Live Chat With Robbie Rogers

first_imgWant to take part in a live chat with Los Angeles Galaxy star Robbie Rogers? The Trevor Project is giving you the chance.Robbie will be answering your questions during a Google+ Hangout on July 14 at 2pm, and you can leave questions for him via the Trevor Project’s Facebook page or you can tweet questions using #TalktoRobbie.Robbie is the first and only openly gay player in Major League Soccer – this is your chance to connect with this brave and inspirational hero.last_img

Israeli Soldiers Kill Five Palestinians in the West Bank

By Jonathan WalshRabat – Five Palestinians were killed, and another seriously injured, on Sunday after what Israeli forces allege were unprovoked attacks on Israelis.The deaths occurred in four separate incidents. Three of those killed were believed to be teenagers. Despite the allegations that all of the attackers were armed and threatened to cause harm, no Israelis were hurt in the events.The first incident occurred in the city of Jenin in northern West Bank, and involved two 15-year-old boys who were seen throwing stones at passing cars.A patrol then arrived to the scene. The patrolmen claim that the teenagers shot at them with a rifle. It was then that the patrol returned fire, killing them both.A Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) spokesperson said in an early statement to Maan News that after the boys were injured, the patrolmen stopped anyone from providing medical treatment to them.The next killing came at a checkpoint outside Jerusalem, where police claim they were forced to open fire on a 17-year-old after he attempted to attack officers with a knife.In the third incident, Israeli police claim  that two Palestinians opened fire on them with automatic weapons in Jerusalem’s Old City before being killed.In the last incident, a 14-year-old girl was seriously injured while walking with her sister past a military checkpoint, according to Palestinian sources. The sisters, neither of whom attempted to attack anyone, were fired upon with their backs turned, and the girl badly injured.Israeli versions of the incident include the claims that the young girl had attempted to stab the heavily armed officers with a knife.In the past four months alone, more than 160 Palestinians have been killed in Israel, almost all of whom were said to be attackers.Edited by Michael Joseph read more

Moroccos Government Condemns Contractual Teachers Continued Protest Promises Drastic Measures

Rabat – The spokesperson of the Moroccan government, Mustapha El Khalfi, has expressed satisfaction with all government proposals to end the protests of teachers who describe themselves as the “forcibly contractual teachers.” The contractual teachers, who have been protesting for four weeks in a row, are demanding better civil service benefits offered in the public sector.In response, the government has offered to abolish recruitment of teachers through contracts and hire the teachers as full employees of the regional academies of education. The teachers, however, found the offer unacceptable, arguing that regional academies lack the human and financial resources they need.Read Also: Moroccan Interior Ministry Condemns Contractual Teachers Midnight ProtestEl Khalfi said that the government has responded to all demands of the teachers as their status changed from being contractual employees to “regional employees.”El Khalfi argued that the aim is to “enable these teachers to be equal to the rest of the national education sector.”In the press conference held after the weekly cabinet meeting on Thursday, El Khalfi emphasized that the teachers should have reacted “positively” with the government’s measures, “especially as the contract was canceled.”El Khalfi added that the measure offered by the government is “irreversible.”No alternatives“The government did everything it could, and adopted a vision that was implemented gradually but quickly.”He added that the government will deal with the continuous strike by the teachers using measures within the law. “Regional academies will take the necessary measures to ensure the interests of students andto stem classes’ losses.Contractual teachers have been conducting strikes across the country.Said Amzazi, Morocco’s Minister of Education and Vocational Training, has already unveiled the government’s measures to deal with contractual teachers.In a Wednesday joint press conference with El Khalfi, Amzazi said that the government will send teachers warnings of expulsion and will cut their wages if they do not return to their work.Read Also: Moroccan Contractual Teachers Strike for 4th Week for EqualityAmzazi said that contractual teachers are hampering their students’ education with their strike and demonstrations.“Despite the serious efforts we have made there is this coordination which incites employees at regional vocational training academies to stop working for the fourth week now. We are questioning, what is the legal status of this coordination? And does it have the legitimacy to lead a strike?” Amzazi asked.It remains to be seen whether the contractual teachers will resume their strikes, or the government’s statement to dismiss them for their absence will convince them to go back to work. read more

UNESCO chief distressed by loss of life outside ancient Cambodian temple

16 October 2008The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has voiced his grave concern at the recent clashes between Thai and Cambodian soldiers outside the Preah Vihear temple, which have reportedly led to the deaths of two people. Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura reiterated UNESCO’s support of all efforts and initiatives that promote cooperation and dialogue. He also added his voice to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who, in a statement yesterday, called on both parties to exercise utmost restraint and urged them to expedite bilateral talks so that their differences can be resolved peacefully.The Temple of Preah Vihear, which dates back to the 11th century, was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in July for its “exceptional universal value.” UNESCO noted that the inscription “engages the collective responsibility of the international community to ensure its protection.” read more

Eastern Province to undergo major development to boost tourism

The Eastern Province is to undergo major development to boost tourism in the area, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.The Prime Minister said that as part of the development drive, domestic air services will operate to the East and this will help bring more tourists to the area. He said this will also help tourists travel to areas like Arugambay, which is a popular surfing destination. (Colombo Gazette) Wickremesinghe said that a new airport which is to be opened in the East will help reduce the travel time to areas like Batticaloa and Ampara. He said that four companies have already shown interest to operate air services to the East.

