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first_imgBaahubali 2 and Dangal have been going neck-to-neck at the box office, after Aamir Khan’s film got a fresh lease of life with its China release. Both films have made new records, with Baahubali 2’s Hindi-dubbed version becoming the first Hindi film to enter the Rs 500 crore club and Dangal crossing the Rs 1000 crore mark in China.#Baahubali2TheConclusion becomes the sole member in the 500 Cr All-India Nett Club for Hindi Movies.. ??? pic.twitter.com/ve9RX4GwzT- Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) June 1, 2017Jus In: #Dangal has officially crossed ? 1,000 Crs in #China – Congratulations @aamir_khan and Team! ?????? pic.twitter.com/hf4fMvrr6i- Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) June 1, 2017At the pace that Baahubali 2 and Dangal are currently going, it looks like both are set to rake in over Rs 2000 crore worldwide.The Chinese audience has been able to connect with Dangal’s themes of battling patriarchy, gender bias and excellence in sports. Until recently, the film had a marvellous rating of 9.8 on the biggest online ticket vendor Maoyan.On the other hand, Baahubali 2 has been hailed as a visual spectacle and praised for its storytelling in the style of Indian epics.According to reports, Baahubali 2 is expected to release in China soon. Although Baahubali bombed at the Chinese box office, its sequel is expected to perform better.ALSO READ: Dangal Movie ReviewALSO READ: Baahubali 2 Movie Review ALSO WATCH: Prabhas & Rana Daggubati talk about their ultimate face-off in Baahubali 2last_img read more


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first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Roma made the already daunting task of beating Barcelona that much harder after scoring two own goals to help the Spanish side secure a 4-1 victory in the opening leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday.The pair of own goals by Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas plus some sloppy defending that allowed Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez to also score left Roma on the verge of elimination before next week’s return leg in Rome.“We committed individual mistakes and made it easier for them, and you can’t do that against Barcelona,” Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said.With Roma reeling following its two self-inflicted wounds, Pique added a third goal for the hosts.Edin Dzeko pulled one back for Roma in the 80th minute before Suarez scored Barcelona’s fourth, breaking his streak of 10 matches without a goal in the competition.The victory extended Barcelona’s unbeaten run in the Champions League to 26 straight home matches, a streak that dates back to September 2013.“Football is game of errors, you try to make your rival commit them while you limit yours,” Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said. “We are happy because it was a complicated match, but they showed they are a good team and we have a long way to go before we can say we are in the semifinals.”Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, left, challenges for the ball with Roma’s Kostas Manolas during a Champions League quarter-final, first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Roma at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 4, 2018.(AP Photo/ Manu Fernandez)Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-0 in the night’s other match after first-half goals by Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane.Roma, playing in quarterfinals for the first time in a decade, succeeded in disrupting the hosts’ ball-possession attack by pressuring up the pitch. But its defending lapses either produced or played a direct part in all four of Barcelona goals.Lionel Messi showed no signs of being slowed down by the leg muscle problem that caused him to miss two friendlies for Argentina and be reserved as a substitute at Sevilla on Saturday, when his goal in the 89th-minute secured a 2-2 draw.Messi had already forced Roma to swarm on several occasions to stop his runs before the visiting defense finally broke when Ivan Rakitic intercepted the ball near the box and started the attack that ended De Rossi’s costly error.Messi sped into the area and passed for Andres Iniesta, whose returned pass to the Argentina forward would have left him in good striking position. De Rossi stretched to cut off the pass, only for the tip of his right boot to redirect the ball into the bottom corner of the net for the 38th-minute opener.“The goal by Daniele (De Rossi) from the edge of the area, that ball only goes in once in a 100 times. It conditioned the match,” Di Francesco said.Kostas suffered similar bad luck in the 55th when his clearance of a low cross by Rakitic hit the post and ricocheted off his knee before finally crossing the goal-line.“It’s not just luck that we get own goals in our favor,” Pique said. “I think that if these goals go our way it’s because we press high, we push up in attack (and) the ball is in the opposition area more than usual in other teams’ matches.”Roma’s Diego Perotti, tries to stop Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, right, during a Champions League quarter-final, first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Roma at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 4, 2018.(AP Photo/ Manu Fernandez)Pique made it 3-0 four minutes later when he only had to tap in the rebound from a save by goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who palmed a shot by Suarez right to the unmarked defender.Suarez scored his first goal in the tournament since March 2017 after a Roma defender Federico Fazio tried to intercept a pass, instead leaving the ball for the Uruguay striker to drill home.Sergio Busquets returned for Barcelona after being sidelined for three weeks with a fractured bone in his right foot.Lorenzo Pellegrini started in place of Radja Nainggolan after the Roma midfielder was ruled unfit to play because of a muscle injury he picked up over the weekend.___By JOSEPH WILSON , Associated PressMore AP Champions League coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/ChampionsLeagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


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first_img All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations Who says you can’t surf in the middle of a dusty plain?In 2015, Doug Coors (of that beer family) invested in a parcel of land 10 minutes east of Austin’s Bergstrom airport with a mission to create prime surfing in a contained environment year-round.Just over a year later, Nland Surf Park opened to the public. Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground center_img The park is one part water fantasyland and one part training school with three different wave options – something for every level of surfer.The “Reef” is a high-performance wave for high-caliber surfers with a 35-second run rate to match. “Inside” is a medium-level option for those with a bit of experience and want to tackle waves with their friends. They also have a “Bay,” which yields easy waves for first-time surfers. Every option comes with a board rental too.Education is a big piece of the complex. The Nland Training Center hosts a variety of world-class coaches to help improve your game on the waves whether you’re a seasoned veteran or don’t know a “pop-up” from an A-Frame.”The world-class dynamics extend to their environmental impact too. In a dry landscape like Austin, the park was built to maximize water savings, capturing enough rainwater to be completely self-sustaining. It captures water in a state-of-the-art treatment system that uses two types of filtration, ozone and chlorine. According to the park, it meets or exceeds a variety of international quality standards.They add that their lagoon system has collected more than 11 million gallons of rainwater so far.The park was closed for the winter, but will open very soon for spring and summer (no solid date yet as it is dependent on the weather). For more information you visit their site to get pricing and hours information. The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more


