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NBA in deal to provide official data to sport bet operatorsNBA in deal to provide official data to sport bet operators

first_imgNEW YORK — The National Basketball Association has reached a deal to provide official league data to licensed sports betting providers.In a pact announced Wednesday morning, the NBA is partnering with Sportradar and Genius Sports to distribute NBA betting data to sports betting providers in the U.S.Sports leagues that once vehemently fought against the prospect of sports betting are increasingly seeking to get in on it now that it’s legal.On Tuesday, Major League Baseball partnered with MGM Resorts to become an official gambling partner in the U.S. and Japan. MGM Resorts previously reached similar deals with the NBA, WNBA and NHL.FanDuel joined with the NHL and its New Jersey Devils franchise this month for sports betting and fantasy sports play.Wayne Parry, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Neymar Signed for Barcelona After Rosell Bribed His Father Delcir SondaNeymar Signed for Barcelona After Rosell Bribed His Father Delcir Sonda

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Barcelona’s forward, Neymar and its former President, Sandro Rosell have been accused of corruption by founding partner of the private Brazilian football Investment Fund (DIS), Delcir Sonda.Sonda, who used to own 40 percent of the Brazilian player’s rights, told Spanish sports website AS that Neymar and his family have committed a “crime” with the help of former president of Barcelona, Sandro Rosell. He went on to add Rosell, secretly bribed Neymar’s father for a sum of 40 million euros to ensure that the player would negotiate only with Barcelona during the transfer window.Sonda stressed that Neymar was about to sign with Real Madrid before FCB, but his father accepted the bribe to make him change his mind. Barcelona ended up signing with Neymar in the summer of 2013 for a sum of 65million euros.For his part, Sonda expressed his disappointment saying that he had “never imagined suing the boy he loved so much.” He added that “Supporting Neymar is supporting corruption and he’s a bad example to the children who wear his jersey.” read more

Womens swimming Ohio State dashes for NCAA championships against Olympic medalistsWomens swimming Ohio State dashes for NCAA championships against Olympic medalists

