KSRM Week In Review 12111215

first_imgDivision Of Elections Keeps Seaton On Republican Primary Ballot, Sterling Intentional Community Answers The Toughest Question For Family Of Disabled, Doctors Warn To Take Flu Seriously This SeasonAudio PlayerDorene-Monday-1.mp3VmDorene-Monday-1.mp300:00RPd Thursday 12/14Soldotna Regional Sports Complex Expansion Plan Expected Early 2018Audio PlayerJennifer-Thursday-1214.mp3VmJennifer-Thursday-1214.mp300:00RPdOfficer Named In Anchor Point Trooper Involved Shooting Incident, SPD Received Grant For New Portable Radios, Sen. Giessel Presents Workers Comp Bill To Joint Chamber Monday 12/11Anchor Point Ospina Shot After Pointing Rifle At Troopers Tuesday 12/12Annexation Public Engagement Report Shows Strong Opposition From ParticipantsAudio PlayerJennifer-on-Tuesday-1212.mp3VmJennifer-on-Tuesday-1212.mp300:00RPdMan Arrested For Breaking Into Girls Locker Room At KCHS, Three Friends Dog Park Receives Donations For Benches, Soldotna To Look At 45 Day Extension To Marijuana Moratorium Wednesday 12/13Trump Inks Huge Increase In Military AppropriationsCommercial Cod Fishery Catch Drops 80% After Blob Attack, Resources Available To Help Mitigate Expected DV Holiday SpikeAudio PlayerDorene-Wednesday-2.mp3VmDorene-Wednesday-2.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Friday 12/15ANWR Opener Stays In Tax Cuts And Job Acts BillWalker Proposes 1.5% Payroll Tax To Cover State’s Deferred Maintenance, Minimum Wage Set To Increase To $9.84Audio PlayerDorene-friday-2.mp3VmDorene-friday-2.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Tumblr porn ban goes into effect puppy photos caught in sweep

