Former Premier League player forced to retire

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgAfter discovering he had heart problems, Andrea Orlandi Stabilin has been forced to retire from the world of football.Spanish winger Andrea Orlandi Stabilin, who played for Barcelona B and even for Barcelona’s first team once, has been forced to retire after discovering he has heart disease.The former Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder will leave behind a career that started in 2003 and lasted until 2019.“I felt like this was coming after I had the medical but until it was made official I still had that glimmer of hope,” he told the Brighton official website.“Sadly it is not safe for me to play on and I was devastated when the doctor broke the news. However, I am coming to terms with it quite quickly and am so thankful to all the medical staff who have helped me.”“I could have had an operation to try and carry on playing, but at 34 it would have been risky and stupid to do so. I have to think about my future more than football now,” he added.“The truth is I could have died during my career, so I must look at the bright side that I am still here with my wife and kids and that I enjoyed many years playing the game I love,” he continued.“It is still very early so I have not planned my next step yet. For now, I will enjoy some time with my wonderful family.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Orlandi played for many teams in the world, starting with Alaves in his native Spain, then Barcelona, Swansea City, Brighton, Blackpool, Anorthosis, APOEL, Novara, and Chennaiyin.He was trying to say goodbye to his career playing in Italian Lega Serie C with Virtus Entella.“I had a special five years at Swansea but my two years at the Albion were the greatest of my career,” he commented.“It was a fantastic group of players and some of my best friends in life were at the club at the same time. It made those wins extra memorable when enjoying them alongside true friends at a tremendous club.”“My first season was the best I have ever played personally and I absolutely loved the city of Brighton. I have missed the place ever since I left and hopefully I will get the chance to come and visit soon,” he concluded.😍 “Poetry in motion!”#BHAFC 🔵⚪️https://t.co/uXXD2Mi6YJ.— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) February 25, 2019last_img read more


Natl Heritage Day events a mystery Govt gives no public notices or

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 7, 2016 – Monday is National Heritage Day, a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands yet there is no detailed public information coming from Government about the events surrounding the holiday which usually features a National Honors Ceremony and raise your flag motorcades.There are no venues, nor times, nor locations to share with you at this point.  National Heritage Day replaces Columbus Day for the second year now, and is a PNP Government initiative to elevate national pride… however, when it comes to the main festivity, there was no list of honorees issued this year but we have been informed that at least two former chief ministers will be awarded for their time in office, longevity in service.Both Oswald Skippings and Derek Taylor will be medalled on Monday at the ceremony set at Parade Grounds in Grand Turk.  The men, and likely others who will be celebrated had been informed by the Committee, which falls under the Office of the Premier, since September of their coming national prize.There had been a call since June for nominations by the Committee, chaired by Willett Swann in six categories namely:  The Order of National Hero; The Order of Turks and Caicos Islands; The Patriotic Award; The Long Service Medal; The Meritorious Award and the National Young Achievers Medal. Related Items:both skippings and taylor will medalled at the national heroes day festivities, no venue-time – or location for national heroes day celebration as yet Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


Dense Fog Limited Visibility Expected On The Kenai

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgVisibility is expected to be one quarter mile or less at times, according to the advisory. Very low visibilities can cause very difficult driving conditions. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until 11am, this morning. Including the cities around Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Nikiski, and Cooper Landing.center_img A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.last_img


