Shocking news arrived this evening as Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone an emergency surgery as he has had problems with a brain haemorrhage and he is currently in the hospital recovering from it.The Manchester United legend retired back in 2013 after he had been in charge of the club for 27 years straight and he won numerous trophies including Premier League, Champions League or FA Cup – however, now he has had health struggles and everyone hopes that he will recover as soon as possible.His former club confirmed this information, according to ESPN:Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter. Everyone at Manchester United sends our very best wishes.”Sir Alex Ferguson’s former player, Michael Carrick, also tweeted to support his former gaffer:“Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”
Johna Beech, President of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce: “When you are cruising out and about on Saturday and you see a kid with a lemonade stand, stop by and buy one or two cups.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For the past seven years, local Chambers of Commerce have been helping young residents learn the basics of entrepreneurship through Lemonade Day. This year’s event is scheduled June 9. Local children have participated in the Chambers’ building and finance workshops, learning how to create a product and a store and how to use the proceeds. Andrew Heuiser, Events & Programs Coordinator for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “Lemonade Day is an education program for youth in the community and they learn how to start up their own business , run it, and make profits, and do what they want to with those.” Lemonade Day is a free, experimental learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some. Lemonade stands will be popping up on Saturday in front of many established local businesses in the Soldotna-Kenai area.
Printing, production and distribution company Fry Communications has added digital reprint services to its portfolio of services.Using the same PDFs publishers provide for printing their issues, Fry says it can print four-color or single color reprints, ranging from single sheets to 32-page stitched booklets. The reprints can be printed on coated or uncoated stocks from 45-pounf text weight to 110-pound cover stock.Fry—which traditionally offers print, premedia, distribution, direct mail and fulfillment services— also will offer in-house design services to publishers who need redesign of reformatting of article of section reprints, the company says.
Share your voice Culture Gaming 0 Post a comment Many gamers these days like to play online with friends. Discord helps them do that. Getty Images You may never have heard of Discord, but you might soon. The chat app built initially for gamers has been steadily expanding outside that world as it’s increasingly used by YouTube personalities, podcasters, hackers and more. Overall, the company says it counts more than 250 million registered users, or basically the same number of people who’ve signed up to play the cultural phenom Fortnight. More than 56 million people log in each month on the app, which marks its fourth anniversary Monday. “As Discord has grown, it’s gone mainstream,” the company said in a statement. Discord is praised for its sleek design, similar to business chat software Slack. Discord While it’s true the 165-person company has become popular outside of gaming, its most popular “servers” (or, chat rooms) are typically gaming related. The top server is for Fortnite, followed by a similar battle game Spellbreak, then Fortnite competitor PUBG. Microsoft’s world building game Minecraft, Supercell’s strategy game Clash Royale and Ubisoft’s Rainbow 6 military survival game are also popular. Its good-natured gaming roots and slick design have made it popular among gamers looking to easily chat with friends or organize a gaming session from across town or on another side of the world. It’s often called “Slack for gamers,” a reference to the similarly designed business software that’s expected to hold an initial public offering this year. But Discord has a darker side. White supremacists and hackers have gravitated to the platform, in part because of its ease of use and insufficient bureaucracy to track and punish them. That’s different from companies like Facebook and Twitter, which have employee bases many times larger than Discord’s and have taken a harder line, even using computer programs to identify and then excise bad actors from their communities. Still, San Francisco-based Discord is pushing forward. It’s launched a game sales service to compete with the likes of Fortnite maker Epic and Valve’s popular “Steam” store. The company declined to say how many games it’s sold through that effort. Tags
