Ifrane International Festival to Kick Off in July

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – The city of Ifrane will hold its second annual international festival from July 7until July 9, under the theme, “ Les Chants des Cèdres,” or Songs of Cedarwood.The three-day festival will gather together national and international musicians to perform. Notable Moroccan singers at this year’s event will include Abdelwahab Doukkali, Hatim Idar and Shada Hassoun. International stars Egyptian singer, Sherine Abdel Wahab and Lebanese superstar, Wael Jassar, will also be in attendance.West Africa will be represented by Senegalese singer, Badara Seck, who will lead a concert highlighting the talents of African artists called ” Le Chant de la Diversity,” “Diversity Songs.”The festival will also feature a forum about the environment, mountains and spirituality in collaboration with Morocco’s top university, Al Akhawayn.“This meeting will bring together a plethora of officials, researchers and experts to discuss various topics. The forum will be alsoan opportunity to award scientific works and local initiatives related to the promotion and protection of Moroccan mountains and environment,” the organizers said in a press release.Other activities at the festival will include a basketball tournament and animated movies for the children. read more

Food security in Pacific islands at risk from climate changerelated disasters –

A new report, Climate Change and Food Security in Pacific Island Countries, notes that development efforts in the islands have been seriously constrained by such disasters.As a result, these countries appear to be in a “constant mode of recovery,” according to the report, published jointly by FAO, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the University of the South Pacific.“Climate projections for the Pacific island countries are bleak and indicate reduced food security, especially for households,” said Alexander Müller, FAO Assistant Director-General, Natural Resources Management and Environment Department.“It is critical to build resilience of food systems to avoid enormous future economic losses in agriculture, fisheries and forestry. Countries will have to assess how vulnerable their food systems are and how they can adapt agriculture, forestry and fisheries to future climate-related disasters. There is a need to act urgently,” he added.While Pacific island countries have already committed to a number of global and regional agreements to tackle climate change, the report highlights the need for a more systematic approach, with national plans involving governments, the private sector and civil society.“Integrating climate change adaptation into national policies, strategies, programmes and budgets related to agriculture, forestry and fisheries should become a major priority,” noted Mr. Müller.In particular, countries must review their development policies in these fields in light of new information on climate change. In addition, farmers should receive the best available information and guidelines on the choice of crop varieties, soil and water management options under changed environmental conditions to avert the risk of crop failures.“Nations that have pushed for monoculture crop production for foreign markets will need to assess their food security potential,” states the report. “It is well established that diversified agricultural systems will fare better under climate change scenarios.” 2 December 2008The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that climate change-related disasters such as cyclones, flash floods and droughts are likely to have a serious impact on food production in Pacific island nations, and called for urgent measures to adapt to expected losses. read more

