‘American Idol’ Contestant Antonella Barba Gets 45 Months In Prison For Drug Trafficking; Blames Show For Downfall – Perez Hilton

Former American Idol contestant Antonella Barba was sentenced on Thursday to 45 months in prison for drug trafficking. The 32-year-old made it to the top 16 on the sixth season of American Idol as a teenager, way back in 2007, but after she was eliminated from the show her life spiraled out of control. Now, she’ll face nearly four years in federal prison as part of the plea deal she copped in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Virginia. Barba first ran afoul of the law in this case when she was arrested at a home in Virginia back in October 2018. She was caught red-handed  In addition, the heartbroken mother continues, arguing her daughter’s abrupt move to Los Angeles after her time on Idol was “a recipe …

My 30 Paper Cityscapes That Look Like Oil Paintings

Check out my other artworks here and 9 reply View More Replies… #2 “Flower Shop”, 60×80 cm 0 reply #5 “Villa Sylwan”, 73×92 cm 8 reply 5 reply 2 reply View More Replies… #9 “162”, 73×92 cm #10 “Old Gate”, 60×80 cm #14 “Rynek Dębnicki 10”, 24×33 cm #15 “Big City”, 100×90 cm #17 “White Road”, 73×92 cm #19 “Winner Or Loser ?”, 80×80 cm #21 “Wawel”, 70×90 cm #24 “Racławówka”, 40×50 cm #26 “I See You”, 100×110 cm #28 “The Window”, 65×92 cm #30 “School Bus, 45×65 cm Note: this post originally had 39 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

What’s left of one Hong Kong university after hundreds of protesters fled

Hong Kong (CNN)Last week, thousands of student protesters streamed into Hong Kong Polytechnic University and occupied the campus as the city’s violent political unrest reached fever pitch. Hundreds of protesters were trapped, but some slowly managed to get out. Authorities said they had processed 1,100 people — 600 of whom left willingly. Protesters were arrested if they were older than 18 or registered and then released if they were minors, police said. By Tuesday morning, the violence had subsided and the campus was in ruins. Only a small number of demonstrators remain in the university. Atop one of the campus’ entrances, there was a noticeable stench of smoldering rubbish and petrol that burned the nose. Thousands of unused petrol bombs …

Clumio raises $135M Series C for its backup as a service platform

Clumio, a 100-people startup that offers a SaaS-like service for enterprise backup, today announced that it has raised a $135 million Series C round, led by existing investor Sutter Hill Ventures and new investor Altimeter Captial. The announcement comes shortly after the company’s disclosure in August that it had quietly raised a total of $51 million in Series A and B rounds in 2017 and 2018. The company says it plans to use this new funding to “accelerate its vision to deliver a globally consolidated data protection service in and for the public cloud.” Given the amount of money invested in the company, chances are Clumio is getting close to a $1 billion valuation, but the company is not disclosing …

Google Cloud launches Bare Metal Solution

Google Cloud today announced the launch of a new bare metal service, dubbed the Bare Metal Solution. We aren’t talking about bare metal servers offered directly by Google Cloud here, though. Instead, we’re talking about a solution that enterprises can use to run their specialized workloads on certified hardware that’s co-located in the Google Cloud data centers and directly connect them to Google Cloud’s suite of other services. The main workload that makes sense for this kind of setup is databases, Google notes, and specifically Oracle Database. Bare Metal Solution is, as the name implies, a fully integrated and fully managed solution for setting up this kind of infrastructure. It involves a completely managed hardware infrastructure that includes servers and …

Austria to turn Adolf Hitler’s birthplace into police station

Move aims to stop house in Braunau becoming neo-Nazi shrine after court resolves lengthy compensation dispute with former owner The house where a lengthy legal battle with the family of Gerlinde Pommer, which owned the house for nearly a century. That only ended this year when the countrys highest court ruled on the compensation Pommer would receive. The interior ministry will now invite submissions from architects to have the building house the towns police force. The houses future usage by the police should set a clear signal that this building will never be a place to commemorate Nazism, the interior minister, Wolfgang Peschorn, said in a press release. An EU-wide architecture competition will be launched this month with a jury …

The Arab politician asking Israeli police to enter his communities

Ayman Odeh reflects fears of Arab minority who feel abandoned by law enforcement amid a spike in gang violence Its an unusual request not one you might expect to hear from an Arab politician in Israel. Ayman Odeh, however, is clear: Israeli police should launch an immediate anti-crime crackdown in his communitys towns and cities. We want them to fight organised crime, we want them to end protection, we want them to close the black market and we want them to collect all the illegal weapons, he says. Odeh, who has solved cases involving the murder of Jews at almost twice the rate as those involving Arabs. Meanwhile, Odeh says, Arab-on-Arab violence is ignored. Israels Arab citizens are Palestinians and …

Three of Apple and Googles former star chip designers launch NUVIA with $53M in series A funding

Silicon is apparently the new gold these days, or so VCs hope. What was once a no-go zone for venture investors, who feared the long development lead times and high technical risk required for new entrants in the semiconductor field, has now turned into one of the hottest investment areas for enterprise and data VCs. Startups like Graphcore have reached unicorn status (after its $200 million series D a year ago) while Groq closed $52M from the likes of Chamath Palihapitiya of Social Capital fame and Cerebras raised $112 million in investment from Benchmark and others while announcing that it had produced the first trillion transistor chip (and who I profiled a bit this summer). Today, we have another entrant …

