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American Pharoah Takes Preakness

first_imgSecretariat owner Penny Chenery and Affirmed jockey Steve Cauthen believe American Pharoah is that special horse capable of ending a 37-year Triple Crown drought. Ron Turcotte agrees.Though American Pharoah must succeed where 13 others have failed and conquer the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes on June 6, his runaway victory May 16 in the Preakness convinced both that his best race is ahead of him.“He looks like the real deal,” Cauthen told The Associated Press in a phone interview.The caveat for American Pharoah is how he might fare against a field of horses who bypassed the Kentucky Derby and Preakness to run the series’ longest race. That scenario played out last year when Tonalist denied California Chrome’s bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.Asked if American Pharoah has what it takes to win the Triple Crown, Chenery said by phone, “Absolutely. The question will be how quickly he recovers and doesn’t lose too much weight. He seems to have a level head, though, and seems to be in command of his talents.”Though both are fiercely protective of their respective champions’ legacies — Chenery was especially quick to note that Pharoah’s Preakness-winning time of 1:58.46 was about five seconds slower than Secretariat’s 42 years ago — they also believe this latest Triple Crown candidate has intangibles that could make him the 12th member of the exclusive club.In the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah answered critics who questioned his ability to handle challenges by holding his own in a crowded field before closing strongly for a one-length victory over Firing Line.The Kentucky-bred, California-based colt then proved he could deal with adversity at the Preakness, getting out of the gate quickly from the dreaded No. 1 post position and shaking off the slop to win by seven lengths.“Both those races take something out of him,” Cauthen said, “but American Pharoah has a good mind and he seems like he handles things well. He takes things in and barely turns a hair, which is very important.”American Pharoah’s biggest test lies ahead, but he’s showing promise of getting better.“There is no denying American Pharoah was impressive today and we should all savor his performance,” said Turcotte, who rode Secretariat to the 1973 Triple Crown. “The sport needs a Triple Crown winner and he could very well be the one.”(GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Trial of Former Barcelona President to Begin on Monday

first_imgMADRID (AP) — The trial of former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, who faces charges of money laundering related to the sale of television rights for Brazil matches, begins on Monday.Also a former Nike executive in Brazil, Rosell presided over Barcelona from 2010-14 and has been accused of misappropriating money coming from the sale of TV rights for exhibition matches featuring the Brazil national team as well as from a sponsorship contract between Nike and Brazil. He is also charged with forming part of a criminal organization.Rosell, who has denied any wrongdoing, has been in custody since his arrest more than a year and a half ago.Spanish prosecutors are seeking an 11-year prison sentence for Rosell, plus a fine of nearly 60 million euros ($68 million).Rosell’s wife and four other individuals also have been charged in the case.Prosecutors say Rosell helped launder nearly 20 million euros ($22 million) related to commissions for more than 20 Brazil matches during the time embattled Brazilian soccer federation president Ricardo Teixeira was in charge.The trial will take place in Madrid and is expected to last 10 days.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Humble beginnings to massive event: How Wimbledon changed through the years

first_imgWimbledon 2018 has got off to a sizzling start with tennis fans rooting for their favourite players to take home the coveted championship trophies. However, the cup is not the only thing the players get to take home.A fat purse of earnings is also on takeaways for the players. This year, the prize money for the winners is a whopping $2.97 million while the runner-ups will get a cheque of $1.5 million each. Roger Federer with his Wimbledon Trophy,Courtesy: ReutersBut has Wimbledon always been about the exorbitant prize money and trophy since the time of its inception or were its beginnings more humble?Winner received a 25-Guniea trophyIt may be hard to believe but when the first ever Wimbledon championship started on July 9, 1877, the prize at stake was a mere 25-Guniea Trophy!One guinea was worth one pound one shilling at that time.A one-event tournament The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club flagged off the first lawn tennis championship at an outer London suburb called Wimbledon. More than a century ago, 21 men came there to compete in the Gentlemen Singles tournament, the only game played at the event. For this, they paid up one pound and one shilling as entrance fee.The lady’s singles were not introduced until 1884, while mixed doubles and women doubles were initiated in 1913. William and Ernest Renshaw, playing a match at the Wimbledon Championships 1883,Courtesy: WikipediaThe date of July 16 was finalized for playing the finals but unfortunately, the first Wimbledon final match was rescheduled for July 19 due to heavy rains. There, a 200-strong audience cheered, as William Marshall and Spencer Gore battled it out with the latter emerging the winner in the 48-minute match.advertisement The first Wimbledon match was held in 1877, Courtesy: wikiwand.comFrom an amateur tennis event to the top world tournament The growth of Wimbledon from an amateur tournament to the world’s top tennis tournament was a journey of 90 years. It had moved up to world level championship by the 1900s and by the 1950s, professional stars began to participate because of which Wimbledon was on the verge of losing its amateur status.It was in 1968 that they welcomed pros to compete regaining their world number 1 tennis championship status.Since that time, Wimbledon has definitely come a long way. Serena Williams, Courtesy: ReutersHere are some interesting facts about the championship:Currently, Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep hold the no.1 position in the singles category, according to WTA rankingsWimbledon is the only Grand Slam that is played on grass courtsWimbledon was interrupted twice, during World War-1 and World War-2 Novak Djokovic celebrated each of his Wimbledon victories by eating blades of grassThe first Wimbledon was won by Spencer Gore in 187754,250 tennis balls are used during the championshipThe balls that are used during the championship are sent to Surrey Wildlife Trust to be used as an alternative home for the threatened harvest mouseYellow tennis balls were introduced in 1986. Before this, only white balls were used which caused difficulty for the umpiresWomen’s Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked Serena Williams as No.1 on six separate occasionsNovak Djokovic is the only man to have beaten Roger Federer in all four majorsRoger Federer is the only player to reach 10 consecutive finalsInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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I know how to play: Serena Williams says she’s ready for Wimbledon 2019

