Google Doodle celebrates 50 years of LGBTQ pride

first_img Online Tech Industry Our favorite Google Doodles through the years Share your voice Tags Google Doodle Google Comments 99+ 49 Photos Google’s Pride Doodle depicts the growing size of the Pride celebration over the past half century. Google Fifty years ago this month, New York police launched an early morning raid on a small Greenwich Village bar popular with members of the gay community, sparking the Stonewall riots and ushering in the modern battle for LGBT rights in the US.To celebrate the 50 years of Pride celebrations that followed, Google published a Doodle sideshow on Tuesday that offers a taste of Pride parades from each of the five decades. Google’s Doodlers wanted the Doodle to underscore how the Pride parade has grown in size and momentum over the past half century, empowering a bright and vibrant community along the way.Over the years, Google has taken a high-profile stance in support of gay rights. In 2008, the company announced its opposition to Proposition 8, an anti-gay marriage measure that California voters ultimately approved. To mark June as Gay and Lesbian Pride month, Google has traditionally added a rainbow to the right side of the search bar when users search for “gay,” “lesbian,” “transgender,” or related terms. This year’s return on those search terms is a graphic depicting Pride celebrations around the world.For this year’s Doodle, Doodler Nate Swinehart said he decided to use strips of cut paper to depict the people and the setting. By adding multiple layers of paper, which by its nature is flat, the Doodle grows to reflect the community’s expansion. Color, of course, is a key symbol of Pride.google-doodle-2009-june-4-pride-2019Color is a key symbol of Pride. Google “While everything begins with shades of grey, we first see the rainbow through a community space,” Swinehart explains. “Color then begins to spread, first in individual people, then to the city around them, until it finally overtakes the entire composition.”I also wanted the progression of color to be meaningful, beginning with the initial pink triangle that was reclaimed by the community as a symbol of liberation. From there, we go backwards through the rainbow from purple to red, until we see all the colors come together harmoniously in the final image.”Swinehart writes that, as a member of the LGBTQ community, this Doodle was a very personal project for him, especially because he’s well acquainted with the struggle to feel included and accepted.”Before I joined Google in 2014, I remember opening up the Google homepage to see a Doodle celebrating the Winter Olympics, depicting the colors of the Pride flag. I was completely blown away,” Swinehart writes. “Looking at the front page of Google, I was filled with hope and a feeling of belonging. “That moment was a large part of why I wanted to become a Doodler. I recognized the opportunity we have to make a positive impact on the world, and to help make people feel seen, heard, and valued.”last_img read more

No more Hilsa fishing from Sunday night

first_imgThe government ban on Hilsa fishing begins from Sunday. Prothom Alo File PhotoFishermen along with their trawlers have started to return their homes from Bay of Bengal following a government ban imposed on fishing Hilsa.The government has imposed ban on the catching, selling and transportation of Hilsa for 22 days from 1 October to 22.There are also rules of punishment and fines for breaching the ban order.Following the ban, the fishermen are returning from their business.Besides, the fishermen urged the government to take action against the fishermen from India and Myanmar who enter Bangladeshi water illegally during the ban and catch Hilsa.Sources at fisheries department said that the Hilsa traders, sellers, buyers and fishermen ultimately are being benefited as the ban on Hilsa catching during the peak breeding season for last several years increased the production of Hilsa. Besides, Hilsa is contributing to fulfill demand of protein in the country.The ban imposed during the last few years was successful in sustaining their population.It was seen in the KB Bazar Ghat in Bagerhat on Friday that the fishermen are returning to their homes anchoring their trawlers in the ghat.Bagerhat Fisheries Department fisheries officer Md Zia Haider Chowdhury said that the period (1-22 October) is known as the peak breeding season of Hilsa.“The Hilsa fishes move from coastal areas to the Padma and Meghna rivers to lay eggs during the month of October. Around 60 per cent of Hilsa lay eggs in this period. For their safety breeding, the government imposes ban in this period every year,” he said.Catching, selling, transportation, storage and also exchange will remain banned in this period, the official said, adding that the drive of the officials of the fisheries department, Bangladesh Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, district and upazila administration, police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will be underway in the period.Besides, the executive magistrates will conduct mobile courts.Anyone breaches the ban order will be punished the lowest one year jail and also be fined, he cited.The official also said that more than 400,000 metric tonnes of Hilsa were produced in the last season.Bagerhat Coastal Fishermen Association president Idris Sheikh alleged that the Indian fishermen enter Bangladesh territory and catch fish during the banned period.The fishermen of the coastal areas also made the same allegations.They urged the government to take actions against the unruly Indian fishermen.last_img read more

