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Encephalitis deaths cross 100mark Nitish meets officials

first_imgNew Delhi: As the death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur district crossed the 100 mark on Monday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has summoned the Bihar government and Union Health Ministry over the rising deaths and sought a detailed report in the matter.Meanwhile, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey, who had once hit the headlines for appointing a dead doctor to head a district hospital in June last year, faced the fury of affected families over asking the cricket score during a crucial meeting on the outbreak of AES in the state in the presence of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in Muzaffarpur on Sunday. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceIn the alleged video, Pandey is heard asking “how many wickets have fallen?” to which someone responds “4 wickets”. India was playing Pakistan in a World Cup tournament late Sunday evening. Coming to the NHRC notice, the panel has also sought a detailed report on the status of implementation of National Programme for Prevention and Control of Japanese Encephalitis Virus/Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (NPPCJA) and other steps taken to deal with the painful situation. The panel has given four-week time to submit the sought details. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeIn a related development, the Centre in response to an RTI reply has stated that the occurrence of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) was observed for the first time in 1955 at Vellore in Tamil Nadu and the government has spent several crores of rupees to contain the deadly disease, which has claimed the lives of over 7,500 children since 2009. As per the RTI, there were 779 deaths reported in 2009, while in 2010, 679 deaths were reported due to JE. Similarly, in 2011, 1,169 children died due to ‘brain fever’ followed by 1,256 deaths in 2012, then 1,273 deaths in 2013 and 1,711 deaths in 2014. Though there is no provision of providing compensation to the affected families from the Centre, the Bihar government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh for each of the children killed in the outbreak. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has also directed officials of the Health Department, the district administration and doctors to take all possible measures to tackle the situation.last_img read more

Chennaiyin FC release Vanmalsawma Herd and Bernard

first_imgChennai: Chennaiyin FC on Friday confirmed the departure of midfielders Isaac Vanmalsawma and Chris Herd along with goalkeeper Nikhil Bernard from the club. While Isaac moves to Indian Super League side Jamshedpur FC on a permanent transfer, Chris and Nikhil leave CFC following the expiry of their respective contracts. Mizo midfielder Isaac completes a permanent transfer to Jamshedpur FC for an undisclosed fee, having joined Chennaiyin from FC Pune City before the 2018-19 campaign. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Isaac was a versatile influence on the Chennaiyin midfield, deployed by head coach John Gregory on the wings as well as in the middle. He made 20 appearances for the club across the ISL, Super Cup and AFC Cup; registering two goals and one assist in the process. Chris joined CFC midway through the 2018-19 campaign and made five appearances in the ISL. He then had three instrumental displays in CFC’s run to the Super Cup final, unfortunately missing out in the decider through suspension. The Australian defensive midfielder then played seven times in the AFC Cup, even finding the back of the net in the 2-0 home win over Nepal’s Manang Marshyangdi Club in the group stage. Nikhil joined the club after a stint at Gokulam Kerala FC, ahead of the just concluded season. He departs without making any senior team appearances.last_img read more

