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a month agoLiverpool chief Moore: The effing abuse I copped almost blowing Van Dijk deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Liverpool chief Moore: The effing abuse I copped almost blowing Van Dijk dealby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool chief exec Peter Moore has revealed how he copped pelters from local fans after almost messing up the Virgil van Dijk deal.Moore made the revelation at the World Football Summit.He said, “I had been at work for a few days, I had been away for 40 years. And we were trying to sign Virgil Van Dijk for the first time and we got into a little mess with Southampton.”We made an apology because we were supposedly wrong about things. Well, I went out for coffee, I found a Starbucks and I was walking back with a coffee in each hand and suddenly a scouser coming along the road yells at me: ‘Instead of buying a Starbucks, you should have bought f***ing Van Dijk, damn jerk’. “So there I was with a coffee in each hand and I was back with Liverpool’s acid humor again!” last_img read more

Photo: Florida Signee Jordan Scarlett Gets Awesome Gators Tattoo

first_imgA Florida Gators player running on the field with a Florida Gators flag.LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 23: Chauncey Gardner Jr #23 of the Florida Gators celebrates after the 28-27 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Florida signee Jordan Scarlett hasn’t played a down for his team just yet, but it looks like he’s going to be a Gator for life – whether or not he actually sticks with the program. Scarlett, a four-star running back commit who begins his freshman year in 2015, got a very strong Florida tattoo earlier this week. It’s of the school logo, which features mascot Albert.Go follow @thaillustratedman305 on Instagram thanks for the ink! pic.twitter.com/RI7hJT2CiH— ManChild (@Famousscarlett) April 7, 2015Scarlett is expected to be a big asset for a program looking to get back on the map. It looks like he’s ready to go.[Only Gators]last_img read more

College Spun’s Staff Picks For Week 14 Of The 2015 Season

first_imgCollege Spun's staff picks for week 14 of the 2015 college football season.college spun staff picks week 14With the exception of the annual Army vs. Navy contest, which will be played next Saturday, college football’s regular season will wrap up this weekend. This Saturday, we’ve got a few interesting Big 12 matchups, and, of course, conference championship games. Clemson, Alabama, Iowa and Michigan State can all lock up College Football Playoff berths with victories. Stanford and UNC, meanwhile, need to both win and get help to find themselves in the field. Ohio State doesn’t play, but the Buckeyes will be glued to their televisions, hoping for chaos.In our competition, it’s come down to the wire. Matt Hladik and Dustin Tackett are tied heading into the final set of games. This week, they’ve both chosen the same teams. As such, we’ll have a total-score-based tiebreaker for the Army vs. Navy game next week.college spun staff picks week 1444Who do you have?last_img read more

Trudeau to march in Toronto Pride Parade for a second time

first_imgTORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be returning to one of Canada’s largest Pride celebrations this weekend.Pride Toronto, organizers of the city’s festival celebrating the LGBTQ community, says Trudeau will be marching in Sunday’s parade again this year.He made history last year when he became the first sitting Prime Minister to take part in a Pride parade.Trudeau marched in Vancouver’s Pride festival later that summer.This year, he will be joined by other dignitaries including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde, making his first appearance at the Toronto Pride event.last_img

Arab Spring Legacy in Tatters Hopes Pinned on Tunisia

first_imgTunis- With chaos in Libya, military takeover in Egypt and Syria’s brutal conflict threatening to extinguish hopes fueled by the Arab Spring, only Tunisia stands out even as its stability hangs in the balance.By the end of 2013, the political forces that emerged from the tumultuous changes in the region nearly three years ago have yet to build the new democratic order or bring about the social transformations demanded by the millions who took to the streets.Some argue that the Egyptian army’s decision in July to depose democratically-elected Islamist president Mohammed Morsi was the death knell for any remaining hope of real change that accompanied the mass uprisings in 2011. “The July 3 coup confirmed the end of the Arab Spring given Egypt’s importance in the region,” said Shadi Hamid, research director at the Brookings Doha Center.“No one can argue that Egypt is moving towards democracy. It is actually going in the opposite direction … There is now an effort to eradicate the Muslim Brotherhood as a political force,” he added.The military takeover in Egypt has certainly cast a shadow over the democratic transition in Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring, where the ruling Islamist party Ennahda has accused its secular opponents of seeking to replicate events in Cairo.“(Tunisia’s) Islamists experienced the military coup as if it happened in Tunisia. Various politicians continue to talk about the putschist threat even though there is nothing to prove it,” said Selim Kharrat, an analyst with the NGO Al-Bawsala.Such fears have only aggravated the mistrust between the country’s rival factions that has dogged negotiations to appoint a caretaker government of technocrats and resolve the political crisis sparked by the murder of opposition MP Mohamed Brahmi in July.Suspicion has also been stoked by the rise in attacks this year by armed Islamists, who are blamed for the killing of Brahmi and another secular politician in February, and whom the security forces have been battling in the Mount Chaambi region near Algeria.Tunisia’s militants have benefited from the chronic instability in neighboring Libya and the surge in arms trafficking since former dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s ouster.More than two years after the NATO-backed rebellion toppled Gadhafi’s regime, Libya lacks a stable government, with jihadist groups mushrooming and the authorities struggling in vain to integrate former rebels into the army.Starkly illustrating the growing lawlessness plaguing the country, gunmen briefly abducted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from his Tripoli hotel in October, and the following month seized the deputy intelligence chief as clashes in the capital left nearly 50 people dead.“In Libya they have to build a state from scratch. That is going to take time and prolong the transition period which has been marked by armed violence in a country largely controlled by militias,” said Libyan political analyst Khaled Bouchoucha.Distant hopeBy contrast, Tunisia’s revolution has a much better chance of succeeding, Bouchoucha argued, essentially because it has managed to “preserve a strong state” and because the army remains neutral.But as the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think-tank, warned last month, the “alarming rise” in jihadist attacks in Tunisia, while still low in intensity, threatens to weaken the state and further polarize the political scene.In its report, entitled “Tunisia’s Borders: Jihadism and Contraband”, ICG said the worrying increase in cross-border arms trafficking was enhancing the jihadists’ disruptive potential and intensifying corruption.“In the long term, only minimal consensus among political forces on the country’s future can enable a truly effective approach to the border question,” it said, adding that an end to the country’s political crisis “seems distant at the time of writing.”As in countries across the region, concern is also growing in Tunisia about the likely blowback from the fighting in Syria, when the thousands of foreign jihadists thought to have joined the rebel ranks there return home.The conflict, which erupted when a brutal government crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protests in March 2011 inspired by the Arab Spring escalated into full-scale civil war against President Bashar Assad’s regime, has now killed an estimated 126,000 people and left millions displaced.last_img read more

