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England’s Quad Series hopes hanging by a thread after South Africa loss

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn The Observer England’s hopes of claiming their first Quad Series title appear in tatters after South Africa tore up the script at London’s Copper Box Arena.From the high of a repeat 13-goal drubbing of New Zealand in Liverpool last week to this shock 48-45 loss to outsiders South Africa, England now face the daunting prospect of not only having to defeat Australia on Sunday but needing to do so by at least five goals to have any chance of achieving Quad Series history.South Africa lost the opening match of this tournament 62-45 to Australia. Here they were a different team; all over England from the outset to turn all permutations on their head. The South Africans led by four at half-time and expertly held their composure despite raucous local support.This result leaves Australia, who hung on 53-50 to hand New Zealand successive defeats, in pole position with a 10-goal advantage over England. Perhaps England were guilty of complacency; of glancing ahead to the Australian challenge. England found themselves behind throughout and were frequently rattled.The normally composed shooter Jo Harten (18/22) botched the odd sitter from under the hoop and spilt the ball on another occasion. Jade Clarke had one pass tipped near the death. Others took turns remonstrating with the officials as frustrations bubbled to the surface.The England coach, Tracey Neville, lamented a poor defensive start and squandered possession which allowed South Africa’s confidence to grow, but offered no excuses for her side’s poor performance.“The girls played an outstanding match last Sunday. They’ve had plenty of rest coming into this series. What it shows to them is world-class teams need to constantly keep coming out with stellar performances. We learned a big lesson today but it’s better to learn it now than later,” Neville said. “There were times we could have won that game so I’ve got to look at our own performance.”South Africa had beaten England 13 times previously – the last a three-goal Quad Series win two years ago in New Zealand – but the hosts, now Commonwealth Games champions, were widely expected to comfortably pull away.“You never want to lose but if they can’t pick themselves up for another day tomorrow then they’re not world-class players,” Neville added. “This is a test of character – it’s about mental and physical strength.”Australia are missing star shooter and captain Caitlin Bassett with a broken forearm, and wing defence Gabi Simpson due to a leg injury, yet after two straight wins they are now firm favourites. England will need every soul in what will be a sold-out arena to take the title for the first time.The Australia coach, Lisa Alexander, turned up the heat on England too. “The pressure is right on England,” she said. “They’ve beaten New Zealand by 13 and we’ve beaten them by three so the pressure is on them.”The South African coach and former Australian mentor, Norma Plummer, predicts those in green and gold will emerge victorious. “I reckon the Aussies will take it,” she said. Topics Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here…center_img Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook match reports Netball Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Stick to your brand of cricket: Sachin Tendulkar’s advice to India head of World Cup semis

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

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UN humanitarian team helps Micronesia recover following tropical storm

The three-member assessment team, organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), was deployed after the Federal States of Micronesia’s Government requested help, OCHA said in a statement released today in New York. It is currently in Yap State, working with local officials and United States support.The OCHA team’s preliminary assessment has found that contaminated water supplies has led to reported outbreaks of communicable diseases, while shelter is needed immediately for the residents of 200 homes that were completely destroyed during the tropical storm. Power distribution in Yap State has also been disrupted.OCHA’s statement said food and water supplies should arrive from Guam and elsewhere tomorrow, but warned that the distribution of relief items could be delayed because of mechanical problems with a government ship.No casualties or injuries as a result of the typhoon were reported, thanks to an early-warning system, but low-lying areas in neighbouring islands, especially in the north and west of Yap State, suffered severe damage from the strong winds and a tidal surge. read more

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DR Congo UN mission chief deplores atrocities committed by armed group in

“These atrocities are unimaginable and are contradicting the values of humanity. This must have consequences. There cannot be impunity for such atrocious acts,” declared Martin Kobler, head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC, known as MONUSCO.In a press release issued this morning, the Mission and its chief strongly condemned multiple attacks over the past few weeks perpetrated by elements of the Mayi-Mayi Cheka armed group, in some instances jointly with Raïa Mutomboki combatants, in several villages of the territory of Masisi in the restive eastern Congolese province of North-Kivu.According to MONUSCO, at least 34 civilians, including 20 children, were brutally killed by the Mayi-Mayi Cheka elements in the different attacks in the eastern region.“I urge the Mayi-Mayi Cheka to immediately abandon weapons and to stop manipulating different ethnic groups for personal interest”, said Mr. Kobler.The Mission says that its investigations have helped to confirm extra-judicial mass executions of civilians, particularly children aged between 6 months and 17 years, “as well as other gross human rights violations which may constitute crimes under international law, including crimes against humanity, committed during these different attacks.”In one example, MONUSCO notes that on 27 September, Mayi-Mayi Cheka elements, in collaboration with Raïa Mutomboki combatants, attacked Lwibo village, killing at least 16 people, including 14 children, and burning and destroying 185 houses. read more

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Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 1 June 2012

