When backpacking, it pays to be small

first_imgIn the course of 20 years of hiking, Michael O’Shea, a physicist at Kansas State University, Manhattan, noticed something rather peculiar: Smaller individuals often seemed better able to carry a heavy pack than larger ones of equal fitness. Not only was his observation counterintuitive, but it also flew in the face of traditional backpacking dogma, which prescribes that a pack’s weight be proportional to the hiker’s weight. But this seemingly logical premise failed to take into account a key variable: Bigger people must carry their own weight as well. Sure, an elephant can uproot a tree, but anyone who has ever watched an ant pick up a potato chip can attest to the fact that smaller animals have the highest strength-to-weight ratios. According to O’Shea’s model, published today in The Physics Teacher, it’s that ratio that allows lighter hikers to carry heavier packs. A larger human may be able to carry more weight in total thanks to their increased muscle mass, but the extra power from those big muscles isn’t worth their added weight. According to the model, a 22-kg pack for a 50-kg hiker will feel like a 15-kg pack for a 110-kg hiker.last_img read more

India women beat Malaysia 9-1, reach Junior Hockey Asia Cup semis

first_imgSkipper Rani Rampal led from the front and slammed a hat-trick as Indian women thrashed Malaysia 9-1 in their last league game of the seventh women’s Junior Asia Cup here on Thursday.By virtue of this win, India have qualified for the semi-final of the tournament.The Indian women started on an attacking note and penetrated the Malaysian circle in the early minutes of the game.Preeti Dubey rushed into the Malaysian circle and played a cross ball towards Rani Rampal, who scored the first goal for India in the eighth minute.In the 15th minute, Jaspreet Kaur converted a penalty corner to give India a 2-0 lead. Six minutes from halftime, India tripled their lead through Preeti Dubey’s brilliant goal.Also read: More field goals needed, says hockey player Rani Rampal Malaysia, however, pulled one back just before the end of the first half with a field strike from the sticks of Mohd Saiuti Norfaiezah.After the change of ends, the Indian girls started from where they left in the first half and attacked relentlessly, which resulted in four goals (37th, 39th, 41st and 42nd minutes) in a short span of six minutes.Hungry for more, Poonam Balra deflected in a running ball from wide angle past Malaysian goalkeeper in the 51st minute to register India’s eighth goal. Jaspreet scored her second goal of the match through another penalty corner conversion in the final minute of the game to round off the tally.India will play their semi-final clash on Saturday. The ongoing tournament is a qualification event for next year’s FIH Junior World Cup (Women).advertisementlast_img read more

