Varanasi: Come July 6, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be here in his Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh to flag off a membership campaign of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He will also start a massive plantation campaign of 27 lakh saplings in Varanasi. This will be Modi’s first visit to his constituency after becoming Prime Minister for the second term. Earlier, he had visited Varanasi on May 27 to thank his voters for the stupendous victory in the elections. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony According to senior BJP leader Sunil Ojha, the party organisation will celebrate the membership drive as a festival and the Prime Minister will felicitate dedicated party workers. Organising Secretary Ratnakar said that the membership drive will take place in three phases. The first will be at the booth level, second at those booths where the party is not strong yet and the third will be individual membership. Talking about the plantation drive, he said that Varanasi, at one time, was so green that it came to be known as ‘Anand Kannan’. “The idea is to revive Varanasi as ‘Anand Kannan’. The plantation drive will begin on the Panch-Kosi route and will continue till the end of September. The Prime Minister is likely to announce some new projects for Varanasi during his visit,” he said. About 10,000 school children in Varanasi will also plant trees during Modi’s visit.
OTTAWA – “For the first time that I’m aware of, the federal government is looking at a revenue-sharing model. That’s not something we’ve contemplated before.” B.C. Premier John Horgan as he left a first ministers’ meeting on Oct. 3.—During this week’s first ministers’ meeting, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presented premiers with a proposal to levy a 10 per cent federal excise tax on recreational marijuana once it becomes legal next July, with the revenue to be shared 50-50 with the provinces.While other premiers groused about what they considered an inadequate provincial share of the tax revenue from pot sales, British Columbia’s John Horgan expressed surprise that the federal government would pocket any of the money at all.“That’s not something we’ve contemplated before,” he said as he exited the meeting.“I believe provinces are concerned that there’s a whole bunch of costs being imposed on us in terms of distribution, in terms of regulation, in terms of making sure that the distribution chain is fee of the criminal element and so on. But now we’re going to have to share whatever modest revenue there might be.”Is that true?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a ranking of “full of baloney” — Horgan is simply wrong in asserting that revenue sharing is a new idea sprung on the premiers by Trudeau at Tuesday’s meeting.That said, it’s understandable that Horgan — who was only sworn in as premier in mid-July — may have been unaware of earlier federal-provincial discussions on revenue sharing that took place in the midst of the political chaos that followed B.C.’s photo-finish election in May.THE FACTSFederal and provincial finance ministers spent considerable time discussing marijuana taxation during a meeting on June 19.The agenda for the meeting shows that federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau intended to engage his provincial and territorial counterparts on “the development of principles for a co-ordinated approach to the taxation of cannabis.”A quote attributed to Morneau on the agenda read: “Our government’s goals are clear: we want to keep criminal elements out and we want to keep cannabis out of the hands of children. This will mean keeping taxes low and working together on an ongoing basis to ensure a co-ordinated approach.”Had no one contemplated the federal government reaping a share of the revenue from pot sales, there would have been no need to discuss a co-ordinated approach to taxing it.And statements from provincial finance ministers at the time show they fully understood that they’d have to share tax revenue with the feds, although how big a share each level of government would get has always been a matter of some debate, then and now.“We’re going to be asking for fairness and flexibility so that when there are some possible revenues that come from this that it’s properly shared,” said Ontario’s finance minister, Charles Sousa.“We want to have equitable sharing of tax revenue, whatever that revenue is,” echoed Quebec’s Carlos Leitao.“We’re not there yet in terms of having very precise discussions on prices and on rates of taxation. We want to make sure whatever system is put in place is equitably distributed among the provinces.”Trudeau’s proposal Tuesday was new insofar as it put some specifics on the table — a federal excise tax of $1 per gram on sales up to $10 and a 10 per cent tax on sales over $10, with provinces to get half the revenue.However, federal officials privately say even that wasn’t entirely new. Since the finance ministers’ meeting in June, federal and provincial officials have been discussing possible approaches to pot taxation in ever increasing detail and the 50-50 revenue split proposed by Trudeau was a well known federal preference, they say.