School headmistress arrested by vigilance on graft charge in Odisha

first_imgHeadmistress of a government school in Odisha’s Bhadrak district was arrested by anti-graft vigilance wing for allegedly taking ₹8,200 bribe from a tailor to expedite payment towards making school uniform.Acting on a complaint, vigilance personnel laid a trap and caught Anita Pradhan, headmistress of Charigharia Project UP School in Bhadrak district red handed while accepting illegal gratification of ₹8,200 on Thursday, a vigilance release said.Ms. Pradhan had demanded the amount from Meerarani Bidanta, to pass the bill and for issuance of cheque for payment of ₹26,800 towards making charges of 134 pairs of school uniform, it said.The headmistress was caught red handed by the vigilance officers while demanding and accepting the bribe money from the complainant, it added.last_img

London Olympics: Michael Phelps finally wins gold, breaks Games’ medals record

first_imgMichael Phelps broke the Olympic medals record on Tuesday with his 19th medal as the United States romped to a dominating win in 4x200m freestyle relay at the London Games. With 19 career medals spanning three Olympics, Phelps moved one ahead of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who got her haul in 1956, 1960 and 1964.And he finally got his first gold of these games, bouncing back from the disappointment of settling for silver when he glided at the end of the 200 butterfly earlier on Tuesday.The United States team of Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Ricky Berens and Phelps on the anchor leg won in 6 minutes, 59.70 seconds. France took the silver in 7:02.77, while China was third in 7:06.30.Phelps now has 15 golds, two silvers and two bronzes.last_img

Privileged to play Tests for country, not thinking of its future: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia’s first ever overseas whitewash came against a below-par Sri Lanka side in a lopsided series but skipper Virat Kohli doesn’t want to read into where the game’s longest format is heading.”We are winning and the momentum is with the team. When playing, we don’t think (stuff like) where Test cricket is headed and what the future will be. We consider it a privilege that we are able to play Test cricket for the country. Our mindset hasn’t changed one bit till now,” the skipper said after the match.Kohli did agree that when both teams compete on even keel, the situation becomes better.”When both teams play very good cricket, it is a cracker of a series. But like South Africa were in England for four months, that factor, they themselves admitted, played on their minds because they didn’t go home after the Champions Trophy. I think all those factors too should be taken into account.”If any team plays very well in a series, you will get such results. When both teams play with equal intensity, the matches will be very close and so will the series,” he added.The Indian skipper has often attributed this consistency to concentrating on getting the team’s process right.He also added that bench strength has been a marker in the side’s progress over the last couple of years.”In the last game, we enforced the follow on but we did not execute the things that we wanted to the best of our abilities. Plus the opposition played well. This time we took it as an opportunity, we spoke about it in the morning treat this as Day 5 of an away tour, probably a series defining Test match where we’ll have to get an opposition out within 60-70 overs.advertisement”So we keep finding different situations and scenarios where we can challenge ourselves as a team first before we look at the opposition. Again today was another opportunity for us to challenge ourselves and I’m glad the way the guys stood up for it,” said Kohli.last_img read more