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first_img State Minister for Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) Junior Market has recorded significant gains over the 10 years since its establishment. He noted that the market has grown from one company listing with capitalisation of $750 million, to some 43 entities that have generated approximately $135 billion in capital. Story Highlights In addition, he noted that major increases have been recorded for contributions to Pay As You Earn (PAYE) from $200 million to $500 million over the decade; National Insurance Scheme (NIS) up 148 per cent; National Housing Trust (NHT) up 137 per cent; and General Consumption Tax (GCT) up 940 per cent. State Minister for Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) Junior Market has recorded significant gains over the 10 years since its establishment.He noted that the market has grown from one company listing with capitalisation of $750 million, to some 43 entities that have generated approximately $135 billion in capital.In addition, he noted that major increases have been recorded for contributions to Pay As You Earn (PAYE) from $200 million to $500 million over the decade; National Insurance Scheme (NIS) up 148 per cent; National Housing Trust (NHT) up 137 per cent; and General Consumption Tax (GCT) up 940 per cent.The State Minister was speaking at the Jamaica Micro Financing Association Limited’s (JaMFA) recent annual microfinance sector leadership forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The Junior Market, established in April 2009, facilitates investments in legitimate small and medium-sized companies, whose shares trade on a special JSE platform. This enables the listed entities to raise capital, thereby positioning them to contribute to Jamaica’s economic growth and development.Mr. Green said that while there was initial scepticism about the market’s viability and sustainability, the positive out-turns have served to dispel these doubts by demonstrating that “when you give Jamaican companies an opportunity to generate capital that they can reinvest and grow, the results are and will be tremendous”.As such, he said that the proposed Micro Stock Exchange remains a priority for the Government, in order to enable more MSMEs to grow and contribute to economic progress.The facility, which was announced last year by portfolio Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, will provide micro-sized companies with access to capitalisation of between $5 million and $50 million.Mr. Green said the Administration believes the facility can assist in “tremendously growing” the microbusiness and microfinance sectors.“We want to give these companies… smaller businesses… an avenue through which they can also list, generate capital, reinvest and grow, thereby [further boosting] the industry,” he said.“So that is an area that we… are driving… and we are adamant about getting this done sooner than later,” he added.last_img read more


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first_imgAmendments to the Powers of Attorney Act introduced today, May 3, will clarify and modernize the act. “Acting as a power of attorney is an important role in the administration of justice,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We need to ensure that the responsibilities are clear when Nova Scotians appoint joint powers of attorneys.” The proposed amendments to the Powers of Attorney Act will ensure that power of attorney remains in the event one of two joint attorneys passes away or one becomes incapacitated themselves. Similar legislation is in force in several provinces, including Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador.last_img


