WIFTT Executive Director Heather Webb announces resignation

first_imgPassionate about providing women with the tools they need to succeed, Heather was the driving force behind the development of the Corus Media Management Accelerator—a certificate program in partnership with The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University—as well as WIFT Connect; a six-month mentorship program for WIFT-T members that fostered 40 mentorships in its inaugural year in 2017 and will support an additional 53 mentorships over the next six months.“It has been a privilege to be part of WIFT-T’s dynamic community and to witness first-hand the positive impact that WIFT-T has had in the career development of so many women in this industry. At a time when gender parity and greater inclusion is finally being prioritized, it is hard to leave WIFT-T. However, it will be an exciting time for the next executive director and I know that, together with the Board of Directors and WIFT-T team, even greater things will be achieved in the coming years benefiting our Members.”—Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive DirectorA search for a new executive director has begun.By Kadon Douglas | WIFT-T Advertisement The Board of Directors of Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) announces that Executive Director, Heather Webb, will leave the organization at the end of December to relocate to Australia with her family.As Executive Director of both WIFT-T and the Foundation for WIFT-T since March 2011, Heather has guided the growth of both organizations resulting in a 62% growth in membership and a 70% increase in individual charitable donations over the past five years.“Heather has been the driving force of WIFT-T for the past 8 years and under her leadership, the organization has flourished. We are so grateful for all that she has done to bring progress and enhancements to this incredibly dynamic and important non-profit organization.”—Jocelyn Hamilton, WIFT-T Board Chair Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Canadian Tire pays up for racial profiling

first_imgPeople protested outside the Canadian Tire store in Regina in 2017. (APTN file)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA Saskatchewan man has accepted compensation after being racially profiled in a Canadian Tire store two years ago.The Regina outlet, which is independently owned, also committed to giving its employees diversity training.“The store formally acknowledges the hurt suffered by Mr. (Kamao) Cappo as a result of the incident and the force used against him,” said a joint public statement released by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC).“Mr. Francois Brien, owner of the store, formally apologizes to Mr. Cappo for the incident.”Cappo initially posted cellphone video of the July 26, 2017 dust-up on his Facebook page where it racked up thousands of views.He said he and a friend were accused of stealing. After which he vowed never to shop in the store again.Broker the settlementThe SHRC said it helped broker the settlement after receiving a complaint from Cappo, an Indigenous man.Cappo said he was shopping for a chainsaw when the store manager confronted him and ordered him out of the store.“When Mr. Cappo asked why he had to leave, an incident occurred which escalated and resulted in the store manager using physical force against Mr. Cappo,” the release said Wednesday.Along with an undisclosed payout, the store recognizes it hurt all Indigenous people, the release added.“The store recognizes that members of Indigenous communities in Regina have suffered and continue to suffer from incidents of actual and perceived racism,” the release said.“As a result, the store has taken proactive steps to ensure that it can become an example for how to provide exceptional customer service to Indigenous customers.”SHRC praised the result and said it showed others the way forward.“Consensus outcomes like this are a prime example of how to correct problems of the past while improving relationships for the future,” it said.“This is reconciliation in action. This is how we begin to understand each other and to grow – as a people and as a province.”Cappo was devastated after justice officials declined to press criminal charges despite his video. The store’s surveillance footage was unavailable. kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

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Salvation Army gets a modern face lift

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Changes have been taking place at the Salvation Army and the latest update is a modern facelift to the frontage windows of the building.In keeping with the theme of the Food Bank’s new Food Truck, the frontage windows have received the same vinyl wrap treatment that shares wordage such as hope, faith and dignity.Cameron Eggie, Executive Director of the Salvation Army shares that in the summer the flooring within the 100th Avenue location building will also be upgraded in partnership with the national property department. After applying and receiving a grant to do the floors means the cost will not impact local resources. The flooring will cover both the Food Bank and Thrift store which will cover approximately 9000 sqft. The store’s awning would be another detail that would help groom and update the Salvation Army’s appearance yet Eggie said there are no confirmed plans as of yet. Replacement is a significant cost yet Eggie shares, there are alternative options to re-paint and seal the awning by hand.You can contact Cameron Eggie at cameron_eggie@can.salvationarmy.orgTo read more about the Food Banks’s Food Truck; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Slovakia UN refugee agency signs agreement to assist asylum seekers

18 September 2007Pressing forward in efforts to ensure that asylum-seekers have access to European Union (EU) territory and asylum procedures, the United Nations refugee agency today announced that it has signed an agreement to monitor activities along Slovakia’s land borders and at its airports. The pact – signed with the Slovak Aliens and Border Police and the Bratislava-based Human Rights League earlier this month – formalized the collaboration, roles and working methodologies, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis today told a press briefing in Geneva. UNHCR will fund regular missions to carry out the monitoring. Late last year, a similar agreement was reached with Hungary, and negotiations are currently being held with Slovenia and Poland towards a similar arrangement. “The countries which make up the EU’s eastern frontier – Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia – face significant irregular migration, often facilitated by smuggling and trafficking networks,” Ms. Pagonis noted. “While the region has traditionally served as a point of transit, certain countries are increasingly becoming destination countries for both migrants and asylum seekers.” She added that monitoring the EU’s eastern border, which spans more than 2,600 kilometers, is one of UNHCR’s main activities in the region. In 2006, nearly 10,000 new asylum seekers were registered in the four eastern EU nations, compared with 14,600 in 2005 and 22,100 in 2004. “With the mix of migrants and asylum seekers, as well as the criminal elements involved in the profitable human-smuggling racket, law enforcement bodies tend to focus on stopping illegal migration rather than assisting asylum seekers,” the spokesperson said. The new agreements that UNHCR is working on are devised to ensure that asylum seekers receive the help and protection that they are entitled to under international law. read more

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Darfur UN AU envoys step up efforts to find common ground among

