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SNC-Lavalin CEO says he never cited job losses in push for remediation agreement

TORONTO – The chief executive of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says he never cited the protection of 9,000 Canadian jobs as a reason the company should be granted a remediation agreement to avoid a criminal trial on allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to obtain government business in Libya.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Neil Bruce said Wednesday if the engineering firm is convicted and barred from bidding on federal contracts here at home its workers would end up working for the Montreal-based company’s foreign rivals.“There would be a reduction with us but these are talented folks. They’ll get a job,” Bruce said.“This thing that somehow they’re going to be unemployed is not true because they are highly qualified, highly experienced people.”Bruce’s comments come as a political storm in Ottawa continues over allegations that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his senior staff and others improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to end a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.Trudeau and his staff have said their only concern was for SNC-Lavalin’s 9,000 jobs, which might be at risk if the company were convicted and then barred from bidding on federal contracts for up to 10 yearsThe affair has so far cost Trudeau two cabinet ministers, his principal secretary and the country’s top public servant, although he continues to insist no one did anything wrong.Bruce said its Canadian workforce has decreased from 20,000 in 2012 and will likely fall further. That, despite it being the only Canadian company that does nuclear technology work helping Ontario facilities like Chalk River, Darlington and Pickering. Also, no other domestic firm does the scope of infrastructure services on projects in cities like Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.He said the company has calculated that about 75 per cent of its rivals have concluded deferred prosecution agreements (DPA) in their host countries and are free to work in Canada.Meanwhile, Bruce said he still doesn’t know why the director of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould were not open to granting a remediation agreement.He said the company appealed that decision in Federal Court, hoping to learn some of the rationale.“We did an appeal not because we thought we would win the appeal but because we thought we might get a reason and that got tossed out with no reason so we still don’t know.”Bruce said he’s not holding much hope that an agreement will be offered under the current political climate, especially if the Conservatives win the fall election, and is preparing for a lengthy legal process.“We have never asked for the charges to be dropped, we’ve never asked for anything to be circumvented,” he said. “We just want to move on for the sake principally of our employees first and foremost and our investors.”A main stumbling block to getting a DPA could be public perception that former employees accused of crimes aren’t being held accountable, he said.He said innocent SNC-Lavalin employees feel bruised and battered by the last six weeks since a report surfaced that government officials pressured the former attorney general to grant the company a deferred prosecution agreement.“And I think fundamentally that’s unfair on our employees who had nothing to do with what went on seven to 20 years ago.”While he’s not surprised that politicians would make hay out of this issue during an election year, Bruce said he’s concerned the company will continue to be a political punching bag as the campaign unfolds.“If it sort of doesn’t move on from that or gets worse of course it’s a concern.”Bruce also said few people have publicly defended the company’s important contribution to the country as a home-grown success story.“So if anybody’s happy for us not being able to do that work and give it to the Americans or give it to the Europeans I think that’s a sad, sad position.”He said there’s no plans to move the company’s headquarters from Montreal, adding competitors are envious of its shareholder base that is 82 per cent Canadian and led by the Caisse de depot which has helped fund its acquisition of British engineering firm Atkins.“We see ourselves as Team Canada. We are a global champion, one of few. There’s not many and we’re proud to be Canadian.”Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC) read more

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Royal Bank reports net earnings of 19 billion in fourth quarter record

TORONTO – The Royal Bank (TSX:RY) reported Thursday a record annual profit for its latest year, including $1.9 billion in the fourth quarter, powered by its personal banking business.The first of Canada’s big banks to report its fourth-quarter results said personal and commercial banking business earnings topped $1 billion for the quarter.Chief executive Gord Nixon said the bank would use its size to continue to grow despite expectations for the pace to slow.“While we anticipate that the strong growth in consumer lending that we experienced this year will moderate, we continue to have good momentum in the higher margin commercial business,” he said.“Overall we believe that we can continue to achieve volume growth at a 25 per cent premium to the market.”The housing market started to cool in the summer after changes by the federal government tightened the lending rules for home buyers.Consumer borrowing has also been stretched as personal debt levels have reached record levels, a key concern raised by both Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney.However Royal Bank suggested its loan portfolio appears strong.Morten Friis, the bank’s chief risk officer, said even if interest rates rise or if unemployment rates jump, the bank does not expect a significant change.“While we see some weakening in the housing market we do not for see the recent cooling as a sign of a U.S.-style downturn,” he said.The quarterly profit at the bank amounted to $1.25 per diluted share compared with a profit of $1.57 billion or in the fourth quarter of 2011.Royal Bank reported a adjusted profit of 1.27 per diluted share compared with analyst expectations of $1.26 per share.Total revenue amounted to $7.5 billion, up from $6.7 billion for the quarter.Nixon says the company had solid earnings from most of its businesses including Canadian banking — which contributed more than $1 billion of earnings during the quarter.“Looking ahead to 2013, there’s no question that financial services companies will continue to face headwinds,” Nixon said.“In addition to regulatory changes, I believe the economic headwinds will continue until there is more improvement in the global economy and we see resolutions to both the European sovereign debt issues as well as the U.S. issues, particularly the imminent fiscal cliff situation.”Personal and commercial banking earned $1.03 billion in the quarter, up from $947 million a year ago, while the bank’s wealth management business earned $207 million, up from $179 million.Royal Bank’s insurance arm earned $194 million, down from $200 million a year ago, while the capital markets business earned $410 million, up from $125 million.The bank increased its provisions for credit losses in the fourth quarter to $362 million, up $86 million from last year.It attributed the increased provisions to a single account at its RBC Capital wholesale division as well as business lending in its Canadian banking business.For the full-year ended Oct. 31, Royal Bank earned $7.5 billion or $4.93 per diluted share, up from $6.4 billion or $4.19 per diluted share in 2011.On an adjusted basis, Royal Bank earned $5 per diluted share compared with expectations of $4.99 per diluted share.Annual revenue grew to $29.8 billion, up from $27.6 billion.Royal Bank shares were up 42 cents at $58.77 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2012 5:52 pm MDT Royal Bank reports net earnings of $1.9 billion in fourth quarter, record year read more

