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MEDIA GROUPS SPEAK OUT ON CHARGES AGAINST ONTARIO JOURNALISTS ARRESTED ON THE

MEDIA GROUPS SPEAK OUT ON CHARGES AGAINST ONTARIO JOURNALISTS ARRESTED ON THE

first_imgAdvertisement Two media advocacy groups say charges against a pair of Ontario journalists arrested on the job are an assault on freedom of the press.The groups say Aylmer Express publisher John Hueston and his son, editor Brett Hueston, were arrested last year while trying to report on a vehicle crash on a road near Lake Erie.The vehicle had driven over a cliff, and the province’s Special Investigations Unit was called in to determine if the crash had been caused by a chase from Ontario Provincial Police. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The advocacy organizations say the Huestons drove past a road closure sign in order to get closer to the scene, but did not interfere with the ongoing police investigation and had minimal interactions with officers that consisted only of asking where to park and take pictures.The groups say the journalists were arrested and charged with criminal obstruction of a peace officer, charges the pair plan to fight on Thursday in a St. Thomas, Ont. courtroom.The OPP says it cannot comment on a matter that is before the courts, but the advocacy organizations say the charges violate freedom of the press and set a dangerous precedent.“The OPP’s decision to charge a father and son team who run a community newspaper is a stunning and unacceptable assault on press freedom and the public’s right to know,” said Karyn Pugliese, president of the Canadian Association of Journalists. “We urge the OPP to immediately withdraw all charges against the journalists.”A similar call came from the Ottawa-based Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, who “condemned” the charges against the father and son as an “unacceptable assault” on journalists’ right to work effectively.The OPP was cleared of any involvement in the crash, which was ultimately ruled a suicide.Const. Adam Crewdson said the force could not comment on the particulars of the Huestons’ case, but said provincial police valued the media’s role.“The OPP strives for a good working relationship with our media partners,” he said in a statement. “The media-police relationship is very important to the OPP as they help us inform the public on policing matters, public safety concerns, traffic initiatives and much more.”The Huestons’ trial is expected to last only one day.BY MICHELLE MCQUIGGE | THE CANADIAN PRESSlast_img read more

ED SHEERAN AND JUSTIN BIEBER FLY TO NO 1 IN AUSTRALIA WITH

ED SHEERAN AND JUSTIN BIEBER FLY TO NO 1 IN AUSTRALIA WITH

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber breeze to the top of Australia’s singles chart with “I Don’t Care” (Universal/Warner) while Pink’s Hurts 2B Human (RCA/Sony) rules the national albums chart for a third successive week.Sheeran and Bieber’s pop power-collaboration went in at No. 1 on the U.K. chart last Friday and it repeats the feat Down Under, where it debuts at the summit of the ARIA Singles Chart.The track becomes Sheeran’s fifth No. 1 single in Australia, following “Sing” (May 2014), “Thinking Out Loud” (October 2014), “Shape Of You” (January 2017) and “Perfect” (December 2017), and it’s Bieber’s third, after “What Do You Mean?” (September 2015) and “Love Yourself” (December 2015). Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran attend the World Premiere of “Ed Sheeran: Jumpers For Goalposts” at Odeon Leicester Square on Oct. 22, 2015 in London. (David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage) Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

First Nation school reopens after mould removed educational consultant fired

First Nation school reopens after mould removed educational consultant fired

first_imgSakastew School in Mathias Colomb First Nation has reopened after mould treatment.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA northern Manitoba First Nation has reopened a school that was closed after fears about toxic, black mould.The chief and council of Mathias Colomb also terminated the contract of the educational consultant who closed the school, and disbanded the education authority that hired him, APTN News has learned.“They forced me out,” said Guy Dumas, who shared the notice of Feb. 19 termination he received via email with APTN.“It’s just because I spoke up, but I have no regrets.”READ the email terminating Guy Dumas.Dumas, who is a band member but lives off reserve, was a director of education consultant for the Mathias Colomb Education Authority when he shuttered Sakastew School on Dec. 4 after learning about black and green mould in two rooms and maybe more.He linked the discovery with what he said were high numbers of children missing classes due to health issues.“They disbanded the Pukatawagan board of education, too,” Dumas said of band leadership.“Board members are elected by the people (but) they are putting in their own people.”Guy Dumas shared this photo from when he worked inside Sakastew School.A band councillor confirmed over the phone the kindergarten to Grade 12 school was reopened Feb. 25.But she declined to do an interview with APTN, saying she had a meeting.Dumas questioned whether the school should have re-opened.He said he has since learned about physical and mental dangers associated with mould and hoped the school’s closure spurred parents to educate themselves about the impact on their children.“They intend to keep the brown building I was closing down open,” he said of council.“Mould is mould, they say.”No one from the band’s administration has spoken publicly since APTN first reported the school was closed.Dumas hired a company from Winnipeg, about 800 kilometres southeast of the Cree community, to remove mould from the school.READ the motion disbanding the education board.A spokesperson for Indigenous Services Canada confirmed Monday those mould “remediation efforts at the school are now complete.‎“The First Nation has informed us that the school reopened on February 25, 2019 and students are back in class,” the department added in an email.Dumas also wondered whether the band council had the power to disband the education board, which it did with a motion ending the board’s mandate effective Feb. 21.Indigenous Services was checking into that Monday.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

