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first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi will feature in Discovery’s iconic and hugely popular franchise ‘Man Vs Wild’ with world renowned survivalist and adventurer Bear GryllsThe energetic Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy, plus a fearless and renowned adventurer and India’s oldest National Park situated in the lush green forests of India’s Uttarakhand, where wild animals roam free…Sounds interesting? This is what the world will watch during the historic Discovery Exclusive, ‘Man Vs Wild with Bear Grylls and PM Modi.’ Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThis special episode, which has been shot in the Jim Corbett National Park, will be a frank and freewheeling journey, throwing light on wildlife conservation, highlighting issues related to environmental change. The adventurous pair even have to make a raft and cross a jungle river together! One of the most unmissable parts of the programme is the Indian Prime Minister talking at length about his own experiences of living in the midst of nature and demonstrating his adventurous side. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSpeaking about the show, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said, “For years, I have lived among nature, in the mountains and the forests. These years have had a lasting impact on my life. So when I was asked about a special programme focussing on life beyond politics and that too in the midst of nature I was both intrigued and inclined to take part in it. For me, this show presents a great opportunity to showcase to the world India’s rich environmental heritage and stress on the importance of environment conservation and living in harmony with nature. It was a great experience spending time in the jungle once again, this time with Bear, who is blessed with indefatigable energy and quest to experience nature at its purest.” Mentioning the privilege to take PM Modi on an adventure, Bear Grylls said, “It is such a privilege to be taking Prime Minister Modi on an adventure into the Indian wilderness and I feel truly honoured to get to spend time with this remarkable world leader. The wild reminds us that we need each other and that together we are stronger. I am so excited to spend time with the PM and to get to know the man who leads this great nation.” Man Vs Wild With Bear Grylls and PM Modi will premiere simultaneously on 12 Discovery channels in India on August 12, 2019 at 9:00 pm. The premiere on Discovery and Discovery HD World will be available in 5 languages including English, Bengali, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. This special episode will be showcased in more than 180 countries across the world on Discovery network of channels. Man Vs Wild With Bear Grylls and PM Modi is produced for Discovery Communications India by Bear Grylls Ventures and Electus a Propagate company.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – An insurance and legal expert says texters could be held liable for any damages if they message someone they know is driving and that person has an accident.“There’s an increasing public safety issue of operators of vehicles who are distracted while driving,” lawyer Jordan Solway said in a recent interview.“And if you contribute in the same way as if you’re in the vehicle, and you interfere with their driving of the vehicle, you could be held responsible for that injured third party.”Solway, vice-president of claim at Travelers Canada, pointed to a New Jersey court ruling from 2013 that said the sender of a text who causes a driver to become distracted and have an accident may be held liable.The case involved an 18-year-old driver’s girlfriend who texted him about 25 seconds before his pickup truck crossed a median and seriously injured a motorcyclist and his wife. Both bikers lost their left legs as a result of the 2009 accident.Solway said there have been no similar cases in Canada yet, but he believes it’s just a matter of time.He compares it to what happens when a bar owner or the host of a party has to take responsibility for someone who is drinking, becomes intoxicated and gets into a vehicle.“It’s analogous — you’re putting someone in a position where they could cause harm to themselves or a third party,” Solway said.Travelers Canada also commissioned a recent online survey that delved into what may be distracting drivers.The No. 1 reason may not be surprising.Thirty-one per cent said it was because they have family obligations that require constant attention. By gender, 40 per cent of females gave that reason, while it was 23 per cent among males.In Quebec, 23 per cent cited family obligations, while in Ontario the figure was 41 per cent.When it came to other reasons, 27 per cent said they didn’t want to miss something important, another 14 per cent said they always wanted to be available for work and eight per cent said they were afraid of upsetting the boss if they didn”t answer.“I think it’s a (consequence) unfortunately of living in a highly connected world where, if someone doesn’t respond immediately to an email or a text, your concern is they are ignoring you,” Solway noted.The Harris Poll was conducted March 9-12 and involved 948 Canadian drivers aged 18 and over.An Insurance Bureau of Canada spokesman says companies must implement policies to discourage drivers from texting — and individuals who may be texting them — while they are on the road.“The aspect of determining liability or fault in cases lke that would rest with the courts,” Pete Karageorgos said in an interview.“It has to be a whole host of instances in terms of not just the act of texting, but also the act of reading the text or responding or having that phone in your hand.”He said some insurers are seeing more instances of rear-end-type collisions which typically happen when the driver in the back isn’t paying attention.“It’s a concern that we share as an industry because that will impact premiums,” Karageorgos added.But Quebec’s automobile insurance board provided some encouraging statistics involving drivers who violated the law, which prohibits the use of a hand-held device while driving.The highest number was in 2013 when there were close to 68,000 infractions, including 19,000 that involved drivers between the ages of 25 and 34.But in 2016, the overall total dropped to 46,369. For the 25-34 age group, it decreased to just more than 14,000The lowest number was in 2008 when there were about 18,250 violations.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsReeling from a recent spike in suicides and suicide attempts, a Vancouver Island First Nation took the drastic measure of calling a local state of emergency.Usually reserved for natural disasters, the community’s leadership is hoping the declaration spurs federal and provincial government action.Within weeks of each other, four people killed themselves by hanging.Since January, First Nations health care workers have received over 50 calls for help.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith travelled there and found a community desperately searching for answers.last_img read more

