Month: October 2020

Sanjeev Sanyal adapts ‘The Ocean of Churn’ for kids, to educate them about the history of the Indian ocean – books

Principal Economic Advisor Sanjeev Sanyal has adapted his book “The Ocean of Churn” for young readers, in which he describes the history and geography of the majestic Indian Ocean and its significance and relevance through the ages.

“The Incredible History of The Indian Ocean” also traces the significance of the Indian Ocean on Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South East Asia and Oceania.

The Indian Ocean is an incredible big blue body of water that has connected people from the east coast of Africa to Australia for thousands of years.

“It is not possible to understand India’s history and its relationship with the world without reference to the sea. Indeed, India is the only country that has an ocean named after it. My goal here is to tell India’s story from the maritime perspective as it is the only way one can understand our cities, our culture, and, more broadly,

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Credit Agricole to Build Its Own Saudi Bank After Stake Sale

(Bloomberg) — Credit Agricole SA plans to build its own corporate and investment bank in Saudi Arabia after selling the final portion of its stake in Banque Saudi Fransi.

a car parked in a parking lot in front of Hoover Building: The offices of Banque Saudi Fransi stand in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Banque Saudi Fransi was the sixth largest broker in the kingdom last year, according to data from the stock exchange.

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The offices of Banque Saudi Fransi stand in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Banque Saudi Fransi was the sixth largest broker in the kingdom last year, according to data from the stock exchange.

The French lender sold its remaining 4% holding for 1.45 billion riyal ($387 million) to two Saudi government-related institutional investors, Credit Agricole said in a statement on Monday, without identifying the entities. The shares were sold at 30 riyals each and will help shore up Credit Agricole’s capital.


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The disposal ends Credit Agricole’s decades-long investment in one of the kingdom’s largest corporate banks. The French firm is plotting its own path in a region awash with mega-bond deals as well as stake sales by state-owned entities.

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Copy-paste? Think twice : A deep dive into the world of online plagiarism

No, the Internet is not like international waters. We speak to legal experts and content creators about where netizens should be vigilant

Truth has perhaps been the most obvious casualty of the Internet age, as copy-paste culture has permeated the creative process. And nowhere has this been more visible than in mass media.

With the lockdown adding to the woes of an already economically stressed sector, the print industry has become victim of fly-by-night operators who duplicate copyrighted material, often within seconds of its publication online.

After the lockdown, copyright and trademark violations have increased in the virtual world, says N Karthikeyan, cyber law advocate at the Madras High Court. “These days anyone with a mobile phone can start a YouTube channel. With no legitimate source for content, creators are stealing copyright-protected material,” he says in a phone interview. He also cites the growing incidence of fake domains being created

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Hayes’ sparkling arrival gives Pirates something to build on

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates began 2020 with plenty of questions. The truncated 60-game schedule provided few answers save for one: Ke’Bryan Hayes can play. Really, really play.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes rounds third base after hitting a solo home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Ke’Bryan Hayes rounds third base after hitting a solo home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The rookie third baseman’s splashy debut — one that finished with a flourish thanks to an eight-game hitting streak that raised his average to an eye-popping .376 — provided an incandescent silver lining in a season at times felt epically long. Losing a major-league high 41 games will do that. Still, Hayes proved he belonged during his first taste of the bigs.

“I was just so excited to finally get the opportunity to come up here,” said Hayes,

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New autonomous Mayflower launches from Plymouth to gather ocean data

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An autonomous ship launched Sept. 16 on a mission to traverse oceans and gather vital environmental data, guided by GNSS and inertial measurement units (IMUs).

Ocean research non-profit ProMare joined with IBM on the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) — an artificial intelligence (AI) and solar-powered marine research vessel. Following two years of design, construction and training of its AI models, the fully-autonomous trimaran was launched from Plymouth, England.

The ship is guided by both GNSS and IMU technology. It uses two Hexagon | Veripos LD8 receivers, each with two V560 marine antennas. The onboard IMUs include an iXBlue Octans and two Silicon Sensing AMU30s.

Designed to provide a safe, flexible and cost-effective way of gathering data about the ocean, the new-generation Mayflower promises to transform oceanography by working in tandem with scientists and other autonomous vessels to help understand critical issues such as global warming,

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Internet slowness: Is it hampering the pandemic recovery in Britain?

