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Why Indian Entrepreneurs Are Looking Beyond America To Fulfill Their Startup Dreams

first_imgFollowing the Trump administration’s decision to introduce stricter terms for issuing H1B visas and delays over implementing the International Entrepreneurship Rule (IER), it is a trying time for Indian techies and entrepreneurs in the United States.Even as the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services is taking steps to bring back IER — a proposed regulation to promote entrepreneurship in the U.S. which allows foreign-born entrepreneurs to be considered for two-and-a-half year visas with the potential for an extension for another two-and-a-half years — following a court decision, several Indian startups are exploring options in other countries such as Canada and Estonia. Could these new stringent immigration policies be hurting the U.S.’s image as a global startup destination?Read it at First Post Related Itemslast_img read more

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Assam NRC: SC questions need for sample reverification

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday questioned the plea made jointly by the Centre and Assam to indefinitely extend the deadline for publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) from July 31 in order to conduct a “sample reverification” process to quell a “growing perception” that lakhs of illegal immigrants may have infiltrated the list, especially in the districts bordering Bangladesh.The Centre and Assam urged the court for more time to cross-check “wrong inclusions and exclusions” in and from the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018.They said a 20% sample reverification of names included in the draft NRC should be conducted in districts bordering Bangladesh and a 10% sample reverification in the remaining districts.But the court orally voiced its scepticism. It referred to reports filed by Assam State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela’s reports and said reverification seemed to have been already done during the disposal of claims in the NRC process.“Mr. Hajela’s report says while disposing of claims, 80 lakh names have been reverified. That means at least 27% of names have been reverified, and you are asking for 20%… So, is there need for a sample reverification? If we are satisfied that verification has been done properly, then there is no need for a sample reverification, isn’t it?” Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who is accompanied by Justice Rohinton Nariman on the Special Bench, asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for both Assam and the Centre.‘Mistakes have crept in’Mr. Mehta said the findings in Mr. Hajela’s reports may not truly reflect the reality on the ground. “There is a growing perception. They must have done excellent work, but mistakes have crept in. The quantum of people included in certain areas is more… Wrongful inclusions are manifold in the bordering districts, lakhs of illegal immigrants have been included in the draft NRC list. The problem is the border districts are more prevalent,” he submitted.He said the wrongful inclusions may be because local officers were used in the NRC process and they may have come under local influences.“There should be proper reverification… There should be no room for a lack of confidence in an NRC exercise that takes away the rights of the people and will uproot them. Though, of course, illegals should be uprooted as India cannot be the refugee capital of the world,” Mr. Mehta urged the court.However, the Bench adjourned the case to July 23. It asked Mr. Mehta to go through what Mr. Hajela had to say on the issue of reverification in his reports to the Supreme Court on July 10 and 18.“Mr. Mehta, you are not the only fountain or source of information [about what is happening]. We have our own sources of information and Mr. Hajela has his own,” Chief Justice Gogoi addressed the Solicitor General.“I claim not to be a fountain of information, My Lord… And it should not be so,” Mr. Mehta responded.The court asked Mr. Hajela to redact paragraphs in his reports that do not strictly deal with reverification before handing them over to Mr. Mehta.“There is no national secret in them that needs to be kept from the government,” Mr. Mehta protested lightly.“Mr. Mehta, we wish to hear this statement from your lips in other cases too,” came Justice Nariman’s riposte.‘Supplementary lists can be published on July 31’Meanwhile, Mr. Hajela quoted from his report that supplementary lists containing the latest additions and exclusions made after the claims and objections stage could be published on July 31. This would be followed later by a consolidated list, he submitted.The Assam government, also represented by advocate Shuvodeep Roy, said the 20% sample reverification should target the border districts, where the incidence of illegal migration from Bangladesh was higher and where population growth had been reported higher than the State average as per Census reports.Both the Centre and the State have said the reverification exercise should be conducted by Class 1 officers of the State government from other districts who had knowledge and experience of handling the process of enquiry/investigation. The applications further sought an order that the sample reverification should be undertaken at a place different from where the NRC exercise happened. The Assam government agreed that this would cut out the possibility of local influences, biases/threats and so on.The application filed by the Union Home Ministry tries to impress upon the court the “unprecedented large scale of complexities” involved in the NRC process. The Ministry told the court that the NRC exercise had created apprehensions in the minds of the citizens and could very well impact social harmony, law and order in the State. Tensions could rise with just a few days left before the culmination of the ongoing NRC process.“It is pertinent that the exercise of sample reverification must necessarily follow before the publication of the final list,” the application said.The draft NRC list had included 2,89,83,677 persons as Indian citizens. But a total of 40,70,707 persons were left out. They were found ineligible to be considered for inclusion. The Centre said reverification should be done for both inclusions and exclusions.last_img read more

