Two arrested with more than 4 kg ganja at Jadavpur

first_imgKolkata: Within 24 hours of arrest of two drug peddlers, who had brown sugar worth Rs 50,000, two more drug peddlers were nabbed with more than 4 kg ganja at Jadavpur on Saturday night.Police claimed that the duo had links with a gang that supplied ganja and other narcotics substances to students of several educational institutes across the city. According to the police, after apprehending the duo identified as Asgar Hossain alias Manu and Arshad Hossain on Friday night, sleuths Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersgot a tip-off on Saturday evening that two more narcotics sellers were seen in Jadavpur area. Working on the source information, a joint team consist of cops from Detective Department and Narcotics Cell kept a strict vigil in and around the Jadavpur University since evening.Around 10 pm, police officers spotted two persons who had a small bag with them. Police officers realised that they were waiting for someone. Around 10 pm, when the duo was about to leave the place, sleuths surrounded them. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring searching their bag, police found small packets of ganja. They was immediately detained and taken to Jadavpur police station. There it was found that the duo was carrying 4.3 kg of ganja. During the interrogation, the accused persons Abbasuddin Laskar and Asgar Mistri of Dakshin Barasat at Joynagar in South 24 Parganas stated that they were selling ganja to students since the past 3 to 4 months. Later, a case was lodged against the duo under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Sleuths are probing to identify the mastermind of the racket in Kolkata. Also, police will keep a close watch in and around the educational institutions for possible suspects as NDPS racketeers are targeting the students of various schools and colleges across the city.last_img read more

NDP welcomes new candidate in Quebec who is not that much of

first_imgMONTREAL — The NDP welcomed a candidate Wednesday who says she is “not that much” of a sovereigntist as it continued a push launched this week to rebuild in Quebec ahead of the federal election.Nima Machouf, a member of the sovereigntist Quebec solidaire provincial party, acknowledged that the NDP has a steep climb ahead of it to recapture the success it enjoyed under the late Jack Layton in 2011.“We have some difficulties actually in Quebec,” Machouf said. “We are not like 10 years ago, when we had a big orange wave, but we have to create again this wave.”Alexandre Boulerice, the Montreal MP named deputy to leader Jagmeet Singh Monday, presented Machouf as the candidate for the downtown riding of Laurier—Sainte-Marie in the election expected in October. Helene Laverdiere, who has held the riding since 2011, has announced she will not run again.Machouf, whose husband is former Quebec solidaire spokesman Amir Khadir, said she is drawn to the NDP’s progressive agenda and its commitment to fight neo-liberalism. Asked whether she defines herself as a sovereigntist, she replied, “Not that much …. I define myself as a progressive.”In Ottawa, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said he is very happy to have recruited a candidate of the calibre of Machouf, an epidemiologist who works in the field of public health.He said her continued membership in Quebec solidaire proves his party is open to people like her who have nationalist beliefs. But he stressed that the party believes in “a united country.”Lia Levesque, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN Indigenous rights watchdog calls on Trudeau government to regulate Canadian mining

first_img(UN Special Rapporteur  on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples says it’s time for the Justin Trudeau government to regulate Canadian companies overseas that continue to violate the rights of Indigenous peoples.UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz said the Canadian government has an “obligation” to regulate the activities of mining companies that operate in other parts of the world.“This government has an obligation to regulate these companies,” said Tauli-Corpuz, in an interview following a speech at the Assembly of First Nations’ annual general assembly in Regina. “Mainly Indigenous people are effected directly by these mining companies.”However, domestically, Tauli-Corpuz said the Canadian government under the Trudeau administration is “trailblazing” in its efforts to reshape its relationship with Indigenous peoples.She singled out Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s role in the government’s efforts to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ensure federal laws and policies respect Indigenous rights.“I think the way that Wilson-Raybould is doing this is very important and it’s going to really make a difference if this will be pushed into action,” said Tauli-Corpuz.Tauli-Corpuz said Wilson-Raybould delivered a significant speech Tuesday morning to the assembled chiefs describing a vision where First Nations are able to shape their own governance structure. She said the Trudeau government’s approach is a significant improvement over the actions of the previous administration of Stephen Harper.“From what I read it seems like (Trudeau) is really totally shifting away from the previous ways the Harper government dealt with Indigenous issues,” she said. “Hopefully they will be a government that does the right thing as far as respecting indigenous rights.” read more

