Winnipeg police charge selfdescribed gangster with violent history in killing of 3

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police say they have a suspect in custody they believe is responsible for three murders this month.John Paul Ostamas, 40, originally from Eabametoon First Nation in northern Ontario, was arrested on Monday.The arrest follows two brutal slayings on the weekend, including one behind APTN’s headquarters.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the latestlast_img

French Hospitals Moroccan Patients Second Bad Payers After Algerians

By Sanae ElouaziRabat – Moroccans seeking treatment in France are no longer welcome in French hospitals since they have been declared as “bad payers” after accumulating a total of debt EUR 7.3 million. According to a report conducted by the Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP) on unpaid bills in French hospitals, Algerians ranked first on the list with a debt of EUR 28 million, equivalent to MAD 308 million. The United States of America and Tunisia’s nationals have also been reported to not pay their French hospital bills with a total of EUR 3.95 million and EUR 2.97 million respectively. These considerable amounts concern only foreign patients who are not residing in France, and whose pathology requires treatment in Paris’ hospitals. French hospitals, which never required advance payment of hospitalization for foreigners in the past, decided to restrict the hospitalization of foreign nationals in France by changing the payment method.Foreigners are now required to submit documents proving their solvency before receiving any form of care. This new provision only concerns scheduled hospitalizations, not emergency cases.Over the years, foreign patients have left behind a EUR 120 million debt to Paris hospitals by late 2014.  Top foreign officials who go to France for treatment were also reported as bad payers. In 2015, Saudi’s King visit to France stirred controversy over the alleged nonpayment of a EUR 3.7 million bill to Paris Hospitals. In a tweet, the well-known French physician and activist, Patrick Pelloux, recalled that the Arabian kingdom owed EUR 3.7 million to the Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP).“Before leaving, the King of Saudi Arabia could pay his bills of EUR 3.7 million to Hôpitaux de Paris. A gesture of courtesy!” the tweet read.  The polemic tweet reached representatives at Hôpitaux de Paris who have confirmed the allegations. According to French media outlets, the debt is not only King Salmane’s responsibility. The EUR 3.7 million include many Saudis treated in Paris.These types of debts are a recurring problem since foreign officials are not required by law to pay these hospital bills at time of service. read more

West Wind puts planes on hold for investigation into training records

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 21, 2016 11:45 am MDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email West Wind puts planes ‘on hold’ for investigation into training records SASKATOON – A Saskatchewan-based aviation company has temporarily grounded its planes.West Wind Aviation says in a news release that it has voluntarily put its fleet on hold while it investigates potential administrative discrepancies related to training records.It’s not clear when West Wind will fly again.West Wind vice-president Dennis Baranieski says the company is focused on getting results and not on a timeline.The company says it will utilize its wholly owned subsidiary, Transwest Air, and industry partners to ensure uninterrupted service to customers.West Wind operates from bases in Saskatoon, La Ronge and Stony Rapids, and has satellite locations in northern Saskatchewan. read more

Kindle is Amazons BestSelling Product of All Time

first_imgMove over Harry Potter, Amazon has a new all-time best selling product. The online retail giant announced today that the third generation Kindle has become its best seller, eclipsing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh book in the series about the boy wizard.The company hasn’t actually released any specific sales figure, but it did offer this impressive little tidbit, “on its peak day, Nov. 29, customers ordered more than 13.7 million items worldwide across all product categories, which is a record-breaking 158 items per second.”Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took the opportunity to take a few veiled-yet-clear potshots at Apple’s iPad, We’re seeing that many of the people who are buying Kindles also own an LCD tablet. Customers report using their LCD tablets for games, movies, and web browsing and their Kindles for reading sessions. They report preferring Kindle for reading because it weighs less, eliminates battery anxiety with its month-long battery life, and has the advanced paper-like Pearl e-ink display that reduces eye-strain, doesn’t interfere with sleep patterns at bedtime, and works outside in direct sunlight, an important consideration especially for vacation reading. Kindle’s $139 price point is a key factor — it’s low enough that people don’t have to choose. One wonders if the company opted not to release the figures for fear of being outshone by the iPad’s successes.last_img read more

