Internet suspended, schools closed for Narendra Modi’s J&K visit

first_imgHigh-speed mobile telephony were suspended, educational institutes closed and restrictions imposed in parts of the Valley ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.The authorities have sounded a red alert in the entire State. All routes leading to the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar, the venue where Mr. Modi will inaugurate development projects, have been sealed. Three-tier security arrangements have been put in place.Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan, who chaired a meeting on Friday evening, decided to close down all educational institutes and impose restrictions in Srinagar’s old city “as a precautionary measure”.Separatists have called for a shutdown and demanded to be allowed to hold a rally during the Prime Minister’s visit. “The problem in Kashmir is not related to roads, inaugurating of tunnels, power projects or jobs. It’s a dispute directly linked to the political future of tens of millions of citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and it needs to be resolved as per the will and aspirations of these people,” said the Mirwaiz.He said people of Kashmir should be given a chance to say their “mann ki baat” to Mr. Modi peacefully at Lal Chowk Srinagar on Saturday. “People of Kashmir want the fulfillment of the promise made by the predecessors of PM Modi not only in Lal Chowk but in the Indian parliament,” he added.Meanwhile, police sources said all separatist leaders will either be arrested or detained in their houses on the occasion.The Prime Minister’s visit also comes in the backdrop of the Centre’s announcement to halt operations during the month of Ramzan.Modi’s agendaPM Modi is scheduled to attend the commencement of work on Zojila Tunnel on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway at Leh first. The 14-km long Zojila tunnel will be India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel. It will provide all- weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh and reduce travel time from the present 3.5 hours to just 15 minutes.He will also lay the foundation stone for Srinagar Ring Road and Jammu Ring Road at separate events at SKICC, Srinagar and at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu the same day.Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari will also be present at the events.last_img read more

J&K youth selected for AYIMUN conference

first_imgBandipora youth Mudasir Nazir Wani has been selected for the coveted Asia Youth International Model United Nations (AYIMUN) conference. He was selected from more than 33,000 applicants across the globe. Mudasir is one of the 2,500 delegates who would be participating in the conference.AYIMUN is an annual conference wherein young leaders from all over the world sit together in an assembly called Meeting Session and each of them plays the role as a diplomat, representing the country they are assigned to.This year’s AYIMUN is plotted to be the greatest MUN conference in Asia-Pacific. It will be held in Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Malaysia from August 25 to 28, 2019 with 2,500 delegates across the globe.The theme of the conference is “Human security agenda in the globalised world, moral, ethical and ideational foundations of politics”.Mudasir said, “I am delighted to having received the acceptance letter from AYIMUN. I was selected based on the motivational letter I had sent to the AYIMUN. It will be a great opportunity for me to share my ideas and solutions about various issues of the world and my country with youth leaders across the world.”Mudasir that this was a big platform for him to enhance his public-speaking skills, diplomatic skills and that he would get to know about the diverse aspects of the world and its uniqueness.last_img read more

Myntra looks to expand presence in Silicon Valley

first_imgFlipkart-owned fashion retailer Myntra plans to expand its presence in Silicon Valley, as part of a broader push to invest more on technology this year, with the retailer looking to hire an executive to head a small team of data scientists in the US.Separately, Myntra has also added more brands to its brand accelerator programme and is aiming to generate more than a quarter of its overall revenue from its portfolio of private brands in 2018-19 financial year, Myntra chief executive Ananth Narayanan said in an interview.Myntra, which already has a small office in Silicon Valley through its 2013 acquisition of San Francisco-based start-up Fitiquette (which had developed a virtual fitting room technology), will put a separate team in place in the US.Read it at Live Mint Related Itemslast_img read more

