Zuckerberg faces Grandpa questions from lawmakers

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Mark Zuckerberg faced two days of grilling before House and Senate committees Tuesday and Wednesday to address Facebook’s privacy issues and the need for more regulation for the social media site.Yet the hearings in Washington managed to showcase the normally press-shy Zuckerberg’s ability to perform as an able and well-rehearsed, if a bit stiff, CEO of one of the world’s biggest companies — and the degree to which much of Congress appears befuddled about technology and the relevant issues.“For the most part, so far, this has been a victory for Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg and enormous validation that D.C. is ineffectual,” said Scott Galloway, who teaches marketing at New York University.The hearings were a major test for Zuckerberg. Facebook is confronting its biggest privacy scandal in 14 years after it was revealed that the data firm Cambridge Analytica misused data from up to 87 million users.Some members of Congress hold computer science degrees or other technical knowledge and were well-versed in the issues, drilling Zuckerberg about how Facebook tracks people who are not on the site and what changes the social media will make to protect user data. Others focused on concerns like censorship and perceived bias on the site as well as children’s privacy policies.But many appeared out of touch on the fundamentals of how Facebook works and lobbed mainly softball questions.On Wednesday Gus Bilirakis, a Florida Republican, asked about the removal of inappropriate opioid advertisements from the site. But he also waxed on about how many people his age and older use Facebook.“My friends, my constituents — we all use Facebook,” Bilirakis said. “It’s wonderful for us seniors to connect with our relatives.”Part of the problem was the structure of the hearings. Dozens of lawmakers had just four or five minutes to ask questions. Tough follow-up queries were few.Another was age: The average age of senators who questioned Zuckerberg is 62, with several in their 80s. On Tuesday, senators peppered Zuckerberg with questions about Facebook’s lengthy privacy policy and its data but often didn’t seem to know how to follow up on Zuckerberg’s talk of algorithms and AI systems.Many of Zuckerberg’s answers to Congress people served as a crash course in Facebook 101, or basic information about Facebook’s business model. On Tuesday, 84-year old Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who had been a senator for nearly eight years when Zuckerberg was born, asked how Facebook’s business model works given that it is free.“Senator, we run ads,” Zuckerberg explained, a smile breaking through his solemn demeanour.Another laugh came when Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked whether Facebook was a monopoly.“It certainly doesn’t seem that way to me,” Zuckerberg repliedOn Wednesday, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, had a similar “Grandpa” moment, holding up his phone and observing that he had received a question from a constituent “through Facebook.”“I actually use Facebook,” he added.Bobby Rush, D-Ill., appearing frail, reached back in history to liken Facebook’s privacy policy to J. Edgar Hoover’s covert FBI surveillance program, called Counter Intelligence Program, or Cointelpro, in the 1960s. Zuckerberg responded with one of his oft-repeated statements that users control who sees what on their Facebook page.And in the fourth hour of the House hearing on Wednesday, Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., asked a question Zuckerberg had been asked multiple times. Once again, it was about the basic way Facebook works.“How can someone control keeping the content within the realm they want it to without being collected?” Mullin asked.“If you don’t want any data to be collected around advertising, you can turn that off and we won’t do it,” Zuckerberg reiterated.The soft questioning “goes directly to the point that the technical expertise among senators is weak,” said Timothy Carone, a Notre Dame business professor.And they allowed Zuckerberg to repeat his talking points — that Facebook doesn’t own or sell users data, that he and other senior executives weren’t proactive enough with Cambridge Analytica but they’ve changed that, and that using artificial intelligence in elections to stop fake accounts is a top priority.The result?“He’s giving the same responses to the same questions from different senators,” said Helio Fred Garcia, a professor of crisis management at NYU and Columbia University in New York.Zuckerberg seemed often to retreat to three “safe havens,” Garcia said:One, diffusing responsibility to his “team.”Two, when pressed on policy issues, agreeing to a principle without committing to details.And three, never failing in answering questions to start by addressing the questioner as “senator” or “congressman.”“He’s diligent in showing deference and respect,” Garcia said.Still, Richard Levick, CEO of public-relations firm Levick, who has worked with executives to prepare for testimony, said that while Zuckerberg performed well, Facebook’s problems don’t end with the end of the hearing.“The real challenge is going to come now,” Levick said. “Everyone will be looking at what Facebook is doing in court and around the country and take issues with the promises that he made today.”___For complete coverage of the Facebook privacy scandal, visit https://apnews.com/tag/FacebookPrivacyScandallast_img read more

Nine countries elected to UNESCO World Heritage Committee

25 October 2007Nine new members have been elected to the 21-member United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization committee charged with overseeing the World Heritage List of cultural and natural wonders, UNESCO announced today. Nine new members have been elected to the 21-member United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization committee charged with overseeing the World Heritage List of cultural and natural wonders, UNESCO announced today.Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Brazil, China, Egypt, Jordan, Nigeria and Sweden were each elected to four-year terms during the General Assembly of the 184 States Parties to the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, held in Paris.The new members of the World Heritage Committee replace Benin, Chile, India, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway and the Netherlands, whose terms expired this year. The terms of Canada, Cuba, Israel, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Peru, Spain, the Republic of Korea, Tunisia and the United States will expire in 2009.The committee meets every year to inscribe sites on the World Heritage List and to review the state of sites already on the List and whether action needs to be taken to support their safeguarding. It also maintains the List of World Heritage in Danger.There are currently 851 cultural or natural sites on the World Heritage List, and they are situated in 141 countries. read more

