“It was unreal… It’s been a dream of mine to play football here. Finally, I got the opportunity to play some real time, not the three plays I got to play last year… It was really fun. … I knew I was ready to go.”Schott had no scholarship offers coming out of high school, and was only offered some financial assistance at a junior college. He joined Iowa as a walk on and played a handful of snaps last year.While the schools that ultimately declined to offer Schott may have been surprised by his performance, Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley was not. He told the media that he wasn’t surprised due to the way he works and trains.“Maybe it’s a surprise to the outside world… but I saw the way he works in the weight room and conditioning. The way he pays attention, the way he practices… I’m not surprised at all.”With Jackson now expected to miss at least a pair of games, Kyler Schott will have many more chances to make his mark.[The Gazette] WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – NOVEMBER 03: General view of Iowa Hawkeyes helmets are seen during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 3, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)The Iowa Hawkeyes got off to a great start this weekend by easily beating Miami (OH). But it was an especially important game for one Iowa walk-on who came on as an injury replacement, Kyler Schott.Schott, an Iowa native who was basically unrecruited at any college level, came in for star offensive tackle Alaric Jackson after he went down with an injury. He proceeded to handle the Miami defenders with ease, keeping the pocket clean and helping the rushing attack thrive.Speaking to the media this week, Schott called it a dream to play for Iowa, and to have a big role at that.Via The Gazette:
Reuters LondonJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 15:37 IST Andy Murray said, “there is a strong possibility I won’t come back and play after an operation”. (@andymurray Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndy Murray had undergone a hip surgery last year as wellMurray wrote on social media that he now has a “metal hip”Murray said if had to take farewell, he wanted it to be at WimbledonFormer world number one Andy Murray has undergone a hip resurfacing surgery in London, the 31-year-old Scot said on Tuesday.Murray has struggled to regain form since undergoing hip surgery last year and was knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open earlier this month, having said the tournament could be his last as a professional.His post on Instagram featured an X-ray picture of his hip.”I now have a metal hip,” Murray wrote in his post.”Feeling a bit battered and bruised just now but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain.”In an emotional news conference in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, Murray announced he would retire this year, preferably after a farewell appearance at Wimbledon.The two-time Olympic champion told BBC this month that surgery was the only option if he wanted to extend his career.”There is a strong possibility I won’t come back and play after an operation. I want to play tennis, but not with the hip I have right now,” he said.The ATP Tour posted a tweet in support for Murray: “Get well soon Andy, we know you will do everything to get back on tour!”advertisementYesterday @andy_murray underwent hip resurfacing surgery in London.Get well soon Andy, we know you will do everything to get back on tour! #GetwellsoonAndyMurray pic.twitter.com/edP9bhpLQYATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) January 29, 2019Three-time Grand Slam champion, Murray initially had surgery on his right hip in January 2018 and has played 15 matches since returning to action last June.He was due to play in next month’s Marseille Open but withdrew from the tournament last week.Also Read | Maybe I’ll see you again: Andy Murray told Australian Open crowd after Round 1 exitAlso Read | Andy Murray slams Britain Lawn Tennis Association for failing to build on his successAlso Read | Andy Murray can come back from hip surgery, says doubles legend Bob BryanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Andy MurrayFollow Tennis Andy Murray undergoes hip surgery again: Hopefully this will be the end of my painAndy Murray had lost in the first round of the Australian Open 2019 after which he gave an emotional press conference saying he did not know if he could play again.advertisement Next
Story Highlights Jamaica is being lauded for its continued commitment to achieving sustained growth through the institution of economic reform strategies and programmes across Administrations. This praise comes from Dean, Stern Business School, New York University, Professor Peter Henry, who was speaking at the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16). Jamaica is being lauded for its continued commitment to achieving sustained growth through the institution of economic reform strategies and programmes across Administrations.This praise comes from Dean, Stern Business School, New York University, Professor Peter Henry, who was speaking at the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16).“It is highly encouraging to see continuity of the reforms here in Jamaica, not only over time, following the announcement of the National Debt Exchange in 2013, but also across political parties with a change of Government… in 2016,” he said.Another “significant achievement,” he said, is the engagement of civil society in holding both political parties accountable with the formation of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee in 2013 and the establishment of the Economic Growth Council in 2016.“This commitment to reforms across parties stands in stark contrast to Jamaica’s past and is an important, welcome and disciplined step forward,” he said.Professor Henry argued that while “much work remains to be done,” the multi-stakeholder cooperation in sustaining a pragmatic growth agenda should be applauded.In the meantime, he encouraged Caribbean countries to be disciplined in developing policies that will help them deal with the challenges of “fiscal adjustments, high debt and low productivity that stand in the way of sustained and inclusive growth”.“Discipline is a sustained commitment to a pragmatic growth strategy executed with a combination of temperance, vigilance and flexibility that value the long-term prosperity of all over the short term,” he said.He suggested that improving productivity will be a key strategy in realising sustained growth in the Caribbean. This, he said, can come from the “principal sectors of opportunity” (call centres, tourism, retirement centres, entertainment and wellness), as these services will play a critical role in the region’s future.“Therefore, it is essential to have a well-educated workforce that can respond quickly to new opportunities that arise from the accelerated changes that are taking place in the global economy,” he said.The one-day conference was jointly hosted by the Government of Jamaica under the theme ‘Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience in the Caribbean’. In the meantime, he encouraged Caribbean countries to be disciplined in developing policies that will help them deal with the challenges of “fiscal adjustments, high debt and low productivity that stand in the way of sustained and inclusive growth”.