Ohio State women’s swim team competes against Wright State during a meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Feb. 3. Credit: Fallon Perl | Lantern reporterFollowing the completion of a nearly undefeated regular season and an impressive turnout at the Big Ten Championships, the No. 22 Ohio State women’s swimming team is set to travel to Indianapolis to compete in the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming National Championships beginning Wednesday evening.The Buckeyes enter this meet ranking behind four of their Big Ten competitors, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota, who are ranked at No. 6, 12, 15 and 19 respectively. Though there will be many fierce competitors from these teams as well as others, the Buckeyes remain focused on their own performances.“We don’t spend a whole lot of time talking about other teams or schools or athletes. We really put the focus on us,” OSU coach Bill Dorenkott said. “That being said, to reinforce the point of what an amazing meet this is, you have Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, and Lilly King who are Olympic medalists and world record holders. It’s an honor to compete against the best not just in the country, but in the world. This is why we do what we do every day — it’s to get this opportunity.”Ledecky and Manuel will both be competing for top-ranked Stanford. Both athletes were medalists at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, with a combined seven gold medals, as well as two silver. King, who swims for No. 15 Indiana, earned one individual gold at the Rio Games in addition to a gold in the 400-yard medley relay.Athletes from Stanford, including Ledecky and Manuel, are the top seeds in 10-of-13 events. King fills two of three No. 1 seeds in the remaining events, while Olympic medalist Kathleen Baker from No. 2 California Berkeley fills the other.The adversaries OSU will face this week might seem intimidating on paper, but they have not deterred OSU from continuing to put in countless hours in the pool and the weight room in order to fine tune their techniques before the big meet.“We’ve been focusing on the fine details, and honing in on the smaller things,” senior Taylor Vargo said. “We’ve been working on technique and enjoying the process as well as the last few weeks of swimming.”Vargo will be competing in both the 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays, as well as the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke. This will be her fourth and final year competing in the NCAAs, and said she can’t wait to experience the competition one last time.“My sophomore year, we were No. 41, I believe, and last year we were No. 14. It’s just exciting to be able to go and compete against some of the fastest swimmers in the world,” Vargo said. “It is the fastest meet in the world, and it’s just nice to be able to go up and be recognized, and to be considered at the highest level.”Vargo will be joined by nine other teammates, two more of which are returning NCAA competitors as well.“We have a nice combination of youth and experience. We return Liz Li and Lindsey Clary, who were both Top Eight a year ago, and then we return Taylor Vargo who has been there four times,” Dorenkott said. “We also have a nice group of freshmen going, probably as good a group as anybody in the country.”Molly Kowal and Kathrin Demler are the two freshmen that will be competing in the meet, each competing in three events. Kowal will be swimming the 1,650-yard freestyle, along with the 500-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley. Demler will be joining her teammate in the 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley, in addition to competing in the 200-yard backstroke.“It is a meet that rewards experience, and so for some of those kids it’s the opportunity to get there and see what it’s all about. For some of them, I keep telling them how good they are and sooner or later they’re going to start believing me,” Dorenkott said. “We have a couple of freshmen who are world class, they’re just not there today, but they’re going to be special and the sooner they believe it the better we’ll all be.”One of those freshman is Kowal, who said her nerves will be undeniable in her first NCAA appearance.“I think it’s going to be fun to go with the group of girls that are going. I mean, I’m pretty nervous because it will definitely, by far, be the biggest meet I’ve ever gone to,” she said. “There are also going to be some really big names there like Katie Ledecky, which will be cool, but it’s also kind of intimidating. But I get nervous for every meet so it’s nothing I can’t handle.”Junior Meg Bailey will compete in the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medleys, as well as the 200-yard butterfly.Vargo — being an experienced NCAA competitor — said the team’s goal is to compete at the highest level in each race.“We want to move up spots, move up places, get some points, and represent Ohio State,” Vargo said. “It’s okay to be nervous, though. Everyone’s a little bit nervous when you go, but just realize that you represent The Ohio State University and I don’t think there’s a better feeling in the world.”The Buckeyes would be grateful to earn some winning titles, but they are just as grateful to compete and improve both individually and as a team.“In terms of winning — whether it’s an individual title or a team title — that’s something that’s out of your control,” Dorenkott said. “The only thing you can focus on is the effort you put into winning, and that’s really where our minds are right now. We’re focused on getting some rest, getting sharpened up, and getting ready to roll.”The competition begins Wednesday night at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, and will continue through Saturday. read more

NHS to use sickness surveillance system to predict pressure points this winterNHS to use sickness surveillance system to predict pressure points this winter

first_imgThe NHS faces increased pressures in winterCredit:Peter Byrne/PA The NHS is to use a “sickness surveillance system” to predict illnesses before they happen this winter in a bid to cope with crippling pressures.The technology combines data gathered daily from GP surgeries, hospital emergency departments, the NHS 111 helpline and walk-in centres with Met Office weather alerts and is intended to give medics early warning of regional outbreaks of flu or other seasonal illnesses.When it records a surge in any particular illness, it will provide the NHS with several days’ notice that hospitals in the same area are likely to see an influx of patients.In turn, they will have the chance to reschedule planned surgery, free up beds and ensure that enough staff are on standby, it is hoped.They might also be able to switch outpatient appointments to “hot clinics” by providing direct access to GPs and have enough warning to arrange isolation areas for infectious patients with illnesses such as the norovirus, which can cause ward closures.A spokeswoman from Public Health England (PHE), which developed and operates the system, said: “It will assess pressure points when they come up, for instance hospitals in a specific area might expect an increase in heart attack or stroke admissions within a certain number of days because they are complications that can develop from flu.” “We can plan how to best provide care to a higher number of patients with a specific illness, and to corral patients who are suffering the same illnesses.”It also means we can better predict when things will return to normal and plan accordingly.”Public Health England said its “world leading” surveillance system would track upsurges and support co-ordination of NHS resources.It said that even in moderate conditions, for every one degree drop in temperature, there was a four per cent increase in deaths and a one per cent increase in emergency admissions.A spokeswoman said it could track the sorts of infections patients were being treated for as well as the volume, providing an overall picture of how winter illnesses affect the country.The NHS has been given an extra £335million to ease winter pressures, amid fears that hospitals will struggle if Britain were to suffer a flu epidemic.Last winter, waiting times in A&E were among the worst on record, despite mild weather and low levels of flu. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The technology was first developed for the 2012 Olympic Games in London to give organisers an early warning of any sickness bug sweeping through the athletes’ village.It has now been developed nationally and the NHS said this was the first year it was using it in this way.Professor Keith Willett, NHS England’s medical director for acute care, said: “The impact major outbreaks of these illnesses can have on our hospitals cannot be under-estimated – leading to whole wards having to be closed, with the loss of beds just when we need them most.”We can look at the trends across all of the PHE health data sources and try to anticipate surges in demand.”The breadth and variety of surveillance data from PHE gives us vital time to put escalation plans in place, to free up beds and reconfigure wards.center_img The NHS faces increased pressures in winter Winter sicknesses place increasing pressure on the NHS Winter sicknesses place increasing pressure on the NHSCredit:Martin Keene/PAlast_img read more

