Beijing: Jack Ma, who founded Alibaba Group, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, is stepping down as chairman at a time when the rapidly changing industry faces uncertainty amid a US-Chinese trade war. Ma stepped down Tuesday as part of a succession announced a year earlier. He will stay on as a member of the Alibaba Partnership, a group of 36 people with the right to nominate a majority of the company’s board of directors. Ma, 55, founded Alibaba in 1999 to connect Chinese exporters to American retailers. The company has shifted its focus to serving China’s growing consumer market. Domestic businesses accounted for 66 per cent of its USD 16.7 billion in revenue in the quarter ending in June. (AP)
REGINA – A young Regina man convicted of stabbing his former girlfriend to death with a hunting knife when he was 16 will be sentenced as an adult.A packed courtroom burst into applause Wednesday as Skylar Prockner, now 19, got an automatic life sentence with no parole for 10 years after pleading guilty earlier this year to first-degree murder in the January 2015 death of Hannah Leflar.Prockner didn’t show any emotion as Justice Jennifer Pritchard delivered her decision. His family left the courtroom angrily shouting the sentence was unfair.Hannah’s mother Janet Leflar said the adult sentence, which lifts the publication ban on his name, was a hollow victory.“We’re relieved that he got the adult sentence,” she said outside court. “We can finally say Skylar Prockner murdered my daughter which is a big victory for us but there are no winners today. Nobody won anything. She’s still gone.”The Crown had sought an adult sentence, while the defence had argued that the youth had no criminal record before the homicide and “has mental health issues.”“I didn’t see how the judge could have made any other decision given the circumstances and the evidence and the obvious lack of remorse,” Leflar said.The court had previously heard that Prockner had trouble coping with being dumped by Hannah, and that he eventually stabbed her multiple times with a hunting knife after hiding outside her house waiting for her to walk home from school.The 16-year-old girl was found in her Regina home by her stepfather.At a sentencing hearing in May, the teen apologized in court saying he was unstable at the time and wants to spend the rest of his life doing good.“I can’t apologize enough for what I’ve done,” he said at the hearing. “Everyone makes mistakes. It’s what we do to right those wrongs that make us better.”Prockner said he’s found peace in God.“I know you may never forgive me for what I’ve done,” he said. “But I will never stop asking God for forgiveness.”At the hearing, Hannah’s mother told Prockner to “burn in hell” and urged the judge not to show any mercy to the killer of her only child.“I will never know my daughter as an adult. I’ve lost my entire future because of this, a future that revolved around my daughter’s plans. My future is now a blank wall,” Leflar said.Hannah was an honours student who had been named the top of her class for Grade 10 just before her death.The sentencing hearing was told that after he and Hannah broke up, the youth had trouble coping.When she started dating a different boy, he hatched a plan called “Project Zombify” to recruit friends to help him attack the couple with bats and knives.The attack never took place because Leflar and that boyfriend broke up, but the youth kept tabs on her. When he saw she had a new boyfriend, he stabbed her to death in her home.A second youth, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, is expected to be sentenced in September. (The Canadian Press, CJME, CKRM)
WASHINGTON – The head of the International Monetary Fund warns that leading nations need to embrace bold policy steps to accelerate a still-modest and fragile global economic recovery.IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde says that as the world still struggles to emerge from the 2008 financial crisis, economies are under threat from tensions involving Ukraine and Russia to inaction in countries that should be driving growth.Lagarde says the European Central Bank should consider lowering interest rates further and using unconventional policies to support growth and fight inflation that is too low.Her comments came in a speech previewing next week’s meetings of global finance officials in Washington. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2014 9:18 am MDT IMF chief Lagarde warns that nations must adopt bold policy actions to boost global recovery
In a news release, Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF’s global head of water, sanitation and hygiene said: “Every year, 1.4 million children are dying from largely preventable diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea,” numbers, he says, that “could be greatly reduced by working with children and families to adopt a very straightforward solution – handwashing.” Handwashing with soap before meals and after toilet use has been shown to reduce diarrhoeal infections by 40 per cent, said UNICEF.Moreover, handwashing not only reduces the rate of infection, but also keeps children in school, as are not staying home due to illness. Mr. Wijesekera calls it “a frontline preventive measure.”Since the Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on 4 October, a poor water and sanitation infrastructure have given rise to acute diarrhoea and suspected cholera cases.The UNICEF Representative in Haiti, Marc Vincent referred to it as “everyone’s worst nightmare. Less than two weeks after the hurricane, cholera may be spreading in areas where it previously barely existed and diarrhoea is preying on already vulnerable children. Immediate action is essential – children’s health is at risk.”UNICEF offers the following facts about the importance of handwashing: 1 gram of faeces contains 100 billion bacteria;Globally, approximately one in five people wash their hands after using the toilet; Each year, 1.7 million children die before the age of 5 because of diarrhoea and pneumonia;Children who wash their hands with soap after going to the toilet and before eating reduce their risk of contracting diarrhoea by more than 40 percent, and;Acute respiratory infections like pneumonia are the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5.
