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  • ESPN Updates Projected Win-Loss Record For Nebraska

    first_img ESPN is forecasting losses vs. Wisconsin, at Maryland and against Iowa.FPI win-loss predictions for the remaining games on Nebraska's schedule.If the season plays out like this, Nebraska will finish 6-6, a two-game improvement over 2018. They will also reach a bowl game.However, if the regular season ends with a three-game losing streak, there will be plenty of Husker fans grumbling. Shot of the Nebraska football program, led by Scott Frost.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska moved to 2-1 on the year with a 44-8 victory over Northern Illinois last weekend. In the process, the Huskers bounced back from a brutal Week 2 loss to Colorado.Now, the fun will really start for Scott Frost and company. Big Ten play will begin this weekend, and we’ll see just what this team is capable of in the league this fall.Every week, ESPN’s FPI updates, and in the process, the win-loss projections for teams change. Nebraska’s latest win-loss projections are below.The computer isn’t projecting a strong finish for the Huskers. Nebraska is expected to win four of its next six games and gain bowl eligibility, but the win probability for the team’s last three contests isn’t pretty.last_img read more

  • Education Ministry to Stage Job Fair for Teachers

    first_img The Government is unable to absorb all the graduates of teacher-training institutions for the new school year The Ministry of Education will host a job fair for unemployed teachers on the grounds of the Ministry at National Heroes Circle, in Kingston, on Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The fair is targeting persons who recently completed a teacher-training programme in any of the island’s tertiary institutions and are experiencing difficulties finding a job.Teachers attending the job fair will have the opportunity to meet several potential employers and to secure appointments to be interviewed.  In addition, job seekers will benefit from career development and motivational presentations.Interested persons are asked to register for the job fair at the email address: jobfair@moey.gov.jm.The Ministry’s decision to stage the job fair follows the announcement by Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, that the Government is unable to absorb all the graduates of teacher-training institutions for the new school year, except for teachers trained in Mathematics, the Sciences, Language Arts, Special Education and Early Childhood Education.According to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster Allen, “persons qualified as teachers are well rounded, trainable and possess outstanding inter-personal skills that recommend them as model employees in any area.”She pointed out that the job fair was seeking to present a wide cross section of job opportunities in addition to teaching and training. Teachers will have the opportunity to meet several potential employers The fair is targeting persons who recently completed a teacher-training programme Story Highlightslast_img read more

  • U2 Helps Music Therapy Charity Celebrate 40th Anniversary

    first_imgOne of the world’s greatest rock bands are helping music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins celebrate its 40th anniversary.The Music Rising GuitarU2 has donated a massive package to be auctioned at the O2 Silver Clef Awards on July 3.The package includes: 4 VIP party package tickets for one of the band’s upcoming shows at the London O2 Arena, which includes: ◦ Premium reserved price level 1 ticket ◦ Pre-show buffet dinner and bar ◦ U2 Tour VIP gift (not available for public sale) ◦ One parking space ◦ On-site VIP concierge The guitar will be presented by The Edge during the stage tour on the night of the show at the London O2 Arena.Please see the terms and conditions for full details of the prize. This entire Lot is being auctioned at the O2 Silver Clef Awards on Friday 3 July and this is your chance to pre-bid prior to the awards. (Please note that the Lot will still be auctioned live at the Awards on the day).The Gibson Les Paul Music Rising guitar is a special instrument. Only 14 were ever offered to the general public.In 2005 the Southern United States were devastated by one of the fiercest hurricanes in history — “Katrina”. With staggering ferocity, “Katrina” destroyed all in her path, and leveled much of New Orleans in the process.

Following a visit to New Orleans in November 2005, U2’s The Edge announced the unveiling of Music Rising, a campaign to raise funds to replace the lost instruments and accessories of the musicians affected by the hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast region.

Lead partner Gibson Guitars spearheaded the initial effort by collaborating on the design, manufacture and sale of an exclusive Gibson guitar with all proceeds going directly to the Music Rising program. The instrument captures the essence of the Gulf Coast’s musical tradition. All proceeds benefited Music Rising.

The Gibson Music Rising guitar features hand-painted designs using the colors of Mardi Gras. Each guitar is individually painted and handmade so no two are alike. All of the usual plastic parts (back plate, pick guard, toggle cover, truss rod cover) have been replaced by woods from the States affected by the hurricanes and the Music Rising logo, exclusive to this guitar, is etched into the pick guard.To find out more about the auction and make a bid, click here. A private, exclusive tour of the stage and production given by The Edge personally. A signed Gibson Les Paul Music Rising guitar. The guitar will be hand signed by all four members of U2 after having been played during a show on the current iNNONCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour by The Edge, with photographic verification of the date and song during which it was played.center_img A framed gold disc of The Joshua Tree (1987). Signed vinyl copy of The Joshua Tree by all four members of the band.last_img read more