VIDEO Wisla Plock wins tournament in KwidzynVIDEO Wisla Plock wins tournament in Kwidzyn

Polish runners up, Orlen Wisla Plock wins the tournament in Kwidzyn in organization of one of the best domestic teams – MMTS. Team of Manolo Cadenas celebrated four victories, the most important one against home team – 28:22.Orlen Wisła Płock – MMTS Kwidzyn 28:22 (12:9)Orlen Wisła: Wichary, Sego – Nikcević 10, Ghionea 4, Nenadić 3, Jurkiewicz 3, Wiśniewski 2, Toromanović 2, Lijewski 2 (2 min), Eklemović 2 Syprzak (2 min), Kwiatkowski, Kavas, Góralski, Piechowski.MMTS: Szcecina, Kiepulski – Genda 6, Seroka 4 (2 min), Szczepański 3 (2 min), Zadura 3 (4 min), Klinger 2 (2 min), Peret 2, Łangowski 2 (2 min) Jędrzejewski, Mroczkowski, Sadowski, Rosiak, Nogowski, Górski, Daszek. Nielba Wągrowiec4079:121-43 Wybrzeże Gdańsk4493:110-16 MMTS Kwidzyn44114:104+10 handballHandball tournamentkwidzynMMTS KwidzynOrlen Wisla PlockPolish Handball Gaz-System Pogoń Szczecin44103:95+8 ← Previous Story Ivano Balic presented in Wetzlar! Next Story → Youth WCh 2013: Seven team already at knock-out stage! Orlen Wisła Płock48135:94+41 read more

Greece freezes public funding for NGOsGreece freezes public funding for NGOs

first_imgOn the orders of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, public funding for nongovernmental organizations was frozen on Tuesday as part of the effort to reduce waste.It is not known exactly how many such organizations had been receiving state money but research carried out last year suggested there are at least 6,700 of them. Some NGOs have been demanding for several years that the government create a central register of organizations in order to keep track of who is receiving money and whether they deserve to be funded by taxpayers.“Nearly every ministry has its own register,” said Tzanetos Antypas, the president of Praksis, an NGO that provides free medical and legal advice. “When the actions of an NGO, such as Praksis, fall under the authority of more than one ministry, we are obliged to register with all of them.”Via the government’s general secretary, Panayiotis Baltakos, Samaras has asked to be informed by tomorrow of the numbers of NGOs being funded and how much could be saved from public coffers if the coalition ceases to bankroll them.The head of the Greek Council for Refugees, Panos Christodoulou, suggested this was an opportunity to clear up the legal framework in which NGOs can operate. “The government’s announcement does not make it clear if some things are going to be left in a semi-complete state,” he said.A judicial investigation was ordered last year into allegations about the lack of transparency and financial mismanagement at Greece’s NGOs after a parliamentary report suggested little control was exercised over the groups. The deputy foreign minister at the time, Spyros Kouvelis, told Parliament that Greece gave 26 million euros to 528 NGOs in 2010, most conducting aid work abroad.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Geek deals Save 70 on online courses from SkillwiseGeek deals Save 70 on online courses from Skillwise

