first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#Box#cloud#Dropbox#enterprise Dropbox is making a new push to win over business customers to its cloud-storage business. But its checkered history of security breaches may make it a tough sell in the enterprise.Dropbox said Wednesday that it has added single sign-on (SSO) capabilities to its storage service, matching a capability that its chief rival, Box.net, has offered for some time. Dropbox also decided to rename its “Dropbox for Teams” business service “Dropbox for Business.” The added feature and a name change may not seem like much to hang the new marketing push on, but Dropbox clearly has high hopes of making inroads in the enterprise.With the SSO feature, companies can set up Dropbox so that employees who sign into their corporate account will also be signed into Dropbox, thus eliminating the need for a second login. The company said it’s partnering with Ping Identity, Okta, OneLogin, Centrify, and Symplified. Ping Identity and Okta also provide SSO solutions to Box, which signed up with Ping Identity in 2011 to provide SSO capabilities via its PingFederate technology.Dropbox doesn’t just compete with Box.net, but SugarSync, Google Drive, Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, and a host of smaller services. But it was Dropbox that Box CEO Aaron Levie skewered with an April Fool’s Day prank. Why? Because Levie can see Dropbox in the rear-view mirror.Dropbox’s vast scale — it boasts 100 million users, with 600 million “work files” stored every work week, according to a spokeswoman — represents a threat. Dropbox counts users in 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, according to Kevin Egan, the vice president of sales that Dropbox hired away from Salesforce.Someone’s Gotta Pay For All ThisIt’s not clear how many of those people actually use Dropbox for business purposes — though it might not matter. Egan said that Dropbox’s legacy in the consumer space — it has signed partnership agreements with both HTC and Samsung for free storage when customers buy the Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One, plus deals with Yahoo Mail and its purchase of Mailbox — means that consumers turn into evangelists when they enter the workplace.“Millions of people have signed up using their work email address at Fortune 500 companies,” Egan said. “And I think what we want to do is allow them to maintain the level of enthusiasm that they have, but embrace IT more, so they have 100 percent confidence that they have control and visibility.” The opportunity, of course, is that consumers are hooked on free; businesses aren’t. Dropbox users can get up to 2 GB of storage for free, with up to 18 GB after various referrals and promotions. For Dropbox for Business/Teams, the price remains $125 per user, per year.In 2012, however, co-founder Arash Ferdowsi told The Economist that only 4 percent of its users base were paying customers. That makes Dropbox look like the “we’ll make it up on volume” strategy writ large — eventually someone’s gotta pay, right? Attracting corporate customers helps make up for that.Right now, Dropbox is asking what those corporate customers want. Tido Carriero, the lead engineer at Dropbox for Business, said future improvements could include things like making the Dropbox interface easier to use for large teams. “But for now, SSO is what they’re shouting in our ear,” he said.Security Breaches Still HurtUnfortunately, what may be lurking in the back of some minds may be a pair of security lapses. In 2011, Dropbox accidentally pushed a code update that introduced a bug into the company’s authentication mechanism, allowing third parties to log into user accounts and access files. Last year, hacks at other Web sites allowed attackers to penetrate accounts used by Dropbox employees, including a document from which they may have been able to harvest email addresses. In August, those email addresses were apparently used to send Dropbox users spam.Since then, Dropbox has added two-factor authentication, as well as a recent administration console that can require two-factor authentication and monitor employee use, including restricting shared folders and links within the company. But Dropbox has been hurt by the lingering effects on its reputation.“We haven’t won deals — there have been deals that we have not won because of it,” Egan said. “Sometimes it’s just a matter of timing — explaining our security protocols better, sometimes it’s a question of comfort with the business, and sometimes they’re a couple of years away from embracing us. It’s certainly hard to know what happened, but it’s certainly top of mind for a lot of IT admins.”If Dropbox’s strategy works, then its next target is government. Carriero said that the company is not FIPS certified. It’s probably unlikely that the Pentagon would agree to use a cloud storage solution like Dropbox. A smaller county or town might end up using the service, though.Storage has become a commodity. Box.net is attempting, through partnerships, to allow as many companies as possible to do stuff with that data. That adds value. Dropbox’s purchase of Mailbox is headed in the right direction, but it still appears to be chasing Box, at least in the business space.Lead image via Shutterstock Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … markhachman Related Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

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first_imgMembers of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday staged a demonstration outside the office of the State Coordinator for National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Guwahati to protest the “sudden” notices served on thousands of people belonging to the minority communities for reverification of their documents. The protestors demanded the revocation of the “inhuman” reverification process for people who were asked to go to NRC centres 300-500 km away within 24-36 hours. “This was unnecessary as the Supreme Court had rejected the Centre and State government’s plea for reverification,” CPI(M) secretary Deben Bhattacharya said.last_img

