a month agoLeicester defender Evans: Newcastle will be tough

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester defender Evans: Newcastle will be toughby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Jonny Evans expects a tough “challenge” against Newcastle United.Evans believes Newcastle will adopt the same gameplan that earned the Magpies victory last time out for their upcoming fixture. He said: “Our experience of Newcastle last year was that they sat in and defended deep, and we found it difficult to break them down.“That was a challenge that when the manager came to the club, he wanted to help us in that aspect – of setting our team up and being able to work teams that are going to sit in against us, which is becoming quite a common theme.Newcastle did that very well against us last year, so I think they’ll come with the same game plan.” last_img read more

CP Rail train operators on strike signal workers reach agreement

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian Pacific Rail’s more than 3,000 train operators walked off the job late Tuesday night while a second group of workers reached a tentative contract settlement with the rail company.The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said its workers walked out at 10 p.m. EDT as negotiations continued with the assistance of federal mediators.That announcement came just minutes after CP Rail said a tentative deal had been reached with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 360 signalling workers who were also poised to walk off the job at 10 p.m.The Teamsters said the strike by its members began despite “best efforts to reach a negotiated settlement,” adding it is “willing to remain at the bargaining table during the strike.”It also said commuter train services in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are operated by Bombardier, not Canadian Pacific, and Teamster members who operate trains in those cities are Bombardier employees and will not go on strike.As a result, said the Teamsters, commuter train services would not be affected by the walkout.Via, however, had already cancelled passenger rail service starting Tuesday morning in Ontario between Sudbury and White River.CP Rail has said it will use qualified management staff to handle signalling and switching tasks so trains can continue to operate.However, the strike could force the railroad to shut down its freight service at a particularly bad time for grain farmers. Shippers had said they expected talks would fail, resulting in the third CP Rail strike since 2012.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier in the day that the federal government would not be rushed into introducing back-to-work legislation, preferring instead to employ various levers to motivate both sides to reach a settlement.Trudeau also said his government would not do as the Conservatives did and favour employers.“Quite frankly, we have companies that have gotten used to the fact that in certain industries, the government in the past was very quick to legislate against unions,” Trudeau said during a conference in Toronto.“We are not going to do that.”If eventually forced to intervene, said Trudeau, the Liberal government won’t be giving the advantage to employers.Even before the strike began, the livelihoods of Canadian grain farmers were already threatened because shipping was severely disrupted over the past winter due to extreme cold.“You always hope for a miracle but we’re pretty sure there’s going to be a stoppage,” said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association, which represents the country’s largest exporters.He said there was little that could be done to prepare other than to notify farmers that deliveries will have to be rescheduled and tell overseas customers they could receive late shipments.“We’re just coming off of a year where we had poor rail service even though we didn’t have a work stoppage and we are trying to maintain relationships with our customers,” he added.The train operators voted 94 per cent in favour of strike action to back their contract demands in early April and voted 98 per cent to reject CP’s final offer last Friday.Both unions gave the railway notice over the weekend that they plan to walk off the job to support contract demands.— Companies in this story:(TSX:CP, TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

Expedite auction of mines with explored mineral reserves Ficci

first_imgNew Delhi: Industry body Ficci has called for expediting auctions of mineral blocks with known or explored reserves, highlighting that the average of such sales has nosedived to around 15 mines per year after the amendment in the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act. The chamber in a presentation to Niti Aayog stated that “around 300-400 minerals concessions per year used to be allotted prior to 2015 which has reduced on an average to around 15 per year post-amendment in the Act (MMDR Act in 2015)”. It recommended that auctions should “be expedited for areas with known/explored mineral reserves.” According to sources, officials from Rio Tinto, Tata Steel, Vedanta and apex mineral body Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) among others who were part of the presentation. However, for areas with no or minimal known/explored mineral reserves, it said the first-cum first-served system must be adopted with the provision of first right of refusal for granting mining lease, Ficci said. To ensure transparency in the mineral sector, the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill was passed by Parliament in 2015.last_img read more

28 pc polling in 8 Lok Sabha seats of MP till noon

first_imgBhopal: An average 28.01 per cent voter turnout was recorded till Sunday noon in eight Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh, an election official said. Voting was underway since 7 am in a peaceful manner in Bhopal, Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Vidisha and Rajgarh constituencies in the third phase of elections in the state, state Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao said. “During mock poll conducted before the actual voting began, 30 to 40 electronic voting machines (EVMs) were changed because of some technical problems,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The voting figures till noon were: Morena 24.29 per cent, Bhind 21.99 per cent, Gwalior 22.96 per cent, Guna 34.11 per cent, Sagar 30.3 per cent, Vidisha 33.8 per cent, Bhopal 26.15 per cent and Rajgarh 32.39 per cent, he said. Long queues were seen at several booths across the eight constituencies, he said. In Bhopal, Congress veteran Digvijay Singh is locked in a battle with BJP candidate and 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia is seeking a re-election from Guna seat, where he cast his vote at a booth early in the morning. His opponent is BJP’s K P Yadav, who is contesting his first parliamentary election. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who is the sitting MP from Gwalior, is contesting from Morena seat this time. Altogether 138 candidates, including 14 women, are in the fray for these eight Lok Sabha seats, of which seven were won by the BJP in 2014. Total 18,141 polling booths have been set up where over 1.44 crore people, including 32,909 service voters, are eligible to exercise their franchise, the official said. Lok Sabha elections to 29 seats in the state are being held in four phases. The first (in six seats) and second phases (seven seats) were held on April 29 and May 6. Voting for the last phase in eight seats will be held on May 19 and counting of votes will take place on May 23.last_img read more

The Cubs Pitchers Are Making Their Own Luck

Midseason is rapidly approaching, and the Chicago Cubs are still making the rest of Major League Baseball look bad. They’re World Series favorites by a mile according to our Elo predictions — which also have them pegged for 104 wins — and they’ve outscored their opponents by an average of 2.3 runs per game, the most of any team through 70 games since the legendary 1939 Yankees.The Cubs have excelled on offense, scoring the third-most runs in the majors, but to an even greater degree the team owes its extreme success to run prevention. Chicago’s current 2.73 team ERA would be the lowest full-season1So, not counting the strike-shortened 1981 campaign. figure in the designated hitter era (since 1973), and the lowest relative to the MLB average since World War II.This Cubs staff is pretty good at making guys miss — it ranks fifth in the majors in K-BB rate — but that alone isn’t enough to explain such a microscopic ERA. Chicago has also allowed a .254 batting average on balls in play, 42 points below the major-league average and 19 points lower than the next-closest team. If the Cubs were to finish the year that far below the norm, their BABIP would also be the lowest relative to average since World War II. As a byproduct, the gap between Chicago’s ERA and its Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) is 0.64 runs, the widest positive gap in the majors.We know of three things that could contribute to such a separation. One is flat-out luck, but the others are a good defense and a pitching staff that induces especially fieldable batted balls. Prior to the advent of Statcast, MLB’s new radar-based motion-tracking system, it was almost impossible to separate the latter two elements, parsing out a pitcher’s impact on batted balls from that of his fellow defenders. But now we can start to unravel those relationships and assign partial credit to each possible factor at work.To do that, we built a couple of models. The first model estimated each MLB pitcher’s effect on the exit velocities and launch angles he allows by comparing his rates to the same hitters’ numbers against all other pitchers.2Specifically, we used two mixed models that incorporate effects for each batter, pitcher and park to predict exit velocity and launch angle. Because 20 to 25 percent of batted balls are missed by the tracking system, all models in this piece imputed missing Statcast data using the average of similarly classified batted balls and outcomes. Then we calculated what would happen if we replaced each team’s actual pitchers with a staff full of generic arms that allowed league-average exit velocities and launch angles. The difference between those actual and generic figures gives us a number of runs attributable to each pitching staff’s contact-management skills, i.e., its tendency to allow batted balls that do less damage.Next, we modeled fielding on a team-by-team basis by estimating how much each batted ball “should” have been worth (in terms of linear-weight run value) based on its exit velocity and launch angle.3This was a random forest model, as described in an earlier piece. Then we compared those estimated values to the actual values of the same batted balls.4Using a separate model to adjust for ballpark effects. If a batted ball with an exit velocity and launch angle that would typically produce a single actually yielded an out, the model credited some of the difference to the defense, which we assume prevented the single through some combination of good range, good hands and good positioning.Finally, we combined those two values into one total figure to see how many runs each team has saved on its balls in play, relative to a team with average contact-management and defense. TEAMFIELDINGPITCHINGTOTAL Angels-6.42.4-4.1 Braves3.1-5.4-2.4 Diamondbacks4.6-23.4-18.8 Reds1.8-49.9-48.1 Pirates-6.815.58.7 Dodgers2.927.330.2 Royals0.5-12.6-12.0 Cardinals6.413.419.8 RUNS SAVED Rangers18.5-6.212.3 Indians6.7-7.1-0.4 Nationals-3.816.312.6 Phillies-3.9-31.2-35.1 Marlins5.3-2.82.5 Twins-12.1-39.0-51.1 Yankees-11.215.84.6 Blue Jays14.16.520.6 Brewers-10.9-3.4-14.4 Giants6.717.524.2 Red Sox9.7-3.85.9 Padres2.4-9.2-6.8 White Sox3.125.428.5 Mariners-0.27.67.4 Cubs12.644.557.1 Mets-4.026.422.3 Rockies9.8-24.9-15.1 There’s a moderate, statistically significant relationship5A correlation coefficient of 0.44. between a team’s ERA-FIP gap and our estimate of its runs saved from contact management and defense. Add in sequencing (as measured by Left on Base Percentage), and we can explain about 60 percent of the difference between a team’s ERA and its FIP. The rest can be chalked up to random variation, plus a variety of smaller factors6Such as the way pitchers influence other batted-ball characteristics (i.e., spray angle), the tendency of good pitch-framing catchers — such as the Cubs’ Miguel Montero and David Ross — to produce more favorable counts and make batters swing at bad pitches (which can’t be hit as hard), and the ability of batters and pitchers to restrict the running game (the rare area in which the Cubs don’t excel). and, admittedly, other unknown elements that we can’t conceive of or are unable to calculate using current data.According to our models, the Cubs’ defense — aided perhaps by data-driven positioning, if not frequent infield shifting — has been the third-best in baseball, behind the Rangers and Blue Jays. But fielding is a relatively small piece of Chicago’s run-preventing puzzle. Its pitching staff’s collective ability to manage contact leads the next-best team by close to 20 runs. As a group, Cubs pitchers have depressed exit velocity by 0.4 miles per hour and launch angle by almost 2 degrees, relative to average.7As of June 19.That leads to a larger takeaway from our models: Leaguewide, the impact of pitchers’ contact management is more than twice that of defense, which seems to contradict the traditional defense-independent pitching theory that most pitchers have little ability to prevent hits on balls in play. (It’s probably no coincidence that the career leader in Inside Edge’s Soft Contact rate is fabled bat breaker Mariano Rivera.) In other words, much of what appears to be good or bad defense might really be good or bad contact management, which can produce easier (or more difficult) fielding opportunities that make certain fielders look better or worse than they are. In theory, only a Statcast-derived defensive stat could account for this heretofore-camouflaged effect.Exit velocity is meaningful even over small samples, but at this early stage of the Statcast Era, we still don’t know enough about how pitchers control contact to say whether the Cubs’ BABIP is sustainable, or if it stems from a conscious pitching (or even pitching-acquisition) approach. As with any extreme observation, it seems safe to expect some regression to the mean for Chicago’s pitchers. Still, we can conclude that the Cubs’ historically low BABIP through their first 69 games isn’t merely luck. One way or another, the Cubs have earned a lot of those outs. Tigers-10.69.9-0.7 Includes games through June 19Source: MLBAM, PitchInfo Astros-10.310.0-0.3 Rays4.2-19.6-15.4 The Cubs Are The Best At Controlling Contact Athletics-5.7-8.8-14.5 Orioles-2.7-4.9-7.7 read more