first_imgFor a limited time, Skillwise is offering up a massive 70% discount on its entire catalog of online courses. Whether you want to learn about ethical hacking, project management, or high-end photography, there’s something here to facilitate your interests.• Save 70% on online courses from Skillwise (Coupon code: LEARN70)Want to learn the ins and outs of video editing? The five and a half hour course “Adobe Premiere Pro CC Masterclass” will help you out. And if you want to try your hand at your own YouTube channel, the six-hour “YouTube Masterclass” is a good choice.What about making your own apps? There are courses designed for both iOS and Android. If you want to try to make it on the App Store, “The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course” has a hundred hours of useful content. Prefer the wild west of Android development? “The Complete Android N Developer Course” offers over 32 hours of instruction.More interested in creating your own electronics? Try out “Arduino Step by Step” instead. With 22 hours and 131 lectures, you’ll gain a broad understanding of how to use Arduino to develop awesome new creations.Normally, these courses can cost hundreds of dollars, but you won’t need to pay the list price if you act fast. Enter coupon code “LEARN70” during the checkout process, and you’ll save an extra 70% on your purchase.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the Skillwise website for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Early Learning Champions celebrated at awards luncheonEarly Learning Champions celebrated at awards luncheon

first_imgThe early achievement gap between children from poor and affluent families can mean the difference for later success.That was the message from Joel Ryan, executive director of the Washington State Association of Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, to a crowd full of early educators and volunteers on Wednesday. Ryan was the keynote speaker at Educational Opportunities for Children and Families’ Early Learning Champions Award Luncheon at Club Green Meadows.Ryan spoke about trends in early childhood education, saying research suggests that the gap between middle-class and poor families’ children begins as young as 18 months old.If children enter kindergarten without the skills they need to succeed in school, they’re often destined to remain behind the rest of their school experience, according to Ryan’s presentation. Other factors in a young child’s life, such as whether they’ve experienced trauma from a young age or whether their mother has a college degree, can also point to whether that child will succeed in high school and go on to graduate.“It starts so much earlier than maybe we anticipated,” Ryan told the crowd of about 200.The event also featured Clark County’s Early Learning Champions for 2017 and a video welcome from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.“Early education is one of the best investments we can make,” Murray, a former preschool teacher, said in the recorded message.Ryan dwelled briefly on politics in his speech, citing uncertainty about the future of federally funded school programs. He also mentioned political gridlock in Olympia, where lawmakers are currently in an overtime legislative session to respond to the 2012 McCleary order requiring full funding of K-12 education.“Your politics shouldn’t be a party,” Ryan said. “It should be kids.”Award winnersEOCF also recognized the efforts of local leaders in early childhood education at the luncheon.Award recipients included volunteers, educators and nonprofit workers. They are:• Debbie Jennerjohn, former EOCF parent policy council and board member.• Jane Lanigan, academic director of the human development department at Washington State University Vancouver.• Sarah Theberge, Clark College, early childhood education instructor.• Diane Loghry, director of early learning at the Camas School District.• Nancy Trevena, supervisor at EOCF.• Jan Flock, retired occupational therapist for Evergreen Public Schools.• Nonie Laurine, volunteer with the Y’s Care Children’s Program at the YWCA.• Amy Lee, youth services staff at Fort Vancouver Regional Library.• Joy Studer, director of family and children ministries at Messiah Lutheran Church.• Talia Shide, a mental health consultant with Children’s Home Society.• Karen Kunkler, benefits counselor with Colonial Life Insurance.Jennerjohn, owner of truck repair company Ultimate Truck Service, received the Alan Ham Leadership Award, opening the day’s award ceremony. The award, named for the first board chair of EOCF, honors a leader committed to young children.last_img read more