Greek community celebrates its VCE high achievers

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of students across Victoria were on the edge of their seats last week as they received news of their ATAR scores.Over 50,000 students made up the graduating VCE class of 2017: 20,000 of whom were among the state’s highest achievers with a study score of 40 or above.Oakleigh Grammar was pleased with its cohort’s performance with over 12.5 per cent of Year 12s placed in the top nine per cent across the state. Coming out on top as school dux was Eirini Souli who achieved an ATAR of 93.9. Eirini’s story is particularly impressive given her trajectory into Year 12. Having moved from Greece to Australia just three years prior, not only did she face the challenges of completing VCE units with her peers, but also moving to a new country, school, and learning a new language while adjusting to Australia. With her impressive result the ambitious student has plans to pursue studies in law and criminology either at the University of Melbourne or in the United Kingdom. Eirini was closely followed by fellow students Phillip Di Meo (93.05), Periklis Stamatakos (92.25), Christina Katatrioti (90.3), and Sophia Thompson (90.25). But principal Mark Robertson made a point of extending the school’s congratulations and appreciation to all students in their achievements, and noted there are many pathways to success.“Although we tend to focus on students who obtain high ATAR scores I wish to recognise all of our VCE students who achieved or exceeded their own goals through the year,” he said. “As an open entry school of Christian Orthodox faith our objective is to provide a learning environment that will allow our students to follow pathways of their choice to reflect their aptitudes and skills.”Oakleigh Grammar dux Eirini Souli.Alphington Grammar School also had high praise for its students, with the highest ATAR achieved by Rajesh Varghese with a score of 99.35, while close to half of their students achieved 80 or above, putting them in the top 20 per cent of the state. “The results for 2017 are a culmination of hard work over many years,” said principal Dr Vivianne Nikou. “For a non-selective school with a smaller than average cohort, this is a terrific result.” Meanwhile Alphington student Athanasios Kontogiannidis achieved a perfect study score of 50 in Modern Greek, which will go a long way in qualifying him for his preferred university path. He was followed closely by twins Georgia and Demitra Lazarakis, who, as luck would have it, achieved equal ATAR scores.The following students of Greek Australian background achieved a study score of 40 or above in 2017: ART: Maniatis, Estelle, Caulfield Grammar School (47); Vlahiotis, Arielle, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School (47) BIOLOGY: Kanterakis, Mary, Ruyton Girls’ School (47) BUSINESS MANAGEMENT: Gavralas, Peter, Trinity Grammar School (50); Neophitou, Christopher, Ivanhoe Grammar School (48); Asvestas, James, Trinity Grammar School (47); Panayiotidis, Olivia, Overnewton Anglican Community College (47) CHEMISTRY: Proimos, Eleni, University High School (49); Georgakas, Phoebe, Methodist Ladies College (47); Psomoulis, Hanna, Lighthouse Christian College (47) DRAMA: Stavrou, Leah, Bayside P-12 College – Paisley Campus (48) ENGLISH: Karakitsos, Paeton, Presbyterian Ladies’ College (50); Natsioulas, Elena, Mentone Girls’ Grammar School (50); Neophitou, Christopher, Ivanhoe Grammar School (50); Skourletos, Raffaela, Strathcona Baptist Girls’ Grammar School (50); Tzimourtas, Alexandra, Mentone Girls’ Grammar School (50); Ketsakidis, Petros, Xavier College (47); Paikopoulos, Miltiadis, Scotch College (47); Pavlidis, Kostas, Trinity Grammar School (47) FOOD STUDIES: Bikakis, Mariah, Methodist Ladies College (47) GEOGRAPHY: Dardis, Lauren, Camberwell Anglican Girls’ Grammar School (47) HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: Asmanis, James, Albert Park College (47) HISTORY REVOLUTIONS: Patralis, Anastasia, Fintona Girls’ School (50); Laskaridis, Lee, McKinnon Secondary College (47) MODERN GREEK: Chiska, Vasiliki, St John’s Greek Orthodox College (50); Kontogiannidis, Athanasios, Alphington Grammar School (50); Sampani, Ioanna, Greek Orthodox Community of Mentone and Districts (46); Faklari, Anna, St John’s Greek Orthodox College (45); Kouliadelis, Kalliopi, VSL Distance Education (45); Lazarakis, Georgia, Alphington Grammar School (44); Tsiaousidou, Eleftheria, Nestor Greek College (44); Dimitrakas, Eugenia, Protypo Greek Bilingual Education Centre (43); Seimenidou, Maria, VSL – Glen Waverley/Carwatha (43); Faklari, Charalampia, Nestor Greek College (42); Petrakis, Ioannis, Greek Orthodox Community of Mentone and Districts (42); Tasominos, Gabriel, Omiros College (42); Zoi, Agapi, Oakleigh Grammar (42); Karkaletsis, Elana, Parish of St Vasilios Brunswick Greek Language School (41); Konstantopoulos, Konstantinos, Greek Orthodox Community of Mentone and Districts (41); Kourakou, Despina, Greek Orthodox Community Of Mentone And Districts (41); Stavrinou, Elisavet, South Oakleigh Secondary College (41); Batistatos, Filippos, Alphington Grammar School (40); Davarinos, Yvonne, VSL -Westall/South Oakleigh/Mckinnon (40); Kouskouris, Leo, Pythagoras Greek School (40); Mazi, Athanasia, VSL Distance Education (40) LEGAL STUDIES: Christopoulos, Dionisia, Thornbury High School (50); Nikitas, Peter, De La Salle College (50); Kostas, Sebastian, Norwood Secondary College (47); Neophitou, Christopher, Ivanhoe Grammar School (47) LITERATURE: Preovolos, Christos, Scotch College (47) FURTHER MATHEMATICS: Bloumis, Jordan, The King David School – Senior School (50); Lindros, Penelope, Kardinia International College (50); Moukas, Apostolos, Glen Waverley Secondary College (50); Petridis, Ross, Nazareth College (50); Sakalis, Asterios, Glen Waverley Secondary College (49); Kyriakoullakis, Jonathan, Caulfield Grammar School (48); Apostolakos, Nathan, Marcellin College (47); Drakos, Adam, Carey Baptist Grammar School (47); Gioulekas, Katherine, Methodist Ladies’ College (47); Sitzoukis, Paris, Brighton Grammar School (47) MEDIA: Sakellaridis, Stefan, Huntingtower School (50); Bloumis, Jordan, The King David School – Senior School (49) MUSIC PERFORMANCE: Kyriacopoulos, Demetria, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School (48) PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Kyranakis, Mara, Presbyterian Ladies’ College (50) PHYSICS: Georgakas, Phoebe, Methodist Ladies College (47) PSYCHOLOGY: Karamoutzas, Anjelica, Ivanhoe Grammar School (50); Sarantopoulos, Laura, Santa Maria College (49); Mavros, Alexander, Catholic College Sale (48); Konstantinidis, Nicola, Caulfield Grammar School – Caulfield Campus (47) SOCIOLOGY: Charalambous, Noah, Maranatha Christian School (50) SPORT AND RECREATION (VCE VET): Frangalas, Chloe, St Francis Xavier College (48); Matsas, Maryellen, Northcote High School (48) STUDIO ARTS: Avramidis, Zoe, Canterbury Girls Secondary College (50); Dimitrakopoulos, Mia, Canterbury Girls Secondary College (47) THEATRE STUDIES: Vlahiotis, Arielle, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School (50)last_img read more

Le paludisme pourrait bientôt être soigné grâce à lamidon génétiquement modifié

first_imgLe paludisme pourrait bientôt être soigné grâce à l’amidon génétiquement modifiéD’après les résultats d’une nouvelle étude menée sur le sujet par l’Inserm (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) et le CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), l’amidon génétiquement modifié pourrait être l’un des principaux composants d’un nouveau traitement efficace contre le paludisme.Une nouvelle étude menée conjointement par le CNRS et l’Inserm aurait démontré que l’amidon génétiquement modifié pourrait être particulièrement efficace contre le paludisme. Ces conclusions ont été tirées après que des chercheurs ont opéré quelques essais sur des souris. La grande nouveauté, c’est que si ce traitement est mis en place, l’amidon génétiquement modifié ne serait pas inséré dans le corps humain par piqure, mais par simple ingestion et cela si l’on en croit les informations publiées sur le site Internet de la revue scientifique PloS One.LeParisien.fr rapporte que les chercheurs à l’origine de cette recherche pensent pouvoir, de la même façon, modifier l’amidon des végétaux comestibles et également mettre en place des compléments alimentaires à base de maïs et pomme de terre avec de l’amidon génétiquement modifié. Cet amidon modifié pourrait alors servir de vaccin contre le paludisme et également limiter les risques de contamination du Sida. Aujourd’hui, cette stratégie doit encore être testée sur l’homme.Le 24 décembre 2010 à 15:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ozobot Evo Fits In Your Pocket Teaches Kids How to Code

