A single high school in India has produced the CEOs of Microsoft, Adobe, and Mastercard

first_imgIn an interview with Stephen Dubner on an episode of the “Freakonomics” podcast, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella mentioned that not only did he attend the high school, but so did Shantanu Narayen, the CEO of Adobe, and Ajay Banga, the CEO of Mastercard.Read it at SF Gate Related Itemslast_img

When Kohli defends the first ball, dressing room breathes a sigh of relief: Ashwin

first_imgVirat Kohli’s phenomenal form with the bat has made him an invaluable asset for the team. The Indian batting line-up boasts some of the biggest names including KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and others but Kohli has been the fulcrum of the batting for long.The dependence of the Indian team on Kohli has often led to comparisons to the side of 1990s which revolved around Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.Kohli has always responded to the responsibility thrust upon him by making big runs consistently, something that has helped him become the No.1 batsman in Test cricket.In the recent series of England, Kohli amassed 593 runs at an average of 59.30 in five Tests to end the series as the highest run-getter while the second highest run-getter for India, KL Rahul scored almost 300 runs less than Kohli.Salaam Cricket 2018: R Ashwin rues lost opportunity after Test series defeat in EnglandThe importance of Kohli to this Indian side was perfectly captured by his teammate R Ashwin during India’s Today Salaam Cricket 2018. Ashwin said Kohli put the team at ease every time he went out to bat.”When Virat walked out to bat every time against England, I just felt that an incredible man was walking out to bat every single time because the ball was doing a lot, there was a lot of seam movement and every time he went and first ball he just defended and the dressing room just felt ease. That doesn’t happen just overnight, it’s has been a conscious effort,” said Ashwin.advertisementAshwin also explained the process in detail that has led to the successful run of Kohli the batsman.”Over the three-four years that I have seen Virat very closely, he makes one point very often. Somehow in the past I use to overlook the point but now I feel that’s what gives him success. Like you asked how do you handle pressure. We need to find the frequency of what we did when we were successful. It’s a very deep statement to make but I have been analysing it for a while and I just find it very fascinating.I definitely want to play the World Cup 2019, says R Ashwin”He’s talking about the mental space he finds himself in, it could be through music, it could be through the way he tunes himself or could be through the way he’s sitting in the dressing room and watching the game and I feel he has successfully captured the part of this playing the sport and batting. That he is able to achieve this level of excellency when he walks out to bat. He’s in complete control of his office,” said Ashwin.”As business leaders say most of the hard work is done in the office and only the success comes out in paper. So I think, most of his success is within his office when he’s batting inside the crease and in the nets where he has mastered the frequency day in and day out to say that nets or match I can just translate this frequency with ease,” said Ashwin.Pakistan great Younis Khan recalls invaluable advice from AzharuddinAshwin also added that the Test series defeat against England was a lost opportunity for India.”When we started the series in England we believed we had a good chance. Like most people have been saying that the scoreline doesn’t dictate the way we played. As a cricketer I would like to say we did play some good cricket. But it was a great opportunity that we couldn’t take with both hands.Quality of batting has gone down, says Harbhajan”Clearly what differentiates the home team and away team is that you should be able to match the home team in every department. I myself let down the team by getting out on that third evening in Southampton. Those are the kind of moments that we could have capitalised but we couldn’t. So England was an opportunity missed,” he said.last_img read more

Classroom Teachers Can Apply to Council to Improve Classroom Conditions

first_imgClassroom teachers who want to improve the teaching and learning environment in Nova Scotia can start to apply online today, Feb 22, to be part of the new Council to Improve Classroom Conditions. The council is an initiative of the Teachers’ Professional Agreement and Classroom Improvement Act that passed yesterday. It offers classroom teachers the opportunity to direct how the province will invest $20 million into classrooms during the next two school years. The council will take real action to reduce demands on teachers’ time that limit their ability to support student learning. “We are inviting classroom teachers to work with government and the union to share their experiences and perspectives and talk about how best to invest in education,” said Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “It is an excellent opportunity for classroom teachers who want to affect change in the best interest of student learning.” Initial recommendations from the council are expected by April 28. Priorities for the council will include: data collection and reporting assessment and evaluation timing of administrative days relative to report card preparation student attendance policy technology and work processes, including PowerSchool and TIENET scope of practice for teachers planning for student success complex classrooms class sizes at all grade levels student discipline policy The council will be formed by March 7. Nine classroom teachers, three each from elementary, junior and senior high school, will be joined by a representative of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union who will serve as co-chairs. Government will appoint three additional members including a student and a parent. The co-chairs will name a neutral facilitator to work with the committee. There is also a provision for an arbitrator to be appointed in the event the co-chairs cannot agree on a recommendation. Classroom teachers forming the council will be chosen by school board superintendents, working with human resources, program directors and other board staff, with consideration given to cultural and regional representation. Classroom teachers can apply online at https://edapps.ednet.ns.ca/Surveys/ClassroomImprovementscenter_img The deadline for applications is Feb. 28th.last_img read more

