Google will add more partners for self-driving cars: exec

first_imgAlphabet Inc’s Google wants to form more partnerships with established automakers and suppliers this year to accelerate its work on self-driving cars, the head of the Google project said on Tuesday.John Krafcik, the newly hired president of the Google self-driving car project, did not mention any automakers by name. However, appearing at a media conference at the Detroit auto show, Krafcik surveyed a room packed with hundreds of auto industry executives and said: “We hope to work with many of you guys.”Google officials have said previously the internet search company does not want to build vehicles, but instead supply the software and mapping to allow a car to safely navigate busy streets and highways.”No one goes this alone,” Krafcik said. “We are going to be partnering more and more and more.” He said he hopes to form more alliances this year.Google has worked with automotive suppliers and contract manufacturers to build a small fleet of prototype self-driving cars – small, light pod-cars that look nothing like the sport utility vehicles and pickups on display at the Detroit show.Google, major global automakers and several auto technology companies such as Delphi Automotive Plc, Continental AG and Mobileye NV are jockeying to define and lead development of vehicles that use machine vision, sophisticated maps and artificial intelligence to take over for error-prone human drivers.Krafcik said he believed partially automating the operation of a car, requiring drivers to take command under certain conditions, can create safety problems, a key point on which Google and most automakers differ.advertisementThe car “has to shoulder the whole burden,” he said.Most automakers, including General Motors Co, Tesla Motors Inc, Daimler AG, and Nissan Motor Co, are pushing to get cars on the road that allow hands-free driving under certain conditions, but require the driver to take over in more complex situations such as city driving.last_img read more

‘Chelsea need to keep football teacher Conte’

first_imgChelsea Chelsea need to keep ‘football teacher’ Conte, claims Zappacosta Chris Burton 18:54 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Blues’ Premier League title-winning coach continues to be linked with a summer move elsewhere, but a fellow Italian is hoping to see him stay put Antonio Conte has been hailed by Davide Zappacosta as “really important” and a “football teacher” amid the ongoing uncertainty regarding his future as Chelsea boss.Despite having guided the Blues to Premier League title glory in 2016-17, the man in charge at Stamford Bridge has seen serious questions asked of his role in west London.Conte has helped Chelsea to recover from a testing run through late January and early February which saw him faced with imminent sack reports, with a top-four challenge still in place and a spot in the semi-finals of the FA Cup secured. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Zappacosta hopes his fellow Italian will be given the chance to see those quests through and to then build on any successes in 2018-19, with there still 12 months left to run on the 48-year-old’s contract.Ahead of a crunch clash with London rivals Tottenham on Sunday, the 2017 summer signing from Torino was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “The coach is really important, he always tries to work in the best way for the team. “Since the start of the year, he is working in a really good way for Chelsea and his objective is to keep on winning with Chelsea.”He is a good coach because he is a football teacher and he makes you play in a good way. He gives you advice to make sure you are in exactly the right way on the pitch and gives you the strength of character to build your confidence.”While Conte retains the support of his players, it remains to be seen whether Roman Abramovich will keep faith with him at the end of the season.Interest from afar may also prove too good to turn down, with a second spell at the helm of the Italy national side being mooted.Conte has admitted to being unsure as to where he will be next season, with the constant rounds of rumours becoming tiresome.He responded to the latest questions on his future by saying: “I don’t know, I must be honest, I don’t know. This is not my problem. It’s a problem for the club. “For a coach it is not so sure. You can have a contract, but you don’t know what will happen after one or two games. We depend a lot on the result.”last_img read more