  • Fasting Elder Robinson grapples with swirling emotions as RCMP investigates nephews murder

    first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsElder Raymond Robinson, who has been fasting with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, lay on the floor of an Ottawa hotel room Sunday and wept after hearing the news his nephew was dead.Manitoba RCMP investigators are treating Austin Troy Hunter Monias’ death as a murder. The 19 year-old was pronounced dead-on-arrival at the Cross Lake, Man., nursing station on Sunday morning. Monias was rushed there by ambulance from a house party, according to Cross Lake First Nation Chief Garrison Settee.Once he heard the news, Robinson said he needed to seek solitude away from the constant bustle of Spence’s camp, which sits on Victoria Island.“I needed to spend some time in solitude just to reflect, just to take time to myself, to think things out, to ensure that I have everything in perspective, that I collect myself again,” said Robinson Monday, day 41 of his fast. “And I did break down there. I was on the floor. I needed to be alone to do that.”Robinson, along with Spence, has been fasting to force a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Gov. Gen. David Johnston and First Nations leaders. Spence began her fast on Dec. 11 and Robinson on Dec. 12. He has been on the island since Jan. 1.Robinson said was torn between the need to continue his fast or head back home to be with his devastated family.After a while, he also sat on a chair and stared out the hotel room window struggling with his heaving emotions.“I was just trying to come to grips with what is happening back home and hoping that everybody will understand that if I am unable to go, they will understand. But it’s hard, my emotions are still so mixed, whether I need to be home or whether I need to be here. So I am praying for that. We will see what happens,” said Robinson, inside a wood stove-heated canvas tent which sits next to Spence’s teepee.But, after speaking with Monias’ father, Robinson said he would stick to the fast for now.“I have to. I have to continue even more now, (I am) more determined,” said Robinson.Responding to Robinson and Spence’s continued fast, Manitoba chiefs last Friday called on the prime minister and the governor general to meet with chiefs on Jan. 24.Robinson said this was the second death in the family in the past three weeks. An aunt also recently died.“It is hard to put into words, what I am going through emotionally. Spiritually, I am okay,” said Robinson. “I am a firm believer in the creator and I know my nephew Austin is in good hands.”Robinson’s son Tyler Robinson, 28, said his cousin’s death was no accident and a product of intense internal rivalries within Cross Lake based on where people live and their last name.“You can’t go to a different place on the reserve, (if) you’re from a different area you will get attacked for just being somewhere else…just because of which area you are from and especially what your last name is too,” said Tyler, who was sitting on a bed next to his father.“Us Robinsons are not liked back home.”Tyler, a community youth leader, said his cousin was just standing up for himself.“He was getting picked on and he stood up for himself, but there was a lot of them…I don’t know how many there, he had two other cousins there helping him,” he said. “He didn’t deserve to go that way…let alone from our own people fighting against each other back home.”The Manitoba RCMP said in a statement that investigators are treating the death as a murder and the force flew in additional resources to assist local officers including members of the force’s serious crime unit and a forensics team out of Thompson, Man.“I know there is a death in Cross Lake that we are investigating and we have units on the ground,” said Sgt. Line Karpish.The RCMP also arrested four people in relation to the incident, but released them without charges, the statement said. Monias was found in a residence with “life threatening injuries” at about 6 a.m.Tyler Robinson’s brother, Baptiste Robinson, 21, said he found out about the death over Facebook.“It is rough hearing about stuff like this through Facebook,” said Baptiste. “People have no respect for others that don’t know.”Baptiste said his cousin, who also played hockey, was actively trying to become a youth leader in the community.“He was really talented and really outspoken, outgoing, everyone back home knew he was a nice guy,” said Robinson.On Jan. 11, which was a day Idle No More protests again swept the country to coincide with Atleo’s meeting with the prime minister, Monias spoke at a rally in Cross Lake held in support of Robinson and Spence’s fast.“He was one of the key speakers for the youth and he stood up and spoke for the youth,” said Baptiste.Baptiste said he was chatting with Monias only a few nights ago about bringing all the youth in the community together.“Most of the time the chief and councils, they don’t let us youth talk, they think so little of us…they don’t know nothing because they never let us speak and that is what brings us down,” said Baptiste. “Us youth back home, they don’t let our voices be heard and some of the youth think that it’s the only place they’ll ever live, they’ll ever see, but the world is way bigger.”Elder Robinson said there is very little for youth to do in Cross Lake and they often end up consuming alcohol and drugs.“It ticks me, it ticks me we are losing so many youth. We have to get something for them, something they can enjoy and something they can do away from alcohol, away from drugs,” he said.Monias always called Robinson “uncle” and wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a leader.“He told me he wanted to be like me, that I did a lot for our people,” said Robinson. “I always told him you can only be you, you can never be me, you have to find your own groove, your own journey, what the creator is calling you to. He said, ‘yeah I know, I know.’He wanted to better himself, he wanted to finish his education…he wanted to pursue a political career…I told him once that I am retiring, I think it is time to hang up my hat. He said, ‘Don’t worry uncle, I will pick up the torch, I will get my education.’”At one point in the interview, sadness rises like a slow tide to the rims of Robinson’s eyes. He pauses. Gathers himself.“It is not easy talking like this,” he said. “Knowing he is not here in a physical sense anymore.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

