• Steps to Financial Freedom: Know the Score

    first_imgCarolyn Bird and Molly C. HerndonLast week, we discussed the first three steps PFMs can take with service members to get their finances on track: 1. Assess the situation; 2. Find the Motivation; and 3. Recruit Your Team. We also linked to free online tools that are useful in managing personal finances. This week, we’ll discuss credit scores and how you can guide your clients to improve their credit score..Step 4: Know the ScoreHaving service members identify their credit score is a vital step on the path to financial freedom. It is especially important for service members to know their credit scores well in advance of making a major purchase; such as, buying a home or car. Helping service members understand how their everyday decisions affect their credit score empowers them to build stronger credit scores. Credit scores are comprised of many factors. By asking a service member the following questions, PFMPs can assist service members in understanding how their actions may affect their FICO score:1. Payment history-35%. Are bills late and how often?2. Amounts owed-30%. Are you maxed out? How many accounts have balances?3. Length of credit history-15%. How long have credit accounts been opened?4. New Credit-10%. Are you opening accounts frequently? How many new accounts do you have?5. Credit types-10%. Is there a good mix of credit (credit cards, mortgages, or personal loans)?As a financial educator at your installation you can assist service members in receiving their FICO score at no charge. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation provides special access for PFMPs to allow service members and their spouses an annual free FICO score. Click here to learn more about this FINRA-supported program. Access to the free FICO score site is arranged through your service branch’s Headquarters PFMP.If your client discovers a low credit score, suggest the myriad of ways available to raise the score before making big purchases. Low credit scores mean higher interest rates which translate into larger monthly payments. Once service members understand this relationship, they will understand that raising the score quickly is in their best interest.Service members with a strong credit score may want to move forward with their purchase. Lets say the service member in your office is thinking of purchasing a car. There are several items to consider, in addition to credit rating, that you may want to share. The service member will need to decide what type of vehicle is to be purchased and whether it will be new or used. A review of the service members finances will either support the initial choice or may suggest a change in approach. Together, tally up the monthly expenses to determine the amount of money that is available each month for a car payment and car related expenses, including insurance, gas and maintenance. Refer the service member to websites such as and, and to the credit union to research car prices before visiting auto dealerships. For help determining the best options for car insurance, click here. Many insurance companies offer military discounts and  the Insurance Information Institute has ways to lower car insurance costs. You may also suggest your client refers to to find out all the facts on their desired car before making a purchase. Fuel economy and safety features should be considered before making such a large purchase.Besides a car purchase, when else do clients typically come to your office seeking a credit score report?last_img read more

  • Video Tutorial: Start Shooting Better Slow Motion Footage

    first_imgPowder PowerMy favorite element to add to slow-motion footage is dust (baby powder). This looks great for anything sports- or action-related. It catches the air really nicely, and when your subject moves, it trails behind impressively, almost like a ghosting effect.Slo-Mo Fabric FlowAll fabrics look great in slow-motion. They catch the air very well and create a liquid motion when slowed down. I would use fabric in a dream-like sequence or if I’m shooting something fashion-related. You can create great a atmosphere by floating it in front of the camera.Paper PartyElements like paper, confetti, feathers, etc. look really good in slow-motion. They can fill a scene beautifully while creating a dynamic frame.  My tip is to scatter them across the shot and fill the scene to complement any of your subject’s movements.Slow LiquidIf you’re filming a higher frame rate, like 120fps, liquids read really well. Let’s say you’re shooting a sports advertisement: consider covering your athlete with thin layer of water so that it creates subtle water droplets when they move. You can also use water in a spray bottle to create a misty haze that views similarly to fog on camera. It ads depth to your coverage and emphasizes your subject.All of these techniques are base layers you can build upon to create bigger effects. Take each element and experiment with it until you find the approach that makes your slow-motion sequences elevate your footage.Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: How to Shoot Product Videos on a BudgetHow to Export Illustrator Icons to Use in After Effects and Premiere ProAnimate A ‘Top 10 Countdown’ Screen With After EffectsAnimate Clean Commercial Graphics in Adobe After EffectsHow to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After Effects Dissatisfied with your slow-motion footage? In this video tutorial, we take a look at a few ways you can improve the look.Are you not getting everything you want from your slow-motion footage? The trick is to use props and movement. Things that defy gravity or catch the air are pure gold when it comes to high-speed cinematography.last_img read more