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target When I covered Mindstorms and Lego’s other recent educational efforts, I talked about how much playing with robotics helped me as a child. It stimulated my creative and scientific brains in ways no other toy did, in ways that are still helping me now. But as much as I loved building Lego robots, it wasn’t always the most portable experience. To construct and program my machines, I’d have to messily dump a bunch of bricks onto the floor and hope my parents didn’t have to drag me somewhere else anytime soon.So when Ozobot began its pitch for its new Evo robot by showing off just how tiny it is, I was already intrigued. Fortunately, the company’s newest kid-friendly programmable robot is more than just small. It’s also powerful yet welcoming enough to let kids really express and enjoy themselves through the language of coding.But first, I really do want to stress how small Ozobot Evo is. It looks like a cross between a Star Wars droid and a futuristic marble. You could easily fit several in the palm of your hand, even if you’re a kid. They’re adorable. You could probably even swallow them, so be careful around younger kids who get hungry whenever you talk about Raspberry Pi.Inside the tiny package is a lot of tech, though. The toy features several lights, speakers, and infrared proximity sensors. The wheels and motors allow Evo to roll around with precision. The battery lasts for about an hour off of a Micro USB charge, and you pair Evo to a smart device app via Bluetooth.Even before you pair Evo to a phone or tablet, you can start teaching it various “tricks” thanks to its different programming modes. These modes vary in complexity, allowing kids of all ages a chance to accomplish something simple but then go deeper. The most powerful coding option available, Master Mode, is based on the Blockly JavaScript-language. And once you’ve finished a program, you can store it and several others in Evo’s onboard memory to cycle through when you’re playing off the grid.What’s most impressive about Evo is just the sheer amount of behaviors a clever kid could theoretically program into it and its range of sensors. During our demo we saw several Evo bots synchronize dance, navigate mazes drawn on paper, change the color of their lights, follow a finger, and play music with each other using different instruments. Like Furby, Evo can even speak a fictional gibberish language.I was particularly stoked about the gadget’s gaming potential. You can also use your phone to control Evo directly. And direct controls combined with pre-programmed parameters could allow for some custom BattleBots action or even old Magnavox Odyssey-styled games where the “game” is a physical overlay on a TV and players control a moving dot.Exploring the limits of what Evo could do seemed satisfying in its own right, but to keep the kids extra addicted the Evo app uses a bunch of gamification hooks to encourage more self-teaching. The more they use Evo, sync it up to the app, and pull off cool tricks, the more points and rewards kids will earn. Ozobot also maintains a bustling Evo community where users can share knowledge and show off their accomplishments. Consistent feature updates to the app and community should give Evo owners reasons to return.Obviously a website like Geek.com would recommend a nifty little $99 robot that helps kids learn coding as a fun holiday gift. But over 10,000 schools have also apparently gotten plenty of use out of Ozobot Evo so maybe take their word for it, too. Ozobot Evo is available now.Buy Ozobot EvoLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Pete Dunne reaches milestone 9 Superstars who changed their entrance themes

first_img WhatsApp WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter Pinterest Joseph Price RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebookcenter_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne celebrated a milestone on Sunday, when he reached the one-year mark as WWE United Kingdom Champion. The young champion has been competing on NXT since the United Kingdom Tournament ended.Dunn defeated the first ever UK Champion Tyler Bate for the title at NXT: TakeOver Chicago. Dunn sent out a tweet on the milestone, which the WWE later picked up for an article on WWE.com.365 days pic.twitter.com/STBMxCRFzB— Pete Dunne (@PeteDunneYxB) May 20, 2018WWE.com has posted a video of nine superstars who changed their entrance themes. The video features “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Edge, Christian, Shinsuke Nakamura, Mankind/Mick Foley, Randy Orton, Lex Luger, John Cena, and Triple H. In the video, you are able to get a quick look at the evolution of each character and their entrance themes. It is a just over four minute video that any wrestling entrance theme song enthusiast would enjoy. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+last_img read more

