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Fresh violence breaks out in Mirik area of Darjeeling

first_imgFresh violence broke out in Mirik area of Darjeeling hills with Gorkhaland supporters clashing with police and setting on fire two security vehicles and an outpost, police said on July 18, 2017.The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha alleged that its supporter Ashok Tamang was killed and another person injured in the incident on the night of July 17, 2017.The GJM alleged that the police opened fire at pro-Gorkhaland activists in Mirik area. However, the police denied doing so.Trouble erupted in Mirik sub-division when pro-Gorkhaland activists pelted stones and hurled petrol bombs and glass bottles at the police, an official said. Police sources said the protesters were baton-charged and tear gas shells were lobbed at them.The GJM plans to take out a rally with Tamang’s body in Mirik on July 18, 2017, the 34th day of the indefinite shutdown. A sit-in outside the district magistrate’s office in Darjeeling has also been planned to press for the demand for a separate State .An all-party meeting is scheduled to be held in Kalimpong on July 18, 2017 to decide on the next course of action. The meeting will be attended by all the parties of the hills.Army troops continued to maintain a vigil in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sonada. Paramilitary and police personnel also patrolled the streets in the hills. Charred books at a Grahmin Library that was torched by the miscreants in Mirik, West Bengal on July 14, 2017. | Photo Credit: PTI center_img  Except pharmacies, all the other shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges were closed while Internet services remain suspended for the last 31 days in the hills.With food supply severely hit due to the ongoing shutdown, GJM activists and NGOs of the hills were seen distributing food items among the people.last_img read more

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Gilas Pilipinas motivated amid pressure to deliver SEA Games gold

first_imgHe continued: “The pressure is there already. Any coach or player that is going to the Southeast Asian Games is supposed to win and they’re supposed to bring home the gold. It doesn’t matter if you have one day or two days of practice. They’re supposed to win.”Gilas Pilipinas opens its SEA Games campaign on Sunday against Thailand, before taking on Myanmar, and Malaysia in the following days to finish its schedule in the group stages.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Even with less than two weeks to prepare for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, Gilas Pilipinas has put its best foot forward as it flies to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.Head coach Jong Uichico is hopeful that the team’s preparations will be enough to help the country secure its 18th gold in the regional tiff.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Gilas Pilipinas motivated amid pressure to deliver SEA Games gold2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 UFC president believes Ronda Rousey will announce retirement soon NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “We’re about 70-80 percent ready,” the soft-spoken mentor said on Thursday during the Chooks-to-Go-hosted sendoff at Edsa Shangri-la. “Hopefully, that 80-percent can get things done for the SEA Games team.”Jong Uichico. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netDespite the short preparation, Gilas Pilipinas is still the  favorite to nab the gold medal in the biennial meet but teams like Thailand, Indonesia, and host country Malaysia are all out to dislodge the Philippines out of its throne.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUichico said the players don’t need reminding on how much it would mean for the country to impose its dominance anew in the hardcourt.“The players are very motivated. Once you don the Philippine colors, or Philippine flag, or Philippine uniform, you should be motivated. There’s no amount of motivation that just wearing that uniform and representing the country. The mere fact that you’re part of the national team should be enough of a motivation,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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Meet Jackie Shroff’s daughter Krishna and her boyfriend

first_imgJackie Shroff’s son Tiger made his Bollywood debut last month in Heropanti. Now his daughter Krishna too is making news. Not for anything connecting with films but for the man in her life.Krishna Shroff poses with boyfriend Spenser Johnson.Krishna recently posted a selfie with boyfriend Spenser Johnson on a social networking site. It is abundantly clear from the photograph that the two are more than good friends.A little digging revealed that Krishna’s boyfriend is a Brazilian, who is known to her family. He is a football trainer by profession and works with a sports company. According to a source, he recently moved to Mumbai.The couple look adorable in the selfie.In fact, Spenser was present at the success bash of Heropanti which daddy dear Jackie Shroff had thrown at Olive restaurant last month. Unlike celebrity kids who hide their love interests, Krishna’s boyfriend mingled around freely at the party. Surely, her parents are fine with their daughter’s choice.Krishna and Spenser had left together after the party at Olive was over.last_img read more