Novak Djokovic crushes Milos Raonic, wins fifth Indian Wells title

first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic produced sublime form to clinch an unprecedented fifth men’s title at Indian Wells with a 6-2 6-0 demolition of big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the men’s final on Sunday.The 28-year-old Serb broke his out-of-sorts opponent twice in the first set and three times in the second to wrap up victory in one hour and 17 minutes on a blazing hot afternoon at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California.Australian Open champion Djokovic improved his stellar record for the year to 22-1 as he tied Rafa Nadal with a record-equalling 27th ATP Masters 1000 crown.Djokovic, who beat long-time rival Nadal 7-6(5) 6-2 in the semi-finals, also maintained his perfect record against Raonic as he won their sixth career meeting.”Best match of the tournament for me today and probably the worst for Milos,” Djokovic, an 11-time grand slam singles champion, told ESPN after the trophy presentation. “He was not feeling his best and I wish him a speedy recovery.”He just told me that he might have injured the same part of the leg as he did at the Australian Open, which took him off the tour for a month.”The Canadian was sidelined in February because of a groin injury that helped end his run in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, where he lost to Andy Murray in five sets.”It’s sad to have the finals like this in one way but I played a great tournament. I’ve got to be happy with what I’ve done from my side today,” said Djokovic, who improved his career record at Indian Wells to 46-6.advertisement”Every time he would miss the first serve, I was on top of the second serve. I was not allowing him to control the pace from the baseline, I moved him around the court. Tactically, I did everything right.”As courtside temperatures reached 94 degrees Fahrenheit (34 degrees Celsius), Djokovic broke an erratic Raonic in the first and third games of the match as he breezed through the opening set in 43 minutes.After leaving the court for medical treatment, Raonic returned for the second set and was broken again in the first game when he netted a backhand, and also in the third after he blasted a backhand long.Clearly well short of his best form, Raonic saved two break points in the fifth before failing to hold and Djokovic comfortably sealed the win in the sixth when his opponent netted a forehand service return.last_img read more

Nico Rosberg tops both Austrian GP practice sessions

first_imgNico Rosberg led Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in both practices for the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday. (Nico Rosberg aiming for Austrian hat-trick)The second practice was interrupted for more than 30 minutes as heavy rain drenched the Red Bull Ring.Running before the rain, Rosberg clocked his fastest lap. Hamilton came within .019 seconds after the rain break. Rosberg had the fastest time in the dry morning session, with Hamilton .357 seconds behind.Rosberg has won both races since the circuit returned to Austria, and tops Formula One with five wins, and a 24-point lead over defending champion Hamilton.Sebastian Vettel ended the second practice in the gravel after losing control of his Ferrari late in the session.Rain is also forecast for qualifying on Saturday.last_img

Looking forward to Volcker report Annan reaffirms resolve to improve UN management

“We will study [the report] and implement its recommendations,” Mr. Annan told reporters at UN Headquarters, referring to the forthcoming report by the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC). “We ourselves are taking measures to strengthen some of our management practices and we will be making some announcements and taking some concrete action very soon.”The Secretary-General added that during the last General Assembly session he had asked the Assembly to review the mandate of the UN’s own watchdog, the Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), 10 years after its establishment to see how it can be strengthened and give it appropriate authority to do its work.The report by the three-member independent panel, which is headed by former US Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, is scheduled to be released on Thursday. Mr. Volcker was appointed by Mr. Annan in April 2004 to conduct an inquiry into allegations of impropriety in the administration and management of the Oil-for-Food programme, which permitted the use of proceeds from oil sales to purchase humanitarian goods. read more

