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Illegal sand mining SC issues notices to Centre CBI 5 states

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought responses from the Centre, CBI and five states on a plea which sought prosecution of entities involved in illegal sand mining. A bench headed by Justice S A Bobde issued notices to the Centre, the Central Bureau of Investigation, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh on a plea which claimed that rampant illegal mining in the states was causing environmental degradation. During the arguments, advocate Prashant Bhushan and Pranav Sachdeva, appearing for the petitioner, told the court that sand mining was going on in the states without the requisite environment clearance. The plea also sought a direction from the apex court to the CBI to “register and investigate sand mining scams” mentioned in the petition.last_img read more


NIA questions Mirwaiz asked to appear again tomorrow Geelanis son asked to

first_imgNew Delhi: The NIA Monday questioned Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq for nearly eight hours in connection with a case related to funding of terror groups and separatist organisations in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said here.He was asked to appear before the agency again Tuesday, the officials said, adding Naseem Geelani, son of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was also summoned on Tuesday. After avoiding the first two summons, the Mirwaiz finally appeared before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after he was assured of being provided security upon his arrival in the national capital. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Mirwaiz was accompanied by other separatist leaders, including Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone and Maulana Abbas Ansari. During the questioning, the Mirwaiz was asked several questions related to the funding of his party Awami Action Committee as well as Hurriyat Conference, the officials said, adding that the replies were not satisfactory. He had been asked to appear before the NIA on March 11 and March 18 but expressed his inability to join the investigation in the national capital, saying he feared for his security in view of “conditions of hostility”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn its third summons issued last week, the NIA promised him security. The NIA probe seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of terrorist activities, pelting of stones on security forces, burning down of schools and damaging of government establishments. The case names Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), the front for the banned Lashker-e-Taiba, as an accused. It also names organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the Mirwaiz, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat. Ahead of his appearance before the NIA, the Hurriyat Conference chairman tweeted, “In Delhi today with my colleagues for the NIA summon, efforts to malign leadership for its political stand wont work. Inspite of harassment Hurriyat will continue to seek peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. Urge people back home to stay calm and peaceful.” On Sunday night, the Hurriyat held an executive meeting and strongly condemned the move to summon the Mirwaiz.last_img read more


Akbar cross examined in defamation case against Ramani

first_imgNew Delhi: The cross examination of former Union Minister M.J. Akbar continued on Monday in connection with a defamation case filed by him against journalist Priya Ramani. The hearing which is still on saw heated exchange of arguments between two senior advocates — Akbar’s counsel Geeta Luthra and Ramani’s Counsel Rebecca John — as Luthra objected many questions asked by John. The hearing was taking place before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal.last_img read more


UNbrokered health care truce aids children in 700 Philippines villages

10 May 2007Children and their families in 700 remote villages in conflict-ravaged southern Philippines have received essential health care, many for the first time in their lives, through a historic truce arranged with Muslim rebels, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today. In a campaign known as ‘Days of Peace,’ arranged between UNICEF and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), fighting that has raged between the insurgents and the Government for decades was suspended for two weeks starting in mid-April so that health workers could provide immunizations, micronutrient supplementation, counselling and other basic care. “Peace-building efforts will not succeed if we fail to deliver the basic services that families need,” said UNICEF’s Representative in the Philippines, Dr. Nicholas Alipui, who led immunization teams deep into remote areas during the campaign. Members of the popular Filipino rock band Bamboo also joined aid workers in the region to support the campaign and assist children in the villages, many of whom were found in desperate need. “We knew we were going to see children who needed help, but nothing could have prepared us for the reality of seeing such deprivation,” lead singer Bamboo Manalac said. Because of such great need, two more Days of Peace campaigns are now in the works for the region – one in July and another in October. “The Days of Peace campaign is not just a series of special missions,” Dr. Alipui said. “We intend to help re-establish routine coverage of conflict areas.” read more