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No let up in heat wave for next 48 hrs in Bihar

first_imgPatna, Apr 23 (PTI) There will be no immediate relief from the heat wave for the people of Bihar as the Met department today predicted that heat wave conditions will continue for next 48 hours in west and central parts of the state.”After two days, the temperature will be down by one or two notches but the people will not feel any relief from the searing heat as the temperature would again rise due to heatwave,” India Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna, Director Ashish Sen told PTI.This will continue for a week due to prevailing dry and hot conditions, Sen said.Met official sources said that the heat wave situation is prevailing in the state due to dry and hot westerly winds that has singed the entire state for past couple of days.Normally, hot and dry winds blow at the speed of 6 to 8 km per hour but at present, it is blowing at 20 km per hour, official sources said.Patna, the state capital, today recorded the temperature at 43.3 degree C which is six degrees above normal while Gaya too recorded a maximum temperature of 43.3 degree C. Both cities recorded highest temperature for today.Patnas minimum temperature was 25.5 degree C while Gaya recorded a minimum temperature of 25.7 degree C.Bhagalpur recorded a maximum of 41.4 degree C with 23.0 minimum temperature while Purnea recorded a maximum of 38.9 degree C with 22.5 degree minimum temperature.The MeT department has forecast that Gaya will be hottest tomorrow with maximum temperature expected to be around 44 degree C while Patna will have a maximum temperature of 43 degree C tomorrow. PTI AR SUS PVIadvertisementlast_img read more

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Usual suspects dominate UEFA’s Best Player in Europe shortlist

first_imgLa Liga players dominate this year’s Best Player in Europe shortlist, announced by the continent’s governing body UEFA on Monday, with seven of the top 10 contenders for the prestigious award currently plying their trade in Spain.European champions Real Madrid are represented by four players, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, while last year’s winner Lionel Messi and Barcelona team mate Luis Suarez, along with Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, are on the list.EPL PLAYERS NOT GOOD ENOUGHItaly’s veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will be joined by Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich on the list, which features no players from the English Premier League.The list will be cut to three at the start of August, with UEFA’s jury to decide on the eventual winner during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on August 25.Northern Ireland’s Will Grigg, who shot to internet stardom after a Wigan Athletic fan paid homage to the striker with a parody version of the 90s dance hit ‘Freed From Desire’ by Gala, was a surprise inclusion.The 25-year-old, who finished 25th, received the same number of votes as Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and more votes than last season’s Bundesliga top scorer Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.THE SHORTLIST:Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid & France)Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany)Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)Thomas Muller (Bayern Mnchen & Germany)Manuel Neuer (Bayern Mnchen & Germany)Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal)advertisementCristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)Luis Suarez (Barcelona & Uruguay)last_img read more

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Polk’s latest soundbar does wireless surround at a serious bargain

first_img The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached Trying to get big sound from a tiny soundbar is no easy task, but Polk Audio is making it much easier. Following the lead of the company’s tiny powerhouse, the MagnFi Mini, Polk’s new MagniFi Max SR soundbar aims to provide another option for big sound from a petite package.The MagniFi Max is equipped with four one-inch-by-three-inch full-range drivers, a pair of three-quarter-inch tweeters, a one-inch center channel driver, and a wireless subwoofer with an eight-inch driver. It also features Polk’s Stereo Dimensional Array technology, plus DTS and Dolby Digital surround sound decoding. But the real kicker is the soundbar’s included pair of SR1 wireless satellite speakers, which can be linked up with the soundbar to create a true surround sound experience in just about any space.This might sound like a large setup, but the soundbar has a slim footprint, standing a mere two inches tall, while the SR1 speakers are small enough that they won’t disrupt your room’s layout, or require messy speaker wires (though each will require a power outlet). Polk will also offer the MagniFi Max and SR1 speakers separately, for those who would rather purchase the system by piecemeal.As for wireless conenction options, the MagniFi Max SR packs Google Home-integration, meaning it can be controlled with voice commands and can pair up with any Chromecast Audio-enabled devices. And of course, the bar also supports Bluetooth to conveniently stream music from your phone.For wired connections, there are three HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 support for 4K passthrough, as well as HDMI ARC support for high-quality, one-cable connection to your TV. Additionally, the soundbar boasts a digital Optical input, an Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm analog input.Users will be able to select between a number of EQ presets to find the best possible mix for whatever they’re watching or listening to, as well. Alongside  setting options like movies, music, and sports, there’s also a “night effect” mode that’s designed to reduce bass and increase dialogue clarity without affecting the volume level. Polk’s Voice Adjust technology also provides users with a number of voice-specific tuning options.Finally, Polk has ensured users can control their MagniFi Max with the remotes they’re already using by including built-in support for Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio IR TV remotes.Perhaps most impressive is the price. The MagniFi Max SR (which includes the wireless speakers, as well as HDMI and Optical cables) is available now for just $600 from Polk, Amazon, Best Buy, and Crutchfield. The soundbar is $500 by itself, and the speakers can be purchased separately for $150.If performance is on par with the rest of the MagniFi family, this could be a great surround sound solution for those on a budget.A version of this post first appeared on our “brother site,” Digital Trends. The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo The Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Commute Editors’ Recommendations What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haullast_img read more