Juan Mata names the ONE benefit Man Utd get with no

first_imgManchester United midfielder Juan Mata is looking to the bright side of things by stating that a squad with no World Cup stars gives the kids the “pre-season of their lives”The Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho has repeatedly lamented the fact that so many so his first-team players are still away on holiday due to their participation at this summer’s World Cup with only a dozen, so far, having returned for pre-season training.Switzerland midfielder Nemanja Matic has now returned to the squad, while new signing Fred and goalkeeper David de Gea are set to join the squad at their US training camp within the week.But United will still have to make do without the likes of World Cup winner Paul Pogba due to reaching the latter stages of the competition.With just 18 days till their Premier League opener against Leicester City, last season’s runners-up will likely have to use academy players like Tahith Chong and James Garner.But Mata is trying to stay positive.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We all know that this is not the squad that is going to be the first-team squad when we start the Premier League in the first game of the season,” said the Spaniard, according to MEN.“But it is what it is. And I like to see it in a positive way, which is so many youngsters are with us.“It speaks very well about how the Manchester United academy is working and it’s an incredible experience for them. So for us, the senior players, it’s about getting some minutes and getting the rhythm of the game.“And for the kids, it’s just the pre-season of their lives, I believe. Because, if I was 19, 20, 18 and I had the chance to play with first-team players of Manchester United, I will definitely try to take my chance.“So, yeah, we are not still all here, but the ones that are here, we are trying to enjoy it as much as we can.”last_img read more

Morata set to complete Madrid move

first_imgAlvaro Morata is set to complete a loan move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid this weekend amidst protest from Atleti supporters.The Spain international who was caught in a three-way transfer involving Gonzalo Higuain and Krzysztof Piątek finally looks set to seal a loan move to the Los Colcheneros.Morata struggled to live up to expectation as Chelsea’s leading striker, managing a meager goal return of 24 in the 72 appearances he made for the Blues.Gonzalo Higuain’s recent move to Chelsea to reunite with Maurizio Sarri simply meant that the 26-year-old had no future at Chelsea.In wake of the Argentine’s arrival, reports in Spain suggests that Morata had arrived in Spain on Saturday evening ahead of his imminent switch to Diego Simeone’s team.Nonetheless, Morata’s previous affiliation with Atletico’s rivals Real Madrid has already earned him a hostile reception from the club’s ultras even before his move was official.During Saturday’s league clash with Getafe, the ultras chanted against the signing of the former Juventus striker while endorsing their academy product Borja Garces.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.When asked about the fans’ reaction that echoed throughout the Wanda Metropolitano following his side’s 2-0 win, Diego Simeone insists that he understood the fans sentiments.However, he was quick to throw his full support behind the decision to bring Alvaro Morata to the club.“The fans’ opinion is always respectable,” he said, according to LiveSoccerTV.“I look for players who serve the club and the team.”last_img read more

Exposure Skateboard Competition in Encinitas

first_img Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitter October 26, 2018 Updated: 1:18 PM Jonathan Halvorson, Jonathan Halvorson center_img ENCINITAS (KUSI) – The 7th Annual Exposure Skateboard competition is being held Encinitas on November 3rd & 4th.The competition raises money for victims of domestic violence.More than 150 skaters from around the world will be competing for a $50,000 prize.“It’s an amazing event that helps boost women’s skateboarding,” said Jordyn Barratt, who has competed in Exposure since 2013. Barratt made her pro debut in 2016 and placed 1st in both Pro Bowl last year.The free event runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.For more information visit www.exposureskate.org. Posted: October 26, 2018 Exposure Skateboard Competition in Encinitaslast_img read more

Falling tree narrowly misses passing car in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A large tree toppled over in Southwest Miami-Dade, narrowly missing a car, Sunday morning.Surveillance video captured the moment the tree came crashing down in the middle of a street along Southwest 24th Street and 32nd Avenue, just seconds after the vehicle drove by.No one was hurt.Cleanup crews have since removed the hazardous road block, clearing the way for traffic.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

AMI Officially Files for Chapter 11

first_imgStar magazine and National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. officially filed its pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan today in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The restructuring petition was agreed upon by bondholders holding more than 75 percent of the company’s bond debt and secured lenders holding more than 70 percent of its bank debt.AMI was a bit more specific about the breakdown in a statement announcing the filing: The Prepackaged Plan, which has been approved by the majority of creditors entitled to vote on the Prepackaged Plan, contemplates that, among other things, holders of secured term facility claims will receive a combination of cash and new second lien notes; holders of secured revolver claims will be paid in full; holders of subordinated notes will receive stock in the reorganized Company; and holders of trade claims will be paid in full. UPDATE: According to the bankruptcy filing, AMI’s debt structure following court confirmation will include a $385million first lien loan and up to $140 million in second-lien loans. Italso calls for a new $40 million revolving credit facility.The filing also indicates that AMI claims between $0 and $50,000 in assets but carries between $500 million and $1 billion in liabilities. The documents say AMI has up to 49 creditors. Among the largest are Wilmington Trust and HSBC Bank. Magazine industry companies named as debtors include: RR Donnelley, Quad Graphics, Source Interlink Media and Trend Offset Printing Services.   In addition to the main petition, AMI also filed a handful of motions requesting a number of things, among them: to continue employee wage and benefits programs; to honor current customer programs without interruption; and to pay creditors in the “ordinary course of business.”  AMI says it does not intend to seek debtor-in-possession financing.AMI announced earlier this month that it was moving toward filing a pre-packaged bankruptcy plan that would “significantly de-lever” its balance sheet. The company says it expects to emerge from the process within 60 days.Earlier today, it was reported that Valerie Latona, the editor of AMI’s Shape magazine, is no longer with the magazine. Latona, who came under fire after a recent cover story featuring singer LeAnn Rimes, will be replaced by Star beauty and fashion director Tara Kraft.last_img read more

Study Warns of Malware on Pirate Apps Loaded on Kodi Boxes

first_imgWASHINGTON — The entertainment industry in recent years has taken aim at a new front in piracy — so-called Kodi boxes, which sell legally but come loaded with infringing content.Now a group is warning that consumers risk serious attacks from malware for accessing the pirated material.The Digital Citizens Alliance, a non-profit focused on issues of internet safety, issued a study on Thursday that showed that malware from the apps stole usernames and passwords. The organization has received funding from the Motion Picture Association of America in recent years.The study, “Fishing in the Piracy Stream: How the Dark Web of Entertainment Is Exposing Consumers to Harm,” focused on devices, known as Kodi boxes or “jailbroken” Fire TV sticks, that resemble Roku or Apple TV boxes yet offer apps that include pirated movies or live sports broadcasts. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “If apps on the box or that are later downloaded have malware, the user has helped the hacker past network security,” according to the study. “Like a trojan horse, the pirate apps are welcomed into the consumer’s home because they purport to offer the gift of free content, only to use their position inside the walls to launch an attack.” According to the group, researchers conducted 500 hours of tests.One researcher downloaded an ad-supported movie and sports app Mobdro, and it contained malware that forwarded a user’s wifi name and password to a server that appeared to be in Indonesia, according to the study. In another instance, malware uploaded, “without permission, 1.5 terabytes of data from the researcher’s device.” Researchers also found piracy apps supported by advertisers, including Amazon and MiniCooper.The study was done along with cybersecurity company Dark Wolfe Consulting.center_img The Canadian cybersecurity firm Sandvine found that almost 10% of the homes in North America are using Kodi devices, which is about in line with some other estimates. A Digital Citizens Alliance survey of 2,073 Americans found that 13% had a device that enabled the streaming of pirated content. “We know streaming is growing, and we also know that pirates and hackers go to where the money is. They use advertising and malware,” said Tom Galvin, the executive director of the group.last_img read more

Playing for summer

first_imgAn artiste knows no seasonal bounds! There is no heat, no chill that can overwhelm an artistic heart. As people of the capital look for summer retreats and ways to beat the heat, we remind you about the large group of artistes who are to present a mega theatrical extravaganza The Summer Theatre Festival next week for Delhiites reeling under the hot weather. From the story of a family broken by the devastating Indian partition to an adaptation of Shakespearse’s classic Merchant of Venice to an adult comedy satiring Indian men, three widely different and interesting plays will be staged over three days. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The three grand productions are full of emotions and liveliness, are supported effectively by Indian music and have a rich content that will both entertain you and touch you deep inside. The USP of this festival is the variety it is offering. While Couple Trouble is an adult comedy which subtly underlines the double standards of married men, Saudagar has been adapted from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice in an Indian set-up. The last play of the festival, Wo Lahore, will introduce to you to a small blissful family living in Lahore which is eventually destroyed as a consequence of India’s partition.When: 20 – 22 June Where: Shri Ram Centre Timing: 7 pmlast_img read more