Security sector reform vital to stability in GuineaBissau says UN report

In his latest report on developments in Guinea-Bissau and on the activities of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office there, known as UNIOGBIS, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls security sector reform the “centrepiece” of priority stabilization goals in the West African nation.“I urge national authorities and international partners not to lose sight of the holistic nature of security sector reform and to ensure that international assistance addresses not only defence sector needs but also the needs of the security and justice sectors,” he writes. He says he is encouraged that the national authorities are taking measures to pave the way for creating the legal framework for the reforms, while highlighting the need for sustained international support for the country’s efforts. “In these times of global financial crisis and competing priorities, I reiterate my earnest appeal to the international community to generously support the efforts of Guinea-Bissau to restructure and ensure the creation of a comprehensive security sector that is effective, financially sustainable and capable of meeting present and future challenges, including the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking.” Last November, the top UN envoy in Guinea-Bissau warned that the prospects for political stability in the country appear to be good but are threatened by drug trafficking and organized crime.“Although there seems to be a downward trend in the trafficking of cocaine through West Africa over the past few months, drug trafficking and organized crime remain a significant challenge for stability in Guinea-Bissau and the sub-region,” Joseph Mutaboba, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNIOGBIS, told a meeting of the Security Council. The Secretary-General adds in his report that the UN is expanding its efforts towards reforming policing and internal security in the country, and urges all partners to join forces with the world body to allow the international community to ‘deliver as one’ in this critical area.He also lauds the progress that has been made on the political and economic fronts in Guinea-Bissau, where a series of political assassinations in 2009 had threatened security and stability. Malam Bacai Sanhá won the presidential elections that were held in June and July.“President Sanhá’s call for change towards a culture of positive peace to replace the polarization and divisiveness that have hampered efforts to heal and rebuild Guinea-Bissau society is encouraging,” Mr. Ban states, urging the Government and the National Assembly to continue to “foster synergies for national dialogue” with society as a whole to achieve genuine and lasting reconciliation.Commending the efforts made towards improving economic and fiscal management, the Secretary-General says it is encouraging that the Government has made economic and fiscal reform a national priority since economic recovery is a key component for any viable strategy to reduce instability.He adds that recent developments signal a “clear commitment and willingness” on the part of international financial institutions, the UN Peacebuilding Commission and other international partners to collaborate with the Government. Guinea-Bissau is one of four countries currently on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission – along with Burundi, Sierra Leone and the Central African Republic (CAR) – which was established in 2005 to help countries emerging from conflict make an irreversible transition from war to sustainable peace. 3 March 2010Security sector reform remains the most crucial element to ensuring stability in Guinea-Bissau, according to a new United Nations report released today, which calls on the international community to support the country’s efforts towards this goal. read more

Somalia Security Council exempts humanitarian activities from sanctions provisions

17 March 2011The Security Council today voted to exempt the work of humanitarian agencies operating in Somalia from a resolution that obliges States to impose financial sanctions on groups and individuals who obstruct efforts to restore peace and stability in the Horn of Africa country. The Security Council today voted to exempt the work of humanitarian agencies operating in Somalia from a resolution that obliges States to impose financial sanctions on groups and individuals who obstruct efforts to restore peace and stability in the Horn of Africa country.Under Security Council resolution 1844 of 2008, UN Member States are obligated to freeze the funds, other financial assets and economic resources which are on their territories, which are owned or controlled by the individuals or entities engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security, stability or humanitarian operations in Somalia.Resolution 1972 passed today says an exemption shall apply if the payment of funds, other financial assets or economic resources are necessary to ensure the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance in Somalia, by the UN, its specialized agencies or programmes, humanitarian organizations having observer status at the General Assembly that provide humanitarian assistance, or their implementing partners.The exemption is for a period of 16 months, according to the text of the resolution, which also requires the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator to report to the Security Council by 15 November this year, and again by 15 July next year, on the implementation of the exemption and on any impediments to the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Somalia.A severe drought in Somalia has exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation in Somalia, where civilians have been caught up in fighting pitting forces of the country’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which are backed by African Union (AU) peacekeepers, against insurgents with the Al-Shabaab armed group and other militants.An estimated 2.4 million people – or about a third of the country’s 7.2 million people – are in need of relief aid as a result of drought and two decades of conflict.Somalia has lacked a fully functioning national government and has been buffeted by factional warfare since the toppling in 1991 of the regime headed by Muhammad Siad Barre. read more

Mano Tittawella under fire in Parliament

Mano Tittawella was part of the Sri Lankan delegation which attended the discussion on Sri Lanka in Geneva last week. Senior Advisor to the Finance Ministry Mano Tittawella, was accused in Parliament today of dictating the direction Sri Lanka should take at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.Opposition Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa told Parliament that Tittawella had given instructions to Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Geneva with regards to the draft Resolution which Sri Lanka cosponsored. “How can he decide Sri Lanka’s foreign policy? Who is he? Do not let him dictate terms,” Weerawansa said in Parliament. The Sri Lankan delegation was led by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Information age has created new divides Annan tells AsiaPacific ministers

