Parallels App Aims To Let Your Fingers Do The Tapping On Remote Desktops

first_imgSure, it can be convenient to use a tablet or smartphone to log into a remote computer. But it can also be a huge pain, not least because you still have to manipulate your Windows or Mac OS X software using a Frankensteinian hybrid of poke, drag, and swipe gestures. The release of Parallels Access from virtualization vendor Parallels aims to fix that, at least on the iPad.I’ve downloaded the app to try it out, and Parallels does seem to have improved upon the interface experience somewhat by enabling touch-screen gestures for application running on the remote machine. But there are a few features that could use a little polishing.In the basic gestures category, Access doesn’t offer anything much different than what LogMeIn has for either its free LogMeIn app or the $129.99 LogMeIn Ignition app. The advanced gestures, such as on-the-fly screen magnification to better tap desktop controls that get a lot smaller on your iPad screen, are more interesting. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What stands out is the way Access shifts the entire desktop experience into an app-centric screen that does away with desktop-centric tools like toolbars and Start menus. Just tap an icon on the screen and the application on the remote desktop starts right up—no need to first drag the desktop’s mouse over the icon. Switching apps with the App Switcher is a nice feature, too.Where Access Starts To Get DeniedWhere things go awry is in the connection to the desktop itself. Access automatically shifts the remote computer’s screen resolution to a size that will work on the iPad, and that’s fine. But there’s also a significant delay in resetting the desktop resolution back to normal after you turn off the Access app. You also have to confirm the disconnect on the desktop, not the app, which means that when you get back to your workstation, it might be awhile before your system is ready.This wasn’t a deal breaker, but it was kind of annoying after the first few disconnects.Pricing is another consideration. Access offers a 14-day trial, but after that, you’ll need to pay $79.99 annually. That’s a goodly chunk of change, but it’s still $60 lower than the cost of LogMeIn Ignition, which near as I can tell offers many of the same features but is not an annual fee.Another option would be to just install the free LogMeIn app on your iPad and then the LogMeIn Free client on your desktop machine. You can’t beat the price, even if the features are more limited.Parallels Access is fast, responsive and with just a couple of exceptions, pretty easy to use. But you should carefully weigh the costs with this class of app. After all, if you have to do a lot of work remotely, maybe you should just get a laptop.Update:Story updated to reflect the annual pricing of Parallels Access.Images courtesy Parallels. brian proffitt What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Desktop Virtualization#iPad#Parallels Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Bengal Governor ‘ignored’ again by State officials

first_imgFor the second time in a row, no official of the West Bengal government was present at a meeting called by Governor Jagdeep Dhankar on Tuesday during his visit to a district outside Kolkata, triggering strong reactions from him. During the day, Mr. Dhankar visited North 24 Parganas but senior officials of the district administration as well as public representatives remained absent from the meeting. Earlier, on September 24, when the Governor visited Siliguri in Darjeeling district, neither any senior officer of the State government nor any public representative from the ruling party, the Trinamool Congress, was present. “Certain things have to believed in, that’s part of the protocol, part of propriety, part of dignity. If I read the absence of the District Magistrate along with the high voltage statements of ministers that we will boycott the visit. I am worried,” the Governor said. He told journalists that he had no idea why the district administration was behaving in such a manner and maintained that such a behaviour “has no parallel”. A letter dated October 21 by District Magistrate North 24 Parganas said that permission from the government was required to request public representatives, State and Central government officials to attend an interactive session called by the Governor. The letter also cited that senior government functionaries were in north Bengal from October 21 to 23 on account of the administrative review meeting of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.A prestige issue?, he saysAn upset Governor asked, whether it has become a prestige issue that the Governor of West Bengal will not be received by District Magistrate. “The cultured people of the State of West Bengal will find it very difficult to digest it or swallow it,” he said, adding that he was the “last person to ever cross his limits”. Referring to the example at Siliguri and in North 24 Parganas, he also wondered whether his visit was impacting “the health of district magistrates”. “This should not have happened. I am surprised,” he reiterated expressing his displeasure. The relations between the Governor and the State government have been far from being cordial. Since his appointment as the Governor in July, Mr Dhankar has raised questions on various aspects of the State’s functioning, including law and order. On September 19, he ‘rescued’ Union Minister Babul Supriyo from agitating students at the Jadavpur University.last_img read more

UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insists

first_imgBut if Diaz is indeed interested in a trilogy bout, McGregor insists that it has to be in the 155-lb. division, which the Irish superstar currently lords over.“I’m the 155-pound champion, I faced him at 170, he beat me, then I rematched him at 170, I beat him,” he was quoted as saying in a BBC News report. “Now I’m the 155-pound world champion. If he wants that fight, he must come down”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter fighting above his weight class for their first two matches, “The Notorious” believes it’s only natural that the third match take place under his stipulations.“That’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight, I asked for the rematch at the exact same weight,” he explained. “I thought that was a fair play move on my half and then I came in and I won. So now I won that, then I won the 155-pound title after that. If he wants to fight, he’s got to make that 155-pound limit.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH #KicksStalker: Jordan’s second shoe gets new life UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown PLAY LIST 01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Meanwhile, McGregor is expected to take some time off fighting after competing in the biggest fight of his life against undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.He also made it clear that he is open to taking another boxing match if the right fight comes along.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming raceLOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMAADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Read Next UFC fighters Nate Diaz (left) and Conor McGregor. AP File photoNow that Conor McGregor’s tenure inside the boxing ring has passed, it’s time to get back to the UFC and settle some unfinished business inside the octagon.Perhaps high on the UFC Lightweight Champion’s list is a grudge match against Nate Diaz, whom he engaged in two thrilling welterweight bouts last year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Boxing: Tyson Fury is BACK !!