UN calls for global help in Afghanistans battle against rising opium production

“In Afghanistan, drugs are now a clear and present danger,” said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), at the launch of the Afghanistan Opium Survey 2004 at a press briefing in Brussels.”With 131,000 hectares dedicated to opium farming, this year Afghanistan has established a double record – the highest drug cultivation in the country’s history, and the largest in the world,” he added.Compared to last year, opium cultivation in Afghanistan has increased by 64 per cent, according to the survey. Despite bad weather and disease, the country produced a total of 4,200 tons of opium in 2004.Mr. Costa praised Afghanistan for making political progress, but doubted if it could be sustained in the wake of the growth of a narco-economy. “We all salute President [Hamid] Karzai for his courage and determination,” he said. “Yet, opium cultivation, which has spread like wildfire throughout the country, could ultimately incinerate everything -democracy, reconstruction and stability.”Voicing his belief that there were “strong links” between drugs and terrorism in Afghanistan, Mr. Costa said the international community, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the US-led coalition forces and donors should help the Afghan Government to reduce poverty as well as back military operations against traffickers.Noting that in the past three years drug production has decreased elsewhere in the world, Mr. Costa suggested that the opium economy in Afghanistan could only be dismantled with democracy, the rule of law and economic improvement. “It will be a long and difficult process,” he said. “It cannot be done ruthlessly as it was done by the Taliban, nor with mindless disregard for the county’s poverty.”Meanwhile, at a press briefing in New York, UNODC representative Vincent McClean said drug trafficking from Afghanistan was causing a great deal of concern in neighbouring Iran and Pakistan, where millions of people had fallen victim to heroin addiction.”Drug trafficking poses a clear threat to the national security in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that about 11 million people were addicted to heroin in that country. read more

Russell Westbrook Does Not See Himself As A Problem

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has drawn criticism for his decision-making and shot selection that has contributed to the Thunder  falling behind the Miami Heatin the first halves of Games 1 and 2.ABC analyst Magic Johnson said Westbrook had one of the worst performances for a point guard in the Finals that he’d seen, after the Heat built a 17-point lead in the first half of Game 2 en route to a 100-96 win, evening the series at 1-1. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith was just as critical, among others.“I’m not making no adjustments, regardless of what anybody says,” Westbrook said Saturday before the Thunder’s practice. “I’m going to play my game regardless of what happens.”Westbrook is averaging what would seem like an impressive 27 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the Finals, but it’s his 40 percent shooting on a team-high 50 shots in the first two games that’s garnered more ire. Kevin Durant, who is shooting a remarkable 57 percent in the Finals, has taken eight fewer shots.Teammates and coach Scott Brooks, however, have been staunch in defending Westbrook’s play.“We need Russell to score. I know some (people) don’t like that,” Brooks said. “He got off to a bad start but he came back. Him and Kevin are both terrific players, they both have to score points for us to be successful. I don’t look at who gets more, who doesn’t get more. I look at the quality of the shots. Could Russell have taken two or three better shots? Absolutely. Going into (Game 3), hopefully that’s the case.”Said Durant: “Everyone thinks he should be a traditional point guard like a (John) Stockton. There’s a lot of people that cannot be like Russ either. Of course he’s going to make mistakes.”This is the continuation of an issue that has been a common talking point since the playoffs last year. The shot comparison between Durant and Westbrook is closely watched by critics. Westbrook’s attitude on the matter has remained mostly constant.“It’s just something that comes along with the territory,” Westbrook said. “We’re in the NBA Finals now and the more negative you hear, the better you’re doing. That’s how I look at it.” read more