Average spot power price falls 19 to Rs 322 per unit in

first_imgNew Delhi: Average spot power price at the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) declined 19 per cent to Rs 3.22 per unit in April compared with Rs 3.98 a unit in the year-ago month, mainly due to improvement on the supply side. “The average market clearing price (MCP) at Rs 3.22 per unit saw a 19 per cent decline over 3.98 per unit in April 2018, mainly due to increased domestic and imported coal availability with thermal generators and improved hydropower and renewable energy generation,” the IEX said in a statement. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraHowever, it said the MCP of Rs 3.22 per unit in April 2019 increased 3 per cent over Rs 3.12 per unit in March 2019. According to the data from the IEX, the day-ahead market witnessed trade of 4,005 million unit (MU) in April 2019 as against 3,356 MU traded in March 2019, registering a 19 per cent increase on a month-on-month (m-o-m) basis and almost at par with 4,055 MU traded in April 2018. The increase in traded volume in April over the previous month was mainly due to an increase in demand for power across states on account of increasing temperature and the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. On a daily average basis, 134 MU were traded in April 2019. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe day-ahead market (DAM) experienced transmission congestion mainly towards the supply of power to southern states, leading to a volume loss of 68 MU representing 1.7 per cent of the total volume traded in DAM. The percentage time congestion occurred was 16.3 per cent. One nation-one price was realised only for 16 days during the month. On a daily average basis, 762 participants traded in the market during April. The term-ahead market (TAM) traded 332 MU in April 2019 over 134 MU in April 2019 and 246 MU over March 2019, registering a 148 per cent rise on a year-on-year basis and 35 per cent increase on m-o-m basis. The electricity market at the IEX — DAM and TAM combined — traded 4,338 MU registering a four per cent jump as compared with 4,189 MU traded in April 2018 and a 20 per cent rise over 3,602 traded in March 2019. The all-India peak demand met reached a new high of 176.8 gigawatt (GW) in April 2019, registering a rise of nine per cent over peak demand met of 162 GW in April 2018, as per data from the national load dispatch centre. On an all-India basis, the energy met in April 2019 at 112 billion unit registered 7 per cent increase over 105 billion unit in April 2018.last_img read more

Whats open and closed this weekend

If your plans this weekend involve visits to campus, here’s a look at what’s open and closed on Monday, the civic holiday.The University will be closed.The Decew dining hall will be open for breakfast from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and again for lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.Those hungry for something from the Guernsey Market can head there for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.The Walker Complex will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the pool open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for fitness swimming and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for a fun swim.The Learning Commons and libraries will also be closed. read more

Chipping away at EU Banksys take on Brexit seen in Dover

by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2017 7:04 am MDT Last Updated May 8, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The street artist Banksy has let the world know his take on Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.Banksy has created a large mural in the British port of Dover showing a workman chipping away one of the 12 stars on the EU flag. His representatives Monday confirmed the work is genuine.British voters decided last year to leave the 28-nation EU. The new mural is in the city that’s the main British gateway for traffic to continental Europe. It also appeared as the U.K. is holding an early election.Banksy’s satirical stencils — rats, kissing policemen, riot police with smiley faces — first appeared on walls in Bristol before spreading to London and then to cities around the world. His artworks have fetched as much as $1.8 million. A general view of Dover England with a mural by artist Banksy, at centre, showing a workman removing a star from the EU flag in Dover England on Monday May 8, 2017. The mural which appeared Sunday near the ferry terminal in Dover. The street artist Banksy has let the world know his take on Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Banksy has created a large mural in the British port of Dover showing a workman chipping away one of the 12 stars on the EU flag. (Gareth Fuller/via AP) Chipping away at EU: Banksy’s take on Brexit seen in Dover read more

UNsupported historic training to monitor ceasefire between Government and FARCEP starts in

Instructors from the Government, FARC-EP and the UN Mission in Colombia are training 80 men and women who will form part of the tripartite verification and monitoring mechanism at national and regional levels, according to a news release from the UN Mission.The Mission added that the three entities involved described the session as “historic.”“This first training session is an important step towards building a stable and lasting peace,” the UN Mission said. “Not only does it mark the beginning of the realization of the agreements reached in Havana but it also marks the full commitment of the parties with a robust and transparent monitoring and verification mechanism to give full guarantees to all Colombians.”Sessions will cover the verification methodology, logistical aspects, security, gender issues and operational procedures for the transitional local zones and points for normalization, where the separation of forces and the laying down of arms is to take place. The sessions also include theoretical and practical aspects of the Final Agreement, especially related to the bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, and protocols covering the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism.In June, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travelled to Havana, where he witnessed the signing of the agreement on the ceasefire and the laying down of arms. He noted that the “peace process validates the perseverance of all those around the world who work to end violent conflict not through the destruction of the adversary, but through the patient search for compromise.”The UN Mission in Colombia’s international observers include representatives from eight countries from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC): Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay. read more