Five thoughts from El Tri’s draw vs. CR

first_imgMexico Mexico puts in most fluid performance of 2017: Five Thoughts from El Tri’s draw vs. Costa Rica Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 05:25 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mexico Carlos Gonzalez Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Costa Rica v Mexico Costa Rica World Cup Opinion Though Mexico didn’t came away with a victory, Juan Carlos Osorio’s men had plenty to be proud of after an entertaining 1-1 result in Costa Rica It wasn’t a dead rubber, but Mexico’s trip to Costa Rica had little at stake for El Tri.While the home side was looking for three points to guarantee it will be in Russia next summer, Mexico is entering into the preparation phase with its space at the 2018 World Cup secured.Even so, we got one of the more entertaining games of qualification, with both teams’ goalkeepers putting on a show in a 1-1 draw that seemed like a fair result. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Let’s look at how Mexico’s World Cup preparations started and what to keep an eye on as next summer draws closer:Mexico puts in most fluid performance of 2017Hirving Lozano Giovani dos Santos Raul Jimenez MexicoWith seven clear chances and an overall solid passing game, Tuesday’s draw with Costa Rica was Mexico’s most fluid game of 2017. Part of that, no doubt, was Costa Rica also looking to play a little soccer, trying to get forward and score goals rather than pack it in and hope for a clean sheet. But you also can chalk up much of that to what Mexico did and how it played its game.Jonathan dos Santos kept the ball moving and got into the attack when possible, the wingers were tidy on the ball, and even the fullbacks got into the act when able to get forward (see point five). In a year when even Mexico’s best performances left a little something missing, it was a breath of fresh air for El Tri.”Mexico, with the great group of players it has, including some young players, is going to grow in maturity and experience to be able to have a healthy internal competition with those who normally play in these positions,” Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said postgame. “We’re still building a team that might not be only the best in CONCACAF but also one that deserves to win and comes out to play and look for the win in every game.”There likely will be more changes in the October qualification games. Mexico is qualified, so why put veteran players at risk or make them take a pair of transatlantic flights just to play 90 minutes against Trinidad & Tobago? But El Tri can hope that they continue to play a crisp game that creates chances — chances that will turn into goals on nights when Keylor Navas isn’t the goalkeeper.Reyes still needs consistencyDiego Reyes Mexico Francisco Calvo Marco Urena Jose Guillermo Ortiz Costa RicaAnother game, another new role for Diego Reyes. And, unfortunately for him, another disappointing showing. Reyes was responsible for several giveaways that allowed the Ticos to put pressure on center backs Hector Moreno and Jair Pereira.Reyes is talented but his versatility can be a curse. He’s never looked totally comfortable in a role — not at right back at the Confederations Cup, not the year before sitting in front of the center backs (in a similar role to what he did Tuesday), not even when he’s filled the center back position he grew up playing. He was improving there, though, thanks in part to his time at Espanyol. But being moored at Porto and out of favor doesn’t bode well for the next four months for Reyes.Osorio probably likes Reyes’ versatility too much to leave him off the squad for Russia, and if Rafa Marquez can’t go to the tournament because of his legal difficulties Reyes is a younger model of sorts. But without consistency at the club or international level, it’s hard to see him making a positive impact at the World Cup.Jimenez making case as wing option?Raul Jimenez MexicoRaul Jimenez may be the most unlucky player in the Mexico player pool. He can get cameos, like he did against Costa Rica. He can play well and set up Mexico’s lone goal with an impressive run down the right side. But there’s no way he’s displacing Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez as the starting central forward.Osorio has answered that issue at times by putting the former Club America No. 9 out wide. He pushed out to the right against the Ticos, with the three center backs clogging the middle and making him get creative. It hasn’t always worked out when he’s played on the wing, but Tuesday was better. Even in that respect, he’s unlucky. Jimenez might see more cameos, but beating out Jesus Corona, Hirving Lozano and Carlos Vela is going to be difficult. That’s doubly true if Jimenez can’t force his way into the starting lineup at Benfica while Tecatito is getting starting minutes at rival Porto, Lozano keeps starring for PSV and Vela at least is coming off the bench for Real Sociedad.”I’ve got to go to Benfica and train very hard to win a spot as soon as possible,” Jimenez said. “I know it’s not going to be easy, there’s good competition at Benfica, but I think I’m in the right conditions to do it. I’m aspiring to do that, getting to the World Cup was a goal and now being there it’ll be the coach’s decision.”Physicality still coming for ChuckyHirving Lozano MexicoHirving Lozano failed to score for the first time in five matches for club and country Tuesday, but he still had a good showing against the Ticos. “El Chucky” won 10 of 14 duels he got into and brought Navas into action, only for the Costa Rica star to deny him and end his stunning scoring streak.More intriguing, though, was watching Lozano get into those duels. The 22-year-old was the most fouled player in Liga MX before he made the move to PSV. Teams knew exactly what he brought to the table and right backs were aware there was one thing they could do to get him out of his rhythm: foul him. Lozano is in the Eredivisie now, but that hasn’t changed defenders’ strategy. Francisco Calvo made sure Lozano knew where he was as Lozano matched up against the Ticos’ left center back.He’s not the only dynamic young attacker starting to get this treatment, and CONCACAF referees must do more to look out for players like Chucky and United States playmaker Christian Pulisic. But those players also are now well aware of what they’ll be facing and have to understand how to deal with that.That’s starting to happen for Lozano, which could make him an even better player. He’s bulking up just a bit, which he must do to avoid more injuries, but he’s also seeking out some of the contact defenders used to try to put on him. It’s small growth, but critical for survival. He’s starting to understand how to use his own body against those who would harm his, but he’s still figuring out what he can and can’t get away with.Apart from simply bodying up, Lozano and his teammates had opportunities that could’ve sealed the win, but he won’t be missing sleep on the flight back to the Netherlands.”We had chances before their goal, and in one or another of those scoring chances we could’ve changed the outlook, but that’s soccer,” Lozano said. “You have to support your teammates. It’s all good.”Gallardo, Alvarez quiet fullback noiseEdson Alvarez Mexico Christian Bolanos Costa RicaConcerns about El Tri’s fullback situation remain, and probably will after just about any Mexico game. But Tuesday night put those issues on the back-burner as Edson Alvarez and Jesus Gallardo turned in strong performances.Club America teenager Alvarez lined up at right back while Pumas’ Gallardo, a winger with his club, played left back in the absence of Miguel Layun. Osorio said he was pleased with the atmosphere in the Estadio Nacional despite how far fans are from the field and liked how his young players took up the challenge.”It’s a great experience for the young players like Jesus Gallardo, Edson Alvarez, Hirving Lozano and Cesar Montes, who came on in the second half, they’re both the present and the future of Mexican soccer and they’re going to grow a lot,” the coach said. “It’s very difficult to play here. The point here puts us within our mark of getting four out of six points in every FIFA date, we still have the chance to finish as the leader.”Not insignificantly, both players were able not only to play the position before at the Gold Cup but did so multiple times in quick succession. Osorio even kept Gallardo in the same position for both World Cup qualifiers after maneuvering him around during the continental championship.Again, it’s an example of how letting a player make and learn from mistakes in the same position can help them grow. That’s not to say Osorio needs to keep them there ad infinitum, but if they’re going to take the field in such big games and such difficult atmospheres, a bit of familiarity goes a long way.last_img read more

