The key to securing your data

first_imgEvery company has sensitive information that it needs to protect. If that information falls into the wrong hands, companies can often suffer serious legal consequences which can ruin their image or sometimes even close their doors.Enter the SD Key. It’s a locally produced encryption device for IT security and the first of its kind to be sold in South Africa.The unique, encrypted serial number stored on the key’s chip is embedded in a solid injection mould and physical attempts to access the chip will destroy it. The serial number is attached to an application (any file type) making nearly impossible to open without using the correct key.The robust product functions with a 128Kb encryption program and does not require a password. One key can be used for multiple tasks.The SD Key is based on a European product but has improved features, including the tamper-proof mould.Product improvements will be available to download, at no extra cost, to registered users. The token authenticates the user and replaces the password.SD Key (Pty) Ltd, a Proudly South African company, will export its limited range of products to Europe, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and South America.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

A significant finding by aircrew

first_imgChinese aircrew have spotted “suspicious objects” in the southern Indian Ocean whilst looking for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the official Xinhua news agency says. They have reported that the crew of the Ilyushin-76 have found “white, square objects” floating in the Southern Indian Ocean at co-ordinates – 95.1113 degrees east and 42.5453 south. The significance of this finding over the satellite images that have been released over the past few days is that this sighting is in “real time” meaning the debris can be tracked and monitored. Satellite images whilst extremely useful can be up to four days old with debris having moved hundreds of kilometers by the time the image is received.As a precaution, the US Navy is sending a black box locator to the area. Commander William Marks, a spokesman for the US Seventh Fleet, said in an email “If a debris field is confirmed, the Navy’s Towed Pinger Locator 25 will add a significant advantage in locating the missing Malaysian aircraft’s black box,” The Chinese icebreker Xuelong is now making its way to the area and should reach there tomorrow.The area where the devris has been spotted is 2174 kilometres from PerthAirlineRatings.com will continue to update this story as it developslast_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Transition from One Comp to Another

first_img10Create a new composition called middle. 1Create a new composition, new black solid, and new text titled “Start,Start,Start”. 16Move forward 10 frames and close the eyeball. Move 10 frames forward and open the eye again. 24You can stylize using keyframes on the pupil position, strokes, fills, among other things. 5Set opacity to 0 at the beginning and end of the animation then set the opacity to 100 percent. 8Duplicate the dark magenta layer, place it above the text and give it an alpha track mask. 13Create a diamond shape over the “Start” pre-comp using the pen tool. Make sure you turn off the fill. 7Easy Ease all the keyframes. Use the graph editor to make a curved line. 4Move to the beginning of the composition and move the mask to begin on the far left. In this Premiumbeat exclusive tutorial we show you a technique for seamlessly transitioning from one comp to another in After Effects.Using a vector-based ‘eyeball’ transition I’ll demonstrate a technique for transitioning from one comp to another in AE. The tutorial covers a few simple After Effects fundamentals including:Creating an eyeball simulationShape editorsUsing exclude effectsWorking with alpha mattesWhile this tutorial is rather specific the techniques involved in making an animated eye transition can be used in a wide variety of motion graphic situations.More of a reader than a watcher? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.  22Set keyframes to scale the pupil down over time. 21Parent the shape layers to the null. 20Duplicate the ellipses and create an eyeball like the picture. 11Make a new null object that scales down from 100 to 50 over the course of a few frames.center_img 14Use the convert vertex tool to round off the top and bottom vertices. 9Create an exact duplicate of the composition and change the text to “End End End”. 2Create a new dark magenta shape layer. Make a mask over the first “start”. Duplicate the mask twice and drag down to cover all the words. 12Parent the start composition to the null object. 18Parent the shape layer to the null object. 6Offset the keyframes. 17Add a rectangle to the shape layer, add an exclude intersection effect. 23Duplicate the eyeball and include only the inner pupil. Set the “start” layer to alpha matte so it only appears in the pupil. 3Set a keyframe on all the mask paths. Move the playhead forward 10 frames and position the mask path off of the letters. 19Create a new black solid and add it to the back. Create a new white ellipses shape layer and make the shape equal on the x and y scaling. 15Set a keyframe for the shapes path. Know of any other uses for this technique? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Challenging Tanker Market Impacts Sovcomflots Earnings

