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  • 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

  • Taiwan projects itself as the ideal youth destination

    first_imgTaiwan, with its exotic landscape, continues to attract the new generation tourists who are willing to understand and uncover the gem that resides in its geography. Flaunting a mosaic of scenic beauty, the destination can satisfy the quest of young travellers. Young educated youth with an easy access to technology and available information find the Taiwanese cities fascinating to travel and engage in a plethora of youthful activities.The dazzling metropolis of Taipei is home to a number of youthful and cosmopolitan experiences. One can explore the iconic landmark of Taipei 101, shop in the bustling night markets or go clubbing in the sprawling clubs to soak in the infectious vibe of the city that never sleeps. Steeped in tradition and culture, Taipei is home to famous monuments, landmark sites and premier centers for performing arts. Moving further away from Taipei, Hsinchu, Hualein, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Puli and many other destinations offer a myriad of experiences.As a land of rugged mountainous terrain, it is the most sought after destination for adventure travellers. Travellers can participate in outdoor activities like underwater adventure in the tropical surface, hiking in the foothills close to the city or climbing the roof of Taiwan, Mt Hade at nearly 4000 m above sea level, the highest mountain in Northeast Asia.Moreover, economical stays and warm hospitality of the locals makes it very convenient for youngsters to travel to Taiwan.last_img read more

  • Rep LaFontaine named to the Committee on Committees

    first_img Named to the committee by Speaker–elect Kevin CotterState Rep. Andrea LaFontaine has been named to a team of legislators that will help guide the crafting of policy committees for the next legislative term. The Committee on Committees is a temporary committee established to prepare for the 2015-16 legislative session and will be dissolved once its work is completed.“I am honored to be able to work with some of my current and future colleagues in developing a list of committees and members that will continue the positive momentum we as a legislature have had over the past two years,” said LaFontaine, R-Columbus. “It is only November but it is critical that we work on these decisions now so that come January we can have a seamless transition and keep Michigan moving forward on its path to a brighter future.”The Committee on Committees will be chaired by Rep. Bruce Rendon. LaFontaine will also be joined by Reps. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac; Al Pscholka, R- Stevensville; Ray Franz, R-Onekama; Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan; and Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, as well as Reps.-Elect Jim Tedder of Clarkston and Dr. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville on the committee.Committee assignments will be announced in January.### 17Nov Rep. LaFontaine named to the Committee on Committees Categories: Newslast_img read more

  • Rep Heise supports added funding for PlymouthCanton Northville schools

    first_img State Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth Township, voted in support of the 2017 Fiscal Year School Aid budget, which allocates $14.2 billion to educational districts throughout the state of Michigan.“There were two things I liked most about this K-12 budget – it allocates $3,090,614 more for Plymouth-Canton Schools and $933,875 more for Northville Public Schools,” Rep. Heise said. “Throughout House and Senate reviews, then the Conference committees, I’m glad we only need the Governor’s signature to help the students and teachers in the 20th District.”Today’s approved budget will increase the per-pupil allocation for Plymouth-Canton district from $7,391 to $7,511, while Northville will see its funding grow to $8,229 per student. Categories: News 08Jun Rep. Heise supports added funding for Plymouth-Canton, Northville schoolslast_img read more

  • Graham Crackers and Diversity A Formula for Surviving and Thriving in Evolutionary

    first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares April 4, 2014;CBS NewsHoney Maid graham crackers have been publicly acknowledging that they live in the twenty-first century by running commercials that show biracial families and families with same-sex parents. This would seem to be a smart move, in that the number of interracial and interethnic households jumped 28 percent from 2000 to 2010 and the number of same-sex couple households increased precipitously by 80 percent. Choosing inclusive images would appear to be wise, even in the face of polarization on these issues. A February poll from the Public Religion Research Institute found that over half of Americans they surveyed approved of same-sex marriage while just 20 percent of respondents strongly opposed it.So maybe Honey Maid, which is owned by Mondelez (MDLZ), was not surprised by the onslaught of hate messages they received from consumers and interested others. But instead of watering their approach down, they came out even more strongly, but almost with a bit of martial artistry. They took the mean-comment printouts and fashioned them into a paper sculpture spelling the word “Love,” and then they surrounded the sculpture with printouts of the positive responses.The author of the article writes,“Increasingly, marketers are finding that diversity pays by delivering an almost predictable response: a vocal critical minority that gets drowned out by a wave of support from diversity-friendly viewers. At the risk of alienating a small group of consumers, brands are finding this formula can provide a sure-fire way to create engagement with their product.One thing is for sure—that approach tracks with demographic shifts in the U.S.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Nonprofit Housing Providers Balancing the LandlordTenant Relationship

