10 months agoCHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Man Utd get PSG; Liverpool, Tottenham take on German giants; Juventus vs Atletico Madrid;

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Man Utd get PSG; Liverpool, Tottenham take on German giants; Juventus vs Atletico Madrid;by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will face PSG in the Champions League last-16 after the draw was completed in Switzerland on Monday morning.Liverpool and Tottenham will play Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively, avoiding the likes of Barcelona and Juventus.Max Allegri’s team drew Atletico Madrid, while Barca will play Lyon. In the other matches, defending champions Real Madrid will take on Ajax, Roma face Porto and Manchester City get their reward for finishing top of their group as they face Bundesliga side Schalke.UEFA Champions League Round of 16 drawLiverpool vs Bayern MunichAjax vs Real MadridRoma vs PortoLyon vs BarcelonaManchester United vs PSGTottenham vs Borussia DortmundManchester City vs SchalkeAtletico Madrid vs Juventus last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t care about Man City v Liverpool result

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t care about Man City v Liverpool resultby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed he does not care who wins out of Manchester City and Liverpool on Thursday night.Spurs put themselves into second place, one point ahead of City, with a win over Cardiff City on New Year’s Day.Despite the obvious implications of the result, Pochettino says he will be simply enjoying the “spectacle”.The Argentine said: “In this country all the people are going to watch the game.”But I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game.”I don’t care about the result, I just want to enjoy the spectacle and the game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

11 days ago​Argentina boss Scanoli reveals Aguero not involved in full Man City training

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Argentina boss Scanoli reveals Aguero not involved in full Man City trainingby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArgentina boss Lionel Scaloni has claimed that Sergio Aguero often sits out of full training at Manchester City.Aguero has been involved in most of City’s games this season, managing eight goals in as many games this term.But he is carrying an injury, according to his international boss.Scaloni spoke about Aguero and said to reporters: “Sergio Aguero is not here because he’s been carrying a problem and has not been training 100 per cent with his club.”It is unclear what injury is troubling Aguero and whether he will be fit for his club’s next Premier League game after the international break.The 31-year-old is still one of the key players at the Etihad Stadium club, and will be needed if City are to catch up on the eight point deficit to Liverpool in the Premier League table. last_img read more

A DEADPOOL AND XMEN SPINOFF CALLED XFORCE WILL START SHOOTING THIS SUMMER

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Deadpool and X-Men spin-off movie X-Force to start shooting later this yearJosh Brolin is cashing all those superhero cheques. The X-Men film franchise is expanding (the X-panded Universe, anyone?) with yet another spin-off going into production.First up, there’s Deadpool and its sequel, the horror-themed New Mutants and the TV shows Legion and Gifted… and now X-Force is totally happening too. Production Weekly reports that the film will begin shooting in October, with both Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin returning as the Merc with a Mouth and his mate Cable, respectively. READ MOREDeadpool 2 Spin-off X-Force Starts Production This Fall?According to a new report, the X-Force movie will begin filming sometime in October of this year. X-Force director, Drew Goddard, is currently filming Bad Times at the El Royale and that movie is set to hit theaters on October 8th, which means he’ll be on the promotional campaign ahead of the release and then afterwards as well. If this report ends up being true, Goddard is going to have a pretty busy month of October. Deadpool 2 is wrapping reshoots in Vancouver ahead of its May 18th release date.News of the X-Force movie was announced late last year, and it will see the return of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Josh Brolin as Cable. And as the new report suggests, filming will begin this October. Deadpool 2 will introduce Cable and Zazie Beetz’s Domino character, so it seems likely that Domino will be featured in X-Force as well. Colossus is also a likely candidate to return as well. The official synopsis reads. READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment When it was announced The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, had bought up a big chunk of 20th Century Fox, which controls the Deadpool franchise, fans speculated a mash-up movie of all your favorite Marvel characters could be coming.Their instincts were right: a Deadpool and spinoff, called X-Force, will reportedly begin filming this summer, according to Production Weekly.X-Force was originally conceived in 1991 by comic illustrator Rob Liefeld. The team of superheroes was led by Cable in its first appearance in New Mutants.   READ MORE Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Avalanche Canada issues special avalanche warning for this weekend

first_imgREVELSTOKE, B.C. – Avalanche Canada has issued a special public avalanche warning for backcountry users.The warning went into effect Thursday afternoon and will remain in place until Sunday for the following regions:  Lizard Range and Flathead, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, North Rockies, South & North Columbia, Cariboos, Sea-to-Sky, South Coast, South Coast Inland and Northwest Coastal. For a map of the regions involved, click here.After a prolonged drought in late November and early December, the province has been hit with a series of storms that have dropped a significant amount of snow. This new snow is not bonding well to the old surface that formed during the drought. “Our main concern is that we are expecting the weather to clear on Saturday,” explains James Floyer, senior avalanche forecaster for Avalanche Canada. “After all this rain in the valleys, backcountry users are going to want to hit the alpine but that’s where the danger is greatest. There’s a very weak layer now buried anywhere between 60 and 150 cm. Any avalanche triggered on that layer will definitely be life threatening.”Avalanche Canada warns anyone accessing higher elevation terrain to be aware of this hazard. This means skiers and boarders leaving ski resort boundaries and snowmobilers riding at or above the treeline. Everyone in a backcountry party needs the essential rescue gear—transceiver, probe and shovel—and know how to use it. And always check the current avalanche conditions at www.avalanche.ca.last_img read more

IT raids continue for second day against people linked to CM Kamal

first_imgNew Delhi/Bhopal: The Income-Tax Department raids against close aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and others continued Monday with search teams making seizures of documents and cash, officials said. Officials said the searches, on charges of alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions during the ongoing poll season, are continuing at various premises in Bhopal, Indore and in Delhi and national capital region as tax sleuths are gathering details and evidences. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details While there is no official word on the exact amount of cash seized, sources said over Rs 10 crore suspected cash has been seized till now. At least half-a-dozen people, linked to alleged hawala dealer Paras Mal Lodha, are being questioned by the department. The department had launched pre-dawn raids at 52 locations on Sunday on people and associates linked to Nath. Sources had told PTI that there is a “strong possibility” of the cash recovered during the operation being used as an election inducement to fund political campaigns and bribe voters in the poll-bound state and in Delhi. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday A preliminary report of the raids was also shared by the department with the Central Board of Direct Taxes and the Election Commission in Delhi. A cash van with large-sized trunks has been sent by the department at a location in Bhopal to seize and collect the cash found during the raids, they said. Those searched included Nath’s former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Pravin Kakkar, former adviser Rajendra Miglani, Ashwani Sharma and executives linked to his brother-in-law’s firm Moser Bayer and his nephew Ratul Puri’s company. Nath had reacted late Sunday to the development. “The situation about the I-T raids is not clear yet. It would be appropriate to speak on this after the situation is clear. But the entire country knows how the constitutional institutions were used and against whom they were used during the past five years,” he had said. “These institutions were used to scare people. When they do not have anything to say on development and their work, they used this kind of tactics against their opponents,” the CM’s statement had said.last_img read more

Delhi court allows accused in EC bribery case to travel abroad

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Thursday allowed a senior advocate, who is an accused in the Election Commission bribery case involving AIADMK (Amma) faction leader T T V Dhinakaran, to travel abroad.Special Judge Arun bhardwaj permitted Chennai-based B Kumar to travel to the US from April 27 to June 8 to visit his son who is living with his family there. “The apprehension of the prosecution that applicant/accused will flee from justice is not based on any material. No tangible ground is made by the prosecution for not granting permission to applicant/accused to go abroad. Thus, keeping in view the facts and circumstances, the applicant/accused is permitted to travel abroad to the USA,” the judge said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court also imposed certain conditions which included furnishing additional security in the form of bank guarantee of Rs 10 lakh or in the alternative a fixed deposit receipt of the like amount. “The applicant/accused, B Kumar, shall furnish a detailed affidavit disclosing his detailed programme, including his stay at various stations abroad and telephone numbers and residential address before his departure,” the judge said in his order. “The applicant/accused, B Kumar, would be returning during summer vacations. Therefore, the applicant/accused shall inform the IO about his arrival in India within 48 hours of his return and shall surrender his passport to the IO. Thereafter, the IO shall deposit with this court the passport of applicant/accused B Kumar within two days of reopening of the courts,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe court also said that Kumar will not contact or influence the prosecution witnesses. The Delhi Police had earlier filed a supplementary charge sheet against Dhinakaran, Chandrashekhar, Mallikarjuna, a long-time friend of Dhinakaran, and six others in the case. Dhinakaran has been accused of offences under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the IPC, besides taking gratification by corrupt or illegal means to influence public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PC Act).last_img read more

Is merger with ThyssenKrupp affecting the roles of Tata Steels top level

first_imgTata steelworks Port Talbot, Wales, April 26, 2016.Reuters fileAfter Tata Steel announced that it had tweaked the roles of two of its top executives TV Narendran and Koushik Chatterjee, it is now speculated that the decision was taken in tune with the company’s plans to merge with Thyssenkrupp in Europe.The board of Tata Steel met on Monday, October 30, and promoted managing director, India & Southeast Asia, Narendran to the post of global chief executive and managing director, and group executive director and chief finance officer Chatterjee is now executive director and CFO, reported the Economic Times.It is also being said that though Narendran has now been given a larger role in the firm, things may change once Tata Steel’s merger with Thyssenkrupp is completed. With this, Tata Steel is also aiming to expand its footprints in India and Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran has said that the brand is capable of doubling its presence in the country.Meanwhile, the brand’s merger with ThyssenKrupp was also debated for a while. Even though it had often been said that Tata Steel may not merge with the latter, the two firms signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in September. This deal makes the firms the continent’s second-largest steelmaker after ArcelorMittal.Amid these discussions, Chatterjee had earlier told the business daily that Tata Steel’s merger with Thyssenkrupp depended on quite a few factors, one of which was the pension scheme issue being resolved. “A fair resolution of the pension scheme in the UK will be key to securing Tata Steel’s future prospects in Europe, be it in pursuing a merger with Thyssenkrupp or running a lean and profitable business in high-value steels,” Chatterjee said.The Indian multinational steel-making company had earlier made news for paying bonuses worth £25 million to its top European managers, at a time when UK workers have been taking pension cuts to keep the British business floating.The “retention” bonus was reportedly awarded to about 100 top managers at the UK and Dutch offices. ReutersThe details of the payments made were leaked by a Dutch whistleblower, after which the company admitted that these bonuses had been paid to senior managers, reported the Financial Times. Additionally, the officials at Tata Steel also said that the retention bonus had been paid as per the terms and conditions of the said managers’ contract.When FT got in touch with the officials regarding the payments, the website was shown a letter that Tata Steel’s chairman Andrew Robb had sent to the employees of the company on Wednesday, July 12. The letter said: the company offers “a range of short and longer-term incentives for employees at all levels so we can attract and retain the appropriate skills for the future.”After this, several trade unions had slammed the firm and said that “Tata Steel managers should hang their heads in shame.”The Unite trade union added: “It’s remarkable that bonuses of such kind have been paid out to senior bosses at a time of great upheaval and uncertainty for the company. Workers on the shop floor whose livelihoods have been hanging by a thread and pay frozen will understandably be less than impressed.”last_img read more

