February 4 2011Welcome to the first workshop of t

first_imgFebruary 4, 2011Welcome to the first workshop of the year 2011:[from left]Anthony Weston [ seminar week]Guy Flagg [construction intern]Tony D’Archangel [scholarship program]Colin Evans,Dahong Choe from South Korea,Edwina Harrison from Australia [seminar week],[seated]Special guest Paolo Soleri.last_img

Video streaming service Netflix is in advanced tal

first_imgVideo streaming service Netflix is in advanced talks with UK broadcaster ITV with a view to making its library content available on its soon-to-launch UK and Ireland service, according to a UK press report. The report on the Guardian website also said that Netflix has also held discussions with Channel 4 and with Warner Bros.
A Netflix deal with ITV would give it access to the broadcaster’s library content, where it owns the rights. ITV’s distribution arm, ITV Studios, has a deep catalogue although it is not clear what shows would be included in any deal with the US company.Yesterday Netflix announced it had inked an exclusive content deal for UK rights to MGM feature films in the first pay TV window and it has already agreed a programming deal with Lionsgate. If it inked a Warner Bros deal, it could mean taking the SVOD rights from BSkyB, the UK pay TV provider that currently holds them.
The UK and Ireland service will launch in early 2012.Separately, Netflix in the US has added the Barnes & Noble retail chain’s Nook Tablet to the list of devices that can access its service.New Nook Tablets will ship with Netflix pre-installed. The device will be able to stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix on its seven-inch touchscreen via Wi-Fi. Nook Tablet users who aren’t already Netflix members can sign up for a free 30 day trial.last_img read more

Francis Keeling Discovery Communications has appoi

first_imgFrancis KeelingDiscovery Communications has appointed former Spotify executive Francis Keeling to lead its digital strategy.Keeling becomes senior vice-president of international digital, based in London. He will develop new digital products and his appointment marks one of a number of new digital hires by Discovery.Jay Trinidad, who is currently running Discovery Northern Asia, takes on the additional role of managing director, digital ventures, running Discovery’s newly formed international digital ventures group.Meanwhile, former American Express exec Eugene Huang comes on board as senior vice president, product and technology, with a remit to build new digital products across multiple screens.All three digital hires will report directly to Discovery’s president of international development and digital, Michael Lang.Commenting on Keeling’s appointment, Lang said: “Francis is an outstanding digital executive who helped transform the music industry when its business model was disrupted by technological change. He also comes to us from Spotify, a company we respect tremendously, with a proven track record of serving digital consumer needs.”“Being able to attract world-class digital executives like Francis, Jay and Eugene into our business says a lot about our ambition as well as the opportunity they see for Discovery’s content and brands across the world as digital product offerings.”Keeling will be tasked with creating new partnerships and business opportunities for Discovery to bring its content to consumers “across every screen and service”.He will help develop and launch new digital products across various content genres and also play an active role in Discovery’s OTT initiatives – including its recently announced digital video joint venture in Germany with ProSieben.Keeling worked for a year as vice-president, global head of licensing at Spotify, prior to which he spent ten years at Universal Music Group, where he was the global head of digital and managed the transition from physical music sales to new digital formats.Trinidad will focus on expanding Discovery’s brands and entertainment business into “digital growth areas globally”. A former executive of Google, Square and McDonald’s Corporation, Trinidad joined Discovery last year as president of Japan and senior vice-president of Northern Asia.Huang most recently worked as vice-president of strategy and planning at American Express. At Discovery he will develop the company’s international products and services across multiple platforms.last_img read more

NBCUniversals adsupported streaming offering is

first_imgNBCUniversal’s ad-supported streaming offering is to launch in April 2020, Comcast has announced.Speaking on the company’s Q2 earnings call NBCU CEO Steve Burke said that 500 people are currently working on the service that is scheduled to launch next April. Burke confirmed that the service will be built on the Now TV platform, which is currently deployed by Sky in Europe. The CEO also confirmed that the service will be built around acquired programming, contrasting with the likes of Disney+ and Apple+ which are heavily focusing on originals.Burke said that The Office (US) in particular will serve as a ‘tent pole’ programme on the platform, saying: “The Office was important to us because, according to Nielsen, The Office is the number one show on Netflix. It’s about 5% of all of Netflix’s volume, which, obviously, a show that was on NBC and is tied to the DNA of NBC.”The company is confident about its streaming offering, and argues that it has a unique proposition unlike its competitors. Burke said: “We believe we have a very innovative way of coming into the market that is very different than anything else in the market and, we believe, has very attractive financial aspects versus other ways to get into streaming.”Comcast CEO and chairman Brian Roberts added: “We’re making great progress on the direct-to-consumer streaming service. We believe the strength of our assets and leadership across our businesses, combined with access to tens of millions of customers, will lower both our cost of entry and execution risk as we deliver a truly special offering.”last_img read more