New book honours UN women who made HERstory

António  Guterres was speaking at an event at UN Headquarters in New York to launch a book that pays tribute to women’s participation in the development of the global organization.HERstory: Celebrating Women Leaders in the United Nations is an initiative by Colombia and Qatar, and builds on an exhibition held two years ago.The initiative shines a spotlight on pioneers and trailblazers such as Lucille M. Mair, the first woman to serve at the rank of Under-Secretary-General: the title given to officials who oversee UN Departments; and Margaret Anstee, who was the first woman to head a peacekeeping operation.“The history we learn at school, that is celebrated in public monuments and events, tends to be a very partial history. It is the history of men,” Mr. Guterres said.“Raising awareness of women’s contributions is an essential part of correcting the imbalance in our culture that has historically undervalued women’s contributions and women’s work.”Mr. Guterres reminded the audience of the “enormous progress” in women’s rights achieved during more than seven decades since the founding of the UN.But he also recalled that women comprised just six of the 278 delegates at the 1945 conference that established the Organization: a story told in a recent UN News podcast, which you can listen to here.And while such paltry participation could not happen today, the UN chief reported that practically every week he still encounters diplomatic delegations that do not include a single woman. The issue is also a concern in-house, Mr. Guterres said, adding that the UN has had to work at ensuring its own events do not feature “manels”—that is, all-male panels.The Secretary-General has made gender parity a top priority, pushing for greater women’s representation at the UN, including at the senior management level.“This is not simply about the fight for gender equality,” he stated.  “From peace and security to development to human rights, greater inclusion is the key to our success – bringing new perspectives, different leadership styles, greater innovation and, ultimately, a more effective organization.” read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse heads to New York to take on No

OSU redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey (3) tries to recover a ground ball during a game against Marquette on March 4 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Multimedia EditorThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has its biggest challenge of the early season ahead of it, as the Buckeyes travel to Hempstead, New York, to battle No. 13 Hofstra at noon on Saturday. The Scarlet and Gray are coming off two wins in the Midwest Lacrosse Classic against Marquette and Bellarmine, extending their winning streak to three games. The Pride suffered their first loss of the season last week at the hands of Georgetown after starting the season with three wins.OSU defeated Hofstra 9-8 last season, but OSU senior midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos said both teams are too different from last year to make a comparison.“It will be interesting to see what we bring to the table,” Kapinos said. “Playing at Hofstra is very exciting — a lot of history in that program and that stadium. It will be a fun trip, and we look forward to it.”OSU coach Nick Myers said his team will have test against the Pride, only compounded by the fact that the game is on the road.“They’re a very good team, really stingy defense. They have a good coach (and) a great coaching staff,” Myers said. “They’ve already gotten some big wins under their belt. They’re coming off their first loss (and) are at home, so we expect their very best.”Hofstra’s defense currently ranks ninth in the nation in scoring defense, only allowing 7.5 goals per game. The Pride’s sophomore goalie Jack Concannon also ranks fifth in the nation with a save percentage of 62.8 percent.Kapinos said the Buckeyes’ balanced attack on offense will give them an advantage that other teams don’t have.“It’s good that we’re scoring from seven, eight-plus guys. We don’t have one guy that’s just breaking down a play,” Kapinos said. “It’s great to have a lot of point production from multiple guys. It’s kind of hard for other teams to prepare for us.”OSU will look to score on every opportunity it is given on Saturday, including extra-man opportunities. After a rough start to the year, the man-up unit has scored in three straight games. Myers credited assistant coach Brad Ross on his work with this unit.“Coach Ross has done a really nice job down there with them in terms of just keeping it simple,” Myers said. “I think that unit is starting to build some chemistry.”Tom Carey wins conference awardRedshirt junior goalie Tom Carey was named Big Ten Specialist of the Week on Tuesday for his efforts in the Buckeyes’ pair of wins against Marquette and Bellarmine over the weekend.Carey had a career-high 16 saves in the 12-8 win over Marquette on Friday, and followed that performance by anchoring the defense in a 9-5 win over Bellarmine two days later.“Tommy gives us a lot of communication and kind of quarterbacks the defense,” Kapinos said.Carey will have his hands full on Saturday. The Pride average 11.5 goals per game, which is tied for 19th in the country, to their opponents’ 7.5 and have two experienced attackers in junior Josh Byrne and senior Sam Llinares. Those two stand as constant threats on offense.Byrne is tied for fifth in the nation with 3.5 goals per game and leads the team in both goals with 14 and assists with six.Llinares, the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, led the team last year with 33 goals and 24 assists. He has 11 goals and two assists so far this season.Colin Chell updateOSU sophomore attacker Colin Chell left the field under assistance in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win over Bellarmine. After a few minutes of examination by the training staff on the bench, he was carted off of the field.Myers said Chell is questionable to play on Saturday, and that the team has to be prepared to play without him.“He’s a guy that we’re looking at day to day,” he said. “We’re excited about what the training staff has shared with us, so we’ll just continue to move forward … and let the medical staff do what they do.”The sophomore attacker is tied for second on the team with eight goals and third in total points with 11.What’s nextThe Scarlet and Gray are scheduled to return to Ohio Stadium on Tuesday to face off against No. 6 Towson. The game against the Tigers is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. read more

How gravitational lensing can turn one point of light into four

first_imgA new scientific idea can only become a theory when it has been tested and its predictions verified. The bigger the claim, the more evidence is usually needed to prove it. Theories that redefine the nature of the universe are a rarity, but Einstein’s general theory of relativity falls into that category. It is one of the most thoroughly analyzed and verified theories in all of science as it upended many aspects of classical physics when it was put forth in the early 20th century. One of the clearest examples of general relativity in action is the gravitational lensing effect, and it’s kind of amazing.An often cited example of observable gravitational lensing is the Einstein Cross — four points of light in the constellation Pegasus that are produced by a single quasar 8 billion light years from Earth. Quasars are extremely active galactic nuclei, but how can a single quasar show up as four distinct lights? There just happens to be a very massive galaxy, known as Huchra’s lens, between the quasar and Earth which causes a gravitational lensing effect.Einstein postulated this effect when he realized that general relativity allowed for light itself to be affected by gravity. All objects with mass cause a warping of the spacetime continuum such that space ends up curved. Light rays passing through such an area of space follow the curve and can thus appear to be originating from a completely different location.So as the light from the distant quasar is passing around the core of Huchra’s lens, it’s deflected around it as space curves. Depending on the relative position of the observer (us), the lens, and the source, the single object can look like several.If you’re imagining a gravitational lens focusing like an optical one here on Earth, think again. A gravitational lens has no single focal point where the light from distant objects syncs back up. Rather, a gravitational lens has a focal line that produces a ring of distorted light around the massive object (an Einstein Ring). A true ring would only be seen if the observer, lens, and source were in direct alignment. Any misalignment results in shorter arc segments and multiplied points of light, like with the Einstein Cross.Even though the effect was supported by the equations, Einstein believed gravitational lensing would be impossible to observe. On this count, at least, he was mistaken. The first gravitationally lensed object was discovered in 1979 at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Astronomers discovered a single quasar lensed to appear as two distinct and identical objects. Dubbed Twin QSO, this quasar served as still more confirmation of relativistic gravity in action.In the years since that first discovery, larger telescopes including Hubble and the Very Large Array have found more examples of lensing from subtle arc segments, all the way up to nearly perfect Einstein Rings (as above). Recent work on gravitational lensing is also being used to improve measurements of extremely distant galaxies.Gravitational lensing can be a confusing concept, but the physics behind it are sound. Our evolved ape brains just have trouble grasping the unbelievable distances and masses involved. The universe does some awesome stuff and we’re lucky to be seeing it happen.last_img read more


first_imgWith wages growing faster than inflation over the past year, you’d assume that Aussie households are bringing in more than they need to live. But spending is also getting away from many people. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one in seven Australian households is spending more than it earns. There is a clich<00E9> from the older generations: that a penny saved is as good as a penny earned. But where can you cut your costs? I suggest you start with the largest item in your household budget, and for most readers that will be your cost of housing: rent, mortgage and maintenance. You can refinance into a cheaper mortgage, but you could also find several small household savings and put them into your mortgage in a monthly payment. You can save thousands. Think about a family with an average $350,000, 30-year mortgage, paying a variable interest rate of 6.44 per cent. If you contribute $20 per month extra you can take nearly a year – and $15,000 in payments – off that mortgage. Of course, in order to have extra money to put into the mortgage, you need to find savings. These needn’t be complicated: if you work in the city, chances are you’re spending around $12 on a sandwich and a drink for lunch every day. If you pack a lunch just twice a week, you save $24, or $96 a month. I used our monthly repayment calculator on and found that on an average 350,000, 30 year mortgage with an average 6.82 per cent variable rate, putting the cost of two lunches per week into that mortgage equates to a savings of $65,500 and takes 42 months off the loan. Cutting just one cup of take away coffee at $3.20 per day is a $69 in savings per month. If you put this into your mortgage you’d reduce your home loan by 32 months, saving you $50,532. What about your phone costs? Many people have mobile phones but they also have a land line. Do you need both? And do you need that size of download on your internet plan? It’s not impossible to save $50 a month between internet and phone. Other opportunities to save are out there: shop for packaged holidays rather than buying air fares and hotel rooms separately; reduce your dining out from twice to once a week and you could be saving $300 a month; have either cable TV or DVD rentals; time your petrol fill-up for the cheapest days and buy groceries at the lowest-cost supermarket, even if it means bringing your own shopping bags. Just about any household can find $200 a month in savings: if you put this into your mortgage each month, you save $112,602 and reduce the term of your $300,000 loan by about seven years. This is not the stuff of financial masterminds – it’s about cutting small costs in your household so your can reduce the biggest cost of all. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on any queries you may have or check for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Découverte dune nouvelle espèce de renard vieille de 2 millions dannées

first_imgDécouverte d’une nouvelle espèce de renard vieille de 2 millions d’annéesPubliant ses travaux le 22 janvier dans Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, une équipe internationale a découvert, sur le site sud-africain de Malapa, les restes fossilisés d’une espèce de renard jusqu’alors inconnue, remontant à 2 millions d’années.La famille des renards compte désormais une nouvelle espèce, ou du moins comptait puisque cette dernière est éteinte depuis des milliers d’années. Des chercheurs de l’Université du Witwatersrand et de l’Université de Johannesbourg (Afrique du Sud), assistés de scientifiques d’autres pays, ont en effet mis au jour des restes fossilisés appartenant à une espèce de renard jusqu’à présent inconnue, qu’ils ont baptisée Vulpes skinneri en l’honneur de John Skinner, un mammalogiste de l’Université de Pretoria, récemment décédé.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Les restes découverts correspondent à une mandibule et un squelette partiel mais cela a suffi aux chercheurs pour en apprendre plus sur l’animal. Les proportions des dents du canidé et d’autres aspects de son anatomie le distinguent sans ambiguïté de toutes les espèces connues de renard, actuelles ou éteintes. Vieux de 2 millions d’années, le spécimen a été découvert sur le site sud-africain de Malapa, célèbre pour avoir livré en 2008 les fossiles d’une nouvelle espèce de préhumain (décrite en 2010), Australopithecus sediba, qui vivait à peu près à la même époque.”C’est passionnant de voir un nouveau renard fossile. L’ascendance des renards est peut-être la plus mal connue au sein des carnivores africains, et observer ce qui est potentiellement une forme ancestrale des renards actuels est merveilleux”, a déclaré le Dr Brian Kuhn, de l’Institut de recherche sur l’évolution humaine de l’Université du Witwatersrand.”Malapa continue à révéler ces extraordinaires vestiges de la vie passée et, aussi importants que soient les ancêtres de l’homme découverts ici, la contribution de ce site à notre compréhension de l’évolution des mammifères africains modernes, à travers des spécimens merveilleux comme ce renard, est tout aussi importante. Qui sait ce que nous trouverons encore ?”, a ainsi conclu Lee Berger, découvreur d’ A. sediba.Le 26 janvier 2013 à 11:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Morning Press Homeless camping DiscoverOrg port candidate suit dismissed

first_imgCooling down? Heating up? Find out what’s in store for the weekend with our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed our readers’ attention this week. Vancouver might decriminalize campingThe Vancouver City Council may decriminalize the city’s unlawful camping ordinance. The current ordinance making it illegal to camp in public between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. is a misdemeanor but could be demoted to a civil infraction.Since infractions are punishable by fines — and most homeless people would not be able to pay such a fine — the councilors discussed during a city council workshop Monday whether there are alternative penalties for camping outside of lawful hours.“Is there community service? Is there any other way of putting something in there that’s not just financial?” said Councilor Jack Burkman.Councilors express frustration at lack of progress on issuesDiscoverOrg buys competitor RainKing in nine-figure dealVancouver market intelligence company DiscoverOrg will grow yet again, this time after buying Maryland-based competitor RainKing.The deal, announced Monday, was struck for an undisclosed sum. DiscoverOrg co-founder and CEO Henry Schuck told The Columbian it cost them “at least $100 million.”last_img read more

Caribbean Youth Debate Disaster Management and Mitigation at CDM10

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 11, 2017 – Nassau – At the 10th Caribbean Conference on Disaster Management, young people took front and centre stage with the CDM10  Youth Programme.   On Thursday, December 7, 2017 young people from the 18 Participating States engaged in insightful debate on:  “The Role of Adolescents in Disaster Mitigation.”   The debate was followed by a Youth Cultural/Performing Arts Explosion.The Bahamas is the host of the 10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM), December 4-9, 2017 at Melia Nassau Beach resort.    The conference is facilitated by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the involvement of 18-Participating States: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands and the Virgin Islands.(BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Herrera Beutler Vote will be barometer on light rail

first_img U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler said Monday that she’ll use a November ballot measure on a light rail sales tax to gauge the county’s general feeling about paying for light rail on the Columbia River Crossing. The congresswoman’s statement was quickly criticized by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.The statement made by Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, referenced Proposition 1, which would increase sales tax to pay in part for operations and maintenance on a light rail extension from Portland to Vancouver as part of the $3.5 billion CRC project. The measure was proposed by C-Tran leaders, and it will go before those living in the C-Tran district only.“It is unfortunate that the voters have not had the opportunity to weigh in until this far into the planning process, but now that their voices will finally be heard it would be a mistake not to listen,” according to the Herrera Beutler statement. “I will keep fighting at the federal level for a new I-5 bridge, but if Proposition 1 fails, I will oppose any attempt to finance light rail into Clark County that does not win the approval of county voters.”Chamber President Kelly Parker engaged Herrera Beutler’s office in an informal debate by email on Monday afternoon, knocking the first-term congresswoman about her interpretation of the measure.“It would appear as though the congresswoman is telling voters they must approve a sales tax increase in order to receive her support for light rail funding,” Parker wrote in an email on Monday afternoon to Herrera Beutler’s office. U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutlerlast_img read more

Beheading spurs diplomatic push against Islamic State

first_imgPARIS — Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group — minus two of the main players and without any ground troops — in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the Mideast.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been pressuring allies ahead of a conference Monday to show a united front, especially from majority-Muslim nations, saying nearly 40 countries agreed to contribute to a worldwide fight to defeat the militants before they gain more territory in Iraq and Syria.The White House said Sunday it would find allies willing to send combat forces — something the United States has ruled out — but that it was too early to identify them. The U.S. has so far been alone in carrying out airstrikes.Several Arab countries offered to conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State group, according to a State Department official traveling with Kerry who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity to discuss diplomat developments during his trip.A second official gave some examples of what the U.S. would consider a military contribution: providing arms, any kind of training activity and airstrikes.last_img read more

YouTuber uses glitter bomb fart sprayer to punish package thieves

first_img See it Rober didn’t respond to requests for comment, but said in his statement that the reactions were genuine when the package was taken from his home.Rober’s gadget is an extreme — and hilarious — example of people using tech to extract a little revenge against package thieves, who snatch unattended deliveries from porches and lobbies. Other examples have included recorded shotgun sounds to scare off potential robbers and sharing screenshots on Facebook of alleged package thieves. In 2013, a man went to great lengths to get back at a woman who stole an Amazon package, setting up an email address at which people could send anonymous tips about the thief and walking the streets with posters expressing his pain. The pinched cargo: Keurig K-Cups and an ice tray. Other reprisals have been more inventive. In 2010, a California man fitted a box with a car alarm and microphone after becoming suspicious that a UPS employee had stolen his laptop from a package. Ten minutes after he dropped off the rigged package at a UPS counter, the alarm went off. He wasn’t, however, able to prove the employees had opened the box to rob him.  $299 Comments $299 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 6 tips to keep packages from getting stolen off your… I posted this as a comment response to my recent viral tweet/video but I’m posting it as a new tweet as well:— Mark Rober (@MarkRober) December 20, 2018 Adorama See All • A colorful mushroom cloud of glitter awaits package thieves in Mark Rober’s prank. Mark Rober via YouTube/Screenshot by CNET Having a package stolen from your front porch is infuriating, but a former NASA engineer has a developed a wildly over-engineered but deliciously satisfying form of a vengeance.After police couldn’t help him, Mark Rober spent six months preparing a fake Apple HomePod package to tempt thieves. The prop worked all too well, as you can see on Rober’s YouTube channel, where he shared the colorful results.When thieves opened the package, a motorized tub blasted them with glitter. The package was also rigged with fart spray, which got some of them to toss the package. The package contained a built-in accelerometer, which sent a GPS signal to Rober so he could follow where the package was going. Best of all: A quartet of phones captured the action, uploading the video to the cloud just in case Rober couldn’t recover the box. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 2:08 Preview • Hey Siri, beat Amazon, Google and Sonos: Apple HomePod hits Feb. 9 The resulting video, “Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap,” was the No. 1 on YouTube’s trending list Tuesday. The title of the 11-minute video says it all, showing a series of bumbling thieves cursing hysterically as they tossed the package out of their cars or into trash cans.”What the **** is that smell?” one perplexed thief asks his buddy. “Get that **** out of here, bro. You shouldn’t have even grabbed that,” the possible accomplice replies.However, on Thursday, Rober admitted that some reactions in the original video, when packages were placed at other people’s homes, appear to have been staged. Rober removed about a minute and a half of the original video after being “presented with information that caused me to doubt the veracity of 2 of the 5 reactions in the video,” he said in a statement posted to Twitter.”It appears (and I’ve since confirmed) in these two cases, the ‘thieves’ were actually acquaintances of the person helping me,” he said in a statement posted on YouTube and Twitter. “I’m really sorry about this. Ultimately, I am responsible for the content that goes on my channel and I should have done more here.” Random Mentioned Above Apple HomePod (White) See It Apple reading • YouTuber uses glitter bomb, fart sprayer to punish package thievescenter_img See It First published Dec. 18 at 3:40 a.m. PT.Update, 4:30 p.m.: Adds information on other people seeking revenge against package thieves, data on stolen packages and details about Rober’s video.Update, Dec. 21 at 10:31 a.m. PT: Adds statement from Rober about staged reactions.CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: As more people turn to online shopping, package theft has become relatively common in the US. Thirty percent of Americans have had a package stolen from outside their home, according to a Comcast Xfinity Home survey last year. In addition, more than half of Americans know someone who’s had a package taken. While a glitter bomb package is an undeniably colorful way to stave off theft, some more practical — though admittedly much less exciting — options include installing security cameras and signing up for delivery alerts. Another option is to use Amazon Key, which combines a smart lock and a security camera to allow delivery service workers to place your package inside your home.   If that sounds too boring, fear not. The internet is sure to bring you examples of people, who like Rober, go to great lengths to seek vengeance. Even the label for his glitter bomb package includes a reference to his “childhood hero and inspiration for this project,” Home Alone’s Kevin McCallister.Rober also linked to his pal Sean Hodgins’ video explaining how a glitter bomb works, in case you want a closer look at the setup. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Review • Apple HomePod review: Great sound, but it’s trapped in Apple’s world Sep 1 • 7 phones with the best battery life: iPhone XR, Note 10 Plus and more Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple HomePod $299 $299 9 Share your voice See It News • Get a refurbished Apple HomePod for $194 Tags Apple YouTube Applelast_img read more

Sara Ali Khan replaces Disha Patani Simmba actress to work with Virat

first_imgSara Ali Khan, Disha Patani, Virat KohliInstagramSaif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan made a stunning debut in Bollywood with two back-to-back hit films – Kedarnath and Simmba. Not just that she impressed everyone with her acting skills but also floored her fans with her wit and innocence. Her honest interviews further boosted her popularity and soon was pursued by many top brands for endorsements. Owing to her growing popularity, Sara has now replaced Disha Patani as the face of a popular sports brand Puma.According to reports, the one-year contract between Disha and the sports brand was not renewed and it is being said that the leading brand was on the look out for a new face for endorsement. And Sara, being a fitness enthusiast, turned out to be the perfect contender for the brand to endorse their products.It is also being said that Sara and Virat Kohli, who became the first Indian sportsperson to sign a Rs 100-crore endorsement deal for eight years, may come together for promoting the sports and lifestyle brand. And it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Sara has added another feather to her cap in such a short span of time in her career.Sara is currently in the news for getting paired opposite her crush Kartik Aaryan in Imtiaz Ali’s upcoming film Love Aaj Kal 2, which is the sequel of his 2009 romantic saga Love Aaj Kal, which originally featured Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead role.last_img read more

Abbasi elected Pakistan PM

first_imgPakistan’s parliament elected ex-oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister on Tuesday, days after three-times premier Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court.Abbasi is seen by the ruling party as a placeholder for Sharif’s designated successor, his younger brother Shahbaz, who must first secure election to the 342-member National Assembly.Abbasi, nominated by Sharif’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), secured 221 votes, Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq announced on live television. He will be sworn in later Tuesday.“I give the floor to the new prime minister of Pakistan,” Sadiq said as Abbasi took his place in the premier’s seat.“I am thankful to all those who took part in this democratic process,” Abbasi said. “Those who were in favour, those who opposed me. This is the procedure in democracy. And I am also thankful to PML-N who nominated me for this post. Of all these, I am most thankful to Nawaz Sharif.”Shabhaz Sharif, currently chief minister of Punjab province, plans to enter parliament by contesting the seat left vacant by his elder sibling before eventually taking over the premiership.The constitution requires a candidate for prime minister to win a majority from the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament.Three opposition candidates also submitted nomination papers to take part in the vote.But Abbasi, a long-time Sharif loyalist, won easily as the PML-N commands a majority in parliament.Nawaz Sharif was the 15th prime minister in Pakistan’s 70-year history—roughly half of which was spent under military rule—to be ousted before completing a full term.The top court sacked him Friday after an investigation into corruption allegations against him and his family, bringing his historic third term in power to an unceremonious end and briefly plunging the nuclear-armed nation into political instability.Abbasi is the former federal minister for petroleum and natural resources, and a businessman who launched the country’s most successful private airline, Air Blue.Educated in the US at George Washington University, he worked in the US and Saudi Arabia as an electrical engineer before joining politics and being elected to the National Assembly six times.He was arrested after the 1999 military coup led by General Pervez Musharraf which ended Nawaz Sharif’s second term as PM, and imprisoned for two years before being released.Shahbaz Sharif went into exile in Saudi Arabia along with Nawaz after Musharraf’s coup.He returned to Pakistan in 2007 and was elected chief minister in the family’s power base of Punjab in 2008, becoming the longest serving top official in the province.A tough administrator with a reputation for passionate outbursts, he is known for using revolutionary poetry in speeches and public meetings and considered by some to be a workaholic.His scandalous relationships fuelled headlines in the past, but his marriage to the author Tehmina Durrani, who is his fifth wife, in 2003 has since dampened the media frenzy.Shahbaz Sharif has been so far largely unscathed by the claims about the lavish lifestyles and luxury London property portfolio of the Sharif dynasty which have played out for months in the raucous news media.It was an investigation into the claims, which first erupted with the Panama Papers leak last year, that eventually saw the Supreme Court oust Nawaz Sharif. He and his family have denied the accusations.last_img read more

