India mulls hosting second WTO mini-ministerial meet next month

first_imgNew Delhi: India is planning to host the second informal meeting of trade ministers from about 20 member nations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) here next month amid growing challenges for global trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has said. This meeting assumes significance as several countries are raising questions over the relevance of the global trade body. Many countries are also taking protectionist measures, impacting global trade. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We are planning this (meeting) in May. We will be inviting about 20 WTO member countries this time,” he said. The US had imposed high duties on imports of certain steel and aluminium products, which triggered a major trade tariff tussle. Recently, the WTO cautioned that the global trade will continue to face strong headwinds this year and in 2020 after growing slower-than-expected in 2018 due to rising trade tensions and increased economic uncertainty. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia has time and again stressed the importance and relevance of the WTO for promoting global trade. In March last year, over 50 nations participated in a meeting here which was convened by India to explore options for resolving various issues and re-invigorating the WTO. That meeting was organised in the wake of talks collapsing at the Buenos Aires ministerial conference in December 2017. India had appealed to the WTO members to identify common ground for strengthening the multi-lateral trade body amid challenges being faced by it following the deadlock at the Buenos Aires ministerial in December. Talking about the proposed national ecommerce policy, the minister said the draft is in the public domain and the ministry would look at all suggestions and views. “Every objections raised by small or big traders, we will take it on board,” he said. Concerns have been raised by certain quarters over some proposals of the draft policy related with data localisation and cross border flow of data. Meanwhile, Prabhu, who quit railways portfolio in 2017 after two rail accidents, also said initiatives taken by him during his three-year stint are now yielding results. Prabhu said measures were taken for increasing capital investments, track renewal and improving passenger convenience. “Railways spent Rs 2.75 lakh crore in the first three years (2014-17) as opposed to Rs 3 lakh crore cumulative in first 70 years. So that was the capital expenditure and now you are seeing the results of that,” he said in an interview. He said in the three years, when he was the railways minister, all the backlog of track renewal was completed. “We almost covered the backlog (of track renewal). So now you are actually seeing the result of that. There is hardly any derailment…We did things to ensure safety,” he added.last_img read more

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Rabat Police Arrest 9 Migrants for Alleged Kidnapping for Ransom

Rabat – The suspects were  arrested as they were living in Morocco irregularly, a statement from the  General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said on Saturday, September 7.Rabat’s police received information of the kidnap of an African national. The victim was kidnapped for ransom, the national police saidDGSN opened an investigation to determine the circumstances of the case. The preliminary investigation allowed police to detect the location of the suspect in Al Kria in the suburbs of Sale, Rabat’s twin city.Police rescued the victim and arrested the suspect. Police seized suspicious IDs, mobile phones, and money.DGSN said that investigation is ongoing to arrest possible accomplices involved in the kidnap victims for ransom. read more

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Home Capital names Yousry Bissada veteran of mortgage industry as new CEO

TORONTO ONTARIO, – A veteran of the Canadian financial services and mortgage industry has been appointed the next CEO of Home Capital Group Inc., which is working to restore investor and customer confidence after it appeared to be on the brink of collapse earlier this year.Yousry Bissada, 57, will join the Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender on Aug. 3, replacing interim CEO Bonita Then.The announcement comes three weeks after Home Capital (TSX:HCG) earned a vote of confidence from famed American billionaire Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway is investing in the company and providing much needed funding.Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to buy up to $400 million in stock — about 39 per cent of Home Capital’s total equity — and provide a $2 billion line of credit to offset cash that Home Capital customers have withdrawn from their savings accounts.One of Bissada’s top priorities will be to select a new chief financial officer as Home Capital, the country’s largest supplier of alternative mortgages, undergoes sweeping changes to its senior management team and board of directors.“We want to be the first choice for depositors, borrowers and brokers,” Bissada said in a statement Wednesday.During the 1990s, Bissada had executive roles in mortgage operations at CIBC and TD Canada Trust. He was CEO of Filogix, a software and service provider to the mortgage industry, from 2000 to 2007. Since 2011, he has been CEO of Kanetix Ltd., a technology company that operates an online platform for insurance quotes.He also serves as a director of Equity Financial Holdings Inc. (TSX:EQI), another non-bank mortgage provider, and is a past chairman of two mortgage lenders, Canadian Financial Corp. and Paradigm Quest Inc.Brenda Eprile, who has been chairwoman of Home Capital’s board of directors since May, said that Bissada has proven his ability to balance an entrepreneurial culture with operational and regulatory discipline.“These are precisely the characteristics we see driving our future success,” Eprile said.In a research note, DBRS said it views Bissada’s experience with operations as a positive given Home Capital’s recent issues.“With this important appointment, DBRS will look for the new CEO to articulate a strategy that will repair the group’s relationships with both the mortgage and deposit broker community, rebuild profitability and address HCG’s ability to source funding at competitive market rates,” the debt-rating agency said Wednesday.Home Capital required an emergency $2 billion line of credit from the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan in April after its customers started withdrawing their savings, which the company uses to fund its mortgage lending. That came after the Ontario Securities Commission alleged HCG misled investors in its handling of a scandal involving falsified loan applications.Home Capital agreed to settle both the OSC case and a class-action lawsuit filed by investors, prior to Berkshire’s investment. Home Capital names Yousry Bissada, veteran of mortgage industry, as new CEO by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2017 4:49 am MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Home Capital Group Inc. new chief executive officer Yousry Bissada is shown in Toronto on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Bissada, 57, joins Canada’s largest alternative mortgage lender as it struggles to recover from a series of problems that have shaken investor and customer confidence in the Toronto-based company. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn read more