Ohio State womens soccer falls to Michigan State 21

Then-OSU freshman forward Nichelle Prince makes a pass during a game against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25, 2013. OSU won 2-1 in OT.Credit: Lantern file photoIn a hectic final minute of play, the Ohio State women’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking loss against Michigan State, 2-1, on Thursday.The Spartans got on the board during the opening minute of the game after junior forward Allyson Krause put in a rebound that slipped past the hands of redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick.OSU tried to respond in the 19th minute with a strike from freshman midfielder Nikki Walts but redshirt-senior goalkeeper Courtney Clem made a diving save to maintain the lead. The Buckeyes came close again in the 43rd when junior forward Katelyn Kraft missed a 15-yard shot wide left.Michigan State held on to enter halftime with a 1-0 lead. The Spartans also held a 10-9 lead in shots while the Buckeyes had a 5-3 lead in shots on goal.OSU came into the second half looking to tie the score but struggled against the Michigan State defense. Sophomore forward Nichelle Prince almost tied the game in the 75th minute but Clem deflected it off the crossbar.In the final minute, a foul against the Spartans gave the Buckeyes a chance with a penalty kick. Senior forward Kayla Varner struck the ball past Clem to even the game, 1-1.Seconds later, senior forward Paige Wester stunned the Buckeyes with a header off a cross from freshman forward Jamie Cheslik. The last-minute shot gave Michigan State the 2-1 victory.OSU ended the game leading 18-17 in shot attempts and 10-5 in shots on goal. The team fell to 5-8-2 overall and 2-5-2 in Big Ten play.Up next for the Buckeyes is a trip to play against No. 24 Michigan.“Obviously we always want to win the Michigan game,” freshman midfielder Sydney Dudley said. “It would be a big momentum booster and also just get our mentality right.”The team is looking forward to the game for the atmosphere surrounding the rivalry and will try to avenge a 2-0 loss against the Wolverines from last season, senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said.“It’s always fun playing Michigan,” Gruber said. “It’s a good environment there and there’ll be a lot of fans and it’ll be fun.”“It’d be a nice little revenge after losing to them there last year,” Varner said. “It’d be nice to go into their home stadium and beat them.”“We thought that we were done with our season after that so that feeling we do not want again,” Gruber added.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Wolverines on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

Marcelos wife hints at Juve switch

first_imgReal Madrid defender Marcelo could be the next in line to join Serie A giants Juventus next season following the capture of former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo last summerAccording to reports in Spain, Marcelo will wrap up a deal with the Old Lady if they make an offer in the winter transfer windowAnd the Brazilian’s wife Clarice Alves has fuelled transfer speculations about his husband’s move to Turin.“Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid farewell was bad for us”, she said (as reported by Calciomercato).Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We used to spend a lot of time together. I know his mum very well and I know Georgina too. She is marvellous.“My son is a very close friend with Junior, the son of Cristiano Ronaldo. His farewell from Madrid left us empty”.It’s reported that Madrid are not willing to let the Brazilian go for anything less than € 50 million.In addition to that, the Old Lady may only sign Marcelo if Alex Sandro is sold in the summer.last_img read more

Sycuan Casino celebrates huge milestone with resort Topping Off Ceremony

first_img Updated: 10:20 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez was live for Sycuan’s Topping Off Ceremony on Tuesday. She interviewed Cody Martinez, Chairman of the Sycuan Tribal Council, about Sycuan’s history and the new resort.Sycuan Casino began as a humble Bingo Palace in 1983. Now more than 34 years later, it has become a community landmark.Today, Sycuan celebrates a major milestone by placing the final beam atop their new resort structure. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Sycuan Casino FacebookTwitter May 22, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Elizabeth Alvarez Sycuan Casino celebrates huge milestone with resort Topping Off Ceremony Posted: May 22, 2018 Topping-off Ceremony for @SycuanCasino The next casino-resort destination set to open in 9 months. @KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD pic.twitter.com/QRZluOHKMm— ELIZABETH ALVAREZ (@EAlvarezKUSI) May 22, 2018last_img read more

Warm Water Temperatures Have Interesting Sea Life Visiting Our Coast

first_img Posted: August 6, 2018 Dave Scott, Warm Water Temperatures Have Interesting Sea Life Visiting Our Coast August 6, 2018 Dave Scott Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLA JOLLA (KUSI) – The ocean water is at record warm temperatures, and we’re seeing marine life not usually seen off our coast.KUSI’s Dave Scott was with Dr. Daniel Rudnick, Professor at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography earlier today, discussing our recent visitors to our coastline. last_img read more

