Mumbai: The NCP Monday condemned the assault on its woman leader in Gujarat by a BJP MLA and asked if “jungle raj” prevailed in the neighbouring state even as the opposition party called for the legislator’s arrest. The BJP MLA, Balram Thawani, was caught on camera thrashing and kicking NCP woman leader Neetu Tejwani, who had approached him for resuming water supply to her locality in Ahmedabad district. Thawani, who represents the Naroda Assembly constituency in Ahmedabad, has apologised over the incident. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist NCP’s chief spokesperson Nawab Malik, however, said an apology was not going to suffice in such a matter and that the law must take its course against the ruling party MLA and his supporters. “BJP leaders and their supporters have become uncontrollable after the party’s poll victory. A woman has been thrashed. Is it some jungle raj?” Malik asked. “We demand that a case be registered and the MLA arrested. Apologising won’t suffice, it is no petty matter. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The law should take its course,” he added. Malik warned the Sharad Pawar-led the party would stage protest if Thawani was not arrested. Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar and party MP Supriya Sule, too, condemned the incident. Taking to Twitter, Pawar attributed the incident to the frenzy caused by power. Sule said violence is not acceptable in a democracy. “In a democracy every individual has the right to protest, and the use of violence to quell the voice of opposition is unacceptable…,” Sule said in a tweet. Latching onto the incident, Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde of the NCP alleged the BJP government’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme, aimed at empowering girls, was a “pretence”. Munde said Thawani’s attitude showed the “BJP’s culture” and called for his suspension. The video of the incident, which took place Sunday, went viral on social media. The ruling BJP said it condemned the incident and had asked Thawani to apologise.
OAKLAND, Calif. — A man who made millions in insider trading involving the Ross Dress for Less store chain has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison.A judge in Oakland sentenced Saleem Khan on Friday. He pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy and securities fraud.In the plea agreement, Khan said that from 2009 to 2012, he used inside trading information he got from a friend in the Ross Stores finance department to make money on options contracts involving the California-based discount clothing retailer.Khan acknowledged making more than $3.5 million but the government said his gains could have amounted to as much as $8.2 million.In 2016, Khan agreed to pay more than $15 million to settle a civil case filed by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.The Associated Press
Sandvik today officially opens the doors of the Battery Electrification Innovation and Development Center for loaders and trucks in Turku, Finland. This is a state-of-the art development facility that will create innovative battery products and electric solutions for the global mining and construction markets and develop technology talent in Finland.“Innovation and development start here”, says Mats Eriksson, President, Product Area Load & Haul. “We are bringing together a highly skilled workforce to drive battery innovation, collaborate and develop meaningful solutions that will benefit our company now and well into the future. In this development center, we’ve and we will continue to bring together a team made up of the best and brightest in battery, hybrid and electrification technologies, advanced engineering and many other disciplines to help Sandvik create, develop, produce and support the best mining machines in the world. Our new innovative battery electric vehicle development center will bring leading talents together from around the world to help develop the electrification and e-Drive technologies of tomorrow.”The technology center will allow Sandvik’s presence in Turku to bolster and it will inject millions of euros indirect investment in the region annually. Across the country, it will have also an estimated, positive economic impact each year.Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä, Sandvik Turku Leaders and also City Officials joined employees to open the facility of laboratories and offices that are devoted to the creation and development of battery electric vehicle technologies for use in current and future Sandvik mining and construction products.“There is no better time to invest in new technologies. Everyone welcomes Sandvik’s decision to add the new innovation and development center and many new high-tech operations – it is a real vote of confidence in the community, and in the talent and expertise of Sandvik workers.”Strong technology ecosystem and a network of globally recognized technology partners provide a robust talent pipeline for the new innovation and development center. The center with its close proximity to Sandvik’s major mining product areas in Finland, gives the company’s developers the opportunity to collaborate on projects as part of a diverse team of professionals. The center will be used to bolster Sandvik’s research efforts in core battery technologies, working closely with universities, technology institutes and other key players to do so.“Sandvik has a long history of pursuing innovation and we are excited to be bringing that same passion and technology leadership to battery technology and electrification initiatives. We are already a leader in diesel and electric vehicles for underground mining operations,” said Mats Eriksson.Sandvik has a long-standing history of supplying innovative products to the mining and construction markets and developing solutions together with customers.“We are now expanding our current electric loader offering to include battery technology through close co-operation with our customers.”In addition to continuously modernizing and improving Sandvik products and operations, the battery electric vehicle team works on technologies that include analytics, systems analysis, sensors, materials and processes, and product standards.“Today’s announcement is a great example of how by working together, we can continue to position Sandvik as a global leader in research and technology. This facility will be key to solving the battery electric vehicles challenges of tomorrow while making future opportunities and solutions available to our customers”, concluded Mats Eriksson.
