first_imgVICTORIA — Homemade videos by a Vancouver filmmaker featuring scenes of his toddler’s escapades and shots of a friend’s Pomeranian named Nacho are fast becoming the indie hit of British Columbia’s electoral reform referendum.Joel McCarthy said his four videos in support of proportional representation have already been viewed up to 900,000 times, giving him a huge sense of satisfaction that he may be playing a part in changing the province’s voting system. Prof. David Black, who teaches communications theory at Royal Roads University, has viewed the 28-year-old filmmaker’s videos and said he believes McCarthy has produced a hit with young voters.Millennial voters are more interested in understanding how issues blend together as opposed to older voters who look to draw lines between opinion and facts, said Black.“What we’re seeing in these videos is not so different than what we see in the Trevor Noah or Stephen Colbert shows,” he said. “Ironic, mocking, kind of post-modern mash-up style, audio dubbing and breaking down traditional barriers between information and entertainment, between opinion and straight news.”B.C. voters need to mail in their ballots for the Nov. 30 deadline, choosing to either support a form of proportional representation for the next election in 2021 or keeping the first-past-the-post system. A majority of 50 per cent plus one is needed to change the system.McCarthy said he decided to make his own videos in favour of change after the No side started the referendum campaign branding proportional representation as a potential breeding ground for extremist political parties.He said the official Yes side initially ignored his offers to help, but it now shares his videos.McCarthy said he felt that if he didn’t deliver a positive message about proportional representation then no one would.  “The first video I did I just went into my bedroom, put up my camera and made a rant basically kind of exposing the tactic that the No side was using and why I was going to vote Yes.”In his 10-minute video, “Figuring Out Question Two,” McCarthy outlines the pros and cons of the three versions of proportional representation voters have the opportunity to rank. He explains dual member, mixed member and rural-urban proportional, interspersed with scenes of his son banging into a table or falling out of a cupboard and photos of Nacho wearing a crown and a sombrero.“I hope you are still awake, but please do some more research,” McCarthy says in the video, where he explains his support for rural-urban proportional representation because he says there are no safe seats and independents stand a greater chance of being elected.  Others on both sides of the question have created videos and posted them on social media, generating thousands of views. Elections BC, the province’s non-partisan office overseeing the referendum, also posted videos explaining the choices available to voters.Sam Sullivan, a Liberal member of the legislature from Vancouver, has posted several videos favouring first past the post, saying proportional representation takes power away from voters and hands it to political parties.“This is not a referendum. This is a coup,” Sullivan says in one video that has almost 27,000 views.A Yes supporter group, Make Every Vote Count, posted on Facebook a lip-synched parody of scenes from the Scottish independence movie Braveheart. In the BraveVote version, actor Mel Gibson urges his rebel warriors to support proportional representation while the British King Edward I warns of the rise of extremism if the first-past-the-post system falls.Black said McCarthy’s humour, speed talking and minimalist approach in the videos likely appeals to young voters.“The benefit of these homemade videos is they lead with their authenticity,” he said. “They lead with their sense of I get you, I understand you, I’m one of you. That plays well in social media.”Black said young voters are more interested in the sense of authenticity and transparency of issues, and McCarthy’s pleas to support electoral reform send a strong message. The message says young voters have the opportunity to change the system, if they turn out to vote, he said.“This is an issue where millennials are in a position to transform the electoral machinery and hence the political and policy environments that they will inherit,” said Black. “That’s a heck of a opportunity for any generation.”McCarthy, who posted blogs in favour of electoral reform during the 2015 federal election campaign, said he supported B.C.’s Greens in the 2017 provincial election but he did not vote for them because they stood no chance of winning in his Vancouver riding.“I felt so voiceless in so many elections,” he said. “This (referendum) means a lot to a lot of people, including myself.” Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgBoth Congress and BJP have finalised the lists of candidates for the 29 seats of Lok Sabha. After the final list, BJP is facing rebellion in at least four constituencies. The four constituencies are Khajuraho, Balaghat, Shadol, and Indore. It was a tough job to select party candidate for Indore which is being represented by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan from 1989. Despite many attempts by party stalwarts like Kailash Vijayvargiya earlier she could not be dislodged. She gained tremendous influence in the party and was awarded the top job of the speaker. The party was trying to find her replacement. After marathon consultations, the party selected Shankar Lalwani for the Indore seat. Also Read – A special kind of bondHe is not a very popular well-known face in Indore. Despite this he was chosen. His choice came as a surprise to many BJP members. His choice has also been opposed by another Sindhi leader. BJP’s choice for Balaghat resulted in a major revolt. The party chose new candidate by dropping the sitting MP Bodh Singh Bhagat. Bhagat publicly opposed denial of ticket to him. Ultimately BJP expelled him from the party. Gyan Singh, sitting MP from Shahdol was also replaced. Surprisingly he was replaced by a leader who contested by election against Gyan Singh as a Congress candidate. Also Read – Insider threat managementFormer Vidyarthi Parishad activist V.D. Sharma was imposed on Khajuraho constituency. Local BJP workers are angry because Sharma was selected despite the fact that he was a rank outsider. Meanwhile, Bhopal constituency has attracted entire nation’s attention. Pragya Thakur was made party member a few hours before the announcement of her name as the party candidate. She filed her nomination on Monday. Before filling her nomination she was vehemently criticised for making highly objectionable remarks against Hemant Karkare, Maharashtra cadre IPS officer who was killed by a terrorist. Pragya claimed that he was killed because she cursed him. After her remarks she was served a notice by the Election Commission asking her to explain her conduct. She did submit her explanation which was not found to be satisfactory. Her remark was criticised by the IPS association and several