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Manipulating the Invisible Spectrum With ND Filters

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first_imgWhen it comes to the finer points of ND filters and the resulting color shift, things can sometimes seem overwhelming. Here’s everything you need to know.Photo via Photography ElementPlaced in front of the lens, ordinary neutral density (ND) filters reduce light with no effect to image color or contrast while giving more control over exposure and depth of field. For celluloid film, ND filters only need to block light in the visible spectrum. However, many of today’s silicon-based digital sensors are sensitive to wavelengths the human eye cannot see, including the infrared spectrum, resulting in the need for “far-red” filtration as well.Without ND filters, the IR wavelengths are typically a non-issue. However, upon adding heavy ND, compensation for the IR spectrum becomes necessary. For example, if you add a 1.8 ND, providing six stops of non-infrared blocking exposure, you gain an imbalance in frequencies. In essence, your sensor is effectively being contaminated by the far-red, resulting in a muddy color shift across your image, particularly in the blacks and reflective synthetic materials. With proper IR filtration, however, the dark areas of your image are rendered crisp and clean.In the digital era, there has been a sizable array of ND options, but until fairly recently, no manufacturer has produced a truly neutral infrared ND filter. How is this far-red filtration achieved? There are a few different methods:1. DyesMany manufacturers will place a film of specialized green resin on top of (or sandwiched between) panels of optical glass. These types of filters are called Infrared Neutral Density Filters (IRND) and have been optimized for digital sensors. When light passes through the dye, it filters out an amount of the infrared spectrum by absorbing unwanted frequencies. Unfortunately, all IRND filters come with their own set of colorcast problems, and there is a varying degree of consistency across manufacturers and ND intensity.2. Hot MirrorsThe second method of infrared filtration is called a hot mirror. Hot mirrors are essentially infrared cut-offs and work through reflective interference: transmitting the shorter wavelengths and reflecting the far-red. Hot mirrors are made by placing fine dichroic coatings onto the surface of optical glass. Unfortunately, their high reflectivity is also a major drawback, as they have a tendency for ghosting. For this reason, they should be placed farthest from the lens in front of any other filtration.3. Carbon CoatedThe third and most recent form of infrared-blocking ND filtration utilizes a carbon metallic coating, which creates a truly neutral ND. The coating is bonded to the glass and provides impressively neutral color while blocking out infrared contamination. Unlike dyed IRND filters, carbon-coated IRNDs do not suffer from dye variance and thus produce the most color-consistent image available.Some digital sensors already have an amount of internal infrared filtration built in through the Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) placed directly in front of the sensor. So it is important that you research and perform tests ahead of time before deciding whether or not dyed IRND, hot mirrors, or carbon-coated IRND filters are right for your project.Here’s a great video from B&H that covers the basics of ND filter usage in both video and photography.Got any thoughts on ND filters? How many do keep in your kit? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Jammu Army camp attackers from Pakistan: J&K DGP

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first_imgJammu and Kashmir DGP S.P. Vaid said on Saturday that the terrorists who had stormed the Sunjuwan Army camp in Jammu earlier in the day were “100 % from Pakistan.”Mr. Vaid said the attack coincides with the death anniversary of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Guru was hanged to death in Delhi’s Tihar Central Jail on February 9, 2013. Security agencies had sounded a high alert last week for February 9 and February 11, the day Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front founder Maqbool Bhat was hanged in Tihar jail in 1984.Rajnath in loopHome Minister Rajnath Singh said Centre was closely monitoring the situation. Mr. Singh said he spoke to the J&K DGP regarding the terrorist attack on the Army camp.“The DGP has apprised him of the situation. The MHA is closely monitoring the situation,” a tweet posted by Mr. Singh’s verified handle said.Later, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Ahmedabad, Mr. Singh said, “You should be rest assured that Army and security forces are giving a befitting reply to the attack. They will not let Indian down. I cannot comment anymore as the operation is still on.”A senior Home Ministry official said the attack had tell-tale signs that the terrorists belonged to Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohmmad (JeM). In the past two years, Afzal Guru has emerged as the common link in at least three attacks on police and Army camps along the Jammu-Pathankot highway. The att ack on a CRPF camp in South Kashmir’s Pulwama on December 31 was also carried out by JeM, the official said.Investigators had found a message, written in Urdu, on piece of paper on the body of one of the four terrorists who was killed at Pathankot airbase in 2016. The message allegedly said the attacks were a revenge for Afzal Guru’s hanging.Similar papers were found on the bodies of intruders who were gunned down during an attack on a police post at Rajbagh police station in Kathua in Jammu on March 20, 2015 and the attack on an Army camp in nearby Samba on March 21, 2015. All the cites of the attacks are located within 15-20 kms of the Pakistan border and along National Highway 1A.An official said it was premature to say whether the terrorists infiltrated from the Line of Control (LoC) or International Border (IB). The 740 km LoC is under the operational control of the Army and 192 km International Boundary (IB) along Jammu is manned by the Border Security Force (BSF). Infiltration bidsOn February 7, the Home Ministry informed the Rajya Sabha that there were 406 infiltration bids reported in J&K in 2017 and 59 infiltrators were shot dead. In 2015 and 2016 the cases of Infiltration stood at 121 and 371 respectively. The BSF said it has been on maximum alert due to the ongoing cross-border firing and shelling from Pakistan’s side. “There has been no breach of fence on the IB. The forces are on maximum alert. The cross-border firing has stopped since January 22 but sporadic shelling is taking place. It is premature to say where the terrorists came from,” said a senior BSF official.last_img read more

‘Gathbandhan is the biggest thing I have’

