30 Dec

OGIO Rivet Messenger Bag Review

first_imgWhen it comes to commuting, less is usually more.The whole art of the commute is to get from where you are to where you need to be effectively and efficiently, with as little hassle as possible. This typically means you need all your work/work out/school/party stuff safely tucked away in a bag that is light and mobile, but also burly enough to protect your gear on the go. Maybe you also want it to be stylish. Maybe you also want it to be socially acceptable in every situation, from the office to the bar. Maybe you also want it to make chai tea and whip up vegan apps while you ride your fixie no handed and check your email in rush hour traffic. Some things we can have, others we can’t…..yet.OGIO is trying hard to get there with the Rivet messenger bag. OGIO is an interesting company. They make slick looking, functional travel bags and luggage, but they also make golf bags, heavy duty motocross accessories, and ATV racks. Basically, if you have a storage issue, OGIO has a product to fix it. The Rivet is aimed at the most technologically advanced commuter. It has pockets specifically designed for (17-inch) laptops, phones, tablets, and power cords. The phone slot is protected with “crushproof” plastic and all are lined with plush, bright red fleece so that when you unzip them it has the effect of a medical extraction.OGIO calls this Red Protection, meaning if the pocket is red in color, you know there is some sort of protection for your valuables, i.e. crushproof, soft lining, etc. This is cool, but the real reason you know your gear will be protected is the overall look of the bag. The straps are made out of the same rugged material as seat belts and the bag itself is coated 12 oz. canvas. Plus, the bag is large; not only in its 1350 cubic inch storage capacity, but also in its profile. Much like the SUV, this has a calming effect even if it doesn’t actually do anything to help prevent your laptop from getting smashed under a semi-truck. The computer sleeve pocket is built into the back panel, and super padded, so barring a semi-truck attack it should be fine in most reasonable situations. I like this design because it isolates the computer, preventing it from getting dinged up by the riff-raff of legal pads, pens, or….what do you call those things?…oh, yeah, books.The Rivet also has a “Pullman luggage handle port” so you can throw it on your carryon when you need to sprint through the Atlanta airport because, let’s face it, you will have to do that. The jet black motif adds a touch of class to the whole deal, making this a jack of all trades when it comes to the messenger bag.The video below puts it all in perspective.last_img read more

