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Honda ‘s much awaited scooter Activa 125 is all set to hit Indian roads on 28 April.Activa 125, the latest offering of Honda in the Activa line up has been the talk of the town since its first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014.The two wheeler enthusiasts in the country have waited enough to hear about the launch of the Activa 125 in the domestic market and now the latest report suggests that the scooter will finally reach showrooms on 28 April.A report by Motoroids claims that the Honda has started sending invite for the Activa 125 launch and the event will also mark the inauguration of the sales of the scooter. Earlier in this week, Honda revealed the prices of its upcoming Activa 125.Activa 125 will be made available in two variants – Standard (with drum brakes) and Deluxe (Disc brakes & alloys). While the Standard version is priced at 52,447, the Deluxe comes at a price point of 58,156 (ex-showroom, Delhi).The latest Activa pack a 125cc, single cylinder, four-stroke engine under the hood ,which can churn out a power of 8.6bhp at 6500 rpm and a peak torque of 10.12 Nm at 5500 rpm .The scooter, a strong rival of Piaggio’s Vespa, Suzuki’s Access and Swish and Mahindra’s Duro and Rodeo in India comes mated to a V-Matic CVT transmission and comes with telescopic fork suspension at the front and hydraulic type at the rear.It measures 1,814 mm in length, 704 mm in width, 1,151 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1,260 mm. Promising a fuel efficiency of 60-65 kmpl, the Activa 125 is the first Honda scooter in the 125cc segment to come with Honda Efficiency Technology (HET). The scooter will be offered in four colour variants in the sub-continent market- midnight blue, black, pearl white and sword silver – and comes with features like optional disc brake, tubeless tires, digital meter and metal body.Technical Specifications of Honda Activa 125Engine Type: 4 Stroke, Air Cooled, SI EngineDisplacement: 124.9ccMax Power: 6.38 Kw (8.6 Bhp)@6500 rpmMax Torque: 10.12 Nm@5500 rpmDimension: 1814mmX704mmX1151mmWheel Base: 1260mmSeat Height: 765mm[ED:VS]
India may witness a mobile phone like revolution in the skies, as the Narendra Modi government is planning to make air travel affordable for common man by putting a cap on airfares at Rs 2,000 or Rs 2,500 per passenger on short distance flights.The government will bear the extra charge if the cost incurred by an airline exceeds the proposed limit on air tickets. The amount will be paid by levying a cess on national and international flights.A proposal being weighed by the civil aviation ministry will permit carriers to bid for license to operate flights between many small towns and cities where the travel time is one hour. The proposal has already received in-principle approval from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.India can emerge as the world’s third-largest aviation market if the country enables its 300 million middle class people to travel by plane “at least once a year” by initiating the above measures, a senior civil aviation ministry official, told The Economic Times.”The operator seeking lowest viability gap funding for a particular route will be allowed to operate for a period of time. The deficit arrived at through bidding would be funded through a regional connectivity fund to be created by the central government,” said the official.However, there is a limitation for the above scheme, as the government proposes to make it applicable to cities in states that have reduced “VAT on jet fuel to 5 per cent or less.” A lowered VAT would cut down the costs of operators resulting in cheaper air fares.Flights connecting smaller cities in the country are likely to start operating from the next fiscal year as the government may announce “a service tax waiver for these routes” in the FY17 Budget, said the official.While small aircraft operators are of the view that the new aviation policy will work out well, a passenger body wants to oppose the proposal as the cess planned would lead to an increase in airfares.”It will not work between smaller cities as alternative models like roads and railways between smaller cities is much more effective than taking a flight. We would also oppose the proposal of a cess, as that would increase fares for passengers,” said D Sudhakara Reddy, president, Air Passengers Association of India.
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee (R) gives her report next to the president of the Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar Marzuki Darusman, during the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12 March 2018. ReutersA UN investigator said on Monday that Myanmar had launched new military offensives in Kachin and Kayin states and appears to be pursuing a policy of starvation in Rakhine state to force out the remaining Muslim Rohingya population.“While preparing this statement, I received information about the military conducting new ground offensives last week using heavy artillery in the Tanai gold and amber mining area of Kachin,” UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.“Additionally, there appears to be a policy of forced starvation in place, designed to make life in northern Rakhine unsustainable for Rohingya who remain.”