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Marchisio signs with Zenit

first_imgFormer Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has joined Zenit on a free transfer, the Russian club have announced.Marchisio ended a 25-year association with the Scudetto holders in August, having made a total of 389 appearances as a professional.The 32-year-old was restricted to just 15 appearances in Serie A last term due to competition for places and injury problems. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Emre Can’s arrival in Turin gave every indication Marchisio was to fall even further down the pecking order this term, and the announcement of the Italy international’s mutual contract termination in August surprised few.He now embarks on a new adventure in Russia, joining Zenit on a free transfer in a deal which has been seen as a real coup for Sergei Semak’s men, who are two points clear at the top of the Russian Premier League after six matches.He will wear the number 10 shirt for the club as they look to win their first league title since 2015, having slumped to a fifth-placed finish last season.With the exception of a single season spent on loan at Empoli during the 2007-08 campaign, Marchisio spent his entire professional career with Juve, helping them to the Serie A title in seven consecutive campaigns, dating back from this year to 2011.He is also a four-time winner of the Coppa Italia and a three-time victor in the Supercoppa Italia.At international level, Marchisio has won 55 caps for Italy to date, between 2009 and 2017, and was a member of the national team that finished runner-up at Euro 2012 to Spain.In addition, he was a member of the Azzurri squads that took part in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, and was named in their team for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, though he was forced to return home due to injury.last_img read more

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Bumrah a nightmare to face, Pujara the difference between India and Australia: Brad Hodge

first_imgFormer Australia cricketer Brad Hodge called Jasprit Bumrah “a nightmare to face” in an enormous compliment but picked Cheteshwar Pujara’s runs at number three as the vital difference between the two sides.The final Test starts here on January 3, with India leading the four-match series 2-1.”Pujara has been the difference between the two sides. Both bowling units have looked strong. Barring the first session in Perth (where Australia scored 112-0), and Mayank Agarwal in Melbourne, all four openers have struggled,” Hodge told PTI.”So, the number three position where Pujara has dominated, has been of importance. Not only has he not lost his wicket cheaply, but he has also taken time out of the game.”India regained the lead with a 137-run win in the third Test Melbourne, with Pujara scoring a hundred in the first innings.”He also negated Nathan Lyon who bowled extremely well in Adelaide and Perth. So Pujara’s importance cannot be ignored. He was left out of the first Test in England, and came back into contention.”He has not been playing T20 cricket, and instead went to play for Yorkshire. He does the hard work and is getting rewards.”The former Kings XI Punjab coach was full of praise for the Indian pace-attack, in particular Bumrah.”Bumrah is a nightmare to face. If you ask any batsman, he is one of the most dangerous bowlers to face. He is quick, very accurate and moves the ball both ways, which is what you want from a Test match bowler.advertisement”His economy and strike-rates in Test cricket are already comparing to those for Kapil Dev, who is legendary in Indian cricket. So to be in that category within 12 months is amazing.”The Indian attack has looked strong ever since they have arrived here. They have performed and backed up their captain well. Bumrah and Ishant Sharma, in particular, have looked in shape.”Hodge said that the Australian batsmen have let themselves down with a lack of Test cricket temperament and application. Even so, he added that the selectors have no option but to stick with the same combination.”From a batting point of view, this has been a disappointing series. The averages are well down. They simply haven’t been good enough. The technique, temperament and aptitude to play Test cricket has been missing.”The problem is they won a Test ten days ago (in Perth). So you expect a lot from this batting line-up, but when they cannot score 200 runs (in the first innings), then that’s a serious issue.”We have high expectations, a rich history, and we had some serious players in the past (David Warner and Steve Smith). But we are also up against a very good team,” Hodge said.last_img read more

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Security Features in Tablet Computers for Students

first_imgMinister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says the computer tablets to be issued to students will have security features to prevent criminals from stealing them. Under the Schools Tablet Computer Programme, some 30,000 devices will be distributed to students and teachers from 30 institutions across the island, through phase II of the E-Learning Programme. Speaking at a post-budget press briefing at Jamaica House, on Thursday, April 25, Mr. Paulwell said he is aware of the security concerns and very serious considerations have been given to ensure the security of the computers. “[We know] the attractiveness of these devices for people who would want to acquire them without paying for them…but we believe that we can overcome the dangers that could befall the programme,” he assured. He noted that, as such, each tablet computer has been fitted with a number of security features, which ensures that the device can be tracked if stolen. “Every one of these devices will have a feature that can track them wherever they are, anywhere in the world. So, if for example, a child is missing from school, we can tell their parents where the child has been,” he said. The Minister, therefore, had a message for criminals. “For those people who think that they will be able to steal them, you will probably be able to steal one, but you won’t be able to use it, and we will find you long before you know it,” he warned. Mr. Paulwell said efforts have been made to block access to harmful content, such as pornographic websites. In the meantime, the Minister announced that more schools will be added to the programme. “When we checked the number of students and teachers [in the 30 schools selected] we are now at 25,000, so we are about 5,000 less than the 30,000 that we want,” he explained. Mr. Paulwell said, in light of this, the Ministry of Education will be asked to recommend a few more schools for the project. So far, some five early childhood institutions, 10 primary schools, five junior high schools and 10 high schools across the country have been selected. He said the schools selected to participate in the pilot are among those that have been assessed and found to be under-performing academically by the Education Ministry. Under the programme, each school will be made into a wire­less hotspot, offering free access to broadband Internet for students and the wider community.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Draft Migration Policy to be Completed By June

first_imgThe draft of the National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development is at an advanced stage and should be completed by June 2013.This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, during his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on May 15.He informed that other deliverables to complement the National Policy and Plan of Action are the formulation of an implementation plan, a monitoring and evaluation framework, and capacity assessment.“The policy will improve the Government’s capacity to monitor and manage international migration in line with the country’s socio-economic development priorities as outlined in Vision 2030 Jamaica,” he said.Mr. Brown noted that the policy is being developed as a response to key global developments, which have exposed the need to address the broad and evolving range of challenges and opportunities associated with the trans-boundary movement of people.We realise that we cannot ignore or benignly neglect the impact of migration on our development agenda. The National Policy and Plan of Action seeks to promote better understanding of the links between migration and development, particularly within the context of globalisation and the need to maximise the benefits and minimise the negative effects of this phenomenon,” he stated.He said that Diasporas can make significant contributions to economic, social, and political development in their countries of origin as well as their host countries, and can contribute as well, through the application in their home country, of newly developed skills and entrepreneurial activities.“Migrants are agents of development as they contribute to economic growth through remittances, investment and expenditure, as well as provide avenues for knowledge transfer, innovation and development,” Mr. Brown noted.He said that given the current economic climate in Jamaica, it is imperative that the country engage all its assets, at home and aboard, towards nation-building.“Jamaica’s elaboration of an international migration and development policy is therefore timely and is evidence of our recognition that effective management of migration can contribute to the achievement of our development goals including poverty reduction, maternal and child health, primary education and gender empowerment,” Mr. Brown told the House.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

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ClassNK Releases Latest Rules and Guidance for Ship Survey

first_imgzoom The Nippon Kaiji Kyokai(ClassNK) released the latest versions of its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. These versions include all amendments dated 26 February 2014. ClassNK is constantly revising its Rules and Guidance in order to reflect requests from industry, the latest results from relevant research and development projects, feedback from damage investigations as well as changes made to relevant international conventions, IACS Unified Requirements, national regulations, etc.More specifically, some of the requirements amended or established this time are as follows:Requirements related to “Scope of Application of Fire-resistant Cables”, etc. in response to industry requests, etc.;Requirements related to “Full Review of the Requirements for Ore Carriers”, etc. in order to reflect recent research and development results;Requirements related to “Means of Communication for Fire-fighters”, etc. in order to reflect feedback obtained from recent damage investigations;Requirements related to “Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships”, etc. in order to reflect recent changes made to relevant international conventions;Requirements related to “Approval Procedures of Corrosion Resistant Steel used for Cargo Oil Tanks”, etc. in order to reflect recent changes made to relevant IACS Unified Requirements; and Requirements related to “Survey of Radio Installations for Japanese-flagged Ships”, etc. in order to reflect recent changes made to relevant national regulations, etc.ClassNK, February 27, 2014last_img read more

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Maersk Line Keeps the Lead

first_imgzoom Danish shipping giant Maersk Line has cemented its top rating as most reliable line company, according to  maritime analyst SeaIntel’s midyear review.According to the review, during the second quarter, the overall industry reliability has improved. However, there is a widening gap between industry players.Maersk Line scored an above-industry rating of 86.1%,  which was facilitated by fair weather and less port closures for the quarter.As the leading liner for Q2, Maersk Line drove the industry gap to 11%, overtaking Hamburg Süd and CSAV with 84.1% and 79.6%, respectively, the review shows.An overall increase in reliability has seen 13 of the top 20 carriers recording an improvement of at least 5%.Press Release, August 21, 2014last_img

