Yahoo confirms massive data breach affecting 500 million accounts

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment At the time of the break-in, Yahoo’s security team was led by Alex Stamos, a respected industry executive who left last year to take a similar job at Facebook.Yahoo didn’t explain what took so long to uncover a breach that it blamed on a “state-sponsored actor” — parlance for a hacker working on behalf of a foreign government. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company declined to explain how it reached its conclusions about the attack, but said it is working with the FBI and other law enforcement as part of its ongoing investigation. Advertisement Login/Register With: Computer hackers swiped personal information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in what is believed to be the biggest digital break-in at an email provider.The massive security breakdown disclosed Thursday poses new headaches for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer as she scrambles to close a $4.8 billion (U.S.) sale to Verizon Communication.The breach Thursday dates back to late 2014, raising questions about the checks and balances within Yahoo, a fallen Internet star that has been laying off staff to counter a steep drop in revenue during the past eight years. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Northern Lights Festival

first_imgSix teams of internationally acclaimed Ice Carvers will be entering their sculptures, into this competition. A secondary ice carving event, with smaller entries, consisting of 12 competitors over the 1-day event.The World’s Largest SnowmanThe Guinness Book of World Records will be in attendance of the world’s largest snowman, estimated 130 ft tall, 45 ft wide at the base, complete with a scarf that’s over 100ft long!The Fort Nelson Trappers Rendezvous FORT NELSON, B.C. – Is hosting the Northern Lights Festival March 9th – 23rd, 2019, encouraging visitors to celebrate and experience the area with music to events that showcase the beauty and nature of Fort Nelson.The Festival brings the entire community together and will offer a variety of experiences to share the beauty of the north such as snowmobiling, building snowmen and a visit to Liard Hot Springs.The headliners for the festival are; The annual event, in collaboration with the Northern Lights Festival, promises to be like no other ever seen in the small northern community. The community event started in 1961 by the Lions Club.Northern Lights Canadian Open Sled Dog ChampionshipDowntown Fort Nelson, the race will take place on 50th Street, starting at the east end of town, racing along the road, out onto the Alaska Hwy, and back again.First Nations Handgames TournamentHandgames, a traditional Dene game of sport and skill, provides an opportunity for men and boys to practice and sharpen their abilities of detection, focus, and intuition, which benefits their traditional responsibilities to provide and protect.For more information on the Northern Lights Festival; CLICK HEREcenter_img Bringing Canada’s Best Artists under the Northern LightsThe diverse selection of Canadian musical talent that will be featured at different venues around town will be a highlight of this event.For a list of attending artists; CLICK HERESeed to Seal Harvest ExperienceThis Seed to Seal harvest experience is something that people come from all over the world to see. In the past, it has only been open to 16 people a week, for 6 weeks out of the year. This is a hands-on emersion into the making of Essential Oils, see how we use every part of the plant to create the only Northern Lights Oil on the planet.Ice Sculptinglast_img read more

Council approves encroachment to allow for portico

This photo shows the former Queen’s Hotel in downtown Simcoe back in the day when the historic structure featured a post-supported portico on the Robinson Street-side of the building. This artist’s conception illustrates what Dundas developers Ken and Kevin Vanderlaan intend to build at the corner of Robinson Street and Talbot Street South in Simcoe. Their plan for the $1.8 million re-development includes a portico over Robinson Street similar to what was featured at the former Queen’s Hotel in the 1800s. “The encroachment agreement will be registered on the title of the property to protect the future interests of the county and to advise future owners of the property.“The landowner is required to maintain property insurance on a replacement-cost basis for any property and building(s) against fire and other such perils including liability in the amount of $2 million per each occurrence and to provide the (county) with a certificate of insurance at each annual renewal.”In the name of downtown rejuvenation, Norfolk has approved a number of exceptions for the building slated to go in this location. This includes street-level apartments. Vanderlaan’s C.S. Ltd. / Graphic The plan also calls for the construction of a street-level financial services office.The derelict structure at this location was demolished two weeks ago. Total estimated value of the pending construction is $1.8 million. The Vanderlaans continue to work with county planners on their proposal and have not provided a time line for reconstruction.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com Norfolk County / Photo Norfolk County normally doesn’t welcome encroachments on municipal property.Encroachments can impair county services while inconveniencing the public. Left unchecked, encroachments can also raise liability concerns.However, Norfolk is making an exception for the re-development of the former Maliboo property in downtown Simcoe. It is doing so in the name of local heritage.Tuesday, Norfolk council approved an encroachment agreement with developers from Dundas who plan to build a replica of the former Queen’s Hotel that stood on the corner of Robinson and Talbot Street South in the 1800s.The original design included a post-supported portico on Robinson Street facing north. To include this feature in the project, developers Ken and Kevin Vanderlaan needed the county’s permission to anchor it over the sidewalk.“The portico will be located on the site in an area that does not interfere with the existing services or existing traffic movement on Robinson Street,” county employee Kristen Demeulemeester said in a report to council. read more