“All the countries in the Asia and Pacific region are experiencing the effects of globalization and ‘digitalization,’ raising new and compelling issues,” Mr. Annan said in a statement delivered on his behalf by Shashi Tharoor, Under Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.”This troubling paradox prompted world leaders, in the Millennium Declaration they adopted at the Millennium Summit in 2000, to commit themselves to ensuring that the media are free to perform their essential role, that the public have access to information, and that the benefits of the new information and communications technologies are available to all people,” Mr. Annan said.”Such goals are only as good as the efforts to put them into practice. This forum is well-timed, and its participants well-placed, to promote real progress at both the regional and global levels,” he said of the two-day, “Information and Broadcasting in Asia and the Pacific,” conference, which started today.Mr. Annan said a shared regional agenda for action can emerge through vigorously debating pressing concerns, including how to best respond to the growing commercialization of the media and the accelerated concentration of media ownership, enhance the role of public service broadcasting and preserve cultural while promoting pluralism of content.He said the Minister’s efforts could also influence debate at the global level in advance of the World Summit on the Information Society, which will be held in two parts – in Geneva in December, and then in Tunis in 2005. The Summit – bringing together political leaders and leaders from the private sector, civil society and media organizations – offers a unique opportunity to shape the future of the technology revolution so that it serves and empowers all people, Mr. Annan added. “Let us sustain this cooperation so that your conference, and the approaching Summit, can both succeed in bringing real, positive change into people’s lives,” the Secretary-General said. read more

UN envoy starts sixth week of talks to ensure wide participation in

Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi today met with Sheikh Hareth Al Dhari, President of the Muslim Scholars Association, a Sunni group. He told reporters the talks were part of consultations he is holding with representatives of all political forces to discuss ways to advance the political process.He said these consultations are in implementation of the UN mandate under Security Council Resolution 1546 to promote national dialogue and consensus within an all-inclusive political process.By not voting in the 30 January elections for a transitional National Assembly, either due to boycott calls, intimidation or fear of violence, Sunni Arabs will have very little presence in the body entrusted with writing the new constitution. Shiite Arabs, who voted enthusiastically, represent about 60 per cent of the electorate, while Sunni Arabs and mainly Sunni Kurds, who also turned out en masse, represent about 20 per cent each.Earlier today Mr. Qazi visited the headquarters of the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party where he held similar talks with the party’s President Muhsen Abdul Hamid.In meetings he has been holding with Iraqi leaders from across the political spectrum ahead of the convening of the Transitional National Assembly, Mr. Qazi has also been discussing ways through which the UN can further contribute to the political process and encourage broader participation in political efforts to restore peace and stability to Iraq.Mr. Qazi has assured all his interlocutors that the UN will continue to support Iraq through the transitional process. In addition to its efforts to promote national dialogue among the various components of the Iraqi society, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has been coordinating international humanitarian aid to the country. read more

