Photo: Jim Harbaugh Recruiting Graduate Students For “Top Secret” Research Projects

first_imgjim harbaugh research flyerTwitter/@ByAZunigaIf we’ve learned anything about Jim Harbaugh in his first 18 months as Michigan head coach, it is that he’ll look for any advantage he can get. Based on a flyer posted to Twitter by Maize ‘N Brew‘s Alejandro Zúñiga, Harbaugh is recruiting “highly motivated” Michigan graduate students for top secret “applied research projects.”Michigan football is planning a top-secret project: pic.twitter.com/rBW5CCdoa9— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) June 15, 2016It is impossible not to be intrigued by what the means, coming from Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan program. It could be anything.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Industrial natural gas users put backup plans in action ahead of winter

first_imgVANCOUVER – A natural gas shortage projected to stretch through the winter months could mean higher vegetable prices this spring, as gas users from mills to local governments hustle to conserve and find alternative fuel sources.The shortage follows a pipeline explosion near Prince George earlier this month and one of the province’s largest utilities, FortisBC, says it means supply will be reduce by 50 to 80 per cent during the coldest months of the year.Linda Delli Santi, executive director of the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association, said any higher costs of using alternative fuels or spikes in gas prices will be passed on to consumers.“Certainly our members are in the business of at least covering the cost of production. So yes, they’ll be trying to get higher prices in the marketplace,” she said.Natural gas is an vital part of the growing process, not only as a heat source but because the carbon dioxide it produces feeds the plants, she said.Most growers have an interruptible plan with FortisBC, which means they pay a discounted rate but service can be stopped in an emergency like the pipeline explosion or during cold snaps and prioritized to other customers.While natural gas service has been restored since the Oct. 9 incident, she said at least one grower has told her he may skip production this season over concerns about gas prices.Enbridge, the pipeline’s owner, has said it expects to have its ruptured pipeline back in service by mid-November, but the pressure in that line and in a smaller pipeline nearby will remain below maximum levels until spring.The National Energy Board said in a statement Friday that it ordered Enbridge to limit gas flows at 80 per cent pressure levels from the blast site, located about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George, along the entire length of the pipeline up to the B.C.-United States border, as a safety measure to protect people and the environment.FortisBC said that keeping homes warm is its top priority as it manages a reduced supply in the coming months and it’s encouraging all users to conserve energy.“We do have gas flowing to all of our customers, including the industrials although at a limited usage,” FortisBC spokesman Sean Berdow said. “When it comes down to it though, as factors dictate and if we have issues of supply, there’s a number of different levers we can pull.”The utility has arranged to maximize output of the Southern Crossing pipeline that feeds into the Interior from Alberta and is working on securing additional natural gas in the open marketplace to meet demand. It’s also working with its largest customers to optimize their energy use and identify backup options, Berdow said.“There’s a lot of heavy industry with the capability to fuel switch, so they’re looking at the current scenario and saying it makes more sense for us now to work off an alternative fuel supply,” he said.The industrial sector consumed about twice as much natural gas as residential and commercial users in 2016, provincial government data shows.Wood product company Canfor has been given a set amount of natural gas to use among its three Prince George pulp mills, spokeswoman Michelle Ward said in a statement.“In addition to our allocations from Fortis, as a contingency we are supplementing our natural gas needs with trucked gas. With this allotment, and the current temperatures, we are able to keep the mills up and running,” Ward said.Catalyst Paper relies on FortisBC for natural gas service at its three mills in Powell River, Crofton and Port Alberni.About 90 per cent of its power comes from wood waste, but natural gas is used in its line kilns, as a backup fuel source and to keep the boiler stable during the winter.Carlo Dal Monte, director of energy management, said the company is accustomed to FortisBC reducing its supply for one or two weeks per year during cold snaps. In those situations, it switches to recycled oil fuel and focus on products that require less steam like lighter weight paper.Given the unprecedented situation following the pipeline explosion, the company is working to create steam conservation action plans and ensure it has as much backup fuel as possible at each of its mills, he said.“We recognize that this is uncharted water for everyone. We also recognize that as industrial customers we’re likely the first ones to get curtailed, ” he said, adding the goal is to minimize any impact on its customers.The City of Vancouver is taking steps to reduce natural gas usage by shutting down its asphalt plant and lowering thermostats at all city-staff occupied buildings, areas of recreation centres that don’t affect the public and libraries.“We are continuing to assess the impact a longer-term gas outage could have on the city operations and will look at other adjustments that can be made if this is an ongoing issue,” spokeswoman Ellie Lambert said in an email.last_img read more