first_imgIt’s hard to know exactly what Serena Williams will be able to do over the next two weeks at the All England Club.On the one hand, due at least in part to an injured left knee, Williams is short on matches and training time this season, factors she cited after her third-round exit June 1 at the French Open, her most recent tournament.She has only 12 tour-level matches so far in 2019. Just four of the other 127 women in the Wimbledon field have fewer; 105 have at least twice as many.Even Saturday when she declared she’s “feeling better” and her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said the 37-year-old American “doesn’t have pain anymore” Williams let out a chuckle when she proclaimed, “I’ve had a good week and a half.”Hardly the ideal amount of practice to try to get ready for Grand Slam competition.And yet, on the other hand, as Williams put it with a wry smile, “I know how to play tennis.”Yes. Yes, she does.This is, after all, a seven-time champion and three-time runner-up, including last year, on the grass at Wimbledon, where play begins Monday. She also is the owner of 23 Grand Slam singles trophies in all, more than anyone else in the professional era and one shy of equaling Margaret Court’s record for the most in tennis history.”She didn’t do anything, really, like what she usually does, in terms of results this year. Even in Australia, she lost quite early for her, the quarters. So she hasn’t played her best,” Mouratoglou said, before uttering a single sentence that speaks volumes: “But she’s Serena.”advertisement”And,” he added in an interview, “the weapons she has are probably even more efficient on grass than on any other surface.”After the French Open, and her earliest loss at any major since 2014, Williams stuck around in Paris to see doctors.Then, as usual, she skipped all tuneup events on grass. Williams started practicing in the middle of last week, starting with about a half-hour on court on Day 1 and working her way up to a couple of hours, plus gym time, by Day 4.”The great news is she’s pain-free now. In Roland Garros, she was in a lot of pain. The preparation was difficult because of that reason. So we were more trying to deal with the pain, rather than prepare for a Grand Slam,” Mouratoglou said. “Here, it’s different. We got rid of the pain 15 days after Roland Garros and we finally prepared the way we want to prepare. It was a bit short, but she’s doing better every day. The surface is great for her. She doesn’t have pain anymore. It’s heaven.”Williams could get a chance to ease into things. Her first-round opponent is qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy, who will be making her debut in Wimbledon’s main draw. Next might come another qualifier.Then things should get more interesting. Quickly. In the third round, Williams could face No. 18 seed Julie Goerges, her semifinal opponent a year ago. Get past her, and defending champion Angelique Kerber might be waiting. Get through that test, and No. 1 Ash Barty could be next. And that would only be to make the quarterfinals.Indeed, that entire quarter is the bracket’s most challenging. Past Wimbledon champions Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza are there, along with grass-court talents such as No. 13 Belinda Bencic, No. 22 Donna Vekic and Alison Riske.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Tough draw for Nadal as Kyrgios looms in second roundAlso Read | Roger Federer opposes on-court coachingAlso Seelast_img read more