retired Director Generals of Police. Controversy over Karkare had not yet subsided she made yet another highly provocative comment. Her comment was so serious and objectionable that an FIR was registered on Monday against her. Her comment was “I climbed atop the structure in Ayodhya and am proud to have demolished it”. Bhopal district election officer Sudama Khade said, “The reply filed by Pragya Singh Thakur regarding her remarks about the Ayodhya structure was not found satisfactory. An FIR has been registered against her under Section 188 IPC for poll code violation”. Conviction on this charge can lead to six months in jail or a fine or both. After the back-to-back EC notices, Pragya was advised by her party leaders on Sunday to exercise restraint and not speak on sensitive issues. Sources said that in her reply on the Babri remark, Pragya said that she made the statement when she was “not yet a candidate”. In her reply, she asks: “Whether the (EC) media certification and media monitoring committee is authorised to take cognisance of the statements given by me when I had not filed my nomination. And it should also be apprised that I have not given any statement with the intention of hurting the feelings or instigating rift between people belonging to any caste, religion or community but it expresses the voice of my conscience. Hence I request you to dispose the notice at this level only”. Clearly the district election officer wasn’t convinced. Pragya’s reply to the other EC notice – on her ‘death curse’ remark has been sent to chief electoral officer V L Kantha Rao. She blamed the media for “negatively” presenting her statement. This will be forwarded to the EC office in Delhi. Pragya’s reply on the “karkare curse’ says “I have spoken nothing wrong that could flare communal tension. I did not take any name, nor did I attack anybody on personal issues or raised slogans against anybody. But, the notice served by EC demanded explanation. I would request the EC to append sensitive pamphlets, if any, or any complaint by a political worker against me, with the notice”. She insists she hasn’t said “anything derogatory regarding the martyrdom of any martyr” and urges the EC not to judge her statement “on the basis of one single line”. “The entire statement should be considered for evaluation, I have only narrated the torture that I faced on the instructions of the then Congress government and it is my right to inform people what I had suffered. My statement was reported negatively by media and I also withdrew my statement in respect of public sentiments, hence no action should be taken against me” Pragya said. There is a section of observers who feel that her claim regarding Babri Mosque is false. There are some documents in which 1988 is mentioned as her birth year. If that is so she must have been only four year old in 1992 – the year in which Babri Mosque was demolished.(The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Taroudant, Morocco – The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, is reportedly willing to convert “la Plaza de Toros Monumental de Barcelona” or more shortly “la Monumental,” one of the oldest bullrings in Spain, into a gigantic mosque for $2.99 billion by 2020, according to Spanish website  20minuto.If the city council approves the project, the bullring of Barcelona will be converted into a “40,000-capacity mosque”, which will be the biggest in Europe.While the Balaña group has not yet officially confirmed the reports, it has already agreed the sale, reports 20minuto. If the offer comes to fruition, the mosque will include a 300 meter minaret, a museum of Islamic art and history, and a center for Koranic studies.According to the same source, Barcelona, despite having a large Islamic community, is the only major city in Spain that does not have a mosque.Inaugurated in 1914 with its first bullfights, la Monumental is one of the oldest bullfighting arenas in Spain, with a gigantic building that mixes the Moorish and Byzantine architecture.Despite being a popular sport in Spain, “la corrida de toros” (bullfighting) has been banned in Barcelona after the Parliament of Catalonia passed a bullfighting ban in 2010 that came into force in 2012.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Rabat – The United Kingdom’s Foreign Office declared its rejection of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967. Israel later annexed the territory in 1981 and maintains control over it.“The UK views the Golan Heights as territory occupied by Israel. Annexation of territory by force is prohibited under international law, including the UN Charter,” read the statement. It continued, “We did not recognise Israel’s annexation in 1981 and have no plans to change our position. Trump tweeted on March 21, “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”Violation of international law?Along with Russia, the French foreign ministry followed suit in dismissing Trump’s move as a breach of international law.“The recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, occupied territory, would be contrary to international law, in particular the obligation for states not to recognise an illegal situation,” declared the French foreign ministry. In 1981, Israel passed the Golan Heights Law to annex the area. Israel began establishing settlements on two-thirds of the area in the wake of the Six Day War, also known as Yom Kippur War.However, the United Nation Security Council’s Resolution 497 declared the Israeli move “null and void and without international legal effect.” In a briefing on March 22, the deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, reiterated that the UN’s position is “reflected in the resolutions of the Security Council … Our policies have not changed on that regard.”Dennis Ross, a former director of policy planning in the US State Department, told Israeli news outlet Haaretz that Trump’s call was a “mistake” and would make a peace plan harder to achieve.“I don’t think it will contribute to [the administration’s] desire to present their peace plan. I think it will make it harder for Arab leaders to be responsive,” the outlet quoted Ross. Following Trump’s statement, Israel’s minority Druze community is preparing marches in protest. According to Israeli news outlet 13News, Israel forces, right after Trump’s statement, began preparing for any possible “violent marches.” Israel deployed snipers and riot forces along its borders with Syria to counter any potential demonstrations.In December 2017, President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018.Read also: US Recognition of Jerusalem: US Embassy in Morocco Warns Americans of Potential ‘Violent Protests’ read more