“We have been stepping up winter distributions, providing thermal blankets and quilts to 11,200 people around Mosul, and we plan to step up distributions in coming days to reach an additional 5,000 families,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, told reporters in Geneva.According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 96,864 people have so far been displaced since October 17, when a military campaign began in order to oust terrorists from the city.The bulk of new arrivals – 57,000 people – are currently being sheltered in UNHCR-supported camps in the area. UNHCR has six camps receiving people from Mosul, with another three under construction. The nine sites would have a capacity for 102,000 people. Significant numbers have also been fleeing Hawija in Kirkuk ahead of an offensive. In Kirkuk, additional camps are hosting people mainly displaced from Hawija.UNHCR’s Mosul emergency response fund, set at $196.2 million, is 57 per cent funded. The largest funding gap is for the winter programme and the agency is urging donors to help close the shortfall to prepare for possible additional displacement and help offset the miserable living conditions.Assistance items distributed to the newly arrived families in camps include blankets, mattresses, stoves, plastic sheets, kitchen sets, quilts, insulation sleeping mats, tent insulation kits and heaters.In response to questions, Mr. Edwards confirmed that the figure he had quoted, 96,864 people, was the number of people that UNHCR had registered as displaced.
.32 Magnum Taurus Pistol and twenty-five (25) live matching rounds A logger of Phase Two Amelia’s Ward, Linden was early this morning (Wednesday) arrested with a quantity of ammunition and an unlicenced firearm, at his home.Police, acting on information, say they went to the logger’s home about 02:00 hrs and conducted a search of the two–storey structure and a bond in his yard, in the presence of the 41-year-old owner; during which an unlicensed.32 Magnum Taurus Pistol and twenty-five (25) live matching rounds were found hidden at separate locations. According to the police, the man is currently being processed for Court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpdate: Illegal weapons, ammo, drugs found in Campbellville houseMay 27, 2017In “Crime”Dog food vendor busted with unlicenced gun, ammoOctober 11, 2018In “Crime”Unemployed man nabbed with unlicenced gun, ammo- PoliceNovember 15, 2017In “Crime”
Ireland Women 14Wales Women 6IT WAS LESS emphatic that their opening day victory against Scotland, but a 61st minute try from the influential Heather O’Brien nevertheless kept Ireland’s hopes of recording back-to-back Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam titles very much alive in a blustery Ashbourne last night. Having weathered an early Irish storm, Wales settled to take the lead courtesy of a 17th minute penalty by Llandaff north centre Robyn Wilkins, before another successful three-pointer by the reliable No. 13 eight minutes later helped the visitors to develop a six-point platform. Owing to the wet and windy conditions in the Meath venue, Ireland were struggling to execute their customary brand of attacking rugby, but they finally managed to reap some form of reward for their endeavours thanks to an expertly-converted 39th minute place-kick by returning full-back Niamh Briggs. With just three points (6-3) separating the teams at the break, it was very much game on for Ireland upon the resumption, and just ten minutes into the second half, Briggs cancelled out the Welsh lead with a second routine close-range penalty. Ireland Women Scorers: Penalties: R Wilkins 2 Ireland Women: Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster); Hannah Casey (Saracens/Exile), Lynne Cantwell (Richmond /Exile), Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Alison Miller (Portlaoise/UCC/Connacht); Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Larissa Muldoon (Bristol/Exile); Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster) (capt), Stacey-Lea Kennedy (Cooke/Ulster), Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Siobhan Fleming (Tralee/Munster), Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht), Heather O’Brien (Highfield/Munster).Replacements: Gill Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster), Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians/Munster), Kerrie-Ann Craddock (Saracens/Exile), Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary’s/Leinster), Amy Davis (Blackrock/Ulster), Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Grace Davitt (Cooke/Ulster), Jackie Shiels (Richmond/Exile).Elen Evans and Niamh Briggs clash. INPHO/Donall FarmerWales Women: Dyddgu Hywel (Bristol); Elen Evans (Waterloo), Robyn Wilkins (Llandaff North), Rebecca de Filippo (Bristol), Philippa Tuttiett (Bristol); Elinor Snowsill (Bristol), Amy Day (Llandaff North); Megan York (Blaenau Gwent), Lowri Harries (Neath Athletic), Catrin Edwards (Bristol), Jenny Hawkins (Llandaff North), Shona Powell Hughes (Neath Athletic), Catrina Nicholas (Llandaff North), Nia Davies (Cardiff Met), Rachel Taylor (Bristol) (capt).Replacements: Carys Phillips (Bristol), Jenny Davies (Waterloo), Caryl Thomas (Bath), Sian Williams (Worcester), Sioned Harries (Llandaff North), Sian Moore (Bristol), Laurie Harries (Llandaff North), Ffion Bowen (Maesteg Celtic).ROG: ‘If a door were to open for Munster, you’d always listen’Wind, rain and a whole heap of Wales tame Wolfpuppies at Dubarry Park Tries: H O’Brien Penalties: N Briggs 3 Wales Women Scorers: UL Bohs star Briggs was wide of the mark from a tricky bonus kick, but with Wales showing little sign of attacking intent in the second period, Ireland were never in danger of letting their lead slip, and when Briggs superbly split the posts from the 22-metre-line deep into stoppage time, their seventh consecutive Six Nations victory was secured. The pivotal moment of the game then arrived just past the hour mark, when a scrum close to the Welsh line provided Ireland with an ideal platform to score their first try, and Munster No 8 Heather O’Brien displayed great initiative to gather the loose possession, before driving over forcefully in the right-corner.