Fantasy: Midweek Premier League TotW

first_imgGaming Fantasy Football: Silva and Okazaki lead our Goal Fantasy Team of the Week Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer 20:11 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Silva Manchester City Getty Images Gaming Premier League David de Gea Willian Kevin De Bruyne Riyad Mahrez Sergio Agüero Huddersfield Town v Chelsea Swansea City v Manchester City Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth Southampton v Leicester City Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion Swansea City Leicester City Manchester United AFC Bournemouth Huddersfield Town Chelsea Manchester City Southampton Brighton & Hove Albion Tottenham Hotspur Our Fantasy writer looks at the midweek matches and picks the 11 best performers including players from Leicester, Tottenham, and Manchester City The Premier League fixtures come thick and fast once the calendar turns to December and, as such, so will our Team of the Week articles. It was shades of the 2015/16 season midweek with Leicester, Tottenham, and the Manchester clubs drawing most of the plaudits, with only one player not from one of those clubs making the list. There were plenty of disappointing players and results this week, but here are the eleven best performers from matchweek 17.Goal-Fantasy-Football-registertowinGK: David De Gea – Manchester United – 1 Game, 7 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 Points Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player DF: Serge Aurier – Tottenham – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 PointsEven the staunchest Tottenham supporter could not claim that Aurier’s goal was intentional, but gets the points nonetheless. The Frenchman also helped Spurs to their first clean sheet since the injury to Toby Alderweireld over a month ago. Unfortunately, Aurier’s Fantasy value is fairly low considering the rarity of a Tottenham clean sheet these days, established rotation, and an upcoming match against league leaders Manchester City.DF: Jan Vertonghen – Tottenham – 1 Game, 1 Clean Sheet = 7 PointsJan Vertonghen Tottenham FA CupDF: Antonio Valencia – Manchester United – 1 Game, 1 Clean Sheet = 7 PointsMF: David Silva – Manchester City – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 PointsSilva’s ridiculous season continued with a two-goal outing against Swansea on Wednesday. His brace means he’s now scored four times in the last three matches and also that he has already contributed to as many Premier League goals (13) as he did all of last season. As for Fantasy, it’s not possible to own every Manchester City player, but Silva is definitely the hot own at the moment and his playing time is more consistent than most.MF: Willian – Chelsea – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 2 Assists = 14 PointsMF: Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsFantasy totw md17 graphicMF: Heung-Min Son – Tottenham – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsThe South Korean is in terrific form and has now made our Fantasy Team of the Week three times in a row. His three goals and two assists have been very impressive and his run in the team may well continue considering the recent struggles of both Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli. Some may be shy about bringing in Son before the Manchester City match but it’s worth noting that he racked up points in both outings against Pep Guardiola’s side last season.MF: Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsFWD: Shinji Okazaki – Leicester City – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Assist = 15 PointsShinji Okazaki Leicester CitySeemingly out of nowhere, Shinji Okazaki has forced himself into the Fantasy discussion. The Japanese forward had four goals and no assists before last weekend and has notched two goals and two assists since. He’s only started three out of eight matches since Claude Puel came in as manager so owning him in this format is dangerous, but he’s shown the threat he poses when he’s on the pitch.FWD: Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 7 Points goal-fantasy-football-banner Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Caribbean Parliamentarians Urged to Scale Up Action Against HIV and AIDS

