London: British finance minister Philip Hammond said Sunday he would make a point of resigning before Boris Johnson became prime minister, saying he could never agree to his Brexit strategy. Johnson is widely expected to win the governing, centre-right Conservative Party’s leadership contest on Tuesday and be named as prime minister once Theresa May resigns the premiership on Wednesday. Hammond has become an increasingly fierce critic of Johnson’s Brexit strategy — leaving the European Union with or without a deal on October 31 — and would never have expected to remain as chancellor of the Exchequer in a Johnson government. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut the fact that the second-most senior figure in the government is making a point of resigning rather than wait to be moved on in the incoming prime minister’s reshuffle is a significant gesture — and an indicator of the opposition Johnson could face in pursuing his Brexit strategy. “I’m sure I’m not going to be sacked because I’m going to resign before we get to that point,” Hammond told BBC television. “Assuming that Boris Johnson becomes the next prime minister, I understand that his conditions for serving in his government would include accepting a no-deal exit on the 31st of October. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”That is not something that I could ever sign up to. It’s very important that the prime minister is able to have a chancellor who is closely aligned with him in terms of policy, and I therefore intend to resign to Theresa May before she goes to the palace to tender her own resignation on Wednesday.” May will head to Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday to see Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state, and relinquish her office. Johnson’s rival for the premiership is Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has said that Britain should prepare for a no-deal Brexit if a deal seems unlikely by the end of September. Hunt would be prepared to delay Britain’s departure date if a deal seemed within reach but is also prepared to take Britain out of the EU without a divorce deal.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Next month’s Remembrance Day marks a century since World War I ended, and Maclean’s Magazine has put together an ambitious project to honour each Canadian killed in the fighting.The latest issue has 66,349 different covers — each one with a name and a story, plus one for the Unknown Soldier.Maclean’s Editor-in-Chief Alison Uncles was inspired by the War Museum in Ottawa, moved by a Vimy Ridge display with a wall of lights, each representing a soldier who died.“When you walked closer to the wall, your presence could make the light shine brighter, and that concept just took my breath away. I found it so moving. The idea of the present illuminating the past, and the present interacting in some way with the past,” she said.An online database allows readers to look up the attestation papers of the person whose name is on their cover.“The name that I have is Edgar Charles Drury. He’s the magazine that’s on my desk, and he died April 1, 1916, and he was 26 years old,” Uncles said.“He was born in Wales, he was a farmer, he lists his mother as his next of kin. His mother’s name is Jane, and it’s just so — so personal. Those details are so granular, and moving.”Canadians can also request a special copy be printed, honouring a family member.Uncles said this year, more than ever, it is important to remember and take that moment of silence.“Really take the time to say some names, and understand what a sacrifice it was, and the degree to which that has helped form and shape the Canada that we are honoured to live in today,” she said.“I’ve made that connection with someone who died 100 years ago, and that’s a pretty incredible thing.” Listen to 660’s Audrey Whelan’s full interview with Alison Uncles, Editor-in-Chief of Maclean’s Magazine:Audio Playerhttps://www.660citynews.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2018/10/11/alison-uncles-raw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
WASHINGTON — Weather in Toronto has thrown a wrench in the foreign-affairs minister’s plans for an international gathering in Washington where world leaders are talking about the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.Chrystia Freeland had been scheduled to attend events throughout the day at the State Department meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, but flight delays kept her away from the morning plenary session, as well as the group photo with leaders from the 79-member coalition.A spokesman for Freeland says she is attending today’s working lunch, as well as this afternoon’s speech by President Donald Trump, before heading to Capitol Hill for a meeting with the chairman of the Senate foreign-relations committee.The U.S.-led coalition is wrestling with Trump’s plan to pull troops out of Syria, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is insisting the administration will not abdicate its leadership role.Trump has suggested he wants to continue to use U.S. resources in Iraq to monitor the situation in Syria, and that American assets can be quickly mobilized if a return to the country is necessary.Pompeo says U.S. tactics may have changed, but the mission to eradicate the group, which is variously also known as ISIL, ISIS and Daesh, has not.The Canadian Press
Rabat – Security forces moved to break up a pro-Rif Hirak (protest movement in Al Hoceima and its nearby towns) on Saturday.Several human rights activists gathered in front of the Moroccan Parliament to show solidarity with Hirak and the detained Rif activists and denounce the government’s management of the crisis in the region.Pictures and videos published by online media outlets show policemen pushing and kicking demonstrators to drive them out and away from their gathering point. A number of female and male activists are seen lying on the ground from injuries. Some fainted during police intervention.A young man was hit and pushed by a policeman, despite reportedly only walking past the protest.Abdelaziz Nouidi, a lawyer and member of the defense team of the Rif detainees, said his pair of glasses were broken when he was hit and pushed by a senior police officer. At 0:30, a video published online shows the incident.The government is likely to come under more criticism following yesterday’s police intervention.During the last two months, the government’s treatment of Rif protests has toughened, and many have accused the government of “escalating” the situation in the region.A massive wave of arrests saw dozens of protesters and leading activists of Hirak detained in Casablanca and Al Hoceima. According to government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi, 176 Rif protesters are currently under preventive detention.Calls for their release have been issued by numerous public personalities, human rights groups and intellectuals.
