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Do You Belong in the Zoo?

first_imgPeople are gawking at people in the London Zoo, each probably wondering what side of the cage they belong on.  In one of the primate exhibits, eight scantily clad white people are on display, reports AP (see MSNBC and Yahoo).  Wearing fig leaves pinned onto their swimsuits, they play, they scratch, they groom each other, they wave to the onlookers.  The idea is to show that humans are nothing special, but just like other animals.  Unlike the apes and chimpanzees in the other primate cages, however, the humans get to go home at night.    The stunt is drawing visitors who had never visited the zoo.  Some viewers were disappointed to find the humans wearing clothes; didn’t fig leaves come from the Genesis tradition? they wondered.  Children, confused by the message of the display, have been overheard asking, “Why are there people in there?” An apocryphal story has one of the chimpanzees asking, “Am I my keeper’s brother?”At least they’re using white people this time (see articles by Carl Wieland and Jerry Bergman).  Mark Looy at Answers in Genesis couldn’t keep silence any longer, especially when he had a Londoner on staff, Dr. Monty White, to interpret the zoo’s actions in light of Darwinian theory.    The Darwin Party leaders need to give the rest of us a demonstration.  They should get into the cage and show us how to act like a primate – where to scratch, how to shriek and club each other, how to draw figures of prey on the wall, and how to make rock music.  After we lock the door and take the key, we’ll promise to take good care of them (feed them all the bananas they want, etc.) as we laugh all the way to the school board meeting.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Wave of the Future: Trusted Identities In Cyberspace

first_imgdan rowinski Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “The thing that really stood out for me was how American the NSTIC proposal is,” Blakley said. “Spain has, since 2006, has had an electronic identity card for all citizens. A number of the conversations I had with businesses and government entities is to how to get businesses to accept an identity credential that was produced by the government. NSTIC frames the problem exactly in the opposite way.”There are a number of ways the Identity Ecosystem could manifest itself. From a “smart card” – digital identity – that houses your trusted identity, to smart grid authentication, to the ability to have bankcards or university ID cards validated as Identity Ecosystem-approved credentials. The implementation of NSTIC could force some companies, like Facebook, to change the way it does business. Overall NSTIC is an ambitious agenda set out to create a more secure Web. For the idea to come to fruition it will take the cooperation of all the primary stakeholders involved, from the federal government to the tech companies and most importantly, the user. “NSTIC paints a utopian picture of a user-centric identity management system in a business environment that does not commoditize on identity,” said Aaron Titus, the privacy director of the Liberty Coalition in a conference call April 18. “Of course, we support that vision but success is far from assured.” There are four guiding principles that govern the notion of the Identity Ecosystem:1. Identity solutions will be privacy-enhancing and voluntary2. Identity solutions will be secure and resilient3. Identity solutions will be interoperable4. Identity solutions will be cost-effective and easy to useThat stipulation comes as a big sigh of relief for some advocates and pundits who feared a Big Brother approach that would be mandated by the federal government. NSTIC is designed to allow the private sector to carve out the parameters Identity Ecosystem.“Only the private sector has the ability to build and operate the complete Identity Ecosystem, and the final success of the Strategy depends upon private-sector leadership and innovation,” the report says.That is a different approach from other countries, like Spain, where Bob Blakely, VP, distinguished analyst, and agenda manager for IT1 Identity and Privacy Strategies Service at Gartner, spent time earlier this year and noticed the complete opposite approach. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Government#NYT#security#web An example from the report:Mary is tired of remembering dozens of user names and passwords, so she obtains a digital credential from her Internet service provider that is stored on a smart card. Now that she has the smart card, she is also willing to conduct more sensitive transactions, like managing her healthcare, online. One morning, she inserts the smart card into her computer, and uses the credential on it to “run” some errands.The plan outlines the strategy for the Identity Ecosystem, which it says will be completely voluntary. Neither the federal government nor corporations can mandate that users sign up for the Identity Ecosystem; it is designed to ensure anonymity on the Web, especially for users that could be harmed if their true identity was known. “The government will neither mandate that individuals obtain an Identity Ecosystem credential nor that companies require Identity Ecosystem credentials from consumers as the only means to interact with them,” the report says. On April 15 the Obama Administration released its official report on a plan to safeguard online identities across the Internet that will protect individuals and entities and create a secure backbone on which to do business on the Web.The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) will be a department within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that will work with the private sector to give Internet users a secure identity. The idea is to create an “Identity Ecosystem” – “an online environment where individuals and organizations will be able to trust each other because they follow agreed upon standards to obtain and authenticate their digital identities,” according to the report. last_img read more

