Mueller: Special counsel probe did not exonerate Trump

first_img(AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday he believed he was constitutionally barred from charging President Donald Trump with a crime but pointedly emphasized that his report did not exonerate the president. He cautioned lawmakers who have been negotiating for his public testimony that he would not go beyond his report in the event he appears before Congress.The comments were Mueller’s first public statements since his appointment as special counsel two years ago.“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said. “We did not however make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”Trump, who has repeatedly and falsely claimed that Mueller’s report cleared him of obstruction of justice, modified that contention somewhat shortly after the special counsel’s remarks. He tweeted, “There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed!”Mueller’s statement came amid demands for Mueller to testify on Capitol Hill about his findings and tension with Attorney General William Barr.Barr has said he was surprised Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president had criminally obstructed justice, though Mueller in his report and again in his public statement Wednesday said that he had no choice because of a Justice Department legal opinion that says a sitting president cannot be indicted.Mueller, for his part, complained privately to Barr that he believed a four-page letter from the attorney general summarizing his main conclusions did not adequately represent his findings.last_img read more

Vulnerable AV Software, When the Cure is a Problem

first_imgSecurity can introduce new risks.  A disturbing research report Opens in a new windowemerged exposing serious weaknesses in mainstream Anti-Virus (AV) applications.  Software which is protecting millions of computers from malware, is itself vulnerable to attack and compromise.  We all place trust and faith in our AV solutions to protect our devices, data, and experiences.  Predominately client based software, they are at risk of containing vulnerabilities in their programing, just as any other application.  Proper development, coding, and quality assurance testing are key to keeping all types of software free from bugs and potential exploitation. The very tools we rely upon for security may be turned against us.  An attacker could exploit one of these weaknesses and compromise the device.  This is not acceptable.  Security technologists must drive to earn trust.  It begins with the components they use, designs they create, software they write, and the manufacturing process to pull it all together.  The tech industry as a whole has the growing responsibility to produce secure software, hardware, and services.  The software sector already struggles with a dreadful number of flaws as they race to release new versions.  Security software must be held to a higher standard, as they have built their customer bases with the expectation of providing additional protection against lesser software.The good news is two-fold.  First, this research came to light by upstanding researchers who made the information publicOpens in a new window, been working with some of the vendors directly, and strongly advocates all security vendors go back and thoroughly test their products.  The alternative, only malicious groups knowing of these vulnerabilities, could spell disaster for many.  Secondly, most of the AV vendors quickly responded with fixes and likely have taken this bruising experience as motivation to further enact more robust development and testing as part of their release process.As for the security industry as a whole, we must all learn from this experience.  No matter your role, we are all responsible for good processes, ethical practices, and to foster growing trust with every user of technology.Twitter:  @Matt_Rosenquist     IT Peer Network: My Previous Posts LinkedIn:  http://linkedin.com/in/matthewrosenquistMy Blog:  Information Security Strategylast_img read more

No place for record-breaking athletes in Indian squad for Pakistan National Games

first_imgThe tiny South Indian state of Kerala is fast proving to be an athletic paradise. The 18th Inter-State Athletic Meet ended in a blaze of glory for its representatives as they aggregated 157 points to claim the overall championship for the third time in a row. The achievement at Hissar,The tiny South Indian state of Kerala is fast proving to be an athletic paradise. The 18th Inter-State Athletic Meet ended in a blaze of glory for its representatives as they aggregated 157 points to claim the overall championship for the third time in a row. The achievement at Hissar this year was the third leg of the hat-trick that had begun at Quilon in 1978, and gathered momentum at Hyderabad last year. Kerala had also won the championship in 1972 at Kottayam.Quite a few groans could be heard at the Nehru Stadium as local favourites Punjab narrowly failed to dislodge Kerala from the top spot. In a needle finish, Punjab logged just six points fewer, to finish runners-up. And in the ultimate analysis, it was the high number of outright victories – gold medals – by a few outstanding Kerala athletes that turned the tide in their favour. Punjab bagged as many as 45 medals, a tally that was 5 medals more than Kerala’s, but the southern state’s 19 golds weighed heavily in the balance against Punjab’s 16.Two national marks fell during the course of the championships, while 20 meet records were obliterated. And all this on a sub-standard track, that had most athletes grumbling bitterly. The credit for lowering the national marks went to Phool Kumar of Bihar who pitch-forked himself to a new high in the pole vault; and Haryana’s debutante Jagwanti Ahlawat, who raced ahead of the field to beat by a clear 10.4 seconds, the 3,000 metres national mark set at Jamshedpur last year by Mary Thomas. It was indeed ironical that the only woman to break a national mark could not find a place in India’s squad for the Pakistan National Games in Karachi in March.Jagwanti was not the only athlete to suffer at the hands of the officials of the Amateur Athletic Federation of India (AAFI), who made the selection of the 18-member team in an arbitrary and off-hand manner.Pretexts: Prominent among the names missing were those of Jagwanti and India’s sprint queen, Rita Sen. While the excuse given for dropping the Haryana distance runner was that she would not stand a chance against the powerful Chinese athletes who would be competing at Karachi, the reason for axing Rita has surprised sports enthusiasts. Rita creditably finished the 100 metres on the crumbling clay track in 12.1 seconds, just ahead of Kerala schoolgirl, 15-year-old P.T. Usha. The Bengali athlete pulled a muscle while running in the 400 metres, and was advised by her coach Kamaljit Sandhu to pull out of the 200 metres.It was a bitter pill for the in-form Rita to swallow, though the girl chosen in her place, P.T. Usha, is a tremendously promising runner, and should benefit from international experience. She was well above the general standard in the Under-16 category, almost contemptuously torpedoing three meet records.India’s fastest man to date, Gnanasekharan finally met his Waterloo. The ageing Tamil Nadu sprinter, who had come back from the 1978 Bangkok Asian Games with a silver medal, was beaten to second position by Maharashtra’s Inter-University champion, Adil Sumariwalla. Gnanasekharan’s bogey has always been his starling trouble. Adil was off from the block like a shot, those initial two strides helping him pip his more famed adversary at the post.Asiad golden girl Geeta Zutshi is on the mend again after almost a year of poor performances. She set about determinedly to obliterate the 1, 500 metres meet record. and maintained that she could have done better on a decent track. India has also found a successor to the tiny barefoot distance runner Shivnath Singh. Shivnath, who had bagged a gold and silver at the 1974 Teheran Asiad, was beaten into second place by Inder Singh by a hair’s breadth. These athletes should do their country proud at Karachi.advertisementlast_img read more

