Stifling accounting rules threaten jobs and science at Spanish institutes

first_imgResearch jobs were lost at the Solar Platform of Almería in Spain because stifling new accounting rules blocked funds. geogphotos/Alamy Stock Photo By Tania RabesandratanaMar. 22, 2018 , 2:00 PM Stifling government accounting rules are threatening scientific projects and jobs at several Spanish research bodies. Scientists at both the Spanish Oceanography Institute (IEO), headquartered in Madrid, and the Solar Platform of Almería (PSA), a large solar research center in the Tabernas Desert, have expressed concern about what they see as senseless red tape that holds up spending.Some 340 staff at IEO—60% of the total—sent a manifesto to the press last week to warn that the center is “collapsing.” The problems compound the plight of Spanish science, which suffered from budget cuts during the country’s recent economic woes and faces a proliferating bureaucracy aimed at controlling spending.IEO’s troubles stem partly from rules that apply to five public research bodies, known as OPIs in Spanish, with a total of 1700 researchers. Under accounting regulations introduced by the current conservative government in 2014, a team of six state auditors must preapprove every purchase at IEO, which has nine research centers across the country and five research ships. As a result, projects and recruitment have been severely delayed and IEO spent only half of its budget last year, down from 90% in 2013, according to the manifesto.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)center_img Stifling accounting rules threaten jobs and science at Spanish institutes Researchers have trouble recruiting staff or buying equipment even if they receive funding from outside Spain, says Manuel Ruiz Villarreal, a physicist at IEO’s A Coruña branch and the principal investigator of four projects funded by the European Union, including an effort to predict the health risks of toxic algal blooms. Ruiz Villarreal says the auditing system, known as “prior intervention,” should be lifted for projects that receive external funding and are already subject to checks after the money is spent.Other OPIs must adhere to similar rules, but the manifesto says the situation is worst at IEO, which signatories say reveals a “structural problem” in the institute’s management. “We’ve been raising the alarm for several years,” Ruiz Villarreal says. “As a researcher, I can’t go to the minister of the treasury myself. Our management has to tackle this.””It’s true we are having difficulties,” admits IEO Director Eduardo Balguerías Guerra, who says the institute needs time to adapt to the rules but denies that its activities are paralyzed. “All the OPIs and the secretary of state are working very hard to solve these problems,” he says. Until Spain’s 2018 budgets are approved, additional restrictions will continue to exacerbate the difficulties, Balguerías Guerra says. But after that, he thinks the situation will improve.Carmen Vela, state secretary in charge of research, development, and innovation, has admitted that IEO had “problems in its day-to-day management” and “had a bad [budget] execution.” Vela told members of the Spanish congress’s economy, industry, and competitiveness committee on 14 March that the institute’s low spending was due to a large building project that did not get approval last year. She also conceded that the “prior intervention” system has created difficulties for the OPIs and said she is taking steps to minimize damage. But some observers say a patchwork of emergency measures won’t provide a lasting solution.PSA, the solar energy center, is part of an OPI called the Center for Energy, Environment, and Technology, which has also suffered from a 2016 regulation stipulating that funds received before September must be spent before the end of that same year. PSA scientists say this rule makes no sense when a grant is meant to be spread across several years, as many EU grants are. In the first 6 weeks of this year, PSA lost 14 research jobs out of a total of 40 because funds received earlier were blocked and the center couldn’t advertise the posts, says Sixto Malato, a scientist in PSA’s research unit for the solar treatment of water. He stepped down from his role as PSA director last November to protest the rules.A total of €6 million, the entirety of PSA’s research budget, is blocked and will have to be gradually returned to the European Commission with interest if the rules are not reversed, Malato says. “The government has to recognize their mistake,” he says. “We’re not asking for funds, we’re asking [the treasury] to let us use external funds that will be spent in Spain and create jobs in Spain.”last_img read more

Callum Hudson-Odoi to run his contract down; has mind set on Bayern

first_imgAdvertisementCallum Hudson-Odoi is all set to run his contract down if the club management of Chelsea block his move to Bayern Munich in this January. The 18 year old English left wing forward is not getting enough chances under the management of Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. Callum Hudson Odoi fears that the lack of opportunities might play a big role in his career. If he continuously remains at the bench, the progress of him as a matured player will be halted and the player clearly does not wish that to happen.Bayern Munich have shown their interest to bring in Callum Hudson-Odoi in this winter transfer window. Accoding to the sources, the club management of the Blues have already rejected a bid around £35 million in this January. However, the player does not want to stay at Chelsea as he prefers to join a new club to have more gametime which will help him to grow as a player.Chelsea will surely like to ensure the service of Callum Hudson-Odoi till the end of 2019-20 season. They have also offered a new contract to the young English left wing forward to keep him for future. Now it all depends on Callum Hudson-Odoi to decide his future destination.Chelsea refuse Dortmund’s like for like exchange offer between Pulisic and Hudson Odoi Advertisementlast_img read more