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil alluded to that Tuesday after hearing Trudeau’s proposal: “I think it’s also important to recognize this was a proposal put forward, this conversation happened with finance ministers before.”Trudeau has said he’s open to provincial arguments that they deserve a bigger share of the revenue.Be that as it may, a federal excise tax isn’t necessarily the end of the story on marijuana taxation. There will likely be additional provincial and federal sales taxes.Until all the taxes and the base price at which provinces choose to sell marijuana are known, it’s impossible to say if governments will keep the price of pot sufficiently low to achieve their goal of driving black market dealers out of business.In the U.S. states where marijuana is already legal, some have been forced to reduce their initial tax rates of as much as 37 per cent because prices were too high to be competitive with the black market. The most recent proposals involve rates of between 10 and 25 per cent, according to the Tax Foundation.THE VERDICTAt the time of the finance ministers’ meeting in June, Horgan was not yet premier. B.C. was still 10 days away from the defeat of Christy Clark’s unstable, minority Liberal government and Horgan’s NDP, propped up by the Green party, was not sworn in as government until mid-July.It’s therefore not that surprising that he might be unaware of revenue-sharing discussions among finance ministers on June 19. Less explicable is the fact that he was apparently not briefed on the matter, since taking power in July or even in preparation for Tuesday’s first ministers’ meeting, when marijuana legalization was clearly going to come up.Nevertheless, it’s simply not the case that sharing revenue from cannabis taxes had never been contemplated before Trudeau dropped his surprise proposal. That assertion earns a rating of “full of baloney.”METHODOLOGYNo baloney — the statement is completely accurate.A little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is required.Some baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missing.A lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth.Full of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurate.SOURCEShttp://www.fin.gc.ca/n17/17-058-eng.asphttp://www.fin.gc.ca/n17/17-059-eng.asphttps://taxfoundation.org/individual-consumption-taxes/excise-taxes/marijuana-taxes/
After succumbing to excruciating hip pain, Matthew knew something was wrong. After months of misdiagnosis doctors found Acute Lymphoid Leukemia had ravaged his pelvis. Kids Wish Network stepped in to bring hope to this difficult situation by granting Matthew’s wish of visiting New York City.Matthew’s Acute Lymphoid Leukemia (ALL) was so progressive that by the time he was diagnosed it had broken his pelvis from the inside out. Matthew is undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatment and will remain in treatment for the next 3 years. This devastating news has not broken Matthew; rather he has found strength he never knew he had. When Kids Wish Network contacted Matthew about his wish he said he wanted to visit New York City and to experience all it has to offer.Private tours of the 9/11 Memorials and the Empire State Building were arranged but some of the most memorable moments were at the tapings of his favorite shows. Matthew experienced Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Fallon first hand. To make his experience special Matthew was part of Jimmy Fallon’s seasonal Stocking Stuffers Show where he received a new laptop and $500 towards a new gaming system of his choice. On the set of Saturday Night Live, Matthew was excited to meet his favorite cast member Will Forte. After the show on stage Will came up gave him a hug and introduced him to cast member Keenan Thompson. Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone and John Goodman also made guest appearances that night, adding to the magic.“Aside from the celebrities and the tours, there were so many wonderful moments that we will never forget, we cannot even begin to tell you about them all,” said Matthew’s mother Christy.Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for making Matthew’s wish so special: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, SNL, The Roosevelt Hotel, Circle Line Cruise, Department of Homeland Security, Hard Rock Cafe, Icon Parking, Empire State Building, Serendipity 3, John’s Pizzeria and the 9/11 Memorial.Every child deserves a chance at happiness; a wish is a way of bringing them that joy. If you would like to sponsor a child’s wish or if you know a child who is suffering from a life-threatening illness and may be in need of Kids Wish Network’s wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004. Find out more here.Source:PR Newswire
Rabat – Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, reiterated on Wednesday evening in Rabat, Morocco’s “full” support to Belgium’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.The presence of Belgium at the Security Council “will bring a lot of experience, lucidity and wisdom to the work of the Council in a very important international context”, Bourita pointed out at a press briefing in Rabat following talks with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders.The minister praised the “exceptional” relations between Morocco and Belgium, adding that these ties are marked by “historical depth, human dimension, good economic cooperation and convergence of views on the main political issues.”“Our talks were an opportunity to discuss the means to improve cooperation mechanisms at the level of regular political consultations and the High Partnership Committee”, he said. “The good political entente should also be reflected at the economic level”, he went on, noting that Belgium is today the eleventh international partner of Morocco and its seventh partner in Europe and that actions planned during this year will further strengthen this dimension.Commenting Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, Bourita said that “Morocco has always considered Belgium as a reliable partner in the European Union”, noting that Belgium is “a partner who has often had constructive stances regarding the interests and challenges of Morocco within the EU.”Bourita also stressed the importance of the Euro-African dimension, while advocating for a triangular relationship through a stronger dialogue “to go together to Africa.”For his part, Reydners said he was “delighted” by Morocco’s support to Belgium’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.“This is an opportunity for us to play a linking role and to propose solutions to problems, conflicts or difficult situations”, he said.Reydners started on Wednesday a two-day working visit to Morocco, with the aim of developing cooperation and relations between the two kingdoms.