  • ‘Rhubarb’ Battery Could Store Energy of Future

    first_imgA molecule nearly identical to one in rhubarb may hold the key to the future of renewable energy. Researchers have used the compound to create a high-performance “flow” battery, a leading contender for storing renewable power in the electric utility grid. If the battery prototype can be scaled up, it could help utilities deliver renewable energy when the wind is calm and the sun isn’t shining.Renewables are already big business, with wind and solar power accounting for about 7% of all new power-generating capacity installed worldwide. Many experts would love to see that number grow to limit carbon emissions from fossil fuels. But if utilities use wind and solar power to provide more than about 20% of their power, they run into trouble. Above that level, it’s hard for the backup sources to meet demand when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing.Numerous technologies have been proposed to store excess renewable energy for later use. And many regions already pump water uphill and later run it through a generator to do just that. But that doesn’t work in the flatlands. 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Unlike conventional batteries, which pack the chemical reactants and electrodes together, flow batteries keep their reactants in separate tanks. Energy can be extracted, or fed into the reactants, simply by flowing the materials past two electrodes separated by a membrane. A full-scale pilot project of the leading flow battery contender, based on vanadium ions dissolved in water, is due to be completed next year in Japan for grid storage. But vanadium is expensive. The vanadium alone in a flow battery with the storage capacity to provide a kilowatt-hour of electricity now costs $81. Adding the other components raises the price to between $350 and $700 per kilowatt-hour. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the cost target for a viable grid storage technology is about $100 per kilowatt-hour.Hoping to get closer to that mark, a team led by Michael Aziz, a physicist at Harvard University, decided to explore organic molecules called quinones. The compounds have long been known for being adept at grabbing and releasing electrons, a key requirement for a battery material. And they are plentiful in plants and even crude oil, making them potentially cheap. So Aziz says he and his students started testing a few different types of quinones in a flow battery and got fair results. That prompted them to team up with theoretical chemists led by Alán Aspuru-Guzik of Harvard to calculate the properties of more than 10,000 quinone molecules. That’s where they hit upon the rhubarblike compound.Aziz and his team incorporated it into their flow battery setup. In one tank they place the quinone, abbreviated AQDSH2, dissolved in water. In a separate tank they place Br2, or bromine liquid. To get electricity out, they pump the two liquids past adjoining electrodes separated by a thin proton-conducting membrane. At one electrode, each quinone molecule gives up two electrons and two protons. The electrons zip through an outside circuit to the opposite electrode, where they meet up with the protons that passed through the membrane. The partners then combine with a bromine atom to make molecules of HBr. To store energy, the researchers simply run the pumps in reverse and provide energetic electrons. That coaxes the hydrogens to break away from bromine atoms and reattach themselves to the quinone at the opposite electrode. In a paper published online today in Nature, Aziz and his colleagues show that the quinone flow battery not only works, but also appears stable in early testing and provides considerable power. And perhaps best of all, Aziz notes that the cost of the quinones and bromine is about one-third the cost of vanadium, making it potentially a far cheaper option.“It’s a great new materials set,” says Mike Perry, a flow battery expert at United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Connecticut, whose company is developing advanced vanadium flow batteries. But bromine is highly caustic, Perry notes, which may add to the cost of a final flow battery that relies on it. Aziz says his group is exploring other organics to replace the bromine as well. If it works, the novel batteries could energize efforts to add renewable power to the grid and curb society’s reliance on fossil fuel-generated power.last_img read more

  • Natpe Thunai: Hip Hop Aadhi’s next film gets a title

    first_imgHip Hop Aadhi, the musician-turned-actor, made a commendable job as a hero in the film Messaya Muruku, which turned out to be a decent hit at the box office. Now, Aadhi is all set for his second film as an actor.Titled Natpe Thunai, the upcoming film will be produced by director Sundar C under his production house Avni Movies.The film is based on the sport of hockey. Parthiban Desingu will be directing the new venture while Anaka, a newcomer, is making her debut as heroine.The film’s first look was recently unveiled. The makers are aiming to bring out the film by the start of 2019.A Vertical Video Special of @hiphoptamizha ‘s Next Film – #NatpeThunaiFans you can download this #ThinkVerticalStory from this link @khushsundar #SundarC Music (@thinkmusicindia) November 4, 2018Karu Palaniappan is playing an important role in the movie, which also has actors like Kousalya, Pandiraj and Vignesh Kanth.ALSO READ| Savyasachi box office collection Day 2: Naga Chaitanya film off to a decent startALSO WATCH: Chinmayi Sripaada claims Vairamuthu sexually harassed her, threatened to ruin her careerlast_img read more

  • NRL and Touch Football Australia join to ‘Kick Bowel Cancer’

    first_imgThe NRL has partnered with Touch Football Australia to tackle bowel cancer and encourage Australians to take a bowel cancer detection survey. As Australia’s second biggest cancer killer, each year 4000 people die from the disease and almost 15,000 cases are detected.The ‘NRL Kick Bowel Cancer’ campaign has been produced in collaboration with The Gut Foundation, Cancer Council NSW and Bowel Cancer Australia. The campaign aims to raise awareness, reducing stigmas and encourage people to take action to prevent the disease.Together, we can kick bowel cancer. Visit today to assess your risk with only five short questions, it could save your life.Related LinksKick Bowel Cancerlast_img