Tesla Electric Cars Car Industry Enlarge ImageThe Model S looks an awful lot now like it did when it debuted in 2012, but that’s not a bad thing. Tim Stevens/Roadshow Most manufacturers would be freaking out about the future if it had models in its lineup that were mostly the same now as they were when they debuted seven years ago. Not Tesla, though. Despite many minor changes and a few technical updates, the Model S of 2019 is not wildly different from the one that debuted way back in 2012. That has led people to wonder if the Model S and its slightly newer sibling, Model X, will be getting a redo anytime soon.The answer to that, according to the Big T’s CEO Elon Musk, is no. The recent mechanical refresh to S and X that we saw a few months ago is the extent of what we can expect for the future. On the one hand, that sounds crazy, but on the other, it’s not like either model looks especially dated. Now playing: Watch this: There is no “refreshed” Model X or Model S coming, only a series of minor ongoing changes. Most significant change in past few years was to use high efficiency Model 3 rear drive unit as S/X front drive unit. That went into production 3 months ago.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2019 2 Musk’s decision makes sense from a business standpoint, too. Why would a company that is so resource-hungry as it is divert funding and personnel away from new models like Y or the Tesla truck to retool relatively low-volume flagship models?Now, Models S and X will continue to get minor updates, both in hardware and of course through software, but Musk also states that we shouldn’t expect even an interior re-do, despite the move away from the S and X’s more traditional interior layout to the more minimal style used on 3 and Y.In the long-term, it’s not clear how S and X fit into Tesla’s grand plans with all the robotaxis and semi-trucks and God knows what else Elon is cooking up. In the meantime though, they won’t be going anywhere, and if our own Tim Stevens’ recent review of the current Model S is anything to go by, that’s not a bad thing.Tesla didn’t had no further comment beyond Musk’s tweets. Comments 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice More From Roadshow Tesla Model S Long Range pulls further ahead of the EV… 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tesla’s Model X gets artsy Tags 8:35 30 Photos Elon Musk Tesla
Concerns deepen over troubled Indian stock markets as the China’s red-hot initial public offering (IPO) heats up further. Foreign investors appear to be preparing to pull out their money from Dalal Street and invest in lucrative IPOs in China.As many as 20 Chinese companies have lined up to issue IPOs this week amounting to $483.19 billion, intensifying worries of outflows from other countries including India.Impressive post-listing performance of Chinese IPOs has created frenzy among the investor community. In the past one year, all the IPOs have generated more than 40% returns on listing.”We have heard from sell-side brokers that some of the selling in India is attributable to the fact that Chinese markets have outperformed India,” Nilesh Shah, MD, Kotak Mutual Fund, told The Economic Times.Recent controversy over Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) led to high volatility in domestic stock markets in recent trading sessions, as overseas investors aggressively sold their shares.Foreign investors have sold shares amounting to over $2 billion or nearly ₹14,000 crore in the past 15 trading sessions, NDTV Profit said.The Chinese securities regulator has been fast accelerating its nod for IPOs in a bid to cool down its skyrocketing stock market performance. Last Friday, the regulator approved a batch of IPOs for the second time in less than a month.”Regulators have said they would accelerate IPO approvals and we’re seeing it happen,” Zhang Chen, analyst at Shanghai-based Hongyi Investment, told Reuters.The Chinese authorities have been initiating many measures to curtail the speculative activity in its equity markets. Despite a sharp decline in recent sessions, the Chinese stocks still trade at multi-year highs, with a gain of 34% so far this year.The China’s Shanghai Composite Index is up 122% since January 2014, supported by increased buying by the retail investors.Will China’s IPOs Attract FIIs in India?Analysts see limited scope for foreign investors, who have their holding in Indian equities, to participate in the forthcoming $200 billion IPOs in China. The total share holdings of overseas investors in India stand at over $300 billion, so offloading a part of their holdings may offer a little liquidity to subscriber for Chinese IPOs.There is no evidence of ‘any large-scale’ selling of shares by foreign institutional investors (FIIs) so far although the Chinese IPO boom has started a few months back. Recent sell-off in Indian stock markets is largely due to uncertainty over retrospective tax and weak corporate earnings, Business Standard reported.Instead, China IPOs are having an impact on its own markets, with the benchmark index declining by around 10% in recent sessions. Investors are selling their shares to buy IPOs.However, with the Chinese equity market outperforming India’s, many global money managers are reshuffling their portfolios to include Chinese stocks.
Bumrah has been the key to Virat-led Indian team’s successGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty ImagesThey say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Certainly when it comes from the leader of your team, it must be considered a great compliment. This is exactly what India’s ace fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah got from his captain Virat Kohli. The pacer from Gujarat was expected to be one of the stars of this World Cup and help India greatly with his bowling. That is precisely what he did and produced another example of his brilliance.But Bumrah isn’t just great but also very unique. His bowling action is one of a kind and generating high speeds from it, as he usually does, is something that has baffled even the most seasoned critics of the game. It’s an action that no coach would suggest to his pupils and few would be willing to accept but somehow, for Bumrah, it has worked very well.The temptation to copy the action proved too much for Indian captain Kohli and he decided to try his hand at it. ICC’s official Twitter page uploaded a video where the skipper can be seen imitating his main strike bowler’s action during one of India’s pre-game practice sessions. This was probably before the start of play on the reserve day of the semi-final between India and New Zealand.Imitation from the captain is the best form of flattery ?#INDvNZ | #CWC19 | #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/XXsbmr19GI— ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2019Twitter/ICCIn the video, Virat can be seen standing near Bumrah and then imitates his run up – including keeping his head tilted to one side as the bowler does. After he delivers the ball, Kohli takes off on a mock celebration, again mimicking his teammate’s style.Unfortunately for both Kohli and Bumrah, the latter’s action would no longer be seen in the World Cup as India lost their semi-final to New Zealand. However, the brilliance of the fast bowler from Ahmedabad would remain a key ingredient of India’s success for a long time to come. With the Test Championship starting in a few weeks, the importance of Bumrah only increases. Kohli clearly knows the value of his main fast bowler.
Aysha Siddiqa MinniAysha Siddiqa Minni, wife of slain Barguna youth Rifat Sharif, confessed to her involvement in Rifat murder, claimed superintendent of Barguna police Maruf Hossain on Thursday.The police official came up with the statement at a press conference organised after they arrested Rashidul Hasan Rishan, 20, another accused in the much talked-about murder case.”Minni, herself, admitted her involvement in Rifat murder. She kept close contact with Rifat’s murderers. She even held several meetings with the murderers before and after the murder,” the SP told the press conference.Earlier on 17 July, Minni was arrested after nearly 12 hours of interrogation.In a statement, superintendent of police in Barugna, Maruf Hossain, said the investigation officer’s interrogation of Aysha Siddiqa Minni and analysis of the information she provided him appeared to show her involvement in the murder.On 14 July, Minni addressed a media conference at her father’s residence, where she claimed herself innocent.She defended herself saying those who created ‘Nayan Bond’ and the terrorist group ‘Bond 007’ in Barguna are trying to divert the murder case to a different direction by accusing her.Superintendent of Barguna police Maruf Hossain presents accused Rashidul Hasan Rishan, 20, in Rifat murder at his Barguna office on Thursday. Photo: Prothom Alo”By uploading negative posts, doctored images and comments, a vested quarter has been plotting against me since Rifat’s murder. Their main intention is to direct the case to a different course. Because, those who created 007 Bond group are very influential and rich,” she told the press conference.She made the claim after her father-in-law Abdul Halim Sharif, on the earlier day, told a media conference at Barguna press club that Minni was involved in the Rifat killing.He also demanded her arrest.On 26 June, Rifat Sharif was killed in broad daylight in front of Barguna Government College.On the following day, victim’s father Abdul Halim Sharif filed a lawsuit with Barguna police station against 12. Besides, four-five others unnamed people also were made accused in the case.Main accused in the case Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond was killed in what police called a gunfight with them on 2 July.As of Thursday morning, 15 people have been arrested in connection with the murder.
Matt Rourke, File, APIn this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. Emails obtained by The Associated Press shed new light on the activities of a firm run by Donald Trump’s campaign chairman. They show it directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law.WASHINGTON (AP) — In the middle of Donald Trump’s presidential run, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort said he was willing to provide “private briefings” about the campaign to a Russian billionaire the U.S. government considers close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.Manafort’s offer was memorialized in an email exchange with a former employee of his political consulting firm in July 2016. It was first reported by The Washington Post, which said portions of Manafort’s emails were read to reporters.Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni confirmed to The Associated Press that the email exchanges were legitimate but said no briefings ever occurred. The email involved an offer for Oleg Deripaska, a wealthy Russian who made his money in the aluminum business.The July 7, 2016, email came a little over a week before the Republican National Convention, while Manafort was leading the Trump campaign’s day-to-day operations. It also occurred about a month after Manafort attended a meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.That meeting was brokered by Donald Trump Jr., who was told in emails that the meeting was part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign.The Manafort email exchange regarding Deripaska is one of thousands of pages of material turned over to congressional committees by the Trump campaign. It is also in the possession of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether there was any coordination between Trump associates and Russians looking to interfere in the presidential campaign. Mueller is also probing Manafort’s taxes and his foreign banking as part of an investigation related to his consulting work in Ukraine.Manafort has denied any wrongdoing, saying his work in Ukraine was open and appropriate. He has also denied any involvement in any efforts to undermine the U.S. election on behalf of Russia. Deripaska has denied any involvement with the Trump campaign and said he is willing to testify before congressional committees investigating Russian election interference to defend his reputation and his name.According to the Post, Manafort wrote the email to a former employee, Konstantin Kilimnik, who had worked for years with him on political consulting in Ukraine. Manafort asked Kilimnik to pass the offer to Deripaska.“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote — referring to Deripaska — in the email, according to the Post.In a statement, Maloni dismissed the correspondence as “innocuous.” He said the exchange was part of an effort on Manafort’s part to collect money from clients who owed him money. The Post reported that several email exchanges between Manafort and Kilimnik discussed money that Manafort said he was owed by former clients in Eastern Europe.“It is no secret Mr. Manafort was owed money by past clients after his work ended in 2014,” Maloni said in the statement.The email is the first to indicate that Manafort was attempting to reach Deripaska while he was working on the Trump campaign, but it’s unclear whether the offer ever reached Deripaska or his representatives. The Post reported that according to documents detailed to its reporters, there was no evidence Deripaska received the offer.Attorneys for Deripaska in New York and Washington did not respond to phone messages or emails Wednesday evening. Kilimnik did not immediately respond to an email Wednesday evening. A phone number previously used by him was not accepting calls.The Post quoted Vera Kurochkina, a spokeswoman for one of Deripaska’s companies, who said inquiries about the emails “veer into manufactured questions so grossly false and insinuating that I am concerned even responding to these fake connotations provides them the patina of reality.” She also dismissed the email exchanges, the Post said, as scheming by “consultants in the notorious ‘Beltway bandit’ industry.”The Associated Press reported in March that before signing with Trump’s campaign, Manafort secretly worked for Deripaska and proposed plans for political consulting work in Eastern Europe that he said could “greatly benefit the Putin Government.”In a 2005 memo to Deripaska, Manafort laid out the details of the proposal that were subsequently spelled out the following year as part of a $10 million contract, according to interviews with people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. It’s unclear how much of the work was carried out. The AP previously reported that Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009. The two later had a falling-out laid bare in 2014 in a Cayman Islands court.The AP cited U.S. diplomatic cables from 2006 describing Deripaska as “among the 2-3 oligarchs Putin turns to on a regular basis” and “a more-or-less permanent fixture on Putin’s trips abroad.” Deripaska has also sworn in a New York state court document that he has been granted “a diplomatic passport from Russia, and on occasion I have represented the government in countries outside Russia.”Deripaska sued the AP for defamation over the story in May in U.S. District Court in Washington, alleging the story was inaccurate and hurt his career by falsely accusing him of criminal activity. Deripaska’s lawyers complained to the AP at the time that the article “suggests that Mr. Deripaska has been involved with Mr. Manafort more recently,” and the lawsuit said, “Mr. Deripaska severed relations with Mr. Manafort many years ago.” The AP has said it stands by the accuracy of its story, and has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit.Manafort has previously said he worked for Deripaska to advance his business interests but denied his work was meant to advance Russia’s interests.The Post reported that Kilimnik and Manafort at times referred to Deripaska as “OVD” in the emails. That shorthand is consistent with how Manafort and other employees at his former consulting business referred to the billionaire in other documents obtained by the AP, including the 2005 proposal that referred to a plan to “greatly benefit the Putin Government.”According to other emails obtained by the AP that are in the hands of Mueller and congressional committees, Manafort had previously shut down efforts to have Trump meet with Russians during the campaign.In mid-May 2016, a Trump campaign aide wrote to Manafort that “Russia has been eager to meet Mr. Trump for quite some time,” noting that representatives from the country had been reaching out to him.Manafort responded to his deputy, Rick Gates, that the meetings were a nonstarter. “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips,” he wrote, referring to Trump. The two decided that the communication should come from a person in the campaign who responds to “all mail of non-importance” so as not to send a message. ___ Associated Press writer Eric Tucker contributed to this report. Share