The Job-Seeker’s Secret Weapon: It’s Pointed

first_imgI was having lunch with my friend Jane, a plainspoken sort.  She asked, “Have you always been a career advisor?” “Heck no,” I said. “I was a corporate HR VP for ten million years.”“So, now you’re doing penance?” she asked. I love HR. I still think of myself as an HR person. I just hate the way HR is practiced in way too many organizations. So, I work with organizations that share my view: that hiring smart people and letting them loose to solve tough problems is good business. And, I work with job-seekers who are looking for a way to scale those barbed-wire fences and stone walls with shards of broken glass sticking out of ’em. I’m referring, of course, to corporate recruiting processes.“Is there a secret weapon for job-seekers to know about?” asked Jane. “There are a bunch of them,” I said, “but here is the first one for job-seekers to think about.”“Okay, shoot,” she said.“Let me ask you a super common question,” I said. “Job-seekers get asked this question all the time. The question is, ‘What do you do?’”“So how do you answer the question?” Jane wanted to know.“Here’s what you don’t do,” I replied. “You don’t say ‘I have ten years in oil and gas, and four years in aerospace, and I worked in sales for an electronics corporation, and lately I’ve been working for a real estate investment trust.’”“That’s a pretty typical answer to the question ‘What do you do?’,” said Jane, “But I agree it’s not exactly compelling. What is wrong with that approach, and how can a job-seeker change it?”“We start by talking about history, going way back,” I said, “mainly because we don’t know how to describe what we’re looking for in a job search. We are more comfortable saying “I did this and that,” and letting the listener decide what it means. We do the same thing in our resumes. We don’t decide who we want to be in the job market. We waffle. We say “I have experience in sales and operations.’ We say to the reader of the resume, “I did this and that and the other thing. What does it mean? You got me. You decide.’”“And that’s bad because…” prompted Jane.“Because no hiring manager and no HR screener want to do that heavy lifting for us,” I said. “We have to know, right off the bat, what business problem we solve. Maybe we cut operational costs, or maybe we know how to launch a new distribution channel or rev up an online marketing program. Maybe our thing is getting business press or generating repeat visits to a website. Maybe we’re experts at cutting call-center hold time. We have to know. We have to declare what we do and why anyone should care about that. That message must come through in the first five seconds as a person reads our resume.”“Oh Lordy,” said Jane. “I think I’ve got some resume writing to do.”“I call that resume message ‘The Point on the Arrow’,” I said. “Without it, we don’t have any brand, or any force in our resume. If we present a bundle of miscellaneous skills, we’re missing the first, critical step in a proactive job search.”“Okay, give me an example,” said Jane. “Here goes,” I said. “One job seeker says ‘I’ve done sales and marketing and a little customer support.’ That tells us almost nothing we need to know. What kind of sales did he do, and what kind of marketing? When he did those things, was he good at them? We have more questions than answers. A second job seeker says “I’m the guy who manages $1M/year accounts and keeps new orders coming, through careful listening and problem-solving.” This second job-seeker does sales, just like the first guy. But this second guy can tell you exactly what problem he solves – the problem where huge accounts need a lot of hand-holding, and the type of salesperson who’ll probe and work the org chart to uncover business opportunities. If that type of salesperson isn’t on the case, the hand-holding goes on but the orders don’t arrive. That’s a biggie for a lot of vendors.”“So we all have to be specialists?” wondered Jane. “No way! We don’t have to be specialists,” I said. “We will use all sorts of skills on any job we take. We only have to know what we’re really good at, that the market also demands. We can have more than one prong in a job search. Of course, every prong will need its own pitch, and its own resume. We just can’t be a big mash up of skills with no point on the arrow.”“We have to find an intersection between what we do well and what employers need,” Jane paraphrased. “Yes,” I said, “and it takes some work and some self-reflection to get there. We can use job-search aggregators like Indeed and SimplyHired to tell us what jobs employers are filling. We need to know how those business needs match our own skills, and then we have to pick a job search message that nails that intersection. We can’t be all things to all people – not in the job market, anyway.”“A point,” said Jane. “It makes perfect sense. But we’ve been trained, via all the resume-writing books and seminars, to say things like ‘I’m a business professional with experience in sales, operations, marketing, customer support and the kitchen sink.’” “Too bad there are no jobs like that!” I said. “I’ve got my goal for this weekend,” said Jane.”A point on my resume. I like it!”last_img read more

