Former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose joins TransAlta board

first_imgCALGARY – TransAlta Corp. (TSX:TA) is appointing former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose to the power company’s board of directors.Ambrose was interim leader of the federal party and leader of the Opposition from 2015 until 2017.She also held several different cabinet posts including Environment, Health and Labour when the Tories were in power.Ambrose was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and officially resigned her seat earlier this month.She is currently a fellow at the Wilson Centre Canada Institute in Washington, D.C., focusing on key Canada-U.S. bilateral trade and competitiveness issues.last_img read more

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United 2026 Can it Survive AntiMuslim Sentiments Gun Control Policies

Rabat – While the final few days countdown has begun until FIFA’s assessment of host candidates’ readiness is published, the Trump administration is still silent on concerns over access to powerful firearms, which has exposed America to violent attacks.In 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a report on crime statistics, estimated that the murder rate rose 8.6 percent across the country in 2016. The report shows that murders committed with weapons rose to 73 percent in 2016, compared to 70 percent a year earlier.Easy access to guns is making the US face challenging issues and contributing to mass shootings that claim the lives of many people across the country. According to Mass Shooting Tracker, which defines mass shootings as an incident in which four or more people are shot (regardless of fatality count), 2,030 mass shootings have occurred in the US since 2013, while 89 mass shooting incidents have occurred in the US in 2018 alone.Trump’s gun control policy is sparking controversy across the world; international press are concerned about how a country with low safety host the World Cup.More guns than people in USThe Washington Post estimated in 2015  that there would have been 357 million firearms in the US in 2013, “40 million more guns than people.” The news source added that the estimation  does not include “firearms that enter and exit the country illegally” or “guns that break down, or are lost or destroyed.”Most recently, on May 18, a 17-year old student killed ten students inside Santa Fe High School, in southeast Texas. The suspect also injured at least 10 others.On April 22, four young adults were killed at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that, on February 15, a shooting in Parkland, Florida, claimed 17 lives and injured many others. The shooting was the deadliest US school shooting since 2012.In October 2017, a lone gunman fired at the audience of an open-air country music concert in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 people and injuring more than 400 others.Muslims, second-class citizens in USTrump’s anti-Muslim sentiments could also jeopardize the United 2026 bid.Islamophobic fear has been a part of US President Trump’s stance on immigrants and refugees since the early days of his campaign. The tension against Trump’s policies mounted in January 2017, when the president introduced a travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries.The ban has shifted to cover Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia, with additional travel restrictions placed on North Korea and Venezuela.In a press conference held in March, US Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro emphasized that FIFA has not expressed concerns over  Trump’s travel ban and public xenophobic sentiments.“This is not geopolitics. We are talking about football,” said the chief of the US federation.Renowned officials, however, do not appear to agree with Cordeiro’s statement. On May 15,  Pascal Boniface, the director of the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS), heavily criticized President Trump and his country’s immigration laws.“Can we welcome the whole world when we spit in the face of the whole world,” said Boniface in reference to Trump’s ban on immigration from some Muslim-majority countries and his determination to build a wall between Mexico and the US.Morocco World News last month contacted FIFA, asking whether the US would address issues related to  Trump’s travel ban on Muslim countries and changing immigration laws. FIFA, however, chose not to answer, saying that “since the bidding process of the 2026 FIFA World Cup is currently ongoing we cannot comment on specific content matters of the bids.”The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR)’s Hate Crime Statistics for 2016. Regarding hate crimes motivated by religion, Muslims and Jews were “the two most common targets… with nearly 54 percent and more than 24 percent respectively, of religiously motivated hate crimes committed against them,” according to Vox.com.The US intelligence services used several ways to monitor Muslims’ practices and activities, including mapping Muslim communities and employing video/image surveillance.Muslims in the US have been surveilled since at least 2002, when New York authorities singled out Muslim mosques, student organizations, and businesses for surveillance that is described as “discriminatory,” by many human rights organizations.FIFA’s task force will publish its assessments on May 29, to announce whether Morocco and the North American bid are eligible to host the 23rd World Cup bid in 2026. The assessments will be published prior to the vote scheduled for June 13, when 211 football federations will vote for their favorite bid. read more

