Let the Pirating Begin: The Social Network Hits the Torrent Circuit

first_imgFor most popular movies, a pirated copy hits the Internet shortly after the movie hits the big screen, if not sooner. For a movie like “The Social Network” – the semi-fictional story of Facebook’s somewhat murky origins – it seems that the lid has been kept shut tight…until now.BitTorrent-focused blog TorrentFreak tells us that the big-screen hit has finally hit the Internet and it’s set to be one of the most pirated movies of the year.According to TorrentFreak, “The Social Network” was the most searched for movie in October on KickassTorrents, a BitTorrent tracker site. But until just last week, nothing was available. Now, a “DVD Screener” – a review copy of a movie that contains watermarking and scrolling marquee warnings about unauthorized viewing – has hit the Internet and it’s seen more than 100,000 downloads in the last 24 hours. According to the folks at TorrentFreak, though, we haven’t seen anything yet.This is just the beginning though. Usually, the greatest download boost for a pirated movie occurs with the release of a DVDrip copy, and that has yet to come for The Social Network. If this happens in the next month, the film about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and friends might have a shot at ending up in the list of top 10 most pirated films of this year.A dubious honor, but not necessarily a financial disaster.So far, it looks like the pirated copy has been most popular in the U.S., with the U.K., Canada, Australia and India following. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#news#web mike melanson Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Foursquare Goes Beyond Place; Adds Movies, Music & Sports

first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Location#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Foursquare, the much-discussed location-based social network, announced today that it has gone beyond allowing users to check-in to places and now includes events as well. Hundreds of thousands of events being held in more than 50,000 places (many no doubt movie theaters) will become visible, in some cases hours before an event begins and in other cases summary information for things like sporting events will be delivered after an event concludes.The most interesting part of the announcement is the inclusion of additional information by venue or event hosts. ESPN is partnering with Foursquare, for example, and is including both timeless Tips about sporting locations and after-action game summaries in the Foursquare news feed. If this points towards a larger trend of more, richer and more timely information becoming a big part of Foursquare, then that’s a very good sign.Jenna Wortham says in New York Times coverage of the feature that according to Foursquare, “the new features will simply formalize the standard behavior of its users. It’s quite common for those using the service to announce what they’re doing when they check in at a place.”Indeed, the feature looks and feels big and new because it’s introducing another dimension of engagement. In another way, though, this looks a lot like Foursquare brand pages – where organizations have had the option to publish sets of tips that would be pushed to their fans when they checked in at places. That hasn’t caught on nearly as much as it ought to. This week’s introduction of Tips Lists is another great feature that may or may not strike the fancy of users.Will Foursquare’s implementation of support for Events catch on with a significant number of publishers and will it work for users? If the future of location based services is changed dramatically by the expected rise of persistent location tracking, will Foursquare Events be able to meaningfully support new, real time use cases? Time will tell.I really like this idea, but it’s not clear that Foursquare itself is going to grow into a major social network. Whether publishers and users engage meaningfully with this new feature remains to be seen. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

