World Cup 2019: Pakistan survive Afghanistan scare to keep semi-final hopes alive

first_img No data available! India Today Web Desk LeedsJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 30, 2019 00:16 IST Imad Wasim played a heroic innings to help Pakistan win. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan have climbed to the 4th spot of World Cup 2019 points tableImad Wasim’s heroic innings of 49 runs handed Afghanistan their 8th defeat of World Cup 2019Shaheen Afridi broke the back of Afghanistan’s batting unit with a fiery spellPakistan kept their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals alive with 3-wicket win over Afghanistan in a thrilling ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match at the Headingley in Leeds on Saturday.Pakistan moved to the fourth spot of the World Cup 2019 points table with 9 points from 8 matches. Hosts England, who face India in a must-win match on Sunday, have been pushed out of the top four spots.Chasing 228 on a tricky pitch, Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman (0) in the very first over to Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Fakhar reviewed the on-field call but replays showed there was no bat involved and Pakistan lost their review.After Fakhar’s departure, Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq forged a solid 72-run partnership. But soon after, Mohammad Nabi came to the rescue of Afghanistan as he dismissed Imam (36) and Babar (45) in quick succession.Pakistan go fourth in the #CWC19 standings ?? #WeHaveWeWill pic.twitter.com/FfH5JjC6PMCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 29, 2019Imad Wasim has won it for Pakistan!A quite brilliant 49 not out seals an epic three-wicket win for his side.#CWC19 | #PAKvAFG | #WeHaveWeWill pic.twitter.com/xxgHX2RGJgCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 29, 2019Mohammad Hafeez, who came to bat at No.4 for Pakistan, stitched a 40-run partnership with in-form Haris Sohail.Hafeez (19) ended up giving a simple catch to Hashmatullah Shahidi at point as Mujeeb struck again to bring his team back in the game. Pakistan were left reeling at 121/4 after the dismissal of their most experienced batsman.Sarfaraz Ahmed stepped out in the middle with Pakistan requiring 107 runs from 125 balls. Ahmed and Sohail added up 21 runs for the fifth wicket from 35 balls, before Afghanistan’s premier spinner Rashid Khan trapped Haris (27) in front of the wickets.advertisementImad Wasim’s cameo helps Pakistan survive Afghanistan scareJust when things were looking to improve for Pakistan, Sarfaraz ran himself out for 18 leaving his team in deep trouble at 155/6 in 39 overs.Imad Wasim (49*) shared a brilliant 51-run partnership with Shadab Khan to take the game away from Afghanistan. Gulbadan Naib’s gamble to bowl the 46th over proved to be the turning point in the match as Imad clobbered 18 runs from the over.Earlier in the day, Afghanistan skipper Gulbadan Naib won the toss and decided to bat. Afghanistan stumbled early on as Shaheen Afridi removed Gulbadin Naib and Hashmatullah Shahidi in the same over.Opener Rahmat Shah (35) looked good before he was caught by Babar Azam off Imad Wasim.After the departure of Rahmat, Asghar Afghan and Ikram Alikhil stitched a 64-run stand. Afghan blazed 42 off 35 balls, before being castled by Shadab Khan.Zadran and Mohammed Nabi then stitched together a crucial 42-run partnership for the sixth wicket before Riaz got Nabi and Zadran dragged an Afridi delivery on to his stumps. \Afridi became the first teenager to pick up a 4-wicket haul in World Cup 2019 as he finished the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with 4-47.The game was marred by a clash between the supporters of both teams in the stands at Headingley, with at least two fans have been evicted from the match.Also Read | World Cup 2019: ICC to take action after fans clash during Pakistan vs AfghanistanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs Afghanistan commentary graphs World Cup 2019: Pakistan survive Afghanistan scare to keep semi-final hopes aliveICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan rode on heroic batting performance from Imad Wasim and a fiery spell of left-arm fast bowling from Shaheen Afridi to hand Afghanistan a 3-wicket defeat on Saturday. With three wins on the trot, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men have moved to the 4th spot on the points table, pushing hosts England down to the 5th. Next scorecard view more view less advertisementlast_img read more

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Minister Upbeat about Consultations on Public Health Financing