In a significant move that appears to meet European Union demands, Turkish authorities have announced that they intend to return properties confiscated from religious minorities since 1936, and pay compensation for seized assets that have since been sold to third parties. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the decision Sunday ahead of a dinner in Istanbul marking the break of the Ramadan fast that was attended by representatives of the city’s Christian and Jewish communities – including Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios. A government decree was issued during the weekend in the face of opposition from the Kemalist CHP and smaller nationalist parties. “This is not about doing a favour; this is about rectifying an injustice,” Erdogan said of the landmark decision, which concerns hundreds of hospitals, schools, cemeteries and orphanages as listed in a 1936 census. The European Union, which has regularly scolded Ankara for its treatment of minorities, has set the assets’ return as a condition for membership of the bloc. The European Court of Human Rights, moreover, has previously condemned the seizures as illegal. Istanbul’s Greek Orthodox population is today estimated at 2,500 people. Up to 1,500 properties are to be returned to some 70 Christian trusts according to a Kathimerini report, while the Turkish Sabah daily puts the number at 350. Apart from Turkey’s Christians – about 120,000 people – the Armenian, Jewish and Assyrian communities are also expected to benefit from the campaign. Erdogan’s previous attempts to ensure the return of confiscated buildings in 2002 and 2008 had come up against domestic opposition. “Like everyone else, we also do know about the injustices that various religious groups have been subjected to because of their differences,” Erdogan told the minority officials. “The times when a citizen of ours would be oppressed due to his religious, ethnic origin or different way of life are over,” he said. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When Steve and Iris Karamihos signed on the dotted line of a loan agreement with the Adelaide Bank, little did they know that four years later they would be crippled by debt. The broker had told them they had equity in their Sydney home, and would they like $1.2m to invest in their cafe business? It was a dream come true. They didn’t need that much, but accepted gratefully. Two years later, with their business in trouble, their income dried up, and the nightmare began. Unable to make full repayments on the loan – in February 2011 the bank (on the basis of a default judgement awarded by the NSW court) first moved to evict them. Their children scraped together $100,000 to stave off the eviction, and within weeks Steve and Iris had taken in three paying lodgers whose rent went directly to paying the debt. But their efforts were not enough and the bank was set to foreclose again. All seemed lost until they got in touch with Unhappy Banking – an organisation dedicated to overturning injustices to banking customers. Geoff Shannon, the founder of Unhappy Banking, moved to file a complaint using the Dispute Resolution Scheme that all banks must adhere to. The result was breathing space, ensuring Steve and Iris could not be turfed out of their home immediately. But why a couple approaching a combined age of nearly 160 years was offered such a loan in the first place is the question now being asked of Adelaide Bank. Last month Channel Nine’s A Current Affair highlighted Steve and Iris’ plight, bringing the issue of alleged irresponsible lending practices by banks into the full glare of media attention. Geoff Shannon told Neos Kosmos that the bank had acted “appallingly” in offering the loan. “The bank sold these people a wrong product. All the broker was interested in was earning commission. “Don’t tell them that it’s going to cost them $7000 a month, don’t tell them that if the plan fails, they’re going to have no roof over their heads. It’s absolutely irresponsible,” said Mr Shannon. “A line of credit or a reverse mortgage, would have been possibly appropriate, but what has happened here, is the bank and the broker have been virtually advisors for these people. “There’s a law called ‘responsible lending practices’ and they breached it. Simple as that.” Asked to comment on the dispute, in a statement provided to Neos Kosmos, Adelaide Bank said: “No customer envisages getting into financial difficulty when they initially take out a loan, however, if this situation does happen, Adelaide Bank works closely with the customer to explore all the options available to them. “We do this to ensure the customer can continue to meet their obligations and as a Bank we meet our regulatory and legislative requirements. “We will continue to work with any of our customers who may be struggling to meet their obligations in an effort to reach a fair outcome for everyone.” As Neos Kosmos goes to press, it seems a fair outcome for everyone may be some way off. In a statement provided by Unhappy Banking, Mr Shannon said: “The bank is continuing with its bullying tactics and trying still to evict the family from the home.” “The Unhappy Banking Group have briefed their legal representatives to move the court to set aside the default judgment obtained by the bank in 2010. “By setting aside the default judgment then the bank would have no grounds to evict the elderly couple from their home. “The couple were denied natural justice when the bank obtained the default judgment.”
