U.S. House Democrats Adopt Mobile Internet Voting for Leadership Contests | World News

(Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers used a mobile phone app over the last two weeks to remotely cast votes for the first time, according to technologists and some involved in the process, embracing technology to facilitate an internal party leadership contest.

The development marks a shift in how Congress is adapting to the internet, especially in the midst of a pandemic. Use of the app, named Markup ERVS, had not been publicly disclosed before Friday.

A total of 230 House of Representatives Democrats logged into Markup on their government-provided iPhones to cast votes stating their preference for House speaker, who will be elected by the full chamber early next month, said Markup spokesperson Colby Redmond.

The House Democrats also chose their caucus chair and committee heads through the app, which transfers data to staff in Washington.

Earlier this year, the House changed its procedures for voting on legislation by the full

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High-Speed Internet Lines to Surge in Europe as Virus Boosts Demand: Study | Technology News

MILAN (Reuters) – The number of high speed fibre optic broadband lines in Europe is expected to more than double over the next six years from last year’s levels as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates demand for faster internet services, a study showed on Thursday.

High speed fibre will pass 202 million houses in the European Union and Britain by 2026, up from 88.1 million in 2019, according to a joint report by consultancy firm IDATE and industry group FTTH Council Europe.

Houses passed is an industry term meaning the potential number of premises a service provider could connect to high-speed fibre optic broadband.

Germany, Britain and Italy are among countries expected to experience significant growth in the number of homes passed in 2026 compared to 2019, with Germany expected to see 730% growth, Britain 548% and Italy 218%.

According to the forecasts, the number of subscribers in the EU and

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Dyer hopes to launch new website, town app in 2021 | Local News



Dyer Town Hall

Dyer Town Hall




DYER — The town is looking to revamp its website and introduce a new app for residents at the start of the new year. 

“We want to keep up with the technology and … everybody’s going to smartphone apps,” Dyer Town Manager Tom DeGiulio said. “It’s just time to freshen it up, and I think make it more usable for residents. That’s what I hope to see out of it.”

The town’s current website is about 5 years old, said Frank Jachim, the town’s information technology consultant. 

Though the website’s address will remain the same — www.townofdyer.com — Jachim said residents can expect a more modern site. 

The new website also will be more responsive, making it accessible across devices, including desktops, smart phones and tablets. 

The biggest focus, Jachim said, is getting information to residents. 

“The goal is to provide a convenient means of connecting

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U.S. Imposes Fresh Iran-Related Sanctions Targeting Individual, Entity | World News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday imposed fresh Iran-related sanctions, blacklisting an entity and an individual as Washington continues to ramp up pressure on Tehran during U.S. President Donald Trump’s final months in office.

The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement said that it had slapped sanctions on Shahid Meisami Group and its director, accusing the entity of being involved in Iran’s chemical weapons research and linked to the Iranian Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, which is blacklisted by Washington.

The move comes days after the killing of the Islamic Republic’s top nuclear scientist last week. Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Trump’s presidency.

“Iran’s development of weapons of mass destruction is a threat to the security of its neighbors and the world,” Treasury Secretary

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Computer science student faces doubts head on to win national government programming competition – Dal News

Without the support of her supervisors, Master of Electronic Commerce student Tahajjat Begum feels that she would not have had the confidence to achieve everything she has during her time at Dalhousie, including winning a national programming competition.

She was recently surprised when she was announced as the 2019/20 winner of the Statistics Canada Business Data Scientist Challenge.

“I have this imposter syndrome. Sometimes, I feel I’m not worth it or maybe my skills aren’t good enough,” Tahajjat says. “I told my supervisor I’m scared of failing or maybe I’m not good enough, but he said, if you don’t participate, you won’t understand.”

Making real predictions

The annual Statistics Canada Business Data Scientist Challenge invites graduate students and senior undergraduate students in economics, data science, computer science, mathematics and statistics to apply data analytics or analysis techniques to increase the Government’s understanding of data trends and opportunities.

Tahajjat’s challenge was

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DISH Network Removes News 8 & Nexstar Programming from its system

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IRVING, TX  (Dec. 2, 2020) – Today at 7:00 p.m. ET, DISH Network removed from its system the network and local community programming provided by 164 local television stations owned by Nexstar Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) (“Nexstar”). DISH is refusing to reach a new distribution agreement allowing the satellite television behemoth the right to continue airing Nexstar’s highly-rated programming.  DISH also removed Nexstar’s cable network, WGN America, from its system, denying subscribers access to the U.S.’s only live prime-time national newscast, NewsNation. As a result, millions of Americans across the country have lost local news, traffic, weather, sports, and entertainment programming as well as critical, up-to-date news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Viewers across the United States have expressed their outrage at DISH Network for

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DISH Network removes KRON4 News programming

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Today at 4 p.m. PST, DISH Network removed from its system the network and local community programming provided by 164 local television stations owned by Nexstar Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) (“Nexstar”).

DISH is refusing to reach a new distribution agreement allowing the satellite television behemoth the right to continue airing Nexstar’s highly-rated programming.

DISH also removed Nexstar’s cable network, WGN America, from its system, denying subscribers access to the U.S.’s only live prime-time national newscast, NewsNation.

As a result, millions of Americans across the country have lost local news, traffic, weather, sports, and entertainment programming as well as critical, up-to-date news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Viewers across the United States have expressed their outrage at DISH Network for its documented long-term

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New website to help women deal with various types of violence, Singapore News & Top Stories

Women who need help dealing with sexual assault, family violence, workplace harassment or other types of violence can now turn to a new website.

The portal, dubbed Awareness, Connect, Take Precaution, or A.C.T. Against Violence, has details about who victims can contact and where they can get help.

Launched by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) on Monday it also has information for women and concerned citizens about the types and cycle of violence.

At the launch event at the SCWO headquarters in Waterloo Street, Minister of State for Social and Family Development and for Education Sun Xueling said: “The Government is determined to tackle the issue of family violence.

“This is why the Taskforce on Family Violence, comprising public agencies, the courts and community partners such as hospitals, family violence specialist centres, crisis shelters and family service centres, was set up earlier this year to create awareness of

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Debenhams website inundated as shoppers try to grab bargains from collapsing chain | Business News

Shoppers have been waiting in virtual queues for over an hour as they rush to snap up deals on the Debenhams website after the chain’s collapse.

The department store chain is being wound down after JD Sports pulled out of talks on a rescue takeover, placing 12,000 jobs at risk in a horror week for UK retail.

Many hoping to get a deal have been left disappointed after customers complained on social media of having to wait for extended periods of time to get onto the website, with some then being “kicked out” of the queue.

A person walks past a boarded up Debenhams, Oxford Street
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Debenhams has 12,000 staff at 124 UK stores

“50 minutes to get onto the @Debenhams website then after 5 minutes get kicked off to the end of the queue because my time is up what stupidity is this?!” wrote one person.

Others commented they had seen up to half a million people waiting

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SD Times news digest: Software Tree’s microservices framework, the Chaos compiler, and a Kotlin Android extensions update

Data integration company Software Tree introduced Gilhari, a microservices framework designed to simplify JSON persistence in relational databases. 

According to the company, developers can quickly develop high-performance, database-agnostic, and Docker-compatible RESTful solutions that need to interact with JSON data.

“Developers shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to adapt to modern computing trends,” said Damodar Periwal, the founder and president & CEO of Software Tree. “Gilhari moves in Docker containers. Gilhari talks REST. Gilhari helps developers glide smoothly into the promised land of the microservices-based application architecture while leveraging trusted relational databases for exchanging JSON data.”

The Chaos compiler v0.1.0 released
The Chaos language team announced a new compiler implemented in the compiler.c module. It takes the Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) that is built by the parser as input and spits out the C code. 

Chaos programs are compiled against the language’s source. It packs the Chaos runtime into the compiled

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