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first_imgThe odds are stacked against the Opposition in Lucknow. The BJP has won the seat consecutively since 1991 with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee winning five terms while his lieutenant Lalji Tandon was elected in 2009. In 2014, Rajnath Singh, now Union Home Minister, won handsomely, defeating his nearest rival by 2.72 lakh votes.But Poonam Sinha believes the “euphoria was different” then and says the BJP government has “absolutely wasted” the last five years in matters of governance.“That is one of the main reasons why our Gathbandhan (alliance) has become so strong. Whenever I talk to people, I can see they want a change,” Ms. Sinha told The Hindu.Picked by the Samajwadi Party, rather to the surprise of both locals and observers, to fight the BJP in one of its strongest urban bastions, Ms. Sinha is making her electoral debut. She joined the SP just a fortnight ago to become the face of the alliance on this prestigious seat. Ms. Sinha brings along with her a mix of Sindhi and Kayastha identity — her husband Shatrughan Sinha, a Congress candidate from Patna Sahib in Bihar, is a Kayastha — and the communities have a fair share of members here.‘No shortcoming’But she faces the challenge of familiarising herself with the city with which she has little political connection. Her opponent, Mr. Singh, though from Chandauli in Purvanchal, has served as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, providing him plenty of personal linkages in the State capital. Ms. Sinha says the outsider tag is not at all a shortcoming. “I am really touched by the warm welcome and the acceptance that they (people) are giving me. I really feel great and I’m happy I chose Lucknow,” she said.The SP candidate also hopes to cash in on the image of her party chief Akhilesh Yadav and the work done here under his tenure as CM from 2012 to 2017. “Our leader thinks forward. He doesn’t think backward, unlike this government which is trying to undo whatever good work Akhilesh ji has done in his tenure,” Ms. Sinha said.While Lucknow’s sizeable Muslim population would offer Ms. Sinha a decent share of base votes, a real challenge to Mr. Singh would rely on her cutting into the majority community votes, especially her own Kayasthas and Sindhis and the Brahmins and Banias. So what arithmetic does she have with her? “The Gathbandhan. That’s the biggest thing I have,” she says, avoiding references to any caste. Ms. Sinha says among her top priorities would be women’s safety and security and to provide accommodation like hostels to working women who come from rural U.P. to the city. Pramod Krishnam, the seer-politician fielded by the Congress in Lucknow, said he, and not Ms. Sinha, was going to defeat Mr. Singh as the Congress and BJP were locked in an ideological battle.‘Nuisance value’ Ms. Sinha, however, dismissed him saying his candidature was “just nuisance value” and the she was the “main challenger”.Fighting from his home district of Sambhal as a Congress candidate in 2014, Mr. Krishnam had secured only 16,000 votes. In 2014, the Congress was runner-up in Lucknow with 2.88 lakh votes, but its candidate Rita Bahuguna Joshi shifted to the BJP later and is now a Cabinet Minister in the Yogi Adityanath government.The SP-BSP also have a steep climb. In 2014, SP’s candidate Abhishek Mishra and the BSP’s Nakul Dubey, both Brahmins, had managed only 56,771 and 64,449 votes, respectively.last_img read more

Om Prakash Rajbhar denies his party MLAs are set to join BJP

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first_imgTwo days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath sacked him from the Ministry, Om Prakash Rajbhar on Wednesday put up a brave face, saying his party’s legislators stood united with him.Rubbishing reports that three Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) MLAs were planning to shift to the BJP, Mr. Rajbhar dismissed them as “rumours”. He said Triveni Ram, Ramanand Baudh and Kailash Nath Sonkar were standing “like a rock” with the party. “We are comrades of a common struggle. The BJP can try all it wants but its schemes won’t succeed,” Mr. Rajbhar tweeted.Mr. Baudh came out in the support of his leader. Mr. Rajbhar is a “great man” who fights for the rights of Dalits, backwards and the poor, he said. “We reject slavery. BJP wanted us to be slaves. We are standing with the SBSP with full force. I will never leave the party,” he said.Mr. Adityanath sacked Mr. Rajbhar for his open rebellion against the BJP during the Lok Sabha election, with the SBSP not only fielding more than 40 candidates to hurt the BJP but also openly campaigning for candidates of the Opposition Congress and SP-BSP alliance. Mr. Rajbhar has regularly targeted the BJP for not implementing the recommendations of a social justice committee calling for sub-categorisation of the OBC quota that would benefit the most-backward castes including his own, Rajbhars.Mr. Rajbhar had been on the warpath against the BJP after it denied him ticket on his own symbol. The BJP wanted him to contest from the Ghosi seat in Purvanchal on its symbol.last_img read more

‘Sports should play its part in cementing ties between nations instead of breaking them’