Valverde dodges Arthur to Barca questions

first_imgTransfers I thought he was an actor! – Barca’s Valverde dodges Arthur questions Ryan Benson 04:38 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) arthur-cropped Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Ernesto Valverde Barcelona v Girona Girona Grêmio Primera División The Gremio midfielder Arthur has been linked with Camp Nou, but the Blaugrana coach tried to convince reporters of his ignorance on Friday. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde dodged questions about the club’s reported interest in Gremio midfielder Arthur, claiming he thought he was being asked about an actor.Arthur has been linked with Barca for several months after establishing himself as one of South America’s most promising young players during Gremio’s successful Copa Libertadores campaign last year.Reports of Barca’s interest initially began circulating in December when Arthur was photographed wearing the club’s jersey during a meeting with sporting director Robert Fernandez. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Although that moved angered the Brazilian club, negotiations have taken place since and reports have even suggested the two clubs are closing in on an agreement worth an estimated €40million.Though, when asked about Arthur, Valverde tried to convince reporters of his ignorance.He said: “Arthur? What’s his last name?”I thought he was an actor! He’s at another team. I’ve seen him, like a lot of others.”News rocked Spain on Thursday when it was confirmed a police officer died of a cardiac arrest during violent clashes between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow at the former’s San Mames stadium before a Europa League meeting.Although the officer’s death was not directly caused by physical trauma, it was pointed out by official statements that a flare thrown from a group of Russian supporters had landed near him just a few seconds before.Valverde, who coached Athletic before Barca, expressed his sadness at the situation and rued the fact some people use football as a “shortcut” to give other things “visibility”.”We’re all affected,” Valverde said. “Especially in my case, as it happened in Bilbao.”Football is there to be enjoyed, but there are people who use football as a shortcut to other things. It’s not a footballing problem, it’s just that that’s where it gets visibility.”last_img read more

Arsenal 0 Manchester City 3

first_imgArsenal 0 Manchester City 3: Guardiola routs Wenger again in 100th game in charge Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:36 2/3/2018 Bernardo Silva Getty Images Arsene Wenger’s position at Arsenal looks increasingly precarious after a second thumping defeat by Manchester City in five days. Manchester City delivered another sublime show of attacking brilliance as Pep Guardiola’s side marked the manager’s 100th game in charge with a 3-0 demolition of hapless Arsenal.City beat Arsenal by the same scoreline in Sunday’s EFL Cup final win at Wembley, giving Guardiola a first trophy after 18 months in English football.And the runaway Premier League leaders – now 16 points clear of rivals Manchester United – blew Arsenal away before the break, becoming the first team to score three goals away to the Gunners in the first half of a Premier League match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Arsenal made a decent start but Leroy Sane fed Bernardo Silva for a glorious opener after 15 minutes, and the Germany international was then involved in a stunning team goal as David Silva – who was on target at Wembley – added a second.Sane scored the third before the break, finishing off another superb move, as Arsenal were regularly sliced open at a half-empty Emirates, the stadium adorned with blue lines in the snow.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a second-half penalty saved and another heavy defeat increases the growing pressure on Arsene Wenger, whose side are 10 points outside the Champions League qualification places, as sensational City close in on the title.3 – Arsenal have conceded three goals in the first half of a Premier League home game for the first time ever. Overwhelmed. pic.twitter.com/BGR7ok0X7f— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018Henrikh Mkhitaryan urged Arsenal to “fight” for Wenger in the build-up to the game and Ederson had to save an early sighter from the Armenia international, while Vincent Kompany deflected a cross from Aaron Ramsey into the chest of City’s goalkeeper.But the visitors scored with their first meaningful attack, Bernardo Silva netting a brilliant strike.Sane drove at the Arsenal defence with pace and skill, slipping in the Portugal international, who worked the ball on to his left foot and bent a glorious curler into Petr Cech’s top-right corner.Ederson beat away Granit Xhaka’s long-range free-kick, the goalkeeper then diving to his right to cling on to a sharp Ramsey strike.But City’s clinical cutting edge sliced Arsenal open with another breathtaking attack after 27 minutes.Sane was at the heart of it again, bamboozling Shkodran Mustafi and feeding Sergio Aguero, who laid the ball into David Silva’s path. The Spain international’s first touch was perfect, the second lashing a left-footed finish beyond a helpless Cech.If you dont like this you dont like football !!! #SharkTeam— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) March 1, 2018City were rampant, a glorious third arriving within five minutes, Sane this time on target.Aguero’s clever touch on the halfway line created acres of space in the Arsenal defence, Kevin De Bruyne sliding Kyle Walker clear to square a low cross for Sane to roll the ball home.Nicolas Otamendi’s poor challenge on Mkhitaryan offered Arsenal a lifeline shortly after the restart – the Gunners having been booed off at the break – but Ederson dived to his left to keep out Aubameyang’s tame penalty.11 – Manchester City have saved 11 of the last 19 penalties they have faced in all competitions (excludes penalty shootouts). Intimidating. pic.twitter.com/zF0ZcQeTzc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018With the game won before the break, City were understandably less incisive, some sloppy passing marring their second-half display, while Walker limped off with 20 minutes remaining.Cech denied Aguero his 200th goal for the club but Guardiola could not have hoped for a more comprehensive victory to mark his City century, with Wenger left to wonder how to fix a team that has been heavily beaten three times by the league leaders this season. Key Opta stats:- Arsenal suffered their joint-heaviest home Premier League defeat, having also lost by three-goal margins to Coventry (1993), Middlesbrough (2001) and Chelsea (twice in 2009).- Manchester City have now scored more Premier League goals this season (82) than they scored in the entirety of last season (80).- This was Manchester City’s biggest away win at Arsenal in any competition since a 4-0 triumph in November 1912.- The Gunners have lost more matches in all competitions in 2018 than any other Premier League team (seven).- Arsenal are now on their longest Premier League run without a clean sheet (10 matches) since February 2002 (11 matches).- David Silva is only the third David to score on St. David’s Day in the Premier League, after David Dunn (Blackburn v Man City in 2003) and David Luiz (Chelsea v Man Utd in 2011).- This was the first time Arsenal conceded three goals in the first half of a home Premier League game and the first time they’d done so in a home league game since March 1989 against Nottingham Forest. read morelast_img read more