US Business Need to Speak Up to Protect the Open Internet

first_img 4 min read October 1, 2015 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global For U.S. business, the open Internet is like peace.  Many businesses benefit from it but many of them take it for granted.  As a result, the voices of the beneficiaries are drowned out by the handful of businesses who would benefit if the Internet were not open. In fact, an open Internet is important to the vast majority of U.S. businesses, as it is to all U.S. consumers.The businesses benefiting from an open Internet need to make their voices heard as if their economic life depended on it, because it does.The open Internet is a set of rules that the FCC made after a decade of litigation to prohibit Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) from blocking Internet content, charging certain content for priority (the so-called “pay-to-play”), and interfering with, or otherwise discriminating against, Internet content. The open Internet has millions of vocal supporters and few vocal opponents.Related: Net Neutrality Is Essential to Growing Your Business and BrandThe supporters are literally millions — the FCC received almost 4 million comments, the vast majority in favor of open Internet rules. They include consumers, public interest organizations, and the so-called “edge” providers that supply online content. Those businesses evidently rely on consumers having unfettered access to that content. Companies such as Netflix, DISH, and Amazon are a few examples.The opponents, while equally vocal, are far fewer: just 13 entities have appealed the FCC’s rules to the D.C. Circuit. They are essentially the ISPs who would like to favor their own content or the content of those companies willing to pay them for that privilege. In between there is silence. A great silent majority of businesses that have not expressed a position on the open Internet rules and do not believe they need to. They do.What do the open Internet and peace have in common? Let us first look at peace. Many businesses thrive because of it. Hotels sell beds, theme parks sell rollercoaster rides, airlines sell flights, and movie studios sell tickets. But peace ranks low on any of those businesses’ list of government relations priorities. On the other hand, military budgets rank high on the agenda of weapons makers. So the few who benefit a lot trump the many who benefit a little. The many think they only benefit a little and “the game is not worth the candle.”Related: U.S. Appeals Court to Hear Net Neutrality Lawsuits in DecemberWhether that view is right or wrong in matters of peace, it is certainly wrong in open Internet matters. Business takes too much for granted when it reaps the benefits of an open Internet but does nothing to preserve it. The Internet is woven into the fabric of the moneymaking enterprise for everyone. Examples abound: in sales of goods and services, where ecommerce takes up an ever increasing share of business across all sectors; in marketing and advertising, where sellers have an unprecedented ability to find and communicate with people interested in their goods or services; in recruiting, where web-based platforms have transformed job visibility, information-sharing and networking for employers and employees alike; and in telecommuting, where colleagues can eliminate physical barriers to work from anywhere they choose, cooperate in real-time from far-flung places, and improve scheduling and flexibility.But, some will say, these benefits are equally available to us and our competitors. They do not give us an edge, so why should we care? When everyone can become somebody, then no one is anybody. The problems with that line of thinking are many, but one is that it creates kingmakers. It empowers the ISPs to anoint one as a somebody or a nobody by moving the wand of preferential treatment.Others may be silent because of the free ride problem. Sure, they may think, we will receive some benefit if we expend resources to protect the open Internet. But myriad others will benefit too, and get a free ride on our back. True, but what if every firm is paralyzed from action that helps all firms as a result? The creation of associations with a large business membership that are focused on advocating for an open Internet, and empowerment and broadening of those associations that exist, such as COMPTEL, should mitigate that problem by spreading costs among many beneficiaries. In the open Internet, U.S. business find a cause worth rallying for.Related: FCC’s Tom Wheeler on Open Internet Rules: ‘We Shouldn’t Be Going Backwards’ Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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first_img September 30, 2011 – iCAD Inc. will showcase its family of computer-aided detection (CAD) and advanced imaging solutions at the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2011, in Chicago, Ill.iCAD offers a comprehensive range of high-performance, upgradeable CAD systems and workflow solutions for mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). CT ColonographyThis year at RSNA, iCAD will be demonstrating its VeraLook CAD technology with Vital Images CTC solution for the first time since the combined solution was made available earlier this year.VeraLook is a revolutionary CAD solution for virtual colonoscopy (CTC) designed to enhance clinician accuracy and effectiveness by improving detection of colonic polyps. Computer-aided detection (CAD) for virtual colonoscopy has been shown to be effective in the detection of colonic polyps and to have a positive effect on reader sensitivity. VeraLook will be demonstrated on a Vital Images Vitrea as well as on TeraRecon AQI, and Viatronix V3D workstations.MRIiCAD will be displaying its new MRI product suite, offering a comprehensive quantitative image analysis suite for assisting in cancer detection, staging, localization, treatment planning and serial monitoring.VividLook and SpectraLook for prostate and breast MRI – these DCE MRI analysis solutions provide objective quantitative image analysis for assisting in cancer detection, localization, staging, treatment planning, and serial monitoring. An advanced pharmacokinetic model assesses changes in signal intensity to calculate colorized overlays and numerical values of key physiological parameters that allow the radiologist to discern biological processes taking place in malignant versus benign tumors.  