The price pattern in silver was similar except th

first_img The price pattern in silver was similar, except the sell-off after the price spike in New York on Thursday evening was much more intense—and the spike low didn’t occur until around 11:40 a.m. EDT in New York trading.  The price bounced back quickly, but then traded quietly higher into the close.  JPMorgan et al obviously wasted little time in getting silver back below the $21 spot price mark. The high and low tick were recorded as $21.315 and $20.78 in the September contract. Silver closed in New York yesterday at $20.89 spot, down 27 cents from Thursday’s close.  Volume, net of July and August, was 36,000 contracts. When it does, it will be ugly The gold price showed signs of going parabolic in what had all the hallmarks of a ‘no ask’ market shortly after trading began at 6 p.m. EDT in New York on Thursday evening.  But, as I mentioned in The Wrap yesterday, “da boyz” were at the ready—and within a couple of hours, the gold price was in full retreat.  The low tick came about 9:15 a.m. in New York yesterday morning—and from there the price chopped quietly higher until shortly before 2 p.m. EDT.  From there it traded basically flat into the 5:15 p.m. close. The high and low tick were recorded by the CME as $1,325.50 and $1,305.00 in the August contract. Gold closed in New York on Friday at $1,310.90 spot, down $7.30 from Thursday’s close.  Volume, net of roll-overs, was around 98,000 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 25 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. I was happy to see that after two days of withdrawals from GLD, there was an increase yesterday—as an authorized participant added 57,741 troy ounces.  And as of 8:16 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.  To tell you the truth, dear reader, I’m not expecting to see any deposits into SLV for a considerable period of time, as the authorized participants are still attempting to cover their short positions in lieu of metal they never deposited during the June rally. The U.S. Mint had a tiny sales report yesterday as 1,000 troy ounces of gold eagles were sold—and 30,000 silver eagles.  Month to date the mint has sold 24,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—4,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and a pitiful 1,025,000 silver eagles. Ted Butler nailed this a month ago, as it’s obvious to anyone who wishes to objectively examine the U.S. Mint data, that silver eagles sales have crashed by at least two thirds in July, as the ‘big buyer’ that has been sucking up silver eagles [and Canada’s silver maple leaf] for the last several years, has obviously stepped away from the table for the moment. Whether this is going to turn into a permanent withdrawal remains to be seen—and because the Royal Canadian Mint only provides quarterly sales reports for their bullion products—we won’t know what’s going on there for about another three months.  But the crashing silver eagles sales don’t bode well for silver maple leaf sales going forward, either.  It’s certainly my suspicion that it’s the same buyer at the trough in both. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, there was a decent amount of gold received—103,561 troy ounces to be exact.  Virtually all of it went into the Manfra, Tordella & Brookes, Inc. depository.  Nothing was reported shipped out.  The link to that activity is here. It was another big day in silver again, as nothing was reported received, but 999,492 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  All the activity was at the CNT Depository—and HSBC USA.  The link to that action is here. Since the 20th of the July falls on a weekend, the always punctual and predictable Central Bank of the Russia Federation updated their website with June’s data on Friday.  Included in that update was the amount of gold bullion they purchased for their reserves that month.  It turned out to be a chunky 500,000 troy ounces. It was more or less the same chart pattern in the silver stocks, but because “da boyz” were more aggressive with silver to the downside, the rally off their 1:30 p.m. lows was only able to get Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index back up to a loss of 0.70%. The gold stocks gapped down a bit less than 2 percent at the open—and then chopped sideways until the 1:30 p.m. Comex close.  A rally commenced at that point which lasted right into the close, as the HUI cut its losses on the day to only 0.30%. Platinum spiked up as well, but also got sold down until about noon in Zurich.  The subsequent rally ended/got capped shortly before 9 a.m. in New York—and from there it got sold down to its low of that day, around 1 p.m. EDT.  From there it rallied a few dollars into the close.  Platinum closed down 13 bucks on the day. The palladium price chart was a mini version of the platinum price chart.  Palladium closed down only 5 bucks from Thursday’s close. In the last three months, the central bank has purchased 1,500,000 troy ounces of gold, which is pretty close to 100 percent of their own production.  If you look at Nick Laird’s excellent chart above, you’ll note that Russia has stepped up its gold purchases in the last three months. One wonders if that has anything to do with the Crimea/Ukraine situation?  Now if they could be convinced to buy all their silver production as well, then the fox would certainly be amongst the pigeons, as Russia’s 1,700 tonne yearly production represents a bit over 6.5 percent of yearly world silver production, which is a material amount. Well, the Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, July 15 was certainly not what I had hoped for, at least in silver. The Commercial net short position in silver increased again, this time by 678 contracts, or 3.4 million ounces.  The Commercial net short position now sits at 293.5 million troy ounces.  