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /00:59 Share – / 7In the days before Christmas, the real action isn’t at Santa’s workshop. It’s at Houston’s Amazon warehouse.Long aisles are filled with bids containing everything from household goods to electronics and even things like ugly Christmas sweaters. We get a tour of the sprawling warehouse from Amazon’s Allison Flicker.“Our Amazon associates who are working in the Prime Now hub are picking orders just a couple of minutes after customers place them,” explained Flicker.And if you live in the right spot here in Houston, and you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can have your purchases delivered as fast as one hour.“So when that happens they call out ‘one hour’ because you have to make sure you move super, super fast on that one,” said Flicker. “So the whole team kind of mobilizes to make sure that item gets out really, really fast.”Amazon has been providing one and two hour delivery in Houston for a couple of years now. But despite the facility’s central location, that service still isn’t available large parts of the area.We asked Amazon where they plan to roll out the service next. They’ll only say that they’re currently working on new locations.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share 00:00 /00:00 X Florian MartinWhite Oak Music Hall. Photo Florian Martin | Houston Public Media.White Oak Music Hall and neighbors in the Near Northside reached a settlement over noise complaints. Neighbors sued the venue in late 2016 for making too much noise.The settlement stipulates that White Oak Music Hall follow certain noise restrictions for their outdoor performances. The venue is installing real time sound monitoring that neighbors will be able to watch through a webcam. If the venue breaks the agreement, the hall could be fined up to $15,000. The plaintiffs’ attorney Cris Feldman said the venue also has to comply with other rules, like stricter limitations on how late bands can play outdoors on school nights. “White Oak has to cut off on 9:30. No shows on STAR nights, STAR testing nights,” said Feldman, “That has been an issue in the past.” In a statement, Johnny So, Managing Partner of White Oak Music Hall said he is glad the issue has been resolved. “We think it is the quintessential definition of a compromise, with both groups agreeing on a middle-ground that addresses the plaintiffs’ concerns regarding outdoor event frequency, outdoor event volume, and even such things as school testing schedules.”@WhiteOakMH and Near Northside neighbors have reached a settlement on a noise complaint lawsuit. The settlement establishes a private sound ordinance that includes sound monitoring paid for by White Oak. @HoustonPubMedia pic.twitter.com/N8nCFNXOGo— Elizabeth Trovall (@elizTrovall) April 24, 2018
Harris County District Attorney’s OfficeTerry Dewayne Rodgers.The UT Police at Houston took Terry Dewayne Rodgers into custody around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday after he had escaped from a courtroom in downtown Houston on Monday.UT Police at Houston serves the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. According to a tweet from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, “preliminary indications” are that Rodgers “was seeking medical services at a UT System facility.”Rodgers, who had recently been arrested for possession of the controlled substance ecstasy, escaped Monday from the 351st State District Court, located in downtown Houston.Rodgers had been conditionally free on bond on a charge of Assault of a Family Member. Share
More information: Chao Song et al. “10-Qubit Entanglement and Parallel Logic Operations with a Superconducting Circuit.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.180511Also at arXiv:1703.10302 [quant-ph] False-color circuit image showing 10 superconducting qubits (star shapes) interconnected by a central bus resonator B (gray). Credit: Song et al. ©2017 American Physical Society This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Physicists have experimentally demonstrated quantum entanglement with 10 qubits on a superconducting circuit, surpassing the previous record of nine entangled superconducting qubits. The 10-qubit state is the largest multiqubit entangled state created in any solid-state system and represents a step toward realizing large-scale quantum computing. Citation: Physicists set new record with 10-qubit entanglement (2017, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-physicists-qubit-entanglement.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters Quantum computing on the move Lead researcher Jian-Wei Pan and co-workers at the University of Science and Technology of China, Zhejiang University, Fuzhou University, and the Institute of Physics, China, have published a paper on their results in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.In general, one of the biggest challenges to scaling up multiqubit entanglement is addressing the catastrophic effects of decoherence. One strategy is to use superconducting circuits, which operate at very cold temperatures and consequently have longer qubit coherence times. In the new set-up, the researchers used qubits made of tiny pieces of aluminum, which they connected to each other and arranged in a circle around a central bus resonator. The bus is a key component of the system, as it controls the interactions between qubits, and these interactions generate the entanglement. As the researchers demonstrated, the bus can create entanglement between any two qubits, can