According to an announcement on the Official Google Blog, the search engine giant is rolling out a new format for their universal image results. Set to go live over the next 24 hours, the updated format will now feature one larger image alongside multiple smaller images. Because of this new layout, you’ll be able to see “more pictures than before,” writes Google Software Engineer Alex Petcherski in the blog post. The New Image ResultsTo be clear, this update is for universal image results only – not Google Image search itself. “Universal” results refer to the search results you receive when doing a traditional search on www.google.com. Introduced back in 2007, the term refers to the combined search results from multiple verticals, including image search, news, video search, and the other specialized engines linked from the top of Google’s homepage. With universal search, you only have to refer to one set search results page to see all the relevant information on a particular topic. The page serves as the jumping off point for whatever knowledge you’re after – whether that’s a photo, a video, the latest news, or just good ol’ fashioned information. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The updated image search results represent a minor change to Google’s interface and one that many mainstream users may not have even noticed. But every little tweak that Google makes is only done after extensive testing. In this case, the update allows for one more image to appear in the universal image results box. One image may not seem like a major improvement, but it could mean the difference between a user clicking through to see more or abandoning their Google Search altogether. (You would be surprised how quickly some users give up on a non-productive search. Forget refining queries, they just go elsewhere or stop their search entirely!). Google Announcement’s Timing Aimed to Deflate Interest in BingIt’s also notable that Google is announcing this change around the same time as Microsoft plans to make another announcement regarding updated features for Bing, the company’s new search engine. Since its launch earlier this year, the Bing Search Team at Microsoft has been busy rolling out updates that have included things like a revamped mobile search, improvements to maps, integration with math engine Wolfram Alpha, Twitter integration, and a new visual search interface. As most of these announcements were made, Google would make an announcement of their own – for example, how they were planning on adding Twitter to their results, too. And when Bing announced Visual Search, Google posted to their blog about a Google Experiment called “Fast Flip” which lets you visually peruse print articles online. There’s no doubt that the timing of this latest, albeit minor, news about Image Search improvements has to do at least partially with the upcoming Bing announcement. Clearly, we have entered a new era of “search wars.” As angel investor Ron Conway noted earlier this fall at the TC50 conference, this time war is a good thing: “I think the huge winner here will be consumers because competition breeds innovation, and this nice little battle between Google and Microsoft is fantastic for consumers.”Disclosure: Sarah Perez also freelances for Microsoft’s Channel 10. She is not a Microsoft employee. Related Posts sarah perez Tags:#Google#news#NYT#search#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
The Army on Sunday said the troops manning the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pir Panjal Valley’s Poonch district opened fire at a Pakistani helicopter, which was carrying Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, after it violated the airspace agreement signed by the two countries.“The air violation was noted around 12.10 p.m. and committed by a Pakistani helicopter in the Poonch sector. It was a white helicopter and was flying very high. The air sentries at the forward location engaged it with small arms,” said the Jammu-based defence spokesman Lt. Col. Devendra Anand.‘PM is safe’An aide of Mr. Haider was quoted by Pakistani media as saying that he was flying to Haveli on that side of the LoC for a condolence meeting at the house of PoK Minister Choudhary Aziz on his brother’s demise.Mr. Aziz hails from an area close to the LoC.“The bullets did not hit the helicopter and the PM is safe,” the official told local media.However, the incident was not confirmed by Pakistani High Commission officials.Sources said the Pakistani military helicopter flew for nearly five minutes within 250 m of the LoC and hovered over the Gulpur sector before turning back.“If it had been a green helicopter, the response would have been different,” said an Army official posted in Poonch.A video shot on a mobile phone, which went viral on social media, shows a white helicopter flying near a mountain ridge and being fired upon by the troops from the Indian side of the LoC. The Army has not confirmed the authenticity of the video.1 km limitHelicopters are barred from coming within 1 km on both the sides of the LoC as per the agreement.The incident comes a day after Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire on the LoC in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.“Infiltration attempt by militants and ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army in the Tangdhar sector was reported on Saturday evening. Our forces retaliated strongly and foiled the infiltration bid under covering fire by Pakistan Army. No damage, injury or casualty on our side,” said the Srinagar-based Army spokesman Rajesh Kalia.Meanwhile, Northern Army Commander Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh arrived in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday and reviewed the security situation in the wake of recent counter-terrorist operations, “which led to elimination of many militants.”
The bail plea of sacked CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, which was to be decided by a Delhi court on Saturday, has been postponed for May 26 after he said he would place ‘new facts’ to prove his innocence in a corruption case relating to awarding of a Games-related contract to a Swiss firm.Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh, before whom CBI filed the charge sheet against him, deferred the order on his bail plea by five days after taking into consideration Kalmadi’s plea seeking to argue his case on “new” grounds.CBI filed a 50-page charge sheet against him and ten others including two companies.Others named in the chargesheet are OC Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal, Joint Director General (sports) A S V Prasad, Treasurer M Jayachandran, A K Reddy, Managing Director of Hyderabad-based AKR Constructions, and the promoters of Faridabad-based Gem International, A K Madan and P D Arya. The Faridabad firm was outsourced a substantial portion of the contract that Swiss Timing-Omega won for the Commonwealth Games.It also names the two companies AKR Constructions and Swiss Timing-Omega.All accused have been charged under sections 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery) and 471 (using forged documents) of Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. The chargesheet will be taken up for cognizance on Monday.CBI said it might file a supplementary charge sheet, if need be, as further investigation is going on and certain aspects are yet to be investigated.Arguments on the bail pleas of Surjit Lal and A S V Prasad will also be heard on May 26.advertisementBhanot and Verma were arrested on February 23 while Kalmadi, Prasad and Lal was apprehended on April 26.They stand accused of awarding TSR contract to Swiss Firm Swiss Timing which caused an estimated loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.- With PTI inputs
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The metal dogtag hangs around Zach Sudfeld’s neck nearly everywhere he goes.It dangles under his pads when he’s on the football field, and he takes it off only when he showers. It was a gift from his grandfather, and the Winston Churchill-inspired quote engraved on it epitomizes his journey from hard-luck youngster to tenacious New York Jets tight end:“Never, never, never give up.”Sudfeld could have easily walked away from football a few times. Many people told him he should have.A broken leg and dislocated ankle in his senior season at Nevada appeared to abruptly end a college career marked by setbacks and six surgeries. He had nothing more to prove, they told him, and he’d been through enough adversity.“I’m a football player,” the 24-year-old Sudfeld said, his long, reddish-brown hair pulled back neatly behind his head. “I couldn’t let it end that way.”And, he didn’t. Not even close.Sudfeld — nicknamed “Studfeld” by friends and teammates — is a 6-foot-7, 260-pound backup tight end who has played in eight games as a rookie, including two starts, with four catches while carving roles on the scout team and special teams.“The sky’s the limit for him because each day he gains more confidence,” Jets tight ends coach Steve Hagen said. “He makes like freak catches in practice.”As his blocking improves, Sudfeld’s playing time figures to increase. He gets about 10 snaps a game, but he’s used to having to prove himself.“We loved watching ‘Rudy’ growing up, but Zach’s no Rudy,” said Sudfeld’s father Ralph. “He has demonstrated he belongs here. Nothing was handed to him. Nothing. He just kept saying, ‘Nope, I’m just going to keep going.’”That perseverance was born in part from being raised in a family whose business is delivering hope.The Sudfelds are heavily involved with Assist International, a humanitarian organization started by Sudfeld’s grandparents Bob and Charlene Pagett in a spare bedroom in 1990 that has since completed over 500 projects to help the needy in 61 countries.Ralph Sudfeld is the Executive Vice President. Zach’s mother, Michelle, is the Director of Fundraising for abandoned and orphaned children. Zach’s twin brother, Matt, is the Director of Strategic Development. When each of his grandchildren turned 13, Bob Pagett let them pick a project on which they could accompany him.Zach chose a trip to Romania, where an experience at an orphanage still resonates.“You go to the streets where these kids came from and it’s just devastating,” he said. “You can’t get those images out of your head. It’s an amazing thing when you hold an orphan in your arms. You’re like, ‘Man, I have no issues.’”Sudfeld has since been to Myanmar and Thailand, and plans to go to Africa during the offseason. He’ll join the rest of the family full-time in the business someday, but after his playing days are through.Sudfeld was born 10 minutes before Matt. He spent most of his childhood and teen years in Modesto, Calif., trying to catch up to him on the football field, basketball court or pretty much anything that provided even the smallest measure of competition.“Growing up, whenever we’d get into a fight, I was just a lot tougher than him, even though he was taller,” Matt said with a laugh.They’re fraternal, and their drastic height difference — Matt is 5-foot-11 — makes it difficult to imagine they’re brothers, let alone twins.“We’re as close as you can be,” said Zach, whose younger brother Nate plays quarterback at Indiana. “But growing up, he was way more athletic.”The family has a theory on the moment Zach went from being a tall, skinny, awkward guy to one of the toughest players on the football field. It was the day during the twins’ sophomore season in high school that Zach was moved up to varsity from junior varsity to fill in for some injured tight ends.He dropped the first two balls that came his way. He rebounded, though, with three catches on a last-minute drive. Modesto Christian High School had the ball at the 3-yard line with 1 second left, and coach Mike Parsons dialed up a slant to Zach.He caught the ball and cradled it in the end zone for the winning score against rival Mariposa.“We joke about it like, ‘Man, if you dropped that ball, you’d be teaching math somewhere,’” Matt said. “From that point on, he developed more of an edge and by the time he was a senior, he was just a force.”The twins went separate ways for college, with Zach heading to Nevada and Matt going to Brown — but both continued to play football.Zach walked on to the Nevada football team that featured current 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, eventually earning a scholarship. He showed promise, despite not playing a lot behind starter Virgil Green. Injuries — a shoulder, a knee and a broken wrist — provided some other bumps in the road. But, heading into his senior year, he was poised for a breakout season.On Sept. 10, 2011, the Wolf Pack opened the season at Oregon. At the start of the second quarter, with 35 family members in the stands, someone rolled into his left leg. His femur broke, and his ankle was dislocated and turned 180 degrees.“My toes were pointed to the sky and I was on my stomach,” Zach recalled. He was carted off the field, and many believed he was done with football.“Everyone was telling me that it was time to hang up the cleats,” he said. Sudfeld had other plans.He was already working on his master’s degree in business administration, so he’d continue to do that while he rehabilitated and planned his next comeback. He persuaded coach Chris Ault to keep a spot on the roster for him, and was awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.A year after all the doubts and tears, Sudfeld was back on the football field.It’s a comeback story with a Hollywood-style script: Sudfeld started every game for Nevada as a sixth-year senior, caught 45 passes for 598 yards, set a school record for tight ends with eight TD catches, and was a semifinalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top player at his position.“You just go, ‘Listen, man, congratulations to you. You went out and willed yourself to do that,’” Ralph Sudfeld said. “That’s what makes you so proud as a parent.”There were still more “hiccups,” as Zach calls them.Sudfeld wasn’t invited to the NFL combine in Indianapolis. He also went undrafted a few months later. New England signed him as a free agent, and Sudfeld had a terrific training camp and became a fan favorite. He made the Patriots’ opening roster, but after four weeks and no catches, the Patriots waived him.Almost exactly 24 hours later, the Jets were calling.Matt compares his brother to Tom Hardy’s unbreakable character Forrest Bondurant in the 2012 crime drama Lawless.“He just can’t die,” Matt said. “He always survives. I was like, ‘Zach, that’s you, man. Injury after injury, undrafted, cut, but you keep coming back.’”Just as that cherished dogtag urges Zach every day.“It’s always there and is just a constant reminder that no matter what happens, it’s all going to work out,” he said with a smile. “You’ve just got to continue to move forward. No matter what.”(Dennis Waszak, Jr., AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Mike Ashley is considering four bids in excess of £300m for Newcastle United as the owner attempts to push through a sale before January.The sportswear tycoon revealed on Monday evening that he was in talks with several potential purchasers 14 months after placing the club on the market, and voiced his hope that a deal could be done within weeks. Rafael Benítez remains diplomatic on subject of protest by Newcastle fans Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Read more Mike Ashley Share on Twitter It is understood there are at least four interested parties, all of them based overseas, who have tabled offers and that talks are continuing amid optimism that Ashley’s timescale could be realistic. Peter Kenyon, the former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive, is reportedly ready to show his hand after spending several weeks attempting to put funding in place, while there have been suggestions that prospective purchasers from the United States, the Middle East and Turkey have made contact.Ashley revealed in a rare television interview that ongoing negotiations were “at a more progressed stage than they’ve ever been” and, although his comments were greeted with scepticism by fans who saw Amanda Staveley’s proposed takeover collapse earlier this year, things appear to be developing apace.He is keen to finally offload the club at the third time of asking after a turbulent 11 and a half years on Tyneside, during which he has been at odds with many of the supporters.Disgruntled fans have made their feelings clear over his repeated failure to provide his managers, and in particular Rafael Benítez, with the funding to compete in the transfer market, with Ashley saying he cannot afford to do so. That has left Benítez’s future in doubt, with his current contract due to expire at the end of this season, and supporters will be hoping a swift and successful conclusion to talks could both secure the Spaniard’s continued presence and provide him with a meaningful budget for players.Benítez insisted as he prepared for Wednesday night’s Premier League trip to Everton that it was “business as usual” and expressed his hope that his players would not be distracted by events behind the scenes. He said: “I will say that I hope it will not be a distraction. Why? Because the players, they know that they have to perform, that’s it.“For us, we have experience of this. We are in the same situation that we were in before. When we say ‘business as usual’, it’s because we know that it will not change our plans. Our plans are to look for the [transfer] targets. Fine. We are looking for the targets, so it depends who is there and who is available. But for me, we carry on and thinking that Mike will be there, and we have to choose the right players for us. That’s it.” Share on Messenger Reuse this content Topics news Share via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Business Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Newcastle United