DOWNLOAD1. ENVI Committee discusses sound level of motor vehicles2. IMCO & TRAN hold joint meeting on eCall3. European Ministers reach agreement on Horizon20204. European commercial vehicle registrations down 11.9% in April 20125. Major automotive bodies promote single standard for EV charging6. SMMT responds to EU cabotage consultation7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Painter arraigned on robberyunderarms charge

A 39-year-old painter was on Monday arraigned at the Vreed-en-hoop Magistrates’ Court on a robbery-under-arms charge when he appeared before Magistrate Crystal Lambert.Edward Gudge, of Lot 192 Back Street, Grove, East Bank Demerara pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.The Court heard that on June 1 2018, the accused- along with two others- robbed a 38-year-old Housewife of Patentia, West Bank Demerara of $440,000 in jewellery, $48,000 in cigarettes, alcohol in the sum of $396,000, $642,000 in mobile phone cards, one DVR valued at $108,000 and $500,000 cash.The three suspects were all armed.Police related that on July 20 2018, an identification parade was conducted at the Wales Police Station, where the victim managed to positively identify Gudge.Bail was granted for the accused in the sum of $200,000 and the matter was transferred to the Wales Magistrates Court, where the case is expected to continue on August 9 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMocha Arcadia man arraigned for raping minor; placed on $300,000 bailSeptember 4, 2018In “Court”“Sharky” faces multiple charges including murder, robbery underarmsJanuary 9, 2019In “Court”18-Y-0 charged with armed robberies, escaping from police custodyMarch 11, 2015In “Crime” read more

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Can you make it through this post without getting the travel bug

first_imgI KNOW, WE’RE all even more broke than usual after Christmas.But we can dream, right? How far can you get through this without checking the prices of flights?1. Look at this desert island in the Dominican Republic Source: ronsaunders472. Now observe this breathtaking waterfall on the Caño Cristales, Colombia Source: rachelcifelliIt’s known as the ‘river of five colours’ because of the dramatic shadings of the river bed.3. Here is the mountaintop ‘Heaven Lake’ in North Korea Source: ShutterstockJust to show that North Korea isn’t all grey and dull.4. Next, imagine floating around Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River, Arizona Source: Wolfgang Staudt5. Or looking out across this plateau on the Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia Source: Shutterstock6. Perhaps you’d prefer to laze on this enclosed ‘secret beach’ in Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand Source: brewbooks7. Trekking this ice cave near Juneau, Alaska also looks pretty good Source: AER Wilmington DE8. Think yourself aboard this balloon readying for a dawn flight over the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya Source: puliarf9. Or imagine walking to this overhanging pool on a nature reserve near Austin, Texas Source: Modern Relics10. Take a look at this sunset on Ruby Beach, Washington Source: Randy Wick11. And think about strolling across this carpet of bluebells in a Belgian forest Source: jinterwas12. Or you could scuba dive this coral reef off the uninhabited Palmyra Atoll in the northern Pacific Source: USFWS Pacific13. Finally, look at this photo of the Northern Lights reflected in Bear Lake, Alaska Source: Beverly & PackDo you have it yet?11 photos that will make you want to travel every inch of Ireland>32 beautiful images of Ireland from 2012>last_img read more

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Were being snapped from Mars

first_imgNASA’S CURIOSITY ROVER has captured its first images of Earth from Mars.The $2.5 billion rover has been exploring the vast Gale Crater on the plant since August 2012.This is the first picture that it’s taken of our world in that time. The distance between Earth and Mars was about 160 million kilometres at the time of the snap.The moon can also be seen below Earth in the photo. Further information and in-depth images are available from NASA here. According to agency officials, the rover watched the Martian sunset and then photographed Earth in the night sky about 80 minutes later.NASA says their Mars Science Laboratory Project is using Curiosity “to assess ancient habitable environments and major changes in Martian environmental conditions”.Read: Is there life on Mars? Ten years on the Opportunity rover is still looking>Meet the Irish man who’s been shortlisted to go to Mars and never come back>last_img read more

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Papier Machine Book Turns Paper Into Playthings

