House Finance Committee Seek Change To PFD Formula Amid Special Session

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House Finance Committee brought forward a bill seeking changes to the dividend formula going forward. The bill comes a week into the special session. The major items on the call are; the size of permanent fund dividend, crime legislation, and the budget. Knopp: “The PFD is on the call, but this comes with a catch. Representative Wilson is suggesting we pay out a $3,000 dividend, but as you know it comes with the caveat that we have to write another bill to restructure the formula. That would mean that the governor would have to add that to the call, so I think it’s a long shot.” The current dividend calculation hasn’t been followed the last three years amid an ongoing budget deficit, and dividend payouts have been reduced. Governor Mike Dunleavy has called for a full dividend and said that voters should have a say on any changes to the dividend program. HB 1005 was introduced by Representative Tammie Wilson. Representative Gary Knopp, member of the House Finance Committee: “It is simply an idea that Representative Wilson rolled out to try and find a compromise with the Senate so we can get wrapped up and get out of here.” last_img read more

Google jumps on the foldable phone bandwagon files patent

first_img Foldable Phones Tablets Phones Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Google Samsung Post a comment 0center_img More foldable phones coming from Samsung Google’s patent application included several sketches of a potential foldable device. Google Samsung’s Galaxy Fold made a splash at Unpacked in February. Since then, more foldable phones have been unveiled as companies grab at the latest phone trend. Google may be looking to toss its hat in the foldable ring, according to a patent application discovered by Patently Mobile on Tuesday. While a patent application doesn’t mean anything is set in stone, it does mean Google is at least thinking about a foldable device. The patent, published in December, describes the device like so: “[a] foldable display of a computing device includes a back stiffening layer, a transparent frontplate layer, a transparent cover window layer, and an OLED display layer disposed between the back stiffening layer and the transparent frontplate layer.” Several sketches included in the patent show a device that seems to fold like a book or wallet. Another sketch shows the device folded in a “Z” shape. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 3:13 Tagslast_img read more

Sensex Nifty consolidate gains on bullish Q3 earnings global cues

first_imgIndian stock markets extended their bull run on Friday, taking off from the 333-point Sensex rally and the 1.50 percent Nifty gain on Wednesday. At around 10.05 am, the Sensex was trading 167 points higher at 27,875, led by Axis Bank, GAIL (India), NTPC and ICICI Bank, while the NSE Nifty was up 47 points at 8,650.Read: Sector-wise analysis and stock picks by Motilal Oswal SecuritiesIT software services exporter Wipro was subdued with a loss of 0.64 percent at Rs 470 after declaring weak Q3 results on Wednesday though the Q4 IT revenue guidance was higher.On Wednesday, the US stock markets witnessed history when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) crossed the 20,000-mark for the first time. The index rallied 9.5 percent since President Donald Trump’s victory over his rival Hillary Clinton on November 8, 2016, reported Marketwatch.It also marked the second-fastest, 1,000-point rally on the DJIA, taking 42 days to climb from 19,000, enabled by expectations of of a slew of “pro-business policies, including a rollback of regulations, tax cuts and fiscal spending,” the Marketwatch report said.HDFC Bank was trading with marginal gains of 0.83 percent at Rs 1,298 despite news of India’s second-largest private sector lender reporting a fall in its headcount between Q2 and Q3 this fiscal.”Nifty has now rallied by about 9 percent in a month. Global cues have been quite strong as well. With expectations of budget getting built up and consumption scenario returning to normal, domestic consumption stocks, housing finance, infra stocks could continue to remain in focus,” Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note on Friday.Finance minister Arun Jaitley is set to create history by presenting India’s first unified budget, after the Modi government decided to scrap the 92-year-old tradition of having a separate budget for Indian Railways, the world’s fourth-largest rail network. Budget 2017 is scheduled to be presented on February 1 and will be the fourth by the Modi government; it will come amid expectations of tax incentives for individuals and a likely stimulus to revive a note ban-hit economy.Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), ITC and Sundaram Finance will be declaring their December quarter results today. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) have also turned bullish on Indian stocks; they were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 1,379 crore on Wednesday and “this could continue to fuel positive sentiment,” Motilal Oswal said in its note.last_img read more

Arun Jaitley gets ready to present Union Budget 2017 interesting facts about

first_imgArun Jaitley is all set to present the Union Budget for the financial year 2017-18 (Budget 2017) on Wednesday (February 1, 2017), the fourth by the Modi government after it came to power in May 2014. There are many sides to the 64-year-old finance minister, who is a lawyer by profession.Read: Union Budget Session 2017 Live Updates: post your questions to FM Arun Jaitley using #MyQuestionToFM on TwitterProbably one of the most social media savvy — he will be taking questions on Twitter under the hashtag #MyQuestionToFM — after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, he is prolific with his views on Facebook and Twitter, besides articulating the government’s views on policies that go beyond money and finance. A suave lawyer who joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS in the 1970s, Jaitley was active during the JP movement that saw the dethroning of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi after the Emergency years (1975-77). He can hold forth on almost any topic — politics, economy, law, governance, human rights, crime, defence — and take on the mightiest, whether from rival parties, or from other domains. The No. 2 man in the Modi government is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, having lost to Capt Amarinder Singh (Amritsar constituency in Punjab) in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. He also held the all-important defence portfolio in the initial days of the Modi government before the appointment of Manohar Parrikar.By virtue of being the finance minister of India, he heads the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, the apex decision-making body for all matters concerning the rolling out and administration of the GST as and when it happens.Here are some interesting facts about FM Arun Jaitley (taken from various sources including his website)Born on December 28 1952 to Maharaj Kishen Jaitley and Ratan Prabha Jaitley.Did schooling at St. Xavier’s School, New Delhi.Married to Sangeeta Dogra in May 1982, and has two children, son Rohan and daughter Sonali.Graduated in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi in 1973; completed Law degree course from the University of Delhi in 1977. Was president of the University Students’ Union in 1974.Was placed under detention for about 19 months during Emergency.Joined BJP in 1980.Designated as Senior Advocate by the Delhi High Court in January 1990; appointed Additional Solicitor General in 1989.Member of BJP national executive since 1991.FM @arunjaitley, MoS, @arjunrammeghwal, MoS, @santoshgangwar and senior @FinMinIndia officials present #Budget2017 to #PresidentMukherjee pic.twitter.com/0Qiahg6Jdg— PIB India (@PIB_India) February 1, 2017last_img read more