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How computer data helped police to investigate Quebec Citys mosque shooter

first_imgMONTREAL – The criminal proceedings against Quebec City’s mosque shooter provided a glimpse into how police use computers to extract information about a suspect, even if that data has been erased.Alexandre Bissonnette’s seized laptop was forced to reveal its secrets through a specialized internet evidence finder software called IEF, created by Canadian company Magnet Forensics, which was founded by former Ontario police officer Jad Saliba.Bissonnette, 28, pleaded guilty earlier this year to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. His sentencing arguments are set to begin Monday.The demand for such software services is exploding, according to Genevieve Lajeunesse of Crypto.Quebec, an independent media focusing on digital security, information technology and intelligence.“There isn’t a single crime scene today that doesn’t have a technological element,” she said.IEF’s client list includes the FBI, the Danish and UK governments, as well as police in Lima, Peru and other Western countries.In Canada, prosecutors in the case of Guy Turcotte used internet search data to show the former cardiologist had looked up methods of painless suicide before killing his two young children.The information gleaned from computers is vital for mounting the prosecution’s case.In Bissonnette’s case, the police looked for evidence that the murders were premeditated, and if they had been committed in the name of an ideology.Concretely, the software provides access to the contents of zip files, RAM memory, directories, social media chat data, P2P file sharing, web mail, videos on YouTube, photos, the use of USB keys, how the info was shared, and the history of the internet browser – even if it has been deleted.These digital research tools can save hours of work by sparing police officers the job of having to read everything on Skype, Facebook, or web browsers.The amount of data can be imposing: in Bissonnette’s case, the software detected 31,895 web links, 4,742 Google searches, 3,388 Facebook links and 60,417 images.The tool finds everything, even data that is invisible to the human eye or seemingly irrelevant.The RCMP investigator tasked with investigating Bissonnette’s laptop was able to see not only potentially incriminating videos of executions, but also searches for Halloween costumes or a recipe for vol-au-vent.The data is also precise: it showed investigators that only an hour and a half before he gunned down six worshippers in a Quebec City mosque, Bissonnette had viewed a video on how to operate the Glock handgun he would use in the slaying.While they save time, there’s a risk that the results of searches can be taken out of context, Lajeunesse said. As an example, what do 20 searches on bombs mean, compared to a thousand for recipes?“My internet search history looks quite a bit like Alexandre Bissonnette’s,” she said, noting that part of her job involves researching far-right groups.Police forces are reluctant to discuss their investigation methods, in order to not divulge their methods to criminals.RCMP declined to comment on the subject other to confrim it used certain tools by Magnet Forensics.Quebec provincial police would not say what technology it used to uncover evidence.Spokesman Hugo Fournier did say the force has a technology support unit comprised of some 40 police officers who, with support from computer scientists, target mainly organized crime.Police forces aren’t the only ones to use the technology.Hexigent Consulting, a private specialty firm, is hired by lawyers and occasionally police to extract potentially incriminating information from cell phones and computers and pass it on to clients.Founder Ryan Duquette, a former Ontario police officer, said criminals are increasingly learning new ways to cover their digital footprints, which increasingly makes investigators’ jobs harder.“But not impossible,” he said. “We have to get more creative.”Lajeunesse, for her part, believes that it’s impossible for someone to truly eliminate all traces of their history.Most people end up making mistakes, she said, noting that the founder of AlphaBay, one of the world’s biggest darknet website AlphaBay, was brought down after sending an email from a personal hotmail address.“To connect is to commit,” she said.last_img read more

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British Actor and Humanitarian Sir Roger Moore Dies at 89

Toronto – When he wasn’t being Bond, James Bond, he was being Roger Moore, talented actor who had inhabited the role of the dashing super spy in seven films. Moore succumbed to cancer at the age of 89, Tuesday, according to his official Twitter account, in his beloved Switzerland.His last appearance was on the stage of London’s Royal Festival Hall in November of 2016, just a short distance from where the actor was born.Moore’s children Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian, issued a statement saying “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer. The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone.” The statement confirmed that, of all his considerable career accomplishments, Moore considered his work for UNICEF to be his greatest source of professional pride.Moore famously, never took his turn as the dashing but deadly James Bond too seriously, at one time saying, “To me, the Bond situations are so ridiculous, so outrageous.” He regularly made fun of the character saying, “you have to treat the humour outrageously as well.”He came to the role in 1973 after fan-favourite Sean Connery grew tired of playing the part. Previously he had enjoyed years of success playing Simon Templar in the British series The Saint in the 1960’s.In 1991, Moore became a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, thanks to the late Audrey Hepburn. In 1996, he spoke at the World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children where he disclosed that he himself had been a victim of childhood abuse. He received several awards for his humanitarian work and in 2008, published his autobiography, My Word is My Bond.In accordance with Sir Roger Moore’s wishes, the funeral will be a private, family service in Monaco. read more

