With trick penalty, Barcelona rout Celta

first_imgMADRID (AP):Lionel Messi put on another show at the Camp Nou yesterday, scoring a remarkable goal from a free kick and then helping to set up a hat-trick for Luis Su·rez – including a daring assist from a penalty kick – as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 6-1.Ivan Rakitic and Neymar also scored as Barcelona opened up a three-point lead in the Spanish league over AtlÈtico Madrid, which edged Getafe 1-0. Real Madrid, which beat Athletic Bilbao 4-2 on Saturday with two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, are four points behind Barcelona in third place. Barcelona have a game in hand.It was an impressive victory by the Catalan club, and the performances by Messi, Suarez and Neymar in the second half neared perfection.”We were spectacular and effective,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “I’m used to seeing these players. When they train, they are even better.”Messi started the show by curling a left-foot shot over the wall in the 28th minute and then mesmerised the Camp Nou crowd as he helped Su·rez to score in the 59th, 75th, and 81st minutes.EXTRA-SPECIAL GOALSu·rez ‘s third goal was extra special, with the Uruguay striker and Messi fooling everybody after Messi was tripped in the area following a nifty dribble past a defender. Messi was set to take the spot-kick himself, but he just rolled the ball to the side for the in-rushing Su·rez to drive it home.While Celta players looked on in awe, Su·rez and Messi glimpsed at each other and smiled broadly before embracing to celebrate. Luis Enrique tried to cover his mouth while smiling himself at the bench.”Barcelona players, in addition to winning titles, also want to have fun and entertain the members in a fair and spectacular way,” the coach said. “It didn’t surprise me.”The play became famous after Johan Cruyff – a Barcelona idol – executed it while playing for Ajax in 1982.”It’s a legal play. Some will like it, some won’t,” Luis Enrique said. “It will generate a lot of debate.”last_img read more

Ubuntu beats Windows and Mac

first_imgSouth African entrepreneur MarkShuttleworth is renowned as the firstperson from an independent Africancountry to visit space, but he is alsorespected in the software communityas the driving force behind the opensource Ubuntu Linux distribution.(Image: Ubuntu)Janine ErasmusSouth African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth is renowned as the first person from an independent African country to visit space, but he is also respected in the software community as the driving force behind the open source Ubuntu Linux distribution.Now his Ubuntu operating system has emerged as the most secure at the hacking contest held at the ninth CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada, in March 2008. The purpose of the hacking contest is to uncover previously unknown bugs in various types of software so that the relevant vendor can rectify them. All registered attendees were allowed to participate, some of them the smartest hackers around.Ubuntu 7.10, running on a Sony VAIO laptop, was pitted against Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 running on a Fujitsu laptop, and Mac OSX 10.5.2 (Leopard) running on a MacBook Air. Each system featured the latest version of all software and was fully patched with the most current security updates.Hackers were required to exploit software vulnerabilities that allowed them to take control of the machines. Once this had been achieved, they had to extract the contents of a specific file on the machine to claim victory. Winners received a cash prize and also took home the laptop.Bringing out the big gunsThe competition took place over three days. On the first day only network attacks were allowed. The cash prize for this achievement was $20 000, but there were no winners at this stage.Day two saw the attack broadened to include default installed client-side applications – applications that are installed with the operating system. These could be attacked by visiting a malicious website, or following a link through email or a vendor supplied instant messenger client. This was the stage at which the first machine went down – the MacBook Air running OSX Leopard. The prize for this stage was $10 000.Security researcher Charlie Miller took less than two minutes to exploit a flaw in Safari, Apple’s native web browser. Miller, who recently hacked Apple’s iPhone, took Safari to a website that contained malicious code and that allowed him to seize control of the machine remotely. Apple has been notified of the bug and is now working on the issue.On the final day popular third-party applications such as Skype and open source instant messenger client Adium were added to the competition. At this stage the second laptop was compromised through Flash, proprietary software from Adobe. The software company is now working on a patch for the bug. The winner, software security consultant Shane Macaulay, took the machine and $5 000.At the end of the three days only the Sony laptop running Ubuntu 7.10 was intact. However, Shane Macaulay reportedly claimed that his Flash exploit could speedily be adapted for any of the three operating systems.The latest version of Ubuntu, 8.04, is set for release at the end of April 2008. Both server and desktop variants are said to be easier to use and to deploy. Security features include a new firewall application and extra protection against malicious code such as rootkits, which are programmes used by hackers to gain access to information contained in operating systems – they can even mask their presence.For the first time the system will include a Windows installation option, which will allow users to install Ubuntu 8.04 from inside Windows just like they would install any other application, without having to set aside a new partition.A born entrepreneurBorn in Welkom, Free State, Mark Shuttleworth holds a Bachelor of Business Science in finance and information systems from the University of Cape Town, as well as an honorary doctorate from that same institution.Shuttleworth founded internet security and digital certificate specialist company Thawte in 1995. He sold Thawte to VeriSign in 1999, earning R3.5-billion at the time. Since then he has founded business incubator HBD Venture Capital, and Canonical Inc, which promotes and supports free software.In 2004 Shuttleworth, through Canonical, funded the development of Ubuntu – he had been involved in the development of another Linux distribution, Debian, in the 1990s. Ubuntu is based on Debian.He has also set up the Shuttleworth Foundation to fund education and open source software projects in South Africa, as well as the Ubuntu Foundation to ensure the long-term maintenance of Ubuntu independently of Canonical.On 25 April 2002 Shuttleworth became a cosmonaut aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-34 mission at a personal cost of about $20-million. His 10 days in space followed one year of training and preparation, including a seven-month sojourn in Star City, Russia.Shuttleworth is regarded as the first citizen of an independent African country to enter space. Patrick Baudry, an astronaut in the mid-1980s, was also born in Africa. At the time of Baudry’s birth, though, Cameroon was a French colony and so the astronaut was classed as a French citizen.Useful linksMark ShuttleworthCanSecWestUbuntuUbuntu FoundationFirst African in SpaceGagarin Cosmonaut Training Centrelast_img read more