France : un premier chien capable de détecter le cancer de la prostateSi le berger malinois est normalement formé par l’armée pour détecter des traces de drogues ou d’explosifs, un chien en particulier a été entraîné afin de détecter le cancer de la prostate dans des échantillons d’urine. Une première en France. Aspirant est un berger malinois de six ans appartenant à l’armée. Entraîné durant plusieurs mois, l’animal est aujourd’hui capable de détecter les marqueurs du cancer de la prostate face à des échantillons d’urine. Cette première est notamment due au professeur Cussenot, un urologue de Paris, qui a toujours été persuadé que l’odorat puissant des chiens pouvait avoir une utilité médicale. Ainsi, l’homme a demandé au ministère de la Défense qu’un chien puisse être spécifiquement entraîné à reconnaitre le cancer de la prostate à partir d’urine, certain que la maladie dégage une odeur particulière.La proposition a été acceptée par le ministère de la Défense et c’est à une équipe cynophile de la base aérienne d’Orléans-Bricy qu’a été confiée la tache de choisir un chien. Anthony Frémont explique à France Soir comment il a dressé Aspirant : “On l’a assis devant une table de chevet dont le tiroir entrouvert contenait son jouet, une balle de tennis. Puis on a ajouté l’échantillon d’urine d’un patient malade à côté afin qu’il associe les deux. Ensuite, nous avons placé six tables de chevet sous son nez, cinq d’entre elles contenant des échantillons provenant de patients sains, et la dernière, celui d’un patient malade”. Aujourd’hui, l’animal ne se trompe jamais, ce qui n’est pas une surprise pour le Pr Cussenot qui explique : “J’étais confiant sur les résultats des tests. En reniflant les urines cancéreuses, le chien détecte une combinaison de molécules présentes dans l’air. Cette signature olfactive est toujours identique, comme pour la composition d’un parfum”. Les médecins vont maintenant isoler et identifier les molécules détectées par Aspirant afin de mettre au point un nez artificiel. Le 25 janvier 2011 à 17:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
NASA Tests Mars 2020 Rover Prototype at Icelandic Lava FieldNASA Invites U.S. Students to Name Mars 2020 Rover NASA’s Mars 2020 rover got its eyes, legs and wheels and now, it has its arm — all 7 feet of it.On Friday, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, installed the main robotic arm on the the unmanned vehicle, which is scheduled to launch next July and in land in February 2021 at the Red Planet to explore Martian geology and collect samples for return to Earth.The main arm, which measures 7 feet long, includes five electrical motors and five joints (known as the shoulder azimuth joint, shoulder elevation joint, elbow joint, wrist joint and turret joint). It will allow the rover to work as a human geologist would: by holding and using science tools with its turret, which is essentially its “hand.”A smaller arm to handle Mars samples will be installed inside the rover as well, according to a NASA press release. (Watch the video above for a live stream of the Mars 2020 rover being built and tested in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.)“You have to give a hand to our rover arm installation team,” said Ryan van Schilifgaarde, a support engineer at JPL for Mars 2020 assembly. “They made an extremely intricate operation look easy. We’re looking forward to more of the same when the arm will receive its turret in the next few weeks.”The rover’s turret will include high-definition cameras, science instruments, and a percussive drill and coring mechanism. The tools will be used to analyze and collect samples of Martian rock and soil, which will be cached on the surface for return to Earth by a future mission.Wants to share in the rover’s journey to Mars? Members of the public can send their name on the Mars 2020 rover. Sign up before September 20, and you can add your name to a list that will ride on the rover and receive a souvenir “boarding pass” to Mars.Last week, NASA announced that it is asking U.S. students to name the Mars 2020 rover in a naming contest that aims to engage students in the engineering and scientific work that makes space exploration possible.More on Geek.com:NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Gets Its Space Legs, WheelsNASA Scientists Install HD ‘Eyes’ in Mars 2020 RoverNASA Puts Mars 2020 Rover to the Test Stay on target
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is pleased that the in-form Anthony Martial has decided to commit his future to the club.Amid struggles for regular game time under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Martial appeared set to leave at one point after turning down a contract extension.However, like many other United stars, Martial has returned to his best since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as caretaker coach in December.Now the France international has decided to extend his stay at United after all by signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract to keep him at the club until June 2024.And Scholes is delighted with this welcome piece of news given Martial’s recent progress in the team.“It’s brilliant, he was another player who struggled under the previous manager,” Scholes told Radio 5 Live.“We all knew his qualities, I remember talking to [Dimitar] Berbatov, who played at Monaco with him, and he was raving.“You need a run of games to express yourself and now he’s getting that, he can beat a man, score goals, bring excitement for the fans and that’s the most important thing. It’s a great signing.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But it hasn’t all been good news for United with confirmation of Marouane Fellaini’s transfer to Chinese club Shandong Luneng being confirmed earlier today.Although Scholes isn’t altogether that surprised to see the Belgian midfielder leave as he never really fitted in at United.“I don’t think it ever really worked out as him and club would have liked. At what he does he’s brilliant, a nightmare to play against,” added Scholes.“He’s an option for last 15 minutes, Ole doesn’t see that he likes to play football and not part of his plans. He’s a great lad, great footballer and great around the dressing room.””He can bring so much excitement to the fans which is probably the most important thing.”Paul Scholes is delighted that Anthony Martial has signed a new contract at #MUFC 👇 pic.twitter.com/sNS8iRuuRz— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) February 1, 2019
