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Google says fighting fake business profiles on Maps

first_imgSan Francisco: Admitting that fake business profiles were lurking people on Google Maps, the company has said it was working hard to remove bad actors before they could scam customers. Reacting to media reports that Google Maps is flooded by about 11 million false listings and phone numbers that reroute to competing businesses, the company said local business scammers have been a thorn in the Internet’s side for over a decade. “Over the years, we’ve added more than 200 million places to Google Maps and every month we connect people to businesses more than nine billion times, including more than one billion phone calls and three billion requests for directions,” Ethan Russell, Product Director, Google Maps, said in a blog post. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Occasionally, business scammers take advantage of local listings to make a profit. They do things like charge business owners for services that are actually free, defraud customers by posing as real businesses, and impersonate real businesses to secure leads and then sell them. “Even though fake business profiles are a small percentage of the overall business profiles on Google, local business scammers have been a thorn in the Internet’s side for over a decade,a said Russell. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The media reports last week claimed that majority of businesses on Google Maps that are not at their listed locations and the ones most prone to these scams include contractors, repairmen and car towing services. According to Google, these scammers use a wide range of deceptive techniques to try to game its system a” as we shut them down, they change their techniques, and the cycle continues. “It’s a constant balancing act and wea¿re continually working on new and better ways to fight these scams using a variety of ever-evolving manual and automated systems,” said Google. The company took took down more than three million fake business profiles last year — and more than 90 per cent of those business profiles were removed before a user could even see the profile. “Our internal systems were responsible for more than 85 percent of these removals. More than 250,000 of the fake business profiles we removed were reported to us by users,” said Google. It disabled more than 150,000 user accounts that were found to be abusive – a 50 per cent increase from 2017. “This year, we’ve already introduced a new way to report suspicious business profiles and have started to apply refined techniques to business categories where we’re seeing an increase in fraud attempts,” the tech giant informed. People can flag individual business profiles for removal. They can also report multiple business profiles at once via the business redressal form to kick off the review process.last_img read more

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Reflecting Gods creations in their actual forms

first_imgThe Bengal School of Art commonly referred to as Bengal School was an art movement and a style of Indian painting that originated in Bengal, primarily in Kolkata and Shantiniketan and flourished throughout the Indian subcontinent, during the British Raj in the early 20th century. A sneak-peek into the artworks of veteran artist Uma Bardhan will remind you of the influence the Bengal school has on her artworks.Born in 1945, Bardhan is originally from Kolkata, currently based in Gurgaon specializes in figurative paintings, landscapes in water colour on silk, oil on canvas and water mixable oil on canvas. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTalking about her muse for her artworks, the veteran artist says, “God is the supreme creator of this universe and I, as an artist take extreme pleasure in reflecting his creation in their actual forms.” Bardhan keeps shuttling between Kolkata and Gurgaon and feels that earlier there was not enough space for art and culture in the city but over time people are becoming aware of art and aesthetics which is a positive sign as far as preserving art is concerned. Ask the artist about her muse in the city, and she is quick to retort, ‘Its Tau Devi Lal Biodiversity Park in Sector 52 because it is massive in size and moves the viewer by its beauty. The green expanse is truly attractive’ Cut-throat competition in the market does not bog her down as she keeps up her hard work in making artworks of timelessness.last_img read more

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US sailors bring smiles to children at Lady Ridgeway Hospital

