Cup of Characters

first_imgS Sreesanth and Ricky PontingAction ManAfter he made it to the World Cup squad, S. Sreesanth tweeted, “No drama only action.” By action, he perhaps meant verbal duels on the field. What else could explain his altercation with Ricky Ponting during the warm-up game at Bangalore? Having beaten Ponting on a few occasions, Sreesanth went up to him to say a few words and the Australian skipper gave it back. We prefer a five-wicket haul to this drama.AB de VilliersNo ShrinkingTest wicket-keeper Mark Boucher says the South African ODI team should be unpredictable, the Pakistan way. But one-day keeper AB de Villiers is not amused. “Who said that? Oh it’s Boucher. We don’t want to be branded unpredictable. We have our own style of play,” he said in Chennai. He is also not happy with the team seeking the help of psychologist Henning Gericke. “We don’t need more psychologists. There is no worry about failing under pressure. The past is past.” So no more choking? We will wait for a big match.MS DhoniHome RunAfter complaining about the pitch in Bangalore, M.S. Dhoni threw all thoughts of playing according to the situation out of the window in India’s warm-up match against New Zealand at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai. He smashed a 64-ball 108 to crush the Kiwis by 117 runs. The Indian skipper, who plays for the IPL team Chennai Super Kings, seemingly got pumped up by the support of his 35,000 “home” crowd who cheered every run scored by him.advertisementRizwan CheemaClose CallTouted as one of the probable winners of the World Cup 2011, England escaped a humiliating defeat by just 16 runs in their warm-up match against Canada at Fatullah in Bangladesh. Their experiment with Kevin Pietersen as an opener also bombed as the batsman negotiated 49 balls for his 24. “I will look to play my normal game. It’s not a pinch-hitting role,” he said after the match. For Canada, Rizwan Cheema’s 93 went in vain as the lowest-ranked team came tantalisingly close to victory.last_img read more

1980: Sanjay Gandhi’s unexpected death put whole nation in mourn

first_imgSetting Son Sanjay Gandhi’s death was as sudden as it was violent. It was also self-indulgent. Warned often about his dangerous aerobatics at the Delhi Flying Club, Gandhi pushed his S2-A Pitts biplane too far and too low on that fateful June day. Mrs Gandhi suddenly found herself without her,Setting SonSanjay Gandhi’s death was as sudden as it was violent. It was also self-indulgent. Warned often about his dangerous aerobatics at the Delhi Flying Club, Gandhi pushed his S2-A Pitts biplane too far and too low on that fateful June day. Mrs Gandhi suddenly found herself without her point man and airline pilot Rajiv Gandhi found himself a new career. Sanjay’s death left a big question mark over Delhi skies: would he have given Indian politics the catharsis it so badly needed? Would he have ushered in a one party dictatorship? Would he have become prime minister?The Last LeapIndia won a hockey gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, beating Spain 4-3 in the finals. This was the last gold India would ever win at the Games, in both individual and team events.”YOU CAN’T SHAKE HANDS WITH A CLENCHED FIST.”-Indira GandhiShe saw her plans pan out immaculately as the Charan Singh government collapsed even before it was able to get to its feet. With the incumbent Janata Party fractured by infighting and losing credibility before the public with its incessant anti-Indira rhetoric, all the former prime minister had to do to bring the house of cards crashing down was coin a classic line like “Choose a Government that Works” to seal the fate of her opponents.”I do not mind if today somebody regards the Bharatiya Janata Party as a Hindu party.”-L.K. ADVANI about the newly-formed BJP. Anger RightGovind Nihalani gave a hint of thingsto come with his directorial debut, Aakrosh. The film, featuring the art frat including Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil and Amrish Puri,was based on a true story that was adapted for screen by Marathiplaywright Vijay Tendulkar. The hard-hitting film established Nihalanias a no-nonsense direct.56 per cent of Indian women were in the age group of 15 to 19. The figure was higher than in many developed countries, where it was 39 per cent. This, despite India’s infant mortality rate being a high 113 per 1,000 live births.Elesewhere…Yugoslav President Tito died and the funeral ceremony saw more than 140 state delegations in Belgrade from all over the world.The Summer Olympic Games kicked off in Moscow. Sixty-six nations, including the US, Canada, West Germany and Japan, boycotted the games in protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.Former Beatle John Lennon died after being shot outside the Dakota Entrance of his New York City home, by Mark David Chapman, a deranged fan who had taken his autograph earlier in the day.First CutPrakash Padukone became the first Indian to win the prestigious All England Open badminton title when he beat Indonesian Liem Swie King. It was the only All England finals that King lost between 1978 and 1981. In 1981, Padukone faltered in his title defence, as King proved too good and too steady to be beaten at the pinnacle of the sport once again.Did You KnowOn June 24, just a day after the death of Sanjay Gandhi, President V.V. Giri also passed away in Chennai at the age of 85. A national mourning was declared after the twin tragedies.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2011: Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore- DC win by 33 runs

first_imgHyderabad beat Bangalore by 33 runs in their IPL match at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday. Score | PhotosSri Lankan danger man Tillakaratne Dilshan could not contribute much to the Bangalore innings as he failed to perform against superb bowling attack by Hyderabad. Dilshan scored only 7 off 8 balls when he was caught out by Sangakkara on Ishant Sharma’s delivery.Soon after Dilshan headed to pavillion Dale Steyn bowled out promoted Zaheer Khan on a swinging full toss which hit the middle wicket. Zak got out on a duck. Mayank Agarwal, who was looking confident, played a lose shot on a shot pitch delivery by Manpreet Gony and was caught out by Amit Mishra. Gony also ended AB de Villiers’ innings on a duck.Playing under pressure, Saurabh Tiwary in order to score quick runs fell victim to Amit Mishra’s delivery, which turned to get the top edge and Sangakkara made no mistake.Cheteshwar Pujara and Johan van der Wath fell to Steyn when he dismissed both in the 17th over of the match and he was also the pick of the bowlers for DC with figures of 4-0-24-3.For Bangalore Virat Kohli scored a brilliant 71 off just 51 balls before falling to Gony.Ryan Ninan was the last man out for Bangalore, who just scored 3 runs before he was dismissed by Daniel Christian.Hyderabad inningsEarlier, Hyderabad scored 175/5 in 20 overs against Bangalore in their IPL match at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday. advertisementBangalore captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and chose to bowl against Hyderabad. A fine decision considering that Bangalore lost one quick wicket early in the innings.Zaheer Khan send Shikhar Dhawan back to give Bangalore their early breakthrough. Dhawan mis-timed his shot giving an easy catch to RCB captain Daniel Vettori.Just as Dhawan walked back to the pavilion, Kumar Sangakkara took the crease to support Sunny and began to steady the innings.Sunny Sohal fell prey to Ryan Ninan’s delivery. Misplacing the shot he was caught by Saurabh Tiway at the long on for 38 runs.Johan van der Wath got rid of DC’s skipper Kumar Sangakkara when he was looking to consolidate and help his team pose a big total on the scoreboard.With his ballistic performance, right-hand batsman Bharat Chipli completed his 50 off 29 balls. Chipli and JP Duminy shared 50 runs partnership for the 4th wicket. Duminy who was playing well against the RCB bowling attack was taken out by Zaheer Khan.Hyderabad star batsman Bharat Chipli, who scored 64 off 35 balls, was not-out as DC puts a mammoth target for the Bangalore.Dale Steyn was awarded the Man-of-the-Match award for his brilliant figures of 4-0-24-3.last_img read more

