new James Bond movie “SPECTRE.” The producers at Britain’s EON productions said Saturday they are concerned that third parties who received the screenplay might seek to publish it, and they warned the material is subject to copyright protection around the world.___Associated Press writer Danica Kirka contributed to this report from London. Sony threatens to sue over publishing its corporate secrets revealed in hacker break-in read more

PC Leader Brown swornin as Ontario legislature starts fall sitting

TORONTO – Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown will be sworn in as a member of the Ontario legislature Monday and take his seat in the chamber for the first time as MPPs return for the fall sitting.Brown won a byelection Sept. 3 in Simcoe North, which borders the Barrie riding he had represented federally since 2006 until he won the PC leadership in May.He’s promising a “different approach” for the Official Opposition, insisting he won’t oppose government initiatives simply because they’re from the Liberals.“It will not be blindly partisan at Queen’s Park,” he said. “When the Liberals act in the best interests of the province we will praise them, we will recognize a good action, but when it’s not in the best interests of the province we will very clearly point out how we should take a different approach.”The Liberals used the byelection to portray Brown as too right-wing for mainstream Ontario, raising his voting record in Parliament on social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.Brown insists he believes in a woman’s right to choose and would block any attempt to reopen the abortion debate, and boasts he was the first PC leader to march in Toronto’s annual Pride parade.“The Liberals tried a negative smear campaign, tried to revisit social issues that are long settled, and the voters in Simcoe North, in a very resounding fashion, rejected that campaign,” he said.Government house leader Yasir Naqvi said if Brown really intends to do things differently he’d support the new Ontario pension plan and a cap-and-trade system that would put a price on carbon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.“It will be unfortunate if he does not (support the plans) because then he’s just being partisan and not putting the best interests of Ontario ahead,” said Naqvi.The Tories oppose the “fire sale” of Hydro One because it will drive electricity rates even higher, said Brown, who called the provincial pension plan a “job killing payroll tax.”As Brown named his shadow cabinet last week, he appointed himself education critic but said he wouldn’t rein in former leadership rival Monte McNaughton, who keeps attacking the updated sex education curriculum being introduced this year.“I realize that there are those that want to talk about sex education … but my focus is on jobs,” said Brown.The government’s fall agenda will focus on jobs and the economy in addition to the pension plan and starting the sale of Hydro. There will also be a bill to protect the Great Lakes, another on land use planning and legislation to update the way police conduct background checks on people, added Naqvi.The New Democrats have been campaigning hard against the sale of Hydro One since it was first announced, and will try again in the fall session to convince the Liberals they are going down the wrong road.“Kathleen Wynne is turning her back on Ontario’s proud history of public hydro to sell our oldest and most important public asset for a short-term, one-time gain,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.The Liberals hope to raise $9 billion from selling 60 per cent of Hydro One, and will use $4 billion of that to fund infrastructure and public transit projects and $5 billion to pay down hydro debt.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter PC Leader Brown sworn-in as Ontario legislature starts fall sitting by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 13, 2015 6:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Skeptical Football Manning Redux Ancient History And An Award For Tony Romo

Something marvelous has happened to me. I was transported to the seventh heaven. There sat all the gods assembled. As a special dispensation, I was granted the favor of making a wish. “What do you want?” asked Mercury. … “Choose — but only one thing.” For a moment I was bewildered; then I addressed the gods, saying: “My esteemed contemporaries, I choose one thing — that I may always have the laughter on my side.” Not one of the gods said a word; instead, all of them began to laugh. From that I concluded that my wish was granted and decided that the gods knew how to express themselves with good taste, for it would indeed have been inappropriate to reply solemnly: It is granted to you.— Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or Part 1There’s nothing more satisfying than to have the Hacker Gods1The non-omnipotent, non-omniscient beings who likely post-selected this universe as the answer to some even bigger question. laugh at you, and that’s pretty much what this past weekend of NFL action entailed. So let’s get right to it.Twitter question of the weekFollowing Peyton Manning’s costly interception with 2:25 left, down 5 points and in Seattle Seahawks territory, I took the opportunity to tweet the “Comeback King” chart from last week’s Skeptical Football column:I intended to gently remind people that Manning far outpaces the field in big comebacks, and that taking risks like the one that led to his interception is likely one of the main reasons why.But then things got crazy. Following a Seattle field goal, Manning got the ball back with less than a minute left, led the Broncos on an 80-yard touchdown drive in 41 seconds, and then scored on a two-point conversion to send the game to overtime. Twitter exploded. High drama, tempers flared, things were said.Even before the Seahawks took the first OT possession down the field for a touchdown, a number of people were questioning Manning’s comeback cred. The chart I tweeted showed that Manning has come back to win 10 of the 41 games in which his team has fallen behind by 15 points or more, which compares favorably to Tom Brady doing the same in five of 25 chances. Several people seemed underwhelmed by this difference, with many pushing back like so:@skepticalsports @ESPNStatsInfo also can be stated as manning 25%, brady 20% of the time. doesn’t seem quite as special that way.— Rich (@Liberty8691) September 21, 2014Some enterprising tweeters also pointed out that Andrew Luck already has three comeback wins in 13 opportunities, good for 23 percent.Granted, Manning’s comeback rate is only a few percentage points higher than Brady’s or Luck’s. But that doesn’t make it any less “special.” With the league average at just 5.6 percent, having 10 comebacks in 41 attempts is way, way more ridiculous and impressive than having five in 25.And those are very carefully calculated “way”s.Microsoft Excel has a function2Some version also exists in R and every other mathematical or statistical package on earth. called binom.dist() that can easily tell you the probability of something happening a certain number of times in a certain number of tries (an issue that, in my experience, comes up about every five minutes in life). It’s probably more useful than a sonic screwdriver.In this case, to find out the odds against each quarterback getting the number of wins he did, assuming they were all exactly as good as the league average,3Note that that this is slightly unfair to Peyton Manning, since he has accounted for about 10 percent of all the 15+ point comebacks in the NFL in the last 14 years, so he’s setting his own comparison level a bit. we plug in the numbers like so:=1/(1-BINOM.DIST([Comeback wins]-1,[Comeback opportunities],[League average comeback rate],TRUE))That spits out odds that lead to this chart:Yes, that’s a logarithmic scale. It needs to be because Manning’s results are that much better.4Here’s what that looks like on a non-log scale:Wowza.Peyton Manning’s 10 comebacks in 41 attempts is over 150 times less likely than Tom Brady’s five comebacks in 25.To put that in perspective: The odds against an average quarterback duplicating Brady’s feat are roughly the same as the odds of a .500 team winning its first six or seven games of the season.5Log 90, base 2 = 6.5. The odds against duplicating Manning’s feat are the equivalent of a .500 team starting the season 14-0.6Log 15,523, base 2 = 13.9.Chart of the weekThe NFL is now down to just three undefeated teams: the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cincinnati Bengals and Patrick Peterson’s Arizona Cardinals.Of these, the Bengals have been the most dominant, winning their three games by an average of nearly 16 points.The Eagles have needed three improbable comebacks (and as my colleague Neil Paine pointed out after Week 2 — and is still true now — they’ve spent most of this season trailing). However, the Eagles were a 10-6 team last year, and teams that start hot are far more likely to be successful if they have a track record.Since 1990 (when the league introduced a salary cap) there have been 72 teams that started 3-0 after winning eight or more games the year before, and 57 have made the playoffs (79 percent). There have been 24 teams that started 3-0 after winning seven or fewer games the year before, and only 12 of them made the playoffs (50 percent).Here are all the teams that have started 3-0 and whether they did or didn’t make the playoffs, arranged by the number of games they won the year before:Indeed, given that a team has started the season 3-0, knowing how many wins it had the season before is about twice as valuable as knowing what its margin of victory was in its first three games of this season (more on this later).While these probably wouldn’t have been the three teams most observers would have picked to start the season 3-0, they’re not really shocking either: The Bengals were 11-5 last year, and both the Cardinals and the Eagles were 10-6. While starting 3-0 certainly isn’t a guarantee of anything, immediate history suggests all three teams should be fine.Rookie QB watchThis was quite a week for rookie QBs! The top four quarterbacks in this year’s draft all saw action.As a reminder, my most basic criteria for evaluating a rookie quarterback’s career prospects (as discussed here, here, and here) are:Starting = GoodTouchdowns = GoodYards = GoodWins = Don’t careInterceptions = Don’t careCompletion percentage = Don’t care (possibly even a negative indicator, all else being equal)Our leaderboard for “best career prospects,” — which, yes, I just invented — is shaken up considerably. It had been basically just draft order until the start of the season, with Derek Carr on top since then, but now …Blake Bortles is on the board, and has re-assumed the No. 1 position. In a loss (which, according to my analysis, doesn’t matter) against Indianapolis, he had two touchdowns (good), 223 yards (good) and has been named the starter for next week (more starts = more good). Importantly, he’s starting early