“I think every parent would welcome somebody to come talk to them [the children] from the heart,” Wickramasinghe said. “People are busy, and there’s not much time for [staff] to interact, other than the patient care. Having other well-wishers come in and interact helps to get [patients] cured.” “I think it’s a change,” the director said. “Everybody sees the sailors as military people, but there’s a human side to them also.”Open since 1895, Lady Ridgeway is a teaching hospital that receives patients from across the country. The hospital treats about 1,000 children in the outpatient ward along with around 300 in the inpatient ward and is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the world. All services at the hospital are free of charge in keeping with the Sri Lankan government’s free health care policy.Patient care is a priority at the hospital, said Wickramasinghe, which often limits the amount of time staff can spend interacting on a personal level with children. That made the sailors’ visit even more special. “It was good time, painting pumpkins and just interacting with the children,” said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Landon Menard, a fire controlman. “I wanted to set a positive example for the sick children and let them know that it can and will get better.”Hospital Director Dr. W.K. Wickramasinghe said this is the first time U.S. Navy sailors have visited the hospit “This was great opportunity to really interact with some folks out in the community,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Scott Mehaffey from Norfolk, Virginia, USS Princeton’s air warfare officer. “We got to play with kids. That was the best part — seeing little kids and to be here for them. This is what it’s really about. This is what we value as Americans — to be part of a bigger world, not just us.” The group split up and visited four children’s wards during the visit. They talked with children and parents, passed out fruit and drinks, did crafts, and sang with children. Sailors from the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and members of the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka visited children at Lady Ridgeway Hospital during a port visit, the US Department of Defence said.Volunteers from the cruiser USS Princeton and the destroyers USS Howard, USS Pinckney and USS Kidd gave some of their liberty time to help out. This is the first time a U.S. Navy carrier strike group has pulled into Sri Lanka since 1985. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Security Council condemns deadly Côte dIvoire terrorist attack

In a press statement, Council members offered their “deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, as well as to the Government of France and all other Governments whose citizens were targeted in these attacks,” and wished “a speedy recovery to those injured.”The Council expressed solidarity with Côte d’Ivoire and the countries in the region fighting against terrorism, and stressed the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat violent extremism, which may be conducive to terrorism.Underlining the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, the Council stressed that “those responsible for these killings should be held accountable,” and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Council resolutions, “to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard.”Regardless of who was responsible, the Council members reiterated that any acts of terrorism were criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, location or time. They also reaffirmed the need for all States to combat – by all means, in accordance with the UN Charter and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law – threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. read more

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Brock Music performing at St Catharines Library Saturday

Christmas music will fill the air Saturday, Dec. 10 at St. Catharines Public Library with a performance by Brock’s Music Ed Plus Chamber Music Ensembles.The ensembles from the Department of Music will open with 30 minutes of sing-a-long Christmas carols followed by a five-piece jazz ensemble, coached by Zoltan Kalman, performing jazz standards and old favourites. In addition, there will be a flute, vocal and piano ensemble, which will be singing and playing a more classically oriented program, coached by Colin Maier.The performance runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the public library on Church Street in St. Catharines and is free for all to attend.The Music Ed Plus co-curricular program — a specialized Experience Plus program — is currently in its fourth year of operation and looks forward to showcasing the musical talents of its Chamber Music Ensembles. read more

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Thursdays Games

Thursday’s GamesNFLChicago 23 Detroit 16Dallas 31 Washington 23New Orleans 31 Atlanta 17—The Canadian Press

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5 things we saw between Ohio State and Notre Dame

