Fort Nelson vandalism at the Demonstration Forest

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – While Municipal staff were conducting routine maintenance at the Demonstration Forest, the staff uncovered a potentially hazardous electrical situation.Staff noticed the boxes attached to power poles had their locks removed and a ‘pigtail’ device was connected to one of the boxes.Unauthorized accessing of power is an extremely unsafe activity which poses a danger both to the perpetrators and other residents using the area for regular recreation shared the Municipality. Repairs are underway to the boxes and the Municipality wants the public to know when damage is done to public property it affects many people. They suggest discouraging those you see about to damage something and to report those who have damaged property.The Municipality is reminding residents to protect the community from the few who choose to put others at risk and incur costs to taxpayers.If you have information about the person(s) who were involved in this or any other act of vandalism to community property, you can report tips anonymously to the RCMP Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or complete and submit the online tip form.last_img read more

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On inauguration of new president Ban pledges support for peace in GuineaBissau

8 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today used the inauguration of a newly elected president in Guinea-Bissau to pledge United Nations support to enhance peace and development in a country that has been plagued by grinding poverty and periodic bouts of civil war, coups, assassinations, and drug trafficking. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said the West African country was turning a new page in its history with the inauguration of Malam Bacai Sanhá of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, who beat Kumba Ialá of the opposition Social Renewal Party in a run-off election in July.The election followed the assassination of then-president João Bernardo Vieira in March. Since then a presidential candidate and a former defence minister were also killed.“The Secretary-General reiterates the support of the United Nations for the consolidation of peace and the promotion of socio-economic development in the country,” the statement said. “He is confident that, with the support of international partners, the people and leaders of Guinea-Bissau will continue their efforts to strengthen democracy and foster respect for the rule of law.”In July, Mr. Ban commended the Government, security forces, election officials and political parties for the peaceful staging of the run-off round. read more

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Darfur UN steps up education after children are killed by unexploded ordnance

Three other children sustained serious injuries – one has lost a hand and an eye – in the same accident, which occurred on 31 August in the town of Al Tawisha in North Darfur state, according to information released by the mission today.Working with Friend of Peace and Development Organization, a local non-governmental organization (NGO), staff from UNAMID’s ordnance disposal office will conduct risk education for the local community later this week and carry out an assessment of the area where the accident occurred.UXO remains a serious problem in Darfur, littering the landscape as a result of the protracted conflict between rebels, Sudanese Government forces and allied militiamen.Last month a 14-year-old girl from a village in South Darfur had to have her right hand amputated and suffered wounds to her neck and face as a result of a UXO.Yesterday UNAMID ordnance disposal staff visited the village of Sehjanna in North Darfur to clear it of any UXO and educate local inhabitants about the risks. 6 September 2011Peacekeepers serving with the joint United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) will hold a public awareness campaign this week about the risks posed by unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the wake of the recent deaths of two children who had been playing with ordnance. read more

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Annan calls for doubling of aid to 15 million for torture victims

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked donor societies and governments to more than double their contributions for assisting torture victims and their families to $15 million in 2006, in his latest report on the subject to the General Assembly.Mr. Annan also calls on donors to make their payments sooner, so that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) could manage their operations better, reflecting a fundamental change in the way the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture will provide monies to NGOs that assist torture victims.The Fund, which was established in 1981 and provides grants to NGOs to assist torture victims and their relatives, is administered thorough the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and a board of trustees appointed by the Secretary General. CAPS/Lima, in Peru, the Rwanda Women’s Community Development Network in Rwanda, and Mandela Institute for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestine Territories are just a few of the almost 200 NGOs that have received money through the Fund.Organizations receiving money from the Fund provide medical, social and psychological assistance to torture victims, which could include direct medical and psychological help, social and financial reintegration through vocational training, and legal assistance to secure compensation for victims and their families.The report shows that the United States and other Western nations are big donors, contributing 98.4 per cent of the fund. As a geographical group, they also only received 63 per cent of the grant monies, while Latin America and Eastern Europe each contributed 0.4 per cent, and received 13 per cent and 9 per cent respectively, says the report.This discrepancy is partly due to the fact that more than half the grants made to Western countries were made to asylum-seekers from other geographic regions (outside of the Western countries). Generally in assigning grants, “Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean are given priority,” says the report. But possible geographical bias should be corrected, and the board recommended that the secretariat “be more proactive in identifying organizations in developing countries, in particular in Africa, that might merit funding.”The Fund will also be examining more strategies to raise money, says Mr. Annan, including the publication of a book due to be release in June 2006 which will highlight aspects of the Fund’s activities since its inception 25 years ago. Further, it will strengthen its management and communications systems to better manage the Fund and its activities. read more

