Family Arrested In Ohio Killings Found On The Kenai

first_imgThe four were named as George “Billy” Wagner III; Angela Wagner; and their sons George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner.Last year, the family moved to the Central Kenai Peninsula and purchased trailers on a private property. The arrests are the culmination of a massive investigative effort since seven adults and 16-year-old boy were found dead in 2016 at four homes near Piketon. A message was left with a lawyer who has been representing the Wagners in the investigation. An attorney has said previously the family cooperated with investigators.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Investigators in Ohio have arrested four former Ohio residents as part of the investigation in the unsolved slaying of eight family members in 2016.last_img

Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Invitations To BidMackinac Island and Chicago Trip — Deadline: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 2pmAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

Sandbox VRs new Amber Sky 2088 is great scifi fun

first_img Video Games Comment 1 Do the robot! Sandbox VR Want to save the world as a robot hero alongside your friends? Sandbox VR’s new Amber Sky 2088 is here to make it happen.Working with your buddies in a team of four or six, you’re thrust into a world under attack by aliens as part of a robot squad out to save the planet from destruction. The 30-minute experience is mostly on rails, you’ll still get to roam around and blast aliens attacking from all directions.The game starts in New Hong Kong and has you escorting a package up the “Beanstalk” space elevator. You’re treated to an amazing view as you lift up to a sub-orbital station thanks to the game’s stunning graphics. And as the story progresses, you learn that the Beanstalk you’re on is the only one left.You play as either an attacker or defender. Attackers’ rifles have a special flamethrower secondary ability, while defenders get a shield to deflect attacks — they can toss it like Captain America to kill marauding alien monsters.screenshot-2019-01-22-at-16-43-02Defender robots can toss their shields like Captain America (and it’s super fun to do so). Sandbox VR Like other Sandbox VR games, the haptic vest helps add immersion, and lets you know when you’re being attacked. While you’re mostly standing on a platform in the game, you can move around that small space, helping your team fend off attacks from all directions (including above you). Other environment tricks include using fans to simulate explosion breezes, which helped sell the immersion.There are also epic boss fights that require you to dodge mega lasers or die in one hit. Some monsters attack with plasma orbs that defenders have to block, meanwhile attackers can use flamethrowers to burn eggs that hatch baby aliens. And, similar to the Alien movies, those hatched alien babies like to jump on your chest.img-3284VR games can be a ton of fun with a group of friends.  Aloysius Low/CNET Last time I played a Sandbox VR game, I killed the zombies of Deadwood Mansion alongside experienced gamers. This time around I brought newbies to see if they could do as well. Surprisingly, they did — but not without plenty of deaths. Fortunately you can revive a buddy by touching their shoulder.Still, my team had fun. That was a relief because I wasn’t sure how they’d take to VR, having never tried it before. But the session ended with big smiles and everyone wanted to try more games, so it appears that VR gaming has gained more converts.Sandbox VR’s rep told me that there are plans for more games coming this year, and they should rolling out to official Sandbox VR stores around the world, though franchises may not see the new game any time soon. If you’re keen, you can check out the Sandbox VR stores located around the world in Los Angeles, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. A 30-minute session costs around S$32 (about $23, £20 or AU$35) per person.VR in 2019: Five years in, is it just a dream gathering dust?VR’s missing link: You likely haven’t bought a VR headset yet and it’s beginning to show. center_img Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

Essar Steel gets Rs 800 crore interim financing from Edelweiss Group

first_imgEmployees walk past an Essar Group logo outside the company headquarters in Mumbai in this 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/File PhotoThe Edelweiss Group, a part of the lenders consortium to Essar Steel Ltd., is willing to provide nearly Rs 800 crore by way of interim financing to help the steelmaker stay afloat during insolvency proceedings, according to a BloombergQuint report on Thursday.The report said that Edelweiss intends to fund Essar Steel for six months at an interest rate of 15-20 percent, out of its stressed assets funding business.Interim financing is essential to keep Essar Steel as a going concern till lenders and the IRP finalise a restructuring plan within the stipulated 270 days, the report said.It said that Edelweiss has discussed the proposal with Satish Kumar Gupta, the interim resolution professional in the Essar Steel insolvency case. It’s now awaiting approval from the committee of creditors, as is the norm under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, two of the three sources told BloombergQuint.In a meeting held on Wednesday, the insolvency professional apprised lenders of the Edelweiss offer. Gupta is from turnaround and interim management firm Alvarez & Marsal India, which was appointed by a consortium of lenders led by State Bank of India for the insolvency case.Essar Steel was among the first list of dozen companies that the Reserve Bank of India had identified for insolvency proceedings. The dozen companies drawn up by banks contribute a quarter of bad loans of Indian lenders. The steelmaker has among the largest insolvency cases with a debt of over Rs 40,000 crore, and has challenged the move in the Gujarat High Court but failed to get relief.Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd. is a member of the lending consortium to Essar Steel. The ARC had purchased the steel company’s loans from HDFC Bank Ltd., Federal Bank Ltd., Axis Bank Ltd. and ICICI Bank Ltd. However, the interim funding proposal has come from a different arm of the Edelweiss Group.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

