This is Some of the Best Salami in America

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Feasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.It’s no secret cured meat is one of our favorite things to talk about at The Manual. So when we have a chance to get some expert knowledge from a true pro, we’re all ears. Enter Cristiano Creminelli of Creminelli Fine Meats, an artisan salami producer based in Salt Lake City who was born into a family of award-winning salumieri that has been curing meats since the 1600s. He moved from his hometown of Biella, Italy in 2006 to bring his handcrafted salami to America and has been recognized by Bon Appétit, USA Today and won several national food awards since. We chatted with him to learn more about his favorite heritage breeds, how he’s putting a modern twist on classic family recipes and tips for the at-home curer.You began curing meats when you were a teenager as your father’s apprentice. Was the family business always something that interested you, or did your passion for it really begin when you started working in the shop?I always say to people my work isn’t really work. It’s my passion. I’m really lucky I get to do my hobby – something I really enjoy – as my job every single day. It’s like someone who loved golf got to play golf for a career. That’s how much I love it.I didn’t even consider anything else because I always knew I wanted to be a salumi artisan. My family has done it since the 1600s. I grew up in my father’s workshop – in fact, I was almost born in there!Your products are made using only heritage meats that are humanely raised and fed vegetarian diets. Can you speak about some of the farmers from which you source products? Are these people you’ve worked with for decades, or will you source from new farms as well if their ethics are in line with yours?I’ve been making salumi in the United States for only about eight years, and in the beginning we only worked with one or two farms in Utah. I worked with them because they raised heritage breeds I like (Duroc, same breed I worked with in Italy) and they raised them as they should be: NEVER in confinement cages (pigs are social creatures and like to be active and have their spaces to play, nap, eat and sleep), never treated with antibiotics and fed good food. One farm, Ballard Family Farms in northern Utah, is a great example of how good pig farming should be. They even raise all the feed for the pigs.As demand for the salumi grew, we had to look for more pig farmers who did the same thing, and we were lucky to find them in Iowa. So right now we work with a network of pig farmers who are raising great pigs. We’re always looking for farmers who do it correctly and to our high standards.Related: How to Cure Proscuitto at HomeCreminelli meats are made using traditional family recipes and techniques. Do you ever experiment with new ingredients for a modern take on the classics?All the time! I learned everything from my father and he learned from his family. In all, we probably know how to make about 800 different types of salumi. Tradition is a huge part of what I do. You see that in most of what I make, like the Tartufo that grinds whole black truffles with the heritage pork or Sopressata that’s beautiful with wine and garlic.But being in America, I feel like I’m making my own traditions. Here I can be a bit more creative and experiment with things, and people are willing to try them. A lot of the ideas are inspired by tradition. I know a great recipe for Grappa salami, but being in America, I didn’t know any grappa producers like I did in Italy. But High West Distillery was close by, and they make a great bourbon-rye blend called “Son of Bourye,” so I adapted the recipe and Whiskey Salami was born.It also can happen on the farmer level. I once met pig farmer who raised beautiful Berkshire hogs. When he invited me over for dinner and cooked up a simple meal of pork chops seasoned with nothing but salt, I was inspired by the flavor. Berkshire meat is a bit than Duroc, and his pigs were fed apples from his orchard. I had just moved to America and thought what a great homage to my new home – American pigs raised on apples, juicy and sweet, a flavor that pairs great with ground cinnamon and ground ginger. As American as apple pie. So that’s how American salami came to be.We’re really interested in curing meats at home. Do you have any tips for the first timer on how to do it safely and effectively?I am seeing so much excitement from people to make their own salumi, it’s wonderful. People can definitely try it at home. These are the tips I give:1) If you are new, start with whole muscle cures. Prosciutto, lomo/lonza, coppa – they are a great way to understand fresh meat, how it interacts with salt and aging. Plus, it’s pretty safe and you can get some great flavor.2) I know nitrates are considered bad, but if you’re going to cure meat, I don’t mind telling people to be safe and use the curing salt, sometimes called “pink salt.” It has a bit of nitrate in there as insurance against any bad bacteria that may be lingering in the atmosphere and on food contact surfaces of where you’re aging. In the end, it’s not very much added nitrates for some extra safety.3) Don’t be afraid of mold. I know meat and mold make people uncomfortable, but mold is beautiful in aging. White mold is perfection.3) Salami is probably the hardest thing to do because it’s not just carefully dried but actually fermented with the use of a starter culture. I know everyone wants to do it, but it takes a lot of practice and could be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing.Lactic acid is what cheesemakers use to turn fresh milk into cheese. I use that to make fresh pork into salumi. It took me years to perfect, and I’m always learning and adapting as well. If fermenting meat is something you want to do, I would say to get comfortable with whole muscle aging. Then if you want to try, refer to guides such as those found in the book “Salumi” by Michael Ruhlman. Other than that, watch your humidity and air temperature.To learn more about Creminelli Fine Meats and their products, visit creminelli.com. How to Cure Prosciutto at Home Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Hants County

first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Exit 8 Exit 8 is closed due to traffic collision. Traffic heading west is detoured at Falmouth, Exit 7. Traffic heading from Kings County east is detoured Exit 8A at Ben Jackson Road.last_img

