Refugee head lauds Canadas refugee efforts but says hes hoping for more

first_imgMONTREAL – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says Canada’s reputation on refugee matters is solid, but he’s hoping it can do even more.Filippo Grandi said Friday he believes Canada can maintain its champion role by ramping up resettlement programs to help share the burden with countries facing an influx of refugees needing a new home.That doesn’t appear to be in the cards, however, as the federal government announced this week the number it will take via the UN will remain the same, although it will increase the number of privately sponsored refugees.It expects to take in 43,000 refugees next year — 3,000 more than this year — but the number of government-assisted refugees will remain stagnant at 7,500.Grandi said he will call on the federal government to go further when he meets with officials Monday.“It’s a positive message because Canada is an important, leading country in refugee matters from every perspective,” he said in Montreal where he attended several events and met a resettled refugee who works at a local hospital.“Positive, but also that Canada can do more and must to keep that position.”Grandi highlighted the case of Jean-Claude Puati, 40, who has been in Canada for two years and works regularly as a cook at Notre-Dame Hospital.He left his native Congo because of his homosexuality and went first to South Africa before facing discrimination and coming to Canada.“It’s not easy, because coming here people are a bit reserved to begin with,” said Puati, who has built up a social network and calls his time in Canada far more positive than negative.“There’s a lot of opportunity here and I’m looking toward the future with a lot of hope.”Grandi said Puati’s is the kind of case he wants to see Canada further embrace and that he would like the country to help LGBTQ members, women, rape victims and unaccompanied children.On Thursday, the custodian of the UN refugee convention appealed to the Security Council to do more to prevent and resolve conflicts and work toward peace.“They heard, I hope they listened,” Grandi said.Grandi said he hopes Canada, which has an interest in securing a council seat, will move to restore its multilateralist reputation and global peacekeeping role.Asking Canada to do more comes as the United States moves to cut by half the number of UN-referred refugees. The United States remains a leader in accepting refugees, but Grandi called the American trend worrisome.Ninety per cent of refugees are in the poorest countries and resettlement is a way to lessen their load.“What signal do you give to those countries that bear the biggest burden: Ethiopia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda,” Grandi said.last_img read more

Trump met with Foxconn CEO about Wisconsin project

MADISON, Wis. — Foxconn Technology Group CEO Terry Gou has met with President Donald Trump to discuss the company’s ever-changing Wisconsin project.Foxconn confirmed the meeting on Thursday but offered few details on what was discussed. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says Foxconn approached him about changing the state’s contract with the worldwide electronics leader.The current deal makes more than $4 billion in state and local tax credits available to Foxconn if it invests $9 billion and hires 13,000 people. But Foxconn has reduced the size of the display screen factory it plans to build and Evers says he thinks fewer people will be hired.Foxconn says Gou and Trump “discussed the latest updates and the positive progress” of the project, among other things. Gou announced last month he is running to be president of Taiwan.The Associated Press read more

Eurozone economy picks up steam but outlook gloomier

LONDON — A closely watched survey shows that the eurozone economy picked up a little bit of steam in May to expand at a three-month high rate.Financial information firm IHS Markit said Wednesday that its purchasing managers index — a broad gauge of economic activity across manufacturing and services — for the 19-country single currency bloc rose to 51.8 during the month, from 51.5 in April. Anything above 50 indicates an increase in output.A broader assessment of the survey, which will form part of Thursday’s analysis by the European Central Bank’s policymaking panel when it sets interest rates, showed the services sector largely behind the growth, with manufacturing lagging. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, also saw growth accelerate.However, the firm’s chief business economist, Chris Williamson, said prospects for the year ahead are “gloomier.”The Associated Press read more

Hungry Badger closed for kitchen upgrades

The Hungry Badger has temporary closed its doors while kitchen upgrades are completed in the popular on-campus eatery.The dining hub, located within Walker Sports Complex, will remain closed until Sunday, Sept. 1, as workers complete various improvements to the space and add infrastructure for future development.During the closure of the Hungry Badger, diners are encouraged to instead visit Guernsey Market, which is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Schmon Tower Tim Hortons, which is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. read more

