Digital Defenders of Children Unite in the Fight Against Online Child Exploitation

first_imgMy job as the CEO of Thorn is to lead the development of new technologies to defend children from sexual abuse online. We know that while technology has not created child sexual abuse, it has democratized it, and technology must be a part of the response to this complex problem.Let’s look at some stats1 that help paint the picture:More than 100,000 escort ads are posted online every day in the US and some of them feature children63% of child sex trafficking survivors we have surveyed were advertised online at some point25 million images and videos of child sexual abuse are reviewed by The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) annually57,335 URLs were confirmed by the Internet Foundation to contain child sexual abuse imagery in 2016Intel is a partner in developing technology to identify exploited childrenSomewhere in the more than 100,000 escort ads posted every day are the children who are bought and sold for sex by the hour. The true warriors in this battle are the law enforcement officials who sift through massive amounts of images and data to focus their time on the most vulnerable victims. This is very difficult content to view and it’s difficult to make a call on which ad represents the most vulnerable. We’re working with Intel to help improve this process.NCMEC has about 460,000 images of missing children in their database2, and, in 2016, they estimated that one in six1 children reported missing may be victims of sex trafficking. Our work aims to help find these children faster by matching the images of missing children with those found on escort pages. Intel is a key partner that has been instrumental in helping Thorn create the technology to identify the children in this type of content with a solution powered by deep learning and Intel AI tools.The latest artificial intelligence capabilities are powering our toolsUsing Intel® Xeon® processor-based systems, we are training a model using data analytics and deep learning to power an artificial intelligence system that can recognize and match images of children, regardless of age, hair color, or other variances, from the child sexual abuse content to the images of children in NCMEC’s database.The goal is to eventually integrate this capability into Spotlight, our trafficking investigations tool that is used by more than 5,300 officers in the US and Canada. Spotlight provides intelligence and plots trends to get a clear picture of the scope of human trafficking in specific areas. This helps law enforcement effectively allocate resources and focus their investigation on the most vulnerable victims.  In 2016, Spotlight was used in 7,442 cases to identify 4,545 adults, 1,980 children, and 2,186 traffickers1.The tech industry unites to solve one of the world’s biggest challengesOne of Thorn’s goals is to put the best and brightest minds in technology to work on behalf of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. Intel has been an important partner in this fight with their help to accelerate our work around victim identification. They join more than 30 other companies that have given their time and talent to this mission.  To learn more about our work and how to partner with Thorn, visit www.wearethorn.org.1 WeAreThorn.org2 National Center for Missing and Exploited Childrenlast_img read more

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Budget Cuts Mean ’18-Month Gap’ in Crucial Weather Data, Says Ocean Agency

first_imgIf passed into law, the federal budget for 2011 that lawmakers will vote on this week will harm key efforts in daily weather forecasting, search-and-rescue operations, and long-term weather prediction, says a top U.S. government official. Speaking at a Senate committee hearing this afternoon, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco said that the $4.5 billion level for NOAA’s budget this year set by congress would delay the launch of the first satellite in the $12 billion Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) from 2016 to 2018. Polar satellites are uniquely important for weather prediction. Whereas geostationary crafts orbit over fixed points some 36,000 km above Earth’s surface, polar crafts like JPSS-1 will whiz around Earth in a north-south direction at an altitude of 770 km, providing much finer data resolution and scanning every point on Earth as the planet spins. JPSS-1 would acquire a “much better quality” temperature and moisture profile than those of geostationary weather satellites, says JPSS Deputy Director Ajay Mehta. Plus polar crafts fill gaps in coverage, he says: “There’s really no imagery for Alaska, for example, if you rely just on geostationary satellites.” For years, concern about NOAA’s troubled polar satellite program has focused on climate sensors, six of which were stripped from JPSS’s predecessor, NPOESS, in 2006, to preserve weather data. But now weather information itself is in jeopardy. In October, NASA intends to launch a polar satellite, the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP), that would gather data similar to that gathered by JPSS-1. But according to its design life, NPP will not function after 2017. That would leave an 18-month data gap between the end of the NPP mission and launch of JPSS-1, Lubchenco says. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) JPSS-1’s launch will be delayed in part because NOAA’s $4.5 billion budget under the 2011 bill is roughly $1 billion lower than what the Obama Administration requested; roughly 80% of the cut comes from the procurement, acquisition, and construction part of the agency’s budget. Congressional dithering has also put the JPSS program behind schedule, Mehta says. (NOAA expressed similar concerns last month.) Because of the budget uncertainty, Mehta says, NOAA has done almost no work on JPSS since last October. A data gap between NPP and JPSS in 2017 could have profound consequences. Several polar satellites fly in formation, passing the same points on Earth in sequence every 8 hours or so. The U.S. military DMSP program covers the so-called morning orbit, DMSP and European crafts share coverage of the midday orbit, and NPP and JPSS-1 cover the afternoon orbit. Having data from all three orbits is important, but Mehta says that data from NOAA crafts are uniquely tailored for U.S. weather prediction for short- and medium-term forecasts. Loss of the afternoon data would mean a “50% error increase in [forecasting] precipitation rates in southern US,” according to a NOAA presentation. “Future errors of this scale could result in flood forecast error providing less time for population to react and increasing risk to life and property (hours vs days).” Search-and-rescue operations at sea could also be jeopardized by the gap, because JPSS includes a crucial sensor that listens for emergency signals sent by emergency beacons. Cutting the satellite budget will likely cost taxpayers more in the end. NOAA expects to end up spending roughly $650 million less on JPSS-1 this year than it had planned. But “for every dollar we didn’t spend [on satellites] in 2011, we will have to spend $3 to $5 in the future,” Lubchenco told lawmakers today. *This item has been amended to clarify that the $4.5 billion level is the 2011 level for NOAA.last_img read more