Japans NTT Data agrees to buy Dells IT services unit for 3

first_imgJapan’s NTT Data Corp said on Monday it has agreed to buy Dell Inc’s information technology consulting division for over $3 billion to expand in North America and bolster its services business.The move will allow U.S. computer maker Dell to trim some of the $43 billion in debt it is taking on to fund its pending cash-and-stock acquisition of data storage provider EMC Corp, a deal worth close to $60 billion.The Japanese company said it would pay around $3.05 billion, an amount that excludes debt and unspecified advisory fees.The sale will also offer NTT Data, one of the world’s largest technology services companies, a bigger foothold in the United States, where it is looking to expand in healthcare IT, insurance and financial services consulting.Dell has also made progress in syndicating $10 billion of its financing package for the EMC acquisition dubbed ‘term loan A’, people familiar with the situation said earlier. This is expected to be increased in size by $500 million to $750 million due to strong demand, with the extra money to be used to downsize some of the more expensive tranches of the remaining $33 billion in financing, the people added.The group of banks participating in the term loan A has been expanded from the original eight underwriters to 25, with more expected to join before the syndication is completed in the next week, the people said.Formerly known as Perot Systems, Dell’s IT services division is a major provider of technology consulting to hospitals and government departments. Founded in 1988 by former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot, it was acquired by Dell in 2009 for $3.9 billion.However, Dell has since divested some of the unit’s operations and integrated some others, which it is not including in the sale. Some of the unit’s capabilities were seen by Dell as redundant in the wake of the acquisition of EMC.Dell has also been speaking to private equity firms about selling Quest Software, which helps with information technology management, as well as SonicWall, an e-mail encryption and data security provider, Reuters has previously reported. Together, Quest and SonicWall could be worth up to $4 billion.Dell’s acquisition of EMC, which is backed by founder and Chief Executive Michael Dell as well as private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is subject to approval by EMC shareholders. EMC is expected to hold a shareholder vote on the Dell deal in May, allowing for the transaction to be completed sometime between July and October.Reuters had reported first on Feb. 12 that NTT Data was in exclusive talks to buy Dell’s IT services unit.last_img read more

HC asks clinic fake physician to compensate Tk 900000

first_img.The High Court on Wednesday asked owner of the Niramoy Private Clinic and fake physician Razan Das of Patuakhali, who left gauze inside a woman’s abdomen, to pay the victim Tk 900,000 as compensation, reports UNB.A bench of justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and justice AKM Jahirul Haque passed the order after hearing a plea filed by victim Maksuda Begum seeking compensation.Of the compensation money, owner of the Niramoy Private Clinic will have to pay Tk 400,000 and Arjun Chakrabarty alias Razn Das will have to pay the rest of the money within 15 January 2018, the court said.The civil surgeon of the Patuakhali was asked to oversee the matter.The court, later, set 28 February for next hearing in the case.On 11 December, the HC sent Patuakhali fake physician Razan Das, who left gauze inside a woman’s abdomen during her cesarean surgery at a private hospital, to jail after he surrendered before it.The court also asked authorities concerned to sue owner of the Niramoy Private Clinic, nurse and assistant of the fake physician.On 16 November, the High Court directed the officer-in-charge of Baufal police station in Patuakhali to arrest the fake doctor and produce him before it within 10 December.The court also asked the Patuakhali police to take help of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) if necessary.Earlier on 23 July, the same bench summoned three people, including Patuakhali civil surgeon and gynecology department head of Barisal Medical College, in this connection.Supreme Court lawyer Md Shahid Ullah drew the attention of the HC placing a newspaper report in this regard on 22 July.On 6 November, the Patuakhali civil surgeon submitted a probe report to the court stating that Razan Das had been using fake certificate of physician. He conducted a cesarean surgery on a pregnant woman in Niramoy Private Clinic in Patuakhali and left gauze inside her abdomen in May.Victim Maksuda Begum, 25, gave birth to a baby girl but her physical condition started to deteriorate after two months.On 12 July, the doctors of Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital detected the gauze inside her abdomen and removed it by another surgery.last_img read more

Cargo sinks in Rupsha river

first_imgA cargo vessel carrying 1035 metric tonnes of clinker sank in the middle of the Rupsha river in Khulna on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB.Officer-in-charge of Rupsha police station Rafiqul Islam said water started to enter cargo vessel – MV-BB 134 in the middle of the river when crack developed at its bottom around 2:30pm.The vessel sank within an hour, he added.No casualty was reported.last_img

3 dozens Facebook Twitter IDs sued

first_img.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said tough actions would be taken against the perpetrators who misused social media, including Facebook, to spread rumours to instigate violence in the name of movement for quota reforms in government jobs.”We must find out those culprits who spread rumours through the social media to instigate destructive and subversive acts in the name of quota reform movement across the country,” BSS quoted the home minister as saying.Necessary instructions have already been given to the police to find out the culprits and file cases under relevant sections of the law to stop recurrence of such activities, he added.Talking to BSS, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) deputy commissioner Md Alimuzzaman, who is in charge of Social Media Monitoring and Cyber Security Division, said investigation is underway to find out those Facebook accounts and groups, Youtube videos and other posts in different social media involved in spreading propaganda to create an unstable situation in the name of waging movement for quota reform in government jobs.”Perpetrators must be brought to justice to avert recurrence of such violent acts by spreading propaganda in social media,” he said.Meanwhile, DMP’s Cyber Security and Crime Division has filed a case with Ramna police station against about three dozens of Facebook and Twitter IDs, blogs and online domains involved in spreading rumours to instigate the students who were demanding reformation of the quota system.Sub-Inspector (SI) Sajibuzzaman of the division has already been appointed as the investigation officer (IO) of the case.In the four days of movement in different educational institutions, including Dhaka University, were agog with rumours of darkest kind, drawing the students of residential halls to take to the streets and flaring up the anti-government sentiments.All such sensitive rumours were emanated at the dead of the night mostly when the students went back to their halls while the most spectacular one hit the very first day: A Dhaka University student demonstrating for quota reform was shot by police and then succumbed to his injuries.It was later learnt that for spreading those fake stories, Facebook pages including ‘Zakir’s BCS specials’, ‘Troll Du’ and ‘Quota Songskar Chai’ were used.On the other hand, among the pages and news portals that already earned the notoriety for being run by Shibir activists like ‘Basherkella’ has also been found to be very much active and at the forefront to instigate the general students.One popular page among the BCS job-seekers, Zakir’s BCS Special, posted “AB Siddiq, a third year Dhaka University student, has breathed his last at a hospital suffering from bullet injuries”.More strikingly, to make it more authentic, this post was attributed to a private TV channel.Soon after the announcement was made, this fake story went like wild fire, fuelled a sense of disgust among the dormitory students.On impact, female students broke the gates of the dormitories and came out to the streets while in male dormitories, residents in their hundreds streamed in too, chanting slogans in demand of punishment for the “killing of the student.”Moments later, it was unearthed that AB Siddiq is alive and he sustained minor injuries while participating in the protest.From his Facebook account, he posted that he could not communicate with others as his cell phone was shut as its battery exhausted. Siddiq also mentioned that he sustained some minor injuries in his forehead.On Monday night, another rumour spread that Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) DU hall unit leaders are assaulting the general students for taking part in the movement.Again, in the wee hours on Monday, those pages put another post “The Sufia Kamal Hall BCL unit president has cut tendons of a resident of that hall for her involvement in this quota movement.”At around 3:00am on that day, another post appeared in Basherkella, that “DU Zia Hall unit president is leading a band of unruly activists in front of the hall to launch an assault on the general students.”Armed with weapons, BCL activists riding around 100 bikes are coming to TSC to swoop on the agitators” read another post.last_img read more

