The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of April 25, 2019:TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS1. Eric Church; $2,809,138; $96.15.2. Billy Joel; $2,667,702; $129.84.3. Fleetwood Mac; $2,439,008; $144.82.4. Luis Miguel; $2,424,986; $87.06.5. Elton John; $2,392,250; $135.12.6. Justin Timberlake; $2,146,500; $132.55.7. Metallica; $2,102,293; $117.72.8. Michael Bublé; $1,517,024; $124.47.9. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; $1,366,243; $115.42.10. Cher; $1,345,126; $114.96.11. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $1,322,103; $64.71.12. KISS; $1,243,595; $105.96.13. Sebastian Maniscalco; $1,227,139; $101.97.14. Marc Anthony; $1,190,570; $104.62.15. Travis Scott; $1,175,397; $77.09.16. Florence + The Machine; $1,144,592; $73.15.17. Mumford & Sons; $1,111,940; $75.90.18. Blake Shelton; $1,044,392; $89.58.19. André Rieu; $928,669; $86.52.20. Shawn Mendes; $861,630; $68.73.For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com___The Associated Press
The Government has proposed holding a referendum on the new Constitution.Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party have agreed on holding a referendum. Kiriella said the entire process to draft a new Constitution will be transparent and will be done with Parliament approval. He was responding to a question posed by the opposition on a statement made by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to foreign correspondents with regards to the proposed Constitution. The Minister said that nothing has been finalised yet and proposals have been sought from political parties for the new Constitution. (Colombo Gazette)
RUSTON, La. — D’Andre Ferby scored a pair of touchdowns and Western Kentucky jumped on Louisiana Tech early and made it hold up for a 30-15 win on Saturday.Western Kentucky (3-9, 2-6 Conference USA) took the opening drive 87 yards in 11 plays and scored on Lucky Jackson’s 18-yard touchdown run. On the Bulldogs’ ensuing drive, Devon Key intercepted J’Mar Smith on the first play and the Hilltoppers had the ball at Louisiana Tech’s 33.The Hilltoppers ran off 10 plays with the short field and made it 14-0 when Steven Duncan completed a 10-yard pass to Mik’Quan Deane. Early in the second, WKU posted a safety, and after taking the ball, Ferby went in from a yard out and it was 23-0. Israel Tucker scored Louisiana Tech’s (7-5, 5-3) only touchdown with a 19-yard run with 1:43 before halftime.Smith threw for 280 yards for the Bulldogs before leaving the game late with an apparent injury.The Associated Press
Ohio State senior attack Eric Fannell scored five goals in the Buckeyes dramatic comeback 11-10 overtime victory over Maryland on April 22 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsBig players make big plays in big moments. For senior attack Eric Fannell, those words couldn’t be more true in his last home game as a Buckeye.The star attacker scored 5 goals to help No. 7 Ohio State overcome an early five-goal deficit against the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins to win 11-10, including one SportsCenter top-10 worthy goal that shifted momentum in the Buckeyes’ favor when they needed it.With 7:59 left in the second period, Fannell took a pass and shot the ball from behind his head to score a game-changing goal. The Buckeyes (12-2, 3-1) trailed the Terrapins (9-3, 3-1) 6-1 at the time of the goal, but from there the tables turned and they outscored the Terrapins 9-4 on their way to a huge victory.Fannell’s play swung the momentum back to the Buckeyes after Maryland had scored 5 goals in a row, 2 of those coming early in the second period. OSU was able to get within 3 goals of the Terrapins by halftime, including the second goal by Fannell, his 21st of the season.Fannell didn’t stop there, scoring back-to-back goals within a minute of each other early in the third period to put the Buckeyes within one. He capped off his day by giving OSU the lead midway through the fourth quarter, giving him a total of 24 goals this season.“I have to give credit to my teammates, they got me open,” Fannell said. “I played within the system and that helped us end up on the positive end. Any of our offensive players could have done what I did today and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”Fannell was also involved in the final play of the game, taking the first shot that ricocheted off the goal to senior midfield Johnny Pearson, who scored the game-winning goal. The left-handed Fannell used his right hand to take the shot, which gave Pearson the chance to score.“If I didn’t take it right-handed, I would have had to pull it out or I would have got stripped so I just fired,” Fannell said. “Coach is always telling me I got to use my right hand. My stick was feeling good tonight so I had to take it and I’m glad it worked out.”OSU coach Nick Myers credited Fannell along with all the seniors on stepping up in a huge game, one that clinched the Buckeyes a spot in the Big Ten tournament.“It’s the seniors. At this time of year you got to lean on those guys,” Myers said. “All across the field you saw seniors stepping up and making plays you expect seniors to make.”As for Fannell, it was quite a way to go out in his final home game.“It’s an amazing feeling beating a program like Maryland especially for how historical of a program it is,” he said. “Doing it in front of all of our families is amazing, it’s one of the best feelings I’ve had in my life.”The Buckeyes take on Rutgers next Saturday in the final game of the regular season.
