Indian Scientist Kidnapped

first_imgNEW DELHI–A notorious poacher has kidnapped a botanist and two wildlife photographers and has sent a message to police authorities demanding amnesty for 2 decades of crime. The kidnapping took place on 9 October in southern India’s Bandipur Tiger Reserve by Koose Muniswamy Veerappan, who allegedly has killed 140 people and more than 2000 elephants and looted the forests of some $30 million worth of sandalwood.The botanist, Satyabrata Maiti of the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research in Bangalore, was visiting the park as a tourist when he was taken, says the Institute’s director. A government spokesperson says that police are combing the forest to find the hostages and have set up roadblocks, but that negotiations for the hostages’ release have not yet begun.In the meantime, a field station in the same forests run by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, has suspended its annual study of forest dynamics, “because of the threat to the scientific staff,” says Raman Sukumar, an ecologist who heads the field station. He says that Bandipur Tiger Reserve’s game warden has also told the researchers not to enter the forests for at least another 2 weeks. If the impasse continues much longer, Sukumar says, data won’t be comparable to past measurements and that could “seriously affect” research.last_img read more

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Roundup 2/2: Double Take Edition

first_imgDisgraced stem cell scientist Woo-suk Hwang has prevailed in a lawsuit regarding his successful dog-cloning technique. Climate specialist John Harries will be the first scientific adviser for Wales.NASA gets middling marks from government auditors on major satellite projects.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(*)Some are optimistic that voluntary commitments under the Copenhagen Accord announced this week can make a difference; others say the U.N. process of international promises is dead, dead, dead.Adding to money provided by the United States and France, the European agency Eumetsat has committed funds to build a new Jason satellite to monitor ocean heights. The Lancet has retracted a controversial 1998 paper that stoked fears that some vaccines could potentially cause autism. The journal was responding to findings last week by the U.K. General Medical Council that lead author Andrew Wakefield had conducted research dishonestly.last_img read more

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Ask your business questions (and get answers!)

first_imgIf you haven’t noticed, we’re a little obsessed with community.We believe– scratch that, we know– your network is everything. And it shows: the most successful freelancers turn to their community when they need help, or just a quick hit of advice. They also give back in return.To get the ball rolling for our July 1 Peer-to-Peer Business Workshop Spark, we’re hosting a week-long community Q&A event in our Ask your business questions (and get answers!) Hive.All week, the Freelancer’s Union team, along with a panel of hand-picked experts, will field your most pressing business-related questions. But we encourage you to take an active role in the conversation!Here’s how:Come to the Ask your business questions (and get answers!) Hive to crowdsource actionable solutions to questions like: “How do I get new clients?”, “What’s the best way to make sure I get paid on time?” or “What steps can I take to scale my growing business?”Our panelists cover a wide range of expertise including:writing and content strategytax planning for businesseslife coaching and consultingstart-up life in the C-suiteEven if you don’t have a question about your own business, this is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and make connections within the community. Check out the Hive now to see if you can answer a fellow freelancer’s question or just to share a best-practice you think others could use!Our panel of experts includes:Michael Dermer: SVP and Chief Incentive Officer, WelltokXavier Fan: Tech consultant and actorLaurie Gerber: Senior Coach and Co-President of Handel GroupTina Rudolf: Staff Coach at Handel GroupAdam Jun: Freelance Digital Copywriter and Content StrategistHoward Samuels: CPA and Tax SpecialistWe are stronger together: Workshop your business with the community here.last_img read more

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The Reload: Tyrek Coger Talks Pre-Visit Vibe, Ty Thomas Flips to Arizona State

