Plans to Attract Defense Firms to Eastern Oklahoma Advance

first_imgPlans to foster the defense industry in McAlester moved ahead last week after the city council voted to accept a $193,257 award from the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission.Leroy Alsup, the city’s community and economic development director, proposed dedicating $93,000 of the award to a planned defense industrial park that may be located next to the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in eastern Oklahoma, reported McAlester News.The city is waiting for the Army to update the plant’s strategic plan before determining where the industrial park would go, Alsup said. A site outside the plant’s gates would make sense if a defense company were willing to move to McAlester.“When they get done, we will look at where they may expand,” he said. “When they complete their study, we’ll look at where we want to put our industrial park.”Alsup recommended using the rest of the award to supplement a strategic plan the Spectrum Group and the Principi Group are preparing to help McAlester expand and retain the defense industry in the area. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more



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Tim BernersLee still believes the web can be fixed even today

first_imgBut he said he never anticipated how nation-states would use the web to influence elections and public discourse. After the 2016 US presidential election, he realized this was “not just about … junk out there that you should ignore, but things that people believe” that have been “manipulated by some very clever and malicious people,” he told the audience at the Post event. He said it was at that point that he and the World Wide Web Foundation, which he’d created in 2009 to promote Internet accessibility and equality, had to take “a big step back” to “reconsider the web.” How ‘pods’ can helpNow Berners-Lee says he wants to fix the problems ailing the internet, and he launched two major efforts in November to turn the web around. The first is the Contract for the Web, which he says will make the web more trustworthy and less susceptible to some of today’s problems. The other is a new platform called Solid, which gives users control over their data. The web-contract project is meant to bring together governments, tech companies and individual citizens who agree to establish common principles to govern the online world. “You can’t just outlaw fake news. It’s much more complicated,” Berners-Lee said. “The Contract for the Web is about locking in a midcourse correction, a change of momentum, back toward constructivism, back toward science, facts.” He said it’s important for as many people as possible to get involved in this effort, and he urged everyone in the audience and around the world to join the discussion. He used the issue of speech as an example. “When it comes to hate speech and free speech, we know Germany and Texas have different traditions on where to draw the line,” he said.   The Solid project, which he’s developing with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is meant to give people more control over their personal data, which today is being bought and sold without their permission. The idea is to give people “pods” for storing data, which would let them decide where and how their information is used by apps that are separate from the data storage. That means you could control what data from your pods is accessed by services such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, he explained. “You can have a personal pod, you can have a work pod,” Berners-Lee said. It’s through these efforts that he hopes people will be able to take back control of their personal information and once again use the web for what he’d intended: sharing and collaborating for the greater good of humanity.  Tags How Chrome changed web browsers 10 years ago 4 The hyperlinks let people categorize and organize their information any way they liked, and easily share it, too. The creation of the web spawned a global technological revolution and created an entire economy that thousands of companies rely on today. Three decades after the system was proposed, half of the world’s population is now online, and there are close to 2 billion websites. But it was CERN’s decision in 1993 to keep the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, free and open that allowed the web to flourish. Berners-Lee described how the Gopher protocol, a competitor to HTTP, declined after the University of Minnesota announced it would charge licensing fees. “I’m still not a gazillionaire,” he said. “But that’s fine, otherwise the web wouldn’t have existed.” Trouble brewing Berners-Lee said he was always aware of the potential problems of the web. After all, he explained, there are bad people walking down the street, and those people, like millions of others, have found their way online. But he said it wasn’t until the advent of social media that these voices became amplified. Still, he said he often preached the importance of thoughtful web consumption, telling people who complained of internet trolls to not “browse the garbage websites.” You can’t just outlaw fake news. It’s much more complicated. Tim Berners-Lee 2:24 Where the web began On March 12, 1989, Berners-Lee, who was working at CERN, a physics laboratory in Switzerland, published “a universal linked information system” to help academics from across the globe run a complicated particle accelerator. Within a few years, the World Wide Web spread far beyond its first intended audience of academics and scientists. Fueled by the advent of the then-novel idea of hyperlinking, and a commitment to keep the protocols underlying the network open and free, people could share information on the internet simply by clicking a link. This idea of a decentralized and permissionless way of sharing information was revolutionary. At the time technologists were still building mainframes to store data. “There were folks who thought everything should go onto their own machines, and they invested a lot of their careers thinking everyone had to do it their way,” Berners-Lee said. “The reason why people didn’t go along with these systems is that they wanted to have their own structure and control.” Comments Share your voice Tim Berners-Lee Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Three decades ago, a young computer scientist named Tim Berners-Lee proposed an internet-based hyperlink system to allow the sharing of information among different computers, forever changing how people communicate and use the net. The idea behind what would become known as the World Wide Web was both simple and lofty, he told an audience Tuesday at an event marking the 30th anniversary of his invention. It was about letting people all over the globe collaborate to solve the world’s problems. “Imagine you have a big problem like climate change or curing cancer, but the pieces are in different people’s brains,” he said at the event, hosted by The Washington Post at its headquarters in DC. “That’s what the goal of the web was: to connect all these people.” But 30 years on, the web has been “hijacked by crooks” who could destroy it, Berners-Lee said. It’s morphed into a platform where disinformation spreads like a contagion, hate foments and personal privacy has been relinquished to the highest bidder looking to make a quick buck. Now, the 63-year-old said, he’s working to fix the online world he helped create. I’m still not a gazillionaire. But that’s fine, otherwise the web wouldn’t have existed. Tim Berners-Lee Now playing: Watch this: Internet Tim Berners-Leelast_img read more



