Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LOS ANGELES – PwC accountants won’t be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts.Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs sent an email to academy members Wednesday detailing the new protocols for announcing Oscar winners developed after the best-picture flub at last month’s Academy Awards. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spokeswoman Teni Melidonian confirmed the authenticity of the email.The academy’s Board of Governors discussed its ongoing relationship with PwC, formerly known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, and established the new controls at a meeting Tuesday night. Besides banning cellphones, the academy is adding a third balloting partner to the telecast, and bringing in PwC’s U.S. chairman to provide oversight. PwC, which has handled Oscar balloting and other academy business for 83 years, has claimed responsibility for the biggest mistake in Oscar history. Balloting partner Brian Cullinan tweeted a photo of Emma Stone backstage moments before handing presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope for best picture. They announced “La La Land” as the winner, though “Moonlight” actually won.Boone Isaacs blamed Cullinan’s distraction for the error. PwC said that both he and partner Martha Ruiz failed to follow established protocols that night and did not act quickly enough to correct the error.Traditionally, two PwC partners have overseen Oscar balloting and are the only two people who know the winners before they are announced live onstage. They’re stationed on opposite sides of the Dolby Theatre stage, each with an identical set of winners’ envelopes for the show’s 24 categories.Boone Isaacs said in her email Wednesday that a third balloting partner with knowledge of the winners will sit with the telecast director going forward. Balloting partners will also be required to participate in Oscar rehearsals, she said.She called the 89th Academy Awards “the most extraordinary and memorable Oscars ceremony in decades” and said that academy officials have been working since then to develop the new protocols adopted Tuesday. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
16 October 2009The United Nations human rights chief is sending a team to Honduras on Sunday for a three-week official visit to examine violations of rights in the wake of the coup d’état in the Central American country in June. Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a statement today from Geneva in which she said the mission would seek the views of all parties in Honduras during its visit, which is scheduled to run until 7 November.Earlier this month the UN Human Rights Council formally asked Ms. Pillay to present a comprehensive report on violations in Honduras since the coup on 28 June, when President José Manuel Zelaya was ousted. That report is expected to be delivered by next March.Ms. Pillay, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN officials, as well as the General Assembly, have all expressed concern about the situation in Honduras.
A United Nations expert panel is examining the interaction between supply and demand strategies against the global drug abuse problem during its two-week session, which opened today in Vienna.The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the body monitoring worldwide drug abuse and trafficking, is also set to review a number of other related issues and developments, including the results of missions and technical visits the experts carried out in Indonesia, Portugal, Thailand and Timor-Leste, to obtain first-hand information on national drug control initiatives and on the implementation of the international drug control treaties in those countries.During its eightieth session, set to run through 28 May, the Board will also review the extent to which the Governments of Egypt, Jamaica, Pakistan, Ukraine and Serbia and Montenegro have implemented recommendations made to them, pursuant to respective missions carried out by the experts during 2001.The INCB, an independent body of 13 international experts, issues an annual report usually in late February on its findings in the field of worldwide drug abuse and trafficking, which also devotes special attention to a specific drug-related issue in its lead chapter.The Vienna-based INCB is an independent body established by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs to monitor Governments’ compliance with the international drug control treaties. Its members are elected by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to serve in their individual capacities for a term of five years.
“Countries discussed concrete solutions to speed up and scale up action,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), following the international negotiation panel in Bonn, Germany.She said that the representatives also discussed how to construct a transparent, measurable, verifiable agreement that gets the best out of all countries. “And they are committed to sticking to their own timetable.” The task of the UNFCCC’s Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) is to negotiate a new, universal climate agreement by 2015, to come into force from 2020, and to find ways to increase current inadequate global ambition to address human-generated climate change before 2020.Ms. Figueres reminded governments during the meeting that “while they are on track to meet the milestones they have set themselves, they are not yet on track to meet the demands of science.”During this week of meetings, the second since annual high-level talks were held in Doha last year, Governments agreed that climate change needs to be addressed by all groups working together – from international organizations to the private sector – and with support from the highest political level, UNFCCC said in a news release.Participants also agreed that there are many opportunities to scale up existing mitigation actions, notably with the help of renewable energy, and that there is a need to build up sufficient financial means to implement action, among other proposals.The outcomes of this week’s meeting, and the next ADP meeting to be held in June, will be part of the agenda for the 19th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-19) this November in Warsaw, Poland.The ADP co-chairs, Jayant Moreshver Mauskar and Harald Dovland, said in a joint statement that this week’s discussions “are making progress, but we have limited time… and therefore need to continue and accelerate our efforts.” As representatives wrapped up in Bonn, the UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) confirmed that 2012 was the ninth warmest year on record.The global average temperature in 2012 was 0.45 degrees Celsius higher than the 1961-1990 average of 14 degrees, according to WMO’s ‘Statement on the Status of the Global Climate’ released on 2 May. The statement also confirms that 2012 was the 27th consecutive year with an above-average global temperature.“Although the rate of warming varies from year to year due to natural variability caused by the El Niño cycle, volcanic eruptions and other phenomena, the sustained warming of the lower atmosphere is a worrisome sign,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “The continued upward trend in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases and the consequent increased radiative forcing of the Earth’s atmosphere confirm that the warming will continue,” he said.The warming trend is responsible for record levels of ice thaw in the Arctic and extreme weather, including droughts and tropical cyclones, Mr. Jarraud said. “Natural climate variability has always resulted in such extremes, but the physical characteristics of extreme weather and climate events are being increasingly shaped by climate change,” he added.Europe is warming faster than many other parts of the world, according to figures from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). According to a statement the office today released, southern and central Europe is seeing more frequent heat waves, forest fires and droughts. While the northern and north-eastern Europe is projected to get more precipitation and flooding. In this context, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, today welcomed the European Union’s newly announced strategy on adaptation to climate change.“The adoption of this new strategy is a major incentive for European states to step up their efforts for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation,” Ms. Wahlström said in a news release from Geneva.“Urban resilience is especially important across the region given that 75 per cent of the population live in urban areas which can be exposed to heat waves, flooding or rising sea levels.”The EU estimates that the minimum cost of not adapting to climate change would reach $131 billion a year by 2020 and $328 billion a year by 2050 for the whole EU. Ensuring environmental sustainability is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015. The UN General Assembly is scheduled to hold a thematic debate this month in New York to focus on climate change, green energy and sustainability. In addition, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants the world to reach universal access to modern energy services by 2030 as part of his Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.