Narayanganj accident death toll rises to 10

first_imgPeople sustained injuries in a road accident in Narayanganj have been undergoing treatment at the Dhaka medical College Hospital on 26 February. Photo: Dipu MalakarAt least 10 people, including two children, were killed and 50 others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Tribordi in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj on Monday noon, reports UNB.One of the deceased was identified as Yasmin, a worker of Ananta Trading garment.A Chittagong-bound ‘MD Yasin Paribahan’ bus from Dhaka hit a lorry when its driver lost control over the steering, leaving eight passengers of the bus dead on spot and 52 others injured around 2:00pm, said Abdul Qaiyum, officer-in-charge Kanchpur Highway Police.Among the injured, two succumbed to their injuries on way to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, the OC added.Locals rescued the injured and sent 24 of them to DMCH and the rest to Sonargaon Upazila Health Complex.Additional superintendent (crime) Motiar Rahman has already visited the spot.last_img read more

Texas Death Row Inmate Set To Die Next Month Gets Reprieve

first_img Share A 36-year-old Texas prisoner set for execution next month for a robbery-slaying in San Antonio 14 years ago has won a reprieve.The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has sent Juan Castillo’s appeal back to his Bexar County trial court to review arguments from defense attorneys that a witness presented false testimony at Castillo’s 2005 trial.Castillo was set for lethal injection Dec. 14 for the December 2003 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tommy Garcia Jr. in an ambush robbery plot that also involved Castillo’s girlfriend and two others.Castillo’s attorneys argue a Bexar County jail inmate who testified against Castillo now says he made up his testimony to try to help his own legal problems. Prosecutors opposing the reprieve said testimony from other witnesses corroborated the inmate’s testimony.last_img read more

ESPN Hires NFL Medias Brian Lockhart to Head ESPN Original Content

first_img Popular on Variety ESPN recruited Brian Lockhart, who has spent more than a decade at NFL Media, as executive producer of original content for the ESPN+ subscription-streaming service.Lockhart will oversee strategy and development for all ESPN+ original programming initiatives, including new projects as well as existing shows such as “Detail,” “More Than an Athlete,” “The Board Room,” “Earn Everything,” “Quest for the Stanley Cup” and “Draft Academy.” He reports to Libby Geist, VP and executive producer, ESPN Films and Original Content. Adam Neuhaus, director of development for ESPN Films and Original Content, along with his team will report directly to Lockhart.Most recently, Lockhart was VP of NFL Media’s original content group, developing original content by leveraging league initiatives like Youth Football, Legends Community, My Cause, and Breast Cancer Awareness. Over a nearly 12-year tenure with NFL Media, he also served as VP of content development and programming and before that was a coordinating producer for features. Prior to the NFL, Lockhart worked at HBO Sports, first as a senior features producer and then creative director. Earlier in his career, Lockhart held production positions at ABC Sports and ESPN. ×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 “Brian is an award-winning content creator who brings an incredibly creative mind and a vast array of experience in series development and sports media to this newly-created position,” Geist said in announcing Lockhart’s hire.Disney is touting momentum for ESPN+, which topped 1 million subscribers last September (after migrating ESPN Insider subs to the service) and according to the company signed up over 568,000 new paying subscribers last Friday and Saturday, with the debut of “UFC Fight Night” on Jan. 19. (ESPN isn’t saying what the current subscriber count is.) In addition, the UFC broadcast on ESPN logged a metered market rating of 1.4, the largest for a UFC preliminary fight card on cable since 2013.ESPN+, priced at $4.99 monthly or $49.99 annually, offers thousands of live and on-demand events not carried on TV as well as exclusive series and other original programming. “Our first ‘UFC Fight Night on ESPN+’ was a thrilling evening of action and a great success, with a record-setting night that continued the momentum for ESPN+, delivered strong ratings on ESPN and marks a great start to our new agreement with the UFC,” Kevin Mayer, chairman of Disney’s Direct-To-Consumer and International group, said in a statement.In his new role, Lockhart will work with executives across both ESPN and DTCI’s Disney Streaming Services group, including Russell Wolff, executive VP and GM of ESPN+, and Craig Lazarus, VP of ESPN original content and features, who will continue to oversee production on ESPN+ original series.Lockhart will relocate from L.A. to New York with his wife of 15 years, Vicki, and their two children.last_img read more