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Farmers market returns to Jubilee Court

Lauren Holbrook sells fresh bread and pastries from de la terre bakery and café at last year’s Farmers’ Market.The Brock Farmers’ Market returns to Jubilee Court next week with vendors and live music.The market, which was indoors during the winter, will enter its summer mode starting on Friday, June 17. There will be more than a dozen vendors selling local produce and crafts every Friday. New this year, there will be local beer and wine for sale and a massage therapist giving demonstrations, said Iain Glass, managing director of Community and Ancillary Services. The barbecue will also feature items supplied by local farmers.“This is our fourth year and we’ve really grown,” Glass said. “We’ve gone from selling apples to selling crafts and other services available in the region.”The market will continue until the end of September. After that, it will move back indoors again, but possibly be held on a different day of the week. In February, the indoor market switched from Fridays to Mondays.The general public is welcome to attend. read more

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Ohio State mens lacrosse loses in exhibition to Navy 1511 after late

Junior goalkeeper Cameron Stephens (1) protects the net during a game against Navy Jan. 25 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU lost, 15-11.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has been living on the edge early in 2014.In both of its exhibition matches, OSU fell behind early, and even though the comeback was completed against Hill Academy Jan. 18, it was a different story Saturday against Navy.The Midshipmen, who finished 3-10 last season, took down the Buckeyes 15-11 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Navy got off to a flying start when senior long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan scooped up a ground ball on the opening face-off and scored 10 seconds into the game.Junior midfielder Jesse King tallied the first goal for OSU to tie the game, but the Midshipmen scored the next four to find themselves leading, 5-1, at the end of the first quarter.After extending their lead to 8-2 in the second quarter, King and the Buckeyes took advantage of Navy penalties to get back in the game.“We all move the ball really well,” King said. “We have a lot of the same guys from last year … I think it is just everyone being a threat and working together that makes our man-up really good.”OSU was able to cut the Midshipmen’s lead to 11-10 with just more than five minutes remaining in the third quarter after senior defenseman Darius Bowling registered an unassisted goal.But that was as close as the Buckeyes got as Navy went on to score four of the last five goals in the game to preserve the victory.OSU coach Nick Myers gave Navy credit for coming out of the gates quickly and putting pressure on the Buckeyes.“They got off to a great start on the very first face off,” Myers said. “We had five turnovers in the first quarter which really dug us into a hole.”The Buckeyes were led offensively by King, who totaled seven points on two goals and five assists, as well as senior attackman Adam Trombley and sophomore midfielder Charlie Schnider who both netted hat tricks in the contest.Sophomore attackman Carter Brown, who was third on the team last year in points with 43, has yet to dress for the Buckeyes in their exhibition games as he is recovering from an injury.Myers did not give specifics about Brown’s injury, but said the team will wait and see if Brown can play next week and has no doubt that he will make an impact offensively when he returns.“He is a little nicked up, so it is up to our medical staff,” Myers said. “Certainly, he will give us a little bit of a boost when he does get back in the lineup.”Buckeye senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the team has to learn from its mistakes in order to avoid a second consecutive loss when OSU takes on Robert Morris Saturday.“It’s just about continuing to work hard,” Meurer said. “We need to get in the film room and see what we are doing wrong in order to not make the same mistakes week after week.”The game against Robert Morris is set to start at noon Saturday and is the final time the Buckeyes take the field prior to starting regular season play at Johns Hopkins Feb. 9. read more

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21 animal pictures to make you crease yourself

first_imgTHERE ARE OF course thousand, nay, MILLIONS of gas animal pictures on the internet.This is just a selection of our favourites…Hey gals, room for one more?Dammit FrankMan versus ostrich Source: ImgurGlen Hansard photobomb Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesSir, no touching the dog, please Source: RandomfunnypictureNothing, just sitting here Source: ImgurA cow photobombing a horse stuck in a fence Source: StrangecosmosRIP bird Source: ImgurThe possum that broke into a bakery and ate so many pastries he couldn’t move Source: ImgurSuch shame Source: WordPressERMAHGERD! Source: spoutcraft.orgOh, hello Source: ImgurThis old classic Source: ImgurJESUS CHRIIIIIIIIIIIST! Source: ImgurLOL Source: ImgurArsebark Source: DogshamingWhy so serious? Source: ImgurHey, Carl… Source: ImgurDog selfie Source: ImgurIs that you Phteven? Source: Imgur Source: ImgurGot any favourites? Share them with us in the comment section…29 things you’ll only find funny if you’re Irish> 13 hilarious pictures of people getting terrible frights>last_img read more