RTOS trends and challenges

first_imgSome decades ago, the embedded industry shifted focus from assembly to C programming. Faster processors and better compilers allowed for raising the level of abstraction in order to improve development productivity and quality.We are now in the middle of a new major shift in firmware development technology. The increasing use of real-time operating systems (RTOSes) represents the third generation of embedded software development. RTOSes introduce a new abstraction level that enables more complex applications, but not without complications.An RTOS is a fast, deterministic operating system for use in embedded and IoT applications. These operating systems are often very small and so are suitable for use in microcontrollers (MCUs). The main job of an RTOS is to provide multithreading, thereby allowing for separation of software functionality into multiple “parallel” programs, which are known as “tasks.” An RTOS creates the illusion of parallel execution by rapidly switching the executing task. Unlike general-purpose operating systems, an RTOS gives the developer full control over the multithreading and therefore enables deterministic real-time behavior.There are many benefits of using an RTOS, but it is not a solution in itself and it comes with new challenges. Many developers have already dived into RTOS-based design, often without fully realizing the implications; they have used development tools that are without proper support for RTOS-based development; and — due to this — they may have encountered significant difficulties with regard to debugging and validation.The RTOS trend RTOSes have been around since the early 1980s, but — for a number of reasons — they are becoming more and more common. Embedded applications are becoming increasingly complex, connected, and event-driven, using advanced peripherals and middleware stacks that all need to be managed in parallel. Using an RTOS simplifies this greatly. The alternative to using an RTOS is to implement some kind of execution control yourself, using custom states and logic. For more complex applications, this tends to gets complicated, error-prone, and problematic to maintain. By using an RTOS, you delegate the execution control to a highly optimized RTOS kernel that has been thoroughly tested and proven in use.Although using an RTOS implies a minor processing overhead, RTOS-based design is often more efficient than a traditional super-loop design. This is because RTOS tasks can wait for activation events without wasting processor time, and response times can be faster because of shorter ISRs (interrupt service routines) and pre-emptive scheduling. Moreover, today’s MCUs often feature fast 32-bit cores with substantial amounts of Flash and RAM memory, making the RTOS footprint less of a problem.The rising popularity of freely available and open-source RTOSes has made RTOS-based design more accessible and created large user communities — a kind of “critical mass” that works as a positive feedback loop. RTOSes are no longer a hype, as they were 10-15 years ago, but are used broadly in all sorts of embedded applications. It’s not only commercial RTOS vendors who are advocating RTOS-based design; many MCU vendors now include RTOSes in their software development kits. FreeRTOS is included by several MCU vendors, including ST, NXP, and Atmel. Renesas includes the ThreadX RTOS and has made it the foundation of its Synergy SDK, expecting you to use it. Moreover, Silicon Labs recently acquired Micrium, a leading RTOS vendor, most likely to integrate Micrium’s µC/OS in its SDK.The RTOS trend is also clearly visible in the Embedded Market Survey, probably the most established and trusted study of the industry. The most frequent answer for “greatest technology challenge” is now “RTOS.” This concern has grown significantly from 12% in 2013, to 17 % in 2014, up to 26% in the 2015 survey. A related trend is that the use of in-house solutions, or bare-metal design (no RTOS), is decreasing in favor of leading RTOSes. The RTOS market has historically been very fragmented, but now seems to be slowly consolidating as developers gravitate towards the leading players.Although an RTOS is no “silver bullet” that solves all problems, and is perhaps not suitable for certain systems, the increasing use of RTOSes is without question a major trend today and one that’s likely to continue.Challenges of using an RTOS So what makes an RTOS so special that it can be called the third-generation in firmware design? An RTOS is a very special software component, since it takes control over the program execution and brings a new level of abstraction in the form of tasks. When using an RTOS, the control-flow of your program is no longer apparent from the source code, since the RTOS decides which task to execute at any given moment. This is a fundamental change, similar to the shift from assembly to C programming, as it allows for higher productivity using higher abstraction, but also means less control over the fine details.This is a double-edged sword. It can make it easier to design complex applications, but these applications may subsequently turn out to be difficult to validate and debug. While an RTOS can reduce the complexity of the application source code, it does not reduce the inherent complexity of the application itself. A set of seemingly simple RTOS tasks can result in surprisingly complex runtime behavior when executing together as a system.As was previously mentioned, an RTOS is not a solution in itself, and there are many pitfalls for the unwary. The developer needs to determine how the tasks are to interact and share data using the RTOS services. Moreover, the developer needs to decide important RTOS parameters like task priorities (relative urgency) that can be far from obvious. Even if you have written all your code according to best practices in RTOS-based design, there might be other parts of the system — in-house or third-party components — that run in the same RTOS environment but that may not follow the same principles.The fundamental problem that makes RTOS-based design difficult is that RTOS tasks are not isolated entities. There is at least one kind of dependency between the tasks — their shared processor time. With fixed-priority pre-emptive scheduling, higher priority tasks can wake up and take over the execution at almost any point, thereby delaying the execution of lower priority tasks until all of the higher priority tasks have completed.Other kinds of shared resources (such as global data or hardware peripherals) also results in dependencies between tasks, as the necessary synchronization may block the tasks from executing when desired. This may cause unpredictable delays if not designed correctly, independent of task priorities.An example of this kind of problem can found in NASA’s Pathfinder mission, where they landed a rover on Mars. During the mission, the spacecraft experienced total system resets causing lost data. After much trouble, NASA found the cause to be a classic RTOS problem known as “Priority Inversion.”Pathfinder with the Sojourner rover during preparation (Source: NASA) Priority Inversion may occur when a high-priority task (Task H) tries to access a shared resource such as a communications interface, currently in use by a lower priority task (Task L). Normally, Task H would become blocked for a brief duration until Task L returns the shared resource. Priority Inversion occurs if a medium-priority task (Task M) happens to pre-empt Task L at this point. The blocking of Task H then becomes much longer, all because of an unrelated task with lower scheduling priority. In the NASA Pathfinder case, this caused a watchdog timer to expire and reset the system.Priority Inversion shown in the Percepio Tracealyzer (Source: Percepio) Task dependencies like scheduling and shared resources are affected by