U.S. lawmaker’s plan to combat sexual harassment by scientists could get complicated

first_imgA trio of recent sexual harassment cases involving university scientists is drawing extensive attention from at least one lawmaker in Congress. In the wake of the cases, Representative Jackie Speier (D–CA) says she wants to strengthen a federal antidiscrimination law to help solve the problem. But it’s not clear how her proposed solution—still in the formative stage—would work, or whether it can be enacted into law.Speier spurred headlines last week when she took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to reveal the lurid details of an investigation into sexual harassment by astronomer Timothy Slater, then at the University of Arizona in Tucson, more than a decade ago. In 2005, university administrators concluded that Slater had engaged in sexual harassment and created a hostile work environment. The confidential report released by Speier describes Slater running a workplace rife with sexually charged jokes, lunchtime trips to a strip club, demeaning comments to female co-workers, and open leering at undergraduate women. Although Slater has denied some of the details, he admitted to a number of them and described himself as “sexually overt,” according to the investigation. In 2008, Slater left Arizona for the University of Wyoming in Laramie, where he now holds a science education chair endowed by the state.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(*)Speier’s comments on the Slater case came just 3 months after University of California, Berkeley, astronomer Geoffrey Marcy resigned following press accounts of a university investigation that found he had sexually harassed students for years. And they came the same day ScienceInsider reported that astronomer Christian Ott of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena was being disciplined for gender-based harassment involving two graduate students.Full disclosure?In response to these cases, Speier, whose district encompasses parts of tech-friendly San Francisco, has vowed to press for changes to federal law. Pointing to the Slater case, she said that when students, faculty, or staff move from one university to another, the new university should be alerted if the person was found to have violated provisions of a 1972 federal law targeting gender discrimination in higher education, commonly known as Title IX.“It shouldn’t be like the Catholic Church, where once there was an establishment of pedophilia, they just move the priest to another parish,” Speier told ScienceInsider. “It really encourages persons who are engaged in that kind of behavior that they get a free pass.”Speier’s proposal hasn’t yet been formalized into legislative language, however. She said she is still considering a wide range of issues, including how to handle questions of confidentiality and privacy.Speier has also sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education asking whether universities already should be making such disclosures. Department of Education spokesperson Dorie Nolt said they had Speier’s request, and “look forward to responding.”A number of female scientists are applauding Speier’s stand, saying she is helping draw attention to chronic problems of discrimination against women in science. Following her remarks, the hashtag #astroSH was trending on Twitter, with people recounting tales of stalking, belittling comments, unwanted advances, and derailed careers.Julianne Dalcanton, an astronomer at the University of Washington, Seattle, who has been commenting on the case, said Speier’s idea could help university hiring committees that currently operate in the dark, or rely on what she described as a “whisper network.”“Having something where the full report about exactly what happened follow[s] you to your next job, so the new institution is capable of making informed decisions. That would be progress,” Dalcanton told ScienceInsider.Legal complicationsBut legal experts say it could prove tricky to craft a congressional response that reaches down to the level of university labs.It’s not clear exactly how to make sure a university is alerted to a job candidate’s past violations, said Daniel Swinton, a lawyer and managing partner at the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, which advises universities on issues including Title IX.Often a university doesn’t know when an employee is applying to work elsewhere, so they wouldn’t know to disclose the information, he told ScienceInsider. Also, universities are often loath to release details of a person’s personnel record. State employment laws frequently restrict disclosure of such information, and universities are gun shy of potential lawsuits, Swinton said. Universities already have the option of noting disciplinary actions on student transcripts, he noted, but many don’t.One possible option is to require the hiring institution to ask recent employers and references about any disciplinary action or Title IX violations, Swinton said. But he predicted any federal efforts to open up personnel files would face legal challenges by groups representing employees. And if violations were disclosed, he predicts that the disclosure would almost certainly not include a complete investigator’s report.“A few sentences is what I think most institutions would be willing to do,” Swinton said. “And that’s not being chicken. That’s just the world we live in.”Already there are signs that Speier’s effort could face resistance. Anita Levy, a senior program officer at the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in Washington, D.C., said the organization could support disclosure of past Title IX violations. But only if a university’s rules for handling Title IX complaints met certain standards for due process, such as having a faculty committee review allegations. Many universities don’t currently meet AAUP standards, Levy said.“We don’t want serial harassers going from place to place. But it seems like a number of faculty members are getting hauled up for these charges on very questionable basis,” said Levy, who staffs the association’s committee on women in the academic professions.Slater respondsIt’s not clear how Speier’s proposal might have played a role in a situation like Slater’s. The University of Wyoming knew something of his past. Wyoming officials were tipped off or heard a rumor, and contacted an Arizona official, who confirmed that there were allegations of sexual harassment against him, says University of Wyoming spokesman Chad Baldwin. Baldwin said they were not informed of the details contained in the investigation report.In a written statement, Slater told ScienceInsider that “[the University of Wyoming] was informed in writing by me before hiring me of the precise findings, conclusions, and interventions. This was in addition to extensive due diligence done by [the University of Wyoming] and interviewing of me onspecifically this issue.”The University of Wyoming doesn’t have a standard policy of asking job applicants about past Title IX violations, nor does it commonly share that information with other universities, Baldwin said. He predicted that Slater’s hiring, as well as how the university screens job applicants, would be discussed at an upcoming meeting of university trustees.Universities will hire people even when told of a record of sexual harassment, says Lisa Maatz, vice president of government relations at the American Association of University Women in Washington, D.C. She said there are already cases besides Slater’s. But universities who make that hiring decision need to take steps to supervise the employee or student to ensure the past isn’t repeated, she said.“There’s one side of me that wants to say: I would really like to see these universities not hire these folks. Because the one surefire way to really make sure that people get that we are serious about sexual harassment and racial discrimination and all these things is for people to literally have their livelihoods threatened,” she said. “On the other hand I also know that in the real world second chances can be a good idea.”last_img read more