The Big 4 trader’s short holdings [read JPMorgan] increased by around 1,200 contracts—and Ted Butler pegs JPMorgan’s short-side corner in the Comex silver market at about 19,000 contracts, or 95 million troy ounces.  The ‘5 through 8’ largest short holders covered about 3,000 contracts of their short position during the reporting week. In gold, the Commercial net short position actually improved by 9,097 contracts, or 909,700 troy ounces.  The Commercial net short position in gold has obviously declined by that amount—and is down to 15.69 million troy ounces, which is still a horrendously large number. The 8 largest short holders added 1,000 contracts to their short positions—and Ted says that JPMorgan sold another 3,000 contracts during the reporting week—and their long-side corner in the Comex gold market continues to shrink, and is now down to 2.2 million troy ounces, or 22,000 Comex contracts. Ted said—and I agree—that probably not all of the decline on Monday and Tuesday was reported to the CFTC in a timely manner, so hopefully there’s some spill-over into next Friday’s Report.  If that doesn’t prove to be the case however, it’s a given that next Friday’s COT Report will be even uglier than even I imagined it might be, because in my comments in The Wrap yesterday, I stated that JPMorgan et al threw everything they had at that spike in gold and silver prices in New York Thursday morning.  That data alone should be enough to curl your hair. Of course we have two more reporting days between now and the Tuesday cut-off—and anything can happen between now and then—but as it stands at the moment, the next COT will be pretty horrific, because almost the entire technical fund short positions in both metals are still in place, plus there will be more to add.  This does not bode well for gold and silver prices somewhere down the road. Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover Comex Short Positions“—and it looks just as grotesque as it always does in all four precious metals. It’s also obvious that the situation in the precious metal market—and particularly in silver—is getting stranger by the day. 1]  There’s no physical silver available to deposit in SLV, so the authorized participants have had to short the shares in lieu of depositing real metal. 2] The frantic in/out movement in silver within the Comex-approved warehouse system is approaching the absurd.  According to Ted Butler’s calculations from the Comex warehouse reports, the extrapolated turnover year-to-date is somewhere between 200 and 300 million troy ounces per year at the moment. 3] The big buyer of silver eagles [and probably silver maple leafs as well] has stepped away from the table.  Silver eagles sales have imploded as a result—and we’ll find out in October whether the same applies to silver maple leafs. 4] The silver charts show a neutral RSI, but the Commercial net short position is sky high—and back where it was about four years ago—and the technical funds net long positions are almost at a record high. 5] With all of this going on, silver is sitting under $21 the ounce—and below the cost of production of most primary silver producers.  One can scarcely imagine what the price will be when JPMorgan et al get through harvesting this near-record technical fund long position for fun, profit and price management purposes. How all this is going to resolve itself—and over what time period—is unknown, but when it does, it will be ugly. How did it come to this? After almost twelve hours of writing this column, I’m done for the day—and the week. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend—and I’ll see you on Tuesday. I have a decent number of stories for you today—and I hope you can find the time in what’s left of your weekend to read the ones you like. “The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.” – Edgar R. Fiedler, author of The Three Rs of Economic Forecasting—Irrational, Irrelevant and Irreverent Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is by a Canadian rock group that needs no introduction, as their name is known world-wide.  This hit dates from the early 1970s—and has an unusual story behind it.  The link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is an old chestnut from Peter I. Tchaikovsky.  It’s the Polonaise from his opera Eugene Onegin.  I’d be the most surprised person in the world if you haven’t heard this piece in one form or another during your lifetime.  The link is here. Except for the brief price spikes shortly after the precious metal market opened early in Far East trading on their Friday, it was a nothing sort of day all around.  But it should be obvious to all but the willfully blind that “da boyz” were involved in gold and silver yesterday when they had to be. Here are the 6-month gold and silver charts updated with Friday’s data. Sponsor Advertisement The dollar index closed at 80.53 late on Thursday afternoon in New York and, like Thursday, didn’t do much during its respective trading session.  It chopped sideways in a 2 basis point range until around 9:40 a.m. EDT, when a spike took it up to 80.68—but by 2 p.m. it was back to unchanged on the day—and that’s where it closed, at 80.53.  That’s the third day in a row that the dollar index has closed at that value.  Here’s the 3-day chart so you can see it for yourself. Avrupa and Antofagasta intersect copper-rich VMS in Pyrite Belt, Portugal •             First Greenfields discovery of massive sulfide mineralization in 20 years in the Iberian Pyrite Belt •             10.85 meters of massive and semi-massive/stockwork sulfide mineralization grading 1.81% Cu, 2.57% Pb, 4.38% Zn, 0.13% Sn, and 75.27 ppm Ag •             Including 7.95 meters @ 2.21% Cu, 3.05% Pb, 4.82% Zn, 0.15% Sn, 89.8 ppm Ag •             Followed by 2.90 meters @ 0.71% Cu, 1.27% Pb, 3.17% Zn, 0.092% Sn, 35.4 ppm Ag •             Avrupa and Antofagasta sign an amended Joint Venture Agreement Please visit our website to learn more about the company and current exploration program.last_img read more