(PhysOrg.com) — While size may not matter when it comes to humans, a new study published in Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology found that the width of the male bank vole’s penis plays a role in social dominance. Bank Vole sitting on the forest floor. Image: Evan James hymo/ Wikipedia. Male bank voles have a bone in their penis known as baculum. While these bones are not present in humans, they can be found in a variety of different mammal species. The function of this bone has not yet been determined, but this new study does show that when it comes to the bank vole, it plays an important role.The new study, led by Dr. Jean-Francois Lemaitre from the University of Liverpool, looked at the male bank vole to determine what contributed to social dominance. They collected wild bank voles and studied their offspring.They paired the young males up and exposed them to female nesting material. Scent mark patterns were then recorded and the males that left more scent marks were determined to be the dominant of the pair.The next step was to then scan the baculum of all the males and evaluate the images. While many previous studies have focused on the penis length, the researchers discovered the real difference was in the width and that the dominant males have a much wider baculum than their subordinate male counterparts.Lemaitre believes the possible explanation may be that female bank voles need physical stimulation in order to release eggs and that this wider baculum may provide this stimulation and result in a greater reproduction success rate.He believes that this study may be the first step toward understanding the connection between genital structure and reproductive success. Explore further 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. High levels of pollutants may decrease sexual organ size in polar bears © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Penis size does matter if you are a bank vole (2011, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-penis-size-bank-vole.html More information: Genital morphology linked to social status in the bank vole (Myodes glareolus), Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, DOI:10.1007/s00265-011-1257-4AbstractSince genital morphology can influence the outcome of post-copulatory sexual selection, differences in the genitalia of dominant and subordinate males could be a factor contributing to the fertilisation advantage of dominant males under sperm competition. Here we investigate for the first time if penile morphology differs according to male social status in a promiscuous mammal, the bank vole (Myodes glareolus). In this species, dominant males typically achieve higher reproductive success than subordinates in post-copulatory sexual selection, and male genital morphology is complex, including both a baculum (os penis) and penile spines. Our results show that despite no difference in body size associated with male social status, baculum width is significantly larger in dominant male bank voles than in subordinates. We also found evidence of positive allometry and a relatively high coefficient of phenotypic variation in the baculum width of male bank voles, consistent with an influence of sexual selection. By contrast, baculum length and three measures of penile spinosity did not differ according to male social status or show evidence of positive allometry. We conclude that dominant male bank voles may benefit from an enlarged baculum under sperm competition and/or cryptic female choice and that differences in penile morphology according to male social status might be important but as yet largely unexplored source of variation in male reproductive success.via BBC
FreeRTOS, a popular real-time operating system kernel for embedded devices, is found to have 13 vulnerabilities, as reported by Bleeping Computers yesterday. A part of these 13 vulnerabilities results in flaws in its remote code execution. FreeRTOS supports more than 40 hardware platforms and powers microcontrollers in a diverse range of products including temperature monitors, appliances, sensors, fitness trackers, and any microcontroller-based devices. Although it works at a smaller component scale, it lacks the complexity that comes with more elaborate hardware. However, it allows processing of data as it comes in. A researcher at Zimperium, Ori Karliner, analyzed the operating system and found that all of its varieties are vulnerable to: 4 remote code execution bugs, 1 denial of service, 7 information leak, and another security problem which is yet undisclosed Here’s a full list of the vulnerabilities and their identifiers, that affect FreeRTOS: CVE-2018-16522 Remote Code Execution CVE-2018-16525 Remote Code Execution CVE-2018-16526 Remote Code Execution CVE-2018-16528 Remote Code Execution CVE-2018-16523 Denial of Service CVE-2018-16524 Information Leak CVE-2018-16527 Information Leak CVE-2018-16599 Information Leak CVE-2018-16600 Information Leak CVE-2018-16601 Information Leak CVE-2018-16602 Information Leak CVE-2018-16603 Information Leak CVE-2018-16598 Other FreeRTOS versions affected by the vulnerability FreeRTOS versions up to V10.0.1, AWS FreeRTOS up to V1.3.1, OpenRTOS and SafeRTOS (With WHIS Connect middleware TCP/IP components) are affected. Amazon has been notified of the situation. In response to this, the company has released patches to mitigate the problems. Per the report, “Amazon decided to become involved in the development of the product for the Internet-of-Things segment. The company extended the kernel by adding libraries to support cloud connectivity, security and over-the-air updates.” According to Bleeping Computers, “Zimperium is not releasing any technical details at the moment. This is to allow smaller vendors to patch the vulnerabilities. The wait time expires in 30 days.” To know more about these vulnerabilities in detail, visit the full coverage by Bleeping Computers. Read Next NSA researchers present security improvements for Zephyr and Fucshia at Linux Security Summit 2018 How the Titan M chip will improve Android security EFF kicks off its Coder’s Rights project with a paper on protecting security researchers’ rights