Wheat for Mar. declined 15.25 cents at 5.07 a bushel; Mar. corn was off 4 cents at 3.7475 a bushel; Mar. oats rose .25 cent at $2.82 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans was fell 13 cents at $9.0350 a bushel.Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Feb. live cattle was up .17 cent at $1.2612 a pound; Mar. feeder cattle rose .55 cent at $1.4407 a pound; while Feb. lean hogs was off .05 cent at $.5510 a pound.The Associated Press
Major General Prasanna de Silva – the defence adviser at the Sri Lanka high commission in London – is to return to Sri Lanka soon, the Guardian newspaper reported.This comes as an organisation representing the Tamil diaspora was set to launch legal action against the British Foreign Office over its failure to confront Major General de Silva over allegations of being involved in alleged war crimes. The Foreign Office confirmed it had received a dossier on Silva in January and had advised the NGOs who compiled it – the Society for Threatened Peoples, Trial and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights – to pass “any credible evidence” on to the Met.“We also looked closely at the dossier ourselves,” said an FCO spokesman. “However, while we were assessing this evidence, we were notified that Silva was planning to move on soon.” The spokesman said that while the British government takes all such allegations very seriously, he was unable to comment on the legal action brought by the GTF.Siobhain McDonagh, the Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden and vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for Tamils, described the FCO’s failure to act sooner on the dossier as “unfathomable”. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) alleges that Silva was involved in systematic attacks on Tamil civilians between January and May 2009 when he was a senior commander in the Sri Lankan army. It has emerged in the last few days that Silva is soon to return to Sri Lanka, raising fears that he may avoid questioning. The FCO’s legal advisers have also written to the GTF’s solicitors, Birnberg, Peirce and Partners, informing them there will be a two-week delay in dealing with the case because of the Easter recess.A spokesman for the Sri Lankan government told the Guardian on Wednesday night that Silva was going home because his 18-month term as defence adviser was almost up, adding: “The claim of a lawsuit by the GTF has nothing to do with this routine transfer matter and it appears to be yet another invidious attempt to embarrass both Sri Lankan and British governments and a continuation of GTF’s history of attempting to gain misplaced publicity mileage for events it has nothing to do with.” The Sri Lankan high commission has previously described allegations against Silva as “highly spurious and uncorroborated” and accused British media of seeking “entirely falsely, to implicate members of the Sri Lankan government and senior military figures” in such acts.The GTF – which points out that the dossier in the hands of the Metropolitan police has also been in the possession of the FCO since late January – worries that Silva will have left the UK by the time action is taken.“All we are seeking is justice for the hundreds of thousands of innocent people who allegedly perished at the hands of the likes of Prasanna de Silva and others,” said a spokesman. “Our kind request to the secretary of state is to let the legal process decide whether Maj Gen Silva is guilty or not guilty.” The GTF, he added, has “complete faith in the British justice system”. It decided to press for a judicial review of the FCO’s actions after the British foreign secretary, William Hague, refused to declare Silva persona non grata and strip him of his diplomatic immunity so he could be questioned over the allegations. Scotland Yard has been handed a dossier on the allegations facing Silva but has refused to comment further on the matter. “It does seem extraordinary [for the FCO] to take no action and just rely upon the Sri Lankan government to withdraw him,” she said. “Given the evidence and that the government saw the dossier from the NGOs, why on earth did they take no action?”The British government’s behaviour, she added, would send an unfortunate message about the UK’s commitment to human rights. “If you get a reputation for taking people who there are serious allegations of war crimes against, do other countries do the same thing?” she said.“Do we want people who have those allegations against them here? Do we want people to think that we’re an easy or a soft option?”Fred Carver, the campaign director of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, said he could not believe that the British government had accepted Silva’s diplomatic accreditation in the first place.“Any intern equipped with Google and a working mouse could have determined that there were credible allegations against Silva,” he said.“Now they know what they should have previously suspected and investigated, they should not hesitate to revoke it before it is too late. If they do nothing then Silva’s unhindered return will be rightly interpreted as signifying that Britain is soft on war crimes suspects.”