  • Abhays plea to transfer assets case to another judge opposed

    first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Registrar General on Thursday objected to a plea of Abhay Singh Chautala, son of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, seeking transfer of a disproportionate assets (DA) case against him to some other judge.The registrar general informed the Delhi High Court that the DA case involving Abhay is pending before a special judge who was designated by the high court to deal with cases pertaining to MPs and MLAs on orders of the Supreme Court. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Abhay has claimed that he apprehends he would not get a fair trial if his case continues to be presided over by the special judge. Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal was informed by advocate Viraj Datar, representing the high court’s administration, that if the court decides to transfer the case, another judge would have to be designated to specially deal with it. “It (Filing of plea) has been done to overcome the sessions court,” Datar said. The counsel said the court to deal with the matters of involving MPs/ MLAs was set up by a special notification and there is only one judge each at sessions court and magisterial court to hear them. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedOn being asked whether the district judge concerned would be able to deal with the transfer application, Datar said the district judge will not have the power to do it as the special court was set up by the high court on the administrative side on the orders of the apex court. The court asked the counsel to seek further instructions from the registrar general on the issue and listed the matter for hearing on March 18. The court had on Wednesday issued notice to the CBI and the registrar general on the petition. The high court, in its Wednesday order, had also said that since the DA case was listed before the special CBI judge on Thursday, both Abhay and the agency “shall seek joint adjournment”. Advocate Amit Sahni, appearing for Abhay, had told the high court that it was within its inherent power to transfer the DA case from one special court to another. Special public prosecutor Rajdipa Behura, appearing for the CBI, had contended that the transfer petition “was a total abuse of process of law and has only been moved to delay the trial”. Abhay has said the DA case be withdrawn from the special CBI judge hearing it presently and be assigned to someone else. The petition has also sought calling of the case records, claiming that it would allegedly reveal deliberate deletion of the deposition of one of the prosecution witnesses. The CBI had lodged the DA case against Abhay on a complaint of Congress leader Shamsher Singh Surjewala. Surjewala had alleged that Abhay had amassed wealth worth several times more than his income. According to the CBI, Abhay owned assets worth over five times his income of Rs 22.89 crore as per income tax records during the 2000-2005 period. It has claimed to have found Rs 119.69 crore worth of assets. The CBI had also alleged that he possessed assets exceeding his legal income by 339.27 per cent. His legal income between May 1993 and May 2006 was Rs 8.17 crore, but had acquired assets worth Rs 27.7 crore, it had alleged before the trial court.last_img read more

  • Trainline scandal Passengers charged double for Governmentrun railway tickets

    A Telegraph investigation has found that the Trainline is frequently showing passengers “cheapest available” prices for single tickets which are actually twice the price of identical tickets available directly from London North East Railway’s own website. Buying tickets on the Trainline is twice as expensive as buying direct from the railway station’s website, The Telegraph can reveal. Passengers travelling on London North East Railway, the first line to be renationalised by the Government, are paying double for tickets bought through the site, which is the UK’s biggest train booking website. 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. LNER, which runs from London to Scotland, has admitted its ticketing system has been incompatible with…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– read more

  • BAI finds exclusion of candidates poll results in RTÉ report unfair

    first_imgRTÉ submits that as an independent media organisation, it has the editorial discretion to focus on the aspects of an opinion poll which it believes to be of most interest to its viewers or listeners. THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY of Ireland has found that the exclusion of two candidates’ poll results from a broadcast was “unfair”.The complaintsThree people submitted complaint to the BAI: the Socialist Party’s Paul Murphy MEP, Patrician McKenna, and Cllr Bríd Smith of the People Before Profit Alliance.Murphy and Smith are candidates, while McKenna said that her complaint was strictly in relation to the democratic process, and her concern as a voter.All three complained about a report on the RTÉ Nine O’Clock news on 3 May regarding Sunday Business Post/Red C opinion poll findings. They said they believed the coverage of the poll by RTÉ failed to be fair, objective, and impartial.They said that RTÉ only highlighted candidates with over 10 per cent support in the polls, which led to the exclusion of Cllr Smith (on 9 per cent) and Murphy (7 per cent).But they said that given the increase in support, the transfer pact between these candidates, and Murphy’s status as an MEP, as well as the previous edition of the Sunday Business Post saying Murphy or Smith could get elected, the exclusion of them was “irrational”.They also alleged the exclusion damaged the candidates’ credibility.The solicitors acting on behalf of the three said that RTÉ acted in breach of its statutory duty by adopting an “arbitrary process” in reporting on opinion poll data.RTÉ’s responseRTÉ said in response that it does not consider it was required to recite every result shown by the poll and was entitled to report on who was shown to be leading in the polls.It said that it was not irrational, in a thirty-second summary, to identify the candidates the poll showed to be leading and to confine the report to the top six in a three-seat constituency.RTÉ also stated that it did not consider that the fact reference was not made to every candidate served to damage the credibility of those candidates.It noted that it also did not refer to MEP Jim Higgins, Senator Deirdre Clune, or Senator Rónán Mullen in the report. The broadcaster states that there was no “arbitrary decision”, as claimed by one of thecomplainants, to exclude the complainant or any other candidate. Rather, it states that there was a consistent and objective editorial approach to reporting of the poll.It also said that candidates with less than 10 per cent were not excluded from the report.BAI’s responseThe BAI said that it did not agree with the complainant that the approach taken to the reporting of the poll was undertaken on the basis of an arbitrary 10 per cent cut-off in terms of poll results.It also agreed with RTÉ that coverage of every element of the poll is not an obligation, in principle, so as to ensure compliance with the requirement for fair, objective and impartial coverage of news and current affairs.However, it found that the exclusion in the reports of poll results in respect of Councillor Brfd Smith and Mr, Paul Murphy MEP was unfair to these two candidates.It was the Committee’s view that their exclusion in the report was unfair to these two candidates in circumstances where similar results in respect of the Midland’s North West Constituency were included and considered relevant to the focus of the report on the candidates identified in the broadcast as ‘leading’ at the time of the poll.It also found that the context for the broadcaster’s analysis of the results of the poll “was insufficiently transparent for viewers, contrary to the requirement of the BAI’s Guidelines in Respecf of Coverage of Local and European Elections”.Accordingly, in excluding the poll results in respect of the above candidates, the broadcastwas found to infringe the requirement for fairness in current affairs.The broadcast was also found, in respect of coverage of these two candidates, to infringe Rule 27 of this Code (requirement to comply with the BAl Guidelines in Respect of Coverage of Local and European Elections).The Committee found no evidence to support the complaint that the approach taken to the report was an attempt to influence public opinion in respect of the two candidates, or that the approach taken in the report lacked objectivity or impartiality in terms of news or current affairs content. These elements of the complaint were rejected by the Committee.ResponsePaul Murphy said that the BAI’s finding “is a vindication of our complaints”.He described the 21 days given to RTÉ to air the finding as “entirely inadequate, given that we have an election in two days time and anything aired afterwards will be irrelevant”.He also said that the finding “underscores that Left can win third seat in Dublin”.Read: Candidates submit official complaints over RTÉ poll coverage>last_img read more

  • Alzheimers Drug May Help Combat Effects of Teen Drinking

    first_img Can an Alzheimer’s drug help combat the effects of teenage binge drinking?In a study led by Duke Health, scientists demonstrate in rats how the drug donepezil can reverse structural and genetic damage caused to young brains by alcohol use.It’s not exactly ethical to force-feed kids booze in order to test the effects of “intermittent alcohol exposure”—defined by Duke Health as the equivalent of drinking to a blood-alcohol level of .08 (the legal limit for driving while impaired) three or four nights a week.So, researchers use helpless rats instead; pumped with liquor as adolescents, the rodents grow into lushes, ripe for examination.And what the scientists found could have huge implications for undoing brain changes that affect learning and memory in young adult humans.“Clinical studies are starting to show that adolescents who drink early and consistently across the college years have some deficits in learning and memory,” Scott Swartzwelder, professor in psychiatry at Duke, said in a statement.“It’s not a sledgehammer—it’s not knocking their memory out completely—but there are demonstrable, if subtle, effects on their cognitive function,” he added.Those poor drunken rats, for instance, presented a lack of dendritic spines, which help transmit electrical information to neurons. As described by Duke Health, what looks like a “dense forest of dendritic spines” in healthy rats was reduced to “sparse, stubby structures” in those critters exposed to alcohol.“Any change in the density of spines on dendrites tells you those cells were processing information differently than they should be, and whether that processing goes up or down can be a problem,” Swartzwelder said.“They need to be just right,” he continued. “Downstream, these changes can throw a monkey wrench into how cells function. You can imagine how quickly that could multiply in a region of the brain where you’ve got millions of cells interacting.”Researchers have linked these developments to the activity of a gene called Fmr1—often associated with autism and Parkinson’s disease. Alcohol exposure, it turns out, can change how Fmr1 is regulated.But, a short course of treatment with donepezil (primarily used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease) appeared to restore dendritic spines to their former glory.“Studies in humans of the long-term effects of drinking during adolescence are just beginning to emerge,” according to Swartzwelder. “But the data we do have indicate negative cognitive effects, and this puts us one step closer to one day being able to reverse those.” Hell Yeah, Teens Are Growing Skull Horns From Phone UseWorld’s First 5G-Powered Remote Brain Surgery Performed in China Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

  • Jayne Foresight may be our only hope of overcoming flaws

    first_imgGreg Jayne, Opinion page editor It is an interesting exercise, one that demands thoughtful and honest introspection. Which is why we all likely will fail miserably. Thoughtfulness is difficult; honesty is harder. And when it comes to introspection, well, most of us would rather wear a suit of raw meat while wandering into a wolf den.And still, there is value in asking ourselves a simple question: Which personal beliefs or societal norms will our grandchildren one day struggle to understand? In other words, which facets of our modern world will lead them to look askance and say, “Really?!?”Through the lens of history, this is an easy exercise.Two generations ago, for example, a majority of Americans thought it was a good idea to elect Richard Nixon as president. Twice. And yet the criminality and paranoia he brought to the White House nearly crumbled the republic.Around the same time, a majority of Americans thought it was a good idea to fight a war in Vietnam. And yet the leaders who hastened that war lied to the American people and to the noble soldiers they sent to fight it, leading to a quagmire that diminished the United States’ standing in the world.Three generations ago, a majority of Americans — at least in the South — believed it was necessary to have separate drinking fountains and separate bathrooms and separate schools for blacks and whites. In the process, they ignored the basic human decency that must form the foundation of any civilized nation. Really?!?last_img read more

  • Ministry of Tourism Summer Students Chat with Minister

    first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 13, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar chatted with summer students in the Ministry’s Boardroom, July 12, as part of their summer programme orientation.   They will work in various departments of the Ministry for a few weeks, including People to People, Media, Hotel Licensing, and Festival Place.In group photo, Minister D’Aguilar is pictured centre, with Junior Minister of Tourism Michael Wallace next to him.Press Release: BISlast_img read more

  • 54 say working hours negatively affect stress levels

    first_imgMore than half (54%) of manager-respondents believe that working hours are having a negative effect on their stress levels, according to research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).Its study, The quality of working life, which is based on 1,574 responses from managers, also revealed that 20% of respondents who work over three hours extra a day are often stressed, compared to just 6% of those working no additional hours.The research also found:76% of respondents are proud to work for their employer, compared to 64% in 2012. The same number believe in the values of their organisation, and 61% feel fairly treated by their employer, up from 54% in 2012.57% of respondents suffer from headaches and constant irritability due to their workload.61% say technology makes it difficult to switch off from work, and one in five (20%) respondents check their email all the time outside of working hours while 54% check it frequently.39% of respondents agree that their employer should restrict out-of-hours email access, including 43% of those who check email all the time.68% of respondents who rate themselves as less than 70% productive say technology has made it hard for them to switch off from work, compared to 56% of those who are more than 90% productive.Ann Francke (pictured), chief executive at the Chartered Management Institute, said: “The ‘always-on’ culture is having a deleterious effect on the health of managers. Many report suffering increased stress and associated problems, such as persistent headaches and insomnia.“The impact on managers’ work is great: the longer the hours they put in, the less productive they say they become. This should be a big flashing warning light for employers.“Helping managers to strike the necessary work-life balance must be a priority for every organisation facing up to the challenge of improving productivity.”last_img read more