Five stories in the news for Friday, Dec. 8———ENVIRONMENTALISTS WORRY CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN MAY STALLIt has been a year since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau persuaded eight provinces and the three territories to agree to put a price on pollution as part of a national climate change plan. However environmental advocates say 2018 is going to have to be big year for legislation and regulation or the climate plan will go nowhere. Environmentalists say various legislation forcing actual changes has been delayed and they’re still waiting for various laws to be introduced.———FORMER SKI COACH TO BE SENTENCED TODAYA Quebec judge will sentence former national ski coach Bertrand Charest on various sex-related charges involving teenage girls. He was found guilty last June of charges involving nine of the 12 women who’d accused him of crimes dating back more than 20 years. Prosecutors say Charest should get a 12-year prison sentence while his lawyer has argued for a sentence of no more than six years.———VANCOUVER GETTING PUSHBACK ON HOMELESS HOUSINGVancouver’s latest strategy to temporarily house its homeless is getting a rough reception at its first proposed location. Residents in the neighbourhood of Marpole in the city’s south end are protesting the decision to build 78 temporary modular housing units targeted for people who are homeless. Protesters say the site is too close to several schools, including an elementary school directly across the street. The city has received permission from the courts to have police arrest protesters who block construction crews from getting on site.———NEB SAYS TRANS MOUNTAIN CAN BYPASS BURNABY BYLAWSThe National Energy Board has allowed Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass some bylaws in Burnaby, B.C. that stand in the way of its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The decision released on Thursday was met with outrage with those opposed to the project calling it overreach, and welcomed by proponents who said it was for the good of the country. The company had filed notices with the NEB on Oct. 26, asking the regulator to step in on a constitutional basis because it felt permit delays in Burnaby were hindering a federally approved project.———PALLISTER COMMENTS ON CHAMBER CHAIR’S HIGH HEELSManitoba Premier Brian Pallister is taking criticism for making comments about the physical appearance of the woman who chairs the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. As he began giving a state of the province speech Thursday, Pallister spoke about Johanna Hurme, an award-winning architect. “I want to thank Johanna for dressing up. I want to thank her for those heels. I notice they are a foot high,” Pallister said to an audience of business people. Nahanni Fontaine, the Manitoba NDP’s status of women and justice critic, said Pallister should be celebrating women’s accomplishments, not commenting on how they look.———
The Canadian PressOTTAWA – A group representing survivors of the so-called ’60s Scoop says the federal government’s proposed $800-million settlement does not go far enough.The government failed to adequately consult those who experienced forced adoptions before it announced the compensation package last October, said Duane Morrisseau-Beck of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network.Thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their homes by child-welfare agents and placed with non-Indigenous families starting in the 1960s, a practice that stripped them of their culture, language and traditions.Morrisseau, who is a survivor, said the network will campaign against the proposed settlement and plans to hold rallies in cities across the country on March 16 to demand fair and inclusive compensation.“We deserve to be heard,” he said Friday. “We feel that this agreement is unfair, unreasonable and not in the best interest of ’60s Scoop survivors.”The network also took issue with the settlement’s exclusion of Metis survivors and those without legal Indian status or who are unable to prove it.Sabrina Williams, a spokeswoman for Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, described the settlement as a first step and said the government is committed to addressing the harm suffered by others involved in the ’60s Scoop, including Metis and non-status people.“The Sixties Scoop is a dark and painful chapter in Canada’s history,” she said in an email.“The government is interested in working with all parties _ provinces, territories, Metis leadership, plaintiffs and their counsel _ to work towards resolving the litigation outside of the courts.”Survivor Lesley Parlane said it is irresponsible and dismissive of the government not to take an accurate survey of how many people were affected by the ’60s Scoop.“To proceed without all survivors’ input is unconscionable and is an act of deep injustice,” she said. “Where is reconciliation if my voice and story and many others have not been heard?”Colleen Cardinal, co-founder of the network, described the settlement as unfair and poorly communicated.The organization has received reports of lawyers offering to help survivors navigate the settlement in exchange for contingency fees that “capitalize on our loss and traumas,” she said.“We are asking survivors to be wary,” she added.Robert Doucette, a former leader of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan, has said he intends to sue both the provincial and federal governments over the ’60s Scoop.Doucette, himself a survivor, said it is wrong that the Metis were overlooked in the government’s compensation proposal.
Rabat – There are only few hours left until the decisive World Cup qualifier match between Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire. The Atlas Lions, led by Herve Renard, are only one point away from booking a ticket to the World Cup for the first time in 20 years.Kick-off time: The Moroccan team will face their Ivorian counterpart in Abidjan this Saturday, November 11 at 5:30 p.m. (Moroccan time), at the Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium. TV Channels: The match will be broadcast on the following channels: Arriyadia TNT, Alaoula TNT, beIN SPORTS HD 2 Arab, beIN SPORTS HD 3 FR, SuperSport 3 and BT Sport 3. The channels will provide comprehensive coverage of the match, along with commentary by senior analysis stars in Morocco and Africa, such as Jawad Bada. Moroccan public: Several measures have been put in place to encourage Moroccan fans to make the trip to Abidjan stadium, which is expected to witness a large Moroccan audience. After negotiations with his Ivorian counterpart, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) obtained 3,500 tickets at the Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium. But according to media sources in Abidjan, the Moroccan public, which will be present on the pitch, may reach 4,500 fans out of a 35,000-person audience.
A small boat with 11 people who were crossing a river in Kalutara, overturned this morning and one woman was later reported missing and was believed to have drowned.The police said that the accident took place at Bollosagama in Kalutara when the boat was crossing along the ‘Kalu ganga’ river. A 40 year old woman was later reported missing while the rest were rescued. (Colombo Gazette) Rough conditions owing to the bad weather led to gushing water filling the boat forcing it to overturn. The police said that 6 women, two school children and three men were on the boat at the time of the accident.
Rajapaksa appreciated Pakistan’s cooperation. He said that Sri Lanka wants to learn from parliamentary experience of Pakistan as Sri Lanka is also considering various constitutional reforms. (Colombo Gazette) In a meeting with a four-member Sri Lankan parliamentary delegation led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, she observed that Pakistan highly valued bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and desired to further expand the friendly ties in different spheres. Pakistan and Sri Lanka had stood by the side of each other in testing times, Chairperson of the Pakistan Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, said.She also underscored the need to further enhance parliamentary cooperation by accelerating exchange of parliamentary delegations, the Pakistan Observer reported.
The Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, J.J. Ratnasiri and the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on the Easter Sunday attacks, today clashed on the dress code circular issued by him.The PSC questioned the Secretary as to who gave him the authority to issue the circular and if he has withdrawn it. The circular states that male officials during their work hours, when entering respective offices, should be clad in trousers and shirt or the national attire, while female officials are required to be clad in either a saree or a Kandyan saree. It also states that officers who currently receive uniforms or vouchers for uniforms must be dressed appropriately as well. Ratnasiri said that the circular was issued following the Easter Sunday attacks after discussions held with several officials as well as the Minister in charge.However the PSC noted that the Minister in charge had said he was not aware of the circular being issued. Ratnasiri however said that the circular has not been suspended but will only be amended. (Colombo Gazette) The PSC also asked him if the circular has been suspended as instructions to that effect had been issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. Ratnasiri however insisted that the circular had the approval of the Minister.The PSC also informed the Secretary that some state employees, especially Muslim women, had filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka over the circular.Ratnasiri however said that the concerns should first have been raised with the department heads or the Ministry and not the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. The PSC however objected to the stand taken by the Secretary.
Translator Duraid Isa Mohammed and driver Yasser Khatab, who both worked for Cable News Network, were shot dead on 27 January when a CNN convoy was attacked near Baghdad. Cameraman Scott McWhinnie was injured.In Mansehra, northwestern Pakistan, journalist Sajid Tanoli of the Urdu-language daily newspaper Shumaal, was killed on 29 January after naming the mayor of Mansehra in a report on alcohol trafficking.UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura condemned the murders, calling for better measures to protect journalists’ safety in Iraq, where 22 reporters and media staff have been killed since last March.”It is vital that the media, both domestic and foreign, be able to work in conditions of safety in Iraq if peace and rule of law are to be established in the country,” he said.Mr. Matsuura also deplored the murder of Mr. Tanoli, saying it “is a tragic illustration of the conflict of interests between crime on the one hand and press freedom, a natural ally of good governance and rule of law, on the other.”He welcomed the news that the alleged accomplices of Mr. Tanoli’s killer have been arrested, adding he trusted that the authorities would make sure the crime does not go unpunished.
