Instagram starts allowing users to flag misinformation

first_imgSan Francisco: Expanding its fact-checking programme, Facebook has started allowing Instagram users to flag false content on the photo-and video-sharing platform. “I’m proud that, starting today, people can let us know if they see posts on Instagram they believe may be false. There’s still more to do to stop the spread of misinformation, more to come,” Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, said in a tweet on Thursday. According to a report in Poynter.org, while the roll out of the feature has started in the US, it should be available for all international users in about two weeks. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Fact checkers will review the posts once users flag content as false. But even if fact checkers flag those content as false, the posts would not be deleted from the platform, said the report. Such posts will be downplayed on “explore” and “hashtag” pages, Stephanie Otway, an Instagram spokesperson, was quoted as saying. To flag false misinformation, users will have to click the three-dot menu at the upper right corner of an Instagram post, and then select “it’s inappropriate” and “false information.” Instagram will use those flags to get a better understanding of misinformation on the platform and to train its Artificial Intelligence to detect false content, Engadget reported.last_img read more

Fort St Johns former top cop coming out of retirement on Vancouver

first_imgThe detachment’s current OIC announced that they were resigning several weeks ago.The news comes less than two months after Insp. Kurvers announced that he was retiring after 28 years with the RCMP.He most recently served as the Fort St. John RCMP’s officer in charge for the past four years.Cst. Terragni said that at this point, it’s not known when Insp. Kurvers will be taking over at the Comox Valley detachment, or what caused him to postpone his retirement plans.With files from 98.9 The Goat: https://www.mycomoxvalleynow.com/39043/former-fort-st-john-inspector-to-head-up-comox-valley-rcmp/ COMOX, B.C. – The former officer in charge of the Fort St. John RCMP detachment has apparently decided that he isn’t quite yet ready to retire, and has taken a position at the helm of another RCMP detachment on the South Coast.As first reported by 98.9 The Goat in Courtenay, Inspector Mike Kurvers will be taking over as the Comox Valley RCMP detachment’s officer-in-charge.Comox Valley RCMP detachment spokesperson Cst. Monika Terragni said that the detachment first learned that Kurvers would be stepping into the role yesterday.last_img read more

US stock market slips in early trading following best day in 5

NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower a day after the market notched its best performance in five weeks.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 83 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 17,812 as of 9:33 am. Eastern time Friday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell seven points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,058. The Nasdaq composite fell 11 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 4,882.All 10 industry groups in the S&P 500 index fell. Stocks of utility companies declined the most.Bonds barely moved. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note stood at 2.12 per cent, the same as late Thursday. US stock market slips in early trading following best day in 5 weeks by The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2015 7:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Rumor Motorola may cancel the Droid Bionic

first_imgAt CES in January, Motorola made a point to show off three new devices: the Motorola Atrix for AT&T, the Motorola Xoom tablet running Honeycomb, and the Motorola Droid Bionic: a 4G LTE smartphone destined for Verizon Wireless. The Droid Bionic has appeared on a number of leaked release slates, even though Motorola and Verizon have both declined to say when the phone will be released. Now rumors are popping up that due to issues in testing, the phone may be scrapped altogether.The rumors started over at Howard Forums, and then wound up over at sites like Droid Life and Pocket Now, but for its part Motorola and Verizon Wireless are keeping tight-lipped about them. Some people point out that the Droid Bionic is entirely too late in its development and testing cycle to signal a cancellation. A delay may be possible, but not an outright retreat from the market.AdChoices广告Others point to a litany of rumored issues with battery life, and the fact that Motorola may be releasing a new version of MotoBlur with the Droid Bionic as all signals that all’s not well with the device. It’s also possible that Motorola may be refocusing its efforts on a new handset codenamed Droid Targa, which reportedly looks more like the Droid X with rounded edges and a smoother case design.Still, the Bionic would be Verizon Wireless’ second LTE device (after the HTC Thunderbolt,) and its first dual-core LTE phone. Even though the hardware is very similar to the already-released Motorola Atrix on AT&T, Motorola is still doing a lot of things for the first time with the Bionic, the least of which is putting in an LTE radio.It’s important to point out that all of this is rumor at the moment, and Motorola isn’t about to acknowledge any design or testing difficulty they have or haven’t had with the Droid Bionic by responding to them. Until they or Verizon Wireless pipe up with a release date for the Bionic, the speculation is likely to continue.Read more at Droid Life and Howard Forumslast_img read more