20 Dec

Peruvian Navy, Guardian of Protected Natural Areas

first_imgBy Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo March 06, 2018 The Peruvian Navy (MGP, in Spanish) began 2018 dealing blows to illegal mining in the Madre de Dios jungle region, in the southeast of Peru. Through the General Directorate of Captainships and Coast Guard, MGP conducted several operations on the Malinowski River, near the Tambopata national reserve, from January 8th-10th. During patrols of the river and its tributaries, coast guard units detected illegal mining activity.“We made an operations plan,” said to Diálogo MGP Lieutenant Junior Grade Jonathan Novoa Cabrera, assigned to the Coast Guard Captaincy of Puerto Maldonado, the capital of the Madre de Dios region. “We located the spots, and members of both the Navy and the Attorney General’s office entered by foot from the Malinowski River.”The operations were successful. Units destroyed a clandestine mining campsite, 15 suction pumps, 17 engines, six mining rafts, and a chainsaw.MGP reinforcementsIllegal mining in the vicinity of the Tambopata reserve dates back many years. The National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP, in Spanish)—a subordinate body of the Peruvian Ministry of Environment—detected illicit activity in the reserve in early 2000. By 2015, the criminals had invaded the reserve itself, prompting SERNANP to request MGP reinforcement.“In this scenario, and with the requirements from the Ministry of the Environment, through SERNANP, the Navy entered the Tambopata National Reserve permanently,” MGP Captain Eduardo Silva Marzuka, head of the Coast Guard Operations Command, told Diálogo. “They envisioned a two-part strategy: tackle illegal mining itself around the Malinowski River, and cut off illegal smuggling of supplies, fuel, and chemicals through the rivers.”To put the plan into action, MGP created a unit dedicated to eradicating illegal mining in the area of the Tambopata Reserve. The group, whose personnel alternates twice a month, set up at Las Palmeras base in the town of Mazuko, on the edge of the reserve. The unit also counts on the support of the Puerto Maldonado Coast Guard Captaincy.“The operations area is made up of the Inambari River and the Malinowski River,” Capt. Silva said. “It also [includes] the other Madre de Dios and Tambopata rivers, where operations against illegal mining are also carried out.”Devastating activityMGP destroys equipment used for illegal mining as soon as it is confiscated. (Photo: Peruvian Navy)Illegal mining has a huge impact on the Peruvian environment. The deforestation that results from the activity devastates the Amazon rainforest, and the use of mercury in the extraction process pollutes rivers and harms the population.According to the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP), an NGO of the United States, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador, Peru lost an estimated 143,500 hectares of forest in 2017. The Madre de Dios region, the MAAP indicated, is one of the main deforestation zones.With the increase in the price of gold on the international market, illegal mining became more mechanized and industrialized. The work of MGP evolved to detect campsites and destroy equipment used, as well as monitor the transport of chemical supplies and fuel used in this activity.“In the Inambari [River], the illegal transport of fuel is something that goes from Puno [city in the southeast of Peru] to the town of Mazuko every day,” said MGP Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ronald Sierra, assigned to Las Palmeras base. Jungle operations are not only demanding, but also risky. “On one occasion there were shots from breech-loading arms,” CWO 2 Sierra said about the January operations.Successful effortsWith MGP presence, invaded areas reduced notably. Although deforestation continues in Madre de Dios, MAAP indicated that forest loss in 2017 was the lowest in five years. According to data from the Tambopata Reserve, 95 percent of the areas invaded, or 721 hectares, were recovered.In 2017, MGP destroyed 11 campsites, 431 mining rafts, 26 dredges, and more than 1,000 different pieces of equipment, such as engines, suction pumps, and generators, among others, in the Madre de Dios region. The Navy also seized more than 23,000 gallons of fuel and arrested 35 people.“This is quite a considerable effort because we have dedicated a group of people to permanently combat [illegal mining] in the Tambopata National Reserve,” Capt. Silva concluded. “That means travel expenses, equipment that we implement all year long […] because our goal is to completely free [the area] from illegal mining.”last_img read more

20 Nov

Google Chrome for Android Gets a Zero-Day Vulnerability Fix Following Two Patches on Desktop Version

first_imgIs Android One holding back Nokia smartphones in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Google has released a new Chrome for Android update to fix a zero-day flaw that is currently exploited in the wild. The new update arrives just days after Google fixed two zero-day vulnerabilities in the desktop version of its Chrome browser. Details related to the attack are not yet public as a majority of Chrome for Android users are yet to install the update. Alongside the security fixes that include those rolled out initially for desktop users, the latest Chrome update also includes stability and performance improvements.The latest Chrome for Android update carries version number 86.0.4240.185 that includes fixes for a heap buffer overflow vulnerability, listed as CVE-2020-16010. The issue exists in the user interface (UI) component of the Web browser.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Google is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2020-16010 exists in the wild,” the company said in a blog post.Google’s Project Zero team reported the highly severe vulnerability on October 31. Further, the Threat Analysis Group (TAG) at Google, responsible for tracking threat actors, has been credited for discovering the zero-day attacks related to Chrome for Android.Details of the bug and its exploit are not yet revealed as the update is currently in its rollout process. However, Google said that the new version would become available for download through Google Play over the next few weeks.- Advertisement – Earlier this week, Google rolled out a security update for its Chrome browser on desktops that patched a zero-day vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2020-16009, that existed in JavaScript engine V8.Prior to the last update, Google patched another zero-day issue affecting its Chrome desktop version last month. That vulnerability, identified as CVE-2020-15999, impacted the FreeType font rendering library of the browser.It is unclear whether the three zero-day bugs discovered in the last one month are exploited by a single threat actor or multiple groups. Having said that, users on both Android and desktop versions of the Chrome browser are recommended to install the latest updates as soon as they are available.- Advertisement –last_img read more