UN agency opens two new camps for displaced Iraqis in Baghdad

“UNHCR, the authorities and partners are working hard to ensure that the shelter needs of internally displaced Iraqis are being met and to relieve the pressure on the local community,” said Bruno Geddo, the UNHCR Representative in Iraq, in a press release. “While the majority of those who have been forcibly displaced would prefer to return home, a secure shelter will provide them with protection and a sense of dignity until it is safe for them to do so,” he added. Sadr Yusufiya camp opened yesterday, six kilometres from Bzeibiz bridge, the main access point between the Baghdad and Anbar provinces, and will accommodate some 2,000 people. In Baghdad’s Ghzaliya neighbourhood, Scout camp, which opened on 16 September, will provide shelter to some 1,500 internally displaced Iraqis who had been staying in unfinished buildings, with the host community or with relatives in the city. According to UNHCR, Scout camp has 250 tents that are all connected to electricity, and its new residents have also received essential household items and summer assistance, including mattresses and kitchen utensils, as well as rechargeable fans, cooler boxes and water coolers, to aid their new move. The camp features innovative shaded areas that will be used as communal kitchens, and a 250 KV generator to supplement the power supply when it goes off. Meanwhile, Sadr Yusufiya camp has 325 tents, each provided with one electric lamp and a socket outlet connected to two 350 KV generators powering the camp. Public lightning is reportedly provided by 36 pole lamp posts across the camp. Naima, 66, fled Anbar’s capital, Ramadi, when it fell to the control of armed insurgents in April. She moved into Scout camp last week, together with her son, his wife and their newborn baby. “It’s a big relief,” she said. “We’d been living in an unfinished building ever since we arrived. Although the host community has been generous, providing us with cash, food and household items, it feels good to have a space that is ours.” Conflict in Iraq continues unabated, causing mass internal displacement. According to the UN, Iraq now has the third highest population of IDPs in the world, with 3.2 million people having been displaced since January 2014, joining the ranks of approximately 1 million still displaced over the past decade. In the spring of 2015, renewed fighting in Anbar displaced an estimated 250,000 Iraqis. UNHCR says it will continue various shelter interventions to respond to the crisis. For example, in safe areas on the other side of the Euphrates river, the agency is building 2 more camps in Ameriyat al Fallujah, to provide shelter for up to 4,200 people who have been displaced within Anbar. Both camps have been made possible through flexible funding received by UNHCR from donors. Countries including the US, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Australia, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Canada have been providing UNHCR with unrestricted funding. read more

Rasmus Lauge Schmidt to Telekom Veszprem since 2019

The Danish left back was born in 1991 in Randers, but he started his professional career in Bjerringbro-Silkeborg. He won 2 silver and a bronze medal in Denmark before he signed with THW Kiel in 2013. He won the Bundesliga twice with Kiel, then in 2015 he signed with his current team SG Flensburg-Handewitt. The player with 193 cm height and 96 kg weight did not win any major trophies with Flensburg; however, it is without doubt that he became a force to be reckoned with in European handball. He scored 274 goals in the Champions League so far and in this season he is the second most effective player of his team with 45 goals. He played 98 games in Danish colors and scored 196 goals. He won with Denmark the Men’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. Besides this, he achieved 2 silver medals from World championships and another silver from Junior World championship, announced Telekom Veszprem earlier today. Rasmus Lauge SchmidtTelekom Veszprem The Danish superstar Rasmus Lauge Schmidt signed a 2+1 year contract with Telekom Veszprém. His contract will become valid on 1 July, 2019. The 27-years old playmaker, who is coming from German SG Flensburg Handewitt, has serious reasons why he choose Veszprem for the next station on his proffesional road. “Veszprém is a great club with big ambitions. They are going all in to win the Champions League. It is difficult to say no to them. I have heard a lot of positive things about them. I will do my best to hopefully bring titles to my future club. There is a great atmosphere in the Veszprém Arena, it is very difficult to play there as opponent. I am looking forward to have them as my home fans.” – said Rasmus. ← Previous Story TOP 50 EHF CL SCORERS: Uwe Gensheimer leads race despite two matches absence Next Story → Rasmus Lauge Schmidt about Veszprem: To win trophies and to save body read more

Olympiacos SFP and AEK Athens for the trophy in Greece

aek athens handballGreek handballOlympiakos handball ← Previous Story Hapoel Rishon LeZion win 18th Israeli title! Next Story → ROMANIA: Steaua and Dinamo Bucuresti to fight for the title Olympiacos SFP and AEK Athens will play for the trophy in Greek Championship. The two best teams of Greek handball in the moment, beat their rivals in semi-final of the Play-Off with 2:0. Olympiakos, defending champions, beat Doukas 23:20 and 29:24 to ensure placement at the final, while AEK had tough job against PAOK 25:20 and 23:22.The final series (BEST OF 5) starts on May 23 with two other matches on May 26 and 30.AEK Athens will have a chance to win the EHF Challenge Cup, but it will be much tougher than expected before the first final clash in Romania… read more