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Star Trek Picard trailer cast plot release date and more

first_img How to watch Star Trek: Picard will debut in early 2020. It’ll stream in the US on CBS All Access and on the Space Channel in Canada. Internationally, Amazon Prime Video will host each episode within 24 hours of the US premiere in over 200 countries and territories. That’s a change from how Discovery is distributed internationally through Netflix. Tags Star Trek: Picard unveils first look at costumes, props at San Diego Comic-Con Picard trailer — possible reasons Captain Picard left Starfleet Picard memes: Patrick Stewart’s best viral Star Trek moments The Next Generation finale has me pumped for new Picard series Picard is the hero we need, says Star Trek writer Michael Chabon Back on the floor w this guy ⁦@SirPatStew⁩ ⁦@startrekcbs⁩ pic.twitter.com/zPvHltPUts— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) May 21, 2019 “No Emma, I’m NOT going to give you any plot details…” #startrek #fosteringsaveslives #adoptdontshop #pitbullsarelove #pitbullsarefamily #adoptmissemma pic.twitter.com/Zwbh04Zlkp— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) April 11, 2019 CBS first revealed the official Star Trek: Picard name on May 15 and posted a look at the show’s shiny new logo. The Starfleet logo takes the place of the “A” in Picard. (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET.) A pup for Picard Stewart and CBS revealed the key art for the show on July 10, just ahead of the star’s appearance at Comic-Con. The trailer is starting to fill in the blanks. Picard will hook up with a new non-Starfleet crew in a quest to protect a mysterious woman (Isa Briones) who comes to him for help. The Borg, one of the most imposing Star Trek villains ever created, will play a role in the plot.Though they don’t appear in the trailer, Jonathan Frakes (William Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) have both confirmed they will appear in Picard as their Next Generation characters. We also know Jonathan Del Arco will reprise his role as Hugh the Borg.A teaser trailer beamed in on May 23 shows that Jean-Luc Picard, who was promoted to admiral, led a rescue armada on a mysterious mission 15 years prior to the show’s events. He then left Starfleet, leaving us to wonder what prompted his exit and why he’s reappearing now. We should learn more in a series of comic books and a prequel novel that will arrive before the show airs. The journey has begun. Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, James Duff, and yours truly. #StarTrek pic.twitter.com/GxhwkTIgWQ— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) September 24, 2018 Share your voice Stewart shared a photo of Emma along with his hidden Picard rehearsal script in April. The dog in the poster sports a Starfleet emblem tag on its collar and his name is now confirmed as “Number One.”  Revisiting Jean-Luc Picard Stewart has a long history with the Star Trek franchise. He first warped into the iconic role of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise with the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987. That means Stewart will be back in Picard’s shoes more than 30 years after originating the role. He last appeared on screen as Picard in the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis. The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises TV and Movies He’s coming back. CBS video screenshot by CNET Patrick Stewart is going where no Starfleet captain has gone before: into his very own series, decades after wrapping up his original Star Trek run. He’ll have a furry companion and old crew mates along for the ride.Star Trek: Picard, a CBS All Access streaming show, will debut in early 2020. The show follows on the heels of Star Trek: Discovery, but the two series take place at very different points in the Trek universe.  A new trailer for Picard came out of San Diego Comic-Con last month, and it was a surprise-packed doozy. The trailer revealed that Star Trek icons Brent Spiner (Data) and Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) will appear in the new series.  Hanelle Culpepper will make history as the first woman to launch a new Star Trek television show. Culpepper signed on to direct the first two episodes. She has an extensive TV resume, which includes Star Trek: Discovery, The Flash and Gotham. Frakes, who will appear as Riker in the show, has a long career as a director that includes multiple Star Trek franchise entries on both the big and small screens. He revealed he would be directing some episodes of the new series. Frakes posted a photo of himself with Stewart to Twitter on May 21 and tagged Star Trek on CBS. More Picard The official #StarTrekPicard key art is here. Will you be joining @SirPatStew at @Comic_Con next week? #SDCC #StarTrekSDCC pic.twitter.com/sf7ZnDmXlL— Star Trek on CBS All Access (@startrekcbs) July 10, 2019 The Picard plot CBS and Stewart had kept pretty quiet on the details of the show’s plot until the teaser and full trailer arrived. We already knew it takes place around two decades after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis.  