Bus and coach market starts 2014 down 3.4%.Purpose-built bus market shows more positivity with 5.3% growth in January.Purpose-built coach registrations remain stable at 0.0%.“The bus and coach sector started the year down just 3.4%, a drop of 17 units and broadly in-line with our expectations for this year. We anticipate 2014 to be on a par with last year, so there are likely to be some ups and downs in the market,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “Purpose-built bus registrations were the bright spot in the sector, posting growth of 5.3%.”UK bus and coach registrations: 2014 and % change on 2013 Click through to download the January 2014 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
MEMBERS OF THE Transport and Communications Committee will be formally asked to reject the proposed appointment of John O’Connor as the chairman of Eirgrid in the wake of his performance before TDs and Senators yesterday.John O’Connor was widely criticised for his performance in front of the committee yesterday where he admitted that he would not like to live close to an electricity pylon.TDs and Senators questioned O’Connor’s suitability for the role in light of his previous affiliation to An Bord Pleanála, but the experienced civil servant denied any conflict of interest.None of the committee members indicated their support for his appointment, but a government spokesperson said last night that O’Connor retains the confidence of the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte and the government.However this will be put to the test next week when government TDs and Senators will be asked to vote on a motion to reject O’Connor’s appointment.The motion reads:“In light of the testimony of Mr. John O’Connor, former Chairman of An Bord Pleanála, at a hearing of the Joint Oireachtas Committee of Transport and Communications it is hereby requested that the Government reject the proposal of Minister Pat Rabbitte to appoint Mr. John O’Connor to be Chairman of Eirgrid.”Tabled by Fianna Fáil, the party’s transport spokesperson Timmy Dooley said today: “There seems to be a considerable level of negativity towards his appointment after the deliberations yesterday.“They [government TDs and Senators] now have an opportunity to express that by supporting the motion.”He said that if the government refuses to accept the motion it will “cast a shadow over their talk of reform” given the clear opposition expressed by coalition backbenchers yesterday.“There is little point having someone coming before committee and fail as miserably as he did and the government still appoints him. It would be a kick in the face to parliamentary reform,” he added.Eirgrid CEO: I’d have no issue living next to a pylon – I know it’s completely safeRabbitte: ‘There must be meaningful engagement with the public over Eirgrid plans’Read: ‘I wouldn’t like to live close to a pylon, but who would?’ – Incoming Eirgrid chair
By Fora Staff Feb 16th 2019, 1:01 AM https://jrnl.ie/4507607 Share31 Tweet Email3 9,175 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 7:00 AM 13 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com ‘Totally unmanageable’: It’s taking months for some businesses to secure foreign worker permits The department plans to ‘eliminate the impact of seasonal challenges’ by allocating more resources. Short URL DESPITE MINOR IMPROVEMENTS, the time it takes to process employment permits for non-EU nationals is still well below target, which is hampering businesses’ growth plans.Figures recently published by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation show that some 13,398 permits for workers outside the European Economic Area (EEA) were approved in 2018, an increase of about 2,000 compared to the previous year’s tally.The spike in applications comes at a time when Ireland’s unemployment rate has hit record lows and there is growing competition for talent.It is taking the State longer to process both standard applications and requests from companies and workers that qualify for the ‘Trusted Partner’ scheme, a fast-track initiative that is intended to “ease the administrative burden” of applying for permits.According to its own targets, the Department of Business is expected to process applications from Trusted Partners within a fortnight.As of 15 February, it is taking an average of three weeks for these applicants to be run through the system, a dramatic improvement on the estimated six-week delays recorded in late January.However, standard applications – which are supposed to be cleared within four weeks of their submission – are taking an average of 14 weeks to process.According to Anne Bolster, a director at PwC’s immigration and people organisation unit, these delays are “totally unmanageable” for businesses.She said the time lag has “delayed startups and companies expanding in Ireland” and has even jeopardised some projects.