first_imgHealth Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is confident that the ongoing national consultations on financing Jamaica’s public health system will yield tangible solutions, redounding to the country’s benefit.This position, he says, is based on the outcome of Friday’s staging (June 7) of the first of four scheduled consultations, at the Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville, Manchester, describing it as “successful”.Speaking with JIS News, following the meeting with a wide cross section of stakeholders in the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Dr. Ferguson said a number of salient points for financing the sector were proposed by the participants. Several of these, he noted, complemented, in detail, similar ideas suggested during previous consultations with Ministry representatives.These, the Minister informed, include: the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) contributing financing, especially to offset medical costs incurred in resort areas; as well as implementation of special health insurance coverage in this regard.He said participants also cited the National Health Fund (NHF), National Insurance Fund (NIF), and National Housing Trust (NHT), as potential options. Additionally, he said participants also suggested that the Ministry initiate discussions with stakeholders in the fast food industry to solicit their input.In his opening presentation, Dr. Ferguson, in outlining several financing options proposed by stakeholders within its agencies during consultations with those groups, indicated that the meetings are being held to compile a menu of tangible options “that will lead us forward”.Some of the proposals, which he shared during Friday’s meeting include: implementation of a national health insurance scheme; a levy on fast food; fees for selected secondary care; and the imposition of fees for all secondary care services while providing same cost-free at the secondary level,“Jamaica is working towards achieving developed country status by 2030 (and) one of the main planks to achieving this is through the improvement of the health of the population. We believe the provisions of quality and affordable health care services and improvements in access can help us to break the back of poverty and…achieve our national development objectives,” he told the participants.In noting the administration’s “solemn” commitment to providing universal access to primary, secondary, and tertiary health care, Dr. Ferguson lamented challenges arising in doing so, within the context of prevailing resource constraints.“We…need…to seek alternative and creative methods of financing health. We have to determine what we think is an essential basket of services that can be supported by our financing option(s),” he argued, hence the consultations.The Minister was quick to point out, however, that the suggestions “have nothing to do with government policy.”“What we are doing is a national consultation to get ideas and to look at the feasibility and, where necessary, to have a conversation, even with the entities that persons have (suggested) to say that they should be part of the process of health financing. We want to hear from the people,” he affirmed.In highlighting the success of the initial public consultation, Dr. Ferguson said the Ministry will seek to “fine-tune” the suggestions from stakeholders attending all four meetings.“The ideas that have come (thus far) are very worthwhile…and it is my view that they will get better as we go along. I believe (that) at the conclusion of (the consultations) we will have a significant body of information that will assist the (decision making process) going forward,” he stated.The Minister told JIS News that he is scheduled to make his presentation in the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 25, “and I will speak further…to health financing (then).”.“(The matter) does not (however) end on the 25th of June. It is a work in progress, and what we want to do, in the final analysis, is to come up with what is best for Jamaica,” Dr. Ferguson stated.The remaining consultations are scheduled for Monday, June 10, Carter Hall, Holy Cross Church, Half Way Tree, St. Andrew, for the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA); Wednesday, June 12, Ocho Rios Baptist Church, St. Ann, for the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA); and Sunday, June 23, Montego Bay Civic Centre, St. James, for the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA).By Douglas Mcintosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Animal cruelty charges dropped against Marineland

first_imgNIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Animal cruelty charges that had been laid against Marineland were dropped Thursday after prosecutors said there was no reasonable chance of conviction on most of the 11 counts faced by the Ontario tourist attraction.During a brief hearing in a Niagara Falls, Ont., courtroom, the Crown said it could have proceeded on three of the charges — which related to failing to comply with standards of care for a peacock, guinea hens and a red deer — but did not believe it was in the public interest to do so, citing potential court costs and a weak case.Crown attorney Stephen Galbraith said prosecutors had instead come up with an alternative solution that included ongoing monitoring of the amusement park and zoo.“The Crown’s case is more circumstantial than direct evidence,” Galbraith told the court. “The photographs and video provided preserves observations, but there was no independent examination of the animals. The veterinarian’s report was not able to determine the cause of issues related to the animals.”The justice of the peace hearing the case accepted the Crown’s submission and withdrew the charges.The 11 charges against Marineland were the result of an investigation by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that was launched last November after the animal welfare agency received a complaint.Marineland was initially charged with five counts of animal cruelty late last year in connection with the treatment of peacocks, guinea hens and black bears. In January, the OSPCA laid six more animal cruelty charges against Marineland relating to elk, red deer and fallow deer.In a statement issued after Thursday’s court hearing, Marineland said it had suffered “reputational damage” as a result of the charges that were withdrawn.“The Crown conducted its own independent review of the OSPCA charges and has effectively agreed with Marineland by determining all the charges ought to be withdrawn,” the company said.The OSPCA said it was surprised the charges were withdrawn.“We are extremely disappointed in this outcome and feel that this matter is of public interest as all animals rely on humans for appropriate care for their general welfare and the public demands this,” said OSPCA chief inspector Connie Mallory.“If anyone has any concerns for the welfare of the animals at Marineland, we encourage the public to contact 310-SPCA to report the new information.”The 35-page complaint that prompted the OSPCA investigation in November was filed by a California-based animal rights group called Last Chance for Animals. It contained allegations of animal abuse along with photographs and videos from a former Marineland employee.The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the group’s complaint, as well as copies of the photos and videos from the former employee with metadata indicating they were taken on Marineland property last summer.Marineland said at the time that the complaint was part of a smear campaign by a former employee who had been fired for poor performance and inappropriate behaviour. It also argued the images and videos may be doctored.The former employee, who requested anonymity for fear of being sued, told The Canadian Press he quit on good terms and is not an animal activist and doesn’t want the park to close.Last Chance for Animals, meanwhile, has said its goal is not to shut down Marineland, though it does believe “wild animals should be left in the wild.”“The Crown’s decision to drop all charges despite having sufficient evidence to move forward on at least three counts is shameful,” the organization said in a statement. “It is the government’s responsibility to hold Marineland accountable and enforce existing animal welfare laws.”On Thursday, Marineland reiterated its previous position that the OSPCA laid the charges to appease animal rights groups that have criticized it for not doing enough to protect animals.“The OSPCA literally prepared the first of these charges on site, after spending a single afternoon executing a search warrant and viewing more than 4,000 animals across more than three hundred acres at our park,” Marineland said. “The OSPCA did not remove or isolate any of the 4,000 animals, despite laying multiple charges.”last_img read more