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first_imgMOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games READ: Valdez’ full focus now on national teamPerennial national team member Jovelyn Gonzaga, who played in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, is also in the lineup with PSL-F2 Manila teammates Aby Maraño, Ces Molina, Kim Fajardo, and Jaja Santiago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGenevieve Casugod, who played in the 2017 AVC Women’s Club Championship, will join Reyes as the team’s middle blockers while Valdez’ collegiate partner Denden Lazaro will be team’s libero.READ: SEA Games high priority for PH women’s volleyball team Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ HS coach Castillo replaces Gorayeb as NU head coach WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMika Reyes and Alyssa Valdez lead the 12-woman lineup that will represent the Philippines in future international tournaments as announced by Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. Wednesday.Reyes and Valdez met in the UAAP volleyball five straight times while representing De La Salle and Ateneo, respectively, but will now don the same tricolor of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT University of Santo Tomas icons Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, and Maika Ortiz round up the lineup.Rachel Daquis, who captained PSL-F2 Manila in the Worlds, was named as a reserve together with libero Dawn Macandili.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgUS swimmer Allison Schmitt stormed to grab the gold in the women’s 200m freestyle final at the London Olympics. Schmitt clocked an Olympic record time of 1 minute, 53.61 to win comfortably ahead of Camille Muffat of France, who timed 1:55.58 on Tuesday.Bronte Barratt of Australia claimed the bronze in 1:55.88, with Missy Franklin of the United States missing out on a podium place by one hundredth of a second.last_img

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first_imgThe Indian market, especially those who understand the benefits of drinking alkaline water on a regular basis, has responded positively to blk.water. Given its benefits, this product is of great interest to the fitness industry, including gyms and sports leagues. That apart, the health industry, be it doctors, wellness retreats, spas, have also welcomed blk.alkaline water. It’s also not surprising that the fashion industry – Bollywood celebrities and designers, among others – have acknowledged blk. as they see it both as a healthy drink and a style statement.However, a part of the Indian audience still needs clarity on the benefits of drinking alkaline water. Director of IRIIS Trading, Dikshit Jhanb answers some common questions regarding this healthy alternative to regular water. blk.water is a healthy alternative to regular drinking waterWhy is blk.water black?Nutrient-rich fulvic minerals are naturally dark in colour. When added to water, these turn it naturally black. There are no additional dyes or colours mixed in blk.Where is the water in blk. sourced from?Purified alkaline water is the base of blk. It is carefully sourced from multiple locales, including springs and aquifers in the United States and Canada.What are fulvic minerals and do they have any health benefits?Fulvic compounds are found in plants and soil (it is present in the highly-nutritious humus layer of the earth). An ancient, naturally-occurring part of the botanical cycle, these help the human body effectively break down, absorb, and transport key bioavailable nutrients.advertisementDoes blk. contain electrolytes?Replenishing potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride are present in blk. These electrolytes regulate fluids throughout the body, which in turn affects cellular function, blood volume, and blood pressure. blk.water contains nutrient-rich fulvic minerals carefully sourced from multiple localesAre there minerals in blk. as well?blk. contains 77 naturally-occurring trace minerals, trace elements, amino acids, and electrolytes. Powerful minerals found in blk. include strontium, sulphur, vanadium, zinc, silica, prebiotics, probiotics and humic substances. Humic substances are formed in the soil and contain a variety of minerals including fulvic minerals that support several biological functions.What are the benefits of alkaline water?Alkaline plays a role in digestion, bone health, muscle mass preservation as well as other biological functions.Is blk.water the same as charcoal water?No, blk.water is not the same as charcoal water. Activated charcoal removes micro biome and gut flora – the good gut bacteria that the body needs for a healthy digestive tract. blk., on the other hand, supportsgood gut bacteria and the water’s fulvic complex is an effective transmitter of nutrition in the body.Will blk. stain my teeth?No, blk. won’t stain your teeth.Can you drink too much blk.water?Our hope is that you replace regular water with blk.water because of the added bio-available trace minerals.last_img read more

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first_imgPhilippe Coutinho Coutinho shines in new role and five lessons from Brazil’s win over Ecuador Raisa Simplicio 23:01 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Coutinho Willian Brazil Ecuador Eliminatorias 2018 31082017 NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Philippe Coutinho World Cup Brazil v Ecuador Brazil Ecuador WC Qualification South America The Liverpool playmaker was the best player on the pitch from a more withdrawn role, while Neymar slipped back into bad habits against the Tricolor Just as in Tite’s very first game as Brazil coach, the Selecao proved too strong for Ecuador as they continued their relentless match towards the 2018 World Cup. Neymar and his men defeated Ecuador 2-0 in a game that was always under control, even if the goals took their time in arriving. Now not only have Brazil already secured their place at Russia, but with nine straight qualifying wins they are guaranteed to finish top of the pile amongst their South American peers. READ MORE: Coutinho fit for Brazil | 5 great Brazil-Ecuador clashes | Brazil’s WCQ campaign so farTite came up against a determined Ecuador side, that gave little away early on. But the coach mixed up his side, changed his tactics and Philippe Coutinho pulled through to inspire the Brazilian victory, also scoring the second goal of the evening. The other strike came from Paulinho, the new-found goal machine of this Selecao.  Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Brasil Global Tour takes you through the key lessons from Thursday’s battling win…COUTINHO, NEW POSITION BUT SAME OLD BRILLIANCEWillian Coutinho Brazil Ecuador Eliminatorias 2018 31082017Tite had made it clear that he wanted Philippe Coutinho to play in a different role when he pulled on the Brazil shirt. In the friendlies against Argentina and Australia the coach took the opportunity to try the Liverpool man in a more withdrawn position, the role usually played by Renato Augusto. And while his future might not be certain on the other side of the world, here Coutinho looked supremely comfortable pulling the strings for his nation.Coutinho managed to turn the course of the game, moving with freedom and creating space and play wherever he set foot. A stunning goal following neat interplay with Gabriel Jesus was richly deserved, and put Brazil out of sight against Ecuador at 2-0 up. Whether he plays in Liverpool or Barcelona this season, he will remain indispensable for Brazil.NEYMAR AGAINST THE WORLD Neymar Brazil Ecuador Eliminatorias 2018 31082017Ever since Tite took the reins of the Selecao, Neymar has tempered his individualist instincts to become much more of a team player. Thursday’s game, however, the first since his world-record move to PSG, saw the most expensive player in the world suffer a relapse into his selfish ways. Neymar held onto the ball to long against Ecuador and looked to go it alone in the opposition area, overlooking Luan in a golden chance in favour of trying for goal himself. It was an off-night for the No. 10, who has been fantastic for his nation since teaming up with Tite.FROM 4-1-4-1 TO 4-2-3-1 Philippe Coutinho Paulinho Brazil Ecuador Eliminatorias 2018 31082017With the same team picked a year ago in his Selecao debut, Tite opted for the same formation, which has helped Brazil guarantee their place at the next World Cup. This time around it did not work as planned, but the coach proved he has a trick or two up his sleeve. For the second half, seeing that play was not flowing, Tite switched from 4-1-4-1 to 4-2-3-1 and changed Brazil’s fortunes. The spaces suddenly opened up and yet another victory was on the way for the unbeatable Selecao.ANOTHER RECORD Brazil Ecuador Eliminatorias 2018 31082017Ever since the coach took over the bruised Selecao from Dunga, they have been setting records with impressive consistency. Thursday was no exception. With three games to go in these qualifiers, the already-qualified Brazil have recorded their best campaign in the history of the competition. The team now sit on 36 points, beating the 34 set in 2006 and 2010. They are also the only team to have managed nine straight victories in CONMEBOL qualifiers.PAULINHO THE GOAL MACHINE Paulinho Brazil Ecuador Eliminatorias 2018 31082017Not even the lengthy break in qualifying was capable of slowing down Paulinho in front of goal. The new Barcelona signing hit his 10th in Brazil colours and cemented his position as the highest-scoring defensive midfielder in Canarinho history. When Brazil most needed him, he was there to turn home a corner and open up the game in his side’s favour.Paulinho returned to the Brazil ranks exactly a year ago, and has been unstoppable – hitting five goals and adding another three assists in just 10 games to make himself an undisputed part of the Selecao.last_img read more

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first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: (L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State survived Maryland on Saturday, but the Buckeyes hardly looked like a national title contender in the process. Ohio State won the game on a failed two-point try in overtime – which Maryland quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome wishes he had back.Ohio State gave up 535 yards to the Terrapins – including touchdown runs of 81 yards and 75 yards to running back Anthony McFarland. Maryland rushed for 339 yards on the day.Clay Travis of Outkick The Coverage isn’t buying the Buckeyes as a national title contender. He thinks that if Ohio State gets by both Michigan and Northwestern, it’ll be a “complete massacre” if the Buckeyes meet Alabama.It’s hard to disagree after witnessing Saturday’s contest.Yikes, that was a bad miss. Wide open. How many points would Alabama hang on this Ohio State defense if Buckeyes get past Michigan and Northwestern? Would be a complete massacre. Kind of hope we get to see that.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 17, 2018Ohio State, with the win, is now 10-1 and has just a meeting with Michigan left on its regular season schedule. The contest against the Wolverines will be for the Big Ten East.Alabama, meanwhile, struggled in the first half against The Citadel but pulled away in the third quarter. The Crimson Tide have been the No. 1 team in the country the entire season, and likely will be heading into the Playoff.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom The global order book for superyachts continues to cruise at a steady pace this year, with interesting trends towards larger vessels and more high-tech engineering, according to a report by international classification society RINA Services.Although the 30 to 45-metre sector remains the core of the industry in terms of delivery numbers, there is an increasing demand for larger yachts over 60 metres. Around 40 mega yachts over 80 metres are under construction or being delivered this year.The large-project segment has boosted figures in Germany in particular, which leads the field in terms of gross tonnage. In terms of units, however, Italian shipyards remain the market leaders with a 45% share of the global order book.The trend for explorer or expedition yachts is also growing. A number of yards are now specialising in expedition yachts, which are often built to ice class and require specific features including helicopter pads, diving tenders and submarines.A large fleet and low prices mean interesting opportunities in the pre-owned yacht market, which is in turn boosting the refit and conversion sector.RINA is heavily involved in overseeing upgrades and refits to meet new environmental and safety standards such as the BWM Convention. Many owners even wish to exceed required standards. Demand for RINA’s additional class notations for environmental aspects, including Green Plusand Hybrid Propulsion, indicates a widespread desire to own a truly “green” vessel.“Along with environmental aspects, comfort is a major driver of innovation in superyacht design. Our consulting engineering services, in particular our specialist noise and vibration expertise, are increasingly requested as yachtbuilders strive to push the boundaries and meet the high standards of onboard comfort expected by today’s owners,” RINA said.A significant trend is to build or refit yachts, particularly those over 40 metres, according to the Charter Code. The charter market is expected to remain strong in Europe, the US and the Middle East.“Self-sailing yachts” may not yet exist, but technology is certainly lowering the barriers to entry into the yachting world. The so-called Internet of Things (IoT) will transform the yachting industry, according to RINA.Automation already makes it easier to navigate and control a yacht safely, so fewer crew members may be needed in coming years. Technical improvements such as joysticks and the azipod system allow less experienced owners to sail and berth smaller yachts themselves.