Journalists turn to data to make sense of the world

first_imgData is allowing journalists to show their readers how the world fits together. • Media freedom is evolving • Research reveals Kenyan, Nigerian views of South Africa • Foreign journalists get the inside story • Documentaries celebrate the making of South Africa’s rainbow nation • Press freedom in South Africa Sulaiman PhilipData is not only changing journalism; but are changing the world. Poring over and analysing large data sets, finding what is interesting and telling riveting stories that show your readers how the world fits together may sound daunting, but these are skills journalists need to develop, and refine, in a brave new media world.Siyabonga Africa is counting. Sitting at a table close to his office at Jozihub, he is silently counting: women in summer dresses; men with beards; how many sugar sachets people at the tables around him are using. Numbers matter even if you choose not to pay attention to them, says the data journalism trainer and Fellow at Code4SouthAfrica.“Have you noticed how many more cyclists are out on the weekend? That got me wondering if the increased number had anything to do with the 94.7 [annual Joburg cycle race]. I asked the question on social media and got some interesting answers about panic training. Knowing this, I can plan a different route or sleep in on Sunday.” “The real challenge is getting journalists and techies into a room and getting to speak the same language,” says Siyabonga Africa.Information allows you to make informed choices when you interact with the world. Information has always mattered to journalists; but today, the way it is accessed and used has changed the way they work. Think of any of the major stories that you have read in the past year: it more than likely that they were driven by accessing reams of data across multiple sources.Data allows you to understand your world. Analysing the data well allows journalists to tell complicated and important stories in a way that readers can grasp. Data journalism gives consumers the ability to explain the world to friends, relatives and colleagues. To create data-driven stories that give readers the tools to make sense of their world and, as important, to want to engage, you need journalists, coders, data wranglers and graphic artists. They are collaborating to present information in innovative and interesting ways. They have helped to break down the walls between closely held data and how they are used in the wider world. On the African continent, the growth of data journalism is stymied by the lack of unique content, and what is available is shallow research not linked to other data sets in related fields. Africa is the kind of person every newsroom should have, what he calls an “evangelist”, a man who spreads the gospel of data and its power as a tool for journalists. Financial realities have forced media managers to try to squeeze better productivity out of fewer resources. As fewer reporters cover specific beats cultivating human sources, journalists have been forced to immerse themselves in the study of statistical data and policy papers to tease out stories.Hidebound and underfunded South African newsrooms have lost a step compared to other African news sources –some media houses are quickly catching up. Last year Media24 and the Global Editors Network (GEN) co-hosted an Editors Lab. Two teams, the Sunday Times and City Press, were chosen to represent South Africa at a global data event in Barcelona. “There is this fear of allocating staff to work that is time consuming and may not lead anywhere. It’s so much easier for media managers to keep staff doing the tried and tested, churning out content.”One of Africa’s favourite real world applications of data journalism on the continent is Kenya’s The Star’s Dodgy Doctors app. “Apparently unlicensed fly-by-night doctors are a real problem in Kenya. So they built an app listing all the registered doctors in the country. Anyone can now check to see if their doctor is actually a real doctor.”Data is not just changing newsrooms. The problem – especially in Africa – is that data is held on to tightly until they are perceived to have no economic value. But the value in data is that it can be interpreted and used by different people for different reasons.Sabermetrics – statistical analysis of performance in baseball – is used to identify and coach shortcomings in players by trainers. Managers use it to identify players to release or buy. Sport has lead the way in compiling and using data, and large sporting events like the Olympics and the football World Cup generate mountains of data.Germany are champions of the football world and the nation has drunk its fill of beer in celebration. Some would say that German superiority was down to Brazil not living up to the hype, the unbalanced Argentinians or the inability of the English to score, but German success was not down to just the machine slickness of their play festooned with sporadic flourishes of individual genius. Germany had a secret weapon: for two years the Manshaft coaching staff, with the assistance of German academics, built a performance database of thousands of possible future opponents. During the World Cup, they mined available data to build game simulations and analysis software to prepare the team.Data is as much a public asset as roads and parks and should be available to the people who paid for them, Africa believes. Taxpayer-funded data like the census figures can be used by entrepreneurs to create new businesses, more jobs or even new industries. Imagine if all the census records were freely available, machine readable and not saved in PDF format, Africa begins. “Someone could use that data in a way the government did not intend; entrepreneurs could create new jobs, new industries. That is why data [are] important and more importantly, why [they] should be freely available and easily accessible.”In the US, government-funded databases have been open and machine readable since 2013 by executive order. President Barak Obama understood a simple truth when signing the order, which reads: “Making information resources easy to find, accessible, and usable can fuel entrepreneurship, innovation, and scientific discovery that improves Americans’ lives and contributes significantly to job creation.”last_img read more

