ROME (AP) — Roma appointed Claudio Ranieri as interim coach on Friday, a day after firing Eusebio Di Francesco following the Italian team’s elimination from the Champions League.The 67-year-old Ranieri, who will be interim coach until the end of the season, flew to Rome on Friday and signed a contract until June 30.It will be the Rome-born Ranieri’s second spell as coach of the club, having previously been in charge from 2009-11.“I’m delighted to be coming back home,” said Ranieri, who grew up supporting the team. “When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.”FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 file photo, Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Fulham at the London Stadium in London. Roma has appointed Claudio Ranieri as interim coach until the end of the season to replace Eusebio Di Francesco, who it fired following the Italian team’s elimination from the Champions League. The 67-year-old Ranieri flew into Rome on Friday and signed a contract until June 30. It will be the Rome-born Ranieri’s second spell as coach of the capital club, having previously been in charge from 2009-2011. Ranieri says: “I’m delighted to be coming back home. When Roma call you, it’s impossible to say no.” (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File )Ranieri, who led Leicester to the 2016 Premier League title, was fired by Fulham last week.During his first spell in charge of Roma, Ranieri led the team to a second-place finish in Serie A, two points behind Inter Milan. That team also lost the Italian Cup final to Inter.“We are delighted to welcome Claudio Ranieri back to the club,” Roma president James Pallotta said.Roma fired De Francesco a day after the team lost to Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League. That defeat came on the heels of a 3-0 loss to crosstown rival Lazio in Serie A, with the team fifth in the standings and in danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League.FILE – In this file photo taken on March 6, 2019 Eusebio Di Francesco gestures during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Porto and AS Roma at the Dragao stadium in Porto, during his last match as Roma coach. Roma has appointed Claudio Ranieri as interim coach until the end of the season to replace Eusebio Di Francesco, who was fired following the Italian team’s elimination from the Champions League. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)Roma sports director Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, left the club on Friday.“We have one objective remaining this season and that is to finish in the highest possible league position and secure qualification for the Champions League,” Pallotta said. “At this stage of the campaign, it was important to bring in a coach who knows the club, understands the environment, can speak the language and is able to motivate the players. Claudio ticks all of those boxes and he’s very excited to take on this challenge.”Ranieri’s first match in charge will be against relegation-threatened Empoli on Monday.The top four from Serie A qualify for next season’s Champions League. Roma is three points behind fourth-place Inter and four below AC Milan.“Claudio’s from the city, he’s a Roma fan but more than that, he’s one of the most experienced coaches in world soccer,” Roma director and former player Francesco Totti said. “What we need now is a safe pair of hands to guide us back into the top four and ensure that we are playing Champions League soccer again next season. We have 12 games left and we need to win as many of them as possible.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
Multi-territory Asian video streaming service Viu has struck an original content deal with tech-driven story firm Wattpad. Together they aim to develop film and TV series under the Viu Original label.Canada-based Wattpad hosts a vast library of user-generated stories, with a claimed user base of 80 million, including 22 million in the Asia Pacific region. Some stories have been developed into films, with Anna Todd’s “After” the best-known example. It accumulated a billion online views on Wattpad before being adapted into a film, directed by Jenny Gage, that with a $69.5 million global box office is one of the highest grossing indie movies of this year.Other companies in Asia that have struck similar deals with Wattpad include Sony Pictures Television, Mediacorp, and Huayi Brothers Korea. “Wattpad has its finger on the pulse of youth culture, and with this collaboration we are able to enable the youth to connect global audiences on Viu’s engaged base,” said Helen Sou, senior VP, digital media, at Viu’s parent company PCCW Media. Viu, which primarily focuses on premium Asian content, operates across 17 markets in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, India, and South Africa.Viu productions include an adaptation of global phenomenon, “The Bridge,” which is available on HBO Asia’s channels and services throughout Asia, and experimental regional format, “No Sleep, No FOMO.” Viu plans to have over 80 scripted and non-scripted Viu Original titles this year.PCCW owns Hong Kong’s leading pay-TV service NowTV, a recently-launched free to air channel and is the territory’s leading fixed line phone operator. It also owns a minority stake in STX Entertainment. Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Elegance, grace and celebrating womanhood in style is what designer Nitya Bajaj’s new collection is all about. Aptly titled Resurrect, the collection is inspired by interiors of the Kloster Cathedral in Germany.The collection highlights romanticism along with baroque elements which is reflected in each garment. We loved the entire collection depicting floral in thread work, print, digital prints and a lot of lace work. Each garment – gowns and swim dresses shared hints of transparency with fabric interplay by lace, tulle, georgette, organza and chiffon. The pearl palettes merges into shades of gold and copper with olive and ochre colours taken from the church frescos. These are depicted with intricate beadwork and sequins ending the collection in the palette of maroons and crimsons. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mother’s walking the ramp with their children was an adorable way to celebrate every aspect of womanhood. The show stopper for the evening was actor Elli Avram who walked the ramp in a stunning outfit from the collection. She wore a beautiful red gown with sequins work in the front, depicted ethereal luxury, celebrating multicultural, multifaceted lifestyles of women today who believe in timeless pieces of art.‘Fashion is an individual statement and a designer enhances that individuality with his or her signature. My label celebrates womanhood, the femininity, the elegance and the power of being She,’ Bajaj said.