New WWII memorials unveiled at Pylos and Methone

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The sun shone on Pylos and Methone on 6 May as the crowd assembled for the historic unveiling of two WWII commemorative memorials. These commemorate two POW tragedies that affected the shores of the beautiful Messinian towns in the dark days of WWII. Over 800 Allied soldiers were killed when the Italian transport ships Sebastiano Veniero-Jason and Nino Bixio were torpedoed off the coast. Over 3,000 Allied prisoners survived the tragedies as the damaged ships were brought to shore, where they were helped by the local Greek population.The Sebastiano Veniero-Jason and Nino Bixio TragediesIn the early afternoon of 9 December 1941, an Italian troopship was sailing in heavy seas and a bitterly cold wind off the coast of Methone. She was the Sebastiano Veniero, a renamed Dutch transport ship formerly known as the Jantzen or Jason.She had begun her journey in Benghazi and was carrying 2,100 Allied prisoners of war who had been captured in North Africa. The troops came from Britain, South Africa, and New Zealand. Along with the POWs were a number of Italian troops.At precisely 2.35 pm a torpedo struck the hull of the ship. She was rocked by the explosion and lifted out of the water. Hatch covers and huge timbers were hurled into the air only to fall back into the holds of the ship, crushing the survivors who had been scrambling to get out as water rushed in. Some 500 or more prisoners in the hold of the ship were killed.Eight months later, in August 1942, the coastline witnessed another tragedy: the Nino Bixio. Bill Rudd was on this transport. Bill had been a young soldier with the Australian Engineers who had been captured during the Battle of El Alamein. Crammed aboard the Italian troopship with 2,000 other Allied POWs, Bill expected to be landed at Bari in Italy after the voyage across the Mediterranean.The prisoners came from many of the nations that had joined to oppose the Axis aggression in WWII, along with 200 other Australians, Bill was travelling with New Zealand, British, South African, and Free French Forces troops. The ship was also transporting Italian troops and war material.Unbeknown to Bill and the other prisoners onboard, British Royal Navy submarine HMS Turbulent was sailing the same waters on the western coast of Greece – dropping off supplies and Allied agents to support the Greek resistance and transporting andartes and Allied agents to Egypt. And so it was that at 4.33 pm on 17 August 1942, 12 nautical miles off the coast of Pylos, the Nino Bixio was rocked by the explosion of a torpedo from the Turbulent. Bill remembers a sudden thud as the torpedo burst into the hold.In the ensuing tragedy over 300 Allied prisoners were killed, many as they jumped into the sea seeking safety. One who died in this vain effort was a Scottish-born Australian soldier, Private James Paterson of the 2/28th Battalion. He would die of exhaustion after days adrift in the Mediterranean on a piece of wreckage. The body of another Allied soldier, a victim of the Sebastiano Veniero tragedy, was found on the shore near Romanos (north of Pylos) and buried in the local civil cemetery.Despite their damage, both vessels were brought to shore – the Sebastiano Veniero-Jason was beached on the rocks at Methone, and the Nino Bixio sailed into Pylos harbour. Records show that the survivors of both tragedies were assisted by locals providing food and clothing to the survivors.Survivors of the Nino Bixio, Bill Rudd included, helped remove the remains of the dead, who were initially buried in the local civilian cemetery, and later reburied post-war at Phaleron War Cemetery in Athens.Some locals were enlisted to remove the dead from the stricken Sebastiano Veniero-Jason and bodies washed that shore nearby, burying them locally, some in the grounds of Methone Castle, others near Aghia Sotira.Local resident Nick Georgopoulos, who had immigrated to Melbourne in Australia after the war vividly remembered collecting the bodies of the dead from the shore. Sadly, he has since passed away. The survivors were subsequently transported to POW camps in Italy.The grave of the unknown soldier, Romanos Civil Cemetery.Unveiling the Pylos and Methone MemorialsMelbourne veteran Bill Rudd is most likely the last living survivor of these tragedies. Since I met Bill a number of years ago, he has often expressed the need to have the tragedies commemorated at Pylos and Methone. It has been my pleasure to work with Bill and Melbourne’s Papaflessas and Navarino Brotherhoods to bring this dream into a reality. In less than six months, both memorial plaques were written, produced and transported to Greece. The