Scavenging deer and luxuryslum contrast win UN environmental photo prizes

Images of deer scavenging on a rubbish tip, the housing of the rich set against the slums of the poor, and Buddhist monks solemnly draping cloth round a tree trunk today scooped the top prizes in the United Nations environmental agency’s latest photography competition.“The ability of the human eye and the camera lens to illuminate the beauty and tragedy of the world is again brought into sharp focus by our fourth International Photographic Competition,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said.The winners of the Gold in the three categories of the UNEP International Photographic Competition on the Environment, sponsored by the global photographic company Canon, were:• Resmi C. Senan of India for the $20,000 Gold in the General Category for her portraits of deer feeding on refuse and rubbish tips;• Monica Alexandra Terrazas Galvan of Mexico for the $5,000 Gold in the Youth Category for her simple but stark portrayal of the gap between rich and poor through the imagery of affluent housing set above the slums below;• Chamaiporn Pongpanich of Thailand for $2,000 Gold in the Children’s Category for a moving and reverential portrait of monks, draping a brown and gold cloth round the trunk of a huge tropical tree.Amateurs and professionals alike from nearly 170 countries took part and more than 32,000 photographs were submitted, nearly double those of the previous competition five years ago, for this year’s contest under the theme “Focus on Your World.” “The winning photographs will, I am sure, become famous and popular in their own right, touching as they so ably do the human emotions, the human spirit,” Mr. Toepfer said. “But I believe they can go even further, triggering real action by changing the hearts and the minds of all those who glimpse them.“This will be their lasting legacy and one so important in this, the UN’s sixtieth anniversary year, the year of UN reform and the year when we review the achievements of UN Millennium Development Goals on poverty eradication,” he added. read more

Somalia UN envoy welcomes progress in preparations for elections in 2016

“The progress is real but reversible,” Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), told the 15-member body during an update on the situation in the country. “The State formation and electoral processes remain vulnerable spoilers. AMISOM needs financial and management support and cannot stay forever,” he added. The Special Representative highlighted that this past week, Somali leaders from all Federal member states and interim regional administrations reached agreement on the electoral model to be used later this year. “This significant achievement paves the way for practical planning,” he said, noting that “much remains to be done in a very short period.” Mr. Keating said that the electoral process envisaged for 2016 will be significantly different from 2012, as the electoral college will be “a hundred times larger” and there will be a “genuine choice” of candidates. Voting will take place not just in the capital, Mogadishu, but in each of the capitals or seats of government of the existing and emerging Federal states. A two-tier structure comprising federal and state-level representatives will implement the process. In addition, Mr. Keating highlighted that 30 per cent of the seats in Parliament are being reserved for women, an “admirable commitment” that he said in practice will not be easy in a clan-based model, but could mark a “major milestone” in making women’s political empowerment and leadership a reality. He said that once the cabinet has formalized the National Leadership Forum decision, it will go to the Federal Parliament. “We call upon it to expedite endorsement of the model to allow timely implementation,” Mr. Keating said. “I welcome the continued commitment by Somali leaders, in line with this Council’s expectations, that there will be no extension of constitutionally mandated term limits.” Calling the 2016 electoral model “literally unique, a once-off,” the Special Representative said it is a midway point between the election of 2012, when only 135 electors selected 275 Members of Parliament and 2020, when “all Somalis will have a say.” “Work is now under way to that end,” he stressed. Progress amid insecurityAs for the “many outstanding issues” in the country, the Special Representative said that the state formation process in Hiraan and Middle Shabelle has encountered difficulties and delays. “The international community is eager to support an inclusive agreement reached among clan leaders in both regions,” he said. A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Somalia. UN Photo/Loey Felipe Expressing hope that the formation of the next state administration will take place soon, Mr. Keating said that this will set the stage for agreeing on the status of the Federal capital. In addition, he said that the technical review of Somalia’s Provisional Federal Constitution has advanced, and that “politically contentious issues” are scheduled to be discussed at the next Leadership Forum meeting in May. “This activity amounts to a historic opportunity for all Somalis to contribute to shaping the political and legal foundations of their country,” Mr. Keating said. “Some major issue may only be addressed after the electoral process. But already there has been significant progress. The rule of law and its centrepiece, the Federal constitution, will be the strongest guarantee of long-term stability and democracy in Somalia,” he added. Progress, however, is taking place “amid great insecurity,” the Special Representative stressed, another reason why progress is reversible. Assistance needed to address short-term realitiesMoreover, he said that Al Shabab remains a potential threat, and an incursion into the coastal area of Puntland in mid-March highlighted the vulnerability of the north. Although facing significant casualties, Al Shabab continues to carry out repeated asymmetric and conventional attacks. Paying tribute to the bravery of AMISOM and its troops, and to the courage of the Somali security forces and people in confronting Al Shabab, Mr. Keating also emphasized that “they need and deserve our continued support.” “The trilateral partnership – between the Federal Government, the African Union and the UN – remains a cornerstone of the peace- and state-building endeavour in Somalia,” he said. The country’s security and prosperity depend on success in reversing dependency on aid and in addressing the root causes of fragility, conflict and violent extremism, Mr. Keating said. A comprehensive political strategy is also required, embracing economic investment in the drivers of growth, job creation, education, the rule of law and respect for human rights, as well as in capable security and counter-terrorism forces. “This is a formidable agenda,” he said. “It requires commitment both by Somalia’s political and traditional leaders, as well as concerted support from its neighbours and international partners. It also requires addressing short-term realities, such as drought and acute food insecurity, Mr. Keating said. While donors are responding with assistance, “much more” is needed, he stressed. read more