“It really does have an impact on companies … For anyone who doesn’t have Trusted Partner status, the delays are crazy,” she said.Morgan McKinley’s global FDI director, Trayc Keevans, said that smaller businesses in particular are being badly stung by the weeks-long delays in processing standard applications.She explained that small firms typically seek to fill one or two roles at a time and may not be as familiar with the application process as larger companies.“They may not have the resources internally to ensure that the documentation being sent is correct. If there is a mistake made, the person goes back into a review process for which there’s a 10-week delay. That can be quite costly,” Keevans said. Source: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.comInconsistencyAccording to Eoin Langdon, an associate director at Sigmar Recruitment, there is a lack of consistency when it comes to how the Department of Business processes applications.“I get the impression that if you’re talking to different people in the same agency, you might have a different experience,” he said.“To look at it from a positive point of view, there’s probably more opportunities for people to get visa sponsorship now than ever. That said, there is a delay, and probably the most frustrating thing for people is the lack of clarity around timelines and lack of communication.”Langdon noted that one of the consequences of the lengthy delays for recruitment agencies is that they are costing recruitment agencies business.“If the client doesn’t back out, it’d be the candidate; they either change their mind or there might be some complications,” he said.In response to queries from Fora, the Department of Business said that it had experienced “some loss of productivity” over the Christmas period due to a large spike in the number of permits for non-EEA doctors.It said it will be implementing new IT solutions to help eliminate such seasonal risks in the future.Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses.Written by Zuzia Whelan and posted on Fora.ie
Stay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit An 11-year-old girl in the U.K. recently spent thousands of dollars to get lip sync sessions with her favorite TikTok influencer and her parents are not happy about the social media “scam.”The girl spent about $4,198 in a month through iTunes and her parents had no clue that she was making multiple payments for TikTok, a social media app for sharing short talent videos, Business Insider reported. She was obsessed with a 24-year-old TikTok influencer, who was not named at this time, and made multiple payments to interact with the social media figure on the app.“We didn’t realize that the card was attached to the account and so didn’t realize she was spending all this money,” the mother, who remained anonymous, told Cambridgeshire Live. “We didn’t get any notification from iTunes or the bank even though she was spending hundreds of pounds a day.”The mother explained how her daughter racked up thousands in bills due to the TikTok incident, which had reportedly caused her to lose all of her savings.“It’s wiped out all my money,” she said. “It’s all the money I had, it’s over £3,500 (approximately $4,230) and all my overdraft, and I now have not one penny left for me and my family.”The girl was purchasing coins on the app so she could lip sync with the TikTok influencer and have private video calls with them. A bill obtained by Cambridgeshire Live shows many transactions, and some are as high as $119.99 each. According to the mother, the daughter was scammed on the social media app, however, the 11-year-old didn’t understand the situation.The worried mum says her daughter has been talking to a 24-year-old influencer on TikTok and buying ‘coins’ on the app so she can lip sync songs with him https://t.co/YcYZBM7JqL— Cambridgeshire Live (@Cambslive) September 1, 2019“I’ve now messaged [the man] from her phone, and said I was her mum,” she explained. “He didn’t believe me, and he didn’t seem to care about the money.”Even though the mom reportedly contacted her bank and the police, she said “no one can help” her get the money back. She received $152.33 from iTunes, but that still wasn’t enough to cover the amount she lost due to the “scam.”A TikTok spokesperson shared a statement about the incident with Business Insider, stating that it encourages TikTok users to report “potentially inappropriate behavior” on the social media app.“We are very sorry to hear about this user’s experience and have opened an internal investigation as part of our regular review process, which will help us further strengthen our internal controls,” said the TikTok spokesperson. “We encourage users to report any potentially inappropriate behavior through our in-app reporting function or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents concerned about the possibility of accidental in-app purchases should ensure that the payment function is disabled.”Watch: Making Calls with Siri or Google Could Get You ScammedMore on Geek.comFacebook Reportedly Considers Hiding ‘Like’ CountsStudy: Teen Tech Time Not to Blame for Poor Mental HealthTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature
LAS VEGAS (WSVN) — One of the victims who died at the shooting at a Las Vegas country concert spent his final hours with a bartender, who said she wanted to make sure he did not die alone.Heather Gooze was bartending at the Route 91 Festival when the gunman opened fire from a high-rise hotel next door. She said people began dragging injured victims through the bar to a makeshift triage center on a nearby street.“Everybody was running out the door and something wouldn’t let me go,” said Gooze.Gooze saw a man who had been shot in the head and she comforted him, holding his hand. She said within 10 minutes, she knew that he was dying and there was nothing anyone could do to save him. As she sat with the man, his cellphone rang. It was a friend, checking to see if he was OK.“And he said, ‘Is he hurt?’ And I said, yes, he’s hurt. And he’s like, ‘Is he…’ and he just kind of stopped. And I said, he didn’t make it,” said Gooze. “I didn’t want him to just be a no-named body. I knew who he was and now I had an obligation to make sure that everybody knew who he was,” said Gooze.Jordan was identified by officials as 23-year-old Jordan McIldoon, of British Columbia. His parents issued a statement thanking first responders and the people who stayed with him as he died.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The man’s friend gave Gooze his name: Jordan. His cellphone rang again and it was Jordan’s mother. Gooze spoke with her and told her what had happened to her son. Gooze also got Jordan’s girlfriend’s phone number so she could talk to her. She was on lockdown at a nearby hotel after running to safety.“I told her I was here, I’ve been with him this whole time, I promise you I will not leave him,” said Gooze. She said she sat with him for the next four hours and she hopes she could give Jordan’s loved ones some small comfort.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Several displaced homeless people affected by a cleanup of Stranahan Park in Fort Lauderdale will soon receive a settlement payment from the city.The American Civil Liberties Union sued the city for clearing out a homeless encampment near Stranahan Park in 2017.A settlement was eventually reached to pay 10 displaced residents who accused the city of unlawfully seizing their belongings.The 10 displaced residents will be splitting a settlement payment of $40,000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
“When you look at the research about the people who decided to leave BusinessWeek, it really was that the value equation was broken for them,” says Paul Bascobert. “They felt that for what they were paying, the product kept getting thinner and smaller and less comprehensive. I think this is a radical reversal of that.”According to editor Josh Tyrangiel, the redesign has altered the entire structure of the magazine to make navigation more logical. Now, each issue opens with an “Opening Remarks” column. Beyond the feature well, the new magazine is divided into five sections: global economics, companies and industries, politics and policy, technology, and markets and finance. “There are a lot of stories in this magazine,” Tyrangiel says. “We hope that everyone will read every word but we’re aware that not everyone will. We need to make sure we need to reach the reader and customers on their terms.”In addition, Bloomberg BusinessWeek is increasing its editorial folio from 55 to 66 (with “double” the number of news stories), is increasing its paper weight from its previous 28 lbs. and is hiking frequency from 47 times annually to 50. The $4.99 cover price will remain the same.“We’re trying to reach the whole business person,” Tyrangiel says.” We trying to be comprehensive, surprising and even seductive.”Despite the number of layoffs the magazine suffered earlier this year after being taken over by Bloomberg (more than 100 people were let go) Bloomberg says BusinessWeek is leveraging the massive editorial pool of Bloomberg News (namely 146 bureaus in 72 countries). “I’m working with a lot more people now than I would anywhere else,” says Tyrangial. “The real challenge is making sense of it all.” Bloomberg has unveiled a dramatic redesign of Bloomberg BusinessWeek, effective with the April 26 issue. The new magazine features a more stated nameplate (equally fusing the names Bloomberg and BusinessWeek), new sections and additional edit pages.“This represents the integration of two great business brands,” says Bloomberg BusinessWeek president Paul Bascobert. “What we’re bringing out today is, I think, the most significant entry in the weekly business news category, with a goal of nothing less than becoming the most influential business magazine in the world. We look around the marketplace and see a great opportunity to delivery weekly business insight.”Last year, BusinessWeek saw its advertising pages plummet 33.8 percent. Through the first quarter 2010, ad pages continued to fall, declining 18.7 percent compared to the same period in 2009. While it and other titles in the business/finance market continue to struggle, Bloomberg is confident that this relaunch poises BusinessWeek for continued relevance in a difficult market.