The fishermen were brought to the naval base SLNS Uththara in Kankesanthurai.Meanwhile, the trawlers and other fishing gear were taken to SLNS Elara in Kareinagar. They were handed over to the Assistant Fisheries Director of Jaffna for onward legal action. (Colombo Gazette) The Navy has arrested eight Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters in the Northern seas.Naval personnel onboard a Fast Gun Boat and a Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command, on routine patrol, arrested the fishermen and seized two fishing trawlers north-west of the Delft Island.
With some 2,300 species endangered or facing extinction, significant losses in agricultural output, and an economic cost estimated at more than $42 billion a year, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today marked the International Day for Biological Diversity with a call for “decisive action to protect our planet.”“The degradation of drylands – which constitute 40 per cent of the planet’s land surface – is having dramatic effects,” he said in a message referring to the theme of this year’s Day. “These consequences are especially troubling because they are borne disproportionately by the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.“Drylands host eight of the 10 least developed countries in the world, and developing nations are home to the overwhelming majority of the 2 billion people who rely on dryland ecosystems. As a result, their decline has far-reaching implications for our efforts to fight poverty, hunger and disease.“Indeed, significant steps to preserve drylands will help determine whether we will achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” he added of the targets set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000 to slash a host of the world’s ills, such as extreme hunger and poverty, high infant and maternal mortality and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.Mr. Annan stressed the need to reverse desertification, a process not only exacerbating poverty but also partly caused by it.“This year’s biodiversity commemoration coincides with the International Year of Deserts and Desertification. These two complementary observances illustrate the strong links between environmental issues, and highlight the need for a comprehensive and global approach to address these concerns,” he said.“On this International Day for Biological Diversity, let us resolve to do more to protect the biodiversity on which our planet depends. Let us commit ourselves to safeguarding our drylands, and let us work together to achieve the goal of a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by the year 2010.”
by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2013 12:29 pm MDT Review: LG puts buttons on the back of new G2 to make the smartphone stand out AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – It’s tough for smartphone manufacturers to make new Android devices that stand out in the crowd.Samsung alone has more than half a dozen smartphones on the market running Google’s mobile operating system.Then there’s HTC, LG, Motorola and Sony battling to convince consumers that they make the best smartphone running Android. And to further muddy the waters, Google has partnered with manufacturers to release its own line of Android-based Nexus smartphones.Clearly, a new Android smartphone needs something different to stand out.For LG, which is releasing its new G2 model on Friday, the gimmick is hiding all the phone’s buttons on the back.Just below the phone’s rear-facing camera is a panel of three buttons: one to turn the phone on and off and two others to raise and lower the volume. LG says those buttons were strategically placed where users tend to rest their index finger while holding a phone. The manufacturer claims its research found a major cause of phones being dropped is users stretching to reach buttons placed on the sides of devices.So is it a smart idea or a useless gimmick?A bit of both. The buttons are well placed and it’s easy to blindly differentiate between which is which. But the utility is fairly limited. I wished LG took the idea one step further and enabled the volume buttons to act like Page Up and Page Down keys for moving through web pages.KnockON is another interesting feature LG came up with to woo buyers, but it’s similarly imperfect.The software feature allows users to double-tap the screen to wake it out of sleep mode or turn it off. It’s a handy shortcut when it works, but sometimes it mysteriously wouldn’t engage. Even when it works, it’s not a huge time saver compared to just hitting the power button.If you’re marking the G2 on unique features it’s not a convincing winner. But if you just consider those add-ons to be bonuses, the G2 stacks up well against other top-of-the-line Android phones.It has a very sharp 5.2-inch screen, a quad-core processor that ably handles any task, a 13 megapixel camera that does a good job taking snapshots and videos, and strong battery life that keeps the phone running at least a whole day and probably longer.LG Canada’s vice president of mobile communications Geoffrey McMurdo agrees when asked if the company is still trying to grow its profile so consumers consider it a top smartphone maker.According to the measurement firm comScore, LG owned about 12 per cent of the mobile phone market in Canada as of June, compared to a 29 per cent share for Samsung, 25 per cent for Apple and 14 per cent for BlackBerry.“That’s a fair statement, I don’t think we’re necessarily as top of mind as a Samsung or Apple,” says McMurdo, although he adds that partnering with Google to manufacture the Nexus 4 gave the company a lot of credibility.“I think the Nexus 4 has really helped us this year establish that ‘these guys know what they’re doing, they build a really good product,’ both in the eyes of consumers and the people that sell the phones.”Rogers has revealed that it will offer the LG G2 for $200 on a two-year contract.