A Ugandan tabloid on Tuesday named the country’s “200 top homosexuals,” a day after President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act into law, criminalizing and imposing life imprisonment for homosexuality, same-sex marriage and “aggravated homosexuality.”“The publication by a newspaper in Uganda of the names and photos of people it claims are homosexual not only violates the right to privacy, it also demonstrates the very real danger that the new anti-homosexuality law will encourage acts of violence and harassment against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” said a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Cécile Pouilly recalled that the High Court of Uganda has previously ruled that publishing such lists amounts to a violation of the rights to dignity and privacy protected by the Ugandan Constitution. “We reiterate that media organisations should refrain from fuelling hatred and attacks on the basis of sexual orientation,” stated Ms. Pouilly.“We further reiterate our call upon the Ugandan authorities to take urgent steps to protect all persons from discrimination and violence regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.” OHCHR urged the authorities to review the criminal legal provisions targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and make sure that attacks against them are investigated, and alleged perpetrators prosecuted. Both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay spoken out against the new law and urged Uganda to repeal it.
It may seem strange that one of the biggest names in the iOS jailbreak community was speaking at the Big Android BBQ 2013, but after spending a few minutes talking to him it couldn’t be more clear that Jay Freeman is simply a fan of all things mobile.I had exactly one question for the man known globally as Saurik: “How do you get to a position where your name is synonymous with jailbreaking an iPhone?” As it turns out, Jay wasn’t a fan of Apple or the iPhone when the original first launched in 2007. The iPhone 2G wasn’t a good phone, but it was a fun, new experience and at the time it had the best browser on a mobile device. For someone with a Nokia candy bar phone, like Freeman, there was very little appeal. Despite pleading from his employer at the time, who very much wanted the whole office to be running Apple’s new handheld, Freeman remained unimpressed with the experience being offered by this first generation.Apple finally got Freeman’s attention when a handful of eager developers had created Installer, an app that made it possible for users to load apps that weren’t made by Apple onto the phone. Finally, the opportunity was there for people like Saurik to simply write their own features and fix whatever was perceived as broken. This was the push he needed in order to pick up an iPhone — within a day he had started interacting with the jailbreak community and trying to see where he could fit in.Unfortunately, Installer didn’t really fit Freeman’s needs. Most of what he was interested in meant not using Objective C, the language all of iOS was written in. To solve this he released JOCstrap, which allowed him to use Java in this environment. The install process was dependent on things being installed in a very specific order, and if you went out of that order there were problems. Then Saurik implemented an APT-style install tool that made sure you had these dependencies, and made the installer nice and easy. All that was missing was a UI, which users assured him was important. What happened next was the beginning of what most people now know as “Cydia”.Support for Installer by the original creator waned, which eventually led to it being woven into Cydia. Desire for Cydia grew significantly, and was even seen as its own platform before too long. By the time iOS 2 rolled around, Freeman had become not only one of the primary maintainers for these highly desired features, but was actively participating in the jailbreak process. From that point, he became involved in many other projects. Saurik is well known for Substrate on iOS and eventually Android, as well as maintaining HTC G1 user mailing lists and actively contributing to other operating systems.Jailbreaking is in an odd place right now, as we all wait for an iOS 7 jailbreak to be released. There’s no doubt that it is on the way and, if anything, iOS 7 opens a lot of interesting new doors. With many of the iOS updates, there has been a general buzz cycle surrounding the future of jailbreaking. First there’s a general sense of amusement that Apple has borrowed some ideas from the jailbreak community. Next, there’s a sense that jailbreaking is dead thanks to Apple’s clever new security measure. Finally, there’s the next jailbreak and the exploration of new opportunities. With tools like Control Center and Notification Center, Freeman believes that many jailbreakers will look at this and work on things to improve and add.As for details regarding the current state of affaies, Saurik made it clear that an iOS 7 jailbreak is absolutely on the way. The first steps have been accomplished, but now there jailbreak team is working hard on getting it working flawlessly every time. There’s no hard date, obviously, but it seems likely we’ll all be jailbreaking iOS again within the next two months.Cydia is more than ready, according to Freeman, with support for 64-bit support already ready to go. Despite an air of concern regarding security on iOS 7 after it has been jailbroken, Freeman doesn’t think it will cause as many problems as others may think. In fact, Jay seemed to think that access to things like TouchID would end up being more secure after developers have the opportunity to see how it works and makes sure it is being used correctly.