DUSU polls ABVP bags 3 posts NSUI 1

first_imgNew Delhi: The RSS-affiliated ABVP on Friday won three posts, including that of the president, in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls, while the Congress-backed NSUI bagged the secretary’s post. Celebrations broke out outside the counting centre in Kingsway Camp with supporters dancing to ‘dhol’ beats and rose petals being showered on the winners. The winners wearing garlands then proceeded to the varsity’s Arts Faculty, from where they will take out a victory march. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAkshit Dahiya of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) defeated National Students Union of India (NSUI)’s Chetna Tyagi for the president’s post by a margin of over 19,000 votes, the highest ever, the student outfit claimed. “Our presidential candidate has won by a margin of over 19,000 votes, the highest ever margin in recent times. We have won on three posts. We intend to start ‘Mission Sahasi 2.0’ to empower women,” Monika Chaudhary, National Media Convenor, ABVP said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn 2014, Ashish Mathur of ABVP had won the post of Joint Secretary by a margin of over 11,800 votes, the party said. The posts of vice president and joint secretary were won by ABVP’s Pradeep Tanwar and Shivangi Kharwal by a margin of 8,574 and 2,914 votes, respectively. NSUI bagged the secretary’s post with its candidate Ashish Lamba, who is also celebrating his 24th birthday on Friday, defeating ABVP’s Yogit Rathi by a margin of 2,053 votes. “ABVP fielded Yogit Rathi who was college president of Ramjas College when the violence took place in 2017. The students have given a clear mandate against violence,” NSUI’s Delhi president Akshay Lakra said.last_img read more

Yellow vest protesters target French media as movement ebbs

first_imgPARIS — Yellow vest protesters marched on the headquarters of leading French broadcasters Saturday, as small groups turned out Saturday in Paris and around France despite waning momentum for their movement.Hundreds of demonstrators, some chanting “Journalists – Collaborationists!” traced a path around Paris visiting the central offices of television networks BFM and state-run France Televisions and announced plans to march to other broadcasters.Some members of the broad-based yellow vest movement accuse leading media of favouring President Emmanuel Macron’s government and big business and minimizing the protests — even though they’ve been the leading news story in France since they kicked off Nov. 17 out of anger at fuel tax hikes.Dozens of protesters tried to march Saturday on the elegant, tourist-filled Champs-Elysees — scene of repeated recent clashes between police and demonstrators — but were peacefully turned away by security forces. Both police and protesters appeared to be out in much smaller numbers than previous weekends.The holiday season and winter chill may have put a damper on Saturday’s turnout, along with a raft of concessions by Macron to calm the movement after rioting nearly reached his presidential palace earlier this month.Despite Macron’s offers of tax relief and other aid, many people remain frustrated with his pro-business leadership and are continuing to stage roadblocks at roundabouts around the country.Peaceful gatherings were held Saturday in several cities, from Marseille on the Mediterranean to Albertville in the Alps and Rouen in Normandy. Protesters continued blocking roundabouts in several sites, tangling traffic and letting just a few drivers through at a time, on a busy weekend of holiday travel.New protests are expected on the Champs-Elysees on New Year’s Eve, when Paris puts on a light show that typically attracts large crowds of spectators.The movement quickly spread beyond the fuel tax worries to encompass broad French anger at Macron’s economic policies. It’s named after the fluorescent protective gear French motorists must keep in their cars.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Foreign aid budget should be used to plug social care bill as