The newly emerging epidemic strain, known as W135, was first detected in Burkina Faso last February, where, in an outbreak that continued through May, it infected more than 12,000 people and killed almost 1,500.According to WHO, meningitis occurs periodically in epidemics that sweep through the “meningitis belt” of Africa – countries stretching from the West African coast to the Horn of Africa in the east. An existing vaccine is effective against the A and C strains of the bacteria, so far responsible for most meningitis epidemics in the area, but does not protect against W135.”This disease is a killer of African children,” said Dr. David Heymann, Executive Director of Communicable Diseases at WHO, “we have to find a way to get inexpensive, safe and effective vaccines to save young lives from this new strain.”The only currently available vaccine that does protect against W135 is a “tetravalent” meningitis vaccine, which also protects against the other more common strains. WHO officials in the region have said the vaccine is simply too expensive – it is normally sold for at least $5 a dose, compared to 25 cents a dose for the more widely used vaccine.In Burkina Faso next week, WHO and its partners in the International Coordinating Group on vaccine provision for epidemic meningitis control – which includes the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Médecins sans Frontières and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – are expected to agree on the terms of a regional strategy for the African meningitis belt. This will be accompanied by an international appeal for funding to purchase and provide vaccine for the next year and to strengthen the surveillance and laboratory networks, which are vital to the control of this killer disease. read more