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Jackson Browne Announces Second Honoring Quiltman Benefit Concert

first_imgSinger songwriter Jackson Browne announces a second benefit concert at Pechanga Resort & Casino on Sunday, February 25 at 7 PM, after Saturday’s show sold out.Jackson Browne announces a benefit concert at Pechanga Resort & CasinoThe benefit concert, Honoring Quiltman, will be held in the Pechanga Theater. Tickets go on sale January 18 at 3 PM (Pacific Time) through Ticketmaster.com.Accompanying Jackson are longtime band mates Bob Glaub (bass), Mauricio Lewak (drums), Val McCallum (guitar), Alethea Mills (vocals), Chavonne Stewart (vocals) and Jeff Young (keyboards). Also performing is John Trudell’s BAD DOG with Joel Rafael.The benefit concert, Honoring Quiltman, celebrates Quiltman Sahme, a traditional American Indian singer and drummer from Simnasho in Warm Springs, Oregon. In August of 2017, Quiltman lost his family home in the Warm Springs Reservation wildfire.In the early 1980s, Quiltman began performing with American Indian activist, speaker and poet John Trudell. Trudell was a leader of the Occupation of Alcatraz in the late 1960s and Chairman of the American Indian Movement from 1973-79. He passed away in December 2015. Quiltman continues to sing with the original band members of John Trudell’s BAD DOG. John Trudell’s BAD DOG includes Mark Shark (guitars), Ricky Eckstein (bass & keyboards), Billy Watts (guitars), Debra Dobkin (percussion), Quiltman and his son Teewhanee Sahme (traditional vocals) along with Joel Rafael (vocals).For more information, please visit www.jacksonbrowne.com.last_img read more

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Halifaxborn banker earns high honours from Prince William at Buckingham Palace

LONDON — A Nova Scotia-born corporate banker and champion of gender equity in boardrooms has been awarded one of the British Empire’s highest honours by Prince William.Brenda Trenowden, a Halifax native and head of the Financial Institutions Group in Europe for ANZ Bank, received her medal as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on Thursday.“There is nothing that can compare to being awarded the medal by Prince William in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace with all of the pomp and circumstance,” she said in an email Friday. “I had to choke back the tears when I made my way to my seat with my medal.”Trenowden, global chairwoman of the 30 Per Cent Club, has campaigned tirelessly for greater representation of women on the boards of the London Stock Exchange’s top performing companies.She’s also served as president of the City Women Network, a businesswomen’s group in London, where she’s also advocated for better gender balance on boards and in executive management.While she calls her advocacy work a privilege, she admitted that it dominates her life outside of work.“It’s wonderful to receive such incredible recognition for it,” she says.Trenowden said it was “surreal” to arrive at Buckingham Palace and go past the tourists at the front gates.“The Duke of Cambridge was very friendly, chatty and well-briefed and gave each recipient ample time and attention,” she said of meeting Prince William. “He went out of his way to make everyone feel special.”She attended the ceremony with her husband, two children and mother, who flew from Nova Scotia for the event.Trenowden’s award was announced as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June.The Canadian Press read more

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Global fight to restore ozone layer hailed by SecretaryGeneral

16 September 2007The battle to repair the ozone layer “represents one of the great success stories of international cooperation,” with the use of ozone-depleting substances in both rich and poor countries reduced drastically during the past 20 years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. In his message to mark the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Mr. Ban said that when the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed two decades ago, nearly 2 million tons of such substances were released annually. Today, the developed world has nearly phased out these substances entirely and their use in the developing world has decreased by over 80 per cent.The Secretary-General noted that measures against ozone-depleting substances have yielded broader benefits, since many of the chemicals contribute to global warming. “Their dramatic reduction has helped bolster measures to counter climate change,” he said.While hailing these achievements, Mr. Ban cautioned against complacency. “Scientists are warning that the ozone layer will remain particularly vulnerable for some time. State Parties must continue to implement the agreement, and ensure that the production of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in developing countries is completely phased out by 2010, the deadline imposed by the Montreal Protocol,” he said. The Montreal Protocol, which opened for signature on 16 September 2007, is an annex to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. Since the adoption of the two pacts, the international ozone regime has expanded to address almost 100 ozone-depleting chemicals for refrigeration, electronics, foam-making and other industries. read more

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UN General Assembly approves resolutions on fisheries and Law of the Sea

