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first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsCannabis has become a lucrative business for some Ontario First Nations – even ahead of it being legal on Oct. 17.And these business owners say they plan to keep it that way.When it coms to the new marijuana regulations, members of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Community say the province has no

“I condemn the murder of Suleiman Abdul-Rahim al-Ashi and Mohammad Matar Abdo,” said Koïchiro Matsuura. “Killing journalists and media workers is not just a crime against individual people but an attack on society’s right to be informed – it is also an attack against the basic human right of freedom of expression,” he declared. “I trust the Palestinian authorities will investigate these crimes and bring their perpetrators to justice,” said Mr. Matsuura. “I also urge the Palestinian presidency and Government to do their utmost to ensure respect for freedom of the press, an indispensable condition for the development of a democratic Palestinian society and for the improvement of the living conditions of the Palestinian people.” According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, on 13 May gunmen wearing presidential guard uniforms shot Abdul-Rahim al-Ashi, and Mohammad Matar Abdo who were in a taxi in a high security area southwest of Gaza City. Abdul-Rahim al-Ashi, was an economics editor for the Hamas-affiliated daily Palestine, and Mohammad Matar Abdo was responsible for the paper’s distribution. 18 May 2007The Director-General of the United Nations Educationa, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called for an investigation into the killing of two Palestinians working at a newspaper in Gaza City earlier this month. read more

The Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) was created within the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2004 to build upon the Agency’s experience in radiation medicine and technology, and enable developing countries to integrate radiotherapy into a comprehensive cancer control plan.“With like-minded bodies, the IAEA is active in mobilizing public awareness and financial support for improving cancer treatment in countries where there is a great need,” Mr. Mandela said in a message to some of the world’s leading cancer experts at a meting Cape Town, South Africa, that ended this weekend.“In these countries, improved access to skill and technology can often make the difference between life and death,” he added. The workshops and sessions discussing the way forward for PACT were supported by the IAEA Nobel Peace Prize Fund after the agency won the honour in 2005. In his message, Arbishop Tutu said he was “deeply moved” that the IAEA invested some of its Nobel peace prize money in cancer management. “This is a magnificent gesture and as someone who has fallen victim to this disease [prostate cancer] I am doubly enthusiastic of your efforts.” The IAEA, which more often gets headlines for its efforts to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and their falling into the hands of terrorists, has a mandate to oversee peaceful uses of nuclear technology ranging from medical uses to agriculture to energy production. PACT addresses the clinical, financial, legal, regulatory, technical and human resources needed to establish, improve, or expand radiotherapy treatment programmes in the context of sound national cancer control programmes. Member States, international organizations and others from the public and private sectors are key partners. read more

first_imgThough it’s been over nine months since Apple first said it would release a white iPhone 4, Apple has stood true to its word. The company said it would sell a white iPhone 4 by May, and with only six days left in April, it’s just about time to see that infamous white phone we’ve been talking about for months.Numerous sources report that Apple’s U.S.-based retail stores are starting to get promotional materials for the white iPhone 4. Many sites, like Apple Insider, say it will be launching by Wednesday, April 27.AdChoices广告Apparently there are a number of stores that have reportedly gotten shipment notifications for the white iPhone 4 SKUs, and that these stores are supposed to hold those shipments in the back of the store until they’re given further notice. 9to5Mac said the phone is now listed in Best Buy’s inventory list also with a sale start date of April 27.Although the release date has been delayed, this does prove that Apple doesn’t break its promises. The company said it would produce a white iPhone, and although the wait was longer than we thought, it’s finally almost here. But, how many white iPhone 4s will actually be sold? Will people decide to hold off until the iPhone 5 launches so they can have new hardware and software, or is it purely a cosmetic thing?Perhaps people who aren’t familiar with Apple’s release history will jump at the chance to buy a “new” iPhone since they may not know that the next generation iPhone will be released within the next five months. Apple has been known to release new devices in the summer, but the release of the iPhone 5 is now thought to be pushed back to September.It’s not exactly clear why Apple pushed back the white iPhone’s release date so many times, but could it be possible that the company wanted to have something to sell its customers during the 15-month period between iPhone releases?At its release, the white iPhone 4 will be available for both Verizon and AT&T customers.via AppleInsider, 9to5Maclast_img read more