Hollywood’s hacking pains are bigger than movie leaks FILE – This Dec. 19, 2014, file photo shows an exterior view of the Sony Pictures Plaza building in Culver City, Calif. Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood. Now cybercriminals have also put company plans and people’s personal information at risk. The cataclysmal event in the back of everyone’s mind is the Sony hack in 2014. While unreleased movies were leaked, what’s remembered is the chaos unleashed amid a network shutdown and the disclosure of derisive comments about such well-known actors as Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio and racially insensitive remarks about then-President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it’s street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Now cybercriminals are also putting embarrassing chatter and other company secrets at risk.The reputational risk from leaked email is much more difficult to calculate than any financial risk from piracy. “In some ways, that risk can be higher because you have no way of knowing what’s in those emails,” said Erik Rasmussen of Kroll Cyber Security.The cataclysmal event in the back of everyone’s mind is the Sony hack in 2014 . While unreleased movies were leaked, what’s remembered is the chaos unleashed amid a network shutdown and the disclosure of derisive comments about such well-known actors as Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio and racially insensitive remarks about then-President Barack Obama.Although the recent HBO leaks so far have fallen well short of the damage inflicted on Sony, there were concerns early on that hackers were setting the stage for an embarrassing sequel for Hollywood.PIRACY STILL A PROBLEMWhile the attention is on leaked emails, that’s not to say Hollywood isn’t worried about piracy.On online forums where criminals “advertise their ill-gotten gains,” there is now entertainment content “popping up as basically sections of these websites,” Rasmussen said.Some people believe that video leaks can help gin up media and viewer attention for a show or movie, but leaking shows and movies does hurt Hollywood’s take, especially if it happens before the official release, Carnegie Mellon professor Michael Smith said.In a 2014 analysis, Smith and his co-authors concluded that a movie’s box-office revenue dropped 19 per cent, on average, when it was leaked ahead of the theatrical release, compared with a leak after the movie hit theatres. The research was part of a Carnegie Mellon initiative funded by the Motion Picture Association of America, Hollywood’s lobbying group.One way to overcome pirates is to make programs widely and cheaply available. Netflix has many shows and movies that are easily accessible around the world for a single monthly price. In April, hackers leaked most new episodes of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” before their official release in early June. That doesn’t seem to have driven customers away. Netflix added more than 5 million subscribers in the April-to-June period, the largest increase ever for that quarter.Separate from HBO’s recent run-ins with hackers, upcoming “Game of Thrones” episodes have leaked several times, and it is TV’s most pirated show. The show is still a massive hit for HBO, with high viewership and critical acclaim. As for the recent hacks, episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” ”Insecure,” ”Ballers” and several other shows leaked.It helped that entire seasons weren’t released, forcing viewers to subscribe to view the whole show.THE FALLOUT AT HBOHBO’s hackers demanded a multi-million dollar ransom payment, something HBO refused.Because piracy is already prevalent, the leak of several scattered TV episodes might not have been enough to force such a payment, said Alex Heid, chief research officer at risk management firm SecurityScorecard. “Pirated content ends up on Pirate Bay within 24 hours of airing. Any show on HBO, any movie, the moment it’s released, on the first day, you see it on pirated internet streams.”But hackers released an email from HBO in which the company expressed willingness to pay them $250,000 as part of a negotiation over data swiped from HBO’s servers. Whether or not HBO ever intended to follow through with the offer, the email raised questions among security professionals about the importance of the data.Besides upcoming episodes, the HBO data dumps included what appeared to be contact information of Hollywood actors , a month’s worth of emails of one employee, sensitive internal documents like job offer letters and scripts for future episodes.A person familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said HBO was proactive in communicating with actors ahead of their personal information being released to the public. That may be helping mitigate the impact of what leaks did occur.Companies that do get hacked should be up front with customers, employees and other affected parties as soon as possible, said Richard Levick, the head of crisis-management firm Levick. “You can’t sweep it under the rug,” he said. “You can’t be opaque about it.”COMPARISONS WITH SONYIn the Sony case, hackers crippled Sony’s network, wiped the company’s data and dumped thousands of internal emails and documents, including sensitive information such as employees’ salary information and Social Security numbers. Racially insensitive comments made by the former co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amy Pascal, paved the way for her exit a few months later.Michael Lynton, who left as Sony Pictures’ head in January, said that press coverage of the emails hurt the studio’s standing in Hollywood and that the public airing of employees’ private information and conversations “took a long time to deal with,” the trade publication Variety reported .The movie studio said in April 2015 that “investigation and remediation expenses” related to the hack cost it $41 million, or about 8 per cent of the film and TV division’s profit that fiscal year. It later reached an $8 million settlement with current and former employees.Studios are learning to be cautious.“I know people in the industry that now don’t do deals over email,” Smith said. “They do deals over the phone because it’s not archived.”Lynton told Recode in 2016 that instead of email, “my fax machine is in great use at this point.”Sony declined comment on Lynton’s remarks.Rasmussen said companies are also sharing information with law enforcement in an effort to protect the whole industry — and stave off another sequel. by Tali Arbel, The Associated Press Posted Aug 18, 2017 11:46 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In a note to correspondents, the Office of the Spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonsaid that a special investigation and a UN Headquarters board of inquiry were convened to review the circumstances of the violence that erupted in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) protection of civilians site in Malakal from 17 to 18 February, in which at least 30 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were killed, 123 others were wounded, and a significant portion of the camp was destroyed. The special investigation, which was tasked with examining the external factors that led to the incident, has identified several factors as having contributed to the attacks, including deep-rooted historical land disputes, the ‘28 States’ Order and the Eastern Nile State Administrative order of 1 February, which dismissed all Shilluk and Nuer civil servants, according to the note. The investigation determined that the immediate trigger for the attacks was an attempt by two Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers to smuggle ammunition into the site on 16 February. The investigation also concluded that external armed elements, some in SPLA uniforms, entered the protection of civilians site during the period and took part in the violence and destruction of parts of the site. The investigation team requested that the Transitional Government of National Unity hold the individuals responsible accountable for the violence. The team also provided a number of recommendations to the Government, regional and international actors – including the UN – aimed at preventing such attacks in the future, the note said. A UN Headquarters-led board of inquiry, which was tasked to look into the Mission’s response to the incident, is being finalized. The preliminary report of the board mentions, among others, that a number of issues contributed to the incident, according to the note. On the UNMISS response, in particular, there was confusion with respect to command and control and rules of engagement, and a lack of coordination among the various civilian and uniformed peacekeepers in Malakal at the time of the crisis, the note said. Further to the note, the board also mentioned that there were unrealistic expectations as to the level of protection that UNMISS could feasibly provide to the 48,000 internally displaced persons in Malakal at the time of the incident. UN Headquarters is reviewing a number of recommendations made by the board in order to minimize the recurrence of such incidents, including a review of the concept of protection of civilians sites and the performance of troop- and police-contributing countries. The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations is engaging on the way forward with concerned troop-contributing countries, the note said. The spokesperson’s office added that the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, and the Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare, will brief the Security Council in this regard tomorrow. read more