Yesterday, the founder of QubesOS and Invisible Things, Joanna Rutkowska announced her resignation from the organization. She shared on the QubesOS’ blog, that she has joined Golem Project as a Chief Strategy Officer, also doubling as the Chief Security Officer. Joanna Rutkowska has been working on several fields of computer security engineering over the past 10 years. Her projects include desktop systems security, Qubes OS, virtualization security, and other hardware-enforced security mechanisms, such as Intel vPro technologies, their vulnerabilities, as well as how they could be used to build more secure systems. Prior to these, her primary focus was on kernel-mode rootkits and stealth malware (e.g. Blue Pill), including both offensive as well as defensive research. In her post on QubesOS, she said, “Earlier this year, I decided to take a sabbatical. I wanted to reflect on my infosec work and decide what I would like to focus on in the coming years. As you probably know, I’ve spent the last nine years mostly fighting the battle to secure the endpoint, more specifically creating, developing, architecting, and promoting Qubes OS, as well as the more general concept of ‘Security through Distrusting’.” QubesOS: A security-oriented FOSS Qubes is a free and open-source software (FOSS), which means that everyone is free to use, copy, and change the software in any way. It also means that the source code is openly available so others can contribute to and audit it. Joanna says, “Over these past nine years, Qubes OS has grown from a research-inspired proof-of-concept into a reasonably mature, large open-source project with dozens of contributors and tens of thousands of users, including some high-profile security experts.” She highlighted two challenges for Qubes, firstly, improving hardware compatibility and UX and secondly, the trustworthiness of the x86 platform. From QubesOS to the Golem Project Despite the challenges in QubesOS, Joanna decided to switch to Golem as she believes endpoint device security has reasonably matured and the QubesOS project is in good hands. She sees cloud security as the next big challenge on this decade. She wrote, “While I still believe that the security of our digital lives starts and ends with the trustworthiness of the client devices we use”. “I recognize that the state of endpoint device security has significantly improved over the past decade. At the same time, most of our data and activities have migrated from local devices to the cloud.”, she added. She highlighted some fundamental problems with cloud trustworthiness, which include: The service providers who own our data (e.g. the vendor of your fitness tracking app), The hosting infrastructure owners, who can both access our data as well as deny us use of the service at their discretion (e.g. AWS, Azure, GCP), and The networking infrastructure operators, who can also selectively cut us off from the services (e.g. to implement some form of censorship). She added, “These are very important problems, in my opinion, and I’d like to work now on making the cloud more trustworthy, specifically by limiting the amount of trust we have to place in it.” Following this, she mentioned that Golem is a very unique project for her. Golem has been on a mission to build a ‘decentralized computer’ out of a heterogeneous network of third-party provided computers. Golem was founded two years ago through a successful crowdfunding campaign that allowed it to build a strong development team. Golem’s funding model has eliminated two common obstacles–lack of money to hire enough people and the need to implement investors’ agenda– faced by most of the budding tech startups. She said, “Most importantly, we (ITL), have already been working with Golem over the past year. During that time I’ve had enough time to get to know some of the key people in the project, understand their personal agendas, and conclude they might be very much inline with my own.” Talking about QubesOS’ future, Joanna said that not much will change. Also that Marek Marczykowski-Górecki, QubesOS’ Lead engineer has been effectively leading most of the day-to-day efforts with Qubes OS development since recent years. “Marek will continue to lead Qubes now, so I’m reassured about the future of the project. I will also remain as an advisor to the Qubes OS Project, as well as… its user, though I’ve recently also been embracing other systems, including – of course – the cloud”, she added. To know more about this news in detail, head over to Joanna Rutkowska’s post ‘The Next Chapter’ on QubesOS. Read Next Sir Tim Berners-Lee on digital ethics and socio-technical systems at ICDPPC 2018 Mozilla shares plans to bring desktop applications, games to WebAssembly and make deeper inroads for the future web Why does the C programming language refuse to die?