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Teen zebra finches seek moms’ approval for their new tunes

first_imgAn adult male zebra finch (center) perches between his mate (left) and his son (right). Michael Goldstein It takes a typical zebra finch 55 days to learn dad’s rhythmic, beeping tune. Carouso-Peck and Goldstein selected nine pairs of zebra finch brothers that were raised by their parents until they were 35 days old and just starting to practice their fathers’ songs. For 1 hour daily over 25 days, each brother sang by himself in a sound chamber equipped with a video monitor and camera. Whenever they sang, a scientist played a video of an unrelated adult female finch erecting her feathers and moving her upper body quickly from side to side; such “fluff-ups” signal that females like a male’s tune.  At the same time, the scientist played the video for the other brother, even if he wasn’t singing.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)When the birds were sexually mature at 90 days old, the scientists compared the young males’ songs with those of their fathers. The birds that got female feedback in response to their singing were far more accurate than their peers, with eight of nine belting out melodies more acoustically similar to those of their fathers. “We’ve shown that a young male zebra finch isn’t learning his song via a special imitation box in his head,” Goldstein says. “He’s learning it from his mom, who loves his dad’s song and is already excited and aroused by that song.”Such active learning closely resembles how human infants learn speech, the scientists note, making these finches even better models for studying language acquisition across species. For a young male finch, mom’s approval means he’ll likely be successful at his chief job in life: attracting a mate and reproducing. It’s hard to imagine a teen asking their mother for approval on anything. But a new study shows that male zebra finches—colorful songbirds with complex songs—learn their father’s tune better when mom “fluffs up” to signal her approval. This is the first time the songbirds, thought to be mere memorization machines, have been shown to use social cues for learning—putting them in an elite club that includes cowbirds, marmosets, and humans. The finding suggests other songbirds might also learn their tunes this way, and that zebra finches are better models for studying language development than thought.“Female zebra finches play an important role in male learning, in some ways even rivaling that of the male tutors,” says Karl Berg, an avian ecologist at the University of Texas in Brownsville, who was not involved in the new study. Previously, scientists knew only that the nonsinging females played some role in song acquisition, because males raised with deaf females develop incorrect songs.Researchers have long known that female brown-headed cowbirds make quick, lateral wing strokes to approve the songs of juvenile males (as in finches, only male cowbirds learn to sing). Most scientists discounted the cowbirds’ social cues as an isolated oddity, because the birds are brood parasites. But cowbirds’ similarities to zebra finches—both are highly social and use their songs to attract mates rather than claim territories—led Cornell University developmental psychobiologists Samantha Carouso-Peck and Michael Goldstein to wonder whether female finches also use social cues to help young males learn the best, mate-attracting songs. Michael Goldstein center_img By Virginia MorellJan. 31, 2019 , 11:00 AM Teen zebra finches seek moms’ approval for their new tunes The young male learns his father’s song in part by watching his mother for cues that signal he’s singing it right.last_img read more

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Leganes vs Real Madrid team news: Isco returns to starting XI

first_imgHaving beaten Leganes 3-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie, Real Madrid make the short trip to Estadio Municipal de Butarque with the expectation of completing the job on Wednesday.Despite that victory, it has been a rocky start to 2019 for Los Blancos, who got a league win under their belts at the weekend against Real Betis . They were made to work hard for that success, though, and with Champions League football next season anything but a formality  they will surely focus on the league.Leganes, meanwhile, are likely in the business of simply trying to save face; two goals in the last 25 minutes of the first leg have surely put this tie beyond them. Game Leganes vs Real Madrid Date Wednesday, January 16 Time 8.30pm GMT / 3.30pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on beIN SPORTS and streamed on beIN SPORTS Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN SPORTS beIN SPORTS Connect In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Leganes players Goalkeepers Lunin, Cuellar, Serantes Defenders Siovas, Omeruo, Dos Santos, Tarin, Silva, Nyom, Juanfran Midfielders Perez, Vesga, Gumbau, Eraso Forwards Arnaiz, Merino, Ojeda, El Zhar, Rolan, Santos, En-Nesyri, Braithwaite Leganes starting XI: Cuellar; Juanfran, Bustinza, Omeruo, Siovas, Kravets; Eraso, Recio, Gerard Gumbau; Merino, Braithwaite Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Luca, Altube Defenders Carvajal, Varane, Marcelo, Nacho, Reguilon, Sanchez, Odriozola Midfielders Casemiro, Jaume, Ceballos, Valverde, Brahim, Isco Forwards Vazquez, Vinicius Jr, Cristo Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Odriozola, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo; Valverde, Casemiro, Regulion; Vazquez, Vinicius, IscoBetting & Match Odds Real Madrid are priced by bet365 at odds of 21/20 to take the win, while a draw is available at 23/10. A win for Leganes is priced at 13/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more . 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! Match Preview Isco, Real MadridReal Madrid’s 3-0 win over Leganes last week has proven to be a vital result.Not only did it ease the pressure on interim head coach Santi Solari, which had built following a 2-0 home loss to Real Sociedad a few days earlier, but it was emphatic enough to allow for an off night in the second leg.After Sergio Ramos’ opener from the penalty spot just before the break, Madrid cut clear in the final quarter, with goals from Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior going some way to sealing the team’s place in the next round.Madrid continued their momentum against Real Betis at the weekend, going to Seville and scoring a fine 2-1 win against opponents who seriously tested them.It was a hard night for the capital club, who lost Karim Benzema to a fractured wrist and have seen a raft of problems mount due to muscular complaints.These issues have only highlighted the ongoing absence of Isco, with the coach unhappy with his efforts in training. If he is not involved from the outset on Wednesday, it would surely be a killer blow to his hopes of remaining with the team.Leganes were semi-finalists in the Copa del Rey last season but find themselves all but out of the competition after last week’s loss.They bounced back with a vital 1-0 win over La Liga’s bottom side Huesca on Saturday, but with a relegation battle to fight, it would be understandable if they do not channel all their energy towards this encounter.last_img read more