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first_imgGolden Globe-winning actress Tippi Hedren made a name for herself as the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and “Marnie”, but it’s her role as an activist that has set her apart from, well, most celebrities.Tippi Hedren and FriendsCredit/Copyright: Bill DowThe actress devoted herself to raising her daughter, Melanie Griffith, and raising consciousness about the vital preservation of endangered animals all over the world – namely, big cats.She is president of the Roar Foundation, and resides on her sanctuary for animals in California called The Shambala Preserve.For years, this remarkable woman has tirelessly pleaded with Congress to pass legislation to stop the breeding and raising of exotic felines for personal possession or financial gain. It’s not just about preservation of exotic animals; it’s also about public safety.Her efforts have led to death threats, yet her passion remains steadfast. In 2009, she co-authored a bill titled ‘A Federal Ban on the Breeding of the Exotic Feline for Personal Possession’ and on September 20, 2012, she will again appear in front of Congress to plead passage of the bill, now titled: “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act,” aka as H.R. 4122.In her recent open letter to Congress, Hedren explains the importance of passing H.R. 4122, and with some public support we can all be part of this humane and necessary legislation.Look To The Stars was grateful to speak with Ms. Hedren about big cats, Congress, the fight to stop animal abuse and her aim to ultimately educate the public in regards to the inhumane treatment of circus animals and the need for this outdated form of entertainment to go away.Tippi Hedren with TigersCredit/Copyright: Bill DowWhat sparked your interest in big cats?The situation that caused the Shambala Preserve to come into effect was monumental. I’d always had puppies and kittens and bunnies and the normal type of pet, and I did two films in Africa in 1969 and 1970. One was in Rhodesia – which is now Zimbabwe – and the other in South Africa. In those days, environmentalists all over the world were telling us that if we didn’t stop the encroaching civilization on wild areas – the hunting, the poaching of wild animals – that by the year 2000 they would be gone. So there was a lot of awareness going on – we were learning about the plight of the whale, the panda, and the tiger. My husband was the producer, so we decided to do a film about this issue and were kicking around ideas – should we focus on one area, should we focus on one group of animals – and that answer came very quickly.We went on a photo shoot in Mozambique and came across a house that had been abandoned by a game warden on one of the preserves, and a pride of lions had moved in. There must have been 20-30 cats, sitting in windows, going in and out the doors, the cubs were playing out front. They looked like great portraits. I have the most beautiful picture in my mind of this fabulous place, and we thought “bingo”! Perfect movie set, animals which most people are either fascinated with or scared to death of.When we gave the script – and this is using sometimes ten cats in a scene, sometimes 12, sometimes 20 – to the trainers of these acting animals, everyone of them came back laughing at us and said this film cannot be done because of the number of animals working together.So eventually that led to the establishment of the Shambala Preserve. My first rescue was an 8-month-old lion cub who was purchased by a doctor in Los Angeles. He bought a cute little adorable lion cub, and as he grew he was tearing up the doctor’s house, taking chunks out of the doctor, plus he didn’t have any siblings for him to play with. So by the time he was about 8-months-old, he was screaming for someone to take this little monster off his hands. So I went and picked him up and brought him home to our place in Sherman Oaks, where he continued his demolition work. That was the beginning of these rescues.Were any of them movie animals?Yes some of them, not too many. We became a very, very important facility to the California Fish and Game Department, as well as other state fish and game departments when they would confiscate a big cat that was either treated really badly or living in squalor. And these stories were many – we had a lion living in the basement with a family who had children – I mean, this is one of the four most dangerous animals in the world and our government has always said yeah sure, breed them, sell them for whatever you can… and on top of that we’ll give you a permit. US Department of Agriculture- there is a whole lot wrong with that.Tippi Hedren with LionCredit/Copyright: Bill DowAnd you are changing that?I certainly hope so. I’m working on my second Federal Bill. The first one in 2003 was to stop the interstate traffic of these animals to be sold as pets, and that was titled ‘The Cats of Wildlife Safety Act.’ I co-authored that and was asked to testify. What I did was I listed about 18 accidents – you know you have about 5 minutes to get your point across – and I just listed accidents, killings, maulling’s. There are hundreds and hundreds of people, adults and children that have been maimed and killed by these animals.Do people think because there’s not a law against it that it makes it okay?Well, how many people do you know, when they want to get a dog, look into what this dog is like – is it a lap dog, is a collie, do they do that? No, that’s why the shelters are so full of animals that people say ‘oh I didn’t know he was going to grow so big’, ‘I didn’t know he was going to eat so much’, etc.Tell us about the second Federal Bill?It was either ‘07 or ’09 and apparently the climate wasn’t right for this bill and it just sat there for a while. It’s the same bill – the first bill was the Federal Ban on the Exotic Breeding of Felines for Personal Possession or Financial Gain, now the bill is being cast as a public safety act, H.R. 4122, and hopefully that stops the breeding.The most important thing here is the public safety issue, to get it stopped because the government won’t act on an emotional basis -the inhumaneness of these animals being born in captivity – it is a public safety issue.Which celebrities support your efforts?I have a whole list of them, but Betty White comes to mind first.[Other celebrities include: Loni Anderson, Lily Tomlin, Kate Linder, Romi Dames and Lindsay Wagner].Let’s talk about the circus? Who are we not reaching in terms of education regarding the epic inhumane treatment and abuse of circus animals?In terms of the circus, we are not reaching the parents who think that their children should see the circus with the animals in it. This is the propaganda we’re dealing with. The Ringling Brothers, they are about as big as the problem gets and they have the money to tell all these lies about how educational the circus is – to see the animals. Can you tell me what is educational about seeing an elephant sitting up, standing on its head doing a dance routine? There is nothing educational about that – parents need to be aware that these animals have been beaten into practically being killed to do these stupid tricks.If you ever ask anybody involved with the circus if you could go watch a training session with the elephants and big cats, they will never let you in. We have gotten information in the past from people who have hidden a camera, honest to god you just wanna cry and you have this insane desire to stop this insanity. It’s just deplorable.The great thing about social media is that people are waking up and are shunning special interest groups.Have you read my letter to Congress? The one about Kenneth Feld? The power Kenneth Feld has is absolutely phenomenal – talk about special interest groups, he owns our government. Will anyone stand with me against Kenneth Feld? He has been brought up on animal cruelty and animal abuse charges many, many times – at least five times that I know of – he pays a $200,000 or $300,000 fine and off he goes and continues this.So he’s basically a cash cow for them?Absolutely right, and when I heard from Washington that a number of congressional members are hesitant to vote for this bill because of the circus – that’s what prompted me to write an open letter to congress. I’m just livid, the wild animal business is so huge it’s on par with illegal drugs. When it gets that big it gets dangerous. When I wrote the bill in 2003, my life was threatened, I called the authorities who had the FBI come in and I couldn’t leave the preserve. I had to have somebody come live with me, I couldn’t drive my own car, I had to rent one. I was literally imprisoned in my house – the sheriffs were going through everyone’s bags who came to the preserve, and they found out the man who threatened me was an animal dealer – I don’t know what happened to him. But my assistant is getting phone calls from the Feld camp saying you better be watch yourself, and he just tells them ‘what are you going to do about it, she’s telling the truth.’This is my goal in life, to stop the insanity. I would like to see us be the generation that stops animal cruelty forever, and I hope that in my lifetime I will see that.Look to the Stars greatly thanks Ms. Hedren for her time and efforts at bettering this world, and we hope to have a small part in stopping the cruelty.To support Ms. Hedren, please visit the Shambala website.If you’d like to sign the petition in support of H.R. 4122, you can do so hereCopyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more


