Sony Pictures has threatened microblogging website Twitter with legal action if it didn’t block out individuals and accounts that have constantly posted content from the leaked emails exposed by hackers. In a letter addressed to the General Counsel and Secretary of Twitter, Sony’s attorney David Boies cautioned that if any “stolen information continues to be disseminated by Twitter in any manner,” the studios would hold it accountable.Sony especially asked Twitter to take down the account of Val Broeksmit, a musician who kept posting screen shots of the leaked emails from the hacks from his Twitter handle @BikiniRobotArmy. Sony asked twitter to remove any material from the leaks on the website and destroy them.Sony’s demands were drafted as follows:”We ask that you promptly suspend the Account Holder’s Twitter account and:(1) notify us using the contact information provided below;(2) take all reasonable actions to prevent your company and any of your employees, independent contractors, agents, consultants, account holders, or anyone who may have access to your files from examining, copying, disseminating, distributing, publishing, downloading, uploading, or making any other use of the Stolen Information;(3) arrange for and supervise the destruction of all copies of the Stolen Information in your possession or under your control, particularly information protected under U.S. and foreign legal doctrines protecting attorney-client privileged communications, attorney work product, and related privileges and protections, as well as private financial and other confidential information and communications of SPE’s current and former personnel and others, confidential personnel data, intellectual property, trade secrets and other business secrets and related communications;(4) confirm that such destruction has been completed; and(5) comply with all future requests with regard to any other account holder seeking to disseminate the Stolen Information via Twitter.”Twitter hasn’t commented on the letter yet.Meanwhile, Sony Pictures has agreed to release the James Franco- Seth Rogen starring political satire movie “The Interview” in select theatres in the United States. The decision comes days after it pulled the film out after the hacker group threatened to blow up theatres screening the movie. The hacker group, which calls itself the “Guardians of Peace,” breached Sony’s cyber security system and exposed confidential data ranging from employee salaries, social security numbers, previously unpublished pilot scripts and private e-mails as well.Experts say the hacks could cost Sony Pictures over $200 million.
The pause in US-China trade war could act as a double-edged sword for the markets going into the last month of the calendar year, some analysts believe.The positive impact of the diffusing clouds of the trade war can unleash the bulls on the global markets, which may reflect on the D-Street. US President Donald Trump and Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping decided to pause the sanctions for 90 days after a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit on Saturday.However, a section of market watchers suggests that the clearing of uncertainty can release the pressure on international crude, which has dipped below $60 a barrel. Hardening oil could rock the Indian markets continued recovery, they say.A higher global crude price will inflate India’s import bill and negatively affect the rupee’s value against the dollar. This double whammy of higher crude price and rising dollar will definitely worry the markets. The rupee bounced back from the lows of 74.49 per dollar it hit in October to appreciate about 6.6 per cent to 69.58.The D-Street’s return to the bull terrain through November when the indices gained 5 per cent including a 3 per cent gain in the last five sessions is attributable to the market’s optimism. Oil remained under pressure from the trade war fears and the high level of US inventory despite the Iran sanctions.Both Sensex and Nifty posted new highs and they have found new supports. Sensex closed on Friday at 36,194 and Nifty on 10,876. Having reclaimed the support at 10,800, mainly on the steam coming from the mid-cap and small-cap spaces, Nifty is on way to breach 11,000, some technical experts say.The results of ongoing elections in five states will be out on December 11, adding more uncertainties that can further roil the market in the second week. The election process is on in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana,, Chattisgarh and Mizoram. Political observers say the results in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan will be crucial for the confidence of the Narendra Modi government at the centre ahead of the 2019 election year. Any weakening of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government can dent the market’s confidence and result in a bearish turn.The markets saw huge sell-offs in October and September when the foreign institutional investors (FII) withdrew about Rs35,000 crore from the market, according to some estimates. Their return in November bringing back about Rs14,000 crore was decidedly the main reason for the bulls herding back into the markets.Some media reports say the traders expect a pause in the market in the first week while it consolidates the recent gains and awaits the domestic uncertainties to clear. The street expects the Reserve Bank of India to further relax the regulatory norms for non-banking financial companies at its December 5 meeting succumbing to the relentless government pressure. The anticipated return of liquidity to the economy could buoy the markets once they price in the second week’s uncertainties. Money Control website suggests a close watch of the IT, banking, financials, and FMCG stocks.The market will be watchful of the Nikkei manufacturing and services PMI for November that will be out on December 3 and December 5, respectively.