The UN’s Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim of the AU, speaking last night at Khartoum airport after returning from a visit to Asmara, the capital of neighbouring Eritrea, said they hoped that more rebels will attend the upcoming talks in Sirte, Libya.Many of Darfur’s rebel groups, which have fragmented recently from three major groups into 16 or more separate factions, did not attend the opening round last month in Sirte that was designed to be the first step of a three-phase process to end the conflict.Discussing the progress of the peace talks so far, Mr. Eliasson said that the envoys had wanted to start in greater glory with a lot more people present. But he added that there is now the beginning of a process, which has led to the series of consultations this month inside and outside Sudan with rebels to encourage them to participate.Mr. Eliasson also stressed that he hoped the rebel movements realized the level of expectation among the people of Darfur and Sudan and from the international community that they must agree soon a common team and negotiating position for next month’s talks in Sirte.In Asmara, the two envoys met with representatives of countries in the region – including Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki – to help in the peace process, and they said later that they were encouraged by those talks.More than 200,000 people have been killed since 2003 and another 2.2 million have been made homeless because of the fighting in Darfur between rebels, Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed. A hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping mission known as UNAMID is slated to deploy at the start of next year to try to quell the widespread violence and humanitarian suffering. 15 November 2007The United Nations and African Union Special Envoys tasked with spearheading the peace process in Darfur say they are stepping up efforts to press some of the larger groups of the war-torn region’s splintering rebel movements to find common ground ahead of scheduled direct peace talks with the Sudanese Government next month. read more

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Cleanup continues in Grand Bend

Crews in Grand Bend are still cleaning up the damage from a tornado Sunday night.Environment Canada confirms an EF1 tornado touched down in the area about 70 kilometres northwest of London. The twister took about 20 minutes to work its way through the town with winds between 155 and 175 kilometres an hour. One woman was hurt by a fallen tree.This is the 8th tornado this season in Ontario. Environment Canada says the province averages twelve tornadoes a year from late April to early October.

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UN health agency working to contain Ebola outbreak in Guinea

“The incubation period for all strains of Ebola is between two and 21 days,” said WHO spokesman Gregory Härtl, as he explained today at a press briefing in Geneva that the agency has taken “the maximum incubation period and multiplied it by two to get the length of time needed to ensure no onwards transmission.” “Communication with local communities and their education is of crucial importance,” he stressed. According to WHO, the source of infection has been localized in the south east of Guinea. In Liberia, the seven infected – four of whom have died – are Liberians who had recently travelled to Guinea and were subsequently contaminated. The previously suspected Sierra Leone cases have been tested negative. The Ebola virus first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and it does not normally cause a large number of cases – the largest outbreaks were of approximately 400 cases. However, with no treatment and no cure, it has a very high fatality rate of up to 90 per cent.Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.Though smaller than past outbreaks in DRC and Uganda, the current Guinea Ebola cases fit the patterns of all previous outbreaks, said Mr. Härtl, explaining that the virus spread from the rural villages of the rainforest in the south east to the capital Conakry as the infected sought medical attention in the city. Mr. Härtl stressed that in an outbreak the priority is stopping chain transmission and tracing all contacts. “The contacts need to be followed up for a period of 21 days and ensured against inadvertently spreading the disease to someone else,” he explained, adding that 11 health care workers have been confirmed as having contracted Ebola.“WHO has been working both with Médecins sans Frontières and the Ministry of Health to ensure that the proper practices and equipment have been put in place to protect all these healthcare workers from the virus. Personal Protection Equipment has already been shipped, and more is on its way,” said Mr. Härtl.He emphasized that, in public health terms, the current scope of the outbreak does not justify the use of the word “epidemic”. “The WHO is dealing with limited foci, limited geographical area and only a few chains of transmission,” he said.For the time being, the UN health agency does not recommend any particular travel or trade restrictions. read more

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Ladies running errands

first_imgPersonal struggles led to Sydney entrepreneur Maria Xynias developing Ladies Running Errands (LRE) in 2009. Recovering from illness and some personal difficulties she realised how lucky she was to have a supportive family network when her predicament became overwhelming, something that many people she came across during that time did not have.Her family would often run errands on her behalf while transporting her to hospital and doctor’s appointments. That was when she came up with her successful business idea, launched in 2011 with only $500 and 3,000 homemade flyers. Her only means of transport at the time was a 1997 Ford Falcon, yet now she is looking at a profit that easily hits hundreds of thousands; it goes to show, LRE indeed covered a big hole in the Sydney market. Maria created a smart and savvy transport and errand company from her home office in Balmain to provide people in need of help with a breather when it comes to daily activities like going to the shops, picking up something from the chemist, or attending a specialist appointment. “Need a hand picking up the kids from school or taking family members to appointments? Have a day surgery coming up? Nothing is too difficult for the LRE team,” Maria Xynias says.“So often we feel overwhelmed at all the things we have to do. If only there was an extra family member that could help out. That’s what makes this company so unique! That’s where we come into the picture with a lot more to offer.”Maria saw her company significantly expand in 2017 with the addition of three franchises. Amongst the three people that have entered the business (Melisa Prieto for the Ryde region, and Ros Hunter for the upper North Shore), comes another proud woman of Greek descent, Effy Drosinos, who handles the wider Sydney St George area. Effy loves servicing her community.“I was born in Australia but my parents never stopped speaking Greek to us at home so I am pretty much a native speaker,” she tells Neos Kosmos.“They made what they thought was a sacrifice and did not learn English so we could keep speaking Greek. Now we are paying for it and between my bother, my sister and me, we all need to take a lot of time to support our parents. They need to be escorted to the doctors and to public services as they find it hard to understand the language and this is quite common in many Greek homes.”The service, however, is not directed to the Greek community: “We’re helping people that need help regardless of background but it is a plus that I speak Greek fluently having lived in Athens for quite a while, as there is a significant first-generation Greek population here. It’s a service for the entire community,” she says adding that “one of the reasons I joined the business is to be able to give the mature-aged Greek community the helping hand they deserve and will so appreciate.”Maria, who bought into the business four months ago, initially saw an ad for available franchises on Facebook and decided to give Maria a call as she found that her personal values completely align with what LRE stands for: regardless of the hour, regardless of the request, LRE will be there to offer support and to take care of those little (or big) things quickly, easily, and economically.“I was in the medical field for years as a practice manager and I’ve always loved helping people. I’ve been doing the LRE thing for a month now and I’m so happy,” she enthuses. “I’m trying to build the territory and trying to get my name out there, hoping to get to the point where Maria is and have more people, more drivers, and allocate the jobs to others.”Even though Effy has been handling the St George area by herself, the way demand is increasing, she will soon need staff as she cannot physically be in two places at the same time.“We provide 24 hour airport transfers including all child car restraints, doctor’s appointments and day surgery drop off and collection and runs to and from school and/or day care. We’re that extra family member everybody wants and often just don’t have,” she explains. The team is mainly made up of female drivers as well as some great male drivers standing by to do jobs that require heavy lifting, like carrying a patient or a disabled person in and out of the car or their home or even take care of personal shopping needs.“One of the very important services we provide is picking up newborns and parents from hospitals and their parents as we have the approved baby seats. We have realised that some people are living in the city and don’t have a car or relatives here and they need a safe transport back home. All-age baby and booster seats are always provided. “On the fun side of things, being predominantly staffed by women we can also offer a ‘girls’ night out on the town’ delivery and ‘safe end of night pick up’ as we call it. Something like a personal ride from ladies to ladies who want to feel safe.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Modders Are Recreating Entire Red Dead Redemption Map in GTAV