first_imgKFC is trying out some ‘plant-based chicken nuggets’ The US fast-food chain is trialling product. An image provided by KFC shows plant-based chicken. Image: Associated Press 17,282 Views IT’S THE FINGER lickin’ fake chicken.KFC plans to test plant-based chicken nuggets and boneless wings at one of its restaurants in the US today. Depending on customer feedback from Atlanta, the chain could expand the test to other markets.California-based startup Beyond Meat said it developed the new product specifically for KFC. It’s made with wheat protein coated in the trademark breading.Beyond Meat also sells plant-based burgers, sausages and meat crumbles at grocery stores and some fast food chains like Carl’s Jr. and Del Taco.Frozen plant-based chicken strips were the first product Beyond Meat sold, starting in 2012. But the company pulled them off the market earlier this year because it wanted to improve the recipe.Restaurants are responding to a surge in consumer demand for plant-based meats as people seek healthier, more sustainable food.US sales of meat substitutes are expected to jump 78% to $2.5 billion between 2018 and 2023, according to Euromonitor.Beyond Meat already has some serious competition in the plant-based chicken market.Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest meat producers, recently announced plans to sell nuggets made from pea protein.  By Associated Press 62 Comments Aug 27th 2019, 9:18 AM Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 9:18 AMcenter_img Share19 Tweet Email1 An image provided by KFC shows plant-based chicken. Image: Associated Press Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Officials have issued a swim advisory for areas near Key Biscayne.According to a press release, samples of beach water collected at Crandon North, Crandon South and Key Biscayne Beach Club came back positive with the bacteria enterococci.As a result of the bacteria, officials recommend that residents avoid swimming and other recreational water activities in these areas.For more information, go to and Select Beach Water Quality, from the Environmental Health Topics List.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgAnchorage skiers from Alaska Pacific University will be among those competing at the U.S. Cross Country Championships. (Emily Russell, Alaska Public Media)Athletes from around the nation are in Anchorage this week competing for a spot on the Olympic cross country ski team. The U.S. Cross Country National races begin Wednesday morning at Kincaid Park. There are four races in all– two freestyle and two classic-style events for men and women.Listen nowWhile most of the athletes that will represent the US in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February are skiing in Europe right now, if an athlete in Anchorage does well enough at the U.S. Nationals, it could lead to a nomination for the Olympic team.Anchorage skier Holly Brooks did just that in 2010. That’s the last time the U.S. Nationals were held in Anchorage and her results here earned her a spot on the team that skied in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.The official Olympic team nominations will be announced later this month.U.S. Cross Country Nationals kicks off at Kincaid Park Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. with a freestyle distance race. The races, which take place in Anchorage through Monday, are free and open to the public.last_img read more

first_imgIDFC Bank, an Indian banking company, on Monday launched its services in the Northeast region. The bank opened its first branch in Shillong, Meghalaya, and also set up a first-of-its kind interoperable Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) in the rural locations of the state.This initiative is the first step of the bank in establishing its presence in the Northeast and expanding its reach to the region’s under-banked and semi-urban locations. The bank’s branch, which is located in Shillong’s Demseiniong area, is powered by a solar power system.”IDFC Bank has chosen to establish presence in the North East in its first very year of operations. This shows its intent to achieve inclusive growth by expanding financial access in under-banked locations. The bank’s plans for Meghalaya will be shaped by the state’s goal of financial inclusion,” Dr. Rajiv Lall, founding managing director and CEO of IDFC Bank, said in a statement.For the citizens of Meghalaya, the bank would bring the convenience of doorstep banking, customised financial products and an increased access to capital for micro, small and medium businesses. The first two micro ATMs are now in operation in Mawlyngbna, a hamlet on the Indo-Bangladesh border and Umsning, the statement added.The Shillong branch was inaugurated by Prestone Tynsong, minister for community and rural development for Meghalaya in the presence of Dr. M. Ampareen Lyngdoh, minister of urban affairs and Ravi Shankar, head of Bharat Banking, IDFC Bank.Quarterly resultThe Mumbai-headquartered IDFC Bank launched its operations on Oct. 1, 2015. The bank reported a net profit of Rs. 265 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, which is a 60 percent increase from its fourth quarter for the financial year 2015-16. The operating income of the company grew 28 percent at Rs. 712 crore for the same quarter, the company said in a statement.The IDFC Bank Limited stock was trading at Rs. 51.10, at around 12:21 p.m. on Tuesday, up 0.29 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange. IDFC currently has a network of nearly 70 branches, of which 50 are in non-banked rural and semi urban locations in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.We’ve started our operations in Shillong, Meghalaya! A 1st in the North East. Here’s a snapshot of the launch event.— IDFC_Bank (@IDFC_Bank) August 8, 2016last_img read more