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Province Looking at Partnership with Business on Bloomfield Project

first_imgGovernment will issue a Request for Expressions of Interest this spring to explore the option of partnering with the business community on the Bloomfield project. The province wants proposals that expand access to affordable housing while reducing the risk to taxpayers. The Bloomfield is a mixed-income, mixed-use residential development offering greater access to affordable home ownership. If the province receives proposals that meet the project’s social and financial objectives while reducing risk, selected applicants will be invited to submit a detailed plan through a Request for Proposals.last_img

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Jet has fuel supplies only till this afternoon

first_imgNew Delhi/Mumbai: Financially-stressed Jet Airways has time till Tuesday afternoon to pay fuel vendors failing which it might have to ground its operational fleet, industry sources said on Monday. According to industry insiders, the company is almost out of funds and is relying solely on the scant funds being infused by lenders on an expense-to-expense basis. “The fuel supply is expected to run out from Tuesday afternoon as fresh payments would be required for vendors,” an industry source told IANS in New Delhi. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalCorroborating this, a Jet Airways official told IANS in New Delhi: “A proposal for a fresh fund infusion has been given to the lenders.” At present, Jet is operating only 7 aircraft for domestic operations due to the grounding of over 80 per cent of its fleet by lessors owing to non-payment of dues. The full service carrier’s situation is critical as the airline, that once operated around 120 aircraft, is now left with just 16 planes in its fleet. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostCurrently, the airline owes over Rs 8,000 crore to a consortium of lenders led by the state-run State Bank of India (SBI). Jet has suspended international operations till Monday afternoon. The only hope for the airline now lies in an immediate dose of interim funding and the completion of the stake sale process initiated by the lenders. The airline on Sunday said it has extended the cancellation of its west-bound flights — to and from Amsterdam, London and Paris — until April 16. On Sunday, Jet’s pilots’ union deferred its decision of “no pay no work” from Monday, citing the meeting of the lenders’ consortium with the airline management slated for later in the day. A senior member of the National Aviators’ Guild (NAG) had said that the pilots would await the outcome of Monday’s meeting.last_img read more

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UN climate change official urges States to grasp last chance ahead of

The preparatory negotiations, which started today in Panama City, are the last formal negotiations before world leaders meet in Durban to discuss ways to implement existing climate change agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol and the Cancún Agreements. “During this year, governments have been steadily building the pillars that will support the next chapter of the global climate regime,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “They have recognized very clearly that the current level of effort is not enough, and they have realized that it is important to increase both the level of emission controls on greenhouse gases as well as the capacity of countries to adapt to climate change.”Ms. Figueres said the Panama negotiations will provide Member States with the chance to work on their proposals and focus on key issues to be resolved ahead of Durban.“Governments know that the best way to have a successful Durban is to arrive there with draft decision texts and I see a lot of support for that approach. They can leave Panama with a clearer idea of what they would be able to agree in Durban,” she said. Ms. Figueres said she expected governments at the Panama negotiations to focus their attention on their agreement to strengthen the systems that measure, report and verify the efforts of all countries to ensure international accountability and transparency on climate change.She also noted that countries would need to attend to issues that were left unresolved in last year’s climate change conference in Cancún, Mexico – particularly the questions of the future of the Kyoto Protocol and the broader climate change regime.“Governments can decide what they want to do over the future of the Kyoto Protocol and, in particular, how they would like to address the protocol’s second commitment period. This would involve the question of deeper emission reduction commitments of industrial countries under the Kyoto Protocol and the question of how to go forward with the current emission pledges of the US [United States] and developing countries which are currently not under the protocol,” she said.The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the 195 UNFCCC Parties. Under the Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries transitioning to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments.“As a bridge between two oceans and two continents, Panama is a good place to identify where governments positions connect in order to advance towards Durban on a firm footing,”Ms. Figueres said. 3 October 2011The United Nations climate change chief today called on governments taking part in negotiations this week to urgently scale up their efforts to combat the problem ahead of a UN-led conference on the issue starting next month in Durban, South Africa. read more