In a mythical country youd have set up a water body with

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Finance has weighed in on the row over the set-up costs of Irish Water.Speaking in Brussels this morning, Michael Noonan responded to the comments of ESRI economist John Fitzgerald, who said that €2 billion had been wasted on overstaffing at the water body.Noonan said that Fitzgerald had also pointed to savings.“John Fitzgerald also said that there will be a saving of around €2 billion that will be manifest by 2020.“In some mythical country, where there was no water service and you came in to set up a water service, you’d do it with a lot less people. But the extra manpower comes from the fact that 34 different local authorities are now running the water service.“To change that across to a national service obviously there are additional start-up costs.”Noonan went on to say that there are 1,000 staff currently employed in Irish Water who are installing water meters.He said that when that process is done, those staff will no longer be required, adding to the savings that will be made at Irish Water.Read: Irish Water says staffing numbers will ‘reduce over time’Read: Irish Water compared to HSE as expert says €2bn wasted on overstaffinglast_img read more

eBeam Edge Whiteboard records text and illustrations in realtime as you write

first_imgRemember back in high school and college when you used to race to copy down all the things on the board your teacher was writing before it got erased? It was a rather stressful way to spend class, but times are changing. Educational tools are improving greatly with advancements in technology. It wasn’t until recently that students were able to get textbooks on e-readers and tablets, eliminating the heavy burden of carrying 40 pounds of textbooks around all day from class to class.Another technological advancement will make following lectures and meetings even easier. The great minds over at Luidia, Inc. have created a device that will transform a normal whiteboard with text and illustrations into digital data in real-time. The eBeam Edge Whiteboard will work with any whiteboard and most Macs or PCs. Ebeam captures physical data from the whiteboard as you write on it. The data is transmitted digitally in real-time to those who are following along with the lecture, even if they are offsite watching it over the web.This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a whiteboard being aided by technology. Sure, you can stream video of the presenter writing on the board, and you can take a photo of the board and share it via Evernote or email, but doesn’t it seem that there should be a more resourceful way to expedite the process?The eBeam would be great for those brainstorming sessions when you’re writing furiously and then need to erase everything to make room for more writing. With eBeam, you still have the option to email the data files to participants after the meeting, and the file size is usually under a few hundred kilobytes. However, for those who aren’t able to watch the meeting in real-time, it’s free to watch after downloading the desktop viewer.If you want to get even more high-tech, you can also upgrade to the Projection Pack, which will allow you to use the eBeam Edge Whiteboard with a projector and more or less turn your projection into a massive tablet.The package contains a digital eraser, a pack of normal whiteboard markers, and four marker sleeves that slide over the regular markers. It also comes with the Edge receiver that reads the marker movements with either USB or Bluetooth. The eBeam Edge whiteboard comes at a price, though. The product will run you $899.95 for the USB version. There’s also a version that uses both USB and Bluetooth that goes for $1,049.95.Read more at eBeam, via GigaOmlast_img read more

Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies

first_img The world’s last male northern white rhinoceros passed away on Monday.Sudan, 45, was being treated for age-related health issues and a series of infections.When his condition worsened over the weekend, a veterinary team decided to euthanize him. Sudan died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where he lived under 24-hour armed surveillance for almost a decade.“We at Ol Pejeta are all saddened by Sudan’s death,” CEO Richard Vigne said in a statement. Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ It is with great sadness that Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dvůr Králové Zoo announce that Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, age 45, died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on March 19th, 2018 (yesterday). #SudanForever #TheLoneBachelorGone #Only2Left pic.twitter.com/1ncvmjZTy1— Ol Pejeta (@OlPejeta) March 20, 2018In 2009, the last four northern white rhinos—two males and two females—were moved from a Czech Republic zoo to Kenya, where it was hoped the climate and grasslands (similar to the subspecies’ native habitat) would encourage breeding.Despite the productive conditions, there were no successful pregnancies. Tests later confirmed neither female was capable of natural reproduction; only one was fertile enough to conceive artificially.Sudan, however, previously sired two offspring—one of which died in 2015; daughter Najin and granddaughter Fatu remain at Ol Pejeta, the only two northern white rhinos left on the planet.Sudan’s legacy—daughter Najin and granddaughter Fatu (via Jan Stejskal)“We can only hope that the world learns from the sad loss of Sudan, and takes every measure to end all trade in rhino horn,” WildAid CEO Peter Knights said. “While prices of rhino horn are falling in China and Vietnam, poaching for horn still threatens all rhino species.”Consumer demand in China and Vietnam has escalated illegal hunting over the past ten years; since 2013, South Africa lost more than 1,000 rhinos each year to poachers, who sell the horns for use in purported health tonics and carvings.Sudan has served as a global ambassador for his species, appearing in campaigns and public service announcements, and making appearances alongside public figures like pro basketball player Yao Ming.The majestic Sudan (via Jan Stejskal)“He was an amazing rhino … and will be remembered for the work he did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not only rhinos, but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity,” Vigne said. “One day, his demise will hopefully be seen as a seminal moment for conservationists worldwide.”For now, scientists’ best (and probably only) chance to preserve this subspecies is through in vitro fertilization (IVF): Conservationists plan to conduct the first-ever procedure to remove egg cells from females, fertilize them with northern white males’ stored semen, and insert the embryos into surrogate female southern white rhinos.The estimated cost for this operation could be as much as $9 million.“Yet this is the hope for preserving an entire subspecies,” according to San Francisco-based environmental organization WildAid, which is collecting donations to help fund the undertaking. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Nikki Bella looking forward to the day she isnt associated with John

first_img ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Nikki Bella Google+ Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion show Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Videos Articles WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Ronda Rousey Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’ Now Playing Up Next John Cena WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Nikki Bella Opens Up About Life After John Cena Split WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down The New York Post is featuring an interview with WWE star Nikki Bella where she talks about this Sunday’s first ever all-women’s PPV Evolution.Nikki, who will be challenging Ronda Rousey for the RAW Women’s Championship on the card, addressed her ex John Cena being brought up in a promo recently by Rousey.Nikki said she is hopeful a day will come where Cena is no longer brought up.“I’ve grown thick-skinned to it. I just can’t wait for the day it can stop and not every promo towards me brings up my ex and I think it will [stop]. I think there will come a day for that, but maybe there won’t, but I do hope so.”She also addressed criticism of the promo implying she needed a “man to get ahead.”“I think we are taking some old ways and bringing it into [Evolution]. I definitely hope it changes, and I think it will because I think the women are better than that. I think we can tell empowering stories that have nothing to do with men or how men define us because that’s the point of Evolution. We define ourselves as women. We want the equality. We don’t want to be defined by our men or our relationships because almost every woman is in a relationship with another wrestler in our industry. It’s crazy. I’ve never seen it like this, but it’s beautiful. We are such a big family.”Nikki also feels not only do men need to evolve on the issue, but women as well.“I think for me, this is the part where not only do men need to evolve, but [also] women that just because a woman is successful doesn’t mean it’s because of her man. I think it’s unfair. I guess where it doesn’t make me angry or feel bad about myself is I know the hard work that I’ve done to get where I’m at.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipNikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda RouseyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Punjab man arrested for passing military info to Pakistans ISI via WhatsApp

first_imgThe accused possessed incriminating documents that he shared with his handlers through WhatsApp.Representative ImagePunjab police arrested a man from Faridkot city for passing military secrets to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The accused had in possession incriminating documents that he had shared with his handlers through WhatsApp. Hailing from Punjab’s Moga district, Sukhwinder Singh Sidhu was staying near the Army cantonment area from where he was taken for questioning by the Indian intelligence agency on Saturday. He was later handed over to the Punjab police, reports Times Now.Sidhu came in contact with the ISI agents after he visited Pakistan for celebrating Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary around four years ago, police officer Yadwinder Singh told NDTV.”He got in touch with three Pakistani nationals, after which he began sending secret military information to them through WhatsApp,” said the officer.He is charge-sheeted under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1923.The string of cases related to the residents of Punjab passing military information to the ISI has unravelled in the recent crackdown by the intelligence agencies.In March, a man hailing from Punjab’s Pakistan border region Fazilka was arrested by Amritsar State Special Operations Cell (SSOC) for providing information on the Indian Army units along the Indo-Pak border. The accused confessed that he passed official information to Pakistan Intelligence Operatives over WhatsApp in exchange for money.Last month, an investigation revealed a Pakistan intelligence agent under the guise of ‘Sejal Kapoor’ honey trapped Indian defence officials and obtained classified information by making targets install highly advanced spyware software.last_img read more

As Trump Backlash Continues STEM Professionals In Texas Run For Office

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera: Joseph Kopser/Others provided courtesy campaignsClockwise from bottom left: Allison Lami Sawyer, Michelle Beckley, Joseph Kopser, Carla Morton, and Rick Kennedy are Democrats with backgrounds in STEM running for office this year.Allison Lami Sawyer’s path to the 2018 Texas midterms started at Space Camp.As a child growing up in small-town Alabama, Sawyer spent five consecutive summers at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, where she built model rockets and began to envision herself as a scientist. Sawyer went on to earn degrees in engineering and nanotechnology before starting a Houston company called Rebellion Photonics, which develops high-tech cameras to detect gas leaks in oil installations.Since she moved to Houston in 2008, that scientific background has attuned Sawyer, 33, to what she sees as a decline in “evidence-based decisions” in Texas politics, starting with the Tea Party’s rise to power in 2010 and exacerbated by Donald Trump’s election six years later.Last spring, with the midterms on the horizon, Sawyer, a Democrat, decided to give politics a try, launching a campaign to unseat state Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place, in a purple district in the Houston area.Sawyer is not alone. Across the country, hundreds of candidates with academic or professional experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics have left their businesses and laboratories to compete in state legislative contests, congressional elections and even governor’s races. These scientists-turned-politicians constitute the largest wave of such candidates in modern U.S. history, according to 314 Action, an advocacy group that works to elect STEM professionals to public office.Like the similar surge of women running for office this year, many of these first-time candidates entered the political arena in response to Trump’s election, frustrated with the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and energized by the inaugural Marches for Sciences held on Earth Day in April 2017.“Attacks on science didn’t start with the Trump administration,” said Shaughnessy Naughton, a former congressional candidate who founded 314 Action — named for the first three digits of pi — in 2014. “But they’ve taken what felt like a war on science and turned it into a war on facts, and that has been a catalyst for getting scientists involved.”Over the course of the election cycle, more than 150 candidates with STEM credentials announced campaigns for Congress across the country, according to VoteSTEM, another organization that advocates for scientists to run for office. Eleven of those candidates were in Texas.Ultimately, only two of the congressional hopefuls in Texas, both of them Democrats, survived the primaries — Joseph Kopser, an engineer running in District 21, which covers a portion of Austin, and Rick Kennedy, a computer scientist competing in District 17 in Central Texas. But around the state, candidates like Sawyer remain in contention for a range of local positions, including seats in the state Legislature and on the State Board of Education.And although many of these candidates face long odds in November, the current political environment, in which officials invoke “alternative facts” to justify inaccurate claims, could prove favorable to politicians schooled in the scientific method, said Colin Strother, a longtime Democratic strategist in Texas.Candidates who favor “making data-driven decisions based on evidence and facts” will have a good chance in the upcoming elections, Strother said. “That worldview is a winner.”This year, the highest-profile Texas candidate with a STEM background is Kopser, an Army veteran, engineer and tech entrepreneur who’s running for the congressional seat that U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, will vacate when he retires at the end of the term.Smith, who chairs the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, has become something of a bête noire among scientists, who resent his well-publicized efforts to curb climate-change research and block environmental regulations. On the campaign trail, Kopser has attacked Smith’s work on the committee, calling him out of touch with science. (A spokesman for the congressman did not respond to a request for comment.)