Facebook’s public image suffered quite a few setbacks in recent times. The Cambridge analytica scandal has opened up a pandora’s box full of questions about user data security and privacy. In the recent senate hearings, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg had an apologetic tone and he promised to give utmost importance to user data security. The misfortunes however, doesn’t seem to be over for Zuckerberg and Facebook. In a latest security scare, a bug had caused quite a ruckus for the tech giant. Facebook composer bug Now let’s talk about the bugs, yes, you read that correctly, there were more than one recent Facebook bugs affecting user data and privacy. The first bug was related to the Facebook message composer. According to Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan, the bug affected composer’s privacy settings in a way that when the users were creating new posts, it automatically changed the privacy settings to public. This meant that user updates which might have been private, were available publicly. This bug had affected 14 million users worldwide and it was active during 18th May to 22nd May 2018. It took Facebook till 27th May to identify the bug and then rectify the problem. As a trust building measure, Facebook had sent notifications to all the users affected by this breach. A snapshot of the Facebook notification looked like this: Source: Techcrunch Automatic Unblocking bug The second incident occurred was between 29th May to 5th June. This particular incident was reported via a Facebook blog post which stated that a bug that had affected around 800k Facebook users, had temporarily unblocked contacts and enabled previously blocked contacts to message or view the details of the respective users. This security breach was in a way potentially dangerous since it openly allowed stalking or even harassment. Facebook had although stated that this bug had unblocked one contact per user. The official Facebook notification to the affected users looked like this: Source: Facebook Blog Facebook Analytics Data leak The story of bugs is not over yet. There were recent reports that the Facebook analytics data of around 3 percent Facebook apps were leaked to testers accidentally. This was due to a faulty automated email system according to Facebook. Although Facebook insists on the fact that no personal user data was leaked, still this incident doesn’t go down well keeping in mind the company’s latest record of user privacy and data secrecy. Facebook is trying to be transparent in its approach to tackle this menace of recurring bugs, but how successful their efforts will be, only time and their future actions will tell. Read Next The Cambridge Analytica scandal and ethics in data science Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony: 5 things we learned F8 AR Announcements
If you are worried about Facebook tracking your web activities outside Facebook, you can now prevent it from doing so using the Facebook Container extension for Firefox, that Mozilla launched on Wednesday. This extension is supported in Firefox 57 and higher on Desktop but does not work on other browsers and Firefox for mobile. Facebook Container extension, which goes by the tagline “What happens outside Facebook stays outside of Facebook”, isolates your Facebook identity into a separate container. And, hence makes it difficult for Facebook from tracking your activities outside the social media platform with third-party cookies. Facebook Container extension will close your Facebook tabs, delete your Facebook cookies, and log you out of Facebook. All the non-Facebook links you click on or non-Facebook websites you navigate to will be loaded outside of the container. To prevent Facebook from associating information about user activity on websites outside of Facebook to their Facebook identity, embedded Facebook comments and like buttons in tabs outside the Facebook Container will not work. Additionally, the “directly sign-in with Facebook credentials” option on other websites will not work properly, as it is designed to separate Facebook use from use of other websites. The extension is not meant for stopping Facebook advertisements and recommendations on their site. But, this will surely limit Facebook to use your activity collected off Facebook to send you ads and other targeted messages. To read more in detail, check out Mozilla’s website. Read Next Mozilla releases Firefox 65 with support for AV1, enhanced tracking protection, and more! Mozilla disables the by default Adobe Flash plugin support in Firefox Nightly 69 Mozilla releases Firefox 64 and Firefox 65 beta
IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) released the first version of Ethics guidelines for automation and Intelligent systems, titled “Ethically Aligned Design (EAD): A vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems”, earlier this week. EAD guidelines feature scientific analysis and resources, high-level principles as well as actionable recommendations for ethical implementation of autonomous and intelligent systems (A/IS). “We offer high-level General Principles in Ethically Aligned Design that we consider to be imperatives for creating and operating A/IS that further human values and ensure trustworthiness”, reads EAD. The EAD guideline explains eight high-level ethical principles that can be applied to all types of autonomous and intelligent systems (A/IS), irrespective of whether they are physical robots, software systems or algorithmic chatbots. Eight General Principles in EAD Human Rights As mentioned in EAD, A/IS shall be created and operated in such a way that it respects, promotes, and