Southgate keeping the faith despite defeatSouthgate keeping the faith despite defeat

first_imgEngland boss Gareth Southgate has decided to stick with the positives, despite Saturday’s defeat against Spain at Wembley.The Three Lions’ raced to an early lead thanks to Marcus Rashford’s sublime finish, but goals from Saul Niguez and Rodrigo secured victory for Spain“It was a really tough game,” said Southgate.“They are a top, top side and I think for spells kept the ball incredibly well, pressed us and we didn’t keep the ball in the early part of the game well enough.“But I’ve got to give the players enormous credit because it was a game where we could’ve folded and disappeared but we didn’t.“We hung in there, and in the last 25 or 30 minutes we really came into the game, kept the ball a lot better and created some good chances and could well have got a draw out of it.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We’re under no illusions that Spain were the better team for long periods of that but they are brilliant at what they do, and we are in the early stages of what we’re trying to do.“They pressed extremely well, and it took us a while to work out where that press was coming from and find a solution to it. We did it a couple of times, but at the moment we’re still finding our feet in playing out from those areas.“Now we have a choice. We can either go back to our old style, and we’ll never be a top team, or we can keep trying to do what we do and suffer at times.“We have got some players who can do it, others who are improving at it and for me, it’s the way I believe we should play.“It takes time. We’ve come a long way in a short space of time and today was as tough a test as you could have against a team that presses like that and are so good in possession.“I think at the moment we have to stick with the plan, stick with what we’re doing and just get better at doing it.”last_img read more

Additional Details Emerge In Kenai Double HomicideAdditional Details Emerge In Kenai Double Homicide

first_imgMasonn Byrd, 25, of Kenai was taken into custody for the Sunday morning shooting deaths of Lisa Rutzebeck and her mother  Rachelle Armstrong. Byrd’s phone pinged a cell tower in the neighborhood three minutes before the murders were reported, according to the documents. “MASONN BYRD was interviewed and denied involvement. DWIGHT DAVIS, MASONN’S grandfather, was also interviewed. DWIGHT stated that MASONN had told him, the morning after the shooting, that he shot the two women and that he was going to throw the gun into the river. MASONN also told DWIGHT that the shooting occurred over money and that he thought he would get away with it because there were no witnesses.” According to court documents, “During a review of RACHELLE (SHELLY) ARMSTRONG’s cellphone, multiple conversations related to dealing drugs were located. Additionally, the records indicated that SHELLY owed MASONN BYRD money for a drug debt. Their text conversations continued throughout the day and finished approximately 20 minutes before the murders. Police found the two women in an apartment on California Avenue with gunshot wounds to the head and bullet casings for a .380-caliber automatic.  Byrd faces two charges of first-degree murder, he was arraigned in Kenai Wednesday morning. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Kenai man that was arrested late Tuesday in connection with the murder of two women told a family member it was over an unpaid drug debt, according to court documents. In one of the texts on the day of the murder at 4:29pm, MASONN wrote, “I just done with dealing with people Ima end up hurting someone lol” SHELLY replied that she understood and is trying to get others to pay her the money they owe to her.” At this time the investigation is ongoing. Additional details will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more

Even light rain sees overflowing of drainsEven light rain sees overflowing of drains

first_imgAmberpet: A small amount of rainfall on Tuesday led to water logging at Bathukamma Kunta in Bagh Amberpet division. Rain water in colonies is reminding the canals. As there are no precautions taken by the officials, water level is reaching up to the knees after the rainfall. In case of heavy rains, water is also entering houses. Residents urge the officials concerned to find a permanent solution to the issue.last_img

TRSV leader Srinivas Yadav demands apology from Bandi SanjayTRSV leader Srinivas Yadav demands apology from Bandi Sanjay