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Before No. 7 Ohio State took the field to close out its 2015 season with a 44-28 victory over No. 8 Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz laid out five things they would be looking out for. Here are how those five elements transpired.Fast startsNotre Dame got the ball first to start the game and were given the gift of OSU redshirt senior Jack Willoughby sending the kickoff out of bounds. It was exactly what Brian Kelly wanted for his team, but the Fighting Irish could not convert that into a quick start, as they would have hoped. Instead, Notre Dame went three-and-out. For OSU, it was night-and-day different. The Buckeyes took over possession at their own 20-yard line and surgically marched down the field. Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller had 36 all-purpose yards and Ezekiel Elliott punched it in from 2 yards out to cap off a nine-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in just 3:01. “Obviously their first series was outstanding,” Kelly said. “They ran the ball effectively right down the field. So I just think that they executed very well early on.” From the get-go, it was clear the Buckeyes suffered from no cobwebs. The Fighting Irish, again, went three-and-out, including a false start penalty, forcing another punt. Just three plays later, the Scarlet and Gray found the end zone for the second time, this time courtesy of a 15-yard catch-and-run by redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas. Notre Dame was able to claw back into game throughout the rest of play, getting it down to just a one-score deficit, at 28-21, but its ice-cold start, compared to OSU’s flaming hot one, clearly hindered the Fighting Irish. “It was the difference in the game really, those 14 points early,” Kelly said. “We had to play catch-up from there.” Trick playsIn postseason play, teams will often look to trick plays of sorts to try and catch their opponent off guard. That was the case in the Fiesta Bowl, however, it was only just once. Down 14-0, with 9:22 left in the second quarter, redshirt freshman quarterback DeShone Kizer threw a backward pass to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr., who, instead of advancing forward, took a step back and looked to throw. Hunter had an open man in the end zone, tight end Alizé Jones, but the throw had slightly too much on it, as it fell incomplete just beyond Jones’ reach. Although the play was unsuccessful, it showed that Kelly was trying to find any way to kickstart his team after the sluggish start. OSU, for the most part, avoided any sort of trickery, but some unusual route combinations did appear at times throughout the game, notably on Thomas’ 13-yard catch on the first drive of the second half. End of the roadThe victory over Notre Dame gave the 18 members of OSU’s senior class 50 career wins, the most in program history. Although it couldn’t secure a second consecutive berth in the College Football Playoff, the Fiesta Bowl win was still a good final chapter for the group.“I am glad we got that win for them,” sophomore defensive end Jalyn Holmes said following the game. Many of the seniors that saw the field on Friday were instrumental in the outcome. Linebacker Joshua Perry’s seven tackles were tied for the team-high. On the offensive line, left tackle Taylor Decker was key, like usual, in excavating large holes for Elliott to run through and protecting Barrett. Right tackle Chase Farris, who at times has struggled during the year, turned in a solid performance, as well. As for Miller, one of the most decorated players in OSU history, his final showing in scarlet and gray was certainly not a bad one. The win marked the first postseason victory he was active for and, after disappearing at times during the season, Miller made his presence felt Friday. He finished with 26 rushing yards on two attempts, as well as two catches for 12 yards. Miller didn’t display any wicked spin moves like he did against Virginia Tech, but, all things considered, his OSU finale was a good one. Holmes said the senior class will be missed and that there is “so many” who have left their marks on the program, not only because of their performances on the field, but for the lessons they have taught off it.“All the seniors try to just help someone out in any way,” he said. “Chase Farris, (defensive tackle) Joel Hale, Joshua Perry, they all try and help on and off the field. That’s what made them so special.”  Barrett’s big-stage debutAfter missing out on postseason play last year, Friday’s Fiesta Bowl was Barrett’s bowl debut. The redshirt sophomore has not been known to melt under the bright lights, but wondering how he might respond to such a large stage was a valid question. He answered them soundly, ultimately winning the game’s most valuable player award.Barrett started the game with an eight-yard completion to Thomas, and from there, he continued to facilitate the offense exceptionally. He completed his first seven pass attempts for 82 yards and one score. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native also ran for 16 yards during the 7-of-7 stretch. Overall, Barrett finished the game 19-of-31 for 211 yards and one touchdown through the air, while also picking up 96 yards on the ground. He did have one interception in the third quarter after his pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage, but, for the most part, Barrett’s performance was very efficient. He showed no signs of the big stage making him crumble. After the game, Barrett praised the Notre Dame defense, but he said the key to the offense’s success was just taking whatever was given to them.“They tried to make sure they took away our (deep) shots,” Barrett said. “We was able to try to hit things underneath. (We) did a good job of that.” Finding help up the middleWith two starters on the interior defensive line out for OSU, there was plenty of attention centered on how it would compensate. The solution, it appeared, was to slide junior defensive end Joey Bosa into that position frequently alongside a rotation of other defensive tackles. But then, the solution once again became a problem, as Bosa was ejected after a targeting call with 5:26 left in the first quarter. It was a huge blow for the OSU defense, which, prior to the penalty, had just intercepted Kizer. The interception was negated and from there, OSU was forced to play without three usual starters on the D-line. Even so, the defense was able to limit the damage done up the middle, as it held the Fighting Irish to just 121 rushing yards. Kizer, who OSU was focused on slowing down on the ground, finished with just 21 yards on 15 attempts. “It just speaks of the program,” Holmes said about the defense still being able to be effective despite not having three starters. “It’s just a ‘next man up’ program. I feel like we played great. We did what he had to do to get the win.” An OSU helmet sits on the field before the 45th annual BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. OSU won 44-28. Photo Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor read more