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Persons with disabilities forgotten victims of Syrian conflict – UN committee

“Living in the midst of conflict is physically and emotionally distressing, but all the more so for persons with disabilities who face the same if not greater barriers in times of armed conflict,” said the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which is composed of 18 independent human rights experts. “They and their families often struggle to get the support and to access the services they need,” the CRPD members said. “They are too often the forgotten victims of conflict.”Syria is a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Under article 11 of the Convention, parties are obliged under international humanitarian and human rights law to take all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk, including armed conflict.The Committee, which monitors the Convention, said it is vital that humanitarian agencies are allowed to operate without restrictions throughout Syria to assist both persons that had disabilities prior to the conflict, as well as those who acquired them as a result of the violence.The experts also voiced grave concern about the plight of persons with disabilities who have fled the fighting and are now in refugee camps in neighbouring countries. “Refugees have faced extreme emotional upheaval, and the stress of being displaced is often all the greater in the case of persons with disabilities,” they said. “However many persons with disabilities have been affected by the Syrian conflict, there is clearly a large number of refugees and internally displaced persons who are disproportionately at risk of being neglected, excluded or even abused because of their impairments and traumas, particularly the most vulnerable women and children with disabilities.”The Committee added that as the humanitarian emergency response increases in the region, it is essential that there are protection and assistance programmes for all to guarantee access to minimum standards of treatment. Since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad as many as 100,000 people have been killed, more than 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries and a further 4 million have been internally displaced. In addition, at least 6.8 million Syrian require urgent humanitarian assistance, half of whom are children. read more

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Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 19 February 2016

DOWNLOAD1.     EU Summit – UK renegotiation update2.     Majority of business leaders against Brexit3.     ACEA – Passenger car registrations: +6.2%4.     Annual CO2 reduction rate from trucks could be doubled5.     High-level conference on the digital transformation of European industry6.     Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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What must OSU do to buck its BCS hex

The BCS doesn’t play favorites. Both teams that have claimed the No. 1 spot in the BCS in the past two weeks, Ohio State and Oklahoma, have lost games on the road. That doesn’t include Alabama, who fell three weeks ago while atop the AP and Coaches polls. OSU (7-1) enters the weekend ranked No. 11 in the BCS. Despite beating Purdue 49-0, the Buckeyes dropped one spot after Wisconsin’s win at Iowa pushed the Badgers (7-1) to No. 10. “We kind of expected to drop,” defensive back Chimdi Chekwa said. “This kind of stuff is expected. All we can do is continue to focus on winning. We know the BCS. Guys will lose, guys will win. We can only control what we can control.” Jerry Palm, BCS expert for CBS Sports, said no matter how big OSU wins this weekend in Minnesota, the Buckeyes still face the possibility of falling further in the BCS poll. “That part of the BCS standings is fluid and tends to be more computer dependent, especially since the teams in the polls are kind of close together,” Palm said. “Purdue still (has a winning record) for the moment, while Minnesota is 1-7 and one of the worst teams in Division-1A. So playing Minnesota is a lot weaker than playing Purdue.” Palm said that aside from winning the rest of their games, the Buckeyes have no control when it comes to moving back up the BCS ranks. “They need the teams ahead of them to lose. They are just not in any control, they’re not going to pass too many teams ahead of them just by winning,” Palm said. “You got seven undefeated teams ahead of you, plus Alabama, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. Those teams aren’t going to fall behind you unless they lose.” After Saturday’s game against the Golden Gophers, the Buckeyes have games against Penn State (4-3), No. 18 Iowa (5-2) and Michigan (5-2). No. 5 Michigan State, the lone undefeated team in the Big Ten, plays at Iowa on Saturday. If OSU wants another shot at the Rose Bowl, it needs a Spartan loss on Saturday, an eventual Wisconsin loss and its own road win against the Hawkeyes in three weeks, Palm said. “We’ll just keep taking care of business and finally we’ll move up,” senior captain Cameron Heyward said. “If we win out we’ll be fine.” But the glory of college football and the BCS lies in the fact that there are an infinite number of scenarios making each week’s conjecture all the more interesting. read more

