Pakistan fans cheer at Wagah-Attari border.Cricket lovers from Pakistan who were lucky enough to get tickets to the ICC World Cup semi-final match in Mohali on Wednesday started arriving in India through the Wagah-Attari border on Monday. Headlines Today was present at the border as the cricket crazy people from the neighbouring country entered India. Most of the fans said while they understood the tension involving the match, they hoped it would be played in a spirit of friendship. Pakistani cricket fan Mohammed Abbas said, “I hope both teams put up a good show. I believe that this is the actual World Cup final between India and Pakistan. Both teams are balanced. I am also excited that three Asian teams are in the semi-finals.” The excitement was palpable as the cricket fans looked forward to an epic contest. They however said that they were also ready to accept the result with true sportsmanship. Pakistani fan Sheena said, “Everyone is very excited. I think we should maintain our cordial relations. Victory or defeat is at the will of the God but I obviously want my country to win.” Among the Pakistani cricket lovers there were even fans of Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. They were expecting a high adrenaline match, especially after the mind game started by Pak skipper Shahid Afridi. They were also well aware of the political importance of the match as it is going to be the first India-Pakistan match being played on Indian soil after 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai. “I hope it will be a good and friendly match. More importantly, the people of both the countries should enjoy it. Victory or defeat is not much of an issue. Everybody is very excited and Wednesday is a public holiday in Pakistan,” said Romana Tanwir.advertisement
Pakistan’s cricket team will have their task cut out when they take on a spirited Bangladesh in their opening World Twenty20 Group 2 contest at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.Bangladesh topped their group in the qualifying round by beating the Netherlands and Oman. Their game against Ireland in Dharamsala was rained out. But in both matches they won, Bangladesh impressed in every department. (Also read: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 15 runs in World T20 warm-up clash) Against the Netherlands they survived a bit of a scare but nonetheless they had the strong will to bag the match by eight runs. Against Oman, Tamim Iqbal stole the limelight. The left-hander blasted an unbeaten 63-ball 103 and almost batted the opposition out of the match. Bangladesh won the game with 54 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method.Prior to the qualifiers, they also had a brilliant outing in the Asia Cup. The ‘Tigers’ hunted down rivals Pakistan and then Sri Lanka. However, India tamed them in the final, clinching it by eight wickets. (Pakistan model promises ‘strip dance’ if Pakistan beats India in World T20) The Bangladeshi bowling looks great with the likes of Taskin Ahmed and Al Amin Hossain lighting it up with their pace and then Shakib Al Hasan and captain Mashrafe Mortaza backing them up with their experience.Bangladesh have been missing their pacer Mustafizur Rahman since the Asia Cup final because of a side strain. But he is likely to make a comeback on Wednesday. The youngster will love to bowl on the Eden wicket where he might just get enough purchase with his cutters and slower balls. (Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik banter in TV commercial goes viral) advertisementThe batting too looks a settled unit with Iqbal hitting form. They also have big hitters like Mahmudullah, who with a few massive sixes can turn the game around on any given day.Pakistan will be wary of the strengths and weaknesses of Bangladesh. The Shahid Afridi-led outfit might not have had the best of times in T20 cricket recently but the 2009 edition champions would know it is the right time to answer back their critics.In the recently held Asia Cup when the two teams met, Pakistan were beaten by five wickets and vengeance will be in the minds of Afridi and his men. However, it will depend on how Pakistan bowlers fare on the flat Eden surface.If the fast bowling trio of Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz fire all cylinders, Bangladesh can have a difficult time.Speaking about Amir, Afridi had said a couple of days back that “he is the best for me”. Since his return to international cricket after a five-year ban for spot fixing, Amir has hit a purple patch and would want to carry it in this tournament and live up to his tag of being his captain’s “best”.Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, who bagged a four-wicket haul to fashion a win against Sri Lanka in a warm-up game on Monday night, could be the dark horse for Pakistan on the slow track.The batting line-up is, however, an inexperienced one and veterans like Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez need to play responsibly in order to outdo Bangladesh.Tickets have sold like hot cakes. One would expect a vociferous Eden on match day even though India isn’t part of the clash.
Continue Reading Previous FPGAs enable development of safety-critical embedded systemsNext ADLINK demonstrates Fog Computing at embedded world Nowadays the smooth flow of road traffic is significantly dependent on suitable data communication. Optical bypass technology, which functions similar to a railway turnout, protects networks against multiple points of failure. This means if a certain part of the network fails, it will not affect the function of the remaining network. By Thorsten Ebach, EKS Engel Download PDF version of this article There is a requirement for uninterrupted operation for networks in traffic control, as prescribed e.g. in the road tunnel equipment and operation guideline (RABT). But redundancy methods are not suited to meet this requirement, despite switching in only a few milliseconds. The reason is that if multiple failures occur simultaneously an interrupt of the data communication is inevitable. To prevent this, EKS Engel has implemented optical bypass technology, up to now mainly used in traditional IT, into the industrially integrated optical bypass x-light which withstands the harsh environments in traffic control systems. The x-light works in a protocol transparent way and therefore supports Ethernet as well as all field busses and even numerous interfaces like RS-485. The optical bypass also works seamlessly with third-party network devices and can be integrated either in ring or line topologies.Various kinds of traffic-control equipment, e.g. intelligent traffic guidance systems, warning signals for wrong-way drivers, or roadside emergency telephones, constantly monitor the flow of traffic to ensure the highest degree of security. Tunnels are additionally equipped with fire alarm systems and smoke extraction systems. Nowadays nearly all these traffic management systems are linked via fiber optic cables, mainly with single-mode transmission systems featuring attenuation of only 0.3dB per kilometer up to 100km. With transmission-distances up to 5km maximum, mainly multi-mode fiber cables are in use with attenuation 1dB per kilometer. Even in terms of reliability, fiber optics is the measure of all things because it is not sensitive to electromagnetic fields. Fiber optics consists of insulating material, which means data is transmitted via an electric insulator. Therefore, there are no potential equalization currents which are much dreaded in larger extended plants. There is also no risk of damaging connected devices even in the event of direct lightning strikes.Active network components like Ethernet switches or field-bus converters are put through their paces by their manufacturers prior to delivery. But despite this, failures in operation cannot be completely avoided. The main reasons are, apart from incorrect use, problems in hardware and software and power failure.To avoid problems within the network several protection methods are in use. Power failure can be compensated at least for a certain time with