produce multiple entangled pairs, or can entangle up to all 10 qubits. Unlike some previous demonstrations, the entanglement does not require a series of quantum logic gates, nor does it involve modifying the physical wiring of the circuit, but instead all 10 qubits can be entangled with a single collective qubit-bus interaction.To measure how well the qubits are entangled, the researchers used quantum tomography to determine the probability of measuring every possible state of the system. Although there are thousands of such states, the resulting probability distribution yielded the correct state about 67% of the time. This fidelity is well above the threshold for genuine multipartite entanglement (generally considered to be about 50%).In the future, the physicists’ goal is to develop a quantum simulator that could simulate the behavior of small molecules and other quantum systems, which would allow for a more efficient analysis of these systems compared to what is possible with classical computers. Explore further
The Bollywood number Abhi Mujhe Kahin Baaki Thodi Si Hai Zindagi was among the many songs performed by the artistes of the band Flying Souls on Wednesday. This band is one that you don’t hear every day. The band is formed by the inmates of Tihar. It was interesting to see on the book launch at the Air Force Auditorium, how the inmates, with the help of the Police Department have made something of their lives in Tihar. The Coffee Table Book of Delhi prisons was launched by Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament and S K Shrivastava, Cheif Secretary, GNCT of Delhi. The launch was held under the guidance of Director General (Prisons), Vimla Mehra. A spirited lady, she spoke of what one can expect in the book. She also spoke of how she has made constant efforts of reformation and rehabilitation of the prisoners. Also interestingly, the cover of the book is made of Khadi. That cloth has been made by the inmates. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Meenakshi Lekhi commented jokingly at this saying, ‘I told Vimla that the cloth quality is so fine. If you guys weave this cloth, I will wear sarees made only of this cloth then. I wioll be your brand ambassador (laughs). And if I wear it in the sansad, you can imagine the impact it will have.’T M Bhasin, CMD, Indian Bank was also present. Indian Bank has extended their hand towards Tihar Ashram, as they call it, for recruiting the people at insensitive positions once they are out of the prison. It was a very welcomed gesture by the various bureaucrats sitting in the event. Eminent people like Kiran Bedi and Vartika Nanda were also present at the launch. A book was also presented to Kiran Bedi who is seen as the foundation of the reform movement in Tihar. The launch ended with a scintillating performance by the Flying Souls band. The song, Tinka Tinka Tihar written by Vimla Mehra and Nanda ended the occasion.
Before the moment, King hadn’t even known that his book was in the race. He didn’t know then that his account of four African American men, who were falsely accused of a crime against a white woman in Florida in 1949, would be featured in the top books of 2013. He wouldn’t have imagined that his book would be in line soon to be adapted into a Hollywood film.King received the Pulitzer in the non-fiction category for his book Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America. The book is a well researched history of civil rights case of a former associate justice in the American Supreme court, Thurgood Marshall or as King calls him ‘Mr Civil Rights’, who fought in favour of four African American men, who were accused of raping a white woman. The case led to the Ku Klux Klan waging havoc on the town of Lake County in Florida. Burning African American houses and lynching black men followed. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Marshall was even threatened and one of his associates were killed. King’s book brought to light numerous details of the case with his research on the FBI files and other valuable materials.Gilbert King is a part of a panel discussion in 2015’s Jaipur Literature festival and he was in the national capital one bright Sunday to interact with school students. He talked about his love for writing and photography and why he chooses to write about injustice and his views about other pressing issues in the world. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix On Civil RightsHistory of slavery goes a long way in America and so after Abraham Lincoln the general perception was that the African community was better off now. But there was still segregation and a lot of racism. Around the time of the second world war, suddenly the African American community was deemed ‘equal’ and good enough to be sent to war. They travelled to different parts of the world where they were respected as American soldiers. They fought as equals with passion for their country. So once the war was over, and when they came back to America, they were again pushed back into living in ghettos and as second class citizens. This time they revolted and this resulted into the Klu Klux Klan lynching soldiers and other acts of violence. The county they fought for wasn’t protecting them. There was no society, no police to protect them. And this is when they turned to law. Thurgood Marshall rose as a leader and protector of civil rights then.My book is one of the many cases that remained untold. People didn’t know of all the horrific incidents that took place and writing this book was a matter of conscience for me. It was a crucial case at that time and Marshall rose as a hero. My book is a tribute to a hero.On Racial progress todayThe Internet and camera phones has made it easier to tell stories. For