Quick Hits Former Ohio State football coach embarrassed by NCAA violations

The wide-ranging topics that were discussed at first-year OSU head coach Luke Fickell’s Tuesday press conference included a season-ending injury for one defensive player, the role of a previously suspended player in Saturday’s game at Illinois and the battle among quarterbacks for the backup job. After the press conference, a former Buckeyes coach spoke to The Lantern about the NCAA violations committed by OSU players. “Coop” isn’t content Former OSU head coach John Cooper, who led the Buckeyes to a 100-34-4 record from 1988-1999, sat among members of the media during Fickell’s remarks. Afterward, Cooper had some pointed remarks about the state of OSU football, saying he was troubled by the program’s recent run-ins with the NCAA. “It’s unfortunate,” Cooper said. “That doesn’t have to happen. It shouldn’t happen at Ohio State. This is too good of a school. It is too good of a program to have that happen to us. “It’s embarrassing, to be honest with you.” Injury update Senior defensive lineman Nate Williams, who has missed the Buckeyes’ last five games after sustaining an injury to his left knee on Sept. 3 against Akron, is likely done for the season. “Nate probably won’t be with us for the rest of the year,” Fickell said. “I think he’ll probably have another surgery. It’s a part of the game.” Freshman quarterback Braxton Miller is listed as the No. 1 quarterback on the latest OSU depth chart. Fickell said the most important thing is how Miller practices this week. “I think (Miller) is going to be OK,” Fickell said. “We’ll see how he feels when he runs around today.” Captaincy carousel slowing down Senior center Mike Brewster will make his fourth appearance as an OSU game captain at Illinois this Saturday. Senior linebacker Andrew Sweat will make his third appearance as a game captain as well. Junior tight end Jake Stoneburner, who caught his fifth touchdown pass of the year last Saturday at Nebraska, is first-time captain and will join Brewster and Sweat at midfield Saturday for the pregame coin toss at the Fighting Illini’s Memorial Stadium. “Boom” is back“ After being suspended for the first six games of the 2011 season due to two separate NCAA violations, Dan “Boom” Herron will dress and play for Buckeyes at Illinois this weekend. “Dan will get some touches,” Fickell said. “You might see Dan initially on special teams. Dan is a big part of who we are.” Quarterback shuffle The battle among Ohio State’s quarterbacks is still on, but now they’re competing to be the No. 2 option behind freshman Braxton Miller. Fickell said that sophomore quarterback Ken Guiton will get more reps in practice and have a shot at being the backup. “Kenny will get some more reps (this week),” Fickell said. “He showed the team and everyone how much it means to him. He’ll get more and more opportunities in the weeks to come.” read more

BBC dont televise Monty Python today because it shows how bad modern

Cleese said in response that Terry Gilliam “has decided he’s a black lesbian, and Graham Chapman – I’m not allowed to use the word ‘poof’ – Graham was homosexual and also dead, so there’s a certain amount of diversity.”The 78-year-old former comedian plans to move to the Caribbean island of Nevis later this year. When Nick Robinson, the Today interviewer, suggested that people might suspect Cleese was moving there “because he doesn’t have to pay tax and he has four marriages to pay for”, Cleese replied: “People will find some discreditable reason.”He was on the show to promote his daughter, Camilla, who is performing stand-up comedy at the Edinburgh Festival.  The BBC stopped showing Monty Python episodes because they were “too funny” and would show up the rest of the corporation’s comedy output, John Cleese has claimed.Cleese singled out Men Behaving Badly, the hit 1990s series, as an example of a comedy that paled by comparison.Asked about the absence of Monty Python’s Flying Circus from the BBC schedules, where it first aired in 1969, Cleese said: “It’s not been shown for 17 years. Michael Palin told me that a few years ago.“Maybe it’s too funny. It might not contrast well with some of the comedy they’re doing now, that’s the only explanation I’ve got. People might not laugh at modern comedy.“Do you remember in [former director-general] John Birt’s reign, they had a show called Men Behaving Badly? And they had a poll [of] the funniest comedies of all time, and that won.“It was voted number one. Have you ever heard of it since?” The BBC no longer has the broadcast rights to Monty Python. The shows are currently available on Netflix.Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Cleese criticised the BBC’s head of comedy, Shane Allen, who suggested last month that Monty Python would not be commissioned today because they were “six Oxbridge white blokes”. 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. read more

Adobe Flash Player and Air updates unofficially confirm imminent release of Android

first_imgWe’ve been hearing a lot of rumors lately that Google intends on releasing Android version 2.3, aka Gingerbread, sometime this week… but a recent update to Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe Air might confirm the fact that Gingerbread will be dropping imminently. If you downloaded the last update to Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe Air, check out the release notes: the description says that the update is dropping specifically to prepare Android devices for the future arrival of a future version of Android OS. The updates to Flash Player and Air are versions and 2.5.1, respectively.If Adobe’s to be believed, they may have just unofficially confirmed that Gingerbread will be dropping sooner rather than later. Given how closely Google has been working with Adobe to make sure that Android plays well with Flash — capability that Android can exclusively boast over the iPhone — we wouldn’t be surprised if Adobe had insider information on the matter.As for Gingerbread, we can’t wait to see it: although most of the improvements in Gingerbread are still unknown, it will be the first Android update to specifically target features that are required for larger display mobile devices like tablets. We’re hoping that Gingerbread will end up making the Samsung Galaxy Tab even better than it already is.Read more at Android Spinlast_img read more

Le laboratoire Lilly met en garde contre lachat de médicaments sur Internet

first_imgLe laboratoire Lilly met en garde contre l’achat de médicaments sur InternetUne campagne vient juste d’être lancée par le laboratoire Lilly afin de sensibiliser les Français sur les risques encourus concernant l’achat de médicaments sur Internet.Face à la possibilité sans cesse croissante d’acheter des médicaments sur la Toile, le laboratoire Lilly a décidé de mettre en place une campagne d’information et de sensibilisation qui a débuté hier. A destination du grand public, explique Relaxnews, cette campagne tient à rappeler aux Français les risques auxquels ils s’exposent en achetant et consommant des médicaments issus d’Internet.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Ainsi, le risque majeur présenté est celui des médicaments contrefaits destinés à tromper les clients et enrichir les vendeurs. Au mieux, les médicaments contrefaits ne sont que des placebos, au pire, ils peuvent contenir des substances dangereuses pouvant entrainer la mort. La campagne d’information se décline en format vidéo et bannière sur Internet. Le film documentaire réalisé montre par exemple comment un jeune chef d’entreprise peut se révéler fier de son affaire jusqu’à ce que l’on découvre qu’il gagne sa vie en produisant des faux médicaments. Le “Business du siècle” est une campagne qui vise à mettre en garde les Français, à les pousser à ne pas seulement se fier à un site Internet “à l’apparence sérieuse”. L’OMS a dernièrement fait savoir qu’un médicament sur deux vendu sur Internet est une contrefaçon.Le 24 novembre 2010 à 20:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Cast of Con Man Season 2 Revealed and We Talk to