18 Nov

The number of international overnight stays reached 1.4 billion

first_imgThe World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced that in 2018, the percentage of tourist overnight stays increased by 6% compared to the previous year, ie the total number of overnight stays was 1.4 billion. An interesting fact is that these results exceeded the 2010 UNWTO forecast in which they assumed that figure would only be reached in 2 years. But the strengthening economy, cheaper air travel, technological advances, new business models and a simpler visa process have accelerated the development of previous years. The number of overnight stays in the Middle East increased by as much as 10%, in Africa by 7%, in Asia, the Pacific Rim and Europe by 6%, while North and South America are below the world average – 3% increase. “The growth of tourism in recent years confirms that today this sector is one of the most powerful drivers of economic growth and development. It is our responsibility to manage it sustainably and turn this expansion into real benefits for all countries, and especially for all local communities, creating opportunities for jobs and entrepreneurshipSaid UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. “For this reason, in 2019, the UNWTO will focus on education and job creation”. Fuel price stability is significantly affecting more affordable air transport, while air connectivity is being systematically improved, connecting more and more destinations, making it easier to diversify source markets. Trends also show a large number of flights from developing countries such as India and Russia, but also smaller Asian and Arab markets. The number of international overnight stays in Europe in 2018 reached 713 million – 6% more than last year, which was quite good. The largest increases were recorded in southern Europe and the Mediterranean (7%), central and eastern Europe (6%) and western Europe (6%). The results in northern Europe are slightly weaker due to a much smaller number of overnight stays in the United Kingdom. Overall, new consumer trends are expected to strengthen in 2019, such as “traveling to change the environment”, “striving for healthy options” such as wellness and sports tourism, and “multigenerational travel” as a result of demographic change and more responsible travel. “Digitalisation, new business models, more affordable travel prices and social change are expected to continue to shape our sector, so both destinations and companies must adapt to change if they are to remain competitive.”, Added Pololikashvili. At the same time, the slowdown in global economic growth and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, as well as geopolitical and trade tensions, may raise concerns and caution among investors and travelers. Based on these figures, the UNWTO forecasts an increase of 3% to 4% next year.last_img read more

29 Sep

Asset-backed arrangements set to increase on dismal triennial valuations

first_imgThis has added around £2bn (€2.4bn) to the value of ABC arrangements, taking the total to more than £7bn.The firm expects this year to add substantially more given the funding situation from 2013 triennial reviews.Actuarial funding levels for schemes with 2013 dates, which will be finalised this year, will see substantial falls due to market conditions.The fall in funding for schemes that ran valuations in 2009 and 2012 was not as drastic.David Fripp, pensions partner at KPMG, said market conditions were still partly responsible for last year’s growth.“These conditions have persisted into 2014, and we’re finding that increasing numbers of companies and trustees are turning to ABCs to fund part or all of their deficits,” he said.KPMG also said the expectation of rising Gilt yields would make the arrangements even more popular.Schemes are concerned about current ‘artifical’ deficits and future surpluses, which can be alleviated by ABCs.KPMG’s analysis also found the average size of ABC arrangements fell substantially as popularity increased, as smaller schemes gained access to the option.The average ABC value between September 2012 and October 2013 was just £83m compared with £141m in 2010-11 and £323m in 2009-10.This was combined with an increase in the proportion of scheme assets being used.Five arrangements were valued at more than 20% of scheme assets in 2013, compared with two in 2012, and one a year earlier.Also increasing in popularity were longer-term arrangements, with 2013 seeing three deals reach the maximum 25 years.Five ABCs were put in place with terms ranging between 20 and 25 years, the first in more than two years.KPMG said updated guidance from the Pensions Regulator (TPR), released last year, would also increase interest in ABCs.Fripp added: “The guidance provides a helpful framework for companies and trustee boards to assess ABC proposals, which may make the implementation process more straightforward.” The use of asset-backed funding arrangements in UK pension schemes is expected to grow further this year after 2013 saw a substantial rise in the number of arrangements.Research by consultancy KPMG showed there were more than 20 arrangements put in place in the year from October 2012, accounting for almost half the number of deals to date.Its analysis found 13 deals were announced in the first half of 2013, the highest for any half-year.By comparison, only five were announced in the same period in 2012.last_img read more