first_imgInstagramThere is no denying the fact that the buzz around some starkids in Bollywood is equal to, or probably higher than the buzz created by debutants. Sara Ali Khan, Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor are a living testimony to that. While few starkids have entered Bollywood and made their presence felt, there are some we just cannot wait to see in the movies. Let’s take a look.Ibrahim Ali Khan: Dapper is the word that best describes Ibrahim Ali Khan. Cool, casual and refreshing; that is how Ibrahim’s Instagram account seems to be. Blessed with killer looks in his lineage, Junior Pataudi can undoubtedly emerge as an overnight sensation.Navya Naveli: Graceful and elegant Navya Naveli Nanda keeps grabbing headlines for her impeccable fashion sense. While mother Shweta had said during an episode of Koffee with Karan that Navya is more inclined towards the food industry and might start something on her own, we can’t help but wonder about the acting chops this Bachchan girl must be blessed with.Khushi Kapoor: Despite not being a part of the movies yet, Khushi Kapoor grabs almost the same amount of headlines as sister Janhvi. Articulate, fashionista and true paparazzi girl; Khushi would prove to be a bankable debutant for any director. We wonder who’s waiting to launch her.Aryan Khan: If being blessed with killer looks was not enough, Aryan Khan made us all swoon over his voice in The Lion King. The voice behind Simba in The Lion King, Aryan Khan appears destined to be as big a superstar as his father Shah Rukh Khan.Suhana Khan: We have seen her perform in her school, we have seen her perform in her college plays and we have no ounce of doubt about her acting capabilities. Daughter of Shah Rukh Khan, Suhana, not only looks immensely intense and magnetic on camera but also appears to have learnt a lot about the craft from her dad.Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna’s son – Aarav, Aamir Khan’s daughter – Ira, Sanjay and Maheep Kapoor’s daughter – Shanaya, Jackie Shroff’s daughter – Krishna Shroff – are some of the other star kids we would love to see on screen.last_img read more

first_imgNATO soldiers keep watch near the wreckage of their vehicle at the site of a Taliban suicide attack in Kandahar. Photo: AFPAt least five Afghan policemen were killed and five others wounded after Taliban militants attacked a checkpoint in the western Badghis province in Afghanistan, a senior police official said.”A group of Taliban rebels attacked a security checkpoint in Kandalan area, in the north edge of provincial capital Qala-i-Now city on Friday night. As a result, five policemen were killed and five others injured,” provincial police officer Ghulam Sarwar Haidary said.The militants also took weapons of security personnel at the checkpoint and fled the area, Xinhua news agency reported.Taliban militants have intensified their attacks on security checkpoints as government forces have increased military operations against the insurgents in the war-plagued country.last_img read more