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Womens Soccer Ohio State returns home to welcome No 21 Rutgers and

Ohio State freshman forward Emaly Vatne (14) heads the ball down the field in the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter splitting two road games against Michigan and Michigan State last weekend, the Ohio State women’s soccer team (7-5-1, 4-2-1 Big Ten) intends to build upon its consistency when it plays No. 21 Rutgers (9-1-4, 5-0-2 Big Ten) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Maryland (4-7-4, 2-4-1 Big Ten)  at 2 p.m. Sunday. Sophomore forward Marissa Birzon said both teams the Buckeyes will compete against coming up are two very strong. “They’re both very aggressive,” Birzon said. “And they’re definitely coming out to play and looking to beat us, so we just have to find a way to beat them and do our best to keep our momentum going forward.”The last time Ohio State and Rutgers met, the Scarlet Knights came away with the 1-0 advantage over the Buckeyes at home. With a fairly balanced offense, the Scarlet Knights’ biggest strength is its defense, giving up fewer than two points to its opponents all season.. Sophomore forward Amirah Ali has proved to be a significant player on the Rutgers offense this year, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against No.14 Northwestern and leading the team with 10 goals.After falling to Ohio State at home earlier this season, Maryland continues to struggle, recording a total of seven losses thus far. Senior forward Jarena Harmon has been a strong player on Maryland’s offense, notching a goal the Terrapins and helping her team come away with the victory over No. 14 Northwestern.  Last weekend was a huge test for the Buckeyes, traveling on the road to take on the Spartans and the Wolverines in a series of rivalry games and only coming away with one win of the two matches.Birzon scored the game-winner for the Buckeyes against Michigan State in the 51st minute of the match.Birzon said the loss to the Wolverines was tough and the team really wanted to come out with a win against a major rival. “Honestly, we didn’t come out as the better team in that game,” Birzon said. “But then we really picked it up and turned our game around on Sunday beating Michigan state. So, the team chemistry has been awesome together and were really looking forward to the rest of the couple games we have left.”As the season nears its end for Ohio State, the Buckeyes will search for more success down the stretch in Big Ten play. With just four games left, senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr said she is personally very excited to get back home and play in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium once again. “It’s always a little bit tougher playing on the road,” Kerr said. “And I just think being back at the Jesse will just bring a lot of energy to our team and its always just great to be back at home in front of our fans.” read more

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Make language GCSE exams easier to stop them from dying out private

