Growing demand for freelance work, survey shows

first_imgIs it a good time to be a freelancer? If you’re hoping to take on more work in the future, that answer is yes.According to the national independent survey we commissioned with Elance-oDesk, more than one in three freelancers thinks that they’ll be getting more work and more money in the next year.Of the 5,000 freelancers surveyed, 32% say that they’ve seen demand for their services increase in the past year. That’s more than double the 15% of freelancers who said that demand for their services has decreased.In addition, 38% of the independent workers surveyed said that they expect to work more hours next year, while only 12% of freelancers anticipated fewer hours. Mo’ work does not equal mo’ problems for these freelancers however – 97% of that subgroup said that working more hours is “a good thing.”Luckily, there’s an estimated pay increase along with those extra hours. 43% freelancers said they expect their income to increase in the coming year, in comparison to 11% who thought that their income would decrease. There’s other evidence to support this idea as well; Fortune.com wrote about the rise of freelance pay this spring.These freelancers’ optimism and shared experiences are a good indication that there’s unmet demand for freelance work right now – and that opportunities for freelance work are on the rise.Freelancers, do you agree? Will you be taking on more freelance work in 2015?Antonia Blair likes all things related to art, design, and tech. Follow her on Twitter @AntoniaBlairArtlast_img read more

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Champions League: Harry Kane double helps Tottenham Hotspur beat Borussia Dortmund

first_imgHarry Kane struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur made a flying start to their Champions League campaign with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in their Group H opener at Wembley on Wednesday.The England striker made sure there was no repeat of last season’s home woes in the competition with his side’s second and third goals after Dortmund’s Andriy Yarmolenko had cancelled out Son Heung-min’s opener in a frantic start.Kane had failed to find the net in August before scoring twice for England against Malta and twice at Everton at the weekend and he showed he is back to his razor-sharp best with a fine left-foot finish in the 15th minute.He then slotted his second on the hour mark to double his Champions League tally to four and, more importantly, seal only Tottenham’s third win in 13 matches at Wembley where two defeats in the competition last season proved so costly.The only blemish on the night for Spurs was centre back Jan Vertonghen’s dismissal in stoppage time.What a start at Wembley! ??? #THFC 2-1 #BVB ? pic.twitter.com/i90Sp7dRZK- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 13 September 2017″Harry Kane was fantastic,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told reporters. “It was so important to start well in a tough game.”Dortmund played really well, they dominated the first half. We increased our level in the second half and we were very clinical in front of goal.”It was not a night for latecomers at Wembley with three goals in a breathless opening 15 minutes.advertisement.@HKane adds our third of the night! ?? #COYS pic.twitter.com/oF29LPIoV2- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 13 September 2017Tottenham, keen to start making the national stadium feel like home, if only for a season, went ahead after four minutes when Son burst down the left and with keeper Roman Burki perhaps expecting a cross the South Korean flashed home a left-foot shot that crept in at the near post.Huge performance. Massive win to get our @ChampionsLeague group started! ?? #UCL #COYS pic.twitter.com/AB7G3mFRYY- Harry Kane (@HKane) 13 September 2017It momentarily silenced the yellow mass of Dortmund fans parked behind the goal but they were in full voice in the 11th minute when experienced Ukrainian Yarmolenko, signed last month from Dynamo Kiev, equalised in stunning fashion.??? Mauricio: “It means more than three points. To build our confidence, trust and feel at home at Wembley is so important.” #COYS pic.twitter.com/pgGyYuVE3m- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 13 September 2017After a neat one-two with former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa he looked up and curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner of Hugo Lloris’s goal.Tottenham were temporarily rattled but did not have long to fret as they restored their lead four minutes later with a virtual carbon copy of their opener.??? @HKane: “It’s a massive win for us. We wanted to bring energy and get the fans on their feet. We deserved the victory.” #COYS pic.twitter.com/347Ndn3zOS- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 13 September 2017This time Kane shrugged off the weak challenge of Omer Toprak and advanced into the area before lashing a left-foot shot across Burki who again probably could have done better.Dortmund, who enjoyed 63 percent of possession, remained dangerous and Christian Pulisic was close to finishing off a counter-attack but could not divert Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross goalwards from close range.Aubameyang was unlucky to have his half-volleyed effort disallowed for offside early in the second half. “It was 100 percent a goal,” Dutch coach Peter Bosz said.??? Mauricio: “It means more than three points.” ??? #COYS pic.twitter.com/lPl9RrrGsk- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 13 September 2017Tottenham finally got the two-goal cushion they needed on the hour when Christian Eriksen slid in Kane on the left edge of the area and the striker’s left-foot shot took a slight deflection before nestling in the far corner.Home keeper Hugo Lloris then saved well from Aubameyang while Kane almost grabbed his hat-trick.Tottenham played the final few minutes with 10 men after Vertonghen was shown a second yellow card for catching substitute Mario Goetze in the face with his arm.He will miss Tottenham’s next game against APOEL Nicosia.??? @HKane: “We wanted to bring energy, get the fans on their feet and play good football.” #COYS pic.twitter.com/B0eSrZho7p- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 13 September 2017last_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro with notched display, dual cameras, AI face unlock launched