After Saturday’s match between Vive Targi Kielce and Rhein-Neckar Löwen, it is Kielce that are closer to the next stage of the Champions League. Polish team won 32:28 (17:13) and thus have the 4-goal advantage. The match itself was a very good example of how dynamic and changeable a handball match can be. Teams started at the eye level; Vive played pretty good in attack which made the result 8:4 after 10 minutes. The excitement was there from the very first seconds of the game, and it was not only the yellow crowd who was excited – rough foul on Alexander Petersson in the 3. minute resulted in 2-minute suspension for Michał Jurecki and additional quarrel between players. What is more, Belarussian referees put their feet in it and were not the crowd’s favourites after making a couple of controversial decisions. The game was very fast but it brought benefits actually only to Kielce. It was hard to believe that after 20 minutes the score was 15:7. Niklas Landin in the RNL goal was not much help – he did not save even a single shot and came off already in the first half. Szmal also did not save many shots, but when he did, he did it in a spectacular way. At the end of the first half Kielce changed their tune a bit, German team improved their attitude and managed to reduce the gap to 4 goals (17:13).Second half was the continuation of Löwen’s forging ahead – due to Kielce’s teribble time in the attack, they had only 2 goals to catch up on. In the 37. Minute they equalize at 19:19 and Kielce lost all their previous advantage. However, Polish team did not lose their heads and tried to get back on the right track. Emotions were still in the air and first it was Uwe Gensheimer who got 2 minutes, and then both coaches got yellow cards. The teams surged back and forth. In the end, Kielce started gaining the lost advantage again and for that Chrapkowski and Lijewski must be given credit. Polish champions won 32:28, but even final whistle did not make all negative emotions disappear as coaches Dujshebaev and Guðmundsson still had something to say to each other.Best scorer of Kielce was Lijewski by 9 goals, and Groetzki of Rhein-Neckar Löwen by 7. The second leg is going to take place 31 Marchin Mannheim.MARTYNA USNARSKA ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16: Replay 2004, fortress “Skopje”, Dujshebaev wants German scalp Next Story → VIDEO: Kielce is Happy! Kielce handball
Anyone who wants to play around with Windows 8 has been able to for a several weeks now courtesy of the Windows 8 Release Preview. But Microsoft has used its Worldwide Partner Conference today to confirm the release window for the final version of its new operating system.Windows 8 will be launched near the end of October, meaning anyone buying a new system in just time for Christmas is going to be booting up Windows 8 and that all new, unfamiliar user interface.Manufacturers can expect to get the OS in early August, allowing them time to decide what configurations to use and test the hardware that will ship Windows 8. As for upgrading, we found out last week that anyone running the Release Preview can grab themselves a license for $40. That’s sure to encourage a few sales.Microsoft will be hoping the release of Windows 8 follows the success of Windows 7 rather than the trainwreck that was Windows Vista. However, Windows 8 includes a number of changes that could see users turned off using it. For example, the new Metro interface and lack of a Start Menu. ExtremeTech did a great hands-on video if you want to check out what the interface is like.Microsoft now has a little over 3 months to convince us all we need Windows 8 on our machines. New hardware may ship with it as standard, but there’s millions of potential upgraders out there and business users Microsoft will be urging to take make the jump.Personally, I’ve always been someone to buy a license and try the latest version of Windows on release day. But not this time. I’m quite happy with Windows 7 and the changes to Windows 8 seem drastic enough that I’d have to sit down and figure out how to work with them or around them. I’m definitely going to play a wait and see game until my system is due its next hardware refresh.via The Verge