first_img Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is calling on the region’s parliamentarians to scale up action in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean.He said that priority must be given to tackling stigma and discrimination against people living with AIDS, and removing legal and social barriers that drive the epidemic underground and limit access to prevention and treatment.He said parliamentarians must also support and advance actions for social protection of people living with HIV, and become advocates and ambassadors for HIV and AIDS in their communities, constituencies and in the Parliament.He further urged support for human rights and social justice programmes; adoption of effective legal provisions addressing violence against women and girls; and development of social services, including shelters.Minister Chuck was addressing the opening of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) Regional Parliamentarians Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on May 30.He welcomed the staging of the event, noting that it is a clarion call for leaders to get involved and stay involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS. He said the disease has demonstrated the capacity to destabilise countries.Minister Chuck said the biggest mistake would be to treat HIV/AIDS as solely a health issue.“The social determinants of HIV demand a response that transcends the boundaries of health sectors. We cannot address HIV and AIDS without addressing institutionalised discrimination of women, gender-based violence, poverty, social exclusion and inequality,” he noted.Meanwhile, Director of PANCAP, Dereck Springer, said the involvement of parliamentarians is a critical component in reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS in the region.He said that in order to achieve better outcomes for key populations, PANCAP will continue to engage parliamentarians “for involvement in every stage of the process for revising policies, allocating resources and holding governments accountable as a means of maximising outcomes”.Some 63 parliamentarians from several Caribbean countries attended the two-day forum, where they participated in discussions aimed at designing a strategy for the elimination of HIV/AIDS in the region by 2030.Among the issues examined was the constitutional challenges posed by the criminalisation of sex between consenting adults, and discrimination based on gender, identity and sexual orientation.There was increased engagement on issues such as health, social protection and justice, particularly in Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, which have higher HIV prevalence rates.The PANCAP Regional Parliamentarians Forum aims to establish significant strategies that will inform critical steps regional parliamentarians can implement to contribute effectively to ending HIV transmission and AIDS-related deaths.PANCAP is a Caribbean regional partnership of governments, regional civil society organisations, regional institutions, bilateral and multilateral agencies and contributing donor partners.It provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic and coordinates a response through the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS, to maximise efficient use of resources, increase impact, mobilise resources and build capacity of partners.Representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the CARICOM Secretariat also participated in the forum. He said that priority must be given to tackling stigma and discrimination against people living with AIDS, and removing legal and social barriers that drive the epidemic underground and limit access to prevention and treatment. Story Highlights Minister Chuck said the biggest mistake would be to treat HIV/AIDS as solely a health issue. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is calling on the region’s parliamentarians to scale up action in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean.last_img read more

Enhanced Support for New Farmers

first_imgThe province is helping ensure the viability of the agriculture industry by making it easier for new farmers to get the funds and practical business advice they need to be successful. Agriculture Minister John MacDonell unveiled the FarmNEXT program today, Nov. 24, at the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture annual meeting in Truro. FarmNEXT will support new farmers by helping reduce the financial burden of their loans. New farmers may be eligible for up to $30,000 in loan relief when starting a farm business or up to $20,000 in loan relief when buying an established farm business. “Attracting and encouraging new faces to agriculture is vital for the long-term growth and success of the industry,” said Mr. MacDonell. “We are aligning resources to help farmers make ends meet and to support the long-term viability of farm operations in Nova Scotia. Funds are being allocated to new entrants in the most relevant, effective and responsible way.” FarmNEXT will replace the New Entrants to Agriculture program, which has been offered for 10 years. Commitments already made to farmers and agri-businesses under the existing program will be met before the new program comes into effect. Mr. MacDonell said the FarmNEXT program will better meet the needs of Nova Scotians wanting to enter the agriculture industry. Applications for FarmNEXT will be accepted starting April 1. FarmNEXT will be administered through the Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board. It will be part of a suite of government programs and services available to Nova Scotians new to agriculture.last_img read more