Watch MS Dhoni face covered with cake plays helicopter shot with Hardik

first_imgPandya has perfected Dhoni’s helicopter shotTwitterJuly 7 happens to be the birthday of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Wishes are pouring in for the former World Cup-winning Indian captain from all over. But you can trust Hardik Pandya to do something cheeky and unique. The Baroda all-rounder posted a tweet on his timeline with a 6-second GIF of him and MSD, the latter’s face apparently covered with his birthday cake, together swinging their hands in the motion of playing a helicopter shot.It can be recalled that while Dhoni is regarded as the progenitor of this amazing stroke, Pandya too has taken a great liking to it and has played it successfully more than once in this year’s IPL. It’s not as if he is the first one to attempt emulating Dhoni. Even Mohammad Shahzad, the wicketkeeper-batsman in the Afghanistan team, who opened the innings for his side, had managed to copy the shot to some extent during the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka.Happy birthday Mahi bhai! Everyday spent with you is a chance to learn and grow. Thank you for being one of the biggest role models in my life ❤️? #HappyBirthdayDhoni @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/JUsEMkZYOK— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 7, 2019TwitterHowever, Shahzad was only partially successful as his helicopter shot only resembled the original. In the case of Hardik, he not only managed to copy it fully but perfect it during the IPL by sending the ball into the stands. Needless to say, Dhoni wouldn’t mind this, especially if Hardik uses this shot to good effect in the upcoming semi-final of the World Cup against New Zealand and, possibly, in the final as well.The fact that both MSD and Pandya were in such good mood can be ascribed to the fact that India were able to register a dominant win over Sri Lanka in their last league stage game of the World Cup and, thanks to Australia’s defeat to South Africa, ended up on the top of the points table. This also means that the Men in Blue will be facing the no. 4 placed Kiwis in the semi-final, instead of England. While the Black Caps can never be taken lightly, they certainly seem a much easier proposition than a resurgent England.last_img read more

Nannies in Texas SelfRegulation Raises Concerns

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X – / 4It’s a question many parents face: Where to turn for child care?There are day care centers, but some parents go the nanny route. And as we’ve found, some of those parents are surprised to discover it’s an unregulated industry in the state of Texas.Emma Robinson is working mother of two. Her family uses a day care, but the center runs on the Houston school schedule.“My husband and I work full time, and we don’t have enough vacation days to take off every day they close,” she explained.  So for backup care, they hired a nanny to come to their home. It was mostly fine, but one day Emma says their younger daughter apparently fell from her high chair, scraping her face.Emma was worried and started looking for just who regulates nannies.“I was really surprised to find that CPS couldn’t do anything. That’s where I first turned to… thinking they protect children,” she said.Emma learned that the state agency, that includes Child Protective Services, doesn’t regulate nannies in private homes. She then turned to law enforcement, but got nowhere.“We’re stuck because I’m basically in a corner where nobody can help me…. And I think it’s really important for Texas to regulate nannies,” she said. “I fear that nothing is going to change in this issue until something terrible happens.”Emma said it appeared to her that nanny agencies are, basically, self-regulating.“They’re the gatekeepers,” Emma said. “That, to me, is scary.”But some nanny agencies say they do aggressively self-regulate.Michelle LaRowe is the Executive Director at Morningside Nannies, an agency in Houston. She says their rigorous, self-imposed regulations mean that only two of every ten prospective nannies pass screening tests.“Because there’s no regulations in place, we choose to set ourselves to the higher standard,” LaRowe said. “Someone who has been in this industry for more than half of my life, I have seen the good, I have seen the bad, I have seen the ugly.”So has Chioma Johnson. She is a child care licensing supervisor at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. “Even in day care center, and a daycare home, things happen, but there’s also regulation. And there’s at least someone to come in, and investigate, and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” she explained. “In a nanny situation, all you have is the law and the law is written very loosely…. But typically when things change, it’s because something happened…. That would be the only way I can see regulation happening for nanny agencies.”Christina Triantaphyllis is the Chief Officer of Public Policy and Strategic Initiatives at Collaborative for Children, a non-profit that advocates for kids. She says she hasn’t seen any good data or reports on the state of nannies in Texas, and analysis would be an important step before implementing regulations.“Understanding where the gaps are that this regulation would be filling would be a good place to start,” she said. “What are nannies experiencing, and what would they need to function and provide a better service? And what parents, who look for nannies or who use nannies, see as the big gaps?”Chioma Johnson, with the state agency, says no matter what type of care you choose: be vigilant.“You have to ask questions. You can’t take things for face-value, now with your child,” she said. “Ask if you have first aid, CPR training. What type of training do you have? What type of background do you have?”Johnson also recommends asking for references, background checks, and checking how thorough the nanny agency’s background checks are. She says it’s also helpful to ask for a nanny agency’s plan-of-action, for when issues arise.“Do they have training in child abuse and neglect, how to recognize child abuse, and how to report it?” Johnson asked.Emma, the mother of two, is concerned that a nanny’s negligent behavior might not be revealed in a routine background check. She’s worried what it will take to bring change.   “Some horrible thing will have to happen for lawmakers to take notice,” she said. “And it shouldn’t’ have to be that way. We should be able to make these changes proactively and look and say this is not safe.”Click here for Collaborative for Children’s child care search tool.  The group has also compiled a list of steps and a checklist when searching for child care providers (some, of which, can also be applied to nannies).Care.com has compiled a comprehensive list of nanny-specific questions; even a list of questions you are not allowed to ask.Click here for the state database of licensed child care operations. And while nannies in private homes are not licensed, the state of Texas regulates the child care operations that are on this list. State officials recommend utilizing regulated care, and have more information and tips here.According to Collaborative for Children, only 4% of Harris County child care centers are nationally accredited by the main accrediting bodies. Texas Rising Star is a voluntary state quality rating and improvement system for child care providers. 00:00 /03:42 Sharelast_img read more

Maryland Hispanic Business Conference

first_imgThe 14th annual Maryland Hispanic Business Conference is on September 8 in Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd. Bethesda, MD 20852. The conference provides tools, strategies and resources to better support Hispanic and minority businesses. For more information call (301) 947-6619 or visit www.mdhbc.com.last_img