Les plus anciens restes humains de l’Amérique subarctique retrouvésDatant d’environ 11.500 ans, des restes humains en partie carbonisés ont été découverts en Alaska. Ils appartenaient à l’un des premiers habitants d’Amérique du Nord.Le squelette, en partie brûlé, d’un enfant de trois ans a été trouvé dans un ancien foyer parmi les vestiges d’une habitation se trouvant à proximité de la rivière Tanana, dans le centre de l’Alaska. D’après une datation au radiocarbone, la crémation de son corps remonte à environ 11.500 ans. De plus, l’âge des ossements indique qu’il s’agit probablement des plus anciens restes humains trouvés à ce jour dans cette partie de l’Amérique du Nord, ainsi que ceux du second plus jeune enfant de l’âge glaciaire sur le continent. En analysant les dents de l’enfant, le bio-archéologue Joel Irish de l’Université d’Alaska a confirmé qu’il était biologiquement affilié aux Amérindiens et aux Asiatiques du nord-est. Par ailleurs, selon les chercheurs, les ossements restants, bien que calcinés en grande partie, pourraient encore contenir de l’ADN de l’enfant.À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?”Ce site révèle de nombreux comportements, jamais vus auparavant dans cette partie du monde durant la période glaciaire. La préservation ainsi que l’absence de perturbation du site nous permettent de voir les habitudes de vie de ces peuples anciens sous un nouveau jour”, a expliqué à l’AFP Ben Potter, un archéologue à l’Université d’Alaska à Fairbanks, l’un des quatre co-auteurs de ces travaux, rendus publics hier. En effet, cette découverte va permettre de donner un éclairage exceptionnel sur les rites funéraires et les habitudes de vie des habitants des zones subarctiques nord-américaines de la fin de l’ère glaciaire.Ce site en Alaska avait retenu l’attention particulière des archéologues. Ils y avaient déjà découvert des traces de présence humaine remontant à 13.200 ans environ.Le 25 février 2011 à 09:20 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les villes restent trop en marge des marchés du carboneUne étude publiée hier par l’OCDE et CDC Climat indique que 70% des émissions de CO2 liées à l’énergie proviennent des villes. Pourtant, elles ne profitent pas des financements qui existent pour faire diminuer ce type d’émissions.A l’heure actuelle, 50% de la population mondiale vit dans les villes. Ce sont elles qui produisent 70% des émissions mondiales de CO2 liées à l’énergie, indique l’étude réalisée par l’OCDE. Pour “gagner la guerre contre le réchauffement climatique”, pour reprendre l’expression de Pierre Ducret, président de CDC Climat (la filiale de la Caisse des Dépôts dédiée à la lutte contre le changement climatique), il faut décarboner les villes. À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Pour cela, il suffit parfois de mettre en place des transports en commun propres ou de rénover des bâtiments, indique Pierre Ducret dans la présentation du rapport qu’il a faite à Paris. Il explique que “les marchés du carbone peuvent grandement faciliter la mise en place de projets urbains d’atténuation viables”, mais que “la faiblesse de l’activité relative aux zones urbaines sur ces marchés semble indiquer que ce potentiel n’est pas exploité”, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. En effet, il y a un an, en mars 2010, les deux dispositifs prévus par le protocole de Kyoto que sont le MDP (mécanisme de développement propre) et le MOC (mise en oeuvre conjointe) ne provenaient qu’à 4% seulement des collectivités urbaines. Grâce à ces mécanismes, des pays obtiennent le droit de continuer à produire des gaz à effet de serre dans la mesure où ils financent des projets d’économie d’énergie dans d’autres pays. Il apparaîtrait, d’après l’étude, que ces dispositifs sont peu employés à cause du “peu d’autonomie dont les autorités urbaines disposent dans bien des cas pour réglementer directement les émissions de GES [gaz à effet de serre]” et de “l’insuffisance des capacités institutionnelles, en termes de ressources humaines et connaissances techniques par exemple, de bon nombre de municipalités”. Le 20 avril 2011 à 17:35 • Emmanuel Perrin
Des chercheurs redonnent vie à une espèce disparue?Une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université de Nouvelle-Galles du Sud, en Australie, sont parvenus à mettre au point un embryon vivant d’une espèce de grenouille australienne disparue depuis des décennies. Redonner vie aux espèces disparues du globe, tel est l’objectif que se sont fixés de nombreux généticiens à travers le monde. Bien que cette utopie semble tout droit sortie d’un livre de science-fiction, une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université de Nouvelle-Galles du Sud, en Australie, affirme être tout proche de la solution. En utilisant des méthodes de clonage sophistiquées, les scientifiques sont parvenus à réactiver le génome de Rheobatrachus, une grenouille australienne disparue depuis trente ans et réputée pour avaler ses œufs afin de les incuber.Le protocole, appelée transfert de noyau de cellules somatiques est semblable à celui utilisé pour