    first_imgShare13TweetShareEmail13 SharesOctober 14, 2014; Next City ClevelandNextCity features a story by Anna Clark about a Cleveland-based neighborhood development organization adopting a “rent equity” plan for their tenants. This is one of a series of social innovations designed to rebalance the landlord-tenant relationship in an effort to stabilize rental housing. Promoting household stability is critical if rental housing is to become the “new normal” in the U.S. housing market, competing on an equal footing with homeownership.According to the story, Northeast Shores Development Corporation (NSDC) has licensed the “renter equity” program from a Cincinnati-based nonprofit developer called Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity (CCSE). NSDC explains that it adopted the renter equity model because its mission is to promote homeownership. At a time when many households are blocked from purchase by a past foreclosure, new stringent credit requirements, or a need for geographic mobility, a rental model that rewards tenants for their social investment in the property could be a nice compromise.Here’s how renter equity works:Residents fulfill commitments in their lease agreement: work assignments on the property, making timely rent payments, following house rules and participating in tenant meetings. In return, they earn financial credits that they can exchange for cash after five years. The fund is replenished by savings owed to low turnover and high occupancy rates. Renters can earn up to $10,000 over 10 years.Renter equity seems to offer four advantages over older models that try to blend ownership and rental.There’s no price of admission. Unlike rent-to-own, land contract, or traditional housing cooperatives, “renter equity” does not require a lump sum payment at the beginning of the relationship.The period to “vest” in the equity savings plan is comparable to the average time that a homeowner starts building equity. Equity in a land contract could be as short as five years or could take longer, depending on the payment schedule. Equity in rent-to-own often doesn’t begin until the property is transferred.Renter equity converts “social investments” to cash value. This feature makes it easy for low-income (cash poor) residents to create an “ownership” interest.Renter equity does not require tenant to make a balloon payment after a fixed term in order to convert he/his interest in the property into conventional ownership.Still, Ms. Clark leaves some questions unanswered. Like many property owners, NSDC and CCSE like to refer to their customers as “residents,” which is a much broader term than “tenant.” In Ohio, a tenant is very specifically a person who entitled to exclusive use of the premises subject to a rental agreement and governed by the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law (ORC 5321). Are “renter equity” residents still tenants? Under the Ohio Landlord Tenant Law, a landlord may not shift a landlord duty (e.g., doing common area maintenance) to a tenant by a rental agreement. One can imagine that compliance with maintenance duties under “renter equity” must therefore be strictly voluntary. Another issue for tenants could be whether they risk the loss of earned equity if the owner terminates the rental agreement before the five-year vesting period is up. This potential concern is not addressed in either the NextCity article or the websites of CCSE or NSCD. Finally the duty/opportunity to earn equity points under “renter equity” could be a barrier for persons with disabilities. Are landlords/owners ready to provide “reasonable accommodations” for persons with disabilities so that they have comparable opportunities to earn equity points?Here’s another question that’s not addressed in the article. What exactly is CCSE selling to NSDC? The NextCity article describes the business relationship as a licensing agreement, but what does that mean? “Renter Equity” is a trademarked term used by CCSE to describe their program, but it is not clear from the article or from either organization’s website what, besides the use of the term “Renter Equity,” is conveyed with NSDC’s license.Later, the NextCity article seems to misstate the role of Renting Partnerships (RP) in describing the deal between CCSE and NSDC. Margery Spinney, director of RP conceived and implemented the rental equity plan at Cornerstone. A change in the board of CCSE in 2012 led Ms. Spinney and CCSE property manager Carol Smith to leave the organization and found RP, a nonprofit housing development organization which is not affiliated with CCSE. After Ms. Spinney’s departure, CCSE trademarked the term “Renter Equity.” As a result, Ms. Spinney now describes her focus as “participatory management,” and the credit system as an “equity exchange.” To Ms. Spinney, that’s more than a difference in terminology. She believes the financial inducement of equity points is not the primary goal of her model.Carol and I founded Renting Partnerships so that we could pass on the practices and procedures of participatory management that we felt were ignored with changes made in the Cornerstone organization. I developed the credit system as a way to fairly determine or distribute shares in the financial fund generated by financial value added by committed residents. In my opinion, the credit system has been mistaken as a payment for behaviors that management wants to incentivize. I believe that management must change its own behaviors so that residents are making a vital contribution, or the project essentially defaults to rental housing with a financial twist. The benefit to residents of being empowered to create an environment in which people live and work together for the benefit of the whole community is lost.Ms. Spinney continues to proselytize for her vision of participatory management. She will appear as a presenter at National Conference of Community Land Trusts in Lexington, Kentucky this week seeking to spread the word.—Spencer WellsShare13TweetShareEmail13 Shareslast_img read more