first_imgTumblr’s ban on adult content went into effect Monday, and it didn’t take long for users to bare their naked thoughts on the move.The blogging platform announced the change Dec. 3 in a post titled “A better, more positive Tumblr.” On Monday, a new post apologized for what the site admitted has “not been an easy transition.” Flagged content will be hidden, not deleted, the site reported.”Written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, and nudity found in art, specifically sculptures and illustrations, is also stuff that can be freely posted on Tumblr,” the post says. “Although, photorealistic imagery or photography – images, videos, or GIFs — with real humans that include exposed genitals or female-presenting (yeah, we know you hate this term) nipples or depict sex acts is not allowed per our guidelines.”Breastfeeding and nudity in art are still OK to post.  Users quickly found flaws in Tumblr’s implementation of the ban. Some found tricks to get around the flagging process, others saw legitimate content hidden.Asked for comment, Tumblr referred CNET back to the Dec. 3 and Dec. 17 posts, as well as the site’s posted updates to its community guidelines. Tags Images Tumblr users said were incorrectly hidden include:Photos of cats, birds and rocks: Things that were flagged on @tumblr: -Smoke art-BNHA fanart-A field of flowers-woman in cosplay-leather boots-men kissing-A puppy-Fat sphinx catThings that weren’t flagged: -75% of the nsfw content on my side blog-Bots-Literal NAZISFIX YOUR SHIT TUMBLR.#TumblrLogOff— Snow F. (@SnowySpaceship) December 17, 2018 A pixelated Pokemon: FREE THE FEMALE PRESENTING NIPPLE #tumblrprotest pic.twitter.com/u90s08qiXc— bukkake bitch (@bipolarhippy) December 14, 2018 Post a comment #tumblrprotest if you are boycotting tomorrow make sure to pass the plan around pic.twitter.com/4pXpsp23RK— Angharad Griffiths (@Angiepose) December 16, 2018 Too late. You blew it #TumblrIsDeadParty #nsfw #tumblrpurge pic.twitter.com/PagEG2QOIr— xstumbl (@xstumbl) December 12, 2018 I’m doing #TumblrLogOff because their idiotic algorithm thought a text post with a single pixelated pokemon was NSFW. Thanks @tumblr, your already nigh-unusable site just got worse!— Duke (@laangdons) December 17, 2018 Anyways tumblr is dead to me because they flagged these set of pictures pic.twitter.com/eqjED9mVTH— 🌙 litchi 🌙 (@suicunepng) December 16, 2018 This cosplay tutorial: In a fairly meta move, some people posted their Tumblr issues on Tumblr itself.Although the ban may have been well-intentioned, many users clearly disagreed with how it was implemented. #Tumblr how’s this for female presenting nipples #tumblrlogoff pic.twitter.com/PRNm2eoTiv— Momo (@AS_Flow_MoMo) December 17, 2018 I’m officially off #Tumblr for the next 24hrs in protest of their new policy changes that do nothing to stop porn bots & child predators but do harm artists, gamers, social justice blogs, body positivy blogs & many others #TumblrLogOff— LevelUpLynn 🦄 (@LevelUpLynn) December 17, 2018 hey @tumblr maybe you might want to listen to the people using your site, and actually ban literal nazis and pedophiles instead of “female-presenting nipples” and content you’ve deemed “nsfw” (how the fuck is my aesthetic picture of a pool nsfw?) #tumblrprotest #tumblrpurge— december chrimms time babeys 🙂 (@AgentAngelace) December 17, 2018 0 Today, we mourn the loss of female presenting nipples, but celebrate their legacy.. #tumblr— 🧛🏻‍♀️Nicole Maines🧛🏻‍♀️ (@NicoleAMaines) December 17, 2018 “…female-presenting (yeah, we know you hate the term) nipples…”……well that doesn’t sound patronizing at all…. #TumblrLogOff #Tumblr https://t.co/E4mHjR4ulj— RecordRewind (@record_rewind) December 17, 2018 And even Tumblr’s own post announcing the ban: A photo of a pool: First published Dec. 17, 11:18 a.m. PT.  Update, Dec. 17 at 11:57 a.m. PT: Adds response from Tumblr.Update, Dec, 17 at 12:17 p.m. PT: Adds Tumblr user posts relating to ban. Prudishness aside, can we address the hyphen? It implies the nipples are presenting the females.— Sad Lieutenant (@unocajone) December 17, 2018 An ancient Egyptian tomb:center_img maybe the real female-presenting nipples were the friends we met along the way pic.twitter.com/UdyMRZoCzV— Animated Text (@animatedtext) December 10, 2018 not the best look for tumblr to try cutesily distancing itself from “female-presenting nipples” while actually doubling down on it pic.twitter.com/nCQnHLLUgC— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) December 17, 2018 A man’s chest, but not when next to an owl: A sleepy penguin: #Tumblr just flagged as “adult” this post I published relative to the recent archaeological discovery in Egypt … pic.twitter.com/nqARBqEcMf— bittenapple (@bittenapple) December 16, 2018 YOU FLAGGED A PICTURE OF MISTER ROGERS AND A MAILMAN!That is all. #TumblrProtest— Kaylee Fuhr (@KayleeFuhr) December 17, 2018 The term “female-presenting nipples,” mentioned in the Tumblr post about images that aren’t allowed, came in for special ridicule from users, especially for the way the site acknowledged the term was problematic. the problem isn’t that We Hate That Term;), although it’s stupid and we do, it’s that the whole idea that the female body is inherently sexual is Fucked Up And Bad, yall— Rave Sashayed (@_sashayed) December 17, 2018 Hashtags including #TumblrLogOff, #TumblrPurge, #TumblrIsDeadParty and #TumblrProtest objected to the way the changes were being implemented, and some urged users to stay off the site for 24 hours in protest. My most popular #cosplay tutorial was flagged on Tumblr as inappropriate… What are they smoking over there? pic.twitter.com/OpgWOTQRoN— Quinn-tessential (@HorrorShadows) December 17, 2018 #tumblr #tumblrisdeadparty”We did it! We fixed our site by deleting all the porn!” pic.twitter.com/fu8fmkZ3eV— Takashi Shirogane (@Starry_Paladin) December 3, 2018 Signed out of @Tumblr for 24 hours. If they’re going to crash and sink their own ship, might as well make it go ALL THE WAY DOWN. #TumblrIsDeadParty— Merry Impmas (@ImperfectXIII) December 17, 2018 So here’s something. Users are testing the limits of Tumblr’s new algorithm that flags adult content (aka “censorbot”). This one found that a man’s chest was flagged, but a man’s chest next a 50% scale owl went unnoticed. Things seem to be going greathttps://t.co/FU1MudA0K9 pic.twitter.com/Tmm0JyPWJC— Chappell Ellison ٩( ᐛ )و✎ (@ChappellTracker) December 7, 2018 #tumblrpurge remember when THEIR OWN POST ANNOUNCING THE BAN WAS FLAGGEDYeahThe only people arguing that #tumblr staff know what theyre doing is the staff themselves #tumblrban #tumblrpurge #tumblrboycott pic.twitter.com/o8sAlcIP2r— Team True Alpha ⭕️ (@VOlDlAS) December 17, 2018 Share your voice Mister Rogers and a mailman (was it Mr. “Speedy Delivery” McFeely?): Pictures of my cat and photos of birds and rocks got flagged but i still had to block four porn bots yesterday #TumblrIsDeadParty #Tumblr— European Gay Disaster Girl (@kissesgrell) December 17, 2018 The items on this list, which includes “a puppy” and “leather boots”: tumblr users: “hey guys, if you could do something about the pedophiles, porn bots, and white supremacists, that would be great.”tumblr staff: “ban the female nipple but let the nazis stay. got it. 👌”users: “no, that’s not what–”staff: “w e g o t i t 👌👌👌”#TumblrLogOff— beam me up, guy (@cali4niaenglsh) December 17, 2018 this just in: porn bots on tumblr are evading being flagged/taken down by just straight up tagging their sexy posts as ‘SFW’ and it workslike, this is some Looney Tunes shit 2018 pic.twitter.com/JdnP8aoMcL— Girls and Gay (@InsomniaArrest) December 11, 2018 Online Pornography Tumblrlast_img read more