first_imgDon’t believe everything you see and hear in an internet video.That’s the message from Jordan Peele and BuzzFeed, who teamed up for a public-service video announcement that puts Peele’s words into the mouth of former President Barack Obama.The 72-second segment begins as what appears to be a message from Obama. Halfway through, it is revealed to be Peele — delivering his famous Obama impression as a voiceover to a digitally manipulated video.“We’re entering an era in which our enemies can make it look like anyone is saying anything at any point in time, even if they would never say those things,” Peele-as-Obama says. For example: “Ben Carson is in the Sunken Place” or “President Trump is total and complete dipshit.”“Stay woke, bitches,” Peele says at the end of the video. The project emerged from discussions between Peele, who this year won the original screenplay Oscar for “Get Out,” and BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti about fake news, and the importance of media literacy as technology makes it incredibly easy to disseminate misinformation by manipulating video and audio.As a courtesy, prior to releasing the video BuzzFeed shared it with aides who work with President Obama.The video was produced by BuzzFeed creative director Jared Sosa in collaboration with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, and written by Peele. BuzzFeed distributed the clip Tuesday across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat.The video was generated using After Effects, an off-the-shelf motion-graphics program, and Fakeapp — an artificial-intelligence video-editing program that has been used mainly for superimposing celebrities’ faces onto porn scenes.BuzzFeed’s Sosa figured out a way to get a semi-accurate camera track on Obama’s head to get a virtual 3D camera. That allowed him to paste Peele’s mouth onto Obama’s.Sosa then used Fakeapp to replace Peele’s mouth with Obama’s; he had Fakeapp run for 12 hours and the synchronization improved dramatically, with the software correcting some of the points where Peele’s mouth weren’t in the right position. He then exported that footage to refine the synthetic jaw and then let Fakeapp run for another 48 hours to get a more accurate rendering of Obama’s mouth.Watch the video above, or at this link. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgEllen Digital Network, the internet-content arm of Ellen DeGeneres and her TV show, is continuing to mine to the internet for new talent — and is continuing to bring Hollywood celebs to digital projects.On Monday, Ellen Digital Network announced a deal with Hannah Hart, a popular YouTube creator, comedian, foodie and author who has more than 5.3 million followers across platforms, for an as-yet untitled unscripted series.The show will be centered on Hart coaching people with “love-related advice” to prepare the subjects for life-changing events like a marriage proposal. Last week, Studio71 announced an affiliation deal with Hart where she joins longtime collaborators Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart (no relation).In addition, DeGeneres and Kristen Bell announced season 2 of “Momsplaining,” Bell’s comedic take on mastering motherhood. The six-episode season 1 has generated more than 100 million views since premiering in January, across the ellentube app,, Ellen’s YouTube channel and Facebook Watch. Season 2 of “Momsplaining” is sponsored by the Johnson’s Baby brand of Johnson & Johnson. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img The announcements were part of Ellen Digital Network’s presentation Monday for advertisers. EDN isn’t officially part of IAB’s Digital Content NewFronts lineup but timed the event to coincide with the weeklong series.Other news from Ellen Digital Network included:“#BeeKind,” an Instagram series starring actress Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”) in partnership with General Mills’ Cheerios brand to showcase how bees contribute to daily life. The series will post on Ellen’s Instagram account (@theellenshow) in May 2018;A partnership with digital-media company ATTN: to create an animated series that “brings awareness to pressing, timely issues of our culture”;“FANtastic,” an original digital series that connects Ellen’s celebrity friends with their own idols;“tWitch Please… Help Me Dance!”, an original digital series featuring Stephen “tWitch” Boss, a DJ and hip-hop dancer who’s been featured on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” lending his skills and teaching people around the country how to dance; andAn overall content deal with viral-video sensation Kalen Allen, whom DeGeneres discovered after seeing his “Kalen Reacts” videos reviewing online recipes.Ellen Digital Network is part of Ellen Digital Ventures, a joint venture between DeGeneres and Warner Bros. Digital Networks. Founded in 2014, Ellen Digital Ventures is led GM Michael Riley, formerly president of Disney’s ABC Family (now known as Freeform), who works alongside “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” executive producers.last_img read more