David Warner tells under-pressure opener Matt Renshaw to avoid newspapers

first_imgAustralia vice captain David Warner has urged his under-pressure opening partner Matt Renshaw to avoid reading newspapers this week and score some runs in the Sheffield Shield ahead of the opening Test of the Ashes.The 21-year-old Renshaw has averaged 36.64 from his 10 Tests in a positive start to his international career but has had a tough Shield campaign for Queensland, failing to surpass 20 runs in his four innings.Neither coach Darren Lehmann nor any of Australia’s other selectors have queried the youngster’s spot in the Test side but his poor run of form has attracted plenty of scrutiny from local media in the lead-up to the Gabba Test starting November 23.Warner will be on the opposite side when Renshaw pads up against New South Wales at Brisbane’s Adelaide Border field from Tuesday but wished the opener well.”I want him to score runs this week. He’s been under a bit of pressure this week, there’s been a bit of talk in the media,” Warner told local media on Sunday.”You have to keep putting the numbers on the board.”As a youngster I would be steering clear of newspapers this week.”Renshaw’s task has been made easier, with New South Wales resting their trio of Test bowlers, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, who were superb in defeating Western Australia in the previous round.Renshaw enjoyed a fine home summer against South Africa and Pakistan, but since stroking 60 against India in Bengaluru in March, he has not scored a half-century in nine Test innings.advertisement”I want him to do well. I am a mate of his and wish him success,” Warner said.”He’s got to keep playing well.”When I see that at the other end it brings a spark to my eye because you know your partner is on as well.”Halfway across the country, England’s crushing 192-run win over a weak Cricket Australia XI in the tour match in Adelaide came with a warning from former Test paceman Ryan Harris.”I think it is (vulnerable), especially with no Ben Stokes,” Harris, who coached the home side, said about the tourists’ batting.England’s bowlers performed well in the four-day game but former captain Alastair Cook’s lean tour continued with scores of 15 and 32.”I think (Cook) looked a bit rusty, I guess,” added Harris.”I’m sure he’ll look forward to another hit next week. But we all know what he can do. You don’t score over 10,000 runs and not be any good.”England play their final warmup match against a Cricket Australia XI in Townsville, in far northern Queensland state, from Wednesday.last_img read more

Hart dismisses critics after win

first_imgEngland ‘You think I care?’ Hart dismisses critics after World Cup qualification Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 06:30 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) JoeHart - cropped Getty Images England England v Slovenia Slovenia WC Qualification Europe World Cup The West Ham goalkeeper had a big role in his nation’s World Cup qualification and then brushed off criticism of his recent form Joe Hart insisted he ignored his critics after delivering a man-of-the-match performance as England qualified for the World Cup.The West Ham goalkeeper had starred in a goalless draw at Slovenia last year and he was similarly influential in the return fixture as Harry Kane’s goal secured a 1-0 win and a place at the finals in Russia.England 18/1 to win World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. After some shaky performances for club and country, Hart’s form has come under the microscope but he claimed this display was not in response to any criticism, as he gives such matters little attention.Asked about his critics, Hart told ITV: “You think I care about them? I’d have a big problem if I cared – apart from the guys in the dressing room. The team have always got my back and I have always got their back.”We have qualified for a World Cup with one game to go. Regardless of personal achievements, I think it’s important that we smile. England have qualified for a World Cup and that’s a big deal.”How important was this man’s late save? pic.twitter.com/MKytPLJjiQ — England (@England) October 5, 2017 Hart conceded that it was difficult for the England supporters at Wembley as the team misfired, but it could not detract from his delight at qualification.”The guys were brilliant. We wore them down,” he added. “It was difficult for the crowd – we appreciate them coming – but the game was difficult.”To have Harry doing that in the last minute, and for Kyle [Walker] to whip it in for him, is a big feeling. I’m really happy.”last_img read more

Annapolis Adult Learners Have Access to Fall Programs

first_imgStudents enrolled in adult learning programs offered by the formerAnnapolis County Learning Network will still be able to accessprograms this fall. As part of its commitment to lifelong learning, the Department ofEducation has provided annual grants to more than 30 organizationsto support the delivery of adult learning programs. The departmentoffered the learning network a funding increase of almost eightper cent for this year. The network’s board declined the increaseand voted today, Aug. 24, to dissolve the organization. “While we regret the organization’s decision to close, our primaryconcern is the students of the Annapolis region,” said EducationMinister Jamie Muir. “We have secured an interim partnership withNova Scotia Community College to ensure that adult learners inthis region can return to their programs this September.” The partnership with the community college will allow the classesto continue at the Middleton site of the college’s AnnapolisValley Campus until June 2005. “The network’s programs have been offered at the community collegefor the past several years, and the students have become a part ofour college community,” said David Woolnough, principal at theAnnapolis Valley Campus. “We’re glad to partner with theDepartment of Education to ensure that these students can continuetheir studies with us.” Program information will be finalized over the next few weeks.Adult learners in the Annapolis region may contact the Departmentof Education for more information at 902-424-5165.last_img read more