Narsingh Yadav plight not good news for Sushil Kumar

first_imgWhile wrestling circles are abuzz with several controversy theories circulating on Narsingh Yadav doping case, a couple of former national coaches close to Sushil Kumar, India’s double Olympic medallist, have rubbished them as nothing but a product of ‘wild imagination’.They’ve also ruled out any chance of Sushil saying ‘yes’ for Rio trip as Narsingh replacement, if at all circumstances demand at some stage in coming weeks. (WFI sense conspiracy)Vinod Kumar, former chief national wrestling coach of the Indian team in London Games 2012, said he does not believe in allegations of Narsingh’s food being spiked. (Did intruders spike Narsingh’s food at SAI centre?)”All these things and theories that someone mixed something in his food don’t convince me. He should’ve been more careful being such a big wrestler. In my view, I consider it as a mistake made by the wrestler. He might have taken it (banned substance) by mistake or it would’ve got into his body somehow. He should’ve been careful. I don’t think there can be any conspiracy, some mistake has been committed. Many players have been caught in doping before. Before CWG 2010 we had three cases, players have been taking such stuff before also,” Kumar told India Today. (Sushil supports Narsingh)Sushil, as he himself revealed in an audio message on Twitter Monday afternoon, has not been training much ever since it was decided that Narsingh will be representing India in 74kg weight category after a legal battle.very unfortunate 2 see the Wrestling go through this. I hv given my life to ot& wl always support fellow wrestlers pic.twitter.com/CUsbIGf8Gbadvertisement Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) July 25, 2016″Sushil has made up his mind not to fight, participate in Rio. He was at his peak when the court case was going on but has left full training since last one month or more after that judgement came. If Narsingh also doesn’t go, it will be a huge blow as we won’t get a medal in this weight category at all now,” Kumar rued. (Can’t say if Narsingh will go to Rio until probe is over, says Sports Minister)He also said that wrestling federation should have let players buy their own food supplements, as was the practice before.”Earlier, players used to buy their own boxes of food supplements but now federation gives them. It wasn’t a good decision, wrestlers should have been allowed to buy their own food supplements like before. What if it is found out that the food supplement that Narsingh was taking was contaminated?”Unlike before, there is no doctor with the team now. Earlier, there was a doctor with the team and players consulted him before eating anything.” (Narsingh wants a CBI probe)’NARSINGH HARDWORKING’Kumar’s colleague and former assistant national coach of the senior Indian wrestling team, Yashvir Singh, agrees.Singh trained Sushil, Yogeshwar and Narsingh in London 2012 and also Glasgow Games two years later.”Narsingh has been with me in camps, he’s very simple and a hardworking kid. I still can’t believe he would’ve done something like this but yes some lapse happened somewhere and he’s paying for it. But, let me make one thing very clear. I was with senior Indian team for a period of 13-14 years and never ever I came across such conspiracy theories which are doing the rounds since Narsingh case came to light in last few days. When wrestlers were caught doping just 20-25 days before CWG 2010, nobody said or accused someone,” said Singh.He also made it clear that there is no point in Sushil going to Rio now.”Sushil would have definitely won a medal had the court decided in his favour. But he stopped proper training after that. He wanted to win a third medal for the country and mere participation wasn’t his goal. He isn’t ready now, is not at his peak anymore and been training loosely. Saying no is best option for him,” he added.last_img read more