Significant Digits For Wednesday July 29 2015

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.1 coachThat’s the number of female coaches in the NFL after Jen Welter was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern. The NBA also has one female assistant coach, while MLB and MLS have no female coaches. As my colleague Leah Libresco tweeted: “We were going to graph the share of female coaches in men’s sports, but the bars were too small to see.” [FiveThirtyEight]4 jokesConan O’Brien is being sued for stealing jokes from Twitter. A man who says he was a longtime writer for Jay Leno claims an airline joke (wow, I’m laughing already) as well as jokes about Tom Brady, Caitlyn Jenner and the Washington Monument were pilfered from his feed and used on O’Brien’s show. Conan’s production company believes the suit is without merit. Coco, I’m gonna do you a solid: I’m tweeting a joke right now, just for you. I waive all rights, please feel free to use it in tonight’s monologue. [The Hollywood Reporter]8 farmsI’ve got my tent firmly pitched in the pro-cilantro camp, but my allegiance is being tested. The FDA has banned some cilantro imported from Mexico after investigators discovered “human feces and toilet paper in and around growing fields.” Eight of the 11 farms and packing houses investigated in the Mexican state of Puebla had “objectionable conditions” and five were linked to hundreds of outbreaks in the U.S. of cyclosporiasis. [CNN]15 percentShare of Americans who do not use the Internet. They must be so happy. [Pew Research Center]63.5 percentHomeownership in the U.S. is at a 48-year low. The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate is now 63.5 percent, down from pre-recession highs of above 69 percent. Both the homeowner and rental vacancy rates, however, have also fallen. This means a tight housing market — to which I can anecdotally attest, having recently hunted for an apartment — and a possible boon to the economy in ensuing construction. [The Wall Street Journal]200 to 400 feetAmazon has proposed that some prime (get it?) airspace, from 200 to 400 feet off the ground, be reserved for high-speed drones. The company has visions of one day delivering its packages by drone. [The Guardian]10,000 textsTom Brady’s four-game “Deflate-gate” suspension has been upheld by the NFL. In a statement on the decision, the league said Brady had destroyed his cellphone, despite investigators’ requests to access it. The phone had been used to exchange 10,000 text messages over four months — or just more than 80 texts a day. Even still, Brady’s got nothing on the 18 to 24 set — those kids send and receive more than 125 texts a day! [The Washington Post]$50,000 in bunny careAfter 103 rabbits were seized from her home, a Brooklyn woman has been ordered to pay $50,000 for their care. The bunnies had become celebrities in their neighborhood. [New York Post]$2 million a yearYou have to pay about $1,500 to license the song “Happy Birthday.” Yeah, that “Happy Birthday.” Two filmmakers upset by that fact have uncovered evidence that they say negates Warner/Chappell Music’s 1935 copyright and puts the song in the public domain. The copyright has at some points netted its owners about $2 million a year. [Ars Technica]304 million core usersTwitter’s stock price slumped more than 11 percent Tuesday, after slower than expected growth in its average monthly users. The company said it now has 304 million “core users.” That’s up from 302 million last quarter, but the growth was the slowest since the company went public. [Reuters]Don’t worry, Walt Hickey’s return is nigh. But today, for those of you who a) use the Internet and b) are on Twitter, if the significance of a digit moves you, please tweet it to me @Ollie. And have a super Wednesday!If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. read more

Ohio State mens basketball hoping lessons from practice carry over vs Northwestern