first_imgLate last week, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s ICE office announced with great fanfare that they had seized a multitude of domains that were responsible for distributing counterfeit goods and child pornography over the Internet. Seems pretty good, right? Unfortunately, over 84,000 of the sites grabbed by ICE had absolutely no link to child pornography or counterfeit goods at all. Nice one, guys.Here’s what happened. As part of the absurdly titled “Operation Save Our Children,” ICE’s Cyber Crimes Center seized several high-level domain names they allege were distrubuting kiddy porn and illegal goods. Unfortunately, one of those high-level domains was a free DNS provider… and host to over 84,000 websites. Consequently, those 84,000 domains were summarily shut down, their owners accused of child pornography crimes.When afflicted site owners logged into their domains last Friday, this was the message that was waiting for them.“Advertisement, distribution, transportation, receipt, and possession of child pornography constitute federal crimes that carry penalties for first time offenders of up to 30 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture and restitution.” The domain in question is called, and is actually owned by DNS provider FreeDNS, one of the world’s most popular. FreeDNS quickly reacted with a statement.“ has never allowed this type of abuse of its DNS service. We are working to get the issue sorted as quickly as possible,” they said on their website.How did a mistake like this happen? It appears to be purely clerical, with mistakenly placed on the list. The error was mistaken on Sunday, but not before visitors to over 84,000 websites were told that the owner of that site was a child pornographer… a rather slanderous mistake that might open the door for a federal lawsuit or two.Read more at Torrent Freaklast_img read more

first_imgInternet Explorer 11 is expected to arrive this year alongside the Windows 8.1 (previously referred to as Windows Blue) update. The jump from IE10 to IE11 is Microsoft’s quickest ever, but that doesn’t mean the new browser will be short on new features. With an early build of Windows 8.1 making the rounds on torrent sites, it’s already possible to take a look at some of the new functionality.The Modern (you know, Metro) version of IE11 features several welcome updates. For starters, the  SkyDrive-powered browser synchronization now supports your active tabs — just like Chrome and Firefox do. That makes it a snap to restart your browsing session on another Windows 8 machine when you get bumped off, say, the living room HTPC. Sign in with your Windows ID elsewhere and you can pick up where you left off.IE11 also introduces a download manager in Modern mode. Just like on the desktop, it provides quick access to your download history and to the folder where your files are being saved. Clicking one, however, will spawn a Windows Explorer pane on the desktop since there’s not a Modern file manager in Windows 8.1 just yet.The desktop browser hasn’t been left out, either. It’s pretty much identical to IE10 so far, but there’s one important change. IE11 on the desktop supports the same touch navigation features as its Windows 8 modern/Metro counterpart. That uniformity is welcome, and it’ll help prevent frustration for users who flip back and forth between the two interfaces.Other changes will affect both versions. WebGL support should finally arrive in IE11, now that those security issues that were troubling Microsoft have been sorted out. It stands to reason that tab sync will work on both the desktop and Modern versions, too.All in all, IE11 looks like another step in the right direction from Microsoft. It’s further proof that the company wants to leave those troubling memories of IE6 far behind. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Internet Explorer 11Internet Explorer 11IE11 Synced TabsIE11 Download ManagerIE11 WebGLAdmittedly, this one’s ‘shopped. WebGL support is coming, though.last_img read more

first_imgUn problème de vidéo sur la Xbox 360Microsoft a confirmé la chose: il y a bien un souci concernant la lecture des vidéos sur le nouveau Dashboard de sa console.La Xbox 360 connait des jours heureux depuis l’arrivée du Kinect, qui a largement contribué à redorer le blason de la console de Microsoft. Reconnaissance des mouvements, commandes vocales pendant les jeux et même sur l’interface du Xbox Live, où il est également possible bénéficier de nombreux services, notamment la VOD.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Le problème qui est apparu alors, touche essentiellement la qualité des vidéos 720p qui serait moindre par rapport à l’ancienne version de l’interface. Les utilisateurs qui ont l’habitude de regarder des films via ce service ont du être surpris de voir des couleurs fades sur leur téléviseur. Il semblerait, selon Larry Hryb de Microsoft, que le géant américain était déjà au courant du défaut de sa nouvelle version, et préparerait une mise à jour correctionnelle pour bientôt. Mais, au-delà des problèmes de couleur, un autre souci faisant passer la vidéo 1080p en 720p serait apparu…Reste à savoir si Microsoft va également corriger ce point dans sa mise à jour.Le 22 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgCAMAS — Art that’s inspired by a good book can be interesting.In Meg Wolitzer’s celebrated 2013 novel, “The Interestings,” a gaggle of teenagers at a summer arts camp bond together in that amazingly intense way that only summer campers can. Love, rivalry, hero worship and enduring dreams for the future all sprout. So do years of unexpected consequences and soul-searching about what it means to be ordinary versus what it means to be special and truly “interesting.”The Camas Public Library’s bimonthy Book-to-Art club is special and interesting. Its mission is not just to get people reading and talking — it’s also to get them creating. It was started by librarian Judy Wile, who has run a monthly “Saturday Adult Craft-o-Rama” at the library for years. In that group, Wile selects a project and everybody tries it.But Wile recently stumbled upon another inspiration: The Library-as-Incubator Project, hatched by some creative library-science teachers and students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The idea is to generate creative partnerships between libraries and artists. Wile adopted one of Library-as-Incubator’s many online suggestions for Camas: a book discussion group that generates artistic reactions as well as conversation. Readers do their artwork at home and bring it in to share.Love it, hate itAnybody who’s ever been in a book group knows that somebody’s going to fall in love with it while somebody else inevitably wonders, who chose this dog?Wolitzer’s dense 2013 novel about summer camp and its lifelong aftermath found both fans and shrugs in the Camas group, which spent about an hour on a Thursday evening in late March batting around the characters’ choices, motives and outcomes.last_img read more