first_imgThe Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.2016 Big Man Tyrek Coger Visiting OSU Today2016 forward Tyrek Coger announced yesterday that OSU made his final cut of schools, and will visit Stillwater. Coger is a 6-9 junior college prospect who originally signed with Ole Miss, but did not meet SEC transfer requirements and is now shopping around.I spoke with Coger this morning who told me his flight leaves at 12:40 today and he is expecting to be on campus around 5:00 this evening.Since his top choices of K-State, Charlotte, OSU, and Rutgers was named yesterday, he has already dropped Rutgers from his list. Which seems to bode well for OSU, especially since he’s making his first recruiting trip to Stillwater with an announcement expected probably sometime next weekend at the latest.“I’ve never been to Stillwater,” Coger said in a message to PFB. “I’m just looking to enjoy myself and see where I fit in the program. I’m excited to be visiting.”Keep an eye on him as his visit transpires. He has already said he will make a decision sometime next weekend. But having him on campus, Underwood will likely pull out all the stops to try to sway him during his visit over the next day or two.2017 safety commit flips to Arizona StateTy Thomas, who was the first verbal commitment for Oklahoma State’s 2017 class, announced on twitter that he has decommitted from OSU and has closed down his recruitment now that he has flipped to ASU. After his ASU visit over a week ago, he said this about his status to scout.com: “I’m committed but I want to check out every school that gives me the opportunity to play for them that I have serious interest in. If there’s a decision to be made, it’ll happen later this month or early July.”I immediately put him on decommitment watch following the visit, just based on his feel after the visit to the desert. And now my suspicion has come to fruition.“I can’t thank the coaches and fans enough at Oklahoma State,” he said in an interview after his decision. “I just feel that Arizona State suits me better both as a player and as a student.”Following his original commitment to OSU, it was somewhat evident that he was keeping his options open. Despite his pledge to the Cowboys, SMU, Wake Forest, Arizona State, Arkansas, West Virginia and UCF all extended offers and continued pursuit. Looks like OSU will have to move on down the scouting list.2018 QB Cameron Rising Planning Summer Commitment?Elite Cali quarterback Cameron Rising, whom OSU has been pursuing, could be eyeing a potential commitment later this summer depending on his feel for his schools. Rising is planning a summer visit tour that includes Alabama, LSU, Houston, TCU and OU. And originally, he had planned to visit Stillwater. But his recruitment with the Cowboys may have cooled. Rising told Scout this about his potential commitment to a school: “If I feel really good about a school, I’ll go ahead and pull the trigger and make an early commitment but if not, I have no problem going through the process and playing out my junior year.”For OSU to get back into the mix, I think they’ll have to do everything in their power to stop an early commitment. Most schools like OU, Bama, and LSU take early commitments from elite quarterbacks because their spots fill up so far in advance. For OSU to land a recruit the caliber of Rising, they’ll need to drag out his recruitment and try to pull him away from deciding soon. Because if it happens soon, I would bet it comes after a visit from one of those schools or even UCLA, who recently extended an offer.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Report: Brisbane Roar 1 Adelaide 2

first_imgBrisbane Roar 1 Adelaide United 2: Kitto & Absalonsen strike late to stun hosts Ryan Benson 19:22 10/13/17 johanabsalonsen Getty Images Adelaide United came from behind with two goals in the final two minutes to beat Brisbane Roar in style in the A-League on Friday. Dramatic late goals from Ryan Kitto and Johan Absalonsen ensured Adelaide United came from behind to win 2-1 at Brisbane Roar in spectacular circumstances on Friday.Roar had seemingly done enough to claim their first A-League victory of the season after Massimo Maccarone – making his home debut after a close-season arrival from Empoli – gave them an early lead, but United stunned their hosts with a quick-fire double to seal an unlikely triumph.It did not take Brisbane long to get off the mark with their first goal of the campaign, as Maccarone pulled off to the back post and buried Corey Brown’s sumptuous left-wing cross after eight minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Adelaide almost got themselves a fortuitous equaliser just before the break, but Michael Theo pounced on the ball just in time after George Blackwood met a delivery and saw his effort deflected towards goal.Chances came thick and fast at the start of the second period – Nicholas D’Agostino wasting two openings for Roar, before United’s Blackwood struck the post.WINNERS ARE GRINNERS! #AUFC #ForeverUnited pic.twitter.com/yfeu60cFbU— Adelaide United FC (@AdelaideUnited) October 13, 2017With time running out the visitors piled on the pressure and it paid off.Kitto brought them level as he beat Theo after squeezing through a couple of defenders in the 88th minute, before Absalonsen blasted a sensatiobnal effort in off the crossbar from a tight angle to snatch a thrilling win.STATS | @AdelaideUnited had the advantage in all of the key @HarveyNormanAU match stats. Full stats here: https://t.co/KStyZyjCb7 #ALeague pic.twitter.com/sP3zZpazub— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) October 13, 2017 read morelast_img read more

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Foreship One Third of Shipping Will Choose Scrubbers

first_imgzoom Up to 30% of commercial shipping will gravitate back to high sulphur fuel oil by 2030, engineering consultancy Foreship believes.With just over 100 ships running on LNG today, the number in service is likely to be significantly below 500 by 2020 when the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 0.5% sulphur cap on marine fuels comes into force.At the same time, while the 0.1% fuel sulphur content limit inside emissions control areas has brought 1,500 scrubber installations, yard capacity could only grow that number to 3,000-4,000 by 2020. Most ships will run on 0.5% sulphur content HFO to meet the cap, Foreship informed.Post 2020, 0.5 % sulphur content fuel will be blended from distillates and HFO of up to 2.5% sulphur content, Foreship Head of Machinery Department, Olli Somerkallio, explained.Higher sulphur HFO (HSHFO) can be used as a marine fuel where scrubbers are installed, but could also be a substitute fuel in gas powerplants in former Soviet countries, or a coal substitute. This will change the pricing dynamic of HSHFO: to compete with coal, prices would have to be relatively low. The implication is that HSHFO will return to favour as a marine fuel after the dust settles.“We have faced and overcome a broad range of installation challenges, including the fact that scrubbers eat into the revenue-earning space required for passengers or freight,” Somerkallio concluded.last_img read more