Netflix Gives Second Season to Indian Crime Series Sacred Games

first_imgKashyap will continue directing Gaitonde’s track, while Neeraj Ghaywan (“Masaan”) will take over Singh’s plot. Motwane and Varun Grover will continue their roles as showrunner and lead writer, respectively.“We’ve been thrilled by the response to ‘Sacred Games’ from fans worldwide, and especially in India,” said Erik Barmack, VP, International Originals at Netflix. Global streaming giant, Netflix has ordered a second season of crime series “Sacred Games.” The Hindi- and English-language show was Netflix’s first Original series made in India.The Mumbai-set show explores the city’s web of organized crime, corruption, politics and espionage that lie beneath India’s economic renaissance, and pits a jaded cop against India’s most wanted gangster and is based on Vikram Chandra’s best-selling novel. Production is by Netflix and Phantom Films, a directors’ collective formed by Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena in 2011.“The second season picks up from Sartaj Singh (played by Saif Ali Khan) pursuing his relentless battle of saving the city and Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) facing bigger challenges to retain his position as the legendary kingpin of Mumbai. The intriguing Guruji (Pankaj Tripathi), introduced in season one as Gaitonde’s third father, plays a pivotal role in unfolding a chain of events that shape the next season,” Netflix said. Production in India and abroad is scheduled later this year. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

GE announces 500 GB holographic disc writer that runs at BlueRay speed

first_imgA prototype holographic drive system designed by GE researchers in the Applied Optics Lab at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY. Citation: GE announces 500 GB holographic disc writer that runs at Blue-Ray speed (2011, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-ge-gb-holographic-disc-writer.html (PhysOrg.com) — GE’s technology research group has announced the development of an optical disc writer capable of writing 500 GB of data onto a disc the same physical size as a DVD, at roughly the same speed as Blue Ray technology. This comes two years after announcing the holographic technology that was used to first imprint the discs with 25 times as much data as a Blue Ray Disc can hold. Explore further By making an announcement about an advancement in what most see as a dying technology, GE is taking somewhat of a risk, but Peter Lorraine, Manager at GE Global Research, who will be presenting today at the IEEE’s Joint International Symposium on Optical Memory & Optical Data Storage meeting is expected to pooh-pooh such notions and instead explain how the new technology could be used for long term storage for data, that the company says, will last for a hundred years (presumably if stored in ideal conditions).The technology works by initially stamping millions of tiny holographic images into a polycarbonate (a type of thermoplastic polymer) material, then a laser (which uses the same wavelength as Blue Ray technology) is used to erase parts of the holograms to encode data. Write speeds are 4-5 megabytes per second, which is on a par with Blue Ray (4.5 Mbytes/s). With this process the entire surface of the disc can be used, rather than just the four layers on the surface of the disc that Blue Ray is able to use, which is why it can hold so much more.And while critics point out that at such a rate it would take something like a whole day to fill the disc, GE counters by saying that since its primary purpose would be for archival storage, creating specialized writers that use multiple heads could very well be an option; and If such multiple read/write head drives could be created, it seems plausible to believe that such discs would be capable of carrying not just HD/3-D movies, but something even better, such as movies in a super HD (holographic?) format that hasn’t even been discovered yet.GE also points out that because the new writer uses the same wavelength as Blue Ray, its conceivable drives could be made for the new technology that would be backwards compatible, minimizing risk for both developers and end users. The company is expected to begin building arrangements with interested parties to license the new technology in just the new few months, so actual products appearing on the market can’t be too far off. More information: Press release © 2010 PhysOrg.com General Electric Develops a 500GB Optical Disc This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Editors note This story is about infanticide — t

first_imgEditor’s note: This story is about infanticide — the killing of a newborn baby — and includes graphic descriptions of that practice.We had to pass two strictly-manned, massive gates to access the inner courtyard of the prison in Thies, the third largest city in Senegal. The women’s ward was off to the right, behind another wall and another smaller gate. It was like a small house, a cramped concrete structure without cells or bars. On the ground, mattresses were pressed against each other, blanketing the concrete floor. Women sat languidly on them or clustered in the courtyard outside.We were here to speak to women accused of infanticide — killing their newborn baby. It is the second-most common reason women are in jail in Senegal (drug trafficking is number one.). In 2015, 19 percent of the country’s 283 female prisoners were in prison for the crime of infanticide, according to the United Nations Office for Human Rights in West Africa. “It’s a practice, it’s a very common practice,” says Moustapha Diakhaté, a member of parliament, “it’s terrible, there are an enormous number of cases. There is a lot of infanticide in Senegal.”In some countries, like China and India, this practice has been employed by families for gender selection: families who prefer boys choose to kill infant girls. But in Senegal, experts say, infanticide is not related to gender. Rather, it is a response to taboo pregnancies, carried out mostly in isolation by women. “I hid [my pregnancy] because I was surprised and I was in shock. I was also scared of what my in-laws would say,” said F, a woman imprisoned for infanticide.Due to the immense stigma and social ostracization around the practice, the five women we interviewed asked that their identity be protected. They are identified by their first initial.The women we interviewed had what would be termed an “unwanted pregnancy” in public health jargon, but the term doesn’t capture the profundity of their feelings. An impossible pregnancy might be closer. One teenager was raped while working as a maid. Another woman had a brief extramarital affair after her husband left the country for work and she was living with her in-laws. “In our society, when a girl has sexual relations outside of marriage it’s a dishonor for the family, even worse when she gets pregnant. The two make a double dishonor,” explains Abdoulaye Thiam, director of the National School of Social Work in Dakar. “The women prefer to get rid of the baby.”The imprisoned women we interviewed were either convicted of infanticide or waiting to be judged — in 2015 over half of the country’s female inmates were in pre-trial detentions, which can last for years. Some women accused of infanticide don’t receive a verdict for five years.Their memories were often cloudy and fragmented, as is typical for people experiencing severe trauma. They described feelings of paranoia, panic and shame. Sometimes their stories shifted midway through. Their complicated emotions, justifications and choices in impossible situations show how human the issue is.Some of them cried as they were being interviewed.”Those who commit infanticide are not in a normal psychological state. When you light a match or when a spoon falls she jumps. She believes someone is always chasing her,” says Abdou Fodé Sow, director of Maison Rose, a safe house for women facing domestic violence in Dakar. The charity has hosted women accused of infanticide who were disowned by their families.”For the media [in Senegal], these women are monsters,” said Amy Sakho, a lawyer with the Association of Senegalese Women Lawyers, a women’s rights organization that advocates for and represents women facing myriad legal issues, including infanticide. “I often tell [journalists] to try to see what could be behind this, to try to understand how she could have come to this after carrying her baby for nine months.”Some experts believe that the strict abortion laws in Senegal are a contributing factor. “The link we must make is between an unwanted pregnancy and infanticide. Those who commit infanticide could not access a safe abortion,” said Dr. Seynabou Ba, a technical adviser at the Ministry of Health. Abortions are illegal in Senegal except when the health of the mother is in danger — and even then only with the consent of two doctors and a prosecutor. That kind of consent is nearly impossible to obtain. A task force of women lawyers, activists and lawmakers are working to change the law to allow abortions in the case of rape, incest and health of the mother, but the proposed bill is still at the ministerial level, and so far there is no date set to vote on it in parliament.Even those who believe abortion laws should be more liberal aren’t sure that would bring down the number of instances of infanticide. Sakho, the lawyer, says of her clients: “When I ask if she had the possibility to abort, she responds that it’s forbidden … all she knows is that abortion is prohibited by the law and above all by religion.” Senegal is a majority Muslim and deeply religious country.”We realize that the law comes at the end of a process. We are working first on society, mentalities and acceptance,” Dr. Ba said. Activists have held public debates on TV and radio to try to gently bring people around to the idea that in the cases of rape or incest, abortion could be permissible. But it’s a sensitive topic. When a mid-level imam issued a fatwa condemning abortion last year, the pro-reform activists paused activities for a few months.She Had An Affair And Hid Her PregnancyF told us that her husband was away from home for seven years, looking for work in Mauritania and then Gabon. During that time, F said, she slept with another man — just once — and got pregnant.She cried as she described the affair. She said the man put a spell on her to seduce her: “I was never an easy woman. I just don’t know what made me make a choice like that.”Living with her in-laws, she tried to conceal the pregnancy. “There were certain family members who suspected, but each time, I denied it, up until I delivered,” she said.F delivered in her bedroom alone, then said she fainted. She claimed that the baby was stillborn and that her family found her with the child in the room. But in her case file there is a photograph of the child’s body, just removed from the septic tank.Free After 3 Years In PrisonE was around 12 or 13 when she married. She had her first child soon after. After her third child, her husband died. She never remarried but went on to have four more children with another man. When he went blind, she became the family’s sole breadwinner, carrying basins of water from a well to a nearby construction site and selling drinking water to the masons.During her eighth pregnancy she continued her work and says she was exhausted, earning just a couple of dollars a day. When she delivered at home, E said the baby boy was stillborn, and she buried him in her yard. Two days later the police arrived and arrested her. She was found guilty of infanticide and sentenced to six years in prison. After three years, she was released for good behavior.Now she lives in a small coastal town and works on her brother’s farm in exchange for a small home and some food for her children. E spoke softly, sitting with hunched shoulders on the floor. While she acknowledged she is still suffering, she is grateful to be out of jail. “It’s better to be free without money than trapped between four walls,” she said.The Infant Was Thrown In A Septic Tank — And SurvivedN’s mother tried to kill her the day she was born. Her mother, B, was a student when she got pregnant. “I did not have my head in the pregnancy. I was never sick. The only thing I was thinking of was my studies,” she said.She delivered at home with her boyfriend, who told her to throw the baby in the septic tank. They did, then B went to school. She fainted and her teachers took her to the hospital, where the doctors determined she had just given birth. Though she denied it, the police went home and found newborn N alive in the septic tank. She still has a scar on her cheek where her face hit the edge of the tank when her parents threw her in. When N survived, B said, “I cried a lot, I regretted what I had done. I always said, if one day God gives me a child, I would take care of it.”Now three years old, N lives with her maternal grandmother while her mother serves time in prison for attempted infanticide.Ricci Shryock and Allyn Gaestel reported from Senegal with support from the International Women’s Media Foundation. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Report Another Major Ransomware Attack Spreading