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Michael Parkinson says he has nothing to apologise for over 1975 clash

first_imgIn an interview with Event magazine, Sir Michael admitted that he might have been a "bit over-reactive" but defended his comments Sir Michael, who was then in his 30s, went on to tell her that she was an “in quotes, a serious actress” and asked if her “equipment” undermined her credibility. “Your figure”, he added when questioned by the actress what he meant. “Serious actresses can’t have big bosoms, is that what you mean?” she replied, outraged. He also quoted a review that described her as “projecting sluttish eroticism” during the encounter, which Dame Helen later described as “enraging” and “extremely creepy”.Yesterday, in an interview with Event magazine, Sir Michael admitted that he might have been a “bit over-reactive” but defended his comments. He also denied that his attitude was sexist, saying: “You have to judge it by what happened in that time. If you didn’t live in that time, you’re not allowed an opinion in my view.”He continued: “Am I a sexist? No, I’m Yorkshire. I’ve been married for 57 years so something must be going right.”Their television clash has prompted years of questions, with both Dame Helen and Sir Michael talking about it in previous interviews. The actress, now 71, later told The Telegraph: “That’s the first talk show I’d ever done. I was terrified. I watched it and I actually thought, bloody hell! I don’t want to make up and nor does sheMichael Parkinson Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In an interview with Event magazine, Sir Michael admitted that he might have been a “bit over-reactive” but defended his commentsCredit:Bryn Lennon/Getty Images In the interview, he quoted a review that described her as "projecting sluttish eroticism" Recalling the spat with Dame Helen, which began when she appeared on his talk show in 1975, Sir Michael described their confrontation as “good television” and said it had not been resolved because: “I don’t want to make up and nor does she.”He also refused to accept his comments were sexist, arguing: “If you didn’t live in that time, you’re not allowed an opinion.” His refusal to apologise comes more than four decades after the uncomfortable exchange, which began when the talk show host introduced Dame Helen – then a young actress who had played lead roles in Miss Julie and A Midsummer’s Nights Dream – as the “sex queen” of the Royal Shakespeare Company.center_img He said: “She presented a provocative figure as she walked down the stairs carrying a feather boa, half dressed as I recall, with love and hate tattooed onto her knuckles. I would not have done my duty as a human being had I not reacted in a certain way.”I mean, we didn’t like each other. We have not done much since to repair the damage, but that sometimes happens in life.”When asked if there was a chance the pair could make up, he said: “I don’t want to. Nor does she. I don’t regard what happened as being anything other than good television. There is no need to apologise, not at all.”She didn’t want to do an interview and after about ten minutes I didn’t want to interview her. There’s no problem, it’s not World War III for God’s sake.” “I did really well. I was so young and inexperienced. And he was such a f—— sexist old fart. He was. He denies it to this day that it was sexist, but of course he was.”Last year, Dame Helen, who has described interest in her body as “prurient”, also reflected on how sexism remained a problem throughout the 1970s.She said: “That decade, after the sexual revolution but before feminism, was perilous for women. Men saw that as a sort of “Oh fantastic! We can f*** anything, however we like, whenever we like. They’re up for grabs, boys!” In the interview, he quoted a review that described her as “projecting sluttish eroticism” Their disagreement was first sparked more than 40 years ago, when Michael Parkinson dared to suggest to an up-and-coming Helen Mirren that her figure may undermine her credibility as an actress.   But the clash, which prompted a huge sexism row and saw the pair ignore each other for decades, has little chance of repair – at least according to the presenter, who claims he has nothing to apologise for.  Sir Michael introduced the actress as the "sex queen" of the Royal Shakespeare Company Sir Michael introduced the actress as the “sex queen” of the Royal Shakespeare CompanyCredit:Larry Busacca/Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Celebration of life being held in honor of San Diego woman who

first_img September 5, 2019 Posted: September 5, 2019 Hunter Sowards Celebration of life being held in honor of San Diego woman who lost her life in California boat fire Updated: 5:28 PM Hunter Sowards, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Investigators continue their search for answers into what caused a boat to catch fire killing 33 people off Santa Cruz island.Loved ones are making plans to honor those lost, including San Diego native, Nicole Quitasol. Friends are hoping the entire community will join them in honoring her, while also helping her family as they move forward from tragedy.Quitasol was a member of the organization Venture Active, who is planning a series of events in her honor. Their way of ensuring Nicole’s legacy lives on.“Definitely just an outgoing adventurous loving person, she would be the type of person who would stop and help anyone who needed it,” Co-owner of Venture Active, Ciara Guedesse said. “Always the first person to jump into something without any fear. She was an amazing person and a good soul. She is missed. Terribly missed.”On September 21, Venture Active is inviting the community to take part in a day full of Quitasol’s favorite activities happening at some of her favorite places in San Diego. A hike up Cowles Mountain, a yoga session in Kate Sessions Park and a paddle out on the waters of Crown Point. They say it’s what she would have wanted.“We really want people to know that we want to celebrate her life, of course we mourn for her, but she would have wanted us to celebrate her and that adventurous spirit that she had,” Guedesse said. “That’s why it’s important for us to do a full day celebration of her life.”EARLIER STORY: San Diego woman among those killed in California boat fireVenture Active is promoting Nicole’s Celebration of Life on Facebook so you can easily share the details with your friends. The Facebook post is below. I had the honor of speaking with friends of Nicole Quitasol, one of the 33 passengers who died aboard a boat that caught fire off Santa Cruz Island. Ciara Guedesse with Venture Active says paddle boarding, hiking, and yoga events in her honor is what Nicole would have wanted. pic.twitter.com/vvSiqdmbjS— Hunter Sowards (@huntersowards3) September 5, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: Nicole Quitasol FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Extra fat protects Florida dog during bear attack