Google sued by shareholder alleging sexual misconduct coverup

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_imgGoogle’s board of directors and executive leadership have been accused of covering up allegations of sexual harassment against former executives. Getty Images A Google shareholder has filed a lawsuit against the company’s executive officers and board of directors, alleging the company concealed sexual misconduct allegations against former executives.The lawsuit, filed by shareholder James Martin, stems from hefty severance packages Google reportedly gave executive Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android mobile operating system, and Amit Singhal, head of Google’s search unit until 2016. Allegations of sexual harassment against the two men were found to be credible by company investigations, according to the lawsuit.”Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation found the allegations of sexual harassment by Rubin to be credible,” according to the complaint, filed Thursday in California state court. “While at Google, Rubin is also alleged to have engaged in human sex trafficking — paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to women to be, in Rubin’s own words, ‘owned’ by him.”The lawsuit comes during a period of prominent figures in industries ranging from politics to entertainment being toppled by revelations of sexual harassment or sexual assault. In the tech industry, companies like Uber have wrestled with accounts of work environments fraught with varying degrees of sexual harassment. High-profile venture capitalists like Chris Sacca and Dave McClure have been unseated, as well, over sexual harassment allegations. Google paid Rubin $90 million after Page asked for his resignation following an allegation Rubin coerced a female employee into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013, according to a New York Times report in October.  Singhal stepped down as Uber’s senior vice president of engineering in 2017 after the ride-hailing company discovered he’d allegedly been accused of sexual harassment while he was employed at Google. He resigned from Google in 2016 after reportedly being accused of sexually harassing a female employee in a different department at Google.Rubin and Singhal have denied the allegations. The lawsuit accuses the board and executives of breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, abuse of power and corporate waste. Defendants include Page and Brin, former Chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Sundar Pichai, former human resources director Laszlo Bock, chief legal officer David Drummond, Rubin and Singhal, among others.A similar lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Northern California Pipe Trades Pension Plan and Teamsters Local 272 Labor Management Pension Fund.In November, Google employees around the world staged a coordinated walkout to protest the company’s handling of the sexual harassment allegations. The walkout’s organizers said more than 20,000 full-time workers and contractors participated in the Nov. 1 protest.Some of the Google employees involved in the walkout released a statement Thursday in support of the lawsuits.”We have all the evidence we need that Google’s leadership does not have our best interests at heart,” they said.Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 0 Post a comment iHate: CNET looks at how intolerance is taking over the internet. Solving for XX: The industry seeks to overcome outdated ideas about “women in tech.” Tech Industry Tagscenter_img The top 10 products of CES 2019 Share your voice 10 Photos Googlelast_img read more


Tesla CEO Elon Musk hints at opening Gigafactory in India

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgElon Musk, the founder of US-based electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, has hinted at setting up a Gigafactory in India to manufacture lithium-ion batteries in order to address the problem of power shortage in the rural areas of the country.”Given high local demand, a Gigafactory in India would probably make sense in the long term,” Musk tweeted.If the plan is implemented, it would give the much-needed boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to bring Tesla’s technology to the country to “power India’s rural homes,” the Business Standard said.During his visit to the US last month, Modi held discussions with Musk at the Tesla campus in Silicon Valley on the potential of having a battery making facility and other renewable energy technologies in India. The Modi government aims to generate 100 GigaWatt of solar power by 2022. But the country has commissioned solar power plants with a total capacity of just 4.57 GW as on 22 October.A study by Deloitte and the Confederation of Indian Industry in August showed that India has the capacity to produce 759 GW of solar power.Tesla is already making a power storage device named as PowerWall, which is highly expensive for the Indian market. High cost and difficulties in raising its production “will likely keep the invention from coming to India any time soon.”Regarding Tesla cars, Musk said: “Auto import duties are prohibitively high. Hoping for a special category for EVs. Most of our discussion (with Modi) was on batteries.”last_img read more


Dengue patients exceed 50000

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgThe pediatric ward at Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital in Dhaka is overcrowded with dengue patients. In this picture taken on 16 August 2019 children are seen at the corridors of the hospital. Photo: Dipu MalakarThe number of dengue patients in the country has exceeded 50,000. Hospitals are overflowing with this unprecedented influx of dengue patients.Last year a total of 10,148 dengue patients had been admitted to hospitals all around the country. That record was broken in July this year with the admission of 16,253 patients to various hospitals. And just in the first 16 days of August, over 31,500 patients were admitted.Dengue season begins in April and ends in October, with the highest number of patients generally being affected in September. Given the present weather conditions, entomologist Manzur Chowdhury told Prothom Alo, “It is not likely that the incidence of dengue will decrease any time soon. All measures must be stepped up to keep people away from mosquitoes.”The health directorate’s health emergency operations centre and control room has said that according to information from 10 government and semi-government hospitals, 30 private hospitals and civil surgeons around the country, a total of 1719 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals on Friday. They put the number of dengue patients this year at 49,999. Of the, 42,243 have been released from hospital after treatment.Given the burgeoning number of patients, the health ministry has opened a special dengue ward at the national orthopaedic hospital (better known as pangu hospital).Coordinator of the ward AHM Akhteruzzaman on Friday, speaking to Prothom Alo, said, a 14-year-old girl with dengue was admitted to the ward on that day. Two children with dengue were admitted to Mahanagar Shishu Hospital on Friday too.These two hospitals are not on the government’s list. Referring to this, assistant director of the health emergency operations centre and control room, Ayesha Akhter, told Prothom Alo that the number of dengue patients in hospitals exceeded 50,000.The actual number of patients, however, is much higher. Not all information from hospitals around the country comes to the health emergency operations centre and control room in Dhaka.There is also no record of how many patients are being treated at physicians’ private chambers. Almost all government and semi-government hospitals are providing outdoor treatment to dengue patients too.At Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University alone, this year 5,300 dengue patients have been treated so far at the outdoor department. There is no collective record of all this information.According to government records, so far 40 patients have died of dengue this year. However, Prothom Alo reports put this number at 145, based in information from various hospitals, civil surgeons and families of the patients.Of the 40 persons who died of dengue according to official records, 27 died of dengue shock syndrome. Last the year the main cause of dengue deaths was dengue haemorrhagic fever. This year it is dengue shock syndrome.Dengue has increased exponentially this year due to the failure of the two Dhaka city corporations to tackle the Aedes mosquito menace.Virologist Nurul Islam, speaking to Prothom Alo, said, “This is the first time in Bangladesh’s history that so many people have been admitted to hospital for a disease in such a short span of time.”* This report appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more