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Is Nokia in discussions to use the Windows Phone OS

first_imgThere is nothing wrong with this web page. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling the transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or… ok I’ve had enough. The title of this article may be more reality than speculation, as it appears Nokia really is in talks with Microsoft about a Windows Phone line of devices featuring Nokia’s hardware.I found this extremely hard to believe when I first dug it up. After all, Nokia was the company that referred to using an alternative OS’ like Android as “peeing in your pants to stay warm.” So rather than go talk to the guys at Google, Nokia reps are talking to Microsoft, in the hopes of getting their brand new, somewhat undercooked in many opinions, mobile OS onto their products.A recent post in Mobile-Review suggest that, in an attempt to save the good ship Nokia and their new hardware line, Nokia’s new management may have initiated the talks. Preliminary results would be a new line of phones branded Nokia, and distributed through their channels, but running the latest in the Windows Phone software.A deal like this would likely seal the coffin containing Symbian and Meego as consumer products for at least a year or two. While many remain hopeful that Nokia will continue to dedicate efforts to the development of their impressive OS, I feel it will require a fair bit of their resources to ensure that Windows runs optimally on their hardware line. As such, it would likely pull from existing departments to make that work. In the mean time, it seems that anyone who enjoys Nokia’s impressive hardware can simply sit back and watch the show.Read more at Mobile-Review (translated), via Unwired Viewlast_img read more

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Les plus grands et les plus vieux arbres sont en danger à

first_imgLes plus grands et les plus vieux arbres sont en danger à travers toute la planèteSi leur course à travers les ans parait invulnérable, les arbres les plus grands et les vieux sont en fait en déclin à travers la planète. Avec une mortalité jusqu’au dix fois supérieure à la moyenne, l’inquiétude est grande pour ces géants qui peuvent abriter 30% de la faune de leur écosystème. Les causes de ce drame sont mal connues mais l’action de l’homme n’y est pas étrangère.Les plus vénérables habitants des forêts sont menacés. Dans une étude parue vendredi dans Science, une équipe de chercheurs s’alarme de la forte mortalité, à l’échelle mondiale, des arbres les plus anciens et les plus massifs. Les arbres vieux de 100 à 300 ans sont les plus touchés alors qu’ils constituent l’habitat de nombreuses espèces animales, en particulier des oiseaux.David Lindenmayer, de l’Université nationale australienne, est particulièrement inquiet. “C’est un problème mondial qui semble se produire dans tous types de forêts. Les arbres grands et vieux sont essentiels à de nombreux environnements naturels et humains. Les études des écosystèmes à travers la planète suggèrent que leur population décline rapidement.”Les plus grands eucalyptus du monde sont en dangerLe professeur a commencé à se rendre compte de la situation alors qu’il étudiait des registres forestiers suédois vieux d’un siècle et demi dans lesquels les vieux arbres semblaient plus courants qu’aujourd’hui. Il est ensuite passé à l’étude de variétés géantes d’eucalyptus en Australie. Les Eucalyptus regnans sont les plus grands arbres au monde après les Redwood californiens, Sequoia sempervirens.Le constat est sans appel : même en dehors des périodes de feux de forêts, les arbres les plus anciens meurent à un rythme dix fois plus élevé que les plus jeunes. La situation n’est guère plus brillante aussi bien dans les parcs naturels américains que dans les forêts du Belize ou dans la savane africaine.Des causes multiples, mais souvent anthropiques”Il y a un besoin urgent de travaux de recherche pour identifier les causes de ces pertes rapides en arbres vieux et grands, affirme David Lindenmayer. Il faut trouver des stratégies pour mieux les gérer. Sans changement de politique, ces arbres vont se raréfier ou disparaitre de beaucoup d’écosystèmes, ce qui conduira à la perte de l’écosystème associé. Selon les endroits, ils peuvent abriter jusqu’à 30% des espèces d’oiseaux et d’autres animaux d’une même région.”Les causes supposées sont multiples. On y retrouve la déforestation, les pratiques agricoles, la gestion humain des feux de forêts, qu’ils sont provoqués volontairement ou non, les insectes et le changement climatique. Les chercheurs penchent surtout pour une combinaison de ces facteurs. Comme nombre d’entre eux sont d’origine anthropique, il est donc possible d’inverser la tendance s’il y a une vraie volonté politique de sauver les grands arbres, mais ça…Le 8 décembre 2012 à 16:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Pa Modou to face Bordeaux today