first_imgALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) — A layer of fat saved a Florida dog during a bear attack.Frika is an overweight miniature pinscher, but her 15-pound frame may be the reason she survived a terrifying encounter.She was attacked by a bear while out in her yard in Altamonte Springs, Tuesday.“The vet said she’s just really hearty. She said the extra layer of fat kept the bear’s claw from tearing out her intestines,” said the dog’s owner, Eric Yaughn.Frika has continued to recover well after getting more than a dozen stitches.Bears are frequently spotted in the community which is located near a wilderness area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Newsstand Sales Down 10 Percent in Q3 2015

first_img Across the industry, sell-through efficiency in the third quarter was 27.4 percent, an improvement on the 26.5 percent recorded in the first half of 2015, but still below the 31 percent sell-through rate recorded over the same period last year. Game/Puzzle/Crossword was by far the biggest winner by category, skyrocketing 54.5 percent in draw and 11.5 percent in revenue over the same period last year and vaulting all the way to 4.9 percent market share. Nearly every other category saw double-digit drops in revenue, including Celebrity and Women’s, which, combined, still make up 38.1 percent of newsstand market share. The Teen/Children category took the biggest hit in both units sold and revenue—29.2 and 26.4 percent, respectively—lending further credence to the theory that young people strongly prefer to access content digitally. Bauer, the top publisher of newsstand magazines in North America in terms of copies produced and sold, announced the withdrawal of the print editions of teen-focused M and Twist magazines last week. Among distributors, CMG continues to be the biggest player, with 38.9 percent market share in the third quarter of 2015, followed by Time Inc. Retail (24.7 percent) and Curtis Circulation Co. (23.2 percent). Combined, the three make up 86.8 percent of distributor market share. All three experienced declines of between 8 and 16 percent in both revenue and units sold. Penny Press/Dell and Kappa Publishing Group, specialists in the Game/Puzzle/Crossword category, bucked the trend by substantially increasing draw. Both saw significant increases in revenue. Of the top five publishers, only Bauer increased draw over the same period last year, which likely led to its comparatively low revenue decline (2.7 percent). center_img North American newsstand magazine sales declined 10.1 percent in the third quarter of 2015 from the same period last year, according to analysis from MagNet, although an average cover price increase of $0.04 (to $5.38) meant that the revenue downturn remained in single digits, falling 9.8 percent to $628.9 million. Time Inc. remains the largest newsstand publisher, with 18 percent of market share, followed by Bauer Publishing Group (10.9 percent) and American Media Inc. (9.9 percent). Hearst and Trusted Media Brands saw the largest declines in newsstand revenue among publishers, at 20.3 and 20.6 percent, respectively. Lost distribution from Source Interlink’s May 2014 exit from the newsstand business had stabilized by the third quarter of last year, reports MagNet, meaning the data once again provides an unskewed year-over-year glimpse of industry sales trends.last_img read more

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Boeing to invest Rs 1152 cr to build electronics avionics facility in

first_imgThe logo of Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index listed company Boeing (BA) is seen in Los Angeles, California, United States, April 22, 2016.ReutersGlobal aerospace major Boeing is setting up an electronics manufacturing and avionics assembly facility in this tech hub at an investment of Rs 1,152 crore, said an official on Monday.”We have allotted 36 acres of land for Boeing India to set up the facility in the state-run Aerospace Park at Devanahalli near the airport in north Bengaluru,” a senior official of the state Industry Department told IANS here.Boeing India President Pratyush Kumar met state Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy at the state secretariat to discuss the project.”As part of Boeing’s Engineering and Technology Centre in India, the facility will create about 2,600 direct jobs when setting up and commissioned,” said the official.Though the US-based aircraft maker’s investment proposal was cleared by the previous Congress government in December 2017, approvals and formalities got delayed due to the state Assembly elections and formation of the new coalition government by the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and the Congress in May. state Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.HD Kumaraswamy Facebook PageThe facility will be Boeing’s second-largest after its engineering and technology centre at Seattle in Washington district on the US west coast.”The state cabinet approved the Boeing’s proposal early this month for land allotment and other statutory clearances,” added the official.Boeing’s India arm plans to commence the project work in the next three months and complete the first phase by 2019.Karnataka Udyog Mitra Managing Director B.K. Shivakumar had told IANS earlier that Boeing would also be making aircraft components and subsystems at the new facility for civil and military versions.The aerospace behemoth has the presence in this tech hub with a global research and development center for a decade.last_img read more

