Ali Omid arrested

first_img May 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ali Omid arrested Organisation RSF_en Newscenter_img The authorities arrested Ali Omid, the moderator of an online forum. He was released 12 days later but was reportedly still facing prosecution. Help by sharing this informationlast_img

Efficient energy system to power Allston campus

first_imgEnergy fuels innovation and Harvard’s growing innovation corridor in Allston is going to need an energy system as advanced as the cutting-edge research being conducted up and down Western Avenue. To meet this challenge, the University has designed a lower-carbon, climate resistant, and highly efficient district energy facility (DEF) that’s beginning to take shape behind the rising steel of the new Science and Engineering Complex (SEC).The 58,000 square foot facility will provide a reliable source of heating, cooling, and electricity to support Harvard’s academic and research activities being planned for Allston. Because they act as an in-house utility dedicated to serving campus buildings, facilities of this type also have an outsized impact on a campus’s greenhouse gas emissions footprint.How they are designed matters.A noteworthy element of the new DEF will be a 1.3-million-gallon tank for storing chilled water that will be used to cool buildings with some limited other applications to support research. The tank is analogous to an enormous battery because the chilled water will be produced and stored during off-peak hours, typically nights and weekends, when electricity is cheaper and less-polluting. It can then be used during the daytime when needed, lowering the burden on the power grid during peak times. With a total capacity equivalent to 9 megawatt hours the thermal storage tank is believed to be the largest such system in Massachusetts.A climate resiliency pilot study of the Allston campus performed by Harvard’s planning department identified that future flooding would pose a significant risk for the basement location of the energy facility that was included in the original design of the SEC. In response, Harvard re-located the DEF to an alternative above-grade location that will improve resiliency and reliability (the building is raised above projected flood levels and does not contain a basement).The Allston DEF is also being built with the future in mind. It has been designed to be as flexible as possible so emerging technologies can be incorporated over time as the University works towards its climate action goals to be fossil fuel-free by 2050 and fossil fuel-neutral by 2026.In describing the new facility, the project team emphasizes that flexibility was a key consideration. By employing a wide range of technologies, the heating, cooling, and electricity mix being delivered to the Allston campus can be optimized based on external conditions and energy demand. As low and zero carbon technologies are tested and proven, they can be evaluated for incorporation into the new DEF because of its flexible design. This approach will also allow Harvard and others to test innovative new ideas for reducing fossil fuel emissions from district energy systems.Beyond producing its own heating, cooling, and electricity, the DEF will also take electricity from the regional grid and distribute it to the Allston campus through a new microgrid similar to other ones that are already in place across campus. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Real EMV fraud consequences could change merchants’ tune

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Despite this month’s liability shift deadline, a number of small business owners have yet to make the switch to EMV at their point of sale (POS) terminals. However, the potential consequences of not doing so could be sufficient motivation for many to change that stance in the coming months.A recent study considered three potential scenarios small businesses might face following the liability shift:Covering the cost of fraudulent transactions Receiving consumer complaintsHearing about other businesses experiencing fraudulent transactionsThe survey gauged 344 small business owners’ reactions to these probable situations to gain a better understanding of what would motivate them to implement EMV at their POS.The majority (60 percent) of small business owners surveyed said they would be unable to recover if they were required to handle a fraudulent charge of more than $500 out-of-pocket. Sixty-three percent of small businesses that currently have no plans to accept EMV said they would adopt the technology if it gave them fraud coverage. Interestingly, nearly half (47 percent) said they would become EMV-capable if they had to cover $100 or less in fraud. continue reading »last_img read more

Lady Trojans Prevail Over Lady Pirates

first_imgThe East Central Lady Trojans had a successful season debut. All three teams defeated Greensburg. The Varsity scores were 25-18, 25-22, and 25-15.EC vs Gburg Volleyball (8-14)EC is 1-0 on the season and the conference. Our next game is Thursday at South Dearborn at 5 PM.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.last_img