first_imgPhilip Davies, the MP for Shipley, said: “The first priority for the Government should be to look after the old, vulnerable and disabled people in our country.”We’ve got an absolutely desperate need and people in this country are really suffering because of the lack of social care. “Its unjustifiable to ask people to pay more tax while we are giving money away in overseas aid, particularly when so much of it gets wasted. I believe its an absolute scandal and charity should begin at home.”His colleague Peter Bone added: “Most people would think it was better to spend money in this country looking after the frail and elderly. “I would think 85 per cent of the nation would support taking money from the foreign aid budget and using it for social care. I think it is ludicrous to say we can’t pay the money when we can find lots of money going on overseas projects the EU determines.” Philip Hammond The UK’s foreign aid budget is over £12billion and the Government expects to raise around £382million through the social care precept added to council tax bills in 2016/17.But Downing Street raised concerns on Monday that some councils are not doing enough to deliver social care efficiently and warned money is not the only answer.A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said that while many councils are providing good social care services within existing budgets, many are failing.  But MPs and campaigners are warning that any additional costs on families are unfair and have called on the Government to invest more money into social care without forcing tax payers to stump up over £120 more.  Its unjustifiable to ask people to pay more tax while we are giving money away in overseas aid, particularly when so much of it gets wastedPhilip Davies, MP for Shipley The worst 10 per cent of councils take 20 times longer to discharge patients from hospital into care than the top 10 per cent and warned that over half of all so-called delayed discharges are in just 20 local authorities, she said.The spokeswoman added: “This isn’t just about funding, it is about how we deliver an effective and efficient social care system.”We do think there is a significant variation in how well councils manage social care services.”Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, denied reports that he was pushing for a rise in the social care precept in his Autumn Statement.He said that the Government is listening to the “cacophony” of concerns raised by local authorities about care funding.He said: “We recognise that the substantial increase in funding that social care will receive over this Parliament is back-loaded. We recognise local authorities are challenged to deal with that profile.”It is also clear that money alone is not the issue. It’s about effective co-operation and collaboration between the NHS and social services.” George Osborne introduced the preceptCredit:Ben Stansall /AFP / Getty I think it is ludicrous to say we can’t pay the money when we can find lots of money going on overseas projects the EU determinesPeter Bone, MPcenter_img Philip Hammond denied that he pushed for a rise in the social care precept in the Autumn StatementCredit:Jane Barlow /PA Millions of people could face council tax rises of almost £80 next year to help plug the social care gap, prompting growing calls by Conservative MPs for the foreign aid budget to be spent on pensioners in the UK instead. The Telegraph understands that ministers are working on plans to allow local councils in England to collect two bumper social care payments rather than spread the tax hikes evenly over the next three years. Councils are currently allowed to raise bills by up to 1.99 per cent to cover the cost of general services and up to 2 per cent each year to pay for social care under a new precept introduced by George Osborne.  But a new plan to deliver an immediate cash injection could allow councils to collect the six per cent increase due between now and 2020 over two years, as long as they do not collect further payments in the third year. It means some families could be forced to pay five per cent extra next year, around £76 on the average band D property, and the same again in 2018/19 then just two per cent extra in the following years. Ministers are understood to support the plan as a short-term fix because it is cost-neutral over the long term.Some councils may choose not to increase the tax by as much as five per cent as it is up to them whether to charge extra, although most have said they plan to. On average, bills have risen by around three per cent in recent years.  And there are fears that areas which have the greatest need for extra social care funding will not be able to raise extra money through tax hikes because many local residents are exempt from paying or pay only a small percentage, leading to a postcode lottery.Paul Burstow, the former Care Minister, said the plan to allow councils to hike the precept in the short term was not only a “sticking plaster” at best but would also make matters worse for the social care sector in the long term. “It will entrench disadvantage,” he said.It came as Conservative MPs demanded Ministers look again at the foreign aid budget and consider spending some of the money in the UK on caring for older people. George Osborne Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Somewhat ironic photos of the winner of 2FMs Miss Personality contest

