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Mexico beat Uzbekistan to finish 7th in FIH Series Finals

first_imgBhubaneswar: Mexico eked out a hard-fought 4-3 win over Uzbekistan to finish seventh in the FIH Series Finals hockey tournament here Wednesday. In the match between THE two lowest-ranked sides of the tournament, Mexico (world no. 39) scored through Maximiliano Mendez (29th minute), Alexander Palma (30th), Yamil Mendez (54th) and Roberto Garcia (59th). Gaybullo Khaytboev (41st), Okhunjon Mirzakarimov (42nd) and Ruslan Satlikov were the goal-scorers for world no. 43 Uzbekistan. The Uzbeks finished eighth and last, failing to log a single point in the tournament.last_img

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Prime Minister ready to appear before Bribery Commission

Wickremesinghe says if he is asked to appear before the Commission to make a statement he is ready to do so.He also said that he has called for a report on the ‘Greek Bond’ scam and will submit a report to Parliament on the findings of the report. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the report is now before the Attorney General and the next course of action will be based on the recommendations of the Attorney General. The joint opposition has filed a complaint with the Bribery Commission accusing the Prime Minister of being involved in the bond scam. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he is ready to appear before the Bribery Commission to respond to allegations over the Central Bank bond scam.Wickremesinghe told reporters today that the report by the Parliament Committee on Public Enterprise (COPE) on the Central Bank bond controversy is a victory for the Government. read more

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After hearing UN inspectors reports Security Council debates next steps in Iraq