9 Ways To Make Money In The On-Demand Economy

first_imgRelated Posts How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Kickstarting a Stagnant Company What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#Airbnb#Gig Economy#Handy#On-demand Apps#On-demand Economy#sharing economy#Uber#yec center_img WordPress for Enterprise – How This Open-… Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.Recently, Uber and other companies that provide on-demand services have been under the regulatory microscope. Despite these setbacks, it’s still a great industry to get into, full of potential advantages for a would-be entrepreneur.That said, there are a few best practices that you should follow so that the problems Uber and Handy are facing don’t become your problems, too. To set you down the right path, I asked nine founders from YEC what entrepreneurs should consider before starting up in this space.Set Up Workers As Employees, Not Independent ContractorsIt might seem easier to hire independent contractors, but if you get nailed by the government for hiring those same people because they are technically employees, it will not be pretty. If you think you might have employees, they’re employees. If you think you are cutting it close, they’re employees. If you’re operating in the gray area, they’re employees. When I first started my company, we worked with a lawyer to set up contracts with 20 independent contractors. This was great for two years until suddenly the government audited our contractors and found that they were all employees. Despite fitting almost every single independent contractor requirement, one tiny discrepancy caused us to get fined. We had to pay back taxes and fines going back two years, and halt business until we got everyone switched over. It’s not worth the risk! —Vanessa Van Edwards, Science of PeopleConsider Potential Conflict With Other CompaniesUber faced a backlash that may have been unexpected, but could have been predicted and maybe even prevented. If your business involves commandeering customers from other companies, consider how you can tailor your business to better coexist within the current industry. —Andrew Namminga, AndesignUnderstand Who Your Customer IsAs the W-2/1099 debate wages on, it is important that you define who your real customer is. Uber has made a case that their customers are the livery drivers and not the passengers. Entrepreneurs really need to make sure they have a concrete reasoning as to who their customer is, in cases where they may be in a gray area. —Reza Chowdhury, AlleyWatchCreate A Solid Process For Vetting Your PartnersI feel that ensuring the safety of customers is a major issue for these types of companies. If Uber sends out a driver with a criminal record who ends up assaulting a customer, you can bet that customer’s going to blame Uber. So, as Uber, you need to be prepared to spend the time and money to fully vet your partners in a way that instills customer security and confidence. —Alexandra Levit, Inspiration at WorkOperate With Scrappy FiercenessStarting a business in the on-demand economy is a balancing act. On the one hand, prepare to be persistent. Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, calls this “scrappy fierceness.” Every day, you will have to make decisions and fight for your startup’s survival. You’re not going to make it by going about things in a conventional way. On the other hand, if you get into the new spaces of the sharing economy and grow large enough, you’re going to end up dealing with legislation and public policy. This might sound like a lot of headache-inducing bureaucracy and red tape, but you are going to have to work with policy makers to a certain extent if you want to succeed. —Breanden Beneschott, ToptalConcentrate On The Supply SideEstablishing a healthy flow of suppliers is more important than generating demand. You have to make sure your value proposition for suppliers is good enough that people are eager to sign up for your platform. Since suppliers—people who rent out their house, their car, their services, or their products—often put more time into the transaction, you have to focus on attracting and engaging them. If your value proposition works, then finding demand for your services should be easy. If you’re not doing enough for people to perceive value in supplying that demand, then no amount of marketing or consumer outreach will solve the problem. —Jared Brown, HubstaffEnsure Both Sides Of The Marketplace Are EvenWhen you create a two-sided marketplace, you must ensure it is well outlined and stays consistently balanced on each side. This remains the hardest aspect of breaking into a two-sided marketplace. This will be a constant balancing act of consumer and client growth. If one side becomes larger than the other, it’s time to reevaluate your business plan. —Jayna Cooke, EventupMeet Regulation With AutomationStartups often face tax hurdles. You can smooth a lot of friction if you develop a system that manages and advances the logistics of both tax collection and payment. After initially resisting the idea that it should collect local hotel taxes, Airbnb started collecting these taxes and, in some cities, it’s making it easier for their hosts to file those taxes. It was a true win-win situation—the cities make more money, and Airbnb now has an advantage over newer startups that might spring up to offer shared accommodations, but can’t handle the tax implications. The move was reminiscent of Apple’s idea that people only stole music because it wasn’t easy to pay for a digital single. —Jere Simpson, KitewireConnect With Your Business LawyerThe legal and regulatory environment we operate in is changing as rapidly as the businesses themselves. It’s impossible as an entrepreneur to stay abreast of all the intricacies and shifts, so rely on your experts. Cultivating relationships with lawyers, accountants and advisors can be very beneficial as a business owner. If you’re making critical decisions about your business, take the time to sit down with these experts and get their input. Set yourself up for success by avoiding legal and regulatory pitfalls from day one. —Robert De Los Santos, Sky High Party RentalsPhotoillustration by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite scott gerberlast_img read more

Roger Stone apologizes to judge for Instagram post about her

first_img(AP) – President Donald Trump’s longtime confidant Roger Stone has apologized to the judge presiding over his criminal case for an Instagram post featuring a photo of her with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun.Stone and his lawyers filed a notice Monday night saying Stone recognized “the photograph and comment today was improper and should not have been posted.”Earlier Monday, Stone posted a photo of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson with what appeared to be crosshairs near her head.Stone later said that the picture had been “misinterpreted” and that any suggestion he intended to threaten Jackson was “categorically false.”Stone is charged with lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering related to discussions he had during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks. He has denied guilt.last_img read more

Data Center Crisis – Part 3 – Getting Dense

first_imgThis is part three – the implication being that it is a sequel to part one and part two. It is. That said, each of the sections have their own messages and may or may not help your data center. The first part talked about the benefits of bringing in the latest hardware. Intel has been delivering performance increases at a pace beyond “Moore’s Law”. Getting rid of old, slow, inefficient servers can give you 2-12 times the capacity instantly. The second “episode” talked about getting everything you can from each server. Use virtualization and consolidation to make sure your servers are full and busy. The most efficient bus is a full bus ( this is a metaphor, I am talking about the big yellow things carrying students, not the circuitry in the box )My focus in part three is on density. My operating premise is that the data center manager wants to get everything out of the current data center and avoid, or at least defer, construction of a new data center. If your in the data center construction business, this is not for you. To get the most out of our data center we want to pack every server we can power into the space. You can do this by executing three actions. 1) Use every watt, 2) Build the right servers, and 3) Optimize HVAC. In many cases twice the servers can be crammed into the existing rack space even without adding power. If you are able to redirect your hvac power savings to your racks, your results could be even better.So, we potentially got 5x capacity from new quad core servers, 5x capacity from boosting utilization with consolidation, and 2x capacity with higher density. My math says 5x * 5x * 2x = 50x the capacity ( in the same space and power!) videolast_img read more

