HFL building becomes ‘cyber centre’

first_imgWilliam Hague has announced that the old History Faculty Library will host the govern-ment’s Ê»Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity.The “cyber centre” will receive a £1 million grant from the Government. The announcement comes after the 2011 National Security Strategy rated cyber-attacks as a threat as serious as international terrorism.Hague, the UK’s Foreign Secretary, stated that the centre “will coordinate global work on cyber threats and cyber policies which will help protect the UK’s security” and “be a beacon of expertise and put the UK at the forefront of cyber policy development.”The “cyber-centre” will be based in the building of the Indian Institute on Broad Street, which to housed the History Faculty Library until it was moved to the Radcliffe Camera in September 2012. The move was controversial for the lack of consultation with students.Hague was a student at Magdalen in the 1980s, President of the Oxford Union in Michelmas 1981, and President of the Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) in Hilary of the same year.The centre will be part of the Martin School, which works to “address the most pressing global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.” It was founded in 2005 with a $100 million donation from philanthropist James Martin.According to Sadie Creese, Head of the new cyber centre, the research they will conduct will define global priorities for cyber security. The research conducted will be shared with governments, communities, and organisations,, to inform their own cybersecurity strategies.Yet a third-year Keble historian commented, “This all sounds like a bit of a gimmick by the government, especially as the G8 conference is being hosted in London right now. Hague didn’t even come to Oxford to open the centre.”Nicholas Crossland, a first-year Philosophy and Theology student, commented, “It is looking increasingly as though tomorrow’s warfare will be predominantly fought on computer screens…it makes perfect sense to make investments in technology, brains and innovation in this field a priority.”Walid Haddad, a third year history and politics student at St. Hugh’s, stated that “The move of the HFL to the Radcliffe Camera hasn’t been as apocalyptic as was originally predicted.”Haddad went on to remark that, “If the University has a few square feet of extra space on Broad Street left over from the move, why shouldnÊ»t they seek to fill the vacancy with money from Whitehall?”last_img read more

Press release: Iconic Spaghetti Junction immortalised in new Birmingham attraction

first_img Spaghetti Junction has 559 concrete columns, some reaching to 80 feet high Construction started in 1968 and took four years to complete. It is known officially as Gravelly Hill Interchange Today, it continues to carry more than 220,000 vehicles every day It is subject to regular maintenance work, which includes the replacing of the road surface, installation of new waterproofing material, painting and vegetation The first of 45 incredible scaled masterpieces are now being recreated by a specialist team of LEGO Model Builders.More than 6,800 hours will be ploughed in to the design and construction of the entire MINILAND complex over the forthcoming months.Construction of Spaghetti Junction took some four years to complete and its elevated position sees constant maintenance work taking place underneath it, often unseen by many motorists on their daily commute.Spaghetti Junction in numbers: To mark the 50th anniversary of work starting on the road and to celebrate 2018 as the Year of Engineering, Highways England can reveal that it will be celebrated in a model at the new attraction.Construction started on the sprawling structure some fifty years ago and today it continues to carry more than 220,000 vehicles every day.The road will be joining other notable landmarks from Birmingham including The Library of Birmingham, The Cube, New Street Station and the BT Tower.Highways England’s Regional Director, Catherine Brookes, said: Spaghetti Junction is one of those structures that is known around the world and we’re thrilled to see the road included as part of the new attraction. The opening of the new attraction later this year also marks our Year of Engineering campaign which is designed to get children thinking about engineering and the world around them. It is also 50 years since work started to build Spaghetti Junction and it’s timely that it should be recognised for its local and national significance in supporting the motorway network. To find out more about the Year of Engineering, head online to the year of engineering website.LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham is set to open to the general public this summer. More information can be found online.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