Opening the ministerial-level debate, Foreign Minister Farouk Al-Shara of Syria said that in their briefing today, the inspectors had noted the progress achieved since their last briefing. That meant that in just two weeks significant progress had been achieved. It was also significant that today Iraq had issued a decree prohibiting weapons of mass destruction in the country. That testified to the fact that inspections were accomplishing their goals, and the Council must continue to support the inspectors, allowing them sufficient time to carry out their task as prescribed in resolution 1441.Continuing the discussion, Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said France was convinced that the option of inspections had not been taken to the end and that it could provide an effective response to the imperative of disarming Iraq. The use of force would be so fraught with risks for people, for the region and for international stability that it should only be envisioned as a last resort. “War is always the sanction of failure,” he said, calling for another meeting on 14 March at the Ministerial level to judge progress made.Foreign Minister Soledad Alvear Valenzuela of Chile said that although the report from the chief inspectors pointed to some progress, it has also shown that the regime that governs Iraq has an ambivalent attitude to the inspections process. While there was hope that attitude might change, the failure to cooperate in some cases was evident. Maintaining pressure on Saddam Hussein’s regime has proven to be the only mechanism capable of bringing about a certain openness and respect for the decisions of the Council.As for Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan, he said China believed that the inspection process was working and that the inspectors should continue to be given the time they needed to carry out resolution 1441. The Council should also step up its support for the inspections. The Iraqi issue bore on the peace and stability in the Gulf region and bore also on the Council’s credibility and authority. The first priority now was to strengthen its guidance and support for the inspection work and to facilitate a productive political settlement.Spain’s Foreign Minister, Ana Palacio, said that as much as she had been eager to hear “just one word” that the Iraqi regime was complying without reservation or delay to the Council’s demands, she had been unable to find it in the inspector’s reports. Spain was resolutely in favour of the view that a solution to the crisis could be found within and through the Council. Still, if a change of attitude on the part of Iraq did not come, the Council should be able to live up to its responsibility and ensure the peace and security of the world.For his part, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw of the United Kingdom said that the issue was about the authority of the Council and the responsibility of the United Nations for the maintenance of international peace and security. He hoped and believed that a peaceful solution was still possible but would require Iraq to meet the obligations imposed on it. A peaceful solution could only be achieved if the Council held its nerve, gave meaning to its word and ensured that Iraq would face the consequences of its actions.United States Secretary of State Colin Powell said the pressure must continue on Iraq and the threat of force should not be removed. Resolution 1441 was all about compliance and not about inspections, which were to assist Iraq in coming forward. He had not seen responsible actions on the part of Iraq, but rather “continued efforts to deceive, deny, divert, and throw us off the path.” The Security Council was now in a situation where Iraq’s continued non-compliance and failure to cooperate required it to begin to think through the consequences of walking away from that problem or from the reality that it had to be faced.Igor S. Ivanov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, told the Council the inspectors must be provided with all possible assistance, as it was on the basis of their work that the 15-national body could make an enlightened conclusion. There is movement in the right direction, he said, urging Baghdad to continue its cooperation with international inspections. The Council had a unique opportunity to solve the problems by peaceful means. Force could be resorted to only when all other means had been exhausted.Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez of Mexico said hearing today’s reports reconfirmed his confidence in the inspections. If the inspections had not yielded the expected results thus far, it was the obligation of the Council to ensure that the inspections fulfilled their intended mission. Iraq must make full use of the final opportunity presented to it. The damage the conflict was having could be seen in increased political polarization, and a global economy that was suffering from uncertainty. Iraq’s disarmament and an end to its non-compliance would help bring about an end to that situation. Ambassador Mamady Traoré of Guinea said he advocated continued inspections, although not indefinitely. A reasonable additional time period would help yield consensus and bring together the different views around the Council table. He was concerned about the tension in the international community around the crisis and urged a direct and constructive dialogue among those with differing views in order to move beyond that tension, which could deal a harsh blow to the United Nations system. The Council must continue working together as one to attain its goal.Pakistan’s Ambassador, Munir Akram, said it was understandable that the patience of some important members of the Council was running out. The intention of resolution 1441 was that the process of discovery and destruction of weapons of mass destruction would be accelerated. At the same time, he noted the call for caution by several Member States. The Council could still unite around the need to secure the elimination of weapons of mass destruction through peaceful means. All people of good will desired that all peaceful means be exhausted before the Council decided to bring force into play.For his part, Ambassador Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon emphasized the need for the Council to continue to safeguard its unity and cohesion. The progress made by the UN inspectors’ recent mission to Baghdad reflected a noticeable change in Iraqi attitude. Further non-compliance with the demands of the Council would be one violation too many, and Iraqi authorities would leave the Council no other choice but to adopt, in unity, appropriate measures to have its decisions respected.Angola’s Ambassador, Ismael Abraão Gaspar Martins, said today’s report provided a beacon of hope that it might be possible to save the world from an imminent conflict. The collective efforts of the Council, combined with military pressure, increased Iraq’s level of cooperation with the inspectors. Simultaneously, that had advanced the cause of multilateralism by translating the consensual will of the international community to disarm Iraq, peacefully and with determination.Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria said unfortunately, the Iraqi authorities were still in material breach of resolution 1441. All should realize that it is up to Iraq, not the inspectors, to prove unambiguously the absence of weapons of mass destruction. Bulgaria remained in favour of a peaceful settlement, but active cooperation by Iraq was indispensable. All types of pressure, political and military, should be exerted on Iraq, in order to achieve the goals set by the international community. A peaceful solution was still possible, if Iraq wilfully disarmed, as required by resolution 1441.Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer of Germany said inspectors must be given time to complete their mission. All possible options for resolving the Iraqi crisis by peaceful means must be explored. He strongly supported the proposals of France to increase the number of inspection teams and improve the technical resources at their disposal, for they helped ensure a response more appropriate to the size of the task. Military action against Iraq would endanger the stability of a tense, troubled region. The consequences to the near and Middle East would be catastrophic.In concluding the debate, the Permanent Representative of Iraq, Mohammed A. Aldouri, said the inspectors had found no evidence contradicting Iraq’s declaration, or bolstering the assertion of the United States on the presence of proscribed weapons programmes or of proscribed weapons themselves. He said that the Council should follow the vast majority of United Nations members by giving the inspectors all that they needed.In another development, the Iraqi Mission to the United Nations informed the Secretary-General today that Baghdad had sent a letter to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva saying that Iraq would not be assuming the rotating presidency of the Conference, which they were scheduled to hold starting on 17 March. read more

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Indian Pakistani cricketers don red ribbons for UN initiative on HIVAIDS

The Indian and Pakistani cricket teams wore red ribbons and an HIV-positive person tossed the coin for today’s start of the third and final Test match in the current series between the two nations, part of an initiative by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to elevate awareness about the epidemic.Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent a message to Rawalpindi, Pakistan, where the Test match is being played, welcoming the two gestures in a region hit hard by AIDS.According to UNAIDS, more than 12 million people in cricket-playing countries live with HIV – out of an estimated worldwide total of 40 million people. Mr. Annan noted that current rates mean that almost 4,000 people within South Asia will become infected with HIV during the five days in which the Test match is played.”As cricketers, you can win the hearts of your people. As role models, you can encourage young people to protect themselves from HIV and urge your leaders to pay more attention to the epidemic,” the Secretary-General said. “AIDS is a common enemy that both India and Pakistan have to fight together.”The activities were introduced under the “Run Out AIDS” campaign, set up in September last year by UNAIDS and the International Cricket Council. It is the first such initiative between UNAIDS and an international sports organization.Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said the action of the cricketers – the red ribbon is a worldwide symbol for the fight against AIDS – helps “to break down the walls of stigma and discrimination.” read more

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Human rights abuses go well beyond cases that make headlines Annan

“Those are just the headlines,” Mr. Annan said in his introductory remarks, referring to the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the attacks by militia on civilians in Darfur. “Every day, around the world, millions of people see their human rights denied or violated without even making the news.”He noted that more than 50 years after the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “it is easy to feel disillusioned, and for millions around the world to wonder if the Declaration’s words will ever be more than just that: words on a page.”Speakers at today’s lecture, on the theme “Who is afraid of human rights?,” were Ambassador Najat Al-Hajjaji of Libya, Chair of the 2003 session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, Prof. Ali Mazrui of the State University of New York at Binghamton and William Schulz, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA.The Secretary-General inaugurated the lecture series on topics at the forefront of the humanities and natural sciences in 2002 as part of a continuing effort to create a strengthened framework for dialogue and mutual understanding with the United Nations community. read more

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Annan adviser heading to Venezuela ahead of referendum

During his five-day mission, Diego Cordovez is expected to meet with representatives from the Government, opposition, media, civil society and international players such as the Organization of American States (OAS), the Carter Center and the Group of Friends.”The Secretary-General has been closely monitoring developments in Venezuela, and met with Mr. Cordovez yesterday to discuss the details of the mission,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said at the daily briefing in New York.The UN will not be sending observers for the balloting scheduled for 15 August, he said. Mr. Cordovez was a UN staff member for 25 years. From 1981 to 1988 he served as the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, and from 1988 to 1992 he was the Foreign Minister of Ecuador.

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US Honda issues recall for 748000 Pilot and Odyssey vehicles for potential

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2013 3:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US: Honda issues recall for 748,000 Pilot and Odyssey vehicles for potential airbag problem TORRANCE, Calif. – Honda is recalling 748,000 Pilot and Odyssey vehicles in the United States and Canada because of a possible problem with their driver’s side airbags.The Japanese car maker says the airbags may have been assembled without some of the rivets needed to secure their cover. That could keep them from deploying properly in the event of a crash and increase the possibility of injury.No crashes or injuries have been reported related to the issue.The affected Pilot SUVs were made for the 2009 through 2013 model years, while the Odyssey minivans in question were made for the 2011 through 2013 model years.Spokeswoman Maki Inoue says the vehicles were assembled at the company’s manufacturing plant in Lincoln, Ala.The recall applies to 29,000 cars in Canada. read more

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South Africas CSIR showcases underground mining safety technologies

