Sandeep Dikshit to attend India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit

first_imgIt would be unfair, if not downright demeaning, to describe Sandeep Dikshit merely as the son of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.Sandeep, who will be speaking at the India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2012 on Friday, came out of his mother’s shadow as a politician in 2004 when he won his first Lok Sabha election. Contesting from East Delhi, he defeated the BJP’s Lal Bihari Tiwari by a whopping margin of 2.29 lakh votes.Before joining politics, Sandeep was a prominent figure in the civil society circles. In 1996, his NGO Sanket, pioneered the first ever sub-national Human Development Report, which was prepared for Madhya Pradesh. It is because of his extensive experience in the NGO world that a cornered UPA government sent him to negotiate with Team Anna during their agitation last year.He has recently been appointed as the party’s spokesperson and his measured style as well as the ear-stud he sports is a welcome break from the smug Congress spokespersons.last_img read more

HTC One E8, One M8 Eye and Desire Eye start receiving Marshmallow update

first_imgHTC has updated most of its flagship devices with the Android Marshmallow. The Taiwanese company is now focusing on updating the mid range devices that were originally left out of the update list. Last year’s HTC Desire Eye will also be included in the list of devices that are receiving Android’s latest operating system. Apart from the Desire Eye, the update will be rolled out to  the One E8 and the One M8 Eye. The Htc One E8 has already started receiving the update in China and is expected to hit the other markets in a few week’s time. The Htc One M8 Eye is also speculated to get the update within the end of this month. The update will pushed out via OTA. The One E8 sports a 5 inch 1080p display and is powered by the dated Snapdragon 801 which is assisted by 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. On the camera front, the device sports a 13 Megapixel primary camera and a 5 Megapixel front facing snapper.last_img read more

A vote for Didi means vote for Modi: Surjewala

first_imgKolkata, April 19 (PTI) Describing Trinamool Congress and BJP as “two sides of the same coin”, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala today said a vote for Mamata Banerjee meant a vote for BJP.”A vote for Didi (Banerjee) means a vote for BJP. They complement each other with politics of opportunism,” AICC Communication department chief Surjewala told a media conference here.”Electorrate of West Bengal finds no difference between Modi and Didi, both being two sides of the same coin and centered around phony marketing, spurious self-promotion and falsehood of Achhe Din and Paribarton,” he said.He claimed the two leaders have a tacit understanding as TMC supported the Mines and Minerals Bill in Rajya Sabha although it had opposed it in the Lok Sabha.”In the case of GST too, weve seen TMC had supported the Bill to allow states to tax higher than 18 per cent,” he said.Attacking Banerjee Surjewala wondered if she will give just “lip service” or “have courage to disown her close associates who were shown in the Narada sting video”.He said, “Paribarton has become defining words for three Cs – criminalisation, corruption and communalism. Five years ago Trinamool Congress came to power swearing by Ma, Maati and Manush. Sadly, she (Banerjee) has failed to keep her promise,” he said.Surjewala also referred to the Vivekananda Road flyover collapse and said it was an example of “organised syndicate raaj and corruption”. PTI BSM SUN KK TIRlast_img read more

a month agoChelsea striker Abraham: My form thanks to teammates and manager

first_imgChelsea striker Abraham: My form thanks to teammates and managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham credits his form to manager Frank Lampard and his teammates.Abraham drew a blank for their Champions League defeat to Valencia last night, but refuses to dwell on the result.”I have to give it (my personal form) to the manager and players,” he said. “I had a little situation against Liverpool where I missed a penalty myself and from there they just supported me and believed in me.”I’m playing with such great players who create chances, so I just have to be in the right place at the right time. It’s always nice to know manager believes in you. Every game you want to do your best for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Cease Trade Order Issued For Maritime Equity Fund

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission has found Maritime Equity Fund violated Nova Scotia securities laws. Maritime Equity, a Nova Scotia public entity, has not filed continuous disclosure documents such as interim financial statements, annual financial statements or material change reports or paid required filing fees since June 12, 2001. The commission ordered Maritime Equity to comply with Nova Scotia securities laws and ordered all people and companies to permanently cease trading in securities of Maritime Equity, except for registered holders of Maritime Equity units, their executors, administrators, heirs and successors, who redeem units from the balance of Maritime Equity’s funds held by the Department of Finance. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/compliancenforce/enforproceedings.asp .last_img read more

