EC to deploy 578 companies of Central Forces covering almost 100% booths

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission will have 100 percent deployment of the Central Forces in the booths in the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls with a total deployment of 578 companies. Seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal go to polls on May 6.Apart from the Central Forces, there will be 142 Quick Response Teams (QRT) which will be on patrol in these constituencies and rush whenever there will be reports of any irregularities. The elections will be held in Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Serampore, Hooghly and Arambag and the Commission has already identified the trouble-prone areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSources in the Commission said a major challenge on their part is to ensure free and fair elections in Barrackpore that has witnessed incidents of sporadic clashes in recent times between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP. There will be more than 70 companies of the Central Forces for Barrackpore alone. Bhatpara is one of the Assembly constituencies in Barrackpore which was won by Arjun Singh with a Trinamool Congress’ ticket in 2016 Assembly polls. Singh had joined the BJP and has been fielded by the saffron party against TMC’s Dinesh Trivedi who had won the Barrackpore seat in the last Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySpecial Police Observer Vivek Dubey will visit Barrackpore to review the situation on Sunday. He will hold a meeting with the district election officials and also the political parties. According to sources in the state administration, Barasat police district will have 55 companies, Basirhat will have 12, Barrackpore and Chandannagore police commissionerates will have 50 and 52 companies while Hooghly rural will have 154 companies, Howrah rural will have 119 companies and Howrah police commissionerate will have 48 companies of the Central Forces.last_img read more

More food aid needed to forestall humanitarian crisis in DPR of Korea

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that an additional 150,000 tons of food aid was needed for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in order to prevent a severe shortage later in the year.The WFP’s appeal follows an announcement last Friday that the United States contributed an additional 100,000 tons of wheat, rice and dairy products towards the UN agency’s 2002 assistance programme in the DPRK, which seeks to feed 6.4 million of the country’s most vulnerable children, women and the elderly.WFP said the US contribution, which will begin arriving by the end of July, would help prevent a “rupturing” of the aid pipeline to the DPRK next month but cautioned that the country faced a “major humanitarian crisis” unless more aid was forthcoming.”This US commitment is as crucial as it is timely, because it means distributions to more than 1.7 million beneficiaries who we were obliged to stop feeding last month for lack of contributions can resume again soon,” said David Morton, WFP Representative in the country.Pyongyang Government statistics show that 45 per cent of children under the age of five are chronically malnourished, while 4 million school-aged children are also severely underfed, impairing their capacity to grow both physically and mentally. The nutritional status of some 480,000 pregnant and nursing women is poor, and the rate of maternal mortality is rising.”The needs of the people of the DPRK remain considerable,” Mr. Morton said. “We sincerely hope that other donors who have been generous in the past, but not yet given this year, will step forward soon, because once a pledge is made, it takes two to four months to get that food into the stomach of a hungry child.” read more

Charge Your Car to share strategy for electric vehicle recharging at LCV2012

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Subscription-free, pay-as-you-go recharging network to be expanded nationally with a target of 10,000 charge points.Inclusive, ‘open source’ network will be accessible by all EV drivers, all charge point hosts and network operators, and all charge point manufacturers.Second generation pay-as-you-go charge point management system under development.Charge Your Car Limited will deliver its plans for national, pay-as-you-go, ‘open source’ electric vehicle charging points at this year’s LCV2012 event, running 5-6 September at Millbrook Proving Ground.Charge Your Car will outline how taking an ‘open source’ approach to the creation and management of EV recharging infrastructure can speed the uptake of EVs.“The UK has multiple regional networks of charge points in closed membership schemes, which is delaying the adoption of electric vehicles in the UK,” said Alexandra Prescott, Operations Manager, Charge Your Car.“EV users cannot ‘roam’; they need to join multiple membership schemes, pay multiple subscriptions, and use multiple means of accessing the charge points. All of this creates hassle and imposes unnecessary expense.”The Charge Your Car initiative is the result of a joint venture between Elektromotive Limited, a provider of EV charge points and charge point management systems, and Charge Your Car (North) Ltd. read more