Injury report Lightys broken foot in 200809 a blessing in disguise

When Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta thinks his team needs a boost, he’ll sometimes show highlights of former OSU players to amp up his Buckeyes. One of Matta’s favorites involves a player still on his roster. During the final minutes of an 81-68 win against Jacksonville on Dec. 17, 2008, then-OSU junior David Lighty raced up the sideline and stole a pass to help move the then-No. 16 Buckeyes to 7-0 — all while playing on a broken foot. “He broke his foot in that game and continued to play the last five minutes,” Matta said, “and played harder than anybody I had ever seen.” At the time, Lighty’s injury was a blow to a Buckeye team looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2007–08 season in which it didn’t make the NCAA Tournament. With Lighty’s foot recovering in time for a potential return to OSU at the tail end of the season, Matta debated bringing back the forward for a potential postseason run. “Part of me wanted to see how good that team could have been,” Matta said. “He was such an intricate part of it.” Matta ultimately decided against bringing back Lighty during the 2008–09 season, and the Buckeyes went on to make the 2009 NCAA Tournament, falling to Siena in the first round. With Lighty being granted a medical redshirt for that season, Matta recalled realizing that the injury could end up paying dividends for OSU in the long run. “I remember when he broke his foot and you’re visualizing ahead, and we knew we were going to have a big incoming class coming in that year,” Matta said. “I remember saying to myself, you know, this could be good to have David Lighty as a fifth-year senior guiding those guys.” Matta’s prophecy has turned into a reality this season, with Lighty playing a key role on a Buckeye team that is 24-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country. Lighty said there was never any doubt in his mind that his injury two seasons ago was a blessing in disguise. “I always look at it as a positive thing,” Lighty said. “Being with these guys one more year and being able to develop my game another year and especially having the chance and opportunity that we have right now to leave Ohio State, hopefully, as a national champion would be great.” Playing on a team with freshmen Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft, who weren’t yet in high school when he was playing his first season at OSU, Lighty has made his impact mostly on the defensive end of the floor, something Matta says Lighty is the best in the country at doing. When the Buckeyes were tied with Northwestern during the final minutes of their Jan. 29 matchup, it was Lighty who made a key steal that resulted in the game-winning free throw from Sullinger. The win gave the Buckeyes their 22nd consecutive win, a feat that Lighty — the player who’s been a part of the most wins in OSU history — has accomplished twice in his career. The other time came during his freshman season, 2006–07. Matta made a point of praising Lighty for the accomplishment following the game. “Of the four teams he’s played on, two … have won 22 games in a row at some point in his career,” Matta said. “That’s incredible.” Matta isn’t the only one to realize the impact Lighty has had on this year’s team. A freshman when Lighty broke his foot in 2008, junior guard William Buford said that what Lighty has brought to this year’s Buckeyes has been invaluable. “You’re always going to need Dave. He brings all the energy to the team,” Buford said. “He’s the most talkative guy when we’re on the floor. He’s the heart and soul to this team.” read more

Composer Mikis Theodorakis slams Tsipras over Macedonia name dispute resolution

first_imgGreek composer Mikis Theodorakis has slammed Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras following news of a resolution over the decades-long name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).Following ongoing talks, Tsipras and his counterpart Zoran Zaev finally agreed on the name ‘Republic of North Macedonia’, an outcome which Theodorakis has branded a historic defeat for Greece.In an official statement released by the outspoken figure, he said he believes that the resolution goes against the stance held by the majority of Greeks, adding that it would have a long term impact on the country by stigmatising it.Meanwhile he also expressed fear for the “dangers that lie ahead” as a result.Below is a translation of Theodorakis’ complete official statement:“Our country drew on an act of historical defeat with unpredictable consequences at the expense of our country and our people,” wrote the 92-year-old.“At the same time, the will of the overwhelming majority of the Greek people was stomped on. Tsipras, the so-called leftist is defending his own personal interest. In this way Greece and the Greek people are taking part in his downfall. After this big ‘YES’ by Mr Tsipras, what hurts the most is not only the dangers that lie ahead of us, but above all the great shame that will stigmatise us forever.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Styles vs Corbin set for Smackdown Live Upcoming WWE schedule

first_imgFacebook Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Kurt Angle Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35center_img Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Twitter Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Styles vs. Corbin set for 9/19 Smackdown has officially confirmed that AJ Styles will defend the WWE US Championship against Baron Corbin on next week’s Smackdown Live from Oakland.This match was made on this past week’s episode of Smackdown Live where Corbin declared that he would answer AJ Styles’ open challenge.Upcoming WWE scheduleUpcoming WWE schedule of live events from September 15 to September 21, 2017.* 9/16 live event in Osaka, Japan* 9/16 live event in Brisbane, Australia* 9/16 NXT live event in Fort Pierce, Florida* 9/17 live event in Shenzhen, China* 9/18 RAW TV tapings in San Jose, California* 9/19 Smackdown Live TV Tapings in Oakland, California* 9/21 NXT live event in Lowell, MassachusettsAs always, if you are attending any of these events we are seeking live reports.Send all live reports to: videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

A quarter of employers will not hold a Christmas party for staff

first_imgA quarter (25%) of organisations will not provide their workers with a Christmas party this year, according to research by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).However, its research, which surveyed 1,800 employees, also found that 66% of respondents identify their work Christmas party as a valuable opportunity to build relationships with their colleagues.The study also found:Just over a quarter of respondents (26%) felt the work Christmas party had positively impacted their career.80% of respondents have previously witnessed inappropriate behaviour at their Christmas party, including kissing a co-worker (35%) and rudeness (28%).Kate Cooper, head of research and policy at The Institute of Leadership and Management, said: “Our survey shows people really look forward to their Christmas parties, both as an opportunity to develop relationships with people across an organisation and to celebrate and look back on the past year.“Christmas parties are an important and eagerly anticipated reward for staff and an opportunity for employers to show how much they value them.”last_img read more