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Oklahoma State sports new helmet for Iowa State game

first_imgPicture of the new #okstate helmet, courtesy of our photographer Stephen Pingry. pic.twitter.com/HMvENEdRXz— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) October 26, 2013 OSU uniform watch for Iowa State: pic.twitter.com/JbhK3hxkSr— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) October 26, 2013No more Silly Pete!The stripe down the middle of the helmet looks incredible with the OSU brand. I had the old white-white-black combo at No. 3 since OSU switched its unis so I think this automatically has to slide into that spot since the helmet is even better.Also, they basically just combined Nos. 2 and 3 here which is just spectacular.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Yogi sets up panel to probe into Yamuna Expressway accident

first_imgAgra: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has set up a three-member committee to probe into the Yamuna Expressway accident on Monday that left 29 passengers dead. The committee comprising Transport Commissioner, Divisional Commissioner and Inspector General Agra range will submit its report within 24 hours. The Chief Minister also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. He also directed concerned officials to ensure proper treatment to the injured. As many as 21 passengers had been admitted to hospital with serious injuries, District Magistrate N.G. Ravi Kumar told reporters. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav expressed his grief over the tragedy and has demanded the government to pay a compensation of Rs 50 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. The bus, after hitting the divider, fell into the 40-feet-deep gap between two flyovers on the Yamuna Expressway near Milestone 161 (Jharna nallah) under Etmadpur police jurisdiction of Agra district at around 4.15 a.m. The double-decker bus with about 50 passengers on board was heading to Delhi from Lucknow. “Prima facie it appears that the bus was moving at a high speed and the driver fell asleep,” Ravi Kumar said.last_img read more

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Throwback to 1958 US Nuclear Bomb Nearly Exploded in Morocco

Rabat – In 1958, an accidental fire nearly detonated a hydrogen bomb at the US Sidi Slimane military base between Rabat and Fez. The culprit was one of the rear wheels of a B-47 bomber carrying a nuclear bomb, which caught on fire.Many Moroccans could have lost their lives in a nuclear disaster. However, no one in Morocco knew of the incident at that time except Morocco’s King Mohammed V.  The US Department of Defense preferred to keep it secret, according to an account from the book “Command and Control” by Eric Schlosser.After World War II, the US wanted to install its military bases with nuclear weapons as close as possible to the (now former) Soviet Union, its enemy at that time. In 1951, France granted the US territory in Morocco to build a military airbase capable of deploying the B-36 and B-47 bombers. By 1954, the US had secretly stockpiled nuclear weapons at the base, unbeknownst to France. Two years later, when Morocco gained independence, national pressure mounted within the country to expel the US from their air bases. Under pressure, the US closed its bases in the fall of 1963. But before the US left the North African country, a catastrophic incident that could have killed many in Sidi Slimane was narrowly averted.B-47s strategic bombers parked at Sidi Slimane in August 1954, four years before the 1958 incident – UnredactedOn January 31, 1958, one of the rear wheels of a B-47 bomber caught on fire on the runway at the US air base at Sidi Slimane during a simulated maneuver.  The plane was carrying a Mark 36 bomb, a second-generation hydrogen bomb. The Mark 36 is an armed 4-ton atomic bomb. It was a transitional weapon, combining the old technologies of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan with new technologies. The fire spread to the bomber’s fuel tank and destroyed it. Fortunately, the crewmen escaped without injury. But there was still danger that the bomb would detonate. Firefighters sprayed the remaining burning parts of the bomber and then withdrew. According to Schlosser, “The flames reached the bomb, and the commanding general at Sidi Slimane ordered that the base be evacuated immediately.”Fortunately, the explosives in the bomb burned out but did not detonate.According to an accident report cited by Schlosser, the Mark 36 hydrogen bomb and parts of the B-47 melted into “a slab of slag material weighing approximately 8,000 pounds (about 4 ton), approximately 6 to 8 feet wide and 12 to 15 feet in length with a thickness of 10 to 12 inches.”The State Department preferred not to broadcast the news about the incident since “a public statement might be distorted by Soviet propaganda and create needless anxiety in Europe,” wrote Schlosser.When an American diplomat in Paris questioned what happened at Sidi Slimane base, the State Department responded that “the base commander had decided to stage a ‘practice evacuation.’”American witnesses to Sidi Slimane incidentOn April 12, 2013, the National Security Archive, a non-governmental research and archival institution in Washington, D.C., published an article on the Sidi Slimane incident.The history article received many comments by people claiming to be present at the time of the incident. They still remember that day. They were still children at the time and said their fathers worked for the US army.“I lived at Sidi Slimane when this happened and remember it well. My Dad was Army Corps of Engineers there to build air strip….” wrote Alexis Namasete.“The day of the evacuation I was in school – 2nd grade. We were let out and told to go straight home. There were vans driving around the base telling everyone we were being evacuated. We were the last to leave as it was Dad’s responsibility to make sure everyone was off before us. Mom kept suitcases packed with clothes and food for these types of situations. We went to Port Lyautey and I don’t think we even spent the night,” he added.Since the bomb could have leaked radiation after the incident, Namasete recalled, “We had to take our pee to school in a jar to be tested. I don’t remember anyone ever telling us what they were testing for.”Adrienne Perry, a 5th grader, was also at Sidi Slimane when the incident happened.“My parents also had positions of responsibility and insisted I evacuate with people that I barely knew because they had to stay behind,” he wrote.Perry described the situation, saying “It was a truly terrifying experience.”“What I remember most is the massive cloud of black smoke that followed us all the way to Port Lyautey,” he added.Port Lyautey, approximately 50 kilometers away from Sidi Slimane air base, is the former name of Kenitra. It was named by France in 1933 after French General Hubert Lyautey. The city was renamed Kenitra in 1956 when Morocco gained independence.The incident in Morocco is said to be one of the most serious near disasters. Since 1950, the US has had 32 accidents involving nuclear weapons across the world known as “Broken Arrows.” read more