first_img Next Article Image credit: Shutterstock –shares Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Add to Queue June 28, 2017 Angela Moscaritolo Report: Another Major Ransomware Attack Spreadingcenter_img Security researchers say a strain of ransomware called Petya or Petrwrap, which has similarities to WannaCry, is spreading like wildfire. Another major ransomware attack is currently spreading around the world.According to Motherboard, “a wide range of private businesses” were affected on Tuesday, though it’s unclear whether all the attacks are related. Reuters Tech News posted on Twitter that pharmaceutical company Merck’s computer network was compromised as part of a “global hack.” In addition to Merck, the global law firm DLA Piper, U.K.-based advertising and public relations firm WPP, and an unnamed Ukranian media company may be among the victims of this outbreak, Motherboard reports.Last month, hundreds of thousands of PCs were attacked by ransomware known as WannaCry, throwing government agencies and private businesses around the globe into disarray. WannaCry resurfaced just last week, infecting the network at a Honda factory in Japan and traffic cameras in Australia.Ransom ware attack reportedly used against TRK Luks (majority held by Lviv mayor Sadoviy), includes 24 Kanal too. https://t.co/K8ESouloCK pic.twitter.com/SK7Y62yBsz— Devin Ackles (@DevinAckles) June 27, 2017Now, security researchers say a strain of ransomware called Petya or Petrwrap, which has similarities to WannaCry, is spreading like wildfire, Motherboard reports. According to an image posted on Twitter (which you can see above), the malware encrypts the files on a user’s system then demands victims pay $300 worth of bitcoin to recover access to their files.”If you see this text, then your files are no longer accessible, because they have been encrypted,” the message reads. “Perhaps you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but don’t waste your time. Nobody can recover your files without our decryption device.” The message goes on to “guarantee” victims will “safely and easily” recover all their files by submitting the payment.Costin Raiu, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, likened the size of this attack to WannaCry’s first hours. “We are seeing several thousands of infection attempts at the moment,” he told Motherboard. Hacks Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Reporter This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

Simplify the Recruitment Process With Google Hire

first_imgGoogle Angela Moscaritolo This story originally appeared on PCMag Next Article Reporter Google wants to make it easier for G Suite customers to find and hire the right talent.Hire, a new recruiting app for small and mid-sized businesses, integrates with G Suite apps like Gmail and Google Calendar, and promises to help you “identify talent, build strong candidate relationships, and efficiently manage the interview process end-to-end,” Google Cloud Project Manager Berit Johnson wrote in a Tuesday blog post. “Hire and G Suite are made to work well together so recruiting team members can focus on their top priorities instead of wasting time copy-pasting across tools,” Johnson wrote.With Hire, SMBs can manage job postings, gather candidate applications, screen and interview candidates and collect feedback from the interviewing team. Recruiting team members can communicate with candidates in Gmail or Hire, and the messages will automatically sync to both platforms. Recruiters can check an interviewer’s Calendar to schedule inside Hire, which will come in handy when setting up a sit-down.The platform automatically includes some pertinent information in Calendar invites, like a candidate’s contact information, the full interview schedule, and a list of questions on which each interviewer should focus. You can also “analyze and visualize” candidate data in Sheets.Johnson said the Hire product team conducted “hundreds of user-testing sessions and worked with early adopter customers for more than a year to simplify and optimize every aspect of the user experience.”Citing a study from Bersin by Deloitte, Johnson said it takes companies 52 days, on average, to fill an open position and costs $4,000 to interview, schedule and assess each candidate. Hire is available to all U.S.-based businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees. Pricing varies based on your company size, but expect to pay a fee per user/per month.Last month, Google launched a new job search experience for desktops and mobile devices; just type “jobs near me,” “teaching jobs” or a similar query into Google to see what’s available in your area. Simplify the Recruitment Process With Google Hire Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.center_img July 18, 2017 2 min read Hire, a new recruiting app for small and mid-sized businesses, integrates with G Suite apps like Gmail and Google Calendar. –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue Image credit: via PC Maglast_img read more