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first_imgBack to Basics”After offering various new bases like side-tables, showcases and car dashboards, people have finally realised that Lord Ganesh looks best on his mouse next to Goddess Lakshmi.” -RAJNEESH BATRA, Delhi Blasting Myths With pseudo-secularists inflicting more damage on Hinduism than the Mughals and the British, probably the best,Back to Basics”After offering various new bases like side-tables, showcases and car dashboards, people have finally realised that Lord Ganesh looks best on his mouse next to Goddess Lakshmi.” -RAJNEESH BATRA, Delhi Blasting MythsWith pseudo-secularists inflicting more damage on Hinduism than the Mughals and the British, probably the best thing that could happen to modern India is a revival of Hinduism (“The Changing Mood”, November 4). It has to be nurtured carefully and the best people for the job are the young. After all, they are the ones who brought about the Diwali change. Let us hope it is a harbinger of greater and better things. -RANBIR MAHAPATRA, CuttackThe new way of celebrating Diwali is welcome. In fact, the buzzword of togetherness cannot be stressed enough. It should percolate to all the sections of society and replace hatred with love, peace, prosperity and happiness to all. -A. JACOB SAHAYAM, on e-mailShooting from the LipPravinbhai Togadia’s remarks may have been in bad taste but hasn’t the overreaction of the Congress loyalists to his utterances against Sonia Gandhi only confirmed the belief that puppies are the most faithful creatures (“Fountain of Hate”, November 4)? -DR VINOY KUMAR SINHA, RanchiIs it only the congress and other Opposition leaders who have the right to use vituperative remarks against the Sangh Parivar – Rajiv Gandhi called them “Indian dogs”, Madhavrao Scindia branded the BJP babus as “traitors” and Sonia Gandhi called A.B. Vajpayee a “gaddar”? Why were the critics quiet when a foreign author maligned former prime minister Indira Gandhi, leaving it to Maneka Gandhi to clear the debris? -M.S. KILPADY, Mumbai Voice FailWhy is the media making a mountain out of a molehill (“Deep Throat and Other Stories”, November 4)? The prime minister is as susceptible as the rest of us to viral fever and cold – after all, these are attacks which the SPG commandos are unequipped to combat. -MADHU AGRAWAL, on e-mailWhile it is true that one of the factors in bringing the BJP to power was A.B. Vajpayee’s oratorial skills, let us leave his throat alone. Our prime minister is human too. -SANDHYA JOSHI, on e-mailSage AdviceThe kind of rhetoric indulged in by Narendra Modi would have had few takers among Hindus only a few years ago (“In Top Gear”, November 4). But Modi-and others of his ilk-have correctly deduced that 50 years of abuse by Nehruvian secularists and communists have made Hindus resentful. Plagued by a dangerous persecution complex, they are no longer prepared to be lectured to. -V. GANESH, ThiruvananthapuramSpirited PlaySports should play its part in cementing ties between nations instead of breaking them (“Blackballed”, November 4). The cricket boards of Australia, England and Holland should ensure that the game’s spirit scores over politics. Citing security as a concern is inexcusable- how the three teams from the subcontinent played in a packed Colombo stadium in the 1997 World Cup when Australia and West Indies refused for the same reason is now legendary. -ABHINAV ANAND, VaranasiIt Adds Upadvertisement”Instead of helping children succumb to silly dreams, they should be made aware of the need and worth – or lack of it – of coveted things in life.” -ARVIND DAVE, on e-mail Coalition governments formed with some clever arithmetic may rule but they fail to govern (“Holding for Now”, November 4). Now with even the Uttar Pradesh Government in turmoil, it is not difficult to see why the people of Jammu and Kashmir are not optimistic about a coalition government being formed through backdoor deliberations in the state. -WING COMMANDER (RETD) K.K. CHAUDHRY, Delhi BJP MLA and minister in the Uttar Pradesh Government Ameeta Singh was incorrectly referred to as Ameeta Modi in the story on the Mayawati Government. The error is regretted. -EditorArm’s ReachWith North Korea dropping a bombshell by admitting its nuclear weapons programme to Uncle Sam, the chinks in the armour of the recently bolstered US-Pakistan relations are beginning to show (“Unholy Nexus”, November 4). North Korea has set a bad precedent of impudently violating the nuclear non-proliferation treaty it signed with the US. It will not be pessimistic to believe that cash-strapped but technologically advanced nations will now rubbish away non-proliferation accords and indulge in clandestine barter deals with economically powerful nations that want to acquire nuclear know-how. -NALINI VIJAYARAGHAVAN, ThiruvananthapuramRates and RantsThe need of the hour is a drastic slash in the high interest rates, which is affecting the manufacturing sector (“Burden of Plenty”, November 4). The recent slashing of bank rate and CRR by 0.25 per cent by RBI is only a drop in the ocean. Bold steps are required and the interest rate should be immediately cut by at least another 2 per cent to save our economy. -S.N. VARADARAJAN, Coimbatore Faux PowerAll international sports competitions, including athletics, are really a test of a player’s physical fitness, endurance, agility and training (“Behind the Vial”, October 28). Why have those disciplines at all when certain drugs enhance performance? -T.S. CHAWLA, Mohali It is true that success has many fathers but failure has none. Sunita Rani will face humiliation and disgrace for the rest of her life but not one question is directed at the officials who are busy celebrating India’s success at Busan.-SUBHENDRA K. BEHERA, NasikFor Fear or FavourOne fails to understand how even the UN can remain unmoved by the plight of the Iraqis (“Readying for War”, October 28). If no nation dares to speak up for the dignity and human rights being denied to the Iraqis, the day is not far when some other nation may have to bear the brunt of America’s dictatorial attitude. Pastor Niemoeller warned rightly: “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew, then they came for the communists and I did not speak out because I was not a communist, then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist; then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.” -VIVEK KHANNA, ChandigarhRock, Stock and GravelWho are the experts who conclude that NASA’s digital image of the Palk Strait shows that Adam’s Bridge is 1.75 million years old (“Ram’s Bridge to Eternity”, October 28)? The curves are easily explained by anti-clockwise Coriolus forces that erode the coasts of Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar to deposit silt on Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu coasts and the western Indian coast from Kerala to Gujarat to deposit it on the Arabian and African coasts.-DR A.J. GEORGE KODUMUTTI NADAR, SalemWays to MeansThe government must realise that contract jobs are the order of the day (“Where Have All the Jobs Gone?”, October 28). They encourage efficiency, leaving red tape to rest. Entrepreneurship should be encouraged and business studies taught in secondary schools so that not everyone runs after jobs but some even create them. Only then a ground would be created for generation of employment opportunities. -APARAJITA DASGUPTA, KolkataadvertisementTech Tonic People love to experiment but not necessarily for physical intimacy. -DR NILIMA D. DHARKER, MumbaiSMS is not a gadget to deal with mid-life crisis, only a cheap mode of instant communication. -SHEHLA RAZA HASAN, KolkataGrain of TruthYour story accuses Star News of misrepresentation of facts about starvation deaths in Orissa (“Starved of Veracity”, November 4). Since we were the first channel to report on the alleged starvation deaths of two children in Kuladera village, there was no question of ignoring the denials the children’s parents made on other channels. The parents, however, told me that they were threatened and pressurised by some local leaders and officials into saying their children died due to snakebite, not hunger. Your story also says Mongulu Juango, who we reported was driven out of his village Kuladera, lives in Sumatha. A BPL card was issued to him in Kuladera, where he has a house. While editorially you may have differences with our reporting, the “facts” in this case are clear. -SAMPAD MAHAPATRA, NDTV, BhubaneswarThe article mentions me by name and shows me in poor light as a small-town, part-time journalist who, like many others in Rayagada and Koraput districts, does “sensational stories” on starvation only to serve his own petty interests. I do not need a certificate from your reporter or the state government or any other agency about my commitment to truthful journalistic inquiry. -RANJAN KUMAR RATH, RayagadaSpecial Correspondent Ruben Banerjee replies: INDIA TODAY has a video CD in which Mongulu Juango recounts how he was taken in a jeep from Sumatha to Kuladera for Mahapatra’s filming. In another CD, other bereaved tribals talk of enticements offered for attributing deaths to starvation. As for Juango’s home, we have correctly contradicted the Star News report. Juango lives in Sumatha where he has a house and land, of which we have documentary proof. He also draws rice on his relief card (GRY No. 204059) from Sumatha. Kuladera is the home of his wife. Besides, the local anganwadi worker has recorded that Juango’s son died at Sumatha on August 10 this year. As for Rath’s protests, the National Human Rights Commission has unequivocally debunked his reports on starvation deaths.advertisementlast_img read more