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Who new paper could be so much fun?French studio Pinaffo Pluvinage this week unwrapped Papier Machine—a collection of STEM-based electronic paper toys.The first sound-themed volume contains six interactive games, ready to be cut, folded, and assembled. All you need is a writing utensil and some imagination.AdChoices广告Described as an “interactive electronic paper toy that unveils the mysteries of electronic black boxes,” Papier Machine Vol. 0 is available now to pre-order via Kickstarter.Graphite piano (via Papier Machine)Each page is printed with silver ink that conducts electricity, allowing users to bring paper to life with a button cell, sound component, and marble ball. Play music or mini golf, challenge gravity, and learn more about the hidden world around you.“We’ve been working on Papier Machine for almost three years,” according to co-creator Agnes Agullo. “Intrigued by those black boxes around us, we started exploring our day-to-day devices.”By studying and experimenting with existing components—”MacGyver style”—the team caught on to the potential of combining paper with electronics.“Circuits hide a surprising narrative potential that we wanted to make visible,” Agullo said.A great gift for young (and young-at-heart) scholars, the €45 ($55) Papier Machine Vol. 0 includes one book of electronic paper toys, a notebook, and a poster—set to ship anywhere in the world this summer.Parents, teachers, and organizations may want to look into a the larger packs, available in sets of two (€90/$110), five (€175/$215), 10 (€350/$430) or 20 (€700/$855).In just two days, Papier Machine Vol. 0 has surpassed its crowdfunding goal, raising more than €53,830 ($65,800) from 890-plus backers.Gyroscopic race (via Papier Machine)The three-member team—designers Raphaël Pluvinage and Marion Pinaffo (after whom the studio is named) and Agnes Agullo—bonded over a “common desire to offer singular experiences for alternative learning,” according to a press release.The sound-based Papier Machine Vol. 0 is the first in a series of thematic books; there is no word on what motif will come next.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Teachers vendors renew call for Wellingara Market garbage removal

first_imgBy Fatoumatta K. JallowTeachers, vendors and residents near the Wellingara Market are renewing their incessant calls for the Brikama Area Council (BAC) to finally and completely remove the garbage dump they have been complaining about for three months now.The complaints and calls being made by these concerned members of the community for the complete removal of the garbage have been going on for months now without the matter being finally resolved by the Council.When this reporter visited the area yesterday, 22 December, following calls from those concerned, she found the place partially cleared but still with some pockets holding old rubbish.Foroyaa had earlier reported that the Council sent some workers to the site and started clearing the rubbish. Apparently, this work to remove the rubbish heap at the site stalled or was not completed. Hence, the renewed calls for the Council to remove the garbage once and for all.One of the teachers in the nearby school, who prefers anonymity, said now is the best time for the Council to come and completely remove the garbage as the pupils are on holiday.“For the sake of the health of the children, I’m appealing to the area council to send their workers to remove the garbage before school reopens after the Christmas holidays. This is the most ideal time for them to do it,” said the school teacher.Binta Barry, a charcoal seller, lamented the continued presence of garbage which, she said, is still posing a threat to their health.“Some of the waste has been collected but not everything. We have nowhere to go to and are forced to sit near the garbage,” she said.She said they are appealing to the Area Council in Brikama to completely remove the garbage for the sake of their health as vendors who are trying to make ends meet to sustain their families.Alasana Jallow, another vendor who sells prefabricated cooking utensils, reiterated similar concerns, adding that the presence of the garbage is also driving away customers as the stench from it is oppressive and unbearable.Some of the neighbourhood residents also joined in the call for the council to clear the area of garbage.last_img read more

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ADC Membership to Cast Ballots for New Officers

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR ADC members will have an opportunity to usher in new leadership for the association next month at the 2017 Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, D.C., when they vote on a slate of new candidates for board president, vice president and treasurer, and two new candidates to join the board of directors.William Parry, city manager for Gatesville, Texas, has been nominated to become ADC’s next president. Parry has been the association’s vice president since 2016 and has served on the board since 2014. He would replace Mike Cooper, chairman of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, as board president.Joe Driskill, the Missouri military advocate, has been nominated for vice president. Driskill was first elected to the ADC board in 2015. Susan Morris, a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, has been nominated to become board treasurer. She has served on the board since 2016.If elected, each officer would serve a two-year term.Members also will vote on two new candidates for the board:Maurice “Mo” McDonald, executive vice president for aerospace and defense at the Dayton Development CoalitionSteve Levesque, executive director for the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment AuthorityIf elected, each would serve a three-year term.In addition, three current board members are running for new terms. Each would fill a term of varying length:Jeff Giangiuli, consultant at Calibre (one-year term)William Parry, city manager for Gatesville, Texas (two-year term)David Anderson, CEO for Bay West LLC (three-year term)This year’s board slate reflects the association’s recent effort to overhaul its process for nominating board members and criteria for selecting candidates. Under the new selection criteria, the nominations committee seeks board members that represent a spectrum of roles critical to ADC, including community advocates, experts in installation management or redevelopment, leaders in military-community partnerships and individuals with knowledge of national defense policy issues.The annual membership meeting will take place during the ADC Leadership Breakfast on Tuesday, June 20 from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Washington Hilton. Attendance is limited to one representative from each member. To attend, please RSVP to Noah Johnson at njohnson@defensecommunities.org by June 13.last_img read more

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8Bitdos SN30 Wireless Gamepad is a Perfect Controller for the SNES Clas