first_imgAtletico Madrid goalkeeper Antonio Adan insists he’s focusing on the positives after the team’s 1-1 draw at Girona in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.The former Real Betis shot-stopper was partly at fault as Los Rojiblancos wasted a one-goal lead away at Girona, after Adan’s unsuccessful attempt at saving Choco Lozano’s goal.“It was a ball that was difficult to deal with because of the wind,” Adan said, according to Marca.“In the last 20 minutes of the first half it was complicated by the wind.”“They put in several crosses and it was unfortunate.”Despite the second leg coming at the Wanda Metropolitano, Diego Simeone’s side will be disappointed not to have taken a win back to Madrid, but the Adan disagrees.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“It is positive because it gives us an advantage in the second leg,” he added.“Obviously we wanted more, especially because of how we started the game.”“It leaves a bittersweet taste, but we take an advantage back with us.”“It’s a tough team and a difficult stadium,” he said of Girona.“We knew it and we prepared for it.”“It’s good that it is a two-legged tie and now we can play in our home stadium and we have to win.”last_img read more

first_imgSgt. Cushman: “We find people who have a warrant and when we go to contact them they are sometimes in the act of committing another crime.” According to Sergeant Paul Cushman with KPD they noticed an influx of ‘failure to appear’ arrests since the first of the year: “We have seen an increase in our warrant arrests, many of those related to failure to appear for their court dates. We don’t have statistical information to say that it’s directly related to any new legislation, but they have seemed to coincide timing wise.” On February 17, KPD reported four separate arrests where they were dispatched to a crime in progress and ultimately arrested individuals at the scene with outstanding warrants. Sgt. Cushman: “Certainly there are a lot more people being released without a bail, and are essentially just given a court date, and are released after being arrested. So, rather than being held in jail until their court date they are being released, and then obviously not showing up “failing to appear” and so warrants are issued for their arrests.” The purpose of the program is to use a data-based, validated risk assessment took to make a recommendation to the court on conditions of release. The recommendation is based on two factors: the likelihood that the defendant will attend their court hearings and the likelihood that they defendant will engage in new criminal activity if released. But, ultimately, the decision is up to the judge.center_img Prior to the creation of the pretrial supervision program some defendants were already being released into the community, on bail, while they waited for a resolution of their case. But others who couldn’t afford bail were kept in custody. A Department of Corrections spokesperson told KTVA-TV that there were more than 300 individuals on pretrial supervision throughout the state, and 24 outstanding warrants for defendants who violated conditions of pre-trial release. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on February 22nd, 2018 at 05:18 amThe Kenai Police Department has noticed an increase in ‘failure to appear’ related arrests following recent legislation that was written into the criminal justice reform bill Senate Bill 91, that launched the establishment of the Pre-trial Enforcement Division. The pre-trial enforcement or supervision program went into effect at the beginning of this year, which makes computer-generated determinations of suspects’ flight and recidivism risks which then factor into judges’ bail decisions.last_img read more

first_img CES 2019 40 Photos 0 Share your voice See all the best laptops from CES 2019 Tags CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Laptopscenter_img Sarah Tew/CNET Having unveiled a handful of head-turning laptops at CES on Sunday — including the monstrous ROG Mothership and the ultra-thin ZenBook S13 — Asus kicked things off early on Monday by introducing a new convertible Chromebook. The Flip C434, starting at $569, replaces the company’s Chromebook C302 — a breakout hit that’s currently the top-ranked bestseller in Amazon’s two-in-one category. Asus claims that, despite its popularity, the Chromebook C302 was due for an update. The new model takes a few aesthetic departures from its predecessor, shifting away from the C302’s two-tone black and silver to a more uniform brushed aluminum design. Asus has also bumped up the screen size: Now you get a 14-inch FHD display that’s surrounded by relatively thin bezels — a pervasive feature of Asus laptops at CES this year. Accordingly, the Flip C434 is a bit heftier than the C302, weighing in at 3.2 pounds.04-asus-chromebook-c434 Sarah Tew/CNET But the biggest changes are on the inside: the Flip C434 has twice as much RAM and storage as its predecessor and way more powerful processor options, including Intel’s Core i7-8500Y. Here’s a rundown of all the specs:Google Chrome OS14-inch FHD display with NanoEdge 5mm bezels Ergolift hingeIntel Core i7-8500YUp to 8GB of LPDDR3 RAMUp to 128GB eMMC (plus microSD support for 2TB of additional storage)Two USB-C, one USB-ADual-band 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.015.7mm thick chassisWeighs 3.2 pounds (1.45kg) Over the past few months, I’ve seen some highly capable, Google-powered two-in-one laptops in the $500 to $600 range — including the Acer Spin Chromebook 13 and HP Chromebook x2. The Flip C434 may well join those two in showing just how far the Chromebook category has come. Asus’s Monday Chromebook announcement also included four other models designed expressly for the classroom: Chromebook Tablet CT100, which features a 9.7-inch QXGA touchscreen Chromebook C204, an 11.6-inch clamshell model, and the Chromebook Flip C214, its rugged convertible counterpartChromebook C403, a 14-inch clamshell The company did not announce pricing or availability for any of them. 1:47 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Asus says the ZenBook S13 has the slimmest bezels of… CES Products Acer Asus Chrome OS HP Intellast_img read more

first_imgGVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd said Monday that it would sell 33 percent stake in Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to Fairfax Holdings Corporation and FairFax Financial Holdings limited. The deal is valued at Rs 2,149 crore and is expected to be completed by mid 2016. GVK will reduce its debt by Rs 2,000 crore and would reportedly save interest cost of Rs 300 core every year, the company said in a statement. Following the announcement, GVK stock closed up 6.28 percent at Rs 7.11 in trading Monday. During the day, it had gone up by 10.3 percent once as the broader markets continued to trade dep in red. GVK Airport Developers, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GVK Power and Infrastructure, had started a financing process last year, in a bid to reduce its debt to its lenders. The company received multiple offers, from which FairFax group was reportedly selected.”This is an important and successful milestone in deleveraging our balance sheet, and all proceeds from this stake sale shall be used to bring down our debt obligations to our lenders. We chose FairFax as a partner in BIAL as we have long standing relationship with its chairman Mr. Prem Watsa and we look forward to partnering with them in developing Kempegowda International Airport through its next stage of expansion as we develop a new world-class Terminal 2 and a new runway,” the company said in the statement. Goldman Sachs, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch are the financial advisors to GVK and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is its legal advisor. Bangalore International Airport handled 17.3 million passengers during the period between April 2015 and February 2016. It marked an increase of 22.6 percent over 14.1 million passengers who arrived or departed from the airport during the corresponding period in the last fiscal year.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