USG senators release digital syllabus bank survey

first_imgThe project, proposed by Sens. Rosenthal, Emily Johnson and Randi Anderson, aims to make the syllabuses available to students to use when selecting classes to clarify course curriculum and give students a better understanding of the classes they register for, Rosenthal said.  The project’s next steps involve meeting with members of the Academic Senate to gain approval for the bank’s creation and partnering with IT Services to implement the resource online.  “After we get Academic Senate approval, it would just be a question of taking the policy side of it in terms of their approval of it and the IT side … and just merging those together,” Rosenthal said. “I don’t think [it] will be too hard as long as we get Academic Senate approval.” “This is meant for students who have finals during Ramadan or class midterms during the Jewish holidays at the beginning of the year, or if you don’t necessarily get school off [for the holidays],” Shiff said. “We’ve also created a text you put on the syllabus.” Rosenthal said he has also been working with the USC’s nomenclature task force to draft a proposal with recommendations on the procedure to rename campus buildings. The task force was created in light of controversy surrounding the name of the Von KleinSmid Center, which was named after former USC president and white supremacist Rufus von KleinSmid. Rosenthal, who was appointed to the task force last summer, said the group hopes to finish the proposal and release it to the University administration within the next two weeks. “[The syllabus bank would be beneficial] for reasons like academic transparency and improving the ability of people to know what your classes are about, but also, there’s a lot of classes that have mandatory midterm days,” Rosenthal said. “If you’re going on spring break, you want to make sure that your class doesn’t have a midterm that Friday, for example.” Of the 248 students who took the survey, more than 200 said the syllabus bank would improve their academic performance, according to information Sen. Ben Rosenthal presented at the meeting. “There’s an overwhelming desire by the students for it, and even people who don’t think that they necessarily need it still think that it’s an idea,” he said. “Most people think that they need it, or at least it would help them, so these are really promising responses.” Sen. Benjamin Shiff (above) has been working with Sen. Rose Ritch, Director of Residential Affairs Gabriel Savage and Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni to place USC’s religious absence policy on course syllabuses. (Catherine Liang | Daily Trojan) Sens. Benjamin Shiff and Rose Ritch and Director of Residential Affairs Gabriel Savage have also begun working with Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni to list USC’s religious absence policy on syllabuses to ensure students know they can make arrangements for exams that fall on religious holidays. Currently, the policy, which grants excused absences for religious observances, is only available on the Office of Religious Life website and is emailed to professors before each school year, Shiff said. Senators shared preliminary results for a survey gauging student interest regarding an ongoing project to create a digital resource bank of past course syllabuses at the Undergraduate Student Government meeting Tuesday. Rosenthal said he hopes having access to course syllabuses during registration will decrease student conflicts with exams by ensuring students know important course dates in advance. “We’ve been working on editing the proposal because it’s a very public document that will likely not just get scrutinized by administrators at USC but the broader public [as well],” Rosenthal said. “We’re making sure that it’s both understandable and robust enough to get administrative buy in but also succinct so that it doesn’t bore people.” last_img read more

Delight as new road safety measures are introduced in Inishowen village

first_imgOver €30,000 has been spent on a series of road safety measures in Redcastle in Inishowen, it has emerged. Donegal County Council sanctioned the money to the effort in which the clearing of overgrown ditches and tree felling was followed by the erection of new road signs and a yellow box.The improvements come following a series of accidents in the village where motorist tend not to slow down, causing a risk to life. Speaking to Donegal Daily, Cllr Martin Farren said he was delighted to see the road safety works implemented in the area.“There have been several accidents in the area over the last few years and I got Donegal County Council to have a look at it and thankfully they secured €30,000 out of the Low-Cost Safety Fund.”“Part of that money has been spent there and it has made a vast difference to the community with the vision lines much clearer there than before and makes it much safer for pedestrians to cross the road.“Now, people who are coming and going or passing through the village must uphold the speed limit in the are. “The speed limit currently is 60km/h, for whatever reason I don’t know, from my own perspective I would prefer it to be 50km/h.“However, I would ask people to stick to the speed limit outlined,” he added.“It is the responsibility of the person sitting behind the wheel of the car and when they are driving through the village or any village for that matter, they must drive with care.”Farren revealed that the project is only in its first phase with more work to be done in the coming months.“I want to thank Donegal County Council for working with me in relation to this issue and to the Redcastle community. “And there is still work to be done. The white and yellow lines have to go down and a number of signs to go up.“We are also installing a new bus shelter. Where the bus normally stops outside the post office, we are moving it a bit further up the road where people will be able to get on the bus.“I must pay tribute to the engineer on this matter because they have done an excellent job and the community will feel much safer now.”Delight as new road safety measures are introduced in Inishowen village was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