Aldec: SoC and ASIC designers to benefit from multiple HES Proto-AXI enhancements

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first_img Continue Reading Previous Kontron to supply European airline with IFE&C equipment in fleet-wide deploymentNext Portwell launches three more members to Kuber series Aldec has enhanced its HES Proto-AXI software to provide even greater support to designers using the company’s HES pre-silicon prototyping solution for hardware verification and software validation. The enhancements include support for QEMU (the open source machine emulator and virtualizer) and SystemC TLM version 2.0, plus resources that increase the interoperability of HES Proto-AXI with third party tools.Of equal benefit is support for the latest version of SystemC TLM. This transaction-level modelling (TLM) interface is commonly adopted as the interconnect standard in Virtual Platforms that are used to model CPU subsystems for architecture exploration and early software development. This feature allows for the linking of design components, running on a HES board and connected with HES Proto AXI infrastructure, with the CPU sub-system running the Virtual Platform.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Notification for FYJC aspirants from outside PMC, PCMC

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first_imgA notification has been released by the Deputy Directorate of Education, stating that all First Year Junior College (FYJC) aspirants living outside Pune Municipal Corporation (PCM) and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) areas are being advised to physically produce all documents at the nearest guidance centre.Verification Process:After checking the papers, the centre head would verify online forms through log-in ids. Moreover, centre heads will cross check the Class10th marks of the aspirant through the result available online, as the original mark sheet hasn’t arrived yet.Reserved Category Candidates: Students seeking reservation under these categories sports, handicapped, ex-servicemen among others are required to produce the certificates at the concerned help centers. Their applications will only be approved after verification of all certificates. The Assistant Director of Education for Pune Meenakshi Raut has said a number of things to The Indian Express:”For reserved category candidates, if leaving certificate is not acquired from the schools yet by students then a bona-fide certificate from the school principal stating their religion, caste, mother tongue and date of birth should suffice. However, if the student produces caste certificate then it is not mandatory for them to produce bona-fide certificates from students, ” she said.She also added that students from the CBSE or ICSE boards, will have to get their marks converted either at centers appointed by their boards or from their respective schools.Important information for the students:For further information, students from outside the state can refer to the information booklet released by the directorate Page 27 and 28 contain details of zone-wise guidance centers Students can produce the required documents in-person so as to get their application approvedThe first merit list of Centralised Admission Process (CAP) for First Year Junior College (FYJC, Std XI) is scheduled to be displayed online on June 27 by 10.30 am.Get latest updates on exam notifications and scholarships across India and abroad here.advertisementlast_img read more

Persepolis 2 Al Hilal 2 (2-6 agg)

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first_imgPersepolis 2 Al Hilal 2 (2-6 agg): Kharbin at the double as Al Hilal reach final Rob Lancaster 02:26 10/18/17 Al Hilal - cropped Getty Images Omar Kharbin followed up his first-leg hat-trick with two more goals to set up a final against either Urawa Red Diamonds or Shanghai SIPG. Al Hilal booked their place in the AFC Champions League final as Omar Kharbin scored twice in a 2-2 draw away to Persepolis that secured a 6-2 aggregate triumph.After bagging a hat-trick in the first leg of the semi-final, Kharbin proved the scourge of Persepolis once again, his brace ruining the home side’s unlikely comeback attempts as they looked to overturn a 4-0 loss in the previous meeting.Godwin Mensha found the net twice for the Persian Gulf Pro League side, who were appearing in the last four of the competition for the first time in their history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. FULL-TIME | @Alhilal_FC are through to the #ACL2017 Final after defeating @fcperspolisir 6-2 on aggregate! #PERvHIL pic.twitter.com/zHLUWueY4e— AFC Champions League (@TheAFCCL) October 17, 2017The Nigerian forward broke the deadlock with a well-directed header in the 16th minute, nodding home Vahid Amiri’s cross from the right wing to give Persepolis a glimmer of hope.However, after Salman Al Faraj was fouled inside the area, Kharbin drew Al Hilal level from the spot. The Syria international’s cheeky Panenka penalty made it 1-1 after 30 minutes and restored his side’s four-goal aggregate cushion.While Mensha struck again after the break, angling a low, left-footed strike beyond goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf, the low-key celebrations showed Persepolis realised their impressive run in the tournament was coming to an end.Kharbin even denied the home side victory on the day with a second equaliser in the 76th minute, swivelling inside the box to make it 2-2 with a left-footed drive.Al-Hilal will now face either Urawa Red Diamonds or Shanghai SIPG in the final. Their tie is level at 1-1 after the first leg, with the return fixture taking place in Saitama on Wednesday.Full-time statistics for @fcpersepolisir vs @Alhilal_FC! #ACL2017 #PERvHIL pic.twitter.com/Pm2QB8UXs1— AFC Champions League (@TheAFCCL) October 17, 2017 read morelast_img read more

