DMs asked to remove banners festoons with photos of PM CM

first_imgKolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has instructed all the District Magistrates in the state to remove banners and festoons carrying the photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister, from various government buildings within the next 24 hours.At various places in the city and districts, festoons and banners mentioning various projects of both the state government and the Centre with photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister were still seen. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe election officials have started a drive to remove these, since the model code of conduct was implemented following the notification of the polls. The CEO’s office on Friday issued directives to the DMs to remove all the banners from both government and private places under their jurisdiction. All the DMs have to submit a compliance report to the CEO’s office in this regard. Senior officials of the CEO’s office on Friday held a video conference with the districts officials to take stock of the poll-preparedness a day ahead of the arrival of an ECI team in the city. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, the CEO’s office also directed the ADG (Law and Order) to submit a list of those who have been arrested so far in the state. The ADG has also been asked to prepare a detailed list of the people who might cause trouble in the districts during the elections. It has also been learnt that the election officials in the state have issued directives to some districts where there have been past incidents of violence. North Dinajpur district administrative officials have been asked to keep an eye on Chopra area of Raigunj, where a student was killed during a clash.last_img read more

60000 Sudanese Refugees Flee Violence UNHCR

Geneva – About 60,000 people have fled South Sudan since violence escalated over the past three weeks, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said.“They brought to us very disturbing reports, armed groups operating on roads to Uganda are preventing people from fleeing,” UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a briefing.“Armed groups are looting villages, murdering civilians and forcibly recruiting young men and boys into their ranks,” she added. The bulk headed to neighbouring Uganda, doubling the flow over that border over the past 10 days, and the rest to Sudan and Kenya, the agency added.With MAP

New UN initiative launched to recover assets stolen by corrupt leaders

“Corruption undermines democracy and the rule of law,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the inauguration of the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative. “It leads to violations of human rights. It erodes public trust in government. It can even kill – for example, when corrupt officials allow medicines to be tampered with, or when they accept bribes that enable terrorist acts to take place.”The proceeds from criminal activities, corruption and tax evasion worldwide is estimated to be between $1 trillion and $1.6 trillion, and one quarter of the gross domestic product of African States – or $148 billion – is lost to corruption yearly. Additionally, public officials from developing and transition countries collectively receive bribes worth between $20 billion and $40 billion every year, which is equivalent to 20 to 40 per cent of flows of official development assistance.“Many developing countries are haemorrhaging money desperately needed to try to support the attack against poverty,” said Robert B. Zoellick, president of the World Bank, an independent specialized agency of the UN. “Of course, the development impact of theft on such a massive scale is devastating.”He cited the example of former Nigerian President Sani Abacha, members of his family and accomplices who collectively stole between $3 billion and $5 billion of the country’s public assets in five years. That sum exceeds the federal Government’s 2006 expenditures on education and health, and could also have provided antiretroviral therapy for 2 million to 3 million Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS for a decade.UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa underlined the importance of acting quickly to retrieve stolen funds. “Time is crucial. Stolen assets are more likely to be detected during the initial phase and therefore before they disappear in an international money laundromat,” he said, noting that only 10-15 per cent of such funds are recovered a decade or so after the crime has taken place.Mr. Costa pointed out his Office’s experience in Nigeria – where some $5 billion of stolen monies has been recovered – to shrink fraud.To both reclaim stolen funds and to prevent deter such crimes, the World Bank and UNODC believe that developed countries – often the source of bribes, kickbacks and other illegal incomes, as well as the location where stolen funds are kept – and developing countries must work in tandem.The World Bank and UNODC appealed for all countries to ratify the UN Convention against Corruption, which only half of the Group of Eight (G8) developed countries has done. Mr. Costa stressed that one of the Convention’s breakthroughs is that banking secrecy is no longer an obstacle to money-laundering investigations, which could deal a serious blow to efforts to export stolen funds.“Developing countries frequently lack the institutional capacity to locate and repatriate stolen assets, so this initiative will provide financial and technical assistance to strengthen the institutional capacity of government agencies to do so,” Mr. Zoellick said. “And it will also help these countries bring their laws into compliance with the UN Convention against Corruption.”The StAR Initiative will endeavour to ensure that there is no safe haven for the proceeds derived from corruption, as well as to suppress the flow of these funds among countries. 17 September 2007The United Nations today launched a new partnership between the World Bank and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to help developing nations to recover assets stolen by corrupt leaders and invest those funds in development programmes. read more

