Former football coach convicted of sex attacks against young players

first_imgA former football coach George Ormond, who assisted in setting up the youth side of Newcastle United’s youth has been found guilty and convicted of sexually abusing young players for almost 25 years.Ormond was found guilty of 35 charges of indecent assault and one of indecency but was only cleared of one charge relating to an older Newcastle United player, according to Sky Sports.Ormond was remanded in custody and will be sentenced later this week since hasn’t given any visible reaction for his actions.“For over two decades, George Ormond abused young men and boys while working in the youth football scene in the North East of England,” Gary Buckley from the CPS said.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“To many of his victims he was a figure of authority, trust and influence.“Instead of nurturing and supporting them, he exploited his role to subject them to sexual abuse.”last_img read more

Chiellini Icardi is the second best striker Ive ever faced

first_imgJuventus captain Giorgio Chiellini has faced off against numerous amounts of world-class strikers across his playing career and rates Mauro Icardi as one of the bestThe Inter Milan star is one of the most highly-regarded forwards in European football right now and has been frequently linked with a move to Real Madrid.In total, Icardi has scored 119 goals in 200 appearances for Inter and has found the net against Juventus eight times since arriving at Italy in 2011.And Chiellini has nothing but respect for Icardi, who he rates as the most deadliest striker in the penalty area behind team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.“In my opinion, Icardi is the second best striker in the penalty box who I’ve ever marked,” Chiellini told DAZN, via Football-Italia.“He chips away at you mentally, in the sense that you have to be concentrated all the time. I’ve only encountered one who is worse for that, but he’s playing with me this year!”The Italian defender then gave his take on the downside of Juventus’ campaign this season.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.Massimiliano Allegri’s side finished top of Group H in the Champions League on Wednesday night, despite losing 2-1 to BSC Young Boys in their final game, and already lead the Serie A by eight points from nearest challengers Napoli.But Chiellini highlighted October’s 1-1 home draw with Genoa and their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United last month as low points in their season.“There are some, like that draw we had with Genoa. Those were definitely two points dropped, and with all due respect for Genoa we can’t afford to drop points to them at home,” said Chiellini.“We’ve also been at 1-0 close to the end too many times. It’s almost always been fine because of our attitude, but against Manchester United we paid for it with interest.“I’d say 1-0 is a perfect result up until about 60 minutes, then you need to get the second and manage things better.“Not conceding gives you confidence for the next games, but having a little cushion means you expend less physical and mental energy.”last_img read more

Police plan to Update on Howell murder and more today

first_img Police update on Friday 13 snorkel death in Provo Police read for kindergarten children as part of school program Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:autopsy, conrad howell, post-mortem, rodney adams, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, update Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Sept 2015 – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is expected to host a press conference later today, where media is expecting to hear updates and progress of the Police investigation on the death of Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell.Acting Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams on Monday, told media that Howell’s death has not been classified as a murder that is being considered a ‘suspicious death’.An autopsy for the late Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell is now complete but details of that post-mortem will only be shared publicly upon the discretion of the Commissioner of Police.last_img read more

Monetizing Digital Editions Can AutoServed Ads Work

first_imgAs adoption of digital editions grows, so too do the attempts to monetize those editions. The publishers of Used Boat Watch, a new buyer’s guide published on the Blue Toad platform, said the digital edition is generating just shy of $1,000 per page on its listings and that advertisers seem to be willing to pay about 10 percent of what they pay for print ads.Another digital magazine platform, iMirus, is rolling out iMirus Dynamic Ads, a service that automatically serves ads from online ad networks into the digital edition, potentially creating additional revenue for the publisher. The program is generating interest among iMirus clients, but other vendors in this space claim to offer similar services and question whether the CPMs and type of ads generated by an auto-serve system are worth it for publishers. How it WorksThe iMirus Dynamic Ads program delivers advertising to digital editions in three ways: IAB-compliant ads can be pulled from ad networks and placed in the digital edition; ads can be pulled from the publisher’s Web site and delivered to the digital edition via an invocation code that determines placement; and publishers can upload ads directly into iMirus’ AdBox server. The dynamically served ads can run as a leader board on top of a page within the digital edition or flow directly into a new page.For ads culled from ad networks, iMirus splits a revenue percentage with the ad network and then shares 50 percent of the remainder with the publisher. For ads sold by the publisher and then either pulled from the Web site or placed directly into AdBox, iMirus takes a $2.00 CPM service charge. “Publishers may ask, ‘If I’m selling the ad, why should I share the revenue?’” said president and CEO Chris Riggs. “We’re providing a vehicle to extend more ad impressions that the publisher otherwise wouldn’t have.” So far, iMirus has one client—Business Traveler—committed to using the Dynamic Ads program with its next issue with interest from others. What About CPMs? Other vendors in the hyper-competitive digital magazine space say they offer similar services for auto-served ads but advise publishers to be aware that the CPMs generated with auto-delivery aren’t typically impressive and that they should instead focus on package buys, sponsored issues and ads sold directly into the issue. “IAB or other sized ‘inserted ads’ are another way to increase revenue and weoffer this too,” said Cimarron Buser, Texterity’s senior vice president of marketing and business development. One of Texterity’s clients, Driver’s Republic, features IAB ad units served inside the digital edition; another, Chain Store Age, has ads served “around” the digital edition with IAB units such as leaderboards and skyscrapers. “But the CPMs are typically lower,” Buser said. “If you get a $10.00 CPM with a dynamically served ad, I’m impressed. If it’s $1.00 or $2.00, I’d say that’s more like it.” Nxtbook has demoed similar technology in its media kit but questions whether dynamic ads are a good fit for publishers. “The ad network medium is one that relies on CPMs, yet the one area where digital magazines usually fail against Web sites is in CPMs,” said Nxtbook marketing director Marcus Grimm. “Digital magazines deliver engagement time and click-throughs better than Web sites, but not CPM’s. It’s like putting snow tires on a Ferrari and wondering why it doesn’t perform in the snow. We do have many publishers that are curious about using the technology, but they want to use it for their own niche advertisers so they can charge premium rates and track the ads. Giving up that space to an ad network is a great way to give up ‘digital dollars’ for ‘digital dimes,’ in my experience.”Riggs said there is a big difference between the earning potential of ads pulled from networks and those sold directly by the publisher. “CPMs for ads from the ad network are most likely between $1.00 and $5.00,” he said. “If the distribution of the digital edition is not that high, it won’t create the page impressions which create ad impressions that generate revenue. If you’re looking at a typical cost of say, $1,000 per issue, you would need a certain open rate and number of impressions to generate a high enough CPM to at least break even. But publishers that have the ability to sell bundled packages or sell directly into the digital edition should realize CPMs anywhere between $10 and $15.” And that requires publishers to change the way they look at their digital edition, according to Riggs. “Most publishers look at their digital edition as a cost center when they should look at it as a profit center,” he said. “Some publishers really don’t know how to get their arms around the ad selling end of this. We’re trying to help provide a framework for what to sell and how to sell.”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 8 Suspicious Vehicle Road Rage False Alarms