Intel and Argonne National Lab on exascale and their new Aurora supercomputer

The scale of supercomputing has grown almost too large to comprehend, with millions of compute units performing calculations at rates requiring, for first time, the exa prefix — denoting quadrillions per second. How was this accomplished? With careful planning… and a lot of wires, say two people close to the project. Having noted the news that Intel and Argonne National Lab were planning to take the wrapper off a new exascale computer called Aurora (one of several being built in the U.S.) earlier this year, I recently got a chance to talk with Trish Damkroger, head of Intel’s Extreme Computing Organization, and Rick Stevens, Argonne’s associate lab director for computing, environment and life sciences. The two discussed the technical details …

Venice Council Is Flooded Moments After Rejecting Climate Change Measures

Just moments after Venice’s Veneto council rejected measures to combat climate change, their palace was swamped with an unprecedented wave of flooding linked to – you guessed it – climate change. Andrea Zanoni, a Democratic Party councilor, shared the moment of bittersweet irony in a Facebook post on Wednesday. He explained that the Veneto Regional Council was in the process of discussing the regional budget for 2020 at the Palazzo Ferro Fini, a palace of Venice where the local council sits. According to Zanoni, the alliance of populist right-wing parties – including Lega Nord, Brothers of Italy, and Forza Italia – reported rejected amendments to the budget that would put more money towards counteracting climate change. “[The] budget does not contain any concrete action …

Astronomers Now Know How Buckyballs Form In Space

Without contest, the best name in chemistry is Buckminsterfullerene. These are complex-carbon molecules shaped like a soccer ball and for this reason, are also known as “buckyballs“. These molecules have been unexpectedly discovered in space and astronomers have finally worked out how they might form in the nebulae around dying stars. As reported in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the team tried to recreate conditions found in circumstellar space. They used an instrument called the transmission electron microscope (TEM) that can simulate planetary nebulae conditions well and looked at what happened to a common type of stardust found there. This stardust is made mostly of silicon carbide. The researchers placed the silicon carbide molecules in the TEM and then hit them …

Desert ski slopes and outdoor aircon: can the scorching emirates really go green?

It is one of Earths biggest carbon emitters, a place where SUVs roar from manmade islands to malls with ski slopes. Can an architecture triennial in the UAE really teach us how to go green? A perfectly manicured lawn lines either side of the eight-lane highway leading into the Gulf city of Sharjah. Punctuated by rows of palm trees and pink-blossomed flowerbeds, it is a lush, implausible vision, sustained by a constant mist of sprinklers beneath the scorching sun. Beyond the green ribbon, expansive gated villas sprout from the sand, giving way to mirrored glass towers, leading to a reconstructed old town, where air conditioning is pumped into the alleys of an open-air souk. Its not hard to see how …

Takeaways from Nvidias latest quarterly earnings

Nvidia has been on a wild growth ride the past five years. Surfing a wave around AI deep learning and cryptocurrency where its specialized chip architecture is among the highest performing, the company’s share price rose from the low $20s in late 2014 to eventually soar to almost $300 in September 2018. And then crypto winter set in, and within weeks the company’s market cap was sliced nearly in half as crypto miners canceled their orders and inventories at Nvidia started building up a glut of chips. NVIDIA to buy supercomputer chipmaker Mellanox for $6.9B, beating out Intel and Microsoft So with its latest earnings announcement coming after the bell yesterday, the big questions were how it was continuing to …

Notre Dame fire: row as general tells architect to ‘shut his mouth’

Army general rebuked after lashing out at chief architect over cathedral rebuild plans The French government has rebuked the army general charged with the rebuilding of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral after he told the chief architect to shut his mouth, in a sign of tensions over the cathedrals future appearance. Gen Jean-Louis Georgelin lost his cool with Philippe Villeneuve in a dispute over whether to Notre Dame Cathedral: before and after the devastating fire video Notre Dame, part of a Unesco world heritage site on the banks of the River Seine, lost its gothic spire, roof and many precious artefacts in the fire. Paris prosecutors said in June that a cigarette or an electrical fault could have started the …

VoltServer adds a data layer to electricity distribution in a move that could help smart grid rollout

Stephen Eaves, the chief executive of a new startup that promises to overlay data on electricity distribution, has spent years developing data management technologies. Eaves’ first company, the eponymous Eaves Devices, focused on energy systems in aerospace and defense — they converted the military’s fleet of B2 bombers to use lithium ion batteries. The second company he was involved in was developing modular array devices to install in central offices and cell towers and conducted early work on electric vehicle development. His goal, Eaves says, was to “make electricity inherently safe.” VoltServer is the latest company from Eaves to pursue that goal. Eaves makes transmission safer by breaking electrical distribution into packets; those packets are sent down transmission lines to …

Dutch government slashes highway speed limit to tackle climate change

(CNN)Motorists in the Netherlands will soon have to slow down to do their bit to tackle climate change. The Dutch government has little room for maneuver. Last year, it was told by a court to take urgent measures to reduce emissions. The court also ordered the government to ensure that the country’s emissions in 2020 will be at least 25% lower than those in 1990. The court’s decision forced the government to put a number of large construction projects on hold. Writing on his official Facebook account Wednesday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the new speed limit was a “rotten measure,” but added it was necessary in order to protect jobs and builders. The Netherlands is particularly vulnerable to …