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first_img(A trailer, debris and a smouldering fire was all that was left at the former site of the Sarnia blockade Thursday. APTN Photo) By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsSarnia – When members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Sarnia agreed to shut down their blockade of a CN Rail line Wednesday at midnight that was believed to be the end of it.But it’s not over.Saturday they will attempt to block traffic on the Blue Water Bridge that also serves as the US/Canada border access.And then they’re going to get strategic explains spokesman Ron Plain, who has been the face of the blockade almost from the beginning and as result is facing possible punishment from the Superior Court of Justice.“Now that the blockade is down there will be a Phase 2 and that will include roving blockades,” he said at his home in Sarnia Thursday.They intend to shut down access to selected factories here for up to days at a time in the area known as Chemical Valley.“In my vision of what can happen I’ll look at the research of a company, for example Imperial Oil. I will look globally at what Imperial Oil’s record is with Indigenous peoples, as well as their record of dealing with us here in Aamjiwnanng,” said Plain, as part of wide-ranging interview with APTN National News that will look at the intimate details of the nearly two-week blockade to be aired next week.He said he will use that research to determine how to proceed, but a site hasn’t been picked yet.“From that we will base a campaign against Imperial Oil saying this is what we want as we block you,” he said. “It may be a 12-hour blockade, a 24-hour blockade, 36-hour blockade.”That will be determined by an organizing committee that plans to meet soon and is expected to keep the city updated. Mayor Mike Bradley said he was aware of further action but was happy the blockade came to a peaceful conclusion, which was echoed by Sarnia police Chief Phil Nelson.The selected factory will also be notified in advance of any action said Plain.Plain said the blockade of a CN spur line was ended in a negotiated settlement with Sarnia police after an Ontario judge ordered it shut down Wednesday.Plain called it the first victory of the Idle No More movement.He said the blockade, which began Dec. 21, 2012, had proven its point and didn’t need to continue. Plain said they were already negotiating to have the blockade end on Saturday.The blockade was originally launched in support of hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s demand for a treaty meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Gov. Gen. David Johnston and First Nations leaders.Plain was found in contempt Wednesday of a court injunction ordering an end to the blockade. He was ordered by the court not to go near the site of the blockade unless it involved negotiating its end.Plain is scheduled to be in court Friday to learn what happens as a result of the comptempt of court order.“I have to go back to court tomorrow and find out whether anthing is going to come to me for being the spokesman for the campaign,” he said.The ending to the Aamjiwnaang blockade leaves only the Mi’kmaq from Listuguj First Nation still holding a rail blockade. The Mi’kmaq there have been blocking the railway at Pointe-a-la-Croix in Quebec since Dec. 28, 2012.More rail and highway blockades, however, are expected in the coming days and weeks.First Nations chiefs are planning to hold a national day of action on Jan. 16 which could see the beginning of indefinite blockades across the country.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more


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LAVAL, Que. — Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. has made a friendly deal to acquire Synergetics USA Inc., a supplier of precision surgical devices that Valeant says will enhance its Bausch and Lomb eye-care business.Valeant is offering US$6.50 per share in cash per Synergetics share, which is 48 per cent above the pre-announcement price for the stock, and up to $1 per share of additional payments if certain sales milestones are achieved.In pre-market trading, Synergetics shares rose to US$6.63 from Tuesday’s closinig price of US$4.39, which valued the company at US$110 million prior to Valeant’s announcement.Valeant picks up psoriasis drug after Amgen drops it on suicide fearsValeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. to buy ‘female Viagra’ maker for $1 billionDavid Hable, Synergetics president and CEO, said the offer is good for its shareholders and customers.“The combined strengths of both companies will expand the breadth of our offerings and create a more effective competitor that is better able to meet our customers’ needs in the ophthalmology and neurosurgery markets,” Hable said in a joint statement with Valeant.One of the conditions of the friendly deal is that Valeant receive a majority of Synergetics shares through a tender offer. read more


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As World Autism Day approaches on April 2, The Brock News will run a three-part series highlighting the efforts of three researchers in Brock University’s Centre for Applied Disability Studies, each of whom studies how Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may be treated in individuals at different stages of the lifespan. This is the third part of the series. A Brock University researcher is studying how treatments used on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affect individuals as they get older and move into their teen years.Julie Koudys, an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Applied Disabilities Studies, along with her co-researchers, is working to determine how adolescents with ASD continue to be affected by the Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) they received as children through Regional Autism Intervention Programs across Ontario.The study builds on research completed five years ago, which examined outcomes for children with ASD immediately following and a few years after completing IBI. Koudys and her team are now revisiting these same participants 9-15 years after the completion of IBI.Julie Koudys“Many teens and parents involved in the study were doing well academically, socially and emotionally,” Koudys says of the study’s preliminary findings. “However, just as individuals who are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder represent a diverse population, the ongoing challenges experienced by teens with ASD and their parents are varied.”For example, access to appropriate services following the completion of IBI is often a challenge, especially for families living outside major cities.Several parents also identified concerns that their teen was experiencing significant mood and anxiety symptoms — a concern consistent with existing research showing that individuals with ASD are at a higher risk for developing psychiatric diagnoses, such as ADHD or anxiety.However, while results from prior studies indicate that around 70 per cent of teens with ASD may experience clinically significant mental health concerns, Koudys’s results paint a different picture. Teens who received IBI as children seem to fare better in terms of mental health concerns, about on par with their peers who don’t have ASD.Koudys and her team are still in the process of analyzing the results, but plan to share their findings at various conferences this spring.“We are particularly excited to share results at a conference hosted by one of the regional autism providers who participated in the study, which will include a presentation by one of the teen participants and his mother,” Koudys says. “This will allow the clinicians who were involved in the treatment of the study participants to learn about the overall study outcomes, and to hear about the lived experience of one of the teens and his mother.”The results of the study may help parents understand more about the long-term outcomes of IBI, helping them plan for their child’s transition into adolescence and adulthood.The findings should also inform service providers about the ongoing needs of teens with ASD and their families as they develop effective services for this population.In the future, Koudys hopes to continue working with the study participants.“To date, this is the largest, and longest, IBI long-term follow-up study conducted,” Koudys explains. “Many of the families expressed keen interest in participating in the study in the future. As such, we hope to continue to collect data to explore the outcomes at the completion of high school. We know that this is a difficult time for all teens, but less is known about how young adults who previously received IBI, manage the transition out of high school into adulthood.” read more


