Breaking: More private criminal charges filed against Govt ministers

first_imgAttorney-at-law and former Attorney General, Anil Nandall, has filed more private criminal charges against sitting Government ministers. On Monday, Nandall filed the court proceedings against Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Minister Rupert Roopnarine over the $906million D’Urban Park project.More details in Tuesday, April 24 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

‘I’ve never been so happy to see the Sturridge dance!’ England fans delighted

first_img Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring for England against Wales 1 England top Group B at Euro 2016 after Daniel Sturridge’s later winner in a 2-1 victory over Wales.An enthralling encounter saw Chris Coleman’s men lead at the break following Gareth Bale’s long-range free-kick.And even with Jamie Vardy’s leveller it didn’t look like the Three Lions would be able to grab a winner against a stubborn Wales side – until Sturridge stepped up in injury time.The Liverpool star jumped onto Dele Alli’s nudged pass and, after a neat couple of touches, fired beyond Wayne Hennessey to win the game.And England fans across the world couldn’t hide their happiness on Twitter. See what they had to say below…last_img read more

Got Your 6 Announces Third Round of 6 Certified Projects

first_imgGot Your 6 has unveiled the latest round of “6 Certified” projects, recognizing film and television programs that work to normalize the depiction of veterans.Programs to receive the honor of being “6 Certified” include the feature film “Max,” episodes of “Fargo,” “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce,” “Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Saturday Night Live,” USA Network’s forthcoming “Shooter,” and “West Texas Investors Club,” among others. Full list of honoree statements below.This third round of projects to receive “6 Certified” status was discussed onstage Sunday at an ATX Television Festival panel for NBC’s “The Night Shift.” This panel examined the power of television to shift public perception, with panelists including the cast and creators of “The Night Shift” and Got Your 6’s executive director Bill Rausch. “The Night Shift” was a part of Got Your 6’s inaugural round of projects to be “6 Certified.”“With ‘6 Certified,’ we are celebrating the content creators who are accurately and responsibly portraying our nation’s veterans,” said Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6. “Transitioning out of the military can be difficult; however, every veteran returning home is a civic asset, ready to lead a resurgence of community, and these latest projects to be ‘6 Certified’ truly embody this narrative.”Got Your 6 announced the following projects to be awarded with “6 Certified” status:“Day One” – This Oscar-nominated short film was created by soldier-turned filmmaker Henry Hughes who wrote the film based on his own experiences working alongside a female Afghan translator. The piece was written and directed by a veteran, and accurately portrays the complexities of military service. Henry Hughes, Marie Cantin, Mitchell Sandler, Michael Steiner“Fargo” (Season 2, Episode 2) – This episode of the American crime series presents two multidimensional, multigenerational veteran characters through the two officers working to investigate a series of murders and related crimes. MGM Television, FX Productions, 26 Keys Productions“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” (Season 2, Episode 2) – The veterans of Got Your 6 were used as a resource and were invited into the writers’ room of this romantic comedy series, which led to the integration of veteran content in this episode to add additional depth to various characters on the show. Universal Cable Productions, Bravo Media“Live to Tell” (Season 1, Episode 1) – Created by Peter Berg (“Lone Survivor”) and his non-scripted shingle Film 45, this military docuseries gives viewers a personal, intimate and revealing look into recent U.S. Special Operations Forces missions, as told by those who experienced the front lines of the ongoing War on Terror. Film 45, HISTORY“Marvel’s Daredevil” (Season 2, Episode 7) – This episode of the Netflix original series responsibly and accurately portrays veterans via the character of Frank Castle, The Punisher, who insists that his legal representation not perpetuate veteran stereotypes of PTSD in order to defend his actions. ABC Studios, Marvel Entertainment, Netflix“Max” – This feature film is focused on themes of service and was co-written by a military