Swiss Chalet Harveys East Side Marios restaurant chain hit by malware outbreak

first_imgVAUGHAN, Ont. – Recipe Unlimited Corp. says some of its Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, East Side Mario’s and other restaurants are experiencing a partial network outage after a malware outbreak.The company says it learned of the outbreak on Friday and as a precaution took a number of its systems offline and suspended internet access to affected locations.Some restaurants have been unable to process credit and debit card transactions as a result, though all of them can manually process credit card charges.A small number of restaurants have temporarily closed.The company says it’s continuing to work with security experts to resolve the situation.It did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Companies in this story: (TSX:RECP)last_img read more

EC calls for detailed report on disturbance affected areas during Panchayat polls

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has asked the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Bengal to send a detailed report of the pockets that had witnessed disturbance during the last Panchayat polls. The report should be sent within a couple of days.A senior official in the EC said that the report will be matched with the report prepared by their team, which had taken stock of the law and order situation of the state during their recent visit and accordingly start deploying CRPF personnel — the first batch of which is expected to reach the state by Friday or Saturday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe CRPF jawans will be first deployed in the disturbance-affected pockets. As per sources in the office of the Bengal CEO, ten companies of CRPF will be deployed in South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, North Dinajpur, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata. A source in the commission said that Deganga in North 24-Parganas, Basanti and Kultali in South 24-Parganas, the bordering areas of Malda, Murshidabad, East Midnapore, Birbhum and Asansol in West Burdwan will witness the deployment first. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We have not yet finalised the total deployment of CRPF for Bengal. They will be coming in phases and will carry out area domination to boost the confidence of voters,” a senior official in CEO’s office said. According to senior officials of the commission, the jawans will directly coordinate with them and as per their instructions, will also send live photographs from their body-mounted cameras. Vulnerability mapping on the part of the commission is still on and is being conducted on the basis of six factors including ‘intimidation of voters’, ‘threat on basis of caste, religion or political identity’, ‘histories of political clashes and tension, ‘margins of previous elections’ and ‘worry lists and complaints from political parties’. “Previously we used to consider the winning margin to determine the vulnerability but this time, we will see the polling percentage and tally it with the last election. If we find that there is a huge gap between the two elections, then we will identify the booths. These factors will be incorporated in mapping the vulnerability,” the official added.last_img read more

Indias envoy to Sri Lanka warns of threat from jihadi ideology

“If Yoga teaches us to be one, Jihadi terrorism is telling us exactly the opposite, that we are not one. This jihadi ideology is a common threat to all of us.We must cleanse the minds of the people of these divisive ideologies. It is time that we strengthen the forces that unite us. United we stand, divided we fall,” he said. The High Commissioner also said that India has a special relationship with Sri Lanka and after the dastardly Easter Sunday attacks, it was the Prime Minister of India who was the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka, to express solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.“It was a reflection of our belief in the resilience of Sri Lanka, that Sri Lanka will rise, and rise again in all its glory,” he said. The High Commissioner concluded by saying “As a wise man once said inhale the future, exhale the past. Just breathe…Afterall, life is just a breathe”. (Colombo Gazette)Related: Sri Lanka celebrates International Day of Yoga The High Commissioner was speaking at celebrations held in Colombo today to mark the International Day of Yoga. India’s envoy to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu today warned of a threat from the jihadi ideology.He said that there are forces that are trying to divide communities. read more

UKCES event to help businesses maximise their workforces potential

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) is calling on employers who work in the Advanced Manufacturing sector to attend an ‘Employer Ownership of Skills’ event being held in the West Midlands on 10 December 2012.The event will inform employers in the Advanced Manufacturing sector about the opportunity to access up to £150 million of funding, available through Round 2 of the Employer Ownership pilot. The pilot offers all employers in England the opportunity to invest with government to develop their current and future workforces and to tackle skills challenges that may be stopping the business from reaching its full potential.Companies in attendance will hear from employers that have already accessed funding through Round 1 of the pilot as well as UKCES Commissioners and representatives from BIS.UKCES is asking employers to register their interest in the event now, in advance of invites and tickets being circulated at a later date.Visit the UKCES website to find out more about the Employer Ownership of Skills pilot.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Opinion Despite Urban Meyer and JT Barrett Ohio State offense has many

Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson influencing running backs in first season in Columbus. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentUsually when a team returns a three-time captain and reigning Big Ten quarterback of the year, eight offensive starters and one of the game’s elite head coaches, there aren’t many questions pertaining to the effectiveness of the offense.But that isn’t the case for coach Urban Meyer, quarterback J.T. Barrett and the rest of the Ohio State offense. Last year’s top three receivers – H-back Curtis Samuel and receivers Noah Brown and Dontre Wilson – left for the NFL. First-team All-American and 2016 Rimington Trophy-winning center Pat Elflein graduated and was picked by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round of the NFL draft. Returning are left guard Michael Jordan and right tackle Isaiah Prince, who had major struggles at key moments last season.To clarify, a team that lost its top three receivers along with its best offensive lineman, and put up zero points in the Fiesta Bowl, is expected to possess an offense worthy of a No. 2 ranking in the Associated Press preseason poll. No matter how many games Barrett and Meyer have won nor how many starters on each side of the ball return, a team’s key offensive threats leaving should breed uncertainty.So, how do voters justify their ranking of Ohio State?It begins with addition by subtraction. Former co-offensive coordinators Tim Beck and Ed Warinner took jobs as the offensive coordinator at Texas and offensive line coach at Minnesota, respectively. Last season, Ohio State averaged just 5.9 yards per play, ranking 38th in the country, a steep drop from its No. 5 rank just two seasons prior with the same quarterback, Barrett, at the helm.Former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson was hired in January as tight ends coach and co-offensive coordinator to take control of and speed up an offense that sputtered the past two years. Ryan Day, who spent last season in San Francisco working as the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach under Chip Kelly, was added to the staff as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator. Given Wilson’s and Day’s extensive and impressive track records, optimism is soaring. Wilson — known for his high-paced, explosive offenses — has garnered praise from both Ohio State players and Meyer. Last week, Barrett mentioned he felt Day fundamentally altered his mindset in favor of throwing to contested receivers.But the question as to whether they can transfer those changes from the practice field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to under the bright lights at Ohio Stadium remains. Barrett is a fifth-year senior, four-year starter, three-time captain. How much can he really change?Barrett’s yards per passing attempt has declined from nine yards in his first year starting as a redshirt freshman to 6.7 yards last year. His completion percentage has declined each year from 64.6 percent in 2014 to 61.5 percent in 2016. Without Samuel, Brown and Wilson, Barrett will have to adjust to a new receiving corps as well as a new offensive system.The offense will rely on a bevy of inexperienced receivers. Some, like H-back Parris Campbell and receivers K.J. Hill, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin, have been around the program for years. Others wideouts, like sophomores Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack and H-back Demario McCall, along with freshmen Trevon Grimes, Elijah Gardiner and Jaylen Harris, will be counted on to step up and overcome their lack of experience. Of the seven returning receivers, they accounted for just 21.1 percent of the team’s total catches, totaling 686 yards. Redshirt senior Marcus Baugh caught 24 passes last season and will be a key part of this year’s offense. But his backups – redshirt freshmen Jake Hausmann and Luke Farrell, along with former defensive end Rashod Berry – lack any notable experience. Projected backup A.J. Alexander suffered a knee injury in June and will miss the entire season. On the offensive line, first-team All-American right guard Billy Price slid over to center to replace the outgoing Elflein. But with just a week until the season begins, a starter has yet to be named at Price’s former position. Prince and Jordan both struggled at times last season, and though improvements have been cited by both players and coaches, they have yet to display their newfound consistency on the field.One of the most productive players on last year’s offense, running back Mike Weber returns for his second season as a starter. At Big Ten Media Days, Meyer said the bellcow in the backfield had a good year, but had to transform into a premier back. Early in fall camp, Weber injured his hamstring and didn’t return to full-go until late last week. It remains to be seen whether he can make the leap Meyer anticipated due to the injury hampering him.Given so many question marks at so many positions, it’s remarkable that the Buckeyes are ranked as the second-best team in the nation. If Day and Wilson fundamentally alter the offense and Barrett’s mindset, a few wide receivers break out, a backup tight end lays claim to the position, a talented right guard emerges as a starter, Prince and Jordan improve, and Weber becomes the “premier back” Meyer desires, the Buckeyes will be set.But, isn’t that a little too much to ask for even from a Meyer- and Barrett-led offense? We’ll begin to find out some of the answers when Ohio State faces off against Indiana Aug. 31. Considering the amount of questions, there’s reason to be at least somewhat skeptical. read more

