High drama in Lok Sabha on Azams remark at Chair

first_imgNew Delhi: Lok Sabha witnessed high drama when Mohd Azam Khan made certain objectionable remarks against BJP’s Rama Devi who was presiding over the proceedings, leading to uproar with union ministers pressing from an apology from the Samajwadi Party leader. Participating in the debate on the triple talaq bill on Thursday, Khan made certain observations on a ruling party member. Rama Devi asked Khan to address the chair and not to look at other members. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’At this, the SP member made some objectionable remarks on the chair. This infuriated Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Arjun Ram Meghwal who urged the Chair to ask Khan to apologise. When Khan was asked to do so by Rama Devi, he said he meant no disrespect to her as she was like his “dear sister”. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav rose to defend Khan. Meanwhile, Speaker Om Birla took over the proceedings. As he was listening to both sides, Danish Ali (BSP) walked out saying he too was not allowed to speak. Khan joined him in the walkout, saying he cannot speak when he was being insulted. Later, members of SP and BSP walked out of the proceedings.last_img read more

Stock Markets Shows Mild Response As Trump Wins U.S. Presidency

Rabat – Republican nominee and reality television star Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States, succeeding Democrat President Barack Obama.The president-elect’s volatile policy recommendations have long been problematic for the international business community. Markets generally favor stable policies that continue longstanding partnerships with other countries, unlike Trump’s recommendations.Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban famously turned on Trump earlier this year citing concerns about the nominee’s plans when he enters the presidency. He even agreed to award Trump $10 million if he agreed to discuss his policies in a four-hour interview. Hours after the result of Britain’s vote to exit the European Union (Brexit), the United Kingdom lost trillions in the stock market. American brokers expected a similar market reaction if Trump won the election, however, the downturn has been mild at best and has recovered quickly.“The initial reaction in markets was violent,” John Hardy, the head of Saxo Bank’s head of foreign exchange strategy., told Reuters. “But if you look at it across markets you are seeing a pretty decent reversal off the spike.”Political analysts had noted that Trump could not win the election without winning the southern state of Florida. An analysis of state’s voting patterns shows Clinton may have lost thousands of votes to protestors who supported Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.In September, Hamid Chabat, the leader of the Moroccan Independence Party, supported then Republican nominee for United States president Donald Trump, adding that the conservative candidate would be good for the kingdom’s international agenda, including the Western Sahara. read more

Closing Bell TSX ends with small loss amid weak data in China

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed with a small loss Thursday as traders weighed data showing an improving climate for U.S. manufacturers but worsening conditions in China and the eurozone. They also looked to a key speech by Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen on Friday for her thoughts on hiking interest rates.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,555.26 -6.69 -0.04%S&P 500 —  1,992.37 +5.86 0.29%Dow — 17,039.49+60.36 0.36%Nasdaq —4,532.10+5.62 0.12%The S&P/TSX composite index declined 6.69 points to 15,555.26, weighed down in particular by gold stocks as bullion prices continued to retreat.The Canadian dollar was up 0.22 of a cent to 91.37 cents US.U.S. markets advanced amid growing expansion in American manufacturing. The preliminary Markit manufacturing purchasing managers index jumped to a reading of 58 in August from 55.8 in July, its highest level since April 2010.The Dow Jones industrials rose 60.36 points to 17,039.40. The Nasdaq added 5.62 points to 4,532.1 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 5.88 points to 1,992.37 as other data showed U.S. new home sales rose for a fourth straight month to the highest level in nearly a year.“The U.S. is in great shape, Canada less so than the U.S.,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer, Scotia Private Client Group. “It shows that if we can continue on the earnings front, which it looks very much like we’re going to, then these markets are primed to go higher.”Elsewhere, the news was glum as the preliminary version of HSBC’s manufacturing index for China fell to a three-month low of 50.3 from 51.7 in July, indicating that manufacturing businesses are barely growing.Also, the purchasing managers index for the eurozone published by Markit Economics fell to 52.8 from 53.8 in July. The report followed other data earlier this month that showed the 18-country eurozone grew at only a slow pace in August, a sign it remains sluggish after a disappointing second quarter in which it did not expand at all.Meanwhile, the minutes from the latest U.S. Federal Reserve meeting released Wednesday indicated that the U.S. central bank is in no rush to hike rates. However, the minutes also showed greater dissension among Fed members on how fast the labour market is improving, a key element in determining when the Fed will raise rates from near zero where they’ve been since the financial crisis.Slack in the labour market has been a particular concern, a topic that Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen is expected to address in her speech to the central bank’s economic symposium at the end of the week.The gold sector led decliners, down about 2.6%, as concerns that the Fed could move sooner than expected to hike interest rates and a lessening of tensions in the Ukraine/Russia crisis continued to pummel bullion prices. The December gold contract in New York fell $19.80 to US$1,275.40 an ounce.“We could test the $1,200 to the downside here,” Mills said.“That seems to be in the works and you don’t want to hold gold as rates are going up because it doesn’t pay anything.” The metals and mining segment fell 1.5% with September copper unchanged at US$3.18 a pound.Financials led advancers, up 0.6% a day before Royal Bank (TSX:RY) kicks off a string of earnings reports from the big Canadian banks.The energy sector edged 0.55% higher as October crude in New York gained 51 cents to US$93.96 a barrel.TOP STORIESAthabasca’s uneasy ‘dance’ with PetroChina leaves investors worried dream deal may sourHow Warren Buffett — arguably the world’s greatest stock picker — caused a rush into ETFsWhy Canadian bank earnings will surprise to the upsideWind Mobile slashes roaming rates after Ottawa’s price capsCRTC reimagines Canadian TV with proposals for pick-and-pay and a $30 cap on basic cableWHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Consumer price index (July): Economists expect 2.2% rise year over year Retail Sales (June): Economists expect 0.3% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADARoyal Bank Of Canada    Q3 earnings: Analysts expect    $1.56 a share read more