Real Good You Guys Nintendo Nvidia and Not Chasing Power

first_imgStay on target The Nintendo Switch is a huge success, it has great games, it executes its promised concept seamlessly, blah blah blah. All of this is true, and it’s all been talked about extensively. I think a really important, interesting detail has been overlooked in all of the gushing about Switch sales numbers and game review scores, especially after the release of the Xbox One X, Microsoft’s self-described “world’s most powerful console.”I’ve reviewed both systems, along with the PS4 Pro, for And yes, while we couldn’t perform PC-like benchmarks to compare numbers, the Xbox One X certainly seems to be the world’s most powerful game console based on hands-on testing. It doesn’t come close to what you can get out of a gaming PC, but the scalability and expense of PCs means you’re comparing $500 hardware to $5,000 hardware when you’re really trying to get the best performance. For a $500 box, the Xbox One X is really impressive.And yet, while I’m impressed by the Xbox One X, I’m not actually interested in it. Outside of fanboy circles, it looks like not many people really are that interested in it. It feels like a niche product, wedged between the much less expensive Xbox One S and much more expensive but much more powerful gaming PCs. I don’t think anyone is denying the system’s power, but the response has similarly been lukewarm.The emphasis on power and the high price creating a product that seems very niche even among gamers reminds me of another device I reviewed a few years ago, the Nvidia Shield TV. You might remember Nvidia’s Shield, that handheld Android game system that was basically a big Xbox gamepad with a flip-up screen. The Shield TV was the set-top box version, an Android game console in the same vein as the Ouya, MadCatz M.O.J.O., and a whole lot of other, even more forgettable Android game systems.I’m bringing this back around to the Switch, don’t worry.The Shield TV was the most powerful Android game system at the time. Even today, its power is up there and its game-focused engineering means it’s still one of the best Android devices for playing games. It also was one of the first 4K media streamers, before Roku and Amazon caught up. It’s a legitimately impressive device that didn’t find much of an audience outside of certain groups of enthusiasts because, while it had the power, Android games really aren’t that appealing. To Nvidia’s credit, GameStream (local game streaming from your PC) and GeForce NOW (game streaming from Nvidia’s servers) are really impressive features that let you play much better games than what’s on Android. Still, it didn’t make a huge splash, because the power didn’t actually mean anything to most people.Nvidia still offers the Shield TV, and has been regularly updating it (it received a 2017 redesign that makes it even smaller without changing the processing power, and it recently got hands-free Google Assistant support), but it’s still clearly a niche product. It’s an accessory for hardcore PC gamers more than its own stand-alone device. And as a hardware company, Nvidia is well-suited for that sort of product. It was never expected to directly compete with the major game consoles like the Xbox One X is trying to do, and it can’t really be described as a failure. It just wasn’t a huge hit.It was the most powerful Android game device in 2015, but it hasn’t been chasing the position with regular hardware updates like the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro have with their respective platforms. And here’s where it gets interesting: It’s in the Nintendo Switch.The Switch is built around Nvidia’s Tegra X1 processor, the same APU used in the Shield TV. That’s two-year-old technology. And the Switch doesn’t even output at 4K like the Shield TV can at least do with video. The Tegra X1 is still Nvidia’s most powerful mobile processor, but it’s no GTX 10, and in terms of sheer power it’s far behind the Xbox One X.We’ve all given Nintendo a lot of crap over the years for lagging behind Microsoft and Sony on the power front. They were a generation behind in stepping up to HD, and they aren’t going to hit 4K any time soon. And the Switch is clearly not the most powerful system out there, with some aggressive dynamic resolution adjustments in certain games. But, for all those complaints, I’ve been using my Switch way, way more than any other game system. And, since the system came out, it’s had more excellent games that have appealed to me.And even when I notice the bits of jank from the Switch’s lower power, like rough lines in Super Mario Odyssey or rough framerate/resolution switches in Doom, I don’t actually mind any of it that much. Because I still get a ton of fun out of those games. I can feel the Switch’s lack of power compared with the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, and I just don’t care about it.Because Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are solid contenders for Game of the Year without 4K or any overly fancy lighting or particle effects. And because I can play Doom and Stardew Valley anywhere. It’s because engaging gameplay and strong visual design mean far more than graphical power.This is a press photo from Nintendo. The Switch’s screen is 6.2 inches. No one would actually be standing six feet away and playing it with a friend, while wearing a parka. It’s a dumb photo.Not everyone has a 4K TV, and even fewer people have HDR-capable 4K TVs. Things like absurdly detailed facial animation, individually rendered blades of grass, and photo-realistic particle and lighting occlusion effects look great, but they don’t make games great. We learned that with The Order: 1886. Technically impressive, power-hungry graphical features are fundamental to hardcore PC gamers, but they’re a novelty for most when held against gameplay and design.While Microsoft and Sony were chasing raw power at premium prices, Nintendo was studying the blade focusing on concept and design. It went with Nvidia’s Tegra X1 APU not because it was the most powerful, but because it was the right chip for the job. Microsoft gushes about (and legitimately produces) the most powerful game console in the world, and it’s overshadowed by a tablet with a two-year-old processor and no 4K support. That’s pretty amazing.This doesn’t mean that power isn’t an important factor in game systems. Nintendo can’t lag behind too much, or else it’ll find another situation where it’s pitting the Wii U against the PS4. But power isn’t the most important factor in game systems. It wasn’t when the Shield TV was the most powerful Android gaming device. It wasn’t when the PS4 Pro was released. It isn’t now that the Xbox One X is here. The experience is always more important than the power behind it.Nintendo recognized this, and that’s why they worked with Nvidia to use a mobile processor in its latest system. And now we have the Switch, a game console that doesn’t even attempt 4K, but has has one of the most strongest launch years we’ve seen in a long time, and made a legitimate smash thanks to its execution and library.I have to be honest, I’d much rather play Super Mario Odyssey in 720p than Call of Duty: WWII in 4K HDR. That’s because, even without absurd processing power, it’s real good you guys. Real There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational PoisonReal Good You Guys: ThinkGeek’s Bags of Holding (Fast Travel and M… center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Nikola Kalinic wants AC Milan exit confirms Agent