Identity and Access in an Increasingly Fragmented Environment

first_imgThis blog is part 2 of 7 in a series focused on mobile security in the enterprise. For a full report, please click here.Which 4th Gen Intel® Core™ processor best fits your business needs? Click here to use our convenient comparison tool.For more conversations about IT Center and mobile security, click on the hashtags below:#itcenter #security Hardware-Based AuthenticationIntel vPro processor technology offers two-factor authentication that provides a simple way for web sites and business networks to validate that an actual user—not malware—is logging in from a trusted PC. This hardware-based support helps protect enterprise access points while reducing costs and complexity over traditional hardware-token or smart-card methods.For example, Intel Identity Protection Technology (Intel IPT) delivers hardware-secured VPN access by incorporating private keys, one-time password (OTP) tokens, and public key infrastructure (PKI) certificates. By eliminating the need for a separate physical token, it streamlines the VPN login process and, more importantly, ensures that the PCs accessing your VPN are those assigned to your employees. Because the credentials are secured inside the platform, the information cannot be compromised or removed from a particular PC. In today’s mobile business environment, strengthening and streamlining authentication is a critical part of protecting your network. Whether you’re securing VPN access or protecting access to software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, a simple username and password solution is no longer enough. Many organizations have long deployed powerful authentication solutions using tokens or smart cards, or via software-only provisioning. However, recent data breaches have exposed vulnerabilities even with these baseline forms of account protection.last_img read more

The High Stakes Game of Health Data Analytics

first_imgPaid content supplied by John LynnWe’ve all had the experience where our smart phone or a consumer email list sends us an alert “customized to our preferences” that misses the mark. Experiences like these and many others teach us that we should be careful about how we use and trust data since the data could be wrong. That’s an extremely important lesson for healthcare as we enter a new world of healthcare reimbursement where what we get paid will largely be driven by data.  Done correctly, healthcare will lower costs, improve care, and better serve even the most vulnerable patients on the back of high quality data analytics. Done incorrectly, healthcare will treat the wrong patients, increase costs and miss helping the patients that need healthcare the most.  This is the high stakes game of health data analytics.Healthcare is currently being engulfed by data from every angle.  While this is extremely challenging, we’re seeing examples of successfully using the data to improve healthcare. For example, one university medical center used predictive analytics developed from a dataset of over 250,000 patient admissions to create an early warning system which can identify high-risk hospital ward patients and improve ICU triage decisions as much as 48 hours in advance. This is why healthcare data analytics is so important and essential to the future of healthcare.  The right data analytics at the right place at the right time is going to save lives and money.Stan Huff, CMIO at Intermountain, likes to share an experienceOpens in a new window they had in their hospital. When evaluating different treatments for patients at their hospital they found that one treatment would cause problems in 4 in 100 patients while an alternate treatment would only cause problems in 3 in 100 patients.  It turns out that the human mind can’t comprehend a difference in quality of 4 in 100 versus 3 in 100. However, computers can tell that difference.  This is the heart of health data analytics and illustrates why we need appropriately research health data analytics to assist in care.The challenge is that there are thousands of treatments, protocols, approaches, analytics, etc that need to be tested and evaluated for their efficacy. No one organization will be able to evaluate every healthcare analytic out there. We’re going to need to create a way to share health data analytics findings across organizations so that everyone benefits.We’re starting to see this type of sharing happening between healthcare organizations. Some organizations are doing it in an open source manner on the back of the FHIR protocol where any organization can take their work and implement it in their organization. Others are creating commercial platforms where a healthcare organization’s research can be commercialized and shared with other organizations. Both models can work, but we need hundreds and thousands of more organizations and people involved in this health data research and sharing if we really want to extract all of the benefits health data analytics can provide.  While cognitive computing and neural networks is showing promise, we still need humans to assist in the process.What’s particularly interesting about this high stakes “game” of healthcare data analytics is that those that are most successful are going to define what the future of healthcare will look like. Health data scientists’ analytics discoveries are going to create a standard of care that will be required of every healthcare organization.  It could literally be considered malpractice for someone to practice medicine contrary to what the health data says about a patient. Sure, there will be exceptions to the data analytic, but there will have to be some strong mitigating reasons to ignore the analytics and proceed down a different care path.The beauty of health data analytics is that we have a tremendous opportunity to improve care and lower healthcare costs. The scary part of health data analytics is that we could get it wrong and patients could lose their lives.last_img read more

