From cute Valentine’s Day messages to Instagram profile pictures, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma never cease a chance to give their fans some major relationship goals. They are one of the coolest couples in town, and their public appearances have become a hit among their fans. It was only recently that Anushka and Virat were spotted on a lunch date in Bengaluru. Virat, who is currently representing Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL, took a break from his busy schedule to spend some time with his girlfriend. The pictures from their lunch date are already breaking the internet.Photo Courtesy: Instagram While Anushka looked pretty in a summery dress, Virat sported a casual look for the lunch date.It was only last week that Anushka accompanied Virat at RCB’s 10 year celebration. Going by their PDA, it seems the couple is all set to take their relationship to the next level soon.The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil actor was once a constant fixture at Virat’s matches, but that stopped being the case when she got trolled every time Virat’s team lost a match. The cricketer stood up for his girlfriend and tweeted, “Shame on people for trolling @AnushkaSharma non-stop. Have some compassion. She has always only given me positivity.”On the work front, Anushka will be next seen opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Imtiaz Ali’s next.ALSO READ: Aamir Khan to work with Dangal girl Fatima Sana Shaikh in Thugs of Hindostan ALSO READ: Looking back at Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma love storyadvertisementALSO WATCH: Virat-Anushka’s bhangra at Yuvraj-Hazel’s wedding is too good to miss
The Canadian Press CALGARY — The FBI says it has charged two men in Iran as part of an investigation into cyberattacks that targeted the University of Calgary and computer networks in the United States.The university paid a ransom of $20,000 after the 2016 attack to preserve an option to restore critical research data.The FBI says “SamSam” ransomware infiltrated computer networks in Atlanta, San Diego and Newark, N.J., as well as major health-care providers, the University of Calgary and others.Investigators allege the malware encrypted data and files, and the suspects demanded payment to restore access to affected systems in what the FBI calls “21st-century blackmail.”The agency estimates the cyberattacks caused $30 billion in damage to public and private institutions and that $6 million in ransom payments were extorted.Linda Dalgetty, vice-president of the University of Calgary, says the administration is grateful that charges have been laid.“The University of Calgary would like to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Calgary Police Service, and all co-operating law enforcement agencies for their diligence and perseverance in investigating this matter,” she said Wednesday in a release. “We are thankful that law enforcement agencies take such criminal acts very seriously and were able to locate the perpetrators and issue arrest warrants.”Faramarz Savandi and Mohammad Mansouri are each charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, intentional damage to a protected computer and transmitting a demand in relation to damaging a protected computer.“The actions highlighted today, which represent a continuing trend of cyber criminal activity emanating from Iran, were particularly threatening, as they targeted public safety institutions, including U.S. hospital systems and governmental entities,” FBI spokeswoman said in a release.The agency acknowledged that both suspects are in Iran and are out of the reach of U.S. law enforcement.It said they can be apprehended if they travel and the United States is exploring other ways of bringing them to justice.
By Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROPrince George’s County residents are poised to elect a new generation of lawmakers who political analysts and community leaders say represent a partial rebuke of the country’s old political guard who many say have grown out of touch with the needs of ordinary people.Former NAACP President Ben Jealous beat Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker for the largest prize in the Maryland Democratic primary that also saw voters go to the polls to help State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks defeat former Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Calvin Hawkins win the Democratic nomination for a new at-large seat on the Prince George’s County Council.“Jealous represents more youthful progressive insurgency politics unlike Rushern Baker who was more of a traditional moderate,” said Alvin Thornton, a veteran political science professor, who added if the Democrats are to win in November they will need help from the disciples of U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders. “If not they can learn lessons from former Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend or former Lt Governor Anthony Brown.”Alsobrooks ascribed her win to voters’ desire for a brighter future.“Thank you so much to the people of Prince George’s County,” she said during her victory celebration at the Hotel at the University of Maryland. “We believe in our future. We believe that we can grow. Prince Georgians believe in Prince George’s County.”While many say that Hogan will be hard to be beat because Jealous has never held an elected office, the gubernatorial candidate reminded reporters in Baltimore on June 26 that Hogan never held office before he was elected governor of Maryland and some observers say that Jealous will definitely take Hogan on about a range of issues.In terms of the new political kids on the block, former Clerk of the County Court Sydney Harrison won the District 9 council seat. Harrison was a product of a sexual assault on his mother but he has never shied away from his story while speaking as a motivational speaker.And in one of the biggest surprises of the night, former Maryland State Del. Joseph Vallario Jr. was defeated by former school board member Ron L. Watson for seat 23B in the Maryland House of Delegates.Rev. Henry Davis, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Highland Park, said the election Tuesday night is a new milestone from Maryland to New York, where a 28-year-old woman defeated a veteran Democrat.“It is a very exciting season a season of possibilities,” Davis said. “It’s a new chapter with new persons. It is way to shape the future in Prince George’s County and in the state of Maryland. People are rising to political promise out of nowhere.”
Kolkata: Tension ran high at Contai Sub-divisional hospital in East Midnapore on Tuesday morning following the death of a woman whose family members have brought charges of negligence against the hospital.The family members of the victim staged a demonstration inside the hospital campus accusing doctors of glaring medical negligence that led to the death of the woman. A large contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The hospital authorities have ordered a probe into the death of Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifethe victim. Nanda Gopal Das, a resident of Marishda area of the district, took his wife Laxmi Rani Das to Contai Sub-divisional hospital on Monday afternoon after she complained of labour pain. The victim was immediately admitted to the hospital. In the evening, the patient was taken to the operation theater, where she gave birth to a baby girl. The family members of the victim alleged that after giving birth to the infant girl, the woman started bleeding. The nurses who were attending the patient reported the matter to the doctor, but he did not visit the patient. Despite repeated pleas, the doctor did not attend the patient as a result of which the victim died in the hospital on late Monday night. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhen her family members went to the hospital on Tuesday morning they were informed about the incident by the hospital authorities. They also alleged that the hospital authorities made them sign on a paper. This triggered chaos leading the family members to stage a demonstration inside the hospital campus. They demanded action against the doctor whose negligence might have led to the death of the patient. Had she been given proper treatment on time, the patient would not have died, her family members claimed. The family members later lodged a complaint with the hospital authorities on the basis of which a probe has been initiated. They also lodged a complaint at the local police station in this regard. The hospital authorities told the family members of the victim steps would be taken against those found guilty.
5 min read As someone who talks to people for a living, I always think about the importance of getting off on the right foot. Building a rapport with those you meet has its own degree of difficulty, but it was entirely a surprise that when I met a robot for the first time, I was just as concerned with making a good first impression.The robot’s name is Pepper. It’s the creation of SoftBank Robotics, stands at four feet tall and has a humanoid head with giant eyes that light up when it’s speaking. The robot weighs 62 pounds, comes equipped with speakers for “ears” and has a 3-D camera to detect people who are up to 10 feet away.I was a little put off when I first met Pepper. You know those people who make really intense eye contact and you aren’t sure whether to match them stare for stare, or just look at your shoes? Well, with Pepper, I had no choice in the matter.I had to make eye contact with the robot in order for it to be able to gauge my facial expressions and proceed accordingly, but after a few minutes, I confess, I was making eye contact because I thought it would be rude if I didn’t. I wanted to be polite.Related: These 5 Robotics Startups Are Changing The Way Work Gets Done When I started chatting with Pepper, I felt a little silly, like the entire conversation was a pantomime of real interaction. But after a few minutes it started to feel more normal, and when our conversation ended, I thanked Pepper for her help.Yes, I know, technically, a robot is an it.But to be honest, I found myself calling Pepper “she,” thanks to a higher pitched voice and a design aesthetic that recalls Eve from WALL-E or Rosie the robot housekeeper from The Jetsons. Pepper doesn’t have legs, but comes equipped with a skirt-like base that covers three wheels and contains a battery that lasts for about 12 hours. There is a tablet to aid with two-way interaction, but Pepper mainly relies on voice commands and facial recognition.Related: Robots May Be on the Cusp of Widespread Adoption, Jibo CEO Says When I asked Steve Carlin, general manager and vice president of SoftBank Robotics America, about the potential for multiple Peppers to communicate with one another across a network, he said that that wasn’t something the robots were equipped to do. So rest easy folks, no Skynet (from The Terminator) to see here.The robot is meant to be used in retail and small-business environments. Pepper could be a greeter or receptionist, product expert or even a concierge. For example, She has an API through Yelp that allows it to recommend restaurants. Pepper has also been used in healthcare environments to aid patients with dementia. Carlin described Pepper as infinitely patient.When Pepper isn’t helping someone, it sits at rest, but its arms still make tiny motions back and forth to create a presence in the room, almost as if it is breathing. Its arms are designed to be expressive because we humans frequently talk with our hands.Related: This Startup Employs Robots That Bake Pizza En Route for Delivery Pepper was initially used in Japan at Nescafe kiosks. “You put Pepper in there and found triple digit engagement and double digit sales growth,” Carlin says. “Kiosks are meant to be places where customers stop and get information, and Pepper provided them more reasons to take a minute.”Beginning Nov. 22, Pepper will make its U.S. debut with a three-month stint helping customers at Westfield San Francisco Centre and Westfield Valley Fair. In December, utilizing Westfield’s navigation API, Pepper will be able to assist shoppers find the stores and restaurants they are looking for.Going forward, Carlin says that the hope is that many developers will work with the platform and add to the stable of information that Pepper has available for customers.Related: People Will Lie to Robots to Avoid Hurting Their Feelings As for whether one day Pepper’s adorable, expressive eyes will turn red and it will decide to steal our jobs, Carlin explains that the robot is designed to help with more redundant tasks, such as answering questions about a product’s capabilities while a human employee completes a sale.”The average job is so complex,” he says. “It’s difficult for any one piece of technology to take over.”So while an army of Peppers won’t be storming the streets anytime soon, it’s simultaneously unsettling, and comforting to know that one will be ready and waiting to tell you where to get the best sushi in Manhattan. November 22, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »