For magazine editors covering politics, it’s been Huck-O-bamania since the candidates’ surprising Iowa Caucus wins last week. Newsweek chose Obama as its cover subject this week. Newsweek editor Jon Meacham explains why:A word about the decision to put Obama on our cover. Weekly magazines like ours have traditionally worried about looking stale or out of sync if the candidate we are featuring loses a different primary early in the week we publish. We suffered from that perennial concern until Thursday night. Then, when Obama’s victory— 8 points over John Edwards, and 9 over Hillary Clinton—became clear, so did the cover decision. Barack Obama has made not only news but history.In an election to choose a successor to an unpopular incumbent at an hour of danger, an African-American candidate for president convincingly won a state that is virtually all white; a 46-year-old first-term senator defeated two more seasoned national politicians; an insurgent is roiling the stately party establishment Bill Clinton built as the first two-term Democratic president since FDR. No matter what happens going forward, in New Hampshire, South Carolina and beyond, the Obama win—a vote for a viable candidate of color in a nation in which the issue of race has been called simply “the American dilemma”—is a new chapter in our long national story.Check out the video of Meacham’s explanation here …
$999 See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See it Sprint $999 Apple See It reading • Apple says it spent $60 billion on parts from US suppliers in 2018 • See It Boost Mobile Apple says it spent over 10 percent more in 2018 on parts from US suppliers than 2017. Angela Lang/CNET Apple says its continuing to expand its investments in US manufacturing.The smartphone maker spent $60 billion with 9,000 American component suppliers and companies in 2018, the company said in a post Monday. That’s an increase of more than 10 percent from the year before. Apple highlighted several of its US-made components, including touch-sensitive glass for iPhone and iPad models made by Corning in Kentucky, as well as wireless communication hardware made in Colorado, Massachusetts and Oregon. Apple said the total number of jobs it’s created or supported since 2011 has tripled “from almost 600,000 to 2 million across all 50 states.” However, it’s not always easy to be “assembled in the USA.” In 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company was moving some Mac production to the US. But when Apple started assembling the $3,000 Mac Pro in Texas, it reportedly ran into problems. Apple struggled to find US suppliers that could make enough screws for the Mac Pro, according to a report Monday from The New York Times. It was one of several problems that delayed sales of the Mac, according to the Times, and Apple ended up ordering screws from China. When reached for comment, an Apple spokeswoman pointed back to the company’s Monday post. Apple iPhone XS Best Buy Post a comment Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 0 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple See All Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 Tags Mobile Tech Industry Phones $999
Tags The Facebook chief used the interview to push back against the idea that his company should determine what constitutes political speech. He’s previously called for more government regulation around political speech and advertising. “I think setting the rules around political advertising is not a company’s job,” he told host George Stephanopoulos. “There have been plenty of rules in the past. It’s just at this point they’re not updated to the modern threats that we face. We need new rules.”The topic has been on the minds of Facebook’s leadership and of social media watchers in recent days. Over the weekend, The Washington Post published a Zuckerberg op-ed that urged government officials to take a more active role in setting standards for the handling of election-related content, both legitimate and ill-intentioned. Meanwhile, lawmakers like Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, have said that big platforms like Facebook should be subject to levels of regulation that match their size and influence. Facebook has more than 2 billion users worldwide.Existing laws, he said, primarily focus on a candidate and the election. “But that’s not primarily what we saw Russia trying to do,” Zuckerberg said. “What we saw them doing was talking about divisive political issues. The goal … was just to rile people up and be divisive.”Zuckerberg also warned that other countries would likely try to interfere in the election.”Well, what I can guarantee is that they’re definitely going to try,” he said. “Our job is to make the defenses stronger and stronger, to make it harder for them to do what they’re doing.”Other scandalsFacebook’s controversies are about more than just politics. On Wednesday, security researchers from UpGuard found that Facebook data containing more than 540 million records was posted in a public database on Amazon cloud servers.When asked about the findings from the security researchers, Zuckerberg said the company was still looking into the issue. “In general, we work with developers to make sure that they’re respecting people’s information