Une tablette Ice Cream Sandwich et Tegra 3 chez LenovoLe constructeur chinois s’apprêterait à sortir une nouvelle tablette tactile d’ici la fin de l’année, avec quelques bons arguments sous le capot.Selon le site engadget, Lenovo va donc proposer d’ici les fêtes, une nouveauté dans sa gamme de tablette tactile. Avec 10 pouces, celle-ci fonctionnera sous la dernière version d’Android, à savoir Ice Cream Sandwich. À lire aussiCyanogenmod 10 disponible pour les smartphones et tablettes sous AndroidCe point positif est accompagné d’une autre nouveauté encore plus attrayante: la tablette de Lenovo intégrera aussi le dernier processeur quadricore de NVIDIA, le Tegra 3 (cadencé à 1,6 MHz). Rien que ça! En plus de ces caractéristiques performantes, la tablette proposera 2 Go de mémoire, un port USB standard, une caméra et surtout un lecteur d’empreintes digitales! Les informations ne sont pas légion, du coup, il faudra encore attendre quelques semaines pour en savoir plus sur cette nouvelle tablette toutefois très prometteuse.Le 15 novembre 2011 à 21:36 • Maxime Lambert
Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWE is featuring a preview for tonight’s RAW in Toronto, including five things you should know about the show before it airs live tonight.This includes:1. Fallout from The Shield reuniting last week2. Braun Strowman to confront Roman Reigns3. Alexa Bliss is still owed a rematch against Ronda Rousey4. Baron Corbin begins his new role as the RAW Acting GM5. The Revival picks up more wins over The B-TeamDon’t forget to join us for live coverage of RAW tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).Failed Money in the Bank cash-insWWE has uploaded a video looking at the Top 10 failed Money in the Bank cash-ins. Twitter Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Kate Hudson Can’t Live Without This One Thing In The Morning Lady Gaga announces shes pregnant with new music WhatsApp Tana Mongeau blasts Teen Choice Awards Videos Articles As previously reported this week, Dana Brooke suffered a gruesome injury from a turnbuckle bump in a match with Sarah Logan taped for WWE Main Event.This morning, Brooke posted via Twitter that she will be appearing as scheduled in Missoula, Montana for a house show and all seems to be well.I hurt. I bleedI mourn. I grieveI struggle. I tryI fall and I sighI fight. I loseI scar. I bruiseI suffer. I yearnBut I liveAND I LEARN!!! Much love for all the kind messages! I’m back at it! #wwe Missoula coming 4 ya! @WWE pic.twitter.com/2eyrT3xmUh— Dana Brooke WWE (@DanaBrookeWWE) June 21, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Doug Lackey RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Elizabeth Banks Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipElizabeth Banks: She Does Have A Thing For PuppetsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:29/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 4.77%0:01Remaining Time -3:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Elizabeth Banks: She Does Have A Thing For Puppets Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Superstar Natalya Strongly Believes Women Will Main-Event WrestleMania 35 Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)
Despite being relegated in the UEFA Nations League, Michael O’Neill is optimistic his Northen Ireland side is improving.Northern Ireland have failed to win a single point from their opening three matches in Group B3 and will be relegated to Group C when the Nations League returns, and Michael O’Neill knows that.Bosnia and Herzegovina are expected to win the group, with Austria in second place, but O’Neill feels they are improving as they try to focus on next year’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.“We played the other night with a starting line-up of five core players and six who are in single figures in terms of caps – Gavin Whyte, Liam Boyce, George Saville, Jamal Lewis, Michael Smith and the goalkeeper [Bailey Peacock-Farrell],” O’Neill told Sky Sports.The Netherlands have a walk in the park in Estonia’s pitch Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 9, 2019 With a stellar performance from Ryan Babel, the Netherlands won their second consecutive UEFA Euro Qualifier against Estonia.After the impressive performance they offered in…“We’re progressing, those boys are stepping up in international football and playing against a lot more experienced players.“I’ve been delighted with how the players have come in. We’ve got good competition for places in a lot of areas on the pitch, at times we haven’t had that.“So despite the fact the three games have gone against us, we were disappointed to lose the games but I’m not devastated or despondent.”