How does complex behavior spontaneously emerge in the brain

first_img Citation: How does complex behavior spontaneously emerge in the brain? (2013, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-complex-behavior-spontaneously-emerge-brain.html A spatial representation of the background avalanche activity in a circular culture with a 2.5-mm radius and density of 300 neurons per mm. Only the top 1% of the most active connections is shown. Different colors correspond to different neuron communities, according to a community detection algorithm. Credit: Javier G. Orlandi, et al. ©2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited In a new study published in Nature Physics, a team of researchers from Spain has shown that emergence in neuronal networks can be explained as a noise-driven phenomenon that is controlled by the interplay between network topology and intrinsic neuronal dynamics. In this scenario, a randomly fired pulse propagates through the network and is amplified by noise focusing, which the researchers describe as an implosive concentration of spontaneous activity. “From the experimental point of view, we show that in neuronal cultures, the emergence early in the development of collective spontaneous activity is dominated by the presence of activity waves that initiate in specific regions of the culture, in a similar way as it happens in vivo,” lead author Javier G. Orlandi at the University of Barcelona told Phys.org. “And with the help of simulations, we also show that you don’t need any special mechanism to explain this behavior, just the right combination of network structure and dynamics. These waves emerge naturally from the noise focusing effect, in which individual firings propagate and concentrate in specific regions to later generate these activity waves.”The researchers arrived at this explanation by combining high-resolution calcium imaging experiments of rat cortical neurons with simulations. The experiments revealed that bursts of neuronal pulses are controlled by waves that originate at small areas called nucleation sites. Although previous research has hinted at the existence of such waves, this study is the first that provides sufficiently high resolution to measure the wave velocity for the first time. The random nature of the wave initiation from spontaneous neuronal firing also supports the idea that it is a noise-driven phenomenon, in which the waves are later amplified to become global bursts.The view of emergence in neural networks as a noise-driven phenomenon differs from the common view in which the bursts of neuronal pulses are controlled by specific leader neurons assisted by the network architecture. In the noise-driven explanation, the nucleation sites do not actively initiate the firing process, but collect and amplify the firing activity that originated elsewhere.As the researchers explain, understanding the full implications of noise focusing in the brain remains a question for future research.”The mechanism of noise focusing emerges naturally in any system with interconnected integrate-and-fire units (like neurons), so its effect should also be present in the brain,” Orlandi said. “If this effect is important in the brain, or by contrast, if the brain has other mechanisms to counter its effect, is still an open question. It could be that noise focusing is responsible for the generation of waves of activity during development, like in the retina, and that it helps the maturation of specific neuronal pathways.”In the future, the researchers plan to further investigate neuronal activity through more in-depth investigations.”We want to see what happens in more complex neuronal systems, like slices or electrode recordings from anaesthetized animals, and see if we find the same effect in there,” Orlandi said. “We know that activity waves are present in these systems, but we still need to see how these waves form exactly, if it is also due to noise focusing or due to something else. It would also be extremely interesting to check what role noise focusing plays in social networks, for example in rumor spreading.”In this analogy, the points of a rumor’s origins can be compared to the nucleation sites where waves originate, and the spreading of a rumor to the brain’s collective neuronal firing. More information: Javier G. Orlandi, et al. “Noise focusing and the emergence of coherent activity in neuronal cultures.” Nature Physics. DOI: 10.1038/NPHYS2686 Journal information: Nature Physics Coherence activity in neuronal cultures from noise focusingcenter_img Explore further (Phys.org) —The idea of emergence, in which complex behavior spontaneously emerges out of simple interactions, exists in a wide variety of areas, such as economics, the Internet, and urban development. But perhaps the ultimate example of emergence is in the brain, where thousands of randomly firing neurons spontaneously reach a coherent state of collective, periodic firing that underlies all brain functions. Despite significant progress, the mechanisms responsible for the origin and maintenance of spontaneous neuronal activity are still poorly understood. © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. 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.last_img read more

IMA slams idea of Bridge Course for dentists

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has condemned the idea of ‘Bridge Course’ to create cadres of mid-level health practitioners by allowing dentists to practice mainstream medicine in various health centres.Niti Aayog, along with the health ministry, is examining a proposal to introduce Bridge Course for the dentists so that they can be used as mid-level health providers in various health centres across the state, particularly where there is a crisis of MBBS doctors. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDr Santanu Sen, national president of IMA, declared that there is no shortage of doctors in the country. “Around 63,250 MBBS graduates come out of 494 medical colleges in the country. But India has only 23,729 post graduate seats,” Dr Sen said. “The fact remains that the government does not have the capacity to absorb the rest of them. Every year the unemployment among young medical graduates is a great cause of concern. The frustration of these youngsters with an undergraduate degree has to be addressed first,” he added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateCondemning the idea of mid-level practitioners, IMA secretary general Dr RV Asokan said the government’s attempt to provide half baked medical care to the citizens through mid-level practitioners is dangerous. “The government should give permanent posting to MBBS graduates in 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres. Ad Hoc postings are not acceptable,” he said. It may be mentioned here that a meeting on this proposal is scheduled to be held at Niti Aayog on April 22.last_img read more