Commuters suffer as 10km tailback on DhakaChattogram highway

first_imgA 10-km tailback was created on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Daudkandi upazila of Cumilla on Friday, causing immense sufferings to passengers, reports UNB.The tailback was created stretching from Meghna-Gumti Bridge in Daudkandi point to Munshiganj point from Thursday night as two trucks went out of order over Meghna Bridge, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi highway police camp.The OC said, police removed the two trucks from the bridge and the traffic started returning to normalcy slowly.last_img

Supreme Court Delivers Blow To Republicans Declines To Take Up Pa Redistricting

first_img Share Manuel Balce Ceneta/APFormer California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in October on the day arguments took place in a case about political maps in Wisconsin.Updated at 4:39 p.m. ETThe U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a Republican challenge to the newly drawn Pennsylvania congressional map ahead of the 2018 elections.The decision means Republicans have few, if any, options remaining to try to stem a map that will almost certainly result in Democrats picking up potentially three or four seats and could make half a dozen or more competitive.Tuesday is the filing deadline for candidates for Pennsylvania’s April 26 primaries.Last month, the Supreme Court also declined to block the state court decision that said the old GOP-drawn map violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.Republicans drew a gerrymandered map in 2011 that resulted in a 13-5 congressional district advantage. That was despite Democrats having won the state in five straight presidential elections at the time.Democrats need to win a net of 24 seats to win a majority in the U.S. House.The decision comes on the same day a federal court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Republican congressmen challenging the new map. It’s a double gut punch to the GOP and all but guarantees that Democrats pick up a few seats, and in an election with control of Congress at stake, every seat counts.Legally, the challenge could also open the path to a slew of state court challenges.Challengers to the 2011 GOP-drawn map called into question its legality based on the state constitution, a rarity that could provide a road map for challengers in other states.The Supreme Court’s decision Monday also shows a possible reluctance to weigh in on state law when it comes to redistricting.This is not the last say the Supreme Court will have, however, on redistricting. It is hearing arguments March 28 on a Republican challenge to Maryland’s Democratic-drawn congressional map, and the court has a decision pending on a Democratic challenge to GOP-drawn state legislative districts in Wisconsin.Both cases deal with political rather than racial gerrymandering. While the court has ruled previously on racial gerrymandering, it has never ruled on political gerrymandering.The Supreme Court will hear arguments April 24 on racial gerrymandering in Texas as well. And the court also temporarily blocked a lower court’s decision in a racial gerrymandering case in North Carolina ordering the state to redraw a map that was favorable to Republicans.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Four Louisville StudentAthletes Honored as WeaverJamesCorrigan Award Recipients