Police test lighting in probe of Uber selfdriving crash

TEMPE, Ariz. — Police outside Phoenix recently closed part of a street to conduct a lighting test as an investigation continues into the 2018 death of a woman who was struck and killed by an Uber self-driving SUV.The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office says prosecutors asked for more investigation before making a decision about whether to charge backup driver Rafaela Vasquez who was supposed to take control in an emergency. Another prosecutor’s office decided in March not to charge Uber.The Tuesday night lighting test was conducted near the crash site in Tempe. The Arizona Republic reports one man drove a white Volvo XC90 like the vehicle that killed Elaine Herzberg who was crossing the street with her bicycle. It did not appear to have the sensors Uber uses on self-driving vehicles.The investigation last year by Tempe Police determined the accident was “entirely avoidable,” but prosecutors wanted more information.Amanda Steele, a spokeswoman for Montgomery’s office, said the tests were connected with Montgomery’s request.“Once prosecutors receive a new submittal (from police), they will begin reviewing the case for a charging decision,” Steele said.Montgomery said at a March news conference that his office wanted more data on the crash, which was recorded by cameras inside and outside the Uber vehicle.“We are asking the Tempe Police Department to conduct further investigation into the video itself,” Montgomery said. “One of the critical decision points for us will be to match up specific actions of the driver at specific points in the roadway in order for us to be able to properly asses the reasonable likelihood of a conviction with the evidence we will have.”Vasquez, 45, told investigators that she didn’t use her cellphone before the crash. But authorities say records show Vasquez was streaming the television show “The Voice” on her phone and was looking downward in the moments before the crash. Investigators concluded the crash could have been avoided had Vasquez not been distracted.Dash camera video shows Vasquez was looking down near her right knee for four or five seconds before the crash. She looked up a half-second before striking Herzberg.Vasquez told police Herzberg “came out of nowhere” and that she didn’t see her prior to the collision. But officers calculated that had Vasquez been paying attention, she could have reacted 143 feet (44 metres) before impact and brought the SUV to a stop about 42 feet (12.8 metres) before hitting Herzberg.___Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.comThe Associated Press read more


Manhunt underway in New Zealand after a Canadian woman survives shooting that

Sean McKinnon is pictured giving his fiancee Bianca Buckley a kiss. In an eerie parallel of the triple murder in a remote area of northern British Columbia last month, a manhunt is underway in an off-the-beaten track area of New Zealand after a random attack on a couple left an Australian man dead.Sean McKinnon, 33, was on a campervan vacation with Canadian Bianca Buckley, 32, in Raglan, an area known for big-wave surfing, about 165 km south of Auckland, when a man allegedly demanded the keys to their rental van around 3 a.m. on Friday and fired shots, according to media reports in New Zealand and Australia.Buckley, originally from Halifax, escaped on foot, but her fiancé’s body was found about a 75-minute drive away in Gordonton a few hours later, according to New Zealand police.Det. Insp. Graham Pitkethley of the New Zealand police described the incident as a random “absolutely tragic” attack. And he said the woman, who multiple media sources confirmed was Buckley, was “understandably very shocked and distressed.”“It is understandable and concerning to have an armed offender outstanding but I want to reassure the public we are working hard to identify and locate the offender,” Pitkethley said in a news conference. “It is our absolute priority.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The Canadian consular officials in Wellington, New Zealand have offered their services, which usually consist of providing advice, information for legal resources and medical services for victims of crime.He smashed the window with the barrel of the gun and put the gun through the window and shot him twice“Our thoughts are with the Canadian citizen who survived a violent robbery incident in New Zealand, which resulted in the death of an Australian citizen,” Barbara Harvey, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada, said in an email. She declined to comment further, citing the Privacy Act.In Nova Scotia, Sacred Heart School of Halifax announced Buckley, a 2005 graduate, had been involved in a “violent incident” in New Zealand in which her fiancé was killed.The school noted in a Facebook post that the Buckley family appreciates the prayers of the school community.“Bianca thankfully is safe,” the school said in the post. “Our thoughts are with Bianca and her family and of course with the McKinnon family.”A statement from Counties Manukau Health in Auckland, which Buckley listed on her Facebook page as her employer since January, said the organization is providing support to one of its staff members, a midwife, who was involved in the “tragic incident.”Buckley’s family has requested privacy.McKinnon, who grew up around Port Campbell, Australia, about 230 kilometres southwest of Melbourne, was known as a well-loved surfer, musician and traveller.His heartbroken mother and four sisters who are living their “worst nightmare” are on their way to New Zealand, the New Zealand Herald reported. His sister Emmeline McKinnon, 39, said she felt haunted thinking of what happened to him. “I feel sheer helplessness.”The couple met while travelling in South America, she said, according to an article in The Age.“Bianca and Sean shared a passion for adventure and surfing and travel,” she said in the article. “He was a gentle sort of soul with a good sense of humour.”Buckley, a Counties Manukau District Health Board midwife, and McKinnon were on a surfing holiday in a small beachside town when the incident happened.A woman who lives nearby said she comforted McKinnon, but didn’t want to be named, according to the New Zealand Herald. She said Buckley, who arrived at her house barefoot, with cuts to her face and bloodstained jeans, had just woken up when she heard a commotion and McKinnon was fumbling trying to find the keys.“Then something happened,” the resident told the Herald. “Her boyfriend changed his tone. He was less calm and the guy [offender] just seemed to shift in that moment. Then he smashed the window with the barrel of the gun and put the gun through the window and shot him twice.”Apparently the killer pushed Buckley out of the van and told her he wasn’t going to shoot her. She then ran about two kilometres until she arrived at the woman’s house.Bianca and Sean shared a passion for adventure and surfing and travel. He was a gentle sort of soul with a good sense of humour.“I think she was pretty sure [McKinnon] wasn’t alive at that point,” said the resident who called the police.They’ve launched a homicide investigation and have issued a General Arming Order, meaning all police officers will be armed.New Zealand recently started a gun buyback program following the Christchurch terror attack in March, which left 51 people dead and 49 injured.The latest attack is reminiscent of the shooting deaths of American tourist Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, in northern British Columbia last month. The investigation into their deaths and separately that of a third victim, Leonard Dyck, is continuing although the main suspects in the three homicides Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, were found dead on the shores of Nelson River, Manitoba on Aug. 7 after a nationwide manhunt.With files from the Canadian Press Facebook read more