first_imgAdvertisementTyson Fury to fight two-time world title challenger Francesco Pianeta on August 18 in Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland.Fury (26-0-KO19) returned from two-and-a-half years out of the ring with a dominant stoppage of Sefer Seferi in Manchester on June 9 and will continue his march back towards the top against Pianeta (35-4-1-KO21).Pianeta, who won the WBC world youth crown before picking up EBU and WBO European titles, has twice challenged for world honors – losing to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 and to Ruslan Chagaev two years later.“Tyson had been out of boxing for a long time,” Warren said in a press release, “and Pianeta is a good opponent for what is Tyson’s second fight back after his break. Tyson had a short rest after Seferi, but is back in full-time camp, ready for this challenge in Belfast. He needs rounds under his belt before moving to the next level and this fight will do that, and make him work for his win.”The Italian-born, Germany-based Pianeta (35-4-1, 21 KOs) was knocked out by Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev in his two heavyweight title fights. The 6-feet-5, 242-pound southpaw also lost his last fight – a 10-round unanimous decision to Croatia’s Petar Milas (12-0, 9 KOs) on June 16 in Munich, Germany.Advertisementlast_img read more

Flyers Grind The Islanders, 5-2

first_imgNEW YORK — The scenario for the New York Islanders heading into their season finale was simple: Win and face the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs, or lose and get the Atlantic Division champion Florida Panthers.However, coach Jack Capuano was more concerned with giving the stars on his banged-up team some rest.“We have some guys that are dinged up and we have to do what’s best for our team,” Capuano said after the Islanders lost 5-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers on April 10.“(The different playoff scenarios) wouldn’t have changed one thought process of our decision-making as a staff. Not at all.”Michael Raffl scored the tie-breaking goal early in the second period and added two assists to lead the Flyers to the win and pushing New York to the top Eastern Conference wild-card spot and a match-up against the Panthers, beginning April 14 at Florida.“We move forward, but there’s some things in our game we need to revisit and talk about,” Capuano said. “Now we’re going up against a team that we really haven’t had too much success this year and it’s going to be a battle for us.”Both the Flyers and Islanders had already secured postseason berths and sat their stars. The Islanders were without a multitude of players, including their top line of John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen.The Flyers, who will face Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington in the first round, sat forwards Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux, and defenseman Mark Streit.Nikolay Kulemin and Matt Martin scored for the Islanders. Thomas Greiss started in goal for the Islanders and stopped seven of nine shots he faced in the first period. Christopher Gibson replaced him to start the second period and finished with 15 saves.Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck, who returned after missing the last three games with an injury, downplayed the notion the Islanders preferred to play the Panthers.“You can’t really choose,” he said. “It’s a slippery slope when you start choosing opponents and looking ahead. I think it’s important to stay in today and do what’s best for the team. (Resting players) was what was best for us today. Now we’ve got Florida and tomorrow morning we’ll start thinking about that.”The Islanders’ loss gave the crosstown-rival Rangers third place in the Metropolitan Division and a first-round match-up with the Pittsburgh Penguins.Evgeny Medvedev, Shayne Gostisbehere, Scott Laughton and R.J. Umberger also scored for the Flyers, who trailed 2-0 midway through the first period. Michal Neuvirth stopped 15 shots in the teams’ season finale that was a game rescheduled from Jan. 23 due to a blizzard.“I think we played a pretty good game,” said the Flyers’ Jakub Voracek, who had an assist. “I would say it’s a good win for us, for confidence, and now we have to get prepared for Washington.”Raffl gave the Flyers the 3-2 lead as he took a centering pass from Laughton and wristed it past Gibson for his 13th at 6:38 of the second period.The Islanders had a 5-on-3 for 17 seconds later in the second period, but couldn’t take advantage.Laughton scored on a snap shot from the left slot at 5:50 of the third to give Philadelphia a two-goal lead. Umberger capped the scoring with a power-play goal as he converted a rebound of Raffl’s shot with 8:50 to go for his second of the season.The Flyers finished 3 for 4 on the power play and the Islanders were 0 for 4.“We’re a little gun-shy with all the injuries we’ve have,” Capuano said. “We didn’t penalty-kill all the guys that we normally penalty-kill. Those are the decisions I made as a coach or we make as a staff.”Trailing 2-0 midway through the opening period, Gostisbehere got the Flyers on the board with a power-play goal with 8:45 left as he took a pass from Voracek and fired a shot through the five-hole on a screened Greiss for his 17th.Just 7 seconds after a slashing penalty on Ross Johnston gave the Flyers a 5-on-3 advantage, they tied it as Medvedev fired a one-timer through traffic for his fourth with 8 seconds left in the period.Kulemin got the Islanders on the scoreboard first, taking a pass from Calvin de Haan, getting around two defenders and poking a backhand past Neuvirth for his ninth at 5:58.Martin doubled the lead 3:21 later as he redirected a pass from Ryan Pulock past Neuvirth for his career-high 10th of the season.(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

It’s On, Live: 2016 Elite Eight Finals on Fox Sports and Online!