  • Resettlement Plans for Syrian Refugees Cause Continued Controversy across US

    first_imgShare22TweetShare1Email23 Shares“Dancing and singing to forget the pain of Syrias conflict (11235994366)” by DFID – UK Department for International Development by russavia. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons.November 26, 2015; The AtlanticTennessee state lawmaker Glen Casada made headlines after the attacks in Paris when he called for “gathering up” Syrian refugees who have settled in the state and “politely” taking them back to Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the message, “They’re not coming to Tennessee, they’re yours.” In response to reporters’ questions about whether he had gone too far, Casada denied that he was speaking about internment camps. “No,” he said. “We gather them, we take them back to ICE…and we say, ‘Gentlemen, make sure these guys have no tie to terrorist activities.’”Tennessee is one of the more than half of U.S. states whose governors have formally opposed accepting refugees from Syria. Covering the governors’ campaign as it began to unfold, Rick Cohen saw the states’ actions and those at the federal level as a political tool aimed at not just Syrian refugees, but the nation’s entire resettlement apparatus, which could bring in 85,000 asylum seekers next year, of whom perhaps 10,000 might be Syrians.Meanwhile, as Ruth McCambridge reports, over in Texas, the Health and Human Services Commission asked nonprofits involved with resettlement to stop serving refugees from Syria. While Catholic Charities of Dallas initially agreed that it would comply, everyday Catholics taking to social media and other outlets brought about a swift reversal in the agency’s position.Both McCambridge and Cohen challenge the nonprofit community to have a strategy for standing up to those using fear and hatred as political tools. Yesterday, McCambridge pointed to groups in New Jersey and Indiana that are pushing back. While those in the resettlement community have come out with strongly worded responses, we are reminded that any organization whose mission promotes inclusion, openness and democracy has a stake in this.As has been reported in news articles and stories since the Paris attacks, anti-Muslim and anti-refugee rhetoric and actions have brought to sharp relief America’s fear of and objectification of the other. As Emma Green writes:Muslims—whether they’ve been in the U.S. for generations or for just a few years; whether they’re white or South Asian or of Arab descent; whether they’re practicing or lapsed or somewhere in between—are often considered as a mass, and mostly in relation to terrorism.Some are preparing for the prospects of legal battles. As Lavinia Limón, head of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, puts it, “This is America and we’re very concerned about protecting these refugees from the ugliness that we hear every day on the television.”And ugly it is. Ben Carson’s referring to refugees as “rabid dogs” is not only the most visible example, it is unfortunately illustrative of the tropes that have taken over much of the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, at the dinner table, on talk radio and among cable news pundits. “Politicians won’t solve this problem”; “All those refugees look like able-bodied young men to me”; “No one is even looking at their paperwork”; “They come in and have babies and then they stay here forever”; “Who pays for all of the free services?”Molly Ball attended a Trump rally South Carolina and, as she writes in The Atlantic, those expressing these viewpoints aren’t “skinheads. They don’t seem like jerks.” Describing the mood of the rally, she says, “the energy in this room does not feel dark and aggressive and threatening. It doesn’t feel like a powder keg about to blow, a lynch mob about to rampage. It feels joyous,” despite the negativity and fear. And as Ball candidly observes, the reporters like being there. They know the more outrageous his comments, the more likely they’ll get airtime.But practiced on the ground, the motivation is anything but lightness and love, as a scene in front of the Idaho state Capitol recently revealed when groups opposing refugees carried hateful signs and squared off against those who had come to support the plans for Syrian refugee resettlement. Muslim leaders have reported threats, vandalism, and other crimes targeting mosques in Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Nebraska, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, and other states. And then of course there is the campaign from the 31 state governors, led by Michigan’s Rick Snyder, whose state has been known for decades for being home to one of the largest Arab-American communities outside the Middle East.In New York City, Muslims have been reporting individual threats and intimidation, a phenomenon the Council on American-Islamic Relations calls “the mainstreaming of Islamophobia.” As Ferida Osman, a Muslim born and raised in the U.S. and a senior at Hunter College, told the Times’ Kirk Semple after she was spit on by a stranger in Penn Station last week, “I didn’t feel like a person anymore.”She added, “You feel like you are alone. It’s a horrible feeling of isolation.”The U.S. Holocaust Museum issued a notable statement last month calling on public figures and citizens to avoid condemning today’s refugees as a group, invoking the memories of Jews trying to escape Nazi Germany. The International Rescue Committee debunks four myths that drive the misguided efforts of elected officials calling for a halt to resettlements. Sparing no words, the IRC is blunt: “We deplore the insinuation in the recent banning orders against Syrian refugees that either they are terrorists, or that it is impossible to separate them from those seeking to come here to commit terrorism.”Church World Service is also clear that “fearmongering has no place in society,” and calls on people of all faiths to stand in solidarity with refugee and migrant communities. World Relief, an evangelical organization, says that actions by Republican presidential nominees “do not reflect what we’ve been hearing from our constituencies.” And the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement:Instead of using this tragedy to scapegoat all refugees, I call upon our public officials to work together to end the Syrian conflict peacefully so the close to 4 million Syrian refugees can return to their country and rebuild their homes. Until that goal is achieved, we must work with the world community to provide safe haven to vulnerable and deserving refugees who are simply attempting to survive. As a great nation, the United States must show leadership during this crisis and bring nations together to protect those in danger and bring an end to the conflicts in the Middle East.As for the refugees themselves, as Lavinia Limón puts it: “I hope they don’t learn English too quickly; they’ll have to understand what certain people are saying.”There is a scene in the beginning of the movie Hotel Rwanda in which Georges Rutaganda, one of the then-leaders of the Rwandan Hutu militia, is heard on RTLM radio inciting his countrymen to wipe out the rebel “cockroaches,” calling them “murderers” and “invaders.” While clearly a dramatic device, it reveals the way in which the deliberate and calculated objectification of human beings insinuates itself into the national conversation and then, over time, ceases to shock. As the discourse around immigrants and refugees devolves increasingly into incendiary rhetoric, it’s more important than ever that those serving the most marginalized continue protecting those they serve, pushing back against the demagoguery, and laying the facts out front and center.—Patricia SchaeferShare22TweetShare1Email23 Shareslast_img read more