An E coli outbreak that sickened people in 36 sta

first_imgAn E. coli outbreak that sickened people in 36 states and triggered warnings not to eat romaine lettuce this spring has been traced to water in a canal in the Yuma, Ariz., region – and the outbreak is now officially over, federal officials say.”Suspect product is no longer being harvested or distributed from this area and is no longer available in stores or restaurants, due to its 21-day shelf life,” the Food and Drug Administration says.Five people have died because of the outbreak and 96 were sent to hospitals, the FDA says in its latest update. Overall, the agency says, 210 people were made ill by the E. coli outbreak.Alarm over the outbreak was relaxed somewhat in late May, after regulators confirmed that the harvesting season for romaine in Yuma had passed, and that the main U.S. source for romaine had shifted to California’s Salinas Valley. The first cases in the outbreak were reported on March 13; one month later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had traced the E. coli to lettuce that was grown in the area around Yuma.Citing the CDC’s analysis of water samples that were taken from a canal in the Yuma region, the FDA says the investigation found E. coli in the water “with the same genetic finger print as the outbreak strain.”Investigators are now working to learn how the E. coli got into the water, and how the water, in turn, contaminated the romaine lettuce from several farms.As he announced the news of the breakthrough in tracing the cause of the illnesses, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also addressed the notion that U.S. consumers are seeing more foodborne outbreaks than they have in the past.”The answer to that question is that we don’t believe we are seeing more outbreaks,” Gottlieb said. “In fact, we believe food is safer than perhaps ever before and today we’re better at finding outbreaks when they occur.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

JON Wilkin has been named as England Captain for t

first_imgJON Wilkin has been named as England Captain for this Wednesday’s International Origin Game Two.England coach Steve McNamara today confirmed debuts for Warrington Wolves utility back Stefan Ratchford while Danny Brough of Huddersfield Giants and Salford City Reds’ Matty Smith will form a new-look half-back partnership, with Hull KR prop Scott Taylor starting from the bench.Wilkin will captain the team after Jamie Peacock’s retirement last month and will partner Leeds Rhinos second row Carl Ablett with Jamie Jones-Buchanan of Leeds starting at loose forward.“We have a young, hungry side that will take on the Exiles on Wednesday,” said national coach McNamara. “We have made a number of changes from the first game and it is an exciting opportunity to see some real quality young players coming in and staking a claim for a regular place in the side.”McNamara is also looking forward to see how Brough and Smith cut it at this level forming a new half-back combination.“Matty (Smith) and Danny (Brough) really excite me,” added McNamara. “They have been in tremendous form in the Stobart Super League and I know they have the ability to step up and perform at this level. They will complement each other’s skills and can form a devastating partnership.”Tickets for the International Origin Series Game 2 fixture between England and the Exiles at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, on Wednesday July 4 (7.45pm) cost from £21 (£10 concessions) and can be purchased through the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.ukEngland: Stefan Ratchford; Josh Charnley, Leroy Cudjoe, Ryan Atkins, Tom Briscoe; Matty Smith, Danny Brough; Eorl Crabtree, James Roby, Garreth Carvell, Carl Ablett, Jon Wilkin, Jamie Jones-Buchanan.Subs: Rob Burrow, Liam Farrell, Lee Mossop, Scott Taylor.last_img read more