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Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar moved to high security prison in Arizona

first_imgFormer USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been transferred to a high security federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, after being convicted of molesting scores of young women who went to him for treatment, authorities said on Saturday.The Federal Bureau of Prisons said the 54-year-old Nassar was at the United States Penitentiary, Tucson, which holds about 1,390 male inmates. The bureau’s website listed his release date as March 23, 2069.After weeks of horrifying testimony from nearly 200 victims about his decades of abuse, Nassar was sentenced on Monday in Michigan to 40 to 125 years in prison.He had already received a 40-to-175-year sentence in a neighboring Michigan county, and was sentenced to a 60-year federal term for child pornography convictions.Prosecutors have said there are about 265 known victims in total, including Olympic gold medalists McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman.The Nassar scandal has prompted multiple investigations into why the U.S. Olympic Committee, the sport’s governing body USA Gymnastics, as well as Michigan State University, where Nassar also worked, failed to investigate complaints about him going back years.United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors Chairman Larry Probst said on Friday before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea that the U.S. Olympic system “failed” the hundreds of young female athletes who were sexually abused by Nassar.The U.S. Olympic Committee has launched an investigation into its own conduct as well as that of USA Gymnastics and U.S. lawmakers are also investigating.Senior officials at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State have been forced to resign in recent weeks.advertisementlast_img read more

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Alexis reveals how starlet Nelson can reach the top

first_imgArsenal Alexis reveals how Arsenal starlet Nelson can reach the top Last updated 2 years ago 00:30 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Reiss Nelson Arsenal Alex Pantling Arsenal A. Sánchez Premier League League Cup The Chile international has told the 17-year-old that he must learn from those around him at the Emirates in order to develop into a top player Alexis Sanchez has told Arsenal starlet Reiss Nelson he must “learn from other players” if he is to reach “the very top of the sport”.The 17-year-old is yet to make his Premier League bow for the Gunners but has made three appearances in the Champions League this season and played 84 minutes of the club’s 1-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers in the third round of the Carabao Cup.Gunners 13/2 to win EFL Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Nelson signed a three-year professional contract last year having graduated from the Gunners’ Hale End academy and is expected to feature in the top flight under Arsene Wenger this season.And though Arsenal star Alexis recognises the teenager has some way to go until he reaches his true potential, the Chile international believes he is moving in the right direction. “Reiss has real talent, but he still has a lot to learn from other players,” Alexis told Arsenal Player.“From playing more matches and getting more experience. That’s exactly what the boss is providing for him, so that he can carry on improving as a player.“He must train every day and get better every day. It’s all down to him whether or not he wants to end up at the very top of the sport.”Alexis Sanchez Arsenal EvertonArsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League standings, level on points with Chelsea, fresh from a 5-2 victory at Everton on Sunday. Alexis was named in the Gunners starting XI alongside Mesut Ozil and summer signing Alexandre Lacazette for the first time, with the trio combining throughout and claiming a goal each.Arsenal take on Norwich in this evening’s Carabao Cup fourth round tie at the Emirates, with kick off at 19:45 (BST).last_img read more

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Former Penn State, Utah LB Manny Bowen Will Step Away From Football

first_img In a sudden change of heart, Bowen has ultimately decided that he’s stepping away from college football, per 247Sports.He met with head coach Kyle Whittingham to inform him of his decision to leave the game of football behind.Utah football just took a hit as former Penn State linebacker Manny Bowen suddenly quits the team. https://t.co/xSEK80UmJp pic.twitter.com/sWr9j87bIh— 247Sports (@247Sports) July 31, 2019With Manny Bowen off the roster for next season, the Utes have to rely on Devin Lloyd. The redshirt sophomore has converted from safety to linebacker.Although the timing of Bowen’s decision isn’t great for Utah, it’s hard to knock him. If his heart truly wasn’t in it any longer, then it’s understandable why he’s stepping away from football.The Utes have to prepare their defense for a tough Week 1 showdown against the BYU Cougars. That task could get even tougher now that Bowen isn’t part of the team.[247Sports] Manny Bowen in action for the Penn State Nittany Lions.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 3: Manny Bowen #43 of the Penn State Nittany Lions in action during the game against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Beaver Stadium on September 3, 2016 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Preseason camp is in full swing for college football programs around the country. Unfortunately for Utah, it recently learned that linebacker Manny Bowen will no longer be a member of the team.Bowen, a former four-star recruit, began his collegiate career at Penn State. In 2016, he showed that he can be a force at linebacker with 67 tackles and two sacks.After spending three seasons with the Nittany Lions, Bowen decided to transfer to the Utes. He joined the program following his official visit in November.Utah had high hopes for Bowen this season, specifically because of how he performed during spring camp. However, the Pac-12 program won’t even have the chance to watch him suit up for one game.last_img read more

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Women pickpockets held near Shadipur

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have busted a gang of women pickpockets who targeted metro riders.The investigators recovered Rs 2 lakh in cash from the accused. Police identified the accused as Vinita (19), Naina (22), Gayatri (23), Anita (35) and Sunita (35). All live in Anand Parbat area. They were nabbed near Shadipur Metro station. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Vikram K Porwal said that the gang first identifies the victim with bulging pockets or carrying bags standing on the Metro Stations or any other crowded places from where one can board a transport. “Thereafter, the gang surrounds the victim and picks the pocket or commits theft of the articles from the bag. They generally pickpocket for cash and steal the gold ornaments from bags of victims,” said DCP Porwal. Adding further, he said that in a recent case one Anil Kumar Aggarwal was carrying total cash of Rs 9,82,500. But when he checked his bag, Rs 4,32,500 were missing.last_img read more