first_imgInvestor accounts held with the two depository participants in India stood at 2.65 crore as of September 30, 2016. Based on the number of accounts held at the end of February this year — 2.50 crore — it marks an increase of 15 lakh accounts in seven months as against 18.64 lakh accounts added between February 2015 and 2016.While the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) had 1.50 crore investor accounts, the number was 1.15 crore with the Central Depository Services (India) Limited, or CDSL, as of September 30, 2016.CDSL is promoted by the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which holds 54.20 percent stake in the depository, and other investors that include HDFC Bank, State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India and Canara Bank. On the other hand, NSDL promoters include the National Stock Exchange (NSE), IDBI Bank and SUUTI.The past few months have seen an improvement in market sentiments bringing a flurry of initial public offerings (IPOs) that augur well for more investors opening demat accounts.Some of the prominent IPOs to hit the primary market in the recent past include Endurance Technologies, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, L&T Technology Services, Mahanagar Gas, RBL Bank and GNA Axles.On Friday, The BSE Sensex closed 45 points lower at 28,061, while the NSE Nifty ended 12 points down at 8,698. Top BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty losers included Asian Paints, Cipla, Infosys, HDFC, Bharti Airtel and Eicher Motors.Stocks that hit new 52-week-high on Friday included Sun TV Network, GSFC, MRPL, HPCL, IOC, South Indian Bank, NMDC and TVS Motor Co.The market capitalisation of the BSE on Friday was Rs. 1,13,37,348 crore.last_img read more

first_imgIndia vs West Indies clashJewel Samad/AFP/Getty ImagesRain has been playing a spoilsport throughout the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and now the India-West Indies clash of the league stage of the tournament, slated to take place on June 27 at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester may get hampered by showers also.It has been drizzling in Manchester from Sunday evening continuously and the weather worsened on Tuesday. It rained all day without a break on Tuesday which forced the Indian team to practice indoors and miss another round of outdoor training ahead of the clash.The local met office issued a warning before, forecasting heavy rains and flooding on Tuesday. But much to the joy of the Indian and West Indian fans the weather forecast on match day, till now, looks good. According to the met office forecast, the next two days will be better and there will be no rain. India are currently placed third on the league table of the tournament with four wins out of five fixtures. Their match against New Zealand was washed out due to rain. On the other hand, West Indies are placed eight on the table and are out of the tournament. They have won only one match and lost four out of six fixtures whereas one of their matches was also washed out due to rain. The Men in Blue, considering the form they are having in the competition, definitely have an upper hand over the Caribbean side but they almost faced a major setback in their previous match against Afghanistan. India’s batting performance in the previous match was poor, especially players like MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav wasted a lot of deliveries towards the end of the innings. These could have resulted in a shocking defeat at the hands of the minnows. West Indies will be looking forward to giving some consolation to the people of their region as they are already out of the running and have nothing to lose. The Virat Kohli led side will look forward to win the match and seal the semi-final birth on Thursday itself.last_img read more

first_img Share Syeda HasanFormer President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush in January 2015 attending a bridge dedication ceremony in Houston.Doctors treating former president George H.W. Bush at Houston Methodist Hospital say he will be moved out of the intensive care unit and into a regular room later Monday. His wife Barbara Bush, who was being treated at the same hospital for bronchitis, has been discharged.“He is sitting up, watching TV & waiting for his favorite oyster stew for lunch,” said Doctor Amy Mynderse, who is treating the former president. “He is not your average 92-year-old.”Another doctor, Clint Doerr, says George H.W. Bush could go home as soon as Friday.“He still has a fair amount of coughing,” Doerr said. “We are addressing that with various breathing treatments.”The 92-year-old former president was struggling to breathe when he was admitted to the hospital in the Houston Medical Center on Jan. 14. He has since been treated for pneumonia in the intensive care unit and at one point was intubated. He is now breathing with a minimal amount of oxygen, Doerr said.Barbara Bush, 91, entered the same hospital on Wednesday.A Bush family spokesman said on Monday that Barbara Bush was given the option of leaving the hospital Sunday, but opted to stay overnight to continue her recovery from bronchitis and to be close to her husband.Doctors Mynderse and Doerr have been treating the Bushes and answered questions about their medical treatment on Monday morning.At 92, Bush is the oldest living former president. He has a form of Parkinson’s Disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility.Andrew SchneiderHouston Methodist Hospital Doctors Amy Mynderse (L) & Clint Doerr update the conditions of former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush.last_img read more

first_imgListen 00:00 /00:44 Share The last day without a traffic fatality anywhere in Texas was November 7, 2000.“We have drivers that are 16 years old who’ve never seen a deathless day,” said Deidrea George, a public information officer with the Texas Department of Transportation. “So that is definitely something to point out.”Statistics show that in 2017, over 3,700 people were killed on Texas roads. In Houston alone, 242 people were killed. George said that far outpaces other Texas cities.“They are crashes that are the result of drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding,” added George.And while impaired driving continues to be the leading cause of fatal crashes in Texas, George said other careless actions are also to blame.“The next category is actually just as preventable. It’s actually occupants that are not restrained,” explained George. “So these are people that are getting in the car and are not buckling their seat belt.”George said TxDOT is continuing to look for ways to build safer roads that can correct for driver error. But she adds the vast majority of crashes could be prevented if drivers just made better choices. Xcenter_img