enough that any advantage Carr had in the rankings from his early starts should now be nil. The relationship between the number of rookie starts and career prospects isn’t very linear — the main thing that matters is that a QB starts at least four games; then it’s marginally better for him to start eight, etc.After limited action, Teddy Bridgewater is looking like he’ll start this week as well.Meanwhile, Derek Carr hasn’t really been lighting it up. Carr has only three TDs in three games, and is averaging under 200 yards per game. At this point, the main thing he has going for him is starting earlier than the others, but his stock is slowly dropping because he hasn’t been more productive.But it will take a lot of bad play for Carr to drop behind our favorite underweight QB Johnny Manziel, who is looking less and less likely to get much action as a starter this year. Manziel was in for a nifty-looking trick play, which was called back for a penalty, and was probably illegal anyway. According to my rigorous and proprietary analysis, acting ability is not a statistically significant predictor of a rookie QB’s future success.In case you missed itIf you haven’t read it, you should really click through to my colleague Neil Paine’s article from earlier this week that revisits the Greatest Show on Turf. I particularly liked this line: “The Rams anticipated what statistical analysts would eventually come to learn about football: Teams run when they win; they don’t win when they run.”That’s a causal chiasmus that holds true for so many things about football.Experimental chart of the weekIn Skeptical Football Week 1, we posted a chart showing the percentage of teams with a given record making the playoffs (since updated), and also noted that the odds were considerably different if a team had gone 12-4 or better the previous season. We’re still at a point in this season where the previous year’s results matter a good deal.We can combine each team’s results from this point in the season with its results from the previous season in a regression to see which is more important: what a team has shown over three games this year, or what it showed over 16 games the year prior. Using raw winning percentages or average margin of victory, we can predict wins or margin of victory for the remainder of the current season — which metric we use doesn’t really matter. Here, for the hobbyists at home, are a couple of examples of how to do these calculations yourself:To predict a team’s average margin of victory over its next 13 games, you can take 0.23 times its average margin of victory over the first three games, and then add 0.29 times its average MOV for the previous season.If you don’t have margins of victory to work with, you can predict a team’s winning percentage for the rest of the season like so: Start with a base of 30 percent, then add 0.18 times the first three games’ winning percentage and 0.22 times the team’s winning percentage from the previous year.For the whole set of teams since 1990, the first three games of the current season and the entirety of the previous season are roughly about equally predictive.But if we break the sample down by record, we can see that a disproportionate amount of the predictive work is being done by the 3-0 teams. Here’s a comparison of the previous season’s margin of victory with the percentage of games won over the remaining 13 games, broken down by number of wins after three games:Note that in the red plot there are fewer outliers and the slope of the fit is steeper. (If you look just at 3-0 teams, the previous season’s record is about twice as important as the margin of victory the team put up over the first three games.) Pedigree appears to be even better at separating the contenders from the pretenders than it is at predicting team performance in general.Gunslinger of the weekKudos to previous Gunslinger of the Week awardees Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan, who both took out their aggression on lesser opponents, going off against Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, respectively, for a combined 52 of 63 for 656 yards and four TDs, with no INTs. The same mindset that leads to a game-costing interception today may lead to game-breaking touchdowns tomorrow.But unlike the previous weekend, last week’s gunslinging produced more immediate results. Six quarterbacks won despite throwing interceptions (up from just one the week before). There’s nothing more exciting to me than seeing a QB who is scraping to get back in a game throw an interception, and then come back to win anyway — particularly if it’s a back-breaking pick-6.7I have a special place in my heart for pick-6s.Which is why, in a stunning upset, the Gunslinger of the Week award goes to … Tony Romo. I know, right? I demand a recount! But so it is. Throwing a pick-6 when down 14 and then managing to come back from 21 down to win anyway is just too much to ignore, despite Peyton Manning’s late-game theatrics against Seattle. Romo’s heroics deserve acknowledgement.Despite being one of the gunslingers fans most love to hate, Romo is actually a decent close-game QB. He has won 44 percent of games decided by less than a touchdown — no Brady (64 percent) or Manning (59 percent) to be sure, but better than the likes of Donovan McNabb, Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers, Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford. Along with Matt Ryan, he’s one of only two players since 1990 to win a game despite throwing five interceptions (in 2007 against Buffalo).Perhaps most interestingly, Romo has much better relative results in games when he throws one interception or more (where he wins 53 percent of the time) than in games where he doesn’t (where he wins 66 percent of the time).Among quarterbacks with at least 40 starts since 2001, that’s the fifth-highest winning percentage in games with an interception (behind Donovan McNabb and Ben Roethlisberger as well as Brady and Manning).Most empirically significant game of Week 4This is a no-brainer for me: It’s the Eagles vs. the 49ers, for at least three reasons:Colin Kaepernick is the most empirically interesting “running QB” to watch, since he doesn’t play for an amazing team like his counterpart up the coast.So far, Kaepernick and Alex Smith have both had their “career” years in the eight games they each played with Randy Moss. The more difficult matchups we see Kaepernick play, the better we understand his true skill, and by extension Moss’s, and by domino effect that of many others.Any time a team wins a lot of close or comeback games, it gets interesting. This year, the Eagles are ground zero for the question of how much skill there is to winning in the NFL, aside from just scoring and allowing points.Also, in a roundabout way, every time I watch the 49ers I feel like I learn something about the Seahawks, and what they’re all about is pretty interesting right now.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. read more