first_imgSouth Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is trying to improve safety in the country’s underground mining sector through the launch of a number of new technologies.At an event held at the Mandela Mining Precinct, Johannesburg, earlier this week, CSIR showcased a robot able to assess and identify risks in underground mines, a ground penetration radar (GPR) solution, a personnel detection system and an early-warning and monitoring system called RockPulse.Various stakeholders, including the Minerals Council South Africa, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Mineral Resources and representatives from industry attended the event.CSIR is a primary research provider to South Africa’s Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) Centre of Excellence and has been looking into cutting-edge technologies to improve the wellbeing of miners underground.The robot “platform” CSIR showed off is equipped with safety inspection sensors to enter mines during particularly dangerous periods. “Known as ‘Monster’ (pictured), the robot aims to assess and identify risks for underground mines,” CSIR said.GPR, being researched as one of the South African Mining Extraction, Research, Development and Innovation (SAMERDI) Advanced Orebody Knowledge technologies, was also displayed. This technology contributes to the industry’s ‘zero harm’ objective by enabling miners to visualise potentially hazardous geological structures in the hanging wall that could lead to fall-of-ground incidents, CSIR said.The personnel detection system uses a range sensors to determine the distance between each identified person, while tracking individuals to determine if and when a collision might occur.RockPulse, meanwhile, will assist mines with measuring raw micro-seismicity, “extracting micro-fracture features and analysing the resulting series of features to detect large instabilities taking place in the rock mass in time”, CSIR said. This effectively provides an early warning system that mines can use to assess risks.CSIR principal engineer Dr Shaniel Davrajh said: “The CSIR has core skills and competence in all of the strategic research areas of the MHSC from a safety perspective. The organisation has invested significantly in laboratories and continues to provide human resources for the provision of services to the sector.”He said the body has offerings in support of occupational health and safety (OHS) in mining with infrastructure, such as mechanical testing, steel wire rope testing facilities, water laboratories and a self-contained self-rescuer testing facility.Singh added that robotic technologies, such as Monster, were gaining traction in the underground mining industry by carrying out tasks and accessing areas deemed unsafe for mine personnel.Principal geophysicist Dr Michael van Schoor said there was a similar need for the use of GPR technology in rock mass stability investigations.“Managing health and safety risk in a mine requires real-time monitoring and quantification of the underground hazards and the exposure of personnel and equipment to such hazards,” he said.last_img read more

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Amazon starts ordering tablet components

first_imgAccording to DigiTimes, Amazon has started placing orders for components to build its own tablet computer.So far two orders are thought to have been placed. The first is with Quanta Computer which produces components and finished products in the categories of laptops, smartphones, servers, digital TVs, and the OLPC. The second order is with E Ink for a touchscreen display.AdChoices广告Amazon already has a well-established relationship with E Ink as the company provides the displays for the Kindle. Turning to them again for an LCD touch panel is the obvious choice as that relationship has clearly been going well.We won’t have to wait long to get our hands on an Amazon tablet either. Quanta is expecting to ship in the second half of this year, with a projected 800,000 units being made available. As for where this leaves Kindle, it is expected that Amazon will continue to drop the price of the device so as to clearly differentiate the two products.via DigiTimesMatthew’s OpinionOf all the non-hardware focused companies out there, Amazon is in the best position to ship its own tablet. The company already has the experience of selling millions of Kindles under its belt, so moving up to a 7 or 10-inch tablet shouldn’t be hard, and Jeff Bezos has clearly been pushing ahead with services to support such a device.Amazon now has an Android app store all of its own, telling us what this tablet will be running as an OS. It has its own established digital music, streaming video, and e-book stores. And most importantly, millions of existing customers around the world it can sell this device to with incentives through the Amazon sites worldwide.Dropping the price of the Kindle will make it a clearly different product category to the Amazon tablet. If you want to read books there’s a very cheap, long-life Kindle available, most likely for well below $100 soon. Then, if you want a feature-packed tablet experience you buy the more expensive Amazon tablet safe in the knowledge Amazon will support it with lots of content.While we don’t know any specifics about this tablet yet, we’d bet serious money Amazon will be matching, if not undercutting the price of the iPad 2 from launch.last_img read more

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Tribe bets on casino plan in Oregon

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — A confederation of tribes in Oregon announced plans Tuesday to build a casino in the state capital, and draw in crowds of gamblers from Portland.The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon said they hope to open the 140,000 square foot entertainment, gaming and hotel facility in 2021 on reservation property on the northern end of Salem, and that they want to partner with other tribes. The Siletz would need approval from the governor for a casino. The initial reaction from Gov. Kate Brown’s office indicated the Siletz will have to hedge its bet by getting the other eight federally recognized tribes in Oregon on board — and some already have casinos or have their own plans. “To date, Gov. Brown has not received any proposal that enjoys comprehensive tribal support,” Bryan Hockaday, Brown’s press secretary, said in an email. “Should Gov. Brown receive such a proposal, the discussion would focus on whether the proposed casino would be in the best interest of the tribes, and of the people of Oregon.”The Siletz said they expect to create 1,500 full-time jobs the first year of operation of the casino, which the tribe wants to build near Interstate 5 on the north side of Salem. They project $185.4 million in gross revenue in the first year of operation.last_img read more