Students will have 20 candidates to choose from when they head to the polls next week to elect the next edition of the Brock University Students’ Union.That’s more than what usually put their name forward in the race for an executive position within BUSU, said chief returning officer Jimmy Norman.Now he hopes that voters will follow suit, with more than the usual number casting ballots.“One of the issues we have at Brock is that students don’t really pay attention to student elections,” Norman said.Typically, voter turnout hovers at about 18 per cent, he noted. It’s a number Norman would like to see changed in 2013, given the role BUSU plays on campus.The students’ union provides a variety of programs, opportunities, including more than 200 student jobs, and services, such as Foot Patrol and co-ordinating better public transit, which enhance undergraduate students’ experience at Brock.BUSU also offers bursaries and emergency loans, and runs the University’s food bank.“BUSU is really the voice of Brock’s undergraduate students,” Norman said. “So, in order to represent students, it’s important that they participate in elections and let us know what issues are important to them and whom they want persevering those challenges.”Campaigning is already underway, with candidates wooing voters by setting up information tables in Mackenzie Chown A-block and Academic South.All-candidates debates are also planned with the first one happening Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in the 13th floor boardroom. Although space limits the live audience to the first 30 people who show up, the debate will be streamed live online.A second debate happens Monday at noon in Isaac’s with more room for a live audience. The debate will also be streamed live.Polls open online on Tuesday, Feb. 12 and close Thursday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. Students will receive an email from BUSU Elections with a secure link to their individual online ballot.In addition to choosing a new executive council to represent them for the next year, students will also be voting on a referendum question. They will be asked whether they support spending an extra $2.75-fee per credit to fund and support the Brock Student Sexual Violence Support Centre.To learn more about the election, candidates and referendum, visit BUSU or email Norman at email@example.com.
After securing what Thad Matta called the biggest recruit he’s ever gone after, the Ohio State basketball program introduced former Buckeye player and NBA coach Chris Jent as the latest addition to the OSU’s coaching staff on Wednesday. A native of Sparta, N.J., Jent scored 1,007 career points and was a part of two Big Ten championship teams at OSU from 1988-92. He will fill the opening on Matta’s staff that was created when former assistant coach Brandon Miller resigned two weeks ago to spend more time with his family. Jent said that there were multiple factors he considered before taking the job at OSU. “It was definitely two-headed,” Jent said. “The pull to the university and also to work with coach Matta and his staff allows me to expand my experience in coaching. The fact that it’s my alma mater and a place I have a strong tie to, a strong gut feeling towards, and a great amount of passion to, made it easy.” Jent leaves behind him an assistant coaching and director of player development position with the Cleveland Cavaliers. While in Cleveland, Jent also served as a personal shooting coach to two-time NBA MVP LeBron James. Matta said that he expects Jent’s relationship with the former Cavaliers star to work to his advantage as he will be attempting to recruit players for the first time in his career. “It’s no secret that Chris was one of the best in the NBA at making players better,” Matta said. “I don’t know if I could have got anybody better in the country than what he’s going to bring to the table in that regard.” When Jent’s playing career at OSU ended in 1992, the 6-foot-7 Jent played professionally in the Continental Basketball Association and in Spain before he was signed by the NBA’s Houston Rockets in 1994. Jent won the 1994 NBA title later that season. After playing in a combined 14 regular season and playoff games for the Rockets, Jent returned to the CBA, and also played professionally in Australia and Italy before returning to the NBA when he signed with the New York Knicks in 1997. Jent played in three games for the Knicks and ended his playing career in 2001 after additional stints in Italy, Greece, and the United States Basketball League. Jent signed on to become