Borders budgetry and Islamophobia how politics touched Canadians this week

Borders, budgetry and Islamophobia: how politics touched Canadians this week by Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2017 2:30 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 18, 2017 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – What, exactly, does “tweak” mean?The question consumed political Ottawa for days after Donald Trump, in a joint press conference Monday with Justin Trudeau, publicly stated he wants to “be tweaking” the U.S. trade relationship with Canada when it comes to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.The dictionary says “tweak” means “to make fine adjustments.”But where Trump is concerned, “tweak” could well mean throwing into question Canada’s regime for dairy, lumber and any number of carefully managed trade provisions that support Canadian business, the Conservatives warn.Canada’s ambassador to the United States, for his part, says it is difficult to know what to make of the phrase, because he has no one in authority to talk to: the key NAFTA players in Washington have yet to be fully confirmed.Semantics aside, the Trump-Trudeau meetings may have a concrete impact on how the border works. The week was also notable for news on infrastructure spending, appreciation of women in the economy and attempts to deal with troubling racist undercurrents in Canadian society.Here’s how politics touched us this week:THE BORDERThe Trump-Trudeau tete-a-tete produced a lengthy joint declaration that was short on details but long on aspirations — allowing the Trudeau contingent to declare the summit a success amid overwhelming uncertainty surrounding the Trump administration’s intentions.One area of the declaration went beyond hope and pointed to material progress: improved preclearance of people and goods going back and forth the Canada-U.S. border.For now, travellers flying to American cities through eight major Canadian airports can clear customs in Canada before they leave, cutting down on time and hassle. Passenger pre-clearance is on deck for the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport, as well as for rail service in Montreal and Vancouver.On Monday, Canada and the U.S. agreed to bring traveller preclearance to other as-yet-unnamed locations too. The countries also agreed to some preclearing of cargo on a pilot-project basis.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he will follow up with bilateral meetings soon.WOMEN, BRIDGES AND BUDGETRYThe latest edition of the supplementary estimates revealed this week that the government won’t be able to hand out $828 million that was budgeted for infrastructure this year — a quarter of the allotted spending, and a recurring problem that most governments struggle with. The problem this time is that the Liberals are dependent on that money to spur growth in the economy, in turn delivering higher tax revenues back to the government to fund their future ambitions.At the same time, the Finance Department is creeping ahead with a promise to incorporate gender analysis into its decision-making. It met recently with experts on evaluating how fiscal policies affect females — a “subgroup,” according to Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier — differently than males.What happens when the two initiatives meet and officials need to grapple with the number of jobs created in the male-dominated construction industry? Will tweaking be required? Will the emphasis be put on the fact that women use bridges too? Or will the pace of the infrastructure spending speed up just as the gender analysis slows down so that the two never directly meet?ISLAMOPHOBIAIn the wake of the Quebec City shooting of six people at a mosque last month, goodwill poured out across the country for the Muslim community and, amidst the sorrow and horror around the massacre, there was a widespread hope that the violence would jar Canadian society into some kind of post-racist tolerance.But then came this week in Ottawa. A motion put forward by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid of Mississauga, Ont., called on parliamentarians to condemn and confront Islamophobia. In the overcharged atmosphere of partisanship in the House of Commons, sensitivities spilling over into Canada from the United States, and a Conservative leadership race that dips now and then into identity politics, the motion has now become toxic.Conservatives have put forward their own motion that targets racism but not specifically Islamophobia; the Liberals are determined to show them up and are pushing their original motion unconditionally; Conservative leadership candidates are divided; and Khalid has become the victim of anti-Muslim vitriol.So much for tolerance rising from the ashes. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick read more

Exercise research impacts Canadas older generation

Kimberley Gammage, left, leads a test subject during her research into exercise environments and older adults.Niagara has one of the oldest populations in Canada, and that fits the research of Kimberley Gammage just fine. The associate professor in Physical Education and Kinesiology is studying how exercise environments impact older adults.Gammage, along with Allan Adkin and Panagiota Klentrou, is studying how the social and physical environments of exercise affect balance outcomes, body image, and anxiety levels in older adults. The gym can be an intimidating place, but getting stronger isn’t always measured by how much you can lift, or how long you can ride a bike. The psychological and physical environments of exercise affect outcomes as well, Gammage said.With the study, Gammage’s team tests subjects aged 60 to 90 years old. It involves a 12-week period of exercise, which includes cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and balance training. Many outcomes are assessed, including psychological variables such as body image and confidence, as well as physical outcomes like strength and balance improvement.Gammage’s passion for the research stems from her days as a fitness instructor. Her research is used to help understand exercise motivation and patterns that will encourage exercise for life. This includes exercise as an older adult.Exercise helps older adults on multiple levels, she said.“There are huge benefits for older adults above the physical improvement, including independence, increased confidence, enhanced mobility and being ready for life’s challenges,” she said.Many participants stay long after testing as has finished and develop regular exercise routines. By identifying the physical and social factors that affect exercise for older adults, researchers can better identify why they stop exercising. It will also tell us more about how to motivate older adults to incorporate exercise in their daily routines.Undergraduate and graduate students volunteer their time to supervise and conduct testing.To find out more, or to volunteer, email kgammage@brocku.caLink:• Physical Education and Kinesiology read more