Report on Mental Health and Addictions Services Released

first_imgAn independent reviewer has released her report on child and adolescent mental health and addictions services in Halifax Regional Municipality. The report prepared by Dr. Jana Davidson, a nationally recognized expert in children’s mental health, has 14 recommendations to improve access and quality of mental health and addictions services. The main challenges outlined in her report include recruitment and retention of doctors, silos among those delivering services, and gaps in delivery of physical services for 17 to 19-year-olds. “Improving upon the services already provided by the IWK Health Centre and Capital Health involves ensuring consistency and integration in the delivery of services, adopting a trauma informed approach to care, and an added effort to boost the number of clinical staff and physicians,” said Dr. Davidson. The province supports the findings of the report, which impacts all areas where children and youth can access mental health services, including the province’s health, education, justice, and social systems. “Our goal is to improve mental health and addictions services for patients and the people who love them,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “We are dealing with young people who need the best care possible. I know that Dr. Davidson’s report will help us to improve, and I thank her for her work.” Work has already begun to address issues identified through the review. A new urgent care clinic recently opened at the IWK Heath Centre to help address the needs of children and youth who are not admitted but still require timely access to follow up care. In addition, the province has been working to increase access to mental health and addictions services throughout Nova Scotia by expanding the Strongest Families program and the mental health crisis line to the entire province. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development also provides supports and is committed to reviewing recommendations relating to the SchoolsPlus program. “We are grateful to Dr. Davidson for her review of IWK services for children and youth experiencing mental illness,” said Anne McGuire, president and CEO, IWK Health Centre. “We will review the resulting recommendations in detail with leaders and clinicians within our Mental Health and Addictions program as part of our continual commitment to enhance the services we provide.” The report was recommended following the external review of the Halifax Regional School Board’s handling of the Rehtaeh Parson’s case. Its scope was to focus on the policies, programs, and services related to mental health and addictions services for youth who are having difficulties with addictions, peer relationships, bullying, cyber-bullying, sexuality, and sexual assault. The report can be found at http://novascotia.ca/dhw/mental-health/reports.asp .last_img read more

National Bank Q4 profit up 8 from last year to 566 million

first_imgMONTREAL — National Bank of Canada had $566 million of net income in its fourth quarter, up eight per cent from the same period last year as each of its three main business units improved earnings.The Montreal-based bank says the profit amounted to $1.52 per share on a diluted basis and $1.53 per share after adjustments.Analysts had estimated $1.52 per share of net income and $1.52 per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue for the three months ended Oct. 31 was $1.87 billion, slightly above analyst estimates.During the same period of fiscal 2017, National Bank had $525 million of net income or $1.39 per share and $1.76 billion of revenue.The bank says its quarterly dividend will rise three cents to 65 cents per common share, payable Feb. 1. Companies in this story: (TSX:NA)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Angelina Jolie Makes Animated Movie About Afghan Girl

Rabat – Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie will produce an animated film about a young Afghan girl living under Taliban regime in Afghanistan.The animated film is adapted from the children’s novel “The Breadwinner,” by Deborah Ellis and first published in 2000. The film highlights the life of Parvana, a little girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to work for her family after her father had been unfairly imprisoned.Directed by Nora Twomey, Irish animator and filmmaker, the film will also focus on the Afghan culture and society under the Taliban Regime.  In addition to the English language version, the movie will also be released in Dari, a modern version of Persian spoken in Afghanistan.“Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict, and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution,” Jolie said in a statement.“I am delighted to be working with a talented team of artists who I know will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana,” she added.With 10 years of experience as a Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina Jolie, dedicated some of her time to help the people in need in war-torn regions.Last month, she visited the refugee camp on the occasion of the World Refugee Day, and called on world leaders to take action to end the suffering of the millions of people who fledthe war zones and sectarian conflicts tearing up their country. read more