China opens unique free electron laser facility

first_imgMost of the FEL user facilities now operating in Europe and the United States produce “hard” x-ray laser beams, with wavelengths down to 0.1 nanometers, ideal for studying crystallized proteins and other solids. But the beams are so powerful “they break up molecules” in gases, says Yang Xueming, a physical chemist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’s (CAS’s) Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, which hosts the new machine. A laser in the vacuum ultraviolet range—the Dalian facility will cover 50–150 nanometers—“has a soft touch,” he says, making it “the best way to detect molecules and atoms in a gas.” He expects researchers to use the FEL pulses to probe what happens during fuel combustion, how biomolecules behave in gases, and how reactions proceed at solid-gas interfaces. Some experiments could have a very practical payoff, he says: a better understanding of how noxious aerosols—a component of smog that plagues cities like Beijing and New Delhi—form and degrade in the atmosphere.Wodtke is getting in line to use the facility. He is negotiating an agreement with CAS under which he and his Max Planck colleagues can work at the Dalian light source. The project’s promoters “were very clever” to recognize the gap in FEL capabilities, he says. “I am very enthusiastic about it.”More Chinese FEL facilities are on the way. Wang Dong, an accelerator physicist at the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics in China, which was a partner on the Dalian project, says the institute’s new “soft” x-ray FEL produced its first light last week and expects to open to users in about 2 years. Now, the Shanghai institute is planning China’s own hard x-ray FEL. China is joining the elite club of countries that have equipped researchers with the potent sources of high-energy photons called free electron lasers (FELs). The Dalian Coherent Light Source, whose completion was announced today in Beijing, has a twist that makes it unique: It is the only large laser light source in the world dedicated to the particular range of short-wavelength light called vacuum ultraviolet, which makes it “a new tool for the detection and analysis of molecules undergoing chemical reactions,” says Alec Wodtke, a physical chemist at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and the University of Göttingen in Germany..Scientists around the world have rushed to build FELs over the past decade because they produce vastly brighter light, in shorter pulses, than synchrotrons, the particle accelerators that have been the workhorses of protein crystallography and cell biology and materials science. In synchrotrons, electrons go whizzing around a storage ring a kilometer or more in circumference. As their paths bend, the electrons throw off photons that are formed into beams.In contrast, FELs fire electrons from a linear accelerator into an undulator, in which magnets of alternating polarity push and pull the electrons along a sinuous path. As the electrons round each bend, they produce photons. Interactions between the electrons and the accumulating photons as they travel through the undulator generate coherent laser light (Science, 10 May 2002, p. 1008).Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

How bighorn sheep use crowdsourcing to find food on the hoof

first_img By Elizabeth PennisiSep. 6, 2018 , 2:00 PM How bighorn sheep use crowdsourcing to find food on the hoof If you’re a hungry human, you’re probably in luck: Crowdsourced apps like Yelp can help you find food in a pinch. But what if you’re a bighorn sheep? A new study shows how these grazers get food on the hoof—even as their “restaurants” shift from location to location.Each spring, a green wave of plants rolls over the world’s temperate zones, as new growth pops up from south to north—and from lower to higher elevations. Biologists have long debated whether the following herds of grazers are born with these migration maps built into their brains or whether they have to learn the route from the rest of the herd.To find out, scientists studied the seasonal movements of three groups of grazers: bighorn sheep that had been in the same location for centuries, sheep and moose that had been relocated to their current grazing grounds between 10 and 110 years earlier, and sheep that had just recently been moved to a new grazing location. The researchers outfitted them with GPS collars and followed their movements as they migrated, comparing them to the richness of the vegetation along their routes, as measured by satellite data.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)They found that the first group excelled at following the green wave of new growth. Sheep and moose in the second group had varying levels of success. And animals in the third group didn’t migrate at all, but ate what they could where they were.It was the movements of the second group that were the most telling: The longer the sheep or moose had been at these new locations, the better they became at following the green wave, the researchers report today in Science.The researchers also found that other factors, such as crowding, habitat loss, or increased predation did not strongly affect the tendency to migrate, suggesting that knowledge alone, either learned from others or gained by experience, helped the sheep take advantage of new growth. That suggests culture plays a vital role in how grazers find food, and that once such knowledge is lost—unlike old Yelp reviews—it may take decades to resurface.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi on National Herald case: Govt can do whatever it wants

first_imgThe National Herald case is nothing but a political vendetta, Rahul Gandhi said today while responding to reporters during his day-long Puducherry visit.”I absolutely see a political vendetta. I will answer them in Parliament. The Centre thinks they can stop me from asking questions about them by vendetta politics. That is not going to happen,” the Congress vice-president told reporters as he arrived in the rain-ravaged region to meet the affected people.Earlier, a Delhi court granted exemption to both Rahul and Sonia Gandhi from appearing before it for trial in the National Herald cheating and misappropriation case. The court, however, asked the Congress leaders to appear before it on December 19.Angered over the court’s decision on Monday asking Sonia and Rahul to face trial in the case, Congress members on Tuesday paralysed proceeding in Parliament. Congress MPs called it a vendetta politics and protested in Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha leading to repeated adjournments of both houses.As soon as proceedings began in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Congress members stormed the well, shouting slogans against the government. They refusing to heed to repeated appeals from Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to return to their seats and let the house function.”Down with dictatorship… Vendetta politics won’t work,” Congress members shouted in Lok Sabha in the presence of part chief Sonia Gandhi.last_img read more