an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Software is evaluated or rather validated as well as tested with structure, function, and so-called black-box tests. The magic word in hardware is redundancy, which means that devices, plug connectors, and wiring are present twice. Also, the network has a redundant layout which results in a kind of hot standby effect: if a device or the network itself fails, the system switches automatically over to a redundant one.Figure 1. The x-light bypass is parallel connected to the subscriber via two optical duplex ports. If the subscriber connection fails, it will be physically bridged. But this is often a complex and costly strategy. To solve this problem the ring topology was developed. In a ring topology, the data communication has one direction, but in case of an interruption it works the other direction. This maintains the function of the network. The ring topology, also often used in traffic management systems, builds in redundancy which ensures fast switching, achieving the premier class of safety against failure. In contrast to line topology it can cope with a single point of failure, i.e. the failure of one participant. But if there is a failure of another subscriber or more (multiple points of failure), even ring topology is overstrained. To avoid situations like this, networks are monitored with systems which display the state of the active components, like FiberView, and the condition of the individual fiber transmission lines, to detect excessive attenuation.Optical bypass technology takes one step further because it starts at the network participant level. This could include all devices featuring an optical port. If one of them fails the bypass takes over and maintains the data communication between adjacent participants. Therefore, the only application affected is the one controlled by the failed subscriber. The remaining network continues to be kept in function physically, and therefore works even with multiple points of failure. This is also valid even if the bypass, which is powered either by the protected participant or a separate power supply, no longer receives any power at all.So, how does this work? With optical bypass technology fiber transmission lines are switched over physically immediately after a failure occurs at the respective participant. The principle is similar to railway turnouts working with strong electromagnets: if no current flows the turnout automatically switches and this is why the bypass technology works even without any voltage which is the trick. Since the bypass technology works at the physical level of the network it is protocol transparent and vendor independent.Figure 2. In normal operation, the optical bypass sends the data to the parallel connected subscriber (on top). In the case of failure, data is not transmitted to the output but to the second input (below). X-light is parallel connected to the respective participant via two optical input and output duplex ports. In case of disturbance its differential relay sends a signal to the electrical port of x-light and thereby activates the bypass function. After that the data is not transmitted any longer to the faulty participant but to the next participant in the network, in other words, the participant is bridged physically. To reconnect it safely later on to the network, e.g. after booting, there is an individual adjustable turn-on delay.With optical bypass technology, networks of traffic management systems are not only protected against the effects of hardware and software errors, breakdown of power supply, shortfall of defined values, and so on, but parts of the network can also be specifically disconnected, e.g. for maintenance work. For this purpose, a voltage is applied to the electrical port of the respective bypass and therefore to the linked participant. This disconnects the connected participant physically from the network without the need to disconnect fiber connectors. Disconnecting connectors could eventually cause problems because of dirt particles which could get into the link.An optical bypass is not only of worth in traffic management systems but also in all cases where power failure could cause serious problems. This includes production lines in automotive industry, plants in the petrochemical sector, and wind farms. Since the x-light has been developed as stand-alone device, retrofitting is no problem and neither transmitting protocols nor manufacturer-specific standards play a role. Integrating the bypass function into an Ethernet switch or field bus converter would lose this flexibility despite the fact that it would be possible.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
More than 250 leaders in business, philanthropy, politics, technology, media, fashion and entertainment will be participating in the 2nd Annual Forbes Women’s Summit: Power Redefined, The Entrepreneurship of Everything, which will be held in New York City from May 14-15, 2014.Salon dinners will be held the evening of May 14 throughout New York City. On May 15, an invitation-only summit will bring together a multi-generational group of influencers to forge partnerships, find solutions, and take actions to make the world a better place.More than 250 guests will participate, including Denise Morrison, President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company; Diane von Furstenberg, Designer, DVF; Carly Fiorina, Chairman of Carly Fiorina Enterprises; Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, Cisco Systems; Tory Burch, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Tory Burch; Bobbi Brown, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; Felicity Huffman, Actress and Founder, WhatTheFlicka.com; Kathy Ireland, Founder of Kathy Ireland Worldwide; Shiza Shahid, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Malala Fund; and Founder and COO of the Jessica Simpson Collection, Philanthropist, Singer, and Actress Jessica Simpson.“Forbes is redefining what power means. This year, the focus of the Women’s Summit is on the entrepreneurship of everything; whether it’s a leading multinational firm, launching a start-up or spearheading a social movement, the entrepreneurial spirit defines every aspect of our lives,” said Moira Forbes, Forbes Women’s Summit Host and President of ForbesWoman. “Most importantly, the gathering will harness the intellect and influence of these leaders to forge partnerships and take action. Entrepreneurs don’t just come up with ideas — they make things happen.”Invitees include a diverse group of stakeholders, including CEOs, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, innovators, disruptors, educators, heads of foundations and NGOs, artists and politicians, who will all bring valuable contributions to this high-level conversation. The series of discussions will cover topics including entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, technology, health, education, and global politics and policy.The Forbes Women’s Summit is presented by Alzheimer’s Association and Northwestern Mutual. Partners of the summit are AARP and Hyatt; Ernst & Young, Qualcomm, and Restorsea are supporting sponsors; Ashford School of Business is an educational partner.For more information on the summit, click here.Source:BusinessWire.com