AK Bristol Bay artist paints to create hope for young offenders

first_imgBristol Bay artist Apayo Moore. (Photo by Hannah Colton/KDLG)Download AudioBristol Bay artist Apayo Moore has painted murals in Anchorage and Juneau. Moore recently received a grant from the state’s “Percent for Arts” program to paint two 60-foot murals that will be shipped up to Bethel in the fall to be installed in the youth detention center there.The artist hopes her murals will bring hope to young people who’ve committed offenses in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region. Her outreach starts much closer to home in the village of Aleknagik.When you walk into Apayo Moore’s temporary studio, the first thing you see is a fire truck. The red engine belongs to the City of Aleknagik, which is renting out their shop building for Apayo’s project.Artist Apayo Moore documents all her visitors. She tries to capture a toddler’s attention during a recent visit. (Photo by Hannah Colton/KDLG)The space is tall and airy, and while Apayo’s there, it’s always open to visitors.“Hello? Come in!”Today it’s a couple of homeschool families who live nearby. The four teenage girls are wearing their painting clothes, and Apayo is always happy to get other people involved. So she puts them to work.“…and then I’ll need one person on the roller action doing a second layer on this green.”“I’ll do that!”Apayo is a Yup’ik woman in her early thirties. She grew up in Twin Hills and Dillingham, and her art often conjures visions from a Bristol Bay childhood. This mural stretches the entire length of the shop wall.“The idea behind it was that, you know, your grandparents are sitting around the table drinking coffee … there’s that sound of laughter, and you’re kinda eavesdropping and if they’re speaking Yup’k then you’re kinda wondering what they’re talking about, and then you hear your name. So it’s supposed to be a happy uplifting coffee time.”So far the grandma-grandpa figures with their coffee mugs are just color-blocks of blue and yellow and tan, but already they look pretty jolly.“When I look at them, then I’ll start smiling back at them, so that’s been sort of a philosophy, I did that intentionally. I made all these guys smiling, hoping that the kids that are in the room will also smile when they see these big smiling faces.”She’s talking about the kids at the Bethel Youth Facility, where these panels are going to be installed in a few months. But her smile-trick seems to be working already, on her helpers in the warehouse.Logan Ball and Aubrey Romo of Aleknagik paint a base layer on Apayo Moore’s mural, which will depict chuckling, storytelling elders with subsistence scenes in the background. (Photo by Hannah Colton/KDLG)Aubrey Romo is 17. She’s painting a jacket on a man wearing a trucker hat. She says he reminds her of one of the locals here in Aleknagik“Ok, ok, I pick Steve, because he’s got the blue shirt and the coffee, and maybe he’s about to go plow a road for the morning or something. That’s what I imagine.”“This is a person you know?”“Yeah, he’s the go-to man around here.”Aubrey and the other three aren’t what you might think of as typical high schoolers. They’re polite and enthusiastic, with great attitudes. They’ve done all kinds of activities through their homeschool program –knitting, beading, pottery, even surfing and snowboarding.Still, 13-year-old Hildi Ball says hanging out at Apayo’s mural project is pretty special.“I actually never thought I’d meet Apayo. You can see Apayo paintings all over town, I was like wow she must be a celebrity here and then I met her and I was like *gasp* she’s… just another person, that’s so cool.”“Whenever you guys feel like you’re at a good stopping point, call it good.”Before the girls leave, Apayo lines them up for photo to post on her Instagram.“okay, say whee!”“WHEEE!”She says she posts the pictures because she wants people to understand that being an artist is a legit career option – even out in the Bush.“I love it when people stop by, I like it when people are inspired. Or, even when they start getting competitive, it makes it even better! Because I know that’s how I started, was looking at what other people were doing, and realizing what they were getting paid for it, and thinking, well gosh, I might be able to I could do that even better! So I’d like people to think that way, especially in Dillingham. I want the art community to really step it up.”Apayo’s previous works are all over down town Dillingham they’re projects that often took a lot of organization and gathering community inpur… But she has two young kids now, and not nearly as much time on her hands.“I’ve slowed down a little bit, quite a bit. So I want someone else to take that.”There are plenty of plain walls left in Bristol Bay, she points out. And there’s room for different voices.“Some people get a little bit darker, so maybe there’ll be something who makes you think a little bit more, you know? Maybe someone will go off of what I’ve been doing and go the opposite and try to get people thinking about how to make other changes… Like I might be missing something, just because I’m into subsistence and fishing and things like that, what else is there that we love about this area? Or, what else is there to say about Bristol Bay? I think it’d be cool to see someone else’s mural up.”There’s a saying – and Apayo seems to get it: “you can’t be what you can’t see.” That’s part of why she’s painting the mural here in the village, in full view of her neighbors.last_img read more

Fog disrupts PaturiaDaulatdia ferry services

first_imgFerry services on Paturia-Daulatdia route in the Padma River remained halted for three hours caused by dense fog on Thursday morning, reports UNB.Salauddin, an assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Aricha, said the ferry services were disrupted since 6:00am due to thick fog.During the time, four ferries remained stranded in the mid-river, he said.Over one hundred vehicles were waiting at the both ghats for crossing, he added.last_img