Prince Charles to take part in TV show about worlds most extraordinary

Prince Charles on Countryfile in 2013 Prince William will one day inherit the Duchy A royal source said it was hoped that the documentary would help explain to the public how the Duchy “not only makes a positive contribution to communities where it has land and investments, but also significantly contributes to the costs of the Prince’s household and those of his children”.Bill Lyons, the executive producer who has also worked on programmes including Countryfile, said: “It’s rare to have access to an untold story but that’s exactly what we discovered in the Duchy of Cornwall.“These films will reveal just how much HRH The Prince of Wales has invested – personally and emotionally – into what has been his lifetime’s endeavour.”Jon Swain, head of BBC Studios’ Unscripted Productions which will make the show for ITV, said: “We’re delighted to be working with ITV and opening a window onto one of the world’s most extraordinary family businesses.” Prince Charles on Countryfile in 2013Credit:BBC Prince Charles prunes a tree at Dumfries House The Prince has been highly selective about which television projects he takes part in personally, with a CV now including a guest editing slot on Countryfile in 2013 and a recent and revealing BBC documentary marking his 70th birthday.The new programme is intended to focus closely on the work of the Duchy, joining the Prince in meetings, at his Poundbury housing estate and out in the countryside.Fittingly, he has been filmed laying a hedge: one of his passionate hobbies which his sons Prince William and Prince Harry have laughingly described as causing his policeman to come back from work bleeding after helping him.The Duke of Cambridge, who will one day take over the estate, could make an appearance on screen, having attended regular meetings about the Duchy recently. ITV said the programme will “offer an unprecedented insight into The Duchy of Cornwall, which covers more than 130,000 acres across 23 counties, touching coast, countryside and city.”“This unique 700 year old institution is both an ancient Royal estate, providing the personal income for every Duke of Cornwall since 1337, and a forward-thinking 21st century business, generating an income of over £20 million per year for The Prince, his family and his charitable organisations,” a spokesman added.In particular, the estate currently funds the staff and lives of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Cambridges and the Sussexes, with the exception of security and working travel. Prince William will one day inherit the DuchyCredit:WPA When the Queen joked that her first-born son was a “true Duchy Original” during his 70th birthday party, it raised a hearty laugh from friends, family and royal watchers but required a little explaining to some in the wider world.But anyone who has wondered what exactly the Duchy of Cornwall is and does, not to mention how it funds the lives of the Prince of Wales and his children, will soon be wondering no more.The Prince has allowed television cameras into film the inner workings of his Duchy, with a crew embedding for a year behind-the-scenes to shed light on the royal estate.Including interviews with the Prince himself, it will follow staff and tenants working and living across the 700-year-old estate which now creates £20million a year for its custodian and his charities. The ITV television programme, which will be aired in two one-hour documentaries, will be broadcast in the autumn, after the Prince celebrates his 50th working year as the Duke of Cornwall.Provisionally called Inside The Duchy, it will see the Prince explain “the way The Duchy is run to reflect his belief that economic development works best when in harmony with the natural world and local communities”, a spokesman for ITV said. The Duchy estate was established by Edward III to provide a private income for his son and heir to the throne Edward, later known as the Black Prince, and its purpose remains the same today.Prince Charles became the 24th Duke of Cornwall on the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952 and at the age of 21, in 1969, he became entitled to the full income from the Duchy and took over its management.Today it is a private portfolio of land, financial investments and property – including the Oval cricket ground and 67,000 acres of Dartmoor – which funds the public, charitable and private activities of the prince and his immediate family.The 2017/18 accounts for the Duchy showed annual income from the private estate had increased by 5 per cent to £21.7 million. Prince Charles prunes a tree at Dumfries HouseCredit:Chris Jackson read more

Sherritt signs up for data security trial with Leonovus

first_imgSherritt International has signed up for a trial of Leonovus’ data security software as the nickel and cobalt miner looks to support its evolving storage infrastructure.The pilot, which starts in January, will see Leonovus apply its “next generation of secure software-defined storage (SDS) solution” at the company’s operations in Canada, Cuba and Madagascar.John Kiousis, Vice President of Global IT, Sherritt International, said the software will give the company the flexibility to segment data across multiple cloud storage providers, enabling it to take advantage of cost savings while protecting its data.“Moving to the cloud will extend our IT infrastructure capabilities and support our goal of achieving operational excellence,” he added.When using Leonovus, customers receive the following benefits, according to the Ottawa-based software provider:“Ability to balance business growth with a flexible hybrid, multi-cloud storage infrastructure;“Greater data security with Leonovus patented ‘encrypt, shred, spread’ capability;“Maintain complete, on-premises control, of their encryption keys;“Greater flexibility and simplicity to meet future data growth requirements through a single pane of glass.”last_img read more

Viran Morros about move to PSG I am excited to work with

The French champions PSG Handball will have a new look with the new coach Raul Gonzales. Some new faces will reinforce the club from the city of lights alongside coach who won the VELUX EHF Champions League title with RK Vardar Skopje.One of them is experienced Spanish defensive line specialist – Viran Morros. The 35-years old Spaniard coming from FC Barcelona Lassa where he played since 2011.Here is what we talk during Barcelona Handball Camp in Omis, Croatia. ← Previous Story Veselin Vujovic to lead RK Zeleznicar Nis Next Story → PGE Vive Kielce in financial crisis? PSG HandballViran Morros read more