municipality of Pylos-Nestor has been a supporter of the project since we first raised it with them. Committing to erecting the plaques prominently at Pylos and Methone, the municipality not only installed the two new plaques, but also organised a beautiful commemorative service incorporating their unveiling.Over 100 people assembled at the Greek War Memorial at Pylos Harbour to take part in the unveiling service. These included Lousi Kalfagian, representing the Australian Ambassador to Greece, Dimitiris Kantafaris, the mayor of Pylos-Nestor and Eleni Aleiferi, Vice-Regional Governor for the Messinian Region of the Peloponnese. Also attending were Steve Georganas, MP, representing the Australian Government, and John Pandazopoulos, former MP and Secretary-General of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association.Australian Embassy representative Lousi Kalfagian addresses the assembly.Credit is due to the local authorities who conducted a full commemorative service. All flags of those prisoners represented on the ships concerned were flown, held by locals in traditional dress, national anthems played and readings made. It was my honour to address the crowd on behalf of the Memorial Organising Committee and to read an excerpt from Pericles’ Funeral Oration. Deb Stewart, the granddaughter of Lemnos nurse Evelyn Hutt, had the honour of reading the Ode of Remembrance. The plaque was unveiled jointly by myself, Ms Kalfagian, Mr Kantafaris and Ms Aleiferi.Many wreaths were laid in honour of those POWs that died, those who survived, and the locals who helped them, the first being laid by Australian representative, Ms Kalfagian. I was honoured to lay a wreath on behalf of the Melbourne Pylos Methone WWII Memorials Organising Committee. Among those laying wreaths were Magda Triantafilopoulou, Maria Grambas, and Lela Soublis, representing Melbourne’s Panpyliaki Brotherhood Navarino, the Pammessinian Brotherhood Papaflessas Australia, and the Pan-Australian Federation of Messinian Organisations respectively.The service was repeated at Methone, the memorial plaque unveiled at a lovely prominent site, visible as one enters the town. Recognising the British contingent affected by the tragedy at Methone, Janet Parkin, secretary of the British Greek Campaign Veterans Brotherhood read the ode and the Brotherhood’s Buster Beckett laid a wreath on behalf of the Memorial Organising Committee.The service at Methone was followed by my presentation on both tragedies at Methone’s Cultural Centre. I presented a prerecorded congratulatory message from Bill Rudd, produced by Paul Sougleris and Nikita Ballas. Those present were moved by Bill’s words and his thanks. The commemorative services ended with a lunch attended by dignitaries.Janet Parkin reads the Ode of Remembrance from Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen at Methone.Mayor Kantafaris not only committed to holding annual services at both memorials but has announced his commitment to ensure that the region takes part in our proposal for a First and Second World War Anzac Heritage Trail across Greece, linking Lemnos, Salonika, through central Greece to the Peloponnese, and across the Aegean and Crete.In my addresses, I commended Melbourne’s Papaflessas and Navarino Brotherhood’s for their commitment to realising Bill Rudd’s dream. Without their support these memorials would not have been realised. And of course, Dimitiris Kafantaris, the mayor of Pylos-Nestor and his municipality, who have been unwavering in their support.On a personal note, I would like to thank George Iliopoulos, Paul Sougleris, John Mitsakos, George Saratsiotis, Rita L’Ambrosia, Nikita Ballas and all at Papaflessas and Navarino for their active support for this important Australian Greek heritage project. And thanks to Eleni Kazani and Helen BD from the municipality for their work in putting together a great event.I look forward to working with the municipality of Pylos-Nestor and others across Greece, along with supporting organisations in Australia, to build Greece’s Anzac Heritage Trail, incorporating locations connected with both world wars. This trail aims to link existing memorials, erect new ones and assist commemorative visitors following Greece’s WWII and Anzac trail. And thereby we hope to assist Greece and its people by boosting tourism visitation.Jim Claven and the mayor of Pylos, Dimitiris Kantafaris following the unveiling of the Ninio Bixio Tragedy Memorial at Pylos.* Jim Claven is a freelance writer, trained historian and member of the Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council. He visited Pylos and Methone with the support of Melbourne’s Papaflessas and Navarino Brotherhoods.last_img read more