Watch Bob Weir And Eric Krasno Join Steve Kimock & Friends In California

first_img“My Sisters and Brothers”“Bertha” with Eric KrasnoJam with Eric Krasno[H/T Jambase] On Sunday night, Steve Kimock & Friends performed in Mill Valley, California, at Sweetwater Music Hall for an after party following a screening of the new Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip , directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. For the afterparty, Kimock tapped singer Leslie Mendelson, guitarist Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, keys and bass guitar player Pete Sears, drummer John Kimock and bassist Bobby Vega to join as his “friends” for the performance. However, fans who made it out were treated to sit-ins by two special surprise guests: Bob Weir and Eric Krasno.New Grateful Dead Documentary, ‘Long Strange Trip,’ To Play At Theaters Across The U.S. For One Day OnlyThe Grateful Dead guitarist, Bob Weir, came out at the start of the show, helping out for the two opening numbers, “Bird Song” and “Blue Bayou.” Weir then left, leaving Kimock & Friends to make their way through “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” and “My Sisters and Brothers.” Fresh off his performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Lettuce the night before, Eric Krasno then emerged, joining the band for the final two numbers of the set, “Bertha” and “Scarlet Begonias.” Rather than making his leave, Krasno came back for Steve Kimock & Friend’s second set, which saw the musicians perform classics from the Grateful Dead catalog, “Tennessee Jed,” “Deal,” and “Crazy Fingers” before the closing sequence of “Shakedown Street” jammed through to “Not Fade Away.”Lettuce Rages Red Rocks With Ghostface Killah, George Porter Jr., John Scofield, And More [Photos/Videos]You can check out videos from last night’s Steve Kimock & Friends show below, courtesy of Stephen Mucelli, along with a setlist via S. Friedman on Jambase.Setlist: Steve Kimock & Friends with Bob Weir and Eric Krasno | Sweetwater Music Hall | Mill Valley, CA | 5/14/2017Set One: Bird Song (w/Bob Weir), Blue Bayou (w/Bob Weir), That’s What Love Will Make You Do, My Sisters and Brothers, Bertha (Eric Krasno joins for rest of show), Scarlet BegoniasSet Two: Tennessee Jed, Deal, Crazy Fingers, Shakedown Street > Not Fade Away“Bird Song” with Bob Weir “Blue Bayou” with Bob Weirlast_img read more

Panama: Officials seize about eight tons of cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo September 29, 2010 The government knows who the traffickers are, they just act dumb. In order to change this the legislative as well as the judicial authorities have to change their way of thinking. Brazil: Police confiscate 200 kilograms of marijuana BOGOTÁ, Colombia – The Colombian military arrested three and seized 136 kilograms (299 pounds) of cocaine on a boat in the Caribbean Sea, officials said. The narcotic was hidden underneath benches on the ship “La Gracia de Dios II,” which was intercepted 40 miles offshore from the city of Cartagena during a joint operation by the navy, air force and the counter-narcotics police. The cocaine had a street value of US$3.5 million, officials said, according to the Colombian news website El Colombiano.com. GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – An enterprise that allegedly smuggled narcotics and cash among Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama through the collaboration of attorneys, police officers and public officials has been dismantled, Guatemalan officials said. “So far we have captured 32 people out of a total of 45 who have been identified as members of this group,” a spokesperson for the Guatemalan Attorney General’s Office said during a media conference, according to EFE. The 13 being sought are prosecutors or police officers, the spokesperson added. The suspects are facing drug trafficking, money laundering, criminal conspiracy, murder and obstruction of justice charges, officials said. José Alejandro Véliz Domínguez, the suspected leader of the syndicate, allegedly paid US$400 to those who smuggled cash to Panama where it would be laundered in the country’s banks, investigators said. The smugglers then allegedly went to Nicaragua, where they would pick up shipments of narcotics bound for Guatemala. The criminal organization was dismantled after an eight-month investigation that included wiretaps, surveillance, scrutiny of bank documents and the searching of 70 residences, according to Guatemala’s Attorney General’s Office. PANAMA CITY, Panama – Authorities seized about eight tons of cocaine during a 24-hour period. The National Aeronaval Service (Senan) found about five tons of the narcotic near the Belén River a day after discovering three tons of cocaine hidden along the Caribbean coast, a Senan spokesman said. “[The] 4,926 packets of cocaine were seized at the mouth of the Belén River [near the port city of] Colón, but there are no detainees,” Vladimir Rodríguez said, according to EFE. The confiscations, which were made based on a tip by the Colombian military that spotted a suspicious vessel, mark the biggest narcotics seizures in the country’s history and raised the amount of narcotics seized nationally this year to 80 tons. “Senan alone has seized 19 tons of drugs with the last quarter of 2010 still to come, and has already exceeded the 17 tons confiscated last year,” Rodríguez said, according to EFE. The cocaine was taken to the Vasco Núñez de Balboa aeronaval base. Colombian authorities seize 136 kilograms of cocaine center_img BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Federal Police seized 520 kilograms (1,146 pounds) of marijuana found hidden in a vehicle during a traffic stop in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Police arrested the 23-year-old driver of the vehicle who said he was paid by a Paraguayan trafficker to deliver the load to the state capital of Campo Grande. BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Police arrested two and seized 200 kilograms (441 pounds) of marijuana from a parked vehicle in the city of Alexânia in the state of Goiás, marking the second-largest confiscation of the crop this year. Wanderley Camargo Arinos de Oliveira, 21, and Heber Henrique Rebolho Custódio, 22, were arrested and are facing five to 15 years in prison if they are convicted of interstate narcotics trafficking. The men are suspected of transporting the drug to the Federal District, according to officials with the counter-narcotics police (CORD). “Last week we burned 1,800 kg (3,968 pounds) of drugs, which included 1,200 kg (2,645 pounds) of marijuana,”said João Emílio de Oliveira, CORD’s coordinator, according to the Brazilian website Correiobraziliense.com.br. Brazil: Police seize 520 kilograms of marijuana in Mato Grosso do Sul Guatemalan officials dismantle suspected drug ringlast_img read more