first_imgNikola Kalinic’s agent has confirmed that the forward is looking to leave AC Milan this summer with Atletico Madrid rumoured to be interested in signing himMilan appears to be going from bad to worse at the moment following club owner Li Yonghong’s failure to pay off his €303m debt to American hedge fund Elliott Management, who loaned him the capital to purchase the Italian club last April.As such, Milan have now been taken over by Elliot and face an uncertain future with several first-team players expected to leave the San Siro this summer in order to help pay off their debts.One of those players being linked with a move away from the seven-time European champions is Kalinic.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Kalinic is aware of the interest of several teams,” Tomislav Erceg, Kalinic’s agent, told Estadio Deportivo, via Football-Espana.“But he has to wait and see what Milan decides…Atletico are interested, we cannot hide that fact, but Sevilla are too, there are several options open, but it depends on Milan’s management.“Nikola knows how competitive Atletico are, with a great coach like Simeone at the helm, but right now it is not in our hands to decide, once Milan express their decision, we will evaluate it.”Kalinic was originally a part of Croatia’s World Cup squad this summer before being sent home by head coach Zlatko Dalic for refusing to enter the pitch in their 2-0 win over Nigeria in the group stages, despite the striker later claiming that he had a back injury.last_img read more

The Governor General Signs the Book of Condolence for the Late Cleophas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 22, 2017 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling signs the Book of Condolence for the late Cleophas Adderley at Holy Trinity Church on Friday, July 21, 2017.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img

Official Real Sociedad sack Asier Garitano

first_imgReal Sociedad have sacked manager Asier Garitano after suffering four defeats in a rowLast Friday’s 1-0 home loss to Deportivo Alaves sent La Real down to 15th-place in La Liga and just four points above the relegation zone.Therefore, Los Txuri-Urdin have decided to release Garitano after just seven months in charge at Anoeta.Sociedad thanked Garitano “for all the contribution, professionalism and dedication he has shown during the exercise of his duties in the management of the first team, while wishing him the best for his professional and personal future”The club announced then on their website that former coach Imanol Alguacil has been brought in to replace the fired Garitano from Sanse.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.La Real will next take on Real Madrid away in La Liga on January 6.COMUNICADO OFICIAL: Imanol Alguacil será el entrenador del primer equipo #RealSociedad ⬇— Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) December 26, 2018last_img read more

Car ends up wrapped around pole in SWMD crash 3 hurt

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took three people to the hospital after, officials said, a violent car crash in Southwest Miami-Dade sent one of the vehicles into a pole.Florida Highway Patrol troopers, Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the wreck in the area of Kendall Drive and Southwest 132nd Avenue, Monday, just before 7:30 p.m.According to police, two cars collided, causing one of them to flip on its side and end up wrapped around a pole. The other mangled vehicle came to rest on a sidewalk.Paramedics transported the three victims to area hospitals in unknown condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of July 28 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 28, 2019:Substitute Teachers at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Language-Based Program Teacher at Wilmington High SchoolFull-Time Educational Assistant for Compass PreK at Wildwood Early Childhood CenterFull-Time Special Education Teacher for STRIDES Program at Wilmington Middle SchoolPart-Time Sunday Delivery Driver at OptimaFull-Time IT Manager at Spectra Medical DevicesFull-Time Food Service Manager at Compass GroupFull-Time Document Control Specialist at CutisPharmaFull-Time ABA Classroom Counselor at May InstituteFull-Time Class D Delivery Driver at J. Polep Distribution ServicesFull-Time Authorization Coordinator at AmetrosFull-Time Customer/Product Support – Management at Charles River LabsFull-Time Durable Medical Equipment Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Product Manager at AmetrosFull-Time Employee Relations Consultant at UniFirstFull-Time Talent Engagement Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Talent Acquisition System Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Counter Sales Representative at S.G. Torrice CompanyFull-Time Credit and Collections Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Cash Applications & AR Services Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Educational Assistant (Language Based Program) at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolFull-Time Human Resources Manager at Smyth CompaniesFull-Time Sales Executive at AmerisourceBergenFull-Time Animal Care Technician at RAPS ConsultingFull-Time Cost Accountant via KBW Financial Staffing and RecruitingFull-Time Sr. Embedded Software QA Engineer via CyberCodersPart-Time CNA or HHA at Assisted Hands Home CareFull-Time Entry Level Animal Husbandry/Science Technician at Kelly ServicesPart-Time & Full-Time Merchandise Associate at TJ MaxxPart-Time & Full-Time Retail Staff at GameStopFull-Time Toddler Teacher at Little SproutsFull-Time Manufacturing Manager at TecometFull-Time Class D Delivery Driver at J. Polep Distribution ServicesFull-Time Software Engineer (Enterprise Applications) at SymboticFull-Time Design Director/Sr. Project Architect at Channel Building CompanyFull-Time Robotics Support Engineer at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Account Manager at ComcastFull-Time/Part-Time Crew Members at Dunkin DonutsFull-Time Movers & Drivers at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Drivers at Classic Soft TrimFull-Time Management Trainee at UniFirstFull-Time Bookkeeper/Office Manager at Back Bay SignFull-Time Sales Operations Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Store Sales Manager at AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car CarePart-Time Member Services Representative at Planet FitnessFull-Time Sales & Management Trainee at U.S. Electrical ServicesFull-Time Sales Operations Product Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Manufacturing Technician at ConformisFull-Time Graphic Designer at 3STEP SportsFull-Time Digital Diecutter at Smyth CompaniesFull-Time Sales Representative at Lincare HealthcarePart-Time Temporary Driver at FedExFull-Time Driver at Pepsi Beverages CompanyPart-Time Retail Merchandising Display Tech at BDS MarketingFull-Time Technician at Xenon CorporationFull-Time Senior Technical Support Engineer at MKS InstrumentsPart-Time Server at Glendale Dining ServicesFull-Time Grill Cook at Cafe Services Inc.Part-Time Evening Delivery Driver at Optima ShippingFull-Time Cargo Van Delivery Driver at Optima Shipping(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Whopping 5 billion FTC settlement still a bargain for Facebook critics say

