Bette Midler Auctions Hulaween Costumes For New York Restoration Project

first_imgIn anticipation of her annual Hulaween bash, Bette Midler is auctioning off three of the fabulous costumes she has worn in years past.Proceeds from the auctions – which feature costumes from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 events – will go to the New York Restoration Project.Find out more about the auctions here.Join New York Restoration Project on Monday, October 30, 2017 for their annual Hulaween extravaganza! Hulaween, a dinner of bountiful surprises, costume ball, and show, is NYRP’s premier gala, and this year they’ll be transforming The Cathedral of St. John the Divine into a Garden of Earthly Delights. Eric Schmidt and David Evans Shaw, both of whom exhibit exemplary environmental stewardship and the ability to affect innovative change, will be honored.This Hulaween, the iconic megastar who was just nominated for 2018’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jon Bon Jovi & Friends will be performing an intimate acoustic set amidst the magnificent Gothic architecture of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The venue will be transformed for the evening and filled with ghoulish entertainment, from Dita Von Teese, who Vanity Fair called a “Burlesque Superheroine,” to the critically acclaimed comedian and actress Judy Gold, Mistress of Ceremonies. Bette will pull out her classic parody number from Hulaween’s past while celebrity DJ and tastemaker DJ Runna charms the audience onto the dancefloor. A surprise musical guest will emerge from the shadows, as the world-renowned designer Michael Kors judges costumes from on high.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

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Perspectives On The working poor Part 3

first_imgAPTN National NewsSingle mom Veronica Morgan dreams of a better future for her family.She says it’s an ongoing struggle raising her four kids and going to school full-time.However, she hopes the reward in the end will be worth it.APTN’s Tina House has her story and more.last_img

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CDI hosting ‘Energizing our Future’ Community Open House this week at North Peace Cultural Centre

first_imgWestern says the purpose of the Open House is to display the results of what they heard from the focus groups and to hear final comments before the CDI makes its final analysis and recommendations to the City.The ‘Energizing our Future’ Community Open House is taking place now until September 21 at the North Peace Cultural Centre.For more information on the Open House, you can visit the CDI’s Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Community Development Institute, in partnership with the City of Fort St. John, is hosting an ‘Energizing our Future’ Community Open House which looks at improving the quality of life within Fort St. John.According to CDI Research Associate, Sally Western, during the past year, in order to develop a Social and Economic Development Framework, over 40 focus groups were held to determine the challenges of working and living in Fort St. John. The focus groups also allowed for identifying the strengths of the community.“We did approximately 43 or 44 focus groups and ‘Your Voice’ session, in which we consulted over 200 people, just asked the question “What’s the challenge of living and working in Fort St. John?”, “What are the opportunities?”, and “What do you think the strengths are?”.”last_img read more

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Kosovo UN transfers more economic powers to local government

“We will change the composition over time in such a way that we ‘Kosovarize’ the economic institutions,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special representative Søren Jessen-Petersen told a news conference after meeting with Prime Minister Ramush Haradina. He defined Kosovarization as “having Kosovars in the majority and the internationals in the minority.”He said the chairmanship of the Economic and Fiscal Council would now be held by the Prime Minister, instead of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). The composition of other bodies, such as the board of directors of the Banking and Payments Authority of Kosovo, would also be changed in the future.The management of socially-owned forest land will be transferred to the government, he added, noting that socially-owned forest covers a quarter of Kosovo and is of substantial economic importance.Last week Mr. Jessen-Petersen announced agreement with Mr. Haradina’s government on speeding up moves towards a multiethnic society, noting that all involved had a very tight timetable to meet by mid-2005, when they need to show clear progress to move on to final status talks. Today both stressed that progress on the so-called Standards remains Kosovo’s highest priority.The Standards – eight goals in such areas as building democratic institutions, enforcing minority rights, creating a functioning economy and establishing an impartial legal system – are seen as a crucial step on the road to determining the final status of Kosovo, where Albanians outnumber other communities, mainly Serbs, by about 9 to 1. Before NATO’s intervention the province was ruled from Belgrade, Serbia’s capital.In March, the province was shaken by the worst violence in the five years of UN administration when an onslaught by Albanian extremists to drive out Serb, Roma and Askhali communities led to 19 people being killed, nearly 1,000 injured and hundreds of homes and centuries-old Serbian cultural sites razed or burned. read more