an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2000–04 NBA season before taking a similar role with Orlando Magic in 2004–05. Jent compiled a 5–13 record as the interim head coach of the Magic after former head coach Johnny Davis was fired. Following his lone season with the Magic, Jent returned to Columbus to complete his degree at OSU. It was there that he first met Matta, and served as an unofficial assistant to the team. Jent said that he walked away from OSU impressed by the culture that Matta had created around the program in just his second year as the Buckeyes’ head coach. “At that time, I saw a group of driven individuals that really cared for one another,” Jent said. “Ten kids were in uniform and none of them missed a practice. They didn’t miss one practice. And that just showed how much they care for another.” Jent said that leaving Cleveland for his alma mater and the two-time defending Big Ten champions was a tough call. “Outside of real life decisions, this is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Jent said. “Loved every day I went to work (in Cleveland). For me to leave that, it could only have been this type of situation.” Dan Wallenberg, spokesman for OSU athletics, confirmed to The Lantern that Jent’s contract is not complete. The Buckeyes have not released their schedule for the upcoming season. Tyler Robinson contributed to this article.
In case you didn’t know it Google Docs can open up a CSV file. This is something that I just learned yesterday, and it’s one of the more useful functions I’ve found for Google’s online document editor. The process is surprisingly simple, and after making a few simple changes you’ll never have to think twice about viewing and editing a CSV.First off, a CSV (comma-separated values) is a very simple, very useful file type. It works with plain text, with no special encoding, and holds data separated by commas (or some other delimiter, like semicolons). A CSV might as well be a text file, which means you can open it in Notepad or TextEdit or Gedit, or whatever app you use for editing text, it just won’t be human parseable.The simplicity of the .csv, and the fact that it’s basically a text document formatted like a spreadsheet, means that Google Docs shouldn’t have any problem opening it. But if you’re reading this then you might have noticed that, depending on your settings, Docs can take issue with the format. The good news is that fixing this just takes a few clicks.From within Google Drive…Click the upload button (to the right of “Create”), and choose “Files”Pick the .csv file from your computerIf you go straight to the upload box, then click “Settings” and make sure “Convert uploaded files to Google Docs format” is checked. Next to Settings it should say “Conversion: on”Upload your CSV and watch it be converted into a spreadsheet!If you’ve already tinkered with your settings rather than going to the upload dialog, you might see this:This is the “Upload settings” tool. It simply asks you if you’d like to convert uploaded files (like CSVs) to GDocs formatting and if you’d like PDFs to be converted to text and adjoining image files. If you agree to the latter you’ll be able to choose the language as well. If you don’t want to see this tool you can just uncheck “Confirm settings…” under the Settings menu. As you probably guessed, you’ll want the first box to stay checked.To answer the question that brought you here, yes, Google Docs can open, convert, and edit a CSV file. It’s surprisingly easy, and 99% of the time (that’s an approximation) allowing Google to covert your files will not cause any issues. Best of all, after making these simple changes you’ll never have to think about it again.Read more How Tos at Geek 101
Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 7:55 PM 8 Comments Short URL By Cliodhna Russell 15-year-old Jasmine Scally missing from Kildare since 17 March She was last seen leaving her home on the Friday evening shortly after 8pm. 22,718 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share689 Tweet Email GARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Jasmine Scally who is missing from Kildare.The 15-year-old has been missing from her home in Naas since 17 March.She was last seen leaving her home on the Friday evening shortly after 8pm.Scally is described as being 5’10’’ in height with black shoulder length hair and brown eyes. When last seen she was wearing a grey track suit.Gardaí are concerned for Jasmine’s welfare and anyone who has seen Jasmine or who can assist in locating her is asked to contact Naas Garda Station on 045 884340, the garda confidential telephone line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Frances Fitzgerald claims she only found out about scale of garda scandal after press conference> http://jrnl.ie/3311881 Mar 28th 2017, 7:55 PM
