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‘Into Plein Air’ to bring outdoor art gathering to Troy on March 12

first_img What a painter choses as a subject is strictly up to him or her. I could be a building or a leaf on a tree. It doesn’t matter. “Just create art in the outdoors.”Those who don’t paint but enjoy art will be invited to bring a blanket and enjoy Plein Art on the Square. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Print Article Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By Jaine Treadwell ‘Into Plein Air’ to bring outdoor art gathering to Troy on March 12 Skip Book Nook to reopen Published 7:23 pm Saturday, March 7, 2020 “The meeting is also an opportunity to share experiences with outdoor painting so that others will know more what to expect. Painting outdoors is different from painting indoors in many ways. The light changes quickly; there is light and shadows, bugs and traffic and dozens of other distractions and interruptions. But still, outdoors is a great place to paint.”On Saturday, March 21, Plein Air on the Square will begin to take root on the square from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.Smothers said painting outdoors can be as simple as a pad and pencil or as involved as a standing easel, a colorful palette and a dozen bushes.“From beginners to professional artists, all are welcome,” she said. “Just come, find a place to paint and choose a subject.” “We have artists here in Pike County who enjoy painting outdoors and others who have said they have an interest in painting outdoors,” Smothers said. “The Plein Air idea has been tossed around for a while but nothing has been done to bring it about. So, with spring right here on us, this is a great time to make it happen.”The interest and idea gathering meeting for Plein Air on the Square on Thursday is open to anyone who has an interest in painting outdoors.“You do not have to be a professional artist or an experienced artist to attend,” Smothers said. “If you have any interest in painting outdoors, we want you to come. As we begin Plein Air on the Square, it is important to know what the interest level might be in painting outdoors.center_img Sponsored Content Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits A new movement is underway in Troy and artists from dabblers to Degas are invited to be a part of getting it off the ground.At 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, those who are interested in painting in the outdoors are invited to an interest gathering at The Studio on East Walnut Street in Troy. All those who have an interest in painting outdoors are invited and encouraged to come.Amanda Smothers, a local artist, said the movement is titled Plein Air which in French means, Painting Outdoors. “On the Square” is, of course, the square in downtown Troy, which is the designated outdoor studio where the movement will begin and, hopefully, take root and grow. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy University coronavirus task force considering contingency plans Troy University officials made the decision Monday to cancel all March study abroad trips due to the new coronavirus, and… read morelast_img read more

NaCl to give way to RockSalt

first_imgA team led by Harvard computer scientists, including two undergraduate students, has developed a new tool that could lead to increased security and enhanced performance for commonly used Web and mobile applications.Called RockSalt, the clever bit of code can verify that native computer programming languages comply with a particular security policy.Presented at the June ACM Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI) in Beijing, RockSalt was created by Greg Morrisett, Allen B. Cutting Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS); two of Morrisett’s undergraduate students, Edward Gan ’13 and Joseph Tassarotti ’13; former postdoctoral fellow Jean-Baptiste Tristan (now at Oracle); and Gang Tan of Lehigh University.“When a user opens an external application, such as Gmail or Angry Birds, Web browsers such as Google Chrome typically run the program’s code in an intermediate and safer language such as JavaScript,” says Morrisett. “In many cases it would be preferable to run native machine code directly.”The use of native code, especially in an online environment, however, opens the door to hackers who can exploit vulnerabilities and readily gain access to other parts of a computer or device. An initial solution to this problem was offered over a decade ago by computer scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, who developed software fault isolation (SFI).SFI forces native code to “behave” by rewriting machine code to limit itself to functions that fall within particular parameters. This “sandbox process” sets up a contained environment for running native code. A separate “checker” program can then ensure that the executable code adheres to regulations before running the program.Although considered a major breakthrough, the solution was limited to devices using RISC (reduced instruction set computer) chips, a processor more common in research than in consumer computing. In 2006, Morrisett developed a way to implement SFI on the more popular CISC-based chips, like the Intel x86 processor. The technique was adopted widely. Google modified the routine for Google Chrome, eventually developing it into Google Native Client (or “NaCl”).When bugs and vulnerabilities were found in the checker for NaCl, Google sent out a call to arms. Morrissett once again took on the challenge, turning the problem into an opportunity for his students. The result was RockSalt, an improvement over NaCl, built using Coq, a proof development system.“We built a simple but incredibly powerful system for proving a hypothesis — so powerful that it’s likely to be overlooked. We want to prove that if the checker says ‘yes,’ the code will indeed respect the sandbox security policy,” says Tassarotti, who built and tested a model of the execution of x86 instructions. “We wanted to get a guarantee that there are no bugs in the checker, so we set out to construct a rigorous, machine-checked proof that the checker is correct.”“Our proofs about the correctness of our own tool say that if you run the tool on a program, and it says it’s safe to run, then according to the model, this program can only do certain things,” Tassarotti adds. “Our proof, however, was only as good as this model. If the model was wrong, then the tool could potentially have an error.”In other words, he explains, think of an analogy in physics. While you might mathematically prove that according to Newton’s laws, a moving object will follow a certain trajectory, the proof is only meaningful to the degree that Newton’s laws accurately model the world.“Since the x86 architecture is very complicated, it was essential to test the model by running programs on a real chip, then simulating them with the model, and seeing whether the results matched. I specified the meanings of many of these instructions and developed the testing infrastructure to check for errors in the model,” Tassarotti says.Even more impressively, RockSalt comprises a mere 80 lines of code, as compared with the 600 lines of the original Google native code checker. The new checker is also faster, and, to date, no vulnerabilities have been uncovered. The tool offers tremendous advantages to programmers and users alike, allowing programmers to code in any language, compile it to native executable code, and secure it without going through intermediate languages such as JavaScript, and even to cross back and forth between Java and native code. This tool allows coders to choose the benefits of multiple languages, such as using one to ensure portability while using others to enhance performance.“The biggest benefit may be that users can have more peace of mind that a piece of software works as they want it to,” says Morrisett. “For users, the impact of such a tool is slightly more tangible; it allows users to safely run, for example, games, in a Web browser without the painfully slow speeds that translated code traditionally provides.”Previous efforts to develop a robust, error-free checker have resulted in some success, but RockSalt has the potential to be scaled to software widely used by the general public. The researchers expect that their tool might end up being adopted and integrated into future versions of common Web browsers. Morrisett and his team also have plans to adapt the tool for use in a broader variety of processors.Reflecting on how the class project has been transformative, Tassarotti says, “I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science, and I hope to work on projects like this that can improve the correctness of software. As computers are so prevalent now in fields like avionics and medical devices, I believe that this type of research is essential to ensure safety.”The development of RockSalt was partially funded by Google (although Google researchers were not involved in its development).last_img read more

