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first_imgA massive shake-up of the Davis Cup competition will see the formation of an 18-nation World Cup of Tennis Finals, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Monday.The event played in one location over seven days in November could start next year, pending approval by the ITF Board.In a statement outlining a 25-year, $3 billion partnership with investment group Kosmos, whose founder and president is Barcelona and Spain soccer player Gerard Pique, ITF President David Haggerty said it would be a game-changer for tennis.”Our vision is to create a major season-ending finale that will be a festival of tennis and entertainment, featuring the world’s greatest players representing their nations to decide the Davis Cup champions,” he said.teamsdaysworld-class venueThere are some big changes proposed by @ITF_Tennis and Kosmos for #DavisCup!Full story Cup (@DavisCup) February 26, 2018The new event represents a huge revamp for the Davis Cup which has been in existence since 1900 but has suffered in recent years with top players not turning out for their nations.World number one Roger Federer has not played for Switzerland since 2015 while Rafael Nadal has only played one doubles rubber for Spain in the past two years.In the current format employed since 1981, 16 World Group nations take part in a knockout competition over three weekends in February, July and September before the final in November.Ties are hosted by one or other of the competing nations, producing a partisan atmosphere which has become a popular feature of the Davis Cup.advertisementEach tie is best-of-five-matches, four singles and one doubles.The investment from Kosmos will include significant increases in prize money for players and ITF member nations, according to the sport’s London-based governing body.Haggerty said a prize pool of $20 million would be up for grabs for the 18 qualifying nations.”This is a complete game-changer for the ITF and for tennis,” he said.RECORD LEVELS”This new partnership will not only create a true World Cup of Tennis, but will also unlock record levels of new investment for future generations of tennis players and fans.”The ITF said several “world-class” cities from several continents had expressed interest in hosting the new event.The plans will be submitted to the ITF Annual General Meeting, to be held in August in Orlando, Florida and a two-thirds majority will be required for final approval.”Kosmos is thrilled to join in this exciting partnership with the ITF,” Pique said.”Together we can elevate Davis Cup by BNP Paribas to new heights by putting on a must-see World Cup of Tennis Finals featuring the top nations and top players.”The event would be run on a round-robin format before a knockout phase with matches consisting of two singles and one doubles rubber. Ties will be played over one day with matches using a best-of-three-set format.Sixteen World Group nations will automatically qualify for the Finals, with a further two nations to be selected.The eight teams failing to qualify for the quarter-finals would then play off against the eight zonal Group One qualifiers to try to qualify for the following year’s Finals.Zonal Groups I and II home-and-away ties will continue to be played during the traditional three weeks of the calendar.last_img read more

first_imgLearning from Puma’s Environmental Profit and Loss StatementPuma is one company that thinks this is an important issue. While all companies have to develop profit and loss statements, Puma is the first to develop an environmental profit and loss statement. The company valued the environmental impact of its operations and supply chain in 2010 at about $190 million, factoring in impacts like water use, greenhouse gas emissions, land use conversion, air pollution, and waste. The company is now using this statement as a way to drive environmental initiatives, which it views as key to its long-term commercial survival. Puma’s environmental profit and loss statement is helping employees, shareholders, and suppliers understand the magnitude of the company’s environmental impacts, prioritize which ones to tackle first, and incorporate this information into decision-making.Evaluating Externalities to Drive SustainabilityAs the World Resources Institute reports in its recent working paper, Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability: Stories from Industry, other companies are also finding ways to value the cost of environmental impacts to drive sustainability and growth. For example,Natura, the Brazilian cosmetics company, is reducing the environmental impact of its supply chain by including in its supplier selection criteria the estimated cost of various suppliers’ environmental footprints. Natura estimates the financial cost of purchased products’ impacts, such as carbon dioxide emissions, waste generation, water use, and more. By reflecting these impacts into product costs, the company is able to select the suppliers that not only deliver the most cost-effective product, but have the lowest environmental impact. This helps Natura keep costs down and meet its commitment to sustainable sourcing.Greif, an industrial packaging products and services company, does not price environmental impacts directly, but does take a lifecycle view of its products’ footprints in its business planning. For example, Greif expanded its business to include re-manufactured and re-conditioned shipping containers, after finding them to have a lower environmental impact while better meeting the needs of customers. Using Policy to Account for Environmental CostsWhile some companies are taking the lead in developing their own ways of factoring environmental impacts into financial decision-making, public policies that put a price on environmental impacts would help all companies account for environmental externalities. These policies include those that put a price on greenhouse gas emissions or water use, as well as policies that create demand for more efficient products like vehicle fuel efficiency standards or building codes.While the impact of policies like this will vary across businesses, some companies are already benefiting. Environmental regulations, high energy prices, and a price on carbon in Europe, for example, have helped Siemens grow its portfolio of environmental products, including things like wind turbines, highly efficient combined cycle power plants, and efficient trains. Siemens has not only helped its customers reduce 332 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions—equivalent to about 40 percent of Germany’s annual emissions—but