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Myanmar UN expert urges immediate aid to areas affected by military operations

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, said in a statement last Friday that “humanitarian assistance should not be made hostage of politics,” but rather it “must only be guided by the best interests of the affected communities.” Mr. Pinheiro made his recommendations after hearing testimonies of villagers who had fled fighting in Toungoo District and Eastern Bago Division. These people, who had already been forced to leave their homes on several occasions, confirmed allegations the Special Rapporteur had heard last year of human rights violations and lack of humanitarian assistance in these areas. He called on the Government to immediately grant access to and guarantee the safety and freedom of movement to the UN, as well as other aid workers, as these groups seek to assist those in need. “It would be a terrible mistake to wait for the political normalization of Myanmar to help and to empower the affected communities and their representatives,” the Special Rapporteur said. 26 February 2007Expressing concern about the humanitarian and human rights implications of ongoing military operations in Myanmar’s southeastern Kayin State, a United Nations human rights expert has urged the country to grant aid groups immediate access to affected civilians. read more

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Nine people arrested attempting to go by boat to Australia

The Navy arrested them on a tip off received by intelligence personnel and they were brought to the Colombo harbour and handed over to the Maritime Division of the Police Criminal Investigations Division (CID). (Colombo Gazette) Nine people were arrested while attempting to go by boat to Australia today, the Navy media unit said.The Navy said that personnel onboard the Fast Attack Craft P 475, arrested nine Sri Lankans who attempted to travel to Australia this morning in the seas 30 NMs west of Negambo. Among those arrested were five men, a woman, 2 boys and a girl. The Navy said the migrants had left from the Negombo harbour onboard a multi-day fishing vessel named “Rishna Duwa”. read more

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Missouribased limousine software firm hacked celebrity CEO and sport stars data breached

by Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press Posted Nov 4, 2013 1:18 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Missouri-based limousine software firm hacked; celebrity, CEO and sport stars data breached An Internet security firm says a limousine software company has been hacked, exposing credit card numbers and potentially embarrassing details about close to 1 million customers, including politicians, star athletes and corporate executives.Alex Holden, chief information security officer of Milwaukee-based Hold Security, says he discovered the breach at Corporatecaronline more than a month ago. He said he informed the owner of the Kirkwood, Mo.-based software company that customers’ credit card numbers, pickup and drop-off information, and other personal details had been stolen.“The privacy implications of this are very disturbing,” Holden said Monday.Car services buy software from Corporatecaronline and use it to streamline reservations, dispatching and payments. Owner Dan Leonard did not return a call to his company for comment Monday from The Associated Press.Cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs, working with Hold Security, first reported the hack on his website krebsonsecurity.com, including details dispatchers gave to drivers heading out to pick up celebrity passengers. For example, Krebs reported a chauffeur driving Tom Hanks to a Chicago restaurant for dinner was advised the client was a “VVIP” who required “No cell/radio use” by the driver.A chauffeur meeting Latin American textile magnate Josue Christiano Gomes da Silva inside an airport luggage claim area with a printed sign was warned: “SUPER VIP CLIENT. EVERYTHING MUST BE PERFECT!”Other customers include Donald Trump, who required a new car with a clear front seat; LeBron James, who was picked up at an entrance for athletes at a Las Vegas sports arena; and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, who was travelling to Boston with golf clubs.The stolen files also include records about what took place in the vehicles, including sex, vomiting and smoking marijuana, Krebs reports.Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., whose data was among those breached, declined to comment Monday. But his spokesman Andrew Schreiber said he was appreciative that the matter was brought it to his attention.Other members of Congress also said they were uninformed.“This is the first we have heard about this. We were never notified, but we are looking into the claim,” said Leslie Shedd, spokeswoman for Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga.Holden said he found the information from Corporatecaronline customers stored on the same computer server where he earlier found stolen usernames and passwords from PR Newswire, Adobe Systems and about 100 other firms. He said most firms took immediate action when informed; Adobe and PR Newswire went public when they learned of the breaches, warning millions of customers affected.Holden declined to name dozens of other companies whose customers’ data also appeared to have been hacked.“If we start mentioning the names, there might be widespread panic,” he said, noting that those companies are trying to deal with the breaches. But Holden said he was concerned that Corporatecaronline was failing to act, and that he contacted credit card companies himself.Corporatecaronline’s website boasts of robust data protection. “The only point of access to the servers is through our firewall, which is managed by our data centre, 24/7, 365 days a year,” it says.But Jonathan Mayer, a cybersecurity fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, did some poking Monday and found the website runs on outdated software prone to vulnerabilities. He said it has code dating back to Macromedia, which was acquired by Adobe nearly eight years ago; Internet Explorer 4, which rolled out in 1997; and 13-year-old Netscape 6.“The point here is that you don’t have to be a big target to be at risk online anymore,” Mayer said. “This is the new normal, and it underscores the need for improving the regulatory framework.”The FBI did not immediately return a call seeking comment.Cybersecurity firm McAfee’s chief technology officer Raj Samani said Monday the hack underscores how vulnerable customers can be, even if they’re trying to use complex passwords and take precautions with their privacy.“You can do anything you want, but in many cases you entrust your data with multiple third parties, and it’s out of your hands,” he said.___Associated Press writers Alan Fram in Washington and Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report. read more