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce that it has secured the services of Power Productions to professionally film and produce for broadcast/live stream, the 2016 Elite Eight series and selected National Touch League Grand Finals (from 12.40pm Saturday, 12 March 2016). The Elite Eight Men’s and Women’s grand finals as well as the NTL Mixed Open and selected NTL grand finals will be live streamed direct from C.ex International Stadium by Power Productions; the package includes expert commentary and live scoring for all games (stay tuned to the TFA website for links) – bringing you all the drama and latest with team changes and form guide going into the finals.The Elite Eight Grand Finals will feature in a special 90-minute show set to broadcast on Fox Sports 1 just three weeks following the event.The initial scheduling of the TV program will be Tuesday, 5 April at 4.00pm and Saturday, 9 April at 9.00am (AEST). Be sure to lock it in to your TV viewing schedule and share this among your colleagues and friends!Power Productions has a wealth of experience and achievements in the industry televising sport and events, including prominent Touch Football events like the State of Origin and the opening day of the Touch World Cup in recent years. Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for the links to the live streaming of games on the TFA YouTube channel (‘TFATV’), throughout the 2016 National Touch League (from Wednesday, 9 March).You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2016 National Touch League as follows – visit, view, share, like and join our conversation in coming days as we get for the ‘Best of the Best’ live from Coffs Harbour:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.touchfootball.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2016)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related Links2016 NTL Live!last_img read more

a month agoNuno disappointed with Wolves wastefulness for Braga defeat

first_imgNuno disappointed with Wolves wastefulness for Braga defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno was disappointed in Wolves’ wastefulness in the 1-0 loss to Braga on Thursday night.Patrick Cutrone, Ruben Neves and Willy Boly all had chances to opening the scoring for the hosts, but it was ultimately Ricardo Horta’s 72nd-minute strike that sealed a win for the Portuguese club.”We are all disappointed. It was a tough game, but I think we did enough,” Nuno said.”We did not perform perfectly, but we created many chances.”Braga had one chance, were very organised, and they scored.”That is the story of the game.”The boys worked hard, but that is football.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: John Calipari After Towns’ Technical Foul Against LSU: “I Hope We Lose”

first_imgCoach Cal reacting to a Kentucky game.LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 03: head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a foul against his team during the first half against the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Kentucky pulled out a big win at LSU tonight to push its record to 24-0, but if you believe John Calipari, there were times tonight when he would have welcomed 23-1. Karl-Anthony Towns’ was called for a technical for hanging on the rim midway through the second half, which led to this amazing post-game moment on ESPN. As much fun as that videobomb is, Calipari was livid about the foul, at that point in the game. In the interview he said that he told the team that he hoped they would lose after the foul, and reiterated that point to open his post-game press conference. Calipari goes on to praise his talented freshman as a player and a person, but clearly this mistake, which could have proven incredibly costly in what wound up being a two point game, really bothered him.Kentucky hosts South Carolina this Saturday at 2 p.m.last_img read more

Australian Open: Prajnesh enters final round of qualifiers, Ankita, Ramkumar bow out

first_img Press Trust of India MelbourneJanuary 10, 2019UPDATED: January 10, 2019 18:19 IST Prajnesh Gunneswaran will be looking for his first appearance in a Grand Slam tournament. (Australian Open Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrajnesh Gunneswaran is the only Indian standing in the singles disciplinePrajnesh won the Asian Games bronze medal last yearAnkita Raina and Ramkumar Ramanathan bowed out in the second round of Australian Open qualifiersIn-form Prajnesh Gunneswaran inched closer to his maiden Grand Slam appearance with another straight-set win but Ankita Raina and Ramkumar Ramanathan were ousted from the Australian Open Qualifiers after suffering narrow defeats, here [Melbourne] Thursday.Prajnesh, seeded sixth, got the better of Spain’s Enrique Lopez Perez 6-3, 6-3 in the men’s singles second round.”I played a better match than yesterday [Wednesday] and remained solid throughout. I broke three times and there were not too many games where my serve was in danger. I played good mentally as well,” Prajnesh told PTI.”I did the right things, attacked when I got chances. Looking forward to the final round tomorrow,” he added.The world number 112 will next take on Japan’s Yosuke Watanaki, ranked 192 in the world.If Prajnesh wins tomorrow’s [Friday] match, it will be his first main draw competition at a Grand Slam. He unfortunately missed out on playing at 2018 French Open when as a lucky loser he made the main draw but since he had left Paris and entered a Challenger tournament, he missed out on the chance.Injured Yuki Bhambri had played in all four Grand Slam main draws in 2018.Placed 132 in the world rankings, Ramkumar played a very close match before losing 7-5 5-7 6-7(6) to Germany’s Rudolf Molleker, ranked 207.”I served well in the match and had a break point at 3-3 in the final set but missed the backhand down the line. It was just a few inches wide. You have to take those chances,” rued Ramkumar.advertisementIn the women’s singles, Asian Games bronze medallist Ankita also had a one-set advantage but went down 6-4 2-6 4-6 to Spain’s 29th seed Paula Badosa Gibert, world number 142.”I tried to play attacking tennis but I felt I slowed down a bit in the second set. I was aggressive again in the third. But the girl (opponent) was serving big today which was the deciding factor,” said Raina.Also Read | Tricky draw for Federer as Swiss legend eyes hat-trick in MelbourneAlso Read | Indian-origin boy to spin the toss coin in Australian Open 4th roundAlso Read | Federer, Serena favourites to win 2019’s 1st Grand Slam tournamentFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Prajnesh GunneswaranFollow Ankita RainaFollow Ramkumar RamanathanFollow Australian Open Next Australian Open: Prajnesh enters final round of qualifiers, Ankita, Ramkumar bow outAustralian Open: Prajnesh Gunneswana beat Spain’s Enrique Lopez Perez 6-3, 6-3 to make it to the final round of men’s singles qualifiers.advertisementlast_img read more