  • Firefox Fission aims to close secretstealing security holes

    first_img Share your voice A Firefox Nightly sticker Stephen Shankland/CNET With a Firefox effort called Project Fission, Mozilla is moving ahead this month with a plan to keep a major class of computer attacks at bay.The Spectre and Meltdown attacks, more broadly called side-channel attacks, have been a major issue for the computing industry since they emerged a year ago. Mozilla fixed the immediate security vulnerabilities in Firefox last year, but now with an overhaul called Project Fission, the company hopes to protect the browser from any future Spectre-class variations.Fission has been underway for months. But Mozilla plans to take its first concrete step later this month with a release called Milestone 1, said Nika Layzell, a Firefox platform engineer, in a blog post Monday.”We aim to build a browser which isn’t just secure against known security vulnerabilities, but also has layers of built-in defense against potential future vulnerabilities,” Layzell said. “Fission is a massive project.”Spectre-style attacks can be used to steal highly sensitive data like passwords or encryption keys not just by exploiting web browsers but also processors and operating systems. The computing industry has been scrambling to fundamentally redesign much of its technology as a result. The magnitude of Project Fission shows just how hard it is to take care of the problem.Mozilla isn’t yet ready to say when Fission will be done. But it’ll start shipping its elements in the Firefox Nightly test version of the browser when it’s ready.”Project Fission changes the Firefox browser architecture to make it even more secure and resilient to security vulnerabilities. We are defining early project milestones and sharing them so that people interested in Firefox development can follow along,” the nonprofit said in a statement Tuesday.Following up on Firefox ElectrolysisProject Fission is something of a sequel to Mozilla’s earlier Electrolysis project, which split some parts of Firefox into separate computing processes to improve security and performance. In scientific terms, electrolysis can split molecules into separate atoms, for example turning water into hydrogen and oxygen.But fission splits individual atoms, and as the term suggests, Project Fission involves a lower-level change than Electrolysis.Specifically, Project Fission enables a technology called site isolation that can split even individual websites into separate computing processes. Google already enabled site isolation in its Chrome browser after a years-long research project that turned out to bear fruit when Spectre emerged.More memoryOne drawback of site isolation is that it requires more memory. Mozilla had hoped its Electrolysis plan would offer a memory advantage over Chrome, but the need for site isolation wiped out that expectation. To try to contain browser bloat, though, Mozilla has a related project called Fission Memshrink.”We are working to ensure Firefox users continue to experience best-in-class memory usage and performance,” Mozilla said in a statement Tuesday.Fission won’t arrive in one single update. “Each milestone will contain a collection of new features and improved functionality which brings us incrementally closer to our goal,” Layzell said of the project.First published Feb. 5, 2:23 p.m. PT.Update, 3:40 p.m. PT: Adds further detail from Mozilla.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Post a comment Tags 0 Laptops Security Firefoxlast_img read more

  • Samsungs new mall stores will sell Galaxy and more directly to you

    first_img 14 Photos See It News • Samsung Galaxy S10: The 7 best deals right now 2 1:34 Sprint Samsung takes smartphone battle to the storefront Samsung, Best Buy to operate mini shops for three years Galaxy S10 rumor roundup: Feb. 20 launch, March 8 ship date, specs, features and price Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Here’s Samsung’s trendy answer to Apple Stores in New York Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility. How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) Share your voice $899 Samsung wants you to find love through your fridge See All See also $899 See It Abt Electronics Applecenter_img Samsung’s coming to a mall near you — if you live in California, New York or Texas.The company on Thursday said it plans to open three Samsung Experience Stores, at these locations: The Americana at Brand in Los Angeles; Roosevelt Field on Long Island in Garden City, New York; and The Galleria in Houston. The locations will open Feb. 20, the same day Samsung unveils its Galaxy S10 and foldable smartphones during an event in San Francisco. It also will launch pop-up stores in other malls next month. Samsung is the world’s biggest phone and TV maker, but it doesn’t operate its own stores to sell its latest gadgets. Instead, it’s long relied on partners like carriers and big box retailers to push its devices to consumers. In 2013, it started partnering with Best Buy on minishops within the retailer’s stores to show off Samsung’s electronics. $899 You’ll be able to interact with 4D VR experiences like virtual Titanic rides and play games with friends in Samsung’s 4K gaming lounge. Samsung also will display its newest 8K TVs and help you build your own AR Emoji for its smartphones.”We want to build a ‘playground’ for Samsung fans — a place to learn about and try out all of the amazing new products we have to offer,” said YH Eom, the new president and CEO of Samsung Electronics America. The stores come as Samsung faces a slowdown in smartphone sales. Last month, it reported a steep drop in revenue and profits. Most of its businesses, from chips to displays, felt the effects of stronger competition and weaker demand in the handset sector. Its smartphone sales declined, memory chips destined for handsets didn’t sell as well, and its mobile displays suffered. It’s become harder for handset vendors to make huge changes in their devices and differentiate themselves from one another. Prices for the latest and greatest phones have increased at the same time that US carriers have gotten rid of subsidies. All of that has meant people are waiting longer to upgrade. For Samsung, opening its own stores lets it have more of a direct link to customers. It also lets the company provide better tech support and customer service as people hold onto their devices longer and as phones get more complex. Consumers have gotten used to how regular smartphones work, but Samsung’s long-awaited foldable phone will introduce a completely new form of device that’s foreign to pretty much everyone. Samsung Galaxy S10 Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See It Phones Smart Home Appliances TVs reading • Samsung’s new mall stores will sell Galaxy and more directly to you Comments Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package See it $899 Then in 2016, it opened the Samsung 837 showroom at 837 Washington in New York’s Meatpacking District. The location houses demos of Samsung’s various products but doesn’t have devices for sale.At the same time that Samsung’s moving deeper into retail, rival Apple could also make some changes in its stores. Angela Ahrendts, its head of retail, plans to leave in April after five years at the company. During her tenure, she turned Apple stores into gathering places and ushered in a redesign of new and old stores. But some of her moves — like removing payment areas and lines in favor of floating store employees checking out customers on their iPhones — faced criticism for making it harder to make a purchase. Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s HR chief, will take on Ahrendts’ responsibilities to complement her current role as head of human resources.Unlike Samsung 837, the new mall stores will actually have products you can buy, including Galaxy smartphones, tablets and wearables; TVs; and SmartThings devices. The stores also will feature displays to give you hands-on time with new products, as well as demos from Samsung experts. And you can receive customer support and assistance, including walk-in repair for your Samsung mobile devices. Tags • SmartThings Best Buy Samsung Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buylast_img read more

  • UKs Boris Johnson pledges postBrexit migration controls

    first_imgLondon: British leadership hopeful Boris Johnson pledged on Thursday to introduce a new points-based system to control migration after Brexit, addressing a key issue from the EU referendum but not explicitly promising to cut numbers. He also vowed to protect the rights of more than three million EU citizens currently living in Britain, even if the country leaves the bloc with no deal on October 31. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Johnson is vying with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to take over as prime minister from Theresa May, who quit over her failure to take Britain out of the European Union on time. In his first detailed policy announcement, the former foreign minister and ex-London mayor vowed to introduce a points-based immigration system modelled on that of Australia. Broadly, these kind of systems allow in migrants who meet certain criteria such as qualifications, occupation and language skills. “We must be much more open to high-skilled immigration such as scientists,” Johnson said. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “But we must also assure the public that, as we leave the EU, we have control over the number of unskilled immigrants coming into the country. We must be tougher on those who abuse our hospitality. Other countries such as Australia have great systems and we should learn from them,” he added. Johnson was a leader of the campaign to leave the EU during the 2016 referendum, and a key promise was to “take back control” of Britain’s borders. While it remains a member of the EU, Britain is subject to rules allowing the free movement of workers around the bloc. Advertise With Us May’s government says EU and non-EU migrants should be treated the same after Brexit – an approach Johnson backs – but is still consulting on the details of a new system. May has however rejected a strictly points-based system, saying it allowed in anyone who met the criteria, providing no control over numbers. And campaign group Migration Watch UK criticised Johnson for not promising migration would fall. “There is no mention whatever of reducing net migration, let alone how it might be achieved,” said group chairman Lord Andrew Green. For non-Europeans, Britain currently has a complicated system of visas based on skills, minimum salary requirements, the need for a job offer, and in some areas has a numbers cap. Johnson said the government’s independent advisory committee would thrash out the details of his policy, to be introduced from 2021. But he said would-be migrants should have a firm job offer, speak English and be vetted, and any system should be “fair to people living here”.last_img read more

  • Saaho songs release delayed ShankarEhsaanLoy opt out of composing music

    first_imgat this point of time whyyy since I knew you are the MD of the movie I listened most of your song King here‏ @Chandra14005740 Manikumar Darling‏ @ManikumarDarli1 Then who r the composers pls let us know fast @sujeethsigncenter_img Why?? Sir why?? We have doubts #saaho songs are not going to be good ??? Leaked still of Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor from SaahoTwitterHere is sad news for the fans of Baahubali actor Prabhas. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have walked out of composing music for his film Saaho and this development will delay the release of its songs.Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have confirmed the news on their Twitter account. They musician trio tweeted, “We wish to inform all our fans that Shankar Ehsaan Loy have opted out of composing the music for #Saaho here’s wishing #Prabhas @Sujeetsign #Vamsi #Pramod #Shyam all the luck for the film :).”The makers have recently announced to the release date of Saaho, which is set to hit screens on August 15. They have released some promos of the film, which have raised viewers’ curiosity sky high. Now, the film goers are eagerly waiting to listen its songs. When barely two and months left the release, Shankar Ehsaan Loy have opted out of this project and they have not revealed the reason for their decision.This news has come as a rude shock for the filmgoers, who are relishing the new poster of Saaho released by Prabhas. While some asked for the reason for opting out in the last moment, others were left wondering over the question that who would compose music for the film, which is set to hit screens on August 15. They are worried that this move will delay the launch of its songs.Say Saaho‏ @Naren30815340last_img read more