TSX higher at end of positive week

Industrials and financials led the way to a modest advance Friday on the Toronto stock market at the end of a positive week.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 30.79 points to 15,241.83. It is a relatively quiet session with low volumes as U.S. markets were closed for the Independence Day holiday.The Canadian dollar edged up 0.05 of a cent to 94.04 cents US.The Toronto market headed for a strong weekly gain, led by mining and financial stocks after U.S. jobs data for June released Thursday came in far higher than expectations. The data also increased optimism that the American economy will rebound significantly after severe winter weather pushed the economy into contraction in the first quarter.The Dow Jones industrials finished the week up 1.28 per cent, and closed above the 17,000-mark for the first time, thanks to the jobs report and solid manufacturing data from the U.S. and China.The strong U.S. jobs data is the latest piece of data to show the world’s biggest economy continues to improve steadily. Also helping stocks are solid corporate earnings and continued support from central banks.Traders are now focused on the start of U.S. second-quarter earnings reports for reassurance about how the American economy performed during the April-June period. Heavyweights reporting next week include resource company Alcoa Inc. and banking giant Wells Fargo.At the same time, analysts note that expectations for the quarter are rather modest.“OK, but not spectacular,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“Firms have been lowering expectations so that may bring some of the very strong sentiment down to earth a bit,” Gorman said.On the corporate front, Lassonde Industries Inc. (TSX:LAS.A) is acquiring U.S. branded juice company Apple & Eve for US$150 million. The Quebec-based juice maker says the acquisition will strengthen its presence in the United States. Lassonde shares ran ahead $7.89 or 7.18 per cent to $117.75.The industrials sector was the biggest percentage advancer, up 0.7 per cent. Financials also provided lift, ahead 0.35 per cent.Commodity prices were mixed in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange with August bullion 70 cents higher to US$1,321.30 an ounce. The gold sector gained 0.15 per cent.The base metals sector was the biggest decliner, down 0.4 per cent while September copper was off a penny at US$3.27 a pound.The energy sector was slightly lower as August crude moved 32 cents lower to US$103.74 a barrel.On the economic front, German factory orders sagged in May after a strong increase the previous month, driven down by lower demand inside the country and from outside the euro area. Industrial orders were 1.7 per cent lower than in April, when they rose 3.4 per cent.Orders from inside Germany dropped 2.5 per cent and those from countries outside the eurozone fell 5.2 per cent. However, there was a 5.7 per cent increase in demand from other countries in the 18-nation eurozone. read more

Annan rings Peace Bell marking International Day of Peace

Secretary-General Kofi Annan rang the Peace Bell at United Nations Headquarters in New York today to mark the annual International Day of Peace, cautioning that for some, the direst threat to peace was terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, while for others it was poverty, disease, deprivation and civil war.”This year, the International Day of Peace, and the Peace Bell we will ring to mark it, take on added poignancy and purpose. A month ago, almost to the hour, an act of unspeakable brutality struck our friends and colleagues in Baghdad,” Mr. Annan said before striking the bell three times in the West Court Garden on the front lawn of the Secretariat building.”Today, we ring this bell for them, for their families and loved ones,” he added in reference to his top envoy for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and the 21 others killed in the terrorist bomb attack of 19 August. “We ring it for the people of Iraq, whom our colleagues were working to assist. We ring it for the people of every nation who need our prayer for peace.” Standing at his side as rang the bell, a gift from Japan cast from the pennies donated by children from 60 nations, were five UN Messengers of Peace: former world boxing champion Muhammad Ali, author and journalist Anna Cataldi, film actor and director Michael Douglas, wildlife researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel.In a message released ahead of today’s ceremony, Mr. Annan underlined the global scope of peace and its varying ingredients.”In some parts of the world, the dominant threats to peace and security are seen as new and potentially more virulent forms of terrorism, the proliferation of non-conventional weapons, the spread of transnational criminal networks and the ways in which all these things maybe coming together to reinforce one another. But for many others around the globe, poverty, disease, deprivation and civil war remain the highest priorities,” he said.”Our challenge is to ensure we have the rules, instruments and institutions to deal with all these threats – not according to some hierarchy of ‘first order’ and ‘second order’ issues, but as a linked set of global, cross-border challenges that affect, and should concern, all people. The divisions of the past year have raised doubts about the adequacy and effectiveness of those rules and tools,” he added.Speaking at the ceremony the President of the General Assembly, Julian Robert Hunte of St. Lucia, noted the conflicts of war, poverty, deprivation and deadly diseases besetting the world, adding: “We should, however, let nothing cloud our message. We must remain undaunted in our search for lasting peace.”For the first time this year, students participated in a pageantry of flags representing the 191 UN Member States. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Syrian Golan Heights and the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) joined in the Headquarters observance via satellite.Following the ceremony, the annual student observance was held with the five Messengers of Peace sharing experiences with young men and women visiting from Kuwait and Rwanda, and by videoconference from Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.Other ceremonies were held at UN outposts throughout the world, including cultural and sports events in the name of peace. In Somalia the UN called for a suspension of all fighting; in Lebanon, the world body was giving eco-tourism awards to rural and urban planners; in Guatemala, it was to inaugurate a children’s park; in Burundi, local leaders were meeting in round tables on how to reach lasting peace; in Bougainville in the South Pacific weapons were to be destroyed.Video of opening ceremony read more