first_imgzoom The Russian shipping major Sovcomflot has seen its net profit for the third quarter of 2016 drop by 36.2 percent to USD 52.1 million from USD 81.6 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.The company’s gross revenue for the period was down to USD 359.1 million from USD 386.2 million seen in the third quarter of 2015, representing a decrease of 7 percent.“Despite the tanker market conditions being challenging in the third quarter, with spot rates under notable pressure – for the key tanker classes, the rates have dropped by more than a half year-on-year – Sovcomflot achieved good results for the period,” Sergey Frank, President and CEO of PAO Sovcomflot, said.“We have consolidated further our leading positions in several segments of the global energy shipping market, and have also expanded our long-term time-charter portfolio,” Frank added.During the third quarter ended September 30, 2016, the shipping firm finalized the acquisition of nine ice-class tankers of MR, LRII, and Aframax classes following a successful bid at auction of assets of Primorsk International Shipping Ltd (PRISCO).“During the third quarter, we also remained alert to opportunities to add vessels to our fleet that represent a good strategic fit. Over the period we acquired eleven modern and well maintained vessels, that help enhance the overall performance of our fleet and contribute to achieving SCF’s strategic goals,” Frank said.Additionally, the company concluded long-term credit facilities with several international banks in the third quarter for a total amount of USD 252 million, to complete a series of debt fundraisings totalling USD 1.26 billion, enabling Sovcomflot’s capex requirements to be fully covered.SCF’s net profit for the first nine months of 2016 was at USD 218.1 million, compared to a net profit of USD 297.9 million reported in the same period in 2015, representing a drop of 26.8 percent, while its gross revenue decreased by 8.5 percent to USD 1.03 billion from USD 1.13 billion recorded a year earlier.Over the first nine months of 2016, SCF said that five new vessels were launched, including pioneering 172,600 m3 capacity ice breaking LNG carrier (Arc7 ice class) for Yamal LNG project in January, three new Arctic shuttle tankers for Novy Port project in February, April, June, and a new ice-breaking supply vessel to serve Sakhalin-2 project in June.Sovcomflot, a company involved in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as servicing offshore upstream oil and gas installations and equipment, has a fleet of 153 vessels with a total deadweight of 13 million tonnes.last_img read more

LeBron James Issues Defiant Response to Fox News Host

LeBron James has been openly political in recent years. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)LeBron James won’t simply “shut up and dribble” like a Fox News anchor told him to.After Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long came to his defense Friday, Feb. 16, James himself hit back at Laura Ingraham over his criticism of President Donald Trump.James said on “Rolling with the Champion” Thursday, Feb. 15 that Trump “really don’t give a f— about the people,” which led Ingraham to proclaim that he should “keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”“It’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball,” she also said on “The Ingraham Angle.”Wade had remained silent until he posted a photo with lights reading “I am more than an athlete.”And if there was any doubt that he was referring to Ingraham, his caption ended speculation.“#WeWillNotShutUpAndDribble,” it said. King James also may have indirectly responded to Ingraham on Snapchat, posting a carefree selfie poolside.“Smiling through it all!” his caption read. “Can’t believe this is my life.”LeBron’s like, ‘Laura who?’ pic.twitter.com/N9G8w5dlT2— Hemal Jhaveri (@hemjhaveri) February 16, 2018 read more