PREVIEW DAY TWO ACTION 2007 SENIOR NTL

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first_imgDay Two action of the 2007 Senior NTL will feature an exciting schedule of games that is sure to separate the pretenders from the contenders.After a keenly contested first day in humid conditions, competitors across the seven Senior divisions will be looking to cement good form leading into the final days of competition.Showcase games for the day include Field One action in both the Men’s and Women’s 30 years divisions. In the Women’s 30s division, competition heavyweights Suns and Cyclones will battle for the top spot.Suns, led by current Australian World Cup Men’s Open representative Matt Curran, and Rustlers, spearheaded by 2007 Australian Men’s Open Captain Gavin Shuker, will meet in a high quality encounter on the premier field late in the day.Scorpions and Sharks will tangle for control of the leaderboard in the Men’s 35s division, whilst in the Women’s 40s division Sharks and warm favourites Scorpions will test each other out in an entertaining match up. For all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE8.30amWomen’s 30s:               Scorpions v ACTWomen’s 30s:               Suns v EaglesMen’s 45s:                   Rustlers v ACTMen’s 45s:                   Eagles v HornetsMen’s 45s:                   Suns v Sharks9.20amWomen’s 30s:               Rustlers v SharksWomen’s 30s:               Cyclones v HornetsMen’s 50s:                   ACT v SharksMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v ScorpionsMen’s 35s:                   Suns v CobrasMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v Rustlers10.10amMen’s 40s:                   Barbarians v EaglesMen’s 40s:                   Cyclones v MetsMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v CyclonesMen’s 50s:                   Eagles v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Warriors v SunsMen’s 40s:                   Hornets v Sharks11.00amMen’s 30s:                   Warriors v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Cobras v CyclonesMen’s 50s:                   Hornets v SunsWomen’s 40s:               Scorpions v SharksWomen’s 40s:               Suns v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Rustlers v Barbarians11.50amMen’s 45s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s:               Cobras v CyclonesMen’s 50s:                   Scorpions v CobrasWomen’s 30s:               Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 30s:               Cyclones v ACT12.40pmMen’s 45s:                   Rustlers v HornetsMen’s 45s:                   ACT v SharksMen’s 40s:                   Suns v HornetsWomen’s 30s:               Rustlers v EaglesWomen’s 30s:               Hornets v SharksMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v Sharks1.30pmMen’s 30s:                   Suns v WarriorsMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v CobrasMen’s 35s:                   Scorpions v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Mets v WarriorsMen’s 40s:                   Eagles v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Rustlers v Barbarians2.20pmWomen’s 40s:               Scorpions v SunsWomen’s 40s:               Cobras v SharksWomen’s 40s:               Cyclones v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Rustlers v HornetsMen’s 50s:                   Cyclones v CobrasMen’s 30s:                   Barbarians v Cyclones3.10pmWomen’s 30s:               Suns v CyclonesWomen’s 30s:               Hornets v RustlersMen’s 50s:                   Mets v SunsMen’s 50s:                   ACT v HornetsMen’s 50s:                   Eagles v ScorpionsMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v Sharks4.00pmWomen’s 30s:               Sharks v ScorpionsWomen’s 30s:               ACT v EaglesMen’s 45s:                   ACT v SunsMen’s 45s:                   Sharks v EaglesMen’s 45s:                   Hornets v Scorpions4.50pmMen’s 30s:                   Suns v RustlersMen’s 30s:                   Cyclones v WarriorsMen’s 40s:                   Rustlers v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Barbarians v SunsMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v Eagles5.40pmMen’s 30s:                   Barbarians v CobrasMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v SunsMen’s 35s:                   Cobras v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Cyclones v SharksMen’s 40s:                   Warriors v Hornetslast_img read more

Penn State Extends Contract Of AD Sandy Barbour

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first_imgPenn State's mascot leads the band onto the field.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Since taking over as athletic director of Penn State in 2014, Sandy Barbour has overseen the football team’s return to respectability and numerous accomplishments by athletes. As a result, the school has decided to reward her.According to PennLive, Penn State is extending Barbour through the year 2023. In addition, Barbour’s title has been changed from athletic director to “Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics.”In a statement coming with the announcement, Penn State president Eric Barron praised Barbour’s performance and leadership. He added that Barbour has earned a reputation as one of the top athletic directors in the nation.“Sandy has consistently promoted excellence in intercollegiate athletics — in academics and athletic competitions, and she is widely hailed among the best athletic directors in the nation,” said Penn State President Eric Barron.“She is a powerful advocate for those who wear the blue and white, and her leadership has help advance our shared vision of what intercollegiate athletics can be. I’m proud of our student-athletics, the coaches and staff, and I’m very pleased that Sandy will be able to lead them to even greater success.”In five years at the helm, Barbour has overseen several NCAA national championship teams in men’s wrestling, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and co-ed fencing.In total, Penn State has won five national titles and 25 conference titles under Barbour’s leadership.Barbour also oversaw Penn State’s football team return to bowl eligibility following its two-year ban from 2012 to 2013.In 2016, the Nittany Lions upset No. 2 Ohio State in the regular season en route to a Big Ten championship – their first since 2008.Additionally, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro saw Penn State send its highest number of athletes ever with 21. Eight of the school’s athletes went on to win medals – seven bronze and one silver.[PennLive]last_img read more