Minister Accepts Findings of Independent Reviews into Clayton Miller Death

first_imgJustice Minister Lena Metlege Diab today, April 16, accepted the findings of two independent reviews into the death of Cape Breton teenager Clayton Miller almost 25 years ago. Nova Scotia Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Matt Bowes concluded in his review there is no evidence to warrant re-opening the investigation into the death of the 17-year-old, who died after police responded to an outdoor drinking party in New Waterford on May 4, 1990. Ronald MacDonald, director of Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team, found no evidence of police wrongdoing in Mr. Miller’s death. Both reviews, which examined information brought forward by a former nurse, found no evidence of foul play or that police were responsible for his death. Dr. Bowes launched his review, at the minister’s request, on Sept. 19, 2014, after nurse Kathleen Dwyer raised questions about the original autopsy results. SiRT launched its review of the police handling of the case after a complaint received in October 2014. “I thank Dr. Bowes and Mr. MacDonald for their work,” said Ms. Diab. “This is the most objective and exhaustive review that has been done on this case. It is the first time both forensic and investigative expertise have come together to review this file. “It is clear from these reviews that this was a tragic, heartbreaking accident. I know today is a difficult day for the Miller family and my thoughts are with them.” Dr. Bowes’s report can be found at novascotia.ca/just/publications/docs/Miller_Report_2015.pdf .last_img read more

Anil Ambani group repays Rs 35400 cr since Apr 2018

first_imgMumbai: Anil Ambani, the chairman of the debt-laden Reliance group that owes around Rs 1 lakh crore to lenders, Tuesday said the group has paid back Rs 35,400 crore of debt during the past 14 months to May through asset sales, even as it faced liquidity drought. In a concall with the media, he exuded confidence that the group will meet all its debt obligations through more asset sales. The statement comes amdist a massive fall in the seven listed entities of the group, which have lost more than 65 percent of its value since Janaury this year. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC “The repayment comprised principal repayments of Rs 24,800 crore and interest payments of Rs 10,600 crore between April 2018 and May 2019,” he said, adding repayments included debt servicing by Reliance Capital, Reliance Power and RInfra and their affiliates. It can be noted that the group could not complete its spectrum sale to Reliance Jio though an agreement for around Rs 23,000 crore was signed last year with his elder brother Mukesh Ambani, who had in April bailed him out with a Rs 485 crore grand to avoid a contempt of the Supreme Court that arose out of a payment dispute with Ericsson, an RCom vendor. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations The two major asset sales the group could conclude during the past two years were sale of RPower’s distribution business in Mumbai to Adani group for around Rs 18,000 crore and a stake dilution in the mutual fund business for Rs 6,000 crore to the joint venture partner Nippon group of Japan. The group has also put its insurnace business on the block but a deal is awaited. That apart, Reliance Capital has divested majority stake in the radio business (Big FM) for Rs 1,200 crore to the Jagaran group. Ambani said these repayments, aggregating to Rs 35,400 crore, were made without any additional liquidity support from any lender. He said the group is fully committed to meet all its debt obligations in a timely manner by more asset monetisation some of which are at various stages of completion. At the group level it owes around Rs 1 lakh crore to lenders, including Rs 49,000 crore that the bankrupt telecom arm owes to lenders. The group took Rcom to the NCLT a few months back. “During this entire period, all types of lenders– banks, mutual funds, insurance companies, provident funds and NBFCs–provided no additional liquidity to any of our entities,” he said, adding various group entities are to get Rs 30,000 crore in claims. “Compounding the matters further, regulators and courts have not passed any final adjudication orders on our claims aggregating to over Rs 30,000 crore that are due for over five years and more to our various group companies, especially RInfra and Reliance Power and their affiliates,” Ambani said. The group endeavour is to be capital-light, have bare minimal debt and higher return on equity, with an aim to enhance the value for all its stakeholders, he said.last_img read more

Leftleaning Quebec solidaire declares war on business attire in the legislature

first_imgMONTREAL — It has been just over two months since they were elected to the legislature, and new Quebec solidaire members have not yet succeeded in their goal of replacing capitalism. But they have launched an assault on business attire that is making waves in the provincial capital.Since the legislature resumed sitting last week, some members of the left-leaning party have been spotted at the national assembly wearing tank tops, jeans, heavy boots, tuques and running shoes.“Institutions change over the years,” said 36-year-old Catherine Dorion, who on some days wears green Dr. Martens boots to work.“If they didn’t, we would all be wearing white wigs, and women wouldn’t be allowed in the legislature.”The newcomers’ fashion sense has caught the attention of Speaker Francois Paradis, a member of the governing Coalition Avenir Quebec party. He told reporters Wednesday he wants to modernize the legislature and welcomes a debate about its dress code.“I am happy because this reflection is essential and healthy,” Paradis said. “This reflection is happening everywhere in the world.”Quebec solidaire members take pride in their radical policies — they talk openly of nationalizing some industries and moving “beyond capitalism.” But the party’s 10 members also believe their recent electoral success shows citizens are ready for a different kind of politician.Sol Zanetti, 36, elected for the first time in the Oct. 1 vote, told reporters he wore jeans last week during question period, and no one seemed to notice.He said politicians should be allowed to wear what they want — within reason. The 500-page legislature rule book says members must “contribute to the maintenance of decorum,” but it does not dictate a dress code.“You have to have confidence in people,” Zanetti told reporters at the legislature. “If we came dressed as a chicken or a giraffe, then we would be harming decorum. But as of now, we are dressing in a comfortable way.”Quebec solidaire also eschews the traditional party structure.It doesn’t have “leaders” in the formal sense, but rather, one male and one female “spokesperson.”Politicians are regularly accused of not relating to young people, Dorion said, adding that dressing in a diverse fashion might get new people interested in politics. She gave her election victory speech wearing a pink T-shirt with flamingos printed on it.“Why not go and attract more people by representing a larger palette of people?” she asked.Quebec solidaire increased its seat total to 10 from three in the election, winning beyond Montreal for the first time with seats in Quebec City, the Eastern Townships, and northwestern Quebec. For many, it has replaced the Parti Quebecois as the voice of a young, progressive, sovereigntist movement.Martin Ouellet, a PQ member of the legislature, rejected the idea that more formal attire somehow prevents him from representing everyone in his riding.“If I come here wearing a suit and tie, do I represent less well the people of my riding?” he asked. “My riding is full of people who work in factories, who work hard. If I came here in work boots and factory clothes, would I be more authentic? I’m not convinced.”— With files from Caroline Plante Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dating site using facial recognition to find people who look like your