HCP Moroccos Public Debt Ratio to Constitute 813 of GDP in

HCP Moroccos Public Debt Ratio to Constitute 813 of GDP in

Rabat – The High Commissioner for Planning (HCP) Ahmed Lahlimi Alami announced Tuesday, July 9, in Casablanca that Morocco’s economy is expected to grow by 3.4% in 2020 compared to 2.7% in 2019.Alami explained, at a press conference dedicated to the presentation of the national economic situation in 2019 and its outlook in 2020, that the value-added of the primary sector will slightly increase by 4.6% instead of a decline of 2.1% in 2019.He further noted that the non-agricultural sector is expected to increase by 3.2%, up by 0.4% from 2018. The increase is due to the improvement of secondary activities by 3.5%, up by 0.5% from 2018. As for tertiary activities, Alami predicted a 3% growth, up by 0.3% from 2018. Read also: Economy Ministry: Morocco’s Central Government Owes MAD 723 BillionIn the secondary sector, processing industries are predicted to continue their recovery, growing by 3% in 2019.The economist noted that the building and public works sector will grow by 1% in 2019, up by 0.9% from 2018. This growth is thanks to an increase in the number of infrastructure projects.Alami added that the mining sector’s added value would continue to improve, forecasting a growth of 3.9% in 2019, down by 0.8% from 2018. Market services are expected to grow by 3% in 2019, up from 2.4% recorded on average between 2013 and 2018. Services provided by public administrations are predicted to generate an added value of 3.4%, up by 0.9% from 2018.The HCP projected a decline in inflation from 1.1% in 2018 to 0.8% in 2019.Alami went on to add that Morocco’s budget deficit is expected to jump to 4.5% of GDP in 2019, up by 0.8% from 2018. He added that considering privatization revenues, the deficit will fall to 3.6% of GDP.The national savings are predicted to experience a slight decline from 27.6% of GDP in 2018 to 27.3% in 2019. The savings are expected to remain lower than the gross investment which will experience a decline from 33.5% of GDP in 2018 to 32.6% in 2019.Read also; Bank al-Maghrib Says Morocco’s Economic Risks ‘Generally Moderate’The external trade balance of goods and services is expected to rise to 18.7% of GDP in 2019, up by 0.1% from 2018.The overall public debt ratio will continue to notably increase to reach 81.3% of GDP in 2019 compared to 73.4% on average from 2010 to 2017, and an average of 60.2% from 2005 to 2009.The overall debt ratio of the Treasury is expected to increase to 65.3% of GDP, up by 0.4% from 2018. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 27.37 points to 15,065.84.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 178.67 points to 21,846.20.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 24.01 points to 2,444.10.The Nasdaq composite index was down 81.69 points to 6,263.42.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.03 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 78.75 cents US.