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Brock womens hockey donates 1100 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

They pink’ed the rink and the result was a large donation for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.The Brock Badgers women’s hockey team raised $1,100 for the foundation through its Pink in the Rink hockey game Saturday night at Seymour-Hannah Sports Complex. With hundreds of fans in the stands, the Badgers hockey team wore pink jerseys in their game against the Nipissing Lakers. Robyn Kennedy, from the CBCF, took part in the ceremonial face-off.“The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation was thrilled to be a part of an all-around winning day of hockey alongside the Brock women’s hockey team for their ‘Pink in the Rink’ game,” Kennedy said. “A big congratulations and heartfelt thank you to the whole team for the integral funds raised for the cause, and for the enthusiastic welcome on game-day.”The Badgers, who won the game 3-1. were thrilled to be a part of such an important cause.“As a member of the Brock women’s hockey team, and someone whose family has personally encountered the devastating effects of breast cancer, it was truly inspiring to see so much enthusiasm and generosity in support of finding a cure,” said Badgers assistant captain Alex Finlayson. “It’s amazing to see what we can accomplish when we come together as a community, and we look forward to taking part in future fundraising initiatives.” Many hours went into preparing for the event.“Pink in the Rink was a great opportunity for us to showcase the Brock women’s hockey program, and to bring the entire Badgers community together for a good cause like the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation,” said student Game Day Manager Matt Price. “A big thank you to everyone involved, and to those who showed their support.” read more

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Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_imgIt was revealed today that 1 in 5 Irish workers earn less than the ‘living wage’. PARTING SHOTLocal families in Birr, Co Offaly woke up to a beach surprise this weekend in their local Camcor Park.The beach – which was organised by Tesco – included donkey rides, BBQ, picnics and sandcastles! Source: Tesco Ireland/YouTube Survivors of Symphysiotomy have rejected a Government redress scheme. Humans are so over, machines will be the dominant ones by 2045. [TheJournal.ie]. Publicans and residents were calling for the five Garth Brooks concerts to go ahead today but the Labour Party says it has a solution. Two people were charged over the assault of a man in Ranelagh on Saturday morning.center_img INTERNATIONAL Source: AP/Press Association Images#JERUSALEM: Jewish extremists were arrested over the murder of a Palestinian teenager. Meanwhile, a video of his cousin being beaten by Israeli police has appeared online.#UK: Vanessa Feltz has received ‘vile’ online comments after she claimed Rolf Harris assaulted her.#AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan government was asked to ban Facebook but it rejected the proposal. Here’s the explanation as to why it was asked in the first place. INNOVATION Two people have been arrested after the body of a 40-year-old man was found in a wheelie bin at a house in Armagh. NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…IRELAND Source: Mark Stedman via Photocall Ireland Here’s a list of 17 web tools that will improve your productivity. [TheJournal.ie]last_img read more