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, April 8, 2019:A caller reported hearing a noise and believes someone may be inside her house. Police conducted a walk-through. (12:35am)Police assisted with a motor vehicle lockout at FedEx Warehouse on Ballardvale Street. (7:36am)Fire Department responded to a gas odor on Federal Street. (7:39am)Police assisted Reading Police with pulling over an individual involved in a road rage incident. (2:51pm)Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked at the end of Paddock Street. Police confiscated a vape pen from one of the individuals. (6:31pm)A caller stated that a while male in a red hoodie was walking around the parking lot looking in widows. Police checked the area and found no one matching the description. (7:56pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

CJI sexual harassment case Woman who accused Gogoi pulls out of inquiry

first_img[Representational Image]The Supreme Court of IndiaA woman who accused the chief justice of India’s Supreme Court of sexual harassment said on Tuesday she would no longer participate in the proceedings of a judges’ panel investigating the case as she does not expect justice.The 35-year-old junior court assistant, whose identity has not been publicly disclosed, wrote a letter to all Supreme Court judges along with an affidavit detailing her allegations against India’s most powerful judge Ranjan Gogoi.He has denied the charges.The woman’s complaint included allegations she and her family were victimised by authorities after she spurned the alleged advances of Gogoi.In her statement on Tuesday, the woman said she was not allowed to have her representative present despite impaired hearing and anxiety. She also said there was no video or audio recording made, and she was not given a copy of her statements on the case from previous days.”I found the atmosphere of the committee very frightening and I was very nervous because of being confronted and questioned by three Supreme Court Judges and without even the presence of my lawyer/support person,” she said.”I felt I was not likely to get justice from this committee and so I am no longer participating in the 3-Judge Committee proceedings.”No immediate comment was available from the Supreme Court.Gogoi has said the accusations showed India’s judiciary was under threat from a wider conspiracy, without elaborating.”There is some bigger force behind the woman,” he told a special hearing on Saturday.last_img read more

Saif Ali Khan reveals why he doesnt use Pataudi in his name

first_imgSaif Ali KhanSUJIT JAISWAL/AFP/Getty ImagesSaif Ali Khan is often addressed as “nawab” but the actor said that he was never interested in getting that tag and also revealed the reason behind not using “Pataudi” in his name.It is no secret that Saif, the son of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, hails from a royal family, and hence, he is often addressed as “nawab”. But unlike his father, he never used the title “Pataudi” in his name. In his recent appearance on Arbaaz Khan’s chat show – Quick Heal Pinch, Saif narrated an interesting incident, revealing why he is not “Pataudi”.”I have never been interested in being a nawab. I always thought myself to be an actor. But sometimes people associate you with certain things. I am very proud of ‘Pataudi’, and also of the fact that my father was the last nawab. But I prefer eating kabas to being a nawab for sure,” Saif said on the show.Revealing the reason behind not using ‘Pataudi’ in his name, Saif said that his father had also removed the title from his name when the government abolished the culture of using royal titles in 1971.”In 1971, this stuff was abolished. Dad lost his captaincy as well as this title in the same year. So it must have been something. But he changed his name, his signature used to be Pataudi. Everyone called him Pataudi his whole life. But the day it was outlawed, he changed his name and signature to Mansoor Ali Khan. When I, as a six or seven-year-old, asked him why he has two names, he said he was born as Pataudi but now his name is changed, and my name will also be just ‘Khan’. So that is how we were brought up,” the Sacred Games actor said.Saif, who was last seen in the film Bazaar, is now all set to appear on the second season of Sacred Games. He also has a couple of upcoming movies including Taanaji, Bhoot Police and Go Goa Gone sequel.last_img read more