23 Sep

Cincinnati Reds 2020 Schedule Update

first_imgCINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball announced the updated 2020 Schedule today. Click here to view it, and click here for the printable version. Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams today also announced that the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers will play a pair of exhibition games before their July 24 season opener.The teams will finish Summer Camp with a 6:40 p.m. game at Great American Ball Park on July 21 and a 6:10 start on July 22, followed by an off day on July 23.The Reds and Tigers begin the 2020 championship season at 6:10 p.m. on July 24 at Great American Ball Park.last_img read more

17 Sep

Despite injury, Fuller remains positive

first_imgLife can sometimes feel like a constant struggle to stay the course.  For redshirt junior forward Aaron Fuller, this idea held true. Coming out of high school, he knew he wanted to play college basketball, and he knew he could do it at a high level.  All he needed was the chance.  So when the University of Iowa was the only school from a major conference to recruit him, he decided to play there.High scoring · Since transferring to USC and sitting out for a season, redshirt junior forward Aaron Fuller has become a team leader with an average of 15.2 points and 6 rebounds per game. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanBut after two stellar seasons, Iowa’s coach Todd Lickliter was fired, leaving Fuller in a state of uncertainty. He decided it was time for a change.  At the conclusion of his sophomore year, Fuller decided to transfer to USC.  After all, the decision seemed fairly straightforward: The Trojans were coming off their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in five years, and the campus was far closer to his hometown of Mesa, Ariz. than Iowa City.“I really wanted to keep playing basketball at a high level at a big conference,” Fuller said. “I wanted to be closer to home.  I have a lot of family out here. USC is a great university and I just wanted to be a part of the tradition.”After sitting out the 2010-2011 season because of NCAA rules, Fuller started the season right back on track. Through his first six games, Fuller became a team leader with an average of 15.2 points and 6 rebounds per game.But after what seemed to be the beginning of another strong season, Fuller was again derailed by unforeseen adversity.“The [shoulder] injury started since the beginning of the season,” Fuller said. “I was kind of just grinding through most of the season and then just hit a point where I wasn’t able to really help my teammates out.“Over time, it just got worse and worse.”As the season progressed, Fuller’s production declined. An already undersized big man at a listed height of six-foot-six, Fuller found it far more difficult to play against bigger opponents at less than full strength.“It’s physical in the paint, so I wasn’t able to use my full strength and go up and get rebounds.  It really did affect my play.”The Trojans began the season already without their starting point guard in senior Jio Fontan, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the summer, and sophomore forward Curtis Washington, who also suffered a torn labrum. Already depleted, the team began the year with an all-hands-on-deck mentality that stretched what little depth the roster had to begin with. In the end, though, the strain on Fuller’s shoulder was too much to bear.“We decided to have the surgery right now so I could start the rehab process as soon as possible and get ready for summer workouts.”With the losses beginning to pile up for USC (6-16, 1-8 Pac-12), the last thing the team needs is to lose its leading rebounder and second-leading scorer. And with only six active players averaging more than 15 minutes per game, USC coach Kevin O’Neill is going to have to scramble to find a player (or players) to fill the void left by Fuller in the front court.Early candidates who figure to see more playing time are sophomore forward Garrett Jackson and junior center James Blasczyk, who average 16.2 and 15.6 minutes per game, respectively.As far as Fuller’s future is concerned, he remains optimistic. He and the Trojans have reason to be:  Despite having only one recruit signed on for next year, the team has plenty of newcomers projected to play next season. In addition to the expected return of injured players Fontan, Washington, and, of course, Fuller, transfer players Ari Stewart, a junior forward from Wake Forest, and Eric Wise, a senior forward from UC Irvine, are each expected to contribute right away next season.Stewart averaged 8.5 points per game last season for the Deamon Deacons, and Wise finished his three seasons at UC Irvine ranked 11th in school history in scoring and 15th in rebounds. Those are the kind of numbers the Trojans will hope for next year, but are desperately in need of for the remainder of this season.For now, O’Neill will have to settle for watching two of his most talented players only on the practice floor. Fuller, who went through the same situation a year ago, offers the two transfers advice on how to cope with not playing in games.“I just tell them to keep working hard every day.  Sitting out was tough, not being able to help your teammates. But just keep focusing on next year, because before you know it, you’re going to be playing.”And with a successful surgery and recovery, Fuller will be joining them, right back on track.last_img read more