Who did it better, Perera or Stokes?Twitter/ICCThe cricket world is in a state of frenzy after witnessing the miracle in the third Ashes Test at Headingley. Many fans and experts are deeming Ben Stokes’ knock as the greatest ever in Test cricket history. No less a person than Sir Geoffrey Boycott has said that Stokes’ knock was the finest ever he has witnessed in his many decades of watching cricket.But some people have expressed a differing opinion. They have argued that Kusal Perera, the Sri Lankan batsman, played an even better innings earlier this year. This innings came in the first match of a two-Test series played in February. Sri Lanka were chasing a target of 304 and were in a lot of trouble at 226/9.But thanks to Kusal Perera’s 153 not out, they won the match by one wicket. So, who played the better innings: Perera or Stokes? Let’s try and find out the answer by looking at the facts.Length of the inningsStokes made 135 runs from 219 balls while Perera scored 153 from 200 balls. So, while Perera had more runs, Stokes had to battle it out for a longer time. Jack Leach faced just 17 balls and scored merely one run in the 76-run partnershipTwitter/ICCSupport from no. 11The partnership between Stokes and the last batsman Jack Leach was worth 76 runs when they needed 73 to win. On the other hand, Perera added 78 runs, the amount required, with his no. 11 colleague Vishwa Fernando. Leach faced 17 deliveries and scored 1 run while Fernando dealt with 27 balls and scored 6 runs. The partnership between the Sri Lankan pair lasted for 95 deliveries while the English last wicket duo had to be out there on the pitch for 62 balls.Quality of opposition bowling attackThe South African bowling attack that Perera negated had Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, Duanne Olivier and Keshav Maharaj. Stokes’ opponents were Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon. The South African pace attack looks the better one, hands down. It had the best fast bowler of the century in Dale Steyn, the man who could take that title in the future – Kagiso Rabada, and three other highly capable men.But it must be remembered that Steyn was a shadow of his former self. Compared to them, the Australian bowlers had just bowled out their opponents for 67 in the same Test. So, it is hard to say which attack was more difficult to deal with but one may just tilt towards Australia’s. Perera and Fernando had 95 balls in their partnershipTwitter/ICCPitches in the two gamesWhen it comes to pitches, some people may look at the scorecard and deem the wicket in Headingley as very tough for batting. However, on the third and fourth day, the conditions had become very batsmen-friendly and there was no assistance to the bowlers. Even Nathan Lyon was struggling to be sharp due to no footholes outside the right-hander’s off-stump. So, even with the conditions, it’s hard to say who faced the tougher odds.The occasionThis is where Stokes has a clear advantage. The Ashes is the biggest series for the two teams involved whereas Sri Lanka vs South Africa has never been a big contest. The English all-rounder was batting in front of a raucous full-house and with the revered urn on the line. If England had lost this match, Australia would have retained the Ashes. There was no such pressure on Perera. On this parameter alone, one can give the advantage to Ben. Stokes was playing on a much bigger stage than PereraTwitter/ICCConclusionIt is very hard to decide on the basis of the facts, who played the better innings. However, the atmosphere at the two venues was completely different. For some unexplainable reason, the innings by Stokes seemed much more powerful and dazzling than that by Perera. Is it just an optical illusion? One can make that point but playing on a bigger stage also means there is greater pressure. Stokes handled that pressure brilliantly. Still, the Sri Lankan left-hander also would have had pressure on him.So, in conclusion, it’s up to you to decide which innings you consider as the better one.
The Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy is scheduled to host a back to school community festival on Sept. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m at 100 North Calhoun Street in Baltimore. The event is free and open to the public and will include food and a movie. For more information, visit facebook.com/vttmaa.info.