and using it in only ways that they want,” he said.Facebook also drew criticism over the use of its livestreaming service during a terrorist attack in New Zealand that killed 50 Muslims at two mosques. Zuckerberg suggested that delaying livestreams might have consequences for users who don’t stream violent content. “It would also fundamentally break what livestreaming is for people,” he said. “Most people are livestreaming, you know, a birthday party or hanging out with friends when they can’t be together.”Facebook declined to comment beyond what Zuckerberg said during the broadcast.Originally published April 4, 7:27 a.m. PT.Updates, 7:57 a.m.: Adds background information and more details from the interview; 12:41 p.m.: Includes more details from the interview. Comments Share your voice Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris last May to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. Aurelien Morissard/Getty Images Facebook has failed to thwart election meddling before, but the 2020 US presidential election will give the social network another chance to demonstrate it’s on the right track.CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company has “learned a lot” since the 2016 election, which Russia meddled in by having trolls post divisive content to the platform. In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday, Zuckerberg said he’s “confident” his company is ready to combat any election interference in the upcoming campaign season.Facebook has strengthened its safeguards, requiring advertisers to verify their identities if they run political ads. It’s also rolled out a searchable database showing who paid for advertising and what audience it reached.”The systems, overall, have just gotten quite robust,” Zuckerberg said. “I think we, at this point, have probably some of the most-advanced systems of any company or government in the world for preventing the kind of tactics that Russia and now other countries as well have tried.”The changes haven’t been without issues; businesses have complained that their commercial ads have been misclassified, and media outlets have found loopholes that can be exploited. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… 5:14 8 Now playing: Watch this: Politics Tech Industry Mark Zuckerberg Facebook
The bodies were sighted after an air search was conducted over the Nanda Devi East peak.TwitterThe Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters searching for eight climbers including seven foreigners missing on India’s second-highest peak, the Nanda Devi East, have spotted bodies and equipment of five mountaineers in Uttarakhand on Monday, June 3.The climbers from the UK, US and Australia went missing en route to the Nanda Devi East peak. The members of the team were Martin Moran, John McLaren, Richard Payne, Rupert Havel (all from the UK), Ruth Macrain (Australia), Anthony Sudecam (US), Rachel Bimmel (US) and liaison officer Chetan Pandey.Bodies of five climbers were sighted near an unscaled peak adjoining the Nanda Devi East peak during an air search by Air Force helicopters on Monday, Pithoragarh District Magistrate VK Jogdande said.Apparently, the mountaineers perished in an avalanche while ascending an unscaled peak near the Nanda Devi East peak after they failed to scale the latter, he said.The bodies were sighted after an air search was conducted over the peak on the basis of clues provided by four climbers from the UK rescued during a sortie undertaken on Sunday.”We are sending a report to the Centre. Further, the rescue operation will be conducted after we get instructions,” the District Magistrate said.”We have an expert team from State Disaster Response Force, besides experts from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. In addition to these teams we have stationed our search teams at Laspa and Bugdiyar camps close to the Nanda Devi base camp in Munsiyari,” said the official.Sub Divisional Magistrate of Munsiyari KN Goswami said, “It is now ITBP and SDRF and Air Force teams that will conduct the search operation with help of expert mountaineers and local villagers.”Led by well-known British mountaineer Martin Moran, the team went missing recently on way to the 7434-metre-high Nanda Devi East peak in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district.A liaison officer of Indian Mountaineering Foundation in New Delhi was also part of the team.They had left Munsiyari on May 13 to scale the peak but did not return to the base camp on the appointed date of May 25.British mountaineer Martin Moran had scaled the peak twice in the past, he said.The route to the peak begins from Munsiyari about 132 km from the district headquarters.(Inputs from agencies)