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According to the figures unveiled today, some 310 disasters in 2012 killed more than 9,300 people and affected 106 million others, while causing $138 billion worth of damage, mainly in the United States, Italy and China. “A review of economic losses caused by major disaster events since 1980 shows that since the mid-90s there has been a rise in economic losses and this has turned into an upward trend,” UNISDR Director, Elizabeth Longworth, told journalists in Geneva.“Despite no mega-disaster such as a major urban earthquake, economic losses are conservatively estimated in the region of $138 billion,” Ms. Longworth said noting the disaster events last year. Asia tops the list again as the most disaster-prone part of the world, both in terms of number of disasters and the number of victims. Typhoon Bopha, known locally as Typhoon Pablo, hit the island of Mindanao, Philippines, on 4 December packing winds of 160 mph (260 km/h). The Typhoon left 1,900 people dead or missing. More than 210,000 houses, vital public infrastructure, and vast tracts of agricultural land were severely damaged or destroyed.The Americas accounted for 63 per cent of the economic losses, mainly due to Hurricane Sandy and widespread drought, causing damages of $50 billion and $20 billion, respectively. Europe was hit by two long cold waves at the beginning and end of the year killing almost 1,000 people. Drought and floods also severely affected many regions of Africa.Floods and droughts were responsible for nearly 80 per cent of the people killed or injured by disasters in 2012, according to the World Health Organization collaborating Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) in Louvain, Belgium. However, since they mostly occurred in poorer countries, the economic losses were low. “Even so, the floods of Pakistan cost nearly 2 per cent of its annual GDP which is a lot to recover,” the Director of CRED, Debby Guha-Sapir, said in a statement. “Disasters are a major problem in all poor countries and threats to global security. They should be taken seriously,” she added. read more


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MBA students from Brock’s Goodman School of Business will be spreading holiday cheer next week at St. Catharines Hospital.Fifteen students have formed a choir and will be carolling in the hospital lobby for patients and their families at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21.The Goodman School of Business has partnered with Choir Nation, a company launched earlier this year that helps organizations form company choirs and sing music as team-building exercises.The company was co-founded by Todd Green, assistant professor of marketing at Goodman and Murray Foster, bass player for Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea.Working under the conductor’s baton of Choir Director Sarah Jerrom, the students have been perfecting their pitch for four weeks now and are geared up to sing the three holiday tunes they have prepared.“They’ve had a great learning attitude from the very first rehearsal and have been working very hard over the past month,” said Jerrom.“They now have this opportunity to perform as singers, some for the very first time. It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to both reduce stress and combine their voices as a team, and then pass that positive energy on to their listeners,” she said.MBA student Shakti Pradhan jumped at the chance to be part of this unique initiative.“It’s been an incredible experience because Sarah is so supportive of us. She easily understands her students and improvises a lot based on how we are doing and designs the choir so that everyone can be heard,” said Pradhan.“We are doing this for a great cause so I was excited to join the choir. The holiday season sometimes means patients need extra cheer. It’s also a very good team sport because our group has to bond in order to sing together,” he said.The Brock community is invited to join the team’s on-campus performance in the Canadian Tire bridge between Taro and Plaza buildings at noon Monday, Dec. 19. Any donations collected will support the Goodman Graduate Business Council in sending a team of MBA students to MBA Games in January, where they will compete in academic, athletic and spirit challenges against their peers from across Canada. read more


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NEW YORK (AP) — As the 100th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s birth approached, Sharon Robinson is sure her father would have a lot to say about the current political climate in the United States if he were still alive.“I know he would be outraged,” she said.In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 photo, news articles about Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player Jackie Robinson are displayed at the exhibit “In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Jackie Robinson, who died at age 53 in 1972, would have turned 100 on Thursday. He broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, and the centennial of his birth marks the opening of an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York titled “In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend.”It features memorabilia and 32 photographs originally shot for Look magazine, plus footage of Robinson hitting grounders to his son in the backyard of the family house in Stamford, Connecticut. Many of the photos shot by Frank Bauman and Kenneth Eide from 1949 and 1953 had not been on public view previously.Rachel Robinson, the ballplayer’s wife, planned to attend the opening, still a force at age 96. The celebration and baseball’s annual Jackie Robinson Day on April 15 will focus attention on the Jackie Robinson Museum in the SoHo section of Manhattan, scheduled to open in December.Della Britton Baeza, CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, said $28 million has been raised toward a $42 million goal — matching Robinson’s uniform number, which was retired throughout the major leagues in 1997. The money raised covers construction costs, and an additional $4 million is needed for marketing and staff. The overall goal includes $10 million for an endowment, she said.“In this day and age in this climate of our country, we really are going to take on this issue of discussing race relations,” Britton Baeza said. “What better place than a place that pays tribute to one of the great integrationists of the last century? So we’re going to roll up our sleeves. We will do it from a position of goodwill and from a position of starting with the facts, if you will, but we’re going to take these things on and talk about activism in sports.”The exhibit, which runs until Sept. 15, is a partnership between the Museum of the City of New York and the foundation, and some of the memorabilia will wind up at the Jackie Robinson Museum.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has been a major backer of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the museum, and he will be honored at the foundation’s annual awards dinner on March 4 along with businessman Maverick Carter and musician Kristopher Bowers.“The centennial of his birth is an opportunity for MLB to recognize the historical significance of Jackie Robinson and to continue to teach younger people the impact he had on baseball and society,” Manfred said.Sharon Robinson, MLB’s education programming consultant, said today’s players need to have greater knowledge of the foundation’s efforts.“There was a shift in their awareness with the movie ’42,’” she said of the 2013 film that starred Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey. “A number of players came up to me or coaches and said, ‘I thought I knew the story but now I get it.’ There’s no time better than now because this country needs healing, needs to continue to move forward in terms of not just dealing with racism but sexism and the whole gamut of isms. So there’s no better time to look back into history and see how much has changed but how much work still needs to be done.”___ read more


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first_imgGmail : la gestion des pièces jointes facilitéeÉtats-Unis – Google a choisi de rénover en grande partie sa messagerie Gmail. Au programme, une nouvelle manière d’insérer les pièces jointes, une adaptation à l’iPad et une amélioration de l’outil “invitation”. Seuls Google Chrome et Firefox sont pour l’instant compatibles avec ces nouveautés.Gmail a subi quelques modifications susceptibles d’améliorer le quotidien de ses utilisateurs. Désormais, les pièces jointes pourront être ajoutées par la technique du glisser-déposer. Gain de temps, facilitation du procédé et possibilité d’insérer plusieurs pièces à la fois sont au rendez-vous. À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)Par ailleurs, un bouton “insérer une invitation” a été installé dans la rubrique agenda. Elle permet de voir si l’emploi du temps de vos contacts est compatible avec votre événement. Pratique pour les usagers qui font de la messagerie électronique un outil professionnel. Enfin, l’écran de Gmail peut désormais s’adapter au format de l’iPad et l’utilisateur peut prévisualiser un mail sans l’ouvrir. Des nouveautés qui ne peuvent s’utiliser que sous Firefox 3.6 et Google Chrome pour le moment.Le 20 avril 2010 à 12:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


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first_imgSUDBURY, MA — Retired Naval Commander Harold D. Homefield, PhD, passed away Friday night, December 28, 2018. Born March 22, 1919 Dr. Homefield was 99 years old. He was an accomplished educator, speech therapist, and Naval officer.Commander Homefield volunteered to join the Navy in WWII, starting active duty immediately after graduating from college. One of the “90-day wonders,” Harold was promoted rapidly and served most of his tour as commander of the USS Phenakite, a yacht converted to anti-submarine patrol craft. After the war, Lt. Homefield joined the Naval Reserve, eventually retiring holding the rank of Commander.Dr. Homefield was determined to earn his PhD in speech therapy, which he did over years of exceptional scholarship at NYU, while working at several jobs to support his family. His commitment to education led to numerous academic positions including Principal of Pelham HS in New York and Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Wilmington MA. He also taught speech at Pace College and treated individual speech impaired individuals.Harold was married to Edith Beer in 1942. Edith passed in May of this year. They are survived by their three children, Joan, Brenda and Roger. Harold was the grandfather of six children and the great-grandfather of eight. He enjoyed sharing his history with his beloved family and participating in family gatherings.Around Sudbury, he was well known and much liked by town officials and business personnel. He was awarded the Boston Post Cane in 2015 where he gave a charming address at age 96. Harold recorded an engaging interview as part of the Natick Veterans Oral History Project, providing anecdotal insights into his life and times.Friends and relatives gathered for a graveside service in Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, on Sunday, December 30, 2018, at 2:45 PM. Arrangements were handled by Duckett-J.S. Waterman Funeral Home, 656 Boston Post Road, SUDBURY, MA 01776.Harold Homefield(NOTE: The above obituary is from Duckett-J.S. Waterman Funeral Home.)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… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Michael Joseph Kelley, 60In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Hobart W. Spring, Jr., 88In “Obituaries”last_img read more


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first_img Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 90 min. longer than iPhone 8 Plus Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR specs 5.3 oz.; 150 g Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. • Phones £669 Samsung Galaxy S10E 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle) 3,100mAh 5.6 x 2.8 x 0.27 in 6.1-inch LCD Retina Display; 1,792×828-pixels Dimensions (Millimeters) 5.9 x 3.0 x 0.33 in 6GB, 8GB Display size, resolution 128GB, 256GB Camera Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Expandable storage Headphone jack Battery See It Single 12-megapixel 438ppi Sprint 5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080-pixels Video capture Weight (Ounces, Grams) 4K Processor Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI iPhone XR See All Meet the Galaxy S10E, Samsung’s colorful answer to the iPhone XR. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple launched the wallet-friendly iPhone XR last fall and now it’s got a rival. The most affordable iPhone kept most of the features of the iPhone XS, but it was $250 cheaper. On Wednesday at its Unpacked event in San Francisco, Samsung launched the Galaxy S10E — its answer to the XR. The S10E has most of the features of the Galaxy S10 but costs $150 less.Both the Galaxy S10E and iPhone XR are natural competitors: Both cost $750 and offer quite the flagship value. But there are many differences including screen size, processor power, number of rear cameras and headphone jack.Editor’s note, March 13, 2019: Our Galaxy S10 Plus review and our Galaxy S10E review are both now live. Keep reading for more about the Galaxy S10, S10 E, S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G. And here’s more about the Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first foldable phone.Compare these specs and more below. Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve 7-megapixel with Face ID Power button Apple 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm Price (GBP) Share your voice 10-megapixel Connector Storage Fingerprint sensor Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XR (64GB, black) Comments $749 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019center_img Yes See it 6.8 oz.; 194 g See It Special features Best Buy Water-resistant: IP67, dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji Not disclosed $750 64GB, 128GB, 256GB No Lightning Tags £749 (64GB), £799 (128GB), £899 (256GB) AU$1,199 USB-C RAM Apple iPhone XR Mobile software Pixel density None 326ppi Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 6 $749 Apple A12 Bionic $749 $749 Dimensions (Inches) See It Samsung Apple AU$1,229 (64GB), AU$1,299 (128GB), AU$1,479 (256GB) Review • iPhone XR review: The best iPhone value in years Preview • iPhone XR: Why the cheapest 2018 iPhone might be the one you want None (Face ID) $749 (64GB), $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB) Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Price off-contract (USD) 142 x 70 x 7.9 mm reading • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 Price (AUD) iOS 12 Up to 512GB Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Front-facing camera 4K 64 Photos Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?last_img read more


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first_imgThe inclusive language in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech may stand in stark contrast to the climate of political and racial divide in America in 2018. But Monday’s holiday, dedicated to Dr. King, is a good opportunity to honor others who have helped bring people together across race and class lines. Although he might not come immediately to mind, musician Dizzy Gillespie did just that.A new book by Anchorage author David Brown, chronicles an eight-year friendship between the two men. Dizzy Gillespie united people around music and through his spiritual beliefs. In his book, Shadowing Dizzy Gillespie, Brown says he first heard the jazz legend at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. and met him the same night.Click the play button below for Brown’s interview with Alaska News Nightly host Lori Townsend.Listen nowlast_img read more