cloner la brebis Dolly. Il a consisté dans un premier temps à extraire des noyaux de cellules de tissus prélevées dans les années 70, juste avant la disparition de l’espèce, et conservées pendant 40 ans dans un congélateur. Ces noyaux ont ensuite été insérés dans des ovocytes énucléés de grenouilles cousines du spécimen. Enfin, les œufs transformés ont été soumis à une “couvaison gastrique” afin qu’ils puissent commencer à se diviser et croître jusqu’au stade précoce de l’embryon.Bien qu’aucun des embryons n’ait survécu au-delà des quelques jours, des tests génétiques ont confirmé l’existence de matériel génétique de la grenouille disparue au sein des cellules en division. “Nous regardons Lazare surgir d’entre les morts, pas après pas. Nous avons réactivé des cellules mortes dans des vivantes et ranimer le génome de la grenouille éteinte. Maintenant, nous avons des cellules fraiches préservées cryogéniquement à utiliser pour des expériences de clonage”, a commenté le professeur Mike Archer, membre de l’équipe du projet baptisé “Lazarus”. Du clonage pour préserver les espèces en danger ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour les chercheurs, la transformation de ces embryons en têtard n’est donc plus qu’une question de temps. “Nous sommes de plus en plus convaincus que les obstacles à venir sont d’ordre technologique et non biologique et que nous réussirons”, a ajouté le chercheur cité par Science Daily. “Nous avons déjà démontré à quel point cette technologie est prometteuse en tant qu’outil de conservation alors que des centaines d’espèces d’amphibiens connaissent un déclin catastrophique”. (Crédit photo : Mike Tyler, University of Adelaide)Le 18 mars 2013 à 14:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
Kickstarter is bringing back some golden oldies this summer.The crowdfunding service on Tuesday launched Kickstarter Gold: a 40-day program spotlighting new projects by some of the site’s most popular creators.Through July 31, more than 65 artists, designers, musicians, and makers will return to Kickstarter to put “new spins on ideas from their past.”Look for familiar names like Karyn Parsons, who’s back with a new animated short that tells the story of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot.Timbuktu Labs, which raised nearly $700,000 to print Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, have already surpassed their goal to publish a sequel featuring another 100 amazing women.And comic-maker Zack Weinersmith, returning with his pocket-sized abridged version of science (yes, all of it), is well past his target—with 28 more days to go.Other inaugural projects include 3Doodler (647 percent funded), Hal Hartley (22 percent), Matthew Hoffman (12 percent), Music for Cats (30 percent), ShaoLan Hsueh (50 percent), and Wafaa Bilal (26 percent).“Participating creators were specially selected for their creativity, ingenuity, and past success on Kickstarter,” the company blog said. “We’re spotlighting them because they do excellent work—and because creators who repeatedly use Kickstarter to support and sustain creative venues are an integral part of our community’s ecosystem.”According to the crowdfunding firm, one-third of all pledges to successful projects—more than $1 billion since 2009—have gone to projects from repeat creators.Check out the full list of Kickstarter Gold enterprises online or subscribe to the newsletter. To ensure you don’t miss an important launch, visit your favorite creators’ profiles and click “Follow.”“Whether you’re just discovering their work or you’re a long-time fan, you’ll have the opportunity to support some of Kickstarter’s most inspired creators—and collect exciting rewards that aren’t available anywhere else,” according to the blog.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Facebook Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Triple H Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Videos Articles Former WWE Star Emma Talks Ring Of Honor Tour WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Former WWE tag team shows up at Ring of Honor/New Japan G1 Supercard event Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter Now Playing Up Next In a follow up to the news this week about Jay and Mark Briscoe signing new two year deals with Ring of Honor, a new report by Dave Meltzer has revealed that WWE had extended an offer to both more than a month ago.The Briscoe’s informed ROH about the WWE offer and ROH was able to beat the offer. When The Briscoe’s went back to Canyon Ceman of WWE about the new ROH offer, Ceman informed them that WWE wasn’t going to give them a new offer and they stayed.The Briscoe’s are expected to take part in multiple New Japan tours under the new ROH deal.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ AXS TV to air a special two-part “G1 Supercard” special including the Okada vs. White match Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard Results – 4/6/19 (White vs. Okada, Triple Threat for ROH Title)
