How to Turn a Star Into a Supermagnet

first_imgAstronomers have figured out how to make the universe’s most powerful magnet. All you need is two massive stars orbiting close to each other so that one swipes gas from the other, causing the thief to spin so quickly that its magnetic field dwarfs that of Earth by 100 trillion-fold. The finding offers fresh insight into how some of the galaxy’s smallest but most extraordinary stars arise.Magnetars are a special breed of pulsars, which are fast-spinning neutron stars that form when a massive star explodes as a supernova: The star’s outer layers shoot off into space, while its core collapses to become the pulsar. Magnetars are as rare as they are extraordinary. Known pulsars number in the thousands; known magnetars, only a couple of dozen.Astronomer Simon Clark of the Open University in Milton Keynes, U.K., and his colleagues observed a young star cluster named Westerlund 1, which sports one of the few known magnetars. 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Named Westerlund 1-5, the blue supergiant dumped large amounts of gas onto its partner, speeding up its spin the way falling water makes a water wheel twirl. As Clark’s team reports online this week in Astronomy & Astrophysics, this spin-up amplified the star’s magnetic field so that when it exploded and collapsed, it became a magnetar rather than an ordinary pulsar.Furthermore, the blue supergiant saved its partner from a bleak fate. The premagnetar star was so massive that it should have collapsed into a black hole. But before it exploded, it began to expand, as aging stars do, and its partner grabbed enough gas back that the premagnetar star slimmed down, becoming a magnetar rather than a black hole. This removal of material also kept the premagnetar star spinning fast; normally, expanding stars spin more slowly, just as spinning ice skaters do when they extend their arms.The evidence? First, the blue supergiant is racing away from the cluster, suggesting that another star recently kicked it away when it exploded. Second, the blue supergiant has odd abundances of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen.For most of their lives, blue stars generate energy via the CNO cycle, in which carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen serve as catalysts to convert hydrogen into helium. During the CNO cycle, carbon and oxygen gradually get transformed into nitrogen. Sure enough, the blue supergiant Westerlund 1-5 has lots of nitrogen and little oxygen. But it also has lots of carbon—which it shouldn’t. Clark’s team believes the star received this carbon recently, before the other star became the magnetar. Late in its life, that star burned helium into carbon, sprayed some of the carbon onto the blue supergiant’s surface, and then exploded, so that the two stars went their separate ways.”It’s not a slam dunk, but it is a reasonable argument,” says Bryan Gaensler, an astronomer at the University of Sydney in Australia who was not involved in the discovery. He notes that massive stars usually have companions, yet the magnetar and the blue supergiant are both single. Moreover, a pulsar is a magnetar for only the first 10,000 or so years of its life—and the carbon on the blue supergiant should survive for only about 10,000 years before it slips beneath the star’s surface and out of sight. Thus, Gaensler says, each object had a partner recently, suggesting “they were each other’s companion.”If the new work is correct, it explains the long-standing mystery of how a stellar corpse can acquire such an enormous magnetic field: At least some magnetars owe their superlative qualities to another star they booted away, a cosmic illustration of the dictum that no good deed goes unpunished.last_img read more

Scam rocks Karunanidhi’s land quota scheme

first_imgA land allotment scam benefiting influential people has been unearthed in Tamil Nadu, exposing the misuse of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s discretionary quota.Documents with Headlines Today show how rules were flouted to allot land to family members of politicians, top state bureaucrats and even former and sitting judges.In many cases, this was done by showing the allottees as social workers – one of the various eligibilities under the scheme. And to show a social work background, all that the allottees needed to get was a letter stating that they had donated blood in the past.As per Tamil Nadu Housing Board guidelines, land under the discretionary quota can be allotted to single women, widows or those deserted.Social workers, the physically challenged as well as eminent personalities from the field of arts, science, literature, public administration and sports too are eligible. Government officers can get land provided they have an unblemished record.Between 2001 and 2008, a total of 293 plots were allotted under the quota – 166 up to 2007 and another 127 the next year. Of these, 260 were handed out under the social worker category.”Judges, public prosecutors, IPS, IAS officers and even ex-bureaucrats are involved. MLAs and MPs have got plots claiming to be social workers. Social work certificates were issued by even municipal councillors. In some cases, the Salem tehsildar issued the social work certificate, which he was not authorised to do,” said Gopala Krishnan, an RTI activist.According to social activist Sudha Ramalingam, “The purpose of the housing board is to ensure that landless people get land at reasonable cost. This is a case of gross abuse of power.”advertisementOne of the plots was allotted to IGP (Intelligence) Jaffar Sait. He is now out to reap huge profits from the property.Sait has commissioned a builder to construct a multi-storey building with 12 flats, each costing Rs 1 crore even though the housing board rules do not permit commercial use of the land allotted.Reacting to the Headlines Today report, Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister I. Periyasamy said the land was allotted as per rules of Tamil Nadu Housing Board.last_img read more