With No. 6 Purdue’s 67-65 loss to Iowa on Saturday, the No. 1 Ohio State men’s basketball team clinched the outright Big Ten title — but the team still has some unfinished business to attend to. When the Buckeyes traveled to Madison, Wis., on Feb. 12, freshman forward Jared Sullinger said via Twitter that Wisconsin fans spat on his face before and after the loss. On Sunday, the Badgers are taking a trip to Columbus for a rematch on the Buckeyes’ home court. Badger supporters have a reputation for unruly behavior towards opposing fans, said Tim Collins, a second-year in psychology and the director of the Nuthouse student section for Block “O.” “(The spitting incident) didn’t surprise me because it’s Wisconsin fans,” Collins told The Lantern. “But, then again, it does because you would like to think that it wouldn’t happen.” Collins was in attendance to watch the undefeated Buckeyes suffer their first loss of the season, and said that his experience in Wisconsin’s student section was enough to ensure he wouldn’t go back to the Kohl Center for another basketball game. “I think that from what I’ve heard and what I’ve seen, they have a history if you talk to any Big Ten school,” Collins said. “We got the ‘a–hole’ chant and people up in our faces swearing at us. … Not only do I not have any desire to go back there and deal with that, it just doesn’t surprise me that that’s how their students reacted.” Collins said Block “O” and the Nuthouse work to be “classy” in dealing with opposing fans. He said members have offered T-shirts to USC and Michigan fans sitting in the Buckeye student section for football games. Collins also said the Big Ten works with each school’s athletic program to attempt to ensure its fans’ behavior is appropriate. He said he has open communication with OSU’s athletic program during games to make sure the Nuthouse is acting accordingly. But don’t ask the OSU players if anything that happened off the court in Madison has affected them. The team has been mum on the spitting incident. “It’s another basketball game for me,” fifth-year senior forward David Lighty said. “I’m an old guy now. It’s like clockwork; it keeps going. “We’ve been through those things before. All that other stuff is behind us now.” Collins and the Nuthouse have been leading the “Gray Out the Schott” campaign, which asks all those who plan to attend the game Sunday to wear gray and avoid wearing red, Wisconsin’s primary color. In an e-mail sent to media outlets throughout the Columbus area, Collins mentioned that students would be receiving gray “Rah Rags” aimed to take a jab at Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, and the statements he made following his team’s win against the Buckeyes. “We won the game,” Ryan said. “Deal with it.” In turn, the rags issued by Homage will say, “Deal with it.” Many Buckeye fans took offense to Ryan’s postgame words and that neither Wisconsin nor the Big Ten took action regarding the spitting allegations. OSU coach Thad Matta said the words didn’t bother him or his players, and that Ryan reached out to him following the game to clarify his statement. “Coach Ryan tried to call me on Monday morning (following the game). I didn’t know it was him,” Matta said. “Honestly, we’re probably making more out of that than it really was.” Per usual, Matta and his team are approaching Sunday’s game like any other, despite the conceived distractions from outside the program. Not even an emotional Senior Day can warrant a different attitude from OSU’s coach of seven years. “I’ve seen no changes, no different behaviors,” Matta said. “Nobody said anything about Senior Day. … They’ve been emotionless and stable.” read more

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Artist's sketch of Paula Vasco-Knight collapsing in court.  Stephen Vasco-Knight arrives at Exeter Crown court. Credit:SWNS.com The drama unfolded as the Vasco-Knights were both spared jail for a scam which siphoned off £11,072 in funds intended for in-house leadership development.Awarded a bursary in 2012 as part of her role as the NHS head of equalities and diversity, Mrs Vasco-Knight, who also ran South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, commissioned her husband to produce a leadership document entitled Transform the following year.However, her husband Stephen never completed the document, but still invoiced the trust for payment, which Mrs Vasco-Knight later authorised.Standing trial yesterday, Exeter Crown Court heard how the document was later exposed as “nothing more than a notepad”, with many pages of the 200-page booklet either left blank or filled with material copied from an earlier text published in 2014. Artist’s sketch of Paula Vasco-Knight and her husband Stephen Credit:PA Prosecuting, Gareth Evans told the court that the couple had initially denied any wrongdoing, having told police officers in an initial interview that it had been highly valuable. “Paula Vasco-Knight said to officers, ‘please take care of it’, importing an importance and value on the document,” Mr Evans said. “It’s clear it’s a complete fraud.”Mitigating, Mrs Vasco-Knight’s defence lawyer Lloyd Morgan said that she “bitterly” regretted her actions, adding that she had come from “humble beginnings” and had never expected to fulfil the “dizzying” responsibilities she was later entrusted with.Sentencing, recorder Don Tait described Vasco-Knight’s actions as a “monumental fall from grace”, as he sentenced her to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years. Her husband received a 10 month sentence, also suspended for two years.“As as chief executive officer at the South Devon NHS Trust, one can hardly imagine a more serious abuse of trust and responsibility on your part,” Mr Tait said.”You were on a six-figure salary. In arranging for your husband to secure this contract between you, you obtained just over £11,000 of the public’s money.”Money from an NHS budget which we all know is under the severest pressure for resources.” Stephen Vasco-Knight arrives at Exeter Crown court.  A disgraced NHS chief who admitted to fraudulently paying £11,000 in health service funds to her husband collapsed in court yesterday as she was spared jail.Paula Vasco-Knight, the former leader of NHS equalities, required medical treatment and an ambulance after she was given a suspended sentence for a ruse that saw taxpayers’ money pocketed by her husband Stephen.Formerly championed as one of the health service’s greatest success stories – she rose from the rank of nurse to become the first black executive in the NHS’s history in 2008 – the 53-year-old’s fall from grace came as she was helped out of court by a team of paramedics.last_img read more