TSX rises amid solid Canadian Pacific earnings profit taking takes RIM lower

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2013 4:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX rises amid solid Canadian Pacific earnings; profit taking takes RIM lower TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Tuesday thanks to a positive earnings report from Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) and rising gold stocks.But the TSX was held back by Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM), which lost ground for a second day ahead of the unveiling of its new BlackBerry 10 products.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 14.64 points to 12,830.56 while the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 14.04 points to 1,231.92.The Canadian dollar found some equilibrium after a string of losses, rising 0.41 of a cent to 99.76 cents US.The dollar had tumbled about 1.4 cents US since the Bank of Canada indicated last Wednesday that it will be slower to raise interest rates than had been expected because of economic weakness. Higher rates tend to attract investors and push up the currency.U.S. indexes were mixed amid data showing improving house prices along with a decline in consumer confidence during January with the Dow industrials ahead 72.49 points to 13,954.42.The Nasdaq was 0.64 of a point lower to 3,153.66 while the S&P 500 edged up 7.66 points to 1,507.84.Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) says its profit was cut to $15 million or eight cents per share in the fourth quarter amid a number of restructuring expenses. On an adjusted basis, however, CP’s earning rose by 17 cents from a year earlier to $1.28 per share, in line with analyst estimates. Its shares climbed $3.45 to $116.22, a far cry from its 52-week low of $70.61, prior to the shakeup forced on the railway by Bill Ackman, the head of hedge fund Pershing Square, which is the single biggest CP shareholder.“When you have an investor activist come in and basically force out the CEO — which was the first step — and bring in changes of this magnitude, you’re not going to see the end results of it overnight,” said Gareth Watson, vice-president investment management and research at Richardson GMP Ltd.“So it is going to take time but, if they start delivering as the street expects them to, I think that sends a signal they’re on the right track and I think that’s what the market is probably rewarding them for.”Investors continued to take profits from Research In Motion Ltd.’s (TSX:RIM) spectacular runup this month ahead of the unveiling of its BlackBerry 10 lineup Wednesday in New York. RIM stock was off the worst levels of the session, closing down 56 cents or 3.44 per cent to $15.71 on top of a 7.6 per cent slide Monday. As of Friday, RIM stock had soared 50 per cent during January.The smartphones are widely seen as a make-or-break product for the Waterloo, Ont., company.“It needs to be judged on the ability of this device to attract back subscribers that left RIM for other handheld devices,” said Watson.“Will they come back in droves? I’m not so convinced. I hope they prove me wrong. At this stage, to proclaim victory before the game has even started I think is a bit silly and I think that’s why you have seen some pullback here in the stock.”Ford Motor Co. was a weight on the Dow, even as the automaker earned $1.6 billion in the fourth quarter or 31 cents per share, which beat analysts’ forecast of 25 cents per share. But its shares fell 64 cents or 4.64 per cent to US$13.14 because of a worse than expected outlook for sales in Europe, where many countries are in recession.Drugmaker Pfizer was the biggest gainer on the Dow, rising 86 cents to $27.70 after the company said its fourth-quarter profit more than quadrupled because of a $4.8-billion gain from selling its nutrition business, despite competition from generic drugs hurting sales.On the economic front, the widely watched Case-Shiller Index showed U.S. house prices rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.63 per cent in November, slightly below expectations for a 0.7 per cent gain. That translated into an annual rate of 5.52 per cent which was in line with expectations and the highest since 2006.Meanwhile, the Conference Board in the U.S. reported that its consumer confidence index for January came in at 58.6, down from 66.7 in December.The TSX gold sector advanced about one per cent while February gold on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $7.90 to US$1,660.80 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) improved by 60 cents to C$36.11 while Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) rose 11 cents to $8.47.The telecom sector was supportive, up 0.54 per cent as Telus Corp. (TSX:T) climbed 83 cents to $66.52 while BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) climbed 29 cents to $44.86.The energy sector was slightly higher as the March crude contract added $1.13 to US$97.57 a barrel. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) declined 79 cents to $44.06 and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) ran up 37 cents to $31.30.The base metals sector was slightly lower with March copper on the Nymex up three cents at US$3.69 a pound. Capstone Mining (TSX:CS) gained four cents to C$2.51 while Rio Alto Mining (TSX:RIO) was up nine cents to $5.38.Elsewhere on the earnings front, shares in Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU.A) slipped a dime to $64.02 as the grocer increased its quarterly dividend to 25 cents from 21.5 cents. The company also reported an 11 per cent increase in net earnings from continuing operations for its fiscal first quarter to $115 million, or $1.16 per diluted share. That beat estimates by a penny per share. Sales revenue was up 2.7 per cent to $2.7 billion in the quarter, slightly below forecasts.North American markets are ending January trading on a positive note thanks to a better than expected U.S. earnings season and relief that U.S. politicians managed to avoid pushing the economy over the so-called fiscal cliff and reached a temporary agreement on raising the debt ceiling.The TSX is up just over three per cent for the month. The Dow industrials have charged ahead to a series of fresh five year highs and are up more than six per cent. read more

TD Bank and TD Ameritrade to buy Scottrade Financial Services for US4

TD Bank and TD Ameritrade to buy Scottrade Financial Services for US$4 billion by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 5:09 am MDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – TD Bank Group (TSX:TD) and TD Ameritrade Corp. have signed a deal to buy Scottrade Financial Services in a cash-and-stock deal valued at US$4 billion.Under the agreement announced Monday, TD Bank would acquire Scottrade Bank for US$1.3 billion in cash, while TD Ameritrade would take the rest of the brokerage firm for US$2.7 billion in cash and stock.TD Ameritrade chief executive Tim Hockey called Scottrade a partner with a proven track record.“This combination will allow us to leverage our strengths and increase our scale, further accelerate our asset gathering capabilities and introduce our award-winning lineup of trading tools, products and education services to millions of new investors,” Hockey said in a statement.TD Ameritrade said it expects to realize approximately $450 million in combined annual cost savings and more than $300 million in what it described as “additional longer-term opportunities.”Once the deal closes, Scottrade founder and chief executive Rodger Riney will join the TD Ameritrade board of directors.“We are confident we have found a great partner in TD Ameritrade, who shares our client-first focus.“Joining forces will enable us to offer clients an expanded array of trading tools, enhanced education resources and advanced option capabilities with broader geographic reach.”TD Ameritrade said its payment will include $1 billion or roughly 28 million shares and $1.7 billion in cash. The cash portion would come from $900 million in cash TD Ameritrade already holds, a new $400-million debt offering and the sale of 11 million shares to TD Bank to raise another $400 million.TD Bank, which already has a large stake in TD Ameritrade, said it expects to hold a 41.4 per cent stake in the firm once the deal is complete.Scottrade has more than three million client accounts and $170 billion in assets under management.The deal is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. The two sides expect to complete the agreement by Sept. 30, 2017. read more

