Vine: UNC Student Drills The Half-Court Shot On College GameDay

first_imgNorth Carolina student drills half-court shot.Vine/@StephLaurenThe half-court shot on the basketball version of ESPN’s College GameDay is often the highlight of the program, and that is definitely a fact for one lucky North Carolina student today. UNC junior Forrest Reynolds, who also serves as a student manager with the basketball program, took two very strong attempts before absolutely drilling his third shot, netting him $18,000.Kid just made the half court shot on College Gameday at UNC— Stephanie Haberman (@StephLauren) March 7, 2015A win over hated rival Duke today would definitely be the icing on the cake for Reynolds, although he’d probably admit that he’s made out pretty well no matter what happens tonight.last_img read more

Capital Product, HMM Agree On Charter Rate Cuts

first_imgzoom Athens-based Capital Product Partners has agreed to lower the rates for five of its 5,023 TEU container ships currently on long-term charters with Hyundai Merchant Marine by 20 percent until December 2019, as part of the South Korean carrier’s restructuring plans.Capital’s vessels, Hyundai Prestige, Hyundai Premium, Hyundai Paramount, Hyundai Privilege and Hyundai Platinum, are each under time charters with HMM which expire in 2025.This agreement provides for the reduction of the charter rate from USD 29,350 to USD 23,480 per day gross for a three-year period starting in July 2016 and ending in December 2019.The total charter rate reduction for the three-year period aggregates to approximately USD 37 million. The charter restructuring agreement further provides that at the end of the 2019, the charter rate under the respective charter parties will be restored to the original daily rate of USD 29,350 until the expiry of each charter in 2025.In exchange for the charter reduction, Capital will receive shares in HMM that are expected to be freely tradable on the stock market division of the Korean Exchange, and/or an unsecured loan to HMM in an aggregate amount initially equal to the charter reduction. The charter reduction compensation is expected to be delivered by July 23, 2016.“We are pleased to see that the out-of-court restructuring of HMM — one of the largest charterers of the Partnership in terms of revenues — has been successfully agreed with the participation of HMM’s key financial creditors together with the announcement that HMM intends to join the ‘2M Alliance’ — the world’s largest container shipping alliance, which comprises Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co.,” Jerry Kalogiratos, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of the Partnership’s General Partner, said.”While the impact of the HMM Vessels charter rate reduction will adversely affect our cash flows until the end of 2019, when the charter rate under the respective charter parties is expected to be restored to the original rate, we believe that the reduced charter rate and the Charter Reduction Compensation that we expect to receive represents a more favorable outcome given the alternative employment opportunities in the current depressed container charter market.”last_img read more

Boxer collapses after practice session dead on arrival at hospital says doctor

first_imgKolkata: A 20-year-old female boxer identified as Jyoti Pradhan died while taking rest after her practice on Wednesday evening. After the autopsy examination doctors found no injury on the body. But her liver seemed to have extended in size which indicated towards jaundice.According to sources, on Wednesday afternoon, Jyoti arrived at the Bhowanipore Boxing Association located on Rupnarayan Nandan Lane for practice. She was practicing with a punching bag and after some time, she stopped and sat on a chair and seen was wiping sweat with a towel. At that time she suddenly she collapsed and fell down from the chair. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersOther members of the club immediately rushed Jyoti to SSKM Hospital where she was declared brought dead. Meanwhile, her father as Raju Pradhan was informed after his daughter went unconscious. When he reached SSKM Hospital found Jyoti was dead. On Thursday, after conducting autopsy, concerned surgeon found that there was no injury on Jyoti’s body. Sources informed that the autopsy surgeon found Jyoti’s liver was a bit large than usual. Also, there were symtoms that Jyoti was suffering from jaundice. It is suspected that she might have suffered a massive cardiac arrest after her practice session due to which she died. To point out the exact cause her viscera has been preserved for further examination. Jyoti was originally from Darjeeling and was residing at Bhukailash Road. She was pursuing her graduation from Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri Law college and was studying in the second-year. Jyoti had represented Bengal in the national-level boxing tournaments. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaState Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay who is also a portfolio holder of the club has expressed his condolence and stated the incident was unfortunate. This is the third time this year in Kolkata where a sportsperson died while practicing. Earlier on March 20, a 22-year-old budding cricketer identified as Sonu Yadav, died while playing on Bata ground at Maidan. Despite he collapsed once, but within seconds he got up and said he was fit and started batting again. However, after approximately 15 minutes Yadav collapsed again. Other players immediately took him to the sideline and later rushed him to the medical unit at Cricket Association of Bengal. The doctors examined him and suggested he should be immediately admitted to a hospital. Yadav was taken to the SSKM Hospital. Following that he was rushed to SSKM Hospital where declared brought dead. Also in January this year, a 21-year-old budding cricketer had died after he fell ill while playing at Tala Park. The young cricketer, identified as Aniket Sharma, was declared brought dead by the doctors at R G Kar Medical College and Hospital. Before playing cricket, Sharma and his friends had decided to play a football match. While warming up for the football match Sharma had suddenly collapsed. The officials of the club and his teammates immediately rushed Sharma to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.last_img read more