first_imgStory Links Erika Osherow Virginia Softball Jeanine Williams Georgia Tech Women’s Track & Field Honorary Postgraduate Scholarship Nominees Jaquan Johnson Miami Football Anton Ipsen NC State Men’s Swimming and Diving SIDNEY MELTONA three-year starter, Melton was a 2018 All-ACC first team honoree after leading the Cardinals with a career-best 45 runs and finishing second on the team with 15 stolen bases. She was also a 2016 all-ACC tournament selection. The redshirt-senior infielder currently leads the team with 10 runs and stands ninth on Louisville’s career list for runs (120) and stolen bases (36). Her success extends to the classroom as a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete and All-ACC Academic Team member while majoring in health and human performance and exercise science with minors in sport administration and psychology. This year’s list includes three student-athletes who will also receive the Thacker Award and nine student-athletes who plan to pursue professional careers in their chosen sports and were named honorary recipients, which includes Louisville’s Cason. The student-athletes will be honored at the annual Cone Health ACC Postgraduate Scholarship Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 10. The luncheon will be hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel Imperial Ballroom in Greensboro, N.C. Christian Wilkins Clemson Football Santita Ebangwese Syracuse Women’s Volleyball Holly Hankenson Louisville Women’s Track & Field Rachel Politi Virginia Women’s Swimming and Diving Juliane Grashoff Wake Forest Field Hockey Olivia Cason Louisville Women’s Golf Luke Maye North Carolina Men’s Basketball Arianna Lee Syracuse Rowing Asiya Dair Boston College Women’s Tennis Petros Chrysochos Wake Forest Men’s Tennis Miranda Weslake Clemson Women’s Soccer Dallas Dorosy Florida State Women’s Soccer Blaine Boyden North Carolina Men’s Tennis Mimi Smith* Wake Forest Women’s Cross County / Track & Field Thomas Ueland Notre Dame Men’s Soccer Amy Ruiz Georgia Tech Women’s Track & Field Alice Hewson* Clemson Women’s Golf Brianne Burkert Florida State Women’s Volleyball Mitchell Finesilver Duke Wrestling Ian Ho Virginia Tech Men’s Swimming and Diving Jamie Brunworth Miami Women’s Soccer Virginia Elena Carta Duke Women’s Golf Jaila Tolbert Virginia Tech Women’s Volleyball Lindsay Morrow NC State Women’s Swimming and Diving LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville student-athletes Olivia Cason (women’s golf), Holly Hankenson (women’s track and field), Sidney Melton (softball) and Molly Sauer (volleyball) were among 52 recipients of the 2019 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award announced on Thursday by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Hannah Moore NC State Women’s Swimming and Diving The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $6,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community. Allison Miller Notre Dame Women’s Tennis The following student-athletes will be honored as 2019 ACC Postgraduate Scholars: Sabrina Flores Notre Dame Women’s Soccer Alex Comsia North Carolina Men’s Soccer HOLLY HANKENSONHankenson earned second team All-American honors in the pentathlon at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. She was the 2018 ACC Indoor pentathlon champion and set a new school record with 4,175 points. She was also the ACC runner-up at the ACC Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon. The marketing major has been named to the All-ACC Academic Team for three straight years. She was also named to the College of Business Dean’s List for the last three seasons.  Kamalani Akeo Pitt Women’s Volleyball * Thacker Award recipient Ann Isabelle Kennedy Boston College Women’s Track & Field Marcus Cunningham Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse Morgan Goetz North Carolina Field Hockey Taylor Emery* Virginia Tech Women’s Basketball Kayla McCoy Duke Women’s Soccer Sydney Wootten NC State Women’s Soccer ABOUT THE WEAVER-JAMES-CORRIGAN AWARDThe Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan, the first three ACC commissioners. The league’s first commissioner, James H. Weaver, served the conference from 1954-70 after a stint as the Director of Athletics at Wake Forest University. His early leadership and uncompromising integrity are largely responsible for the excellent reputation enjoyed by the ACC today.Robert C. James, a former University of Maryland football player, was named commissioner in 1971 and served in that capacity for 16 years. During his tenure, the league continued to grow in stature and became recognized as a national leader in athletics and academics, winning 23 national championships and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom.Eugene F. Corrigan assumed his role as the third full-time commissioner on September 1, 1987 and served until August of 1997. During Corrigan’s tenure, ACC schools captured 30 NCAA championships and two national football titles.Prior to 1994, the Weaver-James postgraduate scholarships were awarded as separate honors, including the Jim Weaver Award, the Marie James Award and the Bob James Award. Zach Allen Boston College Football Chesdin Harrington Virginia Baseball Megan Anderson Wake Forest Field Hockey OLIVIA CASONCason is in the final season of her four-year career with the Cardinals. The finance major is a three-time All-ACC Academic team selection and earned WGCA All-American Scholar honors in 2018. Cason has played in 40 events for Louisville, tallying 10 top-10 finishes including a sixth-place showing at the NCAA Bryan Regional as a freshman that qualified her for the NCAA Championship. The senior currently ranks eighth in Louisville history with a 74.88 career stroke average. Olivia Gray Pitt Softball ABOUT THE THACKER AWARDThe Thacker Award, which originated in 2005, is awarded in honor of the late Jim and Pat Thacker of Charlotte, North Carolina. Jim Thacker was the primary play-by-play announcer for the ACC’s first television network. Recipients of the award must demonstrate outstanding performance both in athletic competition and in the classroom and intend to further their education through postgraduate studies at an ACC institution. Clemson’s Alice Hewson, Virginia Tech’s Taylor Emery, and Wake Forest’s Mimi Smith are this year’s Thacker Award winners. Roxanne Yu Miami Women’s Swimming and Diving Molly Sauer Louisville Women’s Volleyball Meghan King Florida State Softball Brian Lovasik Pitt Men’s Swimming and Diving Print Friendly Version Demetrius Jackson Miami Football Brad Stewart Georgia Tech Football Drue Tranquill Notre Dame Football MOLLY SAUERA four-year starter, Sauer was named AVCA Honorable Mention All-American after earning First Team All-East Region and All-ACC, the only four-time member on the list. She was the 2015 Defensive Player of the Year and the Freshman of the Year (the only player to ever double up on those two awards) and the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year. She was a three-time member of the All-ACC Academic Team, one of only four players in the conference to earn the honor three straight years. Sidney Melton Louisville Softball James Clark Georgia Tech Men’s Golflast_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