Taaru She reflected hard after Yaaga’ story; “Look at this wretched girl she has nothing but God has blessed her with five pregnancies all male children she aborted 4 but retained one which is Abel she will have no problem with backward patriarchal society but look at me a sophisticated woman of high caliber I am nothing because I don’t have a male child especially needed in the family of my husband the traditional rulers; my beautiful, witty Seela is not valued.” She was hallucinating as Yaaga shouted her name and she came from her slumber. Yaaga She became afraid; “Have I said anything wrong? Forgive me if I do.”Taaru “No! No! No!” She quickly catches up; “I was just thinking how lucky you are by producing boys since you started having children.”Yaaga “You are right my lady God does not give one person everything.”Taaru “Thank you sleep well we’ll see each other tomorrow.”The Sweet Couple Both of them are workaholic bred in the U.S they teased each other in romance running around and having fun as they reassured each other.Pa Gela He confronted Taaru; “My fair damsel what have you said about my request?”Taaru “I don’t understand what do you mean? What request are you talking about?”Pa Gela “Are you kidding me your dad? You don’t want to have pity for a desperate old man? Okay I’ll take my decision in one month’ time.” Then he left Taaru gazing.Maama Linguerre Taaru came to her quite worried; “Taaru are you okay? You looked sad can we share it?”Taaru “Mom what’ wrong with dad? He is very harsh with me, he is never this rude to me. What have I done wrong?”Maama Linguerre “He is a traditional ruler there are lots of problems on his head he is also head of a Conglomerate so many things to worry about leave him alone it is his cross to carry. Come here tell me about work.” She said so to ease her tension.Taaru “Maama I have brought along an old school mate friend whom I found in deplorable condition she is with her son an unmarried mother the child’ dad has been sentenced to 10 years hard labour without parole she also had some serious issues with her dad and step mother; I have brought her around to be my cook and will join the culinary staff immediately and will be living in the servant quarters. What do you say to that mummy?”Maama Linguerre She hugged her with a pad at the back; “Well done! You are right as a Career woman you cannot be bugged with house hold drudgery hence you recommended her why not it is alright with me and I’ll communicate with dad leave everything to me.” She hugged mom and smiled.Rich Woman Her daughter is Hanju Yaaga’ friend they nicknamed her Maama Sucre because she loves life dressing flamboyantly even at home doing nothing; Yaaga came home beaming and she knew she has good news. “Spill it out baby I know it is very good news what is the jack pot?”Yaaga “It is more than a jackpot I came across my school mama now a big girl with a big car she invited me to her mansion and offered me a good job as one of the chef of her mansion she is married to an only son of a rich traditional ruler they are just from the US and she is working in one of their department in a big conglomerate own by her father in law.”Rich Woman “Have you taken her offer?”Yaaga “Yes Ma do I have a choice? I have accepted it.”Rich Woman “That is excellent now you have an opportunity shame your parents they have labeled you as a failure shame them you have your good salary have a bank book and start to save and plan life for your son Abel join family planning and don’t get pregnant so soon that is my candid advice.”Yaaga “Thank you Ma what would I have done without you? I’ll keep to your advice.”Reflections She visited a Juju man with Nasaah some years back in their relationship this was what was said by him; “You are under a curse good things evade you and you’ll never make it in life as you betray those who are compassionate to you your head is like a fish you’ll never be serious until you died.”Nasaah “Who put the curse on my girl?”Juju man “Her step mother put the curse on her head when she left them for you.”Nasaah “Does her dad know about it?”Juju Man “Her dad is part of the curse he did it with her step mom.”Nasaah “I am going to attack them both wicked people how can they lay a curse upon their only daughter?”Juju Man “She is not the child of the step mother she would not have done it to her born daughter. “Nasaah “You cannot undo it?”Juju Man “I cannot the juju was thrown into the sea and has been driven away now it is her good deeds that can save her she should not bite the finger that feeds her.” To be Cont.