  • Badhaai Ho was supposed to be an ad film: Director Amit Sharma reveals

    first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 14:37 IST Before making Badhai Ho, Amit Sharma directed over 900 advertisementsThe highly acclaimed film, Badhaai Ho was originally conceptualised for an advertisement revealed director Amit Sharma. In a panel discussion at FICCI Frames recently, Amit said that the script of the film never reached the client it was initially written for.He said, “I heard this one line idea in 2015 about a 51-year-old mother getting pregnant. I just jumped on this idea written for an ad film and said, ‘Wow let’s develop this into a feature film’. Akshat (Ghildial), my writer, wrote that but fortunately, the script never got presented to the client. It never reached the client.”The director also said that many people advised him not to take risk with this story. He added, “Because my background is advertising filmmaking, I always jump on good ideas. When you get to do a feature film with an idea, it is always going to work. I had immense confidence in this idea. We were walking on thin ice because we were talking about the pregnancy of a 51-year old mother. It could have gone either way. I believed if an idea has affected me, it will affect others too.”Badhaai Ho is a coming-of-age drama which chronicles the story of a family dealing with an accidental pregnancy. It features Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra in the lead role. The film also stars Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao playing middle-aged pregnant couple, and Surekha Sikri playing Ayushmann’s grandmother.Currently, Amit Sharma is working on a sports biopic starring Ajay Devgn. The film will focus on the life of a football player and coach Syed Abdul Rahim.advertisementALSO READ: Who is Syed Abdul Rahim, the man Ajay Devgn is playing in his next film?ALSO READ: Ajay Devgn to play football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in Boney Kapoor’s nextALSO WATCH: I can take on anybody with my little finger, says Ajay DevgnGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJyoti Kanyal Tags :Follow Amit SharmaFollow Badhai Ho Badhaai Ho was supposed to be an ad film: Director Amit Sharma revealsDuring a recent interaction, Badhaai Ho director Amit Sharma said that many people advised him not to take risk with such story. The film won hearts with its entertaining narrative and memorable performances.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Wahab Riaz takes indefinite break from red-ball cricket

    first_img Indo-Asian News Service LahoreSeptember 13, 2019UPDATED: September 13, 2019 10:34 IST Wahab Riaz has taken an indefinite break from red-ball cricket (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSWahab Riaz will be playing only white-ball cricket in the near futureRiaz has told PCB that he won’t be taking part in the upcoming Quaid-e-Azam TrophyThe 34-year-old last made a Test appearance against Australia in October 2018Left-arm Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz has taken an indefinite break from red-ball cricket in order to focus on limited-overs formats.”After reviewing my past couple of years’ performances in red-ball cricket and the upcoming limited-overs cricket, I have decided to take time off from first-class cricket,” Riaz said in a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday.After a lot of thinking and discussions with my family and board, I have decided to take a break from red-ball cricket and maintain my fitness and focus on the shorter format for my country. It was a tough decision and I appreciate my Board’s support and guidance during this timeWahab Riaz (@WahabViki) September 12, 2019He has conveyed his decision to the PCB while confirming that he has withdrawn from the upcoming Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the first-class competition in Pakistan.While he hasn’t ruled out his return to red-ball cricket in the future, the left-armer stressed that he would do so only if he’s convinced that he can perform.”During this period, I will like to focus on 50-over and 20-over cricket and continue to assess my fitness for the longer version of the game. At a stage I feel I cannot only return but also perform with the red-ball, I would make myself available,” he added.The 34-year-old last made a Test appearance against Australia in October 2018. Having made his Test debut in 2010, Riaz has featured in 27 Tests for Pakistan, grabbing 83 wickets.Also Read | Pakistan women’s tour of India could be cancelled: PCB officialAlso Read | PCB waiting for details from SLC on security threat on Lankan players: sourceadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Next Wahab Riaz takes indefinite break from red-ball cricketPakistan pacer Wahab Riaz has cited fitness and performance issues while deciding to take a break from first-class cricket in order to focus on the shorter versions of the game.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Greater Discipline Needed to Achieve Economic Independence

    first_img This, he stressed, “must be our goal, even as Jamaica, a member institution of the Fund, always retains the option to access the wealth of the IMF’s technical advice over the course of time”. Story Highlights “It has to be our ambition, however, that when we conclude with the IMF this time, at the end of the Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement, we avoid reversal and instead manage our affairs in a disciplined and thoughtful way, so that our exit is sustained over time,” Dr. Clarke said. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says Jamaica must be disciplined in the management of its economic affairs in order to ensure that there will be no need to return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), once the current programme relationship ends. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says Jamaica must be disciplined in the management of its economic affairs in order to ensure that there will be no need to return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), once the current programme relationship ends.The Government’s Precautionary Stand-By Agreement with the international financial institution is scheduled to conclude in approximately 18 months.“It has to be our ambition, however, that when we conclude with the IMF this time, at the end of the Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement, we avoid reversal and instead manage our affairs in a disciplined and thoughtful way, so that our exit is sustained over time,” Dr. Clarke said.This, he stressed, “must be our goal, even as Jamaica, a member institution of the Fund, always retains the option to access the wealth of the IMF’s technical advice over the course of time”.He was addressing the opening ceremony for the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ)/Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Labour Market Forum at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston on Wednesday (April 11).Dr. Clarke noted that Jamaica has benefited significantly from the steadfast implementation of the fiscal, monetary and structural reforms under IMF agreements across two political administrations.He noted that unlike earlier years, when Jamaica’s departure from the programme was not sustained, “this time, the post-IMF era has to be different”.“In our programmed engagements with the IMF in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, our exits were short-lived. We exited those programmes only to return the following decade. This period of IMF engagement, however, stands out as distinct from earlier periods,” he said.This year’s 10th staging of the labour market forum was held under the theme ‘Enabling Growth and Development: Unlocking the Potential of the Global Shared Services Sector’.last_img read more