first_imgONCE UPON A time, if you were on the phone you were stationary.  There wasn’t much you could do as you remained in one spot playing with the telephone cord.These days, you could be doing almost anything while you have the chats, and most of us have a favoured activity.  Some people will be productive and put a wash on or the like, but most people do something entirely pointless.Here are 7 pointless things people do while they’re on the phone – see if you can identify which one is you.DoodleIf you have a pen in your hand, you’re almost definitely doodling.  It might be your name over and over again, a series of squiggly lines, a load of cubes or some other pointless scribble.  We’re not going to psychoanalyse it, don’t worry, but if you do this, you’re not alone.PaceIf someone were to look at you through soundproof glass they’d be sure you were having a passionate and difficult conversation, in truth, you’re probably talking about what you’re going to have for dinner.You’re walking, but you’re not going anywhere.Shout Source: Flickr/James CridlandYou’re in a busy place, on the phone to someone who is some distance away from you in the same busy place.  You can see them, but the only way to hear them is to stay on the phone.  You wave at them, basking in the gasness of the scenario, increasing the volume of your voice until you are bellowing down the phone.  Why?  Completely pointless.Gesture Source: Thirteen Of ClubsThey can’t see you, so why are you using your hands to demonstrate the directions you’re trying to give them?  Try stopping yourself from doing this – its virtually impossible.Crouching down in a loud place Source: Flickr/Between a RockThis is not a behaviour engaged in by everyone, but you’ve undoubtedly seen it.  Perhaps you’re at a loud gig and you see someone answer their phone.  Rather than walking out to accept what is undoubtedly a crucial conversation, they crouch down and put their finger in their open ear.Sit in the car Source: ShutterstockYou’ve been having a chat with someone on the phone for the duration of your car journey (hands free, of course), but when you arrive at your destination you stay in your car until the conversation is over. This would make sense if it was a very important, top secret conversation but frequently it isn’t.  You know your phone is mobile, right?Attempting to have a conversation with someone else This woman has the right idea. Source: ShutterstockYou stand there mouthing words and gesturing at someone beside you while the person on the other end of the phone chatters on.  The person beside you can never understand what you’re saying, ever.  Give it up, my son.  One conversation at a time.Burglar busted after his mammy called the phone he left at crime scene>7 ways your phone is making you sad>last_img read more

first_imgThe threat of meltdown remains after a second explosion at a nuclear plant 155 miles north of Tokyo. The explosions hit the plant after cooling systems failed in the wake of last week’s 8.9 off-shore earthquake hit northern Japan. Authorities claim that the current radiation level around the plant are “tolerable,” though around 210,000 people have been evacuated from the area. A number of people, including 746 patients and employees at nursing homes and hospitals within a 12 mile radius, have not yet been moved.Workers at the plant are pumping seawater onto reactors in attempt to bring temperatures down. The Japanese government is attempting to downplay meltdown talks, according to The Telegraph, pointing out that the reactor’s inner containment vessel, housing the nuclear fuel rods, is still in one piece. AdChoices广告last_img read more

first_imgBitcoin enthusiasts were on the edge of their virtual seats a few days ago when the US government made an announcement on the state of so-called virtual currencies. The report was created by the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and basically extended money-laundering rules to virtual currencies like Bitcoin. The fear that Bitcoin would be outlawed turned out to be unfounded, but Uncle Sam’s rationale for allowing Bitcoin to exist was odd. You see, as it turns out Bitcoin isn’t money.Bitcoin has been gaining popularity for the last few years, having just reached its all-time high value of nearly $100 per Bitcoin. Each Bitcoin is data, generated according to an algorithm and distributed to Bitcoin “miners” that contribute computing cycles to managing Bitcoin transfers. You can also buy and sell Bitcoins in other currencies.The Department of the Treasury is drawing a line in the sand with this report. On one side are all the “real” currencies that exist and are issued by governments. Over on the other, murkier side, are all the trendy virtual currencies like Bitcoin. According to the Treasury, “virtual currency lacks all the real attributes of real currency.” It’s hard to disagree there — real things are real.If FinCEN had decided Bitcoin counted as money, the logical next step would have been to ban its use in the US. The Constitution holds that Congress and the Treasury are to be the sole producer of legal tender in the country. It would have been a huge hit to the legitimacy of Bitcoin if it suddenly became illegal in the world’s largest digital economy.There are still so many uncertainties when it comes to Bitcoin. The exchange rate fluctuates wildly, and attackers are always working out new ways to steal Bitcoins. Using Bitcoins also remains quite complicated. If these hurdles can be overcome, Bitcoin could find mainstream appeal. I’d wager the feds would have a little change of heart if that came to pass.last_img read more