Car Industry Electric Cars Tags Enlarge ImageTesla is pulling out all the stops to increase customer deliveries of vehicles while demand is high. Elon Musk via Twitter Tesla’s had a rough go of it in 2019, but that isn’t stopping CEO Elon Musk from trying to psyche his people up and hit delivery targets.According to a report published Wednesday by Electrek, Musk sent out an email urging employees to push hard on vehicle deliveries while demand is strong, even going so far as to say that if they do well, Q2 could be “an all-time record for Tesla vehicle deliveries and an awesome victory!!”Deliveries were one of the most important topics during the brand’s Q1 earnings call, with numbers being markedly down from the Q4 2018 figure of 90,700. Now though, reports say that the Big T could eclipse that figure if it can get out of its own way.What exactly is Musk’s plan to do that? Well, in his typically hands-on fashion, he is planning on holding regular calls with Tesla’s global delivery teams to keep them on track and find efficiencies in the delivery process, especially those that will reduce costs.Whether Tesla can meet current levels of demand will likely have a significant influence on whether that demand continues or slackens, and with the company looking increasingly like it’s no longer the Wall Street darling it has been for years, that’s more important than ever.Tesla didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment. Tesla Sliding around in Teslas at the company’s Alaska proving… 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Share your voice 10:51 Tesla pulls the wraps off its Model Y crossover SUV 9 Photos Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Elon Musk Tesla More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better
.A garbage collector (tokai) was injured as a bomb exploded inside the outer boundary of Jessore Central Jail on Wednesday, reports UNB.The injured is Jahidul Biswas alias Kalu, 40, who used to collect garbage pulling his three-wheeler.The victim said he found a white plastic pot near the staff quarters of the jail in the afternoon.As he hit a coconut tree with the pot, it suddenly went off with a big bang, wounding his right hand severely, he said.Jailer Abu Taleb said though jail is a restricted area for others, Kalu normally comes inside the outer boundary for collecting waste and plastic materials as his father was a prison guard.”We don’t understand how the bomb came inside the jail. Police are seriously investigating the matter,” he added.Kalu was admitted to the Sadar hospital.
Dreams do come true. Fourteen years after production began on Duke Nukem Forever, the game’s publisher, 2K Games (the title’s fourth), has finally announced a release date–a “landmark date in gaming history.” The Duke will arrive on on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on May 3rd in North American (and three days later in the rest of the world).Says 2K’s president, Christoph Hartmann, The moment fans all over the world have been waiting for is almost here. May 3, 2011 marks Duke’s return as he unleashes his brash and brutally honest wit on the world. His return is going to be epic and one that will make video gaming history! We’ll see, Christoph. We’ll see. Censored trailer, after the jump.