timing; e.g., execution times and input timing. Such timing properties are not visible in the source code and tend to vary depending on system state and situation. This makes it nearly impossible to predict the real-time behavior of an RTOS-based system from the source code alone. Depending on many factors, tasks may execute slower than intended, have random unexpected delays, or never get to execute at all. And even if the system seems to operate as intended in the lab, there can be countless other execution scenarios with more or less significant differences in timing, some of which might cause problems. In the worst case, the system passes testing but crashes at random occasions for your customers. Such problems can easily be missed during system-level testing. Also, they can be a nightmare to reproduce for analysis unless you have access to detailed diagnostic information associated with the problem.Debugging RTOS-based systems It is quite natural to want to debug on the same abstraction level as you develop. When the embedded industry moved from assembly to C programming, debugging tools quickly followed by providing source-level debugging, thereby making the C code perspective the normal debugging view. However, debugging tools have not evolved to any significant extent in response to the RTOS trend. Some debuggers have been updated with “RTOS awareness” features that allow you to inspect the state of RTOS objects — like tasks and semaphores — while debugging. But these are incremental improvements of the “second generation” source-level debugger, with strict focus on the source code and run/halt/single-step debugging. Debugging an RTOS-based system using only a traditional source-level debugger is equivalent to using an assembly-level debugger when programming in C.To fully understand the runtime behavior of an RTOS-based system, you need the ability to observe the real-time behavior at the RTOS level; i.e., a tracing tool with RTOS awareness. This works as a complement to traditional debugging tools, providing a timeline at the RTOS level that greatly facilitates debugging, validation, and performance optimization. While a traditional debugger is much like a microscope for inspecting the detailed execution within a task, tracing is more like a slow-motion video of the real-time execution.There are two types of tracing, with slightly different purposes: Hardware-generated and software-generated. Hardware-generated tracing provides a detailed execution trace at the source code or assembly level, but with little or no RTOS awareness. In order to record the high-speed data stream, it requires advanced tracing hardware and suitable trace support, both in the processor and on the board. This kind of tracing tends to produce vast amounts of data at a low abstraction level, which can be difficult to comprehend and is limited to the tracing functionality implemented in the processor. Hardware-generated tracing is mainly used for coverage analysis and debugging of particularly nasty problems, where an instruction-level trace is required.Software-generated tracing means that snippets of trace code are added to the target software for the purpose of recording important events in the RTOS and also — optionally — in the application code. You typically don’t need to insert the RTOS trace code yourself, as this is often provided by the RTOS or tool vendor. With software tracing, any software event can be recorded, including any relevant data, on essentially any processor. The downside is the overhead of the tracing code, but RTOS-level tracing on a modern 32-bit MCU requires only a few percent of the processor time, since relatively little data needs to be recorded and the traced events are not very frequent. This makes it possible to stream the data continuously using common debug interfaces, or other interfaces such as USB or TCP/IP. The low data rate also allows for tracing to a RAM buffer. Just a few kilobytes can be sufficient for getting a decent trace of the most recent events. This way, tracing can be used outside the lab as well; e.g., during field testing or in deployed operation.Visualization is crucial for comprehending traces. Many embedded systems have more or less cyclic behaviors, so most of the trace data will be irrelevant repetitions of “normal” behaviors. The interesting parts are usually the anomalies, but they can be hard to find if you don’t know exactly what to look for. The human brain is, however, phenomenal at recognizing visual patterns and anomalies, assuming that the data is visualized properly.While several tools can display an RTOS trace as a classic Gantt chart, this visualization is not suitable for displaying other events in the same view; e.g., API calls or user logging. However, a vertical execution trace can display such events using text labels, pointing into the graphical execution trace. Moreover, showing just an execution trace is a quite limited perspective, since a lot more information can be derived from an RTOS trace. For instance, the interactions of tasks and ISRs can be presented as a dependency graph, and it is also possible to show trace views focusing on other relevant RTOS objects, such as semaphores, queues and mutexes.Conclusion The RTOS trend is quite apparent in the embedded industry and for good reasons. Due to increasingly complex and connected applications, more and more developers rely on an RTOS. Moreover, the RTOS market is consolidating as developers gravitate towards the leading solutions.RTOSes can be regarded as the third generation of firmware development, since multithreading brings a higher level of abstraction and less detailed control over the execution. This has significant pitfalls that call for better debugging support at the RTOS level. Common debugging tools have not, however, evolved significantly in response to the RTOS trend; instead, they typically offer only incremental improvements to the traditional debugger concept.The debugging of RTOS-based systems can be simplified with better insight into their real-time execution. This requires RTOS-level tracing, where visualization is crucial to make sense of the data. Several tools can display an RTOS trace as a horizontal Gantt chart, but this is not ideal. More sophisticated visualization is both possible and available, optimized for RTOS traces, that makes it easier to understand the runtime system, spot important issues, and verify the solutions.Dr. Johan Kraft is CEO and founder of Percepio AB, a Swedish company developing Tracealyzer — a solution for software-generated tracing and advanced visualization targeting RTOS-based development. Dr. Kraft holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and his earlier academic work focused on practical methods for timing analysis of embedded software, which was performed in close collaboration with regional industry. Before his doctoral studies, Dr. Kraft worked as an embedded software developer, focusing on control software for industrial robots. 3 thoughts on “RTOS trends and challenges” Log in to Reply April 25, 2019 at 8:21 am August 24, 2019 at 11:50 am “many thanks !” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA ananyagupta says: stephan.zorn says: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Book Review: Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom GriffithsNext Philosophy and documentation “Hi, Thanks for sharing an interesting blog, where I get the number of things which I don’t know yet. For more info about me visit:“ Log in to Reply Log in to Reply October 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm “This article mentions only one aspect of “RTOS trends and challenges”, which is the very useful technique of software tracing.nnBut, this article also mentions the NASA 1997 Pathfinder mission, which experienced a priority inversion problem. While her says: last_img read more