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah Pa Modou Jagne will today face French club Bordeaux in the Europa League group stage. The left-back who has been a big hit with Swiss club FC Sion will again be tasked to help marshal Bordeaux after playing a big part in the one-all draw with English side Liverpool at Anfield.One of Gambia’s most consistent exports abroad, Jagne renowned as Nda, will be the star attention over here at home, with Gambian fans expected to watch this cracking episode. FC Sion initially tagged as underdogs, top group B on four points after two matches with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool joint second while Rubin Kazan sits bottom of the group. Pa Modou and co will extend their lead at the summit should they pull off a surprise at the Stade de Bordeaux today. Nda, 26, will be joined by Kebba Ceesay in the Europa League with his Lech Poznan outfit playing against Fiorentina in Italy. Poznan are second from bottom on a single point in group I temporarily topped by Basel. All matches are set to start today evening 5:pm and 7pm respectively. The Europa League is the second most competitive club tourney in Europe.last_img read more

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Stocks plunge as attention returns to weak economy

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks plunged again Wednesday as investors turned their attention back to the weak economy and Europe’s debt problems. Most of the big gains that followed a Federal Reserve pledge to extend super-low interest rates vanished. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 500 points. The average had plummeted more than 300 points within minutes of the opening bell and was down as many as 468 points by late morning.On Tuesday, the Dow gained 429 points after the Fed said it planned to keep interest rates extremely low at least through the middle of 2013. It was the first time the Fed announced such a timetable. But the day’s gains were likely just a blip caused by computerized trading based on programs that dictate when to buy or sell, some investors and analysts said.The rally was “so unbelievably fast, it’s as though every computer on Wall Street hit the point where the program said `buy, buy, buy, buy, buy’,” said Daniel Alpert, managing partner of investment bank Westwood Capital. “Machines don’t read Fed announcements, people do — and they were reacting in a negative way.” That was more evident Wednesday, as investors focused on Europe and the Fed’s pessimistic assessment of the U.S. economy.“You’re always going to get people looking for a silver lining in a bear market, and that’s all that Tuesday was,” said Paul Simon, chief investment officer of chief investment officer for Tactical Allocation Group, which has $1.5 billion in assets under advisement. “There are a complex set of issues here and in Europe, and there aren’t a whole lot of positives there.”last_img
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Playboy Makes Digital Archive Free

first_imgInterestingly, users do not need to verify their age to access thearchive. They do, however, have to download Microsoft’s Silverlightsoftware.In 2007, Playboy launched fully searchable digital archives of the magazines on DVD-ROM produced by Bondi Digital, which also developed the platform for “The Complete New Yorker.” Playboy’s new online archive was also produced with Bondi.A rep for Playboy said the selection of 53 issues, which mirrors the New Yorker model, was done by a pattern of cycling through by issue month and year, instead of random selection (digitally archived issues begin with January 1954, February 1955, March 1956, etc.). Currently, 1950s titles are available through Playboy’s Cover to Cover box set, with the ‘60s to roll out in the near future. Playboy went live yesterday with a digital version of its archive, allowing users to instantly view more than 50 back issues of Playboy for free.Readers can browse, search and read a compilation of digital back issues from 1954 to 2007, with each digital issue appearing exactly as it did in print, with advertisements in tact.“Playboy has an incredibly rich history and an intensely loyal readership,” Playboy founder Hugh Hefner said in a statement. “This is the perfect opportunity to offer them something they have always wanted and also a great way to allow a whole new generation to easily explore the magazine.”last_img read more

