Morocco to take part in European nuclear accident simulation

first_imgMadrid – A European simulation of nuclear accident and leak of radioactive material,”CURIEX 2013″ will be held November 5-7 in Caceres (south- west Spain) with the participation of European countries and Morocco, official sources said in Madrid. The simulation will take place at Spanish nuclear site “Al Maraz” located in Caceres with the participation of teams from Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Belgium and Morocco, according to the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.The exercise will simulate a nuclear disaster to check the responsiveness of the civil protection forces to a leak of radioactive material caused by a nuclear accident. Organized by Spain’s General Directorate of Civil Protection and Emergency, the simulation exercise is funded by the European Commission. It relies on the participation of functioning teams from “countries with which Spain usually works in terms of emergency and disaster management,” such as France, Portugal, Italy, Belgium and Morocco.A coordination team of the European Commission, as well as observers from the European Civil Protection Mechanism will also take place in this event, the same source said.last_img read more

Powder politics of makeup on the move

first_imgIt has become one of the most common – and divisive – sights of the morning commute to work; the woman rapt in concentration as she carefully applies her make-up, from foundation to the finishing touches of mascara.But as some of her fellow passengers seethe in quiet irritation, they might want to take comfort from the fact many commuters find this sort of behaviour equally off-putting.And it appears that women are even more likely to disapprove of others applying make-up on trains and buses that men. A quick touch-up of mascara or lipstick is acceptable but best to refrain from more extensive grooming in publicLucy Hume, Debrett’s Queen A Japanese girl applies make-up en routeCredit:Alamy make-up Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It’s fascinating to see how divided we are on the issue of applying make-up in publicPippa Bailey, Ipsos Marketing love doing live make up tutorials on public transport— kasia (@wifeyriddim) July 27, 2016 Pippa Bailey, senior director of Ipsos Marketing, which commissioned the research as part of a study of attitudes to grooming and cosmetics in the UK, said: “It’s fascinating to see how divided we are on the issue of applying make-up in public.“To think that around four in 10 of your fellow public transport passengers are offended by this, with men and women virtually aligned, with 41 per cent of men and 42 cent women finding it unacceptable.”At a time when manufacturers are innovating to create ever more compact and convenient make-up for use on the go, it appears the attitudes of many Brits still lag behind with the feeling that the application of beauty products is best kept behind closed doors.” The Queen at the Royal Cornwall Show in 2000 Credit:Paul Armiger/Alpha But she added that future attitudes to make-up and grooming may start to cross the gender divide, as male-make up becomes more common.“As traditional gender roles start to become less relevant in modern society, it’s interesting to take a look at how this is affecting our attitudes to personal grooming.“There are signs that younger generations have less rigidly gendered views. Looking to the future, the fact many people say men wearing make-up will be unremarkable could be a sign the gender divide for personal care will start to blur,” said Ms Bailey.Which suggests that commuters will have to grow used to the sight of both men and women applying the war-paint on the 7.39. The poll also found a gender divide in attitudes to that other contentious aspect of person grooming – beards.And on this subject women are more forgiving than men.Overall 65 per cent of women said employers had no right to ban beards as part of uniform codes, compared with only 58 per cent of men.But on one thing there is almost unanimous agreement. Overall  90 per cent of women and almost 80 per cent of men agreed that women are still under greater pressure than men to look “well groomed” .“It’s still widely accepted that women are held to higher standards than men and are spending more of their time on personal grooming,” said Ms Bailey. New research by Ipsos MORI has found that 42 per cent of women believe it to be socially unacceptable.And while a third of men had no strong feelings either way, 41 per cent of them disapproved of the practice, with just 22 per cent saying they had no problem with it.As is so often the case with modern manners – whether it eating on a train or making a phone call in a crowded carriage – it seems it is a case of less is more.“Our advice is that a quick touch-up of mascara or lipstick is acceptable, but best to refrain from more extensive grooming in public,” explained Lucy Hume, editorial manager at Debrett’s,  the traditional arbiter of etiquette.Wielding devices such as eyelash curlers on packed- and often juddery – trains is a different matter altogether, said Ms Hume, adding: “That is probably down to personal judgment but the health and safety factor, apart from anything else, would be a concern.”last_img read more