Netanyahu hails growing support to Israel

first_imgIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a dedication ceremony of the `Assuta` hospital in Ashdod, Israel on 21 December 2017. ReutersPrime minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned a UN vote on Thursday that rejected a US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but expressed satisfaction at the number of countries that didn’t vote for the measure.”Israel completely rejects this preposterous resolution. Jerusalem is our capital, always was, always will be,” Netanyahu said in an English-language video posted online by his spokesman.”But I do appreciate the fact that a growing number of countries refuse to participate in this theatre of the absurd,” said the Israeli leader.”Especially I want to again express our thanks to president (Donald) Trump and Ambassador (Nikki) Haley for their stalwart defence of Israel and their stalwart defence of the truth.”The motion was backed by 128 countries and opposed by nine, with Guatemala, Honduras, Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the Marshall Islands joining Israel and the United States in voting against the measure.But 35 countries abstained including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Mexico, the Philippines, Romania and Rwanda.Ukraine, which supported the draft resolution at the Security Council, was among 21 countries that did not turn up for the vote.Trump had warned ahead of the vote in the 193-nation assembly that “we’re watching” and threatened reprisals against countries backing the measure, which reaffirms that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations.last_img

Tesla Extends Vehicle Range to Drivers in Hurricane Irmas Path

first_img Natural disasters often bring out the best in people; strangers help strangers to make the most of a bad situation.Elon Musk is apparently one of those people, based on reports that Tesla Motors has extended the range of its vehicles in Florida to aid drivers fleeing Hurricane Irma.The luxury automaker remotely unlocked the full 75 kWh battery capacity of Model S 60, Model S 60D, and Model X 60D cars via an over-the-air software update.AdChoices广告Once upon a time, consumers could purchase a Tesla with a 75 kWh battery, which was proprietarily limited to 60 or 70 kWh. This helped keep the base price (and the car’s range) lower, with an option to later pay outrageous amounts of money to disable the restriction.Some owners, however, recently received a pleasant surprise. (Not 120 mph winds and flooding.)A Florida motorist last week told Electrek that he discovered his Model S 60 had nearly 40 additional miles and an unexpected ’75’ software badge. And though the anonymous driver was not the hero who precipitated Tesla’s gift, he is one of many who surely benefited.When one affected customer reached out to the company asking if it would temporarily enable the longer range feature to optimize his evacuation route, Tesla obliged.Which just proves that it never hurts to ask—even if you’re asking a multi-billion-dollar manufacturer.The firm declined to comment on the giveaway, but said the interim fix (15 kWh, or about 30 to 40 additional miles) has been applied to specific vehicles registered to folks in Florida’s evacuation area, and will remain accessible until Sept. 16.The southern state’s Supercharger network—a global grid of 480-volt fast-charging stations—is quite extensive, running from the Keys to the Panhandle.So, most Tesla motorists should have little problem crossing state lines on even the shortest range option. But a few extra free miles never hurt anyone.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow last_img read more

Varsity to vie for NAAC tag post 2020 convocation

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal State University (WBSU) is all set to seek accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) soon after its 2020 convocation.”We may not be in a position to compete with the old universities in the state. But we feel that it is time for our university to take part in competition and have an idea of how far we have been able to improve in academics and certain other parameters,” said Basab Chaudhuri, vice chancellor of WBSU. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThere are seven parameters under which NAAC accredits a university. It includes teaching-learning process, modification of syllabus, services and facilities for students such as extra- curricular activities, steps towards creation of jobs and environmental friendly steps taken by the varsity. In the present process of accreditation of a university by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, the latter has to reply to a set of questions regarding its various Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateactivities in yes/ no format and upload it on the website of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. If the self study report uploaded by the institution is found to be satisfactory then NAAC would inform the former the date when it would visit that institution and check on their own whether it really possess the infrastructure that it has declared in the study report and then would accredit it. If found unsatisfactory, then they would mention the areas in which the institution has to improve. Previously, a team from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, which is an autonomous body funded by University Grants Commission, would directly come to an institution and find out on their own what are the activities and would accordingly accredit it. Under the current process, 70 percent of the accreditation depend upon the self study report and 30 percent on the findings of the visiting NAAC team. “Our teachers and students have already been sensitized about the varsity going for NAAC credit,” a senior varsity official said. The West Bengal State University since its inception in 2008 had been embroiled in administrative red-tapism and had its first convocation in 2017. The inordinate delay in the publication of results was one of the major problems in the varsity. After Basab Chaudhuri took over as the Vice-Chancellor in September 2015 he streamlined the examination process and publication of results. At present, WBSU in Barasat has 46 colleges affiliated to it with an average enrollment of 55,000 students. It caters to a large number of first-generation learners.last_img read more