first_imgLaura is the first girl to be solely judged on personality, wit and intelligence rather than any assessment of physical beauty to ever enter as a Miss Ireland finalist in the 67 year history of the pageant. THE WINNER OF 2FM’s much criticised Miss Personality contest has been announced.And it’s…. Miss GAA, Laura McCormack!The Tubridy Show contest, the winner of which would go on to compete in Miss Ireland, came under fire when it was announced last week with the caveat “it doesn’t matter what you look like”.However, the rules stipulated that the winner would be subject to the rigours of the Miss Ireland judging process, which includes a beach segment and a swimwear competition.Contestants were not identified, giving themselves alternative titles like ‘Miss Bucket List’, ‘Miss GAA’ and ‘Miss Grecian Feline’.Listeners to the Tubridy Show were invited to vote for their favourite based on personality after listening to the women’s radio interviews.The winner was chosen based solely on listener votes. Laura McCormack won with 27.8 per cent. She’ll now go on to compete in the final of Miss Ireland in July. Source: FacebookOrganisers have said: Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetcenter_img 2FM responds to criticism of ‘Miss Personality’ contest, says men can’t enter>Tubridy’s ‘lovely girl’ contest met with mockery>last_img read more

Toshiba adds battery to latest 32 LCD TV for ASEAN market

first_imgToshiba is introducing a new range of Power TV displays aimed specifically at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) market, a group of 10 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.The big difference with the Power TV line is that they include a rechargeable battery allowing up to 2 hours of viewing without being plugged in. Toshiba has done this so as to offer consumers in areas where power supply can be uncertain the ability to watch TV uninterrupted. So they won’t miss the end of a film, or that all important sports match.An uncertain power supply usually means poor signals too, so Toshiba has also incorporated Auto Signal Booster and Auto View features to maximize the picture quality being displayed.The first models will be 24″ or 32″ making them a good size as a main TV. There’s no information on pricing yet.Alongside the Power TV introduction Toshiba added two more mainstream TV releases. The first is the 55-inch CELL REGZA 55ZL800 3D LED using the CEVO engine, and the other is a 46″ or 55″ 29mm thick WL700 series of slim LED TV.Read more at the Toshiba press release, via EngadgetMatthew’s OpinionI expect a lot of public places will want to get these Power TVs in, especially places like bars where they sell the most drinks when a sports match is being shown. If the power goes out everyone goes home and stops buying, but with a 2 hours battery backup the drinks and profits will keep flowing.It’s unlikely Toshiba would consider bringing such TVs to western markets. We have no need for battery backup due to reliable power sources. They don’t seem to offer any other advantage, and they certainly aren’t a way of saving power.I think most people have started turning to personal media players and tablet devices for viewing away from a power source. Streaming media is still going to be stopped by power failures, but then the on-board storage could be filled with content to watch in those situations.last_img read more

Police looking for two more suspects in Xeros case

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two people arrested last week on suspicion of being accomplices of Savvas Xeros and assisting him in plans to help members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire terrorist group escape from jail were remanded in custody on Tuesday but the evidence they gave has prompted police to look for two more suspects.One of the two, a 29-year-old Albanian who was arrested in Thessaloniki last week, told authorities that he had been in touch with another Albanian man of the same age and a female lawyer named Maria.According to the suspect’s claims, the pair passed on money, documents and messages from the jailed members of the urban guerrilla group.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Lindbergh Field could set record for December holiday travel numbers

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Lindbergh Field could set a record for the number of air travelers making their way through the airport between today and New Year’s Day.KUSI’s John Soderman is live at Lindbergh Field. Lindbergh Field could set record for December holiday travel numbers KUSI Newsroom December 21, 2018 Posted: December 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The Mad Dash of Print Media

first_imgHappily, help is on the way, though at first glance, it has a decidedly menacing aspect. Like a hologram, it takes a little squinting to see it for what it is.The much-rumored whatchamacallit from Apple (iTablet, iPad, whatever) will be just the ancestor of a new world of digital devices whose capabilities are going to lift the greatest burden of publishing (the cost of paper, ink and distribution) bringing HD video, animation, eloquent info graphics and the engaging arts of video gaming to the task of journalism and most other purposes of non-fiction story-telling, including education.Just as transformative, the iWhatever and its descendants will liberate users from the lean-forward nature of the desktop experience by putting the screen in our hands. The Internet will still be the best way to find what you’re looking for fast, but it will be a great deal more than that, as well. Thanks to broadband penetration, print has lost its monopoly on ubiquity.When I was the editor of People, I used to say magazines were safe until fiber optics made it to the bathroom. That was a long time ago. What I could not imagine then was how much more robust story-telling could be when liberated from paper and ink, or how you could ever feel like curling up with a computer.Perhaps most importantly, multimedia story-telling will endow “print” journalism with the brand-enhancing asset that has kept advertisers investing in broadcast and cable: the engaging energy of light, sound and motion. Industry analysts have yet to make the leap from Web as a distribution channel to revolutionary medium.“The strategies that make media companies successful will require new capabilities,” according to one recent study, which enumerated them: “tracking and research to gain deeper insights into audience interests, informatics to manage and direct Web traffic, database management, custom content and applications development, and the ability to manage a network of partnerships.”Well, yes. But the way to enhance those relationships is not through database management, but by building trust and engagement—by telling great stories in a way that makes people want to read and experience them.The Next “Magazine”This will not be easy. ASME will need to get over itself and stop treating advertisers like enemy occupiers. ABC rules and circulation practices will need to change so that print brands can re-imagine themselves without losing credit for the loyal adherents who follow them there. Publishing giants will have to act like startups, inviting story-tellers from the worlds of film and gaming to join writers and designers with a serious claim on resources and the mandate to fail until they succeed in perfecting the crafts and arts of multimedia story-telling.When that happens, some enlightened American company—publisher, ASME, maybe even an advertiser!—knowing that its brand equity is intimately tied to the values it promotes, will put its name (and money) behind the next great American “magazine.” That could very well be a broadband multimedia experience whose mission is the same one that has always informed America’s publishing at its best—to share experience, in a spirit of generosity, to bear faithful witness, to bring coherence and light to the gravest problems and greatest purposes of American life. Or, as Henry Luce once put it: “To see life. To see the world. To eyewitness great events ….” Now that’s an app.Jim Gaines is the editor-in-chief of multimedia magazine FLYPmedia. Gaines formerly served as managing editor at People, Time and Life magazines and as the corporate editor of Time Inc. So far, publishers have demonstrated more fervor than conviction in their attempts to embrace digital innovation. With a few important exceptions—notably The Atlantic—general-interest magazine sites have given themselves over to opinion and aggregation, chasing the headless eyeball and revenue from desolate banner ads while leaving behind all trace of the narrative and design richness of the parent publications.There is a desperate, shotgun quality to print-digital marriages, as well—like Entertainment Weekly’s “video in print” ad for CBS in September, GQ’s iPhone app in October and Esquire’s experiment with “augmented reality” on the December cover. Popular Science got there first in July, by, as they say, holding up the magazine cover to a computer’s webcam so readers can see “a 3-D landscape dotted with wind turbines popping off the page; by blowing into your computer’s microphone, you can even make the turbines spin faster.”And as the song goes, you would cry too if it happened to you.Help is On the Waylast_img read more

Facebook faces investigation by New York attorney general over email collection

first_img Facebook Security Tech Industry Post a comment 0 Facebook says it’s fixed the issue and will notify users who were affected.  James Martin/CNET Facebook is being investigated by the New York attorney general’s office for harvesting the email contacts of about 1.5 million users without their consent. “It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James in a statement Thursday. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.”The social network confirmed in April that it collected the email contacts of its users, but said it wasn’t on purpose. A security researcher spotted the issue after he noticed the social network asked users to enter their email passwords when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identity. Once a user entered their password, a message popped up saying that the company was importing your email contacts, Business Insider learned.Facebook said earlier this month that it fixed the issue and will notify users who were affected. The attorney general’s office said in a press release that hundreds of millions of Facebook users could have been affected because users might have hundreds of email contacts stored. “We’re in touch with the New York State attorney general’s office and are responding to their questions on this matter,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. The attorney general’s investigation comes as other regulators and lawmakers are cracking down on Facebook for its privacy practices. In December, the DC attorney general sued Facebook for allegedly failing to safeguard the data of its users.On Thursday, Canadian regulators accused Facebook of violating local laws for mishandling user data and said it’d take the company to court for its privacy mishaps. The privacy commissioner of Canada and the information and privacy commissioner for British Columbia started investigating Facebook last year after revelations surfaced that a UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica harvested data from about 87 million users without their permission. The US Federal Trade Commission also started investigating Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal for possibly violating a legal agreement it had with the federal government to keep user data private. Facebook estimates that the FTC could fine the company $3 billion to $5 billion.  If that’s correct, the FTC fine would be larger than the record-setting $22.5 million the agency imposed on Google in 2012.Originally published April 25, 1:52 p.m. PTUpdate, 2:20 p.m. PT: Includes statement from Facebook and more background. Update, 2:38 p.m. PT: Includes background about other investigations. Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Food Bank Seeks Donations After Spike in Users