  • Eurogate Handling Hamburg Süd’s New Service

    first_imgzoom Hamburg Süd shipping line has awarded the contract for handling its new EMCS – Europe-Mexico/Caribbean Service to Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg.The first ship berthed at the terminal on November 13, 2014. The regular service links Northern Europe with Central America and is scheduled to call at Hamburg on a weekly basis.Hamburg Süd is operating the service with six container vessels each with a nominal capacity of 2,500 TEUs. The Hamburg Süd ships will call at eight ports along their route. A round trip from Marin/Pontevedra (Spain) via Antwerp, London and Hamburg to Altamira, Veracruz, Puerto Limon, Cartagena (Colombia) and back takes 42 days.“A reliable transport chain is of the utmost importance to us in ensuring our customers receive their goods speedily and punctually. We set ourselves very high standards in terms of the quality of our services and are therefore equally discerning in the choice of our partners. EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg is known for its high productivity levels and hinterland connections,” said Uwe Gaede, General Manager Marketing and Sales Area Central Europe at Hamburg Süd.Press Release, Image: Port of Hamburglast_img read more

  • Should The Devils OneMan Machine Be The NHL MVP

    Source: 41988PITM. Lemieux168D. Quinn79+89 No. 1 scorerNo. 2 scorer 281980EDMW. Gretzky137B. MacDonald94+43 171991QUEJ. Sakic109M. Sundin59+50 21983EDMW. Gretzky196M. Messier106+90 111996MDAP. Kariya108S. Rucchin44+64 211981CGYK. Nilsson131G. Chouinard83+48 61984EDMW. Gretzky205P. Coffey126+79 101991LAKW. Gretzky163L. Robitaille91+72 71986EDMW. Gretzky215P. Coffey138+77 121989DETS. Yzerman155G. Gallant93+62 Taylor Hall’s place among the NHL’s top one-man offensesBiggest difference between a team’s No. 1 and No. 2 scorers, 1951-2018 292008WSHA. Ovechkin112N. Backstrom69+43 191993PITM. Lemieux160K. Stevens111+49 91985EDMW. Gretzky208J. Kurri135+73 131986PITM. Lemieux141M. Bullard83+58 With days left in the NHL regular season, the race for the Hart Trophy — the league’s MVP award — is as wide-open as it’s been in years. The defending winner, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, once again leads the league in scoring … but his team will miss the playoffs. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov ranks second, but he cooled off after a red-hot start (and he has to share credit/votes with teammate Steven Stamkos anyway). The leading goal-scorer, three-time MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals, doesn’t even crack the top 10 in total points. And while Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon is the betting favorite for MVP, he’s hardly a lock at only fifth in points and 10th in goals.Right into the middle of this fracas has skated New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall, who has been scorching hot in the second half of the season and is seemingly willing New Jersey back into relevance. Hall, who earlier this year had a franchise-record 26-game point streak, now has seven goals and 15 points in his last seven games, including this short-handed game-winner Sunday against the Canadiens:The Hall-for-MVP case mainly rests in just how vital he’s been to the Devils’ offense this season. Hall has either scored or assisted on 39 percent of New Jersey’s goals, almost single-handedly dragging the team to its current 12th-place ranking in scoring. The Devils’ second-leading scorer, 19-year-old NHL rookie Nico Hischier, has notched 51 points on the season — 42 fewer than Hall’s team-leading tally.1For good measure, Hall has had a hand in nearly half of Hischier’s points this season. Not only is that easily the biggest gap in the NHL this year (No. 2 is the 35-point gulf between McDavid and Leon Draisaitl), it’s the biggest the league has seen in a decade and the 30th-biggest difference between a team’s leading scorer and runner-up in a season since 1950-51: 161979MTLG. Lafleur129S. Shutt77+52 142001FLAP. Bure92V. Kozlov37+55 151993TORD. Gilmour127N. Borschevsky74+53 181982WSHD. Maruk136R. Walter87+49 81987EDMW. Gretzky183J. Kurri108+75 202006WSHA. Ovechkin106D. Zubrus57+49 11982EDMW. Gretzky212G. Anderson105+107 241994LAKW. Gretzky130L. Robitaille86+44 231993NYIP. Turgeon132S. Thomas87+45 SeasonTeamPlayerPointsPlayerPointsGap 251999PITJ. Jagr127M. Straka83+44 262006NYRJ. Jagr123M. Nylander79+44 272006PITS. Crosby102S. Gonchar58+44 To find a bigger gap than Hall’s lead over Hischier, you’d have to go back to 2007-08, when Ovechkin topped fellow Washington forward Nicklas Backstrom by 43 points. It’s no coincidence that most of the biggest differences on that list came in the high-flying offensive era of the 1980s and early ’90s, or in the first few seasons after the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Today’s game isn’t really set up for a player to shoulder as much of his team’s offensive burden as Hall does for the Devils — but New Jersey has made it work anyway. According to, the Hall-centric Devils have a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs.And there’s no question the Devils would be in major trouble without their star scorer. In addition to Hall’s lack of offensive support, New Jersey ranks 17th in save percentage with Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider between the pipes and is only in the middle of the pack in terms of denying opponent shots. Hall’s evolution from a 53-point scorer last season (his first with New Jersey) to an MVP candidate2Granted, Hall also showed flashes of this potential in Edmonton, tallying 27 goals and 80 points during the 2013-14 season. Perhaps the Oilers shouldn’t have shipped him away in one of the worst NHL trades in recent memory… has been directly responsible for lifting the Devils from last in the Eastern Conference to a likely playoff berth, the team’s first since 2012.Now, Hall isn’t the only player running on that specific narrative. MacKinnon in particular has also built his Hart candidacy around elevating a formerly terrible team into postseason contention. Nor is Hall likely the best player in the league — that honor probably belongs to McDavid, if not an old standby like Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby. But in terms of pure value to a team, it’s difficult to find a player whose production is more indispensable than Hall’s has been to the Devils this season. 221990DETS. Yzerman127G. Gallant80+47 302018NJDT. Hall93N. Hischier51+42 51989PITM. Lemieux199R. Brown115+84 31981EDMW. Gretzky164J. Kurri75+89 read more

  • A very heavy heart Jenny Greene announces departure from 2FM

    first_img Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 10:33 AM 💚— Jenny Greene (@djjennygreene) March 12, 2019 Jenny Greene and Nicky Byrne Image: Jenny Greene and Nicky Byrne Share568 Tweet Email1 Source: Jenny Greene/Twitter Image: “Nicky and Jenny have been a massive part of 2FM over the past five years and have been an important part of changing the 2FM brand to what it is today and I would like to thank them both for delivering five years of great radio,” Head of RTÉ 2FM Dan Healy said. “I wish Nicky the best as he returns to a worldwide tour with Westlife and Jenny the best in her future endeavours.”2FM also announced today that Jennifer Zamparelli is to host her own programme as part of the new schedule line up.The programme will air mid morning, weekdays from 10am to 1pm.Zamparelli joined Breakfast Republic with her co-presenters, Bernard O’Shea and Keith Walsh in 2014.“I’m delighted to have this opportunity,” she said.“Thrilled for the opportunity, thrilled to do something different and thrilled to be getting up slightly later than stupid o’clock every morning.” Healy added that Zamparelli is “ready to spread her own wings and move into her own space”. “I believe Jen will appeal to young audiences as she has that instant likeability and humour. Our audiences have reacted in an overwhelming positive way towards her,” he said. Zamparelli’s show will begin on 10 June. RADIO DJ JENNY Greene has announced that she is leaving 2FM. Greene made her announcement in a statement on Twitter this morning. “It is with a very heavy heart that I have decided to say farewell to 2FM,” she wrote. “Having started off in the evening time and progressing on to a very successful day time show, going back to the evenings on 2FM just doesn’t feel like the right decision for me both professionally and personally,” she said. The station confirmed that she will still perform as part of the previously scheduled RTÉ Concert Orchestra gigs this summer.The station also noted that Nicky Byrne is to leave 2FM and return to Westlife.  Mar 12th 2019, 10:33 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Hayley Halpin ‘A very heavy heart’: Jenny Greene announces departure from 2FM 2FM announced that Jennifer Zamparelli is to host her own programme as part of the new schedule line up. Short URL 71 Comments 132,164 Views last_img read more

  • Green car replacement scheme to reduce emissions and increase tax revenue

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece is to introduce car replacement scheme for the first time since the 1990s in a bid to take off the road vehicles that heavily pollute the environment but also to boost public coffers by almost 2 billion euros.The scheme includes incentives for car owners to replace their old cars and lower road taxes for cars which produce lower emissions, according to Public Works and Environment Minister Giorgos Souflias. Souflias also pledged to change the current restricted zone in central Athens so that it would exclude cars based on the amount of carbon dioxide they emit.Car owners will be paid between 500 and 2,200 euros to turn in their vehicle so it can be scrapped. The amount they will receive will depend on the size of the car’s engine, ranging from under 900 cubic centimeters to 2,400 cc or more.Any of these drivers wishing to buy a more environmentally friendly car (deemed as one that has been registered from 2005 onward) will also be given an extra incentive of 1,000 euros.Souflias said that if all the paperwork is ready in time, the measure could start as early as next month.The minister also said that, as of next year, road tax for low-emission vehicles would be reduced but also would be increased for cars that pollute more.Cars will be divided into four categories. A for cars registered in 2005 or later; B for those registered between 2000 and 2004; C for those registered between 1996 and 1999; and,D for those registered before 1995.Owners of vehicles in category A will pay 18 euros less per year in road tax, while category B will pay 50 euros more. Categories C and D will pay 100 and 150 euros more respectively.The combination of the car replacement scheme and the new road tax charges is expected to earn the government 1.7 billion euros.Souflias said that he hopes to introduce the “green inner ring” in Athens in September 2011 to keep any cars that emit more than 140 grams of carbon per kilometre out of the city center during peak hours.last_img read more