Pilots had no idea jet was too low until seconds before Halifax

first_imgHALIFAX – As Air Canada Flight 624 made its final, ill-fated approach toward Halifax’s main airport in a raging blizzard, no one in the cockpit was checking the plane’s altitude or distance from the runway.The pilots had no idea the aircraft, carrying 133 passengers and five crew, had strayed from its intended flight path and was flying too low.“It was only in the last few seconds of the flight, after the pilots disengaged the autopilot to land manually, that they then realized the aircraft was too low and too far back,” the Transportation Safety Board of Canada concluded in a final investigation report released Thursday, more than two years after the crash landing.The report cited several other factors in the 2015 crash, including problems with runway lighting and something the board called “plan continuation bias.”And it described in gripping detail what happened when the flight crew realized the aircraft was about to hit the ground.The captain poured on the thrust and pulled back on the stick to gain altitude for a go-around, but it was too late.A second later, one of the jet’s tires hit an approach light about 260 metres from the runway threshold, and the aircraft clipped some power lines, knocking out power to the airport. The jet’s main landing gear and left engine then struck a snowbank and the Airbus 320-211 smashed into an antenna array before bouncing twice along the Runway 05 for another 600 metres amid a shower of sparks and leaking fuel.The landing gear collapsed, an engine was torn off, but there was no fire.The crash, described at the time as a “hard landing” by Air Canada, left 25 passengers injured. The aircraft was destroyed.“Because no emergency was expected, the passengers and cabin crew were not in a brace position at the time of the initial impact,” the report says. “Most of the injuries sustained by the passengers were consistent with not adopting a brace position.”The board’s report says the aircraft, en route from Toronto, was circling the airport just after midnight on March 29, 2015, when the crew received word from the tower that visibility in the snowstorm had improved to just under one kilometre — the minimum requirement for a landing.As the plane approached the airport, it was placed in autopilot mode. As well, the flight crew was relying on the “localizer” radio beacon near the runway, which provides only lateral guidance to align the aircraft with the centre line.In this configuration, the autopilot adjusts the aircraft to maintain its flight path approach angle — in this case 3.5 degrees — and the localizer tells the pilots whether to steer left or right to keep in line with the runway.Neither device provides information about altitude or distance.“What a localizer does not provide is vertical guidance,” said senior investigator Doug McEwen. “That is up to the flight crew. They must refer to their instruments to ensure they are at the correct height relative to the distance from the runway.”Kathy Fox, chairwoman of the TSB, said the pilots did not take into account that a headwind was pushing the plane off of its intended flight path.“Because the wind was pushing the airplane back, it ended up being lower and farther out,” she said. “They did not notice that they had moved away from where they needed to be.”Under Air Canada’s standard operating procedures, the captain and first officer were not required to cross-check their altitude and distance, which Fox described as a procedural “gap” that has since been closed. Fox noted the flight crew operating manuals used by Air Canada and Airbus do call for cross-checking of altitude and distance.“(But) the pilots weren’t trained to do it,” she said in an interview. “It happens. Sometimes it takes something like this to make people realize that there’s a gap.”The report said the pilots likely delayed disconnecting the autopilot system because of the challenges they faced maintaining the visual cues from the airport.Air Canada has already provided its pilots with more guidance on visual references, and it has issued explicit warnings on the limitations of the autopilot system in a certain mode. As well, Air Canada now requires instrument monitoring during all approaches when below a certain altitude, the TSB said.In a statement released Thursday, Air Canada confirmed it has already made many changes, including upgrades to some Airbus aircraft, reaching out to other airports about improving runway lighting, and reviewing emergency response plans.The board also found that when the crew requested the runway lights be adjusted to their maximum setting, that didn’t happen because a tower controller was “preoccupied” with snowplows on the runway and an aircraft on a taxiway.Fox said the lights, which can blind snowplow operators, are typically turned down a notch until an aircraft makes its final approach.The Halifax International Airport Authority issued a statement Thursday saying it is reviewing the report, but it said officials wouldn’t be commenting because of ongoing litigation.Late last year, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice certified a class action lawsuit that names Transport Canada, Air Canada, the Halifax International Airport Authority, Nav Canada and Airbus SAS, the French company that built the jet.Fox confirmed that the localizer beacon on Runway 05 has been replaced with a more advanced satellite-based system that provides suitably equipped aircraft with altitude and distance data. Other runways at the airport have long used a so-called Instrument Landing System, which also provides that information.Meanwhile, the airport authority has also upgraded the approach lighting for Runway 05, reviewed its emergency response plan and upgraded its backup power, the TSB said.After the crash, some passengers said they waited for more than an hour for emergency responders as they stood outside huddled against blowing snow and temperatures hovering around -6 C. The airport has said passengers waited up to 50 minutes for help and that firefighters were on scene within 90 seconds.The TSB said recovery of the uninjured passengers was delayed by the severe weather and the failure of the airport’s two standby generators. Without backup power, the airport’s radio network failed, making it difficult to arrange for transportation after emergency responders declared the site clear for an evacuation.last_img read more