“This anti-science, anti-facts style of leading this committee leaves a taste in people’s mouth that science is not as cool as it really is,” Kopser said in an interview. “You’ve got Lamar Smith questioning, doubting and putting politics into science in such a way that I’m afraid that it’ll lead people who might want to go into STEM to stay out of it.”In the primaries, Kopser was not the only candidate with STEM credentials who ran to replace Smith. Republican Sam Temple, a statistician for AT&T, finished a distant 12th in a crowded field of 18 candidates, after an oddball campaign in which he opined memorably on Stanley Milgram’s controversial social psychology experiments during a speech to the Bexar County Republican Women.Temple, a centrist who plans to vote for Kopser over Republican Chip Roy in the general election, said he ran for Smith’s seat because he did not want to see another “fear-mongering, science-hating Republican” take office. In 2013, Temple was enraged when Smith drafted a bill that critics feared would undermine the peer-review process at the National Science Foundation.“I remember sitting at my desk at work reading this news article and beating my head against the desk and saying, ‘What the heck is going on?’” Temple said.Other Texas candidates with STEM backgrounds express similar frustrations at the status of scientific discourse in national politics. Carla Morton, a neuropsychologist running for the State Board of Education as a Democrat, said she remembers feeling dismayed when Trump posited a connection between vaccines and autism, a dubious claim backed by little scientific evidence. And Michelle Beckley, a Democrat with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences who is running for a state House seat in Carrollton, said she wishes politicians would act on data showing the prevalence of gun violence across the country.Over the course of her campaign, Beckley — whose knowledge of biology helps her prevent diseases from spreading in the bird shop she took over in 2003 — has applied lessons from her scientific training to her political strategy, as she looks to make inroads in a district where the incumbent, state Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, cruised to re-election two years ago. Because she ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, Beckley treated that election as an experiment, sending different political mailers — one emblazoned with a donkey, for example, and another lacking equine imagery — to various precincts in her district to see which version generated greater turnout on Election Day.“There’s no randomness in my campaign,” Beckley said. “I look at the data, so I know what works and what doesn’t work.”A victory for Morton, Beckley, Sawyer, Kopser or Kennedy would not be the first time that someone with scientific bona fides has broken into Texas politics. Longtime Republican state Sen. Steve Ogden worked as an engineer on nuclear submarines during his career in the Navy. And Ron Paul, the two-time presidential candidate and former Texas congressman, was a doctor who cited his medical experience when he spoke out against abortion.At the moment, however, only 16 of the Texas Legislature’s 181 members have STEM backgrounds, according to 314 Action. State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, a businessman who serves on the House Energy Resources committee, said it “couldn’t hurt” to have more scientists in the Legislature. But he maintained that politicians with backgrounds in business and law also offer important perspectives on environmental issues.“If someone just comes in and says ‘we’ve got to get rid of fossil fuels 100 percent,’ I completely disagree with that just because of the economic impact that that would have on the state of Texas,” said Isaac, who unsuccessfully ran for Smith’s seat in Congress this year, finishing fourth in the Republican primary. “But their science is certainly going to be welcome.”Many scientists avoid politics because they don’t want their research to become politicized, said Naughton, the founder of 314 Action.“That is a legitimate concern,” she said. “But that is happening already, and it’s not going to change by pretending that because it’s ill-conceived, it will go away.”Since its founding four years ago, 314 Action has provided financial support and political advice to STEM professionals interested in running for office. The organization teaches potential candidates how to create fundraising plans and convert their impressive CVs into political narratives suitable for the campaign trail.One of the candidates 314 Action has worked with this election cycle is Sawyer, the engineer running for a state House seat in Houston.Sawyer has always enjoyed doing math problems. She finds it calming, she said, “almost like meditation.” Someday, she said, she hopes to send her son, now 8 months old, to a local space camp.“I just think it’s amazing that this crazy old world can be structured and defined by numbers,” she said.As Election Day approaches, Sawyer hopes to take that appreciation for analytical thinking to a broader audience and defend scientific inquiry against what she calls “a war on the truth.”“I never went to war for my country,” she said. “This is my — safe — version of that.”Disclosure: Joseph Kopser has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Sharelast_img read more

Sony Pictures Has OpenSourced Software Used to Make Into the SpiderVerse

first_img Popular on Variety Sony Pictures Imageworks has contributed a software tool used to create movies like “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Hotel Transylvania 3,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” to the open source community.OpenColorIO, a tool used for color management during the production process, has become the second software project of the Academy Software Foundation, an industry-wide open source association spearheaded by the Linux Foundation.Sony Pictures Imageworks has for some time given the industry free and open access to OpenColorIO under a modified BSD license. By contributing the tool to the Academy Software Foundation, the studio hopes to encourage the community to take charge of the future of the tool, said Sony Pictures Imageworks vice president and head of software development Michael Ford. “We want to contribute OpenColorIO back to the community that relies on it, and the Academy Software Foundation is the natural fit,” he said. “The developers and companies that use it every day will guide the project roadmap, starting with the features and release cadence for the new 2.0 version.”The Academy Software Foundation was founded in August of 2018 as an industry-wide effort to advance the development and use of open source software in Hollywood. Founding members include Autodesk, Cisco, DreamWorks, Epic Games, Foundry, Google Cloud, Intel, Walt Disney Studios and others. Sony Pictures Entertainment/Sony Pictures Imageworks, Warner Bros., the Blender Foundation and the Visual Effects Society (VES) joined the group last fall.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Biowares Dragon Age Inquisition will have 40 different endings

first_imgE3 is rife with impressive upcoming games, but for fans of Dragon Age, there is no substitute. Dragon Age: Inquisition, the latest incarnation of this epic action RPG, was demoed at E3, but the gameplay is only half the story from the land of Thedas. Dragon Age producer Cameron Lee has let it slip on Twitter that the game will have 40 major endings, plus a number of minor variations based on decisions a player makes.The gameplay video is worth watching even if you’ve already seen the awesome trailer. The game designers have taken a lot of lessons from the previous two Dragon Age games, as well as other RPGs in recent years. There are more than 200 spells and talents to choose from as your character levels up, and enemies don’t level with you.Maybe you’ve played an RPG where generic enemies suddenly start coming at you with enchanted swords as you get more powerful. Not with Dragon Age: Inquisition — all enemy NPCs have a certain difficulty level and that’s it. If you run into something you can’t defeat, you’ll have to turn tail and run.Inquisition is going to have a deep story that aims to be more cohesive than most other action RPGs. The endings will be shaped by the choices you make throughout the game. Your response to main plot points will probably determine which of the “major” endings you get. Lee also mentioned on Twitter that your character can be any combination of two genders, four races, three classes, and nine specializations. Even the voice can be customized.If you’re salivating at the thought of doing battle with all those dragons, try to restrain yourself. Dragon Age: Inquisition isn’t expected to launch until October. When it does, you’ll be able to get it on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, and PC. Though, the PC version will come from EA’s Origin service. The pricing is $60 across the board for the standard version and $70 for the deluxe bundle. Pre-ordering now nets you some exclusive weapons, though.last_img read more