The highlight of Googles Daydream VR is … its controller

by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Nov 10, 2016 7:12 am MDT Last Updated Nov 10, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The best thing about Google’s new virtual-reality headset isn’t the headset at all.In fact, Daydream View would pale compared with Samsung’s Gear VR headset were it not for Daydream’s controller, a handheld device that responds to gestures and other motion.With Gear VR, I have to move my head to point a cursor at something, then reach for a button on the headset. With Daydream, I can just aim and click the controller in my hand. Sensors in the device tell the headset what I’m trying to do, whether it’s swinging a tennis racket or casting a fishing rod. The headset’s display responds accordingly.The headset and controller are sold together for $79, starting Thursday. No rush in getting one, though, as the virtual experiences built for Daydream are still limited. And for now, it works only with Google’s Pixel phone .___THE MANY FLAVORS OF VIRTUAL REALITYWhile sophisticated systems like Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive let you walk around in the virtual world, Daydream View is a sit-down experience in which you use the controller to move yourself around. (You could walk around with the Daydream on if you wanted to, but you won’t go anywhere in virtual space — and you might run into the wall.)But the Rift and the Vive each costs more than $1,500, once you include powerful personal computers they require. Suddenly, $79 sounds like a bargain. Daydream stays cheap by using the display and processing power of your phone, which you insert into the headset at eye level.Gear VR, at $100, takes a similar approach, but it works only with Samsung phones. While Daydream works only with Pixel for now, several other Android makers plan to make compatible phones. Sorry, iPhone users.Those without compatible phones still have Google Cardboard, a $15 contraption you hold up to your face. Using Daydream View, by contrast, is more like wearing goggles. While Gear VR has a better fit, with focusing and a second strap over your head to keep the headset from sliding too low, Daydream is much more comfortable to wear and use than Cardboard.___ALL ABOUT THAT CONTROLLERThose who’ve played Nintendo’s Wii system will find the Daydream controller familiar. It’s about the size and shape of a chocolate bar, and it has motion sensors to track movement.Although I’m not a big gamer, I enjoyed shooting water out of a hose to put out fires. You simply hold a button to spray and move the controller around to douse flames. You can even tilt the controller to control the angle of the hose. Another app lets you explore the universe by using the controller as a laser pointer to bring up more information.The controller makes it easier to navigate menus without making yourself dizzy; just move it around to point at things. And while getting the full 360-degree experience of VR often requires spinning around (a swivel chair helps), some apps in Daydream let you grab the scene with your controller and drag it around you, just as you would with a PC mouse.It’s also handy to have volume controls and a home button in your hand rather than on your head.___NAUSEA FREE?VR can be nauseating, and Daydream is no different. I found that it’s less about the headset, and more about the VR video.The best videos use stationary cameras and let you move your head (or controller) around to explore. The nauseating ones tend to treat VR cameras like regular movie cameras , with a lot of panning in response to a subject’s movements. The viewer, not the subject, should be the one doing the moving.And while I enjoyed watching a woman’s skydive in VR on YouTube, scenes of her preparing to jump felt jarring because the camera was on her shaky arm. I had to remove my headset.___WHAT’S THERE TO DO?You can view 360-degree YouTube videos and any 360-degree photos you store on Google Photos. You can visit other destinations such as the Galapagos Islands in a 360-degree version of Google’s Street View. A few games, museum artworks and The Wall Street Journal’s app were also available to try out prior to Thursday’s launch.A handful more are coming Thursday. Even more are promised by the end of the year, including apps for Netflix and Hulu — though all that does is offer video on a giant screen in a virtual living room.There’s much more available for Cardboard. Unfortunately, app developers will need to make some tweaks first to make them compatible with Daydream. They’ll need to do even more to take advantage of the motion control.Daydream has promise, but until more apps arrive, its potential is still a dream. The highlight of Google’s Daydream VR is … its controller read more

Man dies in freak cinema seat accident after being trapped under electric

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In a statement, Vue International said: “Following an incident which took place on Friday 9 March at our Birmingham cinema, we can confirm that a customer was taken to hospital that evening.”We are saddened to learn that he passed away on Friday 16 March.”A full investigation into the nature of the incident is ongoing.”Our thoughts and condolences are with the family who have our full support and assistance.”Birmingham City Council has begun a health and safety investigation. A man has died following a freak accident involving an electronic footrest on a cinema seat.The man was at the Vue Cinema in Birmingham when he apparently dropped his phone between two reclining seats.As he went to retrieve it, a footrest of a seat came down on his head trapping him and he suffered a cardiac arrest, reports said.Although the footrest was eventually broken off, the man, who was there with his partner, sustained serious injuries and he died a week later.A source told the Birmingham Mail: “The Gold Class seats are electric reclining seats. He bent down to look for his phone. At this point the leg-rest was in an upright position.”But as he stuck his head underneath to have a look, the footrest clamped down onto his head.”He was stuck and panicking. His partner and staff tried to free him but couldn’t.”The chair leg-rest was eventually broken free and he managed to get out.”The ambulance had already been called and was at the scene at this time, and took him to hospital.”West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed it was called to reports of a patient in cardiac arrest.Crews managed to restart the man’s heart and he was taken to the city’s Heartlands Hospital.last_img read more

OS X Lion adding support for highresolution Retina displays

first_imgIt turns out that the early version of OS X 10.7 (Lion) that Apple gave out to developers is revealing all sorts of interesting stuff. Earlier we noted how it would bring TRIM support for SSDs, but it might enable access to Retina-type (high resolution / high pixel density) displays as well.Apparently Apple has furthered their resolution independence efforts by building in support for “HiDPI display modes”. What these modes do is allow the software to work with doubled resolution displays by providing doubly large image elements. So while your display might be the same physical size, it will be able to operate twice the resolution that it previously would have and images will still look sharp. This is essentially what happens with iOS and the iPhone 4, so Apple has some experience with the operation. The update to OS X is building in support for this, the hardware has yet to become available. It’s also worth noting that while resolution independence was focused on using any resolutions the user wanted, HiDPI mode seemed to be focus on a more straightforward 2x design.AdChoices广告This is very much a forward-looking technology at this point. A 13-inch or larger display operating at twice the standard resolution is much harder to pull off than a 3.5-inch one, and even if it could be done right now these pixel-packed displays would be extremely expensive. Like processors, displays are subject to Moore’s Law, so we probably won’t see HiDPI-capable displays in any significant quantities for some time. And before we see them landing on laptops or computer displays, you’ll probably have a tablet with one.Read more at Mac Rumors.last_img read more