Davis Cup: Paes-Myneni go down fighting as Spain clinch World Group spot

first_imgRafael Nadal and Marc Lopez fought off a brave challenge from the Indian duo of Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni in the doubles match to hand Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead in their Davis Cup World Group play-off tie on Saturday.The Indians troubled the gold medal winners at last month’s Rio Olympics throughout the bitterly-fought contest before going down 6-4, 6-7, 4-6, 4-6 in three hours and 23 minutes in front of a raucous home crowd at the jampacked RK Khanna Tennis Stadium.Paes was gunning to be the most successful player in Davis cup history. The old warhorse was playing in his 54th Davis Cup tie and was just one win shy of becoming the most successful doubles player in the history of the competition.He is tied with Italian legend Nicola Pietrangeli on 42 doubles victories, but his wait for the record continues.The first three games went with the serve with both teams holding their serve at love. But the visitors soon claimed the upper hand when a beautiful return by Nadal saw them break Paes’ serve. (Davis Cup: The curious case of Rafael Nadal’s pull out)Nadal then held his serve in the next game as the Spanish duo took a 4-1 lead.Feeding off the energy of the crowd, the Indians hit back in the seventh game, putting pressure on Lopez’s serve thanks to some excellent returns by Paes before clinching the service break.The Spanish duo then put pressure on Paes’ serve in the next game with a couple of sublime placements by Nadal proving to be virtually unplayable. The visitors stretched Paes’ serve twice to deuce before the Indian veteran clinched the game with a strong return.advertisementTo the delight of the home crowd, the Indians produced some beautiful returns in the next game to break Nadal’s serve. The 14-time Grand Slam winner managed to save one break point, put Paes return in the next rally sliced between him and Lopez as the crowd burst into celebrations.Myneni then held off a strong fightback by the visitors in the next game to hold serve as the Indians won the opening set. The hosts started the second set on a resounding note, breaking Lopez’s serve to take a 2-1 lead. Paes then held his serve in the next game to increase India’s lead.Nadal and Lopez put pressure on Myneni’s serve in the crucial sixth game befoe an excellent backhand from Paes sealed the game and increased India’s lead to 4-2. (Davis Cup: Advantage Spain as Ferrer outclasses Saketh Myneni)In the seventh game, Paes and Myneni stretched Lopez’s serve to deuce before Paes hit a return into the net to hand the game to Spain. With Myneni serving for the set, the visitors hit back with a service break to level the issue at 5-5.Confusion between Paes and Myneni handed the first point to Spain. Myneni hit back with an ace before the Spanish team fought to break point at 15/40 before clinching the game when his attempted lob went long.Lopez then held his serve to hand Spain a 6-5 lead.Nadal and Lopez threatened to take another break of serve in the next game, forcing Paes to break point. But the charged-up veteran fought back to hold serve and take it into the tiebreak, which however the Spaniards dominated to win the second set and level the scores.Spain wrested the advantage in the early stages of the third set, breaking Paes’ serve in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. The subsequent games went with the serve before the Spaniards threatened to take another break off Myneni’s serve in the ninth game.Serving to save the set, Myneni conceded the first point before drawing level at 15/15 with an ace. The visitors still managed to force their way to set point but the Indians held off one break point before a sublime drop shot by Paes clinched the game.Nadal held his serve in the next game to hand the set to Spain with the visitors taking a 2-1 lead. The Indians fought back in the third set and took the break in the second game as Nadal hit his serve twice into the net.Spain almost broke Paes’ serve in the fifth game, going into break point at 15/40. But the Indians reeled off three consecutive points to save the break point before holding serve.But Nadal and Lopez did not have to wait long to clinch the break. They forced as many as three break points in the long and fiercely contested seventh game before breaking Myneni’s serve and reduce the deficit to 3-4.advertisementLopez then held his serve as Spain drew level at 4-4. In the next game, the visitors clinched three back to back points off Paes’ serve to force another break and go into the lead.Nadal then held his serve without breaking much sweat as Spain took the set and the match.last_img read more

Focus shifts to Virat Kohli’s batting skills after turbulent week

first_imgSunday, June 18: India concede the Champions Trophy crown after a crushing defeat against Pakistan.Tuesday, June 20: Anil Kumble does not travel to the West Indies with the rest of the Indian team. Hours later, he steps down as coach and explains that his role had become untenable after the captain did not approve of his style.Wednesday, June 21 to Thursday, June 22: Former players are not happy with the way Kumble has been treated. And then finally, when the world was waiting to hear Kohli’s side of the version, he decides to delete a tweet he had put out welcoming Kumble on board as India coach.Come Friday 23, however, there will be respite from the raging controversy as Kohli leads his men out against the West Indies in the first of five ODIs at Port of Spain, far away from the barrage of media reports that have emerged in the aftermath of Kumble’s resignation.India, apart from the controversy and the rift between Kohli and Kumble, have enjoyed an impressive run. Ironically, it was in the West Indies where Kumble made his ‘debut’ as India coach and everything had seemed so happy, so pleasant. The new coach got down to business and marked his stamp immediately on the team – the players were encouraged to practice yoga on the beach and gel well as a group.Kumble was the toast of the dressing room. Kohli welcomed Kumble ‘sir’ and observers of the game back home were gung-ho abour the team’s prospects. The Kohli-Kumble combine soon started delivering results. A 2-0 series win in the Caribbean was followed by series triumphs over New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. India were an unstoppable force at home but their biggest challenge was yet to come: could they defend the Champions Trophy in England?advertisementAs it happened, the run-up to the tournament was overshadowed by reports of disagreement between captain and coach – India reached the final but were defeated badly by Pakistan and Kumble stepped down after authorities failed to mend his relationship with Kohli.Team India is now back in the Caribbean Islands, without the services of Kumble. There is no head coach this time but the team may not even miss one. West Indies have been so ordinary recently that they did not even finish in the top eight in the ICC ODI rankings to qualify for the Champions Trophy. They lost an ODI to Afghanistan and only rain denied the Afghans a chance to attempt a series win.India, despite their all-round failure against Pakistan on Sunday, are a combative side. They are far superior to the West Indies in every department. So there are no major worries for Kohli except that he would not want his men to be complacent.It will also be interesting to see if India try Rishabh Pant in the middle-order – the young Delhi wicketkeeper batsman has had a sensational run in domestic cricket and was brilliant in the IPL. There are opportunities to see how India cope after the fracas of the week gone by.Cricket can heal anything – even ugly dressing room disputes.last_img read more

Norden Sells Last Capesize

first_imgzoom Danish shipping company Norden has entered two separate deals, one to sell the Capesize vessel Nord-Energy and the other to buy a Supramax vessel. Both deliveries will take place in the course of the first quarter of 2016.The move comes within the company’s recently introduced Focus & Simplicity strategy, under which Norden is focusing on Panamax and Supramax vessels within its dry cargo ownership sector.Following the sale, Norden does no longer own Capesize vessels and currently only operates one chartered vessel of this type.Norden said that the sale of the 180,310 dwt, 2004-built Nord Energy will be at an accounting loss of USD 14.8 million, which will be included in the annual results for 2015. The loss is especially driven by the development in fleet values seen in the fourth quarter of 2015.“The market values of vessels dropped significantly during the quarter, and the company has consequently started on a routine impairment test for the purpose of assessing the need for a write-down of the carrying amount of the fleet,” Norden explains.As a result of the sale of Nord Energy, expectations to the 2015 EBIT results including profits from vessel sales are adjusted to USD 43-63 million compared to the previous USD 58-78 million, the company said.last_img read more

Highway 104 Closed From Amherst to New Brunswick Border

first_imgHighway 104 is closed from Amherst to the New Brunswick border due to severe storm conditions today, Feb. 3. Snow, blowing snow and freezing rain are creating hazardous road conditions in areas across the province. Drivers are urged to avoid driving until conditions improve. Those who do drive should use extreme caution. -30-last_img

Zomato successfully tests food delivery through hybrid drone

first_imgNew Delhi: Food delivery major Zomato Wednesday said it has successfully tested food delivery via drone technology.In December last year, Zomato had announced the acquisition of Lucknow-based startup TechEagle Innovations, for an undisclosed amount, to carve a path toward drone-based food delivery in India. In a statement on Wednesday, Zomato said the test was conducted using a hybrid drone that was able to cover a distance of 5 km in about 10 minutes with a peak speed of 80 kmph while carrying a payload of 5 kgs. The test was conducted at a designated zone as per DGCA norms, it added. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”The only possible way to reduce the average 30.5 minutes to 15 minutes is to take the aerial route – roads are not efficient for very fast delivery. We have been working towards building sustainable and safe delivery technology and with our first successful test, food delivery by drones is no longer just a pipe dream,” Zomato founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal said. He added that while there are regulatory hurdles, the tech is ready for use. The drone has inbuilt sensors and an onboard computer to sense and avoid static and dynamic objects. It is also capable of taking off vertically like a helicopter, transiting to an airplane mode to cover the distance and then switching back to helicopter mode for vertical landing without requiring any airstrip. The statement said although being fully automated, each drone is currently being tested with (remote) pilot supervision to ensure safety. “Over time, as the company collects more data, it might do away with pilot supervision,” the statement said. As per a notification of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), organisations were asked to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for conducting experimental Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations (BVLOS) of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).last_img read more

Woman beaten to death by inlaws her family says she had refused

first_imgShravasti: A 22-year-old woman was allegedly beaten to death by her husband and in-laws and the body set on fire here, police said on Monday, as her family claimed she was killed because she had refused to accept talaq given to her on phone. According to Superintendent of Police Ashish Srivastava, the incident was reported on Friday from Gadra village near the India-Nepal border. Saeeda and Nafees, both residents of the same village, married about six years ago. Nafees works in Mumbai and they have two children. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Saeeda’s father Ramzan told reporters on Saturday that his daughter was often beaten up by her husband and in-laws. On August 6, Nafees divorced Saeeda on phone, he said. The practice of triple talaq has been criminalised by a law passed by Parliament last month. The father said Nafees had returned home for Eid-al-Adha and this Friday, both sides agreed to a compromise and Nafees took Saeeda with him inside their home. He and his family members then killed Saeeda and burnt her body, Ramzan said, adding this was done in presence of his six-year-old grand daughter. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K They allegedly poured kerosene on the body to set it on fire. SP Srivastava said a case of dowry death has been registered against eight persons on the basis of the complaint of Saeeda’s family. “Saeeda’s husband and her father-in-law have been arrested,” he said, adding action against others will be taken based on investigation. “So far no talaq angle has emerged in the case and if it emerges, action will be taken accordingly,” the SP said.last_img read more