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TimorLeste UN official stresses need for credible State institutions

13 December 2007Building strong State institutions, particularly a credible security sector, will be vital if Timor-Leste is to resolve many of the issues that continue to plague the young nation, a visiting senior United Nations official said today. “Without a credible security sector that has the trust of the people, that is not seen… to be aligned with one group or another, the State of Timor-Leste will remain weak,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean Marie Guéhenno said in an interview with UN Radio.Mr. Guéhenno is currently in Timor-Leste, which the UN helped shepherd to independence in 2002, ahead of an official visit by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tomorrow. The peacekeeping chief said that the crisis which engulfed the tiny nation last year showed the weaknesses of the State, particularly its police force. While police training has been a key component of the UN’s involvement in Timor-Leste, building a credible and viable security sector will require “much more work” that goes beyond the training of an individual police officer, he said. “I think we have to be there for several more years,” Mr. Guéhenno stated, adding that the country had “major internal problems that need to be resolved.”While in Timor-Leste, Mr. Guéhenno has met with representatives of political parties, civil society and women’s groups, and visited a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). His visit follows a recent mission by Security Council members who also had an opportunity to see first-hand the challenges facing the country, having met with a wide range of people from the Government, civil society and the UN family, including the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT).In its report on the 24 to 30 November visit, which the 15-member body discussed in a formal meeting today, Council members noted that rebuilding the confidence of the population in State and security institutions, addressing the fate of about 100,000 IDPs and resolving land and property disputes “are all very real challenges facing the nation in 2007 and beyond.” read more

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UN emergency food aid agency spotlights shortages in southern Sudan

The WFP was trying to feed 520,000 people in the southern province of Bahr-el-Ghazal this month, compared with 274,0000 last month, despite funding shortfalls, WFP spokesman Simon Pluess told journalists at the UN complex in Geneva.Bahr-el-Ghazal experienced a poor harvest last year, leading to increases in the prices of basic staples, while displaced people and refugees were returning there in response to the peace agreements reached in the south. WFP said it expected 68,000 tons of food to be distributed in the province this year. read more

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Made for just 3 million The Purge scares up 341 million at

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Made for just $3 million, the suspense thriller “The Purge” scared up more than 10 times that in its opening weekend at the box office.The Universal horror film took in $2 million less than the studio estimated Sunday, but its actual weekend haul of $34.1 million still blew away industry forecasts.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com, are:1. “The Purge,” Universal, $34,058,360, 2,536 locations, $13,430 average, $34,058,360, one week.2. “Fast & Furious 6,” Universal, $19,626,885, 3,771 locations, $5,205 average, $202,812,580, three weeks.3. “Now You See Me,” Lionsgate, $19,040,890, 3,020 locations, $6,305 average, $60,914,914, two weeks.4. “The Internship,” Fox, $17,325,307, 3,366 locations, $5,147 average, $17,325,307, one week.5. “Epic,” Fox, $11,876,003, 3,594 locations, $3,304 average, $83,930,559, three weeks.6. “Star Trek Into Darkness,” Paramount, $11,425,755, 3,152 locations, $3,625 average, $199,866,194, four weeks.7. “After Earth,” Sony, $10,712,240, 3,401 locations, $3,150 average, $46,103,809, two weeks.8. “The Hangover Part III,” Warner Bros., $7,343,414, 3,242 locations, $2,265 average, $102,337,370, three weeks.9. “Iron Man 3,” Disney, $5,753,661, 2,351 locations, $2,447 average, $394,283,326, six weeks.10. “The Great Gatsby,” Warner Bros., $4,222,409, 2,160 locations, $1,955 average, $136,167,527, five weeks.11. “Mud,” Roadside Attractions, $1,147,633, 580 locations, $1,979 average, $18,538,320, seven weeks.12. “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,” Eros Int’l, $803,206, 161 locations, $4,989 average, $2,855,631, two weeks.13. “The Croods,” Fox, $724,969, 414 locations, $1,751 average, $181,649,007, 12 weeks.14. “Frances Ha,” IFC, $545,715, 233 locations, $2,342 average, $2,333,281, four weeks.15. “Before Midnight,” Sony Pictures Classics, $526,419, 52 locations, $10,123 average, $1,460,103, three weeks.16. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Disney, $374,964, 322 locations, $1,164 average, $233,671,832, 14 weeks.17. “42,” Warner Bros., $364,175, 370 locations, $984 average, $92,924,954, nine weeks.18. “Oblivion,” Universal, $247,475, 298 locations, $830 average, $88,473,925, eight weeks.19. “The East,” Fox Searchlight, $228,561, 41 locations, $5,575 average, $336,002, two weeks.20. “The Kings of Summer,” CBS, $212,873, 44 locations, $4,838 average, $294,481, two weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Made for just $3 million, ‘The Purge’ scares up $34.1 million at the box office by The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2013 5:56 pm MDT read more