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Students wing TRSV leader G Srinivas Yadav on Friday demanded that BJP MP Bandi Sanjay apologise for his comments terming Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s Cabinet Ministers as Telangana traitors. Addressing a press conference here, TRSV leader said that it was unfortunate that Karimnagar BJP MP Bandi Sanjay was talking irresponsibly. “He is saying Ministers of the Chief Minister cabinet are Telangana traitors. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us It seems BJP leaders are not happy with the formation of Telangana hence Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the past made comments like Congress killed mother to save a child,” Srinivas Yadav said. The TRS student wing leader said when Telangana society wanted the MLAs to resign during the Telangana agitation, all the TRS MLAs resigned but the then BJP president ran away to America without resigning. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us He also said the TRS activists visited door to door campaigning for BJP’s E Lakshminarayana in Nizamabad but Bandi Sanjay did not even cross Karimnagar. “If Sanjay has commitment, he should raise the issues like Railway Coach factory in Warangal, Steel Factory in Bayyaram, Turmeric Board in Nizamabad in Parliament,” the TRS leader said. Yadav said people of Nizamabad ensured victory of Dharmapuri Arvind after Union Minister Rajnath Singh assured to setup Turmeric Board in the district. It has been three months since Arvind got elected but there is no word on Turmeric Board, he said. The BJP leaders are under the illusion that they have strong support in Telangana after winning four Lok Sabha seats, he said.last_img read more

Indian student in the US shot dead in gas station robberyIndian student in the US shot dead in gas station robbery

first_img(Representational image)CCO Public domainA 30-year-old Indian student was shot dead in Alabama, United States, on July 24. The victim, identified as Neil Kumar, was working part-time at a gas station convenience store on Highway 10. Visuals from three CCTV cameras in the store show the assailant, dressed in black and face covered, pointing the gun at Neil.One of the videos shows the assailant lurking in the parking lot for a while around 5:55 AM, five minutes before the store opened. In another CCTV footage that shows the entrance of the shop from the inside, the assailant is seen entering the store, pointing his gun at Kumar and robbing the store. The time stamp on the videos revealed that the assailant was in the store for less than a minute. Although the videos do not show any struggle, Kumar was killed almost immediately. Reports state that the arrested suspect has a criminal background. The murder shocked Brundidge with the sheriff telling the media, “It’s been many, many, many years since Brundidge had a robbery/homicide.”Kumar was based in Kerala’s Thrissur. He had gone to the US to pursue his Master’s in Computer Science at the University of Troy in Brundidge, reported The News minute. He had been studying in the US for a year.His parents Purushothaman Kumar and Seema and his sisters Neema and Natasha flew to Alabama for Neil’s funeral.last_img read more

Stop Ignoring Your Smart Speakers Privacy FunctionsStop Ignoring Your Smart Speakers Privacy Functions

first_imgStay on target I use my Amazon Echo almost daily: to set tea or cooking timers, to check the news and weather, to play The Greatest Showman soundtrack for the millionth time.In the four months since we bought the heavily discounted smart speaker (thanks, Amazon Prime Day!), I’ve never really worried about Alexa invading my privacy.But, according to new research from the University of Michigan School of Information, perhaps I should start.A study, published in the journal Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, suggests most people fall into one of two smart-speaker camps:Non users, who don’t see the utility of the devices, and don’t trust their manufacturersUsers, who trade privacy for convenience, with different levels of deliberation and privacy resignationLead author and assistant professor Florian Schaub finds the latter group most troubling.“People were resigned to giving up their privacy, and they rationalize this choice by saying it’s just a little more data that Google is getting or Amazon is getting about me,” he said in a statement.“It shows a dangerous and creeping erosion of privacy and privacy protections,” Schaub continued. “These technologies are slowly chipping away at people’s privacy expectations.”It’s common knowledge that smart speaker makers are listening in on your high-tech conversations; they’re definitely keeping track of what’s been said. But not for nefarious reasons. Mostly to ensure products don’t miss a request by being too slow.That’s the least of your problems, though: As the study points out, the Internet of Things (that network of Web-connected devices, vehicles, and home appliances) acts as a bullseye for hackers. You’re basically inviting someone to break into your speaker and infect it with malware.“Current privacy controls are just not meeting people’s needs,” Schaub said.And don’t forget, it was just last week a judge ordered Amazon to turn over recordings from an Echo speaker that may be a “witness” to a New Hampshire murder.These gadgets do come with built-in privacy protectors—like an app that lets you delete recorded information, or a microphone mute button. It’s just that most people don’t know about them.“When asked how they could stop their speakers from listening, multiple current users attempted to address this by saying ‘Alexa, stop listening,’ or ‘Alexa, stop recording,’ showing how users naturally assume that they would be able to engage with these privacy controls with their voice,” Josephine Lau, first author of the study, said. “However, current speakers do not support this.”Unruffled by the University’s research? Still eyeing that rock-bottom-priced speaker for the holiday season? Schaub recommends everyone in the household participates in a conversation about what it means to welcome Alexa or Google into your life.More coverage on Times Your Smart Speaker Got WeirdThese ‘Alexaphones’ Blend Modern Convenience With Vintage ChicThe Dream of the ’90s Is Alive in ‘Furlexa’ Hybrid Speaker‘SNL’ Introduces ‘Amazon Echo Silver’ for Seniors Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantGoogle Defends Letting Humans Listen to Virtual Assistant Queries last_img read more