South African Mining Charter hearing postponement by High Court

first_imgMineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has noted the postponement of the hearing on the review of the 2017 Mining Charter, which is highly contentious and opposed by much of the industry. On Friday 24th November 2017 the Pretoria High Court postponed the case from the initial dates of 13th and 14th December 2017, at the request of the Chamber of Mines. The matter will now be heard from 19th to 21st February 2018.“The prolonged legal uncertainty caused by the postponement is indeed regrettable, especially in as far as the implementation of our transformation objectives as Government is concerned. We will, however, abide by the granting of the postponement,” Minister Zwane said.last_img read more

Never lose the remote again with this televisioncontrolling pillow

first_imgSure, it’s a cliche, but I’m one of those guys who can never find the television remote. It seems to drop through a dimensional slip gate every time I put it down, only to reappear at the random end of some wormhole elsewhere in the apartment. Maybe that’ll be between the couch cushions, but it’s often as not found inside a box of cold pizza in the kitchen, or on top of the toilet tank, or underneath the bed.Absolutely maddening. I’ve been hoping for awhile someone would do something about my errant remote, and it looks like now, Brookstone has, having come up with a remote control that is actually embedded right into a sofa throw pillow.AdChoices广告It’s a universal remote, so it does about everything you expect. It’s also perfect for napping, which is more than I can say for my remote.This, of course, adds an entirely new wrinkle to the idea of fighting with a significant other over the remote: now it can be a pillow fight. My only question, of course, is what happens when you actually, you know, use the pillow as a cushion instead of as a channel clicker.For $30, though, there doesn’t seem to be much risk in just buying one and finding out for yourself.Read more at Brookstonelast_img read more

Did Google handicap malware defenses in Firefox and Safari

first_imgIn December a Google-funded security study slammed Firefox, putting Mozilla’s browser at the bottom of the heap when it came to protecting users as they surf. NSS labs quickly entered the fray to clarify some inconsistencies in the report and defend Firefox’s good name in the process.NSS indicated that Chrome’s malware block rate had suddenly jumped to more than 50% right around the time that the original report was issued. Despite the fact that Firefox and Safari also rely on Google’s Safe Browsing API, their block rate remained stagnant at about 2 or 3%. Then, inexplicably, there was a dramatic swing in the days that followed the NSS Labs’ rebuttal. Chrome’s block rate dropped off a cliff, falling to just 20% — while Firefox and Safari’s rates more than doubled.So what’s the story here? Did Google perform some behind-the-scenes trickery to give Chrome improved access to the Safe Browsing API and data that Mozilla and Apple simply couldn’t match? Google has informed ZD Net’s Ed Bott that no such tomfoolery occurred, and that people can simply checked the source code to see that’s true.Trouble is, the code they’re referring to is the Chromium source code. While Chromium’s code is completely open, Chrome’s is not. That means there are certain bits of functionality in Google Chrome that you can’t see in their bare-code form. Unless Google’s Safe Browsing-related code ships in its entirety with Chromium, there’s no way to verify their statement.However, when you look at Chrome’s sudden sharp drop and the jump from Firefox and Safari — and consider that they happen on exactly the same day in December — it seems more likely that Google was either testing things out in Chrome first (where they have full control over the code) before flipping the switch for everyone who accesses the Safe Browsing API. Either that, or there was a bug floating around that caused some unexpected behaviors that was subsequently squashed.What’s your take on the NSS chart? Is Google up to something, or is it simply the result of Chrome using a different (and quite possibly superior) implementation of Safe Browsing-based malware blocking?More at NSS Labs (full report here)last_img read more