EDC investigating claim it backed SNCLavalin on corrupt Angola dam contract

first_imgOTTAWA — Export Development Canada says it’s reviewing support it gave to SNC-Lavalin after learning of an allegation the agency backed the company on a dam project in Angola that it won corruptly.The accusation, first reported by CBC News, is based on information from an unnamed insider at the beleaguered construction and engineering company.A spokeswoman for the Crown corporation, which acts as a credit agency for firms looking to do business abroad, says EDC would have never knowingly taken part in any deal involving bribery or corruption.Jessica Draker says after learning about the insider’s accusation last month, EDC hired an outside lawyer to investigate the specific allegation related to the dam project in Angola, for which she says EDC provided “political risk insurance.”SNC-Lavalin didn’t immediately respond to questions about the project from The Canadian Press.The company is at the heart of a political controversy that has engulfed the federal Liberal government for nearly two months and has cost Prime Minister Justin Trudeau two senior cabinet ministers, his most trusted adviser and the country’s top public servant.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Delegation of women leaders from South America coming to Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John will be welcoming a group of women leaders from Peru and Columbia as part of an international study tour on gender equality and women’s empowerment this weekend. The delegation, which will be visiting the Energetic City from May 6th – 13th, will tour local resource facilities, educational institutions, and visit non-profit organizations. The women, who are sponsored through a program with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, will also meet with local First Nations, business and community leaders to discuss inclusivity and gender diversity. “We are delighted to welcome these women to the City of Fort St. John and share our community’s expertise,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “As a resource-based city, we have worked hard to create a sustainable and inclusive community through collaborative partnerships, and hope to share this knowledge with these remarkable community leaders who are making a difference in Peru and Columbia.” In 2017, City Council passed a resolution to sign an agreement with the mayors of Chumbivilcas province in the Cusco region of Peru to work on strengthening the planning of local economic development and the inclusion of women in municipal development.  The program had a delegation including Mayor Ackerman visit the Cusco region last year to help local governments with sustainable economic development planning, government transparency and accountability in mining areas, and share best practices in effective local government operation.  The goal of the program is to help build more sustainable and inclusive communities in resource-based regions of Columbia and Peru through learning opportunities from their Canadian counterparts. The Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America is a five-year program and funded through grants from Global Affairs Canada. A number of other municipalities from B.C. and across Canada that have successfully diversified their local communities from single-employer and/or resource-based economies have also participated in the program.last_img read more

Hyderabad spinners restrict Delhi Capitals to 1298

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a new day, but the Delhi Capitals batsmen put up another disappointing show at the Feroz Shah Kotla here against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League game on Thursday. Put in to bat, DC put on 129/8 in their 20 overs. Sunrisers skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and put DC in and the SRH bowlers started well, stifling the home team batsman on a wicket which wore a typical low and slow look. Mohammad Nabi (2/21) and Rashid Khan (1/18) made full use of the conditions as the DC batsmen failed to read the two Afghanistan spinners. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPrithvi Shaw looked to start aggressively as he hit Bhuvneshwar for a boundary off the first ball of the match. But the SRH skipper had the last laugh as he sent Shaw’s (11) stumps for a walk in the park in the third over of the DC innings. After that it was all about spinning a web over the DC batsmen as Nabi (opening the bowling with Bhuvneshwar) sent back Shikhar Dhawan (12). The struggle of the Delhi batsmen were to be seen on the scoreboard as they managed to score just 36 runs for the loss of two wickets in the powerplay. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterStar batsman Rishabh Pant (5) fell trying to up the ante as Deepak Hooda picked a smart catch at long-off off Nabi as the score read 52/3. Skipper Shreyas Iyer did try to wage a battle, but he didn’t find much support from the other end. Iyer (43 off 41 balls) was finally cleaned up by Rashid as the leg-spinner was finally rewarded with a wicket for his quality effort. All-rounder Chris Morries tried to wield the long handle, but could only manage 17 off 15 balls as DC picked 24 runs off the last two overs with Axar Patel finishing with a six off the last ball. Brief scores: Delhi Capitals: 129/8 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 43, Axar Patel 23 not out; Mohammad Nabi 2/21, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/27) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.last_img read more

