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GulfNav Eyes Expansion in Northern Emirates

first_imgzoom Dubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation Holding (GulfNav) is looking to expand its operations in the northern region of the United Arab Emirates with a set of maritime activities under the GNH Northern Project.A consortium consisting of GulfNav and two members of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) group, namely, Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group and Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry, has started to review and finalize the plans for the start of the project.GulfNav said that the maritime activities would include ship building, ship repair and offshore platforms, equipment and services, logistics, marine specialized operations and global mobile ship repair and services including a float and during voyage.The GNH Northern project will be developed in three phases and as part of future business expansion and growth conceived and approved by the board of Directors of GNH under its “change and transformation” plans, which intends development and expansion of GNH’s infrastructure in the northern coast and deep waters areas including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, the Indian subcontinent, Eastern Africa and the Red Sea.The first phase of the project will include development and upgrade of capacity of existing facilities and a Floating Dock, as well as the development of specialized mobile cranes working remotely for all types of ships and offshore platforms.“We are working on creating partnerships as part of GNH’s global expansion and development strategy and to establish ourselves are market leaders in all areas of the maritime sector and to diversify sources of our income and create value for our shareholders,” Khamis Juma Buamim, GNH Board Member, MD & GROUP CEO said.last_img read more

Draft ecomm policy data protection may figure at IndiaEU meet in Brussels

first_imgNew Delhi: Issues such as draft e-commerce policy, data protection and price control on some medical devices are expected to figure in the upcoming meeting between India and the European Union (EU) on July 4 in Brussels, sources said. The officials of both the sides may discuss these issues as part of their Trade Sub-Commission meeting. The other matters which could come up for deliberations include phase II of India’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme, steel quality issues, market access for alcoholic beverages, and rules pertaining to cosmetic sector. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ The main objective of the FAME scheme is to encourage faster adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles by way of offering upfront incentive on purchase of electric vehicles and also by way of establishing necessary charging infrastructure. “The main aim of the meeting is to find more ways to enhance trade and investments between the two sides,” the sources said. India and the EU are already negotiating a comprehensive free trade pact, officially dubbed as the Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA), but the talks are stalled since May 2013 due to differences on several matters. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Deliberations of issues such as the country’s draft e-commerce policy, data protection norms and price control on some medical devices like coronary stents in the meeting would assume significance as several multi-national firms have allegedly raised concerns on these matters. The draft e-commerce policy has proposed setting up a legal and technological framework for restrictions on cross-border data flow and has also laid out conditions for businesses regarding collection or processing of sensitive data locally and storing it abroad. The European Union is seeking greater market access for its alcoholic beverages and have raised concerns over high duties in Indian states. The two-way trade between the two regions have increased to USD 115.6 billion in 2018-19 from USD 101.5 billion in 2017-18. European countries, including Germany and France, are among the top ten investors in India.last_img read more

Ahead of Trudeau meeting Kenney calls assessment bill a threat to unity

first_imgOTTAWA – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says if the federal bill overhauling environmental assessments passes in its current form it will threaten Canadian unity and there will be “an immediate constitutional challenge.” Kenney is at the Senate energy committee Thursday morning to talk about Bill C-69, which he calls the “no more pipelines” bill.He is telling the committee the bill flagrantly violates Alberta’s constitutional right to regulate its natural resources.Premier @jkenney says he believes his conversation with Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau will be polite but says he will warn the PM that national unity could be at risk if the federal pipeline/energy plan is implemented as is #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/e1SBwCcf64— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) May 2, 2019The legislation establishes a new process for reviewing major projects with a national scope or in federal jurisdiction.The federal Liberals say it is needed to restore confidence in the assessment process and finally get big projects built, but critics say it gives too much political power to the federal cabinet.Thursday afternoon, Kenney is to meet face-to-face with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the political foe he attacked relentlessly in his successful bid to become Alberta’s premier.last_img read more

Canadian Band Hedley Are Being Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Young Fans

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement “We are aware of the serious allegations regarding Hedley and we are following this situation very closely,” says Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The Juno Awards and MusiCounts, in a statement to ET Canada.  READ MOREFans Urge Junos to Drop Hedley as Sexual Misconduct Allegations Surface on TwitterLong-running Canadian pop group Hedley have been nominated for four Junos and are also scheduled to perform at the awards ceremony in Vancouver on March 25, but many music fans are calling for the band’s performance to be cancelled after allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced online.The hashtag #outHedley2k18 has surfaced on Twitter, with multiple people accusing members of the band of acting inappropriately with them. Some stories include allegations of the group preying on girls as young as 14.Twitter user @_cndnpsycho has been sharing anonymous accounts of sexual misconduct allegations lodged against the band. Read some of the anonymous accounts READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Just a few days after the JUNO award nominations were released where Canadian band Hedley were nominated in 4 categories come haunting allegations that are taking over the Canadian Twitterverse. The entire band, including front-runner Jacob Hoggard are being outed by fans using the hashtag #outHedley2k18 for sexual assault and harassment towards fans as young as 14.The discussion began on the platform after Twitter user @_cndnpsycho began sharing anonymous stories from fans of Hedley who were alleging that members of the band had sexually harassed and assaulted them. The conversation is also taking place through the #outHedley2k18 hashtag to support people who were sharing their stories.  READ MOREJuno Awards CEO Responds To Hedley ‘Serious’ Sexual Misconduct Allegations The Juno Awards President and CEO is offering a response following a fan petition calling to have Hedley pulled from this year’s awards show in Vancouver over multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Husky approves 300M Ohio refinery upgrade