Nokia prototype twist bend tap steal show w video

first_img The prototype has an OLED display. A user can get in and out by bending the handset back and forth. The user can manage menus by twisting and bending the device in different directions. In so many words, Nokia’s think squad has imagined a mobile device that can behave according to how it is flexed.The prototype demonstrated at Nokia World is from the Nokia Research Center (NRC). “The demo shows how intuitive and simple user interactions can be just by bending and twisting,” says the Center’s notes. The NRC also points out that Nokia is nowhere near the suggestion that the new screen invention is to replace the standard touchscreen. Instead, the concept is intended to suggest another option. As options go, the device is seen as useful for certain circumstances. Those include very cold climates where touchscreens may not be easily operated. The device can work even when a person is wearing gloves.Yet another talking point in this week’s reports on the prototype is that it is a potentially useful device for the blind. One can get the device to work without having to look at it. The bending properties don’t need vision. Citation: Nokia prototype: twist, bend, tap, steal show (w/ video) (2011, October 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-nokia-prototype-video.html This is not the last innovation we are likely to see in mobile device designs. The prototype is the latest in a succession of concepts that seek to enhance the mobile experience. As computing gets more mobile it clearly gets more inventively tactile. Innovative ways of handling smartphones, tablets, and other devices always draw crowds. Some observers at the London show noted the past interest in the introduction of the Synapse concept phone with squeeze sensors. This was demonstrated as a phone that the user can control by squeezing the sides or running a finger across a touchpad on the backside. Fuse was announced as a collaboration between Synaptics, Texas Instruments, Alloy, Immersion, and The Astonishing Tribe.The Nokia demo appears as something that could be applied to smartphones as well as tablets. The demo’s screen size was a little less than five inches.Asked when the device will be brought to market, the answer from the company representative was a vague, “Soon” but quickly followed by the comment, “It depends on how big the demand is in the market.” Still, those who have seen the device at the Nokia event or watched the videos generally agree that the time spent was fun and worthwhile, as the concept is a reminder of all the future innovations in mobile technology still in the wings. 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. Nokia N80 gets best in mobile image devicecenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — The talk of the Nokia Show in London this week was a demo that had admiring visitors wishing the little device was beyond Cool-Idea Prototype and instead a launch with dates in place for stores and online shopping sites. The mind-bender, though not fully baked, is a hand-bender, namely a flexible kinetic device. The Nokia prototype allows the user to do tasks like pan through photos, zoom in and out, select and pause music, all by twisting, bending, bowing, and tapping the corners of the device. The prototype is, for now, simply named Nokia kinetic device. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore furtherlast_img read more

Mountaineers bodies to be brought back

first_imgKolkata: The bodies of mountaineers Kuntal Karar and Biplab Baidya are expected to be brought to the base camp within a few days with the Sherpa team that had gone for the rescue operation after their bodies have been located. Both of them in an expedition to Kanchenjunga were feared dead since Thursday.”We have been able to locate the bodies of Kuntal and Biplab. We are taking all possible steps to bring down the bodies. It is a tough task but the Sherpas are trying their best. We are hopeful that we will be able to do it in a few days,” said Ujjal Ray, a member of the advisory committee of the state Youth Affairs department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn the other hand, the efforts to trace Dipankar Ghosh, another Bengal mountaineer who went missing while he was coming down after scaling Mount Makalu in Nepal on Friday, has been suspended at least till May 22 with forecast of inclement weather conditions. “We have to first locate the body and then plan accordingly on how to bring it down,” said an official of the Seven Summits agency which was overseeing Dipankar’s expedition. He had successfully scaled the fifth highest peak in the world but while descending to the base camp went missing. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA two-member team comprising an official from the state Youth Affairs department and mountaineer Debdas Adhikary has already reached Kathmandu and is supervising the search operation of Kuntal, Biplab as well as Dipankar. Mt. Makalu is considered amongst the most dangerous and challenging peaks to summit. Ramesh Ray and Rudraprasad Halder who fell sick during the Kanchenjunga expedition were airlifted and brought to the base camp on Thursday afternoon are presently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Nepal. Both of them are recovering.last_img read more

