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Media face challenges in rush to sexual misconduct reckoning

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Talk-show host Tavis Smiley isn’t just upset with PBS for firing him on sexual misconduct charges. He’s upset about his depiction in the media.Smiley believes that if he hadn’t talked publicly about romantic relationships with subordinates at his company, the behaviour that led to his downfall, the public would make little distinction between him and those who have been accused of sexual assault or rape.Conflation of different forms of misbehaviour — the idea itself is controversial — is one of the issues facing media organizations covering the fast-moving story of sexual misconduct that went into overdrive with investigations into Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour.“The media is painting with too broad a brush,” Smiley said. “We have lost all sense of nuance and proportionality in how we cover these stories.”Actor Matt Damon was torched for broaching the topic recently. He told ABC News that all accused men shouldn’t be lumped together because there’s a spectrum of behaviour. There’s a difference between a pat on the rear and child molestation, he said.“Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?” he said.Actress Minnie Driver called Damon tone-deaf. Actress Alyssa Milano, who began a cultural movement by urging other women who have been harassed to proclaim #MeToo on social media, tweeted in reply that victims are hurt by all forms of misconduct. All are evidence of misogyny.Still, as the rush of stories about misbehaviour slows down — if it slows down — the point Damon raises will loom larger. Debate over the consequences of Sen. Al Franken’s groping continues despite his resignation. The New York Times noted the difficulties in deciding whether to fire reporter Glenn Thrush following documentation of his unwanted drunken advances on women. Thrush was suspended and stripped of his White House beat.The New York Daily News groups many of its stories about misconduct allegations under the tag “Perv Nation.” The newspaper makes clear that not all allegations are the same, said Daily News executive Rebecca Baker, also president of the Society of Professional Journalists.However, she said, “I don’t think the media can tell people what to think or stop people from conflating things.”Society is in the midst of a debate over changing norms of behaviour that’s very intense and not very organized, said Nicholas Lemann, former dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Distinctions can fall by the wayside with the temperature so high, he said.“It’s a good way for society to change its values,” Lemann said. “It’s a bad way to protect individual rights.”In Smiley’s case, PBS agreed that his history of dating subordinates was the central issue in his firing. But a PBS statement also spoke mysteriously of “other conduct,” giving no other details in order to protect the privacy of people who complained about him.An unwillingness, or inability, to specify behaviour that results in discipline can contribute to conflation. In firing reporter Ryan Lizza, the New Yorker magazine cited “improper sexual behaviour.” Lizza said his bosses mischaracterized “a respectful relationship with a woman I dated.” Her lawyer disputed this, saying the relationship wasn’t respectful, but wouldn’t say why.A television news producer recently dismissed because of his behaviour is concerned that he will be lumped in with bad-behaving media men like Matt Lauer or Charlie Rose, and had his lawyer issue a statement saying his client was never “accused of any physical contact, language of a sexual nature or any sort of lewd conduct.”But how he’s judged is ultimately out of his control, since neither employer nor employee will publicly say what the person actually did that cost him his job.Early stories on misconduct cases — think the Times and New Yorker on Weinstein, The Washington Post on Rose and Roy Moore — were meticulously reported and have proven airtight. The challenge for news organizations is maintaining that rigour with more women coming forward to tell their stories and the pressure for scoops ratchets up.“If you don’t have one of these things really nailed down, it’s a very bad thing for you,” Lemann said. “Whoever gets one of these things wrong, it’s going to be very embarrassing.”The story has already led to some unorthodox decisions. assigned a woman who alleged harassment by Thrush, who said the incident still made her angry, to report and write on accusations by her and others. Having someone with a clear personal stake report such a sensitive story would make many news organizations squeamish, although no substantive questions have been raised about her work.Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt wrote in The Washington Post about rough justice being dispensed by the media, “much of it deserved.” Even the worst offenders deserve due process, he said. It isn’t easy or quick — but other victims are watching, wondering whether it is safe to speak out.“Rarely does media have such a complicated job with stakes as high as these,” he wrote.last_img read more

Man involved in ‘illegal’ deal nabbed with Rs 60 lakh cash

first_imgKolkata: A man was arrested with cash worth Rs 60 lakh from B B Ganguly Street on Monday. It is suspected that the money was being used for an illegal deal.According to sources, on Monday, sleuths of the detective department got a tip-off that a deal involving huge amount of money was about to be made around B B Ganguly Street. Based on the information, plain-clothed police personnel started patrolling the area. While keeping a vigil a police source identified one of the suspects. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe person was identified as Dinesh Lohia of Patipukur in Lake Town. He was detained on suspicion. Sleuths found Rs 60 lakh in his bag. When asked about the source of money he could not provide a satisfactory answer. Sharma was immediately arrested and taken to Lalbazar. The information about the seized money has been shared with the Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate for necessary actions on their part. During the past few days, Kolkata Police have seized huge amount of unaccounted money and arrested several persons. Sleuths suspect a section of people are trying use black money during the ensuing Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and for the same reason money is being circulated through hawala.last_img read more

Down to Business podcast How carbon capture could transform Canadas economy and

Welcome to episode 14 of Down to Business, a weekly podcast from the Financial Post.How to tackle climate change can be a tense conversation in Canada given the importance of the oil and gas industry to the economy. The energy industry often gets a bad rap when it comes to innovation, but the oilpatch is one of the biggest spenders on clean tech in Canada. It shells out over $1-billion a year to try to improve how we extract the energy we all continue to demand. On this week’s Down to Business, Steve Oldham, CEO of Carbon Engineering Inc., speaks to host Emily Jackson about Canada’s lead in carbon capture technology and its implications for the energy industry, the Canadian economy and climate change.You can listen below — or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play, where you can also subscribe to get new episodes every Wednesday morning. If you have any questions about the show, or if there are topics you want us to tackle, email us: Down to Business podcast: The next big thing in cannabis Down to Business podcast: How open banking could change our lives Down to Business podcast: Why Sidewalk Labs’ sweeping Toronto smart city proposal faces hurdles read more

World Court rejects DR of Congos call for provisional measures against Rwanda

In a 14 to 2 decision, the Court concluded that it lacked the “jurisdiction necessary to indicate” those steps, which were requested by the DRC when the case was submitted in May. At that time, the DRC called for provisional measures “pending the Court’s decision on the merits to prevent irreparable harm being caused to its lawful rights and to those of its population by reason of the occupation of part of its territory by Rwandan forces.” In its decision today, the Court also found, by 15 votes to 1, that it could not grant a request by Rwanda to reject the DRC’s entire case, which was brought over “massive, serious and flagrant violations of human rights and of international humanitarian law” alleged to have been committed in breach of relevant international instruments and UN resolutions. In explaining its decision, the ICJ emphasized its deep concern over the “deplorable human tragedy, loss of life, and enormous suffering” in the east of the DRC resulting from the continued fighting there. At the same time, the Court pointed out that it “does not automatically have jurisdiction over legal disputes between States” and it cannot indicate provisional measures without its jurisdiction in the case being established prima facie, meaning at first sight.These findings, however, “in no way prejudge the question of the jurisdiction of the Court to deal with the merits of the case” brought by the DRC against Rwanda. Those countries still have the right to submit arguments in the case. read more

UN labour agency observes annual day promoting workplace safety

In the 20th anniversary year of the massive Union Carbide factory gas leak that affected nearly 250,000 people in Bhopal, India, the United Nations labour agency today observed its annual “World Day for Safety and Health at Work” with a worldwide commemoration of those who lost life or health in workplace accidents.From Addis Ababa to Zimbabwe, from Bhopal to Belgium, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) staged memorials, marches, symposia and talk shows, including a performance by the New York City Labour Choir at the Commission for Sustainable Development meeting at UN Headquarters.ILO estimated that more than 2 million people die from work-related causes every year – including some 22,000 children, 750,000 women and 1.5 million men. The very high figure for men reflected the fact that men often do the world’s most dangerous work, it said.”A safety culture must be nurtured through partnership and dialogue – governments, employers and workers within a framework of rights, responsibilities and duties, finding common ground, creating safe and healthy work places,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said in a message.Highlighting health issues and accidents reported so far this month, ILO said at least 44 miners died in a mine explosion in Russia; electric shocks killed 12 workers and injured three others on a building site in China and a study in Ireland showed that hundreds of thousands of workers were suffering from stress, at a cost of 4 million working days lost last year alone.It noted that the December 1984 Bhopal accident, which drew increased attention to ways of preventing industrial accidents, killed 2,500 people then and 20,000 people later, and injured more than 200,000.About 80 per cent of occupational deaths and accidents could be prevented if all ILO Member States would provide more information to workers and use the best accident prevention strategies and practices. All of these are already in place and easily available, it said.Industrialized countries needed to focus on improving poor workplace relations and management, counteracting the mental and physical consequences of repetitive, highly technical tasks and providing information to workers on handling new technologies and substances, including chemicals, ILO said.Countries that are industrializing should give priority to improving safety and health practices in their primary economic activities, such as farming, fishing and logging.They should prevent industrial accidents, including fires and exposure to hazardous substances, as well as work on methods to avoid traditional accidents and diseases, including those in informal workshops and home-based industries, ILO said. read more