Hostilities in Syrias southwest mean cuts in vital aid across Jordanian border

Jan Egeland, Senior Adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, was speaking to journalists in Geneva, where he detailed the “heart-wrenching” effect of the renewed violence in the governorates of Dera’a and neighbouring Quneitra.“The reports from our colleagues are that, even the extremely effective lifeline across the border from Jordan has been discontinued due to the fighting in recent days,” he said. “Humanitarian actors have pre-positioned supplies inside Dera’a and inside Quneitra, however, movement is very difficult and humanitarian operations are paralyzed in too many areas.” Even the extremely effective lifeline across the border from Jordan has been discontinued due to the fighting in recent days – UN Senior Adviser, Jan EgelandUntil recently, civilians in the area had been to some extent protected from fighting by a de-escalation agreement signed last year by Russia, Iran and Turkey.This had provided a “rare area of sanctuary and protection”, Egeland said, from the more than seven-year war that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and destroyed the country’s infrastructure.Already in response to an upsurge in hostilities amid a Government-backed assault on opposition-held areas in the southwest, an estimated 45,000 to 50,000 people have been displaced.After emerging from a scheduled meeting of a humanitarian taskforce at the UN, Egeland stressed the dangers of all-out fighting in a region where there are an estimated 750,000 civilians.Many had already been displaced by previous hostilities, he added, before making a direct plea to Jordan to continue assisting war-weary Syrians.“Our appeal goes to Jordan, one of the most generous recipient of refugees on earth, that they keep borders open for people fleeing south,” he said. “There is no other place to go”.Egeland also took the opportunity to emphasize the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities. “It would take too long to negotiate a ceasefire,” he explained, before calling on countries with “influence” on the situation to halt hostilities, as happened with a lifesaving ceasefire in 2017.“We urge…again, the Russians, the Americans, the Jordanians were able to do it last July, they can do it again today,” Mr. Egeland added, insisting that there was “nothing inevitable about this escalation of fighting…There are many more babies than there are so-called terrorist fighters in the zone and the children have the right of protection against attacks”.Highlighting the dangers faced by humanitarian workers in Syria, Egeland said that there had been more than 700 attacks on health facilities since the start of the war – “more than in any other war of our time”. To prevent future attacks, he urged belligerents to respect international humanitarian law, while also explaining that the UN-coordinated “deconfliction” procedure had helped to protect well over 660 hospitals, schools, IDP camps and other humanitarian zones, including more than 50 in Dera’a.“We cannot have more bombing of hospitals,” he said, noting that five had already been targeted in Dera’a that were not part of the deconfliction procedure and whose coordinates had not been passed to the belligerents.Turning to Idlib in the northwest, Egeland described the situation as one of “extreme concern”.Of the 900,000 people who have been displaced inside Syria since the start of the year, 500,000 have fled to Idlib, he added.Delivering aid to the massive influx of people has been complicated by ongoing violence linked to armed groups who are vying for control, the UN Senior Adviser explained.“All of these armed groups that have come there and who are in opposition to each other – and who also have been difficult to humanitarian actors – are exacerbating the problems of this being the largest collection of internal displacement camp on earth.” read more