first_imgFacebook uses facial recognition to recognise the same person’s face in two different photos, creepily asking you if you want to tag people the second you upload an image.The technology is also used as a security measure in some residential buildings and workplaces.Our own Social Welfare Claimants face facial recognition to determine their identity.14 wonderfully geeky parents who are doing it right>Fish-eating spiders exist, and here is the horrifying proof> MISS YOUR EX?Wish you could still wake up to his or her face every morning?Well, now you can… kind of.Dating website Match.com is offering users the chance to use facial recognition technology to find a mate who looks like your ex.For the princely sum of $5,000 (around €3,670) you can avail of the face matching service, as well as a six month membership and consultations with a dating coach.Newsweek reports that Match.com has paired up with a company called Three Day Rule to provide the facial recognition service. Three Day Rule says that using the technology helps them to narrow the database of potential matches.Staff at the Washington Post have actually tried it out for themselves and described the results as “uncanny”.Of course, Match.com aren’t the only ones taking advantage of computers that can recognise your fizzog.last_img read more

CODBlOps becomes a Lego action movie could still use more Steven Seagal

first_imgWarning: This video contains Lego/cartoon violence and is surprisingly gory considering that the characters are plastic blocks. If you though Call of Duty: Black Ops was a non-stop action ride that could have benefited from some cool-down periods then just wait until you see this video. It appears to have no relation to the game or its plot aside from the gratuitous violence, but it still manages to be reminiscent of the Call of Duty experience.AdChoices广告It’s a good enough watch though, with some clever Lego effects and DIY video appeal. There seems to be no reason to call it “Black Ops” but what ultra-violent Lego video would be complete without a game tie-in?The video was shot by brickarms.com, a company that sells mold weapons and figurines compatible with Lego kits. So if you ever wanted a combat shotgun for your Lego neighborhood, these are the guys to talk to.last_img read more

La NASA photographie les étoiles en formation de la nébuleuse Carina

first_imgLa NASA photographie les étoiles en formation de la nébuleuse CarinaLes astronomes de la NASA ont réussi à obtenir des images détaillées de la nébuleuse Carina, une région de formation d’étoiles située à quelque 7.500 années-lumière de la Terre. Grâce au télescope à rayons X de l’observatoire Chandra, les scientifiques de la NASA ont réussi à obtenir des clichés inédits d’une nébuleuse d’une dizaine de milliers d’étoiles en pleine formation, Carina. Située dans le bras Sagittaire-Carène de la Voie Lactée, celle-ci est une véritable nurserie pour les étoiles naissantes. Pour le moment, les astronomes ont recensé 14.000 d’entre elles, situées à environ 7.500 années-lumière de la Terre. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAMais après avoir analysé les images collectées par Chandra, les scientifiques pensent désormais que plusieurs étoiles géantes ont implosé dans Carina. En effet, ils ont remarqué une réduction du nombre de rayons X en provenance de la région nord de la nébuleuse, ce qui laisse à penser que plusieurs étoiles ont été détruites dans des explosions de supernovae.De plus, les astronomes ont détecté six structures qui pourraient être selon eux, des étoiles à neutrons potentielles, les coeurs denses souvent abandonnés lorsque les étoiles explosent en supernovae. Cette observation fournit ainsi des preuves supplémentaires que l’activité des supernovae est en pleine augmentation dans la nébuleuse Carina car avant cela, une seule étoile neutron avait été détectée.  Le 18 octobre 2011 à 17:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un bébé néandertal en projet Non une erreur de traduction