Hundreds of people gather at Slapton Sands in Devon to get a glimpse of the Humpback Whale seen in the sea in the areaCredit:Paul Slater Images Ltd “I am convinced the adult whale is not well – it is too far south, and it’s in completely in the wrong place.”It should be in the middle of the Atlantic, and it’s rare to see one on its own.”I was really hoping it was a Minke whale, as we occasionally see them off the coast here, and they move through and they’re fine. But this is a humpback and it is obviously in trouble.”There is nothing we can do for it unfortunately, and the last thing we need is people going out in boats to take photos of it.”She fears the whale will ‘beach’ and get stranded.”At that point it would be game over. If that happens, the best thing would be for someone to go and put it out of its misery, anything else is just prolonging its suffering and stressing the animal out.” She said it is being harassed by boats after moving to Start Bay from Slapton Ley where it was sighted in mid-week.Harassment of whales can result in a £5,000 fine or even a prison sentence through the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.The Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority promised to be on scene shortly to police the area.It’s feared Storm Doris has blown the gentle giant and her calf to the West Country coast. Humpback whales are one of the biggest creatures on the planet.They can grow up to thirty tons and stretch to 50ft in length, but it seems her strength wasn’t enough to withstand Dotty.She was first spotted floundering in the storm-lashed waves 100 yards off the coast at Slapton Ley earlier this week.Though its cavernous mouth could swallow a car, it is totally harmless – it loves to hoover up a ‘soup’ of millions of micropscopic plankton with every gulp.Humpbacks cover vast distances – often spending part of the year in Antarctica then deserting the South Pole to swim up towards the seas around the North Pole, sometimes pitching up in Beitish waters. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Police have warned whale enthusiasts to stay away from a humpback spotted off the south Devon coast. Dozens of sightseers have been scrambling aboard boats to get close enough to take photos of the whale after she was swept towards the shore with her baby.Crowds have been drawn to the area, but a police spokesman said: “Please do not go anywhere near it on a boat”.Wildlife expert Linda Hingley, from Brixham Seawatch, said she believes the mother whale is is lost.She said the noise from boat engines will add to the mother whale’s distress and disorientation and reduce their chances of survival. Concerns are growing for a rare whale and its calf which has been spotted close into shore at a British beauty spotCredit: MIKE LANGMAN/APEX
MET ÉIREANN HAS issued a second orange alert in two days, as thunderstorms and hail get set to hit the country.Yesterday saw high winds and rain sweep across the country, with gales of up to 100km per hour reported.The weather service has reissued the orange alert status, telling people to be prepared for thundery downpours.It will be windy throughout the day, with some high winds expected. Thundery downpours will increase the risk of spot flooding. Bright and sunny spells will develop, however.Tonight will be cold and windy, with showers. Many of the showers, Met Éireann say that some of these showers will be thundery or hail.For those in the hills and mountains, there is a chance of snow.It will be cold right across the country, with lowest temperatures of one to five degrees.Read: Batten down the hatches: Winds of over 100km per hour expected today
Android Market : 50.000 applications disponiblesÉtats-Unis – Google tente de rattraper Apple dans la course aux applications pour mobiles. Son Android Market a atteint les 50.000 applications, mais il reste loin derrière l’App Store de la firme à la pomme, toujours leader sur le marché.Google accélère le mouvement et vient de franchir un cap important. Les possesseurs de smartphones HTC, Motorola ou d’un Googlephone peuvent désormais faire leurs emplettes parmi un catalogue de 50.000 applications. Une performance pour le géant américain puisque, pour le seul mois d’avril, 8.700 programmes sont venus s’ajouter à l’Android Market. Néanmoins, Google reste loin derrière l’App Store, leader incontesté comptant pas moins de 180.000 applications. Le reste de la concurrence est loin derrière, les utilisateurs de Blackberry ne pouvant par exemple profiter “que” de 5.000 applications. Statistiquement, six applications sur dix sont gratuites sur l’Android Market. Une tactique payante ? Le 27 avril 2010 à 11:26 • Emmanuel Perrin