Make modern language GCSE exams easier to stop them from dying out, a private school chief has said as he warns that even the brightest students are shunning the subjects for fear that they will miss out on top grades.Mike Buchanan, executive director of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) which represents the country’s leading public schools including Eton, Harrow and Winchester, urged the exam watchdog to act. He said it is a “national scandal” that the teaching and learning of languages is “becoming the preserve of a minority of state and independent schools and even fewer universities”.Mr Buchanan, a former headmaster at the £36,900-a-year Ashford School in Kent, said that students tend to choose their GCSE subjects based on what they think they will do well in.“They are weighing up their options and if they are ambitious and want to go to a highly ranked university, they are sometimes choosing subjects on that basis,” he told The Daily Telegraph.“This is certainly the case for the most able students. There is absolutely a perception among students, echoed by teachers, that getting top grades in languages is difficult and is more difficult than other subjects.” Mike Buchanan, executive director of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, says the status quo is "unacceptable" He said this is “not an unreasonable calculation” to make, adding that parents also advise their children against languages on this basis. “They are making the same sort of calculation: What is going to enable my child to as successful as possible?What will be the best passport to the next stage?”Entries for GCSEs in both French and German have dropped by 30 per cent over the past five years, while Spanish has dropped by a more modest two per cent, according to figures compiled by the British Council for its annual language trends report. The report, published earlier this week, showed that in 2014, there were 166,167 entries for French GCSE and 60,362 for German but by 2018, this had dropped to 117,046 and 42,296 respectively.Mr Buchanan said that the status quo is “unacceptable”, adding: “Whether its Ofqual or someone else – unless we do something, languages will die. There won’t be students who want to take them, and over time there won’t be enough teachers to teach them”.This summer is the second year that students have taken revamped GCSE exams in modern foreign languages (MFL).The new courses were part of a package of reforms by Michael Gove, the former education secretary, designed to toughen up syllabuses, make courses more linear, and cut down on the number of students getting A*s.Ofqual, the exam regulator, is currently undertaking a review of the reformed GCSE MFL subjects, which is due to conclude this autumn.It said it is “aware of statistical evidence” that suggests that GCSE MFL subjects may be “more severely graded than many others”.However, the watchdog said that this alone is not necessarily enough to “justify a change to grading standards”.An Ofqual spokesperson said that their research so far suggests that the new GCSEs are “functioning well”, but added that it takes concerns about the perceived difficulty of MFL subjects “seriously” and it “continues to look at this issue in detail”.They added: “We are currently conducting a comprehensive review of grading standards in GCSE French, German and Spanish, looking at statistical evidence, contextual data including trends in the numbers taking these subjects and the quality of students’ work, to see if there is compelling case for an adjustment to grading standards in these subjects.” Mike Buchanan, executive director of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, says the status quo is “unacceptable” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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AOUs flexible epaper never needs plugging in for a charge

first_imgE-readers are really starting to come of age with Amazon recently updating and reducing the price of the Kindle. The Nook, Sony Reader, and countless other e-readers are also doing swift business due to the benefits they offer over printed books.The combination of a paper-like screen and thousands of books stored in a very thin, portable device is a tempting offer. Combine that with a battery that can lasts months and you can see why these devices are popular. But there are a couple of areas where paper still wins out: it never needs a recharge and it is flexible.Electronic displays are always going to require power, and you could argue flexibility isn’t that important if the device is very thin and lightweight. Manufacturer AOU is trying to overcome both those problems though, and has this week shown off a flexible piece of e-paper that gets all the power it needs from solar cells.What AOU has managed to do is mount a flexible photovoltaic battery on to the back of a sheet of flexible e-paper. The result is an e-reader that can be rolled up, but also charged without going anywhere near a power socket. That also means it doesn’t require any cables or a plug.As e-paper only requires power when changing what is displayed on the display, the amount of energy required is very low. This prototype unit is 6-inches and has a resolution of 800 x 600. It only requires 218mW of power when refreshing a page. Under (strong) room lighting it’s possible to generate around 130mW, but outside in the sun it’s possible to page refresh without draining the battery at all.The other benefit of e-readers is a full battery can mean a month+ between charges, so you could leave this device lying in the sun for a few hours then use it for a number of weeks before needing to charge it again.AOU hasn’t stated if and when this flexible e-paper will come to market, but it only weighs 10 grams and is 0.127mm thick. If they can ensure the solar charging works well over extended periods, and price it competitively, I can see such a device being very popular. Maybe Amazon could pick it up and use it for the next generation of Kindles.via Tech-On!last_img read more

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Leongs Prism Stalker is a Beautiful and Poetic Tale

first_img Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: Twisted Romance Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img “Vep is a young refugee raised away from her devastated home planet as an indentured citizen in a foreign colony. She works tirelessly for her insectoid hosts, but there is no exit in sight in this viscous, dripping city nest. The eye of opportunity is closing. Her duty is to her family and her siblings, but what more can she do for them here? The answer appears faster than she is ready for.”PRISM STALKER #1(C, W, A): Sloane Leong (L): Ariana MaherPrism Stalker #1 had me at its beautifully story-driven imagery but lost me with the total structure. Not to say that this is a crucial thing, but it is a drawback that didn’t allow me to enjoy it as much as I wanted to.Prism Stalker #1 set to make its debut in March, is a new series from Image Comics created, written and drawn by Sloane Leong with letters by Ariana Maher. Prism Stalker #1 very much invokes some otherworldly universes similar to sci-fi writers such as Octavia Butler or Ursula K. Le Guin. As gorgeous as it is, it gets a bit complex as you try to figure out what narrative starts to form. We follow the beginnings of our main character Vep, taken from her homeland by an alien race. She continues to sneak and keep traditions with her family and yearns for freedom as well. Her skills and abilities lead her to an opportunity that she literally can not refuse, directing her to a place where she continues to fight for survival.via Image ComicsSloane Leong develops a beautifully enriched world with poetic dialogue from the very beginning. The lyrical narrative captures as you immediately follow Vep in this place she calls “home.” We revisit her backstory in altering alien landscapes and find her to be a thought-provoking and robust character, especially in a world where she’s trying to keep herself. Leong pens a creative and otherworldly narrative filled with designs that first immediately catches your interest. However, the story also has a downward effect of being almost a little too abstract but alienates and separates the reader like Vep is separated from her home.Leong pens a lot but lays out the foundation of the story, which catches you up to speed quickly. As I read, it left me scratching my head. Everything (and nothing) we’re getting from the beginning of this story is very up in the air. We’re gearing up for a bigger and badass of a story. The writing is slightly tiresome and doesn’t get exciting until the final moments where we finally get a glimpse of the story to come. This may pull readers in different directions. They want to be on board, but not seeing why we should invest in the story. Vep is a substantially memorable and impressive character to have us stay on this journey. I have faith that Leong will gear her character to be a total badass in issues to come.via Image ComicsWhile I wasn’t too sold on the writing just, Leong’s art comes through in steller out of this world ways that are for sci-fi comics. Leong’s art plants you in a mind-bending, trippy and utterly surreal landscape. Your eyes scan every single detail she brings into the world with neon and pastel colors that blow you away even more.Leong carries emotion and strength in her art. Every panel is emotional, creating a feeling of being lost and hopeless while smoothly flowing from one panel to another. If this comic were without words, the art would sell me quickly. It’s just that vivid. Ariana Maher’s lettering does a masterful, yet heartfelt job against Leong’s art. She gives a “stop, look, and feel” type of vibe with her lettering. She spaces out, so you get the full picture, but placed just right, so you aren’t left behind.Before you jump me, this isn’t me downing Prism Stalker #1 at all. I very much enjoyed the visuals, but the story could use a little more. Prism Stalker #1 doesn’t find it’s footing within the first issue and that’s okay! The last parts of this first issue create a smooth transition into where Vep will go next. It will be exciting to see what this new series will lead into. If you’re into stunning visuals of the alien kind and a new kind of sci-fi comic, Prism Stalker #1 is definitely for you. Prism Stalker #1 will be available March 7th on Comixology and your local comic shop.last_img read more

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States aim to stop internet release of 3Dprinted gun plans

first_imgSEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle hearing arguments over a settlement that allows a Texas company to post online plans for printing 3D guns said Tuesday the overall issue of such untraceable plastic weapons should be decided by the president or Congress.U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik said he’ll rule by Monday on the legal issues involving the settlement between the company and the Trump administration. He added, however, that “a solution to the greater problem is so much better suited to the other two branches of government.”Nineteen states and the District of Columbia sued the federal government, alleging it reached a “covert” settlement with the company, Defense Distributed, without notifying Congress or the Department of Defense about changes it made to an export act that prohibited 3D gun plans from being posted online.The Austin-based company is owned by Cody Wilson, a self-described “crypto-anarchist” who opposes restrictions on gun ownership.Lasnik granted a restraining order on July 31 that blocked the immediate release of the plans online. The states want him to make it permanent.Washington state Assistant Attorney General Jeff Rupert argued that the government’s decision to allow the posting threatens public safety and should be reversed.last_img read more

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Gary Neville tips Tottenham as title contenders

first_imgSky Sports pundit Gary Neville has labeled Tottenham Hotspur as title contenders after their 6-2 victory at Everton on Sunday.Current Premier League leaders Liverpool and Champions Manchester City were initially tipped as the only title contenders this season, but Spurs have been in incredible form winning 11 out of their last 13 games in all competition and Neville believes they have a shot the league title.“I don’t think they will win the title, but they are in the race because they are so close,” Neville told Sky Sports.“They have three fixtures over Christmas that are very winnable and with Manchester City playing Liverpool on January 3 they can get even closer if they win their matches.“They have been outstanding over the last three seasons, it would almost be the culmination of Mauricio Pochettino’s work in his fourth year at Tottenham.“You keep hearing people say that Pochettino hasn’t won a trophy and it would be the ultimate.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They are good enough to win the league, but the problem is the two teams above them are exceptional and better. They are in the race but I don’t think they will have enough.“I think when the Champions League returns the depth and quality of the squads of Liverpool and City will make them just a touch better.“But I remember saying two years ago that I wanted the quality of the Premier League to improve and I have no doubt that it has.“The Premier League is getting better and better and that’s because of the quality of managers that have been introduced over the last few years.“We have a far better league but I think the two at the top are just a bit better, which means Spurs won’t win it.”last_img read more

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Police release photo of car similar to one used in driveby

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – North Miami Police released a photo of a car Wednesday that, they said, is similar to the one used in a drive-by shooting last week.Police said a blue or black new model Lexus sedan was used in the drive-by shooting of three people just before 10 p.m., last Thursday. The shooter has not been caught.An 8-year-old boy playing outside was one of the people shot along Northeast 128th Street and 12th Avenue. He remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition.RELATED: 8-year-old hit by stray bullet in drive-by speaks out from JMHThe two adults who were shot are recovering at home.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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7 Storytelling Structures to Improve Your Presentations Infographic

first_img Giving presentations, whether during meetings with co-workers or to potential new clients, can often seem intimidating. But luckily, there are tried and true ways to organize your information so that it is both easy to present and clear to your audience.Related: 6 Ways to Take Your Presentation to the Next LevelIn his book, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, Christopher Booker explains how and why all stories boil down to one of seven plot structures, and how these can act as outlines for effectively presenting all sorts of information. By organizing presentations to follow these story structures, your audience will recognize the familiar flow, and find it easy to understand you and your content.From overcoming a monster to rags to riches, check out this QuidCorner infographic to see how these familiar storylines can help your next PowerPoint leave a lasting impression. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 17, 2017 1 min readcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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Costa Ricas inclusion in Zika travel warning has tourism leaders worried

first_imgRelated posts:Zika alert: Costa Rica increases surveillance of travelers entering the country Tire mosquito trap could boost Zika control Traveling to Rio for Carnival or the Olympics? Here’s what you should know about Zika virus The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases Costa Rica and Nicaragua were added this week to the list of nearly 30 countries and territories U.S. authorities are warning pregnant women to avoid because of the presence of Zika virus.The mosquito-borne virus, which is spreading rapidly throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, is suspected of being linked to birth defects in babies and to a rare neurological disorder.Costa Rican health authorities have only detected two people infected with the mosquito-borne virus — both suspected of having contracted Zika elsewhere in Latin America.But the Health Ministry reported this week that they had been informed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that a U.S. man had been diagnosed with the virus in January after visiting Costa Rica.The man had been vacationing exclusively in the beach town of Nosara, in Guanacaste.After receiving the news, the Health Ministry said it carried out a “massive fumigation” of the town on Sunday and Monday. The ministry also said it searched for other potentially infected patients in the area and didn’t find any.Tourism industry worried about Zika panicLeaders of Costa Rica’s travel industry expressed concern Tuesday about the country’s inclusion on the CDC’s Zika warning list. The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) urged industry leaders and coastal towns to “take extreme preventive measures against the Zika virus, as we’re in high tourism season,” which runs from November through April.The ICT also urged coordination among tourism businesses and communities to spread the word that Costa Rica “continues to be a safe place to vacation.”The Zika virus has now been detected in every Central American country except Belize.The World Health Organization said Monday that a spike in South America of a birth defect called microcephaly — a potentially devastating condition in which a baby is born with an abnormally small head and brain — was “strongly suspected” of being caused by the Zika virus and constituted an international health emergency. Nevertheless, the link has yet to be conclusively proven.Zika is also believed to be linked to a neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome.News of the virus has caused some travelers to Latin America to cancel or postpone trips to the region.Massimiliano Devoto, president of the Costa Rican Association of Tourism Professionals, said the country’s inclusion on the U.S. travel alert “was a threat to tourism,” though he also hoped it would spur action to prevent the virus’ spread.Costa Rica had nearly 2.7 million visitors in 2015, a country record. The tourism industry was responsible for more than $2.8 billion in revenue last year, and it employs roughly 600,000 people in Costa Rica through direct and indirect employment, according to the ICT.New concerns that Zika could be spread sexuallyMeanwhile, on Tuesday a county in Texas reported a case of Zika virus being sexually transmitted.“The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present,” Dallas County Health and Human Services said in a statement. A spokesman for the county declined to identify the gender of the traveler or where he or she visited, though The New York Times said the person had visited Venezuela.Last month the CDC said it was aware of one reported case of sexual transmission of Zika and one case of the virus being present in a man’s semen after it disappeared from his blood.With information from AFP. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Virgin Islands officials exonerate accused officer