Utilizing all available time points (ATP) minimizes the influence of changing dynamic protocols and contrast injection timing, providing a more robust enhancement curve that is less affected by noise and other external factors.OmniLook for other organs such as liver, kidney and brain – Omnilook is a generalized software module that allows advanced images analysis using a pharmacokinetic model to be applied to other organs of interest where dynamic contrast imaging may be used, giving users the full flexibility to meet the clinical needs of a growing practice.PrecisionPoint for MR-guided biopsy – iCAD’s interventional planning solution for breast MRI, provides radiologists with an automatic calculation of the location and depth of a targeted region of interest, making biopsies easier, faster and more reliable. PrecisionPoint is an integrated module within VersaVue, iCAD’s MRI review software solution. Using VersaVue and PrecisionPoint, radiologists have a quick, easy way to secure all the necessary data for an interventional procedure, streamlining their planning and performance of MRI-guided percutaneous breast biopsies.VersaVue Enterprise software for MR image analysis – iCAD’s MRI review software and analysis solution with advanced thin client architecture, enabling faster data access and read-anywhere capability. VersaVue provides robust dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MRI image analysis and flexible review and reporting tools. These solutions facilitate standardization of morphology and kinetic analysis, interpretation and reporting.  VersaVue software also provides an efficient method for clinicians to compare studies of the same patient performed over time to assess the morphology and kinetic changes. VersaVue provides consistent, objective analysis of key lesion parameters – Ktrans (PERM), Kep, VE, Vp,andiAUC.MammographyAs an industry-leading provider of mammography computer-aided detection (CAD) solutions for the early identification of breast cancer, iCAD will be showcasing at RSNA its next-generation solution for CAD for mammography, as well as its recently available Digital Multi-Vendor solution.SecondLook Digital is optimized for leading digital mammography systems, including GE Healthcare, Siemens Medical Systems, Fujifilm Medical Systems, Sectra, Planmed, Hologic Selenia, IMS Giotto, Philips and Agfa Healthcare. In addition, iCAD’s SecondLook Digital provides the most powerful flexible DICOM connectivity solution, enabling universal compatibility with leading picture archive and communications systems (PACS) and review workstations. SecondLook Premier (available for sale outside the United States) is for breast imagers who want the most advanced and customizable digital mammography computer-aided detection (CAD) solution. SecondLook Premier has been designed and developed using a 100 percent digital image database, providing improved digital CAD performance. SecondLook Premier offers superior detection and includes clinical decision support tools such as CAD Metrics and CAD iNSIGHT to provide breast imagers with the most robust CAD solution available.SecondLook Digital Multi-Vendor Solution has been designed to work simultaneously with multiple digital mammography vendors thus providing our customers the flexibility of choosing which digital mammography vendor they want to use as their practice expands.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more center_img Technology | September 30, 2011 iCAD to Showcase Variety of Computer-Aided Detection Software at RSNA News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more Related Content Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. 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Hong Kong Airlines signs codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways

first_imgHong Kong Airlines has signed a codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways to enhance connectivity in Asia. As per the agreement, Kenya Airways will place its ‘KQ’ code on Hong Kong Airlines’ flights between Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) and Hong Kong (HKG).The agreement allows Kenya Airways to have a daily product between the two key business cities, which will provide new growth opportunities for both airlines’ to work together to improve flight schedules options in the region.Li Dianchun, Chief Commercial Officer, Hong Kong Airlines, said, “We are very glad to welcome Kenya Airways, a respectful international airline from Africa, as our latest codeshare partner. The codeshare enables passengers of Kenya Airways to choose from our flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok connecting their journey to and from Nairobi with much flexibility.”Kenya Airways Group MD and CEO, Mbuvi Ngunze, said, “This partnership will enable us and Hong Kong Airlines to offer our customers seamless connection, especially for our passengers in the region who mainly travel to these Asian cities for business. Our guests will now be able to enjoy daily flights between Hong Kong and Nairobi up from the current three weekly flights.”last_img read more