India, Brunei ink 3 agreements; endorse code of conduct on SCS

first_imgFrom Zafri Mudasser NofilBandar Seri Begawan, Feb 2 (PTI) India and Brunei today emphasised the need for a peaceful solution to the South China Sea issue through discussions as Vice President Hamid Ansari held wide-ranging talks with the top leadership here, with the two sides signing three agreements including on defence.India and resource-rich Brunei were on the same page during discussions Ansari held with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and crown prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Secretary (East), External Affairs Ministry, Anil Wadhwa told reporters here.”Brunei briefed us on discussions taking place between ASEAN and China on evolving a code of conduct. They feel that the issue should not be internationalised to an extent where talks will reach a breaking point.”We agreed to their view that ASEAN and China should proceed together on basis of consensus to evolve a code of conduct,” he said.During Ansaris visit to the fourth largest producer of LNG in the world, the two countries decided to boost defence ties by conducting joint military exercises and signed three agreements in the field of health, and youth and sports affairs, besides defence.In the defence sector, the two countries agreed for bilateral cooperation through exchange of visits at different levels; exchange of experience, information, training and trainers; conduct of joint military exercises, seminars and discussions; and cooperation between the defence industries.India is in favour of freedom of navigation and over- flight in the South China Sea region, rich in natural resources and a major shipping lane. Over half of the worlds commercial shipping passes through the Indo-Pacific waterways including one-third of the worlds liquefied natural gas.advertisementChina claims the South China Sea and 90 per cent of the islands including major shipping lanes that dot it. Brunei, along with other ASEAN members like Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam, has been also staking claims in the South China Sea.Indias plan to activate a new data reception and tracking station in Vietnam received flak from Chinese media which see it as an attempt by New Delhi to “stir up trouble” in the disputed region to serve its own ends.Brunei has been advocating for full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea to further build trust and confidence among claimants.The two sides also discussed the menace of terrorism and on exchanging information to deal with it.”The use or misuse of technology in spreading terror was discussed and also the importance that should be attached for cooperation in this sector including exchange of information,” the official said. (MORE) PTI ZMN SAI AKJ SAIlast_img read more

New research: How to reach your donors’ heads along with their hearts

first_imgToday, Hope Consulting and GuideStar release the second part of the Money for Good research, and it’s packed with fascinating findings.* Going into giving season, it provides useful insights into influencing donors’ donation decision making.The goal of this study was to determine if and how it’s possible to direct more charitable dollars to high-performing nonprofits. The authors of the study believe this is an especially important aim right now. With giving down overall, we need donations directed to where they will accomplish the most good.The challenge is that most donors don’t spend much time thinking about nonprofit effectiveness. They are loyal to their favorite causes, and they are quite satisfied with the work those organizations do. They give for personal, emotional reasons rather than ratings. Earlier research by Hope found individuals research only about one-third of their donations, and they almost never do it to find the “best” organization. Advisors and grantmakers do far more research than individuals but are similar in that the relative rating of a nonprofit isn’t usually the determining factor for funding. Is it possible to change this? Hope set out to find out with new research on over 5,000 donors and 1,500 advisors and foundation grant-makers. They determined that moving just 5% of donations will lead to a $15B impact, and they believe that scale of change is possible.The researchers say donors, advisors and grantmakers do care about what difference their charities make and would like better information on impact, financials, legitimacy, and organizations as a whole. According to the research, these audiences profess to want a Consumer Reports or Morningstar for nonprofits, with several dimensions to any rating rather than simple seals of approval. Of course there isn’t a single source of this quality of information on all charities right now, though there are many organizations like GuideStar, Charity Navigator, Great Nonprofits, GiveWell and others who rate some charities on various different dimensions.Donors specifically state:— They want a broad range of information on nonprofits’ impact, financials, and legitimacy.— They want data provided in transparent formats or portals that provide them with several pieces of information. They prefer these formats more than 2:1 to simple seals or ratings.— They want this information from third-party portals that provide information on nonprofits. Specifically, 53 percent of donors want to use such sites, though few know they exist today; and— Of all the information they are looking for, impact and effectiveness data are seen as the greatest unmet need for each group – and the most urgent need for the sector.So what is your highly effective nonprofit to do? Here’s my opinion. When it comes to individual donors – who account for two-thirds of giving — the right brain decides and the left brain justifies. Donors are compelled by the heart but want approval by the head before giving. By showing why your nonprofit will do a great job making a difference, you ensure engagement with both sides of the donor mind.I agree with Greg Ulrich, an author of the study, who says: “We found that donors want a range of information provided very transparently. Giving is ultimately an emotional and personal decision, and this keeps the power in the donors’ hands.”Here is some further advice from the authors of the study.– Donors are pressed for time, so giving them what they need – and not what they don’t – is more critical than ever. They look to you first for information on your organization.– Explain your impact clearly and transparently along with how you use money, your legitimacy, and your mission. You can shift the conversation from overhead to these more important considerations.– Make sure your GuideStar report is up to date! It is another key source of information for donors.– Seek out reviews from organizations like Charity Navigator and Philanthropedia, and then show them off on your homepages and in your solicitations. Place this positive information where donors are looking for it.– Donors are all different, so get to know your supporters and connect on what they care about most.You can review the full study here.(Full disclosure: I was on the advisory committee for the study but my enthusiasm for the study is independent of that role.)GuideStar and Hope Consulting – Money For Good IIlast_img read more