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Un rapace et sa proie photographiés en pleine coursepoursuite découvrez les images

first_imgUn rapace et sa proie photographiés en pleine course-poursuite : découvrez les imagesColorado, États-Unis – Rob Palmer, un photographe de Littleton, a capturé des images impressionnantes relatant la chasse et la capture d’un oiseau par un pygargue à tête blanche, en plein vol.Le pygargue à tête blanche, souvent appelé injustement aigle à tête blanche, est un rapace présent en Amérique du Nord (surtout en Alaska et dans le nord du Mexique). Le pygargue se distingue de l’aigle par son régime alimentaire (il se nourrit la plupart du temps de poisson), sa morphologie (son bec est notamment plus imposant) et son milieu de vie (à proximité de l’eau : lacs, rivières, côtes… contrairement aux aigles qui vivent en altitude dans les montagnes ou dans les forêts). À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine natureL’oiseau a une envergure importante qui peut atteindre près de 3 mètres (en moyenne 168 cm pour le mâle et 244 pour la femelle). C’est un prédateur redoutable pour les petits oiseaux comme en attestent les photos de Rob Palmer.On y voit le rapace se rapprocher d’un oiseau en plein vol. Le photographe observait depuis plusieurs jours un groupe de pygargues. Régulièrement, l’un d’entre eux repérait un oiseau et en faisait son repas. M. Palmer a finalement réussi à immortaliser la scène et à la découper en plusieurs clichés, bien qu’elle se soit déroulée en quelques secondes. En effet, le pygargue à tête blanche peut atteindre près de 70 km/h en vol et près de 170 km/h lorsqu’il plonge pour attraper un poisson. Pour voir les images de la poursuite : https://www.maxisciences.com/pygargue-%e0-t%eate-blanche/un-oiseau-capture-en-plein-vol-par-un-rapace_art6438.htmlLe 18 mars 2010 à 13:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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We Need a Hopeful Star Trek Series Now More Than Ever

first_imgStay on target Sci-fi is intrinsically political, and Star Trek more than most. In the 200th episode of one of my own favorite series, Stargate SG-1, a rare side character left us with one of the last, and most profound lines in the show’s 10-year run:“Science fiction is an existential metaphor that allows us to tell stories about the human condition. Isaac Asimov once said, ‘Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinded critics and philosophers of today, but the core of science fiction, its essence, has become crucial to our salvation, if we are to be saved at all.’”That quote, while perhaps a bit grandiose, has been one of the most important and influential lines of my life. It’s led me to re-think my relationship to the genre that defined my childhood. More than comics, more than video games, more than fantasy or trading cards or anything else, I get my geek cred from speculative fiction.Its creators, its big thinkers have always been politically-minded. And you have to be. Thinking about the future naturally comes with it an analysis and judgment of what is right and what is wrong in a way that most other time periods don’t. It’s easy to pass off X or Y storyline in a contemporarily set film, but if you have a dystopia tale and the government is xenophobic, there’s an intrinsic moral judgment there.Dystopia, too, has largely been the bedrock of futuristic worlds. It’s natural, it seems, to look to the future and despair. If we go all the way back to big thinkers like Aristotle and Plato, even they thought that the end of civilization was right around the corner. The more things change, the more they stay the same, indeed, eh?Star Trek, even with its awkward, campy writing showed us a different path. It has, for almost fifty years, been one of the only major sci-fi universes that has consistently and aggressively held that humans will find a brighter future. During the height of the Cold War, Star Trek showed us that we would one day look past these contemporary disagreements and find new, common ground out in the void — together. Star Fleet is a future version of the American ideal. No one needs to worry about upward social mobility because there is no money — everyone is judged solely based on their skill, and we’ve all but forgotten the prejudices of old. There are plenty who would claim such a starry-eyed future is a bit misguided (and I’m certainly one of them), but it did something that few others had even tried — told us that our species would be okay, that we would figure it out, and, most importantly, that’d we get there by being friends.Silly as it sounds, that’s demonstrably true. Those who study the topic will tell you that, with very few exceptions, cooperation is the key to progress. Look back at the course of human history, and its clear that many of our greatest moments came from times of collaboration. The internet, packed to the gills with memes, is at least somewhat evidence of this. It may well be a tool for trolls and curmudgeons, but I’ve found my biological father through social media, maintained contact with friends I thought I’d lost, and even managed to find a flexible job that I enjoy. Scientists and researchers share resources and findings daily, and the ability of this global network to help educate and liberate people all over the world is nothing short of staggering.Studies of game theory consistently show that people who work together do better. The whole of human evolutionary history is a testament to that too — when we work together, we can do incredible things. We’ve cured polio, spread across the globe, and even managed to band together to stop the depletion of our planet’s protective layer of ozone gas. For fuck’s sake we managed to land on the moon less than 70 years after we figured out how to make planes. We are only small when we’re alone — together we can tackle nearly any challenge.Since the turn of the century, however, Star Trek’s lost its light. Deep Space 9, while delightfully complex and political just doesn’t have the same broad-sweeping impact. Neither did its follow-up, Enterprise, which was keen to drop its pro-social focus and work in plots about terrorism. Relevant, yes, but not the vision we need.Discovery carries an enormous weight — balancing the narrowed scope of Abrams-era films and the optimistic vision of its TV forebears — and I’m not confident it’ll work out. The show’s been troubled with all kinds of production issues, and CBS is leveraging the future of its streaming service on the Star Trek band — effectively burning through the franchise’s recognizable capital in exchange for the network’s own.More troubling is that the teaser, released earlier this week, seems to toss out the big ideas and rehash the human-Klingon conflict yet again. It’s not like there’s nothing interesting to say there — to be sure, if the show tackles the struggle of reconciliation and finding peace and common ground between bitter enemies, it’d have the potential to be a stellar triumph. But, I worry the heart of Roddenberry’s dream has been lost.I worry that we may never again look to the captains of the Federation as symbols of hope, of peace, of wisdom, and, of course, of discovery. Humankind finds itself in one of the most precarious positions in history. Regardless of how you feel about globalism, and its recent losses to nationalism, our climate is a troubling one. One of the longest stretches of peace in history could well fall in the coming months to a surge in prejudice and fear. Now, more than ever, we need visionaries to show us all an optimistic, cooperative way forward, or we risk losing Roddenberry’s utopian vision forever.People look to Picard, to this day, as a source of wisdom for their own lives. Patrick Stewart may have played some balding dude on TV, but the themes of the show and the way he and his crew tackled challenges, the way they wrestled with when and where to compromise their most sacred principles, and, yes, even the times they failed to live up to their own example are affecting to this day. They show that being a good person is hard, that these lessons are challenging. It takes constant vigilance to be kind when others would wish you ill, but falling back on compassion as a guide is essential. As we enter a new era, likely to be dominated by robot workers and runaway climate change, we need to show each other care. We need to show each other affection. We need to be there for one another, to support one another. Some estimates suggest that we’ll be facing 50% unemployment or more when the robots finally start entering the work force. At that point, traditional economic models collapse — no system od wealth that humans have ever use is equipped to handle that shift in structure. And we will we need radical new ideas and optimistic minds to safeguard our future. I hope, for our sake, that Discovery’s ready to answer that call to action. ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ last_img read more