Campus making annual switch from heating to cooling

Facilities Management is busy preparing the main campus cooling systems at the central chilling plant for summer operation.Due to the type of heating and cooling system that is used at Brock University, many buildings on the main campus are not capable of heating and cooling during the same cycle.With the arrival of warm temperatures during the day and lower outside temperatures at night, building heating at this time of year still remains a priority.As typical springtime daily cycles continue, some areas on the main campus will experience higher than normal temperatures during regular office hours.Facilities Management staff will continue to make the main campus as comfortable as possible by bringing cool air into the areas that are normally cooled by the central chilling plant unit until nighttime heating is no longer required.If your area experiences cooling issues, please refrain from operating any heat producing equipment that is not necessary and shut off any lighting that is not required. Offices with windows should close blinds when possible to keep out radiant heat.If your area is experiencing any extreme or ongoing temperature issues, please notify Facilities Management Customer Service or call x3717, or contact Dave McArthur, Director, Maintenance and Utilities Services (Interim) at or x3278. read more

Yadier Molina Forgot How To Frame A Pitch

Yadier Molina is falling apart. It’s not his hitting, and it’s not his base running. It’s too early in the season to say much that is meaningful about those skills, which can take months of stats to become reliable.It’s the Cardinals catcher’s defense that’s a mess. Molina’s pitch framing has collapsed, dropping from third-best in 2013 to 60th in 2015.1Using Baseball Prospectus’s framing metric, Called Strikes Above Average. And the Cardinals are at real risk because of it. Framing was thought of as mythical until researchers found direct evidence for it in how umpires were calling borderline pitches. The idea is simple: A catcher receives a pitch and “frames” it so that the pitch is more likely to be called a strike. In contrast to descriptions of framing as cheating, good framing involves catching the pitch with a minimum of excess motion. In so doing, the catcher offers the umpire a clear view of the ball and thus collects more favorable strike calls.Since 2008, Molina has been the fifth-best framer in the league. In that time frame, Molina has saved more than 114 runs by flipping pitches that would have been close calls to strikes (worth about 11 wins, in aggregate). Since pitch framing isn’t yet accounted for when sabermetricians project a team’s statistics, Molina’s secret skill helps to explain the Cardinals’ outdoing their projections for the past 10 years and some of their perpetual October success (though to a lesser extent).But this year, Molina’s framing is no longer even average. Already in 2015, Molina has cost his team about four strikes, while the best framers have gained more than 15. That may not sound like much, but over the course of a season, it could add up to a gap of more than 150 strikes, worth something like 25 runs. In his best year (2013), Molina acquired roughly that many extra strikes for his team, equating to an extra couple of wins per year for the Cardinals. This is no small-sample fluke, either. Unlike hitting and pitching, whose outcomes we still measure in the dozens this early in the season, Molina has seen 800 pitches this year. That sample size is plenty big.It’s hard to know why Molina has lost his mojo. Some of Molina’s apparent decline may stem not from his own skill diminishing, but rather from other catchers becoming better. As front offices have become convinced of the importance of framing, we’ve seen many light-hitting but exceptional-framing backstops be promoted to full-time roles. Since Molina is always being compared to the average, if the average moves up, it may appear as though Molina is falling.It’s possible that the physical toll of catching has finally caught up to Molina. Notably, he showed up to spring training about 20 pounds lighter than the weight at which he played for the past 10 years. Molina gave no specific reason for the weight loss when asked, but Adam Wainwright (among others) suggested that it may have been to reduce the wear and tear on his knees.A decline by Molina, even without cryptic injuries, was not totally unexpected. Although pitch framing doesn’t appear physically demanding, research has shown that there is a clear aging pattern for the skill. Catchers improve when young but decline in their 30s. At age 32, Molina is entering the part of the curve with the most rapid decline.Still, rapid is an understatement for Molina’s framing slump. Molina’s framing has been falling off of a cliff for two consecutive years, dropping from excellent to above average from 2013 to 2014 and from above average to poor from 2014 to this year. The decline went largely unnoticed last year, as Molina struggled with injuries that limited his playing time.This year, it’s unmistakable. If you look for two-year declines as large as Molina’s since 2008, there’s only one other player with as many chances who has fallen off as much: Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy this year. (Strangely, Lucroy is 28 years old, still relatively young.) Age tends to reduce framing ability, but rarely as quickly as it has in Molina’s case.Regardless of the cause, Molina’s framing decline affects more than just his own stats. Normally, pitching statistics are much too variable this early in the season to say anything useful. But by learning about Molina’s decline, we may also, in a roundabout way, learn something about the Cardinals’ pitching.To do so, we can look at the recent history of pitchers who lost great framers. Molina isn’t lost, of course, but his framing skills might as well be. In the past three years, 166 pitchers have stayed on the same team but seen their framers decline in quality by a magnitude similar to Molina’s decline from last year to this year. Those 166 pitchers did 0.76 runs of ERA worse than expected.2By PECOTA’s projections. Compared to the overall population of pitchers in that time (who performed 0.47 runs of ERA worse than expected), the pitchers throwing to worse framers saw their ERAs increase3This pattern bears out if you weight ERAs by innings pitched, as well as in the opposite direction: Pitchers who go from bad framers to good see their performances exceed their projections. by 0.28 runs.4But 0.47 runs + 0.28 runs doesn’t add up to 0.76 runs, you protest! Blame rounding.To any given pitcher, a 0.28 increase in ERA is relatively minor. It could be dismissed as merely bad luck. However, Molina doesn’t just work with a single pitcher — his framing affects every pitcher on the team.5Nor will Molina’s backup, Tony Cruz, be any help in this regard. Cruz is a below-average framer as well. His newfound problems will affect each hurler to only a small extent, but the staff as a whole will be dramatically harmed. Over the course of a season, the total effect of the fall from top-tier to below-average framing is something like three wins. In a competitive NL Central, that’s a hefty price to pay. read more

Husband of Manchester victim criticises police after 18 hour wait for news

first_imgAlison Howe who died in the Manchester Arena terror attack Sasha Howe has appealed on Facebook to find her mother Alison Howe and her friend Lisa Lees following the terror attack in Manchester Alison Howe who died in the Manchester Arena terror attack The husband of one of the victims of the Manchester bombing has criticised the police after being forced to wait an agonising 18 hours before being told that his wife had died.Steve Howe said he had been failed by the arrangements made by police to keep loved ones informed as he recalled the gut-wrenching moment he was told about the explosion by his daughter, Darcie, and the long wait for the news he was expecting. Sasha Howe had appealed on Facebook to find her mother Alison Howe and her friend Lisa Lees following the terror attack in ManchesterCredit:Sasha Howe/Guzelian  He added: “Within two minutes she came back, knocked on the front door, walked upstairs and said ‘you’re right, your wife is dead.’”Mr Howe, who has two daughters aged 15 and 18, was told he would be able to go and identify his wife the following morning but is still waiting to do so.“Obviously that night I couldn’t sleep for fear of what my wife might look like,” he added.“But I’m going to cope with it without a shadow of a doubt. I’m going to go and see her no matter what condition she’s in.”Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: “The fact that a member of one of the family’s we are supporting is disappointed with how they have been treated is very concerning to us. “They gathered us all together to tell us there would be no news,” he said.“We were pretty much then sat at home, no one’s rang us, no one’s contacted us and we got no news.“And then three police officers with a liaison officer called, 18 hours later. As they came in, I said ‘is there any news?’ But still no answer.“I could have gone in an identified her myself I were that confidant.”At his wits end, Mr Howe gave the liaison officer an hour to come back to him with some news. Alison Howe, 45, and her friend, Lisa Lees, 47, from Royton, Oldham, were waiting for their teenage daughters together in the foyer of the arena when the device packed with nuts and bolts exploded, killing them both.Mr Howe told Channel 4 News: “My daughter, who was at the concert, Darcie, rang me to say she couldn’t get through to mum, obviously hysterical.“Within a couple of minutes, I rang a friend who immediately told me where the explosion was and Darcie told me exactly where mum would be stood so obviously that conclusion made me think the worst.”He said he picked up Mrs Lees’s husband and they headed straight for the arena to collect their daughters but then got “passed from pillar to post” for at least an hour and were “left in the dark” as they searched hospitals for their wives throughout the night. “We are doing our absolute best in extremely  difficult circumstances and we will continue to offer the highest level of support from our specially trained officers to this family.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said that at one stage, the families of the dead and missing were told to gather at Manchester city stadium, only to be told nothing at all.last_img read more