Himachal to hold “State Olympics” from June 22

first_imgShimla, Jun 19 (PTI) In a bid to promote sports in the state, the Himachal Pradesh Olympics Association will conduct a “State Olympics” from June 22 to 25. To set the ball rolling, HP Olympic Torch Run was organised here. The Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvrat was joined by over 2000 students during the flag off ceremony in the presence of Olympians and Arjuna awardee boxers Shiva Thapa and Manoj Kumar, and Asian silver-medallist Sumit Sangwan. The torch will be taken to key districts in Himachal Pradesh including Solan, Ponta Sahib, Una, Nurpur, Kangra, Joginder Nagar, Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur and conclude in Hamirpur, the venue for the state Olympics scheduled from June 22 to 25. As part of the torch run, 2000 youth will participate at each location. The state Olympics will feature 11 sports such as Hockey, Athletics, Boxing, Basketball, Judo, Kabaddi, Volleyball, Wrestling, Kho-Kho, Weight Lifting and Shooting at Hamirpur. The Games are expected to engage about 50,000 sports enthusiasts from across the State. Speaking on the initiative, Anurag Thakur, President, HPOA said, “Our athletes should not be stuck filling forms in government offices, but sweating on the field. Himachals youth are unstoppable, from the border to the pitch.” PTI PM PMlast_img read more

World Cup 2003: Unstoppable Australia successfully defend their World Cup trophy

first_imgThe continent of Africa hosted the World Cup for the first time in 2003 with South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya acting as co-hosts. It was the first time that 14 nations participated in the event, which was the most back then. Apart from the 10 Test playing countries and Kenya, who had full-ODI status at the time; Netherlands, Namibia and Canada also qualified for the eighth edition of the World Cup after securing the top three spots in the 2001 ICC Trophy.Brian Lara scored a brilliant 116 in the opening game of the tournament and condemned South Africa to a defeat. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, began with a comfortable win over Namibia, which featured the highest individual score of the tournament by Craig Wishart, who made an unbeaten 172 at better than a run-a-ball. Reigning champions and favourites Australia looked unrelenting straight from the off with a dominant win over Pakistan that saw Andrew Symonds score an unbeaten 143 from 125 balls.Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas was another individual who had a magical start to the tournament after he became the first cricketer to take a hat-trick with the first three balls of a match. Vaas picked up 6 wickets and went for just 25 runs in that game as the Islanders beat Bangladesh by 10 wickets.Another record Sri Lanka were involved in during this edition was for the shortest game in World Cup history. Having been put into bat by the Sri Lankans, none of the Canadians managed to cross double digits as they ended up being bundled out for a mere 36. As a result, they got the unwanted record of the lowest score in World Cup history, beating the previous one that was also set by them in 1979. That said, Canada did save some face in their remaining games and opener John Davison even smashed the fastest World Cup century at the time off just 67 balls during their loss against West Indies.advertisementA few records that the bowlers claimed this edition also included Wasim Akram becoming the first to get to 500 ODI wickets during Pakistan’s win over Netherlands and Ashish Nehra finishing with figures of 6 for 23 against England – the best by an Indian in World Cups. Glenn McGrath though rewrote the history books by registering the best bowling figures in World Cup history after blowing away Namibia’s batsmen and finishing with 7 for 15. McGrath’s teammate Brett Lee was in the thick of things as well and took a hat-trick against Kenya just 11 days after Vaas got his. Kenya also created history of the right kind in 2003 after making it to the Super Six for the first time.Despite losing their opening match against South Africa, Kenya beat Canada, received a walkover against New Zealanders, shocked Sri Lanka and upset Bangladesh to progress beyond the group stage. Zimbabwe also joined fellow Africans Kenya in the Super Sixes, but South Africa suffered the ignominy of not even making it past the group phase thanks to some inconsistency on their part as well as miscalculations in a rain-affected game against Sri Lanka.While South Africa’s misery at World Cups continued, so did Kenya’s fairytale run in this edition. They stunned the cricketing world by beating Zimbabwe in the Super Sixes to become Africa’s sole representative in the semi-finals. However, this is where their run came to an end against a buoyant Indian side, who were confident having beaten Kenya, Sri Lanka and New Zealand leading into the semi-final. As expected, India beat Kenya comfortably in their semis clash to advance to the final, while the indomitable Australians overcame Sri Lanka in the other semi.The final at Johannesburg saw Australia blow India away, riding on the back of a 121-ball 140 from skipper Ricky Ponting. The Aussies set a target of 360 and the chase got even more improbable after the early loss of the in-form Sachin Tendulkar. In the end, Virender Sehwag scored 82 and demonstrated some resistance even though India were eventually bundled out for 234 as Australia made it back-to-back World Cup triumphs and continued their dominance without even losing a single match in this edition.Also Read | Marriage has improved my captaincy: Virat Kohli ahead of World Cup 2019Also Read | I’ll share tricks on how to bowl slower balls: Lasith Malinga on teaching Marcus StoinisAlso Seelast_img read more