Turks and Caicos on showcase in South Africa Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 May 2015 – An International Leadership Awards ceremony was hosted by the Andrew Young Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday and among the global leaders attending was a contingent from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Mr. Young, a civil rights icon who stood with the late Rev Martin Luther King Jr, former Atlanta mayor, cancer survivor and UN Ambassador had his 83rd birthday marked with the awards banquet. Young was a part of the panel for the Fortis TCI plenary session in 2013 and has vacationed in the Turks and Caicos, and calls many residents in our islands ‘friends’… Ambassador Young was also due to make an appearance at the Global Leadership Forum held at the Our Lucaya resort in Freeport, Grand Bahama last November. It was the event Dr. Myles Munroe and his contingent was flying in to attend when their plane crashed, killing all nine on board. It was said Andrew Young was due to be on that flight, but opted out due to the inclement weather. Former Congressman Young, earlier this month escaped serious injury again when a cement truck fell on his and another car; news reports say he had just a bump on the shin proving the man is a true survivor who now spends of much of his time investing in building lives. Later today, the Premier’s Sales Blitz which features members of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, the Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association, TCI Airports Authority and the TCI Tourist Board will host a business soiree at the City Club of Buckhead in Atlanta. It is the first stop of a six city promotional tour to encourage business and tourism development for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Magnetic Media is travelling with the team, connect with us on your favorite social media to see photos, videos and get reports on the Premier’s Sales Blitz which next travels to Dallas and Houston in Texas. Go to MagneticMediaTV.com. Record number of stars set to shine says TCHTA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Andrew Young Foundation, Global Leadership Forum, International Leadership Awards, premier sales blitz, Rev Martin Luther King Jr, TCI Airports Authority, the Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association, turks and caicos hotel and tourism association Recommended for you TCI now linked to world’s largest with Chicago Flight added
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 17, 2018 – Providenciales – Changes at the Department of Employment Services continue to be rolled out and this time it will mean that some work permit holders will not be receiving a renewal.On Tuesday, the Ministry of Border Control and Employment issued a media statement advising that final work permit notations will be upheld and that means, those having already received those notations will not be eligible for a renewed worker’s permit. It is less clear what impact this will have on the migrant worker population in the country, as Magnetic Media was unable to get a figure on how many work permit holders have been issued the ‘Final Work Permit’ notation.The Ministry in their statement said, “This measure is a part of the Ministry of Border Control and Employment’s ongoing efforts to regularize migrant employment in the Turks and Caicos Islands. While it is not a new policy directive, it is one that was largely not enforced over the years.”It is a common sentiment on social media by residents of the Turks and Caicos that there needs to be stricter enforcement at the Labour Department, many believe qualified islanders are being blocked from holding the higher paying jobs. The ‘Final Work Permit Notation’ is a legal measure, supported by the Immigration Ordinance where in Section 26 it is explained that ‘A permit may be limited in duration to the period specified in the permit and shall be issued subject to such condition or restriction which may be prescribed…’Employment Services can take this position on a work permit for a variety of reasons, Magnetic Media is told, including that there is no Belonger understudy, that there is no company staffing plan, that the Employment Services Department Board feels the work permit holder is working contrary to law and can also be related to the length of time the work permit has been held by an individual.The announcement yesterday is further fulfillment of the PDM Administration’s promise for reform with a greater commitment, it is explained, to enforcement by Labour Department inspectors.“…advises employers that there will be increased inspections of establishments throughout the country to ensure that all employment activities are in keeping with the Immigration and Employment laws, and further to ensure that employers are actively engaged in the recruitment, training and promotion of Turks and Caicos Islanders who are qualified to hold positions that are currently filled by migrant workers.”The Ministry of Border Control and Employment is also entreating the public to report suspected infractions by employers, and in their statement published in full at our Magnetic Media website, provides the contact number.“This will also provide the Ministry with a greater measure of control over the ability of migrants to acquire eligibility for other residency and citizenship status.”The TCI pockets over $18 million per year in work permit fees according to published Budgets; the fourth largest revenue earner for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government.#TCIEmploymentServices Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