Brock part of international project commemorating heroes of First World War

For 12 hours each day for 61 days, the names of those killed in the final year of the First World War will scroll across video screens in Niagara and around the world. Sadly, it will take from now until Remembrance Day to recognize the more than one million men and women killed on both sides of the conflict between 1914 and 1918. This November marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, and Brock University is involved in The World Remembers, a Canadian-led international project to commemorate those killed during the war and those who died of their injuries in the years that followed.On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the names of the dead from 16 nations on both sides of the conflict started appearing on four screens in Niagara, as well as across Canada, the U.S., Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Each name will appear on a precise day, hour and minute.The multiple sites allow as many students, staff, faculty and members of the Niagara community as possible to participate in this shared commemoration, says Elizabeth Vlossak, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.“The displays become destinations as people make their way to the nearest location to view the names of lost relatives or family friends,” she says. “But the displays also disrupt public spaces, as we witness and remember the more than one million men and women who died in the war.”R. H. Thompson, co-producer of The World Remembers says “memory is part of what makes us human.”“It is an opportunity to honour the diversity of Canadians caught up in the First World War.”The names will run for more than 12 hours each day until Remembrance Day. Additional information and the specific schedule can be found on The World Remembers website.Additional information is available at each site in Niagara covering topics such as the experiences of Indigenous people and ethnic minorities in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the impact of war on mental health and the role of music in the First World War.The local installation was initiated by Jim Doherty, President of the Niagara Military Museum, who was inspired by The World Remembers’ earlier projects. Doherty brought the idea to The History Lab collaborators, Associate Professors in the Department of History Elizabeth Vlossak and Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas.Four locations have been chosen for the display. At Brock, the names can be seen in the Matheson Learning Commons and in the library of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. The Niagara Falls Public Library is also hosting the display at their Victoria Avenue and MacBain Community Centre branches.“We are so pleased to be a part of this project, especially at this time of year when we formally honour and remember our veterans,” says Alicia Subnaik Kilgour, CEO and Chief Librarian at Niagara Falls Public Library. “This is such a thoughtful way to commemorate and remember the sacrifices made by some of our Canadian veterans from the First World War.”The presentation is a collaboration between the History Lab, Niagara Falls Public Library, the Department of History, the Centre for Canadian Studies, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and Brock’s Marketing and Communications department.The final name in the display will appear at sunset on Nov. 11 and a special commemoration event is being planned.What: The World RemembersWhere: Matheson Learning Commons and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University; Niagara Falls Public Library Victoria Avenue and MacBain Community Centre branchesWhen: Daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Nov. 11 read more

SEHA GSS with 10 teams in season 20142015 – Veszprem IN Lovcen

← Previous Story Battle for VELUX EHF CL 2014/2015: SEHA warriors in Meshkov, Hard VS Porto Next Story → Hans Lindberg is close to leave Hamburg gazprom handballSEHA handball leagueSEHA league SEHA Gazprom South Stream League will have 10 teams in upcoming season same as in the last one. The only change in the list of participants are linked with joining of Hungarian MVM MKB Veszprem, while Montenegro will lost place since RK LOvcen Cetinje didn’t meet the standards of the competition. This was confirmed by SEHA president Mihajlo Mihajlovski in an interview for Balkan-Handball.com.SEHA GSS teams in season 2014/2015:MKB-MVM Veszprém, RK Vardar Skopje, RK Metalurg Skopje, RK CO Zagreb, RK Nexe, HC Meshkov Brest, Tatran Presov, RK Vojvodina, RK Radnicki, RK Borac Banja Luka read more

Netflix Orders New Animated World War II Series The Liberator

first_img The Liberator, an animated World War II combat drama, is coming to Netflix in the near future.On Thursday, Netflix ordered the animated series, which shares the real-life story of U.S. Army officer Felix Sparks and his infantry unit, as they battled for more than 500 days to free Europe. Viewers will witness Sparks and the Oklahoma-based 157th Infantry Regiment invading Italy and liberating the Dachau concentration camp.The four-episode animated series, which will be under the creative direction of Jeb Stuart (The Fugitive) and produced for Netflix by A+E Studios, Unique Features, a production company, and School of Humans, an animation studio.  It’s based on the novel, The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey, by Alex Kershaw, who will also serve as a co-producer for the series.‘The Liberator’ by Alex Kershaw (Photo Credit: Alex Kershaw)In addition to the intense plot, the series is making headlines in the animation technology space. It will be the first animated series created in Trioscope Enhanced Hybrid Animation, a new advanced technology that combines CGI (computer generated imagery) with live-action performance. This production setup will enable audiences to have a fully-immersive animated drama experience.Netflix hasn’t disclosed a release date yet for the series, but it’s likely it will premiere sometime next year.More on Geek.com:Netflix is Launching New ‘Altered Carbon’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ Animated SeriesThese New Netflix Films Are Coming to a Theater Near You‘Larva’ is the Creepiest Children’s Cartoon on Netflix What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Stay on targetlast_img read more