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ExCJ Sinha wanted to stage judicial coup claims law minister

first_imgLaw Minister Anisul Huq. Photo: UNBLaw minister Anisul Huq on Tuesday said former chief justice SK Sinha had an intention to stage a judicial coup in the country, reports UNB.“His (SK Sinha) intention was to stage a judicial coup d’état. Nearly two and half years were wasted to resist him…many development activities were hampered because of him,” said the minister at a meeting with the officials of legislative & parliamentary affairs division at his ministry.Surendra Kumar Sinha, who served as the 21st chief justice of Bangladesh resigned from his position in November 2017.Anisul Huq further said prime minister Sheikh Hasina has formed the legislative division realising its necessity for the rule of law. “No law can go beyond the purview of this division.”“The Legislative Division should have been formed when the constitution was being formulated as it’s a very important wing. Even, the military rulers never thought of a separate division to enact laws. We had to wait until 2009 after country’s independence for it,” he said.Emphasising the need for arranging advanced training for the officials of the legislative division abroad, he said the ministry would take initiatives in this regard.last_img read more

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Schoolboy killed in road crash

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA Class-IX student was killed as a bus crashed into a motorcycle on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Ghior upazila on Sunday evening.The deceased was Chhoton, 14, son of Pabel Khan of Muljan village in Sadar upazila. He was a student of Muljan High School.Yamin Uddoula, in-charge of Barangail highway police outpost, said the victim along with his friend Samiul was going towards Aricha by a motorcycle.A Green Line Paribahan bus hit the bike from behind around 6:30pm, leaving them injured.Being rescued by locals, they were taken to Manikganj District Hospital where the physicians pronounced Chhoton dead.Samiul was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for better treatment.last_img read more

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Three Tips for Getting Started on Foursquare

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Luke Holden quit his job on Wall Street in 2009 to follow his dream of opening up a restaurant selling lobster sandwiches. His small place in New York’s East Village quickly garnered a loyal following, and Holden, who comes from a fishing family in Maine, has since opened up three restaurants.How has “Luke’s Lobster” grown so rapidly despite the worst recession in decades? Holden hasn’t spent a dime on television spots or newspaper ads. But he has spent a great deal of time on social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook. One of Holden’s most powerful tools to reach new customers is a relatively new location-based social media tool called Foursquare.You might have heard of Foursquare, but if you’re not using it for business, you’re missing out on a powerful marketing and engagement tool that can help any business — large or small — tell its brand story to an entirely new category of consumer.Foursquare is a location-based social networking platform that helps users explore their world. Foursquare recently hit one billion check-ins. That means people around the world are using the Foursquare app on their smartphones to check in to places like restaurants, pubs, gyms, hotels, campuses, stadiums, retail stores, and just about any other type of physical and even nonphysical locations.Users are checking in at the rate of 34 times per second and they are doing so in every city, in every country in the world. Once they check-in, users often share that information with friends, families and followers on Facebook and Twitter. Foursquare users compete for badges, points, and “mayorships,” awarded to those who check in to a place most frequently.Related: The Innovators — Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley (Video)The app is fun and can make the world a more interesting place. But the full power of Foursquare is unleashed by giving local businesses a tool to attract, retain and engage their customers in ways that were never possible. Here’s how.Stake your claim. As a business owner, you can claim your venue on Foursquare (for free) and create “specials.” Specials are rewards for people who check in. You can reward people simply for checking in, for checking in a certain number of times, for checking in with friends, or reward the person who checks in the most (the “mayor”). For example, Chili’s Grill & Bar, a national restaurant chain, rewards its customers with free chips and salsa every time they check in. The marketing director tells me it helps separate Chili’s from the “sea of sameness” customers confront when they are looking for a casual dining chain. How does Chili’s make money on the deal? Simple. People don’t walk into Chili’s just for free chips and salsa and leaves. They order appetizers, entrees and drinks.RadioShack takes it one step further. The electronics chain rewards Foursquare users just for checking in, but it also reserves a special reward for their stores most loyal customers, the mayors. RadioShack’s first campaign rewarded anyone who checked in with 10 percent off qualifying purchases. The mayor received an additional discount of 20 percent off.Lee Applbaum, RadioShack’s chief marketing officer, told me that he joined Foursquare to help “redefine RadioShack for consumers, to contemporize the brand and to leverage the conversation around mobility” since part of RadioShack’s mission is to be viewed as the leading specialist in all things mobile. Foursquare’s demographic was alluring. Early adopters are, by nature, young, mobile, engaged, and likely to spend more.”Those are the people we need to attract,” says Applbaum. Does it work? According to Applbaum, it sure does. Foursquare users who unlock specials spend three-and-a-half times more money than the average RadioShack customer. “That’s a big number,” says Applbaum.Rethink your business. The outlook for the Milwaukee restaurant AJ Bombers looked bleak at the height of the recession in 2008. That’s when owner Joe Sorge knew that he had to do something radical and innovative to save the struggling restaurant.Related: How Social Media Can Rev Up Revenue”I had to find a way to gain exposure without spending money,” Sorge told me. Sorge established a presence on Twitter and Facebook, but things really got rolling when he joined Foursquare. AJ Bombers was the first venue to host “swarm parties” in which users get badges like the “swarm badge” for being in the same place with 50 Foursquare users or more. Not only had 50 people shown up for Sorge’s first event, another 150 showed up as well, doubling the average sales for that day.Sorge was hooked. He kept up the parties but also offered unique and creative rewards for his most loyal customers, such as customized monthly menus for the mayor, free burgers or deserts for the mayor, or free cookies for anyone who leaves a tip on Foursquare (the venue has hundreds of tips and photos). Sorge says that in 18 months he earned as much or more exposure as his closest competitor in the city had garnered in the previous 10 years.Be creative and have fun. Some restaurants reward the mayor by setting aside a special table for that person or sending the mayor to the front of the line. Frozen-dessert franchise Tasti D-Lite puts a photo of the mayor on digital signs inside the stores. Walgreens is being creative by donating flu vouchers for people in need with every check-in. Foursquare gives you the ability to create more interesting experiences for your new customers, your loyal customers and their friends.Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently said, “The next generations of leaders and startups to emerge will involve mobile, local, and social. The future will be mobile first.” People want to do more than purchase products. They want an experience and since they are increasingly living their lives on their mobile phones, retailers who provide them with a mobile experience will stand out. It’s likely that your customers are already on Foursquare. Go ahead and check. You probably have a mayor and don’t even know it. They are waiting for you to engage them.Related: Tips to Boost Business on Foursquare 6 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free October 19, 2011 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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Researchers demonstrate new ways to hack your stupidly complex smart home