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Gap in softwood lumber dispute appears to be narrowing says Tembec CEO

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2017 6:50 am MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gap in softwood lumber dispute appears to be narrowing, says Tembec CEO MONTREAL – Concluding a Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement in the coming weeks remains uncertain but there is headway on the thorny trade dispute, the head of lumber producer Tembec suggested Wednesday.“We understand that some progress is being made and that the differences of the gap between the two countries has narrowed,” CEO James Lopez said during a conference call to discuss its third-quarter results.The Montreal-based company (TSX:TMB) said its net income nearly doubled to $17 million in the period ended June 24.Lopez didn’t explain what his outlook is based on but said it’s difficult to predict the timing and structure of a new agreement.“Hopefully we can get that outcome in short order but we all know, those of us have been around this for a long time, it’s very unpredictable.”Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland remains in close contact with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, but a spokesman downplayed that a deal is in the offing.“I don’t have any real indication that there has been any meaningful narrowing, if you will,” Adam Austen said from Ottawa.The two sides are under pressure to strike an agreement before NAFTA negotiations begin Aug. 16.“We are obviously running up against quite a tight timeline with respect to NAFTA but we are still hopeful,” Austen said.Tembec paid $4 million in duties in the quarter and expects to incur about $10 million every three months based on preliminary countervailing and anti-dumping duties it faces of around 27 per cent.The company expects to remit up to $14 million next quarter for retroactive tariffs which it anticipates will be returned early next year once the final determination is made.It said it earned 17 cents per share in the quarter compared with a profit of nine cents per share in the same period last year.Consolidated sales for the three-month period totalled $419 million, up from $376 million.Shareholders are expected to vote Thursday on a friendly takeover offer for Tembec by Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc., which could close by year-end.The U.S. chemical company raised its offer on Sunday in order to win support of two of Tembec’s largest shareholders who threatened to vote against the agreement.Oaktree Capital Management LP and Restructuring Capital Associates LP had raised concerns the offer was too low but agreed to support the deal after the offer was raised. read more

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XPS and Rosemont geometallurgical development

first_imgThe Process Mineralogy team at XPS has been working closely with Hudbay Minerals since August of 2014 in support of its Rosemont project in Tucson, Arizona. This project is a large Cu-skarn/porphyry deposit with variable mineralogy and mineralisation. After the initial phases of data review were completed, a multiphase geometallurgical test work program was established to create a robust database of mineralogical, geochemical and metallurgical data to advance the processing and flowsheet design criteria.The initial phase of variability testing was carried out in late 2014 to early 2015. The first phase of work has provided a foundation for the geometallurgical interpretation and has helped to define a path forward for the project team.The test work database has integrated a combination of representative sampling, geochemistry, detailed quantitative mineralogy (QEMSCAN), XRD-CEC, ore hardness data (BWi, SPI, JK drop weight) and lab-scale flotation testing. The interpretation of the combined dataset has resulted in defined geospatial links between the deposit geology and key metallurgical factors which and are now being further tested and modelled. These links and geomet proxies have helped to better define the geometallurgical populations within the ore zone and have improved the understanding of processing variability overall as it relates to throughput and recovery modelling.The geometallurgical populations are the foundation for subsequent phases of flowsheet development testing and mineralogical test work which is currently underway at XPS and expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2015.Hudbay says “Rosemont project is located near a number of large porphyry type producing copper mines and is expected to be one of the largest copper mines in the USA, accounting for approximately 10% of total US copper production. It is expected to be an open-pit mine in Pima Country, approximately 50 km  southeast of Tucson, Arizona. As well as copper production there should be secondary metal output of molybdenum and silver.last_img read more