  • Dogs Can Sense Malaria by Smelling Your Clothes

    first_imgStay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Dogs are known for their powerful sniffing abilities. They can help with crime scene investigations, police training, and search operations. But, canines’ heightened senses aren’t only valuable for these situations. Health researchers are now tapping doggos to help detect major diseases, including malaria, in people who may or may not be infected.Durham University research suggests that dogs can sense if someone has malaria by smelling their socks. Even if people don’t show malaria symptoms on the spot, these super-sniffing canines are able to identify if they’re infected with the disease, according to The Guardian.This research was recently presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s annual meeting in New Orleans. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the research involved requesting schoolchildren in Gambia to wear nylon socks while they slept overnight and then provide a blood sample tested for malaria.Following this stage, the socks were frozen and sent to the U.K., where two canines, including a Labrador-retriever cross mix and a Labrador, were trained for a period of time to detect if socks were worn by children with malaria or not. Socks from 145 uninfected children and 30 socks from malaria-infected children were collected for dog testing. The team noted that socks were only used from malaria-infected children if the they did not express symptoms of the disease.Researchers tested the dogs by presenting them a small group of socks at a time, with each sock placed separately in a glass jar. The research team observed if the dogs would pause at any of the socks, which is what the dogs were trained to do if a sock was worn by someone infected by the disease. The results demonstrated that each dog correctly determined socks worn by uninfected children about 90 percent of the time and identified socks that belonged to children with malaria roughly 70 percent of the time.Photo Credit: Durham UniversitySteven Lindsay, a public health entomologist from Durham University, said the dogs had trouble detecting malaria-infected socks from children that didn’t have malaria parasites reproducing asexually inside their bodies. These parasites reached the sexual stage of their reproduction cycle, making it difficult to determine if these socks had signs of malaria.“It might be that the odors produced by the parasites change if you are at the sexual stage or asexual stage,”  Lindsay told The Guardian. “That is unlikely because they weren’t able to identify the sexual parasites – that says to me that they actually know the parasites rather than the person.”The goal, according to Lindsay, is to further testing in countries where there might be different types of malaria parasites. With additional research, dogs might be able to help health professionals detect signs of malaria and other infectious diseases in the future.More on WWF: Human Consumption to Blame for Declining Wildlife PopulationsMove Over, Pavlov: Dogs Can Understand (Some) Human WordsLet Dogs Be Dogs: ‘Ground Scratching’ Behavior Nothing to Worry Aboutlast_img read more

  • The Lego Movie 2 Trailer is Here and Its an Intergalactic Dream

    first_img The Lego Movie 2 trailer is here and Emmet, Lucy “Wyldstyle,” and the Lego gang are back to combat evil intergalactic forces.On Tuesday, Warner Bros. Pictures released The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part trailer on YouTube, and it shows the bricks hilariously try to take on post-apocalyptic landscapes and space missions to save each other from destruction. The movie is set to premiere in theaters on Feb. 8.The trailer opens up with Wyldstyle gazing at a Mad Max-like landscape, only to be bothered by Emmet, who asks if she wants coffee. Wyldstyle persuades Emmet that he needs to “toughen up” in times like these and be “battle ready” for whatever comes next in their lives.Once a “shooting star” turns out to be a sinister extraterrestrial invasion, Emmet and Wyldstyle find themselves face-to-face with General Mayhem, an evil alien creature who’s trying to take over the world. When Wyldstyle gets kidnapped by General Mayhem, Emmet takes his house, pet plant, and everything he owns to go to space and get her back.Will Emmet rescue Wlydstyle and his buddies from General Mayhem? You’ll have to wait for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part to hit the big screen next year to find out.More on Toronto Subway Lego Kit is a Builder’s DreamLego Overwatch Sets Leak on Target AppToy Tuesday: The Craziest, Over-the-Top Lego Sets This Life-Sized Captain Marvel Model Is Built From 17,000 Lego BricksYou Should Buy Your Kids Legos If You Want Them to Get Into Great Schools Stay on targetlast_img read more

  • Donald Is One of 2018s Worst Passwords

    first_imgStay on target We can and must do better when it comes to digital security.In its eighth annual list of Worst Passwords of the Year, SplashData confirmed that folks are still using the same predictable, easily guessable codes.Case in point: “123456” and “password” remain leading choices among idiots everywhere.Variations on the numbered phrase—”123456789,” “12345678,” “12345”—round out the top five.These not-so-secret codes, however easy to remember, put a target on users’ backs, making them an obvious mark for hackers (or a monkey with a keyboard).Speaking of primates with power… President Trump debuted on this year’s list, with “donald” appearing as the 23rd most commonly used password (based on more than 5 million leaked on the Internet).<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>&#8220;Sorry, Mr. President, but this is not fake news—using your name or any common name as a password is a dangerous decision,&#8221; SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in a statement.</span></p><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>&#8220;Hackers have great success using celebrity names, terms from pop culture and sports, and simple keyboard patterns to break into accounts online,&#8221; he continued, &#8220;because they know so many people are using those easy-to-remember combinations.&#8221;</span></p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-2″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>SplashData&#8217;s Worst Passwords of 2018:</span></p><ol><li style=”list-style-type: none;”><ol><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>123456 (unchanged)</span></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>password (unchanged)</span></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>123456789 (up three)</span></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>12345678 (down one)</span></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>12345 (unchanged)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>111111 (new)</span></li><li>1234567 (up one)</li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>sunshine (new)</span></li><li>qwerty (down five)</li><li>iloveyou (unchanged)</li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>princess (new)</span></li><li>admin (down one)</li><li>welcome (down one)</li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>666666 (new)</span></li><li>abc123 (unchanged)</li><li>football (down seven)</li><li>123123 (unchanged)</li><li>monkey (down five)</li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>654321 (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>!@#$%^&amp;* (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>charlie (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>aa123456 (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>donald (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>password1 (new)</span></li><li><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>qwerty123 (new)</span></li></ol></li></ol><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Password management application provider SplashData estimates almost 10 percent of people use at least one of these 25 phrases. Nearly 3 percent have used the worst offender, &#8220;123456.&#8221;</span></p><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>&#8220;Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online,&#8221; according to Slain.</span></p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-3″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>&#8220;It&#8217;s a real head-scratcher that with all the risks known, and with so many highly publicized hacks,&#8221; he said, &#8220;that people continue putting themselves at such risk year after year.&#8221;</span></p><p><i><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>More on</span></i></p><ul><li><a href=”,2817,2407168,00.asp” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Best Passwords Managers of 2018 (PCMag)</a></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>GOP Contractor Leaks Information on 200 Million Americans</span></a></li><li style=”font-weight: 400;”><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>How to Lose Friends and Alienate People: Breach Personal Privacy</span></a></li></ul><p> For the Love of God, Stop Using the Password ‘123456’Oops: Facebook Stored ‘Hundreds of Millions’ of Passwords in Plain Text last_img read more