KUSI Newsroom Updated: 11:24 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCity Councilmember Chris Cate took a strong lead Tuesday night in the race for District 6.Preliminary numbers in San Diego County showed him taking a 61% lead over Tommy Hough at 15%.KUSI caught up with Councilmember Cate at Golden Hall. Posted: June 5, 2018 June 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, City Councilmember Chris Cate takes a strong lead in District 6 race Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter
Battle Ground police on Monday arrested a 17-year-old boy who allegedly broke into several homes during the past week.The boy, whose name was not released, was taken to the Clark County detention center on suspicion of burglary and possessing stolen property, a dangerous weapon and drug paraphernalia, according to a bulletin from the Battle Ground Police Department.The burglaries, on the northeast side of the city, totaled 10. Citizen tips led officers and detectives to the suspect, who ran off when police approached him but was caught.Those with more information are asked to call Sgt. Jason Perdue at 360-342-5241.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tags Comments 85 Photos 3 Amazon launched its Fire TV streaming products in 2014. Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon’s Fire TV may be moving into the lead among video streaming devices, with its lineup of products attracting “well over” 30 million active users, the company said Wednesday at CES. That’s up from the 25 million Amazon disclosed in October, suggesting growth of 5 million new accounts in three months. And Amazon expects the number to grow soon, too. “We’re still in the middle of the ‘buy’ to ‘turn on’ period” from the holiday shopping season, Amazon’s head of Fire TV, Marc Whitten, said in an interview with CNET on Wednesday at CES. The 30 million figure seems to put Fire TV ahead of Roku, widely considered one of the most popular streaming-video products. Earlier this week, Roku estimated it had 27 million active users. The company said it defines an active account as one that has streamed content in the last 30 days; a single account may include streaming on multiple devices with multiple individuals in the household. Roku declined to comment on Amazon’s announcement.Amazon didn’t characterize its definition of a monthly active user. The company has Fire devices that work in more than 80 countries, according to its support page. Roku operates in 23 countries.The market for video streaming devices is exploding. The number of households with a streaming player has quadrupled in the last five years, according to Parks Associates, and Roku and Amazon have been competing for market share since Amazon launched the Fire TV line in 2014. Whitten plans to grow the Fire TV business this year by expanding Amazon’s international partnerships, though he avoided offering any specifics about those efforts. Whitten added that the company has been “very happy” with sales of Fire TV Edition smart TVs, which are sets that have Fire TV built into them.As an example of a recent partnership, Amazon signed a deal last April with Best Buy to bring a new lineup of Fire TV Edition sets to customers in the US and Canada. “Smart TV powered by Fire TV Edition, we think, is a great experience, and we want to build more of them,” Whitten said.Whitten said there’s still plenty more work to do to get the right balance on promoting Amazon’s Prime Video shows up against rival content on Fire TV, as well as figuring out the best experiences for controlling your TV via voice using the Alexa digital assistant. Those efforts will be works in progress over the year.”There are things where voice is not going to be as fast [as using a remote], and there are things with voice where it’s not even going to be in the same ballpark,” he said, “and we’re just going to keep working on making those parts great.”First published Jan. 9, 12:36 p.m. PT.Updates, 4:20 p.m.: Adds context and more comments from Whitten interview; Jan. 10 at 9:02 a.m.: Adds context.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.5G is your next big upgrade: Everything you need to know about the 5G revolution. Share your voice Amazon Media Streamers Digital Media CES 2019 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019