LaQuinton Ross Ohio States goto liability

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) drives to the basket during a game against Iowa Jan. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 84-74.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAt any level of basketball, when a team needs a key bucket or big play down the stretch, it typically gets the ball to its best player and lets him take the lead to victory.Such a leader is vital at both ends of the floor, having the ability to come up with the key defensive play or knock down a potential game-winner.But what happens when your go-to guy becomes such a liability that he might not be the best option to be on the floor come crunch time?Welcome to the dilemma that is Ohio State junior forward LaQuinton Ross.Ross led all Buckeyes with 22 points and seven rebounds in an 84-74 loss to then-No. 20 Iowa, but his five turnovers and other mental errors cost OSU, who dropped from No. 3 to No. 11 after back-to-back losses, when it needed him most.“Obviously we need LaQuinton to play well. He had the two fouls on rebounds where he shoved the guy,” coach Thad Matta said following the loss to the Hawkeyes. “We needed him to take and make some big shots, handle the ball a little bit better.”With his team clinging to a 65-64 lead with 5:05 to play, Ross air mailed a 3-pointer and turned the ball over on consecutive possessions.Iowa took the lead back for good and send OSU to its first loss at the Schottenstein Center since Feb. 10, 2013 against then-No. 1 Indiana.Senior guard Aaron Craft said after the loss that a reason for the team’s offensive struggles at times is because the guys on the floor might not all be on the same page.“We’re at our best when we’re connected. You can hear that when we’re talking, you can see that on offense and for stretches in both these past two games we haven’t been connected,” Craft said. “We’ve had stretches where we have been. It’s very easy to see when you go back and watch the film, the times when we are and the times when we aren’t. We really have to minimize the times that we aren’t.”Ross said his main concern is making sure he’s in position to score.“I try to do what I can to help the team win. That’s it,” Ross said after the loss. “Scoring is what I do to help contribute to this team, so that’s what I try to do.”In OSU’s game prior to Iowa — a 72-68 overtime loss at the hands of then No. 5 Michigan State — Ross was nowhere to be found, scoring just five points and playing the least minutes of any of the five starters.It’s clear Ross is a scorer (he leads the team with an averaage 13.6 points per game), but Matta’s teams are predicated on defense, and in a game like the one against the Spartans when OSU fell behind 55-38 with eight minutes to play, defensive stops are needed. Ross, however, said missing a part of the comeback against MSU was a motivator to improve.“I don’t think it was because I watched my teammates out there. I think (freshman forward) Marc (Loving) did a great job at the end of the game. Seeing him put in work like that as a freshman, that was good to see,” Ross said. “They made a huge comeback at the end of the game, so I didn’t feel no type of way about sitting out at the end of that game. Today I think I wanted to redeem myself from last game. It was a bad performance, (and) I think any player would want to do that if they came in off a bad game.”The junior from Jackson, Miss., has scored in double figures 12 times this season, but in the remaining five, he is averaging a meager 4.2 points. That could raise questions about OSU’s supposed top scoring threat being inconsistent. It’s not just about one guy though, Matta said.“We have to have a certain level of consistency in everything that we’re doing — offensively, defensively, transition,” Matta said. “Those are things that across the board, not just LaQuinton, everybody has to do your job and do it with great energy and great focus on making everybody on the floor around you better.”Whether it’s Ross, the coaches or the team as a whole, the Buckeyes need to get it figured out quickly, with a Thursday visit to Minnesota (13-4, 2-2) looming.“It doesn’t get any easier for us. We go on the road here starting on Thursday,” Craft said. “A lot to be learned from this game.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Golden Gophers is set for 9 p.m. read more