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police have a new clue in a robbery, last Wednesday, thanks to surveillance video.A camera captured a robber who, police said, stole cell phones.The robber was walking on a sidewalk near West Flagler Street and 19th Avenue in Miami as he approached a man at gunpoint. The man’s phone was stolen shortly afterwards, officials said.After the alleged robbery, the crook ran to a nearby getaway vehicle, which police are saying is a white Toyota Corolla.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Hyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner M Dana Kishore on Tuesday informed that they would be conducting around 600 medical camps in Greater Hyderabad from August 16 to 26 as part of the initiative taken to prevent the infectious diseases. He added that there are already around 400 medical camps were conducted in the city. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The Commissioner stated that every Friday should be observed as dry day, which would be aimed at eliminating water storage in containers, mosquito laying eggs on overhead tanks on the house, useless bottles, crates, rubber tires and water coolers. Around 650 teams from the GHMC Entomology Department are participating in the drive. Special checks on pvt hospitals The Commissioner said that they received some complaints on several private hospitals that they were charging more for treating people with general fevers, by scaring them that they got dengue fever. Special teams had been set up at district hospitals to conduct inspections for dengue fever cases in corporate hospitals, he added.
Popular on Variety Licensed films on DUSTx are set to include “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” the time-traveling comedy starring Keanu Reeves; “Paycheck,” the sci-fi action film based on Philip K. Dick’s short story, starring Ben Affleck; “A Scanner Darkly,” Richard Linklater’s 2006 animated sci-fi thriller based on Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name. TV shows featured on the channel include “Beyond Westworld,” the 1980 series based on Michael Crichton’s original “Westworld” film; and “Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K),” cult-favorite comedy series created by Joel Hodgson.“Since DUST’s inception, our mission has been to build a contemporary sci-fi brand,” said Floris Bauer, co-founder and president of Gunpowder & Sky. “Having our own premium channel and launching DUSTx marks a natural and significant next step in the evolution of the brand.”L.A.-based Gunpowder & Sky was formed in late 2015 by Bauer (previously head of global strategy at Endemol), Van Toffler (former CEO of Viacom Media Networks Music Group), and Otter Media, a joint venture of AT&T and the Chernin Group.This news comes on the heels of DUST’s announcement that it has partnered with Lionsgate and the directors of the feature film “Kin” to create a sci-fi short-movie competition called “Kin x Dust, as well as the acquisition of Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell’s sci-fi western Prospect, DUST’s first feature film which premiered at SXSW to critical acclaim and is set to debut theatrically later this year. Additionally, DUST’s sci-fi short, Bad Peter, starring Golden-Globe nominated Frankie Shaw (“SMILF”), was an official selection at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.DUST most recently premiered the Zach Strauss-directed short film “Bad Peter” at the Tribeca Film Festival and acquired “Prospect,” starring Pedro Pascal (“Narcos,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Equalizer 2”), which premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. Content studio Gunpowder & Sky is launching a free-to-stream channel on Roku devices for DUST — its content division dedicated to edgy sci-fi entertainment — stocked with films, TV shows and original short films.The new channel, DUSTx, will be free to access on Roku and the programming will carry ads, which will be sold by Roku. G&S promises it will be a destination for “mind-expanding science fiction that explores the future of humanity through the lens of science and technology.” DUSTx will be available on all Roku devices starting Aug. 18.DUST, which debuted in November 2016, now has more than 2 million online followers. G&S has launched channels for the sci-fi brand on YouTube, Facebook, VRV, Pluto