Walkers And Cyclists Will Take Over Busy Thoroughfare In Houstons Energy Corridor

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img 00:00 /01:32 Share Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gail DelaughterHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner is joined by skaters, skateboarders, and cyclists to announce three new “Sunday Streets.”Houston’s “Sunday Streets” returns this weekend. That’s when the city closes part of a major roadway to motorized traffic so people can walk and bike. This Sunday’s event is on Eldridge Parkway between Enclave and Briar Forest. Energy Corridor District Executive Director Clark Martinson says there’s a lot for visitors to see and do. “People can walk shop to shop,” says Martinson. “There’s a dozen restaurants in the area. It’s right at the trailhead to Terry Hershey Park. So ride your bike on Terry Hershey Park, come to the Enclave-Eldridge Parkway intersection. And that’s where we close the street.”The Sunday Streets program started in 2014 with the goal of helping Houstonians become more physically active. This is the first time it’s been held outside the 610 Loop. Martinson says they’re hoping to showcase the neighborhood’s pedestrian and bike improvements. “We are next to the Addicks and Barker reservoirs which are 26,000 acres of open space natural areas,” adds Martinson. “We’re working for new pedestrian bridges that will connect homes across the creeks to the trails.” This Sunday’s event will be held on Eldridge Parkway between Enclave and Briar Forest from noon to 4 p.m. On November 13, Sunday Streets will be held in the Fifth Ward, on Lyons Avenue near the historic DeLuxe Theatre. On December 4, it’s scheduled for West 43rd Street in the Garden Oaks neighborhood. Gail DelaughterThis Sunday’s event will be held on Eldridge Parkway between Enclave and Briar Forest.last_img read more


Can marital status alter physical activity levels

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgLondon: While a divorce or a new relationship brings many changes in a person’s life, a new study shows an association with reduced physical activity levels.The findings showed that men who divorced and women who found a new partner reduced their physical exercises. The total number of non-exercise steps was reduced for men who divorced, whereas for women who found a new spouse, the total steps decreased significantly when compared to women married throughout. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to the researchers, it is difficult to provide a single explanatory factor about the effects of changes in marital status on physical activity. “It seems that the changes in relationships affect the physical activity of men and women differently,” said Kasper Salin, postdoctoral researcher from the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. For the study, published in the Journal of Public Health, the team included 1,051 participants aged between 34 and 49. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey also investigated the relationship between socioeconomic position and changes in physical activity. They found that among the men and women with the highest socioeconomic status, the number of aerobic steps increased significantly over the four years. Here, aerobic steps refers to steps taken during activities that last for at least 10 minutes without interruption at a pace of 60 or more steps per minute. “The rise in the number of steps focused on the highest social classes, especially in aerobic steps,” says Salin. “From the point of view of maintaining fitness, it is important to add aerobic steps.”last_img read more


51st FHRAI Annual Convention from September 2224 2016 at Indore

Posted On Aug 16 2019 by

first_imgThe Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) has announced that it will host its 51st FHRAI Annual Convention from September 22-24, 2016 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The theme for this year’s convention ‘Brand India’ is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision based on the 5 T’s ‘Talent, Tradition, Tourism, Trade and Technology’.Radisson Blu is the main convention hotel where all the business sessions shall be conducted. Tentatively, eight business sessions are planned for the Convention. The venue for the inaugural ceremony and the prestigious FHRAI Awards is the Amber Convention Centre.The Convention organising Committee under the Chairmanship of Vivek Nair and Co–Chairman D S Advani and Chetan Mehta has chalked out an interactive three day programme. An exhibition showcasing several vendors and service providers has also been organised at the convention venue itself.last_img read more