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Peter Kenyon to resume takeover talks with Newcastle owner

first_imgPeter Kenyon is set to resume talks with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley about the possibility of buying the club later this month.The former Manchester United Chief Executive, who is leading a consortium hoping to buy Newcastle, has written to the Magpies owner saying he is committed to completing a deal at the earliest possible time.Kenyon, who also worked as a Chief Executive for Chelsea writes in the letter, as quoted by Sky Sports:“I would like to personally assure you that I am committed to concluding our deal as soon as possible.”Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…Mike Ashley is coming under immense pressure to sell Newcastle by the club’s supporters, with some fans imploring him to conclude any deal swiftly or invest in the squad during the January transfer window.The Magpies’ supporters are concerned about the team’s chances of staying up in the Premier League, having seen their team slip to 15th on the standings, just two points clear of the relegation zone.Ashley spoke to reporters late last year reiterating his desire to sell the club before the end of the January transfer window.Having won three consecutive games in November, Newcastle have only won one of their last eight matches and face a tough trip to Chelsea when the Premier League resumes next weekend.last_img read more

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Young Credited With Effectiveness Says Personality is Part of his MO

first_imgAlaska Congressman Don Young was sworn in today for his 22nd term. He’s starting the term a week later than his peers, having missed the main swearing-in last week due to the death of his brother.  But he’s ready to drop a passel of billsDownload Audio“We will be introducing a whole bunch ’em …. ANWR of course,” He said today, looking over his list. “Niblack and Bokan mountain area, Kiln drying bill, Alexander Creek recognition bill — we’re going to move that finally —  Alaska Native migratory bill, (and the)  Alaska national archives bill, Alaska Native Corporations conservation easement bill.”If the past is any guide, he stands a better than average change of getting his bills to move through Congress.  In a new book by two political science professors, the Alaska Congressman is held up as one of the most able Republicans in House of Representatives.“The reason we wrote him up in the book and list him among our top 20 representatives over the last 40 years, is that he keeps coming up in the top 10 in his party,” says Craig Volden, of the University of Virginia. He and co-Author Alan Wiseman wrote “Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress.” They analyzed all of the House bills introduced from 1973 through 2012 to gauge the legislative effectiveness of each member.“So we traced what did they sponsor, how far did it move through the process, how was it reported on, what did they say about why they were pursuing the legislative strategies that they were, and so on,” Volden said.He says Young scored highly year after year. He was 11th in his freshman term, out of nearly 200 Republicans. Eight times, according to their formula, Young was the No. 1 most effective Republican. When he chaired the House Natural Resources Committee Young was really at the top of his game, Prof. Volden says, even when compared to other chairmen.“We traced all of the chairs of that committee and he was right on there with Mo Udall who famously ran that committee for more than a decade,” he said. “Committee chairs, we find, are effective for a variety of reasons. Some are effective because they draw attention to new issues or they reach across party lines and it seemed that in that position Rep. Young used both of those sets of skills.”And yet, these aren’t the qualities that typically earn Young national headlines. He’s better known for his feistiness and for making brash remarks he sometimes has to apologize for. Even the animal heads in his office have drawn more attention than his legislative effectiveness. Professor Volden says these qualities weren’t part of the research. He credits Young’s specialization. In the book, Volden describes Young’s legislative strategy as “All Alaska, all the time.”Zack Fields, spokesman for the Alaska Democratic Party, says it’s not so impressive that Young specializes in Alaska.“You’d certainly hope that he would since he’s the only Alaska member” Fields said.Fields knocks the study’s methodology because it only looks at bills a member sponsors, so it doesn’t take into account other ways members exhibit their effectiveness, such as by convincing their colleagues to tuck a bill into must-pass legislation. Very few stand-alone bills pass these days, so Fields says it’s not a good measure of effectiveness.Young says he’s not surprised by his high rankings, because he’s been keeping track, too. And he says if that’s not what he’s known for — well, that’s all part of his M.O.“It is something I’ve used all my life, that I try not to appear — and it’s not hard to do — very bright. It throws people a little bit off,” he said.Young says to achieve what he’s elected to do, he uses every wily tactic he can. View ratings data here.last_img read more

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LKV Ranga Rao takes charge as Visakhapatnams DIG

first_imgLKV Ranga Rao on Wednesday assumed office as Deputy Inspector General of Police, Visakhapatnam Range here at DIG office. Later addressing media, the new DIG said that the focus will be on prevention of crime and get reachable to the people in the range. Earlier, G Pala Raju had served as DIG, Visakhapatnam range. The Andhra Pradesh government had transferred 22 IPS officers including N Balasubrahmanyam, Mahesh Chandra Laddha, Vineet Brijlal, B Srinivasulu, G Srinivas, Ch Srikanth, G Pala Raju, LKV Ranga Rao, S Harikrishna, KV Mohan Rao, GVK Ashok Kumar, Sarvashresta Tripathi, Dr Koya Praveen, Vikrant Patil, S Ranga Reddy, K Narayan Naik and M Deepika.last_img

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13 dead as bus falls into Maharashtra river

first_img13 dead as bus falls into Maharashtra river. Photo: BSSThirteen persons were killed and six injured after a minibus fell into a river in Maharashtra of India early on Saturday, an official said.The incident occurred when the private bus with at least 16 passengers was heading from Ratnagiri to Kolhapur.Around 12.45am when the vehicle was speeding along the Shivaji Bridge on the Panchganga River, the driver apparently lost control.The bus rammed into the stone barriers before it plunged some 80-feet below into the waters.Police and disaster teams were engaged in a massive search and rescue operation.last_img

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first_img TherOx will feature its SuperSaturated Oxygen Therapy, designed to ameliorate progressive myocardial necrosis by minimizing miscrovascular damage in heart attack patients following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The system is reportedly the first entrant in a new treatment category for acute myocardial infarction patients. SuperSaturated Oxygen Therapy refers to the creation and focal delivery of SuperOxygenated arterial blood directly to reperfused areas of myocardial tissue that may be at risk. The net effect is to potentially reduce infarct size and salvage heart muscle. The system is CE Marked, but only limited to investigational use in the U.S. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | August 26, 2008 SuperSaturated Oxygen Therapy Aims to Minimize Miscrovascular Damage last_img read more

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How to beat Cyber Interference in an Election process