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Elon Musks advice to Enda Kenny on fostering Irelands digital economy

first_imgWhether Musk takes the carrot or not, he spoke of his fondness for Ireland, having visited here as a 7-year-old. Shervin Pishevar said that he had the idea for Sherpa while standing on the Cliffs of Moher, on a previous trip to Ireland for an earlier Web Summit. “Ireland has actually changed my life,” he said.Musk’s achievements, however, were centre stage as he spoke of his desire with his SpaceX rocket and spacecraft engineering to see humanity eventually make a self-sustaining base on Mars.The Taoiseach mentioned as an aside: “If you’re going to send that spacecraft off to Mars, I’ve a few people I could put on it for you as well.” He didn’t elaborate on who exactly he might put in the rocket.Musk spoke about the need to try, try and try again – the first three launches of the rocket at SpaceX didn’t work and it was only in late 2008 that the fourth did work.“That was our last chance. (If it didn’t work) game over,” he said. “When it succeeded, I didn’t feel elation, I felt stress relief.”Musk showed similar tenacity when trying to raise money to engineer the electric car into a form that would be acceptable to consumers and really work – he said he was just days away from bankruptcy before managing to scrape together enough money from existing investors and even his friends.Kenny said: “The lessons we can learn from this weekend are that we have to have a culture of not being afraid that something will fail.” Musk said there is a “fear of failure” in Silicon Valley but Pishevar (pictured above) agreed with the Taoiseach saying, “Fear is finite, hope is infinite. We are afraid of failure but we’re not afraid of trying.”On convincing the US to embrace the electric car, Musk said: “It was tricky at first. We are going against the pre-conception of what the electric car was which was literally a golf cart.”A right-hand drive version of the car is due to go on sale in late March or early April.“That car would sell very well in Ireland,” concluded Kenny.AOL chief issues battle cry at Web Summit>This is what the Nasdaq bell ringing in Dublin looks like>Create-your-own-video-ad company wins start-up award>Good news: Over 330 new jobs announced across Ireland> INVENTOR, ENGINEER AND entrepreneur Elon Musk is a busy man – but he spared a few minutes to give Taoiseach Enda Kenny advice on how to move forward Ireland’s digital economy.Musk, who is now CEO and CTO of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla Motors, was a late addition to the Web Summit line-up in Dublin. He sat on a panel today, chaired by Storyful’s Mark Little, which included Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Musk’s friend and co-founder of Sherpa Global, an investor fund and mentorship structure for start-ups, Shervin Pishevar.When asked by Little if he had advice for Enda Kenny to drive forward Ireland as a leader in digital industry, Musk broke it down into three top tips:1. Talent: “The most important thing in creating companies is you need a concentration of talent. It’s like creating a world sports team or something, you really want to focus your talent on a particular area.”2. Support for start-ups: “Make sure that from a regulatory standpoint – regulations in taxation and government support – that it’s there for start-up companies, and that it goes from start-up all the way through to the medium phase of the company. Because where most companies tend to not make it is not so much at that very beginning stage, but it’s at that intermediate stage.”“When a new company if formed you are going up against established companies with credibility and it’s incredibly important that companies are nourished through that stage. It’s like a sapling growing in a giant redwood forest. You have these huge companies, if you don’t give them a little bit of sunlight and nutrition, it’s game over.”3. Develop more engineers: “For technology companies, you need engineers. To the degree that that can be encouraged of that course of study at Irish universities. I think that would be really powerful.Like, maybe engineering could be tuition-free or something like that. But then tie it to they’ve got to stay in Ireland – they can’t just bail. It’s like, free engineering tuition but you’ve got to hang out and create your company here. I think that kind of thing would be effective in creating technology companies.”The Taoiseach managed to make the hard sell to Musk on jobs in a different sector, however, encouraging Musk to bring part of his Tesla electric car-building project to Ireland.The panel had arrived at the side of the main stage in one of Musk’s new Tesla cars, which – as this Twitter user pointed out – had an air of retro about it:Kenny told Musk that Henry Ford had chosen Cork as the centre of production for his cars 100 years ago. “So if you’re looking for a good base, we’ll give you an opportunity… We’ll give you a fair hearing and our workers will not let you down, I promise you that.”Later, he returned to the topic, when Little said a suggestion had been made via Twitter that Musk might bring Space X to Shannon. Kenny said: “This man, either of you (indicating Pishevar), are welcome here anytime.Elon, we’re a different kind of people. The personality of our people has been known around the world for centuries. We’re open, pragmatic, work very hard, we’re not afraid of that. The young talent we have in this country, really, the essence of which has been here all week speaks for itself about their imaginative capacity to change the world for the future.last_img read more