first_imgStay on target Stargate: Origins Brings the Series Back to its RootsNintendo is Doomed in There Will Be Brawl Even if you haven’t yet seen Alan Tudyk’s hilarious web series, Con Man, the premise will probably sound familiar. Tudyk plays Wray Nerely, an actor who played a spaceship pilot on a beloved cult science fiction TV show cancelled before its time. Unlike the real-life Tudyk, Nerely isn’t happy with the direction his career is going. He reluctantly attends fan conventions and meet-ups, taking any small acting gig that comes along.With Season Two premiering today on Comic Con HQ, some of the cast sat down for a conference call to talk about the series. We spoke with Nolan North, Mindy Sterling, Felicia Day, Laura Vandervoort, Alison Haislip and series co-producer PJ Haarsma about being real-life con men and women, and what to expect for season two.If you’ve watched Con Man, you might wonder how many of the over-the-top fan interactions depicted on the show have actually happened. Apparently, the answer is all of them. According to Haarsma, everything that happens on the show has a kernel of something that’s happened to either Tudyk or Nathan Fillion (co-producer and a co-star of the show).Tudyk as Wray Nerely and Nathan Fillion as Jack Moore on “Con Man” Season 2Sterling, who plays Nerely’s… let’s say eccentric booking agent, spoke about a possessiveness that fans at a convention sometimes have. “[They] want to take up your time… and know everything, they don’t want to know about your life, they just want to talk about what you’ve done, like “oh that was a funny episode when this happened and that happened.” Sterling says there can be a sense of no reality that some con-goers don’t seem to be aware of.Thankfully, Sterling has never come across anyone dangerous. When she said she thinks Felicia Day probably has, Day told us that it’s never happened in person, only online. While that’s partially a relief, it does make you ask: What’s wrong with people?Day also mentioned that some of her strangest convention experiences didn’t even come from fans. She once saw an actor (she wouldn’t say who) take home food from the green room, where actors hang out in between appearances. That’s apparently a common occurrence on set. Sterling even admits to taking meals home from the craft service table while filming. While Day doesn’t know if that made it into season two, we can expect a few great green room scenes.Vandervoort and Haislip shared probably the most interesting fan stories from conventions. Shortly after Vandervoort was cast as Supergirl on Smallville, she met a fan whose face was tattooed on his leg, an experience she described as both frightening and cool. Another questionable fan tattoo she came across happened after she was asked to sign a fan’s arm. He came back later with her signature tattooed on him. So now, she says, that person permanently knows how to forge here signature. Lovely.Haislip told a story where she had the opposite effect. At a Comic Con a few years ago, while she was still working at G4, a fan recognized her on the floor and asked for a photo. She obliged, and that started a chain of people asking for pictures.The last person to ask for a photo turned to her afterward and asked, “So who are you cosplaying as?”“I was like, ‘So you don’t know who I am, great,’” Haislip said, “That was humbling, thanks.”The cast has already had their first surprising moment of fan-dedication for Con Man too. Before the series had even aired, when there had only been one photo of Tudyk as Nerely released, a fan showed up in full Wray Nerely cosplay. She had the costume down perfect. Felicia Day’s character imitating Nerely’s wardrobe whenever she’s on screen doesn’t sound so far fetched now.If you’ve watched the show, you know that one of the recurring themes is Nerely’s resentment of being typecast. In real life, actors who get typed into sci-fi roles have more nuanced feelings about it. On the one hand, it can make getting jobs easier. There is a lot of competition in the acting world, so if you have a certain type, casting directors might more readily think of you for a specific role.On the other hand, being typecast can also be limiting, which can be frustrating for actors who got into the business to play a diverse range of characters. Day says she’s created all the characters she’s written for herself to break out of type. Of course, she says she ended up creating a hacker/geeky girl stereotype for herself, so breaking out doesn’t always work. She says as long as you can evolve out of type or find ways to grow within it, you’ll be OK.That said, everyone agreed that if typecasting is going to happen, there’s no better group to be typed into than sci-fi. “When you’re typcast into this geek-nerd world,” Haislip said, “you have the best fans. You’re guaranteed to work in some capacity because the fans are so loyal and they want more and more and more… It’s the best world to be in.”Nathan Fillion as Jack Moore on “Con Man” Season 2Sometimes, Day said, typecast do have to turn down work in order to make sure their careers are going in where they want them to. She mentioned she’s had to turn down offers to host shows in order to focus on getting roles she really wanted to play. So far, it’s worked out. Day says it’s all about how much you can trade off what you want to do versus what you have to do. (It was at this point that North joined the conversation to say that he turns down all work that doesn’t involve full frontal nudity.)North actually had a lot of insight into how actors need to treat their jobs like a business. As he has a son who wants to go into acting, it’s been on his mind a lot lately. As much as acting is about art, he says, producers think about it in terms of business and money, and that’s how actors need to think about it too. He got Con Man the way most people get their jobs: through networking. He met and worked with Tudyk and was available when Tudyk asked him to be a part of the show. North says that kind of thinking also helps actors deal with not getting work. It’s not that the producers think you’re bad, you’re just not right for their business at that time.Haislip added that it’s easy for actors to avoid planning their careers like businesses because they’re so dependent on other people giving them the job. It was during a night out with a friend that she realized she needed a five-year-plan like every other working person.They couldn’t say a whole lot about what to expect from season two, but they did share one thing they’re looking forward to. In season two Fillion has to wear a skin cap on his head. Haarsma says they were afraid it wasn’t going to make it into the show. Everyone was convinced that Fillion would never go for it. Fortunately for them and all of us, he loved the idea. He thought it was hilarious. When he wears it at conventions, Haarsma said, there are always audible gasps from fans.It will come as no surprise that everyone involved absolutely loves working on the show. Haislip said that she’s learned so much from the experience that she almost forgets it’s a job that she gets paid for. Being able to work in that kind of environment with great friends is an actor’s dream, she said.All the big names they’ve been able to get as guest stars have eagerly joined the show. Haarsma says the only reason they haven’t been able to get some people to appear was scheduling conflicts. There is a  Con Man game coming out soon though. Maybe we’ll see a few surprising guest stars then.Con Man season two is available now on Comic Con HQ.last_img read more

CM Punk debuts as writer for Marvels Thor Annual 1

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Google+ Thor, The King Of The Dead? Joe Rogan Says Floyd Mayweather Should Fight CM Punk in MMA Debut Now Playing Up Next Will CM Punk Ever Fight In The UFC Again? Now Playing Up Next Avengers: Endgame Named Best Movie The Young Bucks on CM Punk coming to AEW, Cody’s chairshot, nearly signing with WWEcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Twitter AEW announces tickets for debut episode on TNT from Washington, DC is sold-out CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet ComicBookResources.com is reporting that former WWE star CM Punk has made his writing debut for Marvel’s “Thor Annual” #1 writing about young Thor. Punk is quoted in the story.“[T]he only thing [Jason Aaron] said to me was, ‘I need a story about young Thor. Tell me what you think. And the first idea that popped into my mind was the first thing I pitched to him, and he said he loved it, so we’re running with it. [T]he idea was, let’s do a story about young Thor as kind of a brash, bratty teenager who’s like, ‘I’m totally worthy of this hammer. My dad’s full of [expletive]. I don’t know why I’m not “worthy” of the hammer. Look at all this cool stuff I did.’ And it’s more or less like a drinking story. He’s gonna be sitting around with a few choice characters from the Marvel Universe, and they’re all gonna be drinking, and Thor’s gonna basically be complaining about essentially why his dad won’t give him the keys to the car.”You can check out the full article at the link below.Comic Book Resource: CM PUNK MAKES HIS MARVEL WRITING DEBUT ON “THOR ANNUAL” #1Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThor, The King Of The Dead?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:25/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Overnight closure in Portland of I84 planned for Jan 12

first_imgOn Friday night, Jan. 12, Interstate 84 will close in both directions between interstates 5 and 205.The closure begins at 11 p.m. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. Single-lane closures and some ramp closures on I-84 will begin as early at 8 p.m.Plan for alternative routes.The full I-84 closures will include all on- and offramps to and from I-84 between I-5 and I-205, including:• OMSI/Central Eastside Industrial District offramp from I-5 northbound.• All ramps from I-5 and I-205 to I-84.• Ramp to I-84 eastbound from the Morrison Bridge.The road will be closed so crews can install new electronic sign structures at two different locations on the interstate. The work is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled if there is strong wind.last_img read more

Arthur prays that Neymar can return to FC Barcelona

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Arthur, revealed that he is praying hard to get Neymar back as an FC Barcelona player in the not so distant future.It was just recently revealed that Neymar is desperately pushing forward the plan of making his shocking return to FC Barcelona from PSG, he is not the only one doing everything in his power to do it as compatriot Arthur is also praying for this to happen.The former Palmeiras midfielder has Neymar as a very good friend, and recently revealed that he would love it if both players could share a dressing room at club level.Arthur Melo is considered one of the biggest revelations at FC Barcelona this season, his contribution to the squad could be one of the most alluring factors that could pull Neymar back to the Catalan club.But the midfielder understands how busy the PSG star’s life is, he knows that getting him back on the Barcelona train will be very difficult.“I personally am praying for him to come because he is a superstar, it is indisputable,” Arthur told Mundo Deportivo.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I think that the more great players the team has, the better.”“Personally, I’m doing a lot of work to get him back, but he has his life, he knows what he’s doing and I do not know how deep those negotiations are, if there are options for him to come or not.”“But he is a personal friend and a professional that I admire a lot and would be very happy if he could come back here,” he added.Arthur: I’m praying Neymar comes to Barcelona 🙏 pic.twitter.com/nnR0yOgIR1— Goal Singapore (@Goal_SG) December 26, 2018last_img read more

Phil Satre takes over as Wynn Resorts Chairman

first_img Wynn Palace expansion to better position property for premium mass recovery: Maddox Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Former Harrah’s boss Phil Satre has officially taken over from D. Boone Wayson as Chairman of Wynn Resorts following a unanimous vote at a board meeting overnight.His appointment comes almost three months to the day since he first joined the board as Vice Chairman as part of an agreement between Wynn Resorts and its largest shareholder Elaine Wynn, who ran a lengthy campaign against a number of former board members following the downfall of her ex-husband and company founder Steve Wynn in February. Under the terms of the agreement, Elaine Wynn will no longer push for any new board changes. RelatedPosts The Wynn Resorts board is now comprised of 10 directors including six new to the board in 2018 and of whom four are women.“I am honored to be named Chairman of the newly refreshed Wynn Resorts Board and look forward to continuing to support the company’s transformation for the benefit of its shareholders and all of its stakeholders,” Satre said.Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox added, “We appreciate Boone’s contributions to our company since its inception and for his leadership, which was crucial in maintaining stability at Wynn Resorts in 2018.  He was instrumental in driving key initiatives and in our recent board refreshment process.“I am pleased to have a director of Phil’s caliber to succeed Boone and help Wynn Resorts solidify its position as the premier luxury resort developer and operator in the world.” Load More Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analystslast_img read more

8 receive pet insurance as an employerpaid employee benefit

first_imgFewer than one in 10 (8%) receive pet insurance as an employer-paid and discounted employee benefit, according to research by online legal services organisation Epoq Legal.Its survey of 1,234 UK employees also revealed that 45% of respondents aged between 18 and 34 years old agree that their employer offers benefits that are relevant to their life stage, compared to 32% of 35- to 54-year-olds and 18% of over 55s.The research also found:17% receive health or medical insurance through their employer, 12% have access to employer-paid dental treatment insurance and 13% can utilise critical illness insurance as an employee benefit provided and paid for by their employer.15% can take up discounted, employer-paid life insurance, compared to 12% who can access income protection.11% receive car insurance net through their employer, which is discounted and employer-paid. Respondents can also access home insurance (9%), travel insurance (11%) and phone or gadget insurance (11%).15% are offered legal advice as an employee benefit and 12% have access to legal documents, such as wills, through their employer.Andrew Walker (pictured), commercial director at Epoq Legal, said: “While medical and life insurance were understandably the most common forms of employer-paid insurance, there may be room to add extra value to the type of employee benefits on offer.“For example, last year’s Epoq research found that just over two-fifths of respondents (41%) have a will, the majority of whom (45%) are in the 65+ age bracket. Oddly, the ages at which most people are most likely to have a mortgage and dependents represent the age brackets least likely to have a will.“This suggests there are lots of people of working age that need to create important legal documents like wills, but aren’t doing so, possibly due to lack of advice, awareness or simply a lack of convenient access to the right services. Clearly there’s a need here and if employers were to provide a wills service as a benefit, it stands to reason that more people would more likely choose to make one and so protect their interests and those of their loved ones.”last_img read more

Its Costing More To Park At Some Galveston Beaches

first_img Share X 00:00 /01:07 Listen Galveston Park Board The entrance and pay station to Stewart Beach in Galveston.The old rate was $8.00 a day to park at Galveston’s East Beach and Stewart Beach. Now visitors will have to shell out a little more. The new parking rates are $12.00 on weekdays and $15.00 on weekends. Spokeswoman Mary Beth Bassett says the Galveston Park Board wants to raise funds for long-term improvements from parking fees that have stayed the same since 2004.“We want to become more of a regional and national destination,” Bassett says. “And we think that raising the bar will get us to that point.”But to get there, Bassett says need to do a lot of work. They’d like to make about $40 million in upgrades over the next ten years. That includes things like new pavilions and boardwalks. They also have to bring in sand to fight beach erosion.   “So it’s going to be a slow process but we have a plan in place and we know where we can start,” Bassett adds. “We have short-term goals and long-term goals laid out. And as our revenue increases we’ll be able to make incremental changes and improvements.” Bassett says the parking prices will drop after Labor Day to $10.00 on weekdays and $12.00 on weekends.center_img Galveston Master Plan To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

The Dark Side Of Easter Foods Named For Judas Offer Taste Of

first_imgEaster is associated with currant-studded hot-cross buns and chocolatey eggs – foods that symbolize rebirth and renewal. But what about Judas cake? Or Judas beer? Or Judas bread?Judas Iscariot, the archvillain of Christianity who betrayed Jesus with a kiss, has an intriguing range of food and drink named after him – some traditionally consumed in the days leading up to Easter.Some of Judas’ namesake foodstuffs, like the Judas fig, were so christened thanks to dark medieval depictions, while others, like the fiery Judas ketchup and the ultrastrong Judas ale, have more playful contemporary roots. What binds them, though, is their association with blood and death and treachery.“Judas is mentioned 22 times across the four Gospels, but the only parts where he plays a key role are the Last Supper and at the Garden of Gethsemane, where he betrays Christ,” says Peter Stanford, author of Judas: The Most Hated Name in History. “Judas’ name has become easy shorthand for treachery. Take, for instance, the Judas Blond, a popular Belgian beer which my publishers gave me when the book was published. It looks very pale and weak, but it’s actually quite strong, so it’s treacherously hiding its strength.”In his book, Stanford, who is British, points to the popular English Easter confection called simnel cake (from the Latin for “fine flour”), which is sometimes referred to as Judas cake.“It’s a delicious fruit cake with layers of marzipan, and it dates back to the 13th century,” he says. “In the Victorian era, it was decorated with a circle of 11 marzipan balls to represent the apostles, sans Judas, of course. There was a double space left blank where the Judas ball is meant to be.”In recent years, bakers who feel that Judas has been punished enough have begun to boldly place a 12th ball on their simnel cakes. This act has opened them to charges of moral equivalence.But Stanford, who feels Judas has gotten a raw deal, is all approval.“If you read Matthew’s Gospel – and Matthew is the only one who gives us the detail of the 30 pieces of silver – he shows Judas feeling remorseful and going back to the temple to give the money back to the high priests,” Stanford says. “He wants to make atonement, and he is so guilt-ridden that he hangs himself. So he has paid his dues. On a theological level, too, if you believe God is all-powerful and that he sent his son to earth to be killed as part of a divine plan, the fact that Judas betrayed Jesus, unpleasant as it might be, is simply Judas doing God’s work. So, yes, he deserves his marzipan ball.”Others would agree. A few years ago, Peter’s Europa House, an upscale restaurant in Shohola, Pa., introduced an Easter-themed menu with dishes named after the 12 apostles. Along with Matthew’s Mozzarella, Bartholomew’s Surf & Turf and Philip’s Shrimp Cocktail, it has offered patrons a Judas Casserole and Judas’ Chicken.“I included Judas because he was one of the apostles,” says owner Peter Jajcay. “My personal belief is that he was one of the strongest apostles, which is why I didn’t want to leave him out. To be able to betray Jesus you have to be very strong. And, no, I’ve never had any negative feedback from my customers.”The story of Judas’ hanging spawned a pretty Czech Easter bun called the Judas rope. These plaited buns – called Jidáše in the plural – are made with flour, butter, milk and egg yolks, and are traditionally served along with honey for breakfast on Maundy Thursday to commemorate the Last Supper.Even legends about the tree that Judas hanged himself from have become a rich source of Judas namesakes, especially since accounts vary wildly about what kind of tree it was.“According to one popular European invention, it was the fig tree,” says Stanford. “Renaissance paintings of the Last Supper have a standard array of symbolic fruit, such as pomegranates, whose seeds recall the Resurrection; cherries, whose redness mark the blood of Christ that will soon be spilt; and the Judas fig, a foretaste of the traitor’s death.”But another legend has it that Judas hanged himself from an elder tree. Which is why a rubbery, brownish-pinkish, ear-shaped fungus that grows profusely on the live and dead branches of the elder is known as Judas’ Ear.“It’s supposed to be a manifestation of Judas’ unquiet spirit,” says Stanford. Cold and soft, it even has the texture of a human ear. And though it sounds unappealing, it tastes delicious in stir-fry, noodle soup and pad thai.For wine lovers, there’s the Judas Malbec, a rich, ripe and potent red from Mendoza, Argentina, and the mildly fizzy Sangue di Giuda, which translates as “Blood of Judas,” from Italy’s Lombardy region.From a rubbery fungus to an ale that “may tempt you to evil deeds,” foods named after Judas resonate with the dark characteristics of their namesake.“Christianity tends to paint the world in black and white terms, so we shuffle all the bad things onto Judas,” says Stanford. “And though we live in a time where conventional religious belief is fading – many people, for instance, might not be able to tell you the whole Easter story – when it comes to Judas, there’s no confusion. In football, when a player changes teams for a higher fee and appears on the field, there are chants of ‘Judas, Judas.’ When Bob Dylan was called Judas by a fan for abandoning his acoustic guitar for an electric one and thereby betraying folk music, he was absolutely furious. Forty years on, he was still furious about it. He may have overreacted, but it shows that Judas still has the power to wound.”Just ask Paul Hollywood, a judge on The Great British Bake Off (also known as The Great British Baking Show in the U.S.). Last year, when the BBC lost the beloved baking program to its rival, Channel 4, judge Mary Berry and the two pun-loving, blazer-wearing hosts, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, quit out of loyalty to the BBC.But Hollywood chose to stay on. Irate fans labeled him a Judas and accused him of chasing the dough rather than sticking with his mates.It should be noted that despite these angry charges, Hollywood’s recipe for simnel cake still calls for only 11 marzipan balls. 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first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Carestream Health’s SuperPACS architecture streamlines workflow by equipping radiologists in any on-site or remote location to read from a global worklist that provides a unified set of imaging studies created from multiple vendors’ PACS located throughout the enterprise. This unified global worklist enables a cross-site, collaborative workflow – allowing optimized use of radiologists and specialists. Using unique tunneling technology, data-intensive studies can be quickly delivered to radiologists on demand from any location, and do not require pre-fetching or pre-archiving of the image data to a central location. 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first_img A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Related Content News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more At RSNA 2013, Blackford will demonstrate the four key elements of its software:MatchedCrosshairs enhances any image viewer to allow users to click once on a location in any scan to instantly find the same location in multiple scans from different time points and/or different modalities (computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or positron emission tomography (PET)).MatchedView enables any image viewer to automatically compensate for changes in patient position and acquisition planes between scans, automatically presenting views of compared exams in the same position and plane, enabling like-for-like comparison.AutoSync gives image viewers the ability to perform slice synchronization across exams automatically regardless of differences in acquisition protocol and patient positioning, allowing immediate reading when compared exams are displayed.Fusion enables image viewers to display accurate anatomical location of functional imaging findings by displaying fused views of exams from the same, hybrid or complementary modalities. Blackford will be located in the North Hall, booth 8507. November 7, 2013 — Blackford Analysis, a provider of software products that accelerate comparison of medical images, announced it will launch its complete product range at the 2013 Radiological Society of North America Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting (RSNA 2013) in Chicago. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Technology | November 07, 2013 Blackford Analysis Launches Range of Image Comparison Products at RSNA 2013 Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Designed to be integrated directly into any image viewer, such as a picture archiving and communication system (PACS), Advanced Visualization Viewer or Universal Viewer, Blackford Analysis’ products work within existing systems to enable instant comparison of multiple image studies. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more For more information: www.blackfordanalysis.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read morelast_img read more

Costa Rican dog attends trial as a victim of animal abuse

first_imgRelated posts:Ticos love their dogs but could be better owners, study finds Animal Welfare Bill could be discussed in Legislative Assembly this week Supreme Court deems wording of Animal Welfare Bill unconstitutional Toucan dies after being shot with BB gun Champion, a two-year-old dog, became on Monday the first animal in Latin America to attend the trial of his former owner as a victim of abuse.The president of the court in Atenas, located 35 km from San José, warned that he would not tolerate disorder, and Champion cooperated: apart from a small bark, he behaved wonderfully.The small courtroom was full of journalists, photographers, civilians, prosecutors, witnesses, defendants, lawyers and local residents who came to support the victim.In November 2017, the six-month-old puppy — not yet called Champion — had been tied with a leash that sank deep into the flesh of his neck. He was malnourished, skinny and covered in fleas.The president of the Atenas Foundation for Aid to Abandoned Animals, Dora Castro, explained Monday to the court that she was alerted by one of the owner’s brothers, who sent her a video that showed how the dog was being treated.Castro then picked up the puppy and took him to a veterinarian, where he had to receive care for about 20 days.Champion’s benefactor filed a complaint in January 2018 in accordance with a law recently enacted in Costa Rica that sanctions mistreatment against animals.Accompanied by more than a dozen other dogs, Champion looked quite recovered. He explored the court with delight and interacted with kindness and shyness with the press and his fans during a court recess.The trial continued Tuesday.Costa Rican law establishes penalties ranging from six months to three years in prison for mistreatment resulting in the death of an animal; from six months to two years in prison for acts of cruelty; and from 20 to 50 days for simple abuse.The president of the court mentioned precedents in the United States and Spain to bring to justice the abused animals, but Champion’s case is the first in Latin America. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Washington DC appoints Indiva Marketing as international representation firm in India

first_imgDestination DC, the official destination marketing organisation for Washington, DC, announces the appointment of Indiva Marketing responsible for all trade and media relations in India.“In 2017, the city welcomed an estimated 88,000 visitors from India, making it DC’s seventh overseas market. Washington, DC is strongly committed to the Indian market and will focus on extensive trade, marketing and communication initiatives in collaboration with Indiva Marketing to increase awareness,” said Elliott L Ferguson, II, President and CEO of Destination DC.Destination DC recently participated in the Brand USA India Sales Mission to Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru to discuss the latest in Washington, DC with tour operators, airline representatives, travel agents, buyers as well as media. Through its ‘DC Cool’ brand across editorial, social media and new trade promotions, Washington, DC promotes the fascinating museums and art galleries, historic neighbourhoods, iconic monuments and memorials and exceptional culinary scene. The new advertising campaign ‘Discover the Real DC’ is born from the organisation’s desire to convey authentic DC experiences.“We are thrilled to work with Washington, DC to develop multiple outbound opportunities and strongly position the capital city and its many historic sites and enticing art scene,” said Beate Mauder Kakkar, Managing Director of Indiva Marketing.With USD 11.5 billion in development and more than 4,500 hotel rooms in the pipeline, there are many new ways for Indian families to experience the city. The International Spy Museum moves to L’Enfant Plaza and reopens next spring. The Washington Monument reopens next year and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s ‘Fossil Hall’ reopens in June 2019.last_img read more