Over 80 per cent of drug seizures in Europe are for cannabis

first_imgMost synthetic cannabinoid powders appear to be manufactured in China, and are then shipped in bulk, using established legitimate transport and distribution networks. Once in the European Union, the chemicals are typically mixed with or sprayed onto herbs and packaged as ‘legal high’ products for sale either on the Internet or via other retailers.In the first six months of 2013, eighteen countries reported more than 1 800 seizures of synthetic cannabinoids.Read: Ireland is the third highest for drug-induced deaths in Europe>Read: HSE issues alert as green ecstasy pills kill two people in the last four days> MORE THAN 80 PER cent of drug seizures in Europe are for cannabis, a massive study on drug use in Europe has found.The study published yesterday said around one million seizures of illicit drugs are reported annual in Europe. Most of these are small quantities of drugs confiscated from users, although this total also includes multi-kilogram consignments seized from traffickers and producers.In 2012, two-thirds of all seizures in the European Union were reported by just two countries, Spain and the United Kingdom. Smaller, but non-trivial numbers of seizures were reported by Germany, Belgium, Italy and four Nordic countries. Source: European Drug Report 2014The map above shows that Ireland, relative to other countries, has a small number of seizures – between one and ten thousand a year.In the UK, the number of seizures is greater than 100,000. Most of the seizures are for herbal cannabis and cannabis resin.The annual consumption of these products can be roughly estimated at around 2 000 tonnes. Over the past ten years, the number of herbal seizures hasovertaken that of resin, and now represents almost two-thirds of all cannabis seizures.The report said this reflects the growing availability of domestically produced herbal cannabis in many countries. Source: European Drug Report 2014The emergence of synthetic cannabinoids, chemicals that mimic the effects of cannabis, has added a new dimension to the cannabis market, according to the report.last_img read more

A New Game is Being Produced for the Sega GenesisMega Drive

first_imgThe Sega Genesis/Sega Mega Drive may not be around anymore, but that doesn’t mean that games aren’t still being produced for it. For the past four years, game developer WaterMelon Corp has been working hard on creating a classic beat-em-up style game for the Genesis. Paprium (which was once known as “Project Y”), is described as a “post-apocalyptic, outrageous, street brawler,” by the developer. As you’ll see from the trailer below, Paprium looks exactly like something gamers would’ve played on the Genesis.Here is a breakdown of the game as listed on the official Paprium website:“Year 8A2, somewhere at equidistant point between Shanghai, Tokyo, and Pyongyang, a Megapolis rose from ashes of the shortest but most devastating nuclear war in history, its name is PAPRIUM. BRUTAL, MASSIVE. You will fight your way through the city with Tug, Alex, and Dice. Redefine the word justice, deal with the BLU drug temptation, and more importantly: STAY ALIVE!”Parium will come in an 80-MEG Genesis cartridge. It will feature over 25 levels and more than five playable characters. The game will sport 60 frames-per-second and “advanced 16-bit visuals.” The title supports two-player co-op and will have multiple game modes.There will be two editions available: the limited edition and classic edition. Each of these will include the 80-MEG cartridge and a full-color instruction manual that will be packed into an old-school Genesis game box. There will also be posters, stickers and “a bunch of other surprises.” Paprium will be available in the USA, Europe, and Japan. It is region-lock free, so you’re allowed to play it on any Genesis/Mega Drive system regardless of its country of origin.And because all of that wasn’t enough, WaterMelon Corp will also release the Grandstick III. Since Paprium, is a classic arcade brawler, playing it with a fight stick makes perfect sense. The controller will have high-quality SANWA x WM switches, a clicking joystick with eight buttons, and dual connectivity with Genesis/Mega Drive and USB. The Grandstick III will have a snazzy stainless-steel aluminum case.Dust off that old Genesis and get ready for Paprium when it is released on September 16, 2017. For more information, make sure to visit the official Paprium website and WaterMelon Corp Facebook page.last_img read more