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Canada operates apartheid system for First Nations children Angus

first_imgOTTAWA – NDP Indigenous youth critic Charlie Angus called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday to end what he calls a “child-focused system of apartheid” in Canada.The federal government refuses to put in place the same standards for First Nations children on reserve that any other child takes for granted, Angus said, forcing First Nations’ families to place their children in provincially-operated foster care systems.Angus’ accusations are based on documents recently released to his office under the Access to Information Act.“In extreme situations, some families living on reserve have turned to child welfare agencies to gain access to assessment and interventions required for a child with complex care needs,” said 2016 Health Canada documents.The documents say in Manitoba, an often cited example is families being unable to access the services their children need, and so they turn they children over to child welfare agencies knowing the services will be provided there.Angus’ remarks come after the federal Indigenous Services minister said this week that provinces and territories have not been at the table to the extent they need to be to address issues with First Nations child welfare.“Clearly, Indigenous leaders are a major part of the conversation … child welfare agencies need to be part of the conversation,” Philpott said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“Some of those are First Nations-led, some of them are private, some of them are connected to provinces, but the federal government is obviously very engaged on the issue, but we will not be able to address the substantial changes that need to be made if provinces and territories are not part of the conversation.”Angus countered that provinces, in fact, are picking up the tab time and time again for the care of Indigenous children who need medical, mental health and family support.In response to Angus, Trudeau said the Liberal government is committed to addressing “oppressive” government policies and working with Indigenous communities on a path toward reconciliation.“We feel passionately about the need to create a nation-to-nation relationship, create opportunities, to set Indigenous communities on the kind of path that they have not been on for centuries because of the oppressive policies of this place and of previous governments,” he said.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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Cote D’Ivoire: Motorway named after King Mohammed VI

first_imgMorocco World News with MAPRabat – King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, chaired, on Friday in Abidjan, the ceremony of naming a motorway after the Moroccan monarch.On this occasion, the two leaders unveiled the commemorative plaque of the Abobo-Anyama motorway which is now bearing the name of King Mohammed VI. Named “Mohammed VI Motorway,” this road stretches over 4.6 kilometers and is used, on a daily basis, by 500,000 people. It links towns populated by over two million inhabitants.The “Mohammed VI Motorway,” which will be restored by June 2014, will improve the living and transportation conditions in the communes of Abobo and Anyama, make the traffic flow more fluid on this section by increasing speed from 30 to 60 km/h and reduce vehicle exploitation cost.last_img read more

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UN relief official calls on Sudan to respect humanitarian aid agreements

“We want to engage in transparent and productive dialogue with the Government based on these laws and agreements,” Rashid Khalikov, Director of the New York section of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told the Security Council.Sudan decided to begin ejecting 13 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on 4 March, immediately after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for President Omar Al-Bashir. The operations of three national NGOs have also been suspended.Mr. Khalikov noted with additional concern that on 15 March, Mr. Bashir spoke of the possible departure of all foreign humanitarian organizations in Sudan in a year’s time, even if the violence and displacement in Darfur continues.An estimated 300,000 people have died and another 3 million have been displaced in the western region of Sudan, where rebels have been fighting Government forces and allied Arab militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, since 2003. Around 4.7 million people in the region depend on lifesaving aid.“As the conflict continues, and as many parts of Darfur continue to be unstable, or are under the influence of the rebel groups, the work of the United Nations and its partners will continue to be vital in helping Sudanese citizens affected by conflict receive the aid to which they have the right,” Mr. Khalikov said.Unfortunately, the ability to provide that aid has been seriously compromised by the decisions of the Government Sudan, he added, citing a new “atmosphere of fear and uncertainty facing all aidorganizations.” He said the expulsion of the 13 organizations had been followed by an increase in violence against the UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and aid groups, along with the seizure of humanitarian assets by the Government.The official urged the Government to end those practices, to minimize its rhetoric against foreigners and to ensure the safety and security of all UN and associated staff. He also called on armed groups in Darfur to take active steps to ensure the safety of UN and NGO staff.“We must find a way to decrease tensions and ensure the timely and sustainable provision of protection and humanitarian assistance, based on the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, and impartiality,” he stressed.Mr. Khalikov said that much more would be known about the impact of the aid groups’ ouster when the outcome of a joint assessment mission undertaken by the Government of Sudan and the UN is made public on 22 March.It is already known, however, that a dangerous situation has arisen due to the absence of anyone able to carry out immunizations to prevent the spread of a meningitis outbreak in the Jebel Mara and Kalma refugee camps, he noted. The assessments concentrated on four life-saving sectors: water, sanitation, and hygiene health and nutrition, food aid and non-food items and shelter, he said. At the same time, he stated, the UN has continued to advocate, at all levels, for a reversal of the expulsion decision, and the Secretary-General has been in close contact with Arab and African leaders and members of the Council. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced it has started a one-time food distribution which will provide two months’ worth of food rations for 1.1 million beneficiaries, organized through existing food distribution committees in each of the three Darfur States. 20 March 2009A top United Nations humanitarian official today urged the Government of Sudan to respect existing agreements and its own laws on the operation of relief groups in strife-torn Darfur, 13 of which have been ousted, resulting, he said, in “significant” threats to the dependent population. read more

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The Sports Equinox Is Upon Us

Oct. 17, 1971WS Game 71236 Nov. 1, 2015WS Game 51275 Oct. 15, 1978WS Game 51355 Oct. 12, 1980NLCS Game 51348 Oct. 14, 1973WS Game 21235 Oct. 15, 1972WS Game 21236 GAMES Oct. 19, 1980WS Game 51336 Oct. 22, 1972WS Game 71235 Nov. 1, 2009WS Game 41274 Game 5 of the World Series is tonight, and it could be a deciding one: The Kansas City Royals are looking to finish off the New York Mets after going ahead 3-1 in the series. But Sunday also includes 12 NFL games, seven NBA matchups, and five NHL contests. That makes today a very special day: a sports equinox.A sports equinox occurs when the four major U.S. leagues — MLB, the NFL, the NBA and the NHL — all play at least one game. There’s a very narrow scheduling window when this can happen: Nowadays the MLB season and the start of the NBA season overlap by just a few days or not at all, depending on the NBA tip-off date and the length of the World Series.By our count this will be the 15th equinox in history, and the first since 2010.1We identified equinoxes using scheduling data from the sports-reference.com sites. Equinoxes, by our definition, were not possible before the inaugural NBA/BAA season in 1946. They did not used to be so rare: There were nine equinoxes between 1971 and 1980 (when the NBA season tipped off in the first half of October), and several years have more than one. Here’s the full list: Oct. 27, 1985WS Game 71315 Nov. 1, 2010WS Game 5133 Nov. 4, 2001WS Game 71374 EQUINOX DATEMLBNFLNBANHL Nov. 2, 2009WS Game 5153 Oct. 14, 1979WS Game 51337 Oct. 21, 1973WS Game 71235 Phoenix, of all places, is the only city to play in all four parts of an equinox. On November 4th, 2001, the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Phoenix Coyotes lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Phoenix Suns lost to the Houston Rockets. The Diamondbacks salvaged the day, winning Game 7 over the Yankees to capture the city’s first and only championship across the four leagues.2The Mercury, Phoenix’s WNBA team, have three titles of their own.New York and Kansas City sports fans have less luck today. K.C.’s NHL and NBA franchises left for other locales decades ago, and both the Knicks and the Nets are off. But New York has its own packed calendar on Sunday: beyond the World Series and both NFL and NHL matchups, the Red Bulls play their first game of the MLS conference semifinals, and around 50,000 runners will compete in the NYC marathon. It may not quite be an equinox, but it’s still a huge day for NYC sports. read more