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Ireland BasingerBaldwin to Question Canada Goose at Annual Meeting

first_imgModel Ireland Basinger-Baldwin will speak out against Canada Goose during its online annual meeting on Friday by calling on the company to stop selling jackets made with coyote fur and down feathers.Submitting the question on behalf of PETA, Basinger-Baldwin — who recently starred in an anti-fur campaign for the group — writes, “Canada Goose uses fur from coyotes who are often immobilized in steel traps that can cut deep into their flesh, crush their limbs, and cause animals to languish for days before being crudely killed when the trapper finally returns…. Down production is also inherently cruel…. So my question is, when will Canada Goose stop using fur and down?”PETA has released a video exposé revealing that workers at a Canada Goose down supplier rounded up terrified geese who piled on top of one another in an attempt to escape, causing suffocation and death. Coyotes used for Canada Goose’s fur trim can suffer in traps for days before they’re shot or bludgeoned to death. Trapped coyote mothers desperate to get back to their starving pups have even attempted to chew off their own limbs to escape.PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear,” notes that a wide variety of brands — including HoodLamb, Save the Duck, Vaute, and Wully Outerwear — sell warm, stylish, cruelty-free coats.last_img read more

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Senator Murray Sinclair appointed investigator to look into Thunder Bay police board

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN National NewsSitting Senator Murray Sinclair was appointed as an investigator and tasked to look into the administration of the Thunder Bay police board.Sinclair, who also chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was named to the job Monday by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC).The OCPC investigation will look into “serious concerns” the OCPC has regarding the board, specifically their ability to address matters related to the deaths of Indigenous youth, public statements from the board that there is no basis for public concerns of systemic racism within the service, and the recent criminal charges laid against the police chief.The OCPC is a provincial tribunal with a mandate that includes ensuring police service boards are providing efficient oversight of police services.Sinclair was the first lndigenous Judge in Manitoba, working in the justice system for 25 years before chairing the TRC and then being appointed as an independent Senator in 2016.In May, First Nations leadership including Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Grand Council Treaty #3 called on the OCPC to intervene in what they were calling a policing crisis after the bodies of two First Nations youth were found in Thunder Bay rivers.Tammy Keeash, 17 years and Josiah Begg, 14 years, were both reported missing the same night on May 6. Keeash’s body was found on May 7 and Begg’s on May 18.The families of both Keeash and Begg are looking for answers as to how their children ended up dead in the river.Under the direction of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, the York Regional Police are now working on both death investigations.There has been heavy criticism and concern over the city’s death investigations of First Nations people, particularly young First Nations. It was a focus of the student inquest that examined the deaths of seven First Nations students attending high school in the city between 2000 and 2011. Five of those students were found dead in city rivers. In that inquest, a jury could not conclude how they ended up in the rivers, just that they had drowned.The troubles for the police service haven’t stopped. Last November, the province’s police watchdog, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director started its investigation of the service for systemic racism and how it deals with Indigenous people in the city.This was sparked by a complaint filed by the family of Stacey Debungee over the way the police handled the death investigation after the man’s body was found in the river in 2015. Police ruled out any suspicion of foul play within hours of his death, prompting concerns over the quality of police work when investigating Indigenous deaths.Hours before Begg’s body was found, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director Gerry McNeilly said the city’s police service was “in a bit of a crisis”.It’s a claim that has been shared by First Nations leaders and families but adamantly refused by the city’s police service and its administrating board.As if the deaths of two First Nations teens wasn’t harrowing enough for a city already in the national spotlight for crime and racism, the Chief of Police J.P. Levesque was then charged with breach of trust and obstructing justice for allegations he disclosed confidential information about the city’s mayor Keith Hobbs. Just last week, Hobbs and his wife Marisa were charged with obstructing justice and extortion in what the city called a “personal matter” not related to city business or issues.In June, the board and service held a joint press conference to say they believed they were going through “challenging times”, but not a crisis. Acting Chief Sylvie Hauth said despite the troubling list of concerns which include the OIPRD investigation, criminal charges against the police chief and concerns over death investigations, it was “business as usual” for the service.According to a tbnewswatch report in May, Board co-chair and city councillor Brian McKinnon said there is no evidence or facts to back up accusations against the police service in the OIPRD investigation.Five days after that news report was published, the OCPC advised the police board of its investigation.Last week, a First Nations man died after being locked up in a Thunder Bay police jail cell. The province’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is investigating.OCPC said its investigation is not punitive but in the public interest of ensuring the board is meeting its obligations.Both the board chair and acting chief have said they will cooperate with both investigations and implement any recommendations it receives.On Friday, Mayor Keith Hobbs, and two others were charged with extortion. Hobbs is a former police officer in the city. And in May, JP Levesque, the city’s police chief was charged with obstruction of justice.The OCPC says an interim report will be completed by the end of October 2017 and a final report of their investigation will be completed by March 31, 2018.The OIPRD final report is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.Contact Willow here: wfiddler@aptn.calast_img read more