  • Officials Truck driver plunged off 17th Street Bridge on purpose

    first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A dive team searched the waters to the east side of the 17th Street Bridge in Fort Lauderdale after, officials said, a driver intentionally plunged their truck into the water.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene, just before 9 p.m., Sunday.Divers entered the water to check if there were any people inside the truck but were unable to locate anyone.A tow truck was able to remove the submerged vehicle from the water.As of late Sunday night, no injuries had been reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

  • Congress will sweep municipal polls

    first_imgTandur: Vikarabad Congress president Rammohan Reddy expressed confidence in Congress party sweeping municipal elections in the district. He organised ‘Intiintiki Congress Janda’ programme in Indira Nagar and Murshad Darga on Friday. He criticised TRS for not implementing development works. He called upon everyone to vote for the Congress. Local leaders Dhara Singh, Aleem, Prabhakar Goud and others were present.last_img

  • Lotte Group vice chairman Lee Inwon found dead hours before questioning by

    first_imgThe Vice Chairman of South Korean firm Lotte Group, Lee In-won, was found dead on Friday. The senior executive is suspected to have committed suicide hours before he was to be questioned by prosecutors in a criminal case involving the group.Lotte Group confirmed the death of their official via a text message it sent out to reporters. However, the Seoul-based firm refrained from revealing the cause of In-won’s death, Reuters reported.In-won was due for questioning over his role in a series of scandals, according to Yonhap New Agency. “He might have been put under emotional pressure (before the prosecutors’ summons),” a high-ranking Lotte Group official was quoted as saying by the agency.What had happened?A body was found on a footpath outside Seoul on Friday morning. “When I arrived after the call, the deceased was lying down, crouched here,” Hyung Dae-ryong, Seojang precinct police station chief, who was the first to arrive at the crime scene, told Reuters.The deceased appeared to have hung himself from a tree using a neck-tie, the police chief said. The police have been trying to confirm if the body belongs to In-won, but add that a suicide note was recovered from his car. An umbrella with Lotte logo was recovered nearby.Who is Lee In-won?Lee In-won, 69, had worked with the Lotte Group for the last 43 years. He was elected the vice chairman of the group in 2011 by the family-controlled conglomerate. He served as the vice chairman of Lotte Shopping Co., Ltd. and had been its director since 1997.In June this year, the offices of Lotte Group were raided due to allegations of embezzlement, slush funds and tax evasion. The investigations had forced the group to withdraw its initial public offering for Hotel Lotte Co, which would have raised about $5.1 billion, Dailymail reported.In-won’s death is likely to hamper the ongoing investigation.last_img read more

  • Freedom of expression largely absent in Bangladesh Shahidul tells Deccan Chronicle

    first_imgShahidul Alam. File photoInternationally-renowned Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam, arrested after his interview to Al Jazeera and posts on social media that criticised the Bangladesh government last year, has recently talked to the Deccan Chronicle.He is currently out on bail. If convicted, Alam could face a maximum of 14 years in jail.What inspired you to become a social activist, photographer and a teacher?Shahidul: It was while I was at university doing my PhD that I got involved with the Socialist Worker’s Party in the United Kingdom. We were involved with the Solidarity Trade Union Movement in Poland.My involvement extended to race, gender and class rights. I wanted to play a role in ensuring social justice. It wasn’t clear how I would do it, but photography seemed an obvious choice.Once I held a camera, there was no looking back.In your Al Jazeera interview, you mentioned that the 2018 protest had “larger” factors. According to you, what were those factors?Shahidul: Some factors were discontent that had been brewing for some time which included the financial scandals (like Hallmark), the looting of Tk 22,500 crore from the banks (CPD report), the numerous instances of extrajudicial killings and disappearances and the wide-scale harassment and arrests of dissidents and opposition activists, (all widely reported in the media) were reason enough.But the fact that the Bangladeshi economy was designed specifically to serve the rich was a festering wound. According to Global Financial Integrity (GFI), USD 9.7 billion had been siphoned from Bangladesh in 2013 alone.Your arrest was in the news. What exactly happened on the night of your arrest?Shahidul: I had earlier given an interview to Al Jazeera TV where I mentioned these issues. Later, I went out again to file reports and was alone in the flat uploading content. I was talking to a BBC reporter, in preparation for interviews that I was going to give the following morning. I was alone in the flat.The doorbell rang and a young woman with short hair addressed me as ‘Uncle Shahidul’. Ours is an open house and many activists and students of both me and my partner Rahnuma Ahmed often pass through. I thought she must have been one of Rahnuma’s students.As soon as I opened the door, about 5 or six plainclothes men walked in and got hold of me. I know enough about the Bangladeshi reality to work out what was going on, and my initial attempt was to resist as long as I could and scream for attention to ensure that my ‘disappearance’ was at least noticed.As I was resisting, I was literally picked up and was pushed into the lift in a horizontal position, with my head being shoved in. Once the lift reached the ground floor, I was shoved into a van. I continued screaming and kept my legs out to prevent them from closing the door.It was when they said, ‘close the door anyway’ that I brought my legs in but wedged it apart with my feet. They forced me in, handcuffed me behind my back and blindfolded me.I continued screaming and when they tried to cover my face, I bit the person’s hand. I was then driven to a location, made to walk up, down and around and weights put on my head.I heard someone asking for the pins. I was made to sit down on a wooden chair with my hands behind my back and asked for the passwords for my laptop and phones.I am aware that the laptop could be opened even without the password, and my phones had both face recognition and fingerprint recognition, so there was not much point in resisting and I wanted to avoid unnecessary injury and gave them my passwords.Aggressive questioning followed when they told me that much more severe treatment was in store. They threatened me with water-boarding and said they would also pick up Rahnuma.They wanted me to confess to taking foreign money, and being part of a bigger conspiracy to overthrow the government, that I was involved in child trafficking and a Mossad agent.When I refused to ‘confess’ to any of these accusations, I was hit in the face and started bleeding from my nose and mouth. My eyes were still covered, but I could feel the blood dripping on to my clothes.I was made to sleep on the floor of an office and taken to the police headquarters the next morning.What did you face during the police custody (100 Days)?Shahidul: My treatment in jail was nowhere as bad as the treatment I received on the first night. I was treated with a lot of respect by fellow prisoners and they ensured that the jail wardens also knew they should treat me with respect.I was able to bypass the initial conditions other prisoners face and was not taken to Amdani (from where prisoners are sold), or to the wards but taken to a cell which I shared with a convicted murderer.I was later given a cell to myself, but when my health began to fail, I was taken to the hospital, where I slept on a bed for the first time. I was later taken to ‘Division’, a segment of the jail reserved for prisoners of a certain social standing.Here I was in a large room reserved for two prisoners, but I was on my own. I also had a bed (with a very dirty mattress with bedbugs) and a writing desk and chair.My fellow prisoners went out of their way to look after me, providing me with food, a reading lamp and made me a radio. I had good access to other parts of the jail, though moving around was not encouraged.Would there be any difference if the protests have not occurred near the general elections?Shahidul: The upcoming elections certainly created a charged atmosphere; however, considering how the election was managed, it does not seem as if any external factor would have affected the results, which were pre-determined.With Sheikh Hasina’s re-election in December 2018, what changes do you expect from the government in this tenure?Shahidul: The government now has full spectrum control. The institutions that provide check and balance have largely been demolished.Except for a few notable exceptions, the media has become a government lapdog, regurgitating government propaganda. I feel corruption will continue unabated.Freedom of expression is largely absent and the climate of fear has created an environment of self-censorship.On the other hand, the government does seem to want to maintain a modicum of respectability overseas, so the increased production of spin, harassment of dissidents and the complete annihilation of any real opposition are on the cards.In 2014, Shahidul was awarded the Shilpakala Padak by the president of Bangladesh and in 2018 the Humanitarian Award from the Lucie Awards.He was one of the persons of the year selected by Time Magazine in 2018.last_img read more

  • India election clashes leave two dead

    first_imgIndian election officials and security personnel carry Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) on a boat to reach remote polling stations, in Dibrugarh, some 480 kms from Guwahati in Assam on 10 April, 2019. Photo: AFPClashes between followers of rival parties left at least two dead and several injured on the first day of India’s huge election Thursday, media reports said.Suspected Maoist rebels also triggered blasts in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra states in a bid to disrupt voting.Activists of the Telegu Desam Party and the YSR Congress party, regional groups in central Andhra Pradesh state, fought each other outside a polling station in Tadipatri, Firstpost news website reported.Online videos showed bloodied and injured supporters of the rival parties. Firstpost said a TSP leader, Bhaskar Reddy, and YSR worker Pulla Reddy died in the clashes.It added that two party workers were left in critical condition.The two parties are in contention for 25 parliamentary and 175 Andhra Pradesh state assembly seats being contested on Thursday.The rebel attacks in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra briefly held up polling at one location but no injuries were reported.Tensions often erupt during Indian elections, with an electorate of 900 million people and voting spread over nearly six weeks.Border Security Force troops fired live ammunition in the air after a group tried to vote without the proper documents in Kairana, Uttar Pradesh, according to video footage shown by ABP news. No casualties were reported.Five people were killed this week when a roadside bomb blew up a convoy in a remote area of Chhattisgarh, one of many states where Maoist rebels, who have been fighting the Indian state for decades, are active.The blast killed a state assembly lawmaker from prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, his driver and three state bodyguards.last_img read more