UNESCO chief condemns brutal murder of Bangladeshi journalist

UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura called the killing of Manik Shaha “a tragic illustration of the need to secure the rule of law in the interest of democracy.” Mr. Shaha, a veteran journalist and press freedom activist who was a correspondent of the daily New Age newspaper and contributor to the BBC’s Bengali-language service, is reported to have been killed on 15 January when assailants stopped his vehicle and threw a bomb at him in Khulna, in southwestern Bangladesh. He is said to have told colleagues he had received death threats that he suspected might have come from criminal gangs.Mr. Matsuura, in a message yesterday, also welcomed a pledge by Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, to find and punish the killers.”I am confident that the country’s authorities will do all they can to improve the safety of journalists, whose work provides an essential contribution to democracy,” Mr. Matsuura added. “This pledge echoes the international community’s resolve to prosecute and punish crimes against journalists.” read more


After swimming with Sharks Slumberkins poised for bigger splash

first_imgWhen Vancouver residents Kelly Oriard and Callie Christensen took their Slumberkins educational children’s brand onto the ABC business pitch show “Shark Tank” in late 2017, they were seeking a $175,000 investment to expand their manufacturing operation.The “Sharks” decided not to invest, but the co-CEOs vowed to keep growing the company organically, with an emphasis on direct-to-consumer sales. A year later, they’re showing no signs of slowing down.At the time the “Shark Tank” episode aired, the Slumberkins brand was around 18 months old and had a staff of seven, working out of a small space in the back of a commercial garage on Fifth Street in downtown Vancouver.The staff has since grown to 11, and in May the company moved into a new 2,000-square-foot office on Washington Street. Then in July, the Jim Henson Company — best known for the Muppets — announced that it would produce an educational children’s series based around the Slumberkins characters.The company made more than $550,000 in sales in 2017, and Christensen and Oriard say they were on track to grow that number by more than 100 percent in 2018. They’re also dealing with much larger investment numbers than they were back on “Shark Tank.” A November public filing with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission shows the company recently secured a $476,000 investment.last_img read more


Mazzoleni perfectly followed the procedure – FIGC Presidenton racial abuse

first_imgFIGC President Gabriele Gravina has maintained that the referee Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni who officiated the match between Napoli and Inter “could not interrupt” the due to racist abuse.He adds that he perfectly followed procedure and called for a statement which was made over the stadium speaker. It was stated that if racial abuse continues, the game will be temporarily suspended.“Mazzoleni could not interrupt the game. He perfectly followed procedure,” Federation chief Gravina told Rai Sport via Football Italia“Unfortunately, at times there are people who don’t know the procedures correctly.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“The chief of security, in particular Questore Cardona, clearly stated that with five minutes left in the game, he could never have suspended play with the risk of creating a massacre.“Mazzoleni applied the procedure precisely the way it was planned. We will discuss with the Minister for the Interior to see if these procedures can be revised and simplified.“We can make it clearer that for example after three warnings in the stadium, the teams go back into the locker room, with the decision made by the security chief at the stadium.“In any case, there is already a system in place to apply very severe sanctions.”last_img read more


Fort Lauderdale premed students host holiday fundraiser for children with cancer

first_imgThank you @AHPrivateSchool and @FlaPanthers for helping us bring some Holiday cheer to our patients at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital— Broward Health (@BrowardHealth) December 7, 2018Volunteers said they’re grateful for a chance to spread some holiday cheer.The whole purpose of this is to bring the joy of the holidays to these children,” said Dr. Carlos Pulido who works at the hospital. “Many of them are hospitalized. Other ones come and go for treatment, so with students from the American Heritage School, we make an effort to try to bring the best of the holidays.” FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Some dedicated South Florida premed students reached out to young patients to brighten their holidays.The students hosted a fundraiser that gave them a chance to bestow gifts to 24 pediatric cancer patients at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.The fundraiser preceded the American Heritage School’s 19th annual holiday party, also held at the hospital. Players from the Florida Panthers were also on hand at the event. The children received brand-new Xbox consoles, iPads, laptops and other toys and electronics.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