Rivals Sindhu, Saina train at separate academies ahead of hectic schedule

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 5 (PTI) Fierce rivals on court, badminton stars Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu are training at separate academies of national coach Pullela Gopichand ever since their epic Commonwealth Games summit clash in Gold Coast, eager to ensure that neither of them gets a whiff of the other’s strategies and improvisations. Both are still under the aegis of national coach Pullela Gopichand, who is dividing his time at two of his academies to train his most famous proteges. The development is a direct fallout of the CWG singles showdown in which Saina got the better of Sindhu in a gruelling contest. “Sindhu was not comfortable training at the new academy. Since it is an individual sport, there will always be competition, so to hold on to her own tactics, she decided to train at the old academy after the Commonwealth Games,” Sindhu’s father PV Ramana told PTI. “If they train together, both will be able to gauge each other’s weaknesses and also how fit the other is, what each is working on, what difficulties they are facing. “It is similar to how Saina had left the academy and trained under Vimal Kumar and then she again came back to the Gopichand academy after three years,” he added. Gopichand’s second training centre is about half a kilometre away from the old one. The players have been training at the new academy since it became operational a few years ago. Asked about Sindhu’s training schedule and how she is managing her sparring partners, Ramana said: “Gopi trains her in morning from 7 to 8:30 and then two Indonesian coaches make her play. Then there are junior boys and doubles players. So I don’t think sparring is a problem.advertisement “As a sportsperson, you know what you want after a certain level. They are all mature players now, they know their mistakes and evolve their strategies.” The Gold Coast loss was Sindhus third successive against the Saina, following defeats at the 2017 National championship final and 2018 Indonesia Open quarterfinal. Rio Olympic Games silver-medallist Sindhu had to skip the mixed team event due to an ankle strain suffered ahead of the Commonwealth Games and played only the individual event at Gold Coast. Asked if she was 100 percent in the final, Ramana said: “If you are on court, you are 100 percent. There will always be problems but you can’t give any excuses. Sindhu knows that win or loss is not permanent. It is a part and parcel of life and so one shouldn’t boast or give excuses.” “She is fully fit now. We are taking care of her fitness. Sindhu’s physio Gayatri Shetty is also working with her. So her training is going on well. “She will play the Malaysian Open this month and then Indonesia and Thailand but will skip the Singapore Open to train for World Championship in China before heading to the Asian Games,” added the Arjuna Awardee, who was part of the Indian volleyball team which won a bronze medal at the 1986 Asian Games. PTI ATK PM PM PMlast_img read more

2015 Watch Guide: Week 2

first_imgThat Michigan schedule isn’t a joke, man. OU-Tennessee will be fun as well. And Oregon-Michigan State should be thrilling. I’ve got Sparty there. Here’s this weekend’s schedule courtesy of Ryan Hartwig.Weekend Watch Guide – Week 2 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Anthony Joshua faces biggest threat to dominance in Alexander Povetkin