Did Ann Coulters Twitter Tirade Break a Law

first_img Add to Queue Did Ann Coulter’s Twitter Tirade Break a Law? –shares Airlines Image credit: BraunS | Getty Images A recent public battle between political commentator Ann Coulter and Delta has brought a question to light: What rights do travelers have when it comes to snapping pics and videos onboard aircrafts?After she was moved to a different seat on a Delta flight from New York City to Florida on Saturday, July 15, Coulter took to Twitter to express her anger over the matter. Having paid an extra $30 in advance for a seat with extra legroom, Coulter published a series of angry Tweets, calling the airline “fascists,” insulting the crew members and the flight’s passengers and going on to publicly argue with the company.  Related: United Airlines Passenger Dragged Off Plane by Airport EmployeesIn response, Delta promised to refund Coulter $30, issuing a statement apologizing for the mix-up, while also saying: “We are disappointed that the customer has chosen to publicly attack our employees and other customers by posting derogatory and slanderous comments and photos in social media. Her actions are unnecessary and unacceptable.”   During her Twitter tirade, Coulter also snapped and tweeted a photograph of the person sitting in her previously booked seat. In another tweet, she even insulted the woman, calling her “dachshund-legged.”Hey @Delta, if it was so important for the dachshund-legged woman to take my seat, she should have BOOKED THE SEAT IN ADVANCE. Like I did.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 16, 2017Taking photos and videos onboard an aircraft has been a grey area for some time now. And it turns out that might be because there’s no official policy set by the Federal Aviation Administration about photography onboard an aircraft. Instead, it’s up to the airlines.However, without the help of smartphones and social media, events such as David Dao being forcibly dragged off the United flight in April may have gone unnoticed. Yet, it turns out, the people who took the videos of the incident could have also been removed from the flight for violating United’s policy, which reads: “The use of small cameras or mobile devices for photography and video is permitted on board, provided you keep the purpose of your photography and video to capturing personal events. Photographing or recording other customers or airline personnel without their express consent is prohibited.”United is not the only airline to have such a policy, however it is one of the few to publish one online. American Airlines, JetBlue and Delta also reportedly have similar policies in place, however these airlines have internal policies that give airline employees the rights to prohibit people from taking photos as a means to “protect” the privacy of airline employees.Related: 10 Ways to Travel the World Without Breaking the BankIn a May 26 email from American Airlines CEO Doug Parker shared today by a company spokesperson with Entrepreneur, Parker wrote: “When videotaping infringes on the safety or security of a flight, we have the right to request that filming stop… American has a policy asking customers not to film onboard or at airports, but there is no federal law or regulation that prevents it. Nor will law enforcement require customers to delete photos or videos they’ve taken.”It turns out, it’s not only on aircrafts where photography is often prohibited. In 2016, former Mashable writer David Yi took a video of an American Airlines gate agent speaking to passengers of a delayed American flight. Upon seeing Yi filming, the gate agent said: “Sir, if you’re recording, that’s against the law. We can take you to jail for that.” Shortly after the incident, local police escorted Yi out of the Charlotte airport.Dear @AmericanAir I just witnessed this man berate and attempt to intimidate 30 people stranded in Charlotte pic.twitter.com/z2QyYsZyCj— David Yi (@seoulcialite) August 4, 2016While photography is acceptable in airports because they are considered “public” areas, the case is different when it comes to aircrafts. “Individuals are free to take photos/videos in the checkpoints. Checkpoints are public areas,” TSA representative Lisa Farbstein shared. However, once you’re on an aircraft — beware.“You can’t prohibit photography in public,” Daniel Greenberg, an attorney who specializes in photography rights issues, told the Huffington Post. “But the prohibition of photography on private property is legitimate. That decision is up to the property owner. If you don’t want to follow the carrier’s rules, don’t get on the carrier’s plane.” Next Article Apply Now »center_img The conservative commentator’s recent run-in with Delta Airlines raises the question: Do passengers have the right to take photos on aircraft? 4 min read July 17, 2017 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Rose Leadem 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