FTII, SRFTI and IIMC to become institutes of national importance

first_imgFilm and Television Institute of India (FTII), Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) and Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) will soon be made institutes of national importance with the power to award degrees, said a newspaper report.The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has suggested the proposal in front of the Union Cabinet that will give greater autonomy to the institutes, said the report.The proposals have been pending for several years now under the UPA regime but sources said the approvals are now likely to come soon.Once approved, the three proposals will require parliamentary sanction. The mentioned three institutes will be in the league of IITs and AIIMS.All the three institutes are reputed organizations in the media education sector but could only grant diplomas. The tag of national importance will increase international collaborations, award degrees, improve infrastructure and funding for research suggested sources.The IIMC will be able to offer MA, M. Phil and PhD. The institute has five regional centres in Aizawl (Mizoram), Amravati (Maharashtra), Dhenkanal (Odisha), Jammu and Kashmir and Kottyam (Kerala).As for FTII and SRFTI, the move would boost film education in the country.last_img read more

Vanessa Brookman Turner Broadcasting System poache

first_imgVanessa BrookmanTurner Broadcasting System poached Viacom International Media Networks’s Vanessa Brookman to become VP, content and creative in the UK and northern Europe.Brookman leaves her post as VP, programming for MTV and UK network 5* to take on the newly-created role.At Time Warner-owned Turner, she will focus on content strategy for the media giant’s bouquet of kids and entertainment channels in the UK, Nordic and Baltic territories, which include Cartoon Network and TNT.Working out of Turner’s EMEA headquarters in London, Brookman will report to senior VP and managing director, UK and northern Europe Ian McDonough.“This follows our recent hire of [UKTV’s] Dan Fahy as senior director of commercial development, and demonstrates our commitment to attracting and retaining the best talent,” he said.“The newly created VP, content and creative role also exemplifies our commitment to acquiring and developing the best content for our channels and I am confident that Vanessa’s great track record and experience will be a critical asset. Our business is poised for future growth.”Before Viacom-owned VIMN, Brookman was head of fiction and children’s at BBC production division BBC Vision.Overall, Turner operates more than 170 channels in around 200 territories.last_img read more