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Adobe promises Flash 102 support on Xoom tablet in a few weeks

first_imgWith the release of Motorola’s Xoom tablet imminent (this Thursday) it appears that Verizon may have caused a panic with a recent advert it placed.If you look at the above image you can just make out in the bottom right hand corner that it states Flash won’t be making its way to the platform till Spring 2011 (June time), which is pretty far off.However, Adobe were ready to calm fears with a blog post that confirmed the update will be a lot sooner than this and buyers can expect Flash support within a few weeks of the Xoom’s release.We are not sure why Flash could not be implemented for the launch, but it’s not unusual for companies to want to delay the release of an individual component to ensure that the core elements run smoothly. The only worry is that Toshiba also thought the same thing by releasing Flash support for the Folio 100 two weeks after its launch and you know what happened to that device. The only difference here is that the Motorola Xoom is sporting a better operating system and as long as the rest of the spec holds up it should not be much of a problem.Adobe were keen to emphasise the importance of Flash support within the Android platform as it appears that its Flash player was shipped/upgraded to 20 million smartphones in 2010. Over 150,000 consumers rate it 4.5/5 so it is obviously a key factor in people’s purchasing decision.Read more at TechCrunchlast_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE RESEARCH 26 do not provide any pensions support to staff

first_imgJust over a quarter (26%) of respondents do not provide employees with any information, advice or guidance about pensions, according to research by The National Skills Academy for Financial Services (NSAFS) in partnership with Axa Investment Managers (Axa IM).However, the survey of 100 employers also found that 73% of respondents believe that educating their staff about pensions is important and that it is an essential element of the support that they provide to employees.The research also found:Over half (56%) of respondents spend a maximum of one day a month on pensions-related administration and support to staff.76% believe overall responsibility for educating the UK population on retirement and pensions falls to employers.Of those respondents who do offer their staff support or guidance about pensions, 53% provide a face-to-face meeting with a representative from their organisation.60% of respondents who offer pensions support to staff do not provide online resources, and almost two-thirds (65%) do not introduce employees to a financial adviser.Stephanie Condra (pictured), retirement market strategist at Axa Investment Management, said: “It is clear from our findings that employers want to take a more active role in supporting their staff as they prepare for retirement. Furthermore, as auto-enrolment comes into force employers recognise that they need to do more to make sure their employees understand their workplace pension scheme.”Sylvia Perrins, chief executive officer at The National Skills Academy for Financial Services (NSAFS), added: “It is vital that employees understand their pensions options and, as recognised by 76% of employers, employers themselves have a responsibility to ensure their staff are well-informed. One would hope that employees who feel knowledgeable about their financial position tend to be more productive in the workplace.”last_img read more

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Carter Testimony Upbraids Congress for Rejecting Past BRAC Requests

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Pentagon cannot afford to wait any longer to harvest the savings from a new round of base closures, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in the written testimony he submitted to the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Thursday.The earliest the Pentagon could carry out the next BRAC round is in 2019, Carter said. “Fourteen years since DOD was allowed to right-size its domestic infrastructure, which any business leader or citizen would think is ridiculous,” he said. “Now is the time to fix it.”DOD’s fiscal 2017 budget request calls for a BRAC round in 2019; the department’s last several budgets had proposed holding the next round in 2017.The department estimates it has over 20 percent excess infrastructure, Carter said. For Congress to ignore that DOD has “more bases in more places than we need,” while criticizing it for wasteful spending “is not only a sin of omission, but a disservice to America`s taxpayers,” according to the secretary’s testimony.Carter acknowledged, however, that the study of excess infrastructure allowed in the FY 2016 defense authorization bill is “helpful.” That analysis is expected to be completed by late spring.During Thursday’s hearing Carter highlighted the range of threats DOD faces, and the need to invest in new capabilities, reported DOD News. But the greatest risk to the department’s future would the prospect that stringent statutory spending caps are imposed once again.“That’s why going forward the biggest concern to us strategically in the Congress is averting the return of sequestration next year so we can sustain all these critical investments over time,” Carter said.Carter’s written testimony and a webcast of the hearing is available on the committee’s website.last_img

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Scientists discovered a flying pink squirrel