Microsoft releases fourth preview of Windows 10 version 1809 patch KB4469342

first_imgMicrosoft releases fourth preview of Windows 10 version 1809 patch KB4469342 by Martin Brinkmann on December 04, 2018 in Windows – 17 commentsMicrosoft released the fourth version of the cumulative update patch KB4469342 for the company’s Windows 10 version 1809 operating system to the release preview ring.The latest version of the patch brings the build to 17763.168; if it holds up, Microsoft could push it to the Release channel next Tuesday on the monthly Patch Tuesday.Microsoft released a series of bad updates for its Windows operating system in recent months. The company released the October 2018 Feature update for Windows 10 in early October but had to pull the update shortly thereafter when reports about data loss issues emerged on the Internet.Microsoft acknowledged the bug and added a large number of bugs to the listing over the course of two months that included issues with mapped network drives, fonts, audio playback, and Windows Media Player.Microsoft employees Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc published a list of issues that KB4469342 will fixe on the Windows Experience Blog. It fixes the file association bug, the bug with zip archives, and plenty of others but not all that are mentioned under known issues.The list does not include the fixes or improvements in the new build that Microsoft released on December 1.Microsoft added another issue to the growing list of issues acknowledged officially by the company on December 1. Systems that run applications that use the Morphisec Software Development Kit, Cisco AMP for Endpoints or Morphisec Protector, are blocked from receiving the Windows 10 version 1809 upgrade at this point in time until the issue is resolved.Has Microsoft learned from past mistakes?While it is certainly too early to answer the question with a firm “yes”, it appears that Microsoft changed the update strategy in two key areas.The company publishes known issues on the official Windows 10 Update History website. One could argue that the sheer number of issues caused the change, but it is quite possible that Microsoft attempts to improve communication by making vital information available that it might not have made available previously.The second change is related to time; Microsoft takes its time to develop and test the next cumulative update for Windows 10. It is certainly true that the company is under a microscope and that failure to deliver a working bug-free update would drop user satisfaction and trust further, and that this may be the driving force behind the two-month delay.Microsoft needs to get this right and that certainly plays a major role in the development process for that particular update. There is hope, however, that Microsoft will use the same process for future updates and especially for the larger feature updates for Windows 10.Closing WordsI take well-tested updates that may take longer to develop — as long as needed — over faster updates any time of the day.  Microsoft needs to get updates right, especially with the rapid release cycle of feature updates for Windows 10.Now You: What is your take on this? Progress or just damage control?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft releases fourth preview of Windows 10 version 1809 patch KB4469342DescriptionMicrosoft released the fourth version of the cumulative update patch KB4469342 for the company’s Windows 10 version 1809 operating system to the release preview ring. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

