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Boxing: Jean Pascal’s return postponed to July 20

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first_imgAdvertisementThe scheduled bout between former light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal and ex-mixed martial arts fighter Steve Bosse has been pushed back. The contest was scheduled to take place on June 29 at Place Bell in Laval, Canada.The promoter acknowledged that ticket sales for the event haven’t been too hot and is hoping to spark more interest with a little more time and a new sponsor in Olivier Primeau, owner of Beachclub, who hopes to pitch the event to a younger demographic. Good luck.“We are not here to do miracles, but to make sure boxing will be known by more people, to develop a younger crowd and a new clientele,” Primeau saidLast December, Pascal (32-5-1, 19 KOs) pulled off a big upset with the oddsmakers, when he secured an impressive stoppage of previously unbeaten Ahmed Elbiali (16-1, 13 KOs) in the sixth round. The contest was the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card from the Hialeah Park in Miami, Florida.Bosse made his boxing debut as a heavyweight with a victory over Julio Cuellar Cabrera at the Montreal Casino in February. The 36-year-old from St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., played six seasons of professional hockey in the 2000s in a Quebec league that encouraged fighting. He then turned to MMA.Bosse was 12-2 as an MMA fighter, winning two of three bouts in the UFC. He last fought in the UFC in June 2016, earning a unanimous decision over Sean O’Connell..Advertisementlast_img read more

Second Indo-Bhutan Friendship Car Rally flagged off

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first_imgItanagar, Nov 21 (PTI) Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) B D Mishra flagged off here today the second Indo?Bhutan Friendship Car Rally 2017 which has 17 participants. Addressing the participants prior to the flag off, the governor hoped that the event would help in cementing the age-old relationship between India and Bhutan and provide a platform for exposure of traditional and cultural association and their tourism potential.He said the rally would enhance people-to-people contacts between India and Bhutan.”It will also showcase the potential for adventure and motor sports in Arunachal Pradesh,? he said and called upon the participants from both the countries to carry the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that India and Bhutan would stand as one to face any adversity.The rally has been organised by the International Friendship Car Rally Association of Dirang and sponsored by state tourism department along with Hyundai and Nissan companies.The rallyists would travel through Itanagar?Basar ? Mechuka-Guwahati-Phuentsoling and end at Thimpu on November 28.The Indian team is being led by Everester from Arunachal Pradesh Anshu Jamsenpa. Karma Lhatrul Dorji Rinpoche is leading the Bhutanese team. PTI UPL KK KKlast_img read more

Cocaine Smuggled to New Zealand on Maersk Ships Hull

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first_imgNew Zealand authorities have seized the country’s largest cocaine shipment which arrived to the port of Tauranga hidden in a compartment attached to the underwater hull of Maersk Antares container vessel.A spokesperson from Maersk Line confirmed that the shipment was discovered on October 31, when the boxship arrived to Tauranga from Chile in the late evening hours.New Zealand’s Customs Service informed that members of a trans-national drug syndicate approached the ship and retrieved the cocaine, with a street value of around NZD 20 million (USD 13.8 million), from the compartment.The authorities executed search warrants in Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and residential addresses in Auckland on November 1 related to the shipment, which culminated in arrests of four foreign nationals. The arrested people are believed to be in no relation to the ship’s crew members.The Maersk Antares, which is deployed on Maersk Line’s AC3/Triple Star service, linking Latin America, New Zealand and Asia, departed the Port of Tauranga “as per the schedule with no delay to the service,” the spokesperson said.“Maersk is fully committed to abiding by the local laws of every jurisdiction we operate in. As such Maersk Line is cooperating fully with the New Zealand authorities,” Maersk Line informed.Assistant Commissioner Chambers said that this is the largest single seizure of cocaine in New Zealand, and that the shipment was destined for New Zealand.last_img read more