FLSmidth leverages software for smart control

first_imgConveyors are the arteries of any bulk materials handling system. Irrespective of whether undertaking new conveyor construction or an upgrade, it is not only necessary to have access to in-depth engineering and design knowledge, it is critical to be able to execute a project no matter how remote the location. With its customer centric approach, FLSmidth Roymec has a strong background in structural engineering, fabrication and successful project implementation for conveyor systems.The company’s major differentiator is its use of a sophisticated proprietary software programme which facilitates absolute control of all elements of the conveyor build and this innovative approach to managing project logistics has realised significant savings which is an important factor in all construction activities.Patrick Smith, Manager for Scoping and Business Improvements at FLSmidth’s South African operation, says that while many companies have the capability to fabricate conveyor structures and supply ancillary components for conveyor systems, none has access to this type of sophisticated process control. “Being fully aware of the need to optimise project schedules, and still retain absolute control of all aspects of a project, FLSmidth made a significant investment in developing this resource,” Smith says.“It allows us to partner effectively with customers from concept to completion, and access information whenever needed allowing an active responsive interface with all throughout the entire process. This allows significant productivity increases with associated cost reductions.”The FLSmidth smart numbering system uses the source information from the initial design through to the end of the project. Smith explains that it is a seamless process with integral capability to handle revisions. There is no manual input required and tracking continues through design, in-house detailing, fabrication, galvanising, painting, trial assemblies, where relevant, through all logistics functions to final on-site installation. “Each project is controlled from the design phase where the smart number is conceived and this makes it easier to control the flow of materials to site,” Smith says.Jaco van der Westhuizen, Senior Developer, at FLSmidth’s South African operation has overseen the software design and implementation of the FLSmidth expedite system using an API interface to the Tekla drawing data. This allows the information to be made visible to all and facilitates the tracking process. “The software stores all the information from the Tekla models in one single database allowing easy access at any stage. This is an important advantage as it allows everyone involved on the project to access the information, and mine the information using the API interface,” van der Westhuizen says.The FLSmidth smart numbering system is always the same. It is a hard stamp number that is simple to read. Its numeric hierarchical structure can be easily understood by FLSmidth’s people and this facilitates tracking of all elements of the project as well as easy location of different fabricated members on site and erection thereof. Significantly, it eliminates double handling and the site teams have been trained to recognise the number. This enables the FLSmidth teams to deliver a quality product on time and in sequence at the lowest cost.last_img read more

An 84yearold woman has died after being hit by a lorry a

first_imgAN 84-YEAR-OLD woman who was struck by a Scania lorry in Co Armagh this morning has died.It happened on Kinelowen Street in Keady at around 10am.She was taken to hospital but died as a result of her injuries.A 31 year old man has been arrested.Officers investigating the collision are appealing for witnesses and can be contacted by calling the non-emergency number 101.Read: Woman killed after being hit by lorry at Heuston Station>last_img

Skateboarder being prosecuted after triggering speed camera doing 70mph

first_imgSpeed cameras on major highways have caught many a driver breaking the speed limit, but in South Africa, they’ve also recently flashed a skateboarder going a little too fast. However, he was on a skateboard, not driving a car, so you’d think he would avoid prosecution. But that’s not the case and he’s now facing charges.24-year-old Decio Lourenco managed to reach speeds of 110kph/70mph as he raced down Kloof Nek Road on January 20. Behind him was a friend in a car filming the run, with Lourenco’s speed tracked by a GPS sensor on his ankle. At around the 1:04 mark in the video above you see the speed camera flash, signaling he was breaking the 60kph/37mph road speed limit.Lourenco is a trained professional skateboarder who chose a stretch of road he knew well, a time when he knew the road would be relatively free of traffic, and stated he was always riding well within his limits. But the local authorities don’t view it that way and intend to prosecute him for his actions.As far as the authorities are concerned he was lucky, and one bad reaction from a passing driver during his run could have resulted in deaths or serious injury occurring. The charge they are attempting to bring against Lourenco is “reckless and negligent road behavior.”Lourenco’s only real defense is that he knew what he was doing and remained in control the whole time. The authorities see it differently, and look to be using him as an example to try and stop other skateboarders attempting similar stunts.If you recognize the music playing in the video, it may be because you’ve heard it used before as the backing track for some footage captured inside the cockpit of an F18.last_img read more

Outlooks 16hour outage was due to firmware overheating a datacenter

first_imgIf you use Outlook.com for email, the last few days may have been a frustrating time for you. That’s because Outlook suffered a 16 hour outage, taking with it Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Outlook account access for an unspecified number of users.Microsoft has been carrying out firmware upgrades across its datacenters in order to allow for the transition of users from Hotmail to Outlook accounts. Although the process has been done several times before, for some reason it failed at one of the datacenters earlier this week.The knock on effect of that was the datacenter started heating up quickly, which kicked into action safeguards to protect the hardware. Those safeguards meant a lot of servers went offline and Microsoft was left to restore everything after the heat had dissipated.Clearly that process took a long time and required both human intervention and infrastructure software be utilized. Hence we got 16 hours of downtime.Full access had been restored to all accounts by 5:30am yesterday, but Microsoft is still looking into exactly why this happened when the upgrade had gone so smoothly many times before. It’s bad enough to lose access for an hour, but 16 is getting to be ridiculous. I’m also left wondering why Microsoft couldn’t route the traffic through another datacenter in the interim.If nothing else, this acts as a reminder that relying on cloud services does also mean enduring outages when the unexpected happens. Only in this case, it was quite severe.last_img read more