ORourke Outraises Cruz In Fourth Quarter Of 2017

first_imgLaura Skelding: O’Rourke/Douglas Young: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.Senator Ted Cruz wants to keep his seat in the U.S. Senate. But his most likely challenger, Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke is raising more money – again.O’Rourke took in $2.4 million in the last quarter of 2017, compared to $1.9 million for Cruz. The El Paso Democrat also outraised the Republican incumbent during the second quarter of last year, and Cruz only narrowly edged out O’Rourke during the third.“Money at this stage, prior to the primaries, is sort of a surrogate for strength, and so the fact that this challenger is raising the amount of money he is raising [means] Senator Cruz does really have to take this as a serious challenger and as somebody who potentially could have the means to really be much more of a challenge than Senator Cruz might have expected,” said Victoria Farrar-Myers, a senior fellow at Southern Methodist University’s Tower Center for Political Studies.Farrar-Myers cautions not to read too much into O’Rourke’s fundraising lead. She said the number of donations is a better indicator of a candidate’s voting base.Cruz still maintains a lead in cash on hand. He reports a war chest worth $7.3 million, compared to O’Rourke’s $4.6 million. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share 00:00 /01:06 Xlast_img read more

Martice Moore leads the Cardinals on the Final Day at the ACC

first_imgStory Links Women’s 4x100m Relay8. Louisville – 45.57(Gibbons, Alexander, Alston, Amadi) Women’s Discus13. Gianna Gaul – 43.85m/143-1016. Makenli Forrest – 42.57/138-8 Men’s 400m Hurdles2. Martice Moore – 50.96 2019 ACC ChampionshipsLannigan Field | Charlottesville, Va. May 11, 2019 Men’s 4x100m Relay7. Louisville – 40.66(Jegede, McClinton, McBride, Warner) The Cardinals will have next weekend off as they prepare for the NCAA Preliminaries on May 23-25 in Jacksonville, Fla.  Anthony McRoberts finished fifth in the men’s triple jump.  He earned second team All-ACC honors with a mark of 15.52m/50-11.  Charlottesville, Va. – The University of Louisville track and field teams wrapped up the ACC Outdoor Championships with a sixth place finish for the men, earning 52 points and a ninth place finish for the women, earning 45 points.  Senior Martice Moore earned the ACC title in the men’s 110m hurdles. Moore had a career best day in his final ACC Outdoor Championship.  The senior won his first ACC title in the 110m hurdles while finishing as runner-up in the 400m hurdles.  Moore finished with a career best time of 13.90 in the 110m hurdles and another personal best in the 400m hurdles with a time of 50.96.  Tyler Ettel finished sixth in the 110m hurdles, earning second team All-ACC honors with a time of 14.37.  Men’s 110m Hurdles1. Martice Moore – 13.906. Tyler Ettel – 14.37center_img Men’s 4x400m Relay9. Louisville – 3:17.90(Jones, Warner, McBride, Crandon) Print Friendly Version Men’s Triple Jump5. Anthony McRoberts – 15.52m/50-11 Final Results Women’s High Jump3. Alivia Ash – 1.70m/5-716. Addie Wanner – 1.55/5-1 Women’s Triple Jump17. Veronika Kapenko – 11.51m/37-9.25 Final Team Standings9. Women – 45 points6. Men – 52 points Alivia Ash earned first team All-ACC honors in the high jump.  The sophomore cleared 1.70m/5-7 to finish third, earning first team All-ACC honors in both indoor and outdoor this season.  Women’s 5000m18. Ivine Chemutai – 16:42.2530. Bailey Davis – 17:15.40 Men’s Discus14. Cade Richeson – 42.74m/140-3last_img read more