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Closure will leave refugees homeless

first_imgGreek authorities closed down a makeshift migrants camp in Patras two weekends ago in an apparent strike against illegal immigration.However the United Nations refugee agency has expressed its concern about the closure of the camp.Around 100 police took part in the early morning operation in the camp, which levelled scores of cardboard and plastic hovels.The only things left standing were the migrants’ makeshift mosque and a tent used by volunteer doctors.A fire subsequently swept through the remains of the camp.The camp was occupied by mainly Afghan migrants but it was mostly empty as many migrants had apparently been forewarned.Forty four unaccompanied minors were found during the operation who were transferred to a special reception centre in Konitsa, northern Greece.Another 20 to 25 registered asylum seekers were moved to accommodation in Patras, while an unknown number of undocumented camp residents were arrested and taken to Patras police station.A large number of clandestine immigrants, mostly aged between 15 and 25, lived at the makeshift camp near the port for months at a time without proper water or hygiene facilities, hoping to sneak onto ferries bound for Italy.The United Nations refugee agency says it is concerned about the fate of hundreds of irregular migrants, including asylum seekers and refugees, following the closure of the makeshift camp. The UNHCR says it fears many of the former inhabitants now are homeless. “UNHCR has long maintained that the makeshift camp at Patras did not provide appropriate accommodation for the people sheltering there,” he said. “However, UNHCR is concerned that no alternative has been provided for many of the people who had been living at the site. We understand that many former residents, including registered asylum seekers, abandoned the site before the clearance operation. Their whereabouts are unknown. It is feared that many are homeless,” the UNHCR spokesman, Ron Redmond said.The UNHCR has frequently criticised the quality of Greece’s reception facilities for asylum seekers. For example, it says the lack of interpretation and legal aid services at the Patras police station limit the processing of asylum claims.Redmond says the majority of asylum seekers in Greece are young Afghan males. Indeed, he says a significant number of the asylum seekers recently identified are minors. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Registration Now Open for the 2016 ASA Soy Social and Auction in

first_imgBe a part of one of the most exciting and fun events at Commodity Classic: the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Soy Social and Auction. ASA plans to adhere to a popular French saying, “Laissez les bons temp rouler” or “Let the Good Times Roll,” in New Orleans on March 3, 2016.To register for the dinner and auction, click here.Early registration prices will only be available through midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, the week before Classic:Individual Dinner and Auction – $75.00Individual Auction Only – $45.00Couple Dinner and Auction – $140.00Couple Auction Only – $90.00Registration Prices for Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 through Thursday, March 3, 2016:Individual Dinner and Auction – $85.00Individual Auction Only – $50.00Couple Dinner and Auction – $150.00Couple Auction Only – $100.00The Soy Social and Auction is an event to raise money for ASA’s SoyPAC (Political Action Committee), therefore, you must be a member or associate member of ASA to attend.Use #soysocial on Facebook and Twitter post!last_img read more

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Thousands walk for autism awareness in Doral

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida community came together for a special autism awareness walk.More than 10,000 people gathered at Doral Central Park to take part in the 2019 Autism Speaks Miami Walk, Sunday morning.Participants said they are looking to create inclusion for people who live with autism.“They wouldn’t change their children for the world. All they want is for you to understand them,” said Allan Young, chairman of the board for the South Florida Ford Dealers. “Autism is a unique, unique syndrome.”The sensory-friendly walk-a-thon helped raise funds for Autism Speaks, now in its 20th year.The event is part of World Autism Month, a global movement to increase understanding and acceptance of people in the autism spectrum.“It is very encouraging to see this amount of people here,” said Carolina Lizarralde, executive director of Autism Speaks South Florida. “We are fundraising in order for Autism Speaks to be able to continue the research, the advocacy efforts, and all of our family services support that we give all families, not just here in South Florida but around the country.” South Florida Ford Dealers showed some extra love for the cause on top of their major donation.“We’re gonna give an additional $5 all day long to everything you post, so take your cameras out,” said Young.The auto dealers gave an additional $5 to Autism Speaks for every photo of the walk posted on social media Sunday with the hashtag #Ford4Autism.“We are here to organically help these people, help the children get what they need, because as a father of a child with autism in the spectrum, it’s something that you have to be passionate about,” said Young.Officials said the walk raised over $400,000 to help enhance the lives of those living with autism.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Defense Bill Talks Slowed over Military Compensation Issues