IBASE unveils two AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000-based solutions

first_img Continue Reading Previous Würth Elektronik offers photodiodes and phototransistorsNext Using DSPs for audio AI at the edge IBASE Technology has unveiled two new AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000-based offerings, including the IB918 3.5-inch form factor SBC and the SI-323-N digital signage player with three HDMI. The models use the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC, combining the high-performance AMD ‘Zen’ CPU and ‘Vega’ GPU architectures to achieve a new class of performance for next-generation embedded designs.The IB918 3.5-inch SBC is powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC, using either the new dual-core R1606G or R1505G model, and optional heatsink with fan. It supports up to 32GB DDR4-2400 and ECC memory modules. Storage and expansion sockets include a M.2 M-key interface, two M.2 slots for type 2280/2230 architectures. It is also equipped with 2x HDMI, 1x eDP, 2x GbE ports, 4x USB 3.1, 1x SATA III and a 12V~24V DC input.The SI-323-N digital signage player utilizes high-performance, power-efficient AMD Ryzen Embedded R1606G processor integrated with enhanced AMD Radeon™ Vega 3 graphics. Suitable for menu boards in restaurants, electronic displays in banks, airports and shopping malls, this compact and fanless system supports three HDMI 2.0 with independent audio and hardware EDID, as well as IBASE’s own iCONTROL intelligent green technology and Observer monitoring technology.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas twinning in white is just what summers are all about

first_imgPriyanka Chopra has grabbed the attention of one and all, not just because of her frequent appearances with boyfriend Nick Jonas but also because of her classy fashion choices.The actress has been giving us some summer-dressing goals of late – from the chequered skirt and top she wore on her dinner date to the chic red shirt dress she stepped out wearing, in New York.This time, PeeCee showed us how white is just the ideal colour of the season.Priyanka and Nick were recently spotted twinning in white. While Nick wore a sleeveless white T-shirt, the actress teamed the same with a pair of denim shorts. Picture courtesy: Instagram/ttalkiesSporting a top knot, the actress looked sassy with a dark lip shade and a pair of shades elevating her look further. She teamed her ensemble with a pair of white shoes.Priyanka’s love for white was proved, once again, when she arrived in India recently in a loose white shirt and white ripped jeans. Priyanka Chopra arrives in India in an all-white ensemble.The fashionista’s ensemble exuded a perfect combination of comfort and style, while the pair of beige pumps saved the all-white look from being monotonous.The actress left her hair loose, and strutted out sporting a pair of shades and dark lip colour.Also See: All the times Priyanka Chopra aced the date-night look with Nick Jonas Also Watch: Let Priyanka Chopra teach you how to dress easy this summerlast_img read more

Ricky Ponting suggests unique ideas to increase speed of play in cricket

first_imgWith fines proving ineffective, shot clocks and run penalties could be used to speed up over rates in all forms of cricket, according to former Australia captain Ricky Ponting.A two-day meeting of the MCC World Cricket committee at Lord’s discussed a range of issues including the speed of play and ball tampering.Ponting, part of the advisory committee chaired by former England captain Mike Gatting and including former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, said cutting ‘dead time’ through the use of shot clocks could be considered by the International Cricket Council.”It probably seems a little extreme the idea of the shot clock,” Ponting told reporters.”But once again this year, in all three formats of the game, the over rates have been in decline again.”The committee found that Test over rates are at an 11-year low, proof current measures are not working.”So we’ve talked about the idea of the shot clock and that’s basically for the dead time in the game,” he said. “It’s not going to be when the bowler is at the top of his mark and running in because that’s hard to gauge.”It’s the dead time. The end of the over. The fielders and bowlers have to be back in position and that’s non-negotiable.”Ponting said the exact punishment had not been decided but the committee favoured a run penalty.”The fining of players hasn’t been administered often, certainly through the last 12 months. A ‘there and then’ run penalty would definitely be worth looking at,” he said.advertisement”You would imagine then the captains would take a huge responsibility in making sure their players are ready through the course of the day. If they are not in a position for three or four overs, that could be 20 runs and in the context of the game we saw last week that could decide a Test match.”MCC World Cricket committee met at Lords this week to discuss:Cricket’s culturePace of playProtection of bowlersNew formatsWomen’s cricketZimbabwe cricket’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 7, 2018BALL TAMPERINGPonting said ball tampering had been at the top of the committee’s agenda in the light of the incident in South Africa in March which resulted in Australia captain Steve Smith being banned by Cricket Australia for a year.Television cameras caught Cameron Bancroft roughing up one side of the ball with what appeared to be sandpaper. Vice captain David Warner also got a one-year ban while Bancroft received a nine month ban.Australia coach Darren Lehmann stepped down.Ponting said Cricket Australia’s unprecedented stance had been a ‘shock’ to world cricket.”(The bans) probably got the desired outcome,” he said.”But at the end of the day we believe a holistic approach has to be taken not only with ball tampering side of things but with the culture of the game, country by country.”We understand this loosely worded ‘spirit of cricket’ is interpreted in a different way in every country.”There needs to be a level of consistency across each board with how they handle these issues.”Ponting added wickets that were fair to bowlers could help eradicate the need for ball tampering.”I think the reason reverse swing has become such a big issue in the past 10 years is that the wickets have got flatter and flatter and bowlers have been trying to find a way to keep themselves in the contest,” he said.”So let’s look at having a fair playing surface then (the problem) might start looking after itself.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

No Damage to Cargo Aboard ONEs Ship after Collision

first_imgNo damage was reported to the cargo aboard the 14,000 TEU containership ONE Blue Jay following a September 26 collision in Greece.Shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE), the vessel’s charterer, confirmed that ONE Blue Jay has since departed the Port of Perama on September 27 and is deployed in MD2 service.The ultra large container vessel (ULCV) “came into contact” with a chemical tanker in the vicinity of Port of Perama, Piraeus, Greece, at around 1409 hours local time, ONE earlier said.As World Maritime News earlier reported, the vessel crashed into the starboard side of the 6,285 dwt tanker Gunece, which was berthed at the time. The tanker reportedly suffered major damages while two of the 13 crew aboard the unit were injured.ONE noted that the 23 crew members of the 2016-built ONE Blue Jay were safe, adding that there were no reports of pollution from the vessel.,As World Maritime News earlier reported, the vessel crashed into the starboard side of the 6,285 dwt tanker Gunece, which was berthed at the time. The tanker reportedly suffered major damages while two of the 13 crew aboard the unit were injured.ONE noted that the 23 crew members of the 2016-built ONE Blue Jay were safe, adding that there were no reports of pollution from the vessel.last_img read more