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The SNES Classic Edition is easily one of the best retro gaming systems ever released. It’s perfect for retro gaming enthusiasts who want to play SNES games on modern TVs. The system is great, but like the NES Classic Edition, the cables on the SNES mini’s controllers are admittedly short. Thankfully, our friends over at 8Bitdo have come to the rescue with their upcoming SN30 Wireless Gamepad for the SNES Classic Edition.Whereas 8Bitdo’s SNES30 Game Controller was an exact replica of the SNES controller, the SN30 features a slightly different design. Instead of being one uniform color, the front of the controller features a dark grey overlay that surrounds the face buttons, d-pad, and Start and Select. The rest of the controller is light gray. The Start and Select buttons on the original SNES controller had a 45-degree angle. The SN30 has them completely horizontal. It’s not the same design we remember but it works nicely for the controller.The SN30 is plug-and-play like the SNES mini. You only need to insert the 2.4G receiver into the SNES mini, hit start on the controller, and you’re ready to go. The controller also comes with a USB cable in case you want to play PC games with it. As with most other 8Bitdo controllers, you can use the SN30 to play on PC, MacOS, and Android wirelessly via Bluetooth.For my test, I played a variety of games. These include: Star Fox, Super Castlevania IV, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, Contra III, Street Fighter II Turbo, and F-Zero. As expected, the controller worked flawlessly. It was the same experience I had when playing with the SNES30 and NES30 wireless gamepads. If there was any latency, I didn’t notice it. If not for the horizontal Start and Select buttons, I wouldn’t have felt a difference between the SN30 and the original SNES controller. Using this controller to play SNES games is actually better than it was in the 90s. You won’t have to worry about accidentally tripping over cables or yanking the console during heated gaming moments.Aside from the short cable length, the only other flaw of the SNES mini is how you needed to manually slide the Reset button on the system to access the main menu. I did this myself during my test, until I realized I could jump to the menu using the SN30. By simply pressing Down on the d-pad and Select simultaneously, you return to the main menu. With this controller, you can play the SNES mini’s wide range of games without ever having to move.Along with the SN30, there is the SF30 Wireless Gamepad. This one is functionally the same as the SN30. The only difference is the design. Where the SN30 takes its cues from the SNES controller, the SF30’s inspiration is the Super Famicom controller with its colorful face buttons. Like the SN30, this variant also features a dark grey overlay surrounding the face buttons. It also has the same horizontal Start and Select buttons. I’m more partial to the SN30, but the SF30 is great for those who like the design of the Super Famicom controller.The SNES Classic Edition is already a magnificent system, but the SN30 Wireless Gamepad makes it that much better. If you own a SNES mini, you seriously need to pick up this controller. For $24.99, you can’t go wrong by adding this to your collection of gaming peripherals.The SN30 Wireless Gamepad releases on December 10. You can pre-order it now from Amazon. For more information, make sure to visit 8Bitdo’s website.center_img Review: The 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Is an Elite Nintendo Switch Controller8BitDo’s M30 Gamepad Is the Ultimate Sega Genesis-Inspired Controller last_img read more

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New metamaterial device solves the cocktail party problem

first_img © 2015 Tech Xplore Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Duke University has found a way to solve what is known as the cocktail party problem, getting a computer to pick out different human voices among multiple speakers in a single room. In their paper, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences they describe the device they constructed and the algorithm that goes along with it. Soda can array revisited: It may not beat the diffraction limit after all In testing their system, which the team describes as combining acoustic metamaterials and compressive sensing, they found it to be 96.7 percent accurate when run with three overlapping sound sources. They believe their device could be used in speech recognition applications and perhaps sensing or acoustic scenarios as well—and with some modifications, even in hearing aids. More information: Single-sensor multispeaker listening with acoustic metamaterials, Yangbo Xie, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1502276112AbstractDesigning a “cocktail party listener” that functionally mimics the selective perception of a human auditory system has been pursued over the past decades. By exploiting acoustic metamaterials and compressive sensing, we present here a single-sensor listening device that separates simultaneous overlapping sounds from different sources. The device with a compact array of resonant metamaterials is demonstrated to distinguish three overlapping and independent sources with 96.67% correct audio recognition. Segregation of the audio signals is achieved using physical layer encoding without relying on source characteristics. This hardware approach to multichannel source separation can be applied to robust speech recognition and hearing aids and may be extended to other acoustic imaging and sensing applications.Press release Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Most people have the uncanny ability to stand among a group of people, many of whom are talking, and pick out the words that are being spoken by any given individual, at will—our brains are somehow able to combine all the necessary ingredients—pitch, tone, distance, etc. and perhaps most importantly, filtering, to allow us to process only the words being spoken by the person we are focusing our attention on. Getting a computer to accomplish the same feat has been difficult—most solutions rely on the placement of multiple microphones, though some newer approaches have relied on artificial intelligence systems. Unfortunately, most such efforts have not led to a computer being anywhere near as accurate as a human being, until now.The device developed by the team at Duke is made of plastic and is approximately pizza sized and shaped, thought it is a bit thicker—it was also constructed using a 3D printer. It is made up of 36 pie slices, or wedges, each made of a honeycombed structured acoustic metamaterial. Openings around the edges channel the sound toward a microphone that is fixed in the center of the hub. The wedges cause sound that passes through to be modified slightly in a beneficial way (attenuating certain frequencies). The sound that is captured by the microphone is then processed by an algorithm running on a computer that is able to localize what has been heard and assign words to a given speaker. The prototype sensor is tested in a sound-dampening room to eliminate echoes and unwanted background noise. Credit: Steve Cummer, Duke University (A) Measurement performed in an anechoic chamber. (Left) Photo of the metamaterial listener in the chamber. (Right) Schematic of the setup and two examples of synthesized word. (B) Measured transfer functions for the location of three speakers. Credit: Yangbo Xie, PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1502276112 Citation: New metamaterial device solves the cocktail party problem (2015, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-metamaterial-device-cocktail-party-problem.html This prototype sensor can separate simultaneous sounds coming from different directions using a unique distortion given by the slice of “pie” that it passes through. Credit: Steve Cummer, Duke University This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Custom Carmaker Creates RealLife Badass Batmobile Video