Downpour to keep heat at bay for couple of days

first_imgKolkata: A thundershower triggered by a Nor’wester that lashed various South Bengal districts on late Monday evening may persist till Wednesday.The residents of city and the people from other districts in South Bengal will witness a pleasant weather till Wednesday following which the temperature may start soaring. According to the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, a pressure zone has formed over Bihar and Jharkhand that has been constantly injecting water vapour into Bengal. The water vapour will also contribute to the rainfall in South Bengal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA senior official at the Alipore MeT office said that the temperature would continue to go up from Thursday after the rainy spell is over. Rain that lashed South Bengal districts has brought down the temperature by 3 to 5 degree Celsius giving much waited respite to the people. The discomfort level will shoot up after the next Thursday due to high level of humidity prevailing in the atmosphere. The weather office said that a moderate to heavy rainfall will hit five districts in North Bengal. Rain will be coupled with thunderstorm and lightning. A hailstorm is also predicted to hit some districts in North Bengal as result of Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statewhich the tea gardens may be affected. “The temperature in various South Bengal districts may start rising from Thursday as there is an expected change to happen in the weather system. The impact of the rainy spell will be over by Thursday,” a senior official of the Alipore Met office said. The official also added that the Nor’wester is likely to hit various South Bengal districts on Wednesday. Rains have pushed the mercury down by a few notches. People have received some respite from the excessive heat.last_img read more

Linkerd 20 is now generally available with a new service sidecar design

first_imgLinkerd 2.0 is now generally available. Linkerd is a transparent proxy that adds service discovery, routing, failure handling, and visibility to modern software applications. Linkerd 2.0 brings two significant changes. First, Linkerd 2.0 is completely rewritten to to be faster and smaller than Linkerd 1.x. Second, Linkerd moves beyond the service mesh model to running on a single service. It also comes with a focus on minimal configuration, a modular control plane design, and UNIX-style CLI tools. Let’s understand what each of these changes mean. Smaller and Faster Linkerd has undergone a complete change to become faster and smaller than its predecessor. Linkerd 2.0’s data plane is comprised of ultralight Rust proxies which consume around 10mb of RSS and have a p99 latency of Service sidecar design It also adopts a modern service sidecar design from the traditional service mesh model. The traditional service mesh model has two major problems. First, they add a significant layer of complexity to the tech stack. Second they are designed to meet the needs of platform owners undermining the service owners. Linkerd 2.0’s service sidecar design offers a solution to both. It allows platform owners to build out a service mesh incrementally, one service at a time, to provide security and reliability that a full service mesh provides. More importantly, Linkerd 2.0 addresses the needs of service owners directly with its service sidecar model to its focus on diagnostics and debugging. Linkerd 2.0 at its core is a service sidecar, running on a single service without requiring cluster-wide installation. Even without having a whole Kubernetes cluster, developers can run Linkerd and get: Instant Grafana dashboards of a service’s success rates, latencies, and throughput A topology graph of incoming and outgoing dependencies A live view of requests being made to your service Improved, latency-aware load balancing Installation Installing Linkerd 2.0 on a service requires no configuration or code changes. You can try Linkerd 2.0 on a Kubernetes 1.9+ cluster in 60 seconds by running: curl https://run.linkerd.io/install | sh Also check out the full Getting Started Guide. Linkerd 2.0 is also hosted on GitHub. Read Next Google Cloud hands over Kubernetes project operations to CNCF, grants $9M in GCP credits. Kubernetes 1.11 is here! VMware Kubernetes Engine (VKE) launched to offer Kubernetes-as-a-Service.last_img read more