Cons Peddlers on the road again

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For the third year in a row Con’s Peddlers, one of thousands of groups, will take part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer this weekend. The charity event that raises money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, aims to raise awareness of the disease and to ultimately fund research to find a cure. The group holds the charity event very dear to their hearts, named after team manager Helen Galileos’ koumbaro, Con Gantzos, who lost his battle to cancer just over a year ago.Ms Galileos’ two children Stephanie and Daniel, a cancer survivor himself, are a part of the group riding this weekend and is very proud of the team’s efforts.“It is very close to my heart. When I look at my son and think about the fact that he’s training, riding 200 km, it makes me proud,” Ms Galileos told Neos Kosmos. “But at the same time I do feel sad that we lost our koumbaro and that he left behind two young children…we’re leaving a legacy for those kids.” This year the team has grown from 12 to 18 riders, having recruited more family and friends to take part. Participants are expected to ride 200 km over two days, commencing in Albert Park and making their way to Mornington Peninsula. There, riders will camp over night, starting up again in the morning for the ride back. Over the past three years, Ms Galileos’ son and the teams’ captain Daniel, has been a part of raising up to $100,000. The group also held a fundraiser in August this year at the Vogue Ballroom. The first fundraiser of its kind for the group, the night saw 300 people attend and were able to secure just short of an impressive $20,000.“I know first-hand where the money goes because that’s where my son was treated – at the Peter Mac,” she says. “We want to find a cure for this horrible creature of a disease.” Daniel has achieved the title of gold ambassador two years in row for his efforts in raising money for the charity, a great honour for the rider himself and the group. To take part in the ride each participant must raise a minimum of $2,500. Con’s Peddlers have already beaten their required $45,000 – the current funds standing at $47,000, just shy of the team’s $50,000 target.The Ride for a Cure will take place this week on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October. For more information and to donate visit www.conquercancer.org.au/last_img read more

Evolution pourquoi les léopards sontils tachetés

first_imgEvolution : pourquoi les léopards sont-ils tachetés ?Royaume-Uni – Réalisée par des universitaires britanniques et publiée dans la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society, l’étude des motifs du pelage de 35 espèces de félins confirme leur fonction de camouflage, malgré certaines questions restées en suspens. En modélisant par informatique les différences détaillées concernant l’apparence visuelle du pelage de 35 espèces de félins, l’équipe de Will Allen de l’école de psychologie expérimentale de Bristol a développé “une méthode qui permet plusieurs niveaux d’explication sur les dessins de la robe des félins”.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuCeux vivant dans des milieux forestiers denses ont la plus forte probabilité de présenter des motifs irréguliers et complexes. Le léopard (ou panthère) occupe une large variété d’habitats, d’où une variabilité de couleurs allant jusqu’au noir, répandu au sein de certaines populations de l’espèce.Cependant, l’étude n’élucide pas encore certains mystères. Pourquoi le chat bai ou le chat à tête plate, évoluant tous deux dans des zones boisées denses, ont un pelage uni ? Pourquoi le guépard, habitant au contraire des milieux ouverts, est-il tacheté ? Pourquoi le tigre est-il rayé verticalement bien que ne fréquentant pas que les prairies de hautes herbes ? Et pourquoi son camouflage zébré, si manifestement efficace pour ce prédateur, n’est-il pas plus répandu dans le règne animal ?     Le 21 octobre 2010 à 11:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La Radio numérique terrestre ce ne sera pas pour demain

first_imgLa Radio numérique terrestre, ce ne sera pas pour demainChargé en juin 2010 de mener une mission sur le lancement de la Radio numérique terrestre (RNT), David Kessler a préconisé un moratoire ainsi que des expérimentations locales.Inscrite dans la loi de 2007 sur la modernisation de la diffusion audiovisuelle, la mise en place de la Radio numérique terrestre (RNT) devra encore attendre. C’est ce que David Kessler, ancien directeur de France Culture et chargé de mission sur le sujet, a préconisé dans son rapport remis au Premier ministre, François Fillon. C’est un moratoire de “2 ou 3 ans” qui semble être la solution privilégiée par l’ancien conseiller à la culture de Lionel Jospin, relaie Le Monde.À lire aussiLa musique de votre smartphone écoutée sur une chaîne Hi-FiLe communiqué de Matignon parle d'”une alternative au déploiement rapide et à grande échelle de la RNT sous la forme d’un moratoire, voire d’une expérimentation à l’échelle locale”. “Après avoir auditionné l’ensemble des acteurs concernés (service public de la radio, représentants des radios privées de toutes les catégories, opérateurs de diffusion, équipementiers, constructeurs automobiles, etc.), David Kessler indique que toutes les conditions ne sont pas réunies d’un point de vue économique pour permettre le déploiement à grande échelle de la radio numérique terrestre”, ajoute le communiqué. Pour régler cela, “un moratoire de 2 ou 3 ans est ainsi proposé, durant lesquels serait mis en place un observatoire relatif aux expériences étrangères, à la question des normes de diffusion ainsi qu’aux autres formes de numérisation du média radio. Cet observatoire, placé sous l’égide du Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA), devrait regrouper les principales organisations des radios, les représentants des fabricants, des diffuseurs ainsi que les pouvoirs publics concernés”. La mise en place à grande échelle de la RNT, comme la TNT, nécessiterait le renouvellement des équipements, que se soit pour les consommateurs ou les groupes médiatiques concernés, qui refusent de consentir à cet investissement.  Le 13 mai 2011 à 09:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Culture and Youth in The Park – Part of Community Outreach