instance something like the Ferguson unrest would not have become this popular had it not been for the Internet, which has brought it to a higher level of consciousness for people. It has drawn attention.While I was researching for Devil in the Grove, I used to wonder how the world would have reacted if an injustice like this would have been covered on camera. But look at Ferguson case, look at Eric Garner, an African American, who was choked to death by a police officer. A video was recorded and it went viral. But police brutality is somehow justified in our society.Today, we may feel good that we have Barack Obama as the President of the United States but the issue of racial injustice is as crucial as it was then. But having said that, I think the situation has improved a lot. People may point out at the Ferguson incident or the Trevor Martin incident (17 year old African American who was shot by a neighbourhood watch volunteer). To say that the situation is the same is unfair to the leaders who fought for their rights. Back then no one would know about it. Today everyone recognises the issue and that is a victory in itself. You get to the court room today and at least there is a trial.On WritingI was always drawn to underdog stories. I used to read books like the Count of Monte Cristo and I was always interested in crime stories. As a photographer I love the idea of learning new things like a child would see. The enthusiasm came to me as a writer as well to learn and tell stories. Suddenly I was seeing new things, things I had never heard before. My writing is a way to tell people what I am thinking in my head, like a photograph should. As a student I was always distracted. My grades weren’t good and my teachers used to complain that I read other things than the class assigned books. I went about my way and ended up becoming who I am. To aspiring writers I would say, read. And read history. Make yourself comfortable with the structure of a story. Be it writing a book or just journalism, people want to know the human narrative, the experience. One needs to understand that the best stories are about people and not about events. They are not about banks, they are about people in the banks.On IndiaMy impression about Indians is that there is a certain joy in people, a certain sensitivity. This is my first trip to India but I have found that people appreciate life in a different way than America. Conversations revolve around families, about reflection on life, simple things unlike the fast paced conversation that I see in America. I think Indians in general and Indian writers observe things in details.I attended the Jaipur literature festival to listen to writers like V S Naipaul. My idea of Indian literature is that it is vast. There are so many Indian books I want to read and there are so many writers who inspired me during the festival. There is so much I take back from here, that a book on India cannot be ruled out.As far as the festival itself is concerned, I believe as writers we are always at our desks. We don’t interact, I don’t teach, so I am always researching and writing and it’s kind of lonely.Such festivals make me meet people I love. People I love reading and for me it’s also about appreciating the fact that ‘Oh my God, I am on the same panel with such renouned writers’.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 3, 2018 In April, Google added a row to the top of its settings menu: “Try the new Gmail.” You may not have noticed this option, or you may be reluctant to switch over because you like your current Gmail setup just fine.Whichever camp you fall into, the good news is that “the new Gmail” doesn’t look a whole lot different from the previous version of Gmail. It still has the familiar Gmail interface, and it doesn’t organize your messages in a new way. All of the new features available to Gmail users today are designed to make you more productive — thanks in part to artificial intelligence — and the information you share more secure.Related: 15 Tips, Hacks and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Google PhotosRead on to learn what the new Gmail has in store before you try it for yourself — or if you already have it but haven’t gotten acquainted yet.First, how to switch to the new GmailGo to the Settings menu, under the gear icon above the upper-right corner of your inbox. The top row will read “Try the new Gmail.” The page will refresh, then a window will pop up asking you to configure your display density. If you want to take advantage of all of the new Gmail’s features, click “default.” You can always switch to “comfortable” or “compact” in the settings menu later if you decide you want more messages to appear on the page at one time.Note: If you use Gmail for work, the G Suite administrator at your company still has some leeway over whether you can switch. If you’re trying to switch over your work email and don’t see the option, that might be why.Shortcuts on message previewsYou’ll now have the option to archive or delete emails before even opening them by clicking one of a series of new icons that appears when you hover over each message. There’s also a “mark as read” shortcut and a “snooze” option that lets you hide a message from your inbox for a specified amount of time — until later that day, the next day, that weekend or a custom date and time. Then poof, the message will disappear temporarily, sparing you from opening it multiple times before you take action on the message.In default display density, you’ll also be able to see what Google’s dubbed “chips” for email attachments — icons under the subject line of a message preview that allow you to click and open the attachment without opening the email itself.Image Credit: Google NudgingGmail