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first_imgPremiere gaming peripheral maker Razer has announced a sequel to the Destructor mouse mat, called the Scarab. This one is coated with Razer’s Fractal 2.0 surface coating, meant to create a highly responsive and uniform tracking system that’s perfect for optical and laser mouse sensors. The company has finely-tuned the coating for a balance between speed and control.Should you want to travel with your gaming gear, Razer is throwing in a lightweight carrying case that it promises is more attractive than the usual free case. The mat lists for $39.99 and will be available December 24 in North America.last_img

first_img Stop Big Brother listening in to your mobile phone conversation More information: Phonotactic Reconstruction of Encrypted VoIP Conversations: Hookt on fon-iksAbstractIn this work, we unveil new privacy threats against Voice-over-IP (VoIP) communications. Although prior work has shown that the interaction of variable bit-rate codecs and length-preserving stream ciphers leaks information, we show that the threat is more serious than previously thought. In particular, we derive approximate transcripts of encrypted VoIP conversations by segmenting an observed packet stream into subsequences representing individual phonemes and classifying those subsequences by the phonemes they encode. Drawing on insights from the computational linguistics and speech recognition communities, we apply novel techniques for unmasking parts of the conversation. We believe our ability to do so underscores the importance of designing secure (yet efficient) ways to protect the confidentiality of VoIP conversations. Citation: Encrypted VoIP not as secure as it sounds (2011, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The results of the team’s efforts show that services such as Skype, even though they use both encoding (converting words to code or data) and encryption (transforming the encoded messages to a different form using an algorithms) techniques to prevent easy capture of voice conversations over the Internet, are vulnerable to eavesdropping by perpetuators bent on listening in on what are supposed to be private conversations.The team was able to reconstruct conversations, not by beating the encryption scheme, but by measuring the data packet size of messages sent electronically across a network and then by applying known linguistic rules of human speech to those packets to decipher individual components of speech, which when put together, resulted in conversations that were at times, able to be understood by those listening.In the paper that accompanied their presentation, the team describes the process as similar to that used by infants when learning to communicate. They learn by associating certain words they hear over and over with known results. When an adult speaks to them, they parse out the stuff they don’t understand and instead concentrate on the words that stand out that they do know; linguists use the term “well formed” to describe terms that are understandable amongst those that are not. Infants use well formed phrases to help them deduce the meaning of other words that surround the ones they do know to try to figure out what is being said; a process the research team essentially duplicated when trying to recreate phone conversations.Because the results varied widely, and because eavesdroppers would need a lot of time, talent and money to recreate the results the team found, current users of such services shouldn’t worry that someone is listening in, but even so, now that a vulnerability has been exposed, it’s likely that Skype and other VoIP providers will take steps to eliminate the newly discovered weakness. Explore further ( — Linguistics researchers working with computer scientists at the University of North Carolina have shown that voice conversations over the Internet, even if they are encrypted, are not as secure as generally thought. Presenting their findings at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in Oakland California this past week, the team showed that by breaking up voice messages broadcast over the Internet, and then parsing the bits into phonemes (human speech components) they could, using linguistic rules, essentially recreate conversations; at least to some degree. The results varied, but were in general good enough to gain the essence of what was being said. 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. Overall architecture of our approach for reconstructing transcripts of VoIP conversations from sequences of encrypted packet sizes. Image credit: Andrew M. White. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

first_img During the first presidential debate, both candidates were quick to express their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, the 12-nation free trade agreement which the Obama administration negotiated (but which still needs approval from Congress).Related: Worried About ‘Free Trade’? Let’s Strive For ‘Ethical Trade’ Instead.And that opposition may emerge yet again during the second Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump debate this Sunday. That would be unfortunate because, while it’s understandable why the TPP has generated heated debate — as the U.S. economic recovery struggles to gain speed — some of that criticism is valid, but most of it is not.When you add up those opposition arguments and filter out the baseless criticism, in fact, it’s clear that the TPP will support exactly the future trade and innovation needed to drive U.S. economic growth.So, what’s the reason for all the noise and disinformation? Well, for one thing, these outbursts make it difficult for policymakers and the public to weigh the legitimate pros and cons of the deal. For another, the source of this opposition is a small, but vocal, group of opponents who oppose not just the TPP, but what it more broadly represents: the sensible next step toward a more globally integrated and prosperous economy.These “anti-globalists” — with dramatic names like Expose the TPP and Rock Against the TPP — see the agreement as an abhorrent symbol of globalization. They are not picky in the targets of their TPP opposition, either.They’re against the agreement’s rules-based trading system at the center of globalization and against multinational corporations and many sensible ecommerce and intellectual property rules in the TPP.Related: How Two New Trade Agreements Can Propel Your GrowthHowever, a closer — and calmer — examination shows that these criticisms do not stand up to scrutiny. Quite to the contrary, deeper, rule-based global integration will bring benefits to the global economy and U.S. consumers and workers alike. Unfortunately, many TPP opponents prefer a radically different economy that is local (not global), small (not corporate), protected (not competitive), and static (not innovative, nor disrupted).  