The teaser lays out a big plot point when a voiceover says Admiral Picard commanded a rescue armada that “led us out of the darkness” 15 years before the series picks up. It asks the questions: What did it cost him and why did he leave Starfleet? That’s a huge cliffhanger to contemplate ahead of the show’s debut. Star Trek: PicardEnlarge ImageThe Star Trek: Picard poster shows a Starfleet logo formed from grapevines. James Dimmock/CBS Both the teaser and trailer start in a vineyard, which is a callback to the final TNG television episode in 1994, All Good Things that showed one possible future Picard working in a vineyard in France. That Picard had become an ambassador. We know the Picard in the new show was promoted to admiral at some point. A poster for the series shows a vineyard with the Starfleet logo formed out of grapevines along with the catchphrase “The end is only the beginning.” Picard’s history ties strongly in with the Romulans. “Picard’s life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire,” Kurtzman told The Hollywood Reporter.  The 2009 Star Trek reboot movie covered the demise of the planet Romulus at the hands of an exploding star in 2387. Could this event have been the focus of Picard’s rescue armada?  Picard has a complicated history with the Romulans. In Nemesis, he tangled with a Romulan clone of himself.  The trailer features a Borg ship that may be acting as a prison vessel staffed by Romulans. A sign says it has gone 5,843 days without an assimilation.Don’t expect a mere reboot of The Next Generation. “Patrick was very clear to us in the beginning. He didn’t want to repeat what he had already done. And by the way, it’s been 20-plus years, so he couldn’t possibly be that same person anymore,” Kurtzman told reporters in January. The dog is particularly notable. It appears to be a pit bull or bully mix. Zoom in on its ears. They may have been cropped, but they also look a lot like pointy Vulcan ears. Stewart is known for his work fostering rescue dogs. His most recent foster, Emma, is a pit mix with cropped ears. 3:00 Comments Meet the cast We all know the star of the show, and more casting details are emerging. We’re still waiting for several character names to be confirmed.Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc PicardSantiago Cabrera as Cristobal “Chris” RiosMichelle Hurd as Raffi MusikerAlison Pill as Dr. Agnes JuratiHarry Treadaway as NarekIsa Briones as DahjEvan Evagora as ElnorBrent Spiner as Data (or a related android) Jeri Ryan as Seven of NineJonathan Del Arco as Hugh the BorgJonathan Frakes as William RikerMarina Sirtis as Deanna Troi He’s been plenty busy in the meantime, continuing his role as Professor X in the X-Men movies, up through a farewell performance in 2017’s Logan. He has a lot of voice acting credits to his name, including Poop in The Emoji Movie. Fans will be able to catch him in theaters as Bosley in a 2019 version of Charlie’s Angels. Stewart announced the new Picard series in August 2018 at the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. He called his return “an unexpected but delightful surprise” and said he hopes “to research and experience what comforting and reforming light [Picard] might shine on these often very dark times.” Who’s making Picard?  Stewart is doubling as an executive producer along with Alex Kurtzman, the creator of Star Trek: Discovery. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon is on board as an executive producer and writer. Chabon described Picard as “the hero we need right now.” Stewart shared a behind-the-scenes photo in September 2018 from a Picard meeting where he’s sitting with Chabon and other members of the show’s production staff. Stewart has been involved with the writing for the show from early on. 22 Originally published May 17 and updated regularly as more information on Star Trek: Picard comes in. 15 famous Star Trek guests who brought their own star power (pictures) 15 Photos 35 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Prequels incomingWe have a lot of questions about what Picard has been up to all those years, and some of them are likely to get answered in a series of prequel books. CBS, Simon & Schuster and comics publisher IDW will release Star Trek: Picard — Countdown, a three-issue comic-book miniseries in November. This will focus on a life-changing mission for Picard.A full novel called The Last Best Hope will arrived in February 2020 and set up the story ahead of the series. We’ll get to know some of the new characters before meeting them on screen. Una McCormack, author of several Star Trek novels, is writing the book. Picard’s place in Trek Stewart’s Picard took on the weight of Star Trek’s future when he stepped up to captain the Enterprise-D. Until then, the Trek universe had revolved around the original crew led by Capt. James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner. Kirk and the gang had re-emerged from the shadow of the original series’ cancellation in the ’60s and were born again through a string of successful movies starting in 1979.  Stewart’s character couldn’t have been more different from the leap-into-action, kiss-the-aliens Kirk. Picard created a new mold for Starfleet captains. His Picard was cerebral, wise and measured, but also passionate. If you need a reminder, watch his defense of android crew member Data as a sentient being in the season 2 episode Measure of a Man. CBS Star Treklast_img read more