Canadas main stock index up slightly as US peers slip into the

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 24, 2017 9:37 am MDT Last Updated Aug 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada’s main stock index up slightly as U.S. peers slip into the red TORONTO – It was a flat trading day as Canada’s main stock index inched forward Thursday, while a volatile session saw U.S. markets tick lower.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s the S&P/TSX composite index gained 13 points to 15,076.16.South of the border, New York indices slipped into the red, but only after a circuitous ride that saw them flip multiple times between small gains and losses.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 28.69 points to 21,783.40, the S&P 500 index lost 5.07 points to 2,438.97, and the Nasdaq composite index retreated 7.08 points to 6,271.33.Tim Morton, senior vice-president at TD Wealth, said it’s been a tumultuous time for U.S. stock markets in recent weeks amid political drama coming out of the Washington.Hurting stocks have been doubt about how much help President Donald Trump’s Republican-led White House and Congress can provide for businesses. Several crucial deadlines are coming up that could damage the American economy, including a vote to avoid a default on its national debt.Morton said U.S. markets have done very well overall in 2017 but are now taking a bit of a pause.Meanwhile, Canada’s market thus far has “done really relatively little.”One event capturing investors’ attention is an annual meeting of central bankers, economists and policy makers in Jackson Hole, Wyo., that began Thursday.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi are expected to speak on Friday at the annual conference, which is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar jumped 0.22 of a U.S. cent, trading at an average price of 79.81 cents US.In commodities, the October crude contract shed 98 cents to US$47.43 per barrel and the October natural gas contract rose 2.2 cents to US$2.98 per mmBTU.The December gold contract fell US$2.70 to US$1,292.00 an ounce and the September copper contract advanced about 5.4 cents to US$3.03 a pound.— With files from The Associated Press.By Aleksandra Sagan in Vancouver.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Man who kissed reporter identified charged with harassment

Courtesy: WAVE LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky reporter says police have identified a man who kissed her on the cheek during a live broadcast and he is facing a misdemeanor charge.WAVE-TV news reporter Sara Rivest tweeted on Thursday that Eric Goodman is charged with harassment with physical contact.- Advertisement – Louisville police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley confirmed that Goodman was cited to court for the incident, but did not have details on the charge.Rivest said she felt uncomfortable and powerless when the unwanted encountered occurred last week in Louisville.She shared the video later with the caption, “Hey mister, here’s your 3 seconds of fame. How about you not touch me? Thanks!!”Related Article: Boyle Co. magistrate makes inappropriate comment about tourism directorRivest said on-air Monday that journalists, especially women, experience harassment far too often.She says Goodman wrote her an apology, which she’ll read on-air. read more

Brocks Armstrong comments on significance of naval turning point anniversary

A Brock University operations research associate professor says when an anti-ship cruise missile sank a navy warship for the first time ever 50 years ago, it was a turning point for international conflict.Associate Professor Michael Armstrong, who uses mathematical models to study missile combat at sea and short-range rocket defenses on land, said the sinking of the Israeli destroyer INS Eilat on Oct. 21, 1967 “opened the eyes of navies around the world.”Armstrong, Associate Professor of operations research in the Goodman School of Business, said that event forced the development of missile defence systems, which are back in the news these days with the growing tension between the U.S. and North Korea.“It’s much more on people’s minds,” said Armstrong, who authored an article on the issue recently in The Conversation Canada.In the years since the INS Eilat was destroyed, Armstrong said there have only been two cases of warships using interceptor missiles to down hostile cruise missiles coming at them. One came in 1991 when Britain’s HMS Gloucester shot down an Iraqi cruise missile, and then in October 2016, the USS Mason defended itself from attacking cruise missiles while patrolling the Red Sea.While the concept of missile defence from the sea or on land is essentially the same — “you have this incoming missile and you try to shoot it down with a missile,” Armstrong says — actually shooting down a ballistic missile like the ones being tested in North Korea is more complicated.“On a ship, the challenge is to detect that missile. Once you pick it up on radar, it’s relatively easy to shoot down. It’s also relatively easy to distract and fool the incoming missile,” he says.Ballistic missiles, on the other hand, are easy to see because they show up on radar systems around the world.“But they’re harder to hit because they’re flying over 10 times faster. They’re way up in the sky,” Armstrong says.And unlike a cruise missile that would simply crash into the sea if it’s damaged by a defence system, it’s not enough to just damage a ballistic missile because it could still end up crashing down over a populated area.So is North America ready if a ballistic missile is fired in its direction?“Nobody really knows,” Armstrong says. “This comes back to the naval context. The one system that is considered most reliable or has the best chance is the technology that’s based off the naval system.” read more