it generated $44.6 billion in revenue from its environmental product portfolio in fiscal year 2012.Alcoa is another example. The aluminum manufacturer found that the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards are driving demand for lighter vehicle materials. The company is well-positioned to provide these materials as result of its R&D investments. It recently invested $300 million in an Iowa facility in order to provide lightweight aluminum for the 2014 vehicle model year.Factoring environmental impacts into business decision-making is critical in helping companies minimize their footprints in commercially smart ways. It’s encouraging to see corporate leaders starting to account for environmental externalities, but to really mitigate environmental and financial risk, we need more action. We look forward to tracking the innovations that help more companies incorporate environmental costs into their financial and product planning.LEARN MORE: Tune in for our blog series, Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability, every Thursday. For more information, download WRI’s full report, “Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability: Stories from Industry.” Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability Blog SeriesRead other installments of our five-part blog series, “Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability.”4 Barriers to Overcome in Achieving Corporate Environmental SustainabilityFinding the Money: How Businesses Can Fund Environmental Sustainability ProjectsFactoring Sustainability into Financial Decision-Makingcenter_img This post also appears on is Part Four of a five-part blog series, Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability. Each installment explores solutions to help businesses overcome barriers that prevent them from integrating environmental sustainability into their everyday operations. Look for these posts every Thursday.David Roberts at Grist, the online environmental news organization, commented on Twitter last week that “people talk about ‘externalities’ like they are just bad vibes or something. But that money is real money. Those costs are real costs.” How real is that money? Dr. Pavan Sukhdev, author of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity and Corporation 2020, claims that these “externalities”—or costs to society from carbon emissions, water use, pollutants, and other byproducts of business activities—are more than $2 trillion.Putting a financial value on these environmental costs can help businesses make better informed decisions about how they manage their environmental risk. Not all companies recognize this—and even fewer actually know how to value these externalities correctly. But a few corporations are starting to show us the way.last_img read more

first_imgVancouver Whitecaps 0 Seattle Sounders 0: Dour stalemate in first leg Dejan Kalinic 10:39 10/30/17 CarlRobinson-cropped Getty Images Defending champions Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps drew 0-0 in the MLS play-offs. Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Western Conference semi-final in the MLS play-offs on Sunday.Reigning MLS Cup champions the Sounders went closest to finding a winner at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, with Kendall Waston almost scoring a first-half own goal.But Seattle, who finished second during the regular season and were without the suspended Clint Dempsey, will instead head home for the second leg on Thursday in a good position. 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 Brek Shea had an effort cleared off the line on the half-hour mark for Carl Robinson’s Whitecaps, who then almost fell behind.A Joevin Jones cross from the left was turned onto his own crossbar by Waston as the teams remained level.Inches away from a @SoundersFC opener! #VANvSEA // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 30, 2017Neither team was able to find a winner in the second half, leaving the tie up for grabs. read morelast_img read more

first_imgAFC Champions League Wasteful Sydney FC miss chance to beat Shanghai Shenhua Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 03:45 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFC Champions League Cerezo Osaka v Guangzhou Evergrande Suwon Bluewings v Kashima Antlers Buriram United v Jeju United Shanghai Shenhua v Sydney Suwon Bluewings Buriram United Kashima Antlers Sydney Jeju United Guangzhou Evergrande Cerezo Osaka Shanghai Shenhua There were wins for Kashima Antlers and Jeju United in the AFC Champions League while Shanghai Shenhua and Sydney FC shared the spoils. Kashima Antlers took top spot in AFC Champions League Group H as Mu Kanazaki’s brace earned his side a 2-1 win at Suwon Bluewings on Wednesday.The visitors forged ahead in the eighth minute as Kanazaki slotted home from Yasushi Endo’s sensational first-time pass, but Suwon wasted a golden chance to level as Leo Silva fouled Waguininho in the box only for Dejan Damjanovic to see his weak spot-kick saved by Kwoun Sun-tae.Kanazaki had his second shortly before the hour, heading in on the line after Yuma Suzuki had nodded across the face of goal, and Cristovam’s 89th-minute strike through the legs of Kwoun was scant consolation. 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 Kashima have four points from two matches while Suwon have three with Shanghai Shenhua and Sydney FC on two and one respectively following their 2-2 draw.FULL-TIME | @bluewingsfc (KOR) 1-2 @atlrs_official (JPN)Kashima Antlers hang on to defeat Suwon Samsung Bluewings and bag the three points! #ACL2018 #SSBvKSM — AFC Champions League (@TheAFCCL) February 21, 2018 Shanghai took the lead midway through the first half as the experienced Obafemi Martins bundled home at the front post from Li Yunqiu’s low cross, but within eight minutes Sydney had turned it around.Luke Wilkshire converted the rebound after Li Shuai saved Bobo’s header and Milos Ninkovic showed fine footwork to tee up Alex Brosque, who smashed high into the roof of the net.The hosts were level before the break, however, as Andrew Redmayne punched Bai Jiajun’s cross to the edge of the area, where Fredy Guarin cushioned a calm volley beyond the despairing dive of the scrambling goalkeeper.In Group G, Jeju United won 2-0 at Buriram United thanks to goals in the opening 21 minutes – Lee Chang-min’s fine 25-yard strike and Magno Cruz’s successful penalty after Jakkaphan Kaewprom had fouled Jin Seong-uk.The other fixture in that group, between Cerezo Osaka and two-time champions Guangzhou Evergrande, ended 0-0.It’s extremely tight in #ACL2018 Group G after two games played! — AFC Champions League (@TheAFCCL) February 21, 2018last_img read more