Sri Lankas first social innovation lab to begin work this year

Not to be mistaken with a policy or idea implementing agency, the Lab will be able to comprehensively assess an initial idea within a given timeline. The Lab will be a rapid prototyping facility for development efforts – in the form of an idea, a problem or a solution – using foresight tools to take into account multiple alternative future scenarios to make the idea or solution future proof. The Ministry of Science, Technology and Research together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced the establishment of Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab, at a press conference held this evening.The establishment of this lab comes as one of the main outcomes of the First National Summit on Foresight and Innovation for Sustainable Human Development which was co-hosted by UNDP together with the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs and other public and private sector partners in May 2016. Speaking about this collaboration, the Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Susil Premajayantha, stated “With our country’s ambitious development vision, it is apt that we do things differently. At a time like this, we are pleased to partner with one of the leading development actors in the country, UNDP, to establish Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab. We believe the Innovation Lab will bring much needed value addition through foresight and innovation to all our development efforts”.It will be a joint initiative between the Government of Sri Lanka and UNDP, acting as an independent body with the aim of working collaboratively with all government departments and ministries, as well as other external partners on issues which align with national development priorities. The Innovation Lab, which will be a co-financed initiative, will be aligned to support national development priorities through the prototyping of development ideas to complement accelerated initiatives. Also addressing the media gathering, Jorn Sorensen, Country Director of UNDP, speaking on the importance of this partnership stated, “It is imperative that development efforts are done in collaboration with multiple partners, and at this momentous juncture, we are pleased to be partnering with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research. We are certain this joint initiative will pave the way for more collaborative efforts between UNDP and the Government of Sri Lanka to create impactful results to help Sri Lanka achieve sustainable human development”.Udaya Seneviratne, Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology and Research and Ms. Lovita Ramguttee, Deputy Country Director, UNDP Sri Lanka were also present at the press conference.The Social Innovation Lab will start its operations this year and will be a three-year pilot project. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Leave pets at home not in vehicles

With the return of the warm weather, police again are receiving reports of motorists leaving pets in their vehicles while they shop and run other errands.“On a day where the temperature is 26 degrees C, the temperature inside a vehicle parked in the shade reaches 32 degrees C,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“This is extremely hot and can have devastating effects on your pet.”Dogs and cats can’t sweat like humans and really suffer when locked in a hot vehicle. When the upholstery heats up it is impossible for them to cool down.“Your pets will be more comfortable if left at home,” Sanchuk says.The potential penalties in Canada for negligent animal abuse are high. Causing unnecessary suffering can result in a maximum jail sentence of five years.Injuring or endangering an animal also carries a maximum five-year sentence. Simple neglect is punishable with jail time of up to two years.“The OPP want to stress the importance of leaving your animals at home in comfortable conditions and not in a hot motor vehicle,” Insp. Joe Varga, chief of the Norfolk OPP, said in a statement.“If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet.” read more

Ohio State womens hockey looking to bring its complete game to Bemidji

OSU sophomore forward Lauren Spring (27) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on Oct. 16 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost 7-2.Credit: Courtesy of OSUHeading into its final away series of the regular season, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (9-20-1, 5-18-1) is focusing on taking advantage of scoring chances as it prepares to take on Bemidji State University (18-9-3, 13-9-2) this weekend.Assistant coach Joey Olson said the team believes it had a solid weekend of play last weekend, despite being swept by second-ranked Wisconsin in two games. “Wisconsin was a great series. We played very well defensively,” Olson said. “We created scoring opportunities, but we didn’t capitalize on those opportunities, so I think going forward one of the main focuses this weekend will be to continue to generate those scoring chances but to capitalize and finish on them.”The Buckeyes should be expecting another strong defensive team, similarly to Wisconsin, in their matchup against Bemidji State. “The Wisconsin goaltender did a very nice job against us,” Olson said. “Bemidji has a good defensive core, as well as a very strong goaltender. So we’ll just have to focus that much more to put the puck in the back of the net.”Intensity in the defensive zoneAt the beginning of this season, the Buckeyes had many games where their opponent’s offense dominated them. The team has made it a focus to improve its defense, which junior defenseman Alexa Ranahan believes will be a key this weekend.“We were pretty strong at that last weekend, and sometimes we can get complacent in our D-zone,” Ranahan said. “So that’s a big focus, and I know coach is definitely working on that.”The Buckeyes are drawing confidence from last weekend’s Wisconsin series, although they were still swept, because the margin of loss was drastically different from an earlier matchup. In October, the combined score was 15-0 in favor of the Badgers. Last weekend, it was 4-1. “Our defensive zone needed the most work, and we’ve definitely cleaned up that area,” Olson said. “The girls have really bought into that system and started to execute what we needed to see, as you can kind of see in the result from the Wisconsin series.”Currently the Buckeyes have allowed the most goals per game in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. This is mostly due to lopsided scores at the beginning of the season against Wisconsin and Minnesota.“I think our D-zone’s gotten a lot better,” Ranahan said. “We’ve been pretty strong the last couple of weekends, but a big thing is putting the puck in the net, and our forwards and our D have definitely bore down on doing that, and I think we need to continue that in order to win more games.”Playing a complete gameFirst-year coach Jenny Potter has worked throughout the season to increase her team’s focus throughout the whole game, and the players believe that is another reason their play has improved deeper into the season.“I think last weekend we did a really good job of playing a full 60 minutes,” Ranahan. “We didn’t quit. We were very intense and we believed in ourselves more than other weekends I think, and that definitely needs to carry over into Bemidji.”Ranahan also said she thinks the team has more confidence because it is ready to skate with a team for an entire game.“We do a ton of conditioning too, and it really shows in the third period when we’re playing against teams that normally are really good, and we’re outskating them the whole game,” Ranahan said.Olson said he believes the team needs to focus on the game holistically and have cohesion between the offense and defense.“The practices overall have just been mainly geared toward making sure that we’re prepared in all three areas of the game as far as our offensive zone, neutral zone and defensive zone,” Olson said. “Making sure we’re sharp in all three areas to make sure we have a complete game come Friday and Saturday.”The puck is scheduled to drop on Friday at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday at 4:07 p.m. in Bemidji, Minnesota. After the Beavers, the Buckeyes are set to wrap up their regular season at home with two games against North Dakota on Feb. 19 and 20. read more