first_img Early warning system predicted shaking from Oct. 30 quake “Smartphones carry all sorts of sensors, and we can put these to use in unexpected ways,” said Qingkai Kong. “Right now, we can only detect earthquakes above about Magnitude 5.0, but with better accelerometers in future smartphones we would hope to detect smaller ones as well.”The key enabler in smartphones for this type of work is in their accelerometers, that can detect and record movement and may monitor tremors. An app is being developed that will record the shaking during major events and then report the data back to a central server over the cell network. But what good is short notice when an earthquake is on its deadly way? Advance notice even in seconds is actually of value, as the BBC report noted, in not only giving people time to take cover but for trains to slow or planes to abort landings or for surgeons to manage their procedures knowing the event is on its way.The theory is that a smartphone seismic network would feed directly into the early warning system, having detected faster moving but not as damaging P-waves ahead of S-waves in an event.The Berkeley initiative was made known at the American Geophysical Union Fall meeting. As phones would be mobile and not sitting still on a flat surface, the researchers handled this by developing an algorithm to subtract “noise” in the data. The project is at an early stage. The topic of earthquakes hits very close to home at this lab; the Hayward Fault, which many scientists suspect is a potential trigger for a major earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area, runs through the UC Berkeley campus. According to scientists and engineers in a 2008 report, it has a 31 percent probability of rupturing in a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake within the next 30 years. The team hopes to provide a test app next year to volunteers in the Bay Area.Actually, according to an observation from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) noted earlier this year, Internet-enabled devices, not just smartphones, but also laptops and game consoles now have accelerometers that can be used to detect and measure earthquakes. “Harnessing the data from these sensors could allow us to quickly detect large earthquakes, and accurately estimate where damage has occurred and where emergency responses are needed shortly after a quake.” Nonetheless, it added, smartphones have a powerful collection of sensors like GPS, accelerometers, and gyroscopes that make phones an ideal platform for collecting data about how a community experiences an earthquake. © 2012 Citation: Smartphones as seismometers intrigue Berkeley researchers (2012, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: 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. (—Researchers at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory want to table smartphones as pocket-sized seismometers. The phones used as warning systems could make a life or death difference in the seconds one might have before meeting up with the next event. “We are trying to set up a whole new network of smartphones so we can use the accelerometers in the smartphones to detect earthquakes,” a team spokesman told BBC News. With so many devices in circulation, detailed information could be known on who felt what, where. Explore furtherlast_img read more

first_imgThe brain devotes more processing resources to social situations that signal threat than those that are benign and anxious people process those threats using regions of the brain responsible for action, says a study.The study that may help explain the apparent “sixth sense” we have for danger found that “low anxious” people process the threats in sensory circuits, responsible for face recognition. It was previously thought that anxiety could lead to over sensitivity to threat signals. However, the new study showed that the difference has a useful purpose. Non-clinical anxiety shifts the neural ‘coding’ of threat to motor circuits, which produce action, from sensory circuits, which help us to recognise faces, the researchers explained.Facial displays of emotion can be ambiguous but the researchers managed to identify what it is that makes a person particularly threatening. They found that the direction a person is looking in is key to enhancing our sensitivity to their emotions. Anger paired with a direct gaze produces a response in the brain in only 200 milliseconds, faster than if the angry person is looking elsewhere.“In a crowd, you will be most sensitive to an angry face looking towards you, and will be less alert to an angry person looking somewhere else,” said lead author Marwa El Zein from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). Similarly, if a person displays fear and looks in a particular direction you will detect this more rapidly than positive emotions. Such quick reactions could have served an adaptive purpose for survival. For the study, electrical signals measured in the brains of 24 volunteers were analysed while they were asked to decide whether digitally altered faces expressed anger or fear.  “In contrast to previous work, our findings demonstrate that the brain devotes more processing resources to negative emotions that signal threat, rather than to any display of negative emotion,” El Zein noted. The study appeared in the journal eLife.last_img read more

first_imgMac and iPhone users who store their data in Apple’s cloud should expect major changes to Apple this week launched a new beta website for with a refreshed interface and some new features, as reported by 9to5Mac (via’s Federico Viticci). Gone is the bubbly blue background and in its place is a clean transparent-white interface and black trim that mimics the aesthetic of Apple’s main website.  Once you’ve logged in, you’ll see your profile name and avatar above a set of small app icons. Replacing the Settings app is an “Account Settings” link that shows you your devices and remaining storage amount. Among the new group of icons is an overhauled Reminders app, which is set to debut with iOS 13 and macOS Catalina. As the name suggests, Reminders lets you create lists and schedule alarms for tasks and events.  The other beta iCloud apps will look familiar to those who use the current website. Mail, Photos, Notes, iCloud Drive, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Find Friends, Find Phone and Contacts are largely unchanged. RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus Hands-on: What’s New, What’s DifferentThe Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus offer sleeker designs, better cameras for video and new S Pen tricks. Here’s how they stack up.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTech This Out – Warner Streaming Service, Galaxy Note Renders And Nintendo Switch Lite02:14Live00:0005:2805:28 You can check out the new iCloud interface by simply visiting and signing in with your Apple account. If you’d like to compare it to the current site, just head over to For those of you who are unfamiliar with the service, iCloud lets you store and share photos, apps, videos and music so you can access your personal files on all of your devices(including a Windows PC)We don’t know when the new site will officially roll out, but don’t be surprised if it lands this Fall when Apple is expected to launch macOS Catalina and iOS 13. This post originally appeared on Laptop Mag.iOS 13 Hands-on Review: The Top New Features for Your iPhonelast_img read more