Tumbler Ridge Museum curator responds to concerns raised by PRRD Board

first_imgAmong the issues, Fraser said that the Museum’s curator Dr. Lisa Buckley was exploring other locations to have the museum’s fossils moved to in case the museum were to once again lose its funding, and that the TRMF had denied UNESCO evaluators and Geopark Society members access to one of its paleontological digs.Dr. Buckley said during an interview this week that her chief responsibility with the museum is to ensure that the fossils – which are in fact the property of the B.C. Government – are stored in a proper place for safekeeping.She said that due to the museum’s ongoing funding woes – which began in March – if the museum were to close its doors once again the fossils might not be stored in a proper place.“Any collection, whether it’s a fossil collection, or a collection of bugs in jars, or pickled fish in jars, if those natural history collections lose financial support and their ability to remain in an area, they become what’s termed an ‘orphaned’ collection,” said Dr. Buckley. “It’s not like storing rocks in a garage. These are heritage items and they do need specialized care. With that care comes a building to put them in, paying people to actually look after them and to manage all of the records that are associated to them, and to monitor tham and make sure nothing horrible happens to them in their cabinets. There’s a lot that goes into the preservation of our natural history collections. It’s not just like putting ceramic things on a fireplace mantlepiece. Even though they are fossils and have a lot of rock in them, they’re still subject to degradation.”She said that the provincial government has strict regulations on how fossils are cared for and managed under the Fossil Management Framework, which was implemented in 2005.Dr. Buckley also gave a reason for the Museum Foundation denying UNESCO evaluators and Geopark Society members access to one of its paleontological digs, saying that the cancellation was given on short notice, and because the dig in question is of critical scientific importance as it is so far the only tyrannosaur trackway discovered anywhere on Earth.“We did get very short notice to arrange a trip to the site, which is in a remote location and it does take a lot of time – more than a couple of days – to get a site ready for visitation. So, the logistics just weren’t going to work out in the timeframe that were notified with. As far as we know, the Geopark Society knew months in advance that the advisors were coming in. We had a week’s notice, so that’s not really enough time to properly prepare a site.”Dr. Buckley said, however, that the chief reason for the denial was due to the museum restricting access to its scientifically-important fossil localities to paleontologists and students. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The curator of the Tumbler Ridge Museum and executive director of the Peace Region Paleontology Research Centre has responded to several concerns raised by the Peace River Regional District Board at a meeting last week.At a meeting last Thursday, the PRRD Board voted in favour of a resolution from Director Rob Fraser for the Regional District to seek clarification from the Museum Foundation and the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark Board about a meeting held on July 20th.Fraser, who was at that meeting as a representative of the PRRD, said he heard several things that caused him to become concerned. She added that the restriction had been put in place prior to the museum knowing about the visit.“These are people who we know work with very sensitive location data, and we know that they are bound by the same ethics and sense of responsibility when it comes to not disclosing that just because it’s a cool site and they want to take other people to it. This is a very, very sensitive location. It’s difficult to get to, but once you know where it is, it’s easy to find again. It’s also physically sensitive. The rock that the footprints are on is very unstable.”She explained that as a paleontologist, she wanted to ensure that as few members of the general public know the location of the site, due both to its rarity and also due to other fossil sites being vandalized in the past.“Every fossil footprint site that we’ve opened to the public has been vandalized or has had specimens stolen from it. So, this is a very real concern that we face when we make a decision to open a site to the general public.”last_img read more