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer: What I can teach Rashfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no doubts about the potential of Marcus Rashford.Solskjaer wants to teach the England striker how to become a fox in the box after he struggled for goals under predecessor Jose Mourinho. He said: “I think Marcus has got his own motivation to become the best player he can be.“He has got far more than I did in terms of his physical attributes, his pace, his strength and striking the ball from outside the box. But maybe I can give him a little bit of the nous I had inside the box. I’m talking about the little moves you make to get free, that little bit of calmness in front of goal.”Marcus is only 21. He’s still learning. The most important thing I can see is to just settle him down in front of goal.“I’ve seen him rush a few finishes. He thinks ‘I’ve got to get a shot off early’ when sometimes you just need to pass it past the keeper. I always say that the goal never moves. So I am really looking forward to working with him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgMinister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says there is “no rift” between Jamaica and its traditional partners in security cooperation.“Our efforts continue to be strong and friendly, based on mutual respect. There are issues which arise, as there must between any sovereign nations, and we work them out,” she said in the Senate on Friday (September 21).The Minister was speaking on the Emergency Powers (No. 2) (Continuance) (No.3) Resolution, 2018, to extend the State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division until January 2, 2019.“We have new partnerships. As we stated at the very start of our tenure, that part of our foreign policy is to not only deepen and strengthen existing partnerships, but to work on building new partnerships, and those are under way with several partners,” she said.Senator Johnson Smith, who is also Leader of Government Business, said foreign policy will be guided by “our national development policies, so where it is that security is one of the two highest priorities of this Government, then certainly our cooperative efforts with other countries will also include security”.“This is not at the exclusion or even at the reduction of cooperation with our traditional partners; it is about building additional partnerships,” the Minister said.All 19 members who were present voted in favour of the extension of the State of Public Emergency. Two members were absent.The security measure is slated to end on October 2.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The much-awaited final National Register of Citizens (NRC) list is out, but the BJP is not happy. Fearing exclusion of a large number of Hindus from the list, the saffron party’s man in the northeast Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said he had lost all hope in the NRC. Sarma expressed his unhappiness hours before the release of the final list, which has left out 19,06,657 people. “We lost hope in the present form of the NRC right after the draft. When so many genuine Indians are out, how can you claim that this document is a red letter for the Assamese society.” said the Assam Finance Minister, who is often hailed as the “Amit Shah of the Northeast”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The NRC is no quarter-final, semi-final and final for driving out Bangladeshis. Wait for a while and you will see more finals under the BJP regime,” he added. Over the past two months, the BJP has tried everything. Both the Centre and the state filed petitions in the Supreme Court seeking re-verification of the NRC data, but the pleas were turned down after NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela’s objected to the request. The BJP leaders have since gone on record to allege that the process does not help Assam’s indigenous people, but illegal Bangladeshis. Once the result of the final NRC became apparent, BJP state General Secretary Dilip Saikia even vented his anger against Hajela. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Top BJP sources say, about a month back, during the last Parliament session, Sarma camped in the national capital for two days, to chalk out the party’s post-NRC strategy. Interestingly, it was present BJP Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal, who espoused the cause of an updated NRC, which started four years ago on the Supreme Court’s directions. On Friday, Sonowal asked people not to panic and said his government will provide legal aid to the poor, who are excluded from the final list. The Home Ministry has also extended the time to file appeals against exclusion from the final NRC list in the Foreigners Tribunal from 60 to 120 days. “As long as the appeal is there (pending), no one will be treated as foreigner,” assured Sonowal. Meanwhile, the TMC, which has criticised NRC process in the past, is silent on the matter.last_img read more

A maximum retail price for rice was announced with effect from February 6.With the announcement the maximum retail price of Nadu and Raw (Kekulu) will be Rs. 70 and Samba Rs. 80 per kilo. (Colombo Gazette) The joint opposition has accused Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake of going beyond his mandate.Joint opposition Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena said that Karunanayake has no legal right to impose a ceiling price on any item. He said that the recent ceiling price imposed on rice by the Finance Ministry will affect small scale traders. Gunawardena said that traders are in a dilemma on how to sell rice at a lower cost when it was purchased for a higher rate. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Another sign that Canada’s economy is doing better than expected and a strong rally in energy stocks helped push the Toronto stock market higher Monday as it entered one of the quietest trading weeks of the year.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 48.10 points to 13,447.70, while the loonie jumped 0.33 of a cent to 94.24 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that the economy grew by 0.3 per cent in October, higher than consensus estimate of 0.2 per cent and on par with September’s increase. The latest reading marked the fourth consecutive month of growth for the country’s gross domestic product.The figures were a welcome sign in what is expected be a muted week for the TSX as it heads into 2013’s second last week of trading. The Toronto exchange is scheduled to close early Christmas Eve and will be shut down on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.New York is shuttered just for Dec. 25.On Monday, U.S. indexes were positive as the Dow Jones industrials surged 73.47 points to close at a record-high 16,294.61. The Nasdaq jumped 44.16 points to 4,148.90 and the S&P 500 index gained 9.67 points to 1,827.99.The Dow was supported by tech giant Apple Inc.