NASA Clears SpaceX Crew Dragon March 2 Test Flight to Space Station

first_img ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas Stay on target It’s a “go” for SpaceX’s first uncrewed flight of its passenger capsule. After a flight readiness review Friday, NASA and SpaceX have decided to proceed with plans to conduct Demo-1, the first uncrewed test flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS).Crew Dragon will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:48 a.m. EST Saturday, March 2. It is scheduled to dock to the space station at approximately 5:55 a.m. Sunday, March 3, according to NASA.#CrewDragon is a ‘go’ for launch! Today at @NASAKennedy, we held a flight readiness review for the March 2 liftoff of @SpaceX Demo-1. Before every launch, teams meet to review the work to be ready for flight. Watch NASA TV at 6pm ET for the latest news: https://t.co/kFnoUyWTAd pic.twitter.com/Ov8cXiE70m— NASA (@NASA) February 22, 2019No one will be aboard the Crew Dragon Demo-1 flight to the ISS, only an instrumented dummy in a white SpaceX spacesuit. But if all goes well, two NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, will take off aboard  Crew Dragon Demo-2 on the first piloted test flight scheduled for July.Next week’s mission is considered a critical milestone in NASA’s $6.8 billion Commercial Crew Program, intended to end the agency’s reliance on Russian Soyuz spacecraft, currently the only operational astronaut-transportation system in the world since the space shuttle’s retirement eight years ago. That arrangement was costing NASA tens of millions of dollars per seat, according to the Associated Press.The mission will also be the first time a commercially built and operated American rocket and spacecraft designed for humans will launch to the space station.An artist’s impression of a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on final approach to the International Space Station. (Photo Credit: NASA)A phenomenal amount of work has gone into ensuring the capsule does not endanger the space station and its three occupants as it pulls up and docks, William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, NASA Human Exploration and Operations, said during a press conference.During the review on Friday, crew members on station utilized a computer-based trainer and reviewed procedures to refresh themselves with the Crew Dragon spacecraft systems, rendezvous and docking, ingress operations, changes to emergency responses, and vehicle departure.The flight plan calls for the Demo-1 Crew Dragon to stay at the orbiting lab for just under a week, undocking on March 8 and aiming for a splashdown in the Atlantic off Florida. Radiation monitors and supplies are going up, and science samples and used equipment are coming down.SpaceX recovery crews stationed nearby will pull the capsule onto its recovery ship GO Searcher and haul it back to Port Canaveral for detailed post-flight inspections.NASA is also working with another Commercial Crew partner, Boeing, which is scheduled to fly its own capsule, the CST-100 Starliner, for its first test flight without crew in April.Two days before launch, on Thursday, Feb. 28, NASA will hold a pre-launch press conference to discuss the launch, which will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the the agency’s website.More on Geek.com:SpaceX Delays Its First Crew Dragon Flight Until March 2SpaceX Is Launching Israel’s First Mission to the MoonElon Musk Confident SpaceX Ticket to Mars Will Cost Less Than $500,000last_img read more

Fortis TCI Upgrades to online payment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFortis TCI has been upgrading its computer systems and is now informing customers that their account numbers will be changed. New account numbers will be given during the course of this month and online customers are advised to re-register with banks and provide their new account numbers by December 31, 2013. Some of the changes Fortis says customers can expect are online web payment on their website, online viewing of accounts and an analysis of consumption history and trend. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer There is no crisis at the border

first_img KUSI Newsroom February 22, 2019 House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: “There is no crisis at the border” Posted: February 22, 2019 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 YSIDRO (KUSI)- “There is no crisis at the border!” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Hoyer is in San Diego county where he just completed a tour of the San Ysidro border crossing.KUSI’s John Soderman is in San Ysidro with the story.KUSI’s Dan Plante has covered border stories for years and had this to say in response to Hoyer’s comment:center_img 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 Settings KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

UPDATE Overheating machine in Fruit Valley downgraded from twoalarm fire

first_imgA reported commercial fire in Fruit Valley prompted a two-alarm response Tuesday morning but was later downgraded.The commercial fire was reported about 7 a.m. at Pacific Die Casting Corporation, 5712 N.W. Fruit Valley Road. Firefighters initially requested a second alarm but canceled it later, said Capt. Kevin Murray, Vancouver fire spokesman.Firefighters learned everyone had evacuated and the fire was contained to oil on an overheating machine, Murray said. The fire was over quickly.The monetary cost of the damage was undetermined as of late Tuesday. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.Clark County Fire District 6 responded as part of the second alarm.last_img read more