The Secret to Soap Bubbles Iridescent Rainbows

first_imgRhett AllainWhen it comes to reflected light, you get a half wavelength phase shift if it reflects off a material with a higher index of refraction. If the material that the light reflects off has a lower index of refraction, you don’t get a phase shift.Thin FilmsNow let’s put this all together. Imagine a beam of light that hits a very thin layer of soap. Some of the light reflects off the first surface and then some of the light reflects off the back surface. Here is a very rough diagram.Rhett AllainThe key here is that the two reflected light waves travel different distances. If the light ray that goes through the soap and reflects off the back travels a total distance (there and back) of half a wavelength, then it will end up in phase with the other reflected light ray. These two reflected light rays will constructively interfere and make for a brighter reflection. With all of this, the conditions for a bright reflection depend on: The speed of light is set at about 3 x 108 meters per second. If it’s visible light, it has a very tiny wavelength with a value between about 380 nanometers and 740 nanometers, where a nanometer is 10-9 meters. Yes, that is super small. Our human eyes interpret different wavelengths as different colors. A wavelength of 380 to 450 nm would appear violet and the longer wavelengths of 630 to 740 nm would be red.Interference of WavesLet’s go back to the wave on a string. What happens when you have two different waves on the same string? Imagine that you make a single pulse on the string and it travels from left to right. At the same time, you make another wave pulse on the same string—but from the other side. These two pulses will move towards each other, but they don’t collide. When they meet, these two waves will simply add together to make a single bigger pulse. After that, they will just continue along and pass through each other.Rhett AllainWhen these waves combine to make a higher amplitude pulse, we call this constructive interference. What if one of the wave pulses is inverted? In that case, the two waves still add together—but in this case they will cancel (just for an instant). If you pay attention, you can see some pretty cool stuff that you might otherwise miss. Have you really looked at a soap bubble? Notice how you can see a bunch of different colors? What about that tiny drop of gasoline in a puddle at the gas station—see the rainbow of colors? Oh, there is that weird car too. It appears to have paint that changes colors. These optical effects are all classified as “thin film interference.” You need several physics ideas to really appreciate this optical phenomena—so, let’s get to it.Light Is a WaveEverything we see is due to visible light, the very narrow spectrum of electromagnetic waves that our eyes can detect. Since it’s difficult to visualize the wave properties of light, however, let’s consider another wave—a wave on a string. Imagine a string on the ground. If I continually shake one end, I will create a repeating disturbance that travels down the length of the string. For this wave, there are three important properties: wave speed, wavelength, and frequency.Rhett AllainIf you watched one of the disturbance peaks move along the string, the speed of this peak is the wave speed (v). The distance from one peak to the next is the wavelength (λ) and the rate that a peak passes a particular stationary point is the frequency (f). These three variables are not completely independent. The product of the wavelength and the frequency will give you the wave speed. The same thing happens when light hits the surface of a soap bubble. Some of the light goes into the thin layer of soap and some of it is reflected. This is key to understanding the awesome colors you see in a soap bubble.Index of RefractionIf you wanted to skip a section, you could probably pass over this part. It has to do with the way light travels through different materials. That’s fine because it’s actually pretty complicated. Let me give you the simple version.When a light wave interacts with matter (like the atoms in a soap bubble), the electric field part of the electromagnetic wave creates an oscillation in the atoms in the soap. These oscillating atoms (technically, just the electrons in the atoms) then create their own re-radiated electromagnetic waves. When you combine the original electromagnetic wave with the re-radiated wave, you get a single new wave. This new wave has an apparent wave speed that is slower than the original wave.If you take the speed of light in a vacuum (we use the symbol c for this value) and then divide that by the new apparent speed of light in the material, you get a ratio. We call this ratio the “index of refraction.”Rhett AllainThe n is the index of refraction. It’s typically a value greater than 1. A soap bubble might have an index of refraction between 1.2 and 1.4 (depending on its composition). Oh, we really don’t care about the speed of light in the soap. But since the wave speed is still related to the wavelength, we actually get a different wavelength in the material. Rhett AllainThis is called destructive interference. It doesn’t just happen with waves on a string—it also happens with light waves.Reflection and TransmissionWhat happens when light hits some type of transparent surface—like a glass window? Your first answer might be that the light travels through the glass. That is mostly true. However, when a wave (like light) goes from one material to another (like air to glass), some of the light is transmitted and some of the light is reflected.You might think that’s crazy, but just think of the following situation. You are standing outside of a house on a bright sunny day. You try looking into the kitchen window, but guess what? You only see your reflection. You can’t see inside the house at all. That’s because the outside objects are very bright (from the sun), with their light reflecting off the window and into your eyes. Light from the inside of the house also travels through the glass, but your eyes can’t distinguish it because of the super bright reflection. The thickness of the soap film.The wavelength (color) of the light.The index of refraction of the film.The angle of incidence for the light.Let me quickly explain the angle of incidence. If the light hits the film at a perpendicular angle, then the distance traveled in the film will be twice the thickness. However, if the light comes in at a lower angle, the light will go a greater distance inside the film. This means that the interference pattern will also depend on the angle at which the light strikes the film.How about some examples? Here is a thin film of soap mounted vertically while exposed to white light. Remember that white light has all the colors of visible light.Rhett AllainSince this film is vertical, it gets thicker at the bottom of the frame. As the film thickness changes, different wavelengths of light achieve constructive interference. That’s why you see those nice bands of different colors. But what happens if you let the film settle for a longer time? It will continue to get thinner at the top. Here’s what that looks like. Rhett AllainNotice that the top of the frame is black. There is no wavelength of light that has constructive interference to be visible. This is because the soap film at the top is VERY thin. It’s so thin that there is no noticeable path length difference between the light reflected from the front and back of the soap film. However, there is still a phase shift from the reflection of the front part of the film—this makes the two reflected light waves out of phase such that they destructively interfere and cancel.What happens if you illuminate the film with monochromatic light? Monochromatic means it’s just one color (and one wavelength) of light. This isn’t pure monochromatic light, but it’s pretty close since I’m using LEDs for the lights. In this composite image, I have different colors of light right next to each other—originally from different images.Rhett AllainNotice that with a single color, the interference is either black or the original color. For each wavelength, the dark bands repeat—but they repeat at different intervals for different colors. The red light has a larger wavelength. That means it requires the soap film to get much thicker in order to have an integer number of wavelengths for destructive interference.Actually, you can also get thin film interference using air as the film. Take two very flat pieces of glass. In my case, I am using two microscope slides. Put one on top of the other. That’s pretty much it. The two glass plates will form a very small and thin gap of air. This gap will act essentially the same as the soap film. You can even change the thickness of the air by pushing on the plate with your finger.Rhett AllainThat’s pretty cool. Oh, what about those cars with the color-changing paint? They actually don’t change colors. Instead, they have something that is very similar to a thin film—when viewed from different angles you get different colors of light that constructively interfere. This is the same reason that peacock feathers look so cool (and some other animals can do this too). Just keep your eyes open and you can find stuff like this in lots of different places. More Great WIRED StoriesThe quest to make a bot that can smell as well as a dogHong Kong meets Scandinavia in these multiple exposuresA history of crap—from space junk to actual poopAn AI pioneer explains the evolution of neural networksWhy Uber is fighting cities over data on scooter trips✨ Optimize your home life with our Gear team’s best picks, from robot vacuums to affordable mattresses to smart speakers.📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Rhett AllainThe wavelength of light in the material (λn) is the original wavelength (λ) divided by the index of refraction.Phase ShiftsOne last idea before we get to the good stuff. Let me go back to the model of the wave on a string to explain phase shifts. Suppose the other end of the string is tied to a stick so that it can’t move. When a single wave pulse travels down the string and reaches this pole, it will reflect back. However, since the end is fixed the wave will reflect and be inverted. Like this.Rhett AllainThis inverted wave pulse is a phase shift. If you took a repeating wave and shifted it over by half a wavelength, you would get the same effect. So we call this a half wavelength phase shift. But something different happens if you let the string be moveable at the point where it is attached to the pole. In that case, it’s not inverted.last_img read more