Three killed in TrinamoolBJP clash in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Three political workers, including two from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and one from the Trinamool Congress, were killed in a clash between the supporters of the two parties in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, on Saturday, police said. However, the BJP claimed five of its workers were killed, while Trinamool leaders claimed that three of their workers were murdered in the clash in the Hatgachi area under Najat police station of Sandeshkhali Assembly constituency. Hatgachi is about 84 kilometers from Kolkata. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist BJP leader Mukul Roy called on Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday night and apprised him of the situation. “A team of BJP MPs will visit the area on Sunday and submit a report to Shah,” she said. “Three political workers – two of them from the BJP and another from Trinamool – were killed,” said a police officer. State BJP General Secretary Sayantan Basu claimed three of its leaders – Pradip Mondal, Tapan Mondal and Sukanta Mondal – were killed and five other functionaries injured in the clash. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France BJP state General Secretary (organisation) Subrata Chattopadhyay said a fourth BJP worker Debabrata Mondal also died of bullet injury, while 18 other villagers were missing. Later, another injured BJP worker Shankar Mondal’s body was found. The Trinamool said while its worker Qayum Mollah was stabbed to death, two others were thrown into the water. According to the BJP leaders, the clash erupted after Trinamool workers allegedly removed the saffron party’s flags in Sandeshkhali area, while local Trinamool leaders accused the BJP workers of defacing their flags. “During a booth level meeting of our workers in Hatgachhi, some miscreants, backed by the BJP, attacked them. Mollah, a 26-year-old Trinamool worker, was taken out of the party office and stabbed to death,” state Minister and Trinamool’s district President Jyotipriya Mallick claimed. “Two other workers were thrown into the river. Eighteen Trinamool workers, including six women, are injured, he said. I would like to ask the BJP whether we don’t even have the right to hold a meeting. A large posse of police personnel, including those from the Rapid Action Force, have been rushed to the spot. Union minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo in a tweet said he was ‘deeply disturbed’ about the murders of BJP functionaries. “The people of West Bengal will very soon put an end to TMC’s atrocities,” said Supriyo. Mukul Roy held Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee “directly responsible” for “unleashing violence against the BJP workers”.last_img read more

Grains Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was up 3 cents at $5.0760 a bushel; Dec. corn lost 4.4 cents at $3.656 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 1 cent at $2.9320 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans fell 3.2 cents at 8.8920 a bushel.Beef was lower and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile cattle was off .09 cent at $1.1490 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle fell 1.73 cents at $1.4727 a pound; Dec. lean hogs was up 1.47 cents at .5915 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img

First 50 retweets can tell if a tweet will go viral Study

first_imgBeijing: Estimating how infectious a tweet is from the first 50 retweets is the key to predicting whether a post will go viral or not, a study has found. As online social networks and media continue to grow, so has the importance of understanding how they influence our thoughts and opinions, said researchers from Beihang University in China. Being able to predict the spread of social contagions is considered a key goal for those social information networks, according to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAlthough models developed in the field of infectious diseases have been used to describe the spread of ideas, studies have not used real data to estimate how infectious the information is. Researchers used about one month of Twitter data — comprising over 12 million tweets and more than 1.5 million retweets — and estimated each tweet’s infectivity based on the network dynamics of the first 50 retweets associated with it. They incorporated the infectivity estimates into a model with a decay constant that captures the gradual decline in interest as online information ages. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsUsing real data and simulations, the researchers tested the ability of the infectivity-based model to predict the virality of retweet cascades. They compared its performance to that of the standard community model, which incorporates other predictive factors — such as social reinforcement and trapping effects that act to keep tweet cascades within small communities of connected users. The researchers found that for both real Twitter data and simulated data, the infectivity model performed better than the community model, indicating that infectivity is a larger driving force in determining whether a tweet goes viral. Combining the two models into a hybrid community, infectivity model yielded the most accurate predictions, highlighting the complexity of the interacting forces that determine the life and death of social network information.last_img read more

New witness protection scheme for whistleblowers exposing technology industry wrongdoing