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Royal Dutch Shell to sell its stake in Canadian Natural Resources

first_imgTORONTO – Royal Dutch Shell is selling its stake in Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. for about $4.3 billion.The sale of more than 97 million shares represents Shell’s entire interest in Canadian Natural, a roughly eight per cent stake in the company.Shell said in a statement Monday night that proceeds from the sale will contribute to reducing net debt.The sale, which is being underwritten by Goldman Sachs, RBC Capital Markets, Scotiabank and TD Securities, is expected to complete on Wednesday.The energy sector on the Toronto Stock Exchange has gained strength in recent weeks as the price of oil has also climbed.Canadian Natural shares were down $1.45 at $43.85 in late-morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday.Shell acquired the shares last year when it sold most of its Alberta oilsands assets to Canadian Natural for $11.1 billion in cash and stock.The company said at the time that the deal would allow the company to focus on assets such as deepwater oil and gas that offer higher returns on capital. It said that oilsands mining and in-situ operations were no longer a strategic fit for Shell.In Canada, the company remains focused on its shale oil and gas properties in B.C. and Alberta, along with its refining and chemical businesses near Edmonton.Other foreign companies that have reduced exposure to the oilsands include Norway’s Statoil, Arkansas-based Murphy Oil and France-based Total SA.Cenovus Energy bought most of the Canadian assets of Houston-based ConocoPhillips last year.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNQ) (TSX:CVE)last_img read more

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India notes Sri Lanka wants end to bottom trawling to reach deal

India says Sri Lanka has sought an undertaking that Indian fishermen will not engage in bottom trawling in order to reach an agreement to end the dispute between fishermen from both countries.Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh told the Rajya Sabha that the main reason for frequent arrest of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan authorities was due to the allegation that they indulge in bottom trawling and there being no physical demarcation of international maritime boundaries, NDTV reported. Asked why an agreement is not put in place despite three rounds of meetings between fishermen associations in which governments are involved, he said “Sri Lankan fishermen have said that you all are involved in bottom trawling. Till the time that is stopped we cannot have an agreement on fishing in each other’s waters. That is the main reason that is stopping a proper agreement to come into place between two countries.”Singh said bottom trawling is considered very bad in fishing circles as it wipes out the complete marine life and the Sri Lankan authorities say that “if you give an undertaking that your fishermen will not be involved in the practice, then they can take a different view.” “As on date there are only 34 fishermen and 19 boats which are in custody of Sri Lanka. From time to time, government secures the release of Indian fishermen. The last release that took place was of 99 Indian fishermen on April 9 in exchange for 9 Sri Lankan fishermen,” he said. Singh said this problem was “acute till we achieve some sort of an understanding between fishermen of both sides … The understanding has not been reached even after three rounds of talks between the two fishermen associations.” He said the Indian Government accords highest priority to the safety and security of Indian fishermen and provides regular consular access to those detained in foreign countries and secure their early release by intervening at the highest level. read more

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Indian and Russian officers hold talks with Defence Secretary

Military Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Defence, Maj Gen DAR Ranawaka and senior Army officers of the Indian Army were also present at the occasion.Meanwhile, the Military, Air and Naval Attaché of the Embassy of the Russian Federation Colonel Dmitry A Mikhaylovskiy met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne PC at the Ministry today. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command of the Indian Army, Lieutenant General P M Hariz paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne PC at the Ministry premises today.A Cordial discussion was held between the Secretary and Lieutenant General Hariz during the meeting. Mementoes were also exchanged during the occasion. A cordial discussion was held between the Secretary and Colonel Mikhaylovskiy during the meeting. Mementos were also exchanged during the occasion. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Metrolinx to slap Bombardier with financial penalties over late LRT car delivery