Binghamton Police to BU students: Do not gather

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department will be cracking down on large gatherings in accordance with the mandates set in place by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday morning. In a Facebook post addressed to Binghamton University students, Binghamton Police Chief Joseph T. Zikuski says the department will enforce applicable state and local ordinances put on social gatherings. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. The police department says it discourages all campus fraternities, sororities and other college groups from organizing. On Monday morning, Governor Cuomo announced a ban on gatherings of over 50 people.last_img

Political (In)correctness Stymies Efforts to Prevent Mass Shootings

first_imgIt’s also the reason that – incredibly even in the face of what’s just been experienced – that some are pushing a federal law that would eviscerate local regulations and protections that have proven effective in states like New York in favor of the sadly and demonstrably inadequate ones in places like Florida.Fewer and Narrower Than You ThinkThe percentage of Americans who own firearms ranges from only 32 to 43 percent depending on survey.  But either way there has been long-term downward trend in gun ownership that remains consistent across all the national polls, dropping it to its lowest level in 40 years.Paradoxically, sales overall are up meaning that those that the clear minority that are purchasing guns are only building bigger personal arsenals.DC vs. Heller’s narrow 5-4 decision changed the Court’s centuries long reluctance to sever the Second Amendment’s connection between service in a militia and an individual’s right to possess a firearm.  Even at that, the majority opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia was sharply limited in its scope. It only found a right for an individual to have a handgun in his or her home for personal protection.The idea that a firearm could or should be–or that the Constitution actually guarantees– anything more is merely speculation and fantasy.The argument in favor of that “more” envisions some sort of maximally armed ersatz impromptu popularly inspired citizen militia raised to forestall and defeat some perceived government tyranny. The term “political correctness” is being used—legitimately—to criticize any effort that combines ideology with language to restrict the boundaries of debate over any particular issueThere may be no greater example of it than the way people are forced to parse their words whenever the subject of gun control or regulation comes up. The seeming obligatory preamble to any such discussion goes something like this:  “I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms…” followed by whatever else the person wants to sayWhy is this rote recitation deemed necessary to establish one’s bona fides to even broach the subject?  Political correctness–one is made to feel unqualified to start a conversation without genuflecting to some nebulous fealty to the Second AmendmentIt’s the reason those who are supposed to be representing us in government seem so befuddled and conflicted over what to do about these school shootings even though poll after poll shows that a clear majority of us favor more stringent restrictions on gun ownership and use.It’s the reason those same government representatives will do everything possible and try any harebrained scheme imaginable—from deputizing teachers or stationing in our schools an army of retired police and armed forces personnel to effectively attempting to bribe the students trying to get their legislators to see reason with exam cancellations, as the Florida legislature voted to do last week – all to avoid confronting the elephant in the room that is the insane proliferation of weaponry in our civilian homes and streets. Categories: Editorial, Opinioncenter_img This is nothing more than a paranoid’s dream.  And while the notion that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun” is true at its most elemental level, the idea that that good guy can be you – any you – is a dangerous delusion.Yet it’s that delusion that misinforms the facially ridiculous suggestions that armed, conceal carry teachers will somehow be able to stop or discourage a marauder with an AR-15, that police should have to tolerate powerful weapons in mass circulation while doing their already dangerous jobs and that an arms race among individuals within a society is the only way to ensure personal and public safety.The rapid-fire nature—in more ways than one—of these awful events is telling us loudly and insistently that we have it wrong.  No other civilized country on earth has such a laissez faire attitude toward such powerful and lethal weapons because the hazards and negatives so demonstrably and completely outweigh any positives.  It is only a woefully misinformed form of political correctness that is blinding us from honestly acknowledging this and preventing us from responding and redressing it with readily reasoned and logical solutions.If we can’t or won’t stride over that self-made hurdle, we’ll only be condemning ourselves to more festivals of carnage like Las Vegas and Parklands.  More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