Reports say Japan’s Sharp OK’s takeover by Taiwan’s Hon Hai TOKYO – Japanese media report that troubled Japanese electronics maker Sharp has agreed to a takeover offer from Taiwanese company Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn.Sharp Corp. would not immediately confirm the reports Thursday by Kyodo News Service and other media that it had opted for Foxconn rather than a competing consortium of Japanese investors to help restructure its once booming liquid crystal display panel business to cope with competition from Korean and Chinese rivals.Kyodo put the value of the deal at 660 billion yen ($5.9 billion).Earlier this month Sharp narrowed the choice of a new major shareholder to Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. or Innovation Network Corp. of Japan which groups Japanese finance companies.Hon Hai is a major contractor to Apple Inc., assembling products such as iPhones. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 24, 2016 8:24 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2016 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The Pelicans and Wizards take long, sad slides After finally earning the No. 1 seed in the East, last year was supposed to be the Toronto Raptors’ year. Then they were promptly humiliated (again) by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. So when LeBron left the East, this would surely be Toronto’s time. Right? It looked that way early, with Kawhi Leonard leading the new-look Raps to the East’s best record by Christmas. But the Milwaukee Bucks went 37-12 from that point on, spurred by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP-caliber performance. Milwaukee overtook Toronto as our projected Eastern Conference top seed in early February and hasn’t looked back — though the teams could still be on a playoff collision course, provided that Philly and Boston (or maybe Indiana) don’t have ideas of their own. But each situation turned extremely sour in a hurry. Washington started the season 2-9 and never recovered, losing Wall to a season-ending injury at midyear, trading Porter to Chicago before the deadline and falling out of the postseason picture for good by the middle of February. As for New Orleans, its disappointing record hovered a few games below .500 around New Year’s. But what truly wrecked its season was a January injury to Davis and, of course, Davis’s public request to be traded. The resulting soap opera — which involved accusations of tampering against the Lakers, counteraccusations that the Pelicans used trade talks to sabotage L.A.’s season and no actual Davis trade — left the Pelicans sitting their disgruntled star on and off down the stretch as the team went 10-20 from February onward. Now the Wizards and Pelicans must both piece themselves back together and figure out where to go from here. The Bucks and Raptors jockey for No. 1 Projected in the preseason for 33 wins after losing free-agent center DeAndre Jordan (on top of trading away Blake Griffin late last season), the Los Angeles Clippers were not supposed to be major players in the Western Conference playoff chase this year. Instead, the team has come together around an unsung cast of veterans (Pat Beverley, Danilo Gallinari, Lou Williams) and young players (Montrezl Harrell, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) alike. It wasn’t always smooth sailing — we projected the Clippers out of the postseason until late November, after which point they rose into (and dipped out of) the playoff picture a few times. But even after trading away its best player, Tobias Harris, at the deadline, L.A. maintained its grip on the West’s final playoff slot, finishing the regular season with 14 wins in its final 19 games. The biggest story of the NBA offseason in 2018 was where future Hall of Fame free-agent LeBron James would take his talents. And when James decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers, the expectations were that L.A. would return to the playoffs after a franchise-record five-season absence. James’s new supporting cast looked odd, but it seemed at least good enough to be competitive among the middle of the Western Conference pack. Instead, however, James was injured on Christmas Day and missed 18 games at midseason, while his veteran teammates struggled and the young would-be stars around him never emerged. Add in the drama of failed Anthony Davis trade talks, a brutal March slide (despite LeBron’s vow to activate “playoff mode” early) and Magic Johnson’s abrupt resignation as team president this week, and King James’s first season with the Lakers had anything but a Hollywood ending. Most of the other charts here have a lot of fun ups and downs … but not this one. The Warriors started as the Western Conference favorite and never deviated from it, creating the only perfectly flat line in our playoff-seed charts this season. Golden State wasn’t quite as dominant in terms of winning percentage as it was in other recent seasons, but we can chalk that up to the Warriors pacing themselves as much as anything else. Our CARMELO ratings continue to think Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and friends are far and away the best team in the league at full strength (even though our classic Elo model only ranks them fourth) and give them a staggering 78 percent chance of making the Finals, with a 60 percent chance of winning their fourth championship in five years.And maybe that’s a fitting way to end our regular-season roundup. Although there were a lot of fun storylines and battles deeper in the standings — and although the playoffs should contain some exciting subplots of their own — it’s pretty likely that the end result of this season will be basically the same as it’s been most recent seasons: another Golden State title. Love them or hate them, the Warriors are already one of the top dynasties in basketball history, so good that all of the jockeying for seeds and playoff positioning might give way to a single flat line of dominance engulfing another NBA season.Jay Boice contributed research.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (April 11, 2019, 1 p.m.): Previous versions of the charts in this article mistakenly reversed the final playoff seedings for some teams. The 2018-19 NBA regular season is finally over, and the playoffs start this weekend. In anticipation — and in honor of our first season tracking the league with our new depth-chart forecasts — we wanted to share visualizations of the most interesting storylines of the regular season. These charts trace our projected seedings as the schedule progressed, giving a sense of the ebb and flow of each team’s place in the conference pecking order.We’ll begin with one of the most shocking outcomes of the regular season: the game’s signature star missing the playoffs.LeBron’s Lakers fall short Raise your hand if you thought that the Orlando Magic would be in the thick of a late-season playoff race — much less that they’d actually come out on top. Orlando hadn’t visited the postseason since 2012, and our preliminary forecast gave the Magic just a 19 percent chance of snapping that streak this year. But after a mediocre 20-31 start to the season, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic and Co. saw their playoff bid pick up serious steam with a 22-9 finish that locked them in a stretch-run Southeast Division battle with the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat. Although our model liked the Heat best out of that trio around midseason, an up-and-down second half — punctuated by losses in six of its final nine games — left Miami outside the playoffs. And while the Hornets looked like the best bet in early February, a 5-13 stretch leading into late March also sent their odds tumbling. That was all the opening the suddenly red-hot Magic needed to swoop in and usurp both rivals — even leapfrogging the Pistons to grab the No. 7 seed in the East. The Clippers ride out a bumpy playoff path The Magic, Heat and Hornets clash in the East The 2017-18 Denver Nuggets were one of the hardest-luck nonplayoff teams ever, finishing one game out of the postseason despite a 46-36 record. Our projections thought the team would have a better go of things this year, but even they couldn’t foresee Denver’s rise to the No. 2 seed in the West. The Rockets stumbled out of the gate (before James Harden’s incredible 30-point streak), leaving an opening for another team. So Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets seized that opportunity: They tangled with the Jazz and then the Thunder for second billing behind Golden State, eventually holding off all challengers with a 15-10 record after the All-Star break. The upside for Denver? It can now avoid the Warriors (or Rockets) until a potential Western Conference finals showdown. The Nuggets rise in the West The Warriors are who we thought they were The Kings go on a valiant run One of the best stories of the season was the unexpected rise of the Sacramento Kings, to whom we assigned an NBA co-worst 23 wins in preseason. Sacramento defied that prediction by spending most of the year either above or around .500; they finished the season with 39 wins, easily making them this season’s most impressive overachiever. The breakout was fueled by huge improvements from most of the team’s starters, including second-year guard De’Aaron Fox’s ascent from one of the NBA’s worst players last season to one of its most promising youngsters this year. A 9-16 skid after the All-Star break left the Kings shy of the postseason in the end, but they have something encouraging to build off of for the first time in a very long while.