San Diego Police and SAY San Diego host open house for crimefree

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCrime-free Multi-housing, a partnership between the San Diego Police Department and SAY San Diego, brings a hands-on, collaborative approach to reduce crime, drugs and gangs in apartment communities.The program’s regional footprint is expansive: There are 85 Crime-free Multi-housing certified properties in the City of San Diego overseen by 52 property management companies. The program is open to residential communities of 16 or more units. Posted: June 1, 2018 June 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego Police and ‘SAY San Diego’ host open house for crime-free housinglast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time QA Data Analyst at HP HoodFull-Time Assembly Operator at KochFull-Time Data Steward at Heilind ElectronicsFull-Time Total Rewards Specialist at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time SMB Direct Sales at ComcastFull-Time Accounts Receivable Specialist at Roessel JoyFull-Time Inside Sales Support/Customer Service at AltroPart-Time Server for Glendale Dining ServicesFull-Time Cook for Glendale Dining Services(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 16, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

KTR makes light of DS Amit Shah meet

first_imgHyderabad: TRS working president K T Rama Rao on Friday took the meeting of party’s Rajya Sabha member D Srinivas with BJP Chief Amit Shah lightly. He was replying to a question during an informal interaction with media here at TRSLP office on Friday. Rao said that he had no idea about the meeting of D Srinivas with Amith Shah. May be he met Shah because he was the Home Minister of the country, said KTR. He refused to respond on the comments of D Arvind, who said there was no scope of KTR becoming chief minister after 2023. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The TRS leader opined that there is a crisis of issues for the opposition parties and hence they were opposing even the construction of new Secretariat and Assembly buildings. He also alleged that there is crisis of leadership in the opposition parties particularly the Congress. When asked about chances of BJP in municipalities, KTR said that it would be known after the results. They are jumping after winning four seats in Lok Sabha. What happened after that, TRS swept the local body elections, he recalled adding that the BJP leaders are looking at TRS candidates who could not get ticket. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us The TRS working president said that the membership drive was going on well in the districts and so far the membership has touched 35 lakh and Rs 7 crore has been collected. Talking about the municipal elections he said that the MLAs would be responsible for the party’s performance in the civic body polls. The MLAs would select candidate and at places where there is no MLA, the in charges would be taking the responsibility, he added.last_img read more

Airtel Vodafone slapped Rs 3000 crore fine for refusing interconnection to Jio

first_imgIndia’s telecom regulator in 2016 recommended the penalty against Bharti, and what were then Vodafone Group Plc’s India unit and Idea Cellular. ReutersA government panel on Wednesday approved a combined penalty of 30.5 billion rupees ($442 million) on telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea for not providing points of interconnection to Reliance Industries’ telecom unit Jio when it began operations in 2016, Indian media reported.India’s telecom regulator in 2016 recommended the penalty against Bharti, and what was then Vodafone Group Plc’s India unit and Idea Cellular, saying the three denied points of interconnection to Jio, a move it termed as anti-consumer and aimed at stifling competition.The country’s Digital Communications Commission on Wednesday backed the telecom watchdog’s recommendations, Indian media quoted Aruna Sundarajan, the panel chair and the top official in India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) as saying.Both Vodafone Idea and Bharti criticised the decision.”This issue pertaining to points of interconnection has been examined by the DoT, various parliamentary and judicial authorities with no case for any default established,” Vodafone Idea, India’s biggest wireless carrier said in a statement, adding, it will “explore all options, including seeking legal recourse” to protect company interests.A spokesman for Bharti said the company was “extremely disappointed” and the decision would further burden the high stress in the telecom sector.Bharti will approach the “appropriate forum” and has complete faith in the country’s judicial process, the company’s spokesman added.Reliance Jio, built at a cost of over $30 billion by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, offered free services for months after its launch. That forced its three rivals – Bharti, Vodafone and Idea – to cut prices and accept lower profits as well as sparking a wave of consolidation in the sector.last_img read more

Tortured fourthgrader dies in city hospital

first_imgAn 11-year-old schoolboy, beaten up following an altercation over standing in front of an irrigation pump, died at a hospital in the capital on Saturday, reports UNB.Fourth-grader Sourav Mandal was the son of Kartik Mandal of Magura village in Gournadi upazila of Barishal.Locals said Bellal Molla and Faruk Hawladar tortured Sourav following a dispute over standing in front of the pump on 15 February. They also pushed the boy into water.Sourav was rescued by his family and hospitalised. He was later sent to a hospital in Dhaka as his condition deteriorated.Gaurnadi model police station’s officer-in-charge Golam Sarowar said the victim’s father filed a case on Saturday naming four men.The OC said they were trying to arrest the accused.last_img read more