Pi Day 2019 The best pizza and pie deals

first_img This is no mere one-topping deal; Pie Five is offering any of its specialty pizzas (BBQ chicken, Greek, etc.) for $3.14. However, if you want extras like cauliflower crust or vegan cheese, those will cost you extra. Your Pie: $3.14 pizzas 18 Photos Stop in at your local Whole Foods to get $3.14 off select pies. The varieties will vary by region. The Cheapskate Boston Market: Buy one pot-pie and a drink, get a second pot-pie free Kroger: Select pies for $3.14 Pi Day through time: From Linux to Einstein to Steph Curry See at Plated Other Pi Day deals Slice app: Save $7 on your first order See at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Blaze Pizza: Any regular pizza for $3.14 Available now through Thursday, you can get a one-topping medium pizza for $3.14 when you purchase a Howie Bread and apply promo code 19PI. If there’s a Kroger grocery store near you, stop in on March 14, when various bakery pies will be priced at $3.14 each. Pie Five Pizza: Any personal signature pizza for $3.14 Pie Five Pizza See at Your Pie This upscale restaurant does deep-dish and flatbread-style pizzas. To get the $3.14 deal, you’ll need to dine in on March 14. Pi Day pizza deals Share your voice Nope, this has nothing to do with pie. But it’s a combo that normally costs over $6, so we’ll take it. On Pi Day, use this coupon to get two breakfast sliders, a hash brown and a small coffee for $3.14. Ending today, meal-delivery service Plated is offering new customers free dessert — pie or otherwise — for a year with promo code PiDay. Obviously that means you’ll also need a Plated subscription. This promotion is letting you add a dessert to each delivery. Your Pie See at Whole Foods On Pi Day, the chain will offer $3.14 pizzas, along with various in-store games and giveaways.center_img BJ’s Restaurant Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Also known as a “BOGO,” this deal requires a coupon, which you can find here. It’s good only on Pi Day. White Castle: Breakfast Slider Combo for $3.14 Whole Foods: Save $3.14 on large bakery pies Have you found any other Pi Day deals worth mentioning? Mention them in the comments!Originally published on March 13, 2019.Update, March 14: Added new promotions.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Tired of pizza chains? Slice connects you with all your local, independent pie joints. If you’re a newcomer to the app, you can get $7 off your first order (minimum $15.50) with promo code LOCALPI7. Plated: Free dessert for a year See at Hungry Howie’s See at Pie Five Pizza Comments 6 See at White Castle Welcome to Fun with Calendaring. May 4 is now widely known as May the Fourth, a lispy play on “May the Force be with you.” March 10 recently evolved into the Nintendo-centric Mario Day, because “Mar10.”And let’s not forget the best day in the whole wide world: March 14, otherwise known as Pi Day (because of the eponymous mathematical formula that begins with 3.14). What’s so great about that? All you have to do is say it out loud and it becomes “Pie Day.”Hence an abundance of deals and promotions centered around pizzas and baked goods. Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorites, though this list is by no means complete. There may be local stores and restaurants offering discounts and giveaways as well, so check in with your local pizza joints, bakeries and the like.Don’t want to venture out? Delivery service Postmates is offering free delivery on your next order between now and March 17. Visit the Pi Week collection in the app and use code piweek at checkout. See at Slice See at Kroger Hungry Howie’s: $3.14 medium pizza with the purchase of Howie Bread Blaze Pizza BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: $3.14 mini one-topping pizza See at Boston Market Tags See at Blaze Pizza On Pi Day, the chain is offering any regular-size pizza for $3.14. You’ll need to download the Blaze Pizza app, create an account and access the deal in the Rewards section. Culturelast_img read more