Metrolinx plans to impose financial penalties on Bombardier Inc. after the Quebec train maker delivered only half of a promised six vehicles for Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown LRT by the Friday deadline.“Our contract clearly outlines financial penalties on Bombardier for delivering vehicles late. Metrolinx will enforce the contract and the financial penalties will be applied,” Phil Verster, chief executive of the provincial transportation agency, told The Canadian Press in a statement.The Montreal-based company was supposed to supply the first six of 76 cars to a Metrolinx facility by Feb. 1, according to a $392-million contract signed in 2017. New York City tells Bombardier to get its act together, halts new train deliveries until defects are fixed ‘Incomprehensible’: Bombardier CEO blasts Siemens win in Canada Bombardier’s venture in China wins $453-million state rail contract “The three remaining LRT cars are expected “over the course of the next couple of weeks,” Verster said.“While Bombardier’s delivery times have improved, we are holding them to account, to protect the interests of riders and taxpayers.”A Metrolinx spokesman declined to specify the financial penalties.Bombardier, which declined to comment, told The Canadian Press on Jan. 25 it was expecting “four more cars to be delivered…over the next week or so,” with two of the light-rail vehicles already delivered from its Kingston facility at that time.Difficulties have plagued the vehicle order tied to the $5.9-billion light rail line now under construction along and underneath Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue, with legal battles leading to a reduced car order in 2017.The initial contract from 2010 was for 182 cars at a price of $770 million.Last month, three large public transit agencies opted to stop taking trains from the company until it fixes the ones already in service.Swiss Federal Railways cited doors that don’t close properly, putting the brakes on deliveries under its US$1.9-billion contract for 62 trains.The head of the New York City Transit Authority, Andy Byford — former CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission — halted subway car deliveries last week, citing HVAC software system defects and claiming “deja vu” over issues with Bombardier trains. Deliveries to New York resumed this week.On Thursday, the French National Railway Company announced it would stop train car deliveries, pointing to an “unacceptable situation of non-quality” with some of the 32 trains it had received, adding that 42 were supposed to have arrived by the start of the year. read more

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More policewomen have tattoos than male officers but the public dont mind

first_imgLaura Millward of Leicestershire Police She said they conducted the study because of the inconsistency across the country in the way forces treat officers with visible tattoos and to ensure policy reflects the views of the public.“It is clear from the findings that the vast majority of people do not have a problem with police officers having visible tattoos,” she said.“Having a design inked on your body, even if it is clearly visible, has no bearing on someone’s ability to carry out their duty to serve the public and as our survey found in some cases it can act as a great icebreaker and a way of breaking down barriers, particularly with young people.” It is not a huge surprise to find that so many officers, particularly women, have tattoos  because this simply reflects modern society and the people they serveVictoria Martin Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. This is despite the fact that many forces, including the largest, the Metropolitan Police, ban visible body art on duty. The Police Federation is calling for people who have visible tattoos, such as on the neck and face, still to be  allowed to join the service.With only a third of British adults thought to have tattoos, the greater propensity among police officers is thought to be because many are recruited from the Armed Forces, where tattoos are popular. Many forces ban visible tattoosCredit:Alamy Policeman with tattoo  Laura Millward of Leicestershire PoliceCredit: Andrew Fox In the 102 years since the first policewomen took to the beat, much has changed in their outward appearance.Heavy ankle-length skirts have given way to more practical trousers and there is now little to distinguish their uniform from that of male colleagues.But one surprising area where  female officers are setting themselves apart is in the field of body art, with a survey finding that more than half of policewomen now have tattoos. The Police Federation – which represents rank and file officers – found that 52 per cent of female officers had at least one tattoo, compared to 47 per cent of their male colleagues. There is no consistent tattoo policy across the countryCredit:Allan Milligan  Not all members of the public are convinced that tattoos are in keeping with the professional image of the police.Almost a quarter of those who took part in the survey said they would not feel comfortable dealing with an officer with a tattoo on display. That rose to 37 per cent among the over-65s. But the overwhelming majority of the public questioned in the survey did not object to seeing police officers with body art.Sixty per cent said they supported the Police Federation’s call for the ban on visible tattoos to be lifted. National guidelines published in 2011 stated that the police service should consider candidates provided visible tattoos were not offensive. But in 2012, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, took a harder line, ordering all visible tattoos to be covered while on duty.In a strongly worded statement, he told his 31,000 officers: “All visible tattoos damage the professional image of the Metropolitan Police.”Victoria Martin, who led the Police Federation study, said: “It is not a huge surprise to find that so many officers, particularly women, have tattoos  because this simply reflects modern society and the people they serve.” Policeman with tattoolast_img read more