Privacy Commissioner says priority given to examination of Equifax data hack

OTTAWA — Canada’s Privacy Commissioner office says it has prioritized an examination into the massive Equifax data hack to ensure that Canadians are protected against future risks.In a posting on its website, it says it plans to work with data protection authorities in Canada and elsewhere to find out what went wrong.It says it has asked the credit monitoring company to tell Canadians as soon as possible if their information was stolen and to adopt measures to help them.Equifax said last Thursday a security breach occurred over the summer resulting in the private information of up to 143 million people in the United States being compromised, along with certain Canadian and U.K. residents.In a posting on the Canadian part of its website, Equifax says it is “working night and day to assess what happened.”It says the data breach is “contained,” and the Canadian breach may have involved names, addresses and social insurance numbers.Equifax says “only a limited number of Canadians may have been affected.”It says a dedicated website and call centre set up last week won’t help Canadians because it uses U.S. social security numbers, without offering an alternative. The Privacy Commissioner suggested Canadians can call Equifax at 1-866-828-5961 (English service) or 1-877-323-2598 (French service).Equifax discovered the hack July 29, but waited until Thursday to warn consumers.An Ontario resident has started a proposed class action on behalf of Canadians who may have been affected by the hack.The proposed class action includes all residents of Canada whose information was stored on Equifax databases and was accessed without authorization between May 1, 2017 and Aug. 1, 2017.The statement of claim alleges Equifax breached its contract with class members as well as their privacy rights, was negligent in handling their information, and breached provincial privacy statutes.Allegations in the statement of claim have not been proven in court.In the United States, the theft included consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s licence numbers. read more

UN agencies welcome launch of regulatory body for Somali livestock exports

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) commended the formation of a Somali Livestock Board that could help the industry to meet the requirements of importing countries of disease-free livestock and meat products originating from Somalia. It also reflects the desire of Somalis to safeguard the quality and integrity of their herds and flocks, the agencies said. The initiative was launched at the beginning of this month under the auspices of the Somali Business Council (SBC) of the United Arab Emirates at a meeting in Dubai, where the Somali business community, including livestock and meat traders, met with Somali authorities from the Transitional National Government, Somaliland and Puntland, and with representatives from importing countries in the Middle East. UNDP said given the critical importance of livestock sector to the Somali economy, the establishment of the Board as a regulatory authority had potential for improving the livelihoods of both rural and urban dwellers in that country. read more

UN official reporting on summary executions to visit Sudan in June

The Commission’s Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir, would start her visit in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on 2 June and leave the East African country on 12 June, OHCHR said.The announcement of the Special Rapporteur’s trip comes after the release Friday of the report of a recent UN fact-finding mission to camps for Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad and to the Darfur region of western Sudan.The report said that while black African rebels in western Sudan appear to have violated human rights in their quest for development, the Government of Sudan and its Arab proxy militia have responded with a “reign of terror” of massive human rights violations which “may constitute war crimes and/or crimes against humanity.”Since her appointment in 1998 Ms. Jahangir has carried out field visits to Afghanistan, Albania, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. read more

Stop Tuvalu and the world from sinking UN chief tells island nation

At a joint press conference with Tuvalu’s Prime Minister, Enele Sosene Sopoaga, the UN chief told journalists: “You are on the frontline of the war on climate change because climate change is striking in Tuvalu in a more dramatic way than anywhere else in the world”.He professed his “enormous admiration” that the island nation has “decided to resist” and is implementing “a programme of adaptation and resilience that is something that the whole world should admire and support”.“But” stressed Mr. Guterres “it’s necessary that governments that are still causing the problems that affect Tuvalu, understand that they need to change”.He made clear they must alter energy and transportation policies,  along with the way they manage their cities and use fossil fuels “so that the impact of climate change on Tuvalu can be stopped”.“Climate change cannot be stopped in Tuvalu, it has to be stopped in the rest of the world”, the UN chief spelled out, saying that he will host the 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York “to make sure that all countries accept the commitment that we need to be globally carbon neutral by 2050 to limit the increase in temperature to 1.5 degrees”. At the same time, Mr. Guterres expressed his “deep solidarity” and the UN’s “total support” to the government and to the people of Tuvalu in their determined efforts to preserve their country – “physically, culturally, in the economic and social dimensions, as a rich component of the Pacific and the international community”.“Nowhere have I seen the heartbreaking impacts of the global climate emergency more starkly than in Tuvalu, where I met families whose homes are threatened by relentless rising seas” he detailed.“We must take urgent #ClimateAction to save Tuvalu — and save the world”, the Secretary-General tweeted. “We must stop Tuvalu from sinking and the world from sinking with Tuvalu”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in a tweet posted during his on-going trip to the South Pacific.Pointing out that Tuvalu is “on the extreme frontlines of the global climate emergency”, he noted that “rising seas threaten to drown this island nation – a sign of what’s in store for us all”.The @UN chief @antonioguterresmet families in Tuvalu Friday “Whose homes & way of life are at risk because of relentless rising seas”#ClimateAction is essential.”We must save Tuvalu – and save the world”. pic.twitter.com/TRuzaryep2— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) May 17, 2019 read more