UK Parliament passes Brexit bill

first_imgA television grab show members of the House of Lords debate the Brexit Bill. The House of Lords gave final approval on Monday to a bill empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to notify EU leaders of Britain’s intention to leave the European Union following last year’s referendum. Photo: AFPParliament gave its approval Monday for Prime Minister Theresa May to start Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, even as Scotland signalled its opposition by announcing plans for a fresh independence vote.The House of Lords rejected a last-ditch attempt to amend a bill empowering May to begin Brexit, paving the way for it to become law as early as Tuesday.The prime minister could then trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty at any time, starting two years of talks that will end with Britain becoming the first country to leave the bloc.May’s spokesman sought to play down speculation that she would send her notification letter to the European Council on Tuesday, when the bill is expected to receive royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II.“We have been clear that the prime minister will trigger Article 50 by the end of March,” her spokesman said ahead of the vote, heavily emphasising the word “end”.But the prospect of an imminent start to Brexit was enough to push the nationalist devolved government in Scotland into calling for a new independence referendum.May has said Britain will leave Europe’s single market in order to cut immigration, a move that the Scottish National Party (SNP) in power in Edinburgh has warned would be highly damaging to jobs and growth.SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said since the June referendum vote for Brexit that Scotland, where a majority wanted to stay in the EU, sought a different future.On Monday she made good on her warning, promising to give Scotland “a choice at the end of this process” by early 2019 — before Britain leaves the EU.The European Commission, however, quickly responded saying that Scotland would have to reapply to join the EU rather than inheriting Britain’s membership.Countdown to BrexitMay has the power to block the vote and said that another referendum, after Scots voted by 55 percent to reject independence in 2014, would only cause “uncertainty and division”.But Sturgeon’s call pushes to centre stage one of the prime minister’s biggest concerns about Brexit—that it could lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom—as she prepares to fire the starting gun.The other 27 European leaders are prepared for Britain to trigger Article 50, which begins a two-year countdown to Brexit, this week.However, speculation is growing that it may now be delayed until after a March 25 summit in Rome to mark the EU’s 60th birthday—timing that would likely be welcomed in Brussels.Once May has notified the EU of her decision by letter, the bloc will take just 48 hours to issue its first draft proposal for the negotiations, with a follow-up meeting planned on April 6.The actual talks are not expected to begin for months.The bill empowering May to begin Brexit was forced on the government by a Supreme Court ruling and was held up when the House of Lords voted for amendments demanding guarantees for EU nationals’ rights and a parliamentary vote on the final withdrawal deal.Brexit minister David Davis successfully urged MPs to overturn the changes earlier Monday, saying: “We will not enter the negotiations with our hands tied.”The House of Lords then conceded, passing the bill unamended late on Monday.‘Shame on you’The Lords amendment demanding protections for more than three million Europeans living in Britain was defeated by 335 votes to 287 by MPs—prompting shouts of “shame on you” from protesters outside.Around 150 people had gathered to urge MPs to back the change, including Karin Templin, a 39-year-old architect who was born in the US but is now British.“I’m appalled at the UK government, at this stupid ridiculous game that means they won’t guarantee the rights of everybody who wants to stay in their home and in their jobs. I’m disgusted,” she said.May’s government says it wants to guarantee Europeans’ rights to stay in Britain, but cannot until EU leaders offer similar rights to British expatriates.The other amendment that was overturned would have given parliament the right to decide whether to accept the final Brexit deal.May has promised lawmakers a vote on the deal but only if she accepts it—insisting her ability to walk away will strengthen her hand in negotiations.last_img read more

Wests Wild words Stir Again Kanye Calls Slavery A Choice

first_img Share flickrKanye WestBefore the last one had a chance to simmer down, Kanye West caused another stir, calling American slavery a “choice” in an interview Tuesday.“When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like choice,” West said on “TMZ Live” after questions on his pro-President Donald Trump posts and pictures that caused a dust-up last week. “You was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all?”“Do you feel like I’m thinking free and feeling free?” West asked the TMZ employees in the room.“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” TMZ’s Van Lathan quickly cracked back at West, as many would in the ensuing hours.Lathan said while West gets to live the elite artist’s life, “the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats in our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was our choice.”Symone D. Sanders, political commentator and CNN contributor, led the anti-West chorus on Twitter.“Kanye is a dangerous caricature of a ‘free-thinking’ black person in America,” Sanders tweeted. “Frankly, I am disgusted and I’m over it. Also (I can’t believe I have to say this): Slavery was far from a choice.”Others put it more briefly.“Slavery wasn’t a choice,” Russ Bengtson tweeted, “but listening to Kanye is.”West also told TMZ that he became addicted to opioids that doctors prescribed after he had liposuction surgery in 2016. He was hospitalized for a week and had to cut short his “Pablo” tour. West said the painkillers drove him to a “breakdown,” which became a “breakthrough” when he found himself again.West also doubled down on his love of the president, which Trump has been returning in tweets.“I just love Trump,” West said, adding that most in hip-hop agreed with him before Trump became president. “Trump is one of rap’s favorite people.”last_img read more