first_imgThe Food Bank of Alaska is asking for donations after seeing a spike in users.Download AudioThe bank purchased nearly 40,000 pound of bulk food, but needs more. The bank provides food to more than 100 partners that serve people in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and 200 partners across the state.Last year, agencies served up to 100 people on busy days. This year, they are typically seeing 250 people, including seniors, veterans and families.Officials say the numbers are up after a food stamp reduction and the end of extended unemployment benefits last year. Plus, more children are at home during the summer, meaning they are not getting meals at school.There also have been fewer donations to the Food Bank this summer.last_img read more

Supreme Court for short clips in cinemas TV for child abuse

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court agreed on a suggestion to screen a short clip on prevention of child abuse and prosecution of crimes against children in every movie hall and on television channels. In a report submitted to the court, senior advocate V. Giri, an amicus curiae in the PIL registered by the court under the title “In re Alarming Rise in The Number of Reported Child Rape Incidents”, said: “A short clip intended to spread an awareness of the subject in general, namely, prevention of child abuse and prosecution of crimes against children, should necessarily be screened in every movie hall and could also be transmitted by various television channels at regular intervals.” Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us He also suggested including having a child helpline number in this clip along with having it displayed at prominent places, schools and other public places. Agreeing to the suggestion, the court, in its order, said: “The following suggestions of the learned amicus curiae shall also be implemented by the Ministry of Women and Chlid Development through such agency as may be considered appropriate.” Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us Svadha Shankar, who assisted Giri on the matter, said the awareness through this clip will leave a long-lasting impression on people”s mind. “Films and television channels is the best medium to spread awareness on the issue. These platforms engage millions every day. It will definitely help the cause,” said Shankar. The court observed that it is essential to ensure timely completion of investigations and consequential trials in the offences under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The set directions issued by the court include setting up of exclusive/designated courts under Centre”s scheme, child friendly court staff and infrastructure, and appointing officers having academic qualification in child rights or expertise in the same.last_img read more

Oikya Front not barred from holding its rally

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRuling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said the permission to the Oikya Front for holding its planned rally in Sylhet has been put on hold on security grounds, reports UNB.”Oikya Front has not been barred from holding its rally,” said Quader while answering queries from newsmen after visiting the Dhaka-Tangail Highway at Chandra.He observed the newly forged Jatiya Oikya Front has made a mistake at the beginning of its journey by complaining to foreigners without reaching out to people.Quader’s comments came a day after Jatiya Oikya Front briefed foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka on their demands, goals and position on the next general election.Diplomats from around 25 countries, including the USA, the UK, the EU, Canada, India, Pakistan, China, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Greece, Turkey, Vietnam and Norway joined the briefing at a city hotel on Thursday.Mentioning that an election mood is prevailing in the country and people want to cast their votes in a festive manner, Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said, “Those who are trying to take the election-bound people to a movement are living in a fool’s paradise.”Quader said 90 per cent work on the Chandra flyover has been completed and it will be opened to traffic within the next two months.On 13 October, BNP together with Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiya Oikya Front to press for their seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party administration.last_img read more

Bherigaon Govt Primary School A success story

first_imgPhoto : Prothom AloOne can say the students of Bherigaon Government Primary School are real-life heroes. Despite numerous problems, such as shortage of teachers, having no playground and being flooded during the monsoon, they have always achieved commendable grades in their exams.The school stands near the haor of Kauwadighi in Fatehpur union in Rajnagar upazila of Moulvibazar.The headmaster of the school has invented an innovative work list while the other teachers assisted him in implementing the plan. Instead of confining themselves in the conventional teaching method, they opted for a creative one.Bherigaon Government Primary School was established in 1973, as per the locals and the school authorities. There are only five teachers to take care of as many as 347 students.The students of Bherigaon, Chuababali, Baghmara, Mokam Bazar, Sadapur and Muniarpar villages come to this school, which stands on Kauwadighi haor. Most people here are dependent on agricultural products.The school authorities said, they were ranked the best school in Rajnagar upazila from 2006 to 2009 and in 2018.And the headmaster of the school, Rajab Ali, achieved the best headmaster title in the years 2010, 2016 and 2017.The PEC examination was launched in 2009 in the country.The success rate of the students of this school has been 100% since then. As many as 150 students obtained GPA-5 in the exams.In 2018, a total of 50 students sat for the PEC exams. The pass rate was 100 per cent while 30 students got GPA-5. Its students have been receiving scholarships regularly since 2003.Besides academic success, the School has been champion several times at the upazila level in the Bangabandhu Bangamata Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament.“It is one of the best schools in the upazila. The headmaster works very hard for the school, as do the other teachers,” Gias Khan, a local of the village, told Prothom Alo.However, the school is laden with tonnes of problems. There are two buildings. One of them is semi-pucca with tin shed roof that was blown off during the Nor’westers on 15 April. Many important documents were left damp in rain.The other building is a two-storey one. Its ‘guide wall’ has collapsed and the doors and windows of the small classrooms are broken.The small classrooms with inadequate desks and chairs are too small to accommodate the students.The school premises gets flooded during monsoon.Upazila primary education officer Zafar Al Sadeq said, “The design of a new building for the school is underway. We are taking time to finalise the design as it will be a little different being one in the haor area.”last_img read more

Interactive art

first_imgOrganised by Think Arts, the 26-day event will take children on a sensorial journey through an interactive art and theatre exhibition.NM Director-General Sanjiv Mittal said, “The exhibition aims to supply back the luxury that Indians a generation ago enjoyed in their younger days. We have scheduled it with the summer vacations for schools upcountry.”Ruchira Das, founder of Think Arts, says, “Elements would enable the participant children to a world of wonder — in all of its senses.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ “We had the outdoors to play in. We touch, smell, feel, hear, use all of our senses as we explore. These experiences fuel our imagination and heightened our sense of perception,” she added.“At Elements, every action of the child changes the experience for those who follow, creating an ever-evolving space”, reveals Das, who has conceptualised the show.The show will have a room of cupboards and drawers featuring a drawer of tastes, smell, sounds, miniatures among others. “The only way to get to the next room (labyrinth) is by entering a cupboard. The labyrinth has a jigsaw puzzle inspired by a miniature from the gallery at the National Museum,”added Das. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere is also an art room that invites children to engage in building a sculpture using cardboard boxes, scraps of cloth, paper and found objects. With every interaction, the sculpture takes a new form.Another feature is the textured path, along which the children walk on sand, pebbles, foam and sawdust among others. There is also a music room which has easy-to-play instruments that will help the child explore the sounds of different musical sounds made from elements like seeds, metal, wood and bamboo. Many of these instruments are inspired from those in the music gallery at the National Museum.“The team behind Elements comprises several artistes and organisations who basically believe that children are “thinking, feeling beings who are capable of as much, if not more depth, and understanding as an adult”, says Anurupa Roy, from Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust. She along with Shravan Heggudu and S Raghuvendra, are the designers of the exhibition and co-creators of the artworks.The team also includes professional musician Rajat Mallick and Prarthana Hazra, a recent post-graduate from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan.When: June 10 – July 5Where: National Museumlast_img read more

Costa Ricas high court Samesex marriage should be legal someday

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:How Sean Miranda made history in Costa Rica PHOTOS: Pride March in Costa Rica An afternoon with Frida Cartas ‘Clerical error’ allows for same-sex couple to be wed in Costa Rica Costa Rica’s Supreme Court of Justice released a ruling at midnight Wednesday stating that the prohibition of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional – and that the Legislative Assembly has 18 months to overturn it.Tlhe current assembly draws 14 of its 57 members evangelical pastors, and the path to comply with the ruling is most likely an exceedingly rocky one.The decision came seven months after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that its member countries, including Costa Rica, must grant equal rights to same-sex couples.President Carlos Alvarado, whose support for same-sex marriage and the Inter-American Court’s ruling played a significant role in his election, celebrated the decision, but it drew criticism from those who criticized the 18-month delay.“The ruling makes no sense. Basically what it does is prolong [the wait] for the fulfillment of our rights,” lawyer Marco Castillo, who wrote one of the suits against the current prohibition of same-sex marriage that the Supreme Court considered, told journalists.“It’s a judicial aberration for a state entity to recognize that discrimination exists, and at the same time allow that discrimination to continue for 18 months more,” said LGBTQ activist Margarita Salas.“It think it’s improbable that in 18 months the assembly with resolve this,” said Enrique Sánchez of the Citizen Action Party, who is Costa Rica’s first openly gay legislator.center_img We need to take a second look at our assumptions about gay marriagelast_img read more