New York AG opens investigation against Facebook as Canada decides to take

first_imgDespite Facebook’s long line of scandals and multiple parliamentary hearings, the company and its leadership have remained unscathed, with no consequences or impact on their performance. Once again, Facebook is under fresh investigations; this time from New York’s Attorney General, Letitia James. The Canadian and British Columbia privacy commissioners have also decided to take Facebook to Federal Court to seek an order to force the company to correct its deficient privacy practices. It remains to be seen if Facebook’s lucky streak would continue in light of these charges. NY Attorney General’s investigation over FB’s email harvesting scandal Yesterday, New York’s Attorney General, Letitia James opened an investigation into Facebook Inc.’s unauthorized collection of 1.5 million users’ email contacts without users’ permission. This incident, which was first reported on Business Insider, happened last month where Facebook’s email password verification process for new users asked users to hand over the password to their personal email account. According to the Business Insider report, “a pseudononymous security researcher e-sushi noticed that Facebook was asking some users to enter their email passwords when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identities, a move widely condemned by security experts.” Read Also: Facebook confessed another data breach; says it “unintentionally uploaded” 1.5 million email contacts without consent On March 21st, Facebook opened up about a major blunder of exposing millions of user passwords in a plain text, soon after Security journalist, Brian Krebs first reported about this issue. “We estimate that we will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users”, the company said in their press release. Recently, on April 18, Facebook updated the same post stating that not tens of thousands, but “millions” of Instagram passwords were exposed. “Reports indicate that Facebook proceeded to access those user’s contacts and upload all of those contacts to Facebook to be used for targeted advertising”, the Attorney General mentioned in the statement. She further mentions that “It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information.” “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data. Facebook’s announcement that it harvested 1.5 million users’ email address books, potentially gaining access to contact information for hundreds of millions of individual consumers without their knowledge, is the latest demonstration that Facebook does not take seriously its role in protecting our personal information”, James adds. “Facebook said last week that it did not realize this collection was happening until earlier this month when it stopped offering email password verification as an option for people signing up to Facebook for the first time”, CNN Business reports. One of the users on HackerNews wrote, “I’m glad the attorney general is getting involved. We need to start charging Facebook execs for these flagrant privacy violations. They’re being fined 3 billion dollars for legal expenses relating to an FTC inquiry… and their stock price went up by 8%. The market just does not care; it’s time regulators and law enforcement started to.” To know more about this news in detail, read Attorney General James’ official press release. Canadian and British Columbia privacy commissioners to take Facebook to Federal Court Canada and British Columbia privacy commissioners Daniel Therrien and Michael McEvoy, uncovered major shortcomings in Facebook’s procedures in their investigation, published yesterday. This investigation was initiated after media reported that “Facebook had allowed an organization to use an app to access users’ personal information and that some of the data was then shared with other organizations, including Cambridge Analytica, which was involved in U.S. political campaigns”, the report mentions. The app, at one point, called “This is Your Digital Life,” encouraged users to complete a personality quiz. It collected information about users who installed the app as well as their Facebook “friends.” Some 300,000 Facebook users worldwide added the app, leading to the potential disclosure of the personal information of approximately 87 million others, including more than 600,000 Canadians. The investigation also revealed that Facebook violated federal and B.C. privacy laws in a number of respects. According to the investigation, “Facebook committed serious contraventions of Canadian privacy laws and failed to take responsibility for protecting the personal information of Canadians.” According to the press release, Facebook has disputed the findings and refused to implement the watchdogs’ recommendations. They have also refused to voluntarily submit to audits of its privacy policies and practices over the next five years. Following this, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) said it, therefore, plans to take Facebook to Federal Court to seek an order to force it the company to correct its deficient privacy practices. Daniel Therrien, the privacy commissioner of Canada, said, “Facebook’s refusal to act responsibly is deeply troubling given the vast amount of sensitive personal information users have entrusted to this company. Their privacy framework was empty, and their vague terms were so elastic that they were not meaningful for privacy protection.” He further added, “The stark contradiction between Facebook’s public promises to mend its ways on privacy and its refusal to address the serious problems we’ve identified – or even acknowledge that it broke the law – is extremely concerning. It is untenable that organizations are allowed to reject my office’s legal findings as mere opinions.” British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner Michael McEvoy said, “Facebook has spent more than a decade expressing contrition for its actions and avowing its commitment to people’s privacy. But when it comes to taking concrete actions needed to fix transgressions they demonstrate disregard.” The press release also mentions that “giving the federal Commissioner order-making powers would also ensure that his findings and remedial measures are binding on organizations that refuse to comply with the law”. To know more about the federal and B.C. privacy laws that FB violated, head over to the investigation report. Read Next Facebook AI introduces Aroma, a new code recommendation tool for developers Ahead of Indian elections, Facebook removes hundreds of assets spreading fake news and hate speech, but are they too late? Ahead of EU 2019 elections, Facebook expands its Ad Library to provide advertising transparency in all active adslast_img read more

Groups are golden with Transat and Karisma

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Karisma Hotels & Resorts TORONTO — Transat has a new Groups promotion in partnership with Karisma Hotels & Resorts.Through May 31 group bookings at The Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa del Carmen by Karisma qualify for a ninth passenger free deal.The promotion is valid for travel between May 1, 2018, and Oct. 31, 2019.It’s also in addition to savings of $100 per couple as well as Transat Group Max and wedding group special perks and inclusions.The Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa del Carmen, formerly the Azul Beach Resort the Fives Playa Del Carmen (Karisma announced the name change along back in April) has 571 suites, six pools, nine restaurants, 10 bars and a spa. There’s also a kids’ club (four to 12 years old), a teens club (13 – 17 years old) and baby amenities. Oversized Resort Residence accommodations come with separate living and sleeping areas.Azul Five Pool Posted by Monday, May 14, 2018 center_img Travelweek Group Groups are golden with Transat and Karisma Sharelast_img read more