Bébés manchots des champions de léconomie dénergie

first_imgBébés manchots : des champions de l’économie d’énergiePubliée dans Nature Communications, une étude française montre que le poussin du manchot royal est doté d’une étonnante capacité à réduire sa température interne pour économiser ses ressources énergétiques. En particulier lorsque l’approvisionnement en nourriture par ses parents se fait attendre, sur les ‘nurseries’ balayées par les glacials blizzards subantarctiques. L’hibernation de la marmotte, la torpeur nocturne de la mésange, mais surtout l’hypothermie profonde des manchots royaux adultes en plongée et le froid glacial régnant sur les îles subantarctiques : autant d’éléments qui ont donné l’idée à des chercheurs du CNRS de l’Université de Strasbourg de vérifier si, contre toute attente, les poussins de manchots royaux ne disposaient pas, eux aussi, d’un système d’économie d’énergie.À lire aussiLes images d’un incroyable phénomène sous-marin aperçu sous l’Antarctique (Vidéo)Sur l’île de la Possession (îles Crozet, Terres antarctiques françaises), ils ont équipé 10 de ces gros oisillons de capteurs relevant, toutes les 20 secondes, la température à 6 endroits différents du corps. Ceci de mai à novembre, durant l’hiver austral. Résultats : les températures corporelles moyennes des petits peuvent varier de 41 à 19°C, avec notamment une moyenne journalière de 33,3°C (soit 4,5°C de moins que la normale) dans la région du cœur.Les poussins royaux sont donc bien capables, comme des espèces d’oiseaux beaucoup plus petites, de baisser leur propre température pour ralentir leurs dépenses énergétiques en attendant que Papa ou Maman revienne de ses longues parties de pêche en mer avec du poisson frais. Une aptitude toutefois très variable selon le temps qu’il fait, la position du poussin dans la colonie (périphérie ou centre), la qualité et la fréquence des repas, ainsi que les périodes de répit – propices au repos et donc à l’hypothermie – laissées par les prédateurs tels que les pétrels géants.Le 3 septembre 2011 à 10:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg chante les louanges des hackers

first_imgMark Zuckerberg chante les louanges des hackersMercredi, Facebook a déposé son dossier d’entrée en bourse auprès de la Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Dans une lettre adressée aux futurs actionnaires, Mark Zuckerberg expose sa vision du présent et de l’avenir de Facebook. Il évoque alors “la voie du hacker”, culture que le réseau social cultive depuis son lancement, et déplore la connotation trop négative du terme. Alors que la firme vient de déposer son dossier d’introduction en bourse, Mark Zuckerberg a publié un courrier (lien non disponible) adressé aux futurs actionnaires de Facebook. Le créateur du réseau social aux 800 millions de membres commence par évoquer la “voie du hacker”, une culture qu’il affirme avoir cultivé avec son réseau né d’un piratage de la base de données étudiante d’Harvard. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mark Zuckerberg regrette l’image négative des hackers qu’il défend longuement en insistant sur l’idéalisme qui anime d’après lui la plupart d’entre eux. “Le mot ‘hacker’ a une connotation injustement négative dans les médias, qui l’utilisent pour désigner les gens qui s’introduisent dans les ordinateurs. En réalité, le hacking signifie simplement construire quelque chose très rapidement, ou tester les limites de ce qui peut être fait” souligne-t-il. “Comme pour la plupart des choses, le hack peut être bon ou mauvais, mais la grande majorité des pirates informatiques que j’ai rencontrés ont tendance à être des idéalistes qui veulent avoir un impact positif sur le monde. Les pirates pensent qu’on peut toujours faire mieux, et que rien n’est jamais terminé. Et ils le font, souvent sous le nez de ceux qui disent que c’est impossible ou se contentent du statu quo” affirme Mark Zuckerberg.Le créateur de Facebook rappelle qu’un marathon de hacking, un hackathon, est organisé chaque mois par sa firme. Cette compétition a pour but de développer de nouvelles idées le plus rapidement possible. “Beaucoup de nos produits les plus réussis sont sortis de hackathon” assure celui qui dit vouloir maintenir, avec ces kackathons notamment, “un esprit startup” au sein de sa société qui n’a pourtant plus rien d’une jeune pousse.Le 6 février 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

White supremacist sentenced for carjacking deaths

first_imgPORTLAND — White supremacist David “Joey Pedersen offered no apology for a multistate crime spree that left four dead, using his statement at Monday’s sentencing to blast police, prosecutors and American foreign policy in a harangue briefly interrupted by a sister who yelled at him to “shut up.”Pedersen said he couldn’t sit idle while “Western identity is being destroyed by other cultures,” and he regretted that police intervened before he did more damage.“I offer no excuses because none are needed,” he said.Pedersen, 34, and his girlfriend, Holly Grigsby, went on the rampage during nine days in 2011 as part of a campaign to purify and preserve the white race. Grigsby was sentenced to life in prison last month.Pedersen was sentenced Monday for the carjacking murders of an Oregon teenager the couple mistakenly thought was Jewish and of a black man in Northern California.Pedersen told those in the Portland federal courtroom that the sentencing was “rather anti-climactic,” because he had already been sentenced to life in prison in Washington state for the deaths of his father and stepmother.last_img read more