first_img ‘Red Dead Online’ Is a Great Multiplayer Experience Ruined b…Watch: Rockstar’s ‘Red Dead Redemption’ Is a Game To P… Stay on target Red Dead Redemption was one of the most celebrated games of the last generation. Despite it being more or less Grand Theft Auto with horses, its vast open landscape, immersive gameplay, and enthralling story made it a legendary title overnight. It should come as no surprise that many folks are eagerly anticipating the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 this fall.As you may know, the original Red Dead Redemption was never released on PC — a fact which has irked the PC community for years. Thanks to a group of dedicated modders, the Western game is finally coming to PC.For the past two years, a group calling itself White Team have been working hard on bringing the entire Red Dead Redemption map into Grand Theft Auto V. According to a FAQ posted on GTAforums, the map is based on the Xbox 360 version of the game. The team is adding parallax occlusion mapping and tessellation where it is needed. They are also working on higher definition textures and a day-to-night cycle.Given the daunting nature of this endeavor, the team is looking for help. “We are mostly looking for programmers who are able to help us reverse engineer the file formats,” posted modder, Jestic. “We are also looking for scripters who are able to remake any of the game’s original content over to GTAV, think mini-games and certain mechanics such as Dead Eye Targeting.”The map is intended to be used in FiveM/FiveReborn and similar third-party online clients. It shouldn’t be used in GTA Online, according to the developers. Right now, there is no solid release date for this mod. The team hopes to have it available this summer just before Red Dead Redemption 2 drops. A trailer will be released at that time, so expect us to post that when it goes live.last_img read more

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Final Four Hargreaves Dr Men Stories Hit Shelves

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster The third (and presumably final) wave of Dr. Men stories hit shelves this week.Fans can catch up with the Third, Fifth, Sixth, and Tenth (finally!) Doctors, as conceived by Adam Hargreaves.The newest additions feature familiar faces (companions Jo Grant and Mike Yates; Tegan Jovanka and Nyssa; Peri Brown) and fearsome foes, alongside the titular Time Lord in another four of his incarnations.The $5.99 paperbacks are available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s Target, and Wal-Mart, or via the Penguin Random House website.When prolific British author of the Mr. Men and Liss Miss books Roger Hargreaves died in 1988, his son Adam took over the series, continuing to convey simple moral lessons.(via BBC)Last spring, he teamed with Puffin Books, BBC Worldwide, and Sanrio Global for a new storybook mashup: Doctor Who Meets The World of Hargreaves.Written and illustrated by the second-generation cartoonist, the series combines Doctor Who‘s penchant for storytelling with the humor and design made famous by Hargreaves Senior.Every story weaves a different narrative: Dr. Third battles Ice Warriors, Dr. Fifth outwits the Master, Dr. Sixth must stop the Rani, and Dr. Tenth is on vacation—until the Sontarans show up.“Can he stop the mighty warriors from invading yet another peaceful planet?” the official synopsis asks of the pointy-nosed, ruffle-haired Time Lord.(via BBC)The short tales—384 pages across 12 books—are aimed at three-to-seven-year-olds. But no one will judge you for sneaking into your kids’ room for a quick visit with the Doctor.There is no word on whether a thirteenth story will be added to the lineup, in honor of newcomer Jodie Whittaker.Last seen plunging through the cosmos, the first female Doctor is expected to debut this autumn. In the meantime, Whovians can stay occupied with season 10 deleted scenes and The Gallifrey Times’ 2018 Doctor Who World Cup. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Courtesy Calls at Government House

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 19, 2017 – Nassau – Members of the the Anglican Diocese Track Classic called upon Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Monday, October 16, 2017.Students and Teachers of Windsor Preparatory School paid a courtesy call upon Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Monday, October 16, 2017.  They were also given a tour of the historic property.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Five 0Day iOS Vulnerability Chains Have Been Exploited for Years