first_imgThe Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro was finally launched in China on Sunday and it is exactly what weeks of teasers and official renders have told us. The Redmi 6 Pro is Xiaomi’s first Redmi phone to sport an iPhone X-like notch. The budget smartphone also packs a whole bunch of notable specs and features that includes a 19:9 display, dual cameras, a large battery and AI face unlock, among other things. The Redmi 6 Pro was launched alongside the Mi Pad 4 and have been announced only for China as of now.The Redmi 6 Pro comes just days after Xiaomi announced the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A budget smartphones. What sets the Redmi 6 Pro apart from other Xiaomi phones is that it is the first to sport a display notch to allow for a larger screen-to-body ratio. The phone comes with a 5.84-inch Full-HD+ (1080×2240) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. As far as everything else goes, the phone looks pretty similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. This includes a rear panel that is a combination of metal and plastic with vertically placed dual cameras on the top left corner and a fingerprint sensor.The Redmi 6 Pro sounds like a mix of the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset, similar to the Redmi Note 5. This is coupled with an Adreno 506 GPU and either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. Depending on the RAM variant, you get either 32GB or 64GB of storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a dedicated microSD card slot. The dual rear camera setup is similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro as it includes a 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF and LED flash, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor that allows for AI Portrait mode. Up front, you get a 5-megapixel that also supports AI Portrait mode, HDR and AI face unlock.advertisementLike the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Redmi 6 Pro also houses a large 4,000mAh battery, which means the phone should take through a day and then some. The newest Redmi phone brings expected connectivity options like dual-SIM support, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, micro-USB and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Redmi 6 Pro runs MIUI 9 on top of Android.The Redmi 6 Pro slots below the Redmi Note 5 Pro and has been priced starting at CNY 999 (approx Rs 10,400) for the 3GB + 32GB variant, and CNY 1,199 (approx Rs 12,500) for the 4GB + 64GB model. The phone will go on sale in China starting 10am on Tuesday and will be available in Black, Blue, Gold, Pink and Red colours. Registrations for the first flash sale is open now. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but you can expect the phone to make it to India in the near future.last_img read more

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Ohio State Fans Will Love What Cardale Jones Just Tweeted

first_imgA closeup of Cardale Jones warming up for an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)It was a rough first half for Ohio State against Penn State tonight, as the Buckeyes were solidly outplayed for 30 minutes at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa.Ohio State is bouncing back in the second half, though.Urban Meyer’s team has looked much stronger in the third quarter.It’s now Ohio State 14, Penn State 13.The Buckeyes just had a tough field goal miss, but things are still looking promising.Former star Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones seems to agree.This is the Buckeyes we know!— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) September 30, 2018Can Ohio State hold on?The game is on ABC.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Afghanistan hoping to finish well, says head coach Phil Simmons