first_imgProgress by House and Senate conferees negotiating a compromise version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill slowed last week due to disagreements over service members’ benefits and other key issues. As a result, the target date for the House to vote on a conference report has slipped to the week of July 27, reported CQ Roll Call. If the conferees finish work on a final version of the defense policy bill in time for the House to take it up next week, the Senate still would have time to clear a conference report the following week before starting its August recess.One of the primary hurdles is a dispute over DOD’s proposal to trim service members’ housing benefits. The Senate version adopts the department’s plan to slow the rate of increase in the basic allowance for housing (BAH) over the next several years until rates cover only 95 percent of personnel’s out-of-pocket costs. That version also includes language limiting the BAH for service members who live together, a change that has drawn criticism because it would reduce benefits for married couples who both serve in the military.The House measure does not include either reform.The House-Senate conference also needs to resolve differences over the Obama administration’s proposal to increase co-pays for the military’s Tricare health system. And while the two versions both would replace the 20-year retirement benefit with other options to offer benefits to personnel who separate from the military before reaching the traditional retirement milestone, the two chambers need to reconcile differences in how the changes are paid for.Other issues need to be resolved as well — including restrictions on DOD’s ability to transfer Guantánamo Bay detainees and acquisition reform — but those are expected to be more easily addressed than the personnel provisions, according to the story.Major decisions about what goes in the final authorization bill will be settled by the chairman and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, along with congressional leaders. Rank-and-file members of the conference committee expressed frustration with Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain’s condescending dismissal of their concerns at the single closed-door meeting held last week, Politico reported. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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AI experts want Amazon to stop selling facial recognition tech to police

first_img Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… Share your voice Tags Now playing: Watch this: Comments Researchers are calling on Amazon to stop selling facial recognition tech to police. Getty Images Amazon’s facial recognition tech is again under fire. AI experts on Wednesday drew attention to a movement calling for Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software, dubbed Rekognition, to law enforcement.So far, 27 researchers have signed an open letter, published March 26, criticizing Amazon for overlooking other researchers’ studies into its Rekognition software. The group is also demanding that Amazon halt sales of the software to police. The signers included scientists from universities, Google and Facebook, as well as AI scientists like Yoshua Bengio, a winner this year of the prestigious Turing Award.”We hope that the company will instead thoroughly examine all of its products and question whether they should currently be used by police,” wrote the researchers in the letter. “We call on Amazon to stop selling Rekognition to law enforcement as such legislation and safeguards are not in place.” 4 The open letter came after Amazon’s Matthew Wood and Michael Punke wrote several blog posts “attempting to refute the results” of a study conducted by Inioluwa Deborah Raji and Joy Buolamwini, according to the letter. The earlier study said Amazon’s Rekognition program has much higher error rates when it’s trying to recognize the gender of darker skinned women than lighter skinned man.Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The American Civil Liberties Union also released a statement supporting the researchers.”Face surveillance gives governments unprecedented power to track, control, and harm all people, but especially communities of color, immigrants, religious minorities, and others long subject to surveillance abuse,” said Matt Cagle, attorney at the ACLU, said in an emailed statement. “Companies seeking to profit off this menacing technology cannot ignore and outsource responsibility for the harms of systems they build. They must stop selling face surveillance to governments entirely.”Since the ACLU called Amazon out for selling Rekognition to law enforcement last June, the company has been under fire over its facial recognition technology. The e-commerce giant’s shareholders in January demanded the company to stop selling the program to government agencies.  5:11 Security Sci-Tech Tech Industry Artificial intelligence (AI) Amazon Facial recognition Privacylast_img read more

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Pokemon Masters launches early servers promptly crash

first_img Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Pokemon Masters puts a twist on the franchise’s usual team battles by partnering trainers with a single Pokemon, creating a Sync Pair. Together, you travel the new Pasio region and team up with other Sync Pairs for three-on-three real-time battles.There’s plenty more Pokemon on the horizon, with core game series entries Sword and Shield hitting the Nintendo Switch on Nov. 15. Pokemon Go continues — Niantic announced a Mudkip Community Day for July 21 —  and upcoming Pokemon Sleep will “turn sleeping into entertainment.”Pokemon Masters is the first of two big mobile games DeNA and Nintendo will deliver before the end of the year. Mario Kart Tour, it was announced this week, will hit your iPhones and Androids on Sept. 25.Originally published Aug. 28, 6:35 p.m. PT.Update, 7:23 p.m.: Adds iOS release, server crashes. Rip we broke the severs already. #pokemonmasters pic.twitter.com/04nLIanOs1— Miraculous Maku (@RedMakuzawa) August 29, 2019 Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Video Games See It Apple Post a comment $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy See It • reading • Pokemon Masters launches early on Android and iOS, servers immediately crash pokemon masters is so much fun pic.twitter.com/O57JEw5my3— Scrafty (@ScraftyDevil) August 29, 2019 Boost Mobile Apple iPhone XS 0center_img Share your voice $999 $999 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See All $999 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier See It Sprint Pokemon Masters features some familiar faces. Nintendo Announced in June, Pokemon Masters is an iOS and Android game that’s all about Pokemon battles. We’ve got some good news about it and some bad news. The good news is that you can download it on both Android and iOS now, because it launched a day early. The bad news is that it appears the servers are down due to demand. As of writing, the game has been downloadable on the Google Play Store for a couple of hours, where it’s amassed over 50,000 downloads. It initially was only available for preorder for iOS, but has just now gone live. Some users, however, are struggling to actually play it.  See it Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Fret not, Poketrainers. These are standard day one woes — just ask Blizzard — and the servers should be back up soon. Pokemon Masters is the name of a Pokemon tournament taking place in a new region: the islands of Pasio. The Masters tournament is populated by trainers from previous games. The trailer, below, shows characters like Brock, Misty, Lance and Blue, aka Gary Oak, who all hail from Pokemon Red and Blue. Remember this guy?Now this is what he looks like now.Feel old yet? #pokemonmasters pic.twitter.com/Wls6WZ78Lr— Andrew Kim (@PlatonicTVS) August 29, 2019 Pokemon Go Nintendo Applelast_img read more