Crystel Baye and her family were looking to move up in the world as they stretched their dollars to leave a manufactured home in Orchards and buy a two-story house in West Hazel Dell.Sure, living on the corner of Northwest 78th Street means tolerating lots of nearby traffic. But it was still an improvement for the Baye family, with children ages 3, 7 and 12. Baye said they mostly love the neighborhood and their proximity to parks, churches and public schools.What they don’t love is the house directly across 78th from their cul de sac. Given the behaviors she’s seen over there — and, occasionally, right on her front porch and even coming through her doorway — Baye said she thought it must be a group home for people who are mentally ill or struggling with addiction.She’s almost right.The house is a haven for mentally ill people who likely would be homeless if it wasn’t for landlady Catherine Cook. But it’s not a managed “group home,” according to numerous sources The Columbian checked with — including one man who lives at another Cook property, and sings her praises as a compassionate and charitable landlady who cares about people with no place left to go.Cook declined several offers to be interviewed about the house, but renter “Joe,” who didn’t want his real name used, said she “steps up and gives a home to people who can’t rent from anybody else for one reason or another.”
The City of Pittsburgh has extended its medical insurance coverage to include surgical treatments for full gender affirmation surgery.The benefit, which was announced by Mayor William Peduto on 19 October 2017, will apply to all city employees and their dependents who are enrolled in the city’s medical insurance plan.Employees can already access mental health and hormonal therapy benefits through the medical plan.The city predicts that the cost impact of the benefit enhancement will be minimal, although it does not have data on how many employees will take advantage of the option for gender affirmation surgery.The benefit was announced in conjunction with Pittsburgh achieving a 100% score in the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) annual Municipal equality index, a national rating system for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) inclusion in municipal law and policy across 506 US cities.Peduto said: “We are very, very proud of this 100% rating from HRC, which we’ve been working hard to reach through all four years I’ve been in office.“This proves again the welcoming and open spirit Pittsburgh city government has for its [employees] and their families. I want to thank the city personnel department and our LGBTQIA+ advisory council for all their work on this important matter.”
ADC AUTHOR The Fort Lawton Redevelopment Plan is ready for review by DOD and the Department of Housing and Urban Development following finalized legislation to move forward with the affordable housing project, the Queen Anne News reported. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan formally approved the plan that would create 237 affordable housing units for rent and homeownership on a portion of the decommissioned Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center…The first phase of the Air Force Reserve Command consolidated mission complex at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is complete, 41 WGMT reported. The project started with a 2012 ground-breaking to consolidate the command’s current use of 9 buildings across the base. “This complex will bring command staff together in one location which hasn’t happened since 1953,” Air Force Reserve Command Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee said…Layton City, Utah, is seeking qualified firms to prepare a comprehensive Compatible Use Plan (CUP) for Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah. Layton City also requests in conjunction with its RFP, consideration of a CUP planning grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment. Interested parties wishing to bid must be submit a complete response to Layton City by 5 p.m., July 26. View the complete scope and RFP here…The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) seeks an experienced international business development professional to assist Virginia-based defense-related companies in generating international sales. This role will work with a broad range of companies from Virginia’s defense industry as they grow their export sales. The application deadline is July 17 and candidates can find more information here.Photo courtesy Seattle.gov
32 Border security: Tech options that could replace a wall Now playing: Watch this: The AeroVironment Puma drone, already used by the military, can be launched by hand. AeroVironment President Donald Trump has a vision of a “big, beautiful wall” made of concrete and steel on the US-Mexico border. In addition to that physical barrier, you could also see an armada of drones whizzing through the sky.Many in the tech industry envision a drone-protected border as not just likely but inevitable, helping the US Border Patrol see farther and communicate better. Drones should make it easier for agents to distinguish immigrants and smugglers from the cows and coyotes that prowl along the border, advocates say.”That could be the 21st century solution to the problem of protecting borders,” said Chris Eheim, chief technology officer of Sunflower Labs, a home security drone startup, and a 15-year aerospace engineer. The US Customs and Border Protection agency already uses some massive military drones with 66-foot wingspans, but modern drone innovation could equip officers with smaller, cheaper aircraft that could be lofted from back of a truck.Eheim’s company isn’t angling for border security business. But plenty of drone companies think their technology is a good fit. They include Tactical Micro, Fortem Technologies, AeroVironment, PrecisionHawk and Aria Insights. 