(Nasdaq:AAPL), which announced that it is teaming up with China Mobile. Apple said China’s largest carrier will begin selling the iPhone 5S and 5C models beginning next month.The iPhone already is available in China through two smaller carriers but this latest agreement links it with a bigger network and state-owned China Mobile Ltd.’s marketing power. Shares in Apple closed up $21.07 at US$570.09.Fred Ketchen, ScotiaMcLeod’s director of equity trading, said the lift in North American markets may indicate that investors are finding comfort in the upbeat economic news.“The economic standpoint is not upsetting. It’s not roariously healthy, but there is a certain calmness to it,” said Ketchen.“I just think there’s a fair amount of comfort of where we are economically, where we are politically and where we are when it comes to the markets. I don’t expect any disasters.”The outlook south of the border also painted a rosy picture. The U.S. Commerce Department reported that Americans increased their spending in November by the most in five months as incomes edged up modestly. Consumer spending rose 0.5 per cent last month compared with October, when spending had risen 0.4 per cent. It was the best showing since June, with the gain driven by a jump in spending on durable goods such as autos.How much consumers spend is carefully watched because it accounts for as much as 70 per cent of U.S. economic activity.Strong economic news helped the U.S. Federal Reserve decide last week to cut its asset purchases by $10 billion to $75 billion a month beginning in January. The stimulus has kept interest rates low and helped make stocks more attractive to investors.In corporate news, Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSX:PRE) said it was selling its five per cent stake and transportation rights in a Colombian oil pipeline to a consortium led by a private equity unit of Franklin Templeton for US$385 million in cash.Pacific Rubiales acquired its stake in the OCENSA pipeline when it bought Petrominerales Ltd. in a $1.6-billion deal that was announced in September. Proceeds from the sale will be applied to the Petrominerales transaction and reduce the cost for Pacific Rubiales to about C$1.2 billion. Its shares closed up two cents, or 0.11 per cent, at $18.76 on the TSX.Meanwhile, shares in Reitmans (Canada) Ltd. (TSX:RET.A) were nearly nine per cent higher after Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH) disclosed that it has increased its stake in the struggling retailer to 13.8 per cent from just under 10 per cent. Reitmans’ shares close up 57 cents, or 8.98 per cent, at $6.92.Reitmans is a retailer of mainly women’s apparel operating under such banners as Reitmans, Smart Set, RW&CO., Penningtons, Addition-Elle and Thyme Maternity.French railway operator SNCF has exercised an option to buy an additional 30 Regio 2N double-deck electric passenger trains from Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). The order is valued at US$379 million and brings the total number of units that SNCF has ordered to 159, Bombardier announced Monday from Berlin, where its rail division has its global headquarters.Commodities were mostly lower as February crude fell 41 cents to US$98.91 a barrel.However, energy stocks helped boost the TSX, rising by 0.36 per cent. Shares in EnCana Corp. (TSX:ECA) climbed 18 cents to C$19.17.The info tech sector was the leading advancer, up by 0.63 per cent, as shares in BlackBerry (TSX:BB) rose 3.10 per cent, or 24 cents, to $7.98.Gold prices lost $6.70 to US$1,197 an ounce, and the sector was the leading decliner on the TSX, falling by 0.71 per cent. Shares in Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) dipped 12 cents to C$17.72.March copper was unchanged at US$3.31 a pound. Toronto stock market climbs, loonie surges on positive Canadian GDP data by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 23, 2013 2:48 pm MDT read more

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first_imgDelair-Tech, a leader in professional drones, announced the purchase of Gatewing, Trimble’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) business based in Belgium. The company has also signed a strategic alliance agreement to partner with Trimble as its preferred provider of UAS solutions.Delair-Tech is continuing to consolidate its position in the commercial UAS market by acquiring the UAS business of TrimbleIn a rare move, Toulouse-based Delair-Tech is confirming its intention to become a leading global player in the commercial drone sector, beginning with a business acquisition. “Currently, the drone market is undergoing intense consolidation, and now is the time to strategically position ourselves as leaders of tomorrow,” says Michael de Lagarde, Delair-Tech’s CEO. “The agreement we have reached with Trimble will enable us to reach the critical size required to better respond to the needs of large industrial groups, which are our main target.”Trimble’s UAS solutions business, Gatewing, is well known in the professional market. This acquisition enables the companies to merge their teams and create synergy between their technologies and know-how, thus significantly increasing capacity for innovation. Delair-Tech’s new acquisition will strengthen the teams that design and produce the company’s industrial mini-drones with the inclusion of the technical staff based in Ghent (Belgium). The company will also increase its total workforce to 100 employees, marking its place as one of the main players in the global professional drone market.Alongside the acquisition, Delair-Tech and microdrones have signed strategic commercial agreements with Trimble.Delair-Tech is teaming up with microdrones, a long-established supplier of multirotor systems, to offer a comprehensive range of products. They will jointly become official suppliers for Trimble’s worldwide distribution network, which sells UAS and image-processing systems.“Trimble chose to partner with Delair-Tech and microdrones to strengthen our UAS portfolio,” says Ron Bisio, Vice-President of Trimble’s Geospatial Division. “Working together, Delair-Tech and microdrones will deliver industry-leading unmanned aircraft systems, while Trimble will focus on core software technology for UAS that integrates positioning, remote sensing and photogrammetry. The ultimate goal is to deliver a complete solution to transform work processes and boost efficiency for our customers.”