PM Lauds Heather Little-White as a Professional Woman of Courage

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first_imgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says she is deeply saddened by the death of renowned nutritionist, Dr. Heather Little-White, OD last night (Tuesday, Jan. 22) . “We have lost a dear friend and Jamaica has lost a professional woman of courage whose life exemplified the true spirit of perseverance against the odds,” the Prime Minister said. In a condolence message, the Prime Minister said that through her work in nutrition education, Dr. Little-White’s life touched many lives whether it was by way of the very popular ‘Creative Cooking’ television series, her countless interviews on radio, numerous articles in the newspapers, scores of lectures or direct sampling of her delightful home grown recipes and catering services.The Prime Minister said that despite being challenged by a regrettable and most unfortunate incident in 1999, Heather Little-White demonstrated remarkable courage and strength of character which was admired by all Jamaicans who knew her.“She will be greatly missed and her work as an outstanding nutritionist, writer and advocate for the disabled community will be remembered and treasured for many years to come,”“On behalf of the government and people of Jamaica, I express my deepest sympathy to husband Peter, brother Lennie and other members of Little-White’s family and pray God’s strength and comfort to you all during this period of grief,” the Prime Minister said.Contact:Communications Unit – OPMTel:926-0244Fax:920-4684 Email:opm.news@opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

Algiers gripped by World Cup fever

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Algiers – Algiers was vgripped by World Cup fever on Tuesday, with giant flags hanging from buildings and cars parading through the streets in the national colours as Algeria’s first match in Brazil kicked off.As the Desert Foxes launched their campaign against Belgium at 1600 GMT, at Brazil’s Mineirao stadium, there was a carnival-like atmosphere in the capital.At the landmark central post office building, where a giant screen has been installed, hundreds gathered clad in patriotic hats and scarves, blowing whistles and South African vuvuzelas. Earlier, the blare of car horns resounded in the city centre, while shops rigged up televisions to attract customers.“I took the afternoon off so as not to be caught in the traffic and so I could watch the match,” said Kamel, in his 30s, convinced that Algeria’s Bosnia-born coach Vahid Halilhodzic can get them through to the knock out stages.“Hope is allowed right up to the final whistle,” joked his girlfriend Leila, who mentioned cited modest aspirations: “an honourable participation.”The crowds went wild when star midfielder Sofiane Feghouli scored from the spot in the 24th minute.Many across the city took the afternoon off work to watch the match, whether in public, or in the calm of their homes.While discussions about the likely score sometimes verged on the surreal, few doubted that Algeria would win.Kheira, in his 70s, said she had prepared snacks and bought cakes for her five children, their spouses and her nine grandchildren to watch the match at her home.“This is an opportunity to meet up and I hope we will be celebrating afterwards,” she said, ululating as passers-by clapped and youths chanted “One, two three, viva l’Algerie!”Algeria is the only Arab country represented in the World Cup, and the match has generated intense excitement in neighbouring countries, notably Morocco, where most football lovers are rooting for Algeria despite the long-standing animosity between the two regimes. read more

Closing Bell TSX adds to series of losses Thursday

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TORONTO — The Toronto stock market added to a string of losses Thursday with investors cautious ahead of Friday’s release of U.S. and Canadian employment data for May.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,409.33 -34.32 -0.28%S&P 500 — 1,622.56 +13.66 0.85%Dow — 15,040.62 +80.030.53%Nasdaq — 3,424.05 +22.57 0.66%The S&P/TSX composite index fell for a fifth session, down 34.32 points to 12,409.33.The loonie closed up 0.81 of a cent to 97.47 cents US after earlier surging as high as 98.06 cents US as the U.S. currency sold off.U.S. indexes were volatile as the Dow Jones industrials came back from a 117-point slide to gain 80.03 points to 15,040.62, the Nasdaq rose 22.58 points to 3,424.05 and the S&P 500 index was 13.66 points higher to 1,622.56.Traders took some comfort from a report Thursday that U.S. claims for unemployment benefits, often seen as a proxy for a proxy for layoffs, fell 11,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, a level consistent with steady job growth.Economists have been forecasting that the U.S. economy cranked out a total of 165,000 jobs last month. But that modest figure was called into doubt Wednesday after payroll firm ADP reported that the U.S. private sector cranked out 135,000 jobs during May, less than the 165,000 that had been expected.Also, the latest reading on the health of the U.S. service sector showed rising expansion but the data also showed that hiring slowed further in May to the lowest level since last July.North American markets fell sharply on the jobs data. But the slide Wednesday was just the latest jolt of volatility over the last couple of weeks after Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said May 22 that the Fed may decide to taper its bond purchase program within its next few policy meetings if the U.S. economy gains steam.That program, involving the purchase of US$85 billion in bonds each month, has not only kept interest rates low, it has also helped fuel a huge rally on U.S. markets, leaving the Dow industrials ahead about 14% for the year.“People just got scared by that statement and thinking that stimulus was going to come off,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer of Sun Life Global Investment.“I don’t think people are really believing that the stimulus is coming off but what they are saying is there is probably a higher risk than there was a few months ago and the fact the statement is out there is enough to cause unease.”The resource-heavy TSX is slightly below where it started the year as mining stocks in particular have been pummelled by a slow global economic rebound and lower demand for commodities. And Sadiq thinks the TSX is in for further losses.“We have had the estimate of three to five% down for the year,” he said.“Given the strong environment that we have seen, in the rest of the world’s markets, Canada hasn’t done anything. So imagine what happens when we see a decline in the world markets, Canada is going to go down.”Metals and mining stocks led declines, down almost one% while July copper stepped back five cents to US$3.32 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) fell 35 cents to C$26.76.Financials fell% with TD Bank (TSX:TD) down $1.02 to $81.83.Industrial stocks helped the TSX close off its worst levels of the session and Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) gained six cents to $4.92 as the transportation giant’s rail division won a US$771-million order from the Stockholm Public Transport Authority, which has ordered 96 Movia metro vehicles.The energy sector up 0.14% with July crude ahead $1.02 to US$94.76 a barrel. Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG) gained 32 cents to C$36.24 while Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) gave back 18 cents to C$39.39.The gold sector was up about 0.3% while August bullion climbed $17.30 to US$1,415.80 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) climbed 22 cents to $30.64.In other corporate news, Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A) reversed a large loss last year to earn $27.5 million in the second quarter on stable revenues of $521.3 million. Adjusting for one-time items, the commercial printer and media company earned $34.8 million, in line with analyst expectations. Its shares slipped five cents to $11.70.What investors were watching today:New Bank of Canada chief says dangers of low rates not ‘threatening’ at momentPublic Mobile snapped up by Thomson family, NY investorECB holds rates, expecting recovery soonJapanese stocks approaching bear marketNestle Canada, two other companies facing criminal charges over chocolate price fixingON DECK FRIDAY ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Employment Report (May): Economists expect the economy to gain 15,000 jobs, and the jobless rate to remain at 7.2% Labour productivity (Q1): Economists expect a 0.2% rise UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Employment Report (May): Economists expect the economy to gain 163,000 jobs and the jobless rate to remain at 7.5% 3 p.m.Consumer credit (April): Economists expect a figure of US$13.3-billion, up from last month read more