DhakaBenapole direct train service rescheduled to 17 July

first_imgThe direct train service from Dhaka to Benapole will be inaugurated on 17 July, instead of 25 July.Bangladesh Railway West zone chief commercial officer Shah Newaz said the date was changed as prime minister Sheikh Hasina would not be free on 25 July.The train, which is yet to be named, will have 10 coaches. The fare of a cabin seat will be Tk 1,200 while that of an AC chair Tk 1,000 and non-AC chair Tk 500, reports UNB.Initially, one train will run from Dhaka to Benapole and vice-versa every day.Around 6,000-7,000 people from different parts of the country, especially Dhaka, travel to India through the Benapole Checkpost every day.The train service will ease travelling to Benapole.last_img

7yrold girl raped suspect arrested

first_imgRapeA seven-year-old girl was raped allegedly by a teenage boy in Khaliajuri upazila of Netrakona on Thursday, reports UNB.Police arrested the accused, Hridoy Mia, 18, after the victim’s mother filed a case in this regard, said officer-in-charge of Khaliajuri police station ATM Mahmudul Haque.He said the girl was playing at her maternal grandmother’s house at Mominnagar village at noon when Hridoy raped her.The OC said they will produce the arrestee before a court and send the victim to hospital on Friday for a medical test.last_img

A StarStudded Celebration

first_img Share Joining the lineup will be international superstar Gwen Stefani. A three-time Grammy ® Award-winner, Stefani has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter, and recording artist who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist.Stefani recently released her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas which features six original and six classic holiday tunes.Set to perform “White Christmas,” Gwen will warm the hearts of audiences nationwide with her rendition of the classic tune as part of the national broadcast of the Parade on NBC. After kicking off the holidays on Thanksgiving, Stefani will return to NBC for “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” a modern take on traditional Christmas specials featuring musical performances and fun, holiday sketches. This one-hour primetime special set to air Dec. 12 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) will capture Stefani’s infectious spirit and iconic style.On Thanksgiving, to open the 91 st edition of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a host of stars will be showcased “ Dancing in the Streets ” at various locations across the country in anticipation of the big Parade and annual kickoff to the holiday season. Featured stars include Harry Connick Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Jane Krakowski, Gaten Matarazzo, Chrissy Metz, John O’Hurley, Martha Stewart and Thalia, who will dance and sing in the out-of-this-world kickoff to the pomp and pageantry.As the restyled song unfolds, the show arrives at Herald Square, opening atop Macy’s famed red star mark on 34 th Street, where a host of groups will join the impromptu party including the Radio City Rockettes ®, as well as dancers for The Teen Company and Malloy/CAP21, among other Parade participants.Rounding out the lineup will be the incomparable Patti LaBelle, who will take to the streets on The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray ® float, joining previously announced stars 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa and the one-and-only Santa Claus; completing the starry lineup of the march of wonder.The 91 st march of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will also feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands and six performance groups.One of the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebrations, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC, Thursday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. – noon (in all time zones) and hosted by the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. Telemundo will simulcast the Parade in Spanish with the event hosted by stars Carlos Ponce, Jessica Carrillo and Karim Mendiburu. Twitter User @TheWeekThe 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade adds more star power including a special performance by international superstar Gwen Stefani.last_img read more

Google and Waze share their best practices for canary deployment using Spinnaker

first_imgOn Monday, Eran Davidovich, a System Operations Engineer at Waze and Théo Chamley, Solutions Architect at Google Cloud shared their experience on using Spinnaker for canary deployments. Waze estimated that canary deployment helped them prevent a quarter of all incidents on their services. What is Spinnaker? Developed at Netflix, Spinnaker, is an open source, multi-cloud continuous delivery platform that helps developers to manage app deployments on different computing platforms including Google App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, AWS, Azure, and more. This platform also enables you to implement advanced deployment methods like canary deployment. In this type of deployment, developers roll out the changes to a subset of users to analyze whether or not the code release provides the desired outcome. If this new code poses any risks, you can mitigate it before releasing the update to all users. In April 2018, Google and Netflix introduced a new feature for Spinnaker called Kayenta using which you can create an automated canary analysis for your project. Though you can build your own canary deployment or other advanced deployment patterns, Spinnaker and Kayenta together are aimed at making it much easier and reliable. The tasks that Kayenta automates includes fetching user-configured metrics from their sources, running statistical tests, and providing an aggregating score for the canary. On the basis of the aggregated score and set limits for success, Kayenta automatically promotes or fails the canary, or triggers a human approval path. Canary best practices Check out the following best practices to ensure that your canary analyses are reliable and relevant: Instead of comparing the canary against the production, compare it against a baseline. This is because many differences can skew the results of the analysis such as cache warmup time, heap size, load-balancing algorithms, and so on. The canary should be run for enough time, at least 50 pieces of time-series data per metric, to ensure that the statistical analysis is relevant. Choose metrics that represent different aspects of your applications’ health. Three aspects are very critical as per the SRE book, which includes latency, errors, and saturation. You must put a standard set of reusable canary configs in place. This will come in handy for anyone in your team as a starting point and will also keep the canary configurations maintainable. Read Next Thunderbird welcomes the new year with better UI, Gmail support and more Introducing Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1 with better UI, Azure SQL support and more! AIOps – Trick or Treat?last_img read more