British Land enhances shared parental pay

first_imgReal estate organisation British Land has introduced enhanced shared parental pay for its employees.The enhanced shared parental pay policy will now mirror British Land’s current enhanced parental pay offering, which provides mothers with 26 weeks of leave at full pay. The new shared parental pay policy will apply to mothers and fathers following the birth of a child, as well as adoptive parents and same-sex couples.The enhanced shared parental pay policy forms part of the organisation’s commitment to inclusivity and improving gender equality in the workplace. It also aims to support the attraction and retention of talent at the organisation, which employs more than 230 staff.Chris Grigg (pictured), chief executive officer at British Land, said: “The decision to update our shared parental leave policy to benefit men and women equally is a big step forward for British Land, providing parents who work for us more choice and flexibility than before. It allows women to return to work earlier if they wish, and for their partners to be more involved in caring for their child in its first year.“It feels right to take a modern approach to parental leave when we aspire to match ourselves with modern lifestyles, promote health, improve productivity and increase enjoyment through assets we own.”last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories 2329 August 2018

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on between 23 and 29 August 2018 were:John Lennon airport employees strike in pay disputeLloyds Banking Group signs charter to support terminally ill employeesParty game Cards Against Humanity seeks joke writersTGI Friday’s employees commence fifth strike over tip and pay policiesHalf of employers do not have a financial wellbeing strategyEXCLUSIVE: 52% of employees at law firms are engaged with their organisationEXCLUSIVE: Employee Benefits Live partners with Employee Assistance Professionals AssociationTwo US-based lawn care organisations fined $59,926 in back payCommunisis employees suspend strike as discussion commences over pay disputeIndiana-based restaurant to award $45,828 in back paylast_img read more

Instagram is hiding likes You may be happier in the end

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Instagram Comments 1:09 4 Earlier this year, a photo of an egg made headlines after it became the most liked photo in the social network’s history. The popular image was then used to shine a spotlight on mental health.Reducing the stress that comes with living online isn’t simply about the health of users. Social media companies know that dialing down the pressure could be good for their businesses. After all, if users don’t view social networks as positive places, it could make them wary about logging back on to the sites. Facebook said it’s excited by the early test results. Interviews with a handful of people participating in the test suggest that some users think hiding likes will improve their mental health. Others worry it’ll lead to a drop in user engagement, making it harder for them to promote products they market on Instagram. Turning social media on its headlikecounts-feed-2The number of total likes is available only to the account owner. Instagram Hiding likes could change the way users behave on Instagram, just as the invention of the like button altered how people acted on Facebook and other sites. The like button, commonplace now, fueled the competitive nature of social media, transforming many sites into popularity contests. “The like button turned social media on its head,” said Adam Alter, an associate professor of marketing and psychology at New York University. “Each like is a proxy for social approval, so having a post with lots of likes places you higher on the social status ladder than does having fewer or — in the worst case, zero — likes.”Alter, who’s also the author of a book about the addictive nature of technology, says the success of the experiment depends on how Instagram decides what posts to show in a person’s feed. The company’s algorithm uses different factors, including engagement metrics such as how many likes a post receives, to decide what to show higher in a person’s feed.Hiding likes, he said, “lessens the public value” but users are still being privately rewarded for how many likes their posts attract.Instagram tested hiding likes in Canada before expanding the experiment to Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand in July. Instagram declined to say if the test will be released in the US or globally to its more than 1 billion monthly active users. Kasey Lahue, a designer for Sour Bags & Totes, thinks Instagram should scrap the idea. Since the experiment started, Lahue has noticed a drop in engagement. Her Instagram photos used to typically get more than a dozen likes in the first 30 minutes. Now the 35-year-old Canadian says, she gets about eight likes after three hours. “It was meant to help people