Nigeria has 37 billion barrels of crude oil reserv

Posted On Aug 4 2019 by

first_imgNigeria has 37 billion barrels of crude oil reserve and is Africa’s largest oil producer. The country also boasts 187 trillion cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves, the ninth-largest reserve in the world. Nigeria has all the right geology for oil and gas. But geology isn’t everything. The best geology in the world can still be a terrible place to put your money if other risks threaten to steal all of a project’s profits and potential – and country risk can pose precisely that threat. Think about it this way. In considering any business venture, you need to know several key parameters, such as how much it will cost to establish the operation, how much you will produce, and what percentage of your profits the government will take. In Nigeria, you cannot calculate any of these metrics with confidence because the rules are so complex and corrupt. Now a new Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), being debated in Nigeria’s parliament after some 15 years in the works, is supposed to change all of that. The new PIB is intended to clarify, codify, and clean up an industry where corruption and uncertainty are killing investment interest. Unfortunately, the new PIB is just as bad as the 13 separate rules it is set to replace. It would solidify a structure that operates on bribery and favors and it would take so much profit from producers that the effort would no longer be worth the risk. It would scare away the oil and gas investors that it is supposed to attract, and in doing so would doom Nigeria’s troubled energy sector to continue on its current downhill trajectory. I want to talk about Nigeria today not just to scare investors away from one particular country, but to remind us all that country risk can easily make or break a project. No matter how fantastic the geology or how large the reserve, if the government of the day is corrupt, desperate for income or popularity, straight-up greedy, or any combination thereof, best just walk away with your money. If you invest in a country with that kind of government, you might as well have just handed your dollars to the government on a golden platter. And if you don’t know how much risk a country bears, best to find out from an energy investment team that travels the world to assess country risk firsthand. Setting the Stage: Nigeria’s Oil Nightmare Nigeria officially produces 2.7 million barrels of oil a day, but no one has any confidence in that number. Oil is stolen at a shocking rate in the country, so figures from traders on Nigeria’s saleable oil show output well below that government figure. More generally, information about Africa’s biggest oil industry is an opaque myriad of numbers, and no one knows which ones are accurate. Experts say Nigeria could easily measure how much oil it produces but it chooses not to… because if there were an authoritative figure, the truly horrifying scope of corruption would be exposed. Mismanagement, theft, and corruption cost the industry billions of dollars a year. Heavy government subsidies for petrol add another $16 billion to the annual tab. In addition the country’s four refineries work far below capacity, forcing Nigeria to import most of its fuel. A new report, commissioned after the country erupted in protests in January when the government tried to reduce fuel subsidies, states oil-theft volumes have climbed to the astonishing level of 250,000 barrels a day, or 10% of production. Some months as much as 400,000 barrels are stolen every day. Even more shocking: 40% of refined petroleum products – either refined in Nigeria or imported – that are moved through state-owned pipelines are lost to theft and sabotage. Small-scale pilfering has been endemic in Nigeria since the late 1990s, but now more sophisticated thieves are stealing directly from export terminals, tank farms, refinery tanks, and ports. The stolen oil is worth some $6 billion annually. Of course, writing a sweeping new bill to regulate an industry rife with corruption and vested interests is not easy. That’s why the PIB has been in the works for more than a decade. Five years ago the bill made it to Nigeria’s Parliament, but disagreements between the administration, oil majors, and lawmakers stymied its passage. With almost no regulatory or fiscal certainty on the table, Nigeria has become a dangerous place for Big Oil to do business. While they wait for that certainty, oil majors have held off on many billions of dollars in investment – one expert estimates the industry lost $28 billion in investments in 2011 alone. As a result, oil output is about the same as it was a decade ago, and only three exploratory wells were drilling in 2011, down from more than 20 in 2005. The government has not held a licensing round for five years. Nigeria’s New Oil and Gas Bill The Nigerian government says its main goals in developing new regulations for its oil sector are to clean up a corrupt industry, clarify a confusing sector, and encourage new investment. Unfortunately, the PIB accomplishes none of those goals. I won’t embark on a full dissection of the bill. What I will do is point out the most glaring of problems – starting with the fact that the PIB would give a few select politicians huge powers within the sector. Here’s a good example: the president would have the power to grant licenses and leases without a competitive process – or any kind of process, for that matter. This leaves the door wide open for everyone to continue practicing the political favoritism and corruption that has crippled the industry in the past. The president would also have the power to set special tax rates for any projects he deems as strategic to the nation. Imagine if Romney or Obama were given this power… Alongside a president who can hand out licenses as he pleases and siphon funds from any project he deems strategic, the Minister of Petroleum is granted draconian powers to determine rentals and royalties. There are two huge problems with this. First, giving immense powers to individuals only encourages bribery and corruption. Second, companies thinking of developing a new project have no certainty around their rental and royalty payments if the minister creates her own arrangement for each project. Well, that’s a slight overstatement. Companies would know the minimum level of government take from new projects – and it’s too high. Executives from a wide range of Big Oil companies, including Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil, have said publicly that the tax terms outlined in the PIB render offshore oil and gas projects unviable. Exxon is the second-biggest offshore operator in the country, and it says it will not invest any more in deepwater projects if the PIB is passed. Part of the problem is that oil companies demand better fiscal terms to operate in places like Nigeria, to compensate for the extra risks posed by