Bengaluru: Amidst the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka, Congress legislative party leader Siddaramaiah on Sunday held a meeting with party MLAs at Taj Vivanta here. The Congress party has also called a meeting of the legislature party tomorrow. The meeting comes ahead of BJP’s demand for a trust vote in the state Assembly on Monday. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Congress leader and former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah told ANI on Sunday that the meeting will be held before the start of the Assembly session tomorrow. The Congress-JD(S) government has plunged into crisis following the resignation by several MLAs from the House. Ten dissident Congress and JD(S) MLAs have moved the Supreme Court which has directed the Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to maintain status quo on their resignation and disqualification till July 16. State BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa had asked Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to prove his government’s majority in the Assembly on Monday. Kumaraswamy had on Friday told the Speaker that he was ready to seek a trust vote or face a no-confidence motion during the session which will go on July 26.
Hyderabad: The officials of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on specific intelligence intercepted seven consignments of prohibited unaccompanied baggage of African nationals, originating from Lagos, Nigeria, at Air Cargo Complex at RGIA, Shamshabad. Around 13 tonnes of prohibited and restricted items worth Rs 52.24 lakh seized by them. The items seized under the provisions of Customs Act, 1962, and the officials found that the African nationals in the name of tourist and medical visa are engaging themselves in smuggling of unregulated food stuff into India and also undervaluing the consignments to evade the customs duty. According to DRI officials no arrest has been made, till now.
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Nayanthara.PR HandoutNayanthara has hit out at veteran actor Radha Ravi for his distasteful comments against her. In a press release, the actress has thanked DMK president MK Stalin’s quick action, while asking people not to entertain misogynist like him.Her statement is not just restricted to criticising Radha Ravi’s behaviour, but urges the Nadigar Sangam to set up Internal Complaints Committee in the actors’ guild. The complete text of her press release can be read below:I rarely issue public statements, as I have always allowed my professional work to speak for itself. However desperate times mandate desperate measures. Today, I am compelled to issue a detailed statement so as to clarify my own position and also to champion the cause of women who bear the brunt of male insensitivities and sexism.First & foremost, it is my bounden duty to place on record my sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to the President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Thiru.M.K.Stalin for swiftly taking action against misogynistic speeches of Thiru. Radha Ravi. My sincere Thanks to you sir. Read How Celebrities Respond to Ravi’s CommentsAt the outset, I would like to remind Mr. Radha Ravi and the likes of misogynists like him that they were also given birth by a woman. By demeaning the status of women and passing sexist remarks, these retarded men get a feeling of machismo. I feel terribly sorry for the way they treat women in an opinionated way and my empathy remains with all the women who live in the families of these ‘macho’ men. As an actor of considerable seniority and work experience, Mr. Radha Ravi should have led the younger generation by example, instead he has chosen to take up the role of a misogynist ‘role model’. These are troubled times for women, as women are establishing themselves predominantly in every field of public life and asserting their due place in this era of meritocracy. When actors like Mr.Radha Ravi fall out of business and become irrelevant, they tend to rely on cheap popularity tactics in order to grab some limelight.What remains ghastly shocking about his male chauvinistic speeches are that he never ceases to get applause and laughs from some members of the audience. As long as the audience encourage sexist remarks, speakers like Mr.Radha Ravi will continue to thrive on misogyny and cracking of denigrating jokes against women. I strongly urge well intentioned citizens and my beloved fans to deeply discourage the behaviour of the likes of Mr.Radha Ravi. Not withstanding the aforesaid advisory, through this statement I would like to strongly register my condemnation and protest against the derogatory speeches made by Mr.Radha Ravi against women and children in general and me in specific.God has