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Bengalurus stray dog menace worsens cur charges at BBMP Mayor during inspection

first_imgstray dogsTwitter [Representational Image]Bengaluru Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun had her share of experience with the stray dog situation in the city when a growling stray charged towards her when she visited Austin Town for inspection.The incident took place when the Mayor had gone to visit a school run by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) following reports that a four-year-old girl was attacked by a stray dog outside her house in Neelasandra on June 22.As the officials from the Animal Husbandry Department were trying to catch the strays, one of the dogs started snarling at the Mayor and charged towards her in order to hide under her car. Mayor Mallikarjun was so scared by the incident that she refused to enter the car.The stray gave the dog catchers a hard time as it refused to give up from under the car. The dog was finally caught by the catchers along with several other dogs but most of them managed to escape. The officials later said that all the stray dogs were vaccinated under the animal birth control program.According to a TOI report, about 20 dogs are roaming freely in the school campus posing threat to the students. The Mayor found that a woman was illegally living inside the campus after the death of her husband, who used to work as a security guard there. She was feeding the stray dogs inside the school premises.The Mayor has directed the officials to take necessary actions to eradicate dog menace in the area. She also asked the woman to vacate the school grounds.Mayor Mallikarjun also visited the victim who was hospitalised following the attack and assured her family that the medical expenses will be taken up by her.On Tuesday, a five-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs at Bajjegowdanapalya in Soladevanahalli on the outskirts of Bengaluru. According to BBMP data, 1.7 lakh cases of dog bites have been registered in the last nine years.The Animal Birth Control (ABC) scheme by the BBMP has come to a halt as several irregularities have come to the fore, including the civic body not paying the NGO running the centre, reports The News Minute.last_img read more

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Titans valuation rises Rs 4600 cr on reasonable GST rate for gold

first_imgAn Indian salesperson calculates the price of gold bracelets at a jewellery shop in Hyderabad on July 22, 2015 (representational image).NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council fixing 3 percent tax rate on gold and other jewellery items at its June 3 meeting triggered a rally in stocks such as Titan and PC Jeweller from Monday (June 4), lifting their market capitalisation in the process.Titan’s valuation rose from Rs 41,926 crore ($6.51 billion) as of June 2 to Rs 46,968 crore ($7.31 billion) on June 8 before settling down at Rs 46,604 crore on Friday (June 9), a net gain of Rs 4,678 crore based on the closing price of Rs 524.95.Read: GST Council fixes 3% tax rate for gold, 18% for biscuits, 12% for garmentsHowever, the Tata Group saw an erosion in its market capitalisation between June 8 and 2, mostly due to share prices of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Tata Motors falling sharply.The market capitalisation dropped to Rs 8,55,652 crore ($133.3 billion) as of June 8 in comparison to Rs 8,77,791 crore ($136.2 billion), or Rs 22,139 crore ($2.9 billion).TCS saw erosion of Rs 22,106 crore and Tata Motors took a hit of Rs 5,139 crore while Tata Steel’s market capitalisation gained Rs 714 crore.TCS was hit by a negative report by brokerage Nomura, leading to its share prices crashing.Tata Motors shares ended at Rs 467 apiece on Friday on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Friday, up 1.40 percent from their previous close. The stock has risen from Rs 426 as of May 9, translating into a monthly gain of 9.6 percent.Brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities has a target price of Rs 635 for Tata Motors, projecting its fiscal 2018 revenues at Rs 3,00,900 crore and net profit at Rs 10,460 crore.Other listed entities of the Tata Group include Tata Power, Tata Communications, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels Co., Voltas, Trent and Tata Coffee.The BSE Sensex closed 49 points higher at 31,262 while the Nifty ended 21 points up at 9,668. tata.com tata.comlast_img read more

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New York Internet kiosk browsers shut down due to porn and Netflix

first_imgPeople, this is why we can’t have nice things. New York city has had to shut down it’s public Internet kiosks because too many people were looking at porn or streaming Netflix on them.Mashable published a post last night titled “New York kiosks offering public web browsing are being used for porn,” and let’s be totally honest here Internet. No one is actually shocked by that title, and we all totally knew that it was going to happen. If there is one thing users love to do when they’re given a free connection to the Web, it’s to seek out pictures and video of naked things and things having sex with other things.The kiosks were supposed to “bridge the digital divide” and the built-in browser was there to provide access and information to New Yorkers who otherwise wouldn’t have it. You know, normal, wholesome stuff like looking for job ads, finding an apartment, or maybe even figuring out which firehouse was the one they used in Ghostbusters. They were supposed to transform the city’s disgusting public boots from meeting places for drug dealers to glowing beacons of modern connectivity.According to the company that runs the kiosks, LinkNYC says that they’ve had to disable the browser because users took the free access ball and ran with it. Porn was watched. Yes, right there on the sidewalk in front of anonymous strangers and their children and dogs. Netflix binges were had because what better place to catch up on Narcos than a New York sidewalk? The whole thing went south rather quickly.But wait… Porn!? Couldn’t whoever set up the kiosks for the city have just filtered the websites they have access to?Sure, and they probably did that. The problem is that trying to block all the porn on the Internet isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world to do. In fact, it’s damn near impossible. You may as well try to block all mentions of cats or Game of Thrones.last_img read more