“The most crucial challenge for all in the superyacht industry right now is to constantly raise quality standards. A product at this price should be delivered in perfect condition and come with perfect after-sales service,” RINA said.“RINA of course is involved and fully committed to this ideal and the process to reach it. Innovation and technological advance are the keys to unlocking this challenge and securing our future.”last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – National Defence has been struggling to make good on one of the Trudeau government’s recent promises: giving tax breaks to military personnel and police officers deployed on certain overseas operations.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced the measure during a major speech at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., in May as part of the Liberals’ new defence policy.While Sajjan billed the move as an attempt to recognize the sacrifices that are often made by military personnel and their families, it also addressed what had been a prickly issue for the minister.Some service members based in Kuwait had become increasingly vocal in the weeks leading up the announcement about a policy change that threatened to strip their tax-exempt status.Yet the devil has proven to be in the details, with officials now scratching their heads over what types of operations and deployments should and should not be eligible for tax relief.The debate is particularly relevant for the navy’s sailors, many of whom on close reading of the defence policy would not be eligible for tax relief despite spending up to six months at sea at any given time.Sources tell The Canadian Press that the military’s senior leadership is now seized with the issue, and that defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance has told officials he wants the issue resolved by mid-August.Alan Okros, an expert on the management of military personnel at the Canadian Forces College, said officials are now caught trying to make good on the Liberals’ promise without making matters worse.“They’re trying to find a solution here that will achieve what the government intended,” Okros said.“But they don’t want to start creating precedents that would generate lawsuits or people making claims of ‘Well, if that applied there, it applies here.’”The tax measure would see the salaries of military personnel and police officers sent on certain operations exempted from federal income tax for the duration of their deployments.The move, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2017, exempts eligible salaries up to the pay level of lieutenant-colonel and is expected to cost the federal treasury about $85-million over the next five years.Personnel would still be eligible for extra hardship and risk pay if deployed into dangerous environments.Both Sajjan and the Liberals’ defence policy, which was released a few weeks after the minister’s speech at RMC, said the exemption would be given to members deployed on what are called “named operations.”Named operations are usually the largest and most complex, such as Operation Impact, which is Canada’s mission against the Islamic State group, and Operation Unifier, the military’s training mission in Ukraine.The service members complaining in Kuwait were attached to Operation Impact, and thus would be eligible for the tax benefit.But many military personnel deployed overseas for extended periods are never attached to a named operation, or may only spend a portion of their time in such a situation.That is particularly true of the navy, which has had two frigates sailing around the Asia-Pacific region since March, but whose sailors are not technically on a named operation.Officials are now backing off the explicit reference to named operations, though no decision has been made on what criteria will trigger tax relief for deployed personnel.“The Canadian Armed Forces is currently working on a framework aimed at implementing the proposed amendment to the Income Tax Act,” said National Defence spokeswoman Kim Lemaire.“It doesn’t say specifically ‘named operations’ because there may be others that, as determined by the chief of defence staff, this tax relief will be applied to. That’s still in the works right now.”Okros said the Liberals have been trying to contrast their treatment of Canada’s military personnel with that of the Harper government, which was seen as being “stingy” with benefits for service members.“Under Trudeau, they are trying to send a different message of ‘We actually do support the troops,’” Okros said.“So I think there’s a bit of that in terms of a political agenda. But then how do you do this in the right way so that it doesn’t create more problems than it solves?”last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – Sixteen months after finding out the love of her life had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Conservative MP Lisa Raitt says she has learned that living with someone who has dementia is tough but ‘OK.’Raitt made a members’ statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday to mark World Alzheimer’s Month.Her husband, Bruce Wood, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in May 2016 at the age of 56, three months before the couple were married.Raitt says an estimated 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia and 25,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.Her comments come almost a year after she went public with her husband’s diagnosis.She says she wants the House to know that while it is frustrating that there is no cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s and that simple things like getting out of the house take a lot longer than they used to, she and her husband focus on what’s important.“You know, we have a good life,” she said.“We focus on things that Bruce can do, not the things that we can no longer do. We keep our health well, we sleep, we eat well, he exercises, we socialize together. These things that actually matter. I want you to know and I want the House of Commons to know that life can be OK with dementia and Alzheimer’s and I’ll continue to update the house as we continue our journey.”She received a standing ovation from all parties following her statement.Wood’s diagnosis came after symptoms of forgetfulness began to appear at work. He left his job as CEO of the Hamilton Port Authority after his diagnosis.A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s before the age of 65 is considered to be early-onset. It accounts for up to eight per cent of all diagnoses and the Alzheimer Society of Canada estimates about 16,000 Canadians under the age of 65 are living with the condition.The rates of dementia are rising, with the number of people living with dementia expected to hit 937,000 in the next 15 years.