been amply kind in giving me wonderful professional opportunities and the affectionate movie-goers of Tamil Nadu have amply rewarded me for my good performances. Irrespective of all negative remarks and aspersions cast upon me, I shall continue to take up the multifaceted roles of Sita, ghost, Goddess, friend, wife, lover, so on and so forth with the sole intention of providing maximum entertainment to my fans.Lastly, my humble question to the South Indian Artistes’ Association (Nadigar Sangam):- Will you set up the Internal Complaints Committee as per the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s dictum and commence an internal inquiry as per Vishakha Guidelines???Once again, thanking all the good hearts that have stood by me yet again supporting me through this little phase of negativity!Now, Getting back to work! With God’s Grace and your unconditional Love as always!!
Windows 10 version 1803 updates enforced on some PCs by Martin Brinkmann on May 31, 2018 in Windows – 53 commentsForced upgrades to new versions of Windows 10 are not a new phenomenon; users and administrators reported forced upgrades to new versions of Windows 10 or forced upgrades to Windows 10 from previous versions of Windows in the past.Microsoft pushed Windows 10 in the first year after release using the Get Windows 10 campaign which, at one point in time at least, used malware-like methods to get users to upgrade to the new version of Windows.It appears that some users and administrators face a similar challenge after last month’s release of Windows 10 version 1803, the April 2018 Update.I recommended that users and admins postpone the upgrade as it introduces numerous bugs of which many are not patched one month after release. To name just a few:Avast update fixes Windows 10 version 1803 upgrade issueFix PCs no longer recognized in network after Windows 10 version 1803 upgradeWindows 10 version 1803 does not play nice with some Solid State Drives (SSD)Devices running earlier versions of Windows 10 may be upgraded to the new feature update even if the devices are configured to delay feature upgrades according to reports — Softpedia was one of the first sites to report the issue.Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users may switch the device to the Semi-Annual channel to defer any Windows 10 feature upgrade. Note that Microsoft changed the terminology with the release of the Fall Creators Update in late 2017. Semi-Annual Channel is the new Current Branch for Business option that is only available for professional editions of Windows 10.Systems configured this way receive feature upgrades four months after general availability. In other words; feature upgrades like Windows 10 version 1803 should not be offered to devices switched to the Semi-Annual Channel. The April 2018 Update should not be offered to these devices before late August / early September 2018.Microsoft implemented the deferral option for companies and professionals; it is not available in Home editions of Windows 10. Designed specifically for giving professionals and organizations more time to test feature updates before deployment, it is consensus between experienced users that deferring updates ensures that the bulk of issues introduced in feature updates is resolved before deployment.Systems can be rolled back to an earlier version of Windows 10 if the upgrade is successful but only for a short period of time and only if the upgrade was successful. The creation of regular system backups pays in such a scenario as it makes you independent of whatever functionality the operating system itself provides.Microsoft is aware of the issue and is working on a fix according to Softpedia.Now You: Which version of Windows do you run currently?You may want to try third-party tools like Windows 10 Update Disabler for the time being considering that the built-in update deferral options are not working. SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 version 1803 updates enforced on some PCsDescriptionReports indicate that some Windows 10 devices are upgraded to the latest feature update, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, or Windows 10 version 1803, even if the installation of feature upgrades is deferred on those devices.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