Chargers Gordon week to week after MCL sprain to right knee

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is week to week after he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during Sunday’s 45-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals.Gordon sustained the injury when the Chargers ran a reverse during the third quarter. He had scored two touchdowns and rushed for 61 yards in the game before the injury.The fourth-year standout, who missed the Week 7 game against Tennessee due to hamstring injury, is fourth in the league in average yards from scrimmage per game (125.5) and is sixth in the league in rushing with 802 yards. He has already scored a career-high 13 touchdowns, which includes nine rushing.Austin Ekeler is expected to become the lead back if Gordon misses any time. The Chargers (8-3) begin a tough stretch this week at Pittsburgh.The Associated Press read more

Line drawn at Queens Belfast as Blurred Lines is banned

first_imgYesNoI don’t knowVoteRead: Lily Allen lays into Robin Thicke and the music industry in new video>Read: Feminist parody of Blurred Lines taken off YouTube…> Poll Results: Yes (685) No (2612)center_img A LINE HAS been drawn at Queens University Belfast with the banning of a hugely popular – and massively controversial – pop song.Blurred Lines, by Robin Thicke, will no longer be allowed to be played throughout the Students Union at Queens, including all bar/club venues, Queen’s Radio, cafés, Clubs and Societies events, external events and within commercial outlets.The ban even extends to when the song is played on external radio stations, with an order that the station must be “changed immediately”.The motion was put forward by Student Officer Equality and Diversity, Caoimhe McNeill. She said during the most recent student council meeting that over 20 Students’ Unions have removed this song from their playlists.She described banning Blurred Lines as “a step in a right direction to make sure SU members feel safe on campus”.One person who spoke against the motion was Eoin Deeney, who said that he thought the premise was flawed and that it is “tantamount to censorship”. He also pointed out that there are “millions of other songs” with such connotations.The lyrics to the song were discussed by the Students’ Union council members. Some said that they thought publicising banning the song would make people think about Robin Thicke’s “message”. McNeill said the issue is not one of censorship.The motion went to a vote and was passed. The Belfast Telegraph notes that 26 were in favour of the motion, while 22 student council members were against.Thicke has been accused of promoting rape culture through the lyrics of the track, but he has denied suggestions that Blurred Lines is offensive or misogynistic.Do you think that Blurred Lines should be banned from students’ unions? I don’t know (2511)last_img read more

OnLive to launch streaming web access this summer

first_imgOnLive’s slick game and video streaming service is certainly impressive. The behind-the-scenes magic performed by its server farm allows OnLive users to play their favorite PC and console games on devices like the iPad or Motorola Xoom, and that’s an undeniably cool trick.Now the company has made it clear that it’s not going to stop at gaming. Next up: web browsing.OnLive plans to take on the likes of Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer with a cloud-powered web browser that harnesses the power of its servers to pre-render streaming web content. That will include re-encoding things like Flash video so it can be played on the iPad or iPhone. And because OnLive’s massive computing cluster is taking care of page processing, it’s theoretically capable of much faster rendering speeds than most of the desktops, laptops, and mobile devices people are using today.Right now, the company is still figuring out how far to take things. Will all active content eventually be greenlighted? Possibly, but for now the goal is to deliver enough functionality to users that the majority of sites they’ll want to visit are fully working.Does that mean you’ll be able to play to your favorite Kongregate games in its browser? No, probably not — not in the beginning, at least. It should mean that most of the embedded audio and video you encounter online will be accessible, whether it’s Quicktime, Windows Media, or Flash-based.CEO Steve Perlman also states that the company is undecided about whether to charge for the OnLive browser, saying instead that the plan is to let people “run wild” at first and see what data usage looks like before making a decision.While OnLive talks about this service being revolutionary and “insane,” it seems an awful lot like a combination of the ideas that power two existing mobile browsers: Opera Mini (the world’s most popular mobile browser) and Skyfire. Skyfire, of course, is famous for being the first browser that delivered Flash video to iOS devices. Opera Mini reduces page load times and data transfer by rendering and compressing web content on its own servers and then pushing the finished product to users.More at OnLive Fanslast_img read more


first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Well, then. Here’s a movie that’s not really all that bad but I can’t for the life of me think of any reason anyone would actually want to watch it.Nocturnal Animals is well acted, it looks handsome, it has solid set design and cinematography and it’s filled with great actors (and also Armie Hammer), but there’s not really much of a point to it despite being about as pretentious as a major release gets these days. Nobody is really playing that far outside their general wheelhouse, there aren’t any big setpiece moments you just have to rush out and see, and when the show-offy multi-track narrative at long last gets where it’s going you get your answers – but you also get a big imposing pile of “That was fucking IT!?”In any case: The technical main character is Amy Adams as a snobby upscale Los Angeles ice-queen type whose art gallery business is about to go bust along with her effectively loveless marriage. Left alone for a weekend while her similarly inhuman husband (Hammer, essentially reprising his “Winklevii” characterization from The Social Network) heads off “on business;” she finds herself the recipient of a package from Jake Gyllenhaal as her estranged first husband containing the manuscript of a soon-to-be-published novel that he’s dedicated to her and that he’d like her to read.And read it she does – that’s pretty much her role in the movie: She reads it in bed, she reads it on the couch, sometimes she takes a break… and then goes back to reading. By now all of the “I’d pay to watch Amy Adams read ____” jokes have been made, but suffice it to say that in practice it’s… not exactly a riveting spectacle, let’s it that way. She does manage to get a paper cut from opening the package because that’s about the level of cheesy on-the-nose symbolism we’re dealing with here.In any case: While she’s reading we get to see the story within the book dramatized for us by a different set of actors, save for Gyllenhaal who portrays his author character’s own obvious self-insert protagonist because isn’t that clever? Said story is a lurid, ultra-grim crime-thriller about a milquetoast guy who goes looking for revenge after he and his family are savagely assaulted by a vicious gang of redneck carjackers while driving through the middle of nowhere; eventually teaming up Michael Shannon as an old-school hardass detective to take the law into their own hands. The “joke,” you see, is that where the real-world part of the story is artsy and cold and sterile, the fictional part is bloody, sweaty, gritty and visceral – again: Clever.Anyway, once this has gone on for awhile, we start to get glimpses of a third story track when the super-dark manuscript starts to disturb her so much that she begins having sad flashbacks to how their relationship began and eventually fell apart in the first place – which, of course, “rhymes” with events of the book in arch yet vague and not terribly satisfactory ways: We “get” where the conceit is going pretty much right away i.e. we’ll eventually get some kind of denouement and go “Oh that’s why he was compelled to write such a dark book!” But the ultimate reveal (which, if you’ve seen more than one “rich people reflect on their regrets” movie like this, you’ll see coming a mile out) lands more as a case of “Oh.. okay, then;” while the big present-day finish it turns out we’ve been building to with all this enigmatic innuendo and narrative gamesmanship is a resounding… well, like I said before: “That was fucking IT!?” Sure, we get the point – it’s just not very worth getting when all’s said and done.It’s not that Nocturnal Animals is bad, there’s just not much to recommend about it. Director Tom Ford started out as an internationally renowned fashion designer, and as you’d expect he delivers an impeccably handsome-looking feature that has about as much recognizable humanity in it as the vaguely predatory glassy stare of your average runway model – which is to say not very much, perhaps deliberately so. This cold-fish technician approach worked out fine for his debut feature, A Single Man, as it was a long form study of repression and self-denial; but this meant to be a depiction of psychological violence being inflicted by way of literary allusion, and it just doesn’t have the bite it’s clearly meant to.The best parts here are the “fake story” from the book, and that’s mainly because you’ve got Michael Shannon on hand to radiate charisma and carry everybody else through… and even then, at times, you get the sense that these sequences are intended in part as a send-up of grief-porn pulp page-turners rather than their perceived naturalism. In the end, it’s simply too glum to be enjoyable and too thin to be worth the trouble.last_img read more

Woman in critical condition after shooting in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman is in critical condition after, police said, she was shot multiple times in Northwest Miami-Dade, early Sunday morning.According to officials, the shooting took place near Northwest 103rd Street and 13th Avenue, just before 3 a.m.The woman was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.The identity of the shooter or shooters remains unknown.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Without Google people behind bars pen their questions to librarians

first_img 4 This library puts tech in the hands of its patrons 2:18 Internet Share your voice Comments Tetra Images/Getty Images Rachel Kinnon and Jeanie Austin, librarians at the San Francisco Public Library, receive about 60 questions a week from a dedicated group of fans: prison inmates. The inquiries, usually handwritten and sent by post, range from requests for information about transitioning to life outside of prison to explanations of technologies that may not have existed before a prisoner was put away, like 5G and bitcoin. Song lyrics are a frequent ask. Tech infiltrates nearly every aspect of our lives, but remains virtually nonexistent in jails and prisons. Inmates typically don’t have access to computers or cellphones. Sometimes they can send and receive electronic messaging, a stripped-down form of email. But it’s expensive and limited by character counts. digital-libraries-8777-5The Next Chapter is a multipart series that examines the changing role of libraries in a connected world.  James Martin/CNET That’s why Kinnon and Austin are so important to inmates. They serve as human go-betweens for prisoners and information that’s often readily available online. Prisoners express “how they were really disconnected before they had this link to the world,” said Kinnon, who manages the SFPL’s Jail and Reentry Services program. “There’s such a desperate need for information.” Unlike Google, which generally returns results in less than a second, the process of answering prisoner questions can take weeks. Kinnon and Austin scan the letters they read and email them to other librarians, who research the answers. Researchers often do a quick Google search for the answer or access dedicated databases such as ProQuest, EBSCO and Gale. When the responses come back, the pair review them, print them out and mail them back. Librarians: the original search enginesThe SFPL, which is celebrating National Library Week along with other US institutions, isn’t the only library that serves as a de facto Google for inmates. In fact, its letter-writing service, called Reference by Mail, is modeled after a similar program at the New York Public Library. As part of an agreement, the two libraries essentially split the country, with the NYPL taking letters from prisoners in the eastern half of the country and the SFPL taking letters from the western half. A third library, the Harris County Public Library in Houston, takes letters from prisoners in Texas. Other libraries also take questions from prisoners.Reference by MailSome of the letters the San Francisco Public Library receives from inmates.  Rachel Kinnon There are limits to what they can provide. For example, librarians can’t offer legal advice, adult entertainment or information related to violence. Inmates are allowed to write up to two letters a month to the SFPL. All responses include a source note explaining why a particular resource was chosen, as well as a reference list. Responses can run as many as 20 pages. Sometimes librarians will write their own explanations. Other times, they’ll send an article addressing the topic an inmate is interested in. “Sometimes we get asked astrophysics questions, and I’m just like, ‘Screenshots all the way,'” Austin says with a laugh. Not all the questions revolve around serious topics. One person wrote to the NYPL asking about the history of the hot dog, while another requested pictures of every My Little Pony. Someone once asked for love spells, particularly ones that would work through mail. The fact that prisoners use their limited supply of stamps and envelopes to write to the library is telling of how important the resource is to them, Kinnon says. “We’ve had people say explicitly, ‘I wouldn’t get any mail if it weren’t for you,'” she says. Now playing: Watch this: Tagslast_img read more

Dating app Paktor raises 325 million from K2 Global PT Media Nusantara

first_imgPaktor, the Singapore-based dating app that is in competition with Tinder in Southeast Asia, has raised $32.5 million in the latest round of funding led jointly by San Francisco-based venture capital firm K2 Global and PT Media Nusantara, an Indonesia-based company.Founded in July 2013, Paktor has raised $57 million till date, including $22 million in July this year. The app claims to have facilitated 5 billion profile views since inception.The money raised in the latest round would be used to widen the product portfolio.”We see a strong shift in user behaviour with the consumption of interactive media entertainment on mobile platforms and this will put the muscle behind Paktor’s strong Asian network and mobile expertise to expand into new business lines within social entertainment. This, as we maintain our stronghold in the region as the leading dating company and rich media content sharing network,” Joseph Phua, CEO and co-founder of Paktor Group, said in a statement. K2 Global specialises in growth equity, founder liquidity, early and late-stage venture investments in technology companies, according to its profile.The firm said Paktor has displayed consistent growth and is poised to grow further.”The company has shown tremendous traction and growth over the past year to evolve into the dating powerhouse it is today. We’re confident that the team has both the passion and experience to propel the company forward to build a leading social entertainment platform in the region,” Ozi Amanat, Managing Partner at K2 Global said.Paktor does not have plans for India and China, though its rival Tinder thinks otherwise.”We concluded with certainly [that] we don’t know [about India and China] and have concluded with certainty that we don’t want to tackle uncertainty right now,” Techcrunch had quoted Phua as saying in July this year. Tinder has an average of about 14 million swipes everyday, according to a report in The Outlook.last_img read more