Denied education Because I am a Girl

first_imgAn educated girl is less vulnerable to violence, less likely to marry and have children when still a child herself, and more likely to be literate and healthy into adulthood — as are her own children. Her earning power is increased and she is more likely to invest her income for the benefit of her family, community and country. It is not an exaggeration to say educating girls can save lives and transform futures. MILLIONS OF GIRLS worldwide are not going to school, an education gap that condemns them to lives of hardship and makes poverty even more extreme.The report, “Because I am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls 2012,” was released in New York by Plan International on the United Nation’s first International Day of the Girl.“The estimated 75 million girls missing from classrooms across the world is a major violation of rights and a huge waste of young potential,” the child poverty alleviation group said in launching the report.A total of one in three girls is denied education, but Plan’s report focuses especially on the 39 million girls aged between 11 and 15, right on the cusp of becoming young women, who are out of school.Shehzad Noorani/The Canadian Press/Press Association ImagesThe report, which coincided with the news this week of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl gunned down for her criticism of Taliban campaigns against girl’s education, underlined the hugely positive impact that school can have on girls in poor countries.The CEO of Plan International, Nigel Chapman said: Plan called on global leaders to ensure a minimum of nine years’ schooling for all children, giving them a better chance to enter secondary education.But special priority should be given to girls, the humanitarian organization said, with greater funding and programs to stop child marriage and violence in schools, two main reasons for the current drop-out rate among girls.In many cases, poor families pull daughters from school out of fear for their health or safety. In Ghana, 83 per cent of parents interviewed for the report said the risks of pregnancy were a disadvantage of school.Data from the Because I am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls 2012 ReportThe report said that in Togo, 16 per cent of children interviewed named a teacher responsible for a classmate’s pregnancy. That figure was 15 per cent in Mali and 11 per cent in Senegal.In Ghana, 75 per cent of children said teachers were the main source of school violence.The opposite trend is also true, with school attendance leading to an ever-widening series of benefits. Plan said:center_img If adolescent girls stay in school and obtain real skills, research shows that they will earn more income in the future, marry later, and have fewer and healthier children,” Plan said. In the longer term, secondary education protects girls against HIV and AIDS, sexual harassment and human trafficking.© AFP, 2012last_img read more

NKM On ne peut pas aujourdhui parler de filière photovoltaïque en France

first_imgNKM : “On ne peut pas aujourd’hui parler de filière photovoltaïque en France”Alors que les professionnels du secteur de l’énergie photovoltaïque s’élèvent contre le moratoire de trois mois sur les aides publiques à l’énergie solaire, la ministre de l’Environnement Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (NKM) s’est expliquée devant la presse. Si elle reconnaît que l’objectif du pays en matière d’énergie photovoltaïque n’est pas atteint, elle insiste sur le fait que le moratoire doit ouvrir la voie à un nouveau cadre pour le secteur.Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a souligné hier que si les objectifs en terme de volume énergétique sont “très largement atteints”, les objectifs environnementaux et industriels “restent très insuffisants”. Selon la ministre, “on ne peut pas aujourd’hui parler de filière photovoltaïque en France”. Elle regrette que le secteur soit “entré dans un marché de fournisseurs étrangers”, évoquant les panneaux solaires aux faibles performances environnementales, mais bon marché, venant de Chine pour être installés en France. Très peu d’emplois liés au développement de l’énergie solaire ont été crée dans l’industrie, la majorité des postes se trouvant dans les bureaux d’étude et les entreprises d’installation.À lire aussiLiter of Light, d’étonnantes lampes faites de bouteilles pour apporter la lumière aux habitants sans électricitéAlors que la colère gronde du côté des professionnels dont les projets sont gelés depuis l’instauration du moratoire, Nathalie Koscisusko-Morizet tente d’apaiser la situation en rappelant que cette décision a été prise en vue de définir un nouveau cadre pour la filière. “Notre objectif est de créer un équilibre environnemental et industriel de la filière” a-t-elle insisté, estimant qu’il “n’était pas légitime que les subventions filent comme l’eau dans le sable”. Rappelons que le moratoire suspend pour une durée de trois mois l’obligation pour EDF de racheter l’énergie solaire aux tarifs attractifs jusqu’alors en vigueur. Il ne concerne que les professionnels.Le gouvernement entend ainsi mettre à plat le système de subventions pour le développement de l’énergie solaire, et mettre un terme à la spéculation. Mais les professionnels de la filière ont déposé un recours devant le Conseil d’Etat, pour obtenir l’annulation du moratoire.Le 23 décembre 2010 à 17:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Permits for multifamily buildings rose in July

first_imgThe city of Vancouver picked up 28 permits for multifamily housing buildings for the month of July, which would add 60 total units valued at $4.2 million.July was a tick up over June, in which the city received four multifamily building permits totaling 24 units. May was the busiest month, with 34 permits for 272 units.For the year, Vancouver has received 126 permits to build multifamily residences for 935 units.The data comes from a monthly report by the city of Vancouver. The report totals the numbers of permits every month, ranging from commercial permits, single-family housing permits and plumbing permits.last_img read more