first_imgUn bébé néandertal en projet ? Non, une erreur de traduction…La nouvelle a fait le tour d’internet depuis lundi : le généticien George Church penserait à faire naitre un bébé Néandertal et serait pour cela à la recherche d’une mère porteuse. Un projet qui vous a pour le moins fait réagir mais qui serait tout sauf réel ! Les propos du chercheurs auraient juste été mal traduits…”Bêtise humaine quand tu nous tiens”, “quand les savants deviennent fada !” ou encore “n’importe quoi”, les réactions se sont multipliées depuis lundi suite à l’annonce du projet pour le moins loufoque d’un scientifique. Le généticien de la Harvard Medical School, George Church serait actuellement à la recherche d’une mère porteuse dans le but de recréer un foetus de Néandertal. Un projet rendu possible grâce aux technique de clonage et grâce à l’ADN de cet ancêtre vieux de 30.000 ans qui aurait été récupéré sur des os fossilisés.Sauf que ce n’est pas du tout ce que projette en réalité le scientifique. En effet, tout est parti d’une interview accordée par George Church au magazine allemand Der Spiegel. Il y parlait de ses recherches sur Néandertal et son ADN mais ses propos, repris par plusieurs médias anglophones, auraient été mal traduits ou compris et ont mené ensuite à un spectaculaire effet boule de neige. Alors qu’il disait dans l’interview que le clonage d’un Néandertal serait un jour “théoriquement possible” grâce à son ADN, ceci a été transformé, dans les médias qui ont repris l’information, en un véritable projet de recherche.   Quant à la fameuse mère porteuse tant recherchée, là encore, ce n’est pas du tout ce que le scientifique a exposé. Il a simplement dit que le clonage de cet homme préhistorique nécessiterait qu’il faille commencer par une femme Néandertal afin qu’elle puisse porter des foetus et à son tour faire naitre des bébés. Alerté par le buzz créé autour de son interview, George Church a réalisé la méprise et a rapidement réagi en accordant une autre interview au Boston Herald à qui il a déclaré : “La véritable histoire ici est comment ces histoires sont passées et ont changé de différentes manières”. Un scientifique qui est même contre ce clonage À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Je ne le recommande certainement pas”, a ajouté le chercheur au sujet du clonage de Néandertal. “Je dis que, si c’est techniquement possible un jour, nous avons besoin de commencer à en parler aujourd’hui”. Celui-ci a également indiqué qu’il avait donné peut-être 500 interviews à propos de ces recherches durant plus de 20 ans mais que c’est la première fois que tout devient hors de contrôle de cette façon. Il a cependant précisé : “je ne vais pas fuir… Je veux utiliser cela comme un moment éducatif pour parler de journalisme et de technologie”. Si les scientifiques ont parfois des projets tout aussi surprenants voire loufoques, sans aucun doute, c’est encore une fois une bonne leçon (pour nous aussi !) qu’il ne faut pas croire tout ce qu’on lit…Le 23 janvier 2013 à 13:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man gets prison for threatening group with steak knife

first_imgA transient man who chased a group of people with a steak knife while reportedly shouting, “Have you ever been stabbed?” was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison.Peter Hanna, 40, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to one count of second-degree assault in connection with the Aug. 4 incident along Officers Row. As part of a plea deal, two other counts of second-degree assault were dismissed.According to the investigation, a group of people were standing near the Grant House at about 4 p.m. when Hanna began shouting and charging at them while holding a steak knife. He got within about 10 feet of the group, making repeated stabbing motions with the knife, according to an affidavit of probable cause.The group moved away and began shouting at Hanna, until he backed away. When officers arrived, they saw a commotion, and Hanna throwing things at the group, the affidavit stated.On Wednesday, his defense attorney, Chris Dumm, said that Hanna suffers from mental health and substance abuse issues. At the time of the incident, Hanna believed he was inside a Pokemon game, in which you capture magical creatures, and that the group was trying to capture him. He became frightened and went after them, Dumm said.last_img read more