UPFA General Secretary Vishwa Warnapala has passed away

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Professor Vishwa Warnapala passed away today at a private hospital in Colombo.Warnapala assumed duties as the United People’s Freedom Alliance General Secretary in August last year. Warnapala was 79 years old at the time of his death. (Colombo Gazette)

Automotive industry targets students for 100000 jobs hike

The UK automotive industry and government are working to plug a 100,000-person future skills gap by encouraging young people into manufacturing and supply chain careers as part of a joint See Inside Manufacturing initiative.Throughout October, UK-based automotive manufacturers across the country will hold events to help increase students’ awareness of the vibrancy and variety of top career opportunities the industry offers.The events include interactive technical challenges, behind-the-scenes factory tours and insights to the skills, prospects and diversity of automotive careers. A number of UK facilities will show students of secondary school age, specifically those considering their GCSE and A-level options, what an automotive industry career could offer them. Participating organisations include BMW, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Michelin, Millbrook Proving Ground, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall.SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes said, “The automotive industry will continue to invest heavily in careers and schemes for graduates and apprentices to ensure that the UK has the necessary skills pool to maintain our engineering and manufacturing strengths for years to come. Important initiatives like See Inside Manufacturing provide the social investment needed to inspire the next generation to take on careers in the automotive industry.”Business Minister, Michael Fallon MP said, “See Inside Manufacturing gives young people the opportunity to see exactly how manufacturing works on a day to day basis, dispelling old myths about factories and inspiring the next generation of engineers. So far the scheme has been hugely successful in doing this, with nearly nine in 10 young participants saying they would now think about a career in manufacturing.”An initiative run by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, See Inside Manufacturing was launched exclusively with the automotive industry in 2011 with the objective of giving young people and teachers a first-hand view of modern manufacturing and exciting careers. Following its success, the programme was expanded to include a further two sectors in 2012. This year, 10 industry sectors will run programmes, including automotive, aerospace, chemicals, construction, electronics, food and drink, life sciences, nuclear, offshore wind and oil and gas.In July this year, the government and automotive industry announced that it will need to increase its scientist, engineer and technologist workforce to 820,000 by 2020. This includes an additional 7,600 apprentices and 1,700 graduates in the next five years. The strategy will see £1 billion funding injected into the industry to ensure that the UK is a world leader in automotive technology and manufacturing.For full details on the See Inside Manufacturing events taking place within the automotive industry throughout October, go to www.smmt.co.uk/see-inside-manufacturing.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