TripAdvisor supporting animal rights by not selling certain attractions

first_imgTripAdvisor supporting animal rights by not selling certain attractions Thursday, October 13, 2016 BOSTON — Travel website TripAdvisor says it’s taking a stand against animal exploitation by no longer selling bookings to attractions where travellers can make physical contact with captive wild animals or endangered species.The policy, six months in the making, was formed with input from tourism, animal welfare and conservation groups including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, but many of the millions of travellers who post reviews to the company’s website have been concerned about animal welfare for years, company spokesman Brian Hoyt said.The company, based in Needham, also will start providing links on its site to take users to educational research on animal welfare and conservation.“TripAdvisor’s new booking policy and education effort is designed as a means to do our part in helping improve the health and safety standards of animals, especially in markets with limited regulatory protections,” said Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor’s president.But the president of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums said she was “disappointed” TripAdvisor never consulted her Virginia-based organization, whose members include branches of the SeaWorld and Six Flags theme parks and dozens of other marine life parks, aquariums and zoos internationally.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“It’s an unjust demonization of the interactive programs that are at the heart of modern zoo and aquarium programs,” president Kathleen Dezio said. “They give guests the magic, memorable experiences that make them want to care about these animals and protect them in the wild.”The TripAdvisor policy, announced Tuesday, is in line with increasing public sentiment against the exploitation of wild animals to entertain people. SeaWorld this year announced it would stop using killer whales for theatrical performances, while Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus last year stopped using elephants.TripAdvisor will cease booking some attractions immediately, but the policy, which may affect hundreds of businesses, takes full effect early next year.In announcing the policy, which also applies to the affiliated Viator booking website, TripAdvisor specifically mentioned elephant rides, swim-with-the-dolphins programs and tiger petting.Several U.S. businesses that offer such attractions did not immediately respond to requests for comment.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe policy does not apply to horseback rides and children’s petting areas with domesticated animals. It also exempts attractions such as aquarium touch pools where there are educational benefits and visitors are professionally supervised.TripAdvisor won’t bar user reviews of tourist attractions, even those it stops booking. The company has long banned reviews of businesses that use animals for blood sport, including bullfights.A San Francisco-based travel analyst, Henry Harteveldt, said because TripAdvisor is so widely used the wildlife attractions could see a noticeable hit to their business.However, if TripAdvisor merely stops selling the tickets but continues listing the attractions, he said, the effect won’t be long-lasting. He said those attractions may just go through other booking websites to sell tickets.TripAdvisor said if a wildlife attraction changes its business model it would consider selling tickets again. Tags: TripAdvisor Posted by The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has committed to make add

first_imgUK pay TV operator BSkyB has committed to make additional investment in British film production, producing films for a “family audience” for Sky Movies and new documentaries for Sky Atlantic.The new content will be available exclusive to Sky customers from 2013.Sky Movies will invest in feature-length films for TV aimed at family audience over the next five years. New productions are already in development and Sky Movies is seeking submissions for further projects, the company said. The projects are being funded by what Sky described as “a dedicated, six figure development fund”.  Features that are approved for production will have budgets of around £5 million (€6 million).Sky will also create up to 12 primetime documentaries for Sky Atlantic. Projects in each strand will be commissioned and acquired exclusively for Sky customers and will receive their premieres on Sky Movies and Sky Atlantic HD, said the broadcaster. The new shows will also be available on Sky’s on-demand services.Sky has committed to increase investment in home-grown programming to £600 million by 2014, representing an increase of 50% over three years.“We know British programming resonates strongly with our customers so we’ve been building our capability and credibility in this area over the last couple of years. I’m very encouraged by the progress we’ve achieved so far, particularly in original comedy and drama, but we’re only at the start and we’re determined to raise our ambitions again and keep improving,” said CEO Jeremy Darroch in a statement.last_img read more