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Maldives briefs Sri Lanka on snipers arrest

Maldives top representative in Sri Lanka has briefed the country’s foreign office about the arrest of a Sri Lankan sniper in the Maldives, the Maldives foreign ministry announced Monday, Haveeru Online reported.In a tweet, the foreign ministry said Maldives High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Zahiya Zareer met with the Sri Lankan foreign secretary “in a scheduled meeting” Monday morning. “… Zahiya meets Sri Lanka [foreign secretary and] briefs about the arrest of Sri Lankan national suspected of conspiring to assassinate Maldives president,” a second tweet by the ministry read. Sri Lanka extradited last week a suspect arrested in connection to an explosion aboard a presidential speedboat late September.Ahmed Ashraf, known by his social media moniker of Shumba Gong, is a self-declared supporter of the embattled former vice president Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor. It was reported on Sunday that Zahiya was summoned by the country’s external affairs ministry over a previous incident involving the repatriation of a Maldivian national from Sri Lanka wanted in connection with a recent plot to kill the Maldives president. Sri Lankan authorities arrested him on the request of their Maldivian counterparts.The Criminal Court has again extended the remand of the Sri Lankan sniper arrested in Maldives allegedly hired and brought into the country as part of a plot to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.Confirming the arrest for the first time, police said in a statement Saturday that the 27-year-old man was arrested on October 24. He has been remanded by the Criminal Court for 15 days, the police added. The police, however, did not reveal any further details. read more

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Liberals unveil 3B solesource deal for armoured vehicles ahead of election

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The federal Liberal government says it plans to award a multibillion-dollar contract for hundreds of light armoured vehicles to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada without holding a competition, while also giving the company in London, Ont., a $650-million loan.The surprise loan and sole-sourced deal for 360 LAVs was announced today by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, only weeks before a federal election campaign in which the Liberals, New Democrats and Conservatives are expected to fight tooth and nail for seats across southern Ontario.The government says the new LAVs are different from the ones GDLS has been building for Saudi Arabia as part of a $15-billion deal that has caused the company and federal government endless grief because of the Saudi kingdom’s abysmal human-rights record.It also says holding a competition was not in the public’s interest because the new vehicles are largely the same as those already owned by the Canadian Forces.The government, which did not immediately provide details on the loan, also says awarding the sole-sourced contract now will prevent layoffs while saving time and money after the company recently upgraded the military’s existing LAV fleet.Conservative defence critic James Bezan nonetheless accused the Liberals of “cynical electioneering” and trying to distract attention away from the SNC-Lavalin affair by announcing the deal with GDLS now. read more

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Afghanistan UN raises concerns over trial of the murder of UN staff

Two men were sentenced to death on Tuesday by a court in the capital, Kabul, after being convicted of the murder of Bettina Goislard, a French national and UN aid worker. The men can appeal.Ms. Goislard was in a clearly marked UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) car travelling through the city of Ghazni on 16 November when two men on a motorcycle drew alongside and opened fire. Ms. Goislard was killed and the driver was injured.A spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Manoel de Almeida e Silva, yesterday welcomed “the very swift and fast action by the Government in investigating this assassination and following it up with the trial.”But he said the trial highlighted some of the procedural shortcomings in Afghanistan’s justice system, citing as one example the fact that no witnesses to the crime were present at the trial.In another development, UNAMA yesterday reported that 210 more ex-fighters have been demobilized in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, while almost 600 ex-soldiers in the capital, Kabul, have gone through the formal reintegration process.In the city of Kandahar, in the south, the first women’s-only site opened for voter registration ahead of this year’s scheduled presidential and parliamentary elections.The most recent figures indicate that 827,366 Afghans have registered to vote, with women comprising about 22 per cent of the total. UNAMA estimates Afghanistan has 10.5 million eligible voters.Meanwhile, 16 representatives of internally displaced Afghans have begun a tour of Faryab province in the country’s northwest to see whether conditions are stable enough for people to return there.The tour has been organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Afghan Government. If the representatives are satisfied, it is expected they will encourage other Afghans from Faryab to return there. read more

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House passes bill to renew terror insurance program by sweeping bipartisan vote

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email House passes bill to renew terror insurance program by sweeping bipartisan vote by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2015 1:23 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The House has passed long-sought legislation to renew the federal program that props up the private market for insurance against terrorist attacks.The 416-6 vote revives the government’s terrorism risk insurance program. The program provides a backstop in which the government steps in to cover the bulk of losses in the event of a major terrorist attack.The legislation passed the House last month after extensive delays but became snagged in the Senate in Congress’ final days.The legislation would decrease the government’s exposure by gradually increasing the “trigger” at which the program starts to cover terrorist attacks to $200 million in losses, up from $100 million previously. The government’s share of catastrophic losses would be gradually lowered from 85 per cent to 80 per cent. read more