NFL Week 12 Playoff Implications Show The Cardinals Some Respect

UPDATE (Nov. 21, 12:24 p.m.): The interactive tables above have been updated to include the result of Thursday night’s Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs match-up, and that game has been removed (the text of the article has not been updated).After an upset-filled Week 11, the NFL playoff picture has shifted, but the outlook is as murky as ever. The Atlanta Falcons, at 4-6, were among the week’s winners, and have somehow found themselves atop the NFC South after a victory over the Carolina Panthers and a rare home loss by the New Orleans Saints. The Houston Texans — after their win over the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts’ Sunday night loss — saw their playoff chances double, to 24 percent.As for the losers, the Browns in a single week went from first to worst in the AFC North (and the Oakland Raiders, crossed out in the interactive above, became the first team to be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention). The Colts have all but squandered any chance at a first-round bye, having dropped games to current Nos. 1 and 2 seeds the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. And the Saints seem determined to keep the race for the NFC South title interesting.Just two weeks ago, a Saints division title seemed very likely. Now New Orleans has ceded the lead to Atlanta, a team that has yet to win a game outside of the NFC South.1Although nothing to brag about, Atlanta’s poor record outside the NFC South doesn’t hurt their division tiebreakers. So, how bad could it get in the division? How about an NFC South victor with only five regular-season wins? It’s a mathematical possibility, although remote. Of the 50,000 simulations that form the basis for this weekly feature, nine resulted in the Panthers finishing 5-10-1 and atop the NFC South (granted, that’s just a probability of 0.02 percent). And there is about a 1-in-5 chance the division winner will finish with a losing record.Last week, we introduced the use of Gini coefficients to measure playoff uncertainty, specifically the uncertainty of each divisional race. Traditionally used to measure income inequality, Gini coefficients quantify how equally a resource (e.g. playoff probabilities) is distributed. We can also extend this approach to each conference’s overall playoff race.2The lower the Gini coefficient, the more equally allocated the playoff probabilities. As the regular-season progresses, one would expect the conference Gini coefficient to increase as teams begin to drop out of playoff contention — the have-nots ceding their wealth to the haves. By season’s end, the coefficient will reach its maximum value of two-thirds, corresponding to the six playoff berths being shared equally among six of the 16 teams in each conference.The chart below tracks the Gini coefficient by week for the AFC and NFC. There is an upward progression to both lines, but you can see that things have stagnated somewhat in the NFC, with the Gini coefficient declining after a chaotic Week 11.Looking ahead to Week 12, the game with the highest amount of “swing” features the Baltimore Ravens, who are traveling to the Superdome to play the Saints. A total of 87 percentage points of playoff probability is at stake, spread among 15 teams.The matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Broncos results in some conflicting allegiances for two teams in the AFC West. A Broncos victory would help the San Diego Chargers’ and Kansas City Chiefs’ playoff hopes, because both teams are competing with Miami for the two AFC wild card berths. But a Broncos victory would also hurt those teams’ chances of winning the AFC West title. I would imagine a Chiefs fan would prefer to aim high and root for the Broncos to lose. Chargers fans should probably be more pragmatic. An AFC West title is highly unlikely, making a Dolphins loss the more attractive outcome for San Diego’s slim playoff hopes.The most compelling divisional matchup takes place Sunday afternoon, when the Arizona Cardinals visit the Seattle Seahawks. The Cardinals, despite their NFL-best 9-1 record, have rarely cracked the top 10 in the betting market-based rankings used for this feature (see below). They are seven-point underdogs to the Seahawks, a team Arizona leads by three games in the standings. A win by the Cardinals would give them a 94 percent chance of winning the NFC West title — an outcome that was almost unthinkable at the outset of this season. Back then, most would have assumed a dogfight between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. read more

Les oiseaux migrateurs menacés par la montée des océans

first_imgLes oiseaux migrateurs menacés par la montée des océansUne étude réalisée sur les flux des vols migratoires entre la Russie et l’Asie révèle que la montée des océans fait peser une menace plus grande que prévue sur les oiseaux migrateurs. Les espèces marines pourraient être les plus sévèrement touchées car leurs aires de reproduction seront submergées.Parmi les nombreuses catastrophes qu’entraînera dans les prochaines années la montée des océans due au réchauffement climatique provoqué par l’Homme, se trouve la menace qui pèse sur les oiseaux migrateurs. Ce sont plus particulièrement les espèces marines qui risquent d’être affectées, la montée des eaux devant détruire leurs aires de reproduction. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?L’étude à l’origine de ces prévisions s’est basée sur une nouvelle modélisation mathématique. Elle montre que les flux migratoires se réduisent beaucoup plus vite que l’habitat perdu des dix oiseaux migrateurs côtiers utilisant la route Asie de l’Est-Australasie. Ainsi, les scientifiques relèvent “que si la montée des océans inonde entre 23 et 40% de l’estran [zone littorale couverte par la marée] sur leurs routes migratoires, elle entraîne une réduction de flux de population pouvant atteindre 72%”. Or, on observe déjà que certaines zones possèdent une fréquentation inférieure de 30 à 80%. “Ces zones humides sont extrêmement vulnérables à la montée des océans et pourraient être perdues dans quelques décennies. Si les oiseaux ne peuvent plus y faire étape pour ‘faire le plein’, ils sont incapables de terminer leur voyage vers leurs lieux de nidification”, explique le chercheur Richard Fuller cité par l’AFP.Au sein des espèces les plus menacées, on compte la barge rousse, le bécasseau cocorli, le bécasseau de l’Anadyr, le chevalier de Sibérie, le pluvier de Mongolie ou encore le bécasseau maubèche.Le 9 mai 2013 à 16:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASA Offers More Rewards for Recruiters

first_imgASA is now offering its members more reasons to become recruiters by providing more options to redeem recruiter rewards points.Now recruiters can redeem their points for gift cards to more than 50 stores and restaurants including Applebee’s, Darden Restaurants, JCPenney, Kohls and Cabela’s. Recruiters can also choose specialty packages like dinner and a movie or shopping packages for you or your spouse.Recruiters earn 70 points for each one-year member; 160 points for each three-year member and 500 points for each lifetime member.Click here for more information about becoming a recruiter or about redeeming recruiter points.last_img