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Over 100 enthusiastic students have been selected to join the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resorts Villages and Spa summer intern program which is a part of the company’s work study program aimed at providing students with work experience in the hospitality industry.The new interns were selected following a rigorous recruitment exercise and have since been placed in various departments within the company working in Public Relations, Cost Control, Environmental Health Services and Concierge just to name a few.The initiative is part of the company’s long standing commitment to assisting in the growth and development of the youth of the Turks and Caicos Islands providing practical experience to those who wish to venture into hospitality and related fields.Interns range from high school graduates to college students and include first time interns and returnees.Deleria Simms, assistant human Resources manager for Beaches TCI said the program has been very successful over the years. “We recruited a total of 106 interns. Our goal is to introduce the students to the hospitality industry with the hope of developing a labor pool from which we can pull on in the future and we focus on developing skills as well as actual learning as opposed to just providing them with a summer job. Even our application process is designed to assess their interview writing skills and to develop their interviewing skills.” Simms said the interns were informed on best practices, hospitality standards and conduct during their training.Guerta Toussaint who is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management at Broward College in Florida said she was excited to be returning home to gain experience in her field of study. “I am looking to gain experience in the field. I did want to spend the summer doing something constructive that would give me field experience. I’m excited to be able to foster experience in supply chain management. I’m excited to learn more about my field by actually doing it.”Tajh Missick a second year Computer Studies student at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College was also elated about the program, stating; “I don’t really think of it as a job, I look at it as a learning experience because you learn a lot by interacting with the guest and the employees.”The Internship program is facilitated in part by the Human Resources Department and the Training Department of the Resort. Successful applicants have the option of returning during holidays to intern with the company and are given special consideration for full time employment in the future. Monique Graham- Training Manager at BTC remarked, “Internship is always good because what it does is it helps team members understand what the working world is like so they are better able to transition from high school into the real job and it also helps them to have some savings to help their parents for back to school. For persons who have a greater career expectation, it gives them a true exposure of what the hospitality industry is like so they know if this is what they want to do for the future or this is not what they want to do.”Press Release: Sandals Resort Related Items:
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos – November 1, 2017 – Celebrated Wine maker, Tuck Beckstoffer of Beckstoffer Wines is pushing past the devastation brought to his home and business in California after the raging fires there which actually killed 35 people in wine country USA.Making his third trip to the Turks and Caicos for the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival, Beckstoffer will tonight at the Wine Cellar be a part of the wine welcome event where he is usually the life of the party. The Wine Cellar expects Tuck to be no different despite his own personal heartbreak over the fire effects on his home.In fact, Tuck Beckstoffer, in reports we have found on line is not only a vintner, which I learned is a wine maker and wine merchant but Beckstoffer is also a fire fighter and a philanthropist. The Mercury News reported that Tuck was fighting off the Atlas Fire at Soda Canyon, that he was shocked at what he found including dead animals in the road, cars melted into puddles due to the intense heat of the flames, giant oak trees downed by the winds,snapped in half and damage to some of his properties.Another inferno, the Nun’s fire was threatening his other properties too and yet, the publication reported on October 12 that: “Even as his wineries remain at risk, Beckstoffer has begun giving back to his devastated community, including donating this weekend’s tasting room proceeds to relief efforts, and putting on a big barbecue Thursday for firefighters.”The Turks and Caicos is happy to have Tuck returning for the 2017 installment of the #CaribbeanFoodandWineFestival, along with Neil Collins from Lone Madrone of Paso Robles and Greg Stach of Landmark Vineyards. #CFWF2017 officially kicks off tomorrow with the welcome dinner at Grace Bay Club. Celebrated & Celebrity Chefs in for 2017 TCI Caribbean Food & Wine Festival Turks and Caicos 2017CFWF sold out, again! Related Items:#CFWF2017, #napavalleyfires, #thewinecellartci, #tuckbeckstoffer, #winecountryfires Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Culinary student selected for CFWF 2017 Recommended for you
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Negotiations over the conference report for a fiscal 2019 spending package covering the military construction-Veterans Affairs, energy-water and legislative branch spending bills appear to be completed, with conferees prepared to sign a final deal imminently. On Friday, House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the “minibus” would be on the House floor this week. It is still not clear, though, when the text of the conference report will be released, reports CQ. Congressional leaders are aiming to clear two other spending packages prior to the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year as well, including a two-bill minibus covering the defense and labor-HHS-education titles.