Educators Provide Map of Baltimores Obstacles and Solutions

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROIt’s a 40-minute wait for the 26 Mondawmin Metro bus at stop 4993, in Westport. When it arrives, it’s empty. Dump trucks rumble up and down Annapolis Road every five minutes. Across the street, former businesses are boarded up or completely pulverized into piles of half-bricks. On the bus stop side, home after home is boarded up. The stand of bright blue chicory plants between row houses grows five feet tall and almost hides the discarded Royal Farms cups and empty bags of Utz snacks.To the north, the Wheelabrator smokestack reads “Baltimore.”Other than the trucks, it’s a quiet and lonely spot.Blighted conditions in communities like Westport in South Baltimore are common in Baltimore regions outlined topographically as the “Black Butterfly.” (Photo credit by John Schmid)But, Westport isn’t alone.The South Baltimore community sits in the “Black butterfly,” the apex of the left or west wing of a shape that describes the pattern of mostly Black neighborhoods spread throughout Baltimore City.Transportation, housing, access to food; these are issues that blight huge swaths of the Black butterfly, and Westport may not be the most challenged community.Renee Hatcher and Lawrence Brown have completed a project called Baltimore Equity, a joint effort between the University of Baltimore and Morgan State University. Hatcher was a teaching fellow at the Univ. of Baltimore’s School of Law Community Development Clinic, but she’s now an assistant professor of law and program director at The John Marshall Law School Business Enterprise Law Clinic in Chicago.Lawrence Brown is assistant professor in the Morgan School of Community Health and Policy and coined the term “Black butterfly.”Coming together, sharing knowledge and students of law and policy, a so-called powermap and toolkit are now published at equitybaltimore.org. It took two years of work.“This idea is to just try to provide information that is more accessible to folks who are actually every day striving to improve their community,” Hatcher told the AFRO.The powermap lays out the availability, or lack of services and accomodations enjoyed by the center of Baltimore, a “White L” shape that skews disproportionately to the city’s White residents. As investment in communities deteriorate, indicated by the availability of health professionals and lead abatement, banking and financing, a viable housing market or transportation access, communities are color coded from pool table green to blood red. Colors are tied to a numerical score for the services available. North Baltimore/Guildford/Homeland, (the darkest green) scores 23.5 out of 26. Westport, (red), scores an eight. Greenmount East, which is the darkest red, scores a one.The final array of colors ultimately reflects the redlining patterns of green, yellow and red of Depression-era Baltimore housing policy.“How can communities have control over what happens in their neighborhood or how can they address certain issues, like their quality of life? That’s the idea behind the toolkit,” Hatcher said. ”What are some ways that people can organize and build institutions that can actually address their material needs and improve their quality of life, in divested, mostly low income, Black neighborhoods in Baltimore?”The toolkit offers suggestions and options such as community land trusts, community benefit agreements, and local hiring ordinances.The new powermap captures the broad strokes of Baltimore’s many crises of dignity and justice, but doesn’t quite reach into the plight of another dark red neighborhood, like Sandtown. While some blocks are almost wholly abandoned, others look untouched since Mayor Schmoke’s revitalization efforts in the 1990s.“Even within the wings of the butterfly, you can have wings that are mostly black, but have different spots and patterns in them,” Brown said. “I think of Baltimore in that same sense. When I say ‘Black butterfly,’ there are White enclaves in the Black butterfly, just as there are Black enclaves in the White L. It’s not this completely homogenous demographic layout, there’s complication within that metaphor, and I think the powermap illustrates the complications connected to the metaphor White L and Black butterfly.”Hatcher and Brown both say that with a working concept like Baltimore Equity, they expect the Baltimore model will prove portable to other cities like, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Yet, Hatcher and Brown believe the Baltimore model can be improved further.“It’s a good place to start, and it would be nice to drill down into neighborhood statistical areas,” Brown said. “The powermap is utilizing community statistical areas and there are 55 in the city. But there are over 255 neighborhood statistical areas, and you could have three or four neighborhood statistical areas inside of those different community areas. So, you could drill down to even smaller units of analysis to get even more detail and the variation within the communities’ statistical areas.”last_img read more

Experts say Portrait Isnt of George Washingtons Chef

first_imgBy The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A portrait long thought to be of George Washington’s enslaved chef, who cooked for the former president at Mount Vernon and Philadelphia before escaping, is actually not of Hercules, and isn’t even of a chef, art experts concluded after a two-year study.Experts who gathered in 2017 at Mount Vernon, Washington’s Virginia plantation, unanimously agree the 18th-century portrait believed to be of Hercules wearing a chef’s toque is not actually of the man, Philly.com reported Friday. The findings are now public.The portrait at question, until recently, believed to be of George Washington’s cook, Hercules. (Courtesy Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid)“There is a real sense of loss there. It’s such a powerful portrait,” Mount Vernon senior curator Susan P. Schoelwer told Philly.com.Hercules had cooked for Washington for a number of years before escaping in 1797. He wasn’t heard from again.Schoelwer helped coordinate the gathering to discuss the mystery of “Presumed Portrait of George Washington’s Cook.” The portrait had long been attributed to Gilbert Stuart, best known for his unfinished portrait of Washington. But that also doesn’t appear to be true.Dorinda Evans, a Stuart scholar, said the portrait is “very different from how Stuart would have done it.”The experts agree the painting is from the 1700s and say the subject must be notable if a portrait was commissioned. Experts also said what was thought to be a toque is actually a headdress similar to ones worn in by free Dominicans in other paintings.When journalist and author Ramin Ganeshram, who used the image on the cover of her novel “The General’s Cook,” was told of the experts’ new realization, she couldn’t let it go. Ganeshram is executive director of the Westport Historical Society in Connecticut and gathered information on Hercules, hoping to prove the portrait was of him.Instead, the quest led her to documents about a “Hercules Posey.” Posey is the surname of a previous owner of Washington’ chef. She and her historical society colleague, Sara Krasne, who is a trained genealogist, recovered a death notice from New York City. They believe Hercules was left behind at a Manhattan cemetery when bodies were moved to Brooklyn in the early 1800s. He’s most likely still buried under what is now sidewalk, they said. Two historians agree.“I would totally feel comfortable speculating that it was him,” said Erica Armstrong Dunbar, a history professor at Rutgers University.last_img read more