first_img Holy smokes, Batman, this thing is crazy cool.Swedish custom carmaker Caresto has manufactured a real-life Batmobile. Led by founder Leif Tufvesson, the Caresto team took design cues from the Batmobile in the popular Batman: Arkham Knight video game.Even if you’re not a comic nerd or a gear head (I’m both, sadly, proudly …), you have to see this to believe it. Check out this video from Caresto:Related: 5 Amazing Innovations Coming to CarsWhile Caresto typically builds its custom cars to customer specifications, it built this vehicle — dubbed The TGX — to take part in the Gumball 3000, a European car rally. This thing is more than a pretty bucket of bolts. For the gear heads who are reading this, here some some fun specs/details:560hp V 10 engineWheel base is more than 11 feet26-inch wheelsFully independent front and rear suspensions Body is made from carbon fiberRelated: The Best New Tech to Look Out For in 2016 and BeyondAnd, boy can she move. See the car in action in the video at the top of the page, courtesy of car blog MrJWW. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 4, 2016 Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min readlast_img read more

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Microsoft releases LinkedIn Windows 10 app web wrapper

first_imgMicrosoft releases LinkedIn Windows 10 app (web wrapper) by Martin Brinkmann on July 17, 2017 in Windows – 1 commentMicrosoft and LinkedIn announced today the release of the new LinkedIn application for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.The app, which will be rolled out gradually until the end of the month to the Windows 10 population is LinkedIn’s first application for Windows 10.The company announced earlier that it made the decision to retire the Windows Phone application.The blog posts on the Windows Experience and LinkedIn blog highlight that Windows 10 users will “enjoy a richer, more engaging and connected LinkedIn experience”.It is rather disappointing however that the new LinkedIn application for Windows 10 is pretty much just a wrapper for the LinkedIn website with some features baked on top of that.The LinkedIn Windows 10 appWhat that means is that Windows 10 users get pretty much the same experience that they get when they open LinkedIn in a web browser. The features that Microsoft added to the app are Action Center and Live Tile support, as well as support for real-time notifications.The application on top of that is only available for desktop PCs; mobile is not supported.My take on thisSome Windows 10 users will certainly like the functionality that Microsoft added to the LinkedIn wrapper. I’d like to see some stats about the use of Live Tiles and the Action Center on desktop PCs.LinkedIn does support notifications in browsers already as well however, but I don’t know if those are in real-time or delayed.Good news is that users of the app may customize which notifications are displayed and which are not in the Action Center.I cannot imagine that a lot of users make use of these features on the desktop, except maybe for a quick glance on the weather tile every now and then.My main issue with the application is that it lacks dedication. Windows Store is arguably still in its infancy when compared to the big contenders. The situation improves with every release, but if Microsoft cannot deliver powerful applications that show the strength of the Universal Windows Platform, how can the company expect that third-party developers invest resources in doing so?What is the message that Microsoft sends when Android and iOS get a custom LinkedIn application, and the company’s own Windows 10 operating system a wrapper with some added features on top of it?The only explanation that I have for the move is that Microsoft did not have the time yet to create a dedicated application for LinkedIn for Windows 10.Now You: What’s your take on the release?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft releases LinkedIn Windows 10 app (web wrapper)DescriptionMicrosoft and LinkedIn announced today the release of the new LinkedIn application for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Cisco merely blacklisted a curl instead of actually fixing the vulnerable code