Share Posted by Friday, May 5, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> “One-stop-shop” Tourico celebrates new office & stellar growth in Canada TORONTO — Tourico Holidays showed off its new digs in downtown Toronto last night with a cocktail party co-hosted by Visit California. According to the company, the new office was necessary to accommodate its expanded Canadian teams following stellar growth; Canada as a source market for Tourico was up 58% in 2016, while business to Canada as a destination was up 33%.“When we started we had three product people in Canada, and a tiny closet space on Bloor. Since then we have grown very rapidly in the market and now have about 10 staff members, hence the need for an upgraded office,” said Debbie Kenton, VP of Sales, North America at Tourico Holidays.Tourico has been enjoying success in Canada working with tour operator partners, airlines and loyalty programs, most notably TravelBrands and WestJet Vacations. Although Tourico doesn’t typically work with agents (unless they are also large wholesalers), agents can book its product through tour operators and will benefit from its seamless service and competitive pricing.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America“We are a global travel broker, with more than 30 offices around the world. We offer hotels, attractions, transfers, car rentals and vacation homes, and we are really one of the only players that can offer 16 cruise lines under one API. We consider ourselves a one-stop-shop,” added Kenton. “We sell to TravelBrands and they sell to the agents, so we are very much behind the scenes.”One of the company’s strategies is to outright pre-buy a large pool of hotel rooms in major markets. Because it takes on the risk upfront, it is able to secure the best rates, ensuring more revenue per booking. Tourico has more than 400 such deals globally, making up 40% of its revenue.“Our unique selling point as a company is really our exclusive deal model. We were the very first and are still the largest pre-buyer of rooms globally,” said Kenton. “For example, in New York we have 25 hotels where we go in and buy the rooms outright, in exchange for the best rate in the market.”More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureTourico Holidays is very optimistic about 2017, with Canadian business doing exceptionally well. The market is enjoying a rebound in travel to Europe and strong growth in vacation rentals.Tourico Holidays chose Visit California to help host the cocktail party because Tourico bookings to California grew 40% in the first quarter of this year. The two will partner again this year on an exciting fam focusing on millennial travel. Travelweek Group Tags: California, Tourico Holidays
Travelweek Group TORONTO — You gotta do what you gotta do to get those likes on Instagram, but even if it means risking certain death?A popular Instagram couple, U.S. bloggers Kelly and Kody who go by the name @positravelty, has landed in hot water for posting a photo of them posing over the edge of an infinity pool in Ubud, Bali.Kelly, who is being held by the arms by Kody, is seen hanging on the outside of the pool, which is perched high above the ground.The photo was accompanied by the caption: “Our greatest strength in life, our most important principle, is discernment. Only you can know your body, feel the space around you and understand your capabilities. We would all do well to remember this, knowing that not every action, style or path we witness through others is or should be, replicated. At the end of the day we are to hold ourselves accountable for the decisions that we make.”More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedIt has been liked over 37,000 times by the couple’s 119,000 followers.While many people complimented the photo, including @cruslann who said, “This is honestly a very powerful picture,” and @cluttermarissa who added, “True love, a powerful trust,” many others criticized the couple for putting themselves in danger.”@karan.covai wrote: “Silly stunt. Real couple won’t ever do this stunt. Those who have greatest care for their loved ones won’t ever do this silly stunt.”Another commenter, @pava.patricia, said: “If he sneezed, she could have fallen to her death! Yes, they’re physically beautiful, but risk like this wasn’t smart.”@rhuber65 didn’t mince words, saying: “Vanity and narcissism appears to be your greatest principle. You have done admirably upholding that principle.” And @fidgty07 added: “Your ‘greatest sense of life’ is obviously not common sense.”Kelly and Kody responded to their critics, assuring them that there was another pool below should Kelly had accidentally fallen. How far below the other pool was remains to be seen, however.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulySo what do you think? Is the photo stunning or just plain stupid? Stunning or stupid? Travelling couple’s Instagram photo causes outrage Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 18, 2019 Tags: Instagram