City Council Meeting Cancelled Amid Pride Month Proclamation Controversy

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer City Council meeting was cancelled, on Monday night, amid controversy over a proclamation designating June as “Homer Pride Month” The proclamation introduced by Homer Mayor Bryan Zak, recognizes June 2018 as “Homer Pride Month” and “encourages the Homer community to join in celebrating the diversity within the City of Homer, the Kenai Peninsula and the State of Alaska.” Mayor Zak: “I think it’s a historic moment for Homer as far as I’m aware. As Mayor though, I feel that it’s a community that should receive recognition for their purpose.”  Homer will be hosting its first-ever Homer Pride Parade on Saturday, June 23. Mayor Zak still presented the proclamation outside of Homer City Hall at 6 p.m. last night. Comments from Smith, Erikson, and Stroozas were not returned by time of deadline. center_img Mayor Zak: “I think that it’s great when an organization is able to help individuals and when we as a society can be more accepting of everybody within a society, and still respect others for their beliefs. We are a nation that recognizes all citizens, and that we don’t discriminate against any person.” Three council members; Tom Stroozas, Shelly Erickson and Heath Smith alerted they city that they would not be attending the meeting last night. With a majority of members absent the council was unable to reach a quorum and had to cancel the meeting. According to Zak emails poured into City Hall throughout most of Monday afternoon both in favor and against the proclamation.last_img read more

Gold prices steady as Feds hint at some hikes in 2019

first_imgTO GO WITH AFP STORY BY PHILIPPE ALFROY A gold worker holds a 1 KG gold bullion.AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]Gold prices steadied on Thursday, after shedding half a percent in the previous session as the U.S. Federal Reserve delivered a less-dovish outlook on monetary tightening than many had expected.In a widely anticipated decision, the U.S. central bank hiked interest rates by 25 basis points on Wednesday. But what took markets by surprise was the Fed’s commitment to retain the core of its plan to tighten monetary policy, despite rising uncertainty about global economic growth.Spot gold rose 0.1 percent to $1,244.56 per ounce at 0506 GMT, after declining the most since Nov. 27 in the previous session.Prices crossed the 200-day moving average around $1,252 an ounce before the Fed’s statement on Wednesday.U.S. gold futures declined 0.7 percent to $1,247.7 per ounce on Thursday.”The Fed was not exactly clear on what they will do. They did say they would increase interest rates, but would be more patient in doing so,” said Brian Lan, managing director at dealer GoldSilver Central in Singapore.”General consensus is that they may slow down interest rate hikes. That is why we see gold holding up quite well.”Gold is highly sensitive to rising interest rates, which lift the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.The dollar was steady in Asian trade, managing to recover from the previous session’s low as markets came to terms with the Fed’s outlook.”The rate hike announcement has put pressure on gold. There is some good support at $1,230-$1,235,” said a trader based in Hong Kong, adding that in the near-term, the dollar index was going to be a “good proxy” for what gold is going to do.Asian shares retreated on Thursday from their previous session’s declines. Wall Street dipped sharply on Wednesday following the Fed’s statement.As investors flocked to the safety of government bonds, U.S. benchmark Treasury yields fell to more than eight-month lows on Wednesday.”Gold seems vulnerable for the remainder of the year, although the absence of fresh fodder driving the Fed outlook narrative will probably keep trend progression modest,” said Ilya Spivak, a currency strategist for DailyFX.Amongst other precious metals, palladium slipped 0.1 percent to $1,259.24 per ounce.Silver fell 0.2 percent to $14.57 per ounce, while platinum declined 0.2 percent to $784.50 per ounce.last_img read more

Man killed in Coxs Bazar gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationThe deceased is Mohammad Badsha, son of Abul Kashem of Tekpara area.Tipped off, a team of RAB conducted a drive in the area around 4am, said Didarul Islam, sub-inspector of Pekua police station.Sensing presence of the elite force members, the robbers opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back that triggered a gunfight.Badsha was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot while the others managed to flee the scene.Police recovered the body and sent it to Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.Badsha was wanted in several cases including of robbery, said police.A number of arms and ammunition were recovered from the spot.last_img read more

3Dprinted salamander robot moves just like the real thing

first_imgAdvanced robots like AlphaDog and SpotMini can move pretty well, but their gait tends to have a telltale robotic look. This skeletal salamander robot moves eerily like the real thing.How do you make a robot move just like the animal you’re copying? By studying its inner workings as closely as possible. The team from the Ecole Polytecnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland used X-ray video footage of a salamander to examine how its bones moved in three dimensions. They tracked movement along 64 different points, Kinect-style.By studying those movements — and 3D printing components that closely mimic a real salamander’s skeletal structure — they were able to reproduce its trademark jerky locomotion with amazing accuracy. Salamanders are amphibians, of course, so claiming that this robot moves like the real thing without making it swim just wouldn’t do. The EPFL team covered all the bases, though, slipping a sort of wetsuit over their ‘bot before turning it loose in a pool of water.Engineer Kostas Karakasilliotis says that “animal locomotion is an inherently complex process,” but notes that today’s super-powerful computers and advancements like cineradiography and 3D printing are making it easier to give robotic creations more lifelike movements.The EPFL biorobotics lab has actually been painstakingly refining the design of their salamander for several years now. The build team believes that creations like it will help us gain a better understanding of how the spinal cord impacts movement not just in salamanders but in vertebrates of all shapes and sizes.But hey, even if it doesn’t, maybe you’ll be able to own your very own pet salamander that looks and moves just like a real one… and you won’t need a fancy terrarium to keep it healthy and happy.last_img read more