What Santi Cazorla has said about returning to Arsenal as a coach

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Mar 2020 11:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link829Shares Advertisement What Santi Cazorla has said about returning to Arsenal as a coach Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla celebrating their 2015 FA Cup victory (Picture: Getty Images)‘I asked him about it, he said yes, he will consider as a coach when he retires but he wants to play for two more years.‘I tell you what, Mikel Arteta and Cazorla together, really good friends first of all but really good special minds of football.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCazorla has already been backed by Arteta to become a ‘great coach’ despite his inexperience.The midfielder told Goal: ‘Yes, I believed he would become a manager in the future. Even when I was playing with him, he showed great leadership in dressing room. ‘Some say it’s a gamble for Arsenal to appoint him, but I believe it’s a reasonable challenge. He also worked as a coach under Pep Guardiola. ‘I believe he can become a great coach. It’s not easy for any manager now to be like [Arsene] Wenger or [Sir Alex] Ferguson.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton eye transfer moves for Man Utd defender Chris SmallingMORE: Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan sends message to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta Cazorla has earned status as a cult hero at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Santi Cazorla wants to move into coaching when he retires from playing football, opening the door for a reunion with former teammate Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, according to reports.The Spaniard spent six successful years in north London, linking up with Gunners coach Arteta to win two FA Cups. Cazorla, 35, is currently playing for Villarreal and his solid performances earning him a call up to the Spain squad in June 2019. Spanish journalist Guillem Balague said on his YouTube channel: ‘It’s interesting because I spoke to Santi not so long ago and he hasn’t renewed his contract with Villarreal which finishes at the end of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Basically what may happen, he wants two more years playing. ‘Going back to Arsenal with Arteta is something that I think he will consider as a coach. Advertisementlast_img read more

Batesville Boys Swimmers Champs At Centerville Relays

first_imgSwimmers of the meet:  Hatcher and Weiler.  Both scored 46.50 pts, just 1.5 shy of the team record for Invitational.Bulldog of the Meet: Drake Main.  Forced into action at the last second and moved up in the 100 fly !  Great Job!Most Improved Swimmer:  Clayton McKinley and Damien Pelo.  Improvements in both of their individual events!Event Winners:  Thomas Hatcher 200 IM/100 breast, Matt Weiler 100 fly/100 back; 200 medley relay (Weiler, Hatcher, Hawkins, Parker), 200 free relay (McKinley, Main, Miller, Hawkins, Personal Improvements:  Nathan Hall-200 free, Zach Hall-100 breast, Thomas Hatcher 200 IM, Jacob Hawkins 500 free, Elliot Main-50 free, Clayton McKinley 50/100 free, Seth Parker-100 free, Damien Pelo 200/500 free.Submitted by Batesville Coach TJ Greene. What a great way to send out our Senior Boys.  We have a great team performance at the Centerville Invite and brought home the title.  Mat Weiler was named Most Outstanding swimmer of the meet.  Congratulations everyone!  ALL the swimmer did their jobs well and either maintained or moved up spots in their events.  GREAT EFFORT!  Results are attached with splits (not all splits obtained in individual events). Centerville Boys Swinnimg Invite ResultsBatesville  337,Greensburg 256,Centerville 249 (29 pts from diving),Hagerstown 122, and Rushville 79.center_img BHS finishes the regular season with a 19-5 record (11-4 EIAC)last_img read more