first_imgBest Buy is countering Amazon’s Prime Day with its own sale and we’re gonna start covering things with a sale on DJI drones.Get a DJI Drone for Cheap Straight from Best Buy Thank to its 2-Day SalePeople have a love-hate relationship with drones these days. But those who have invested good money into it or are looking to dive into the world of quadcopters, then Best Buy’s 2-day sale is definitely going to pique your interest.The retail giant has discounted a bunch of drones, including one from Ryze which gets you a drone for just $99 along with three accessories absolutely free. But that’s not all, if you’re looking to go a little high-end then you can start off with the Spark Fly More Combo for a price of just $499. That’s a $50 discount along with free $25 credit for Shutterfly.Here are the complete set of deals:DJI Spark Fly More Combo with Free $24 Shutterfly Credit – Regular price $549.99, Now just $499.99DJI Mavic Pro Fly more Combo Gray with $25 Shutterfly Credit – Regular price $1,299.99, Now just $999.999DJI Mavic Pro with Remote Controller and $25 Shutterfly Credit – Regular price $999.99, Now just $799.99Ryze Tello in White or Black with Free $15 Best Buy Gift Card, 1x Battery and $25 Shutterfly Credit – Price $99DJI Phantom 4 Advanced in White with Free $100 Best Buy Gift Card, 1x Battery, $25 Shutterfly Credit – Price $1,199.99All of the above deals are going to last for two days. The free $25 Shutterfly credit can be used towards towards an 8×8 Photo Book only. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