If youve ever seen someone with testicles get kic

first_imgIf you’ve ever seen someone with testicles get kicked in the groin, then you probably know that male genitals — often portrayed as a symbol of male strength and virility — aren’t actually that tough.But can testicles — or rather, the sperm they produce — be harmed by something as seemingly innocent as a pair of briefs?A study published Wednesday in the journal Human Reproduction finds lower sperm counts in people who wear tight-fitting underwear. But some experts question whether undergarment choice could make a meaningful difference for fertility.If it does matter, it all comes to down to temperature. As it turns out, a man’s love spuds just can’t take the heat.”Any exposure [to heat] that significantly increases temperature is likely to affect spermatogenesis [or sperm production],” says Dr. Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an author on the study. “That’s the main reason we have scrotums and testes that are external to the abdomen.”By hanging below the torso, testicles stay cooler — by about 4 to 6 degrees, typically — than the rest of the body. That helps them make happy, functional sperm cells. But when you slap on a pair of briefs, that natural cooling system is disrupted. Your dangly bits are held close to your abdomen and they heat up, harming sperm production.At least, that’s one hypothesis. Several studies have examined this issue, but Chavarro says many of them weren’t large enough, or yielded inconclusive results. Chavarro wanted to know whether the type of underwear worn really influenced sperm count.To do that, he’d have to look at some sperm. Lots of it.In their study, Chavarro and his team examined semen samples from 656 men. These men were selected from couples seeking infertility treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital between 2000 and 2017.Each man had filled out a survey for the clinic that included a question about what underwear he typically wore. This allowed Chavarro to compare men who wore boxers to men who wore tighter-fitting underwear like briefs or bikinis.After correcting for a number of factors, such as age and weight, the researchers saw a trend. “We found that men who wear looser underwear had significantly higher sperm concentration and total sperm count compared to men who wear tighter underwear,” Chavarro says.But Chavarro notes that even though the average sperm count was lower in men who wore tight-fitting underwear instead of boxers, this value was still well within healthy levels. That suggests the difference between underwear types shouldn’t be overblown, Chavarro says.”For most men, it probably doesn’t make a lot of difference,” he says. “The men who are most likely to benefit are the men who are on the border – who have relatively low sperm count.”Even with Chavarro’s caveats, some experts aren’t convinced. Germaine Louis, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University, published a similar study in 2016 examining semen from 473 men, and failed to detect differences in sperm count or fertility outcomes.”There’s absolutely no difference in how long it took people to get pregnant whether [the men] were wearing briefs or boxers,” Louis says.She worries that underwear guidance would only add stress to the equation.”Couples are already stressed out enough when they’re trying for a pregnancy,” Lewis says. “We just don’t need to introduce any other stressors.”Still, Chavarro says that switching to boxers is relatively cheap compared to most fertility treatments. For couples trying to improve their chance at a pregnancy, changing the man’s underwear habits could be low-hanging fruit.”This is something that’s a relatively easy change to do,” Chavarro says. “It involves them going to buy new underwear, but that’s a relatively low-cost intervention.”Dr. Bruce Gilbert, professor of urology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, says Chavarro and his colleagues ignored several factors that may have influenced sperm count, such as the type of pants typically worn by each patient. Wearing tight jeans, for instance, could outweigh any benefits derived from wearing loose boxers.”If people were just running around this world in underwear that would be one thing,” he says. “But you and I and most people are going to be wearing something over our underwear.”Plus, the questionnaire was vaguely worded, Gilbert says, and should have included more specific questions about each patient’s behavior. “I would like a bit more information from their set of patients before I change what I tell my patients,” Gilbert says. “I can’t say this is going to change my clinical practice.” Paul Chisholm is an intern on NPR’s Science desk. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Disabled campaigners and their allies have called

first_imgDisabled campaigners and their allies have called on the transport secretary to restore “vital” government funding for projects to improve access to rail stations across England, Wales and Scotland.In a letter signed by more than 50 organisations, Transport for All (TfA) – which campaigns for an accessible transport system – calls on Chris Grayling to restore tens of millions of pounds of funding for the Access for All scheme that has been deferred by the government.The letter says that deferring half of all planned Access for All projects means that the “already slow progress on rail access has all but ground to a halt”.The decision by the chair of Network Rail – later rubber-stamped by Grayling – to cut Access for All funding for 2014-19 from £102 million to £55 million, with the rest carried over to 2019-24, was first revealed by Disability News Service last year.The letter has been sent as Grayling is due today (Thursday) to announce future levels of Network Rail funding, which TfA says provides an “opportunity to get things back on track”.But the department’s Accessibility Action Plan, published in August, pledges only that the government will deliver funding already announced – including the deferred funding – in full, and that it will “continue to seek to extend the Access for All programme further in the future”.The letter calls on Grayling to instead “invest in the potential of Deaf and disabled people” and reverse the decision to defer the Access for All funding, as well as commit to further Access for All funding after 2020 through “an ambitious long-term plan for making our railways fully accessible”.It tells Grayling that it is an “injustice” for Deaf, disabled and older people to be “locked out of our rail network”, and that accessible stations also benefit parents with buggies, dog-owners and people with luggage.The letter says government figures show that any money spent improving rail accessibility pays back nearly three times that amount in economic benefits, while an accessible station can mean “the difference between work and unemployment, a lifeline to friends and family or isolation”.The Transport for All letter has been signed by disabled people’s organisations including Inclusion London, Disability Sheffield, Ealing Centre for Independent Living, Kingston Centre for Independent Living, People First (Self Advocacy), Regard, Shaping Our Lives, Asian People’s Disability Alliance and Real.They say that nearly 80 per cent of rail stations across the UK do not have full step-free access, while many others do not have the other necessary access features such as tactile paving, audio-visual information and induction loops that enable Deaf and disabled people to use them.A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: “We take the issue of accessibility across all modes of transport very seriously and are continuing to improve station access through the Access for All programme and other major projects.“By 2019 at least 75 per cent of all journeys will be from stations with step-free access.“The Accessibility Action Plan is the next step in a much-needed dialogue with disabled people, carers, transport providers and local authorities to identify new ways to improve travel. “We also secured commitments from the rail industry earlier this year to help make journeys better for disabled people.”last_img read more