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first_imgTHE LATEST on the Texas church shooting (all times local):LYNDA GONZALEZ / KUT NEWSCommunity members gathered on Nov. 6 in Ball Park in Sutherland Springs to hold a memorial service for the victims.3:20 p.m.Longtime congregants at the small-town Texas church where a gunman’s rampage left more than two dozen dead say they were afraid of the attacker.Husband and wife Rod and Judy Green tell The Associated Press Friday that they are good friends with Devin Kelley’s in-laws, and that Kelley had often exhibited troubling behavior.Authorities have said Kelley’s mother-in-law attended First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and she’d gotten threatening texts from him.Rod Green says that at a Christmas dinner one year, Kelley had “bragged about being armed.” The Greens also said they watched Kelley closely when he showed up wearing all black last month at a festival at the church.Judy Green says Kelley was “completely distant and way out in thought.”Kelley died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound after Sunday’s massacre.___12:40 p.m.The sanctuary of the small-town Texas church where a gunman carried out a massacre will be turned into a temporary memorial for the more than two dozen victims.The grounds steward of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs tells The Associated Press Friday that services will never take place there again and the building will eventually be demolished.The gunman shot and killed 25 people at the church on Sunday. Authorities have put the official toll at 26, because one victim was pregnant.Grounds steward Rod Green says the building will be scrubbed down and the church will place 26 chairs inside to commemorate the victims.Green says the church plans to build a new structure on church property elsewhere. Green says regular services will be held Sunday at a community hall run by a local association.___12:15 p.m.More than 500 people have attended a private funeral on a San Antonio-area Air Force base for a husband and wife who were among the more than two dozen killed when a gunman opened fire at a small-town Texas church.The San Antonio Express-News reports that the service for Scott and Karen Marshall was held Thursday afternoon at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.Randy Martin, spokesman for the 12th Flying Training Wing, says a traditional military funeral was held for the couple, who were killed Sunday at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. The service was closed to media and the public at their family’s request.Martin told the newspaper that Karen Marshall was promoted posthumously to senior master sergeant. She had been planning to retire from the military soon. Martin said Scott Marshall, already a military retiree, was a civilian employee at the base.___12:05 p.m.Medical officials say 11 people remain hospitalized with wounds from Texas church shooting that left more than two dozen dead remain hospitalized.Conditions of the patients at two San Antonio hospitals range from good to critical. They were among those wounded when a gunman opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs last Sunday. The gunman died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being chased by bystanders and crashing his car.Brooke Army Medical Center on Friday reported having seven patients from the church. The hospital says patients include five adults and two children.University Health System had four patients, two of whom are children.Officials at both hospitals declined to release more specific information on the wounded patients.___10:05 a.m.A weekly food pantry has resumed operations at a site next to the Texas church that less than a week ago endured the state’s worst mass shooting.The pantry’s director, Lula White, was among the more than two dozen killed Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherlands Springs. White was also the 71-year-old grandmother of the gunman’s wife.On Friday, people crowded the small space, tearfully hugging and filling bags with donated bakery goods, groceries and used clothing. As 68-year-old Brandy Johnson walked in, she exclaimed she could “see Lu at the desk.”Husband and wife, Rod and Judy Green, have operated the pantry for 11 years. They were married at First Baptist but didn’t attend the service that Devin Kelley brought to an untimely end with semi-automatic gunfire.___12:04 a.m.Some gave blood. Others stocked the food pantry.Residents and neighbors of Sutherland Springs volunteered Thursday as a way help the tiny Texas community recover from the shooting at a Baptist church that left more than two dozen dead.Twenty-year-old Karyssa Calbert of neighboring Floresville, who is six months pregnant, could not give blood but came to give moral support. She says people are doing what they can, “but honestly everyone feels so helpless.”The pastor of the First Baptist Church says that the church will be demolished. Members and visitors say the congregation should continue but not in the same building. One assistant to the congregation says she and others are trying to figure out a temporary solution to keep it going, perhaps in another building. Sharelast_img read more