first_imgDisclosureEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work.Oops.Image: bubaone / gettyBy Jack Morse2019-03-06 01:19:25 UTC Image: Jack Morse / mashableIf these brains can be accessed — and it turns out that many of them can be — then the entire system can be exploited. Examples provided by the researchers were chilling. Say you set up your smart home to send you a photo, via Slack, every time your outside camera detected movement. Great, right? Well, maybe. Because, if attackers can gain access to the platform facilitating this communication between the camera and Slack, then they can intercept that image and functionally get push notification photos for your house. “As you’re adding more and more stuff, the attack vector […] is steadily increasing,” Hilt told the crowd. Or how about a program that, upon detecting your smartphone has joined the home Wi-Fi network, unlocks the front door smart lock. This is super futuristic and fun, until a hacker tricks the program into recognizing her phone as well and then walks into your house while you’re at the beach contemplating how much easier life has been made by your networked smart home.  Image: jack Morse / mashableFrustratingly, according to Hilt and Huq, there are plenty of exposed IoT automation servers that can be quickly and easily found via the IoT search engine Shodan. A slide shared during the presentation noted that the researchers had discovered thousands. What’s more, these servers sometimes give specific latitude and longitude data for the house in question. This means that not only could a bad actor control a smart home online, but they could find it in real life. In one troubling example, the researchers noted that they located an exposed smart home system belonging to a house that just so happened to be quite close to their physical location. So what does this mean for you? It means you need to pay attention to not only the security of your smart bulbs, but to the security of the system that ties them to your IoT-connected washing machine as well. Because as we continue to add more networked devices to our homes, the under-explored problems that come with the resulting complexity are increasingly likely to rear their ugly heads.center_img It seems that some homes may be too smart for their own good. On Monday, March 5, researchers at the San Francisco RSA conference presented to an assembled crowd of journalists and cybersecurity experts an unexpected approach for hacking into the device-enabled homes of the modern day George and Lydia Hadley. Notably, they explained, it’s not solely our internet of things that includes cameras and refrigerators we need to worry about. Instead, as people add more and more smart devices to their lives we also need to pay attention to the systems managing the interactions between those tools. Sounds fun, right?At the core of this vulnerability is what the two Trend Micro senior threat researchers, Stephen Hilt and Numaan Huq, call “complex IoT environments” (CIE). In a corresponding paper detailing the threat, they define such an environment as typically (but not exclusively) a smart home with ten or more IoT devices linked up to one another. It’s how these smart gadgets interact, via a so-called IoT automation platform, that’s the problem. Imagine setting up your smart doorbell to tell your smart lights to turn on when it detects a predetermined amount of outside light. Your automation platform would be the connective tissue wrapping those two services together. “An IoT automation platform serves as a brain of sorts for the CIE and allows the creation of smart applications by functionally chaining the devices through custom rules, thus allowing devices to interact and affect each other’s actions,” reads an accompanying Trend Micro blog post. last_img read more