Sri Lanka UN agency appeals for 10 million to help refugees return

Sri Lanka UN agency appeals for 10 million to help refugees return

The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for $10 million to help hundreds of thousands of displaced people in Sri Lanka to return to their homes after two decades of bloody civil war ended earlier this year.”The international community must meet the needs of the thousands of Sri Lankans already streaming home and the many more people who look ready to follow,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, said of the task ahead. So far, more than 180,000 people have returned home, as well as some 1,000 refugees who came back from India, after a ceasefire agreement was adopted in February.The $10 million appeal is intended to cover the period from October through December 2003 and is to pay for humanitarian assistance for up to 60,000 families. The assistance will include some very basic but essential items such as sleeping mats, soap and cooking sets.The UN agency said it would also finance projects to fill gaps in other sectors, including minor infrastructure repairs in returnee service areas and the rebuilding of access roads, water and sanitation, health services and other income generating activities.”Returnee and reintegration assistance alone won’t help Sri Lanka erase the damage wrought by years of conflict and economic stagnation,” Mr. Lubbers said, noting that UNHCR is working closely with other UN agencies and international partners to ensure that adequate help is given so Sri Lankans “can build upon their new-found peace.” read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,231.06, up 11.49 points):Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up nine cents, or 1.22 per cent, to $7.44 on 12.2 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 27 cents, or 7.63 per cent, to $3.81 on 12.1 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 20 cents, or 2.70 per cent, to $7.60 on 9.7 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 28 cents, or 2.98 per cent, to $9.13 on 8.8 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up 21 cents, or 3.31 per cent, to $6.55 on 8.2 million shares.Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. (TSX:TCM). Miner. Up nine cents, or 14.06 per cent, to 73 cents on eight million shares.Companies reporting major news:Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B). Publishing. Down eight cents, or 4.79 per cent, to $1.59 on 134,593 shares. The roles of president and CEO of Torstar Corp. and publisher of the Toronto Star will be amalgamated into one position, the company said Wednesday as it announced David Holland would retire this fall. Holland is retiring after 30 years with the company, including seven years as president and CEO of Torstar. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 6, 2016 2:45 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2016 at 4:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

Tiger Woods Wins For The Third Time This Year

Tiger Woods Wins For The Third Time This Year

The talk of whether Tiger Wood is back to being, well,  Tiger Woods will not cease until he wins another major championship. In the meantime, Woods just keeps on winning, which was just what he did before a descent two years ago because of injuries and personal troubles.Sunday’s final round of the AT&T Nationals at Congressional Country Club outside of Washington, D.C. was a pre-drama effort by Woods. With five players in contention, the 14-time major winner separated himself with a dose of the steady and spectacular. When he was done, he outlasted Bo Van Pelt in the final two holes to shoot a 2-under 69 for his third win on the PGA Tour this year.“Of course, your confidence wanes,” Woods said of his dark days. “I wasn’t able to practice; I was hurt (knee). And when you’re changing systems. . . it’s going to take time.”Perhaps that time has come.The win not only was a testament to what he has done this year, but also over his remarkable career. No one on tour has more wins this season. He is No. 1 on the money list and the FedEx Cup standings for the first time since September 2009. Additionally, Woods moved past Jack Nicklaus into second place for all-time wins with 74. He’s just eight behind career leader Sam Snead.“It feels great to get to 74 wins and past Jack, to do at 36 years old,” Woods said. “It’s something I’m very proud of.”Of course, Woods wants majors and some believe he will not “officially” be back until he gets his 15th. He goes for it at the British Open later this month.But this tournament showed Woods to be at his best, meaning he was rock solid but skilled and patient enough to recover from wayward shots. He hit a spectacular shot on No. 12, when his ball was so close to a tree that he warned the galley that his club might snap after he struck the ball. Well, his club did not snap, although he hit the tree, but he executed a beautiful hook shot onto the green.On No. 17 , when he was tied with Van Pelt, Woods sank a six-foot par putt to take a one shot lead going into the final hole. He followed that up by piping a drive 345 yards and then squeezing off a beautiful nine-iron from nearly 190 yards into the peninsula green to about 15 feet. He safely two-putted from there for the win.And so ended a wild week in Washington — record heat Friday, followed by a wind storm that topped dozens of trees at Congressional and forced the tournament to keep spectators out Saturday. They were back in force for the final round, and they were treated to Woods looking like Tiger Woods.“Some days it’s better than others,” he said. “Itry hard. It’s a game that tests our patience. I’ve been out here 17 years. I understand what it’s like to have to grind and fight. Each shot means something. The first shot of the first day means as much as a shot on the 72nd hole. I’ve always had that mindset.” read more