“We are proud that Trimble has selected us to be their provider of fixed-wing drone systems,” says de Lagarde. “We will continue to provide dedicated end-to-end solutions, from hardware to fully processed aerial data, which can then be turned into actionable business intelligence. Our strategy is to carve out a larger share of the professional drone market and offer inspection and surveillance services to major industrial groups, based on very-high-resolution image acquisition combined with image processing software specific to each industry.microdrones was founded in Germany in 2005, with the launch of groundbreaking unmanned aerial vehicles. As the pioneer of the professional quadcopter Industry, microdrones has developed solutions based on reliable VTOL drones, with a heritage of German engineering and quality.By integrating the most capable and dependable platform with the right payloads and dedicated processing, microdrones has implemented professional solutions in Europe, Asia, and North America. A global leader in commercial UAVs, microdrones offers local sales, training, and services centers across three continents, to serve customers around the world.Delair-Tech, a leader in professional UAVs, provides aerial-imagery-based data to help industries make informed decisions. Experts in both long-range UAV manufacturing and data processing, Delair-Tech delivers end-to-end solutions, from data acquisition to business analysis. Created in 2011, Delair-Tech is represented in more than 80 countries and has over 100 global employees with specialized solutions in various sectors, including mining.last_img read more

first_img WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Image: Dominic Lipinski PA Wire/PA Images WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 4:19 PM By Associated Press 108 Comments WikiLeaks releases over 8,000 documents ‘hacked from CIA’ The files appear to show the CIA wanted to subvert software products and use them as surveillance devices. 25,580 Views Short URL Image: Dominic Lipinski PA Wire/PA Images Mar 7th 2017, 4:19 PM WIKILEAKS HAS PUBLISHED thousands of documents purportedly taken from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence.The dramatic release appears to provide an eye-opening look at the intimate details of the USA’s cyber espionage toolkit.The dump of more than 8,000 documents could not immediately be authenticated and the CIA declined to comment, but WikiLeaks has a long track record of releasing top secret government documents. Experts who’ve started to sift through the material said it appears legitimate — and that the release was almost certain to shake the CIA.“There’s no question that there’s a fire drill going on right now,” Jake Williams, a security expert with Georgia-based Rendition Infosec, said. “It wouldn’t surprise me that there are people changing careers — and ending careers — as we speak.”Bob Ayers, a retired US intelligence official currently working as a security analyst, agreed, saying the release was “real bad” for the agency.If the authenticity of the dump is officially confirmed, it would represent yet another catastrophic breach for the US intelligence community at the hands of WikiLeaks and its allies, which have repeatedly humbled Washington with the mass release of classified material, including hundreds of thousands of documents from the State Department and the Pentagon.Improvised surveillance devicesWikiLeaks, which had been dropping cryptic hints about the release for a month, said in a lengthy statement the CIA had “recently” lost control of a massive arsenal of CIA hacking tools as well as associated documentation. The radical transparency organisation said that “the archive appears to have been circulated among former US government hackers and contractors in an unauthorised manner” and that one of them “provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive”.Jonathan Liu, a spokesman for the CIA, said: “We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents.”Williams, who has experience dealing with government hackers, said the voluminous files’ extensive references to operation security meant they were almost certainly government-backed.“I can’t fathom anyone fabricated that amount of operational security concern,” he said. “It rings true to me.” Share159 Tweet Email The only people who are having that conversation are people who are engaging in nation-state-level hacking.The documents cover a range of topics, including what appeared to be a discussion about how to compromise smart televisions and turn them into improvised surveillance devices.WikiLeaks said the leaked data also included details on the agency’s efforts to subvert American software products and smartphones, including Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows.A “substantial library” of digital espionage techniques borrowed from Russia and other countries is in the data as well, WikiLeaks said.Ayers noted that WikiLeaks has promised to release more CIA documents, saying today’s publication is just “the first full part of the series”.“The damage right now is relatively high-level,” he said. “(But) the potential for really detailed damage will come in the following releases.”Read: Coroner finds George Michael died of natural causesRead: Indian police find 19 female foetuses dumped in sewer Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgApple: quelles caractéristiques pour l’iPhone 5 ?Les caractéristiques de l’iPhone 5 d’Apple circulent sur la Toile. Voici ce qui attend peut-être ses utilisateurs…Sur la Toile, on trouve de nombreux articles qui tentent d’imaginer ce à quoi ressemblera l’iPhone 5, dernier smartphone d’Apple sur lequel a travaillé Steve Jobs. Dans le magazine Business Insider, les journalistes ont même recensé les caractéristiques de l’appareil d’après une source qui l’aurait testé.Voici donc ce qui attendrait les utilisateurs de l’iPhone 5ème génération : un dos en aluminium, une touche ‘Home’ tactile, un appareil photo numérique de 10 Mégapixels, un écran 4 pouces, le système de reconnaissance vocale Siri appelé “Assistant” et enfin un profil extra-fin.