Rise of the Spy State By April 1991 Zimmerman was

first_imgRise of the Spy StateBy April 1991, Zimmerman was deeply concerned about the state’s growing ability to spy on the average person.He’d discovered a clause in Senate Bill 266 that allowed the government to engage in mass surveillance of the American people. That’s why he released his email encryption software for free online.He also made the computer source code public. So, other people could publish the software on their own websites as well.Eventually, the coding community made scores of copies, spreading the encryption technology across the US and Europe.The US government hated that private individuals now had easy access to sophisticated encryption technology… something governments had long held a monopoly on. That’s why it targeted Zimmerman for a criminal investigation.Ultimately, the investigation turned into a bitter lesson for the US government.Anyone could download the code. And privacy enthusiasts had already spread copies all over the internet. So, there was no way for the government to stop it.That’s because there was no single point of failure. There was no business to shut down, no corporate office to raid, no CEO to shake out, and no central database to confiscate.In the end, the government dropped all charges against Zimmerman.As I’ll explain in a moment, this failed witch hunt is just one of reasons I’m confident the government can’t stop Bitcoin… another private, encryption-based technology.A Swiss Bank Account in Your PocketBitcoin is a non-state currency and payment network. It’s also secured by unbreakable cryptography.Anyone in the world can use Bitcoin, just like anyone in the world can use email. And, if you take certain steps, you can essentially make anonymous transactions.You see, Bitcoin doesn’t use the traditional financial system. It has no central authority. Instead, it runs on a decentralized and voluntary network scattered around the world on many thousands of computers.Bitcoin does not rely on so-called “trusted” intermediaries or third parties. It has no counterparty risk and no single point of failure.In short, owning bitcoin lets you escape the matrix… the financial prison that governments have erected with fiat currencies, central banks, and privacy-killing regulations serving as the bars on the door.It’s like a Swiss bank account in your pocket.Unlike paper currencies, bitcoin is an inherently international asset. It has incredible value as an international transfer mechanism. You can take any amount of it in and out of any country. You don’t need permission from any government.You can send it across any border—or any number of borders—as often as you want. And there’s nothing anyone can do about it.With Bitcoin, there’s no central location for a SWAT team to raid. There’s no “capo” to arrest. Governments can do nothing but play an endless game of whack-a-mole across the globe.It’s basically impossible for the US government, the Chinese government, or any government to kill Bitcoin without shutting down the entire internet… and keeping it off.Bitcoin is simply bigger than any government. That’s why it’s extremely appealing to anyone who respects privacy and holds a healthy disdain for government. Justin’s note: The markets and our offices are closed for the holiday. So for today’s Dispatch, instead of our usual market commentary, we’re sharing an important essay from Casey Report editor Nick Giambruno on why bitcoin is the new “crisis currency.”As you may remember, I interviewed Nick on this idea last month. In short, Nick thinks people will turn to bitcoin during periods of great turmoil. And that may happen sooner than you think, as he explains below…By Nick Giambruno, editor, The Casey ReportWhen two federal agents showed up to harass suspected arms trafficker Phil Zimmerman, Phil was out of his element.He wasn’t your usual gun runner. He wasn’t linked to any cartels, spies, or other shady characters. But he had written a bit of computer code that the US government considered a weapon.In the early 1990s, Phil Zimmerman invented what is now the world’s most widely used email encryption system. It’s called Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), and it ensured privacy between the sender and receiver.Zimmerman also made PGP freely available to anyone over the internet.The US government considered the strong cryptography behind PGP a military “munition.” They charged him with violating the Arms Export Control Act. The penalty… Three to five years in prison and a $1 million fine.In truth, the US government attacked Zimmerman for trying to protect something it loathes: personal privacy. Recommended Link Recommended Link — This former Silicon Valley insider has just “leaked” what could be the biggest technology investment story of 2018…While Reuters reports Wall Street is quietly ditching FANG stocks, and Bitcoin has taken a beating, Silicon Valley investors, Fortune 500 execs, and members of the U.S. government are pumping millions into this… It has nothing to do with stocks, or options, or any traditional investment you’ve ever seen… Nobody else sees this coming… Click here for the full story. Have You Read Today’s Hottest New Financial Book? The Official U.S. Edition of the Unclaimed Millions Handbook Click for details. — This Terrifies PoliticiansIt’s also instructive to look at BitTorrent, the file sharing software, to appreciate why governments can’t stop Bitcoin.BitTorrent is a similarly decentralized technology. It’s commonly used to download pirated digital content.BitTorrent has been around for over 15 years. It’s easily accessible to anyone, despite the US government’s best efforts to shut it down. There’s no reason to expect the government would have any more success eradicating Bitcoin than it’s had with BitTorrent, or Zimmerman’s encryption code.Bitcoin’s resilience to government interference terrifies politicians. This is why it’s such a disruptive and exciting technology.I’ve seen this firsthand in Latin America, where bitcoin helps people get around capital controls. (Governments use capital controls to trap money within their borders so they have more to steal.)Bitcoin helps people bypass these restrictions. That’s because governments can’t freeze, seize, or block the transactions.Bitcoin has become an escape hatch for people living in crisis-stricken countries. But I think it’s valuable to ordinary people everywhere.Bitcoin Bypasses Unsound BanksBitcoin is hugely popular in Venezuela and Zimbabwe right now.That’s no coincidence. Both countries are suffering through chronic economic crises. They have some of the highest rates of inflation in the world.Their governments also strictly control access to foreign currencies. This traps their citizens in a prison of rapidly depreciating fiat currencies. It’s been difficult to escape… until now.Bitcoin offers regular people a safe haven. They can easily use it to send and receive wealth. That might mean paying for goods and services when the local paper money becomes worthless, or discreetly receiving a much-needed influx from relatives who have managed to get out.Whatever the particulars, bitcoin bypasses unsound banks, worthless currencies, and government confiscation schemes.When a crisis hits, a government can easily steal the money in your personal bank account. It can also steal purchasing power by printing more currency. But it’s next to impossible for it to steal bitcoin or prevent people from using it.In a crisis, bitcoin is invaluable to the common man. Whenever there’s a crisis anywhere in the world, its price and volume spike.That’s why I’m calling bitcoin the new “crisis currency.”It’s also why I think bitcoin use will soar during the next global financial crisis, which I believe is not far off.The Original Crisis CurrencyFor thousands of years, gold has been the safe-haven asset. Unlike fiat currencies, physical gold in your possession cannot be easily confiscated, nationalized, frozen, or devalued at the drop of a hat.This is why gold is the traditional “crisis currency.” Now, with the advent of the digital age and bitcoin, people have another crisis currency to lean on.That said, bitcoin is no substitute for physical gold, nor is it a threat to gold’s value. I still think gold is the best way to preserve wealth over the long term.I see bitcoin as a complementary tool for advancing your financial freedom.Today, very few aspects of your private life are beyond the reach of the government… the US government in particular. But bitcoin offers a relatively simple way for ordinary people to maintain some financial privacy and discreetly grow their wealth.It has some of the same crisis benefits as gold. It’s also a solid speculative investment and a convenient way to start internationalizing your wealth.I think everyone should own some bitcoin.Regards, Nick Giambruno Editor, The Casey ReportJustin’s note: Casey Report subscribers can read Nick’s latest issue on this idea right here.If you’re not a subscriber, investing in bitcoin is just one of the ways to protect yourself—and profit—in the years ahead. Nick has a full portfolio of recommendations to build your personal financial empire.You can access these picks with a subscription to The Casey Report. And by signing up today, we’ll also send you a free copy of Doug Casey’s brand-new book. Keep in mind, this book is so controversial, we may have to take this offer down soon. Click here to see why.In Case You Missed It…The biggest power shift in the last 100 years is happening now.And it’s creating a tipping point in the next generation of energy metals. You see, a new type of energy is taking over.It will power our businesses, our homes and our automobiles. And it will create a major commodities bull market centering around a few select metals. If you know where to put your money ahead of time, you could see once-in-a-lifetime gains. Click here to learn more.last_img read more