Seedfuck : le logiciel qui défie HadopiL’application SeedFuck a pour rôle d’émettre de fausses adresses IP afin de dérouter les traqueurs qui pistent les sources de téléchargement illégal.La technique de SeedFuck est simple : produire et diffuser des adresses IP aléatoires pour déjouer la surveillance organisée autour de la protection des droits d’auteur. Pour ce faire, le logiciel place des adresses, réelles ou fictives, sur différents serveurs de partage de fichiers afin d’induire en erreur les traqueurs quant à l’identité des pirates.Ce logiciel a été conçu par un certain “Burningmace”. Son objectif : lutter contre les lois qui interdisent le téléchargement illégal. SeedFuck risque d’entraîner un problème majeur : il se pourrait que les traqueurs en viennent à punir des personnes innocentes, dont l’IP a été utilisée, en coupant leur connnexion Internet et en les sanctionnant d’une amende. De plus, l’efficacité du logiciel reste encore à prouver. SeedFuck présente également des risques pour ses utilisateurs. En effet, basé sur des usurpations d’identité, il expose les internautes qui l’adopteront à une amende de 75.000 € et à cinq ans d’emprisonnement. Le 20 avril 2010 à 11:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’iPhone, bientôt un moyen de paiementApple veut intégrer des applications permettant de payer directement avec son smartphone sur l’iPhone. Payer ses achats dans un magasin avec un iPhone 5 : c’est ce que veut rendre possible Apple. Son prochain terminal sera équipé d’un système Near-Field Communication, un réseau de radiofréquence qui permet les transactions si l’émetteur et le récepteur sont placés à moins de dix centimètres l’un de l’autre. Les utilisations sont multiples : carte de crédit, clé d’hôtel ou encore pass dans les transports en commun. Les données sont protégées par un cryptage. Le fait que le smartphone et l’autre terminal soient séparés de seulement quelques centimètres complique considérablement les probabilités d’interception des données. Si le procédé se développe en Asie, il est plus long à se mettre en place en Amérique du Nord et en Europe. En décembre, le Nexus S, sous Android, était le premier à pouvoir le faire. RIM veut aussi se lancer dans cette aventure avec son Blackberry “Dakota”. Le 26 janvier 2011 à 14:29 • Emmanuel Perrin
PS Vita: 321.400 ventes en deux joursLa dernière console portable de Sony vient tout juste de sortir au Japon et nous attendions les chiffres de ventes avec impatience. Histoire de se faire une idée du succès (ou du non succès) de cette fameuse PlayStation Vita.Sortie samedi dernier, Sony n’a pas tardé à divulger les premiers chiffres de ventes de sa console. Selon Reuters, ce n’est pas moins de 321.400 unités qui se sont arrachées dans les magasins nippons. Alors, succès ou non? Pour savoir il faut comparer. Avec quoi? Avec sa concurrente, la Nintendo 3DS par exemple, et on voit que cette dernière s’est écoulée à 371.000 exemplaires durant ses deux premiers jours. 50.000 consoles de plus pour Nintendo, c’est tout de même beaucoup. Mais il faut prendre en compte que les ventes de Big N ont chuté significativement dès la semaine suivante, obligeant le constructeur à réduire le prix de vente de la 3DS…Sony souhaite apprendre des erreurs de son concurrent et propose donc un line-up de grand luxe, avec des jeux phares, pour convaincre le public. Mais n’oublions pas: le succès se profilera que sur le long terme. Sony est bien placé pour le savoir. Son ancienne PSP s’était vendue à 166.000 unités le premier jour, en 2004. Aujourd’hui, il y a 73 millions d’utilisateurs de PSP à travers le monde. On souhaite le même sort à la PS Vita…Le 20 décembre 2011 à 15:50 • Maxime Lambert
Google isn’t the only one shooting for the moon: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology last week introduced the MIT Intelligence Quest.The initiative, known as MIT IQ, aims to “discover the foundations of human intelligence and drive the development of technological tools that can positively influence virtually every aspect of society.”There is no right answer to the Intelligence Quest: Some advances may be foundational—insight into human intelligence and machine learning, for example. While others will be practical tools for disease diagnosis, drug discovery, materials and manufacturing design, automated systems, synthetic biology, and finance.AdChoices广告“Today we set out to answer two big questions,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif said in a statement. “How does human intelligence work, in engineering terms? And how can we use that deep grasp of human intelligence to build wiser and more useful machines, to the benefit of society?”The solution may lie in one of MIT IQ’s two branches: The Core, set up to advance science and engineering of human and machine intelligence; and The Bridge, dedicated to discoveries in natural and artificial intelligence.Researchers will also investigate the societal and ethical implications of advanced analytical and predictive tools.“Our quest is meant to power world-changing possibilities,” according to Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT School of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science.At the heart of MIT IQ is a collaboration between researchers in human and artificial intelligence; the program should yield long- and short-term results.“We imagine preventing deaths from cancer by using deep learning for early detection and personalized treatment,” he continued. “We imagine artificial intelligence in sync with, complementing, and assisting our own intelligence. And we imagine every scientist and engineer having access to human-intelligence-inspired algorithms that open new avenues of discovery in their fields.”MIT IQ will build on an earlier model established with the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, announced in September.