China to erect worlds tallest building in just 90 days

first_imgBack in January we reported on a quite unbelievable feat by construction workers in China. They had managed to erect a 30-story building in just 15 days. The key to this rapid construction was the use of prefabricated sections combined with a 24-hour work cycle. The end result was a hotel with hundreds of rooms that could withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake.Now builders in China have decided to go a step further. The plan is to construct the world’s tallest building in just 90 days.The current tallest building in the world is located in Dubai. The Burj Khalifa stands 828 meters tall and took over 5 years to construct. The planned Sky City building will be 838 meters tall (220 story), and construction company Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) believe they can erect it in Hunan in 3 months at a cost of $628 million.BSB is the same company that completed the 30-story building in 15 days, so you can’t really bet against them completing this much larger scale construction. That being said, approval has not yet been given by the Chinese government for the building, but if it is, Sky City will begin to rise out of the ground in November this year. By the end of January it will be ready for (brave) people.It’s unlikely the Chinese government will block the construction due to the fact it will earn the country the tallest building crown. It will also be a super-efficient structure, with BSB claiming it only uses a fifth of the energy a typical building does.If BSB gets permission and deliver on its promise, then other construction companies around the world will certainly take an interest. Erecting a new building is an expensive task, and anything that can be done to cut time and costs will be copied.Read more at CNN, via Kottkelast_img read more

Heres exactly what the Attorney General said before Donald Trump fired her

first_img Short URL Here’s exactly what the Attorney General said before Donald Trump fired her “I am responsible for ensuring the positions we take in court remain consistent with the institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 31st 2017, 10:29 AM 44,161 Views Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 10:29 AM US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump fired the acting attorney general Sally Yates after she ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend his controversial immigration orders.Yates, who was placed in her role by the Obama administration, wrote the below letter to lawyers yesterday: Source: The New York TimesIt states: “My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts.In addition, I am responsible for ensuring the positions we take in court remain consistent with the institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.“At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.“Consequently, for as long as I am the acting attorney general, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the Executive Order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.”center_img By Órla Ryan Share381 Tweet Email2 Attorney General Sally Yates Source: J David Ake AP/Press Association ImagesTrump fired her shortly afterwards.In reply, the White House released the below statement:The acting attorney general, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.“This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.”The statement added that federal prosecutor Dana Boente will serve as acting attorney general “until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons”.Refugee ban On Friday, Trump signed an executive order barring all refugees from entering the US for three months. Those from war-ravaged Syria were set to be banned from entering the country indefinitely. Trump said the ban was necessary to prevent “radical Islamic terrorists” from entering the nation.The ban affects people from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. It led to people en route to the US being detained at airports, sparking several protests.Over the weekend, a federal judge issued an emergency order temporarily barring the US from deporting people, saying travellers who had been detained had a strong argument their legal rights had been violated.Contains reporting from APRead: Trump sacks attorney general for refusing to back his travel banRead: ‘A father to everyone’: Tributes paid to Quebec shooting victims 93 Comments last_img read more

Lintelligence artificielle va révolutionner Internet

first_img“L’intelligence artificielle va révolutionner Internet”Un homme d’affaires russe estime que l’Internet sera modifié ces prochaines années grâce à l’intelligence artificielle. Les réseaux sociaux y joueront un rôle important.Iouri Milner, un homme d’affaires russe spécialisé dans le web, estime qu’Internet se métamorphosera dans ces dix prochaines années grâce à l’intelligence artificielle : “Si vous posez une question dans dix ans sur un réseau social et que vous obtenez une réponse, vous ne saurez pas si c’est un ordinateur ou une personne qui vous a répondu”. À lire aussiL’effet terrible et inattendu de la 5G sur les insectesDirecteur général de Digital Sky Technologies et président du conseil d’administration de, Iouri Milner précise : “Lorsque vous recevrez une demande, vous ne saurez pas si elle a été envoyée par une personne ou par l’intelligence artificielle. Et en répondant, vous aidez l’ordinateur à créer un algorithme”. détient le portail du même nom ainsi que la messagerie ICQ et d’autres sites populaires dont le Facebook russe, nommé Il est numéro un de l’Internet sur les marchés russes et ceux d’Europe de l’Est.Le 29 décembre 2010 à 11:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Two Bahamian men arrested for marijuana – Abaco Grand Bahama