Côte dIvoire Security Council calls for formation of an allinclusive Government

13 April 2011The Security Council today encouraged the President of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, to form an all-inclusive, broad-based Government now that he is assuming his responsibilities as head of State following the surrender of his predecessor, who had until this week refused to cede power after his defeat in last year’s presidential poll. The Security Council today encouraged the President of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, to form an all-inclusive, broad-based Government now that he is assuming his responsibilities as head of State following the surrender of his predecessor, who had until this week refused to cede power after his defeat in last year’s presidential poll.“The members of the Security Council urge all Ivorians to abstain from any reprisals, revenge or provocation, to exercise maximum restraint and to work together to promote national reconciliation and restore sustainable peace through dialogue and consultation,” Ambassador Néstor Osorio of Colombia, which holds the Council’s rotating monthly presidency, said in a statement read out to the press.The refusal by former president Laurent Gbagbo to stand down after he lost the United Nations-certified run-off poll in November plunged the West African country into four months of violence, with his troops pitted against forces loyal to Mr. Ouattara, the internationally recognized President. Mr. Gbagbo surrendered on Monday and was taken into custody.The Council welcomed Mr. Ouattara’s commitment to investigate alleged human rights abuses and reaffirmed that those responsible for the violations must he held accountable for their crimes regardless of their political affiliation. It commended the President’s call for justice and reconciliation, as well as his decision to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Committee.The 15-member body also encouraged the Government to cooperate closely with the Independent Commission of Inquiry set up by the UN Human Rights Council, and urged the authorities to ensure Mr. Gbagbo’s security and accord him and his entourage fair and just treatment.It voiced concern over reports of widespread violence and intimidation in the commercial capital, Abidjan, and urged all illegal armed combatants to lay down their arms immediately and hand them in to the relevant authorities.The Council further encouraged the UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire, which is known as UNOCI, to help the Government in the urgent task of disarmament, the establishment of security, public order and rule of law throughout the country and facilitate aid delivery, as well as continue to protect civilians.In their briefings to the Council, three senior UN officials said the situation in Côte d’Ivoire remains grave despite Mr. Gbagbo’s surrender and stressed the need to restore the rule of law, bring to justice those responsible for the gross human rights violations and respond to the dire humanitarian needs.Y. J. Choi, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire and head of UNOCI, told delegates that the mission’s immediate priority was to prevent a security vacuum, disarm surrendering soldiers and militiamen, secure vital installations, including air and sea ports, protect civilians, prevent reprisal attacks and gather evidence on human rights abuses.“The Ivorian people organized one of the most impressive elections; they succeeded largely by themselves in resolving the post-election crisis which allowed for the will of the people to prevail,” Mr. Choi said via video-link from Abidjan. “Now they will march forward towards national reconciliation and reconstruction with the assistance of the international community.”He said the challenges ahead include the restoration of peace and security, the prevention of further human rights violations, the delivery of humanitarian aid, national reconciliation and reconstruction, including promoting education, youth employment and poverty alleviation. He also cited the need for disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programmes as well as security sector reform.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called for “immediate and decisive action” to address the humanitarian crisis in the West African country and to build public confidence in the rule of law to ensure justice.“Reconciliation will not be accomplished without meaningful accountability, which has been lacking in Côte d’Ivoire over the past decade,” she said in her briefing. “To achieve peace and reconciliation, the cycle of impunity must be stopped, perpetrators must be brought to justice, and victims must be rehabilitated in their rights and dignity.” She said a mission from her office that spent last week in Côte d’Ivoire found evidence of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and sexual violence in Abidjan and the rest of the country.Ms. Pillay also voiced concern over entrenched divisions and distrust between communities engendered by years of discrimination and violence and exacerbated by inflammatory speech and reprisal killings.“Rebuilding social cohesion and fostering reconciliation between communities will need to be one of the main priorities of the Government and will require the support of the international community,” she said.Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, stressed the need to boost the delivery of food aid and to provide shelter and medical assistance to the sick and wounded, as well as to those who have been traumatised by the atrocities they have witnessed or endured.She said that an estimated $300 million is required to respond to the humanitarian crisis inside Côte d’Ivoire and in neighbouring countries where Ivorians have sought refuge. Some $57 million of the required funding has been received, she added.“We must not let the people of Côte d’Ivoire down,” Ms. Amos, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said, calling on Member States to redouble their efforts and respond to needs in Côte d’Ivoire and the region.Ms. Amos told reporters after her briefing that an estimated 800,000 people remain displaced and that the security situation throughout the country remained volatile. Over 130,000 Ivorian refugees had also sought safety in Liberia.She spoke of the need to insist to Mr. Ouattara that his Government must abide by international law and ensure the protection of all civilians. “All armed groups also continue to bear responsibilities in this regard,” said Ms. Amos.Separately, General Assembly President Joseph Deiss also emphasized that human rights, good governance, transparency and accountability must be the guiding principles of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire.“I hope that the international community will further assist Côte d’Ivoire as the country now faces the challenge of healing and reconstruction,” Mr. Deiss told reporters at UN Headquarters.Cote read more

Security Council starts process for East Timors admission to UN

The letter, signed by both Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and President Xanana Gusmão, was forwarded to the Security Council and the General Assembly. It requests that East Timor be admitted as a new member during the last week of September after the Assembly’s next session, fifty-seventh, gets under way.According to the text of a declaration enclosed with the letter, which was released today at UN Headquarters in New York, East Timor “accepts the obligations contained in the Charter of the United Nations and solemnly undertakes to fulfil them.”The Security Council met behind closed doors today to consider the application. According to past practice, the Council will refer the matter to its Committee on Admission of New Members, which will then make a recommendation to the full UN Assembly. read more

UN tribunal sentences exRwandan military commander to 27year jail term

The three judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), sitting in Arusha, Tanzania, also acquitted a former government minister and a former regional prefect of similar charges in the Cyangugu case, named for the prefecture where the killings took place.Samuel Imanishimwe was convicted of six charges, including genocide, murder and torture, in connection with the slaughter of mostly Tutsi civilians in the area in April 1994.The ICTR heard evidence of the killings “of massive numbers” of Tutsi civilians and Hutu political opponents by soldiers, Interahamwe militias and locals at the Gashirabowba football field, and in the Shangi, Mibilizi and Nyamasheke parishes.The judges acquitted André Ntagerura, a former Minister of Transport and Communications, after concluding prosecutors had not proven his criminal responsibility beyond reasonable doubt. They also found there was no credible evidence Mr. Ntagerura expressed public support for the killings.The ICTR also acquitted Emmanuel Bagambiki because it could not be proved he had a superior-subordinate relationship with the soldiers or gendarmes who killed Tutsis in Kagano commune. Mr. Bagambiki was also cleared of charges he trained and distributed weapons to Interahamwe militias.The UN Security Council created the ICTR to hear cases after some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered between April and June 1994 in Rwanda. read more