OSU redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson (32) during a game against Maryland on Jan. 31 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 66-61. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorOf all the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s games this season, its matchup against Northwestern on the road on Jan. 6 might best encapsulate the issues plaguing it. On that evening, redshirt sophomore Kam Williams came off the bench to ignite the otherwise struggling Buckeyes en route to a 65-56 victory. The guard had 21 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. The next-highest scorer was redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson, who had 12 points. And besides Williams’ career-high performance from downtown, no other Buckeye made a 3-pointer. What the game showed about the whole season is a lack of consistent performances, resulting in a continuous reliance on a new unsung hero nearly every night to rescue the team. Against Indiana and Rutgers, it was freshman guard JaQuan Lyle. Sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop propelled the team with a 22-point burst against Penn State. The first game versus Maryland it was no one, then sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate shouldered the load in the rematch.  Thompson took his turn in the victory over Illinois on Jan. 28 when he scored a team-high 16 points. It’s not that scoring by committee is necessarily a bad thing for a basketball team. In some ways, it’s a plus for the Buckeyes that they have myriad players who can step up and score. But the lack of a go-to scorer to count on through thick and thin is seeing its effects on the Buckeyes. It perhaps might explain why one night OSU looks like a threat to challenge for a Big Ten title and on others, a team destined for the National Invitational Tournament. OSU coach Thad Matta acknowledged that a lack of steadiness has hampered his team, but as the Buckeyes get ready to welcome Northwestern for a rematch Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, he said he’s hoping for a change.  “We’ve talked about everybody coming in being dialed in, being focused, whether you’re in the game or out of the game,” he said Monday. “Whatever we’ve got to do to get that consistent effort across the board is what we’re after.”That unwavering performance might happen against the Wildcats, the coach said, if what has been displayed at practice lately shows itself come tip-off. In practice, a litany of roster combinations have been used. None of them have had any “rhyme or reason,” Matta said. These random practice assignments are done in an attempt to bring as much hustle, energy and effort as possible instead of just having the starters practice against the bench. “These guys have worked their tails off,” Matta said. “I want to see the carryover from what we’ve been doing in practice.” If those things do carry over, Tate said he thinks the Buckeyes are in good position beyond just their game against the Wildcats. The 6-foot-4 sophomore said OSU hasn’t hit its stride quite yet, but if it does soon, it will have positive trajectory heading into postseason play.“We’re sitting right in that middle area of the Big Ten,” Tate said. “(Tuesday) versus Northwestern is a start, we could start a win streak, get some momentum going into these last couple weeks.”No loveAfter scoring in double figures in 12 of OSU’s first 15 games, including five performances of 18 points or more, junior forward Marc Loving seems to have lost his shooting stroke. In the Buckeyes’ last nine games, the Toledo native is averaging just 9.2 points a game, including six consecutive games of below 36 percent shooting. While speaking to the media Monday afternoon, Loving was noticeably dejected, consistently allowing Tate to answer a bulk of the questions. When he did speak, his answers were terse, his tone subdued. “The ball just isn’t going in the rim,” Loving said when asked to explain his struggles. “I feel like I’m taking decent shots, the ball just isn’t going down.” Matta offered a little more explanation for why he thinks his team’s most veteran player has been underperforming as of late. The coach said he thinks Loving has a propensity to carry mistakes with him. Rather than leaving a missed shot or turnover in the rear-view mirror, Loving continues to focus on them, he said, therefore clogging up his mind and making it difficult to break out of the slump. “He’s worked very hard the past few days,” Matta said, later adding, “I’m hoping, as a junior, he understands the ramifications of how well we need him to play.” Northwestern notesNorthwestern (16-8, 4-7) comes to Columbus feeling good after it curtailed its five-game losing skid on Thursday against Minnesota in emphatic fashion.The Wildcats throttled the Golden Gophers 82-58 to get back on the winning track for the first time since Jan. 12. Coach Chris Collins’ squad is powered by strong guard play from sophomore Bryant McIntosh and redshirt senior Tre Demps. They both average 14.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. The duo likes to shoot a lot of 3-pointers, with more than 40 percent of Northwestern’s attempts coming from the two. McIntosh, who also distributes 6.6 assists per game, connects at a higher clip — 38 percent to Demps’ 28.“We’re definitely going to have to guard the 3-point line,” Matta said. A different wrinkle about the Wildcats this time around compared to the first meeting this season is that they will have senior center Alex Olah back on the floor. The 7-footer missed the Jan. 6 game, but since returning from injury, he’s shown flashes of the player who posted three 20-plus point performances early on. Matta said OSU will have to account for Olah’s presence on the floor, meaning Thompson and freshman center Daniel Giddens will be instrumental in the Buckeyes picking up the season sweep. Sometimes when a team has beaten an opponent already, the victor can relax heading into the rematch instead of placing the same importance on the game. Tate admitted this can happen at times, but he said the Buckeyes understand how crucial Tuesday’s tilt is.“We’ve got to come out with the same fire that we would any other team,” Tate said. “This one is vital in my opinion.”Up nextAfter taking on the Wildcats, the Buckeyes are slated to head east to Piscataway, New Jersey, to square off against Rutgers. OSU toppled the Scarlet Knights 94-68 on Jan. 13. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Football Ohio State falls to No 13 in College Football Playoff poll