5236pc votes cast in West Bengal till 1 pm amid violence

first_imgKolkata: Polling began amid incidents of violence in West Bengal, where an estimated 52.36 per cent of voters exercised their franchise till 1 pm on Monday in eight Lok Sabha constituencies, election officials said. An electorate of 1,34,56,491 will decide the fate of 68 candidates in the eight constituencies — Baharampur, Krishnagar, Ranaghat (SC), Burdwan East (SC), Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum. According to a senior election official, clashes broke out between the supporters of rival parties in Nanoor, Rampurhat, Nalhati and Siuri areas of Birbhum seat, briefly disrupting the polling process. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata There were also reports of a clash between TMC and BJP workers outside a booth in Barabani in Asansol, following a tiff between sitting MP and BJP candidate in Asansol, Babul Supriyo and polling officials inside the station, he said. Supriyo’s vehicle was reportedly vandalised, the official added. “Polling was peaceful in the first two hours. However, news of clashes started surfacing thereafter. We have sought reports from each of these places. Our officials are monitoring the situation and taking proper measures to conduct the election in a free and fair manner,” he said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Till 1 pm, Baharampur recorded voting at 53.51 per cent, Krishnagar 51.39 per cent, Ranaghat (SC) 52.27 per cent, Burdwan East (SC) 55.47 per cent, Burdwan-Durgapur 50.87 per cent, Asansol 49.98 per cent, Bolpur (SC) 50.82 per cent and Birbhum 54.60 per cent, the state election office said. The EC has deployed a total of 580 companies of central forces to cover all the polling booths in the Lok Sabha constituencies, to ensure free and fair polling. The eight seats will see a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front.last_img read more

DWave offers the first public access to a quantum computer

first_imgOutside the crop of construction cranes that now dot Vancouver’s bright, downtown greenways, in a suburban business park that reminds you more of dentists and tax preparers, is a small office building belonging to D-Wave. This office — squat, angular and sun-dappled one recent cool Autumn morning — is unique in that it contains an infinite collection of parallel universes.Founded in 1999 by Geordie Rose, D-Wave worked in relative obscurity on esoteric problems associated with quantum computing. When Rose was a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, he turned in an assignment that outlined a quantum computing company. His entrepreneurship teacher at the time, Haig Farris, found the young physicists ideas compelling enough to give him $1,000 to buy a computer and a printer to type up a business plan.The company consulted with academics until 2005, when Rose and his team decided to focus on building usable quantum computers. The result, the Orion, launched in 2007, and was used to classify drug molecules and play Sodoku. The business now sells computers for up to $10 million to clients like Google, Microsoft and Northrop Grumman.“We’ve been focused on making quantum computing practical since day one. In 2010 we started offering remote cloud access to customers and today, we have 100 early applications running on our computers (70 percent of which were built in the cloud),” said CEO Vern Brownell. “Through this work, our customers have told us it takes more than just access to real quantum hardware to benefit from quantum computing. In order to build a true quantum ecosystem, millions of developers need the access and tools to get started with quantum.”Now their computers are simulating weather patterns and tsunamis, optimizing hotel ad displays, solving complex network problems and, thanks to a new, open-source platform, could help you ride the quantum wave of computer programming.Inside the boxWhen I went to visit D-Wave they gave us unprecedented access to the inside of one of their quantum machines. The computers, which are about the size of a garden shed, have a control unit on the front that manages the temperature as well as queuing system to translate and communicate the problems sent in by users.Inside the machine is a tube that, when fully operational, contains a small chip super-cooled to 0.015 Kelvin, or -459.643 degrees Fahrenheit or -273.135 degrees Celsius. The entire system looks like something out of the Death Star — a cylinder of pure data that the heroes must access by walking through a little door in the side of a jet-black cube.It’s quite thrilling to see this odd little chip inside its super-cooled home. As the computer revolution maintained its predilection toward room-temperature chips, these odd and unique machines are a connection to an alternate timeline where physics is wrestled into submission in order to do some truly remarkable things.And now anyone — from kids to PhDs to everyone in-between — can try it.Into the oceanLearning to program a quantum computer takes time. Because the processor doesn’t work like a classic universal computer, you have to train the chip to perform simple functions that your own cellphone can do in seconds. However, in some cases, researchers have found the chips can outperform classic computers by 3,600 times. This trade-off — the movement from the known to the unknown — is why D-Wave exposed their product to the world.“We built Leap to give millions of developers access to quantum computing. We built the first quantum application environment so any software developer interested in quantum computing can start writing and running applications — you don’t need deep quantum knowledge to get started. If you know Python, you can build applications on Leap,” said Brownell.To get started on the road to quantum computing, D-Wave built the Leap platform. The Leap is an open-source toolkit for developers. When you sign up you receive one minute’s worth of quantum processing unit time which, given that most problems run in milliseconds, is more than enough to begin experimenting. A queue manager lines up your code and runs it in the order received and the answers are spit out almost instantly.You can code on the QPU with Python or via Jupiter notebooks, and it allows you to connect to the QPU with an API token. After writing your code, you can send commands directly to the QPU and then output the results. The programs are currently pretty esoteric and require a basic knowledge of quantum programming but, it should be remembered, classic computer programming was once daunting to the average user.I downloaded and ran most of the demonstrations without a hitch. These demonstrations — factoring programs, network generators and the like — essentially turned the concepts of classical programming into quantum questions. Instead of iterating through a list of factors, for example, the quantum computer creates a “parallel universe” of answers and then collapses each one until it finds the right answer. If this sounds odd it’s because it is. The researchers at D-Wave argue all the time about how to imagine a quantum computer’s various processes. One camp sees the physical implementation of a quantum computer to be simply a faster methodology for rendering answers. The other camp, itself aligned with Professor David Deutsch’s ideas presented in The Beginning of Infinity, sees the sheer number of possible permutations a quantum computer can traverse as evidence of parallel universes.What does the code look like? It’s hard to read without understanding the basics, a fact that D-Wave engineers factored for in offering online documentation. For example, below is most of the factoring code for one of their demo programs, a bit of code that can be reduced to about five lines on a classical computer. However, when this function uses a quantum processor, the entire process takes milliseconds versus minutes or hours.Classical# Python Program to find the factors of a numberdef print_factors(x):print(“The factors of”,x,”are:”)for i in range(1, x + 1):if x % i == 0:print(i)num = 320#num = int(input(“Enter a number: “))print_factors(num)Quantum@qpu_hadef factor(P, use_saved_embedding=True):########################################################################################################################################################################################################construction_start_time = time.time()validate_input(P, range(2 ** 6))csp = dbc.factories.multiplication_circuit(3)bqm = dbc.stitch(csp, min_classical_gap=.1)p_vars = [‘p0’, ‘p1’, ‘p2’, ‘p3’, ‘p4’, ‘p5’]fixed_variables = dict(zip(reversed(p_vars), “{:06b}”.format(P)))fixed_variables = {var: int(x) for(var, x) in fixed_variables.items()}for var, value in fixed_variables.items():bqm.fix_variable(var, value)log.debug(‘bqm construction time: %s’, time.time() – construction_start_time)########################################################################################################################################################################################################sample_time = time.time()sampler = DWaveSampler(solver_features=dict(online=True, name=’DW_2000Q.*’))_, target_edgelist, target_adjacency = sampler.structureif use_saved_embedding:from factoring.embedding import embeddingsembedding = embeddings[sampler.solver.id]else:embedding = minorminer.find_embedding(bqm.quadratic, target_edgelist)if bqm and not embedding:raise ValueError(“no embedding found”)bqm_embedded = dimod.embed_bqm(bqm, embedding, target_adjacency, 3.0)kwargs = {}if ‘num_reads’ in sampler.parameters:kwargs[‘num_reads’] = 50if ‘answer_mode’ in sampler.parameters:kwargs[‘answer_mode’] = ‘histogram’response = sampler.sample(bqm_embedded, **kwargs)response = dimod.unembed_response(response, embedding, source_bqm=bqm)sampler.client.close()log.debug(’embedding and sampling time: %s’, time.time() – sample_time)“The industry is at an inflection point and we’ve moved beyond the theoretical, and into the practical era of quantum applications. It’s time to open this up to more smart, curious developers so they can build the first quantum killer app. Leap’s combination of immediate access to live quantum computers, along with tools, resources, and a community, will fuel that,” said Brownell. “For Leap’s future, we see millions of developers using this to share ideas, learn from each other and contribute open-source code. It’s that kind of collaborative developer community that we think will lead us to the first quantum killer app.”The folks at D-Wave created a number of tutorials as well as a forum where users can learn and ask questions. The entire project is truly the first of its kind and promises unprecedented access to what amounts to the foreseeable future of computing. I’ve seen lots of technology over the years, and nothing quite replicated the strange frisson associated with plugging into a quantum computer. Like the teletype and green-screen terminals used by the early hackers like Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak, D-Wave has opened up a strange new world. How we explore it us up to us.last_img read more