Study on potential of African agriculture presented to UN

The study, entitled “Realizing the promise and potential of African agriculture: Science and technology strategies for improving agricultural productivity and food security in Africa,” was compiled by the InterAcademy Council – an organization created by 90 of the world’s science academies to provide expert knowledge to international bodies such as the UN.According to the study, there is no single technological solution for the many problems facing agriculture in Africa. Instead, experts offer a number of concrete steps that the scientific community – working closely with farmers and representatives from Government and private industry – can take to avert famine and relieve suffering for millions of Africans in the future.In remarks at the report’s launch, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted that millions of children, women and men in Africa are malnourished and hungry. “A series of food crises on the continent has brought home to us the urgent need for a strategy to break the pattern of recurring crises and bring about a ‘green revolution’ in Africa,” he said. “To achieve this, we need to mobilize the best scientists the world has to offer.”The IAC is headquartered at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam. Formed in 2000, its governing board is composed of the presidents of 15 national academies of science and equivalent organizations – representing Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the Third World Academy of Sciences. read more

BC government approves construction projects for 9billion Site C hydro dam

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2015 2:26 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The British Columbia government has granted approval for the first phase of construction to start on the massive Site C hydroelectric dam project on the Peace River.Two dozen authorizations include conditions under the land, water, forest and wildlife acts and provide permits for timber removal, road building and site preparation.Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson said there were initially 45 permit applications submitted, but several of them were deferred to allow more time for consultations with First Nations.Thomson said each application for the construction phase was reviewed for its potential impact on the environment and on aboriginal treaty rights.All the decisions makers are satisfied that the consultation process was adequate and upholds the duty to consult local First Nations, Thomson said Tuesday.“A number of the permits have conditions attached to them that were concerns raised during that process,” he said in a interview.Concerns include seasonal timing restrictions, conditions for wildlife, and the sharing of plans with First Nations, Thomson said.Consultations with the local Treaty 8 First Nation began in August 2014 and concluded last month, but Thomson wouldn’t say if the two sides had reached a resolution.“We have been through the appropriate consultation process. As you know, concerns have been expressed by First Nations. We will see what the response to the decision is,” he said.Several lawsuits by environmental groups, citizens and First Nations have been launched to try to stop construction of the dam and are proceeding through the courts.But Thomson said the legal action won’t stop the building process.“This is a very, very important project for British Columbia. It has been through an environmental assessment process with conditions. The permits that are needed to get the initial process started have been through an extensive process.”No one from the Treaty 8 First Nation was available for an interview.Construction of the almost $9-billion project is touted to generate about 10,000 jobs while it floods 55 square kilometres of river valley.Site C represents an eight per cent increase to Hydro’s energy supply and is expected to generate enough electricity to power about 450,000 homes per year. B.C. government approves construction projects for $9-billion Site C hydro dam read more

Curb throwaway culture says UNHabitat chief highlighting world day

“World Habitat Day provides us a unique opportunity to focus international attention on key issues surrounding sustainable urbanization, human settlements and improving urban living conditions,” said Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat’s Executive Director, during an event marking the day in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.“The amount of waste produced by individuals, communities, businesses, institutions, markets and factories continues to grow tremendously,” explained Ms. Sharif. “Some of it is recycled but a lot is simply discarded, causing health problems for people, their animals, and polluting our environment”.Every year, the world produces two billion tonnes of waste.“Tackling our waste management challenges requires imagination and innovation,” she stressed, noting that during her time as mayor of the State of Penang, in Malaysia, she pushed for people to “rethink” waste, in addition to adopting the now-famous “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra.According to UN-Habitat, 99 per cent of the items we purchase are thrown away within six months. “We can all make small adjustments to our consumption styles, by using alternatives to disposable plastic items, such as bottles, cups, plates and cutlery, making a conscious effort to recycle correctly and fixing broken items instead of simply throwing them away,” she said.UN-Habitat, created in 1978 to promote sustainable urbanization on all fronts, is supporting cities more and more in their efforts to improve waste management practices, as well as design cost-effective systems to collect and dispose of garbage. Some of the initiatives highlighted by the agency include community-based waste management collection and recycling, as well as a one-off project titled “Trash to Art” calling on local artists to make a statement on sustainability by creating artwork using thrown-away materials.“I believe that effective waste management starts with us as individuals,” said Ms. Sharif, adding that “through collective action, we can achieve a world that is cleaner, greener, safer, healthier and happier, for us to live, work and play”. read more

Outotec to revamp and upgrade Codelco Salvador Potrerillos smelter and acid plant

first_imgOutotec has been awarded a contract to revamp and upgrade the Potrerillos copper smelter and sulphuric acid plant of Codelco Salvador Division in northern Chile, in order to comply with the new Chilean environmental regulations that are due to come into force in 2018. The value of the order is approximately €64 million, of which one third has been booked in Outotec’s third quarter order intake and the rest in the fourth quarter 2014 order intake.Outotec’s scope of delivery includes detailed engineering of the revamp, equipment supply and technical assistance during the construction, commissioning and start up of the smelter and acid plant. Equipment deliveries consist of, among other things, gas collecting hoods for the existing converters, revamp of the dry electrostatic and wet precipitators and gas ducts, a catalytic converter and an effluent treatment plant with additional water management plant equipment.“This is a good example of how Codelco and Outotec work together, combining their efforts to secure business sustainability and the necessary care of environment in a profitable way”, said Kimmo Kontola, head of Outotec’s Americas region. “Through advanced technology we can extend the life cycle of our customers’ facilities. Specialised technical services are always part of a long-term business relationship with our customers, providing added value beyond equipment supply”, added Robin Lindahl, Head of Outotec’s Metals, Energy & Water business area.last_img read more