By an omnibus draft resolution on oceans and the Law of the Sea, reaffirming the unified character of the 1982 Convention and the need to preserve its integrity, the Assembly voted 141 to 1, with four abstentions, to call on all States that have not done so to become parties to the Convention and the “Fish Stocks Agreement,” as well as to harmonize their national legislation with the Convention’s provisions.Voting against was Turkey while the four abstentions came from Colombia, Ecuador, Libya and Venezuela.The States Parties number 146 out of the Assembly’s 191 members.The Assembly also called on donor agencies and the international financial institutions (IFIs) to review their programmes in order to ensure that all States, particularly developing countries, have the skills necessary for fully implementing the Convention, as well as developing the oceans and seas sustainably. They would bear in mind the interests and needs of landlocked developing States.States should cooperate to address piracy, armed robbery at sea, smuggling and terrorist acts against shipping and other maritime interests and work with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to promote safe and secure shipping, while ensuring freedom of navigation, the Assembly said.Furthermore, States should integrate the issue of marine debris into their national strategies dealing with waste management in coastal areas, ports and maritime industries and should discourage ships from discharging marine debris at sea, while minimizing marine pollution from land.The Assembly would also call on States to improve their understanding and knowledge of the deep sea, particularly the extent and vulnerability of deep sea biodiversity and ecosystems.By approving the other Law of the Sea resolution on sustainable fisheries, adopted without a vote, the General Assembly called on all States that have not done so to become parties to the Convention, mindful of the relationship between the Convention and the Fish Stocks Agreement, and apply an “ecosystem” approach to the conservation, management and exploitation of fish stocks, including straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks.States would not permit their vessels to engage in fishing on the high seas or in areas under the national jurisdiction of other States unless authorized by those States and would deter their nationals from reflagging their ships.The Assembly also called on flag and port States to prevent the operation of substandard vessels and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities and ensure that vessels flying their flags did not engage in transhipping fish caught illegally. read more

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Scallop Wars is over as fishermen strike deal to end furious clashes

British and French fishermen have reached a deal to end the so-called scallop wars in the English Channel following a furious clash last month.Larger British boats have agreed to withdraw from the disputed area off the Normandy coast for six weeks.UK-based boats under 15m long will still be able to fish in the Bay of Seine, where the row broke out in August.Last month French fishermen were accused of ramming British boats and throwing rocks at their crew in the latest battle over the right to trawl the scallop beds in summer.French rules prevent fishing between May 15 and October 1 to allow supplies to recover, but British boats are not subject to the ban. “I commend the UK fishing industry for its patience throughout negotiations and welcome this pragmatic outcome.” Talks broke down last week but later resumed after British fishermen agreed to stay away from the Bay of Seine while the negotiations continued.French industry representative Pascal Coquet said: “We managed to get an agreement. Tonight at midnight, they (the British fishermen) will leave the area in the Channel’s east and will only return on November 1.”Fisheries minister George Eustice welcomed the deal reached by industry representatives from both sides of the English Channel. “This means our over-15m fleet will get the days at sea it wanted while allowing the under-15m fleet to continue fishing in the area,” he said. 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. read more

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Three adults and five children rescued from fire at Thomas Court in

first_imgUpdated 10.40am THREE ADULTS AND five children were rescued after a fire broke out at a building on Thomas Court in south inner city Dublin in the early hours of this morning.The fire broke after 3am this morning with Dublin Fire Brigade called to the scene just after 3.20am after receiving a report of a domestic fire from which one person had already managed to escape.A team from Dublin Fire Brigade, which included a three water tenders, one emergency tender, one turntable ladder and two ambulances, arrived on the scene and rescued over a half a dozen people inside the burning building over the next 90 minutes.These included one adult and two children from the second floor using a 10.5 metre ladder. While two adults and three children were rescued from the ground floor.The HSE’s national ambulance service deployed a number of units which assisted in the response to the incident with some of those rescued taken to St James’s Hospital and others transferred to Tallaght Hospital. The adults and children are being treated for smoke inhalation. There were no other injuries or persons involved in the incident.“It was a good save from our point of view,” a spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade said this morning, adding that the incident concluded just before 5am this morning with the fire put out completely.last_img read more

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Revenue is NOT snooping on your Facebook page

first_imgTHE REVENUE COMMISSIONERS have said that the hi-tech methods employed to track tax dodging should not be confused with simply creeping on Facebook.The Finance Minister yesterday revealed that tax evasion was being tracked through “social network analysis”. However, the Revenue Commissioners say that that goes beyond looking to see if you have a picture of a shiny new car on your Facebook.A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that the office was moving with the times to catch those who avoided tax.“In an increasingly digitalised economy, Revenue uses all the tools available to identify and target non-compliance risks. Using advanced IT system we assess risks, whether at a transactional, individual taxpayer or business sector level, and from that we determine the type of compliance intervention that best addresses the risk”.The spokesperson added that there are four key approaches.Social Network Analysis:“A recent addition to Revenue’s risk evaluation approach is Social Network Analysis. This approach should not be confused Twitter or Facebook! Risk, Evaluation, Analysis and Profiling system (REAP):“REAP cross-checks and interrogates all the various data sources we have available on individual taxpayers and businesses, and risk ranks the taxpayer population, automatically highlighting the particular issues that need to be examined in the context of Revenue’s tax compliance activities.”Real-Time Risk Analytics“Real-time risk analytics ensure that transactions are risk assessed in real time i.e. as the transactions are processed.A combination of predictive models and specific business rules are applied to transactions and behaviours, to identify compliance risks such as fraudulent refund or repayment claims.Predictive Analytics“Revenue is also developing and maintaining other predictive models using advanced data mining techniques. These models are used to identify risky cases by analysing historical risk indicators and then predicting the future behaviour of cases. The models are used for case selection and decision support.”Read: Revenue using social networks to catch tax dodgers This technology uses our own data and other data available to Revenue to identify links and relationships between individuals and businesses.In essence SNA allows complex networks of individuals and businesses to be easily visualised and understood.”last_img read more