An Editors Conundrum Balancing Print and Online Duties

first_imgThat’s really very odd.Why, as I sit here going on and on and on and on about how important online media are to businesses big and small, online and off-, was I so resistant to practice then what I preach now (even though I practiced it then, only on my own time)?It could be that I don’t much like being told what to do. It could be that I’d been online for so long, relatively speaking, that I didn’t entirely agree with the approach that was being taken.But mostly I think it might have been that I didn’t think I could do it right. Where “right” means as myself. With my voice. In my own time. Saying what I wanted to say. Where what I would have wanted to say was sometimes not so shiny-happy-positive, and where some of the positive things I would have said would have been about other companies and not mine.My whole love affair with online media is in good part because of the spontaneity and honesty of it. To be a cog in a larger social media strategy just didn’t remotely turn me on. (To be clear: I was never asked to be a cog. I’m just super bristly.)And so I’m left now to figure out how to amend the stuff I spout off about to accommodate this experience I’d forgotten. Here’s my first shot:If you run a company, you should be online. You should have a blog where you engage with anyone who wants to chat with you. You should be on Twitter and you should use it very little for broadcasting and very much for sharing and conversing. Same with Facebook. And any other site. If you yourself aren’t going to be the person doing the online stuff, you should make sure the person you have do it has the following resources:1. Time. It takes time to write blog posts and to tweet. It doesn’t have to take a huge amount of time, but it takes some time. Give the person some time.2. Freedom. Pick someone you trust enough to represent your business and your brand that you can give them a very long leash to say what they need to say how they need to say it. If they mess up, let them clean it up. If they mess up horribly, find someone else to do it. But don’t do anything to prevent the spontaneity, fun and impromptu conversation that are integral parts of successful online media campaigns.3. Trust. See #2.4. Time from you. Things online move fast. In all likelihood—regardless of what kind of business you’re in—they move way faster than they do in the rest of your business. So when your person comes to you and says they need to deal with something, STAT, believe them. If they come to you because some convergence of thinking in your online community presents an opportunity for a big promo next week, see if you can make it happen. Try hard to make it happen.Does any of this make sense? Or have I blathered myself into an atrocious contradiction?[EDITOR’S NOTE: This post originally appeared here.] Something occurred to me out of the blue today: during my last few months as editor of Interweave Crochet, as the company was beginning to focus more on the possibilities presented by online tools and social media, I wanted nothing to do with any of it in my work as editor. Crazy, hey?As you might have noticed, the whole print publishing industry is struggling to make sense of online media in much the same way the yarn industry is struggling.In my final months at IC, there was a lot more talk around the office about online stuff: blogs, forums, Twitter. And even though I had my own blog and still kept up a bit at the CrochetMe.com blog and I was on  Twitter, I really bristled at being pressured to do more online stuff for the magazine. Even though I was certain we needed to be online more and better than we were.last_img read more

Jet Airways to make Bengaluru its third domestic hub soon launches direct

first_imgPrivate sector carrier Jet Airways will launch its direct daily flights from Bengaluru to Singapore starting from tomorrow and is also planning to make Bengaluru its third domestic hub in the near future.The full service airline, which currently flies to 45 domestic destinations and 20 international destinations from the IT capital of the country, will launch its flight services to Colombo from Bengaluru from January 5, 2017.”The population to travelers’ ratio in Bengaluru is higher than other metro cities, indicating its business potential. With the launch of Bengaluru- Singapore flight, we will further expand the city’s connectivity with ASEAN region,” Vice-president (commercial) of Jet Airways, Praveen Iyer told reporters here.The private carrier with around 12 percent market share is also planning to make the southern city its third domestic hub in the near future.”The city with its IT and biotechnology prowess is increasingly gaining prominence as a global investment destination, resulting in significant growth in aviation traffic. Given the rising importance of the city, we intend to make it our third domestic hub in the near future,” Iyer said. He, however, declined to give any timeline.Meanwhile, the company will also launch its Bengaluru- Colombo flight starting from January 5, 2017 in its bid to provide higher connectivity to Australia and other south east Asian nations.Notably, South India contributes around 30 percent of company’s revenue and has seen a rising graph in recent years.When asked about competition in these new routes, Iyer said that despite competition, potential for growth was high and the company hoped to tap the rising flyers’ interest in this route.India’s second biggest airline by market share posted a consolidated net profit of Rs 85 crore in the July-September quarter of this fiscal, up 2.5 percent over the same period of last fiscal. The airline’s consolidated revenue increased by 3 percent to Rs 5,864.5 crore during this period.last_img read more

PM Hasina set to kickstart prepolls campaign

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday offered fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA), Hazrat Shah Paran (RA) and Hazrat Gazi Borhan Uddin (RA) in Sylhet city, reports news agency UNB.The prime minister arrived in the divisional headquartes on Tuesday to inaugurate different development projects as well as address a public rally, which is widely seen as beginning of her party’s pre-election campaign.Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate 14 development projects and lay the foundation stones of 24 others.Hasina, also the president of Awami League, will address the public rally on Sylhet Government Alia Madrasah ground in the afternoon.From this rally, she will begin her election campaign, almost a year before the 11th general elections scheduled to be held at the end of this year or at the beginning of the next year.The development projects Hasina will inaugurate are-a prayer room for women at Hazrat Gazi Borhan Uddin (RA) shrine, beatification of the shrine and extension of its main road up to 2 kilometres, a six-storey academic-cum-administrative building of Sylhet Government College, a building for fertiliser testing and research laboratory at Pirijpur, district office of Department of Narcotics Control, Sylhet divisional and district NSI office building, Sylhet Muktijoddha Complex Bhaban, Zakiganj upazila Muktijoddha Complex Bhaban, a 12-storey Nagar Bhaban of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC), a drainage system at Babuchhara, extension of Jalalbad road, Sylhet-Sunamganj bypass road, overlay works on Moulavibazar-Rajnagar-Fenchuganj-Sylhet road, Rashidpur-Bishwanath-Lamakazi road, Sylhet-Gopalganj-Charkhai-Zakiganj road, Darbasta-Kanaighat-Shahabagh road and Dhaka (Kanchpur)-Bhairab-Jagadishpur-Sayestaganj-Sylhet-Tamabil-Jaflang road (Sylhet-Sherpur point), pavement work at Sherpur toll plaza point on the highway, Sultanpur Union Parishad Complex Bhaban under Zakiganj upazila, Kamalbazar Union Parishad Complex Bhaban under Dakshin Surma Upazila, Kanaighat road and a three-storey primary healthcare centre at Kuituk.last_img read more