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Si l’iPhone 4S n’a pas convaincu totalement ses utilisateurs, L’iPhone 5 devrait s’imposer comme un tout nouveau modèle, entièrement repensé. Il pourrait également être compatible avec les réseaux 4G, en pleine expansion notamment aux États-Unis. L’écran du smartphone pourrait être un peu plus grand que par le passé.La dernière oeuvre de Steve Jobs se devra donc d’être différente…Visionnaire ?Le 14 novembre 2011 à 15:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Updated: 6:25 PM Posted: March 19, 2018 Steve Bosh San Diego City Council rejects proposal to raise salaries of mayor and councilmembers March 19, 2018center_img Steve Bosh, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego City Council rejected a proposal Monday to boost the salaries of the mayor and council members.The council voted 7-2  to reject the proposal that would have boosted the mayor’s salary from $100,464 to $107,095 effective July 1, 2019, and raised council pay from $75,386 to $80,361.A city Salary Setting Commission, which began meeting last November, found that 26 council staff members earned more than council members, while 466 unclassified employees made more than the mayor.Councilman Mark Kersey said while lower salaries can deter people from seeking public office, the council should not be voting on the issue.“The process needs to be changed,” he said.Several council members suggested having the city’s Rules Committee come up with a different solution, while Councilman Chris Ward said the public should vote on any proposed salary increase.Councilman Scott Sherman said being a city council member “isn’t supposed to be a career.”“We need to figure out a way to get the politics out of it,” Sherman said. “What we have right now is not working.”Councilwoman Lori Zapf said while she understood the criticism of letting the council vote on its own pay, the salary doesn’t work for people “who actually have to support a family” and added that what the San Diego mayor earns “is a complete and utter disgrace.”As an example, Zapf said, the Chula Vista mayor makes $146,000 per year for a city of 243,000 residents, while San Diego has a population of 1.4 million.She also said running a campaign is a grueling experience, and a if council member supports even a $1 increase, “I can guarantee you that your opponent will exploit that during a campaign.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgCamp Lejeune’s wastewater treatment plant (Photo: U.S. Marines)Marines, National Guard members and reservists who were stationed, even temporarily, at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune from the 1950s through the late 80s, may have diseases related to contaminated drinking water on the base.Listen nowMore than 900,000 service members who served at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between through 1953 through 1987 could be at risk for a range of diseases from leukemia to Parkinson’s.Verdie Bowen is the director of the Alaska office of veteran’s affairs. He said some of the contamination came from gasoline and diesel fuel leaking into the drinking water supply.“It also had cleaning contaminants from a dry cleaner from off the installation,” Bowen said. “It was leaking back into the installation water source.”Bowen said 1,400 cases nationwide have been filed so far. He doesn’t know how many of those could be in Alaska because he said the state office files thousands of claims each year but doesn’t break them down into categories.Bowen said it’s imperative that people who were stationed at Camp Lejeune during those decades get registered.“The saddest thing in the world, you know, if you just pick one of those things,” Bowen said. “Someone with bladder cancer or kidney cancer that is trying to treat this on their own when they really should be getting treated in the VA and also they should be getting disability compensation for that injury as well. If they contact us, we can process the paperwork and because it’s presumptive, it will be fairly well expedited, they’re not going to wait years for this process to go through.”Bowen said outgoing VA Secretary Robert McDonald worked for more than a year reviewing an analysis of chemical tests and claims of service-members who have filed. He said President Obama also supported moving ahead with what’s estimated to be a five year, $2.2 billion assistance program.“There’s these items that we have currently identified which is adult leukemia, aplastic anemia, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Parkinson’s disease,” Bowen said. “Those items are what they identified today but if you file today and you have something else, that could go on the list tomorrow, just like our Agent Orange registry has done.”Bowen said there’s no deadline for filing for disability compensation but he encourages veterans and active duty members to get registered and screened for toxins exposure.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Another beloved feline has joined Grumpy Cat in heaven: Leo, the cat who played Church in the 2019 remake of Pet Sematary, mysteriously passed away a few weeks after the film premiered in theaters on April 5.On Thursday, Kirk Jarrett, Leo’s trainer, announced his passing in an Instagram post, reported. Jarrett, who adopted Leo after shooting wrapped up for the horror flick, wrote an emotional tribute to the cute feline, who had almost 20,000 followers on the social media platform. A cause of death was not shared at this time.AdChoices广告“It is with deep sadness that we tell you that Leo has passed away,” Jarrett wrote on Instagram. “He will be forever missed by his human and fur family. May his star always shine bright!”Even though Leo was one of four fur babies that played Church in the film, Leo’s face was used for all of the movie posters. In an interview with AV Club, Leo’s trainer spoke about his hilarious personality and how he doesn’t mind the attention from fans. More on ‘Pet Sematary’ Trailer Teases Terrifying Twist to Stephen King’s Story12 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2019Grumpy Cat, Cute Feline and Internet Meme Starlet, Is Dead Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall “Leo is a confident sit-stay cat. His role is as the undead Church; that was his whole purpose, to be the poster child,” he told AV Club. “The cat you see all across the different platforms, and in the trailer, almost any time he’s in in the undead makeup—that was Leo.”last_img read more