Khadse hits out at Rane’s likely inclusion in Maharashtra Cabinet

first_imgEknath Khadse, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Revenue Minister, has hit out at the likely inclusion of Narayan Rane, former Congress leader from Konkan, in the Maharashtra Cabinet.The BJP leader from Jalgaon was speaking in Dhule on Tuesday at an event to release a Marathi book on the Emergency. Mr. Khadse lashed out at his party and Mr. Rane in the presence of BJP national vice-president Shyam Jaju. Mr. Khadse said, “Someone [referring to himself] who has devoted his entire life to the party to see it in power in Maharashtra is now on the outside, while people like Narayan Rane who have renounced their party are to be given Cabinet berths.”Mr. Khadse said, “Renegades like Rane have been promised prime positions in the party. It seems my role is being limited to that of an instructor. I am deliberately making these comments in the presence of Mr. Jaju.”Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said on Monday that Mr. Rane would be soon inducted into the State Cabinet. Mr. Rane floated his own party, Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh, after falling out with the Congress last month. Mr. Rane was Maharashtra Chief Minister in 1999 when he was with the Shiv Sena.In June 2016, Mr. Khadse was accused of abusing his position as Revenue Minister and indulging in murky land deals. He was forced to quit the Cabinet following allegations of impropriety in purchasing land belonging to the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation in Pune’s Bhosari area. The government later initiated a judicial inquiry against him. In April this year, the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau in compliance with the Bombay High Court’s directive lodged an FIR against Mr. KhadseCall on Khadse’s futureMeanwhile, current Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil indicated that Mr. Rane may be inducted into the State Cabinet by December 11 following a reshuffle. Mr. Patil said in Pandharpur that Mr. Fadnavis and BJP national president Amit Shah would be soon taking a call on Mr. Khadse’s future in the party.last_img read more

Gujarat’s onion farmers in tears as prices plunge

first_imgDharmendra Narshi Patel, a farmer from Kotda Sangani village in Rajkot district had tears in his eyes when he sold 3,590 kg of onion at the Agri Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) in Gondal on Christmas Day. For his entire lot of the vegetable fetched him only ₹1,974.50, or ₹0.55 per kg.Mr. Patel is not alone as thousands of garlic and onion farmers in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region find themselves in deep distress because of the steep drop in the prices of their produce. Gujarat is one of the top producers of garlic and onion with extensive sowing in Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, and Kutch districts.“We are forced to sell garlic from ₹20 to ₹80 per 20 kg in APMCs,” said Premjibhai Senjalia, a farmer from Rabarika village in Amreli district. “Average price is about ₹50-70 per 20 kg, that means ₹250 to ₹350 per quintal.” Due to the extremely low prices, Mr. Senjalia said he was yet to sell the approximately 50 quintals of garlic lying harvested in his house. “I had garlic in 10 bigha land and production is about 50 quintal. I have stocked it because there is no one willing to buy thanks to lower prices,” he said, adding that thousands of farmers in his district had also held back on selling their harvests.In most APMCs in the State such as the ones at Rajkot, Gondal, Mahuva and Jamnagar the prices of both the commodities have been hovering below ₹100 per 20 kg, pushing farmers into distress as they sell at a loss.“Across the region, garlic and onion growers are selling at a loss,” said Virji Thummar, a Congress legislator from Amreli district. “They don’t even realise their basic costs of labour and inputs,” he added.Bhikhabhai Markana, a farmer from Kalavad in Jamnagar district, harvested about 40 quintal of onion from his 2 bighas. He sold 23 quintals at the Rajkot AMPC at ₹40 per 20 kg, fetching him ₹200 per quintal.“My cost including labour, inputs like seed, fertiliser and irrigation is ₹12,000 for the two bighas of onion and I would sell the produce for about ₹8,000-10,000 at current market price,” he said, reflecting the plight of the region’s farmers.Sacks of unsold garlicBalubhai Ahir, a garlic grower from Khirsara village in Rajkot district, told The Hindu that more than two lakh sacks of garlic were lying in farmers’ houses in about a dozen villages in Jetpur taluka.“Not many farmers have sold the stock because of low price, they are not getting even peanuts,” said Mr. Ahir. “Average cost to grow garlic is ₹12,000 per bigha during its four-and-a-half month crop cycle and average yield is 7-8 quintal. If sold at current price of ₹70-80 per 20 kg…a farmer would realise about ₹2,500-3,200 per bigha, a loss of at least ₹8,000-9,000 per bigha.”last_img read more