Voracious support in Bengaluru set standards high

first_imgIndian Super League ISL 2017-18 Final: ‘The Blues were heard!’ – Voracious support in Bengaluru set standards high Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 1 year ago 13:48 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chennaiyin Bengaluru ISL ISL Indian Super League Bengaluru v Chennaiyin Bengaluru Chennaiyin The supporters were consistently loud and clear with their chants throughout the night as ‘home’ team Bengaluru succumbed to defeat… It was contrasting emotions at the Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday night in Bengaluru when the referee blew the final whistle and brought the Indian Super League (ISL) 2017-18 to a grand conclusion.For all the excitement on the field, the supporters in the stadium were just as brilliant as they turned out in large numbers to cheer and chant for their team. AdChoices广告Bengaluru FC, playing on their home ground, had the advantage in terms of numbers as Kanteerava filled up with blue jerseys. The travelling fans were also at their best but sheer numbers on the other side drowned whatever they had to say, at least until Mailson Alves decided to stun the Blues with two commanding headers that put Chennaiyin into the lead.Chennaiyin Bengaluru ISL The efforts put in by both sets of supporters into designing artistic yet prodigious banners were meritorious. But on a day when both teams were on the last step towards the ultimate glory, it was the noise levels that stood out for a neutral viewer. It is not easy to get the whole stadium to chant in unison and despite the final result, the fans who turned up in Bengaluru showed what they are capable of. Every save by Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was appreciated, Sunil Chhetri’s runs were applauded and it was an incredible sight to behold. Just as Chennaiyin deserve credit for not letting the persistent pressure of Bengaluru get to them in the first half, their supporters need to be applauded too. Eight minutes after Chhetri headed in the opening goal, Mailson brought them back into the game and the Super Machans’ rapturous applause reverberated around the stadium. And then he scored again at the stroke of half-time, sending the Machans into delirium.The support at the other end, however, never died.Super Machans 1-0 West Block Blues#BENCHE #HeroISLFinal #LetsFootball— Goal India (@Goal_India) March 17, 2018The chants ‘When the Blues go marching in’ and ‘Hum Honge Kaamyaab’ vibrated through the stadium as a dejected Bengaluru team mourned a disappointing defeat. The majority in the crowd spent the most of last 15 minutes of the game and post-match ceremony chanting ‘F*** you referee’ but it was just an emotional reaction to the events that unfurled in the match and nothing that calls for critique.Chennaiyin Bengaluru ISLIn the end, the Machans came out as victors from the stadium but the support for both teams never seemed to cease. One could’ve been forgiven to think that the game had plunged into the nervous scenarios of extra-time and penalties, judging by the noise inside the stadium long after the final whistle. It was a night to remember for football fans in India.last_img read more

Fraudster escaped from immigration staff custody arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: A 35-year-old fraudster who escaped from the custody of immigration staff of Mumbai Airport was arrested by IGI police.The investigating agency said that the accused and his gang has cheated more than 50 passengers on the pretext of providing visa. Police identified the accused as Santosh Bhagwan Behera, a native of Mumbai. On January 30, a complaint from airlines was received regarding the apprehension of a person named Shamu, who was intended to travel to Poland by flight through fake Poland visa. “Shamu disclosed that he along with five more Passengers came into contact with Santosh Bhagwan Behera and one Mahesh Ramchander Lokhande through one Ranjeet Kumar Mukherjee. After taking the money they were given fake Poland visa by them,” police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that after getting some clues, LOC of Santosh Bhagwan Behera and Mahesh Ramchander Lokhande was opened. On August 2 he was apprehended by immigration staff of Mumbai Airport, but he managed to escape from the custody of immigration staff of Mumbai Airport. “Finally, on August 16, Santosh Bhagwan Behera was arrested from Mumbai by the team of IGI Airport Police Station. During interrogation, Behera confessed to his involvements. His father is a retired army personnel,” DCP IGI.last_img read more

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

first_imgiTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending December 23, 2018:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Venom2. A Simple Favor3. Crazy Rich Asians4. Home Alone5. Mission: Impossible – Fallout6. Elf (2003)7. The House With a Clock In Its Walls8. The Equalizer 29. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation10. SmallfootiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. Mid90s2. Colette3. Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers4. Galveston5. Leave No Trace6. American Animals7. The House That Jack Built8. Eighth Grade9. Hearts Beat Loud10. The Dawn Wall__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img read more