Star21 expands its coverage

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With the opening of the first Star21 showroom in Melbourne this year, managing director Bill Asimakidis had to pinch himself. Just over seven years ago, the telecommunications entrepreneur took a big gamble and left his high paying job at Crazy John’s.After five years of heading the company’s corporate operations, a new venture in the company had him sidelined.“When Crazy John’s decided to defect and leave Telstra to go to Vodafone that’s when I realised there was an opportunity to do this on my own,” Mr Asimakidis tells Neos Kosmos.Mr Asimakidis was a ‘Telstra boy’ through and through, having started at the company straight out of high school and progressed up the corporate ladder before being headhunted by Crazy John’s.But, it was in 2006 that Mr Asimakidis started Star21, a company that partners with Telstra to service small business and corporations with their telecommunication needs. The company started out with humble goals in Melbourne but now has grown into a national business catering to over 3,000 clients. On the books are big names like Crown Casino, Metricon Homes and John Holland Constructions.“These are companies that spend in excess of $15 million a year on their telecommunications services. So they come to us and utilise our services on a day to day basis for all their mobiles, their fax lines, their data requirements etc,” Mr Asimakidis says. As a channel partner of Telstra, the company works more as a one-on-one support network to big clients that feel they’d get lost in the bigger companies.“The beauty of dealing with a small business is that we’re fast, we’re nimble, we’re not a bureaucratic organisation, that’s what we offer our clients,” Mr Asimakidis says.“Instead of having to deal with a corporation like Telstra, from time to time you can get the run around, wheras our organisation is fast.”With offices in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and Melbourne, the business now employs over 45 staff members and the new business solutions centre in Melbourne houses the company’s first showroom. The new building will overtake the Hawthorn business and give the staff a chance to show their clients first hand the technology the company offers. “It’s part of our growth strategy,” he says. “In the next five years we aim to take the business more down the IT path, selling professional services and IT solutions in conjunction with telecommunications.”But, as the company grows, so does its corporate social responsibility. Mr Asimakidis has a deep love of sport and has chosen to support many grassroots teams.Among the eight teams the company sponsors, Star21 is also the main sponsor for South Melbourne FC.“My background is sport and that’s one of my side passions other than business,” Mr Asimakidis says.“I grew up playing soccer and watching footy, and I understand that with some of these smaller clubs, if you can help them out by contributing something small financially to help them buy footballs or some playing jerseys for the kids, you feel good about it.”His approach to business as well as his approach to the community hasn’t gone unnoticed. The company has won the Telstra State Business Partner of the Year award three years in a row.last_img read more

Greffe totale du visage le cas espagnol

first_imgGreffe totale du visage : le cas espagnol Espagne – Oscar, le patient ayant bénéficié d’une greffe totale du visage en mars, est sorti de l’hôpital.En mars dernier, l’Espagne avait annoncé avoir accompli la première greffe totale du visage. Cependant, des rumeurs affirmant que le patient n’avait pas retrouvé le plein usage de son visage avaient tempéré la performance. Dans la course à la première mondiale, une équipe française s’était donc octroyé le titre en juin, cette seconde opération ayant été annoncée comme un succès total.  Lundi, Oscar, le patient espagnol, a été présenté lors d’une conférence de presse marquant sa sortie de l’hôpital. Les rumeurs ont été confirmées : il n’a pas retrouvé certaines des fonctions de son visage et ne peut, par exemple, pas fermer les yeux ni la bouche. Néanmoins, le jeune homme peut désormais boire des liquides et parler. Il a même retrouvé une partie de la sensibilité de son nouveau visage. Ses médecins se réjouissent aujourd’hui de son état, qui évolue favorablement. Il sera évidemment très suivi ces prochains mois. Le 27 juillet 2010 à 11:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hong KongZhuhaiMacau Bridge helps Macau visitation climb 163 in July