India strongly rejects Paks references to Kashmir at NAM Ministerial

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first_imgUnited Nations: India has strongly rejected Pakistan’s references to Kashmir during the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) Ministerial Meeting in Venezuela, saying the global forum can never be a platform for a “self-serving narrative” that aims to undermine the territorial integrity of one nation by another State. The NAM needs to be in the vanguard of those addressing the primary issues of our times that cry for global cooperation, rather than become a platform for venting bilateral grievances between members, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said Sunday in his address to the NAM Ministerial Meeting in Caracas, Venezuela. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Akbaruddin emphasised that individual members need to ponder before “turning upon” fellow members by raising issues, in global fora, which are not on the agenda, are not part of the discussions of ?the outcome document in any manner, find no resonance in the wider membership and those that contravene NAM traditions. “Regrettably, one delegation attempted this yesterday. That no other member is responsive to such a self-serving narrative is a telling rejoinder that NAM never was and never can be a platform for pursuits aimed at undermining the territorial integrity of a State by another State,” the Indian envoy said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Akbaruddin did not name Pakistan but his comments were aimed at Islamabad raising the issue of Kashmir at the multi-lateral forum. Pakistan’s Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Andleeb Abbas, in her statement at ministerial meeting, raked up the issue of Kashmir and made references to the recent UN Human Rights report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. India has slammed the UN report as a continuation of the earlier “false and motivated” narrative and violative of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In his statement, Akbaruddin said that while terrorists continue to “operate with great impunity and greater inhumanity,” the international community’s actions to combat the scourge have fallen short. “Terrorism not only kills our citizens, but also seeks to disrupt societies by undermining our ability to attain our development goals. Unfortunately, all our talk about combating the scourge of terrorism has not been matched by actions,” he said. As terrorists have collapsed borders, Akbaruddin said the collective response at countering terrorism must transcend from ad hoc and crisis-orientated reaction towards building standing structures intended to be durable and insulated from rhetoric. “We, as NAM countries, need to take the lead as it is our citizens that stand to lose the most from the lack of coordinated and coherent responses, he said. Underscoring the serious challenges of an interdependent world, he said threats that respect no borders confront everyone and transcend capacities of every nation to surmount them. “Climate Change has become a pressing emergency; environmental challenges are an urgent reality; pandemics threaten the accrued gains of global health; terrorism has expanded alarmingly; humanitarian nightmares are playing out repetitively,” he said. “We live in times when more, and not less, collaborative and cooperative efforts are needed for managing the opportunities and challenges that we face. Common answers to each of these global issues requires effective multilateralism. No amount of coercion or unilateral measures can resolve our primary concerns,” he said. While the NAM has had a glorious past, Akbaruddin how the forum will be perceived in the future will be defined by how it addressed the defining challenges of current times – “climate change, digital technologies and terrorism, as well as how we reform existing multilateral institutions to our needs. “Sadly, today our inertia is considerable. Even when it is clear that collective action is required, we steer clear from action, pleading consensus is required for change,” he said. Akbaruddin called for re-examining the methodology of discussion and decision-making, saying the international community’s agenda needs to be progressive and forward looking. “The world is awash with new challenges. However, to effectively make a difference, we, the NAM, need to undertake a new journey. A journey which needs to begin soon.” Alluding to the words of Swami Vivekananda, Akbaruddin warned that failure to “catch the wind” will leave everyone behind once again. “If we succeed, we will all stand to benefit. Together, we can revitalise our shared institutions and strengthen and reform multilateralism, so as to maximize the prospects for a peaceful and prosperous 21s?t? century for all our people.”last_img read more

A paradigm shift

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first_imgDigital entertainment has taken the country by storm in recent times. Society has witnessed the transition from traditional cable connections to DTH services. The latter streamlined customer-distributor-broadcaster interaction and earmarked the provision of channels and movies at user’s disposal. Then came Over-the-top (OTT) services which went mainstream 2018 onwards. OTT services changed the market equation altogether. Providing film and TV content via the internet without requiring users to subscribe to DTH services and hence entirely bypassing a multiple-system operator in the control or distribution of the content. The key OTT players – Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Eros Now, JioTV – became a threat to the television providers only in the sense that they offered online streaming of all those flicks which otherwise were as good as premium provisions of these operators. The only essential prerequisite was the internet. The Internet brought attention to the data, its availability, and its consumption. For those who have not paid heed to India’s data leap, it may set in as a surprise that India, today, provides the lowest rate in the world for Mobile Data – mere Rs 18/GB aggregate – against a global average of Rs 600, as per the price comparison analysed by Cable.co.uk. Much of this is credited to the market upheaval that Jio brought upon its entry with data-based telecom services. Cheap data single-handedly boosted the OTT players’ morale for a wide business prospect, especially with the potential numbers (subscribers) that they could garner from India. So, Netflix and Amazon Prime extended their services to India, riding on the back of the telecom providers to aid their outreach and establish themselves. The telecom players coupled OTT services with their packages and priced them accordingly to accrue benefits to whichever length possible. Now, Netflix is testing mobile subscriptions of Rs 250 against their traditional plans ranging from Rs 500 – Rs 800 which is apparently expensive for India’s price-sensitive market. Netflix’s mobile subscription plan directly builds upon the smartphone base of India that has risen exponentially and expeditiously. India is the second largest smartphone market in the world after China with 430 million smartphone users. Simple math justifies Netflix’s move. The advent of OTT services and robust compliance from telecom fishes has bolstered the country’s data consumption – a win-win situation for both the stakeholders in the fray. Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc., have facilitated, first a need and then a market of, India-focussed and shows. Sacred Games took the country by storm and more flicks based on the region, and available in languages, have stormed Indian market and captivated wide public interest. OTT platforms’ outreach brings the international audience to a trove of Indian shows based on diverse issues and available in distinct languages.last_img read more

Muslim dominated areas Ballimaran tops list with 68 per cent turnout

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first_imgNEW DELHI: In Delhi the poll day witnessed higher voter turnout at the Muslim dominated areas. In this list Ballimaran legislative constituency witnessed the highest voter turnout of more than 68 per cent and this area of Chandni Chowk constituency is also a Muslim dominated area.In the Chandni Chowk constituency areas like Chandni Chowk, Matia Mahal also witnessed high voter turnout and these are the places which are Muslim dominated. Matia Mahal witnessed 66.94 per cent turnout of voters whereas Chandni Chowk had the voter turnout around 60 per cent. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesOn the other hand in the North East Delhi, Muslim majority areas like Seemapuri witnessed 67 per cent voter turnout, followed by Mustafabad with 65 per cent turnout. Silampur also witnessed 65 per cent voter turnout. In East Delhi, Trilokpuri which is also Muslim and caste minority dominated area witnessed nearly 65 per cent voter turnout which is the highest among the other areas of East Delhi. However, Okhla legislative assembly which is one of the most Muslim dominated areas in Delhi witnessed the lowest voter turnout and it was nearly 54 per cent. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAccording to reports Muslim voters largely seemed to be favouring the Congress in Delhi. The AAP had tried hard to forge a poll alliance with the Congress, driven by the fear that the anti-BJP votes might shift to that party. Of the 1.36 crore voters across seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital, 13 percent are Muslims. In constituencies such as Chandni Chowk, Muslim voters comprise 20 per cent of the total electorate. A large section of the community had shifted their allegiance from the Congress to Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a move that helped the fledgling outfit trounce the Congress and BJP to emerge victorious in 67 of the 70 seats in the 2015 assembly election.last_img read more

Real Madrid Allegedly Forbids Cristiano Ronaldos Trips to Morocco

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Rabat – Spanish football club Real Madrid’s President, Florentino Pérez, has allegedly forbidden Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s frequent trips to Morocco onboard his private jet.According to Telquel news website, citing Belgian sports site Het Laatse Nieuws on Tuesday, the Real Madrid boss banned CR7’s customary visits to Morocco with his good friend, Moroccan Kickboxing Champion Badr Hari.Pérez fears that all the traveling back and forth between Spain and Morocco will eventually affect his star player’s performance on the pitch, the same source noted. The Spanish football club also believes that the close friendship between Hari and Ronaldo could allegedly hurt the Portuguese’s reputation and privacy.Last year, following back-to-back trips Ronaldo made to several Moroccan cities with Morocco’s ‘Golden Boy’, the Spanish press slammed the friendship, saying it was controversial and not good for the soccer celebrity, following the stars’ social media posts.According to the same source, Real Madrid’s newly-appointed coach, French national Zinedine Zidane, also said he disagrees with star’s weekend vacations to the North African country.Last month, French sports reporter Daniel Riolo insinuated on French television show “Touche pas a mon sport” that Hari and Ronaldo were more than just friends.“Cristiano Ronaldo – I’m sure flying to Morocco three to four times a week to see a friend and cuddle with him might have an impact on his performances eventually,” he added.Last November, the Spanish Club began to worry about Ronaldo’s trips. “Many voices inside Bernabeu suggest that Benitez and many of Real Madrid’s highest paid players, including Ronaldo, have begun a battle without a happy ending, especially with the ongoing CR7 trips to Morocco in his brand new jet,” Spanish newspaper Extra Confidencial stated.Although a plane trip between Madrid and Rabat lasts less than 1 hour and 30 minutes, Spanish media claimed that Ronaldo was traveling to Morocco as often as every afternoon and returning to Madrid later in the evening.Conversely, according to British media, the Real Madrid star’s true reason for his visits to Morocco was not Badr Hari, but his alleged new girlfriend, Melanie Martins, a Portuguese-French model.Whether Cristiano Ronaldo visited Morocco so often was his friendship with Hari, his reported relationship with Martins, or simply for the beauty of Morocco, it seems that he will no longer travel to his “favorite” destination during football season. read more

UN rights chief calls for Aung San Suu Kyis immediate release

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15 May 2009Calling on Myanmar’s Government to drop all charges against pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the top United Nations human rights official today appealed to authorities for her immediate and unconditional release. Calling on Myanmar’s Government to drop all charges against pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the top United Nations human rights official today appealed to authorities for her immediate and unconditional release.According to reports, Ms. Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for several years, and two aides were escorted yesterday morning by security forces to Insein Prison, where they were charged by a special court. They are said to have been charged with violating the terms of her house arrest, after an uninvited United States citizen gained access to their home.Ms. Suu Kyi, who leads the National League for Democracy (NLD), and her two aides are currently detained in the Insein compound and her trial has been scheduled for 18 May.“Her continued detention, and now this latest trial, breach international standards of due process and fair trial,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said.It had been hoped that the Nobel Peace Prize winner would be released when her current detention order, which has already continued for one year longer than the maximum of five years permitted under Myanmar”s laws, expires at the end of this month.“The Myanmar authorities might claim Aung San Suu Kyi has breached the conditions of her detention, but they have broken both their own laws and their international human rights obligations,” Ms. Pillay stressed. “She should not be detained in the first place.”Ms. Suu Kyi has spent over 12 years under house arrest. On 30 May 2003, she was re-arrested under a law which states that a person “suspected of having committed or believed to be about to commit, any act which endangers the sovereignty and security of the state” can be detained. In May 2007, the Government extended her arrest for another year, bringing her detention to the five-year limit, and her detention was prolonged for sixth year last May.The Universal Declaration of Human Rights prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention and guarantees the right to fair trial and to freedom of opinion and expression, which, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Suu Kyi has exercised peacefully and courageously over many years. Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he is “gravely concerned” about the news of her detention.“The Secretary-General believes that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is an essential partner for dialogue in Myanmar’s national reconciliation and calls on the Government not to take any further action that could undermine this important process,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.Ms. Suu Kyi and all those who have a contribution to make to the future of their country “must be free to be able to do so to ensure that the political process is credible,” the statement added.Also yesterday, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomás Ojea Quintana, who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, called for her unconditional release.“Since her house is well guarded by security forces, the responsibility for preventing such intrusions, and alerting the authorities, lies with the security forces and not with Aung San Suu Kyi and her aides,” he said. read more

US sales of new homes jump to highest level in 5 years

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by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2013 10:10 am MDT WASHINGTON – Americans snapped up new homes in June at the fastest pace in five years, a sign the housing recovery is strengthening.Sales of newly built homes rose 8.3 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 497,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That’s the highest since May 2008 and up from an annual rate of 459,000 in May, which was revised lower.While sales are still below the 700,000 pace consistent with healthy markets, they have risen 38 per cent in the past 12 months. That’s the biggest annual gain since January 1992.“There’s an awful lot of headroom for more gains in new-home sales once the job market recovers more fully,” Jonathan Basile, an economist at Credit Suisse, said in a note to clients.Home sales and prices have climbed since early last year, buoyed by solid hiring and low mortgage rates. Housing has helped drive economic growth this year at a time when other parts of the economy have languished, such as manufacturing and business investment.New-home sales make up only a small part of the market. But they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three new jobs and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to data from the National Association of Home Builders.One concern is that rising mortgage rates could slow sales in the coming months. The average rate on the 30-year fixed was 4.37 per cent last week — a full percentage point higher than in early May. At the same time, mortgage applications to purchase homes have fallen in the past few weeks.Rates surged after Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Federal Reserve could slow its bond-buying program later this year if the economy continues to improve. The Fed’s bond purchases have kept long-term interest rates low, encouraging more borrowing and spending.Economists noted that new-home sales reflect contract signings, rather than completed purchases, and don’t necessarily include completed mortgage applications. As a result, last month’s increase could reflect efforts by some purchasers to buy homes before rates rise further.“The U.S. housing market appears to be shrugging off the recent jump in mortgage rates,” said Sal Guatieri, an economist at BMO Capital Markets.Rising demand and a tight supply of available homes for sale have pushed up prices. The median price of a new home in June was $249,700, up 7.4 per cent from a year ago.The number of new homes available for sale at the end of June was 161,000. That’s only slightly higher than May’s level and 11 per cent above year-ago levels. At the current sales pace, it would take only 3.9 months to exhaust the supply of new homes on the market — matching a nine-year low. A supply of six months is typical in healthy markets.Limited homes on the market have kept sales from rising even faster. Still, higher prices, growing sales and the tight supply have made builders more optimistic about their prospects. That’s led many to ramp up construction and add jobs.Builder confidence rose in July to the highest level in seven years, according to a NAHB survey. And customer traffic and builders’ outlook for single-family home sales over the next six months are at the highest levels since the housing bubble burst in 2006. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US sales of new homes jump to highest level in 5 years, a sign housing is steadily improving read more

UN cooperation with League of Arab States pivotal UN chief tells Security

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“Our two organizations share a common mission:  to prevent conflict, resolve disputes and act in a spirit of solidarity and unity”, he told the meeting on cooperation between the Council and the League (LAS). “We work together to expand economic opportunity, advance respect for all human rights and build political inclusion”, he added.Responding to rising tensions in the Gulf, Mr. Guterres noted “with deep concern” the latest attack on oil tankers in the busy Strait of Hormuz on Thursday. “I strongly condemn any attack against civilian vessels”, he stressed.  “Facts must be established, and responsibilities clarified”.At the Security Council today, @antonioguterres noted with concern the security incident in the Strait of Hormuz. “If there is something the world cannot afford, it is a major confrontation in the Gulf region” he said. https://t.co/X8Y9sTatzd pic.twitter.com/qZeBwDpzTm— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) June 13, 2019 Dozens of crew members were rescued from two oil tankers hit by explosions, following on from attacks against four tankers which were hit off the coast of the United Arab Emirates a month ago.“If there is something the world cannot afford, it is a major confrontation in the Gulf region”, the Secretary-General spelled out.New social contractMr. Guterres explained that people around the world today expect “a new social contract for education, jobs, opportunities for young people, equality for women, respect for human rights and a fair share in national wealth”. Within the challenges facing the Arab region, lie opportunities “to build on the words and intentions of the charters of our two organizations” to bring “real change”, the UN chief said. The Secretary-General spoke about the UN’s commitment to a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the devastating toll on civilians in Syria after eight years of conflict; the impact of armed clashes in Libya; Sudan’s struggle to transition back to civilian rule; and the need to rebuild and overcome the trauma and impact of Da’esh, or ISIL, terrorist fighters in Iraq.He also highlighted that Lebanon, “a country significantly affected by regional developments and the generous hosting of large numbers of refugees”, needs strengthening, in addition to underscoring that negotiations must be resumed to find a lasting political solution in crisis-torn Yemen. Our two organizations share a common mission:  to prevent conflict, resolve disputes and act in a spirit of solidarity and unity UN chiefIn Somalia, he urged the international community to “remain united to support political progress and the development of security institutions”, calling the Arab League “a key partner, both as an organization and through its individual members, for political support and economic development”.On these efforts and more, “we continue to invest in building our engagement with regional and sub-regional organizations, including through regular consultations and collaboration”, he maintained.Mr. Guterres enumerated UN activities underway with the Arab League, which included biennial General Cooperation meetings, sectoral meetings, capacity building exercises and staff exchanges.He announced that a new UN Liaison Office to LAS in Cairo would become operational this month and lauded Egypt for its support and hospitality.“I fully expect this Liaison Office, the first funded by the UN regular budget, will improve the effectiveness of cooperation between our two organizations”, he said.“I intend to continue this fruitful engagement and deepen our collaboration to advance the vision set out in the UN Charter, in the interest of the peoples we collectively serve”, the UN chief concluded, offering his “full and active support” moving forward. read more

Football Ohio State remains at No 9 in latest College Football Playoff

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Ohio State Billy Price prepares to snap the ball to J.T. Barrett in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) stood still at No. 9 in the College Football Playoff rankings after thumping Illinois (2-9, 0-8 Big Ten) 52-14 on Saturday.The other Big Ten teams in the rankings are No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 10 Penn State, No. 16 Michigan State and No. 22 Northwestern. Michigan dropped out of the rankings from No. 24 after losing to Wisconsin 24-10. The Buckeyes will play the Wolverines at noon Saturday.The Buckeyes and the Badgers will face off on Dec. 2 in the Big Ten Championship Game with Ohio State representing the East and Wisconsin the West.The top four in the rankings consists of No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Miami (FL.), No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma. Wisconsin and No. 6 Auburn are the first two out. Here are the full rankings. Alabama Miami (FL.) Clemson Oklahoma Wisconsin Auburn Georgia Notre Dame Ohio State Penn State USC TCU Washington State Mississippi State Central Florida Michigan State Washington LSU Oklahoma State Memphis Stanford Northwestern Boise State South Carolina Virginia Tech read more

Irish people have a hunger to make a difference in the world

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first_img Apr 8th 2017, 8:45 AM ‘Irish people have a hunger to make a difference in the world’ 28 ‘global citizens’ are being honoured in Dublin today. Share133 Tweet Email 7 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 8:45 AM http://jrnl.ie/3325393 The 2016 Global Citizen Awards Ceremony Source: Jorge Ruiz Villasante/GCAIRELAND HAS A strong tradition of people volunteering abroad, something that stretches back decades.Many changes have happened nationally and internationally in the 53 years that EIL Intercultural Learning has been in operation, but its goal has remained the same.The non-profit organisation based in Cork aims to bring different cultures together through various volunteering and study abroad programmes.In 2016, EIL teamed up with similar organisations and charities, such as UCD Volunteers Overseas, Suas, Development Perspectives and Serve, to develop the Global Citizen Award (GCA).The GCA aims to recognise the work done by volunteers abroad and also encourages them to stay involved with social justice issues once they return to Ireland.Kevin Hickey, CEO of EIL Ireland, says the awards “build on the very strong tradition of volunteering abroad that has been in Ireland for several generations”.“In general, Irish people have a hunger to a make a difference in the world.What we found in EIL was that when people return to Ireland after volunteering abroad, they often come back quite deflated and feel like there is so much more that they should do but are not sure how.“The GCA helps them to give a voice to the people they met when volunteering abroad.” Kevin Hickey Source: EIL IrelandBy holding events or workshops about their experiences when they return home, volunteers raise awareness in their local community about issues such as poverty, gender-based violence, HIV and climate change.Hickey says this is an important aspect of the GCA as it “puts the human face on statistics that sometimes we read about in the paper but get immune to”, adding: “It gives people a real opportunity to commit to making a difference.”Some 28 people will receive awards at the GCA ceremony in Dublin city today – gold, silver and bronze. As well as volunteering abroad, gold winners also commit to volunteering for a minimum of 40 hours once they return to Ireland.Rise in nationalism Hickey says intercultural experiences are more important now than ever given the rise of nationalist views highlighted in the wake of Brexit, Donald Trump’s election in the US and the rise in popularity of Marine Le Pen in France.“People have been quite shocked I think about Brexit and Trump and what’s currently unfolding in the French presidential election as well … it’s a wake-up call for people.“It’s so worrying, this move towards nationalism and introspection. That did so much terrible damage to our country in the ’30, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, which led to bleeding emigration.It’s really worrying that people are not learning from history, we need to look back on history and not repeat the same mistakes.“People have begun to realise that you just can’t sit back and let things happen … The most effective changes in history happened when individuals made small changes, but together they made a huge difference,” Hickey said.Social activism and young people Ciaran Boyle will be receiving a gold GCA today. He volunteered with Suas Educational Development as a primary school teaching assistant in Noida, near Delhi in India.Boyle (23) said the GCA helped him to stay focused on social justice issues when he returned to Ireland.“It’s good to have that kind of tangible aim when you come back. You might come home thinking ‘I’m going to save the world’, but it’s a lot easier said than done.” A Glass Wall event at Trinity College expressing solidarity with refugees Source: Ciaran BoyleBoyle is involved with the Glass Wall, an initiative by students from Trinity and the National College of Art and Design that focuses on social activism.“A lot of young Irish people are apathetic when it comes to social justice issues and politics, we’re trying to bridge that gap. We’re trying to be engaging and accessible to young people in Ireland,” Boyle said.He and other members of the Suas Society at Trinity College also set up a weekly class with students from St Mary’s secondary school in Crumlin to teach them about global development issues such as poverty, global warming and gender equality. Ciaran Source: Ciaran BoyleBoyle said the classes aim to teach teenagers about important topics they often haven’t come across before.We believe that these are really important topics that you need to teach in school … There’s somewhat of a blissful ignorance to these kinds of problems in Ireland.One of the classes focused on child trafficking in southeast Asia. “They were shocked by that, to many of them trafficking was this abstract thing you might see in a movie, but not in real life,” Boyle said.He added that the classes are as creative as possible to engage students and lead to “open discussion and learning”.The pupils are taught about how they can make a difference through personal actions such as recycling or raising awareness through talking to others about what they’ve learned.Later this year, Suas Trinity hopes to extend these classes to other schools.More information on the Global Citizen Award can be read here, while more details about EIL Ireland can be read here.Note: Órla Ryan is a volunteer with EIL IrelandRead: ‘Nobody’s ashamed to say they broke their leg, but there’s still a shame linked to mental illness’Read: ‘After the transplant, I looked in the mirror and my eyes weren’t yellow anymore, they were white’ 8,015 Views By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

Over 150 000 people a sign of success

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Antipodes Glendi on Lonsdale Street shone bright in the balmy Saturday night with an estimated crowd of over 90 000 people as the glorious voice of Glykeria delighted the audience with her superlative performance. The festival crowd, estimated at over 150 000 people over the two days, is the largest in a decade, according to police reports. Lonsdale Street was busy with a great mix of families old and young, from all over Victoria and importantly, a good mix of Greeks and non-Greeks. When Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) asked the president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne, Victoria Bill Papastergiadis how he felt about the large crowds he responded, “We are exhilarated it was a unanimous stamp of approval by the public. They voted with their feet.”Mr Papastergiadis added, “We invited various mayors from other municipalities and they were astounded by the sheer size and excellence of the festival, in fact the Premier (John Brumby) turned to me to me said, ‘This is fantastic, it is a major event.’”Forty-three stalls showcased an array of Greece’s rich culture, from cultural and arts displays, to media outlets, to Greek schools and organisations, kids’ face painting and poem readings, clown and dodgy ball throwing games, as well as outlets selling souvlaki, frappe, and loukomades. Festival highlights included the launch of local Australian singer, Maria Maroulis’s three new singles at the Festival as well as the one hour performance by Stephan Kydas, 27 of East Bentleigh, to win Sunday’s Zorba till you drop competition. His reward for his sterling effort was a trip to Greece and three internal tickets to any Aegean island of his choice.Souvlathon, the souvlaki eating competition, held on Saturday was won by Alex, who managed to eat three and a half souvlaki in three minutes, with a total of seven throughout the competition.The moving re-enactment of the Oath of Independence in 1821 staged by the Pan Maniot Union of Australia, together with the Pallaconian Association and the Greek Orthodox Community dance group was a real hit with the crowd.The armed war heroes were led to the stage on the back of six horses, wearing authentic replica costumes with original flintlocks, swords, and jewellery from the period. The spectacular performance of singing and dancing including the Dance of the Dead from Messolonghi, moved the parliamentary delegation from Greece to such a degree that they delayed their departure from the festival until the performance was over. A member from the Antipodes board who talked to NKEE from the VIP marquee without wanting to be named said, “The success of this event, the additional and substantial funding from the Victorian government, the fact that all the political leadership from opposition and government are here, and the mass crowds, are a final and clear vindication of Bill’s (Papastergiadis) leadership after the terrible last few years when we almost disappeared in a mire of self doubt.”He went on to say that, “Bill (Papastergiadis) proved to the doubters by resurrecting interest in the Community (GOCMV), in our schools and in our festival. He secured the right staff, tweaked the board and finally got the government to give us funding that the community deserves.”Festival Chair, Leonidas Vlahakis expressed his satisfaction with the overall outcome and atmosphere of the Glendi.last_img read more

A Sprint Triathlon is just a few days away…

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA Sprint Triathlon is just a few days away….The event is slated to take place in the lower Bight on November 10th from 3pm to 6:30pm. The event features several parts including swim of .5 miles, a ride of 12.1 miles and a run of 3.15 miles. The Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Hon. Akierra Misick and the Minister of Labour & Border Control the Hon. Don Hue Gardiner among other officials are expected to be in attendance. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Provo SNAP Centre. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Macau December GGR hinting at better than expected growth

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first_imgLikewise, J.P. Morgan’s DS Kim and Sean Zhuang described the monthly progress as “very impressive”, being well above November’s MOP$833 million daily average. November GGR beat consensus by growing 8.5% to MOP$25 billion.The analysts pointed to strong volume in both VIP and mass across the past two weekends with VIP looking particularly solid.There is therefore a “good chance of another GGR beat for December,” Kim and Zhuang said, with December GGR shaping to reach 11% growth. However, this implies “only MOP$800 to MOP$810 million per day run rate and thus appears rather conservative versus MTD trends.“We wouldn’t be surprised to see December GGR printing mid-teens growth (unless demand/luck suddenly deteriorates here, which is rather unlikely), versus current consensus of +9% to +10% year-on-year.” JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More Big trouble in little China RelatedPosts Macau’s gross gaming revenue (GGR) is trending “better than expected” over the first nine days of December, suggesting year-on-year growth could push into the teens, according to analysts.In a Monday note, Bernstein’s Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu said Macau’s operators had taken average daily revenue of MOP$877 million from 1 to 9 December, up 6% over a similar period last year and 20% over the entire December 2017 average. They added that December 2017 was “relatively weak with low hold and soft volumes, which makes for easier comparison” due to the loss of VIP business overseas and slowdown issues related to a large Guangdong underground bank. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

KP Snacks to relaunch bikesforwork scheme

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first_imgKP Snacks is to re-launch its bikes-for-work scheme in April 2016.The food manufacturer is re-launching the benefit with the aim of boosting take up among its 1,800 employees.The scheme, provided by Cycle Solutions, was first introduced in July 2015.Some 6% of KP Snack’s employees have taken up the benefit since its launch.Employees who opt to take part in the initiative pay for bikes and accessories through a salary sacrifice arrangement, providing tax and national insurance savings.Rukaiya Chinoy, HR business partner at KP Snacks, said: “We have a geographically and culturally diverse workforce and a key objective when planning our scheme was to ensure all employees had access to the same choice and service.“The scheme has been very well received and we’re already planning our next launch for 2016.”last_img read more

Many Kenai Peninsula Projects In Proposed Walker Capital Budget

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first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker’s proposed Alaska Economic Recovery Plan would use payroll tax revenue to finance deferred maintenance projects over a three-year tax collection period, equating to construction boom that will bring down the unemployment rate. Governor Bill Walker I-AK: “I just think one of the best cures for some of our social ills that we have and challenges is a job. It brings focus, it brings a reason to have a lifestyle that’s conducive to keeping that job.”  Walker says that putting folks to work in their local communities on these capital projects is an important step for popping Alaska out of its depression. The Homer Ferry Terminal will experience building repairs to the tune of $150,000. Governor Bill Walker I-AK: “I think people feel better about themselves when they get up and go to work and produce something every day.” Parks & Outdoor Recreation in the Kenai area will receive a $150,000 appropriations for KRSMA – Bings Landing. The Kenai courthouse will replace outdated, inefficient Pneumatic controls and equipment with a $193,000 DDC System. The Seward Courthouse Court would receive $95,000 to replace deteriorated flooring, wall and ceiling finishes. At the AVTEC Facilities in Seward, underground fuel tanks will be replaced, along with the gym floor at the Student Services Center, where the locker room and exterior will also be repaired. The Kenai Army Guard Facilities will see $500,000 in lead remediation. DOTPF North Kenai Maintenance Station will have $150,000 to replace siding. Industrial Electrical Building and Student Services Center will both have fire alarm systems upgraded, along with critical campus-wide upgrades and repairs for health, life, and safety. While there are no projects in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Capital Improvement Projects for FY2019 Major Maintenance Grant Fund list, the area would have projects funded in other areas. The Walker Administration plans to appropriate about $700M to decommission and clean up an old microwave site in Homer, and about $2M in roof repairs at Spring Creek and Wildwood Correctional Centers. Story as aired: $900,000 would be earmarked for shoulders and ditches for North Kenai Island Lake Road and Miller Loop Road, $600,000 in repairs for Seward’s Snow River West Channel Bridge, and $64,000 for repairs to the Kenai Spur Road Bike Path. The Kenai Peninsula College campus would see a $934,300 renewal, Kachemak Bay campus is scheduled for a $72,200 renewal, and the Kachemak Bay Library and computer classroom is set for a $150,000 renovation. Repairs will be made to student housing, renovations to the First Lake campus, Industrial Electrical Building will have its roof and flooring replaced, the welding room will receive ventilation upgrades and storage. Audio PlayerDorene-on-bill-walker-on-many-kenai-peninsula-projects.mp3VmDorene-on-bill-walker-on-many-kenai-peninsula-projects.mp300:00RPd Deferred maintenance to be addressed also includes emergency medical service match for Code Blue; weatherization programs; senior citizen housing programs.last_img read more