The Latest May Juncker to meet again on Brexit Wednesday

BERLIN — The Latest on the Brexit negotiations (all times local):12:25 p.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker late Wednesday for a latest attempt to find a breakthrough in the stalled Brexit negotiations.EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas made the announcement Tuesday as the slated March 29 departure date for the United Kingdom to leave the EU draws ever closer.May has vowed that she will deliver the U.K. departure from the EU on time, but successive attempts to find a solution have been fruitless. She met with Juncker also earlier this month.___9:15 a.m.EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he can’t rule out that a delayed Brexit could mean the United Kingdom would participate in this spring’s European Parliament election.However, Juncker told German daily Stuttgarter Zeitung in an interview published Tuesday that such a scenario was “difficult to imagine,” saying it would be a “belated joke of history.”Britain is scheduled to withdraw from the European Union on March 29, but the U.K. government is trying to revisit a divorce deal agreed with the EU last year. Brussels is refusing to budge.Juncker told the Stuttgarter Zeitung it’s up to Britain to decide whether it wants to request a delay to the Brexit date, but that it should happen before the newly elected European Parliament gathers in early June.The election takes place May 23-26.The Associated Press read more

As drought deepens in Ethiopia UN and partners urge scaling up of

Water is being transported by truck to drought-hit residents of the southern and south-eastern lowlands of the country, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said in an update issued today.UN aid agencies, working with national authorities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), are also distributing food to households in need and providing health care, veterinary services and livestock feed. The agencies have warned of an increased risk of disease outbreaks, which has been plagued by drought in recent years.A multi-agency national needs assessment will start in next month, approximately one month earlier than originally scheduled, according to OCHA’s latest humanitarian bulletin on Ethiopia.The Ethiopian Government has requested an additional $75 million for humanitarian assistance this month and in May, while UN agencies and their partners have called for more resources to meet increasing needs and expand operations in the coming months to avoid gaps in aid delivery.The recent unrest in the Middle East and North Africa has led to a decline in the demand for livestock exports from Ethiopia, reducing the incomes of the affected communities, according to OCHA. High global food and fuel price rises have raised the cost of buying and importing essential commodities, including food. 28 April 2011United Nations humanitarian agencies are calling for increased assistance to an estimated 2 million people affected by drought in the Horn of Africa country, where emergency conditions are projected to persist until the next rainy season arrives in October. read more

Boko Haram attacks human trafficking threaten progress in West Africa and Sahel

“Following a notable decline in Boko Haram attacks in the first half of the year, there has been an uptick in the number of incidents since September last year, with a peak of 143 civilian casualties alone in November 2017,” said Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).In his repotrted a fivefold increase in the use of children as suicide bombers by Boko Haram, reaching some 135 cases in 2017. Updating the Council on Mali, he said that terrorists launched a complex attack on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission’s (MINUSMA) positions in Kidal, which resulted in one peacekeeper’s death, while three Malian soldiers were killed by a landmine and another by terrorists in Niono. Additionally, two separate attacks on security posts were registered in Burkina Faso near the Malian border. “The attacks in Mali as well as within the Mali-Niger-Burkina Faso tri-border area are mainly attributed to A1-Qaida affiliated groups and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara,” he stated. Turning to Niger, he noted that because of an increasing number of security incidents, the government has dedicated 17 per cent of 2018 public expenditure to the security sector – compared to 15 per cent last year. “This has, however, triggered demonstrations in Niger’s capital given the expected detrimental effects on the delivery of social services,” he asserted. The UN envoy pointed out that while 700 Boko Haram abductees have recently escaped, the group continues to kidnap people and that, overall, more than two million displaced persons “desperately” await an end to the Lake Chad Basin crisis. Commending the efforts of the Multinational Joint Task Force operating in the region, he stressed that the comprehensive response of the region to address the Boko Haram threat “must be supported by the international community.” The past six months have seen substantive progress in the efforts to reinvigorate the Integrated Strategy for the Sahel UN envoy for West Africa and the SahelHe explained that in the Sahel, the Group of Five (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – had made significant progress in operationalizing its Joint Force, including by establishing its military command structure and Force headquarters in Sevarÿ and conducting its first military operation with French troops in late October. Additionally, in line with Security Council resolution 2391 (2017), consultations among the UN, European Union (EU) and G5 are ongoing regarding the conclusion of a technical agreement on supporting the Joint Force through MINUSMA. “The past six months have seen substantive progress in the efforts to reinvigorate UNISS,” he said, noting that a support plan would be shared with national, regional and international partners to harmonize approaches and canvass for effective support to the Sahel “in line with national and regional priorities, the UN Agenda 2030 and the AU Agenda 2063.” Meanwhile, he noted that migration has become one of the most lucrative activities for criminal networks across West Africa and the Sahel. “Stemming human trafficking must continue to be a top priority in 2018 as recently underscored by Secretary-General Guterres,” he affirmed. read more