Which Magazine Has the Youngest Readers

first_imgWhich magazine has the youngest readers? Which has the oldest? The biggest household income? The lowest?How many copies of Bridal Guide are passed along?Those are some of the questions that can be answered twice a year, when Mediamark Research releases the results of its survey of some 222,210 U.S. adults. According to MRI’s Spring 2008 findings, released today, Bridal Guide topped all magazines in readers per copy, with an average of 26.77 for its 171,000 circulation. Bridal Guide bested men-centric titles like Truckin (26.35), Street Rodder (23.62), WWE magazine (19.76) and Super Chevy (19.69).Endless Vacation (1.06), More (1.16), AARP (1.42), American Legion (1.44) and, surprisingly, Inc. (1.55) have the fewest readers per copy, according to MRI.Youth Movement? Despite repeated calls for the print magazine industry to capture younger readers, just 38 of the 255 studied by MRI can claim their readers’ median age to be within the coveted 18-to-34-year-old demographic. Teen Vogue (23.8), Cosmo Girl (24.1) and Seventeen (25.5), not surprisingly, have, on average, the youngest readers; Game Informer (26.1) and the Official Xbox Magazine (27.3) round out the top five.While AARP’s 24 million-plus readers have a median age of 62.2, two magazines skew older: American Legion (63.5) and the 1.55 million-circ VFW (63.8). (The number of titles reaching the under 34-set, at least those measured by MRI, has actually gone down; 39 magazines had median readers under 34 in 2003.)New York magazine, though, decreased its median age (47 per MRI’s Spring 2007 report) by 8 years to 39—the largest decrease of any magazine included in the study. Household Income Thirteen magazines reach readers with average household incomes of over $100,000-and five of the top 10 are in-flight magazines: readers of Hemispheres, United’s in-flight magazine, top the list with an annual household income of $126,377 (Pace, which publishes Hemispheres and Delta Sky, lists two unspecified titles with median incomes of $108,939 and $105,667, respectively); NWA World Traveler ($104,363); and Delta Sky ($103,174).Veranda ($117,428) has the highest household income reader for non-in-flight magazines. The Economist ($117,225), at number three, is read in households that have more average income than readers of the Wall Street Journal ($116,442).Magazines seem to have come a long way in reaching high earners—in 2003, for instance, the Journal was the only title with readers with more $100,000 in household income.Readers of Soap Opera Weekly, at $35,067, have the lowest household income; the magazine, however, has one of higher the pass-along rates (17.46 readers per copy).last_img read more

BNP aims at political movement and election

first_imgKhaleda Zia and Tarique RahmanAnxious with the prison sentences piling up in one case after the other against the party’s two top leaders, Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman, BNP’s policymakers are focussing their attention on their political movement and the upcoming election.Several high-ranking leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) said that the statements of ruling party leader had already indicated that Tarique Rahman would be given a serious sentence in the 21 August grenade attack case. They feel that if power changes hands through a free and fair election, then things can be resolved, and so they have not launched any stringent programme following the verdict. They have also instructed the leaders and activists of the party to remain calm.The BNP leadership is also not paying any attention to questions concerning the credibility of the party’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman’s leadership following his life sentence in the 21 August grenade case.They feel that the government is proceeding in a planned manner to keep BNP away from the national parliament election. As a part of this plan, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on 8 February in a corruption case and, eight months on, Tarique Rahman was given a life sentence in the 21 August grenade attack case.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said, “It is unfortunate for the nation that the government has set a bad precedence in using the court to carry out its own vengeance. They did the same in the false case against Begum Khaleda Zia.”Prior to this, Tarique Rahman was sentenced to 7 and 10 years imprisonment respectively. He took political asylum in the United Kingdom and has been living there since 2008. Since his mother and party chairperson Khaleda Zia was sent to jail, he has been functioning as BNP’s acting chairman from there. After his being sentenced in the grenade case, questions have been raised as to how ethical it is for him to remain in this position of the party. The leaders, though, maintain that this sentence will make no difference to his leadership.BNP’s standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday, Thursday, told Prothom Alo, “The people are well aware that the sentences against Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman are a part of the government’s election campaign. This was not a judicial decision, it was a political one. This was all concocted and so the question of ethics does not arise.”BNP leaders and activists feel that the main objectives of the sentences against Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman are to create a crisis in BNP’s leadership and also to psychologically weaken the activists and supporters at a grassroots level.Senior leader of the BNP standing committee, Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, said, “All these days Awami League thought that Tarique Rahman was just a perceived leader. This sentence has consolidated his position as a real leader of the people. After all, this government doesn’t have any credibility with the people and the justice of its ruling is questionable.”last_img read more