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Dispatches from Charleville

first_imgThe Director’s office is the last of the iconic buildings at LBSNAA (fondly called the Academy) by its Alumni: the wooden panels and the collection of books, souvenirs and memorabilia gifted by institutions, batches, and individuals make it one of the best-appointed office spaces. The set of rooms right below the director’s office is also packed with books received by me in my capacity as the honorary curator of the Valley of Words–these range from translations from regional languages to Hindi and English, besides of course the best of recently published fiction and non-fiction. These dispatches are likely to be typed out from one of these two rooms–hence the title of the column–which over the next few weeks will capture the flavour of discussions, conversations, book reviews, cultural programs and development interventions that the Academy and its alumni are engaged with. Incidentally, the Charleville campus was purchased for the Academy in 1959 at a princely sum of Rs 4 lakhs! Also Read – A special kind of bondAt present, we are running two programmes–an Induction training programme for officers promoted from the state services to IAS, and a mid-career training programme for officers with seven to ten years of service in IAS. Together, we have 170 officers, and the campus is again abuzz with activity–for the life on campus is not just about the classroom but the library, auditorium, discussions in the plaza over coffee, interactions over meals and conversations before and after the morning regimen of PT/Yoga. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Induction programme was inaugurated by PK Basu, formerly a Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, and later a member of CAT. The theme of his inaugural address was the management of change, and how we in IAS should be adept at it–for the only constant in life is change. Individuals, institutions, departments, organisations and nations which are willing to, and capable of change not only survive and do well, they also become more powerful and relevant in the process. Those who are reluctant to change, or are lackadaisical in their approach fall by the wayside. IAS as a service has been quick to adapt to changes–we have made a very effective transition from being a service focused primarily on law and order to one in which development administration became the predominant focus. In fact, IAS has been quick to respond to the political executive’s changing priorities at all levels. We delivered employment guarantee programmes at the district and sub-district levels, formulated schemes at the level of states and directorates, and while in the government of India, took the lead in almost every sector–from disinvestment in non-core/non-strategic PSUs to restructuring of power utilities and bringing in a regulatory regime in almost all the sectors–from telecom to real estate. Basu pointed out that when we started doing this, the onus of doing this naturally fell to the shoulders of IAS–and we acquitted ourselves well for two clear reasons: the training opportunities provided by the government to address these issues and of course the hard work and commitment of the officers entrusted with this task. The inaugural address for the Phase III officers who had completed one decade in the service was delivered by Pawan Agarwal, CEO of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. He mentioned five clear changes in the eco-system of governance over the last few years. The first of these was the clear message that corruption is absolutely unacceptable and that the days of ‘fixers and wheeler-dealers’ were over. Governance systems are more robust than before. The second was the move towards cleanliness and Swachh Bharat–all government offices and facilities looked much better than before. The third was the breakdown of silos: departments and agencies were finally talking to each other–and whether it was the overarching goal of making India a five trillion-dollar economy or Financial Inclusion, there was a broad consensus that this is not the job of any single department. The fourth was related to the transfer of resources and responsibilities to state governments and the need to work on co-operative federalism in letter and spirit. Last but not least, there was the realisation that the government was not the sole repository of wisdom, and knowledge inputs could be sourced from everywhere. This meant that specialists indeed had a role but there was nothing to prevent members of the service from acquiring the specific skill sets that are required to make intelligent interventions in the required sectors. As a matter of fact, the Department of personnel and training and LBSNAA are keen that officers pick up a thematic area say agriculture, food and rural development, or infrastructure and municipal administration, or social sector–health, education, nutrition or the security sector–home, defence, national security, enforcement–and do online courses from the best universities, think tanks and academic institutions. This could be followed up by a Masters/M Phil and a serious engagement with academics and practice specialists in these sectors. Thus, officers wanting to specialise in agriculture could engage with IFPRI and CGIAR and follow this with degrees at Cornell or Sussex. Towards the end of last week, officers of the 1979 Foundation batch from all the Services came to the Academy to celebrate their fortieth anniversary. It was a pleasure and honour to meet several senior colleagues and get introduced to several officers from other services. This was coordinated by my former boss and mentor Anup Thakur, and he was so gracious in his appreciation of the efforts of the Academy. The bonhomie was just too great! While the Academy takes the direct responsibility of organising the retreat for officers in their Golden Jubilee years–batches often come together to mark their 20th, 25th and 40th anniversaries. Earlier this year, the ’99 batch came together, and next month 1994 will celebrate their silver jubilee. We at the Academy feel that these ‘homecomings’ are the best way to foster the esprit de corps–not just for the duration of the Service, but even beyond! (The author is Honorary Curator, Valley of Words: Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Tropical storm strikes Thai beaches but no major damage reported

first_imgNAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand — Rain, wind and surging seawater from a tropical storm buffeted coastal villages and world-famous tourist resorts on southern Thailand’s east coast on Friday, knocking down trees and utility poles and flooding roads.One person was reported dead and another missing after a fishing boat with a crew of six capsized in high waves, but there were no reports of major damage by nightfall. It appeared that tropical storm Pabuk caused aggravation during the country’s high tourist season but less damage than had been feared.Airlines and boat operators suspended operations for safety reasons and tourists were forced to change travel plans.Beaches were closed, but even with the bad weather approaching, tourists on the popular island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand continued to patronize bars and restaurants catering to them.That was good fortune for the tourism industry, whose safety problems were highlighted last July when 47 Chinese tourists drowned after their boat sank in rough seas near the popular resort of Phuket.Ahead of this week’s storm, more than 6,100 people in four provinces were evacuated, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.The Meteorological Department said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometres per hour at late afternoon, down from 75 km/h when it hit land shortly after noon.It continued to warn of strong winds and waves 3-5 metres high in the Gulf of Thailand and 2-3 metres in the Andaman Sea. It advised all ships to stay ashore through Saturday and warned of possible storm surges on the Gulf coast.“We can expect heavy rain and downpours, flooding and flash floods in the area throughout the night,” department Director-General Phuwieng Prakhammintara said.A spokesman for Global Affairs Canada said there are 5,192 Canadians registered in Thailand, although that number is only an estimate as registration is voluntary.“Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by tropical storm Pabuk. Global Affairs Canada is closely monitoring the situation and stands ready to provide consular assistance as required,” Guillaume Berube said in a statement.Evacuation efforts were especially intense in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, about 800 kilometres south of Bangkok, where authorities sent trucks through flooded streets with downed power lines, urging people in danger zones to leave.“You cannot stay here. It’s too dangerous,” they repeated from truck-mounted loudspeakers.Koh Samui appeared to have been spared much of the brunt of the storm.Rain there stopped by Friday evening, said Joe Kieta, and American visitor, “so it seems like the worst is past us.”Kieta, editor of California’s Fresno Bee newspaper, said in an email that roads on the island had light debris, his hotel’s beach area was closed and guests were discouraged from going out.Southern Thailand also has popular resort destinations on its west coast on the Andaman Sea, and they now await the storm.The navy said Thailand’s sole aircraft carrier, the HTMS Chakri Naruebet, was on standby at its base east of Bangkok, prepared to sail to help with relief efforts at a moment’s notice.PTT Exploration and Production Public Co. Ltd. said it inspected its offshore gas platforms in the Gulf of Thailand and plans to resume production on Sunday. It said all staff were safe.There had been fears that the storm would be the worst to hit Thailand since 1989, when Typhoon Gay left more than 400 people dead. A tropical storm in 1962 killed more than 900 people in the south.— with files from The Canadian PressSumeth Panpetch, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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16th Annual FedExSt Jude Angels Stars Gala Raises 1 million For St