piracy, kidnappings, theft, and corruption. Instead of providing that kind of financial incentive, the PIB absolves oil companies of any responsibility for environmental damage caused by sabotage… which would mean that no one is accountable for such damage. The environment will continue to be destroyed, and the sabotage will continue. More than half of Nigeria’s 160 million people earn less than $2 a day. From that perspective, rampant pipeline sabotage and bunkering in the Delta region are understandable: the Nigerians who commit these acts are helping themselves to a portion of their country’s resources. The only way to ease this kind of activity is to truly share profits with local communities. To that end, the PIB would create a Petroleum Host Communities Fund. Producers would have to give 10% of their after-tax profits to this fund – disbursements that would be credited against other payments to the government to not increase overall government take – and the funds thus generated from onshore and shallow water offshore production would be distributed to affected communities. It sounds great… but unfortunately, just like so many other parts of the PIB, the Host Communities Fund is a great idea that is structured so as to invite political interference. The PIB does not define how the funds will be distributed, putting another lever in the hands of the president and his ministers. Communities would be pitted against each other in a race for favor with the government, and the president could easily use this race for favor to achieve his own ends within the Delta. Also left in the hands of government: a whole whack of oil-related assets. International advisors had pushed for a PIB that incorporated the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and then partially privatized it, following the example of Brazil’s Petrobras. Doing so would require the company to be managed like any other international oil company, with minimal political interference. Instead, the PIB would break the NNPC into three entities and privatize only two. The management company left in government hands would contain major oil assets and revenue streams that would remain subject to heavy political interference. And I mean heavy. The NNPC currently controls every aspect of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, from exploration and production to refining and pipelines, and it will continue to do so if the PIB is passed. But this is a company that is regularly listed as one of the most closed oil companies in the world. In fact, a joint report from Transparency International and the Revenue Watch Institute judged the NNPC to have the worst record of 44 national and international companies examined. Audits and examinations regularly produce descriptions like “accountable to no one” and “a slush fund for the government.” The PIB is a failure on almost every front. Oil companies considering Nigeria are looking at the PIB and walking away. Nigeria – home to the eleventh-largest oil reserves and ninth-largest gas reserves in the world – will continue to see its production pinched between declining investment, greedy government take, and massive theft. The decimated environment of the Niger Delta will see no savior, and the people who live there will continue to live in grinding poverty while corruption and theft steal billions every year. It’s a tragedy for Nigeria and a warning for oil investors. The warning is one I repeat regularly: never underestimate country risk. Greedy governments and corrupt politicians can and will take every cent of profit from oil and gas projects in their lands, leaving companies bankrupt and investors robbed. Nigeria is by no means the only country pinching its oil sector. Venezuela and Argentina are also robbing their energy producers to buy popular affection, along with a raft of other nations. However, there’s a silver lining. Every time a country screws up its oil sector, the Big Pinch tightens: there is a bit less oil available to feed an oil-hungry world and a bit more pressure on exporters to earn even more from each barrel that is available. The result? Oil prices that have nowhere to go but up. Anyone who understands the risks and makes the right investments will be able to ride those prices to huge returns. However, country risk is hard to assess from afar. That’s why my ground team travels the world, from Albania to Iraq, Africa to Asia, going wherever a prospective energy story takes us to understand the situation firsthand and separate fact from fiction. It would be impossible for every investor to assess every prospective investment in person – which is why we do it for you. If you are an interested and active energy investor, consider a subscription to my flagship newsletter, Casey Energy Report, and travel with us on the journey to find the best investments in the global energy sector. Additional Links and Reads US Poised to Become World’s Top Oil Producer; May Soon Overtake Saudi Arabia (Huffington Post) What a headline! Using data from the US Energy Information Administration, the reporter behind this article suggests that surging US oil output could push the US past Saudi Arabia and into top spot in the global oil-production rankings within a few years. Citibank also provides some data, predicting that US production could reach 13 to 15 million barrels per day by 2020, making North America the “new Middle East.” Why the US Is Not the New Saudi Arabia (Christian Science Monitor) If this headline seems a direct rebuttal of the article above – that’s because it is. This writer challenges the article, saying that anyone who “actually examined figures available from the US Energy Information Administration website carefully instead of simply parroting oil industry sycophants” would have ended up with a headline more like: Marginal gains in US oil production mean continuing high prices and imports for Americans. The writer explains that there are several ways to define oil supply, and the one used to suggest that US is catching Saudi Arabia in oil production includes natural-gas plant liquids and biofuels, making for a very misleading conclusion. Europe Left Behind as Shale Shock Drives America’s Industrial Resurgence (Telegraph) The wonders of US shale gas continue to amaze. Fresh evidence daily suggests that swaths of the American industry are gaining a massive and lasting advantage in energy costs over global rivals – and those advantages are demolishing assumptions about US economic decline. Oil Firmer at US$110 as Sandy Shuts US Refineries (National Post) Hurricane Sandy is providing a clear reminder of the vulnerabilities of offshore oil production to weather. Predicted to be the largest storm ever to hit the North American mainland, Sandy is prompting refineries to close and oil analysts to reduce consumption estimates in the face of canceled flights, a dearth of commuters, and an all but shut-down road transportation sector.last_img read more