first_imgLet’s also keep in mind that this was a failure case for the attacker: for this one campaign that we’ve seen, there are almost certainly others that are yet to be seen. A collection of fourteen vulnerabilities affecting almost every iOS versions from iOS 10 to iOS 12 enabled a number of hacked websites to gain control of their visitors devices and steal a wealth of private data aver at least two years, Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG) engineer Ian Beer wrote. These vulnerabilities are not new. What is new is the discovery of their active exploit in the wild for at least two years.UPDATE (9/9/2019): After this article went online, Apple released an officlal statement concerning the exploits affecting its devices in the wild, According to Apple, the idea that those were broadly targeted exploits “en masse” is misleading, since no more that a dozen websites were hacked. Furthermore, those websites all focused on content related to the Uighur community, so Apple also rejected the idea that the community of iPhone users might have been subject to the attack at large. Another statement from Google’s in-depth analysis Apple took issue with concerns the alleged duration of those attacks. While confirming to have patched all involved vulnerabilities promptly, as InfoQ correctly highlighted in its first reporting, Apple shrinks the duration of the attacks from a period of two years, as Google implied, down to “roughly two months”. On a related note, it also became known that Android and Microsoft Windows users were also targeted through the same websites used to attack iPhone users. This also hints at a broad effort that went well beyond hacking iPhone users only.Seven of the vulnerabilities affected the iOS browser, five were kernel vulnerabilities, and two were sandbox escapes. Collectively they were used to create five exploit chains each leading from initially hacking into a device, typically exploiting a browser vulnerability, to getting access to private data by escalating the attack to higher privilege levels. According to Beer, most of those vulnerabilities were caused by poor QA or blatant errors that should have never made it into shippable software. For example, one kernel vulnerability was associated to a heap overflow in a C++ method in the embedded GPU driver. The method parsed user-provided data without doing the required bound-checking.Another kernel vulnerability was caused by a code refactoring the replaced a < bound check with !=, whereby the value being checked against was read directly from an IPC message. A similar case of unfiltered usage of user-provided data was the culprit of a different kernel vulnerability in a IOKit public method that performed a memmove with a user-provided length argument. Another really hard-to-justify vulnerability was linked to some "unfinished" code that Apple added in 2014 to implement a "vouchers" feature and that would have caused a kernel panic if called with expected arguments in any kind of test or attempt of use. According to Beer, many of those bugs should have been detected by unit testing, code review, or fuzzing.Beer, in his analysis of the exploits, went so far as to set up his own command and control server to investigate what kind of data attackers had access to after gaining unsandboxed code execution privilege as root. Specifically, he found out all major apps, including Whatsapp, Telegram, iMessage, Gmail, Contacts, and many others, all leaked unencrypted data, and attackers had access to almost all personal information available on the device. Beer notes that although Google identified a number of hacked websites that had been exploiting those vulnerability chains, that does not mean that they were the only ones doing it. Possibly the most important takeaway from this story is that no system can be considered safe, not even one as highly-regarded in this respect as the iPhone, and users should be aware of that. To make things worse, being targeted is not just a matter of being individually targeted, says Beer. Instead, attacks are often carried through against mass targets, where the simple fact of belonging to a target group, either on a geographic or ethnic base, is enough to provoke it.Ian Beer's series of articles provides extensive details, in which he digs ito the detail of all vulnerabilities and how they could be chained together to make the exploits possible. Real users make risk decisions based on the public perception of the security of these devices. The reality remains that security protections will never eliminate the risk of attack if you're being targeted.last_img read more

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New Game of Thrones featurelength documentary coming to HBO

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET Game of Thrones: The Last Watch “delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields and car-parks of Northern Ireland,” according to HBO.The documentary also interviews Game of Thrones cast and crew as they film during extreme storms and take on intense scenes while trying to keep show secrets from constant spoiler-seeking fans.Game of Thrones: The Last Watch debuts Sunday, May 26 on HBO, one week to the day after the series finale. Apple iPhone XS Read the Rylo camera preview Share your voice More Thrones HBO’s new Game of Thrones: The Last Watch documentary promises “an up close and personal report from the trenches of production.” HBO Game of Thrones fans will get a closer look behind the scenes of the hit series with a new two-hour documentary.HBO announced Wednesday that it will air the feature-length documentary, called Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, on May 26, as a send-off to the show as the eighth and final season winds down.  TV and Movies Boost Mobile DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 1:59 The Cheapskate Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Rylo $210 at Best Buy 0 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Comments See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal Now playing: Watch this: Amazon Read Google Home Hub review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Game of Thrones locations on Google Street View, from King’s Landing to Winterfell Angela Lang/CNET Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Game of Thrones hid real thrones around the world and 5 have been found Game of Thrones merchandise: The coolest gifts for Westeros watchers Winter is coming to your OkCupid profile thanks to GoT badges See It $299 at Amazon Turo HBO hired British documentary filmmaker Jeanie Finlay (Orion: The Man Who Would Be King) to chronicle the creation of Game of Thrones’ most ambitious and final season. Game of Thrones HBO,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $520 at HP An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Read the AirPods review Share your voice Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo $155 at Google Express Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $60 at Best Buy $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 50 Photos Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Sprint See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 See it Post a comment Chris Monroe/CNET Game of Thrones, season 8: Everything you need to know 7 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $59 at eBay Tags Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast.last_img read more

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Indias top 10 companies as of February 17 2017 PHOTOS