With the federal government shutdown looking to drag on for a while, an array of public opinion polls show overwhelming opposition to the Republicans’ “strategy” of choking off discretionary spending programs to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act.One of those national polls, by Quinnipiac, reveals the breadth of the opposition. Seventy-two percent of Americans are against it. Not surprisingly, 90 percent of Democrats frown at it. Independents? Seventy-four percent. Even Republicans only narrowly back the move: 49 percent to 44 percent.One wonders why the 44 percent of the GOP can’t buy the 49 percent a beer and have a heart-to-heart about the folly of committing bad public policy and of shoving the U.S. into the territory of global dunderhead.Because the shutdown, not to put too fine a point on it, is a colossus of stupidity.But I’ll get to that in a few paragraphs. That, and an even greater threat to our livelihoods: that the U.S. will crack the debt ceiling in less than two weeks.First, an important point needs to be made: While the Republicans are feeling the heat of overwhelming public disapproval, that doesn’t necessarily mean the extremists among them will cave to pressure.
Apple’s defense against the US government’s charges regarding its e-book price fixing begins on Monday. The Cupertino-based company is accused of working with e-book publishers to set prices to compete in the market dominated by Amazon. The three-week long non-jury trial to begin in New York will see Apple’s defense against the 2009 case in which it collaborated with five publishing houses to compete with the monopoly of Amazon in the market.The US Department of Justice (DoJ) alleges that Apple agreed with the country’s five out o the six biggest publishers to destabilize Amazon’s market dominance by asking them to fix the price of e-books rather than letting individual retailers to do so. A method known as Agency-model which eventually had the drawback that customers had to shell out more. Apple is alleged to have worked with Penguin Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and Macmillan to increase the e-book prices.The publishers who originally were defendants with Apple has reached for settlements and agreed to sever ties with Apple’s e-book deal. Penguin had earlier this month offered the largest settlement price with $75 million. However, current CEO Tim Cook dismissed the idea of settlement with government denying any kind of wrongdoing.Interestingly, quotes from the official biography of Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs has been cited as the major evidence in the case by DoJ. The CEO before his death in 2011 said, “We told the publishers: “We’ll go to the agency model, where you set the price, and we get our 30 percent, and yes, the customer pays a little more, but that’s what you want anyway.”If proven guilty, it would largely hurt Apple’s already tarnished image in the wake of recent allegations of tax evasions and poor working conditions of iPad factories in China.
A UFO seen flying along an airplane in AustraliaYouTube: Mavi777Conspiracy theorists all across the world believe that alien life is a reality and argue that space agencies like NASA are intentionally covering up facts about extraterrestrial life to avoid public panic. Bringing up the heat around these claims, Mavi777, a popular conspiracy theory YouTube channel has now released the image of a UFO following a passenger plane.In a recent video, Mavi777 revealed that the video was shot on August 19, 2019, in the skies of Melbourne, Australia. The conspiracy theory YouTube channel also added that the eerie sighting was captured on camera by a person named Joanne Rhodes.In the image released by Mavi777, a seemingly disc-shaped UFO can be seen flying parallel to a passenger plane and at the first glance, the shape of the flying ship seems very similar to the alien vessels we have seen in Hollywood sci-fi flicks. After watching the video, viewers of the conspiracy theory channel started claiming that aliens are gearing up for disclosure and the increased UFO sightings all across the world indicate that the disclosure is imminent.A few days back, Mavi777 had released another video apparently shot in the skies of Fukushima, Japan. In the video, five UFOs were seen hovering in the skies above the nuclear plant in Fukushima.However, Donald Trump, the United States president, had revealed that he does not believe in the existence of aliens. A few months back, an ABC News reporter asked Donald Trump about the alleged alien sightings and the president replied that he is a disbeliever.”I want them to think whatever they think. I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particular,” said Trump, despite increasing numbers of UFO sightings reported by US Navy officials.