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku end Derby’s resistance

first_imgShare on Facebook A Rashford corner from the left found Lukaku’s head but he could not direct it and the same player’s cross moments later was missed completely by Mata’s head.All of this illustrated a troubling lack of requisite quality in the danger area and when Lawrence fired at Romero, who dived to his right, this was as accomplished as anything United had produced.Mourinho’s men quickened the tempo yet a hint of desperation remained. Rowett brought on Matej Vydra for Winnall and Derby’s manager may have seen a credible replay move into sight. But Lukaku’s second confirmed victory and a potential warm weather break in Dubai.According to Mourinho, this rests on Stoke City not drawing with Coventry City in their tie as United are due to face them on Monday week. If the Potters do have a replay then United’s league meeting with Mark Hughes’s side is moved to Saturday week and may curtail or even mean there is no trip. Scott Carson stretches to save Juan Mata’s free-kick. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters Manchester United seemed destined for an unwanted replay before Jesse Lingard again took responsibility, scoring a superb eighth goal in his past 10 appearances with six minutes remaining, which was followed by Romelu Lukaku sealing the win at the end of normal time.José Mourinho’s side had appeared unable to kill off Derby County, as towards the close Marcus Rashford crashed the ball off the right post, Lukaku’s header hit the left, and Paul Pogba missed a sitter. Yet Lingard’s swerving long-range shot showed them how to do it and so United move on content. Facebook Virgil van Dijk crowns Liverpool debut to see off Everton in Cup derby Twitter Share on Messenger The same was true of United’s initial momentum: their display had flattened and they were now vulnerable. The lack of ruthlessness Mourinho can bemoan was evident when a Rashford glancing header from Mkhitaryan’s ball hit Carson’s left post. The No19 was at close range so had no excuse for missing. It was a repeat story when Mata picked him out and he could only head straight at the keeper.As the interval neared United kept pressing. A Pogba free-kick drew “oohs” from the home support as Carson saved sharply to his right. Yet at the break the tie remained deadlocked.Mourinho believed a change was required so Lukaku, who missed the win at Everton due to a head injury, replaced Mkhitaryan for the second half. The Belgian took his customary No9 berth, Rashford moved left and Lingard went in behind Lukaku.Derby, though, made the brighter start. A Lawrence free-kick from the right found Tom Huddlestone who was unlucky not to score with a shot. From here United mounted a first attack of the period. Pogba and Lukaku combined and when the latter lost the ball he quickly claimed it back. Up stepped Herrera whose attempt was deflected for a corner.This enlivened United. Pogba dug a route into Derby’s area and when the ball arrived at Mata’s feet he pulled the trigger and Carson beat the ball away. The passage reflected United’s dominance at the start of the contest. Pinterest Share via Email Read more Manchester United Derby County Share on Pinterest FA Cup Topics match reports José Mourinho hits back at Antonio Conte in escalating war of words Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Of Lingard, whose season tally is now 11, the manager said: “He is in a clear evolution. He’s comfortable in the position he plays, improving with the progressive style of the team, which makes him feel even more like a fish in the water. He’s the opposite of Marcus because Marcus scores unbelievable goals in training and missed unbelievable chances in games. I’m not worried with Marcus because his good moment will arrive. Jesse won’t lose his stability. He’s mature, he understands the game better.”Mourinho made five changes, drafting in Sergio Romero, Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Rashford. Gary Rowett’s XI showed six different personnel from their previous match, the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United, with Tom Lawrence, Andre Wisdom, Alex Pearce, Sam Winnall, Marcus Olsson and George Thorne all selected.United made a crisp start. Luke Shaw and Pogba moved the ball along the left. The Frenchman beat a Derby defender and switched possession to Lingard, who should have scored, instead lifting the shot over Scott Carson’s goal.Yet following a flurry of United chances, the visitors stroked the ball around. Lawrence, the No10 in Rowett’s 4-2-3-1, broke up the middle and reversed play to Winnall but the centre-forward was stymied. The contest had an attractive flow. Lingard and Mkhitaryan put Rashford in and after a trick to create space the striker missed a glaring chance to open the scoring. Mata’s free-kick was saved well by Carson to his right and from the ensuing corner United found themselves back-pedalling. Mkhitaryan took this short and suddenly Shaw was passing back towards the centre-circle.When the ball found its way to Johnny Russell he coasted down the left and found Martin Olsson’s head, the left-back forcing Romero to tip over. As the half-hour approached United became sloppy. Mkhitaryan gifted possession to Derby, Winnall raced forward and the Armenian was fortunate to see the attack fizzle out. Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Former College Football All-American Passed Away Today