Teacher Trainees to March in Rabat Despite Govts Ban

Taroudant – Teacher trainees plan to march on April 14 in Rabat, despite the governments’ ban.The national coordinating committee of 10,000 teacher trainees from various regional centers are determined to escalate their protests after the government refused to engage in a “fruitful” dialogue concerning the two controversial decrees.The teacher trainees quickly responded to a statement made by Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane banning the march. “As part of its prerogatives measures, the Interior Ministry will take all measures and provisions for the implementation of the government decision,” the statement said.Despite the confirmation of this decision by the Interior Minister, the national coordinating committee said it was determined to organize its march.After a meeting between the protestors’ national coordinating committee and the government on February 4 failed to resolve the conflict, the Minister of Communication announced in late March that the government has suspended contact with the protestors for the time being.An initiative by the Authenticity and Modernity Party and the Socialist Union of Popular Forces a few days ago also did not succeed in its goal of bringing the two parties to the negotiating table.In almost 6 months, Moroccan teacher trainees have boycotted training in its theoretical and practical aspects, protesting two governmental decrees – N: 588-15-2 and N: 589-15-2, which respectively separate teacher training from employment placement programs and cut the amount of the training scholarship in half. read more

NBA star and UN ambassador stresses right to schooling in native Argentina

National Basketball Association (NBA) star Manu Ginóbili stressed the right of all children to complete their elementary and secondary studies during a recent visit to a school in the impoverished Argentine province of Chaco in his role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Mr. Ginóbili, a native of Argentina, made the visit to the school in Fontana on the eve of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, observed on 9 August. Fontana is home to a sizeable population belonging to the indigenous group known as Qom.According to UNICEF, education is a challenge for Qom students since they begin school without knowledge of the Spanish language and during their education they receive no instruction in their mother tongue.“When it comes to Qom students, our efforts must be doubled to make sure that we help fulfil their right not just to an education, but to quality bilingual education as well,” said UNICEF Representative in Argentina Andres Franco.During his visit to the school, Mr. Ginóbili took part in a language class with the children and emphasized the importance of sport as a powerful tool for child development. “I am delighted to share this time with the children and to talk about the importance of sport as a way to bridge between studies and fun and in increasing the likelihood that children will remain in school,” he said.The three-time NBA champion also visited the Centre for the Promotion of Rights, where he heard from Qom women about the importance of having a space where they could learn new skills and gain knowledge about their rights.Mr. Ginóbili also took the time in Fontana to highlight the “Cities for Education” initiative, which promotes the right of all children and adolescents to complete their elementary and secondary studies. Supported by UNICEF, provincial and local authorities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the initiative will reach out to thousands of students in Chaco province from preschool to adult night school, as well as all school administrators and teachers. The initiative provides training for teachers and school administrators on successful teaching methods including sequence learning, which promotes holistic learning through the use of words and concepts that are familiar to the children. Instead of learning single letters, for instance, the children identify each letter with words and sentences which give meaning to the concepts they are learning.“Strategies such as sequence learning contribute to the success of the first learning experiences of these children, which, in turn, provides them with the incentive to continue their studies,” Mr. Franco said. 11 August 2009National Basketball Association (NBA) star Manu Ginóbili stressed the right of all children to complete their elementary and secondary studies during a recent visit to a school in the impoverished Argentine province of Chaco in his role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). read more

DMK supporters in Tamil Nadu stage fast against Sri Lanka

Workers of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) observed a token fast in Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu protesting against the lackadaisical approach of the Tamil Nadu State and Union governments towards the frequent arrest of fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy and securing the release of boats seized.A.K.S. Vijayan, district secretary, presided over the agitation near the head post office, The Hindu newspaper reported. A large number of workers took part in it. (Colombo Gazette)

Sri Lanka will work with Chinas One Belt One Road initiative

The Chinese Government has been involved in several projects in the country, including in constructing new highways, a new airport and port and buildings.During talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Maithripala Sirisena in Goa, India last month, President Xi expressed appreciation for Sri Lanka’s support and active participation in the Belt and Road construction. China has been playing a crucial role over the years in the development of Sri Lanka, particularly after a 30 year war between the Sri Lankan military and the LTTE ended in 2009. He said that Sri Lanka is already working on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China and several other countries. He called on the two sides to deepen cooperation in the sectors of trade, port operation, infrastructure construction, port-vicinity industrial parks, production capacity and people’s livelihood.He had said the two sides should continue to advance their mega cooperative projects and also voiced hope that the two sides will make good preparations for the activities celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and encourage more exchanges among all sectors of society, including local affairs, Buddhist community, youth, think-tanks and media.The Chinese President had also suggested the two sides expand cooperation in the fields of tourism, ocean, security and disaster preparedness and mitigation. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says it will engage with China on the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative.Making the 2017 budget speech in Parliament today, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said Sri Lanka will look to have a strong role in the economic initiative of the Chinese Government. read more

Railway strike called off following talks

A railway strike which was scheduled to be launched from midnight tonight, has been called off.Railway trade unions said that the strike was called off following talks held with Transport Minister Arjuna Ranatunga. One of the main issues raised by the trade unions was salary anomalies.Ranatunga had assured that the matter will be resolved by the end of next month. (Colombo Gazette)

Hamilton police looking to identify break and enter suspects

Hamilton police are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects that allegedly broke into a home and stole several items.It happened on September 2 shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Marion St. in Glanbrook.Police say the robbers entered the home and stole various pieces of jewellery and electronics.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact police.

UN agency signs first accord with European bank to settle Bosnia refugees

Some 850 people who, 10 years after the Dayton peace accords, have still not found a permanent solution to their displacement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, will quickly receive individual accommodation under a landmark agreement between the United Nations refugee agency and a European development bank.The agreement, the first of its kind with a major European bank, marks a major step forward in the effort to bring more development funding to help refugees and displaced people still living in collective centres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing today in Geneva.The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Council of Europe (COE) Development Bank, signed yesterday in Paris by Acting High Commissioner Wendy Chamberlin and Bank Governor Raphaël Alomar, is the culmination of negotiations that began almost two years ago concerning the possibility of using development funds to boost solutions for refugees and displaced people of concern to UNHCR.In addition to setting out the basic parameters of cooperation between the two institutions, the MOU covers two important areas that are already proving immensely beneficial to some of the people who, a decade after the Balkan wars that tore apart the former Yugoslavia, have still not found a permanent solution to their displacement in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as in Serbia and Montenegro.In terms of direct grants to UNHCR, the bank provided $1 million in 2004 to provide permanent housing for more than 600 residents of collective centres, out of a total of some $3 million the bank has agreed to provide over a five-year period. A further tranche of this grant may be decided later this week.Perhaps more importantly, following the same theme and model worked out with UNHCR, the bank has also reached an agreement with the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina to provide an €8 million (euros) soft loan to build accommodation for the remaining people living in official collective centres. The Government will itself contribute €4 million in matching funds from its own resources. read more

Brock to mark Open Education Week with events webinars

In recognition of Open Education Week, March 4 to 8, the Brock University community will have access to events and webinars exploring open educational resources (OER).Celebrated annually across the globe, Open Education Week raises awareness and showcases the impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide.Among the week’s offerings is a free Brock event discussing OERs — teaching and learning materials released under an open licence that permits their use at no cost to students — on Thursday, March 7. Sponsored by eCampus Ontario and co-organized by the James A. Gibson Library and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, Open Education: Focus on Open Education Resources will explore the landscape of OERs as a way of enhancing teaching and learning practices to improve student learning. Instructors and staff involved with instructional design are invited to attend from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Schmon Tower 103. A catered lunch will follow.Keynote speakers include Jess Mitchell, Senior Manager, Research and Design at OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre and Lillian Hogendoorn, Digital Access and OER Lead for eCampusOntario. The event will also feature a panel of Brock professors who are developing OERs in their teaching. Interested faculty and staff are asked to register at ExperienceBU as space is limited.A list of free webinars and other Open Education Week events available to all members of the Brock community can also be accessed through ExperienceBU.In addition to hosting Open Education Week events, Brock continues to move forward with OER development with the creation of the Senate Teaching and Learning Policy Committee’s OER Working Group. Part of this group’s work is the launch of a short anonymous survey now available online. The results will be used to inform the working group mandate to make recommendations on the use, adoption and creation of OERs institutionally at Brock University. read more

House apartment prices up 106 nationally in year to May

first_imgResidential property prices rose 10.6% nationally in the year to May, according to new figures from the CSO.When Dublin records are removed, the price rise for residential properties around Ireland were 1.8% higher in May 2014 than May 2013.The latest Residential Property Price Index compares shows that prices rose by 2.3% in May 2014, compared with a 0.3% increase in May of last year.Dublin prices registered the highest increase, with house and apartment prices rising 22% between May 2013 and May 2014. House prices rose by 22.4% over those 12 months, while apartments were up 19.5%.The CSO report notes that house prices in Dublin are 44.4% lower than the highest levels recorded in 2007, while apartments are 53.4% lower. Residential prices outside of Dublin are 47% lower than in September 2007.Commenting on the new CSO figures, Davy Research noted that the overall market remains “exceptionally illiquid”, with prices reflecting a lack of supply. Davy also said that residential housing price inflation has not been driven by mortgage lending as cash buyers still account for over half of the market’s transactions.Cash buyers are being enticed by a combination of rising rents, tax incentives, low interest rates the lack of new housing but are, Davy warns, unlikely to be a longer-term sustainable source of demand.Read: Irish mortgage arrears tracked by Fitch are higher than ever >Read: How much more will it cost you to live in Dublin? >last_img read more

What are tracking cookies

first_imgWith web browsers playing an ever more central role in our use of computers, and even becoming the only way to interact with a machine (if Chrome OS gets popular), the subject of privacy keeps coming up. And with privacy comes along the topic of how we are tracked on the web, often through the use of tracking cookies.Whenever you visit a website, search the web, or use a social network, data can be logged and kept on record for months or even years about your browsing habits. Over time that data builds up and can be sold on to advertisers or used to form a very accurate profile of individuals.One of the main ways data is collected is through tracking cookies, but what exactly are they? How do they work? What can you do to stop being tracked?AdChoices广告What is a tracking cookie?A cookie is just a very small in terms of physical size on your disc, and is basically a text file. Within that file information is stored that allows a site to remember your preferences, help with automatic logins, store what you have in your shopping cart temporarily, or allow for tracking to be done.Most of the information stored in a cookie is completely innocent and integral to a modern site working the way you expect. Tracking may also be done innocently with a site that wants to know what a user looks at and what sequence pages are visited so as to learn and improve the experience. But it can also extend past a single site and a cookie may track your entire browsing session.These so-called “persistent cookies” have quite a simple task. When a user visits a website, the server for that site can detect whether the user has been there before by looking for a cookie it recognizes. If one doesn’t exist then a new cookie is created and an ID is assigned for that user. After that each page the user visits has the URL logged and associated with the ID. That same cookie, depending on how it is setup, can then continue to track where the user goes, even when they leave the site, and feed that information back to the original server.How do you deal with tracking cookies?Such tracking is seen as an invasion of privacy and therefore both web browsers and suppliers of security tools have created options to block them or utilities to get rid of them. You may have seen these cookies regularly pop up when doing a spyware scan of your machine and “ad trackers” appear as a threat and get removed. They are the tracking cookies put on your machine by advertisers to track what you do. All you need to do is visit a site with one of their ads on it and a tracking cookie can be created on your PC.Your first line of defense against being tracked in this way is the privacy options available in your web browser. It’s possible to stop cookies being accepted from some or all sites. For example, in Firefox you can go to Tools > Options and select the Privacy tab. In there you will see the following cookie options highlighted by a red box in the image below:Blocking cookies just requires unticking the two options for accepting cookies from sites and third-party cookies. Other browsers will have similar options to customize cookie use.The trade-off for doing this is some of your logins won’t be remembered between browsing sessions, but that can be rectified by using a browser plug-in that remembers login details for specific sites securely. It’s best to experiment with the settings and turn off third-party cookies first then all cookies if you can cope without them. Some sites will even inform you they can’t perform properly without cookies being enabled, so you need to test and see what works for you. Enabling cookies is as easy as returning to the Privacy tab rechecking the cookies box, though you can still add exceptions to specific sites.If you want a utility to remove tracking cookies from your PC there are a lot of choices with many of the tools being completely free to use. To name a few I have successfully used SuperAntiSpyware, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, Ad-Aware, and Spyware Doctor, all of which did a good job. There are many more available and if you already use a security suite chances are a scan will remove trackers as part of the process.Further ReadingIf you want to learn more about tracking and cookies in general then Wikipedia has a great breakdown of the different types of cookie. Microsoft has a support page telling you how to remove cookies in Internet Explorer, as does Google for the Chrome browser, and Opera for its Opera browser.If you don’t currently run security software on your machine then you are leaving yourself open to infection as well as tracking. It’s mandatory to run some form of protection on your machine and our sister site PCMag has a great review of the Best Antivirus Software in 2011 to help you decide what to use.last_img read more