Five Communities Selected for 2018 Class of Great American Defense Communities

first_imgADC has named five communities from across the country to the 2018 class of Great American Defense Communities, a recognition of the unique contributions communities that host military installations make to improve quality of life for service members and military families. The 2018 class, along with neighboring installations, includes:Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, Md. (Aberdeen Proving Ground);Greater Fort Knox region, Ky. (Fort Knox);San Diego region (MCAS Miramar, MCB/MCAS Camp Pendleton, MCRD San Diego, NB Coronado, NB San Diego and NB Point Loma);South Georgia region (Moody AFB); andTampa Bay (MacDill AFB and Avon Park Air Force Range).“The men and women who serve our nation deserve our full support whether they are on a mission abroad or on duty at an installation closer to home,” said ADC President Bill Parry, according to a press release. “Communities have found many ways to show service families that they are welcome on both sides of the installation fence, and the Great American Defense Communities program has quickly become an important way to highlight their successes.”Communities are selected following a competitive nomination process based on community building and integration, support and collaboration, educational and employment opportunities, and family support. The communities selected for the 2018 class will be honored throughout the year, including at the Defense Communities National Summit in June 2018. The initiative, which is in its third year, is sponsored by USAA. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


Bumpy ride on a slushy road

first_imgMiyapur: A slushy stretch of Miyapur-Bachupally road near Sai Anurag Colony is causing lot of inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians alike. It has become a herculean task for motorists to move around the area without falling in the slush or risk a fall in drains while negotiating their way around potholes. There is no end to chaos even after peak hours and the main roads are always chock-a-block. Moreover, the slow-moving traffic renders junction difficult cross for pedestrians because of the condition of the road. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Though the traffic police had earlier experimented with a seamless traffic movement in the town, residents were largely unhappy, as the arrangement did not provide alternate routes, as a result of which motorists had to take circuitous routes even to travel small distances. Speaking to The Hans India here on Tuesday, Ravikanth, a daily commuter said, “The stretch is the most torturous one. A couple of accidents were reported in the last couple of weeks.”last_img read more


Over 4000 hacked websites send payment details passwords to hackers

first_img Close Over 4,600 websites, including online shopping stores, blogs and e-learning websites have been breached by hackers in an attack. The malicious code targets third-party elements such as live chat support widgets and analytics tools.It was aimed to take information from all text fields, regardless of what they contained, implying that any information – from names to payment details – entered on the compromised websites would be logged and sent to the hackers.ZDNet reported yesterday that hackers breached the content delivery networks of Picreel and Alpaca Forms, which are optimisation services for website owners. They modified the JavaScript files to embed malicious code which enabled any information entered by visitors to get leaked to the hackers.Willem de Groot, a forensic analyst at Sanguine Security found the Picreel breach and tweeted about it yesterday. He wrote that the information is being relayed to exfil servers in Panama. He commented about the second hack, mentioning that the code had been decoded and can be accessed here. Among the websites affected are product review site Gear Patrol, Shutterstock’s effects-sharing platform, Rocketstock, and Discover magazine’s website. Hackers steal sensitive information from thousands of websiteCreative CommonsThese attacks are called third-party/value-chain/supply-chain attacks where hackers enter the website using a third-party plugin. As per a report from Symantec, a cybersecurity firm, such attacks increased by 78 percent between 2017 and 2018, making cybersecurity a major concern for value-chain providers.Picreel operates on websites by tracking visitor movement and delivering relevant advertisements to boost ad revenue. Alpaca Forms is an open-source form creation service sponsored by Cloud CMS, a content-management platform. Hackers steal sensitive information from thousands of websiteReutersAccording to an update of the ZDNet report, Cloud CMS subsequently intervened and resolved the tainted code. The company clarified that there was no security breach with Cloud CMS and there were no problems with any of its customers or products. There is no evidence to suggest this however, unless users applied the Alpaca Forms script to their sites on their own.At the time of writing, 1,249 websites are live and still affected by the Picreel breach. 3,435 websites still have the code from the Alpaca breach. This hack is not like that time political party, BJP’s website got hacked. This breach can allow hackers to gather names, mobile numbers and bank account details along with browsing data. Thus, visitors surfing these websites are advised to exercise caution. Top 6 Data Breaches Of 2018center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/3:08Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more


3 Murders Add to Wave of DC Homicides

first_imgA Maryland man was fatally shot on the afternoon of Aug. 13 in Southeast D.C. The shooting is one in a wave of recent District murders, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.Authorities responded to a call in the 1400 block of V Street, SE. the afternoon of Aug. 13. Officers found Gary Thompson, 19, from Suitland, Md., unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound to his back. Thompson was taken to a local and later died, police said.Several murders also occurred during the week of Aug. 8-Aug. 14, including the Aug. 10 slaying of William Lassiter, 52, who was shot on the 900 block of Mount Olivet Road, NE, police said.Officers said they heard gunfire in the area of Mount Olivet Road and New York Avenue around 1:45 a.m. and found the victim suffering from a gunshot injury. He was pronounced dead on the scene.A third shooting took the life of another man on Aug. 8 in Northwest D.C. Authorities said they arrived at the 5700 block of Georgia Avenue, NW. around 7:10 p.m. Police said they found Donald Stephen Johnson Jr., 45, injured from gunfire behind Emery Recreation Center. Johnson was transported to an area hospital where he later died.Police said they are searching for suspect Herman Lee Cook Jr. pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with second-degree murder while armed. Police described Cook as, “. . . a black male, 5’8” tall, 250 pounds, with brown eyes, medium complexion, and black hair (balding on top).” Authorities said he is considered armed and dangerous.Aquita Brown, spokesperson for the police department, told the AFRO Aug. 15 that no arrests have been made in any of the three murders.According to the police, there have been a total of 85 homicides in D.C. as of Aug. 17, a 10 percent decline from the same time a year ago. Data shows that there have been two homicides on V Street Southeast, one homicide in the immediate area of Mount Olivet Road Northeast and three homicides on Georgia Avenue Northwest in 2016.last_img read more


Yahoo Other Oath Programming Launches on Roku Channel as Verizon Hopes to

first_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 Launched in September 2017, the Roku Channel features free-to-watch movies and TV shows licensed from Lionsgate, MGM, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros., Showtime, Fox, and Epix, as well as live-streaming programming from partners including ABC News, Cheddar, and PeopleTV. In addition to Roku streaming players and TVs, the Roku Channel is available on the web and mobile devices.The Yahoo News lineup includes video series and documentaries and live coverage around special events, such as next week’s U.S. midterm elections with coverage kicking off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Nov. 6. Yahoo Finance provides four daily live business day programs; starting Nov. 5, it will expand the shows to five hours of daily programming and will launch an eight-hour slate in January 2019.Yahoo Sports delivers breaking news plus shows like “Fantasy Football Live,” “The Spin” and “The Rush,” as well as “Mostly Football,” a sports-and-culture pregame show with former NFL star Martellus Bennett. HuffPost provides a variety of original documentary and news programming, while the RYOT studio produces feature-length and short-form content in both traditional and emerging VR formats. MAKERS is Oath’s feminist media brand, touting a large collection of video profiles of women. Popular on Variety center_img Verizon’s Oath struck a deal with Roku to distribute live and on-demand content from Yahoo and other media properties on the device maker’s free-to-watch Roku Channel.None of the Oath programming will be exclusively available on the Roku Channel. That will also continue to be available for free on Oath’s owned-and-operated sites and apps. Through the deal, Oath wants to get its ad-supported content in front of Roku’s installed base of users, which was about 22 million as of the end of June 2018.Presented under the “Yahoo” banner on the Roku Channel, the live and VOD content comes from Oath’s Yahoo News, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, HuffPost, RYOT and MAKERS.Oath has been losing steam in recent quarters — and Verizon hopes its video initiatives like the new deal with Roku will help turn things around. Revenue for Oath dropped 6.9% in the third quarter of 2018, to $1.8 billion, with Verizon blaming declines in search and desktop traffic. The telco said it expects sales at Oath, which combined AOL and Yahoo, to be “relatively flat in the near term.”last_img read more


For lowcost DNA nanostructures recycle sticky ends

first_img At left, a sketch of two grids connected by two generic sticky-ends (circled) and one specific sticky-end (right end). The atomic force microscopy image is at right, with the scale bar equal to 40 nm. Credit: Constantin Pistol, et al. DNA could be backbone of next generation logic chips In the second method, Pistol and Dwyer used all specific sticky-ends to connect two 4 x 4 grids. They found that, after the grids were connected, the sticky-ends could be reused in other connections. In this method, the scientists assembled four 4 x 4 grids to produce a 64-motif structure. “Once the two sticky-ends have joined into a double helix, their sequences can be re-used in another part of the system,” said Dwyer. “This requires that the nanostructure be formed hierarchically.”At a molecular weight of 8960 kD, the 64-motif structure is one of the largest programmable synthetic nanostructures ever synthesized. The scientists also predict that this method can be scaled even further before reaching a limit imposed when the generic interactions begin to dominate the process. However, studies in periodic DNA crystal formation suggest that the scale limit is nearly macroscopic.In analyzing their structures for defects, Pistol and Dwyer found that missing motifs were common, requiring defect-tolerant designs in future large-scale assemblies. If DNA nanostructures can be fabricated at the scales Pistol and Dwyer predict, then not only biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry would benefit, but future computer systems may use DNA, as well.“One of the benefits of DNA nanostructures for computers is device density,” Dwyer said. “The grid has a pitch of 20nm, and this is about half of the smallest device feature in Intel’s latest lithography process. The other benefit is manufacturing scale. Each experiment created a vast number of structures (~1012 or more) and this holds the promise of more complex and higher performance computers in the future.”Citation: Pistol, Constantin, and Dwyer, Chris. “Scalable, low-cost, hierarchical assembly of programmable DNA nanostructures.” Nanotechnology 18 (2007) 125305 (4pp).Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of In their recent paper in Nanotechnology, Constantin Pistol and Chris Dwyer explain DNA’s advantages over silicon in terms of its easy synthesis, control and asymmetrical complexity. While recent advances in the field of fabricating DNA nanostructures have produced rigid sequences, Pistol and Dwyer focused on developing a self-assembly method that enables simple and inexpensive scaling of the DNA structures. In addition, their grid-like structures consist of components that can be independently modified to create arbitrary patterns for different purposes.“The independent chemical modification of the motifs in the grid is important when generating templates on the grid,” Dwyer told “Our computer architecture research is investigating how the DNA grids might act like scaffolds for other materials, such as carbon nanotubes. Arbitrary patterns of these materials are necessary to implement the kinds of circuits that we use to build computers.” The hierarchical approach to building nanostructures from DNA, beginning with nine oligonucleotides and resulting in an 8 x 8 grid. Credit: Constantin Pistol, et al. In their study, the scientists use a hierarchical approach: nine oligonucleotides (the structural units of DNA) form a cross-like motif, and 16 motifs annealed with streptavidin can form a grid. To build larger structures from these 4 x 4 grids, the scientists experimented with using two types of sticky-ends. “Sticky-ends are single-stranded pieces of DNA that can hybridize, or form a double helix, with their complements,” Dwyer explained. “A well designed sticky-end has only one true complementary sticky-end in the system.”The first type, the “generic” sticky-end, binds with only one helix instead of the normal two. This binding provides a relatively unstable interaction, which makes it easier to individually program two adjacent grids later on. The second type, the “specific” sticky-end, provides a stronger interaction and can control the weak interactions between the generic sticky-ends.In one fabrication method, the scientists bound together two 4 x 4 grids, using two generic sticky-ends and one specific sticky-end (the fourth grid arm was left open for identification purposes). The scientists found that the single specific sticky-end could dominate the entire connection, providing a scalable assembly method.center_img Explore further Citation: For low-cost DNA nanostructures, recycle sticky ends (2007, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Scientists from Duke University have recently demonstrated a new method for assembling large, low-cost DNA nanostructures, in part by reusing the “sticky-ends,” the broken DNA strands used to connect the nanostructures. In their hierarchical self-assembly method, the scientists have demonstrated one of the largest programmable synthetic nanostructures ever synthesized. 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


ASTRO Supports Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act

first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiology Business | April 28, 2016 ASTRO Supports Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act Federal legislation would close loophole that still allows physicians to self-refer patients for certain services, including radiation therapy April 28, 2016 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and radiation oncologists nationwide hailed the introduction of federal legislation that would drive alternative payment models, protect patients and reduce Medicare costs. The legislation would accomplish this by closing a costly loophole in the physician self-referral law.ASTRO Chair Bruce D. Minsky, M.D., FASTRO, called on Congress to support healthcare delivery and payment reform by passing HR 5088, the Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2016 (PIMA), introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.).The federal Ethics in Patient Referrals Act, also known as the physician self-referral law, prohibits physicians from referring a patient to a medical facility in which the physician has a financial interest. The law, which has been in effect since 1989, was designed to ensure that medical decisions are made in the best interest of patients without consideration of any financial gain that could be realized by the treating physician. Over the years, however, abuse of an exception to the law that allows physicians to self-refer for so-called “ancillary services,” including radiation therapy, has diluted the self-referral law and created a pathway for physicians to avoid its prohibitions and intent.If passed, PIMA would restore the original intent of the Ethics in Patient Referrals Act, limiting the in-office ancillary services (IOAS) exception by prohibiting physician self-referral for four complex services — advanced imaging, anatomic pathology, radiation therapy and physical therapy. The bill also would increase penalties for improper referrals, create new compliance review procedures involving Medicare and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General, and strengthen provisions in the self-referral law that maintain access to care for rural beneficiaries.Multiple studies, including reports published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and in the New England Journal of Medicine, have shown that physician self-referral leads to increased utilization of services that may not be medically necessary, poses a potential risk of harm to patients and costs the healthcare system millions of dollars each year.Moreover, bipartisan groups including the Center for American Progress, the Bipartisan Policy Center and the AARP, have recommended closing the self-referral loophole. President Obama recommended closing the loophole in four consecutive budget proposals (FY 2013-FY 2017), and the Office of Management and Budget estimated this change would lead to Medicare program savings of $3.3 billion over 10 years.Rep. Speier’s PIMA legislation would expedite delivery and payment system reform in a manner consistent with the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act (MACRA) passed in 2015.  While MACRA and other policy changes will increase the numbers of physicians participating in alternative payment models, many may still participate in a traditional fee-for-service model that incentivizes over-utilization of healthcare services through self-referral. PIMA would ensure that only physicians participating in approved alternative payment models and other truly integrated medical groups focusing on quality could self-refer under the IOAS exception, thereby rooting out abuse in the traditional fee-for-service system while accelerating participation in alternative payment models.“Self-referral abuse is at the heart of what’s wrong with the traditional fee-for-service system, and it undermines ASTRO-supported efforts to move Medicare toward quality- and value-based payment. Closing the self-referral loophole will accelerate participation in alternative payment models and fulfill the vision of a high-value payment system,” said Minsky. “We applaud Reps. Speier and McDermott for their leadership introducing legislation that drives needed payment reforms, protects patients and reduces waste.”ASTRO is a partner in the Alliance for Integrity in Medicare (AIM), a coalition of medical societies committed to ending the practice of inappropriate physician self-referral and improving patient care by preserving valuable Medicare resources. In addition to ASTRO, AIM partners include the American Clinical Laboratory Association, the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the Association for Quality Imaging, the College of American Pathologists and the Radiology Business Management Association.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RADlast_img read more


In search of delicious wings

first_imgThere are only two kinds of food that I am really picky about: sushi and chicken wings. So when I moved to Costa Rica I had pretty much set myself up for constant disappointment. The wings I found, in particular, were always dry and bony, with almost no meat.After almost a year of wingless resignation, I vowed to find decent wings in my new home. My quest was not as difficult as I imagined.I decided to start with the obvious, making a beeline toward one of Costa Rica’s newest U.S. chain restaurants, Chili’s. Just like the Chili’s back home, the Escazú version has excellent boneless wings available in either honey chipotle, buffalo or BBQ sauce. Chili’s newest chain opened in December in Lincoln Plaza in Moravia.Next on the list was the perennial expat bar Chubbs in downtown San José. Chubb’s has served Costa Rica’s expat community for years and its menu is filled with burgers and sandwiches that would make any homesick North American salivate.Unlike most wings in the country, those at Chubb’s are thick and meaty. Some aren’t even wings at all, but instead entire chicken legs doused in either buffalo, BBQ or honey mustard sauce.After my visit to Chubbs I heard about Beso, a popular restaurant in La Sabana that started a wing lover’s special every Saturday. Wings at Beso are ₡100 a pop with a choice between honey mustard, buffalo or BBQ sauce.Beso’s wing sauce was exceptional, but the service was not. We waited for over an hour before discovering that our waiter had completely forgotten to place our order. Though not entirely worth the wait, Beso’s wings were certainly fit for a wing-lover with a good book to read.Chubb’s and Beso’s are both long popular in San José and while both have wings on the menu, I wanted a place completely dedicated to the craft of the chicken wing.Enter Buffalo Joe. The new restaurant with locations in Belén and San Francisco de Heredia calls itself “the wing expert.” Abandoning the policy of most wing joints in Costa Rica of only offering the traditional three flavors, Buffalo Joe adds teriyaki, sweet & sour, garlic parmesan and asian sweet sauces to the menu, which also includes burgers, salads and traditional chifrijo.During my search I was also encouraged to try Wing Shack, a hole in the wall sports bar in Barrio California, but struggled to catch the bar during operating hours. With a Facebook page that hasn’t been updated since 2011 and a phone number that is not registered anywhere, actually getting your hands on Wing Shack’s wings is a rewarding experience in itself. They rank among the best in San José, with all of the classic flavors to choose from, along with garlic parmesan and teriyaki. Most importantly, every wing has plenty of meat on the bone.Although my search was mostly limited to San José, I also got word of what one expat called “the best wings in the Central Valley” at Bar Calipso in Heredia. In addition to what I am assured are fantastic buffalo or BBQ wings, the bar has four pool tables you can rent by the hour.But the clear winner for best wings in Costa Rica is not in San José, or even in the Central Valley. The Jolly Roger just outside of Dominical has the best wings I have had in this country and possibly anywhere.If you can make the journey up a steep, dirt jungle road to the mountainside bar you will be rewarded not only with delicious wings, but also with an incredible ocean view. The Jolly Roger’s impressive menu features 19 completely unique flavors that will blow your mind.Since my discovery of the Jolly Roger in December, I have made several repeat trips to Dominical almost exclusively to eat wings, including an impromptu 4-hour drive on my birthday to completely stuff my face. Shameful, perhaps, but really they are just that good.n Where to Eat WingsBar CalipsoAddress: In front of the pool at the Palacio de los Deportes in HerediaContact: 2262-1804Price of Wings: ₡1,700 for two wings and french fries or ₡4,500 for a plate of seven or eight wingsBesoAddress: 150 meters west of the comptroller office, La SabanaContact: 2290-6301Price of Wings: ₡100 a wing every Saturday Buffalo Joe’sAddress: west of the sports plaza in Belén and in front of the Taco Bell in San Francisco de HerediaContact: 2239-0685Price of Wings: six for ₡3,290, 12 for ₡6,490, 18 for ₡9,790, 24 for ₡12,590, 30 for ₡15,390 No related posts. Chubbs BarAddress: 50 m north of the Del Rey, downtown San JoséContact: 2222-0835, www.chubbsbar.comPrice of Wings: six for ₡2,500, 12 for ₡5,000, 20 for  ₡8,000 Jolly RogerAddress: Off the coastal highway across from hotel Cuña del Angél, Escalares, DominicalContact: 8706-8438Price of Wings: ₡4,500 for 10 wings of one flavor.  Facebook Comments Chili’sAddress: Multiplaza Escazú and Lincoln Plaza MoraviaContact: 2519-9500Price of Wings: plate of nine boneless wings ₡5,350last_img read more


Waldorf Astoria and Harpers BAZAAR launch ShopBAZAAR

first_imgLuxury hospitality provider Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has recently joined forces with Harper’s Bazaar for a multiplatform marketing campaign, including print and digital placements, editorial integration, e-commerce, and branded travel packages.The innovative program, a first for both brands, is centred on multiple destination-inspired editorial stories that bring consumers a unique blend of the best in both fashion and travel. Readers will have the opportunity to purchase the featured styles and travel experiences through Harper’s BAZAAR’s e-commerce store,“We have always felt that the Waldorf Astoria guest and the Harper’s BAZAAR woman are one and the same,” said Carol Smith, Publisher, Harper’s BAZAAR. “This program brings together two great institutions in a way that is sure to delight our audience.”For the first time since the launch, customised travel packages created by Waldorf Astoria will be available for purchase in addition to clothing and accessories featured in the editorial.“Fashion and travel are innately intertwined, and this partnership with Harper’s BAZAAR brings that affiliation to life through the magazine’s stunning editorial features,” said John T A Vanderslice, Global Head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “The tailored package we have created for was designed with that unique relationship and readership in mind.”last_img read more


Etihad Airways will this week begin connecting the

first_imgEtihad Airways will this week begin connecting the Middle East to the Scottish capital with the launch of daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Edinburgh. Edinburgh is Etihad Airways’ first Scottish destination, and its third point in the UK, alongside a triple-daily operation to London Heathrow and double-daily flights to Manchester.The new service is operated with a two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft, offering a total of 22 seats in Business Class and 240 seats in Economy. It will provide connections through the Abu Dhabi hub to the world’s most attractive holiday destinations and trade centres for the Scottish economy in the Middle East, Indian sub-continent, Asia and Australia.Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer for Etihad Airways, said, “Scotland is the natural next step on our growth trajectory in the UK, with strong tourism and business traffic in both directions. We have been impressed by the welcome we have received from Edinburgh Airport and from the Scottish tourism industry. Many local stakeholders have played a part in attracting us to the city and welcoming us here, and we’re confident this service will be a great success. From a business and trade perspective, the UAE is already a primary trade partner for Scotland in the Middle East region. According to figures released at the end of 2014 by the UK’s Office for National Statistics, bilateral trade between the UAE and UK reached more than £12.36 billion in 2013.For leisure customers, Edinburgh is a significant tourist draw. The city is the UK’s largest tourist market outside London, with more than a million arrivals from overseas each year. Significantly, Edinburgh is the second most popular British city for Australians, 8 per cent of whom have Scottish ancestry. Etihad Airways currently connects directly to Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne and onward to around 40 further destinations across Australia, through the partnership with Virgin Australia.last_img read more