When England face Croatia in the semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday and the ‘Three Lions’ find will find Serbian support in their corner.Serbia were knocked out of the group stage by Switzerland and many Serbs have taken to social media to pledge support for England.The bloody history between Serbia and Croatia dates back to 1991 when more than 20,000 Serbians were killed in the war Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia. The war ended in 1995 but even though the relations between the two countries has improved, the tensions remain.”England have no choice but to win. Serbia is with them and once they reach the Final, they got to win. Everything just feels so right. I cannot wait,” Daniel Kostic posted on Twitter.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”I’ll never cheer on a team more than that game,” he added.”With Serbia out of the World Cup, my adopted country has my support. Sorry Croatia, love you too but England is my home,” Deanna Duda, a Serbian living in England, tweeted.Tennis star Novak Djokovic, who is Serbian, came under considerable fire for supporting Croatia in the ongoing World Cup.Also read – Croatia coach feels World Cup 2018 team will go down as ‘golden generation’Novak Djokovic posted a photo on his official Facebook page of him flanked by Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic.”Happy to meet nice guys and great football players from Croatia National Football Team,” he posted. “I am backing Croatia… I know who I would like to lift the trophy,” he was even quoted by the Serbian media as saying.advertisementThere was immediate backlash with people in the Serbian government.”Only idiots can support Croatia. Aren’t you ashamed Novak?,” tweeted Vladimir Djukanovic of President Aleksandar Vucic’s ruling Serbian Progressive Party.”Djokovic is a national hero and I thank him – but support Croatia, how can he not be ashamed?Also read – Why English fans hearing ‘Football’s Coming Home’ relieves Gareth Southgate”So many Serbs… backed him and yet he supports the country who drove them out,” he added.Djokovic later defended his comments, saying that he believes sport is a “universal language” which erases boundaries between people of different religions, races and nationalities.
Oppo has quietly launched the Oppo A9 smartphone in India. The affordable mid-range smartphone comes a day ahead of the launch of Oppo K3 as the company looks to expand its portfolio in the country. The Oppo A9 highlights a large waterdrop display and 4,020mAh battery along with a Helio P70 chipset, among other things.The Oppo A9 has been priced at Rs 15,490 in India and it comes in a single variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Oppo A9 will be available via both online and offline stores starting July 20, 2019, in Marble Green and Fluorite Purple gradient colours.Oppo A9 specificationsThe Oppo A9 borrows certain design elements from the Oppo F11 and Oppo Reno series. The 3D glasstic rear panel comes in familiar gradient colours seen previously on the Oppo F11 and Reno phones. Up front, the smartphone sports a 6.53-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) LCD waterdrop display with a screen ratio of 90/7 per cent and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.Powering the Oppo A9 is a MediaTek Helio P70 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It is the same processor that also powers the Realme 3. The Oppo A9 comes with a slim profile at 8.3mm in thickness and weighs around 190 grams. The smartphone houses a 4,020mAh battery and runs on ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie.The Oppo A9 sports a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 16-megapixel f/1.8 sensor and 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, the smartphone gets a 16-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera. The Oppo A9 supports Ultra Night Mode 2.0 for bright and clear low-light photography, Panorama and HDR.advertisement”OPPO has always developed technology keeping consumers at the core of our innovation strategy. As a brand, OPPO places utmost importance to technology but we understand that for our Indian consumers, price is a big consideration. Therefore, with the OPPO A9, our aim is to offer consumers an exceptional experience at an affordable price. OPPO A9 is a crown addition to our A series, the success of which showcases our efforts in delivering technologically superior smartphones at competitive price points. We hope to continue the growth momentum with the launch of OPPO A9 in this price segment,” said Charles Wong, CEO, Oppo India.ALSO READ | Oppo K3 launching in India on July 19, will go on sale on Amazon