  • Deutsche Telekombacked Greek telco OTEs Romanian

    first_imgDeutsche Telekom-backed Greek telco OTE’s Romanian subsidiary Romtelecom had 1.208 million TV subscribers at the end of September, up 20.4% year-on-year, giving its subscriber base TV penetration of 44%. The figure for TV included satellite and cable customers as well as IPTV subscribers.The rise in TV customers partially offset a decline in revenues due to the country’s economic circumstances. Romtelecom saw its third-quarter fixed revenues fall 11.8% to €160.1 million.In Greece, OTE’s own subscriber base reached 55,577 at the end of September, up 37.3% year-on-year. However, IPTV growth failed to stem a decline in ADSL subscriber in the quarter of 9,300. Fixed line revenues fell 10.3% year-on-year to €483.5 million.last_img read more

  • UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 helped owner N

    first_imgUK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 helped owner Northern & Shell report a 40% increase in revenues.This is the first full year contribution from the broadcaster since Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell purchased the company in July 2010. Channel 5’s revenues increase by 23% to £353 million (€440 million) over the year, despite adverse advertising conditions in the UK. The broadcaster recorded an operating profit of £26.2 million in 2011 compared to a £48 million loss last year.Northern & Shell finance director Robert Sanderson said: “Despite the difficult macroeconomic climate, the group has achieved significant growth over the last two years, both in its core media activities and out into other business areas. We remain intent on continuing to explore further opportunities.”last_img read more