Wall Street rises TSX posts tripledigit gain as oil rises and banks

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TORONTO — The Toronto stock market posted a second straight triple-digit advance as oil prices rose and two of Canada’s biggest banks posted solid results.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 166.23 points to 13,636.06 after a 101-point gain Monday, helped by a solid gain in the heavily weighted financials sector as both Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) and the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) turned in fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 168.43 points to end the day at 17,888.35, while the S&P 500 gained 22.22 points to 2,102.63 and the Nasdaq rose 47.64 points to 5,156.31.On commodity markets, the February gold contract fell $1.80 to end trading at US$1,063.50 an ounce, January benchmark crude oil rose 20 cents to settle at US$41.85 a barrel and January natural gas fell 0.4 cents to US$2.231 per mmBtu.The Canadian dollar ended the day down 0.06 of a U.S. cent to 74.83 cents U.S.Why Canadian stocks may outperform in 2016Bank of Montreal hikes dividend as profit climbs to record $1.21 billionScotiabank beats expectations with 28% profit gain after slashing 1,140 jobs since July read more

Security Council extends UN force in Golan Heights calling for greater support

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In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council extended the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which monitors the 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war, until 31 December 2013. In recent months, the mission has faced a spate of security risks and operational challenges – including detention of UN personnel – as a result of the spill-over from the ongoing crisis in Syria, where Government forces and opposition groups have been engaged in a conflict spanning more than two years and which has already claimed more than 93,000 lives. In addition, Austria – which contributes about one-third of UNDOF’s troops – announced earlier this month that it is withdrawing its soldiers, reportedly citing a lack of freedom of movement and an unacceptable level of danger to its personnel. The Council today strongly condemned the incidents threatening the safety and security of UN personnel in recent months, and called on all parties to the Syrian conflict to “cease military actions in the UNDOF area of operation.” The resolution “underscores” that there should be no military activity of any kind in the area of separation, including military operations by the Syrian armed forces. In addition, it “underlines” that there should be no military activity of the armed opposition groups in the area of separation. In his latest report on UNDOF, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that recent clashes in the Golan Heights area are threatening the decades-long ceasefire between Syria and Israel and putting civilians and UN personnel at risk. “Given the evolving security situation in the UNDOF area of operation, it is necessary to consider further adjustments to the posture and operations of the mission,” Mr. Ban wrote. This includes enhancing the mission’s self-defence capabilities and boosting its force strength by about 300 to some 1,250 troops. The Council today endorsed the Secretary-General’s recommendations to consider further adjustments to the “posture and operations” of the mission, as well as to implement additional mitigation measures to enhance the self-defence capabilities of UNDOF, including maximizing the force strength and improving its self-defence equipment. read more

Buckeyes would be better off losing before big dance

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There’s a problem with the expectations that come with a perfect record: Anything less than perfection is a total failure. That’s what Thad Matta’s Buckeyes (24-0, 11-0 Big Ten) are faced with. With their great season, these Buckeyes have set National Championship expectations just like the 2006–07 squad did. After what this team has shown so far, anything less would lead to scarlet-and-gray heartbreak. There’s no more esteemed company than John Wooden’s undefeated UCLA championship teams of the 1960s and early ’70s, or Bobby Knight’s Indiana team of ’76 that went unbeaten en route to a title, so it’s unrealistic to put the 2011 Ohio State men’s basketball team into the same category. Now, the talent pool is as wide and deep as it’s ever been. The clich&e exists for a reason: Any team can be beaten on any given night. If you don’t believe that, look at some of OSU’s stressful wins against lesser Big Ten teams and say you weren’t the least bit worried. You can’t. This team is far from perfect. It ranks 162nd in the country in rebounds and relies heavily on just seven players. Matta would tell you it still has plenty of room to improve, despite its flawless record. There would be little harm in the team familiarizing itself with the crushing feeling of defeat sooner, rather than later. A loss during the regular season or Big Ten Tournament wouldn’t change OSU’s chances at a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament. Getting that sentiment out of the way would alleviate the added pressure of going into the NCAA Tournament undefeated and dealing with all the nonmaterial questions about Wooden, Knight and the historical implications. Not to say the Buckeyes should lose on purpose, but knowing what a loss feels like could be beneficial — just ask the football team. OSU would have to get 16 more wins in the regular season and postseason to get to a perfect 40-0, the pinnacle of the sport. It undoubtedly would be one of the most incredible achievements in sports history, given the era and climate of college hoops. Is this team capable? Perhaps. Is it likely to happen? No. Only seven teams have won national titles while going undefeated, none more recent than Knight’s ’76 Hoosiers. Eleven teams have finished the regular season undefeated in the tournament era and come up short of the title. The most recent team to do so was Jameer Nelson and Delonte West’s 2004 Saint Joseph’s Hawks — a team that’s hardly memorable. These Buckeyes don’t want to be in that category. That’s why a national title would mean far more than an undefeated regular season. If they were to flame out in the tournament, the only thing that would be remembered about the 2011 Buckeyes would be their failure to live up to expectations. read more