MPD Employees and Partners Honored at 19th Annual Awards Ceremony

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterIt takes a lot of courage to serve your community. It takes even more courage to serve your community as a member of law enforcement. It can be a complicated relationship, one stretched thin by long hours, many moving parts, and engaging with both a city and the citizens who call it home. This week at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, the 19th annual Metropolitan Police Department Awards Ceremony was held to, “honor employees of the MPD and our law enforcement partners, civic organizations, and residents who have helped make a difference in our communities over the past year.”Mayor Muriel Bowser welcomed the department and awardees saying “Each day you put your lives on the line to protect our public safety, our health, our well being and our sense of safety in our homes, on our trains and on our way to work, in parks and library and all of the things we do in our daily lives.The Metropolitan Police Department was honored at the 19th annual Awards Ceremony at THEARC in Southeast, D.C. (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)“I am very proud of the work of our officers to build trust in our communities and to embrace community policing. You know our residents understand the history of our diverse neighborhoods and that’s the only way you can be effective in policing. We know that a strong and supported MPD ensures a strong and safe Washington D.C.,” the mayor said.The awards were divided into several different categories including: Sworn Bureau Employees of the Year; Civilian Bureau Employees of the Year; District Officers of the Year; Youth Division Detetive of the Year; Community Policing Award; the Joseph Pozell Reserve Member of the Year; Citizen Volunteer Corps Member of the Year; Crime Suppression Team Award; Crime Reduction Award; Patrol Services Area of the Year; School Resource Officer of the Year; NSID Officer of the Year; SAU/SIB Detective of the Year; Detective of the Year; Sergeant of the Year; Lieutenant of the Year; Captain of the Year; Inspector of the Year; the Deborah Ennis Civilian Employee of the Year; Officer of the Year; Law Enforcement Commendation Award and Chief of Police Special Award.Officer Tiara Brown received the Officer of the Year award. Brown is a professional boxer who was also a member of the U.S. Olympic team from 2009-2015, according to her bio. She stands by the credo “I am my brother’s keeper.”The Gun Recovery Unit received the Crime Reduction Award for recovering over 425 firearms and 8,600 rounds of ammunition. This is the second biggest recovery since the unit started in 2007.Also receiving the Chief of Police Special Award were UDC Professors Bernard Demczuk and Sharita Thompson, Dean Marilyn Hamilton, of UDC Community College and Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber who all worked together on a program, touring members of MPD through the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), learning about the “historical interactions between law enforcement and minority communities.” Since 2018, over 2,300 members have completed the training with more scheduled this year.Father Cornelius Kelechi Ejiogu, pastor of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 4925 East Capitol Street, Southeast, was also honored with the Chief of Police Special Awards for his service in his community, supporting 6th District events, and serving the people.For a list of all winners please go to read more

Are you brave enough Canadas newest rollercoaster will boast three World Records

first_img Thursday, August 16, 2018 Share VAUGHAN, ON — Usually when you hear about the world’s longest, fastest, tallest something-or-other, cities like Dubai or New York usually come to mind. But this time around, Canada is getting its due with its new World Record-holding roller coaster.Yukon Striker will be the star of the show at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, Ont., when it opens in summer 2019. Situated in the park’s newly themed area called Frontier Canada, it will be Canada’s first dive coaster and the park’s 17th coaster, putting Canada’s Wonderland among the world’s top three amusement parks with the most roller coasters.Upon completion, it will boast four inversions, a ‘hold and dive’ element where riders will literally hang on the edge of their seats, three ‘floorless’ trains, a 90-degree drop, and an underwater tunnel.But here’s the real kicker: Yukon Striker will hold not one, not two, but three world records, including: The Fastest Dive Coaster at 130 km/hr; The Longest Dive Coaster at 3,625 feet; and The Tallest Dive Coaster at 245 feet (includes underground).More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Frontier Canada’s arrival at Canada’s Wonderland is more than 37 years in the making, as it was originally planned and designed as one of five themed sections to be developed for the park’s opening in 1981. The area will represent the rugged Yukon backcountry during the Klondike Gold Rush era of the late 1890s. Yukon Striker will join rides Lumberjack, Flying Canoes, Mighty Canadian Minebuster, Soaring Timbers, Timberwolf Falls, and White Water Canyon as the signature attractions in this newly themed section of the park.When guests purchase their 2019 Season Pass now they not only get unlimited visits next year, but also unlimited visits for the remainder of 2018 for $72.99.Canada’s Wonderland is also introducing an all-new Gold Pass in 2019 that includes all the benefits of a Season Pass, plus free admission to WinterFest and Halloween Haunt. The Gold Pass is available for $99.99 for a limited time. Tags: Canada’s Wonderland, World Record Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Are you brave enough? Canada’s newest rollercoaster will boast three World Records << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Jamaica steps up efforts to combat dengue fever