Lindsey Vonn Is The Greatest American Skier — And Its Not Even

Women’s RankingMen’s Ranking 7Mikaela ShiffrinUSA191.87Kjetil Andre AamodtNOR201.2 5Janica KostelicCRO202.25Aksel Lund SvindalNOR220.7 10Renate GoetschlAUT160.110Gustav ThoeniITA173.7 13M. DorfmeisterAUT143.713Lasse KjusNOR149.6 4Anja PaersonSWE217.14Marc GirardelliLUX227.5 14Maria WalliserSUI129.914Ted LigetyUSA135.5 18Marlies SchildAUT109.718Didier CucheSUI99.6 2A. Moser-ProellAUT272.52Ingemar StenmarkSWE290.1 Vonn built her No. 1 ranking by dominating two specific disciplines: the downhill and the super-G. She occupies the top spot in the super rankings for both. They are the fastest events — speeds regularly exceed 80 mph — and they require a particular mix of balance, speed and — most especially — courage in order to excel.Nathaniel Vinton is the author of a book about the U.S. ski team’s sudden rise to dominance. The title, “The Fall Line,” refers to the path a skier would take straight down a hill if gravity were the only factor. “The fall line is the fastest way down a mountain, but because race courses require athletes to move sideways across the hill between gates, they repeatedly pass in and out of it,” he writes. “Much of the art and technique of ski racing involves channeling the power of the fall line while diverging from it, maneuvering body and skis in a way that transfers gravity into an energized traverse.”In other words, world-class skiers naturally find paths that balance the pull of the fall line against the gates they have to clear. So beating them the way Vonn has done so often over the years requires riding on the ragged edge between speed and madness: “Only the best racers have the strength and self-control to cut inside [the paths of other competitors] and go even straighter, even faster, and even closer to the fall line and all its promise of glory and destruction.”Vonn has a special knack for pushing away the fear and finding that perfect path. As Vinton writes: “Vonn seems to possess an internal gyroscope that allows her to find the fall line and embrace gravity whenever possible.” Vonn was so quick in the prime of her career that she posted speeds comparable to those of the top male racers, and she expressed the desire to race against men several times over the years.Vonn’s take-no-prisoners approach to racing has led to numerous wins, but it has also led to numerous crashes. She missed the 2014 Winter Olympics and parts of a half-dozen World Cup seasons with injuries that ranged from broken bones to torn ligaments. The cumulative toll on her body — not including Tuesday’s crash — is what convinced Vonn to retire. But she probably would not have been as great without pushing herself past the limits of safety in the name of speed.“I never think about what if I crash,” Vonn told Vinton. “While I’m skiing, I try to make the next gate. I’ll still try to not crash while I’m crashing into the net. I try to save myself until the last second. There’s no time for me to change my mindset. I’m still fighting.”It’s no coincidence that the U.S. put up a much tougher fight in Alpine during Vonn’s career. Between men and women, American skiers have won nearly twice as many World Cup races since Vonn’s first full season (2001-02) as they had in the U.S. ski program’s entire previous history combined. 1Lindsey VonnUSA295.51Marcel HirscherAUT321.7 9Maria Hoefl-RieschGER164.89Bode MillerUSA175.9 As of Feb. 6, 2019Source: Ski-DB.com 20D. CompagnoniITA107.920Karl SchranzAUT94.8 11Hanni WenzelLIE150.811Benjamin RaichAUT173.3 15Pernilla WibergSWE127.015Jean-Claude KillyFRA130.8 Vonn is the American GOATBest Alpine skiing careers since 1966, according to Ski-DB.com’s “super ranking,” which awards points for results in the FIS World Cup, Olympics and World Championships 8Tina MazeSLO166.68Alberto TombaITA195.6 12Erika HessSUI147.612Stephan EberharterAUT157.5 One of the great careers in international sport is coming to a close this weekend. Ski racer Lindsey Vonn’s final run will be Sunday, at the 2019 Alpine World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden — and in typical Vonn fashion, she’ll be bouncing back from a nasty crash to make her farewell race. Some of Vonn’s legacy will involve