Pastore Serie A so tough

first_imgJavier Pastore says that Serie A “is certainly harder than Ligue 1” after Roma clawed back from 3-1 to a draw 3-3 with Atalanta.Pastore opened the scoring with a stunning back-heel finish just after 90 seconds in the first half, but Roma had to come back from 3-1 to draw 3-3 in a thrilling game.After the game, Pastore testified to the difficulty of the Italian Serie A, according to Football Italia.“It was a good goal, Cengiz Under gave me a smart cross and the finish went well. Fortunately, we were able to equalise eventually,” Pastore told Sky Sports Italia.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I think after our goal, we got a bit too relaxed and allowed them to have the ball, but that is something we shouldn’t do. We came out for the second half with more intensity and managed to get it back on track. We could even have won it at the end.“My position is up to the Coach, I came here happy to play wide midfield, but well aware that I had often played in a trident attack before.“It’s certainly harder in Serie A than Ligue 1, the first two games have been such a struggle!”last_img read more

Governors Ball 2019 The Strokes Tyler The Creator And Florence The Machine

first_img Twitter Governors Ball 2019: Florence & The Machine & More governors-ball-2019-strokes-tyler-creator-and-florence-machine-headline News Email The NYC music festival returns on May 31–June 2 with plenty of music to rock the island; the impressive lineup also includes Nas, Lil Wayne, Kaytranada, Noname, Charli XCX, Gesaffelstein and BROCKHAMPTONAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Jan 7, 2019 – 12:56 pm Today the Governors Ball Music Festival announced the lineup for their ninth year on Randall’s Island Park in New York City. Running from May 31–June 2, Governors Ball 2019 will welcome headliners The Strokes and past GRAMMY nominees Tyler, the Creator and Florence & the Machine.center_img Governors Ball 2019: The Strokes, Tyler, The Creator And Florence & The Machine To Headline Facebook The three-day event of music, art, food and fun—”A Festival with a New York Heart,” according to The New York Times—certainly brings an N.Y.C.-inspired melting pot approach to their musical lineup, and this year does not disappoint. Musical highlights also include: GRAMMY winners Lil Wayne and Kacey Musgraves, GRAMMY nominees SZA, Nas, The Internet, Jorja Smith, Bob Moses, Charli XCX, ZHU, plus Vince Staples, BROCKHAMPTON, Blood Orange, Clairo, Bazzi, MØ, Major Lazer (DJs Jillionaire, Walshy Fire and GRAMMY winner Diplo), Noname, Kaytranada, Gesaffelstein and King Princess.Discounted “Announce Day” pricing for festival tickets is available today until 11:59 EST. More info on tickets, as well as the complete lineup and event details can be found on the Governors Ball site.How Collaboration And A Little Magic Made Blood Orange’s ‘Negro Swan’last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons MacInnis McDonald Initiated Into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

first_imgSALEM, MA — The following Wilmington residents and Salem University students were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines:Samantha MacInnisBrooke McDonaldThese residents are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.About Phi Kappa PhiPhi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”(NOTE: The above announcement is from Phi Kappa Phi via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Theresa Valenti Inducted Into Honor Society At Salem State UniversityIn “Education”Wilmington’s Bransfield & Carroll Inducted Into Phi Kappa Phi Honor SocietyIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Barnard & Moreau Inducted Into Phi Kappa Phi Honor SocietyIn “Education”last_img read more

SCR hailed for good passenger amenities

first_imgHyderabad: P K Krishna Das, the Chairman of Passenger Amenities Committee, along with committee members G Premendar Reddy, C Ravindran and Kaku Vijayalaxmi, met Gajanan Mallya, the General Manager of SCR, on Friday.Das complimented the SCR authorities for maintaining high standards of cleanliness at Kacheguda, Hyderabad and Secunderabad railway stations. He also stated that status of the cleanliness at railway stations was matching the ideals of Swachh Bharat program initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us The committee members suggested provision of scanners at Secunderabad parcel office to ensure safety, and baby feeding rooms at Hyderabad railway station, provision of more lady constables to strengthen the security at the stations. Gajanan Mallya briefed the committee on various development activities related to passenger amenities in the zone, such as provision of escalators, lifts, heightening of platforms, improving lightening in the stations, provision of free Wi-fi in all stations and maintenance of highest cleanliness standards. SCR was focused on Swachh Rail-Swachh Bharat mission to ensure passenger-friendly trains. He also stated that SCR was 100% LED lit zone and was saving around RS 7 crore a year. The zone provided free Wi-fi facility at over 200 stations and was planning to extend Wi-fi facility to 700 stations in the current year. The zone was also focusing on new line projects, doubling and tripling to provide more passenger services, he added.last_img read more