Nichols keeps clicking, collects career 500th IMCA Stock Car win

first_imgMike Nichols won the 500th feature of his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career on Aug. 26 at Dawson County Raceway. (Photo by Kelly Ninas)HARLAN, Iowa – Mike Nichols started racing 20-some years ago with aspirations that didn’t go much further than simply winning a heat race.On Sunday, the overachiever raced to his career 500th IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature victory during Dawson County Raceway’s Connie Jewett Memorial.“Somewhere in early, mid-July, things were clicking pretty good for us and I started thinking that we might be able to get to 500 wins this year,” Nichols said. “I didn’t want to get close and then have it lingering over us all winter.”The Aug. 26 win at the Lexington, Neb., oval was his 39th of the season and came in a stellar field that included David Murray Jr., IMCA’s all-time single division leader with 550 career Modified checkers.Just the second driver in IMCA history to reach the 500 win mark, Nichols used a word of his own making – ironical – to describe having to pass Murray to accomplish the feat.“After my 99th, 199th, 299th and 399th wins, we won the next night out,” he said. “After I won my 499th at Boone County Raceway (on Aug. 17) we raced twice at Shelby County Speedway. It would have been nice to win at my hometown track but I finished sixth one night and third the next.”His IMCA-best total of 34 track championships already includes eight Dawson County titles in the last nine years. Chasing a record-extending eighth national championship, Nichols won features at 11 tracks in four states, including 13 victories in racing to another perfect season at Lexington.“Dawson County is always racy. It fits my driving style and you can run the same gear there on Sunday that you do Saturdays at Harlan,” noted Nichols. “It’s a four-hour trip one way for us but the fans appreciate good racing and we enjoy racing there.”“When I started racing I had hoped to win a heat race. I’ve been a loyal supporter of IMCA weekly racing for more than 20 years and it’s hard to believe the success we’ve had,” said Nichols, who enjoyed a career-best 54 victories in 2016 and won his first IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main event last year. “Divide 500 wins by 20 years and it shows we’ve been able to stand the test of time, and the biggest reason why is the dedication by our entire team.”“My 300th and 400th wins seemed like stepping stones. My 500th feels like a milestone,” he added. “It’s good to have it behind us because now we can concentrate on racing and having fun.”How much longer he’ll be racing and having fun remain to be determined. Nichols turns 41 in early September and is juggling work, college and building a new home as well as racing.“Mother Nature and Father Time are always working against you but I’m still having as much fun racing and helping other guys as I ever have,” Nichols said. “One of the neatest things that happened after I won my 500th feature was when I guy I’ve been helping came up to thank me. It’s cool to see other guys be successful as well.”last_img read more

Five-year-old stable after being pulled unconscious from pool

first_imgColumbus, IN—Sunday afternoon, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 7000 block of West Paddock Lane in reference to the report of a possible drowning.Several children were swimming in a residential pool when one of the children was found unresponsive.A family member, who is a registered nurse, pulled the unconscious 5-year-old girl from the pool and began administering CPR. When deputies arrived, the child, who had a slight pulse, was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where she was listed in stable condition at the time of this release.Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers reminds parents, and all adults, that it takes only a few seconds for a child’s excitement of swimming to turn into a tragedy.“I cannot stress how important it is for adults to keep a very close watch on children who are swimming.” “This means being within hand’s reach, not talking on a phone, not checking Facebook, not chatting with friends, etc.”, said Myers.Fortunately, in this case, adults were nearby, quick action was taken and it appears the child will recover.last_img read more