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – Months after dismissing growing fears about a potential serial killer prowling Toronto’s gay village, police said Thursday they have arrested a man they believe is responsible for the presumed deaths of at least two men who disappeared from the neighbourhood.Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old Toronto man, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Thursday morning in the presumed deaths of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman, both reported missing from the Church and Wellesley streets area at separate times last year, police said.“We believe he is responsible for the deaths of Mr. Esen and Mr. Kinsman, and we believe he is responsible for the deaths of other men who have yet to be identified,” said Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga.“In other words, we believe there are other victims,” he said. Idsinga would not say who the other victims may be, but said police are aware of other men reported missing from the area.Members of the LGBTQ community were voicing concerns and pushing for answers last year in light of the disappearances, which were deemed suspicious at the time.Investigators working on the cases issued public reassurances, saying they had no reason to believe the two men were dead, nor that their absence had anything to do with a serial killer or predators targeting men through a dating app.In December, police warned people to be careful using dating apps.Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders defended the force’s approach when asked about the shift Thursday.“In policing, what we do is we follow the evidence and what I said at the time that I said (it) was accurate at that time,” he said. He thanked the Church and Wellesley community for its help, saying the ongoing communication had raised awareness and given the investigation more focus.Helen Kennedy, executive director of the LGBTQ advocacy group Egale, said news of the arrest brought relief after months of fear and apprehension.“The community, especially in the village, were very, very nervous, and rightly so. Two gay men went missing and the circumstances around their disappearances were very suspect and so people were speculating about what had happened to these two guys,” she said.“I think that we had every right to be afraid and nervous, but at the same time, the police need time to do their work,” she said.Officers had been investigating McArthur for months but could not make a “definitive link” to the disappearances until Wednesday, Idsinga said.The men’s bodies have not been found, but police said they were combing through five properties — four in Toronto, one in Madoc, Ont. — connected to McArthur, a self-employed landscaper.Provincial police were searching a rural property north of Madoc Thursday evening.A Canadian Press photographer at the scene said there were at least two police cruisers and two officers on the property.Calls to the local provincial police detachment were not returned.Idsinga said police have a “pretty good idea” of how the men died but would not elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.McArthur had sexual relationships with both men and all three were on dating apps, he said.“He did have a relationship with Mr. Kinsman for some time,” Idsinga said.“We don’t know what his exact relationship with Mr. Esen was leading up to the (alleged) murder, whether he had just met him that day or whether he had known him for some time, we just don’t know that yet.”A separate project is probing the disappearance of three men who went missing from the same area between 2010 and 2012.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — Defence lawyers for the man accused of fatally shooting a police officer in Abbotsford, B.C., says he had no motive to pull the trigger.Closing arguments are underway in the trial of Oscar Arfmann, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Const. John Davidson in 2017.The case is being heard by judge alone at the B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.  Arfmann’s lawyer Martin Peters says there isn’t a “scintilla” of evidence linking Arfmann to Davidson, or any other Abbotsford police officer, before the shooting.He says the Crown’s case depends on conflicting witness accounts indicating suspicion, but not proof.The Crown has argued Arfmann ambushed the 53-year-old officer as he got out of his vehicle, shooting him twice from behind.It alleges Arfmann stole a vehicle two days earlier and shot at the dealership managers who confronted him, left the area briefly, then returned and shot Davidson when he arrived.Witnesses identified a black Mustang and man wearing a black leather jacket with a gun at the scene of the shooting, and that proves he’s guilty, the Crown alleges.But Peters argues there was too much variation in witness descriptions of the shooter to be sure, including one witness who reported the shooter had short curly hair, not Arfmann’s shoulder-length mostly straight hairstyle.“There is not a single witness who can say, ‘It was Mr. Arfmann who did it,’” says lawyer Frances Mahon, who is part of a legal team defending Arfmann.Mahon also questioned the Crown’s assertion that the rifle accepted as the murder weapon was linked to Arfmann.Arfmann’s DNA was found only on a small area of the gun and, since he was bleeding profusely at the time of his arrest, it’s possible that DNA was transferred by an officer at the scene, she says.None of Davidson’s blood was found on Arfmann, nor was Arfmann’s DNA confirmed on bullet casings found at the scene, Mahon says.“The Crown’s case is really only as strong as the foundation it rests on,” Mahon says. “We say it is not so solid as it appears at first glance.”Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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The Police said that 89 people have so far been questioned over the plot and this includes  47 policemen. Statements have been recorded from 47 Police officers over the alleged plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and other VVIPs, the Police said today.The Police said that the Criminal Investigations Department has recorded statements from two Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs) over the alleged plot.

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first_imgOVER €50 MILLION has been spent on the site for the proposed Poolbeg incinerator by Dublin City Council, who now value it at just over €6 million.The response to an Access to Information on the Environment request states:“The City Valuer has estimated that the site is worth approx €400,000 per acre today which would equate to a site value of €6,166,000. The €400k per acre is the average cost of industrial land in the Dublin area.”€51.6 million has now been spent on the site by the council, which is handling the spending for all four Dublin local authorities. It was also noted that “€4.5 million was recouped from the contractor Covanta, for work done securing permits etc.”The actual cost of buying the site at Poolbeg was only about €10 million, but additional costs have led the amount spent on the site to hugely increase.The bulk of the amount, over €30 million, was spent relocating Westway Terminals Hibernian Limited. As part of the agreement for buying the Poolbeg site, Dublin City Council were responsible for relocating Hibernian Ltd.The total cost of relocating was €31,003,745, which included costs such as stamp duty and engineering services. The actual cost of building new premises for Hibernian Ltd was just over €22 million, almost double the original estimate of €11,912,254.Additional costs include site management costs (over €3 million), the relocation of another company, Hammond Lane Limited (€1.48 million) and specialist advice for site procurement (almost €1 million).The costs of the project are now approaching €100 million,  with construction still yet to begin. It was announced in November that Dublin City Council are terminating their contract with consultancy firm RPS Group after the European Commission ruled that it did not conform to EU law.The council has said that they will be appointing a new client representative by the end of January 2014, with construction due to start next year.Assistant City Manager Seamus Lyons previously told TheJournal.ie that RPS Group are also shortlisted for the next consultancy stage of the project.The project was originally proposed in 1997 and has gone on for over a decade, costing over €95 million so far, with a third of the costs going to consultants.Read: Dublin City Council spent almost €200k a month on Poolbeg consultancy fees > Read: Poolbeg incinerator plan delayed (again) but controversial clause gets dumped >last_img read more

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first_imgGoogle makes its money from advertising, and promotes such advertising through the use of its many popular free services. These include a search engine, Gmail, Google Docs, Blogger, and the list goes on. The company wants everyone using its services so it can make money advertising to them. But by everyone, it means everyone who isn’t classed as a child.You may have seen this advert, which shows a father using Google services to share with his daughter as she grows up:The problem is, Google services are not child friendly. They are so unfriendly in fact, Google will disable accounts and block access to all data if a child is found to be using its services.Rick Warren is a developer with one very unhappy daughter at the moment. Just like in the advert above he setup a Gmail account for his daughter so that her family could share stuff with her, and she could write to her grandparents and friends through email. The account was active for several years and she more recently began blogging using Blogger as part of a class project.Such activity is great for Google as it’s a young person getting used to the company’s services as they grow up, making it more likely they’ll keep using those services in the future as an adult. That child is also building up a store of memories and data, and entrusting Google to keep them safe and accessible.Rick’s daughter no longer has access to her Gmail or Blogger account, though. All of her data is locked and her Google login no longer works. Google has decided she is too young to have an account and without warning blocked access. There doesn’t seem to be any way to reverse the decision and unlock the account.The reason? It seems to be COPPA compliance, which is the Federal Trade Commission’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. It governs what information can be collected about a child under the age of 13, and Google’s take on compliance is to not allow standard accounts for kids, and to block any it finds immediately.Unless someone at Google decides to take action against this block, Rick’s daughter’s data is gone forever, and Google has probably lost her as a customer for life.Read more at Rick Warren’s Google+ pageMatthew’s OpinionIt would be easy to side with Google on this one purely for the fact they state if you aren’t old enough you can’t open an account. But that would be a mistake in my view for a number of reasons.First of all, if you don’t want kids to use your service then you shouldn’t be advertising to parents and their kids like in the video above. It encourages a child’s use of those services, or at least a parent setting up an account in their name.Secondly, Google already caters for children with COPPA-compliant accounts, but only if you are using Apps for Education. Why isn’t this a standard option across all of Google’s services? And why is Google saying its fine for kids in school to have accounts, but not kids in general without an education link?Thirdly, it should be a lot clearer when signing up for a Google account what age you need to be. Is it 13, 16, 18? At the moment the terms only state you can’t setup an acocunt if “you are not of legal age to form a binding contract with Google.” Fourth, and finally, if a block has to be imposed, the user should have a right to access their data for backup unless there is some legal reason to deny that backup. In this case Rick’s daughter should be allowed to download her data, but there seems to be no way of doing that, even with a parent involved in the process.last_img read more

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Texas Construction Industry Sounds Alarm on Worker Shortage

first_img 00:00 /00:55 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img Seventy-eight percent of construction firms in Texas say they’re having difficulty finding skilled workers, despite record employment in the industry.That’s according to a new survey by the Associated General Contractors of America.Ken Simonson, the organization’s chief economist, said there has long been a construction worker shortage in the United States, but it’s getting worse every year.That has companies having to spend more on overtime and training.“So they’re also starting to raise the bid pricing for projects coming down the road,” Simonson noted at a press conference held in Houston. “That will be a problem for public agencies that have a limited budget or for homeowners who are hoping to rebuild out of insurance money or savings.”Simonson added it also means projects are taking longer to complete.The Associated General Contractors have developed a plan that calls for federal funding for technical education and more immigrants with construction skills. Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaKen Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America, talks about the construction industry’s worker shortage at Marek construction co. in Houston Xlast_img read more

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first_img Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Fighting games have given us amazing original characters like famous karatemen Ryu, Scorpion, and Heihachi Mishima. But my favorite fighting games will always be crossovers starring characters from other properties, games like Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros., DC’s Injustice, and Marvel vs. Capcom. It’s the purest way of acting out the fantasy of “Who would win in a fight” between childhood heroes like Superman and the dog from Duck Hunt.But you know what else is great for fans of cartoonish conflicts? The world of rap beef. Def Jam: Icon, this week’s game of the year, combines the two in a fighting game starring the rappers of recording label Def Jam.Def Jam: Icon is the first and last game in the Def Jam game series released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Previous Def Jam games developed by AKI were more wrestling-flavored, but this EA Chicago joint feels much closer to a traditional 3D fighting game.But what isn’t traditional is Def Jam: Icon’s glorious roster of rappers who were already perhaps a bit past their prime when the game launched in 2007. Ever wanted to see Ghostface Killah fight E-40? How about a brawl between T.I. and Lil Jon? This game even lets us imagine the tragedy that would be a brother-against-brother showdown between Method Man and Redman. There are 28 characters in total. Meanwhile, the single-player mode lets you create your own mogul and play out a plot of typical music industry drama and paranoid government conspiracies. There are even gameplay systems for signing new artists and using their success to improve your fighting skills.Compared to previous fighting games with real-life hip-hop characters like Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style or MTV Celebrity Deathmatch, Def Jam: Icon only needs to be competent to be the best in its subgenre. And truthfully, the game isn’t really that fantastic. Previous Def Jam games are arguably better. But the game does mesh rap beats and rapper beatdowns in cool ways worth revisiting.Instead of maining a specific character with a specific moveset, players choose between different fighting styles like Ghetto Blaster, Muay Fly, and Black Panther. Each style has its own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to striking, countering, and throwing. Drawing upon their Fight Night boxing game pedigree, the developers at EA Chicago also focused on analog punches and in-game visual cues rather than health bars to denote a character’s waning stamina.Being a game about musicians, music also plays a key role in Def Jam: Icon’s combat. Players can manipulate their environment like a DJ hero to gain an advantage. “Scratching” triggers different environmental hazards in stages like night clubs, subways, and Atlanta streets. Stages also change depending on the beat of a song, so paying attention to the rhythm can save you from a nasty trap or power up your own attack. Successfully switching songs awards bonuses, and characters naturally perform better when their own (uncensored) song is playing. You can even add your own soundtrack thanks to built-in beat detection.Despite the killer hook that is “Rappers: The Fighting Game,” Def Jam: Icon received a mixed reception. The only other Def Jam game afterward was the karaoke title Def Jam Rapstar released in 2010. EA Chicago was later shut down while in the middle of making a Marvel fighting game.Def Jam may be dead as a gaming brand, but I still think there is massive untapped potential in the hip-hop fighting game idea. Imagine a new hip-hop fighting game in the era of Twitter and Vine and Worldstar and Obama? Imagine taking command of Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar and Drake and Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z and Beyonce and Chance and Killer Mike? That’d be the hypest EVO tournament ever! Imagine squaring off against Satan himself, Suge Knight, for the final, unwinnable boss fight at the Grammys? Some modders already have the right idea. But until then, we’ll just to settle for Def Jam: Icon, the game of the year, and wonder what could’ve been and what could still be.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!last_img read more