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Eurozone central bank reports pronounced fall in demand for loans as businesses

Eurozone central bank reports ‘pronounced’ fall in demand for loans as businesses hold back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:29 am MDT FRANKFURT – The European Central Bank has more dismal numbers about the slack eurozone economy.The chief monetary authority for the euro reports a “pronounced net decline” in business demand for credit in the third quarter. Its quarterly bank lending survey shows that companies are not asking for money.Credit shows signs of shrinking even though banks are themselves finding it easier to raise money as the turmoil from the eurozone debt crisis has eased.The key figure showed a minus 28 per cent balance, reflecting the difference between banks reporting more and less loan demand. The figure worsened from 25 per cent in the second quarter.The eurozone economy shrank 0.2 per cent in the second quarter and many fear it could sink into recession when third quarter figures come out Nov. 15. read more

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Wheres the beef come from Fastfood giants in ad war over meat

Cars drive past the McDonald’s Golden Arches logo at a McDonald’s restaurant in Robinson Township, Pa., Jan.21, 2014. McDonald’s has launched the latest salvo in a battle for the stomachs of food-conscious Canadians with new ads that picture hamburger buns floating over an empty space where the patty should be. “The Big Mac? Not Without Canadian Farmers,” it says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Gene J. Puskar REGINA – Beef “raised without the use of hormones or steroids,” one fast-food chain touts in its commercials.“Not Without Canadian Farmers,” another burger giant boasts of its menu.McDonald’s has launched the latest salvo in a battle for the stomachs of food-conscious Canadians with new ads that picture hamburger buns floating over an empty space where the patty should be. “The Big Mac? Not Without Canadian Farmers,” it says.Prof. Sylvain Charlebois at the University of Guelph’s Food Institute says he wouldn’t be surprised if the new McDonald’s ads are a response to a campaign from A&W. The home of mama and papa burgers started running commercials about two years ago that emphasize the chain only serves beef raised without the use of hormones or steroids.The A&W ads have stirred up the ire of some in the beef industry, where producers use hormones to make cattle grow fasterCharlebois says one fast-food giant is trying to get closer to the farm gate and the other is focusing on the naturalization of food.“They’re trying to capitalize on the trust farmers actually have from the public,” Charlebois says of the McDonald’s ads. “Farming has a lot of currency in the marketplace. McDonald’s, from time to time, has been criticized for several reasons, and so trying to get closer to farmers only makes strategic sense for them.”On the other hand, he thinks A&W’s campaign is brilliant, but what isn’t clear is where its meat is coming from.“They’re not forthcoming about their procurement strategy at A&W. They’re mostly focusing on the naturalization of food. There’s a lot of momentum around (that) … and people are more concerned about farming practices. A&W is making their supply chain more transparent, not in terms of origin, but in terms of specific production practices.”No one from A&W was available for comment, but the chain has said previously that it gets some beef from Canada, but also brings it in from the United States and Australia to meet its hormone-free guarantee.McDonald’s Canada says it gets 100 per cent of its beef from Canadian producers. That amounted to about 64 million pounds last year, says Sherry MacLauchlan with McDonald’s Canada.She says the company has been getting “more and more questions” about its beef.“Generally, consumer awareness is continuing to grow around sourcing and where things are coming from, so those things all tie together and really are the reason for the campaign.”Canadian ranchers say there’s an innuendo that some beef isn’t as good as other beef.Doug Gillespie, president of the Saskatchewan Stockgrowers Association, says the perception isn’t fair. There are more hormones in cabbage than beef, he says.The Beef Cattle Research Council notes on its website that producing the same amount of beef without hormones would require 12 per cent more cattle and 10 per cent more land, as well as more feed, water and fertilizer. The group says the added production costs would mean more expensive meat.Gillespie, who ranches near Neville, Sask., says he hopes the McDonald’s ads can reassure people.“I hope they have a great belief in our standards and our way of doing things. We’re very open about it. None of it is hidden and … we need to convey the message that we have a very, very safe product.“We’re proud of what we’re doing and we have consumers foremost in our mind.” Where’s the beef come from? Fast-food giants in ad war over meat source by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 4, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 4, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Staying in an unhappy marriage could be the best thing you do