first_img 0 3:28 Democrats were just as quick to bash the agreement, saying it amounted to a token penalty that will do nothing to change the social network’s operating procedures. “A $5 billion fine may appear large, but it amounts to a slap on the wrist in comparison to the revenue that Facebook rakes in,” Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said in a statement. “This settlement is also notably deficient in its lack of new safeguards that would effectively prohibit similar privacy violations in the future.”The responses, as well as the settlement itself, shouldn’t come as a surprise. The broad strokes of the eventual agreement — a $5 billion fine and a handful of conditions, including one that will require CEO Mark Zuckerberg to give his word the company is protecting privacy — have been evident for months. For more than a year, the FTC had been investigating whether Facebook’s failure to prevent Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign, from harvesting data on as many as 87 million users was a violation of an earlier agreement to protect user privacy. Dribs and drabs of the discussions leaked out, preparing everyone for the eventual deal. In April, Facebook all but told investors what the deal would be, saying during its first-quarter earnings it had set aside as much as $5 billion related to the FTC investigation. Shares rose on relief that it was so small. Post a comment No doubt, $5 billion is a lot of money for most of us. And it’s more than 200 times the $22.5 million Google paid in a 2012 FTC settlement over tracking users that set the previous record for a tech company. But at Facebook, which raked in $56 billion in revenue last year, the fine will barely be felt. In fact, it may be the best $5 billion Facebook ever spent.Ashkan Soltani, former chief technologist at the FTC, noted in a tweet that the settlement covers Facebook violations outside of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Those include using telephone numbers — gathered ostensibly for use in two-factor authentication — to serve ads, storing passwords in plain text and harvesting email contacts. The settlement also indemnifies Facebook for “any and all claims prior to June 12, 2019,” though that applies only to issues the FTC is currently aware of.The FTC said the settlement would achieve some of the goals that critics had identified. “The relief is designed not only to punish future violations but, more importantly, to change Facebook’s entire privacy culture to decrease the likelihood of continued violations,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons in a statement. Zuckerberg argued that it will also take Facebook longer to build products.None of that mollified critics.”In exchange for modest changes to Facebook’s internal structure, the settlement shields the company from responsibility for violations that may not even be known,” Neema Singh Guliani, senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement. “It fails to put strong and meaningful limits on how Facebook collects, uses, and processes user data.”Wanted: Better consumer protectionThe FTC, of course, may have done the best it could with the tools it has. The agency enforces the law, but Congress makes the law. And Congress hasn’t pursued privacy legislation that would protect Americas in the same way that the EU can protect Europeans with the year-old GDPR privacy regulation. This wasn’t lost on many critics. Consumer Reports, an independent nonprofit, said the FTC wasn’t getting the support it needed from legislators.Consumer Reports welcomed the action from the FTC after a year-long investigation, but said it’s clear that Congress needs to give the FTC greater authority and resources to rein in companies like Facebook.  “With a weak and under-resourced FTC, and a glaring need for far more comprehensive privacy laws, Congress must raise the standards for consumers and hold Big Tech accountable,” Marta Tellado, president and CEO of Consumer Reports, said in a statement. “Lawmakers have a responsibility to pass laws that offer real protections, giving consumers control of their data and the FTC the power it needs to rein in Big Tech.”On Tuesday, the Department of Justice said it was opening an antitrust review of online platforms and whether they’re reducing competition. The department didn’t name specific companies, but The Wall Street Journal reported that it’s targeting tech giants including Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook.Free Press, a nonpartisan group that fights for people’s rights to connect and communicate, said the settlement fell “far too short,” but used it to call for legislation that would prevent such abuses in the future.”Without corrective action, the business of behavioral advertising is bound to harm our social, political and private lives again and again,” Gaurav Laroia, a lawyer at the group, wrote. “It’s now up to Congress to pass legislation to protect our privacy, our democracy and our civil rights.”Originally published July 24, 12:05 p.m. PTUpdate, 12:47 p.m.: Adds Consumer Reports comments. Update, 9:15 p.m.: Adds ACLU comment. Feeling blue, Facebook? Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET The reaction was swift, loud and predictable: Facebook got off light. After months of build-up, the $5 billion settlement between the social network and the Federal Trade Commission was anticlimactic for almost everyone, a disappointing result that managed to unite Democrats, Republicans, consumer advocates and privacy hardliners. The settlement does little to force changes in Facebook’s core business model, which relies on using the personal data you willingly give it to deliver targeted ads. It does little to punish the company for failing to disclose how it will use the data it collects. It doesn’t hold executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, personally responsible for the problems that cropped up on their watch.Instead, the settlement mandates the creation of a committee of Facebook’s board to review privacy decisions and a new privacy program. It also requires Zuckerberg to personally certify that the program complies with a legal agreement Facebook has with the FTC to protect user privacy. The $5 billion fine is the largest penalty ever levied against a company for consumer privacy violations, the FTC said. The FTC voted 3-2 along party lines to approve the settlement, which still needs to be cleared by a court. To Facebook’s critics, the deal was an expensive Get Out of Jail Free card. “This settlement does nothing to change Facebook’s creepy surveillance of its own users & the misuse of user data,” tweeted Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri. “It utterly fails to penalize Facebook in any effective way.” Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags Privacy Facebook FTC Facebook FTC settlement puts Zuck personally on the hook Politics Tech Industry This is very disappointing. This settlement does nothing to change Facebook’s creepy surveillance of its own users & the misuse of user data. It does nothing to hold executives accountable. It utterly fails to penalize Facebook in any effective way.— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 24, 2019last_img read more