Vlatko Mitkov goes to Austria

The Macedonian national team player, Vlatko Mitkov, will not play in the Bundesliga from next season, and will instead go in the neighbourhood, to Austria. His contract with Balingen was not prolonged, and his search for a new club ended up with moving to Austria, to be more specific to play for SG Bärnbach/Köflach. The management of the team is pleased with this signing, saying that the Macedonian is an experienced left-handed player, and will add a lot to the team and help them in next seasons “Spielklasse”. ← Previous Story Morten Bjerre assistant coach in Skjern Next Story → Replacement for Tvedten in BM Valladolid – Ivan Nikcevic read more

Retailers delighted after superb first day of winter sales

first_imgRETAILERS ARE REPORTING a 20 per cent increase in sales today compared with St Stephen’s Day figures last year.According to representative group Retail Excellence Ireland, most store owners who decided to open are delighted with the outcome.“It is going great,” said chief executive David Fitzsimons. “Obviously, some people started very early and there were hundreds of people queuing outside most department stores. However, some other shops, including Zara, also reported lines outside the door.”One retailer noted that in just the first hour of the sale, they had taken in 50 per cent of the trade done in the entire day last year.The Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick opened its doors on 26 December for the first time in its history today.“It is the largest shopping centre in the west and they had a phenomenal day,” claimed Fitzsimons. “Even the most sceptical retailers have said they had a superb day.”However, it is not all good news for the sector.With Met Éireann’s red alert weather warning lasting through tomorrow afternoon, the traditional first day of sales may be impacted.“Tomorrow is really the most important day,” added Fitzsimons. “As it is the first when all shops are reopen. It is a time when the economy could really start to move again.“But the weather is disappointing. There wasn’t a great Christmas Eve because of the rain and now it is turning again.”PICS: Queues for Brown Thomas go all the way around the corner in Dublin and Instagram account details the plight of men trapped in shopping hellRelated: Retailers “disappointed” as Christmas sales are down on 2012last_img read more