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Confirmed Former Labour chairman Colm Keaveney joining Fianna Fáil

first_imgKeaveney has applied to take the Fianna Fáil whip following two to three weeks of discussions and once his application is approved today he is expected to hold a press conference at 1.30pm.A source said that Keaveney has found that he is in “broad agreement” with the party over many issues in recent months.”The party culture seems to be a very good one,” the source said, adding that there was a lot of “good work” being done by Micheál Martin in reforming the party and introducing one member-one vote.Keaveney lost the Labour whip in December 2012 after voting against social welfare cuts.He then resigned from the party altogether last summer after months of tension caused by his continuing role as party chairman despite no longer being a member of its parliamentary ranks.Keaveney was praised by Fianna Fáil as recently as October when the party’s health spokesperson Billy Kelleher described him as “a fine deputy” in the Dáil chamber during a row over attempts by Labour to remove him from an Oireachtas committee.First published 9.32am“He’s a fine deputy!”: Row over Labour’s belated expulsion of Keaveney from committeeColm Keaveney is considering running in next year’s European elections Updated 10.05am THE FORMER LABOUR Party chairman and Galway East TD Colm Keaveney is joining Fianna Fail today.The move comes ahead of next year’s European elections where Keaveney had been tipped to run as an independent candidate in Midlands North West.But TheJournal.ie understands he will NOT run for Europe.A Fianna Fáil spokesperson confirmed that Keaveney has applied to join the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party and that his application will be discussed at a meeting of the PP at 12pm in Leinster House.Keaveney could not be contacted for comment this morning but tweeted in Latin that ‘fortune favours the brave’:last_img read more

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Amazon PreBlack Friday Top Picks

first_imgLG BD530 Network Blu-ray Disc Player $69.99 (Down from $89.99)Plantronics Voyager PRO Bluetooth Headset $49.99 (Down from $99.99)PlayStation 3 160GB Amazon Family Bundle $299.99 (Down from $369.99)Metroid: Other M (Nintendo Wii), $29.99 (Down from $49.99)The Princess Bride, $3.99 (Down from $14.98She & Him Volume 2, $1.99 Happy Black Thursday! Also known as Thanksgiving, in some circles. As you sit down with family to a crowded dinner table, in celebration, remember to be thankful for the folks at Amazon working hard through the holiday to bring you some early holiday deals.The site has been celebrating Black Friday all week, and will continue to do so until Cyber Monday rolls around in a few days. After the jump, check out some of Thursday’s best Black Friday Deals (Black Thursday is the new Black Friday, after all).Boqari Q1 Headphones with news Case, $49.95 (Down from $299.95)last_img read more

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Grippe AH1N1 lépidémie continue de baisser

first_imgGrippe A/H1N1 : l’épidémie continue de baisserFrance – D’après le dernier bulletin épidémiologique de l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS), l’activité de la grippe A/H1N1 continue de diminuer et serait sporadique.Le nombre de consultations pour symptômes de grippe se serait stabilisé et resterait en dessous du seuil épidémiologique pour la sixième semaine consécutive. Lors de la cinquième semaine, le réseau des Grog (Groupes régionaux d’observation de la grippe) a recensé 56.000 consultations pour infections respiratoires aiguës liées à la grippe A. Le nombre de prélèvements positifs pour la grippe A est en baisse, même si le virus est le plus présent parmi tous les virus grippaux isolés. Aucun nouveau cas de résistance au Tamiflu® n’a été rapporté et aucun cas d’hospitalisation en raison de la grippe A n’a été recensé lors de la semaine 5. L’épidémie a également pris fin dans la quasi-totalité des territoires français d’outre-mer.Cependant, il convient de rester vigilant, notamment dans les services accueillant des personnes à risque. En effet, des cas nosocomiaux de grippe A/H1N1 continuent d’être signalés dans les services hospitaliers. Six décès ont encore eu lieu depuis la publication du bulletin précédent dont trois en semaine 5.  Le bilan de l’épidémie s’élève donc à 291 décès dont quarante-cinq survenus sur des sujets n’ayant aucun facteur de risque. Le 11 février 2010 à 18:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Amazon Wants to Bring its Cashierless Tech to Bigger Stores

first_imgStay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Your future grocery store is on its way: Amazon aims to bring its cashierless technology to bigger stores in upcoming years.In Seattle, Amazon is testing its cashierless technology at a space formatted like a large shop, reported The Wall Street Journal. Amazon sources told The Wall Street Journal that if its advanced store concept takes off, it could inspire other big-box retailers to make their business models more convenient.Amazon Go, Amazon’s store where you can pick your items and automatically check out, is operating locations in Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco. At Amazon Go stores, a system keeps track of what shoppers pick up from shelves and charges them right when they leave the store.Even though this seamless concept works great in smaller Amazon Go stores, a source told The Wall Street Journal that rolling out the same technology in a bigger store could be challenging due to higher ceilings and product inventory. Amazon did not disclose if cashierless tech will be coming to Whole Foods in the near future, even though cashierless technology might make customers’ shopping trips less of a hassle in major suburban and urban areas.While Amazon is aware of these difficulties, it has been tweaking the cashierless technology at its current Amazon Go locations to improve customer experiences. “We’re new to physical space, but it’s important for us,” Dilip Kumar, Amazon Go’s vice president of technology, told The Wall Street Journal on a recent tour. “It tends to build a lot of habit.”More on Geek.com:First Amazon Go Store in California Opens in San FranciscoAmazon Ordered by Judge to Share Echo Recordings in Murder CaseAmazon Opens In-House Machine Learning Courses to Publiclast_img read more

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Body found after Fourth Plain strip mall fire

first_imgMore information may be released this afternoon on a three-alarm fire in an east Vancouver strip mall that left one person dead.The body was found in the ruins of the Oasis Market Sunday evening, after heavy equipment made it safe for investigators to enter.According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, major crimes detectives have launched a homicide investigation. The identity of the victim, the cause of death, and circumstances leading to the fire have still not been disclosed. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Team.The three-alarm fire was reported at 5:41 a.m. at Sifton Plaza, a four-unit retail complex at 13412 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.The complex, on the north side of Fourth Plain Boulevard, was anchored by a Texaco gas station and the Oasis Market convenience store, and had three other small tenants — a barber shop, a pet supply store and a pet grooming business.last_img read more

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Spalletti disappointed as Inter lose again

first_imgInter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has revealed his disappointment and loss of words after his team succumbed to a late home defeat to Parma.The Nerazurri were tipped to challenge for the title after an impressive summer of player recruitments but so far have fallen short of any challenge with two losses in their first four games of the season.On loan, young Inter full-back Federico Dimarco scored the winner 11 minutes from time to compound more misery on his parent club.Spalletti admits his team haven’t been good enough so far this season and he believes they must do better when Spurs come to the San Siro on Tuesday for their UEFA Champions League opener.“It’s a painful defeat,” Spalletti told reporters, according to SportsKeeda.Juventus v Atalanta BC - Serie ASerie A Season Preview 2019-20 Boro Tanchev – August 23, 2019 The 2019-20 Serie A campaign starts this weekend with the clash between Parma and defending champions Juventus.“When you find yourself with four points from four games in front of this crowd and considering the fixture list, it becomes difficult to find excuses.”“We did well for long spells, we were always in their half but we certainly need to offer more than what we did. The responsibility is mine above all if a lot of players are showing less than their full potential.”“I don’t see this as a soft team. The guys are working in the right way with the attitude that you need. At times, perhaps we’re creating more confusion by trying to change the things that aren’t coming off.”“Up to their goal, we were in it but we wasted too many easy chances considering the quality that we have. We need to stay solid, keep our heads and learn also how to make the most of scrappy chances.”last_img read more

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How to talk to your kids about mass shootings

first_imgHow to talk to your kids about mass shootings KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 7, 2019 Updated: 4:46 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom August 7, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – We have heard a lot about the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. Many of us have all kinds of emotions, ranging from sorrow, to anger and fear.Children who hear about these incidents will also have feelings.KUSI’s Sasha Foo asked a child psychologist about ways to help kids deal with these troubling events. last_img read more