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 15, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard said that the “Culture and Youth in the Park” event his Ministry held, on February 10, 2018, was a part of community outreach and a way to encourage and recognize the youth and culturally-minded persons throughout The Bahamas.“Essentially, we believe that it is important to interact with our young people in positive ways,” Minister Pintard said at the event, which was held on the George “Busta” Brown Park, in the Bain and Grants Town community.“In other words, persons who are in the historic communities, like Bain Town or the Over-The-Hill community, their interaction with government should not be through the police and through Social Services and some of the agencies that suggest something else. We believe it ought to be positive engagement.“What we are seeking to do, as part of the revitalisation programme forged by the Prime Minister (the Hon. Hubert Minnis), is to do similar types of programmes that have been done by (Ministry of) Labour, through Labour on the Blocks; through Urban Renewal — through the initiatives they have launched; and now we are bringing culture to the park as well as youth outreach — where we are interacting with young people, talking about positive choices that they can make, opportunities that exist, and organizations that they can join.”Among those present for the opening ceremony were: Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Travis L. Robinson, the Ministry’s Director of Culture Rowena Sutherland, Director of Youth and Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary K. Darron Turnquest, Project Co-ordinator Henry Higgins, Founder and Chair of the Eneas Street Festival Bridgette Seymour, community activist Rev. Dr. C. B. Moss, Woman Police Corporal and founder of The Bahamas International Drill Team Keva J. N. Major, Junkanoo icon and cultural businessman Quentin “Barabbas” Woodside, and government and civic stakeholders.“Many of the groups that are here are from Bain Town: we have the International Drill Team ‘in the house’; we have the marching bands here, Barabbas and the Tribe, and Geno D will be coming through,” Minister Pintard said.He noted that Jr. Miss Galaxy Bahamas Maleah Gabrielle Miller, marching bands, church groups, dance troupes, and a multitude of others came out to interact with the young people in the community at the park. Bahamian ‘Limbo and Fire King,’ Leroy “Sweet Boy Leroy” Butler also interacted with the children present and performed for scores of cheering “new fans.”“You can look at the enthusiasm of the young people who are here,” he pointed out.  He added that the vendors at the event were also from the community.“We believe that when you are generating income it should be for those who are from the community, as opposed to people who are coming in, earning revenue and leaving,” Minister Pintard said.“We are excited to be here in this community,” Minister Pintard said.Director of Culture Rowena Sutherland said, “Culture and Youth in the Park is a part of a wider initiative that the Ministry is embarking on to support creative and cultural artists in The Bahamas; and the Ministry seeks to uplift the various neighbourhoods throughout The Bahamas.”She added that it was a national plan the Ministry is executing, the goal being to go into every constituency and empower them by finding out what their needs are, who are their cultural and religious leaders, and to give them the structural support they need; and then, in turn, have events and to create safe spaces for the residents to enjoy.“Saturday’s event in Bain and Grants Town was most successful,” Director Sutherland said.   “Nearly all of the children in the neighbourhood came out and were very engaged – they had a positive activity to engage in.”“We also had a lot of support from the leaders of the community in organizing the event; so that they felt that it was ‘theirs’; and it was a beautiful outpouring of community, of art, and of love,” she added.Director Sutherland echoed Minister Pintard’s sentiments, saying that the Ministry seeks to promote the creative and cultural community and the Culture and Youth in the Park initiative will be a contributing catalyst in the development of the creative and cultural arts community.   She also noted that vendors were able to sell their wares from 3 pm to 9 pm, providing for a large window of opportunity for sales that evening.“We are going to move to Centreville,” Minister Pintard noted.   “We are going to be in Englerston, Pinewood Gardens, Nassau Village — we are going to be in every community in New Providence and, of course, by extension in the Family Islands.”By: Eric Rose (BIS)Photo captions:Header: Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Travis L. Robinson speaks, on February 10, 2018, at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s “Culture and Youth in the Park”, held on the George “Busta” Brown Park, in the Bain and Grants Town community.First insert: Junkanoo icon and cultural businessman Quentin “Barabbas” Woodside leads young boys in the community in various traditional beats, on February 10, 2018, at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s “Culture and Youth in the Park.”Second insert: Local children scream for Bahamian ‘Limbo and Fire King,’ Leroy “Sweet Boy Leroy” Butler to go lower, on February 10, 2018, at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s “Culture and Youth in the Park.”Third insert: Adults show the children how to properly jump rope and “look good doing it.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Missing comma enables dairy delivery drivers to claim overtime pay