Ngozi Ukazu I’m so proud of my teammates and can’t wait to celebrate their accomplishments this weekend. <3 Congrats Samwell 2016!— Eric Bittle (@omgcheckplease) May 22, 2016 X Listen Share When Ngozi Ukazu was growing up in Houston, she loved making her own comics. She even worked as the comics editor for the newspaper at Bellaire High School, The Three Penny Press, But she never thought she could make a career out of it.“I didn’t even take any art classes in high school,” she said. “I never went to HSPVA. I never thought that art would be a thing.”So, she went to Yale and majored in computer science. But somewhere along the way she realized her true passion was in storytelling.Eventually she started the web comic Check, Please! It tells the story of Eric “Bitty” Bittle, a former junior figure skating champion from Georgia who ends up playing college hockey at the fictional Samwell University. He loves to bake and video blog about his life — he’s also deathly afraid of getting checked on the ice.Ngozi UkazuA scene from the web comic Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu, who grew up in Houston.Why a Story About Hockey?Houston isn’t exactly a hockey town. The city has been without a professional team since the Aeros left. So, how did Ukazu end up making the sport the backbone of her story?During her senior year in college, Yale’s hockey team won the national championship, and simultaneously she was working on a screenplay about college hockey. So, she watched a lot of hockey for research and became obsessed.“It was all very coincidental and wonderful that I fell deep, deep, deep into this hockey hole,” she said.ngoziu.comArtist Ngozi Ukazu is the creator of the popular web comic Check Please, about a gay college hockey player who loves to bake.Ukazu incorporates elements she found in that deep hole into her story — such as slang players use and the practice of giving teammates nicknames. But she also worked in a few elements of Bittle’s character in response to an experience she had in school. She knew a Yale hockey player who remarked that none of the players on the hockey team were gay. So, she took that as a challenge and made her main character gay.“Check, Please! is all about kind of answering that question, ‘What if?’” she said. “What if there was a kid from the South — a place I’m so familiar with — what if he went into this totally foreign environment and we got to see what would happen if there was a gay kid on the hockey team?”Plenty of Things to Connect With Between the hockey story line, Bittle’s love of baking, and the LGBTQ elements, there’s plenty of things for an audience to connect with — including a love story as he gets involved with a fellow player.“There are so many ways that I could just drag people into the story,” she said. “I’m telling a happy LGBTQ love story, which audiences never get that — it’s [often] just doom and gloom or a sad story.” Audiences connected so much that Kickstarter campaigns have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the print publication of installments of Check, Please! Between the online updates to the web comic, Ukazu built her following by actively maintaining Twitter accounts for some of the characters. 00:00 /13:07 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: “I had no life for two years — I still don’t have a life — but it was a very different way of not having a life when I was tweeting as this 19-year-old boy on a fictional college campus.” she said.A New Model for Getting PublishedIn the past, authors and artists would try to find success in print first. But Ukazu finds this new means of finding an audience extremely validating.“When you put something online and you see that immediate response it makes it feel as though what you’re doing really matters, and it gives you confidence — even though I’m still scared with every comic that I post,” she said.The first installment of the Check, Please! graphic novel, which chronicles Bittle’s freshman and sophomore years, was published in September.Ngozi UkazuEric “Bitty” Bittle, the main character in the web comic Check, Please!, is an avid baker — in addition to playing college hockey.What Happens When Bitty Graduates?Ukazu says she plans to end the series when Bittle graduates from college. “My dad, especially — he thinks it’s like quitting my job, like ‘Why would you do that?’” Ukazu said. So, what’s next? She says she’s exploring some potential story lines surrounding superheroes and another that’s more personal. “Last week I just got hit with this idea for a story that might work that’s not superheroes that’s more personal about me growing up,” she said, “So we’ll see what happens with that.”In the audio above, you can hear Ngozi Ukazu’s full conversation with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty.