Parts of Brock will close this weekend

A number of buildings at Brock’s St. Catharines campus will be shut down this weekend.The Mackenzie Chown complex (all blocks), Inniskillin Hall and the Alumni Greenhouse will be closed from 10 p.m. on Friday, May 13, to 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, for planned campus-wide maintenance and utility upgrades. All doors will be locked and card access will be unavailable during these times.For emergency-only access to any of these areas, please contact Campus Security (905-688-5550 x3200) to make arrangements.The following areas on campus will also not have network (internet, email) during the shutdown:all Residences (Decew, Vallee, Earp, Village, Quarry View)the Kenmore CentreHarrison HallCampus-wide wireless access will also be unavailable.There will also be no phone services at Quarry View Residence.In all affected areas, faculty and staff are reminded to clean out fridges prior to leaving for the weekend and remove anything that could spoil.In the unlikely event that power cannot be restored to these areas by 10 a.m. on Saturday, information will be posted on the Brock homepage (under “News”). Every effort will be made to communicate this decision by 7 a.m.The rest of the University’s main and east campuses will have normal power and be open as usual.• Facilities Management’s shutdown bulletin read more

Ohio State center Billy Price named finalist for Rimington Trophy

Ohio State senior offensive lineman Billy Price (54) prepares to snap the ball in the fourth quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State is one step closer to having a Rimington Trophy winner in the middle of its line for the second year in a row.Redshirt senior Billy Price on Monday was named one of three finalists for the award, which is given to the nation’s most outstanding center. Last year, Ohio State center Pat Elflein won the award. Price would be the third Buckeye to win the award, following Elflein and LeCharles Bentley, who won it in the second year of its existence in 2001.Alabama’s Bradley Bozeman and LSU’s Will Clapp are the other two finalists for the award.Last year, Price was honored as a second-team All-American and was named to the first-team All-Big Ten team by both coaches and media. He was also named a third-team All-Big Ten member in 2015.A two-time team captain, Price is the most experienced player on Ohio State. Earlier this season, Price set the record for most starts by a player in program history. He currently has started 54 games and, with his start in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29, Price will set the record of 55 starts. In that game, he will also tie Elflein’s program record of 55 games played. Elflein and Price both made transitions from guard to center for their redshirt senior seasons.The winner will be announced during a presentation Thursday night. read more

Crying toddler shot with air rifle to shut him up

first_imgOak House in Hartcliffe, Bristol, the block of flats where Harry Studley was shot with an air rifleCredit:Henry Nicholls / SWNS.com There was blood on the sofa. Blood was gushing out of Harry’s head and down Amy’s arms. Harry kept losing consciousnessAndrew Macfarlane, prosecuting Oak House in Hartcliffe, Bristol, the block of flats where Harry Studley was shot with an air rifle 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. A crying toddler was seriously injured when he was shot in the head with an air rifle, a court has heard.Harry Studley was just 18 months old when Jordan Walters pointed the weapon at him and pulled the trigger in July last year.Walters’s partner, Emma Horseman, 24, is alleged to have told him: “Shoot Harry, just to frighten him, to shut him up, shoot it at Harry.”Bristol Crown Court heard that Walters has already admitted unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on Harry while mother-of-two Horseman is accused of the same charge on the basis that she aided or abetted an offence. Andrew Macfarlane, prosecuting, told the court: “The circumstances of this case are both simple and horrifying.”Parents in a block of flats in Bristol meet up on a Friday afternoon with their children and within the hour a baby is fighting for its life and is airlifted to hospital.”The Crown say very simply that Miss Horseman’s participation was to tell her partner to shoot Harry.”It may well be, although she doesn’t say so, that the intention was that Harry should be so frightened by the sound of the gun so that he would stop crying.”Both defendants were reckless to the point of extreme in causing the gun to be pointed at Harry and the trigger pulled.”The court heard that Harry lived with his parents and older brother on the top floor of a block on flats in Hartcliffe, Bristol.Horseman lived on the second floor on the same block with her partner Jordan Walters and their two children.They were all friends and, with children of similar ages, used to spend a lot of time with each other. “Amy has known for some time that Emma’s partner Jordan had an air rifle. He used to keep it in the kitchen cupboard,” Mr Macfarlane said.”Whilst Amy and her children were there, Jordan removed the air rifle from the cupboard and started cleaning it.”As Walters was cleaning the weapon, he replaced two gas canisters in the rifle while Miss Allen tended to her two children who were both crying.”While the boys were upset Amy heard Emma say ‘Oh Amy, how do you cope with them, crying all the time?’,” Mr Macfarlane told the jury.”Amy replied ‘It’s easy, you just give them attention, sort of thing, I got to do it’.”Seconds later whilst Harry was still crying Amy heard Emma say ‘Shoot Harry, just to frighten him, to shut him up, shoot it at Harry’ then Amy heard the sound of the gun firing.”Mr Macfarlane added: “It appeared to Amy that Jordan had aimed the gun at Harry and fired it right into Harry’s head, which is indeed what had happened as you will hear.”Amy immediately picked Harry up in her arms. There was blood on the sofa. Blood was gushing out of Harry’s head and down Amy’s arms. Harry kept losing consciousness.”The court heard that Walters phoned for an ambulance and Miss Allen heard both Jordan and Horseman said they thought the gun was not loaded.Harry, now aged two, was taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.”The bullet penetrated Harry’s skull. He was operated on as a matter of extreme urgency and fortunately his life was saved,” Mr Macfarlane said.”However, as you will hear when I read a summary of the surgeon’s work, you will learn that he could not have been described as making a full recovery by any means.”Horseman, of Hartcliffe, Bristol denies the single charge against her.The trial continues.last_img read more