LeBron May Know Best About When The NewLook Cavs Have Gelled

LeBron May Know Best About When The NewLook Cavs Have Gelled

LeBron James predicted the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers, featuring himself and new Cav Kevin Love, would take a while to hit their stride. (“A couple of months and maybe a few,” as he put it last month.) He appears to have been correct: After starting 19-20 — with enough ups and downs that at times some commentators prematurely declared the Cavs to have gelled — Cleveland has won eight straight games, including impressive victories against the Clippers, Bulls, Thunder and Trail Blazers.We’re pretty sure that when James made that prediction, he wasn’t running regressions on historical NBA data. That’s because we tried, and we couldn’t find much evidence to back up the conventional wisdom.It makes sense that teams with lots of new players in major roles would get better during the season, as the new teammates get used to playing with one another. There just isn’t much statistical evidence to back up that theory — partly because it’s unusual for a team as good as Cleveland to rely so heavily on new arrivals.To study whether teams like Cleveland gel later in the season than more stable clubs like San Antonio, we looked at the fate of 939 older teams — those that played 82-game seasons back to 1978. To estimate how much of their contribution they were getting from newbies, we divided the total wins above replacement (WAR) of new players by the team total, omitting players who were below replacement value. Then we divided up the first 80 games of each season into 10 eight-game buckets — omitting the last two games because some teams rest starters — and checked how each team did, in each bucket, based on their opponent-adjusted point differential.There wasn’t a meaningful pattern. For instance, teams that peaked earliest, in the first eight games of the season, got an average of 20 percent of their WAR from new players. Teams that peaked in the middle of the season got an average of a little over 25 percent of WAR. But then teams that peaked between Game 49 and Game 80 averaged a contribution of about 21 percent of WAR from newbies.Part of the problem we had is that there haven’t been many teams that relied on new players as much as the Cavs do. They’ve gotten 63 percent of their WAR from new guys. That’s more than all but 48 teams in our data set — a group that doesn’t include James’s first Miami team, which got 57 percent of WAR from new players (the Heat peaked between Games 17 and 24). And most of those teams were lousy clubs, presumably rebuilding with rookies and cheap castoffs. Their average Pythagorean winning percentage was 36.3 percent.We nonetheless zoomed in on teams similar to Cleveland and found there is a small pattern of playing worse early and better at midseason, which fits the conventional wisdom. But it’s likely just noise. The only statistically significant difference was for the final 10-game chunk we studied, in which teams like the Cavs did a lot worse than average — which runs counter to the conventional wisdom of gelling and improving with time playing together.The lesson seems to be that a team starring James, Love and Kyrie Irving playing together for the first time might really need some time to gel, but there aren’t enough teams like the 2014-15 Cavaliers to say that their experience is typical. (One other possible reason it’s hard to detect much of a relationship: Some teams — like the Cavs — get new contributors at the start of the season, while others start playing rookies and midseason trade acquisitions late in seasons that are lost causes.)As is often the case in sports analysis, we have to trade off precision for sample size, and in this case the sample of teams like the Cavs is too small for the stats to beat the intuitive prediction of James. read more

Mens Soccer Buckeyes back home to battle South Florida

Mens Soccer Buckeyes back home to battle South Florida

Ohio State head coach Brian Maisonneuve speaks to the media during his introductory press conference on April 26, 2018. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is back on the pitch Friday to take on the University of South Florida at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The Buckeyes (1-3-0) will hope to bounce back after dropping two games last weekend at the Dayton Classic.“We’re still improving. It’s a long process, so [we’re] really trying to bounce back. I think we were unfortunate not to get at least one win this past weekend,” redshirt senior midfielder Brady Blackwell said. “We played pretty well overall, we just couldn’t put a goal away.”Head coach Brian Maisonneuve also cited a mix of concussions, injuries and sickness as things that his team is trying to overcome at this stage of the year.On the other hand, Maisonneuve said these injuries have given some of the younger players on the team a chance to step up.“The good news is some guys are getting some minutes that will definitely pay off down the road,” Maisonneuve said. “The hard part is we’ve had to shuffle a couple things around, which is part of the game, but, again, we got a pretty young team, so when we have to make those changes, there’s going to be some growing pains.”South Florida is winless on the year, but Ohio State must caution against taking the Bulls lightly. South Florida’s schedule has played a large role in the team’s record, opening the season with losses to Michigan, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Creighton.The Spartans are ranked third in the nation, according to the United Soccer Coaches Poll. Creighton was ranked 20th at the time of their match with South Florida, but have dropped out of the top 25 this week, while Michigan received votes for a top 25 ranking.“They’re the best 0-4 team I’ve ever seen in college soccer,” Maisonneuve said. “They’ve been in every game if not outplayed other teams, so they’re going to be the biggest challenge we’ve had so far this year, for sure.”Senior forward Tomasz Skublak tallied the only goal of the season thus far for the Bulls, scoring in their most recent match against Creighton.Junior goalkeeper Harrison Devenish-Meares, a native of Australia, has compiled a 1.50 goals against average through their first four matches.“They’re a good possession team, they’re very mature in what they do, physically they’re soccer strong, if that makes any sense, and they make good decisions,” Maisonneuve said.As far as assessing his own team, Maisonneuve stressed the feeling of improvement that he and his players have noticed.“Training’s are better, games are better, our shape is better, our decision making is better, so we’re definitely improving, and they definitely feel it coming,” Maisonneuve said.Ohio State will face South Florida at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Antieviction activists vow to protect Kanturk family home