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Environment minister approves use of giant turbines in Bay of Fundy

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s environment minister has cleared the way for the installation of two giant turbines in the Bay of Fundy for tidal power research, weeks after halting the project to gather more information about its environmental impact.Margaret Miller announced her approval Monday of the monitoring plan drawn up by the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) and Cape Sharp Tidal Venture.After consulting with concerned fishermen and her counterparts at the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Miller said she is satisfied enough with the plan to test the waters of tidal power technology.“This is a demonstration project,” she told reporters on Monday. “There is no place like the Bay of Fundy, so putting these turbines in the water at this point we will be collecting data from now on.”Cape Sharp’s five-storey-high turbines, destined for the Minas Passage, are expected to generate enough electricity to power 1,000 homes. The company, a partnership of OpenHydro and Emera, is one of several who plan to test different turbine technology in the Bay of Fundy.The plan to install the mammoth turbines in the passage has faced strong opposition from the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association, which contends that instream tidal turbines can’t be made safe for the ecosystem.Miller said her department has been consulting with the fishermen as part of an ongoing data-gathering process since 2009 and their concerns have been “heard.”No one from the association could be reached for comment.Miller said the project’s environmental effects program will improve the understanding of the interaction between the turbines and marine life.An environmental assessment officer for the department said similar projects in Europe have proven to be “low risk,” but granted that Fundy’s unparalleled tides could present unique challenges.“Until devices are in the water and we have the opportunity to learn what these effects are … that’s largely unknown at this point in time,” Steve Sandford said.Despite the gaps in knowledge, Sandford does not anticipate the 1,000-tonne turbines will have a “food processor effect” on marine wildlife, assuring that the blades spin below sushi-making speeds.If it is determined there is a negative effect on the ecosystem, he said the response could be anything from improving mitigation plans to removal of the devices, depending on the extent of the problem.Sandford said the information collected from the turbine trial run will inform decisions about possible commercial expansions.In a statement, the province said FORCE must develop programs aimed at enhancing marine mammal monitoring and provide more details on contingency planning in the event of equipment failure before it gives the go ahead for more turbines to be deployed. by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2016 8:40 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Environment minister approves use of giant turbines in Bay of Fundy A turbine for the Cape Sharp Tidal project is seen at the Pictou Shipyard in Pictou, N.S., on May 19, 2016. Nova Scotia’s environment minister has cleared the way for the installation of two giant turbines in the Bay of Fundy for tidal power research. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan read more

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Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 8 April 2011

DOWNLOADOn this page you will find the current news from Brussels. These weekly reports are archived every Friday. Week in Brussels can be e-mailed to you on a regular basis if you register for News Alerts.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Thesis defences — Sept 30 to Oct 4