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Kinect for Xbox 360 Outselling the iPad

first_imgAs we mentioned this morning, Microsoft has managed to move more than 2.5 million Kinect units in the first 25 days that the product has been on sale. To put that into perspective, that’s roughly twice the current rate of iPad sales.Breaking things down, 2.5 million in 25 days is around 100,000 units a day. It took 60 days, meanwhile, for the iPad to sell its first two million units. Apple has sold three million iPads in the device’s first 80 days and is expected to sell 4.5 million in the device’s first quarter. That breaks down to 50,000 a day–half of Kinect’s current rate.Back in September, a Microsoft exec predicted that Kinect sales would dwarf those of the iPad, “The preorders have been really strong. As far as what we’re looking at for Holiday, this is going to be stuff that’ll blow away any of the sales you’ve seen with iPad.”The Kinect is doing gangbusters, certainly, but there are a few things to take into account here–the comparison isn’t really apples to apples. For one thing, Kinect starts at $150–the iPad starts at $500 (and goes all the way up to $800). Also, Microsoft got an early boost from Black Friday sales.Then there’s the fact that the Kinect had a built-in audience when it launched: Xbox 360 users. Apple, on the other hand, had to convince users that they ought to be interested in a space that they had long ignored.All said, it looks to be a pretty solid holiday season for Microsoft and Apple alike.last_img read more

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Encrypted calling app RedPhone goes open source on Android

first_imgHave you ever heard that mysterious click, or burst of static on a phone call and wondered if someone was listening in? Obsessing over such things might be a sign of a larger issue, but if you want to be sure no one is spying on you, there is always RedPhone for Android. Whisper Systems released an official app a while back, but now the product is going open source.RedPhone is designed to provide end-to-end encryption for all calls made with the service. Getting up and running is as easy as installing the beta app in the Play Store. You will register a RedPhone account with your device’s mobile number and nothing else. The app has it’s own integrated dialer and contact manager based on the open Android dialer.The catch is that for privacy, both parties need to be using RedPhone for the encrypted connection to happen. If you try to place a call to a non-RedPhone user, the app will ask if you want to send them an invite to the service. You can still proceed, but there’s very little point if security is what you crave.When you receive a RedPhone call, the device will wake up and ring just like it would for a normal call. It is worth pointing out that this is technically VoIP, and not a cellular voice call. The encryption is all handled by the RedPhone servers, which bypasses your carrier’s network.By making RedPhone open source, it could attract more developers to the project. Various third-party dialers could pop up that use the protocol, and perhaps even some custom ROMs will end up with RedPhone integrated.The source code is available on GitHub for the coders out there. Whisper Systems also has a wiki where technical details are posted to get you started.via Whisper Systemslast_img read more

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PayPal Galactic will help people buy stuff in space

first_imgWhen you’re in space and you need to buy something, how do you pay for it? That might sound like a ridiculous question right now given the lack of businesses in space and the massive amount of support each space traveler has, but this situation is about to change. In the coming months — yes months, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo is supposed to fly on December 25th — space tourism goes from a dream to a reality. At that point individual citizens will be taking private flights into space, where they will likely need some way of purchasing Dramamine, pictures of themselves in front of the Blue Marble, and all forms of rehydrated food.How will the world’s cutting edge travelers pay? The simple answer is that no one knows, but PayPal wants to start a conversation about the topic. Sure, someone could just take a wireless credit card reader into space and then handle their transactions — the ISS has a more-than-adequate 10Mbps down/3Mbps up connection — but Paypal is looking for a modern solution to this thoroughly modern problem. Their initiative to answer the question of space payments is PayPal Galactic.PayPal Galactic is intended to address the problem of “universal space payments,” which implies a larger solution than transactions that are tethered in some way to the Earth. Missions to Mars and the needs of “astro-tourists” were specifically cited, and Galactic spokesperson Buzz Aldrin agrees with PayPal President David Marcus that cash is not a viable option in the depths of space. Other involved parties include the SETI Institute, the Silicon Valley Space Center, and the Space Tourism Society.While payments from one person to another in space seem like the obvious goal here, PayPal also noted that making a payment from space back to Earth is an issue as well. The company said that, “Astronauts inhabiting space stations today still need to pay for life’s necessities — from their bills back on Earth to their entertainment, like music and e-books, while in space.” This seems like a less pressing issue given the fact that we’ve been solving that problem for 45 or so years, but as more people travel to space — specifically people without support organizations — hurdles will arise. With an internet connection and a minimal amount of bandwidth you could just use a credit card or Bitcoin to pay for something, regardless of where you are located, but that’s a limited solution given potential problems with jurisdiction (say, in the case of fraud), customer support, taxation, and government regulation.Right now Galactic is nothing more than a conversation between interested parties — it’s not a consortium or proposed standard or anything like that. PayPal’s current goal is to simply raise awareness about the lack of a proper solution for making non-terrestrial payments. The company freely admits that they don’t have all the answers, but they want to start finding solutions.Interestingly, PayPal’s Senior Director of PR told me that PayPal co-founder and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has no involvement in Galactic. Virgin Galactic (despite the similarity in names), NASA, the ESA, and other prominent space organizations haven’t gotten involved either.PayPal Galactic might not be necessary just yet, but it will lead to some interesting questions if it’s taken seriously. It seems unlikely that it would fall to a private corporation to decide on a standard for space payments, though the 1979 Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (commonly known as the Moon Treaty) makes no specific mentions of payments, currency, or the regulation of commerce outside of the Earth’s orbit. If anyone, I suppose this would fall under the jurisdiction of the Office of Space Commercialization, which is part of NOAA, and the wider purview of the US Department of Commerce. Of course, if this just ends up being a way to facilitate payments and not, say, a new unit of currency — like the ill-fated Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination — such oversight would not be necessary.The program is being officially announced today at noon (EDT). At that point more information will be made available at paypal-galactic.com.last_img read more