  • Mindtree CEO on the way out as LT gains more ground in

    first_imgThe Mindtree logo. The company is fighting a takeover bid by Larsen & Toubro.Market grapevine doing the rounds is that a change of guard at Mindtree is likely to happen soon. It has been reported that talk about replacing CEO Rostow Ravanan is gaining pace even as Larson & Toubro (L&T) is gaining upper hand in the tussle with Mindtree founders.In a huge setback for the founders, Nalanda Capital, the largest institutional investor, sold its shares in Mindtree to L&T, helping the the engineering service conglomerate to notch up 51 percent in Mindtree.The ongoing rift between the two sides has many reasons, and Ravanan’s continuation as the CEO is one of them. The founders of Mindtree hold only 13 percent shares in the company. L&T is reportedly reviewing the management performance at board level and is keen on bringing a new CEO to take the company revenue to $1 billion, the Times of India reported.  Office of Mindtree Ltd.WikimediaEmotional appealsThe newspaper, however, said there is no confirmation of Ravanan leaving as the company has not found a successor yet. As per reports, the board wil decide on Ravanan’s continuation at Mindtree. L&T has already bagged three seats on the 12-member board and will be pushing their agenda with added force. L&T announced on April 18 that its initial goal was to secure a 26 percent stake in Mindtree from open market and high net-worth individuals. The company eventually wants to acquire 66.32 percent stake in Mindtree for which it has amassed a war chest of Rs10,700 crore.The founders of the Bengaluru-based company strongly opposed the takeover bid, touted to be the biggest in the Indian IT sector, trying to counter the takeover bid with emotional appeals to shareholders. However, L&T has been quietly going about the deal.last_img read more

  • Democratic Presidential Candidates say Northam Should Resign

    first_imgBy DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated PressJUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Most 2020 Democratic presidential candidates quickly joined the call for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign following the discovery of a racist photo in his medical school yearbook more than 30 years ago.Northam apologized twice Friday after the photo surfaced, but the freshman governor’s expressions of regret have not quieted calls for him to step down.U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, speaks during a news conference outside of his home, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Newark, N.J. Booker earlier in the day declared his bid for the presidency with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a “common purpose.” (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)A Virginia Democrat who has spoken with Northam on Saturday told The Associated Press that the governor has no immediate plans to resign. The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record about a private conversation, said Northam plans to address the issue publicly in the afternoon.Northam has lost the support of prominent Democrats in Virginia and beyond, including from the Democratic Party’s historically diverse and growing field of 2020 candidates, which includes two African-American senators, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California.“These images arouse centuries of anger, anguish, and racist violence and they’ve eroded all confidence in Gov. Northam’s ability to lead,” Booker said Friday on Twitter. “We should expect more from our elected officials. He should resign.”Booker had entered the presidential race that morning, which also was the start of Black History Month.Harris said the “stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together.”Added former U.S. housing secretary Julian Castro: “This behavior was racist and unconscionable. Governor Northam should resign.”Northam’s page in the 1984 yearbook from Eastern Virginia Medical School shows a picture of a person in Blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood.After the photo went public Friday, Northam issued a statement calling the costume he wore “clearly racist and offensive” but didn’t say which one he had worn. But the Democrat who spoke to Northam said that after further reflection the governor said he has no memory of wearing either of the racist costumes and doesn’t believe he is in the picture.Northam also issued a video statement on Friday saying he was “deeply sorry” but remained committed to serving the “remainder of my term.”“I accept responsibility for my past actions and I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust,” Northam said.Other Democratic presidential candidates calling on Northam to leave office include Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney.“There aren’t two sets of rules for our friends and our foes: Right is right and wrong is wrong,” Gillibrand said on Twitter late Friday. “Americans deserve to be respected by their leaders, and racism cannot be excused in our government or anywhere else. Having seen the photo, I believe Governor Northam should resign.”Delaney said the appearance of the photo would “impair his ability to have the kind of moral authority that is needed to lead people through the painful and important discussion about race relations in our country.”Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, both potential 2020 presidential contenders, weighed in on Twitter on Saturday, saying it was time for Northam to hand over to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.Biden said Fairfax, a Democrat and only the second African-American to win statewide office in Virginia, “is the leader Virginia needs now.”___Associated Press writer Alan Suderman in Richmond, Virginia, contributed to this report.last_img read more

  • Cartoon characters as super veggies help kids eat healthy

    first_imgMarketing vegetables in school lunchrooms using the Super Sprowtz – a team of fun-loving characters with super powers – almost tripled the percentage of elementary school students choosing items from the salad bar,the findings showed. “If we put time and good resources into marketing healthy choices to kids, it can work,” said lead researcher Andrew Hanks, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University in the US. Further, such interventions were found to improve nutrition, behaviour as well as performance in school. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, the team analysed the behaviour of children from 10 public elementary schools in urban New York State. In some schools, they wrapped the bottom portion of the salad bar with a vinyl banner depicting the cartoon characters as super veggies. In others, they played cartoon videos in the lunch room. And in others, they tried both tactics. According to researchers, in schools with the salad bar banners, 24 per cent of kids took vegetables from the salad bars. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn those schools that had characters on the salad bar and video, the vegetable selection jumped from 10 per cent to almost 35 per cent. “If we can encourage kids to take vegetables of their own accord, rather than have someone put it there for them, they’re much more likely to eat them,” Hanks noted.No significant improvement was found in schools with videos alone. However, the researchers said that it is unlikely such a technique would work with older students.last_img read more