first_img Post a comment Share your voice You’ve heard of flying squirrels. But hot-pink flying squirrels? Someone get Pixar on the line. A new study in the Journal of Mammology describes how the North American flying squirrel, or Glaucomys, fluoresces pink at night. The researchers can’t say for sure why, but communication and camouflage top their list of theories. Squirrel discos do not appear to be a possibility.Enlarge ImageA flying squirrel as seen by the naked eye (above) and under ultraviolet light. A. M. Kohler et al The hot-pink find came about by chance. In the spring of 2017, Jon Martin, a professor in the forestry department at Wisconsin’s Northland College, was scanning his backyard with an ultraviolet flashlight to see which lichens, mosses and plants fluoresced. That’s when he spotted a flying squirrel, and noticed it glowed hot pink under the ultraviolet light.He asked Allison Kohler, then studying at Northland and now a graduate student in the Texas A&M University wildlife and fisheries department, to take the lead investigating his discovery. She started with the Science Museum of Minnesota’s collection of stuffed squirrels, some of which go back decades.”Some specimens were extremely vibrant pink, while one actually didn’t fluoresce at all. All but this one did fluoresce, however, in some intensity or another,” she said via email.The team also gathered specimens at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, in all, studying more than 100 male and female museum specimens across the country, plus five live ones. They concluded that all three North American flying squirrel species fluoresced, and that pink is particular to squirrels that fly.northern-credit-a-kohlerA flying North American squirrel, wearing its day colors. A. M. Kohler et al While plenty of species fluoresce — from plants to insects to frogs, fluorescence has yet to be widely studied or documented in mammals, according to the research paper. The squirrel find is colorful news for anyone who likes squirrels — or the color pink. But it also offers a window into the species’ behavior.The scientists speculate that the squirrels’ bright night flashes may alert other squirrels to their movements as they glide through trees. The pink could also play a role in attracting mates and avoiding predators.But researchers hope the find could have even broader implications. “It could potentially help with the conservation of the species or other species, and it could also relate to wildlife management,” Kohler said. “The more we know about the species, the more we can understand it and help it.”Rebooting the Reef: CNET dives deep into how tech can help save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. Tagscenter_img 0 Sci-Techlast_img read more

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Karnataka SSLC result 2019 to be out on this date Where to

first_imgKarnataka Secondary Education Examination BoardScreenshot of KSEEB websiteKarnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) is said to be announcing the results of SSLC or class 10 examinations 2019 on May 2 and the students can check their scores on its official website on this date.The KSEEB conducted the SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) exams from March 21 to April 4 this year and 8.41 students have appeared for the Class 10th examinations. The students are now anxiously waiting to see their score. But several dates about the announcement of SSLC result are doing rounds in air, which has created a confusion among the students.One report claimed that the KSEEB would declare the results of the SSLC on April 30. Another buzz is that the Class 10th results would be announced between May 7 and 12. But the Board has not confirmed any of these dates, as it is still busy completing various process of evaluation.Sources from the board claim that the evaluation process of SSLC examinations was completed on Tuesday (April 23). Matching of scores, calculation of percent, data correction and error amendment are still pending and these works will be completed within next one week. The board is now planning to announce the results on May 2.The KSEEB will announce the results on its official website, before making available in the schools. The students and parents, who are waiting for the results, can also see their scores on this website. It should be note here that the board is yet make an official announcement about the above mentioned date. Hence, students are hereby to visit this page again to see the update of official date.How to check your Karnataka SSLC / Class 10 Result 2019 Step 1: Visit the official websitesStep 2: Select ‘SSLC result’ on the homepageStep 3: Enter your login details such as roll number, hall ticket numberStep 4: Your result will be displayed on the screenStep 5: Download the KAR SSLC result sheetHowever, Karnataka SSLC examinations were held between March 8 and April 6 in 2018 and the results were declared on May 7. The KSEEB recorded the pass percentage 71.93%, which was higher than 2017’s pass percentage of 67.87%. It should be seen that the board would see any further improvement this year.last_img read more

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Xbox Originals will release in June every show revealed

first_imgWith cable becoming increasingly expensive for a package of channels and shows you don’t want, streaming services are trying to wrest control of your wallet by offering you high quality television that you can’t get anywhere else — along with their expansive back catalog of content, of course.Netflix was the first streaming service to publish largely successful original content, and Amazon quickly followed with a vote-for-your-favorite host of pilots for its own service. With Microsoft’s (perhaps so far ill-fated) media-heavy focus, the Xbox One will be getting in on the original streaming content game. Starting June 13, Microsoft will launch Xbox Originals, a handful of series that you (mainly) can’t get anywhere else outside of its Xbox platform.Microsoft will kick off its push into original content with an interactive stream of the Bonnaroo music festival, where viewers can switch between stages and vantage points, as well as join backstage Skype chats with artists. That’s not “original” content, though, and Microsoft will launch the service with a fair bit of its own programming.Signal to Noise, a six-part technology documentary series, featuring the collapse of Atari following the release of the infamous E.T. game.Every Street United, a reality show where soccer legends Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids search for the best amateur players and pits them in a four-on-four match.A Halo television series, and a separate digital feature.Humans, a sci-fi where the the must-have technology of the era is a robotic servant, but one hides a big secret.Deadlands, based on the pen-and-paper RPG of the same name — an undead, monster-filled version of the Wild West.Extraordinary Believers, a stop-motion show produced by the Robot Chicken team.Fearless, an unscripted series following the exploits of Paul de Gelder, an Australian Navy bomb clearance diver.Gun Machine, a detective thriller based around New York murders.A comedy variety show produced by JASH, a team of comedians such as Michael Cera and Sarah Silverman.Winterworld, based on the comic where the planet is encased in ice.Microsoft’s push into original content certainly features a wide-ranging mix of shows, from a soccer reality show, to documentaries, to a comedy variety show, to a comic book series. It would seem we’re moving ever closer to a world without cable packages as we know them.last_img read more