MoviePass Parent Lost 137 Million in Q3 May Be Unable to Raise

first_img MoviePass Reportedly Changed User Passwords to Limit Access HMNY said it will try to continue funding operations by raising additional capital from sources such as sales of the company’s debt or equity securities, but added that there’s no assurance it will be successful. “Without raising additional capital, there is substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern through November 15, 2019,” the company said, although it might run out of runway far sooner than that.“During this transitional period for Helios and MoviePass, we have been focused on reducing our burn rate and striving to improve our business model, and we are very encouraged by our Q3 financial results,” Ted Farnsworth, chairman and CEO of Helios, said in announcing the Q3 results.Earlier this week, HMNY said its proposed 1-for-500 reverse stock split failed to get board approval. The company warned that its stock faced being delisted on the Nasdaq. HMNY’s stock was trading at 1.7 cents per share Thursday, giving the company an implied market valuation of under $25 million.According to an Oct. 4 regulatory filing by Helios & Matheson, it raised $65 million in the third quarter via sales of its stock under an existing equity distribution agreement as well as “prepayments by investors of certain existing investor notes payable to the company.” At the same time, the company revealed that Canadian investment bank Canaccord Genuity terminated its equity distribution agreement, which had let HMNY sell the company’s shares.Meanwhile, on Oct. 24, two board members of MoviePass — Chris Kelly and Maria Stipp — resigned from the board, HMNY disclosed in the 10-Q. Prior to his resignation, Kelly, who is CEO and principal investor in Fandor, was chairman of the MoviePass board. As of Nov. 12, Helios & Matheson reported $6.2 million in cash on hand and approximately $23.3 million on deposit held by credit-card processors, for a total of approximately $29.5 million. “Our cash and cash equivalents may not be sufficient to fund our operations for the near future and we may not be able to obtain additional financing,” the company noted in the 10-Q filing. Related Popular on Variety Losses by MoviePass’ parent, Helios & Matheson Analytics, grew in the third quarter of 2018 to $137.2 million — and given its burn rate, the company might not be able to stay in business much longer.The company generated $81.3 million in revenue for Q3, including $78.9 million from MoviePass subscriptions, it disclosed in a 10-Q filing Thursday. However, its cost of revenue for the period, nearly all of it related to MoviePass, was $109.6 million. The company also reported $95.6 million in interest expense (and a $45.5 million gain related to the “extinguishment of debt”).Based on what it said was a significant decline in MoviePass subscribers during Q3 — after the service cut back the service from one movie daily to just three per month — HMNY took a goodwill-impairment charge of $38.5 million for the third quarter, which contributed to the net loss.center_img Still pending is HMNY’s proposal, announced last month, to create a new subsidiary, MoviePass Entertainment Holdings, that would spin off the company’s shares of MoviePass and its other film-related assets (including Moviefone). The company would retain control of MoviePass Entertainment but says it is not sure if such a transaction is permitted under Delaware law.In June, MoviePass touted that it had topped 3 million subscribers for its service letting customers see one movie per day for just $9.95 per month. But the surge in users caused an enormous cash drain on HMNY and the company was forced to take out several loans, and in August curtailed its subscription plans to limit customers to only three movies per month for the same price while limiting access to wide-release movies during peak demand.HMNY’s subscription revenue for Q3 suggests MoviePass still had an average of 2.6 million customers in the quarter, although the company said it suffered a significant decline in subscribers during the period because of the change in the service. The company said subscribers on average saw 0.77 movies per month in September 2018, down dramatically from 2.23 movies per month in March 2018.In addition to its financial woes, Helios & Matheson faces several investor lawsuits alleging the company made “materially false or misleading” statements. That includes a suit filed Sept. 20 by shareholder Yu Chen in the Supreme Court of the State of New York alleges claims for “breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment against” officers of the company. HMNY has moved to consolidate the shareholder lawsuits.HMNY also is the target of a fraud investigation by the New York Attorney General looking into whether it misled investors. MoviePass Confirms Security Lapse May Have Exposed Customer Credit Card Data ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Samsung to issue updates in response to printer alert

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Hewlett-Packard offers fix for printers susceptible to remote hacks Nonetheless, it added, any customers concerned about the vulnerability can disable SNMPv1.2 or use the secure SNMPv3 mode until the firmware updates are made.Samsung’s SNMP advice, however, appeared to generate more questions than answers, motivating at least one news service, CNET, to contact Samsung in order to clarify the issue.That is because the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Vulnerability Note (VU#281284), issued first on November 26 and then revised on Wednesday said that a hardcoded Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) full read-write community string remains active even when SNMP is disabled in the printer management utility. The account in the firmware will still allow access to the device even if management functions are disabled in the printer’s software utility.The CERT warning spoke about a Samsung printer firmware backdoor administrator account. This is a hardcoded account in the printers that could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected device. The note pertained to Samsung printers as well as some Dell printers manufactured by Samsung. “A remote, unauthenticated attacker could access an affected device with administrative privileges,” US-CERT said. “Secondary impacts include: the ability to make changes to the device configuration, access to sensitive information (e.g., device and network information, credentials, and information passed to the printer), and the ability to leverage further attacks through arbitrary code execution.”CERT then referenced that the “reporter has stated that blocking the custom SNMP trap port of 1118/udp will help mitigate the risks.”Samsung and Dell have stated that any models released after October 31 if this year are not affected by this vulnerability. The CERT note was a result of findings by Neil Smith, a security researcher, who then contacted US-CERT on November 26, telling them that Samsung printer firmware contains a hardcoded backdoor administrator account that could allow remote network access exploitation and device control. Citation: Samsung to issue updates in response to printer alert (2012, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-samsung-issue-response-printer.htmlcenter_img More information: www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/281284 (Phys.org)—Samsung has issued a response to CERT’s vulnerability advisory about Samsung networked printers but the response may have left printer owners wondering what to do next. Samsung said that it is aware of and has resolved the security issue affecting Samsung network printers and multifunction devices. “The issue affects devices only when SNMP is enabled, and is resolved by disabling SNMP.” The company offered the reminder that it takes all matters of security seriously. They said that were they not aware of any customers affected by this vulnerability. Samsung said that it intends to release updated firmware for all current models by November 30, and all other models will receive an update by the end of the year. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Did 40yearold Viking experiment discover life on Mars