The Great Firewall of China blocks off Wikipedia

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first_img $210 at Best Buy Culture,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $60 at Best Buy 4:26 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 1 See at Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Boost Mobile $999 Rylo Apple iPhone XS $520 at HP DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview Read Google Home Hub review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See at Turo $299 at Amazon 7 Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $155 at Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast.center_img Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The Cheapskate Tags Share your voice Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See it $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $59 at eBay Angela Lang/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Comment $6 at Tidal Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Read the AirPods review Sprint See It $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Turo $999 Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Wikipedia  Wikipedia China is known for its censorship of certain websites. The country went the extra mile by blocking Wikipedia in April.Multiple reports confirm China blocked Wikipedia across all language URLs sometime in late April. The country is using DNS injections to prevent its citizens from accessing the online encyclopedia, according to a report from the Open Observatory of Network Interference on May 4.”In late April, the Wikimedia Foundation determined that Wikipedia was no longer accessible in China,” Samantha Lien, communications manager for the Wikipedia Foundation, said in an email Wednesday. “After closely analyzing our internal traffic reports, we can confirm that Wikipedia is currently blocked across all language versions.”So far, there’s no explanation provided as to why China is blocking Wikipedia. In May 2017, the country did put forth plans for making its own online encyclopedia with more than 300,000 articles from 20,000 scholars.  China is not the first country to do a complete ban of Wikipedia. Turkey has the site blocked since April 2017, and several other countries, like Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, blocked the site for a period of time. The Chinese Embassy didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Originally published May 13, 10:12 a.m. PT.Update, May 14: Adds quote from Wikipedia. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 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Bodies of Teens Kept in Rock Salt at Morgue in Maharashtra

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first_imgMumbai: Police are verifying a purported incident wherein bodies of two teenagers were found kept in rock salt at the morgue of a state-run hospital in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon, apparently to “bring them back to life”. Police have written a letter to dean of the hospital concerned to verify the incident, an official said on Sunday. “As the bodies were in the possession of the hospital, we cannot confirm the incident,” said MIDC police station inspector Ranjeet Shirsath. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us He, however, confirmed to have written a letter to verify the incident. A video that has been widely circulated on the social media purportedly shows the bodies of two teenagers immersed in rock salt weighing more than a quintal, another official said, adding it might have been done in hope to bring them back to life. The deceased, both residents of Master Colony in Jalgaon, had drowned in a pond on Friday evening, he said. “Their bodies were sent for postmortem on the same night but what happened in the hospital’s mortuary is not known,” said the official. The last rites of the teenagers were performed by their family members on Saturday morning, he added.last_img read more

Artificial Intelligence Advances Threaten Privacy of Health Data

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first_img Related Content 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 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 | 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 January 4, 2019 — Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have created new threats to the privacy of people’s health data, a new University of California, Berkeley, a new study shows.Led by University of California Berkeley engineer Anil Aswani, the study suggests current laws and regulations are nowhere near sufficient to keep an individual’s health status private in the face of AI development. The research was published Dec. 21 in the JAMA Network Open journal.The findings show that by using artificial intelligence, it is possible to identify individuals by learning daily patterns in step data, such as that collected by activity trackers, smartwatches and smartphones, and correlating it to demographic data.The mining of two years’ worth of data covering more than 15,000 Americans led to the conclusion that the privacy standards associated with 1996’s HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) legislation need to be revisited and reworked.”We wanted to use NHANES (the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) to look at privacy questions because this data is representative of the diverse population in the U.S.,” said Aswani. “The results point out a major problem. If you strip all the identifying information, it doesn’t protect you as much as you’d think. Someone else can come back and put it all back together if they have the right kind of information.””In principle, you could imagine Facebook gathering step data from the app on your smartphone, then buying healthcare data from another company and matching the two,” he added. “Now they would have healthcare data that’s matched to names, and they could either start selling advertising based on that or they could sell the data to others.”According to Aswani, the problem isn’t with the devices, but with how the information the devices capture can be misused and potentially sold on the open market.”I’m not saying we should abandon these devices,” he said. “But we need to be very careful about how we are using this data. We need to protect the information. If we can do that, it’s a net positive.”Though the study specifically looked at step data, the results suggest a broader threat to the privacy of health data.”HIPAA regulations make your healthcare private, but they don’t cover as much as you think,” Aswani said. “Many groups, like tech companies, are not covered by HIPAA, and only very specific pieces of information are not allowed to be shared by current HIPAA rules. There are companies buying health data. It’s supposed to be anonymous data, but their whole business model is to find a way to attach names to this data and sell it.”Aswani said advances in AI make it easier for companies to gain access to health data, the temptation for companies to use it in illegal or unethical ways will increase. Employers, mortgage lenders, credit card companies and others could potentially use AI to discriminate based on pregnancy or disability status, for instance.”Ideally, what I’d like to see from this are new regulations or rules that protect health data,” he said. “But there is actually a big push to even weaken the regulations right now. For instance, the rule-making group for HIPAA has requested comments on increasing data sharing. The risk is that if people are not aware of what’s happening, the rules we have will be weakened. And the fact is the risks of us losing control of our privacy when it comes to health care are actually increasing and not decreasing.”For more information: www.jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopenReference1. Na L., Yang C., Lo C., et al. Feasibility of Reidentifying Individuals in Large National Physical Activity Data Sets From Which Protected Health Information Has Been Removed With Use of Machine Learning. JAMA Network Open, Dec. 21, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.6040 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 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. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  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 | 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 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 | 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 morelast_img read more