Four convicts on death row to be executed

The executions would be the first time Sri Lanka has implemented the death penalty since 1976.“We are outraged that the President has signed the first execution warrants issued by Sri Lanka in 43 years. In one stroke, he will undo all the country’s progress in putting a stop to the use of the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment,” said Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director at Amnesty International.“At a time when other countries have come to the realization that their drug control policies are in need of reform, and are taking steps to reduce the use of the death penalty, Sri Lanka is bucking the trend. This will be devastating to the country’s international reputation and we hope that President Sirisena will reconsider his decision,” said Biraj Patnaik. (Colombo Gazette) “The date has been set. I have informed the relevant authorities,” he said. Amnesty International said it was shocked by President Maithripala Sirisena’s announcement that he has signed the execution warrants of four death row prisoners convicted of drug-related crimes, and that they will be hanged in “the near future.” While the President has confirmed signing the death warrants, no names have been revealed and no details have been shared about any scheduled executions or information on the cases.Amnesty International said the lack of transparency makes it impossible to ascertain whether these prisoners have exhausted clemency appeals or if all safeguards were followed in their conviction or sentencing. There is also no confirmation that the four prisoners, or their families, have been alerted to their imminent execution. Four convicts on death row will be executed soon, President Maithripala Sirisena said today.He told media heads that he has signed the papers to execute the four convicts who have been sentenced to death on drug related offences. read more

UN identifies 1 billion worth of humanitarian goods for priority delivery to

According to the Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP), the deliveries would come under the recent adjustments to the suspended programme, which allows Iraq to use part of its oil revenues to buy humanitarian supplies and on which 60 per cent of the population depend as its sole source for food.The programme was temporarily halted on 17 March following the withdrawal of all UN staff from Iraq on the eve of hostilities until last Friday, when the Security Council adopted a new resolution giving Secretary-General Kofi Annan more authority to administer the operation for the next 45 days.The initial assessment by the OIP and UN relief agencies has identified more than 450 contracts for medicines, health supplies, foodstuffs, water and sanitation and other materials identified by the Council as priorities for shipment, the Office said. The contracts are held by suppliers from some 40 countries representing almost every region of the world.The ongoing review of contracts in the Oil-for-Food pipeline includes priority goods already in transit by land and sea, and priority items approved but not yet shipped that stand the greatest chance of being accelerated in the pipeline to reach their destination within the 45-day window provided by the resolution, according to the OIP.The programme has asked individual UN agencies to “adopt” the most urgently needed supplies already in transit, according to their needs, and go directly to suppliers to re-negotiate the most favourable terms for rapid delivery. A review of the approved but unshipped contracts will then follow, with agencies again asking the suppliers to urgently identify the status of these orders and modalities for rapid delivery to Iraq. read more

UN health agency relists several generic HIVAIDS drugs adds others

Four of the medicines re-listed were withdrawn by the manufacturer, Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd of India, in November, while the other three were de-listed by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) last August 2004.The medicines were de-listed because WHO inspections of independent laboratories used by the manufacturer to run bioequivalence studies revealed practices which did not conform to international standards required by the agency.Ranbaxy commissioned different laboratories to do new tests on the products’ bioequivalence with the originator medicines. Subsequently, WHO ran the full range of quality, safety and efficacy checks on the medicines as well as thorough inspections of the new laboratories and the products and laboratories were all found to be satisfactory. The three ARVs added are produced by Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., also of India. The addition of the 10 medicines will benefit existing AIDS programmes and procurement schemes, WHO said in a news release.It will reinforce efforts to scale up access to ARVs in high-burden countries by increasing the choice of quality products in nations which may have only limited capacity to control and monitor medicines. Currently, approximately 6.5 million people in low- and middle-income countries need ARV therapy.The 10 ARVS are: Ranbaxy products Lamivudine 150 mg tablet, Lamivudine/Stavudine 150 mg/40 mg tablet, Lamivudine/Stavudine 150 mg/30 mg tablet, Zidovudine 300 mg tablet, Lamivudine/Stavudine/Nevirapine 150mg/40mg/200mg tablets, Lamivudine/Stavudine/Nevirapine 150mg/30mg/200mg tablets, and Lamivudine/Zidovudine 150mg/300mg tablets; Aurobindo products Lamivudine 150mg tablets, Lamivudine 300mg tablets and Zidovudine 300mg tablets. read more

Tech leaders others launch 14M News Integrity nonprofit

FILE – In this Tuesday, May 19, 2009, file photo, Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.org, speaks during a panel discussion sponsored by Consumer Reports and The Consumerist on how online media is making a difference for consumers, in New York. Facebook and Mozilla are among the companies and organizations launching a $14 million fund to promote news literacy and increase trust in journalism. The nonprofit, called the News Integrity Initiative, will be based at the City University of New York. It comes as recent polls show the public’s trust in the news industry at a low. Others contributing to the fund include Newmark and the Ford Foundation. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2017 7:21 am MDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Facebook and Mozilla are among the companies and organizations launching a $14 million fund to promote news literacy and increase trust in journalism.The non-profit, called the News Integrity Initiative, will be based at the City University of New York. It will run as an independent project of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.Others contributing to the fund include Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and the Ford Foundation.Recent polls show the public’s trust in the news industry at a low.False news and misinformation, often masquerading as trustworthy news and spreading on social media, has gained a lot of attention since the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Companies like Facebook are trying to address the issue. Tech leaders, others launch $14M ‘News Integrity’ non-profit read more

Swiss NLA Kadetten fails to win again only 3232 at home against

← Previous Story Macedonian star Elena Gjeorgijevska will miss EHF EURO 2012! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 8): SC Magdeburg with an away win at Lemgo! cvijeticdissingerkadettenKadetten Schaffhausenmamicrk zagrebSchaffhausenstojanoviczagreb Kadetten Schaffhausen won in the Champions League narrowly against RK Zagreb, and when everyone thought this will be bounce back in the home championship, another shock comes. The dominant in Swiss Championship failed to win at home against Stäfa, a game which ended 32:32. Cvijetic scored 7 goals for the home team, while Stojanovic and Mamic scored 5 goals. Dissinger sat out this game. The next game for Kadetten is away at Fuchse Berlin.In the other two games, Gossau beat Kriens 32:21, while Zurich was convincing at home against Basel with 27:21.Kadetten are now 7th on the table, with 3 points less than leaders Bern, who have played a game less. read more

Trump furious as FBI rejects claim Obama tapped his phones

first_img Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3272533 Mar 6th 2017, 7:27 AM Share305 Tweet Email Monday 6 Mar 2017, 7:27 AM By AFP 108 Comments 33,971 Views FBI DIRECTOR JAMES Comey has asked the US Justice Department to publicly refute President Donald Trump’s explosive, unsubstantiated accusation that Barack Obama tapped his phone during last year’s election campaign, US media has reported.Comey’s extraordinary measure questioning the president’s truthfulness provides an indication of the implications of Trump’s incendiary claim about his predecessor. The department has not made any statement.Trump’s aides were scrambling yesterday to limit the political fallout of Trump’s accusation 24 hours after it was made — admitting it was still unproven, and calling on Congress to investigate.Citing still undefined “reports” of “politically motivated investigations”, press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump was calling on Congress to “determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016″.Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders echoed those comments.“If this happened,” she told ABC, “this would be the greatest abuse of power, and overreach, that has ever occurred in the executive branch”.Trump, who has returned to Washington from a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, has not publicly commented further on his allegations.On Saturday, he tweeted: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” He provided no evidence to back up the claim. Source: Twitter Source: TwitterWatergate is the generic term for the scandal that brought down president Richard Nixon in 1974. It began with the revelation of a secret wiretap in the offices of the Democratic National Committee at Washington’s Watergate Hotel.Obama, via a spokesman, denied Trump’s new allegation as “simply false”.US presidents can’t legally order such wiretaps, which require the approval of a federal judge and reasonable grounds for suspicion.Obama’s director of national intelligence James Clapper told NBC there was “no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaign”.President ‘furious’ Trump’s comments appear to have been based on unverified claims made by the right-wing Breitbart News outlet. His chief strategist, Steve Bannon, used to run it.The New York Times, citing senior US officials, first reported that Comey believes Trump’s claim to be false.The FBI director made the request on Saturday because “there is no evidence to support it, and it insinuates that the FBI broke the law”, the paper reported the officials as saying.Previous media reports have indicated that US prosecutors investigated communications between a server registered to the Trump Organization and a Russian bank.In his roles as a reality TV showman and presidential candidate, and now as president, Trump has repeatedly embraced conspiracy theories, including the suggestion that Obama was not born in America. Obama was born in Hawaii, a US state.Trump levelled the latest charges in a string of tweets early on Saturday, at the end of a week in which his administration was battered by controversy over links between his advisors and Russian officials.Trump was said to be furious that good reviews of his maiden speech to Congress on Tuesday were overtaken by a series of revelations about aides’ meetings with Russian officials.The president was also said to be angry that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any campaign or Russia-related investigations.Sessions’ recusal came after it emerged that, speaking under oath during his Senate confirmation hearings about campaign contacts with Russia, he failed to disclose two meetings with Moscow’s ambassador in Washington.Amid that and several other revelations of Trump aides holding meetings with Russian officials, the White House has denied allegations of collusion.Diversionary tactics US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a campaign to meddle in last November’s presidential election in a bid to tilt it in Trump’s favor.Former CIA director Leon Panetta yesterday accused Trump of diversionary tactics.“They are trying to obfuscate and trying to cover up. They are trying to somehow raise other issues,” he told CBS.In the end, it is going to be the truth that will determine what is involved here, and not tweets, but the truth.However, the Republican chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Devin Nunes, said his panel would look into Trump’s claims.“The Committee will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance activities on any political party’s campaign officials or surrogates, and we will continue to investigate this issue if the evidence warrants it,” he said in a statement.Democrats and a growing number of Republicans in Congress have called for the appointment of a special prosecutor and a bipartisan inquiry to look into the Russia issue.With approval ratings already low, Trump could do without another scandal in his young presidency.Republicans have largely stood behind him, hoping he will enact tax cuts and other policies they favor. However, some Republican lawmakers appear to be losing patience with the drama of Trump’s presidency.“We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust,” Senator Ben Sasse said, adding that Trump’s allegations of wiretapping “demand the thorough and dispassionate attention of serious patriots”.Read: Trump asks Congress to investigate whether his phone was tapped by ObamaRead: ‘Witch hunt’: How Russian media is covering the latest Trump controversy- © AFP 2017 Trump ‘furious’ as FBI rejects claim Obama tapped his phones Trump’s comments appear to be based on unverified claims made by the right-wing Breitbart News outlet. 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Atlantic Media Names Its Upcoming Business Site Quartz

first_imgBucking the notion that a content brand needs a practical name that clearly reflects its purpose, Atlantic Media is calling its new business site Quartz. The project’s editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney, who joined Atlantic Media from the Wall Street Journal in February, explains that the name best reflects the character and mission of the site. Delaney says branding deliberations came down to Quartz and a more traditional choice, which he wouldn’t reveal. “We decided to go with Quartz which is more surprising because it’s less conventional, but we thought it conveyed really nicely what we want to do. We want to be global, tectonic and digital.”  Equally nontraditional is the URL, qz.com, which, explains Delaney, is digitally efficient and emphasizes the uniqueness of the letters q and z. Timing of the launch is still later this year and Delaney declined to be any more specific. The team is currently in the middle of working on the design and back-end technology, which will put a priority on mobile and tablet access. A desktop version of the site will exist as well. The revenue model will be ad-supported and access will be free.”Part of the opportunity is we’re starting with a blank sheet of paper,” says Delaney. “The choice to focus on mobile and tablets as our primary platforms is a relatively straightforward one. We will have a desktop site for launch that’s not a throwaway, but it’s pretty clear that we can bring a focus to tablets and mobile that is more unique in this market given the moment at which we’re creating it,” he says.last_img read more

Nvidia Red Hat Join Hollywood Open Source Group

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Nvidia and Red Hat are the latest high-profile companies to join the Academy Software Foundation, a consortium that aims to help Hollywood with the adoption and development of open source tools. The foundation has also taken two additional open source projects, OpenEXR and OpenCue, under its wings.In addition to Nvidia and Red Hat, the Academy Software Foundation also accepted ftrack, a company that has developed software for collaborative media review, as a new member.“Open source technologies have been a source of innovation for the motion picture and broader media industry for many years, and Red Hat has been proud to collaborate with many of the leaders in this space to both enable their adoption of open source and to progress technologies in a way that has enabled this innovation,” said Red Hat chief technology officer Chris Wright in a statement. “We’re happy to join the Academy Software Foundation to expand this work and drive open standards that deliver sustainable interoperability.” “We’re looking forward to working with the Academy Software Foundation to help shape the future of this creative industry,” added Nvidia director of media & entertainment partnerships John Ison.The Academy Software Foundation was founded last summer by the Linux Foundation and the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences. Existing members of the group include Dreamworks Animation, Epic, Sony Pictures, the Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. and others.Some of the open source projects overseen by the foundation include OpenVDB and OpenColorIO, with the latter being a color management tool used for the production of movies like “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Hotel Transylvania 3,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”OpenEXR, one of the two new projects announced Wednesday, was originally developed by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) as a high-dynamic range file format. It was first used for movies like “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Men in Black II,” and more recently was deployed to create “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther,” among other films.OpenCue, the other new project, is an open source render manager developed by Google Cloud in partnership with Sony Pictures Imageworks. Sony Pictures Has Open-Sourced Software Used to Make ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Popular on Variety Netflix, Amazon Web Services Join Hollywood Open Source Grouplast_img read more

Jackpotting Attacks Cross the Pond to US ATMs

first_imgStay on target The Secret Service is warning U.S. financial institutions of “jackpotting” attacks hitting ATM operators across the country.As its name suggests, the hack allows thieves to force bundles of cash out of automated teller machines on demand.But while the complicated crime has long plagued banks in Europe and Asia, U.S. operators were left unscathed—until now.AdChoices广告The raids, also known as “logical attacks,” require physical access to a cash machine, where muggers can use malware or specialized electronics (or probably a combination of both) to control ATM operations.And once you’ve gained control of ATM operations, what else is there to do but get rich quick?Diebold Nixdorf Inc. and NCR Corp., two of the world’s largest automated teller machine makers, did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.But, according to KrebsOnSecurity, NCR on Jan. 26 sent an advisory to customers regarding Secret Service reports of jackpotting in the United States.“While at present these appear focused on non-NCR ATMs, logical attacks are an industry-wide issue,” the notice said, according to Krebs. “This represents the first confirmed cases of losses due to logical attacks in the US. This should be treated as a call to action to take appropriate steps to protect their ATMs against these forms of attack and mitigate any consequences.”Diebold offered a similar sentiment, telling customers that “the attack mode involves a series of different steps to overcome security mechanism and the authorization process for setting the communication with the [cash] dispenser,” a security alert said.Details are hazy: There is no word on the type of malware used, who has fallen victim, or how much money has been stolen.According to Krebs’ anonymous source, however, organized criminal gangs are to blame; the groups have allegedly been attacking stand-alone ATMs using “Ploutus.D,” an advanced strain of malicious jackpotting software first spotted in 2013.A recent analysis of Ploutus.D by security firm FireEye called it “one of the most advanced ATM malware families we’ve seen in the last few years.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Android Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit PornGeek Pick: Abode iota Is an All-In-One Security Kit last_img read more

The Crucible comes to capital

first_imgThe three-hour performance by the final year students of the coveted NSD is a reflection of our society where emotions of greed and jealousy are overpowering human values.‘In his play Miller had shown how innocent people were killed and jailed during the witchcraft trails. This play focuses on the silent method adopted by many Indian states to push poor people out of the system,’ its director, Santanu Bose said.A witch or ‘daayan’ is used as a metaphor in the play to showcase how witchcraft can be used as a tool to denounce people and make them outcasts. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Even Miller used the garb of a witch through this play to showcase political insensitivities during the trials. He couldn’t have been upfront about the injustice, so he used his play as a tool to tell the story,’ pointed out Bose who also teaches at NSD.Miller’s 1953 production had initially received hostile reviews because of its obvious reference to the Salem witch trials – mass hysteria that led to a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in Massachusettes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBose found similarities of in rustic Jharkhand and felt the setting was apt for his play.‘I could have chosen any place in south or anywhere in India. But Jharkhand relates well with the settings of Miller’s play,’ he noted.‘I need a place where industrialisation, indigenous community, superstitious beliefs and ulta-left politics were prevalent,’ he added. Hence the four-act play treads same path as Miller’s.Betty Parris, the one believed to be under the spell of a witch becomes Rupa, and Abigail, the niece of the temple’s priest, becomes Savitri in Bose’s play.The characters of the play have adapted well to the local dialect of Jharkhand, their ways of living and dressing. There is an ease with which each character plays his role.last_img read more

Dropbox Users Your Life Just Got a Little Easier

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now April 9, 2014 LOLcat memes and P&L statements don’t play well together. Business and personal files are best kept separate. Except for in the cloud, where it’s better to link them together for easy access.Up until today, it was a pain to for Dropbox users to constantly log in and out of separate business and personal Dropbox accounts. Back and forth, back and forth.Related: Dropbox Addresses NSA Surveillance Fears in New Privacy PolicyNot any more, though. Not now that — wait, clear the immediate area around you for a triumphant fist pump in the air — the cloud-storage giant has officially given Dropbox for Business users the ability to have one Dropbox for work stuff and another for non-work stuff that can be linked together and accessed on all devices.This means that Dropbox users will be able to seamlessly toggle between their separately stored personal and work files — minus the hassle of having to repeatedly sign in and sign out. Once a user connects them on the Dropbox website, the two accounts can be accessed from a single home screen. Dropbox also announced that colleagues can now view the same document shared via Dropbox and make edits to it in real-time, similar to Google Docs. They can also instant message each other while collaborating on Dropbox files.Related: The Cloud Wars Rage On: Dropbox Raises Mega Money as Box Has Reported Filed for IPOSome lucky beta testers have been playing with these cool features for a while, but now everyone can get their hands on them, too. Dropbox announced the availability of the new features to all today at a press event in its home city of San Francisco.Also at its event today, Dropbox announced Carousel, its slick new photo-sharing app that’s searchable by date or event, along with the new Android and Mac desktop versions of its Mailbox email client app.Hmmm, so it looks like Dropbox, which also touted today that it is now 275 million users strong, is playing a little catch up with rivals Box and Microsoft OneDrive in the Cloud Wars.Related: Head in the Clouds: Dropbox Reportedly Valued at $10 Billioncenter_img 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more center_img News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more June 9, 2014 — Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. announced the release of its Celesteion system for positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging. The Celesteion is currently pending 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).The system combines high-performance PET and CT for all radiation and oncology imaging needs, including tumor detection, treatment evaluation and CT simulation. Features include:A 90 cm CT and 88 cm PET bore, offering a feeling of openness for patients and more accurate CT and PET imaging;Fast imaging for reduced exam times;450 ps time-of-flight resolution for PET;0.5-second rotation with 0.5 mm detectors producing 32 slices for CT;70 cm true CT and PET field-of-view and 85 cm CT extended field-of-view; andToshiba’s CT dose reduction technology, AIDR 3D, for safer CT imaging. The system is also compliant with MITA’s XR-29 Smart Dose standard.“By listening to our customers and understanding their business, we know there is a need for a PET/CT system that puts patients first, and the Celesteion is that solution,” said Satrajit Misra, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “Accuracy and efficiency are crucial under healthcare reform, and Celesteion is capable of producing high-quality images while improving workflow for providers.”The Celesteion was first unveiled at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) in St. Louis. It is Toshiba’s first nuclear imaging system for the American market in seven years and is an effort to capture larger a share of the SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) system replacement and first-generation PET/CT replacement market.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | June 09, 2014 Toshiba Re-enters U.S. Nuclear Imaging Market With New PET/CT System Related Contentlast_img read more

Mozilla introduces LPCNet A DSP and deep learningpowered speech synthesizer for lowerpower