first_imgAn overhead view of Neyland Stadium.14 Nov 1998: An overall view from inside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Volunteers defeated the Razorbacks 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /AllsportA college football great has unfortunately passed away today.Tennessee’s football program announced on Twitter that program legend John Michels has died at the age of 87.Michels, a former All-American, is considered one of the top blockers in the history of the program.Considered one of the finest blockers in program history, #VFL John Michels passed away on Thursday.Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with the Michels family at this time.https://t.co/miv9zsL9Av— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) January 10, 2019From Tennessee:Michels, who wore No. 38, was a 1952 consensus All-American and a two-time All-SEC First Team selection at offensive guard. He helped lead the Vols to the consensus national championship and a 10-0 regular season in 1951. The Vols’ offense rushed for 3,068 yards (306.8 yards per game) and 40 touchdowns – both school records – in 1951.During his senior season in 1952, Michels was awarded the Jacobs Trophy, given to the SEC’s best blocker. In his three years of varsity football, Tennessee compiled a record of 29-4-1.His bio in the 1952 Tennessee football media guide stated Michaels was “considered by the coaching staff to be the finest offensive guard in Tennessee football history.”Rest in peace, John.last_img read more

Uljanik Hands Over Discovery Ship Scenic Eclipse

first_imgScenic Eclipse, the world’s first discovery yacht that will be operated by Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, has been delivered by bankrupt Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik. The delivery of the hull 530, ordered by Malta-based PEC Limited, took place in Pula on July 26, Uljanik confirmed in a stock exchange filing.Launched in January last year, Scenic Eclipse is able to accommodate 237 passengers and 172 crew members.The ocean-going expedition ship is capable of sailing in polar waters as it has Polar Class 6 Cold DI.With a length of 168 meters and a breadth of 21.5 meters, the newbuild features the latest environmentally-friendly technologies.The delivery of the ship has been delayed due to financial issues Uljanik has been facing.In January 2019, Scenic signed a letter of intent with a consortium of DIV/Fincantieri to collaborate on building ultra-luxury discovery yachts at Uljanik yards. The aim of the JV was also to focus on completing the 22,498 GT Scenic Eclipse.Following the delivery, the newbuild is to embark on a maiden voyage scheduled for August 15, 2019. Scenic Eclipse is expected to depart Reykjavik, Iceland, on a 13-day discovery sailing ending in Quebec on August 27.Scenic recently unveiled that the ship will be christened by Helen Mirren, an English actress and Academy Award winner, in New York on September 10, 2019.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Le gouvernement provincial maintient le Programme dévaluation plafonnée pour protéger les propriétaires

first_imgLes familles, les aînés et autres propriétaires fonciers sont protégés contre les augmentations soudaines des évaluations foncières grâce à la décision du gouvernement provincial de maintenir le Programme d’évaluation plafonnée (CAP). « La valeur évaluée d’une maison peut facilement augmenter sans préavis, ce qui peut entraîner une augmentation des impôts fonciers, a dit John MacDonell, ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités. Sans ce programme, les familles et les aînés pourrait soudainement ne pas pouvoir se permettre financièrement de rester dans leur propre maison, ce qui est injuste. » La décision a été prise après un examen du Programme d’évaluation plafonnée, qui incluait la participation de nombreux groupes intéressés, notamment l’Association des municipalités de la Nouvelle-Écosse, les conseils municipaux et leur personnel, les associations de contribuables, la Fédération canadienne des contribuables et la Property Valuation Services Corporation, qui est responsable des évaluations foncières en Nouvelle-Écosse. On a également demandé aux Néo-Écossais, les principaux intéressés, de soumettre leurs commentaires. Des 1 200 réponses reçues du public, 89 pour 100 appuyaient le maintien du programme. Parmi les associations de contribuables qui ont répondu au sondage en ligne, 87 pour 100 appuyaient le programme. « En moyenne, le programme CAP permet aux personnes qui y sont admissibles d’économiser 117 $ par année. Le programme CAP aide donc les familles et les aînés à joindre les deux bouts, » a dit M. MacDonell. Le Programme d’évaluation foncière a été mis en œuvre pour la première fois en 2005 pour protéger les familles et les aînés contre les augmentations soudaines des évaluations foncières. Depuis, le programme a grandi et inclut maintenant 377 000 propriétés. Le Nouveau-Brunswick et l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard ont lancé des programmes semblables au cours de la dernière année. « Le district de Lunenburg est dans une situation unique puisqu’il inclut de nombreuses propriétés dont l’évaluation est plafonnée, des valeurs économiques plus élevées que la moyenne et un revenu moyen modeste par ménage, a dit Don Downe, maire de Lunenburg. Sans la protection assurée par le programme CAP, un grand nombre de nos résidents verraient une augmentation considérable de leurs impôts fonciers. Bien que notre conseil comprenne la complexité du programme CAP, nous ne croyons pas d’une stratégie de sortie équitable a été proposée jusqu’à présent et nous sommes d’avis que le programme doit être maintenu. » Le Programme d’évaluation plafonnée fait en sorte que les évaluations foncières des édifices résidentiels et des et des avoirs en ressources sont limitées à une augmentation en pourcentage correspondant à l’augmentation de l’indice des prix à la consommation au cours de l’année précédente. Par exemple, en 2011, l’indice des prix à la consommation a augmenté de 2,9 points de pourcentage comparativement à l’année précédente, ce qui signifie que l’augmentation des évaluations foncières en vertu du programme CAP était de 2,9 pour 100. Pour consulter le rapport d’examen du programme CAP (en anglais seulement), visitez le www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr.last_img read more