New combinational drug therapy may effectively combat pancreatic cancer

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 5 2019Even among cancers, pancreatic cancer is an especially sinister form of disease. The one-year survival rate is extremely low, and treatment progress has lagged behind that of many other malignancies.A study published today in the journal Nature Medicine led by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) describes a new therapeutic approach with potential for patients with pancreatic cancer. These researchers discovered a combination drug therapy that may effectively combat the disease. HCI researchers first observed anti-cancer impacts in a laboratory setting and, subsequently, in its first use in a human patient.The study has already progressed to a clinical trial that is now open at HCI and will soon be open at other sites in the United States. Details about the clinical trial, called THREAD, are available under National Clinical Trial Number 03825289. The combination therapy uses two drugs already approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration for other diseases, including cancer. The new drug combination is administered through pills taken orally.Pancreatic tumors are characterized by mutations in a gene called KRAS. When KRAS is mutated in this way, it sends constant signals that promote abnormal cell division and growth in cancer cells. As a result, tumors grow out of control. At the same time, like all cells, pancreatic cancer cells must recycle their components to provide building blocks for new growth in an essential cell function known as autophagy. Previous studies to combat pancreatic cancer that were focused either on the role of KRAS or on impacting autophagy were not effective.The new HCI study, using an approach that simultaneously targets both abnormal KRAS signaling and the autophagy process, shows a strong response in mouse models and may be a promising therapy for patients with pancreatic cancer. Conan Kinsey, MD, PhD, a physician-scientist at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Department of Internal Medicine at the U of U and Martin McMahon, PhD, a cancer researcher at HCI and Professor of Dermatology at the U of U, led the study.”We were able to observe that the combination of these two drugs – which, when used individually, don’t have much of an impact on the disease – appears to have a very potent impact on the growth of pancreatic cancer,” says McMahon. “We have observed this in the lab in petri dishes, then in mouse models, and now in a pancreatic cancer patient on a compassionate use basis. Indeed, we proceeded from a petri dish to a patient in less than two years – a timeline that is rarely seen in medical science.”Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryThe HCI-led research is bolstered by a separate study published in the same issue of the journal. This study outlines complementary findings regarding the effects of autophagy in pancreatic cancer in the laboratory setting and was led by Channing Der, PhD, Sarah Graham Kenan, PhD, and Kirsten Bryant, PhD, at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. McMahon and Der learned about the parallel nature of their research programs at a scientific meeting one year ago. Given the critical need for advances in pancreatic cancer therapies and the promise of their collective findings, they worked together to push their studies forward on a companion basis.”In our paper, we show the response of a pancreatic cancer patient who had received surgery and multiple lines of chemotherapy prior to this combination,” said Kinsey, who was also the patient’s physician. “This patient, who has since succumbed to the disease, nevertheless had a remarkable response to these drugs for several months. We need to carefully evaluate this new combination therapy in the context of clinical trials to better understand if good responses might be seen in multiple patients. We also need to identify the specific features of any patient who may benefit, before any recommendation can be made about use on a larger scale.”These preliminary findings are being rigorously scrutinized in clinical trials to observe and understand whether the combination of these drugs is safe and effective for pancreatic cancer patients. The trial is underway at HCI and is underway or planned at the University of California, San Francisco, and Columbia University in New York.Source: https://huntsmancancer.org/newsroom/2019/03/promising-new-pancreatic-cancer-treatment.phplast_img read more