that toughness and perseverance, fighting back from injury after injury to make it down the mountain one more time. But Vonn’s career will also be remembered for her unparalleled speed and success, as well as the effect that success had on America’s surging ski program — an impact that will probably be felt many years after Vonn’s retirement.To survey the career of Lindsey Vonn is to watch the golden era of United States Alpine skiing take shape. Before Vonn won the FIS World Cup overall championship in 2008, only one American woman (Tamara McKinney) — and three Americans, period (McKinney, Phil Mahre and Bode Miller) — had ever pulled off the feat. Vonn would go on to do it a total of four times as part of a resume that includes a record 82 World Cup event victories, 20 more than any other woman in history.Statistically, Vonn is the most decorated American skier in history, as well as the greatest women’s skier ever. At least, that’s according to the Ski-DB.com “super ranking,” a system that awards points for finishes in World Cup races, the World Championships and the Winter Olympics (since 1966, when the World Cup circuit was originally launched). The ranking puts heavy emphasis on World Cup performance — where Vonn has been at her most dominant, relative to the other competitions tracked — probably because that is the area that has carried the most weight in evaluations of champion skiers and their legacies.Occupying the second spot, behind Vonn, in the women’s super ranking is Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell. And there are arguments to be made that the positions should be reversed, or that other skiers are more deserving: Moser-Proell supporters can point to her six World Cup overall titles, versus Vonn’s four, and other skiers have enjoyed more Olympic and World Championship success than either Vonn or Moser-Proell. (It’s true that Vonn has only one Olympic gold medal to her name. But then again, the Olympics come around so infrequently that, depending on the timing, missing an entire Olympics — like Vonn did in 2014 — can dramatically curtail a skier’s lifetime medal count.)What might be most striking about Vonn’s placement atop the list, though, is the standard she has set for American racers. The closest American woman to Vonn is the great Mikaela Shiffrin, at No. 7 overall. The highest-ranking American man is Miller, who checks in at No. 9. The golden age of American skiing has been about more than Vonn, of course. Miller and Ted Ligety emerged around the same time as Vonn, and Vonn credits her friendly rivalry with Julia Mancuso for spurring her to work harder when the two were a promising pair of up-and-coming junior skiers.And it may be only a matter of time before Shiffrin passes Vonn as America’s greatest-ever alpiner. Eleven years Vonn’s junior, Shiffrin has far more wins and World Cup points than Vonn had at the same age, and she is already zooming up lists like the career super ranking at an unbelievable pace. And unlike Vonn, whose signature events are in the dangerous downhill, Shiffrin picks up the majority of her World Cup points in the technically demanding but comparatively safer slalom and giant slalom disciplines, so she might be able to avoid the kinds of injuries that ended Vonn’s career.1Granted, Shiffrin has begun winning more often in the fast races, taking gold in the World Championship super-G on Tuesday. As great as Vonn has been, her days as the GOAT are probably numbered.But that kind of torch-passing is at the essence of the American skiing renaissance. When Vonn was a young girl, an encounter with American gold-medalist Picabo Street at an autograph session changed the course of her life, setting her down a path toward skiing glory. Now that her career is coming to its end, Vonn is leaving U.S. skiing in the hands of a new generation, one spearheaded by Shiffrin. That legacy will last even if the records are broken and the rankings surpassed. 16Anna VeithAUT126.116Phil MahreUSA123.1 RacerPointsRacerPoints 19Petra KronbergerAUT109.519Kjetil JansrudNOR97.4 6Katja SeizingerGER194.46Pirmin ZurbriggenSUI211.2 3Vreni SchneiderSUI255.13Hermann MaierAUT252.1 17Michela FiginiSUI125.417Ivica KostelicCRO112.3 read more