16 Sep

Sakshi Malik: ‘Please have faith in me, I deserve a better treatment’

first_imgLast Updated: 5th October, 2019 14:36 IST Sakshi Malik: ‘Please Have Faith In Me, I Deserve A Better Treatment’ Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, feels “low & utterly disappointed” at being ‘dropped’ from the list of SAI’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). COMMENT Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img “I have won a medal for the country in the last Olympics. I am 27 not so old… and I am striving to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics which is just 9 months away. And you drop me from TOP Scheme. I am really disappointed and feel dejected. You cannot judge me by my one failure in World Championship (held in Kazakhstan last month),”  Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, feels “low & utterly disappointed” at being ‘dropped’ from the list of SAI’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). First Published: 5th October, 2019 14:36 IST Suman Ray The Sports Authority of India came out with its new list on Friday, which “did not continue” with Sakshi as a TOP scheme beneficiary and had preferred to include new faces (young wrestlers).READ | Hardik Pandya Vows Comeback In No Time Post-surgery, Shares Picture’Gross injustice’Her husband Satyawart Kadiyan, the 2014 CWG silver medallist in 97 kg category, feels that “gross injustice” was meted out to Sakshi. “Yeh sahi nahi kiya. SAI ke logo ko samanjhna chahiye thha. Yeh Olympic medalist hai. Commonwealth & Asian Games nahi… (It’s not fair. SAI hasn’t done the right thing with her. She is an Olympic medallist, not a CWG or Asian Games medallist),” he observed.Satyawart said a little more respect and faith was expected from the authorities. “Sakshi pe bharosa hona chahiye thha. Badi wrestler hai. Phir se medal dilayegi. (They should have shown some faith in Sakshi. She will again bring medal),” he added.READ | Azharuddin To Represent Hyderabad At BCCI’s AGM In Mumbai On Oct 23Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh also felt bad at the new development. “I feel for Sakshi. She has been there. She still has a chance to qualify and prove her detractors wrong.”Sakshi lost in the first round of the World Wrestling Championship and failed to qualify for the Olympics but she still has two chances or qualifying tournaments in the next four months.Sources in SAI said the sports body just follow the strict rules. “It’s not the end of the road for Sakshi. We can always include her once she qualifies for the Olympics,” he added.READ | Sumit Nagal Reaches Semi-finals Of ATP Challenger Circuit In BrazilREAD | Frank Lampard Delighted To See Abraham And Tomori In England Squad last_img read more

30 Aug

Black Type COO, Stephen Davison: Maximising racing’s expansion

first_img Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Black Type is looking to build on a positive 2018 and benefit from a rejuvenated digital approach in the year ahead.We spoke to the operator’s new COO, Stephen Davison on how the brand is looking to elevate its digital offering in 2019, as well as what the changes in racing broadcasting mean for Black Type. SBC: Can you detail the plans and focuses for Black Type in 2019?Stephen Davison: The main plan for Black Type in 2019 is to improve our product. In order to do that, we are going to get a new app, a new desktop website, a new mobile site. This is a big project for us but is something that will greatly improve the user experience. We are very aware that our current app isn’t up to the standard required, particularly compared to the likes of Sky Bet, Bet365 and Paddy Power and whether we like it or not we are competing against them for the same types of customers, so we need to ensure that we are not giving any customers that come to us a reason to leave because the website wasn’t good enough. We will also shortly be adding horse racing related content to our website which will add another string to our horse racing offering. We are also in discussion with streaming providers to get images up on in-play football and tennis. Last and not least, we are expecting to have live streaming on all UK horse racing up on our site in time for Cheltenham.SBC: Can you explain some of the challenges that come with establishing yourselves in what is a saturated market for online betting operators?SD: Whether we like it or not, we are competing for the business of customers who bet with the major bookmakers like Bet365 and Sky Bet. While it is impossible for us to compete with these companies financially, we can perhaps provide a more personal touch to retain these customers. We have to make sure that the experience they get with us is just as good as they get there. That’s why we are investing heavily in improving our website, app, content and CRM tools.SBC: Without an excessive marketing spend, how do you ensure the brand character you are portraying is truly effective?SD: I think there are a number of examples of companies who have gone at things with a huge marketing spend which hasn’t paid off. First of all, the product you are offering needs to be unique, that is worth its weight in gold vs marketing spend, in my opinion. Our uniqueness is we are trying our best to be competitive on price on the sports we want to lay. We are not going to be competitive all the time and we pick our battles, but I would hope that we can be recognised for the fact we are trying to do things a little differently. Once the product is right and the brand has been built up then I think that is then the right time to spend on marketing.SBC: As an operator that places a key focus on horse racing, how much can you benefit from the current broadcasting evolution that the sport is enjoying?SD: With Irish Racing moving to the newly rebranded Racing TV and Sky Sports launching a dedicated Racing Channel to replace At The Races, there has been a huge amount of change but once the dust settles and they get into stride, I believe racing as a product will benefit in the long run. Sky Sports Racing, for example, are now showing racing in HD and their new drone footage and slow-motion footage makes racing more watchable for the regular punter. We will have live streaming available on all our racing in time for Cheltenham which will improve our user experience massively.SBC: What can you do to ensure that you meet the desires of both casual and more committed horse racing punters?SD: One thing which we continue to be very proud about, is that we are very committed on price. If you check our price on the morning of the race on Oddschecker, we will be trying to lay a bet.In terms of our more casual punters, we are looking to introduce more derivative markets. Again, the introduction of live streaming on all UK horse racing will be welcomed by both the casual and more committed horse racing punters. Share Submitlast_img read more

29 Aug

Samuel Eto’o announces retirement from football

first_imgSamuel Eto’o has announced his retirement from all forms of football at the age of 38.The veteran enjoyed an excellent career at the top level of the game, winning numerous trophies with Barcelona and also representing Cameroon at four World Cups.Widely regarded as one of Africa’s greatest-ever players, Eto’o posted on his official Instagram handle: “The end. Towards a new challenge. Thank you all, big love.”Having spent his youth career at Kadji Sports Academy, he joined Real Madrid where he was loaned to Leganes, Espanyol, and Mallorca.His awe-inspiring form in Mallorca saw him join Barcelona in 2004. There, he won two Champions Leagues, four La Liga titles, two Supercopa de Espana and one Copa del Rey. He also became the record holder for most La Liga caps by an African.At Inter Milan, he won his third Champions League under Jose Mourinho’s tutelage and also added Serie A, Supercoppa Italiana, Fifa Club World Cup and Coppa Italia titles to his impressive haul in Italy.He was unable to collect any winners’ medals at Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea, Everton, Sampdoria, Antalyaspor and Konyaspor, before a move to Qatar SC.On the international scene, he was the youngest player at the 1998 World Cup after making Cameroon squad at the age of 17.Eto’o claimed gold at the 2000 Olympics as well as two Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2002 with four African Player of the Year crowns – a record he shares with Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure. Source: Goallast_img read more