UDFA/GT BEER Super Sunday Night Cup football

first_imgGeorgetown blast Bartica 6-0; West Demerara beat Berbice 3-1By Joe ChapmanGEORGETOWN and West Demerara Football Association teams marked their entry into the inaugural Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA)-promoted GT Beer Super Sunday Night Cup Inter-Association eight team championship with emphatic performances Sunday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.In the Group B matches played, West Demerara dismissed the challenge of Berbice, 3-1, while Georgetown demolished Bartica 6-0, as they placed themselves in a position to be among the two qualifiers who will emerge from Group B’s round-robin preliminary play involving the four association teams.Scorers for West Demerara, from left, Morgan Denny and Jamaal Harvey.Morgan Denny began the scoring for the West Demerara side netting in the 29th minute of play and before halftime came Jamaal Harvey who got a brace. He gained his first in the 40th minute before the first session ended with the West Side ahead 2-0.As they looked like cruising towards an easy win, Akeem Bollers reduced the advantage by scoring in the 76th minute for the Berbicians; but five minutes later Harvey sealed the win with another goal for an eventual 3-1 victory.The second game saw a double from Darren Benjamin, who set the pace for a 6-0 humbling of Bartica by one of the tournament favourites Georgetown, after the Bartica side looked promising in the opening minutes of feisty play.Bartica, looking good with some nice buildups against their City rivals, were unable to finish and soon after Georgetown took the lead through a crisp shot by Hubert Pedro in the 28th minute. It was taken from outside the 18-yard box on the right side going past the Bartica goalkeeper Cleon Doris who was guarding his near post.That shot was followed by another that rushed past a dazed Doris in the 43rd minute from outside – this time by Phillip Rowley.Taking the game to a next level, Georgetown continued to dictate the pace of the game and seemed to set for shots from outside. It came in the 70th minute when Dwayne McCalman hammered in goal number three and soon after in the 79th minute Darren Benjamin lashed home another for a 4-0 lead.Before long it was 5-0 when Ryan Dowden sent Georgetown further into the lead in the 81st minute. Benjamin returned for his second goal slotting home in the 86th minute to end the game 6-0.The tournament continues on Sunday with two more matches at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.last_img read more