Antieviction activists vow to protect Kanturk family home

first_imgA NUMBER OF activist groups who have come together to protect a family home against repossession in Kanturk, county Cork have vowed to keep resistance on the ground for as long as it takes.The O’Sullivan family saw about 100 family, friends and activists rally to ensure the local sheriff “backed off” yesterday as she tried to enforce a High Court order.Martin and Claire O’Sullivan, along with their three children who are all under the age of 9, face eviction from their property in Ashdale, Dun an Oir despite offers to meet up to 50 per cent of monthly repayments to their subprime mortgage lender.A group of about 50 people have gathered at the house this afternoon as there are fears the sheriff will return today to enforce the repossession order.“More people are coming as well,” said spokesperson for the Anti-Eviction Taskforce Denis O’Brien, who noted that a local garda superintendent had visited the site earlier.The garda press office told TheJournal.ie that the visit was to ensure public order.The O’Sullivans found themselves in mortgage arrears difficulties after Martin’s plumbing business felt the effects of the recession.The 35-year-old was self-employed when he put down a deposit of €110,000 on the house in 2007. At the same time, he took out a mortgage loan of €150,000 from Permanent TSB. When his business started to falter, the family remortgaged the property with Start Mortgages.They had offered to pay up to €400 per month to the lender but a High Court repossession order was obtained without challenge. The family did not send a representative to court as they could not afford the legal fees.They received a letter from the county sheriff earlier this month to advise them of the imminent eviction.Another anti-austerity group, Independent Resistance Ireland, has pledged to make legal expertise available to the O’Sullivans.“Those of us who are acting voluntarily on their behalf have a certain amount of legal expertise – we are determined to contest and appeal the repossession order,” spokesperson Colmán Etchingham told TheJournal.ie.“That old saying – possession is nine tenths of the law. There are options – people should not be intimidated,” he added.The groups, who are operating a rota system, say they will keep people on the ground at Ashdale and are confident they will be successful in stopping the repossession.Reports earlier indicated that protesters were told that their phones would be confiscated if they were taking videos of an eviction. Gardaí clarified that mobile phones can be seized if they are used in the filming of an arrest for evidence.Read: Mortgage arrears crisis the ‘defining issue of our time’More: Permanent TSB tells customer in arrears of €200 to sell her houselast_img read more

Oh no All 7 TSA master keys have been cracked

Oh no All 7 TSA master keys have been cracked

first_imgThe TSA is busy telling folks whether or not they can bring things like mummified heads on airplanes. Meanwhile, people are 3D printing complete sets of their master keys.The good news is that these are keys to luggage locks we’re talking about. Most of them are little more than glorified paperclips and they’re really only doing a job that a zip tie can do just as well: keeping the zippers on your luggage from coming apart and spilling the contents of your bags all over the place.They weren’t ever going to keep anyone who really wanted to from getting into your bags. Luggage locks can be easily dispatched with a pair of side cutters — or the zippers can, which renders the locks useless anyway.That’s the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!Still, if you want a non-desctructive way to pop the locks, now you can 3D print a fully functional set of the TSA master keys. All but one of the keys had been made available previously, but this week the final one was “cracked” by a group of security experts. You can now grab all the files you need to create your own over on GitHub.How did they pull it off? It all started last year when the Washington Post published a nice, clear photo of all seven keys. Enterprising DIY types who saw the image were naturally curious… and of course started drafting up and printing keys to see if they could successfully open TSA-approved locks. Which they did.The seventh key required quite a bit more tinkering, but they ultimately figured it out by purchasing locks and analyzing their inner workings.While this doesn’t pose a security risk, it does beautifully illustrate just how stupid backdoors are… unless the TSA’s master plan all along was for all of us to have a complete set of keys just in case we lost ours some day. In which case… we should probably thank them?Love that security theater.Keys courtesy Johnny Xmas/Twitterlast_img read more

Facebook will reportedly be fined a record 5 billion over privacy mishaps

Facebook will reportedly be fined a record 5 billion over privacy mishaps

first_img Politics Tech Industry Share your voice Comments Tags 9 The FTC has been looking into whether Facebook violated a legal agreement it had with the US government to keep its users’ data private. Angela Lang/CNET The Federal Trade Commission is expected to hit Facebook with a record-setting $5 billion fine for its alleged privacy mishaps, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported that commissioners voted this week to approve the settlement with the social network. The Republican majority favored the settlement, according to the report, which cited people familiar with the matter. The commission voted 3-2 to settle, the Journal reported.The settlement, which still has to be finalized by the US Justice Department’s civil division, would be larger than the record-setting $22.5 million the FTC imposed on Google in 2012. The FTC and Facebook declined to comment on the report.The FTC started investigating Facebook last year after revelations surfaced that Cambridge Analytica, a UK political consultancy, accessed data from up to 87 million Facebook users without their permission. The agency is looking into whether Facebook violated a legal agreement it had with the US government to keep its users’ data private.Several advocacy groups and lawmakers expressed their displeasure with the FTC on Friday.Robert Weissman, the president of consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen, said the reported settlement would let Facebook off the hook too easily.”An effective settlement would have imposed not just a huge fine, but real restraints on the company going forward, structural reforms and substantive terms to protect user privacy,” Weissman said in a statement. The FTC should have required Facebook to drop its plans to integrate its Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp services as part of the settlement, he said. Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, said in a series of tweets that a $5 billion fine won’t make Facebook “think twice about their responsibility to protect user data.””The FTC just gave Facebook a Christmas present five months early,” he said in the tweets. “It’s very disappointing that such an enormously powerful company that engaged in such serious misconduct is getting a slap on the wrist.”The reported fine would be a fraction of the billions of dollars Facebook rakes in from advertising every year. Facebook reported $15.08 billion in sales in the first quarter.Given this, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called the FTC settlement “a victory for Facebook” Friday afternoon, accusing the trade commission of letting the social network off easy despite allowing US elections to be influenced improperly.”Just look to the markets. In the first 15 minutes after the settlement was reported, Facebook’s market value went up by more than $5 billion,” Warren, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, tweeted. “Facebook made $5 billion in profits in just the first three months of last year. The company is too big to oversee, and this drop-in-the-bucket penalty confirms that.”Sen. Warren used the opportunity to repeat her calls for breaking up Facebook. “The FTC should break Facebook up, plain and simple. Enough is enough,” she also tweeted Friday.Warren’s presidential platform includes a call to break up tech giants like Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple because they have too much power over the economy, society and democracy.CNET’s Corinne Reichert contributed to this report.Originally published July 12, 1:05 p.m. PT.Update, 3:26 p.m.: Adds comment from Public Citizen. Update, 4:23 p.m.: Adds comment from Rep. Cicilline. Update, 5:22 p.m.: Adds comment from Sen. Warren. Facebooklast_img read more

MLA Bethi Subhash Reddy launches TRS membership drive

MLA Bethi Subhash Reddy launches TRS membership drive

first_imgMallapur: MLA Bethi Subhash Reddy launched TRS membership drive at old Mallapur on Thursday. He said that the programme ends on July 20.Uppal TRS in-charge K Chandrasekhar Reddy, local corporator Pannala Devender Reddy, Division President Rapolu Satish, Guduru Sailesh Reddy and others were present on the occasion.last_img