Debates galore govt silent on 16th amendment verdict

first_imgsupreme courtDiscussions abound, but the government has maintained silence since the Supreme Court released on Tuesday, the full text of the verdict declaring the 16th amendment to the Constitution illegal.In observations on the verdict, chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been critical of issues such as the absence of democracy, military rule, the role of the election commission (EC), state of governance, corruption and interference in the independence of the judiciary.However, the government gave no formal reaction to the apex court chief’s observations although, highly placed sources there said, it is embarassed.The ministers and ruling Awami League leaders have been asked not to speak publicly about the verdict, a few of them confirmed.Seeking anonymity, some ruling party leaders said they were stunned to see the observations in the verdict, especially in the ones on politics and political personalities.These AL leaders wondered if such issues were relevant for such an important judgement.On 1 August, the Supreme Court released the full text of the verdict scrapping the power of parliament to remove the Supreme Court judges.After the verdict was delivered on 3 July, the members of parliament criticised the judiciary during the session of the Jatiya Sangsad (national legislative assembly).Now, the ruling party wants to discuss the matter once again in parliament so that there is no issue of contempt involved, said some leaders who preferred not to be named.A ruling party MP, who is one of the critics, confirmed to Prothom Alo that these issues will be discussed in the upcoming session of parliament in September.While contacted, the public relations officer of the law ministry said law minister Anisul Huq will not talk on this.The verdict of the Supreme Court was hotly discussed among the people from various classes and professions. Jurists and eminent citizens also declined to remark on it, terming it sensitive.According to Tuesday’s full verdict, the Supreme Judicial Council is set to get back power to remove judges for incapacity or misconduct. The incumbent government introduced the 16th amendment of the Constitution to empower the parliament to carry out the tasks.In his observation of 799-page verdict, chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said, we are living in “a crippled society, a society where good men do not dream of good things at all; but the bad men are all the more restless to grab more bounty.”He said there is no monitoring institution to check misuse of power and arrogance. There is no check of balance, he said adding that “In such a situation, the executive becomes arrogant and uncontrolled and the bureaucracy will never opt for efficiency.”“Now power, not merit, tends to control all public institutions of the country,” the CJ observed.Regarding the army rule, the verdict says, “After independence, those unholy alliances of power-mongers twice reduced this country to a banana republic, where people are seen as commodity which can be bluffed and compromised at any unworthy cost to legalize their illegitimate exercise of power. They did not empower the people, rather they abused their position and introduced different bluffing tools (sometimes ‘gono’ vote, sometimes rigged election and sometimes no election at all!) as means to prolong their power game. Thus as an institution, the notion of ‘politics’ has been completely destroyed. Dirty political practices of those undemocratic regimes even to a great extent infected the civil politics.”On the observation of the chief justice, former vice chancellor of Dhaka University professor Emajuddin Ahmed said, “The observation echoes my statement. So there is nothing new to pass comment on. Almost all observations are correct”.The chief justice said, “Politics is no longer free, it is now highly commercial and money is in the driving seat which controls the course of action and its destination. Now power, not merit, tends to control all public institutions of the country.”Speaking to Prothom Alo on the observation, National University Vice Chancellor Harun-or-Rashid said, “The issue of politics has been simplified too much. Politics has its own stream.”He further said, “It is true that the influence of money on politics, and participation of businessmen in politics has increased. But, two mainstreams of politicians—Awami League-led pro-liberation forces and another force led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — are doing politics.”Expressing his disappointment in the observation, the chief justice said, “Even after forty-six years of independence, we have not been able to institutionalize any public institutions. There are no checks and balances, there is no watchdog mechanism at work, thus the people in the position are being indulged into abuse of power and showing audacity of freehand exercise of power.“The state power, which is another dimension of political power, is becoming a monopoly of a few now-a-days and this suicidal tendency of concentration of power is increasing. The greed for power is a like plague, once set in motion it will try to devour everything. Needless to say, this WAS NOT at all the aims and vision of our liberation struggle. Our forefathers fought to establish a democratic state, not to produce any power-monster.”Professor Harun said, “It is not logical to think that the today’s politics will be the same as our forefathers did. If we look at the global political practices, we shall also find changes there.”In his observation on the Election Commission (EC), the chief justice said the EC has not been institutionalised. The democracy cannot flourish unless the national election is held in a free and fair manner, he observed.The chief justice also said: “In the absence of credible election, a credible parliament cannot be established.”Former election commissioner Sakhawat Hossain considered the chief justice’s observation appropriate.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Sakhawat Hossain said the EC couldn’t work independently during the tenures of successive governments, including the incumbent one.So EC has not been a sustainable institutionalised organisation, he said, adding that the governments interfered in the activities of EC instead of assisting it.Citing an example, he said a total of 153 candidates were elected uncontested in the election of 2014. “It would’ve happened never if the EC were powerful.”About Article 116The chief justice said the 4th amendment of the Constitution changed the article 116; ‘Supreme Court’ was substituted by the word ‘president’. This amendment empowered the president for appointment, promotion, leave and discipline of persons employed in the judicial service.Though there is a provision for consultation with the Supreme Court in exercising this power, practically this consultation is meaningless if the executive does not cooperate with the Supreme Court.More so, this amendment is in direct conflict with article 109, which provides that the High Court Division shall have superintendence and control over all courts and tribunals subordinate to it.Learned Attorney General fails to comprehend that even before the Fourth Amendment, the 361 superintendence and control of all courts and tribunals were under the High Court Division and this provision ensures the independence of judiciary, but by this substitution of the word ‘president’ for the words ‘Supreme Court’ in article 116, the independence of the lower judiciary has been totally impaired, curtailed and whittled down.This amendment, therefore, violates the basic structure of the constitution and therefore this substitution of the word ‘president’ is ultra vires (beyond one’s legal power or authority) the constitution.Historic verdict: BNPSpeaking to Prothom Alo, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir lauded the verdict saying, “I think full verdict on the 16th amendment of the constitution is an important verdict in the history of Bangladesh. In present context it is a historic and epoch-making verdict.”Fakhrul further said, “The verdict has proved the incumbent government is an autocratic one. It [government] destroyed all constitutional institutions, and made the parliament ineffective.“The government would have stepped down had such a verdict been pronounced by the court of any civilized country,” the BNP leader added.* This piece, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza and Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Wall collapse kills toddler