Urban Meyer prepares to lead the buckeyes out on to the field prior to the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 55-24. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorJust like last week’s College Football Playoff rankings, Ohio State finds itself on the outside looking in. The distance from the top four, though, has grown considerably. The Buckeyes (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) checked in at No. 13 in Tuesday’s playoff rankings, tumbling seven spots after their 55-24 loss to Iowa Saturday. Georgia (9-0), Alabama (9-0), Notre Dame (8-1) and Clemson (8-1) continued to occupy the top four spots, while Oklahoma (8-1), which beat Ohio State in Week 2, remains at No. 5. Of the six Big Ten teams in the top 25, undefeated Wisconsin is the highest ranked at No. 8. Penn State, which followed its loss to the Buckeyes with a loss to Michigan State, fell seven spots to No. 14. One of the conference’s biggest surprises, the Spartans (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) rose from No. 24 to No. 12.After their upset of the Buckeyes, the Hawkeyes entered the rankings at No. 20.Here are the rest of the College Football Playoff rankings.GeorgiaAlabamaNotre DameClemsonOklahomaTCUMiamiWisconsinWashingtonAuburnSouthern CalMichigan StateOhio StatePenn StateOklahoma StateMississippi StateVirginia TechCentral FloridaWashington StateIowaIowa StateMemphisNorth Carolina StateLSUNorthwestern read more

Vinicius Junior must be patient at Real Madrid – Savio

first_imgVinicius Junior must bide his time at Real Madrid and focus on adapting to the team’s style of play, says retired Brazilian winger SavioAfter an impressive pre-season with Los Blancos in their US tour, Vinicius was left as an unused substitute in their UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid and last Sunday’s opening day win over Getafe in La Liga.With a €40m price tag on him following his summer move from Brazilian side Flamengo, expectations are high for the 18-year-old.But Vinicius is not the only talented youngster at Real and he will have to work hard for opportunities in the first-team.“I understand the situation and the desire of Vinicius to play as soon as possible,” said Savio, according to Marca.“It is normal for Real Madrid fans to want to see him on the field, but I also know that it is not easy.“They have a top-quality squad, with young players who they occupy the same position.“In the United States he did very well, but he has to be calm, very calm, and work hard.“He has to adapt to the Real Madrid style, the Spanish style and the style of play in Europe.“He has to improve his tactical ability and adapt with his teammates and see the standard of the Spanish league.“He is a very young player, he is 18 years old.“You have to be calm, he must know how to wait for his chance and when he has to try to do his best.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Hoj é dia de estreia na @LaLiga Que Deus nos abençoe! #halamadrid pic.twitter.com/k0IE0yKLno— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) August 19, 2018But Savio is certain that his young compatriot will be given chances by coach Julen Lopetegui later on this season.“I also understand the part of the club and the coach, that you have to go slowly to get to know the player and to start playing him at the right time,” he continued.“Here in Brazil I really want to see him on the field because he is a very young player, but a very talented one.“He has a lot of speed, a lot of technique and is good at dribbling.“But he has a lot of things to do, he has to be calm and work.“He is at the club where everyone wants to play.“I really like him as a player and as a person and I am very happy that he is at Real Madrid.”Real’s upcoming home game against Leganes may provide Vinicius his first opportunity of competitive action for the club.last_img read more

Pochettino cautious ahead of Everton clash

first_imgDespite their recent run of good form, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes they cannot get carried away and must work on their self-confidence.Tottenham have won eight out of their last 10 games in all competitions, and are now just six points off the top of the Premier League table, but Pochettino is not complacent as he understands how quickly results can change.“At the moment we are playing well, but the moment we lose games it’s going to turn quick. I know that very well. This is normal,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.“I try to understand everything. In this football club if some bad results arrive it’s going to turn again. All the positives will be reversed and become negatives.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We are happy, but not so happy. I think there’s still massive work to do. But when I say ‘worst feeling’ I don’t speak about the inside of the club. I talk about the perception outside.“We are still fragile, not solid enough as a club to support some good and some bad because the perception of the people can affect the club.“I think we are changing a lot and we are going to change, if we have time, to do that. But our self-belief is still so fragile.”last_img read more

Troopers Conducting High Visibility Enforcement Effort For Holiday Weekend

first_imgAccording to a ‘Focused Enforcement’ state trooper dispatch, while the troopers are out to curb DUIs, they will also be on the lookout for additional driver behaviors that often contribute to fatal crashes, such as speeding and driving too fast for conditions. The focused enforcement by the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers over the holiday is intended to prevent major injury and fatality crashes through enhanced enforcement. Don’t hesitate to make a REDDI report any time of the year by calling 911! To learn more about REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) visit http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State and Wildlife Troopers started the Annual Click It or Ticket high visibility enforcement effort on Monday. The effort runs through June 2. Colonel Barry Wilson, Director of the Alaska State Troopers: “Memorial Day weekend serves as a kick-off to summer. People celebrate with barbecues, camping and other family gatherings. We want people to go out and have a good time. We just ask that you do it with a plan in place to get home safe… wear your seat belt. Additionally, if you choose to consume alcohol, don’t drive impaired, be sure to have a designated driver, stay the night or call a cab. Again, if you plan to celebrate on Memorial Day weekend, have a plan to get home safe.”last_img read more

LG Display Q1 net profit down almost 100 percent YoY seen as

first_imgLG Display announced its first quarter earnings on Wednesday, showing a steep decline in operating and net profits for the display-panel-making affiliate of LG Electronics. The TV and smartphone display manufacturer reported a 99.8 percent drop in Q1 2016 net profit to 1.2 billion won ($1 million) from 475.8 billion won in the same period the previous year.According to the Financial Times, LG Display’s operating profit during the January-March period was 39.5 billion won ($34.43 million), which is the poorest since Q1 2012 and a 95 percent decrease from the same period in 2015. The sales had also dropped 14.7 percent year-on-year (YoY) to 5.9 billion won, the report added.LG Display warned of challenging market conditions, citing slow global economic growth and industry oversupply.LG Display makes display panels for TVs, smartphones, tablets, monitors and notebooks. A major share — 38 percent — of the company’s revenue is sourced from the TV panels, while mobile and monitors make up 23 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Tablets and notebooks together accounted for 24 percent of the company’s Q1 2016 revenue. The company had total revenue of 5.989 trillion won ($5.22 billion) during the period.LG Display broke down the specifics of its quarterly earnings and said the Q1 panel shipments by surface area declined 7.7 percent compared to Q4 2015. The average selling price also declined 17 percent, which shifted the company’s focus towards displays measuring 60 inches to rake in greater profits.LG Display is hopeful for the second-quarter earnings. “Panel shipments in the second quarter of 2016 are expected to increase by a mid-single-digit percentage compared to the first quarter,” Reuters quoted LG Display’s Chief Financial Officer Don Kim as saying.According to the company, the upcoming global sports events such as UEFA Euro 2016 and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and China’s Labor Day sales, will increase the shipments and warrant new product launches.Samsung leads the market for small-size OLED displays for smartphone, while LG Display’s dominance is in the large-size TV panels. LG Display is one of the largest providers of Apple’s LCD panels for iPhones and flexible OLED panels for the Apple Watch. But there have been reports that Samsung is trying to win Apple’s exclusive partnership to supply OLEDs for future iPhones.”LG Display is likely to be left empty-handed next year in terms of OLED supply for Apple’s premium phones as it has no capacity for small-size OLED production,” Kim Young-Woo at SK Securities was quoted as saying by FT.last_img read more

SSC examinee sustains burn injury in Thakurgaon

first_imgA teenage girl sustained burn injuries in an acid attack at Akhanagar in Sadar upazila on Sunday night over a land related dispute, reports UNB.The injured is Tanjina Akhter, 16, daughter of Mostafa Kamal and an SSC examinee from Jhargaon High School.Victim’s family members said that there had been a land related dispute with their neighbour Amzad.As a sequel to enmity, Amzad along with his several supporters threw acid on Tanjina around 8:00pm, claimed her mother Mariam Begum.Hearing her screams, family members rushed in and took her to Thakurgaon Modern Sadar Hospital.Pradip Kumar, officer-in-charge of Ruhiathana, said they will take step after filing of a case by the victim’s family.last_img

A splash of African culture

first_imgStunning acrobatic performances, a mighty African statue and creative artworks await you at the Afro Festival in Delhi. So, wave a Jambo- that is hello in swahili- and get onto this bandwagon.A breathtaking beautiful show of juggling arts, dramatic street entertainment and an exhibition of sculptures and paintings have been put together to celebrate the vibrant culture of Africa in the capital. The Afro Festival will open on 3 July with creative artworks and cultural display and go on to entertain the Delhites till 7 July. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival brings to life the experience of its people as a living and dynamic tradition that continues to evolve at the turn of the 21st century. To increase public understanding and appreciation of African art and culture, the festival is devoted exclusively to African way of life. This stunning exhibition integrates everyday life of the people, related objects with paintings and performances and interaction with the artists. This major festival presents exquisite examples of eclectic art and sculptures from Africa. Featuring works of Thomas Ongon’ga, Michael Soi, Edward Orato, Dennis Muragiri and James Oluoch, each creation showcases the artist’s mood, aesthetics and personal journey of creating their pieces of art. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThemes explored in this exhibit are inspired by everyday activities of people in Africa, warrior-clans and wildlife. The artists’ interpretation of their work is grounded in the belief that ‘The people of Africa have created an extraordinary cultural heritage, deeply embedded in a beautiful yet fragile physical environment’. The colors in the art work are bright and bold in shades of red, ochre-yellow and ebony black.To celebrate the fun spirit, feast upon the acrobatic experience that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical strength rubs shoulders with the dare devil acts. The Jambo acrobats are backed by foot thumping Afro Caribbean music. Two acrobats each holding on to large rings that suddenly make them airborne, with a third one reaching out for them to add drama. They toss their spinning props across the stage to one another. And just when you think this is over the top, they amaze you with a finale that is probably, for anyone else on earth, impossible to perform. Look out for choreographed entertainment as you watch jugglers performing tricks and catching tossing balls in seconds. The multimedia displays are magnificent, followed by acts of bottle balancing. The magnificent and daring act is performed effortlessly under the limbo pole- the height of a beer bottle. While Capital drowns in an African cultural fiesta, dig in for your share of fun and frolic.last_img read more