veteran, who develops a realistic and meaningful depiction of veterans through the lead veteran character. MGM, Sunswept Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures“Saturday Night Live: Adam Driver” (Season 41, Episode 10) – This episode of the iconic comedy show begins with host Adam Driver, who touches on his military service before becoming an actor. This brief and comedic celebration of the veteran experience is a realistic depiction of the wider veteran narrative. NBC, Broadway Video, SNL Studios“Shooter” (Season 1, Episode 1) – This upcoming American drama series is based on the best-selling novel “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg. The series, starring Ryan Phillippe, follows the courageous journey of Bob Lee Swagger, a highly-decorated ex-marine sniper who is coaxed back into action after a period of self-imposed exile when he receives intelligence of an attempt to assassinate the President. Premiering Tuesday, July 19 at 10/9c on USA Network, “Shooter” centers around a veteran utilizing his military training to wage good. Universal Cable Productions, Paramount Studios, USA Network“West Texas Investors Club” (Season 1, Episode 7) – In this episode of the reality business series, investors and businessmen Rooster McConaughey and Butch Gilliam help a budding entrepreneur realize that hiring skilled veterans and integrating them into their model will help grow his business, bucking negative stereotypes and celebrating a narrative that views veterans as leaders and civic assets. The Company, CNBC“Industry leaders and content creators have the unique ability to shift perceptions and create conversations in popular culture,” said Got Your 6 review committee member Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” “By moving away from inaccurate, stereotypical depictions of veterans, creators can help foster better understanding between the veteran and civilian communities.”“It’s been humbling to watch the trajectory of ‘6 Certified’ as it grows into the dynamic program we all knew it could be,” said Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company. “Being able to recognize content and creators from all different networks and studios is one of many things we in entertainment can do to help shift public perception of today’s veterans. It’s really exciting to see the diversity of programming in this slate of projects while still being connected and sharing a common goal.”Launched in January 2015 with support from the First Lady Michelle Obama, the “6 Certified” program was created to encourage the entertainment industry and content creators to choose asset-focused narratives when telling veteran stories, and to challenge the stereotypical depictions of veterans as broken heroes.To become “6 Certified,” a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges: 
DO YOUR HOMEWORKResearch or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representationsCAST A VETERANHire a veteran actor to play a substantial roleHIRE A VETERAN WRITEREmploy a veteran writer to contribute to the narrativePORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTERDevelop a multi-dimensional veteran characterTELL A VETERAN STORYDevelop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themesUSE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMSHave veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking processAfter the project has met the requirements for certification, it may be submitted by a studio or production company once the project enters post-production. After the submission is complete, the project will be evaluated by the “6 Certified” Review Committee; a group of subject matter experts who review all submissions and grant “6 Certified” status. The current members of the “6 Certified” Review Committee are Rajiv Chandrasekaran, journalist and author; Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures; Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company; Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6; Laura Law-Millet, Army veteran and Chief Operations Officer at the GI Film Group; and Major General (Ret) Sharon K.G. Dunbar, vice president, human resources, General Dynamics Mission Systems. Additional information on certification is available here.The “6 Certified” program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veteran campaign that empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. The campaign believes veterans return home as leaders and team builders and is named after the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”last_img read more