World cannot afford to ignore climate change Ban says at New Delhi

5 February 2009The world must tackle the growing threat of climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a sustainable development summit in New Delhi today, stressing that the crisis threatens to roll back development gains and lead to further economic and social misery. “We cannot afford to ignore or underestimate this existential threat. Failure to combat climate change will increase poverty and hardship,” Mr. Ban said upon receiving the Sustainable Development Leadership Award at the summit taking place in the Indian capital.“It will destabilize economies, breed insecurity in many countries and undermine our goals for sustainable development,” he told the gathering.Mr. Ban, who has made climate change the priority of his mandate as United Nations chief, stressed that tackling the threat will require “all our leadership, all our commitment, all our ingenuity.”While facing up to the crisis will not be easy, he noted, it does provide an “exciting opportunity” to make progress on a range of sustainable development issues.“By pursuing a green economy based on efficient and equitable resource use, we will cut down greenhouse gas emissions and protect essential ecosystems.“At the same time, we will reinvigorate national economies, create employment and livelihood opportunities, improve human well-being and achieve our sustainable development targets,” said the Secretary-General.Looking ahead to the crucial climate change negotiations scheduled for December in Copenhagen, Mr. Ban stressed the need to achieve an ambitious, comprehensive and ratifiable agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A successful outcome will depend on resolving three main political challenges, he added.First, Copenhagen must clarify commitments of developed countries to reduce their emissions, by setting ambitious mid-term targets, with credible baselines. Also important is to achieve clarity on what mitigation actions developing countries will be prepared to make. Secondly, Copenhagen must advance on the issue of financing the mitigation and adaptation needs of developing countries. Thirdly, governments, as well as the UN system must come up with credible solutions for the governance of new funds, and for their implementation response. Earlier in the day, Mr. Ban met with CEOs of Indian industry and heard about how they plan to respond to climate change issues. He emphasized that India has what it takes to lead on green technology.“Already India has shown ingenuity and dedication. Industrialists here have moved forward on new energy technologies. I would encourage you to intensify this work and engage even more with other international efforts in this field,” he told the gathering. The Secretary-General arrived in New Delhi, following visits to neighbouring Pakistan and Afghanistan yesterday, culminating two weeks of travel through Europe, Africa and Asia.While in the Indian capital, Mr. Ban also met with Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee, with whom he discussed the regional situation following the Mumbai attacks, the Secretary-General’s efforts to foster regional cooperation and India’s important role in dealing with climate change.He also discussed the regional security situation following the Mumbai attacks with Indian National Security Adviser M. K. Narayanan. They also talked about the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka and progress in Nepal.The Secretary-General discussed development and climate change with Sonia Gandhi, leader of the United Progressive Alliance.Also today, Mr. Ban met with his Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, who briefed the Secretary-General on the outcome of his recent 31 January to 3 February visit to Myanmar. read more

UN human rights chief calls on Syria to halt attacks on protesters

“The international community has repeatedly urged the Syrian Government to stop killing its own people, but our calls have gone unheeded,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated in a news release.“Instead, the Government’s response has been erratic, with paper reforms followed by violent crackdowns on protestors. Just a few days after the announcement of sweeping and important reforms, we are seeing such disregard for human life by Syrian security forces. The killings must stop immediately.”The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said it has received a list naming 76 people who were killed on Friday during evidently peaceful marches, but noted that the number may be much higher. It is looking into the reported killing of at least 13 others in funeral processions on Saturday.“The Government has an international legal obligation to protect peaceful demonstrators and the right to peaceful protest,” said Ms. Pillay.“The first step now is to immediately halt the use of violence, then to conduct a full and independent investigation into the killings, including the alleged killing of military and security officers, and to bring the perpetrators to justice.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a similar call on Saturday, urging the country’s authorities to stop the bloodshed and respect international human rights. He also stressed the need for an independent, transparent and effective investigation into the killings.In a meeting with Syrian Government representatives last week, Ms. Pillay had noted the announced lifting of the decades-old state of emergency and the abolition of the dreaded High State Security Court. She had also urged the amendment of other laws that obstruct fundamental freedoms. “The violence and ongoing repression of activists, however, indicates that either the Government is not serious about those reforms or it is unable to control its own security forces,” she noted. The High Commissioner urged President Bashar Al-Assad and his Government to quickly implement promised reforms to “restore the people’s confidence.” 25 April 2011The United Nations human rights chief today denounced the Syrian Government’s increasingly violent crackdown on peaceful protesters and urged an immediate end to the use of excessive force, which she noted has only intensified in recent days. read more

Temporary foreign worker program overhaul Friday likely to limit lowwage jobs

OTTAWA — The Harper government announces reforms to the controversial temporary foreign worker program on Friday.The announcement will be made by Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander at a 1:30 p.m. ET news conference in Ottawa.A poll commissioned by Ottawa suggested Canadians would be in favour of creating an easier path for workers under the program to remain in the country and even obtain citizenship in order to retain their skills.Industry groups consulted by Kenney and officials say they believe the key change will be to make it more difficult for firms to bring in workers for unskilled, low-paying jobs, such as in the food-service industry.As well, news reports have speculated the government might impose a wage floor for TFWs that is higher than the Canadian minimum wage.CBC News reported late Thursday that it has learned the reforms will include publishing the names of companies who bring in foreign workers and the number of workers they’re allowed to bring in.One change almost certain to be in the measures is new fines for firms that abuse the system.Kenney recently told MPs in the House he intended to “severely punish non-compliant employers and prevent distortions in certain regions or industries in the labour market.”As well, Kenney likely will increase the cost to employers of bringing in temporary workers.The program has become a hot potato for the Harper government ever since stories of abuses came to light, including one case where Royal Bank employees were asked to train foreign workers to take over their jobs.In February, 65 Alberta ironworkers alleged they were let go so that foreign workers could replace them.The program has become increasingly used by Canadian firms for both high- and low-skilled positions, despite relatively high levels of unemployment and data showing the number of unemployed to vacancies was rising.A recent government calculation estimated there were 386,000 temporary foreign workers in Canada, or about 2% of the labour force, up from about 100,000 in 2002. read more