first_imgLast week, RedTeam Pentesting had discovered a command injection vulnerability in the web-based certificate generator feature of the Cisco RV320 router. According to RedTeam Pentesting, the feature was inadequately patched by the vendor. On Saturday, Cisco acknowledged that it had mismanaged a patch which would give rise to a vulnerability in two router models, namely, Cisco RV320 and RV325 WAN VPN routers. The security flaws These router vulnerabilities were discovered way back in September 2018. Post four months the discovery, a patch was issued for blacklisting the curl which is a command-line tool used for transferring data online and is also integrated into internet scanners. The idea behind introducing this curl was to prevent the devices from the attackers. Cisco patches were intended to protect these vulnerable devices. And initially, it was believed that Cisco’s patches were the ideal choice for businesses. Cisco’s RV320 product page reads, “Keep your employees, your business, and yourself productive and effective. The Cisco RV320 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router is an ideal choice for any small office or small business looking for performance, security, and reliability in its network.” Around 10,000 of these devices are still accessible online and are vulnerable to attacks. Cisco’s patch could merely blacklist the curl which turned out be a major problem. In January, this year, security researcher David Davidson published a proof-of-concept for two Cisco RV320 and RV325 vulnerabilities. The security flaws patched by Cisco were: CVE-2019-1652 This flaw allows remote attackers to inject and run admin commands on the device without using a password. CVE-2019-1653 This flaw allows remote attackers to get sensitive device configuration details without using a password. But it seems instead of fixing the vulnerable code in the actual firmware, Cisco has instead blacklisted the user agent for curl. Most of the users are surprised by this news and they think that these patches can be easily bypassed by the attackers. To know more about this news, check out RedTeam Pentesting’s post. Read Next Redis Labs raises $60 Million in Series E Funding led by Francisco partners San Francisco legislation proposes a citywide ban on government’s use of facial recognition technology Cisco and Huawei Routers hacked via backdoor attacks and botnetslast_img read more

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Whats left for Costa Rica at disappointing Copa América

first_imgHOUSTON, Texas – In its most important international tournament in two years, Costa Rica has shrunken back down to size after its giant slayer role in the 2014 World Cup.Absent a miracle, its nightmarish and short-lived Copa América experience is about to come to an end Saturday against Colombia, and La Sele will have to wait another two years before it’s back on the world stage.The results here, especially the 4-0 drubbing by the United States, will leave a bitter taste until then, and most certainly bring up questions about the direction of the national team under head coach Óscar Ramírez. Though it is doing well against lesser CONCACAF foes in World Cup qualifying play so far, this latest tournament performance will not inspire anyone to expect another great run through the 2018 World Cup if Ramírez’s system remains static.The last match of Group A may seem like a pointless affair, as La Sele technically has to beat Colombia by four goals and Paraguay would have to beat the U.S. 1-0. The way they’re playing, it’s hard to imagine Costa Rica scoring a single goal, let alone four goals. Even still, this is an important match for Ramírez and his group to prove what they’ve been saying: that the blowout loss to the home team U.S. was an aberration and not representative of this selection’s true style.Put pressure on Colombia’s defenseThe Colombians are as talented as any team in this tournament and what they do so well is control the ball and mitigate the risk of turnovers with decisive moves. Though James Rodríguez gets most of the goals and recognition, midfielder Juan Cuadrado is the key piece for Colombia coach José Pékerman’s attack.The team slowly applies pressure the way a python does, by slowly strangling control of everything and not allowing its prey the strength to attack back.What the U.S. did so well against Costa Rica was to sit back and wait for the Tico attack to come to it, then outplay a ball for a turnover and counter with a quick break down the field. Against Colombia, who is far more disciplined than the U.S. on both sides, Costa Rica cannot afford lackadaisical possessions.Midfielders Celso Borges and Bryan Ruíz are La Sele’s two leaders, and they have to be present for their team for a full 90 minutes. Too often in this tournament they’ve disappeared with passive, wait-and-see play that has failed to challenge a pair of respectable defenses.This match comes down to how those two are able to cut off opportunities for Colombia in the middle and string together valuable offensive possessions that apply constant pressure on goal.Prove you do one thing wellThe world knows by now that this team’s best asset is injured goalkeeper Keylor Navas. What Costa Rica hasn’t been able to prove to the world, though, is that it can win without the Real Madrid star in net.Of course, his presence in this tournament wouldn’t have prevented Costa Rica from being last in its group (maybe the U.S. would have scored two goals instead of four), and that’s largely because Ramírez’s defense has lost any luster it once had.As it stands, La Sele is mediocre on all three levels, but it’s the five-man backline that has been most disappointing. In its first game against Paraguay the defense allowed a few first half opportunities that could have easily been goals. In its second game, the U.S. took advantage of all those equivalent opportunities that Paraguay had failed to convert on, wrecking through the center of Costa Rica’s porous-looking backline.If this team isn’t going to get it done on the attack, where it lacks consistent pacesetters, then it better be disciplined and stout on the back end. This task becomes harder against Colombia’s fleet of playmakers due to the injury of wing defender Cristian Gamboa, La Sele’s most reliable defenseman. However, Premier League player Bryan Oviedo is more than capable of taking on Colombia.With Oviedo and Kendall Waston back in the lineup, it will be up to the defense to play smarter and more aggressively than it did against the U.S., where it was caught sleeping on multiple breakaways. Colombia will provide an even bigger test to measure where Ramírez’s defense really is.Keep it competitiveIt sounds self-apparent that you would hope to stay competitive against Colombia, the world’s third-ranked team. But for a team coming off a crippling loss like Costa Rica’s, it’s necessary to avoid another embarrassing result on the world stage.“We’re not going to quit just because of one bad game,” midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda told reporters Thursday.This celebratory edition of the Copa América doesn’t count for anything in a football sense; It’s more about fighting for international respect than anything.South American teams are known for playing chippy and physical football. Costa Rica needs to assume that style itself and morph into a tougher team.Ramírez and players maintain that they’re not going to change their style of play, but it has become increasingly apparent that this team no longer has a cohesive identity to lean on.Long gone is the brilliant defensive-based strategy that led to opportune counters on offense. Ramírez has attempted to revive that World Cup defense implemented by then-coach Jorge Luís Pinto, but execution and positioning have yet to form.On Saturday, it’s about churning out a respectable product against a world-class Colombian side. Another blowout on a big stage is only going to lead to more questions and doubts surrounding this team’s future. Facebook Comments Related posts:Copa America in the U.S.: Gaffes expose rushed planning, draw ire Costa Rica heads into must-win game against United States Costa Rica’s Sele out of Korea U-20 World Cup 2017 Gold Cup: Costa Rica’s La Sele draws Canada 1-1last_img read more