Double Fines Kickstarter success may lead to Planescape Torment sequel

first_imgLast week Tim Schafer’s Double Fine studio caused a stir by asking for $400,000 on Kickstarter and receiving over $1 million in under 24 hours. The current total is $1,677,888 with 29 days still to go.Double Fine’s success has been watched by other games developers, and the first to react is Obsidian Entertainment. Obsidian has a great resume when it comes to released games. Fallout: New Vegas and Dungeon Siege III are two of their more recent releases, but Neverwinter Nights 2 and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2 also feature in their past.Obsidian have decided to put the feelers out for funding a game through Kickstarter. Through a post on their forums, the developer has suggested player-supported funding means certain genre of games definitely aren’t dead, and sequels that otherwise wouldn’t happen possibly could.The suggestion has certainly got gamers talking, and an RPG seems to be topping the bill for most requested game. Although Neverwinter and Star Wars demonstrate Obsidian have the talent and experience to deliver such a game, it’s another title that brings with it the most excitement.The reason for the excitement is Chris Avellone, Creative Director at Obsidian. Before Obsidian he worked at Black Isle Studios and was lead developer on Planescape: Torment. The suggestion now is we could see a sequel of sorts to that game. Even if it’s not a direct sequel, a game similar in spirit to PT is sure to go down very well with RPG fans and would certainly get a lot of funding through Kickstarter. Avellone’s credentials for creating any RPG are second to none considering he is credited on the Icewind Dale games, Fallout 2, Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, and Champions of Norrath.For now the idea of Obsidian using Kickstarter to fund an independent title is just that: an idea. But if you want to encourage them and make a suggestion, then head on over to the Obsidian forum and get posting. Alternatively, if you’re wondering what all the fuss is about this Planescape: Torment, why not spend $10 and try playing it.More at Obsidian’s forums, via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

Free augmente la capacité de ses boites mails à 10 Go

first_imgFree augmente la capacité de ses boites mails à 10 GoL’opérateur Free propose désormais aux utilisateurs de son webmail Zimbra d’étendre la capacité de stockage de leur boite à 10 Go contre 1 Go auparavant. C’est une décision que les abonnés de Free qui reçoivent de nombreux mails et aiment les garder, vont grandement apprécier. L’opérateur a décidé d’étendre la capacité de stockage des boites de son webmail sur interface Zimbra qui n’était auparavant que de 1 Go. À lire aussiLe réseau Internet Free en panne hier soirS’ils le souhaitent, les utilisateurs haut débit de la messagerie électronique ont donc désormais la possibilité de demander à Free une extension à 10 Go. Pour cela, il suffit d’en faire la demande via la console de gestion de son compte, en se connectant avec les identifiants de l’adresse email, relève Clubic.com.Grâce à cette nouvelle capacité, le webmail de Free passe ainsi devant ses concurrents, Orange qui ne propose que 5 Go, Bouygues Telecom seulement 1 Go et Numéricable 500 Mo. Il reste en revanche côte à côte avec SFR qui en offre 10 Go. Outre les boites des fournisseurs d’accès à internet, Free lorgne également sur le terrain de Gmail et Hotmail, qui proposent depuis plusieurs années déjà, d’importantes capacités, de 7,5 Go pour le premier et 25 Go pour le second.  Le 26 octobre 2011 à 09:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Messi named in 35man provisional Argentina World Cup squad