GHMC top brass lauded for innovative efforts

first_imgHyderabad: Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Director and Joint Secretary V K Jindal appreciated the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) for its innovative efforts in sanitation, recycling of construction and demolition (C&D) waste, in making the Hyderabad city a clean and healthy city. GHMC Mayor Bonthu Rammohan informed the SBM officials about sanitation, levelling of manholes and re-cycling of C&D waste. On Friday, while presenting a presentation on the GHMC activities, GHMC Commissioner M Dana Kishore appraised the officials how the GHMC making its efforts in keeping the city clean and said while monitoring with the integration the cameras of police Department, the GHMC would able to keep the city clean from time to time. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us Regarding disposal of C&D waste, the GHMC is collecting fee for the transportation of C&D material of demolished building while giving permission for construction of new building. All the transportation vehicles and garbage lifting vehicles are equipped with GPS for better management. Bio-metric of attendance of all sanitation workers and regular medical check-up for them. All the public toilets and community toilets are monitored daily and around Rs 80 lakh were collected by way of fines on the offenders for throwing garbage on roads, letting out water on roads and spitting, he added. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The Commissioner further said awareness campaign meetings were conducted on segregation of dry and waste with involvement of SHGs/ NGOs/public representatives. The motto of the GHMC is bin free, dust free and litter free by collecting the garbage at source. The director suggested the waste should be segregated at source and no waste is left unprocessed. The method of sending SMS in the localities so the citizens are ready to hand over the garbage in the colonies. An integrated data on city profile can be taken up for better management of works. All this would be possible only with the participation of citizens he added. GHMC officials and HMW&SSB officials were present in the meeting.last_img read more