first_imgThe South Florida community united against childhood cancer on Saturday, May 19, when 500 guests filled the Grand Ballroom at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami at the 16th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala.Julia Rodriguez, Maria Elena Salinas & St. Jude patient Victoria at 16 FedEx St. Jude Angels & Stars galaPhilanthropists, influencers and celebrities gathered to honor the true stars — the patients and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The annual event, chaired by Javier Polit, President & Chief Information Officer for The Procter & Gamble Company, raised funds to help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.Broadcast journalist, news anchor, and the author, called the “Voice of Hispanic America” by The New York Times, Maria Elena Salinas, received the 2018 “FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Lifetime Achievement Award” for her outstanding citizenship to the community.“I have always been on a mission to inform and empower my community, and now I am excited to be able to share the remarkable stories of bravery and inspiration from St. Jude as well, this is truly an honor I take with the greatest of responsibility,” said Salinas.Monica Rabassa, Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Communications from Univision Communications, also received an award for her longstanding commitment to the families of St. Jude. This event was co-founded in 2002 by model and entrepreneur Daisy Fuentes. Since that time, the Miami gala has raised more than $7 million.“Events like these are so important as we continue to raise awareness and funds for our lifesaving mission all across the United States and beyond,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We congratulate both Maria Elena and Monica for their commitment to the patients and families of St. Jude and thank them for their continued support.”The gala had the support of some of television and music’s most notable stars, including Victor Manuelle, Zuleyka Rivera, Ilia Calderon, William Valdes, DJ Mauricio Parra, Sebastián Villalobos, Jorge Bernal, Quique Usales, Boris Izaguirre, Marc Clotet, Candela Ferro, Khotán Fernández, Poncho de Anda, Maky Soler, and Federico Díaz among others.This year’s gala sponsors included: FedEx Express, Bancrédito International Bank, Salesforce, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Dell Technologies, CISCO, Softtek, Carnival Foundation, AT&T, C-Comm Group, Accenture, Diario La Americas, Rana Furniture, Clarins and International Dermatology Research.last_img read more

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PRRD expands landslide evacuation alert area south of Fort St John

first_img7131 265 Rd7219 265 Rd9808 240 Rd9840 240 Rd9860 240 Rd9878 240 Rd9914 240 Rd9936 240 Rd9940 240 RdThe PRRD’s geotechnical engineers say that increased signs of instability have been observed near the head scarp of the west, main and east slides, and tension cracks are also being observed further up the gully. As such, the risk to the surrounding properties near the slides has increased and have been placed on alert. The PRRD says that it will continue monitoring the movement and will be collecting additional LiDAR information on a daily basis.  Any significant movement noted during aerial survey via helicopter will be reported and updates provided accordingly.On Tuesday, three properties south of the 240 Road and along the east side of 100th Street/265 Road were placed under alert due to the increasing instability in the hillsides near the landslide itself, which also caused Temporary Entry Permits for residents looking to access their homes covered under the evacuation order to be suspended until further notice. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has once again expanded the area under an evacuation alert south of Fort St. John because of last week’s landslide above the community of Old Fort.As of 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, nine more properties north of the 240 Road and east of the 265 Road/100th Street are now on alert. The list of properties is as follows:last_img read more