Arrest warrant against UZ chairman over walking on humanbridge

first_imgA Chandpur court on Saturday issued a warrant for arresting Haimchar upazila chairman and local Awami League leader Nur Hossain Patowary in a case filed for walking over a ‘human-bridge” made by school children.Chandpur judicial magistrate issued the warrant as Nur Hossain failed to appear before the court in connection with the case.On 30 January, some students of Nilkamal Osmania High School made a symbolic ‘Padma bridge’ joining their hands on the occasion of the annual sports day of the school.Nur Hossain Patwari, also general secretary of upazila unit Awami League, who attended the programme as the chief guest, walked over the students’ bodies.The video footage and image of the incident went viral on Facebook which triggered a huge criticism across the country.Nur Hossain earlier secured bail from the High Court, later the Supreme Court cancelled his bail and ordered him to surrender before the lower court within four weeks.But Nur did not appear before the court, said officer-in-charge of Haimchar police station.last_img read more

AL irritated BNP comforted by Tarique leadership

first_img.Ruling Awami League and a few other quarters have reacted to the BNP’s decision of amending the party constituion and making party senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman acting chairman ahead and after BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s jailing in a graft case on 8 February.Ten days ahead of the verdict on the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, the principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party BNP submitted to the election commission the amended version of its constitution after revoking its section-7.The section said if a person is convicted as per 1972 presidential order, declared bankrupt, proved unbalanced, known as corrupt or notorious in society, he or she is disqualified from being member of the national council, the national executive committee, the standing committee or member of executive committee at any level. The person will also be disqualified from being nominated by the party to contest in the national elections.BNP leaders said the party had revoked the section-7 of its constitution working out a strategy to tackle the evolving situation in which its top leadership was implicated in what is called false cases.”The constitution of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party has been changed through discussion with the party’s senior leaders,” BNP standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman told Prothom Alo.He pointed out that the BNP leaders are being implicated in false cases and punished as well. “What could the party do [in such circumstances?” the BNP leader said about the plot to convict the party leaders.According to rules, a registered political party can amend its constitution after holding its council session and submit it to the EC. The EC has nothing to do if the party constitution is not conflicting with the Representation of People Order (RPO).However, the BNP side said nothing about whether any discussion was held for amendment of the party constitution. The BNP held the national council session two years ago.The AL camp and some others criticised the BNP’s move, calling it undemocratic.The AL, especially its general secreraty Obaidul Quader,  termed this step bizarre, and blasted the BNP for making Tarique Rahman acting chairman of the party despite being convicted in absentia in a corruption case. Quader alleged that the BNP amended the constitution “out of fear of cases”.Tarique Rahman was sentenced to 10 years in jail in the same graft case in which Khaleda Zia was awarded with five years of imprisonment.Secretary of Shujan or ‘Citizens for Good Governance’, Badiul Alam Majumdar told Prothom Alo that the BNP could have given the party responsibility to someone who is not convicted in any corruption case.About amendment of the party constitution, he said this indicates that the BNP is not willing to allow the party leadership to someone outside the Zia family.BNP leaders argue the party grassroots leaders and activists will not accept the party’s leadership from outside the Zia family.The BNP’s policymakers alleged that the government has planned to keep the family of Khaleda Zia out of politics. They said they had information that the government might try to split the BNP or establish alternate leadership, taking advantage of the situation.While scrapping section 7, the BNP leaders also kept in mind the the AL’s possible criticism that the BNP keeps someone convicted in corruption case at the helm of the party.The BNP leaders candidly said it was just obvious that BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman would be picked for the position of acting chairman in absence of Khaleda Zia. Section-8 of the party constitution provides this scope.However, the BNP leaders did not make a direct reply as to whether the party constitution was amended through the council session held in 2016.Speaking to Prothom Alo, political scientist and former Dhaka University vice chancellor Emajuddin Ahamed said the imprisonment of Khaleda Zia is a conspiracy against the country’s stability and the next parliamentary polls.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has withdrawn 15 cases filed against her during the military-controlled government, he pointed out.”Attempt is made to push the leader, who once took position against minus-2 (a plot to exclude Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina from party leadership), out from politics,” he added.BNP leaders claimed that there is no discomfort in the party with the leadership of Tarique Rahman as acting chairman, who, they said, was talking to senior leaders over phone.BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said the BNP is completely comfortable with Tarique Rahman as the party’s acting chairman. “Why is the Awami League so uncomfortable with the BNP’s leadership?”last_img read more

Budget session adjourned till 18 June

first_img.The ongoing budget session in parliament was adjourned today (Tuesday) till 3:00pm on 18 June next due to Eid-ul Fitr, reports UNB.Deputy speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah who was in the chair announced the adjournment decision in the afternoon.Eid-ul-fitr, the largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country either on 16 June or 17 June depending on sighting of the Shawwal moon.The government holiday for Eid will begin on Friday.The 5th budget session of the 10th parliament began on 5 June last and it will continue till 12 July next.Finance minister AMA Muhith on 7 June last placed a national budget for 2017-18 fiscal year in the House, which is scheduled to be passed on 28 June next. The Finance Bill will be passed on 27 June.last_img

Shortcircuit caused FR Tower fire State Minister

first_imgFirefighters on ladders work to extinguish a blaze in an office building in Dhaka on 28 March 2019. Photo: AFPAn electric short-circuit on the eighth floor of FR Tower sparked the deadly fire that killed 26 people last month, state minister for disaster management Enamur Rahman said Tuesday.”The fire spread to the ninth and 10th floors. A number of people died because of smoke in the 11th, 12th and 13th floors,” he said after meeting the ministry’s probe committee and representatives of various ministries, reports UNB.Enamur admitted that the fire service and civil defence lacks equipment.”We wanted to procure equipment worth Tk 10 billion but after Churihatta and FR Tower fires, we understood that this budget is insufficient,” he said.Seventy-one people were killed after a deadly blaze swept through several buildings in the old quarter of Dhaka in late February.Many of the capital’s buildings are unplanned and lack proper firefighting equipment.”We’ve realised that we need heavy machinery and a bigger budget to ensure fire extinguishing system,” the state minister added.last_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 30 Speaker Straus Is Done

first_imgTexas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller wades into last week’s fight between President Trump and Gold Star family  Listen 00:00 /18:38 Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneTexas House Speaker Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican, announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election. On this episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of: X Interim charges released by the Texas Legislature before they meet in 2019L.A. versus TX in baseball and a governors’ bet as the Dodgers take on the AstrosThen, the guys unpack the political bombshell of the week if not the century, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus decides not to run for re-election. By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too.Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Rep. Dawnna Dukes has criminal charges dropped  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

How Boxing Kept Houstons Maurice Termite Watkins Out Of Jail

first_imgWikipedia CommonsBoxer and Houston native Maurice “Termite” Watkins. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:36center_img When Maurice “Termite” Watkins was ten, he was consistently getting into trouble with the law. So his dad introduced him to the sport of boxing.It worked.At 16 years old, Watkins, a Houston native, became the youngest ever Golden Gloves champion, the annual national amateur boxing competition.Abner Fletcher/Houston Public MediaHouston boxer Maurice “Termite” Watkins.Soon after, he turned professional and was a top-ten contender. In 1980, he challenged Saoul Mamby for the W.B.C. World Light Welterweight Championship, losing in a 15-round decision.Later in life, Watkins was tasked with coaching the Iraqi national boxing team to compete in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. One boxer was able to qualify.Watkins is now managing and training Evan Holyfield, the son of former boxing champion Evander Holyfield.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/02100250/Houston-Matters-2019-08-02-at-9.27am.mp400:0000:0000:18Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In the audio above, Watkins talks about his career and starting his Fighter Nation Boxing Gym ministry.Fighter Nation/FacebookMaurice “Termite” Watkins (back row, third from left) poses with youth from his Fighter Nation Boxing Gym. Listen Sharelast_img read more

Hundreds Pay Respects for Woman Slain in Waffle House Attack

first_imgBy SHEILA BURKE, The Associated PressHundreds of people thronged a Tennessee church on April 27, some hugging and crying, as they paid their respects for a college student killed in the weekend shooting rampage at a Waffle House.The line of mourners waiting to give their condolences to the family of DeEbony Groves, 21, was so long that it snaked outside the First Baptist Church in Gallatin. Her parents and other stood in the front of the church beside her open casket. People cried, hugged and told stories of the woman who went by the nickname of Shae (SHAY). Those who loved her wore buttons bearing her picture.Friends and family release balloons during a candlelight vigil for Antioch Waffle House shooting victim Akilah DaSilva in Centennial Park in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, April 26, 2018. DaSilva was a musician living in the southeast Nashville neighborhood of Antioch where the attack occurred. A family member said his funeral would be private. He was gunned down inside the restaurant. (Alan Poizner/The Tennessean via AP)Groves was a senior at Nashville’s Belmont University majoring in social work. She was remembered by family members Friday as a vivacious and outgoing woman. A beaming smile was on display in so many of the pictures shown that were taken throughout her life, including one where she is holding a fish that looks like she caught.And while her cousins said she could easily brighten up any room, they also described her as whip smart and someone who accomplished whatever she set out to do.Groves was very determined and was a perfectionist, her cousin, Juanesha Rodriguez, said.“She did, I think, what she could do in the time she had,” she said.She also loved children and hated to see them hurting, said her aunt, Carol Bibbs.Groves and three others were killed Sunday by a gunman who opened fire outside the restaurant with an AR-15 rifle and then stormed the restaurant.Also killed was Akilah DaSilva, a 23-year-old rap artist from Antioch, Joe Perez, a 20-year-old who lived in Nashville and Taurean Sanderlin, a 29-year-old employee at the restaurant. Four people were injured.Travis Reinking, 29, has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting. He is facing multiple charges, including four counts of criminal homicide. A public defender listed as his attorney has not returned a message seeking comment.Police have yet to establish a motive.last_img read more

Howard and Harvard Grad Comes Home to Baltimore

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROA Baltimore native has returned home from Harvard Law School.D’Sean Williams-Brown, 25, is now studying for his bar exam after graduating in Harvard’s 2018 class.After studying at Howard University and Harvard Law School, D’Sean Williams-Brown is back in his hometown. (Courtesy photo)Born in 1993, Williams-Brown grew up on the 2600 block of Kirk Avenue before moving north in 1998 to Winston Avenue.It was in these Black communities that Williams-Brown’s interests in politics and law grew.“The neighborhood I lived in, what it looked like, the challenges that both my family faced and everyone in the neighborhood faced; the folks that were facing these challenges, all of them looked like me,” Williams-Brown told the AFRO. “The politics of the Black community, the issues were so common, but it is the truth, I couldn’t put two and two together, I just knew that something else was involved, and it led me to examine how did this happen?”He had more questions as he took more of Baltimore in.“How do I live in a block with all Black families and then when I go across to the other side of town, it looks different,” Williams-Brown said. “Why is my school set up in a certain way? We have one Black teacher in school, how do these things come into play?”While working on these questions, Williams-Brown somewhat struggled in middle school as a B-C student.“I got into mischievous stuff, joking, teasing, not listening to teachers, not really paying attention, my grades suffered with a few detentions here and there,” Williams-Brown said.He was denied admission to Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, due to his subpar grades, leaving his parents with a tough choice.“My parents were left either to send me to a school in the area that was struggling, and eventually closed, or send me to private school,” Williams-Brown said. “My dad had found me a private school, he talked to my mom, he said ‘you know what, let’s give this a shot.’”With help from his three aunts and his grandparents, Williams-Brown’s family was able to raise the tuition for him to attend Calvert Hall Catholic High School.“I think that sort of sparked within me, that I need to take it serious,” Williams-Brown said. “This is not cheap, this is not easy, they really are pushing for me to accomplish, so let me go and do well. It was a different experience, coming from a city school to a private school, my only focus was to go in, put my head down and do the work and make sure that investment paid off.”It did pay off. Upon graduation, Williams-Brown was awarded a full academic scholarship to Howard University.“People call it the Mecca, it’s this center of Black culture and Black history and education for so many brilliant people and experiences,” Williams-Brown said.While studying alongside the Black elite, both peers and professors, some of the experience was taken for granted until graduation.“You go back and look at folks who graduated from Howard and contributed to society and how great and successful and prominent these folks have become and how important their work has been to the movements,” Williams-Brown said. “By the time my senior year came, I really started to appreciate what I had been a part of and being able to graduate and say that I went to an institution that was a part of that.”While there were too many Howard professors and mentors to recognize, Williams-Brown did go on at length about his Mock Trial coach, attorney Angela D. Minor, Esq. William’s-Brown was himself a mock trial attorney, his team went to nationals.“Watching her commitment, learning from her, and getting the opportunity to be able to go out and explore what my interests were, and explore my talents and get better at the trade was something that was very important to me,” Williams-Brown said. “It’s one of those things that will follow through the rest of my career.”Williams-Brown’s academic career next took him to Harvard Law School. He interned for the ACLU and was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. In Boston, Williams-Brown fought evictions and foreclosures, serving as a community lawyer for the disadvantaged and vulnerable.He’s returned to and taken up residence in Baltimore, a city with an alarming and nation-leading rate of eviction.As Williams-Brown’s wrote on his Harvard application:“Knowledge of the law is empowering,” he wrote. “I witnessed this firsthand when I saw the weight lifted off my mother’s shoulders as an attorney explained the legal procedures and her potential options during the foreclosure process. Although at times limited, the law also has the ability to promote the ideals of self-determination, equality, and social justice. During my legal education, I know that I will gain the skills necessary to continue to advocate for the underprivileged in society. Motivated by my own humble upbringing, I hope to collaborate with a variety of bright legal minds and utilize legal scholarship to imagine innovative solutions and create the change that I want to see in the national community.”last_img read more

Lego is Testing a Custom Minifig Machine

first_img This Life-Sized Captain Marvel Model Is Built From 17,000 Lego Bricks’The Lego Movie 2′ Trailer is Here and It’s an Intergalactic Dream Stay on target Pop into one of Lego’s retail stores, and you’ll likely find a small display packed with parts to build your own minifigs. Now it looks like Lego is working on a whole new kind of minifig customization.For the past year and a half, designer Jens Hjorth has been working on a top-secret project. The big reveal finally happened yesterday. Hjorth’s creation: the minifigure factory.The machine doesn’t create minifigs from scratch. What it does do is print customized designs onto minifig torsos, and this is no pokey, one-at-a-time printer. Lego blog The Brothers Brick reports that it’s capable of printing on batches of 40 minifigures in one go.AdChoices广告According to one of the site’s commenters, it looks like Hjorth’s minifig machine utilizes a Roland LEF UV printer. That’s the same kind of printer that many independent shops have been using to churn out their own custom minifig creations.via brothers-brick.comTo make a custom minifig, you simply step up to the touchscreen kiosk. There you can choose from a number of stock design elements — like different types of clothing and shapes — and adjust colors to your liking.You’re also free to add custom text to your designs. The minifigure machine can even print on both sides of your minifig’s torso. A large, illuminated display lets customers know when their minifig is finished printing.Right now there’s only one minifig machine. If you want to try it out in, you’ll have to take a quick trip over to Denmark and visit the Lego Store in Copenhagen.It’s hard to imagine the machine not being a massive hit, though. If the trial run goes well, there’s a decent chance you’ll see a minifig machine at your nearest Lego Store in the not-too-distant-future. What’s $25,000 per printer when you’re a multi-billion-dollar business and the world’s largest toymaker?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

EPaper Technology Has New Possibilities in Japan

first_img RFID tags deliver letters safely to destination The Toppan Printing Company offered the e-paper displays to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Communications Kanto Bureau of Telecommunications. Field testing was performed by having them displayed inside the Toshima Post Office and Higashi-Ikebukuro bus stop. The electronic paper installed inside the Toshima Post Office measured approximately 3.28 feet by 10.5 feet. The e-paper display featured 240 x 768 pixels with a pixel pitch of 4mm. This pixel arrangement was made by arranging 48 x 96-pixel electronic papers in eight horizontal rows and five vertical rows.At the Higashi-Ikebukuro bus stop a smaller display was used measuring approximately 2 feet by 1.3 feet. The e-paper display featured 144 x 96 pixels with a pixel pitch of 4mm. This display was created by arranging pieces of 48 x 96-pixel electronic paper in three vertical rows.The e-paper display in Toshima Post Office will be remaining on display until Jan 29, 2009. The testing is also serving as a promotion for the Toppan Printing Company in using electronic paper for digital signage. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: E-Paper Technology Has New Possibilities in Japan (2009, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-e-paper-technology-possibilities-japan.htmlcenter_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — On January 23, 2009 e-paper testing was started in Japan around Toshima Ward Office, which is just east of JR Ikebukuro Station. A wireless network was set up at the Toshima Life and Industry Plaza and served as the emergency hub for disseminating disaster information. The test was to see how effective an e-paper display system would be in case of a local disaster.last_img read more

Bengal BJP targeting 22 Lok Sabha seats ahead of 2019 polls

first_imgKolkata: The state BJP is targeting 22 Lok Sabha seats where election will be held in 2019. The 22 seats cover 154 Assembly constituencies and every Assembly segment will be placed under a state leader. This was decided at a meeting held between state president Dilip Ghosh and national president Amit Shah.Though BJP has finished the race in three-tier Panchayat election as a distant second, the party’s leaders at both national and local levels have expressed satisfaction over the performance of the party in Purulia and Junglemahal. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt has been decided that special drives will be conducted in these two districts. Various NGOs, without holding any party flag, will go to these districts to distribute books and clothes to the students.It has been learnt that RSS workers are secretly running schools in Jhargram and they have brainwashed not only the students but their parents as well and convinced them that the projects taken up by the state government to develop the district are actually Central government projects.Some local CPI-M cadres have also joined them to disturb peace in Belpahari, Binpur and Lalgarh, where peace has been restored by the efforts of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.last_img read more

6 arrested in connection 2017 bomb explosion plan

first_imgDarjeeling: The Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Darjeeling remanded 6 persons to 5-day police custody on Saturday. These persons were arrested on November 2 in connection with a case of September 9, 2017, wherein the persons were allegedly planning to cause a series of explosions in Darjeeling.The arrested include Puran Tamang (43), Shekhar Rai (35), Bhaskar Rai (39), Vishal Bomjan (29), Safal Lama (30) and Pradeep Thapa (30 years). They all are residents of Haringhata on the outskirts of Darjeeling and were absconding for a long time. They have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Explosive Substances Act. “The police had prayed for 7 days of remand in order to investigate other co-accused, reconstruction of crime, identification of the hideouts, recovery of explosives, bomb making materials and other articles. The court allowed for 5-day of police remand. They will be produced on November 8,” stated Pankaj Prasad, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Darjeeling. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIncidentally, Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills were in the grip of a violent agitation in 2017 spearheaded by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha led by Bimal Gurung. The agitation culminated in a 105-day bandh with incidents of arson, explosion and violence all over the Hills. The police on September 4, 2017 had received information that some GJM supporters from Lower Harsing and Lebong were planning to cause explosions at an undisclosed location in Darjeeling. A raid had been conducted at Lower Harsing Hatta. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSome packets of explosive substances (power gel), detonator with wire, metal splinters, metal blades, catapult, iron rods, chopper, electric wire, bottles of petrol, improvised bullet heads and rubber stamp of president/secretary of Yuva Morcha were recovered from a house. Police initiated investigations and a case was started against front rung GJM leaders including Bimal Gurung, Prakash Gurung, Praveen Subba and others. The names of the persons arrested on November 2 this year also came up during investigations. They have been absconding. Raids have been continued to be conducted since then. Based on source investigation these persons had returned to meet their family members, police managed to successfully net the 6 arrested from Harsing Hatta. During investigation, they have admitted to their involvement and their statements have been recorded under Section 16 CRPC. The others named in the FIR are still absconding.last_img read more