first_imgThe battle for political influence and power is transcending all boundaries and borders. There are many interests at stake, and some parties, organizations, and groups are willing to pull out the “big guns” in order to get what they want. “Hacktivists” are gaining steam and prominence these days. However, governmental surveillance and even criminal (or, at the very least, morally questionable) activity can happen, too, and when it does, the scandal rises to the most relevant headlines in the world’s most influential papers. That was the case in the United States’ presidential election of 2016 and in France’s most recent process. Speaking of the former, the Congress and the Department of Investigations revealed horrifying details about Russian espionage activity in the heat of the battle between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, who ended up taking the honors. As for the latter, the French had better luck in their quest to prevent the Russians to wreak havoc in the digital world. In fact, it wasn’t luck: it was due diligence, a sense of responsibility, and a clever way of using past experiences (such as what happened to the Americans) to learn and adjust. Russia’s objective was to influence the outcome of the process by publishing top secret and compromising conversations between high ranked officials. In their attempt to intervene the American elections, they managed to get in networks and systems controlled by the state to publish fake news, buy Facebook ads, and employ bots to spread the fake news pieces. How to stop cyber interference during elections Everything should start with awareness about how to avoid hacking attacks, as well as a smoother communication and integration between security layers. Since the foundation of it all is the law, each country needs to continually make upgrades to have all systems ready to avoid and fight cyber interference in the election and in all facets of life. Diplomatic relationships need to understand just how far a nation state can go in the case of defending their sovereignty against such crimes. Pundits and experts in the matter state that until the system is hacking-proof and can offer reliability, every state needs to gather and count hand votes as a backup to digital votes. Regarding this, some advocates recently told the Congress that the United States should implement paper ballots that are prepared to provide physical evidence of every vote, effectively replacing the unreliable and vulnerable machines currently used. According to J. Alex Halderman, who is a computer science teacher, this ballot might look “low tech” to the average eye, but they represent a “reliable and cost-effective defense.” Paying due attention to every detail Government authorities need to pay better attention to propaganda (especially Russian propaganda), because it may show patterns about the nation’s intentions. By now, we all know what the Russians are capable of, and figuring out their intentions would go a long way in helping the country prepare to future attacks in a better way. The American government may also require Russian media and social platforms to register under the FARA, which is the Foreign Agents Registration Act. That way, there will be a more efficient database about who is a foreign agent of influence. One of the most critical corrective measures to be taken in the future is prohibiting the chance of buying advertising that directly influences the outcome of certain processes and elections. Handing diplomatic sanctions just isn’t enough Lately, the US Congress, approved by president Trump, has been handing sanctions to people involved in the 2016 cyber attack. However, a far more effective measure to take would be enhancing cyber defense, because it can offer immediate detection of threats and is well-equipped to bring to an end any network intrusions. According to scientist Thomas Schelling, the fear of the consequences of any given situation can be a powerful motivator, but it can be difficult to deter individuals or organizations that can’t be easily tracked and identified, and act behind irrational national ideologies and political goals. Instead, adopting cyber defense can stop any intrusion in time and offer more efficient punishments. Active defense is legally viable and a very capable solution because it can disrupt the perpetrators outside networks. Enabling the “hack back” approach can allow countries to take justice into their own hands in case of any cyber attack attempt. The next step would be working on lowering the required threshold to enable this kind of response. Cyber defense is the way to go Cyber defense measures can be very versatile and have proven effectiveness. Take the example of France: in the most recent elections, French intelligence watched Russian cyber activity for the duration of the election campaign of Emmanuel Macron. Some strategies include letting the hackers steal fake files and documents, misleading them and making them waste their time. The cyber defense can also ensure to embed beacons that can disclose the attackers’ current location or mess with their networks. There is even a possibility of erasing stolen information. In the case of France, cyber defense specialists were one step ahead of the Russians: they made false email accounts and introduced numerous fake documents and files that discouraged the Russians. Known systems, networks, and platforms The automated capabilities of cyber defense can trump any malicious attempt or digital threat. For example, the LightCyber Magna platform can perceive big amounts of information. Such a system may have been able to stop Russian hackers from installing malware on the DMC (Democratic National Committee). Another cyber defense tool, the Palo Alto Network Traps, are known to block malware as strong as the WannaCry ransomware attack that encrypted more than 200,000 computers in almost a hundred countries. Numerous people lost their data or had to pay thousands of dollars to recover it. VPN: an efficient cybersecurity tool Another perfectly usable cyber defense tools are Virtual Private Networks. VPNs such as Surfshark can encrypt all traffic shared online, as well as the user’s IP address. They effectively provide anonymous browsing as well as privacy. Cyber defense isn’t just a luxury that just a handful of countries can afford: it is a necessity as a tool that helps combat cyber interference not only in elections but in every facet of life and international relationships. Author Bio Harold is a cybersecurity consultant and a freelance blogger. He’s currently working on a cybersecurity campaign to raise awareness around the threats that businesses can face online. Read Next Top 5 cybersecurity myths debunked Skepticism welcomes Germany’s DARPA-like cybersecurity agency – The federal agency tasked with creating cutting-edge defense technology How cybersecurity can help us secure cyberspacelast_img read more

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California passes the US first IoT security bill