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Dhaka city to see over 4000 new buses

first_imgDhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayor Annisul Huq on Monday said the government has adopted a plan to introduce 4,500 new buses in the capital to ease the existing transport sufferings of the city dwellers.“Government is going to replace aged and unfit fleet of buses from the city road with these new ones. It is also mulling the idea of deploying air-conditioned buses for women. Sufferings of women, school going children and office goers will be reduced significantly once these new buses come to the streets,” the DNCC mayor said.Annisul came up with observations while addressing a special general meeting of Dhaka Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity at DNCC Market in capital’s Mohakhali area.Presided over by Khandaker Enayetullah, general secretary of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity, the meeting was attended by leaders of different transport owners association.“It is high time to introduce new policy to bring a change to existing transport system, but it is very hard thing to do. We are going to introduce it slowly. After implementing this policy, buses with different colors will run on the separate lane. White color buses will run on one lane, red color ones will run on another, green on the other,” Annisul said.The DNCC mayor said after introducing this system, there will be no chaos in getting down or in on the buses.“The buses will take in passengers orderly and will take them to their desired destinations. Apart from introducing this system, five new bus terminals will be built in the capital,” he added.The mayor said to make Dhaka a livable city, first the government has to bring back discipline in transport system.“Under new management, there will be not these many transport companies like now. Number of transport companies in Dhaka will be brought down to five to six,” he said, adding, “the city dwellers are not at all happy with the existing transport system.”last_img read more



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