Farmers gear up for Kharif crop

first_imgZaheerabad: Farmers from Zaheerabad area started their works in agriculture. After the arrival of rain, temperature became normal and suitable for farming. Rains are started from 21st of June and let every farmer into farming. Temperature exceeded 40 degrees C and people suffered a lot to step out of the home but now, people are coming out and involved in their works.last_img

PMO asked returning officers to work for AL BNP

first_imgThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has alleged that the returning officers had been asked by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to work for the ruling Awami League in the upcoming parliamentary elections. How can PMO summon the electoral officials as they are under the jurisdiction of the EC after the announcement of the polls schedule, BNP questions.Terming the meeting as a punishable offence according to the Representation of the People Order (RPO) act, BNP in a letter sent to the election commission on Tuesday urged the EC to take legal steps against the persons involved in the meeting.A BNP delegation led by joint secretary general Moazzem Hossain Alal handed over the letter to EC secretary Helaluddin Ahemd.The EC called on the returning officers on 13 November to give them direction about the upcoming election. While they were going back after the meeting, they were summoned by PMO and briefed to work for ruling party, allege the letter sent by BNP.In a separate letter, BNP urged the EC to transfer the grassroots administrative officers to ensure a level playing field.BNP asked the commission to transfer divisional commissioners, deputy inspectors general (DIGs) and commissioners of metropolitan cities so that they cannot work for any specific party.The party also seeks transfer of district commissioners and superintendents of police who have been working at their present districts for more than two years.Besides, the party also urged the commission to transfer upazila nirbahi officers and officers-in-charge (OCs) out of their respective districts of work.BNP said the chief election commissioner (CEC) had assured them of creating a level playing field while announcing the polls schedule on 8 November, but the EC failed ‘to keep their promise’.last_img read more

Portal Launches AdFree Video Service With Donations and MicroTransactions

first_imgAds are bad for creators as well as viewers: That’s the simple premise behind Portal, a new ad-free video service that launched to the public Tuesday. Backed by Mark Cuban and used by The Young Turks, Portal tries to establish itself as a kind of anti-YouTube that replaces advertising with donations and micro-payments.“Advertising is the biggest scam on the Internet,” said Portal co-founder and CEO Jonathan Swerdlin. “Platforms make billions. Creators earn rubbish. Culture conforms to algorithms and people are commodified into a product. Portal is a reset button and a brand new way to view and value digital content.”At launch, Portal offers creators the option to charge anywhere from $0.01 to $100 per video. Alternatively, creators can also distribute their videos free of charge, and monetize them through donations. Some of the first users of Portal include The Young Turks, transgender model Corey Rae and former Thinx CEO Miki Agrawal, who also invested in the company.“The Young Turks has always believed in the ‘audience first’ approach to content creation and place great value on the direct relationship with our fans,” said The Young Turks’ chief business officer Steven Oh. “We are excited to be on Portal to continue building that direct-to-consumer relationship.”Granted, Portal by far isn’t the only company trying to compete with YouTube and the likes with micropayments. Subscription and membership models in particular have seen a boom in light of Patreon’s growing audience.But while many newcomers to this space have recently been betting on crypto-currencies to solve micro-payments, Portal instead simply integrates with Apple’s in-app payments, and emphasizes an Instagram-like design with a chronological feed over flashy blockchain technology.This approach also helped the company to secure $4.2 million in seed funding from Mark Cuban, Day One Ventures and Social Starts as well as individual investors including General Assembly’s Matthew Brimer, Miki Agrawal and Radha Agrawal.After launching to the public Tuesday, Portal plans to add a subscription option for individual content creators as well as the addition of audio-only content in the coming months. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