Husky Energy has given the green light to a $300-million equipment upgrade at its refinery in Lima, Ohio, so it can process heavy crude from Western Canada.The Calgary-based company says the project will allow the refinery to process up to 40,000 barrels per day of heavy crude, starting in 2017.Husky says the flexible refinery will maintain its ability to refine light crude oil.Engineering work on the project is already started and the equipment upgrades are expected to be done in late 2015 and late 2016.Husky is an integrated oil and gas company, involved in oil sands and offshore production, refining and retailing.Canadian Press read more

First Quantum spending US635 million to boost Cobre Panama stake to 90

TORONTO — First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM) is spending US$635 million to boost its stake in the Cobre Panama mining project to 90 per cent.The deal will see First Quantum increase its stake by 10 per cent by securing part of Korean metal producer LS-Nikko Copper’s stake in the project.The Toronto-based miner said it will pay for the deal over five years, with plans to cover the first instalment by forward-selling precious metal production from the mine.The deal for the mine, which is set to produce mainly copper but also gold, silver, and molybdenum, comes amid increasing optimism in the mining industry and as copper prices hit a near three-year high.First Quantum says the US$5.5-billion project is over 60 per cent complete and on schedule for a gradual start-up beginning next year.The company, which lost $35 million in the quarter ending June 30, says it is still working to finalize project financing for Cobre Panama. read more

UN agencies respond to river flooding in Southern Somalia

In a statement issued in Nairobi, Kenya, OCHA said that heavy seasonal rainfall in catchment areas of the Juba and Shabelle Rivers had led to rising water levels and limited flooding. On Wednesday, senior UN officials, including the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative and staff from the World Food Programme (WFP) flew to the affected area to conduct an aerial survey. Already, more than 750,000 people face a serious humanitarian crisis across Somalia, following the failure of the rains during the main Gu season from May to July in key food-producing areas. Drought conditions away from the riverine areas have left thousands of families without access to food, and malnutrition rates have risen dramatically in the past three months, OCHA said.”Let’s be clear. The current river flooding will not alleviate drought conditions. These different events are happening at the same time in different locations,” said Randolph Kent, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia. “Flooding along the Juba and Shabelle Rivers will in fact increase hardship if riverine crops are destroyed.” River flooding in southern Somalia is a chronic seasonal problem. While many parts of southern Somalia still have not received rain, heavy rains in Ethiopia have caused the rivers downstream in Somalia to swell. From bases in the Lower Juba, Middle Shabelle and Bay regions, UNICEF is now providing emergency supplies to flood-affected families. UN agencies are assessing additional requirements for medical, food and seed assistance while calling upon Somali communities to ensure secure conditions for access to allow urgent humanitarian activities to be carried out. read more

UN launches first comprehensive web site on gender and HIVAIDS

Furthering efforts to place gender equality at the core of the fight against HIV/AIDS, the United Nations today launched its first comprehensive web portal that promotes understanding, knowledge sharing, and action on the epidemic as a gender and human rights issue.”I believe that one of the most powerful HIV vaccines available today is women’s empowerment,” Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), said in announcing the launch of the web site. “By bringing knowledge and information to the global community, we are able to empower women.”Developed by UNIFEM in collaboration with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the portal will provide researchers, policy-makers and practitioners access to cutting edge information.”This online resource centre is a practical step forward by UNIFEM and UNAIDS together, designed to help improve the support for the millions of women around the world living with HIV and affected by the epidemic,” UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said.Globally, half of all adults living with HIV/AIDS are women, and the UN agencies noted that the epidemic disproportionately affects women and adolescent girls who are socially, culturally, biologically and economically more vulnerable, and who shoulder the burden of caring for the sick and dying.User-friendly, informative and interactive, the site offers research, training materials, surveys, advocacy tools, current news and opinion pieces by leading experts, and women’s stories from the field. read more

Annan condemns deadly terrorist bombing of mosque in Pakistan

“The Secretary-General condemns this cowardly act in the strongest terms,” his spokesman said in a statement issued at UN Headquarters in New York. “He also calls for calm and restraint in the wake of this dastardly act.”At least 19 people were killed and dozens of other people were injured when a bomb exploded inside a mosque in the eastern Pakistani city of Sialkot during Friday prayers, according to media reports.