Survey Faith groups maintain widespread support for LGBT protection laws

first_img Desmond Ford, 90, Adventist theologian defrocked for controversial beliefs, dies Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan News Aysha Khan ayshabkhan By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan News Share This! Tagsanti-gay discrimination discrimination LGBT,You may also like Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Load Comments,Survey: More than a third of US Catholics question loyalty in wake of scandals Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 News Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Anti-extremism program won’t stop white hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A new report from the Public Religion Research Institute finds that strong majorities within all religious groups, including white evangelicals and Jehovah’s Witnesses, show sustained support for LGBT nondiscrimination policies.The newly released data from PRRI’s 2018 American Values Atlas, an annual survey of more than 40,000 Americans, showed that 69 percent of all Americans are in favor of enacting laws shielding LGBT people from discrimination in jobs, public accommodations and housing.The two faith groups least likely to support these policies, according to the survey, were white evangelical Protestants and Jehovah’s Witnesses, but even they were in favor of laws protecting LGBT people by small majorities, at 54 percent for white evangelicals and 53 percent for Jehovah’s Witnesses.“Especially in these times and with this sort of politically charged issue, to see this level of agreement is actually pretty striking,” said Maxine Najle, a research associate at PRRI. “We found broad support from pretty much every demographic, from every state and every major religious group – even among the groups who are generally more conservative on these LGBT issues.”While PRRI polling has found that religious resistance to same-sex marriage is declining, with more and more groups moving to a plurality of support, only about a third of white evangelical Protestants said they support same-sex marriage last year.But on LGBT anti-discrimination policies, the support runs much deeper.Majorities in Every State Across the Country Favor Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBT People. Graphic courtesy of PRRIThe highest agreement came among Americans who follow New Age faiths, at 86 percent. Jews, Hindus and Buddhists were all well above 70 percent, as were those who identified as religiously unaffiliated. Only slightly less in favor of LGBT protections, at about 70 percent, were Mormons, Catholics, white mainline Protestants and those who followed other religions PRRI does not track. Around 60 percent of nonwhite Protestants, Muslims and Orthodox Christians also said they favored such protections.Majorities of Americans across the political spectrum, too, said they support LGBT nondiscrimination policies. About 79 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of independents and 56 percent of Republicans said they would support such laws – though Republican support has fallen from 61 percent in 2015.In 2015, about 57 percent of white evangelicals said they supported nondiscrimination laws for LGBT people. The 3 percentage-point drop occurred before 2017 and is statistically insignificant, according to Najle.On Wednesday (March 13), the Equality Act, which would codify anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people as part of federal law, is expected to head back to Congress. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations, jury service, education and federal programs.The bill has been introduced in various forms since 1974, including in 2015 and 2017, dying each time in committee, but has never been given a floor vote in Congress. Advocates are hopeful the bill can pass with Democrats now in control of the House and public polling such as PRRI’s showing broad support for LGBT protections.RELATED: Most evangelical college students appreciate LGBT people even if trustees don’tPRRI’s findings on changing attitudes toward LGBT people confirm trends that researchers have seen among college students, noted Kevin Singer, a research associate with the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey. His team polled 7,200 students at 122 colleges and universities and found that 78 percent of incoming first-year students in 2015 found it “important” or “very important” that their campuses would be welcoming to people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.“They are warming up to LGBT people and hope their campuses are welcoming to them,” Singer said, but he noted that fewer LGBT students, particularly trans students, said they believed their campuses were welcoming to LGBT people.“Instituting nondiscrimination protections could help to close the gap between perceptions of welcome, and how welcoming our campuses really are,” Singer said. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Before Rick and Morty there was House of Cosbys

first_imgLike most of us here at Geek, I adore popular Adult Swim show Rick and Morty. Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s pitch-black comedy sci-fi cartoon is the best parts of Futurama, Doctor Who, and Back to the Future filtered through the creators’ uniquely warped sense of humor. It’s the funniest thing on TV, or rather, it will be once it returns for its third season (hopefully) later this year. That’s a long time to wait, though, and if you’ve already devoured the previous two seasons, you might be jonesing for something to fill that Rick and Morty void in your life. Listening to Justin Roiland voice Lemongrab on Adventure Time just doesn’t cut it. House of Cosbys, Roiland’s short-lived web cartoon from 2005, is exactly what you’re looking for.Since the early 2000s, Dan Harmon and fellow comedian Rob Schrab have run Channel 101, a monthly film festival for independent web pilots. Most of the potential shows were crude, vulgar, comedies that would never have worked on traditional television, but the talent involved was impressive nonetheless. Aziz Ansari, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, and other famous comics made appearances. Chad Vader also got its start at Channel 101. But for Rick and Morty fans, House of Cosbys is the most interesting project to come from the festival.Before Rick and Morty, House of Cosbys showcased Roiland’s ability to take a silly sci-fi concept to its absurd, but logical, extreme. As explained in the catchy theme song, the show follows Mitchell, a Bill Cosby superfan who built a cloning machine to endlessly replicate his favorite comedian. Every 10th Cosby has superpowers, like data analysis or being a woman, and working out of the Cosby compound they attempt to improve the world. The other Cosbys, like Curiosity Cosby and Dancing Cosby, though, are far less useful. Their impersonations are as unrefined as their character models and voice actors shouting “Rudy!” and “Theo!” in barely recognizable Cosby voices.This amazing, hilarious premise only got more fleshed out as the series went on. The Lonely Island voiced a team of super Cosbys, Cosby Team Triosby, that battled a giant space alien. Tim Heidecker played a Cosby who wanted to hang himself. There were even running storylines involving Mitchell and Cosbyette’s baby or the looming threat of the 100th Cosby, Evil Cosby. In one episode the characters watch surreal alien television shows, an idea that later became a beloved storytelling gimmick on the “Interdimensional Cable” Rick and Morty episodes.Unfortunately, before any of these plots could reach their conclusions, House of Cosbys was cancelled after its fourth episode. As explained in this nasty “unofficial” fifth episode written by Roiland, Cosby’s lawyers sent Harmon a cease and desist letter about the “deeply offensive animated film.” At the time you may have understood Cosby’s point of view. The show was pretty unflattering, but now, considering what has come to light, Cosby deserves no sympathy. Granted, Cosby’s victims deserve way more sympathy than this irreverent web cartoon, but isn’t it great that the irreverent web cartoon about ugly and semi-functional Bill Cosby clones now has the moral high ground?From the fall of the House of Cosbys another wonderful creation did rise. Bitter about the end of the series, Roiland produced a new short for Channel 101. The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti featured even more vulgar humor and infringed on even more copyrights. If the title doesn’t make it obvious, the short is a thinly veiled Back to the Future parody. Roiland explicitly wanted to rile up more lawyers. Look at the characters and listen to their voices, though. No one knew it at the time, but this was the first, primitive incarnation of Rick and Morty. The rest is history.With Rick and Morty now on top of the world, there’s never been a better time for House of Cosbys to make a comeback. Bill Cosby’s lawyers have plenty of other things to worry about. The Rick and Morty multiverse is vast. If there’s a universe where cat people rip off The Purge, or a universe where chairs sit on people and order phones to eat by calling with pizzas, why can’t there be a universe full of vaguely superpowered Bill Cosby clones? Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon, it’s been over 10 long years. It’s time to accomplish your wonderful dream, to make a House of Cosbys. It’s a House of Cosbys.last_img read more

An artist in the making

first_imgHer dainty hands were putting strokes of color on paper, when kids her age dawdle at learning alphabet. By 4, she had made friends with paintbrush and canvas. With leaps like that, feats are accomplished early on in life. It is Ahaana’s moment of limelight as she holds her first art exhibition, ‘Ahaana at 5’ in All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society.This week long exhibition showcases 30 paintings made by Ahaana over the past one and a half year. She has put her art forward through an eclectic range of mediums using water colors, oil pastels, acrylics, and mixed media in a variety of pictures. As a student at Art Kendra, she explored her inherent talent by working on her paintings rigorously, at such a nascent age. Her parents exclaim with pride that their daughter loves to draw and paint all the time. The little artist wants to dwell in painting but dreams of becoming a doctor when she grows up. Those big dreams have to wait for a few years; for now, it is time for her step into Class 1.DETAILWhere: AIFACS (All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society), Rafi MargWhen: 1 April to 7 Aprillast_img read more

You dont mess with Sonakshi Sinha

first_imgThe ongoing row over the controversial AIB Roast show saw another twist with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt first questioning why actress Sonakshi Sinha’s name didn’t surface in the FIR and then expressing admiration for her ‘sane’ and ‘mature’ reaction to his statement.Dabangg actress Sonakshi, who appeared to be calm and not flustered by the allegations, responded with a series of tweets. ‘I don’t remember my father questioning them as to how or why so. I do agree with u however, if these FIR’s Are filed on 2-3 members of the audience, why not the other 3,998. Lets not give these ppl the attention they so desperately seek And as far as my memeory serves me, nobody EVER went to jail for laughing. (sic),’ she tweeted.last_img read more

CEOs Can No Longer Sit Idly By on Cybersecurity

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 16, 2014 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Not too long ago, a corporation’s cybersecurity initiatives were discussed only within IT departments. Even when breaches occurred, the spotlight focused on root causes and the technical fixes needed to remedy the matter. Rarely would such an issue have repercussions for any executive team member.That all changed earlier this month when Target’s CEO Gregg Steinhafel, a 35-year employee of the company with the last six at the helm, resigned in light of the recent holiday-season credit-card security breach that affected 40 million customers. While many speculate about the reasons for his sudden departure, the retail giant has experienced lower-than-expected earnings thus far this year.Related: Why We Need Another Sputnik MomentSo let this be a wakeup call to my fellow CEOs. We can no longer sit idly by and understand a company’s cybersecurity initiatives in only a cursory manner. Cybersecurity is no longer an add-on to the IT budget.The loss of corporate data, violations of privacy laws and the degrading or total shutdown of business operations is becoming commonplace in today’s connected environments. These incidents put every organization — and executive team member — at risk.This means each person on a company’s management team must be armed with the requisite knowledge to make informed decisions about cybersecurity — not just an understanding of the basic concepts. Executives must understand more in-depth technological concepts and applicable laws and the future opportunities for senior IT and business managers, innovators and information entrepreneurs to solve information-security challenges.This will allow the CEO and members of the management team to do the following:Related: The Threat Lurking in Bringing Your Own Device to Work1. Make decisions about cybersecurity with a better understanding of risk.2. Explore cutting-edge strategies — including cloud-based systems — to increase business competitiveness while keeping data safe.3. Understand the costs and benefits of an organization-wide cybersecurity program.4. Stay current about issues within the changing information-assurance landscape.So here’s my call to action: CEOs and other members of the executive team need to put cybersecurity training at the forefront of their strategic priorities. This is crucial in the modern workplace, most especially in the current environment when all expenditures are closely scrutinized.Moreover, insights must come from all areas, including academia, the Department of Defense and the commercial world, so as to build and deliver credible, relevant and action-oriented plans focused on providing greater security for a corporation’s mission-critical data. Supplying such knowledge to all team members, from the executive team on down, empowers them to make a difference at job sites the day after the training program is completed.Make no mistake. CEOs are now front and center in the efforts to grapple with and strategically undertake cybersecurity initiatives. Doing so will help mitigate large risks like the one Target experienced last holiday season while also uncover potential new ways to gain competitive business advantage. The responsibility, while certainly shared with the chief information officer, rests squarely with the CEO and requires a working knowledge of the organization’s IT security strategy. Those leaders that do not take this situation seriously will go the way of Mr. Steinhafel.Related: Preventing Another Target Attack Register Now »last_img read more

A visit from the turtles

first_imgPlaya Ostional sees at least one arribada a month, either in the three days before or after the full moon. In turtle season, which is just coming to a close, the beach sometimes gets two arribadas per month.The beach at Ostional is the only beach in the country where locals are legally allowed to harvest the turtle eggs for consumption. At each arribada, hundreds of people accompany the thousands of turtles on the beach where they dig up the nests and take the eggs, which are believed by some to be an aphrodisiac.Olive Ridley turtles, the most common visitor to Ostional beach, are endangered, making the legal harvesting of the eggs a controversial topic. A large chunk of the town’s income comes from guiding turtle tours and selling the harvested eggs.  Biologists justify it by saying that the huge influx of eggs during an arribada contaminates the beach, leaving it unfit for the other nests made later. Only about 1 percent of the total number of eggs is harvested.Chacón thinks these are just excuses.“It’s not natural,” he said.  “Nature needs to run its course. Facebook Comments Photo gallery  No related posts. Arribada at Ostional Last week’s visitors to the Pacific coast’s Ostional Wildlife Refuge don’t realize how spoiled they are.Usually, tourists are lucky if they get to see one sea turtle, in darkness, from ten feet away. But last week, three days before the full moon, hundreds of thousands of turtles hauled themselves onto Playa Ostional to lay their eggs. Called arribadas, these mass egg-layings take place on just a few beaches in the world, and Ostional is has the highest numbers, with more than a million turtles sometimes arriving in one night. “It is an incredible site every time,” said Warren Chacón, a Tamarindo guide who often brings tourists out to see the arribadas. “I’ve seen hundreds but it never gets old.”last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Spanish hotelier RIU Ho

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSpanish hotelier RIU Hotels & Resorts has opened an all-inclusive, five-star resort on Dhaalu Atoll in the Maldives. Riu Palace Maldivas has been in the pipeline for over seven years and under development for two. The luxury escape offers overwater villas and opens alongside a sister four-star resort callled Riu Atoll.The two properties, located on two separate islands, are linked by an 800-metre walkway over the water. The 72 suites over the water of the Riu Palace Maldivas are located both sides of this walkway.Riu Palace Maldivas is also spread on the private island of Kedhigandu. It has a total of 176 rooms, including Junior Suites and overwater suites, some of which have private pools.Hotel Riu Palace Maldivas offers a range of cuisines. The main restaurant serves buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners with live cooking stations. At the Japanese and Fusion restaurants, guests can enjoy à la carte dishes for dinner.Riu Atoll is on the private island of Maafushi. The four-star Riu Classic hotel has 264 rooms, 36 of which are over the water. The hotel has a main restaurant, the Dhoni; an Italian restaurant, Sophia; and a steak house, Beef Steak House.Overwater suite with private poolThe complex has a jetty and a wellness centre that offers various beauty treatments as well as a gym and steam room. The excellent location on two deserted paradise islands offers guests long, dreamlike beaches and water activities to ensure that they can explore the stunning sea surrounding the Maldives.More images on LATTE’s Facebook page here.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Now Time Out comes to iPhone with eight guides av

first_imgNow, Time Out comes to iPhone with eight guides available at present including Manchester and Zagreb. Each app is packed with the same quality content and useful insider tips as the magazine.Each section in the app has an ‘Editor’s picks’ area which is a good way of quickly finding recommended venues. Each attraction can also be added to your bookmarks easily for you to find later.We particularly liked the ‘Inspire me’ section which selects attractions for you based on your location and the type of activity you’re looking for. If you’re hungry in Manhattan, for example, be prepared to be inundated with an array of mouth-watering suggestions.All content in the guides is available offline, which means no nasty roaming charges. More and more apps are now being built this way, as smartphone users savvy up (often after seeing their last holiday phone bill!) to the reality that using the full capabilities of their mobile phone abroad can cost a lot.The built-in content of the app (and the fact that GPS on your iPhone is free) means you can use the ‘What’s nearby’ section without worrying that you’re going to clock up a huge phone bill. The ‘locate me’ function is also handy should you lose your bearings, as is the ‘Search keyword’ box on the app homepage.The Time Out iPhone app is the ultimate companion for travellers who want to keep up to date with the latest events and happenings in their chosen city – and best of all; the apps are currently available free on iTunes!Time Out Travel Guides are available on iTunesReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Time Out’s cutting edge insider knowledge has always been at the heart of their city magazines, which were first published in London over 40 years ago. RelatedWallpaper City Guides – app of the weekWallpaper City Guides – app of the weekApp of the week – A Hedonist’s Guide (Hg2)App of the week – A Hedonist’s Guide (Hg2)TripIt – app of the weekTripIt – app of the weeklast_img read more

Paris France – Reported by Elite Traveler the Pr

first_imgParis, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineDetermined to pursue their development, Les Ateliers Louis Moinet are to be featured at Colette in Paris. A Tempograph will be displayed in the windows of the famous Parisian store, a leading place for fashion and avant-garde trends. As an exclusive high-tech watch with an eminently contemporary design, the Tempograph values match those conveyed by this concept-store and will doubtless appeal to customers looking for a unique experience.www.colette.frlast_img read more

Twice missing boy found

first_imgThe 12-year-old boy Goatsa Sebastian Petricior, 12, from Romania, who has been reported missing from his house in Larnaca since Sunday morning, has been found by police at his friend’s home.The boy was safe and in good health condition and was picked up by his parents.This is the second time in a week the same boy was reported missing.Last Tuesday he was reported missing by his mother and was located later in the day in an Ayia Napa playground.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more