Mumbai: Jet Airways Monday defaulted on payment to its debenture-holders—the third default since January—even as airline chairman Naresh Goyal assured the employee of a resolution in the immediate possible time, but said more time is needed to clinch bailout. Goyal, in a letter to the 16,000 staff, which comes ahead of the domestic pilots body National Aviator’s Guild annual meeting here, said talks with the airline’s strategic partner Etihad Airways and SBI-led lenders are going on. Though Goyal sought more time to clinch the deal, he did not offer a time-line for the same. The UAE flag carrier owns 24 percent in Jet and its board is considering a draft agreement as part of a debt- recast plan being mooted by the airline’s lenders led by SBI. Earlier, Jet informed the exchanges that “the payment of interest due on March 19 to the debenture-holders will be delayed owing to temporary liquidity constraints.” This is the third time the airline is defaulting in this year as earlier it failed to meet its payment obligations towards the domestic banks’ loans (in January) as well as on part-repayment of its external commercial borrowings due to liquidity crunch earlier this month. The airline, which has a debt of over Rs 8,200 crore, did not specify what is the quantum of interest due Tuesday nor quantum of the debt on this particular account. On February 14, its board had approved a bank-led- resolution plan, whereby the SBI-consortium of lenders will become the largest shareholders in the airline and Goyal would exit the management as the chairman and board member. If the resolution plans goes through, banks would convert a part of their debt into 11.4 crore shares for a consideration of Re 1 as per the RBI norms. Last week, SBI sounded hopeful of reaching an early solution by this week. In his letter to the employees, Goyal said, “the situation, though complex, has my personal attention towards an early resolution…the complexity of the process though has led to some delays and will require further time to conclude.” “Once again I assure you that I am personally committed to have the resolution process completed as soon as possible and restore the much-needed stability to our operations at the earliest,” he said. Since a larger number of planes from its over 100- fleet are grounded leading to drastically curtailed operations, the airline is struggling to prevent a nose-dive somehow. Of this as many as 41 aircraft are grounded for non- payment of lease rentals to lessors. Following this, the airline has indefinitely suspended its operations from Abu Dhabi, one of its two global gateways the other being one in Amsterdam. Jet Airways has been struggling to mop up cash to carry out operations. While discussions with the lessors continue, Goyal said as a responsible airline, Jet has “consciously” and “proactively” decided to curtail its schedule according to the number of aircraft it is currently operating. “This will ensure the sanctity of our schedule, while keeping the regulatory authorities briefed,” said Goyal, who set up the airline after converting his airline ticketing business a quarter of a century ago. For the past few weeks, its passengers have been venting their ire on social media as its flight cancellations have increased gradually due to rising number of planes getting grounded. On the non-payment of salaries to pilots along with senior management and engineers, Goyal said he is fully committed to ensure that their dues are cleared on priority once all parties sign on the resolution plan. The pilots with other senior staff are to get their full salaries of January and February besides 87.5 percent of the December pay. “We are holding our annual meeting Tuesday. During the meeting, besides discussing our general issues, we will also be deliberating on the present scenario (non-payment of salaries),” a source said earlier in the day. Having failed to get any assurance from the management on payment of overdue salaries, the pilots body last week wrote to Union labor minister Santosh Gangwar, seeking his intervention in recovering their dues along with the accumulated interest. The acute liquidity crunch has forced it to ground aircraft, shut down stations and delay salary payments to its pilots and engineers along with other senior staff. It has grounded four more planes, taking the number of aircraft that are non-operational due to non-payment of lease rentals to 41. “… an additional four aircraft have been grounded due to non-payment of amounts outstanding to lessors under their respective lease agreements,” the airline said in a filing to the stock exchanges. According to the company, as mentioned earlier, it is actively engaged with all its aircraft lessors and are regularly providing them with updates on the efforts taken to improve the liquidity. “Aircraft lessors have been supportive of the company’s efforts in this regard,” it said, adding that all efforts are being made to minimise disruption to its network.
SHENZHEN, China — The Latest on Huawei’s motion challenging the constitutionality of a law that limits U.S. sales of its telecom equipment (all times local):1:45 p.m.Huawei says it is in communication with FedEx and will mount a legal defence if it finds its rights were infringed on following the diversion of packages.Huawei chief legal officer Song Liuping told reporters Wednesday that the company was aware of FedEx’s apology over the incident.Four packages containing paper work were found to have been diverted to FedEx headquarters in the U.S. instead of being delivered to Huawei offices in Asia.Song says, “I don’t think it is right for any company to intercept or detain individual documents or information. If our rights were truly infringed upon, we have the legal rights to defend ourselves.”FedEx apologized and said the packages were misrouted accidentally. It said the company wasn’t told by anyone to divert the packages.The missed deliveries are drawing unusual attention because of speculation that they’re related to rising trade tensions and new U.S. sanctions on Huawei.Huawei officials have questioned whether the diversions were purely accidental.___10:40 a.m.Chinese tech giant Huawei has filed a motion in U.S. court challenging the constitutionality of a law that limits its sales of telecom equipment.The action Wednesday is the latest in an ongoing clash between Huawei and the U.S. government, which claims the Chinese telecom company poses a threat to international cybersecurity.Huawei’s chief legal officer Song Liuping announced Wednesday that Huawei has filed a motion for summary judgment asking the court to rule on whether it is constitutional for the U.S. to implement a military spending provision that bars the government and its contractors from using Huawei equipment.Huawei launched its suit in Plano, Texas, its U.S. headquarters, in March.The biggest global maker of network equipment is fighting a U.S. campaign to persuade allies to shun the company.The Associated Press
by Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2014 12:07 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRISBANE, Australia – G-20 host Australia says climate change and Ebola will be discussed by leaders of the 20 largest economies at a weekend summit here, but those issues will not be allowed to distract from the main agenda of promoting economic growth.Australia, which is chairing the annual G-20 summit being held this year in the Queensland state capital Brisbane, has resisted pressure from countries including the United States, to make global warming a bigger focus on the economic forum’s agenda.Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s 14-month-old government has been widely criticized for repealing a carbon tax which had been paid by 350 of Australia’s worst greenhouse gas polluters.Treasurer Joe Hockey said on Thursday that Australia welcomed the deal on greenhouse gas emissions announced in Beijing this week by President Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping. China and the United States are the top emitters of gases held responsible for global warming.“Climate change is both a risk and an opportunity to be dealt with when discussing the global economy,” he told reporters.Global warming and Ebola, Hockey said, “are part of the agenda, they are not the whole agenda.”