Humble Parents Protest Boards Pick For Next Superintendent

first_img Share Douglas County School DistrictElizabeth Fagen is the lone finalist for Humble ISD’s superintendent opening.When Humble school leaders picked Elizabeth Fagen as the lone finalist for superintendent in May, parents in her current district in Colorado celebrated her departure by posting confetti and smiley faced emojis online.Her tenure at the Douglas County School District was controversial, including a new voucher system that’s being fought over in the courts and the end of collective bargaining between teachers and the school board there.Soon parents in Humble started to protest her arrival to their district in northeast Harris County. More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition against Fagen as lone finalist, citing her track record in Colorado. More parents have organized a protest in person near the district’s headquarters this week.A spokeswoman for the Humble Independent school district said that it welcomes parents’ involvement in education. The board will hold a meeting next week on June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Humble ISD Administration Building to give more details about the search and gather public comment.The board has also issued a letter in response to parents’ outrage, saying “we are excited to have Dr. Fagen use her skills and talents as a former high school science teacher, high school principal, and superintendent to continue to lead the work in our district; the work we have set forth.”The Humble school board is expected to vote on Fagen at its meeting June 14. She would replace longtime Humble Superintendent Guy Sconzo who is retiring, but plans to stay on as a consultant until December.last_img read more

Instagram Will Soon Let Users Download All Their Photos Videos and Messages

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Instagram said it will launch a new data-portability tool — which will let users download all the content they’ve ever shared on the service — after the data-privacy practices of its parent Facebook have been the subject of intense scrutiny over the last several weeks.“We are building a new data portability tool,” an Instagram spokesman said. “You’ll soon be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages.” He didn’t provide a timeline for when the feature is expected to be introduced. Instagram’s plans for the new tool were first reported by TechCrunch.Facebook has provided the ability for users to download a copy of the info and content they share on the service since 2010. Instagram has largely escaped the controversies that have bedeviled Facebook over privacy, “fake news,” and election interference thanks mainly to Instagram’s design as a visual-first social media app.center_img Instagram confirmed the plans to add the data-downloading feature a little more than a month before Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect, on May 25. Among other things, the GDPR will require that users have the option to access to a full archive of data they have shared with a provider.Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion, back when Instagram had just 30 million users. Instagram currently has more than 800 million monthly users, a base that skews younger than Facebook.This week, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg testified before Senate and House committee hearings, each lasting around five hours. The impetus for the hearings, which didn’t yield much new information, was the scandal over political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica getting hold of data on tens of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge or consent.In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, Charles Porch, Instagram’s global head of creative programs, said at the Variety Massive Summit last month that across the entire company, employees were “horrified at the idea that someone would misuse data.”“What I will say, and I think this goes across all the platforms, protecting data and privacy across our platforms is our number one priority,” Porch said.last_img read more

Slightly Mad Studios CEO Reveals Details on New Console EXCLUSIVE

first_imgSlightly Mad Studios is the group behind “Project CARS 2” and “Need for Speed: Shift.” The London based studio, founded by Bell in 2009, is known for working on racing and driving simulators, as well, using its cross-platform Madness engine.“What is the Mad Box?” Bell wrote. “It’s the most powerful console ever built… It’s literally ‘Mad’… You want 4k, you want VR at 60FPS? You want a full engine for free to develop your games on it? You have it.”A Twitter user, @LogiForce, responded to this tweet questioning the 60 frames per second claim, asking if it should be 90FPS for VR, to which Bell replied that it’s 60FPS “per eye.” The studio is looking at shipping the console beyond the UK, and Bell hinted at some intriguing possibilities.“It will be a worldwide console,” Bell wrote. “And we’re already in early talks with areas that are, let’s say, not particularly open to other vendors at this moment.”When asked if the console will be crowdfunded or offered in partnership with another company or investor, Bell’s explanation revealed that Slightly Mad Studios already has several interested parties.“We have multiple investors already offering the required funding for us to see the product to completion, but it’s still early days and we’re looking at the best offers right now,” Bell explained. “All that we have approached are discussing standard partial ownership investment deals.” “Prices will drop with ship quantity but we’re not planning on taking as large a cut as other console owners to enable us to cut prices massively,” he stated. “We fully expect to be matching the best of the rest early in the lifecycle though.” When asked about what games will be available on the console, Bell stated that “We plan to allow games from all developers, old and new.”“The ’new’ possibly being many of those that benefit from our completely free development engine,” Bell said. “It will be a stand alone console.”As for exclusive titles, the CEO says it will be up to the developers.“We think exclusives are ‘exclusionary’ but given that we’ll be shipping a cross platform engine to all developers it will be their choice,” Bell wrote. “As of now we have no plans to pay developers ‘incentives’ to exclude other hardware vendors.”Exclusionary practices aren’t really in line with the thinking of Slightly Mad Studios, based on what Bell told us. Popular on Variety “We think the industry is a little too much of a monopoly or a micro oligopoly,” Bell explained. “We think competition is healthy and we have the required hardware contacts to be able to bring something epic to fruition based on our designs.”  As for how much the new console will cost, Bell said it will be “competitive with upcoming console prices.”center_img In addition to games and driving simulations, Slightly Mad Studios creates “simulation adaptions” using its Madness engine. These adaptions have various uses “from automotive to mining, autonomous vehicle AI to tailor-made VR showrooms, from off-the-shelf solutions to full bespoke simulation,” according to its website.“Project CARS” was even used to help test Almotive’s autonomous vehicle software and its ability to detect obstacles, according to VentureBeat.“Project CARS 2,” a racing simulation game released in 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and had “generally favorable reviews” and a score of 84 on Metacritic. It was nominated for Best Sports/Racing Game for The Game Awards in 2017. While we don’t have any images yet for the console, Bell told Variety that images of early design builds will be coming in four to six weeks time. Variety reached out to Bell, who clarified via email that the Mad Box will be 120 FPS after the confusing “per eye” FPS claim. Slightly Mad Studios is developing a “stand alone console,” that will support VR, CEO Ian Bell revealed Wednesday.The Twitter account of Ian Bell, CEO of Slightly Mad Studios cryptically tweeted “The Mad Box is coming” on Wednesday.When reached for more details, Bell told Variety that the console will ship in “around three years time” and that “it will be a console as is the Xbox or Playstation.”“It will support most major VR headsets and those upcoming and the specs will be equivalent to a ‘very fast PC 2 years from now’,” Bell wrote in an email. “We’re in early talks with manufacturers of components so we can’t say much more right now other than we have the designs specced out in detail.”The reveal originally appeared via Bell’s Twitter account, which appeared to be newly created as of Wednesday. The official Slightly Mad Studios Twitter account also retweeted Bell’s tweets, lending validity to the new account, which is not Twitter verified, yet. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Of the everchanging world