More Challenges Than Cheer for Apple Chief on Asia Tour

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 5 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List May 24, 2016 –shares Reuters More Challenges Than Cheer for Apple Chief on Asia Tour Add to Queue Image credit: Reuters | File Photo With slowing iPhone sales in China, Apple Inc is having to take India more seriously, but investors hoping for a stock price fillip from CEO Tim Cook’s week-long Asia trip instead were given a taste of the daunting challenges that lie ahead.The second leg of Cook’s trip, to India, the world’s third-largest smartphone market, comes at a crucial time as Apple battles slowing growth in China, its second-biggest market. But the challenges suggest it will be years before India is anything close to a major earnings pillar for the U.S. tech giant.”With China saturating, everybody has no choice but to look at India, and Apple’s rivals have been strengthening there in the last two years. Apple is playing catch-up,” said Ville-Petteri Ukonaho, a senior analyst at Strategy Analytics.While the numbers in India suggest huge potential — fewer than two in every 10 of the country’s 1.3 billion people have a smartphone — the world’s fastest growing major market operates differently to other markets where Apple has enjoyed stellar growth and high margins.Apple’s traditional model is to sell its phones at full price to local telecoms carriers, which then discount them to users in exchange for charging them for data as part of a multi-month contract. Not so in India.”In India, carriers in general sell virtually no phones and it is out in retail — and retail is many, many different small shops,” Cook told analysts recently. “Because smartphones there are low-end, primarily because of the network and the economics, the market potential has not been as great,” added Cook, likening India to the Chinese market 7-10 years ago.In meetings with India’s two largest carriers, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, Cook discussed ways to work more closely to sell iPhones, including whether a contract pricing model could work in India. He said Apple sees opportunities to expand in the market as operators roll out 4G services.”The trip was more about understanding the Indian market, but was also about signaling to the world that Apple has arrived in India,” said Vishal Tripathi, research director at Gartner.Price sensitiveAnother challenge for Apple is how to be a premium-end player in a low-income market.”In India, incomes are so low that not many customers appreciate the full value of the Apple ecosystem, and it will take a lot more effort for Apple to sell the Macs and iPads in Indian stores compared to China,” said Strategy Analytics’ Ukonaho.India is a more price sensitive market than China, and Apple’s relatively expensive iPhones are out of reach to most Indians, who on average live on less than $3.10 a day according to World Bank data.With per capita income of $1,570 as of 2014 and the average smartphone selling for less than $90, a third of the global average, India’s market growth is predominantly led by cheaper phones. High-end smartphones — costing from $300 — make up only 6 percent of the market, or just 6 million units, according to Morgan Stanley.Rebuffed by India’s government in its plan to import and sell used, refurbished iPhones, Apple has seen only slow growth in a market dominated by Samsung Electronics and Chinese brands.That issue was not resolved in talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — which a Modi aide called “extremely successful” — and government officials have pressed Apple to set up manufacturing facilities in India, said officials involved in discussions, a move that would create jobs and boost Modi’s “Make in India” initiative.”Now it’s for Apple to talk about their plans,” the Modi aide said.Apple declined to comment on what Cook achieved on his Asia trip.More marketingApple’s brand awareness ranks 10th in India, trailing Samsung, Sony, Blackberry and some local rivals. Almost half of respondents in a Morgan Stanley survey said they do not know Apple.While Apple is likely to double its share in the $400-plus segment to 40 percent, it “has to significantly increase its store presence, ramp up marketing, and add local content,” the brokerage said in a recent note.A first Apple retail store in India is unlikely to open its doors until next year at the earliest.In internal meetings, Cook stressed how Apple wants to increase its retail operations in India and work with re-sellers to make its products available more widely. “We’ve been hiring for India retail and distribution for the last few months, and Tim’s message was that we need to double down on that,” said an Apple official in India.In China, where iPhone sales slumped in January-March and some online entertainment services were suspended, Cook also had little to cheer investors.At meetings with Chinese officials, Cook emphasized Apple’s contributions to China’s economy — creating jobs, generating revenue and paying taxes — said people familiar with the matter. His visit came just days after Apple announced a $1 billion investment in a local ride-hailing app firm, a move Cook says will help Apple better understand China.But when he asked about the shutdown of online services and emphasized that Apple had followed procedures in establishing those services, he was told only that China would look into it, the people said.(Reporting by Himank Sharma in MUMBAI and Matthew Miller in BEIJING; Additional reporting by Rupam Nair in NEW DELHI; Writing by Miyoung Kim; Editing by Ian Geoghegan) This story originally appeared on Reuters Apple Next Article Apple CEO Tim Cook Apply Now »last_img read more

Robot Babies Do Not Curb Teen Pregnancy

first_img Reporter at PCMag Register Now » 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Robot Babies Do Not Curb Teen Pregnancy High school sex-ed programs have come a long way since flour babies and fragile egg infants.Students across the world are being tasked with looking after a bundle of robotic joy to educate kids about the pressures of parenting. But the effort to prevent teenage pregnancy has possibly backfired — at least in Australia, where 57 institutions took part in a study conducted by the Telethon Kids Institute at The University of Western Australia.The six-day Virtual Infant Parenting (VIP) program included educational sessions, a documentary about teen moms and an infant simulator. For two days, one group of girls cared for a lifelike doll that cried when it needed to be fed, burped, rocked or changed; another control group did not. An internal monitoring system documented mishandling, crying time, the number of changes and general care.The girls were 13 to 15 at the time; program organizers then checked in with them periodically until age 20 to see if they had become pregnant. According to their findings, those enrolled in the VIP program experienced higher rates of pregnancy and termination: 8 percent (97 of 1,267) had at least one birth, compared to 4 percent (67 of 1,567) in the control group. Similarly, 9 percent (113/1,267) underwent an abortion, vs. 6 percent (101/1,567).”Our study shows that the pregnancy prevention program… does not reduce the risk of pregnancy in teenage girls,” lead author Sally Brinkman of the Telethon Kids Institute, said in a statement. “In fact, the risk of pregnancy is actually increased.”It remains unclear exactly why the program failed, though the girls only had to care for their robot babies for two days, presumably not enough time for them to have to cope with missing out on normal teen activities or deal with the financial pressure of being a teen mom. As London-based youth counselor Janette Collins told the Financial Times in October, these programs can give girls the confidence to cope with motherhood.There’s also the fact that fathers are left out of the experiment.According to the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. teen birth rate for those ages 15 to 19 dropped 19 percent between 2013 and 2014 to 249,078. Overall, it has dropped 61 percent since 1991, but it is still higher than many other developed countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom. Stephanie Mlot Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business August 29, 2016 Robots Image credit: VIP via PC Mag Add to Queue –shares Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

Study elucidates genetic causes of severe cardiomyopathies in children

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 7 2018Cardiac muscle degeneration (cardiomyopathy) is the most common cause of severe cardiac dysfunction and life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias in children. These severe disorders often lead to consideration of heart transplant. However, their actual cause – the genetic basis – has been poorly characterized.A collaborative effort of pediatric cardiologists of Helsinki University Hospital and University of Helsinki, led by Docent Tiina Ojala and Academy Professor Anu Suomalainen Wartiovaara, with Catalina Vasilescu, MSc, as the lead author, succeeded to collect a globally unique KidCMP cohort of children with severe cardiomyopathies from the past 21 years, and analyzed them genetically.Related StoriesCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsMolecular switches may control lifespan and healthspan separately, genetic discovery suggestsThe unique patient collection was enabled by the local cardiology clinic being the only center of cardiac transplantations in Finland. The median age of diagnosis of our patients with severe disease was just four months.Using Next-Generation DNA sequencing methodology with rigorous subsequent validation of findings, the investigators uncovered the genetic causes in 40% of the patients.”The results highlighted an extremely variable genetic background, each family presenting a different pathogenic variant that often arose during the patient’s own embryonal development”, Professor Wartiovaara tells.The authors discovered that the genetic knowledge had direct implications for predicting the disease course and treatment decisions.”All children had life-threatening diseases early on, and some genetic defects predicted a primarily progressive disorder requiring cardiac transplant. However, if intensively treated, some gene defects predicted a recuperative course, without a transplant”, Dr. Ojala says.Personalized medicine is one of the goals of the current medical research, where the understanding of the genetic cause and disease mechanism in each individual will promote tailored forms of treatment. The study published by the University of Helsinki investigators makes an important step in this direction by deciphering genetic causes in children and their implications for treatment decisions. Source:https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/health-news/genetic-study-clarifies-the-causes-of-the-most-severe-heart-muscle-diseases-of-childrenlast_img read more