JustGiving accused of taking £20m from donations while paying staff up to

first_imgCharities deserve the best, not the cheapestJustGiving The information states: “Charities pay a five per cent fee on each donation made through the site, with partner charities that raise large volumes paying as little as two per cent. The service is free for individuals.“Charities can either pay a subscription fee of £15 or £39 (depending on usage) for access to a sophisticated suite of reporting tools, support and training, or use the free option called the ‘Start’ plan, which enables them to start a Campaign at no cost.“JustGiving reinvests all of its surpluses into product development, innovation, charity training and support, in keeping with JustGiving’s mission to ensure that no good cause goes unfunded.” A spokesman for the website said that fundraisers chose the site because “we help them raise more, net of fees”.“Charities deserve the best, not the cheapest. We help good causes raise more money, precisely because we make a profit, all of which we re-invest back into making our platform bigger and better,” she added.”Charities need successful, sustainable commercial partners to deliver the technology innovation they need to grow, and JustGiving is proud to play a leading role in making the non-profit sector stronger and better equipped for the future.”Richard Taylor, chair of the Institute of Fundraising and executive director at MacMillan Cancer Support, described JustGiving as a “pioneer of online fundraising” as he spoke out in support of the website.”Thanks to Zarine and Anne-Marie’s vision and leadership and continued investment in world-class technology, charities of all sizes can simply use JustGiving and keep their focus on raising more money, and the entire sector is stronger for it,” he added. JustGiving has been accused of taking more than £20million from fundraisers at the same time as paying staff up to £200,000.The website takes a cut from most donations. While some of the money is used for maintenance, product development and charity training, accounts allegedly show that more than £10million was spent on staff costs last year.This reportedly includes an average salary of more than £60,000 for some directors, sales and administration workers, while the boss of the firm is said to have earned an estimated £198,000, an investigation by the Daily Mail found. @JustGiving really disappointed to find out today for donations you receive you guys take 6% of that sum, raking in 20 million a year— zam (@zammo70) February 7, 2017center_img The website, which has millions of registered users, was last night labelled greedy by one charity chief executive. The Telegraph has contacted JustGiving for comment.Ashley Fulwood, the chief executive of OCD-UK, a small charity that provides information on OCD and similar conditions, told the paper his fees had increased last year by more than £300.“I understand they have to cover their overheads, but half of the money is going on wages,” he said. “They are taking people’s hard-earned money for themselves. It is greed. It is hard to stomach.”Information about JustGiving’s fees are accessible on its website. It shows that if a £10 donation is made including Gift Aid, which takes it up to £12.50, then the total amount taken from the charity would be around 0.76p.This includes the website’s five per cent fee amounting to 0.63p and a card processing fee, usually at 1.3 per cent or 0.13p. I understand they have to cover their overheads, but half of the money is going on wagesAshley Fulwood, the chief executive of OCD-UK 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.last_img read more