Solar power—largest study to date discovers 25 percent power loss across UK

first_img 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. Explore further Solar Panels. Credit: University of Huddersfield Provided by University of Huddersfield Citation: Solar power—largest study to date discovers 25 percent power loss across UK (2018, November 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-solar-powerlargest-date-percent-power.html More hotspots in the North Credit: University of Huddersfield Solar power – largest study to date discovers 25% power loss across UK Solar panel performance disparityDr. Dhimish says this confirms results from previous research, which concludes when affected cells are partially shaded, it increases the likelihood of hot spots.But he said what was surprising, was the lesser amount seen around coastal regions, which leads him to believe cooler winds coming in from the ocean are keeping the overall temperature of the PV panels down and are preventing hot spots occurring.In order to increase the reliability and durability of future residential photovoltaics installations, Dr. Dhimish has made three recommendations.”PV panels, or defective bypass diodes, affected by multiple hot spotted PV Cells have to be replaced since they significantly reduce the reliability and yield energy of the PV installation,” he said.”Secondly, it is recommended to install the solar panels in coastal locations because they are less likely to be affected by the hot spotting phenomenon and finally, the solar energy industry must start investigating the impact of PV hot spotting on the accuracy of existing maximum power point tracking (MPPT) units available in the market.”The research article, including all of the data collected, is to be published by the peer-reviewed journal IEEE Transaction on Electron Devices, co-authored by Dr Dhimish, Dr Violeta Holmes and Dr Peter Mather, entitled Evaluating Power Loss and Performance Ratio of Hot spotted Photovoltaic Modules. Dr. Mahmoud Dhimish, a lecturer in Electronics and Control Engineering and co-director of the Photovoltaics Laboratory at the University, analysed 2,580 polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) panels distributed across the UK. The UK has been fossil-free for two years and demand is constantly increasing for renewable energy.After quantifying the data, Dr. Dhimish discovered that the panels found to have hot spots generated a power output notably less than those that didn’t. He also discovered that location was a primary contributor in the distribution of hot spots.Photovoltaics hot spots are areas of elevated temperature which can affect only part of the solar panel. They are a result of a localised decrease in efficiency and the main cause of accelerated PV ageing, often causing permanent damage to the solar panel’s lifetime performance.According to Dr. Dhimish, this is the first time an investigation into how hot spots impact the performance of PV panels has been conducted from such a large scale dataset and says the project uncovered results which demonstrate the preferred location of UK hot spots.”This research showed the unprecedented density of hot spots in the North of England,” said Dr. Dhimish. “Over 90% of the hot spots are located in the north and most of these are inland, with considerably less seen on the coast.” Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have undertaken the largest study to date into the effectiveness of solar panels across the UK and discovered that parts of the country are suffering an overall power loss of up to 25% because of the issue of regional ‘hot spots’. Hot spots were also found to be more prevalent in the North of England than in the south. More information: Mahmoud Dhimish et al, Evaluating Power Loss and Performance Ratio of Hot-Spotted Photovoltaic Modules, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (2018). DOI: 10.1109/TED.2018.2877806last_img read more

Donald makes annual list of worst passwords of the year

first_img 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. For the first time, ‘donald’ made software company SplashData’s annual list of the Top 100 worst passwords, coming in at No. 23.”Sorry, Mr. President, but this is not fake news—using your name or any common name as a password is a dangerous decision,” SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in a statement. “Hackers have great success using celebrity names, terms from pop culture and sports, and simple keyboard patterns to break into accounts online because they know so many people are using those easy-to-remember combinations.”Several other common names, such as “william” (No. 96), “sophie” (No. 51) and “daniel” (No. 34), also appeared on the list.Topping off the list of terrible passwords were “123456789” at No. 3, “password” at No. 2 and “123456” at No. 1. This year marked the fifth-straight year that “123456” and “password” kept their top two spots on the list, SplashData said.SplashData compiled its list by evaluating over five million leaked passwords to determine which passwords were used the most. The company estimates 10 percent of people have used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on this year’s list, with roughly 3 percent using the worst password, “123456.”Below is a list of the top 25 worst passwords of 2018. SplashData’s entire list is on their site.Top 25 worst passwords of 20181. 1234562. password3. 1234567894. 123456785. 123456. 1111117. 12345678. sunshine9. qwerty10. iloveyou11. princess12. admin13. welcome14. 66666615. abc12316. football17. 12312318. monkey19. 65432120. !@#$%^&*21. charlie22. aa12345623. donald24. password125. qwerty123 Citation: ‘Donald’ makes annual list of worst passwords of the year (2018, December 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-donald-annual-worst-passwords-year.html Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img (c)2018 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Want a strong online password to protect your personal information? You should probably avoid drawing inspiration from President Donald Trump. ‘Password’ no longer the Internet’s worst passwordlast_img read more