Fullscreen Taps Omaze Exec Stu Smith as VP of Talent

first_imgStu Smith, formerly a top exec at charitable fundraising platform Omaze, has joined Fullscreen as VP of talent.Smith starts at Fullscreen on Thursday (Aug. 23), reporting to Beau Bryant, GM of talent at Fullscreen. Based in Los Angeles, Smith will be tasked with developing strategic programs for Fullscreen’s talent clients.Founded in 2011, Fullscreen started out as a multichannel network that aggregated YouTube channels and now counts 4,500 creator partners (down from as many as 75,000 affiliated creators three years ago). Fullscreen was acquired in 2016 by AT&T and Chernin Group’s joint venture, which they later dubbed Otter Media. Earlier this month, AT&T acquired full control of Otter Media.Today, Fullscreen’s roster of clients includes the Dobre Brothers, Karina Garcia, Elle Mills, Aija Mayrock, Cody Ko, Lucas Cruikshank and Khadi Don. “Stu offers a unique mix of operational expertise and innate understanding of the talent business, which is critical to fulfilling that mission,” Bryant said in announcing his hire. “Fullscreen’s mission to service the best digital talent from around the world at the highest levels continues to attract new and exciting executives.”At Omaze, Smith was senior VP of business development and partnerships at Omaze, a startup that offers experiences in partnership with entertainment properties and celebrity talent to support different causes.Before joining Omaze in November 2016, Smith was global head of music and entertainment at e-commerce platform Teespring and previously worked at CrowdSurge, a direct-to-consumer ticketing technology startup, which has since merged with Songkick. Earlier in his career, he spent four years at Red Light Management, an independent music management company. Smith, who hails from Winnetka, Ill., holds a bachelor’s degree in English writing from DePauw University.Fullscreen provides a range of services and tools for digital influencers, including talent management, multiplatform content optimization, brand partnerships, live touring, and consumer products. The company also offers a consumer-facing technology platform that lets brands, talent and influencers create websites, online stores, and fan clubs, after acquiring startup StageBloc in 2016. This part spring, Fullscreen bought Reelio, an influencer-marketing firm. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Researchers discover friends make you play better online

first_imgFriendships are difficult to quantify. But sports analysts often comment on the “team dynamic” or “team chemistry” as an important factor in order for a group to succeed and win.Researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology and University of Colorado may have the evidence to back up the round table claims. Winter Mason and Aaron Clauset studied the behavior of over 100 Halo: Reach players that participated in a survey, studying 2,445,617 games by accessing player’s individual game and user summaries through Halo’s Stats API available online.The premise was to see if friends playing the competitive first person shooter online would be able to better anticipate and coordinate the team’s needs over a group of strangers. They took note of both individual and team performance, and compared who they played with: friends in real life, friends met online, and complete strangers.The researchers found that individual and team player performance increased by the variable called friendship, and that there was a stronger effect amongst teammates who were offline friends than those that formed bonds via online only. Mason and Clauset even found that when friends were separated on to opposing teams through online matchmaking, there was a higher amount of betrayal rates—something I’m sure all of us have either been a victim of or done ourselves.The friendship factor, however, isn’t that surprising. Anyone who has played a first person shooter online knows any form of communication a team will have can decend into racist, misogynistic, and/or homophobic slurs. It’s rare to find that perfect matchup of guys (and maybe girls) who will actually say, “Hey, heads up, there’s a guy sniping in the tower on this end of the map.”via Technology Reviewlast_img read more