Working in Bolivias mines is a family businessTh

first_imgWorking in Bolivia’s mines is a family business.That’s what Italian photographer Simone Francescangeli saw when he traveled to the city of Potosí of about 250,000 to document the daily lives of miners. They’re part of a centuries-old enterprise to extract silver, tin, zinc and gold from the mountains. He was struck by the harsh and sometimes dangerous conditions the miners work in — and by the number of children he saw working in the mines. Some were teenagers. One youngster said he was 11 years old.In Potosí, many children work in mines, often joining their fathers or other family members in the tunnels when they’re not in school, says Andrea Marston, a researcher at University of California, Berkeley who studies Bolivian mining cooperatives. The money they earn allows them to play a part in supporting their families.”Miners are scraping by,” says Marston. “It’s more like a family farming structure. Kids are helping out their families rather than working on their own.”Up to a point, they’re legally allowed to do so. In Bolivia, kids must be 14 years old to work, though some exceptions are made for less dangerous jobs. But the policy is not well enforced, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, which estimates nearly a quarter million Bolivian children ages 7 to 14 work and that these youngsters “engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in mining.””Part of the reason there’s no enforcement is because mining cooperatives have been pretty supportive of the government,” Marston says. “They also have a reputation for being violent.” In 2016, miners kidnapped and killed a government official during a strike over labor issues.The work carries risks for both adults and children. Francescangeli saw workers enter the mines with no protective gear besides a helmet. The children, he says, are usually tasked with pushing carts to move rock and minerals out of the mine. Older miners spend their days in search of metals, inhaling the dust from drilling and dynamite explosions they trigger. As a result, says Marston, miners often end up with silicosis, a disease caused by inhaling the mineral silica, which damages the lungs and can make it difficult to breathe.Francescangeli says he decided to experience the mines as Bolivians do. Cameras in hand, he went in without a mask to protect against dust. He says he struggled to breathe, particularly at Potosí’s high elevation of 13,000 feet and in the heat of the tunnels, which he says rose above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. He says when he left the mines on the first day, he had trouble seeing until he rinsed the dust from his eyes.”It was like a blanket over my eyes,” he says.The darkness in the mines became a central element of Francescangeli’s photos, which he decided to shoot in black and white. Because of their headlamps, he says, miners can only see straight ahead.”To live all day long in this kind of darkness, seeing only the things in front of your eyes, it’s a strange way to live,” he says. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Facebook Releases Document to Explain Why Its Removing Posts

first_img Angela Moscaritolo April 25, 2018 3 min read –shares Facebook Releases Document to Explain Why It’s Removing Posts The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article Image credit: via PC Mag Reportercenter_img Add to Queue This story originally appeared on PCMag Meanwhile, the social network is also, for the first time, now giving users the right to appeal its decisions on individual posts. Facebook 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Ever wonder how Facebook decides what — and who — to remove from its platform?Wonder no more because the social network just published the lengthy “Community Standards” its reviewers use to determine what is and isn’t allowed on Facebook.The standards are broken down into six categories: Violence and criminal behavior, safety, objectionable content, integrity and authenticity, respecting intellectual property and content-related requests. They outline how Facebook deals with everything from threats of violence to suicide, self-injury, child porn and sexual exploitation, nudity, bullying, harassment, hate speech and more.The move to publish these once internal guidelines comes after The Guardian last year obtained and posted snippets of the company’s exhaustive and sometimes contradictory rules.Facebook’s VP of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert said the company is now going public with this information to “help people understand where we draw the line on nuanced issues” and as a way to solicit feedback on how it can improve its guidelines. Next month, the company plans to launch a series of public events in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, India and Singapore called “Facebook Forums: Community Standards” to get people’s feedback in person.Facebook relies on artificial intelligence technology and reports from users to identify posts, photos and other content that may violate its standards. Upon receiving a report, a member of the company’s 24/7 Community Operations team reviews the content in question to determine whether it should be taken down. Facebook currently employs more than 7,500 content reviewers.Bickert acknowledged that Facebook’s reviewers sometimes make the wrong decision.”In some cases, we make mistakes because our policies are not sufficiently clear to our content reviewers; when that’s the case, we work to fill those gaps,” she wrote. “More often than not, however, we make mistakes because our processes involve people, and people are fallible.”Meanwhile, Facebook is now, for the first time, giving users the right to appeal its decisions on individual posts. This way, if the company removes your post and you think it made a mistake in doing so, you can ask for a second opinion.At this point, you will only be able to ask for an appeal for posts removed for nudity/sexual activity, hate speech or graphic violence. If Facebook removes something you posted for one of those reasons, it will notify you about the action and give you the option to request an additional review. Within 24 hours of initiating an appeal you should know whether Facebook plans to restore your content, or keep it off the platform for good. Apply Now »last_img read more