Russian Hacking Ring Steals More Than a Billion Passwords

first_img Enroll Now for $5 Add to Queue Guest Writer Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Russian Hacking Ring Steals More Than a Billion Passwords Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article Hackerscenter_img –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Blink, and there’s another headline about yet another data breach. First, it was Target. Then, in quick succession, Neiman Marcus and Michaels announced data breaches of their own. More recently – just this past Monday, in fact — P.F. Chang’s said that customers’ credit-card information at 33 of its locations had been compromised.Back in January, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warned retailers to expect more attacks.They weren’t joking. Turns out, the rash of reported attacks represents just a small fraction of the personal data already stolen by hackers.Related: P.F. Chang’s Says Credit-Card Breach Affected 33 RestaurantsBeginning in earnest this April, a Russian crime ring has collected the largest known stockpile of stolen online credentials, making off with 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, The New York Times reported.This wide-scale hack job, which was brought to light by the cybersecurity firm Holden Security, targeted over 420,000 websites ranging from big-name companies to smaller websites, the firm wrote in a blog post.“Hackers did not just target U.S. companies, they targeted any website they could get, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to very small websites,” Alex Holden, the founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security, told the Times. “And most of these sites are still vulnerable.” In part for this reason, the firm has declined to identify a list of victims.All of this havoc was can be traced back to less than a dozen men in their 20s living in a small city in south central Russia, the Times reported. For now, it appears these guys are primarily using the stolen data to spam Twitter for other groups, charging a fee for the service.Related: Target, Neiman Marcus Hacks Could Be More Widespread, Experts SayThis, the Times noted, isn’t the best business strategy: “Selling more of the records on the black market would be lucrative.”Because people tend to use the same password for multiple sites, a single password, along with other stolen credentials, can be very valuable. Let’s say a thief gains access to your password for a retail site; he or she can then test it to try and access your bank account. (In other words, if your password for multiple sites – scratch that, any site – is “12345,” please change it now).This, of course, will not be the last time a massive security breach makes headlines. Do yourself a favor, then, and beef up your password security before the next attack is unearthed. Related: Your Password Is 123456? Wow. Seriously? Laura Entis 3 min read August 6, 2014last_img read more

Marvin Minsky AI Pioneer Dies at 88

first_img The world lost one of its brightest minds to a brain hemorrhage recently.Marvin Minsky was 88 when he passed on Sunday night. A World War II veteran, his life’s work was essentially creating and advancing the field of artificial intelligence. The New York Times has eulogized the Turing Award winner, writing that when Minsky was choosing his career path he “ruled out genetics as interesting but not profound, and physics as mildly entertaining, he chose to focus on intelligence itself.”This is a man who, in 1951, built the premiere “randomly wired neural network learning machine.” He also built the first confocal scanning microscope (read: extremely powerful) at Harvard in 1956.Two years later, along with John McCarthy (the man credited with naming “artificial intelligence”), he cofounded and taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s venerable A.I. lab. The man who wants to resurrect his father as an AI construct via paper records, Ray Kurzweil, was one of his students there too. Hell, director Stanley Kubrick even consulted him during pre-production on 2001: A Space Odyssey to get his take on whether or not computers would be able to speak by the year 2001.Saying he was brilliant would be a vast understatement, and I can’t possibly list all of his accomplishments here. But, that’s what NYT’s exhaustive memorial is for. Godspeed, sir. Timothy J. Seppala January 26, 2016 This story originally appeared on Engadget 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article center_img Image credit: Bcjordan | Wikimedia Commons Writer Obituaries Marvin Minsky Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Marvin Minsky, AI Pioneer, Dies at 88last_img read more