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first_img News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | April 19, 2019 HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Electronic Health Information Interoperability Rules The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two… read more News | Radiology Business | June 11, 2019 The Current Direction of Healthcare Reform Explained by CMS Administrator Seema Verma June 11, 2019 — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Med read more News | April 23, 2009 EHRs to Improve Healthcare, But Not Cut Costs Says Public Poll News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more Feature | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | May 30, 2019 | By Larry Sitka and Jef Williams Data Driven Workflows on the Rise as the User Changes Medical imaging and informatics are critical to delivering care and managing wellness. read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more April 23, 2009 – A majority of U.S. residents believe electronic health records would improve coordination and quality of medical care, but most do not believe health IT will lead to cost savings, according to a new poll by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.The telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,238 adults was conducted between March 12 and March 22 (“The Public and the Health Care Delivery System,” NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, April 2009).President Obama last week said health reform is a “pillar” of the U.S. economy’s recovery, and EHRs would be a major part of health reform plans. According to the poll:- 72 percent of U.S. residents said they believed their physicians would be better able to coordinate care if they used EHRs;- 67 percent said the overall quality of care nationwide would improve if EHRs were used;- 53 percent said that EHRs would reduce the risk of medical errors; and- 58 percent said that fewer people would receive unnecessary care if medical records were computerized (NPR.org graphic, 4/22).However, Robert Blendon, a professor and executive director of the Harvard Opinion Research Program, said, “The overwhelming majority of Americans don’t think an electronic medical record will either save their family or the country money.”According to NPR.org, “more of those polled said they expect to see costs go up, not down.” The poll found that more of U.S. residents expect costs to increase with the adoption of EHRs. Although 76 percent of U.S. residents said they believe it is somewhat likely that EHRs could be accessed by “an unauthorized person,” most said it was important for their health care providers to use EHRs. Mollyann Brodie, a Kaiser Family Foundation vice president and director of the Foundation’s Public Opinion and Survey Research program, said she believes that is because people already are familiar with computerized information and accept its risks. Brodie said, “People do their banking. They certainly do shopping these days by electronic means, and so in any of those cases you find people concerned about their privacy, but people are still doing it. They see enough of an upside for the convenience or for any other reason” (NPR.org, April 22).The poll also found that nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults said their physicians already make efforts to hold down the costs of their medical care, 60 percent said their doctors “often” explain the reason they have prescribed a treatment and about half (48 percent) said they have discussed the scientific evidence for that treatment with their doctors (“The Public and the Health Care Delivery System,” NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, April 2009). Blendon said that experts advising Congress and Obama believe “there’s a lot of evidence that people receive treatments that they don’t benefit from and they receive treatments or tests that are more expensive when there are other alternatives,” adding, “At the moment, this doesn’t resonate with the general public; that’s not their experience with their own physician.”The federal economic stimulus package signed into law in February included more than $1 billion for comparative effectiveness research, as recommended by a panel of experts. The poll found that a majority of U.S. adults (55 percent) would trust a panel of experts from an independent scientific organization to make recommendations about which treatments should be covered by insurers, but fewer people (41 percent) express trust if the panel’s experts are described as being “appointed by the federal government.”Brodie said that people are concerned that their physicians would not have control over their health decisions. She said, “People are really trusting of their individual doctors, and a lot of experts might say that that’s, you know, misplaced trust, that the doctors don’t have all the information they need,” adding, “But it is the individual doctors that the public most trusts to make these decisions.”The poll also found that nearly half of insured U.S. adults said they are concerned that their benefits would be inadequate if they got sick. Among the uninsured, nearly four in 10 named cost as the main reason they don’t have health coverage, while 22 percent said they do not have coverage because they are unemployed or lost their job. Brodie said, “We definitely are seeing that people are being hit hard by the cost of healthcare,” added, “It’s something that bothers people; it worries them. It is the key element of the public’s agenda for any kind of health care reform: They want to see their own healthcare costs go down” (NPR.org, April 22).For more information: www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/posr042209pkg.cfm FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 read more Related Content News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more Podcast | Information Technology | June 26, 2019 PODCAST: Why Blockchain Matters In Medical Imaging The technology has some hurdles ahead of it. News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more last_img read more

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Quakehit Nepal reopens damaged heritage sites for tourists