Dont Believe These 4 Customer Experience Myths

first_imgOctober 6, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Who is most qualified to weigh in on the quality of your mobile app’s experience? Hint: It’s no one on your dev team. It might not even be anyone at your company. The best judge and jury of your app’s user experience are real users. They’ll rate their experience later, when they finally get their hands on it. But, later isn’t the ideal time for you to find out you’re not delivering the goods.Related: I’m Buying Your Customer Experience, Not Your ProductThe biggest and best tech companies bring real users into every stage of their research process, from concept to release. Yet most companies have room to improve their customer experience, probably due to a few remaining myths surrounding how QA is done. Having built a career as a software tester and founded my own testing company, I’ve discovered that it pays to think differently when it comes to perfecting the customer experience. Here are a few of the myths I’ve debunked over the years:Myth 1: User stories deliver the best customer experience.Engineering and development teams know how their product works best. They made it, after all! In the testing stage, though, that kind of familiarity is like looking in a mirror. You can only judge your own image according to your own expectation of what you’ll see. What you need to know, however, is what other people see when they look at you.User stories tell how a feature should work in a given scenario. Internal testers can validate it. External testers, however, tell us if a feature worked in the scenario that matters most: theirs. User stories, after all, are speculation. Without external testers, you don’t know how users truly experience or fix your product. We’ve helped CBS Interactive, for example, to reproduce bugs that they may be aware of but don’t immediately know how to fix. Without an outsider perspective companies waste countless hours trying to reproduce bugs instead of actually fixing them, but it doesn’t have to be that way.User experience is inherently personal. Think about who really knows how you, personally, use each room in your home — whether you like to read in the sunroom, or do most of your socializing at the kitchen counter. It’s not the architect, nor the contractor — it’s you. Similarly, the people who know the real paths they take in your product’s workflow may not your dev team. It’s the people you hope will take the journey.Related: If You’re Asking Customers How You Can Help, It’s Too LateMyth 2: Beta testers make great QA testers.Your beta testers share something very special with your developers and QA team: experience and understanding of your app. That experience is a great thing until you’re looking for a fresh perspective. Knowing how you have used an app in the past will influence how you use it today. Another analogy: The first time a child sees a gate, she doesn’t know that the latch opens it, much less how. In fact, she might not even want to go through the gate at all. She might even try to use it for something else, like a climbing ladder.Your app’s beta testers are no different. They have expectations and familiar routes. They are already conditioned to working around what might have once been less intuitive. A lot of the time they don’t know how to reproduce issues or don’t know how to find the key technical causes of a bug. Since beta testers tend to look at the app from their point of view — which may be different than most of your customers — they don’t always make a difference in QA.New users are a blank slate. They can tell you that your gate’s lock is not intuitive. They are much more aware when anything isn’t the best it can be — or when what they needed was a ladder, but you gave them a gate.Related: You Can Collect Customer Data and Deliver a Better Experience Without Violating PrivacyMyth 3: QA teams can perfectly envision the customer’s perspective.The best customer experience improvements come from a combination of internal resources and real-life users. You want quality pros at the helm whenever possible. They provide structure, process, consistency and guidance. But, recruiting a fresh perspective for feedback can help broaden the narrow view of internal testers. Whether they’re validating app functionality or providing feedback about your implementation, real users across a range of demographics, devices and experience levels give great insight into your app by simply executing their tests in the wild, as only they can.Apart from the service we provide, our clients find value in our weekly bug reports and regular check-ins so they can understand their strengths and weaknesses in the development cycle, not simply check another box on the way to a build release. Teams like Outlook Mobile and Salesforce know that a single test cycle could reveal a bug that capable of upending development priorities or even causing teams to recognize and fix it. Reporting doesn’t just save time — it saves money, too.Related: Why Customer Experience Is Your Key to SuccessMyth 4: Enhancing customer experience isn’t a development priority.The inherent speed of agile methodologies doesn’t negate the need for a killer customer experience — just as having timely QA doesn’t negate the need for testers to crush hidden bugs. While some organizations save QA for the end of development, it deserves the budget and resources of the whole engineering team. Consider this: Most companies spend 31 percent or more of their IT budget on QA and testing. If you’re not there yet, you definitely have the opportunity to enhance QA’s impact on the customer experience.Companies like Lyft are now competing exclusively on the customer experience. They realize that quality is so essential to their brand that they can’t afford for testing to be a “nice to have.” If your QA team is overwhelmed with projects or your app rating has plateaued, ask yourself: Which customer experience myth are you buying into?Related Video: The Difference Between Customer Service and Customer Experience Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

A53 partially blocked due to accident and fuel spillage

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: This has now cleared. The A53 is reported to be partially blocked following an accident in North Staffordshire this morning (Wednesday June 26). Traffic is reported to be queueing in both directions following the collision near the junction of the road and Three Mile Lane in Whitmore in Newcastle Borough. Inrix, the traffic data company, also reports there has been a fuel spillage as a result of the accident. The collision was first reported to StokeonTrentLive at around 9.10am today. We have no further information at this stage. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Police search for missing woman Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive The location of the collision in Whitmore (Image: Inrix)last_img read more