first_imgThe week gone by (February 13 to 17) was an eventful one for some of India’s most-valued companies such as Infosys, State Bank of India and HDFC Bank. TCS retained its top slot amid possible buyback of equity shares, followed by HDFC Bank, Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) and ITC. Oil marketing company Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) dethroned India’s largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki during the week.  The mood was largely upbeat on the stock markets for various reasons. “Positive global cues, stable oil price and hope GST implement have lifted the market sentiment. Moreover, Indian market has not yet made major upward move while most of the global and emerging markets witnessed smart rally,” brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities said a note.1. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)The company informed the stock exchanges during the week that its board of directors will meet on Monday (February 20) to consider buyback of equity shares. The Mumbai-based company continues to remain India’s most-valued one, gaining Rs 2,256 crore to end the week with a market capitalisation of Rs 4,74,508 crore.Read: TCS Q3 net profit rises 11%, income up 9% Employees of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) work inside the company headquarters in Mumbai March 14, 2013.Reuters File2. HDFC Bank HDFC Bank saw a spike in its share price during on Thursday/Friday in response to the RBI lifting the restriction on foreign ownership in India’s second-largest private sector lender.The bank not only gained Rs 18,585 crore in value as a result of the increase in share price, but also pipped RIL to emerge as the second-most valuable company in terms of market capitalisation at Rs 3,53,313 crore. The stock hit a 52-week high of Rs 1,450 on Friday, but closed at Rs 1,377, on the BSE. An HDFC Bank branch office in Mumbai, October 21, 2015Reuters file3. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)The Mukesh Ambani-controlled company gained Rs 14,613 crore to end with a market capitalisation of Rs 3,42,828 crore. The company was in the news for deciding to shut down about 60 stores of its arm, Reliance Retail. Reuters file4. ITCCigarette maker ITC, which also has interests in other segments such as agriculture, hotels, retail and paperboards, saw its market capitalisation fall by Rs 5,820 crore to end at Rs 3,25,283 crore. The company had recently declared its third quarter results and hinted at entering healthcare segment.  An Wills Lifestyle showroom in Bengaluru.IBT Media/S V Krishnamachari5. ONGCThe state-run energy company, engaged in exploration of gas in India and abroad, had a market capitalisation of Rs 2,49,349 crore at the end of the week.Read: ONGC goes ex-bonus, falls 34%; Sensex, Nifty shrug off US Fed rate hike A technician works inside the Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) group gathering station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, September 30, 2016 (representational image).Reuters file6. InfosysIT software services exporter Infosys hogging the limelight over the tussle between the management and its founders. It fizzled out after the right noises by the founders led by N R Narayana Murthy and the management comprising non-executive chairman R Seshayee and CEO Vishal Sikka. The company saw its net hiring turning negative in Q3 (October-December 2016), indicating that large-scale hiring at IT firms may be a thing of the past. The market capitalisation of Infosys Rs 7,269 crore to close at Rs 2,29,625 crore.Read: Infosys Q3 net profit rises 7% at Rs 3,708 crore, lowers dollar revenue guidanceInfosys, TCS, Wipro, HCL Technologies go slow on hiring in December quarter An employee is seen behind an Infosys logo at the company’s campus in the southern Indian city of Bangalore September 23, 2014.Reuters7. Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) The mortgage lender added a modest Rs 916 crore to end with a market capitalisation of Rs 2,22,355 crore.  Labourers work at the construction site of a residential complex in New Delhi, India, December 11, 2016. Picture taken December 11, 2016 [Representational Image].Reuters8. State Bank of IndiaThe public sector bank, which accounts for almost a fourth of all advances and deposits in the banking system, got a fillip when the Indian government cleared a proposal to merge five associate banks of the SBI with itself.The five associate banks are State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Mysore State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (all listed), and State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Hyderabad (unlisted). The five banks had about 73,000 employees as of December 31, 2016.The news did not rub off on the share price of the lender beyond a point, resulting in a loss of Rs 2,282 crore in market capitalisation during the week to Rs 2,14,327 crore.Read: State Bank of India posts 134% rise in net profit for Q3; shares gain The State Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai, March 14, 2016.Reuters file9 and 10 – Coal India and Indian Oil CorporationThe last two companies are state-run miner Coal India Ltd (CIL) and public sector oil marketing company Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). CIL’s market capitalisation was Rs 1,96,495 crore, down Rs 5,090 crore. IOC gained Rs 2,355 crore to end with a market capitalisation of Rs 1,86,705 crore. A logo of Indian Oil is picture outside a fuel station in New Delhi, India August 29, 2016. The aviation fuel price hike effective from November 1 takes the overall increase in ATF prices to 19.2 percent since April 1, 2016.Reuters filelast_img read more

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Infosys cofounders keep away from annual general meeting

first_imgN. R. Narayana Murthy, founder and former chairman of Infosys.Reuters fileFor the first time in many years, Infosys’ co-founders, including NR Narayana Murthy kept away from its Annual General Meeting as the 36th AGM for 2016-17 was held in Bengaluru on Saturday.”None of the founders or promoters was seen at the AGM, even an hour after it began at 3 pm. We have no idea why they did not turn up,” a company spokesman said. About 1,000 retail investors in an individual capacity or with families, however, packed the air-conditioned auditorium of Christ College, about 20 km from the IT major’s campus in the Electronics City, to attend the “stormy” meeting and participate in the proceedings, including voting on the four ordinary resolutions by show of hands.Besides Murthy, Nandan Nilekani, S Gopalakrishnan, SD Shibulal, K Dinesh, NS Raghavan and Ashok Arora are the co-founders of India’s second-largest software export firm.Though Murthy attended the last AGM with son Rohan Murthy, his conspicuous absence along with other co-founders surprised many investors.”It is surprising not to see Murthy at the AGM as he used to sit in the front row after demitting office for the second time in 2014. Former directors TV Mohandas Pai and V Balakrishnan, who were regular at the AGMs over the years, are also not to be seen,” said old-time investor Ramana Reddy from the city.Board Chairman R Seshasayee, Co-Chairman Ravi Venkatesan, CEO and Managing Director Vishal Sikka, Chief Operating Officer UB Pravin Rao and Independent Directors Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, D.N. Prahlad, Roopa Kudva, Punit Kumar-Sinha and John W. Etchemendy presided over the meeting from the dais.”Independent Director, Jefferey S Lehman from the US could not make it to the meeting due to unforseen circumstances,” said the spokesman.Aftr Seshasyaee delivered his speech as Chairman and briefed the shareholders about the proceedings of the meeting, Chief Financial Officer MD Ranganath presented the company’s financial performance for the fiscal under review. Infosys Non-Executive Chairman R Seshasayee.IANSlast_img read more