Cloudflare in its IPO filing thanks a third cofounder Lee Holloway

first_imgNot every co-founder is acknowledged at the companies that they help to launch. Sometimes, they quit or they’re elbowed out. Often, they’re conveniently written out of the company’s history.In the case of Cloudflare, a third co-founder who began the company with its higher-profile CEO, Matthew Prince, and its COO, Michelle Zatlyn, is little known outside the company for a very different reason. As Cloudflare states in an S-1 IPO filing that it made public today, “Tragically, Lee stepped down from Cloudflare in 2015, suffering the debilitating effects of Frontotemporal Dementia, a rare neurological disease.”Frontotemporal dementia impacts between 50,000 and 60,000 Americans, according to a rough estimate cited by the Alzheimer’s Association, and it tends to impact younger people, often beginning in their 40s.Though the cause isn’t known, a person’s risk for developing frontotemporal dementia — wherein the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain shrink — is higher if there’s a family history of dementia, according to the Mayo Clinic.Cloudflare did not respond today to questions about Holloway, but Prince and Zatlyn, in a section of the filing addressed to potential shareholders, credit Holloway as the “genius who architected our platform and recruited and led our early technical team.” In fact, they write, when picking a code name for the company’s IPO, they chose “Project Holloway” to honor his contribution, because the “technical decisions Lee made, and the engineering team he built, are fundamental to the business we have become.”Holloway’s beneficiaries will be rewarded for that work. According to the S-1, trusts affiliated with him own 18% of the company’s Series A shares (or common shares) and 3.2% of the company’s total outstanding shares. Prince meanwhile owns 20.2% of the company’s class B shares and 16.6% of all outstanding shares, and Zatlyn has 6.8% of the company’s class B shares and 5.6% of the overall shares outstanding.If Cloudflare goes public at the $3.2 billion valuation that it was last assigned by its private investors, Holloway’s family and other trust recipients could see upwards of $100 million.That’s none too shabby for a computer geek who attended Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif., before working as an engineer at the bubble-era home improvement site Its assets were sold in 2000 to in an apparent fire sale; at the time, then-CEO Jeanne Jackson told the San Francisco Chronicle that Walmart was “very impressed with the commerce platform developed by the team.”After that experience, Holloway headed to UC Santa Cruz, where he studied computer science and, in a meeting that would change his life, was introduced through a professor to Prince with whom he began building an anti-spam startup called Unspam Technologies. Holloway was its chief software architect; Prince continues to serve as chairman.The two also co-created Project Honey Pot, an open-source community that still tracks online fraud and abuse.Zatlyn would enter the picture soon after.According to Cloudflare itself, in 2009, Prince had taken a sabbatical from work to get his MBA from Harvard Business School. It was when he began telling Zatlyn, a classmate, about Project Honey Pot and its community of users that she helped him recognize a related opportunity in not just tracking internet threats but also stopping them.While they worked on the business plan as part of their studies, Holloway built the first working prototype. It worked well enough that by 2010, they were pitching investors at a TechCrunch Disrupt as one of the event’s “battlefield” participants.Holloway wasn’t onstage for that demonstration. He might have preferred to operate in the background given the nature of his work.Indeed, in the first of just three tweets he has ever published, he wrote simply, “Pondering the nature of web exploits.”Pictured above: Cloudflare co-founders Zatlyn, Holloway and Prince.last_img read more

Safe haven for kudu at Lasec

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Mr Govender then made it his duty to find the owner, which he did on Monday. The owner was found to be Mr Jabu Camphor of Platrand Lodge. He was called in, together with his team of workers, to catch the kudu and take it back to his farm. The kudu was captured in a matter of minutes and loaded unharmed onto the back of a van. The kudu is now safely back on Mr Camphor’s farm, wandering around in peace with not a care in the world. The question is: What would the kudu say if it was asked about the brief education it received at Lasec? Ladysmith Secondary School (Lasec) has had a new addition since a kudu made its way onto the school grounds on Friday. Lasec proved to be a safe haven of sorts for the kudu, as outsiders wanted to claim it as their own – many of them wanted to shoot it. School principal Mr Govender and his ground workers made sure the placid animal had a pleasant stay at the school by giving it water to drink and making sure no harm came to it. last_img read more