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Preacher Dealt With the Saint of Killers in the Best Possible Way

first_img Overall, the second season of Preacher is a huge improvement on the first. Even with its slower moments, it’s doing a much better job matching the high energy and strangeness of the comics. It turns out you need those slow moments. Last week gave us a breather with an episode all about Jesse and Tulip’s past. It’s slower, more somber tone allows us to fully appreciate the way last night brought us back up to full-speed crazy. More than that, it finally handled the Saint of Killers plot in a satisfying, semi-permanent way.Before we get to that, let’s talk about the opening scene. A man in a sharp suit is convincing a poor husband and wife to sell (well, “donate”) part of the husband’s soul. He won’t even notice it’s gone, they’re told. And if he “donates” 15 percent, they get double the price. The wife is worried about after effects and how painful the procedure is, but in the end, they have no choice. They need the money, and this is their last hope. So who is the soul-buyer? He’s a businessman. He buys pieces of souls from people who need money and sells them to rich people. Apparently, souls cure Alzheimer’s. This scene becomes important to the story later, but even on its own, it’s a powerful scene. The poor are forced by circumstance to give up a precious piece of themselves for the benefit of the rich. For such an insane modern fantasy, this show can get uncomfortably real at times.After dropping all that on us, the show cuts back to our main story. Victor’s daughter has led the Saint of Killers to Denis’s apartment building. She forgets which apartment they’re in though, and sends the Saint to the opposite side. This is the point where the episode tells you exactly what to expect for the next hour. The girl runs away, and the Saint methodically breaks into every apartment, slaughtering the inhabitants. First, he crushes a man’s hand with a gun still in it. Then… well, we don’t quite see what happens in the next apartment. We see some blood splatter out into the hall, followed by a guy’s head. It’s like the show feared we forgot about its penchant for insane violence and wanted to remind us with style.Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Fortunately for our heroes, Jesse notices a stray bullet made its way through the apartment walls, into a cup of yogurt (how’s that for product placement?). The trio escape and make their way to the library to research the Saint of Killers. Here, the episodes slows down a bit to give us an exposition dump about the Saint’s history. After all the carnage we just saw, it comes as a welcome break, and it’s actually a pretty interesting story. A Preacher comic book spinoff even makes a cameo, which is pretty funny. Unfortunately, their efforts to find a weakness are cut short when Cassidy realizes he forgot to warn Denis about the gunman. To save their reluctant host, Jesse has to make a deal.This entire episode was exciting, mostly because you knew Jesse couldn’t simply outrun the Saint of Killers again. He was in New Orleans; they were going to stay in New Orleans. This had to be the end of the arc (for the foreseeable future, at least.) Then, they add in a race against time. Always a good formula for giving an episode a boost of energy. After convincing The Saint that God is missing, and therefore won’t be able to fulfill the angels’ promise of access to Heaven, Jesse makes a deal. He’ll get The Saint a soul, and use The Word to send him to Heaven. The Saint gives him one hour. If he doesn’t make it back in time, Tulip, Cassidy, and Denis are dead. To make matters worse, Denis lost his inhaler and will die without it.We also finally got some answers about Cassidy’s relationship with Denis. It turns out he’s Cassidy’s son. That detail added a layer of tragedy and sympathy to the vampire he didn’t have before. Until now, he’s been a mix of comic relief and conniving third wheel trying to break Jesse and Tulip up. Now, we know that he’s been forced to watch his son grow apart from him, despise him, and exclusively speak a language he doesn’t understand. Worse than that, as an immortal, he has to watch his son grow old and die. That one revelation added some depth to Cassidy we never saw before.Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Ronald Guttman as Denis (Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Back to Jesse’s part of the episode, we finally learn why that soul-buying company at the beginning was so important. Jesse (whose family apparently used to be in the soul business) visits an old voodoo shop looking for souls. There, he finds out that a Japanese company moved in and pushed all the mom and pop soul shops out of business. Jesse finds the company’s armored truck and tries to blow it up, but it proves indestructible. Using The Word on some cops, he pulls the van over and attempts to steal a soul. There’s one problem. None of the souls in the stock match the Saint’s type. Wouldn’t you know it though, Jesse’s does. To save his friends, he gives one percent of his soul to The Saint. (And steals the armored van in the process.) Oh, and just in case the gruesome imagery earlier wasn’t enough, Jesse is just a few seconds late. The Saint is about to kill Tulip with a sword, when Cassidy grabs onto it. Man, this show didn’t shy away from showing those fingers get chopped off, did it?With so much happening in this episode, there’s a danger of it feeling too dense. It worked here, because the series has gotten us used to this kind of pace, and it knows how to choose its slow moments. It all adds up to the most exciting episode we’ve seen all season. I don’t think my heart stopped pounding for one second while watching it. It also had the courage to end (for a while at least) the Saint of Killers arc. After giving the Saint a piece of his soul, Jesse reveals he had no intention of sending the Saint to Heaven, after everything he’s done. He’s about to send him to Hell, when the Saint points out that he’d be going there with a piece of Jesse’s soul. So Jesse does the next best thing: Locks him in that indestructible armored truck and drives it into the swamp.Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)It’s a satisfying way to end the arc that solves one of this season’s biggest problems. The constant battle-run away loop with the Saint got tedious after the first time we saw it. We were overdue for a real showdown, and we got it. Now, the story can continue without getting held up by a homicidal cowboy ever two episodes. But, Jesse didn’t kill the Saint. He just left him in a place that will be very hard to get out of. If the writers want to bring him back, they can. Now, they just don’t have to worry about writing him in until they absolutely need to. With him out of the way, the story can go pretty much anywhere in the second half of the season. That’s an exciting place to be, and I can’t wait to see what this show has in mind. I do know it will likely involve Jesse. When the Saint picked her up by the neck, it did something to her. She’s traumatized, and given everything else she’s gone through, we’re not quite sure why. What did he do to her? Hopefully, we find out next week. Either way, it promises to be exciting. Next week, we finally meet Herr Starr.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History last_img read more

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Study Nighttime Smartphone Gazing Probably Wont Disturb Internal Clock

first_imgStay on target MIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the BrainBrain Scans Reveal ‘Pokémon Region’ in Lifelong Players Checking the time on your phone in the middle of the night won’t ruin your regular sleeping habits.(Jury’s still out on playing 10 rounds of Candy Crush at 3 a.m.)While an acute burst of light may make it difficult to fall back asleep, according to a new Northwestern University study, it won’t interfere with the body’s overall circadian rhythms.For the first time, researchers directly tested how short pulses of light are processed by the brain to affect sleep. And what they discovered is that separate areas of the organ are responsible for short pulses versus long-term exposure to light.Their findings, published this week in the journal eLife, challenge a long-held belief that all light information is relayed through the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN)—a tiny region of the brain’s hypothalamus, responsible for synchronizing the body’s sleep and wake cycles.“Prior to the widespread use of electricity, our exposure to light and darkness occurred in a very predictable pattern,” lead study author Tiffany Schmidt, an assistant professor of neurobiology at Northwestern, said in a statement.“But light has become very cheap. We all have smartphones, and their screens are very bright. We’re all getting exposed to light at the wrong times of day,” she continued. “It’s becoming more important to understand how these different types of light information are relayed to the brain.”Previously, scientists widely held that all light information moves through the SCN, known as the body’s “circadian pacemaker.”But, thanks to a genetically modified mouse model, the Northwestern team was able to prove that after light enters the eye, specialized neurons (intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells, or ipRGCs) carry that information to the brain.Which might explain why one night of restless sleep and smartphone gazing might make someone feel tired the next day, but doesn’t have a lasting effect on the body.More on Geek.com:Get Paid to Sleep as Mattress Firm’s Summer ‘Snoozetern’Can Smart PJs Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep?Sleeping Twice a Day is Better, Healthier, More Naturallast_img read more