Troopers tough on cell phone law skirters

first_imgOn the first day he could give a driver a ticket for doing nothing other than talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel, Trooper Steve Robley did just that, including one seven minutes after he clocked in.And guess what? There were no warnings given Thursday, only $124 tickets.Robley, an 11-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, said he saw fewer drivers with phones held to their ears than usual, a trend repeated throughout Washington, according to WSP spokesman Bob Calkins.“Everybody has their hands (on the steering wheel) at 10 and 2 today,” Robley said.Well, not everybody.Robley gave out two tickets shortly after his shift began at 8 a.m., and two more when he guided two Columbian staffers during a midafternoon patrol. Drivers received no grace period to adjust to a law that was two years in the making. Until Thursday, the talking-texting violation had been a secondary offense, meaning drivers could only be cited when they were stopped for something else. On Thursday evening, the patrol was not sure how many tickets troopers issued in Clark County for talking and texting.Robley hypothesized rainy roadways and the strengthened law had drivers on their best behavior, but said he suspects bad habits will pick up after some time passes. “We’re giving tickets on day one,” Robley said.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday May 12 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioSusan Carney to replace Justice Fabe on the AK Supreme CourtWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSusan Carney will be the next Supreme Court Justice following Justice Dana Fabe’s retirement. Governor Bill Walker announced his appointment Thursday afternoon in Anchorage.Floor debate set to begin on oil and gas tax billAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe House could begin debate on the bill scaling back tax credits for oil and gas companies as soon as Friday.Legislators turn down request for $7M for rural schoolAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Senate Finance Committee voted on Thursday against adding $7 million in funding to replace the school in Kivalina. The additional funds were requested by Governor Bill Walker’s administration.Village of Deering suffers flood from nearby riverEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeThe Northwest Arctic village of Deering declared a disaster this week after a nearby river flooded the only road to the local airport. Spring and fall-time floods are becoming more common and the community is learning to adapt.Kangas trial finishes presentation of evidenceDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksClosing arguments in the trial of a Tanana man charged with killing 2 Alaska State Troopers, are scheduled for Friday in Fairbanks Superior Court. Presentation of evidence in the Nathaniel Kangas murder trial ended Wednesday.YKHC Opposes Donlin MineAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelWhat does rural healthcare in Alaska have to do with jobs? A lot, according to The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. The regional healthcare provider is opposing the Donlin Gold mine. And a big part of an anti-Donlin resolution the corporation passed last month focuses on the potential for jobs to leave the region if the mine is developed.Budget cuts to close Haines, Wrangell public health officesEmily Files, KHNS – HainesPublic health offices in Haines and Wrangell are set to close this summer due to state budget cuts. But their services won’t disappear completely. Nurses from other Southeast towns will occasionally travel to Haines and Wrangell to maintain the ‘safety net’ their agency aims to provide.Tlingit leader remembered for land claims roleEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauTlingit leader John Borbridge Jr. died Tuesday. He was a significant player in the campaign for Alaska Native land rights.Mat-Su school district faces $9 million deficitEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageMatanuska Susitana Borough schools have an enrollment of close to 19,000 students and are expected to surpass that number by the start of the 2017 fall semester.Herring eggs: A meal some Anchorage residents want to see more ofJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageThe spring run of herring, when thousands of the small fish arrive in southeast waters, to spawn is a sure sign of spring. After the herring spawn, some of their roe makes its way to Anchorage.Deadliest Catch alum seeks to write book on Unalaskan experiencesZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaWere you living in Unalaska in the 70s or 80s? If so, Christian Skovly is looking for you. The Californian wants to make a book of stories of life in Unalaska at that time.last_img read more