first_imgJorge Sampaoli has named captain Lionel Messi, along with Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, for Argentina’s provisional 35-man squad for this summer’s World CupLa Albiceleste reached the final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, before losing 1-0 to winners Germany at the final stage.Since then, they have suffered further losses in the past two finals of the Copa America to Chile on both occasions with Messi nearly retiring from international football after their second defeat in 2016.Sampaoli has also included Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi, despite omitting the pair in the recent international break back in February.Argentina provisional 35-man squad:Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United, England), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres UANL, Mexico), Willy Caballero (Chelsea, England), Franco Armani (River Plate);FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Defenders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune, China PR), Federico Fazio (Roma, Italy), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City, England), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla, Spain), German Pezzella (Fiorentina, Italy), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica, Portugal), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United, England), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton, England), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax, the Netherlands), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP, Portugal), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino, Italy);Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sevilla, Spain), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan, Italy), Leandro Paredes (Zenit St Petersburg, Russia), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United, England), Ricardo Centurion (Racing Club), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Guido Pizarro (Sevilla, Spain), Enzo Perez (River Plate), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporing CP, Portugal), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Pablo Perez (Boca Juniors);Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus, Italy), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan, Italy), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, England), Diego Perotti (Roma, Italy), Lautaro Martinez (Racing), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus, Italy).The final decision for the 23-man squad must be made by June 4.(Obtained by FIFA)last_img read more


Necessary to remove creamy layer from BC quota V Hanumantha

first_imgHyderabad: Senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao on Friday said there is a need to fight for removal of creamy layer among the BCs in the country. He said it was of no use of fighting in the law-making bodies for the BC reservations without the removal of the creamy layer. Speaking to media persons, Hanumantha Rao said the reservations for the BCs were not crossing even nine per cent although 26 per cent was given to them on paper. He said the future of the BC students would be jeopardised if the creamy layer issue was not taken seriously. He said the BCs were not able to claim the benefits of the reservations even after the implementation of the Mandal Commission recommendations 26 years ago.last_img


Pakistan acquits 12 accused of child sex abuse

first_img.A Pakistani court acquitted 12 men of child sex abuse and blackmail charges on Saturday, the latest verdict in a massive paedophilia scandal that rocked the country in August 2015.The abuse and extortion scandal, which authorities have called the largest in Pakistan’s history, allegedly involved hundreds of victims in Punjab province.Two of the accused were jailed for life in April last year.Judge Chaudhry Ilyas acquitted the men of “sexual abuse of a young boy and making a video to blackmail his family,” a court official told AFP.Prosecutors produced 16 witnesses against the accused men, but could not prove the charges, the official said. Another court official confirmed the details.In the village of Hussain Khanwala in Kasur, southwest of Lahore, videos were made of at least 280 children being sexually abused by a gang who blackmailed their parents by threatening to leak the videos.The police, who had conspicuously failed to act despite pleas from some parents, eventually made dozens of arrests after clashes between relatives and authorities brought the issue into the media spotlight.In March 2016, Pakistan’s Senate also passed a bill that criminalised sexual assault against minors, child pornography and trafficking for the first time — previously only the acts of rape and sodomy were punishable by law.Last week a court handed four death sentences to a man charged with raping and murdering a six-year-old girl, in a case that shocked the country and sparked major riots in his home district.Imran Ali, 24, was on trial for killing Zainab Fatima Ameen in Kasur last month.He faces further charges in the cases of at least seven other children attacked in the Punjab city — five of whom were murdered — in a spate of assaults that had stoked fears a serial child killer was on the loose.Ali has confessed to all eight attacks, including the death of Zainab.last_img read more