7yearold fights back during GameStop armed robbery

first_imgIf you happen to be in a store when armed robbers burst in telling everyone to get down on the floor, the best thing to do is follow their instructions. They have the weapons, they are in control, and your top priority is walking away from that situation unharmed. Nobody told this 7-year-old kid that, though.On Friday, May 20, two armed men entered the GameStop store located at 10100 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, Maryland. They ordered all staff and shoppers in the store to move to the wall behind the counter and crouch down. One of those shoppers was a 7-year-old boy who was there with his parents, but separated from them within the store.As the video below shows, the boy doesn’t follow the instruction to move, so one of the armed suspects grabs him. He instantly starts to fight back, but is ultimately overpowered and moved to the wall. Brave? Stupid? I’d say the former mixed in with natural instincts. He’s a young kid, and a stranger was trying to grab him, so he reacted in a predictable way: he fought back.The thieves managed to flee the scene carrying cash and personal belongings taken from the people in the store. Nobody looks to have been injured, but this could have turned out very differently if the reaction to the kid fighting back had not been one of calm, continued forceful movement across the store.The boy’s father says his son’s natural instincts took over when a stranger grabbed him. As for the suspects, both are described as black men thought to be in their 20s weighing 170 pounds and are roughly 5’6″ tall. As they were both wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks, it will be very difficult to identify them.last_img read more

Microsoft Takes to the Front Lines in the War on Cybercrime

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 6, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The global cost of cybercrime in 2013 was estimated by McAfee to be upwards of $300 billion. One in five small businesses have now been on the receiving end of an attack and every day one million more individuals become victims of cyber-criminal activity. The internet is under attack, and we are the targets.Stepping up to fight the cyber war, Microsoft unveiled a new state of the art Cybercrime Center specifically designed to battle botnets, malware and other various forms of internet crime. Inside its new headquarters, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) is actively disrupting some of the most serious cybercrime threats currently facing modern society. This crack team of international technical and legal experts are working around the clock with the express aim of making the internet a safer place, and not without some success.Related: Microsoft’s Safe Bet: Nadella Named CEO, Gates Appointed Tech AdvisorLast year alone, the Digital Crimes Unit reported the destruction of seven major botnets, with its largest victory coming in December. In collaboration with the FBI, Europol and industry partners, Microsoft announced the disruption of the notorious ZeroAccess botnet.Widely reported as one of the world’s largest botnets, ZeroAccess was hijacking search results and redirecting users to shady websites where their personal details were subsequently stolen. Through infected computers, ZeroAccess was also targeting online advertisers by registering fraudulent web clicks. This fraudulent activity at its peak cost online advertisers approximately $2.7 million per month. The takedown of this botnet is a major victory in the fight on cybercrime.Richard Boscovich, assistant general counsel for Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), demonstrates that cutting-edge tools and technologies are not the only avenue through which Microsoft is making headway. In 2011, Boscovich closed down one of the world’s largest spambots, which was infecting in excess of 2.5 million computers per day, using a novel legal approach.By asking a judge for a temporary restraining order against the spammers, they were required to appear in court and defend themselves. Unsurprisingly, the spammers were a no show. Microsoft won by default and were able to seize the computer servers that were responsible for infecting all the computers.Related: Target’s Security Breach Stresses the Need for Better Cyber SecurityWhen asked about the success, Boscovich responded, “They were basic common law principles, used in a totally unique way to address 21st century problems.” He continued, “I never envisioned seizing computer servers used as a botnet command and control center by using the Lanham Act’s trademark violations.”One of the biggest issues with cybercrime is that it is transnational. Using the internet as their avenue of attack, cybercriminals are no longer restricted by geographical boundaries. These malicious hackers may reside and operate in one country while performing simultaneous attacks on multiple victims and organizations across the globe.As such, no one organization can battle cybercrime — to be successful in the fight there must be a global alliance. Using its global footprint, Microsoft has the ability to cross international boundaries and tackle cybercrime by collaborating with local law enforcement.Ultimately, everyone is a target, and with 50 percent of online adults affected by cybercrime in the last year (some unknowingly), it’s only a matter of time until you’re in the crosshairs. Education can be another weapon in the fight on cybercrime. Through Microsoft’s safety and security center you can learn essential security tactics to protect yourself online. You can also download the latest antivirus tools, activate security features for your Windows Operating System and even read up on the latest phishing scams circulating the web.Related: 5 No-Brainer Tips to Avoid Getting Hacked Register Now »last_img read more