Indian members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community hold placards outside the Supreme Court building as crowds gathered to celebrate the decision to strike down the colonial-era ban on gay sex in New Delhi on 6 September 2018. Photo: AFPIndia’s Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a ban on gay sex after a decades-old campaign against a colonial-era law used to hold back LGBT rights.Members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups held tearful celebrations in cities across the South Asian nation of 1.25 billion people as the historic verdict was read out.“The law had become a weapon for harassment for the LGBT community,” said chief justice Dipak Misra as he quashed the cornerstone of Section 377, a law introduced by British rulers in 1861.“Any discrimination on the basis of sexuality amounts to a violation of fundamental rights,” he added in the ruling, which added India to a list of more than 120 countries where homosexuality is decriminalised.While India’s law only legalises sexual acts between adults, gay activists have hailed the verdict as a major boost in the deeply conservative country where religious groups have fiercely opposed any liberalisation of sexual morality.Activists had been fighting the ban since the 1990s, suffering several court reverses before Thursday’s verdict.The Delhi High Court decriminalised gay sex in 2009, but the Supreme Court reinstated the ban in 2014 after an appeal by religious leaders.According to official data, 2,187 cases under Section 377 were registered in 2016 under the category of “unnatural offences”. Seven people were convicted and 16 acquitted.“It was a law that propagated homophobia,” said Keshav Suri, one of the petitioners against Section 377, who organised a dance show at his family’s luxury Delhi hotel to celebrate the court victory.“In rural areas it is a harassment tool, used by cops, used by authorities for extortion for glorifying rape and molestation,” Suri told AFP in an interview ahead of the verdict.Many Indian gay professionals have moved to Canada and Europe where they are more accepted, added the businessman who married his partner in Paris this year.India’s conservative government had opposed ending Section 377 but said ahead of the hearing that it would leave the decision to the “wisdom” of the Supreme Court.It had warned, however, that judges should not change other aspects of Indian law, such as the right to marriage.‘Long battle’Indian members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community celebrate outside the Supreme Court after the decision to strike down the colonial-era ban on gay sex in New Delhi on 6 September 2018. Photo: AFPMembers of the LGBT community hugged each other and cried outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi as news of the verdict spread.“I am speechless! It’s taken a long time to come but finally I can say I am free and I have equal rights as others,” said Rama Vij, a college student in Kolkata who gathered with others watching on television.Despite the pressure on the LGBT community, India has quietly made some strides in sexual rights in recent years.A transgender judge, Joyita Mondal Mahi, presides over courts in West Bengal state, Indian passports now state whether a holder is “male”, “female” or “other”, and the city of Raigarh, with 139,000 people, has a transgender mayor.Suri’s hotels are known for their gay-friendly discos and more professionals are coming out to challenge the Indian establishment.Many say that gay marriage and equal rights in inheritance and other areas must be the ultimate prize, but they acknowledge that change will not be swift.“This is the first step of the history of a lot of other countries that first decriminalised gay sex, allowed civil unions and then marriage,” said Suri.“It is a long battle to equal rights but I am sure we will get there eventually.”New Delhi choreographer Mandeep Raikhy, who has used the performances of his dance troupe to highlight the experience of gays, was even more cautious.“I don’t want to sound pessimistic but I don’t think we will see gay marriage in my lifetime,” he said.
Ministers, advisers to the prime minister, cabinet secretary, chiefs of the three services, the dean of the diplomatic corps and high civil and military officials sees off prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka. BSS File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday left Dhaka for London on an official visit to the United Kingdom, reports UNB.A Biman Bangladesh Airlines VVIP flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here for London at 9:35 am.Liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, PM’s advisr HT Imam, Jatiya Sangsad chief whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury Liton, state minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali and state minister for religion Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah were present at the airport to see her off.Besides, the cabinet secretary, the chiefs of Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy, the acting chief of the Bangladesh Air Force, the dean of the diplomatic corps, the British high commissioner to Bangladesh and high civil and military officials were present.The flight is scheduled to reach Heathrow International Airport in London at 3:55 pm (local time) today.Bangladesh high commissioner in London Saida Muna Tasnim will receive the prime minister at the airport.”During the visit, the prime minister will attend a conference of Bangladesh envoys (in Europe) in London tomorrow,” PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said.At the advice of Bangladeshi doctors, the prime minister will also receive eye treatment in London, he said.The prime minister is expected to return home on 5 August.