Govt to come up with Jagannath temple in Digha

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced that the state government would construct a Jagannath temple near Jagannath Ghat in Digha, which has already emerged as a major tourist destination.Banerjee was speaking at the administrative review meeting in East Midnapore. The Jagannath temple would be set up in the district along the footsteps of the temple in Puri, where large numbers of devotees congregate to offer their prayers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We are going to construct a temple at Jagannath Ghat in Digha, similar to Puri. The ghat would also be renovated. The Jagannath temple that we see in Puri had been constructed many years ago. We are developing a temple here keeping it in mind,” the Chief Minister said. She instructed the state Tourism department to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) after discussing the matter in detail with the district administration. It may be mentioned here that after coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government had taken up a beautification drive in the beach town and along the sea shore. Since then, the footfall of tourists in Digha and other beach towns in the district has gone up significantly. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDuring her meeting with the administrative officials, Banerjee inquired about the latest status of the 3 marine bridges which she had proposed 3-4 years ago. The officials told her that the construction of two bridges would be started within one year, while the third one would take some time. The Chief Minister advised the Public Works Department (PWD) to start all the three projects simultaneously. She instructed the government officials to expedite the project. Banerjee announced that construction of the International Convention Centre at Digha would be completed within the next two months. She laid a great emphasis on the cleanliness of the place. She instructed the local administration to consider if the local Nuliahs (sea divers) can be inducted under the 100 days work scheme to maintain cleanliness of the beach town. “Digha has emerged to be one of the key tourist places in the state. A large number of people visit the place every day. Maintaining cleanliness must be the top priority. The Nuliahs who act as civic defense workers during any incident, can be engaged in two shifts for maintaining cleanliness,” she added. She also expressed her dissatisfaction over the overdue wages of the Nuliahs. She wanted to know from the administrative officials why they have not been getting money since September. They get a wage of Rs 300 per day and they work 25 days a month. “Those who save the lives of others risking their own, are not getting their wages. They should be brought under the Swasthya Sathi scheme. Take necessary steps to disburse their dues on immediate basis,” Banerjee told the district administration. She also stated that Tajpur port will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 12,000 crore, where various other ancillaries would come up, creating job opportunities. A fund of Rs 17,000 crore has already been invested for various projects in the district, while many others worth nearly Rs 8,600 crore are in the pipeline. She also inquired about the various fishery development schemes that are being run in the district. She proposed to set up a fish land bank and marketing centres where the fishermen can sell their catches. In reply to a question posed by state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari, the Chief Minister asked the Home Secretary to expedite the investigation into the disappearance of people from Nandigram that took place during the Left Front regime. The CID has been investigating the case.last_img read more

Serverless computing wars AWS Lambdas vs Azure Functions

first_imgIn recent times, local servers and on-premises computers are counted as old school. Users and organisations have shifted their focus on Cloud to store, manage, and process data. Cloud computing has evolved in ways that DevOps teams can now focus on improving code and processes rather than focusing on provisioning, scaling, and maintaining servers. This means we have now entered the Serverless era, and the big players of this era are AWS Lambda and Azure Functions. So if you are a developer now you need not worry about low-level infrastructure decision. Coming to the bigger question. What is Serverless Computing / Function-as-a-Service? Serverless Computing / Function-as-a-Service FaaS can be described as a concept of serverless computing where applications depend on third party services to manage server-side logics. This means application developers can concentrate on building their applications rather than thinking about servers. So if you want to build any type of application or backend service, just go about with it as everything required to run and scale your application is already being handled for you. Following are popular platforms that support Faas. AWS Lambda Azure Functions Cloud Functions Iron.io Webtask.io Benefits of Serverless Computing Serverless applications and architectures are gaining momentum and are increasingly being used by companies of all sizes. Serverless technology rapidly reduces production time and minimizes your costs, while you still have the freedom to customize your code, without hindering functionalities. For good reason, the serverless-based software takes care of many of the problems developers face when running systems and servers such as fault-tolerance, centralized logging, horizontal scalability, and deployments, to name a few. Additionally, the serverless pay-per-invocation model can result in drastic cost savings. Since AWS Lambda and Azure Functions are the most popular and widely used serverless computing platforms, we will discuss these services further. AWS Lambda AWS is recognized as one of the largest market leaders for cloud computing. One of the recent services within the AWS umbrella that has gained a lot of traction is AWS Lambda. It is the part of Amazon Web Services that lets you run your code without provisioning or managing servers. AWS Lambda is a compute service that enables you to deploy applications and back-end services that operate with zero upfront cost and requires no system administration. Although seemingly simple and easy to use, Lambda is a highly effective and scalable compute service that provides developers with a powerful platform to design and develop serverless event-driven systems and applications. Pros: Supports automatic scaling Support unlimited number of functions Takes 1 million requests for free, then charges $0.20/1 million invocations, plus $0.00001667/GB per sec Cons: Limited concurrent executions (1000 executions per account) Supports lesser languages in comparison to Azure ( JavaScript, Java, C#, and Python) Azure Functions Microsoft provides a solution you can use to easily run small segments of code in the Cloud: Azure Functions. It provides solutions for processing data, integrating systems, and building simple APIs and microservices. Azure Functions help you easily run small pieces of code in cloud without worrying about a whole application or the infrastructure to run it. With Azure functions, you can use triggers to execute your code and bindings to simplify the input and output of your code. Pros: Supports unlimiter concurrent executions Supports C#, JavaScript, F#, Python, Batch, PHP, PowerShell Supports unlimited number of functions Takes 1 million requests for free, then charges $0.20/1 million invocations, plus $0.000016/GB per sec Cons: Manual scaling (App Service Plan) Conclusion When compared with the traditional Client-server approach, serverless architecture saves a lot effort and proves to cost effective for many organisations, no matter its size. The most important aspect of choosing the right platform is understanding which platform benefits your organisation the best. AWS Lambda has been around for a while with infinite support to Linux-based platforms but Azure Functions is not behind in supporting Windows-based suite even after entering the serveless market recently. If you are going to adopt AWS you will be to make the most of its; availability to open source integration, pay-as-you-go model, and high performance computing environment. Azure, on the other hand is easier to use as it’s a Windows platform. It also supports a precise pricing model where they charge by the minute and it has extended support for MacOS and Linux. So if you are looking for a clear winner here you shouldn’t be surprised that AWS and Azure are similar in many ways and it would be a tie if it was to choose who is better or worse than the other. This battle would always be heated and experts will be placing their bets on who wins the race. In the end, the entire discussion would drill down to what your business needs. After all the mission would always be to grow your business at a marginal cost. Read Next The Lambda programming model How to Run Code in the Cloud with AWS Lambda Download Microsoft Azure serverless computing e-book for freelast_img read more