not focus on likes as much, but in my opinion has made it worse,” Lahue said. “If they want to keep the idea, then maybe loosen that algorithm a little so small businesses don’t fall into the abyss.”Instagram says it doesn’t have plans to change the service’s algorithm, which determines which posts it promotes, or get rid of likes and video views altogether. The company is also gathering feedback from businesses and creators about the experiment. Toronto-based Hashtag Paid surveyed nearly 200 Canadian creators from June 15 to July 1 after Instagram started hiding likes for some users in that country. The marketing company found that 51% of respondents no longer saw likes in their feeds. More than half of all respondents saw their likes fall, and 18% of creators who had their likes hidden saw a dramatic drop. Users also noticed a slowdown in follower growth and fewer comments on their posts.Mellissah Smith, who runs a marketing firm in Australia and the US called Marketing Eye, says small and medium-size businesses have also seen engagement drop. If it keeps up, business owners, many of whom use Instagram to sell their own clothing or jewelry, may have to pay for more advertising to get their posts seen higher in people’s feeds, she said. Something pleasurableSeeing a drop in likes isn’t surprising. A 2016 study by UCLA showed that teens were significantly more likely to like a photo if other people liked it too. The researchers attributed the behavior to peer pressure. Viewing photos with lots of likes also activated a region of a teenager’s brain that’s triggered when people experience something pleasurable, like eating chocolate or winning money, the researchers found. Alex Hayes, a surfer and creator, felt the pressure when he was a teenager to post images that attracted Instagram likes. The desire for likes was magnified four years ago, when he photoshopped a shark into a selfie as a joke and the image went viral.Hayes, 21, says the itch for social approval has affected what he’s posted. When Instagram users and celebrities posted photos from FaceApp, an app that alters your face to make you look older, Hayes jumped on the bandwagon envisioning the reaction he’d get.”The funny thing is I did post it but deleted it because it just didn’t suit my content,” he said. “It’s not me.”Removing likes will encourage people to pursue creativity, rather than chase approval, he says.Cohen, the nutritionist, says she hasn’t seen engagement drop since Instagram started the test. Hiding likes and video views has encouraged her to take more risks, such as posting raw video footage of a mannequin that’s too small to fit the clothing it’s wearing.She already gave the test her Instagram stamp of approval.”Goodbye to likes,” Cohen posted. “Hello to mental health.” Instagram rolls out AI-powered moderation, White House… Instagram is testing a way to hide your likes and video views. studioEAST/Getty Images Lyndi Cohen’s Instagram photos illustrate the power of healthy living. The Australian nutritionist features meals she’s prepared for the week and moves gracefully through yoga poses. She also shares side-by-side bikini shots to show how glamorous photos on the social network diverge from real life. Still, the 29-year-old grapples with an unhealthy habit: obsessing over how many “likes” her Instagram photos receive.The number of likes has prompted Cohen to question which photos or videos to share with her 99,700 followers. Even though she knows it’s unhealthy, Cohen has compared herself to more-popular Instagram users.”We can get addicted to chasing likes instead of chasing great content,” she said.Now Instagram is giving Cohen and other users a break from their fixation on likes. In a test that rolled out to more countries last month, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service is hiding the number of likes and video views each post gets, so the rest of the world can’t tell how popular it is. You’ll still be able to see the likes and video views your posts have gotten, but the public won’t. The move underscores how tech companies are thinking twice about features and products that can wreak havoc on your mental health. Twitter is exploring whether to put likes and retweets behind a user tap in an effort to make conversations easier to follow. Facebook, Apple and Google introduced tools last year to limit your screen time. In July, Pinterest, which scrapped its like button in 2017, released emotional well-being activities, such as deep-breathing exercises and practicing gratitude. Photo app VSCO, an Instagram competitor, doesn’t publicly display the number of likes an image receives.Hiding likes could alter what Instagram users decide to share on the platform and how they engage with other users. A Facebook spokesperson said Instagram launched the test to “remove the pressure of how many likes a post will receive,” allowing users to share “authentically and comfortably” on the site. Mobile Mobile Apps Share your voicelast_img read more

Area MLK Celebrations

first_imgJan. 16Washington, D.C.‘We Feed Our People’ 29th Annual Holiday CelebrationBig Chair in the historic D.C. Anacostia neighborhood Jan. 15Greenbelt, Md. D.C. Support Group’s Scholarship LuncheonD.C. Support Group’s 45th Annual Scholarship Luncheon will be held on Jan. 15 at Martin’s Crosswinds, 8700 Greenway Center Drive, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. MLK Peace Walk and Parade10 a.m. 2500 MLK Ave, SE(italics) More MLK events on D3.) National Action Network MLK Breakfast8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Courtesy Photo)Jan. 13Washington, D.C.MLK Shabat Dinner5:30 p.m. Washington Hebrew Congregation will hold a “MLK Shabat Dinner” on Jan. 13last_img read more

Apple phones are AEStough says forensics expert

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Apple phones are AES-tough, says forensics expert (2012, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further World’s toughest encryption scheme found ‘vulnerable’ © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: … … -security-threshold/ iPhone has a security architecture that is so sturdy and so tightly woven into its hardware and software that it is easy for consumers to use encryption on their phones and difficult for someone else to steal the encrypted information, he stated.The key to Apple’s security architecture strengths is the Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm (AES), a data-scrambling system adopted as a U.S.government standard in 2001. After over ten years of exhaustive analysis, he said, AES is still widely regarded as unbreakable. (In August last year, AES was cracked, by a team of researchers from Microsoft, Research, KU Leuven and ENS Paris. It was a theoretical, or “academic” crack, with no practical implications. Despite being four times easier than other methods, the number of steps required to crack AES-128 was an 8 followed by 37 zeroes, said one of the team members.”To put this into perspective: on a trillion machines, that each could test a billion keys per second, it would take more than two billion years to recover an AES-128 key,” the Leuven University researcher added. Still, their attack unsettled some assumptions about AES.)Nonetheless, the algorithm is so strong that no computer imaginable for the foreseeable future, even a quantum computer, said Garfinekel, would be able to crack a truly random 256-bit AES key. The National Security Agency has approved AES-256 for storing top-secret data.A white paper from Apple dated earlier this year about its security features explained that the device’s unique ID (UID) and a device group ID (GID) are AES 256-bit keys fused into the application processor during manufacturing. “Burning these keys into the silicon prevents them from being tampered with or bypassed, and guarantees that they can be accessed only by the AES engine.”Apple is no doubt fortunate that this security threshold information is circulating, as Garfinkel is a solid authority on the subject of security. The timing is excellent for Apple branding, considering the exposure another report had recently, where a Wired journalist’s digital life was changed in one day which involved Apple and Amazon. The hackers didn’t use any sophisticated algorithms or brute-force attacks to gain access to Mat Honan’s online information. They simply called Apple, pretending to be the victim and convinced the Apple specialist to reset the AppleID password. Apple subsequently said it would review its-over-the-phone verification system to prevent such incidents from happening again. ( — Monday’s Technology Review carries a glowing tribute to Apple iPhone security according to its author, Simson Garfinkel, a contributing editor who works in computer forensics and is highly regarded as a leader in digital forensics. He says Apple has passed a threshold “Today the Apple iPhone 4S and iPad 3 are trustworthy mobile computing systems that can be used for mobile payments, e-commerce, and the delivery of high-quality paid programming,” thanks to Apple’s heavy investment in iPhone security. That is where “threshold” comes in. Apple has crossed it. Even law enforcement cannot perform forensic examinations of Apple devices seized from criminals, he said.last_img read more

Art with a touch of swadharma

first_imgIndira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts has organised an exhibition based on Gandhi’s philosophies perfectly called Salt: The Great March.The on-going exhibition displays work of artist Shelly Jyoti. The works draw inspiration from Gandhi’s philosophy of swadharma and sarvodaya. ‘Salt is symbolic of Gandhi’s renunciatory spirit, of cultural and moral values as instruments to create better societies. I am investigating that art through sarvodaya concept,’ said Jyoti in an interview. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her work includes sculptural installations of khadi yarn (aatis), twenty five contemporary artworks with Azrakh printing traditions, incorporating needle work on khadi fabric and multimedia spoken poetry.Jyoti has also re-contextualise Azrakh dyeing traditions. This technique is a traditional form of printing in Gujarat. ‘The whole idea is to preserve this dying art form and to make these artisans financially strong,’ she added. Traditional needlecraft techniques such as sujniand nakshi kantha have also been used. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition also features an installation titled Integrating Khadi-2013, which has been made using 30m of Khadi and is printed with Sanskrit calligraphy. The installation represents the Gandhian thought of promoting Khadi across villages for the economic independence of the society. The other highlight of the show is a 10×8 ft installation titled Re-Building My Nation 2013. It is made of lightweight materials such as pipe cleaners, fabric, plastic, wire and threads as a metaphoric representation of communities living together in harmony. ‘This show is all about exploring the possibilities of establishing alternative societies where Gandhian ideals of swadharma and sarvodaya could be established through their sincere implementation,’ she said.last_img read more