first_img Report says MICE accounted for 22% of tourists to Singapore in 2018 Macau’s casino revenue may be facing headwinds but the number of visitors entering the SAR continues to rise with visitor arrivals climbing by 16.3% year-on-year to 3,530,233 in July.The opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge has been cited as a major cause of the uptick, according to the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC), which revealed a 49.0% increase in arrivals by land. Of those, 1,839,002 arrived via the Border Gate – up 20.5% year-on-year – with 553,026 entering via the bridge. Visitor arrivals by air grew by 14.7% to 323,785 while those by ferry declined 43.6% to 544,268. Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Load More Occupancy rate of Macau’s 4-star and 5-star hotels falls in July RelatedPosts As always, the majority of visitation came from mainland China with an 18.5% year-on-year increase to 2,569,941. Notably, visitors from the nine Pearl River Delta cities in the Greater Bay Area surged by 27.5% year-on-year to 982,429; with those from Zhuhai up 50.2% to 276,137 and from Guangzhou up 21.1% to 198,743.Once again, same day visitors dominated growth in July with same-day visitors (1,815,749) rising 29.9% to 1,815,749 while overnight visitors rose by just 4.7% to 1,714,484.Visitor numbers for the first seven months of 2019 have increased by 20.0% year-on-year to 23,814,866.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE RESEARCH 76 view financial education as essential for all staff

first_imgEmployee Benefits is hosting a live webinar, Employee Benefits Wired: the changing pensions landscape, at 1pm on Tuesday 1 December. Tune in to EB TV to watch the session and send your questions to the panel by tweeting #EBWired.EXCLUSIVE RESEARCH: More than three-quarters (76%) of respondents believe it is essential to provide financial education to all staff, yet just 32% do so, according to the Employee Benefits/Close Brothers Pensions research 2015.The research, which surveyed a total of 259 respondents in September, also found that 9% of respondents offer financial education to some staff and 7% offer it to those at retirement. Half of respondents (50%) do not offer financial education in the workplace. However, although almost half (48%) of respondents do offer financial education support in the workplace, there is still confusion among employees when thinking about retirement, demonstrating that perhaps the education is not delivering its intended goals. Nearly one-third (30%) of respondents’ employees do not know how much they need to contribute to their pension prior to retirement, and a quarter (26%) do not know the options available to them at retirement.Employers see the provision of financial education as key to helping improve an employee’s overall financial understanding. Respondents cited the top reasons for providing financial education in the workplace as allowing staff to understand the value of their benefits (76%), improving employees’ overall understanding of financial issues (62%) and improving financial wellbeing (61%). Financial education is also seen as key in strengthening an employer’s talent management strategy, for example, by improving engagement (59%) and aiding the attraction and retention of key staff (29%).last_img read more

Street drug fentanyl sickens 3 BSO K9s

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Three Broward Sheriff’s Office K-9 dogs were treated for possible overdoses after catching a whiff of the powerful street drug, fentanyl.According to the Sun-Sentinel, the dogs were involved in a search for drugs in a Lauderhill home, on Oct. 27. But shortly after, the normally “high-energy” dogs became lethargic and unresponsive.The three dogs, named, Primus, Packer and Finn, had been searching the Lauderhill home for drugs and money when they came across a bag of drugs that made them ill. Authorities said the drugs tested positive for fentanyl, a synthetic opiate that can be 50 times more potent than heroin.The dogs were rushed to Coral Springs Animal Hospital. Primus, a German shorthaired pointer, had to be given a dose of Nalaxone, an antidote used in overdoses. Packer and Finn were given IV fluids. All three dogs recovered and were back on duty the next day, according to BSO. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Proving Return on Investment