For the First Time Ever 3D Printed Pill Receives FDA Approval

first_img 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a 3-D printed pill.Developed by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, the pill will be used by patients with epilepsy to control seizures. But the FDA’s stamp of approval could have far broader applications; Aprecia Pharmaceuticals plans to develop other medications using 3-D printing technology, the BBC reports.While 3-D printing technology has been dinged for generating outsized expectations that have yet to be fulfilled, in health care its impact has already been profound. From customized 3-D printed prosthetics and hip replacements, to 3-D printed bones, skin and personalized replicas of tumors (for use in cancer treatment), the industry is a place where novel technology and actual use cases have intercepted to create real innovation.Related: 3-D Printing Points Way to Smarter Cancer TreatmentPills fit neatly into this vein. Not only does the technology – which builds up a tablet in layers – allow for more concentrated pills, it could also make it easier and more cost-efficient (an adjustment to software, instead of the traditional manufacturing process) to create pills precisely tailored for a patient’s exact dosage.In addition, “for the last 50 years we have manufactured tablets in factories and shipped them to hospitals and for the first time this process means we can produce tablets much closer to the patient,” Dr. Mohamed Albed Alhnan, a lecturer in pharmaceutics at the University of Central Lancashire, told the BBC.Related: FDA Approves First Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm August 4, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Philips Unveils Advanced Radiation Oncology Imaging Treatment Planning Innovations at ASTRO 2016

first_imgNews | Radiation Therapy | October 07, 2016 Philips Unveils Advanced Radiation Oncology Imaging, Treatment Planning Innovations at ASTRO 2016 Company highlights latest version of CT Big Bore, Pinnacle3 treatment planning software and Ingenia MR-guided radiotherapy News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more October 7, 2016 — Philips Healthcare featured its latest integrated imaging and treatment planning solutions for radiation oncology at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology’s (ASTRO) 58th Annual Meeting, Sept. 25-28 in Boston. Designed to fit the unique needs of radiation oncology clinicians and patients, these solutions have been developed to put more control in the hands of the clinician, with the intent to improve workflow and operational efficiencies, drive procedure accuracy and ultimately improve care.Over the past few years, cancer care has evolved to deliver more advanced treatments and technologies that do not always integrate seamlessly. For example, the treatment plan plays a big role in determining the quality of the treatment itself. For most patients, this means waiting for a week or more after their simulation scan to start their treatment, which can lead to increased anxiety. According to the National Cancer Institute, in many cases, this not only affects a patient’s ability to cope with treatment, but also impacts their quality of life. As technology and treatments for cancer advance, the patient experience remains first and foremost. The Philips booth at ASTRO 2016 showcased the company’s advanced solutions enhancing its integrated radiation oncology approach with a full suite to help clinicians deliver quality cancer care to improve both the patient and staff experience.Meeting offerings included the following:CT Big Bore v4.2 with Tumor LOC and iPatient Platform – A computed tomography (CT) simulation solution designed for every cancer patient, delivering accuracy, reliability and an efficient workflow to drive clinical confidence in cancer treatment. Now integrated with both Philips’ Tumor LOC technology and iPatient Platform, Big Bore offers more powerful simulation and advanced marking tools to help speed time to treatment.    Powered by Pinnacle3, TumorLOC integrates scanning and planning to simplify and accelerate patient marking and CT simulation at the scanner console. Philips’ iPatient platform provides consistent image quality from scan-to-scan through patient-centered workflows for both routine and advanced 4-D imaging applications, making patient setup fast and easy.Ingenia MR-RT – a dedicated magnetic resonance (MR) simulation platform providing clinicians with high-quality MR images acquired in the treatment position to help visualize targets and critical structures, allowing them to design the best possible treatment plans. The MR-only simulation for prostate treatment planning was recently given 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At ASTRO, Philips also showcased developments in intelligent workflow automation, such as automated contouring on MR-only based datasets (a work in progress).Pinnacle3  — Now with a new intuitive user interface, Pinnacle³ offers seamless integration that enhances planning efficiency and quality while making plan workflow faster and less iterative. Pinnacle3 intelligent automation simplifies and accelerates the intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) planning process. Smart automation tools enable the user to create plans with limited clinician intervention while reducing the dose variability of manual planning workflows.For more information: www.usa.philips.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Related Contentlast_img read more