Air Vanuatu Nadi Service Schedule Change

first_imgPlease note that as from Saturday, 17th November 2018, all weekly Saturday flights to/from Nadi , Fiji operated by Air Vanuatu ATR72-600 (flight number NF74/75) are CANCELLED.Air Vanuatu has rescheduled the Saturday service onto Fridays as follow :ScheduleFriday, 17th Nov. 2018 and onward :NF74  Port Vila Nadi   1610 1840NF75  Nadi Port Vila   1940 2010The new weekly Friday service will be operated by our Boeing 737-800 with 8 Business Class and 160 Economy seats. The baggage allowance will remain at 23kg/pp.We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in facilitating any of your customers’ reservations, who may be impacted by this change.In the meantime, we are happy to provide any confirmation letter for insurance claim purposes.All customers concerned are currently being contacted by our Flight Support team with re-booking etc. at no additional charge on Air Vanuatu.We do hope that this extra capacity will be a plus for our long-haul passengers with seamless connectivity.For further information, please contact:Paul Pio Procurement and Public Relations OfficeAir Vanuatu (Operations) Ltd  | Port Vila | VanuatuT:  +678 20200 F: +678 23 250 E: The post Air Vanuatu Nadi Service Schedule Change appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Participants of the Fiji Dive Fiesta to explore North sites

first_imgParticipants of the Fiji Dive Fiesta 2019 will get a chance to explore world-class dive sites in the North this year.Tourism Fiji Chief Executive, Matthew Stoeckel says dive is a crucial niche segment that is promoted in all their key markets.He says Fiji is well positioned as the soft coral capital of the world and the focus for this year will be to promote our rich cultural diversity and adventurous landscape.The fiesta will encompass a week-long, action-packed dive itinerary, rounding off with one full day of expo/trade engagement for the group with the local dive operators.The event will see dive agents and media from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe, China and North America.They will experience some of Fiji’s world-renowned diving sites. This includes dive spots on the colourful Rainbow Reef and other sites along the Somosomo Strait.The dive will be from held from the 16th- 22nd of this month.This year’s event culminates with a Dive Expo at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Fiji.The post Participants of the Fiji Dive Fiesta to explore North sites appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Vance Bedford explains what went wrong at Texas

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Charlie Strong’s reflection period after his firing at Texas lasted all of two weeks. He was dismissed at UT on Nov. 26 and hired as Willie Taggart’s replacement at South Florida on Dec. 11 — while taking a large chunk of his Texas staff with him to Tampa.But as the weeks turn into months since the end of the Strong Era of Longhorn football, one prominent staff remember remains essentially stuck in time: Vance Bedford. Bedford was Strong’s defensive coordinator at Louisville, and the former Longhorn defensive back was a natural choice to continue in that role at Texas. Inheriting a veteran defense led by future first-round pick Malcom Brown on the defensive line, Bedford’s first burnt orange defense finished the 2014 season eighth nationally in yards per play allowed.The Longhorns’ experience graduated after that season and took the team’s good defensive numbers with them. In covering for a roster hollowed out over the final years of the Mack Brown regime, Texas played young players in 2015 and ’16 and suffered for it. Bedford’s defense slipped to 70th in yards per play allowed in ’15 and 60th last season. He was demoted in October after consecutive games allowing 500-plus total yards in losses to California and Oklahoma State, which he said was a teachable moment for his players. “I told the players that in life, you have to always be accountable,” he said. When things are going well and not going well, somebody has to stand up and takes responsibility. I am that guy.”Most of his coworkers have moved on to the next job, but Bedford has not. His Twitter account (which is now private) still bears his former employer’s initials and his tweets bear not a hint of resentment or bitterness. He’s clearly a guy who will wear the school colors whether he’s getting paid to or not. “I went to school here,” he said in an interview with Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods. “This is my alma mater. It’s different for me. That’s why not winning here hurts so much. This wasn’t just a job. This was home. It had a special meaning for me.” When asked to provide his autopsy for why his staff didn’t succeed at Texas, Bedford pointed to bad timing and bad luck.“I always think if you look at the history of coaching, it’s tough to follow a guy who is somewhat of a legend, like Mack Brown,” he said. “He was here for 16 years, and it’s tough to follow that guy and have success. You look at Barry Switzer let go at Oklahoma. It took almost a third head coach to finally win. You look at when Steve Spurrier left. You look at when Bear Bryant left. Sometimes it takes the third coach to have success. I think we fell into that trap when you follow a legend. Then when you get here, when you look at the history of Texas, when was the last time we had an offensive lineman drafted at the University of Texas? You look at the quarterback situation here since Colt McCoy. I don’t care who you are, or where you’re coaching at, whether it’s high school or wherever, you got to have a trigger man who can win games for you, or at best control the tempo and the game for you. I think that’s where it all starts.”“Following a legend like Mack, and then our quarterback situation. You lose (David) Ash that first ball game, and you’ve been scrambling ever since. I think this past season, if Shane Buechele was here when we first got here, Charlie Strong would still be here, in my opinion, because Shane Buechele has that west coach type mind. He can figure things out, read coverages and throw the football. Again, you never had the quarterback situation settled.”Bedford first worked with Strong as members of Urban Meyer’s staff at Florida, and just as Meyer benefitted by being the guy after the guy (Ron Zook) that followed the guy (Steve Spurrier), he thinks the same dynamic will play out at Texas, where Strong will serve as the bridge between successful Brown and Tom Herman runs. “I think (Herman) can win nine of 10 games and be in a position to win nine or 10 games and be in the position, at the end, to win a conference championship.”Read the full (paywalled) interview here.last_img read more