“There will be no single issue that will distract leaders or anyone else from the task of delivering on growth and jobs,” he said.The Group of 20, which represents about 85 per cent of the global economy, is aiming to boost world GDP by 2 per cent over the next five years, the equivalent of more than $2 trillion.Hockey nominated making multinational companies pay adequate tax in the countries where they earn their profits as a major focus of the summit.He called it “theft” when a company does not pay the tax that is due a nation. “It undermines the ability of that nation to be able to deliver the sorts of services that are essential to alleviate poverty and to reduce inequality.”Aid organization Oxfam welcomed Hockey’s comments on tax reform as a breakthrough because he had failed to mention inequality or poverty at the meeting of G-20 finance ministers he chaired in September.Health workers on Thursday appealed to G-20 leaders to send more doctors, nurses, medicines and other medical equipment to Ebola-effected countries.The president of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Abdrafiu Alani Adeniji, who is in Brisbane to lobby delegates, said he fears West Africa’s plight may largely be forgotten at the G-20.Under the China-U.S. climate change deal, China, whose emissions are rising as it builds new coal plants to fuel its economic growth, set a target for its emissions to peak in 2030 or earlier.That’s the first time China has set a deadline for stopping its emissions growth. China also said it would increase the share of clean energy sources like wind and solar power to 20 per cent by 2030, about double what it is today.The U.S. set a goal to make its 2025 emissions between 26 and 28 per cent lower than they were in 2005. That would be faster than previous goals.. As G-20 host, Australia wants to stick to economy agenda, keep climate change to sidelines
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro noted that while the United States has made great strides in combatting trafficking among persons who are forced into sexual slavery, mechanisms were lacking among those who are trafficked for labour exploitation and domestic servitude. “In order to identify trafficking and protect trafficked persons’ rights, it is necessary to adopt a preventive approach and minimize vulnerabilities of people exposed to trafficking, especially undocumented migrants,” Ms. Giammarinaro said. “For example, the temporary visa for migrant workers, in agriculture or other sectors, which ties every worker to a particular employer, exposes them to the risk of exploitation and trafficking, as they are prevented from denouncing exploitation for fear of losing their job or their residence status,” she explained. The Special Rapporteur’s report follows her visit to victims, officials, and representatives from civil society and businesses during a nine day visit to Washington D.C., New York, California, and Texas. According to data from 2015, 75 per cent of reported trafficking cases within the US are related to sex trafficking, 13 per cent to labour trafficking, three per cent sex and labour, and nine per cent unspecified.She noted that women and girls, migrant workers and unaccompanied children, runaway youth, Native Americans, LGBTI individuals, and domestic workers are especially at risk. Both American citizens and foreign nationals – predominantly from Central America and South East Asia – are trafficked within and into the US.The expert urged the incoming administration to continue to support important legislation such as the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 and the recent Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2014. She noted, however, that authorities continue to arrest people who engage in prostitution, despite the fact that many of those people are victims of trafficking.“The fear of prosecution, detention, and expulsion is a major obstacle for trafficked persons who want to report their traffickers and exploiters,” she warned. She also called for the each state in the country to ban the detention of children and to pass safe harbour laws to protect children who are sexually exploited from prosecution and detention. In some states, she noted, there are not enough shelters or services for victims and there is a lack of consistency between anti-trafficking laws and immigration policy. “Walls, fences, and laws criminalizing irregular migration do not prevent human trafficking,” the Special Rapporteur stated. “On the contrary, they increase the vulnerabilities of people fleeing conflict, persecution, crisis situations, and extreme poverty, who can fall easy prey to traffickers and exploiters.” Instead, she advises that applications for immigration relief for people who are trafficked be expedited and that such people are authorized to work as they await a final decision. Independent experts and Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
Sting and Shaggy perform at the Royal Albert HallCredit:Andrew Parsons At least Her Majesty’s loyal subjects in the audience did not have to endure any act on a very mixed bill for too long. This was essentially an excuse to revive the Royal variety show and it moved along at a fast lick, operating a one song and you’re off policy. A few of the more mercenary stars seized the occasion to plug their new singles on prime time BBC (hang your head, Kylie) but most entered into the spirit of the occasion. It wasn’t all western pop music. The Indian drummers of The Dohl Foundation achieved the rare feat of drowning out Sir Tom Jones on a genuinely unusual version of It’s Not Unusual. The Welsh Belter fared better with South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo on The Green Green Grass of Home. In my decades as a rock critic, that may just qualify as the strangest climax to a concert I have ever witnessed. Amidst balloons and fireworks, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles joined Sting, Shaggy, Kylie, Sir Tom Jones, Craig David and a choir featuring comedian Harry Hill and former Labour Minister Ed Balls onstage at the Royal Albert Hall to be serenaded with a burst of Happy Birthday.When it was decided to throw a party for the Queen’s 92nd birthday, I am not convinced anyone actually considered asking her what kind of entertainment she might like. While I can’t claim to know what the Queen listens to for personal pleasure, I’m pretty sure it’s not Sting and Shaggy.Or, for that matter, almost anyone else on the bill. I would have liked to have binoculars to inspect the royal expression when Jamaican toaster Shaggy went walkabout in the crowd, Mr Boombastic toasting the occasion with his lusty dancehall patois, but I think the Queen’s mastery of the poker face is fairly well established by now. It has to be said, though, that the sound at the Royal Albert Hall wasn’t very impressive, with vocals mixed low and often drowned in echo. I suspect the considerations of the live audience, even including the Royal family, played second fiddle to the technical demands of a TV broadcast.Oddest performance of the night came when Ed Balls and Harry Hill joined comic Frank Skinner and the massed banjos of The George Formby Society. But it was Shaggy who got really got the crowd going, throwing himself into the stalls whilst apparently ageless superstar Sting led the band in a medley of hits. The unlikely duo might just have stolen the show, if they hadn’t been fittingly upstaged in the surreal finale by the weirdly serene appearance of her Majesty herself. The biggest screams of the night were not for Harry and Meghan but for Canadian teen idol Shawn Mendes, looking very dapper in a grey suit and black guitar. British pop starlet Anne Marie on the other hand looked like she thought she was attending a Smash Hits pyjama party. Occasionally I could see Prince William lean over and whisper in his grandmother’s ear, possibly to explain what she was witnessing, or apologise on behalf of his generation. Prince Harry speaking on stage at the birthday concertCredit:Andrew Parsons But some curatorial attempt had evidently been made to span musical decades and play the guest of honour some songs she might actually be familiar with. Jamie Cullum made an impression with a swinging version of I Get A Kick Out Of You in which he kicked over his stool, picked it up and waved it at the Royal box.Laura Mvula followed on piano with a steamy version of Nina Simone’s I Put A Spell On You, with some ripe horns and velvet strings from the BBC Concert Orchestra. Operatic baritone Alfie Boe’s lusty swing medley was better received than it really deserved to be. But when Craig David tried to get a singalong going, the multi generational audience proved reluctant unite in homage to the hits of naughties garage 2 step.