Update Crazed dog found foaming at the mouth and suspected of havingUpdate Crazed dog found foaming at the mouth and suspected of having

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A crazed and aggressive dog, that was foaming at the mouth and suspected to have rabies, was put down early this morning by a local vet. The neglected crossbreed dog was female and was unable to stand up properly. However, when approached, it would snarl and lunge.The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) received a complaint from a resident of Van Riebeeck Park on Saturday morning about an aggressive dog in the area. League workers immediately went out to investigate.Annamarie Koen of the AACL was heartbroken when they arrived and found the dog in a terrible state. It was foaming from the mouth and could not stand properly.Due to its aggression, a catch pole had to be used to capture the dog. It was immediately taken to the kennels on the N11.They tried feeding and giving the dog water, but she refused to eat or drink throughout the weekend (a clear sign of textbook rabies).Also read: AACL does not pick up stray animals in Ladysmith Also read: Abused dog put downAlso read: Abused Great Danes removed from ownerAnnamarie told the Ladysmith Gazette that the dog was very aggressive and they had to isolate her from the other animals at the kennels.Early this morning (March 27), the dog was taken to a vet and put down.The league is waiting patiently for the test results to see if the dog had rabies or not.“It is really sad to see an animal suffering like this. Pet owners need to make sure that their animals are well looked after,” says Annamarie.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

US Apple sales perked up in January after sloUS Apple sales perked up in January after slo

first_img U.S.: Apple sales ‘perked up’ in January after slo … The Michigan Apple Committee has granted ÚS$309,000 in funding for research that aims to improve its industry, specifically in areas including profitability and production, new markets and products, and consumer trends and insights. The funding, which was approved at its annual March board meeting, will enable 11 new research projects to be carried out in 2019.According to the Michigan Apple Committee’s executive director Diane Smith, the projects are on “everything from the best way to store apples to the best way to grow apples”.”They’ll look at a lot of different areas from the maturity, pests and diseases, just about everything you can think of that might affect the production of apples.”Smith says the majority of the studies the committee funded were proposed by researchers the group has previously worked with. They’ll present their findings in December, when the Great Lakes Fruit and Vegetable Expo is held in Grand Rapids. In the meantime, Michigan’s apple industry is doing well despite difficulties, says Smith.  Chile edges closer to Vietnamese market access for … April 05 , 2019 Argentina leads the way in organic pome fruit expo … center_img China: apple prices soar, concerning Beijing … Commenting on the changing political landscape, she explains: “We have definite challenges with trade right now. we have a lot of tariffs that have been placed on U.S. apples in retaliation for the tariffs that have been placed on steel and aluminum, and so those have… hit U.S. apples in various export markets.”Also, NAFTA [the North American Free Trade Agreement] was a great trade agreement for apples and with the new USMCA [United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement] that we’re waiting on, it would equally be fine for us but we need something passed. “Another hot topic always for us is labor–making sure that we have a consistent labor force. We’re hoping that, at some point, the government can work out the immigration issues we have in this country so that we have a reliable workforce.”Still, Smith says Michigan produced 24 million bushels this year and reports good domestic market sales.One of the reasons she gives for this is Michigan’s “prime location”.”We’re close to Chicago and many big populated locations where we’re considered the local apple, so that’s something that’s always really important for us. Our production was pretty average for this past year, and we had great quality for our fresh crops. It was a good year for that.” You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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first_imgDowntown Dubai at night showing the Burj Khalifa and FountainWithin months of the successful opening of its first hotel in Dubai on Jumeirah Beach Road, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has announced the development of a second, complementary location in the heart of the city’s International Finance Centre.“Our entry into Dubai has been extremely well received by locals and global travellers alike, and we are very pleased to be able to offer them a second Four Seasons experience in the city,” said Allen Smith, President, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.“We look forward to building on our reputation with our second hotel, at the epicentre of the financial district.”Four Seasons Hotel Dubai at DIFC, expected to open in 2016, is conceived as a sophisticated oasis where international business travellers in particular will find their every need anticipated and where local executives will find a favoured place for informal meetings, entertaining colleagues and celebrating the day’s achievements.“The strategic location within DIFC was carefully chosen to cater to high end business travellers and will be of the highest quality,” added Shahab Lutfi, Chief Executive of Bright Start which also owns Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.At the same time, Four Seasons also announced the appointment of veteran hotelier Carlo Stragiotto as GM of the new hotel.“Carlo is the ideal choice to lead the team at our second location in Dubai, and we look forward to his unique insights as we create this luxurious hotel in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities,” says Christian Clerc, President Hotel Operations – Europe, Middle East and Africa.13 May 2015last_img read more