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Bazaar del Mundos Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market

first_img July 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Bazaar del Mundo’s Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market 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) –  The Bazaar del Mundo’s Latin American Festival & Mata Ortiz Pottery Market returns to Old Town and will feature nearly 30 artists from all over Latin America displaying folk art, handcrafted jewelry, handwoven textiles, and more, as they provide live demonstrations of their crafts for attendees.Mexican cuisine such as street tacos will be for sale during event from neighboring Casa Guadalajara restaurant.Bazaar del Mundo is located at the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets at the north entrance to Old Town.The event is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.Learn more at www.bazaardelmundo.com Posted: July 29, 2019 Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Poll 44 plan to offer a party or event as a Christmas

first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: More than two-fifths (44%) of respondents are planning to offer a party or event as a Christmas incentive for their employees this year.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 54 responses, also found that 24% of respondents are planning to give staff a gift or a bonus pain in either cash or vouchers as a Christmas incentive, compared to 13% who are planning to award additional holiday as a Christmas incentive.Meanwhile, 4% of respondents will use another form of incentive for their employees, and 15% of respondents are not planning to offer any Christmas incentives for staff.According to the Edenred Christmas reward 2017 report, published in November 2017, which surveyed 1,000 UK employees, 61% of respondents did not receive a Christmas reward from their employer last year, although a further 61% feel that receiving a Christmas reward makes them feel more appreciated and 29% expect a gift from their employer.Edenred’s research also found that more than half (58%) of respondents wanted to receive a reward other than cash at Christmas, while 61% said their employer commonly gave a non-cash reward.Do you feel that Uber drivers and Deliveroo riders should receive the same employment rights, for example holiday pay and the national minimum wage? Have your say in our newest poll.last_img read more

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Old hacks strike again Data from 22B accounts lands on the dark

first_img Share your voice In the first collection, stolen credentials come from breaches as far back as 2008, sourced from more than 2,000 different hacked websites. The rest of the set, which weighs in at more than 600GB, includes data from hacks that hit MySpace and Adobe in 2013.   Stolen credentials, especially on this scale, can be extremely valuable, but they’ve popped up for free on the dark web and hacker forums over the last month. Some entrepreneurial hackers have chosen to charge for the stolen data, despite its age. “These collections contain enough credential sets that some percentage are bound to still be valid, and they’re directly in the line of sight for the criminal community,” Wilson said. “Even accounts that have since undergone a password change are still at risk: email addresses are appetizing targets for phishing attacks, and regular password reuse across multiple platforms means that even if the exposed account has undergone a password change, there may be plenty of other accounts still using that same compromised password.”While the stolen information is old, hackers are betting that a small percentage of people in the data dump never changed their credentials, or are still using the same passwords years later. If even just one-tenth of 1 percent of people in the massive leak still use the same passwords, that’s 2.2 million accounts that hackers could potentially access. Considering that 45 percent of people would keep the same password after a breach, according to a LastPass survey, the odds are in the attackers’ favor. The massive amount of stolen data is most useful for credential stuffing, a technique in which bots flood multiple services with the same set of login information as quickly as possible. If someone uses the same username and password for their hacked account on LinkedIn that they do for their bank accounts, for example, it could be an opening for credential stuffers to exploit.You can check if you were affected by the massive data set with the HPI’s search tool. Even if you weren’t affected, you should consider changing your outdated passwords, or using a password manager. Tales of a hacked Nest Cam: It convinced a family that the US was being attacked by North Korea.On the watchtower: These are the rockstar hackers protecting you from the bad guys. Up to 2.2 billion records of hacked accounts are available for download.  James Martin/CNET Billions of hacked passwords and usernames from the last decade have come together in a convenient download for anyone who can find it on the dark web. More than 2.2 billion usernames and passwords have been compiled and laid out for hackers to use, according to researchers from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. The compiled data doesn’t come from any fresh breaches: Much of the information was accumulated in hacks like LinkedIn’s 100 million breached accounts and Dropbox’s 68 million stolen credentials, both of which happened in 2012. While this stolen data has been available for years, the massive collection conveniently puts it all in one download for people to use. Researchers are referring to all that as Collection #2 through Collection #5, and it’s one of the largest compilations of stolen credentials in history. It follows the 773 million email addresses released in Collection #1 earlier in January.   Data breaches are a painful reality of the digital era, with billions of people’s personal and confidential information at stake. That’s drawn the attention of lawmakers, who are considering ways to punish multimillion-dollar companies that can’t protect people’s private data. Compiling data from old breaches could be a startling new trend for cybercriminals, said Emily Wilson, vice president of research at security firm Terbium Labs. “Data from thousands of breaches, big and small, is floating around on the dark web on any given day,” she said. “There’s nothing stopping an enterprising criminal from gathering the data together, packaging it and remarketing it — especially when they can turn a profit.” Post a comment 3:26 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Biggest hacks of 2018 0 Tags Securitylast_img read more