Former Miss India Universe chased and attacked in Kolkata 7 held

first_imgKolkata: Seven persons were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly attacking former Miss India Universe Ushoshi Sengupta here and vandalising the cab she was travelling in, a senior Kolkata Police officer said. Sengupta, the winner of Miss India Universe pageant on 2010, was attacked on Monday night while coming back from a five star hotel in Kolkata in an Uber cab. “Seven persons — Sheik Rahit, Fardin Khan, Sk. Sabir Ali, Sk. Gani, Sk. Imran Ali, Sk. Wasim and Atif Khan have been arrested on Tuesday for allegedly harassing the complainant, assaulting an Uber driver and vandalising the cab. A detailed inquiry is going on into the case,” Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police, Crime, Praveen Tripathi said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Following the attack, the model-turned-actress posted about the incident on social media where she claimed that the gang of miscreants tried to drag her out when she was dropping her colleague. “Last night 17th June 2019 at around 11:40 pm I took an uber from JW Marriott Kolkata. I was accompanied by my colleague. We were taking a left turn from the Exide crossing towards Elgin while few boys in a bike (without helmet) came and hit the Uber. To which they stopped the bike and started yelling at the driver. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “In a fraction of second there were 15 boys and they all started banging the car window and dragging the driver out. They dragged the driver and started beating him up. This is when I stepped out and started shouting taking a video of the incident,” Sengupta wrote in ar Facebook post which has gone viral. “The boys followed us till my colleague’s house and right when we were dropping him near lake gardens govt housing, 6 of the boys in 3 bikes came and stopped my car, threw stones, broke the car. Dragged me out and tried to break my phone to delete the video. My colleague jumped out out of fear and I was completely shaken. I came out started shouting by now the locals had come out,” she said. In her post, Sengupta also questioned how 15 boys were allowed to travel on bikes without helmet and said such incidents can happen to anybody.last_img read more

OneDrive Personal Vault and storage changes

first_imgOneDrive: Personal Vault and storage changes by Martin Brinkmann on June 26, 2019 in Microsoft – 26 commentsMicrosoft announced two changes to the company’s OneDrive service yesterday on the official Microsoft 365 website.The first increases the storage of the 50 Gigabyte storage plan to 100 Gigabytes without additional charge and adds new add-on storage options to Office 365 subscribers.The second introduces Personal Vault, a secure storage option inside OneDrive to add another layer of protection to important data.Storage plan improvementsOneDrive supports two storage plans: the free plan that gives customers 5 Gigabytes of free online storage, and a paid plan that increased storage to 50 Gigabytes of online storage for $1.99 per month. The latter will be increased to 100 Gigabytes, the price of $1.99 remains.All OneDrive customers subscribed to the 50 Gigabytes storage plan will be upgraded automatically to the new plan so that they may use up to 100 Gigabytes of storage.Customers who need more storage need Office 365 as it includes 1 Terabyte of OneDrive storage. Microsoft plans to introduce add-on storage plans for Office 365 subscribers that increase available storage by up to 1 Terabyte extra.Customers may select 200GB, 400GB, 600GB, 800GB, or 1TB storage increases for $1.99, $3.99, $5.99, $7.99 and $9.99 per month respectively.Tip: find out how to use OneDrive’s files on demand feature.OneDrive Personal VaultThe second new feature that will roll out soon is called OneDrive Personal Vault.  Personal Vault is a secure area inside OneDrive that can only be accessed using strong authentication or a second step of identity verification.Customers may set up the vault using fingerprint, face, Pin, or temporary codes via email, SMS or the Microsoft Authenticator app. These need to be supplied when files inside the Personal Vault need to be accessed.Personal Vault files are available on the official OneDrive website, on PCs, and other supported devices such as mobile devices for which OneDrive is available.On Windows 10, OneDrive syncs the Personal Vault to a Bitlocker encrypted area of the hard drive. Microsoft recommends that customers enable encryption on mobile devices to secure the data on these devices as well. The company did not mention previous Windows operating systems such as Windows 7 or 8.1. It appears that administrators of these systems need to encrypt the hard drives manually, e.g. by using the encryption software VeraCrypt.OneDrive Personal Vault launches first in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Customers from other regions will receive access to the new feature by the end of the year.Microsoft launched a Protect your Important files feature in 2018. The new feature is not related to that.Closing WordsThe storage increase from 50 to 100 Gigabytes is free, and the other storage plan options are optional. The Personal Vault adds an option to OneDrive to add another layer of security on top of the existing structure to protect important files even better; this works only on Windows 10 automatically as it is automatically encrypted on Windows 10 devices.Now You: What is your take on Personal Vault?SummaryArticle NameOneDrive: Personal Vault and storage changesDescriptionMicrosoft announced two changes to the company’s OneDrive service yesterday on the official Microsoft 365 website.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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