first_imgAshuliaA toddler was killed and four others were injured in a wall collapse at Kathgara in Ashulia on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Tasim Hossain, the one and a half year old son of Nazmul Hossain of the area.A fire broke out from the gas stove of a house on the ground floor of the building in the morning due to gas leakage, said, Jahangir Alam, senior station officer of Ashulia DEPZ Fire Service Control room.An explosion followed and a part of the wall collapsed, killing the boy on the spot and injuring four others, he added.The injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img

Maa flyover ramp to be inaugurated on Feb 6

first_imgKolkata: The flank linking Maa flyover with AJC Bose Road flyover is expected to be inaugurated on Wednesday. State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim along with senior officials of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) and traffic department of Kolkata Police visited the site on Saturday and the minister gave the necessary nod for the inauguration of the flank.”Vehicles travelling from Kolkata airport or New Town-Rajarhat will now be able to take the Maa flyover from Mathpukur area and then take the AJC Bose Road flyover near Beckbagan to alight near Police Training School. Travel time will be reduced considerably as the congestion at Park Circus can be avoided,” said a senior KMDA official. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe construction of the entire flank has been completed and the painting on the side walls of the bridge in blue and white will be finished by Tuesday night. The Kolkata Police are preparing the blue print of the traffic movement using the flyover route. “It will take us a few days to have an idea of the movement of vehicles over the flyover following which we will be able to finalise the movement of traffic,” a senior official of Kolkata Police’s traffic department said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to a senior KMDA official, the construction of the new flank on Congress Exhibition Road took time as there was encroachment and other utility services that needed to be cleared. At present, KMDA plans to have a twin branching of Maa and AJC Bose Road flyover towards Gariahat. The proposed south-bound ramp will come up at the crossing near Zeeshan restaurant on Syed Amir Ali Avenue and end in front of Kalyan Jewellers, opposite the Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan School. Engineering consultancy firm Rites is carrying out a study and will come up with a Detailed Project Report soon. A traffic feasibility survey has shown that the proposed ramp could reduce the time one takes to travel towards Jadavpur from the Bypass by more than 30 minutes. The length of the ramp will be 2.2km and it will help the commuters to avoid snarl points such as Quest Mall, Modern High School for Girls and Ballygunge Phari. On weekdays, sometimes it takes about 25 minutes to cross the stretch between the crossing in front of Zeeshan and Pantaloons on the Gariahat side. The traffic snarls get worse when Modern High School opens in the morning and classes get over in the afternoon.last_img read more