In west U.P., local candidate did not matter

first_imgThe Lok Sabha results show that in western Uttar Pradesh anti-incumbency against the local candidates didn’t matter as people voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. More than that, the caste arithmetic of the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance didn’t work on the ground.Initial assessments show that the farmers were won over by the Balakot strike, the businessmen were wooed by the fear of the minority, the poor felt that the rich suffered more during demonetisation and the rest voted because they could not find an alternative at the Centre. “Narendra Modi succeeded in selling his narrative of nationalism which had no place for Muslims. He managed to equate secularism with appeasement. In electoral democracy, it is the MPs who choose a PM, here it turned out to be the other way round,” said Asmer Baig, professor of Political Science at Aligarh Muslim University.During canvassing, it appeared that it was only the BSP cadre that could stand up to the BJP’s well-oiled poll machinery on the ground. However, in the Yadav belt, the BSP’s grassroots worker had a sense of fear about the after-effect of transfer of vote. This was clearly underlined by a member of Bahujan Voluntary Force in Budaun. The result in the constituency shows that he carried his fear to the polling booth.The alliance benefited the BSP and left the SP and the RLD in the lurch. Mayawati’s party has won as many as five seats in the region and came a close second in Meerut. However, her promise to SP didn’t seem to have percolated down to the bottom. “The BSP votes didn’t seem to have transferred to the SP. It could be because of the grassroots realities where Dalits fear the OBCs more than the higher castes,” said Dr. Baig. He added that it would be “immature” to say that this election has put a full stop on identity or caste politics. “It is just that the BJP came up with its own ‘mandalisation’ of politics, winning over caste groups which were not nurtured well by SP and BSP.” Second chance Looking back, it appeared that people were eager to give Mr. Modi a second chance. In Meerut, shopkeepers would come up with excuses for him like “mistakes are made by only those who work”. In Bulandshahr, which appeared completely polarised, farmers admitted that not much had been done for them but they would still vote for Mr. Modi because he “taught Pakistan a lesson”. They hated their MP, in fact brought him down from stage during a Yogi Adityanath rally, but still voted for him. “Nobody has given us anything, but at least when he [Modi] speaks, he connects with our thoughts,” was the common refrain. And that ‘thought’ was invariably the fear of the ‘other’. “Modi and Yogi have taught Muslims to keep their head down,” said a medical store owner who runs a shop in Aligarh that connects the Muslim-dominated area with the Hindu one. Results show that these were not statements made up to mislead the media.Yogendra Solanki, manager of Janta VedicInter College in Baghpat, said were the elections held before the Balakot strike, the result would have been different in Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar and Meerut. “In this election, they decided to put everything behind for nationalism. If things didn’t change, you would see a different result in the Assembly polls.” He said it was not the end of the road for RLD and Jat politics. “Both Ajit Singh and Jayant Chaudhary have lost by a very small margin,” he pointed out.Many observers thought that the Balakot strike would have the maximum impact on the first phase but the results show that it took time to sink in. Agreed Dr. P.N. Varshney, professor of Political Science at JV Jain College, Saharanpur. “The first phase has seen a close fight but as you move east, the margin of BJP victory increased.” Muslim voteFor a second election in a row, the BJP has proved that the Muslim vote has become redundant for it. “Even SP and BSP appealed for the Muslim vote in a roundabout way this time. The silver lining is that U.P. is sending as many as six Muslim MPs to Lok Sabha out of 10 fielded by SP and BSP. So there is no question mark on their winnability,” said Dr. Baig. The Congress was decimated in the region and its role as a vote cutter turned out to be overstated. It was only in Budaun that Congress’s Salim Shervani ensured the defeat of a prospective alliance partner. Mr. Shervani got over 50,000 votes when SP’s Dharmendra Yadav lost the seat by 18,454 votes to the BJP.last_img read more

Where does Pasaol’s 49-point game stack up against past scoring outbursts?