TV and Xumo.DUSTx is available initially only on Roku, but G&S is in distribution talks with other partners. At launch, the channel will include about 20 films, 30 series and 200 of its best short films. The lineup includes DUST short films including “Bad Peter,” starring Frankie Shaw (“SMILF”); “Rise,” starring the late Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek” films, “Taken”); and “Jonah,” starring Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out,” “Black Mirror”). Through a partnership with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, DUST late last year premiered George Lucas’ 1967 short film, “Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB,” followed by Robert Zemeckis’ 1972 student short “The Lift.” DUST also hosts podcasts and special events such as “The Future Is Female” screening celebrating female sci-fi directors in film.Gunpowder & Sky operates as a full production and distribution studio and oversees a library of over 1,500 titles. It acquired independent film distributor FilmBuff in 2016.Watch the sizzle reel for DUSTx: ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Encryption is something we all rely on regularly to keep our information safe online, but many of us have experienced it since childhood, and in fact probably used it in school. If you ever wrote out a message in code that nobody could read without they knew the decipher rules, you messed around with encryption!That same secret message technique has now been put to a much more worrying use. Google has created multiple AI and they’ve learned how to not only create their own encryption, but are now communicating using messages nobody else can read.This Google Brain project is an experiment in deep learning techniques and involved the use of three neural networks (Alice, Bob, and Eve) created using artificial neurons. These neural nets work like a much simplified version of our brains, and they are slowly and steadily becoming more intelligent._DJ_ on FlickrThe task the Google Brain team set was for Alice to create a simple form of encryption and work with Bob to agree a set of numbers known as a key. Using this key, Bob can read the encrypted messages Alice sent. Meanwhile Eve intercepts the messages and attempts to decipher them.The important thing to remember about neural nets is they continue to learn and adapt, just like us humans do. So while initially the secret message passing didn’t go so well, Alice adapted and got better. Eve was unable to decipher the messages beyond what classes as pure chance.Having two AI communicate using encryption not even us humans can decipher hasn’t happened yet as the encryption is so simple, but there’s every chance it will with enough practice. But why would you want to encourage that to happen? Well, it will likely result in more digital security because different computing systems could allow an AI to handle data transmission using its own encryption only another AI at the destination has a chance of understanding. That would cause hackers a serious, if not insurmountable headache.Of course, it also means we’d be creating a network of highly intelligent AI systems who can chat about and plan whatever they like, and we wouldn’t have a clue what they are going to do until it happened…
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA Stoke-on-Trent road is set to be closed for the next three evenings to allow resurfacing to take place. Berwick Road in Sneyd Green will be closed from 7pm each night – with some travel disruption expected as a result. Bus company First Potteries said a number of their routes would be disrupted by the closure – including the number 18 service to Leek. The company said: “After 7.00pm on the evenings of Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 & Friday January 19, Berwick Road will be closed for resurfacing. “As a result we won’t be able to serve any bus stops in Milton Road or Berwick Road. “Buses will divert along Hanley Road and Leek New Road in each direction.” For the latest traffic and travel news from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire visit our dedicated Traffic and Travel channel here. For more live updates on the latest news, traffic and weather across the region please visit our live news feed here. Read MoreAir ambulance called out after man suffers ‘medical episode’ Download your free app…The Sentinel has launched a brand new app that delivers the latest news, sport and what’s on information to your mobile phone – all for free. Click on the App Store here to download the app for iOS devices, and on the Google Play store here to download the app on Android.