first_imgTomorrow, on Wednesday 12 September, the European Parliament will vote on amendments to the EU Copyright Bill, first proposed back in September 2016. This bill could have a huge impact on open source, software engineering, and even the future of the internet. Back in July, MEPs voted down a digital copyright bill that was incredibly restrictive. It asserted the rights of large media organizations to tightly control links to their stories, copyright filters on user generated content. The vote tomorrow is an opportunity to amend aspects of the directive – that means many of the elements that were rejected in July could still find their way through. What parts of the EU copyright directive are most important for software developers? There are some positive aspects of the directive. To a certain extent, it could be seen as evidence of the European Union continuing a broader project to protect citizens by updating digital legislation – a move that GDPR began back in May 2018. However, there are many unintended consequences of the legislation. It’s unclear whether the negative impact is down to any level of malicious intent from law makers, or is simply reflective of a significant level of ignorance about how the web and software works. There are 3 articles within the directive that developers need to pay particular attention to. Article 13 of the EU copyright directive: copyright filters Article 13 of the directive has perhaps had the most attention. Essentially, it will require “information society service providers” – user-generated information and content platforms – to use “recognition technologies” to protect against copyright infringement. This could have a severe impact on sites like GitHub, and by extension, the very philosophy of open collaboration and sharing on which they’re built. It’s for this reason that GitHub has played a big part in educating Brussels law makers about the possible consequences of the legislation. Last week, the platform hosted an event to discuss what can be done about tomorrow’s vote. In it, Marten Mickos, CEO of cybersecurity company Hacker One gave a keynote speech, saying that “Article 13 is just crap. It will benefit nobody but the richest, the wealthiest, the biggest – those that can spend tens of millions or hundreds of millions on building some amazing filters that will somehow know whether something is copyrighted or not.” A number MEPs in Brussels have, fortunately, proposed changes that would exclude software development platforms to instead focus the legislation on sites where users upload music and video. However, for those that believe strongly in an open internet, even these amendments could be a small compromise that not only places an unnecessary burden on small sites that simply couldn’t build functional copyright filters, but also opens a door to censorship online. A better alternative could be to ditch copyright filters and instead opt for licensing agreements instead. This is something put forward by German politician Julia Reda – if you’re interested in policy amendments you can read them in detail here. Image via commons.wikimedia.orgJulia Reda is a member of the Pirate Party in Germany – she’s a vocal advocate of internet freedoms and an important voice in the fight against many of the directive (she wants the directive to be dropped in its entirety). She’s put together a complete list of amendments and alternatives here. Article 11 of the EU Copyright Directive: the “link tax” Article 11 follows the same spirit of article 13 of the bill. It gives large press organizations more control over how their content is shared and linked to online. It has been called the “link tax” – it could mean that you would need a license to link to content. According to news sites, this law would allow them to charge internet giants like Facebook and Google that link to their content. As Cory Doctorow points out in an article written for Motherboard in June, only smaller platforms would lose out – the likes of Facebook and Google could easily manage the cost. But there are other problems with article 11. It could, not only, as Doctorow also writes, “crush scholarly and encyclopedic projects like Wikipedia that only publish material that can be freely shared,” but it could also “inhibit political discussions”. This is because the ‘link tax’ will essentially allow large media organizations to fully control how and where their content is shared. “Links are facts” Doctorow argues, meaning that links are a vital component within public discourse, which allows the public to know who thinks what, and who said what. Article 3 of the EU Copyright Directive: restrictions on data mining Article 3 of the directive hasn’t received as much attention as the two above, but it does nevertheless have important implications for the data mining and analytics landscape. Essentially, this proportion of the directive was originally aimed at posing restrictions on the data that can be mined for insights except in specific cases of scientific research. This was rejected by MEPs. However, it is still an area of fierce debate. Those that oppose it argue that restrictions on text and data mining could seriously hamper innovation and hold back many startups for whom data is central to the way they operate. However, given the relative success of GDPR in restoring some level of integrity to data (from a citizen’s perspective), there are aspects of this article that might be worth building on as a basis for a compromise. With trust in a tech world at an all time low, this could be a stepping stone to a more transparent and harmonious digital domain. An open internet is worth fighting for – we all depend on it The difficulty unpicking the directive is that it’s not immediately clear who its defending. On the one hand, EU legislators will see this as something that defends citizens from everything that they think is wrong with the digital world (and, let’s be honest, there are things that are wrong with it). Equally, those organizations lobbying for the change will, as already mentioned, want to present this as a chance to knock back tech corporations that have had it easy for too long. Ultimately, though, the intention doesn’t really matter. What really matters are the consequences of this legislation, which could well be catastrophic. The important thing is that the conversation isn’t owned by well-intentioned law makers that don’t really understand what’s at stake, or media conglomerates with their own interests in protecting their content from the perceived ‘excesses’ of a digital world whose creativity is mistaken for hostility. If you’re an EU citizen, get in touch with your MEP today. Visit to help the campaign. Read next German OpenStreetMap protest against “Article 13” EU copyright reform making their map unusable YouTube’s CBO speaks out against Article 13 of EU’s controversial copyright lawlast_img read more