“To take on the world’s greatest challenges and seize its biggest opportunities, we need to rapidly advance both AI technology and our understanding of human intelligence,” John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president for cognitive solutions and research, said. “Building on decades of collaboration … IBM and MIT will together shape a new agenda for intelligence research and its applications.” Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Explore further What if the government of a country, such as the United States, releases glowing economic reports, but fails to include companion documents that outline how happy its residence are? Graham, Laffan and Pinto point out that judging the health of a country by its economic numbers alone does not give a true picture. For example, GDP numbers for the U.S. are currently high, while unemployment numbers are very low. Things must be good, right? If that is the case, why is the country experiencing such a high suicide rate? And why is life expectancy falling? They suggest that national economic reports need to be updated to include a well-being index (as opposed to the notorious misery index once proposed by economist Arthur Okun.) Including such an index would not be a flight of fancy, they note, it would offer policymakers a better frame of reference, or perhaps a warning light. If the powerhouse countries of the world had such an index, perhaps the global economic crises that started in 2008 could have been averted. They suggest that adding measures such as a well-being index is necessary for long-term sustainability.The authors also note that well-being metrics have a come a long way over the past few decades and can offer policy-makers statistics at virtually every level of a society. They can also offer lawmakers pertinent information about social issues, which could come in handy during election cycles. They point out that economic indicators now present a paradox—some numbers may show prosperity while others indicate something wildly different is going on. They suggest a well-being index could be a tool that helps to resolve such inconsistencies and note that some countries such as Bhutan have already climbed on board—officials there carry out a survey every five years to test the mood of the country. And the U.K. has been measuring national happiness since 2011. They suggest others follow the lead. Citation: A call to add a well-being index to national economic measures (2018, October 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-well-being-index-national-economic.html More information: Carol Graham et al. Well-being in metrics and policy, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aau5234 This index measures progress and sustainability better than GDP Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A trio of economists is suggesting that it is time to add a well-being index to national economic measures. Carol Graham with the Brookings Institution, Kate Laffan with the London School of Economics and Sergio Pinto with the University of Maryland have published a Perspective piece in the journal Science outlining their arguments for adding measurements such as degree of happiness to economic indicators. © 2018 Phys.org Credit: CC0 Public Domain
The 35th edition of India Carpet Expo, an exclusive trade fair for Handmade carpets and other floor-coverings, organized by Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) was inaugurated on March 8 with lamp lighting by Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta at the NSIC Exhibition Ground, Okhla, New Delhi in the gracious presence of Shantmanu, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman, CEPC along with members of the Committee of Administration, Exhibitors and Media were also present. The four-day expo will remain open for business till March 11. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe expo is organized under the aegis of Govt. of India with an aim to promote the cultural heritage and weaving skills of Indian hand-made Carpets and other floor coverings amongst the visiting overseas carpet buyers.”We are very glad that CEPC organizes this expo twice every year to promote Indian weavers worldwide. Every year, this expo generates a huge amount of business. We have everything handmade and hand weaved here, which is the major attraction to the foreign buyers,” said Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles in a statement. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman, CEPC said, “India carpet expo is an ideal platform for International carpet buyers, buying houses, agents, architects and Indian carpet manufacturers and exporters to meet and establish a long-term business relationship. This exhibition is a crucial step towards taking Indian exports of Handmade carpet to much greater and newer heights. He further added, “there are tremendous business opportunities for participating manufacturers and exporters as various prominent buyers of Handmade Carpets from all over the world will be attending the show and orders worth over thousand crores are expected to be executed in near future.” Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Textiles, Information and Broadcasting is launching the following initiatives of the Council:China warehouse – China is a focus country for this trade and Indian exporters want more access to various parts of China. Looking to this demand, CEPC has initiated a project to open a warehouse in China. CEPC has registered a company in China and is looking for commercial space in the country for a warehouse both in and outside the custom bonded areas. The intent is to take this trade from 13 million to 40 million USD in the next two years.New website – CEPC has created a new website which will also contain separate B2B and B2C pages, online payment facilities and exhibitions for members. B2C pages will focus on imparting knowledge about the history of Indian handmade carpets, their techniques and variety. Through these pages, a consumer will develop the understanding of the differences in a machine made carpet and a Handmade carpet. B2B pages will