first_img Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 Stay on target It’s the most wonderful time of year, which means it’s time to step up your Christmas geography game with Google’s Santa Tracker.On Tuesday, Google announced in a blog post that its Santa Village hub is back, a digital space where you can play holiday-themed coding games, design Christmas artwork, and brush up on your mapping skills.Mrs. Claus, Google’s “VP of product for Santa’s Village,” gave a sweet summary of the fun updates coming to the platform this year. The holiday hub, which has been a holiday tradition for Google over the past 15 years, is offering three new features: a Santa Claus Google Maps tracker, an elf game, and an interactive holiday traditions quiz.AdChoices广告Google’s Santa Tracker (Photo Credit: Google)Locating Santa on Christmas Eve can be challenging, especially for Mrs. Claus. Santa’s spouse tapped a team of cartographelves to help Google users see where he is after departing from the North Pole. A couple of days before Christmas, Santa will share his coordinates on Google Maps. Check the Santa Tracker dashboard to see his travels on the big day.Google’s Elf Game (Photo Credit: Google)Elves need to get ready for Christmas too, so why not dress them in the most stylish clothes and accessories? With Google’s Elf Maker, you can personalize your elf squad with glasses, an updo, facial hair, and more to give your tiny friends a holiday makeover.Google’s Holiday Traditions Section (Photo Credit: Google)There are many ways to celebrate the holidays, and you can test your knowledge of traditions with Google’s festive-themed quiz. Powered by Google Earth and Street View, you’ll be quizzed on how people get ready for Christmas all over the world. Plus, you can play a translations game to learn how to say “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Near Year” in other languages.And, that’s not all. Starting Dec. 23, you can request Google Assistant to tell you a holiday story. Just ask the virtual voice assistant, “Hey Google, where’s Santa?” for the ultimate Christmas night tale. Oh, and don’t forget to leave some cookies for Santa while you’re at it.More on Geek.com:Passerby Calls 911 on Fake Clark Griswold Christmas Display‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Time Travels to New Year’s DayWTF? Wednesday: Deck the Halls With These Wacky Holiday Decorationslast_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Google just announced a handy new Maps feature that should make it easier to find your friends on your next night out.On the iOS and Android versions of the app, you’ll be able to share your location with anyone in real time. The people who you share your location with will be able to see where you are on Android, iPhone, the mobile web and even a desktop. Google expects to start rolling out the feature worldwide some time “soon,” according to a blog post from Maps Engineering Manager Daniel Resnick.When it launches, you’ll just need to open the side menu or tap the blue dot that represents where you are to share your location. From there, tap “Share location,” select who to share with and how long and the app will let you send a link to the recipient with your whereabouts.”When you’re sharing your location, the people you’ve chosen to share with will see you on their map,” Resnick explained. “And you’ll see an icon above the compass on your own map reminding you that you’re actively sharing your location.” Rest assured that you can change your mind and stop sharing your location whenever you want.You can also share your location from navigation to let your friends know exactly where you are and when you’ll arrive. Just tap the “More” button at the bottom of the navigation screen, then press “Share trip.””When you share your trip with people, they’ll see your expected arrival time and can follow your journey as you head toward your destination,” Resnick wrote. “Sharing automatically ends when you arrive.”Google released a version of this in 2009, dubbed Latitude. It offered up a user’s rough location, placing their profile picture on a map accessible through a PC or mobile device. Eventually, Google added check-in functionality to Latitude as a challenge to Foursquare, but Latitude was axed in 2013 as Google tried to push people to Google+. This story originally appeared on PCMag March 23, 2017 Register Now » 2 min readlast_img read more

To Abbotsford BC and then on to Halifax NS Swoop takes flight

first_imgAbbotsford 21 X Weekly† Edmonton Hamilton To Abbotsford, B.C. and then on to Halifax, NS: Swoop takes flight with coast to coast launch Edmonton 6 X Weekly 6 X Weekly 6 X Weekly Departing Abbotsford 7 X Weekly 5 X Weekly 21 X Weekly† Winnipeg Share Winnipeg Halifax 6 X Weekly † Service begins July 25, 2018.Service between Winnipeg and Abbotsford begins August 16, 2018.center_img 6 X Weekly HAMILTON — A water cannon salute celebrated Swoop’s arrival in Abbotsford this morning as airline executives, dignitaries and media including Travelweek flew into the B.C. city on the ultra-low-cost carrier’s inaugural flight.It was a bright and early 5:45 a.m. take-off from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) this morning, with arrival at Abbotsford International Airport (YXX), scheduled for 7:42 a.m. local time.The flight precedes Swoop’s second inaugural flight pairing of the day, from Hamilton to Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), Atlantic Canada’s gateway.“Our dedicated team of Swoopsters have worked tremendously hard to deliver exactly what we set out to. Today marks an important milestone for Swoop, and is equally as meaningful for Canadian travellers,” said Steven Greenway, President and Chief Executive Officer of Swoop. “Our inaugural journey on #Abbotsford is just beginning. We’ll be progressively rolling out new routes and destinations in the coming months and years to come.”Greenway joined media and travellers on the inaugural flight from Hamilton to Abbotsford, attending celebratory events in both cities.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesCathie Puckering, President & CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, says YHM is delighted to have Swoop flying in and out of Hamilton. “We are thrilled to celebrate the official launch of Swoop as its very first flight departs from Hamilton International,” she said. “By providing economical and efficient services at Hamilton International, we are a low-cost gateway and a perfect fit for Swoop as their base in Eastern Canada.”One of Swoop’s first aircraft is in fact named #Hamilton to commemorate Swoop’s first flight and its YHM hub.Joyce Carter, President & CEO of Halifax International Airport Authority, adds that low fares stimulate demand “and we welcome opportunities that provide travellers with more options, while fostering visitation to our beautiful region.”Swoop starts service out of Edmonton and Winnipeg starts June 25. Over the course of the summer Greenway will visit each of the inaugural cities, to share Swoop’s appreciation for the meaningful teamwork and effort it has taken to get off the ground.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesIt’s a busy day for both Swoop and WestJet, with new regional airline service, WestJet Link, taking flight today too, from Cranbrook and Prince George to Calgary. Service starts from Lethbridge and Lloydminster to Calgary on June 21 and Medicine Hat to Calgary on June 22. Overall WestJet Link connects five new cities to WestJet’s growing hub at the YYC Calgary International Airport.Meanwhile Swoop’s initial schedule offers service from Abbotsford, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Halifax as follows:                     Hamilton Hamilton 6 X Weekly Edmonton Travelweek Group Arriving Hamilton Frequency Abbotsford Halifax Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Watch for more coverage about Swoop in the June 28, 2018 issue of Travelweek. Posted by Hamilton Tags: Swoop, WestJet << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Costa Rica celebrates arrival of cyclist Andrey Amador

first_img Facebook Comments Hundreds of Ticos welcomed Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador at the Plaza de la Cultura in downtown San José after his arrival to Costa Rica Friday  afternoon. Amador finished fourth in the Giro d’Italia, the most important cycling race after the Tour de France, and is now the highest placing Central American cyclist in history. Related posts:Costa Rica’s Andrey Amador: ‘I don’t feel fear. Respect, yes, but not fear.’ Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador moves into third place in the Giro d’Italia Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador finishes fourth in Giro d’Italia Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador finishes third in opening stage of Giro d’Italialast_img read more

Tourism provides 25 billion boost to Queenslands economy

first_imgTourism provides $25 billion boost to Queensland’s economyTourism is now worth $25b to the Queensland economy and supports more than 225,000 direct and indirect jobs, new figures released today reveal.Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said the State Tourism Satellite Accounts data for 2015-16, released today, shows that tourism continues to play a vital role in the state’s economy.“Tourism is a key contributor to our economy and it is pleasing to see that the state’s Gross State Product from tourism is growing at a faster rate than the national average – 8.7 per cent versus 6.9 per cent,” Ms Jones said.“This incorporates not only direct contributions from the tourism industry but also flow-on effects from money being spent elsewhere in the economy.”“For every dollar spent in the tourism industry, an additional 85 cents was spent elsewhere in the state, which is great news for our economy.”“Tourism also supports 225,000 jobs right across the state, with one in ten Queensland workers now either directly or indirectly employed in the tourism industry, a greater level of tourism employment than New South Wales and Victoria, both around 1 in 14.”“Tourism now employs more people than the mining and agriculture, forestry and fishing industries combined in Queensland.”“During 2015-2016, Queensland had the largest growth in total tourism jobs – 12,000 – than any other state or territory.”“These statistics reaffirm Queensland’s reputation as a leading destination, with unique experiences, natural wonders, world-class events and unbeatable hospitality. Queensland has something for everyone.”“We know that attracting both international and domestic visitors to our State plays a vital role in building a strong economy and via Tourism and Events Queensland, the Queensland Government is committed to continue building a strong and prosperous tourism sector via a range of different initiatives.” Tourism and Events QueenslandLearn more hereSource = Tourism and Events Queenslandlast_img read more

Latest Report Shows Drop in Housing Confidence

first_img Share The Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) released on Friday by Fannie Mae showed a March slump, after gains in the previous two months.“Home purchase sentiment gave back some of the gains accumulated over the prior two months that sent the index (Home Purchase Sentiment Index) to its survey high in February,’’ said Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. “Strong home price appreciation has turned into a double-edged sword for the housing market as it boosted the net share of consumers saying it’s a good time to sell to a record high, surpassing the plunging good time to buy indicator for the first time in the history of the survey.“In addition, the net share of consumers who expect mortgage rates to rise over the next year exceeded that experienced during the 2013 taper tantrum. However, the housing market could get some tailwinds from a seasonal rise in for-sale inventory, particularly as home sellers seek to lock in profits from recent rapid home price gains. The market could also get a boost from homebuyers who decide to jump into the market before rates rise further.”The Fannie Mae survey polls 1,000 households and simply asks how they feel about owning or renting a home, the economy, finances and other factors. All-in-all, the survey asks 100 questions designed to track shifts in attitude. The findings are compared to the same monthly survey going back to 2010.Those who said it is a good time to sell increased by 9 percentage points to 31 percent. That is a survey high for two straight months.High home prices were the most important reason for both the bad time to buy and good time to sell indicators, cited by 39 percent of consumers who say it is a bad time to buy (a survey high) and 24 percent of those who say it is a good time to sell. Americans who say that home prices will go up decreased by 1 percentage point in March to 44 percent. Those who foresee rising mortgage rates in the next year fell five percentage points, which is a survey low. Additionally, more Americans were concerned about losing their jobs and in the March Fannie Mae survey, fewer reported a rise in household income.Conversely, Fannie Mae’s first quarter 2017 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey showed lenders, both big, small and in between, feel hopeful about the economy and believe the economy is moving in the right direction. This particular survey began in the first quarter of 2014 and those confidence levels are at their highest. April 7, 2017 764 Views Latest Report Shows Drop in Housing Confidencecenter_img Consumer Confidence Fannie Mae Houisng Price 2017-04-07 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featuredlast_img read more