Fire Destroys Southern California Warehouse Used By Amazon

first_imgThe flames that engulfed the structure quickly spread to some of the truck trailers that were parked at loading docks at the site.Officials say the facility was operated by a global logistics company that was dedicated to Amazon. A spokesperson added that customer orders will be filled from other sites. A fire early Friday destroyed a Southern California distribution facility that had been used to ship items to Amazon customers.Authorities said employees got out safely, and there were no reports of injuries.The blaze briefly closed a nearby freeway as flames shot high into the air. The fire apparently began around 5 a.m. Friday in Redlands, which is about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.last_img

Making the Case for Activity Streams in the Enterprise

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img At the Socialtext blog, the company’s marketing manager Christopher Lynch says that activity stream evangelism needs a reality check, and provides some helpful ideas on how to make the case for activity streams in the enterprise.As we’ve said before, status updates are a must-have feature for enterprise collaboration tools – and have applications far beyond collaboration. Yet some enterprises are slow to recognize the business value of this technology. Lynch blames a culture of exaggerated claims and marketing hype and recommends an alternate course for spurring activity-stream adoption.“Even today, we still see blog posts that call for the end of e-mail or bombastic presentations that call upon companies to cast the ‘dusty’ systems of record that they invested millions on into the corner,” writes Lynch. “The phrases like ‘this is like Facebook for your company’ or the ‘why aren’t your tools at work like the ones you have home?’ are tired, old and not good enough.”So if you want to sell your manager on an activity stream or microblogging solution, what are you supposed to do? Here are Lynch’s key points for making the case for activity streams in the enterprise:1. Admit Activity Streams Are Another Tool (It’s OK That It Is)2. When Done Right, Activity Streams Quell, Not Add To, Information Overload3. You don’t have to stare at activity streams all day4. They’re Cheaper and EasierIn the comments, Socialtext’s Luke Closs’s makes the case that simple filtering tools like Facebook’s “Hide” button are much easier to apply than most e-mail systems’ filters – another great point in the favor of status updates as a tool for managing information overload.If you’re in the position of having to make the case for activity streams in your enterprise, the whole post is worth reading. Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#Real-Time Web Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Six Strikes Anti-Piracy System Makes Its Debut

first_imgWhat if every time you shared an illegally downloaded file a copyright alert went off and notified your Internet service provider? Well, that day is pretty much here.It’s the new “six strikes” plan against alleged pirates, formally known as the Copyright Alert System. It’s been slow to get off the ground, having first been scheduled for launch last July, and then again last November. It may amount to little more than a wrist slap for copyright violators. But it is exactly what the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) and five major ISPS – Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable – are apparently finally launching this week to try to scare you out of sharing pirated material.The plan, backed by ISPs and Hollywood studios, has been a running joke in some quarters due to the internal tensions of its backing coalition and the general toothlessness of its sanctions. The CCI itself insists its system is intended to educate consumers, not punish them. Online chatter about this new system depicts it as less “big brother” and more as a big bother.But we should care about Six Strikes, because it’s likely to slow down the Web for some, subject others to burdens such as “mandatory” online educational courses, and widely violate the privacy of Web users – whether they’re really pirating movies and music or not.Bark Or Bite?Back in November, leaked documents reported by TorrentFreak revealed that Verizon would monitor BitTorrent users and respond to alleged copyright violators in a staged fashion, starting with two email warnings. Should users continue their alleged infringing activity, Verizon will push out third and fourth warnings in the form of intrusive popups that force users to confirm receipt. If that doesn’t do the trick, the ISP would slow down Internet connections to roughly dialup speed for 14 days.But that’s just Verizon – every ISP will be free to tailor restrictions. Last October, TorrentFreak likewise reported that AT&T will block users until they complete a copyright course, and in November relayed that Time Warner will temporarily disrupt service.Here’s the service in action, in a soothing video produced by the CCI: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescu 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#copyright#privacy#security What To ExpectMajor ISPs actively monitoring and “trolling” our usage remains a major privacy issue, even if so far the modus operandi isn’t as nefarious as it might sound. The simple fact that third-party outfits can identify the IP address of someone sharing or distributing copyrighted material and then report them to the ISPs is likely to alarm many users once these alerts start going out.The new system doesn’t force ISPs to shut off Web service to repeat offenders, but you can probably count on ISPs sharing the identities of alleged violators with copyright owners to pursue legal action. In the above video, the CCI says it won’t give out customer information, but if the backers of the program – many of them the creators themselves – lean hard enough, ISPs will probably cave.As it stands now, Six Strikes won’t stop piracy. On the one hand, it’s just too easy to get around – widely available VPNs, proxies and similar measures all bypass the kind of monitoring that’s central to the system. Committed users can also just ignore the notifications, since there are apparently no sanctions past the sixth warning at ISPs like Verizon.Still, this is interference, big time, from ISPs of a sort that Americans haven’t previously experienced. Even in attenuated form, Six Strikes could have unexpected consequences, such as killing public Wi-Fi. (Though the CCI denies that coffeehouse hotspots are in any danger.) And it’s not at all unreasonable to think that the sanctions could get more Draconian, given Hollywood’s well-known history of pushing for ever-stronger restrictions once the camel’s nose is under the tent.So mind your bits and torrents, folks. This could get nasty.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts last_img read more