Man Allegedly Steals Game Boy for Dead Teens Coffin

first_imgThe press has some pretty nasty words for one Jody Bennett. The 37-year-old Pittsburgh man was arrested after allegedly stealing a Game Boy out of the casket of a 17-year-old who died in a car crash on Christmas Day.Bennett apparently reached into the casket of Bradley McCombs, a family friend, and grabbed a Game Boy and three gaming cartridges from the body of the teen. Police found one of the games on the suspect. The value of the items was listed at $46.90. The system was an outdated model, holding more sentimental value than anything else.Bennett’s mother called the robbery an “embarrassment,” apologizing to the family, “”My son’s had a drug problem for quite some time, and we’ve more or less alienated ourselves from him.”Bennett is being held in county jail, having not been able to meet his $15,000 bond.last_img read more

Alan Farrell has become the first Fine Gael TD to say he

first_img By Cianan Brennan Farrell was most recently in the news for kicking off a sustained scandal involving Sinn Féin in early December by suggesting, under Dáil privilege, that two of their TDs had knowledge concerning the death of prison officer Brian Stack at the hands of the IRA in 1984.His statement continues:“Fine Gael, as a party in government, requires a leader who can manage the party in a manner which inspires faith amongst the parliamentary party, our local representatives and the wider membership.”I wish to acknowledge Enda Kenny’s unwavering commitment to public service and to working in the best interests of our society and the Irish public. While I sincerely thank An Taoiseach for the work he has done in rebuilding our party since becoming leader in 2002 and even more so for his incredible stewardship of the country since 2011, I believe it is now time for him to step aside and allow a new leader, with a fresh approach, to lead us into the future.“We must be prepared to tackle the challenges which arise in our society. In doing so we require a leader who can lead with confidence, and highlight how the values and principles of Fine Gael can best benefit our society and every community across our “country.”Over the last number of days, we as a party have stumbled from one crisis to another, highlighting how fragile our arrangement as a minority government is. Not only were we close to an election once, I firmly believe we came close three times. If anything should be learned from the events of the last few days it is that we must be ready for an election at any time.”In order to do that, we must have a new leader in place who will inject a new impetus and provide a new direction for Fine Gael.“As the co-author of a recent internal party report, I am very much in tune with the feelings and position of our membership, right across the country. A week does not go by that a further comment from another constituency arrives. In a democratic organisation, that is not healthy and thus, I reluctantly withdraw my support for the continued tenure of Enda Kenny TD as leader of Fine Gael,” he concluded.Read: Abuse claim against McCabe was not ‘copy/paste’ error – reportRead: Two ministers are out of FG leadership race, but some say it’s ‘ludicrous’ to change leader now 21,384 Views Alan Farrell (l) and Enda Kenny, pictured on Monday. Source: Twitter/AlanFarrellFINE GAEL TD for Dublin Fingal Alan Farrell has become the first TD from Enda Kenny’s own party to officially declare his position to be “untenable”.The Taoiseach’s standing has been called into question in spectacular fashion since a gaffe-filled week regarding the government’s handling of the Maurice McCabe whistleblower controversy.While Kenny himself has resisted putting a timeline on his own departure, he had been warned by his own backbenchers that he must do so or face a motion of no confidence in his leadership.This afternoon Farrell said: “Unfortunately, I no longer have confidence in the ability of Enda Kenny TD to lead Fine Gael and I believe his position is now untenable.” Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter 97 Comments Feb 17th 2017, 2:17 PM Share Tweet Email center_img Friday 17 Feb 2017, 2:17 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Alan Farrell has become the first Fine Gael TD to say he has no confidence in Enda Kenny Farrell says the Taoiseach’s position is now “untenable”. Short URL Fine Gael’s Alan Farrell has just officially called for Enda Kenny to step down, saying his position is “untenable” pic.twitter.com/vW88qmfZNS— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) February 17, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3245333 last_img read more