first_img Related Items:#Bahamianmenarrestedformarijuana, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 19, 2017 – Grand Bahama – There are increasing reports of drug arrests in an intense crime crackdown by the Royal Bahamas Police Force, nationwide.   In Abaco, another drug arrest there on Oleander Street in Dundas Town around 10pm last Friday where two men, upon seeing police took off running.  One of those men was caught in the chase and was found with marijuana.   That man is arrested now.Back in Grand Bahama, the Rapid Response Unit while on East Sunrise Highway arrested a 28 year old man of Mayfield Park; the suspect allegedly had 10 plastic bags of suspected marijuana.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamianmenarrestedformarijuana Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Mississippi River Gets D on Infrastructure Report Card

first_imgAmerica’s Watershed Initiative issued a report card assessing the state of infrastructure on the Mississippi River last week. The report gave the Mississippi a D+, citing aging locks and dams, problems with water supply, flood control and flood risk reduction as the factors contributing to the grade.America’s Watershed Initiative is a collaboration working with business, government, academic and civic organizations to find solutions for the challenges of managing the Mississippi River and the more than 250 rivers that flow into it.  The report card was the first released by the organization formed in 2010, with private and public sector experts in the various issues affecting the river, including commerce, agriculture and ecosystem protection. The deteriorating infrastructure was identified as the biggest problem along the waterway.The American Soybean Association (ASA) continues to be actively engaged on federal policy issues impacting the inland waterways system and will highlight assessments such as this report card from the America’s Watershed Initiative to demonstrate the need for investment in infrastructure upgrades.last_img read more

Police search for AutoZone robber in Lauderhill

first_imgLAUDERHILL LAKES, Fla. (WSVN) — Police are trying to identify a man caught on surveillance robbing an auto parts store in Lauderhill.Police said the man in question entered the AutoZone store, located near Northwest 33rd Avenue and Oakland Park Boulevard, back on March 5.According to officials, the subject forced employees to open several registers before he fled the scene with the money.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Air Force Requires 74 More Squadrons by 2030 Top Leaders Say

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR To prepare for the prospect of a conflict with a near-peer adversary such as China or Russia, the Air Force needs to increase in size from 312 operational squadrons to 386 by 2030, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Monday at the Air Force Association’s annual Air, Space and Cyber conference. The service’s target size is based on an in-depth analysis aimed at outlining what the Air Force needs to implement the National Defense Strategy unveiled earlier this year, according to a news release. The 24 percent increase in squadrons is the centerpiece of the service’s “Air Force We Need” proposal. At the end of the Cold War, the Air Force had 401 operational squadrons.Command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C2ISR) squadrons would experience the largest gain under the proposal, increasing from 40 squadrons to 62 between 2025 and 2030, Wilson said. Tanker squadrons also would grow significantly, increasing from 40 to 54 squadrons, reports Air Force Times. The number of fighter squadrons would rise by 7 to 62.The Air Force currently is projected to grow by 15,000 active-duty, Guard and Reserve airmen and civilians to about 685,000 by the end of fiscal 2023. Adding 74 squadrons would require an additional 40,000 airmen and civilians by 2030, said spokeswoman Ann Stefanek.Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. DeAndre Curtisslast_img read more

Saaho pair ShraddhaPrabhas have made everyone go berserk over their searing chemistry

first_imgShraddha Kapoor and Prabhas in SaahoPR HandoutMagnum Opus ‘Saaho’ is getting famous for all the right reasons and has already piqued the interests of the audience. Prabhas and Shraddha’s crackling chemistry is the talk of the town and fans have gone gaga as they can’t wait to experience this magic on the big screen.After their first outing, ‘Psycho Saiyaan’ apart from the groovy and peppy beats, fans loved how Shraddha and Prabhas were looking together. This is the first time that the pair is working together and with this response, we hope that they continue to do such commendable work in the future as well with Saaho bringing us a fresh pair to look forward to!The duo received accolades from all quarters for their sizzling looks in the posters. The pair has also been appreciated for the rapport they share in the ground-breaking trailer.Both, Shraddha and Prabhas looked awesome while dancing on those clubby beats and we can’t wait to see what else they have to offer with the upcoming release inching closer! Apart from their song their action avatar in the trailer has left the audience in awe.Saaho is one of the most anticipated films, starring Prabhas, an actor who enjoys pan India appeal. Paired with Shraddha Kapoor, the movie is being shot in three languages, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, simultaneously.The movie also has a superlative ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay, Murali Sharma, amongst others.’Saaho’ is a high octane action thriller which is presented by T-Series, produced by UV Creations and directed by Sujeeth and is set to hit the theatres on August 15, 2019.last_img read more