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Cork mother has ten days to raise €35000 for twins surgery

first_imgA CORK MOTHER has been faced with the task of raising nearly €35,000 before 16 December to raise money for vitally-needed medical procedures for her twin daughters.Audrey Murnane’s daughters Zoe and Maya were born prematurely last June. The fragile newborns were diagnosed with Long Segment Tracheal Stenosis, a condition that causes major blockages to their airways.At one point, Maya had an airway opening of just 1.1 millimetre. The girls have trouble gaining weight and need to have their airways observed constantly.The girls, who are the only twins in Ireland to have the condition, have been fed through tubes for the majority of their short lives.Funding for a non-invasive surgery was not available through the HSE, with Audrey saying that she feels “let down” by the health system in Ireland.However, Great Ormond Street Hospital in London have offered the family two beds on Christmas Week. There, the girls will have non-invasive surgery carried out to balloon their airways.The procedure is not available in Ireland and Audrey has been advised to call an ambulance if one of the girls turns blue.FundraisingThe Great Ormond Street offer comes with a catch, however. The procedures cost over €17,000 each – and the payment deadline is 16 December.Audrey received the request for payment on Tuesday and got straight to work.She set up a Facebook page, which has begun to capture the imagination of people far and wide.Since Tuesday, Audrey has received money, offers of services and help from one unlikely source.“I was in a hotel in Limerick after a funeral, just after launching the Facebook page when the Munster Rugby team came in.“It was like a sign from God and I got really upset. Donnacha O’Callaghan came over and sat down, he didn’t know me and didn’t know what was wrong with me, but he sat down with me, went through everything that was wrong and said “right, we’ll do anything and everything we can to help”.”That chance meeting has led to Munster donating prizes for an online auction that will take place next week.Munster are not the only ones helping out, however.“In the first 24 hours, we raised 30 per cent of the target and now we’re at around 43 per cent.”Audrey says that the response has been huge.“People are donating from all over the world, people are offering services and help.It’s amazing to experience the enormity of the support that is out there in Ireland.“We’re very lucky, thank God, that we’re getting all this help.”To donate to the fund, click here.To make a lodgement, money can be transferred to: Ulster Bank Account Number: 19508190, Sort Code; 98-57-55,To visit the campaign’s Facebook page, click here.Read: 70 business leaders sleep rough to raise money for homelessnessRead: Food Bank centre reacts to a new reality – a new povertylast_img read more

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Ivy Bridge chips run hot due to Intels thermal paste choice

first_imgLast month Intel launched the 22nm Ivy Bridge processors as a successor to the Sandy Bridge Core chips. It didn’t take long for enthusiasts to get their hands on the new processors and start overclocking them. It was then discovered Ivy Bridge chips run hotter than Sandy Bridge–as much as 20 degrees Celsius higher when overclocked.At the time, it was suggested that the heat difference was due to Intel changing from the fluxless solder used between the CPU and heat spreader for Sandy Bridge to a thermal paste solution for Ivy Bridge. And now that has been confirmed by Japanese website PC Watch.Intel’s reason for the switch is clearly to save on the cost of production, and for the typical user who won’t be overclocking their machine it won’t make much difference. However, if you build your own systems you can solve the problem with one additional purchase: a good quality thermal paste.PC Watch purchased a high quality paste and used it instead of what Intel ships the Ivy Bridge chips with. The result was an 18-23% drop in temperature, which also means there’s potential to clock the chip higher without having to make the switch to a more expensive cooling solution.As the thermal paste is used underneath the heat spreader the chips ship with, it’s a little bit more involved to replace it when compared to the paste used between the chip and a heatsink. However, if you intend to overclock then it’s going to be worth the effort.Read more at PC Watch (translated), via Engadgetlast_img read more

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Review Unmechanical for PC

first_imgWhile looking at things like video games, movies, and apps I tend to think that there should be a relationship between price and hours of enjoyment. After doing some math (based loosely on the price of a movie ticket), I determined that an hour of entertainment is worth about $10. With that in mind, indie game developers are in a powerfully disruptive position because they are able to create games that offer many hours of entertainment but they charge significantly less than mainstream games.After seeing the trailer for Unmechanical a little while ago, I have been impatiently waiting for it to show up on GOG.com. Unmechanical is a perfect example of the kind of game that, at $9, is going to force major production titles to up their game if they want to keep my business.If you get all the way through Unmechanical and actually understand what unfolded, you are far more advanced than I. Having completed the game, I’m still not entirely sure what the plot of the game was but I know this: you play a small robot with a propeller on his head and four absolutely useless limbs. In the opening video your character is snatched out of the sky and you spend the rest of the game flying and swimming around in… well, I’m not really sure what exactly. Your environments shift from industrial to dirt to body parts, and some hybrids of those three just for fun.Each of the environments are connected by tubes and vents, presented in 2.5-style animations. It might sound complex but game is powered by the Unreal Engine, so most computers will be able to play it pretty well.The soundtrack that accompanies the game does a great job of getting you excited when you are moving around quickly, and staying out of your brain when you are stumped by a puzzle. It’s not a soundtrack that I would listen to apart from the game, but it compliments the title nicely. The sound effects that the character makes are often annoyingly repetitive, and since you are essentially the only thing in the game that is moving around and doing things, those sounds don’t ever go away.Controls for Unmechanical couldn’t be simpler: you’ve god your d-pad (or WSAD if you prefer) and the spacebar (or left mouse click). The spacebar activated a tractor beam of sorts that you use to complete objectives. The whole game is a series of puzzles. At points, multiple puzzles come together to solve larger puzzles, and in other places you’ll find yourself dragging pieces from one puzzle to a different environment to start the next.For most of the game, you find yourself completing puzzles that appear to be fixing things, but at other points you complete puzzles by being willfully destructive. There doesn’t seem to be any real reason why you are destructive in some areas and constructive in others. And then, like many games of this type, the ending is abrupt, leaving you with simultaneous feelings of accomplishment and the desire to play more.In the five hours I played Unmechanical, I found a couple of areas where the puzzle pieces got stuck, and forced me to re-start the level in order to fix the mistake I had made. The game saves often, so each time there was very little progress lost, but it was frustrating nonetheless.I had originally intended on playing Unmechanical over the course of a couple of days, but I found myself really drawn in to both the gameplay and the environment and couldn’t stop myself from running through it. I wish that the overall plot of the game had been made clearer, but I thoroughly enjoyed piloting my strange little robot through the world.last_img read more