Four SLFP members resign from Government

Four Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members in the Government resigned from their portfolios today.Ministers Dilan Perera, C.B. Rathnayake, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Pavithra Wanniarachchi announced that they had resigned as they could not work with the Government. The former Ministers accused the United National Party (UNP) of taking control of the coalition Government.Dilan Perera meanwhile said the SLFP will contest the next General Election as an alliance with other political parties. He also said that talks were underway in an attempt to bridge the division between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapakse.

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BRP outperforms industry in every segment in North America fuelled by UTV

“The good news is that there is snow in North America already,” he said.“As long as the unemployment rate is low and the housing market is OK, I would say we’re in good shape.”Boisjoli is also banking on the burgeoning market for three-wheeled vehicles.BRP introduced the three-wheeled Can-Am Ryker in September, which starts at US$8,500, nearly half as cheap as its cousin, the Can-Am Spyder. A new pricing option to lease the Ryker roadster for about US$150 per month also opens up lower-income markets, the CEO said.Analyst Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets tipped his cap to BRP’s product innovation — “a key lever for market share gains.”“We are impressed by the robust results and the retail performance that led to BRP outperforming the industry in every segment in North America,” Poirier said.The company’s sales momentum speaks to the strength of the power-sport industry as a whole, he said. BRP Inc. notched record third-quarter revenues of $1.39 billion, up 14 per cent from last year and slightly above analyst estimates as demand for side-by-side utility vehicles and Sea-Doos fuelled sales growth.Net income attributable to shareholders of the Quebec-based company, which makes Ski-Doo snowmobiles, recreational watercraft and off-road vehicles, was $90.3 million or 92 cents per share in the three months ended Oct. 31.That was up from $70 million or 67 cents per share in last year’s third quarter, when revenue was $1.23 billion.Vehicle maker BRP launching ‘marine group’ after acquiring U.S. fishing boat manufacturer‘We are globally outpacing the industry’: BRP shares soar on strong earnings reportHow BRP caught a big wave, while Bombardier was left treading waterThe revenue increase was largely due to higher wholesale of year-round products and a favourable foreign exchange rate variation of $31 million.BRP’s adjusted earnings were down slightly at $102.9 million or $1.04 per share, but well above the Thomson Reuters Eikon analyst estimate of 98 cents per share.Chief executive José Boisjoli said the company’s Can-Am off-road lineup saw year-over-year sales jump to the mid-20 per cent range in a sector that grew in the single digits. Strong demand for the side-by-sides — also known as utility task vehicles (UTVs) — helped drive revenues for all year-round products to $562 million, a 21 per cent increase in its biggest product category.Sea-Doos, meanwhile, rode a third-quarter sales wave 30 per cent larger than last year’s, Boisjoli said on a conference call with investors Friday.BRP shares jumped more than seven per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange, climbing to $47.34 as the company maintained the upper end of its guidance — already raised twice in 2018.BRP expects normalized earnings per diluted share for the year to increase 30 to 35 per cent compared with the previous year, up from an earlier prediction for growth of 24 to 30 per cent.The company’s acquisition this year of the AlumaCraft Boat Co. and Manitou Pontoon Boats helped boost BRP’s marine product revenues 30 per cent to $139 million.Aluminum fishing boats and pontoons — uncharted waters for BRP — comprise more than half of the U.S. boat market, Boisjoli has said, as the company casts its line for the world’s 700 million anglers.The CEO was bullish about sales of BRP’s signature Ski-Doos as well.As long as the unemployment rate is low and the housing market is OK, I would say we’re in good shapeJosé Boisjoli, BRP CEO read more

Guyanese among 3 charged in Barbados for trafficking cocaine

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyanese busted with cocaine, cannabis onboard vessel in BarbadosOctober 20, 2013In “Crime”Guyanese man, woman charged with cocaine possession in BarbadosFebruary 8, 2015In “Crime”Guyanese nationals busted with cocaine, marijuana in BarbadosMay 27, 2015In “Crime” A squad inclusive of a Guyanese man and two Bajan women who were busted with some $625,000 (Bajan) worth of cocaine were jointly charged on Tuesday in Barbados.The Guyanese, 34-year-old Kwanza Canterbury was charged along with Barbadian entertainer, Betty Griffith-Payne, 38, of Lot 8, West Terrace Heights, St James and a 35-year-old sister, Marie Alexa Griffith, of Phillips Road, Cleavers Hill, St Joseph.The charge against the three alleged that they between November 7 and 10 at West Terrace Heights, St James, and Mason Hall Street, St Michael, Barbados had in their possession 12 kilograms of cocaine with intent to supply, traffic and conspire to traffic.In addition to the cocaine charge, Canterbury was additionally charged with being in possession of cannabis weighting one kilogram valued at $8000 (Bajan). read more