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first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Making a new successful dedicated video game console these days is basically impossible if you aren’t Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo. Remember the Ouya? The new owners of the one-time crowdfunded indie microconsole darling just announced that its whole storefront is shutting down next month and any games that require an online check will cease to function. Tough market.Publisher Panic 20 years of experience making Mac and iOS software, and they’ve helped out with acclaimed indie games like Firewatch and the upcoming Untitled Goose Game. But they’re hardly a huge name in the space. That’s why we were so surprised to learn they’re now making their own video game handheld, the Playdate. Even more surprising? The thing has a dang hand crank.The Playdate recalls memories of the original Game Boy, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary. The screen is wide but monochrome. It has a D-pad and two face buttons. And it comes in bright colors. But as retro as the Game Boy was, it didn’t have tech as old-school as an actual crank.AdChoices广告Granted, it’s a pretty slick crank. It folds neatly into the system when not in use to better fit in your pocket. And games will use it as an alternative analog stick. Spin the crank at different speeds in different directions to control your character. Try it out in Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure. You could totally make a boutique hipster WarioWare for this thing.Beyond its unique control scheme, Playdate will also be receiving its games in a unique way. Your purchase grants you access to a 12-game season with a new game arriving each week. These games come in a variety of genres with some promised to be quite substantial. And they come from esteemed weirdo developers like Keita Takahashi and Zach Gage and Bennett Foddy. If that sounds cool to you, pre-order Playdate now for $150 before it launches in early 2020. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Related Content Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more 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 Image courtesy of GE HealthcareDecember 12, 2014 — GE Healthcare introduced two 510(k) pending 1.5T MRI systems, Signa Creator and Signa Explorer at RSNA 2014. These systems were designed to help clinicians improve workflow, lower cost of ownership and impact patient comfort.Both Signa Creator and Explorer use 34 percent less power than previous generation MRI systems and require a smaller footprint for installation.Signa Creator covers a range of productivity-enhancing applications including: “eyes to thighs” coverage, neuro performance with automated motion correction, MSK performance with cartilage mapping, multi-planar body imaging with quantitative capabilities and vascular performance with non-contrast and automated time-resolved imaging. SignaCreator also helps clinicians save time with an automated workflow, including: volumetric imaging acquisitions like Cube, automated brain exams via Ready Brain and simplified whole body diffusion imaging. OpTix Optical RF technology also can help boost image quality with premium analog to digital signal conversion that can provide a gain in SNR of up to 27 percent over conventional analog signal receivers.Signa Explorer offers clinicians the same workflow as Signa Creator with an added patient-comfort touch, Silent Scan neuro exam and Mavric SL. Silent Scan, GE Healthcare’s revolutionary quiet technology, takes patient comfort to a new level. Conventional MRI scanners can generate noise in excess of 110 decibels (dBA), the equivalent of a rock concert or jackhammer levels. The Silenz pulse sequence reduces the scan to just three dBA above ambient noise for neuro exams. Mavric SL brings the power of MRI to patients with metal implants by enabling visualization of soft tissue and bone near the implant.Both systems are pending FDA review and are not cleared for sale.For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more 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 Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Technology | December 12, 2014 GE Brings Back Signa MRI Brand With New Line of Systems GE Healthcare’s new MRI systems launched at RSNA 2014 aim to address clinicians’ pain points News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… 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. Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more last_img read more

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Fugitive selfieloving Brazilian mayor surrenders

first_img Facebook Comments Police responsible for the town of Bom Jardim in the far northeastern state of Maranhão confirmed to AFP reports that Lidiane Leite had turned herself in.Leite shot to local fame after her boyfriend, farmer Beto Rocha, ran for mayor in 2012, but stepped aside amid corruption allegations.Leite took over and won in 2013, then quickly became known more for showing off her high-rolling lifestyle than for helping the town of approximately 40,000 in the impoverished region.Social media selfies and other shots of Leite showed her posing in tight tank tops, low-cut dresses and heavy jewelery as she partied or vacationed.The pictures included her drinking champagne and appearing in expensive cars, earning her the tag in Brazilian media of “Mayor Showoff.”On August 20, after prosecutors accused Leite of involvement in the embezzlement of town school funds, she went on the run, only turning herself in on Monday, 39 days later, in the regional capital São Luis. Video on Globo news site showed her entering the police station in an unusually plain all-black outfit.According to Brazilian media reports, the school fraud and other corruption could involve a total of 15 million reais ($3.6 million). RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil —  A 25-year-old Brazilian mayor who reveled in posting glamorous pictures of herself on social media and who is suspected of embezzling from the town coffers has surrendered after vanishing for more than a month.center_img Related posts:The professor at the heart of Brazil’s market meltdown An oil scandal in Brazil complicates the race for incumbent president on eve of election Lula’s bridge to nowhere hints at global reach of Brazil graft Brazil billionaire Andre Esteves arrested in Petrobras probelast_img read more

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