first_imgA missing comma in Maine’s overtime law exemption document has entitled US food organisation Oakhurst Dairy’s delivery drivers to overtime pay.In the case of O’Connor et al. v Oakhurst Dairy et al., which was heard by the United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit, Oakhurst Dairy delivery drivers claimed that Exemption F in Maine’s overtime law is ambiguous due to the lack of an Oxford comma in the list of activities that are not under the protection of the overtime law.Exemption F reads:“The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of:Agricultural produce;Meat and fish products; andPerishable foods.”The dispute surrounds the lack of a comma in the phrase “packing for shipment or distribution of”. If a comma had been included after the word “shipment” then this would clearly define two separate activities: ‘packing for shipment’ on the one hand and ‘distribution’ on the other.The delivery drivers for the dairy organisation contended that the lack of a comma implies only one activity, packing, whether that be packing for shipment or packing for distribution. Packing is not part of the drivers’ job role, meaning that they would be eligible for overtime pay.If an Oxford comma had been utilised in the document, it would more clearly list “distribution” as a separate activity, thereby encompassing the delivery drivers in the exemption because they do engage in distribution within their job role.The case was originally heard by a district court in May 2014, with drivers filing a suit for unpaid overtime wages. The United States District Court for the District of Maine ruled in favour of Oakhurst Dairy, which led to the drivers appealing the decision.However, the US Court of Appeal agreed with the drivers’ ambiguous reading of the overtime law, and so reversed the partial grant of summary judgement and remanded for further proceedings.In a judgement published on 13 March 2017, David J. Barron, one of the circuit judges who ruled on the case, said: “For want of a comma, we have this case. […] Because, under Maine law, ambiguities in the state’s wage and hour laws must be construed liberally in order to accomplish their remedial purpose, we adopt the drivers’ narrower reading of the exemption.”last_img read more

21 withhold bonuses if employee has been on longterm sick leave

first_imgAround a fifth (21%) of employer respondents that pay bonuses will withhold bonus payments if an employee has been off work on long-term sick leave, according to research by Direct Line Life Insurance.Its survey of 112 UK HR professionals and separate survey of 2,006 UK adults, also found that 43% of employer respondents reduce an employee’s wages to statutory sick pay after two weeks of an employee being unable to work due to illness, while 16% switch to paying statutory sick pay once an employee has been off work for four days.The research also found:33% of employer respondents pay bonuses based on a pro-rata analysis of days worked and 14% will pay a discretionary reduced bonus rate if an employee has been on long-term sick leave.30% of employer respondents cite the qualifying period for their organisation’s sick pay scheme is between one and two years.92% of employer respondents require formal documentation to authorise any period of sickness, and 36% need additional paperwork if the absence is for more unusual reasons.4% of employee respondents know how much they would receive in statutory sick pay, and 8% have never heard of statutory sick pay.Trevor Bush, head at Direct Line Life Insurance, said: “This research highlights a worrying disconnect between peoples’ expectations and what they would actually be entitled to if they were to unexpectedly fall ill. Statutory sick pay is significantly lower than the national average salary and people are only eligible for 28 weeks, so those with long-term conditions could find themselves struggling financially if they are unable to work for a long period of time.”last_img read more

South Florida malls release hours ahead of Thanksgiving Black Friday

first_imgThursday: 10 a.m. to midnightFriday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.Westfield BrowardThursday: 6 p.m. – midnightFriday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.Florida Keys Outlet CenterCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Thursday: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.Friday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.The FallsThursday: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.Friday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.Westland MallThursday: 6 a.m. – midnightFriday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.Coral Square MallThursday: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.Friday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.Galleria MallThursday: CLOSED(Macy’s open from 5pm-2 a.m. and select restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving)Friday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.Pembroke Gardens MallThursday: CLOSEDFriday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.Pembroke Lakes MallThursday: 6 p.m. – midnightFriday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.Sawgrass Mills MIAMI (WSVN) – As Thanksgiving nears, so does one of the busiest shopping days of the year: Black Friday.In South Florida, some malls have chosen to close on Thursday, while others boast they will be open on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday.Below is a list of malls and their hours:Aventura MallThursday: CLOSEDFriday: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.Dadeland MallThursday: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.Friday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.Dolphin MallThursday: 10 a.m. – midnightFriday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.Miami International Mall last_img read more