Alibabas chipmaker launches open source RISCV based XuanTie 910 processor for 5G

first_imgLaunched in 2018, Alibaba’s chip subsidiary, Pingtouge made a major announcement yesterday. Pingtouge is launching its first product – chip processor XuanTie 910 using the open-source RISC-V instruction set architecture. The XuanTie 910 processor is expected to reduce the costs of related chip production by more than 50%, reports Caixin Global. XuanTie 910, also known as T-Head, will soon be available in the market for commercial use. Pingtouge will also be releasing some of XuanTie 910’s codes on Github for free to help the global developer community to create innovative applications. No release dates have been revealed yet. What are the properties of the XuanTie 910 processor? The XuanTie 910 16-core processor has 7.1 Coremark/MHz and its main frequency can achieve 2.5GHz. This processor can be used to manufacture high-end edge-based microcontrollers (MCUs), CPUs, and systems-on-chip (SOC). It can be used in applications like 5G telecommunication, artificial intelligence ( AI), and autonomous driving. XuanTie 910 processor gives 40% increased performance over the mainstream RISC-V instructions and also a 20% increase in terms of instructions. According to Synced, Xuantie 910 has two unconventional properties: It has a 2-stage pipelined out-of-order triple issue processor with two memory accesses per cycle. The processors computing, storage and multi-core capabilities are superior due to an increased extension of instructions. Xuantie 910 can extend more than 50 instructions than RISC-V. Last month, The Verge reported that an internal ARM memo has instructed its staff to stop working with Huawei. With the US blacklisting China’s telecom giant Huawei, and also banning any American company from doing business with them, it seems that ARM is also following the American strategy. Although ARM is based in U.K. and is owned by the Japanese SoftBank group, it does have an “US origin technology”, as claimed in the internal memo. This may be one of the reasons why Alibaba is increasing its efforts in developing RISC-V, so that Chinese tech companies can become independent from Western technologies. A Xuantie 910 processor can assure Chinese companies of a stable future, with no fear of it being banned by Western governments. Other than being cost-effective, RISC-V also has other advantages like more flexibility compared to ARM. With complex licence policies and high power prospect, it is going to be a challenge for ARM to compete against RISC-V and MIPS (Microprocessor without Interlocked Pipeline Stages) processors. A Hacker News user comments, “I feel like we (USA) are forcing China on a path that will make them more competitive long term.” Another user says, “China is going to be key here. It’s not just a normal market – China may see this as essential to its ability to develop its technology. It’s Made in China 2025 policy. That’s taken on new urgency as the west has started cutting China off from western tech – so it may be normal companies wanting some insurance in case intel / arm cut them off (trade disputes etc) AND the govt itself wanting to product its industrial base from cutoff during trade disputes” Some users also feel that it is technology that wins when two big economies continue bringing up innovative technologies. A comment on Hacker News reads, “Good to see development from any country. Obviously they have enough reason to do it. Just consider sanctions. They also have to protect their own market. Anyone that can afford it, should do it. Ultimately it is a good thing from technology perspective.” Not all US tech companies are wary of partnering with Chinese counterparts. Two days ago, Salesforce, an American cloud-based software company announced a strategic partnership with Alibaba. This aims to help Salesforce localize their products in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. This will enable Salesforce customers to market, sell, and operate through services like Alibaba Cloud and Tmall. Read Next Winnti Malware: Chinese hacker group attacks major German corporations for years, German public media investigation reveals The US Justice Department opens a broad antitrust review case against tech giants Salesforce is buying Tableau in a $15.7 billion all-stock deallast_img read more

Zillow Mortgage Rates Fall to Historic Lows

first_img Share Keeping trends on track for mortgage rates, real estate Web site “”Zillow””: revealed a 15 basis-point plunge for the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. The current rate beached on a record all-time low made possible last month.[IMAGE]According to the Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, which the Web site creates by tracking thousands of anonymous loan quotes reported daily, the 30-year loan fell from 4.07 percent last week to crest at 3.92 percent. The 15 basis-point drop represents only the second time rates for the loan have fallen below 4 percent, according to a statement released Tuesday by Zillow.Meanwhile, rates for the 15-year loan hovered at 3.17 percent, as the figure for a 5-1 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) reached 2.57 percent.Most of the largest states likewise saw considerable change in the 30-year loan. Illinois and New Jersey led the way down for the benchmark mortgage, with basis points for each dropping by 20 and 19, respectively. [COLUMN_BREAK]For Illinois, rates for the 30-year loan plunged from 4.14 percent to 3.94 percent. The latter state saw loans increase in attractiveness with rates declining to 3.92 percent from 4.11 percent.Borrowers seeking loan quotes from Zillow found rates in Texas and Washington trailing behind the above two, with the Lone Star State placing third with a 16 basis-point drop that leveled 4.01 percent from last week off at 3.85 percent this week. Quotes for 30-year loan rates in the Evergreen State fell from 3.99 percent to 3.84 percent, reflecting a 15 basis-point dip.Colorado and New York raced each other in 13 basis-point flips, alongside California and Massachusetts, for which Zillow recorded 12 basis-point plunges. Quotes for the former two saw their 30-year rates falling to 3.86 percent and 3.95 percent from 4.09 percent and 4.08 percent, respectively. For the latter two states, quoted rates fell to 3.97 percent and 3.92 percent from 4.09 percent and 4.04 percent, respectively.Pennsylvania and Florida placed last for Zillow, with rates for the 30-year falling for each by only 10 basis points and 6 basis points, respectively. The 30-year dipped from 4.09 percent to 3.9 percent for borrowers in the Keystone State, while the Sunshine State witnessed a moderate change, as rates fell from 3.94 percent to 3.88 percent.According to a statement, the Zillow Mortgage Marketplace is an online platform where borrowers anonymously secure loan quotes from lenders. Agents & Brokers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers Zillow 2011-09-06 Ryan Schuette in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Zillow: Mortgage Rates Fall to Historic Lows September 6, 2011 486 Views last_img read more