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SES and Airbus Defence and Space partnership for mining satcoms

first_imgMining and exploration companies in remote locations should benefit from high quality managed satcom services delivered jointly by SES’s global satellite fleet and Airbus Defence and Space’s new Terralink offerings. SES and Airbus Defence and Space have signed a multi-year multi-transponder agreement to deliver managed satcom services to corporate customers in Africa and globally. Airbus Defence and Space will couple the latest satellite technology from SES and its most advanced satcom developments as a platform for new Terralink services planned to launch later in 2015. These services will further complement and strengthen the Airbus Defence and Space connectivity portfolio of powerful, reliable and cost-effective satcom-enabled communication solutions to meet growing connectivity needs.As part of the long-term partnership agreement, Airbus Defence and Space will use additional capacity on the SES-5 satellite, and the SES teleport in Luxembourg combined with its own teleport in Aussaguel, France, to secure full coverage and flexibility on its VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services across the African continent. This agreement encompasses the possibility to expand Ku-band capacity on SES’s ASTRA 2G, ASTRA 4A and NSS-12 satellites.“Our partnership with SES supports our provisioning of connectivity services to mining customers who rely on high bandwidth data and high quality voice to operate effectively in Africa. We are enabling greater collaboration through applications like video conferencing, improved welfare through personal communication and better operational efficiency through, for instance, machine to machine communication and inter-site corporate networks,” said Evert Dudok, Head of Communications, Intelligence and Security at Airbus Defence and Space.“This new agreement illustrates our long-term partnership with Airbus and reaffirms SES’s ability to provide world class services. As the world’s leading global satellite operator, with over 50 satellites and a well-connected teleport network, we are able to provide integrated solutions in both space and ground infrastructure to enable our international customers to offer full-fledged connectivity solutions across multiple continents,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer at SES.last_img read more

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Piotr Przybecki to lead Poland until Tokyo 2020

Piotr Przybecki The two biggest team in Poland made replacement on the bench of the national team. Talant Dujshebaev from Vive Tauron Kielce showed once again that short period of time in his work in national teams is problematic for their performance. He will be replaced with Piotr Przybecki from the vice-champions Orlen Wisla Plock. The young coach, one of the legendary Polish players, made some good results with “Oilers” in his first season on the bench.He will lead Poland until Olympic Games in Tokyo, what will be the highest goal of Federation. However, the battle for Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia is 99% lost. ← Previous Story Vote for WORLD FEMALE YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2016/2017 Next Story → PSG Handball win fourth French championship title! read more

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Damien Kiberd If prices are deflating why are we feeling poorer