Powerstrip lookalike hacks office networks

first_img Citation: Power-strip lookalike hacks office networks (2012, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The device has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi adapters, a cellular connection, dual Ethernet ports, and hacking and remote access tools that let security professionals test the network and call home to be remotely controlled via the cellular network. The device comes with easy-to-use scripts that cause it to boot up and then phone home for instructions. A “text-to-bash” feature allows sending commands to the device using SMS messages. Power Pwn is preloaded with Debian 6, Metasploit, SET, Fast-Track, w3af, Kismet, Aircrack, SSLstrip, nmap, Hydra, dsniff, Scapy, Ettercap, Bluetooth/VoIP/IPv6 tools and. It really can function as a 120/240v AC outlet strip.The Power Pwn has funding from a new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program called Cyber Fast Track (CFT), which is looking to advance new cyber-defense tools. The officially stated purpose of CFT is to fund research to be performed by boutique security companies, individuals, and hacker/maker-spaces, and allow them to keep the commercial intellectual property for what they create. While the purpose is to place this in the right hands for identifying network weaknesses, Tony Bradley of PCWorld is asking what about the device landing in the wrong hands, as an attacker could communicate with the device from inside the network or around the world. The device can, after all, bypass Network Access Control and other security measures in place to keep unauthorized devices off the network. It can tunnel through firewalls, he notes, maintain an encrypted connection to the attacker, and operate in stealth mode. “The fact is that any attacker with $1,300 can buy one and surreptitiously plant it in your office,” he said. His advice for those in business settings is to check out and mark their office surge protectors and strips and allow only approved power strips to be in the inventory. The testing platform covers the range from physical to application layers. Pwnie Express is taking pre-orders for the device with a pricetag of $1295 and an estimated ship date of September 30.The Pwnie Express product description says it is a first-to-market “commercial penetration testing drop box platform” for remote security testing of corporate facilities, including branch offices and retail locations. ( — Pwnie Express, the company specializing in cyber security products, calls its new device “ingenious.” Bloggers hearing about it are paying attention to the fact that it is a power-strip lookalike but with far more ambitious intentions, such as stealth-penetrating a corporate network. Power Pwn is the name of the little device for security testing on corporate networks. It looks like an under the office desk power strip. It is actually a testing platform where security can be put to the test, a self-hacking tool for launching remotely-activated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet attacks. Dell Introduces Switches With Advanced Security, Power Explore further More information: © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Eat seafood meal once a week to stay sharp

first_imgIncluding seafood or other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids at least once a week in your diet may protect against age-related memory loss and thinking problems, says a study.The age-related memory loss and thinking problems of study-participants, who reported eating seafood less than once a week declined more rapidly compared to those who ate at least one seafood meal per week.“This study helps show that while cognitive abilities naturally decline as part of the normal ageing process, there is something that we can do to mitigate this process,” said study senior author Martha Clare Morris from Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago, US. The findings were published online in the journal Neurology. The researchers followed 915 people with a mean age of 81.4 years for an average of five years.  At study enrollment, none had signs of dementia. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’During the course of the study, each person received annual, standardised testing for cognitive ability in five areas — episodic memory, working memory, semantic memory, visuospatial ability and perceptual speed. The study group also completed annual food frequency questionnaires, allowing the researchers to compare participants’ reported seafood intake with changes in their cognitive abilities as measured by the tests.The questionnaires included four types of seafood: tuna sandwiches; fish sticks, fish cakes and fish sandwiches; fresh fish as a main dish; and shrimp, lobster and crab.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe participants were divided into two groups: those who ate at least one of those seafood meals per week and those who ate less than one of those seafood meals per week. People who ate more seafood had reduced rates of decline in the semantic memory, which is memory of verbal information. They also had slower rates of decline in a test of perceptual speed, or the ability to quickly compare letters, objects and patterns, the findings showed.Seafood is the direct nutrient source of a type of omega-3 fatty acid (docosahexaenoic acid) that is the main structural component of the brain.last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Oceania Cruises Insignia to homeport in NYC next summer