first_imgShift Collective, a unique exhibition of paintings and photographs of two Delhi-based young artists – Suman Sengupta and Amit Dey – was a melange of images, emotions and expressions of a journey that is both inward and outward. It is true to life and comments upon the world around us.  Shift is different from moving forward or moving backward. It means moving along the lateral. And among all physical mobility – pushing, pulling, picking or dropping – shifting is the most challenging. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the 22 works in this exhibition, one saw a gradation in the development of the ideas of the artists in this scheme and how each concept has been meticulously developed. The artists came from the mainstream visual media. The major shift in the manner in which the artists have challenged their mainstream work is the real creative genius of this exhibition.Mounted at the Lalit Kala Akademi, the week-long exhibition was jointly inaugurated by eminent painter Sanjay Bhattacharya, whose paintings adorn the walls of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, and leading photographer and advertising professional Akash Das, on Sunday, December 21.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAmit Dey’s photographs are a technical delight as he has used colourful light sources and exploited long exposures to create vignettes of light in his frames. Even while he lets loose, he pushes his equipment quite far so as to allow it to perform freely. In a quiet metaphor, he has lived the real meaning of photography in his works – writing light with light and creating the mesmerizing shimmering effect that light and shadows create on a vast space filled with lines and shapes. Two of his works on display – Power and Origin – bear ample testimony to it. Shashi Tharoor, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram who was among the special attendees at the inauguration, was effusive in his praise of the works of the two artists. “The photograph titled Soul is my favourite as it brings out the meaning of the word beautifully. I also like Breaking the LOC as it reveals the imminent danger of violence edging into peace in our environs, very evocative”. The exhibition concluded on December 27.last_img read more