New hydrological station will help manage Afghan water resources – UN agency

26 March 2008The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has helped open a new hydrological station at a dam near the Afghan capital, Kabul, as part of its joint efforts with the country’s authorities to better manage water resources in Afghanistan. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has helped open a new hydrological station at a dam near the Afghan capital, Kabul, as part of its joint efforts with the country’s authorities to better manage water resources in Afghanistan.The station, at Qargha Dam, is one of a network of 174 hydrological stations and 60 snow gauges and meteorological stations being erected around Afghanistan to measure water levels, precipitation, temperature and water quality.The network of stations, a joint effort of FAO, the World Bank and the national Ministry of Energy and Water, is designed to assist in the planning of water supply, irrigation and hydropower projects, as well as in the mitigation of possible droughts and the operation of reservoirs.FAO engineers attending yesterday’s formal opening stressed that Afghanistan – which is slowly trying to recover after decades of war and misrule – can have no food security without water security. A lack of reliable water supplies hampers Afghanistan’s rural economy and can lead to increased rural poverty.FAO said that aside from the building of the new station, Qargha Dam itself went through partial reconstruction work. The dam serves as a popular recreation site for Kabul residents and also provides water for the western part of the city and for 2,000 hectares of land. read more

DR Congo UN official visits new military operation to ensure civilian protection

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative in DRC Alan Doss met with the governor of North Kivu province, scene of some of the most fierce recent fighting, military and civilian officials of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, know as MONUC, UN humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the progress of the new operation, called Amani Leo, launched earlier this month.It replaces Operation Kimia II, supported by the UN with helicopter lifts, medical evacuation, fuel, rations and firepower to keep rebels in North and South Kivu provinces from reclaiming areas previously under its control, during which Congolese soldiers are alleged to have committed massacres and gang-rapes.In December, Mr. Ban said MONUC had suspended logistical and other support for national army units when there were sufficient grounds to believe their operations would violate human rights.“The protection of civilians and the means to reinforce this, particularly within the context of operation Amani Leo were at the heart of Mr. Doss’s talks with officials in Goma [North Kivu’s capital],” MONUC said in a news release.“Steps have been take to ensure that, within the execution of this operation, the aspects linked to this protection are in full conformity with the terms of Resolution 1906,” it added, referring to the Security Council resolution of 23 December last year, which called on UN peacekeepers to “use all necessary means” to protect civilians from threats from any party. The main target of both operations has been the mainly Rwandan Hutu rebel group known as FDLR, and a MONUC news release earlier this month said Amani Leo’s “principal objectives are to protect civilian populations, clear strategic areas of negative forces, hold territory liberated from FDLR control, and assist in restoring State authority in these zones.”Mr. Doss visited former FDLR fighters who have recently emerged from the forests and laid down their arms under a MONUC programme for demobilization, repatriation and reintegration. They told him many of their fellow rebels want to join them but it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to desert because of the reinforced surveillance by their commanders.Mr. Doss assured them that MONUC would spare no effort in facilitating the demobilization of FDLR fighters and their dependents with Mani Leo’s multidimensional framework. So far 1,500 former fighters and 2,000 dependents have been repatriated.Since its inception 10 years MONUC, with a current strength of some 22,000 military and police personnel, has seen a return to relative stability in much of the vast country, culminating in the first democratic elections in more than 40 years. But fierce fighting has persisted in the east, particularly in North and South Kivu, where Hutu militants blamed for the Rwandan genocide of 1994 have fled, compounding hostilities in a region already beset by ethnic tensions. 19 January 2010The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been visiting the war-torn east of the vast country for talks on reinforcing the protection of civilians within the context of a new anti-rebel operation launched by the national army with UN support. read more

Media General Young Broadcasting to combine TV operations in allstock deal

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2013 12:08 pm MDT Media General, Young Broadcasting to combine TV operations in all-stock deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email RICHMOND, Va. – Broadcast companies Media General Inc. and New Young Broadcasting Holding Co. said Thursday that they are combining to create a company that will operate 30 TV stations in 27 markets including San Francisco, Nashville, Tenn., and Richmond, Va.The companies said the all-stock deal will give Young shareholders majority ownership, but Media General will initially have the majority of board seats. The headquarters will be in Richmond, where Media General is currently based. Media General will be the name of the combined company. George Mahoney, its president and CEO, will keep that role in the new company.The new Media General is expected keep the ticker symbol “MEG” on the New York Stock Exchange.Media General’s stock increased more than 22 per cent after the announcement. Young, which is based in Nashville, doesn’t currently trade publicly.Media General sold its newspapers last year to focus on broadcasting. It currently owns 18 network-affiliated stations, including WFLA in Tampa, Fla., while Young owns or operates 12, including KRON in San Francisco. After the combination, expected around September or October, the stations will include 11 with CBS, nine with NBC and seven with ABC. The combined company will also run websites and other digital services affiliated with those stations.The companies say that by combining, the stations will be more geographically diverse and will be in more markets that have strong ad revenue from political campaigns. Having more stations will also give the companies more bargaining power when buying rights to broadcast syndicated shows, selling broadcast and digital ads and collecting fees from cable and satellite TV providers to carry their stations on customers’ lineups.The companies also expect a stronger credit profile, allowing the new company to refinance debt at lower interest rates. At the end of March, Media General had $601 million in debt and Young had $164 million.On a pro forma basis, which typically excludes one-time items, Young’s current shareholders will own 67.5 per cent of the new company, and Media General’s current shareholders the rest.As part of the deal, Media General will reclassify each share of its Class A and Class B common stock into one share of a newly created class of Media General common stock. Owners of the new shares will be able to elect all of Media General’s directors. Class B owners will give up their right to directly elect 70 per cent of the board.The new company’s board will initially consist of Media General’s nine current directors and Young’s current five board members. After next year’s annual shareholders meeting, however, the board will be reduced in size, with only five of the current Media General directors and the five from Young. An 11th person will be selected by a five-person nominating committee weighed in Young’s favour.The boards of both companies have approved the deal, as have Young’s shareholders. It is subject to approval from Media General shareholders and from regulators. A vote has yet to be scheduled.Media General’s stations are in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Young’s are in California, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.Shares of Media General rose $1.61 to $8.91 in midday trading Thursday. The stock has traded in the 52-week range of $3.39 to $10.17. read more