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Modric Ballon dOr outcome wont change my perfect year

first_imgLuka Modric admits he wants the 2018 Ballon d’Or, but added it wouldn’t change his brilliant year whether he wins it or notFootball’s most highly coveted individual award has been contested by only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the past decade.The iconic duo have won the Ballon d’Or a record five times each over the last 10 years.But Modric’s brilliant displays for Croatia on route to the 2018 World Cup final along with helping Real Madrid wrap up a third consecutive Champions League title have made him the favourite.The 33-year-old playmaker won the 2018 Goal 50 award this week and has already beaten Ronaldo and Messi to the FIFA and UEFA Player of the Year prizes.Although Modric insists that it’s been the best year of his career and nothing can take that away from him.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Let’s see what happens,” said Modric, according to Goal.“I’m very proud to fight for it. If I win perfect, otherwise it will not change anything.“With or without the Ballon d’Or, it’s the best year of my career.”The last player to win the Ballon d’Or, other than Ronaldo or Messi, was Kaka in 2007.Modric provided Tin Jedvaj with an assist on Thursday night for Croatia’s spectacular 3-2 UEFA Nations League win over Spain.last_img read more

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MDFR rescues 4 people after boat capsizes off Key Biscayne

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue came to the rescue of four people who became stranded at sea after their boat capsized off the coast of Key Biscayne.MDFR responded to the scene at 9:23 a.m., Monday, after receiving reports of a 25-foot boat capsizing seven miles southeast of the Cape Florida Lighthouse in Key Biscayne.Upon their arrival, crews pulled four people from the water, all in good condition.All four passengers were safely taken back to shore.MDFR also used the rescue as an opportunity to warn boaters to check boating conditions. A small craft advisory had been in place for the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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5 injured in Hialeah Gardens headon collision

first_imgHIALEAH GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating a Hialeah Gardens crash that sent five people to the hospital.The head-on collision happened Tuesday morning in the area of Northwest 60th Avenue and 138th Street.According to officials, there were four teenagers in one car and one adult in the other.Three people had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital, while the other two were transported by ground. Their conditions remain unknown.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Alta Group and Genpact Strengthen Tieup for Global Commercial Equipment Finance Sector

first_imgThe Alta Group and Genpact, a global major in designing, transforming, and running intelligent business operations, announced on Thursday a newly-expanded strategic alliance that will provide comprehensive management, information technology (IT), application consulting, and hosted solutions to equipment lessors and other commercial and consumer finance institutions in the US and worldwide.The alliance will leverage the vast thought leadership and industry expertise of The Alta Group combined with Genpact’s deep domain experience, software products, and delivery capabilities.A large number of Genpact associates around the world already support the commercial lending sector serving over $200 billion in assets, with design and implementation capabilities across technology, risk, analytics, operations, asset management, and finance.Built on its strong heritage of being founded as a division of GE Capital, Genpact assists lessors in developing target operating models, driving process efficiencies, strategizing new market entry, scaling up without additional resources, and implementing cutting-edge software products.”Genpact is a global leader in the provision of IT, application consulting, and hosted solutions services to our industry. They have the expertise, capacity, and strategic focus to meet our clients’ operating requirements, especially when combined with Alta’s strategic expertise,” said John C. Deane, the CEO of Alta.”The two organizations also share a future vision of the industry requirements for application consulting and work process improvements,” he added.In addition, Genpact already offers a true end-to-end operating model from ideation through implementation and support that helps manufacturers establish captive leasing operations as a hosted model, with low capital expenditures and variable costs.”This partnership with The Alta Group will complement our capabilities through their expertise in the sector, specifically regarding market entry, asset management, captive and vendor program development, and all facets of business operations from human capital to legal support,” said Diwakar Singhal, senior vice president, Banking and Financial Services, Genpact.”We are at a tipping point in the industry, and can now offer market disruptive solutions for manufacturers, banks, and lessors,” Diwakar added.last_img read more

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UPDATE Houston Police Medication Caused Confusion For Journalist