Bryant set to bring KO punch to UFC with BodyArmour

first_imgThe Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Bryant, the third-leading scorer in NBA history, called his first year of retirement “lovely.”“I started thinking about what comes next when I was 21 years old,” Bryant said. “When you retire, how do you grow, how do you mature? And also, how do you understand the market?”Bryant has more than business interests to keep him busy in retirement. He wrote an ode to basketball titled, “Dear Basketball,” that he recited in September alongside “Jaws” film composer John Williams and his orchestra in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl. He wants to become a mentor to athletes, in the corporate world or anyone who wants to pick the brain of the five-time NBA champion.“How can I take the knowledge that I’ve learned in my profession and help them,” Bryant asked. “I’ve had that in my life. I’ve had guys like John Williams, who is a composer, who seemingly has nothing to do with what I do but has everything to do with it in terms of how you manage a team, how you focus on details.”BodyArmour unveiled its new flavor “Knockout Punch,” specfically for UFC. BodyArmour says it’s the fastest growing sports drink in its category, and boasts 110 percent increase in sales from last year.BodyArmour wants to usher in a new generation of sports greats as the undisputed sports drink champ.“It’s the boxing of sports drinks. That’s what Gatorade is,” BodyArmour founder Mike Repole said.It’s the kind of trash talk Bryant could support. And it’s just a small reason why Bryant has invested in the company.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Malditas save PH from shutout MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimscenter_img After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MOST READ “I was obsessive about every little detail,” Bryant said. “From footwear to what I wear to recovery. If I feel like I could gain any type of advantage whatsoever, I obsessed over that detail. So yeah, this is something I wish I would have had.”The Lakers will retire Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 in a ceremony Dec. 18 during their game against Golden State. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star and the Lakers’ franchise leader in points (33,643), games played (1,346), 3-pointers (1,827), steals (1,944) and free throws (8,378).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meb to run last NYC Marathon, retire where he began in 2002 Former NBA star Kobe Bryant gestures as he speaks to invited guests during an event to inaugurate new Basketball play ground in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Kobe Bryant said to Sports News Television that he wouldn’t go to the White House if President Donald Trump invited him. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)NEW YORK — Kobe Bryant is set to enter the UFC octagon — at least, with a sports drink.The retired Los Angeles Lakers great is an investor with BodyArmor, the first official sports drink of UFC, and hit New York on Thursday to promote the partnership.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He could have used something stiff to ease the sting of the Dodgers’ loss to Houston in the World Series.“Heartbreaker, man,” he said. “I’m happy for Houston and they derserve it. But being in LA all these years, my heart breaks for them.”Bryant was flanked by UFC President Dana White and fighters Cody Garbrandt, Francis Ngannou and Cythia Calvillo just a left hook away from Madison Square Garden. Garbrandt defends the 135-pound title against T.J. Dillashaw on the UFC 218 card Saturday night at the Garden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBryant, who gave an informal backstage pep talk to the fighters, can’t stick around for the card. He said he was in a rush to get home to his three daughters, the oldest of which, Gianna, has flashed some of the same basketball skills as her dad. Bryant has said he has no interest in a Lakers’ front office role and is content to keep his scouting reports within the family.“I coach my daughter’s sixth grade team. That’s the extent of it all,” Bryant said. “She’s a beast. She’s tough. She’s a little firecracker, man.”last_img read more

Emiliano Sala missing plane: Search for Cardiff signing resumes

first_imgThe search and rescue operation for Emiliano Sala was resumed on Thursday, police confirmed.The aircraft carrying the striker from Nantes to Cardiff disappeared on Monday, losing contact with air traffic control near Casquets lighthouse – around eight miles north west of Guernsey in the English Channel.The search for the plane has been underway since, but has so far turned up nothing and been hindered by difficult conditions. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Police have said the chances of Sala and the pilot surviving are “slim”, but Cardiff City continue to pray for the Argentine, whose club record £15 million ($19m) signing had just been announced on Saturday.It was uncertain if the search would pick up again on Thursday, but Guernsey Police confirmed that it is underway again, tweeting: “We are commencing a coastal search using be Channel Islands Air Search plane of Burhou, the Casquets, Alderney, the north coast of the Cherbourg Peninsula, north coast of Jersey and then back over Sark.”  24th January7.50am update.We are commencing a coastal search using be Channel Islands Air Search plane of Burhou, the Casquets, Alderney, the north coast of the Cherbourg Peninsula, north coast of Jersey and then back over Sark.Further information released when available—The search and rescue operation for Emiliano Sala was resumed on Thursday, police confirmed.Guernsey Police (@GuernseyPolice) January 24, 2019 Sala’s former Bordeaux team-mate Diego Rolan said Sala contacted a friend before the plane took off, telling him he was worried something would go wrong.”I received a message that Emiliano had sent to one of his friends in Argentina and I was very scared by everything that’s happened. I am in shock. Before he had left he predicted everything that happened and sent it to a friend who was also very scared.”He told a friend that he was very scared about the plane and that if they could not find it, they would already know what happened. What he predicted is what happened.”Argentine publication Ole also released what was claimed to be audio messages Sala sent to friends over WhatsApp.”I’m here on a plane that looks like it’s about to fall apart,” he said in one, adding in another: “If you do not have any more news from in an hour-and-a-half, I don’t know if they need to send someone to find me… I am getting scared.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