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Android gets a working PSP emulator

first_imgSony became the first — and is still the only — console manufacturer to have embraced the Android operating system. Unfortunately, cross support to other Sony platforms is still lacking, so it is up to the hacking community to bridge the gap. Case in point: some fervent developers have managed to create a fully-functional PSP emulator that can run on Google’s mobile operating system.The emulator, known as PPSSPP, is also available for Windows and has reached version 0.2. While its creators admit there is still a lot of work to be done, they have demonstrated a proof-of-concept running on Android hardware. Games like Puzzle Bobble Deluxe, Puyo Pop Fever, and Pinabll Fantasies are all playable through the emulator using touchscreen controls.Granted, those titles don’t form the most desirable PSP games line-up, but the developers say that it’s a start. They are currently working on improving the speed and portability. In fact, the emulator has already been ported to Blackberry.The PSP has carved itself a most unwanted distinction in the gaming community as one of the most popular devices for hackers. There are numerous homebrew firmware configurations, pirated PSP games, unauthorized apps, and emulators of other systems, that have flooded the homes of PSP owners all over the world. Because of this, the topic of emulating the PSP itself has not been as popular. Also, of course, as systems become more sophisticated it becomes much more difficult to replicate them. Nevertheless, it has happened.PPSSPP “should” work on all current generation Android devices, according to the developers. It has been tested first-hand on all the Nexus phones as well as the Galaxy S2 and S3, the Asus Transformer, and, ironically, Sony’s own Xperia Play.via DCEmulast_img read more

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Alien Sex Fetish Speaks to Desire for Novelty

first_img I am not embarrassed to admit I had no idea alien porn is a thing.Alas, “alien porn is a lot of things,” according to Motherboard, which described the fetish as “sometimes … tentacle-based,” while other times “it’s about an abduction fantasy.”“Of course, probing lends itself nicely to the category,” Samantha Cole quipped.Sex with aliens, I’ve just learned, falls under the exophilia category: the love of extraterrestrial, robotic, supernatural, or otherwise non-human lifeforms. Basically, it’s a sexual form of neophilia (characterized by a strong affinity for novelty).Introduced into the lexicon of sexual pathologies in the 1990s via the book “Extraterrestrial Sex Fetish,” exophilia “tapped into something we didn’t know was there,” author and erotic theorist Supervert said.And that no-longer-hidden desire doesn’t appear to have waned in the decades since: There is no shortage of alien-related pornography—ranging from consensual E.T. sex and abduction fantasies to tentacles, ovipositing, and a whole subgenre of face-huggers.Aliens, it seems, serve as what Cole called “an X factor,” something new and original humans can turn to once all other species have been exhausted.“At its most basic form, alien porn is simply about getting it on with an alien,” she explained, citing a (very NSFW) video in which a costumed actor (wearing massive plastic hand-gloves and an even bigger mask) has their way with a bound-and-gagged naked woman.This isn’t exactly news: In 2015, Vice reported on the emerging (and utterly rank) craze of laying alien eggs inside yourself. Using a dildo that “lays goopy eggs molded from gelatin in the body cavity of your choice,” enthusiasts can replicate the act of being impregnated by something otherworldly.Gross.You don’t even need to type the word “porn” to get your fix of X-rated extraterrestrials. A quick YouTube search reveals scenes like Kim Basinger learning “what is sex” from a sentient purse in My Stepmother is an Alien or the distressing contamination of Brenda by parasite-infected Grant in James Gunn’s debut sci-fi comedy horror film Slither.“What could be less attainable than aliens? To lust after them is to adopt a strange attitude,” Supervert told Motherboard. “Instead of projecting his desire onto an individual, who could cause frustration and pain, the exophile projects it onto a being he knows does not exist.”Sound familiar?“He acknowledges the lack at desire’s heart but simultaneously gives it a face or a dozen arms like a Hindu deity,” Supervert continued. “If it sounds dream-like, with its contradictory levels of awareness and fantastic distortions of form, then we know exactly what Freud would have said about it. Wish fulfillment.”Non-human erotica is all the rage: A sex robot just made its adult film debut as camgirl Cardi-Bot twerks for tips. Also, check out our list of the horniest aliens in the universe, and read more about aliens here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Study: People Who Use Emojis Have More Sex (Kinda)The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Shane McMahon attacks The Miz after another tag team loss at WWE

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Google+ .@shanemcmahon is FORCING @mikethemiz’s father to watch this sickening display. #WWEFastlane pic.twitter.com/4ueWroIvkF— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) March 10, 2019 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second ChildVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list The Miz How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Maryse Now Playing Up Next Adam Scott Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reignscenter_img Videos Articles WhatsApp Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Moments ago at WWE Fastlane, Shane McMahon attacked The Miz.After The Usos were able to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships against Shane and The Miz in the opening match of the night, The Miz gave his father (who was sitting at ringside) a hug. Shane also gave Miz’s father a high five.Moments later, Shane attacked Miz from behind.Excerpt courtesy of Adam Martin’s live Fastlane recap:After the match, The Miz gives his father a hug at ringside. Shane gives Miz’s dad a high five as well. Shane then attacks Miz out of no where with a big shot from behind.Shane is hitting Miz with forearms and kicks. Shane removes Miz’s shirt and chokes him with it. Shane also gets in the face of Miz’s father and pushes him down hard. Miz’s father is yelling at WWE security to do something. Shane has Miz down in a triangle and chokes him out. The crowd in Cleveland is booing loudly. Miz’s father leaves ringside and checks on Miz as more WWE officials get to the ringside area to check on Miz.WHAT ARE YOU DOING, @shanemcmahon?! #WWEFastlane pic.twitter.com/TM7qVDfZO0— WWE (@WWE) March 10, 2019 CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Pinterest Facebook Videos Articles WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Childlast_img read more

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Mayor of London orders pay audit at City Hall and Mayoral bodies

first_imgThe Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has ordered an audit into pay and employment practices at City Hall and Mayoral bodies to ensure all staff are paid the London living wage.The audit follows the discovery that 18 contracted cleaning and security staff at the London Transport Museum were paid less than the London living wage rate of £9.40 an hour. After trade union representatives highlighted the issue, their pay has been increased.Under Transport for London’s new cleaning and security contracts, all employees will be paid the London living wage. This includes directly employed staff and individuals employed through agencies across Transport for London facilities, which  encompasses the London Transport Museum, as well as London Underground stations and depots.The audit will be led by Khan’s eight deputy mayors and senior City Hall officials, with Greater London Authority staff and Londoners also asked to come forward if they see any examples of bad practice regarding pay.The London living wage is voluntary rate, which is set independently and updated annually. The updated rate for 2017 is due to be announced on 31 October 2016.Khan said: “I am determined to create a fairer and more equal city where all employees are paid a decent wage. That means City Hall and the Mayoral bodies simply have to lead by example.“The London living wage is a great campaign and I hope that more and more businesses across our great city will follow suit.”last_img read more

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30 lakh raised by runners for charity

first_imgHyderabad: Apart from running for health and adrenal rush, the 9th edition of the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon ushered in a social cause as 150 participants running for 50 charity organizations & NGOs raised Rs 30 lakh. Citizens came out in large numbers to cheer over 25,000 runners, over 12 music bands and large-scale entertainment kept the runners spirit high while sports enthusiasts and thousands of citizens lined up on the entire route. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us 1235 runners participated in the full marathon, 4516 runners took part in the half marathon and 9,181 runners participated in 5K Fun Run on Saturday. 250 paramedics across 21 medical stations with five fully equipped ambulances and 15-bed emergency setup at Gachibowli Stadium was provided. The full marathon was flagged off by Anjani Kumar, Commissioner of Police at 5 am, the half marathon was flagged off by M Dana Kishore, Commissioner, GHMC at People’s Plaza at 6 am. The full marathon started at Peoples Plaza and ended at GMC Balayogi Stadium. The winners were given prizes at GMC Balayogi Stadium, Gachibowli by Abhijeet Madnurkar, race director, Avneet Singh Puri, CEO, Bharti Airtel Andhra Pradesh & Telangana and Murali Nannapaneni, President, Hyderabad Runners Society.last_img read more