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first_img 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. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | April 19, 2019 HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Electronic Health Information Interoperability Rules The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two… read more News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more Podcast | Information Technology | June 26, 2019 PODCAST: Why Blockchain Matters In Medical Imaging The technology has some hurdles ahead of it. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more October 8, 2008 – To evaluate patient safety and quality care benefits of medical devices that share data with EMRs, HIMSS Analytics and the American College of Clinical Engineering have agreed to jointly conduct an ongoing research study of medical devices in American hospitals. As part of this research process, HIMSS Analytics will be creating benchmark reports for hospitals that complete the survey so that these organizations can more clearly compare their operations to peer hospitals. This information can be used to review and defend allocations for both operating and capital budgets for the clinical engineering/biomedical operations. According to the agreement, “the two organizations agree to collaborate in developing and conducting a census survey of mutually agreed-upon questions directed at hospital corporations regarding the collection of IT application information in US hospitals, initially those above 150 beds.”“We partnered with ACCE and its membership of clinical engineers so that both of our organizations can review and better understand the impact of these interfaced medical devices in the delivery of patient care,” said Mike Davis, executive vice president for HIMSS Analytics. “The data that we gather will provide a beneficial snapshot of how healthcare providers are integrating intelligent medical devices into the EMR environments to optimize patient care delivery.”“Clinical engineers and other healthcare technology managers are trying to grasp the magnitude of integrating their medical systems with EMR and other IT-based systems,” said Jennifer Jackson, president, ACCE. “These peer-based results will inform our members about current integration trends and how they relate to our capital and operational programs. Our organization is really looking forward to working with HIMSS Analytics on this unique program that will benefit all those interested in medical system integration.”For more information: www.himss.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | May 30, 2019 | By Larry Sitka and Jef Williams Data Driven Workflows on the Rise as the User Changes Medical imaging and informatics are critical to delivering care and managing wellness. read more News | October 08, 2008 HIMSS Reviews Impact of Medical Device Data on Patient Care News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more News | Radiology Business | June 11, 2019 The Current Direction of Healthcare Reform Explained by CMS Administrator Seema Verma June 11, 2019 — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Med read more Related Contentlast_img read more