Evidence in Sony hack whodunit mostly circumstantial US weighs a North Korea

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Eric Tucker And Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2014 5:54 pm MDT Evidence in Sony hack ‘whodunit’ mostly circumstantial; US weighs a North Korea response This photo provided by Columbia Pictures – Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures’ “The Interview.” (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures – Sony, Ed Araquel) WASHINGTON – The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.Experts cautioned that hackers notoriously employ disinformation to throw investigators off their tracks, using borrowed tools, tampering with logs and inserting false references to language or nationality.The hackers are believed to have been inside the network at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. since at least the spring, based on computer forensic evidence and traffic analysis, a person with knowledge of the investigation told the AP.If the hackers hadn’t made their presence known by making demands and destroying files, they probably would still be inside because there was no indication their presence was about to be detected, the person said. This person, who described the evidence as circumstantial, spoke only on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk openly about the case.Still, the evidence has been considered conclusive enough that a U.S. official told the AP that federal investigators have now connected the Sony hacking to North Korea.In public, White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Thursday declined to blame North Korea, saying he didn’t want to get ahead of investigations by the Justice Department and the FBI. Earnest said evidence shows the hacking was carried out by a “sophisticated actor” with “malicious intent.”All this has led to a dilemma for the Obama administration: How and whether to respond?An earlier formal statement by the White House National Security Council also did not name North Korea but noted that “criminals and foreign countries regularly seek to gain access to government and private sector networks” and promised that, “we are considering a range of options in weighing a potential response. ” The U.S. official who cited North Korea spoke on condition of anonymity because that official was not authorized to openly discuss an ongoing criminal case.U.S. options against North Korea are limited. The U.S. already has a trade embargo in place, and there is no appetite for military action. Even if investigators could identify and prosecute the individual hackers believed to be responsible, there’s no guarantee any one of them who is overseas would ever face trial in a U.S. courtroom. Hacking back at North Korean targets by U.S. government experts could escalate the cyberconflict by encouraging further attacks against vulnerable American targets.“We don’t sell them anything, we don’t buy anything from them and we don’t have diplomatic relations,” said William Reinsch, a former senior U.S. Commerce Department official who was responsible for enforcing international sanctions against North Korea and other countries. “There aren’t a lot of public options left.”Sony abruptly cancelled the Dec. 25 release of its comedy, “The Interview,” which the hackers had demanded partly because it included a scene depicting the assassination of North Korea’s leader. Sony cited the hackers’ threats of violence at movie theatres that planned to show the movie, although the Homeland Security Department said there was no credible intelligence of active plots. The hackers had been releasing onto the Internet huge amounts of highly sensitive — and sometimes embarrassing — confidential files they stole from inside Sony’s computer network.North Korea has publicly denied it was involved, though it has described the hack as a “righteous deed.”The episode is sure to cost Sony many millions of dollars, though the eventual damage is still anyone’s guess. In addition to lost box-office revenue from the movie, the studio faces lawsuits by former employees angry over leaked Social Security numbers and other personal information. And there could be damage beyond the one company.Sony’s decision to pull the film has raised concerns that capitulating to criminals will encourage more hacking.“By effectively yielding to aggressive acts of cyberterrorism by North Korea, that decision sets a troubling precedent that will only empower and embolden bad actors to use cyber as an offensive weapon even more aggressively in the future,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who will soon become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.McCain said the Obama administration had failed to control the use of cyber weapons by foreign governments, and he called the Sony case “the latest in a long and troubling list of attempts by malign actors to use cyber to undermine our economic and national security interests.”Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on MSNBC that the Obama administration wasn’t ready to name the attacker but was “actively considering a range of options that we’ll take in response to this attack.”Evidence pinning specific crimes on specific hackers is nearly always imprecise, and the Sony case is no exception.Sony hired FireEye Inc.’s Mandiant forensics unit, which last year published a landmark report with evidence accusing a Chinese Army organization, Unit 61398, of hacking into more than 140 companies over the years. In the current investigation, security professionals examined blueprints for the hacking tools discovered in Sony’s network, the Korean language setting and time zone, and then traced other computers around the world used to help co-ordinate the break-in, according to the person with knowledge about the investigation.Those computers were located in Singapore and Thailand, but a third in Bolivia had previously been traced to other attacks blamed on North Korea, the person told the AP. The tools in the Sony case included components to break into the company’s network and subsequently erase all fingerprints by rendering the hard drive useless.“The Internet’s a complicated place,” said Adam Meyers, vice-president of intelligence at CrowdStrike Inc., a security company that has investigated past attacks linked to North Korea. “We’re talking about organizations that understand how to hide themselves, how to appear if they’re coming from other places. To that end, they know that people are going to come looking for them. They throw things in the way to limit what you can do attribution on.”Another agreed. “If you have a thousand bad pieces of circumstantial evidence, that doesn’t mean your case is strong,” said Jeffrey Carr, chief executive of Taia Global Inc., which provides threat intelligence to companies and government agencies.An FBI “flash” bulletin sent to some companies with details of the hacking software described it as “destructive malware, a disk wiper with network beacon capabilities.” The FBI bulletin included instructions for companies to listen for telltale network traffic that would suggest they had been infected.Other movie studios aren’t taken chances. Warner Bros. executives earlier this week ordered a company-wide password reset and sent a five-point security checklist to employees advising them to purge their computers of any unnecessary data, in an email seen by The Associated Press.“Keep only what you need for business purposes,” the message said.___Abdollah reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writers Raphael Satter in London and Ted Bridis in Washington contributed to this story. read more

This is how many people use Facebook in each county

first_imgTo view a larger version, click on the image (Image: eightytwenty).It’s estimated that there are 2.2 million Facebook users in the country, and that 57 per cent of Irish people use the site. On other social media sites, 27 per cent of people in the country has a Twitter account, while 23 per cent have a LinkedIn account.Read: Facebook rolls out auto-play videos for mobile users >Read: Column: Is social media promoting or stifling debate? > WITH MORE THAN 2.2 million Facebook users in Ireland, a significant proportion will be found in Dublin, but how does the rest of the country fare?Research from marketing agency eightytwenty found that in fourteen of the 26 counties in Ireland, one in three people or less have a Facebook profile.With the exception of Dublin and Limerick, less than one in two people in each county has a Facebook profile. Less than one in five people in Leitrim and Roscommon use the site.Dublin has the most people on Facebook with three in four people being on the site while half of the population of Limerick has an account. Waterford, Louth, Sligo and Galway follow with less than half of their populations having a personal profile.A breakdown of each county and the percentage of its population on Facebook can be found below.last_img read more

MacBook Pro teardown raises quality control concern

first_imgAs usual the folks over at iFixit have got their hands on the latest devices and taken them apart in short order. The 2011 edition of the MacBook Pro is no exception, and the images of the dismantled laptop are already available to view along with their notes.The good news for those of you who like to take a look inside your gadgets is that the new Pro is easier to take apart. The battery can be disconnected without having to be removed, the unibody allows easy access to components, and everything looks to be replaceable except the display. That means you can replace the battery even though Apple says you can’t.The model iFixit dismantled was the 15″ $1,799 option. The most concerning thing they found during the teardown was a lack of quality control. For a laptop that costs so much it was surprising to find a stripped screw securing the subwoofer enclosure, an unlocked ZIF socket connecting the IR sensor, and excessive thermal paste on the CPU and GPU. You’d think the internals would be perfect for such a premium piece of hardware, but we have to account for the fact iFixit may have received a Pro that was unusually not up to spec.On a positive note, other things of note include faster RAM being used, in this case its PC3-10600 as found in the latest iMacs. The battery is 77.5 watt-hours as in previous models, but only quoted by Apple as achieving 7 hours which has to be down to the quad-core processor needing more juice (earlier models were quoted at 8-9 hours). The wireless card now has 4 antennas instead of 3 meaning a stronger signal too.Overall the MacBook Pro seems to be more of the same from Apple and iFixit awarded it a respectable 7 out of 10 for repairability.Read more at iFixitMatthew’s OpinionWe have to remember that Macs have been historically reliable systems, so any quality control concerns are only going to take that reliability down a small notch. While the stripped screw and socket issue won’t really have an impact on day-to-day use, the excessive thermal paste could eventually cause an issue with heat in the laptop. But again, this could just be an anomaly that the iFixit laptop has rather than being a common feature of the updated Pros.Overall this update sees the MacBook Pros get faster and include the Thunderbolt connection which is still really a port for the future. The fact this model is easier to repair yourself, and has a removable/replaceable battery is just a bonus. A bonus few will likely ever care about, though.last_img read more

La bipédie permet au chimpanzé de saisir plus de nourriture

first_imgLa bipédie permet au chimpanzé de saisir plus de nourriturePubliant leurs travaux dans Current Biology, des chercheurs britanniques et japonais ont observé que les chimpanzés sauvages de Guinée marchent uniquement sur leurs pieds lorsqu’ils ont besoin de leurs deux mains pour collecter de la nourriture. Une piste pour l’origine de la bipédie humaine ? Des chercheurs de l’Université de Cambridge (Royaume-Uni) et de l’Université de Kyoto (Japon) ont mené deux études comportementales sur les chimpanzés de la forêt de Bossou, en Guinée. Ils ont observé chez ces primates (qui, le plus souvent, se déplacent sur leurs quatre membres lorsu’ils sont au sol) une tendance accrue à la bipédie dans les situations où la concurrence pour une nourriture rare ou difficile à collecter contraint les individus à solliciter leurs deux mains – une façon d’optimiser la stratégie du “premier arrivé, premier servi”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Deux circonstances, en particulier, favorisent ce mode de locomotion : lorsque les noix des arbres du genre coula, très appréciées, se font rares, et qu’il s’agit d’en ramasser le plus possible en une fois ; et lors de razzias dans des champs cultivés, où la situation est analogue et où 35% des activités des chimpanzés impliquent de la bipédie. Les auteurs suggèrent ainsi qu’au cours du temps, des “pics” d’activité bipède chez les premiers hominidés ont pu conduire à des changements anatomiques qui devinrent, à leur tour, l’objet de la sélection naturelle, là où la concurrence pour la nourriture ou d’autres ressources a été forte.”La bipédie, en tant qu’adaptation fondamentale de l’homme, peut être un produit évolutif de cette stratégie, au fil du temps. En fin de compte, elle a mis nos ancêtres sur une voie séparée de l’évolution”, conclut le Pr William McGrew, du département d’archéologie et d’anthropologie de Cambridge cité par la BBC. Le 24 mars 2012 à 15:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ketchikans PeaceHealth Medical Center awarded 36 million grant

first_img(Photo via KRBD)PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center announced this week that it has been awarded a $3.6 million grant for the entire PeaceHealth system from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to help improve community health through changing clinical practices.PeaceHealth was one of 39 health care systems nationwide chosen for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services program. Ketchikan Medical Center’s chief administrator Ken Tonjes said the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative grant will help the entire PeaceHealth system continue a program that the Ketchikan facility started several years ago.“We’re the previous recipient of an innovation grant from CMS, and CMS was impressed by the outcomes we were able to provide in our community,” he said.Tonjes said the new grant will continue some of the work accomplished through the previous grant, such as care coordination and helping patients become healthier and therefore reduce their need for health care.“We’re trying to get people not to use our hospital,” he said. “When you need us, we’ll be there, but we’re trying to keep you healthy and out of using the hospital.”Tonjes said care coordinators are registered nurses, clinicians, social workers and others who are familiar with how to navigate the system, and what patients need to do to help improve their own health.For example, he said, when patients are discharged from the hospital, it can be stressful, and even though they are given written and verbal instructions on what they need to do at home, they sometimes don’t follow through and end up back in the hospital.“So, a care coordinator will call a patient within 48 hours after discharge, talk them through when they’re in more of a calmer environment at home, talk them through exactly what they just went through and what the appropriate steps are for them to remain healthy,” he said.The new grant will expand on those kinds of services, Tonjes said. It will help PeaceHealth facilities in Alaska, Washington and Oregon to coordinate treatment between primary care doctors and specialists, and enhance information patients receive so they can take better care of themselves.The first year of the grant also is the largest allocation. Tonjes said the overall grant request was for $8.5 million.“It’s front-loaded in the first year because of the investment in some of the staffing and infrastructure needs and it pares down in future years, as PeaceHealth is committed to absorb some of those costs over time in the existing structure,” he said.Tonjes said future allocations from the four-year grant are dependent upon measurable results.last_img read more

Kamal Haasans Uttama Villain Siva Karthikeyans Rajini Murugan Satellite Rights Sold for

first_img“Uttama Villain”, “Rajini Murugan” satellite rights bagged by Zee TamilFacebook/ Kamal Haasan/ Kaaki SattaiThe producers of upcoming movies “Uttama Villian” and “Rajini Murugan’ are making sure everything goes fine with the pre-release business. The latest we hear is that Thirupathi Brothers, the producers of both the movies, have come up with a twin deal with regard to the satellite rights and Zee Tamil had grabbed it for a fancy price.In a twin deal @ThirrupathiBros sell satellite rights of their forthcoming #UttamaVillain & #RajiniMurugan to #ZeeTamil at a fancy price.— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) March 12, 2015″Uttama Villain”, starring Kamal Haasan is scheduled to hit the screens on 10 April and is already doing well in terms of business. The hype around the movie is so huge that the distributors and producers of the movie are reportedly planning to release the flick in a record number of theatres.Directed by Ramesh Aravind, “Uttama Villain” has star cast of Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Parvathi Nair, Urvashi, Jayaram, Nassar, K Viswanath, Chithra Lakshman, MS Bhaskar and Ashwin.Kamal Haasan will appear in double roles: as a superstar and a folk artist, and K Balachander, the real-life mentor for Kamal, will also appear as a guide and role model to the lead character.Meanwhile, “Rajini Murugan”, starring Siva Karthikeyan in the lead, has already managed to create a good pre-release buzz. The movie is directed by Ponram, who also made the debut film of Siva Karthikeyan.The team of “Rajini Muruagan” recently wrapped up the shooting for the movie and has now entered the post-production stage. The movie, touted to be a romantic comedy, has a star cast of Keerthi Suresh, Soori, Samuthirakani and Rajkiran.”Rajini Murugan” is expected to hit screen in the first week of May.last_img read more

Honduras Next In Line For US Decision On Protected Migrants

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @HondurasHoyA decision on the fate of more than 50,000 Hondurans living in the United States under TPS is expected in July, and it could have severe social, economic and political consequences for the Central American nation.This week’s news that the Trump administration is ending Temporary Protected Status for 200,000 migrants from El Salvador is also rattling nerves in neighboring Honduras.A decision on the fate of more than 50,000 Hondurans living in the United States under TPS is expected in July, as Hondurans are in the aftermath of an earthquake that struck off the coast of Honduras on Tuesday night. There were no early reports of serious damage or casualties.Experts say that as in El Salvador, the return of tens of thousands of people — plus, potentially, an untold number of their U.S.-born children — threatens to exacerbate already-grave problems like high rates of murders and other crime, political instability, widespread poverty and income inequality.“The exit of so many compatriots from the United States would be a social bomb that will immediately explode in Honduras,” analyst Raul Pineda Alvarado told The Associated Press.Perhaps most immediately, there would be a hit to remittances, which typically account for about 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product — though most of that is sent by Hondurans who would not be affected by cancellation of TPS.Billions of dollars sent home each year help households feed and clothe children, buy a car, build a modest home and keep the lights on. Those expenditures then filter out into the broader economy.Olga Martinez, a 42-year-old cleaning worker in Tegucigalpa, relies on the $150 a month she receives from two sons who are in the United States under the TPS program. It’s a significant sum in one of the hemisphere’s most impoverished countries, where about 65 percent of the population is poor and many make do on the equivalent of a dollar or two a day.“If I don’t have that money, I don’t know what I will do,” Martinez said. “My life will be very hard because they will come and there is no work here.”The U.S. made TPS available for Hondurans after Hurricane Mitch ravaged the country in 1998, killing about 7,000 people and devastating the agricultural sector. The measure allows migrants to live and work in the United States legally.Like with other countries, it was by definition supposed to be temporary until conditions caused by the disaster improved back home. But over the years, successive U.S. administrations kept it in place, believing that other problems such as poverty, corruption and gang-driven violence would have made it difficult for the country to reabsorb those citizens.The Trump administration has made clear it is putting the emphasis back on the word “temporary” as it evaluates TPS, withdrawing it for some 60,000 Haitians and 5,000 Nicaraguans in November and now for the Salvadorans. Back in November it delayed a decision on Hondurans for six months, saying it needed more information.Homicide rates in Honduras and El Salvador have fallen significantly in the last year, though both are still among the highest in the world. Street gangs known as “maras” are ubiquitous and prey on small business owners and families through extortion.For both nations the violence is “still at epidemic levels,” said Christine Wade, a professor of political science and international studies at Washington College in Maryland. “So you would basically be returning people to highly insecure countries.”Pineda said a flood of returning TPS recipients, in addition to migrants without legal status being deported under a more aggressive U.S. immigration stance, threatens to swell the ranks of the un- and underemployed, aggravating economic inequality and producing “high levels of ungovernability.”Honduras is already in the throes of political instability following a disputed November election in which President Juan Orlando Hernandez won a new term and his opponent alleged fraud. At least 17 people died last month in protests over the vote.“Considering how they operated the last election, I don’t think there’s any evidence whatsoever that the government there can manage the return of 50,000 or 60,000 Honduran nationals and thousands perhaps of their relatives anytime soon,” said Michael Allison, a professor of political science at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. “The country and the political and economic conditions are worse there today than in 1998 when Mitch struck.”Even Honduras’ school system could be sorely tested by an influx of children unaccustomed to learning in a Spanish-language setting, with scarce resources available to accommodate their needs.Allison said he expects not all 50,000 Honduran TPS recipients would return, with some likely remaining illegally and living on the margins of society, others making for Canada or another country and still others seeking residency through marriage or employer sponsorship.But Hernandez’s government clearly sees the El Salvador decision as a harbinger and is bracing for impact.“We Hondurans were given the opportunity of six more months for a decision to be made, and the Salvadorans were not,” Hernandez said Monday. “Nevertheless we must begin preparing for the eventuality that our compatriots would have to return.”“We must think about how we open the doors to them and how they can bring their goods and resources free of taxes to restart a life with greater facilities in Honduras,” he added.Like the Salvadorans covered by TPS, who were given a grace period through September 2019 before they must leave the United States, Honduras is now hoping for broader immigration legislation that could include relief for TPS recipients. Hernandez said his government is aggressively lobbying the Trump administration and U.S. lawmakers.“It is the U.S. Congress that is the key piece for the 56,690 Honduran TPS recipients, since they will decide how to enter into an immigration policy that would benefit Hondurans,” said Marlon Tabora, the country’s ambassador to Washington.On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a Colorado Republican, introduced a bill that would end TPS while granting permanent residency to qualified enrollees of the program.It’s also possible that Honduras could win another 18-month extension out of political considerations.Last month Honduras was one of just nine countries to vote against a U.N. resolution condemning Washington’s decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. If Hernandez were to make a similar decision to move its own embassy, as neighboring Guatemala has already done, it could curry further favor with the Trump administration.“If you’re looking at it rationally in terms of policy, you’d have to end TPS for Hondurans if you’re going to end it for Salvadorans,” Wade said. “If they don’t, it’s going to look like a total quid pro quo situation.” Sharelast_img read more

Beasts Beneath The Bayou Alligator Snapping Turtles Thrive In The Heart Of

first_img Share Courtesy Eric MunscherInside the gaping mouth of a large alligator snapping turtle found in Houston’s Buffalo Bayou.Most people wouldn’t be surprised to learn that turtles live in Houston’s Buffalo Bayou. They just might not realize what kinds – and just how big one particular kind can get.Biologists have known for a while that alligator snapping turtles live in Buffalo Bayou. But what researchers have been surprised to find is that there’s a thriving population of them in the bayou – amidst the urban sprawl of the nation’s fourth-largest city.Alligator snapping turtles have shells lined with prehistoric-looking triangular points with large heads, a beak-like mouth, and long, curled claws. They’re the largest freshwater turtle in North America, and can grow to more than 100 pounds – with some measured up to 250. They can live anywhere from 20 to 70 years. During a survey of other wildlife in the area, wildlife biologist Eric Munscher found them by accident in traps he’d set along the banks. Munscher works with the Turtle Survival Alliance and says it wasn’t a surprise that they were there.Courtesy Eric MunscherResearcher Eric Munscher (center) and his associates pull an alligator snapping turtle from Buffalo Bayou.“We just never thought that there was a successful population here,” he said.Successful means he and his colleagues are finding alligator snapping turtles of all ages and sizes among the more than 60 they’ve trapped and tagged over the last two years.He thinks this population might be the largest in the state and possibly one of the largest anywhere. That’s why Munscher wants to keep the exact location of their habitat a secret – to protect one of the many turtle species that face over-hunting and habitat loss.Courtesy Eric MunscherResearcher Eric Munscher and his colleague pull an alligator snapping turtle from Buffalo Bayou.Thankfully for them, alligator snappers stay out of the limelight – quite literally. They don’t need to sun themselves to regulate their temperatures like other turtles. And they only need to come up for air every 40 to 50 minutes. So, that’s why most people have never seen one, and — if it wasn’t for his traps — even Munscher and his colleagues would’ve barely caught a glimpse.“We spend so much time on these water bodies that we expect to see one put his big head out and take a breath, and we have seen that twice,” he said.He says their success in the heart of Houston is largely because the conditions along the bayou just happen to be perfect – there’s a muddy shelf where females can climb up and lay their eggs.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaThe muddy banks of Buffalo Bayou amidst the urban sprawl of Houston.Munscher says the conditions along Buffalo Bayou can vary from pristine to terrible in different places. So, the snappers’ presence shows they can persevere.In the audio above, Munscher takes Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty down to the muddy banks of the bayou to check some traps and talk about alligator snapping turtles and what their presence tells us.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaResearcher Eric Munscher holds an empty trap for alligator snapping turtles, which he and his colleagues are tagging and tracking along Buffalo Bayou.last_img read more

11 Foreign SciFi Shows That We Want To See Translated

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. English science fiction has made its way across the pond for decades, starting with Doctor Who through modern hits like Black Mirror. Without a language barrier in place, it’s easy for us Americans to enjoy British sci-fi. But guess what? Plenty of other countries have their own television industries, and they’re making compelling and unique science fiction of their own.Some of that has already made its way over here – Netflix shows Brazilian post-apocalypse series 3%, for example, as well as German horror show Dark. But we want more! With that in mind, we trawled through TV Guides from all over the world to get examples of eleven foreign shows that we really want to see, subbed or dubbed.My Love From The StarKorean television is famous for romance, and the sci-fi My Love From The Star is a satisfying weepie. Kim Soo-hyun plays an alien who landed on Earth in 1609 and gets stranded here for 400 years. During that span, he lives multiple lifetimes, taking on a new identity every decade because he doesn’t show any visual signs of aging. When he meets a young actress just a few months before his people show up to take him home, it tests his allegiance to his adopted planet in ways he never thought possible. The show was wildly popular not only in Korea, where it influenced fashion trends for years, but also neighboring China. BunkerUnsurprisingly, Russian science fiction still has the Cold War on the brain. Bunker, which premiered on their TNT network in 2006, is a dark comedy about a research team in an underground Siberian installation who have been cut off from the outside world for three years as they work on a mysterious project. When a new researcher shows up with a specialization in veterinary medicine despite there being no animals in the bunker, things start to get really weird. Full of dark humor, this series looks a little dated now but still packs a punch of culture shock.2091Latin America is a huge market, and they’re already starting to make inroads into the entertainment world. 2091 is the first premium TV sci-fi drama from South America, and it’s a doozy. Made in Colombia, the show jets us forward to a future where video game addiction has become a public health issue, leading a billionaire to fly the hardest of the hardcore to the moon of Callisto to compete for a prize that’s a lot bigger than bragging rights. The show has some flaws, but it’s a really cool look at how another culture tackles some hoary old tropes.Ha’Nephilim“Normal people get unusual abilities” is one of the hoariest sci-fi TV premises, but it’s always interesting to see how other cultures interpret it. As you might guess from the title of this Israeli series, there’s a bit of a religious tinge to this one. When a teenage boy moves with his father to a nuclear research facility in the south of the country, he stumbles on a conspiracy to hide an alien spaceship that contains a portal to another place, occupied by criminals with superpowers. When they deactivate the restraint field, hundreds of people rediscover their true superhuman skills and chaos ensues.El Ministerio del TiempoSecret government institutions are a staple of sci-fi series all over the world, and Spain is no exception. The hit El Ministerio del Tiempo follows the employees of an office tasked with correcting disturbances in the flow of time. Pulled from the last 300 years, our lead trio leaps through mostly Spanish history meeting notable figures and fixing problems. It’s not the most original of premises, but the local flavor makes it a fun watch and you might just learn something. The show’s sense of humor keeps things feeling light and brisk, and there’s some clever set design to look at. Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… El BarcoIf you miss the glory days of thinking Lost was good, Spanish TV show El Barco might scratch that same itch. When an accident at the Large Hadron Collider sinks all of Earth’s continents below the sea, the crew of the Estrella Polar must search for survivors and try to find a way to survive in this wet new world. The crew of the ship is primarily students on a sailing scholarship along with a few adults – a chef, a doctor and a mysterious stowaway. The show is fast-paced and pulpy fun, and while the shipboard setting can feel claustrophobic it keeps things lively with fun characters and some seriously bizarre threats, including panicked flocks of birds with nowhere to land. TrepaliumClass consciousness has always been a major part of science fiction, and this recent French miniseries tackles the subject boldly. In the uncertain future, a massive wall divides Paris into two segments – the city on one side and the Zone on the other, where 80% of the population lives. The demand for labor results in a lottery that brings Zone people over to the other side of the wall every year, but once there they learn that things aren’t quite as simple as they seem. It’s a bleak and relentless portrait of the world to come and very much worth watching. CircleThis Korean sci-fi drama had a pretty unusual format hook. Each episode was divided into two stories following the same characters – the first half would take place in 2017 and the second twenty years later. Twin brothers Kim Woo-jin and Kim Bum-gyun are the protagonists of the 2017 storyline, following up their encounter with an alien spacecraft. The 2037 storyline sees Korea divided into a pair of nation-states – one sleek and hyper-advanced, the other polluted and hellish. Detective Kim Joon-hyuk lives in the latter but must gain admittance to the former to investigate the disappearance of the twins. It’s a clever and fascinating show with a cool premise and solid execution. Ijon Tichy: Space PilotStanislaw Lem is one of the greatest sci-fi writers of all time, an idiosyncratic philosopher and physician who explored complex subjects with humor and skill. His work is frustratingly hard to translate to other mediums, but Germany’s ZDF channel did a solid job in 2007 with Ijon Tichy: Space Pilot. The titular hero is an awkward weirdo flying through space in a “three-bedroom rocket” made from a French press, accompanied by a holographic woman. The duo get into all manner of shenanigans in this satirical series, which lasted two seasons. The first one was shot entirely in star Oliver Jahn’s apartment. ÉternelleStarring singer/actress Claire Keim, Éternelle was a big hit for French network M6 when it premiered in 2009. She plays an amnesiac woman who is discovered wandering nude in Paris and, upon examination, is host to an unknown bacteria that seems to have given her the ability to siphon memories from people she comes into physical contact with. The six-episode first series did exceptionally well and a sequel has been promised, but it’s been nearly a decade and nothing seems to have materialized. That’s a shame, because sci-fi TV isn’t a big thing in France and you’d think they’d want to follow up on one of their only homegrown hits. Alpha 0.7Germany has built a reputation as a hub for innovative technology, and their sci-fi reflects that. One of the most successful shows on the air in recent years was Alpha 0.7, which was presented as a “transmedia” experience that also included a radio program and Web content. Following the adventures of a group of activists attempting to dismantle the surveillance state implemented by the Protecta Society, it’s a clever and compelling bit of dystopia that seems increasingly prescient the more we learn about Facebook and other actors misusing our private data. It’s worth noting that Germany has laws allowing individuals to sue companies for data breaches, so maybe this show inspired some real-world good. Or maybe it’s just a good sci-fi TV program.last_img read more

Philips Launches HealthSuite Insights AI Platform for Healthcare

first_imgTechnology | Artificial Intelligence | March 19, 2018 Philips Launches HealthSuite Insights AI Platform for Healthcare Online marketplace offers curated, readily available AI assets for license Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr 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 center_img Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… 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 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 March 19, 2018 — Philips recently announced the launch of HealthSuite Insights, including the Insights Marketplace, to support the advancing adoption of analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) in key healthcare domains. Making their debut at the 2018 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference and Exhibition (HIMSS18), March 5-9 in Las Vegas, HealthSuite Insights gives data scientists, software developers, clinicians and healthcare providers access to advanced analytic capabilities to curate and analyze healthcare data and offers them tools and technologies to build, maintain, deploy and scale AI-based solutions. Insights Marketplace will provide the healthcare industry’s first ecosystem where curated AI assets from Philips and others are readily available for license.AI-based solutions have great potential to improve patient outcomes and care efficiency, according to Philips. However, developing and deploying AI solutions for healthcare use cases can be time consuming, resource intensive and expensive. HealthSuite Insights eases the logistical challenges of deploying AI solutions in research and clinical environments. It accelerates the development of analytics solutions, and reduces development and total cost of AI solutions.”The quality of your AI is only as good as the quality of the data you feed into it,” said Jeroen Tas, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer Philips. “We have designed HealthSuite Insights to be used by the people who work with patient data on a daily basis and have the contextual understanding; including doctors, clinicians and hospital managers.” He added that the platform gives users the ability to bring all the relevant patient information together, curate the data and use the power of AI to support precision diagnosis, personalized therapy, early intervention and greater hospital efficiency.The tools and technologies available through HealthSuite Insights already enable the machine learning and deep learning applications in Philips’ diagnostic imaging solutions, patient monitoring solutions, and oncology and genomics offerings. Enabled by the platform, Philips leverages AI across these offerings, by combining it with other technologies and a deep understanding of the clinical, operational and personal context to augment care professionals and patients/consumers.Philips’ Insights Marketplace initially offers assets supplied by Philips – including assets developed by scientists at Philips Research. Medically validated Philips assets will be added later this year. In late 2018, the Insights Marketplace will be further expanded to include assets submitted by third parties.AI assets built using the Insights Platform are designed to be secure regardless of the execution environment, with sophisticated identity and access management, integrated blockchain services, and data collection and management services built in. The Insights platform can be deployed on a healthcare cloud infrastructure such as the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform, or on premise at a provider site.For more information: www.usa.philips.com/healthcarelast_img read more

14 dead 5 missing from heavy rains in China

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Comments   Share   BEIJING (AP) – Heavy rains that ravaged China over the weekend left at least 14 people dead and five missing, while hundreds of others were trapped by mudslides and floods, state media said Monday.The official Xinhua News Agency said five were killed and one was missing in central China’s Hubei province, where rainstorms and mudslides destroyed 512 houses and forced more than 180,000 residents from their homes. The rain was triggered by Typhoon Saola. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img In northeast China’s Liaoning province, Typhoon Damrey killed nine people and left four missing, Xinhua said.Flooding from heavy rain also trapped about 400 workers in a railway tunnel in the province, the state-run China Daily newspaper reported.In southwest China, rescue workers searched Monday for more than 100 people trapped by a mudslide.Xinhua said the mudslide engulfed a village in Yunnan province on Monday morning, initially trapping at least 200 people. It said firefighters rescued more than 80 people by noon.Mudslides and flooding are common in China’s mountainous areas, killing hundreds of people every year. Deforestation has caused soil erosion and made some parts of China prone to mudslides after strong rains.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more