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Why were marching for a secular state

first_imgYo si quiero un estado laico Costa Rica is a Costa Rican collective that seeks a secular state in which religion is separated from the government. The author of the piece is one of the collective’s spokespeople. For more information visit the collective’s Facebook page or go to the march’s Facebook event page. Facebook Comments Related posts:Osa Peninsula organization promotes human development, conservation Why we celebrate International Women’s Day Hurricane Otto: Two myths swept aside in a single night The dark side of Nicaragua Yo sí quiero un estado laico (I do want a secular state) is a collective that deeply believes that religion and the state should be separated so that the decisions made in the country as administered and executed only by the state – a state that guarantees human rights for all without the intervention of fundamentalist groups and the Catholic church.Why? In order to ensure diversity of creed, religion, culture, ethnic groups, sexual orientation and identity, and many more that manifest themselves within this society.When we say “secular,” we’re not talking about atheism or an anti-religious state, nor do we disrespect the freedom of worship. We don’t seek to deny God or any religion. We see in secularity the power to defend the freedom to choose over our bodies, education and much more. A poster that says, “I want a secular state now!” Courtesy of Yo sí quiero un Estado Laico Costa RicaA secular state would allow us to curtail hate speech from political parties that bring religion into the political decisions – parties that impede access to human rights, sex education, women’s right to decide over their bodies, transgender people’s right to have the name they choose, and the right to same-sex marriage. The poster reads: “Do you really believe that a 10- or 11-year-old girl wants to be a mother? We need sex ed now!” Courtesy of Yo sí quiero un Estado Laico Costa RicaWe also raise our voices to point out the importance of sex education in the country, which deals with the topics of sexual diversity, the right to decide, and violence towards women. We use this as a medium for young people to create a more equal society to reduce violence towards women, femicide, homo-lesbo-bi-trans phobia, and other forms of violence.At the same time, we denounce the fundamentalist groups that dangerously speak in name of God to attain political power, promote hatred and impede access to secular and scientific education.For this reason, this Saturday, Jan. 20, at 12:00 pm, we invite all those who believe in the separation of church and state to march with us. The activity will begin at the Parque Central and end outside of the Legislative Assembly.last_img read more

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Lucky Vietjet passenger wins VND100000000

first_imgLucky PassengerLucky Vietjet passenger wins VND100,000,000Travelling on flight VJ378 from Ho Chi Minh City to Chu Lai (Quang Nam Province) on 13 February 2018 proved to be an auspicious day for Mr Nguyen Hong Quang, when the lucky passenger won VND100,000,000 in cash thanks to Vietjet’s “Enjoy Sky Festival” campaign.The two-month campaign which ran from 28 December 2017 to 28 February 2018, received tremendous support from passengers as super promotional tickets priced from only VND0 were offered during the golden hours of 1pm – 3pm (Malaysian time). On top of that, a whole host of freebies valued at up to VND1 billion were also up for grabs including free domestic and international return tickets, “lucky money” prizes worth VND10, 000,000, as well as other Vietjet merchandise.Modeling itself as a ‘Consumer Airline’, Vietjet will continue to meet the growing demands of consumers by opening new routes, expanding its fleet, investing in modern technology, and offering greater value-added products and services. The airline also prides itself in offering diverse promotional programs on tickets and entertainment especially during the festive seasons.Vietjet is favored and known as a pioneer for its many interesting entertainment activities and special promotions during the festive seasons. With its high-quality services, special low-fare tickets and diverse ticket classes, Vietjet offers passengers enjoyable flights with a dynamic and friendly flight crew, comfy seats, amazing hot meals and special surprises from the airline’s inflight activities.Source = Vietjetlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Luxury river cruise ope