EHF CL Sunday Montpellier in Veszprem Lions in Vardars liar

← Previous Story Kiel smash Fuchse in Berlin! Next Story → “Lions” lost in Vardar’s lair – Veszprem outplay Montpellier in last attack! Here are the schedule of EHF Champions League matches on Sunday:Aalborg – PICK Szeged 16.50PSG Handball – Naturhaus La Rioja 17FC Barcelona – Besiktas 19Veszprem – Montpellier 19Vardar – RNL 19.30Vive Tauron Kielce – Motor Zaporozhye 20

Alli bilan de la pilule antiobésité après un an de succès

first_imgAlli : bilan de la pilule anti-obésité après un an de succèsFrance – En une année de commercialisation, la pilule amaigrissante Alli se place désormais à la sixième place du classement de l’automédication en France. Elle semble avoir connu le succès auprès de la population française, malgré une efficacité de traitement plutôt modeste.La pilule “miracle” le serait surtout pour le laboratoire GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), qui a débuté sa commercialisation le 6 mai 2009 dans toutes les pharmacies de France. En huit mois (de mai à décembre 2009), environ 543.000 boîtes ont été vendues à une clientèle majoritairement féminine. Le médicament serait même devenu le numéro six de l’automédication à l’échelle nationale, mais également européenne. L’efficacité modeste ainsi que les effets indésirables de la pilule ne semblent donc pas lui faire de l’ombre. A l’occasion de cette première année de lancement, GSK a publié un sondage Ifop réalisé auprès de 1.004 adultes français entre le 7 et le 9 avril 2010. L’étude révèle que 87% des personnes interrogées ont conscience qu’Alli n’est pas efficace si aucun régime alimentaire n’est suivi en parallèle du traitement et en cas d’absence d’activité physique. 88% des personnes ayant entendu parler de la pilule savent que le médicament peut provoquer des effets indésirables. En effet, la pilule anti-obésité empêche l’absorption par l’organisme de 25% du total des graisses alimentaires consommées et peut par conséquent provoquer des diarrhées graisseuses. Par ailleurs, le traitement ne peut pas être suivi plus de six mois. Après cette année de succès, le laboratoire britannique GSK envisage désormais de commercialiser la pilule “miracle” aux Philippines, à Hong-Kong et à Taiwan.Le 5 mai 2010 à 11:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Google Stadia streaming requirements lack some key internetconnection details

first_imgThink of it as being able to drive 75 mph on the highway, but then you hit the city and your speed unavoidably drops to an average of 25 mph. That number encompasses a lot of stop and go. While these services will test your network, and even in some cases include jitter and other types of network latency data in its calculations, like stop-and-go traffic it can bottleneck by surprise at any moment. And none of it even factors in a given device’s connection stability. In other words, even if you’re getting 500Mbps with no latency when Google checks your network, at any point while you’re playing, the entire block may start streaming some random playoff game in 4K HDR and those packets interweave with your game packets, interrupting how smoothly they’re flowing. Google fails to lay out any of the details, such as maximum jitter and latency, that you’d want to see before plopping down your $130/£119 for a Founder’s Edition preorder. Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw • See All E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show Computers Tech Industry Gaming Accessories Culture Mobile Apps Gaming Phones Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice E3 2019 More from E3 Google — like many of the PC cloud-gaming services — doesn’t mention the other, more important issues that usually affect your experience as exemplified by Nadia Oxford’s tweet: the network. If you’re getting potato streaming, then local network congestion is what’s mashing it.  Google: “The Stadia needs just 35 mbps to flawlessly stream 4K at 60 FPS!”Me at 36 mbps, watching my Stadia stream’s feed quality drop to “potato” again and again: pic.twitter.com/cJFfAaURJv— Nadia Oxford (@nadiaoxford) June 6, 2019 And none of this even includes the irritation of excitedly trying to launch a game, only to be told that your network isn’t up to snuff at the moment — bandwidth great but too much jitter, please try again later. I participated in the Project Stream Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey trial. The first time I ran it, it was great. The second time, unplayable. Both times Speedtest told me I had more than enough bandwidth. And that problem’s not limited to Google. Comments 5:47center_img 17 Photos E3 2019 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know 7 Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Stadia’s bandwidth requirements.  Google Google Stadia on Thursday unveiled its pricing and some of the video games you can play on its all-new service set to launch in 2020. The company also offered up some guidelines as to the types of network speed requirements it has for various qualities of gameplay: 10Mbps  for 720/60fps stereo, roughly 20Mbps for 1080/60fps HDR with 5.1 surround audio, and 35Mbps for 4K/60fps HDR video with 5.1 surround.That’s all well and good, but don’t assume that meeting Google’s internet speed requirements means you’ll be able to play at the stated quality. They’re the minimum, but not necessarily sufficient, conditions. Tags reading • Google Stadia streaming requirements lack some key internet-connection details Google Stadia: Everything you need to know When latency rises, frames and frame-rates drop, audio stutters, image quality degrades visibly, your trigger pull registers a millisecond too late and you end up dead in a puddle of your own blood while screaming at the cats in frustration. (OK, maybe that last one’s just me.)While Google has an advantage over many competitors in that it owns a lot of the network infrastructure between its game-hosting cloud servers and the edge servers which are the last point of delivery between Google and your internet service provider or cellular carrier. But there’s only so much it can do to optimize packet delivery once they leave your ISP. And while many of these services have algorithms to gracefully fall back to lower levels when network issues arise, but that’s not always executed well. Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET Googlelast_img read more