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Black Student Union Forum Seeks Better Hopkins Experience for Black Students

first_imgStudents at Johns Hopkins University packed a lecture hall for a forum organized by the Black Student Union for a discussion with the administration about how to improve the Black experience on campus. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)Mandatory cultural competency coursework, increased Black faculty, and greater accountability for acts of racism on campus were among the demands made by the Johns Hopkins University Black Student Union at a recent forum on improving the experience of Black students at the storied institution in Baltimore.Held on the main undergraduate campus on Nov. 30, the forum, organized by the Black Student Union (BSU) and consisting of a panel made up of two members of the BSU executive team and seven members of the university administration (only one of whom was Black), including president Ronald Daniels, was an opportunity for the Johns Hopkins community to address and receive a response from the university administration with regards to concerns about racism on campus and the impact it has had on Black students.“Every student [at Hopkins] deals with difficult classes and harsh grading curves, but Black students also have to deal with discrimination and erasure in various aspects of campus life. From professors who espouse anti-Black views on social media, to classmates who see no fault with making racialized jokes and comments, Hopkins can be a toxic environment to be Black,” said Tiffany Onyejiaka, one of the BSU executive team members who sat on the panel.Partly in response to these sorts of concerns, President Daniels spoke of the progress the university had made on a number of measures, including an 82 percent increase in the number of Black applicants, a 50% increase in the percentage of the student population made up by Blacks (from six to nine percent overall), and the equalization of six year graduation rate for Black and majority students, which Daniels described as “a very significant shift in percentage.”All of these changes “reflect progress, but it also reflects intentionality, commitment, hard work,” said Daniels.But there appeared to be a disconnect between the concerns about racism raised by the Black students and alumni present, many of them speaking to qualitative aspects of their experience of Hopkins, like the impact of a lack of Black mentors, and the quantitative measures being touted as progress by the administration. This disconnect was particularly underscored when Caroline Laguerre-Brown, vice provost and chief diversity officer for the university, was asked about the university’s policies regarding the disciplining of students who have made racist remarks to Black classmates, and, after describing the policy, remarked, “I have to tell you, I have been here for 10 years and those kinds of complaints haven’t really made it to me.”If the comments by students from a variety of backgrounds at the forum were any indication, then the regularity of racist incidents on the campus of Johns Hopkins seems to be something that students are far more aware of than the administration, and one that is not captured in percentages and other statistics.Towards the end of the forum, one alumnus who identified himself as Colby Little from the class of ‘94 and a former BSU president, stood up and addressed Daniels, thanking him for what Little called “the most progressive remarks that a president of this institution has ever made” on the topic of race on campus.“But we should be clear this evening that progress is not the goal,” continued Little, “the goal is solutions.”Few solutions were forthcoming, however, and the administration members present, were not prepared to either agree to the demands set forth by the BSU, or set timelines for goals they admitted sharing with the students, such as an increases in the number of Black faculty members. Towards the end of the event, Daniels challenged the idea that this was the same as opposition to the concerns presented by the BSU and their allies.“A sign of our respect and our partnership should not be manifest on whether every demand that you bring to me I agree to, and if I don’t, I somehow have not heard you, that I have somehow conveyed disrespect, or a lack of empathy or understanding. . . . We can’t live in a world where if we don’t agree, that that means all bets are off, and we have somehow failed to achieve progress or solutions,” said Daniels.last_img read more

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8 arrested of a gang involved in 21 robberies

first_imgDelhi Police have arrested eight persons, who were involved in as many as 21 cases of burglaries in Delhi and NCR. All the accused are natives of the Araryam district in Bihar. On March 11, many complaints related to burglaries in Pratap Complex in Munirka were received. During a spot visit by police officials, several shops and offices were found to have been broken open, with mobile phones, laptops and other valuable articles stolen. “Evidences collected from the spot, including finger prints, CCTV footage and details obtained from CRO were analysed minutely but identification of criminals without any previous records became a humongous task,” a senior police official said.last_img read more

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Regime fire kills 18 civilians in Syrias Aleppo

first_imgHeavy bombardment by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 18 civilians on Monday in a residential district of the northern city of Aleppo, a monitor said.“Regime forces fired on the Al-Shaar neighbourhood in Aleppo city’s east, which is controlled by the opposition, and killed at least 18 civilians,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.“A surface-to-surface missile hit the Al-Shaar neighbourhood. People started gathering, and that’s when the army fired more missiles at the same area,” he said. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortAbdel Rahman said dozens of people were wounded and others were still trapped under the rubble.Chaos reigned as screaming men carried wounded civilians from collapsing buildings.“The civil defence came here to pull people out of the rubble, put out fires and save people,” one emergency worker told AFP.A man standing on the charred carcass of a car held his head in his hands as he stared into the lobby of a partly destroyed building littered with debris. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesman“This is a public market and all of these people were shopping. Every time he (Assad) suffers a defeat, he takes it out on civilians,” a resident said.Aleppo, once Syria’s economic powerhouse, has been devastated by fighting since 2012.The city is now divided between government control in the west and opposition control in the east.Much of Aleppo has been left in ruins as regime forces carry out aerial attacks and rebels retaliate, despite criticism of both sides from humanitarian organisations.last_img read more

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