15 brilliantly pointless sites to visit before doing anything important

first_img1. Catleidoscope Source: liveinternet.ruA killer whale that follows your mouse pointer with its nose. Hypnotic!9. Death By Caffeine Source: Pointer PointerWherever you put your mouse cursor on the screen, this page finds a photo where someone is pointing to that exact place. Magic!15. Into Time Source: hereistodayShows you where today is in relation to this year, decade, century, geological era… all the way back to the beginning of the universe. Will make you feel insignificant.3. Pug Licking Screen Source: Death By CaffeineHow much of your favourite tea, coffee or energy drink would it take to kill you? Find out this essential information here.10. Drawminos Source: CatleidoscopeA kaleidoscope of cats. Mesmerising.2. Here Is Today Source: Ball DroppingsBalls fall from a dot on screen. You draw lines to bounce them around. How many can you keep in play? (Is the question you’ll be regretting asking yourself after losing an entire afternoon.)12. Koalas To The Max Source: BeardestPhotographs of men with glorious (and not-so-glorious) beards appear. You rate their beards on a scale of ‘not’ to ‘beardest’. Satisfaction ensues.6. Partridge Gets Lucky Source: Google GravityLike regular Google, except that everything collapses immediately to the bottom of the screen. See? Completely pointless.8. Killer Whale Source: PAPNothing except a machine that passes remark on your attempts at a secure password. Enter yours and see what it has to say.5. Beardest Source: partridgegetsluckyAlan Partridge playing bass to Get Lucky, on an infinite loop, forever. You’re welcome.7. Google Gravity Source: sanger.dkA pug licks your screen. You watch. It is a thing of great beauty.4. Passive-Aggressive Password Machine Source: DrawminosGuys, you can MAKE YOUR OWN DOMINO TRAIL AND THEN KNOCK IT OVER. So satisfying.11. Ball Droppings Source: koalastothemaxNot, in fact, anything to do with koalas. Instead, a strangely soothing tool where your mouse cursor splits circles into smaller and smaller circles in a comforting series of colours.13. OMFGDogs (warning: flashing colours) Source: OMFGDOGSDogs run across your screen, accompanied by eye-popping colours and 8-bit music. STIMULATING.14. Pointer Pointer Source: Into TimeJust lovely, lovely colours morphing gently into one another and dividing as you click the mouse. Exactly what you’ll need after looking at the other 14 sites in this list.Many of these via The Useless Web7 bizarre corners of YouTube you may not be aware of>The dos and don’ts of taking selfies>last_img read more

Google vows fix for inappropriate search results

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3274147 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments Mar 6th 2017, 8:20 PM Image: David Jensen GOOGLE HAS SAID it is working to fix a search algorithm glitch that produced “inappropriate and misleading” results from its search engine and connected speaker.The internet giant reacted after a blog post highlighted unsubstantiated search results indicating former president Barack Obama was planning a “coup d’etat’ and that four former US presidents were members of the Ku Klux Klan.The weekend post from Search Engine Land editor Danny Sullivan found Google delivered “terribly wrong” answers to some queries in its “one true answer” box at the top of search results and in queries to its Google Home speaker.“The problematic examples I review don’t appear to have been deliberate attempts,” Sullivan wrote. “Rather, they seem to be the result of Google’s algorithms and machine learning making bad selections.”Sullivan said when he asked the speaker if US Republicans were the same as Nazis, it answered in the affirmative.Fake newsSimilarly, he cited an example in which Google’s search engine listed four former US presidents as “active and known” KKK members, even though there has been no conclusive historical evidence supporting that.The news comes amid a growing controversy over “fake news” circulating online via Google or Facebook, and efforts by the internet giants to weed out hoaxes and misinformation.In a statement to AFP, Google said its boxed results at the top of a search query, known as “featured snippets,” are based on an algorithmic formula.“Unfortunately, there are instances when we feature a site with inappropriate or misleading content,” Google’s statement said.“When we are alerted to a featured snippet that violates our policies, we work quickly to remove them, which we have done in this instance. We apologize for any offense this may have caused.”Google also noted it includes a “feedback” link under these snippets that can allow the search giant to flag or remove inappropriate content.- © AFP, 2017Read: Allegations that his wife earned €830,000 in a “fake job” could end a man’s bid for France’s presidency> By Garreth MacNamee Image: David Jensen Monday 6 Mar 2017, 8:20 PM 17,059 Views Short URL Google vows fix for ‘inappropriate’ search results The search engine was bringing people to fake news. Share3 Tweet Email last_img read more