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8inch iPad to launch in time for 2012 holiday season

first_imgWe’ve reported plenty of times on the rumored impending arrival of a second, smaller iPad to Apple’s retail line-up. There was to be a 7-inch model in time for Christmas 2010, which never happened. Then, it was said to be coming in February 2011 — but that turned out to be the iPad 2. Most recently, Ticonderoga Securities predicted the arrival of an iPad mini in 2012. This time, it was the price of the tablet that was being scaled down, not its form factor.Now, there are fresh rumblings from the supply chain. Apparently Apple’s been ordering a boatload of 7.85-inch display panels from LG Display and AU Optronics. Those panels, it’s predicted, will be integrated into a smaller iPad that should arrive in time for the 2012 holiday shopping season.Bear in mind that the sources who spilled the beans about these smaller iPads opened up to DigiTimes, and there’s been plenty of information passed to their crew before that hasn’t panned out. In 2010, DigiTimes reported that Apple was going to launch the second-gen iPad using OLED displays — including the original 9.7-inch size as well as two smaller versions: 5.6 and 7 inches. That didn’t happen, so there’s a good chance this new 7.85-inch iPad won’t materialize either.However, there’s one very good reason you just might see this smaller iPad on store shelves next year: because Apple loves to disrupt its competitors’ plans, and ramping up production on sub-8-inch iPads might make it hard for other companies — like RIM and Amazon — to build their own mid-sized tablets. Supply chain control is Tim Cook’s modus operandi, after all.More at DigiTimeslast_img read more

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Solskjaer pleased with Uniteds narrow win

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer praised Manchester United players for their hard-fought victory over Leicester City but admitted the performance was below par.United secured a vital victory in their chase for a top-four spot thanks to a solitary strike from Marcus Rashford, but they were far from convincing.Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “We didn’t play particularly well, we could have slowed it down in the second half but we defended well. Eric [Bailly] and Victor [Lindelof] were fantastic, and David de Gea.“We put our bodies on the line, there were a couple of bruised noses, knees, and dead legs but we fought for the three points.“A clean sheet is always a foundation to build on and will give the lads confidence. They’re not 100 per cent happy with the performance, because we know we can do better.Tough Graft But We Got The Job Done 👊🏾 Thats Bro 👇🏾 #TeamSpirit #MUFC pic.twitter.com/aat7ARF2p5Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) February 3, 2019“It’s a hard place to come, the first goal is vital against a team like this and I thought we started brilliantly. Marcus had a great chance from Luke Shaw’s cross and finished the ball fantastically well when Paul [Pogba] played him through. The start laid the foundations.”Alexis Sanchez got the nod in United’s starting XI but made little impact on the game before he was replaced by Anthony Martial after half-time.But Solskjaer defended the Chilean’s performance, saying: “He did well, we had to change the game. He’s sharp, he worked well defensively – we never created chances for him but he’s improving all the time.”last_img read more

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Rahul formally quits as Congress pres says accountability

first_imgNew Delhi: More than a month after declaring his intention, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday formally resigned as Congress president, saying he is responsible for the loss in the Lok Sabha election and accountability is critical for the party’s future growth. In a four-page open letter, Gandhi urged the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to entrust a group of people with the task of finding a new president as it would not be proper for him to do so. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The 49-year-old — who has been adamant on his decision to quit as party president since May 25, two days after the results in which his party won 52 seats — also stressed on the need for the Congress to “radically transform itself”. Heralding what could be a new era in his party, Gandhi said it had been a honour to serve the Congress, whose values and ideals have served as the lifeblood of “this beautiful nation”. In a letter that was emotive in places and combative in others, he said he owed the country and his organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love. “As President of the Congress Party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election. Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress President. “Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019. It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility as President of the party,” he said in the letter shared on his Twitter account. Gandhi, the most visible face of his party’s election campaign, noted that he personally fought Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the RSS and the institutions they have captured with all his being. “I fought because I love India… At times I stood completely alone and am extremely proud of it,” he said. “The stated objectives of the RSS, the capture of our country’s institutional structure, is now complete. Our democracy has been fundamentally weakened. Advertise With Us There is a real danger that from now on, elections will go from being a determinant of India’s future to a mere ritual,” he said. Gandhi said this capture of power will result in “unimaginable levels of violence and pain for India”, while alleging that the PM’s win does not negate the “breadth of corruption allegations against him”. The Indian nation must unite to reclaim and resuscitate its institutions, Gandhi said. And the instrument of this resuscitation, he added, will be the Congress. “To achieve this important task, the Congress Party must radically transform itself. Today the BJP is systematically crushing the voice of the Indian people. It is the duty of the Congress Party to defend these voices. India has never and will never be one voice. It is and always will be a symphony of voices. That is the true essence of Bharat Mata,” he said. The MP from Wayanad, who lost his Amethi seat, also claimed he did not fight a political party in the 2019 election but the entire machinery of the Indian state. “It is now crystal clear that our once cherished institutional neutrality no longer exists in India,” he said. Taking moral responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi resigned as Congress president on May 25 but the CWC rejected his resignation and authorised him to initiate changes in the party to revamp and restructure it at all levels. “Immediately after resigning, I suggested to my colleagues in the Congress Working Committee that the way forward would be to entrust a group of people with the task of beginning the search for a new President. I have empowered them to do so and committed my full support to this process and a smooth transition,” he said. Earlier in the day, Gandhi told reporters the CWC should immediately meet to decide on his successor. Thanking the thousands of people who have written to him, Gandhi said in his letter that he would continue to fight for the ideals of the Congress with all his strength and will be available to the party whenever his services are required. “It is a habit in India that the powerful cling to power, no one sacrifices power. But we will not defeat our opponents without sacrificing the desire for power and fighting a deeper ideological battle. I was born a Congressman, this party has always been with me and is my lifeblood and forever that way it shall remain,” Gandhi said. He noted that a free and fair election requires the neutrality of a country’s institutions and an election cannot be fair without arbiters a free press, an independent judiciary, and a transparent election commission that is objective and neutral. “Nor can an election be free if one party has a complete monopoly on financial resources,” he noted. Congress leaders at various levels have been appealing to Gandhi to take back his resignation but he has been unrelenting. Some party workers are sitting on a ‘dharna’ outside the Congress headquarters, asking him to continue as president. There have also been several resignations of middle-rung leaders. And two days ago, the chief ministers of Congress-ruled states met Gandhi in an effort to make him change his mind.last_img read more