27 killed in days of clashes in Libya Ministry

first_img.At least 27 people have been killed and nearly 100 wounded in several days of fighting between rival militias near the Libyan capital, the health ministry said Thursday.The clashes broke out on Monday in suburbs south of Tripoli and continued into Wednesday evening after a truce collapsed, despite an appeal by the United Nations for calm.The clashes came to an end on Thursday after a ceasefire agreement announced by officials from western areas, but it was unclear whether the two rival camps would continue to respect it.The health ministry said at least 27 people were killed and 91 were wounded in the fighting, most of them civilians.Fayez al-Sarraj, the leader of the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), has tasked forces from western and central regions of Libya with ensuring the rivals adhere to the ceasefire.These forces are meant to guarantee the withdrawal of the two rival camps from front lines and ensure normal life returns in the districts affected by the fighting.The proposed pacifying forces consist mainly of powerful armed groups from the cities of Misrata and Zintan in the west, which are technically under the GNA’s defence ministry.Under the orders of Sarraj, who heads the Libyan army, these military units will be allowed to operate in the capital and its environs only until September 30, when they must leave.The Misrata and Zintan militias controlled the Libyan capital from the fall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011 until 2014, when a coalition of militias mainly from Misrata seized the city.This week’s fighting has pitted Tripoli militias loyal to the GNA against the so-called 7th Brigade.This unit is from the town of Tarhuna southeast of the capital and is supposed to operate under the GNA’s defence ministry.In a televised speech, Sarraj said on Thursday that the 7th Brigade had been “dissolved” since April, before calling on the rival camps to respect the ceasefire.In a joint statement, the embassies of Britain, France, Italy and the United States on Thursday said they were “deeply concerned about the recent clashes in and around Tripoli that are destabilising the situation”.“Pursuing political aims through violence will only further exacerbate the suffering of the population of Libya, and threaten broader stability”, the statement said.“Those who undermine Libya’s peace, security and stability will be held accountable.”The Libyan capital has been at the centre of a battle for influence between armed groups since Kadhafi’s fall.Successive transitional authorities, including the GNA, have been unable to form a functioning army or regular security forces and have been forced to rely on militias to keep the city safe.In mid-2017, pro-GNA militias neutralised several rival groups in Tripoli. Since then, clashes have been rare.last_img read more

DOJ Files Brief In Appeals Court Defending Trumps Immigration Executive Order

first_img Share Jason Redmond /AFP/Getty ImagesA woman with “No Wall, No Ban” painted on her face was among the people marching in support of immigrants and refugees in Seattle on Jan. 29.The Department of Justice has filed a brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, responding to a legal challenge to President Trump’s executive order on immigration.The court is set to hear oral arguments by phone on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET, in the next critical legal test of whether the president’s decision to ban travel by people from seven Muslim-majority countries and halt refugee resettlement in the U.S. will be upheld.In their brief, Justice Department lawyers write that the executive order is “a lawful exercise of the President’s authority over the entry of aliens into the United States and the admission of refugees.”Last Friday, Judge James Robart, a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington state, imposed a nationwide temporary restraining order against the order. That decision effectively blocked the implementation of the travel ban, and now the Justice Department is seeking to reinstate it. On Saturday, the 9th Circuit denied the Justice Department’s request to stay the suspension and allow enforcement of the ban to continue.Lawyers for Washington state had argued that the executive order hurt residents and businesses in Washington, along with students and faculty in the state university system. The state also argued the ban is unconstitutional because it discriminates against Muslims.The White House has countered that the executive order does not mention any faith group by name and that the president has broad powers when it comes to national security and immigration.In its brief, the Justice Department also argues that Robart’s decision in the district court was “vastly overbroad, extending far beyond the State’s legal claims to encompass numerous applications of the Order that the State does not even attempt to argue are unlawful.”Trump took aim at Robart over the weekend on Twitter, diminishing him as a “so-called judge” whose decision “is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Robart was appointed by Republican President George W. Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Windows 10 Creators Update new options to defer updates

first_imgWindows 10 Creators Update: new options to defer updates by Martin Brinkmann on January 29, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 2 commentsMicrosoft is working on improving the updating options of some editions of its Windows 10 operating system currently that provide users with better options to defer updates.The option to defer updates in current versions of Windows 10 is limited in several regards. First, it is only available if the Windows 10 edition is Pro, Enterprise or Education.Second, deferring only allows you to postpone the installation of feature updates, but not other updates. Microsoft released two feature updates so far for Windows 10, the November 2015 update, and the Anniversary Update in 2016. The next feature update will be the Creators Update which supposedly comes out in April 2016.Windows 10 Creators Update: defer updatesOne of the new options to defer updates is the ability to pause updates in Windows 10. This allows you to block the installation of updates for up to 35 days but no longer. This prevents the installation of updates, including those of feature updates.What it does not do however is block Windows Defender definitions from being downloaded and installed.The most recent Windows 10 Insider Build 15019 comes with added options to that. You see the new options on the screenshot above.If you do open the Advanced Options under Settings > Update & Security > Advanced Options however, you won’t see those new preferences listed there.They become available only when you pause updates, and unpause them again. It is unclear right now whether this is a bug or intended. The reason I think this is bugged right now is that the menu vanishes after a couple of seconds.The following three options become available:Switch the Branch the operating system is in. All Windows 10 installations start in the Current Branch, but you may switch to Current Branch for Business instead (which defers feature updates).Defer Feature updates by up to 365 days.Defer Security updates by up to 30 days.I could not find out whether those options are also available for Home editions of Windows 10. My guess is that this won’t be the case.The new options make it easier for users and administrators to delay the installation of updates on machines running a Windows 10 edition that supports these new options.Closing WordsThere you have it: new options to pause updates or delay them, and to switch between the two available branches are now easier to access than before.Now You: Good addition, or not far reaching enough? What’s your opinion?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 Creators Update: new options to defer updatesDescriptionMicrosoft is working on improving the updating options of some editions of its Windows 10 operating system currently that provide users with better options to defer updates.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Windows 10 version 1903 may feature command prompt zooming