Moto Razr 2019 features design leaked Vertical fold wireless charger and more

Moto Razr 2019 features design leaked Vertical fold wireless charger and more

first_img Motorola slashes Moto G5s price ahead of Moto G6 launch in India Close Motorola Razr V3 was the coolest phone all-around the world from 2004 to 2008 for its luxury status symbol. Due to its renowned name, the company has decided to revive it. Ever since its announcement earlier this year, it has been the most talked about topic in the industry, and the latest leaked render adds more fuel to it.The render has appeared online in a now-deleted post on Weibo but picked by SlashLeaks. If real, the render glimpses us the first look of the upcoming Razr device – reportedly called Razr V4 – with features like foldable screen and a notch on top. The phone accessories are also seen in the leaked images, which include a black prism-shaped box, wireless charger, earbuds, USB-A to USB-C charging cable, a power adapter and a USB-C to 3.5mm audio port dongle.The look of the Razr shown in the render has a similar design as shown in patent spotted back in January. Although, the second display on the front of the device is not seen in the leaked images, which was rumoured previously. Unlike its competitors from Samsung and Huawei, Motorola Razr will feature vertical fold, which hints the phone will be more portable than a tablet that folds to be the size of a phone. Moto Razr 2019 render leakedSlashLeaksAccording to The Wall Street Journal, the phone could cost $1,500 when it’s eventually released. In the foldable category, Samsung was the first to market with the Galaxy Fold. But the device failed before its market launch. Samsung quickly postponed the launch and recalled all the review units.Apart from Samsung, Chinese phone manufacturer, Huawei is also all set to launch its foldable phone – Huawei Mate X, which was shown during Mobile World Congress 2019. Huawei Mate X has been listed on the company’s official online store, which reveals that the phone will be available for purchase from June 2019. Moto Razr 2019 render leakedSlashLeaksAre you the one who used Razr V3? And what do you think about this latest render? Do let us know in the comment box.last_img read more

Forehead wrinkles may predict heart diseases

Forehead wrinkles may predict heart diseases

first_imgLondon: The wrinkles on your forehead may not be just an inevitable consequence of ageing, but could also signal an early death due to cardiovascular disease (CVD), researchers have warned.The findings showed that increased deep forehead wrinkles, more than what is typical for their age, could be linked to death atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries due to plaque build-up – a major contributor to heart attacks and other CVD events.While the furrows in the brow are not a better method of evaluating heart risk than existing methods, such as blood pressure and lipid profiles, yet they can raise a red flag earlier, at a simple glance, the researchers said.For the new study, the team investigated a different visible marker of age – horizontal forehead wrinkles – to see if they had any value in assessing cardiovascular risk in a group of 3,200 working adults. The results were presented at the ESC Congress 2018, the annual conference of the European Society of Cardiology in Munich.last_img read more