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A section to reap all benefits from budget Amir Khosru

first_imgAmir Khosru Mahmud ChowdhuryBNP senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury on Thursday said the proposed national budget for fiscal year 2019-20 will facilitate only a section of people instead of fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the country’s people.In an instant reaction to the new budget, he also said as the government has kept at Tk 1,453.80 billion (Tk 145,380 crore) deficit in the proposed budget, it will have a negative impact on people’s life as the money will ultimately be realised from them.Khosru said the current ‘unelected’ government and parliament have no moral right to present any budget for the nation. “The budget they (govt) presented was formulated only to give a section of people all the facilities. The budget management is now confined to a quarter.”The BNP leader said people’s hopes and aspirations were not reflected in the last general election. “The desires of the people of Bangladesh will also not be fulfilled through the new budget.”Khosru, also a former commerce minister, feared that the government will fill up the huge amount of budget deficit by collecting money from people through raising the tariffs of the utility services.He said the country’s macro economy which was on good track over the last 20 years is now getting affected for lack of good governance, investment and some other reasons. “Our economy is deviating from its correct course.”The BNP also alleged that Bangladesh’s economy has now turned into ‘loan-dependent’ one. “It’s very dangerous that we’re going to be caught in a debt trap. We’ll face serious hurdle to repay the loan in the days to come.”Earlier in the day, finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal placed a Tk 5,231.90 billion (Tk 523,190 crore) national budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year with the target of 8.2 per cent GDP growth.Khosru said the 8.2 per cent GDP growth is unrealistic as different organisations are raising questions about the country’s GDP growth. “A government which lacks accountability can only set such a GDP growth target.”He also asked the reasons behind the bad condition of the capital markets, rise in unemployment rate and lack of investment if the country’s GDP growth is really high. “How can GDP growth accelerate without investment amid liquidity crisis faced by the banks?”Khosru gave the reaction to the budget at his Banani office.However, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam is scheduled to come with their party’s formal reaction to the budget at a press conference at its chairperson’s Gulshan office at 4pm on Friday.last_img read more

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One of Apples Very First Computers Expected to Fetch 400000 at Auction

first_img Register Now » 1 min read Apple diehards will soon have the chance to own a formative piece of the company’s history, when one of the very first Apple 1 computers is auctioned off on October 22.The Apple 1, which marks the storied company’s inaugural product, was concocted by Steve Wozniak in either Steve Jobs’ family garage or in his little sister’s bedroom.The still-functioning motherboard, which will be offered by Bonhams New York, is expected to fetch between $300,000 and $500,000, according to the auction house. For comparison’s sake, when the product was first introduced in 1976, it was sold for a rather ominous $666.66.While the Apple 1 computer singlehandedly “[heralded] the dawn of the personal computer revolution,” according to Bonhams, only 200 units were ever made — roughly 15 of which are still operational today.Related: Apple Reportedly Delays Launch of Jumbo iPad October 9, 2014center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more March 25, 2015 — Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have developed a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based technique to help improve diagnosis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in children. The technique is detailed in a study published Feb. 5 in Hepatology.Between 5 and 8 million children in the United States have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), yet most cases go undiagnosed.”Currently, diagnosis of NAFLD requires a liver biopsy, which is not always available or performed. This leads to both misdiagnosis and missed diagnoses, hampering patient care and progress in clinical research,” said Jeffrey B. Schwimmer, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics at UC San Diego, director of the Fatty Liver Clinic at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and the first author of the study. “Thus, a noninvasive method for diagnosing and/or evaluating NAFLD has the potential to impact millions of children.”NAFLD is characterized by large droplets of fat in at least five percent of a child’s liver cells. Obesity and diabetes are risk factors for NAFLD. Doctors are concerned about NAFLD in children because it can lead to hepatitis, liver scarring, cirrhosis and liver cancer.Traditionally, NAFLD is diagnosed by a gastroenterologist in consultation with a pathologist, who examines the patient’s biopsied liver tissue under a microscope. The presence and severity of liver fat is graded by the pathologist as none, mild, moderate or severe, based on the percentage of liver cells that contain fat droplets.In an effort known as the MRI Rosetta Stone Project, Schwimmer and colleagues used a special MRI technique known as magnitude-based MRI, which was previously developed by researchers in the UC San Diego Liver Imaging Group, to estimate liver proton density fat fraction (PDFF), a biomarker of liver fat content.”Existing techniques for measuring liver fat are dependent upon the individual scanner and the center at which the measurements were made, so they cannot be compared directly,” said Claude B. Sirlin, M.D., professor of radiology at UC San Diego and senior author of the study. “By comparison, PDFF is a standardized marker that is reproducible on different scanners and at different imaging centers. Thus, the results of the current study can be generalized to the broader population.”In this study, the researchers compared the new MRI technique to the standard liver biopsy method of assessing fat in the liver. To do this, the team enrolled 174 children who were having liver biopsies for clinical care. For each patient, the team performed both MRI-estimated PDFF and compared the results to the standard pathology method of measuring fat on a liver biopsy.The team found a strong correlation between the amount of liver fat as measured by the new MRI technique and the grade of liver fat determined by pathology. This is an important step towards being able to use this technology for patients. Notably, the correlation was influenced by both the patient’s gender and the amount of scar tissue in the liver. The correlation between the two techniques was strongest in females and in children with minimal scar tissue.Depending on how the new MRI technology is used, it could correctly classify between 65 and 90 percent of children as having or not having fatty liver tissue.”Advanced magnitude MRI can be used to estimate PDFF in children, which correlates well with standard analysis of liver biopsies,” Schwimmer said. “We are especially excited about the promise of the technology for following children with NAFLD over time. However, further refinements will be needed before this or any other MRI technique can be used to diagnose NAFLD in an individual child.”For more information: www.som.ucsd.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | March 25, 2015 MRI Technique Developed for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Children Study makes strides toward noninvasive diagnostic for increasingly common pediatric liver disease 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 Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Spotify has one of the most intricate uses of JavaScript in the