Here are two of the opposition’s biggest arguments and a response to each.The TPP’s rules for ecommerce and intellectual propertyGlobal trade is increasingly dealing in data and ideas, and the United States leads in both, so it is hardly surprising that people in this country want to protect both.First, the agreement establishes new rules to protect the ability of data to move across borders. Critics claim this is an attack on privacy — distrusting the way modern digital companies use data. They misguidedly think that where data is stored is important to its security. In fact, what matters are the measures used to protect the data.The TPP would protect the data flows that are the lifeblood of the digital economy. The TPP prohibits a growing practice called “data localization,” whereby countries (such as China) force companies to build or use local data centers. This gives local firms an unfair advantage over U.S. companies, as it makes business costlier and more complex for these firms.But by no means does the TPP ignore privacy issues. Negotiators realize privacy is important for consumer confidence; hence, that is why the agreement requires TPP member countries to have a privacy protection framework in place.The TPP’s aim to get other countries to implement intellectual property rulesDespite the clear success of the U.S. approach to using intellectual property to spur innovation, many critics oppose the TPP’s aim to get other countries to implement similar rules. These critics, who prefer an ”information-should-be-free” approach, believe it’s wrong to charge for content like movies, music, and software, and ludicrously call the rules in the TPP an attack on free speech and privacy.What should be kept in mind, though, is that many of these critics, such as the public advocacy groups Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, oppose not only the U.S. approach to intellectual property in the digital economy — which the TPP reflects — but also the idea that we should extend a whole range of common-sense policies that exist in the offline world to the online one.Intellectual property is critical to modern trade because, while technology makes it easier for U.S. companies to sell digital goods and services overseas, it also makes intellectual property theft much easier, directly harming U.S. workers in intellectual property-based industries.It is therefore important that the TPP create a common set of rules to make it easier for U.S. innovators and creators to capitalize and protect their ideas — through patents, copyrights, and trademarks — in member economies. Despite the agreement’s obvious benefits, opponents want the TPP to fail, as their end game is support for weak-to-non-existent intellectual property protections, especially online.As policymakers in the United States and elsewhere consider the TPP, they should filter out the baseless claims of this vocal minority who do not like globalization or intellectual property.The TPP is the best chance the United States has had in 20 years to address modern barriers to trade; indeed, many current rules for intellectual property and ecommerce were set down in international agreements signed in the mid-1990s, when the internet as we know it barely existed.Related: U.S. Tech Firms Urge Presidential Candidates to Embrace Trade, High-Tech VisasThe TPP represents a much-improved framework for global innovation and trade in the Asia-Pacific region and should be supported to ensure U.S. companies are better able to compete in some of the world’s fastest-growing markets Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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first_imgThe Monster Records & Associates (MRA) –a fictional music records company, having realised that its biggest asset is in fact its data, embarked on a digital transformation with the aim to offer its product and offerings completely online and via APIs. This article is an excerpt taken from the book Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service, written  by Andy Bell, Sander Rensen, Luis Weir, Phil Wilkins. In this post we are is going to take  you through an interesting MRA case study who adopted an API design-first approach for building its APIs. We will go through the process and steps performed by MRA for this implementation. The Problem Scenario MRA had embarked on a digital transformation journey with the objective to become a digital organisation capable of offering tailored (à la carte) offerings to artists such as handling of an artist’s online presence to on-demand distribution of an artist’s digital media to Music Streaming Services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, Deezer to name a few. Having fully acknowledged that their most valuable asset is in fact their media data, MRA wanted to materialise in such assets and determined that the quickest and most effective way to achieve this was by exposing a public API capable of providing access, on-demand, to MRA’s Media Catalogue assets such as artists, songs and albums. Figure 1: MRA’s Media Catalogue API The idea being, once such assets became accessible via an API, streaming services could, on-demand and 24×7, explore MRA’s repertoire, purchase rights-to-use and start streaming. In addition, the API could also open the door to a brand new global audience: millions of app developers constantly innovating. If only a fraction of such a huge audience leveraged MRA’s Media Catalogue API, it would still represent a considerable success for MRA. However, as with everything, there is a challenge to realise such vision. MRA like many other organizations, had a level of experience with systems integrations and Service Oriented Architectures (SOA). One of the lessons learnt from SOA however was that the cycles for designing, building, prototyping, and testing SOAP-based Web Services could be quite lengthy and expensive. An API differentiates from a service in that the former represents the RESTful interface a consumer application interacts with, whereas the latter is the actual implementation (the code) behind an API. A HTTP endpoint exposed by a service is defined as an unmanaged API. When a service endpoint is accessed via an API Gateway where policies such as app-key validation, authentication/authorization and other policies are enforced, then it becomes a managed API. The book, Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service, refers to managed APIs as simply APIs and unmanaged APIs as simply service endpoints. Especially when it came to capturing and accommodating the feedback from Client Application Developers (API consumers), MRA had very bad experiences as