Whistleblowers are being offered a “witness protection scheme” to  expose “wrongdoing” in the technology industry. An American non-for-profit organisation founded by a French entrepreneur and philanthropist has said it will provide individuals working within “big data” financial and legal support if they are able provide information  that shows how the public is being “harm[ed], exploited or misled”.The Signals Network, which was set up last year, is working with a consortium of journalists around the world and aims to provide assistance to potential whistle-blowers to ensure that powerful corporations can be investigated. Newspapers and websites in America and Europe, including The Telegraph, have issued a “call for information” to people working in “big data” who are able to show how the public are being misled or that the information they have provided is being misused.Other organisations involved in the project include Mediapart, which was set up by the former editor of Le Monde, Die Viet in Germany, the Intercept and WikiTribune.The reporters will work together to examine information that is provided and a committee will  decide  whether potential sources have provided sufficiently strong information to warrant support from the organisation.In recent years, concerns have arisen about the role of technology companies and how “big data” may be being misused by firms.  Gilles Raymond Earlier this year, it emerged that a Cambridge professor used a personality quiz on Facebook to obtain data from 50 million users without their knowledge.  The academic then allegedly passed the data to a company called Cambridge Analytica, in violation of Facebook’s rules and without the company knowing.It also emerged that Cambridge Analytica harvested data on 50 million Americans without their permission and failed to ensure the data was deleted – it was allegedly used to develop an algorithm used in the US presidential election to target voters for the Trump campaign. The controversy led to more than $36 billion (£26 billion) being wiped off the value of Facebook, as investors reacted to the revelations.  The firm have denied that the data available to Cambridge Analytica constituted a data breach and any wrongdoing.Earlier this month, experts said that social media and online gaming firms should have a “duty of care” to protect children from mental ill health, abuse and addictive behaviour, amid concerns that social media firms are cynically targeting children using addictive “hooks”.The Signals was set up by French businessman Giles Raymond and has an operating budget of several hundred of thousands of dollars to provide financial, legal, psychological and public relations assistance to individuals who are able to provide information that exposes wrongdoing.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Raymond found a company News Republic that was bought by Cheetah Mobile in 2016 for $57 million.  In 2017, he founded the Signals Network. The Signals Network aims to provide the equivalent of a witness protection program for whistle-blowers. Today’s “Call for Information”, which was made by the newspapers and websites, asked for whistle-blowers to provide information that exposed wrongdoing, but also that could “shed light on commonly misunderstood or questioned practices, for example, why companies have chosen specific product updates and their effect on consumers”.Once the information has been provided to the reporters, each case will be “vetted” by a committee, and, based on the public interest and risk exposure, the Signals Network will decide on the level of protection to be offered.   Mr Raymond said:  “Talking to whistle-blowers we identified key needs and expectations”.  To help support them the organisation “will set up its own equivalent of the witness protection program  for qualifying whistleblowers “, he said. To find out more, go to Founder Gilles RaymondCredit:The Signals Network read more

Cotswolds beautician named Tiffany in legal row with global jewellery store over

Mrs Parmar, whose children are one and two, set up Lashes by Tiffany in 2014 as a beauty salon at her home. Some of Tiffany Parmar's products, called "Cotswold Lashes" Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Some of Tiffany Parmar’s products, called “Cotswold Lashes”Credit:SWNS/GloucestershireLive As part of the planned Cotswold Lashes by Tiffany venture, she hoped to sell eyelash glue and trays to other companies and start a beauty training course.She said the business will operate as planned even if she is forced to drop her trademark application.Tiffany and Co did not comment. A Cotswolds beautician named Tiffany has become embroiled in a legal row with the international jewellery store over the name of her business.Tiffany and Co has formally launched legal action against a Tiffany Parmar after she filed a trademark application in April for her cosmetics business to use the name “Cotswold Lashes by Tiffany”.But lawyers for Tiffany and Co say the “highly similar” name she uses could bring its famous brand “into disrepute” and has formally opposed her application.Mother-of-two Mrs Parmar, 32, of Gloucester, accused the firm of “bullying”.She must now decide by December 17 whether to drop her application or go into battle against Tiffany and Co in court, which could see her facing thousands of pounds of costs.”I am not interested in competing with Tiffany and Co,” Mrs Parmar said. “I wish I could, but sadly not. I just didn’t want to start all over again and sadly this was my only chance at this stage in my business to trademark my new venture.”She added that the “trademarking process doesn’t favour the little businesses”. “There is no third party who overlooks the opposition pre legal battle and giant cost,” she said. read more