first_imgLATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. But Pasaol came six points short of the record held by now-Mapua assistant coach Ed Cordero.Cordero fired an eye-popping 54 points in his heyday with the then-UST Glowing Goldies to set the long-standing UAAP feat in 1979.Letran coach Jeff Napa, who owns the highest scoring output in the past two decades after firing 43 points for National U in 2002 in Season 65, meanwhile, sees this as an opportunity for Pasaol to make a difference for the 0-6 Red Warriors.“It’s a great motivation for him so that he can work harder in his career and help his team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Meralco completes sweep of Star with OT win, returns to Finals Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Two-time UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, whose career-best was 38 points in Season 77 back in 2014, tweeted: “49 is already hard to do. But in 20/30 FG% and in 32 mins? Well I be damned.”Fellow two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks, who only scored as high as 35 in Season 75 in 2012, hoped that the guard could have broken the half-century mark, as he tweeted: “Let Pasaol get his 50 piece!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPasaol’s 49 points on an efficient 20-of-30 shooting, that went with top of eight rebounds, is the most points scored by a Red Warrior since James Yap’s 36 in UAAP Season 65 in 2002.In terms of scoring, he also surpassed Paolo Mendoza, who had a 48-point performance for UP in 1999, the legendary duel of UE legend Allan Caidic, who had 46, and UST great Pido Jarencio, who answered with 48 markers, in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 47 Finals in 1984. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol set the Philippine basketball scene ablaze after his 49-point outburst on Wednesday.Former UAAP standouts were nonetheless impressed with the feat from University of the East forward even if it came with a 106-100 loss to La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

How do you survive as an indie filmmaker We heard it from

first_img Facebook At NYFF 2016, a panel of accomplished independent filmmakers came together to share both personal challenges and keys to survival. It was a great mix: director Roger Ross Williams (Life Animated), cinematographer Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), director Ira Sachs (Little Men), and actor-turned-director Rose McGowan (Dawn). Each one of these artists is fiercely independent; each one of them has had to fight hard to survive. All value their own original voice far more than money or fame.So how do they survive in the indie world? A mix of difficulties overcome—part harrowing, part exhilarating—and wisdom gained. By the end of the panel, one thing was clear: none of these artists would trade creative freedom for the studio system, and all of them had advice for aspiring filmmakers. Below are the high points of their advice.Roger Ross Williams: “Be passionate”When asked what keeps him moving forward, Roger Ross Williams was insistent: “For me, it has to be a story that is so deeply personal, and so painful to make, that you have to do it. That’s what will carry you through the long journey as a filmmaker..” Advertisement Advertisement Take it from a man whose passion has gotten him far. Williams was not only the first African-American to win an Academy Award for a documentary short (Music by Prudence, 2010), but also the first African-American director to win for producing a film, short, or feature. He has since directed two independent feature-length documentaries, God Loves Uganda (2013) and Life, Animated (2016), both of which were nominated for and won numerous awards on the festival circuit.Williams started off in mainstream media as a journalist and producer for TV Nation, ABC News, NBC News, CNN, PBS, Comedy Central, and the Sundance Channel. He was miserable. “I like to say I’m a recovering journalist because I hated it,” he said. “I was frustrated working for the man.”He recalled covering the Sundance Film Festival in the late ‘90s and interviewing all the filmmakers in competition: Neil LaBute for In The Company of Men (1997) and Darren Aronofsky for Pi (1998), among others. This was a turning point. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Province to increase number of MRI scans completed in Northern BC

first_imgThe Province says it will reach this target by running existing machines longer, establishing a central intake at the regional level to reduce duplicate referrals and appointments, adding already planned MRI machines and by adding additional capacity to the public system.In 2017-2018, Northern Health did 7,632 MRI scans, and under the new plan, the Province says Northern Health will complete 13,000 from 2018-2019.The new MRI at the Fort St. John Hospital became operational in late September of 2017. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province says it will increase the number of MRI scans completed in Northern B.C. from 7,600 to over 13,000 by 2019.Minister of Health Adrian Dix has announced that the Province will do 37,000 more MRI exams by the end of March 2019 compared to the previous year.  To meet this number, the Province has made $11 million available to the public health-care system to add resources and capacity.“Wait times are simply too long in B.C., in part due to volumes that are 35% to 40% less than other provinces,” said Dix. “Increasing MRI exams by 37,000 exams in B.C. this year, with further increases planned for 2019-20, will reduce the uncertainty and pain caused by long waits. We plan to maximize resources and employ best practices in the public system to reduce wait times and improve care.”last_img read more