Justin Ford Added to 2019 Football Recruiting Class

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Justin Ford, considered one of the top junior-college prospects in the nation, has signed a financial agreement to continue his career at the University of Louisville, head coach Scott Satterfield announced on Monday.Ford played two seasons at Golden West Community College, collecting 41 tackles and three interceptions over that span. The 2018 campaign saw the 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back collect 31 stops and a team-high three interceptions in guiding the Rustlers to a 6-5 record.”Justin is a great addition to our class and will add depth to our secondary,” Satterfield said.  “He has the size we look for at that position and he displayed an ability to find the ball in the air.  I’m excited for him to join our program this year.”Ford totaled a season high five stops and an interception in a 17-14 win at Grossmont and equaled his season high with five tackles in a season-ending loss to Cerritos.A native of Concord, N.C., Ford was considered a top-100 junior college prospect by both Rivals and 247Sports. Ford was ranked by Rivals as the No. 88 recruit and the No. 12 cornerback, while 247sports ranked Ford as the No. 99 recruit and the No. 11 junior-college cornerback. A graduate of Cox Mill High, Ford will be eligible to compete this fall for the Cardinals. He chose Louisville over Auburn, Kentucky, Utah, Iowa State and Colorado. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Play These Cool Super Mario Maker 2 Levels

first_img Last week we published my review of Super Mario Maker 2 and I still stand behind it. After three weeks of playing the game I felt I had a good handle on its robust and intuitive 2D Mario creation tools. The private server for other games journalists was big enough to show me cool ideas I never would’ve considered. And the way in which the game became an unexpected bonding activity for me and my girlfriend continues to delight.But the real strength of Super Mario Maker comes from the community of creators all sharing levels with each other. That’s why even if the Wii U GamePad was a slightly more convenient editing interface, the exponentially increased exposure the game will get on the far more popular Nintendo Switch will end up being a better boon. Just make sure to get a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.So it wasn’t shocking at all when Super Mario Maker 2 basically became an entirely new game to me following its public launch late last week. All of a sudden we were inundated with countless new courses to play made by a bigger brain trust. Within hours the truly infinite Mario game was in our hands. Here are just a handful of the coolest Super Mario Maker 2 levels I played during the launch weekend. Type in the ID on Course World and check them out for yourself. And this is only the beginning.Lil Moonlight SwingOkay so maybe this isn’t fair because this is my own level, but this is my article. My original Super Mario Maker 2 levels were wiped when the game went public. So I spent some time remaking them. But that’s okay because these second drafts ended up much stronger. The original “Lil Moonlight Swing” was just about annoying you with swinging claws and tilting seesaws with Hammer Bros. on them. This new level adds some zero gravity night theme action and dope Super Mario Galaxy music. If you like this one, check out my other levels “1-2 Switch” and “The Tragedy of Bullet William” that mess around with the Super Mario 3D World mechanics.Monty Mole InfestationA level from a friend of mine, “Monty Mole Infestation” has great theming with the subterranean critters coming from all directions in the dank cave. There are so many that taking them out with a fire flower feels like a blessed cleansing and not animal abuse. But what makes the level more impressive is how it uses the unique way Monty Moles emerge and chase after you compared to other enemies to up the tension.Super Mario Sunshine’s Sand BirdCritics say that extreme difficult is the only way Super Mario Maker 2 levels can be clever but I think this course refutes that. A 2D translation of a sequence from Super Mario Sunshine, you must ride on the back of a massive flying “bird” made up of carefully arranged blocks with wings. It’s not that hard, and because you aren’t stressed you can appreciate the intricate beauty of this blocky beast in motion.Suntouch SanctuaryAnother level that’s exceedingly clever without being punishingly difficult, “Suntouch Sanctuary” has the sense of place and twisty puzzle-solving mechanics of a Legend of Zelda dungeon. Solving each room on your first pass is a joy and I almost jumped out of my seat when a last-minute power-up recontextualized my approach to the entire level and the way forward. The desert theme also seems like a fun homage to Super Mario Land.Doodle JumpmanAnother level from a friend of mine, “Doodle Jumpman” takes advantage of Super Mario Maker 2’s new vertical sub-areas. Whether you’re jumping on clouds, falling donut blocks, or launch springs, just keep going up and don’t look down. The allusion to Doodle Jump also highlights how theming your level off of a different game can be a great starting point for creativity.Shlooter!This level from Kotaku’s Chris Kohler is a fun shoot ‘em up showcase for the Koopa Clown Car, a cool example of new level clear condition like collecting a certain amount of coins, and a scathing indictment of modern game design trends. I’d still rather play this them Destiny or Anthem or The Division though.Super Meat Bros. ForeverWhile we’re waiting for the actual Super Meat Boy sequel, you can play this sequel to one of the deadliest courses in the original Super Mario Maker. Created by GameXplain’s Andre Segers, “Super Meat Bros. Forever” channels the spirit of the original masocore platformer with forced fast scrolling, tightly packed spinning blades, and a reliance on ultra-precise platforming technique like the mid-air spin. I still haven’t cleared the opening jump.Buy Super Mario Maker 2 Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch Stay on targetlast_img read more