Ross Taylors weird batting leaves New Zealand sinking against India

first_imgRoss Taylor’s approach was strangeIANSDuring the first ICC 2019 World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand, Steve Waugh was in the commentary box alongside Sourav Ganguly and Harsha Bhogle. The 1999 World Cup-winning captain made a very important comment about how to approach big matches like these, mentally. “Sometimes, you have to be ready to lose while trying to win in these big games,” Waugh said.He was talking about the strange batting approach that New Zealand had at that time in their innings. The experienced pair of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor was at the crease and run-scoring was progressing at snail’s pace. Ganguly looked at his wit’s end trying to understand what the plan was of New Zealand, especially of Ross Taylor.While Williamson had been at the crease from the fourth over of the innings and was, hence, the guy expected to be given the role of batting till the end, Taylor, being the new man at the crease, was supposed to press the accelerator. But the former New Zealand captain, seemed to be in a different mood altogether, and went completely into his shell. He seemed determined to block everything from the spinners. Williamson was dismissed trying to up the anteTwitter/Cricket World CupThis was understandable up to a point but overs were getting spent away and there seemed to be no move from New Zealand. Then came the time when the need for scoring quickly could not be avoided. With Williamson past his 50 and looking well set to go on and bat till the end of the innings, Taylor was clearly the man to take the initiative. Still, he seemed intractable and kept either blocking or pushing for singles.As a result, it was Kane who felt he had to be the aggressor rather than the man to bat through the innings. He played some really nice attacking shots and did get the ball rolling. But with pressure for scoring quickly mounting, the Kiwi captain had to take risks and perished while attempting an ultra-aggressive cut shot on 67 with his team’s score at 134/3 in 35.2 overs. Suddenly, the man expected to take New Zealand ashore was gone. There is a view that the pitch is very slow and is turning sharply as well. Ravindra Jadeja did get a few deliveries to spin sharply and batsmen were having difficulties in timing. But such things seem exaggerated when a team is batting negatively. It is very possible that when Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul arrive at the crease, the pitch would start looking batting-friendly.When rain stopped play, New Zealand had pushed on to 211/5 in 46.1 overs with Taylor batting at 67 at 85. If play resumes and Taylor plunders runs in the final overs, he may be forgiven but that seems unlikely. If only Taylor had been more positive – even in pinching singles if not attempting boundaries, the run-rate would have been better and Williamson would not have had to sacrifice his wicket. A set Williamson may have gone on to score a hundred and plunder more runs. However, Taylor’s timidity and unwillingness to take any risk left the Kiwis in a batting quick-sand. Only time will tell whether Taylor’s approach costs New Zealand dearly.last_img read more

Trump Says Hell Name High Court Pick On July 9

first_img Share AP Photo/Manuel Balce CenetaPresident Donald Trump, speaks to reporters onboard Air Force One Friday, June 29, 2018, on his way to Bedminster, N.J.President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One he plans to announce his choice to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9.The president said he is considering two women among a group of at least five potential candidates for the nation’s high court. Trump said as many as seven candidates may be interviewed.Trump was asked Friday if he plans to ask potential nominees their views on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade. He responded, “That’s not a question I’ll be asking.”Trump said he thinks that is “inappropriate to discuss.”He plans to begin interviewing possible candidates Monday but may meet with some this weekend in New Jersey.Trump said of the candidates under consideration, “It’s a great group of intellectual talent.”last_img read more

Inspector General audit finds problems with NASAs cloud computing efforts

first_img © 2013 Citation: Inspector General audit finds problems with NASA’s cloud computing efforts (2013, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from CIA faulted for choosing Amazon over IBM on cloud contract Explore further Over the past several years, the Office of Management and Budget, which controls the purse strings of federal entities, has demanded that governmental agencies, such as NASA, begin transferring some or all of its data processing and storage activities to the cloud. The idea is that doing so will save the government a lot of money. In following the directive, however, it appears that managers at NASA have failed to ensure that cloud operations are undertaken with the knowledge and approval of the agencies top information officer. Worse, it appears that many of the cloud initiatives were undertaken without due consideration given to necessary security precautions that must be put in place when applications and data become accessible across the Internet.More specifically, the auditors found over a 100 NASA websites—both internal and external—had never been tested for security integrity. Incredibly, many of those same websites were found to have no security controls in place at all.Government agencies have two main options when moving applications to the cloud—set up facilities on their own or contract out. NASA, like most other federal agencies has chosen the latter. Unfortunately, the auditors found that officials at the agency in many cases failed to include security issues when writing contracts, which of course resulted in them not being put in place.Overall, the IG’s report has found that weaknesses in cloud applications have impeded the agency from reaping the benefits of cloud computing—namely reducing costs. And worse, the approach taken thus far has put NASA data at risk. Out of five contracts reviewed, the auditors found “none came close” to operating with industry standard security precautions.The auditors recommend that NASA set up an office dedicated to cloud computing and the security issues that must be put in place when such initiatives are undertaken. 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. ( —The Office of the Inspector General, led by Paul Martin, has published the results of an audit of NASA’s cloud computing efforts and has found many such efforts lack proper security. The report also notes that many cloud efforts run by the agency were operating without the knowledge of its own Office of the Chief Information Officer.last_img read more