make internal functioning strong by making communication and coordination with members faster.Carbon footprint – CEPC believes that their handmade carpet manufacturing processes are labour intensive and environment-friendly. CEPC has conducted an environmental study – Carbon Foot Print (CFP) Study and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study for its product to assess the environmental aspects and potential impacts associated with the products and its processes. This study can be used to reduce environmental impact and waste, reduce costs, focus product development, support marketing claims, improve product/corporate image and/or identify appropriate performance indicators. Further, doing this study creates common metrics that can be compared and shared across the member exporters or with their suppliers and partners.Women weaver’s training program – 1956 weavers were trained under the Mega Cluster scheme of DC(H) where 96% trainees were women. The project was completely run by CEPC and it was a great enabler in generating skilled workforce in the state of Uttar Pradesh. This project helped the women artisans to be able to share the responsibility of livelihood for the family. CEPC intends to train more women in the next year with the support of the Ministry of Textiles.Rugs of India initiative – CEPC is also intending to launch a ‘Rugs of India Label’, wherein they will have all the benefits of the Kaleen label, but also add the element of Intellectual property and having one’s own design, original designs, and not copy other designers or labels. This will take brand India and its credibility in the eyes of the world at a much higher level.India Carpet Expo is one of the largest Handmade Carpet Fairs in Asia with a unique platform for the buyers to source the best handmade carpets, Rugs and other floor coverings under one roof. With the participation of over 260 exhibitors, it has become a popular destination worldwide on Handmade Carpets. Organizers are extremely happy with the results until today and hope that more buyer will come and make this expo a successful one.
GAYSTARNEWS- Some serious muscle is heading to Amsterdam this weekend as 64 teams of burly men and women scrum up for the latest gay rugby world cup tournament, the Bingham Cup. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘It is always a lot of fun and Convicts get our new members to be the stars of the show. It really helps them to bond with each other and it is always an amazing experience.’Rugger Bugger gets a little cheeky.He says there are always nerves, but excitement about the show always wins over. ‘We give all the boys the option of participating. Of course they get nervous, but they are excited and happy to be there.’Gay rugby team tackles issuesThere is a serious side to the event Hastie says: ‘LGBT rugby world cup event is important because of what it represents.‘Events like the Bingham Cup show people of all ages that being LGBT is not a hindrance to playing or enjoying sport.’The Convicts have shown how brave they are on stage, but it’s on the pitch they’ll be hoping to really outstrip the competition.Sydney convicts do the Full Monty as rugger Bugger.‘We want to snatch the Cup off of the Melbourne Chargers who won it last time, but all the teams will put up a fight,’ Hastie says.The Bingham Cup tournament runs from Friday 8 June until Sunday 10 June.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . For some, like the Sydney Convicts – yes that IS their real name – getting to the event can be expensive. So they got their kit off in a raunchy strip show to help raise funds to pay for their travel. Brilliant idea!On stage, working it for the squad.It’s not the first time they’ve done this. The show is called Rugger Bugger, which has been described as a ‘Full Monty’ style fundraiser and it never fails.Rugger Bugger traditionSydney Convicts team member Eliot Hastie explains to Gay Star News that Rugger Bugger is a tradition of the Convicts. ‘It is a chance to just let loose and put on a show.’ Sydney Convicts win gay rugby World Cup9/11 hero who fought off terrorists and inspired rugby’s gay World Cup‘HELL’ is God’s plan for gays according to rugby star Israel FolauRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-aussie-rugby-team-get-naked-to-raise-world-cup-funds/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Rugger Bugger show to raise funds for Bingham Cup 2018
Feature | Radiology Business | April 29, 2016 | Dave Fornell Temporary Repeal of the Medical Device Tax Legislation signed by President Obama in late December lifts the 2.3 percent tax on medical device sales for two years Photo courtesy of Siemens HealthcareAfter five years of almost constant lobbying efforts and numerous attempts by the U.S. House to push through a repeal of the medical device tax, legislation passed in December suspends the tax for the next two years. President Barack Obama signed a $1.8 billion taxation and spending bill Dec. 18, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, ending the threat of a looming government shutdown. The bill also contained a variety of tax credits, including the two-year moratorium on the device tax.The 2.3 percent tax on medical device sales was implemented in 2013 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The tax was designed to help pay for healthcare reforms included in the act. The tax on medical devices was to be paid by the device manufacturer or importer. It was expected that millions of new insured patients entering the healthcare marketplace would help offset the cost of the tax for manufacturers in the form of expanded device sales. However, this greater demand did not materialize.The Congressional Budget Office estimated the tax would generate $26 billion over the next decade. Reports of revenue from the first half of 2013 were $913 million, which was only about 60 percent of the expected revenue. However, with the suspension of the tax, no new revenue sources have been identified to offset the anticipated tax income.Many experts have said that U.S. medical technology innovation is being hindered by a variety of factors, including rigid, expensive and lengthy regulatory review, reduced access to R&D capital due to the economy, and the institution of the medical device tax. The device tax has been the most controversial since its inception, medical device companies arguing it would stifle R&D efforts and start-up device companies that were already unprofitable.