Seth Rogen Blasts Twitter CEO for Verifying White Supremacists

first_img Popular on Variety Seth Rogen says he’s been directly in touch with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about verifying “white supremacists” on the social platform — and the actor-comedian now is ripping into the tech exec over the issue.Rogen, in a tweet Tuesday, wrote: “I’ve been DMing with @jack about his bizarre need to verify white supremacists on his platform for the last 8 months or so, and after all the exchanges, I’ve reached a conclusion: the dude simply does not seem to give a fuck.” Some of the accounts banned in late 2017 included the Traditionalist Worker Party, a group of white supremacists known for its anti-semitism, the pro-confederate League of the South, as well as the American Nazi Party. Twitter also banned accounts from individuals associated with these groups, as well as far-right extremists from the U.K., including the anti-immigrant group Britain First.In February, Dorsey said the company’s efforts to improve “information quality” extend to providing tools to help users ascertain the credibility of sources. “Twitter is a very good mirror for what’s going on in the world,” Dorsey said, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. “At our worst it makes people be a lot more reflexive, and at our best it encourages people to be a lot more reflective.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Twitter declined to comment. Dorsey had not responded to Rogen’s tweet as of press time.Hate speech and abusive behavior more broadly have been issues threatening Twitter’s growth and they’ve periodically flared into PR problems for the company. Dorsey has routinely pledged to make “safety” a No. 1 priority at Twitter and has said he’s implemented a program to measure the “health” of conversations on the platform.Last December, Twitter banned several accounts associated with far-right extremists, including at least one that has been retweeted by President Trump, as part of instituting new rules against hate and harassment.last_img read more

Roblox 101 How To Make Your First Game

first_img Roblox 101: How To Make Actual Money In The GameTop 7 Best Zombie Games on Roblox We’ve spent the last few weeks going over some of the best games that Roblox has to offer that were all made by users and players just like you or someone you know. Whether you want a Mario game, zombie game, Pokemon game, or even a game about becoming your favorite superhero, there are dozens out there to choose from. But now it’s time to shift gears a little bit.Instead of focusing on games that other people have made, why don’t you open up Roblox Studio and start making games of your own? With Roblox it’s super easy for anyone to jump in at a moment’s notice and start making something that’s fun to play without any prior game creation experience or knowledge. It’s that easy!Getting Started With Roblox StudioRoblox Studio is the basic interface you’ll use in order to make all of your Roblox creation dreams come true. From here you can start building worlds, designing your own game models, uploading objects to the database for other builders to use, and even learn the ins and outs of the program using tutorials and resources especially created by the Roblox Corporation.When you first open up Roblox Studio it should look something like the image above. From this main menu you can pick which template you want to start with (or if you want to start with one at all) and then use the tabs at the top to cycle between either creating worlds based on Themes instead, such as Western or Suburban, or based on Gameplay, such as Racing or Obby.An Obby is one of the simplest and most popular types of games you’ll see in Roblox. They’re basically 3D obstacle courses that players have to navigate by running and jumping to avoid hazards and other areas of the level. They’re kind of like platformers in the vein of Mario and Sonic.For the sake of this tutorial, to keep things very simple, we’ll focus on making an Obby as your first game.Making Your First GamePick the Obby template and you should load it up and have an interface that looks something like the image above in front of you. In the center is the game environment where you can click on things, drag things, and fully edit the whole playable world with just a few clicks of your mouse. There is a lot of stuff going on inside of Roblox Studio, but try not to get too overwhelmed.Since this is a template that means the core mechanics are already in place. You’ve got a starting point and an end point as well as hazards to avoid along the way. In order to make this your own, we can make some simple changes.First, let’s change the sky background to night time by switching the time of day. On the right in the Explorer column click on where it says Lighting and that should open up a new box below called Properties – Lighting. “Lighting” with a bunch of numbers in it. Just scroll down to the bottom of the Data section and find where it says “TimeOfDay” and a time. It’s in military time, so you’ll need to use the 24-hour version of whatever time you want. I set it for 02:00:00 in mine for example so that it’d be 2AM, nice and dark with a few twinkling stars.After that go into the game environment menu and click on a few of the floating squares. Using the Color option in the Edit section you can change the color really quickly and easily. If you want to make new platforms just copy and paste them and then drag them around the environment to create a design you think will be fun and challenging. Plus — don’t forget to create new red squares too! These are what your player needs to avoid and they add challenge to your game.Finishing Your First Roblox GameThose were just some super basic changes that you could make to your Obby so that it stands out a little bit more. You can of course do so much more with Roblox, this was only a small sliver of an introduction. I highly recommend checking out the tutorials inside of Roblox Studio, looking up tutorials online, and considering my book that’s all about Roblox linked down below.Once your game reaches a point you consider it to be “finished” you can go in and publish it to Roblox. Click File, then “Publish to Roblox” to start the process. From here, you can name your game, add a description, and get everything setup and ready to go.For more about Roblox here at Geek.com, make sure to stop by our Roblox portal where you can not only find game recommendations, but detailed breakdowns of the platform and people who play it as well.—–David Jagneaux is a tech and gaming journalist with bylines on several prominent media publications such as IGN, Polygon, Playboy, UploadVR, Motherboard, Gamecrate, VICE, GamesMaster Magazine, and many others. He is also the author of The Ultimate Roblox Book, a recently released book for anyone interested in learning more about making games in Roblox and how getting started with building their very own worlds. It’s being published by Adams Media and is now available for purchase on Amazon right here, as well as from Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and other select retailers. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Commemorating 70 years of Indias independence

first_imgA wide swath of the millennia-old Indian civilization came alive through a cluster of artefacts of astonishing brilliance as the National Museum, recently, began a nearly two-month transcontinental exhibition. The showcase takes the viewers on an intriguing and exhilarating trip of the country’s spectacular past and its links with the outside world since antiquity. ‘India and The World: A History in Nine Stories’, the first of its kind event in India, marks an unprecedented collaboration in museum exhibition with the British Museum, London; National Museum, New Delhi; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai; and some 20 private collections pooling in their resources for the phenomenal show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfChief Guest Ram Bahadur Rai, President, IGNCA, formally inaugurated the exhibition, unveiling a unique line-up of around 200 ancient and modern exhibits which offer a chronological and thematic depiction of the evolution of India with multiple expressions of art and artefacts, stories and aesthetics. Some of the eye-popping objects on display include the oldest known hand-axe in the world (1.7-1.07 million years) from Attirampakkam, Tamil Nadu, a replica of the dancing girl of Mohenjodaro (2500 BC), a gold-horned Harappan humped bull (1800 BC), a Mughal miniature-inspired work by Rembrandt, an Ashokan edict (250 BC); and an imprint of the Constitution of India having more than 50 paintings supervised by the renowned artist Nandalal Bose. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRai described the exhibition as a “journey through history”, taking Indians to “moments in history that are a matter of pride for us”.”This is also a celebration of cultural exchanges and a moment to remember that our civilization has existed for millions of years and what it has given to the world in terms of culture, science and spirituality,” he said.In a message, Matt Hancock, UK Secretary of State for digital, culture, media and sport, said: “Culture is at the heart of the UK-India relationship and the living bridge that connects our two nations. This exhibition not only explores our shared history, but shows how our institutions are building partnerships that will last well into the future. I am delighted that it has reached new audiences in Delhi and I look forward to seeing it myself when I host a launch event next week.” A host of dignitaries, including British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith, L.N. Sharma, Chief Post Master General, Delhi Circle, Dr Hartwig Fischer, Director, British Museum, and Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director General, CSMVS were present at the inauguration.On the occasion, National Museum released three books: Divyambara: Masterpieces of Costume from the National Museum Collection by Lotika Varadarajan; Kaivalyam: Jain Painting in the National Museum by Dr S.V. Tripathi and Pawan Jain; and An introduction to the Indus Valley Civilization by Sanjib Kumar Singh and Gunjan Kumar Srivastava. Unveiling a special postal cover brought out by the Department of Post, L.N. Sharma said the exhibition showcases Indian history from two million years ago to the present day, not just displaying the regional connects but global links that provide visitors with a lifetime opportunity and a great learning experience. The exhibition will run till June 30 from 10 am to 6 pm, except on Mondays and public holidays.last_img read more

At 83 Donald Rumsfeld Takes a Shot at App Development

first_img 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » All’s fair in politics and war … but what about card games?For Winston Churchill, the same rules apparently applied: #NeverGiveIn.In a bizarre twist, this phrase now serves as the tagline for former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s inaugural mobile game Churchill Solitaire, which he created in partnership with a team of coders.Related: 6 Lessons in How to Build a Successful App“I’ve done business, politics, and war,” the 83-year-old wrote in a blog post announcing its release. “Now I’m trying my hand at mobile gaming.”Churchill Solitaire is essentially a more challenging version of the traditional card game. In place of a single deck players use two decks, and work with 10 rows of cards rather than the typical seven. Churchill played the game during World War II to sharpen his strategic thinking skills, according to Rumsfeld. In Rumsfeld’s app, there are varying levels and difficulties as players move up the ranks. Created for the most cunning of minds, a series of rules and limitations make the game especially challenging. For example, if the player doesn’t make a move in 30 seconds, he’s forced to surrender.The game’s “diabolical rules,” Rumsfeld says, are what “make it the hardest game of solitaire — and probably the most challenging and strategic game of logic or puzzle — I’ve ever played.”Rumsfeld said he learned the card game from one of the Churchill’s former proteges, André de Staercke, during a plane ride in the 1970s. Staercke had learned the game from Churchill himself.Until recent years, only a few people knew about the game and even fewer were able to find their way to victory.Inspired to share the tradition, Rumsfeld and his wife worked with a team of developers to perfect the game. The non-profit endeavor took years to build after the Churchill family gave the project their blessing. All profits will go to charity. However, a free version is available in the Apple Store for both iPhones and iPads.The motivation for the app, Rumsfeld wrote, was best explained by Staercke himself.“As my friend Andre de Staercke once put it to me, ‘What one needs in life are the pessimism of intelligence and the optimism of will,’ Rumsfeld wrote. “Play a couple hands of Churchill Solitaire, and you’ll know precisely what he meant.”Related: Lessons for the New CEO From 5 Great Leaders of HistoryA previous version of this story misidentified Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of State. Rumsfeld served as Secretary of Defense. January 26, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Deepminds AlphaFold is successful in predicting the 3D structure of a protein