VeraCrypt 122 encryption software update released

first_imgVeraCrypt 1.22 encryption software update released by Martin Brinkmann on April 03, 2018 in Security – Last Update: September 14, 2018 – 10 commentsVeraCrypt 1.22 is a new version of the popular cross-platform encryption software that parent company Idrassi established as the primary unofficial successor of the encryption software TrueCrypt.TrueCrypt development ended under mysterious circumstances in 2014. The developers published a message on the project’s website and as part of setup that stated that TrueCrypt was not secure to use.An audit in two parts — see the article on the results of the first and second part of the audit — concluded that TrueCrypt had no backdoors but that it had some vulnerabilities.Programs based on TrueCrypt launched soon after the end of TrueCrypt, and TrueCrypt users started to switch to programs such CipherShed, VeraCrypt and other TrueCrypt alternatives.VeraCrypt 1.22VeraCrypt is based on TrueCrypt code and one focus of development was to resolve any security issue that might be in the code. The developers released several security updates, VeraCrypt 1.15, VeraCrypt 1.17 and VeraCrypt 1.18 which resolved TrueCrypt vulnerabilities or other security issues.VeraCrypt 1.22 is the first update of the software program in 2018. The last update dates back to July 2017.VeraCrypt requires manual updating as the software program does not support update checks or automatic updates.You need to head over to the project’s website and download the new version for your operating system to update it manually. Windows users may download the installer or a portable version. It may be necessary to restart the system to load the updated VeraCrypt driver on the system.So, what is new?Two changes are beneficial to all supported operating systems (Windows, Linux and Mac OS X):Kuznyechik cipher implementation speed up (up to the factor 2)5 new cascades of cipher algorithms: Camellia-Kuznyechik, Camellia-Serpent, Kuznyechik-AES, Kuznyechik-Serpent-Camellia and Kuznyechik-Twofish. These add more options to VeraCrypt’s multiple encryption support (the use of multiple encryption algorithms)The Windows version of VeraCrypt received the bulk of improvements, fixes and updates. The bulk of changes fix issues that affected some machines running Windows.Some examples: the new version fixes an issue that caused the hidden operating system to fail to load on some machines, the incorrect parameter error during the mounting of volumes on select machines, and a rare case of applications freezing during mount and unmount operations.One new option implemented for Windows versions of VeraCrypt is support for blocking the TRIM command for system encryption on SSD drives, and an option to enable TRIM support for non-system SSD drives.You can check out the full list of changes on the official project website.Now You: Do you use disk encryption? If so which software do you use?SummaryArticle NameVeraCrypt 1.22 encryption software update releasedDescriptionVeraCrypt 1.22 is a new version of the popular cross-platform encryption software that parent company Idrassi established as the primary unofficial successor of the encryption software TrueCrypt.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals general manager “There’s no doubt that the second half of the season is going to pose some major challenges. But as a competitor, that’s the type of challenges you want.”Critics of the Cardinals will point out the quality of teams that they faced in their first eight games. The six teams Arizona has beaten have a combined record of 13-34. As Keim states, the back of the slate is much tougher. The remaining opponents on the Cardinals’ schedule boast a 31-20 mark.Sunday’s win in Cleveland was uneven at best for the Cardinals. They jumped out to a 7-0 lead and then were badly outplayed as Cleveland built a 20-7 lead. Chandler Catanzaro kicked a field goal before the end of the first half, and after some halftime adjustments, Arizona outscored the Browns 24-0 the rest of the way to win by two touchdowns.It’s not the first time the Cardinals have been up-and-down during the course of a single game, but that doesn’t concern Keim moving forward.“I know the type of men we have in our locker room,” Keim said. “The good news is being 6-2, we certainly have not played our best football yet. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll hit our stride in the second half of the season, which a lot of times in the NFL, the teams that get hot in the second half are the ones that finish strong.” The Arizona Cardinals head into their Week 9 bye with a formidable 6-2 record, courtesy of a 34-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.Despite that first-half success, the architect of the NFC West’s top team isn’t totally satisfied with what he’s seen so far.“It feels good,” Arizona general manager Steve Keim told Doug and Wolf Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “Would I say that I’m satisfied? No, but at the same time I’m extremely proud of the record, at 6-2, we’re in a pretty good position. We just have to build and grow on what we started. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Cardinals will resume their schedule Sunday night, Nov. 15 against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in a nationally televised game by NBC. – / 18 0 Comments   Share   center_img Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim watches the offense and defense during an NFL football training camp practice Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element.last_img read more