first_imgA former Spotify engineer, Mattias Peter Johansson, has outlined how the music streaming platform uses JavaScript on it’s desktop application. It’s complicated and, according to Reddit, “kind of insane”. Responding to a question on Quora, Johansson says it could be “among the top 25 most intricate uses of JavaScript in the world.” What’s particularly interesting is how this intricate JavaScript has influenced the Spotify architecture and the way the development teams are organized. How JavaScript is used on the Spotify desktop app JavaScript is used across the Spotify desktop client. Wherever UI is concerned, it uses JavaScript. C++ is used for functionality beneath the UI, with JavaScript sitting on top of it. The languages are connected by an interface aptly called a ‘bridge.’ Spotify’s squads and spotlets The Spotify team is made up of small squads of anywhere from 3 to 12 people. Johansson explains that  “a feature is generally owned by a single squad, and during normal conditions the squad has all it needs to develop and maintain its feature.” Each team has as many backend, front end, and mobile developers as necessary for the particular feature it owns. These features are known as ‘spotlets.’ Each of these spotlets are essentially web apps that come together to power the desktop app’s UI. Johansson explains how they work, saying: They all run inside Chromium Embedded Framework, each app living within their own little iframe, which gives squads the ability to work with whatever frameworks they need, without the need to coordinate tooling and dependencies with other squads. The advantage of this is that it makes technical decision making much easier. As Johansson explains, “introducing a library is a discussion between a few people instead of decision that involves ~100 people and their various needs.” Shared functionalities across the Spotify development team Although spotlets and squads create a somewhat fragmented picture of a development team, things are unified. “The latest versions of all Spotlets are zipped and bundled with the desktop client binary on every release, assets and all,” says Johansson. Individual spotlets are also sometimes released where an emergency fix might be needed. Although tooling decisions are left up to individual squads, there are a couple of tools that are used across the team. This includes GLUE, a CSS framework that allows some coordination and alignment in terms of design. The team also rely heavily on npm, as you might expect. “We have our own internal npm repository where we publish internal modules, and we package the code together using a Browserify-like tool.”last_img read more

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Qantas announces Hugh Jackman as Global Ambassador

first_imgSource = Qantas Qantas announces Hugh Jackman as Global AmbassadorThe “Boy from Oz” Hugh Jackman and Australia’s national carrier Qantas have announced a new partnership to promote Australia on the global stage.The award-winning actor has signed on to become an official global ambassador for the airline and will also work with Qantas on community projects in Australia, with further detail to be announced soon.The international superstar is one of Australia’s most successful and highly regarded performers with a career spanning 30 years from his early days in “Correlli” right after his graduation from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, to his recent stage and screen successes including the X-Men films, The Boy from Oz stage show, the film version of Les Misérables and the soon to be released fantasy film Pan.Jackman said he was proud to become a Qantas Ambassador and was looking forward to teaming up with Qantas to highlight the best of Australia.“I travel a lot and like all Aussies, I get a buzz whenever I see the familiar red tail and the kangaroo logo, no matter where I am in the world. Qantas is great airline with great people and represents the very best of our wonderful country,” Jackman said.“Qantas has always had a vital role in promoting Australia as a tourism destination and I’m looking forward to playing my part as we work together to showcase our amazing cities, landscapes and experiences in the US., Asia and beyond.“What I also love about Qantas is the role it plays in the community. It’s inspiring to see an Australian company stand up for causes that make a difference and I know it’s something that the Qantas team and its employees are really passionate about.“The Qantas projects I will be getting involved with will create opportunities for Australians to learn, to work and to reach their potential. I will also be working directly with Qantas employees to build on the fantastic community work they already do and I can’t wait to get started later this year.”Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the airline was thrilled to welcome Hugh Jackman in to the Qantas family as an ambassador.last_img read more