Ronda Rousey Becky Lynch Charlotte Flair Roman Reigns to appear on ESPN

first_imgFacebook Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location After watching @RondaRousey @BeckyLynchWWE & @MsCharlotteWWE on @SportsCenter stay tuned for the @WWE Superstar @WWERomanReigns on @FirstTake at 11am ET. In the coming days you can also catch the #BigDog on @SportsCenter @E60 @ESPNDeportes & @stephenasmith @WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/E6X2pvdynX— WWE Public Relations (@WWEPR) March 25, 2019 Pinterest 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Why Is Becky Lynch Is Calling Out Ronda Rousey Ahead Of Wrestlemania 35? Google+ Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands WWE Public Relations announced on Twitter WWE stars Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair are set to appear on ESPN SportsCenter Tuesday morning at 7:45 a.m. ET. WWE Public Relations noted that this will be the first interviews for Rousey, Lynch and Flair since it was made official on Monday that the three women were named the Main Event for WrestleMania 35 which will take place at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on April 7.WWE Public Relations also announced on Twitter that Romans Reigns will appear on the Tuesday episode of First Take on ESPN which begins at 11:00 a.m. ET.  It was also noted that Reigns will be appearing on additional ESPN programming in the coming days. The match between Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre for WrestleMania 35 was set up and made official during Monday Night RAW which took place at the TD Garden in Boston. You can check out both Twitter posts from WWE below making the announcements:Tune into @espn @SportsCenter tomorrow morning beginning at 7:45 am ET for @WWE Superstars @RondaRousey @BeckyLynchWWE & @MsCharlotteWWE’s first interviews since being named the Main Event of @WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/7Vj1h0sGvR— WWE Public Relations (@WWEPR) March 25, 2019 Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Twitter Charlotte Flair Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Videos Articleslast_img read more

Hyperloop train proposed between Miami and Orlando

first_img“We are on the brink of the first great breakthrough in transportation technology of the 21st century, eliminating the barriers of time and distance and unlocking vast economic opportunities,” said Shervin Pishevar, executive chairman of Hyperloop One.The company says the longest proposed route from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Houston, Texas, runs 1,152 miles across four states. The trip takes 17 hours by car, but Hyperloop One says would take just 1 hour and 45 minutes with their train.Other routes up for consideration include Seattle to Portland, Los Angeles to San Diego, and Chicago to Pittsburgh.To vote for the Miami-Orlando route, visit Hyperloop One’s Facebook page. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – South Floridians could travel to Orlando by train in less than half an hour, according to a proposal by Hyperloop One.Hyperloop transportation uses a magnetically-levitated train inside of a low-pressure tube, giving the train the ability to potentially travel as fast as an airplane, the Miami Herald reports. The company just installed a 1,640-foot testing track tube outside of Las Vegas.A Miami-Orlando route is one of 11 proposed finalists vying to compete for the rights to build the ultra-fast transportation system in the U.S. The 257-mile route normally takes about 3 hours by car, but would reduce travel time to about 26 minutes, the company says.last_img read more

Wilmington Public Schools Hiring Substitute Teachers Educational Assistants  Nurses

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Wilmington Public Schools is seeking substitute teachers at the elementary school, middle school and high school levels, according to a job listing posted on July 16.Substitute teacher rates in Wilmington are as follows:Day to day: $75/day without a DESE license, $85/day with a DESE license45-59 days in the same assignment: $100/day without a DESE license, $110/day with a DESE license60-90 days in the same assignment: $115/day without a DESE license, $125/day with a DESE license91 or more days in the same assignment: $238.17/day (must have a DESE license)The school system is also seeking substitute educational assistants ($60/day), substitute LPNs ($75/day), and substitute nurses ($125/day).View the job posting, which includes further information about the application process, HERE.Got a question? Contact Ken Storlazzi, the district’s Human Resources Administrator, at 978-694-6000 or ken.storlazzi@wpsk12.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Public Schools Hiring Substitute Teachers, Educational Assistants & Nurses For Upcoming School YearIn “Education”Wilmington Public Schools Hiring Substitute Teachers, Educational Assistants & NursesIn “Education”Wilmington Public Schools Hiring Substitute Teachers, Educational Assistants & NursesIn “Business”last_img read more

PIC Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh lock lips onstage picture goes viral

first_imgInstagramBollywood’s power couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have been flying high and how! The duo not only has given probably their career-best performance last year (Ranveer Singh as Khilji and Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini in Padmaavat) but, also have established themselves as the most sought after stars in the filmy world.Right when their films had released, the industry had predicted that this year all the awards would belong to the two of them and rightly so! As the award season has begun so has the two taking home some shining awards.At the recently held Vimal Filmfare awards, Ranveer Singh won the best actor award. Deepika Padukone handed him the trophy to which, Ranveer Singh said, “This Black Lady (award) is very special to me, but this lady (Deepika) is the most special lady to have ever happened to me, I love you, are you proud of me?” He further added, “I dedicate this award to my nani as it was my nani as favourite character. One day I called my sister and asked what nani is doing, she said that nani is on terrace doing her favourite thing that is watching Padmavaat.”Ranveer won the award for playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat which went through a lot of controversies before its release. Ayushmann Khurrana won the Best Actor (Critics) award for Andhadhun. Despite a superlative performance, Deepika Padukone lost out to Alia Bhatt who won the Best Actress award for Raazi. Neena Gupta won the Best Actress award (Critics) for Badhai Ho.Alia Bhatt too proclaimed her love for Ranbir Kapoor while accepting the award. Bhatt called Ranbir her ‘special one’ and blew a kiss at him. Ranbir was left blushing with Alia’s special gesture of love.last_img read more