ExMP Amanur gets bail in Faruk murder case

first_imgAmanur Rahman Khan RanaThe High Court on Thursday granted bail to former Awami League member of parliament from Tangail-3 (Ghatail) Amanur Rahman Khan Rana in a case filed over the killing of freedom fighter and member of district unit AL Faruk Ahmed, reports UNB.The High Court bench of justice A K M Asaduzzaman and justice S M Mozibur Rahman passed the order.Deputy attorney general Md Bashir Ullah stood for the state while lawyer Monsurul Haque Chowdhury for the accused.The deputy attorney general said that they will file appeal to the Supreme Court against the order.Meanwhile, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed a High Court order that granted bail to Amanur in a case filed over the killing of two Jubo League leaders.Chamber judge Nuruzzaman passed the order following a petition filed by the state.Earlier on 6 March, the High Court granted bail to him in the case filed over the killing of two Jubo League leaders.Amanur surrendered to the Tangail additional district and session’s judge court on 18 September, 2016 ending his 22-month fugitive run in the freedom fighter murder case.The AL leader went into ‘hiding’ after he was accused of killing freedom fighter and member of district unit AL Faruk Ahmed.On 18 January, 2013, the Awami League leader was shot dead in front of his residence in the district town.Later, Faruk’s wife Nahar Ahmed filed a case in this connection.Fourteen people, including four brothers of Tangail’s influential Khan family, were made accused in the murder case.Baghil union Jubo League leaders Mohammad Shamim and Mohammad Mamun went missing on 16 July, 2012 in the district town.The following day, Shamim’s mother filed a general diary with Tangail Sadar police station.Later, police arrested several suspects over the incident when two of the arrestees – Shahadat Hossain, 16 and Hiron Mia, 27 — revealed that both of the Jubo League leaders had been murdered as per the order of MP Amanur. The deputy attorney general said that they will file appeal to the Supreme Court against the order. The High Court on Thursday granted bail to former Awami League member of parliament from Tangail-3 (Ghatail) Amanur Rahman Khan Rana in a case filed over the killing of freedom fighter and member of district unit AL Faruk Ahmed, reports UNB. Earlier on 6 March, the High Court granted bail to him in the case filed over the killing of two Jubo League leaders. Ex-MP Amanur gets bail in Faruk murder caseProthom Alo English Desk Meanwhile, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed a High Court order that granted bail to Rana in a case filed over the killing of two Jubo League leaders. Later, police arrested several suspects over the incident when two of the arrestees – Shahadat Hossain, 16 and Hiron Mia, 27 — revealed that both of the Jubo League leaders had been murdered as per the order of MP Rana. Chamber judge Nuruzzaman passed the order following a petition filed by the state. Deputy attorney general Md Bashir Ullah stood for the state while lawyer Monsurul Haque Chowdhury for the accused. The High Court bench of justice A K M Asaduzzaman and justice S M Mozibur Rahman passed the order. Later, Faruk’s wife Nahar Ahmed filed a case in this connection. Fourteen people, including four brothers of Tangail’s influential Khan family, were made accused in the murder case. The following day, Shamim’s mother filed a general diary with Tangail Sadar police station. On 18 January, 2013, the Awami League leader was shot dead in front of his residence in the district town. Rana surrendered to the Tangail additional district and session’s judge court on 18 September, 2016 ending his 22-month fugitive run in the freedom fighter murder case. The AL leader went into ‘hiding’ after he was accused of killing freedom fighter and member of district unit AL Faruk Ahmed. Baghil union Jubo League leaders Mohammad Shamim and Mohammad Mamun went missing on 16 July, 2012 in the district town.last_img read more

Minteye offers notype CAPTCHA as a security twist

first_img Explore further The user has to move the slider until the user sees the image as normal. Minteye kicks in to see if the user moved the slider to the correct position and alerts the website that the user is human so that further navigation can occur. The company said it built its product on a cross-technology platform. Its SLIDING CAPTCHA supports common Web languages such as PHP, Java and ASP.NET and plugins for content management systems such as WordPress and Drupal.The slide-to-fit CAPTCHA has a success-rate of 94 percent, impressive if compared to the industry standard of 76 percent for text-based tests. Enabling user happiness in not having to struggle with repeat efforts to translate CAPTCHA strings, however, is only a part of the company’s mission. With offices in North Bergen, New Jersey, and Tel Aviv, Minteye is presenting this solution as a way to monetize the CAPTCHA process for site owners and advertisers.A product name in the image would be the money-maker that wins users and influences better brand recognition. The company’s mission is “to combine CAPTCHA security technology with advertising.” Minteye’s team says it is “dedicated to delivering nonintrusive advertising products that overcome online advertising blindness.”The SLIDING CAPTCHA is designed to work with a mouse or with a finger slide, which means it would be just as able to operate on a tablet and smartphone as on a mouse-connected PC. In turn, the company believes it has the potential of becoming an appealing opportunity for CAPTCHA-seeking industry players in mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Site owners get a share of advertising revenues. Advertisers use the tool customized to their targeted audience and budget.CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart. The test is attributed to a Carnegie Mellon University computer science graduate student and his advisor in 2000 who wanted to provide a security tool that could safeguard web sites from automated bot attacks and spammers. As such, it has become an effective way for site owners to make sure that a submission for registration is coming from a real person. Nonetheless, a staunch belief in security circles is that 100 percent CAPTCHA security would only be fiction. As for the slide technique that is being presented by Minteye, similar doubt is expressed outside Minteye that computers, not humans, will always remain stumped by this process. Speaking in Technology Review, however, Gadi Hadar, the CEO of Minteye, is also not harboring any illusions. He said there is no CAPTCHA in the world that cannot be cracked. CAPTCHA evokes sympathetic (aka correct) response Citation: Minteye offers no-type CAPTCHA as a security twist (2012, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-minteye-no-type-captcha.html © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img (Phys.org)—Minteye is offering a no-type option to annoying CAPTCHA tests where users’ first tries turn into third and fourth tries to get the blurry, blotched letters and digits correct for entry. The company Minteye, made up of “engineers, designers and entrepreneurs,” has come up with a solution that is targeted both at advertisers and web site owners, called SLIDING CAPTCHA, with the idea being “slide to fit.” Minteye’s flavor of a CAPTCHA appears as a twisted, wavy, deformed, image with a small slider below the image. More information: www.minteye.com/products.aspx This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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