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Texas Top Judge Asks Lawmakers For Big Changes

first_img Share APTexas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht hears a case on Nov. 2, 2015, in Austin, Texas.The top judge on the Texas Supreme Court gave lawmakers a big wish list during his State of the Judiciary speech in Austin Wednesday. Chief Justice Nathan Hecht’s list includes some new spending, some savings and fundamentally rethinking business-as-usual in Texas courts.In his first address to the legislature since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Hecht began by praising court officers and the wider Texas legal community for rallying to help meet the needs of struggling Texans and preserve court records during the storm and the long recovery. Saying the Texas legal system took a staggering blow but remained resilient, the judge called on lawmakers to give more authority to modify or suspend court procedures during a disaster, and more funding to weather future catastrophes.TX Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht is now giving his state of the judiciary in the #txlege house. He begins by talking about Harvey’s effect on the courts.— Jolie McCullough (@jsmccullou) February 6, 2019Hecht also added a big technology upgrade to his wishlist. Texas has some of the busiest courts in the country, he said; courts whose most dire need is new technology to keep up with caseloads 23 times higher than all the federal courts in the country.Also on his wishlist: A 15 percent raise for those busy judges. Texas judges, he says, have seen just two pay raises in the last 18 years, and their pay scale is well below that of other big states.Judges know their public service will involve personal sacrifice, he told them, “but public service should not be public servitude.”When it comes to spending, Hecht says Texas should allocate more money for legal aid than it already does, so that the 5.5 million Texans who couldn’t otherwise afford access to the legal system without some financial help from the state can get it, especially veterans and victims of sexual assault.“Every year lawyers donate millions of dollars plus two million hours in free legal services,” Hecht said. “Yet with all that effort, estimates are that only 10 percent of the need is met.”It wasn’t all about spending, though. The judge voiced support for changes that would save taxpayers money.One change, Hecht suggests, is to stop arresting and jailing people for failing to pay fines that they couldn’t afford to pay in the first place. The state saved about $2.4 million last year partly thanks to 2017 legislative changes giving judges more leeway to waive fines and fees for low-income defendants or offer a cost-free alternative like community service. Hecht thinks there’s more to be done to stop imposing unpayable costs on poor people.Here’s another cost-savings option Hecht supports: overhauling the bail system. Texans spend about $1 billion a year locking people up before they’ve been convicted of a crime. The way pretrial detention decisions are made in most counties are based on a set schedule of bail amounts based on criminal charges.Hecth says that means poor people who aren’t a threat to public safety often get stuck in jail for lack of cash to get out, while potentially dangerous people with big enough bank accounts are released, like the man who shot and killed Texas state trooper Damon Allen in 2017 after paying a bail bondsman $1,550 to get him released from jail.Allen’s story was the impetus for the governor to call for changes to the way bail works in Texas, and Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and Rep. Andy Murr, R-Kerrville, named their bail-reform bill the Damon Allen Act of 2019. Hecht supports the move to to keep higher-risk people in jail before trial and make sure people aren’t in jail solely because they can’t afford to get out.“Let me be very clear: money bail has its place, but blindly following a one-size-fits-all schedule of offenses and amounts is not informed decision-making,” Hecht said.“Every day that this continues, public safety is compromised unnecessarily,” Hecht said.In the last legislative session, Hecht pushed for similar changes. The House passed the changes, but the bill failed in the Senate.Since then, separate lawsuits have been filed in Dallas, Harris and Galveston Counties charging that using a set schedule to determine bail unconstitutionally kept people locked up.Another major change Hecht favors: Changing the way that Texans pick their judges.After the last election saw huge swaths of trial and appellate courts flip from Republican to Democratic control, Hecht says it’s time to think about picking judges in a non-partisan way. He’s a Republican, and says he’s never been a fan of partisan judicial elections.“When partisan politics is the driving force, and the political climate is as harsh as ours has become, judicial elections make judges more political, and judicial independence is the casualty,” he said.The last things on his list were all about making a justice system that better protects the interests of the vulnerable – children and the elderly, people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities. The courts, he said, are committed to trying to get every case right.This piece was originally published on https://www.keranews.org/last_img read more

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This Compact Electric Backhoe Cuts Construction Noise

first_img The 11 Best Movie-Based Lego SetsWorld’s Longest 3D-Printed Bridge Unveiled in China Stay on target Vehicle and equipment manufacturers aren’t slowing down in their quest to electrify all the things. This compact excavator is the latest to ditch the diesel.Interestingly enough, one of the companies who worked on this machine was Cummins, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of diesel engines. Cummins now has its sights set on being a dominant force in electrics.Power for the excavator is supplied by an array of Cummins’ 4.4kWh battery modules. The excavator packs eight modules in total — enough to run for an entire eight-hour shift. It takes just three hours to fully recharge.This prototype unit was built by Cummins and Hyundai, and it boasts a few major advantages over its diesel-powered predecessors.Anyone who lives or works next door to a construction site where it’s deployed will appreciate two in particular.First, there are no smelly, harmful diesel emissions to deal with. And because there’s no diesel engine chugging away constantly it’s also a much, much quieter machine.As for the companies who purchase the excavator, they’ll enjoy the reduce maintenance that comes with the change to an electric platform with fewer moving parts.Hyundai’s customers have already expressed their interest in electrified equipment. It’s not just the cost savings that has construction firms pondering the switch. Municipal governments are providing motivation, too.Diesel hasn’t exactly been getting a lot of positive press in recent years. The massive Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal was the final straw for some legislators, who responded by passing diesel bans.Beyond legislation, municipalities are also making a statement with their purchases. They’ve targeted another major source of diesel pollution in urban areas: buses. Electric bus sales have taken off and are actually growing more rapidly than consumer EV sales.Hyundai thinks this model will be a hot seller, too.CTO D. S. Kim said the company “anticipates mini excavators, which operate in urban workplaces close to residential areas, will be a prime candidate to electrify to meet zero-emission and low noise requirements in the near future.”More on Geek.com:‘Harmless Home’ Built From Lego-Inspired Bricks Made From HempStudents Create World’s First Bricks Made From Human UrineModular 3D Printer Builds Sustainable Houseslast_img read more

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John Muir Health to Install Sectra Cloudbased Archive

first_imgNews | Archive Cloud Storage | January 31, 2017 John Muir Health to Install Sectra Cloud-based Archive California-based health system will use Sectra PACS and Cross-Enterprise Workflow to store and share images from radiology and cardiology Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 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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Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. January 31, 2017 — Sectra announced that John Muir Health has purchased an archive to store radiology and cardiology studies in the cloud. All images in the enterprise will be archived in three geographically separate areas with fail-over capabilities. Integration with the Epic EMR (electronic medical record) will allow physicians to access comprehensive patient records through the Sectra Universal Viewer. John Muir Health serves patients in the San Francisco East Bay at medical centers located in Concord and Walnut Creek, Calif., as well as outpatient, urgent care and surgery centers. All facilities utilize Sectra PACS (picture archiving and communication system) and, in anticipation of the cloud archive, have also installed Sectra’s Cross-Enterprise Workflow solution to share images with other healthcare institutions in Northern California.“I’m pleased to be working with Sectra on expanding our image storage in a secure environment. The ability to archive both radiology and cardiology images in the cloud allows our providers to retrieve and share images to better collaborate on and coordinate care for our patients,” said Linda Womack, executive director at John Muir Health. Sectra’s complete enterprise imaging offering is modular and supports the most image-intense departments — radiology, pathology, cardiology and orthopedics. Being built on the same technical platform, customers can easily extend a departmental solution to create a comprehensive vendor neutral archive (VNA) and enterprise image management solution without major investments or the replacement of existing components.For more information: www.sectra.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more CarolinaEast Health System News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more last_img read more

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Champagne wishes for New Years Eve Top 10 NYE city breaks on