An Attempted Assassination Isnt Even the Wildest Part of Riverdale

first_img The Riverdale Mayoral election is almost here, and Archie is out campaigning for his dad. He’s really thinking about the Black Hood, though. When Hiram Lodge confronts him about it, he says he’s really going door to door looking in people’s eyes. Hiram suggests reforming the Dark Circle, which I am all for. What is Riverdale without its over-the-top, vaguely fascist cabal of hot boys? And this time, they can work with the new Sheriff, a personal friend of Hiram Lodge.Despite their ally in the police department, things go off the rails immediately. Moose brings up that before the musical, he and Midge had a fight backstage. Midge was seeing a serpent behind his back. Since the very mention of anyone from the poor side of town sends Reggie into a rage, the whole group walks over to Jughead’s serpent club meeting and starts a fight. Honestly, what did Archie expect? Jughead questions Fangs, the guy Midge was seeing, and everyone knows he’s going to be a murder suspect now. Fortunately, Archie isn’t as dumb as he looks. Jughead reminds him that he’s looking for a middle-aged guy with green eyes. That’s enough for Archie to convince his Dark Circle to back off. Archie doesn’t have time to chase innocent Serpents anyway. He comes home late that night to find his dad still awake. The Black Hood left a threatening note on the door.KJ Apa as Archie and Luke Perry as Fred (Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)That doesn’t satisfy the rest of the Dark Circle though. While Archie is out chasing down the real murderer, Reggie takes over as the de facto leader of the Dark Circle. And he’s all about messing with the Serpents. When the new Sheriff arrests Fangs, he leads the Dark Circle on a harassment rampage on the south side. They pick fights with serpents and slash their tires. When Archie hears about this, he yells at Reggie that he has the wrong guy. It’s no use though. He finds out that Hiram has been meeting with Reggie, and he’s bankrolling the Dark Circle. Finally, the union between Archie and Hiram Lodge is cracking. It’s about time Archie realized he was getting played. It only took Hiram moving onto a new favorite teen. It would have been better had this break been built up over a few episodes. If we got to see Archie slowly lose his awe of Hiram. But Riverdale doesn’t like to take its time with much.Archie isn’t the only one looking for the Black Hood. Betty’s also chasing the mystery, and she has a suspect. That puts her well ahead of Archie, who sometimes seems like he’s only in Riverdale out of obligation. She thinks her dad’s behind the murders, and she’s got some decent evidence. Every time someone was attacked, her father was conveniently absent. He was away on a business trip, for example, the night Ms. Grundy was killed. She’s also dealing with the fact that she delivered Chic to the Black Hood. In her eyes, that makes her just as much of a murderer. Fortunately, she has Cheryl to pull her back from the edge. I still have no idea what this show’s doing with Cheryl’s characterization. Sometimes she’s a mean girl, sometimes she’s a stalker… at least she’s been more consistently friendly ever since the musical episode. And hey, it makes sense she’d help out someone who’s dad might also turn out to be a murderer.Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl (Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)As the episode goes on, Betty only becomes more convinced that her dad is the Black Hood. He’s not giving her much reason to think otherwise either. Every line of his in this episode is extra creepy. Especially when Betty confesses to corresponding with the Black Hood, just to see how Hal reacts. He says he has the same darkness inside him too. Where have we heard that before? Even more suspicious, Cheryl and Betty find out he’s still renting a ShareBnB (ha!) even though he’s moved back in the house. Upon further investigation, they find the Nancy Drew codebook the Black Hood used to send Betty messages.It looks like an airtight case, but then during the mayoral debate, the Black Hood shows up with a sniper rifle and tries to take out Fred. Archie saves him just in time, but in the ensuing panic, Betty runs into the arms of her decidedly un-hooded father. That complicates matters. I feel like this single episode handled the Black Hood mystery better than the whole first half of the season. So many twists, turns and red herrings crammed into the hour made for a tight, surprising, exciting episode. Betty still confronts her dad about the book, and he tells her he only found it recently. He was saving it as a birthday present for her, since she loved it so much as a kid. Betty accepts the explanation at first, but she really doesn’t believe him. In fact, she calls him later to set up a meeting at the auditorium where she first attracted the Black Hood’s attention. He doesn’t meet her, though. At least not right away. Instead, the Black Hood shows up at Cheryl’s house.Luke Perry as Fred, Madchen Amick as Alice and Marisol Nichols as Hermione (Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)That’s where the episode ends, but it’s not remotely the biggest moment of the episode. Yeah, when a serial killer shooting up a political debate isn’t even the most dramatic scene of the episode, you know it’s a good week for Riverdale. Over in the Dark Circle vs. Serpents side of the story, Fangs gets released from prison because, you know, he didn’t do anything. The citizens of Riverdale decide they can’t let this justice stand, and form a protest all around the prison. The Serpents try to escort him through the crowd, and Archie runs to help, but Reggie starts approaching with a gun. What is wrong with this town? Archie’s able to tackle Reggie to the ground, but the gun goes off in the struggle. With both boys’ hands on it, of course. Expect that to be a thing, even though Reggie was the one who brought the gun in the first place. The bullet hits Fangs in the chest, and this storyline ends in tragedy. We can only guess that Archie is completely done with Hiram Lodge at this point. Especially since Hiram is now mentoring/manipulating Reggie the same way he did Archie.What a shocking, bonkers and sad episode of Riverdale this was. It’s the kind of episode that makes me wish there were more than two left in the season. Though I guess it’s because it’s so close to the end that it turned out like this. The writers realized how little time they had left, and had to get the plot moving fast. There was only one storyline that didn’t really work for me, and that’s because it felt so small compared to everything else. Veronica is meeting with the sons of other powerful mob families to choose what business interest the Lodges should align themselves with next. She chooses a riverboat casino, but her dad forbids it. And he stops her from going out on her own by putting her St. Clair extortion money in a trust. Like, as a subplot goes, it’s alright, but it’s such a nothing story compared to a serial killer attack and vigilante murder. All that came of it was a hint that some people might be gunning for Archie in the future, and Veronica supporting Archie’s dad. Right before showing Archie her new lingerie. It wouldn’t be Riverdale without a little trashiness. ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Fast Thai offerings fresh healthful delicious

first_imgWhy: Fast Thai recently opened in the space previously occupied by the now-defunct Khun Joe’s Thai Chicken House on Southeast 164th Avenue. All the food is made fresh within the hour, and mostly olive oil is used in cooking as a healthful alternative to vegetable oil. The idea behind Fast Thai is as a “hybrid Thai restaurant” that offers fast, fresh healthful food to go or for dining in.What I tried: Between my dining companion and I, we tried the pad thai noodles, the drunken noodles, the crispy orange chicken, the Buddha vegetables, the yellow curry, crispy beef and egg roll fries.It was hard to choose favorites because everything was delicious in its own right. The crispy orange chicken was not overly sweet or coated in too much stickiness, and all of the pieces were premium chicken breast, which made it pleasant to eat because it was void of chewy pieces. The coating tasted as though it had fresh orange zest in it, and the chicken made up the bulk of this dish. I have experienced this dish at other restaurants where it is frequently out of balance and made with more coating and sauce than chicken.The vegetables contained cabbage, mushrooms, broccoli, baby corn, green beans, carrots and onion. The freshness might best be pointed out by the garden-fresh taste of the cabbage. Too often, when cabbage is included in a stir-fried mix, it has a tangy, almost fermented flavor that I do not find appetizing. This was not the case at Fast Thai.The yellow curry was mouth-watering. The chunks of carrots, potatoes and onion were not overly soft and maintained their individual taste amid the yellow curry broth, which was creamy and sweet with a nice, spicy kick at the finish of each spoonful.last_img read more

Over 4250 Show For Anchorages Bike To Work Day

first_imgMore than 4,250 bikers turned out for Bike to Work Day in Anchorage on Wednesday. That’s more than double the participants for last year’s snowy event, when low numbers were blamed on the cold, wet weather. In 2012, about 3,800 bikers took to the streets and trails.Download AudioLori Schanche is the non-motorized transportation coordinator for the municipality. She says the number of riders counted at each special Bike to Work station has increased, but the percentage of people wearing bike helmets is down slightly to 87%. It was at 92% last year.last_img read more