How Much Money Youre Going To Win Playing Super Bowl Squares

An alternate payout scheme that seems to have caught on recently is an “Every Score Pays” squares pool. Under this version, instead of waiting for the end of each quarter, a fixed percentage of the pool is paid out after every score change, including extra points. A typical amount is 5 percent of the pool per score. Payouts continue until the funds are exhausted. Any money left over at the end of the game goes to the holder of the final score square. Using detailed play-by-play data from that same 10 season dataset, I also calculated the expected value of each square under this somewhat more complex payout scheme (assuming the 5 percent payout option).In general, regardless of the payout scheme, 0-7 and 0-3 will be valuable squares. 0-0 tends to be a valuable first quarter square due to the likelihood of a scoreless first 15 minutes. And, much like the “9” button on your microwave, the 5-5 square is highly unlikely to see much action this Sunday. Superbowl XLIX takes place Sunday afternoon, and with it, our nation’s annual exercise in modular arithmetic: Super Bowl squares.In a squares pool, participants are assigned a pair of single digit numbers on a 10×10 grid — so I’d have 0 and 7, for example. Each pair of numbers corresponds to a square on the grid, and I’d get paid if the Patriots finished with a score that ended in 0 and the Seahawks with a score that ended in 7 — 20, 17, say. Typically, people get paid according to the score at the end of each quarter, as well, to add a little spice to the proceedings.In most pools, squares are assigned on a random basis, but not all squares are equal in terms of expected value. Football scoring tends to come in chunks of sevens and threes (and, much less frequently, sixes, eights, and twos). As a result, squares containing zero, seven, and three are more valuable than those containing, say, a five or a two.If you’re in an office squares pool, you probably already know your numbers and may be wondering whether your square is any good. Or perhaps you want to engage in a little pre-game arbitrage with other members of your pool. If so, I’ve calculated the expected value of each square, after each quarter, below. (Expected payouts are derived from the outcomes of over 2,500 games from 10 NFL seasons.) read more

Duchess of Sussex rejoins Duke for walkabout after rest from Australian tour

The Duke meets locals in the forests of K’gariCredit:PHIL NOBLE /Reuters The Duke of Sussex unveils a plaque, joking that the technique ‘runs in the family’Credit:Chris Jackson /Getty The Duchess of Sussex arrives at Kingfisher jetty by boatCredit:Catherine Lyn Finch /Getty The Duke and Duchess walk hand-in-hand along the jetty The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet wellwishers along a Kingfisher Bay walkabout  The Duke of Sussex poses for a photo with Butchulla People The Duke of Sussex watches a traditional dance by the Butchulla PeopleCredit:Kirsty Wigglesworth /AP “I now have the privilege of unveiling it in situ. I know that my father came to K’Gari in 1994 for a day off during a royal tour so he has an appreciation of the importance of this place.”Luckily we are both highly skilled when it comes to unveiling plaques… It runs in the family.”Duke meets local elders to learn about island’s historyThe Duke visited one of Fraser Island’s lakes to meet local elders and national park rangers to learn about the Island’s natural beauty, biodiversity and cultural significance.He also heard about the history of the Island’s logging trade, as well as its use as a training base for the Australian Z Special Unit during World War II. The Duke of Sussex watches a traditional dance by the Butchulla People The Duke of Sussex poses for a photo with the Butchulla PeopleCredit:Phil Noble /AP The parents-to-be were given gifts including flowers and bears during the walkabout and the Duke was taken by a sign reading “Rangas rule”, an Australian slang reference to his ginger hair.Jada Quinn, nine, said: “My dad is a ranga and I’m a little bit a ranga and he appreciated the sign.”Her sister, Ella, 12, said: “It was a bit overwhelming, I started to cry a little bit. She was so kind and she shook my hand.” The Duchess of Sussex clutched her baby bump for part of a walk along a jetty in Kingfisher Bay with her husband Julianne, Ebony and and Lily Reid gave Meghan a home-made baby changing mat, with Harry asking if it had koalas on. “But the Duchess was very keen to re-join the duke at the last engagement of the day to greet the people of the island.” Harry was welcomed to Pile Valley on Fraser Island with a traditional smoking ceremony to ward off evil spirits by members of the Butchulla People, the traditional owners of the land, which they call K’gari – meaning paradise.Aaron Henderson and Darren Blake wafted smoke from a bucket of burning Paper Bark and Blue Gum leaves towards him, while songman Fred Bulanyu Leone called out to their ancestors and tapped out a rhythm with a pair of bar gan – “killer boomerangs” – traditionally used for hunting.The Duke was there to mark the forest’s dedication to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative, a growing area of protected forests across the organisation’s 53 member states.He gazed up in awe at the 1,000 year old Satinay trees as they led him into the forest to a clearing around a sacred Spirit Tree.Keep up to date with all that’s happening in the Royal family with our weekly, newsletter, Your Royal Appointment. Sign up here. The Duke meets locals in the forests of Kagari The Duchess also bent down to speak to Noeline Walk, 85, Fraser Island’s oldest and longest-living resident at 45 years.Mrs Walk said: “She asked me since I was local what i would suggest she have for tea,” Mrs Walk said. “‘Seafood, of course!’ I told her. ‘Oh, I’ll have to give it a try’, she said.” The Duchess of Sussex arrives at Kingfisher jetty by boat The island is still open to members of the public on Monday, although the network of winding bumpy sand roads have been closed to all but the royal household and accredited media.Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, and has a total of 206,970 acres of protected forest.Duke urges public to protect Queensland rainforestThe Duke of Sussex has urged the public to protect the Queensland rainforest “for our children and our children’s children”, as he embarked on a morning out without his wife. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet wellwishers along a Kingfisher Bay walkabout Credit:Chris Hyde /Getty The Duchess, who has modified her programme to take into account her pregnancy, was absent from engagements most of the day, which required a bumpy four wheel drive journey across sandy roads.The couple flew into Hervey Bay on Monday morning, before boarding separate boats for their different days out.After a day of learning about the island’s natural beauty, the Duke travelled to Kingfisher Bay by boat, where he was joined by the Duchess for a walk along the jetty. The Duchess of Sussex joined her husband for a walkabout on Fraser Island, having spent the morning resting as her pregnancy “takes its toll”.Meghan, wearing a striped dress by Reformation and brown leather lace-up sandals, clutched her baby bump for part of the walk under blue skies in Queensland.The Duke had attended three of the day’s engagements on his own, including an unveiling of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, where he joked about plaque-unveiling running “in the family”.He had told his pregnant wife to take it easy as the couple carry out a 16-day tour across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, telling Invictus Games athletes on Sunday: “Being pregnant takes its toll”.It is understood that the Duchess of Sussex is to resume her full royal tour programme as of now and will undertake the full schedule in Fiji and Tonga unless circumstances change again.  The Duke of Sussex unveils a plaque, saying the technique 'runs in the family' The Duke and Duchess walk hand-in-hand along the jettyCredit:PHIL NOBLE /Reuters Unveiling plaques ‘runs in the family’, jokes HarryThe Duke of Sussex joked that being skilled at unveiling plaques “runs in the family” as he took part in a dedication ceremony on Fraser Island in Queensland on Monday.Harry was greeted by the Butchulla People and took part in a traditional Welcome to Country smoking ceremony on Fraser Island.He spoke under the island’s satinay trees in Pile Valley, some up to 1,000 years old and used to build the London docks in the 1930s.Before Harry began speaking, local Marilyn Clarke called out: “You are better looking in person!” – to which he replied: “I will take that as a compliment.” The Duchess was glowing as she arrived by car to meet her husband, having spent the morning at their hotel recuperating from the heavy schedule of the first week of their tour.A royal aide said: “She isn’t sick, she just had a tiring few days and we were concerned about the roads on the island which are incredibly bumpy and uncomfortable for anyone, let alone a pregnant woman. Dedicating the Forests of K’Gari to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, the Duke said the initiative was “established in honour of my grandmother, the Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth”.”This is actually the second time this plaque has been unveiled which I know is highly unusual,” he said. “The first time was by my father the Prince of Wales in Bundaberg earlier this year when he was visiting. The Duchess of Sussex clutched her baby bump for part of a walk along a jetty in Kingfisher Bay with her husbandCredit:DARREN ENGLAND /AFP read more

Scott Safety introduces truly universal portable gas detector

first_imgScott Safety, a global leader in innovative personal protective equipment and safety devices, has introduced the Protégé SG, a versatile new reusable single gas monitor that is configurable to detect 13 different gases. “The Protégé SG is a truly universal portable gas detector with advanced features, such as smart plug and play sensors and a replaceable lithium battery that provides unlimited life. The swappable sensors are equipped with a smart sensor board that automatically recognises sensor type and updates the gas label on the LCD display while automatically downloading the necessary calibration parameters.”With an IP66/67 rating, global regulatory approvals, multiple languages accessible on the LCD, and internal data logging for up to 5,000 events, the Protégé SG provides industrial workers such as miners and first responders maximum flexibility to focus on the task at hand and not on their equipment. The Protégé SG is the first in a new line of cost-effective high performance portable gas monitors being introduced. All Protégé devices will have a similar look, feel and user interface as well as standard features, such as smart plug and play sensors and lithium/alkaline battery options that are interchangeable between monitors.Completing the new range of monitors is the MasterDock II, an expandable docking station with up to 10 bays. The MasterDock II has Ethernet and USB connectivity and supports six gas bottles simultaneously with the ability to bump, calibrate, and charge each device. Advanced new software on the intuitive dashboard interface also allows users to print certificates, configure monitors and centralise data storage for improved fleet management capabilities.“The new Protégé gas detection line will provide customers with global mission critical protective solutions, continuing Scott’s Safety commitment to protect what matters most.”last_img read more

Canonical stops offering free Ubuntu CDs

first_imgWhen Canonical first released the Ubuntu Linux distro it wanted to gain a firm footing in the operating system market. It did that with marketing, easy to find and fast ISO downlaods, and a very generous service called ShipIt.Through ShipIt you could request and get sent the Ubuntu OS on CD completely free of charge. Canonical was willing to pick up the cost of the disc and the shipping in return for their OS being used by another person. As a forward thinking company, it also realized in 2005 when ShipIt launched that not everyone had the means to download a distro. Remember, it shipped the discs worldwide, not just locally.But all good things have to come to an end, and ShipIt is no exception. Ubuntu 11.04 will be the first release that you can’t get shipped for free on CD. You can still buy the CDs in the Ubuntu Store, but no more freebies.The reason for this decision is mainly one of administration and cost. Add to that how much Internet connections have improved over the last 6 years, and you see that the free CD offer has diminishing returns while still costing a significant amount of money and time to look after.Canonical has also come up with a better way for new users to try Ubuntu without need of a CD or a lengthy download. The money saved from ShipIt will be used to make available a cloud-based version of the OS for anyone to use. That way there is no installation required, just a web browser and a connection to try it out. There’s also going to be more focus on promoting Ubuntu to the mainstream PC users out there over the coming months and years.While free CDs for the masses may be stopping, Canonical is retaining it for local communities through a ShipIt-lite alternative. The company feels such LoCos are very effective and allowing them to remain still cuts the CD burden considerably.For those wanting to try Ubuntu, by far the easiest way is to download and have it run on your machine without interfering with your current operating system either as a Live CD or installing it on Windows just like an application. If you have the memory to spare, running it as a virtual machine is also a good way to get to grips with the OS in a safe environment.Read more at the Canonical Blog, via Networkworldlast_img read more

Get Outdoors Day promotes outside exploration

first_imgNo matter the weather, Get Outdoors Day always seems to thrive.Blazing hot temperatures, rain, hail or just an average June day. It doesn’t seem to matter much what it feels like outside, people keep coming back by the thousands. That was the case at Saturday’s National Get Outdoors Day, which had its Clark County iteration at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. This time around, temperatures stayed in low to mid-60s, with intermittent peeks of sunshine.“We’ve had 90-degree weather. Last year we had hail. It doesn’t seem to matter,” said Gala Miller an organizer of the event with the U.S. Forest Service. “People in the Northwest always seem to come out. If it rains they’ll just step under a tree for a while and then continue on. It’s great to see all these people who are passionate about the outdoors.”Saturday’s event had 38 different organizations represented, Miller said, all with some kind of outdoors theme. There was an archery booth, a fishing area, an outdoor rock-climbing wall, a horse kid’s could pet, cross-cut sawing and even “Pokemon Go,” which Miller said is technology that promotes leaving the couch and exploring.“The purpose is to get people excited about and learning about the great outdoors and public lands and things they can do to stay healthy and active, and connect with nature,” Miller said. “It’s really about generating a greater appreciation of the outdoors.”Coler Geren, 11, of Vancouver took some time to perform archery at the Get Outdoors Day event commended its diversity of activities.“There’s so many different events and so many different things to do,” he said.The National Park Service partners with the Forest Service to throw the event at the Fort. National Park Service Supervisory Park Ranger Bob Cromwell said Get Outdoors Day is a great opportunity to inform people about all the great outdoor recreational opportunities that are within a few hours of driving distance.last_img read more

Diego Simeone wants French defender Lucas to remain at the club

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone insists interest in Lucas Hernandez is normal but wants the French defender to stay.Reports in Spain claim that Bayern Munich are prepared to activate the France international’s £72million release clause and sign him when the January transfer window opens.However, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo says he has no knowledge of such offer and insisted Lucas wants to stay at the Spanish capital.Speaking about the situation, Simeone said, according to Goal:“What I can comment on is that I talked with him, with the club, [and] everyone knows what I think and what I would like.”“Until today, he’s been with us and there are no possibilities of talking about if he stays or goes. If he’s available to play, he’ll play, but I don’t like talking about hypotheticals.”Report: Owen now turns his attentions to BeckhamReport: Owen now turns his attentions to Beckham George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Michael Owen has now turned his war of words towards David Beckham.In the players serialised book in the Daily Mirror, “Reboot” has now turned…“As far as I’m concerned, we have a very important game between Espanyol, who are struggling because they’ve been undeservedly losing games on occasion and will demand a lot from us.”“As for Lucas, I told the club and him what I think of him and hopefully the fans will also show their affection.”“It’s difficult to suppose something that hasn’t happened. I don’t imagine things that haven’t happened, and if they do, I always imagine positive things. I’m optimistic.”“Lucas knows the affection we have, the footballer he is. It’s normal for Bayern to apparently want to pay his release clause. Then there’s the decision of Lucas and the club.”last_img read more

Flaws in 4G and 5G allow snooping on calls pinpointing device location

first_imgThe researchers’ three-pronged attack is described in a paper to be presented at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in San Diego. The first attack, dubbed Torpedo, exploits a weakness in the standards’ paging protocol used to notify phones of an incoming call or text message before it arrives, the researchers said. Multiple calls made in a short duration could allow a nearby attacker to pinpoint the device and send fake text messages and mount a denial-of-service attack.  The paper, authored by researchers at Purdue University and the University of Iowa, contends that Torpedo sets the sage for two additional exploits, It’s “plausible,” they say, for an attacker to access a victim device’s ISMI — the unique number identifying the GSM subscriber’s device — with a brute-force attack called IMSI-Cracking. A third attack, called Piercer, pairs the ISMI with the victim’s phone number, allowing user location tracking, they said. The exploits are legit, the researchers say. “All of our attacks have been validated and evaluated in the wild using commodity hardware and software,” researchers said in their paper. That means even the latest cellular protocol is vulnerable to Stingrays — surveillance tools used by the FBI and police across the US to surreptitiously track the locations of cell phones and other mobile devices. The Torpedo attack can be carried out with radio equipment costing as little as $200 and affects all four major US wireless carriers, researchers told TechCrunch. A Verizon representative said the carrier has reviewed the paper and is evaluating it with its vendors and with standards body organizations to determine the best approach. Representatives for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. First published Feb. 25, 9:50 p.m. PT. Update, Feb. 26 at 8:50 a.m.: Adds Verizon comment. 11 Photos Privacy advocates rank the creepiest tech gifts of 2018 Post a comment Share your voice 0center_img Security Phones 5G 4G LTE Sprint T-Mobile Tags Newly discovered security flaws in the 4G and the emerging 5G cellular networks can be used to intercept phone calls and track the location of mobile devices, researchers say. The trio of attacks, discovered by a group of academics, is believed to be the first time vulnerabilities have been uncovered that affect both the most widely used wireless cellular technology and the one hailed as its super-speedy and more secure successor, according to TechCrunch, which detailed the flaws ahead of their reveal Tuesday. 5G is supposed to bring supercharged speeds to mobile devices and low latency, opening the door for tech innovations such as self-driving cars and virtual reality. The new technology is also expected to deliver a new level of security, as government agencies use International Mobile Subscriber Identity, or IMSI catchers to impersonate cell towers and spy on phones with older connections. last_img read more

Rahul gets bail in Modi surname jibe case

first_imgPatna : Rahul Gandhi was granted bail on Saturday after he appeared before a court here in a defamation case filed by BJP leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, days after a Mumbai court held that the Congress leader would face trial for alleged slander against the RSS. Gandhi alleged that he was being targeted for raising his voice against the Narendra Modi government and the BJP-RSS combine, and vowed to continue his fight. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The Congress leader, who recently resigned as party president, surrendered before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Kumar Gunjan, who is the judge for special MPs and MLAs court here, and was granted bail. Sushil Modi’s counsel, Shambhu Prasad, said the court fixed August 8 as the next date of hearing in the case. “We did not oppose his bail. The court explained to him the accusation against him and asked whether he pleaded guilty,” Prasad told PTI. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Gandhi alleged that scores were being settled in the country with anyone who raised his voice against the ruling dispensation. “I am committed to fighting for the country’s poor, farmers and workers. I have come here to express my solidarity with them,” he said. “Whoever is raising his voice in the country against the Modi government, against the BJP-RSS combine is being targeted through court cases. But my fight will continue,” Gandhi told reporters before leaving the court premises. Advertise With Us Gandhi was slapped with the defamation suit by Sushil Modi in April for asking “why all thieves have the surname Modi”. The comment was an obvious reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, absconding bank scam accused Nirav Modi and former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi. Several Congress workers were seen staging demonstration outside the Patna court, demanding that Gandhi withdraw his resignation as the party’s president. Some of the demonstrators claimed that if Gandhi remained adamant, they would self-immolate outside the historic Sadaqat Ashram here, where the state Congress headquarters are located. This was the Congress leader’s first visit to the city after the Lok Sabha election. He was last seen here in May when he held a roadshow in support of Patna Sahib party candidate Shatrughan Sinha. The deputy chief minister had moved the court alleging that he was personally anguished by Gandhi’s remarks since he shared the same surname. Upon arrival at the airport, Gandhi was received by senior leaders, including state Congress president Madan Mohan Jha. He drove straight to the court premises, around seven kilometres away. The court premises was cordoned off by the police since morning following a review of security arrangements by the Special Protection Group on the previous day.last_img read more

Worlds tallest timber tower in Norway

first_imgNorwayNorway has completed the frame of the world’s tallest timber building, which is being lauded for being environmentally friendly and fire resistant.The Mjos Tower, which is situated near and named after a lake located about 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Oslo, saw its last beam hoisted by a crane this week.At 85.4 metres (just over 280 feet), it has 18 floors.Promoters say that using wood, a renewable material, makes it possible to reduce CO2 emissions compared to concrete, which is the primary material of residential buildings in cities.”Building with wood is helping us breathe in a better world,” said businessman Arthur Buchardt, who added he began the project after being inspired by the Paris agreement on climate change.Constructors say the building is fire resistant as it uses glue laminated timber that will only burn when continuously exposed to flames.When it opens in March 2019, the tower will surpass its 49-metre counterpart Treet (tree in Norwegian), which previously held the record of the world’s tallest wooden building and is located in the western city of Bergen.The Mjos Tower is to hold apartments, an indoor swimming pool, a hotel, offices, a restaurant and common areas.It was originally supposed to be 81 metres high, but a roof-top pergola added another 4.4 metres.This addition makes it slightly higher than the HoHo tower (84 metres), currently being constructed in Vienna.This Austrian building has a hybrid structure combining wood (76 percent) and other materials, unlike the Mjos Tower.Other, even more ambitious timber projects have been proposed, including the Baobab tower in Paris (120 metres), though municipal authorities have turned that one down.The Abebe Court Tower in Lagos (87 meters), meanwhile, is still waiting to be built, according to the CTBUH, an NGO specialising in sustainable urban design.last_img read more

Vaccine Meant for Zika Could Lead to Brain Cancer Treatment

first_imgA vaccine developed in response to the Zika virus may be useful in treating a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer, researchers with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston announced Tuesday.A modified version of the vaccine was shown to destroy cancer cells in mice with glioblastoma while leaving healthy cells behind. Researchers believe the Zika virus likely targets stem cells in the brain, leading to a condition where an infant’s brain does not fully develop called microcephaly. Glioblastoma seems to recur because its stem cells remain in brain tissue, researchers say.“It is exciting to turn the ‘bad’ side of the virus into cancer treatment,” said Pei-Yong Shi, an author and researcher with UTMB said in a press release.In a paper published in the journal mBio, the researchers claim using the vaccine caused “no neurological symptoms or behavioral abnormalities” in mice. Sharelast_img read more

The Only Civilian Casualty at Gettysburg – The Unlucky Fate of Jennie

first_imgFor three days in July 1863, Union and Confederate forces clashed in the largest and bloodiest battle of the Civil War, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Casualties have been estimated at more than 51,000, including 7,863 dead. Yet as devastating as those numbers were, only one civilian was killed as a direct result of the fighting: Jennie Wade, a brave, kind-hearted young woman who had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.Hancock at Gettysburg by Thure de Thulstrup – a depiction of Pickett’s Charge led by Major General George Hancock.She was born Mary Virginia Wade (“Ginnie” to family and friends) in 1843, but because of a newspaper article which misspelled her name, she would come to be known to the world as Jennie.Like many women during the war, the twenty-year-old and her mother, Mrs. Mary Wade, were left fending for themselves, working as seamstresses to earn a living. For additional income they also took on the role of caregivers during the week to a six-year-old disabled boy named Isaac Brinkerhoff, while his own mother worked away from home.Mary Virginia “Jennie” WadeJennie’s father, however, wasn’t off fighting the Confederates. A former tailor, with a knack for getting into scrapes with the law (embezzlement being among his misdeeds), James Wade had been declared legally insane and committed to an asylum.Early 1900s photograph of Jennie Wade’s house.A few days before the Battle of Gettysburg began, as a vanguard of Confederate troops rattled through Gettysburg helping themselves to supplies, Jennie’s sister, Georgiana Wade McClellan, had given birth to her first child, Lewis Kenneth. Mary went to look after Georgiana and the newborn, leaving Isaac in the care of Jennie. The McClellan house was five blocks away, on Baltimore Street. The townsfolk were frightened, but thought that the armies had passed them by.View of Gettysburg in 1863 by Mathew Brady. U.S. National Archives and Records AdministrationWhen the Union Army rolled into town on the evening of June 30th, Jennie became concerned for the safety of her ward and took him to join her mother at the McClellan house. Fighting broke out just a few hundred yards away on July 1, 1863, in what would become the edge of the main battlefield, leaving Jennie and her family caught in the crossfire.The confrontation continued the following day, with stray bullets and shells shattering windows and damaging the home’s brick exterior. Many of the town’s residents hid in the darkness of their cellars. Jennie, undaunted, ventured outside to offer food and water to the famished Union soldiers.I’ve Got A Secret – Samuel J. SeymourOn the morning of July 3rd, Jennie was in the pantry of the McClellan house kneading dough to make more bread for the Union soldiers. A flurry of gunfire flew through the air, but all it took was a single bullet to pass through two doors, striking Mary Virginia Wade in the shoulder and penetrating her heart. She died instantly.The birthplace of Jennie Wade on Breckenridge Street, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.Her sister Georgia let out a horrified scream that brought Union soldiers racing into the house. They led the family members to safety in the cellar. Jennie’s body was buried in the backyard of her sister’s home.Civil War era spinning wheel owned by Jennie Wade’s sister. Photo by Julie CC By 2.0On the following day, July 4th, as the Confederate army retreated southward, Jennie’s mother would finish her daughter’s uncompleted task: baking and distributing loaves of bread for the departing Union soldiers.Six months later, Jennie’s remains were moved to the cemetery of the German Reformed Church. She was praised, deservedly so, as a hero. A Harrisburg newspaper described her as “a lady of most excellent qualities of head and heart.” Not all of the press was positive. Oddly enough, some accused Jennie of being sympathetic to the Confederate cause.Exterior of the Jennie Wade House and Museum, Gettysburg, PA – November 19, 2011.The reason for the allegations is unclear, though some believe her father’s less-than-stellar reputation — along with the fact that she and her sister were named after Southern states — may have fueled the unfavorable talk. A 1917 book, The True Story of ‘Jennie’ Wade: A Gettysburg Maid, put the rumors to rest, branding the malicious gossip as unable to “stand the searchlight of analytical examination, nor the acid tests of proof.”In November 1865, Jennie’s remains would find a permanent and dignified resting place at Gettysburg Evergreen Cemetery. A monument, reading Killed July 3, 1863 While Making Bread For The Union Soldiers, marks her grave, as does an American flag flown day and night — a patriotic honor she shares with Betsy Ross.Wade monument in Evergreen Cemetery.A short distance from the grave lies Corporal Johnston Hastings Skelly Jr., a Union soldier who was engaged to Jennie at the time of her death. In another cruel twist of fate, Skelley, who had been wounded and captured at the Battle of Winchester in Virginia, tried reaching out to his fiancé through Wesley Culp, a childhood friend who was now a Confederate soldier.Read another story from us: The Mass Exodus of Confederates to Brazil after the Civil WarCulp, however, would be killed in Gettysburg before he could deliver the message. Skelly would die on July 12, before news of Jennie could reach him. Neither would learn of the other’s death.Barbara Stepko is a New Jersey-based freelance editor and writer who has contributed to AARP magazine and the Wall Street Journal.last_img read more

Johnny Cashs Iconic Song A Boy Named Sue was Written by a

first_imgJonhy Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” is one of his most iconic songs, which won a couple Grammys for him in 1970. After almost 50 years it is still revered and referred to in popular culture. The story of its origin is what is less widely known, and it includes two more fascinating people in it.Shel Silverstein was the author of the song, he wrote the lyrics for it and performed it in his authentic, loud manner.Cash performing in Bremen, West Germany, in September 1972. Photo by Heinrich Klaffs CC BY-SA 2.0He is known as an author of children’s books, which he illustrated himself. His most famous works are The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Missing Peace.His style is characterized by humor and wit often tackling very deep philosophical matters. He is, therefore, read both by children and adults.Silverstein was a person with many interests and talents, a writer and a musician. Before being acknowledged as a primarily children’s writer he worked as a cartoonist for Playboy.Shel Silverstein and Johnny Cash April 1, 1970. Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty ImagesHis work was first published in a magazine in 1956. From then on, he worked for them for 40 years all the while working on his books for youngsters.He wrote the famous song about a boy named Sue and performed at The Guitar Pull in Tennessee where Johnny Cash and his wife June first heard it.The song Silverstein wrote was deeply inspired by another fascinating figure, Jean Shepherd, mostly known for the 1983 film A Christmas Story which was based on his writings.Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.Silverstein and Shepherd were longtime friends, greatly inspiring each other. Silverstein dedicated his 1961 book Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book to Shepherd.Likewise, according to Rolling Stone, Shepherd referred to his friend as “the only continuously funny man I have ever known.”Shepherd always complained about his childhood and having to deal with the fact that he has a female name. This inspired Silverstein to write a song about a boy named Sue.Cash in 1969.The song was never meant to reach a broader audience as it basically tells the story of a boy that wants to kill his father for giving him a girl’s name.Johnny, upon the insistence of June who had a feeling that the song will be a perfect fit for him, performed it first in San Quentin prison.The convicts listening to it were enjoying it so much that Johnny decided to continue performing it. This first performance was a complete improvisation, it can also be heard that Johnny laughs at the wittiness of Silverstein’s words.Johnny Cash and June Carter.His first official performance after deciding to publish it in 1969 was on The Johnny Cash Show. On the 1st of April 1970, symbolically, Silverstein and Cash got together to perform the song on Cash’s show.After talking about Silverstein’s writings and the importance the song played for Cash and his career the two of them start walking to the other part of the studio already playing their guitars.Cass Elliot Johnny Cash, 1969.They started playing the famous hit together, Johnny in his usual whispering voice and Silverstein almost shouting.Silverstein continues to talk about his relationship with his father and spontaneously sings “Daddy, What If”, another Grammy-winning song performed by Bobby Bare and his son.Johnny Cash.The famous song did not only inspire Johnny and his wife, but other musicians have also referenced it multiple times, Stone Temple Pilots and Red Hot Chili Peppers among them.Besides, it has been featured in numerous Hollywood movies and sitcoms.It managed to become one of the most referenced songs in the history of music. Even President Nixon requested Cash to sing it at the White House.Read another story from us: When Johnny Cash was targeted by racists“A Boy Named Sue” was not the only Silverstein poem performed as a country song. His lyrics were made into “Wrong Ideas” by Brenda Lee, “Hey Loretta” by Loretta Lynn, “The Taker” by Waylon Jennings, as well as another Johnny Cash song “25 Minutes to Go”.last_img read more

Gordon Hayward to join the Celtics

first_imgThe Hayward signing is huge for Boston GM Danny Ainge, who had increasingly come under fire for moving slowly so far this offseason, including passing on potential trades for Jimmy Butler and Paul George.Landing the biggest remaining free agent in Hayward should help quell some of that criticism, for now. Advertisement After an afternoon of rumors and false starts, Gordon Hayward has officially announced he is signing with the Boston Celtics, via an article in The Player’s Tribune. Hayward thanked the Utah fans, but said his best chance to win a championship at this stage in his career was to re-unite with his former Butler coach Brad Stevens.“And now I’ve decided to sign with the Boston Celtics.”According to Yahoo’s Shams Charania, Hayward has agreed to a four-year/$128 million max deal.Free agent Gordon Hayward has agreed to a four-year, $128M deal with the Boston Celtics, league source tells The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 4, 2017last_img read more