Loblaw beats on earnings amid historically high competition in groceries

Competition in the Canadian grocery industry has reached a “historically high” level that is likely to remain unabated in the foreseeable future, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) said Wednesday as the country’s largest supermarket chain reported lower first-quarter net earnings but easily beat expectations on adjusted profit.“Looking ahead, in our core grocery operations, we see very little relief from the intensely competitive environment in which we operate,” Loblaw president Vicente Trius said in a conference call with analysts.Trius said Loblaw is looking to the rest of 2014 “with caution” as it takes into account a number of headwinds, including higher gasoline prices, a lower loonie and an increase in the minimum wage in Ontario, not to mention the deflationary pressure from prescription drug reforms.Loblaw reported a 40 per cent drop in net earnings in its first quarter, mainly due to financing charges. Net earnings came in at $103 million or 37 cents per share, compared with $171 million or 61 cents per share in the same quarter of 2013.However, adjusted net profits increased to $139 million or 49 cents in the first quarter, a 3.7 per cent hike from $134 million or 48 cents in the same period a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected net income of $122 million, or 46 cents per share, on $7.32 billion of revenues, according estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.Slightly higher revenues in its financial services division, President’s Choice Financial, helped boost revenues 1.2 per cent to $7.29 billion in the three-month period ended March 22. This compared with $7.2 billion in the same quarter in 2013.The earnings gave the grocer confidence to increase its quarterly dividend by about 2.1 per cent to 24.5 cents per common share.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Loblaw shares closed up $1.85 or 4.04 per cent at $47.65 Wednesday.In facing the competitive pressures, Trius said Loblaws would continue to work on differentiating itself from rivals, including Sobeys, owned by Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A), Metro (TSX:MRU), Walmart and newcomer Target.“We will have to remain extremely vigilant and on strategy to continue to deliver improved year-over-year comps, but we are comfortable we can do this with our balanced energy,” he said.A lower loonie against the U.S. dollar pressured the grocer to raise prices on certain foods in the quarter, particularly produce, and on beef and pork, which is facing a shortage in North America. The meat shortage has also had a “cascade effect,” raising demand for chicken and deli meats. Trius said challenges in salmon and shrimp fisheries have also resulted in some inflation.But it expects inflation to have stabilized for the year.Loblaw said its drugstore business was impacted in the last quarter with a general decline in the use of generic drugs and a drop in the value of reimbursement rates for generic drugs as a result of ongoing regulatory reform.In its financial services segment, Loblaw said revenue for the first quarter increased by 9.1 per cent compared with the first quarter of 2013, driven by higher interest income from credit card receivable balances and an increase in interest income yield, and higher other service fee related income.It said its implementation of an expanded loyalty program, PC Plus, has shown a marked improvement in sales. The program currently has more than five million members, with half of them registered online. In Ontario, about 40 per cent of sales at all of its grocery banners are by PC Plus members.“Our PC plus members make more trips, buy bigger baskets and shop more categories,” said Trius.Trius noted that this will be the last quarter Loblaw will report without any results from its recently-completed $12.4-billion acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp.As the transition moves ahead, customers can expect to see more integration between the two companies, with President’s Choice products being sold in Shoppers and Life brand products available on Loblaw shelves. Shoppers will also help Loblaw complement its offering in the health and beauty sector.Trius said Loblaw has also seen positive indicators from its e-commerce efforts with clothing line Joe Fresh seeing online sales were double those in-store in the last quarter.The grocer has been experimenting with ways to set itself apart from competitors, including an expansion of its e-commerce platform with a pilot “click-and-collect” program at three of its Toronto stores. The option, which is popular in the U.K., allows shoppers to buy food online and later pick up their order at the store.It’s also adding fresh juice bars in 100 of its locations in Ontario, Atlantic Canada and Quebec this spring and will be a cost-effective way to use up fruit from its supermarkets.Loblaw has said its main goal remains an emphasis on its fresh foods offering, by increasing its assortment, merchandising and sourcing efforts to bring more customers into the stores.Besides, its main grocery store business, Loblaw also operates the clothing line Joe Fresh and the real estate trust Choice Properties and acquired the drug store chain, Shoppers Drug Mart, a deal finalized last month. It also owns 22 different banners, including Independent, Zehrs, Superstore, Wholesale Club, Value-mart, No Frills, Maxi, Loblaws and Provigo.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. Loblaw beats on earnings amid ‘historically high’ competition in groceries by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 30, 2014 5:20 am MDT A shopper walks in Loblaws flagship location in the old Maple Leafs Garden in Toronto on May 2, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim read more

Air pollution now linked to 1 in 8 deaths worldwide UN health

Air pollution – both indoor and outdoor – killed some 7 million people across the globe in 2012, making it the world’s largest single environmental health risk, according to new figures released today by the UN World Health Organization (WHO).“The risks from air pollution are now far greater than previously thought or understood, particularly for heart disease and strokes,” said Maria Neira, Director of WHO’s Department for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. “Few risks have a greater impact on global health today than air pollution; the evidence signals the need for concerted action to clean up the air we all breathe,” Dr. Neira added.In particular, the new data, which cites air pollution as the cause of one in eight global deaths, reveals a stronger link between both indoor and outdoor air pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases such as strokes and ischaemic heart disease, as well as between air pollution and cancer. This is in addition to pollution’s role in the development of respiratory diseases, including acute respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.“Cleaning up the air we breathe prevents noncommunicable diseases as well as reduces disease risks among women and vulnerable groups, including children and the elderly,” Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General Family, Women and Children’s Health said. “Poor women and children pay a heavy price from indoor air pollution since they spend more time at home breathing in smoke and soot from leaky coal and wood cook stoves.”Analysing the risk factors, taking into account revisions in methodology, WHO estimates indoor air pollution was linked to 4.3 million deaths in 2012 in households cooking over coal, wood and biomass stoves. The new estimate is explained by better information about pollution exposures among the estimated 2.9 billion people living in homes using wood, coal or dung as their primary cooking fuel, as well as evidence about air pollution’s role in the development of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and cancers.In the case of outdoor air pollution, the agency estimates there were 3.7 million deaths in 2012 from urban and rural sources worldwide. The most air pollution-related deaths occurred in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific, according to WHO, with a total of 3.3 million deaths linked to indoor air pollution and some 2.6 million related to outdoor pollution.Many people are exposed to both indoor and outdoor air pollution. Due to this overlap, mortality attributed to the two sources cannot simply be added together, hence the total estimate of around 7 million deaths in 2012.“Excessive air pollution is often a by-product of unsustainable policies in sectors such as transport, energy, waste management and industry. In most cases, healthier strategies will also be more economical in the long term due to health-care cost savings as well as climate gains,” Carlos Dora, WHO Coordinator for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health said. “WHO and health sectors have a unique role in translating scientific evidence on air pollution into policies that can deliver impact and improvements that will save lives,” Dr. Dora added.The release of today’s data is a step in the development of a WHO roadmap for preventing diseases related to air pollution. This involves the development of a WHO-hosted global platform on air quality and health to generate better data on air pollution-related diseases and strengthened support to countries and cities through guidance, information and evidence about health gains from key interventions. read more