LETTERKENNY DISTRICT COURT imposed a monetary bond of €136, 878 on the operators of a fishing vessel called Saltees Quest.The vessel, which is owned by the O’Flaherty Brothers of Kilmore Quay, had the bond imposed as a security pending the criminal trial of the skipper for alleged offences of illegal fishing in the area off the North East coast.TrawlerIt is alleged that beam trawls and nets of 80mm dimension were used and it is also alleged there was an attempt to obstruct the Sea Fisheries protection officers at the subsequent landing inspection on December 13.Susan Steele Chair of Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SPFA) welcomed the outcome, stating that while there has not been a trial nor conviction, the SFPA is satisfied that the courts have recognised the seriousness of the matters put before it.“Obstructing or impeding a Sea Fishery Protection Officer is a very serious matter which rightly can attract a custodial sentence in Irish law and the SFPA will not tolerate any such intimidation,” said Steele.She added that the SPFA staff have a job to do “implementing government policy to protect the livelihoods of the vast majority of Irish fishermen who work within the rules, from the small minority who flout the system”.Steele said that the SPFA wanted all fishermen to understand the potential repercussions of illegal infringements, stating that some fishing grounds around Ireland “are closed to more destructive non-selective fishing methods, to protect the seabed in order to allow spawning of important species such as Cod, Haddock and Whiting”. She added:Beam-trawling and its sea bed impact in those spawning areas will do immense damage to the recovery of those valuable stock and SFPA will act to deal with such breaches in the best interest of the Irish fishing industry.Read: Coveney facing “exceptionally tough” negotiations on fishing quotas> Read: Search resumes for man who fell into water while fishing>
Last weekend, RIM finally threw down the gauntlet and replaced its co-CEOs. Though this could be a case of “meet the new boss, same as the old boss,” it does at least mark an acknowledgement by the board that the RIM ship was rapidly sinking under Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. It will take time for new CEO Thorsten Heins to make his mark, but a leaked roadmap for the company gives us a glimpse of the plans that he has inherited.The new version of the operating system that RIM is banking on, Blackberry 10, won’t launch until Fall. In the meantime, the company will be launching several more Blackberry 7 devices. These include the Blackberry Curve 9230, an Edge smartphone (they still make those?), and the Curve 9320, an HSPA handset. RIM is gambling that these devices will find an audience in emerging and global markets; they aren’t targeted for the US.Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the roadmap is a sequel to the Blackberry Playbook. An updated version of the tablet is set to launch in May or June. It will have a faster 1.5GHz processor, an HSPA+ wireless radio (apparently no LTE), and an NFC chip. There was no information leaked on the size, so we don’t know if it will be a 7-inch model like the original Playbook, a larger tablet like the iPad, or something in between.As for the Blackberry 10 devices, one new entry will be a Blackberry Bold device. It will have both a touchscreen display and a QWERTY keyboard, and will launch in December. There is also word of a Blackberry 10 phone with a slide-out QWERTY that will launch in early 2013.There isn’t a lot here that suggests radical changes for the company. At this point, it will be difficult for the Canadian manufacturer to stop its bleeding — much less thrive in the Android and iOS dominated smartphone market.via BGR
Every office needs the proper tools. When you’re in between projects, waiting for code to compile, or the boss is on vacation and you need to blow off some steam, you should have the proper tools handy to deal with the non-task at hand. Whatever the occasion, there’s a handful of things that every office needs to make the most out of this all too infrequent goof off time. What you need are some badass office toys, and we’ve got four of the best out there.Check out the gallery above for a visual walkthrough, or read on below for out justification of these weighty claim of awesomeness.Suction cup, full foam jacketThis first in the list is a must-have, no matter what you do for a living. These aren’t just toys, they are survival tools critical to making it through the work day. Nerf guns — no matter how big or small — should be tucked away just in case you need to send a message or break an uncomfortable silence.You can get single shot Nerf weapons for under $10, and enough ammo to keep you going even after the office manager comes and confiscates a few rounds. If you’re in a more entrenched combat situation, heavy duty Nerf weaponry gets a little pricey. That’s before you get into the deep, dark world of Nerf modding to optimize firing speed or effective range. Nerf weaponry is the best place to start, and if you don’t have one at your desk already you should really get to it.The drone warsNext up on the “must have” list is some kind of remote controlled distraction. Something that makes just enough noise to bother everyone in the office, but when they stop and look at what you are doing the mood changes from annoyed to amused. The best thing for most offices to accomplish this is the Parrot AR Drone. It’s a torso-sized quadcopter than can be driven with just about any smartphone or tablet in the office, so anyone can pick it up and enjoy themselves.The AR Drone comes with a mounted camera that you can use to record whatever is going on over with the guys on the other side of the office, all controlled from within the app. There’s a padded casing that protects it from smacking into anything or anyone while flying it around indoors, and you can remove this padding when you take it outside and get a little more creative in flying it around. It’s hard to imagine a good reason not to have one of these in the office.Warriors of lightThe next item on our list of awesome office toys is equal parts dangerous and incredible. Sometimes you have a little more time to kill than others, and in those situations it’s great to dim the lights and bust out the 1W super laser from Wicked Lasers. They make this lightsaber-sized lasers in multiple colors, and even on their lowest setting they are bright enough to cause damage to the eyes. It’s best to use the special glasses that come with this laser, but once you do there’s all kinds of fun to be had.As long as you aren’t accidentally setting things on fire, you can create some really cool light shows even in broad daylight. Also, Wicked Lasers sells and actual lightsaber attachment, allowing you to stroll through the office and demonstrate your clear dominance over the rest of the keyboard monkeys.Magic plasma ballFinally, there’s a piece of your childhood that really belongs in your office. Something that every single person you know would smile as they interacted with it, no matter what was going on. You can play with it when you’re on the phone, or when you’re in between tasks. The immortal Plasma Ball is something that adds fun to every office setting. They are almost always inexpensive, unless you opt for a larger version, and many of them are even USB powered now. They could be used as desk accessories or water cooler silliness. It’s one of those things that is almost always considered harmless fun, and way less likely to get you in trouble than the other things on our list.There’s no shortage of other interesting and amusing things to have around the office, and thankfully very few of them have anything to do with getting actual work done. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Nerf shotgunNerf shotgunNerf Guns may seem a bit violent for some workplaces, but when kept away from hot coffee they are tons of fun. AR DroneThe drones has endless possibilities for overhead buzzing and paperclip delivered. It’s a bit loud but it’s amazingly cool. Wicked Lasers 1W laserWicked lasers are a bit unsafe for most workplaces, but with protective eye wear they are basically a science experiment factory. Laser saberLaser light sabers: All the fun of Star Wars battles with none of the lost limbs!Plasma GlobePlasma Globes look cool and they make your hair stand up. HILARIOUS.Nerf Guns may seem a bit violent for some workplaces, but when kept away from hot coffee they are tons of fun.