first_img Read more Anthony Joshua There was speculation this week that Joshua, who went to school in Nigeria, might fight Wilder in a nostalgic reprise of the Ali-Foreman Rumble In The Jungle. This is a notion that needs leavening by history and contemporary reality.Don King engineered that 1974 craziness in Zaire in a one-off gamble with the ruthless dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko, with the assistance of the late John Daly, who came from a south London boxing family and went on to fame and fortune as a Hollywood financier and film producer. Without the magic of Ali, however, it would not have happened. /sport/2017/may/15/the-recap-sign-up-for-the-best-of-the-guardians-sport-coverage Daly, whose screen triumphs included The Terminator, was well known to Eddie Hearn’s father, Barry, having failed to deliver the infamous 1994 High Noon In Hong Kong promotion for him when no purses were forthcoming for fights involving Frank Bruno, Ray Mercer, Herbie Hide, Tommy Morrison, Steve Collins and Billy Schwer. None got paid. Daly blamed his partner, Bob Arum. Plus ça change – but the elder Hearn knows better than most the perils of overreaching in exotic surroundings away from venues that guarantee large revenues. And, if further evidence were needed that Rumble II is a fantasy project, Povetkin provided it when asked if he would like to entice Joshua to Moscow for a rematch in the event of winning on Saturday night.“I would be thrilled to fight here again,” he said, suppressing a smile. Of course he would. He is earning £6m, more than he has seen for any of his 35 fights. That revenue is possible because Wembley will resound to the roar of 80,000 fans, and the pay-per-view on Sky will probably top one million hits. Those numbers are not remotely available from the governments of Nigeria and Ghana, who are Joshua’s latest suitors. Eddie would do well to resist the call of the jungle.Indeed, it is likely that Joshua, who has an iron grip on his finances and the direction of his career, will decide to spend much of the rest of his career fighting at Wembley Stadium. A pay-per-view bonanza in Las Vegas is the only alternative that would drag him away from his home city.Matchroom, incidentally, has booked Wembley Stadium for 13 April 2019 but it will be empty unless the fear of losing gets Joshua past Povetkin. He should do so inside 10 rounds. Share via Email Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook The prospect of defeat simultaneously excites and frightens Anthony Joshua, as it does most boxers. But it is different for heavyweights, where uncertainty is built into every punch, and the unbeaten four-belt world champion knows that at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night Alexander Povetkin will provide the biggest threat to his dominance since Wladimir Klitschko knocked him down in the same ring 18 months ago.The Ukrainian had not long turned 42, at the end of a decade of hegemony shared intermittently with his older brother, Vitali. Joshua’s Russian challenger is 39 and the champion, a mere 28, acknowledges he is “the second hardest” opponent of his career after Klitschko, the only fighter to beat Povetkin. There is much at stake. Joshua, whose last four fights have been in front of 300,000 fans in the nation’s two biggest football stadiums – numbers that were unimaginable for even the sport’s most decorated champions of the past – is the No 1 individual box-office draw in the history of British sport. Nobody comes close.And he brings with him not only the belts sanctioned by the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO but the expectations of millions that the gilded tale of the ever-smiling Olympic champion and reformed street kid from Watford will not end just yet. Ramping up his heartbeat will be the jangling nerves he needs to deliver on those hopes.Joshua loves a thrill, from paragliding in Brazil, to scaling seaside cliffs with Bear Grylls, to the loud roar of motorbikes. “I remember growing up around the estate,” he says, “a couple of boys had, like, little quad bikes, 50cc. It was a buzz. I like bungee jumping, going around race tracks in cars, high-speed stuff. There was the hang glider in Rio. That was baaad!“The buzz from boxing is so different. You think about the fear of losing more. When I’m on the bike I don’t think about the fear of falling off, it’s just speed, speed, speed. In boxing it’s not, like, go, go, go. It’s, like, I don’t want to make a mistake. I don’t want to fall off. It’s weird.“That fear of losing is always there. Sugar Ray Robinson, the best fighter of all time, lost. Sugar Ray Leonard. Marvin Hagler. Thomas Hearns. Roberto Durán, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe. What?“People say, ‘He ain’t nothing like Riddick Bowe’. So who am I to go undefeated? But I am content with it because I know those nights of negativity don’t define me. I have lost before as an amateur and that didn’t deter me from getting where I am today.” Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. features He adds: “The reality is, why is the heavyweight division interesting? Because one punch can change the course of a fight. You are in there for 12 rounds. At first I thought, ‘Is Povetkin a good fight?’ Because now I am caught up in the commercial hype. But scrap all that. I’m up against one of the best fighters in the world. We’re not talking about Great Britain, this is the world. He’s a top-three fighter in the world. So I have got to be on my A game.”And convention dictates that Joshua must wear his mask of invincibility going into battle. “I am the best in the division,” he says. “There is no doubt about it. It’s been proven. There hasn’t been a time in boxing since I’ve been an amateur that I haven’t been on top. At whatever level I was at I have always been able to get to the top.”While the golden rule of the business is never to look beyond the next fight, the landscape is opening up for Joshua on ever widening fronts. The temptation is to reach out across the waters, to spread the word, gloss the brand, bank the cash. Best estimates suggest Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion, will re-enter negotiations for a unification fight next year if he beats Tyson Fury, an intriguing contest yet to be confirmed. Dillian Whyte wants a rematch. Fury wants his showdown. And the odds are any or all of these fights will be at Wembley. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Boxing Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin: how the fight could pan out Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Analyst Names 3 Big Coaches For The USC Football Job