first_imgPoleon was arrested Wednesday on the island of St. Croix and had faced the possibility of 30 years in prison on all the criminal charges.But justice officials say they recently discovered a document that has cleared Poleon of any wrongdoing. They did not disclose more details.A lawyer for the exonerated officer claims his client was the victim of a vendetta by St. Croix police Chief Christopher Howell.Howell did not immediately return calls Sunday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) – Justice officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands have exonerated a police officer accused of destruction of evidence, extortion and embezzlement.Deputy Attorney General Bruce Marshack announced Sunday that the policeman’s recent arrest on evidence-tampering allegations was a regrettable mistake. He said all charges against Officer Anderson Poleon have been dismissed. 0 Comments   Share   Four benefits of having a wireless security system 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

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Punjab to develop Fatehgarh Sahib as a tourist circuit

first_imgTourism Minister of Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu, has said that the holy land of Fatehgarh Sahib would be transformed into a well-developed tourist circuit in order to harness its full potential to make Punjab number one tourist as well as cultural destination around the globe.The State Government, Sidhu said, has already taken up the conservation work of tombs of Raffudin, Alfsani, Bibi Taj and Rauza Sharif Masjid. Additionally, the minister revealed that Aam Khas Bagh, Naughara, Sheesh Mahal, Mehtabi Bagh, Northern Pavilion and Bastion are also in the process of being restored to their past glory.He further informed that regarding the adaptive reuse of Aam Khas Bagh, e-tenders have been invited. Aside from the above projects, the Aam Khas Bagh would also be given a facelift under the Mughal Circuit as per the Swadesh Darshan scheme of the Union Tourism Ministry and not only this but Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib, Rauza Sharif and Mata Jageshwari Temple would also be developed as per the Spiritual Circuit Scheme of the Union Tourism Ministry, Sidhu added.last_img read more

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first_imgqantas The new Qantas inflight safety video features some of Australia’s most stunning landscapes and locations.Updated from the 2016 version, the 2017 production features everyday Australians in unique destinations across every state and territory, ranging from the Victorian ski fields to sand surfing at Queensland’s Moreton Island.It also features several cameo appearances, including a Bangarra dance performance overlooking Botany Bay, the crew from ‘Wild Oats XI’ showing Sydney Harbour in all its glory, and designer Daniel Avakian on a Melbourne fashion runway.Qantas will be using content from the video to promote the destinations it showcases for Australia’s key tourism markets.Qantas worked with Tourism Australia and state tourism organisations to make the film across a 12-day period.The new 3-minute video will begin screening across Qantas domestic and international flights from 1 February, with versions to accommodate eleven different languages, as well as the varying aircraft types across the Qantas Group fleet.last_img read more

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