first_imgGoogle’s DeepMind is turning its attention to using AI for science and healthcare. This statement is strengthened by the fact that last month, Google made major inroads into healthcare tech by absorbing DeepMind Health. In August it’s AI was successful in spotting over 50 sight-threatening eye diseases. Now it has solved another tough science problem. At an international conference in Cancun on Sunday, Deepmind’s latest AI system AlphaFold won the Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction (CASP) competition. The CASP is held every two years, inviting participants to submit models to predict the 3D structure of a protein from the amino acid sequence. The ability to predict a protein’s shape is useful to scientists because it is fundamental to understanding its role within the body. It is also used for diagnosing and treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and cystic fibrosis. AlphaFold’s SUMZ score was 127.9 (the previous winner SUMZ score was 80.46), achieving what CASP called “unprecedented progress in the ability of computational methods to predict protein structure.” The second team, named Zhang, scored 107.6. How does Deepmind’s AlphaFold work AlphaFold’s team trained a neural network to predict a separate distribution of distances between every pair of residues in a protein. These probabilities were then combined into a score that estimates how accurate a proposed protein structure is. They also trained a separate neural network that uses all distances in aggregate to estimate how close the proposed structure is to the right answer. The scoring functions were used to search the protein landscape to find structures that matched their predictions. They used two distinct methods to construct predictions of full protein structures. The first method repeatedly replaced pieces of a protein structure with new protein fragments. They trained a generative neural network to invent new fragments to improve the score of the proposed protein structure. The second method optimized scores through gradient descent for building highly accurate structures. This technique was applied to entire protein chains rather than to pieces that must be folded separately before being assembled, reducing the complexity of the prediction process. DeepMind Founder and CEO Demis Hassabis celebrated the victory in a tweet. Google CEO Sunder Pichai was also excited about this development on how AI can be used for scientific discovery. Read Next NeurIPS 2018 paper: DeepMind researchers explore autoregressive discrete autoencoders (ADAs) to model music in raw audio at scale. Google makes major inroads into healthcare tech by absorbing DeepMind Health A new episodic memory-based curiosity model to solve procrastination in RL agents by Google Brain, DeepMind and ETH Zurichlast_img read more

Brian Carr Overthetop video optimisation firm Co

first_imgBrian CarrOver-the-top video optimisation firm Conviva has appointed industry veteran Brian Carr as its fist chief revenue officer. Carr was previously chief revenue officer at Appcelerator, prior to which he was senior vice-president of worldwide field operations for Good Technology. He has also held executive roles at firms like Simplex Systems, Clarify and Synopsys.“Having a top notch go-to-market leader of Brian’s calibre on our team represents another key milestone in Conviva’s journey,” said Hui Zhang, CEO of Conviva.Conviva partners with media companies and premium OTT video broadcasters and operators like HBO, Sky, and Foxtel to deliver optimised viewing experiences that maximise customer engagement.last_img read more

Belarusian cable and pay TV operator MTIS has adde

first_imgBelarusian cable and pay TV operator MTIS has added entertainment channel +TV to its line-up of services.The channel, which offers a range of entertainment shows, documentaries, movies and kids shows, will be available in trial mode from today.last_img

Roma is now a major producer with hits such as Th

first_imgRoma is now a major producer, with hits such as The Bible.But the star admitted she still misses her home city.“While I’ve spent most of my career in the United States, I’m a Derry girl at heart, and I’m delighted to be home” she said. Derry director Stephen Fingleton picked up the Rising Star award for his film The Survivalist. Roma Downey picks up her Irish Diaspora Award in DublinACTRESS Roma Downey was toasted by blues legend Van Morrison as the two stars attended the glitzy Irish Film and Television Awards.The Derry-born star was celebrating again with family last night after she was handed the inaugural Irish Diaspora Award at Dublin’s Mansion House.The 55-year-old former Thornhill College pupil from the Bogside is now one of Ireland’s richest women. “So what I miss is the past, you know – when my mum and dad were alive.” ShareTweet DERRY’S ROMA DOWNEY RECEIVES IRISH DIASPORA AWARD FROM VAN MORRISONLIAM NEESONSTEPHEN FINGLETONTOUCHED BY AN ANGEL During the awards, Downey paid tribute to the other big Northern Irish winner of the night, Liam Neeson. The Ballymena star of Schindler’s List and the Taken series was presented with the award for he Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award presented by Irish president, Michael D Higgins. Downey hailed Neeson as “a true inspiration”. She has carved out a successful career in which she won the hearts of Americans as Monica in hit CBS TV show Touched by an Angel. “I do miss home, but sometimes when I come home, I still miss it. DERRY’S ROMA DOWNEY RECEIVES IRISH DIASPORA AWARD FROM VAN MORRISON was last modified: April 11th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