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Supreme Court asks Telangana government to uphold MLC elections

first_imgThe apex court on Friday directed the Telangana government and legislative council to uphold the MLC elections until the final verdict on the plea filed by Ramulu Naik. Ramulu Naik filed a petition in Supreme Court challenging his disqualification. It may be recalled that the High Court dismissed Ramulu Naik’s plea and backed the then council chairman’s Swamy Goud decision of disqualifying Ramulu Naik for being disloyal to TRS party. Challenging the High Court’s verdict, Naik filed a plea in the Supreme Court which accepted to deal with the case. The court is adjourned for two weeks.last_img read more

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BNP leader Nazrul Islam hospitalised

first_imgBNP leader Nazrul Islam Khan. File photoBNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan was admitted to a city hospital on Saturday evening as he fell sick, reports news agency UNB.Nazrul Islam complained of chest pain while he was at the BNP executive committee meeting at a city hotel, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.He said, later, the BNP leader was taken to United Hospital around 7:00pm.He has been kept at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the hospital, Sayrul added.last_img read more

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Australian politician calls for banning Muslims

first_imgAustralian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia on 15 August 2018. — Photo: ReutersAn Australian politician was widely condemned Wednesday after demanding “a final solution” to immigration and calling for a return to the White Australia policy that favoured “European Christians”.Fraser Anning stunned lawmakers during his maiden speech to the senate when he invoked the infamous Nazi phrase used under Adolf Hitler in reference to annihilating Jewish people from Europe.He also sparked widespread anger by urging a ban on Muslim migrants and defending the race-based White Australia immigration policy that was in place for seven decades from 1901.”We as a nation are entitled to insist that those who are allowed to come here predominantly reflect the historic European-Christian composition of Australian society,” Anning told the upper house late Tuesday”Those who come here need to assimilate and integrate.”He added that “ethnocultural diversity … has been allowed to rise to dangerous levels in many suburbs”.”In direct response, self-segregation, including white flight from poorer inner-urban areas, has become the norm.”Anning, who represents Queensland for Katter’s Australian Party, called for immigrant numbers to be slashed, and for a ban on Muslims, justifying his call by saying they had “consistently shown to be the least able to assimilate and integrate”.”While all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims, so why would anyone want to bring more of them here?”He added: “The final solution to the immigration problem is of course a popular vote.”Immigration remains a hot button issue in Australia, amid concern about jobs and overcrowding in major cities.Data released last month showed migration numbers hit a 10-year low last year, with the annual intake falling by 20,000 to 162,000 as vetting procedures were tightened.- ‘Shocking insult’ -Anning’s comments sparked a backlash from all sides of politics, led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who emphasised Australia was one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world.”So we reject, we condemn racism in any form, and the remarks by Senator Anning are justly condemned and rejected by us all,” he said, adding that the “final solution” jibe was “a shocking insult to the memory of six million Jews who died in the Holocaust”.Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten called the speech “a low point for our parliament”, while independent senator Derryn Hinch said there “was hardly a group of Australians he did not offend unless you were very close to being a member of the Ku Klux Klan”.Despite the criticism, Anning was unrepentant Wednesday and claimed he did not know the connection between the phrase “final solution” and Nazi Germany.”I don’t regret anything, I am not going to apologise or regret anything that I say,” he said.He won support from his party leader, Bob Katter, who said he “1,000 percent” backed him.”His speech was absolutely magnificent and it’s everything that this country should be doing,” he said.last_img read more

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Buy This Comic Shade The Changing Girl 3

first_img Wednesday is New Comic Book Day, which means that it is also the best day of the week. A lot of great comics came out today, but this column is meant to focus on the best of the best, the must have books that should be in everyone’s stack for the week. This week, that book is Shade, The Changing Girl #3 by writer Cecil Castellucci, with art by Marley Zarcone, and a backup story was written by Tini Howard and drawn by Sanya Anwar.SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL #3(W) Cecil Castellucci, Tini Howard (A) Marley Zarcone, Sanya Anwar (CA) Becky CloonanTrying to settle into her new life as an Earth girl, Shade finds the body she has taken over doesn’t have the same skills as it did when its previous inhabitant was in charge. It’s bad enough that her swim team hates her, but now she can’t perform in the water at all. Can Shade find anyone she can trust to give her guidance before the madness takes over and exposes her as an alien to the entire school?DC Comic’s Young Animal imprint, curated by writer Gerard Way (yes, the guy from My Chemical Romance), is defying expectations with its fresh and bold series, including Doom Patrol, Mother Panic, Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye, and my personal favorite, Shade, The Changing Girl. Written by Cecil Castellucci and drawn by Marley Zarcone, Shade has been the series that felt like everything the Young Animal imprint promised since its initial announcement. The perfect blend of a genuine, human story, along with a healthy dose of insane visuals and chaotic concepts, this series has worn its heart on its sleeve since the first issue, which had a killer last page that hooked me. Never dull, but never weird for weird’s sake, this book is still going strong with issue three, cementing itself as one of the best new series of the year.Marley Zarcone’s art, with colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick, keep this book on track. A simple, even clean style combined with a good sense of characters keeps this booking looking less sloppy and more fluid, which would be an easy mistake to make given the subject matter. There are plenty of opportunities for this series to go off the rails, but Castellucci’s script paired with Zarcone’s visuals keeps it walking that high wire with grace. It is a comic that makes me excited about comic books, even just by writing about it. A genuinely fun, smart book, Shade, The Changing Girl should be on everyone’s radar, even if just to try it. It might not be for everyone, but its quality is impossible to deny. A pleasant surprise of a series, Shade is still going strong in its third issue, which also features a backup story by writer Tini Howard, who writes The Skeptics for Black Mask Studios, and artist Sanya Anwar. The backup pairs perfectly with the main story, just showing how dedicated everyone is to a book with such a unique voice.Shade, The Changing Girl is available for download from Comixology or in print from Things From Another World.Other great new releases for 12/07/16: The Wicked + The Divine #24 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson. Avengers #2 by Mark Waid and Michael Del Mundo. Reggie and Me #1 by Tom DeFalco, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Sandy Jarrell and Jack Morelli. Stay on target DC’s ‘Batman Experience’ Pop-Up Exhibition Is Coming to SDCC’Krypton’ Series Season 2 Sneak Peek: Superman’s Home Planet Is at Stake last_img read more

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Carestream Receives Vizient Innovative Technology Designation for Touch Prime Ultrasound Systems

first_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). November 22, 2017 — Carestream Health announced its Carestream Touch Prime Ultrasound Systems have received a 2017 Innovative Technology designation from Vizient Inc., the largest member-driven healthcare performance improvement company in the country. The designation was based on direct feedback from hospital experts who interacted with the Touch Prime Ultrasound Systems at the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange in Denver.Carestream’s Touch Prime platform includes a sealed touch console that can be quickly and easily cleaned to help reduce the spread of pathogens for patients and sonographers. It also offers a customizable user interface that boosts productivity, a swipe-and-go badge reader and adjustments that accommodate all scanning positions. Powerful GPUs offer rapid processing and a quick cold-boot time eliminates the need for a battery.“After reviewing feedback on the Touch Prime Ultrasound Systems at our Innovative Technology Exchange, members agreed this solution deserves the Innovative Technology designation status. The designation will be noted in our online member contract catalog. Congratulations to Carestream on receiving this status,” said Debbie Archer, director of procurement and Vizient Innovative Technology Program lead.Vizient represents a diverse membership base that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute healthcare providers and represents more than $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. Through its Innovative Technology Program, Vizient works with member-led councils and task forces to review potentially innovative products. If it is determined that a product is innovative, Vizient may award a contract outside of the competitive bid cycle.For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more center_img Related Content read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | November 22, 2017 Carestream Receives Vizient Innovative Technology Designation for Touch Prime Ultrasound Systems Designation recognizes products that bring improvements to the healthcare industry 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more last_img read more

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How social media enabled and amplified the Christchurch terrorist attack