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Malveaux on President Obama and Black America

first_imgSean YoesPresident Obama perhaps delivered his most impassioned (some might say angry) moment of his historic presidency during the recent Phoenix dinner, his last address as President of the United States to the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. on Sept. 17.“My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot,” Obama proclaimed. “If I hear anybody saying their vote does not matter, that it doesn’t matter who we elect– read up on our history. It matters. We’ve got to get people to vote…I will consider it a personal insult–an insult to my legacy– if this community lets down its guard.”It’s hard for some to imagine President Obama delivering those fiery words to any other segment of his diverse coalition other than a room of mostly Black people. Dr. Julianne Malveaux, the long-time public intellectual, provocateur and author of the book, “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy,” is among those who have taken issue with Obama’s relationship with the Black community. In her book she says Obama, “scolds instead of uplifts,” Black people.She explored some of her thoughts about Black people and the Obama years during an interview on Sept. 26 on First Edition.“The president does not know how to talk to the Congressional Black Caucus, he has shown his hind parts (on more than one occasion)…it was 2012 when he told Black people to put on their marching shoes. He does not get that Black people have his back, he doesn’t get that, he doesn’t have to persuade us,” Malveaux said.“It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens at the end of this presidency…(what) he and Michelle decide what they’re going to do and what position they take vis-a-vis the Black community. We know they are committed to education…But, I wonder if he’ll continue to take that adversarial tone with African American people or if he feels that’s what he has to do to mollify White people,” Malveaux added.A former president of Bennett College for Women, Malveaux says “there is a disconnect” when it comes to the president and his most loyal constituency. “And part of the disconnect, as an example, shows up in his treatment of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Who would have thought that under an African American president we would have seen less support for our HBCU?” Malveaux wondered.“At predominantly White institutions it is assumed you are dumb until you prove that you are smart. In HBCU land it is assumed that you are smart and capable until you go out of your way to prove you are not. Now, we do have students who will go out of their way to prove they are not…but, the fact is that when you go and sit down in somebody’s classroom, by and large they assume you are prepared, they assume you can do the work…They (Black students) at so many of these predominantly White institutions, they have to fight to be taken seriously.Despite what seemed like perhaps unprecedented obstructionism on the part of Republicans, which many believe was based solely on the fact Obama was the nation’s first Black president, Malveaux argues, “he could have done more,” for Black America.“Why has the word reparations never passed his lips? There are so many things that he didn’t have to do that he chose to do to prove to the other people that he’s basically not favoring Black people,” Malveaux said.“But, he did not mind favoring Latinos. He did not mind favoring the LBGTQ community, bathing the White House in the rainbow colors after the Supreme Court’s decision about marriage equality was a lovely gesture and I know it was appreciated. But, you’ll appreciate when I say when are we going to turn it red, black and green?” she added.When it comes to tangible, unambiguous help for Black Americans directly from the Obama White House, in Malveaux’s mind, the list is meager.“I think he got the symbolism right. I think there are a lot of African American people and especially African American men felt a little better that a Black man was in there,” she said.“I think a lot of us, when we see his lovely brown wife and those lovely brown children, when I think about the White House Easter Egg Roll and what it use to look like, and what it looks like now. But, you can’t eat symbolism.”Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.last_img read more

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Researchers find link between amount of silica in subduction zones and frequency

first_img Scientists have only known about slow earthquakes for a few years—since they can’t be felt, there was no real indication that they were occurring. They happen when silica rich sediment is pushed from below when one plate pushes beneath another. The fluid is trapped causing pressure to build—eventually that pressure is released by slow sliding (due to lubrication provided by the silica), rather than the jolt associated with surface quakes. After the sliding stops, the pressure begins to build up again and the whole process is repeated. Such quakes can occur over days or even weeks, releasing energy equivalent to large surface quakes. Scientists now know that such quakes occur off the coast of Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Canada, but, they all have a different frequency rate. They happen every two years in New Zealand, every six months in Japan and every 14 months beneath Canada’s Vancouver Island. The difference in rates, the researchers have found, is due to the amount of silica in the fluid—there more there is, the faster faults knit together after the sliding has stopped.The pair of researchers note that much more study needs to be done before it can be determined if slow earthquakes can be used to help predict surface quakes. In their experiments, they found the crust to be 5 to 15 percent quartz above the plates in the Cascadia subduction zone, an area that experienced a magnitude 9 quake in 1700. Scientists believe a major quake will likely occur again there sometime over the next 200 years. If slow earthquakes are found to portend larger ones, perhaps enough warning time can be given to save lives in the heavily populated area. (Phys.org) —A pair of researchers, Pascal Audet and Roland Burgmann of the Universities of Ottawa and California, respectively, has found a connection between the amount of silica rich quartz above subduction zones and the frequency rate of “slow” earthquakes. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the two describe how they measured quartz amounts in the Cascadia subduction zone using seismic waves, and how it relates to slow earthquakes. Journal information: Nature Pair of seismologists publicly wonder if it might be possible to predict largest earthquakes Aerial photo of the San Andreas Fault in the Carrizo Plain, northwest of Los Angeles. Credit: Wikipedia. © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Researchers find link between amount of silica in subduction zones and frequency of ‘slow’ earthquakes (2014, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-link-amount-silica-subduction-zones.html Explore further More information: Possible control of subduction zone slow-earthquake periodicity by silica enrichment, Nature 510, 389–392 (19 June 2014) DOI: 10.1038/nature13391AbstractSeismic and geodetic observations in subduction zone forearcs indicate that slow earthquakes, including episodic tremor and slip, recur at intervals of less than six months to more than two years. In Cascadia, slow slip is segmented along strike and tremor data show a gradation from large, infrequent slip episodes to small, frequent slip events with increasing depth of the plate interface. Observations and models of slow slip and tremor require the presence of near-lithostatic pore-fluid pressures in slow-earthquake source regions; however, direct evidence of factors controlling the variability in recurrence times is elusive. Here we compile seismic data from subduction zone forearcs exhibiting recurring slow earthquakes and show that the average ratio of compressional (P)-wave velocity to shear (S)-wave velocity (vP/vS) of the overlying forearc crust ranges between 1.6 and 2.0 and is linearly related to the average recurrence time of slow earthquakes. In northern Cascadia, forearc vP/vS values decrease with increasing depth of the plate interface and with decreasing tremor-episode recurrence intervals. Low vP/vS values require a large addition of quartz in a mostly mafic forearc environment. We propose that silica enrichment varying from 5 per cent to 15 per cent by volume from slab-derived fluids and upward mineralization in quartz veins can explain the range of observed vP/vS values as well as the downdip decrease in vP/vS. The solubility of silica depends on temperature, and deposition prevails near the base of the forearc crust. We further propose that the strong temperature dependence of healing and permeability reduction in silica-rich fault gouge via dissolution–precipitation creep can explain the reduction in tremor recurrence time with progressive silica enrichment. Lower gouge permeability at higher temperatures leads to faster fluid overpressure development and low effective fault-normal stress, and therefore shorter recurrence times. Our results also agree with numerical models of slip stabilization under fault zone dilatancy strengthening15 caused by decreasing fluid pressure as pore space increases. This implies that temperature-dependent silica deposition, permeability reduction and fluid overpressure development control dilatancy and slow-earthquake behaviour. 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