1:54 Drones Donald Trump Share your voice Rep. James Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, supported the idea when he called for a “smart wall” in a January opinion piece in The Hill. Clyburn’s virtual wall would use drones and sensors to create “a technological barrier too high to climb over, too wide to go around, and too deep to burrow under.”House Democrats offered a plan seeking, among other things, “cutting-edge technology along the border to improve situational awareness.” The two sides worked on a $1.375 billion border security compromise to head off a government shutdown Friday. The package includes $100 million for drones and other surveillance technology.”Drones are a natural fit for border security,” said Diana Cooper, a senior vice president at PrecisionHawk, a company selling drone management tools. “It’s much easier to retask a drone than a satellite.”But some activist groups aren’t happy with the mass surveillance made possible by drones and other technology like facial recognition and biometric data including fingerprints for border security. One collection of groups, including Fight for the Future, Defending Rights and Dissent, Access Now, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Free Press Action and Demand Progress, delivered thousands of signatures to House Democrats on Thursday from people opposed to the technology.And in a letter to the House of Representatives last week, those and other groups said that Congress shouldn’t expand funding for the border technology and that people far beyond should be concerned. “We know that the border is often a testing ground for surveillance technology that is later deployed throughout the United States. Ubiquitous surveillance technology poses a serious threat to human rights and constitutional liberties,” the letter said.Big drones, little dronesDrones — also called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) — range from noisy quadcopters to massive payload-carrying mini-planes. Customs and Border Protection has used military-style Predator drones, which can fly as high as 9 miles, to look for illegal activity like smuggling near the border.What’s changing is that newer drones, smaller and cheaper than those big military alternatives, can be tailored for specific border uses. Among them:Drone-equipped trucks. Tactical Micro already retrofits Border Patrol pickup trucks with a camera-equipped boom that reaches up 34 feet to give agents a six-mile view. So far, 14 are using the $340,000 systems. Now it’s adding a drone that agents can send at the push of a button for closer inspections. “You can send a bird 100 feet above a target and tell what they’re doing,” CTO John Moulton said. “Is it mother and children? Drug smugglers with backpacks and rifles?”Radar-aided drones. An agent can use Fortem Technologies’ 1.5-pound tripod-mounted radar systems for a quick, long-range-scan during the day or night. An agent can then send a self-piloting drone to check out anything concerning the radar flags, said CEO Tim Bean. The systems should cost between $40,000 and $80,000 depending on whether it’s used with small battery-powered drones or longer-range gas-powered models.Enlarge ImageAria Insights sells tethered drones that can provide an aerial view or extend radio communications. Pat Piasecki/Aria Insights Fixed-wing drones for longer flight duration. AeroVironment’s drones can be lofted by hand and carried in a backpack. The company has already sold tens of thousands to the military, according to Steve Gitlin, the company’s vice president of corporate strategy. A $200,000 Raven system comes with five aircraft, each weighing 5 pounds and able to fly 60 to 90 minutes.Tethered drones for surveillance and communication. Aria Insights sells six-rotor drones that can hover 400 feet above the ground for long periods of time — the record is 10 days — because they’re tethered to a ground station that supplies power. The drone can house two types of cameras or combine a single camera with a relay to expand radio communication range up to 40 miles, said Elizabeth Brozena, a vice president at the company. With a chain of drones tethered to trucks or buildings, “we can very quickly create a virtual wall,” she said.Drones wouldn’t likely operate in isolation. Several executives saw their products as a good complement to walls, fences and other physical barriers.And new sensor technology could help agents know where to dispatch drones. Fortem’s radar sensors could be mounted to buildings. The same lidar scanners that are revolutionizing cars with 3D laser scanning could work on the border, too. Vibration-detecting geophones and buried fiber-optic cables can detect intruders.A Customs and Border Protection Predator B drone for patrolling the southern border of the United States. Gerald L Nino/CBP High-tech troublesDrones may be a boon for law enforcement, but some don’t like how they can watch everything, all the time.Constant surveillance in an area can mean privacy and civil liberties costs to residents and travelers in a border area, said Neema Singh Guliani, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union who previously worked at the Department of Homeland Security.”A lot of us would have objections to surveillance infrastructure in our communities that could track everywhere we went, every time we went to a doctor’s office or a place of worship,” she said. “It’s capturing a large amount of personal data. And there’s a history at the DHS of not putting in place the privacy protections that should be put in place.”Government scrutiny of existing border drones already raised concerns. A 2018 Government Accountability Office report found privacy problems with data handling, and a 2014 report found no evidence drones helped with goals like reducing border surveillance costs and apprehending people trying to cross the border illegally.But tomorrow’s drone technology is very different from the big Predators already guarding the country.If you’re on the border, you’re likely to see more of them regardless of how today’s political differences are settled, said PrecisionHawk’s Cooper.”Wall or no wall,” she said, “the future is going to be reliant on drones.”First published at 5:00 a.m. PT.Update 7:37 a.m. PT: Adds comment from activist groups opposed to border surveillance technology.Update 8:25 a.m. PT: Notes that President Trump is officially declaring a national emergency. Tags Comments Using drones at the international border would mark the latest expansion of these unmanned vehicles into our increasingly digital lives. Realtors use them to create spectacular promotional videos for properties, wedding photographers to take panoramic snaps of newlyweds, and pipeline operators to inspect their infrastructure. Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos wants to deliver packages with the autonomous vehicles.The drone option — in addition to traditional concrete walls — will likely get a closer look now that Trump is declaring a national emergency to obtain funding for border security measures. That move comes even as the president plans to sign a compromise bill that includes $1.38 billion for his marquee project. Congress passed the legislation Thursday to avert another government shutdown. Already eyes in the sky for many law-enforcement agencies, drones are a likely prospect for border technology. Their cameras see farther than agents’ eyes, and obstacle-avoidance sensors let them fly by themselves.Customs and Border Protection didn’t comment for this story. The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment.A ‘smart wall’Trump has demanded a 30-foot tall physical wall, made from steel or concrete and, in his view, harder to climb than Mount Everest. His unsuccessful attempt to fund the project led to the longest federal government shutdown in history, from December into January. Critics deride it as a “medieval” approach — and scoff at the $5.7 billion Trump wants to pay for it.Buying private property, digging trenches and erecting 30-foot-tall steel slats along even just some of the nearly 2,000 miles of the US-Mexico border is expensive and time-consuming. That’s why high-tech drones are such an attractive alternative. You can send a bird 100 feet above a target and tell what they’re doing. Is it mother and children? Drug smugglers with backpacks and rifles? 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Prabhas in SaahoYoutube screenshotBaahubali actor Prabhas is currently busy shooting director Sujeeth’s Saaho and has lost 7 to 8 kg. He is also fighting rain, dust, car and bike to give a realistic touch to its action scenes.It is known that Prabhas had gained 20 kg for his bulky avatar in Baahubali franchise. Now, he has worked hard to lose 7-8 kg for his action-packed avatar in Saaho. He has been on a low carb diet, filled with proteins, blending it with a perfect dose of cardio. With a strict routine, he has strived hard to attain the desired physique for his role. He has left no stones unturned to slip into his dashing avatar in Saaho.In order to deliver his best, Prabhas has been working harder than ever and leaving no stone unturned to ace his character. He is following a schedule which involves a proper diet and exercise routine. He is hitting the gym every day. The humble and dedicated actor has time and again given instances of his perseverance and Saaho is sure to be the latest precedent.Being an action fan, Prabhas enjoys doing his action-packed stunts. As Saaho is an action thriller, the actor is enjoying his training under Kenny Bates. He wanted the action sequences to look authentic. Hence, he shot 90 percent of the action scenes on his own without using a body double.There are many interesting action sequences in Saaho. The choreography and visuals are different for all the action scenes. There are actions scenes shot in rain, dust then there are fist fights, car chases, bike chases. These sequences are shot in Italy, Abu Dhabi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. A lot of rehearsals has been done as the stunts required a realistic approach and he has been cooperating at every step. Prabhas in SaahoTwitterHollywood stunt director Kenny Bates has been roped in to direct the stunts and action sequences of Saaho. The Transformers fame choreographer is impressed by Prabhas’ dedication and commitment.The makers of the film released a special behind the scenes video, which showcases all the work that is going into this big ticket action venture. Prabhas has won hearts of the audience across quarters with his dashing entry in Shades of Saaho Chapter 1 and one-word dialogue ‘Boom’ in Chapter 2. He has generated immense curiosity amongst cine-goers to witness the epitome of a high tech action thriller.
Share Steve JurvetsonOver the objections of the oil and gas industry, two environmental groups are asking the federal government to protect a tiny West Texas reptile amid the failure of a state-crafted plan to conserve it. The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.The agency proposed listing the sand-colored critter as an endangered species back in 2010 primarily due to loss of habitat from oil and gas drilling and ranching operations in the Permian Basin — an oil-rich region that spans West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. But industry groups complained that an official listing, which would have severely restricted development in areas inhabited by the species, would hinder oil and gas production at a time when new drilling technologies were bringing new life to old oilfields.After that, then-Comptroller Susan Combs — wielding a newfound oversight of endangered species — worked closely with the oil industry and others on a plan to protect the threatened lizard, recruiting a variety of energy companies as participants. But the comptroller’s office — now led by Glenn Hegar — has had to go back to the drawing board as industry participation hasn’t been as extensive as expected.The success of the so-called Texas Conservation Plan also has been undermined by some of industry’s most important suppliers. Last August, Robert Gulley — the head of the comptroller’s Division of Economic Growth and Endangered Species Management — warned the Fish and Wildlife Service that the companies that mine the fine-grained sand that oil and gas producers use for hydraulic fracturing posed a direct threat to the plan.Gulley, a renowned expert on environmental law and endangered species whom Hegar hired to oversee the office’s endangered species division in 2015, said that more than a dozen “frac-sand” companies were planning mining operations in four West Texas counties that are home to prime dunes sagebrush lizard habitat.“The plan, which Combs oversaw through 2015, has failed to conserve the lizard,” the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife said in a news release Tuesday.“Dunes sagebrush lizards have waited too long for the federal protection they desperately need to survive,” said Chris Nagano, a senior scientist for the center. “The only reason these rare lizards aren’t already protected is political interference by Susan Combs and the oil and gas industry, which is rapidly destroying the animals’ habitat.”Combs is now acting assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks for the U.S. Department of the Interior.The comptroller’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. But the powerful Texas Oil & Gas Association swiftly released a statement condemning the petition and accusing the groups of an ulterior motive — shutting down oil and gas activity.“Like previous attempts to list the dunes sagebrush lizard, this filing has nothing to do with the lizard’s habitat,” said Todd Staples, the association’s president, in a statement. “These groups routinely use the federal government to raise money to fund an anti-oil and gas agenda, wasting tax dollars and eroding our national energy and economic security.”Disclosure: The Texas Oil & Gas Association has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here
December 1, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min read Security researchers say they have uncovered a cyber espionage ring focused on stealing corporate secrets for the purpose of gaming the stock market, in an operation that has compromised sensitive data about dozens of publicly held companies.Cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc, which disclosed the operation on Monday, said that since the middle of last year, the group has attacked email accounts at more than 100 firms, most of them pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.Victims also include firms in other sectors, as well as corporate advisors including investment bankers, attorneys and investor relations firms, according to FireEye.The cybersecurity firm declined to identify the victims. It said it did not know whether any trades were actually made based on the stolen data.Still, FireEye Threat Intelligence Manager Jen Weedon said the hackers only targeted people with access to highly insider data that could be used to profit on trades before that data was made public.They sought data that included drafts of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, documents on merger activity, discussions of legal cases, board planning documents and medical research results, she said.”They are pursuing sensitive information that would give them privileged insight into stock market dynamics,” Weedon said.The victims ranged from small to large cap corporations. Most are in the United States and trade on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq, she said.An FBI spokesman declined comment on the group, which FireEye said it reported to the bureau.The security firm designated it as FIN4 because it is number 4 among the large, advanced financially motivated groups tracked by FireEye.The hackers don’t infect the PCs of their victims. Instead they steal passwords to email accounts, then use them to access those accounts via the Internet, according to FireEye.They expand their networks by posing as users of compromised accounts, sending phishing emails to associates, Weedon said.FireEye has not identified the hackers or located them because they hide their tracks using Tor, a service for making the location of Internet users anonymous.FireEye said it believes they are most likely based in the United States, or maybe Western Europe, based on the language they use in their phishing emails, Weedon said.She said the firm is confident that FIN4 is not from China, based on the content of their phishing emails and their other techniques.Researchers often look to China when assessing blame for economically motivated cyber espionage. The United States has accused the Chinese government of encouraging hackers to steal corporate secrets, allegations that Beijing has denied, causing tension between the two countries.Weedon suspects the hackers were trained at Western investment banks, giving them the know-how to identify their targets and draft convincing phishing emails.”They are applying their knowledge of how the investment banking community works,” Weedon said.(Editing by Eric Walsh) This story originally appeared on Reuters Enroll Now for Free
Yahoo launches Facebook Messenger bots by Martin Brinkmann on July 09, 2016 in Companies, Facebook – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 6 commentsYahoo announced yesterday that it launched four bots for Facebook Messenger that users of the messaging application can interact with.The bots, exclusively available for Android and iOS versions of Facebook Messenger, bring finance, news, weather and, ehm, monkeys, to Facebook Messenger.The first three bots, bring Yahoo Finance, Yahoo News and Yahoo Weather to Facebook Messenger. They pretty much work as you expect them to work.Message them to get started, for instance about today’s market, what’s trending, or the weather in New York.You get an answer right away from the bot, and may also get additional links to information or options.Yahoo Facebook Messenger botsThe finance bot for instance lets you set up price alerts and notifications, and the news app look up related news and read summaries.The Weather application supports caption and share functionality. Caption lets you add text to a weather report before you share it with other users on Facebook Messenger.Monkeys is a completely different beast bot. It seems aimed at kids, as you interact with it by sending emojis. Different emojis help the monkey perform various activities such as eating, traveling to exotic places, or sending you pics.To get started, all you have to do is message @YahooFinance, @YahooNews, @YahooWeather or @MonkeyPet on Facebook Messenger.It is interesting to note that the bots are not available on other platforms — Web, Windows — that Facebook Messenger is available on. This might change in the future but Yahoo made no statement about it.Usefulness of botsYahoo’s bots, lets put the monkey bot aside for a moment, offer more than just information. If they would just return information, their use would probably be limited. You could as well use a weather, finance or news app on your mobile device, or use a web browser to look up information you are interested in.The bots provide more functionality than that, and this is probably their greatest strength. While those extra features may not be useful to all, the caption and share feature of the weather app is probably the weakest, the price alert feature of the finance app the strongest, it may be useful to some.If you spend a lot of time connected to Facebook Messenger, then this may very well be a better option to retrieve news and information provided by these bots.The bots use Messengers notification system just like any other chat partner. This means that you won’t miss out on information even if Facebook Messenger is not open all the time.Now You: What’s your take on the first generation of Yahoo’s bots for Facebook Messenger?SummaryArticle NameYahoo launches Facebook Messenger botsDescriptionYahoo announced yesterday that it launched four bots for Facebook Messenger that users of the messaging application can interact with.