IBM launches Nabla containers A sandbox more secure than Docker containers

first_imgDocker, and container technology in general have gotten a buzzing response from developers over the globe. The container technology with some enticing features such as lightweight in nature, being DevOps focussed, etc. has gradually taken over virtual machines much recently. However, most developers and organizations out there still prefer using virtual machines as they fear containers are less secure than the VMs. Enter IBM’s Nabla containers. IBM recently launched its brand new container tech with claims of it being more secure than Docker or any other containers in the market. It is a sandbox designed for a strong isolation on a host. This means, these specialized containers would cut down OS system calls to a bare minimum with as little code as possible. This is expected to decrease the surface area available for an attack. What are the leading causes for security breaches in containers? IBM Research’s distinguished engineer, James Bottomley, highlights the two fundamental kinds of security problems affecting containers and virtual machines(VM): Vertical Attack Profile (VAP) Horizontal Attack Profile (HAP) Vertical Attack Profile or VAP includes code which is used for traversing in order to provide services right from input to database update to output, in a stack. A container-based Virtual infrastructure Similar to all other programs, this VAP code is prone to bugs. Greater the code one traverses, greater will be the chances of exposure to a security loophole. Hence, the density of these bugs varies. However, this profile is much benign, as the primary actors for the hostile security attacks are the cloud tenants and the Cloud Security Providers(CSPs), which come much more into a picture in the HAP. Horizontal Attack Profile or HAP are stack security holes exploits that can jump either into the physical server host or VMs. A HAP attack These exploits cause, what is called, a failure of containment. Here, one part of the Vertical Attack Profile belongs to the tenants (The guest kernel, guest OS and application) while the other part (the hypervisor and host OS) belongs to the CSPs. However, the CSP vertical part has an additional problem which is, any exploit present in this piece of stack can be used to jump onto either the host itself or any other tenant VMs running on the host. James also states that any Horizontal security failure or HAP is a potential business destroying event for the CSPs. So one has to take care of preventing such failures. On the other hand, the exploit occuring in the VAP owned by the tenant is seen as a tenant-only-problem. This problem is expected to be located and fixed by tenants only. This tells us that, the larger the profile( for instance CSPs) the greater the probability of being exploited. HAP breaches, however, are not that common. But, whenever they occur, they ruin the system. James has called HAPs as the “potentially business destroying events.” IBM Nabla Containers can ease out the HAP attacks for you!! Nabla containers achieve isolation by reducing the surface for an attack on the host. Standard containers vs Nabla containers These containers make use of a library OS also known as unikernel techniques adapted from the Solo5 project. These techniques help Nabla containers to avoid system calls and simultaneously reduce the attack surface. The containers use only 9 system calls; the rest are blocked through a Linux seccomp policy. Internals of Nabla containers Per IBM Research, Nabla containers are more secure than the other container technologies including Docker, and Google’s gVisor (a container runtime sandbox), and even Kata Containers (an open-source lightweight VM to secure containers). Read more about IBM Nabla containers on the official GitHub website. Read Next Docker isn’t going anywhere AWS Fargate makes Container infrastructure management a piece of cake Create a TeamCity project [Tutorial]last_img read more

The musicians had as much fun as the audience As

first_imgThe musicians had as much fun as the audience!As the evening progressed, local band Impact! played in the vaults, here’s band member Rick Cucuzza playing the Chapman Stick. The final show of the evening featured Milt Cannon and the Giants of Jazz on the amphiteather stage. This photo shows Milt Cannon on the saxophone, renowned Gary Fitzgerald on the bass, and Nassim Rashid on the saxophone.It was a perfect way to conclude the event, a wonderful performance by incredible musicians that culminated an entire weekend of fantastic music.This is the 15th year that Milt Cannon has organized this event, and if you didn’t make it to Arcosanti’s Juneteenth JazzSplash this year, be sure to mark your event calendar for next year, as this is definitely a not-to-be-missed event! June 21, 2013Here are photos of the second day of our Juneteenth event this past weekend. It was another day of beautiful music and lots of fun![photos in this report by Sue Kirsch; text by Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo] The Groovin High Trio (Patrick Adams – trumpet; Nicki Adams – piano; Brian Messenger – guitar) took the stage in the early afternoon, and impressed the audience once again with their musical talents. They were accompanied by Sean Brogan on the bass, and Carlos B. Jones from Impact! on the drums. Here are masters Ron Hart on the piano and Gary Fitzgerald on the bass. Later in the day Bob McKeon (drums) and Rick Jones (bass) had a rather impromptu jam session with Richie Cole (sax), Nicki Adams (piano) and Patrick Adams (trumpet) with Mel Bridges as the vocalist. It was truly delightful to watch (and listen!) to the musicians being spontaneous together. A big surprise was 18 year old Eric Anderson from Flagstaff. He came to visit the event and was invited to play with the group and is an incredibly talented young musician who fit in seamlessly and played several great solos. last_img read more

June 27 2014Welcome to the June 22 2014 workshop

first_imgJune 27, 2014Welcome to the June 22. 2014 workshop participants.from left:Jackson Rollings,Lorenzo Mastino, Ryota Michael Takahashi [seminar week], Sophie Shrager [seminar week], Alex Adler [seminar week], Lucas Klein [two weeks].Also Zebulon Hornberger, not in the photo.[photo by Sue Kirsch]last_img