FAA bans flights over some Irancontrolled airspace

first_imgThe US Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued an emergency order prohibiting US operators from flying in an overwater area of Tehran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman due to heightened tensions.The order came hours after United Airlines suspended flights between New Jersey’s Newark airport and the Indian financial capital of Mumbai, which fly through Iranian airspace, following a safety review after Iran shot down a high-altitude US surveillance drone.The downing of the unarmed Global Hawk aircraft, which can fly at up to 60,000 ft (18,300 m), was the latest of a series of incidents in the Gulf region, a critical artery for global oil supplies, that included explosive strikes on six oil tankers.FAA said according to flight tracking applications, the nearest civil aircraft was operating within around 45 nautical miles of a US Global Hawk drone when it was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.”There were numerous civil aviation aircraft operating in the area at the time of the intercept,” FAA said.The agency said it remained concerned about the escalation of tension and military activity within close proximity to high volume civil aircraft routes as well as Iran’s willingness to use long-range missiles in international airspace with little or no warning.In July 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over Ukraine, killing all 298 on board, prompting carriers to take more steps to uncover threats to their planes.The US prohibition does not apply to airlines from other countries, but OPSGROUP, which provides guidance to operators, said it would be taken into consideration by carriers globally.”Since MH17, all countries rely on advice from the US, the UK, France and Germany to highlight airspace risk,” OPSGROUP said. “The threat of a civil aircraft shootdown in southern Iran is real.”Flight tracking website Flightradar24 showed Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways flights in the area prohibited for US carriers at 0300 GMT on Friday. Qatar and Etihad did not respond immediately to a request for comment outside usual business hours.United said it had suspended its flights to India through Iran airspace after a “thorough safety and security review”. It did not say how long the suspension would last.A United spokesman said customers flying from Mumbai to Newark would be booked on alternative flights back to the United States.”We continue to explore all our options and remain in close contact with relevant government authorities in order to provide our customers with the most efficient travel experience under these circumstances,” the spokesman said.On Thursday, two other carriers, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, said they did not fly over Iran. Japanese carriers Japan Airlines Co Ltd and ANA Holdings Inc also said they did not fly over the area.last_img read more

Network paradox may help algorithms overcome universal limitation

first_imgAn analysis of community detection in networks shows that detection algorithms are better at identifying ill-defined communities than well-defined communities. This paradox suggests that algorithms may have greater success if they redefine their definition of a community. Credit: Radicchi, et al. ©2014 EPLA 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. While networks are used to represent a diverse range of interactions—from social to biological to physical—all networks share many of the same basic features. One common feature is their internal organization in communities. In intuitive terms, communities are well-connected subgroups (such as social cliques) within the larger network. In network terms, community structure is defined as a subgroup of nodes whose total number of internal links (links with each other) is larger than its total number of external links (links with nodes outside the subgroup). While identifying communities defined in this way may seem fairly straightforward, community detection is actually quite complicated in large, complex networks. Nevertheless, it is crucial for understanding the structural and dynamical properties of networks, and thus using networks to their full potential. For this reason, researchers have developed algorithms aimed at community detection. The problem is, when a community’s total number of internal links is only a little bit larger than its total number of external links, the algorithms may not detect the community. That is, the algorithms can only detect communities whose average value of the difference between the numbers of internal and external links surpasses a certain detectability threshold. The detectability threshold value changes in response to different network properties, although it is of course always greater than zero. Virtually all community detection algorithms face this limitation, making the limitation appear universal. In his new paper, Radicchi has discovered something that may call for a reconsideration of this seemingly universal limitation. His findings cut right to the heart of the definition of a community.The traditional definition of a community, as stated above, is based on averages. That is, if a community’s total number of internal links is larger than its total number of external links, the average node also has more internal than external links. However, any individual node could be very different than the average node. For example, some nodes may have more external links than internal links. Also, some nodes may have lots of links, both internal and external, while other nodes have very few links of either kind. Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) More information: Filippo Radicchi. “A paradox in community detection.” EPL, 106 (2014) 38001. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/106/38001 Looking at nodes in this way is important because these properties affect the value of the detectability threshold—but not in the way that one would expect. As Radicchi explains, some communities are more high quality and better defined than others. High-quality, well-defined communities are those in which many individual nodes have more internal than external links. On the other hand, low-quality, ill-defined communities are those in which many nodes have more external than internal links, even though the community’s total number of internal links is still larger than the total number of external links (so it still falls under the definition of a “community”). It would seem that high-quality communities would be easier to detect than low-quality ones. But this is exactly the opposite of what Radicchi found. Instead, his main results counterintuitively show that the value of the detectability threshold is inversely proportional to the quality of the community. He thinks that the reason why high-quality communities are more difficult to detect for algorithms is that the algorithms are actually detecting subgroups that do not fully fit the intuitive definition of communities. This finding suggests that, if current algorithms could be modified to better detect the intuitive properties of communities, then they would likewise be better at detecting high-quality communities than low-quality communities. By the same token, these better algorithms might no longer be restricted by the “universal limitation” detectability threshold. As Radicchi explained, improving community detection algorithms could have wide-reaching implications for many different types of networks.”The detection of communities in graphs represents a way to ‘simplify’ the system under observation,” Radicchi told “Identifying the way in which nodes are organized in communities and how communities are organized in macro communities (i.e., hierarchical structure) is, in a certain sense, similar to drawing a map of the network. Depending on their level in the hierarchical structure, communities can play the same role as those played by cities, counties, states, countries and continents in the organization of locations in geographical maps. Concrete applications of community detection algorithms range from the design of efficient navigation protocols in the Internet to the creation of efficient systems of recommendation of commercial products to customers.” © 2014 Harnessing the predictive power of virtual communities ( —Sometimes paradoxes can be frustrating, but other times they can reveal something that was previously hidden. A new paradox in the field of network science, presented in a recent issue of EPL by Filippo Radicchi, Assistant Professor at Indiana University, seems to fall into the latter category. Citation: Network paradox may help algorithms overcome ‘universal limitation’ (2014, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