first_imgThe recent horrifying terrorist attack in New Zealand has cast new blame on how technology platforms police content. There are now questions about whether global internet services are designed to work this way? And if online viral hate is uncontainable? Fifty one people so far have been reported to be dead and 50 more injured after the terrorist attacks on two New Zealand mosques on Friday. The victims included children as young as 3 and 4 years old, and elderly men and women. The alleged shooter is identified as a 28 year old Australian man named Brenton Tarrant. Brenton announced the attack on the anonymous-troll message board 8chan. There, he posted images of the weapons days before the attack, and made an announcement an hour before the shooting. On 8chan, Facebook and Twitter, he also posted links to a 74-page manifesto, titled “The Great Replacement,” blaming immigration for the displacement of whites in Oceania and elsewhere. The manifesto cites “white genocide” as a motive for the attack, and calls for “a future for white children” as its goal. Further he live-streamed the attacks on Facebook, YouTube; and posted a link to the stream on 8chan. It’s terrifying and disgusting, especially when 8chan is one of the sites where disaffected internet misfits create memes and other messages to provoke dismay and sow chaos among people. “8chan became the new digital home for some of the most offensive people on the internet, people who really believe in white supremacy and the inferiority of women,” Ethan Chiel wrote. “It’s time to stop shitposting,” the alleged shooter’s 8chan post reads, “and time to make a real-life effort post.” Many of the responses, anonymous by 8chan’s nature, celebrate the attack, with some posting congratulatory Nazi memes. A few seem to decry it, just for logistical quibbles. And others lament that the whole affair might destroy the site, a concern that betrays its users’ priorities. Social media encourages performance crime The use of social media technology and livestreaming marks the attack as different from many other terrorist incidents. It is a form of violent “performance crime”. That is, the video streaming is a central component of the violence itself, it’s not somehow incidental to the crime, or a trophy for the perpetrator to re-watch later. In the past, terrorism functioned according to what has been called the “theatre of terror”, which required the media to report on the spectacle of violence created by the group. Nowadays with social media in our hands it’s much easier for someone to both create the spectacle of horrific violence and distribute it widely by themselves. There is a tragic and recent history of performance crime videos that use live streaming and social media video services as part of their tactics. In 2017, for example, the sickening murder video of an elderly man in Ohio was uploaded to Facebook, and the torture of a man with disabilities in Chicago was live streamed. In 2015, the murder of two journalists was simultaneously broadcast on-air, and live streamed. Tech companies on the radar Social-media companies scrambled to take action as the news—and the video—of the attack spread. Facebook finally managed to pull down Tarrant’s profiles and the video, but only after New Zealand police brought the live-stream to the company’s attention. It has been working “around the clock” to remove videos of the incident shared on its platform. In a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday, the tech company said that within 24 hours of Friday’s shooting it had removed 1.5 million videos of the attack from its platform globally. YouTube said it had also removed an “unprecedented volume” of videos of the shooting. Twitter also suspended Tarrant’s account, where he had posted links to the manifesto from several file-sharing sites. The chaotic aftermath mostly took place while many North Americans slept unaware, waking up to the news and its associated confusion. By morning on the East Coast, news outlets had already weighed in on whether technology companies might be partly to blame for catastrophes such as the New Zealand massacre because they have failed to catch offensive content before it spreads. One of the tweets say Google, Twitter and Facebook made a choice to not use tools available to them to stop white supremacist terrorism. Countries like Germany and France already have a law in place that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material. Sites that do not remove “obviously illegal” posts could face fines of up to 50m euro (£44.3m). In the wake of the attack, a consortium of New Zealand’s major companies has pledged to pull their advertising from Facebook. In a joint statement, the Association of New Zealand Advertisers (ANZA) and the Commercial Communications Council asked domestic companies to think about where “their advertising dollars are spent, and carefully consider, with their agency partners, where their ads appear.” They added, “We challenge Facebook and other platform owners to immediately take steps to effectively moderate hate content before another tragedy can be streamed online.” Additionally internet service providers like Vodafone, Spark and Vocus in New Zealand are blocking access to websites that do not respond or refuse to comply to requests to remove reuploads of the shooter’s original live stream. The free speech vs safety debate puts social media platforms in the crosshairs Tech Companies are facing new questions on content moderation following the New Zealand attack. The shooter posted a link to the live stream, and soon after he was apprehended, reuploads were found on other platforms like YouTube and Twitter. “Tech companies basically don’t see this as a priority,” the counter-extremism policy adviser Lucinda Creighton commented. “They say this is terrible, but what they’re not doing is preventing this from reappearing.” Others affirmed the importance of quelling the spread of the manifesto, video, and related materials, for fear of producing copycats, or of at least furthering radicalization among those who would be receptive to the message. The circulation of ideas might have motivated the shooter as much as, or even more than, ethnic violence. As Charlie Warzel wrote at The New York Times, the New Zealand massacre seems to have been made to go viral. Tarrant teased his intentions and preparations on 8chan. When the time came to carry out the act, he provided a trove of resources for his anonymous members, scattered to the winds of mirror sites and repositories. Once the live-stream started, one of the 8chan user posted “capped for posterity” on Tarrant’s thread, meaning that he had downloaded the stream’s video for archival and, presumably, future upload to other services, such as Reddit or 4chan, where other like-minded trolls or radicals would ensure the images spread even further. As Warzel put it, “Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube … were no match for the speed of their users.” The internet is a Pandora’s box that never had a lid. Camouflaging stories is easy but companies trying hard in building AI to catch it Last year, Mark Zuckerberg defended himself and Facebook before Congress against myriad failures, which included Russian operatives disrupting American elections and permitting illegal housing ads that discriminate by race. Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly invoked artificial intelligence as a solution for the problems his and other global internet companies have created. There’s just too much content for human moderators to process, even when pressed hard to do so under poor working conditions. The answer, Zuckerberg has argued, is to train AI to do the work for them. But that technique has proved insufficient. That’s because detecting and scrubbing undesirable content automatically is extremely difficult. False positives enrage earnest users or foment conspiracy theories among paranoid ones, thanks to the black-box nature of computer systems. Worse, given a pool of billions of users, the clever ones will always find ways to trick any computer system, for example, by slightly modifying images or videos in order to make them appear different to the computer but identical to human eyes. 8chan, as it happens, is largely populated by computer-savvy people who have self-organized to perpetrate exactly those kinds of tricks. The primary sources of content are only part of the problem. Long after the deed, YouTube users have bolstered conspiracy theories about murders, successfully replacing truth with lies among broad populations of users who might not even know they are being deceived. Even stock-photo providers are licensing stills from the New Zealand shooter’s video; a Reuters image that shows the perpetrator wielding his rifle as he enters the mosque is simply credited, “Social media.” Interpreting real motives is difficult on social The video is just the tip of the iceberg. Many smaller and less obviously inflamed messages have no hope of being found, isolated, and removed by technology services. The shooter praised Donald Trump as a “symbol of renewed white identity” and incited the conservative commentator Candace Owens, who took the bait on Twitter in a post that got retweeted thousands of times by the morning after the attack. The shooter’s forum posts and video are littered with memes and inside references that bear special meaning within certain communities on 8chan, 4chan, Reddit, and other corners of the internet, offering tempting receptors for consumption and further spread. Perhaps worst of all, the forum posts, the manifesto, and even the shooting itself might not have been carried out with the purpose that a literal read of their contents suggests. At the first glance, it seems impossible to deny that this terrorist act was motivated by white-extremist hatred, an animosity that authorities like the FBI expert and the Facebook officials would want to snuff out before it spreads. But 8chan is notorious for users with an ironic and rude behaviour under the shades of anonymity.They use humor, memes and urban slang to promote chaos and divisive rhetoric. As the internet separates images from context and action from intention, and then spreads those messages quickly among billions of people scattered all around the globe. That structure makes it impossible to even know what individuals like Tarrant “really mean” by their words and actions. As it spreads, social-media content neuters earnest purpose entirely, putting it on the same level as anarchic randomness. What a message means collapses into how it gets used and interpreted. For 8chan trolls, any ideology might be as good as any other, so long as it produces chaos. We all have a role to play It’s easy to say that technology companies can do better. They can, and they should. But ultimately, content moderation is not the solution by itself. The problem is the media ecosystem they have created. The only surprise is that anyone would still be surprised that social media produce this tragic abyss, for this is what social media are supposed to do, what they were designed to do: spread the images and messages that accelerate interest and invoke raw emotions, without check, and absent concern for their consequences. We hope that social media companies get better at filtering out violent content and explore alternative business models, and governments think critically about cyber laws that protect both people and speech. But until they do we should reflect on our own behavior too. As news outlets, we shape the narrative through our informed perspectives which makes it imperative to publish legitimate & authentic content. Let’s as users too make a choice of liking and sharing content on social platforms. Let’s consider how our activities could contribute to an overall spectacle society that might inspire future perpetrator-produced videos of such gruesome crime – and act accordingly. In this era of social spectacle, we all have a role to play in ensuring that terrorists aren’t rewarded for their crimes with our clicks and shares. Read Next The Indian government proposes to censor social media content and monitor WhatsApp messages Virality of fake news on social media: Are weaponized AI bots to blame, questions Destin Sandlin Mastodon 2.7, a decentralized alternative to social media silos, is now out!last_img read more

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