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @OliviaMesserHouston sports journalist, Courtney Roland, has been found.A sports journalist who was found after she went missing over the weekend told police officers that she had a severe reaction to medication that led her to become confused and disoriented, police said Monday.The disappearance of Courtney Roland, 29, caused alarm after she sent nonsensical texts to her mother and her roommate called police Sunday saying Roland had expressed concern that a suspicious man was following her.Roland suffered memory loss as a result of her reaction to the medication and she was continuing to be evaluated at a hospital, police said at a news conference.“When our people were talking with her she seemed pretty confused about everything,” police Lt. Manuel Cruz Jr. said.She had bumps and bruises but was otherwise unharmed when she was spotted Monday morning walking under an Interstate 610 overpass in west Houston by a passer-by who had seen media reports that she was missing. She was found near the Galleria shopping mall where she was last seen Sunday. Her Jeep was found later that evening and her purse was found at a nearby business.Cruz said she appeared to have spent much of her time searching for her phone, which was found in the Jeep along with other personal items. At one point she was using an iPad app in an effort to find the phone.She wasn’t aware that she had been reported as missing and her state of confusion caused her to lose track of time, police said.“We do not suspect any foul play or any kind of suspicious activity attached to this incident,” Cruz said.Her disappearance Saturday after covering a football camp for top athletes prompted family and friends to use social media as a platform to find her, and Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday retweeted a plea to help search for her with the hashtag #HelpFindCourtney.Roland covers Texas A&M athletics for Rivals, a Yahoo!-owned online publication focusing on college sports. Her website features videos of her work covering Aggies football and other teams. She has also worked as a model in the Houston area.Messages left on phones listed for Roland and for her family members were not returned.#HelpFindCourtney https://t.co/LNUNsG1HBk— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 8, 2018 Share Latest: After seeing Ms. Roland’s case in the news this morning, a passerby called us about 8:15am, stating Ms. Roland was under an overpass at the 610 West Loop at Richmond. Our officers arrived, confirmed it was her and arranged she be checked at an area hospital. #HouNews https://t.co/U6xieTLY0U— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 8, 2018center_img Media Partners: No new information being released until our missing persons investigators have a news briefing on this case at 1 p.m. today at our Southeast Police Station at 8300 Mykawa Rd. #HouNews https://t.co/jWfu3Ykb5z— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 8, 2018last_img read more

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Supaboy is a working SNES that will fit in your pocket

first_imgAt this point, there’s scarcely a console out there that some deft modder won’t gut of its insides, tape them to a spare LCD and a couple of D cell batteries and transform as if by magic into a handheld device. Heck, there’s even a dude who has gone pro making just such handheld consoles.Of course, in real world terms, these “handheld” Xboxes and PlayStations and vintage NESes may be portable, but they aren’t very pocketable. They tend to suffer from bulky designs necessitated by the sheer size of the games they need to be able to read. They also tend to be one-off affairs, sold on eBay or designed for the personal use of the mod’s creator. And since the original hardware isn’t optimized for batteries, they tend to go through juice like there’s no tomorrow.Given the usual pedigree of such handheld console mod jobs, then, it’s hard not to get excited about Hyperkin’s upcoming Supaboy handheld. This is a handheld console that is actually a functional Super Nintendo, right down to the requirement to plug in original vintage cartridges.Unlike the usual home-baked console mods, though, the Supaboy is pretty pocketable and — with five hours of battery life per charge — it’s got plenty of juice. Even cooler, the Supaboy supports multiplayer. Just hook the Supaboy up to a television, plug in some vintage SNES controllers and boot up your favorite game. Sure, it’s not WiFi, but it’s something.As a guy with more than a few vintage SNES cartridges knocking about, I love the look of the Supaboy, especially at the projected price of between $60 and $70.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

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SpectreRSB targets CPU return stack buffer found on Intel AMD and ARM