A Chinese city is paying for a new garden in a Dublin

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first_img Share46 Tweet Email6 By Callum Lavery The Garden includes a shelter, planting, seating, a rockery, a pond and waterfall. Source: Carol Reynolds/Dublin City CouncilSenior Executive Park Superintendent, Michael Noonan said the project has been in the works since July 2016.“The garden includes a shelter, planting, seating, a rockery, a pond and waterfall. Yangzhou City will cover the cost of the garden construction on site by Chinese craftsmen who will travel from China. There will also be ancillary costs for Dublin City Council which will be covered in the existing Parks budget.”The new garden will be situated on the eastern corner of the park, between the Herbert Park lake and bandstand and behind the Herbert Park Hotel.Named the ‘Yi Garden’, which means ‘The Garden of Friendship’, the site was one of the show gardens for Bloom in the Park 2016 and is approximately 20m x 10m in extent.Noonan continued: “It is considered that ‘The Yi Garden’ will add significantly to Herbert Park and be an additional attraction for locals and visitors to enjoy. Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys said the garden will be a “quiet spot where people can relax.” The garden will be paid for by the Chinese Embassy and constructed by Chinese workers. 31,677 Views The garden will be paid for by the Chinese Embassy and constructed by Chinese workers. Image: Carol Reynolds/dublin City Council Image: Carol Reynolds/dublin City Council 34 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL A Chinese city is paying for a new garden in a Dublin city park The donators of the garden have requested that it is located in the park close to the Chinese embassy on Merrion Road. A CITY IN China is funding and sending craftsmen to build a new ‘Garden of Friendship’ in Dublin this autumn. The project is being gifted to Dublin by the city of Yangzhou. Construction of the garden begins in September this year in Herbert Park in Ballsbridge and is expected to take six weeks to complete.The city of Yangzhou has requested that it is located in the park close to the Chinese embassy on Merrion Road.  Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 8:00 AM https://jrnl.ie/4578163 Apr 7th 2019, 8:00 AM last_img read more

Real rates

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Reserve Bank reduced the official cash rate to 2.5 per cent this week, which is good news for people with a mortgage. However, I’m concerned that this low interest-rate environment has produced a very confusing borrowing market for consumers. With rates coming down and competition heating up, lenders have had to pull out all the stops in order to attract and retain customers. So, one tactic that has become popular amongst marketers is to highlight the ‘discount’ rate in mortgage advertising. Discounting isn’t new. Back in the ’90s, banks used to give their high-income customers preferential treatment by offering them discounts, otherwise known as professional packs, with the hope that they could reel the customer in and sell them on other products over the medium to long term. Now, as interest rates have dropped and margins on each loan are pressured, the discounting strategy is being used as a broader customer acquisition and retention tool, but with one key difference. Back in 2003, the advertising of ‘honeymoon rates’ became very popular, whereby the lender would promote a low introductory rate with no mention of the true long term cost of the loan. So legislation was created to control interest rate advertising by introducing what’s called the ‘comparison rate’. The comparison rate is a formula that includes all the costs and fees, and it factors in any potential short term discounting to give the borrower a clear picture of the loan’s true rate, the rate they’d be paying over the long term. Comparison rate legislation is still in place today. However, advertisers who are looking to get their product out to the market in the simplest and most effective way possible have moved away from advertising the interest rate and the comparison rate in favour of advertising just the discount. So now you’ll see ads spruiking a ‘1.05 per cent p.a.’ discount off for the life of the loan, but the interest rate is nowhere to be seen, leaving the consumer to dig to find the actual rate. This makes things all the more difficult for the borrower, who just wants to know the ‘true rate’ they’ll be paying on their loan. So now that you know how it works, I urge everyone seeking a mortgage to look past the discounts and to focus on the comparison rate, the true rate that you will end up paying over the life of the loan. This won’t always be easy because the discounts are designed to catch your attention and change your thinking. They make you feel like you’re getting a good deal, which may be true for a pair of sneakers or a new sofa. But with interest rates, there is a lot more to the equation than just the ‘per cent off’. So at the very least, find out how much your loan is costing you after the discounts and deals. Go searching for your true rate, and make sure it’s competitive. If it isn’t, go get a better one. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Markonmark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.last_img read more

Twitter doit garantir la sécurité de son réseau social

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first_imgTwitter doit garantir la sécurité de son réseau socialÉtats-Unis – Twitter a passé un accord avec la Commission fédérale du commerce afin de garantir davantage de sécurité sur son réseau social. Le site a subi deux attaques importantes l’année dernière.Début 2009, les comptes Twitter de milliers d’utilisateurs dont Barack Obama avaient été détournés puis un hacker français était entré dans le système d’administration du réseau social, s’accaparant les informations confidentielles d’une multitude de comptes. Depuis, la sécurité sur le réseau social est remise en question et la Commission fédérale du commerce a lancé une enquête pour inciter les dirigeants du réseau social à combler les failles existant sur leur site. Celle-ci vient de se terminer et Twitter s’est désormais engagé à fournir un programme d’information sur la sécurité, lequel sera évalué annuellement pendant dix ans.Le 25 juin 2010 à 12:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more