first_imgPNY GeForce GTX 1070 8GB XLR8 for $229: eBay linkEVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW2 $215 + shipping: eBay linkRight now you can find a wide variety of GTX 1070s for less than $250 and for that price it’s an insane deal especially considering it wasn’t that long ago that even a used one was going for over $600+, thank goodness that has come to pass.  Something to consider as a word of caution, many of these are obviously coming from mining operations, but many are coming from fellow gamers looking to upgrade or sell off a second card to make some sweet holiday spending money. The unfortunate part of those looking to sell their GTX 1070s are likely going to have to go under what it’s actually worth to compete with these miners selling their cards, but if you’re looking for a GTX 1070, or even a second one for SLI if that’s you’re thing, you’re coming out the winner here.  So keep an eye out for those sellers dropping 10 or 20+ cards for dirt cheap.  Another thing to think about is that often these miners took very good care of their cards to make sure they were up and running, and if they knew what they were doing with the GTX 1070 the load was surprisingly light and they stayed cool under operation.I was on last night trying to find a second GTX 980 Ti for my personal setup, but after seeing those prices inflate and the GTX 1070 come down so hard…perhaps I should just grab one for myself. Share Tweet Submit So the Cryptocurrency mining boom has more than died down and with it the absurd demand for certain cards has dwindled with it. During the mining prime the RX 480 wasn’t the only highly sought after card, the GTX 1070 offered amazing ETH mining performance per watt.  I remember doing my look into the entire scene and being shocked at what just a little tweaking could do to the performance of the GTX 1070, and at only 65% of the power limit to boot.  However, that’s all over with and subsequently why we are here today.It’s the season for savings and deal hunting after all and I don’t think there’s any more fierce of a competitive price point as that $200-$300 price category.  After all AMD Radeon did just release the RX 590 at a somewhat comfortable price of $279 while their competition’s new cards are gonna set you back a minimum of $500. But, for those who are a bit more of the ‘I want as much as I can get for my money’ kind of people and don’t mind the Ebay grind, you’re going to find one of the best performance per dollar deals imaginable right now.last_img read more

first_img PACS and RIS are experiencing a technological rebirth that will usher the next generation of these products smoothly into 2013. (Photo courtesy of Agfa)If you would have asked radiologists about the future of radiology information systems (RIS) five to 10 years ago, there is a good chance that they would have told you that RIS was a dying technology. Because RIS systems were merging with other technological platforms, many radiologists did not expect the systems to be around. But now many physicians are trying to meet the Stage 2 meaningful use (MU) criteria to take advantage of Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments and prepare themselves to be in compliance when the criteria become requirements. RIS and picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) are experiencing a technological rebirth that will usher the next generation of these products smoothly into 2013. Interfacing PACS/RIS and EMR/EHROne push in technology will be to allow PACS/RIS the ability to interface with hospital and physician office electronic medical records (EMR). According to Paul G Nagy, Ph.D., M.D., it is not unusual for a patient to be sent for imaging and it is unclear to the radiologist what needs to be imaged and the reason. Radiologists often do not have access to a clear order or adequate patient medical history (prescriptions, allergies, previous lab work and tests, etc.) to conduct radiology tests efficiently or to make a proper diagnosis. This cannot be the case in the future, especially with Stage 2 MU criteria urging physicians to decrease the cost and patient exposure to radiation associated with repeat tests. Nagy suggested that in the near future, radiologists will get to the point where they will not make a diagnosis without access to the patient’s electronic medical records. One solution to this problem is that PACS/RIS vendors will have to look for ways to make the systems vendor-neutral. Now, many PACS/RIS are vendor-specific, and if a hospital has an EMR from one vendor and the radiology department has a PACS/RIS from a different vendor, the two systems cannot interface. By making PACS/RIS systems vendor-neutral, radiologists can gain quick access to pertinent patient medical records from any EMR system that is connected to a given network. Another way this issue is being addressed is with the use of remote viewing systems, which allow physicians’ offices and hospitals to access their servers and patient records over the Internet (often via a Web-accessible cloud server). While many PACS/RIS are programmed to work with internal servers, some physician offices are investing in cloud servers for their practices because they can eliminate the need to maintain and upgrade their own servers, reducing IT costs. Radiologists can expect to see cloud-based PACS/RIS as a growing trend.Better Images and ReportingStage 2 MU requires wider access to PACS images and reports, including interfaces with patient EMRs. The requirement calls for access to diagnostic quality images, rather than low-resolution images. The images and reports will need to be easily accessible through a certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). The hope is that this will increase workflow efficiency. RIS will need to be able to report critical findings and allow multiple users to view images and tests simultaneously, enabling better collaboration, reviews and second opinions. These reports and images will also need to be vendor-neutral so that multiple physicians can have access to them. Building Relationships Nagy stated that in a recent survey, more than 70 percent of physicians said they had iPhones and about 60 percent said they had or utilized iPads. Taking this increase in the use of this form of technology into consideration, radiologists can expect several new features to be introduced on newer systems in the coming year.PACS/RIS vendors will have to look for ways to allow the systems to interface with the iPhone, iPad and other smart phones. This will allow radiologists access to images whenever and wherever they are. This will also provide patients immediate access to their reports.This interfacing will lead to what Nagy said is one of the most exciting new features coming to PACS, and that is the ability to provide teleconsultation via Skype, iChat and other mediums. Doctors will be able to do peer review and perform second reads without being present in the office or having images brought to their clinics. With next generation systems radiologists will