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Software engg builds organisation to help poor visuallyimpaired

first_imgSiliguri: A software engineer has started an organization to help visually impaired people and boost their mental power.Jitendra Jangra, a middle-aged man has named the organisation — ‘The wisdom of mind’ where he has served nearly 400 blind people for free in the past six years.His project constitutes of different brain exercises which help visually challenged people to strengthen their intuition so that they can relate to different colours, letters, words and even sentences. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeJangra, started off with social work after leaving his job at Chitkara University in Chandigarh, where he was working as a professor of technological sciences. He demonstrated on a student of class 5, Sidhdharth Sharma, in Siliguri on Tuesday, who could read the lines without looking at the paper that was given to him during the demonstration procedure.Jangra, the one-man army, runs the association free of cost for the visually handicapped and poor people. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhile for private institutions, he has a few co-workers appointed under him, who are paid salaries based on different projects.”I am doing this to help the needy who cannot avail the expense of curing their eyesight and remain uneducated. We help people to build themselves,” stated Jangra.Institutions like Matrichaya in Matigara have a few blind students who, without family support, are being helped by the association.Jangra conceived the idea in June 2017 and work started off in the early months of this year. At present, teams from the Army and Airforce are being trained by the association that might help them in their field work.The upcoming projects are being executed in schools for the blind students in Kalimpong and various other parts of Sikkim.”There is an uncountable potentiality in human brain. I am trying to help people so that they use these potentialities which are often not known by the common people,” believes Jangra.last_img read more

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State Forest Development Corporation to boost ecotourism

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) is taking a slew of measures for the development of eco-tourism in the state and at the same time will be incorporating as many as 15 eco-tourism centres spread across the state in its booking portal from January 2019.”We have chalked out an elaborate plan to promote ecotourism and also giving a major overhaul to infrastructure development in areas where we have our eco-resorts,” said Ravinder Pall Saini, managing director, WBFDC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the WBFDC currently runs eco-tourism resorts in 19 locations of which 13 are located in North Bengal and six in South Bengal. In north Bengal, the WBFDC has nature resorts at Jaldhaka, Murti, Paren, Rasikbil, Suntalekhola, Loleygaon, Lava, Kalimpong, Mongpong, Samsing, Barodabri, Rajabhatkhawa and Lepchajagat, while South Bengal has resorts at Garpanchakot, Mukutmanipur, Jhargram, Lodhashuli, Tajpur and Garchumuk. The WBFDC in coordination with the state Tourism department is also working on developing home stay tourism in Bengal. From January 2019, we will be gradually bringing as many as 15 eco-tourism centres on our booking portal that includes Hatibari in Jhargram, Susunia in Bankura, Chatakpur in Darjeeling, Panjhore in Gorumara, Mendabari under Jaldapara National Park, Nemati under Buxa Tiger Reserve, Bonnie in the Sunderbans to name a few. It may be mentioned that all the 19 resorts under the WBFDC has online Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedbooking facilities The WBFDC will be taking up thematic development of various sites and will set up watch towers wherever there will be availability of space. “We are also making arrangements for live demonstration for tourists regarding zoos, arboretum, bambusetum, orchidarium to develop awareness. We want to spread the message that an eco-resort is not like a conventional hotel and they have to adhere to certain rules while staying in it,” a senior official of the WBFDC said. The tourist amenities that are being provided include waiting lounges, reception centre, exhibition of local cultural activities and a scientific plan for solid waste management. “A blend of natural surrounding and local traditional style will be put in place while creating accommodation,” the official added.The general principles that will be followed include — use of indigenous and ecologically sustainable resources for tourist accomplishments and most importantly working for economic welfare and improved livelihood for local villagers. It may be mentioned that the WBFDC has roped in some local villagers from Panijhora to work at its Murti Resort in Dooars. According to a senior WBFDC official, these villagers not only do cooking and other activities for tourists but also guide them about the best time for animal sighting during jungle safaris.last_img read more