first_img Could Curiosity determine if Viking found life on Mars? (Phys.org)—In 1976, two Viking landers became the first US spacecraft from Earth to touch down on Mars. They took the first high-resolution images of the planet, surveyed the planet’s geographical features, and analyzed the geological composition of the atmosphere and surface. Perhaps most intriguingly, they also performed experiments that searched for signs of microbial life in Martian soil. The Viking 1 Lander’s LR results show that, when injected with the nutrient solution, the soil sample exhibited strong radioactivity, indicating metabolism. The control soil sample, which had been heated to kill any microorganisms, had a negative response. Credit: Levin and Straat, 1977, Biosystems. ©Elsevier Citation: Did 40-year-old Viking experiment discover life on Mars? (2016, October 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-year-old-viking-life-mars.html Today researchers know much more about Mars than they did 40 years ago. One of the biggest discoveries came in 2014, when the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover detected the presence of organic molecules on Mars for the first time. Over the past two years, Curiosity’s onboard Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory has detected methane, chlorinated hydrocarbons, and other organic molecules. Researchers suspect that these organic substances may have formed on Mars or been carried there by meteorites. The discovery of organic matter on Mars raises the question of why the Viking experiment did not detect organic matter back in 1976. As Levin explains, there are multiple reasons that might explain why the Viking results were negative.”We long ago pointed out the problems with the Viking GCMS (gas chromatograph—mass spectrometer),” Levin said. “Even its experimenter, Dr. Klaus Biemann, often stressed that the GCMS was not a life-detection experiment. It required at least one million microbial cells to detect any organic matter. In addition, the instrument had frequently failed when tested on Earth. Later, it was claimed that perchlorate in the soil destroyed the organic matter. However, I view this cautiously as there is no evidence for perchlorate at the Viking sites.”In light of the recent findings, Levin and Straat believe that it’s important to reconsider the LR results as having a biological origin. Other researchers who support this view have proposed that Martian life could take the form of methanogens (microorganisms that produce methane as a byproduct), halophiles (which can tolerate high salt concentrations as well as severe radiation and low oxygen concentrations), or some type of “cryptobiotic” microorganism that lies dormant until reactivated, such as by a nutrient solution like the one in the LR experiment. Publishing challengesPublishing a paper about life on Mars was very different than publishing more typical studies (over the years, Levin’s research has included low-calorie sweeteners, pharmaceutical drugs, safer pesticides, and wastewater treatment processes, among others). It took nearly 20 years for Levin and Straat to publish a peer-reviewed paper on their interpretation of the Viking LR results.”Since I first concluded that the LR had detected life (in 1997), major juried journals had refused our publications,” Levin told Phys.org. “I and my co-Experimenter, Dr. Patricia Ann Straat, then published mainly in the astrobiology section of the SPIE Proceedings, after presenting the papers at the annual SPIE conventions. Though these were invited papers, they were largely ignored by the bulk of astrobiologists in their publications.” These papers are available at gillevin.com. “At a meeting of the Canadian Space Agency, I met Dr. Sherry Cady, the editor of Astrobiology. She invited me to submit a paper for peer review. I did and it was promptly bounced, not even sent out for review because of its life claim.”Pat and I decided we would produce a paper that would withstand the utmost scientific scrutiny. It took years of countless renditions and compliance with or explanation away of a myriad of reviewers’ comments, but we persisted until we disposed of every adverse comment. Thus, we think this publication is quite significant in that it was scrubbed so thoroughly that the points remaining are firmly established.”You may not agree with the conclusion, but you cannot disparage the steps leading there. You can say only that the steps are insufficient. But, to us, that seems a tenuous defense, since no one would refute these results had they been obtained on Earth.” Future outlookFor Levin and Straat, one of the most important reasons for considering the existence of life on Mars is a practical one that may affect future research.”It seems prudent that the scientific community maintain biology as a viable explanation of the LR experimental results,” they write in their paper. “It seems inevitable that astronauts will eventually explore Mars. In the interest of their health and safety, biology should be held in the forefront of possible explanations for the LR results.”Going forward, Levin and Straat propose that carefully designed experiments can help to answer the question of the existence of life on Mars. In particular, LR-type experiments that test for chiral preference could tell whether the metabolizing substance is biological or chemical, since only biological agents can distinguish between left and right isomers. The scientists also emphasize the importance of the continued search for organic molecules, especially those with biological significance such as amino acids, simple carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and DNA. Future experiments may also provide the possibility of examining Martian soil under a microscope. Despite the positive outlook, Levin and Straat note that all future experiments will have an unavoidable drawback: the potential for contamination by previous landers. In this regard, the Viking landers were unique in that they were the only pristine Martian life-detection experiment that we will ever have. Journal information: Astrobiology Explore further Overall, these life-detection experiments produced surprising and contradictory results. One experiment, the Labeled Release (LR) experiment, showed that the Martian soil tested positive for metabolism—a sign that, on Earth, would almost certainly suggest the presence of life. However, a related experiment found no trace of organic material, suggesting the absence of life. With no organic substances, what could be, or seem to be, metabolizing?In the forty years since these experiments, scientists have been unable to reconcile the conflicting results, and the general consensus is that the Viking landers found no conclusive evidence of life on Mars. However, a small minority of scientists argues that the Viking results were positive for life on Mars.One prominent proponent of this view is Gilbert Levin, Experimenter of the Viking LR experiment. At first, Levin thought that the LR results were unclear, and stated merely that the results were consistent with biology. However, in 1997, after many years of further experiments on Earth, along with new discoveries on Mars (which NASA has now declared “habitable”), and the discovery of microorganisms living under conditions on Earth as severe as those on Mars, he and his Viking Co-Experimenter, Dr. Patricia A. Straat, have argued that the Mars results are best explained by living organisms.Recently, Levin and Straat published a perspective piece in the journal Astrobiology in which they reconsider the results of the Viking LR experiment in light of recent findings on Mars and recent proposals for inorganic substances that may mimic the observed metabolism-like processes. They argue that none of the proposed abiotic substances sufficiently explains the Viking results, and that Martian microbes should still be considered as the best explanation of the results. How the Labeled Release experiment workedIn the LR experiment, both the Viking 1 and Viking 2 landers collected samples of Martian soil, injected them with a drop of dilute nutrient solution, and then monitored the air above the soil for signs of metabolic byproducts. Since the nutrients were tagged with radioactive carbon-14, if microorganisms in the soil metabolized the nutrients, they would be expected to produce radioactive byproducts, such as radioactive carbon dioxide or methane. More information: Gilbert V. Levin and Patricia Ann Straat. “The Case for Extant Life on Mars and Its Possible Detection by the Viking Labeled Release Experiment.” Astrobiology. October 2016, 16(10): 798-810. DOI: 10.1089/ast.2015.1464 The Viking 2 Lander site, showing frost on the ground. This image was taken by Viking 2 in 1979. Credit: NASA; Viking 2 Lander image P-21873 Before launching the Viking spacecraft, the researchers tested the experimental protocol on a wide variety of terrestrial soils from harsh environments, from Death Valley to Antarctica. In each case, the experiments tested positive for life. Then as a control, the researchers heated the samples to 160 °C to kill all lifeforms, and then retested. In each case, the experiments now tested negative. To further confirm that the experimental procedure would not produce false positives, the researchers tested it on soils known to be sterile, such as those from the Moon and the Surtsey volcanic island near Iceland, which produced negative results as expected. Once on Mars, the LR experiment was performed after the experiment searching for organic molecules came up empty-handed. So it came as a surprise when both Viking landers, located 4,000 miles apart, collected soil that tested positive for metabolism. To rule out the possibility that the strong ultraviolet radiation on Mars might be causing the positive results, the landers collected soil buried underneath a rock, which again tested positive. The control tests also worked, with the 160 °C sterilization control yielding negative results. In addition, it seemed that whatever was doing the metabolizing was relatively fragile, since metabolic activity was significantly reduced when heating the sample to 50 °C, and completely absent when storing the soil in the dark for two months at 10 °C. Levin and Straat believe that these results provide some of the strongest evidence that the soil contained Martian life. Nonbiological candidatesEver since the LR experiments, researchers have been searching for other kinds of nonbiological chemicals that might produce identical results. In their new paper, Levin and Straat review some of these proposals. One possible candidate is formate, which is a component of formic acid found naturally on Earth. A 2003 LR-type experiment found that formate in a soil sample from the Atacama Desert in South America produced a positive result, even though the soil contained virtually no microorganisms. However, the study did not include a sterilization control, and it’s likely that the formate concentration in the Atacama Desert is much higher than that on Mars.Another potential candidate is perchlorate or one of its breakdown products. In 2009, the Phoenix mission to Mars detected perchlorates in the Martian soil. Although perchlorates could yield a positive result because they produce gas when interacting with some amino acids, they do not break down at 160 °C, and so would continue to give positive results after the sterilization control. A 2013 study proposed that cosmic rays and solar radiation can cause perchlorate to break down into hypochlorite, which would produce positive results and, unlike perchlorate, is destroyed by heating at 160 °C. For these reasons, hypochlorite is arguably the best candidate yet to explain the LR results. Nevertheless, Levin and Straat note that hypochlorite has not yet been tested at 50 °C (the temperature at which the activity of the Martian soil was significantly reduced) or after long-term storage in the dark (which produced a negative result for the Martian samples). So at this point, no nonbiological agent has satisfied all of the LR results. Biological candidates © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Rob Salter Videoondemand aggregator Vubiquity is