Everyone from startups Ringly and Bellabeat to established trendsetters Michael Kors and Kate Spade have jumped on the wearable bandwagon.But while most smart jewelry simply aims to save you time, invisaWear could save your life.The accessory—a small device hidden behind everyday items like necklaces, bracelets, and keychains—allows users to discreetly notify friends, family, and police during an emergency.AdChoices广告“Sadly the world has come to a place where simple daily activities like taking an Uber, walking to your car, or even dating new people have become extremely unsettling,” the project page said. “invisaWear is designed so that help is only a double-click away.”Once an alert is initiated, up to five emergency contacts automatically receive a text message with your GPS location. Turn on the optional “contact 911” feature to connect loved ones via a phone call with the nearest dispatcher.Don’t worry about accidentally inviting the police to the office or a restaurant just because you’re absentmindedly fiddling with your jewelry. According to invisaWear, the button—which demands a “substantial” amount of pressure—requires a rapid double press to trigger a call.On the off chance that you do accidentally activate an alert, simply open the companion smartphone app within 30 seconds to cancel the alarm. (A 911 dispatcher may need verbal confirmation that you’re not in danger.)Aimed at college students, runners, professionals, and senior citizens, the device is available to pre-order via Indiegogo, starting at an extreme early-bird price of $79.Expected for delivery in July, the accessories also come in packs of two ($154), three ($224), five ($374), 10 ($722), and 20 ($1,393), so you can gift them to friends or family who travel alone, work late at night, or just know a lot of dodgy people.As of press time, invisaWear raised 73 percent of its $20,000 funding goal: The Boston-based company has collected more than $14,600 from 140-plus backers. Each invisaWear charm has a battery capacity of one year, after which the company will remind you to purchase a replacement (at a discounted rate, of course). Stay on target Next-Gen Google Glass Wearable Ready For BusinessCan Smart PJs Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep? Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Citation: Dreamlab cracks the code to Microsoft’s wireless keyboards (2007, December 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-dreamlab-code-microsoft-wireless-keyboards.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The IT security center claims that it has developed simple technology that can “sniff out” the keystrokes typed on Microsoft´s Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 and 2000 keyboards. At distances of up to 10 meters, Dreamlab´s technology can capture and decrypt keystrokes that may contain information such as user names, passwords, credit card numbers, and confidential messages. With appropriate technical equipment, Dreamlab predicts that eavesdropping at even larger distances is possible.Companies like Microsoft and Logitech use the 27 MHz radio band for communication between wireless keyboards and a computer. As Max Moser of Dreamlab Technologies says, “Wireless communication is only as secure as the encryption technology used. Due to its nature, it can be tapped with little effort.”Because Microsoft´s encryption technology uses only about 256 possible encryption keys, it did not take many tries for Dreamlab´s software to decode the data. In this case, just a simple radio receiver, a soundcard, and suitable software were enough to break the cryptography codes and tap into the radio frequencies. Dreamlab says it immediately alerted the manufacturer to the security loophole, but it will be a long process to fix the problem. In the meantime, Dreamlab hopes that consumers using wireless keyboards will take caution when using any wireless keyboard. Because Microsoft´s other wireless devices operate on similar technology, Dreamlab warns that these devices might also be prone to attacks. Some of these devices include the Wireless Optical Desktop 3000, Wireless Optical Desktop 4000 and other products in the 27 Mhz-based Wireless Laser Desktop series.Dreamlab has not released the specific tools and methods used to break the code, but researchers at Dreamlab have created a presentation about their work explaining the procedures used and the pitfalls encountered during the analysis. They plan to present their work at future events, mainly for educational purposes. The company hopes that this information will make researchers more aware of the interesting topic of analyzing unknown radio-based data transmission.More information:Dreamlab´s white paper: “We know what you typed last summer”Dreamlab´s VideoCopyright 2007 Lisa Zyga & Physorg.com. All rights reserved. Web Sites and Bloggers may provide the introductory paragraph and a link to the story, but may not copy, redistribute, rewrite or publish the story in whole or in part without written permission of the author or publisher. Anyone using a wireless keyboard might be a little concerned with a recent announcement by the Swiss company Dreamlab Technologies. Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 1000
The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory approval. American Express’ consumer travel business, which provides Card Members and other consumers with travel benefits and services, would not be part of the proposed venture. Source = ETB News: P.T. “We’ve been making strong progress in our efforts to transform our corporate travel business,” American Express group president global corporate services Stephen J. Squeria said. The joint venture would continue to operate under the American Express Global Business Travel brand, with the investor group expected to contribute between US$700 million to $1 billion to help grow the business. “The first phase of this transformation, announced earlier this year, has been focused on reducing the cost structure within GBT through our technology and infrastructure advances.” Ongoing discussion continue between American Express and investor firm, Certares, to develop a partnership, creating greater investment capacity for GBT to further enhance its products and services and attract new customers internationally. American Express has revealed plans to create a joint venture with an investment group to advance the revolution of its Global Business Travel (GBT) division.
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