(PhysOrg.com) — A group of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, have shown that the emissions produced by aircraft idling at the gate, or lining up for takeoff, contain tiny oil droplets, that when exposed to ordinary sunlight, undergo a chemical reaction that causes them to solidify into tiny particles that can infiltrate the lungs and eventually the brain. In a paper published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, the team led by Allen Robinson, describe how they collected samples of exhaust from an idling KC-135 military cargo plane, into large Teflon coated bags, and how they then exposed that exhaust to sunlight and/or UV light to initiate photo-oxidation (when a polymer surface degrades in oxygen or ozone). The result, they say, was that the original droplets of oil were converted into multiple minute solid particles, small enough to penetrate the lungs and brain of people working or living near airports.In contrast, exhaust emissions from airplanes running at speed, such as when in-flight, tend to be mostly comprised of solid particles, which would not be effected by sunlight in the same way, and thus would pose no additional health hazards over what is already known about such types of pollution.The paper highlights the fact that airplane pollution, and specifically the kind produced at airports, is in stark contrast to other types of pollution emitters such as cars and manufacturing plants, in that little to nothing has been done to reduce the amounts spewed into the environment. It also shows that the type of pollution produced at airports is far more hazardous than was previously thought; but, because these findings are so new, it’s likely no research has yet been conducted to ascertain what exactly happens to the human body when these tiny particles are breathed in on a regular basis.The authors also mention in their paper, the folly of studying emissions from aircraft (or presumably any other pollution emitters for that matter) without following up to find out what becomes of such pollutants as they enter the environment and are affected by such forces as UV radiation, temperature, or other substances. Explore further Citation: Idling airplanes produce more harmful pollution than previously thought (2011, May 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-idling-airplanes-pollution-previously-thought.html 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. More information: Secondary aerosol formation from photochemical aging of aircraft exhaust in a smog chamber, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 4135-4147, 2011 doi:10.5194/acp-11-4135-2011AbstractField experiments were performed to investigate the effects of photo-oxidation on fine particle emissions from an in-use CFM56-2B gas turbine engine mounted on a KC-135 Stratotanker airframe. Emissions were sampled into a portable smog chamber from a rake inlet installed one-meter downstream of the engine exit plane of a parked and chocked aircraft. The chamber was then exposed to sunlight and/or UV lights to initiate photo-oxidation. Separate tests were performed at different engine loads (4, 7, 30, 85 %). Photo-oxidation created substantial secondary particulate matter (PM), greatly exceeding the direct PM emissions at each engine load after an hour or less of aging at typical summertime conditions. After several hours of photo-oxidation, the ratio of secondary-to-primary PM mass was on average 35 ± 4.1, 17 ± 2.5, 60 ± 2.2, and 2.7 ± 1.1 for the 4, 7, 30, and 85 % load experiments, respectively. The composition of secondary PM formed strongly depended on load. At 4 % load, secondary PM was dominated by secondary organic aerosol (SOA). At higher loads, the secondary PM was mainly secondary sulfate. A traditional SOA model that accounts for SOA formation from single-ring aromatics and other volatile organic compounds underpredicts the measured SOA formation by ~60 % at 4 % load and ~40 % at 85 % load. Large amounts of lower-volatiliy organic vapors were measured in the exhaust; they represent a significant pool of SOA precursors that are not included in traditional SOA models. These results underscore the importance of accounting for atmospheric processing when assessing the influence of aircraft emissions on ambient PM levels. Models that do not account for this processing will likely underpredict the contribution of aircraft emissions to local and regional air pollution. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Credit: Magnus Rosendahl, Public-domain-photos.com Bees helping to monitor air quality at German airports
Besides improving your physical and mental health, feeling younger can also slow down the rate of brain ageing, finds a study.The findings showed that elderly people who feel younger than their age show fewer signs of brain ageing, compared with those who feel their age or older than their age. “We tend to think of ageing as a fixed process, where our bodies and minds change steadily. However, the passing years affect everyone differently. How old we feel, which is called our subjective age, also varies between people–with many feeling older or younger than their actual age,” said Jeanyung Chey of Seoul National University in South Korea. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, the team included a small number of participants aged 59-84 years, and performed MRI brain scans to look at grey matter volumes in various brain regions. The results showed that people who felt younger than their age were more likely to score higher on a memory test, considered their health to be better and were less likely to report depressive symptoms. They also showed increased grey matter volume in key brain regions. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We found that people who feel younger have the structural characteristics of a younger brain,” Chey said. “Importantly, this difference remains robust even when other possible factors, including personality, subjective health, depressive symptoms, or cognitive functions, are accounted for.”The researchers hypothesised that those who feel older may be able to sense the ageing process in their brain, as their loss of grey matter may make cognitive tasks more challenging.One possibility is that those who feel younger are more likely to lead a more physically and mentally active life which could cause improvements in brain health. However, for those who feel older, the opposite could be true.The study suggests that elderly people who feel older than their age should consider caring for their brain health.