Cybercrooks Tire of Windows Theyre After Your iPhone Now

Posted On Jul 26 2019 by

first_imgTechnology Smartphone apps are particularly vulnerable to hackers as they access user information without permission. Cybercrooks Tire of Windows — They’re After Your iPhone Now Next Article –shares Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. January 28, 2011center_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 2 min read Cybercrime is moving away from traditional targets, like Windows PCs, and focusing more on mobile devices, according to Cisco’s 2010 Annual Security Report (PDF). As Microsoft becomes more savvy about patching holes in its OS, cybercriminals are treading into new territories, with a strong focus on iOS and Android.When the federal government declared jailbreaking cellphones legal, intrepid hackers sought and discovered more exploits in mobile operating systems. A prominent example used by Cisco is JailbreakMe 2.0, the Safari-based iPhone flaw — which has since been patched — that allowed users to jailbreak with very little tampering of iOS.Cisco threat research manager Scott Olechowski also said that the proliferation of Android will likely lead to major attacks on Google’s OS in the future. Olechowski noted that the more devices that adopt Android — such as smartphones, tablets, even vehicles — the more enticing the open-source OS becomes, especially when it comes to the big bucks in the enterprise.Most concerning for mobile hacks are apps, many of which access user information without permission. Recently, Trapster, an app that warns drivers when a speed trap is ahead, was hacked, exposing millions of iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile phone passwords — some of which may also have been linked to a user’s PayPal account.Many companies using smartphones for work do not have a cybersecurity strategy planned or in place, according to Cisco. This is a major concern for iOS business consumers, given that the iPhone is being used at 88 percent of the Fortune 100 companies and 83 percent of the Fortune 500.And for you PC users out there: Tired of your Mac-using friends’ snooty condescension about how their machines are impervious to viruses? Turns out that hackers are targeting Mac users more and more.Although Apple regularly pushes out security updates, due to increased iOS product adoption — especially on the iPad, which has sponged 90 percent of the tablet market-digging into a Mac isn’t so much a waste of time anymore. Still, compared to Windows, the malware threat to Macs is tiny. Brought to you by PCWorld Brennon Slattery Apply Now »last_img read more