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Curious minds give birth to creative pens

first_imgPeople who show strong curiosity traits on personality tests perform better on creative tasks, according to a new study.This is especially true for those with a strong diversive curiosity trait, or curiosity associated with the interest in exploring unfamiliar topics and learning something new, the study said.The findings contribute to a growing body of evidence suggesting that testing for curiosity traits may be useful for employers, especially those seeking to fill complex jobs, said lead author of the study Jay Hardy, Assistant Professor College of Business, the Oregon State University, US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“This research suggests it may be useful for employers to measure curiosity, and, in particular, diversive curiosity, when hiring new employees,” Hardy said.Diversive curiosity is a trait well-suited to early stage problem-solving because it leads to gathering a large amount of information relevant to the problem. That information can be used to generate and evaluate new ideas in later stages of creative problem-solving.On the other hand, people with strong specific curiosity traits, or the curiosity that reduces anxiety and fills gaps in understanding, tend to be more problem-focused. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile diversive curiosity tends to be a more positive force, specific curiosity tends to be a negative force.For the study, researchers asked 122 undergraduate college students, to take personality tests that measured their diversive and specific curiosity traits.They then asked the students to complete an experimental task involving the development of a marketing plan for a retailer. Researchers evaluated the students’ early-stage and late-stage creative problem-solving processes, including the number of ideas generated.  The students’ ideas were also evaluated based on their quality and originality.The findings, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, indicated that the participants’ diversive curiosity scores related strongly to their performance scores. Those with stronger diversive curiosity traits spent more time and developed more ideas in the early stages of the task. Stronger specific curiosity traits did not significantly relate to the participants’ idea generation and did not affect their creative performance.last_img read more

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Google Chrome to block more Flash content

first_imgGoogle Chrome to block more Flash content by Martin Brinkmann on August 10, 2016 in Google Chrome – Last Update: August 10, 2016 – 13 commentsFlash is a dying technology in its plugin-form, and Google plans to push Flash a bit further to the graveyard by making two Flash-related changes in future versions of Chrome.The first change will block behind the scenes Flash content, which is usually used for page analytics and tracking.When Google made detect and run important plugin content the default plugin loading behavior Chrome back in 2015, it exempted elements smaller than 5×5 pixels, and elements larger than 400px in width or 300px in height from that.Back then you had to switch to “let me choose when to run plugin content” to block Flash entirely on the chrome://settings/content page.Basically, what it meant was that some Flash elements were still loaded like before. The change announced today on the official Chrome blog removes that exemption.Chrome Flash blockingChrome will start to block these elements once the change goes live. This applies only to cross-origin plugin content, content that is loaded from third-party sites, and not the site the browser is connected to.We would now like to remove this exception and instead not load tiny, cross-origin content. If the user has their plugin setting set to the default of “Detect and run important plugin content”, the browser will not instantiate cross-origin plugin content that is roughly 5×5 or smaller or has an undefined size.Chrome displays an icon in its address bar to indicate that plugin content was found but is not running. You may interact with the icon to reload the page with plugin content enabled, or use it to add an exception to Chrome’s plugin whitelist to have plugin content loaded automatically when the site is visited in the future.The change will go live in Chrome 53 according to Google.The second change will favor HTML5 over Flash by making it the default experience in Chrome. When Chrome notices that a site supports HTML5 and Flash, it will request the HTML5 content automatically.When a site supports only Flash for its content, Chrome will display a prompt to the user that allows for Flash content to be loaded on the site.This change will be integrated in Chrome 55 which will be out in December 2016 according to Google.Google is not the only company that pushes Flash out. Mozilla announced recently for instance that it will block Flash content used for fingerprinting in Firefox.Google’s move marks another step in the slow process of removing Flash in the web browser. The main reason for this is that while Flash is in a downwards trend, it is still used on many Internet sites.Flash will continue to work in Google Chrome for the foreseeable future. The changes that Google plans to introduce later this year affect the default loading behavior only. Chrome users still have options to override most of it.Tip: if you rely on Flash content, consider using a secondary browser for that.SummaryArticle NameGoogle Chrome to block more Flash contentDescriptionFlash is a dying technology in its plugin-form, and Google plans to push Flash a bit further to the graveyard by making two Flash-related changes in future versions of Chrome.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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