Bungie, best known for the Halo series, has released an iPad port of its old cult-classic Mac shooter Marathon on the App Store. Better yet, it’s free.The project was started by a single fan coder, Daniel Blezek. The game has been open source for some time, so it was up to him to adapt controls to the touch screen (see screenshot above) and otherwise make the code run on iOS. It was widely expected that the project would be “foxed,” but in a typically Bungie move, the company embraced Blezek’s effort.There have been some interesting monetization choices made. The game is on a free-to-play model, with a high-resolution texture pack available as a $3.99 in-app purchase and “Master Chief Mode” for 99¢, which is essentially a cheat menu allowing the player to unlock all weapons, infinite ammo, invincibility, instant shields, level select, and save game anywhere.The game is an old FPS, for better and worse. The story is told via computer terminals spread around the game, and the game doesn’t exactly have the accessibility that modern iPad games do. Some puzzles are confusing by modern standards, and there’s also some platforming segments not generally seen in future Bungie FPS games like Halo. Controls use one virtual joystick for movement and swipes on the screen to look around. Firing can be done by virtual buttons or tapping anywhere on the screen, giving the player a slight degree of flexibility in their shooting adventures.This release contains the original game, which includes 27 levels. It’s widely expected that the game’s two original sequels will also appear on the App Store in some fashion in the future.In another typically Bungie touch, no detail has been spared from thought. The game’s release date is “Bungie Day,” or July 7th, to signify the company’s famous obsession with the luckiest number.Read more on TouchArcade
Citation: Researchers apply Benford’s law to physics exams to see if they can do better than chance (2013, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-benford-law-physics-exams-chance.html (Phys.org) —A team of scientists who specialize in multiple-choice test assessment at Brock and Trent University’s in Canada has conducted a study to find out if students could use Benford’s law to help them pass multiple-choice physics tests. They have posted a paper describing their results on the preprint server arXiv. Benford’s law, named after Frank Benford, a physicist working with probability, says that the numbers 1, 2, and 3 are much more likely to appear at the beginning of multiple digit numbers that are based on real-world measurements of such things as physical constants, the addresses of random people, etc. More specifically, the number 1, the law says, will appear first in a series of digits 30 percent of the time. The number 2 will appear first 18 percent of the time and the number 3 will appear first 13 percent of the time, and so on, with higher numbers appearing less and less often.This got the team in Canada wondering if physics students taking a multiple-choice test might be able to do better than random guessing if they followed Benford’s law instead—theory suggests that if they used Benford’s law to answer all of the questions, they should be able to score at least 51 percent correct—a passing mark. To find out, they created their own 500 question multiple-choice (each with three choices) exam along with a dataset of real answers from a real test. Incorrect answers were represented randomly.To run the test, the researchers chose the lowest possible number for each answer. In analyzing the results, they found that they could indeed score 51 percent on the test, without any knowledge of underlying physics concepts.But, there was a catch, when the researchers applied the same science to a real physics test, they found they were able to do no better than chance. That was because, they discovered, the wrong answers followed Benford’s law as well.The research team still can’t explain why the incorrect answers followed Benford’s law, but can report that clever students seeking to apply the law to their multiple choice tests, likely won’t fare any better than chance, which would mean they would fail miserably. Journal information: arXiv Number one rules in nature: study Explore further The distribution of leading digits in end-of-chapter excercise answers from two popular introductory physics text- books (Knight, Young & Freedman) and an analytical chem- istry textbook (Skoog). The dashed horizontal line indi- cates uniform distribution of first digits. Statistical analysis confirms conformation to Benford’s Law, overlayed as black squares. Credit: arXiv:1311.4787 [physics.data-an] © 2013 Phys.org More information: Benford’s Law: Textbook Exercises and Multiple-choice Testbanks, arXiv:1311.4787 [physics.data-an] arxiv.org/abs/1311.4787AbstractBenford’s Law describes the finding that the distribution of leading (or leftmost) digits of innumerable datasets follows a well-defined logarithmic trend, rather than an intuitive uniformity. In practice this means that the most common leading digit is 1, with an expected frequency of 30.1%, and the least common is 9, with an expected frequency of 4.6%. The history and development of Benford’s Law is inexorably linked to physics, yet there has been a dearth of physics-related Benford datasets reported in the literature. Currently, the most common application of Benford’s Law is in detecting number invention and tampering such as found in accounting-, tax-, and voter-fraud. We demonstrate that answers to end-of-chapter exercises in physics and chemistry textbooks conform to Benford’s Law. Subsequently, we investigate whether this fact can be used to gain advantage over random guessing in multiple-choice tests, and find that while testbank answers in introductory physics closely conform to Benford’s Law, the testbank is nonetheless secure against such a Benford’s attack for banal reasons. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Spotify Free opens web browser ads by Martin Brinkmann on October 05, 2016 in Music and Video – 8 commentsIf you are running Spotify Free on your desktop computer you may have noticed that advertisement is suddenly being launched in the default web browser when the software is running.Spotify Free is the advertisement driven limited version of Spotify. You can use Spotify more or less as you see fit — within certain limitations — and get ads in the software as banners on certain pages and as audio advertisement.Reports are coming in that certain advertisement campaigns in Spotify Free are triggering advertisements to open in the default system browser.Basically, what is happening is that users notice that advertisement or pop ups are loaded in short intervals — ten minutes seems to the the sweet spot — whenever Spotify Free is running.Scans of the system with up to date antivirus software revealed no hits, and the issue has been more or less confirmed by users who only ran Spotify on their systems to find out if the software was responsible for the behavior.Only certain banner ads displayed in the Spotify Free client seem to trigger the loading of advertisement in the default web browser.It appears that certain campaigns are designed to trigger the loading of advertisement in the default system browser even though that should not happen.The issue is not limited to Windows either, as users on Mac are reporting that advertisement pages were opened on their devices as well while running Spotify Free.What’s particularly worrying is that the ads are not safe for work. Some users reported full nudity advertisement, others ads for betting services.Same problem here, Just listening to music on my work laptop while writing some unit tests. And blam full frontal nudity across the screen.Started it and a few secs later ads! And the datingsite is not nice, nudes on frontpage!This is not the first time that Spotify Free users are experiencing issues when using the client. Users reported similar things happening on their devices about a year ago on the official Spotify community forum.Closing WordsThere is little that you can do right now to prevent banner ads to spawn advertisement in the default system browser when running Spotify Free.You might want to try switching to the web player instead and use it for the time being. It is unclear if web player ads show similar behavior, but browser’s may be better suited at blocking those requests or at least displaying warnings to users before loading these ads.Now You: Did you notice the issue while running Spotify Free?SummaryArticle NameSpotify Free opens web browser adsDescriptionIf you are running Spotify Free on your desktop computer you may have noticed that advertisement is suddenly being launched in the default web browser when the software is running.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Comments Share Government officials urged the more than 21,000 registered voters to go to the polls, and authorities reported that more than half of them did so.At a primary school that served as a polling place in the center of the capital, Doha, voters said they felt it was important to take part in the election.“Participating in the electoral process like this shows political and social awareness,” said voter Said Hussein Hajji.Qatar began holding elections for the municipal council in 1999. The most recent vote took place in 2011, with only one woman, Sheikha Yousuf al-Jufairi, winning a seat.Elections for the country’s main legislative body, the Shura Council, had been expected in 2013 but never took place.Voter Abdul Rahman al-Nabet said he hoped the municipal elections would lead to greater democratic opportunities.“Participation in elections is a right I love to exercise and I hope in the future to participate in parliamentary elections,” he said. “These things come step by step.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk A Qatari man casts his vote for municipal elections at a polling station in Doha, Qatar,Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Voters in Qatar are casting ballots in a rare election in the tiny Gulf nation for members of a municipal council. Wednesday’s balloting was the fifth such vote held in the history of Qatar, the oil and natural gas-rich country that will host the 2022 World Cup. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal) DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Voters in Qatar cast ballots on Wednesday for members of a municipal council, a rare election in the tiny but wealthy Gulf nation that will host the 2022 World Cup.It was the fifth such election held in the history of Qatar, a rapidly developing oil and natural gas-rich country that is ruled by a hereditary emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.Only five women were running among the 110 candidates vying for a spot in the 29-seat Central Municipal Council. The civic body deals with local issues, covers the whole country and is Qatar’s only directly elected body. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
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