Google Flights Will Alert You About Expected Price Changes

first_img Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Google Flights Will Alert You About Expected Price Changes This story originally appeared on PCMag Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. The web giant wants to help eliminate some of the guesswork of trying to get the best deals on travel. Image credit: Shutterstock.com 2 min read Add to Queuecenter_img October 18, 2016 Angela Moscaritolo Google –shares Reporter We’ve all heard it before: it’s best to book a flight on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET to get the lowest fare. But is that really true? That’s still up for debate, but now you can eliminate some of the guesswork when trying to get the best deals on travel, thanks to Google.Just in time for holiday travel planning, the web giant on Monday updated Google Flights with a feature that will show you when prices are expected to increase for specific flights and the routes in which you’re interested. The update also promises to make it easier to find good hotel deals and plan your trip on a mobile device. Now, when you select a specific flight, you may get a notification letting you know when the current fare is expected to expire and how much you can save if you book right away. If you’re looking at a certain route, but aren’t set on a specific flight, Google may display a notification bar with tips for finding the best price, including recommendations for alternate airports or dates and expected price changes based on past prices for that route.Google may, for instance, tell you something like “historically, 90 percent of the time the cheapest price on this route increased 7 days before departure by about $52.”You can opt to track a specific flight or route and receive email notifications letting you know when prices are expected to change. In the past, Google would only notify you when prices actually did increase or decrease significantly.Google plans to roll out these new fare expiration and expected price jump notifications over the coming weeks everywhere its Flights tool is available.Meanwhile, Google is also offering a better flight-finding experience on mobile devices with new features to let you track and manage your saved flights on your phone. There’s also a new tab called “Deals” when searching for hotels that will show places offering cheaper-than-normal lodging in your selected destination. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Denver May Become the First US City to Legalize Marijuana Use in

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What better way for dad to connect with his loved ones than learning about his family’s stor Lifeminute tv Memorial Day Weekend Heat Wave Could Smash May Records A LifeMinute with Ryan Seacrest A measure that would make Denver the first city in the United States to legalize the use of marijuana in such venues as clubs, bars and restaurants is expected to get enough votes to pass, backers and opponents of the initiative said on Tuesday.The announcement comes amid a string of victories for proponents of medical and recreational marijuana use, with voters in California and Massachusetts approving ballot initiatives legalizing recreational use of the drug last week.The Colorado measure will permit private businesses to allow marijuana use by adults in designated areas with certain exceptions. Backers of the initiative said it would make Denver the first city in the country where cannabis enthusiasts can enjoy the drug socially without fear of arrest.  “This is a victory for cannabis consumers who, like alcohol consumers, simply want the option to enjoy cannabis in social settings,” Kayvan Khalatbari, a Denver businessman and lead proponent of the so-called I-300 measure, said in a statement on Tuesday.While other states have authorized similar plans, Khalatbari said Denver would be the first to actually implement them. He said businesses in the city could start opening their doors to pot users as soon as late January.Approval for Denver’s initiative was leading in preliminary vote totals from last week’s election. While the city’s elections agency said they would not certify results until next Tuesday, campaigns that supported and opposed the measure both agreed it had passed.Rachel O’Bryan, the campaign manager for the opposition group Protect Denver’s Atmosphere, said by phone there did not appear to be enough outstanding ballots for the measure to fail.”Back in 2012, marijuana legalization passed with a strong majority in Denver … and now about four years later, I-300 passed with a much smaller margin. We think many voters voted in favor of marijuana legalization, but didn’t want to see marijuana everywhere,” she said.She said the bill’s opponents are concerned about public safety as well as issues of second-hand smoke indoors. O’Bryan said she hopes the city council and possibly the state’s Attorney General will closely examine the law to see if it runs afoul of provisions in state law barring public pot use.Recreational marijuana was first approved in 2012 by the states of Washington and Colorado, and later by voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia. California, Massachusetts and Nevada all approved recreational use after voting last Tuesday.(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco, editing by G Crosse) BACK Photo of solider placing flag at Tomb of Unknown Solider goes viral Denver May Become the First U.S. City to Legalize Marijuana Use in Bars and Restaurants Download Our iOS App Heat Snapshot DiCaprio, Pitt want to team up again after Tarantino hit Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day IndyCar Beefing Up Business as Indy 500 Approaches A LifeMinute with John Lithgow: The Actor Discusses His Latest Projects Turning Up the Heat in the Southeast for Holiday Weekend Next Article Free Green Entrepreneur App Economy adds 75K jobs in May HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Phenomenon Southern Charm’ Star Talks New Season How Human Behavior is Hurting Animals and What We Can Do to Protect Them A Safe Way to Get Rid Of Bugs in Your Home IHOP Sees Explosive Growth in To-Go Sales November 16, 2016 Airbnb Wants to Take You on an All-Inclusive Adventure Cannes: ticketless festival-goers seek seats for films 2 Delicious Summer Entertaining Ideas Sophie Turner Talks Dark Phoenix, Co-Star Jessica Chastain and GoT Summer is here and there are some great looks this season for women of all shapes and sizes. Check out the hottest styles for hourglass, rectangle and pear shaped women. Economy adds 75K jobs in May Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day Up Next: A Petition Is Coming ? for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Do-Over Swimwear Styles for All Shapes and Sizes Airbnb Wants to Take You on an All-Inclusive Adventure 3 min read Marijuana Albany Steps Closer to Releasing Trump’s State Tax Returns After Assembly Vote Beyond Meat Earnings Are Beyond Analyst Expectations Summer Beauty Survival Must-Haves Autoplay: On | Off Justin Bieber Launches Plant-Based Deodorant Reuters Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Guitarist Don ‘Fingers’ Felder Releases New Albumlast_img read more