As the United Kingdom claws back from its biggest economic plunge in more than 300 years due to the country’s pandemic lockdown, many in rural England and Wales are concerned that poor internet connectivity could hamper Britain’s recovery.

Britain’s internet speeds lag behind those in many smaller, less wealthy nations. According to a report by the European Commission, high-speed broadband in Slovenia and Lithuania eclipses that across Britain. Estonia, with a gross domestic product of $30.7 billion – a fraction of Britain’s 2018 GDP of $2.3 trillion – trumps the U.K. for breadth and speed of online connectivity.

Samuel Bright, an editor for a digital startup magazine, previously lived in London but returned back to his hometown of Huddersfield during the lockdown. He says connectivity in towns and cities in northern England isn’t so different until you step beyond central areas. “When you venture into more remote areas, it’s like

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Best Apple Watch bands to buy from reputable tech retailers

Earlier this month, Apple introduced the Apple Watch 6, the company’s latest version of its popular smartwatch, as well as an upgraded model of its iPad device. As NBC News Shopping previously reported, the Apple Watch 6 sports three standout upgrades:

  1. A 20-second timer to help encourage customers to comply with CDC’s coronavirus guidance regarding washing their hands for at least 20 seconds to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

  2. It sports technology that helps measure your blood oxygen levels and claims to have improved how the new gadget will monitor your sleep. Of course, as with all health-related matters, your best bet is to consult with your board-certified medical doctor on the effect of any device.

  3. Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, also noted the new model is more eco-conscious since it has removed the USB power adapter that usually accompanies new devices.

After you decide which of

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Dow ends at five-week high as election uncertainty dims, offsetting lack of fiscal stimulus progress



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Stocks finished higher Thursday, as investors focused on polls showing less uncertainty around November’s presidential election.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also rejected the idea of a standalone bill to aid the airline industry, saying such a measure would need to be part of a broader fiscal stimulus package.

How did major benchmarks fare?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed up 122.05 points, or 0.4%, at 28,425.51, while the S&P 500 (SPX) rose 27.38 points, or 0.8%, to finish at 3,446.83. The Nasdaq Composite (COMP) added 0.5%, or 56.38 points, ending at 11,420.98. All three major equity benchmarks ended at their highest levels in five weeks.

The Dow on Wednesday finished with a gain of 530.70 points, or 1.9%, at 28,303.46, while the S&P 500 advanced 58.49 points, or 1.7%, to close at 3,419.44. The Nasdaq Composite rose 210 points, or 1.9%, finishing at

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Bringing the Ocean’s Midnight Zone Into the Light

Have you ever seen a giant larvacean, the tiny sea squirt that lives inside a giant mucus house? How about a wildly iridescent bloodybelly comb jelly?

If not, you’re far from alone. In the deepest, darkest parts of the world’s oceans, mysterious and remarkable animals abound. But because of the immense cost and logistical challenges involved in exploring those depths, only a handful of scientists, engineers and well-financed explorers such as James Cameron have been able to see these creatures in the flesh.

However, life in the deep sea may soon be accessible to all. Public aquariums around the world are spending millions of dollars on research and development aimed at putting deep-sea animals on display.

Leading the effort is California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium, which plans to spend $15 million over the next two years to create the world’s first large-scale exhibition of deep-sea life, a 10,400-square-foot display named “Into

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Trump administration targets Iran-backed hackers with sanctions, charges

Sept. 17 (UPI) — The Trump administration on Thursday indicted and sanctioned dozens of Iranian hackers as part of a larger multiagency effort to disrupt cyberattacks connected to Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Since Monday, the United States has been disseminating warnings and announcing charges against Iran-sponsored hackers, an effort that continued Thursday with the Justice Department unsealing a nine-count indictment in the Eastern District of Virginia charging three hackers with stealing critical aerospace and satellite technology and resources.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced sanctions imposed against the Iranian cyber threat group called Advanced Persistent Threat 39, including 45 associates and a front company over a multi-year malware campaign targeting Iranian dissidents, journalists and international travel-sector companies in at least 15 countries.

“This week’s unsealing of indictments and other disruptive actions serves as another reminder of the breadth and depth of Iranian

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