first_imgWindows 10 version 1903 may feature command prompt zooming by Martin Brinkmann on November 07, 2018 in Windows – 3 commentsWork on the next version of Windows 10 continues while Microsoft is still preparing Windows 10 version 1809 for a re-release after the botched initial release of the new feature update for Windows 10.Windows 10 Insider PCs get new updates regularly and many of them introduce new features or changes as development is still in a phase in which new features and changes are added.The most recent update, Windows 10 build 18272, introduces several new features and many or even all of them will land in the next feature update for Windows 10.Tip: find out how to open command prompt windows quickly.Window Console zoom supportOne of the new features introduces zoom support in Command Prompt, PowerShell and Windows Subsystem for Linux windows.Ctrl + Mouse Wheel Scroll to zoom in text is now supported in Command Prompt, PowerShell and WSL.All you need to do is hold down the Ctrl-key on the keyboard and use the mousewheel or trackpad to zoom in or out. The shortcut is the same that you may use in modern desktop browsers to zoom in or out of page content but the effect is different.When you zoom in browsers, zoom is applied only to the displayed page but not to the browser interface.The new zoom feature that Microsoft added to consoles in Windows 10 applies the zoom effect to the entire window. The entire window is zoomed when you use the Ctrl-Scroll option to zoom so that it almost feels as if you resize the window while new text sizes are applied based on the new dimensions of the window.The method has its limitations considering that you may not want the console window to become larger than the visible part of the screen.It is mostly useful for changing the text size quickly and temporarily. The effect lasts until you close the console window.Options to change the size of console windows are already available in current versions of Windows. Just open the window properties with a right-click on the console window title and switch to the layout tab to change the size of the initial window and make the new size the default.Microsoft could adjust the feature in coming builds to limit zoom or add other functionality that changes zooming.Windows Console windows support options to change the font size, type and other parameters already. A right-click on the window title and the selection of properties from the context menu opens a configuration window.The font tab lists options to change the font size and type. The customization option is useful to users who prefer a larger font size or different font type when they use the console on Windows.Now You: is the new feature useful? what is your take?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 version 1903 may feature command prompt zoomingDescriptionMicrosoft plans to add a zoom feature to Windows Console windows, e.g. the command prompt or PowerShell, that allows direct zooming.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Behind the scenes at NASA meet Costa Rican space pioneers