They’ve already been competing for a number of years at national level. They have been competing at smaller international opens and this would be the next level to step out on a world stage.”Ryan, who is Secretary General of the Irish Taekwon-do Association, explains that this sudden high degree of success was no accident.“They have to be properly conditioned athletes now with the level the competition you’re at. It’s bout after bout the same day, you’re only getting a short rest between fights. Often, I’ve seen kids that are very introverted and shy coming into a Taekwon-do class at the age of seven and eight, but by the time they’re 14 or 15, are totally different characters and full of self confidence. That’s a huge part of it — the positive effects it can have on their personality. And once you see those changes, you can work with an awful lot of people if they’re willing to put in the physical effort.”Much to the disappointment of those who love it, despite the Irish team’s consistent success of late, the sport receives minimal government funding and is hindered by a lack of coverage in mainstream media. Moreover, while it cannot compete in terms of numbers with the big three — rugby, GAA and soccer — it has still become increasingly popular in recent years and the Irish national team are reaping the benefits.“We had our national championships at the University of Limerick a week ago and there were 800 competitors taking part in that. I was only looking back on the stats of that from five years ago, we’ve actually doubled in size in terms of how many people are turning up to compete in our national championships. He continues: “The reason it’s so big — a World Cup is an open event. It’s an opportunity for those not selected yet for the national team to get high-level development. By Paul Fennessy 13 Comments 34,827 Views If you go back 10 years, we wouldn’t have dreamed of having the level of success we’re having now. It’s down to systems we would have put in place over the last number of years, we’ve gotten far more clued in on coach education and how we’re training our athletes.“It’s about looking at other Irish sports like rugby as well and how successful they’ve been. It’s much the same thing. We’re educating ourselves all the time and saying ‘how can we build on it from one campaign to the next’. Looking at the level of the competitors coming through right from the young kids aged seven and eight, it’s quite exciting for us as coaches, because we can see the level of talent coming through getting better and better.”Ryan cites 2006 at the World Cup when the situation began to change significantly for Irish Taekwon-do. Before then, the country had been somewhat peripheral on the international stage, but suddenly, the medal tallies at various competitions began to increase substantially. The ITA coaches on the podium at the World Cup.This success has continued quite steadily over the past decade with the most recent ITF World Cup in Budapest being a prime example of how far the team has come.Ireland returned home with over 40 medals, placing second overall out of 58 countries and 1,852 competitors — an outcome that bodes well for the forthcoming World Championships, which take place in Dublin (Citywest Business Campus to be exact) next October.Of particular encouragement at the World Cup was the performance of Ireland’s female participants, indicating how a once male-dominated sport is becoming increasingly popular for women and young girls to pursue. The Irish team have enjoyed plenty of success in Taekwon-do in recent years. The Irish team have enjoyed plenty of success in Taekwon-do in recent years. It’s not just about the training, it’s about nutrition plans and trying to get everything in balance, strength programmes and all that sort of stuff. You can see with the results that we’re getting that it is working.“It wasn’t an overnight thing. We started a plan about 10 years ago and now, we’re coming into a period of Irish Taekwon-do where we’re starting to see the fruits of that.”Ryan estimates that there are somewhere between 7,000 and 8,000 athletes participating in the ITF version of the sport nationwide — not to be confused with the WTF version of the sport, which is less popular in Ireland and which he was not overly impressed by at the 2016 Olympics. I watched a little bit of it. It’s not doing us any favours. When I compare it to WTF taekwondo a couple of years ago, it has lost an awful lot of its flair and its style.“I was watching the matches in the Olympic cycle. Every match seemed to be a stalemate, with people nearly afraid to take a chance to get a score and it kills off the excitement. I know it’s something they’re trying to tackle at WTF level. They’re having a lot of meetings at a high level to try to reinvigorate the sport and make it more exciting because it’s not a spectacle any more.” Irish female athletes are enjoying increased success in Taekwon-Do of late.WTF is a South Korean innovation of the sport while ITF is popular in North Korea, with the former breaking away from the latter in 1972. There has often been talk of the organisations coming together since then, largely in a bid to boost the sport’s popularity, but Ryan feels there is little hope of the issue being resolved anytime soon owing to “politics and propaganda”.The 34-year-old Clare native, who competes in the sport as well as coaching it, says that while most athletes enjoy what they do rather than looking on it as a “chore,” also emphasises the “significant sacrifice” required to rise to the top level.While it is recognised through Sport Ireland and the Irish Martial Arts Commission, Taekwon-do receives no significant government funding. Competitors are self-funding through club initiatives and personal means.Therefore, simply being able to persevere in the sport is no mean feat. Going abroad for various competitions alone can cost “a couple of thousand,” and that’s without accounting for the cost of training, buying specific food for nutrition and physio sessions, among other expenses. http://the42.ie/3114733 Luckily, a lot of the top-level athletes are given extra training by their instructors at no extra cost, because they do it for the love of the sport,” Ryan adds.To succeed in Taekwon-do, great discipline is also required. While many in clubs around the country just compete in it casually, serious competitors are expected to train five-to-six days a week, sometimes twice a day, while early-morning starts are commonplace.It’a a tough ask, especially when you consider how athletes invariably work or go to school or college while simultaneously trying to reach the pinnacle of the sport. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The story of how Ireland took the Taekwon-do world by storm Stephen Ryan chats to The42 about the Irish side’s considerable recent successes in the sport. Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 9:00 PM Dec 4th 2016, 9:00 PM Share830 Tweet Email2 “BEING INVOLVED IN a high level can be difficult at times, because you’re away from your family,” Stephen Ryan tells The42.“I’ve a young son who’s 10 months old and a very understanding wife, who allows me to spend time on what I’m passionate about.“She’s involved in it as well. If she wasn’t, I’m sure I’d be single a long time ago.“It can be tough at times when your away from family but then you just reflect on how positive the whole thing is, and what a positive effect you’re having on so many people at a national team level and within your community.”Taekwon-do may not register on the consciousness of many sports fans in this country, but for a select few, such as Ryan, it is not just a hobby to practice in their spare time but almost a way of life.From the age of seven onwards, aspiring athletes devote themselves to the sport. They are taught not just skills, but values. “The tenets of courtesy and integrity” are just as important in the sport as athleticism and a winning mentality, according to Ryan.When the experienced coach speaks of a Taekwon-do ‘community,’ he means it. Personal development, he explains, invariably tends to go hand in hand with athletic prowess, particularly in relation to the younger members of the clubs around the country.“To become a top-class athlete is achievable for an awful lot of people if they’re willing to put in the hard work,” he says. You have to be willing to sacrifice you’re social life to a certain extent,” Ryan admits. “When you’re training and when you’re in competitive season, that has to be put aside. For younger people who see friends that are not involved at a high level in sports heading out, it can be difficult to make those kind of sacrifices.“It’s not something you can do on your own. It very much has to be the family, the athlete and the club all working together. But we have a lot of people at the moment willing to put that effort in.