For now though, state agencies believe those sites are contained and say the plant isn’t spreading in the wild. But they are investigating the flood of reports from concerned citizens. Giant hogweed is one of three plants listed as Tier 1 noxious weed in Virginia, meaning it’s considered a major threat to the surrounding agricultural environment, and its trafficking is highly regulated. So it’s got people on high alert. More Great WIRED StoriesInside the crypto world’s biggest scandalHow Square made its own iPad replacementFour reasons we don’t have flying cars—yetYou can now live out Westworld with your Amazon EchoHow Oprah’s network finally found its voiceLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Luckily, most of the photos the agricultural department has received turn out to be one of the more common lookalike plants—Queen Anne’s lace, otherwise known as wild carrot. Cow parsnip is another one that’s easily mistaken for its dangerous cousin. One way to tell them apart is to look closely at the junction where the plant’s leaves meet its stem. “If you see coarse white hairs and a splotchy purple, reddish mark on the stem, that’s a good indication you’ve got giant hogweed,” says Michael Flessner, a weed science specialist at Virginia Tech.It’s always better to report a sighting if you’re unsure, though. Flessner recommends taking a photo with someone in it for scale and marking your GPS location if you think you’ve found one, so you can report it to local agriculture officials later. In states where the plant has become endemic, it’s routinely exterminated and monitored to make sure it doesn’t get out of control.Hogweed’s story is like that of most of America’s other invasive plants; an escape from a garden into the wild, where its prolific seeding bullies out endemic species. These invaders can reduce plant diversity until a landscape can no longer support native communities of wildlife. Hogweed also uses its size to its advantage; its dense canopy steals sunlight away from lower-growing stream-side plants, which can’t compete in the shade. But unlike America’s other top invaders—plants like purple loosestrife, Japanese honeysuckle, and kudzu—hogweed also presents a serious health hazard to humans.However, getting rid of a giant hogweed is easier said than done. In addition to that prolific seed-shedding flowerhead, the plant sends down a tuberous root the size of a Volkswagen that can be nearly impossible to dislodge. “If you cut down the plant before it’s had a chance to flower, it’s smart enough to know that and it will come back the next year,” says David Marrison, an Ohio State Extension scientist.Every few years Marrison gets a call about a plant that keeps popping up under a covered bridge in Ashtabula County. “You have to stay on top of these things, because if left unchecked, pretty soon entire areas will be overrun by this plant,” he says. “It will just choke out everything.” He’s got a note on his desk right now to go check it out. The giant hogweed is hard to miss. The monstrous plant towers up to 15 feet tall, with a crown of white flowers the size of an umbrella. They burst into bloom between the last week of June and the first week of July—just in time to be the perfect dramatic backdrop to red-white-and-blue-themed parties.But whatever you do, don’t touch it. The giant hogweed’s toxic sap could give you third-degree burns if you don’t get out of the sun and wash it off immediately. Like an anti-sunblock, chemicals in its juices disrupt your skin’s ability to filter out harmful UV rays. Get it in your eyes and you could go blind.In places where hogweed has been around for decades, residents know its risks well. But while the majestic flower of the hogweed adds a courtly presence to any landscape, it is an invasive species—producing up to 120,000 winged seeds at a time. In the mid-1900s it expanded across New York state, carried on the riverways it likes to grow near. It hopped into nearby Pennsylvania, Ontario, and then on into Michigan. About 15 years ago it invaded Ohio. Today it’s found sporadically in more than a dozen states—and it’s still spreading, putting more people in harm’s way.In mid-June, Virginia agriculture officials confirmed the plant had been found for the first time in the state, at sites in three separate counties. In all three instances a property owner had planted the invasive species intentionally—just as early Americans had in some of the nation’s first botanical gardens. One person bought the seeds at a farmer’s market, where they were misidentified as the herb angelica. At another, the planted specimen had spread its seeds across a nearby pond, sprouting more than 100 new plants. “We’ve been getting calls and emails with parents afraid to let their children outside,” says Elaine Lidholm, a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Agriculture. And rightly so. Hogweed sap contains a class of chemicals called furocoumarins that absorb specific wavelengths of light. Those excited molecules bounce around in skin cells causing DNA damage and cell death, starting with blisters and a raised rash. The more time you spend in the sun, the more energy they absorb, damaging tissues even further down, which can result in second- and third-degree burns.Other plants and foods can induce similar symptoms of phytophotodermatitis—like limes, figs, carrots, and celery. But none of them are as potent as the hogweed.