All Windows 10 Tips The first flaw, which is the “proper” L1TF/Foreshadow flaw and has been given the reference name CVE-2018-3615, affects Intel’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX), a feature in all Skylake, Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake processors — basically all Intel CPUs released since mid-2015 — that creates virtual secure enclaves in running memory.SGX walls off certain processes from the rest of the operating system so that malware infections, even those running with high privileges, can’t reach them. It’s used for applications and processes that require heavy security, although developing for SGX is time-consuming and there don’t seem to be many consumer applications that take advantage of it.An attacker could leverage this flaw to abuse speculative execution by following the threads leading to SGX processes, and then replicating the SGX enclave elsewhere in memory. Despite the fact that SGX processes are encrypted, they must be decrypted before they can be used by the L1 CPU memory cache, and it’s at that moment that the first L1TF vulnerability exposes them.The second flaw, CVE-2018-3620 or Foreshadow-NG part 1, affects operating systems directly by reading information from their kernels, and not just Windows, but macOS and the various flavors of Linux as well. It affects pretty much all Intel Core and Xeon processors released since about 2008.As noted already, Microsoft has released several Windows mitigations, and the major Linux distributions have also made patches available. As is its wont, Apple is staying mum for now, but it’s a good bet that the company is already on the case.The third flaw, CVE-2018-3646 or Foreshadow-NG part 2, is perhaps the most significant and affects virtual machines (VMs), which are independent instances of operating systems running on the same computer.You can run nested virtual machines on personal computers, such as by running a Windows virtual machine inside macOS or Linux. On a server, virtual machines generally run in parallel and are governed by a puppet-master program called a hypervisor. The line is kind of fuzzy between the two, as Parallels on Mac and VMWare desktop software are technically hypervisors.Intel implies that only hypervisor-governed VMs on servers are vulnerable, while Microsoft hints that some consumer machines might be.Because virtual machines on a single machine must share the hardware, this third flaw makes it possible for a process running in one VM to access memory used by a different VM. That’s a no-no, as it means that malware on the first VM could steal information from the other. Even worse, the flaw makes it possible for malicious processes to get into the hypervisor’s page tables.You wouldn’t want your Slack discussion chats to end up in someone else’s Netflix account, but because both companies use Amazon’s AWS cloud servers, that’s theoretically what could happen. (Amazon reached out to us after this story was first published to clarify that AWS servers were patched against these flaws before their public disclosure.)Intel’s mitigation for the third flaw clears out the L1 memory cache when switching between VMs and prevents the creation of malicious page tables. But it may also require turning off a speed-boosting process known as hyperthreading, which creates two virtual processor cores out of a single physical one.When to Expect a FixThe real fix will come with Intel’s Cascade Lake, due to ship at the end of 2018, which will supposedly have architectures that will prevent exploitation based on the Meltdown, Spectre and L1TF/Foreshadow families of vulnerabilities. But given the rate at which new speculative-execution bugs are being revealed, we’re not holding our breaths.Image: ForeshadowAttack.eu/Public domain Find Your MAC Address Password Protect a Folder Create Limited User Accounts Set Time Limits for Kids Set Up Windows Hello Facial Recognition Create a Guest Account in Windows 10 Enable Windows Hello Fingerprint Login Pin People to Your Taskbar In a masterpiece of coordinated disclosure, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat and a group of academic researchers yesterday (Aug. 14) simultaneously notified the world of three more serious Intel CPU flaws that may have an impact on computing for years to come.The first of the three bugs is called L1TF (L1 Terminal Flaw) or Foreshadow, depending who you ask, and the other two stem from it, but we’ll discuss them collectively for brevity’s sake.Like the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, the L1TF/Foreshadow flaws involve speculative execution, a process in which modern CPUs get ahead of themselves by guessing or, well, foreshadowing what their next steps are going to be.The good news is that most consumer and workplace machines are affected by only one or two of these flaws, and that firmware and operating-system updates already provided by hardware and software vendors (most significantly by Microsoft yesterday) will largely mitigate all three. What you need to do is to keep your operating systems patched and to implement your hardware vendor’s firmware updates.The bad news is that cloud servers, which provide the backend for many smartphone apps and smart-home devices, are heavily impacted by the third flaw, and the fix may slow down response times among thousands of internet-based services.AdvertisementFurthermore, all these mitigations to existing chips are really just Band-Aids. Intel says that the new Cascade Lake chips due out by Christmas will be immune to speculative-execution attacks, but the problems won’t really be behind us until all currently affected Intel CPUS are phased out and replaced by a new generation.MORE: Meltdown and Spectre: How to Protect Your PC, Mac and PhoneThe L1TF/Foreshadow flaws were privately disclosed to Intel in early January, just after Spectre and Meltdown were publicly revealed, by researchers at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and then again a few weeks later by a combined team from the University of Michigan, Israel’s Technion Israel Institute of Technology, the University of Adelaide and the Australian government’s Data61 research group.After this story was first published, Intel reached out to us with this statement: “L1 Terminal Fault is addressed by microcode updates released earlier this year, coupled with corresponding updates to operating system and hypervisor software that are available starting today.”How the Flaws WorkAll three flaws involve unauthorized access to the L1 cache, a small bit of memory built into modern CPUs to rapidly access data. The CPUs keep track of what’s where in the L1 cache by using page tables, and, to save time and get ahead in the CPU speed race, they guess where certain bits of data are in the page table without really knowing for sure, and act upon that hunch. If the hunch is wrong (and they usually aren’t), then the data is declared a “terminal fault” and discarded.This flaw makes it possible for a malicious process running in user space to view the terminal-fault data just before it’s thrown out. If it waits long enough, the malicious process can built up enough discarded information to recreate much of what’s in the L1 cache.There are several YouTube videos bouncing around explaining it all, but Red Hat’s three-minute video (there’s a longer one that runs nearly 11 minutes) perhaps sums this up best. 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