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 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Les bébés comprennent certains mots dès l’âge de 6 moisPubliant leurs travaux dans PNAS, des chercheurs américains ont montré expérimentalement que les bébés sont capables de connaître la signification de mots simples dès l’âge de 6 à 9 mois – et non à partir d’un an seulement, comme on le pensait jusqu’à présent.Des chercheurs de l’Université de Pennsylvanie ont testé la compréhension de mots simples chez deux groupes de bébés : 33 nourrissons âgés de 6 à 9 mois, d’une part, et 50 enfants de 10 à 20 mois d’autre part. Lors d’une première expérience, chaque bambin était placé devant un écran où figuraient 2 images représentant des objets simples, tels qu’une pomme et un bras, tandis que sa mère lui demandait : “où est la pomme ?”.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Suivant attentivement le regard des bébés, les chercheurs ont constaté que 26 des 33 enfants les plus jeunes avaient tendance à jeter un regard sur l’image correcte, avec une fréquence n’étant probablement pas le fruit du hasard. Les enfants du second groupe, bien qu’un peu plus âgés, n’ont pas obtenu un score significativement meilleur. Dans un deuxième temps, l’image proposée était contextualisée (exemple : une banane sur une table de dîner). Là encore, même les plus jeunes ont réussi, dans certains cas, à ‘retrouver’ l’objet demandé.”Je pense que cette étude livre un grand message aux parents : vous pouvez parler à vos bébés, et ils comprendront un peu de ce que vous dites. Ils ne vous retourneront pas une répartie spirituelle, mais ils comprennent une partie des choses. Et plus ils en savent, plus ils peuvent s’appuyer sur ce qu’ils savent”, conclut le Dr Daniel Swingley, membre de l’équipe cité par le Telegraph.Le 19 février 2012 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambert
Auchan Telecom dévoile ses fofaitsL’arrivée de Free Mobile n’a visiblement pas fini de faire bouger la concurrence. Le branche téléphonie mobile du groupe de grande distribution a ainsi lancé une toute nouvelle gamme de prix pour ses forfaits.Il n’y a pas à dire, l’arrivée de Free Mobile a considérablement fait bouger le monde de la téléphonie mobile. Pris de court par les offres agressives du groupe de Xavier Niel, les concurrents ont dû réagir. Et si beaucoup ont choisi de s’aligner sur Free Mobile, Auchan Telecom, la composante dédiée à la téléphonie mobile de l’enseigne de grande distribution a choisi une voie légèrement différente. Elle propose en effet une offre plus ciblée “discount” à des prix très peu élevés alors que ses tarifs de tout illimité sont plus élevés.Sans engagement, la gamme commence à 4,99 euros pour 30 minutes de communication + 300 SMS, 6,99 euros pour 1 heure et 500 SMS, 8,99 euros pour 2 heures et SMS illimités, 13,99 euros pour 4 heures et SMS illimités et enfin 18,99 euros pour appels et SMS illimités. Le tout, sans connexion à Internet… Outre une gamme de forfaits, celle des forfaits donnant accès au Web est la suivante : 13,99 euros pour 2 heures + SMS et Web illimités (dans la limite de 500 Mo par mois), 29,99 euros pour 5 heures (+ 5 numéros gratuits), SMS et Web à 500 Mo illimités et enfin 39,99 euros pour le tout illimité dans la mesure de 1 Go d’utilisation de Web par mois. Une grille tarifaire moins intéressante pour une utilisation intensive, notamment de la 3G, mais d’excellentes offres pour un premier téléphone. Le 8 mars 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambert
Greffe simultanée de 5 organes : une prouesse médicale mais pas si inéditeL’Académie de chirurgie est revenue sur la transplantation simultanée de cinq organes digestifs chez un adulte, réalisée le 17 décembre à l’hôpital Beaujon à Clichy et annoncée la semaine dernière. Selon elle, cette intervention n’est pas inédite.La semaine dernière, un patient a été opéré à l’hôpital Beaujon de Clichy, dans les Hauts-de-Seine. Cet homme âgé de 26 ans, qui souffrait d’une myopathie congénitale du tube digestif a bénéficié de la greffe simultanée de cinq organes digestifs : le foie, le pancréas, l’estomac, le duodénum et l’intestin grêle. Menée par les professeurs Jacques Belghiti et Yves Panis, l’opération a duré a total pas moins de 12 heures et nécessité 4 chirurgiens et 4 anesthésistes. Selon les médecins, tout semble s’être bien déroulé mais il faudra encore attendre un peu avant de savoir si le patient opéré supportera cette transplantation sur le long terme. Toutefois, malgré son caractère impressionnant, cette opération n’est pas totalement inédite. C’est ce qu’a expliqué dimanche l’Académie de chirurgie après que l’annonce de l’intervention a été reprise par de nombreux médias. “Il y a déjà eu des transplantations multiviscérales en France, notamment chez l’enfant, comprenant parfois plus de 5 organes”, a indiqué le professeur Jacques Baulieux, président de l’Académie. Celui-ci regrette ainsi que l’équipe chirurgicale de Beaujon se soit adressée d’abord aux médias au lieu de se tourner vers “les instances scientifiques qui ont la possibilité d’une diffusion rapide des progrès et avancées chirurgicales, après vérification”. Selon le Pr Baulieux, “une transplantation multiviscérale septuple [comprenant l’estomac, le foie, le duodénum et le pancréas, la rate, l’intestin grêle et le colon droit] a été réalisée il y a cinq ans chez une patiente alors âgée de 40 ans dans le service de chirurgie générale, digestive et transplantation à l’hôpital de la Croix-Rousse”, à Lyon, dont il était alors chef de service. Une procédure pour lister les faits scientifiques nouveaux À lire aussiUne militaire blessée dans un accident se voit greffer une oreille cultivée… dans son brasAujourd’hui, “la malade va bien. Elle est autonome et s’alimente normalement”, a assuré le Pr Baulieux. Il n’y a eu aucune annonce réalisée dans la presse pour cette intervention ni même aucune publication dans une revue médicale alors qu’il s’agissait là “probablement de la plus longue survie observée chez un adulte en France”.Le Pr Baulieux a souligné que l’Académie s’était maintenant dotée d’une procédure spécialement dédiée aux faits scientifiques nouveaux. Elle permet de présenter “une communication rapportant une innovation chirurgicale nécessitant une décision rapide de diffusion” lors de sa séance hebdomadaire et d’y convier la presse. “Si elle avait été respectée, elle aurait évité quelques erreurs et excès récents”, a souligné l’Académie dans un communiqué.Le 25 décembre 2012 à 10:34 • Maxime Lambert
PLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – A few South Florida dads and their kids got to learn some new moves for free at the John Wai Martial Arts academy in Plantation.The kids and their dads got to train in kickboxing, kung fu and jiu-jitsu at the academy on South University Drive, Saturday.Owner John Wai said several dads came to the training center.“We had probably about 30 dads come in and train on the mat already,” said Wai. “They trained with the kids. They had a lot of fun, and we’re just trying to celebrate the Father’s Day this weekend.”The families also got to watch experienced professionals demonstrate a few takedown techniques.The kids gained an upper hand after trainers taught them how to take down their fathers in a little friendly competition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share 00:00 /01:20 Al OrtizThe new EZ Tag store for the north Houston area, which is located at 1417 Spring Cypress Road, is bigger and has more customer service representatives than its predecessor, which was located at the intersection of I-45 and Richey Road.The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) has relocated the EZ Tag store that serves the north area of Houston, which is one of the busiest they operate.The HCTRA has moved its store from the intersection of Interstate 45 and Richey Road five miles north, to the intersection of Spring Cypress Road and the freeway, in Spring.The new location is bigger and has four more customer service representatives than the one at Richey Road.Antonio Cisneros was getting an EZ Tag for the first time on Monday, which was opening day for the new store, and he was satisfied with the experience.He said it was “a lot easier than I expected.”– / 5“I thought it would be long lines and complicated process but no, five minutes, in and out,” Cisneros added.The new location also has two more self-serve kiosks compared to the one at Richey Road.Self-serve kiosks are independent stations equipped with computers.“The self-serve kiosks are another way to streamline the customer service experience where someone comes in and can do some of the elements that you can handle online, such as managing your tags of your vehicle, resolving violations and any other inquiry related to your EZ Tag,” explains Roxana Sibrian, media relations manager for the Toll Road Authority.“It was so easy, I liked when you pre-register and you get in the line and everything is ready and you just get your tag and go,” commented Conroe resident Debbie Anderson about the self-serve kiosks.This is the second EZ Tag Store the HCTRA has relocated this year.Previously, they moved the store that serves the west area, which is now near the intersection of the West Sam Houston Parkway North and Hammerly Boulevard.