  • Cosmology Is in Crisis Over How to Measure the Universe

    first_imgOver the past few years, scientists like Scolnic have investigated those first two hypothetical misunderstandings. They’ve whittled down their error bars, hardened their methods, re-analyzed the results of competitors and colleagues, and gathered sharper and bigger data. Nevertheless, the discrepancy persists.Scolnic calls this moment “the era of tension cosmology.” Others just call it a crisis. To those who don’t study the origin and evolution of the universe, that sounds like a bad thing. To cosmologists, it’s the opposite. To be wrong is to learn that the universe is more interesting than they thought. “We’re right on the cusp of this being the coolest thing ever,” says Scolnic.One number has led us to said cusp. That number is called the Hubble constant, and it is the rate at which the universe is expanding today (not today like “Tuesday” but today like “in this cosmic moment”). The Hubble constant is an elusive beast, even for cosmology—a kind of white stag among white stags.Astronomers have devised a few ways to estimate its value, and it is the conflict between their outcomes that’s causing the trouble. One method begins with the universe’s baby picture—a map of the so-called “cosmic microwave background,” or the remnant radiation from the Big Bang. From that picture, astronomers plug what they (think they) know about dark energy, dark matter, regular matter, and gravity into a model. Out pops a present state of the universe, and a prediction of the Hubble constant. Most recently, astronomers did this using cosmic microwave background data from the Planck telescope, a space-based observatory that was decommissioned in 2013. More Great WIRED StoriesThis chemical is so hot it kills nerve endings. Good!So you’re thinking of deleting your tweets. Should you?The Hail Mary plan to restart a hacked US electric gridDoes Latinx Twitter exist?My dad says he’s a “targeted individual.” Maybe we all areLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Those are the boring options, though. “The other,” says Scolnic, “is that our standard model of cosmology isn’t correct.” In other words, the way humans think about the early years, maturation, and fate of the universe might be wrong somehow. Having been on both sides, Scolnic senses this tension personally. “I feel very much in the middle,” says Scolnic, “and it has caused many sleepless nights.” Another method uses the “cosmic distance ladder.” Astronomers figure out how far away objects are, and how fast they’re moving even farther away, starting from here(ish) and building outward. They calculate the distances to nearby stars, and from them to more distant stars in other galaxies, and from them to supernovae in still-farther-off galaxies. They measure their movement away from us, providing another estimate of the Hubble constant.Scolnic was part of a big team called SH0ES that used the ladder method. Its Hubble estimate disagrees with Planck’s. Behold: the crisis.But recently Scolnic and a team tried a newer method: the inverse cosmic distance ladder. Instead of scaffolding distances from the solar system farther and farther out, this approach uses characteristics of the cosmic microwave background (the baby picture) to start to scaffold distances closer and closer to us. Moving forward in time, scientists use information about how galaxies are spread out across the universe and—as with SH0ES—supernova data. That came, this time, from the Dark Energy Survey, which aims to observe thousands of supernovae and hundreds of millions of galaxies to understand what dark energy has been like over the history of the universe. This Hubble constant estimate matched Planck’s. “It’s kind of nuts how well it agrees,” says Edward MacCauley, the lead researcher.That agreement doesn’t make Planck and the inverse more likely to be right. “In both these methods—the forward and reverse distance ladders— supernovae are used as ‘the middleman,’” says Scolnic. “So if supernovae are happy to agree with either side, that means the problem isn’t with the middleman.” It’s something happening at one end. “If our model is wrong, it has to be something about how we understand the universe today, or how we understand the universe as a baby,” he says. Let’s say you have a baby. Maybe you really do, maybe you don’t. But Dan Scolnic, a cosmologist at the University of Chicago, does have one, and perhaps that’s why a hypothetical baby helps him explain the universe. If you take this baby to the doctor, that doctor will weigh and measure the baby, plot those points on a growth chart, and predict how big they’ll be later.“We kind of have this same situation now with measuring the universe,” says Scolnic, who’ll begin a professorship at Duke next month. Scientists have a great picture of what the universe was like as a baby. They also have one of what it looks like all grown up, today. And as with the doctor’s growth chart, a curve—following physics as we know it—should connect the two cleanly.“You should be able to put in that universe’s baby picture, trace our standard cosmology, and see our universe today—if everything has gone right,” says Scolnic. But that’s not what is happening. “Something,” says Scolnic, “is not going right.”Cosmologists aren’t sure what that something is, exactly. Maybe they’re wrong in their measurement or analysis of the baby universe. Or of its present state. Which means it’s looking more and more like the problem isn’t with the data itself, or the people digging around in it, but with our model of the universe. “The possibility that this is not due to some new physics is getting smaller,” says Silvia Galli, who helped lead the Planck analysis.To Scolnic, that’s not surprising. “We all agree that we don’t understand around 95 percent of the universe,” he says, referring to the fact that the cosmos is almost entirely dark matter and dark energy, which have the word “dark” in front of them because we don’t know what they are. Given that we can only grasp the cosmic contents at the 5% (F-) level, it’s kind of ridiculous to think the standard model of cosmology is totally right.But how it could be wrong remains up in the air. Every night, astronomers post new ideas to arXiv, the open access publishing site. Cosmologists, in particular, use arXiv to engage in timely back-and-forths that formal journals don’t permit. “We’re just holding on for dear life, trying to keep up with what’s coming out,” says Scolnic. And trying to figure out why the Hubble constant calculations don’t match, where they’ve gone wrong, where they go from here, and how our conception of the universe might change from that new vantage point.Something big may be about to happen to cosmology. It’s easy to see where the cosmologists are coming from, in their glee at the possibility that they’ve been wrong about the cosmos. Which makes sense: Who wouldn’t like to live in a universe that’s more interesting than we’d thought? The sleeplessness—and the gravity with which cosmologists imbue this problem—has grown recently. Until a few years ago, says MacCauley, “the uncertainties were large enough that not everybody was worried about it.” The error bars on each side’s measurements essentially overlapped, meaning their calculations could theoretically have matched.Maybe there was some systematic problem—from inside the instruments that do the measuring, or inside the analysis of either side. But rivals did independent analyses of each other’s work, supernova calculations became more precise, and Planck took the best baby picture ever. And still the two Hubble constants stood firmly apart.last_img read more