Treating children with bubble baby disease

first_img Source:http://www.umontreal.ca/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 15 2018An international study published in the journal Blood by researchers led by Dr. Elie Haddad, a pediatric immunologist and researcher at CHU Sainte-Justine and professor at Université de Montréal, highlights the urgent need to develop better treatment strategies for patients suffering from severe combined immune deficiency (SCID).This deficiency, better known as “bubble baby disease” is a rare syndrome characterized by a total non-function of the body’s immune system. The children affected have no immune defense and are vulnerable to bacteria, viruses and fungi, resulting in repeated severe infections. Without appropriate treatment, in most cases this disease is fatal within the first months after birth.SCID can be caused by mutations in various genes involved in the functioning of the immune system. The new research shows that the nature of the mutated gene (or genotype) has a significant influence on patients’ survival and reconstitution of their immune system after bone marrow transplant. According to the study, the genotype must be taken into account when adapting treatment strategies to individual patients.44 Medical Centers InvolvedFunded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium (PIDTC) involves 44 medical centers across North America. The PIDTC conducted a retrospective analysis of 662 patients with SCID who received hematopoietic stem cell transplants as their first therapy between 1982 and 2012 in 33 of these centers, forming the basis of the new study.”Immune diseases are among the top priorities at CHU Sainte-Justine in terms of care, teaching and research,” Haddad said. “There are only one or two cases of SCID per year in Quebec. Having access to such a cohort of patients with this rare disease and over such a long period has provided us with significant and unique data to advance our knowledge in this area.”Related StoriesResearchers discover gene linked to healthy aging in wormsNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careNew study reveals ‘clutch’ proteins responsible for putting T cell activation ‘into gear’The results showed that survival rates of patients were higher after a cell transplant from a matched sibling donor. In recipients from other donor types, which represent 86 per cent of cases, the data showed that the SCID genotype had a strong influence on survival and immune reconstitution. In addition, the researchers found that young age and absence of active infection at the time of transplant were also key factors for survival, and both were significantly associated with improved survival following a transplant.Critical Need for Neonatal Screening”We need to develop patient-specific treatment strategies,” Haddad said. “There is a critical need for neonatal screening to establish appropriate isolation, implement infection-prevention measures, particularly before transplantation, and ensure rapid referral for bone-marrow transplant or gene therapy after diagnosis.”The study also points to the need for close monitoring of immune-system reconstitution after treatment to identify patients with conditions that may require additional intervention and prevent a poor long-term prognosis. Further studies will be needed to identify patient- and transplant-related factors that limit early immune-system reconstitution, and to determine the most appropriate and effective interventions.”In our future research, our objective will be to analyze the late effects of conditioning and the quality of long-term immune-system reconstitution after hematopoietic cell transplant for this deficiency,” said Haddad.last_img read more

Comparison of cancer genes across species helps prioritize targets for new cancer

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 12 2019Cancer genes in mucosal melanoma, a rare and poorly understood subtype of melanoma, have been compared in humans, dogs and horses for the first time by scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and their collaborators. Researchers sequenced the genomes of the same cancer across different species to pin-point key cancer genes.The results, reported in Nature Communications, give insights into how cancer evolves across the tree of life and could guide the development of new therapies.Mucosal melanoma is a rare form of melanoma, a tumor type usually associated with skin cancer. Of the 15,400 people diagnosed with melanoma in the UK each year, around 1 percent will be diagnosed with mucosal melanoma.The cancer arises from the cells that produce pigment, known as melanocytes, which are found not only in the skin but also mucosal surfaces of the body, such as the sinuses, nasal passages, mouth, vagina and anus.The risk factors for mucosal melanoma are unknown, and there is no known link to UV exposure or family history. Patients with the cancer often present late in the progression of the disease, and the main treatment for mucosal melanoma is surgical removal of the tumor. As well as humans, the cancer affects dogs and horses with varying outcomes for the different species.To uncover the genetics underpinning the cancer, researchers at the Sanger Institute and their collaborators sequenced the genomes of mucosal melanoma tumors taken from human, canine and equine patients that had been diagnosed with the disease.Analyzing the genomic data from 46 human, 65 canine and 28 equine melanoma tumors, all at the primary stage of cancer, scientists revealed a handful of genes that were mutated in all species.Dr David Adams, corresponding author from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said: “Genomics gives us a unique view into the hidden similarities and differences of cancer between species. The genetic changes, or mutations, we found in mucosal melanoma tumors across humans, dogs and horses suggests they are important enough to be conserved between species. These key mutations are likely to drive the cancer and could be targets for the development of new drugs.”Related StoriesResearchers identify potential drug target for multiple cancer typesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskImmunotherapy, the stimulation of the body’s own immune system to attack cancer cells, has been used to treat some people with melanoma, but has not been effective for people with the subtype, mucosal melanoma, and the reason was unknown. Researchers now suggest that unlike skin melanoma, mucosal melanoma tumors carry few mutations so they remain ‘hidden’ to the immune system and do not spark the immune response needed to target the cancer.Kim Wong, first author from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said: “Understanding the genetic changes underpinning mucosal melanoma suggests why people with this particular type of cancer may not benefit from immunotherapies. Genomics can help identify who is at greater risk of developing mucosal melanoma and provide information to genetic counselors and doctors advising patients on disease management.”This study is the first to sequence horse tumors, and the first genomic experiment of this scale on dog tumors. Grey horses are genetically predisposed to getting melanoma. However, the cancer is very different in horses as it does not usually spread, unlike the disease in humans and dogs.Professor Geoffrey Wood, from the University of Guelph in Canada, said: “Spontaneous tumors in dogs are gaining recognition as ‘models’ of human cancers for the development of therapies that can benefit both species. This study shows the importance of understanding the genetic similarities and differences of cancers across species so that the most biologically relevant drug targets are prioritized.”​ Source:https://www.sanger.ac.uk/last_img read more