GitLab 117 releases with multilevel child epics API integration with Kubernetes search

first_imgYesterday, the team at Gitlab released GitLab 11.7, an application for the DevOps lifecycle that helps the developer teams work together efficiently to secure their code. GitLab 11.7 comes with features like multi-level child epics, API integration with Kubernetes, cross-project pipeline and more. What’s new in GitLab 11.7 Managing releases with GitLab 11.7 This version of GitLab eliminates the need for manual collection of source code, build output, or metadata associated with a released version of the source code. GitLab 11.7 comes with releases in GitLab Core which helps users to have release snapshots that include the source code and related artifacts. Multi-level child epics for work breakdown structures This release comes with multi-level child epics in GitLab portfolio management which allow users to create multi-level work breakdown structures. It also helps in managing complex projects and work plans. This structure builds a direct connection between planning and actionable issues. Users can now have an epic containing both issues and epics. Streamlining JavaScript development with NPM registries This release also delivers NPM registries in GitLab Premium that provides a standard and secure way to share and version control NPM packages across projects. Users can then share a package-naming convention for utilizing libraries in any Node.js project and NPM. Remediating vulnerabilities GitLab 11.7 helps users to remediate vulnerabilities in the apps and suggest a solution for Node.js projects managed with Yarn. Users can download a patch file, and apply it to their repo using the git apply command. They can then push changes back to their repository and the security dashboard will then confirm if the vulnerability is gone. This process is easy and reduces the time required to deploy a solution. API integration with Kubernetes This release comes with API support to Kubernetes integration. All the actions that are available in the GUI currently, such as listing, adding, and deleting a Kubernetes cluster are now accessible with the help of the API. Developers can use this feature to fold in cluster creation as part of their workflow. Cross-project pipeline With this release, it is now possible to expand upstream or downstream cross-project pipelines from the pipeline view. Users can view the pipelines across projects. Search filter box for issue board navigation This release comes with a search filter that makes navigation much easier. Users can simply type a few characters in the search filter box to narrow down to the issue board they are interested in. Project list redesign Project list UI is redesigned in GitLab 11.7 and mainly focuses on readability and summary of the project’s activity. Import issues CSV This release makes transitions easier. Users can now import issues into GitLab while managing their existing work. This feature works with Jira or any other issue tracking system that can generate a CSV export. Support catch-all email mailboxes This release supports sub-addressing and catch-all email mailboxes with a new email format that allows more email servers to be used with GitLab, including Microsoft Exchange and Google Groups. Include CI/CD files from other projects and templates With this release, users can now include their snippets of configuration from other projects and predefined templates. This release also includes snippets for specific jobs, like sast or dependency_scanning, so users can use them instead of copying and pasting the current definition. GitLab Runner 11.7 The team at GitLab also released GitLab Runner 11.7 yesterday. It is an open source project that is used to run CI/CD jobs and send the results back to GitLab. Major improvements In GitLab 11.7, the performance of viewing merge requests has been improved by caching syntax highlighted discussion diffs. Push performance has been improved by skipping pre-commit validations that have passed on other branches. Redundant counts in snippets search have been removed. This release comes with Mattermost 5.6, an open source Slack-alternative that includes interactive message dialogs, new admin tools, Ukrainian language support, etc. Users are generally happy with GitLab 11.7 release. One of the users who has been using GitLab for quite some time now is waiting for MR[0]. They commented on Hacker News, “I’m impatiently waiting for this MR [0] that will allow dependant containers to also talk to each other. It’s the last missing piece for my ideal CI setup.” To which, GitLab’s product manager for Verify (CI) replied, “Thanks for bringing this up I hadn’t seen your contribution! I think this is a great idea. I know the technical team has been overwhelmed with community contributions as of late – which is a good problem to have but one that we’re still solving. I’m going to try and shepherd this one along myself.” Some users think if GitLab can pull off the npm registry well, then this might prove to be the beginning of a universal package management server built into Gitlab. One of the comments reads, “Gitlab API is amazingly simple and flexible, can be used efficiently from the terminal to list CI jobs, your issues, edit them.” Users are also comparing GitLab with GitHub, where some users are supporting GitHub. One user commented, “GitLab’s current homepage hides their actual site (the repositories) and makes it hard as a developer to actually get started compared to Github.” Another user commented, “We’ve started using Gitlab where I work and it’s so much better than GitHub.” Users are also facing issues with memory optimization. One of the comments reads, “I like GitLab but noticed my Docker container running it is steadily requiring more memory to run smoothly. It’s sitting at 12GB right now, which is a little too high for my taste. I wish there were ways to reduce this.” Read Next Introducing GitLab Serverless to deploy cloud-agnostic serverless functions and applications GitLab 11.5 released with group security and operations-focused dashboard, control access to GitLab pages GitLab 11.4 is here with merge request reviews and many more featureslast_img read more

