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first_imgSmoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Megantic, Que., Saturday, July 6, 2013.(PHOTO: PAUL CHIASSON) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Facebook MONTREAL — Netflix is apologizing to the people of Lac-Megantic after actual footage of the 2013 rail disaster that devastated the town was used in dramas on the streaming service.The company says it had not been aware of the source of the footage used briefly in the hit movie “Bird Box” and the series “Travelers.” The images show the explosion that killed 47 people when an oil-laden train derailed in the middle of downtown.“We regret any pain caused to the Lac-Megantic community and have expressed this directly to Mayor Julie Morin,” the letter addressed to Quebec Culture Minister Nathalie Roy said. Dated Monday, it is signed by Corie Wright, Netflix Inc. director of public policy.center_img Advertisement The company says it will take steps to avoid use of images from Lac-Megantic or any similar stock footage in future productions. But it says that since use of stock footage is so widespread on Netflix, it cannot make changes to “finished content.”Roy wrote to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings last Friday asking that the footage be removed from the dramatic productions and used only in documentaries. She said it was unacceptable to use human tragedies for entertainment purposes.Netflix has refused to remove the footage from “Bird Box,”despite appeals from Roy and Morin. The producers of “Travelers” have said they are working replace the Lac-Megantic images in their show.In an emailed statement, Roy welcomed Netflix’s apology and its recognition of its mistake. “However, we find it regrettable that the company is maintaining its decision not to remove the images of this tragedy from the film ’Bird Box,’ when it has already accepted to do so for another of its series, which in our eyes is illogical,” she said.THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgThe new Builders Code training program is a one-day workshop where participants explore issues such as;the nature and impact of unacceptable worksite conduct;how to enable and encourage an acceptable worksite culture;the tools that can be used to build that culture;and the benefits of doing so.The workshop sessions will also focus on the role and responsibility of corporate leaders and HR managers. Companies whose management complete the training will benefit from an increased capacity to address behaviour issues that affect safety and productivity, and can use their training certification to promote their company and culture to potential employees, as well as clients.The training has been developed by experienced training providers in partnership with project partners including BCCA, the Industry Training Authority (ITA), WorkSafeBC, and the Minerva Foundation of BC.“On behalf of the Northern Regional Construction Association, we’re pleased to be the first to offer this powerful Builders Code training to employers in the northern region,” said Bone. “Our association recognizes the labour challenges our industry faces and understands that improving the culture on job sites could play an important role in helping our employers retain the skilled tradespeople they need. The turnout for today’s celebration of Construction Month is a reflection of the strength of our growing industry and the pride we take in helping build a better B.C. Today’s event also demonstrates how our members are committed to professional development and best practices through innovative programs like the Builders Code.”For more information on the workshops; CLICK HERE PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A new province-wide construction training program launched as part of the new Builders Code will look to improve worksite culture and tackle harassment, hazing and bullying by providing training for construction company owners, executives and HR managers.The program, announced by Northern Regional Construction Association (NRCA) CEO Scott Bone, shares that in B.C. most of the construction employers operate without all the policies, skills or resources to define and promote an acceptable workplace culture.The NRCA understands that many of these employers do not recognize the direct link between inclusive and equitable worksite verses improved retention, safety, and productivity outcomes. Including that leaders can underestimate the financial impacts from turnover, lost time to accidents, injury-related health care costs, legal actions, rehiring costs, and workforce productivity issues that result from culture challenges on the worksite.last_img read more

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TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday amid positive economic news from China and the U.S., along with major dealmaking in the industrial and mining sectors.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,105.63-3.34 -0.02%S&P 500 —  1,962.61-0.26 -0.01%Dow — 16,937.26-9.82 -0.06%Nasdaq — 4,368.68 +0.64 0.01%The S&P/TSX composite index was off 3.34 points to 15,105.63.The Canadian dollar rose 0.22 of a cent to 93.23 cents US on top of a gain of almost two-thirds of a cent on Friday to a five-month high. The currency rose sharply as higher than expected inflation data on Friday raised questions about whether the Bank of Canada might move interest rates higher sooner than thought.U.S. indexes were tepid amid strong U.S. home sales and manufacturing figures.The Dow Jones industrials declined 9.82 points to 16,937.26 and the Nasdaq added 0.64 of a point to 4,368.68.The S&P 500 index slipped 0.26 of a point to 1,962.61 as the Markit Economics flash manufacturing purchasing managers index for the U.S. edged higher in June, rising to 57.5 from 56.4 in May. The index is at its highest level since May 2010.Also, sales of U.S. existing homes jumped 4.9% in May in the best monthly gain in nearly three years. Sales increased 4.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.89 million homes.Meanwhile, data released Sunday showed the Chinese manufacturing sector moving into expansion territory. HSBC’s purchasing managers index hit a seven-month high at 50.8, the first time the index has moved above the 50 level since December.“What you’re seeing in the data is that China has been adding some small but important stimulus to their economy,” said Colum Mckinley, vice-president, Canadian equities, CIBC Global Asset Management.“And so I think it’s another indication … (around the globe) that we continue to see improvements and potentially an acceleration of economic growth.”The TSX paused Monday after gaining about 0.7% last week, leaving the main Toronto index up more than 10% year to date. Consumer discretionary stocks were the leading TSX decliners as Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B) lost 69 cents to $26.01.The gold sector built on last week’s strong run-up of over 5%. The group rose 1.5% as bullion prices added to gains racked up last week amid tensions between Ukraine and Russia and a growing insurgency in Iraq. August gold rose $1.80 to US$1,318.40 an ounce.The base metals sector was ahead 0.8% as the Chinese data helped push July copper up three cents to US$3.15 a pound.The tech sector was also supportive, up 0.6% with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) continuing to benefit from last week’s well received quarterly earnings report, up 34 cents to $10.85.The energy sector was flat as oil prices declined after rising steadily over the last two weeks as a Sunni uprising gained momentum in Iraq.“There are some incredibly unfortunate events unfolding across the world and we’re seeing a risk premium be placed on certain commodities and oil is certainly one of them that we’re seeing,” added Mckinley.The August contract was off 66 cents to US$106.17 a barrel.On the corporate front, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC) is acquiring U.K.-based Kentz Corp. Ltd., a global engineering firm that provides services to the oil and gas sector, in a deal worth C$2.1 billion. SNC shares rose 91 cents to $53.31.HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM) is buying Augusta Resource Corporation (TSX:AZC) in a friendly takeover deal worth $555 million. HudBay was down 24 cents to $10.05 while Augusta ran ahead 24 cents to $3.44.And in the U.S., software maker Oracle is buying Micros Systems Inc., which provides software and hardware to the hospitality and retail industries, for about US$5.3 billion.TOP STORIESBull market has legs to run another 10 years if Brian Belski’s math is rightSNC-Lavalin aims to break into global ranks with $2.1-billion buy into oil and gas servicesLululemon shares rising on news that founder Chip Wilson is seeking advice on big shakeupAmerican Apparel founder may have lost key ally in fight to get job backWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYUNITED STATES9 a.m.S&P Case-Shiller home price index (April): Economists expect 0.8% rise from the month before, 11.5% year over year FHFA House Price Index: Economists expect 0.5% rise 10 a.m.New Home sales (May): Economists expect 1.4% rise Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index (June): Economists expect a reading of 83.5, up slightly CORPORATE NEWSCANADAAGF Management Ltd Q2 earnings: Analysts expect  17¢ a share UNITED STATESCarnival Corp. & plc  Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 2¢ a share Walgreen Co  Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 94¢ a share read more

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Is it too late now to say sorry? Justin Bieber reportedly “fully co-operated” with police after he accidently struck a photographer with his pickup truck.It happened Wednesday around 9:30 p.m. just as he was leaving a Beverly Hills church service, police say.The Canadian pop star pulled his black Dodge Ram out of the driveway and hit the photographer in the process. The Los Angeles Times reported witnesses had said the incident appeared to be an accident. The newspaper said the 57-year-old photographer was to taken to hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery. No charges have been laid. read more

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In the Hamilton area, Ancaster seems to have gotten the worst damage from the weekend’s ice storm.Residents are still cleaning up fallen branches and trees. Many fallen limbs snatched power from thousands of homes, and some are also dealing with damage to their vehicles after high winds caused trees and branches to fall on top of them. Some residents are beginning the cleanup themselves, but safety is still a major concern.The City of Hamilton is working overtime to have everything cleaned up.If you need to report fallen trees or downed power lines you can call Hamilton Public Works at 905-546-CITY. read more

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Filip TaleskiMomir RnicRhein Neckar Lowen Rhein Neckar Lowen made a decision about the future on left back position. The new signing of team led by Nikolaj Jakobsen for the next season in experienced Serbian left back Momir Rnic. The 30-years old shooter coming from MT Melsungen, where he play his third season.Rnic previously was a member of Frisch Auf Goppingen, RK Gorenje Velenje, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko and RK Proleter Naftagas.He won silver medal at Men’s EHF EURO 2012 with Serbia.A week ago, Rhein Neckar Lowen made a deal with Macedonian RK Metalurg about releasing 20-year old super-talented Filip Taleski. Young left back will join “Lions” immediately after World Championship 2017 in France. ← Previous Story Strong Spain outplay “new Poland” Next Story → Tunisia without win in warm-up for France 2017 read more

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first_img4. Death in black and white Steven Mikulan recalls one of the most sensational trials that America ever witnessed, and what happened next. (Los Angeles Magazine)It was at the country club that she and Finch parked their car and walked up the steep slopes of 2750 Lark Hill Drive to the doctor’s home on the night of July 18, 1959. There, in the garage of the low-slung, rectangular house he had designed for his family, the doctor pistol-whipped his 35-year-old wife, fracturing her skull before she fled to Finch’s parents’ home next door. Barbara almost made it, but a .38-caliber slug fired into her back had severed an artery, and she collapsed near a stairway leading to her in-laws. Bernard Finch was soon sprinting pell-mell across the golf course’s manicured greens before fleeing town on the new San Bernardino Freeway. Tregoff, the secretary who dreamed of becoming the new Mrs. Finch, would spend the next six hours cowering behind a bougainvillea bush, unseen by the police, the coroner, and the dead woman’s two children.5. Sniffing out trouble Alexandra Horowitz looks at the work of sniffer dogs, and the limitations that still remain. (The New Yorker)Dogs get tired, and less reliable, as the day goes on, just as we might. As for conditions, odors change in the weather, and dogs do, too. When they’re panting, dogs don’t sniff as readily as they normally might; an overly warm dog, forced to pant to cool himself, has a less reliable nose. And while we don’t think of odors as seasonal (until, upon reflection, we remember: there is a smell of spring, of summer; the odors of winter are fewer), smells are more volatile in warm weather, and travel and disperse differently than in the cold. This too affects detection rates.6. An inconvenient truthCharles C Mann checks out whether fossil fuels could, in fact, last forever, and the impact that this would have on the world. (The Atlantic)Today, Churchill’s nightmare has come true for Japan: it is a military and industrial power almost wholly dependent on foreign energy. It is the world’s third-biggest net importer of crude oil, the second-biggest importer of coal, and the biggest importer of liquefied natural gas. Not once has a Japanese politician expressed happiness at this state of affairs.… AND A CLASSIC READ FROM THE ARCHIVES…In 2006, Gene Weingarten wrote in The Washington Post about its greatest preschool entertainer, The Great Zucchini.When the Great Zucchini arrived that Saturday morning, Don had no idea who he was. Frankly, he didn’t look like a great anything. He looked like a house painter, Don thought, with some justification. He wears no costume. He was in painter’s pants, a coffee-stained shirt and a two-day growth of beard. He toted his beat-up props in beat-up steamer trunks, with ripped faux leather and broken hinges hanging askew.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday >The Sports Pages – the best sports writing collected every week by TheScore.ie > The story of that night unfolds like a Tarantino movie, bursts of harrowing action laced with dark humor and dialogue absurd for its ordinariness, reminders of just how young the men in the car were. Girls, credit limits for students, the marvels of the Mercedes ML 350 and the iPhone 5, whether anyone still listens to CDs — all were discussed by the two 26-year-olds and the 19-year-old driving around on a Thursday night.2. No release date Charlie Savage looks at the ongoing crisis at Guantanamo Bay, where 93 prisoners are now on hunger strike. (The New York Times)The spark for the protest is disputed. Detainees, through their lawyers, say that when guards conducted a search of their cells on Feb. 6, they handled their Korans in a disrespectful way. Prison officials dispute that. But both military officials and lawyers for the detainees agree about the underlying cause of the turmoil: a growing sense among many prisoners, some of whom have been held without trial for more than 11 years, that they will never go home.3. Life through a lensMark Murrmann remembers war photographer Tim Hetherington – who was killed in Misrata, Libya, in April 2011 – and the beliefs that drove his work. (Mother Jones)Hetherington didn’t hopscotch the globe from one hot spot to the next. He really only covered three conflicts: the Liberian civil war, Afghanistan, and the Libyan revolution. He stayed in Africa for nearly a decade, remaining in Liberia well after the war wound down, documenting and helping with the recovery. In Afghanistan, he covered a remote American outpost in the Korengal Valley, staying with troops for months on end, amassing the photos and footage that became Restrepo. And Libya seemed to have drawn him in against his own wishes. And yet he went. IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair. We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Driving for your life Eric Moskowitz talks to the man whose carjacking ordeal was different from all others. He recalls the night that the suspected Boston bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, jumped in his car and told him to drive. (The Boston Globe)last_img read more

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Celtic can handle pressure of title race says Forrest

first_imgCeltic winger James Forrest is confident they can regain top spot in the Scottish Premiership after trailing rivals Rangers and Kilmarnock.Celtic dropped to third place in the table after losing 2-0 away at Hibernian, while Rangers and Kilmarnock both won last weekend.The Scottish Champions, however, have a game in hand and the opportunity to close the gap.“We have done it before,” Forrest told Sky Sports.“It shows a different mentality – when you are top of the league, that you can stay there, and if you go a few points behind, you can get back.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We have shown a lot of character before and we are definitely going to need to show that again.“First and foremost we focus on ourselves. We go into every game being confident about ourselves.“We know the ability we have got in our squad and we need to make sure we keep showing that and obviously show that more in the games to come.”last_img read more

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Raphael Saadiq Plots Summer 2018 Tour Pitchfork Fest Performance

first_img Email Twitter Raphael Saadiq Plots Summer 2018 Tour, Pitchfork Fest Performance Facebook News Raphael Saadiq Plots Summer 2018 Tour raphael-saadiq-plots-summer-2018-tour-pitchfork-fest-performance The GRAMMY-winning artist is set for a seven-date July tour, marking his first jaunt since 2012Renée FabianGRAMMYs May 2, 2018 – 5:01 pm Multitalented musician/producer Raphael Saadiq has a lot going on this summer. Not only is he releasing his fifth studio album, on May 1 the GRAMMY winner announced he’ll be heading out on a headlining tour, his first since 2012.Saadiq will set out on a short seven-date trek through North America, which will kick off July 20 in Minneapolis. He’ll make his way through Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C., in addition to an appearance at the annual Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on July 21.Though a title has yet to be announced, Saadiq’s upcoming album will be his first since 2011’s Stone Rollin’. In the meantime, he has been working on music with artists such as Chromeo, Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross, and Little Dragon. He also executive produced Solange’s GRAMMY-winning 2016 album, A Seat At The Table.Tickets for Saadiq’s tour will go on sale starting May 4.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of September 23, 2018:Address: 65 Chestnut StreetPrice: $280,000Buyer: Quinn FT LLCSeller: Eleanor M. HigginsDate: 9/24/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 44,431sfAddress: 23 Congress StreetPrice: $415,000Buyer: Genevieve M. BelewSeller: Ashish DwivediDate: 9/28/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 12,197sfAddress: 27 Eleanor DrivePrice: $825,000Buyer: Stephen Machatha & Hanna O. MachathaSeller: Richard L. Thayer & Giselle T. ThayerDate: 9/25/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 21,344sfAddress: 28 Marcus RoadPrice: $403,000Buyer: Eilen Dunleavy & Gerald M. ArensbachSeller: Kelli McMillan & Colin PennieDate: 9/24/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 10,454sfAddress: 295 Woburn StreetPrice: $544,900Buyer: C.E. Golankiewicz & Joanne M. GolankiewiczSeller: Kenneth R. Hart & Lorelei L. HartDate: 9/27/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 22,651sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

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first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsTwo men were arrested in Bengaluru for attacking a rival gang member with swords. The incident took place outside Yelachenahalli metro station junction on Wednesday, March 3.The accused, Harshith and Sharan, had spotted Mithun, their rival gangster while riding their bike at the metro station junction. They immediately got out from the bike, took out their choppers, advanced towards their target and began chasing him. While running, Mithun fell on the pavement and Harshith immediately descended upon him. The assailant then threatened Mithun of dire consequences and told him that he will meet the same fate as his brother, who was murdered earlier by Harshith.Srikanth, an onlooker began filming the proceedings with his phone which angered the two 20-year-old. They attacked Srikanth and he sustained injuries while trying to escape. This was in turn filmed by other onlookers which angered the duo more.”The duo turned violent as bystanders began to take photos. They started smashing cars on the road,” a police officer was quoted as saying by The Hindu.A probationary officer who was in the vicinity rushed to the scene of the crime. However, before he reached, Harshith and Sharan got onto their bike and sped away. On the way, they managed to break the windshield of a few vehicles, including a goods carrier.A passerby noticed and filmed the actions of the duo and complained to the police. The Hoysala police was immediately dispatched. After an extensive search, the police found Harshith and Sharan on Thursday, hiding out in a farmhouse on the outskirts of the city and arrested them. Deccan Herald reported that after their arrest, the duo spent three hours in jail before they were produced in front of a magistrate court and remanded to judicial custody.This is not the first encounter with the police for the duo. Harshith was jailed for murdering Mithun’s brother, Puneeth in 2017, reports DH. After he got out on bail, Harshith was working as a painter. Sharan also went under the radar of the law enforcement when he was picked up for mobile snatching.last_img read more

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first_imgICICI Bank’s life insurance business is expected to file its prospectus for public listing on Friday. The initial public offering (IPO) of ICICI Prudential Life is valued to be at $746 million (Rs. 5,000 crore), sources privy to the listing process told Reuters.ICICI Prudential is a joint venture between India’s ICICI Bank Ltd. and the U.K.’s Prudential Plc. With 68 percent and 26 percent stake in the JV, respectively, India’s ICICI will divest its shares, while it is unclear if Prudential Plc. would sell its stake. India’s billionaire Azim Premji’s investment venture Premji Invest and Singapore government-run investor Temasek hold the rest of the stake in the life insurer.ICICI Bank will not, however, issue any new stock, said one of the three people who disclosed the news to Reuters.The much awaited IPO is Indian insurance sector’s first public listing. The country’s life insurance industry as of December 2015 is estimated to be Rs. 24.82 lakh crore.Moneycontrol noted that the IPO will be managed by BofA-ML and ICICI Securities, while the bankers to the issue were UBS, Deutsche Bank and CLSA.ICICI Prudential’s IPO alongside Vodafone’s $2.5 billion listing are two big ticket offers scheduled for the latter part of 2016.last_img read more

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Trump Administration New Texas Voter ID Law Fixes Discrimination

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneDuring the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.Texas’ new voter identification law fully absolves the state from having discriminated against minority voters in 2011, and courts should not take further action in a battle over the state’s old voter ID law, President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice argued in a legal filing Wednesday. “Texas’s voter ID law both guarantees to Texas voters the opportunity to cast an in-person ballot and protects the integrity of Texas’s elections,” the filing stated.Federal lawyers were referring to Senate Bill 5, which Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law last month. It would soften a 2011 voter ID law — known as the nation’s most stringent — that courts have ruled purposefully burdened Latino and black voters. If allowed to take effect, the law would allow people without photo ID to vote if they present alternate forms of ID and sign affidavits swearing a “reasonable impediment” kept them from obtaining what was otherwise required. “S.B. 5 addresses the impact that the Court found in [the previous law] by dramatically reducing the number of voters who lack acceptable photographic identification,” the justice department argued, adding that U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos should “decline any further remedies.” The filing came as Ramos is weighing whether SB 5 fixes legislative discrimination she and other courts have identified, and it highlighted Trump’s dramatic departure from his predecessor on voting rights issues. Former President Obama’s Justice Department originally teamed up with civil rights groups against Texas throughout the long-winding legal battle over the ID law, known as Senate Bill 14. The civil rights groups argue SB 5 doesn’t absolve lawmakers from intentionally discriminating against minority voters by passing the 2011 law and wouldn’t properly accommodate those voters going forward.Chad Dunn, a lawyer representing some of the challengers, said the reversal shows the Justice Department “simply has no more credibility in this litigation.”“For six years, the Department of Justice stood on the side of voters arguing that Texas’ unnecessary voter photo ID law was enacted with discriminatory intent, then after the new administration was sworn in, one of DOJ’s first acts was to back out of the case,” Dunn said. “Every court to rule on the subject found Texas’ law to be discriminatory, and Supreme Court precedent, which binds us all, including DOJ, requires Texas to go back to the drawing board in a non-discriminatory process if it wishes to mess with the right to vote.”In February, lawyers for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ditched the Justice Department’s longstanding position that Texas lawmakers purposefully discriminated in 2011, but did not change its position that the law had a “discriminatory effect.”Now, the Justice Department argues Texas’ new ID law “eradicates any discriminatory effect or intent” in the old law. Lawyers for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have portrayed SB 5 as a good-faith effort to fix problems multiple federal judges identified in the 2011 law, calling on Ramos to consider the new law a valid remedy — without levying penalties on the state.Last year, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Senate Bill 14 disproportionately targeted minority voters who were less likely to have one of seven forms of identifications it required they show at the polls. Ramos upped the ante in April, ruling the state discriminated on purpose. Ramos was instructed to consider a remedy for the violations, and her ruling raised the possibility she could invoke a section of the Voting Rights Act to place Texas under federal oversight of its election laws — a process called preclearance. Seeking to avoid that fate, the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature enacted SB 5, frantically pushing it to the finish line in the final days of the legislative session. In doing so, state leaders made clear that it was aimed at pleasing the courts.Ramos temporarily softened the ID rules for the 2016 elections, and the new law somewhat follows its lead. Voters without photo ID would be able to present documents such as utility bills, bank statements or paychecks. Those found to have lied about not possessing photo ID could be charged with a state felony, which carries a penalty of 180 days to two years in jail.Under the law, Texans who own a qualifying photo ID must still present it at the polls. Those include: a state driver’s license or ID card, a concealed handgun license, a U.S. passport, a military ID card, a U.S citizenship certificate or an election identification certificate.Groups suing the state suggest the law wouldn’t a fully address the discrimination, but they say that question was moot. Ramos should wipe clean all elements of SB 14, they argue, returning Texas to a time when voter registration cards and other non-photo ID sufficed. Sharelast_img read more

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Facebooks Zuckerberg Rehashes Privacy Mea Culpas at Second Congressional Hearing

first_imgZuckerberg’s opening remarks Wednesday morning were virtually identical to his statements during a five-hour slog in front of a Senate joint committee hearing Tuesday.Facebook investors were cheered by Zuckerberg’s poise in his Senate performance, with the stock closing up 4.5% Tuesday. Shares were down about 0.3% in trading Wednesday at about 10:25 a.m. ET as the CEO testified before the House committee, which began at 10 a.m. [UPDATE: By 11:50 a.m., Facebook’s stock had moved into positive territory, up 0.5%, and at 2:15 p.m. was up 1.7%.]Zuckerberg again tried to explain actions Facebook is taking in the wake of disclosures that U.K.-based Cambridge Analytica — which worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign — had acquired data on up to 87 million users from a third-party researcher, Aleksandr Kogan. (Cambridge Analytica has said it licensed data on 30 million users and claims it never used the Facebook data for the Trump campaign.)During the hearing, House reps raised the specter of new regulatory oversight of Facebook, as members of the Senate did a day earlier.“I think it’s time to ask whether Facebook moved too fast, and broke too many things,” Rep. Greg Walden (D.-Ore.) said in opening remarks. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) called for “comprehensive legislation to prevent incidents like this in the future,” noting Facebook swung into action on Cambridge Analytica only when the scandal was publicly revealed.Zuckerberg has expressed openness to regulations, but again said any new laws “need to be thought through carefully” and that “the details really matter.” Asked by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) what regulations Zuckerberg would prefer if Facebook were a startup instead of a massive corporation, the exec said new regulations are “inevitable” but agreed that new rules may be easier for large companies to comply with than smaller upstarts.Walden asked Zuckerberg whether Facebook is a media company, citing among other examples Facebook’s exclusive global rights to 25 Major League Baseball games this season. Zuckerberg reiterated his stance that Facebook is a technology company, but added, “Do we have a responsibility for the content people share on Facebook? I think the answer to that is, yes.” Pallone asked whether Facebook would change default user settings to provide the maximum level of privacy. “Congressman, this is a complex issue that requires more than a one-word answer,” Zuckerberg responded, pledging to follow up with Pallone’s staff on the question.At another point, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) likened Facebook’s monitoring capabilities to FBI surveillance under J. Edgar Hoover. “The information you share, you put there… you can delete any of it” or leave Facebook completely, Zuckerberg said. “I know of no surveillance organization that gives people the option to delete the data.”Zuckerberg also was asked about “fake news” and Facebook’s attempts to thwart foreign influence on U.S. elections. He said it was impossible for Facebook to guarantee it will be able to completely bar bad actors from the platform, as long as Russia and others continue to fund social-media misinformation efforts. “It’s an arms race, but I think we’re making ground,” he said.Facebook will implement the same user-privacy controls to Americans that it will roll out to comply with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes in effect on May 25, Zuckerberg said, reiterating comments he made last week.Asked whether Facebook breached its 2011 consent decree with the FTC requiring explicit user consent to share data, Zuckerberg denied that the company had, but said more broadly than following the “letter of the law” the Cambridge Analytica case has been a “breach of trust.”Zuckerberg also repeated Facebook’s pledge to review “tens of thousands” of apps that had broad access to users’ data (in the same manner Kogan’s personality quiz did) prior to 2015 to determine what info they may still have. He said that audit will take “many months.”Among other queries lobbed at the CEO, Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) asked about MPAA member concerns over rampant content piracy on Facebook. Zuckerberg responded, “I believe that has been an issue for a long time.” Popular on Variety Zuckerberg obviously was coached to say “This is an important issue” in his response to tough questions, something he said numerous times throughout the hearing.Several Republican representatives — suggesting Facebook has an anti-conservative bias — questioned Zuckerberg about “Diamond and Silk,” the nom-de-internet of pro-Trump sisters Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, who have complained Facebook has limited the distribution of their videos and were told by the company last week their content was deemed “unsafe to the community.” On Wednesday Zuckerberg said that in this case, “our team made an enforcement error, and we have already gotten in touch with them to reverse it.”“I do worry about the general bias of people in Silicon Valley,” Zuckerberg said, but added that Facebook employs people all over the world.The full House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing lasted five hours, including two breaks of 10 and 20 minutes each. Zuckerberg appeared voluntarily at the hearing; he wasn’t subpoenaed by the committee.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suited up for a second day in the D.C. hot seat, repeating apologies to a U.S. House of Representatives committee for the company’s missteps in letting consulting firm Cambridge Analytica improperly secure a massive trove of user data.“It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent [Facebook’s] tools from being used for harm,” Zuckerberg said at the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing. “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”“It’s gonna take some time to work through all of the changes we need to make, but I’m committed to getting this right,” Zuckerberg added. He also told the House committee that his own personal info was included in the data set that wound up on Cambridge Analytica’s servers.last_img read more

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Hypercubes Could Be Building Blocks of Nanocomputers

first_imgUnlike in classic hypercubes, M-hypercubes contain two types of nodes: state nodes, which are embedded on the “joints” of the M-hypercubes; and transmission nodes, which are embedded in the middle of the links between state nodes. In one arrangement, the researchers embedded two state nodes on each joint, both representing a single state. Each node can be turned on or off, with the transmission nodes having the ability to isolate parts of the cube from other parts when in the off state.Depending on the number of states required by an operation, the M-hypercube can be expanded by adding extra dimensions (which contain more nodes) or constricted by reducing its dimensions. For example, if only four states are required, the logic architecture would be a 2-D hypercube (a square), which has four state nodes. In general, the number of state nodes in a hypercube is 2m, with m being the M-hypercube’s dimensionality.“We might construct M-hypercubes of dimensions greater than three in three-dimensional space if we allow the communication linkages at the nodes of M-hypercubes to not be mutually perpendicular,” Lee explained. For logic operations that require many states, the researchers propose a method that could reduce the dimensions of the M-hypercube by essentially decomposing the hypercube into two lower-dimensional M-hypercubes, connected in parallel. If needed, these two M-hypercubes could themselves be decomposed into still less complex M-hypercubes, reducing the number of state nodes required per state. In another arrangement, Lee and Hook combined an M-hypercube with an N-hypercube, resulting in what they call an “MN-cell.” Due to its versatility, the device could serve as a building block for designing sequential nano logic gates of any size and complexity.More information: Lee, Samuel C. and Loyd R. Hook IV. “Logic and Computer Design in Nanospace.” IEEE Transactions on Computers, TC-0156-0406. To be published.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Hypercubes in two, three, four, and five dimensions. (Images from Wikipedia) Multi-dimensional structures called hypercubes may act as the building blocks for tomorrow’s nanocomputers – machines made of such tiny elements that they are dominated not by forces that we’re familiar with every day, but by quantum properties. Citation: Hypercubes Could Be Building Blocks of Nanocomputers (2008, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-04-hypercubes-blocks-nanocomputers.htmlcenter_img As Samuel Lee and Loyd Hook from the University of Oklahoma explain, microelectronic devices are continually getting smaller and faster, in accordance with Moore’s Law. Already, integrated circuits and transistors are reaching the nanometer scale, although they still operate based on the physical properties on the macro-scale. True nanoelectronics, the researchers explain, are not just scaled down microelectronics, but devices that will be dominated by quantum properties, and will therefore require new architectures and novel structures.“Compared to today’s microcomputers, the main advantages of future nanocomputers are higher circuit density, lower power consumption, faster computation speed and more parallel and distributed computing capabilities,” Lee told PhysOrg.com.For example, today’s integrated circuits process information in the form of a continual flow of electrons. Nano integrated circuits, however, may process individual electrons, reducing the scale and power consumption. Such circuits would require that nano logic devices be able to count single electrons, as well as the ability for parallel computing, reversibility, locality, and a three-dimensional architecture.To address these challenges, Lee and Hook have investigated hypercubes, which researchers have previously considered as elements of nanocomputers. In their study, which will be published in a future issue of IEEE Transactions on Computers, Lee and Hook propose a variant of the classic hypercube called the “M-hypercube” that could provide a higher-dimensional layout to support the three-dimensional integrated circuits in nanocomputers.The M-hypercube has a structure similar to a classic hypercube, which basically extends from a square to a cube to increasingly complex M-dimensional shapes. M-hypercubes (of any dimension) are composed of nodes and links. The nodes act as gates, receiving and passing electrons through, while the links act as the paths that electrons travel along. “The unique structure of hypercubes, including M-hypercubes, has been shown to be effective in parallel computing and communication networks and provides a unique ideal intrinsic structure which fulfills many of the needs of future nanocomputing systems,” Lee said. “These needs include massively parallel and distributed processing architecture with simple and robust communication linkages.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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VIDEO Jeff Fisher calling Nick Foles to cut him from the Rams

first_imgThe Eagles are champs and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is now an eternal Philadelphia legend, but Foles’ long road to glory was paved in adversity and disappointment.No single moment sums up the down period of his career than a scene from Hard Knocks where then Rams head coach Jeff Fisher called him to cut him after the team drafted Jared Goff with the first overall pick in the 2016 draft.To be fair to Fisher, he wasn’t the only one who gave up on Foles, but that his inept tenure with the Rams is still producing new video evidence of bad decisions a year after he was canned is pretty funny.Foles is on top of the world now, but this is professional rock bottom.Nick foles could of easily given up in this moment when Jeff fisher called him to tell him he’s being released by the rams but he kept his faith didn’t give up and is now a super bowl mvp… truly amazing. pic.twitter.com/X0cMjH6dW7— Chris Rye (@Chrisrye88) February 5, 2018last_img read more

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GE Gains FDA Clearance for MultiContrast MRI in a Single Acquisition

first_img Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more An example of a Magic MRI scan that created six different contrasts from a single contrast scan. September 7, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted market clearance for GE Healthcare’s MAGiC (MAGnetic resonance image Compilation) software, the industry’s first multi-contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that delivers eight contrasts in a single acquisition in fraction of the time of conventional imaging.MAGiC is the result of a collaboration with SyntheticMR AB and gives clinicians more data than conventional scanning. This technique gives users the flexibility to manipulate MR images retrospectively leading to significant timesaving, fewer rescans and therefore cost savings, which combined, can assist the clinician in making a more decisive diagnosis.MAGiC is an acquisition technique that allows the ability to modify image contrast after scanning has been completed, which is not possible with conventional imaging. GE said MAGiC delivers more potential for the clinician to utilize changes in the image contrast to enhance their diagnosis. With conventional imaging, a radiologist may need to order a rescan if the proper contrast was not acquired, requiring the patient to return and the technologist to conduct another scan. With MAGiC, the radiologist can view multiple different contrasts acquired from a single scan.”MAGIC simultaneously provides a new level of protocol efficiency and tissue characterization,” said Howard Rowley, M.D., professor of radiology, neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and president of the American Society of Neuroradiology. “The flexibility to post-process a wide variety of key image families with different tissue contrasts from a single acquisition is groundbreaking. This will be a major advance for fast brain protocols and patient comfort due to the reduced scan time.”GE Healthcare has conducted and submitted to the U.S. FDA a blinded 1.5T and 3.0T, multi-center, multi-reader clinical study comparing MAGiC to conventional scanning. This study involved both MAGiC and conventional images collected from six sites and 109 patients that were evaluated by seven readers. The study verified that the image quality of MAGiC was comparable to conventional images at a fraction of the scan time, which may improve patient throughput and comfort.For the first, clinicians will have the ability to generate multiple image contrasts in a single MR scan – including T1, T2, STIR, T1 FLAIR, T2 FLAIR, Dual IR, Phase Sensitive IR, and Proton Density weighted images of the brain in a single acquisition. To change the contrast, users simply move the cursor on the interface to change the parameters such as TR, TE and TI. MAGiC enables one scan that can do the work of many and can be processed in many unique and independent ways.Additionally, MAGiC can generate parametric maps enabling further tissue analysis, which is key in the emerging approach of precision medicine. The measurement of tissue values like T1, T2 and PD gives clinicians more information and therefore better insights into the disease of that specific patient, leading to a more confident diagnosis.“MAGiC is a terrific clinical innovation,” said Eric Stahre, president and CEO, GE Healthcare MR. “This study proves that this technique can improve the way clinicians conduct neuro scans and diagnose their patients. Neuro scans are approximately thirty percent of all MR scans; therefore MAGiC could have a tremendous impact on the MR community. GE Healthcare is committed to delivering industry-leading MR innovations that advance clinical care. We are very excited to be the first company to bring MAGiC to market for our customers and their patients. ”MAGiC is available on GE’s Optima MR450, Optima MR450w, Discovery MR750, Discovery MR750w and Signa Pioneer MRI systems.For more information: www.gehealthcare.com, www.symri.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | September 07, 2016 GE Gains FDA Clearance for Multi-Contrast MRI in a Single Acquisition 510(k) cleared MAGiC imaging technique delivers eight contrasts in a single acquisition in fraction of the time of conventional imaging News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… 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 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Related Content News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more last_img read more

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first_imgPorto Cervo, Italy – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine – Women’s high fashion brand Miu Miu has expanded yet again–this time to the Italian seaside resort town of Porto Cervo, Italy.To celebrate the opening, Miu Miu has released a limited-edition high heel as well as a hand bag, both exclusive to the Porto Cervo location. Working with contrasts, both items showcase casual sophistication. Just as the heel combines a clog-like wedge with lace-up top, the handbag effortlessly mixes gold plates with frayed fringe.Boasting locations throughout the world, Miu Miu just recently opened boutiques in Bologna and Forte dei Marmi, and now with another location in Porto Cervo the brand is expanding rapidly throughout Italy. Founded in 1992, Miu Miu is part of the Prada fashion empire and headed specifically by Miuccia Prada, who focuses on featuring clothing and accessories slightly less formal than the standard Prada collection.www.miumiu.comlast_img read more

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Underage driver caught after car chase

first_imgPaphos police on Sunday stopped a 13-year-old boy driving a car with a 15-year-old as passenger. The underage driver was signalled to stop during a routine traffic check at 1 am, but ignored police’s orders.The  teenager sped off and a police car went in pursuit, eventually stopping him. He ran through several red lights and twice in one-way streets before being stopped. When the car was stopped officers discovered the driver was a 13-year-old having as passenger a 15-year-old boy.In the car, officers also located a car radio, and a women’s handbag with a wallet and a mobile phone inside. The teenagers could not provide convincing explanation as to why the handbag was in their possession, the police said.They were taken to a police station for questioning. Police said the social welfare services were also notified.You May LikeTummyTuckHipoDid You Know That These Celebrities Are Related?TummyTuckHipoUndoLilAnswer7 Best Foods That’ll Help Improve Eye Vision Naturally!LilAnswerUndoBrainy Penny25 States That Will Make You Regret Retiring ThereBrainy PennyUndo From space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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