first_imgOceania Cruises’ Insignia to homeport in NYC next summer NEW YORK CITY — Luxury cruising is coming to the shores of New York City, courtesy of Oceania Cruises. The luxury cruise line has just announced that it will be homeporting at the West Side cruise terminal in Manhattan, becoming the only upscale cruise line to homeport in the Big Apple. From here, it will sail over 20 planned voyages beginning in 2017.The intimate and ultra-luxe Insignia will offer an array of roundtrip and open-jaw voyages from New York City to New England, Canada, Bermuda and even Greenland and Iceland. This ship, said Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises, “offers an acclaimed culinary experience that rivals the best restaurants ashore as well as an irresistible blend of culturally rich and fascinating destinations.”The cruise line has included a roster of overnight port calls in New York City, New York; Charleston, South Carolina; Reykjavik, Iceland; St. George, Bermuda; and Hamilton, Bermuda.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns2017 voyages include:Cottages, Coves & Coasts: 10 days, departing Aug. 10, 31 and Sept. 10, visits New York, Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, St. GeorgeSeaside Medley: 11 days, departing Aug. 20, visits New York, Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Hamilton (Bermuda), St. GeorgeCapitals & Coastlines: 10 days, Sept. 20, 30 and Oct. 10, 20, visits New York, Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John (New Brunswick), Halifax, Sydney (Nova Scotia), Saguenay (Quebec), Quebec City, MontrealNorth Atlantic Seafarer: 15 days, departing July 26, visits Reykjavik, Isafjordur (Iceland), Prince Christian Sound (Greenland), Qaqortoq (Greenland), Paamiut (Greenland); Nuuk (Greenland), Sydney (Nova Scotia), Halifax, Boston, New York2018 voyages open for sale on Nov. 16. For a full list of voyages go to Tags: Oceania Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Thursday, November 10, 2016 Posted by Sharelast_img read more

Finnair Named Best At AFTA National Travel Industry Awards

first_imgFinnair has been named Best International Airline – Off-Line Carrier in the prestigious AFTA National Travel Industry Awards in 2013.These annual awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of individuals and product within the Australian travel and tourism industry over the past 12 months.Finnair Country Sales Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone, accepted this latest award for the acclaimed airline at a glittering dinner in Sydney on Saturday night (20 July).“We are delighted with this recognition by our industry partners and thank them greatly for their vote of confidence in Finnair and the wonderful support they have given to us over many years,” Mr Stone said.“I wish to thank my dedicated team for the great service they provide to the industry and for their passion and commitment in promoting and selling Finnair in our market.”Mr Stone also acknowledged the ongoing support of Airline Marketing Australia, which represents Finnair in Australia. “This award is especially exciting for everyone involved with Finnair in this significant year for the airline as we celebrate 90  years of service on 1 November,” Mr Stone said.Finnair has a longstanding reputation for exceptional service, punctuality and safety and offers excellent connections with oneworld partners to Europe from Australia via its Asian gateways including Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi and Seoul, and recently commenced services to Chongqing, Xian, Hanoi and Tel Aviv. Source = Finnairlast_img read more

Welcome to Skyscanners low cost space programme

first_imgWelcome to Skyscanner’s low cost space programme. We wish!Unfortunately it looks like it may be a bit longer before there is a low cost commercial carrier for space travel but here at Skyscanner we are huge fans of the work that Copenhagen Suborbitals is doing – yes, it is a real company, and yes they will be sending a manned capsule into space. They just aren’t selling tickets. Yet…The low cost bit is real too. Copenhagen Suborbitals is a non-profit space endeavour led by Kristian von Bengston and Peter Madsen and is funded entirely by sponsorship and run by volunteers. For more information on this fascinating low cost space programme – and perhaps to donate some money to help them achieve lift off – click hereAnd if you want to stay up to date with all the latest news in Skyscanner, sign up for Airmail and be the first to know when you can book your low cost space flight.As they say, watch this space!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedCountdown starts for budget space tourism lift off on Skyscanner siteFlight comparison company Skyscanner today launches cheap flights into space.Blast off with Skyscanner’s top 6 space destinationsBlast off with Skyscanner’s top 6 space destinationsSpace cowboys: 5 ways to be an astronautReach the final frontier, with five space-faring companies offering blast-off for ordinary earthlingslast_img read more