first_imgRelated posts:Franklin Chang’s VASIMR plasma engine readies for key test US Sen. Bill Nelson: Costa Rica has a place in the future of space flight Crowdfunding campaign to orbit Costa Rica’s first satellite surpasses goal Costa Rica makes nuclear fusion history with plasma discharge When it comes to outstanding Costa Ricans in the field of aerospace, many people are familiar with the extraordinary accomplishments ofFranklin Chang and Sandra Cauffman, but not as many are aware that Costa Rica’s NASA talent is actually a much deeper bench.The Tico Times interviewed three Costa Rican space pioneers – Jeannette Benavides, Andres Mora and Fernando Zumbado – about their paths to success, as well as some of their most memorable NASA experiences and hopes for the space program. Excerpts follow.Fernando Zumbado, 37A technical Discipline Lead for the Dynamic Systems Test Branch at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Zumbado joined NASA in 2000. He is the project manager of the team that created the MED-2 exercise device, currently being tested by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. This next-generation exercise device may be used to keep astronauts healthy on the upcoming flights to Mars. He grew up in Tibás and graduated from Lincoln School in San José, then studied Mechanical Engineering (ME) at the University of Costa Rica and then Northwestern University. He also obtained a Master’s in ME from Rice and a Master’s of Science from Georgia Tech in Aerospace Engineering. What are some of your favorite accomplishments and memories from NASA? Meeting the engineers behind the original lunar rover. During the Constellation Program, NASA was trying to develop… designs to go back to the Moon. I was part of the team at Johnson that was looking at designing wheels that could assist a human-tended rover in traversing the lunar surface. We drove to Santa Barbara where we met three of the lead engineers behind my favorite vehicle of all time.After a long day of questions and answers and poring over all our design questions, the engineers pulled out an actual flight spare wheel from the original Lunar Roving Vehicle. They had been keeping it locked up during our visit because they knew that as soon as we saw it we would stop paying attention to what they were saying. And it was true! We started looking at it, playing with it. To this day I still have the picture of myself next to the wheel at my desk to remind me to pursue my engineering dreams and to not rethink new solutions to old problems.What message do you have for young Costa Ricans who would like to follow in your footsteps and work for NASA?You will get a lot of “no”s or “not right now”. The important part is to make sure that you know where you want to get to, and to remember that there is not one way to get there. Sometimes the best route is one that you least expect.What inspired you to choose the career path you took?The Apollo program.What are your thoughts on the future of human exploration of space?I think that we are at a very interesting point in human spaceflight for two reasons. We are at the cusp of making space tourism something of a regular occurrence for some, so Low Earth Orbit (LEO) will be akin to what Antarctica might have been 100 years ago. On the other hand, I think that we have a lot of work to do in order to leave Earth’s womb. It will required formidable engineering efforts and a synchronized international development. Going beyond LEO will no longer be a national endeavor – it will be an international pursuit.I will be sad if we don’t land a human on a different rocky body before I die, but as a pragmatist it’s difficult for me to see the political continuity that is required to develop such a prolonged effort. I am hopeful that we explore, just like all of the great explorers have done before us: Marco Polo, de Gama, Columbus, Lewis and Clark, Amundsen, Shackelton. Andrés Mora. (Courtesy of Andrés Mora)Andres Mora, 36A Robotics & Systems Engineering Lead at the NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, California, Mora joined NASA in 2001. He grew up in La Uruca and graduated from Calasanz High School in San Pedro, then the Universidad Interamericana (B.Sc. in Electronics and Telecommunications), and finaly Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan for his Master’s and Ph.D.At what age did you decide you wanted to pursue a career in the space field? When I was five, I read a story in La Nación about planets and Earth that also detailed the career of Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz. It certainly inspired me to want to become an astronaut.What were the biggest obstacles you had to overcome to reach your professional goals and work at NASA?A lot of obstacles, but the funny thing is that you don’t really see them as such until later when you stop and look back. Every single time you have a bad score on a test at school, or some personal problem, or some challenging issue at work, you find obstacles that seem to stop you. But I firmly believe they are there to propel you forward: they give you tools to deal with similar issues later in life, but faster and better.What were the main positions you have held while you were at NASA?I was an international student intern at the Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory where I researched and recommended a power supply for implementation in the High Temperature Superconducting magnets of the Variable Specific Impulse Magneto Plasma Rocket (VASIMR). I also developed a Miniature Mass Spectrometer experiment on the VASIMR as a support for a visiting Costa Rican scientist Andrés Díaz. Finally, I designed, tested and implemented a timing control system at the Lagmuir probes, inside of the VASIMR enabling scientists to observe more precisely the flow, temperature and density of the rocket’s plasma.I now lead the design, development, evaluation, and deployment of an unmanned aerial system developed to provide surveillance and monitoring services of underground, unstructured environments. In addition, I developed a prototype arm proposed to facilitate docking and manipulation operations of the Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellite (SPHERES) on board of the International Space Station.Favorite accomplishments and memories from your career? Working with a person I consider a national hero like Franklin Chang-Díaz was simply a dream come true: seeing him coming back from his regular training flights or going to train extravehicular activities at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory as a daily routine was incredibly inspiring.During the deployment of the volcano monitors at Kilauea volcano, the team had to walk a total of about 7 hours. This place, I learned later, could only be accessed by one hour long helicopter ride, or, as we did, a very exhausting hike. In my case, I had to carry all the equipment and monitors, well over 30 kg, and then test them, one by one, in the middle of the day at very high temperatures and humidity in the middle of nowhere – all to find that one worked fine and two did not. I had to inspect the causes of the problem on the faulty monitors and fix them as soon as possible. At the end of the day, after a lot of “McGyver solutions,” I managed to fix one. The other one required more specialized tools and equipment and we brought it back to our hotel where we fixed it that night. Looking at it in retrospective, it makes me feel like a funny version of Mark Watney from “The Martian.”What inspired you, starting out?I have been fortunate to have great role models, starting with my loving parents who always work hard, never give up, and always work as a team. My sister is a person I have always relied on. She is a strong, smart woman who has always been one of my best friends. I have admired Franklin Chang since my childhood, and working with him just made me understand even more how much he has accomplished and yet how humble he is. Sandra Cauffman has taught me what a person can achieve with a lot of tenacity without forgetting where you come from and who you are.How do you see the future of your field?We have accomplished so much in such a very tiny amount of time that it can only make you imagine all the new discoveries we will make in the next few years and decades. In-orbit servicing, asteroid mining, traveling to and back from Mars and the Moon are just a couple of examples that come to mind. And that is just the beginning.  