Apple Highlights 5 Years Of The App Store For iOS

first_imgTags:#app development#Apple#iOS Related Posts dan rowinski In addition to pushing the free versions of normally paid apps, Apple notes the milestones that the App Store has achieved along the way. In 2013, the App Store passed 50 billion downloads, passed the $10 billion mark of money paid to developers and officially turns five years old on July 10th.  If you are counting (and a lot of people are), Apple went from 25 billion apps downloaded to 50 billion in about 14 months. More than two billion apps were downloaded in December 2012 alone. The milestones and free apps were first rolled out to users in Europe this morning before coming to the United States. What has been your favorite app from the App Store over the last five years? Let us know in the comments.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Later this week, Apple’s App Store for iOS officially turn five years old. The App Store grew from a curiosity in 2008 to one of the dominant destinations to download software in a few years and now contains more than 900,000 apps that have seen more than 50 billion downloads.Yes, there is indeed an app for that. Probably several.To celebrate five years of the App Store, Apple is giving away some apps for the occasion. Five iOS apps and five games are currently free in the App Store for a limited time. Free apps include: Barefoot World Atlas, Day One (Journal/Diary), How To Cook Everything, Over (a photo editing app) and Traktor DJ for iPhone (an audio-mixing app). Free games include: Where’s My Water, Tiny Wings, Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery, Infinity Blade II and Badland. If you are an avid App Store user, there is a good chance you have already used several of these apps, especially the games. Marking App Store Milestoneslast_img read more

England plot revenge in women’s Ashes

first_imgEngland’s women will hope to build on the success of their World Cup triumph and wrest back the Ashes from an Australian side shorn of talismanic captain Meg Lanning.The all-formats tournament kicks off with a one-day international in Brisbane on Sunday and promises to be more than a curtain-raiser for the five-test men’s series that begins in November.England, captained by Heather Knight, are seeking revenge after being humbled on home soil in the previous series in 2015, while Australia are desperate to make amends for their surprise World Cup semi-final exit in July.”We’ve got over (the World Cup) now,” Australia pace bowler Megan Schutt told reporters this week.#ThrowbackThursday Australia won the last #WomensAshes series in 2015 – who are you backing this time? @SouthernStars or @englandcricket? ICC (@ICC) October 19, 2017″We’ve learnt from the mistakes that were made over there and dealt with the personal issues that came with that.”We’ve really worked hard at getting over that speed bump.”Rachael Haynes has been named skipper of Australia in place of Lanning and will be under pressure to get the better of Knight, who replaced Charlotte Edwards last year and was a cool head during the World Cup on home soil.Reuters Photo Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry again looms as a huge threat to England’s hopes of victory after being player of the series in the past two Ashes campaigns.She enters the tournament off the back of an outstanding World Cup where she amassed 404 runs and took nine wickets.advertisementEngland will lean on their formidable attack of seamers Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt and young spinner Sophie Ecclestone to thwart Perry and the Australian batswomen.After opening with three ODIs, the teams play a day-night test in Sydney before finishing off with three Twenty20 matches.The limited overs matches are worth two points for a win, with victory in the test worth four.Women’s cricket has gone from strength to strength since the last Ashes two years ago, as witnessed by the sell-out crowd that saw England defeat India by nine runs in the World Cup final at Lord’s.Organisers decided to limit capacity at Brisbane’s Allan Border field to only 2,000 for Sunday’s opener, but the tickets were sold out three weeks in advance.”The interest in women’s sport is at an all-time high,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said.last_img read more

10 months ago​Leicester boss Puel hopeful Vardy fit for Chelsea

first_img​Leicester boss Puel hopeful Vardy fit for Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel is hopeful that he will have Jamie Vardy available for the clash against Chelsea.Vardy was not put into the game against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, which Leicester lost on penalties.But Puel believes more training in the week should see Vardy ready for the weekend’s Premier League contest.”I hope we can have Jamie on Saturday. There wasn’t enough time for him to play today,” Puel said after the game.”He trained one full session and then played against Palace in the Premier League for 90 minutes. It was important to keep him fresh.”We have to be careful to avoid another injury. It is the second time with the same groin. I hope he can play against Chelsea on Saturday.”Vardy has five goals this season. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more