first_imgAttacks exploiting operating systems and applications have been on an exponential rise in recent time. One such popular class of vulnerability is the Spectre, which exploits the speculative execution mechanism employed in modern processor chips and has recently targeted Intel, AMD, and ARM. The assumed dead exploit which resurfaced as a new variant of Spectre, SpectreRSB, was successful in exploiting the return stack buffer (RSB), a common predictor structure in modern CPUs used to predict return addresses. Spectre, which was first detected in January this year, has remained resilient. The Spectre variant 1, which Dartmouth claimed to resolve using its ELFbac policy techniques. The next one is the Spectre variant 2, which Google fixed using its Retpoline. Next to follow are the new data-stealing exploits, Spectre 1.1 and 1.2, detected just two weeks ago by Vladimir Kiriansky and Carl Waldspurger. And the most recent one in the headlines is the SpectreRSB. This spectre-class exploit, SpectreRSB, was revealed by security experts from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). They mentioned the details of this new exploit attack method in a research paper published by Arxiv, titled ‘Spectre Returns! Speculation Attacks using the Return Stack Buffer’ What is SpectreRSB? The SpectreRSB exploit relies on speculative execution, a feature found in several modern CPUs for optimizing computing performance. Due to the disparity between the potential speed of modern CPUs and memory, speculative execution occurs to keep efficiency at peak levels. However, to do so, the CPU is employed with running batch instructions. Once the instructions start, the CPU does not really check whether the memory accesses from the cache are accessing via a privileged memory. This exactly is the time for exploits to attack the system. As per the UCR researchers, SpectreRSB takes a slight detour from other similar attacks such as Meltdown. Rather than exploit the branch predictor units of CPUs or CPU cache components, SpectreRSB exploits the Return Stack Buffer (RSB). Researcher Nael Abu-Ghazaleh wrote, “To launch the attack, the attacker should poison the RSB (a different and arguably easier process than poisoning the branch predictor) and then cause a return instruction without a preceding call instruction in the victim (which is arguably more difficult than finding an indirect branch).” The paper says SpectreRSB also enables an attack against the Intel SGX (Software Guard Extensions) compartment. Here a malicious OS pollutes the RSB to cause a mis-speculation exposing data outside an SGX compartment. This attack bypasses all software and microcode patches on the SGX machine. How to Defend against SpectreRSB? Researchers stated that they reported SpectreRSB to companies that use RSBs to predict return addresses, which include Intel, AMD and ARM. Out of the three, AMD and ARM did not respond to a request for comment from Threatpost. However, in a reply to one of the statements in the Threatpost, an Intel spokesperson stated via an email, “SpectreRSB is related to branch target injection (CVE-2017-5715), and we expect that the exploits described in this paper are mitigated in the same manner.” He further stated that, “We have already published guidance for developers in the whitepaper, Speculative Execution Side Channel Mitigations. We are thankful for the ongoing work of the research community as we collectively work to help protect customers.” Following this, the UCR researchers stated that this newly found SpectreRSB cannot be prevented, using prior known defenses such as Google’s Retpoline fix, Intel’s microcode patches and so on. However, the researchers did mention the existence of a defense to mitigate against the SpectreRSB known as RSB stuffing. RSB stuffing currently exists on Intel’s Core i7 processors, starting from its Skylake lineup. With RSB stuffing, also known as  RSB refilling, every time there is a switch into the kernel, the RSB is intentionally filled with the address of a benign delay gadget to avoid the possibility of mis-speculation. Abu-Ghazaleh told Threatpost, “For some of the more dangerous attacks, the attack starts from the user code, but it’s trying to get the OS to return to the poisoned address. Refilling overwrites the entries in the RSB whenever we switch to the kernel (for example, at the same points where the KPTI patch remaps the kernel addresses).  So, the user cannot get the kernel to return to its poisoned addresses in the RSB.” Read more about the SpectreRSB in its research paper. Read Next Social engineering attacks – things to watch out for while online Top 5 cybersecurity trends you should be aware of in 2018 Top 5 cybersecurity myths debunkedlast_img read more

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Obama official Europe to have more forceful plan

first_imgAP White House CorrespondentLOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) – A senior Obama administration official says the plans European leaders are pursuing to stabilize their finances now and in the long run will be a “more forceful response” than they have contemplated to date.The official spoke on condition of anonymity at the Group of 20 summit in Mexico to characterize private talks without trumping the formal comments of leaders. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Top Stories European leaders will unveil the more detailed response to the continent’s financial crisis in Brussels during at summit at the end of June.The Obama official said the European strategy will be based around building more viable financial institutions over time but also time-buying measures in the short term.The official said Europeans made clear they know they have to do more.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

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FILE In this Oct 30 2016 file photo Arizona