Petra Kvitova gets all clear for Wimbledon after arm injury

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova returns a shot to Greece’s Maria Sakkari during their WTA Masters tournament tennis match, on May 16, 2019, at the Foro Italico in Rome. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO/AFP)Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said she expects to be fit for the grass-court season despite pulling out of the French Open with a left arm injury on Monday.The Czech, who was seeded sixth at Roland Garros, will be out for “two to three weeks”.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Frustrated’ Wozniacki says opponent got ‘lucky’ in Roland Garros win “It means no tennis, of course, as it’s my left forearm,” said the big-hitting left-hander.“Maybe I can play rightie. Two to three weeks, so I’ll do some fitness and everything that I can do to prepare my body for the tennis on the grass.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKvitova had been due to play Romania’s Sorana Cirstea in her opening Roland Garros match on Court Suzanne Lenglen later in the day.“I am so disappointed to have to announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros,” Kvitova wrote on Twitter. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments “I have had pain in my left forearm for a few weeks and last night an MRI confirmed a Grade Two tear which unfortunately could get worse if I play today.”The 29-year-old made her return from a horrific hand injury, sustained in a knife attack by an intruder at her home, at Roland Garros in 2017.“Two years ago I made my comeback here at Roland Garros, so I’m truly sorry not to be able to play this year,” she added.Kvitova has been replaced in the draw by 18-year-old Slovenian lucky loser Kaja Juvan.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

TIFF 2018 How the film festival hopes to fix a broken industry

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement TIFF is an organization caught in the middle of this turbulent social moment, an event both dedicated to celebrating a broken industry – and to fixing it. As the new festival unspools, TIFF has just appointed a woman, the American indie film champion Joana Vicente, as its co-director; it can report another increase in female directors on its program, and it is continuing a new initiative promoting women’s careers in film: In 2018, the festival is a more female-centric organization offering an increasingly diverse lineup. So, TIFF has the #MeToo wind in its sails, but is the voyage ahead just a late-summer pleasure cruise or a long trip to different shores? Harvey Weinstein, Bryan Cranston and Neil Burger at a TIFF party in 2017. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img It’s September and Hollywood has come to town. The stars dutifully twinkle at the parties celebrating their premieres. At the Thompson, Nicole Kidman is spotted with George Clooney; at the Citizen, Jessica Chastain appears with celebrated screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. And at the Cactus Club, Benedict Cumberbatch, star of a new movie called The Current War, is photographed alongside his producer, super mogul Harvey Weinstein.That was TIFF 2017. A year later, a new crop of actors is promoting a new crop of films but Weinstein, who now faces six sexual assault charges in New York, will not be in attendance. Meanwhile, celebrity hunters debate whether actors Casey Affleck, who settled two sexual-harassment claims out of court in 2010, or Emile Hirsch, convicted of attacking a woman at party in 2015, will show their faces on the red carpet when their new films are unveiled. Their names did not appear on a guest list released to media last week.It has been 11 months since The New York Times and The New Yorker outed Weinstein as an alleged sexual predator, unleashing hundreds of similar accusations that used the social-media hashtag #MeToo to tear the veil off widespread sexual harassment in the entertainment and media industries. And there are still many days when sexism in the film business seems intractable. Every other film with a female lead or a female director refers to #MeToo in its media material, but male characters still account for most protagonists in big-budget Hollywood movies while less than a quarter of those productions employ female directors, writers, or cinematographers – a number that hasn’t changed since the 1990s. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Johnson Johnson acquires Swiss biotech firm Actelion in 30billion deal