Wine 30 with Direct3D 10 and 11 support

first_imgWine 3.0 with Direct3D 10 and 11 support by Martin Brinkmann on January 18, 2018 in Linux – 16 commentsWine HQ announced the release of Wine 3.0 today. The new version of Wine comes with support for Direct3D 10 and 11, improved DirectWrite and Direct2D support, and more features.Wine enables users on Linux, Mac OS X and other non-Windows systems to run Windows programs without requiring a copy of Microsoft Windows.It is, for instance, useful to get Windows software to run on Linux machines that would not be available otherwise. Think of computer games, Adobe Photoshop or other programs that are not available for Linux.The Wine community maintains a database of the compatibility of games and programs. You can check out the database here to find out if a program or game that you want to run is compatible.The Wine 3.0 source code is already available. Binary releases are built right now and will be published once that is done.Wine 3.0The developers note that Wine 3.0 features over 6000 changes over the previous release. Open the release notes for a list of important changes that went into the new release.Here is a short list of important changes:Default Windows version set to Windows 7.Support for a signficant number of Direct3D 10 and 11 features including compute shaders, stream output, structured buffers and more.Improved support for OpenGL core contexts in Direct3D.Support for more Direct3D graphics cards.OpenGL extension list updated to OpenGL 4.6.Wine can be built as an APK package and behaves like an Android app.Full graphic and audio driver for Android.Async I/O performance improvements.Mouse cursors redesigned and support high DPI screens.Shell Explorer, common dialogs and RichEdit control scale properly on high DPI screens.Higher display resolution support in desktop mode.AES encryption supported.You can run wine –version to find out which version of Wine is installed on the system. Installation and upgrade instructions are provided on the official website.Now You: Which Windows-only programs or games would you need on Linux?Related articlesWine 2.0 is now availableA look at Windows Alternatives in LinuxEssential Applications for GNU/Linux UsersSummaryArticle NameWine 3.0 with Direct3D 10 and 11 supportDescriptionWine HQ announced the release of Wine 3.0 today. The new version of Wine comes with support for Direct3D 10 and 11, improved DirectWrite and Direct2D support, and more features.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Goodbye Firefox Quantum Hello Firefox Browser

first_imgGoodbye Firefox Quantum, Hello Firefox Browser by Martin Brinkmann on August 12, 2019 in Firefox – 76 commentsThe Firefox web browser has had a few names since the release of the first experimental build back in 2002. First known as Phoenix, a name Mozilla had to drop because of a trademark dispute with Phoenix Technologies, and then known as Firebird, another name that Mozilla decided to drop because of the database server Firebird, Firefox was the third and final name of the web browser for a long time.The release of Firefox 57 brought another change to the name; better, an addendum to the name as Mozilla called the browser Firefox Quantum with that release.The name Quantum was selected because it was an effort to push new technologies in the browser to improve all aspects of Firefox and reverse the downwards trend user-wise.Firefox users who open the About page of the web browser right now will notice that Firefox Quantum is still used as the name of the browser.Starting with Firefox 70, another name is displayed when users open the About page. The new name is Firefox Browser. The stable version will just display Firefox Browser whereas development versions will add the channel name underneath it, e.g. Nightly or Developer.Firefox Nightly displays the new name of the browser already on the about page. Firefox users may notice that the logo changed as well. Mozilla selected a new logo for the Firefox browser and that new logo will be shown on the about page, on Mozilla’s website, and other places.Why Firefox Browser and not Firefox Quantum or just Firefox? It was clear from the get-go that Firefox Quantum was just a temporary name to highlight the major changes in the new versions of the browser.Plain Firefox would not make much sense anymore either because of other projects that carry the Firefox brand. Mozilla launched plenty including Firefox Monitor, Firefox Send or Firefox Lockwise in recent years and plans to launch even more, e.g. Firefox Proxy, in the future.To better distinguish the browser, Mozilla had to add something to the Firefox name; browser is the obvious choice and Mozilla decided to select it for the name.Mozilla plans to roll out the changes when Firefox Stable hits version 70; Mozilla aims for a October 23, 2019 release according to the release schedule.Closing WordsFirefox Browser is without doubt a better name than Firefox Quantum as it describes exactly what Firefox is. It does not come as a surprise that Mozilla picked Firefox as the name for all the products that it creates and not Mozilla as the brand awareness is much higher.Now You: What is your take on the name change and new logo? (via Sören)SummaryArticle NameGoodbye Firefox Quantum, Hello Firefox BrowserDescriptionMozilla plans to change the name of the Firefox web browser from Firefox Quantum to Firefox Browser when Firefox 70 is released.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Addressing Automation Needs in Mortgage