World Cup UEFA World Cup play-offs: Fixtures, dates, draw & everything you need to know Oli Platt Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup WC Qualification Europe Croatia Sweden Switzerland Republic of Ireland Northern Ireland Slovakia Denmark Italy Greece Portugal The likes of the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Italy are looking to qualify for next summer’s finals in Russia through a one-off, do-or-die tie The final UEFA participants in the World Cup were decided during the November international window, with four keenly contested ties taking place.Denmark defeated the Republic of Ireland in emphatic fashion on Tuesday to join the likes of Switzerland, Croatia and Sweden among the 32 finalists heading to Russia in 2018.Remarkably, the play-offs sequence saw the elimination of four-time World Cup winners Italy, who miss out on the tournament for the first time in 60 years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goal has your complete guide to UEFA’s upcoming final qualification fixtures.PLAY-OFFS FIXTURES & RESULTS Team Agg. Team Leg 1 Leg 2 Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland 0-1 0-0 Croatia 4-1 Greece 4-1 0-0 Denmark 5-1 Republic of Ireland 0-0 1-5 Sweden 1-0 Italy 1-0 0-0 The draw for the European play-offs took place on October 17.It was a seeded draw, with Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark and Italy placed in one pot based on their position in the FIFA world rankings and Northern Ireland, Greece, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden going in the other.Northern Ireland, Croatia, Denmark and Sweden played at home first, with games taking place between November 9 and November 14.The specific dates and results, including links to reports, can be seen in the table above.WHAT ARE THE SECOND-PLACE PLAY-OFFS?The second-place play-offs – known officially as UEFA’s second round of World Cup qualifying – are used to allocate the last four of Europe’s 13 places at the finals.Nine European teams qualify directly as the winners of their first-round qualification groups.The runners up in those groups are then ranked by points and, if needed, a number of tiebreakers, with their results against the last-placed team in their group discarded.This was due to the fact that two groups were originally going to have only five teams instead of six. In the end, Kosovo and Gibraltar joined UEFA to round out the groups, but the rules were not changed.The top-eight runners up qualify for the play-offs – with the ninth missing out – where they are drawn against another team and will play home and away over two legs for a place at the World Cup finals.This year’s draw was seeded, with the teams split into two pots according to their position in FIFA’s world rankings.This year, UEFA will also have a 14th team at the finals because Russia have already qualified as hosts.WHEN ARE THE PLAY-OFFS?The play-offs took place during the November 2017 international window.The first legs were played between November 9 and 11 and the second legs will be played between November 12 and 14.HOW CAN I WATCH THE PLAY-OFFS?In the UK, all of the play-off matches were broadcast on Sky Sports Football and could be streamed via Sky Go.In the US, the Republic of Ireland-Denmark and Italy-Sweden ties were broadcast on FS1 and FS2 and available to streamed via Fox Sports Go.THE SECOND-PLACE RANKINGS Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Switzerland 8 7 0 1 18 6 +12 21 2 Italy 8 5 2 1 12 8 +4 17 3 Denmark 8 4 2 2 13 6 +7 14 4 Croatia 8 4 2 2 8 4 +4 14 5 Sweden 8 4 1 3 18 9 +9 13 6 Northern Ireland 8 4 1 3 10 6 +4 13 7 Greece 8 3 4 1 9 5 +4 13 8 Republic of Ireland 8 3 4 1 7 5 +2 13 9 Slovakia (E) 8 4 0 4 11 6 +5 12 Above is the final ranking of second-placed teams from the first round.Slovakia finished as the worst runners-up, and were therefore eliminated. The other eight teams enter the play-offs.As mentioned, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Croatia are the seeded teams based on the latest (October 16) FIFA world rankings.That means those four teams went into one pot to be drawn against Sweden, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Greece.