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first_imgNew York’s Palace Hotel and Lowell Hotel have teamed up with Versace: Starting now, guests of either hotel will receive $200 off a purchase of $800 or more.Additionally, a Versace representative will come to the hotel suites to showcase the collection or guests can have a private preview at the Versace Fifth Avenue boutique. Just be sure to bring the gift certificate below.For more information, contact Courtney Debaun at Versace, (212) 317-0224. Visit

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2018 3:28 am PDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2018 at 4:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ariana Grande has released her first song since a 2017 terrorist attack during her concert in the United Kingdom.The 24-year-old posted a video of “No Tears Left to Cry” on Instagram on Friday.The emotional song includes the lyrics: “Right now I’m in a state of mind/ I wanna be in like all the time/ Ain’t got no tears left to cry/ So I’m pickin’ it up, I’m pickin’ up.”Grande suspended her Dangerous Woman Tour after a terrorist bombing killed 22 and injured more than 500 at Manchester Arena in May 2017. She returned for the One Love Manchester charity concert weeks later. Ariana Grande releases new song, first since 2017 bombinglast_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 28, 2019 8:42 am PDT ‘Will and Grace’ star to present icon award to Kids in the Hall at CSAs Actor Eric McCormack is pictured in Toronto as he promotes the television sitcom “Will and Grace” , on Thursday, June 8, 2017. “Will and Grace” star Eric McCormack is slated to toast the Kids in the Hall at the Canadian Screen Awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young TORONTO — “Will and Grace” star Eric McCormack is slated to toast the Kids in the Hall at the Canadian Screen Awards.The Toronto-born actor will present the subversive comedy troupe with this year’s Academy Icon Award at the televised ceremony on March 31.McCormack is among a number of recognizable faces added to the CSAs broadcast, which will go hostless from the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.Other presenters include “Sliders” actor Jerry O’Connell, singer Jann Arden, “Workin’ Moms” creator Catherine Reitman and the stars of the “Baroness von Sketch Show.”Cast members from “Kim’s Convenience” will also be part of the ceremony, which organizers say will kick off with an opening bit from a number of the presenters.Among the other highlights, “Murdoch Mysteries” actor Jonny Harris and “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” comic Susan Kent will present Newfoundlander Mary Walsh with the Earle Grey Award for her body of work.And Toronto actor Stephan James, whose role in “If Beale Street Could Talk” has made him a rising star in Hollywood, will be honoured with the inaugural Radius Award given by his brother Shamier Anderson.Filmmaker Deepa Mehta will also receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more