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments   Share   Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Jamaica is stepping up mosquito eradication across the island and urging school children to stamp out breeding grounds to combat an epidemic of dengue fever, the Caribbean country’s health minister said Thursday.Health Minister Fenton Ferguson told reporters there have been five suspected deaths from the mosquito-borne virus in Jamaica so far this year. Only one has been confirmed with an autopsy. Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project There have been more than 1,200 suspected cases as of Sept. 29, compared to 887 during the same period last year. About half the cases have occurred in the southern capital of Kingston. However, this year’s cases are far less than in 2010, an outbreak year.Officials have dispatched fumigation trucks to spray roughly 450 neighborhoods and teams are clearing storm drains that are clogged with debris. Thousands of premises have been inspected, Fenton said.“We have been taking the necessary steps to reduce the mosquito population and limit the impact of the epidemic across the island,” he said at the ministry’s offices.But since fumigation alone can’t stop the insects, authorities have urged islanders to do their part in containing the population, such as making sure Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are not breeding in water standing in garbage and old tires.The Jamaican government is trying to enlist energetic youngsters in the campaign by distributing 400,000 brochures in schools that show how mosquito larvae flourish in stagnant water.Similar battles are being fought in other parts of the region, including the Dominican Republic and the U.S. island of Puerto Rico, where earlier this week the health department declared an epidemic after nearly 5,000 cases and at least six deaths were reported for 2012. Dengue victims suffer symptoms like headaches, cramps and severe joint and muscle pain. Most recover after a week, but a severe hemorrhagic form can be fatal. There is no vaccination or cure for dengue, which is also known as “break-bone fever” because of the pain it causes.Fenton warned that Jamaica’s problem could worsen as the rainy season advances. Dengue cases usually flare up from August through December.“We expect that in the coming weeks there may be even more adult mosquitoes given the recent rains,” Fenton said.The tropical virus was once thought to have been nearly eliminated from the region, but it has steadily gained strength in Latin America and the Caribbean since the early 1980s.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Carson Palmer has been in Sam Bradfords seat deb

first_imgCarson Palmer has been in Sam Bradford’s seat, debuting on a new team and playing under a first-year coaching staff.The last time Palmer did it, Bradford was there, playing for the St. Louis Rams in September of 2013 and hosting an Arizona Cardinals team debuting Palmer at quarterback and Bruce Arians as head coach. That game ended as a 27-24 Arizona loss despite Palmer throwing for 327 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Five years later, Bradford’s first game as Palmer’s replacement for the Cardinals also ended in defeat.Arizona put up less of a fight compared to the debut of their last head coach, falling 24-6 to the Washington Redskins on Sunday as Bradford completed 20-of-34 passes for just 153 yards and an interception.Palmer, enjoying his retirement, was watching his successor and told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station that he empathizes with his former team.Related LinksArizona Cardinals’ first impression against Redskins was a debacleFormer Cardinal Carson Palmer to be featured in ‘A Football Life’Booed in opener, Cardinals focus on improvement after loss to RedskinsPeterson, Redskins paint a portrait of what the Cardinals want to be“Let me start off by saying, give them some time. This is Week 1,” Palmer said Monday. “As you heard Coach Wilks say it, this is a reload — a reload doesn’t happen in Week 1, it doesn’t happen overnight. You look at this group and there’s great players on this team.”Cardinals players didn’t express panic, nor concern after their season-opening loss.Growing familiar with one another, however, wasn’t an excuse in the locker room. They expected more of themselves. But Palmer believes cohesion will take repetition and live game action to develop.Bradford, who signed as a free agent this offseaosn, played sparingly in the preseason and could have more rust to knock off after he appeared in just two games last year before a knee injury ended his 2017 with the Minnesota Vikings. His offensive line includes a rookie center, two new players on the right side, and two returnees on the left side who each played less than half of last season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “This offensive line, all five of these guys are just now playing with each other,” Palmer said. “And it’s nice to get some reps and some repetition with each other during camp and during practice, but it’s the games where you really start to get a comfort level of playing with each other.“It’s not college football. In college football, you lose one game, your season’s kind of over if you’re trying to win a national championship,” Palmer added. “There’s so much more football to be played.” Top Stories center_img Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer drops back to pass during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) 25 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more