Population ageing and decline key focus as UN Commission opens 50th annual

Meanwhile, due to a relatively slow decline in rates of fertility, many parts of Africa will retain a young population for decades to come, he said. Nevertheless, as the birth rate continues to fall due in part to continuing investments in sexual and reproductive health, there will be an opportunity for a “demographic dividend.” As the relatively large youth cohorts of today enter the labour force of tomorrow, they will be responsible, on average, for a smaller number of children requiring their support, while the size of the older population will still be relatively small, he said. If this future population of workers is empowered by having access to health care, education and opportunities for employment, countries will be in a good position to reap the full benefit of the favourable demographic situation caused by the temporary bulge in the age distribution as it passes through the working ages, he added. In a statement delivered by his Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who said that progress in providing access to education and to sexual and reproductive health-care services, especially for girls and women, has improved the lives of women and children, and has led to falling birth rates in many countries. “When this trend is accompanied by investments in human capital, espcially for youth, a demographic dividend can result, accelerating a country’s economic growth,” he said. That dividend can be further enhanced with increased labour force participation by women, who must be empowered and afforded the same education and employment opportunities as men, Mr. Guterres said, stressing that men also must do their part, by sharing in household work and caregiving responsibilities. The former head of the UN refugee agency said that international migration can also help address the challenges of population ageing, by adding workers to the population and reducing the average age, encouraging all governments to facilitate migration that is safe, orderly and regular. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial hub, is considered one of the fastest growing urban centres in the region, with a population that has been growing rapidly for more than a decade. Photo: Hendri Lombard/World Bank “Population ageing and population decline have now become key issues for a growing number of Member States,” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo told the opening segment of the Commission on Population and Development’s fiftieth annual session, which will run at UN Headquarters through 7 April. He also noted that with global fertility at, or even below, fertility level, international migration “is becoming the main driver of population change for a number of countries.” Noting that demographic trends and population policies have evolved over the past decades, Mr. Wu stressed the important role of the Commission. John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said that continued success in reducing death rates, including among older persons and for deaths due to heart disease, cancer and other causes previously considered intractable, has contributed to the further ageing of the world’s population. He said that between 2015 and 2050, the population aged 65 or older in Europe will increase from 23 to 28 per cent. In North America, the corresponding percentage will rise from 18 to 23 per cent. By 2050, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Oceania will all have more than 18 per cent of their populations at ages 65 and above. In ageing societies, social protection mechanisms, pension systems and health care programmes are being adjusted and strengthened. Women’s participation in the workforce is being supported more than ever before, and some countries are slowly pushing up the age of retirement. VIDEO: A lot has changed in the world over the past 70 years. The Commission on Population and Development was there for all these changes. In this video, key players look back to the important events and milestones in population research throughout the years.Today’s opening session also featured a keynote address by EliyaZulu, Executive Director of the African Institute for Development Policy in Nairobi, on the topic of “Changing age structures and sustainable development in youthful societies. In 2018, the General Assembly will convene an intergovernmental conference on international migration for adopting a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The Commission on Population and Development may choose as its theme for its session in 2018 “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration.” read more

South Crofty to breathe life back into Cornish mining with gold and

first_imgSouth Crofty and Cornwall in general mean a lot to hard rock mining people from England. The county was the world’s leading metal producer back in the 1860s. So, its good to hear from Barry Wills that Europe’s last working tin mine, which closed 12 years ago, is on the brink of reopening as a polymetallic mine, working orebodies containing copper, zinc, silver, lithium and indium, as well as tin. Nowthe mine’s owners, Western United Mines, announced a potentially lucrative new source of income – gold assaying abouth 1.6 g/t.Wills reports that it is “a fascinating and highly complex project. The old South Crofty tin mine worked, in most cases, narrow veins of tin ore in the granite country rock, but exploration of the surrounding killas, a term for highly metamorphosed sedimentary and volcanic rocks, which underlies two thirds of Cornwall, had not, until now, been carried out.“The present historic resource consists of 53 identified potential orebodies in the South Crofty area, containing varying amounts of copper, zinc, silver, indium, tungsten and uranium, and now gold, as well as, of course, tin.“There are also lithium brines in the groundwater, which may be exploited not only for this light metal, but also for its heat; the high geothermal gradient could mean that the mine water has potential for sale to local housing and industries for heating purposes.”Drill cores are analysed every 100 mm by a portable InnovX XRF analyser. The next stage is a complete assay of the core samples, which will be undertaken using the Camborne School of Mines extensive facilities, including XRD, ion probe and QEMSCAN.Western United may well treat ore underground using some form of modular processing plant. Such keyhole plants have been installed in the Central Rand gold mine in South Africa. The shallow orebodies in this district of Cornwall are found as shallow as 40 m from the surface so decline ramps are ideally suited for this purpose. The target is to mine around 2,500 t/d from two to three satellite deposits and pump the bulk concentrate from the keyhole processing plants to a surface storage facility where tankers will transport the crude mixed concentrate to a central processing plant at the South Crofty site for separation into saleable concentrates or metal.last_img read more

Cerrejón struggling but hopeful of meeting 2013 coal output target

first_imgColombia’s top coal producer and one of the top exporting companies in the world Cerrejón (a JV between Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Glencore Xstrata) has said that meeting its 2013 production target of 34 Mt will be difficult after a month long strike earlier this year and guerrilla attacks on its railway. Juan Carlos Restrepo spokesman said “We have had with the strike, blockages and attacks, a number of interruptions to the supply of coal. We are able to recover some of the lost time but with more things happening it gets harder to reach it,” adding that Cerrejón was still optimistic it could still reach its 2013 target, Reuters reported.Last month, eight representatives of the Board Directors of the Regional Autonomous Corporation of La Guajira – Corpoguajira visited Cerrejón facilities to witness the progress and results of the Company’s environmental management.During the tour, the officials visited the open pits of Patilla and Oreganal where they had the opportunity to see the fog cannon system in operation, an additional measure recently implemented to mitigate the levels of particulate matter generated by the mining operation. They also visited the reclaimed lands in the backfilling of the Expanded West pit where they praised the work of preparation and rehabilitation of the area.“The commitment of the company to the region is evident. As an environmental authority we must work hand in hand with Cerrejón looking out that it complies with regulations. These visits help to close our ties,” said representative of ONG ambientales, Harold Mindiola, to the Board of Corpoguajira.As part of the agenda Cerrejón presented its projects, ensuring transparency of processes and compliance with social and environmental regulations in force.“This visit confirmed Cerrejón’s compliance with environmental standards. The company shows once again acceptance with all obligations that the corporation has imposed on natural resources management. We reaffirm that what they show is a reality and the information provided is accurate,” said the President’s representative at Corpoguajira Executive Council, Álvaro Gnecco.Meanwhile Roberto Junguito, President of Cerrejón, discussed their concerns about the company’s processes with the group of officials. “We are committed to monitoring our activities in the region, we work hand in hand and permanently track all permitting processes we must follow to pursue mining responsibly” he said.last_img read more