Gail DelaughterHouston Professional Firefighters President Marty Lancton announces plans for Captain William Dowling’s memorial service.Captain William Dowling suffered severe injuries in 2013 while battling a five-alarm fire at the Southwest Inn. Four other firefighters were killed in what was the deadliest fire in Houston Fire Department history. Dowling was left disabled and the department says he’ll be given the honors of a firefighter killed in the line of duty. A memorial will be held for Dowling Wednesday morning. A procession will start at 8:45 on Belin Drive at the Southwest Freeway and will proceed to Fondren Road. It will then turn into the Houston Baptist University campus. The memorial service begins at 10:00 at HBU’s Morris Cultural Arts Center. Houston Fire Department Spokesman Captain Ruy Lozano:“All Houstonians are invited,” says Lozano. “This is a public memorial service. If you are unable to attend, we really want you to try to avoid the area.” Firefighters from other departments are filling in at Houston fire stations so Dowling’s colleagues can attend the memorial. That includes firefighter Al Goebel, who worked with Dowling for over a decade at Station 19 in the Fifth Ward. “I remember Bill as a family man, a church man, a good firefighter and a great friend,” says Goebel. After the public memorial, a private service will be held for Dowling’s family. Share
No nation can advance and progress unless it has acquired competence in education. Education, with its various disciplines, has a great contribution in the growth of a nation. The post independence era has undergone some considerable changes owing to a rapid and an incredible global progression. New policies and strategies have affected the overall growth and development of nations leading to a new scenario and further transformed the profile of education. The educational segment, with its multiple challenges, warranted professional competence and industrial talent to seek substantial gains in terms of imparting education to the masses and ultimately make the country’s human resources more fruitful. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana— Ambala, erstwhile known as Maharishi Markandeshwar Education Trust, was founded with the objective of social, educational and economic upliftment of society in the year 1993. It has become a symbol of quality education in technical, professional and medical streams in northern India and has been carrying on its lineage for over 18 years. These institutes are also approved by the regulatory bodies like Medical Council of India, Dental Council of India, Indian Nursing Council, Indian Association of Physiotherapists, and All India Council for Technical Education etc. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMMU MULLANAMM University at Mullana is the oldest and the flagship campus of the MM University Trust. Established in 1995, MM Engineering College was the first amongst the long chain of educational institutions under MM University Trust. Just as the college expanded horizontally in size, it also rose vertically, acquiring the post graduate courses in engineering, science and humanities, attaining the peak with the introduction of medical college. The institute was declared a deemed university by the UGC in 2007. The world-class sprawling 75 hectare university campus today houses a multi-specialty hospital with Out Patient Department (OPD) and emergency services. The constituent institutions of the University are MM Engineering College, MM Institute of Computer Technology and Business Management (MCA), MM College of Dental Sciences and Research, MM Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, MM Institute of Computer Technology and Business Management (Hotel Management), MM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, MM Institute of Management, MM College of Nursing, MM College of Pharmacy, MM Institute of Nursing, and Department of Law. MMU SOLAN Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Solan, is spread over an area of 47 acres on Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway at Sultanpur Road, Solan. Established as a multi faculty university in 2009, the university has been operational