Infosys admits automation related job losses hit 11000

first_imgEmployees of Infosys Technologies Limited walk in the campus of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore on April 13, 2017.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesInfosys has said that automation related attrition has hit 11,000 jobs. The revelation was made during the Indian IT-giant’s 36th Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, June 24. Numerous things such as the retirement of executive chairman R Seshasayee and the rumoured tiff between the company’s board and its founders were also discussed.While the firm did not specifically say whether the company had let go of the 11,000 employees and even did not mention a time period, it did say that software has been and is going to play an important role in its business model. Talking about the benefits of automation, the Bengaluru-based firm also said that revenue per full-time employee had increased by 1.2 percent.Infosys has of late made quite some headlines, thanks to reports of several employees being laid off and its plans to hire 10,000 employees in the US. While it has time and again said that the reports of layoffs are unfounded, citing how each year employees are evaluated and non-performers are let go, its statement at the AGM is likely to raise a few eyebrows.Automation has been a much-discussed topic in the recent times. Apart from laying off several employees, IT giants are also said to be hiring lesser number of employees each year and automation is said to be one of the key reasons. Most of the companies now rely on digital services.”With automation, the number of people we are hiring in the past will not be the same. It will slow down a little bit. We are also looking at hiring very differential kind of people,” the Indian Express had earlier quoted Krishnamurthy Shankar, executive vice-president, group head, human resource development, Infosys, as saying.Pankaj Bansal, co-founder and chief executive officer of PeopleStrong, noted that the job cuts due to automation may not show a drastic impact right away, but it will be visible by around 2020. “The change has started, with companies introducing bots for customer service, managing warehouses, etc.,” he told LiveMint. InfosysREUTERS/Abhishek N. ChinnappaMeanwhile, Seshasayee said that the Saturday meeting was his last AGM as he is set to retire in May 2018 and explained that he is looking for to a smooth transition.”Finally, as this will be my last AGM, before I retire upon reaching the age of 70 in May 2018… During the remaining part of my tenure, I would be committed to further enhancing governance standards, improving shareholder value and planning a smooth transition to my successor,” he said.last_img read more

Bangladesh ranks third in growing rich population

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationBangladesh ranks third among the world’s top countries with the fastest millionaire population growth, shows a report published by a US based research organisation, Wealth X.The country’s High Net Worth (HNW) population is set to grow by 11.04 per cent each year in the next five years according to the findings of the research firm.The report defines the HNW population as those with a net worth between $1 million and $30 million. The research firm on Wednesday published the report titled “Global HNW analysis: The high net worth handbook” of top 10 countries that are eyeing growth from 2018 to 2023.Nigeria tops the list with millionaire population growth of 12 per cent while Egypt is in the second position. Bangladesh is followed by Vietnam, Poland, China, Kenya, India, Philippines and Ukraine respectively in the list.Although rich with oil reserves, Nigeria is much talked for its corruption.Earlier, Bangladesh surpassed all the countries with fastest growing class of rich people, according to the World Ultra Wealth Report in September, 2018 by Wealth X.The report, then showed ultra rich with a net worth of US $30 million or more , were growing faster in Bangladesh.According to its estimate, the ultra-rich increased by 17 per cent in five years till 2017 in the country.On the other hand, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics’ report shows a widening inequality between the income of the poor and the rich.Experts, however, believe this sudden increase of rich population in the country occurred as result of crony capitalism, as well as bribery and corruption in the banking and financial sectors, contracts and other sectors.According to the BBS household survey of income and expenditure released in 2016, the income of five per cent of the richest families went up by 57 per cent in six years from 2010 to 2016.At the same time, the income of five per cent poorest decreased to 59 per cent. Their per capita income lowered to 733 taka per month which was 1791 taka in 2010.Executive chairman of Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) and former advisor to caretaker government Hossain Zillur Rahman said that there was no doubt that Bangladesh is heading towards a sustainable economy.“It is to find whether these rich people contributed to the economy or became rich in an unethical way. Because, the corruption and irregularities in banking and other sector refers to such likelihood,” he added.However, some of the economists believe that in the initial phase of development, inequality in income increases. This discrimination decreases after the economy goes to a sustainable position. Also, they note that crony capitalism is a common picture of developing countries.There are debates among economists about income inequality.“It is not necessary that the income disparity increases in primary phases of development. The best instance is South Korea,” economist Wahiuddin Ahmad said in a citizens’ dialogue organised by the PPRC and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).“If we cannot create effective institutional resistance against corruption and it continues like this, our economy will not be able to take the burden in the future,” he added.Planning commission member Shamsul Alam told Prothom Alo that the government also is concerned about the increasing inequality in income.“The government is putting emphasis on social security programmes in this regard. We are also introducing a number of initiatives to reduce the inequality in upcoming the eighth five-year plan which is underway,” he added.Shamsul Alam also said that the overall GDP growth in Bangladesh is high. “New resources are being created and so the growth is increasing. Therefore it is only natural that the number of millionaires will increase,” he added.*This piece originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