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first_img News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 31, 2017 Infrared Colitis Screening Blood Test Could Reduce Dependence on Colonoscopy August 31, 2017 — A fast, simple blood test for ulcerative colitis using infrared spectroscopy could provide a cheape read more Related Content Feature | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 05, 2017 | By Jeff Zagoudis The Future of CT Colonography Screening Computed tomography colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, offers a noninvasive alternative to… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | April 15, 2019 Check-Cap Initiates U.S. Pilot Study of C-Scan for Colorectal Cancer Screening Check-Cap Ltd. has initiated its U.S. pilot study of the C-Scan system for prevention of colorectal cancer through… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 04, 2018 Check-Cap Announces Interim Results of European Study of C-Scan System Version 3 Check-Cap Ltd. announced the interim results for its post-CE approval study of the C-Scan system Version 3, an… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 27, 2018 Patient Groups and Doctors Tell Congress to Pass Medicare Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage … read more CT colonography (CTC) allows visualization of the entire colon in one image. Photo courtesy of Judy Yee, M.D. News | Colonoscopy Systems | May 30, 2018 American Cancer Society Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline An updated American Cancer Society guideline says colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 45 for people at… read more center_img Technology | Colonoscopy Systems | March 27, 2017 Bracco Diagnostics Inc. Launches PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator for CT Colonography March 27, 2017 — Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced the launch of its PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator. read more March 9, 2009 – At a Capitol Hill briefing, colorectal screening experts said today that Medicare should reimburse physicians for virtual colonoscopy so that seniors have access to this minimally-invasive screening test, adding another valuable tool for detecting and preventing colorectal cancer. In February, CMS proposed a coverage decision to deny reimbursement for computed tomography colonography (CTC). The comment period ends March 13. The American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, Colon Cancer Alliance and Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance participated in the briefing before Congress on colorectal cancer screening. “Virtual colonoscopies, which are less invasive than traditional colonoscopies, but very effective in detecting polyps and cancers, can be a more appealing option for elderly patients who might otherwise decline screening,” said Andrew Spiegel, CEO, Colon Cancer Alliance. “Without access to alternative methods of testing, many seniors will make the detrimental decision to forgo screening. The difference between being screened and not can be the difference between life and death. Medicare should cover CTC screenings.”Today’s speakers also discussed the barriers that prevent increased colon cancer screening rates, especially among seniors, non-white and low-income populations. They also focused on the importance of increasing colon cancer screenings and highlighted important technologies that aid in the detection of colon cancer, including virtual colonoscopy. “When used appropriately, virtual colonoscopy saves lives and money by increasing screening and early detection,” said Ilyse Schuman, managing director of the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance. “Colorectal cancer can be cured if caught early, making it all the more important to make the virtual colonoscopy screening option available to America’s seniors.”Appropriateness criteria, which was included as a pilot project in last year’s Medicare bill, will ensure medical imaging is utilized effectively, without compromising patients’ access to the scans they need. And peer-reviewed research demonstrates that appropriateness criteria works. A recent study published in the Journal of Radiology conducted by researchers at the University of Florida Health Center and Massachusetts General Hospital demonstrates the clear benefit of using appropriateness criteria to help curb growth rates in advanced imaging utilization.The briefing not only focused on the pending CMS coverage decision, but also featured a patient testimonial from Newark, Delaware, resident Rosemarie Blair, who spoke about the value of virtual colonoscopy and how it saved her life. After avoiding a colonoscopy for a decade, Blair finally scheduled a virtual colonoscopy after a family friend passed away from colon cancer. Her virtual colonoscopy detected polyps that were removed, and the technology also found kidney cancer that would otherwise have gone undiagnosed – ultimately saving her life.“Stories like Rosemarie’s are a true testament to the power of medical imaging in preventing and detecting colon cancer,” said Spiegel. “Without access to noninvasive methods of testing, many seniors will make the terrible decision to forgo screening. In Rosemarie’s case, her decision to have a virtual colonoscopy saved her life.”March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year with nearly 50,000 dying because it is detected too late. Colorectal cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States, despite having a 90 percent cure rate when detected early. By increasing the use of established screening tests, a great majority of these cancers and deaths could be prevented.Colonoscopies can detect polyps and colon cancer early, but only about half of the people aged 50 and older who should get one actually do. In standard colonoscopy, a thin, tube-like probe with a camera on its end is snaked through the rectum and colon. Virtual colonoscopy uses non-invasive CT scans, capturing images of the inner wall of the colon to detect abnormal growths called polyps and early signs of colon cancer.Last year, a definitive study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, using data from the American College of Radiology Imaging Network, found virtual colonoscopies to be as effective as traditional methods. Virtual colonoscopies are also included in the American Cancer Society’s list of recommended screening exams for the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer for adults age 50 years and older. In a study set to be published in the American Journal of Radiology, University of Wisconsin’s Department of Radiology professor, Perry Pickhardt, M.D., and a team of researchers concluded that because of CTC’s ability to simultaneously screen for both colorectal cancer and abdominal aortic aneurysm, it is a “highly cost-effective and clinically efficacious screening strategy for the Medicare population.”Speakers for this event included J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, M.D., MACP, Deputy chief medical officer, national office of American Cancer Society; Beth McFarland, M.D., chair of Colon Cancer Committee, American College of Radiology; Ilyse Schuman, managing director, Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance; Andrew Spiegel, CEO, Colon Cancer Alliance; Amy Patrick, M.D., managing partner, Mid-Atlantic GI Consultants and; Mark J. Baumel, M.D., MS, founder, president and CEO, Colon Health Centers of America, LLC.For more information: www.acr.org and www.medicalimaging.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | February 08, 2018 FDA Approves Updated Design for Recalled Pentax Duodenoscope February 8, 2018 – The U.S. read more News | March 09, 2009 Experts Highlight Negative Impact of Denial of VCT Coverage News | Colonoscopy Systems | July 12, 2017 Insurance Coverage for CT Colonography Increases Likelihood of Screening People with insurance policies that cover computed tomography (CT) colonography for colorectal cancer screening are… read more last_img read more

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first_img Toshiba will showcase its proprietary non-contrast magnetic resonance (MR) angiography imaging techniques and a new application of Time-Spatial Labeling Inversion Pulse (Time-SLIP) at the 2011 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) trade show. To evaluate cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow disorders in children and adults, Time-SLIP can visualize CSF flow without the administration of contrast media, making imaging safer for patients.In addition to Time-SLIP, Toshiba will show its full suite of advanced contrast-free MRA techniques, including Fresh Blood Imaging (FBI), Contrast-free Improved Angiography (CIA) and Time Space Angiography (TSA).For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Related Content News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… 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. Technology | September 27, 2011 Toshiba Highlights Advanced Non-Contrast MRA Techniques 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 | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read morelast_img read more

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