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26yearold youth stabbed to death

first_imgKOLKATA: A 26-year-old youth was stabbed to death at Tangra on Sunday.Locals found the body lying beside the railway tracks at Tangra on Monday morning and informed the police. Police sent the body for an autopsy and initiated a probe in this connection. Though the investigating officers are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the murder, they are suspecting that the crime is an outcome of an old rivalry. There were deep injury marks on the victim’s body and head. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice are suspecting that someone “very close” to the victim, Sunny, is behind the murder. After preliminary investigation, they are suspecting that the victim had trouble with one of his friends on Saturday night when they had assembled near the railway tracks.Sunny often used to meet some of his friends at the spot and he went to the same place on Saturday night as well. Police are now trying to ascertain what led to the heated altercation between Sunny and one of his friends. The investigating officers Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedare going through the footages of the CCTV cameras in the area.Meanwhile, police have arrested one person in connection with the murder of another youth at Tangra on Sunday. The victim, Babu Sarkar, was stabbed to death on late Friday night. Acting on a tip off, police conducted a raid and arrested one Joydeb Halder in connection with the murder.It may be recalled that Babu was attacked when he was returning home on Friday night. He was declared brought dead when taken to NRS Medical College and Hospital.Police have come to know about two more persons who are also suspected to be involved in the murder. Preliminary investigation further revealed that a business rivalry had led to the crime. He was also involved in to the business of real estate development. Police are, however, trying to find out if there is any other reason behind the murder.last_img read more

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CMS Releases Final Rules for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

first_imgFeature | Information Technology | October 07, 2015 CMS Releases Final Rules for Stage 3 Meaningful Use ONC also releases certification criteria for EHRs A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. October 7, 2015 — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final version of Stage 3 Meaningful Use (MU) requirements related to healthcare information technology (IT) Oct. 6. CMS will take public comment on the new rules for 60 days beginning Oct. 16.The announcement included final rules for two related initiatives: the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR (Electronic Health Record) Incentive Programs. The ultimate goal of both programs is to encourage use of EHRs by healthcare providers and patients, as well as improving interoperability and information exchange between parties and information systems.  The goal of the measures is to improve efficiency and the quality of care to help reduce healthcare costs.Extending Deadlines for MU ComplianceOne of the most significant changes from original Stage 3 MU proposals is added flexibility in meeting deadlines for compliance: Providers and state Medicaid agencies will now have until Jan. 1, 2018, to get organized before they begin incurring reimbursement deductions. This essentially makes Stage 3 optional in 2017. Furthermore, CMS is allowing 90-day reporting for all providers in 2015; the privilege will be open to new providers in 2016 and 2017, and to all providers who elect to adopt Stage 3 requirements in 2017.There are a total of 10 objectives for eligible professionals (EPs) in the final Stage 3 rules, including one for public health reporting and nine for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals. Public comment on the initial proposed rules prompted CMS to shift the emphasis of the objectives, with more than 60 percent now requiring interoperability. EPs are encouraged to choose the progress measures that are most relevant to their practice.“We have a shared goal of electronic health records helping physicians, clinicians, and hospitals to deliver better care, smarter spending, and healthier people” said Patrick Conway, M.D., M.Sc., CMS deputy administrator for innovation and quality and chief medical officer. “We eliminated unnecessary requirements, simplified and increased flexibility for those that remain, and focused on interoperability, information exchange, and patient engagement. By 2018, these rules move us beyond the staged approach of ‘meaningful use’ and focus on broader delivery system reform.”2015 Edition Health IT Certification CriteriaIn addition to the final rule for the EHR Incentive Programs, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) also announced the final rule for the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria. This rule focuses on increasing interoperability — a secure but seamless flow of electronic health information — and improving transparency and competition in the health IT marketplace.“This rule is a key step forward in our work with the private sector to realize the shared goal of making actionable electronic health information available when and where it matters most to transform care and improve health for the individual, community and larger population. It will bring us closer to a world in which health care providers and consumers can readily, safely and securely exchange electronic health information,” said Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., national coordinator for health IT.Industry Reaction to Stage 3The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the primary organization concerning healthcare IT, and Stage 3 MU was the major topic of discussion at its 2015 meeting earlier this year.“HIMSS appreciates the continued efforts of CMS and the ONC)to simplify and provide flexibility for meeting the Meaningful Use program requirements,” said Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, executive vice president, HIMSS North America, in a statement. “We support the confirmation of the 90-day reporting period for 2015. Further, we support the emphasis placed on Jan. 1, 2018 — the start of the period where providers are required to meet Stage 3 objectives and measures.“Consistently, HIMSS has called for at least 18 months between the publication of a new MU rule and the start of a new stage’s reporting period. The 27 months provided in this final rule appears to address this issue, Smith said.“HIMSS encourages reasonable Meaningful Use-related rules and timelines, as these enable providers to continue their participation in the program, thus supporting a positively transformed health system,” she said.The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) also applauded the changes in the timeline. CHIME is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders.“We are pleased that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today finalized modifications to the current stages of the Meaningful Use program and agreed to extend the comment period on Stage 3,” said CHIME Board of Trustees Chair Charles Christian, CHCIO, LCHIME, FCHIME. “The 752-page rule grants flexibility for providers who are doing their best to not only meet the intent of the federal program, but also ensure the adoption of health information technology that improves patient care.”Christian said the 90-day reporting period for the current stages of the program is a reduction from 365 days. CHIME has long called for a 90-day reporting period and applauded CMS for adopting this new standard.CHIME also applauded the agency for modifying requirements surrounding patient access to electronic records. The rule stipulates that for 2015 and 2016, one patient discharged from a hospital view, download or transmit their electronic record.American College of Cardiology (ACC) President Kim Allan Williams Sr., M.D., FACC, said there is some cause for concern. “The American College of Cardiology has concerns by CMS to align all three Stages of Meaningful Use, as this does not account for the reality of the situation faced by the medical community working every day to implement the Meaningful Use Program and to improve care for their patients. These concerns have been voiced fervently and consistently through comment letters from across the House of Medicine.”He said said the ACC is a longtime supporter of electronic health records as a way to improve the quality of patient care. “While we applaud CMS for finalizing programmatic changes to the 2015-2017 reporting years that should ease the difficulties providers face when attempting to meet Meaningful Use requirements, the decision to combine Meaningful Use into one single stage and finalize the program requirements at this time remains difficult to implement,” Williams said. “Many of the requirements for Stage 2 proved unattainable. Large numbers of providers either haven’t met them or, after trying and failing, have given up. That is why it is vital that CMS consider participation data from the current stage to see what is working and what isn’t before outlining an upcoming stage. We cannot establish a long-term health care program that does not take into account what we can feasibly attain in the short-term, transitional period. The ACC looks forward to continued work with CMS to establish how the Meaningful Use program will fit into the new Merit-Based Incentives Program (MIPS) slated for 2017.”For more information on the CMS final rule with comment period: http://cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2015-Fact-sheet…For more information on ONC’s editions of certification criteria: https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/factsheet_draft_2015-10-06.pdf FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Dreaming of your next adventure Fly away with som

first_imgDreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: Ethical tourism, green tourism, responsible tourism; what’s the difference and how can you go on holiday without harming the planet?Choosing your dream destination usually comes down to things like the weather, accommodation, night life and activities. But what about the impact your holiday will have on the local community, the environment or even bigger issues like global warming?With an increased number of cheap flights, more and more of us are jetting off in search of beautiful exotic beaches, adrenaline-fuelled adventures or just last-minute weekend escapes. But we can all do our bit to make sure that our escapades don’t end up damaging the environment, leaving destinations intact for future generations to enjoy.But first, a brief guide to some of the terminology:Responsible tourism: It’s all about you – being responsible for your choice of destination, how you get there, how you deal with any economic, political or cultural experiences you might have whilst on holiday, and the wider impact on the environment.Sustainable tourism: Travel that limits the impact on local communities and surrounding environments, encourages economic prosperity by creating jobs and fostering greater social cohesion.Ecotourism: A pillar of sustainable tourism, ecotourism (or ecological tourism) focuses on preserving the natural environment – flora and fauna, as well as cultural heritage – of the place you’re visiting.Ethical tourism: Travel to or within a country where you might encounter ethical issues, such as human rights injustices and animal welfare concerns.Green tourism: Instead of hiring that private jet, or gas guzzling 4WD, green tourism simply means that you use environmentally-friendly modes of transport. Traditionally, green tourism hasn’t been concerned with social or economic factors, but is now used in this wider context.Read more: The Skyscanner glossary of tourist and travel termsNow we’ve got that straight, here are 7 tips to being a responsible tourist:1. **Shop locally**Ditch the tacky tea towels or mass-produced fridge magnets; buy your souvenirs from local shops and handicraft boutiques. Same goes for eating out; try to find some delicious home cooking and sample local cuisine. This will encourage cultural artistic traditions, help support local businesses and you’ll have a truly authentic and unique gift to take home with you.2. **Don’t give money to beggars**Whilst they may tug at your heart strings, giving cash to street kids, or any type of beggar you might encounter abroad, only fuels social inequality, providing immediate relief and no long-term solution to their plight. If you want to make a real difference consider donating to a charity when you get home or before you set off.3. **Choose an ethical tour operator**If you’re concerned that money spent on organising your trip is going solely in to travel agents’ pockets without benefitting the community, then do your homework before you book. This is particularly important if you plan on volunteering. While offering your time and money for a worthy cause is commendable, it’s less so if volunteers are keeping local workers out of jobs, or forcing under-resourced institutions to spend money updating facilities for tourists. Many tour operators will build bespoke travel itineraries for you and ensure that a sizeable amount of spends will directly be used to support development. Tourism Concern have a handy list of ethical volunteering organisations for you to check out.Listen to the Skyscanner podcast: 11 ways to work abroad4. **Make the most of public transport**Visiting a city and you want to save your poor feet from too much pavement pounding? Make sure you find out what your public transport options are; ask in your hotel, they can usually provide you with maps and explain costs. Visit the nearest stop and hop aboard! As well as being a super cheap and environmentally friendly, you’ll also get to experience a slice of everyday life and hang out with locals on their daily commute.Read more: 10 tips for a greener holiday5. **Grab a set of wheels**The best way to discover a new place is either by foot or by hiring a bicycle. Take off at your own pace and explore all those cute cobbled side streets, stopping off for a coffee or cold refresher at a pavement café. Not only is this better for the environment, it’ll help burn a few extra calories after feasting on all that local grub.6. **Research your destination**Do some homework about the country you are visiting, beyond how many pristine beaches or sundowner spots that are – although these things are pretty important too! If you’re anxious about encountering or encouraging any ethically dubious activity, make sure you have a realistic picture of what the political, economic and social situation is in your chosen destination – learn a bit about local customs and attitudes before you take off.Read more: Top 10 most environmentally pure countries7. **Leave wildlife where it is**As tempting as it might be to take that shiny seashell or colourful bit of coral home as a souvenir, being a responsible tourist means leaving nature alone. Avoid buying goods made from materials collected as a result of illegal poaching, for example ivory or certain animal skins. Even some tropical hard woods, like sandalwood, should be left where they belong and not carted back in your suitcase.Got any more tips to being an ethical tourist? Leave them in the comments below.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Aegean AirlinesAlitaliaJet2 ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWorking hard or hardly working? Here’s 9 of the coolest jobs you can get on a working holiday visa in Western Australia​In partnership with Fancy getting paid to swim with wild dolphins? Or wrangle camels? How about being able to contribute to conservation projects in stunning national parks while you earn money to spend on craft beer and cocktails? 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