ICSE schools to resume classes from Monday

first_imgKolkata: The ICSE-affiliated schools in Bengal have decided to resume classes from Monday following improvement in weather conditions, a senior member of the Association of Head of ICSE Schools said today. This was decided during a meeting held by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), on a different issue, yesterday, after the representatives of the association, took up the issue of suspension of classes since June 20, the association’s General Secretary of Bengal chapter, Nabarun Dey, told PTI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights “As the issue came up during the meeting that held on a different issue yesterday, it was decided that in view of improvement in weather conditions, the schools can resume classes from Monday and most of them are expected to do so,” Dey said. Classes were suspended across various ICSE schools in wake of the state education department’s notification and subsequent letter by CISCE recommending suspension of classes due to severe heat conditions, he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The CISCE on June 19 called upon principals of all affiliated schools in West Bengal “to adhere and comply” with the request of the state government to suspend classes, due to the sweltering heat. “The government of West Bengal has decided to suspend classes in government, government-sponsored and non-government aided schools in West Bengal from June 20 to 30, 2018 due to extreme hot weather conditions,” the CISCE had referred to the state government’s June 19 notification, in its letter. The school, where Dey is the principal, had suspended classes on June 21 and 22 following the council’s letter. “We are also starting classed from Monday,” Dey said. When contacted several other prominent institutions affiliated to the CISCE confirmed they would start classes from Monday. There are around 100 ICSE-affiliated institutions in and around the city and most of them had suspended classes from June 20 to 22, an association member said. The notification was issued keeping in view the hardship faced by children in attending classes due to the sweltering heat, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee had said on June 19. He had also said, while the notification would come into effect for state-aided, and state-run schools, the government also would request private schools, including those affiliated under other Boards, to suspend classes from June 20 to 30. Chatterjee could not be contacted today.last_img read more

UFC fans that think the McGregorMayweather fight was close are delusional

first_imgUFC fans that think McGregor/Mayweather fight was close are delusionalFloyd Mayweather dispensed of Conor McGregor in 10 rounds by TKO, and even though the fight lasted longer than many expected, Colin can’t believe so many UFC fans coming out of the woodwork saying that the fight was competitive because it went longer than expected and because McGregor was the aggressor early.Colin thinks these fan boys are delusional, or just willfully ignorant to the fact that Mayweather’s strategy, all along, was to let McGregor punch himself out early, and then attack and finish him off late.McGregor was only the aggressor early because Mayweather let him, and by the time the 10th round came, McGregor was barely able to lift his arms, just as Mayweather planned all along. If UFC fans that think McGregor actually had a chance, the joke is on them. Guests:Tyron Woodley – MMA journalist joins the show to talk Mayweather/McGregor; the difference between game planning in a boxing match and a UFC match; and why he disagrees with Colin’s take that McGregor was dominated.Michael Rapaport –  Actor and comedian is in-studio to talk Mayweather/McGregor; why UFC fans are delusional to think McGregor had a chance; id McGregor should go back to UFC instead of potentially making more money in boxing.Tony Gonzalez – Fox Sports NFL Analyst and former All-Pro tight end joins the show to discuss what he has his eye on heading into the 2017 NFL season.“Sugar” Shane Mosley – Former boxing champ joins the show to talk Mayweather/McGregor and why Mcgregor never had a chance, and why it was stopped. Cavs have all the leverage over the Celtics in the Kyrie Irving tradeNews broke over the weekend that the condition of Isaiah Thomas’ hip is in worse condition than expected, thus jeopardizing the Kyrie Irving trade. Several reports say the Cavs are demanding additional compensation from the Celtics to complete the trade, but the Celtics are scoffing at the idea of adding rookie Jayson Tatum to the deal.In this situation, Colin thinks Boston is trapped because the word on Thomas is out, and the Cavs have the leverage to bolster the deal. Also, Celtic fans are already anticipating the arrival of their franchise point guard for the next 10 years.Colin thought Boston won the trade initially because they landed the star in the deal, but if they can add Taum, he thinks it’s reasonable to say the Cavs came out on top.“Cleveland is totally in the driver’s seat.”last_img read more