Boeing finalizing antistall update after Ethiopia crash

first_img Explore further Citation: Boeing ‘finalizing’ anti-stall update after Ethiopia crash (2019, March 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-boeing-anti-stall-ethiopia.html 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. “Boeing is finalizing its development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law’s behavior in response to erroneous sensor inputs,” the US-based aircraft manufacturer’s president and CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, said in a statement.On Friday two anonymous industry sources told AFP the upgrade should be ready in about 10 days. Muilenburg’s announcement came after Ethiopia’s transport minister earlier Sunday said black box data recovered from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed last week shows “clear similarities” with last year’s Lion Air accident in Indonesia—which involved the same Max 8 type of aircraft.Industry sources caution that the MCAS upgrade does not point to a cause of the Ethiopian crash, something Muilenburg’s statement also indicated.He said the MCAS modification is taking place “while investigators continue to work to establish definitive conclusions.”The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) is an automated safety feature on the 737 Max 8 designed to prevent the plane from entering into a stall, or losing lift.Both the Lion Air jet, which crashed in October, killing 189 people, and the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, which went down a week ago Sunday, leaving 157 people dead, were fitted with the system.The two planes experienced similarly erratic steep climbs and descents and fluctuating airspeeds before crashing shortly after takeoff.A malfunction of the system was implicated in the Lion Air accident.The 737 Max 8 and 9 have been grounded worldwide since the Ethiopia crash.MCAS was introduced by Boeing on the 737 Max 8 because its heavier, more fuel-efficient engines changed the aerodynamic qualities of the workhorse aircraft and can cause the plane’s nose to pitch up in certain conditions during manual flight.Angle of attack sensors on the aircraft tell the MCAS to automatically point the nose of the plane down if it is in danger of going into a stall.According to the flight data recorder, the pilots of Lion Air Flight 610 struggled to control the aircraft as the automated MCAS system repeatedly pushed the plane’s nose down following takeoff.The pilots of the Ethiopian Airlines plane reported similar difficulty before the aircraft plunged into the ground shortly after takeoff.A preliminary report on the Lion Air accident blamed it in part on a faulty angle of attack sensor that triggered the MCAS system and automatically forced the plane’s nose down.Boeing came in for some criticism after the Indonesian crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of MCAS or provide training about the system.After that crash, the company issued a bulletin to airlines operating the 737 Max 8 advising pilots how to override the MCAS system, and said it was working on software updates. An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet approaches Toronto Pearson International Airport on March 13, 2019, before a worldwide grounding took effectcenter_img Boeing is finalizing a software update and pilot training linked to the MCAS anti-stalling feature, under scrutiny after two 737 Max 8 crashes, the company’s CEO said on Sunday. © 2019 AFP Ethiopian Airlines crash: What is the MCAS system on the Boeing 737 Max 8?last_img read more

NFL training camp 2019 NFC West preview

first_imgGoff never looked comfortable with the stage or his opposition as the Patriots’ defense strangled the life out of the Rams offense in Atlanta, and his upcoming fourth year will be one in which he will have to rise to the challenge of dissecting opponents that will be out to emulate New England’s success. It’s largely on Goff to ensure that Los Angeles doesn’t suffer a Super Bowl hangover in a difficult division.Key InjuryJimmy Garoppolo, knee: The word is the Niners’ quarterback is “good to go” for training camp after tearing his ACL in Week 3 last season, but how he progresses in his return to padded practices should be closely monitored, as it his performances that are most likely to determine whether the West becomes a three-horse race in 2019.For all the good work Nick Mullens did last year, the Niners will go as far as Garoppolo does in a crucial third year for Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch. For them to have a chance of winning the division or just reaching the postseason, they need Garoppolo firing on all cylinders as soon as possible. NFL training camp 2019: NFC South preview NFL training camp 2019: NFC North preview How do you overcome a Super Bowl hangover in a division likely to be one of the toughest in the NFL in 2019?That is the conundrum the Rams face as they try to put their letdown against the Patriots in February behind them. Here’s the outlook for the NFC West heading into training camp:Team on the riseSan Francisco 49ersMany predicted the Niners to challenge for the playoffs last year. The loss of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to injury in September put that to bed, but with Garoppolo back under center, the Niners appear better poised for a push in 2019.The pass rush should go from a weakness to a strength after the arrivals of Dee Ford and Nick Bosa, who join DeForest Buckner on a stacked defensive front, which will hope to force considerably more turnovers than the record low of seven the 49ers produced last year.With Kyle Shanahan calling the plays for Garoppolo, an offense featuring star tight end George Kittle and a talented cast of young skill-position players, San Francisco’s attack should be prolific enough to keep the Niners in every game.Team on the declineSeattle SeahawksIt would be easy to predict a slide for the Rams after their Super Bowl heartache. However, beyond the departures of Lamarcus Joyner, Rodger Saffold and Ndamukong Suh, they have kept largely intact the roster that fell a win short of claiming the Lombardi Trophy and found a quality replacement for Joyner in Eric Weddle.The Seahawks, meanwhile, continue to embrace a youth movement on both sides of the ball having seen receiver Doug Baldwin retire and safety Earl Thomas depart.There will be significant pressure on D.K. Metcalf to perform as a rookie and take the pressure off top receiver Tyler Lockett, but that is a lot to ask of a wideout who displayed limited agility as a route-runner in college.However, the bigger problem is on defense, where the trade of star pass rusher Frank Clark has left Seattle relying on first-round pick L.J. Collier, injury-prone Ziggy Ansah and retread Cassius Marsh to pressure the quarterback. The Seahawks should still compete for the playoffs, but their lack of an adequate replacement for Clark could see them on the outside looking in.Rookies to WatchKyler Murray, QB, Cardinals: The story of the draft could become the story of the season if Murray lives up to the billing and sets the league afire as a rookie. To do so he will likely to have to mitigate the impact of an offensive line that was one of NFL’s worst in 2018 with his running ability. Every practice and preseason snap he takes until Week 1 will be intensely scrutinized as the Cardinals’ gamble is continually evaluated.Nick Bosa, DE, 49ers: Bosa could have been a Cardinal had Arizona opted to stick with Josh Rosen. Instead he will be hunting down Murray twice a season and the pass-rusher, along with trade acquisition Ford, will be crucial to San Francisco’s defense reaching to a new level. If Bosa is to have an impact similar to older brother Joey, he will have to put the injury bug behind him. He missed almost all of his final year at Ohio State with a core muscle injury and a hamstring issue left him sidelined for the 49ers’ minicamp.Player SpotlightJared GoffThough Goff does not have to prove anything in camp, he can expect to be under even greater scrutiny in 2019 after crumbling under the bright lights in Super Bowl 53. Aiming to derail their challenge will be a Seahawks team that will remain competitive as long as Russell Wilson is under center, while the 49ers should be in the mix if their quarterback can stay healthy and return to his 2017 form.The combination of Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury could be an explosive one for the Cardinals and should that prove the case that the NFC West may be the most fascinating division in football. Related News NFL training camp 2019: NFC East previewlast_img read more