IEEE Standards Association releases ethics guidelines for automation and intelligent systems

first_imgIEEE 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 morelast_img read more

Costa Ricas Solís travels to New York to address United Nations General

first_imgCosta Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís travels to New York Saturday as part of a week of actives in the Big Apple, including his first address at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.Solís will attend the U.N. Climate Summit on Tuesday, Sept. 23, where he will give a speech about Costa Rica’s efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The U.N. has billed the summit as the first time in five years that world leaders will come together to plot a “bold, new course of action on climate change.” The president will be joined by Environment Minister Edgar Gutiérrez and Agriculture and Livestock Minister Luis Felipe Aráuz. That evening, the president is scheduled to attend a reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama.Solís said that his U.N. address would reflect Costa Rica’s respect for international law, nonviolence, post-2015 U.N. Millennium Development Goals, and international security concerns including South Sudan, Ukraine, the Middle East, and his position on the new violence flaring in Iraq and Syria from Islamic State militants.“It gives me a great personal feeling to present before the U.N. I had been in the audience before as a young diplomat accompanying grand figures in Costa Rican politics to this forum during the 1980s under President Óscar Arias and the debate over his peace plan. To do it now as a head of state gives me great personal satisfaction. It’s an honor,” the president said.On Wednesday, Solís will lunch with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, before making his first speech at the United Nations during the 69th General Assembly.In addition to meeting with world leaders on social and environmental issues, Solís has several meetings scheduled with multinational businesses, investors and financial media. Solís’ first trip to the United States in June was billed as a way to reassure international investors that Costa Rica is still open for business after his election and after Intel announced it was closing its manufacturing facility here.This time, Solís will likely be on the defensive over Moody Investor Services’ decision to cut Costa Rica’s sovereign debt rating to junk status. The president will meet with 100 business leaders Monday in an event organized by the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, CINDE, and the Financial Times. Despite the recent move by Moody’s, Solís said that Costa Rica remains an attractive place for foreign investment. On Thursday, Solís mets with more businesses at an event organized by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.Solís will also have bilateral meetings with Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and President Ould Abdel Azi of Mauritania and current head of the African Union.Keeping with his populist image, the president will fly on a commercial United flight to New York. Solís will also meet with Costa Ricans living in New Jersey to celebrate a belated Independence Day. Facebook Comments Related posts:Solís sidesteps Nicaragua border dispute in UN address Costa Rica’s Solís joins UN secretary-general in call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza conflict Presidents Obama, Solís meet in New York Landmark Arms Trade Treaty spearheaded by Costa Rica’s ex-President Óscar Arias goes into effectlast_img read more

The BBC has begun rolling out the new version of i

first_imgThe BBC has begun rolling out the new version of its BBC iPlayer catch-up TV platform to a wider group of smart TV platforms.Executive product manager Marcus Parnwell said in a blog posting that the new version of iPlayer is now being rolled out to smart TV platforms including 2014 Bush, Digihom, Finlux, Hitachi, JVC, LG, Linstar, Luxor, Panasonic, Philips, Polariod, Sharp TVs, 2012 Cello TVs, 2010, 2011  and 2014 Samsung TVs, 2011 and 2014 Sony TVs, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Toshiba TVs and 2012 Vestel models.The latest version of iPlayer is also being deployed on a wider range of Blu-ray players from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba, as well as set-top boxes from Bush, Hitachi, LG, Tesco-Technika and Western Digital.Parnwell said the migration means that the BBC has taken the decision to retire the ‘Bigscreen’ version of iPlayer that was rolled out five years ago but which is currently only used by about 0.1% of iPlayer users.He said that the BBC is continuing to work with YouView, Virgin Media and BT to bring the new version of iPlayer to these plaforms, while it will be launched on the Microsoft Xbox One platform by the end of this year.last_img read more