zoom In light of a thriving tanker market, Oslo-listed Tanker Investments Ltd. has reported strong yearly results as its net income increased to USD 75.8 million in 2015, compared to a net loss of USD 3.1 million experienced a year earlier.TIL also said that its net revenues increased to USD 198.5 million in 2015 from USD 59.2 million in 2014, primarily due to an increased number of vessels and higher average time charter equivalent (TCE) rates in 2015.“The tanker market in 2015 was the strongest since 2008. The main catalyst for the strong freight market was continued high levels of global oil production,” TIL said.“Oil prices also fell to the lowest average price in 11 years in 2015, which was positive for the tanker market as it led to higher refinery throughput to take advantage of strong refining margins, increased commercial and strategic stockpiling of oil, and lower bunker fuel costs for ship owners. Finally, tanker fleet growth remained low with just 2 percent growth in the crude tanker fleet.”Looking ahead, the company said that 2016 will be a strong year for crude tanker rates driven by high levels of global oil supply, rising oil demand, low oil prices, changing trade routes, and a manageable level of fleet growth.TIL’s quarterly net income increased to USD 28.5 millionThe company said that its fourth quarter of 2015 was particularly strong, led by the large crude tanker sectors. TIL’s net income stood at USD 28.5 million, compared to a net income of USD 11.6 million in the third quarter of 2015, while the net revenues increased to USD 67.2 million from USD 46.4 million in the previous quarter.The increase was attributed mainly to a full quarter of revenue relating to the six new Suezmax vessels delivered during the third quarter and higher TCE rates earned by the larger vessels.“The fourth quarter of 2015 was a record for Tanker Investments as our 100 percent spot traded fleet benefitted from the strong tanker market fundamentals,” commented William Hung, Tanker Investments Chief Executive Officer. “In addition, we were able to return significant capital to long-term shareholders in the form of share repurchases and with the recent sale of our two VLCCs and subsequent announcement of a new USD 60 million repurchase plan, we intend to continue adding shareholder value by repurchasing our stock below net asset value.”“Tanker rates have remained firm into the first quarter which will allow the company to continue delevering its balance sheet while distributing excess capital to shareholders via share repurchases or dividends,” he added.
Nova Scotians interested in researching the history of their homes and properties now have a new Internet resource on their side. The Built Heritage Resource Guide, created by Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, will help Nova Scotians explore the history behind the province’s older homes and buildings. From the French Colonial to the Tudor Revival, this online resource showcases four centuries of Nova Scotia’s architectural heritage. The guide introduces Internet visitors to the standard archival resources used in tracing the history of older homes, buildings and properties. Hundreds of digitized photographs and maps explore building materials, architectural styles and demonstrate how homes and communities are shaped by the passage of time, disaster, or the renovation of older buildings for reuse. “Nova Scotia is a province that is moving forward while remaining committed to its rich heritage,” said provincial archivist Brian Speirs. “Nova Scotians have invested heavily in their historical architectural heritage, whether it’s a community church, a family home, or a long-standing business. These structures reflect our past, and through the Built Heritage Resource Guide, may reveal new chapters in the stories of our forbears.” The guide was created with a variety of researchers in mind. Students will find easy-to-access information and photographs. Community historians will discover new resources for local history, archeology, or genealogy. Developers and architects will draw on the guide for land development and reuse of existing structures. The Built Heritage Resource Guide is available on the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/builtheritage/. The guide also links to related websites such as the Nova Scotia Historic Places Initiative at www.nshistoricplaces.ca . This site includes the Nova Scotia Register of Historic Places, celebrating almost 800 designated locations throughout the province and providing useful information about maintaining heritage properties. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.
Bob Saget will host Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine, the Scleroderma Research Foundation’s (SRF) signature event on Monday, October 22 at Carolines on Broadway.Saget, an SRF Board Member who lost his sister to scleroderma, will be joined in the fundraising effort by comedians Seth Herzog (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live), John Oliver (The Daily Show) and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.Presented by Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine benefits the SRF, America’s leading nonprofit investor in research to find improved therapies and a cure for people living with scleroderma, a disease of the connective tissues that literally means “hard skin,” but often affects the internal organs with life-threatening consequences.Symptoms and severity of scleroderma vary greatly and the course of the disease is often unpredictable. Women between the ages of 20 and 50 represent 80% of patients; however, children and men of all ages are also affected.The “Hot Cuisine” will be provided by Bravo Top Chef Masters and restaurateurs Susan Feniger (an SRF Board Member) and Mary Sue Milliken (Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales) featuring dishes from Feniger’s acclaimed restaurant, STREET.“It’s inspiring what can happen when passionate people work together,” says Saget. “As a result of this night, researchers on the front lines for patients are changing lives.”Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine events held in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have raised considerable awareness for scleroderma and enabled the SRF to press forward with research aimed at helping patients live longer, fuller lives. Founded by patient Sharon Monsky in 1987, the SRF has raised more than $31,000,000 to fund research at Dartmouth, Stanford, University of California San Francisco and other universities as well as America’s foremost scleroderma center at Johns Hopkins.“The Foundation’s collaborative approach is enabling scientists from leading institutions across the nation and abroad to work together and develop an understanding of how scleroderma begins, progresses and what can be done to slow, halt or reverse the disease process,” explains Luke Evnin, Ph.D., SRF Board Chair and Managing Partner of MPM Capital, one of the world’s largest investors in life sciences.Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine will include a live auction featuring the opportunity to be part of two of fashion’s premier events, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Dining packages include a dinner for eight at the legendary Rao’s and an in-home dinner prepared by Top Chef Master Jonathan Waxman. Travel packages, including trips to Park City Utah and a celebrity chef Las Vegas/Los Angeles internship, are accompanied by first-class airfare provided by event sponsor Delta Private Jets.This event is sold out. All contributions benefit the Scleroderma Research Foundation. For more information, call (800) 441-CURE or visit www.sclerodermaRESEARCH.org.Source:PR Newswire
Stocks recover from an early swoon, end little changed; S&P has first weekly loss this month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 26, 2013 4:14 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market recovered from an early swoon and is ending the day pretty much where it started.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index edged up a point, or 0.08 per cent, to 1,691 Friday. The index had its first weekly loss in a month.The Dow Jones industrial average came back from a 150-point loss and ended up three points, just 0.02 per cent, at 15,558.The Nasdaq composite rose eight points, 0.2 per cent, to 3,613.Expedia plunged 27 per cent to $47.20 after the online travel agency reported that its profit fell by a third as costs increased.Starbucks rose 8 per cent to $73.36 after beating Wall Street’s profit estimates.More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was very light at 2.7 billion shares.
LAS VEGAS – Apparently, prison is not so comfortable for Floyd Mayweather Jr. Go figure.His lawyers are claiming that the undefeated champion boxer may never fight again if he’s not released from jail he entered earlier this month.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Mayweather’s lawyers filed an emergency motion Monday asking that he serve the remainder of his three-month jail sentence in house arrest.Lawyer Richard Wright says Mayweather’s health is deteriorating by being confined to his cell 23 hours a day and restricted from working out. Jailers are keeping him from the general inmate population because of his celebrity status.The motion says the boxer’s doctor believes the conditions could do irreversible damage to Mayweather’s physique.Bill Cassell, a spokesman for Vegas police department that oversees the jail, confirmed the boxer is in administrative segreation, confined to his cell all but one hour a day. The 60 minutes a day he gets is by himself is in a recreation area that does not include training facilities, such as weights.“He’s in adminstrative segreation for his safety and the safety of the other prisoners,” Cassell said. “Whether that changes is up to the judge today.”
Coffey International has entered into a preliminary strategic partnership with the UK’s Virtalis, one of the world’s leading Virtual Reality (VR) companies. Virtalis will be showcasing its GeoVisionary software, the 3D landscape visualising software that it developed jointly with the British Geological Survey, at Coffey’s booth during the EXPOSIBRAM 2009 conference and exhibition in Brazil in November.Coffey General Manager of Operations in South America, Craig McCloskey, said both businesses have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to embed new VR technologies in the mining industry. “We are pleased to leverage Coffey Mining’s specialist knowledge in the minerals industry and Coffey Information’s expertise in spatial information technology to deliver extraordinary outcomes to clients, supported by Virtalis’ VR solutions. Spatial data management is an important tool in providing planning, design, training and maintenance solutions to the mining industry, as well as in many other sectors. Virtalis’ GeoVisionary software coupled with the company’s systems expertise, presents an excellent opportunity to expand Coffey’s ability to provide high quality spatial data management solutions in 2D, 3D and 4D visualisations.”According to David Cockburn-Price, Virtalis’ Managing Director; “GeoVisionary enables the real-time visualisation of high detail GIS source data, and allows other data, such as geoscience, geotechnical, environmental, sub-surface, geochemical and other specialised information to be overlaid onto it, giving a complete picture. The depth of knowledge that Coffey has in Brazil should prove invaluable to us in our quest to bring GeoVisionary to a wider audience on the global stage. Coffey’s extensive industry knowledge and expertise in a variety of sectors and its ability to identify practical applications using our VR technology to improve the efficiency and design of new and existing operations will enable Coffey’s clients to benefit from the value-add that GeoVisionary brings almost immediately.”
What it claims is the world’s first 360 degree surround view camera system, for industrial vehicles will be launched in the UK by Spillard Safety Systems, and TDL Equipment at Hillhead 2012. An ASL Electronics & Vision product, ASL360, already successfully proven in the high end passenger car market, this highly sophisticated system is now being made available to the mining – giving operators a real-time bird’s eye view of their entire vehicle and its surroundings. A key advantage of “Optronics 360” over less advanced alternatives is that instead of the view being limited to a short fixed distance from the machine, it can be programmed from horizon to horizon as well as forward and rear. By covering a much wider area this makes it the most effective system on the market for reducing blind spots and improving all round visibility. “We don’t believe in any compromise or settling for second best where lives and safety are at stake,” said Pete Spillard, MD. “We’ve long been champions of improving visibility with our ALL ROUND VISIONTM and OPTRONICS® brands. We now see this new system taking visibility up to the next level – literally.”The 360° surround view system uses multiple ultra-wide angle cameras mounted in strategic locations around the vehicle to synthesise a quadrashperic bird’s eye image of the vehicle. Optronics 360 then displays, a real time (30 frames per second) view on the operator’s screen a composite view that looks just as if it’s been taken from above the vehicle, using a single camera with no jump between viewed frames.Spillard engineers, trained in the new system,will program the high performance electronic control unit (ECU) to suit the exact needs of the individual vehicle and its operating environment. They will also install the cameras in the correct key positions and fit the screen in an optimal position in line with the mirrors. The system can be easily combined with existing cameras, as well as with convex mirrors that also naturally enhance visibility. A free visibility study from Spillard can be a good way of starting the process of analysing and then enhancing the visibility of an individual machine or vehicle. Visitors to the International Quarrying & Recycling Show at Hillhead (19-21 June) will be able to see live demonstrations of Optronics 360 live on stand B29 and also on the Terex TR100 Rigid Dump Truck.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The rules allowing the owners of illegally built homes to “put in order” the paperwork for their properties are set to be relaxed as the government is concerned about the slowdown in the number of people taking part in the process. Kathimerini understands that as part of an effort to encourage the property owners to come forward and pay the penalties that protect their homes from further fines and demolition for 40 years, the government is set to allow the homes to be used in legal transactions, such as transfer of ownership, if just 30 percent of the penalty has been paid by the end of January. The original law, passed in 2011, did not allow legal transactions until the penalty had been paid in full. If passed, the government’s proposal will be the 11th amendment to the original law. Source: Kathimerini
Over 40 young Cypriots from across the world met in Nicosia from 25 to 27 August, for the 7th General Conference of the NEPOMAK – World Organisation for Young Overseas Cypriots.This year’s conference marked 12 years of continuous service by NEPOMAK to young people across the diaspora, since it was founded in 2002. At the conference, delegates held workshops to discuss the improvement of existing NEPOMAK programmes, the establishment of new programmes, the latest developments on the Cyprus issue and they also developed a network of friends from across the globe.They discussed how to enrich NEPOMAK’s programmes designed to promote Cypriot history, heritage and the Greek language in the Diaspora including, NEPOMAK’s Discover Cyprus Programme. Plans were also made to take forward NEPOMAK Professionals – launched after the conference four years ago, it has gone onto become the largest online network of overseas Cypriot professionals. In partnership with CYTA and Cypriot start-ups, developing of a mobile application was discussed to act as platform to bring the diaspora closer to Cyprus and enable the youth of the diaspora to network.The introduction of two full-fees scholarships for young Cypriots was announced during the three days event – one scholarship at the University of Cyprus for an MBA and the other scholarship will be at the Open University of Cyprus in any discipline. After eight years as president, Christos Karaolis stepped down and expressed “a personal thank you to all the 150 young Cypriot volunteers who form NEPOMAK’s regional, national and global committees”. Antonia Savvides of United Kingdom was elected as a new president. “Today 15,000 young people around the world make NEPOMAK and our activities a part of their daily lives. We will continue to expand our network by providing the new generation with the opportunities to engage with our roots, to learn about our history and to express their passion for our homeland.”A new Executive Council was elected for the period 2014 to 2016. Australian NEPOMAK president Demetri Nicolaou was elected as one of the vice presidents, Abraam Gregoriou as a treasurer and Kosta Socratous as an organising secretary. For more information visit www.nepomak.org or www.facebook.com/nepomak.aus.nz Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Poissons volants : leur aérodynamisme testé en soufflerieCorée – Deux chercheurs coréens ont publié récemment dans le Journal of Experimental Biology les résultats de leur étude sur le vol plané des poissons volants, réalisée… en soufflerie, comme pour les prototypes d’avions !Comment font les poissons volants pour planer plus de 40 secondes à 70 km/h, sur une distance de près de 400 mètres ? C’est pour répondre à cette question que Haecheon Choi et Hyungmin Park, ingénieurs en mécanique à l’université nationale de Séoul (Corée du sud), ont capturé quarante de ces animaux. Ils en ont retenu cinq, de même taille, qu’ils ont “testés” en soufflerie après les avoir fait naturaliser dans deux positions possibles : nageoires (ou “ailes”) étendues, ou bien ramenées le long du corps.À lire aussiDes serpents capables de volerMunis de capteurs de force fixés à leurs ailes et à leur corps, les poissons disposés avec des angles de 15 à 45 degrés par rapport à l’horizontale ont été soumis à l’effet d’une soufflerie simulant des vols planés. En mesurant le ratio entre distance parcourue et baisse progressive d’altitude, les chercheurs ont établi que les poissons volants étaient de meilleurs planeurs que les insectes, avec des performances approchant celles des pétrels ou des canards.Aérodynamisme et hydrodynamismeEn injectant de la fumée dans la soufflerie, les ingénieurs ont pu visualiser l’accélération du flux d’air le long du corps des poissons, accélération induite d’après eux par la différence de taille entre les grandes nageoires pectorales et les petites nageoires pelviennes. La position horizontale à proximité du sol augmente les performances, ce qui explique les vols rasants parallèles à la surface généralement observés en mer. Très stables en phase de vol grâce à leurs ailes écartées, ils deviennent instables avec celles-ci ramenées en position de nage – net avantage pour manœuvrer rapidement sous l’eau. Une belle adaptation aux deux milieux où ces animaux évoluent. Le 19 septembre 2010 à 09:53 • Emmanuel Perrin
The next four titles in the Doctor Who Meets The World of Hargreaves book series are available now to pre-order.Add the upcoming Dr. Second, Dr. Seventh, Dr. Eighth, and Dr. Ninth to your collection starting Aug. 29.Written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves—son of Mr. Men and Little Miss creator Roger Hargreaves—the collection combines Doctor Who‘s penchant for storytelling with the humor and design made famous by Hargreaves Senior.Twelve titles will eventually be released: One for each Doctor. (There is no word on whether a 13th will be added to the lineup in honor of Jodie Whittaker). The first four books—Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh, and Dr. Twelfth—hit shelves in April, coinciding with the show’s season 10 premiere.The short tales—32 pages each—are aimed at three-to-seven-year-olds. But no one will judge you for sneaking into your kids’ room for a quick visit with the Doctor.Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston get the Hargreaves treatment (via Penguin Random House)The BBC recently shared a sneak peek at Dr. Ninth, in which the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) face off against cartoon Autons.Reminiscent of the show’s 2005 premiere episode “Rose,” Hargreaves’ story introduces Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) as a blocky Time Agent.Take a closer look at a few pages from the book, courtesy of the Beeb:via BBCvia BBCvia BBCvia BBCEvery story weaves a different narrative: Cranky Dr. First stumbles upon Cybermen, Dr. Fourth and Sarah Jane Smith have a run-in with Daleks, Dr. Eleventh and River Song go on a daring adventure, and Dr. Twelfth battles his long-time frenemy, Miss the Master.Puffin Books publishes the stories in Britain, while Penguin Young Readers serves as the US master publisher.The first four paperbacks are on sale from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s Target, and Walmart; or buy them directly from the Penguin Random House website.The First, Second, Eleventh, and Twelfth Dr. Men figurines are reportedly launching soon. Plus, stocking stuffers Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise! and The Doctors: Time and Space Collection will be available Oct. 17.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target
Here’s the Story Behind the World’s First Major Internet AttackResearchers Discover Two More Cases of Facebook Data Exposure Firmware updates are a part of current everyday technological life. Every so often you just expect to update your computer, game console, watch, phone, connected coffee maker, or whatever else to add neat new features and patch up performance or security. But what if, and imagine we’re saying this in the most hacky sci-fi author voice imaginable, you had to update the firmware of your own body? Nearly half a million pacemaker users experienced just that after a mass recall of vulnerable medical devices.The Food and Drug Administration recently recalled 465,000 Abbott pacemakers due to concerns over potential cyber (heart) attacks, according to NBC. The affected state-of-the-art pacemakers include the Accent, Anthem, Accent MRI, Accent ST, Assurity, and Allure. If malicious hackers were able to worm their way into the pacemakers through wireless network communication they could do anything from draining the batteries to modifying the speed, threatening the life of the patient who relies on the tiny modern marvel implanted inside them to regulate their heart. Thankfully no such attacks have been reported yet by the FDA but why risk it? It’s like a bad Watch_Dogs mission. The Internet of Medical Things.Fortunately, there’s a pretty quick and easy fix. Patients simply need to visit their doctor and update their pacemaker’s firmware. The process takes three minutes, doesn’t require surgery, doesn’t pause the pacemaker’s crucial lifesaving functions while updating, and leaves the device safe from cybersecurity breaches (for the time being).Technology is great, and we shouldn’t hold back on the ways tech can help people medically. Let’s eat disease-fighting, stomach acid-powered nanobots and strap on all the 3D-printed cyborg limbs faster than you can say “mechanical apartheid.” But naturally new tech also presents new problems, and the stakes are higher when it’s tech we depend on to keep on living. So we just have to be aware of that. Someone tell Trump.If you or anybody you know uses a potentially vulnerable Abbott pacemaker be sure to get that hot new heart firmware update as soon as possible. More details can be found in Abbott’s statement. Put the firmware update in my chest, now!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
A Multnomah County, Ore., grand jury handed down a nine-count indictment against a former Vancouver man who is accused of attempting to kill a woman during a home-invasion last month in Corbett, Ore., Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced Thursday.Pavel Y. Mikhay, 26, is set to appear Friday before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Angel Lopez to be arraigned on the indictment: one count of attempted murder, four counts of first-degree burglary, and one count each of first-degree assault, strangulation, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing.An indictment is only an accusation of a crime; all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.The indictment, filed Thursday, alleges Mikhay unlawfully entered and remained in a residence Sept. 25 near the intersection of East Historic Columbia River Highway and Southeast Hurlburt Road in Corbett.According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim said she woke up to find Mikhay, whom she did not know, standing over her in her bedroom. A struggle ensued, during which Mikhay grabbed the victim’s neck and face and tried to smother her with a pillow.The indictment also alleges that during the break-in, Mikhay used a knife to assault the victim and attempted to kill her.Mikhay fled the residence and was captured by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 26 in the 2900 block of Thousand Acres Road in east Multnomah County.
The northbound lanes of the Interstate Bridge were temporarily closed for “emergency sign repair,” according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.The closure was announced around 3:40 p.m., and the repairs were complete around 4 p.m., according to ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton. Northbound traffic was still backed up for miles around that time, and ODOT said drivers should expect delays.“Earlier in the day, a northbound truck,” one that was too tall, Hamilton added, “knocked down a sign at the point where the traffic has to stop for a bridge closure.”The signs are like traffic lights, and about 16 feet tall. Hamilton said vehicles under 14 feet tall don’t need a permit to cross the bridge, so it appears the vehicle was driving without one, as it would have been sent on a different route if it had.Workers checked it out and got it working again, Hamilton said, adding there’s no other damage to the crossing signal mechanism or crossing guards.
Vancouver pit bull supporters are staging another event in the wake of talk by the Vancouver City Council on banning the breed.A pit bull walk will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot next to Who Song & Larry’s restaurant at 111 East Columbia River Way, organizer Cash Frackiewicz said Monday.He said he expects more than 200 people. More than 400 people showed up to a protest in East Vancouver on Wednesday.A citizen proposed the ban to the city council following an unprovoked attack by three unspayed female pit bulls on a 9-year-old boy in late May.The city council will discuss the ban, along with options for harsher rules and penalties on vicious dogs of all breeds, in August.
Leeds-based recruitment and executive search organisation Charlton Morris introduced an unlimited leave policy for its senior consultants in January 2017 as part of a wider strategy to attract and retain talent.Unlimited leave is available to consultants who have been with the business for two years or more, which currently accounts for 14 of the organisation’s 41 employees. Andy Shatwell, managing director at Charlton Morris, said: “We trust our employees, we reward our employees where we see fit, and this is very much the next step for us.”Unlimited holiday can demonstrate that an employer trusts its employees to take responsibility over holiday decisions, empowering staff to select time off that is right for them and that encourages a healthy work-life balance. “The responsibility that it gives [staff] is really motivating,” said Shatwell.Other employers that offer unlimited paid leave for staff include Virgin Management, Visualsoft and LinkedIn US.However, removing the framework around leave needs to be carefully managed if the policy is to succeed, said Samantha Gee, director at Verditer Consulting.One potential issue is ensuring that employees are not afraid to utilise the freedom provided and that they continue to take an adequate amount of time off. Senior leaders have a key role to play a key here, explained Shatwell. This involves providing staff with an overview of what would be considered acceptable and encouraging employees to make the most of the policy.Unlimited leave will not be appropriate for all organisations and sectors, for example, in industries where employees work shifts or have to be physically present such as in retail and caring roles.Offering the policy to certain groups of employees rather than organisation-wide could also pose a challenge. “It can really help to give unlimited holiday to [the] senior team but the problem then arises that [there is] a different approach for the senior team to other employees and that can have its own problems: ones of equity and parity,” said Gee.Whether or not an unlimited leave policy works for an organisation can largely depend on its culture. At Charlton Morris, the two years’ service eligibility criteria is designed to boost retention and provide new starters with time to settle into their roles and build up their client base. “It’s something for our employees to work towards. [They have] got that insight that there is a motivation to stay with the [organisation], that there are bigger benefits on the horizon,” said Shatwell.While unlimited leave can serve as a key differentiator for some organisations, alternative forms of flexible working may be more relevant and effective for others. “I think what organisations should is have a very personal approach to flexible working, where how and when [employees] take holiday is something that [they] can agree,” said Gee.