Intermedical UK showcases 2nd generation NObreath at ARTP 2019

Posted On Jul 18 2019 by

first_img Source:https://www.bedfont.com/news/home/intermedical-uk-exhibits-the-new-and-improved-nobreath-at-artp-2019 Jan 25 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A distributor for nearly 10 years, Intermedical UK will be exhibiting the 2nd generation NObreath at the annual Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology (ARTP) conference and can be found at Stand 25. We’re excited to bring the NObreath to ARTP this year. It’s a great opportunity to talk about the benefits of measuring FeNO when monitoring asthma and airway inflammation – especially now it is recommended in the NICE guidance. We believe that the new NObreath will make FeNO monitoring quicker and easier for healthcare professionals and patients alike.”Livio Gagliardi, Acting Managing Director, Intermedical The NObreath® offers a quick, simple and non-invasive method of measuringFeNO to assess airway inflammation, aiding in the diagnosis and management of asthma.Related StoriesBedfont Scientific named Exporter of the Year at SEHTA AwardsBedfont donates reverse advent calendar for homeless peopleBedfont named ‘Exporter of the Year’ for third consecutive yearInterpreting FeNO levels aids in identifying patients who do/do not require on-going treatment whilst also differentiating between allergic (eosinophilic) and non-allergic asthma, and if used daily, FeNO measurements can help to predict exacerbations and attacks.Alongside a fresh and aesthetically pleasing design with a full-color touchscreen, new features of the 2nd generation NObreath® also include the ability to save patient profiles on the device, Bluetooth connectivity, and SteriTouch® technology for optimum infection control.Furthermore, the NObreath® comes with free patient management software allowing the equipment to synchronize with a PC, enabling reports to be generated, data to be backed up, and much more. This year, ARTP is taking place between 31 January and 1st February in Glasgow.last_img read more


Engineers build smallest volume most efficient wireless nerve stimulator

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Early engineering work by D.J. Seo, a Berkeley Ph.D. student who was co-advised by Alon and Maharbiz, followed by experimental validations by Ryan Neely, another Berkeley Ph.D. student, advised by Carmena, set the foundations of the neural dust vision. In the years since neural dust’s invention, ultrasound has proven to be among the most promising technologies for powering and communicating implantable devices.Muller came to Berkeley in 2016 and has been a key driver of neural dust innovation. Her research group specializes in bidirectional electronic interfaces with human body, specifically in the brain and peripheral nervous system. Her team has been working on ways to use the power that can be transmitted to neural dust. In StimDust, her lab has taken the neural dust platform and built a more effective stimulator that can wrap around a nerve cuff and can also record, transmit and receive data. They did this by designing a custom integrated circuit to transfer ultrasound charge to the nerve in a well-controlled, safe and efficient way. Citation: Engineers build smallest volume, most efficient wireless nerve stimulator (2018, April 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-smallest-volume-efficient-wireless-nerve.html The device, called StimDust, short for stimulating neural dust, adds more sophisticated electronics to neural dust without sacrificing the technology’s tiny size or safety, greatly expanding the range of neural dust applications. The researchers’ goal is to have StimDust implanted in the body through minimally invasive procedures to monitor and treat disease in a real-time, patient-specific approach. StimDust is just 6.5 cubic millimeters in volume and is powered wirelessly by ultrasound, which the device then uses to power nerve stimulation at an efficiency of 82 percent.”StimDust is the smallest deep-tissue stimulator that we are aware of that’s capable of stimulating almost all of the major therapeutic targets in the peripheral nervous system,” said Rikky Muller, co-lead of the work and assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at Berkeley. “This device represents our vision of having tiny devices that can be implanted in minimally invasive ways to modulate or stimulate the peripheral nervous system, which has been shown to be efficacious in treating a number of diseases.”The research will be presented April 10 at the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference in San Diego. The research team was co-led by one of neural dust’s inventors, Michel Maharbiz, a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at Berkeley. The creation of neural dust at Berkeley, led by Maharbiz and Jose Carmena, a Berkeley professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences and a member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, has opened the door for wireless communication to the brain and peripheral nervous system through tiny implantable devices inside the body that are powered by ultrasound. Engineering teams around the world are now using the neural dust platform to build devices that can be charged wirelessly by ultrasound.Maharbiz came up with the idea to use ultrasound for powering and communicating with very small implants. Together with Berkeley professors Elad Alon and Jan Rabaey, the group then developed the technical framework to demonstrate the scaling power of ultrasound for implantable devices. This graphic details the simplicity of the StimDust design. The components of StimDust include a single piezocrystal, which is the antenna of the system, a 1-millimeter integrated circuit and one charge storage capacitor. Credit: Rikky Muller Explore further StimDust is about an order of magnitude smaller than any active device with similar capabilities that the research team is aware of. The components of StimDust include a single piezocrystal, which is the antenna of the system, a 1-millimeter integrated circuit and one charge storage capacitor. StimDust has electrodes on the bottom, which make contact with a nerve through a cuff that wraps around the nerve. In addition to the device, Muller’s team designed a custom wireless protocol that gives them a large range of programmability while maintaining efficiency. The entire device is powered by just 4 microwatts and has a mass of 10 milligrams.After testing StimDust on the benchtop, the research team implanted it in a live rodent to test it in a realistic environment. Through a cuff around the sciatic nerve, the research team was able to control hind leg motion, record the stimulation activity and measure how much force was exerted on the hind leg muscle as it was stimulated. The researchers then gradually increased stimulation and mapped the response of the hind leg muscle so they could know exactly how much stimulation was needed for a desired muscle recruitment, a kind of sophisticated analysis required of medical devices.Muller hopes that her work can lead to applications of StimDust to treat diseases such as heart irregularities, chronic pain, asthma or epilepsy.”One of the big visions of my group is to create these very efficient bidirectional interfaces with the nervous system and couple that with intelligence to really understand the signals of disease and then to be able to treat disease in an intelligent, methodical way,” Muller said. There’s an incredible opportunity for healthcare applications that can really be transformative.” In 2016, University of California, Berkeley, engineers demonstrated the first implanted, ultrasonic neural dust sensors, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time. Now, Berkeley engineers have taken neural dust a step forward by building the smallest volume, most efficient wireless nerve stimulator to date. Provided by University of California – Berkeley The small size of StimDust can be seen in comparison to a dime. Credit: Rikky Muller Wireless, implantable sensors the size of a grain of sand could have wide use in body monitoring StimDust fitted onto a live mouse sciatic nerve via a cuff. Credit: Rikky Muller. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. 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US searches of phones laptops at airports rising suit says