first_img8. Madeira, Portugal Search flights to Madrid It’s no surprise the clubbing capital of Europe does NYE like a party pro. Berlin’s biggest bash – and one of Europe’s best street parties – takes place at the Brandenburg Gate, with 2km of live music, entertainment and food stalls stretching to the Victory Column. Head to Alexanderplatz at midnight for the fireworks then grab your dancing shoes. Berlin has more clubs than you can shake a bratwurst at, but if you can’t decide where to party the 8-in-1 Ticket is the answer. A pretty fair €93 gets you into eight venues, with the chance to hit 26 dance floors if you’re really going for it. Drinks are thrown in and there’s even a free shuttle bus or ship! The morning after, have a hair of the dog in Markthalle Neun or one of the craft beer breweries before exploring all this historic capital has to offer. Find tons of things to see and do in our city guide. Search flights to Prague Search flights to Berlin 2. Venice, Italy Search flights to Venice 10. Istanbul, Turkey Prague knows how to party and, with beers costing about $2 a pop, it’s no surprise this buzzy capital is a hit on NYE. Oddly, the official fireworks display is on New Year’s Day but there’s still plenty going on the night before. You can hardly turn a corner without stumbling across lively locals setting off amateur displays (don’t try this at home, kids). Celebrations centre around Wenceslas, Old Town Square and Charles Bridge, while a cruise along the Danube is a lovely way to admire the pyrotechnics from a safe distance. For something fancy, how about a Mozart Gala Dinner? Taking place across two locations, the Grand Hotel Bohemia’s Boccaccio Hall and Sladkovsky Hall at Municipal House, guests can enjoy six courses while some of the great composer’s finest works are performed, from £295. For more things to see and do in this fairytale city, we’ve got 15 ideas right here. The Spanish capital loves to party, and on the biggest night in the calendar the city streets are jam-packed with locals and visitors ringing in the new year with lashings of cava and tapas galore. Pack into Puerta del Sol with the revellers to watch the fireworks at midnight, and when the clock strikes 12 make sure you’ve got 12 grapes to hand. This isn’t for a sugar hit before you hit the clubs, it’s a great tradition that no Spaniard dares dismiss. It’s said that each of the 12 grapes will bring you luck for the next 12 months of the year. Wash down your fruity feast (we recommend seedless) with a glass or two of cava then hit up one of Madrid’s clubs – Malasaña is the best neighbourhood for bar hopping until the early hours. Search hotels in Paris 5. Paris, France If you’ve seen the fireworks over the London Eye, and marched down the Royal Mile at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, why not celebrate further afield this New Year’s Eve? From champagne-fuelled dinner cruises and fancy galas to street fiestas and record-breaking fireworks, book a break to one of these European party cities and get 2019 off to a flying start. 4. Madrid, Spain Search flights to Paris Search hotels in Reykjavik Search hotels in Madrid Search hotels in Venice Search hotels in Lisbon ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Search hotels in Madeira The City of Lights has even more sparkly allure over the holiday season. New Year’s Eve celebrations are suitably sophisticated with a huge choice of dinners and cruises, so you can sip champagne as you float along the Seine admiring the Christmas lights and toasting the new year as the Eiffel Tower comes into view. Paris saves the fireworks for Bastille Day but head to the Champs Elysées for an equally spectacular laser show. Or if you’re in the mood to can-can book one of the legendary cabarets, such as Lido de Paris, which is laying on a six-course dinner before the show on 31 December, from £275. If your euros won’t stretch to that, join the bonkers NYE party opposite the Eiffel Tower at L’Aquarium (from £44), a club that houses – you guessed it – a giant aquarium! Need somewhere to stay? Read our guide to Paris hotels for every budget. Pretty as a picture Lisbon is a lovely place for a winter mini break and NYE is a great time to get among the city’s vibrant nightlife. Line your stomach at the Time Out Market, where a huge collection of award-winning chefs whip up culinary delights under one roof, then roll into Comercio Square downtown for the free concert at 10pm and fireworks at midnight. If you fancy a boogie, book a ticket (from €25) to the famous Royal Palace Party. This legendary shindig sees DJs hit the decks at the grand Tapada da Ajuda, which has amazing views over the Tagus River. Not your style? Keep it street by heading to the bar-lined alleyways of Bairro Alto where you can whittle the whole night away mingling with new friends over a little too much port. If you’re still going, watch the first sunrise of 2019 – and enjoy gorgeous views of the city to boot ­– from a miradouro (viewpoint). For more Lisbon highlights, read our top 15 attractions. Search flights to Lisbon Search hotels in Istanbul 7. Reykjavik, Iceland Icelandics go wild for NYE and Reykjavik has an electric atmosphere on the big night. With fireworks shooting up all over the city, head high to get the best views. From Öskjuhlíð hill you can see almost the whole of Reykjavik as the sky is flooded with exploding lights. They love their bonfires in Iceland too, and the city will see several spots go up in flames on 31 December. Visiting them is a great way to plug into the local traditions – and warm up! There are even bonfire tours you can join. Around 10.30pm there’s a break in proceedings when the nation stops to watch the Áramótaskaup, an annual TV comedy show. Then everyone piles back on to the streets for the final showdown. If you’d rather avoid the crowds, ring in 2019 with a glass of bubbles on a fireworks cruise, which depart from the Old Harbour at 11pm. You could continue the adventure by hunting down the Northern Lights – Iceland is one of the best places to see them in Europe. NYE in Stockholm covers all bases with the chance to party like it’s 1999 or indulge in some lagom(the Swedish version of Hygge). Wrap up warm and start the night with a swish or a stumble around the ice rink at Kungstradgarden, which is modelled on the famous rink in New York’s Rockefeller Center. Then head to the open-air museum Skansen for the reading of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Ring Out Wild Bells. The poem has been read by a famous Swede every year at midnight since 1895 and is a beautifully reflective tradition. Afterwards, ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ at the fireworks reflected in the water near Skansen, or admire them from the inner harbour at Stockholm’s old town. If you’re in it for the long haul head to Södermalmstorg, an area brimming with bars and restaurants where residents and visitors gather before heading off to local clubs. As you might expect in one of the world’s most romantic cities, Venice seals the new year with a kiss. In true Italian style, the annual ‘communal kiss’ sees revellers in Piazza San Marco lock lips with friends and strangers alike in a giant celebration of love and to bring luck (and maybe a new fling) into the new year. Before it gets steamy, a concert in the square kicks off the party and, after the smooching, fireworks are shot directly from a barge in Saint Mark’s basin. NYE is a great excuse to take to Venice’s famous canals, so why not hop on a dinner cruise and start the celebrations in style. Get in the mood for love by enjoying mouth-watering local dishes by candlelight before mooring up and admiring Venice’s beautiful architecture on the way to the piazza, where you can snog your way into 2019. Search flights to Reykjavik Having shaken off its reputation as the holiday choice for the over-60s, Madeira now attracts a more adventurous traveller seeking exotic thrills – and they’ll find them on the last night of the year. The island is a top choice for NYE thanks to its incredible fireworks display, which holds a Guinness World Record for the largest in the world! Before the main event, The Madeira Classic Orchestra performs a New Year’s concert at the city pier in front of thousands. Then the countdown heralds the dramatic light show spanning the naturally formed amphitheatre of the capital Funchal, which is illuminated by thousands of multi-coloured lamps placed up and down the city’s main avenues. The best way to enjoy the spectacle is undoubtedly from a boat at sea, but the bay itself and the hills around the city make wonderful vantage points, too. For more on Madeira, plus nine other winter sun spots, read our guide. 1. Berlin, Germany The wild card in our list, Istanbul goes all out on NYE. One of the best ways to spend it is at a restaurant or one of the big hotels, which lay on special menus and cocktail-fuelled parties for the big night. Try to book one with a rooftop bar close to the shores so you don’t have to scarper at midnight to find a firework viewing spot. If you want to keep it civilised, board a New Year Bosphorus dinner cruise and enjoy a delicious Turkish feast to the sounds of traditional folk music and DJs as you cruise past the illuminated Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Blue Mosque and Dolmabahçe Palace. Or stay on dry land and join the locals in the side streets off Taksim Square, which are packed with intimate bars and pubs. Chairs and tables overflow on to the street, music fills the air and boisterous revellers smoke, chat and dance their way into the new year. Plan your trip to Instanbul, including ideas for where to stay, with our guide to November holiday hotspots. Search flights to Istanbul Search hotels in Berlin Search flights to Stockholm Search hotels in Stockholm Where will the new year take you? Related10 New Year’s Eve parties in Europe for under £250No sleep ‘til 2015! Spend 24hrs celebrating 2015 and spend less than £250 in these European cities.10 New Year’s Eve parties in Europe for under £250No sleep ‘til 2015! Spend 24hrs celebrating 2015 and spend less than £250 in these European cities.10 New Year’s Eve parties in Europe for under £250No sleep ‘til 2015! Spend 24hrs celebrating 2015 and spend less than £250 in these European cities. 9. Stockholm, Sweden 3. Prague, Czech Republic All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of publication on 6 November 2018.  Search hotels in Prague Search flights to Madeira 6. Lisbon, Portugallast_img read more

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