From the Garden I worry about the implications of what Greta Thunbergs

first_img Michael Kelly From the Garden: ‘I worry about the implications of what Greta Thunberg’s saying for the cosy lives we lead’ It is remarkable to watch this young woman speak her truth to power, writes Michael Kelly of Grow It Yourself Ireland. Grower 50g fresh root ginger, grated300ml red wine vinegar500g eating apples, peeled and finely chopped200g pitted dates, chopped200g dried cranberries or raisins1 tbsp mustard seeds1 tbsp curry powder400g light muscovado sugar700g rhubarb, sliced into 2cm chunks500g red onionsDirections:Put the onions in a large pan with the ginger and vinegar.Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins.Add the rest of the ingredients, except the rhubarb, plus 2 tsp salt to the pan and bring to the boil, stirring.Simmer, uncovered, for about 10 mins until the apples are tender.Stir in the rhubarb and cook, uncovered, until the chutney is thick and jammy, about 15-20 mins.Leave the chutney to sit for about 10-15 mins, then spoon into warm, clean jars, and seal. Label the jars when cool.Keep for at least a month before eating. Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 1:00 PM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4608204 41,043 Views center_img Apr 27th 2019, 1:00 PM 115 Comments I WORRY FOR Greta Thunberg. Sixteen years old and already one of the most compelling climate activists we’ve ever seen.She first became aware of climate change at the age of eight, and by age 11 she had become depressed that nothing was being done despite the existential threat to our planet. Her ‘School Strike for Climate’ started as a solitary act of protest at the Swedish parliament to “try and do something good with her life” but has since exploded into a worldwide movement of youth activism. Over 1.4 million students worldwide joined her call to protest in March of this year.It is remarkable to watch this young woman speak her truth to power. She travelled to Davos by train and lambasted the high-net-worths in attendance for travelling in by private jet. She told them they needed to start acting like their house was on fire, and hoped they would start to feel the fear about climate change that she did.At the EU parliament, the raw pain and upset was evident as she spoke movingly about the impact of humankind on our planet. In London, she slated the UK for allowing new offshore oil drilling and fracking.Various politicians have made the mistake of assuming there’s something cute about children protesting about climate change. Condescended by adults and told to study to become a climate change scientist, Greta said there was no point since the science is already proven. And in any case, why study for a life that won’t exist?For every adult in a position of power who soft-soaps it and says we should do our best, Greta retorts that’s not good enough. You can’t be a little bit more or less sustainable – either you are sustainable or you’re not. Slowly, leaders are realising there is nothing pleasant or even advisable about a photoshoot with Greta.She has said her Aspergers helps her to see things in black and white, and it is the utter uncompromising nature of her message that marks this out as a watershed moment. Her message? The time for tinkering has passed.We need to completely remake society to avoid catastrophe. Completely change how we eat, don’t drive, don’t take flights.For growers, global warming is creating additional uncertainty and cost. With our veg output concentrated in the hands of ever fewer growers, it makes our indigenous food chain very vulnerable indeed in the years ahead.Shaken from the cosy consensusPerhaps at this eleventh hour, this is exactly what we need – someone to really tell things as they are. But, these are things that most people in society are not yet ready to hear, and the inevitable backlash is beginning. And so we witness adults taking pops at a 16-year-old girl with autism in traditional and social media – questioning her motives, calling her a ‘millennial crazy’ and a ‘weirdo’.So, I worry. I worry about the backlash. I worry about the gruelling nature of her round-Europe travel (by train) and endless speech-making. I worry about the pressure for a young woman when tens of thousands of people show up to watch her speak and expect her to offer solutions to the problems we’ve created.I worry that someone so young should have to carry the responsibilities and the hopes that she’s carrying. I worry that we’re raising her too high on a pedestal, and about her burgeoning celebrity.Most of all, I worry about the implications of what she’s saying for the cosy lives we lead. I worry about how the future will look for my own children and for their children.Up to now, I’ve always believed that all we can do is put our own houses in order – to live as sustainably as we can on a personal level.Now I know that’s not good enough. And so perhaps this – to be finally shaken from the cosy consensus – is an indication that Greta’s black and white protest is starting to have an effect.The Basics: Sow ParsnipsIt’s a great time to sow parsnips, now that the soil has warmed up a little. Dig the bed deeply, break down clods, rake well and add an organic fertiliser (seaweed dust would work great) a week before sowing.Make a drill 1cm deep – if soil is dry, dampen. Sow three seeds every 15cm in rows 30cm apart and cover it with soil. Germination takes up to three weeks. When seedlings appear, pull out the two weakest ones. This spacing will produce medium-sized roots.How many to grow? Depends how much you like parsnips..! If you want to eat 3 parsnips a week for the 24 weeks between October and March you will need to grow 72 parsnips. In a standard bed (1.2m wide) you will get three rows of parsnips – if you space the parsnips at 15cm in each row you will get 20 parsnips per meter, so you will need a bed 3.5m long to get 72 parsnips.Parsnips are ready to rock when the foliage starts to die away in autumn but the flavour improves after first frosts. Leave in soil until ready to eat but lift by February. Lift carefully with a fork.Recipe of the Week: Rhubarb and Date ChutneyWe’re now into glut territory with rhubarb, so this “glutney” recipe from BBC Good Food will help. It’s great with cheeses and cold meats.Ingredients: Share Tweet Email2 By Michael Kelly Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia will be a rare sight

first_imgWith only 15 examples destined for North America, the 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia will indeed be a proper limited-edition. The North American spec Italia was revealed at the Chicago Auto Show. Setting the Italia apart from a run-of-the-mill Alfa Romeo 4C Spider are an exclusive Misano Blue Metallic paint job, piano-black front air intake and rear diffuser and special side graphics on the outside. The cabin gets an aluminum “4C Spider Italia” logoed trim piece on the dashboard and numbered plate on center console. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Shootout: BMW M2 vs. Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors reading • 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia will be a rare sight 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia: Sports car exclusivity for 15 Outside of the small visual alterations, the Italia is the same carbon-fiber monocoque pocket rocket as the standard 4C. Power comes from a 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that sits in the middle of the car, making 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That works with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, helping get the Spider to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph.Exclusivity does, however, come at a price. The Italia will sticker for $73,495, which includes $1,595 for destination. That represents a $5,000 premium over the base 4C Spider. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 1:44 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Chicago Auto Show 2019 Convertibles Sports Cars Performance Cars 8:52 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 splitcenter_img Post a comment • Orders for the 2020 Alfa Romeo Spider Italia will open some time during the second quarter of this year. Folks who want to find out more or really want to reserve one before orders officially begin can email sales@alfaromeo.com. For anyone who misses out on an Italia, you’ll still be able to buy a regular 4C Spider. Alfa also confirmed in Chicago that a 2020 model year run of those is happening for North America. More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more 0 29 Photos Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Chicago Auto Show 2019 Alfa Romeo Tags Alfa Romeo See All 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia will be an exclusive…last_img read more