first_imgJohnson & Johnson and Swiss biotech company Actelion Ltd have entered into an agreement under which Johnson & Johnson will launch an all-cash tender offer in Switzerland to acquire all the outstanding shares of Actelion for $280 per share, valuing the deal at around $30 billion.Cisco grabs San Francisco-based AppDynamics for $3.7 billion just before its IPOAs part of the acquisition, Actelion will spin out its drug-discovery operations and early-stage clinical development assets into a newly created Swiss biopharmaceutical company R&D NewCo, according to a statement released by Actelion late on Thursday (January 26). The shares of R&D NewCo, which will be listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, will be distributed to Actelion’s shareholders as a stock dividend upon closing of the tender. R&D NewCo will be led by Actelion’s current scientific team with Jean-Paul Clozel, MD, chief executive officer (CEO) and founding member of Actelion, as the CEO. Jean Pierre Garnier, chairman of the board of Actelion, will be the chairman of the board of R&D NewCo. Actelion is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialisation of innovative drugs and has a leading franchise for pulmonary arterial hypertension. “We believe this transaction offers compelling value to both Johnson & Johnson and Actelion shareholders,” said Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Johnson & Johnson’s adjusted earnings per share and accelerate the US pharma major’s revenue and earnings growth rates. After the deal closes, Johnson & Johnson expects the transaction to increase its long-term revenue growth rate by at least one per cent and its long-term earnings growth rate by 1.5-2 per cent above current analyst consensus. Johnson & Johnson estimates EPS accretion in the first full year of $0.35 to $0.40. Johnson & Johnson will fund the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2017, with cash held outside the US. Lazard is acting as the lead financial advisor to Johnson & Johnson with Citibank also providing financial advice on certain matters. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Homburger AG and SextonRiley LLP are serving as legal advisors to Johnson & Johnson. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is serving as Actelion’s lead financial advisor with Credit Suisse also providing financial advice. Niederer Kraft & Frey, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Slaughter & May are serving as the legal advisors to Actelion.last_img read more

Bullethit body found at Benapole

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationPolice recovered a bullet-hit body of a man from Choto Achra area of Benapole in Jashore district early Saturday.Masud Karim, officer-in-charge of Benapole port police station, said locals spotted the bullet-hit body of the man, aged about 30, and informed police, reports UNB.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Jashore general hospital for an autopsy.A case was filed with Benapole port police station in this connection, the OC said.last_img

Riviera18 Audience enthralled by the vibrant display of rich culture

first_imgRiviera 2018, the annual sports and cultural extravaganza event that attracts some of the finest young minds from all over the world commenced with a bang on February 15, at VIT in Vellore. After enthralling the audiences on its first day, the festival continued to present back to back performances, thereby highlighting the rich cultural heritage of different countries.Aikya, a commemoration of the unity in diversity that our nation is famous for and immensely proud of, was conducted on the second day of Riviera’18. Aikya was one of the vibrant displays of grace and power associated with Indian culture. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event offered an important platform for the performers as well as an opportunity to spread awareness about varied cultures of Indian states. A key aspect of any culture is the clothing associated with it, and students of VIT went up and above in this regard, by dressing up in amazing vibrant colours.Another special highlight was ‘Infusion’, an International exhibit of cultures around the world, which was conducted on the third day of the festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The main goal of Infusion is to motivate students from all over the world to form strong cross-culture relationships, which would help the students improve their cultural awareness on a global scale,” Said Ujjawal Surana, student organizer of Infusion.Krishna Radhakrishnan, President, Women Entrepreneur’s Welfare Association, Tamil Nadu graced the occasion as chief guest for the event.Apart from cultural performances, a workshop on Global Skills was conducted during the event. It was graced by the presence of the team from the upcoming Tamil movie Sagaa. Also, Khalbali, the street play was conducted by the students where they portrayed social problems through a creative medium. Hindi was used as the language of conversation throughout the play.The ‘Spokesperson’ event was also conducted to develop and improve the oration skills of students. What’s interesting to note is that students from around 29 countries have worked to put on a graceful display of the diverse cultures that exist around the world.last_img read more