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Is Atlassians decision to forbid benchmarking potentially masking its degrading performance

first_imgLast week, Atlassian software company released their updated ‘Atlassian Software License Agreement’ and their ‘Cloud Terms of Service’, which would be effective from the 1st of November, 2018. Just as any general agreement, this one too mentions the scope, the users authorized, use of software, and so on. However, it has set up certain restrictions based on the performance of its software. As per the new agreement, benchmarking of Atlassian software is forbidden. Restrictions on benchmarking As per the discussion on the Atlassian Developer Community, Andy Broker highlighted two clauses from the restriction section have been highlighted, which includes: (i) publicly disseminate information regarding the performance of the Software Andy Broker, a marketplace vendor explains this clause as, “This sounds very much like the nonsense clause that Intel were derided for, regarding the performance of their CPU’s. Intel backtracked after being lambasted by the world, I can’t really understand how these points got into new Atlassian terms, surely the terms have had a technical review? Just… why, given all the DC testing being done ongoing, this is an area where data we gathered may be interesting to prospective customers.” (j) encourage or assist any third party to do any of the foregoing. Andy Broker further adds, “So, we can’t guide/help a customer understand how to even measure performance to determine if they have a performance issue in the “Software”, e.g. generating a performance baseline before an ‘app’ is involved? The result of this would appear sub-optimal for Customer and Vendors alike, the “Software” performance just becomes 3rd party App performance that we cannot ‘explain’ or ‘show’ to customers.” Why Atlassian decided to forbid benchmarking? As per a discussion thread on Hacker News, many users have stated their views on why Atlassian planned to forbid benchmarking on its software. According to a comment, “If the company bans benchmarking, then the product is slow.” A user also stated that Atlassian software is slow, has annoying UX, and it is very inconsistent. This may be because most of its software is built using JIRA which has a Java backend and is not Node based. Jira cannot be rebuilt from scratch only slowly abstracted and broken up into smaller pieces. Also, around 3 years ago Atlassian forked behind the firewall for two distinct products, multi-tenant cloud and traditional to get into the cloud sector with a view to attracting more potential customers, thus increasing growth. A user also stated, “Cloud was full buy into AWS, taking a behind the firewall product and making it multi-tenanted cloud-based is a huge job. A monolith service now becomes highly distributed so latency’s obviously mounted up due to the many services to service interactions.” The user further added, “some things which are heavily multi-threaded and built in statically compiled languages had to be built in single threaded Node.js because everyone is using Node.js and your language is now banned. It’s not surprising there are noticeable performance differences.” Another user has suggested, “the better way for a company to handle this concern is to proactively run and release benchmarks including commentary on the results, together with everything necessary for anyone to reproduce their results.” The user added that they can even fund a trustworthy neutral third party to perform benchmarking with proper disclosure of the funding. To read the entire discussion in detail, head over to Hacker News. Read Next Atlassian acquires OpsGenie, launches Jira Ops to make incident response more powerful Atlassian sells Hipchat IP to Slack Atlassian open sources Escalator, a Kubernetes autoscaler projectlast_img read more

Princess Cruises orders two newbuild ships

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/279f5/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Princess Cruises will be welcoming two new ships into its worldwide fleet as it announced a new contract with Italian ship-builder Fincantieri for the construction of two 3,600-passenger cruise ships.Scheduled to enter service in spring 2013 and spring 2014, parent company Carnival Corporation said that coming in at 139,000 tons each they would be the biggest ships so far in the Princess Cruises fleet.“The new ships – which will have an all-in cost of approximately euro 155,000 per lower berth – are scheduled to enter service in spring 2013 and spring 2014,” said Carnival in a statement.Carnival Corporation had also commissioned Fincantieri to build ships for its Costa Cruises brand. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more