Dealing With Internal Security Threats

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 6, 2003 Q: How easily could a nontechnical internal employee hack my company’s network?A: With all the recent press regarding the sharp rise in Internet-based external threats, is it any wonder that internal threats continue to be overlooked? Many companies today continue to focus the majority of their budgets and effort on “external” penetration and denial of service (DOS) risks. Regardless of the source, you will consistently find that internal security breaches continue to lead to external breaches by a significant majority. In fact, the risk of internal attacks is very likely to rise in the coming year due to the growth, sophistication and ease of use of hacking tools available online.For years, security professionals have commonly communicated the vulnerabilities of operating systems and network services–such as Web, e-mail, ftp and telnet–to the public in many forms. In order for would-be hackers or disgruntled employees to take advantage of these published vulnerabilities, they’d have to create application code or scripts after studying the notes of a select group of experts who originally discovered and documented the vulnerability. Taking advantage of these security holes would require a level of knowledge beyond that of many common IT administrators and the majority of nontechnical individuals. Hence, the most common threats from nontechnical internal employees have mostly been limited to a matter of improperly managed permissions, weak authentication and other administrative-level issues.Over the past year, the number of precoded exploit applications has been on the rise. The more sophisticated hackers are now writing and publishing applications that nontechnical individuals can use on UNIX or Windows PCs. These exploit applications can scan internal networks for vulnerable servers and then perform a specific exploit against the selected target.The most common type of attack used by these new applications is DOS attacks that crash production servers with little or no way to track the source of the problem. Crashing a server is a significant issue since it not only affects productivity, but can also corrupt data, causing integrity issues. The need is apparent for constant attention to security patches and fixes as well as internal auditing and/or intrusion detection systems.Internal auditing is one critical aspect of a security plan that can reduce the risk associated with these new attack tools. However, many internal-auditing projects, if they are being done at all, focus on high-level policy issues like weak passwords, directory and file permissions, and disaster-recovery procedures. Often, it is only the external audits that commonly test for the actual operating system and network service vulnerabilities being exploited by this new age of hacking tools. It is vital that the IT managers evaluating security-auditing vendors be sure that internal-auditing vendors provide a comprehensive analysis of the operating system and application vulnerabilities. Without this analysis, these new risks to business continuance and data integrity may go undetected until they directly affect the bottom line.Many managers assume that nontechnical employees do not pose a significant risk to business continuance from an information security standpoint. Unfortunately, because of the easy access to more sophisticated exploit tools, that assumption is costing business today in terms of service outages and lost revenue. Know your risks and remediation requirements by performing an internal audit before your company becomes the next victim.Michael Bruck is the founding partner of BAI Security, an 8-year-old information security consulting firm. Bruck leads his security team with a successful 16-year background in IT management and senior engineering positions. He is also the developer and author of best practices that are becoming standards in the information security consulting business. He can be reached via www.baisecurity.netor by e-mail at opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, not of All answers are intended to be general in nature, without regard to specific geographical areas or circumstances, and should only be relied upon after consulting an appropriate expert, such as an attorney or accountant. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

VC Fund to Offer 25 Million to Leap Motion App Developers

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read One of the venture capital firms behind Leap Motion, a company that has developed a 3-D gesture-control technology, is offering entrepreneurs $25 million to create apps and other technology for the platform.The new program, called the “Leap Fund,” is backed by Highland Capital Partners, the VC firm that led Leap Motion’s Series A investment round in early 2012. The goal is to help finance developers who create apps for Leap Motion. The device includes a sensor that essentially enables you to control your computer with a simple wave of your hand or lift of a finger.Apps and other tools that will be available in Leap Motion’s app store may eventually enable, say, a designer to draw or mold 3-D objects by moving their hands in front of the Leap Motion sensor. Leap Motion says its device can have applications across sectors like education, security and health care.In addition to capital, projects the Leap Fund invests in will also receive mentorship and access to a “deep network of advisors,” Highland Capital Partners says in an announcement. Leap Motion says it will begin shipping its controller device ($79.99), which connects to Windows and Mac computers via a USB, starting July 22.In addition to Leap Motion, Highland Capital Partners has invested in startups including Aereo, LevelUp, Rent the Runway and VistaPrint.Related: The 3 Coolest Things I’ve Seen at SXSW Interactive 2013center_img June 21, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more