Unity has won the Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for excellence in

first_imgYesterday, Unity Technologies won its first Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for excellence in engineering creativity. Unity has won this award for their collaboration with Disney Television Animation on the broadcast-quality shorts Baymax Dreams. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), a service organization for advancement in arts and sciences of television, have acknowledged the efforts taken by Unity in Baymax Dreams. Earlier this month Unity also won an Emmy for 3D Engine Software for the Production of Animation. Baymax Dreams series is based on the story of a 14-year old tech genius Hiro and his robot, named, Baymax. The characterization and the visual effects are mesmerizing. Different Unity teams from animation, films, Virtual Reality ( VR), and gaming, united for this creative project. They designed the entire workflow and matched it as per the story and the vision of the director. Graphics Engineer, John Parsaie used Unity’s High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP) to create materials like Baymax’s emissive ‘night light’. He also worked with the Unity artist, Keijiro Takahashi on the voxelization effect. This effect can be seen, when Baymax first enters his dream state. The characters and artwork were built and reviewed in VR. This, of course, helped in increasing clarity and imagining the visuals better. This also enabled experimenting with different styles and formats. The team at Unity made use of multiple methods, including, Unity’s multi-track sequencer, Timeline and Cinemachine’s suite of smart cameras and Post-Processing Stack v2. These were used for layout, lighting, and compositing. To read more about this news, check out the official blog post by Unity. The Technology and Engineering Emmy® Awards in partnership with the NAB show (National Association of Broadcasters) will be held in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Read Next Exploring shaders and materials in Unity 2018.x to develop scalable mobile games Building your own Basic Behavior tree in Unity [Tutorial] Getting started with ML agents in Unity [Tutorial]last_img read more

The Rees Hotel Queenstown has been crowned the Be

first_imgThe Rees Hotel Queenstown has been crowned the “Best New Zealand Ski Hotel” at this year’s World Ski Awards held in Kitzbühel, Austria over the weekend. The Rees Hotel was selected from a shortlist of seven outstanding properties across New Zealand, making the award all the more impressive.These prestigious industry awards were established four years ago and are ski tourism’s highest accolade, recognising excellence across a range of categories, from operators and departments to luxury ski properties worldwide. The World Ski Awards are voted on by travel professionals as well as the general public and are the only global awards to celebrate excellence in ski tourism.The Rees Hotel is well located with convenient access to four first-class ski-fields in the Queenstown area: Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Treble Cone and Cardrona. Together these fields offer a vast range of different terrain suitable for all levers of skiers and boarders.The Rees Hotel is the ideal ski accommodation option for families, couples and groups. The generous-sized hotel rooms and one, two or three bedroom apartments will ensure guests return to comfort and relaxation after a full day on the slopes. Facilities such as complimentary high speed Wi-Fi and 200 in-room movies and an award-winning restaurant and wine cellar seals the off-slope deal for everyone. The hotel has a secure ski locker on site, ski field coaches going past the hotel at regular intervals or guests can arrange hire of a mini van with a driver guide. Hotel cars are also available for transfers.The Rees Hotel’s complimentary ski concierge services make a snow holiday stay memorable for all the right reasons. The friendly and professional concierge team can help with arranging ski or snowboard packages, gear hire (which can be waiting pre-ordered and delivered to a ski locker or custom fit in the comfort of a guests’s hotel room or apartment), booking lessons with an independent instructor that can look after family or individual lessons or even heli-skiing.“We are incredibly honoured to have been chosen as New Zealand’s Best Ski hotel”, says General Manager of The Rees Hotel, Mark Rose. “This award is a testament to the entire staff of the hotel for their commitment in striving to offer a unique ski accommodation experience in conjunction with high quality across all other facets and departments of our property.”With direct flights, four ski fields and now a globally awarded luxury ski accommodation at The Rees Hotel, it is no surprise Queenstown continues to grow in popularity for Australian skiers and boarders.last_img read more