The Weakest Link in Network Security

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read July 10, 2006 Your small-business network may be protected by firewalls, intrusion detection and other state-of-the-art security technologies. And yet, all it takes is one person’s carelessness, and suddenly it’s as if you have no network security at all.Let me give you an example. In March 2006, a major financial services firm with extensive network security disclosed that one of its portable computers was stolen. The laptop contained the Social Security numbers of nearly 200,000 people. How did it happen? An employee of the firm, dining in a restaurant with colleagues, had locked the laptop in the trunk of a SUV. During dinner, one of the employee’s colleagues retrieved an item from the vehicle and forgot to re-lock it. As fate would have it, there was a rash of car thefts occurring in that particular area at that particular time, and the rest is history.The moral of that story is clear: No matter how secure your network may be, it’s only as secure as its weakest link. And people–meaning you and your employees–are often the weakest link. It’s important to note that poor security puts your business, as well as your partners, at risk. As a result, many enterprises and organizations, such as credit-card companies, now specify and require minimum levels of security you must have in order to do business with them.So what can you do? Here are nine ways to minimize the risks that people can pose to the security of your company’s data:Password-protect your computers and mobile devices–particularly laptops. One basic step toward defending data is to require a password to launch Windows on a PC. It’s not bullet-proof, but it’s a start, and it’s a particularly important first defense for portable computers.Ideally, create a password that contains a mixture of characters and numbers and can’t be easily identified with the primary user of a computer. For instance, the password ‘Sam’ on a computer belonging to an employee named Sam would be easily guessed. Instead, it’s better to create a complex password mixing numerals and lower-case and capitalized letters, something that means something to you so you can remember it. Example: ‘2LgPepPz’ would be a better password for Sam, particularly if he loves large pepperoni pizzas.For the best protection, passwords should be changed every three months. Users shouldn’t share the passwords they create with anyone (administrators can still log onto a password-protected PC to perform diagnostics, system administration and other tasks).Another option is to use two-factor authentication. With a two-factor authentication system, you gain access to a computer using a password or PIN as well as an authenticator, a device (such as a smart card or USB device) that automatically changes your password every 60 seconds or so. Banks and other companies are increasingly moving toward two-factor authentication to prevent ID theft and other security risks.Don’t store passwords in unprotected areas. The more complex a password is, the easier it is to forget and you may want to record it somewhere. But don’t store your passwords in, say, a basic Word or Excel file or on a sticky note on your monitor. Instead, there are inexpensive software programs available that let you manage and secure multiple passwords.Consider laptops with biometric security. If you’re in the market for a new laptop, consider one that comes equipped with a biometric fingerprint scanner. The scanner reads fingerprints and only allows access to files on the computer to a user with an authorized fingerprint.Encrypt confidential files. Another way to protect sensitive data is to encrypt the files containing that data. Encryption scrambles data so that only an authorized user can access it. You can encrypt files using built-in tools in Windows XP Professional (but not XP Home), though some third-party applications offer more–and sometimes stronger–encryption tools.Whenever possible, don’t carry confidential data on a portable device or removable media. For maximum security, keep sensitive data off laptops, PDAs, BlackBerrys and other portable devices. As illustrated by the financial services firm example, if the device is lost or stolen, so is the sensitive data the device contains. If you must physically transport sensitive data, consider storing it only on an encypted flash-memory USB drive. Store the drive in your pocket and not in the laptop bag, so that you’ll still have it if the laptop is stolen or lost.Lock your laptop when traveling. Like bicycle locks, laptop security cables (costing $20 and up) allow you to physically secure your portable computer to a post or other stationary object. Most current laptops have a standardized security slot, into which you insert a locking device, which in turn is attached to the cable. For example, if you’re leaving a laptop in a hotel room that doesn’t have a safe, you could insert the locking device into the portable PC’s security slot, then wrap the cable around the narrow base of the bathroom sink. Portable laptop alarms are also available that emit a loud sound when your laptop is moved, which is helpful when waiting for the plane or other crowded area.Stay up to date. Keeping apprised of new tools and technologies can help you continue to bolster the security of your business’s data. For instance, new software utilities allow you to remotely erase all data on a lost or stolen smartphone just by sending a text message to the phone. And in recent months, new laptop hard drives have become available that automatically encrypt all data.Be vigilant. Above all, you and your employees must stay on guard to protect sensitive data. To help keep everyone on their toes, post signs above shared printers and fax machines, reminding users not to leave sensitive documents lying around. Place paper shredders near recycling bins or other common areas and encourage employees to use them.Create and enforce a security plan. Last, but not least: Your business should have a detailed, written security plan for employees that includes specific policies and procedures–including many (if not all) of the steps listed above. If security procedures aren’t in writing, it’s far too easy for employees to use the “I didn’t know” defense. And a security plan only works if it’s enforced and kept up-to-date.To devise a security plan, you may want to consult your trusted IT advisor. Also, your network vendor may provide online tools that can help you create a security plan. For example, Cisco Systems offers the Cisco Security Policy Builder, an online tool that can help you create a security policy tailored to your business’s specific requirements. Based on your answers to questions posed online, the tool will create a customized security policy template as a Microsoft Word file and e-mail it to you.The Alternatives? Lost Business, Lawsuits and MoreDoes all this sounds like a lot of trouble? Of course it does. But imagine what would happen to your business if all your customers’ credit-card information was stolen–simply because an employee left a laptop containing that data in an unlocked car? At a minimum, you risk angering and losing customers.Also, many small businesses, particularly those in financial and health-care services, must comply with regulations that mandate information security. One stolen laptop, and your business could be faced with heavy penalties due to non-compliance.In short, better safe than sorry. So get on the phone with your trusted IT advisor and start creating your detailed security plan today. You’ll sleep better tonight. Register Now »last_img read more