first_imgUSC's cheerleaders with their pompoms at their sides.LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 17: The USC Trojans Song Girls perform in the game with the Syracuse Orangemen at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 38-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)The USC football head coaching job hasn’t opened up yet, but many are expecting it to following the Trojans’ loss to UCLA on Saturday afternoon.USC fell below .500 with the loss on Saturday, now needing to upset Notre Dame next weekend in order to get bowl eligibility.The Clay Helton era in Los Angeles appears to be coming to an end. Most are expecting USC to make a change in head coach following the season.Who should USC target if a change is made?One college football analyst has made a suggestion.“If I’m them, I call James Franklin, Kyle Whittingham and Matt Campbell and do whatever it takes to get one of those three,” USA TODAY’s Dan Wolken tweeted.Plaschke raises the point that will be so crucial here: USC needs to look outside the family. But who? If I’m them, I call James Franklin, Kyle Whittingham and Matt Campbell and do whatever it takes to get one of those three— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 18, 2018Franklin appears to be happy at Penn State, though maybe a ton of USC money could entice him. Whittingham, meanwhile, could be interested in making the jump from Utah. And Campbell is certainly deserving of a bigger job, though he’s also being linked to NFL openings.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Four Additional Bulk Carriers for China Navigation

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Swireshipping, November 22, 2013 Print  Close zoom On 15 th November, The China Navigation Company confirmed an order for four additional 39,000dwt B.Delta37 handysize bulk carriers to be built at Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Ouhua), Zhoushan, China.This latest order brings the total number of Deltamarin designed vessels ordered by CNCo to twenty four, with sixteen orders already placed at Chengxi Shipyard and now eight at Ouhua.This order represents the continuation of the successful collaboration between CNCo and Ouhua on several newbuilding projects including 8 x 31,000dwt “SClass” multipurpose vessels (delivery 2013/2014) and 4 x 22,000dwt “Chief Class” multipurpose vessels (delivery 2015).Ouhua has already successfully delivered 5 of the “S Class” multipurpose vessels to Swire Shipping, CNCo’s liner shipping division. The vessels in service are proving to be of high quality, demonstrating the shipbuilding capabilities of Ouhua. Tim Blackburn, CNCo’s Managing Director commented “CNCo is very pleased to be strengthening our partnership with Ouhua and we look forward to collaborating again on the B.Delta37 project.”This order follows the successful completion of the sea trials for MV Wuchang and MV Wuchow. All 24 B.Delta37s will be deployed in CNCo’s dry bulk division, Swire Bulk, and will operate on a worldwide basis. My locationlast_img read more

Oil Leak Contained at MV Miner Site

first_imgOn-site workers acted quickly to contain an oil leak during the final stages of removing the wreck of the MV Miner off Scatarie Island. The leak happened Sunday, May 17. “Thankfully, the contractor already had preventative actions in place and contained the spill immediately,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. “No heavy oil got past the containment oil booms and the lobster fishery is not affected. I’m very grateful for their quick work and especially for their pro-active measures to contain the leak.” The contractor, RJ MacIsaac Construction, was planning to remove the last remaining engine from the wreck site. Because it was a large ocean-going engine, the company expected oil could be an environmental risk and took appropriate preventive measures. Divers videoed the remaining wreckage and a comprehensive plan to contain any oil leak was prepared. Oil containment booms were placed around the wreckage and oil absorption materials were on-site before trying to remove the engine. Once it became clear a leak had happened the containment plan was implemented. “Without the controlled salvage of the vessel and implementation of an adequate oil-containment plan, the oil would now be released into local fishing grounds,” said Mr. MacLellan. “This is further evidence that removing the MV Miner from the protected shores of Scatarie was the right thing to do. The cost of this additional contamination removal effort will be added to the bill we’ll be submitting to the federal government.” The Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada were notified of the leak and the information was shared with the Main-à-Dieu Community Development Association. As a standard precaution, the Coast Guard is monitoring the area by air for signs of oil. About 800 liters of oil was collected and contained from the leak. The final cost to contain the oil leak is not yet determined.last_img read more

Fargo Season 3 set to film at Calgary elementary school April 17

first_imgA variety of trucks and vans used in the show and labelled “Meeker County Forensics” could be seen parked in the area Friday afternoon. The vehicles arrived Thursday and are set to pull out Monday between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.By Erika Tucker LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Calgary fans of the TV series Fargo should be on the lookout Easter Monday as filming is set to take place in the Mayland Heights neighbourhood.The third season of Fargo stars Ewan McGregor as brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy.A notice to local residents from Calgary Economic Development says the filming will primarily take place at Mayland Heights School on Maunsell Drive N.E. and there will be a number of “no parking” areas as a result. Facebook Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more