first_imgTuition fees for primary degrees at third level were zero, now the ‘College Registration Fee’ is heading rapidly for €3,000;Water was for many households a ‘free good.’ When the overstaffed Irish Water gets up and running you’ll pay for it just like Perrier or Ballygowan;Local government services used to be free. Now you allegedly pay for them at a rate of 0.18% of the self-assessed value of your home, say €600 per year on a standard urban dwelling.Technically, the charge for these three services was zero but is now very substantial.  It’s no wonder you may feel poorer.Meanwhile, the capacity to pay diminishes. Government has got away with the now permanent USC, a 7% solidarity tax that is universal but not remotely social.Students marching to the Department of Finance in 2011, protesting a hike in student fees. Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire.Your healthTracking health insurance costs is not easy given the range of packages on offer.  But it’s fair to say that he price of health cover has more than doubled in the last five years, forcing many to drop their insurance altogether.For many families, health premiums are as burdensome as a second mortgage.  The government determines the price they pay for cover by dictating the way insurance firms are charged for hospital beds.The Consumer Price Index attaches a weighting of 3.48% to health cover, and says it has increased in cost by 7% in the last year. Is this an adequate measure of the pain now being felt by consumers?Health cover is essentially a €2bn a year ‘fear tax’ paid by about half the population because they don’t trust the public health system.  Depending on the age of children covered, the standard nuclear family spends €3k to €4k a year on basic cover. That’s a lot of after tax income.The same people who pay €2bn a year in private health premiums are also paying through their income taxes part of the €13.8bn paid by the state towards the cost of the health system.The State. Again.Other areas in which the State soaks the consumer include electricity and gas, which along with other forms of energy are given a weighting of just under 5% in the calculation of the index.Domestic energy prices have risen by about one quarter since the collapse of 2007. The state energy companies blame global energy markets.The problem for consumers is that there is no real competition in this area, only a sort of faux competition.  You can switch from one billing company to another but the commercial effect of exercising consumer choice is not similar to the effect of deciding to shop in Aldi and Lidl instead of Tesco or Dunnes.The price of the energy supplied to your home is controlled by a State regulator, whose presence permits the government to distance itself from criticism in this whole area. The recent results from the ESB suggest that official policy is to permit the big state company to earn super-profits at your expense. The after tax surplus for 2013 was up 23% at €415m.This level of profit might be justified on the basis that very substantial capital expenditure is required to develop future energy infrastructure.  The ESB did spend €600m on Capex in 2013 but a very large part of the surplus is simply being taken by the State in the form of dividends or by the ESB workforce in the form of pension top-ups.State charges, private chargesThere has not been a great deal of analytical work done on State pricing policy but there is evidence that the State has used the economic crisis to impose new taxes, levies and charges and also to displace the actual cost of running parts of the State from itself to other entities.The latter is achieved by underfunding bodies like the HSE and the local authorities, forcing them to tap other sources for revenue.The former is achieved simply by charging for goods and services that were previously supplied at zero cost (beginning with domestic bin collection and moving on).The resultant economic burden has been significantly masked by a number of factors.Quite unprecedented levels of competition in the retail grocery, telecoms and aviation sectors have depressed price indices.Low interest rates – dictated by the ECB, the Fed and the Bank of England – have also helped keep a lid on reported inflation in the current period.The problem is that these factors may not be sustainable in the medium term. Base rates, global commodity prices, oil and gas prices all move up as well as down.If you allow the State to engage in price gouging at a time when the overall level of inflation is tolerable you may live to regret it in the future.Perhaps we need a greater range of more specialised price indices too. Consider for example how you might devise a completely different index for a 30-something double income couple with a boom-time mortgage, two children in childcare and a morbid fear of relying on the public health system.It hardly bears thinking about.Damien Kiberd: A new property bubble – but not as we know it> AFTER SIX YEARS of ECB-imposed austerity, Japanese style debt-deflation has taken hold in Ireland.The country owes €205bn to its creditors, households owe another €170bn in private debt but price indices are on the floor.Inflation won’t allow you to float away from your debts anytime soon.If you believe the numbers coming from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and Eurostat, inflation is now simply a memory.According to the CSO prices in Ireland fell by 0.1% in the year to February.This matches claims from Eurostat. It says that across the EU in February the annual rate of inflation averaged 0.7%. This is the lowest inflation number for four years and significantly below the target inflation rate of 2%.A number of countries – Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Slovakia – also saw prices decline, year on year.The figures from Eurostat, with Ireland in context – click here for highest-res image of this graph.Rock-bottom inflation prompted Dutch bank ING to warn that low inflation was “the new normal”:It will not make it easy for those (in debt) to reduce their debt overhangs.Looking at your bank statement you may rub your eyes in disbelief. High prices seem to be cleaning you out at the end of each month, with nothing left over.So are the official numbers telling lies? Is it simply a case of lies, damn lies and… er, statistics? Or is there, beneath the surface, a massive rip-off underway in which the state piles on extra charges, the effect of which is largely masked by price competition in the private sector?Pure mathsIreland’s statisticians do a thorough job. Each month they price 630 goods and services at 53,000 locations before they calculate the latest index.  They are scrupulously fair.One problem may lie in the manner in which each product or service is ‘weighted’ when the index is being calculated.Creche and childcare charges could be costing your household €2,000 per month, a massive slice of your net income, perhaps your biggest outlay. But ‘childcare’ has an assigned weighting of 0.6024%. Your local child minder could double his or her fees and it would scarcely cause a blip in the index, a blip that would in any case disappear after a twelve month period.Zero to infinityThe crash of 2007-2008 has allowed or will allow government to impose several painful price adjustments without provoking the sort of street protest that marked Thatcher’s introduction of the Community Charge in the UK in the 1980s. These include:last_img read more

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The contenders Labours leadership battle is taking shape but one minister has

first_imgSpeaking ahead of this morning’s Cabinet meeting, the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Howlin said he would decide in the next day or two “what role he will play” in the new leadership process.“Obviously in the hours since Eamon’s announcement yesterday, I’ve had a lot of conversations with party members. We have, as a party now, very serious business ahead,” he told reporters.“There are two objectives. One to ensure the Labour party stays at the heart of reform and innovation and progressive politics that we have been since the State was founded.And, also, to complete the journey of restoring the fortunes of our country. I think we have come a long way on that journey but there is still a lot of people who feel excluded from that and we need to respond very strongly to the message we got in the ballot boxes and on the doorsteps over the last number of weeks. However one minister has used Twitter to rule themselves out this afternoon with Minister of State Seán Sherlock also confirming he will not be seeking the deputy leadership of the party: Speaking on RTÉ Radio this morning, backbench TDs Ciara Conway and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, who both put their names to the no confidence motion, said that while they would not be interested in the leadership they would both consider the deputy leader position.Around 5,000 members of the party will vote on the nominees – who must get their names in before 3 June – with the new Labour leader set to be in place by 4 July. Updated 11.05pm Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeALEX WHITE AND JOAN Burton have emerged as the favourites to be the next Labour leader with Brendan Howlin saying he will decide if he will contest the leadership battle within the next 48 hours.Junior health minister White is reported to have backed the so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ in their motion of no confidence against Eamon Gilmore and even threatened to resign if the Tánaiste didn’t go.Meanwhile, Social Protection Minister Burton has courted the leadership for some time and is understood to have been seeking support from parliamentary party members over the last 24 hours with view to launching a leadership bid.Also throwing their hat in the ring this morning is junior transport minister Alan Kelly.He told Tipp FM he would be going for one of two positions, either leader or deputy leader, and said that he would make his mind up in the coming days. I wish to confirm that I will not be a candidate for the leadership of The Labour Party— Seán Sherlock TD (@seansherlocktd) May 27, 2014 Source: Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD/Twitter Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Leadership a choice now between Alex & Joan. Will discuss with family & supporters before making a decision on standing for Deputy Leader.— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (@AodhanORiordain) May 27, 2014center_img ‘Very healthy’Howlin believes the conversation the Labour party will have to hold over the next few days will be “very healthy” and that the group will be stronger as a result.He would not be drawn on whether his colleagues, such as Burton, should begin lobbying for support to be the next leader.Asked about Ruairí Quinn‘s remarks that the ‘gang of eight’ had lacked decency and courage by failing to inform Gilmore of the motion of no confidence, the Minister said he would not use such language about fellow party members.However, he did say that he would have preferred to give Gilmore more time for appropriate reflection.Howlin also claimed that the party would have “swept home in the locals” if they had remained on the Opposition benches, instead of taking the difficult and brave decision of entering government to “do something right for the people”.Not a ‘fait accompli’Speaking to the News at One this lunchtime, Meath East TD Dominic Hannigan said he would consider whether to put his name forward for either the leader or deputy leader roles.Former junior minister Willie Penrose ruled himself out and said “the well-being of the party should be to the foremost in people’s minds”.He expressed a wish that the leader and deputy leader should not both be from Dublin. Source: Seán Sherlock TD/Twitter Election process for new party leader must be one that involves the membership and not some trade off fait accompli presented to them— Ciarán Lynch (@CiaranALynch) May 27, 2014 Alan Kelly also tells Tipp FM that the programme for government needs to be “tweaked” but admits that may not be enough.— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 27, 2014 Source: Ciaran Lynch/Twitter Fine Gael and Sinn Féinhttps://vine.co/v/MdWOUWtjWtx Agreeing with his Cabinet colleague, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said this morning that the government had “learnt some hard lessons”.The Fine Gael minister also believes that Gilmore’s resignation will not impact how the government is run and that he will continue to have a working relationship with the Taoiseach.He said he had a lot of sympathy for the Labour leader but added “this is politics”.“That’s something anyone involved in politics can understand following the difficult election we’ve just seen.”Speaking at Leinster House this afternoon, Sinn Féin Gerry Adams said “this has never been about personalities”.He said: “It’s a matter for the Labour Party who leads them but I don’t see it having any big change. What is needed is a change of policy, what is needed, in fact, is a change of government.”Adams said that the government is “living on borrowed time”.- with reporting by Nicky Ryan and Hugh O’ConnellRelated: Ruairí Quinn ‘resents’ how Eamon Gilmore was treatedWho is your new local councillor? Here’s a list of everyone elected so farRead: Here’s who is in the frame to become the new Labour leaderlast_img read more

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Spotify baisse les prix de ses téléchargements de musique

first_imgSpotify baisse les prix de ses téléchargements de musiqueAfin de se poser en concurrent crédible de l’iTunes d’Apple, le site Spotify a cassé les prix de ses téléchargements musicaux.Spotify est en train de se poser en tant qu’alternative plus que crédible à l’iTunes pour les utilisateurs d’iPod. Ceux-ci peuvent désormais contourner le magasin de musique en ligne d’Apple pour télécharger leur morceaux. La nouvelle plate-forme est capable de copier sur un iPod les listes de lecture créées par les internautes sur Spotify à partir de fichiers MP3 présents sur leur ordinateur. Jusqu’ici, seuls les abonnés payants du service pouvaient accéder à leur musique en mobilité, depuis un smartphone, explique Le Figaro.À lire aussiL’effet terrible et inattendu de la 5G sur les insectesSpotify y a donc ajouté la possibilité d’acheter de la musique, à un prix défiant toute concurrence. “Plus vous achetez de musique, moins elle doit être chère pour vous”, lance d’ailleurs Gustav Söderström, directeur produit de Spotify. Ainsi, le tarif de ces téléchargements est dégressif, de 1 euro à 60 centimes, en fonction de la quantité achetée. Qui plus est, il est également possible d’acheter des playlists déjà constituées par des internautes, un procédé plutôt intéressant. La nouvelle version de Spotify présentée en vidéo en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/spotify/spotify-propose-des-playlists-pretes-a-l-039-achat_art14388.html  Le 4 mai 2011 à 11:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Strictly Business Taking the high road for Mom

first_imgIf you are a mom and you’re reading this column over breakfast in bed, happy Mother’s Day.No doubt the kids and spouse will shower you with the attention you deserve for all that you do. They’ll likely spend quite a bit of money, too, following an American tradition that places Mother’s Day as the fourth-biggest spending season behind Christmas, Back-to-School and Valentine’s.Oh sure, all the purchases are good for our struggling economy. But the history of Mother’s Day would be better served if those gifts came from a conscientious business. After all, Mother’s Day was launched on higher principles than maximizing profit.In fact, I found out through a Google search that the holiday dates back to 1858 when a young Appalachian homemaker named Anna Jarvis launched “Mother’s Work Days” to inform mothers about preventing deaths through sanitation measures, says the National Women’s History Project.Later on in 1872, Boston poet, pacifist and women’s suffragist Julia Ward Howe proclaimed Mother’s Day should be set aside for women all over the world to discuss world peace.These were lofty goals started by women who recognized their common maternal link. Now we share an even more powerful connection along with something even more influential — our buying power.last_img read more

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NeuralStyler turn videos into art

first_imgNeuralStyler: turn videos into art by Martin Brinkmann on September 14, 2016 in Software – Last Update: September 14, 2016 – 4 commentsNeuralStyler is a free Prisma-like program for Windows and Linux devices that you may use to apply filters to videos to turn them into art (not that they are not art before that..).I enjoy playing around with Prisma on my Android device, especially since the company behind it updated it so that it does not require a network connection anymore to apply filters to photos on the device.NeuralStyler works pretty much in the same way, only for videos and on the desktop. Basically, what you do is pick a video from the local device, select one of the available styles that you want applied to it, and hit the create button to create a new version of the video.NeuralStyler: turn videos into artNeuralStyler ships with nine different styles that it can apply to videos. Those include styles by famous artists such as Van Gogh or Kandinsky, but also styles associated with individual works of art (The Great Wave off Kanagawa) and styles not associated with either.The interface displays a preview of each style so that you get a rough understanding of it, but not how it will apply to the video that you have selected.The only other option that you have is to set the output resolution for the video. The default is set to 320×240 which you may want to increase. The maximum resolution available is 1024×768.The processing time depends largely on the size of the video, and here specifically its frames, and the performance of the computer.It took roughly 15 minutes to create a new version of a 358 frames / 20 Megabyte / 12 seconds mp4 video on a Intel Core i7-6700k @ 4GHz PC with 32 Gigabyte of RAM. Longer videos may take hours, if not days, to process.Good news is, all the processing happens on the local computer system. There is no uploading involved whatsoever.NeuralStyler lacks options. There is no stop button for instance to pause or stop the process once you hit the go button. You may close the application window to terminate it forcefully, but that is probably not the best option.A preview option, to render a single frame to see how the output looks like would be mighty useful as well, but is missing.Results range between very impressive to very poor looking. It seems to be a hit and miss currently, at least when I tried the software and converted several videos that I took during last year’s Asia trip.Generally speaking; videos with pictures that move little convert better than videos with lots of camera movement. The output quality depends on the style as well, with some styles working better than others.Closing WordsNeuralStyler is an interesting software program. While it certainly has its issues in this version, it shows a lot of promise as well. Styles can be created by anyone for instance, and the website will list them for download if users submit them to the project.The hit and miss nature of the application is a bit of a problem, especially if you wait hours for the rendering to complete.This could be improved by implementing a five or so second preview feature in the application that would show how a particular style would look like when applied to a video.For now, your best bet is to cut videos manually and apply filters to a small test sample to avoid this.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 6 votes Software Name NeuralStylerSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page http://neuralstyler.com/index.html Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more A big trend in advanced visualization is the creation of 3-D models from CT and MRI scans to help guide surgical and minimally invasive procedures. TeraRecon offers stent graft planning software to plan endovascular treatment of abdominal aortic aneurisms.Historically, advanced visualization systems have been rigid, “one size fits all” products. However, recent developments have enabled fully customizable protocols and user interfaces, ensuring the system adapts to each user’s workflow. Newer software also enables multi-modality applications that can manipulate computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) and other DICOM modalities. This has enabled easier, faster workflows while at the same time reducing the hardware footprint. Web and cloud-based software applications and processing are also making advanced visualization accessible to users anywhere in a hospital, healthcare system, or even at home or when they are on the road.In recent years, advanced visualization has also become more accessible and prevalent. What used to be a niche technology, available only on dedicated and expensive workstations, has become very common. The software is now included in most image management systems, from workstations to multi-site picture archiving and communications systems (PACS).Improvements in hardware performance, along with the increase of Internet speed, have allowed more users access to advanced visualization tools from remote locations outside the radiology department.Advanced visualization software is also moving into more specialized applications requiring very unique post-processing. This includes apps for liver analysis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), oncology management, radiation treatment and surgical planning. It’s also expected that users will start requiring vendors to provide specific applications, with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearances reflecting the ability to achieve reproducible and accurate results.Mobile Access to ImagingOver the past year, manufacturers say there has been a noticeable trend in the adoption of tablets computers (such as the iPad) and smartphones by the medical community. Physicians are using their tablets and mobile devices to review studies and share them with their patients and referring physicians.This trend is expected to increase over time and will change the way physicians are reading the studies. They are moving away from the reading room to the patient’s bedside, and from the physician’s office and home, said Yael Gross, administration manager, Shina Systems Ltd.3-D Surgical ModelingA big trend in advanced visualization is the creation of 3-D models from CT and MRI scans to help guide surgical or minimally invasive procedures, said Rik Primo, director of marketing and strategic relationships, image and knowledge management, Siemens Healthcare. These models are created in one of three ways: doctors doing the work themselves because they are hands-on; a 3-D lab creates the images and sends them to the doctor or radiology; or 3-D reconstructions are outsourced and transmitted via the Web. Primo said Partners Healthcare is among those to provide outsourced 3-D services for other healthcare institutions.Analysis of MotionA major innovation in the past year has been the development of 4-D functional analysis of CT data sets of 18,000 or more slices using deformable registration. This software allows interrogation of organs, such as the heart, in motion. There are several companies and universities that are now developing deformable registration algorithms, primarily for research. Ziosoft used supercomputing technology to create the first commercially available deformable registration software for advanced visualization.Deformable registration takes anatomy, such as the heart, that is moving and changing size and shape as it is captured along different time points. The software tracks, or registers, the changes in the anatomy from phase-to-phase, allowing true fidelity 4-D. This requires very complex supercomputing algorithms, which historically required significant computational time and power. However, advances in hardware and algorithm development now allow what used to take days or weeks of processing time to be achieved in hours or even minutes.Ziosoft believes deformable registration offers several advantages, including a method of noise reduction, leading to better radiation dose management decisions. It also allows intelligent interpolation of voxels between frames for better motion coherence. It can serve as a gateway to functional analytics to analyze relations between structures. The software also offers better tracking of serial data to determine how a tumor is changing in volume and molecular structure over time.Improved segmentation algorithms may also lead to new applications in cardiac imaging, such as valve function and electrophysiology evaluation. In oncology, the software might be used for serial tracking and management of lesions.Advances in CPU resource allocation has allowed Aze of North America to render enormous volumes of data. The Aze Virtual Place Formula workstation can process several thousand CT slices at one time. This enables whole-heart 4-D analysis of heart valves in motion from data sets produced by a 320-slice CT scanner.Impact of the EconomyThe U.S. economy is still recovering from the recession, so hospitals, imaging centers and 3-D labs are looking for cost-effective solutions. Aze recently launched a pay-per-use model for customers who have an Aze workstation installed with no capital outlay. They pay a fee for each use of the workstation.Moving Among the CloudsThe modern imaging professional operates not in an enterprise defined by four walls, but within an extended network of referring physicians, colleagues and partners, all of whom participate in the care of a patient, and are all connected by the Internet. In the past year, several companies have launched cloud-based workstation solutions that  use the cloud’s computing power to host the application and run the software over a Web connection.TeraRecon launched its iNtuition Cloud a year ago, which delivers full-featured advanced visualization software to individual physicians at any location with no up-front capital costs or long-term obligations. Sites with limited connectivity can relay images for distributed review during off-peak hours with lossless compression using intelligent routing capabilities, while making them available via remote thin-client access before the delayed transfer has occurred.Radiation Dose ReductionCT radiation dose awareness is also in the forefront of the minds of clinicians who are caught at the crossroads of delivering optimal diagnostic quality while using the lowest patient dose possible. Vendors have developed software algorithms to take typically noisy low-dose scans and improve the image quality.An example of this is TeraRecon’s iGentle suite of tools and optimizations that automatically combine image enhancement with the metadata extraction workflow to improve the quality and success rate of the advanced visualization algorithms. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more Related Content Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more Feature | July 18, 2011 | Dave Fornell Changing Trends in Advanced Visualization Greater access, procedure planning, 4-D, CT dose reduction top trends Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more center_img Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more last_img read more

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