Googles eventdriven serverless platform Cloud Function is now generally available

first_imgEarly this week, Google announced the general availability of its most awaited service Cloud Function at its Google Cloud Next ‘18 conference, San Francisco. Google finally managed to board the serverless bus, that it missed two years ago allowing AWS and Azure to reach their current milestones. This move takes the current cloud platform war to a new level. Google’s Cloud Function now directly competes with Amazon’s Lambda and Microsoft’s Azure Functions. Of late, application development has changed massively, with developers now focusing on application logic instead of infrastructure management, thanks to serverless computing. Developers can now prioritize agility, application quality, and faster deployment with zero server management, auto-scaling traffic management, and integrated security. Source: Google Cloud website Google’s event driven serverless platform showcases the ability to scale automatically, run codes in response to events, pay while your code runs, and zero server management. Cloud Functions can be used to build: Serverless application backends Developers can quickly build highly available, secure and cost-effective applications as a connective layer of logic is present in Cloud Functions that helps integrate and extend GCP and third-party services. In other words, you can directly call your code from any web, mobile, or backend application or trigger it from GCP services. Real-time data processing Cloud Functions can provide a variety of real-time data processing systems as it responds to events from GCP services such as Stackdriver logging, Cloud Storage, and more. This helps developers to execute their code in response to any change in data. Intelligent applications Developers can leverage Cloud Functions to build intelligent applications with Google Cloud AI integration. One can easily introduce pre-trained machine learning models into the application that can later analyze videos, classify images, convert speech to text, perform NLP (natural language processing) and more. Developers can start making the most of Google Cloud Functions unless they are deploying functions written in Node.js 8 or Python, as these still remain in Beta. In addition to Cloud Functions, Google also announced a preview of serverless containers, a refreshed way of running containers in a fully managed environment. You can read more about this release from Google Cloud release notes. Related Links A serverless online store on AWS could save you money. Build one Learn Azure serverless computing for free – Download a free eBook from Microsoft AWS SAM (AWS Serverless Application Model) is now open source!last_img read more

Judge Upholds 96M Jury Verdict Against BBVA Compass

first_img Share A Dallas judge has entered a $96.2 million judgment supporting the fraud findings and the bulk of a December 2017 jury verdict against BBVA Compass. The bank and one of its executives were found guilty of fraud during loan renewal and modification negotiations with David Bagwell, a Tarrant County, Texas, developer last year.The recent judgment by Dallas County State District Court Judge Staci Williams preserves all but one portion of the original $98 million jury verdict and adds pre- and post-verdict interest. The judgment also preserves the jury’s $40 million payment to be made by BBVA Compass to Bagwell for punitive damages, in addition to the amount towards the actual damages. The 2017 verdict had included payments of around $38 million to Bagwell and $20 million to his related business entities. BBVA Compass disagreed with the 2017 verdict. A bank spokesperson had told Dallas News that they strongly disagreed with the jury’s findings and “will pursue all actions to remedy what it feels is an unfair verdict including an appeal upon the judgment.”The lawsuit was filed by Bagwell and grew out of his efforts to modify loan terms for his projects during the 2008-09 financial crisis. According to a statement by Boyd Powers Williamson, the legal firm that represented the developer, the trial jurors had agreed that BBVA Compass had committed fraud during a renegotiation of terms and conditions of the developer, David Bagwell’s, financing for three high-end housing projects in Colleyville, Texas.The evidence presented during the trial showed that during the 2008-09 housing crisis, BBVA Compass had “deceived Bagwell about the status of efforts to refinance his loans,” the statement by Boyd Powers Williamson said. Additionally, it said that the bank had assured Bagwell that “his loans were being renewed while the bank was simultaneously working in secret to sell the loans at a steep discount to a competing developer. Once the new developer acquired the debt, partnerships associated with the developments were forced into bankruptcy and lost control of the properties.” in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Judge Upholds $96M Jury Verdict Against BBVA Compasscenter_img Bankruptcy BBVA Compass Judgment loans Modification Refinance Verdict 2018-07-05 Radhika Ojha July 5, 2018 802 Views last_img read more

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