be able coordinate schedules and tests via an iPad or an iPhone, and find ways to incorporate voice and video teleconsultation, making it easier for physicians to collaborate. Workflow Efficiency The Stage 2 MU criteria require that physicians are able to data mine records to generate lists of patients by condition for quality improvement, reduction of disparities, research or outreach, and also for preventive/follow-up care and patient-specific education resources. In order to do this now, radiologists have to manually search through reports and images to pinpoint specific results or diagnoses. PACS/RIS are seeing advancements in natural language processing, which allows physicians to speak specific phrases that are used repetitively and the system will automatically enter a full text finding into RIS report fields. This helps minimize the time it takes physicians to enter data or deliver a critical report. PACS/RIS vendors are including databases of diagnostic terms to quickly and efficiently search workflow indexes. Radiologists will now be able to pull phrases that occur over and over in a clinical note, identify abnormalities quickly and have the ability to match concepts and synonyms, and detect negation.The newer generation PACS/RIS will also allow for dashboarding, which will enable radiologists to keep tabs on data generated in their PACS/RIS and offer a higher level of efficiency. Radiologists will be able to view multiple patients’ tests and work lists simultaneously and see which doctors are viewing what tests. PACS/RIS vendors will be adding more to the dashboard for the purposes of data mining, including options to track billing, number of patients and length of time a patient spends in the office. These additions will help make decisions on staffing and purchasing. With numerous advances in PACS/RIS to help with workflow and efficiency, it is clear that these technologies will be here for the long haul. To ensure that radiologists stay educated on the changes and advances, there are certain steps that they need to take. Look for advanced training. Radiologists should look for advanced training within the PACS/RIS systems to make sure they understand the technology and that they are utilizing all of the featured benefits that their specific systems offer. Make sure your IT department is qualified. IT departments should be properly staffed with professionals who are qualified and certified in PACS/RIS administration and management. The American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII) offers an imaging informatics professional certification program and awards the certified imaging informatics professional designation. These programs set a national standard for imaging informatics, and will ensure that IT professionals are trained to administer the technical support needed to properly utilize PACS/RIS. Maintain relationships with IT vendors. Having a relationship with PACS/RIS vendors will be vital to understanding the systems and making informed decisions. These relationships will keep physicians informed on the advances or even declines of particular products and companies. Radiologists will be able to stay ahead on PACS/RIS trends and they will have first-hand knowledge about how particular vendors are weathering changes in the economy and in technology. Be aware of emerging technology. There are many emerging technologies that have the ability to benefit a company’s PACS/RIS. Cloud may be a technology that smaller practices might want to look into, while larger practices may not. Knowing the benefits and set backs of these technologies will help radiologists make informed decisions regarding what technologies would best suit their practices. itn  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more 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 News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Feature | February 08, 2013 | Williette Nyanue Rebirth of PACS/RIS As we enter into the new year, ITN looks at the future of PACS/RIS and the new features that radiologists can look forward to News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more last_img read more

first_img Share February 13, 2017 738 Views CFPB CNBC 2017-02-13 Scott_Morgan in Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img CFPB Director Richard CordrayThe future of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) under the Trump administration is unknown. Several Republican lawmakers, who are not too fond of Dodd-Frank, much less the CFPB, are taking new aim at the bureau, just as talk of a replacement for Richard Cordray as the new head of the bureau is warming up.Last week, a memo from Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, outlined plans to dismantle key aspects of the CFPB, such as its ability to police the private sector and its consumer complaints database. The memo also outlined a plan to change how the director position could be filled and replaced. As it stands, the director is appointed to a term of five years and can only be ousted “for cause,” as opposed to on any political inclinations. CFPB is an independent agency, meaning the White House has little authority over opts machinations. Cordray’s term ends in 2018, unless Hensarling’s bill gets through congress and the rules are rewritten. He’s expected to introduce the legislation soon.A year ahead, and all still very much just talk at this point, the administration and Congress are taking a look at who could replace Cordray. The latest name to enter consideration is Brian Brooks, general counsel at Fannie Mae. What’s causing concern among critics already is that Brooks has close ties to Treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin and a bank accused openly of discrimination and aggressive foreclosure practices during the crisis.According to CNBC, Brooks represented several investors in Mnuchin’s $1.6 billion purchase of IndyMac, a failed subprime mortgage lender, in 2009. The lender was renamed OneWest, where Brooks became vice chairman. Democrats and consumer groups have attacked the choice of Mnuchin for his role in OneWest, which is now part of CIT Group. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who helped establish the CFPB, even said the bank was belligerent and cruel.Brooks has been with Fannie Mae since 2014 and is one of several names being tossed about as a potential replacement. Others include former Texas congressman Randy Neugebauer, who was an open critic of the CFPB, and Todd Zywicki, an economist at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. White House Considers New Direction for CFPBlast_img read more