The new generation of astronauts that will go where no other human being has gone is probably in primary school or in high school right now.What would you like to pass on to young Costa Ricans?Someone said: “Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when we have landed on the Moon.” I think we are as big as our dreams – but anyone can dream big. It is really with a lot of effort, failures, frustrations, and clear understanding of what you want to do that one truly makes those dreams come true. Jeannette Benavides. (Courtesy of Jeannette Benavides)Jeannette Benavides, 64Benavides joined NASA in 1986 and went on to become a Research Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland. She retired in 2006. She grew up in Heredia , graduated from the Liceo de Heredia High School, and earned a BS in chemistry from University of Costa Rica; MS in Biochemistry from American University; and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from American University. She helped establish the National Laboratory for Nanotechnology, Microsensors and Advanced Materials (Lanotec) in Costa Rica.When did you decide to pursue this career?After reading Jules Verne very early in my childhood, around 7 years old. Due to my imagination and curiosity, I started to feel that thirst for scientific knowledge that up to this moment has never quenched. I remember the excitement with which I watched the Moon Landing in 1969. Science and Space Exploration became an internal force that  has driven me since then.How did you achieve your goal of working at NASA?Before working for NASA, I worked for Food and Drug Administration for seven years. I didn’t think that an MS in Biochemistry would be enough to [allow me to compete for] a job at NASA, so I started to take courses toward a PhD in Physical Chemistry; I took Solid State Physics, and it happened that my professor, Dr. Henning Leidecker, worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland, about 20 minutes from Washington DC.I saw an opportunity, and I studied very hard. After I passed with an A, I asked him if he would recommend me to work for NASA. He told me that he would gladly do so and arranged for an interview with his boss. A year went by and I was resigned to the possibility that I would not be offered a job; I started to think of other strategies to use to achieve my goal, since I would never have given up. However, I received a call from NASA with a job offer.What were the highlights of your career?I enjoyed troubleshooting problems found when building satellites or Space Probes. If a problem with materials involved Physical Chemistry to solve it, it was sent to me. One of those problems involved metal-through-metal diffusion in electrical gold-coated pins used in the Cassini Space Probe that was later sent to Saturn. It was like many others I worked on, like detective work.  Years later, I started to do my own research in carbon nanotubes and NASA obtained two patents for this process with me as the inventor.Do you have any recommendations for young Costa Ricans starting out?Become scientists, learn English, study hard and use available search tools to learn more about what is going on in the scientific field. They should read about scientists in many fields to determine what attracts them the most.  The most important thing is the drive, the passion and the commitment to themselves to reach their dreams, no matter how high or difficult.How do you see the future of your field?I believe that humans will always be explorers, and now we have Space to explore. Some people ask, “Why are there so many stars in the Universe? We are so small.” The human desire and capacity for discovery and exploration is infinite. So, if the Universe were small and without mystery, we humans would be stagnant and bored to tears!Bruce Callow is a Canadian communications consultant and educator who has resided in Costa Rica since 1992. He was the Communications Officer at the British Embassy for 9 years. A member of the Globe International Scientists’ Network, Bruce collaborates with Dr.Franklin Chang and the Central American Space Association (ACAE), and does space education outreach work on behalf of NASA. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Brazilian Government has established a new policy called the National Policy for Tourism Management of Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites. The law is one of the goals of the Ministry of Tourism for the first 100 days of the new government. The decree is part of a series of measures that ministry is adopting with the objective of improving the business environment for the tourism sector and increasing opportunities for investments in Brazil. The proposal is in line with the 2018-2022 National Tourism Plan, which defined as one of its strategies the goal “to promote the value of cultural and natural heritage for tourism”.The announcement is the result of a partnership between the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministries of Citizenship, Environment and Regional Development, with the support of the Brazilian Tourism Board (Embratur), the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) and the Institute of Historical Heritage and National Arts (IPHAN).The goal of the new law is to help maintain, develop new programmes, organise projects and promote the tourist segments related to the Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites in Brazil. Brazil has 21 recognised UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These sites are split between Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites.“This initiative represents a milestone in the valuation and preservation of our natural and cultural heritage. We rank eighth among countries with cultural attractions in the world and we need to know how to take better advantage of our potential to attract more and more foreign visitors and also encourage more Brazilians to know the beauty of our own country,” said Tourism Minister Marcelo Álvaro Antônio.The Ministry of Tourism, together with the other entities involved, is preparing a package of measures to implement the National Policy for Tourism Management of the World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites. By late 2019 and 2020, through a partnership with SEBRAE, the tourist regions around the UNESCO World Heritage sites can count on a series of actions related to the development and promotion of tourism.last_img read more

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