Conomos and Parthimos team up

first_imgFormer Toyota Australia executive chairman, John Conomos has been appointed chairman of the Melbourne company that owns the miRoamer Internet radio application, which is likely to be installed in millions of General Motors vehicles from next year.Mr Conomos, who headed Toyota Australia for decades and was the first non-Japanese executive to be appointed a managing director of the parent company, will become chairman of Connexion Media, a company attempting to raise between $3 million to $6 million in a small public float ahead of a stock exchange listing.Connexion owns the miRoamer internet radio application which is one of two such applications chosen by General Motors (GM) for use in web-enabled vehicles in the United States and Europe.George Parthimos, who worked for Telstra earlier in his career, is the founding director of Miroamer and will be chief executive of Connexion.GM has already announced it will start selling internet-connected vehicles in North America next year, while in Europe authorities have made it mandatory a built-in SIM card be installed in all vehicles. The giant German Volkswagen Group has also signed an agreement for use of the miRoamer app.The miRoamer application is essentially an in-vehicle infotainment service that allows users to listen to AM and FM radio stations from anywhere in the world, and is integrated into the GM in-car systems.GM is currently running certification and compliance tests on the two Internet radio apps it plans to offer.If car owners approve, the miRoamer platform would be able to amass all sorts of information about the vehicles in which it operates. Insurance companies would be able to analyse driving patterns in particular cities or for particular models and dealers could be alerted if a vehicle needed servicing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Flickr fait appel à léditeur Aviary

first_imgFlickr fait appel à l’éditeur Aviary Acheté par Google en 2010, l’éditeur Picnik va cesser de fournir ses services au site de partage de photos Flickr. Ce dernier a choisi de le remplacer par Aviary, qui dévoilera au cours du mois ses nouveaux outils d’édition.Concentré sur les produits Google, l’éditeur Picnik, racheté par le géant de Montain View en 2010, ne fournira plus ses services à Flickr. Dès le 19 avril, le service de partage de photos en ligne fera alors appel à un autre éditeur. Une nouvelle qu’il vient d’être annoncée sur son blog.À lire aussiFacebook supprime enfin définitivement les photos Flickr a choisi la firme Aviary, dont il utilisera les outils d’édition pour le recadrage des photos, les réglages de luminosité, ou encore les filtres et les effets. Le site de partage de photos promet plus de vitesse et de simplicité, les deux premières attentes des utilisateurs, affirme-t-il. “Nous avons travaillé avec l’équipe d’Aviary pour offrir une expérience rapide et épurée. Vos photos seront chargées et prêtes à être éditées en quelques secondes” se félicite Flickr. Et d’assurer que les outils seront à la fois accessibles aux débutants et suffisamment performants pour les plus exigeants.Le déploiement du nouvel éditeur a déjà été lancé et devrait s’achever d’ici à deux semaines. Les 75 millions d’utilisateurs que compte Flickr devraient découvrir les outils d’Aviray dès le 19 avril prochain.Le 8 avril 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Super Mario Run Jumps to Android in March

first_img Super Mario Run Didn’t Meet Nintendo’s ExpectationsSuper Mario Run Comes to Android This Week Stay on target Super Mario Run made its debut on iOS late last year and broke various download records upon its release. Nintendo announced that it would bring the endless runner to Android, but never specified an exact date. Today, Nintendo has revealed when Android users can get their hands on this mobile game.Super Mario Run will make its way to Android in March. This is an interesting release window considering how a little system called the Nintendo Switch will also launch in March. This announcement comes from Nintendo’s Twitter account. You can see that tweet below.#SuperMarioRun will arrive on Android in March. You can pre-register in Google Play to be notified when it launches!— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 19, 2017Like with the iOS version, users can play the first three levels of Super Mario Run for free. To unlock the full game, players have to plunk down $10. The full game includes the Kingdom Builder feature, Toad Rally, and Friendly Run mode.When Super Mario Run was launched, many were upset by the game’s price. Considering how the most expensive mobile games usually top out at $5, it’s understandable why some would consider $10 to be an exorbitant price — especially since Super Mario Run is just an endless runner. However, unlike with a lot of mobile games, Super Mario Run doesn’t pester players with microtransactions. $10 is a lot for a mobile game, but that was the most anyone would ever have to pay.Will Super Mario Run be a success on Android? It will probably enjoy success at launch, but considering all of the bad press that it has gotten over the past few weeks, folks may decide that they can spend their money elsewhere.You can pre-register on Google Play and be notified when Super Mario Run launches by following this link.last_img read more

Tijan sends clothesloaded container for donation

first_imgBy Sulayman BahMidfielder Tijan Jaiteh has sent to the Gambia shipment of clothes for donation.The forty-foot loaded container acquisition is as a result of the player’s foundation’s mobilization efforts in Norway where he professionally plies his services. The Tijan Foundation –launched in recent years – seeks support by urging locals most of whom Sandnes’s faithful, the club the Gambian is contracted to, to donate unwanted items for charity beginning from start of the football season.The container, according to the club, contains over 400 t-shirts of Brazil 2014 inscriptions brought within three weeks just before it was sent to the Gambia this past Wednesday.“Sandnes people have been wonderful” says a delighted 25-year-old Tijan Jaiteh.Last year alone, he gave away bicycles and foot wears amongst other items to locals in the Gambia.]]>last_img read more

Federal agency launches website to help universities colleges deal with campus violence

first_imgThe Office on Violence Against Women has launched a website aimed at helping colleges and universities deal with sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus.The Office on Violence Against Women this week launched a website aimed at helping colleges and universities deal with sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus. The office, which is in the U.S. Department of Justice, calls the site a “comprehensive online clearinghouse.”Download AudioAn introductory video on the site features Bea Hanson, principal deputy director of the office. She says the site includes information from a variety of sources focused on prevention, policy and other topics.“It’s designed to provide campus administrators, faculty and staff, campus and community law enforcement, victim service providers, students, parents and other key stakeholders with the resources needed to enhance campus safety,” Hanson said.The website was launched  nearly a year after the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office announced it would beinvestigating post-secondary institutions across the nation — including the University of Alaska system — to determine whether they are handling reports of sexual violence according to federal law.An Aug. 5 list from the Department of Education shows 129 institutions are under investigation. The department says the list includes institutions that are being investigated for cause and others that are subject to a compliance review. An attorney for the university told KTOO in September that their investigation fell into the latter category.In February, the University of Alaska launched a survey to determine if sexual assault on campus was a bigger problem than they knew and how well they were handling it. The survey was sent out to 15,000 randomly selected students, faculty and staff who can respond anonymously. A university attorney said the results of the survey would not be published.last_img read more

State troopers leading efforts to recover pilot from crash site south of

first_imgAn ELT for a Cessna 208B was transmitting south of the Chigniks Monday. The Grant flight that is overdue is believed to have left Port Heiden on its way to Perryville with only the pilot onboard.(U.S. FAA)Authorities have shifted into recovery operations for a pilot killed south of the Chigniks on Monday. Gabriele Cianetti, 54, was the only occupant in a Grant Aviation Cessna 208B Caravan that crashed into a mountain on its way to Perryville.Listen now“The current location puts the wreckage at about 3000 feet, on a fifty degree down slope,” AST Sgt. Luis Nieves said Tuesday morning. State troopers are taking the lead on the recovery. “We’re reaching out to some of our mountain rescue partners, then we’re going to coordinate getting flights out to the location. It’s going to take a little bit to get out there.”Nieves said the mountain where the crash site is located is still snow covered, which will likely make the recovery a little hazardous this late in the spring. The pilot’s body is trapped inside the plane.It is too soon to speculate what went wrong during Monday’s routine flight, Nieves said.“I’m looking at the wreckage, it’s a pretty significant impact into the side of a mountain where it’s at,” Nieves said. “As to cause, who knows at this point. Was it low visibility, was it equipment failure, we don’t know. NTSB has to determine that.”Cianetti was from Italy. He had flown with Grant Aviation since 2014.last_img read more

Pakistan PM Imran Khan to hold talks with President Trump

first_imgWashington: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to hold talks with Donald Trump Monday to reboot bilateral ties that were hit after the US president publicly criticised Islamabad, cancelled military aid and asked it to do more to fight terrorism. Imran Khan, 66, is scheduled to meet President Trump at the White House, during which the American leadership is likely to press him to take “decisive and irreversible” actions against terrorist and militant groups operating from Pakistani soil and facilitate peace talks with the Taliban. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us The cricketer-turned-politician arrived here on Saturday afternoon aboard a commercial Qatar Airways flight and is staying at the official residence of the Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan. He was welcomed at the airport by his Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. A large number of Pakistani Americans also welcomed him. Trump, in addition to a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office, will host the visiting delegation over a working lunch at the White House on Monday. Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us Khan is also scheduled to meet lawmakers at the US Capitol Hill. The relations between Pakistan and the US have remained tense during Trump’s tenure. The US president has publicly said that Pakistan has given us “nothing but lies and deceit” and also suspended security and other assistance for backing terror groups. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign had promised to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and he knows it very well that this cannot happen without the co-operation from Pakistan. The peace process in Afghanistan could very well be the central point of discussion between the two leaders. Advertise With Us Khan will be accompanied by Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and director general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Faiz Hameed. According to a senior Trump administration official, Trump and Khan will discuss a range of issues, including counterterrorism, defense, energy, and trade, with the overall goal of creating the conditions for a peaceful South Asia and an enduring partnership between the two countries. The purpose of the visit is to press for concrete cooperation from Pakistan to advance the Afghanistan peace process and to encourage Pakistan to deepen and sustain its recent efforts to crack down on militants and terrorists within its territory, said the official. “We also want to send a message to Pakistan that the door is open to repairing relations and building an enduring partnership if Pakistan changes its policies with regard to terrorists and militants,” the official said on Saturday. Three of the top advisors of Trump would be missing the working luncheon due to their pre-scheduled travel. They included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton and the Special US Representative for Afghan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad. During the meeting, Trump would also encourage Pakistan to create opportunities for enhancing regional economic development and connectivity. Aparna Pande from the Hudson Institute think-tank said that a meeting between President Trump and Khan would not change “Pakistan’s strategic calculus or American grand strategy”. “Hope is not a policy. For the last five decades, American policy towards Pakistan has centered on convincing Pakistan to change its strategic calculus,” she said. “The US has offered economic aid, military aid, and major non-NATO ally status, even turned a blind eye to Pakistan’s nuclear programme in the hope that Pakistan would eventually feel secure and thus not look at India as a threat. That hasn’t happened,” Pande said. According to Pande, who is director of Hudson Institute’s Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia, the US interests and Pakistan’s interests do not align at any level. “The US sees India as an ally and strategic partner and wants an India that plays a greater role in the global arena. Pakistan seeks to keep India tied down and wants parity, she said. “The US wants a stable Afghanistan and views the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban as not conducive to its interests, these groups are Pakistan’s only allies in Afghanistan,” Pande said in response to a question.last_img read more

Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc

first_img Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. 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Acquisition brings Brightwater’s ConvertX system for treating severe obstructions of the ureter into Merit portfolio Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical 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 center_img Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | May 20, 2019 Philips Launches IntraSight Interventional Applications Platform Philips announced the launch of the new IntraSight interventional applications platform. The secure, application-based… read more Related Content Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology ProceduresKevin Seals, M.D., is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:47Loaded: 3.40%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:47 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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Brightwater Medical’s primary product, the ConvertX, is a single device used to replace a series of interventional radiology devices and procedures used to treat severe obstructions of the ureter.The transaction consists of a $35 million upfront payment and potential earn-out payments of up to $15 million based on receipt of CE mark approval and achievement of future sales targets.Brightwater Medical was founded by Robert Smouse, M.D., professor of radiology and surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine. The ConvertX system is designed to be implanted once and converted from a nephroureteral catheter to a nephroureteral stent without requiring sedation or local anesthesia. Brightwater Medical recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the ConvertX biliary stent system.Merit Medical Chairman and CEO Fred P. Lampropoulos said the ConvertX system complements Merit’s Resolve drainage catheter portfolio and potentially drives pull-through of other Merit products such as InQwire guide wires, Advocate PTA balloons and other vascular products.Over the next several months, Merit Medical intends to maintain Brightwater Medical’s production capabilities in Temecula while duplicating those capabilities in its catheter facility in Pearland, Texas, prior to transferring the ConvertX manufacturing operations to its Pearland facility.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more last_img read more

How to set up Odoo as a system service Tutorial

first_imgIn this tutorial, we’ll learn the basics of setting up Odoo as a system service. This article is taken from the book Odoo 12 Development Essentials by Daniel Reis. This book will help you extend your skills with Odoo 12 to build resourceful and open source business applications. Setting up and maintaining servers is a non-trivial topic in itself and should be done by specialists. The information given here is not enough to ensure an average user can create a resilient and secure environment that hosts sensitive data and services. In this article, we’ll discuss the following topics: Setting up Odoo as a system service, including the following: Creating a systemd service Creating an Upstart or sysvinit service Checking the Odoo service from the command line The code and scripts used here can be found in the ch14/ directory of the Git repository. Setting up Odoo as a system service We will learn how to set up Odoo as a system service and have it started automatically when the system boots. In Ubuntu or Debian, the init system is responsible for starting services. Historically, Debian (and derived operating systems) has used sysvinit, and Ubuntu has used a compatible system called Upstart. Recently, however, this has changed, and the init system used in both the latest Debian and Ubuntu editions is systemd. This means that there are now two different ways to install a system service, and you need to pick the correct one depending on the version of your operating system. On Ubuntu 16.04 and later, you should be using systemd. However, older versions are still used in many cloud providers, so there is a good chance that you might need to use it. To check whether systemd is used in your system, try the following command: $ man init This command opens the documentation for the currently init system in use, so you’re able to check what is being used. Ubuntu on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is an environment good enough for development only, but may have some quirks and is entirely inappropriate for running production servers. At the time of writing, our tests revealed that while man init identifies the init system as systemd, installing a systemd service doesn’t work, while installing a sysvinit service does. Creating a systemd service If the operating system you’re using is recent, such as Debian 8 or Ubuntu 16.04, you should be using systemd for the init system. To add a new service to the system, simply create a file describing it. Create a /lib/systemd/system/odoo.service file with the following content: [Unit] Description=Odoo After=postgresql.service [Install] The Odoo source code includes a sample odoo.service file inside the debian/ directory. Instead of creating a new file, you can copy it and then make the required changes. At the very least, the ExecStart option should be changed according to your setup. Next, we need to register the new service with the following code: $ sudo systemctl enable odoo.service To start this new service, use the following command: $ sudo systemctl start odoo To check its status, run the following command: $ sudo systemctl status odoo Finally, if you want to stop it, use the following command: $ sudo systemctl stop odoo Creating an Upstart or sysvinit service If you’re using an older operating system, such as Debian 7 or Ubuntu 15.04, chances are your system is sysvinit or Upstart. For the purpose of creating a system service, both should behave in the same way. Some cloud Virtual Private Server (VPS) services are still based on older Ubuntu images, so this might be aware of this scenario in case you encounter it when deploying your Odoo server. The Odoo source code includes an init script used for the Debian packaged distribution. We can use it as our service init script with minor modifications, as follows: $ sudo cp /home/odoo/odoo-12/debian/init /etc/init.d/odoo$ sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/odoo At this point, you might want to check the content of the init script. The key parameters are assigned to variables at the top of the file, as illustrated in the following example: PATH=/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/bin DAEMON=/usr/bin/odoo NAME=odoo DESC=odoo CONFIG=/etc/odoo/odoo.conf LOGFILE=/var/log/odoo/odoo-server.log PIDFILE=/var/run/${NAME}.pid USER=odoo These variables should be adequate, so we’ll prepare the rest of the setup with their default values in mind. However, you can, of course, change them to better suit your needs. The USER variable is the system user under which the server will run. We have already created the expected odoo user. The DAEMON variable is the path to the server executable. Our executable used to start Odoo is in a different location, but we can create the following symbolic link to it: $ sudo ln -s /home/odoo/odoo-12/odoo-bin /usr/bin/odoo$ sudo chown -h odoo /usr/bin/odoo The CONFIG variable is the configuration file we need to use. In a previous section, we created a configuration file in the default expected location, /etc/odoo/odoo.conf. Finally, the LOGFILE variable is the directory where log files should be stored. The expected directory is /var/log/odoo, which we created when we defined the configuration file. Now we should be able to start and stop our Odoo service, as follows: $ sudo /etc/init.d/odoo startStarting odoo: ok Stopping the service is done in a similar way with the following command: $ sudo /etc/init.d/odoo stopStopping odoo: ok In Ubuntu, the service command can also be used, as follows: $ sudo service odoo start$ sudo service odoo status$ sudo service odoo stop Now we need to make the service start automatically on system boot; this can be done with the following code: $ sudo update-rc.d odoo defaults After this, when we reboot our server, the Odoo service should start automatically and with no errors. It’s a good time to verify that all is working as expected. Checking the Odoo service from the command line At this point, we can confirm whether our Odoo instance is up and responding to requests as expected. If Odoo is running properly, we should be able to get a response from it and see no errors in the log file. We can check whether Odoo is responding to HTTP requests inside the server by using the following command: $ curl http://localhost:8069 In addition, to see what is in the log file, use the following command: $ sudo less /var/log/odoo/odoo-server.log You can also follow what is being added to the log file live, using  tail -f as follows: $ sudo tail -f /var/log/odoo/odoo-server.log Summary In this tutorial, we learned about the steps required for setting up Odoo as a system service. To learn more about Odoo, you should read our book Odoo 12 Development Essentials. You may also take a look at the official documentation at Odoo is an open source product with a vibrant community. Getting involved, asking questions, and contributing is a great way not only to learn but also to build a business network. With this in mind, we can’t help mention the Odoo Community Association (OCA), which promotes collaboration and quality open source code. You can learn more about it at odoo‑ Read Next “Everybody can benefit from adopting Odoo, whether you’re a small start-up or a giant tech company – An interview by Yenthe van Ginneken. Implement an effective CRM system in Odoo 11 [Tutorial] Handle Odoo application data with ORM API [Tutorial] [Service] Type=simple User=odoo Group=odoo ExecStart=/home/odoo/odoo-12/odoo-bin -c /etc/odoo/odoo.conf last_img read more

Jim Balsillie on Data Governance Challenges and 6 Recommendations to tackle them

first_imgThe Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics hosted the hearing of the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy from Monday, May 27 to Wednesday, May 29.  Witnesses from at least 11 countries appeared before representatives to testify on how governments can protect democracy and citizen rights in the age of big data. This section of the hearing, which took place on May 28, includes Jim Balsillie’s take on Data Governance. Jim Balsillie, Chair, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Retired Chairman and co-CEO of BlackBerry, starts off by talking about how Data governance is the most important public policy issue of our time. It is cross-cutting with economic, social and security dimensions. It requires both national policy frameworks and international coordination. He applauded the seriousness and integrity of Mr. Zimmer Angus and Erskine Smith who have spearheaded a Canadian bipartisan effort to deal with data governance over the past three years. “My perspective is that of a capitalist and global tech entrepreneur for 30 years and counting. I’m the retired Chairman and co-CEO of Research in Motion, a Canadian technology company [that] we scaled from an idea to 20 billion in sales. While most are familiar with the iconic BlackBerry smartphones, ours was actually a platform business that connected tens of millions of users to thousands of consumer and enterprise applications via some 600 cellular carriers in over 150 countries. We understood how to leverage Metcalfe’s law of network effects to create a category-defining company, so I’m deeply familiar with multi-sided platform business model strategies as well as navigating the interface between business and public policy.”, he adds. He further talks about his different observations about the nature, scale, and breadth of some collective challenges for the committee’s consideration: Disinformation in fake news is just two of the negative outcomes of unregulated attention based business models. They cannot be addressed in isolation; they have to be tackled horizontally as part of an integrated whole. To agonize over social media’s role in the proliferation of online hate, conspiracy theories, politically motivated misinformation, and harassment, is to miss the root and scale of the problem. Social media’s toxicity is not a bug, it’s a feature. Technology works exactly as designed. Technology products services and networks are not built in a vacuum. Usage patterns drive product development decisions. Behavioral scientists involved with today’s platforms helped design user experiences that capitalize on negative reactions because they produce far more engagement than positive reactions. Among the many valuable insights provided by whistleblowers inside the tech industry is this quote, “the dynamics of the attention economy are structurally set up to undermine the human will.” Democracy and markets work when people can make choices align with their interests. The online advertisement driven business model subverts choice and represents a fundamental threat to markets election integrity and democracy itself. Technology gets its power through the control of data. Data at the micro-personal level gives technology unprecedented power to influence. “Data is not the new oil, it’s the new plutonium amazingly powerful dangerous when it spreads difficult to clean up and with serious consequences when improperly used.” Data deployed through next-generation 5G networks are transforming passive in infrastructure into veritable digital nervous systems. Our current domestic and global institutions rules and regulatory frameworks are not designed to deal with any of these emerging challenges. Because cyberspace knows no natural borders, digital transformation effects cannot be hermetically sealed within national boundaries; international coordination is critical. With these observations, Balsillie has further provided six recommendations: Eliminate tax deductibility of specific categories of online ads. Ban personalized online advertising for elections. Implement strict data governance regulations for political parties. Provide effective whistleblower protections. Add explicit personal liability alongside corporate responsibility to effect the CEO and board of directors’ decision-making. Create a new institution for like-minded nations to address digital cooperation and stability. Technology is becoming the new 4th Estate Technology is disrupting governance and if left unchecked could render liberal democracy obsolete. By displacing the print and broadcast media and influencing public opinion, technology is becoming the new Fourth Estate. In our system of checks and balances, this makes technology co-equal with the executive that led the legislative and the judiciary. When this new Fourth Estate declines to appear before this committee, as Silicon Valley executives are currently doing, it is symbolically asserting this aspirational co-equal status. But is asserting the status and claiming its privileges without the traditions, disciplines, legitimacy, or transparency that checked the power of the traditional Fourth Estate. The work of this international grand committee is a vital first step towards reset redress of this untenable current situation. Referring to what Professor Zuboff said last night, we Canadians are currently in a historic battle for the future of our democracy with a charade called sidewalk Toronto. He concludes by saying, “I’m here to tell you that we will win that battle.” To know more you can listen to the full hearing video titled, “Meeting No. 152 ETHI – Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics” on ParlVU. Read Next Speech2Face: A neural network that “imagines” faces from hearing voices. Is it too soon to worry about ethnic profiling? UK lawmakers to social media: “You’re accessories to radicalization, accessories to crimes”, hearing on spread of extremist content Key Takeaways from Sundar Pichai’s Congress hearing over user data, political bias, and Project Dragonflylast_img read more

Island Ferry Tales A Trip to Cape Clear A 360° Experience

first_imgCork based production company Wombat Media will be launching an innovative virtual reality documentary set on Cape Clear Island this August Bank Holiday Weekend as part of the Skibbereen Arts Festival.Background:WOMBAT MEDIA is a video production studio specialising in factual and narrative film and screen content. Made up of Ciara Buckley (Marketing Manager), a native of Castletownshend and Dave Slowo (Content Producer), their story began when working on an outback television project in Central Australia. They have dreamt of starting their own video production company in Ireland ever since.  Wombat Media are based in Cork and produce compelling content far and wide. ( Media are extremely enthusiastic in engaging with new technologies and have been keen for a long time now to work in the Virtual Reality (VR) and immersive filmmaking space. Ciara was successful in securing funds from a Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme this year and she along with Dave are producing a first of its kind VR documentary filmed on Cape Clear Island. Participants will experience an immersive journey to the island by wearing a VR headset and being able to meet the characters and visit the landscapes of Cape Clear in with a spectacular 360 degree perspective view. About the Documentary:Leaving the Irish mainland from Schull, VR participants will virtually embark on the Cape Clear Ferry. Throughout this vibrant documentary, a journey across to Ireland’s most Southerly inhabited community, local stories and characters emerge. The history and folklore of Cape Clear is generously shared with laughter and song. Locals describe the depth of culture and language embedded within the Gaeltacht and the significance of the ferry service itself.Local guides, such as Micheál Ó Céadagáin, bring these breathtaking views and sites to life. Sharing in Irish, the significance and embedded histories of these places with the viewer. We also experience a special visit to one of the Island’s Bronze Age treasures – two standing stones. Here Diarmuid Ó Drisceoil takes us back in time to explore the history and folklore surrounding these ancient stones.A highlight of the trip is back on board the boat, this time circling the monumental Fastnet Rock. Also known as Ireland’s teardrop, a landmark symbol of the last glimpse of home for millions of Irish immigrants setting off for new horizons. Local guides share the oral histories relating to the Fastnet from the ferry. Participants will be mesmerised by the hidden treasures shared in this journey and will be left looking forward to the opportunity of stepping foot onto Cape Clear, next time in the flesh.Launch at Skibbereen Arts Festival:The documentary experience will be launched as part of the Skibbereen Arts Festival. Visitors can view the documentary wearing state of the art VR headsets at the tourist office from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday August 3rd. Exhibition/Screening events:As part of Heritage week 2019, A Trip to Cape Clear will be available to view at the Skibbereen Library from August 20th – 24th (midday to 5.30pm) documentary will also be screened on Cape Clear at Cape Clear Island Museum & Archive on August 11th from 12pm – 4pmFor more information and press enquiries please contact Ciara Buckley – 087 281 4305 and follow the Facebook site: ‘Island Ferry Tales’ for more information leading up to the launch.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => Irish Tech News now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home Island Ferry Tales | A Trip to Cape Clear | A 360° Experiencecenter_img If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more