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more Related Content News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more April 1, 2011 – The growth and spread of breast cancer tumors may be delayed with a promising treatment that combines two innovative strategies: blocking the enzyme needed to “energize” cancer cells and infusing a potent drug directly into the tumor. The treatment, which minimizes exposure to healthy tissues, was reported by researchers at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s (SIR) 36th Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago.”Once breast cancer metastases have been detected, current treatments, such as surgical resection or tumor removal, may be ineffective,” said Jeff H. Geschwind, M.D., FSIR, professor of radiology, surgery and oncology and director of vascular and interventional radiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. “We’ve found a way to keep a breast cancer tumor dormant—thus potentially increasing the likelihood that a tumor can be treated successfully. Our study shows that an ultrasound-guided intra-tumoral treatment with a drug called 3-bromopyruvate (3-BrPA) may be a very promising new therapy for patients with breast cancer that delays tumor growth and spread.”Increased awareness and screening has increased the likelihood of diagnosing early-stage cancer tumors, and breast cancer is treated in several ways, depending on the kind of breast cancer and how far it has spread, said Geschwind. “However, a significant number of patients experience treatment failure, developing local tumor recurrence or metastatic disease after an initial response to treatments like chemotherapy and radiation,” he explained. “Metastatic spread may occur in 50 percent of cases with apparently localized breast cancer, and nearly 30 percent of patients with lymph node-negative disease will develop distant metastases within five years—underlining the importance of the development of novel, targeted, minimally invasive treatment strategies for tumor control and prevention.”In animal studies, the research team has shown how interventional radiologists are uniquely positioned to combine their basic science knowledge—in this case resulting in the exploitation of tumor metabolism as a target for breast cancer therapy—with their vast experience in minimally invasive treatment strategies. “Breast tumor cells depend on a metabolic pathway called glycolysis to generate the energy required for their malignant growth. By inhibiting a specific enzyme with the anti-glycolytic agent 3-BrPA, the energy production required for tumor cell growth and spread is blocked,” said Geschwind. “Disrupt glycolysis and cancer cells are unable to produce enough energy to survive,” he said.The researchers were then able to maximize the amount of drug delivered to a tumor by infusing the potent drug directly into the tumor—using imaging to guide them—and minimizing exposure of healthy tissue to the therapy. “The biological targeting abilities of anti-glycolytic treatment combined with an image-guided minimally invasive delivery strategy is a promising approach to reducing the growth and spread of breast cancer in patients,” said Geschwind.”In our study, a statistically significant difference in tumor volume was observed. Our results support the continuing development of this highly innovative interventional radiology approach for the safe and effective treatment of breast cancer,” he added. “Before we can test our novel treatment strategy in individuals with breast cancer, it is important to perform additional animal studies of a larger size to confirm the efficacy of the treatment and to verify that there are no toxic effects on the normal tissues.”For more information: www.SIRweb.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | April 01, 2011 Researchers Target Tumor Metabolism by Blocking Energy Production Required for Cancer Growth News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… 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 Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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Top: cancer cells that express the targeted cancer marker, PSMA; bottom: cells that lack PSMA. A research team led by Kent Nastiuk of Roswell Park Cancer Institute has published new evidence that this approach can be a useful tool in monitoring and selecting treatments for many cancers.While active surveillance is often recommended for patients with nonaggressive prostate cancer to reduce unnecessary treatment, the challenge for clinicians is to monitor and distinguish early-stage tumors from advanced cancers. A team of scientists led by researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute have demonstrated that photoacoustic imaging (PAI) may be an effective tool for more accurately viewing and monitoring prostate cancer. The new research has been published in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Biomedical Optics.Photoacoustic imaging is an emerging noninvasive imaging modality that has not yet been used in clinical settings. Using photoacoustic imaging, this team of scientists focused a laser light on prostate cells and then “listened” using ultrasound technology to see how a dye attached to a specific prostate cancer marker, PSMA, reacted to the light waves. They chose to study this technology’s use in imaging prostate cancer, as the prostate can be imaged in situ. Photoacoustic imaging of these prostate cells, the researchers found, enabled good discrimination between cells with and without the cancer marker.“This proof-of-concept study demonstrates that this technology may allow for real-time monitoring of prostate cancer in patients during the course of active surveillance. For patients with more aggressive disease, the technology could offer more precise targeting of biopsies to confirm the need for definitive therapy,” said senior author of the study Kent Nastiuk, Ph.D., assistant professor of cancer genetics and genitourinary cancers at Roswell Park. “This technology offers the potential to confirm the initial prostate cancer diagnosis, guide biopsies and monitor tumor volume — which is currently not measureable — for improved case management and treatment decision-making.”Nastiuk’s co-authors include scientists from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology.The study, “Photoacoustic Imaging with an Acoustic Lens Detects Prostate Cancer Cells Labeled with PSMA-targeting Near Infra-red Dye-conjugates,” is available at biomedicaloptics.spiedigitallibrary.org.This work was supported by the National Cancer Institute (project nos. R01CA151753, R15CA192148 and P30CA16056), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (project no. R15EB019726), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (project no. P30AR061307), the U.S. Department of Defense (award no. W81XWH-14-1-0242) and the Sonya A. Sinicki Foundation for Cancer Research (award 615SF). Image courtesy of Imago Systems FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Prostate Cancer | July 15, 2016 Photoacoustic Imaging Is Promising Option for Noninvasive Monitoring of Prostate Cancer Imaging technology may lead to better monitoring of prostate tumors and treatment decision-making News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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