first_imgYesterday, Mozilla’s Emerging Technologies group introduced a new project called LPCNet, which is a WaveRNN variant. LPCNet aims to improve the efficiency of speech synthesis by combining deep learning and digital signal processing (DSP) techniques. It can be used for Text-to-Speech (TTS), speech compression, time stretching, noise suppression, codec post-filtering, and packet loss concealment. Why is LPCNet introduced? Many recent neural speech synthesis algorithms have made it possible to synthesize high-quality speech and code high-quality speech at very low bitrate. These algorithms, which are often based on algorithms like WaveNet, give promising results in real-time with a high-end GPU. But LPCNet aims to perform speech synthesis on end-user devices like mobile phones, which generally do not have powerful GPUs and have a very limited battery capacity. We do have some low complexity parametric synthesis models such as low bitrate vocoders, but their quality is a concern. Generally, they are efficient at modeling the spectral envelope of the speech using linear prediction, but no such simple model exists for the excitation. LPCNet aims to show that the efficiency of speaker-independent speech synthesis can be improved by combining newer neural synthesis techniques with linear prediction. What mechanisms does LPCNet use? In addition to linear prediction, it includes the following tricks: Pre-emphasis/de-emphasis filters: These filters allow shaping the noise caused by the μ-law quantization. LPCNet is capable of shaping the μ-law quantization noise to be mostly inaudible. Sparse matrices: LPCNet uses sparse matrices in the main RNN similar to WaveRNN. These block-sparse matrices consist of blocks with size 16×1 to make it easier to vectorize the products. Instead of forcing many non-zero blocks along the diagonal, as a minor improvement, all the weights on the diagonal of the matrices are kept. Input embedding: Instead of feeding the inputs directly to the network, the developers have used an embedding matrix. Embedding is generally used in natural language processing, but using it for μ-law values makes it possible to learn non-linear functions of the input. You can read more in detail about LPCNet on Mozilla’s official website. Read Next Mozilla v. FCC: Mozilla challenges FCC’s elimination of net neutrality protection rules Mozilla shares why Firefox 63 supports Web Components Mozilla shares how AV1, the new open source royalty-free video codec, workslast_img read more

Google open sources ClusterFuzz a scalable fuzzing tool

first_imgGoogle made its scalable fuzzing tool, called ClusterFuzz available as open source, yesterday. ClusterFuzz is used by Google for fuzzing the Chrome Browser, a technique that helps detect bugs in software by feeding unexpected inputs to a target program. For fuzzing to be effective, it should be continuous, done at scale, and integrated into the development process of a software project. ClusterFuzz can run on clusters with over 25,000 machines and can effectively highlight security and stability issues in software. It serves as the fuzzing backend for OSS-Fuzz, a service that Google released back in 2016. ClusterFuzz was earlier offered as free service to open source projects through OSS-Fuzz but is now available for anyone to use. ClusterFuzz comes with a variety of features that help integrate fuzzing into a software project’s development process. Here are some of the key features in ClusterFuzz: Helps with accurate deduplication of crashes. Comes with a fully automatic bug filing and closing for issue trackers. Includes statistics for analyzing fuzzer performance, and crash rates. Comprises easy-to-use web interface for management and viewing crashes. ClusterFuzz has so far tracked more than 16,000 bugs in Chrome and over 11,000 bugs in more than 160 open source projects integrated with OSS-Fuzz. ClusterFuzz can detect bugs hours after they have been introduced and is capable of verifying the fix within a day. “We developed ClusterFuzz over eight years to fit seamlessly into developer workflows, and to make it dead simple to find bugs and get them fixed. Through open sourcing ClusterFuzz, we hope to encourage all software developers to integrate fuzzing into their workflows.”, states the ClusterFuzz team members. For more information, check out the ClusterFuzz’s official GitHub repository. Read Next Google expands its Blockchain search tools, adds six new cryptocurrencies in BigQuery Public Datasets Transformer-XL: A Google architecture with 80% longer dependency than RNNs Google News Initiative partners with Google AI to help ‘deep fake’ audio detection researchlast_img read more

Correction ArubaRefinery story

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – In a story Sept. 3 about a refinery in Aruba that is being converted into a fuel storage facility, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Hess Corp. closed the Hovensa oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this year. Hovensa, a joint venture of Hess and Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, closed the refinery.A corrected version of the story is below:Aruba refinery to turn into storage facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   The company’s local subsidiary has notified employees that it will require a significantly smaller workforce. The reorganization and workforce reduction is expected to be completed before the end of the year.From Aruba, Valero spokesman Bill Day said about 600 employees are currently at the site. They were kept on the payroll during the suspension of refinery operations.“Valero hasn’t determined the number of employees to staff the terminal operations yet; that will be done over the next several days in meetings with employees and union representatives,” Day said.A spokesman for the Independent Oil Workers Union of Aruba did not immediately return calls for comment on Monday.At a press conference, Prime Minister Mike Eman said he is hopeful a new buyer or partnership can be found and refinery operations can restart. He said there are “different groups still interested in the refinery” but declined to provide specifics. Aruba must find a way to offset the economic damage if the restart doesn’t happen, he said.“But we know we have a valuable partner that will remain part of the Aruban economy, which is Valero,” Eman told reporters. Sponsored Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?center_img Valero said it will continue to invest in Aruba with upgrades to the terminal. It will also continue to supply gas, diesel, jet fuel and fuel oil to the island just north of Venezuela. In recent years, the company has said it represented more than 12 percent of Aruba’s gross domestic product.Refineries in the Caribbean and on the U.S. East Coast have struggled in recent years because the crude oil they use has been priced higher than the oil available to refiners in the middle of the U.S.Earlier this year, the massive Hovensa oil refinery, a joint venture of Hess. Corp and Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, was closed in the U.S. Virgin Islands, stunning nearly 2,000 workers on the island of St. Croix. Plans call for that Caribbean refinery to also be converted into a fuel storage terminal.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Valero to convert its shuttered oil refinery on Aruba into a fuel storage facilityBy DAVID McFADDENAssociated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Valero Energy Corp. announced Monday that it will convert its shuttered oil refinery on the southern Caribbean island of Aruba into a fuel storage facility, leaving hundreds of employees jockeying for positions at the downsizing operation.The San Antonio, Texas-based company suspended refining operations in March at the Aruba refinery, which processed heavy, sour crude and once had a capacity of about 275,000 barrels a day. It said it stopped producing gasoline and other fuels at the site due to high oil prices and “unfavorable refinery economics.”On Monday, Valero announced that it had decided to reorganize the unprofitable site into a storage terminal on the Dutch Caribbean island of just over 100,000 inhabitants. For years, Valero has been trying unsuccessfully to sell the Aruba refinery, which the company says is still ready to restart if a buyer can be found.Valero Chairman and CEO Bill Klesse said Aruba’s deep-water and smaller berths will give the terminal flexibility to load the biggest crude ships. “We believe that Aruba has the assets to compete as a world-scale crude and refined products terminal,” Klesse said in a statement. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

Supreme court rules to curtail officials conflicts of interest

first_imgTHE full bench of the supreme court on Tuesday ruled in favour of a bill passed in April last year aimed at preventing state officials from having any conflicts of interest.The decision was unanimous.Parliament had amended the 2014 basic law, the Incompatible Offices Act, by barring certain state officials from holding positions on the boards of public-law entities or participating as common shareholders in public companies “which serve collective interests for local or regional development, sports, or the fine arts.” The president subsequently referred the amendment to the top court.The basic law had afforded exceptions, allowing state officials to participate in these companies if their services did not come into direct conflict with their duties in their capacity as state functionaries.But parliament amended the basic law, removing the exceptions and thus introducing a blanket prohibition.The supreme court agreed with parliament, rejecting the state’s argument that the amending law violates the constitution.In particular, the state had argued that the amending law impinged on articles 25 and 26 of the constitution – the right to practice any profession or to carry on any occupation, trade or business, and the right to enter freely into any contract.In its judgment, the supreme court said both articles contained caveats to these rights such as restrictions as prescribed by law, or for the purpose of protecting the public interest.“It is evident that it would be at least unacceptable, from the viewpoint of public morals, as well as unethical, that the state officials cited in the law should conduct the aforementioned activities…” the court said.In its ruling, the supreme court also noted that, in its view, the state officials concerned should also be barred from providing their services to cooperative credit institutions (CCIs) and public companies in which CCIs are shareholders.It added, however, that in practical terms, this is not applicable today. This alludes to the fact that, since cooperatives have been nationalised and are therefore no longer private concerns, there is no incompatibility issue for state officials participating in CCIs.Acting on the attorney-general’s advice, the president last year refused to sign off on a total of 16 bills passed by parliament, referring them to the supreme court.A number of these have since been found to be unconstitutional, with the supreme court ruling in favour of the president.By contrast, Tuesday’s decision was the first, so far, where the top court sided with parliament.The government camp had criticised opposition parties for pushing through ‘populist’ laws, in a vote-grabbing bid just before the previous parliament disbanded ahead of the legislative elections.In turn, the opposition countered that several of the contentious bills were drafted by the government and submitted at the last moment, leaving MPs little time to review them properly. You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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