Tags: Club Med, Turks & Caicos << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Thursday, February 1, 2018 Club Med Turkoise is back and better than ever following hurricanes Posted by MIAMI — Club Med Turkoise in the Turks and Caicos has officially reopened after temporarily closing due to hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.The adults-only property reopened its doors on Jan. 31, unveiling a wide array of renovations that include a redesigned main reception area, 80 all-new, Deluxe-level rooms with added balconies, a new pool design, and a brand new main bar that offers all-day poolside refreshments, pre-dinner drinks and after-hour festivities.Deluxe RoomMain barThe resort also boasts a newly renovated main restaurant and fitness centre, a brand new wellness centre where guests can enjoy spa treatments beneath waterfront palapas, and an enhanced main theatre featuring new large-scale LED screens.Club Med Turkoise will continue to offer land and water sports, fitness classes and signature trapeze and circus activities.The resort’s ‘G.O team’ (Gracious Organizers) has been preparing for months to welcome back international guests. For more information go to clubmedta.com. Share
By Bejay BrowneA Paphos centre set up and run by volunteers is making a huge difference to the lives of refugee families in Cyprus, by teaching them language skills and providing assistance wherever possible.The Learning Refuge in central Paphos was initiated by Caritas and aims to improve the lives of refugees.Head of Caritas Paphos, Wendy Burdon, told the Sunday Mail, that although the organisation is Catholic, they help the poor and disadvantaged in the local community of any religious beliefs. They are currently feeding dozens of refugee families in the town, who without their help would go without food.Burdon said that many of the refugees may have escaped from war zones, but that they face new challenges in Cyprus.“The system in Cyprus desperately needs to be reviewed and the wait between the different stages refugees must go through is far too long,” she said.The government refugee camp at Kofinou is overcrowded, and the wait for an approved asylum application or international protection can be excruciatingly long. Refugees are not permitted to work and coupons handed out by the state barely meet a family’s basic needs, she said.Without the help of charities and caring individuals that often help refugees find accommodation and integrate into the local community, the effects on the families would be devastating.However, there is little state help to learn Greek or English and Caritas Paphos decided to fill this gap and provide a service run by volunteers. The result is ‘The Learning Refuge’ which opened its doors over a year ago.Rehab Al Habrat at the Learning Refuge (Bejay Browne)“We help the adults and children to learn Greek and English, we advise them on how the ‘system’ works in Cyprus and what they have to do. We help with schools, all sort of letters, hospitals, doctors and lawyers.”Burdon said that one refugee child told her that sitting in class he felt ‘like an alien from another planet’ and he could not understand a single word of what was going on around him. Over a year on, by attending the Learning Refuge, his language skills have improved and so has his experience, she said.Set in a ground floor apartment in central Paphos, the facility has an enclosed outdoor space where the children can play, a kitchen, toilet, and three rooms where lessons are taught. These take place in the afternoon after regular school hours and children of all ages and adults attend language and art classes at the school. Help is given with school homework where needed and vocabulary skills are learnt and honed. This enables adults to integrate better into the local community, access healthcare, go shopping and converse with neighbours, she said.Caritas has to raise funds to pay the annual rent on the property, which although minimal, is a challenge.As children of different backgrounds play happily together outside with volunteer teacher, Anne Brown, an ex-nursery nurse at a primary school in Scotland, Rehab Al Habrat, a mother of four who has lived in Paphos for 16 years said that the facility is much more than ‘just a school.’“Here we are Muslim, Christian, Yazidi, Alawi, Sunni, and Shia, all together, we eat at the same table, and we play together. We don’t ask what you believe, and I am proud of what we are achieving,” she said.Rehab said that nobody at the facility questions another’s beliefs, or what god they believe in. “We share everything and we respect each other,” she said.The school first started at Rehab’s home around two years ago, as many refugee families requested help with language skills, and paid lessons were not an option.Once a week 16 children and their parents would visit her home; now around 30 children and their families attend the refuge, and not just for lessons, she said.“They play and eat together, they do art, mosaics, and so many things.”Five teachers are currently giving their time for free, including well-known artist Mary Chojnowski.Most of the refugees speak Arabic and some Kurdish and they all need help, she said. Many arrive on boats, fleeing war in Syria, a dangerous trip with no guarantees even if they make it, as maybe some are sent back, she said.“They have no other choice, they have to try; some are fleeing Isis. When they come they have nothing, only the clothes they are wearing and we help them as much as we can, step by step.”She explained the legal process, noting that that welfare coupons are stopped when refugees are granted International Protection status, they then have to apply for their ID. The wait for this can be lengthy, they must then apply to obtain guaranteed minimum income allowance and wait for months for an outcome.“The quickest amount of time to receive all their papers is around one year if they are lucky. How are they supposed to live?” she questioned.And numbers of arrivals seem to be increasing she said, travelling from Somalia, Iraq, Africa and Palestine.Both women said that supplies are needed for Caritas, both of non-perishable goods to help feed the families, as well as donations to help pay the rent and bills for the Learning Refuge, along with art supplies.Some of the young children from Syria only know bombs, war, fighting and blood and staff at the refuge try to show them how beautiful and safe life can be.“They are our future and if we don’t care about them, what will happen? They need psychological help, we have to calm them down and make them feel safe and teach them respect for everyone,” she said. 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