Rep Cole advises residents to be cautious of Avian Flu how to

first_img##### Tags: #SB, Avian Flu, birds, chicken virus, Cole, HPAI, livestock, MDARD, MDNR Michigan residents that have noticed 3 OR MORE WILD BIRD DEATHS, please report this immediately to Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). 04Jun Rep. Cole advises residents to be cautious of Avian Flu, how to protect Michigan birds Lawmaker explains HPAI & how to defend against spread of virus to livestockThe Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD),with the advice of MDARD State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill, along with the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (MAFE), Michigan 4-H, and Michigan Allied Poultry Industry announced this week the cancellation of all statewide events featuring Michigan poultry and waterfowl slated for 2015, citing Avian Influenza as the culprit.Out-of-state regions surrounding Michigan have recently reported cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) that has resulted in the premature death of many birds across the nation. HPAI is a virus infecting domestic poultry such as chickens, turkey, quail, and geese and the heightened pathogenicity of this virus is deadly to poultry.“To avoid the spread of HPAI to Michigan fowl, both backyard and commercial, the MDARD has decided against hosting all Michigan poultry and waterfowl exhibitions in the state in order to prevent the comingling of birds from different locations,” said House Agriculture Committee vice-chair, State Rep. Triston Cole. “It is important to note here, how HPAI is spread to poultry and livestock and how we can protect our Michigan fowl from contracting this deadly virus.”“As far as researchers can tell, HPAI is a zoological virus. Meaning strands of this virus are currently only detrimental to animals and not human beings. At this time, Avian Flu is not a food safety concern; you can still eat poultry and eggs. The primary concern here is the safety and well-being of our healthy bird populations across the state. HPAI may not be harmful to humans but we can still be carriers of the HPAI virus.”“That being said there are some precautionary steps to take in order to avoid the unnecessary contamination of Avian Flu from infected bird populations to healthy bird populations. Infected birds spread HPAI through droppings or nasal discharge found in soil and dirt making it extremely susceptible and easy for humans to spread. People pick up the virus and carry it on their shoes, clothes, equipment and vehicles. Migrating waterfowl, like ducks, are also carriers of HPAI making it very easy for them to spread the virus as well.”“Michigan bird owners should restrict their biosecurity practices,” Rep. Cole, R-Mancelona, said. “This includes limiting exposure to wild birds and restricting outdoor access to your flock in order to protect your birds.”There have been no reported cases in Michigan. Report a sick or dead bird and mammal to Michigan DNR using this OBSERVATION FORM. Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News If you have experienced a high volume of livestock deaths in a short period OR have noticed an unusual or unexplainable pattern of recent deaths in flock, please immediately report it to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). If you have a sick bird or a bird is acting sick or in an unusual manner, please contact the following state agencies to receive immediate help. State of Michigan Agency Contact InformationMichigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)800-292-3939517-373-0440 (after-hours EMERGENCY)Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)517-336-5030Additional Resources and Information Status of Avian Influenza in MichiganHow to report a sick or dead wild birdMDARD Fact Sheet: Get more information on Avian FluAvian Influenza Information from MSU Extension ServiceMSU Extension Poultry Website: General Information on How to Care for PoultrySick or dead bird and mammal observation report What can Michigan residents do to help?last_img read more

Polish pay TV operator nc is in talks with local

first_imgPolish pay TV operator nc+ is in talks with local cable association PIKE to ensure that cable subscribers to its services are offered the same services and conditions as its satellite customers.nc+ president Julien Verley recently met with PIKE president Jerzy Straszewski to discuss the issue. Verley said that the offer recently made to satellite customers would be extended to cable customers that took Canal Plus services.In an attempt to assuage customer concerns and a high drop-out rate following the merger of the ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus platforms, nc+ has said all customers will now have until the end of their current contract to decide which nc+ packages to subscribe to, and has introduced a new Ekstraklasa package combining access to football coverage with 20 channels as an option.last_img read more

YouTube viewers are now watching a billion hours o

first_imgYouTube viewers are now watching a billion hours of content a day on the video service, according to company stats.Announcing the milestone, YouTube said that around the world people are spending a billion hours each day “rewarding their curiosity, discovering great music, keeping up with the news, connecting with their favourite personalities, or catching up with the latest trend”.To put the billion figure into perspective, YouTube said that to sit and watch a billion hours of YouTube would take “over 100,000 years”.“A few years back, we made a big decision at YouTube. While everyone seemed focused on how many views a video got, we thought the amount of time someone spent watching a video was a better way to understand whether a viewer really enjoyed it. It wasn’t an easy call, but we thought it would help us make YouTube a more engaging place for creators and fans,” said YouTube VP of engineering, Cristos Goodfrow.YouTube announced the one billion hours viewing figure in a blog post yesterday and said that it reached the landmark number during 2016.In its most recent quarterly earnings announcement, YouTube’s parent company Alphabet said that every day more than 1,000 YouTube content creators reach the milestone of having 1,000 channel subscribers.On the earnings call, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai also said that the company plans to invest more in subscription service YouTube Red, targeting “more countries, more original content”. The service launched in the US in 2015 and is now available in five countries.last_img read more