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first_img Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more June 3, 2013 — Esaote North America announced the first U.S. installation of its G-scan Brio MRI system at the Clinica Venamer in Miami. The G-scan Brio is a musculoskeletal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system that enables cost-effective, weight-bearing or ‘stand-up’ MRI. For the first time, clinicians now have an easy-to-operate, fast and accurate weight-bearing MRI system highly suited for pathologies where a normal MRI appears negative, but where the patient experiences clinical symptoms.Improved diagnosis and patient comfortThe G-scan Brio features eXP technology that combines powerful GPU hardware with advanced software. The “one-room” installation and compact, ergonomic design combined with the eXP technology delivers more accurate image acquisition and reconstruction processing for improved image quality and diagnosis, whilst operating in compact spaces (23 square meters). In addition, examination times are reduced by as much as 40 percent while maintaining image quality, thus helping to improve patient satisfaction and comfort. “G-scan Brio gives us the ability to perform both weight-bearing and traditional supine musculoskeletal MR studies, so we can compare the two and make the most accurate diagnosis.” said Ricardo Zambrano of Clinica Venamer.Improved cost effectivenessA key advantage of the G-Scan Brio is its low operating costs at peak performance levels. The units have low maintenance and low power consumption, and require no expensive cryogens. Bill Conn, director of MRI marketing at Esaote North America, added, “The G-scan Brio is the first MRI system that allows our customers to offer truly cost-effective, weight-bearing or stand-up MRI. With this installation of the G-scan Brio eXP, Clinica Vermaner is at the leading edge of the trend towards providing high-quality, cost-effective, weight-bearing MRI services.”Technical specifications Optimized bed for patient positioning and high comfort level during examination;Light patented RF shielding — unique Esaote RF cage solution reduces siting costs;Ample choice of dedicated MSK coils, a total of 10 different coils targeting all anatomical areas available;G-scan Brio comes with a large set of specialized sequences suitable for all MSK imaging requirements; Complete set of sequences: Turbo sequences, Steady State acquisition, X-bone;A complete software package supplied with an extensive range of tools to display, analyze and process images; andFull DICOM connectivity and sophisticated storage functionality, including Dicom WorklistFor more information: www.esaoteusa.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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Intel ME has a Manufacturing Mode vulnerability and even giant manufacturers like

first_imgYesterday, a group of European information security researchers announced that they have discovered a vulnerability in Intel’s Management Engine (Intel ME) INTEL-SA-00086. They say that the root of this problem is an undocumented Intel ME mode, specifically known as the Manufacturing Mode. Undocumented commands enable overwriting SPI flash memory and implementing the doomsday scenario. The vulnerability could locally exploit of an ME vulnerability (INTEL-SA-00086). What is Manufacturing Mode? Intel ME Manufacturing Mode is intended for configuration and testing of the end platform during manufacturing. However, this mode and its potential risks are not described anywhere in Intel’s public documentation. Ordinary users do not have the ability to disable this mode since the relevant utility (part of Intel ME System Tools) is not officially available. As a result, there is no software that can protect, or even notify, the user if this mode is enabled. This mode allows configuring critical platform settings stored in one-time-programmable memory (FUSEs). These settings include those for BootGuard (the mode, policy, and hash for the digital signing key for the ACM and UEFI modules). Some of them are referred to as FPFs (Field Programmable Fuses). An output of the -FPFs option in FPT In addition to FPFs, in Manufacturing Mode the hardware manufacturer can specify settings for Intel ME, which are stored in the Intel ME internal file system (MFS) on SPI flash memory. These parameters can be changed by reprogramming the SPI flash. The parameters are known as CVARs (Configurable NVARs, Named Variables). CVARs, just like FPFs, can be set and read via FPT. Manufacturing mode vulnerability in Intel chips within Apple laptops The researchers analyzed several platforms from a number of manufacturers, including Lenovo and Apple MacBook Prо laptops. The Lenovo models did not have any issues related to Manufacturing Mode. However, they found that the Intel chipsets within the Apple laptops are running in Manufacturing Mode and was found to include the vulnerability CVE-2018-4251. This information was reported to Apple and the vulnerability was patched in June, in the macOS High Sierra update 10.13.5. By exploiting CVE-2018-4251, an attacker could write old versions of Intel ME (such as versions containing vulnerability INTEL-SA-00086) to memory without needing an SPI programmer and without physical access to the computer. Thus, a local vector is possible for exploitation of INTEL-SA-00086, which enables running arbitrary code in ME. The researchers have also stated, in the notes for the INTEL-SA-00086 security bulletin, Intel does not mention enabled Manufacturing Mode as a method for local exploitation in the absence of physical access. Instead, the company incorrectly claims that local exploitation is possible only if access settings for SPI regions have been misconfigured. How can users save themselves from this vulnerability? To keep users safe, the researchers decided to describe how to check the status of Manufacturing Mode and how to disable it. Intel System Tools includes MEInfo in order to allow obtaining thorough diagnostic information about the current state of ME and the platform overall. They demonstrated this utility in their previous research about the undocumented HAP (High Assurance Platform) mode and showed how to disable ME. The utility, when called with the -FWSTS flag, displays a detailed description of status HECI registers and the current status of Manufacturing Mode (when the fourth bit of the FWSTS status register is set, Manufacturing Mode is active). Example of MEInfo output They also created a program for checking the status of Manufacturing Mode if the user for whatever reason does not have access to Intel ME System Tools. Here is what the script shows on affected systems: mmdetect script To disable Manufacturing Mode, FPT has a special option (-CLOSEMNF) that allows setting the recommended access rights for SPI flash regions in the descriptor. Here is what happens when -CLOSEMNF is entered: Process of closing Manufacturing Mode with FPT Thus, the researchers demonstrated that Intel ME has a Manufacturing Mode problem. Even major commercial manufacturers such as Apple are not immune to configuration mistakes on Intel platforms. Also, there is no public information on the topic, leaving end users in the dark about weaknesses that could result in data theft, persistent irremovable rootkits, and even ‘bricking’ of hardware. To know about this vulnerability in detail, visit Positive research’s blog. Read Next Meet ‘Foreshadow’: The L1 Terminal Fault in Intel’s chips SpectreRSB targets CPU return stack buffer, found on Intel, AMD, and ARM chipsets Intel faces backlash on Microcode Patches after it prohibited Benchmarking or Comparisonlast_img read more