Why take out your wallet and photo ID if a camera and software program can scan your face, verify your identity, and send you on your way in 30 seconds?That’s what Hertz rental cars is asking with its new partnership with Clear, the biometric face and fingerprint scanning company you’ve seen at airport security checkpoints. At the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport this month, you can check out and drive off in your rental car with just a scan of your face (or a fingerprint reading). The offer only applies, however, if you’re a Gold Plus Rewards program member who’s signed up for Clear. Instead of showing an ID, you just look up at the camera from the car window and after scanning your face it matches the images against the database where your info is already logged.The Fast Lane service will expand to 40 other airport rental locations in the next six months.Hertz and Clear executives emphasized in a phone call Tuesday how this was about speeding up the check-out process. Instead of a two-minute average exit time to leave with your rented vehicle, the scan brings it down to 30 seconds, a 75 percent reduction in time. “Consumers expect less friction and more convenience,” Clear president Ken Cornick said.“How it works, I don’t know, but I’m just glad it does,” a woman said in a testimonial video taken at the new check-out lanes last week.It’s able to work so quickly because the software and cameras identifies you almost instantaneously. Ignorance around how it works, however, can be dangerous, especially if people don’t realize the unintended consequences of having their face or fingerprints trackable and potentially hackable.“Biometrics are the best way to prove one’s identity,” Cornick said, adding that plastic ID cards are “outdated.”Just look.Image: hertz/clearThe rental car scans come less than a week after Microsoft president Brad Smith warned about the dangers of facial recognition tech. Privacy issues — like situations recently seen in China with publicly shaming law-breakers — discrimination, and government misuse are all possibilities that stem from this convenience. Granted, the Hertz use-case is fairly harmless. But that’s how it always starts. Live Nation started using face scanning at its venues earlier this year, in yet another situation ripe for abuse and misuse. On iPhones the pervasive use of facial recognition is becoming mainstream and essentially priming a society for the tech in our everyday tools and devices. Even Facebook uses facial recognition to tag photos and posts.But as Microsoft warned, “The facial recognition genie… is just emerging from the bottle,” and it might be driving off in a rented Ford Taurus. DisclosureEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work.Convenience comes at a cost.Image: hertz/clearBy Sasha Lekach2018-12-12 02:53:51 UTC
Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) scores a touchdown as Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett (42) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Carson Palmer threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns in the win, which clinched a first-round bye for the Cardinals. Arizona enjoyed that bye this past weekend, while the Packers went on the road and beat the Washington Redskins 35-18 to move on to the Divisional Round.The point spread for Saturday’s game is the biggest in the Divisional Round. In the other NFC matchup, the Carolina Panthers opened as a 3-point favorite over the Seattle Seahawks. In the AFC, the New England Patriots are 5-point favorites over Kansas City and the Denver Broncos are favored against Pittsburgh, although many sportsbooks don’t have odds due to injuries to Steelers stars Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. – / 36 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals will host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.Bruce Arians’ team is a prohibitive favorite, opening as 7-point favorites in the contest, which will kick off at 6:15 p.m.The two teams met in Week 16 in a game dominated by the Cardinals. Arizona’s defense terrorized Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, sacking him eight times in an easy 38-8 win. The defense also scored two touchdowns on fumble returns by Cory Redding and Jerraud Powers. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires