first_imgOvernight closures on the Seal Island Bridge on Highway 105 willcontinue next week. If weather permits crews to work, the bridge will be closedfrom 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day from Monday, Sept. 15to Friday, Sept. 19. For all other times, including this weekend, traffic will bereduced to one lane. Traffic control will consist of trafficlights and, at times, traffic control personnel. Motorists can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. They shouldexpect slightly longer delays when the Newfoundland Ferry trafficarrives. Motorists can obtain up-to-date information on the Seal IslandBridge reconstruction project by calling 1-866-720-2800. The Department of Transportation and Public Works regrets anyinconvenience this work may cause. -30-last_img

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that the state government is committed to framing good laws in order to ensure justice for all, on the occasion of International Justice Day.She highlighted that 19 human rights courts have been set up in the state during the last eight years, since the Trinamool Congress came to power in 2011. “#InternationalJusticeDay #Bangla Govt is committed to framing good laws for people and ensuring good justice for all. 19 human rights courts have been set up in #Bangla in the last 8 years,” Banerjee tweeted. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersInternational Justice Day, also known as World Day for International Justice or Day of International Criminal Justice, is celebrated across the globe as an effort to recognise the strengthening system of international justice. It may be mentioned that Bengal is the first state to set up such courts. These are located in the district headquarters and special public prosecutors have been appointed for filing the cases. The district and sessions judges hear the cases in the human rights courts, which are aimed at fast disposal of rights violation cases.last_img read more

Rabat – The Moroccan community in Britain organized on Sunday a sit-in in London outside the headquarters of the British Parliament to denounce the “irresponsible” statements made by the Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon against Morocco.The demonstrators, who came from different parts of the UK and represented several associations, condemned the statements made by Ban Ki-moon.Waving national flags and holding portraits of King Mohammed VI, the members of the Moroccan community chanted slogans against the biased remarks of the UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon’s mandate and role require him to remain neutral and objective in order to promote the peaceful conflict resolution. The Moroccans of Britain expressed their unwavering commitment to the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of the kingdom while reiterating their constant support behind the King Mohammed VI to defeat the maneuvers of the enemies of territorial unity.Moroccans of England unanimously stressed their rejection of any premeditated attempt to deflect the political process of the settlement of the dispute over the Western Sahara as established by the Security Council.Following Ban Ki-moon’s recent feud with the Moroccan government over his controversial statements regarding Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara, Moroccans and their brothers abroad organized sit-ins to denounce Ban Ki-moon’s biased statements.On March 21, thousands of Moroccan-Americans, including members of the Moroccan Jewish community, gathered outside the United Nations in New York to protest the UN Secretary-General’s blunders and to tell the world that the Sahara is Moroccan and that the Moroccan diaspora is not apathetic about this cause.Last Friday, Members of the Moroccan community residing in Sweden staged a sit-in in Stockholm and strongly denounced the “biased and distorted” comments made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier this month during his visit to the Tindouf camps in Algeria. read more

Rabat – A police officer fired five bullets using his service revolver in order to stop four suspects arrested on suspicion of theft Saturday morning, according to the Maghreb News Agency (MAP).The same source added that the suspects arrested have an extensive criminal record and belong to a criminal gang specializing in robbery. The General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) reported that the gang threatened their victims with the use of arms and actual violence.The DGSN added that the gang was involved in several robbery operations. The initial investigation targeting the suspects made it possible to identify their location. The criminals were caught in a lightly-coloured car near Mabella, a neighborhood of Rabat. The policeman fired his service revolver when the suspects refused to comply with his orders and attempted to flee the scene. He fired four warning shots, while the fifth hit the defendants’ car.Afterward, police searched the inside of the car where they found a knife and an iron bar in addition to other stolen items.The defendants were placed in custody by the police in order to conduct the necessary investigations. read more

According to the report the TNA delegation is to call on India to exert pressure on the government to address Tamil concerns. External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris is already scheduled to visit the U.S next month for talks with U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.The U.S Embassy in Colombo had earlier said there were no scheduled meetings with the TNA and Clinton in the U.S so far. A Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation headed by party leader R. Sambanthan is to visit India at the end of next month, reports said today.The Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper quoted TNA sources as saying that the TNA delegation will brief the Indian government on the current situation in the country. The TNA delegation is also expected to visit the U.S in June for talks with the U.S State department, the Uthayan newspaper report said. read more

The Prime Minister, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka, said that today both countries comprehensively reviewed the whole range of the multifaceted bilateral relationship, in the fields of political interactions, trade and commerce, defence, education, science and technology, culture and agriculture etc.He said the talks were held in a warm friendly and cordial atmosphere and were marked by full trust and complete understanding. The Prime Minister said that both sides reached broad consensus on ways and means to further strengthen our bilateral cooperation in a comprehensive manner. “They are marked by cordiality and commonality of views on major regional and global issues and close cooperation in the multilateral forums. Both sides wish to further deepen and broaden these ties through regular high level contacts and exchange of visits,” he said. The Pakistan Prime Minister said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy excellent relations, based on mutual respect and shared interests. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today thanked Sri Lanka for the support extended during Pakistan’s most difficult times.He also invited President Maithripala Sirisena to visit Pakistan at an early date so that the relations of mutual trust and confidence can be further enhanced. “We have agreed to hold frequent summit level meetings, promote parliamentary exchanges and enhance the process of consultations, cooperation and coordination between our respective institutions. We also discussed the issues related to the implementation of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement. The two countries have agreed on the inclusion of Services and Investments chapters in the bilateral FTA. This would enable our companies to form joint ventures for export to third countries. Sri Lanka enjoys exceptional position of being the first country with which Pakistan entered into a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The present volume of trade (approx. US $325 million) does not reflect true potential. We have agreed to re-invigorate our efforts to realize the goal of achieving US $1 billion bilateral trade target at the earliest. I re-iterated Pakistan’s offer to setup Cement and Sugar Plants in Sri Lanka, on mutually agreed terms, for the long term benefit of Sri Lankan economy. We have also conveyed our readiness to welcome Sri Lankan investment in Pakistan. We have also expressed satisfaction on the work of Pakistan-Sri Lanka Joint Economic Commission in promoting bilateral trade,” he said.The Pakistan Prime Minister also said that both sides expressed their satisfaction at the existing bilateral cooperation in the field of Defence. He conveyed his desire for more frequent port calls, participation in military exercises and fence seminars and training of military personnel.Both sides also agreed to give further impetus of their cooperation in the fields of education, science and technology, healthcare, agriculture, tourism, sporting contacts, cultural exchanges and people to people contacts. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Some leftist political parties are to form an alliance with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, the new political party chaired by Professor G.L Peiris.Lanka Sama Samaja Party leader Tissa Vitharana said that his party will join the new political party at the next election. He said the expectation is that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will lead the new party.Our Sri Lanka Freedom Front’ led by Wimal Geeganage was recently renamed as the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna. Professor G.L Peiris was named Chairman of the new political party. (Colombo Gazette)

MONTREAL — National Bank reported first-quarter net income of $552 million, up $2 million from the same period a year earlier.The Montreal-based lender’s earnings amounted to diluted earnings per share of $1.50 for the three-month period ended Jan. 31, up from $1.46 a year ago.That’s lower than the $1.54 in diluted earnings per share expected by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon.The bank says its results this quarter were driven by growth in most of its businesses, tempered by a slowdown in its financial markets segment in the wake of the market volatility late last year.National Bank’s saw a year-over-year uptick in profit from Canadian retail banking, wealth management, and its U.S. specialty finance and international operations, but earnings from its financial markets division dropped 17 per cent from one year ago.Chief executive Louis Vachon says the bank delivered a “good performance despite challenging markets.”“We continue to benefit from the diversification of our business, a strong Quebec economy and our prudent approach to risk. Credit quality remains excellent, and the Bank posted solid capital ratios,” Vachon said in a statement. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Netflix produces unexpected 4Q profit as Internet video service gains 2 million US subscribers by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2013 10:33 pm MDT SAN FRANCISCO – Netflix has re-emerged as a stock-market star after a fourth-quarter performance that demonstrated its success in broadening the appeal of its Internet video service despite stiffer competition.The results announced Wednesday served as a resounding endorsement of Netflix Inc. CEO Reed Hastings, who has been spending heavily to license more compelling movies and TV shows in hopes of warding off intensifying competitive threats. Companies such as Amazon.com Inc. and Coinstar Inc.’s Redbox have expanded into streaming video to Internet-connected devices to compete with Netflix.Hastings’ strategy has been met with widespread skepticism, but it paid off during the final three months of last year.Netflix gained 2 million video-streaming subscribers in the U.S. during the quarter, propelling the company to a profit during a period that was supposed to produce a loss. In a letter to investors, Hastings credited the gains to people’s interest in watching a wide range of entertainment on the tablet computers and Internet-connected TVs that they got as holiday gifts.“As the sales of tablets go, apparently so go the fortunes of Netflix,” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said.Investors were euphoric. Netflix’s volatile stock soared $36.24, or more than 35 per cent, to $139.50 in extended trading after the numbers came out. If the rally carries over into Thursday’s regular trading, Netflix’s stock would hit a new 52-week high. It would also mark a nearly 80 per cent increase since the company’s early December announcement of a licensing deal with The Walt Disney Co. for exclusive streaming rights to new movies beginning in 2016.The upturn in Netflix’s stock has been a boon for billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who began accumulating a 10 per cent stake in the company in early September when the stock was trading below $55.Despite the recent rebound, Netflix’s stock remains well below its peak price of nearly $305 reached in July 2011. That was around the same time the company outraged subscribers with a change that increased prices by as much as 60 per cent for those who wanted to stream video and still rent DVDs through the mail. Hastings has been scrambling to make amends since the backlash triggered mass cancellations.“There is still an echo and a bruise,” Hastings told analyst during a Wednesday conference call. “We are still extremely thoughtful and careful about what we are trying to do. It wouldn’t take much for the issue to flare up again or for us to lose trust. You might say we are on probation at this point, so we are out of jail.”The fourth-quarter surge in new customers left Netflix with 27.1 million U.S. subscribers to its streaming service, which costs $8 per month.Netflix’s international expansion also picked up steam as the company ended the quarter with an additional 1.8 million subscribers outside the U.S.That gave Netflix 33.3 million video-streaming subscribers worldwide as Netflix began the new year.Netflix also still has 8.2 million customers signed up for the DVD-by-mail rental plans that launched the company’s early success. Although Netflix is phasing out the disc service, the company hung on to more of the DVD subscribers than it anticipated during the fourth quarter. Netflix lost 382,000 DVD subscribers during the quarter.Netflix seems confident it will build upon its recent momentum in the current quarter, which will be highlighted by the Feb. 1 debut of a much-anticipated TV series called “House of Cards.” The series is produced exclusively for the video streaming service and stars Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey.In his letter, Hastings described “House of Cards” ”as a defining moment in the development of Internet TV.” Netflix is releasing all 13 episodes of the first season simultaneously on the hunch that the added convenience will foster more subscriber loyalty instead of encouraging people to sign up for the service for just a month or two to watch exclusive series such as “House of Cards.”The company, which is based in Los Gatos, California, forecast that its video streaming service will pick up 1.35 million to 2.1 million in the U.S. during the first three months of this year.Netflix also expects to break even or generate another profit during the quarter. Analysts previously thought the company would lose money to start the year as expenses for the international expansion and video-licensing fees outpace revenue growth.Although he applauded Netflix’s fourth-quarter performance, Pachter still believes Netflix’s bills to license video will hobble the company.“I think the company is genuinely mistaken in how it thinks it is going to manage content costs,” Pachter said. “This is truly a house of cards and it’s going to come crashing down this year.”As of Dec. 31, Netflix owed $5.6 billion in licensing fees during the next five years, up from $5 billion through Sept. 30. In an indication that he believes Netflix can shoulder the financial load, Hastings told analysts Wednesday that he is interested in licensing Sony Corp.’s’ latest movies in a deal similar to the one recently struck with Disney. Sony has a licensing agreement with the Starz pay-TV channel ends in 2015.Netflix earned nearly $8 million, or 13 cents per share, in the fourth quarter. That was a 78 per cent plunge from net income of $35.2 million, or 64 cents per share, at the same time last year.Taking their cue from Netflix’s own projections in October, analysts polled by FactSet had predicted the company’s would lose 12 cents per share, also because of expenses for expansion and licensing.Revenue climbed 8 per cent from the previous year to $945 million, about $10 million above expectations.For the full year, earned $17 million, or 29 cents per share, on revenue of $3.6 billion. Netflix had started the year warning it might sustain an annual loss for the first time in a decade. The company earned $226 million, or $4.16 per share, on revenue of $3.2 billion in 2011. read more

Courtesy of MCTMaking his sixth straight Memorial start, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel shot a 65 (7-under) to start the 37th annual Memorial Tournament from Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, and finished Thursday at the top of the leaderboard.Schwartzel’s strong outing was followed by Scott Piercy at 6-under par, who has three top-ten finishes on the PGA Tour this year.Four strokes behind Piercy lands Tiger Woods shooting 1-under 71 on the afternoon. The last time Woods shot a 71 in the first round came in 2000, where he went on to win his second of five tournament titles at Muirfield. The winner of the 2012 Memorial champion may have had the strongest pairing of the day, playing alongside the likes of Fred Couples (-2) and Keegan Bradley (-1), respectively.Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy is threatening to miss the cut for the second straight year. After his first 18 holes, McIlroy wrapped-up round one shooting a 78 (6-over). Despite his back-to-back poor starts, McIlroy has managed leave Muirfield with top ten finishes in 2010 (T-10) and 2011(5th).Perhaps one of the bigger stories from Thursday was the performance of 14-year-old Guan Tianlang of China. Making his name known from making the cut at last April’s Masters, the amateur finished at an even par-72 going into Friday’s round. Tianlang is the youngest player to ever make a cut and the fourth youngest player to make a start on a PGA Tour event. read more

Former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday for driving and crashing in a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown, in December 2012.He faces up to 20 years in prison. He could also get probation, as did North Texas teen, Ethan Couch, who received probation for intoxication manslaughter after a wreck that left four people dead a few weeks ago.Brent was led from the courtroom in handcuffs after the jury returned its decision following nine hours of deliberation over two days. Among those sitting with Brent’s sobbing family was Stacey Jackson, Brown’s mother. Jackson left the courtroom with Brent’s family and did not answer questions. She said in previous interviews that she’s forgiven Brent and could testify in support of a lighter sentence for him when that phase of the trial begins Thursday.Attorneys from both sides remain under a gag order that prevented them from commenting after the proceedings.“We understand the very serious nature of this situation and express our concerns for all of the families and individuals that have been affected by the tragedy of Jerry Brown’s death,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement.Prosecutors say Brent, a defensive tackle, was drunk when he crashed his Mercedes on a suburban Dallas highway in December 2012, killing Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys practice squad who had also been Brent’s teammate at the University of Illinois. Officers who arrived on scene saw Brent trying to pull Brown’s body from the wreckage.Police say Brent’s blood alcohol level was tested shortly after the crash at 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Texas. Prosecutors last week argued that the burly, 320-pound defensive tackle had as many as 17 drinks the night of the crash.Brent’s attorneys argued the blood tests used by police were faulty and that Brent couldn’t have had nearly that much to drink. Attorney George Milner said his client was “guilty of being stupid behind the wheel of a car,” not drinking beforehand.Jurors saw video of Brent appearing to hold bottles of Champagne in each hand and credit-card receipts that showed Brent had purchased three bottles. They also saw police camera footage of Brent losing his balance during field sobriety tests and occasionally stumbling over his words while talking to officers. read more

Then-sophomore pitcher Ryan Riga throws a pitch during a game against Oregon May 11 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU lost, 3-1.Courtesy of OSU Athletics Then-sophomore pitcher Greg Greve (32) fires a pitch during a game against Minnesota April 8, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-1.Courtesy of OSU AthleticsDespite an influx of youth on the Ohio State baseball team, leadership is a likely necessity if the Buckeyes have dreams to be considered among the nation’s best. Although the team is less than three weeks into its regular season, the leaders on the pitching staff have already begun to emerge.Senior captain Greg Greve, and junior Ryan Riga have established themselves as the starting 1-2 punch for the Buckeyes on the mound. They make up a small portion of the pitching staff with collegiate experience, though.“It puts expectations on our roles. We have to show the young guys the ropes,” Greve said.A corps of talented freshmen and sophomores outweigh the upperclassmen in numbers, but coach Greg Beals said he is confident going into weekend trips knowing he is sending Greve and Riga out to start games.“I consider them bookends,” Beals said. “You got Greve going out first (on the weekend), Riga going out second … so our young guys are bookended a little bit.”Beals said he does not have a problem with sending any of the freshmen out to throw big innings, but Greve’s and Riga’s performances thus far have yet to warrant that.Neither were regular starters last year, but both have starting experience. Greve, a right-hander, started 20 games combined during his freshman and sophomore campaigns before moving to the bullpen last year, where he lowered his ERA to a career-best 3.65. Riga, a left-hander, began his collegiate career at Wabash Valley College, where he went 9-3 as a freshman and posted a 2.77 ERA. He improved as a sophomore during his first season with the Buckeyes in 2013, getting his ERA down to 2.14 in 29 relief appearances.With none of the starting rotation returning this season, both pitchers knew it would be their time to step up.“Last year the (pitching) staff set the tone for the team,” Riga said. “We’re trying to do the same to accomplish our goals and make it to the national tournament.”Greve started on opening day for the Buckeyes against reigning Big East Tournament Champion Connecticut. In the weeks leading up to that first game, he had no idea he would be the day one starter for the team, but embraced the role.Things looked shaky to start, with the Huskies earning two runs off him to begin the first inning.“Opening day showed that I was excited and nervous,” Greve said. “After the first inning, I went into the dugout and took some deep breaths and talked to my teammates to just help me relax.”Getting calmed down by his teammates appeared to pay dividends, as he subsequently pitched five strong innings, allowing only two baserunners and retiring 11 batters in a row at one point. The Buckeye offense tallied eight runs to earn him the win.Riga started against Auburn in the second game of the season and pitched for six innings, giving up only four hits while not allowing any runs. His effort against the Tigers earned him the honor of being named a Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the week. He said the award wasn’t important, though.“It doesn’t mean much to me,” Riga said. “I’m just trying to leave games with a lead and help the team win as many games as I can.”The second weekend of play didn’t see Greve and Riga, but Greve said he was glad the team could generate enough offense to win even if the starters struggled.“It’s a great feeling knowing our offense can come back and get runs even if we have a bad day,” Greve said. “Our job is to go out and keep it close for them.”As the freshmen and sophomore relievers continue to develop, Beals said he knows Greve and Riga can provide them with someone to look up to and follow.“They have the right leadership to prepare the (young) guys to be successful,” Beals said.The Buckeyes (5-2) have set the tone early, just as they had hoped to do, Riga said.“We had a big emphasis on the beginning of the year,” Riga said. “We focused on getting a good start and are happy with how it’s been.”Riga and Greve know there is much more to be done, though, and that the team has to keep winning to achieve their main goal.“We want to represent Ohio State in the national tournament,” Greve said. “We have worked our butts off for this all winter. All I want to do is help the team win.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Pittsburgh Friday in the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. read more

Ohio State redshirt senior Billy Price gives his thoughts on battle for right guard at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on July 24. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing EditorChicago — A month away from the season opener, the Ohio State football team still has several question marks at key positions.Chief among those open spots is right guard.“It’s wide open as we speak, and obviously right guard is as critical a position as there is, so it’s going to be a big battle this training camp,” coach Urban Meyer said in his opening remarks at Big Ten Media Days.Meyer listed seven names who are going to be battling for that spot: redshirt juniors Malcolm Pridgeon and Demetrius Knox, redshirt sophomores Matt Burrell and Brandon Bowen and freshmen Wyatt Davis, Thayer Munford and Josh Myers. “There’s positives and negatives to having seven guys, but how do you get those guys reps and no one has really stepped up and taken it,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be a street fight, especially the first 10 days because you can’t have seven guys competing for that spot … That’s going to be No. 1 on the hit list as we start practice.”The player they are replacing — redshirt senior center Billy Price — believes that even though they are young players, they cannot be counted out just yet, citing now-sophomore Michael Jordan as an example of a young player who came into his true freshman season and won a starting job on the offensive line.“Josh Myers, Thayer Munford and Wyatt Davis, all three of them have ability. They all each bring something to the table that I haven’t seen before, I haven’t seen in a while,” Price said. “(Jordan) came to work last year, he got the position and that’s why he was playing … Perspective to those guys happening, if you show up, you tighten your shoes and you go to work, the position is yours.”Price knows what it takes to step up and take on the starting role as right guard. And so as a senior captain and former right guard himself, he has taken time in between practicing his new role as center to coach several of the younger players as they battle to be Price’s right-hand man on the offensive line.“It’s my job as an older guy to take a young guy underneath and say, ‘Hey, let’s go play some ball,’” Price said. “I’ve had those conversations. Thayer Munford, Wyatt, Josh Myers in particular just being with the freshmen class to just saying, ‘Hey, I need you guys. We need you guys. You’ve got to develop. We need everybody within that room to have their role running, let’s go play some ball.’”One of the freshmen that has stood out to Price so far this year has been Myers. Nicknamed “Tommy” by some of the players for being a “country boy,” Myers has already started to build chemistry with the team and become familiar with the players and rigors of working with the team since he enrolled in January, which Price said has given the freshman an edge.“Josh went through an offseason and he’s continued to develop there as things have continued,” Price said. “I think that because he had those four extra months and he went through a spring, that name is mentioned in (at right guard). And I think that if he continues to develop, if he goes and puts in all out there 100 percent at camp time, it will raise an eyebrow to coach Meyer.”Another player whose name is frequently linked to the starting right guard position is Burrell, who started with the first-team offense during the spring game. Burrell redshirted his true freshman season in 2015 and emerged as an early front-runner for the starting left guard spot in 2016. However, he lost the position battle to Jordan, and was demoted to a backup role.Losing out the job last season to a true freshman, Burrell could have let the loss get to him and cost him further on down the road. But instead, Price said, he has battled through the loss and gained confidence along the way.“You build confidence as a young man too, and I think for Burrell’s case, he’s built a lot of confidence as well as a lot of the other seven that you mentioned,” Price said. “There’s a lot of things that are starting to click for him as he is the favorite from what you’ve said.”And while Price did not voice his own opinion on whom he deems to be the favorite, he acknowledged that Burrell has been considered the likely starter by some out there.“I think from what coach Meyer has said, an article that had been presented, that yes I think (Burrell) is the favorite according to sources,” Price said. “That is not saying that I said that he’s the favorite or that I think he’s the favorite, I just know if I play next to him, we’re going to be okay.” read more

first_imgGARDAÍ SAY THEY have carried out speed checks on over 32,000 vehicles in the first twelve hours of their Bank Holiday weekend road traffic operations.‘Operation Slowdown’ began at 7am this morning, with checkpoints across the country.Officials said that of the 32,178 vehicles checked between 7am and 7pm, 129 had been detected travelling in excess of a speed limit.Earlier, Gardaí said a monitoring location set up on Pembroke Road in Dublin’s south city centre had recorded 28 vehicles breaking the 50km/hr between 7am and 4:15pm.“We would urge everyone travelling on the roads this Bank Holiday weekend to travel safely,” a Garda spokesman said.Read: 77 killed on Irish roads this year – don’t be number 78 this weekendlast_img

first_imgStay on target Hands-On: Lego Hidden Side Packs Plenty of Spooky AR FunThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long This holiday season, the son of Odin will be back in theaters. This time, he’ll be forced to take on the Hulk in a gladiatorial showdown… and you’ll be able to recreate the epic battle with minifigs and Lego bricks!Hot on the heels of the revelation of their biggest Minecraft set ever — the Mammoth Mountain Cavern — Lego has now taken the wraps off a pair of sets that will drop when Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters.Thor vs. The Hulk Arena Clash pits the Avenger’s teammates against each other for The Grandmaster’s enjoyment. There’s not a lot of excitement here regarding construction. The set’s a fairly simple backdrop for the minifig-on-minifig combat, but it does score points for the nice detailing on the Hulk and the fancy little gold throne and a minifig version of Jeff Goldblum that sits on it.Lego also throws in a Loki minifig and a Sakaarian guard for good measure. This one’s expected to retail for around $60.The other set lets you step outside the arena walls for The Ultimate Battle For Asgard. It’s another relatively simple set of just 400 pieces, but the ring-winged Asgardian spaceship has a nice look to it, and the Fenris Wolf adds a terrifying touch. Despite being a relatively small set, this one comes with six minifigs: Thor, Bruce Banner, Hela, Valkyrie, and a pair of berserkers.A Marvel set from Lego with a piece count in this neighborhood should sell for somewhere around $44.99. With the film set to debut in Italy on October 25th, you can expect both of these sets to hit store shelves a few days ahead of that date.last_img read more

first_imgWayne Rooney has revealed his final days at Manchester United were embarrassing.The Manchester United all-time top scorer insists his failure to start the club’s league cup final against Southampton and the UEFA Europa League final against Ajax convinced him his time at the club was over.Despite having a bit-part role in manager Jose Mourinho’s squad, the former England international remained the captain as well as a living icon during his final season at Old Trafford.However, his reduced status in the dressing room meant Rooney was ’embarrassed’ to lift both trophies.Rooney told Sky Sports: “I came on for one minute in the Europa League final. I was about to come on against Southampton in the League Cup final, and in those moments it was embarrassing.“It was getting to a point where I was embarrassed. I thought “I can’t keep doing this”, as hard as it was to leave United.”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…“In the Southampton game, [manager Jose] Mourinho came to me and said: ‘I want you to lift the trophy.’ I was like: “Well, I didn’t even play in the game.’”“He was persistent with it, and I literally lifted it and moved it on. What was I doing? I need to move on and go somewhere else.”Rooney called time on his United career in the summer of 2017, joining his boyhood club Everton with Romelu Lukaku moving in the other direction in a separate deal.However, his time at Goodison Park would be equally difficult and he made the move to the MLS this summer.He enjoyed an impressive campaign in the United States and his family have flourished in their new environment.last_img read more

first_imgSonakshi Sinha in Khandaani ShafakhanaPR HandoutBollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha bid an emotional farewell to the team of Khandaani Shafakhana after wrapping up its shoot and the latest video is now creating a lot of buzz on social media.Sonakshi Sinha has never shied away from playing diverse roles. From adorable Rajjo in Dabangg to kicking ass in Akira, she has done it all. In her next film Khandaani Shafakhana, she will be playing the role of a young girl from Amritsar. It is about how she inherits her uncle’s sex clinic and tries to break the taboos around the topic. The film, which is directed by Shilpi Dasgupta also stars Varun Sharma and Badshah.Sonakshi Sinha shared a video on her Instagram page and captioned it with, “And in बेबी Bedi’s style, bada changa experience thaa ji! Thank you @shilpidasgupta @mriglamba @fukravarun @badboyshah @priyanshjora @dprishi @gautam.m1 and the entire team for making @khandaanishafakhana one of my most cherished films!!! ❤See you at #KhandaaniShafakhana on 2nd August at your nearest cinema. #BaatTohKaro.”The video shows the making of some scenes. Sonakshi Sinha is also seen speaking about how Khandaani Shafakhana and the team are extremely special for her. Despite being her 23rd film, she knew everyone from the cast and crew, how the vibe on the sets was extremely warm, and this will be a special film for her.Sonakshi Sinha is the first female actor to headline a film which deals with the subject of sex, and she has been getting a lot of praise for how she is trying to encourage people to approach the subject openly. Apart from that, she has also received a positive response on how she has gotten into the skin of the character of Baby Bedi with such ease.Khandaani Shafakhana is scheduled to release on August 2. Two weeks later, Sonakshi Sinha will be seen playing the role of a scientist in Mission Mangal, which hits the screens on August 15.last_img read more

first_img Explore further The vehicle will collect garbage from 25 newly installed split bins and take it to the Energy from Waste power station and recycling center nearby. The power station burns the garbage to generate electricity, and the truck recharges at a charging post to be ready for the next day’s route. The garbage truck is a modified Smith Edison 3.5-ton Ford Transit with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The vehicle has a top speed of 50 mph, a 100-mile range, and takes about six to eight hours to charge. The only reported downside is that the quiet electric truck may present safety issues for unsuspecting pedestrians.Besides powering the garbage truck, the Energy from Waste station also pumps about 10 megawatts of electricity into the grid per day. All the power is generated from burning local garbage. ___________via: Register Hardware (PhysOrg.com) — A town in Britain has recently demonstrated its new “‘leccy vehicle” – an electric garbage truck that is fueled by the garbage it collects. The Kirklees Council presented the waste-powered Ford Transit garbage truck at Huddersfield town center last week. Citation: British Town Demonstrates World’s First Garbage Truck Powered by Garbage (2009, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-british-town-world-garbage-truck.html The electric garbage truck and charging post. The vehicle runs on electricity produced from the garbage it collects, after being recycled at the nearby Energy from Waste power station. Image: Register Hardware. Learning from a circular economy pioneer This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgMicrosoft: Windows 10 hardening against 0-day exploits by Martin Brinkmann on January 18, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 6 commentsOne key focus of Microsoft when it comes to promoting the company’s latest operating system Windows 10 is to hammer home that Windows 10 is better for security.The company published a blog post recently on the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog which exemplified that by analyzing how Windows 10 handled two 0-day exploits, or better, how it protected customer systems from those exploits.The two 0-day exploits in question are CVE-2016-7255 and CVE-2016-7256, both patched by Microsoft on the November 2016 Patch Tuesday.CVE-2016-7255, patched by MS16-135, was used in October 2016 in a spear-phishing campaign against a “small number of think tanks and nongovernmental organizations in the United States”.  The attack used an exploit in Adobe Flash Player, CVE-2016-7855, to gain access to target computers, and then the kernel exploit to gain elevated privileges.The attack group used the Flash exploit to take advantage of a use-after-free vulnerability and access targeted computers. They then leveraged the type-confusion vulnerability in win32k.sys (CVE-2016-7255) to gain elevated privileges.CVE-2016-7256, patched by MS16-132, started to appear on the radar in June 2016 as it was used in “low-volume attacks primarily focused on targets in South Korea”. A successful attack exploited a flaw in the Windows font library to elevate privileges, and to install a backdoor on target systems called Hankray.Microsoft’s technical blog post goes into great length describing both exploits.The take away however is that Windows 10 systems that were running the Anniversary Update, were protected against both attacks even prior to being patched by Microsoft’s security updates.In the case of CVE-2016-7255, the exploit was ineffective on devices running the most recent version of Windows 10 because of extra anti-exploit techniques introduced in the Anniversary Update. This caused the attack to be ineffective against those systems, and the worst that happened was the throwing of exceptions and blue screen errors.For CVE-2016-7256, AppContainer isolation and additional font parsing validation methods prevented the exploit to work at all on a device running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed.We saw how exploit mitigation techniques in Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which was released months before these zero-day attacks, managed to neutralize not only the specific exploits but also their exploit methods. As a result, these mitigation techniques are significantly reducing attack surfaces that would have been available to future zero-day exploits.It needs to be noted that at least one of the exploits, CVE-2016-7256, targets Windows 8 systems and not Windows 10.Microsoft plans to make further security enhancements to Windows 10 in the coming Creators Update.SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft: Windows 10 hardening against 0-day exploitsDescriptionMicrosoft revealed recently how the company’s Windows 10 operating system blocked two 0-day exploits from penetrating system defenses successfully.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content 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 April 21, 2015 — A new prostate cancer screening technology developed by Australian scientists could be available to men by the end of this year, after being shown to be more than twice as accurate as existing Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening technology.The blood test, known as MiCheck, has been in development at private Australian biotechnology company Minomic International Ltd for almost eight years. It works by screening for a proprietary biomarker known as the MIL-38 antigen. This biomarker is present on the surface of prostate cancer cells. In addition, Minomic scientists have now identified two other biomarkers never previously used in prostate cancer diagnosis to further improve the test.In the latest trial, scientists tested 300 patient samples sourced from 10 major urology centres across the United States. The non-randomized pilot study was designed to further verify the accuracy and reliability of the technology in differentiating normal, benign and prostate cancer samples.Researchers led by Principal Investigator Neal Shore, M.D., FACS, medical director, CPI, Atlantic Urology Associates, South Carolina, found MiCheck had a demonstrated specificity of 85 percent, compared to just 40 percent for existing PSA screening technology. It also demonstrated 60 percent sensitivity.This means that MiCheck delivers 1.5 false positives for every ten samples, compared to six false positive results in every 10 samples using standard PSA diagnostic technology.International urology expert Prof. David Gillatt, who is based at Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney, Australia said it was globally recognized that new tools were required to more accurately detect the presence of prostate cancer.He said the PSA test remained the gold standard prostate cancer-screening tool globally, but was well-known for delivering a large number of false positive results.”PSA readings can be elevated by simple activities like riding a bike,” he said. “We know PSA will give a false positive reading in six out of 10 cases. This means men around the world are sent off for invasive biopsies and further medical investigations when in fact there was no need (in 6 out of 10 cases).”A final trial of the MiCheck technology will be launched in the United States later this year, with scientists screening 1,200 patient samples to provide final stage validation. These results, combined with results from this 300 patient study, will be included in a comprehensive package submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for regulatory approvals.For more information: www.minomic.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more 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 News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | April 21, 2015 Australian Prostate Cancer Screening Technology Achieves Positive Results in U.S. Pilot Study Blood test found to more than double diagnostic specificity, drastically reduce false positives Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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