Autonomous vehicles could shape the future of urban tourism

first_img Why driverless vehicles should not be given unchecked access to our cities Provided by University of Surrey More information: Autonomous vehicles and the future of urban tourism. www.academia.edu/37663136/Auto … ure_of_urban_tourism Explore further 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. Credit: CC0 Public Domain In the first study of its kind, published in the Annals of Tourism Research, academics from the University of Surrey and the University of Oxford have examined how Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) may have a substantial impact on the future of urban tourism. When we think of automated vehicles it seems to be a topic that sits firmly in science fiction, from cars with character in The Love Bug (1969) and Knight Rider (1982) to more recent practical representations in Minority Report (2002). However, according to the new research by Professor Scott Cohen (University of Surrey) and Dr. Debbie Hopkins (University of Oxford), AVs may be spotted on our roads as soon 2025 and could lead to far-reaching impacts on urban tourism.The conceptual paper entitled “Autonomous vehicles and the future of urban tourism” imagines the impact of AVs in future urban tourism and focuses on the pros and cons of these impacts with regards to the transformation of urban space, the rise of autonomous taxis, and changes to city sightseeing and hospitality in the urban night.Potential benefits include reduced traffic congestion and emissions, improved foreign car hire processes, reduced parking requirements and cheaper taxi fares. AVs may impact other industries in radical ways too, such as Amsterdam’s Red Light District, which could become operated out of moving AVs, and restaurants and hotels may encounter new competition in the form of AV dining cars and passengers sleeping in their moving vehicles.AVs are also the subject of many concerns. More time spent in cars on longer journeys could facilitate greater urban sprawl and increase car dependency. AVs may reduce demand for train travel, coach tours, public transport and driven taxis—all resulting in future job losses. The potential for terrorism facilitated by AVs also raises genuine security fears.Professor Cohen, Head of Tourism and Transport at Surrey’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, said: “This groundbreaking study will benefit urban planners, policy makers and the tourism and hospitality industries, who will face a range of threats and opportunities as AVs begin to reach the mass market in the coming decade.”The visitor economy will be gradually transformed if AVs become fully automated and mainstream, leading to a future where hordes of small AVs could congest urban attractions, hop-on hop-off city bus tours may go out of business altogether, motorways between cities could fill at night with slow-moving AVs carrying sleeping occupants and commercial sex in moving AVs becomes a growing phenomenon.”The paper calls for future work that provides context-specific analyses that may reveal alternative ways of thinking about AVs for urban tourism. Its release coincides this week with the World Travel Market and European Tourism Day on 7 November and acts as a timely reminder of the rising importance and significance of AVs in tourism to industry and policy makers. Citation: Autonomous vehicles could shape the future of urban tourism (2018, November 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-autonomous-vehicles-future-urban-tourism.htmllast_img read more

James OConnor wanted behavioural clauses in Rugby Australia deal

first_img“I genuinely believe in his sincerity about what he’s trying to achieve. I think it’s good for our sport if he comes back and plays well and is the man he really aspires to be.”The Wallabies team to face South Africa is set to be announced on Wednesday and O’Connor could yet feature.”He’ll certainly come into discussions,” Johnson said. “Whether this is the right time for him, we’ll wait and see.” James O’Connor insisted on including behavioural clauses in his Rugby Australia contract in a bid to prove his new-found maturity. The 29-year-old has rejoined the Reds in Super Rugby, boosting his hopes of an Australia recall for the Rugby World Cup, and linked up with the Wallabies in South Africa for their Rugby Championship opener.center_img O’Connor has been a controversial figure in the past and was released by the Reds in 2015 due to “personal issues”.He was later briefly suspended by Toulon for a drug offence, before signing for Sale Sharks.MORE: Christian Lealiifano, Scott Sio ruled out of Rugby Championship opener against SpringboksHowever, O’Connor has walked away from a lucrative Premiership deal to return to Queensland and, according to Rugby Australia director of rugby Scott Johnson, he has agreed to a contract that will ensure good behaviour.O’Connor last played for the Wallabies in September 2013.”It’s a clean skin from him to say ‘I just want to talk about rugby, if I play up you’ve got the right [to release me] – it’s not going to be an arduous process’,” Johnson said.”We’re not even talking about [the clauses]. He wanted them in. He wanted complete transparency to protect everyone because he was sincere of his wishes.”So it’s really good to have a lad forcing it to say, ‘Just believe me ’cause this is what I’m about’ and I go back to [the fact] that he’s a young bloke coming back who just wants to talk about rugby and be seen as a rugby player and we’re there to support him.”It’s a good statement for players accepting their responsibility for their career so he’s determined this and we’ve supported him on it.”O’Connor said of his decision to return to Australia: “The last time I returned (in 2015) I thought I was ready to repair some of the mistakes I made but also to I guess reach my rugby potential, but yeah, it was too rushed.”I didn’t recognise how much pain I was still in sort of mentally but in saying that I wouldn’t change it because that led me to meet some of the mentors I have in my life now and also the start of my journey of I guess understanding what my true self is and just what a privelege it is to play rugby.”I understand now that rugby is a gift and all I want to do now is use my journey back to inspire possibly other young men out there who are a bit lost in the world like I was.”Johnson added of discussions with O’Connor: “There were a lot of conversations and I needed to understand why he wanted to do this. It certainly wasn’t the money.”We saw the best of him as a young player. We’re hoping the sport allows us to really showcase what we’ve missed the last five or six years.last_img read more