“Numerous costly consequences were originally laid out by manufacturers in the wake of the tax implementation, including increased product and healthcare costs, layoffs, cuts in research and development efforts, and delayed expansion plans,” said Jennifer Ryan, a medical device analyst for the healthcare market research firm GlobalData. “Particularly crippling to smaller companies, the tax posed significant challenges to product innovation and launch in the U.S. medical device market, a market already struggling under a stringent regulatory process and reimbursement pressures.” Since the tax only affects products sold in the United States, whether by a foreign or domestic company, and does not apply to domestic products sold overseas, she said it served to strongly hinder product innovation and advancement in the domestic market. “There was concern at the time that U.S. companies might look to use distribution channels overseas, where regulatory processes are less rigorous, to market products, thereby preventing U.S. patients from accessing the latest technologies,” Ryan explained. “Additionally, the funds that small and mid-sized companies would normally put toward product innovation and improvements might instead go toward paying the excise tax, inhibiting market development.”Manufacturers RelievedThe Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) applauded Congress in December for passage of the two-year tax suspension.“America’s medical technology companies, including our nearly 2 million employees and the countless patients we serve, appreciate the broad bipartisan effort to suspend the medical device tax,” said AdvaMed Board Chairman Vincent A. Forlenza, chairman, CEO and president of Becton Dickenson and Co. “This critical relief would not be possible without the tireless efforts by a large group of champions in Congress as well as among the patient, provider and research communities. Congress and the administration have demonstrated that they recognize the negative effects of this tax. We urge policymakers to continue their work to eliminate the device tax and address other factors that are threatening the healthcare innovation ecosystem.” “We are grateful that Congress was able to come together to preserve U.S. jobs and medical innovation by delaying the device tax for two years,” said MITA Board Chairman Nelson Mendes, president and CEO of mobile C-arm imaging systems maker Ziehm Imaging Inc. “The bipartisan cooperation we’ve seen gives us hope that policymakers will continue their work to fully address the device tax for employees, patients and advocates across the country who have been impacted by its harmful effects.”“MDMA thanks the tireless, bipartisan leadership in Congress that achieved this important milestone on the road toward permanently repealing the medical device tax,” said MDMA Chairman Scott Huennekens, president and CEO of Verb Surgical. “MDMA has fought against this misguided policy since it was first proposed in 2009, and while suspension of the medical device tax is a positive step, we will remain focused on repealing a policy that only serves to punish a vital sector of America’s innovation ecosystem.”Unfortunately, the medical device tax of 2013 became an impediment to innovation that springs from start-ups, and many established companies curtailed their investments in R&D and reduced their workforces to pay the new revenue tax, said Joe Kiani, chairman and CEO of patient monitoring systems maker Masimo.“We applaud the bipartisan efforts of Congress and the administration to suspend the medical device tax for two years,” Kiani said. “This two-year moratorium will allow us to immediately begin to increase our investment in our infrastructure and research and development.”Congressional Researchon the Impact of the TaxAnalysis released in January 2015 by the Congressional Research Service, Congress’ non-partisan research arm, showed the tax had less of an impact on the industry than vendors claimed. Opponents of the tax claim that the device tax could have significant, negative consequences for the U.S. medical device industry and on jobs. The estimates in the report suggest fairly minor effects, with the impact of no more than two-tenths of 1 percent on output and employment in the industry. The Congressional Research Service said this limited effect is due to the small tax rate, the exemption of approximately half of output, and the relatively insensitive demand for health services. The analysis suggests that most of the tax will fall on consumer prices, and not on profits of medical device companies. The effect on the price of healthcare, however, will most likely be negligible because of the small size of the tax and small share of healthcare spending attributable to medical devices. Viewed from the perspective of traditional economic and tax theory, the tax is challenging to justify. The report stated tax policy is more efficient when differential excise taxes are not imposed. It is generally more efficient to raise revenue from a broad tax base. Therefore excise taxes are usually based on specific objectives such as discouraging undesirable activities (e.g., tobacco taxes) or funding closely related government spending (e.g., gasoline taxes to finance highway construction). The report stated these justifications do not apply, other than weakly, to medical devices. The tax also imposes administrative and compliance costs that may be disproportionate to revenue. itn FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享