CB extends suspension of primary dealership of Pan Asia Bank

The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, acting in terms of the Regulations made under the Registered Stock and Securities Ordinance and the Local Treasury Bills Ordinance, has decided to extend the suspension of business and activities of a Primary Dealer of Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC (PABC) for a period of six months with effect from 10.00 a.m. on 15th August 2018, in order to continue the investigations being conducted by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.The Central Bank said that the regulatory action restricts PABC’s access to the primary auctions for Government securities. The Central Bank noted that the move does not affect any of the other activities/services of PABC. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Adrian Peterson Facing Child Abuse Charges Reinstated to Vikings

Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings superstar running back who is already facing felony charges in Texas for child abuse, was accused in a separate incident involving another son who was 4 years old.This news, reported by KHOU-TV in Houston, did not prevent the Vikings from reinstating Peterson to the team Monday. But it did move hotel chain Radisson to suspend its sponsorship with the team.This newly uncovered incident — coming on the heels of Peterson’s arrest for using a “switch” to recently bruise a 4-year-old son — is more than a year old and unfounded, according to Peterson’s attorney.The TV station cited text messages that reportedly include a photo of the boy with an apparent head wound covered by bandages.Peterson was at the Vikings facilities this week and did not entertain questions from the media. But he did issue a statement that read, in part: “I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.”I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury.”No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.”I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct,” Peterson said. ”Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.”The Vikings, amid speculation that they were protecting a star player, said via general manager Rick Spielman: ”I understand that this is a very difficult thing to handle. But we also feel strongly as an organization that this is disciplining a child. Whether it’s an abusive situation or not, or whether he went too far disciplining, we feel very strongly that that is the court’s decision to make, but we also understand the seriousness of abusing children as well.”Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf made the decision to reinstate Peterson after consulting with Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer, and the players who were available to the media Monday lined up to support it.”We’ve just got to stick together. That’s how the best teams win games and that’s how the best teams grow as a team and (build) team chemistry,” defensive end Everson Griffen said. ”The best thing we can do right now is support the Minnesota Vikings, support the decisions that they made to reinstate Adrian Peterson and fully support Adrian.”Radisson is the first company to back away from a sponsorship deal since the league has been facing criticism over its handling of domestic violence cases. Radisson’s sponsorship includes a press banner that is behind those speaking at Vikings news conferences. The banner was behind Spielman as he discussed the team’s decision to reinstate Peterson.Peterson faces a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child, which carries penalties of up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His initial court appearance in Conroe, Texas, near Houston, was scheduled for Oct. 8. read more

German government backtracks now says Chrome is die besten

first_imgA few years ago, the German government warned its citizens to stay away from Google Chrome. They took issues with some of the browser’s tracking and reporting features, like its unique user IDs, alternative error messages, the Google updater, and user-specific telemetry.Now, there’s been a change of heart in Deutschland. The Federal Office of Information Security (abbreviated BSI in Germany) has published a report on best practices for Windows users, and one of their focal points is web browsing.Our browsers play an ever-increasing role in our daily computing, and it’s imperative that they be as secure as possible. Online risks abound, and according to the BSI users should always opt for a browser that features sandboxing technology. Their report says that “comparable mechanisms” in other browsers are either weaker or don’t exist — and it’s the latter that’s most accurate. Current versions of IE, Firefox, Opera, and Safari don’t utilize sandboxing as a security measure.The BSI also underscores the importance of staying up-to-date and lauds Chrome’s silent automatic update system — curiously the same one the German government wasn’t too fond of in the early days of Chrome. Perhaps now they’ve decided that it’s worth trading a little privacy for increased security, especially since Chrome keeps its internal Flash plug-in (a popular attack vector) updated as well.For now, then, Chrome is really the only browser the BSI can recommend. Once Windows 8 arrives, however, it will bring along IE10 and there will be a second major browser with strong sandboxing features for users to choose from. Whether or not that’s enough to get the German government to stop telling people not to use IE remains to be seen, of course.via Googlelast_img read more

Temperatures to hit 20 degrees in some parts of Ireland today

first_img By Garreth MacNamee Tuesday 2 May 2017, 7:21 AM Share Tweet Email2 IRELAND IS SET to bask in good weather this week as temperatures are expected to rise up to 20 degrees.Forecasters have predicted that the good weather should last through the weekend as the rain is expected to stay away from most parts of the country. The west and midlands should get the warmest conditions.According to Met Éireann, it may even be time to consider breaking out the barbecue.A forecaster said: “It will be clear this morning, giving way to a dry day, with good sunshine in most areas. Temperatures to hit 20 degrees in some parts of Ireland today Time to dust off that barbecue. 17 Comments 21,655 Views center_img Image: Image: However, the southwest coast will be cloudier, with a slight chance of a few patches of mist or drizzle. Maximum temperatures 17 to 20 Celsius generally, highest in the west and midwest, but 14 or 15 on northeast, east and southern coasts, in mostly light to moderate easterly breezes.It is expected to be slightly cooler mid-week, but we can still expect average temperatures of between 14 and 17 degrees.While more difficult to predict for foracesters, this coming weekend looks set to have the finest weather of the year.Met Éireann added: “Early indications for the weekend is that it will be dry, with temperatures gradually increasing countrywide – in the mid to high teens on Saturday, but in the low 20s in many areas on Sunday.“Winds will gradually decrease over the weekend – mostly moderate easterly winds on Saturday will decrease light to moderate north to northeast by Sunday. Nights will be cool, with mist and fog patches.”Read: Firefighters tackle another weekend of massive gorse fires >Read: Self-employed would ‘pay more tax if they got extra benefits in return’ > May 2nd 2017, 7:21 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Shenmue IIIs DeadEyed Characters Ruin a Perfectly Good Debut Trailer