Whisply: transfer encrypted files via Dropbox Google Drive OneDrive by Martin Brinkmann on January 26, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: September 14, 2018 – 5 commentsWhisply is a free online service that enables you to transfer files in a secure way to others using the cloud storage providers Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.You have plenty of options when it comes to the transferring of files to others. Use email, FTP, a cloud storage provider, snail mail, personal meet and transfer, or a free file hosting service.While you may not mind sending unimportant files using email for instance, you may not want to do the same for important files. While you can encrypt files using archiving programs like 7-Zip or dedicated encryption software like VeraCrypt, you may not have those tools in reach sometimes.WhisplyWhisply is a free service by the makers of Boxcryptor that enables you to transfer files securely to others using Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.The service encrypts data using AES-256 and the Web Cryptographic API. Additional features such as CSP, HSTS and HPKP are supported as well by the service. The developers have created a technical overview document which you can access here.Whisply has no file size limit. The developers note however that browsers may very well have one, and recommend to avoid uploading files larger than 10 Megabytes. The service does have a five files per process limit however. The easiest way to overcome this is to compress the files before you select them.The uploaded files are stored in the Whisply folder. It is in the root if you use Google Drive or OneDrive, and in the Apps folder on Dropbox.The makers of Whisply state that they have no knowledge of file contents and can’t access them.Here is how it worksVisit the Whisply website in your browser of choice. Please note that you need to use a modern browser for that as the service relies on recent APIs. Any recent Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi or Edge version should do.Drop files that you want to transfer to someone else on the designated area, or click the “press to choose” button to open a file browser instead.Whisply displays all files that you have added in the interface. The file name and the size is displayed there, as well as an option to remove it from the process.Select one of the available cloud storage providers: Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.Whisply connects to OneDrive, and displays an authorization prompt. You need to accept the prompt to continue (so that the service can place the encrypted file there).The encryption and upload process starts. The time it takes depends largely on the size of the files, and your upload speed.Whisply displays a nag screen for BoxCryptor that blocks the “proceed” button for 20 seconds.Click on proceed to open the sharing options screen. You may set an expiration time for the shared files (never is an option), and enable “one time download”. The option makes sure that the file can be downloaded once only.You are asked to pick a security level on the next page. Whisply supports three levels that differ in convenience and security levels.Option 1 is a simple link that the recipient can open to download the file.Option 2 is a link and a pin. The files can be downloaded only if both the pin and the download link are available.Option 3 is a link and a password. The main difference to option 2 is that the pin is always 4 digits, the password custom. Also, you are asked to enter a custom password after you made the selection.The next steps depend on the choices you have made there. If you have selected link only, you may copy it to the clipboard, or use the “send via” email or SMS option displayed.Additional steps are only displayed if you have selected pin or password. Those are options to send the PIN or the password (including options to copy to the clipboard).Closing WordsWhisply is a convenient service by the makers of BoxCryptor that requires no software installation or sign up (you need a modern browser and a cloud storage account though).While I personally prefer to handle things manually, encrypt on my own, upload, share, I can see the use for users who either don’t know how to do that, and users who find it more convenient.Now You: How do you share important files?SummaryArticle NameWhisply: transfer encrypted files via Dropbox Google Drive OneDriveDescriptionWhisply is a free online service that enables you to transfer files in a secure way to others using the cloud storage providers Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident,… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality August 15, 2019 — Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the… read more News | Cardio-oncology | July 29, 2019 Statins Reduce Stroke, Cardiovascular Risk in Cancer Patients Following Radiation July 29, 2019 — Cancer patients taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication following… read more VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting Mahadevappa Mahesh, Ph.D., chief of medical physicist and professor of radiology and medical physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and treasurer of the… 123456789…next › The radiation therapy channel covers all aspects of radiation oncology technology. Radiation therapy includes linear accelerators (LINAC), proton therapy, brachytherapy, image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), focused ultrasound, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), treatment planning systems and tomotherapy. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems August 7, 2019 — Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton… read more Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website from the month of July 2019. This is based on the website’s 162,367 pageviews for the month: Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 August 2, 2019 — Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D.,… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial August 15, 2019 — Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. 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News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy August 16, 2019 — A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and… read more Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more Videos | Radiation Oncology | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of a Fully Self-contained Brain Radiotherapy System Stephen Sorensen, Ph.D., DABR,… read more VIDEO: Creating a Low-cost Radiotherapy System for the Developing World Paul Liu, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate, Image X Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia, explains how his… 12345PreviousNext News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center August 8, 2019 ―… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | July 19, 2019 Stronger Distribution Networks to Bolster Radiotherapy Patient Positioning Accessories July 17, 2019 — A recent study projects global market revenues for… read more VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in…