FULLERTON, Calif. – The University of Louisville softball team fell 3-0 to Idaho State in its season opener Friday afternoon at the Titan Classic. The Cardinals (0-1) return to action Friday evening when they take on host Cal State Fullerton. Senior Megan Hensley matched a career high with 10 strikeouts while senior Sidney Melton and freshmen Taylor Roby and Cassady Greenwood had two hits apiece, but the Cards could not push a run across. Louisville committed five errors, but was able to minimize the damage until the seventh inning when the Bengals capitalized on a miscue to score two insurance runs. Preview The Cardinals used six hits and four walks to put runners on base in six innings and moved them into scoring position in five of those frames, but stranded eight in the game. Louisville threatened in the second when sophomore Maddy Newman drew a two-out walk and sprinted to third after Roby connected her first career hit and then took second on the attempt to throw Newman out. With runners on second and third, Idaho State’s Autumn Pease delivered a strikeout. Story Links After surrendering the early run, Hensley held the Bengals in check, allowing only two runners in scoring position until the top of the seventh when two unearned runs brought the score to 3-0. An error allowed Tago to reach to start the frame. One out later, pinch-runner Billie Jean Wells moved to third on McKenzie VanSickle’s base hit. With two outs in the inning, Emma Bordenkecher connected on a two-run triple to give Idaho State a pair of insurance runs. Pease (1-0) got the win, allowing seven hits and striking out three while walking four. Next Game: at Cal State Fullerton 2/8/2019 | 8:30 p.m. Idaho State (1-1) struck early with a run in the second. Cassidy Fitzgerald singled and was lifted for pinch-runner Madi Jackson, who crossed the plate on a hit by Frankie Tago. Matchup History Louisville had a final chance in the seventh when Greenwood and Melton delivered back-to-back two-out singles to bring the tying run to the plate, but a fly out to right field ended the game. Full Schedule Roster Live Stats Idaho State 3 – Louisville 0 Hensley (0-1) took the loss, giving up three runs, one earned, on six hits. She struck out 10 and did not surrender a walk in a complete game effort. Print Friendly Version
Story Links Race Schedule LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Due to inclement weather in the Clemson area, the morning session of today’s Clemson Invitational has been cancelled. The afternoon session is still set to begin at 2 p.m. and will now feature the postponed races from this morning.UPDATE: Due to a tornado watch in effect for the area, all racing before 5 p.m. has been canceled. Schedule updates for the event will be posted on Twitter at @ClemsonInvite. Check GoCards.com and @UofLRowing on Twitter for any further developments.SCHEDULE2:08 p.m. – V8+2:34 p.m. – 2V8+3 p.m. – V4+3:26 p.m.- 3V4+3:52 p.m. – 3V8+5 p.m. – V8+5:26 p.m. – 2V8+5:52 p.m. – V4+6:26 p.m. – 2V4+6:44 p.m. – 3V8+Print Friendly Version
Journal information: Nature Biotechnology Data, data everywhere and now as ever researchers need the best tools to make the data useful. In medicine, searching through genomic data can take some time. A startup called One Codex hopes to make difference with their genetic search platform that can process data sets quickly. A report on their work on Friday in TechCrunch noted the advantage of One Codex speed. “Currently,” wrote Julian Chokkattu, “the most commonly used tool for genome searching is by using an algorithm called BLAST, Basic Local Alignment Search Tool, which compares primary biological sequence information.” For Nick Greenfield, cofounder of One Codex, uploading a file to BLAST took two minutes and 30 seconds to process, compared with the One Codex system where the number was less than 1/20th of a second. The company defines One Codex as a search engine for genomic data. The TechCrunch piece describes what they offer as a service platform for genomics. Apart from using search technology,” said Chokkattu, the platform also acts as an indexed, curated reference. © 2014 Phys.org Searching genomic data faster with new algorithm More information: One Codex: onecodex.com/ Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: One Codex in open beta for genomic data search (2014, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-codex-beta-genomic.html The company said that it can search the world’s