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first_imgU.S. government searches of travelers’ cellphones and laptops at airports and border crossings nearly quadrupled since 2015 and are being conducted for reasons beyond customs and immigration enforcement, according to papers filed Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that claims going through electronic devices without a warrant is unconstitutional. Lawsuit targets searches of electronic devices at US border The government has vigorously defended the searches, which rose to 33,295 in fiscal 2018, as a critical tool to protect America. But the newly filed documents claim the scope of the warrantless searches has expanded to enforce tax, bankruptcy, environmental and consumer protection laws, gather intelligence and advance ongoing law enforcement investigations.Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement consider requests from other government agencies in determining whether to search travelers’ electronic devices, the court papers said. They added that agents are searching the electronic devices of not only targeted individuals but their associates, friends and relatives.The new information about the searches was included in a motion the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.”The evidence we have presented the court shows that the scope of ICE and CBP border searches is unconstitutionally broad,” said Adam Schwartz, senior staff attorney for the EFF, based in San Francisco.”ICE and CBP policies and practices allow unfettered, warrantless searches of travelers’ digital devices and empower officers to dodge the Fourth Amendment when rifling through highly personal information contained on laptops and phones,” he said.The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to a request for comment. Both ICE and CBP said they did not comment on pending litigation.When the suit was filed against the government in 2017, DHS officials said U.S. citizens and everyone else are subject to examination and search by customs officials, unless exempted by diplomatic status. The department has contended that no court has concluded that border searches of electronic devices require a warrant. Searches, some random, have uncovered evidence of human trafficking, terrorism, child pornography, visa fraud, export control breaches and intellectual property rights violations, according to the department.The original case was filed on behalf of 10 American citizens and a lawful permanent resident from seven states who alleged the searches violated their constitutional rights. They asked the court to rule that the government must have a warrant based on probable cause before searching electronic devices at airports and other U.S. ports of entry.A year ago, U.S. District Judge Denise Casper in Boston rejected the government’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, allowing the case to move forward. The ACLU and the foundation began gathering documents and deposition testimony. Based on the new information, they filed a motion Tuesday asking the judge to rule in their favor without a trial.”This new evidence reveals that the government agencies are using the pretext of the border to make an end run around the First and Fourth Amendments,” said ACLU attorney Esha Bhandari. “The border is not a lawless place. ICE and CBP are not exempt from the Constitution and the information on our electronic devices is not devoid of Fourth Amendment protections. We are asking the court to stop these unlawful searches and require the government to get a warrant.”The court documents claim that the agencies also assert the authority to search electronic devices when the subject of interest is someone other than the traveler, such as the business partner of someone under investigation. Both agencies also allow officers to retain information from travelers’ electronic devices and share it with other government entities, including state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies, the court papers claim. Explore further © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: US searches of phones, laptops at airports rising, suit says (2019, April 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-laptops-airports.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more