EHF VELUX F4 Barcelona to play 12th EHF CL final after defeating

← Previous Story PHOTO: Fans are ready for VELUX EHF F4! Next Story → Outstanding Duvnjak lead HSV to the Final! The players of Barcelona are the first finalists of this years’ EHF VELUX Final Four in Koln. In the first semi-final, they have beaten Vive Kielce, a team that has no reason to be unhappy – they had their best season ever in club history, but in this semi-final had to concede to a better Barcelona team. Barcelona were having slight lead throughout most of the game, and at half time took 13:10 lead. Same continued in the first half 15 minutes of the game, however since the 45th minute it was Barcelona’s best run, as they made it quickly to +4 and then +5 and +6, Bogdan Wenta‘s strategy of using 7th player instead of the goalkeeper failing, and Barcelona using this for easy goals. In the end Barcelona won with 28:23, a well-deserved victory, and they will be playing tomorrow their 12the EHF Champions League final in club history against the winner of the second semi-final between THW Kiel and HSV Hamburg.Siarhei Rutenka was superb for Barcelona, being the top scorer of the game with 8 goals, while Juanin Garcia scored 5 goals. BarcelonaBogdan WentaEHF Champions LeagueEHF Final FourJuanin GarciaSiarhei Rutenkavive kielce read more

Pokémon Go Implicated in Russian Election Interference

first_img This Malicious USB Cable Can Remotely Accept Hacker CommandsHackers Had More Than 1,000 DNA Test Kits Mailed to Random People Stay on target Whoa, boy does this story just keep going. Alright, if you’re not up to speed, it’s well-known now that the Russian government ran a massive misinformation campaign in an attempt to sway and divide the American public on key political issues before the 2016 presidential election. This is separate from the election machine hack attempts, as well as the intrusions detected throughout various agencies and the like, marking one of the largest and most wide-spread cyberattacks in… well… ever. And now, it seems, that our old friend Pokémon Go got hit.CNN reports that one campaign took the guise of the Black Lives Matter movement to exploit racial tension in the American public. The group used just about every social media platform imaginable including Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter as well as the Pokémon Go app.Known as “Don’t Shoot Us,” the campaign was organized by Russian agents linked to the Kremlin-based group, the Internet Research Agency. The IRA is a well-known “troll farm” and ground zero for some of Russia’s more obnoxious attempts at media manipulation.The campaign appeared to have two purposes. First, it leveraged the imagery of Black Lives Matter, as well as victims of police brutality to both buttress the movement and presented the group as a growing threat to those already fearful of black activism.The various social media accounts were laid out in such a way as to encourage users to fall down a rabbit hole, progressively psyching the person up — either to protest police brutality, or to demand action be taken against protestors.Videos posted to YouTube, for instance, included various tapes — both from bodycams and amateur video — showing police brutality. They were viewed hundreds of thousands of times.On the Pokemon Go front, “Don’t Shoot Us” launched a contest for the augmented reality game, encouraging users to go to the real-world locations of incidents of police brutality. Then the campaign told players to name their digital pets after victims. One post showed a Pokemon named “Eric Garner,” the victim of one of the more disturbing acts of recent police violence. Garner, unarmed, was placed in an illegal chokehold by New York Police and died as a result, with the medical examiner ruling the death a homicide.There’s no evidence thus far that any Pokemon Go players actually attempted to enter the contest, though the stated reward was Amazon gift cards.” It’s clear from the images shared with us by CNN that our game assets were appropriated and misused in promotions by third parties without our permission,” developer Niantic told CNN in a statement.“It is important to note that Pokémon GO, as a platform, was not and cannot be used to share information between users in the app, so our platform was in no way being used,” the company added. “This ‘contest’ required people to take screenshots from their phone and share over other social networks, not within our game. Niantic will consider our response as we learn more.”Local activist groups like those in Minnesota saw through the ruse and distanced themselves from the campaign.“We frequently support Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations,” Brandon Long, the state party chair for the Green Party of Minnesota told CNN. “We know pretty much all the organizers in town and that page wasn’t recognized by anyone.”Others dubbed it a “total troll job.”Even so, it’s unnerving to see how extensive these attempts were. And, combined with new threats like those we’ve seen in the Ukraine recently, things might get a lot worse before they get better.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Police release 911 call of alleged Tamarac DUI fatal accident

first_img911 Operator: “How many people in the black Honda?”Caller: “Uh… (inaudible) How many people are in there? One.”Acevedo is accused off running a red light on West McNab Road and 70th Avenue in Tamarac, Sunday, and slammed into another car.The driver of the other car, 18-year-old Nicolas Garcia, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center where he later died.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. TAMARAC, Fla. (WSVN) — Police have released the 911 call after, they said, a drunk driver slammed into a car killing a teenager.7News was on the scene as 40-year-old Conan Acevedo posted his $50,000 bond, Monday night.Multiple people called 911, including Acevedo:911 operator: “911, what’s your emergency?”Caller: “Yeah, I’m on Northwest 70th Avenue and McNab Road ,and I just hit somebody.”911 operator: “OK sir, are there any injuries? Do we need an ambulance sir?”Caller: “Yes, yes, we do need an ambulance.” last_img read more

Angela Aguilar Aida Cuevas Natalia Lafourcade Sang A Powerful Rendition Of La

first_img Prev Next Email Angela Aguilar, Aida Cuevas & Natalia Lafourcade Sang A Powerful Rendition Of “La Llorona” At The 2019 GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List 61st GRAMMY Awards Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Facebook 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs The three women graced the stage immediately prior to the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBSRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 3:32 pm Three immensely talented women took the 2019 GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony stage on Sunday, Feb. 10: 15-year-old nominee Angela Aguilar, who is nominated for Best Regional Mexican Music Album, took the stage with Aida Cuevas and Natalia Lafourcade performed “La Llorona” (translated to “The Weeping Woman.” Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? 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