first_imgFILE – In this Oct. 30, 2016, file photo, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches the action in the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. Halfway through their season, the Cardinals are one of the league’s biggest disappointments. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File) Yes, dear Cardinals fans, hope is still alive in this cesspool of mediocrity the NFL labels parity. Heading into Monday night’s game between the Bills and Seahawks in Seattle, the Cardinals (3-4-1) even have a chance at the NFC West Division title.Nobody in this conference but the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons’ offense looks elite. No NFC team looks capable of derailing Tom Brady and Co.’s march to a fifth Super Bowl title in Houston. The NFC playoff race is wide open; its waters anybody’s to master.Sunday’s action underscored this theory. The Giants beat the Eagles to take over the top Wild Card spot while Philadelphia continued to perplex its fan base with either dominant or flat performances.Green Bay lost at home to Indianapolis, Detroit (yes, Detroit!) won at Minnesota to send the injury-ravaged Vikings to their third straight loss, and the Redskins mercifully had a bye week to lock down the No. 2 Wild Card spot, percentage points ahead of those scary Lions.Out in L.A., Bruce Arians’ characterization of Jeff Fisher-coached teams is looking more and more generous; New Orleans is back in the thick of things, Tampa Bay… OK, not really… and even Carolina is looking around with a startled recognition of life despite a 1-5 start. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — If you’re still reeling from the first half of the Cardinals’ season — and we admit we contributed to that sense of gloom — here’s a cheery thought for your Monday morning.Ladies and gentlemen, your top three NFC Wild Card contenders: the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions.Nothing screams hope like the image of the three imposters limping ahead of you, three teams that have all allowed more points than they have scored, three teams that will not inspire a shred of confidence when the playoffs begin. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The odds are probably long for the Cardinals with left tackle Jared Veldheer out, safety Tyrann Mathieu out and this team looking nothing like Arians editions of the past, but there is no point in handicapping the Cardinals’ chances because nobody has any idea what will happen in this league on a week-to-week basis.At least we can all agree that if the Cardinals can’t beat the 49ers on Sunday at University of Phoenix, we should probably just start talking about our promising winter sports (sarcasm font). With a win Sunday, Arizona would be 4-4-1 with that pesky tie playing an unknown role in its postseason fortunes. Then it’s on to road games at suddenly reeling Minnesota and Atlanta. A few weeks ago, we would have said the Cardinals needed to win them all. Now, we’re not so sure.No Wild Card team has made the NFC playoffs with less than 10 wins since Philadelphia went 9-6-1 in 2008, but this does not feel like an ordinary year. This feels like an avert-your-eyes year.Somebody has to seize the day, or at least gently grip it. It might as well be the Cardinals.Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Small Luxury Hotels

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) welcomes four new members to its exclusive collection of small, independent hotels this October 2015. The hotels boast their access to local culture:Hotel & Restaurant Chateau le Cagnard, Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France:A stone hotel in the medieval village of Haut-de-Cagnes which has access to nearby Chateau Grimaldi (now a museum) and is an integral part of Provence’s art scene.Each room and suite is named after a prominent artist and the hotel is decorated with paintings by artists from the region.Cultural activities are aplenty – from French classes, painting/drawing courses to perfume making sessions in the historic village also known as the ‘Montmartre of Provence’.It is also ideally situated for exploring Nice (10 km), St-Paul-de-Vence (5 km) and other magnificent villages in the vicinity.Rates start from: EUR195 (Approx. USD218) Hotel Goldgasse, Salzburg, Austria:Located on Goldgasse, a century-old lane once lined with luxury goldsmiths’ workshops.The building served as a coppersmith’s workshop in the 16th century.Restaurant Gasthof Goldgasse serves Austrian cuisine in “Kupferpfandl’n” (copper pans) is well-paired with an extensive collection of fine Austrian wines.The hotel is located in the heart of Salzburg’s old town and is a short walk to Residenzplatz where Salzburg Cathedral stands, Mozart’s birthplace, and the DomQuartier museum.It’s the place to browse for jewellery, antiques and fine wine.Rates start from: EUR203 for a double room ( USD227) Hotel Sahrai, Fez, Morocco:The hotel offers views over the largest medina of all Moroccan imperial cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site marking twelve centuries of history.Standing on the former site of Marshal Lyautey’s summer palace, the hotel revisits the distinctive motif of the great arches that once adorned the façade of the original structure.The hotel is located just minutes from Fez’s historic and cultural labyrinth-like Medina with over 9,000 winding streets.Visitors can watch local artisans craft quality leather items at the Chaouwara Tanneries.Rates start at: MAD3,300 for a Junior Suite ( USD340)center_img Hotel Vagabond, Kampong Glam, Singapore:The hotel is located in the historic Kampong Glam precinct.The sleek boutique art hotel is Singapore’s first experience-driven luxury boutique hotel to feature an Artist in Residence program.A main feature of the hotel is the Vagabond Salon – a modern interpretation of a Parisian salon – where guests have the opportunity to mingle with resident artists every evening over a hand-crafted cocktail by Proof & Company, dine among a performance, watch an independent film or listen to a jazz quartet.Guests of Vagabond Salon can also look forward to enjoy a five star dining experience courtesy of 5th Quarter, run by award-winning Executive Chef Andrew Nocente and offering cuisine using traditional methods of curing meats with the aid of modern instruments.Rates start from: SGD350 for a Classic Room ( USD428)Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Man suffers burns after threatening to set himself on fire

first_imgA 63-year-old resident of Choirokitia was severely burnt in the early morning hours on Monday after threatening to set himself on fire.According to police, at around 1am the man parked his car outside the house of his estranged wife in Choirokitia and approached the house with a gas bottle to which he had attached a hose. He lit a fire and shouted angrily that he would set himself on fire if his ex-wife didn’t come out of the house.Several men managed to wrestle the bottle from the 63-year-old man and summoned police.He was taken to Nicosia general hospital where he is being treated for burns on his face and hands.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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