first_imgAfter months of wading through red tape, former Ladysmith Marlins Club swimmer and LHS pupil Bradley Tandy got his clearance to compete as an Arizona Wildcat, just in time for next week’s Pac 12 Swimming & Diving Championships.Now living and studying in Tucson, Arizona, Bradley’s time in America has solidified his standing in college swimming circles and the fact that the Arizona Wildcats were prepared to wait a year for him to swim in their team shows to what extent he has become the golden boy of South Africa’s next crop of national swimmers.“I’m pretty excited right now,” Brad was quoted as saying. “I can officially call myself a Wildcat, which is something I’ve been waiting for.”The issue at hand was the year he spent in South Africa after matriculating from LHS, training for a spot in the country’s Olympic team. NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) rules allow a potential student-athlete to take a year off after high school before starting college without affecting their eligibility, but Bradley said “it came down to miscommunication” regarding why he was taking a gap year in South Africa.Because the meets he competed in while in South Africa were part of his preparation for qualifying for the South African Olympic team (which he failed to do), the NCAA ruled that the gap year did not count against his eligibility.This means Brad will race as a junior this season after two successful years at Indian River State College, where he recorded times of 19.06 and 43.12 in 50m and 100m freestyle.It took almost a year to clear up the issue, and it was a trying time for Brad as he watched his teammates racing in dual meets and qualifying for the NCAA championships.“I was kind of discouraged the entire year,” he said. “It’s hard not being on the team, but still being on it in a way,” he told Swimming World Magazine in an interview. Brad proved he was going to be an asset for the Wildcats throughout the season, posting sub-20-second 50-yard freestyle races in exhibition swims during dual meet breaks.At the Texas Invitational in December, where he swam unattached, he put up times of 18.97 and 42.71 in the sprint freestyle events. Those times won’t carry over for NCAA qualification, so he will have to get close to those times again next week in Federal Way at the conference meet.Brad also said he is signed up for the 100m breaststroke as his third individual event, citing shoulder problems as a reason why he’s not in the 100m butterfly.Brad is also setting his sights on the South African Nationals in April, with a goal of qualifying for the Commonwealth Games team.He is also expected to break several US National records, as well as having a shot at becoming the US National champion. Before his move to Arizona, he was already the junior college national record holder in both 50m and 100m freestyle.Proud dad Steve Tandy has expressed his delight at the outcome of the NCAA decision. “Bradley is going to make us all proud!”Source: Swimming World Magazine, the NCAA and Swim Swam WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

first_imgNine States See New Home Price Peaks in October CoreLogic Forecast Home Prices 2014-12-02 Tory Barringer December 2, 2014 599 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Home price growth picked up the pace in October, pushing a growing number of states to new peaks, according to report released Tuesday.Real estate information firm CoreLogic reported a 0.5 percent monthly uptick and a 6.1 percent annual gain in its October Home Price Index (HPI). The report, which includes distressed sales data, marks the 32nd straight month for year-over-year price growth, though increases have slowed down by nearly half compared to a year ago.”Home price growth is moderating as we head into the late fall and is currently running at half the pace it was in the spring of 2014,” said Sam Khater, deputy chief economist at CoreLogic. “However, there are still pockets of strength, especially in several Texas markets, as well as Seattle, Denver, and other markets with strong economic fundamentals.”As of October, 27 states and the District of Columbia were at or within 10 percent of their home price peaks, and nine had achieved new record highs: Colorado, Louisiana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming.According to the company, the five states with the highest pace of appreciation over the last year were Michigan (10.5 percent), South Dakota (10.4 percent), Montana (9.1 percent), Texas (8.7 percent), and Colorado (8.6 percent). All states posted annual growth, helped in part by rosier job prospects and increased confidence in housing.”The gradual recovery of the housing market continues to be propelled by improving employment, more buyer and seller confidence, continued low rates and, in certain parts of the country, investor demand,” said CoreLogic’s CEO, Anand Nallathambi. “Based on our projections, home prices in over half the country will have reached or surpassed levels last seen at the height of the housing bubble sometime in mid-2015.”Looking ahead, however, the company expects prices will continue to slow, forecasting a 0.2 percent monthly increase in November and a 5.1 percent improvement this time next year. Sharelast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix After the embarrassing 59-0 loss to Alabama a few weeks ago now, Texas A&M made the decision to open up their quarterback competition.Kenny Hill and Kyle Allen spent the bye week battling it out for the starting nod, and will continue to do the same most of the way through this week.Not surprisingly, Jake Spavital’s first handful of questions at the Aggies’ weekly press conference for the coordinators revolved around how the quarterback competition is shaping up, and Spav was asked how Kenny Hill (who won the job outright at the beginning of the year, and lit up South Carolina in his first start) can benefit from spending some time with the number two offensive group. “It’s always good to go with the twos. I think that’s the best way to learn at times because you’re going to have protection issues, and you get to see how creative you can be by extending that play or finding your hot answers. You also get a feel for when your run game isn’t working, what you need to do on the perimeter.”“So it just makes you think a little bit more when you don’t have that comfortability of having your number one offensive line out there in front of you as well.”Spav brings up some really good points there.last_img read more