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first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. April 30, 2014 Orthotics can be sexy.Kegan Schouwenburg really thinks it’s possible. “We’re not there yet,” she admits. “We’re getting there, though. We’re well on our way.”If anyone can convince you of the latent sexiness of an insole, it’s Schouwenburg. She’s the founder and CEO of SOLS, which creates custom 3-D printed orthotic insoles by scanning customers’ feet. Yesterday, the company announced that it has raised $6.4 million in a Series A round of financing.“Until now, our focus has been on engineering,” Schouwenburg says. With the influx of additional cash, she can hire a branding agency, focus on product management and concentrate on making her insoles look…well, sexier.Kegan Schouwenburg, founder and CEO of SOLSImage credit: Kegan SchouwenburgSchouwenburg is something of a 3-D printing pioneer – before founding SOLS, she was the director of operations and industrial engineering Shapeways, a 3-D printing marketplace which prints objects designed and uploaded by users. While there, she oversaw the 3-D printing of everything from egg cups to lampshades to shoes.So why leave to found a company that just makes 3-D printed insoles?Schouwenburg predicts that as the 3-D printing market evolves, value will shift away from novelty towards usefulness. “Things will really start to get interesting when we stop looking at 3-D printing as technology for the sake of technology and start thinking about how it can impact the things in our lives that matter to us,” she says.Related: 5 Steps to Take Your Product From Concept to RealityA 3-D printed custom coffee mug may be novel, but its impact is small. The ability to walk more comfortably and reduce pain? Schouwenburg is betting that’s something people care about. Our feet are all unique — since founding the company, “I’ve become acutely aware of how different they all are…frankly, I’m amazed shoes even work at all,” she says – and yet the orthotics industry struggles to provide customized orthotics at a reasonable price point. 3-D printing may be the solution, providing a more seamless, accurate and quick solution than traditional manual processes.Image credit: Kegan SchouwenburgHow it worksFor now, SOLS is focusing on working with podiatrists, orthopedics and physical therapists; the company provides each doctor with an iPad equipped with the SOLS app that, using a process called photogrammetry, takes hundreds of photos of a patient’s feet and knits them together to create a detailed virtual model. (“It’s great, because you don’t need expensive equipment, just a camera,” Schouwenburg says.)Doctors can then use a web-based tool to assess problems and make alterations to the 3-D model in order to biometrically correct a patient’s walk. When they’re done, the model is sent to the SOLS manufacturing facility to be printed.Currently, SOLS is working with 50 doctors, a number it hopes to see grow to 200 by the end of the year. (Each doctor, Schouwenburg predicts, should prescribe between 20 to 40 insoles a month.) At $300-$700 – SOLS’ suggested retail price is $500, but the actual price will depend on the doctor — the insoles don’t come cheap, even when you subtract the 15 percent that can be billed to insurance providers. At this point, they’re really only meant for “people have more advanced foot problems and need hands on knowledge of medical professional,” Schouwenburg says.Related: How 3-D Printing Startups Are Shaping the FutureBy next year, however, SOLS plans to offer a separate service for anyone who “feels discomfort, or just wants to feel less tired at the end of the day.” Consumers will be able to scan their feet from home using an smartphone app, and the insoles will cost around $100.Image credit: Kegan SchouwenburgWhat’s nextThe way Schouwenburg tells it, orthotics is simply the first, biometrically correct step along the winding and exciting road of 3-D printing.While Schouwenburg doesn’t envision a world where we’ll all have 3-D printers, she does believe the technology will make our lives more comfortable. “For so long we’ve been shoving our feet and our bodies and our hands into products that don’t fit us because that’s what we have to do,” she says. “You have a set amount of sizes, and so you pick the size that mostly fits you.”We may get hung up on the technology’s ability to print figurines, but the real revolution lies in its potential to dramatically lower the cost of customization. In the near future, everything from intricately customized prosthetics, safety helmets, braces, to shoes will be available at an affordable price point, Schouwenburg predicts. “Mass customization is something that the market wants.”Related: 3-D Printers Take a Step Toward the Mainstream Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more


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first_imgBarring the Google+ security incident, Google has had an excellent track record for providing exceptional security services to protect different levels of users’ data with ease. Android 9, now aims to provide users with more options to protect user data. To enhance user data security, Android will now be combining Android’s Backup Service and Google Could’s Titan technology to protect data backups while also maintaining the required privacy. Complete backed-up users’ data is essential for rich user experience A lot of time and efforts may be required to create an identity, adding new data, and customizing the users’ settings based on their preferences for an individual app. Whenever the user upgrades to a new device or re-installs the applications, preserving the user data is a must for smooth user experience. A huge chunk of data is generated when using mobile apps, thus adopting proper techniques is necessary to backup the required data. Backing up a small amount of data can be frustrating for users especially when they open the app on a new device. Android Backup service + Titan technology = Secured data backups With Android Pie, devices can now take advantage of a new technique where backed-up application data can only be decrypted using a key. This key is randomly generated at the client. You can encrypt the key using the user’s lock screen PIN/Pattern/passcode, which isn’t known to Google. The password-protected key is encrypted to a Titan security chip on Google Cloud’s datacenter floor. The titan chip is configured in such a way that it will release the backup encryption key only when it is presented with a correct claim derived from the user’s passcode. The titan chip must authorize every access to the decryption key, thus it can permanently block access after too many incorrect attempts at guessing the user’s password. This will mitigate brute force attacks. The number of legal attempts is strictly set by a custom Titan firmware. The number cannot be updated or changed without erasing the contents of the chip. This implies that no one can access the user’s backed-up data without knowing the passcode. Android team hired an external agency for security audit The Android Security & Privacy team hired global cybersecurity and risk mitigation expert NCC Group to complete a security audit, in order to ensure this new technique prevents anyone (including Google) from accessing users application data. The result received positive outcomes around Google’s security design processes, code quality validations, and easing known attack vectors. All these aspects were taken into account prior to launching the service. The engineers corrected some issues quickly which were discovered during the audit. In order to get complete details on how the service fared, you can check the detailed report of NCC Group findings. These external reviews allow Google and Android to maintain transparency and openness which allows users to feel safe about their data, says the Android team. For a complete list of details, you can refer the official Google blog. Read more Google takes steps towards better security, introduces new API policies for 3rd parties and a Titan Security system for mobile devices Facebook says only 29 million and not 50 million users were affected by last month’s security breach Facebook finds ‘no evidence that hackers accessed third party Apps via user logins’, from last week’s security breachlast_img read more


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first_imgPassport photos are never flattering but this one might be the worst yet Posted by Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Share “Chelsey was furious,” said Ramos’ boyfriend, who posted the image on Reddit. “And rightly so. She paid good money for an official ID from the State Department and it came out wrong, completely wrong, wouldn’t-pass-through-customs wrong.”“As soon as I saw it I just started laughing,” said Ramos. “It’s one of the funniest ‘bloopers’ I’ve ever seen … and it wasn’t mine!”The couple are looking to travel to Germany in September, according to HuffPost. Let’s hope Ramos gets everything sorted out by then. Tags: LOL Travelweek Group AUSTIN — A woman from Austin, Texas definitely deserves a refund from the passport office.Chelsey Ramos’ passport photo is making the rounds on the Internet, and with good reason: a passport office snafu turned the image of her face from a normal passport pic into something that makes her look like she belongs in the Coneheads movie. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more