US changing its policy with or without Cuba

first_imgRelated posts:Obama, Castro hail ‘new day’ for US-Cuba relations Bolivia’s Evo Morales: Obama should lift the embargo and return Guantánamo Naval base to Cuba Obama administration to further ease travel and business restrictions with Cuba US opens greater channels for trade, air links with Cuba U.S. President Barack Obama’svisit to Cuba reflects a new way of formulating and implementing U.S. policy toward Cuba. This new policy is different not only from the sanctions that had been the long-standing U.S. policy toward Cuba but also from the policies suggested by the leading U.S. presidential candidates. Obama’s new policy toward Cuba starts from a different premise that the United States will make decisions that reflect its values and its interests, independent of what the Cuban government may or may not do.They key to the future of the bilateral relationship, therefore, is whether the government of Cuba will or will not decide to take advantage of Obama’s initiatives. For example, the United States has authorized the direct delivery of mail and the normal functioning of regularly scheduled civil aviation flights between Cuban and U.S. airports. Cuba has decided to agree, and therefore these changes are being implemented. In these instances, the U.S. decision was not preconditioned on Cuba changing its policy, but obviously the change is useful for both sides only if the two governments concur on its utility.Similarly, the United States has authorized important changes that would facilitate universal access to the Internet by ordinary Cubans. The U.S. government now permits trips to Cuba for any rubric of “mental tourism” (education, the arts, religion, journalism, etc.), that is, pretty much everything other than going to the beach. Beach tourism may only be authorized by an Act of Congress. Above all, the United States has now lifted economic sanctions on the new Cuban private sector, permitting trade relations between private entities in both countries. None of these policies had been preconditioned on Cuba changing its policies.These other U.S. decisions will be useful for Cubans only if the Cuban government were to decide to make use of these opportunities. Will it permit any Cuban to access the Internet to read about any topic on any webpage? Will Cuba’s official statistical agency recognize that the United States is already the second most important source of international visitors to Cuba, or will it continue to hide this fact, counting the Cuban-Americans separately as Cubans and including all other U.S. visitors in a category called “Others?” Why is it statistically unmentionable that tourism relations have improved between the United States and Cuba? Will the Cuban government stop “blockading” itself or, more precisely, stop preventing Cuban microenterprises and peasant cooperatives to export to or import from the United States – a business relationship that the United States has already authorized?Obama has thus lifted the embargo on the flow of ideas and citizens, and increasingly on goods and services, between the two countries. Hitherto, U.S. policy had cooperated with Cuban State Security, albeit inadvertently, in blocking access to such sources of information. A politically more open Cuba needs such access.Obama also modeled, subtly but clearly, a way to be the president of a country. He handled himself nimbly and skillfully at a press conference that his Cuban host bungled. Obama had edged Raúl Castro to a press conference state, to which he is most unaccustomed.Obama also reminded Cubans, by his looks and words, that the United States has an African-American as president, while Cuba, with a much larger fraction of its population being Afro-Cuban, does not. He noted in his speech, broadcast nationwide on Cuban radio and television, that two Cuban-Americans have been leading U.S. presidential candidates. And he showed that it is fine for a president to display a sense of humor, through his interview with Cuba’s leading television comedian, contrasting with a humorless Cuban leadership.Ultimately, the success of the trip will be visible only in the future, most likely after Raúl Castro steps down as president in 2018. But, during his Roman Catholic Holy Week visit to Havana, the president of the United States seemed to have become Saint Obama, even in the words of Cubans reported by Granma, the communist party newspaper.Obama has shown a new way to design his policy toward Cuba. Will Cuba design a new policy toward the United States?Jorge I. Dominguez is Chair of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico.Read more of our Cuba coverage© 2016, The Mark News, www.themarknews.com. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Malaysia buries Rohingya humantrafficking victims