with admissions to School of Medical Sciences, School of Engineering and Technology, School of Computer Technology and School of Business Management. MMU AMBALA As a part of its expansion programme, the MM University Trust has developed another 40 acre campus at Sadopur on Delhi-Chandigarh National Highway near Ambala for providing professional education to the people of the surrounding region.Beginning with graduate and post-graduate courses in Engineering and Technology, Architecture, Business Management and Computer Technology from the 2010-11 session, it also offers M.Phil programmes to qualitatively enhance the research skills. In the coming years the Sadopur campus plans to begin programmes in medical sciences, dental sciences, nursing, fashion technology, etc. PLACEMENT CELLThe training and placement activities of all institutions under MMUT are coordinated at a joint placement cell of the university. A dedicated team of members relentlessly makes sincere efforts to create corporate contacts. More than 300 companies have visited various institutions of MMU for on-campus placements. SUCCESS & GLORYThe Maharishi Markandeshwar University Trust (MMUT) has several firsts to its credit. It opened the first self-financing Engineering College, Medical College and Deemed University in Haryana. MM Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology was the first private hotel management college to be established in State of Haryana. It has received top ranking in various surveys conducted by accredited agencies. Internationally, it has won the NASA System Engineering Award and has been accredited as a premier institute by ASIC, UK.MISSIONTheir aim is to prepare students with an integrated and technology-oriented education for a better career and to be worthy citizens of a global society. Also, to achieve perfection the aspirants and knowledge seekers resort to modern means and trends in technical and professional education.
Scientists claim to have discovered a ‘brain hack’ to form good habits – training it by simply repeating actions until they stick. Researchers from University of Warwick in the UK have created a model which shows that forming good and bad habits depends more on how often you perform an action than on how much satisfaction you get from it. They developed a computer simulation, in which digital rodents were given a choice of two levers, one of which was associated with the chance of getting a reward. The lever with the reward was the ‘correct’ one, and the lever without was the ‘wrong’ one. The chance of getting a reward was swapped between the two levers, and the simulated rodents were trained to choose the ‘correct’ one. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen the digital rodents were trained for a short time, they managed to choose the new, ‘correct’ lever when the chance of reward was swapped.’ However, when they were trained extensively on one lever, the digital rats stuck to the ‘wrong’ lever stubbornly, even when it no longer had the chance for reward. The rodents preferred to stick to the repeated action that they were used to, rather than have the chance for a reward. “Much of what we do is driven by habits, yet how habits are learned and formed is still somewhat mysterious. Our work sheds new light on this question by building a mathematical model of how simple repetition can lead to the types of habits we see in people and other creatures,” said Elliot Ludvig, an associate professor in the University of Warwick. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Psychologists have been trying to understand what drives our habits for over a century, and one of the recurring questions is how much habits are a product of what we want versus what we do,” said Amitai Shenhav, assistant professor in Brown University in the US. “Our model helps to answer that by suggesting that habits themselves are a product of our previous actions, but in certain situations those habits can be supplanted by our desire to get the best outcome,” said Shenhav. This research opens up a better understanding of conditions like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tic Disorder – both of which are characterised by repeated behaviours.