Lyft is opening a series of car repair centers in the US

first_img 9 Photos Share your voice Car Games and Apps Car Culture Enlarge ImageLyft’s driver service centers will be staffed by Lyft employees, some of which will be certified mechanics. Lyft Working as a ride-hailing service driver definitely puts added wear and tear on your vehicle, and in an effort to help drivers lower their maintenance costs, Lyft announced on Tuesday that it opened the first of several planned service centers for its drivers in San Francisco.This service center is the first of over thirty such facilities planned to open their doors in 2019. The center will offer vehicle maintenance and repair for less than what a driver could expect to pay at a regular shop, or at least that’s the idea.The San Francisco location has a planned hourly repair rate of $95 dollars, which, depending on the marque of the car being serviced, is slightly below average. The repair services offered will be mostly aimed at basic stuff like brakes and alternators. Lyft also plans to offer package deals for certain services. For example, an oil change paired with a tire rotation and a car wash will set a driver $70. Part of Lyft’s intent with these service centers is also to save drivers time, so they can spend more time driving and less time at a shop.In his blog post outlining the decision to offer more driver services, Lyft COO Jon McNeil explained that these service centers would be staffed by Lyft employees and that at least some of these would be certified mechanics.Lyft didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. 1 Here’s the self-driving car you can take around Las Vegas during CES 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Comment Tags Lyft More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Net Restrictions on the Yukon Aim to Preserve Kings

Summer chum and Chinook salmon have begun their runs along the Yukon River.Wildlife managers and fishermen met via teleconference yesterday to discuss river conditions and the salmon’s progress upstream. Community members reported summer chum as far upriver as Huslia and Ruby, with Chinook salmon fast on their heels.However, the much-coveted kings may not be a welcome sight to fishermen this year. Stephanie Schmidt is Fish and Game’s the summer season fishery manager along the Yukon. She says Chinook numbers continue to be low – mandating fishery closures once the salmon enter each upriver community.“2015 is going to be another challenging year for us. We’re expecting a Chinook salmon run similar to last year. Which was an OK run last year. We met escapement goals. But only because of the very conservative management goals that had to be taken and all of the efforts that fishermen took to conserve Chinook salmon.”Several fishermen voiced frustration at the closures – not because they’ll miss out on the long-restricted kings, but because gear restrictions (such as on nets larger than 4 inch-wide mesh) will hinder their ability to capture the more abundant chum.Jack from Huslia explains that the arrival of Chinook salmon typically coincides with the peak summer chum run in his community.“When you close it – that’s when the best fish go by for us. That’s when we lose our half-dried fish and our dried fish.”Because Chinook salmon can be caught in gill nets just as easily as chum, all nets wider than 4 inches will be off-limits once the kings arrive. Schmidt says fishermen will still be allowed to use nets that are 4 inches or smaller for sheefish and smaller species throughout the salmon closure.One fisherman, Martha from Ruby, says that is small consolation in communities where purchasing additional nets may be cost prohibitive.“We have to eat along this river; everybody has to eat. They can’t live out of the store. I can’t afford to get another net that’s smaller.”Schmidt thanked fisherman for their continued efforts to conserve king salmon – and says she knows it hasn’t come without sacrifice. She also shared some positive news from ADF&G researchers monitoring Chinook in Pilot Station.“Those researchers have been reporting just phenomenal catches of juvenile Chinook salmon. More so than last year. And I just offer that as a little bit of hope, you know. Hopefully we are creating more baby Chinook salmon that grow up to be big Chinook salmon and come back.”The meeting concluded with an atypical concern: Fishermen wanted to know what would happen to state-managed fisheries on the Yukon (and farther North) if lawmakers are unable to reach an agreement on the state budget before July 1st, instigating a partial government shutdown.John Linderman is regional supervisor for the Arctic Yukon-Kuskokwim region of commercial fisheries. He believes it unlikely that the budget impasse will reach that stage in Juneau. However, he says wildlife managers have considered it – and there is enough money to keep fisheries functional until at least August of this year. read more