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Atlas Copco buys Swedish drilling equipment company

first_imgAtlas Copco has agreed to acquire Geawelltech, which sells, rents out and manufactures well- and geotechnical drilling equipment. Gruv Entreprenad Anläggning Welltech System, based in Jonsered, Sweden, has for many years been an Atlas Copco distributor of well- and geotechnical drilling equipment, and the majority of revenues are generated from this business. The company also manufactures drilling rigs suitable for a wide range of applications and has annual revenues of about SEK 90 million.“Geawelltech has a strong position in Sweden as a one-stop-shop supplier for customers within well- and geotechnical drilling,” said Johan Halling, Business Area President, Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique. “Ground engineering is a strategic segment for us, and this fits perfectly with the existing Atlas Copco product portfolio.”The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter. The acquired business will become part of Atlas Copco’s new Surface and Exploration Drilling division in the Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area.last_img read more

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RSA le système de cryptage le plus sécurisé a un défaut

first_imgRSA : le système de cryptage le plus sécurisé a un défautLes échanges de données et notamment les paiements en ligne ne sont plus tout à fait sécurisés. En effet, deux séquences cryptées sur mille ne sont pas sécurisées. L’algorithme de cryptographie asymétrique, baptisé RSA, a été mis au point par Ronald Rivest, Adi Shamir  et Leonanrd Aldeman dans les années 70. Le RSA a ensuite été breveté par le Massachusetts Institute of Technology en 1983 avant de tomber dans le domaine public en 2000. Avec l’augmentation permanente des échanges sur Internet, il est très utilisé pour sécuriser les données confidentielles, notamment pour le e-commerce. Or, les logiciels de cryptage fonctionnent avec deux clés. Une clé publique permet de chiffrer, grâce à une suite de chiffres générés de manière aléatoire par le système, et une clé privée permet de déchiffrer. Le site Atlantico précise ainsi que ce n’est que lorsque des mathématiciens européens et américains ont décidé de tester la sécurité de ces clés que les failles sont apparues. Leur étude a porté sur 11,7 millions de clés publiques et a révélé que 12.720 d’entre elles étaient défaillantes. Dans la plupart des cas, le problème se situe dans la manière dont les clés ont été générées car les numéros ne seraient pas toujours choisis de façon aléatoire. Ils ont affirmé que “la majorité des clés publiques fonctionnaient comme prévu. Ce qui est plus déconcertant, c’est que deux algorithmes sur mille n’offrent aucune sécurité”. C’est-à-dire que dans 0,2% des cas, les informations confidentielles sont décryptables. Les chercheurs n’ont pas été en mesure d’expliquer ce phénomène mais “le manque de sophistication de nos méthodes nous fait penser que ceci n’est pas nouveau”. En effet, n’importe quel attaquant peut ainsi utiliser une clé publique défectueuse pour deviner la clé privée correspondante.RSA assurerait quand même une sécurité à 99,8% À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si la proportion est réduite, cela compromet néanmoins la fiabilité du commerce sur internet, d’autant plus que des millions d’achats se font en ligne chaque année. Cet algorithme est utilisé pour protéger les services de banques en ligne, de commerce en ligne, d’e-mail et de transactions en ligne. En pratique, si un utilisateur se connecte à un site de e-commerce, les transactions sont cryptées par la clé publique du site. Et elles ne peuvent être déchiffrées par le propriétaire du site que si ce dernier possède la clé privée correspondante. Les clés publiques sont émises par les autorités de certification, intégrées dans le certificat numérique. Et, en théorie, il est impossible de deviner le code d’une clé privée et, de plus, aucune paire de clés identiques ne jamais fabriquées. D’après le site Network World, la division de la sécurité de RSA aurait répliqué en affirmant que les résultats de l’étude n’indiquait pas un défaut fondamental dans l’algorithme. En effet, leur propre analyse leur a révélé que “les données ne pointent pas vers une faille dans l’algorithme, mais souligne plutôt l’importance de sa bonne mise en œuvre”. L’équipe a tout de même précisé que “RSA assure au mieux, la sécurité à 99,8%”.Cependant, la chercheur Nadia Heninger tient à rassurer les acheteurs en ligne et les banquiers. Selon elle, pas besoin de paniquer : “le problème touche principalement les systèmes embarqués comme les routeurs ou les dispositifs VPN, mais pas les serveurs web”. Le 17 février 2012 à 16:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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This Lego Prosthetic Arm is StarkLevel Tech

first_imgStay on target One of the reasons Lego remains one of our favorite toy #brands is because the sheer creative freedom the plastic building blocks allow can actually lead to real, useful, Objectively Good results. Lego toys can provide more than just profit for Lego shareholders. Lego Education shows how Lego can improve your brain, and now here’s a heartwarming story of using Lego to improve your body.Check out this awesome Lego prosthetic arm!This Deus Ex-eque marvel was constructed by David Aguilar. A young Lego fanatic from Andora, Aguilar was born with a deformed right arm. Although he’s been able to perform many tasks throughout his life, including a starting a DJ side hustle as “Hand Solo,” only having one fully functioning arm obviously presents a lot of challenges.So Aguilar put his Lego skills to use building complex prosthetic arms not out of cutting-edge medical equipment but out of toys you could pick up at Target. Like Tony Stark, it took a few attempts over the course of nearly a decade to build the perfect piece of armor. The original models he built as a child simply weren’t strong enough. The fact that the design originally started as a boat also probably didn’t help its structural integrity.But as David grew older and more skilled, his Lego arms became more complex, incorporating advanced Lego Technic pieces and fishing cable and a battery-powered bicep. The very impressive current model he wears is strong enough to open doors and support push-ups while also allowing for finesse like gripping objects or doing elaborate friend handshakes.Like Iron Man, we hope David keeps tinkering with his designs until he inevitably makes a Lego arm capable of flying him to space. How will he get the money? Just sell the designs for this arm to Lego itself.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind last_img read more

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Timo Werner aiming for World Cup win

first_imgTimo Werner is aiming to emulate Germany’s 2014 World Cup success by firing in the goals for the upcoming tournament in Russia this summer The RB Leipzig forward has produced another impressive campaign this season with his 19 goals and eight assists in his 39 appearances having played an integral part of the club’s success in both the Bundesliga and the Europa League this season.At just the age of 22, Werner is expected to lead the front line for Germany in the World Cup this summer. In an interview with FourFourTwo, the young forward recalled being just a mere spectator back at home in the country’s glorious 2014 World Cup win.“I was with my friends, watching the game and just thinking ‘please win, please win!’” said Werner, according to the Bundesliga.“Everybody’s part of it when Germany win – everybody says ‘we won the World Cup.’ Four years ago I said it like that, but this year I hope my friends will be watching the tournament without me.”rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Werner has already proven himself at the big stage with Germany with the forward having won the Golden Boot during their triumph in last summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup. The 22 year-old has currently scored a total of seven goals in 12 appearances at international level.“If it turns out that I’m the main striker for Germany at the World Cup, there’s no pressure for me. I’m very young and I just try to enjoy the moment,” he said. “To imagine winning the World Cup in 2018… it would be the best year of my life,” said the German.While acknowledging the strength of their fellow competitors, Werner is feeling optimistic over Germany’s prospects at winning the World Cup for a record-equaling fifth time alongside Brazil.“I think we have a good chance of doing it, even if it will be extremely difficult,” he said. “We have a great team, we have a really good mentality and we’re a tournament team – we save our best for the major competitions.”last_img read more

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Edit 08 Content or Traffic Bigger Budgets or Outsourcing

first_imgNews-media gossip site Gawker caused a stir at the beginning of 2008 when owner Nick Denton sent an internal memo saying that bloggers will be compensated for traffic generated, rather than for the number of posts they make. That set off a firestorm in the blogosphere, with pundits ranging from Valleywag (which published the memo) to Publishing 2.0’s Scott Karp debating whether this is part of a trend in which editorial is being valued less for legitimate content and more for flashy, gossipy pieces that drive hits. The debate also focuses on whether a lot of “hits” are necessarily preferable to the “right” kind of traffic. Still, this isn’t a phenomenon limited to new media companies like Gawker. Ziff Davis Enterprise has focused on traffic-driving for a while. “From a journalism perspective, there was a new imperative to rationalize: Grow traffic,” Mike Vizard, senior vice president and editorial director of Ziff Davis Enterprise told FOLIO: last year. “Our editors are always keeping an eye on the site traffic and if a story is hot, they’ll understand and have five follow-ups.” For ZDE, that includes sitting down every month to develop big-idea stories that are going to drive traffic-such as The Top 100 People In IT. Meanwhile, facing a revenue fall and a cost crunch, publishers are splitting on the value of edit. Many are re-investing in editorial, especially as they try to build up a fledgling online business. Business-to-business publisher Hoyt Publishing is starting to pay editorial sales-type money. “The equation overall has shifted,” says president Peter Hoyt. “Instead of paying the salespeople big money, now we’re paying the editors and have kids on the phone selling.” Consumer enthusiast publisher Gearhead Communications has doubled its edit budget for the last six months and plans to keep doubling it for the foreseeable future. However, b-to-b media consultant Paul Conley thinks U.S. editorial jobs will increasingly be farmed out overseas, and he’s backed up comments made for FOLIO:’s 2008 industry predictions by Peter Goldstone, president of Hanley Wood Business Media. “I predict at least one major b-to-b publisher will outsource some or all of its editorial overseas,” Goldstone says. “The most likely scenario is that one of the dozens of magazines that have launched overseas editions in Vietnam, China, India and elsewhere will ask their overseas staff to take over U.S.-focused beats. Once a publisher comes to understand that the work being done overseas is as good as what’s done in the home office, it’s inevitable that he’ll move more work offshore.”last_img read more

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Hachette to Reorganize Production Manufacturing Systems

first_imgAs part of a realignment that began months ago, the teams involved with systems leading to the printing process—including pre-press operations—will become part of the IT department, the company says. Last year, HFMUS’ editorial systems team was moved from manufacturing and distribution to IT. Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. this week announced plans to restructure its production and manufacturing systems, following the retirement of manufacturing and distribution senior vice president Tony Romano, who had been with the company for three decades.According to an HFMUS spokesperson, Romano’s retirement created an opportunity to break the manufacturing and distribution process into its “natural” two areas: the functions leading to the printing process, and the actual printing and distribution of the magazines. The reorganization includes the creation of a new consumer marketing and manufacturing department, which will comprise areas involved in the printing and distribution process, including the consumer marketing, production and cost control, traffic, postal and photo studio teams. The department will be led by Tom Masterson, who adds manufacturing to his previous title of senior vice president of consumer marketing. Another new department, dedicated to vendor management, will also be created. The department will include the paper purchasing team and will be headed by a senior vice president and chief officer. That role is expected to be filled in the next few weeks, the company says.last_img read more

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Cost Reductions Help Curb Playboys Losses Through First Quarter

first_imgWhile Playboy’s domestic magazine revenues declined 48 percent to $7.1 million from $13.5 million in last year’s first quarter as a result of these measures, the company says its first quarter results showed an improvement “due to the resulting reduction in manufacturing and shipping costs, as well as lower subscription promotion costs and the implementation of other expense-control measures.”Playboy says it has resumed publishing 12 issues annually and expects to record revenues for three issues during the second quarter this year.Digital revenue was $8.3 million, down about $ 1 million from the previous year’s quarter, reflecting reduced pay site sales, the company says. Licensing profits grew 17 percent to $6.5 million based on $9.9 million in revenue.More Outsourcing to Come?Flanders says the company’s goal, essentially, is to transition Playboy to a brand management company. “Our first priority is to outsource, partner or license those of our operations that can be more efficiently handled by other companies,” he says. “Already we have completed two major deals, and we are pleased with what we are seeing from our partners thus far.  “The outsourcing model not only streamlines our organization,” he adds, “it also allows us to reduce our focus to strengthening our core competencies and to growing the high-margin, high-potential businesses that we will continue to operate.” About five months after farming Playboy magazine’s advertising sales, circulation, marketing, production and all other business operations to American Media Inc., parent company Playboy Enterprises reported a net loss during the first quarter of $1 million. That’s compared to a $13.7 million net loss during the same period last year.Total net revenues for the period were $52.1 million, down about 15 percent from $61.6 million last year. “We are clearly making progress in our efforts to more effectively monetize the Playboy brand and return the company to sustained profitability,” CEO Scott Flanders says in a statement. “The extensive cost-reduction initiatives implemented over the last 18 months were responsible for the improved first quarter results and contributed to the significant narrowing of losses in our domestic magazine, the increase in Entertainment Group operating margins and the Licensing Group returning to its highest level of profitability since mid-2008.”Playboy’s print/digital segment reported a $1.1 million loss through the first three months, down from a $3.6 million loss during the same period in 2009. “The group’s revenues were down 30 percent in the same time periods to $18.2 million from $26.1 million, reflecting the company’s decisions to lower Playboy magazine’s rate base and to combine the first issue of 2010 with the last issue of 2009 into one editorial package, which was recorded in the 2009 fourth quarter,” the company says.last_img read more

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