will now give you a virtual nudge if you’ve let a message sit in your inbox too long without replying to it, so you don’t let anything slip through the cracks. It won’t do this for every message, though, just those that its AI deems important and like something you’d normally reply to, like an ongoing email chain or a message with someone you regular correspond with. On these message previews in your inbox, you’ll see a note in orange that says something like, “Received 3 days ago. Reply?” in orange font. On the flip side, if a person you emailed a few days ago hasn’t replied to you, Google will nudge you asking if you want to follow up. These nudges can be disabled in general settings, under “Nudges.”Smart ReplyMobile Gmail users may already be familiar with this feature, but now, it’s coming to desktop. This tool is also AI powered, and it provides a few options for quick replies to a message. When you hit the reply button, you might see blue buttons reading “Awesome, thanks!” “Sounds good!” and “Wow!” as three Smart Reply options. Click one of them, and that text will appear in the body of your reply field. All you have to do from there is hit send. The options vary depending on the content of the message. Smart Reply already drives 10 percent of email replies on mobile, Google reported in its blog post announcing the new features in April. Smart ComposeThis is one of a few features that you might not see right away when you switch to the new version. Similar to Smart Reply, Smart Compose is an AI tool designed to write your emails for you, but with depth.Smart Compose suggests both greetings and closings (such as “Have a great weekend!” if it’s Friday) and other common phrases and complete sentences to fill out the body of the message, based on context. It helps users write without repeating themselves or making spelling and grammar mistakes. Related: 20 Surprising Things You Can Do With Google SearchNative offlineYou’ll no longer to be in a Wi-Fi zone to search through your Gmail account when Google rolls out its native offline functionality as part of the new Gmail. Your messages will sync and be searchable as soon as you’re in a no-Wi-Fi zone, and from there, you’ll be able to compose drafts of emails and specify what messages you want deleted or archived as soon as you’re back online. Confidential modeEspecially designed for business users (whose IT administrators will have control over this setting), this option will allow messages to expire (no longer be able to be viewed) after a specified period of time. This will be useful for people who share sensitive information and don’t want it to live in their recipients’ inboxes for an indefinite period of time, in case their accounts are compromised. Users will be able to access this option via a shortcut in the line of icons that allows you to add attachments and hyperlinks to a message.In confidential mode, users will also be able to incorporate an additional layer of protection, beyond a self-destruction deadline. The sender will be able to require that the recipient types in a two-factor authentication code to open the email in the first place, to ensure that the desired recipient is the only person who will have access.Further, you’ll also be able to remove the option for your recipient to forward, copy, download or print your messages.Bolder phishing alertsUsers will now see bigger, redder warnings when Gmail’s AI detects that a message may pose a cybersecurity risk. In a red rectangular box with an encircled white “X,” suspicious messages will feature a warning that reads, “This message seems dangerous. It might be trying to steal your personal information. Don’t click any links unless you trust the sender.” Task integrationGoogle users will now be able to build to-do lists in a new Tasks app that’s integrated with Gmail. They can set a due date, make subtasks under task categories and mark agenda items as completed. Side panelFind yourself toggling between your Google calendar in one browser tab and your Gmail in another? A new optional side panel in the new Gmail will eliminate this issue. Your side panel, to the right of your inbox, can display your daily Google calendar, your task list (see above), notes you jot or free add-ons such as Trello for Gmail, RingCentral, Asana, DocuSign and more. There’s even one called Mailtrack that lets you know when your emails are opened. You’ll be able to hide the side panel whenever you feel it’s getting in the way of your email.Soon, Google has announced, the side panel will also be available inside of your Calendar, Docs, Sheets and Slides apps.High-priority alertsOn the Gmail mobile app, users will get AI-powered suggestions for messages the algorithm deems they might want to receive alerts for. That way, users won’t get pinged every time someone responds to a long group chain, for example (unless they want a ping every time). The option to turn alerts on and off will be front and center in the mobile app.Unsubscribe suggestionsAlso on mobile, Gmail’s AI will flag senders whose messages you open infrequently, asking you if you want to subscribe and presenting you with an unsubscribe button to tap right then and there. Register Now » 8 min read
Ukrainian cable operator Volia has upgraded its networks in Zaporizhia in eastern Ukraine, Kirovohrad in central Ukraine and Chernivtsi in the western part of the country, enabling it to offer DOCSIS 3.0-based high-speed internet services in the three cities. Customers in Zaporizhia, Kirovohrad and Chernivtsi will be able to subscribe to 60Mbps and 100Mbps packages as well as a new package of internet bundled with TV services.The company said it would offer free replacement modems to all customer that subscribed to internet packages of 30Mbps or above.