in the majority of occasions they came to realize very late in the software lifecycle that the Web Service developed did not meet the expectations of its consumers. Figure 2: feedback-loops in traditional web service design Refactoring web services in this approach wasn’t just time consuming but also an expensive exercise as both the Service design (WSDL) and code had to be refactored and re-tested in order to accommodate the feedback received and before application developers could try a service again. Naturally service designers and developers avoided as much as possible making changes, thus challenging feedback received from application developers, which in turn created friction amongst both teams but in some occasions meant application developers finding alternative routes to solve their needs rather than using the web service. This was the worst possible scenario as it meant that the investments made in implementing a web service could’ve been wasted. API design-first process Learning from experiences and acknowledging the challenges that such waterfall like process imposed to a digital transformation initiative, MRA were quite keen to adopt a more agile, interactive but also quicker way to deliver modern RESTful based APIs. The idea was clear. By engaging application developers (API consumers) in the initial stages of the design process, feedback would be captured and reflected back in the interface design (API) early as well. Not only this would shorten feedback loops, but ensure that once the underlying services are implemented, it would expose an interface already endorsed and tested by its consumers, as opposed to risk building a service that won’t satisfy the client expectations and needs late in the process. Figure 3: API design-first approach vs traditional service design The implication of this approach though, is that the tooling and notation to define the API, had to be both simple, yet rich in capability such as the task of designing and mocking API endpoints is quick and easy, given that if the process becomes cumbersome it would defeat its purpose. We elaborate on the different steps undertaken by MRA when designing its Media Catalogue API using Apiary and related tools in the book, Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service. Here are the steps: Defining the API type Defining the API’s domain semantics Creating the API definition with its main resources Trying the API mock Defining MSON Data Structures Pushing the API Blueprint to GitHub Publishing the API mock in Oracle API Platform CS Setting up Dredd for continuous testing of API endpoints against the API blueprint Defining the API type: A fundamental step when designing any API is to first define what the type is. This is important as it will determine the guiding principles to consider when doing the design. We have three types of APIs: Single-Purpose APIs: These are APIs that serve a unique and specific purpose, typically derived from an unambiguous need associated with a user journey or use case. Multi-Purpose APIs: These APIs are more generic in nature and are meant to satisfy not just one but multiple use cases and scenarios. They are not bound (coupled) to a specific user journey or system of engagement (for example, a mobile app) therefore ideal for reuse enterprise-wide. MRA’s Media Catalogue API: MRA’s Media Catalogue API was specifically targeted at two main audiences: Music Streaming Services and Application Developers in general. Therefore, the API had to be both Public and Multi-Purpose. Defining the API’s domain semantics: This step elaborates proper understanding of the API’s bounded context, Media Catalogue. To do so, entities, key attributes, and relationships within the bounded context itself were identified and also defined using semantics appropriate for the purpose of the API. Creating the API definition with its main resources: This step shows how to create an API and define its main resources, parameters, and sample payloads.It involves steps followed by MRA when creating the Media Catalogue API definition and its associated API mock. Trying the API mock: This part describes how Apiary’s automatically generated API mocks can be used to satisfy one of the most important steps in API design-first: try an API early in the lifecycle, before the API is actually implemented. This is a critical step as collecting feedback from API consumers early can potentially save numerous hours in code refactoring later in the project. Defining MSON Data Structures: The Markdown Syntax for Object Notation (MSON) is a plain-text syntax for the description and validation of Data Structures in API Blueprint. It provides a way to represent objects (for example, an artist) in a human-readable plain text form. This part involves steps to define the Artist, Album and Song objects using the MSON notation. Pushing the API Blueprint to GitHub: API Blueprints can be pushed into GitHub repositories, so they can be version controlled but most importantly it can follow a similar GitHub cycle as any other code asset. This step is also required in order to configure Dredd to validate API endpoints against API blueprint definitions. Publishing the API mock in Oracle API Platform CS: Although Apiary provides an API mock URL that can be can be accessed directly, it is recommended that instead, the API mock is published and accessed via the Oracle API Platform Cloud Service. Setting up Dredd for continuous testing of API endpoints against the API blueprint: The last step of the API design-first process is to configure Dredd to continuously validate that an API endpoint exposed through the API Gateway is always compliant with its corresponding API Blueprint definition. The idea is to ensure that Client Application code is not broken once an API Policy is changed to point to a Backend Service once it has been built and deployed. We discussed the API design-first approach for building its APIs. MRA’s business scenario demanded the need for more efficient and leaner process for implementing APIs. We saw how an API design-first process could effectively help organizations such as MRA gain greater speed, agility, and efficiencies. Here’s a summary of the basic steps to realize such process. Choose your API type: We introduced the conceptual concepts such as Single Purpose and Multi-Purpose APIs to decide on what type of API to adopt. Define your APIs: The need for creating an API definition and an API mock in Apiary based on API Blueprints and the Markdown Syntax for Object Notation (MSON). Create & publish API: Creation and publication of an API using the Oracle API Platform Cloud Service. Continuously test: Finally, the configuration of Dredd to verify API endpoints compliance with the API definition. You just enjoyed an excerpt from the book Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Services. Grab the latest edition of this book to work with the newest Oracle APIs, and interface with an increasingly complex array of services your clients want. 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