Return on Investment, or “ROI” can be one of the most difficult things to legitimately prove to top management when it comes to justifying software for cutting costs, gaining new sales markets or both.But proving ROI need not be as difficult as you think. Take the time to look closely at the present processes and identify where you believe there is wasted manpower to perform different tasks and areas where an excessive amount of manual effort goes in to the production processes. Once you can identify these two areas, you can then prepare an RFP to the vendors serving the subject area(s), identifying by item what you want to achieve.The trick is to remain objective as to expectations through a thorough analysis of what your company requires today versus after ROI results come in.Three Steps to Achieving Realistic ROI Goals 1. Designate a project management team composed of three or more executives including the department head(s) responsible for the end users operating the software, someone from IT to assist the end user department head in preparing the project plan from the software side including internal IT requirements; and a top executive responsible for bottom line results who can help in passing judgment and provide direction in terms of establishing ROI feasibility from a financial perspective.2. The Project Team would be responsible for the project plan that will result in a valid and objective projection on benefits and deliverables proving first year and additional year savings and/or new income and after the cost of the software, including maintenance/support, is factored in.3. The Project Plan would include identifying on a line item basis the workflows and software that are currently in use versus what happens after the vendor’s software is fully implemented to identify the specific deliverables and their contribution to ROI. Look in particular for integration with other software used by your company (including Excel) and even with the printer as key deliverables.When the results rough draft can be made available to the software vendor, the vendor should verify your work in terms of its software’s capabilities; as well as provide conditional safeguards for the correct use of its software where otherwise user deviation will compromise or prevent any specific ROI deliverable. Just keep in mind that the vendor cannot guarantee the results as they depend largely on your correct implementation and use of the software.Identify the DeliverablesThe next step is for your company’s project management team to agree upon a set of achievable ROI benefits and deliverables. Use Excel to establish line item “before” and “after” projections.Then you need a detailed implementation flowchart for “first year” and “additional year” expectations for determining the true ROI. For first year expectations, there will be an implementation period as the software is rolled out, including the necessary learning curve before users are totally fluent and productive in the correct use of the software. The more profound the software application, the longer the setup period might be. This means that the realization of complete ROI savings/income will not start until AFTER the software setup period has concluded.Even so, a truly beneficial application can deliver ROI in a year or less if the Project Plan is properly prepared and executed, with setup of as little as three months.Most importantly, the end user department manager should become the conduit between end users and the Project Team to ensure accurate definitions of end user (or other management) requirements and work with the vendors to ensure the appropriate results.Bert N. Langford is U.S. Technical Advisor for dataplan GmbH.E-mail him at blangford@dataplan.de. read more

Huawei P30 Pro gets neverseenbefore camera feature How does it work

first_img Huawei P30 Pro First Impressions, a super camera smartphone with extensive photography skills Huawei P30 Pro was launched in India this month and it has been in the news for all the good reasons so far. Whether it is zooming capability or low light performance, it is getting praise for its camera capabilities from users and critics alike. Other than the camera, the rest of the device is also a remarkable unit and the P30 Pro is presenting itself as a strong contender for being one of the better releases of 2019.One of the features that were highly talked about during the P30 Pro launch is the capability to shoot video through the primary camera as well as the zoom lens simultaneously and it’s called the dual-view camera mode or split screen video.The Dual-view camera mode was not available out-of-the-box and was promised to be delivered through an OTA update. Now, the latest news is that the update has arrived through the EMUI 9.1.0.153 update, which is rolling out in China. Huawei P30 Pro camera gets an upgradeHuaweiDual-View Camera ModeThe Dual-view camera mode is a very interesting feature as it lets you record details on a subject as well as exhibit the context around the subject. In this mode, two rear cameras work simultaneously that allows you to watch the overall view and zoom into the object at the same time.Huawei P30 Pro in its full gloryHuawei P30 Pro features a 6.47-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) OLED display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 with support of DCI-P3 colour gamut. The phone is powered by 7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC paired with an 8GB RAM and runs on EMIUI 9.1 based on Android 9.0 Pie.The P30 Pro is available in two colour options – Aurora and Breathing Crystal and is packed with 4,200mAh battery with support of 15W Wireless Quick Charge and 40W SuperCharge features. Huawei P30 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanIn terms of optics, the main highlight of the Huawei P30 is its rear quad camera setup. It sports a 40-megapixel primary camera (f/1.6 aperture) with a SuperSpectrum sensor and it is assisted by the – 20-megapixel sensor with ultra-wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture, and an 8-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens and f/3.4 aperture. The fourth camera in this setup is Huawei’s time-of-flight (ToF) sensor which adds the features like phase detection, contrast-based and laser autofocus to the camera. The phone also offers 5x optical, 10x hybrid, and 50x digital zoom which are quite effective.For the selfie and video call, Huawei P30 Pro features a 32-megapixel selfie camera coupled with f/2.0 aperture lens and AI HDR+. You can watch the camera performance and some sample images here.Connectivity options include Bluetooth v5.0, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac USB Type-C (v3.1), and Dual-Band GPS. Other features on board are ambient light, proximity and infrared sensors, colour temperature, accelerometer, digital compass and a gyroscope. The Huawei P30 is priced at Rs. 71,990 for the 8GB RAM/ 256GB variant and it is available on Amazon India. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:57Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:55?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Stocks Moderately Higher … Solid Growth … Jobless Claims Up