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on target Shenmue and its sequel are two of the most beloved Sega Dreamcast games of all time. It is for this reason many are excited to finally play Shenmue III. Today Ys Net revealed the first full trailer for the eagerly anticipated title. While the actual game itself looks gorgeous, the same can’t be said about the character’s expressionless faces.Let’s get to the good stuff first. Shenmue III is running on the Unreal 4 Engine. As we can see from the trailer, the game world looks absolutely stunning. Every environment comes to life with vibrant colors and intricate detail. The epic Shenmue theme music that plays throughout lets players know that this will be a truly epic adventure. Everything looks and sounds fantastic.I wish I were able to say the same for the character’s faces. For reasons I can’t quite fathom, none of the character’s faces have any emotion to them. They all have this creepy, action figure-like blank stare. Ryo Hazuki legitimately looks like he’s wearing a mask of himself. Even during the heat of battle, Ryo’s dead eyes never waver. Even poor Shenhua — a girl that’s supposed to be full of life — has nothing behind her eyes. It’s really quite disturbing.Shenmue III was originally set to release this fall on PC and PlayStation 4. However, game director and series creator Yu Suzuki decided to push that date to late 2018. Considering the state of the characters’ faces, this was probably for the best. The game is still in alpha, so there’s still a lot of work to be done. A year of extra production should help immensely. While I’m still looking forward to playing Shenmue III, I have to admit that this trailer has tempered my enthusiasm. Let’s hope that the next trailer features characters whose faces have some life in them.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Obama nudges locality pay for federal workers

first_imgFederal workers aren’t getting much of a pay increase next year, but those in Alaska will get a small extra bump.President Obama today announced changes to the locality pay for civilian employees, intended to account for differences in living costs.Alaska’s locality pay will increase 0.47 of a percentage point, to just over 25 percent, in 2016. That comes in addition to the increase in federal base pay, which for the third year in a row will be 1 percent.Alaska’s locality pay is nearly equal to that of Boston and Chicago, but substantially less than New York City’s 29.2 percent. The highest in the country is the San Francisco area at 35.75 percent.last_img read more

Famed Conductor Charles Dutoit Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @hollis_kookminCharles Dutoit is the artistic director and principal conductor at London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.Three opera singers and a classical musician say that world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit sexually assaulted them — physically restraining them, forcing his body against theirs, sometimes thrusting his tongue into their mouths, and in one case, sticking one of their hands down his pants.In separate interviews with The Associated Press, the accusers provided detailed accounts of incidents they say occurred between 1985 and 2010 in a moving car, the two-time Grammy winner’s hotel suite, his dressing room, an elevator and the darkness of backstage.The women accuse the 81-year-old artistic director and principal conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of sexual misconduct on the sidelines of rehearsals and performances in five cities — Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Saratoga Springs, New York.“He threw me against the wall, shoved my hand down his pants and shoved his tongue down my throat,” retired mezzo-soprano Paula Rasmussen recounted of an incident she said occurred in his dressing room at the LA Opera in September 1991. She refused to ever be alone with the Swiss-born conductor again, she said.Soprano Sylvia McNair, herself a two-time Grammy winner, said Dutoit “tried to have his way” with her at a hotel after a rehearsal with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1985.“As soon as it was just the two of us in the elevator, Charles Dutoit pushed me back against the elevator wall and pressed his knee way up between my legs and pressed himself all over me,” she said.The other two accusers did not want to be identified, saying they feared speaking up because the power the famous maestro wields could lead to them being blacklisted from the industry.Dutoit, who holds the titles of conductor laureate of the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor emeritus of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, did not respond to multiple attempts to reach him through the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his office in Montreal. The Royal Philharmonic said Dutoit was currently on vacation, but that it had forwarded the AP’s emailed requests for comment directly to him. The AP also reached out to Dutoit’s office with several phone calls and emails.In a long, distinguished career, he also has led highly regarded orchestras in Paris and Montreal, and traveled the globe as a guest conductor. He is scheduled to conduct the New York Philharmonic next month in a four-day program honoring Ravel.All four accusers’ stories are similar, and the AP spoke with their colleagues and friends, who confirmed that each of the women shared details of their experiences at the time.One of the women who asked not to be identified said Dutoit attacked her three times in 2006 and once in 2010, grabbing her breasts, pinning her wrists against his dressing room wall and telling her that they would make better music if she willingly kissed him.All four women said Dutoit either lured them to a private place to discuss or practice music, or simply seized a moment alone to make his move. The women all said they resisted him and escaped. They said they never filed formal complaints because they were young and Dutoit was the maestro.In interviews with the AP, more than a dozen singers, musicians and stage staff spoke of a culture of sexual misconduct in the classical music world that they said has long been implicitly tolerated by people in positions of authority.Dutoit’s accusers said they felt inspired by all the women speaking out about sexual misconduct by powerful men in Hollywood, politics, the media and other industries, and ultimately felt empowered to break their silence after the Metropolitan Opera suspended conductor James Levine earlier this month when misconduct accusations surfaced.___Cornered in an elevator“I never went to the police. I never went to company management. Like everyone else, I looked the other way,” said Sylvia McNair, now 61. “But it is time now to speak out.”McNair was 28 in March 1985 when she worked with Dutoit at the Minnesota Orchestra where he was conducting and she was singing the Bach B Minor Mass.After a rehearsal, McNair said she returned to her hotel with Dutoit and other performers and that the elevator gradually emptied until only she and the conductor remained. Dutoit immediately jumped her, she said, forcefully restraining her against the elevator wall and pushing his body into hers.“I managed to shove him off and right at that moment, the elevator door opened. I remember saying, ‘Stop it!’ And I made a dash for it,” she said.When she got to her room, she said she almost immediately called another singer who had been in the elevator with them.The AP spoke to the colleague, who confirmed receiving the call, saying “she was frantic because Dutoit had pressed her against the side of the elevator, pressing into her with his whole body.” He said he asked McNair the next day if Dutoit had apologized and she said he had not, and instead acted as if nothing had happened. The colleague asked not to be identified because he feared speaking out could harm his career.McNair, who went on to perform with many of the world’s major orchestras and opera companies, said she does not feel traumatized by Dutoit’s behavior 32 years ago. “But what he did was wrong,” she said.___Summoned to his dressing roomIn September 1991, when she was 26 and trying to build her career, Paula Rasmussen landed a principal role with the LA Opera in “Les Troyens.” Dutoit showed special interest in her at rehearsals, she said, prompting a veteran soprano, now deceased, to warn her to watch out for him.Rasmussen had dealt with inappropriate behavior before, she said, but her inner alarm bells did not sound when Dutoit summoned her. She assumed the maestro wanted to talk business.“He called me into his dressing room right before a dress rehearsal. Over the loudspeaker: ‘Ms. Rasmussen to Mr. Dutoit’s dressing room’,” she said.Rasmussen, 52, now an attorney in the San Francisco area, said she recalls feeling momentarily paralyzed after Dutoit grabbed her hand and stuck it down his pants and forced his tongue into her mouth. Then came a knock on the door. The conductor opened it, she said, “and I went past him, and ran up to my dressing room.”It was the only time she ever went to Dutoit’s dressing room unaccompanied, she said.“He called me back repeatedly that night, and up until we opened,” Rasmussen said. “Every time he wanted to give me notes on the performance after that, somebody would go with me.”Baritone John Atkins, who was part of the production, said he remembers Rasmussen being reticent upon getting called to Dutoit’s dressing room after the incident. “I volunteered myself to stand at the dressing room door, as a witness, for lack of a better term, to be there while she went to get notes,” he said.Atkins said he still remembers the cold stare from Dutoit. “He looked at me like, ‘Why are you standing here?’ And I looked at him like, ‘You know why.’”The AP also spoke with a member of the production’s staging staff who said it was known backstage that Dutoit had approached Rasmussen “in an unwanted manner” and that the singer had been visibly upset that night. The staffer asked not to be identified for fear of losing work in the industry.On a subsequent occasion, Rasmussen said the conductor passed her in a hallway and whispered, “You kissed me back,” which she assumed meant to suggest that she had invited his behavior.Rasmussen said she is breaking her years of silence “because people are listening — and nobody would listen before.”___‘Grabbed’ in a car and backstageA third singer told the AP that Dutoit assaulted her on four different occasions when she was in her 30s during performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra — first in 2006 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York and then in 2010 in Philadelphia.She didn’t see it coming the first time, the soprano said, considering it “the chance of a lifetime” to work with the famed conductor as a featured soloist. When Dutoit offered her a ride to their hotel in Saratoga Springs after the first rehearsal, she happily accepted, she said.“We get in his car, he starts driving down the road and he literally starts grabbing for whatever he can get,” including her breasts, she said. “For a minute, in my mind I thought, ‘Is he having a stroke?’”She said she batted his hand away and put her bag between them until he dropped her off at the hotel.After the next rehearsal, she said Dutoit called a meeting in his dressing room but that she felt safe because other people were there. At one point, when she looked up from the score, she realized they were alone, however.As she walked toward the door, she said, Dutoit pressed her against the wall, restrained her wrists and pushed himself against her, telling her she would relax if she kissed him. He suggested they become friends, she said, and told her she should come to his hotel room.The AP spoke with the woman’s voice teacher, who recalled an occasion where the conductor told the soprano he wanted to speak to her. “I physically see her start to shake,” said the teacher, who requested anonymity to protect the soprano’s identity. “She grabbed my hand and said, ‘Don’t leave me alone.’”A final act of aggression that season came on opening night, the soprano said.Just before the performance, the soprano said she was standing on the side of the stage in her evening gown when Dutoit approached in his tuxedo. “Toi, toi, toi, maestro,” she said, meaning “good luck.” In response, she said, “He turns around, he inspects me, reaches out, grabs both my breasts and keeps walking” onto the stage.The woman said she worked with Dutoit again four years later at the orchestra’s home base in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall.When she was instructed to deliver a message to the conductor in his dressing room, she said, “it was almost worse, because I knew what I was walking into.” In a repeat of the 2006 incident, she said he pushed her against the wall, forcing his mouth on hers.“I was so angry that I had let it happen again,” she said. “I felt like I was in hell.”Of Dutoit, she said, “There is nothing wrong with him as a musician, but he has been allowed to operate as a predator off the stage.”___‘Lunch’ in his hotel suite The fourth accuser was a 24-year-old musician with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago when Dutoit came to town in spring 2006 to guest-conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.After a few rehearsals, the musician — who now works with a different orchestra — said Dutoit offered her a seat in his box for a concert. She assumed others were joining them, since a box typically seats a half-dozen people. But they were alone, she said.As the music played, she said, Dutoit reached for her hand, then tried to grab it repeatedly as she pushed him away. “All the while I kept thinking, ‘How do I handle this? I can’t make him mad. I’ll try to laugh it away.’”After a few more rehearsals, she said, he suggested they meet for lunch at a restaurant but then changed the venue to his suite at the Four Seasons Hotel. “At the time, I thought I could handle myself,” she said.But once she arrived at the suite, Dutoit forced himself on her, she recalled. “He was just pushing himself against me, trying to kiss me, grabbing hold of my body, pushing his body on me,” she said. “I absolutely said no, pushed him away, went to the other side of the room.”He didn’t chase her, she said, but tried to coax her to stay and even invited her to visit his apartment in Paris.A former member of the orchestra said the woman spoke to him at the time about Dutoit, recalling she felt “utter disgust” at his advances. The man asked not to be identified to protect the musician’s identity.After he attacked her, the musician said, Dutoit emailed her about a dozen times. She would not show the AP the emails, saying she did not want them published, but read excerpts over the phone.In one, she said, Dutoit wrote that he was unaware “that an affectionate hug and kiss could have such a negative effect,” adding, “Of course, I forgot you are still a child.”“You could tell this was business as usual,” the musician told the AP. “Like he knew what he was doing, and didn’t seem put off by the fact that I was saying no.” Sharelast_img read more