Americas uneasy Gulf allies adding to arsenals

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – While Iran’s military loudly trumpets every new project or purported advance in hopes of rattling the U.S. and its Gulf Arab allies, the U.S. is quietly answering with an array of proposed arms sales across the region as part of a wider effort to counter Tehran.In the past two months, the Defense Department has notified Congress of possible deals totaling more than $11.3 billion to Gulf states such as Qatar and Kuwait, which are seen as some of America’s critical front-line partners in containing Iran and protecting oil shipping lanes. The proposed sales _ including Patriot missile batteries and Apache attack helicopters _ are still modest compared with massive Gulf purchases such as Saudi Arabia’s $60 billion package last year. That deal included more than 80 new F-15SA fighter jets, missiles, radar warning systems and other equipment.But the recent flurry of expected sales from U.S. firms, approved by the Pentagon and outlined in notifications to Congress, underscores the growing emphasis among nervous Gulf states on seeking quick upgrades to existing firepower and defensive networks.The arms sale need congressional approval, but usually few objections are raised for key allies such as Gulf nations.Gulf worries about possible military action against Iran have increased with diplomatic efforts making little headway in easing the showdown over Tehran’s nuclear program, which the West and others fear could eventually develop atomic weapons. Iran says it only seeks reactors for energy and medical uses.An Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported Sunday that National Security Adviser Tom Donilon briefed Israeli officials on possible U.S. attack plans if diplomacy and sanctions fail to pressure Tehran to scale back its nuclear enrichment program. A senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential talks, denied the Haaretz report. Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Although the Gulf Arab states have no direct ties to Israel, any military strike on Iran by the Jewish state could require some degree of coordination, with Washington likely to play an intermediary role. Gulf military forces also could be quickly drawn into a wider conflict or a confrontation over the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world’s oil.“Amid the standoff between Iran, Israel and the West, there’s another side that is often overlooked,” said Sami al-Faraj, director of the Kuwait Center for Strategic Studies. “It is the Gulf states. They are the ones caught in the middle.”___Associated Press writer Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “We are seeing more and more bluster from the Iranian side and the U.S. and Gulf allies showing the Iranians they are a united front,” said Theodore Karasik, a regional security expert at the Dubai-based Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis. “The Gulf states are nervous. They show this nervousness by buying more weapons.”Among the proposed U.S. sales is a $4.2 billion package to Kuwait for 60 Patriot missiles and related systems to “strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats,” the Defense Department said in a statement. Kuwait could also buy, pending congressional approval, a $49 million arsenal of 300 Hellfire II missiles, which can be launched from helicopters or drones.For Qatar _ which hosts one of the Pentagon’s command hubs _ the Defense Department is seeking clearance for a $6.6 billion air support upgrade that includes 24 AH-64D Apache attack helicopters, 12 Blackhawk helicopters and 22 Seahawk helicopters, with options to buy six more.The Apaches would assist with “protection of key oil and infrastructure and platforms which are vital to U.S. and Western economic interests,” the Defense Department said.center_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Oman, which shares control of Hormuz with Iran, is seeking an $86 million purchase that includes 55 Sidewinder missiles as part of plans to upgrade its F-16 fighter fleet.For decades, the Gulf had looked mostly to Washington for its weapons, but European arms deals also appear on the rise.In Berlin, German government spokesman Georg Streiter said Monday there has been an “expression of interest” by Qatar in about 200 Leopard II tanks. A similar Leopard tank deal with Saudi Arabia was reported last year by German media.In May, Saudi Arabia signed a $3 billion deal with Britain for air force training planes apparently linked to a 2007 agreement to buy 72 Eurofighter Typhoon fighters.The weapons requests also reinforce the toughening stance against Iran by main rival Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf Arab states. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council has repeatedly warned Tehran about “meddling” in Gulf affairs. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have taken a leading role in supporting Syrian rebels trying to topple Bashar Assad’s regime, which is Iran’s main Mideast ally.Last week, a commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards warned that “hated Arab” rivals could face repercussions for their efforts to bring down Assad. The news reports reflect the uncertainties in the region with negotiations nearly stalled and Iran trying to push back against deepening sanctions on its vital oil exports.“There was a bit of a breather in the region when (nuclear) talks resumed,” said Bruno Tertrais, senior researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research in Paris. “That is quickly fading.”In its place: a sense of military adjustments moving at a faster pace.Washington plans to keep at least 13,500 troops in Kuwait _ down slightly from the current 15,000 _ but with an expanded mission as a potential rapid-reaction force for the region. The Pentagon also has scores of warplanes and other assets across the Gulf, including air bases in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.At sea, the U.S. Navy plans to lead maneuvers in September that include minesweeping drills _ a clear response to Iran’s threats to block oil tankers from passing through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf in retaliation for the tightening Western sanctions.The U.S. is also boosting its Gulf flotilla, directed by the Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain. Among the additions: a floating assault base aboard the retrofitted USS Ponce and accelerated deployment of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis to ensure two carriers are in the Gulf region at all times. How do cataracts affect your vision? More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more

6 bank employees fired for staging mock IS slaying video

first_img Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Mesa family survives lightning strike to home HSBC says in a statement it had fired those involved in the “abhorrent” video as soon as the Sun brought it to their attention. The company apologized for any offense the video caused.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories LONDON (AP) — HSBC has fired six employees who staged a mock Islamic State group-style killing during a team-building exercise.The Sun newspaper reported Tuesday the footage posted online showed five workers wearing overalls and balaclavas laughing as a South Asian colleague wearing an orange jumpsuit knelt at their feet.One held a coat hanger as a pretend knife while another held the kneeling man by the shoulders. One employee then yells “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great” — a phrase often used before IS hostages are slain.center_img Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more