Ayodhya Playing chess from both sides RSS the only loser as in

first_img COMMENT BL Interview Even 26 years after a marauding mob demolished the Babri masjid with the chant — “Mandir Vahin Banayenge (Will build the temple there)” — the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) have not let go off their “promise”.This is despite the fact that those who took the temple construction issue seriously have been gradually sidelined. Cancer surgeon-turned-Hindutva protagonist Dr Pravin Togadia is the latest in this list comprising Acharya Dharmendra and Sadhvi Ritambhara among others. After his two-decade-long association with the Sangh Parivar, Togadia was forced out of theVHP as its international working president early this year. He proceeded to float his outfit— the Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP)— with the same aim. Even at 63, his passion for the temple remains undiminished as he questions the parent organisation he had joined as a 10-year-old-boy. Excerpts:After a high-voltage drama, the RSS piped down in Ayodhya on November 25, providing no new dates or directions. What is your take on this?Even the RSS has divergent views. The currently dominant pro-Modi group merely wants to go about business-as-usual, create a mahaul (atmosphere) — not to construct the temple — as a prelude to the next elections, one after another.This dragging of feet has disillusioned many in the Sangh Parivar.Both the BJP and the RSS have over the years declared their commitment to build the temple once they secured majority in the Lok Sabha. Why didn’t they,since 2014?This precisely is my question. With a Swayamsevak like the PM, and the BJP’s majority in the Lok Sabha, this could have been done. The BJP-RSS coordination meetings take place every three months. They could have decided to enact a law in 2014 itself and the temple would have been constructed by now. Do you think the RSS leadership is not serious about the issue but merely posturing?Unfortunately, yes. If they call the Congress, the SP, the BSP and the others “anti-Hindu”, how will they see themselves? An RSS man is in power as the PM and the RSS men are ‘agitating’ against him! They are in power as well as in the Opposition, as if playing chess from both the sides. With this dual play, the loser will only be one: the RSS. This is what happened during the Vajpayee regime and 2004 brought the Congress back to power. I’m afraid history may repeat itself in 2019.But the Ayodhya case is still pending in the Supreme Court. What can the government do?Precisely because of this, the Sangh Pariwar wanted the BJP to enact a new law to settle the issue once and for all. Secondly, if the apex court can sit through the night in the Afzal Guru case for an urgent hearing, how can it relegate the centuries-old Ayodhya issue to the backburner, again and again.After all, the Modi government did enact a law in the triple talaq and the SC-ST case. Then why not on the temple issue?What do you plan to do next?We will not let the temple issue become an orphan.It is our baby as all others have abandoned Ram Lalla. We will find a logical conclusion and construct the temple at the Lord’s Janmabhoomi. Come what may.Is the particular place in Ayodhya the real Janmabhoomi of Shri Ram?Yes…just like the way a particular house in Porbandar, Gujarat, is the Janmabhoomi of Gandhiji where his memorial exists. Published on November 27, 2018 SHAREcenter_img International Working President of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Praveen Togadia (aka Pravin Togadia), at the inauguration of the VHP’s Central Pranyasi Mandal and Prabandh Samiti meeting, in Hyderabad on December 28, 2014.Photo: P.V. Sivakumar   –  P_V_SIVAKUMAR SHARE SHARE EMAIL national politics COMMENTSlast_img read more

ED seeks nonbailable warrant against 4 Sterling Biotech directors

first_imgWarrants were sought against the directors in a Rs 5,000 crore money laundering case December 24, 2018 COMMENT The Enforcement Directorate (ED) approached a Delhi court seeking issuance of open ended non-bailable warrants (NBW) against four directors, of Sterling Biotech Ltd, in a Rs 5,000 crore money laundering probe case.The agency has sought warrants against directors Nitin Jayantilal Sandesara, Chetankumar Jayantilal Sandesara, Dipti Chetan Sandesara and Hiteshkumar Narendrabhai Patel of the Gujarat-based pharmaceutical firm.Additional Sessions Judge Siddharth Sharma listed the matter for hearing on January 5.The ED has registered the alleged bank fraud case against the firm SBL under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).The accused are also being probed by the ED for allegedly bribing senior income tax department officials as part of an earlier criminal complaint. SHAREcenter_img COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published onlast_img read more