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   center_img Patients with chronic pain give advice “We are urging people to come to Nepal for holiday to help Nepal rebuild,” Sherpa said in Bhaktapur, a city outside of Kathmandu filled with ancient temples, and which is among the reopened heritage sites.The sites were closed due to the damage from the quakes, but also over concerns about the safety of tourists.Bhesh Narayan Dahal, chief of Nepal’s Department of Archaeology, said that measures have been taken to ensure that tourists are safe, and that there are plans to provide safety helmets for visitors in some places.Some 741 heritage structures were damaged in the quakes, and it will take at least $18 million to rebuild and restore them, Dahal said.Nepal is hosting an international donors’ meeting next week in Kathmandu, the capital, to seek money to help rebuild the Himalayan country following the quakes.About 800,000 foreign tourists visit Nepal every year and the government is worried that a fear of earthquakes will stop many from visiting.UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural heritage organization, had raised concerns last week about the reopening of the heritage sites, urging tourists to be extra cautious and reconsider visiting them.The agency also asked the government to restrict tourists’ access to locations where structures had collapsed and that were still considered unsafe. Sponsored Stories BHAKTAPUR, Nepal (AP) — Nepal on Monday reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of devastating earthquakes, hoping to lure back foreign tourists.The April 25 and May 12 quakes killed more than 8,700 people and damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings in Nepal, including old temples, palaces and other historical structures that are popular with tourists.Six of the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites closed after the quakes were reopened Monday, Tourism Minister Kripasur Sherpa said. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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Chhattisgarh Tourism signs MoU for Walking Tours

first_imgAccording to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Santosh Mishra, Managing Director, Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) and Sachin Bansal, Chief Explorer, India City Walks (ICW), every walk designed by ICW will offer the best of locale and embrace the city’s daily life.The five-year MoU will observe that the organisations formalise their activity to develop destination activities and increase visitor numbers to Chhattisgarh from regional and international markets. ICW will offer walking tours and trails across Chhattisgarh along with the outstanding experiential opportunities like eco, spiritual, outdoors, among other things.According to Bansal, ‘Walks’ is ICW’s core product. “We offer walking tours ranging from one hour to four hours and full day experiences across cities. The Chhattisgarh offering will includes themes such as art, architecture, spirituality, nature, eco-tourism, heritage, food, bazaars and more. Our extension is into developing the interest driven concepts as well as enhancing the awareness and quality of visitor experience opportunities,” said Bansal.He further added, “The MoU will support CTB efforts for the growth and future sustainability of Chhattisgarh tourism.”last_img read more

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Six Senses Laamu the only resort on Laamu Atoll i

first_imgSix Senses Laamu, the only resort on Laamu Atoll in the Maldives, has opened a new dive centre – Deep Blue Divers – owned and operated by the resort. The international team at Deep Blue Divers is staffed by 10 dive instructors and dive masters, who can speak a total of 10 languages, and who offer PADI courses and guide daily dive trips. The dive centre is certified by PADI and has received the PADI Green Star Award from its first month of operation. Deep Blue Divers has also partnered with Project Aware and has been listed as 100% AWARE. The dive centre is committed to marine conservation and sustainable dive practices, which include the protection of marine life, no anchoring of boats, sustainable cleaning products and continuous support to the Resident Marine team and to the research of the onsite team of the Manta Trust and the Blue Foundation.For those who wish to learn how to dive with Deep Blue Divers, the dive centre offers PADI courses and Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and Dive master certification. For younger adventurers who would like to explore the secrets and beauty of the underwater world the Bubblemaker course is available for children between eight and 10 years, while the Discover Scuba Diving course is for children from 10 years and above. A Nitrox specialty course along with a set of specific courses is also available such as the Manta Trust Specialty course, the Turtle and the Maldivian Shark and Ray course. For these courses, aside from diving, guests can learn more about these marine creatures and how to protect them.Snorkelling equipment, including masks, fins and snorkels, is offered to all guests on a complimentary basis. The house reef is the most popular spot for snorkellers, as they can explore its busy marine life. Guests can also enter the water off the stairs of the Chill Bar and follow the reef slope.The resort is surrounded by a large variety of coral reefs to which guests can dive, based on their level of dive experience. For beginners the House Reef is beautifully sloping with three pinnacles standing just a few metres away, and is home to the resident Green turtles and many colourful reef fish. Inner reefs are a 10 to 20 minute boat ride away and each has its own unique features such as black coral walls, caves and anemone gardens. In the outer reefs, divers can cruise or drift along loping reef walls where friendly reef sharks and turtles usually pass by. The larger marine life, such as grey reef sharks, eagle rays, huge schools of snappers, and barracudas reside in the channels. At Manta Point (also known as Hithadhoo Corner), there is a manta ray cleaning station just five minutes away from the resort. Here guests can observe the resident manta ray population all year round, along with reef sharks, turtles and a huge diversity of marine life. Both the channel and the Manta Point dives are recommended for experienced divers only. diveLaamu AtollMaldivesPADISix Senseslast_img read more

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