UN lauds SC verdict on homosexuality hopes it will boost efforts to

first_imgjustice and rights Published on COMMENTS September 06, 2018 RELATED Supreme Court strikes down law criminalising homosexuality File Photo of human rights and LGBT activists protesting the Supreme Court ruling upholding Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, in 2013.   –  BusinessLine COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE United Nations India lauded the Supreme Court for striking down a “key component” of IPC’s Section 377 which criminalises “specific sexual acts between adults” and said the judgment will boost efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination against LGBTI persons.It also hoped the ruling will be the first step towards guaranteeing the full range of fundamental rights to LGBTI persons. Sexual orientation and gender expression form an integral part of an individual’s identity the world over, violence, stigma and discrimination based on these attributes constitute an “egregious” violation of human rights, it said.“The United Nations in India welcomes the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of India striking down a key component of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalised specific sexual acts between adults, a law dating back to British colonial rule that has targeted in particular lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals and communities,” it said in a statement. LGBTI persons across the world continue to be the targets of violent attacks and are affected by multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination based on age, gender, ethnicity, disability and social status, the statement added. “The UN in India sincerely hopes that the court’s ruling will be the first step towards guaranteeing the full range of fundamental rights to LGBTI persons. We also hope that the judgment will boost efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination against LGBTI persons in all areas of social, economic, cultural and political activity, thereby ensuring a truly inclusive society. The focus must now be on ensuring access to justice, including remedy; effective investigations of acts of violence and discrimination; and effective access to economic, social and cultural rights,” the organisation said. A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises consensual unnatural sex, saying it violated the rights to equality. The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra termed it irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary. last_img read more

New cabinet ministers to be sworn in at 3 pm Saturday Goa

first_imgNew cabinet ministers to be sworn in at 3 pm Saturday: Goa CM Pramod SawantGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the Bharatiya Janata Party, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday.advertisement Press Trust of India PanajiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 04:58 IST Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm Saturday. (Photo: PTI)Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said late on Friday night that he would reshuffle the cabinet on Saturday replacing four ministers and the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm.Ten Congress MLAs had on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) increasing the strength of the party to 27 on the floor of the House.Pramod Sawant said the three members from a coalition partner, Goa Forward Party, and an Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte would be dropped from the cabinet.Pramod Sawant refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the BJP, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday.Speculations are rife that former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, Philip Nery Rodrigues and Atanasio Monserratte would be inducted in the cabinet along with Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo.Pramod Sawant said the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm Saturday.This would the second cabinet reshuffle by Pramod Sawant since he took over as the chief minister three months ago. In his first cabinet reshuffle, Sawant had inducted MGP’s breakaway MLA Deepak Pauskar after dropping then deputy chief minister Sudin Dhavalikar.Asked why allies are being dropped from the cabinet, the chief minister said the decision has been taken as per directives of the central leadership.”I don’t want to go into details. We have taken this decision to give good governance to the people,” he said.Sawant has the support by three MLAs from the Goa Forward Party and an Independent.Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai had during the day said they are hoping for an amicable solution to the crisis.”The GFP is a part of the NDA and had joined the BJP-led government after talks with the saffron party’s national leadership,” Sardesai said, adding, “The present state BJP leaders were not part of the discussions then. As such, we will take appropriate steps only after talking to NDA leadership at the Centre.””We have not yet received any official communication from the BJP leaders. On the contrary, we have received indications that the matter will be sorted out amicably,” he said.Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs, led by the leader of Opposition, Chandrakant Kavlekar, switched sides and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday.While the 10 MLAs and Lobo returned from Delhi, Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on Friday evening on the issue of mining in Goa, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order.Also Read | Goa CM Pramod Sawant seeks resignation of 3 ministers, independent MLA to induct new facesAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkriti Anand Nextlast_img read more