Des substances nocives détectées dans des jouets pour jeunes enfants

first_imgDes substances nocives détectées dans des jouets pour jeunes enfantsSelon une enquête qu’il a menée, l’UFC-Que choisir a constaté la présence de substances nocives ou suspectes dans plusieurs jouets destinés aux enfants de moins de trois ans. Certaines étant des cancérigènes suspectés, l’organisation réclame un renforcement de la réglementation.Alors que les parents commencent à se ruer dans les magasins pour acheter les cadeaux de Noël de leurs enfants, c’est une étude préoccupante que vient tout juste de dévoiler l’UFC-Que Choisir. A l’approche des fêtes, l’organisation a décidé d’analyser les substances présentes dans trente jouets destinés à des enfants de moins de trois ans. Et les résultats se sont avérés plutôt mitigés. En effet, les analyses ont dans un premier temps révélé que ces produits ne présentaient ni phtalates, ni formaldhéhyde, colorants azoïques, substances cancérogènes ou encore reprotoxiques, des substances interdites par la réglementation. Ce qui constitue “un élément de satisfaction”, souligne l’UFC-Que Choisir. Néanmoins, bien qu’aucun de ces jouets ne soit contraire à la réglementation actuelle, d’autres résultats se sont révélés moins satisfaisants. Ainsi, l’organisation s’est étonnée de “la présence importante (plus de 20% des plastiques des jouets testés) de substituts aux phtalates n’ayant fait l’objet d’aucune évaluation toxicologique officielle et qui ne figurent pas dans la liste des additifs pouvant être utilisés dans les matériaux plastiques en contact avec les aliments”. Une présence qu’elle a signalée à l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (Anses) pour qu’elle procède à une évaluation toxicologique.Mais plus inquiétant encore : l’UFC-Que choisir a découvert, dans 13 jouets testés sur 30, des dérivés pétroliers (HAP), classés cancérogènes probables ou possibles, ou des substances susceptibles d’être transformées en nitrosamines, également cancérogènes probables ou possibles, rapporte le Nouvel Observateur. Parmi les jouets concernés, figure notamment Sophie la Girafe, le jouet préféré des tout-petits qui adorent le porter à la bouche. “Si elle appartenait à la famille des tétines où ces composés sont interdits, Sophie ne serait plus sur le marché mais, appartenant à la catégorie des jouets, la Girafe n’est pas menacée…”,alors qu’elle “contient et même libère dans la salive des précurseurs de nitrosamines”, déplore l’UFC-Que Choisir.Des valeurs limites trop élevées en matière de toxicité À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?L’organisation relève également qu’Outre-Rhin, le jouet ne serait déjà plus sur le marché. Les autorités allemandes sont en effet bien plus strictes qu’en France et ont décidé de renforcer la réglementation sur les jouets, en étendant l’interdiction des composés en cause (les nitrosamines) aux jouets destinés aux moins de 3 ans. En France, la directive européenne sur la sécurité des jouets a été révisée après le scandale des jouets Mattel fabriqués en Chine en 2007. Mais si elle s’appliquera en 2013, l’UFC-Que Choisir estime que les jouets “resteront parfaitement conformes à la réglementation”, les valeurs limites pour certains composés, comme les HAP ou les nitrosamines, étant élevées et donc supérieures à celles trouvées ici. Pour l’organisation, “il n’est pas admissible que toutes les substances chimiques présentes dans les jouets ne soient pas évaluées toxicologiquement afin de garantir leur innocuité, et que des substances cancérogènes probables ou possibles soient admises”. Ainsi, elle réclame un renforcement de la réglementation relative à la toxicité des jouets afin d'”interdire la présence des HAP classés cancérogènes certains, probables et possibles ainsi que les nitrosamines et leurs précurseurs”. En attendant, l’UFC-Que Choisir demande aux fabricants de s’assurer que  toutes ces substances potentiellement nocives ne sont pas présentes dans leurs produits. Le 1 décembre 2011 à 10:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

JPL Pits Human Against AI in Drone Race But Who Wins

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently conducted the ultimate test of artificial versus human intelligence: drone racing.JPL capped off two years of drone autonomy research (funded by Google) with an October competition between their AI and world-class pilot Ken Loo.The team, which clearly comprises fans of The Dark Knight, built three custom vehicles—Batman, Joker, Nightwing—and developed algorithms to make them fly.(The same software was integrated with Google’s Tango technology, on which JPL also worked.)Designed to racing specifications, the unmanned aerial vehicles can travel up to 80 mph in a straight line. Navigating the lab’s twisting obstacle course, however, slowed them to speeds of about 30 or 40 mph.“We pitted our algorithms against a human, who flies a lot more by feel,” project task manager Rob Reid said in a statement. “You can actually see that the AI flies the drone smoothly around the course, whereas human pilots tend to accelerate aggressively, so their path is jerkier.”So, who came out on top? And what do the results mean for the impending robot revolution?You can rest easy: Airborne cyborgs won’t be turning on us—yet.According to JPL, the contestants started with similar lap times, but after dozens of circuits, Loo learned the course, became more creative, and attained higher speeds (while performing some cool moves).Intense focus and constant finger work can take their toll on us delicate humans, and even a pro flier can get exhausted.“This is definitely the densest track I’ve ever flown,” Loo said. “One of my faults as a pilot is I get tired easily. When I get mentally fatigued, I start to get lost, even if I’ve flown the course 10 times.”Still, he prevailed, beating JPL’s worthy opponent by fewer than three seconds: In the official laps, Loo averaged 11.1 seconds, versus the autonomous drones’ 13.9 seconds.The battery-powered latter, however, were more consistent overall; whereas Loo’s times varied, the AI flew the same line every lap.“Our autonomous drones can fly much faster,” Reid said. “One day you might see them racing professionally.” Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next MonthUPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. Hospitals center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