18 Photos Fukushima turns to robots to fix the future Sci-Tech Bottle o’ rads? James Smith The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl remains the worst nuclear accident in human history, leaving a 1,000 square mile region of the Ukraine uninhabitable since 1986. While some have continued to live there and tourists flock to the radioactive zone in droves (thanks to HBO’s fantastic series), the surrounding areas have been reclaimed by nature. Now, the BBC reports, a team of scientists have produced the first consumer product out of the exclusion zone since the nuclear disaster: An artisan vodka dubbed “Atomik”.The Chernobyl Spirit Company, has brewed up the vodka from “slightly contaminated” rye grain they planted within the exclusion zone. While many traditionally think of vodka as produced from potatoes, these days most vodka is made from grains such as wheat and rye. The one, the only (literally!) bottle of Atomik. Distilled in Chernobyl. James Smith James Smith, an environmental scientist from the University of Portsmouth, is part of the team at Chernobyl Spirit Company and has published numerous studies discussing the effects of radioactive pollutants, with a focus on accidental releases. He’s studied Chernobyl since 1990 and spent time working in Belarus, the Ukraine and Russia. “Our Atomik grain spirit came from an experiment we were doing to see how much radioactivity transferred into different crops in the Exclusion Zone 30 years after the accident,” he says, via email.The experimental plot where the grain was grown is situated about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the Chernobyl reactor. Part of the process also involved using water from Chernobyl’s aquifer, lying about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of the site of the disaster. The aquifer has been shown to contain traces of radioactivity in the past.”We had the Atomik grain spirit idea as a way to firstly (hopefully) make people think more deeply about the recovery of the Chernobyl affected areas and a way (also hopefully!) to make money to help support the affected communities.”Smith has released a technical report of the creation process on ResearchGate. Part of the report discusses risks associated with the production of the vodka which he says it’s completely safe.”We had to do a risk assessment, but radioactive safety isn’t really a problem,” Smith says. “The beauty of distillation is that it takes nearly all the radioactivity out (except for natural C-14) so we hope people will be happy to drink Atomik.”However, there is one little problem. Anyone wanting to taste the nuclear nectar will have to wait because there is currently only a single bottle of the stuff in existence. Now, I know the internet will be clamoring for a taste, because humans have proven to be incredibly interested in seemingly forbidden liquids. I remember when some suggested we should drink the fluid from an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus that was discovered in 2018. I know you want to taste the not-so-radioactive drop, but you’ll have to wait.The team plan to manufacture more Atomik before the end of the year, with the aim of making a profit they can then give back to the local communities that surround the abandoned exclusion zone. To really ramp up production, the team will need to get the go-ahead from the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management and from Ukrainian authorities to produce alcohol, Smith says.”Unfortunately this will be slow — we hope to begin only very small scale experimental production this year,” he notes, explaining the Chernobyl Spirit Company is “not taking orders yet.”When they do, we’ll raise a glass. Tags 2 Share your voice Originally posted 10:55 p.m. PTUpdated Aug. 8: Adds additional comments from Smith and links to Spirit Company Comments
Ridhima PanditinstagramKhatron Ke Khiladi 9 recently ended with Punit Pathak emerging as the winner of the season. He defeated Aditya Narayan (first runner-up) and Ridhima Pandit (second runner-up). While Punit was certainly a deserving contestant to win the trophy, Aditya and Ridhima missed the golden opportunity to take home the coveted trophy by a small margin.In an interview with SpotboyE, Ridhima opened up on how it feels to reach the finale yet not bag the trophy. The actress started off by saying that she is proud and lucky to have reached the finale. However, being claustrophobic, she admitted having aborted a couple of stunts. She further praised the boys – Punit and Aditya, as they have always completed their tasks. “I have certain weaknesses like, for one, I’m claustrophobic. I couldn’t completely rid myself of that fear and due to it, I even aborted a couple of stunts,” she said.Speaking about the finale task, Ridhima said that she could have won it but lost out on time when she couldn’t open the carabiner. “I know for a fact that maybe I could have won it in the last stunt because it didn’t need physical strength as such. I had to jump from the car to the truck and open the lock. I was very calm. When I tried opening the carabiner, it didn’t open that’s where I lost out on time and I was almost in tears,” she added.However, Ridhima believes that Punit and Aditya were definitely better than her. “No excuses, I think they were definitely better than me. In fact, so many times I got Punit and Aditya in partner tasks, and they have been of great help. Definitely, they are stronger than me. The finale stunt was very nice. I could have won it actually,” she concluded.