first_img KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities Monday gave a Muslim burial to 21 human trafficking victims, believed to be Rohingya Muslim refugees, found in shallow graves in jungles bordering Thailand.The 21 were among 106 bodies found last month in 28 jungle camps in northern Perlis state, a remote area bordering Thailand that trafficking syndicates used as a transit point to hold migrants and refugees. Most were believed to be from Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority and impoverished migrants from Bangladesh. The victims were buried in a village ceremony in neighboring Kedah state, with Islamic officials performing burial rites.Kedah Chief Minister Mukhriz Mahathir said investigations showed the victims died of starvation and illness.The bodies of 19 men were placed in simple wooden coffins each and buried together in a huge grave, while the bodies of two women were laid to rest in an adjacent grave, he said.The bodies of the other victims will be buried once autopsies are completed, he said.The discoveries in northern Malaysia followed similar revelations earlier May in Thailand, where police unearthed 36 bodies from shallow graves in seven abandoned camps on the Thai side of the border.The discoveries have exposed hidden networks of jungle camps run by human smugglers, who have for years held countless desperate people captive while extorting ransoms from their families. Most of the victims were part of a wave of people who fled their homelands to reach countries like Malaysia, where they hoped to find work or live freely.Human rights groups and activists say the area along the Thai-Malaysia border has been used for years to smuggle migrants and refugees, including Rohingya Muslims. Parents, stop beating yourself up Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img Malaysian police carries a coffin containing the remains of a Rohingya migrant for a mass burial ceremony in Kedah, Malaysia Monday, June 22, 2015. Malaysian authorities have given a Muslim burial to 21 human trafficking victims, believed to be Rohingya Muslim refugees, found in shallow graves in jungles bordering Thailand. (AP Photo/Gary Chuah) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches In many cases, they pay human smugglers thousands of dollars for passage, but are instead held for weeks or months while traffickers extort more money from their families. Rights groups say some have been beaten to death, and The Associated Press has documented other cases in which people have been enslaved on fishing boats.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Pacific Asia Tra

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Pacific Asia Travel Association will be holding its Annual Summit in Negombo, Sri Lanka in 2017, in recognition of the importance of the country in Asian tourism. The winning bid was submitted by the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, supported by local stakeholders.Announced formally at the ongoing PATA Travel Mart in Bangalore, India, Sri Lanka was also presented as the latest tourism and MICE destination in Asia. Negombo was chosen out of the 4 options given – Negombo, the Cultural Triangle, Kandy and Bentota/Beruwala, due to the destination’s rich and colourful history, the proximity to the airport, and the event itself will be held at Jetwing Hotels; the single largest accommodation provider in Negombo.The Annual Summit is a 3- to 4-day programme consisting of the association’s executive and advisory board meetings; AGM; PATA Foundation charity and Gala dinner. The one-day conference agenda addressing major issues relevant and affecting travel and tourism business environment and preludes with the PATA Chapter meetings.The beginning of the Jetwing group, Jetwing Blue was opened in 1973 with 6 rooms of a planned 50 – and relaunched in 2011 after a massive reimagining which saw the expansion of the property to 120 rooms and the largest conferencing facility in the area. Considered the birthplace of Jetwing, Negombo remains the family’s heart with a total of 6 properties in the destination.Former Chairman of PATA and current Chairman of Jetwing, Hiran Cooray welcomed the announcement, stating that, “Sri Lanka and Jetwing will welcome the delegates of the PATA Annual Summit with open arms in keeping with our reputation of being the heart and home of Sri Lankan hospitality. Our contribution to South Asian tourism is growing steadily, as our destination is truly unique with plenty to offer everyone. We look forward to a successful Summit, with the participation and support of all stakeholders to further expose Negombo and Sri Lanka as unique destinations.”Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Hariri makes brief stopover in Cyprus on way back to Lebanon

first_imgFormer Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri made an unexpected trip to Cyprus on Tuesday evening and met President Nicos Anastasiades.Attaching photographs, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides tweeted that Anastasiades and Hariri had a “warm and fruitful meeting”.“Breaking news: Warm and fruitful meeting of Cyprus President [Nicos Anastasiades] and Prime Minister of Lebanon [Saad Hariri] in Cyprus,” Christodoulides tweeted.The former Lebanese premier tended his resignation on November 4 over an alleged plot to assassinate him.Since then, Anastasiades repeatedly said he invited Hariri to come to Cyprus, citing their personal friendship.Hariri was in Egypt earlier on Tuesday for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.He later arrived back in Beirut to take part in Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday, his first trip home since his sudden resignation on November 4.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

ExxonMobil drillship on its way

first_imgTHE vessel leased by ExxonMobil to drill for gas off the coast of Cyprus was on Thursday en route to the island.The Stena IceMax drillship, flying a United Kingdom flag, was scheduled to arrive off Limassol on Monday, November 12.According to marinetraffic.com, a ship tracking website, late on Thursday the ship had just cleared the Canary Islands on a course due north toward the Straits of Gibraltar.The drillship is expected to begin boring down into the seabed on or around November 15, at a location in offshore block 10 dubbed ‘Delfini’.  You May LikeYahoo SearchResearch Stair Lifts Rowland Heights California: Stunning New Stair LiftsYahoo SearchUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more