first_imgHaving a child puts a strain on relationships, but staying in an unhappy marriage is the best thing you can do for its long-term success, according to a study.Researchers found the majority of couples who are unhappy when their first child is born feel fulfilled a decade later. Seven in ten couples stay together following the birth of their first child despite being unhappy, according to the Marriage Foundation. What the heart wants…Credit:Alamy divorce “Most marriages have their unhappy moments, but apart from the fortunately extremely rare cases where the relationship involves abuse, most couples can work through the difficulties to be happy later on.” Research commissioned by the organisation found that 68 per cent of these couples report being happy 10 years on. Moreover 27 per cent said they were “extremely happy”, giving their relationships a score of seven out of seven .At current levels, a child born today only has a 50 per cent chance of living with both parents by the time they reach 15, but the research suggests a “grin and bear it” approach may well prove fruitful in the long run.Harry Benson, from the Marriage Foundation, said: “Contrary to popular belief, staying in an unhappy marriage could be the best thing you ever do.center_img Relationship experts confirm the findings of previous studies that suggested that couples who regularly had a night out with their partner were less likely to suffer from a relationship breakdown.Sir Paul Coleridge, a former High Court Judge and the founder of Marriage Foundation said: “With family breakdown – especially in the first ten years – at peak levels, this is really important, myth-busting research. “This study shows that because a couple is having a tough time adjusting to the demands of  children, does not mean they will not come through it and end up with a really high-quality, high-satisfaction relationship in the long term.“The problem lies in the misconceptions around the nature of long-term relationships. They do not just happen. “Talk to anyone who has a satisfying relationship 20 years on and they will tell you that it has had to be forged by sensitive, hard work by both sides over time. “Keeping your relationship working and going forward is the far and away the best and most important ingredient in your child’s development.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Preview AS Roma vs Liverpool

first_imgAS Roma will host Liverpool for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash with the aim of overturning their 5-2 deficit by reproducing their magnificent comeback against Barcelona – can they cause another upset?The Giallorossi were the stronger of the two sides for the opening 20 minutes of the first leg at Anfield, before being undone by some thrilling attacking football from Liverpool with the hosts taking a 5-0 lead.However, Roma did secure two surprise late away goals to give the Italian side a welcome boost ahead of the return leg at their Stadio Olimpico.Manager Eusebio Di Francesco will call back Kostas Manolas, Cengiz Ünder, Kevin Strootman and Alessandro Florenzi to the starting line-up after resting them over the weekend.The Italian coach is likely to revert to a back four tonight as Liverpool took full advantage of exploiting their high line in the first leg.Diego Perotti is expected to return to the Serie A side, although Di Francesco will have to make do without Rick Karsdorp and Gregoire Defrel.Meanwhile, Liverpool is the clear favourite to progress and make their first Champions League final appearance since 2007 with the Reds having already proved against Manchester City in the previous round that they are capable of winning on the away trips as well.After building up a 5-0 lead, Liverpool was left frustrated by conceding two late goals against Roma and will surely be on guard for any possible comeback by the Italian side.Head coach Jurgen Klopp is expected to restore his usual starting line-up for the return leg with the German having opted to rest some of his key players in Liverpool’s goalless draw against Stoke City on Saturday.Despite previous concerns over their availability, both captain Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will be at Rome. Although, Joe Gomez is out.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain confirmed last week that his season is over, while Sadio Mane has recovered from his injury and has been included in the Liverpool squad with Adam Lallana expected to make the bench.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…One worrying statistic for Roma is that Liverpool is undefeated in their previous 15 matches in the Champions League and that in eight of their past nine games they have found the back of the net at least twice. Probable line-upsAS Roma4-3-3Alisson, Kolarov, Manolas, Fazio, Florenzi, Nainggolan, Rossi, Strootman, Perotti, Dzeko, UnderLiverpool4-3-3Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane (Data obtained by WhoScored)last_img read more

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Luis Suarez ruled out of Tottenham clash

first_imgBarcelona striker Luis Suarez has been ruled out of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Tottenham.The Uruguayan striker sustained a knee injury, which required stem cell treatment and is expected to be out for two weeks.Suarez had previously missed Barcelona’s Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven but returned and scored for Barcelona in their 4-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday. However, manager Ernesto Valverde confirmed on Monday that the 31-year-old will not feature against Tottenham in their final group game in the Champions League, according to Sky Sports.samuel umtiti, barcelonaBarca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…Barca are already through to the knockout stages but their match against Tottenham on Tuesday could help decide who finishes second in Group B between Tottenham and Inter Milan.Mauricio Pochettino’s side go to the Nou Camp knowing victory would seal a spot in the last 16.Both Inter Milan and Tottenham are level on seven points but Tottenham boast a better head-to-head record courtesy of their away goal in the 2-1 defeat in the San Siro on matchday one.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE Employee Benefits Live partners with Employee Assistance Professionals Association

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Europe’s largest employee benefits and reward event, Employee Benefits Live, has partnered with the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAP Association) for 2018’s event at the ExCeL, London.The EAP Association is a not-for-profit organisation that represents the interests of both organisations and individuals concerned with employee assistance and psychological health and wellbeing in the UK.The Association, which was established in 1998, aims to promote best practice and the continuing development of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) in the UK. This includes developing, maintaining and applying standards of practice, guidance and a code of ethics among its members.Members include external and internal EAP providers, purchasers, counsellors, consultants and trainers working in employee health and wellbeing. The Association further works to represent these industry members to the government and other professional bodies, as well as participating in consultations and responding to the media.The EAP Association is the UK branch of EAPA International, which is based in the US.Kavitha Sivasubramaniam, editor at Employee Benefits, said: “EAPs offer support to people when they need it, often when they don’t know where else to turn. The EAP Association has a crucial role to play in ensuring they continue to provide this support, as well as ensuring best practice standards are maintained. We are delighted that it has come on board as an event partner to support what promises to be the biggest and best Employee Benefits Live to date.”Employee Benefits Live is a two-day event for HR, reward and benefits professionals, featuring an extensive exhibition and a comprehensive multi-stream conference programme. Delegates will be able to gain insight from leading industry experts and specialists as well as network with their peers, colleagues, industry providers and consultants.Employee Benefits Live 2018 will take place on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 October 2018 at ExCeL London.For more information or to register for the show…last_img read more

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SPD Received Grant For New Portable Radios

first_imgThe cost to replace the fourteen radios totaled $83,103, which was the amount applied for in the grant. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-SPD-gets-grant-for-new-radios.mp3VmJennifer-on-SPD-gets-grant-for-new-radios.mp300:00RPd SPD applied for the grant back in January, and originally requested the necessary funds in order to obtain 14 new radios. According to SPD Chief Peter Mlynarik, The replacement is necessary due to the discontinuation of replacement parts for the current police radios. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Police Department received a grant from the State Homeland Security Program to replace five of the department’s portable police radios. At the Soldotna City Council meeting on Wednesday, December 13, the council voted in favor of approving the grant. On September 13th, SPD received notice that they had been awarded $28,000, which covers the cost of five new portable police radios.last_img read more

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Vote Postponed On Anchor Point Gravel Pit

first_imgThe Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission denied the gravel pit permits last July, and at their meeting on Monday postponed a vote. Emmitt Trimble’s application to excavate his Anchor Point property was denied after hours of public testimony that raised concerns about potential disturbances created by the gravel pit, including damaged views, noise, dust, truck traffic and the property values of adjacent property owners. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A local group is working overtime to spread one message “Stop the Danver Street Gravel Pit”. The proposed gravel pit mine of 27 acres, and has already had it’s permit denied once. An opposition group has taken to Facebook to speak out against the mine “If permitted, this gravel pit will destroy the beautiful, peaceful, quiet Anchor River fishing and State camping areas with gravel mine noise, rock crushers, increased equipment on roads, which are also heavily traveled by motorhomes, trucks pulling boats, bikers and pedestrians.” According to Trimble, of the 40 or so acres only 27 acres would be used to mine gravel, and the oceanfront parcels would  remain untouched The Planning Commission will once again be considering the permit application at their meeting on June 24 for the proposed 27 acre gravel pit mine. The Planning Commission denied this permit last year. The appeal officer sent it back to the Planning Commissioners which now is being decided on June 24.last_img read more

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Chandrababu Naidu to visit Anantapur district today

first_imgAmaravati: The TDP national president and former chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu will visit Anantapur district on Tuesday. In the 2019 general elections, The TDP has faced bitter defeat, and the YSRCP has formed the government. After coming into power, there have been attacks on TDP leaders and activists in the few districts across the state. Even the attacks also happened in Anantapur district. During the tour, Chandrababu Naidu will be visiting the TDP activists who were injured in the YSRCP attacks and will be extending his support to them.last_img

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Mario Segale Inspiration for Nintendos Super Mario Dies at 84

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs Stay on target Seattle real estate developer Mario Segale, who was the inspiration for the world’s most famous video game character — Nintendo’s Mario  – died on October 27 at a local hospital. He was 84.Segale had already built a successful construction and real estate busines in Tukwila, a suburb of Seattle, when he rented a warehouse to Nintendo, a Japanese video-game company, around 1980, the New York Times reported.Mario Segale, the namesake of Nintendo’s Mario character, dies at age 85https://t.co/vgFVwlfMYpThis is the first labeled photo of him as an adult on the Internet pic.twitter.com/fm4Do6tikY— Benj Edwards (@benjedwards) November 1, 2018AdChoices广告In his book Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered the World, David Sheff wrote that Segale made an impression on his tenants when he allegedly stormed into Nintendo’s offices during a meeting held to come up with a name for the “Jumpman” character in Donkey Kong.The no-nonsense landlord, who had often worn suspenders, had come to scold Minoru Arakawa, then the president of Nintendo of America, for being past due on the rent. According to Sheff, as soon as Segale left, the team knew what to call the character: “Super Mario!”In a video about “Mario Myths” posted by Nintendo in 2015, the game designer Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed with a nod of his head that Segale had inspired Mario’s name.“Although he took little time away from work, Segale loved hunting, fishing, his airplane, a good joke, the color red, great Italian food (with no cheese!), an excellent cigar and his view of Puget Sound,” his obituary said. “He always ducked the notoriety and wanted to be known instead for what he accomplished in his life. Indeed, for generations of his family to come, and for the people who had a chance to know him well, his impact will remain ever present.”Segale is survived by his wife of 62 years, Donna; his four children, and nine grandchildren.More on Geek.com:Everything You Need to Know about the Nintendo SwitchHow ‘Super Smash Bros. 64’ Celebrates NintendoChildhood Memories of ‘Super Smash Bros. 64’last_img read more

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ATT Developing 5G Robots To Work in Retail Stores

first_imgStay on target World’s First 5G-Powered Remote Brain Surgery Performed in ChinaWhich Mobile Carrier Will Win The Race To 5G? AT&T and Badger Technologies are working on autonomous robots with 5G wireless networking capabilities.Designed for retail use, the androids would identify out-of-stock, mispriced, or misplaced products, as well as potential hazards.Fifth-generation cellular network technology, known as 5G, provides faster speeds, more capacity, and lower latency.AdChoices广告All four major U.S. carriers have now launched the millimeter-wave tech.AT&T’s network is currently available in 20 cities: Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.; Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Waco, Texas; Jacksonville and Orlando, Fla.; Louisville, Ky.; Atlanta, Ga.; Indianapolis, Ind.; New Orleans, La.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Los, Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Las Vegas, Nev.There is no telling where the new autonomous robots will make their debut.But while the advanced mobile data collection systems can fill major gaps in the collection and sharing of in-store information, they also put a strain on traditional Wi-Fi.Enter 5G.“5G is an important next step to helping ensure shared visibility across critical inventory, POS, and operational systems,” Badger Technologies CEO Tim Rowland said in a statement.AT&T’s network promises a more private connection, giving users more control over what data travels beyond the walls of their store and what data stays onsite.“These technologies will eventually equip robots with both the compute power and lower latency needed to increase revenue, improve the in-store experience, and elevate employees to better assist customers,” according to Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer of AT&T Business.“Badger Technologies’ robots can help retailers make sure they have products in stock and in the right place, increasing customer satisfaction,” he continued. “That leads to increased revenue. That’s the power of data.”Stay up to date on all things 5G over on Geek.com sister site PCMag.More on Geek.com:World’s First 5G-Powered Remote Brain Surgery Performed in ChinaNothin’ But Net For Toyota’s Guinness Record-Winning Basketball BotThis Robot Fish Is Powered by ‘Blood’last_img read more

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Cars that Run on Cow Power

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Race cars have long provided a testing ground for driving technology that we eventually see in passenger cars on the road. To this end, an engineering team in Lancashire, England, is hoping to give cow power a place in mass-produced consumer automobiles by creating a race car that runs on cow manure. Yep, there are hopes that by processing cow waste and using it to fuel cars, it can reduce the impact of two things that contribute to global warming. Using cow power to win a rally championship may seem like a tall order, but these engineers are up to the challenge. Gas 2.0 offers this on the process of getting a race car to run on cow waste:The process, which has been gaining attention worldwide, uses fermented cow poop and anaerobic digesters to provide natural gas fuel. Rally racing is an intense form of motorsports that pushes car on-and-off road, and racers quickly figure out what does or doesn’t work. Oacktec has already developed hybrid-electric motors for Honda, so they plan on using a Honda Civic Hybrid to compete within a year.In the end, there are hopes that using hybrids on the race track could provide an advantage. Electric motors offer lots of torque that could send cars out of corners faster, providing an advantage of seconds — which are precious to race car drivers. Using a hybrid car that runs partially on cow manure may provide an interesting alternative to current gasoline-electric hybrids. But we’ll first have to see how cow power performs on the racetrack.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Mercedes to Produce a Fully Electric Gullwing Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Cars that Run on Cow Power? (2009, October 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-cars-cow-power.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Researchers design AnonPrint for safer QRcode mobile payment ACSC 2018 Conference

first_imgLast month, researchers from USA, China, and Hong Kong published a paper in collaboration, titled as ‘Beware of Your Screen: Anonymous Fingerprinting of Device Screens for Off-line Protection’. This paper, presented at The 34th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, highlights a new technique to enhance the security protection of QR-based payment, without undermining the payer’s privacy. The technique used by the researchers takes advantage of the unique luminance unevenness of a payer’s screen that is introduced by the imperfect manufacture process. The paper also presents a way to ensure that even when the payer’s digital wallet has compromised, an unauthorized payment cannot succeed. Besides this, the paper also takes into consideration the privacy issues that may arise if the screen’s features were naively deployed to authenticate the payer; as it could be misused by the vendors to link one’s different purchases together. To tackle this, the researchers have presented ‘AnonPrint’ that obfuscates the phone screen during each payment transaction. QR-code mobile payment systems are used by almost everyone today, including banks, service providers, and other commercial organizations. These payment systems are deployed solely using software without any hardware support. The paper highlights that in the absence of hardware support, a users wallet ‘can be vulnerable to an Os-level adversary’ which could be misused to generate a user’s payment tokens. To overcome this adversary, the researchers have demonstrated a method as a second factor authentication mechanism in the form of the physical features of a mobile’s screen. The research takes advantage of the taried luminance levels of the pixels on the screen (which occurs due to the flaws in the manufacturing process) and can be used to uniquely characterize the screen. An advantage of this method is that, since the adversary cannot observe the physical features of the screen the physical fingerprint cannot be stolen even when the OS is fully compromised. Also, this second-factor authentication is fool-proof even when the secret key for generating QR codes is stolen or when a user’s phone has been fully compromised by the adversary. How is Anonymous screen Fingerprinting carried out? In order to enable service providers to utilize the screen to enhance security protection as well as preserve users privacy, the researchers have designed a new technique called ‘AnonPrint’. AnonPrint randomly generates visual one- time masks which is a pixel pattern with dots set to various brightness levels to obfuscate the distinguishable features of a user’s screen. The technique randomly creates a smooth textured pattern for each transaction (this pattern is also known to the provider), and displays a pattern as the background of QR code to disarrange the brightness of a screen, in line with the screen’s real-world physical properties i.e. the neighboring dots are correlated and the levels of brightness change smoothly. This will hide the physical properties of a screen, and the party that knows the mask, like the payment service provider, can verify whether the features collected from the protected screen are related to the authorized device or not. Here is an overview of how the system works: First, the user needs to submit the original screen fingerprint of their device to the payment provider when they open an account. The wallet app is modified to synchronize a secret random seed with the provider. This seed could be achieved through hashing the time for the payment together with a shared secret using a cryptographic hash function (e.g., SHA-256). This duo then bootstraps a pseudo random number generator (PRNG) each time when the wallet app needs to provide each party a sequence of random numbers for mask generation. The mask is displayed as the background for displaying the QR payment token, from which the POS scanner extracts the obfuscated screen fingerprint in addition to decoding the QR code, finally passing the information to the payment provider. The provider retrieves the shared secret and the original screen fingerprint using the claimed ID. Next, the same mask used by the payer is re-constructed and used with the with the original ngerprint as inputs for synthesizing a new obfuscated fingerprint. This is compared with the fingerprint  from the payer’s screen and the transaction can be approved the similarity of these two prints is above a certain threshold and other security checks are completed. How does AnonPrint obfuscate the screen? AnonPrint creates a ‘mask’, to hide the screen’s hardware fingerprint for every payment transaction. Such a mask is automatically generated by a digital wallet app, seeding a PRNG with a random number synchronized with the payment service provider. To obfuscate this hardware fingerprint and to maintain a screen’s realistic look, the researchers performed the following steps: (1) They first performed a ‘Random zone selection’, in which they produced a 180*108 pure white (with all pixels set to 255) image as the background and randomly selected from the image 20 mutually disjoint zones, each of size 16*16. (2) Next, came the ‘Dot darkening’ step.  From each zone, they randomly chose 3 pixels and set their pixel value to a random number between 0 to 100. (3) The team then performed Smoothing in which for every zone, AnonPrint blurs it using Gaussian Smoothing that , “smoothes out” the dark color of the selected pixels to its neighboring pixels. (4) Finally, they performed ‘Resizing’ where the mask image is resized and scaled to a 1800*1080 matrix whose values range from 220 to 255. The size of this image is iden- tical to the original fingerprint. Each user needs to register to the payment provider with an image of their unprotected screen when all pixels are set to the maximum gray-scale. During the payment, an image of a masked screen is used to authenticate the payer done on the payment service provider’s side by reconstructing the mask using the shared secret, and then obfuscate the fingerprint for comparing with the image from the vendor. Results and Discussion The researchers conducted various experiments in which they collected 100 smartphones- including iPhone, Samsung and many others.  All 100 phones were used to understand the effectiveness of the screen fingerprint in identifying the device. 50 phones were used to evaluate the anonymity protection and the effectiveness of AnonPrint separately.  iPhone 6s was used to capture images for screen fingerprinting. They implemented an Android application to display QR code and obfuscate a screen using masks derived from given random numbers for anonymous payment. To collect the fingerprints from each device, they displayed a QR code without obfuscation, and then continue to show 5 different masks on the screen with the same code. Each time, they took a picture from the screen and used the image to extract fingerprints. Their experiment concluded that for 88.75% of transactions, the vendors can accurately identify other transactions from the same customer, by simply looking at the features of their screens. Their experiment also proved that Anon Print indeed breaks vendors’ capability of linking screen fingerprint and that the overhead introduced by AnonPrint (only 50ms) is small for the offline payment. Fingerprint verification takes 2.4 seconds on average to be completed. You can head over to the paper for a detailed explanation on every experiment conducted to check fingerprint accuracy, anonymity protection, fingerprint verification and much more. The research results look promising and it will be interesting to see some potential implementation in the QR-payment systems of today. Head over to the paper for more insights on this news. 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NYC Company invites visitors to ring in the New Year in New

first_imgNew York City’s destination marketing organisation, NYC & Company, invites New Yorkers and visitors from around the world to ring in 2017 as New York City becomes host to the premier New Year’s Eve celebrations, with festive ways to welcome the New Year across all five boroughs, including the iconic ball drop in Times Square.“Every year, millions of visitors and local residents experience the unique energy, diversity and excitement of New York as the city rings in a New Year,” said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company president and CEO. “With special hotel offerings, unique cultural celebrations around the City and fantastic dining options overlooking the Times Square ball drop, we encourage everyone to plan an unforgettable New Year’s Eve weekend getaway to New York City.”Over 175 million television viewers in the United States and more than one billion people worldwide are expected to join the estimated one million revellers in New York City to watch the 110-year-old tradition of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. A 12-foot-diameter geodesic sphere covered in 2,688 Waterford crystals, the ball weighs 11,875 pounds and is powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LED lights, capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors. At 11:59pm, the ball begins its descent atop One Times Square as millions of people count down the final seconds of the year and celebrate the beginning of a new year.Some of the Must-see New Year’s Eve events taking place in Times Square include:• Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest• New Year’s Eve Wishing Wall• Madame Tussauds New York• Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square• Good Riddance DayVisitors looking to dance and dine the night away would also find several restaurants and venues with New Year’s Eve offerings around Times Square.last_img read more

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November Home Prices Barely Up in Latest Index

first_img Home prices barely edged up from October to November, maintaining the nearly flat trajectory that has been the trend in the last few months.Black Knight Financial Services reported Monday that its Home Price Index (HPI) rose 0.1 percent month-over-month in November to a value of $241,000. Compared to a year ago, November’s index was up 4.5 percent.With the most recent change, prices are still off from their 2006 peak by about 10.1 percent, Black Knight said.Black Knight’s HPI is the third measure of November home prices to come out in the last week. On Thursday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released its own index, which showed a monthly gain of 0.8 percent. The same day, FNC Inc. put out its Residential Price Index, which was unchanged from October to November. FHFA’s gauge tracks mortgages sold to or guaranteed by the GSEs, while FNC’s index is different in that it excludes REO and foreclosure sales.Set for release Tuesday is the popular S&P/Case-Shiller index, which measures home price changes nationally and in 20 of the nation’s top metro markets. Economists expect that index will show a seasonally adjusted month-over-month gain of 0.6 percent in the 20-city measure.Montana and Texas were the biggest winners in Black Knight’s index, posting month-over-month price increases of 0.7 percent each. New Mexico and Wyoming followed at 0.5 percent.At the other end, Vermont turned in the worst performance, with home prices falling 0.7 percent. Michigan and Rhode Island were also among the poorest states for November, each reporting a drop of 0.6 percent.At the metro level, Florida continued to dominate the list of best performers, with Lakeland and Naples both showing up in the top three markets (at 0.8 percent appreciation each) and Port St. Lucie (0.7 percent), Cape Coral (0.6 percent), Punta Gorda (0.6 percent), and the Villages (0.6 percent) all making it into the top 10 biggest movers. The state as a whole reported an increase of 0.3 percent in home prices. Share Appreciation Black Knight Financial Services Home Prices 2015-01-26 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img November Home Prices Barely Up in Latest Index January 26, 2015 463 Views last_img read more

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