protects internationally the recognized human rights. These rights should be fully taken into consideration by individuals, companies, research institutions, and governments to reflect the principle that A/IS respects and fulfills the human rights, freedoms, human dignity, and cultural diversity. Well-being EAD states that A/IS creators should focus on improving human well-being as a primary success criterion for development. EAD recommends that A/IS should prioritize human well-being as the outcome in all system designs. It should use the best available and widely accepted “well-being metrics” as their reference point. Data Agency A/IS creators should put more emphasis on empowering individuals with an added ability to access and securely share their data. A/IS creators should focus on maintaining people’s capacity to have control over their identity. Organizations and governments, should test and implement technologies that allow the individuals to specify their online agent for case-by-case authorization decisions. For minors, current guardianship approaches should be implemented to determine their suitability in this context. Effectiveness Creators should provide evidence of the effectiveness and fitness for the purpose of A/IS. EAD recommends that creators engaged in the development of A/IS should focus on defining the metrics to serve as valid and meaningful gauges of the effectiveness of the system. Creators of A/IS should design systems where the metrics on specific deployments of the system can be aggregated to deliver information on the effectiveness of the system across different deployments. Also, industry associations and other organizations (IEEE and ISO) should collaborate to develop standards for reporting on the effectiveness of A/IS. Transparency EAD states that the basis of a particular A/IS decision should always be discoverable. It recommends that new standards should be developed in a way that it describes measurable and testable levels of transparency. Also, these standards would offer designers with a guide for self-assessing transparency during development and suggest mechanisms for improving transparency. Accountability As per EAD, A/IS should be created and operated in a way so that it offers an “unambiguous rationale” for decisions made. EAD states that in order to address the issues of responsibility and Accountability, courts should clarify the “responsibility, culpability, liability, and accountability” for A/IS prior to the development and deployment. It also states that designers and developers of A/IS should be made aware of the diversity in existing cultural norms among these A/IS. Awareness of Misuse EAD states that creators should offer protection against all potential misuses and risks of A/IS in operation. EAD recommends that creators should be made aware of methods of misuse. It also states that A/IS should be designed in ways that can minimize the opportunity for these systems. Public awareness should be improved surrounding the issues of potential A/IS technology misuse. Competence EAD states that the creators should specify and operators should adhere to the knowledge and skill required for safe operation. It also mentions that the creators of A/IS should clearly specify the types and levels of knowledge required to understand and operate any given application of A/IS. Also, creators of A/IS should provide the affected parties with information on the role of the operator and the implications of operator error. Rich and detailed documentation should be made accessible to the experts and the general public. For more information, check out the official Ethically Aligned Design guidelines Read Next IEEE Computer Society predicts top ten tech trends for 2019: assisted transportation, chatbots, and deep learning accelerators among others What the IEEE 2018 programming languages survey reveals to us 2019 Deloitte tech trends predictions: AI-fueled firms, NoOps, DevSecOps, intelligent interfaces, and more
Share Posted by TravelBrands touts the benefits of Uplift Travelweek Group Tags: TravelBrands MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands says its new partnership with Uplift means agents can offer a monthly payment plan to their clients.Uplift is now available for land-only and TravelGenie bookings through TravelBrands. The tour operator announced its adoption of the new payment plan technology at its cross-Canada Agent Appreciation events earlier this month. Tripcentral.ca is also a client.“Uplift has done an incredible job of offering accessible and seamless payment options for travellers,” says Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO, TravelBrands. “Our partnership with Uplift will continue to support our mission of helping agents work smarter, not harder, and help clients book the vacation of their dreams.”California-based Uplift has a familiar face, Denise Heffron, leading its efforts in Canada. Heffron was named Managing Director in March 2019, tasked with launching and leading the startup in the Canadian market.Uplift offers pay-over-time travel financing solutions and provides travellers with a Pay Monthly option that determines a loan decision within seconds, says TravelBrands.More news: A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThrough TravelBrands agents can offer monthly payments on all land and TravelGenie bookings. The approval decision is made in the current booking flow and clients will be able to pay for their travel in 12 easy payments.TravelBrands agents can make qualifying bookings and learn more at travelbrandsaccess.com. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>