WISHH Hosts Nigerian Fish Feed Workshop

first_imgThe American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) organized a fish feed and management workshop in Ibadan, Nigeria at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture this week.The workshop was funded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Emerging Markets Program, and provided WISHH with important insight, which will guide future market development strategies in Nigeria, including feeding trials, technical assistance and partnerships with local industry.More than 75 participants attended the workshop, representing a wide variety of stakeholder groups including local government, research institutions, feed millers, and fish farmers. Some of the largest feed millers in Nigeria participated, including Premier Feed Mills, Livestock Feeds, Grand Cereals and CHI.Participants discussed the importance of using high quality feed ingredients, how to utilize feeding trials to understand the impact of ingredients on profitability, and some of the challenges faced by the Nigerian aquaculture industry.Challenges discussed included, fish nutrition, marketing and the availability of ingredients.The workshop was organized in partnership with WorldFish, an organization that WISHH is partnering with on feeding demonstrations in Cambodia.last_img read more

RBI Shutters 13 Construction Titles

first_imgReed Business Information has closed all but one of the magazines published under its Associated Construction Publications group, the company said today. ACP consisted of 14 regional magazines that covered the heavy, highway and non-residential construction industries.ACP was managed under RBI’s Reed Construction Data division. RBI said it will continue to publish Construction Equipment magazine.A RBI spokesperson declined to say how many employees were affected by the closures. “It has become increasingly clear that ACP‘s hybrid business model of regional/national advertising is economically unsustainable,” a spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:.  “The final issues will be published during April and affected staff will unfortunately be leaving the company during the course of the month.”In January, RBI announced a reorganization into four market-focused groups: business media, entertainment, construction and BuyerZone, a lead generation business. As part of the reorg, RBI reduced its overall workforce by 7 percent and instituted a hiring and salary freeze for 2009.last_img read more

Amid icy trail conditions mushers ready for K300

first_imgMushers, handlers and organizers attend the Kuskokwim 300 Musher’s Hall meeting Jan 14. (Photo by Chris Pike/ KYUK)Twenty-five mushers, some local, some international – all prepared to race this evening along icy river trails — are in Bethel for the Kuskokwim 300. The race starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. It’s the longest of three races that’ll take place over the weekend.Download AudioLast year’s champion, Pete Kaiser is competing again this year. Kaiser was the first local musher in more than 30 years to win the race.“There’s not a lot of strategy in this race, just because there’s so little rest,” Kaiser said. “So, I think just managing the team’s speed is the probably the only strategy. I’ll be looking to go slower the first part of the race and try to manage their gas tank throughout the whole way.”Due to icy trails from warmer weather in the past few weeks, this year’s K300 race will start and finish with the first and last 50 miles on tundra trails. Kaiser flew his dogs up to Fairbanks to practice last week, and says he hopes the efforts were worth it. And he’s not the only musher focusing on pace during the start.Video by Dean Swope/KYUKBrenda Mackey is a lifelong dog musher and a former Yukon Quest competitor. This is her first year racing the K300.“Trying to slow the dogs down on the ice is going to be a challenge,” Mackey said. “My goal is to not go too fast to the first checkpoint of Kalskag, and I think that that’s going to be a challenge to do on the ice. So we’ll see.” Rhon Buser, who finished second last year by 13 minutes and first the year before, says this year’s trail is ideal.“[The] last year I won, that was the trail we took, so that was kind of exciting,” Buser said. “I know that trail pretty well.”Race officials say this year’s winner will receive at least $25,000 and the race will run about 280 miles, with checkpoints in Tuluksak, Kalskag, Aniak and back.And aside from the K300 this weekend, other mushers will compete in the Bogus Creek 150, the shortest race, the Akiak Dash, at roughly 50 miles.The Kuskokwim 300 race trail runs along the river to Tulusak and back. (Screenshot of Google Maps)last_img read more