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first_img John Carrino, M.D., M.Ph., presents “Challenges and Opportunities for Radiology to Prove Value in Alternative Payment Models” at AHRA 2019. Photo by Greg Freiherr News | Radiation Oncology | July 17, 2019 CMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal for an advanced alternative payment model (APM)… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Feature | May 08, 2014 National Survey of 5,000 Physicians Finds Declining Practice Profitability in Year Ahead Survey shows expected administrative burdens to sharply increase Image by rawpixel from Pixabay  Feature | Radiology Business | July 22, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume Efforts to reform healthcare are booming, b read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. May 8, 2014 — The past year has been a turbulent one for U.S. physicians, according to the 2014 Practice Profitability Index (PPI). The PPI was conceived in 2013 as part of a partnership between cloud-based health technology provider, CareCloud, and Quantia Inc., a leader in physician engagement and alignment. The research is intended to serve as an annual barometer for the operational wellbeing of U.S. medical groups in the year ahead. Approximately 5,064 physicians contributed their insights to the second annual PPI in March 2014.Physicians Have Darkening Outlook on Practices’ ProfitabilityThe key finding of the PPI survey was that U.S. physicians are now more than twice as likely to foresee eroding, not increasing, profits in 2014. Those with a negative outlook increased from 36 percent to 39 percent during the past year, while optimists declined from 22 percent to 19 percent. The issues weighing on finances are still led by declining reimbursements (60%); rising costs (50%); requirements from the Affordable Care Act (49%); and the transition to ICD-10 (43%).Operational Challenges Impact Patient Care“The 2014 PPI results show that physicians are experiencing increasing strain on their practice operations as a result of healthcare reform and government mandates. This strain, in turn, affects patients – including the millions of new ones entering the system as a result of the Affordable Care Act,” said Albert Santalo, chairman and CEO of CareCloud. “Nearly half of physicians say they cannot take on these patients, foreshadowing an access to care issue. Meanwhile, despite the hype about emerging reimbursement models, physicians are most likely to seek improvements through programs that help them engage with their sickest and most vulnerable patients.”The complete 2014 PPI survey results, which also explore physicians’ opinions on technology adoption; time spent on administration rather than patient care; impact of healthcare reform; intent to stay independent or sell their practice; and strategies for improving operational performance, can be accessed at http://www.carecloud.com/practice-profitability-index-2014/.Additional key findings from the 2014 PPI included:Regulation Buries Physicians in Increasing Administrative Work, Affecting CareSuccessful patient engagement requires that physicians have adequate time and space to focus on care. But the percentage of doctors spending more than one day a week on paperwork rose sharply between 2013 and 2014, from 58 percent to 70 percent. Nearly one-quarter (23%) spend more than 40 percent of their time on administration, up from 15 percent last year.Physicians’ ability to make adequate time for patients will become increasingly critical. The PPI found 40 percent of physicians indicated patient engagement programs, such as disease management and population health efforts aimed at high-risk patients, hold the greatest promise for their practice performance in 2014.Interestingly, just 11 percent of physicians cited participation in fee-for-value or Accountable Care Organization contracts — which reward them for health outcomes — as contributing to their operational performance in 2014.ICD-10 Delay Will Defer Revenue Disruptions, But Preparation Costs RemainAt the end of March 2014, the government approved a minimum one-year delay to the ICD-10 code transition, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 1, 2014. The move provides some runway to the majority of physicians who were unprepared. Before the delay, nearly half of physicians (44%) did not know whether they would be ready. Another 25 percent were certain they would not be prepared and faced high transition and upgrade costs.“The move by the government to push back the transition to ICD-10 has caused significant frustration among medical groups that had already begun preparations to meet the October deadline,” continued Santalo. “But while physicians will now avoid ICD-10-related disruptions to billing and collections in 2014, their preparation costs remain. They’re increasingly buckling down to focus on those processes and technologies that can support them for the long term.”For more information: www.carecloud.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more last_img read more

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Bitcoin Core escapes a collapse from a DenialofService vulnerability

first_imgA few days back, Bitcoin Core developers discovered a vulnerability in its Bitcoin Core software that would have allowed a miner to insert a ‘poisoned block’ in its blockchain. This would have crashed the nodes running the Bitcoin software around the world. The software patch notes state, “A denial-of-service vulnerability (CVE-2018-17144) exploitable by miners has been discovered in Bitcoin Core versions 0.14.0 up to 0.16.2.” The developers further recommended users to upgrade any of the vulnerable versions to 0.16.3 as soon as possible. CVE-2018-17144: The denial-of-service vulnerability The vulnerability was introduced in Bitcoin Core version 0.14.0, which was first released in March 2017. But the issue wasn’t found until just two days ago, prompting contributors of the codebase to take action and ultimately release a tested fix within 24 hours. In a report by The Next Web, “The bug relates to its consensus code. It meant that some miners had the option to send transaction data twice, causing the Bitcoin network to crash when attempting to validate them. As such invalid blocks need to be mined anyway, only those willing to disregard block reward of 12.5BTC ($80,000) could actually do any real damage.” Also, the bug was not only in the Bitcoin protocol but also in its most popular software implementation. Some cryptocurrencies built using Bitcoin Core’s code were also affected. For example, Litecoin patched the same vulnerability on Tuesday. However, the bitcoin is far too decentralized to be brought down by any single entity. TNW also states, “While never convenient, responding appropriately to such potential dangers is crucial to maintaining the integrity of blockchain tech – especially when reversing transactions is not an option.” This vulnerability discovery, however, was a great escape from the Bitcoin collapse. To read about this news in detail, head over to The Next Web’s full coverage. Read next A Guide to safe cryptocurrency trading Apple changes app store guidelines on cryptocurrency mining Crypto-ML, a machine learning powered cryptocurrency platformlast_img read more

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