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterLuxury river cruise operator, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, has wound up the 2018 season achieving an all-time high number of guests on board its ships. Sales from the Australian market have grown by double-digits again, says Managing Director for Australia, Fiona Dalton, and there’s plenty instore for 2019.With just a few weeks remaining in the calendar year, Dalton told LATTE she has been very thankful for all that’s happened, both in Australia and across the globe. The Australian market consolidated its position as Uniworld’s number-two source market globally, after the US and ahead of Canada.“My team in Australia are very proud of this achievement, as they should be. We’re also delighted with the take-up of our French river cruises in 2018, with the SS Joie De Vivre operating at near 100% capacity for the season, and the SS Catherine on the Rhone not far behind,” Dalton said.SS Beatrice | Lobby Grand StaircaseReflecting on the past 12 months, she highlighted another surprise was Egypt bookings. “The strength with which sales from Australia on our Egypt river cruises returned this year was fabulous to see, and for U by Uniworld the highlight for me was definitely the moment when TIME inc. included ‘The A’ as one of their 100 hottest new places to stay in 2018. How cool is that?”Dalton said there hadn’t been a noticeable shift in passengers from the legacy Uniworld brand to the new experiential U by Uniworld product.“A Uniworld guest has a different guest profile to a U by Uniworld guest, and in its own way Uniworld remains very experiential too. What we did see was a whole new generation of people who hadn’t considered river cruising before take the plunge to experience a week on the rivers with U by Uniworld on their summers holidays in Europe, and they loved it!”“Given it was our inaugural season we’ve been listening and learning very intently to our guests, and we’re responding with tweaks to the U by Uniworld experience that will take it to a whole next level in 2019.”She said the “most interesting” trend witnessed during the 2018 season was the increase in the number of second- and third-time river cruisers coming to Uniworld for the first time, “looking to us to include an eight- to 14-day immersive river experience as a part of their European vacation”.“In turn, we’ve reduced the number of traditional Amsterdam to Budapest departures we offer, and really focused on developing these shorter new itineraries that are true to our vision of delivering the most immersive experiences on the rivers today.“Another unexpected trend was the popularity of the newly launched Jewish Heritage options on our Remarkable Rhine itinerary, eagerly embraced by the market here in Australia, so much so we’ve added some Jewish Heritage elements to our Danube river cruises for 2019 as well,” Dalton said.SS Beatrice | SuiteLow river levels across parts of Europe in the last few months of the year has seen a swift response from Uniworld.“Our guests understand the low water levels this year are unprecedented. We’ve been transparent, nimble and flexible in the management of the issue and on the whole, the feedback has been very positive.“The biggest challenge has been the unpredictability of the river levels which requires us to amend plans sometimes at short notice, but our amazing crew who are the backbone of our operation, and our head office team, have been marvellous in how the communication has been managed with our guests,” Dalton explained.“In fact, our global CEO Ellen Bettridge and I received a letter just last week from an American who currently lives in Australia who has been in customer service both in the US and here for over 25 years who wanted to let us know that his experience with us in October was the greatest example of exemplary customer service he has ever witnessed. He also said that even with a deviation and a ship swap on his cruise he had more fun than he was expecting and that it was the best holiday he’d ever taken. It requires great teamwork to achieve these results, and that’s something that our passionate and dedicated crew have in spades.”Uniworld Managing Director Australia, Fiona Dalton, capturing a selfie with Uniworld CEO Ellen Bettridge during the SS Joie De Vivre christening in 2017.Dalton said that there is much to look forward to for the 2019 season, including the launch of the new Super Ship, SS Bon Voyage, that will debut in Bordeaux in April.“She’ll have more suites, new public spaces, new marble bathrooms, a stunning rooftop pool and cafe area and a whole new vibe inspired by the beautiful region of France, in which she sails. I am cruising on her in April so I am very excited to see her.“We’re also introducing a new ship to our China program in 2019, the luxurious and intimate Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, which is much more befitting for our guests in China. We’ve also announced new ships for Portugal, Egypt, Russia and the Mekong for 2020 and beyond so we will be busy finalising the details for each of these projects too.“On a personal note, I am excited to be heading up to India in early January to enjoy our beautiful 13/12-night itinerary beginning in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur then with seven nights on the Ganges Voyager II, complete with our resident yogi onboard. I know it will be a good chance to rest, recharge and re-energise in what is arguably one of the most spiritual places on the planet.“It’s been a very busy year and no doubt next year will be equally so, however, I end the year feeling a sense of great gratitude and good fortune to be in this role. Indeed, I feel blessed to be able to do what I do,” she said.Lead image: River Countess in VeniceGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more