WestJet ramps up service out of YHM with Edmonton Halifax Winnipeg routes

first_img Wednesday, November 16, 2016 CALGARY — Hamilton will be seeing a lot more of WestJet next year – 40% more exactly. The airline has announced that it will be increasing capacity out of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport by 40% in 2017 with the return of nonstop service to Edmonton and Halifax, as well as a new route to Winnipeg.Four-time weekly service to Edmonton returns Jan. 16 until Oct. 28, while daily service to Halifax returns Jan. 16 until Oct. 28. Three-time weekly service to Winnipeg starts Jan. 17 and ends on Oct. 26.By January, WestJet will offer 27 weekly departures to seven nonstop destinations out of Hamilton to meet increasing guest demand.“We are pleased to hear that WestJet will be expanding its domestic service offerings from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport starting in 2017,” said Vijay Bathija, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, President & CEO. “These services will provide more options for passengers in Hamilton and the surrounding area seeking to experience the ease and convenience of flying from Hamilton International to a number of popular Canadian destinations.”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFrom Halifax Stanfield International this winter, the airline will offer 19 daily flights on 15 routes. Year-over-year in January, the airline will have added more than 15% additional capacity out of Halifax.“It’s great to see WestJet growing in our region once again following their successful expansion of air service last year. Providing our passengers with additional travel options remains one of our top priorities and we look forward to WestJet continuing to play a crucial role in achieving our objective,” said Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority President and CEO.With the addition of the nonstop Winnipeg-Hamilton route, WestJet will offer 25 daily flights on 20 nonstop routes from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.In addition, WestJet is now Edmonton International Airport’s largest air carrier with almost 75% more seats than the next largest carrier. Overall, passengers in Edmonton have a total of 55 daily departures to 28 different destinations to choose from.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAll flights will be operated on Boeing 737NG aircraft. For more information go to westjet.com/hamilton. Posted by Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img WestJet ramps up service out of YHM with Edmonton, Halifax & Winnipeg routes Tags: Edmonton, Halifax, WestJet, Winnipeg << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Red tide prompts Gov Scott to direct US15m in funds to Gulf

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Florida, Red Tide, VISIT FLORIDA Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Red tide prompts Gov. Scott to direct US$1.5m in funds to Gulf Coast TALLAHASSEE — Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in seven counties along Florida’s southern Gulf Coast that have been overrun by the toxic algae bloom known as red tide, and ordered US$1.5 million to be spent on various clean-up efforts and to help impacted businesses. Red tide is common in this area but this year is particularly bad. The toxic algae bloom has spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico, drifting in the water since it began in October 2017. Stretching about 240 kilometres, it’s affecting communities from Naples in the south to Anna Maria Island in the north and appears to be moving northward. The algae turns the water toxic for marine life. Why this year’s red tide is so intense is up for debate. Some researchers have noticed aggressive blooms after hurricanes. Irma swept past Florida’s Gulf Coast in the summer of 2017 and a period of red tide affected Florida after the powerful 2004-2005 hurricanes. Although this isn’t peak tourist season for the Gulf Coast, red tide is affecting tourism. Gov. Scott said in a statement Monday: “As Southwest Florida and the Tampa Bay area continues to feel the devastating impacts of red tide, we will continue taking an aggressive approach by using all available resources to help our local communities. “Today I am issuing an emergency declaration to provide significant funding and resources to the communities experiencing red tide so we can combat its terrible impacts.”The seven counties are Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas.“While we fight to learn more about this naturally-occurring phenomenon, we will continue to deploy all state resources and do everything possible to make sure that Gulf Coast residents are safe and area businesses can recover,” he said.Governor Scott said he has directed VISIT FLORIDA to begin developing a marketing campaign to assist Southwest Florida communities that will start following this year’s red tide blooms. He added that VISIT FLORIDA will create a $500,000 emergency grant program to assist local tourism development boards in counties affected by the naturally-occurring red tide. With files from The Associated Press Sharelast_img read more