23May Rep. Griffin’s plan to save taxpayer money on prison health care signed into law Categories: Griffin News State Rep. Beth Griffin, right, attends a bill-signing ceremony Wednesday with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist.State Rep. Beth Griffin’s plan to reduce the amount of public tax dollars spent on prison health care while continuing to protect public safety has been signed into law by the governor.Griffin, of Mattawan, said chronically ill and aging prisoners often have health care costs several times higher than the average inmate. It’s a growing concern in Michigan, where nearly one in four inmates is 50 or older with the average age continuing to rise. Health care already takes up 15 percent of the prison system’s budget, costing taxpayers roughly $300 million.“I’m always looking for ways to help our state government operate more efficiently and effectively,” Griffin said. “This is a responsible reform that saves taxpayer dollars without jeopardizing public safety in any way.”Griffin said the new law permits some inmates with severe and chronic physical or mental disabilities to complete their sentences at a medical facility rather than inside a prison, if approved by a parole board. It does not allow early release of inmates.The goal is to qualify inmates transferred to health care facilities for Medicaid, which would translate to a net savings for taxpayers.Only inmates classified by professionals as not posing a risk to public safety would be allowed to relocate. Prosecutors and victims could appeal decisions, and inmates convicted of first-degree murder, criminal sexual conduct in the first degree or any other crime resulting in a life sentence would automatically be ineligible for the program – meaning they stay behind bars.An initial projection from the Department of Corrections estimates roughly 20 to 40 prisoners could potentially be eligible for the program. The number could grow over time as the prison population ages.House Bills 4129-32, now Public Acts 13-16 of 2019, received overwhelming support in the House and Senate.###
Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, has invited comments on measuring media plurality, following a request by the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt.Hunt has requested that Ofcom assess how practical it would be to set limits on media ownership to protect plurality. He has also asked the regulator to recommend a framework for measuring plurality across different media.This follows an Ofcom report published at the end of last year on the public interest test on the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News Corp, in which the regulator suggested that possible reform of the current framework around plurality may be required. Despite News Corp retracting its takeover proposition in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, the UK Parliament sees it as important to ensure an organisation’s control of the media does not make it able to influence opinions and set the political agenda.The findings will be provided to the Secretary of State and given as evidence to the Leveson Inquiry by June 2012 and Ofcom is now inviting comments on the questions it has been asked by Hunt, including what the options are for measuring media plurality across platforms; what the best approach might be; whether it is practical or advisable to set absolute limits on news market share; what factors could trigger a review of plurality in the absence of a merger, and how this might be monitored and by whom; whether a framework for measuring levels of plurality could or should include websites and if so which ones; and whether or how it should include the BBC.
BBC Sport has launched a Facebook app, enabling users of the social networking site to watch sports events including Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.The launch marks the first time the BBC has live streamed events on Facebook. A beta version of the app lets users watch the BBC’s main coverage of the Wimbledon tennis tournament along with up to six additional match streams from other courts. Users can make comment under each stream and see how many of their friends are watching the same event. The corporation plans to add a live chat function in time for the Olympics. During the Games, up to 24 live streams will be available.Phil Fearnley, general manager BBC News & Knowledge, said: “It’s a core part of the BBC’s mission to bring our quality content to audiences wherever they are, so I’m very excited to be able to offer sport fans on Facebook a really distinctive live streaming experience. With our Facebook app we aim to bring even greater value to our online audiences, enabling them to watch together and share their excitement. We hope to use it to test the benefits of social viewing, as part of our ambition to deliver more innovative and transformative experiences to sports fans.”
US streaming service Hulu’s premium subscription service topped four million customers in the first quarter of this year, new stats show. Hulu has also unveiled two original series for the summer.The US broadcaster-backed platform revealed the statistic yesterday, which it claimed set a new record for subscriber growth.Subscription service Hulu Plus officially launched in November and had reached a million subscribers by the end of the third quarter of 2011. It hit two million in the first quarter of 2012 and three million by the fourth quarter of that year, meaning it has added a million customers in just one quarter.Mobile viewing was picked out as driving growth, and Hulu estimates 15% of its growth will come from this segment during this year and next. Living room viewing was also on the up and currently accounts for 29% of the company’s business.At its annual Upfront yesterday, Hulu – which counts Disney News Corp and NBC Universal as owners (though the latter is a passive partner as per terms of Comcast’s 2011 company takeover) also announced two new original series.Quickdraw (pictured) is a half-hour comedy series set in 1875 in the US’s Wild West and focuses on a Harvard-educated sheriff’s attempts to bring the science of forensics to an unruly Kansas town.Nancy Hower and John Lehr co-created the show and will executive produce.The second new series is East Los High, a teen drama series that comes from an all-Latino cast and production crew. Local Latino organisations advised on the scripts, which will follow the personal lives of a group of US Hispanics at an inner city LA high school.The shows both join Hulu’s summer launch slate, which also comprises The Awesomes, Behind the Mask, The Wrong Mans, Mother Up, Prisoners of War season two, The Only Way is Essex season four, Braquo season two and Moone Boy.