first_imgRob SalterVideo-on-demand aggregator Vubiquity is planning to launch a retail product that will allow consumers to buy digital content, initially movies, in high-street retail outlets in multiple markets.Vubiquity said it is discussion with multiple retailers in a number of different territories about the plan, which would mark its first move into the retail digital space.Vubiquity has hired Rob Salter, formerly CEO of home entertainment supply chain specialist Reverbz Media, to head up the new initiative as vice-president of retail. Vubiquity will use Reverbz to provide the physical supply chain for the service in the retail environment, while Vubiquity will provide digital content services, including content licensing, processing for multiplatform viewing, metadata management, and digital distribution.Vubiquity said the product would enable consumer to purchase digital movies in retail outlets, often weeks before they are available on DVD, Blu-ray or VoD.“We are delighted to have brought Rob to the Vubiquity team. Together we bring a wealth of retail and supply chain management experience giving the credibility to our customers to help shape and deliver these exciting new retail services. We will provide a range of fully integrated, end-to-end services that are very compelling for retailers, content owners and consumers alike,” said Nick Ruczaj, SVP Commercial EMEA at Vubiquity.“Vubiquity has the scale and resources to support the digital retail experience that the market has been calling for a response to for the last 12 months. We are excited to be moving into the delivery phase.”Salter said: “I am thrilled to be working with Vubiquity. We see an excellent opportunity to grow significant business in this channel. Retailers have driven the growth of home entertainment and the building of personal video collections since the first VHS tapes in the mid-1980s. We believe retailers will continue to be a key part of the future of selling video in the digital age. Vubiquity wants to support retailers’ ambitions to go on selling content to their customers in disc form, and also help them go beyond the disc into digital ownership and consumption.”last_img read more