ESPN Predicts The Winners Big Ten Quarterback Battles

first_imgA general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Overall, the Big Ten quarterback situations are pretty settled. There are situations like Michigan, where a starter hasn’t been named, but we’re all extremely confident that Shea Patterson will win it. ESPN has broken down the top Big Ten quarterback battles that continue to rage on.Ohio State’s is just about wrapped up. There was some drama while Joe Burrow was still on the roster. He was the Buckeyes quarterback with the most experience within Urban Meyer’s system.Burrow recently elected to transfer after graduating from Ohio State. He will now battle for the starting job at LSU.That leaves Dwayne Haskins, who impressed last season in spot duty, and freshman Tate Martell. Most view Haskins as the strong favorite.ESPN’s Mitch Sherman agrees with that take on Ohio State’s quarterback battle.Sherman actually goes as far as to drop Haskins as a potential surprise Heisman name to watch. From ESPN:No doubt it’s Haskins, already viewed as a Heisman Trophy candidate after he threw for 565 yards and four touchdowns last season and led a comeback win at Michigan in place of injured starter J.T. Barrett.The other team listed may not have the championship aspirations as Ohio State. However, there is a bit more drama with the quarterback battle.A number of players are vying for the Nebraska quarterback job, most notably Tristan Gebbia, Adrian Martinez, Andrew Bunch, and Noah Vedral. Bunch is a walk-on, and Vedral will likely have to sit out this fall, if he doesn’t receive a waiver, after following head coach Scott Frost from UCF.Sherman goes with Martinez, a true freshman, over redshirt frosh Gebbia. From his write-up:Long term, it’s Martinez, vying to become the first true freshman starter at Nebraska since Tommie Frazier in 1992. He fits the Frost system and brings great intangibles.This one can definitely go either way. No matter what happens, Nebraska fans should have some serious renewed excitement this fall.[ESPN]last_img read more

Pujara dance vs Kohli bhangra: What’s your favourite moment from India’s celebrations?

first_img India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 09:34 IST Cheteshwar Pujara’s comic dance moves became a hit among India cricket fans after the series win in Australia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said Pujara’s comic dance moves in Sydney were just an extension of his walkIndia players let their guards down on Monday after a historic Test series win in AustraliaKohli led a Bhangra session in the hotel as India players danced to the tunes of Bharat Army in SydneyThe rain gods delayed the inevitable in Sydney. With an unassailable 2-1 lead in their pockets, India had made sure they would be creating history by posting a mammoth 622-run total in the first innings of the series finale at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Despite missing out on an opportunity to win the series 3-1, India were more than satisfied to take a 2-1 result, their first-ever series win in Australia.Ravi Shastri had pointed out, and rightly so, in the post-series press conference earlier in the day that the journey to success in Australia didn’t begin in Australia but in South Africa when India, with a lot of hopes, travelled to the Rainbow Nation in January 2018.In South Africa and England, India made a few selection and tactical errors but there was no shortage of intent and effort. Despite competing hard, India had nothing to show for as they had returned empty-handed.Cut to January 2019, history was made in Australia, which is considered one of the most difficult venues for teams from the subcontinent.India didn’t have the fortune to seal the historic win on the field but when they came out for the presentation ceremony on Monday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, their joy knew no bounds.A special moment for Team India #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/1zWAwMh1LEcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019After 12 rigourous months of hard work, Indian players were happy to let their guards down and sink in the feeling of achieving what no other Indian teams had achieved in the past.advertisementVirat Kohli Bhangra vs the ‘Pujara Dance’Amidst the euphoric scenes, young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant led a unique victory celebration as he came up with an impromptu dance move even as the loyal Indian fans – Bharat Army – were cheering on for the team.Pant though managed to do something that the Australian bowlers failed to do throughout the series: expose a weakness of the Man of the Series, Cheteshwar Pujara who slammed 521 runs, including three centuries Down Under.India’s hero from Saurashtra seemed to be at sea with his dance moves when Pant tried to get him to join the action in the middle.Cheteshwar Pujara: can bat, can’t dance?Celebrations have well and truly begun for Team India! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/XUWwWPSNuncricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019’Pujara couldn’t even do that’Captain Kohli didn’t let go of the opportunity to pull Pujara’s legs when he addressed the media in Sydney later in the day: “That was the Pujara dance because when he walks he doesn’t move his hands. It was an extension of his walk. You’ll have to ask Rishabh Pant that, he came up with that and we just went along. I don’t know what he was trying to do, to be honest. It just felt good, it was very easy but Pujara could not even do that. You can see how simple he is.”Head coach Ravi Shastri joined in, saying: “Pant was trying to get Pujara to shake a leg.”Virat and Anushka’s Victory Walk at the SCG: Watch videoView this post on InstagramA post shared by Virat Addicted (@virataddicted.01) on Jan 6, 2019 at 8:40pm PSTThe celebrations, as pointed out by Kohli and Shastri during the media interaction, would have continued late into the night. It certainly spilled over to the dressing room and the team hotel where the players and the support staff had a ball.Upon reaching the team hotel, Kohli killed it on the dance floor with his Bhangra moves. Known to be a fine dancer, the India captain, who had achieved history earlier in the day, let his guard down and enjoyed the moment as the Bharat Army greeted the team with some traditional music.Virat Kohli was even spotted doing the Naagin Dance along with Ishant Sharma before which all-rounder Hardik Pandya set the floor on fire.Speaking exclusively to India Today after the big win, Cheteshwar Pujara took pride in India’s achievement and credited the bowlers for the way they tormented the Australian batsmen in the four-Test series.”It’s a very big achievement for all us, winning a Test series abroad. Especially in this country, where we haven’t won a Test series. We have been close to winning a Test series. It’s a first-ever victory for the Indian team. We are all proud of it,” Pujara said.”We all are proud of it. The credit goes to the team. The way we have played throughout the entire series. I would also want to mention our bowlers. They have done a lot of hard work. To win abroad, you need to take 20 wickets. Our pacers and spinners have done that.”advertisementOn the other hand, Kohli said he felt more emotional about the series win in Australia than the Cricket World Cup victory in 2011 wherein he was the youngest member of MS Dhoni’s victorious unit.”This achievement is top of the pile, when I won the World Cup, I was the youngest member of the team. I saw everyone get emotional but didn’t feel it then, hereafter coming three times I know how tough it is. This is where the transition began and to win four years later is special,” Kohli said.Also Read | Team India will reach many more milestones in the time to come: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | Had tears in my eyes when Virat Kohli lifted Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Jadeja and Kuldeep will put pressure on Ashwin, says Harbhajan SinghAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Cheteshwar Pujara danceFollow Virat KohliFollow Sydney TestFollow India cricket teamFollow Rishabh PantFollow Ravi Shastri Pujara dance vs Kohli bhangra: What’s your favourite moment from India’s celebrations?India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara was undoubtedly one of the heroes of India’s historic series win in Australia but his dancing skills were laid bare for the world to see when he was asked to shake a leg after the trophy presentation in Sydney on Monday.advertisementlast_img read more

UGC allows Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Sports varsity to award degrees

first_img Asian News International New DelhiSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 11:08 IST UGC: Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Sports varsity can now award degrees (Representative Image)The University Grants Commission (UGC) has added Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s flagship Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University in Patiala to its list of universities and allowed it to award degrees, the government said on Monday.UGC allows Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Sports varsity to award degrees:With the UGC’s approval, the university can now award degrees by conducting courses through its own departments, constituent, and affiliated colleges, in regular mode with the approval of concerned statutory bodies/councils as per the requirements.The University would not start any off-campus centre beyond the territorial jurisdiction as provided in the Act and would be required to ensure that no programmes are offered through franchising arrangement with private institutions and no study centre is opened through franchises, a press release said quoting a communique by the UGC.No distance education programme without the UGC’s approval:The university cannot start any distance education programme without the UGC’s prior approval. The programmes of MPhil and PhD can be conducted as per the provisions.It may be recalled that Chief Minister Singh had announced to set up the university in the Assembly in June 2017. A steering committee was set up under the chairmanship of Olympian Randhir Singh to finalise the modalities to establish this “sports educational institute of international eminence.” Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh (Image source: ANI)Punjab Sports University Ordinance-2019The state Cabinet had in June this year approved the Punjab Sports University Ordinance-2019, paving the way for the establishment of the universityThe university was set up to promote education in the areas of sports sciences, sports technology, sports management, and sports coachingIt will focus on education, training, and research in areas related to sports based on high standard infrastructure, besides offering professional and academic leadership to other institutions in the field of physical education and sports sciences.Read: UGC’s ‘Paramarsh Scheme’ gets 100 university proposalsadvertisementRead: UGC asks higher education institutions to implement EWS reservation Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Anand Tags :Follow Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Sports Next UGC allows Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Sports varsity to award degreesWith the UGC’s approval, the university can now award degrees by conducting courses through its own departments, constituent, and affiliated colleges, in regular mode with the approval of concerned statutory bodies/councils as per the requirements.advertisementlast_img read more

Apple Arcades game subscription would likely cost 499 a month

first_imgSan Francisco: Apples video game subscription service Apple Arcade for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and Mac computers, is likely to cost $4.99 per month. The Cupertino-based company has not yet officially announced Apple Arcade pricing, so it might get changed by the time the iPhone event comes around in September, The Verge reported on Monday. $4.99 per month is very affordable for a subscription service that provides access to lots of games. The iPhone maker has said there would be around 100 games available at launch, with no ads or additional in-app purchases. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Subscribers can check out games from Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, Lego and more. As per the report, the company is currently running an early access test of the Apple Arcade with its own employees. During this tenure employees would pay just 49 cents per month with a one-month free trial, until the end of the early access period.last_img read more

CP NewsAlertSettlement reached in wrongful conviction lawsuit with Manitoba man

first_imgWINNIPEG — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought by a Manitoba man who spent 14 years in prison before he was formally acquitted.Manitoba’s justice department says an agreement has been reached with Kyle Unger but terms of the deal are confidential.Unger was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Brigitte Grenier after a rock concert south of Winnipeg in 1990.In 2005, DNA tests showed a hair found on Grenier’s body, which an RCMP expert had testified belonged to Unger, actually came from someone else.It was the only physical evidence linking Unger to the crime, and the federal Justice minister determined Unger’s conviction was a likely miscarriage of justice.After being released in 2009, Unger sued the Manitoba government, the RCMP and others for $14.5 million.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Estelle Features In BLACK GIRLS LEAD Conference

first_imgBLACK GIRLS ROCK! has announced their 2nd annual BLACK GIRLS LEAD conference to take place July 28-July 31, 2016 at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City.The conference will host 125 young women ages 13-17 from 82 cities across four countries including the United States, Canada, the Bahamas and South Africa. The conference will include over 20 panels, workshops and masterclasses with award winning educators, journalists, entertainers, computer scientists, politicians and motivational speakers. Over the four days, BLACK GIRLS LEAD will also foster sisterhood, wellness and cultural enrichment through team building activities and creative exercises.“I have never experienced being around a large group of young black girls from all over the world who were all strong in different ways,” says 2015 BLACK GIRLS LEAD participant Cai Barnes. “After BLACK GIRLS ROCK! I felt encouraged to be the best that I can be. I left the conference feeling empowered like never before.”BLACK GIRLS LEAD, in its second year, grew out of a BLACK GIRLS ROCK! two week long overnight camp that began in 2011 with 30 participants. The camp has since transformed into a four-day intensive able to accommodate four times its original camp size. Each year the leadership program has continued to grow and expand on its mission to provide life skills, self-empowerment and sisterhood to young Black women from around the world who can go on to instill the same skills in their communities. This year’s 125 participants were chosen from an application pool of over 500 young women from across five continents.“Our current social, political and cultural climate is an example of the dire need for our community to pull together and work toward collaborative solutions that empower Black youth to be their bravest, brightest, best and most authentic selves,” says BLACK GIRLS ROCK! founder and CEO Beverly Bond. “I have deep gratitude for the incredible people in my village who understand the critical importance of investing in our young women to help them recognize their agency, understand the power of their voices and prepare them to become 21st century leaders who stand and deliver.”2016 BLACK GIRLS LEAD signature panels will include BLACK GIRLS ROCK FOR JUSTICE, a discussion on the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement; GIRLS ROCK TECH, a conversation with leading experts and innovators in technology; BLACK GIRL MAGIC, a curated panel featuring YouTube Black creatives; and BLACK WOMEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE, a talk with top ranking women in Obama’s administration. Life skills workshops will be offered on essay writing, financial literacy, social media navigation and public speaking. The action-packed, empowerment conference will also feature a College to Career session with representatives from Barnard College, Columbia University, Howard University, Northeastern University, Princeton University, Wesleyan University, Yale University and more.LIST OF 2016 BLACK GIRLS LEAD SPEAKERS & PANELISTS • Ledisi, Singer-songwriter • Jamika Burge, Director of Assessment Technology Product & Research at UCLA • Dawn Davis, Publisher 37 Ink • Tiffany Dufu, Author and CLO at Levo League • Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark, NJ • Erica Pittman, Vice President of Combs Enterprises • Dee Poku, Founder/CEO of Wie Network • Kierna Mayo, Senior Vice President of Content and Brands at One Interactive • Dr. Kayla Hales, Researcher at Google in NYC • Dr. Knatokie Ford, ‎Senior Policy Advisor at The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy • Donna Byrd, Founding Publisher, The Root & VP Digital Media at Univision • Akiba Solomon, Award-winning Journalist and Editorial Director of Colorlines • Ellen McClain, Chief Financial Officer at Year Up • 9th Wonder, Grammy Award-winning Music Producer • Keli Goff, Journalist and Screenwriter • Luvvie Ajayi, Writer, Speaker, Teacher, Activist • Elle Varner, Singer-Songwriter • Estelle, Singer-Songwriter • Nekesa Moody, Global Entertainment & Lifestyles Editor at Associated Press • Chuck Creekmur, CEO of AllHipHop.com • Ilyasah Shabazz, Author and Activist • Hosea Chanchez, Actor and Philanthropist • Kamau Bobb, Program Director, National Science Foundation, Research Scientist Georgia Tech • Tamika Mallory, Activist, Justice League • Michaela angela Davis, Image Activist & Cultural Critic • Autumn Marie, Black Lives Matter NYC • Jocelyn Cooper, Co-founder of Afro Punk Festival • Renae Bluitt, Founder/CEO of Crush Media and In Her Shoes Blog • Blondel Pinnock, Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer at Carver Bank • Gina Charbonnet, Founder/CEO of GE CHAR (Event/media producer, GE Char) • Luam Keflezgy, Dancer-choreographer • Ghylian Bell, Founder Urban Yoga Foundation • Evita Robinson, Founder/CEO of the Nomadness Travel Tribe • Errol King, Co-Founder/Creative Technologist – Hidden Level Games, Student Experience Manager (Google) • Christopher Emdin, Hip-Hop Ed Founder, author and professor at Columbia University Teacher’s College • Teneshia Warner, Founder/CEO/CCO at Egami Consulting Group • Khary Lazarre-White, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Brotherhood/Sister Sol • Kalisha Dessources, Policy Advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls • Dr. Kimberlyn Leary, White House Fellow, Office of Management and Budget • Lauren Mims Assistant Director White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans • Addie Whisenant Director of African-American Media, White House Office of Communications • Dr. Quincy Brown, Professor at the Computer Science Department at Bowie State University, • ‎Barbara Whye, Director of Strategy and External Alliances at Intel • Tiffany the Budgetnista, Financial Empowerment Educator • L.Y.R.I.S.P.E.C.T, Poet, Writer and Educator • Taiia Smart Young, Writer and Motivational Speaker • Imani and Kaza Razat, Product and Co-Founders Data.Art.OrgFor more information about BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and BLACK GIRLS LEAD visit www.blackgirlsrock.org.last_img read more

Viacom and Avaya Holdings rise Nu Skin Enterprises slips

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday:Winnebago Industries Inc., down 10 cents to $29.01The recreational vehicle company reported better-than-expected fiscal second-quarter profit.Viacom Inc., up 98 cents to $26.32.The media company reached a new distribution deal with DirecTV that will avoid a blackout of several channels, according to media reports.Avaya Holdings Corp., up $4.30 to $17.51.The telecommunications equipment maker is considering a buyout offer worth more than $5 billion, according to media reports.Ascena Retail Group Inc., up 9 cents to $1.16.The retailer is selling a majority stake in its Maurices clothing subsidiary to OpCapita for about $300 million.Cousins Properties Inc., down 59 cents to $9.29.The real estate investment trust is merging with Tier REIT in an all-stock deal.Integrated Device Technology Inc., up $1.18 to $48.97.The chipmaker cleared its final regulatory hurdle in front of its $6.7 billion sale to Renesas.Goldcorp Inc., up 32 cents to $11.12.Newmont Mining Corp. offered a special dividend to help push the mining company’s shareholders toward approving a $10 billion buyout offer.Nu Skin Enterprises Inc., down $1.84 to $47.44.The direct seller of beauty products and its peers face increasing regulatory scrutiny in China.The Associated Press read more

In DR Congo Migiro pledges continued UN help for efforts to consolidate

Speaking to reporters when she arrived in Kinshasa on Sunday, Ms. Migiro pointed out that the UN has deployed its largest peacekeeping operation in the DRC. She hailed last year’s free and fair elections – the first held in the country in some four decades – and paid tribute to the “determination of the Congolese people to rejoin the family of democratic African nations in the world.”The Deputy Secretary-General, who will meet with the President, Prime Minister, other senior officials and representatives of various groups, said she would reassure them of the UN’s commitment to support their efforts to achieve reconstruction and reconciliation.“I will also underline the need for all in the DRC to work together with the UN and the international community to attain these objectives, which are necessary conditions to consolidate democracy and pave the way for the prosperity that this country richly deserves,” she said.“This is a critical moment in the history of the DRC; with the formation of the Government, the Congolese people are waiting, as is their right, to benefit from the sacrifices made in the cause of peace,” she added, voicing hope that these aspirations would be realized.Ms. Migiro is expected to travel next to the capital of the Republic of Congo, Brazzaville, where she will attend an annual meeting with the regional management team of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). 23 April 2007Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where she has pledged continued United Nations support for the country’s efforts to consolidate peace. read more

Disgruntled US Tim Hortons franchisees follow Canadian example form alliance

TORONTO — A group representing Tim Hortons franchisees who are unhappy with the management of the coffee-and-doughnut chain says it now has a U.S. chapter, a development that could put further pressure on the parent company.The Great White North Franchisee Association (GWNFA) said in a statement that the U.S. chapter was created to give a united voice to franchisees concerned about the management of Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR). It said the membership of the new chapter includes nearly half of all U.S.-based franchisees.The Canadian chapter formed in March, with members complaining the parent company was using its power to extract more profit from franchisees. Last week one member sought a class-action lawsuit against RBI, alleging it improperly used money from a national advertising fund. The claims have not been proven in court and RBI has denied the allegations.A GWNFA spokesman said in an email that the U.S. chapter has no firm plans at the moment to launch a similar suit, but will explore various measures to address the concerns they have.RBI did not immediately return a request for comment. Its Tim Hortons unit said in a statement that the company is focused on working with its elected franchisee advisory board. The Canadian GWNFA has questioned the board’s effectiveness.RBI CEO Daniel Schwartz, who recently assumed the responsibilities of Tim Hortons president, has previously said he would prefer if the group expressed their concerns privately. read more

Talks next week in Bonn to set stage for future action on

Richard Kinley, the Acting Head of the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, told reporters in New York that the talks starting on 18 May will include a “Dialogue on Long-term Cooperation,” involving all parties to the treaty that aims to build consensus on how to address climate in the longer term. These will be followed by negotiations on what to do after the 2008-2012 period, which is the first commitment period under the legally binding Kyoto Protocol. To date, 163 States have ratified the Protocol, including 35 countries and the European Economic Community, which are required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below levels specified for each of them in the treaty. The United States is not a party.Asked about Washington’s position, Mr. Kinley said US officials would be participating in the Dialogue and had made a submission focused on technology development and research.He described a number of proposals on the table in Bonn, such as extending a new commitment period up to the year 2025 or 2030. “There are also calls for much more significant reductions than what are called for in the Kyoto Protocol by industrialized countries,” he said, noting that the European Union had suggested 15 to 30 per cent cuts, compared to the to Kyoto average of about five per cent. Describing the current mood on the issue, he said developing countries were waiting for industrialized States to demonstrate real leadership on limiting their emissions before agreeing to accept binding commitments, while in the industrialized world, there was a feeling that more action by developing countries was required. Despite these differing views, Mr. Kinley saw possibilities for common ground. “There is strong consensus about the urgency of the problem; that there really needs to be action taken and that the international community needs to work together to address the problem,” he said. read more

Chinas growth eases to 77 per cent in final quarter of 2013

by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2014 7:14 pm MDT A man stands in front of his car, with the trunk lid popped up to avoid being photographed by traffic camera for illegal parking, near a propaganda advertisement, center, showing a slogan “Move Forward,” outside a construction site in Beijing’s Central Business District, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. China’s economic growth decelerated in the final quarter of 2013 and appears set to slow further, adding to pressure on its leaders to shore up an expansion as they try to implement sweeping reforms. The world’s second-largest economy grew by 7.7 percent over a year earlier, down from previous quarter’s 7.8 percent, data showed Monday. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan) China’s growth eases to 7.7 per cent in final quarter of 2013; full-year growth 7.7 per cent AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – China’s economic growth decelerated in the final quarter of 2013 and appears set to slow further, adding to pressure on its leaders to shore up an expansion as they try to implement sweeping reforms.The world’s second-largest economy grew by 7.7 per cent over a year earlier, down from previous quarter’s 7.8 per cent, data showed Monday. Growth for the full year was 7.7 per cent, tying 2012 for the weakest annual performance since 1999.Those figures appeared to mask a much sharper deterioration during the three months ending in December. Factory output, exports and investment all weakened. Growth in factory output in the final three months of 2013 dropped to 1.8 per cent from the previous period’s 2.2 per cent rate.“The economy is slowing quite rapidly. The slowdown has accelerated during the quarter,” said economist Dariusz Kowalczyk of Credit Agricole CIB.That weakness might force Beijing to resort to state-led investment to support an expansion. That would boost debt levels that already have prompted unease about the health of China’s financial system and could hamper efforts to shift to more self-sustaining growth based on domestic consumption.China’s growth still is far stronger than the United States, Japan or Europe. But an unexpectedly abrupt decline from the blistering double-digit rates of the previous decade has raised the risk of politically dangerous job losses and increases the challenges faced by the ruling Communist Party as it tries to rebalance the economy away from reliance on trade and investment.“A long-term accumulation of problems has yet to ease and the foundation for economic stabilization and recovery is still consolidating,” said the commissioner of the government statistics bureau, Ma Jiantang, at a news conference.A plunge in global demand for Chinese exports prompted Beijing to launch a mini-stimulus in mid-2013 based on higher spending on railway construction and other public works. Growth accelerated from 7.5 per cent in the three months ending in June to 7.8 per cent the next quarter but settled back as the effect of Beijing’s spending faded.Since then, Chinese leaders have said there is little that additional stimulus can do to spur growth and improvements will have to come from longer-term reforms.The International Monetary Fund has forecast this year’s growth at 7.6 per cent but private sector forecasts are as low as 7.2 per cent. That would be China’s weakest performance since 1990, when the economy grew by just 3.8 per cent.A development blueprint issued by the party leadership in November promises to open state-dominated industries wider to private and foreign competition and to give entrepreneurs who generate most of China’s growth and jobs a bigger economic role. However, it stressed that state ownership would remain a pillar of the economy.The plan promises to allow foreign companies into industries such as e-commerce, accounting and logistics and to give Chinese entrepreneurs more opportunities. Regulators announced this month they will allow the creation of five privately financed banks this year. But such changes could take years to show an impact on China’s economic output.More reliance on investment financed by government borrowing might add to strains on a financial system some analysts say could already be carrying dangerously high debt levels.Heavy spending by Chinese cities and other local governments as part of Beijing’s stimulus in response to the 2008 global crisis and on social programs since then left them heavily indebted. An official audit released at the end of December showed the amount owed by cities and other local governments soared 70 per cent over the past three years to 17.7 trillion yuan ($2.9 trillion) as of mid-2013.The central bank has said the debt level is manageable but private sector analysts warn the rapid pace of increase is dangerous.Growth for 2013 came in above the government’s 7.5 per cent official target but data showed many areas of the economy slowing toward the end of the year.Growth in factory output slowed to 9.7 per cent in December from 10.3 per cent in October, the first month of the quarter. Investment in factories, real estate and other fixed assets decelerated to 17.1 per cent from 19.4 per cent over the same period.Growth in retail sales was steady but full-year retail sales growth of 13.1 per cent was well below the 19.6 per cent growth of investment, highlighting China’s reliance on spending on factories, highways and other assets.“There is no rebalancing yet. Basically investment continues to be the key driver,” said Kowalczyk.Analysts also noted that household income growth, though relatively strong at 9.7 per cent last year, was lower than in previous years. That, coupled with an impending contraction of China’s workforce as the population ages, will hamper efforts to promote consumer spending.“We estimate that the share of household consumption in GDP fell again in 2013,” said RBS economist Louis Kuijs in a report.___National Bureau of Statistics of China: www.stats.gov.cn read more

Exclusive Could the legend come true Tower of London raven allowed to

first_img Chris SkaifeCredit:Geoff Pugh I just wanted to share with you this incredible bit of video. Every time I stop stroking Merlina she nips at my hand for more attention. pic.twitter.com/9utpu7Okjm— Ravenmaster (@ravenmaster1) March 3, 2017 Previously they were fed with food scattered around the Tower’s grounds, and slept in a box indoors, but now they have new freedom to stay out overnight and sleep on a perch. To keep predators away from the birds Mr Skaife also leaves a cache of leftover food elsewhere in the Tower for foxes to eat. The new regime also includes a more specialised diet. The ravens still have some of the Smithfield Market offcuts which they lived on before, but also eat mice, rats and chicks, in an effort to prevent them from scavenging from bins.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “She doesn’t go far but I do have to go and collect her. She always comes back,” Mr Skaife said.”As far as I’m aware, until now the same methods had been used for over a century. It’s very much down to the individual raven master and what he prefers to do.”Mr Skaife clips around a third less than his predecessors did from the ravens’ wings, leaving some of the birds’ secondary flight feathers as well as primary flight feathers. He decides exactly how much to trim from each bird depending on its size.The move leaves the birds freer to fly properly and means they can reach the roof of the Tower. Before they were able only to hop or glide for short distances.   Chris Skaife It is said of the ravens in the Tower of London that if they ever leave, Britain will fall.But now their master has a radical new policy which allows the birds greater freedom – and one is even allowed to regularly fly away. Chris Skaife, Raven Master at the Tower of London, has been trialling a new method of clipping the ravens’ wings which allows one loyal favourite to leave the tower.The bird, named Merlina, goes as far as the nearby wharf next to the river Thames. Unusually, she is “bonded” to the keeper – meaning she always returns.It is believed to be the first time a raven has been allowed to leave since the birds were first kept to guard the Tower more than a century ago. Mr Skaife’s new method is meant to keep the birds happier and healthier – and it also allows them to escape from the urban foxes which increasingly frequent the Tower’s grounds. Two ravens were killed by a fox in 2013, prompting Historic Royal Palaces to upgrade security. Mr Skaife said: “I allow them to have a little more freedom of movement because it makes them healthier. It just ensures that they have as much ability to enjoy their lives as possible. “I haven’t had any fly away as yet. After two years of trials I am just getting to the stage now where it’s going really well. We’ve perfected our ability to keep them here,” he said.”Aesthetically they look better for the visitors as well.”Despite their clipped wings, some birds have managed to fly away in the past. One raven named Grog who made his escape in 1981 was last spotted outside an East End pub called the ‘Rose and Punchbowl’.The birds also have new enclosures, installed a year ago, where they are fed and can sleep. New birds are all ravens that had been bred in captivity. The Tower must keep six by Royal Decree, but seven is the ideal number for the space available. Ravens are highly territorial. They are creatures of habit and mate for life. The role of raven master is taken on by one of the Beefeaters, or Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London, who staff and guard the Tower. They are all ex-soldiers, and must have served 22 years, have reached the position of Warrant Officer and have a good conduct medal.Mr Skaife served for 24 years and became a machine gun specialist. last_img read more

Slope monitoring through wire mesh and netting measurements

first_imgThe use of wire mesh or safety netting can often limit the ability to capture detailed measurements of a rock surface resulting in poor or inaccurate information regarding the movement of the slope. SiteMonitor4D from 3D Laser Mapping “uses unique market-leading technology to combat this problem.”When steeply sloping rock faces break into fragments and release rock debris, close fitting wire mesh and netting is often anchored to the slope face. Vegetation can take root and cause an obstruction to systems trying to measure movement on the slope face itself. SiteMonitor4D can work around these obstructions by using a unique function to record multiple targets for each measurement.This precise and high-accuracy laser ranging is based upon echo digitisation and online waveform processing. This technology, alongside the small footprint of LiDAR, enables measurements of the wire mesh (first target) and the slope (last target) to be returned. SiteMonitor4D software automatically filters these measurements so that only data from the slope face is analysed.Unstable rock faces can be monitored extensively, without the need to compromise existing safety measures achieved through applying wire mesh or netting. “SiteMonitor4D can resolve rock fall accumulation and debris movement behind the mesh which can often indicate slope instabilities, even on slopes with over 60% of their surface covered in mesh” commented Dr Sarah Owen, LiDAR Systems Engineer at 3D Laser Mapping.Monitoring through wire mesh doesn’t have to be a nearly impossible, time-consuming task – a SiteMonitor4D system from 3D Laser Mapping can be used for automatic, accurate slope monitoring with ranges up to 4km away from the slope face.last_img read more

iPhone 5 les précommandes déjà lancées en Allemagne

first_imgiPhone 5 : les pré-commandes déjà lancées en AllemagneSi Apple n’a toujours pas annoncé la date précise de sortie de son prochain smartphone, l’opérateur allemand Deutsche Telekom n’a pas attendu pour lancer les pré-commandes de l’iPhone 5. Les impatients seront ainsi assurés de ne pas subir la pénurie que pourrait bien vite engendrer l’engouement pour un smartphone dont même le nom n’est pas encore une certitude.Alors que le mystère plane toujours au sujet de la date de commercialisation de l’iPhone 5, les Allemands impatients peuvent d’ores et déjà pré-commander le nouveau smartphone de la firme à la pomme. L’opérateur historique Deutsche Telekom offre en effet aux adeptes de l’iPhone la possibilité de réserver dès maintenant leur smartphone, et ainsi s’assurer de l’obtenir le jour de sa sortie, sans peur de devoir faire face à une fort probable pénurie.À lire aussiiPad Air 2 et iPad Mini 3 : que faut-il savoir des nouvelles tablettes dévoilées par Apple ?Comme l’explique l’opérateur, ces pré-commandes éviteront aux consommateurs les interminables files d’attente, mais aussi les délais entre deux livraisons. Alors qu’il n’est plus le seul opérateur allemand à pouvoir proposer l’iPhone à ses clients, Deutsche Telekom s’offre par la même occasion une excellente campagne de publicité, en redirigeant bien sûr les clients vers ses offres mobile. L’opérateur, qui n’avance aucune date de sortie, se garde bien de nommer le smartphone, se contentant pour l’heure de proposer “le successeur de l’iPhone 4”.Le 6 septembre 2011 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fort Lauderdale crews rescue kitten trapped inside wall

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire rescue crews carried out a furry rescue, Sunday, that was a twist on a shopworn cliché.Fort Lauderdale firefighters rescued a kitten. Instead of a tree, however, the feline found itself trapped inside a wall.Rescuers used thermal imaging to find the tiny cat behind a wall in the homeowner’s bathroom, and decided to nickname it “Wall-E.” Get it? #FLFR saved fella from a wall today #kitty @FTLCityNews @JackSeiler @leefeldman @wsvn @peta #kitty #rescue @UrgentNews911 @CommissionerBR pic.twitter.com/FMCiuEcxHX— FLFR PIO (@FtLaudFire) March 26, 2017Firefighters took the kitten back to their station to feed and wash it before taking little “Wall-E” to Broward Animal Care, where it will be available for adoption.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Trump To Propose 54 Billion Defense Increase Cuts To Domestic Programs

first_imgEvan Vucci/APPresident Trump will propose a budget that he says “puts America first,” with increased military spending and cuts to domestic programs.President Trump’s budget will propose a $54 billion increase in defense spending, while slashing domestic programs by the same amount. The president told the nation’s governors on Monday that his plan “puts America first,” and that “we’re going to do more with less, and make the government lean and accountable to people.”An official with the White House Office of Management and Budget, who spoke to reporters only if not named, said most agencies will see budget cuts, including foreign aid, which comprises less than 1 percent of federal spending.A formal budget blueprint will be sent to Congress in March. The official said this the first step of “internal collaboration” between the White House and federal agencies.The official said details about tax cuts and entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare, will come later. The administration is not expected to proposed changes to entitlements.It will be up to Congress to write the final spending plan, and it’s likely there will be strong objections from Democrats to the proposed domestic cuts.Already, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that the budget will take “a meat ax to programs that benefit the middle-class.”Current defense spending is put at $590 billion, down about 25 percent from the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Still, the U.S. spends more on the military than the next seven countries combined, according to data from 2015.Trump called his proposed defense increase “historic,” and that it will send a “message to the world in these dangerous times, of American strength, security and resolve.”“Everybody used to say America never lost a war,” he said, adding, “Now we never win and don’t fight to win.”He repeated his claim that the U.S. has spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, calling the situation a “hornet’s nest.” (PolitiFact has looked at this figure and found that it includes projected spending, beyond money that has already been spent.)Trump said he would also increase spending for law enforcement and on infrastructure, but offered no specifics. He said he would have “big details” in his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.It’s unclear what the overall impact of Trump’s plan will be on the federal budget deficit. While the proposed military buildup will be offset by domestic spending cuts, the size and nature of the yet-to-be-released tax reform proposal will determine the deficit picture.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Womens Imaging Associates Advances Mammography Reporting with AbbaDox RIS

first_img April 13, 2017 — IDS recently announced Women’s Imaging Associates, a premier teleradiology firm located in Birmingham, Ala., has implemented AbbaDox RIS (radiology information system) including its speech recognition and reporting platform. The system is now live, supporting a full range of screening and diagnostic imaging services the group performs for nearly two dozen healthcare delivery organizations throughout the United States including hospitals, radiology groups and outpatient centers.Women’s Imaging Associates president and founder Caroline Reich, M.D., Ph.D., opened the practice in 2009 to provide first-class women’s imaging services with the interpretation of 2-D and 3-D mammography, breast ultrasound, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), obstetrical and pelvic ultrasound.  She is joined by two board-certified radiologists, also breast imaging experts.Reich had a desire to upgrade her reporting system, which was no longer a good match for her bourgeoning practice. “Technology is an integral component when providing top-quality imaging services,” said Reich. “Click fatigue was setting in, and I longed for more progressive information technology to help me work more efficiently and address new industry guidelines while preserving our high standards of service. With the right technology, I can deliver a consistently high level of service including the delivery of accurate results in the timeliest method.“We sought an application provider that was innovative and flexible but, more importantly, one that was willing to develop a best-of-breed, comprehensive solution for mammography, breast and women’s imaging services. IDS listened and delivered my ideal solution,” said Reich.For more information: www.idssite.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Related Content Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography Reporting Software | April 13, 2017 Women’s Imaging Associates Advances Mammography Reporting with AbbaDox RIS Radiology information system supports patient-centric service for growing teleradiology practice News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more 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 read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more last_img read more