first_img Share APIn this Thursday, June 15, 2017, photo, a construction worker continues work on a condominium project in Coral Gables, Fla. On Friday, July 7, 2017, the Labor Department will release the U.S. jobs report for June. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)Stocks are opening moderately higher on Wall Street, led by gains in banks and technology companies. Solid gains for Goldman Sachs and Chevron sent the Dow Jones industrial average higher in early trading. The Dow gained 81 points, or 0.3 percent, to 24,806 as of 10:13 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,684. The Nasdaq composite rose 5 points, or 0.1 percent, to 6,966.WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2 percent annual rate from July through September. That’s slightly slower than previously estimated but still enough to give the country the best back-to-back quarterly growth rates in three years. The Commerce Department revised the figure down from last month’s estimate of 3.3 percent. The change reflected a bit less spending by consumers.WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose last week for the first time in five weeks, but remained at a low level that points to a healthy job market. The Labor Department says applications for unemployment aid increased 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 245,000. The rise comes a week after applications fell to nearly a four-decade low.ATLANTA (AP) — Home Depot is buying online retailer The Company Store, moving forward with aggressive plans to protect itself from competitors like Amazon.com. The Atlanta company says it would more closely link its stores with online services and home delivery. Home Depot has escaped the decimation other retailers have been subjected to with Amazon disrupting sales everywhere, but CEO Craig Menear has vowed to meet customers where they are.DETROIT (AP) — Ford and Mazda are recalling more than 380,000 older small pickup trucks for a second time to replace Takata air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel. The recalls cover driver and passenger inflators in certain 2004 to 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks made by Ford. The trucks were recalled in 2015 and 2016 to replace inflators with newer ones as a temporary fix.last_img read more

Mental Health Advocates Back Red Flag Law To Stem Rise In Teen

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X At a recent hearing on red flag laws, Greg Hansch with the National Alliance on Mental Illness cited a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), showing that one out of eight Texas high school students, or 12.5 percent, has reported a suicide attempt. The national average is 7 percent.Hansch said easy access to guns means those attempts are more likely to succeed. “What we know about access to firearms as it relates to suicides is that most people who attempt suicide do not die, unless they use a gun.”Family members are often the first to notice when someone shows the warning signs of a suicide attempt. Under Texas law, Hansch said, they have limited power to restrict a loved one’s access to guns, but a red flag law could change that.center_img 00:00 /00:46 Listen Photo via PixabayIn the wake of the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School back in May, Texas lawmakers have considered a “red flag law.” Such a law would allow local officials to take away a person’s guns, if a judge decides the gun owner presents a danger. Some mental health advocates think this could reduce the state’s dramatic rise in teen suicides.last_img read more

Ms Senior DC 2016

first_imgThe Ms. Senior D.C. event was held June 29 at the University of the District of Columbia in Northwest D.C. The contest is for women who are 60 and older. Contestants presented their philosophy of life, talent and evening gown during competition. Billie LaVerne Smith was crowned Ms. Senior D.C. 2016.Master of Ceremonies Carroll H. Hynson, Ms. DC Senior 2016, Billie La Verne Smith; 3rd Runner Up, Elynore Hooker Herron; 2nd Runner Up Judyan Andrews; 1st Runner Up, Jessica HaynesFranklin and Laura Newland, executive director D.C .Office on Aging. (Photos by Rob Roberts)last_img read more