Im just sitting here waiting for everything to ei

first_imgI’m just sitting here waiting for everything to either melt down or blow up…and it’s my opinion that a lot of other people are doing the same.Well, it wasn’t a very exciting day in the gold market on Wednesday, as the price basically flat-lined from the open in the Far East until 8:30 a.m. in New York. Then the gold price jumped thirteen dollars or so…and then more or less traded flat until noon Eastern time.Then gold got sold down, giving up all but two dollars of its earlier gain. It recovered a bit from there…and then traded sideways once the Comex closed at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. Gold’s high tick of the New York trading session was $1,626.10 spot…and that came at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.Gold closed at $1,617.60 spot…up $7.80 on the day. Net volume…around 122,000 contracts…was more than decent, considering how quiet the day was up until the London open, as there were obviously no high-frequency traders lurking about in the Far East trading session on Wednesday.The silver price traded in a tight range on Wednesday and, once again, its many attempts to break through the $29 spot level all ended the same way…in failure. The New York high tick came shortly after 9:00 a.m. at $29.26 spot.Silver closed the New York electronic trading session at $28.86 spot…down 11 cents on the day. Net volume was around 26,000 contracts.The dollar index opened around the 82.40 mark…climbed to its 82.55 high of the day around lunch time in Hong Kong…and then it was pretty much down hill from there, except for a minor rally during the first half of the London trading session.The low of the day…81.94…came at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time…and from there it recovered a bit into the close, finishing the day around 82.13…down about 25 basis points from Tuesday. And I was quite surprised that the gold price didn’t respond when the dollar index fell 40 basis points in the two-hour period between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.The gold stocks spent almost the entire day in the black…and the HUI was up a bit over a percent a few times during the trading day…but couldn’t hold those gains going into the close. The HUI finished up only 0.20%…which is better than the alternative.The silver stocks, which had done reasonably well earlier in Wednesday’s trading session, faded into the close as well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index finished down 0.59%. Most of that loss came as a result of the 3.00 percent drop in Compania Minas Buenaventura on no news that I could see.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 216 gold and 2 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday. Citigroup was the big short/issuer with 211 contracts…and the biggest long/stoppers with 114 contracts was JPMorgan in its client account…and the Bank of Nova Scotia with 90 contracts.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV.I note that the new short positions in GLD and SLV have been posted over at the shortsqueeze.com Internet site. It shows that SLV’s short position declined by 1.28%…and also shows that 14.01 million shares that are not backed by physical metal.The short position in GLD actually rose 7.82%…and indicates that 18.69 million GLD shares are not backed by the metal itself.To set things right, about 58 tonnes of gold, along with about 436 tonnes of silver would have to be deposited.The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday. They sold 2,500 ounces of gold eagles…1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and another 200,000 silver eagles. Month-to-date the mint has sold 18,500 ounces of gold eagles…3,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 1,121,500 silver eagles.It was a pretty quiet day at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday…at least it was in silver. They reported receiving 303,953 troy ounces…and shipped out a smallish 20,778 ounces of the stuff. The link to what little action there was, is here.Here’s the 30-Year Seasonal Silver chart courtesy of German gold analyst Dimitri Speck…who updated it just for us yesterday. You’ll note that the seasonal low for silver comes, on average, in the last few days of June. Let’s see if that turns out to be the case this time.I have the usual number of stories and, as always, the final edit is up to you.The are no markets anymore…only interventions. – Chris Powell, GATABoth gold and silver were kept on a short leash yesterday. Gold was only allowed a small gain…and silver’s continuing attempt to break the $29 price ‘barrier’ ran into the usual sellers.Gold closed just above its 50-day moving average, but any significant rally attempts were stopped cold. Even the 40 basis point drop in the dollar index during a two-hour time period in mid-morning in New York was not allowed to register…and was probably one of the reasons why volume was as high as it was despite the lack of price activity to justify it, as JPMorgan et al were most likely aggressively going short against all comers.Ted Butler’s mid-week commentary yesterday was an eye-opener…and I’m hoping that he’ll post it in the public domain at his earliest possible convenience, as it appeared to be written with just such an event in mind.Not much happened in the Far East during their morning trading session, but around 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time, both silver and gold had tiny rallies…and both got sold down going into the London open. Volume in both metals is light once again..and very similar to the volumes I spoke of this time yesterday, so I wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into the price activity associated with it. The dollar index isn’t do much of anything, either.As I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, both gold and silver are basically unchanged from Wednesday’s close…and silver’s continued attempts to break above the $29 spot price mark are all being met with determined selling.There’s not much else to say in this column. I’m just sitting here waiting for everything to either melt down or blow up…and it’s my opinion that a lot of other people are doing the same. It’s only the time line…and the dénouement that are unknown.Nigel Farage was right. You couldn’t make this stuff up.See you on Friday. Sponsor Advertisement North American Nickel’s latest news from our 100% owned Post Creek property in the Sudbury mining camp is what geologists always hope for….a large, clearly defined, un-tested target close to surface in a known camp with excellent infrastructure advantages for mining. Drilling is scheduled to begin in September. In this case it’s an EM anomaly 200 m long, that has been interpreted as the electromagnetic signature of ‘near-massive to massive sulphide.’ It’s located approximately 55 m below surface and the trend of the anomaly corresponds, in part, to both the CJ#1 dyke and the Whistle Offset Structure to the south. Please visit our website to read the full news release and learn more about North American Nickel.last_img read more