largest index of bacterial, viral, and fungal genomes. A key advantage is speed. The product can, said the company, “process next-generation datasets in minutes, not days (millions of DNA base pairs per second).”The two founders are Nick Greenfield, former data scientist, and Nik Krumm, who has a PhD in genome sciences from the University of Washington.Sample applications would be in clinical diagnostics, food safety and biosecurity. Right now, said TechCrunch, the company is focusing on testing their platform with hospitals and agencies. One Codex is in open beta.Scientific interest in being able to search genomic data faster has been in evidence for some years. In 2012, MIT’s news office reported on a study in Nature Biotechnology, where MIT and Harvard researchers described an algorithm “that drastically reduces the time it takes to find a particular gene sequence in a database of genomes. Moreover, the more genomes it’s searching, the greater the speedup it affords, so its advantages will only compound as more data is generated.” The authors of that paper, titled “Compressive genomics,” said, “In the past two decades, genomic sequencing capabilities have increased exponentially, outstripping advances in computing power. Extracting new insights from the data sets currently being generated will require not only faster computers, but also smarter algorithms.” They stated that although compression schemes for BLAST and BLAT that they presented yield an increase in computational speed and in scaling, “they are only a first step.”
Kolkata: In a collective bid to achieve 100 percent conviction rate in cases of sexual violence, Dignity March, a platform for the survivors of rape and sexual violence, conducted a campaign in Kolkata on Friday.Around thousands take part in this journey — aiming to cover 10,000 km across the country — with the aim to put an end to the culture of shame and fear among victims and instill the fear of conviction in culprits. “We need to support the victims of sexual crimes, especially in cases of commercial sexual exploitation of children, as minors are vulnerable and need constant support from their families and society. In the past, our governments and laws have taken a reactive approach towards this issue but it is high time to take a robust proactive measure to create deterrence among “customers” who buy sex involving children. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalA 100 percent conviction rate is the only solution that can help us instill fear in culprits and put an end to this menace,” said Ashif Shaikh, Convenor, Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan, Dignity March, at an event in Kolkata. The statistics of National Crime Record Bureau 2016 states that out of 15,379 victims trafficked in India, around 58.7 percent is children. Most of these children are trafficked for sex-work (or Commercial Sexual Exploitation). Dignity March is rooted in a national online survey conducted by Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan. The survey ‘Speak Out!’ was conducted to determine the intensity of sexual violence against women and children and gave the survivors an opportunity to raise their voice against such atrocities. The survey revealed that an alarming number of people have faced sexual violence but about 95 percent of such cases remain unreported. Especially, in case of children, most crimes go unnoticed and there is negligible conviction which leads to impunity among culprits. Dignity March has already covered Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
Intelsat 33eIntelsat’s new high throughput satellite, Intelsat 33e, successfully completed all in-orbit testing and entered service on January 29.The satellite is the second Intelsat Epic-branded high throughput satellite (HTS) to go into service and will extend the satellite operator’s C-, Ku- and Ka-band footprint across the Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean regions.Intelsat 33e’s spot beams can distribute regionalised content for media customers operating in the region. The satellite is also able to deliver broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, aeronautical and maritime mobility service providers and government customers.Intelsat Epic services were launched in March 2016 with Intelsat 29e, which is located at 310° East and offers a footprint spanning the Americas, the Caribbean, Eastern United States and the burgeoning North Atlantic region.