VIDEO Warriors cancel practice after Steph Currys 30th birthday party goes to

first_img😂😂😂 It’s the return of China Klay!Watch 18 minutes of Klay Thompson, Coach Mike Brown and the Warriors dancing at Steph Curry’s 30th Birthday party:— (@Ballislife) March 13, 2018The result?Warriors just announced they canceled practice today. Everyone in recovery mode after Curry’s 30th.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 13, 2018 Steph Curry turns 30 tomorrow, but his teammates and friends threw him a surprise birthday bash last night that was good enough to force Steve Kerr to call off today’s practice in the name of recovery.Once Curry arrived via yacht, the party was on and featured plenty of karaoke and even some dancing by Kerr and assistant Mike Brown. At one point, Curry ate ribs on stage while legendary Bay Area rapper E-40 spit some bars behind him.The Warriors really seem concerned about finishing the regular season strong. They might as well get this out of the system before the playoffs.Steph Curry showing up to his own birthday party ON A YACHT.— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 13, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Get Better and Cheaper for Back to

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoAncestryAncestryDNA® Summer Sale: Only $59. Offer ends 8/26.AncestryUndoAdvertisement Just in time for back-to-school season, Apple has refreshed two of its most affordable MacBooks for 2019. MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch BarThe $1,299 starting model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro has been updated with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, and finally gains the Touch Bar, Touch ID functionality and T2 Security chip of its more premium siblings. This starting model also now features a True Tone display. The rest of the Pro’s specs remain largely unchanged, with the laptop housing 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 The main differences now between the entry-level MacBook Pro and pricier model is two Thunderbolt 3 ports versus four ports, faster performance and more powerful Iris graphics.MacBook Air Gets True ToneApple’s latest MacBook Air also got a price drop and minor spec bump. The laptop now starts at $1,099 and has gained a True Tone display. This model also packs an 8th Gen Core i5 chip, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of SSD storage and Intel 617 graphics.College students can snag these laptops for even cheaper, as the new Pro costs $1,119 for school-bound buyers while the starting Air costs just $999 via the Apple Education Store starting today. Both laptops also include a free pair of qualifying Beats Studio 3 headphones.With the arrival of these new entry-level Macs, Apple has stopped selling both the 12-inch MacBook as well as the previous generation MacBook Air. The death of the 12-inch MacBook is no surprise, though many Apple fans still prefer the older MacBook Air due to its deeper-travel keyboard.Apple is rumored to abandon its divisive Butterfly keyboards by the end of the year, so those who yearn for those classic MacBook keys may want to wait a few months to see what shakes out. To find out which 13-inch MacBook is best for you check out our MacBook Pro vs Air (2019) face-off.Which MacBook Should You Buy? MacBook vs. Air vs. Pro Author Bio Michael Andronico, Managing Editorcenter_img Michael Andronico, Managing Editor on A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews. last_img read more