first_imgThe layout-specific configurations needed for each document variation can take a long time to set up if the number of document variations/types is high.These layout-specific configurations need to change if the layout of a document changes.  The graphical signature approach tends to be less reliable with more than one hundred document variations/types to compare, affecting accuracy in some cases. Image processing time tends to be linear relative to the number of document variations/types.This approach fails to leverage the rich text present in a mortgage file to detect document boundaries for multiple page documents, while also lacking the ability to extract data from the documents once indexed. December 4, 2018 1,735 Views in Commentary, Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Addressing Automation Needs in Mortgage However, this system also has certain drawbacks, which include: 3. Visual Classification (a.k.a ‘Fingerprinting’)This legacy approach has recently been remarketed for use in the mortgage industry. While it does have the advantage of sub-second speed, it is not an OCR solution. Instead, an image analysis (non-text based) approach is used to identify documents and page types.Visual classification attempts to differentiate between document types A and B largely by examining the distribution of ink on samples of each known document. Similar to thumbprint analysis, the graphical signature of each document type is learned and remembered. It has the following advantages: Processing speed.Works well on documents with a static layout such as tax forms or a 4506-T form.Training time, as it is relatively simple for the system to learn a small range of document variations from image signature analysis. Many technology options are available today to automate mortgage document processing tasks. Some solutions are well marketed with great claims of mortgage ‘knowledge’ and an ability to provide tremendous results. In some cases, providers use offshore labor rather than technology, or some combination of the above. When conducting due diligence, understanding the differences in these approaches is key to supporting expansion and scalability requirements.Three technology approaches help determine the right solution for automating mortgage processing documents:1. Zonal OCRThe zonal Optical Character Recognition (OCR) approach looks in specific locations, or ‘zones’, on a page for relevant text. The benefits of this system include:Minimizing the OCR processing time since only configured zones are processed by the system.Works well on documents with a static layout such as tax forms or a 4506-T form.However, this process is administratively heavy, as variations in document layout require distinct zonal templates. Many times the relevant text is in a highly volatile location, making it difficult to find.2. Full Page OCRThis approach makes a full-page OCR ‘read’ of every page of every document, much the same as a human being. Ideally, each page is read in less than one second and the content is processed through a set of rules to determine the document type of each page. While this may seem to be the obvious way to approach the task of indexing the diverse documents found in the mortgage industry, most technology providers are unable to deliver the speed necessary to successfully scale with this approach. The benefits of this approach include:Works on all mortgage document variations, even pay stubs with millions of variations.  Ability to index document versions which may have never been seen before by the system assuming they are lexically similar (same words and phrases found throughout similar learned examples).Ability to accurately distinguish between leading and following pages, eliminating the need for adding document separator sheets. Ability to “discover” data in a manner similar to a human being, using words and phrases across the entire document to find key data elements for extraction.High-speed OCR allows for almost infinite scalability with a relatively small hardware footprint. Automation Documentation loan mortgage OCR Processing technology 2018-12-04 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

Top 10 beaches in AustraliaTripAdvisorWhitehaven B

first_imgTop 10 beaches in AustraliaTripAdvisorWhitehaven Beach Bye bye Bondi … once again, you didn’t make the top 10 in Australia, according to the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays took the top honours in Australia again, for the fourth year in a row, followed Surfers Paradise and Noosa Main Beach.Baia do Sancho in Brazil was named best beach in the world, ahead of beaches in the Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba.Top 10 beaches in AustraliaWhitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island QLDSurfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast QLDNoosa Main Beach, Noosa QLDManly Beach, Sydney NSWTurquoise Bay Beach, Exmouth WABurleigh Heads Beach, Gold Coast QLDCable Beach, Broome WAMooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba QLDThe Strand, Townsville, QLDEmily Bay, Norfolk IslandClick to read the full list of winnerslast_img read more

MP threatens to slap rival on TV news show

first_imgAn otherwise lifeless election campaign was jazzed up on Thursday when during a news programme one politician threatened to slap another in the face.The kerfuffle happened on Sigma’s live televised noon show ‘Mesimeri kai Kati’, one day before the official submission of candidacies for the 2018 presidential elections.The protagonists were Diko MP Zacharias Koulias and Andreas Themistocleous, a senior campaign staffer for presidential hopeful Giorgos Lillikas.It all began when Themistocleous attacked Diko and its party leader Nicolas Papadopoulos for signing off on all the bills emanating from the 2013 bailout deal between Cyprus and its international lenders.The implication was that Diko had gone along with all the austerity measures enacted in the wake of the financial and banking meltdown.Going a step further, Themistocleous suggested that Koulias should refrain from speaking about the state of the economy since his party is co-responsible for ‘this crime perpetrated against the Cypriot people’.“You are gravely mistaken, but you are forgiven because you are young,” Koulias hit back, turning to face Themistocleous.The back-and-forth went on for a while longer, but tensions really flared when Themistocleous asked Koulias not to interrupt him, wagging his finger at him.Koulias, whose agitation threshold is typically low, then blew a gasket.“Don’t you wag your finger at me. You could use a smacking,” he barked, switching to the Cypriot dialect.Eventually the two men managed to calm down, allowing the show to go on smoothly.On Friday, a total of nine candidates will be submitting their candidacy for the presidency.The first round of elections is scheduled for January 28, the runoff for February 4.Latest polls show that Diko’s Papadopoulos will garner around 15 per cent of the popular vote in the first round, with Lillikas getting just two per cent.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more