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Scientists Reveal Ancient Social Networks Using AI—and XRays

first_imgIn its grandest form, Kaplan envisions a maps function for the Time Machine, where you can zoom in on the street view of a 19th-century Parisian neighborhood, for example. They have high-quality aerial photographs of Paris during that era. To propagate the city further back in time, Kaplan thinks they can use AI, trained with historical urban planning information, to make educated guesses on how the street layouts evolved. Last month, the European Union awarded the team a million euros in seed funding to continue developing these methods, and the Time Machine is one of six scientific projects currently competing for a billion euros of European funding over the next decade.But the Time Machine won’t just be flashy apps. Its huge database should allow historians to study societal patterns over longer time spans and geographical scales. The project is part of a recent trend in the last few years, where more historians have been trying to use data science to mine new information out of old texts. When historians propose projects for grant funding, “it’s almost a [requirement] that you make a database and do some network analysis,” says historian Johannes Preiser-Kapeller of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.For example, Hilde De Weerdt, a historian at Leiden University, and her team have built a tool that automatically tags names, places, and times in digitized Chinese and Korean texts. They’ve designed the database so it can link up to map-plotting software, and they can more easily visualize how people and ideas migrate in space and time.This data-based approach can offer a fresh perspective on the past. Traditionally, historians use narratives to understand the past and focus their study on “big men and big places,” says Preiser-Kapeller. This framework can lead to cherry-picking, where scholars highlight only the cases that support their narrative. Cherry-picking still happens often in historical scholarship, he says. More Great WIRED StoriesA more humane livestock industry, thanks to CrisprCoders’ primal urge to kill inefficiency—everywhereFor gig workers, client interactions can get … weirdFor avalanche safety, data is as important as proper gearHow hackers pulled off a $20 million Mexican bank heist👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletter Not all historians are convinced of the benefits of the approach. “When I started using it, I thought it would be much more powerful than it turned out to be,” says historian Michal Biran of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who has created a database and mapped social networks of the Mongol Empire during the 13th and 14th century. The visualizations look pretty in presentations, says Biran, but they take a long time to produce, and she hasn’t been able to eke out much scholarly information from them.Biran’s difficulties may stem from quirks in her source material. Because very little Mongol writing has survived, she primarily studies documents written in the languages of Mongols’ imperial subjects. Often that means working through Chinese, Persian, and Russian texts. The characters have different names across languages, and often even multiple names within the same language—a man might be called by different honorifics at different points in his life, for example. It takes careful study to keep the names straight, which makes them difficult to sort digitally into neat boxes, says Biran.But even if a source’s text translates easily to digital information, De Weerdt points out that data analysis still can’t stand on its own. Ultimately, historical studies are based on texts, and “the more you implement mathematical processes, the further you get from the text,” she says. To really understand the subtleties of primary documents, you still need the specialized expertise of conventional historians.“We’re rarely definitive in history, as a general rule,” says MacCarron. “Everything is subjective. Every source reveals, to some extent, the bias of the writer.” But by pooling together historical sources and analyzing them in parallel, maybe you can average out some of those biases—and get closer to the truth. Folded and sealed with a dollop of red wax, the will of Catharuçia Savonario Rivoalti lay in Venice’s State Archives, unread, for more than six and a half centuries. Scholars don’t know why the document, written in 1351, was never opened. But to physicist Fauzia Albertin, the three-page document—six pages, folded—was the perfect thickness for an experiment.Albertin, who now works at the Enrico Fermi Research Center in Italy, wanted to read the will without unsealing it. Her approach: X-ray vision. In a 2017 demonstration, Albertin and her team beamed X-rays at the document to photograph the text inside. Then, using algorithms, they digitally peeled apart the six pages to legibly reproduce handwritten words.They haven’t figured out entirely what the document says. Rivoalti used an old form of Italian, which their archivist collaborators are still interpreting, says Albertin. (They did decipher part of it: In one passage, Rivoalti notes that her will is written on high-quality paper, possibly to remind the reader that she was wealthy.) But the technique should help historians study texts without damaging the physical objects themselves. “The only other way to read [the will] is to cut it open,” says Albertin.Albertin is collaborating on a larger project known as the Time Machine, which aims to create a Google-like search engine spanning 2,000 years of European history. To do this, researchers plan to digitize and organize the archives of Europe’s cities into one database, says Frédéric Kaplan, a computer scientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, who leads the Time Machine collaboration. Eventually, Kaplan thinks that historians could scan libraries of closed tomes using Albertin’s X-ray techniques in a mostly automated process. They could then feed those scans to an AI-driven text recognition algorithm their team is developing, which would automatically enter the text into a database. Data science guards against some of this subjectivity. “When you systematically collect evidence and put it into a database, you get away from cherry-picking,” says Preiser-Kapeller. It can shift historians away from dominant narratives. For example, Preiser-Kapeller has mapped networks to identify crucial players, unremarkable at first reading, in Byzantine Empire documents. “They were not the loudest people, but they were always in the background, connecting groups of people who might not otherwise be connected,” he says.Even relatively simple data projects can yield new historical insights. Máirín MacCarron, a historian at the University of Sheffield, has manually entered the 600 characters in an 8th-century text, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, into a giant Excel spreadsheet. She and her team have also recorded every single interaction between these characters. “We even have a category for postmortem interactions,” says MacCarron. “Because these are medieval religious texts, we have saints coming back and performing miracles.”In particular, MacCarron is studying how women interact in the text. Conventional scholarship casts women as “peace-weavers”—preventing conflict by marrying a neighboring kingdom’s ruler. But network analysis can reveal more complex roles, says MacCarron. In some early analysis, she has found that of the 12 most socially connected characters in the text, three of them are women. “When you plot the interactions mathematically, you might see that a character has a network of connections that you missed from a normal reading,” says MacCarron.last_img read more

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Huge Demand for Ostomy Belts Market in Asia Pacific Industry Growth

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