Brittany Campbell, a Master of Social Justice and Equity candidate, will defend the thesis “Protecting Animals and People: The Role of the Public Sector in Improving Animal Cruelty Investigation Work” Monday, Sept. 30 at 1:00 p.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Kendra Coulter, Supervisor; Melanie Rock, External Examiner (Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine’s Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary); Mary-Beth Raddon, Graduate Program Director; Lauren Corman, Committee Member and Kate Bezanson, Committee Member. Master of Science thesis defencesArpi Sen Gupta, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend her thesis titled “Objective Reduction in Many-Objective Optimization Problems” on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Brian J. Ross, Supervisor; Henryk Fuks, External Examiner (Brock University, Deptartment of Mathematics and Statistics); and Beatrice Ombuki-Berman and Sheridan Houghten, Committee Members.—Richard M. Le Sueur, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend his thesis titled “Synthesis and Investigation of Light Responsive Molecules Containing Cyclopropenium Ions” on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Travis Dudding, Supervisor; James L. Gleason, the External Examiner (McGill University); and Martin Lemaire and Paul Zelisko, Committee Members.—Paul Michael Pilkington, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “The Rise of Green Algae: Using Algal Palynomorphs as Proxies of Natural Events and Anthropogenic Activities” on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. in MC D319.The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Francine McCarthy, Supervisor; Laurent de Verteuil, External Examiner (P.Geo CPG, President Mundo Nuevo Limited); and Martin J. Head and Richard Cheel, Committee Members. The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Monday, Sept. 30 to Friday, Oct. 4.All are open for the University community to attend.Master of Social Justice and Equity thesis defence read more

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Urban Meyer not concerned about rankings looks toward November schedule

Just a day after the announcement of the first-ever College Football Playoff rankings, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he hadn’t done anything more than glance at where the Buckeyes stand in the playoff picture.Meyer also gave an update on the health of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett — who suffered a sprained MCL in OSU’s Saturday win against Penn State.When he checked the College Football Playoff rankings, Meyer said he “looked down to see where we’re at, that’s it.” OSU — despite being ranked No. 13 in both the Associated Press top 25 and the USA Today coaches’ poll — checked in at No. 16 when the rankings were announced Tuesday night.Meyer said the Buckeyes’ goal is still to simply “compete for championships in November.”After redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith was dismissed from the team earlier this week, Meyer said no other players on the roster are currently facing suspensions or disciplinary action.On Barrett’s status at Wednesday’s practice, Meyer said: “He went — I wouldn’t say quite full — but he’ll be full tomorrow, they’re telling us. He did good, real good.” On Monday, Meyer said he expected Barrett to be “full go” by Wednesday.Current senior quarterback Braxton Miller suffered the same injury as Barrett last season, but Miller missed multiple games. Meyer said Barrett won’t miss any game time, and added that he believes the injury is simply less severe than the one sustained by Miller.OSU is scheduled to play Illinois on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

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Womens lacrosse Eleven Buckeyes score Rizzo shuts out Dukes in second half

Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to pass in the offensive zone against Stanford on Feb. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: James King | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team continued its winning ways, beating the Duquesne Dukes 17-5 on Friday afternoon. The Buckeyes had no shortage of offense with 11 different players scoring, but they were led to victory by sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott’s four-goal outing.The Scarlet and Gray are now 5-1 on the season after the team’s 14th win over the Dukes in 17 meetings.Duquesne opened up the scoring just 16 seconds into play, but the Buckeyes retaliated with three goals, giving them an early lead. Junior attacker Molly Wood and two New Albany High School graduates — senior midfielder Morgan Fee and freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez — netted the goals for the Buckeyes.The Dukes would tie the game up at three goals a piece with 19:27 remaining in the half after goals from freshman defender Maddie Hart and junior attacker Jill Vacanti. OSU would begin their barrage of goals with two goals from freshman attacker Alex Vander Molen and two goals from Parrott.Duquesne would cut into the Buckeye lead with two more goals right before the end of the first half, the latest of which came with just 15 seconds remaining. However, that would be the final time that the Dukes beat freshman goalie Jill Rizzo as OSU shut the Dukes out for the entire second half.The Buckeyes have been one of the most prolific offenses in the Big Ten this season, averaging 13.8 goals per game. This latest outpour of goals was just the most recent example of the volatility of their attack.In the second half, Hernandez began OSU’s 10-goal run just 44 seconds after the restart. From then on OSU continued to fill up the net. Parrott scored her third with sophomore midfielder Erika Keselman scoring within the next minute, pushing the Buckeyes’ lead to five.Junior midfielder Shannon Rosati scored her second goal of the year with 21:45 left on the clock. Wood scored her second goal of the day — rounding out her two-goal and three-assist game — off of a Hernandez helper. OSU would hold Duquesne to just 20 shots on the day while registering 44 of their own. Freshman goalie Jill Rizzo had more saves (7) than goals allowed (5).The Buckeyes added six more goals before the end of the game, including sophomore attacker Sara Dickinson’s first of the year. Junior attacker Lauren Sherry netted her second of the season before Parrott scored her fourth unassisted goal of the game. Two freshman would score their first collegiate goals when midfielder Regina Doty and attackman Jaclen Moxley found the back of the net finishing off OSU’s thwarting of the Dukes 17-5.The Buckeyes will need all of this production to continue as their next game is against the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. read more

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Parents warned about Momo suicide game on YouTube

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. Schools are warning parents to keep an eye on what their children are watching on YouTube after an online suicide game reportedly appeared in seemingly innocent videos like Peppa Pig.Teachers used social media to draw attention to the “highly inappropriate” clips showing the creepy character Momo.Originally created by a Japanese special effects company, the character has bulging eyes, a distorted wide mouth and the body of a bird.It encourages youngsters to hand over their mobile number and correspond with Momo, who sets them “challenges” involving self-harm and eventually suicide.Schools have published warnings on social media telling parents about the sinister game and urging them to monitor their children’s internet activity.Momo was reported to have infiltrated the popular video-sharing platform YouTube, appearing in programmes such as children’s cartoon Peppa Pig and clips of the video game Fortnite.The disturbing challenges have been linked to the death of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina. Other worrying stories include a five-year-old girl who hacked off her own hair after being ordered to do so by the sick character. Children who are feeling worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone, on 0800 11 11 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk.  Haslingden Primary School in Rossendale, near Blackburn, was among the institutions which put out warnings about Momo.The school wrote on its Facebook page: “We have become increasingly aware of highly inappropriate videos circulating online and are being viewed by children across the school. “These video clips are appearing on many social media sites and YouTube (including Kids YouTube).”One of the videos starts innocently, like the start of a Peppa Pig episode for example, but quickly turn into an altered version with violence and offensive language.”Another video clip is going by the name of ‘MoMo’ which shows a warped white mask which is promoting children to do dangerous tasks without telling their parents.”Examples we have noticed in school include asking the children to turn the gas on or to find and take tablets.”National Online Safety said they had been contacted by hundreds of concerned schools and parents about Momo.The organisation told The Telegraph that their warning about the suicide game – “What parents need to know about Momo”- had been seen by more than two million people.YouTube said it had not received any evidence of the challenge on its site. A YouTube spokeswoman said: “Contrary to press reports, we have not received any evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge on YouTube.”Content of this kind would be in violation of our policies and removed immediately.”If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children you can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website. read more

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Atlas Copco launches record 85 t underground truck

first_imgOne of the highlights of a whole range of new equipment that is being launched at MINExpo 2012 this week is the new MT85 underground truck from Atlas Copco – with an 85 t capacity, it is by far the largest underground truck on the market, and comes after the company’s considerable success with the MT6020 model, which has seen installations throughout the world, from Hindustan Zinc to HudBay Minerals; while also being very popular with contract miners such as ACM and Barminco. The new record capacity machine is billed by Atlas Copco itself at the show as: “The world’s largest articulated Minetruck” and is equipped with two Cummins engines – a QSK19 and a smaller engine from the QSB range. More details on the specifications of the truck will follow later this week. The new truck has been kept firmly under wraps prior to the show, along with the new Pit Viper 311 plus a new version of the Rig Control System (RCS).last_img read more

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Another fake Pokemon Go app is infecting players phones

first_imgStay on target Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon MasterMint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107K This is just another reminder to do your research before downloading apps from any app store, especially in the Pokemon Go market where fake apps are infected with malware.According to internet security company Kaspersky Lab, an app called “Guide for Pokémon Go,” which was available in the Google Play Store, was a guise to infect devices with a trojan.A blog post on the Kaspersky website explains that the malware showed some users a lot of ads, but also managed to download rooting software that could gain access to the Android operating system. The trojan detected as HEUR:Trojan.AndroidOS.Ztorg.ad, was hidden behind actual Pokemon Go content, so it was difficult to detect by casual users.However, what hid the malware even more from cyber security experts was its latency period. The trojan would lay dormant for a time, and then would analyze the device it was on, sending information to a command-and-control server that cyber criminals could analyze. With the right qualifications, the person would then send a response back to the server as to whether to infect the device.“Like a professional rogue, it masterfully hid itself from security experts and chose victims carefully,” the post read.The company reported the app to the store, but it had already been downloaded more than 500,000 times, with around 6,000 successful infections. It’s confirmed to have hit in Russia, Indonesia, and India, but experts warn English-speaking users that there could be some cases in other countries as well.Pokemon Go malware has been rampant since even before the game was released in many countries. Many hackers exploited the hype by creating sideloading versions that came with a remote access tool called DroidJack, which can give people control over your device.If you’ve downloaded this app and believe you’ve been infected, the best choice would be to uninstall and factory reset your device. In the future, be wary of apps that aren’t released through official channels. Even in the case that an app is on the Google Play store, there can still be a chance that it’s infected with malware.last_img read more

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Kieran Tripper fired up for the North London derby

first_imgTottenham Hotspur full-back Kieran Tripper is optimistic they will go through on Wednesday as they travel to Arsenal for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal game.Arsenal won 4-2 in their first meeting this season a few weeks ago, but Trippier is confident they can go to the Emirates on Wednesday and qualify.Wednesday will be a tough game but hopefully, we can go there with the right mindset to get the win and go through to the next round.“Every time you play Arsenal it is always going to be a big game. Wednesday is no different,” Trippier told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They have got some very good players, they are a good team but make no mistake, all of us will be ready for the game on Wednesday to try and go through.”Trippier also shared the same sentiment with Harry Kane and tipped Spurs to end their trophyless run this season.“Every season since I have been here we have tried to win a trophy,” he said.“We have been so close as well.”last_img read more

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Virgil van Dijk is a great player – Stam

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Jaap Stam has described fellow Dutchman Virgil van Dijk as a “great asset to Liverpool” and stressed his importance to Jurgen Klopp’s side.Virgil van Dijk has been impressive for Liverpool at the center of defense this season as they top the Premier League table conceding the fewest goals.Stam while lauding the quality of van Dijk, admits other players around him help him to succeed.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Virgil van Dijk is a great player. He has improved a lot within the last couple of years. But he needs quality players around him to succeed, so it’s not only up to one player,” Stam told Sky Sports.“That’s the quality of a manager, in building a team and getting certain players working together.“Virgil is a great asset to Liverpool, he’s doing very well. But if you look at them as a team and you look at United as a team, there’s a big difference.”last_img read more

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Former Poway Unified Superintendent pleads guilty to financial disclosure charge

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 25, 2018 April 25, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Ex-Poway Unified School District Superintendent John Collins pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor financial disclosure charge and was immediately sentenced to five years probation in a plea deal in a case in which he was accused of misappropriating more than $345,000 in public funds.The Poway Unified School District and Collins also reached a settlement in a civil lawsuit related to the allegations, which is expected to be finalized Wednesday night. That settlement involves Collins paying the district $185,000 over a period of time, according to Judge Frederic Link.“This is basically a win-win for a lot of people,” Link said.Collins is required to abide by the terms of the civil settlement and follow the law as part of his probation, or face the risk of once again facing the criminal charges.After several days of testimony at a preliminary hearing — a proceeding held to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial — Collins pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge relating to his failure to declare outside income to the Poway school board. Other charges connected to the alleged misuse of vacation and sick time and a district purchasing card were dismissed.Deputy District Attorney Leon Schorr said the civil settlement amount is likely more than the district would have been able to recover had Collins been convicted at trial in the criminal case.Schorr said his office started an investigation after getting complaints about Collins from community members.Collins was fired in July 2016 after an audit found the alleged misappropriations. At the time he was let go, Collins was the highest paid superintendent in San Diego County, with an annual salary of $308,900 and a total compensation package of more than $457,000.Link, whose legal career spans nearly five decades, said he learned a lot in this “unusual” case, in which there were questions about whether the matter was best dealt with as a criminal or civil case.Collins’ attorney, Paul Pfingst, had argued that the case boiled down to a contract dispute.Link said the case illuminated “glaring problems” with payment of money in school districts.“It’s my understanding this kind of activity is happening not just in Poway, it’s happening in a lot of districts,” the judge said. Former Poway Unified Superintendent pleads guilty to financial disclosure charge KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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PIB Group to acquire i2 Healthcare

first_imgEmployee benefits consultancy organisation PIB Group is to acquire corporate healthcare intermediary business i2 Healthcare.The acquisition marks the first specialist employee benefits business that has been bought by PIB Group since the organisation began making acquisitions in 2016. The transaction has been completed in order to further strengthen PIB Group’s employee benefits proposition.PIB Group provides employee benefits consultancy services around areas such as flexible benefits, pensions, employee communications and engagement. It seeks to help corporate clients to devise employee benefits strategies.i2 Healthcare advises corporate clients on health insurance and employee wellness requirements, specialising in private medical insurance (PMI), group life insurance and income protection. The organisation currently places premiums of approximately £30 million annually for more than 80 public and private sector organisations that span the legal, financial, construction, manufacturing and automotive industries.The Birmingham-based i2 Healthcare team will join PIB Group’s existing employee benefits division and continue to trade under its own brand. Paul Brantingham and Simon Derby, founding directors and shareholders at i2 Healthcare, will remain as the organisation’s directors.David Skinner (pictured), managing director at PIB Employee Benefits, said: “i2 Healthcare [is an expert] at what [it does] and we really value [its] client-centric approach. We’re looking forward to welcoming Paul, Simon and their team to PIB Employee Benefits and working closely with them to further enhance the services they offer to their valued clients.”Paul Brantingham, director at i2 Healthcare, added: “Joining PIB is an important milestone in i2 Healthcare’s 10-year history and is a natural progression for us. To be recognised as specialists in our market by PIB and having the opportunity to continue growing through their support is a real endorsement of what we have achieved so far. We are looking forward to joining a wider network of experts who are renowned for their specialisms in their chosen markets.”Simon Derby, director at i2 Healthcare, said: “We are often appointed as both broker and advisor to our clients where long-standing relationships are formed. I’m delighted that, through PIB, we can continue those valued relationships and design bespoke solutions through our focused approach while also remaining independent.”last_img read more

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Fanmade Mega Man DOS remake puts Mighty No 9 to shame

first_imgIf you were disappointed by Mighty No. 9, there is another game that will ease your pain. A group of dedicated fans are developing a complete remake of the Mega Man DOS games. If you didn’t even know that there were Mega Man games released on the PC, don’t feel bad, I didn’t know they existed either. While the games didn’t look visually terrible, they were still very far off from being genuine Mega Man experiences. Some have even dubbed them as the worst games in the franchise’s history.Despite the notoriety of these DOS games, a group of fans has decided that they deserve a second chance. As such, the team has worked hard for the last two years to remake both games into one project. This new game, simply titled Mega Man DOS, is more in line with the classic NES-era Mega Man games we all know and love. It certainly puts Mighty No. 9 to shame.Before we show you the remake, let’s check out the first DOS Mega Man game. The main thing that stands out about it is there’s no music. This was typical of DOS games of the time, but it’s odd nonetheless. It is also evident that the Blue Bomber has a somewhat floaty feel about him. Again, this game doesn’t completely offend the eyes, but it does look like a cheap Mega Man knock-off.Below, we have the remake. As you can see, it is much more faithful to the NES games. The graphics are lifted straight from the originals, as is the music. If you didn’t already know it, you could be forgiven for thinking this was a long-lost Mega Man game that was uncovered from the Capcom vault.The Mega Man DOS remake features nine robot masters, each with their own unique stage. The levels change depending on which bosses were defeated — a feature straight from the Mega Man X series. There is a redesigned fortress with all-new hazards and challenges, and even a level editor for those who want to try to make their own custom stages. The level editor comes with built-in time attack, challenge mode, and even a custom boss AI planner. You can download the game for free over on the Steam Workshop. Note that the game is still a work in progress and may crash. If that happens, users are encouraged to report any bugs they encounters so that that the developers can iron out the issues. Sorry, Mighty No. 9, but you have officially been upstaged by an unofficial fan remake. <>last_img read more

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Colin The Celtics arent ready to take out the Cavs in the

first_imgThe Cavs have been a complete mess recently, and the chatter that the Celtics could take out Cleveland and win the East, this year, has become more prevalent.Colin has said Brad Stevens is the best coach in the NBA, but he still thinks Boston is a year away from surpassing Cleveland as the top dog in the conference. Even though the Celtics have the East’s best current record, standout rookie Jayson Tatum has suddenly hit the rookie wall and won’t be a factor in the playoffs. Also, “LeBron stopper” Jae Crowder is now on the Cavs, and there isn’t a clear heir apparent.Boston has done a tremendous job with their rebuild, but they aren’t ready to beat LeBron in a 7 game series, this year.last_img read more

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Nevada CyberKnife Center Upgrades Robotic Radiosurgery System

first_img 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 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 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 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.  News | Radiation Therapy | April 28, 2016 Nevada CyberKnife Center Upgrades Robotic Radiosurgery System Version 10.5 includes optimized lung cancer treatment package, variable-aperture collimator, improved treatment planning system and ability to track tumors in the prone position Related Content 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 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 | 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 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 April 28, 2016 — Alliance Oncology, a division of Alliance HealthCare Services Inc., announced that one of their radiation therapy centers, Reno CyberKnife, has upgraded their CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System. Alliance HealthCare Services is a national provider of outsourced radiology, oncology and interventional services,The CyberKnife System was upgraded from the 8.5 version to the 10.5 version, with extra features added, including the Lung Optimized Treatment (LOT) function, the IRIS II, MultiPlan V5.5 treatment planning system (TPS) and Xsight Spine Prone.The Lung Optimized Treatment package is a suite of software that provides a complete fiducial-free clinical solution for most lung cancer patients. Because fiducial implantation is no longer required, CyberKnife radiosurgery with Lung Optimized Treatment offers a completely noninvasive option, which is particularly important for medically or surgically inoperable patients. It enables physicians with greater flexibility in delivering radiosurgery treatments to patients with lung cancer, the most common and deadly cancer worldwide.“Our CyberKnife upgrade will add versatility to our options on how we treat our lung cancer patients, allowing us to individualize and optimize patient care,” said Jonathan Tay, M.D., co-medical director at Reno CyberKnife.The IRIS II is a feature that will help provide better quality treatment, as well as shorten it. The IRIS II is a variable-aperture collimator, which uses two offset banks of six prismatic tungsten leaves to form a blurred regular dodecagon field of variable size, which eliminates the need for changing the fixed collimators. With the new IRIS II, the CyberKnife only needs to travel around the tumor in one trip and the IRIS II can change the field sizes as needed, allowing for a short and smooth treatment. In addition, this feature grants the clinical team the choice of as many as nine various sizes of radiation beams to treat a tumor, compared to up to three sizes using fixed collimators. The extra flexibility improves the quality of treatment plans, particularly for irregular-shaped tumors.The MultiPlan Treatment Planning System enables the clinical team (physicist, radiation oncologist and surgeon, among others) to generate high-quality CyberKnife treatment plans with a stronger computation power and a better optimization algorithm. Flexible and individualized treatment plans can be created quickly and intuitively, resulting in a fast and accurate treatment delivery for the patient. Other key features of the MultiPlan is that it offers remote tools that allow the physician to remotely run the TPS from any location, provide enhanced communication capabilities, and give CyberKnife centers the ability to collaborate and outreach to remote facilities and physicians.The Xsight Spine Prone tracking system provides tracking of tumors in or near the spine, allowing patients to be treated in the prone position (lying with the chest down and back up). Delivering radiation to a posterior target, such as tumors in or near the spine, with the patient in the supine position (lying face up), results in a high number of monitor units per beam, which could induce a high dose of radiation to the surrounding healthy tissue. Other patient benefits of the Xsight Spine Prone include: its targeting accuracy (1.5 mm); a noninvasive method of delivering spine radiosurgery; faster with less complex treatments; and it provides an additional treatment option for those who are not candidates for surgery or conventional radiation therapy.For more information: www.cyberknife.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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