first_imgCalifornia likes to be leading the way when it comes to digital regulation. Just a few weeks ago it passed legislation that looks like it could restore net neutrality. Now, a bill designed to tighten IoT security, is with the governor awaiting signature for it to be carried into California state law. The bill, SB-327 Information privacy: connected devices, was initially introduced in February 2017 by Senator Jackson. It was the first legislation of its kind in the US. Approved at the end of August, it will come into effect at the start of 2020 once signed by Governor Jerry Brown. Read next: IoT Forensics: Security in an always connected world where things talk What California’s IoT bill states The new IoT security bill covers another of important areas. For example, for manufacturers, IoT devices will need to contain certain safety and security features: Security should be appropriate to the nature and function of the device. The feature should be appropriate to the information an IoT may collect, contain, or transmit. It should be designed to protect the device and information within it from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure. If an IoT device is requires authentication over the internet, further conditions need to be met, such as: The preset password must be unique to each device that is manufactured. The device must ask the user to generate a new authentication method before being able to use it for the first time. It’s worth noting that the points mentioned above for IoT security are not applicable to IoT devices that are subject to security requirements under federal law. Also a covered entity like a health care provider, business associate, contractor, or employer subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) or the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act is exempt from the title points mentioned. The IoT is a network of several of devices that connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. They are not openly visible as most of them are used in a local network but often do not have many security measures. The bill doesn’t have any exact definitions for a ‘reasonable security feature’ but provides a few guiding points in interest a user’s security. The legislation states: “This bill, beginning on January 1, 2020, would require a manufacturer of a connected device, as those terms are defined, to equip the device with a reasonable security feature or features that are appropriate to the nature and function of the device, appropriate to the information it may collect, contain, or transmit, and designed to protect the device and any information contained therein from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure, as specified.” Criticisms of the IoT bill Some cybersecurity experts have criticised the legislation. For example, Robert Graham writes on his Security Errarta blog that the bill is “based on a superficial understanding of cybersecurity/hacking that will do little improve security, while doing a lot to impose costs and harm innovation.” He explains that “the point [of good cybersecurity practice] is not to add ‘security features’ but to remove ‘insecure features’.” Graham’s criticisms underline that while the legislation might be well-intentioned, whether it will be impactful remains another matter. This is, at the very least, a step in the right direction by a state that is keen to take digital security and freedom into its own hands. You can read the bill at the California Legislative information website. Read next How Blockchain can level up IoT Security Defending your business from the next wave of cyberwar: IoT Threatslast_img read more

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Funding to boost WA tourism development

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Western Australia’s tourism leaders said that $1.2 million over the next two years in additional funding would help the region develop its aviation industry through marketing in growing countries and new routes. Announced late last week, Tourism Minister Kim Hames said it was crucial the region continued to promote itself during a time with low airfares and a strong dollar.“This boost will build on the success we had with this program during 2011, which contributed to a 57.5 per cent increase in visitors from China,” Dr Hames said.According to Dr Hames, the Chinese market is one of the region’s biggest potential in tourism and was pushed further by direct flights launched late last year through China Southern Airlines. “Many Chinese visitors to WA come for business reasons,” he added.“Our target will be to build on the relationships we already have, and bring more leisure visitors to the State to enjoy our extraordinary leisure activities, wildlife and landscapes.”last_img read more

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Assurant Field Asset Services Welcomes VP of Supply Chain Operations

first_img Assurant Field Asset Services, a unit of Assurant Mortgage Solutions, appointed Warner Mizell as VP of Supply Chain Operations.Mizell’s focus is establishing technology-enabled processes and operations that will improve the performance, capabilities, and quality of AFAS’ vendor network and overall field services. Mizell is responsible for AFAS’ field team, including vendor oversight, recruitment, and supply chain management.Mizell joined AFAS in November 2015 with extensive experience in several innovative technology-enabled services companies, including prior work with nationwide servicers in single-family homes. Mizell has a lengthy track record of delivering creative field solutions across many industries including real estate. April 29, 2016 519 Views Assurant Field Asset Services Assurant Mortgage Solutions 2016-04-29 Staff Writer Assurant Field Asset Services Welcomes VP of Supply Chain Operationscenter_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technology Sharelast_img read more

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The New Sheridan Hotel in downtown Telluride Colo

first_imgThe New Sheridan Hotel in downtown Telluride, Colo. will unveil a $7 million renovation on December 20, introducing a new era for a historic property. Since closing in April, the property’s 26 guest rooms and two double-room suites have received a luxurious transformation under the guidance of internationally renowned designer Nina Campbell. A new nitrogen wine bar system and additional wine storage at The Chop House have allowed the restaurant to expand its wine list and offer an impressive variety of selections by the glass. Placing a premium on people watching, the restaurant relocated its kitchen to create more space for window seats overlooking Telluride’s main street, and expanded the overall square footage to accommodate a total of 150 seats. The project has also uncovered a mezzanine-level balcony in the New Sheridan bar that has been walled off for several decades. Once a small performance area for bands, guests will be able to relax with a cocktail in the new edition of the balcony.www.newsheridan.comlast_img read more

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